As the Mojoverse invades Manhattan, Marvel.com’s resident therapist profiles the villain.

As always, evaluating a subject without ever meeting them is, at best, educated guessing. Nonetheless, given the direness of the situation and the data available, this writer felt it was ethically sound to offer this personality sketch and his attorneys have agreed. I hope it provides help with subduing the subject.

The subject, Mojo, is an apparent alien/other-dimensional being who is from a race that are born without spines and use technology to increase their mobility and ability to stand upright. He self-identifies as a male although it remains unclear if that concept is native to his race’s reality or a product of exposure to human television. The planet and universe he hails from was evidently named for him (Mojoworld, Mojoverse), not the other way around. This apparently reflects his dominance of the most important aspect of his race’s society, television.

According to a history of the universe that appears to be—as best as we can verify— accurate, his universe was bombarded by broken waves of energy that were, in fact, Earth television waves.  Exposure to the broken and, to them, inexplicable energy both caused a sort of societal psychotic break and created a universe-wide addiction. Craving content more intense than the broken waves could provide, Mojo rose into the void and created homegrown TV content. As such, he was elevated to a kind of combination dictator and program director.

Given the subject is an alien from a planet with an aggressively different social structure, it is difficult to label him a sociopath as, in terms of his society, his behavior and cognitions might be entirely in line with societal norms. However, by our standards, to our understanding, he does present with symptoms of Antisocial Personality Disorder and, possibly, Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

He is motivated, seemingly, purely by the twin desires of garnering maximum attention for himself and dominance of his enemies. He shows limited regard for the lives and comfort of those around him. He is erratic and capricious, nearly always choosing the quick jolt of short-term satisfaction over long-term planning.

This makes him defeatable—as his history with the mutant rights group the X-Men indicates—but also wildly dangerous. Because he is oriented towards the short-term, he is unpredictable and just as likely to react in violent rage as in cowardly self-preservation. Additionally, he has engendered the kind of support from those beneath we might associate with a closed state dictatorship, meaning he has a plethora of what he likely considers “cannon fodder” at his disposal to throw at his enemies.

The surest path to victory against the subject is to demonstrate to him that bigger ratings can be achieved through easier means. He is a fairly lazy creature and, as noted above, likes the quick fix. So if the ceiling to success feels like too much work and a simpler means to rating dominance exists—think the amount effort required to make a successful cheap reality show vs. a prestige drama with well-known actors—he will always take the easy way out.

For further information and analysis of the subject, this writer recommends the definitive volume on Mojo, X-MEN BLUE #15 from Doctors Marc Guggenheim and Jorge Molina, available on November 15.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist who loved TV enough growing up and bets he could’ve ruled the Mojoverse.

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The ruler of Mojoworld proves that vapid, awful personalities can hold places of obscene power.

Every Friday we use the powers of Marvel Unlimited to look back at the very first appearance of a major character, place or object that made waves this week.

Last week the Mojoverse invaded Manhattan and all hell broke loose. The action moved from X-MEN: GOLD #13 to this week’s X-MEN: BLUE #13 and along with it came a variety of former foes all conjured up by the villain himself, Mojo.

It’s fitting that Art Adams worked on connecting covers for the first two parts of this crossover because he drew Mojo’s very first appearance back in the LONGSHOT limited series, penned by the equally legendary Ann Nocenti. That 1985-1986 book first introduced us to the amnesiac title character who seemed luckier than the average runaway.

Longshot wound up on Earth where he began remembering bits and pieces of his past which included being grown in an alternate dimension to serve the huge Spineless Ones who used large machine walkers to get them around. Seeing those beings paved the way for Mojo’s grand debut in #4 as he complained about plant-ruining holes in clouds to Major Domo. 

Longshot (1985) #4

Longshot (1985) #4

  • Published: December 10, 1985
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 09, 2009
  • Writer: Ann Nocenti
  • Penciler: Art Adams
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The out-of-control ruler of all he saw with a mouth that wouldn’t quit wanted everything around him to look like his own reflection, thus becoming godlike in his own mind. He’d also sent out a pack of his best hunters, including Quark, to track down Longshot, not wanting to lose his own property. When they failed, Mojo ordered Spiral to take them both to this mysterious planet filled with humans that looked exactly like their genetically created slaves.

As it turned out, those slaves were designed to reflect The Spineless Ones’ nightmare demons of myth, so this whole Earth thing really freaked them out. After jumping from Earth and otherspace back to Mojoworld, the Spineless One finally faced off against Longshot and it didn’t go so well for the villain. Instead of ruling completely, he found himself on the wrong side of a dimensional portal.

Mojo and Spiral would later appear in a series of X-related annuals in the mid-to-late 80s. First, they popped up in NEW MUTANTS ANNUAL #2 to kidnap Betsy Braddock, otherwise known as Psylocke in her original body. He used Betsy to create a new cartoon that was then broadcast to humanity, called Wildways. After Mojo also grabbed Sunspot the New Mutants became involved and eventually put a stop to his plans. 

New Mutants Annual (1984) #2

New Mutants Annual (1984) #2

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Over the years, Mojo solidified himself as one of the most deranged and heartless villains in the Marvel Universe by routinely trying to invade our reality or poison his own with the kind of television programs that, well, have become fairly commonplace these days.

Flash Forward

Though an absolutely egomaniacal monster, Mojo did help create something of adorable beauty: the X-Babies! In UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #10, by Chris Claremont and Art Adams, Mojo de-aged the X-Men to look like kids. However, two years later in UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #12, when the X-Men appeared to have died, he created the X-Babies. As you might expect, the cartoony kid heroes eventually fought back against their creator. Mojo thought about giving them the axe himself, but decided against it when the ratings showed just how popular they turned out to be!

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Hulk and Hawkeye face off in Mojo's gladiatorial ring in a new clip from 'Marvel's Avengers Assemble'!

Mojo brings his unique brand of insanity to “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” in an all-new episode this Sunday at 8:00 a.m. ET inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD, and you can get a taste of what’s in store with our new clip directly above!

Hulk and Hawkeye find themselves forced to fight in Mojo’s gladiatorial arena, but getting out of their sticky situation could prove difficult since the pair can’t get along to save their lives!

Watch our full clip above, then tune-in this Sunday at 8:00 p.m. ET inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD for a brand new episode of “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” now with 100% more Mojo!

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