Djimmi The Great is a muscular orange-red genie wearing a turquoise vest with a yellow inside, and a turban the same color as his vest that has a red gem and large white feather on it. Djimmi is almost always seen with his cobpipe clenched between his teeth. He also wears black and cream arm bands with light blue pants. His shoes look very similar to a genie's lamps.
Pupphead is a Pinnochio-esque marionette sharing the same color scheme as Djimmi, while also bearing a striking resemblance to Mugman, as evident by its eye width and positioning.
Djimmi The Great seems to treat battling in a playful trickster way, having a near-constant grin on his face throughout the fight. He possibly also views Cuphead and Mugman as The Devil's puppets for doing his bidding, as he appears to mock them by using a marionette version of them during his fourth phase.
Despite being capable of normal speech, as evident by the 4th phase death screen, Pupphead has no real personality, being a puppet created by Djimmi for the sole purpose of fending off Cuphead and Mugman.
Djimmi will form himself from the smoke of his cobpipe, making a mock bow. He blows out a smoke cloud of Cuphead's face, with crossed-out eyes and a frown. The smoke will not actually deal damage to players.
"You look the fool, falling for the first trick I learnt at genie school."
—Djimmi The Great, Phase 1 Death Screen
- Four swords come out of the chest one at a time that line up at the top, bottom, or left side of the screen, one of which can be parried. After which, these swords will spin around for a bit before launching at the players. In Simple mode, there will be eight swords coming out each time. In Expert mode, there will be seven swords.
- The chest spews out jewelry, goblets and gems at the players. One of those gems can be parried. In Expert mode, there will be more projectiles and they will travel faster.
- Two cat sarcophagi are sent out from the chest, which release four homing cat scarabs each, one of which can be parried. In Simple mode, the cat scarabs travel slower. In Expert mode. three cat sarcophagi will be sent out and each will spawn six cat scarabs.
Once in a while, Djimmi shoots his skull in a forward trajectory, but he will only shoot it once. In Simple mode, he will not shoot his skull. In Expert mode, he shoots his skull twice.
Once enough damage is dealt, Djimmi will wait for an attack cycle to end while having a "stand by" stance, then he takes a meditation stance, closes his eyes and blurs before disappearing. Hitpoints = 440/390/450
"You really didn't stack up."
—Djimmi The Great, Phase 2 Death Screen
Once players pass through the first pillar, they will be met with saw blades that bounce around and will damage the player(s) if they touch them. These saw blades will not appear in Simple mode.
After the players make it to the end, the side-scrolling section disappears and the next phase begins.
"Do you need to borrow my sarcophagus?"
—Djimmi The Great, Phase 3 Death Screen
All the while, ghost mummies of Djimmi launch out of the sarcophagus, damaging players if they run into them. In Simple mode, the ghosts have a lower spawn rate and travel slower. In Expert mode, they have a higher spawn rate and travel faster. Hitpoints = 16/16/16
After taking enough damage, Djimmi will be scared and close the sarcophagus, the sarcophagus gives the player a sad look and bounces off-screen. Hitpoints = 880/650/750
"That beating was for free -- no strings attached!"
—Puphead, Phase 4 Death Screen
Puphead moves around horizontally, walking in the air, before releasing its finger and proceed to shoot two (almost vertical) lines of bullets that will damage the player if they hit them. In Simple mode, there is a chance that it shoots a line of bigger bullets alternating between up and down. In the middle of these two lines, Puphead will shoot waves of four bullets, one of which can be parried. In Simple mode, the rate of shooting is slower and the bullets travel slower. In Expert mode, both fire rate and speed of the bullets are faster.
All the while, Djimmi's turban homes in on players, following them and stopping, changing the hole at the bottom into a mouth and firing three waves of bullets which go in a cross formation and slowly turns counter-clockwise. In Simple mode, the turban will only move around without firing the bullet waves. In Expert mode, it will send out four waves of bullets.
After taking enough damage, Puphead is defeated, pulled out from the top of the screen while featuring cross-shaped eyes and having its straw take the shape of an angel's halo. On Simple, the battle will end with Puphead's knockout. Hitpoints = 880/910/1050
"I need a new volunteer... this one collapsed in fear!"
—Djimmi The Great, Final Phase Death Screen
Occasionally, Djimmi will fire a transparent ring-like projectile at the player(s), which is fired from the gem on his turban. This phase is not playable in Simple, as it will just end with Puphead's knockout.
After damaging him enough, Djimmi is defeated, coughing on his own pipe. Hitpoints = 650/750
|Djimmi launches his skull.|
|Djimmi enters in his sarcophagus.|
|The sarcophagus exits, now emotional.|
|Djimmi hatches a plan.|
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- The pyramids in his last phase may be a reference to the Eye of Providence.
- Despite being a genie, his speech patterns and gestures make him more akin to a stage magician.
- His name is a portmanteau of Djinn, the romanization of "jinn" which is the more traditional Arabic term for genie, and the name Jimmy.
- His shoes bear a resemblance to genie lamps.
- The pipe in Djimmi's mouth is a mixture of the Calabash pipe (used by Sherlock Holmes portrayed by Basil Rathbone) and the Corncob pipe (commonly used by Popeye the Sailor in all of his cartoons).
- The use of 3D polygonal models in his stage's background may be a reference to the use of physical models as backgrounds in Fleischer shorts such as Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor, Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves, Poor Cinderella, and Little Dutch Mill to name a few.
- A similar 3D effect was used in Egyptian Melodies, a Disney Silly Symphony that coincidentally also has an Egyptian theme.
- According to his death quote in phase one of his battle, Djimmi went to genie school, and the first "trick" he learned there were seemingly the attacks he used in phase one.
- Djimmi The Great has the most phases out of all the bosses in Cuphead, with five in total.
- Unless the minibosses are counted as different phases in the fight with King Dice, which would add up to 10 phases.
- Djimmi can rapidly change the pitch of his voice, proven when his sarcophagus appears. When the sarcophagus opens up, Djimmi will let out a high-pitched cry, and, in the same stage, he can be heard making high pitched noises as he attacks. However, his laugh before he summons Puphead is much lower in pitch.
- The fact that this is an air battle against an Egyptian genie may be a reference of the 5th level of the game Star Parodier.
- According to a Twitter post by Jake Clark, the animator and designer of Cuphead, the marionette is named Puphead (which is derived from the word "puppet").
- For a split second, Puphead can be seen with a yellow/golden tint and a golden glow, when Djimmi brings them to life.
- Djimmi looks somewhat similar to the Genie from Aladdin, both sharing the muscularity, the armbands and the fact that they both are djinns and both treating the protagonists playfully.
- The Genie in German is called "Dschinni", sounding and looking very familiar to Djimmi.
- In the v1.1.3 patch, Djimmi's third phase now has the knockout smoke cloud effect.
- The music incorporates traditional Arabian-style musical elements, befitting the level setting.
- Within the art assets and the game code, there exists a string and assets that would have included/supported a parryable version of the rings Djimmi shoots in his final phase. They go unused in the final version of the game.