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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 save the day!":

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot:
    • In "Owlette and the Flash Flip Trip", after a fall, Romeo's robot thinks Owlette is its 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, who also played a role on the same show.
  • Adaptational Diversity: In the picture book series, the book counterparts of the characters are mostly French. The TV adaptation changes the characters to be Americian, while receiving American-based names and alter-egos.
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  • 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 and mischievous.
    • The villains' TV counterparts, have their personalities depicted as mischievous and spoiled instead of acting extreme and enforcing like their book counterparts. That said they could get more violent and even homicidal especially Luna Girl.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 slightly altered pajamas. In the show, the television counterparts of the main protagonists have their costumes enchanced to look like typical superheroes.
  • 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 Themed Super Being: The PJ Masks.
  • Animorphism: In “Robot's Pet Cat”, Romeo's latest gadget turns Catboy into an actual cat.
  • 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.
  • 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"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 kill Night Ninja and Luna Girl by shooting them off on a rocket. Or in "Moon Madness" where Luna Girl outright tries to kill Catboy by leaving him stranded in space.
  • Darkest Hour: Heroes of the Sky is this trope personified in kid show form. Romeo destroys Luna Girl's Moon base, turns Motsuki back into a (semi) regular moth, destroys HQ with the PJ Masks' vehicle's with it, and worst of all, Owlette loses her memories of being a hero, so Catboy and Gekko are forced to team up with Luna in order to stop Romeo, or else he rapidly clones all of his flying factories and uses them to destroy the entire globe!
  • 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.
    • In the Italian dub Catboy is Gattoboy, Owlette is Gufetta, Gekko is Geco, Luna Girl is Lunetta, and Night Ninja is Ninja della Notte.
  • 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 betrays and traps both the Masks and Romeo the second she gets back her crystal; in this episode, she helps herself until PJ Robot stops her. Also subverted in "PJ Masks vs. Bad Guys United" and "PJ Comet" where she teams up with the latter instead.
    • In "Wolfy Mountain", Night Ninja teamed up with the PJ Masks against the Wolfy Kids
    • Up to Eleven in ""Romeo Coaster",in which Luna Girl, Night Ninja and the Wolfies all (indirectly and accidentally) work together with the PJ Masks to stop Romeo.
    • 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 Romeo and Luna Girl 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 Catboy (in the Owl-Glider), Gekko and Owlette 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.
  • 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: Romeo, Luna Girl and Night Ninja. 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 Masks such as "The Disappering Ninjas", "Moon Breaker" or "Christmas Time with PJ Masks".
  • 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 "PJ Masks Save Christmas" except this time with Romeo who even says on the holiday season he won't be bad anymore.
  • 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. No points for guessing as what the protagonists dress up.
  • 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 the villains count, but Night Ninja and Luna Girl are the most unpleasant and rotten of the nighttime villains, even regularly pushing around their own minions.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Romeo, Luna Girl and Night Ninja. 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", Moon Breaker" 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. 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.
    • Notably averted in "Missing Space Rock", where they actually do use their powers to fight off a group off Romeo's Fly Bots, and make short work of them. The fight happens off screen though and we only see Romeo's reaction.
  • 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.
  • Kids Driving Cars: All three of the Masks has their own signature vehicle, while nightime villain Romeo drives a mobile lab shaped approximately like a streetsweeper.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: In season one 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.
    • As of the next two seasons 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.
  • 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 (pun not intended), its still a kids show that teaches children not to be afraid of the dark. It's also the kid-friendly version of Miraculous Ladybug, but with pajamas.
  • 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.
    • 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 after apparently exploding.
  • Minimalist Cast: While other kids are often seen during the daytime segments, the majority of the show focused on initially only six characters: the PJ Masks, Romeo, Luna Girl and Night Ninja. The trope has gradually been downplayed with each season introducing more main characters (Season 2 had Armadylan, PJ Robot, and the Wolfy Kids, Season 3 Motsuki and An Yu (the Splat Monster doesn't count, since he's the same entity as Teeny Weeny), and Season 4 Newton Star, Munki-Gu and Octobella; it will also introduce Pharaoh Boy), but that still makes only 17 characters (18 if you count Octobella's hermit crab sidekick Percival). And since the villains take turns fighting the heroes (occasional villain team-ups aside), there are only 5 - 6 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.
  • 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 "Slowdown Catboy!" Luna Girl uses her Luna Magnet on Night Ninja to cheat and they crash and lose. Luna blames Night Ninja for this.
  • Never Recycle Your Schemes: 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", the PJ Masks suspect Romeo to be behind using his inventions to cause havoc all over the city, but it turns out it was 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pirates Vs Ninjas: It happens two times in "Pirates Ahoy" and "PJ Sky Pirates"
  • Punny Name:
    • The 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.
  • 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 
the Anachronic Order mentioned above, he was first seen in "Wacky Floats"
  • 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.
  • 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, and tapping into the animal spirits 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 (season 1 only though) (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.
  • 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 her friends 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 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.
  • Tothe Batnoun!: In most episodes, the PJ Masks generally say that 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Take Over the World: Romeo's main motive; something he frequently admits.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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 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 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.
    • 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.
  • Villainous Rescue: In "Catboy and the Bounce-A-Tron" Romeo ends up taking care of Night Ninja who has the Masks bouncing around and with Night ninja defeated he accidentally makes it easier for the Masks to win.
  • 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 Night Ninja, Luna Girl and the Wolfies and Romeo, Luna Girl and Night Ninja respectively all working together.
  • 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.
  • 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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