What is the Jeffy Puppet?
Jeffy puppet might be a trend these days, mainly because of the quirkiness with which this character was originally formed. It is a toy that young boys and girls are fond of through the character and its different attributes to make it a questionable icon for kids, as far as parents are concerned.
About the Character
Jeffy, whose full name is Jeffy Pierre Mario, is a character of the Super Mario Logan franchise, an antagonist, and considered an anti-hero of the show. The character was introduced as an antagonist in Mario the Babysitter in 2016. Since then, its quirky behavior and looks have made it popular among the young audience.
Known to be ill-behaved and foul-mouthed, the puppet represents how the animated character was formed – a young teenager, perverted with strange choices in clothing and a personality that is unusual. The character was introduced as the son of Jacques Pierre Francois and Nancy; since his father died and his mother went to jail, he became the adoptive son of Mario and Rosalina, his wife.
Jeffy was born in a New Orleans address in August 2004. His parents, Jacques is French while Nancy is of German and Irish descent. The story unfolds when his parents move to California. At this time his little sister, Freebee dies when she is killed in a bike accident.
Later on, Jeffy gets dropped off at Bowser and Mario’s department as her other gets tired of the antics he carries out. Jeffy then starts to live with Mario’s family. He causes havoc in the house and because of Jeffy the family is evicted from the apartment and forced to move into a home.
Meanwhile, his father commits suicide and leaves his wealth to Jeffy. As a result, Nancy returns to reclaim her son. Nancy spends time in prison due to prostitution and child abuse but she does not abandon her search for Jeffy. Mario, however, adopts Jeffy officially and he continues to live with Mario. He also continues to cause trouble all the time.
The character has been built with a dark, naughty side to him and his appearance showcases the same. He has a tall, lanky posture. He wears a helmet for bicycles, blue in color. The most distinctive aspect of Jeffy’s appearance is the pencil that remains shoved up his nostril. He wears a T-shirt, yellow in color that reads “Jeffy”. His eyes are shown as blue crosses. The dark blue jeans he wears ha a diaper on the outside. He says that he wears a diaper on the outside so that it does not get dirty. Hi-shoes are black sneakers of Adidas. His physical traits show his inheritance; dark brown hair that is of his father whereas his blue eyes are that of his mother. The face is oval shaped with a round nose, two teeth in front, a uni-brow, and two eyelashes.
There are several changes that Jeffy’s personality undergoes. He starts off as a kid who is mentally challenged; he evolves into a kid who is slightly ditzy, swears a lot, and explodes in anger at anything that is against him; he also showcases a lot of perverted acts for a kid his age.
He spanks the diaper that he wears outside his pants and has a breakdown every time he is called a “bad boy”. He calms down every time he is called a “good boy”. He also has the habit of asking “Why” whenever he is told to do something or not to do so.
He cusses, is rude towards Rosalina and Mario as well as puts his “pee-pee” in different objects such as cereal boxes. He is scared of things like a flu shot, ostriches, snow, animals, and toilets. His behavior is suggestive of autism traits as well. In certain cases, his behavioral problems are attributed to his mother having left him to Mario.
Rosalina is caring and loving towards Jeffy; she acts like his mother and calls off Mario every time he gets angry with Jeffy.
Why is Jeffy a controversial character?
Aside from the swearing and the adult themes hiding behind the mask of a children’s show, there are other reasons why Jeffy has caused controversy. In late 2017, the puppet made national headlines after a mother found her five-year-old child with an improvised noose around his neck, mimicking something they had seen in a Jeffy video. In an episode, Jeffy threatens to kill himself by hanging because his father, played by a Super Mario puppet, won’t buy him an iPad game. That particular video received 12 million views. The creator of the video issued an apology following the incident but emphasized that his videos were not meant for children. Although it is an extreme example, Jeffy does display a lot of undesirable behavior which you would not want your child to take on.
Jeffy Puppet and its Popularity
Overall, Jeffy as a character has spunk and quirkiness that puts it apart. It has also helped to make it popular among kids and young adults. Today there are several puppet makers who have puppet versions of Jeffy available. Eva Gronowitz has obtained a trademark for designing the first Jeffy puppet for sale. The puppet has all the physical traits and appearance aspects as seen in the shows. The puppet is a fun and comforting toy to have around for many.
Even if parents might not approve of the attributes that Jeffy the puppet stands for, it is a fun and quirky character for imaginative young teenagers. Those who are moving into the rebel years find much to agree within this character. They like his retarded qualities which are fun to the sport and his attitude of not giving a damn about what his adoptive parents say.
These are qualities that are shown outrageously in this character but help teen boys and girls to find comfort in him as they go through similar stages of rebellion in their growing years. For such reasons, Jeffy puppet has become a popular addition to the collection of soft toys in children’s rooms.