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L - R: Gekko, Catboy, and Owlette.

PJ Masks, we're on our way!
Into the night to save the day!

PJ Masks is a Disney Junior cartoon that premiered on September 18, 2015. It is based on Les Pyjamasques, a series of French picture books created by Romuald Racioppo.

By day, they are Connor, Greg and Amaya, three regular kids. But by night, they are Catboy, Gekko and Owlette, the PJ Masks, who protect their home town from the antics of the nighttime villains Romeo, Luna Girl, and Night Ninja.

"TV Tropes, all shout hooray! Because in the night, we trope the day!":

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot:
    • In "Owlette and the Flash Flip Trip", after a fall, Romeo's robot thinks Owlette is his master and Romeo is the enemy, making this one of those rare times where this trope actually helps the heroes, instead of making things worse.
    • In a more traditional example, "Catboy and Gekko's Robot Rampage" has Romeo building a new robot sidekick for himself after the old one leaves him, which malfunctions, kidnaps him and decides to Take Over the World.
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    • In "Lost in Space", Romeo decides to boost the intelligence of the central computer of his Flying Factory so it can help him think of a plan to defeat the PJ's. The Computer promptly becomes sentient and takes over the factory, imprisoning Romeo.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Amaya falls into this "Owlette the Winner," after scoring a three point throw in basketball entirely by accident. She starts to believe she is really that good, and starts to challenge her fellow PJ Masks to competitions even while they're on a mission.
  • Actor Allusion: In "Wacky Floats", Night Ninja remarks that he's always wanted to be a salty sea dog.note  Bonus points since he was talking to Romeo, whose voice actor also played a role on the same show.
  • Adaptational Badass: Early on in the picture book series, the main protagonists' book counterparts were limited to using hand-to-hand combat and were able to investigate villain activity by travelling on foot. As the television series adapts the books in an attempt to have the characters fit more with the superhero comic book genre, the main characters are given new abilities such as super speed, super strength, vehicles, and even a superhero base.
    • The villains face this treatment as well, for example, Romeo's motive in the book series was to either capture dream-related entities or demolishing the main characters' school was changed to having him planning a question for world domination in the television series.
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  • Adaptational Diversity: In the picture book series, the book counterparts of the characters are mostly French and some of the characters are named after mythologic figures (e.g. Connor/Catboy becoming Sacha/Yoyo). The TV adaptation changes the characters to be Americian, while receiving names of western superhero alter-egos and civilian names that fit more with their background. While the France setting remains unchanged in the television series, it adjusts the setting slightly to contain multiethnic North American elements.
  • Adaptational Nationality: The characters go from French to American.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: While Les Pyjamasques' TV counterparts, the PJ Masks, are always on the side of good in the TV series they're depicted as more mature instead of acting more playful, childish and mischievous.
  • Adaptational Mundanity: While the show is still a long way from being grounded in reality with its young heroes and villains, it did eliminate some of the more fantastical aspects of the original book series. These include the PJ Masks befriending a huge werewolf, the moon having a face, and the young heroes going up against supernatural villains like; an evil version of The Sandman, a living snow statue, various monsters, and even the Egyptian deity Apophis.
    • This is eventually subverted as the series progresses overtime to become more faithful with the book series (especially in Season 4 onwards), such as including many supernatural characters such as An Yu, Santa Claus, Munki-gu, Pharaoh Boy, Motsuki, Orticia, Octobella, the PJ Pets, Pirate Robot and [[even a couple alien twins named the Speedy Twins.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • The villains from the picture book series are not afraid of using any harm inflicting weapons against the heroes. This was toned down in the TV series where they use weapons such as laser guns, moon bubbles and sticky splats to trap or disable villains with no lethal harm inflicted on the heroes.
  • Adapted Out: The picture books featured quite a few supporting characters who, so far, never made it into the tv-show. These include Lilifée (a fairy-like girl who has passion for stars and snow), the Mascrapules (three kids with superpowers based on a rat, fly and worm), and Energuman (an adult superhero). And those are just the characters that appear in more than 1 book. There are also over a dozen oneshot characters.
    • It is confirmed by the director that some of the characters in the books such as Les Mascrapules might not make appearances in the show due to the producers having difficulties on giving a role for them.
  • Adaptation Name Change:
    • Les Pyjamasques are renamed as the PJ Masks in the show.
    • Yoyo is renamed Catboy, Bibou is renamed Owlette, and Gluglu is renamed Gekko.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the books, the main protagonists' costumes resembled those of plush costumes. In the show, the television counterparts of the main protagonists have their costumes redesigned to look like real superhero costumes.
    • This particular aspect would shortly be incorporated into characters of the book series once the television series premiered.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Greg's pet lizard Lionel loves to play fetch.
  • Alliterative Name: In the Italian Dub all three PJ Masks have G names in the form of Gattoboy, Gufetta, and Geco.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: All Nighttime villains have at multiple times targetted the PJ Masks HQ in an attempt to either conquer or destroy it, in case of the former with varying degrees of success.
  • An Aesop: Every episode has one.
  • Anachronic Order: Happens in season 2.
    • The episodes "PJ Robot/PJ Power Up" come after "Wacky Floats/Romeo's Disguise" by both production order and airdate, but chronologically they are set before "Wacky Floats/Romeo's Disguise". This is proven by the fact that the former 2 introduce the PJ Mask's new Robot Buddy and powers, which were already present in the latter 2.
    • It happens again with the episode "May the Best Power Win", which is set immediately after the PJ Masks got their new powers (they are seen practicing with them, and Catboy mentions this is the first time they use their new powers against Romeo), so this episode is chronologically set before "Wacky Floats" as well.
  • Animal Superhero: In the Season 5 episode "Ninja Power Up", an owl, a cat and Greg's pet lizard Lionel get the same powers as Owlette, Catboy and Gekko respectively, and from that moment on frequently support the PJ's.
  • Animal Themed Super Being: The PJ Masks.
  • Animorphism: In “Robot's Pet Cat”, Romeo's latest gadget turns Catboy into an actual cat.
  • Animation Bump: It is noticeable that the animation is smoother in Season 2 onwards.
    • In addition in Season 3, the animators added more animations to the Ninjalinos and Moths by allowing them to move their chins when speaking.
  • Anti-Sneeze Finger: In the episode Gekko's Stay-at-Home Sneezes, Amaya does this to Greg at the start of the story. It works.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Gekko's main flaw in the episode "Slowpoke Gekko".
  • Badass Adorable: The PJ Masks.
  • Bad Boss: Night Ninja and Luna Girl. Night Ninja makes his Ninjalinos do all the work, constantly insulting them to boot and Luna Girl frequently insults her moths and often tries to replace them. The entire "Ninja Moths" episode focuses on this. To a lesser extent Romeo can sometimes be annoyed with his robot creations.
    • That being said, Night Ninja's plans in "Catboy and Master Fang's Sword" and "Gekko and the Super Ninjalinos" did fail because of his minions, so not all of his criticism is completely unjustified. On the other hand, the Ninjalinos actually did come up with a better Evil Plan than their boss in "Catboy and the Sticky Splat Slingshot", which Night Ninja was quick to take the credit for when he realized it was actually a good plan.
    • Owlette ends up being one in "Owlette and the Owletteenies." The Ninjalinos turn on Night Ninja because of his constantly mistreating them, and turn to Owlette to lead them instead. Owlette ends up so bossy and overbearing toward them that the Ninjalinos eventually decide that they like Night Ninja better and go back to him, though Owlette eventually tries to apologize to them after she learns her lesson.
    • Octobella also falls into this, as in "Magnet in the Moat," she is regularly seen teasing Percival, much to his annoyance.
  • Bigger on the Inside: HQ. On the outside it seems just big enough to house the PJ Masks' vehicles, but nothing more. On the inside however, each compartment can easily hold the corresponding vehicle with lots of room to spare.
  • Birthday Episode:
    • "Catboy and the Great Birthday Cake Rescue" is one for Greg. His age is never mentioned however.
    • The short "Moon Rocked" resolves around Luna Girl's birthday (again, with no age mentioned).
    • Greg's birthday is celebrated again in "To the Moon and Back".
  • Bullying a Dragon: The villains often mock and insult the PJ Masks, despite knowing full well that they are super-powered kids.
    • In the books, this also happens to Romeo's book counterpart (as of Les Pyjamasques et l'opération zéro), where the other characters (especially the heroes) often mock and insult on his failure and/or humiliation, despite knowing that he is an "infernal inventor".
  • Catchphrase:
    • "PJ Masks, we're on our way, into the night to save the day!"
    • "It's time to be a hero!"
    • "PJ Masks all shout hooray, because in the night, we saved the day!"
    • In season 2 onward Robot (Romeo's robot who appears the most often) frequently began to say, "Oh no!".
    • Then there is Armadylan's "Armadylan Style" and Motsuki's "Eep!".
  • Christmas Episode: Two: Season 1's "Gekko Saves Christmas", and Season 3's "The PJ Masks Save Christmas". The latter is also a two-parter that takes up both parts of the episode.
  • City of Adventure: The nameless city of the 3 heroes has no shortage of adventure; there are various villains roaming the streets at night, a portal to another dimension hidden behind a wall in an alleyway, and another portal to what is implied to be the afterlife in a sphinx statue in the museum, various relics and artifacts hidden in the city, and caves underneath it that contain even more relics.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: The PJ Masks' powers come from their pajamas.
  • Colony Drop: In "Owlette's Luna Trouble", Romeo steals Luna Girls' magnet, amplifies its power, and uses it to try and make the moon crash on HQ.
  • Cool Airship: Owlette's vehicle, the Owl-Glider.
  • Cool Car: Catboy's vehicle, the Cat-Car.
  • Cool Starship: HQ can transform from a totem pole into a rocket ship for space missions.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: The main characters all have eyes that match their suit color, although Owlette's are brown while in her normal form (because, barring albinism, red is not a natural eye color).
  • Darker and Edgier: Certain episodes where the villains reach homicidal levels. Such as "Ninja Moths" where the Ninjalinos and Moths try to outright murder Night Ninja and Luna Girl by shooting them off on a rocket. Or in "Moon Madness" where Luna Girl outright tries to murder Catboy by leaving him stranded in space even when he has a helmet on.
  • Darkest Hour: The four-parter Heroes of the Sky is this trope personified in kid show form via Romeo imperiling the PJ Masks' mission (despite the episode's sumarry mentioning Owlette doing so instead); he destroys Luna Girl's Moon base, turns Motsuki back into a (semi) regular moth, destroys the original versions of the PJ Masks' HQ and vehicles and, worst of all, causes Owlette to lose her powers and memories of being a hero by erasing her part of the HQ crystal, so Catboy and Gekko are forced to team up with Luna in order to stop Romeo after their daytime counterparts got in trouble with the teacher for trying to help Owlette's get her PJ-memories back, or else he'll rapidly clone all of his flying factories and use them to destroy the entire planet!
  • The Determinator: No matter how many times the PJ Masks foil them, the nighttime villains always come back for more.
  • Divided We Fall: The heroes have had moments when they were trying to outdo each other or refusing to cooperate during missions, which usually resulted in their villains getting the better of them until they realized their mistake.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": In "Owlette's Feathered Friend", Owlette adopts a pet bird, whom she names Birdie.
  • Dub Name Change: The English names, from the original French:
    • Connor is Sacha.
    • Catboy is Yoyo, Owlette is Bibou, and Gekko is Gluglu.
    • Luna Girl is Sorceline and Night Ninja is Ninjaka.
    • Similarily, in the Italian dub, titled Super Piginami, Catboy is Gattoboy, Owlette is Gufetta, Gekko is Geco, Luna Girl is Lunetta, and Night Ninja is Ninja della Notte.
  • Easter Episode: The Season 2 finale "Easter Wolfies" is set during Easter. In the episode, the PJ's have to prevent the Wolfies from stealing the Easter Eggs hidden for next day's Easter egg hunt at their school.
  • Egopolis: On at least two occasions, Romeo has tried to convert the city into his own realm, "Romeoville".
  • Enemy Mine:
    • Luna Girl teaming up with the PJ Masks against Romeo is the most frequently used example of this trope as this happens in almost every episode they appear in together. She does so in "Gekko and the Mighty Moon Problem" (to stop Romeo from carving his face onto her moon), "Owlette's Luna Trouble" (because Romeo was specifically targeting her to steal her luna magnet and board for his next evil scheme), "Moonbreaker" (to stop Romeo from destroying the moon in his attempt to find the second moon crystal) and "Glowy Moths" (after he capturs her moths to power up is lab). Subverted in "Romeo's Crystal Clear Plan" where she willingly both betrays and traps them alongside Romeo the second she gets her crystal back from Robot; in this episode, she helps herself until PJ Robot stops her after presumably seeing the whole situation on the PJ Picture Player.
    • In "Wolfy Mountain", Night Ninja teamed up with the PJ Masks against the Wolfy Kids to defend Mystery Mountain
    • In "PJ Masks vs Bad Guys United", the original three villains (Romeo, Luna Girl and Night Ninja) finally team up (with it being the first time the former two work together) against the PJ Masks and almost defeat them before Armadylan arrived.
    • In "PJ Comet", Romeo and Luna Girl team up once again, but they still hate and argue with each other.
    • "The Disappearing Ninjas" had Night Ninja team up with the PJ Masks and Anyu against Romeo, since Romeo was taking the Ninjalinos captive for his latest plan.
    • In "PJ Robot vs Romeo", PJ Robot and Romeo had to settle their differences with each other so they can work together to fix the Sky Factory, while the PJ Masks (with Catboy controlling the Owl-Glider) were collecting falling pieces from it.
  • "Everybody Laughs" Ending: Almost all episodes end with the 3 protagonists laughing about something.
  • Evil Knockoff: As of Season 3, Romeo has an army of Fly Bots, who are identical in design to PJ Robot (in particular how PJ Robot originally looked in his debut episode), but blindly loyal to Romeo.
  • Evil Versus Evil: The Nighttime Villains are not above targetting each other if it means furthering their own goals.
  • Flight: Owlette's wings grant her this.
  • The Foreign Subtitle: In Brazil, the cartoon is known as "PJ Masks - Heróis de Pijama" (Heroes in Pajamas).
  • Free-Range Children: Aside from the obvious fact that the heroes freely roam the city at night, they also frequently travel around in the daytime with no adult supervision.
  • Freudian Trio: For the PJ Masks, Catboy is the Ego; Gekko is the Superego; and Owlette is the Id.
  • Frequently Full Moon: The moon is always full, in every episode.
  • Friendly Enemy: The original three nighttime villains. Whenever they team up do not expect them to get along (although they get along well in while teaming up in PJ Masks vs Bad Guys United). They also sometimes are in this with the PJs such as "The Disappering Ninjas," "Moonbreaker" or "The Christmas PJ Masks Save Christmas."
  • Funny Background Event: Sometimes when a villainous attack is seen knocking over an object, while the battle continues, Gekko will often be seen picking up the displaced object and putting it back exactly where it came from.
  • Glad I Thought of It: In "Catboy and the Sticky Splat Slingshot", the Ninjalinos keep voicing their dissatisfaction with Night Ninja's Evil Plan and they're convinced they have one that is better. When Night Ninja finally hears them out, he realizes it actually is better than his and thanks the Ninjalinos for reminding him that he has been planning it all along.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: In "Gekko Saves Christmas", the PJ Masks convince Luna Girl to return the Christmas presents she had stolen and at the end, they give her a present in return, which turns out to be a pair of skates and they all go ice skating together.
    • Happens in again "The PJ Masks Save Christmas" except this time with Romeo who even says on the holiday season he won't be bad anymore.
  • Great Big Library of Everything: The Library in the museum looks like a normal library, but no matter how obscure or unusual the thing is that the heroes or villains need information about (like ancient artifacts, superpowers or even special meteorites), there will be a book about it in the library.
  • Growling Gut: Briefly happens to Gekko after eating too much chocolate in “Easter Wolfies”.
  • Halloween Episode: the two-parter "Halloween Tricksters" is set during Halloween. Minus one point for the PJs going out as themselves, just because they want to keep the other kids from finding out who they really are.
  • Hero Worship: Connor idolizes the martial artist Master Fang, while Amaya loves the comic book superheroine Flossy Flash.
    • In "Catboy and Gekko's Robot Rampage," Greg also has a passion for Master Fang's sidekick Kick Mc Gee.
  • Henshin Hero: The PJ Masks only have their powers while in their superhero identities.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Occasionally happens to the nighttime villains. For example:
    • In "Speak UP, Gekko!", Romeo ends up losing his own voice to his invention he created to steal the voices of the PJ Masks.
    • In "Catboy and the Sticky Splat Slingshot", Night Ninja has the PJ Masks stuck to a giant ball of sticky goo and is about to shoot them out at their headquarters with the titular slingshot. After getting shot out, the heroes manage to free themselves and throw the ball back at Night Ninja and his Ninjalinos who end up stuck to the ball themselves and rolling around with it all over the town.
    • In "Moonfizzle Balls", the hero's use Luna Girls own Moonfizzle Balls against her.
    • Romeo literally gets hit with this hard in "Clumsy Catboy" when his Clumsy Ray ends up hitting him while sitting in his lab.
    • Similarly, Romeo is defeated in "Gekko and the Missing Gekko-Mobile" when his "rotten-ated" eggs end up falling on him.
  • Hollywood Chameleons: Gekko can change into any color at will.
  • Hover Board: Luna Girl's Luna Board.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode title of season 1 includes at least one of the heroes' names. This has been toned down as of season 2.
  • Invisible Parents: None of the heroes parents ever appear on screen, and they are just mentioned in passing. Neither do we see the parents of the villains (assuming they still have any).
  • Ironic Name: Connor. His name means "wolf lover" or "dog lover" in Irish, but his superhero form has a cat motif.
  • Irony: Ninjas are supposed to be stealthy, hiding in the shadows and keeping their existence a secret. But Night Ninja is openly showy and craves the spotlight, wanting everyone to know him.
  • It's All About Me: All the night-time villains fall into this, but Night Ninja is the worst, constantly trying to make himself look good at the expense of others, and ignoring his Ninjalinos whenever they try to offer their own ideas.
  • Jerkass: All the villains count, but as of Season 4, Octobella and Pharaoh Boy are the most unpleasant and rotten of all the other nighttime villains, with the former even regularly pushing her own sidekick around beginning with "Magnet in the Moat."
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In "Owlette's Feathered Friend", Luna Girl wasn't wrong when she calls Owlette out that due to the fact that Owlette didn't look after her new pet properly, Birdie put her luna crystals inside their HQ. Even Gekko said that Luna Girl's right when she tells Owlette that she's a terrible pet owner, which Owlette immediately admits.
    Luna: That's right, bird brain. You're such a bad pet owner, that your bird friend put my luna crystals inside your HQ. And now that I have took it over, you can have her back.
    Owlette: But why would Birdie let me down like this?
    Gekko: Maybe because you didn't look after her properly.
    • In "Speak UP, Gekko!", Romeo wasn't wrong when he (using the PJs' voices) calls Gekko out for his inability to get the Voice Box once he has successfully stolen Catboy and Owlette's voices, though Gekko doesn't admit that it was his fault until he acquires Owlette's voice.
    Romeo (as Gekko): "Does this mean that Romeo the genius has all of our voices?"
    Romeo (as Owlette): "It's because he's so awesome."
    Romeo (as Catboy): "But we're not! Without our voices we'll never be able to work together to defeat him. And all because Gekko didn't take his voice back when he could."
    Romeo (with Catboy, Owlette and Gekko's voices): "R-O-M-E-O, Romeo!"
    Gekko (mouthing): "It's time to be a hero!"
    Romeo (with his normal voice): "What's that? Ohh, you think it's 'time to be a hero'."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The original three nighttime villains. To their minions, sometimes, anyway such as in "Ninja Moths" and "Nobody's Sidekick". But sometimes towards the PJ Masks as well for example such as in "Wolfy Mountain", Moonbreaker" and "PJ Masks Save Christmas".
  • Just Hit Him: The three leads' superpowers are pretty effective for fighting: Catboy is super fast and agile, Owlette can fly and control wind, and Gekko is a Yautja who can climb walls like Spider-Man and use super strength. However, this being a kids' show, they never use them for anything above basic problem solving; only occasionally do they engage in hand-to-hand against the villains, even if it would typically save the day much faster than trying to play into the baddie's rules. As of Season 4, this trope has been subverted a couple of times in fights against Romeo's robots, but these fights always happens off screen, likely to keep kids from being exposed to violence.
  • Karma Houdini: The nighttime villains never get their comeuppance for constantly messing with people, stealing, freezing everything in the middle of summer, trying to take over PJ Masks' HQ with a pet bird, etc. Although Romeo did end up losing his own voice in "Speak UP, Gekko!" but that's about it. And then he appears perfectly fine in the next episode he's in.
  • Kid Hero: The PJs are often said to be six.
  • Kids Driving Cars: All three of the PJs has their own signature vehicle, while nightime villain Romeo drives a mobile lab shaped approximately like a streetsweeper.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: In seasons one and four, Luna Girl is this, compared to Romeo and Night Ninja. While the two other villains' schemes often revolve around Take Over the World tactics and proving their superiority, she mostly just steals things so she can play with them, with no greater plan usually involved. On several occasions, the PJ Masks have been able to negotiate a truce with her, or convince her to halt her plans by giving her something that she would like.
    • In seasons two and three, this is averted. Not only is she now more dangerous with a luna wand and crystal she's far more homicidal. For example, in "Moon Madness," she tries to turn off a beam in space that would leave Catboy stranded in space and die, despite him wearing a helmet and his friends eventually saving him.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: "Time to be a hero!"
  • Let's You and Him Fight: In "Clash On Mystery Mountain" Night Ninja tricks Armadylan into fight An Yu and take her staff from her.
  • Lighter and Softer: Despite its dark side (no pun intended), its still a kids show that teaches children not to be afraid of the dark. It's also considered to be a kid-friendly equivalent of the more adult-oriented Miraculous Ladybug, but with pajamas.
  • Make My Monster Grow:
    • In "Super-Sized Gekko", an invention of Romeo makes both Gekko and one of Luna's moths grow giant.
    • In "Lionel-Saurus", another invention by Romeo which resembles dog treats turns Gekko's pet lizard Lionel huge.
    • In "Halloween Tricksters", Luna Girl uses the power of the Halloween moon to make three of her moths grow to gigantic size.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade:
    • In the season 2 episode "PJ Power Up", all 3 PJ masks get new powers thanks to a crystal statue found in HQ note .
    • In the Season 4 premiere "Heroes of the Sky", all the PJ Masks vehicles get upgrades from three crystals retrieved by Owlette after apparently exploding.
    • And the Season 5 premiere "Ninja Powerup" sees the PJ Masks gain even more powers, and HQ gets a powerup as well, giving it a new appearance and the PJ Sensors.
  • Magitek: The heroes have access to a high-tech HQ that contains among other things a Holographic Terminal and can turn into a rocketship, as well as high-tech individual vehicles, all of which would not be out of place in a science fiction series. Yet, it's all powered by a Magical Crystal Totem, directly tied to the PJ's own powersnote , and when HQ underwent and upgrade in season 5, the PJ Sensors spontaneously materialized from tree branches inside HQ.
  • Minimalist Cast: While other kids are often seen during the daytime segments, the majority of the show focused on initially only six characters: the 3 PJ Masks, Romeo, Luna Girl and Night Ninja. The trope has since gradually been downplayed with each season introducing more main charactersnote , though as of the episode "Carly and Cartoka," the show only has a cast of about 27 main characters (29 if you count Octobella's sidekick Percival and Pirate Robot's official sidekick Sally). Still, since the villains take turns fighting the heroes, and the supporting heroes also usually rarely appear together, there's still only around 7 - 8 main characters per episode.
  • Moral Myopia: The night-time villains often yell at the PJ Masks for "ruining everything" when their plans are foiled, conveniently ignoring the fact that those plans would often ruin things for everyone else.
  • Most Writers Are Adults: According to Word of God, the three heroes are six years old, yet they are superheroes with their own headquarters, can pilot vehicles, and aside from the occasional time they do act childlike, are overall more mature than you'd expect children their age to be. The same also applies to their enemies, the nighttime villains, who are around the same age.
  • Mysterious Past: ALL heroes and villains. Due to the show lacking a proper Origins Episode, it's unknown how the PJ Masks, Night Ninja, Luna Girl and Romeo became who they are now, or how they first met. The episode "Catboy Does It Again" proves the PJ Masks didn't always have their powers since Romeo plans to revert them back to before they were heroes, but that's about it. Slightly downplayed for Armadylan, the Wolfy Kids, and Newton Star; we do get to see their first encounter with the PJ Masks, but not how they got their powers. An Yu also qualifies; we only know that she was at some point in the past sealed away in the dragon gong, but nothing is known how and when this happened, or how long she was already guardian of Mystery Mountain at that point.
    • This is partially subverted as seen in the official Frog Box website, it states that the totem animals were responsible for creating the PJ Masks' pajamas. Furthermore, one official bio image in an official PJ Masks account confirms that the main characters met each other in a sandpit at school, but this isn't entirely true, so it is unknown where the main characters first met each other.
  • Mythology Gag: The concept art for Luna Girl shows her with a wand instead of a magnet as a weapon. As of the season 2 episode "Moonstruck", whenever Luna Girl combines her magnet with the moon crystal, her magnet becomes this wand.
  • Narcissist:
    • Romeo. In "Gekko and the Mighty Moon Problem," he tried to carve his face into the moon.
    • Night Ninja has a giant statue of himself made in "Owlette's Two Wrongs".
  • Never My Fault: Night Ninja and Luna Girl are quick to blame their minions when their plans fail such as "Ninja Moths."
    • In "Slow Down, Catboy!" Luna Girl uses her Luna Magnet on Night Ninja to cheat and they crash and lose. Luna blames Night Ninja for her own backfired plan.
  • Never Recycle Your Schemes: While this is common in most episodes, it is averted in "Owlette's New Move", where Romeo reuses three of his old plans at the same time. Some of his other inventions are also used more than once, though not always by him.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The show's typical plot structure involves one of the main characters demonstrating a personality flaw that will later screw up the team's plan. This usually leads to the episode's "It's time to be a hero!" moment.
  • No Antagonist: The season 3 episode "Super Muscles Show Off" stands out as the first, and so far only, episode in which none of the night time villains appear. Instead, the conflict comes from a contest of strength between Gekko and Armadylan, which quickly gets out of hand.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: While it's clear that time passes (the show already has two Christmas episodes set on separate Christmasses, and two episodes about Greg's birthday), none of the characters ever age. Or move to another class.
  • Not Me This Time:
    • In "Catboy and Gekko's Robot Rampage", Romeo's robot steals all the toys from the playground and when the heroes confront Romeo about it, he tells them the robot is not obeying him and stole them on its own will.
    • In "Bounce-a-Tron", the PJ Masks suspect Romeo to be behind the sudden appearance of green, bouncy splat all over the city, but it turns out it was actually Night Ninja, who stole Romeo's Bounce-a-lot Machine to do so. Subverted in that once Romeo gets his invention back, he immediately starts using it to cause more trouble for the PJ Masks.
    • In "Owlette Slips Up", Owlette suspects Romeo to be behind using his inventions to cause havoc all over the city, but it turns out she was (indirectly) helping the Wolfy Kids, who stole Romeo's Ice Machine to do so.
  • Odd Name Out:
    • Amaya/Owlette is this, as unlike the other two PJ Masks, her normal name and superhero name do not start with the same initial. In the French version, only Greg/Gekko's name and superhero name start with the same initial (see Dub Name Change above).
      • Averted for the Russian dub, where Owlette's name is adapted as Alette to match her daytime name.
    • And then there are the Wolfy Kids who are named Howler, Rip... and Kevin.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: The season 3 character An Yu is a magical dragon who can turn into a human upon leaving her gong.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: The Wolfy Kids. Physically, they mostly resemble the beastman version of werewolves (human looking, but with claws on their hands and feet, sharp teeth, pointy ears and long messy hair). They also display typical wolf behaviour like running on all fours, howling, and biting, but can also walk on just their hind legs, and are still capable of human speech.
  • Passionate Sportsgirl: If the episodes "Owlette and the Moon Ball" and "Owlette the Winner" are any indication, Amaya is one.
  • Performance Anxiety:
    • Greg suffers this in "Speak UP, Gekko!" when he has to recite a poem in front of his whole class. Eventually, his whole class laughs at him, possibly even Connor and Amaya!
    • Connor also gets this in "Catboy's Great Gig" when he's nervous about having to play an instrument in front of the class. This time however, he doesn't get laughed at by his friends or the class.
  • Pirates Vs Ninjas: It happens two times in "Pirates Ahoy" and "PJ Sky Pirates" when the PJ Masks were dressed up as pirates to stop Night Ninja.
  • Punny Name:
    • The French name of the show is actually a pun on pyjamas (pyjamasques <-> pyjamasks, see?). It's more obvious in the original French which pronounces it exactly like "PJ Masks"; English chose to keep the pronunciation the same at the expense of the pun being slightly lost.
    • Owlette is the female name "Olette" with a "W" added to have the word "Owl" in it. The name Olette means "small winged one" in latin, making this a Meaningful Name as well.
  • Quarter Hour Short: Each episode consists of two 11-minutes long stories, except for the occasional special like "Moonstruck" and "Halloween Tricksters", which are half hour long.
  • Redemption Rejection: After helping the PJ Masks defeat Romeo in "Gekko and the Mighty Moon Problem," Owlette offers Luna Girl to join the team. Of course, she refuses and claims that she wants to stay a villain.
  • Ret-Canon: When the books were adapted for television, several changes were introduced which, after the show became a success, were retroactively introduced in the books as well (starting with book 19, Les Pyjamasques et l'opération zéro). Most notably book counterparts for the PJ Masks' vehicles, book counterparts for Luna Girl and Night Ninja, and Les Pyjamasques receiving the PJ's new powers.
  • Robot Buddy:
    • Robot, Romeo's primary ally.
    • As of the season 2 episode "PJ Robot", the PJ Masks themselves also have one named PJ Robot. note 
  • Rule of Empathy: This super kids show teaches other people to be kind to one another, including the PJ Masks themselves to listen to each other feelings and hearts.
  • Save the Villain: Since they're heroes, the PJ Masks will help the night time villains when they're in trouble, even if they don't like having to do so. A few examples:
    • Owlette saves Romeo from falling in "Catboy and Gekko's Robot Rampage".
    • In "The Good Wolfy", the PJ Masks, helped by Kevin, save Rip and Howler from falling off HQ.
    • In "Best Friends Forever", when Luna Girl falls out of the HQ rocket and ends up drifting in space, with an asteroid storm heading her way, Owlette went out into space as well to rescue her, soon followed by Catboy and Gekko. And when it seemed they wouldn't be able to all return to the rocket, they offered Luna the chance to leave them behind and get herself to safety first, only for Luna to carry the PJs into the rocket with her Luna Magnet so that she wouldn't leave them in space do die.
  • Science Fantasy: The show freely mixes elements of both genres. On the fantasy side, there are characters like Night Ninja and An Yu, and adventures involving ancient artifacts and Mystery Mountain. On the sci-fi side, there are characters like Romeo, Luna Girl, PJ Robot and Newton Star, and adventures set in space. The three main heroes are a mix; their powers are more on the fantasy side, with them using magical bracelets to transform into heroes, a crystal totem containing magical animal spirits that power their costumes and HQ, and tap into animals their powers are based on, but on the other hand they also have high tech vehicles, and an HQ that can transform into a spaceship.
  • Ship Tease: Usually with Luna Girl of all people, perhaps because she is the most sympathetic villain and the villain most likely to team up with the PJ Masks in the first season (and, at least during season 1, the only female villain).
    • Catboy and her get a bit of it in "Catboy's Cloudy Crisis" when their struggle for the Luna Magnet somehow turns momentarily into a tango. He appears to enjoy it more than her, however.
    • She also gets quite close with Gekko in "Gekko Saves Christmas" after he invites her to spend Christmas with the trio and they have some gaze meeting moments.
      • Also, the short "Training With The PJ Masks" and in the Halloween special “Halloween Tricksters (Part 1)”, has Luna Girl falling off her Luna Board and Gekko catching her in bridal style with a huge grin on his face. Then we see Luna Girl’s cheeks looking more rosier than before.
      • Plus in "Fly Me to the Moon," Luna Girl and Gekko are seen sitting together on his bed in his bedroom and talking with each other.
      • And in "PJ Party Crashers," Luna Girl catches Gekko when he was falling and he thanks her, much to Luna’s embarrassment.
    • Catboy and Owlette also get a bit of it at times:
      • In "Owlette and the Battling Headquarters", Owlette falls down after a failed attack on Night Ninja and Catboy catches her in bridal style. A very brief look on his face indicates that he enjoyed the situation a bit more than just helping a teammate in need.
      • In "Catboy's Tricky Ticket" Amaya tries to convince Connor into giving her the spare ticket for the Jayden Houston concert by telling him she could help him practicing his skateboard moves. Taken out of context, the scene could easily come across as Amaya flirting with him.
      • In "Not So Ninja," Owlette catches Catboy when he was falling from the museum and they smile affectionately at each other.
      • In the end of "Heroes of the Sky," Catboy and Owlette end up hugging each other after Motsuki turns back to her current form.
  • Sick Episode: "Gekko's Stay-at-Home Sneezes."
  • Slumber Party: Amaya throws one in "PJ Party Crasher." Since she knows Luna Girl will probably try to ruin it, she convinces Jenny and Marie to make it a costumed party so she can go as her superpowered alter-ego without raising suspicions.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Night Ninja. Most of his schemes involve proving he's the greatest and most skilled person around.
    • Romeo can also fall into this.
  • The Smurfette Principle:
    • Amaya/Owlette is the only girl among the 3 main heroes, and was the only female hero overall in seasons 1 and 2. Season 3 introduced An Yu, but she is a supporting hero who does not appear in every episode, leaving Owlette to remain the only female PJ Mask.
    • On the side of the villains, Luna Girl was for a long time the only female villain, but this has changed since the introduction of the Wolfy Kids, of whom Rip is a member of, and later Motsuki, Octobella and Orticia.
  • To the Batnoun!!: In most episodes, the PJ Masks generally say this phrase when selecting which vehicle to take in a mission.
  • Spoiled Brat: Luna Girl comes off this way sometimes, screaming and throwing tantrums when the things she's stolen are taken away from her by the heroes.
  • Status Quo Is God: Downplayed; while most episodes are stand alone stories whose events are forgotten by next, there have in fact been several episodes that did cause lasting changes in the show’s status quo. These include the introductions of new heroes and villains, the heroes getting new powers, their vehicles and HQ getting an upgrade, Teeny Weeny permanently ditching Night Ninja to become a hero, and Motsuki becoming Luna Girl’s surrogate sister, but eventually having a falling out with her and banishing her from the Lunar Fortress. The Season 5 episode "Carly and Cartoka" saw antoher mayor change to the status quo, with all the PJ vehicles (including their Thememobiles, which had been part of the show since the very beginning) being destroyed, and the heroes failling to get them back.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: The show is frequently guilty of this, most notably with Gekko's Super Strength (one moment he easily lifts heavy objects over his head, another moment a villain easily restrains him) and Catboy's Super Speed (sometimes he can perform feats that rival The Flash, other times he's certainly fast but still slow enough for a villain to intercept or dodge him). Owlette is the only exception to this.
  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: Invoked by Luna Girl in "Catboy's Tricky Ticket" after she steals popstar Jayden Houston's golden microphone.
    Luna Girl: I've got Jayden's golden mike, and I can do just what I waaaaant!
  • Sweet and Sour Grapes: In "Gekko and the Rock of All Power," Gekko gets caught up in competing with Night Ninja to break the eponymous rock and get the amulet, putting the city in danger as they knock it around. It's not until Gekko tries to break the rock to save his friends that he finally succeeds.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Even though the PJ Masks stop villains from ruining daytime fun, they also have kind-hearted manners to some villains, primarily Kevin.
  • Take Over the World: Romeo's main motive; something he frequently admits.
  • Technically Living Zombie: In "Moonfizzle Balls", Luna Girl uses her titular Moonfizzle Balls to turn everyone in the city into her minions. Those affected act like stereotypical zombies, walking in a Zombie Gait and chanting "Moooon". The hero's even have to act like they got affected too to get close enough to Luna Girl for a counter attack.
  • Thememobile: All three young heroes have their own vehicle; the Cat-car (a blue automobile), the Owl-glider (a red flying machine with owl wings) and the Gekko-Mobile (a green amphibian vehicle with a lizard tail). However, they got destroyed in the season 5 episode "Carly & Cartoka".
  • Third-Person Person: Catboy is prone to talk like this, usually when he's about to do something heroic.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Owlette, Luna Girl, An Yu, and Rip.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: The Wolfy Kids are named Howler, Rip... and Kevin.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As the series progresses, the PJ Masks and several other characters have gained new vehicles, gadgets, upgraded versions of their original vehicles and so on.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Catboy and Owlette sometimes in episodes that focus on them. Prime examples include:
    • "Catboy and the Butterfly Brigade" and "Catboy Takes Control" for Catboy.
    • "Owlette the Winner" and "Owlette and the Owletteenies" for Owlette.
    • Luna Girl in season 2 and 3. Not only is she more dangerous she is also more homicidal being willing to try and leave Catboy stranded in space and die even with his helmet on in "Moon Madness".
  • Transformation Name Announcement: Each of the PJ Masks announce their names after they transform.
  • Transformation Sequence: The PJ Masks each have one Once per Episode.
  • Transformation Trinket: Though their pajamas give them their powers, the trio activate them via wrist bands.
  • Troll:
    • In the episode "Gekko's Blame Campaign" Luna Girl attempts to get a rise out of Gekko by taunting him while riding on a racecar she stole in an attempt to get him to knock the HQ loose in the process.
    • In the book "Les Pyjamasques et l'opération zéro", Les Pyjamasques try to anger Romeo by mocking him while saving the day in an attempt to get him to destroy his own robot demolisher in the process.
  • Universal Driver's License: Despite being 6-years old, all 3 heroes have no trouble piloting their respective vehicles (a car, a plane and an amphibian vehicle respectively), or each others vehicles if the situation demands it. In "Take to the Skies, Owlette," Catboy and Gekko likewise had no trouble flying an old plane from the museum.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Each of the PJ Masks have their own set of themed exclamations, such as "By my cat's whiskers!" (Catboy), "Fluttering feathers!" (Owlette) and "Gasping geckos!" (Gekko).
    • At one point in "Wolfy Mountain," Howler screams "Yackadoodle!"
  • Villain Episode: The episode "Romeo's Disguise" focuses entirely on Romeo and not on the PJ Masks, though the PJs themselves did get some occasional screen time.
    • Each of the Wolfy Kids has had at least one episode for themselves: "Way of the Woofy" for Howler, "The Wolfy Plan" for Rip, and "The Good Wolfy" and "Moonwolfy" for Kevin.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Upon being defeated, the nighttime villains always flee and the heroes don't really make any attempts to stop them from escaping, instead having mercy on them and letting them get away.
  • Villainous Rescue: In "Bounce-A-Tron," Romeo ends up taking care of Night Ninja who has the PJs bouncing around and with Night Ninja defeated he accidentally makes it easier for the PJs to win after they stopped bouncing.
  • Villain Song: Romeo, Luna Girl, and Night Ninja each have one in the form of a short music video.
  • Villain Team-Up: The nighttime villains sometimes go into these, though they always fall apart due to differences of opinion or motives. The largest team-up so far was in "Halloween Tricksters" and "PJ Masks vs Bad Guys United," with Luna Girl and Night Ninja working together with the Wolfies and Romeo respectively.
  • Wall Crawl: One of Gekko's powers. His vehicle, the Gekko-Mobile, can also do this.
  • We Will Meet Again: Frequently said by the nighttime villains upon being defeated.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: The Ninjalinos sometimes ditch Night Ninja for the PJ Masks, but he still always takes them with him when he retreats anyway. Taken Up to Eleven in "Catboy and the Teeny Weeny Ninjalino" where the titular Ninjalino flat out told him he doesn't want to help him because he likes the PJ Masks but ended up being easily forgiven.
    • This is eventually subverted for the latter in "Teeny Weeny Returns" as he has shown remorse on helping Night Ninja and decides to work with the heroes from then on.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: While the PJ's never harm their (ambiguously) human opponents, but only use their powers in non-harmfull ways, Romeo's robots are not so lucky. In particular the Flybots, who are essentially drones with no personality, have more than once found themselves on the receiving end of the PJ’s powers, and can freely be used to demonstrate how dangerous the young heroes can be if they do use their powers for combat.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Presumably happened in "Speak UP, Gekko!", where Connor and Amaya are implied to laugh at their own friend with the whole class.
    • Noticed in "Race Up Mystery Mountain", where the PJ Masks were supposed to retrieve the Mystery Mountain Scroll from Night Ninja, but instead forgot about it and let him keep it, causing them to change their mission to keeping him from retrieving the magic ring.
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Just like how the origin of their powers is never explained, it is left a mystery how the PJ Masks can have a high tech HQ and personal vehicles.note  The origin of the various tools used by the Nighttime villains (like Luna Girls magnet and hoverboard) also goes largely unexplained. At least with Romeo it can be handwaved that he builds them himself since he's a Child Prodigy / Mad Scientist, but that still leaves the question where he gets the raw materials to do so.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The television version of Tarabiscoville where the heroes reside appears to be a mash-up of the French and North-American setting with a great influence of North American culturenote . The episode Newton and the Ninjas also has it be in clear range of the Aurora Borealis, which is pretty close to the Arctic circle, meaning it could be in either Alaska or anywhere in Canada.
    • Averted in the books, where Tarabiscoville is located in Paris.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: The PJ Masks, duh!

PJ Masks, all shout hooray!
'Cause in the night we saved the day!

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