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When professor Utonium invents a time portal for a demonstration during career day at the girls’ kindergarten, Mojo Jojo uses it travel back in time and try to kill the professor when he’s still a child.


Get Back Jojo provides examples of:

  • The ’50s: Professor Utonium's (along with Ms. Bellum and Ms. Keanes') school day takes place in 1959.
  • Acid-Trip Dimension: The fifth dimension through which one must go to achieve time travel.
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  • Big "NO!": Mojo Jojo during the end sequence, when the narrator points out that he once again had a hand in creating the Powerpuff Girls. The narrators counters with a Big "YES!".
  • Butterfly of Doom: Discussed; the Professor warns the girls to be very careful while in the past, and not use their powers unless forced to, since anything they do could potentially change the timeline.
  • The Cameo: Gerald McBoing-Boing and his parents appear in the movie shown at the classroom in 1959.
  • Climbing Climax: Mojo climbing the volcano with the young Utonium as his captive. He has to climb since in 1959 his observatory, and the staircase leading to it, have not been built yet.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: You know you're a bad boy when not even the #1 villain in Townsville approves of your bratty behavior.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: Utonium was in the same class as Mrs. Keane and Sara Bellum.
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  • Hyperspace Is a Scary Place: When Mojo uses the time portal to travel back, the professor states that transporting a complete person is a lot harder than small objects, and Mojo may not even survive his trip through the Fifth Dimension. Mojo survives alright, but you can tell from his reaction that the time travel is very unpleasant. Bubbles has a similar reaction.
  • Instructional Film: Utoniums’ class in 1959 is shown one about the dangers of the Townsville volcano.
  • Make Wrong What Once Went Right: Mojo attempts to go back in time and prevent the girls from every being created.
  • Mugged for Disguise: Mojo Jojo does this to one of the parents attending career day to get into the school unnoticed.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: For the second time, Mojo Jojo is somehow responsible for the girls’ creation. The narrator even lampshades it.
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  • Older Than They Look: Professor Utonium, Ms. Keane, and Ms. Bellum all went to school together in 1959 as young kids (likely out of Kindergarten) and likely be in their forties at the least at the date the episode aired (late 1990s) but they don't resemble middle-aged adults (especially Ms. Keane).
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Mojo’s disguise as Mary. Still, everyone falls for it until he reveals himself.
  • Portal to the Past: The professors’ time portal.
  • Red Herring: When Mojo first arrives in the past, he spots an intelligent young boy who looks like a younger Professor Utonium and even has the same voice, just younger sounding. Then an eraser hits the boy in the head, thrown at him by the real younger Utonium.
  • Reformed Bully: Surprisingly, professor Utonium is revealed to be one of these. He was quite a Bratty Half-Pint during his youth who liked to pick on the nerd in his class. Good thing that he redeemed himself after discovering science, and became the good man we all know him to be.
  • Save the Villain: The girls save Mojo from falling into the volcano, since they decide they can’t leave him behind in the past.
  • Stable Time Loop: Mojo goes back in time to kill the young professor Utonium. Instead, his actions and those of the girls are what inspire Utonium to become a scientist and one day create the girls.
    • On a smaller note; when testing the time portal, the professor retrieves his car keys from the day before. He even states “so that’s where they went”.
  • Time and Relative Dimensions in Space: The time portal allows for both a time and a geographical location to be programmed, so it can send you anywhere and anywhen.
  • Time-Travel Episode: The main plot of this episode.
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