Kipo Oak is the titular main protagonist of Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts.
She's voiced by Karen Fukuhara.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Kipo physically appears as a teenage human girl with opera-mauve skin, thin black eyebrows and pale-fuchsia hair with a spiky fringe tied up in a ponytail with a dark-purple band, and fuchsia irises (her jaguar eyes glow fuchsia with night-vision).
Each episode, her outfit depicts an off-shoulder aero-cyan T-shirt with a tiny pale-cyan circle with a tiny fuchsia ring around it graphic on the upper left corner of her shirt layered over a dark-purple tank-top, dark-purple jeans, lime, cyan, orange and black bracelets around her right wrist, and a pair of amaranth high-tops.
She formerly wore a purple burrow boilersuit like most other burrow people with the golden clover emblem on the back.
As a Mega Mute, Kipo physically appears as a pink jaguar, and as her Full Mega Mute, she's still a giant, pink jaguar, but in "Heroes on Fire", she has six legs like Mandu does, three tails, a dark magenta fur stripe along her back, and is larger than her normal jaguar form.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Kipo is a curious, friendly, optimistic, confident, and (in true Aries fashion) pioneering girl. Contrary to most humans and mutes, Kipo believes the two can co-exist and acts accordingly--much to everyone's surprise. Her plucky idealism stands out among the hardened cynicism on the surface and usually reveals her as a "burrow girl." In Wolf's opinion, Kipo can sometimes be a bit too friendly, which can sometimes get her into trouble with mutes.
In addition to her unusual perspective, Kipo is clearly intelligent, as she is capable of thinking quickly in high-stress situations as well as solving complex mathematical equations uninterrupted for hours. She shares her father's love of astronomy and was dumbfounded when, after years living underground, she finally saw the night sky.
History[edit | edit source]
Kipo grew up in the burrows under Las Vistas where she was predominantly raised by her father, from whom she learned a great deal about natural sciences, music, and climbing. Kipo grew up underground, with no windows, and went to school with lots of other kids.
One day while Lio and Kipo were climbing, a mega mute attacked their underground burrow. Lio threw Kipo into the canal to save her. He intended to follow his daughter through the canals to the surface but is blocked by the collapse of the tunnels and burrow.
Season 1[edit | edit source]
After Lio pushed Kipo into the canal to save her from the mega mute, she arrives on the surface. There, she is forced to fend for herself. She meets Mandu and starts on her adventure to find her home again.
She and Mandu encounter Wolf, who initially attacks Mandu for a "bacon sandwich". Kipo fights to protect Mandu and helps him escape, all whilst convincing Wolf to talk to her and to help her. Wolf reluctantly agrees after quickly realizing that a "burrow" girl has little chance of surviving above ground. She said she will help Kipo find her people and then will leave. Kipo gratefully accepts the help and they start their adventure- fighting off mobster frogs and giant bunnies in a quest to find her home and her father.
The gang finds Kipo's burrow, which has been destroyed. They continue their quest to find her people and to find the Mega Mute, who destroyed the burrow in the first place.
The group encounters groups of snakes, cats, wolves as they go on their adventure. Scarlemagne, a mute, is on a mission to find as many humans as possible to make them his servants. He wants Kipo to lead him to her burrow so he can trap her friends and family.
Kipo's father, Lio Oak, leaves her a letter, addressed to her with her birth sign- Aries. The letter includes a map that will lead her to the newly formed burrow.
The gang has to deal with a few more obstacles, like getting kidnapped by Jamack, but eventually, they find their way to Kipo's burrows backup settlement.
Kipo and her father, Lio, are reunited and Kipo's gang meets her old family and friends. Meanwhile, Scarlemagne was tracking them and plans to attack all of the humans. Lio gets captured and Kipo, furious, runs to go after them.
Season 2[edit | edit source]
In Season 2, Kipo sets out to rescue her father and her people after they are captured by Scarlemagne. She is also on a quest to discover the origin of her mute powers, thinking that the more she understands them, the more she will be able to control and use them. To find out more, with advice from her dad, Kipo goes to the Chevre Sisters to learn more. There, the sisters advise her to go to her parents' old burrow, the one they escaped from right after Kipo was born. They also advise her to find an "anchor", something that will help her transform back into a human after she becomes a jaguar.
With this information, Kipo sets out to go find the burrow. After a series of obstacles to get to the burrow, Kipo eventually discovers a journal, entitled "Project Kipo", with stories of her parents' past. Reading it, Kipo learns she was experimented with mute DNA by her parents before her birth, turning her into a half-human, half-jaguar hybrid. She also finds a family photo from when she was a baby, which she realizes is her new anchor.
Eventually, Kipo learns about Scarlemagne's tragic past and his ties to her family, and that her mother Song, previously thought to be deceased, is actually the mega monkey who destroyed her burrow, mutated as a side effect from her pregnancy with Kipo and mind-controlled by the manipulative Dr. Emilia.
Kipo tries to connect with Scarlemagne, formerly known as Hugo, to get him to see reason and let the humans go. She thinks she gets through to him, but he tricks her at his coronation. They fight, but Kipo starts to lose control of her abilities, putting her at risk of transforming into a mega jaguar permanently. She is faced with a decision- save everyone and transform into a jaguar forever, or fight and probably lose to Scarlemagne as a human. She becomes a jaguar, saves everyone, and her friends and family tear up thinking that she is gone forever. Eventually, she is able to regain control with the help of her friends and family.
Meanwhile, Dr. Emilia has turned most of Kipo's people over to her cause of reverting all mutes back into normal animals so human civilization can rise again. Kipo hears this and knows she has to rise up and fight Dr. Emilia.
Powers and abilities[edit | edit source]
Kipo's powers were the result of a project of the same name, created by her parents, Song and Lio. The project was meant to combine mute genes with human genetics, thus granting mute abilities to humans with the intention of giving humans a fighting chance to live on the surface if they had mute abilities to protect them.
Nearing her 13th birthday, Kipo notices increasingly strange abilities alongside disturbing physical mutations. After training with the Chevre Sisters, Kipo learns how to better control her mutations. By saying "Herbs in" she can trigger her mutations, mainly her jaguar arms, and retract them by saying "Herbs out".
- Night Vision - Due to having the DNA of a Mute Jaguar she can see very well in dark places and at night.
- Enhanced Smell - Her sense of smell was enhanced due to the DNA of a Mute Jaguar.
- Enhanced Strength & Speed - Due to having the DNA of a Mute Jaguar she has both the speed and strength of one.
- Shapeshifting - Kipo can transform any of her appendages into those of a jaguar- including her nose, ears, and canine teeth. This includes adding certain body parts that she, as a human, does not have an equivalent for (example; her tail).
- Jaguar Limbs - She can shapeshift both her arms into a set of jaguar arms for combat.
- Shapeshifting Mode Lock - If Kipo shapeshifts into the Mega Jaguar, she may not be able to return to her original form. The jaguar and she are presented to be two different 'personalities'. When Kipo becomes the jaguar, her own personality goes dormant.
- Puppet Pheromones Immunity - Due to being part Mute Jaguar, Kipo is immune to Scarlemagne's puppet pheromones, as they only affect primates.
Episode appearances[edit | edit source]
Season 1[edit | edit source]
- 01. "Burrow Girl"
- 02. "Explosion Berries"
- 03. "Real Cats Wear Plaid "
- 04. "Cactus Town"
- 05. "The Astronomers in Turtlenecks"
- 06. "Ratland"
- 07. "Mulholland"
- 08. "Twin Beaks"
- 09. "Mute-Eat-Mute World"
- 10. "Beyond the Valley of the Dogs"
Season 2[edit | edit source]
- 01. "Paw of the Jaguar"
- 02. "The Goat Cheese Prophecy"
- 03. "The Ballad of Brunchington Beach"
- 04. "To Catch a Deathstalker"
- 05. "Fun Gus Part I"
- 06. "Fun Gus Part II"
- 07. "Benson and the Beast"
- 08. "Symphony for the Mandrill"
- 09. "All That Glitters"
- 10. "Heroes on Fire"
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- So far, all of Kipo's abilities have shown animal-like features (if not just cat).
- However, in Season 2, it is revealed these abilities belonged to a jaguar.
- Kipo was originally named Minji, which is a common name in Korea.
- She, along with Wolf, Mandu, and Dave, is the only character to appear in every episode of the series so far.
- Kipo's mantra for entering and exiting her jaguar form "Herbs in, Herbs out" appears to be similar to "Wax on, Wax off" from the Columbia Pictures film The Karate Kid.
- Her name "Kipo" (Κήπο) in Greek translates to the word "garden".
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