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    Tak 
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Voiced By: Jason Marsden (Games 1-3) Hal Sparks (Others)
The main protagonist of the series, Tak is a young, often goofy, but ultimately good-hearted young mystic in training and member of the Pupununu People. When everyone in his village (barring himself and Jibolba, his mentor and shaman of the village) is transformed into sheep by the sinister shaman Tlaloc, Tak finds himself on a mission to prepare his fellow student Lok, the alleged Chosen One, for his inevitable confrontation against Tlaloc. But perhaps it is not truly Lok who is the mighty warrior who will save the village...

In the games

  • The Ace: Not in the first game, but by the third, where he's spent time training over the three games and taking his duty as the chosen warrior of the Pupanunu tribe seriously, he's become much more knowledgable and powerful.
  • Adorkable: His earnest behavior means he comes off as dorky and kind sometimes.
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: In the first game, he is short and has no cape. In the second and third games, he is tall and has a cape.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: He walks away from a lot with minimal injury in the games, even a swarm of Nerbils attacking him take a while to finish him off of you fall into the pits of Tlaloc's training grounds.
  • The Unchosen One: The first game starts off with Lok getting turned into a sheep, and Tak trying to get him back to normal. Turns out, he's the real one.
  • Kid Hero: In the first game anyway. In the second and third games, he's a teenager
  • The Hero: He starts off the first game as more of a Classical Anti-Hero, but as of the second game he's a full on Hero.
  • Nice Guy: For all intents and purposes, Tak doesn't seem to have a mean bone in his body. Even when he is mean, its typically on the behalf of someone else who is getting harmed.
  • Only Sane Man: Tak stands out for having his head screwed on straight among the other protagonists.
  • Weapon of Choice: He starts out with a club. He eventually graduated to the Spirit Rattle, which allows him to cast juju magic. In the second game, his initial weapon is a "Thwark", which is basically a Blade on a Stick, with the blade being a sawed-off antler. By the third game, he uses spirit blades effortlessly to show his progression as a shaman.
    • Simple Staff: The Blowgun, which is long enough to be used to shoot acorns from long distances, whack things and even pole vault.

In the show

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    Jibolba 
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Voiced By: John Kassir (Games 1-3), Lloyd Sherr (Others)
The respected and wise old shaman of the Pupununu village and the mentor of Tak and Lok. Even though Lok is his first apprentice, he has full trust in Tak, believing he has the potential to become a truly skilled mystic. Despite his old age, Jibolba is an extremely powerful shaman whose relationship with all the Juju gods is second to none.

  • Cool Old Guy: He's a super-chill shaman who acts like a cool uncle rather than a mystic.
  • Exposition Fairy: Of the first half of The Staff of Dreams.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: He opens the series by creating a connection to "a powerful Juju spirit from another world." Or in other words, giving the player their window into the game. He's also stated to be capable of seeing the player's general surroundings.
  • Genre Blindness: A very glaring example. Despite Lok failing terribly at being a hero without trying, to the point that half the first game is devoted to bringing him back to fighting shape, he believes he is still the hero. He also fails to see Tak completing every errand he gives him, one of which is retrieving a soul, as promising. It takes the Big Good Moon Juju flat out telling him Tak's The Chosen One for him to realize he was wrong. He rightfully grows out of it at that point.
  • Mentor Archetype: For Tak, who is learning to be a master of Juju energies underneath him.
  • Mr. Exposition: Both to Tak and the player, the mysterious being from beyond the screen. He is the one who describes the Pupanunu tribe's ordeal and the prophesy to the player.
  • Shapeshifter: Jibolba can turn into a flea. He's called Fleabolba here.

    Lok 
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Voiced By: Patrick Warburton
Lok is Jibolba's first apprentice who has been under the shaman's tutelage since he was very young. He is a gifted shaman and many believe he is the great warrior the prophecy speaks of, but, ever since Tlaloc's spell turned him into a sheep as well, Lok's abilities are useless since there's always something preventing him from actually doing anything.

After these events however, he does put his training as The Chosen One and is always willing to try and help Tak, even becoming a playable character in the third game.


In the Games
  • Audience Surrogate: In the third game, most tutorials are about Tak constantly reminding him of how to do things.
  • The Ace: He's a parody of the concept in the games.
    • Broken Ace: Again, parodied. He acts like he's going to solve all the game's problems the moment he's resurrected... and then comes down with Resurrection's Revenge, locking him in Jibolba's bathroom for the next chunk of the game. By the time he's out, the Moon Juju has made it clear he's not the Chosen One.
  • Death Seeker: invokedParodied during the opening of The Great Juju Challenge. While it initially seems like his Can't Catch Up relationship with Tak has finally driven him to kill himself, but in reality he's actually caught up to Tak and gained similar abilities including Tak's respawning as a playable character. He spends a chunk of the opening melodramatically hurling himself to his death for the thrill of it, much to Tak's irritation.
  • The Ditz: He's... not all there. A good example is in the opening of The Staff of Dreams, where he manages to distract himself from what he was saying by bouncing his pecs in tune with calling himself "great" and "mighty" until he starts chuckling over how silly the whole thing is.
  • Drop the Hammer: Lok uses this in The Great Juju Challenge.
  • Dumb Muscle: Very strong, and not very bright.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: He is at first believed to be the Mighty Warrior who will save the Pupanunu people in the first game when it's actually Tak.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: To say he's disappointed that he's not the Mighty Warrior would be putting it politely. It gets to the point where he swipes Tak's gear from the first game in the sequel to try and be special... and puts up a valiant effort. He finally gets his wish in The Great Juju Challenge, where he gains similar powers to Tak as his co-op protagonist.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's proud and boastful, but genuinely tries to help, and he actually does sometimes with the best example being the third game, being one of the main characters.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He sounds like John Wayne but has the body of The Situation.
  • Lovable Coward: If something is clearly over his head, he'll often pass it on to Tak instead, but always does try.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Becomes somewhat competent in the third game, being Tak's partner.
  • Promoted to Playable: He becomes a playable character in the third game as Tak's partner in the Great Juju Challenge.
In the Show
  • Adaptational Jerkass: He wasn't all that bad in the games, but in the series his redeeming qualities are next to nonexistent.
  • The Ace: Played Straight unlike the games. Everyone loves him more than Tak, though not entirely without reason seeing as Tak causes almost all the problems the village faces.
  • The Bully: Its one of the driving forces behind Tak's shenanigans.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: He acts like this, but he lacks the mustache.
  • Dirty Coward: In opposition to his games counterpart.
  • The Ditz: Just as dumb as Chief.
  • Flat Character: Unlike his game counterpart, he's just a generic bully.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Chief.

    JB 
Voiced By: Jeff Bennett
JB is Jibolba's Brother (seriously, his name is literally "Jibolba's Brother") who lives in a large planetarium far away from the Pupanunu tribe and is an expert in both dreams and the Dream World. Tak and Jibolba seek his help in the second game in hopes of getting a better understanding of Tak's strange dreams since he has taken to studying them out in the desert canyons.

  • Demoted to Extra: He's reduced to a single cameo in The Great Juju Challenge.
  • Foreshadowing: When Tak mentions the Dream Juju, JB states he has never heard of such a being, which should clue the player into the fact the character might not be on the level, among other hints.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Stands for Jibolba's Brother.
  • The Hermit: lives out in the desert in an observatory-like home in order to devote time to study dreams.
  • Schizo Tech: The source of a good chunk of it. It's implied that he put his intellect towards extreme technological advances because of his inadequacies from being The Unfavorite.
  • The Unfavorite: His name is literally the fact that he's his brother's brother. His younger brother's brother. That should tell you how much thought his parents gave him.
  • invokedThe Woobie: It takes special kinds of Abusive Parents to not even bother with your name and refer to you just with how you relate to your brother instead. Naturally, it translates to a bit of resentment toward Jibolba when they meet again at his house for the first time in a while.

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Jujus

    General 
Spirits/gods of the world the games are set in, Jujus are typically summoned whenever some criteria is met, usually whenever someone uses an idol or magic to manifest them. They are quite the colorful characters who help Tak along in his adventure, sometime without even meaning to.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Befitting diverse and inconceivable spirits, they have a wide variety of rules and behaviors which range from marriages between Jujus only lasting a day to using humans as fireworks for celebrations every thousand years. Many have great roles (Moon Juju) while others are mundane and specific that border on useless (Roadkill Juju who likes to get run over). They also are unable to stop the magic of their respective domain and must rely on another Juju to do so. For example, Party Juju cannot stop a party that he starts and relies on Killjoy Juju to do so. All of which are heavily dangerous when insulted and will inflict strange and awful punishments on their offenders.
  • The Gods Must Be Lazy / Jerkass Gods : They're all spirits/gods with some degree of power to them, and many of them have the power to back up their monikers, but most of them tend to be very apathetic and wrapped up in their own business than concerned about whatever is going on at the time.
  • Mundane Solution: A great number of them allow Tak to proceed through very simple means, which convieniently they don't have to put much effort in. It can range from putting Tak in a barrel and send him downstream, to kicking him over a large gap, to giving him a snowboard.
  • Noble Demon: Most are good, or are at least apathetic, but they are honorbound to help the people who summon them if they do something for them, even the most evil among them.

    Moon Juju 
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Voiced By: Tina Illman

A benevolent beautiful goddess who protects the Pupanunu people. Tlaloc imprisons her after rising to power and Tak inevitably frees her as he runs errands for Jibulba and help revive Lok.

  • Ascended Extra: In The Great Juju Challenge.
  • Big Good: The prime Good Juju of the series.
  • The Cameo: In the second game, she only appears in one scene.
  • Demoted to Extra: In The Staff of Dreams.
  • Hot Goddess: Very pretty with a form-fitting blue dress.
  • Nice Girl: Jibolba explicitly refers to her as "strong, nice, and beautiful"
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Once she is able to talk to Jibolba, she flat out tells him that Tak is the real hero, and cites his accomplishments to convince him.
  • Team Mom: After being freed by Tak she acts as a positive surrogate mother figure, offering him advice, and being very supportive.

    Dead Juju 
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Voiced By: Rob Paulsen

The Dead Juju is a skeleton Juju who loves parties. He hasn't seen a living person in 1,999 years, and as such is way too eager to make friends.

    Flora 
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Voiced By: Jennifer Hale

A young female Juju and one the Moon Juju's two daughters who helps Tak throughout his journey in the first game.

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    Fauna 
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Voiced By: Candace Bailey

Moon Juju's other daughter and Flora's sister, a wild child with a prankish attitude and an affinity for animals.

    Mind Reading Juju 
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Voiced By: Rob Paulsen

A spiritual genie-like Juju who claims that he can read minds. He speaks with an Indian accent.

  • Telepathy: The Juju can read people's minds... But he's slow to say what they're thinking out loud. While he is helpful, he only seems to make predictions after whomever is talking to him has already said what they want or what they'll do.

    Caged Juju 
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Voiced By: Jeff Bennett

A sinister demon Juju who was caged for 10,000 years for an unknown crime. He is very aggressive and ambiguous.

    Dinky Juju 
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Voiced By: Lara Jill Miller

A Bratty Half-Pint juju who wants people to take him seriously and be in awe, but his young, adorable look gets awe at how cute he is which infuriates him

    Two-Headed Juju 
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Voiced By: Rob Paulsen (Head 1) Jeff Bennett (Head 2)

A dim, bloated, dirty green Juju with two constantly-arguing heads who gives Tak the power of the Chicken Suit by using outhouses.

    Belly Juju 
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Voiced By: Jeff Bennett

A fat Juju who literally lets his stomach do the talking. The belly part of him is actually the brains of the outfit, while the juju himself is a dumb nitwit. He sends Tak down the river in exchange for a ton of candy.

  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Somewhat justified in the fact that he's a spirit, but the Belly can actually eat through the bellybutton, and at one point he even chokes, needing Lok's help.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The Belly constantly makes jabs at the juju, but when the insult begin to make him cry the Belly will apologise. Hes also one of the friendlier Jujus Tak meets in the series.
  • Made of Explodium: His favorite candies are extremely volitile, and act like a powderkeg as you get them to him.
  • Split Personality: The belly is intelligent but the head is not.

    Giant Misunderstanding and Rick 
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Voiced By: Rob Paulsen

A gigantic Juju guarsian that, true to name, will not understand requests due to how tall he is. He summons Rick due to him mishearing Tak, and the guy helps the boy by telling him to say a nonsense sentence the giant mishears as Tak's actual request.

  • Early-Bird Cameo: Rick first appeared in the first game via a cameo in the opening.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Only his legs and feet are seen.
  • Mondegreen: The Juju has various cases of it by virtue of being too big to hear small people. For example, Tak requests some help with that rift and the Juju says "You want to talk to Rick?"
  • Pals with Jesus: Rick, who apparently knows Giant enough to understand what needs to be said to get a desired result.
  • Nice Guy: Both of them, with Rick helping Tak and Giant fulfilling requests without any demands beimg made.

    Dream Juju/Tlaloc 
Voiced By: Rob Paulsen

The Dream Juju is the Juju of the Dream World. He requests Tak of the Pupanunu people to go defeat the Dream Guardian, rescue the princess and use the Staff of Dreams. However, he is actually Tlaloc who wants to steal the Staff.

Villains

    Tlaloc 
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Voiced By: Rob Paulsen (Games), Jeff Bennett (TV)

Tlaloc is the main villain of The Power Of Juju and The Staff of Dreams. Originally a fellow shaman and good friend of Jibolba, Tlaloc turned to evil after losing the coveted position of High Shaman of the Pupununu people to Jibolba. In an act of vengeful anger, Tlaloc steals the moonstones that give the Moon Juju her power and uses them to transform the Pupununu villagers into sheep. He is assisted by his two animated voodoo doll minions named Pins and Needles.

    Pins And Needles 
Voiced By: Jeff Bennett

Tlaloc's two animated voodoo doll henchmen who do the majority of the grunt work for their creator. Pins is a stocky wiseguy while Needles is lean and snarky but has his mouth sewn shut.

    Spoiler Character for The Great Juju Challenge 
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Voiced By: Dee Bradley Baker

The Dark Juju Travis, an evil dark juju who impersonates a participant in the third game's challenges. He's the hidden main villain of The Great Juju Challenge. Like Tlaloc, he lusts for the Moon Juju.

  • Big Bad: Of Tak: The Great Juju Challenge.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: While Travis lusts for the Moon Juju like Tlaloc, he is a corrupt juju who has been placed under house arrest and is known for cheating.
  • French Jerk: Obvious due to the French accent and his laughter.
  • Implicit Prison: Was put under house arrest for stalking the Moon Juju.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: His title is "The Dark Juju" but his actual name is Travis.
  • Walking Spoiler: Kinda hard to talk about him without bringing the twist of his game up.

    Bartog and Crug 
Voiced By: Andre Soguizzlo (Bartog), Dee Bradley Baker (Crug)
Two shady members of the Black Mist tribe, a rival tribe to the Pupununu people, who face off against Tak and Look during the Great Juju Challenge. Bartog is a large, imposing-looking hooded warrior while Crug is a squat, ugly-looking shaman.

  • Catchphrase: Bartog says "Another glorious victory for the Black Mist" when his team wins.
  • Evil Counterpart: Of Lok and Tak. Bartog is a tall buff highly praised warrior while Crug is a short toady Shaman and acts as Bartog's lackey in contrast to Tak and Lok's teamwork.
  • Expy: to Gaston and Lefou, with Bartog being a rude, muscular braggart who is joined by a homely-looking toady who constantly praises him at every turn.
  • Large Ham: Bartog.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: for Travis.

    Stone Crusher and Thunder First 

    Jib and Jab 

    The Dream Guardian 

A giant gargoyle-like dream creature that keeps a princess locked away in a tower.

  • Big Bad: Of Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams until the reveal.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Once Tlaloc and his allies reveal themselves.
  • King Mook: technically one to all the Nightmare Creatures though its actually benevolent compared to them.

    Nerbils 

The Nerbils are a race of ugly-looking creatures and are the main enemies in The Power of Juju. Despite appearances, they are vicous and tenacious hunters with a variety of abilities.

  • Action Bomb: Some Nerbils have explosives strapped to their heads.
  • The Cameo: The DS game Mojo Mistake references them with Nerbil Nip as a collectable item.
  • Cartoon Creature: An unholy cross between lizard and mammal.
  • Elite Mook: Electric Nerbils, big armored brutes with tusks that naturally, generate eltrical energy.
  • Gonk: These guys are quite hideous, to say the least. Bulgy fisheyes, warty skin, snaggly teeth...
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Tlaloc's training grounds are infested with Nerbils, and falling into a pit has them attack Tak en masse. You can't see anything except the nerbils glowing red eyes in the darkness as Tak continuously takes damage.
  • Fate Worse than Death: After getting the necessary upgrades, you can steal their souls to use in other Shaman magics.
    • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Though considering how nasty the whole race is as a whole, its unlikely the player will think much of it.
  • Made of Plasticine: They do take a few hits to kill, especially at the start, but the finishing blow (signified by them spinning into the air with a confused "ee?") will typically have them explode into bloodless gibs when they hit the ground.
  • The Usual Adversaries: The main enemies of the first game, they are predatory animals that live everywhere.

    Magical Nubu Plants 

Vicious humanoid plants whose blooms, located in their mouths, are important magical ingredients. 12 of them exist as minibosses, and they have a variety of attacks.

  • Combat Tentacles: Are able to sweep their arenas with thorny tendrils.
  • Flunky Boss: They can seed Man-Eating Plants across the arena.
  • Mad Bomber: Some like to toss their fruit at Tak, which explode upon hitting the ground.
  • Hell Is That Noise: their tell-tale raspy, squealy roars, which they do when beaten. Their Man-Eating Plants also have a distinct distubing shriek.
  • Plant Person: They are sentient, since they do taunt you as they fight.
  • Unique Enemy: They are the main bosses of the game as you explore the levels, have their own boss theme, and have a variety of moves, with some preferring some attacks over others.

     Woodies 

The Woodies are a race of wooden people created by a shaman. They are the main enemies in The Staff Of Dreams.

  • Barbarian Tribe: A race of golems that were created by a shaman that has devolved into savagery.
  • Demoted to Extra: The main enemies of Staff of Dreams, they are reduced to a single level appearance in The Great Juju Challenge. Averted with the DS exclusive Mojo Mistake, where they serve as the main enemies.
  • Floating Limbs: Unlike Rayman, however, they're half-limbless, still missing the neck.
  • Plant People: They are sentient wood folk, to be exact.

    Rokkers 

Golem like beings made out of stones and held together by mana crystals. Tak and Lok encounter them while participating in the challenges of the third game.

    Nightmare Creatures 

Strange hostile creatures that inhabit dreams. They come in many varieties, and are generally more dangerous than the Woodies in the waking world.

  • Alluring Anglerfish: An Angler hides itself among a cloud of collectibles, which its yellow lure resembles, it will eat Tak momentarily if he gets too close.
  • Elite Mook: To the point of basic Imps being hardly phased by the heroes once Tlaloc manages to bring them about.
  • Invisible Monsters: a trait Stalkers and Anglers share is the power to become invisible, requiring Tak to throw stuff at them to stun them.
  • Power Parasite: Puffers, which clamp down on Tak's head to drain his mana.

TV Exclusive Characters

  • Canon Foreigner: They have never made an appearance in the games, barring the games based on the cartoon itself.

     Jerra 
Voiced By: Kari Walhgren

    Keeko 
Voiced By: John DiMaggio

    Chief 

     Zaria 

Alternative Title(s): Tak 2 The Staff Of Dreams, Tak The Great Juju Challenge, Tak And The Guardians Of Gross

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