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Recap / The Powerpuff Girls (S1E11): "Just Another Manic Mojo"/"Mime for a Change"

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Just Another Manic Mojo: After the Powerpuff Girls lose their baseball in Mojo Jojo's window it seems to offer the evil villain the perfect opportunity to destroy the pesky superheroes.

Mime for a Change: An accidental bleach spill turns Rainbow the Clown into the malevolent Mr. Mime, and he proceeds to eliminate Townsville of its color, sound and movement.

Just Another Manic Mojo provides examples of:

  • Broken Glass Penalty: The girls accidently break one of Mojo’s windows with their baseball.
  • Captain Oblivious: The Townsville people don't see Mojo Jojo among them while waiting for the Walk signal.
  • Cranky Neighbor: Mojo Jojo acts like the stereotypical cranky neighbor to some kids playing in the park next to his volcanotop observatory, demanding they get out of his pond.
  • Desperate Object Catch: Mojo saving his precious vase from shattering on the floor.
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: While in Mojo’s lair, the girls discover his photo album with inside a series of photographs of Mojo as a baby. All three are quite amused to see this.
  • Get Out!: After the girls rip apart Mojo's lair (not out of spite cause he's evil, it's because they lost their baseball in there), Mojo has had enough of the girls tearing down his home, gives them the ball and repeats this line 3 times to them.
    Mojo Jojo: (shows ball to Bubbles) HERE! HERE! HERE! GET OUT! GET OUT! GET OUT! (the girls leave happy, thanking him)
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  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Mojo ends up getting hit by the very laser he was planning to use on the girls.
  • Lemony Narrator: The narrator makes no bones about his dislike of Mojo Jojo.
    Narrator: But one place in Townsville is not filled with fun activity... Townsville Volcano Mountain. For on top of this mountain lies the lair of the revengeful, resentful, spiteful, lawbreaking, mad, swindling, thieving, malicious, exhorting, assaulting, crooked, torturous, dishonest, complaining, wicked, indecent, menacing, touchy, swarthy, shadowy, villainous villain of all time... and he calls himself... MOJO JOJO! Oh, I hate you, I hate you, I hate you!
  • Morning Routine: Mojo has constructed himself a machine to help him get out of his pajamas, shower, brush his teeth and get dressed.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Currently provides the page image.
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  • Not a Morning Person: Mojo apparently. He only got up to have eggs for breakfast.
  • #1 Dime: The Ming vase is the first thing Mojo ever stole.
  • Priceless Ming Vase: Mojo has one in his lair. A Running Gag is that he repeatedly has to keep Bubbles from touching it, which she eventually does, forcing Mojo to catch it before it hits the floor. He succeeds…but then the vase gets destroyed anyway by Mojo’s own laser.
  • Running Gag: Mojo reacting to each little annoyance with a drawn out "Cuuurses!" Also, see Priceless Ming Vase above.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Mojo allows the girls into his lair to retrieve their ball in hopes of destroying them, but they turn out to be such an annoyance that eventually he stops trying, just gives them back their ball, and kicks them out.
  • Villain Episode: the episode is mainly about Mojo Jojo, with the girls in a supporting role.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Mojo can be seen doing mundane routines like getting dressed for the day, going to Townsville market to get his breakfast, and then eat it back at home.

Mime for a Change provides examples of:

  • Alternate Personality Punishment: After changing Mr. Mime back into Rainbow the Clown, the Powerpuffs beat up Rainbow and send him to jail even though he was Not Himself.
  • Animated Music Video: On CITV in the UK, the song "Love Makes The World Go Round" is sometimes shown as one of these in-between programmes.
  • Big "NO!"/Skyward Scream: Bubbles unleashes one when she finds her sisters turned monochrome by Mr. Mime, and her crayons prove unable to restore them.
  • Bowdlerisation: On CITV in the UK, the psychedelic flashing lights that occur when Blossom performs her Jimi Hendrix-esque guitar solo in the song "Love Makes The World Go Round" are slowed down so as to not cause seizures in epileptic viewers.
  • Creator Cameo: The birthday boy Rainbow is performing for at the beginning of the episode is modeled after background designer Jim Worthy.
  • Deus ex Machina: Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup are inexplicably able to restore everyone back to their colorful selves with the "Love Makes The World Go Round" song.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Rainbow after he becomes Mr. Mime. And he proceeds to do this to everyone and everything around him.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The girls beat the pulp out of Rainbow the Clown and send him to prison for monochoming Townsville, ignoring the fact that he was Not Himself.
  • Enemy Mime: what the bleach accident turns Rainbow into. Fortunately, he gets better.
  • "Get out of Jail Free" Card: Averted.
  • Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: Bubbles tries to revive her sisters by coloring on them. However, this doesn't work.
  • Name's the Same: No, the villain of this episode is not THAT Mr. Mime.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The police officers that confront Mr. Mime demands he puts his hands on the ground. Unfortunately, this is just what Mr. Mime wants since it allows him to use his powers on the police.
  • Non-Ironic Clown: Rainbow before the accident, and after the girls restore him to his good self.
  • Not Himself: Rainbow as he was being controlled by the bleach for most of the episode.
  • Overcrank: Bubbles dropping her crayons to the ground, some which break in half.
  • The Power of Rock: How the girls (Bubbles initially, but Blossom and Buttercup come to life with this trope) restore color to Townsville, and even undo what happened to Rainbow.
  • Silent Antagonist: This is what Rainbow becomes after turning into Mr. Mime.


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