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Tak

Voiced By: Jason Marsden (Games 1-3) Hal Sparks (Others)
The main protagonist of the series. Tak is an unlikely hero who has been thrust into the role of saving his village from the evil Juju shaman, Tlaloc. He is an apprentice to the powerful Jibolba and is very eager to learn the ways of Juju, despite his ability to get into some peculiar situations at times.
  • 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
  • Bratty Half-Pint: In the tv series, because he never succeeds.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the tv series. See above example. Its not entirely undeserved.
    • Iron Butt Monkey: he walks away from a lot with minimal injury in the games as well, 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 Un Chosen 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.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The episode "Destiny Schmestiny" reveals that his parents are Aurora Juju and an unknown human man from the Pupununu, making him half-Juju as a result.
  • Idiot Hero: In the tv series.
  • Kid Hero: In the first game anyway. In the second and third games, he's a teenager
  • The Hero: Paticularly in the games.
  • Nice Guy: In the games, 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.
  • The Protagonist
  • The Napoleon: In the tv series, he's short and wines a lot.
  • Odd Friendship: With Jeera.
  • Only Sane Man: In the games.
  • This Loser Is You: In the tv series.
  • Villain Protagonist: In the episode Love Hurts, he tries to drug Jeera into loving him.
  • 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.
    • Simple Staff: The Blowgun, which is long enough to be used to shoot acorns from long distances, whack things and even pole vault.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He's scared of Chief, Lok and Zaria's bullying. One episode of the series shows that he actually is afraid of snakes.

Jibolba

Voiced By: John Kassir (Games 1-3), Lloyd Sherr (Others)
Jibolba is the wise old shaman of Tak's village and even though Lok is his first apprentice, he has full trust in Tak as well. Despite his old age, Jibolba is an extremely powerful shaman whose relationship with all the Juju gods is second to none.

  • Cool Old Guy
  • Exposition Fairy: Of the first half of The Staff of Dreams.
  • 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:

Voiced By: Patrick Warburton
Lok is Jibolba's first apprentice and has been under Jibolba's training 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.


  • Adaptational Jerkass: He wasn't as all that bad in the games, but in the series his redeeming qualities are next to nonexistent.
  • Audience Surrogate: In the third game, most tutorials are about Tak constantly reminding him of how to do things.
  • The Ace: In the Tv series, everyone loves him more than Tak. Not entirely without reason seeing as Tak causes almost all the problems the village faces.
  • The Bully: In the tv series, he becomes one. its one of the driving forces behind Tak's shenanigans.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: Rather a shaved version of this.
  • The Ditz: Just as dumb as Chief.
  • 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.
  • Flat Character: Moreso in the TV series.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the games. He's proud and boastful, but genuinely tries to help, and he actually does sometimes (Best example being the third game, being the main character).
  • 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. His cartoon incarnation leans more towards a Dirty Coward.
  • Start of Darkness: It's possible in the episode The Gift that he could resort to this after he sees Tak chasing a tiki cookie jar.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Chief.
  • 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.

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 obsevatory-like home in order to devote time to study dreams.
  • The Unfavorite: His name is literally the fact that he's his brother's brother. That should tell you how much thought they gave him.
  • The 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.

    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 to manifest them. They are quite the colorful characters who help Tak along in his adventure, sometime without even meaning to.

  • 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

Voiced By: Tina Illman

A benevolent beautiful goddess who protects the Pupununu. Tlaloc imprisons 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
  • Demoted to Extra: In The Staff of Dreams.
  • Hot Goddess: Very pretty with a form-fitting blue dress.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Once she is able to talk to Jibolba, she flat out tells him that Tak is the real hero, and sites 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

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

Voiced By: Jennifer Hale

A young female Juju who helps Tak throughout his journey in the first game.

Fauna

Voiced By: Candace Bailey

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

Mind Reading Juju

Voiced By: Rob Paulsen

A spiritual Juju who claims that he can read minds.

  • Telepathy: The Juju can read people's minds... Apparently, while he is helpful, he only mseems to make prediction after whomever is talking to him has already said what they want or what they'll do.

Caged Juju

Voiced By: Jeff Bennett

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

Dinky Juju

Voiced By: Lara Jill Miller

A Bratty Half-Pint 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

Voiced By: Rob Paulsen (Head 1) Jeff Bennett (Head 2)

A dim, dirty green Juju who gives Tak the power of the Chicken Suit by using outhouses.

Belly Juju

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 Tak'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

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.

  • 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.

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    Villains 

Tlaloc:

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

Tlaloc is the main villain of The Power Of Juju and The Staff of Dreams. He was a good friend of Jibolba until he became an evil shaman who lusted for the Moon Juju. He made two minions named Pins and Needles and turned the entire village into sheep.

Pins And Needles:

Voiced By: Jeff Bennett

Tlaloc's two voodoo doll henchmen, Pins is a stocky wiseguy while Needles is Snarky but has his mouth sewn shut.

Travis the Dark Juju

Voiced By: Dee Bradley Baker

Travis, the evil dark juju who impersonates a participant in the third games challenges, is the hidden main villain of The Great Juju Challenge. Like Tlaloc, he lusts for the Moon Juju.

Bartog and Crug

Voiced By: Andre Soguizzlo (Bartog), Dee Bradley Baker (Crug)

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 Bombs: Some Nerbils have explosives strapped to their heads.
  • The Cameo: The ds game Mojo Mistake references them with Nerbil Nip as a colletible 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: 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
  • Plant People: They are sentient wood folk, to be exact.
  • 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

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 of 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 Taks head to drain his mana.

    TV Exclusive Characters 

Jerra

Voiced By: Kari Walhgren

Keeko

Voiced By: John DiMaggio

Chief

Zaria:

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