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The Character Designs are the main recurring element of Les Pyjamasques book series and the PJ Masks television series.

About

The character designs in both the picture book series and television series are meant to represent and reflects on the character's personality and overall characteristics (e.g. Catboy/Connor's design representing a cat, and Owlette/Amaya's design representing an owl).

While on the other hand, the character designs also take inspiration from other existing characters outside the television series and book series such as funny cartoon characters, superheroes from DC Comics and Marvel Comics, and mythologic and folkloric characters from mythologies and folklores.

Variations

Civilian

In the PJ Masks television series, the younger male and female characters typically wear 50s vintage clothing fashion style of teenagers combined with aesthetics of modern clothing style. Optionally, characters such as the PJ Masks wear outfits that reflect on the representation of their superhero identities such as having colors that match their superhero costume colors. Examples include:

  • Most of the male characters wear jackets with sleeves of solid color or more than one color that represents their signature color. In addition, in order to reflect on the character's geeky nature, they will have streak patterns or logos on parts of their clothes (e.g. double stripe patterns on their sleeves, logos on their clothes etc.)
  • Most of the female characters wear solid color dresses (with a colored strip going around the middle of the dress, and short leggings under the dress), short or long sleeves of a solid color or a different color, and wear Mary Jane shoes or boots.

This is not always the case, as adult characters are shown to be the only exception as they are shown to wear contemporary clothing fashion style.

In the Pyjamasques book series and the pilot episode of the PJ Masks television series, the younger male and female characters are extensively capable of wearing a combination of modern clothing style and pre-teen clothing style with a slightly simpler appearance compared to their television counterparts, examples include:

  • Most of the male characters are able to wear clothes such as wearing a jacket, shirt or sneakers that appears plain than usual, compared to their television counterparts.
  • Most of the female characters are able to wear casual accessories such as a shirt that is a separate color to their dress, a belt, different shoes, pantyhose, different hairstyles and much more. It appears plain than usual, compared to their television counterparts.

Superheroes

The character and Super Costume designs for superheroes in the PJ Masks television series take the inspiration from Marvel Comics superheroes such as Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel. The appearance of their costumes take the combination of pajamas and superhero costumes with a theme associated with animals, nighttime or nature.

The Super Costumes often have superhero accessories and gadgetry such as having an amulet symbol to mark their identity, gloves, boots, textured sections on costumes, glowing patterns, forearm gauntlets, shields, lightning patterns, armored helmets, domino masks, half face masks, full head masks, or highlights and paddings on foot, elbow, shoulder and hand sections. However, the only superhero accessories and gadgetry that is excluded are speedos and belts.

In some cases, Super Costumes will lack some superhero accessories, such as costumes intended to solely look more like pajamas rather than a combination with pajamas and proper superhero costumes. Instances include animal-themed costumes to look like actual animals while removing accessories and gadgetry that doesn't fit the exact physical characteristics and actual abilities of an animal, such as Yoyo having natural pattern stripes compared to Catboy's lightning pattern stripes, Gluglu lacking Gekko's shoulder paddings and his Super Gekko Shield ability, and costumes lacking amulet symbols, accents and foot highlights.

Energuman is shown to be the only exception as his costume design is intended to not look like a combination of slightly altered pajamas and real superhero costumes, but it is made to look like a full-on typical superhero costume bearing the closest similarity to the DC Comics superhero, Batman, than the rest of the other characters of the picture book series.

Supervillains

The character and costume designs for the supervillains in the PJ Masks television series take the inspiration from Marvel Comics superheroes such as Black Cat, Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus and much more. Like comic book supervillains, their costume designs often have dark and ominous colors (e.g. black, purple, turquoise, teal, dark blue, grey etc.) to reflect on their status as a villain.

In the Pyjamasques book series, the designs for the villains greatly vary from anthropomorphic monsters, folkloric characters and much more with casual looks and appearances. However, some of the characters are shown to be partial exceptions such as Roméo, Sorceline and Ninjaka as they are the fewer characters to resemble actual supervillains from Marvel Comics, except they are been given some casual accessories and looks to their costume and character designs to match the atmosphere and theme of the Book Continuity in comparison to their television counterparts (Romeo, Luna Girl and Night Ninja).

Examples

  • Les Pyjamasques (inspired by Batman, but with different animal origins)
    • Yoyo (combination of Batman with a cat)
    • Bibou (combination of Batman with an owl)
    • Gluglu (combination of Batman with a lizard)
  • PJ Masks (combination of Batman with Marvel superheroes)
    • Catboy (combination of Batman and Spider-Man, with cat origins)
    • Owlette (combination of Batman and Angel, while having a mask similar to Firestar, with bird origins)
    • Gekko (combination of Batman and Captain America, with reptilian origins)
  • Luna Girl (pastiche of Black Cat, with Green Goblin's feats, with moon origins)
  • Night Ninja (pastiche of Doctor Doom and Spider-Man, with ninja origins)
  • Armadylan (pastiche of Thing, with Armadillo's feats)
  • An Yu (pastiche of The Ancient One and Scarlet Witch, with Thor's feats)
  • Newton Star (pastiche of Captain Marvel, with Doctor Strange's feats)
  • Motsuki (a combination of the character design of a typical moth with Doctor Strange and various aliens featured in Marvel Comics)
  • Splat Monster (pastiche of The Incredible Hulk)
Concepts and Glossaries
Routines
| Acrobats | Hero Moves Practice | Prosecution |
Character Types
| Noctambules-masques | Nocturnal Heroes | Villains of the Night | Acolytes | Evolved Characters |
Elements
| Story Formula (Missions) | Alter-egos (Amulet Symbols) | Nighttime Hours | Mockery | Art Style | Folklores | Character Designs |