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PJ Masks is a Disney Junior cartoon that premiered on September 18, 2015. It is based on 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.


This show features the following tropes:

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot:
    • In "Owlette and the Flash Flip Trip", after a fall, Romeo's robot thinks Owlette is it's 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 3 nighttime villains have at multiple times targetted the PJ Masks HQ in an attempt to either conquer or destroy it.
  • Ambiguously Brown:
    • Connor tends to look very brown during some of the daytime scenes. He's certainly darker than his companions, but we never see any of the characters' parents so it's difficult to determine any kind of origin for him.
    • Cameron is also a case of this when we see his skin tone compared to his sister. Said sister has been seen holding the hand of a black woman which we can assume is their mother which could mean they are of mixed race or adopted.
  • Ambiguously Human: It is never revealed what the Ninjalinos are like under their masks. Little children? Robots?
  • 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 Themed Super Being: The PJ Masks.
  • 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 makes his Ninjalinos do all the work, constantly insulting them to boot. To a lesser extent, Luna Girl sometimes insults her moths, and Romeo can be annoyed with his robot creations.
  • 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.
  • Bullying a Dragon: The villains often mock and insult the PJ Masks, despite knowing full well that they are super-powered kids.
  • Cats Hate Water: Connor is terrified of water, as both Connor and Catboy. Luna Girl exploits this in "Catboy's Cloudy Crisis".
  • Chameleon Camouflage: One of Gekko's powers.
  • 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!"
  • Christmas Episode: "Gekko Saves Christmas".
  • Clothes Make the Superman: The PJ Masks' powers come from their pajamas.
  • Colony Drop: In "Owlettes 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.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Night Ninja barks more than he bites and it's usually his Ninjalinos who do all the work and while he may be Small Name, Big Ego, he certainly isn't to be underestimated; on several occasions he's been able to easily outmaneuver the PJ Masks with moves that would have put the most skilled acrobats to shame, he's quite accurate with his "sticky splats" and if the episode "Gekko and the Rock of All Power" is any indication, his strength may rival Gekko's.
  • 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).
  • 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 Ninja K.
    • In the Italian Dub (Super pigiamini) Catboy is Gattoboy, Owlette is Gufetta, Gekko is Geco, Luna Girl is Lunetta, and Night Ninja is Ninja cells Notre.
  • 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. 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 "Romeo's Crystal Clear Plan"
    • In "Wolfy Mountain", Night Ninja teamed up with the PJ Masks against the Wolfy Kids
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: Almost all episodes end with the 3 protagonists laughing about something.
  • Flight: Owlette's wings grant her this.
  • 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.
  • Friendly Enemy: Luna Girl and the Ninjalinos.
  • 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 realiizes 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.
  • Hero Worship: Connor idolizes the martial artist Master Fang, while Amaya loves the comic book superheroine Flossy Flash.
  • 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.
    • 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 three of the villains count, but Night Ninja is the most unpleasant and rotten of the nighttime villains, even regularly pushing around his own minions.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Luna Girl and Night Ninja. To their minions, sometimes, anyway.
  • 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 Gecko is a Yautja who can climb walls. 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.
  • 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: A video does mention the Masks are six.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: 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.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: "Time to be a hero!".
  • Macabre Moth Motif: Luna Girl has an army of moths that do her bidding.
  • Mad Scientist: Romeo's shtick, with a vain vein.
  • Make My Monster Grow:
    • In "Super-Sized Gekko", an invention of Romeo makes both Greg and one of Luna Girls' moths grow giant.
    • In "Lionel-Saurus", another invention by Romeo turns Greg's pet lizard Lionel huge.
  • 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 .
  • Minimalist Cast: While other kids are often seen during the daytime segments, the majority of the show focuses on only six characters: the PJ Masks, Romeo, Luna Girl and Night Ninja.
  • Mini Mook: Night Ninja's Ninjalinos. They basically look like miniature versions of him.
  • 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 superhero's 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.
  • 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 is quick to blame his Ninjalinos whenever his plans fail.
  • Never Recycle Your Schemes: Averted in "Owlette's New Move", where Romeo reuses three of his old plans at the same time.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Usually leads to the episode's "It's time to be a hero!" moment.
  • 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 it's own will.
    • In "Bounce-a-Tron", the PJ Masks suspect Romeo to be behind the sudden apperance of green, bouncy splat all over the city, but it turns out it was actually Night Ninja, who stole Romeo's Boune-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.
  • 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.
    • And then there are the Wolfy Kids who are named Howler, Rip... and Kevin.
  • 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.
  • Pest Controller: Luna controls a swarm of moths.
  • Power Glows: Whenever the hero's use their special powers, parts of their costumes light up.
  • Punny Name: Owlette is the female name "Olette" with a "W" added to have the word "Owl" in it. As a bit of a Genius Bonus, 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. The only exception so far is "Moonstruck", which is a half hour special.
  • 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.
  • 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 
  • Robot Master: Romeo creates several servant robots during his appearances.
  • Save the Villain: Owlette saves Romeo from falling in "Catboy and Gekko's Robot Rampage".
  • Ship Tease: Usually with Luna Girl of all people, perhaps because she is the most sympathetic villain and the only one so far to team up with the PJ Masks (and 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" has Luna Girl falling off her Luna Board and Gekko catching her in bridal style with a huge grin on his face.
    • 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 ticker 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.
  • Sick Episode: "Gekko's Stay-at-Home Sneezes".
  • Skunk Stripe: Romeo has a streak of white in his black hair.
  • 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 heroes. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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!
  • Super Senses: Catboy has super hearing through his cat ears, and Owlette has enhanced vision through her owl eyes.
  • Super Speed: Catboy's super cat speed. Owlette as well as she is able to fly fast enough to almost catch up with Catboy.
  • Super Strength: Gekko's super gecko muscles. Armadylan has this too.
  • 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.
  • Take Over the World: Romeo's apparent motive.
  • Technically Living Zombie: In "Moonfizzle Balls", Luna Girl uses the 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.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: The Wolfy Kids are named Howler, Rip... and Kevin.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Villain Episode: The episode "Romeo's Disguise" focusses entirely on Romeo.
  • 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.
  • Villain Team-Up: The nighttime villains sometimes go into these, though they always fall apart due to differences of opinion or motives.
  • 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.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Luna Girl has white, sparkling hair, and is greedy and selfish.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: The PJ Masks, duh!


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