Joni from Candy JEM
 Alias(es) Monkey girl (by Julian)
Cheery Livewire (Book 23's front cover)
 Nationality Malaysian
• Characteristics•
 Gender Female
 Age 11
 D.O.B. November 30[1]
 Hair Color Coral pink
 Eye Color Light blue
 Height 139cm
 Weight 37kg
• Professional Status•
 Affiliation Sacred Hearts Primary School
Candy JEM
 Occupation Student
 Previous Occupation Model (in Book 5)
• Personal Status•
 Status Alive
 Civil Status Single
 Relative(s) Julian (older brother)
Mrs. Liu (mother)
Mr. Liu (father)
 Love Interest(s) Mikael (on his side)
Steve (on his side)
 Allies Most of the characters in Candy Series.
 Enemies Andrew
Derek's Wingmen
Triplet Bullies
Mr. Chan
Joshua, Sofia, Charles, Dave, Noel (situational enemies)
Jane (on Jane's side; formerly)
Zara, Qistina, Marcus, Anthony, Richard, Norman, Harry, Dennis, Carmen, Jacob, Carly, Vani, Asuka, Colin (former enemies turned allies)
Amira (on Amira's side; formerly)
• Others•
 Like(s) Pineapple buns, playing, being active, Monster Ranger[2]
, mango pudding, chicken drumstick, chocolate banana milk, strawberry cake[3], cooking[4]
 Dislike(s) Seeing her friends get hurt, broken promises, Julian's bossiness, lies, bullying, Sofia's narcissism, mushrooms, scallions, garlic, vegetables, carrots[5]
 Alignment Good
 Goal(s) To become a singer (formerly)
To become a chef
• Debuts•
 Comics Reaching For The Stars: Friendship

"Besides "love" and "hate", there's also "should" and "shouldn't". If everyone were selfish like you, the world would have ended long ago! I don't expect you to agree with my point of view. Although we are partners, I won't force you to clean. I don't "love" it, but I "should" do it. Everyone's so busy cleaning; I want to contribute...not sit around and do nothing!"

Joni to Sofia in Spick & Span: Cleanliness
Joni is one of the main protagonists in the Candy Series. She made her debut in Reaching For The Stars: Friendship alongside Emilia and Mia.


Early Life

Not much has been revealed of Joni's past, but it was mentioned in Book 1 by Joni that she and Mia have been best friends since kindergarten.

Reaching For The Stars: Friendship

Healthy Pretty Girls: Diet

Everybody's Favourite Friend: Amity

Sparkle and Shine: Hygiene

Caught in the Net: Technology

Hamlet's Keeper: Responsibility

Happy Holidays!: Travel

Girls On Guard: Self-Defence

Top of the Class: Academics

Starstruck!: Fandom

My Little Secret: Privacy

Yes, You Can!: Optimism

Little Ladies: Courtesy

Keeping You Waiting: Time Management

Dreams Take Flight: Ambition

Boys & Girls Rule!: Growing Up

Kitchen Capers: Cooking

A Class Effort: Leadership

On Our Own: Self-Reliance

Rules of Popularity: Reputation

More Than Friends: Feelings

Brotherly Bother: Responsibility

Fruits of Friendship: Nutrition

Athletic Ace: Sports

The Hero's Quest: Self-Improvement

Facing Our Fears: Superstitions

Spick & Span: Cleanliness

Stress-Busters: Stress Management

Be True, Be You: Interests

Saving A Spendthrift: Money Management

Trainee Trouble: Perseverance

Lady-in-making: Social Etiquette

The Me You Don't See: Blood

Angels in Action: Kindness

Memory Mishap: Road Safety


Joni full appearance

Joni's full appearance.

Joni is shown to be a young, petite girl with fair skin and the shortest among Mia and Emilia[6] and, like most of her friends, has a slender body figure. The most prominent features of Joni is the freckles on her face and her coral pink hair that she kept short.

Just like almost all the other characters, she consistently change her clothing, but the most notable detail of her clothes is a golden star locket that was given by Mikael in Reaching for the Stars.[7]

Joni is always seen wearing boyish clothes as she has a strong dislike for skirts and dresses, may because it is hard for her to do any sporty things.

Joni being fat

Joni's physique

Despite exercising a lot, Joni is the fattest and heaviest member in Candy JEM, this is proven when Anthony calculated the BMI of his friends, hers nearly exceeded the normal range.[8] Furthermore so when she tried to wear a T-shirt which tightened around her body to the point of showing off a bit of her abdomen.[9]


Joni is a lively, cheerful and energetic girl who gets along with everyone compared to her best friend since kindergarten, Mia. She always seems energetic around people. Joni is an optimistic and fun-loving person, and is fiercely loyal to her friends. But sometimes she tends to display her carefree and reckless nature, which makes her a tomboy.

I have confidence

Joni showcased her optimism, saying how she has confidence to Mikael.

Joni also shows rivalries with several characters, like Charles and Sofia, giving them nicknames (calling Charles a 'Chunni') or getting into fights with them, mostly verbally. Despite their common brawls and arguments with her, Joni bears no ill will, as she considers everyone she knows to be her friends.

Joni's recklessness and stubbornness sometimes results in Emilia, her brother Julian and several other people to reprimand her or even hit her whenever she done something wrong. She has a straightforward mind, often tackling with problems and issues by jumping into conclusions without even acknowledging the situation first.

In spite of her nature, she deeply cares for her friends and would get furious whenever something or someone hurts them. Joni likes sports, cooking and singing, being an athletic and hyperactive person, she is known for being talented in sports but average in cooking and singing. Joni's interest in singing comes when she and Mia and Emilia teamed up for the singing competition.[10] While her interest in cooking is developed when she went for Chef Antone's cooking classes.[11]



Joni has displayed a high level of sportsmanship on several occasions. She was known to be strong at certain sports like volleyball, an ability which most of her classmates grew fearful of whenever Joni was playing with them.

Physical Strength

Joni was known to be physically adept.


Joni was known to be capable or good in several other skills, such as cooking and singing. Although she was first introduced to be a novice at both skills, Joni has shown progress in developing and nurturing her skills in both cooking and singing.

Other Media

Candy Careers Card Game 1.0 and 2.0

Joni, along with many other characters, are depicted and designed in several cards as performing different types of occupations. She is designed as:

  • Massage Therapist
  • Hip Hop Dancer
  • Animal Trainer
  • Runner
  • Photographer

Candy Cuties

Joni, along with all the other characters of Candy Series are featured in the spin-off Candy Cuties Series. Joni appears in all the current volumes.

Character Interview

In the official 2018 fanbook, Joni was interviewed on several questions:

1. Question: Why do you have adzuki buns and chocolate milk for recess daily?

  • Joni's answer: They're what mom gives me. I heard they're the cheapest food and drink available.

2. Question: What animals would you liken Mikael and Steve to?

  • Joni's answer: Mikael's like a cat. He was hard to approach at first. He can be immature at times too. Steve's like an alpaca; he's carefree and loves making people happy. He also hides his troubles.

3. Question: So... would you prefer a cat or an alpaca?

  • Joni's answer: I love Hamlet!

4. Question: What's the hardest thing for you?

  • Joni's answer: Getting out of bed.

5. Question: You're world’s apart from your outstanding brother Julian. Do you suspect you're adopted? Is there anything similar between you both?

  • Joni's answer: I suspect Julian is the adopted since I'm more like my parents. Julian and I eat in the same way.

6. Question: What gives you the most joy?

  • Joni's answer: Being with Mia and Emilia!

7. Question: If your cooking never improves, what will you do?

  • Joni's answer: I'll ask Chef Antone to refund the fees I paid for his cooking lessons!

8. Question: Which do you think is your most successful dish?

  • Joni's answer: Bread pudding of course! It's so yummy I can't believe I made it!


  • Joni's idol is a fictional superhero, Monster Ranger. A parody of Power Ranger(s).
  • In the official Candy Series character stats, several information of Joni are revealed:
    • Joni's blood type is B.
    • Joni's favourite things are pineapple buns and Monster Ranger.
    • Joni's hobbies are playing and being active.

Joni's character stats

  • Joni suffers from motion sickness, this was shown when she got dizzy when riding on a plane to Langkawi.[12]
    • However, she was shown to be fine when riding land vehicles, such as Irwin's rented van at Langkawi[13] and public bus when fetching Mikael from the airport.
  • Joni was ranked third in the Candy Series characters popularity poll.[14]
  • As of Spick & Span: Cleanliness, it was revealed that Joni suffered from Allergic rhintis, also known as Hay Fever.
  • According to the official 2018 Candy Series Fanbook:
    • Joni's birthday is on November 30, hence making her a Sagittarius.
    • Joni's interests are cooking and playing.
    • Joni's favorite food are pineapple buns, mango pudding, chicken drumstick, chocolate banana milk and strawberry cake while her least favorite food are mushrooms, scallions, garlic, vegetables and carrots.
    • Joni's strongest subject is Physical Education while her weakest subjects are all subjects except for PE.
    • Positive traits of Joni include her optimism, bravery and her tendency to bring happiness to those around her.
    • Negative traits of Joni include her laziness, poor skill of time management and irresponsibility.
    • Joni joins the singing club in her school.
    • Joni's pastimes are eating, drinking and having fun.
    • Joni's favorite dressing style is sporty clothes.
    • Joni's motto is "Life's about having a great time, any time!".
    • Joni's personal stats are:
Physical Strength


  1. Joni's birthdate in Fanbook's Character Stats, see Trivia
  2. Joni's hobbies and likes in Character Information, see Trivia
  3. Joni's favorite food in Fanbook's Character Stats, see Trivia
  4. Joni's interests in Fanbook's Character Stats, see Trivia
  5. Joni's least favorite food in Fanbook's Character Stats, see Trivia
  6. Season of Blossoms: Growing Up
  7. Reaching For The Stars: Friendship, page 146
  8. Season of Blossoms: Growing Up, page 49
  9. Fruits of Friendship: Nutrition, page ?
  10. Reaching for the Stars: Friendship
  11. Kitchen Capers: Cooking
  12. Happy Holidays!: Travel, page 31
  13. Happy Holidays!: Travel, page 37
  14. CS character popularity poll


Protagonists MiaEmiliaJoni
Antagonists SofiaLilyJaneSeraNoraJoshuaMr. ChanDerekDerek's Wingmen
Male Supporting Characters MikaelSteveIrwinCharlesCoreyAntoneAimoneJulianJamesDennisSeanNathan, Newton and NelsonNormanNoelBobbyAnthonyAndrewEdwardRichardHarryJacobPeterAsukaGarryMr. OuyangMr. LiuMarcusDaveC-DaigonAlanMr. Christopher RobinsonNedMr. ChengHeadmasterMr. ForestElite Minds Academy HeadmasterMr. SilasHanselMr. ShunMaster FangMr. SongZachKunderaColin
Female Supporting Characters ZaraQistinaCarmenMiyukiMrs. LawsonMrs. OuyangJaneSusiePaulineAlexandraCarlyNinaNancyVaniRobinMrs. Zhang (Mia's mother)IrisMrs. LiuRoseMrs. WangMrs. Zhang (Norman's mother)Mrs. KwekJadeMrs. ChenMiss LeeAyakoCeciliaAmiraPennyAriel
Character Groups Mia's SiblingsNorman's GrandparentsRich TwinsTriplet BulliesSofia's BulliesGuys Generation
Non-humans Candy MeowHamletBunbunBonnieToro