Mentok the Mind-Taker
is a character on the Cartoon Network
's Adult Swim
show "Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law
", a hilarious legal drama
that uses old Hanna-Barbera
cartoon characters as defendants. Mentok originally appeared as a villain in the 1967 action cartoon series Birdman and the Galaxy Trio
, from which Harvey Birdman himself originates.
When Fred Flintstone
went on trial as a Mafia don, a witty spoof of the Sopranos
, the regular series judge character, Hiram Mightor
, disappeared under suspicious circumstances. His replacement was Judge
Mentok, insane mentalist
and trial judge all in one
Green skinned and pointy eared, Mentok sports a stylish purple outfit, accented with a small yellow M in the middle of his widows peak. Yellow eyed, and wearing half a black goatee, he is a classic 60s cartoon villain, right down to the limited use of primary color
s in his outfit. What really makes Mentok hilarious
is his self indulgent rambling
Voiced by John Micheal Higgins
, Mentok is a smug, frenetic, and completely mad supervillain
stereotype. More of an egomaniac
than a megalomaniac
, Mentok is desperate to impress
others with demonstrations of his mental
powers. He continually makes grand self referential statements
and has habit of repeating his name loudly
. He even wiggles his fingers and goes "OOOOWWEEEEEOOOOO!", imitating a theremin
to reinforce the creepy
power of his mind. Mentok often floats cross-legged to the stand, and bangs the gavel
. He also makes cryptic references
to future events, and loudly gloats
when they come true
. Crazy insecure Mentok is the reason to watch
the show in my opinion.
The completely quotable Mentok the Mindtaker.
"I am MENTOK the Mindtaker!"
"You must TAKE the mind!"
"Ha! I knew you were going to say that!"
"I'm not feeling the love!"
"Mentok wills it so!"
"Those guys over there, they're gonna lose this one. Pretty sure of it. No, I know it."
"Listen, I already know BECAUSE I'M MENTOK THE MIND...that you're not doing anything tonight. But, are you doing anything tonight? "
"We don't ask, we don't lease, we don't rent, we don't buy, WE TAKE THE MINDS!"
"See? That's not asking, that's TAKING!"