Mojoworld is an extradimensional and extratemporal realm inhabited by the semi-humanoid Spineless Ones. Due to their world's unique nature, radio and television signals from Earth were distorted and sent through time to early in the Spineless Ones' existence, bombarding their brains with alien images. This has affected their mental state, giving them an intense love of televised entertainment but immense disdain, fear and awe towards humans.
When the Spineless One Arize was born, his inventions revolutionized their culture. Arize created mechanical supports to allow the Spineless Ones to stand upright, and genetically engineered slave species. Out of Arize's twisted sense of humor, he made some to resemble the hated image of Humans.
Mojo was created by Ann Nocenti and Arthur Adams. He first appeared in Longshot issue 3 which was released in November 1985.
Mayor Story Arcs
In Mojoworld's media-oriented culture, the ruler is in charge of producing movies and television shows to keep the masses entertained. Mojo first started taking control of Mojoworld's slave creation and trade. Some of his creations included Spiral his six armed assistant and Quark, who resembled a human with the head of a ram. He also had ties in creating the character known as Longshot. Mojo employed Longshot as a stunt man in his movie productions; however, Longshot became Mojo's nemesis, leading other slaves in a rebellion. Mojo first learned of Earth when Longshot escaped to it, and he decided to take it over. When on the planet Earth, his whole essence embodies an anti life force. He causes plants to wilt and die, and causes humans and animals to age rapidly and die as well. By these means, he warped the weather and distorted the sky, which, if not thwarted, would have ended all life on the planet.
He also tried, on several occasions, to force the X-Men into serving as unwilling actors in his convoluted productions. At one point, Longshot tried to kill him, and seemed to have succeeded. His successor was appropriately named Mojo 2, the sequel. However, the original staged an incredible comeback to wreak more havoc on Mojoworld and on Earth. He also helped to create and use child-like versions of the Marvel Universe, including the X Babies, but they ended up revolting.
Mojo has made his appearance in the Marvel Universe from time to time, mostly as an advisory to the X-Men and X-Force.
Powers & Abilities
Due to his magical nature and the way his attributes change from dimension to dimension, it is very hard to determine the exact limits to Mojo's powers.
- Fire bolts of energy from his hands
- Mind Control, to the extent that he once controlled an entire world
- Can fly with his mechanical carriage
- Can walk up walls with a mechanical carriage. Most of the time he uses Spiral to travel through dimensions as well as control his populace.
Earth-1610 Ultimate Universe
Mojo appears in Ultimate X-Men during the Most Dangerous Game story arc. He is depicted as a short, fat albino that is in show business. His show stars mutants from Genosha that had committed capital offenses and were sent to the island of Krakoa for a survival game. The most outstanding and lasting mutant in the show was Longshot who was freed by the X-Men.
Mojo makes his first television appearance in the X-Men Animated Series, on the episode titled "MojoVisions". Mojo is portrayed very much like his character in the comics, including his physical appearance, personality and several other traits.
He also makes several appearances in the Wolverine and the X-men cartoon show as a sub-villain. His most notorious act is when Nightcrawler and Scarlet Witch are kidnapped by Spiral to play in his game. One of the adversaries happen to be Wolverine, whom he controls to play in his game. He is seemingly defeated after Wolverine, released from his mind control, teams up with Nightcrawler to take both him and Spiral down.
Mojo has made appearances in several video games involving the X-Men. He is a boss character in the first X-Men title for the Sega Genesis and the Game Gear game X-Men: Mojo World. He also makes cameo appearances in X-Men: Children of the Atom and Marvel vs. Capcom 3.