History WesternAnimation / ThePowerpuffGirls

27th Mar '17 5:07:55 PM N.Harmonik
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''Note: This is the page for the original series. If you're looking for the 2016 revival, [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016 Go here]].''

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''Note: This is the page for the original series. If you're looking for the 2016 revival, [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016 Go go here]].''
1st Mar '17 1:20:58 PM Monolaf317
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[[TheStinger So,]] [[SoOnceAgainTheDayIsSaved once again,]] [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife your life is ruined, thanks to TV Tropes!]]

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3rd Jan '17 6:58:19 AM NWolfman
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The concept began life as creator Creator/CraigMcCracken's [[=CalArts=]] thesis film, titled "The Whoopass Girls" (they were created with "sugar, spice, everything nice," and a can of Whoopass) and was then adapted, with a slightly safer-for-work name, into two pilots for the ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow''. Cartoon Network decided to go with [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory one of the other shorts]], created by [[=McCracken=]]'s friend and former ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' colleague Creator/GenndyTartakovsky, as their first series, giving Craig a little more experience before his show finally went to series in 1998. Both artists worked on one another's respective shows.[[note]]It's widely believed that both shows [[SharedUniverse exist in the same universe]], with multiple character, such as Major Glory and [[ShowWithinAShow "TV Puppet Pals"]], appearing in both.

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The concept began life as creator Creator/CraigMcCracken's [[=CalArts=]] [=CalArts=] thesis film, titled "The Whoopass Girls" (they were created with "sugar, spice, everything nice," and a can of Whoopass) and was then adapted, with a slightly safer-for-work name, into two pilots for the ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow''. Cartoon Network decided to go with [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory one of the other shorts]], created by [[=McCracken=]]'s [=McCracken=]'s friend and former ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' colleague Creator/GenndyTartakovsky, as their first series, giving Craig a little more experience before his show finally went to series in 1998. Both artists worked on one another's respective shows.[[note]]It's widely believed that both shows [[SharedUniverse exist in the same universe]], with multiple character, such as Major Glory and [[ShowWithinAShow "TV Puppet Pals"]], appearing in both.
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3rd Jan '17 6:57:38 AM NWolfman
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The concept began life as creator Creator/CraigMcCracken's {{CalArts}} thesis film, titled "The Whoopass Girls" (they were created with "sugar, spice, everything nice," and a can of Whoopass) and was then adapted, with a slightly safer-for-work name, into two pilots for the ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow''. Cartoon Network decided to go with [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory one of the other shorts]], created by {{McCracken}}'s friend and former ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' colleague Creator/GenndyTartakovsky, as their first series, giving Craig a little more experience before his show finally went to series in 1998. Both artists worked on one another's respective shows.[[note]]It's widely believed that both shows [[SharedUniverse exist in the same universe]], with multiple character, such as Major Glory and [[ShowWithinAShow "TV Puppet Pals"]], appearing in both.

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The concept began life as creator Creator/CraigMcCracken's {{CalArts}} [[=CalArts=]] thesis film, titled "The Whoopass Girls" (they were created with "sugar, spice, everything nice," and a can of Whoopass) and was then adapted, with a slightly safer-for-work name, into two pilots for the ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow''. Cartoon Network decided to go with [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory one of the other shorts]], created by {{McCracken}}'s [[=McCracken=]]'s friend and former ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' colleague Creator/GenndyTartakovsky, as their first series, giving Craig a little more experience before his show finally went to series in 1998. Both artists worked on one another's respective shows.[[note]]It's widely believed that both shows [[SharedUniverse exist in the same universe]], with multiple character, such as Major Glory and [[ShowWithinAShow "TV Puppet Pals"]], appearing in both.
3rd Jan '17 6:57:08 AM NWolfman
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The concept began life as creator Creator/CraigMcCracken's CalArts thesis film, titled "The Whoopass Girls" (they were created with "sugar, spice, everything nice," and a can of Whoopass) and was then adapted, with a slightly safer-for-work name, into two pilots for the ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow''. Cartoon Network decided to go with [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory one of the other shorts]], created by McCracken's friend and former ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' colleague Creator/GenndyTartakovsky, as their first series, giving Craig a little more experience before his show finally went to series in 1998. Both artists worked on one another's respective shows.[[note]]It's widely believed that both shows [[SharedUniverse exist in the same universe]], with multiple character, such as Major Glory and [[ShowWithinAShow "TV Puppet Pals"]], appearing in both.

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The concept began life as creator Creator/CraigMcCracken's CalArts {{CalArts}} thesis film, titled "The Whoopass Girls" (they were created with "sugar, spice, everything nice," and a can of Whoopass) and was then adapted, with a slightly safer-for-work name, into two pilots for the ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow''. Cartoon Network decided to go with [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory one of the other shorts]], created by McCracken's {{McCracken}}'s friend and former ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' colleague Creator/GenndyTartakovsky, as their first series, giving Craig a little more experience before his show finally went to series in 1998. Both artists worked on one another's respective shows.[[note]]It's widely believed that both shows [[SharedUniverse exist in the same universe]], with multiple character, such as Major Glory and [[ShowWithinAShow "TV Puppet Pals"]], appearing in both.
3rd Jan '17 6:56:38 AM NWolfman
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One of Creator/CartoonNetwork's most popular [[Creator/CartoonCartoons original series]], originally called "The Whoopass Girls" by creator Creator/CraigMcCracken (they were created with "sugar, spice, everything nice," and a can of Whoopass) before it got picked up by the network during TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation. ''The Powerpuff Girls'' revolves around a PowerTrio of {{Little Miss Badass}}es who fight crime in the fictional city of Townsville. These ArtificialHuman girls, who have no fingers, toes, flat feet, ears, or noses, were created when Professor Utonium accidentally added Chemical X to his mixture of sugar, spice, and everything nice.

The series' heroes are Blossom, "commander and the leader," who often acts the DrillSergeantNasty; Bubbles, "the joy and the laughter," whose personality is very similar to that of her namesake from ''{{Jabberjaw}}'' (but not quite a DumbBlonde), and Buttercup, "the toughest fighter," and a tomboy with a bad attitude. Their simian ArchEnemy Mojo Jojo wears a helmet to cover his enlarged brain and speaks in a manner [[IntentionalEngrishForFunny reminiscent of bad anime dubbing]]. Aside from the obvious {{Anime}} influences, most of the series' supporting characters are drawn in the style of ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' (not surprisingly, as the creator of the show worked on that cartoon).

The series gained notice from Cartoon Network in the same way that ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' did, via the ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'' contest for nonprofessional animators. It's possible that the two series have a SharedUniverse; the animation is very similar, the creators for both series collaborated on both series, and [[ShowWithinAShow "TV Puppet Pals"]] and superheroes like Major Glory and Val Hallen appear in both series.[[note]]not to mention Dexter appearing in several cameos throughout the show.[[/note]] In addition, both cartoons (as well as Johnny Bravo) were introduced via the Space Ghost Coast to Coast special, World Premier Toon-In, and the Powerpuff Girls pilot aired after the special.

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One of Creator/CartoonNetwork's most popular [[Creator/CartoonCartoons original series]], originally called "The Whoopass Girls" by creator Creator/CraigMcCracken (they were created with "sugar, spice, everything nice," and a can of Whoopass) before it got picked up by the network during TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation. ''The '''''The Powerpuff Girls'' Girls''''' revolves around a PowerTrio of {{Little Miss Badass}}es who fight crime in the fictional city of Townsville. These ArtificialHuman girls, who have no fingers, toes, flat feet, ears, or noses, were created when Professor Utonium accidentally added Chemical X to his mixture of sugar, spice, and everything nice.

The series' heroes are Blossom, "commander and the leader," who often acts the DrillSergeantNasty; Bubbles, "the joy and the laughter," whose personality is very similar to that of her namesake from ''{{Jabberjaw}}'' (but not quite a DumbBlonde), and Buttercup, "the toughest fighter," and a tomboy with a bad attitude. Their simian ArchEnemy Mojo Jojo wears a helmet to cover his enlarged brain and speaks in a manner [[IntentionalEngrishForFunny reminiscent of bad anime dubbing]]. Aside from dubbing]].

The concept began life as creator Creator/CraigMcCracken's CalArts thesis film, titled "The Whoopass Girls" (they were created with "sugar, spice, everything nice," and a can of Whoopass) and was then adapted, with a slightly safer-for-work name, into two pilots for
the obvious {{Anime}} influences, most ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow''. Cartoon Network decided to go with [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory one of the series' supporting characters are drawn in the style of other shorts]], created by McCracken's friend and former ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' (not surprisingly, colleague Creator/GenndyTartakovsky, as the creator of the their first series, giving Craig a little more experience before his show finally went to series in 1998. Both artists worked on one another's respective shows.[[note]]It's widely believed that cartoon).

The series gained notice from Cartoon Network
both shows [[SharedUniverse exist in the same way that ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' did, via the ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'' contest for nonprofessional animators. It's possible that the two series have a SharedUniverse; the animation is very similar, the creators for both series collaborated on both series, universe]], with multiple character, such as Major Glory and [[ShowWithinAShow "TV Puppet Pals"]] and superheroes like Major Glory and Val Hallen appear in both series.[[note]]not to mention Dexter Pals"]], appearing in several cameos throughout the show.[[/note]] In addition, both cartoons (as well as Johnny Bravo) were introduced via the Space Ghost Coast to Coast special, World Premier Toon-In, and the Powerpuff Girls pilot aired after the special.
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11th Nov '16 2:54:25 PM WillKeaton
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Eight years after the show ended (and five after ''Powerpuff Girls Rule'' special). The series came back in the form of a CGI special in January of 2014. Most likely as a test pilot for a reboot (though oddly this was ''after'' Craig had left Cartoon Network to work with Disney on ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', and even before then he had left the show after season 4). Supporting this is the that [[http://read.idwpublishing.com/Powerpuff-Girls/comics-series/11436 the girls returned to comic book format in September 2013]], this time under the IDW brand as part of a deal to allow classic Cartoon Network cartoons to be told in new adventures. Sure enough, [[http://www.eonline.com/news/551366/the-powerpuff-girls-returning-with-new-series-on-cartoon-network a reboot of the series was announced for a 2016 release.]] It eventually premiered in April 2016, for tropes on that show, check its [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016 trope page.]]

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Eight years after the show ended (and five after ''Powerpuff Girls Rule'' special). The series came back in the form of a CGI special in January of 2014. Most likely as a test pilot for a reboot (though oddly this was ''after'' Craig had left Cartoon Network to work with Disney on ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', and even before then he had left the show after season 4). Supporting this is the that [[http://read.idwpublishing.com/Powerpuff-Girls/comics-series/11436 the girls returned to comic book format in September 2013]], 2013,]] this time under the IDW brand as part of a deal to allow classic Cartoon Network cartoons to be told in new adventures. Sure enough, [[http://www.eonline.com/news/551366/the-powerpuff-girls-returning-with-new-series-on-cartoon-network a reboot of the series was announced for a 2016 release.]] It eventually premiered in April 2016, for tropes on that show, check its [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016 trope page.]]
11th Nov '16 2:54:13 PM WillKeaton
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The series gained notice from Cartoon Network in the same way that ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' did, via the ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'' contest for nonprofessional animators. It's possible that the two series have a SharedUniverse; the animation is very similar, the creators for both series collaborated on both series, and [[ShowWithinAShow "TV Puppet Pals"]] and superheroes like Major Glory and Val Hallen appear in both series[[note]]not to mention Dexter appearing in several cameos throughout the show[[/note]]. In addition, both cartoons (as well as Johnny Bravo) were introduced via the Space Ghost Coast to Coast special, World Premier Toon-In, and the Powerpuff Girls pilot aired after the special.

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The series gained notice from Cartoon Network in the same way that ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' did, via the ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'' contest for nonprofessional animators. It's possible that the two series have a SharedUniverse; the animation is very similar, the creators for both series collaborated on both series, and [[ShowWithinAShow "TV Puppet Pals"]] and superheroes like Major Glory and Val Hallen appear in both series[[note]]not series.[[note]]not to mention Dexter appearing in several cameos throughout the show[[/note]]. show.[[/note]] In addition, both cartoons (as well as Johnny Bravo) were introduced via the Space Ghost Coast to Coast special, World Premier Toon-In, and the Powerpuff Girls pilot aired after the special.



Eight years after the show ended (and five after ''Powerpuff Girls Rule'' special). The series came back in the form of a CGI special in January of 2014. Most likely as a test pilot for a reboot (though oddly this was ''after'' Craig had left Cartoon Network to work with Disney on ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', and even before then he had left the show after season 4). Supporting this is the that [[http://read.idwpublishing.com/Powerpuff-Girls/comics-series/11436 the girls returned to comic book format in September 2013]], this time under the IDW brand as part of a deal to allow classic Cartoon Network cartoons to be told in new adventures. Sure enough, [[http://www.eonline.com/news/551366/the-powerpuff-girls-returning-with-new-series-on-cartoon-network a reboot of the series was announced for a 2016 release]]. It eventually premiered in April 2016, for tropes on that show, check its [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016 trope page.]]

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Eight years after the show ended (and five after ''Powerpuff Girls Rule'' special). The series came back in the form of a CGI special in January of 2014. Most likely as a test pilot for a reboot (though oddly this was ''after'' Craig had left Cartoon Network to work with Disney on ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', and even before then he had left the show after season 4). Supporting this is the that [[http://read.idwpublishing.com/Powerpuff-Girls/comics-series/11436 the girls returned to comic book format in September 2013]], this time under the IDW brand as part of a deal to allow classic Cartoon Network cartoons to be told in new adventures. Sure enough, [[http://www.eonline.com/news/551366/the-powerpuff-girls-returning-with-new-series-on-cartoon-network a reboot of the series was announced for a 2016 release]]. release.]] It eventually premiered in April 2016, for tropes on that show, check its [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016 trope page.]]
22nd Oct '16 10:23:39 AM mlsmithca
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The original series was [[EndOfAnEra the final production to be created under]] Creator/HannaBarbera's name. The studio's assets were absorbed into Cartoon Network Studios following Bill Hannah's death at the end of season 4.

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The original series was [[EndOfAnEra the final production to be created under]] Creator/HannaBarbera's name. The studio's assets were absorbed into Cartoon Network Studios following Bill Hannah's Hanna's death at the end of season 4.



!![[CatchPhrase The series of The Powerpuff Girls!]] Provides examples for:

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* AffablyEvil: Mojo Jojo. A diabolical, card-carrying, power-hungry supervillain, yet such a classy, suave, and friendly guy. He shows good manners, even to the humans that he hates so much, and even manages to make friendly conversations, with the Powerpuff Girls, when they're not fighting, and he also respects them as rivals. In fact, Mojo even once went babysitting the Powerpuff Girls, and cooked food for them.
** As for HIM, it's DependingOnTheWriter. However, sometimes, he's a comedic villain, who only does stereotypical villainous things, and not an actually truly evil one.
** Big Billy from the Gangrene Gang. He's got such a friendly nature and personality, unlike the other members of the gang who only pretend to be nice to achieve their goals. He also once befriended the Powerpuff Girls for saving him. He'll also try to cheer people up with toys.
** ALL the villains were this in the end of "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey", where they were getting along with the innocents, and singing with them about that everyone should get along.
* AntiHero: Mojo Jojo. He teamed up with the Girls against an overlord because it broke his dream of ruling the world, and also saved them in [[ThePowerpuffGirlsMovie the movie]].
** Major Man. He's not a hero because he wants to help people, but because he wants money and fame. He sets up a crime, and then he stops the crime to be noticed as a hero.
* AbsenteeActor: The girls are completely absent in 'Custody Battle' which is ADayInTheLimelight for the Rowdyruff Boys.
* AbsurdlyLongLimousine: This was a recurring element of the show. An enormous white limousine that is several windows long and takes a few seconds to cross the whole screen is always the Mayor's ride of choice in times of leisure. He rides in the back.
* AccidentalMisnaming:
** The girls would sometimes encounter people who call them the Powderpuff Girls or something similar.
** Major Glory in particular not only calls them by that name, but he also uses "Sugarpuffs" twice. He also calls the individual girls "Butterdish", "Caboodles", "Blaze'em", and "Bless'em".
* ActionGirl: Not just the Powerpuff Girls, but some female villains appear in the series.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Some episodes aren't particularly centered around the Girls themselves, but more around the quirky side-characters or villains, sometimes pushing the Girls to the sideline. "Custody Battle" in particular doesn't feature the Girls at all, just focusing on HIM and Mojo's attempts to take custody over the Rowdyruff Boys.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal:
** Each of the Powerpuff Girls' names starts with a B and contains a double consonant.
*** Temporary fourth Powerpuff Girls Bunny and Bullet also fit the naming scheme.
*** The Rowdyruff Boys (Brick, Boomer, and Butch) have names that start with B, but lack the double consonant.
** From the episode "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future" a newspaper's headline reads "Powerpuffs Powerless to Pinch Pocket-Picking Pin-Pushing Predictor!"
** Also, from the episode "Powerpuff Bluff":
--->'''Blossom:''' Put down that priceless porcelain poodle, you punk!\\
'''Criminal:''' P-P-P-Powerpuffs?\\
'''Blossom:''' Precisely!
* AesopAmnesia:
** If Blossom's vision of a world ruled by her in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule" is any indication, she forgot the moral of "Equal Fights".
** Lampshaded in "Too Pooped to Puff", where the Mayor (and possibly everyone else in Townsville) has forgotten the point of the episode ''while it's still airing''.
--->'''Mayor''': You taught us a valuable lesson today. Although I can't quite remember what that was...anyway, have fun cleaning up the mess.
* AffectionateParody: The episode "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future" is one of ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle''. It even had Creator/JuneForay (the voice of Natasha) as the episode's villain.
* AgonyBeam: Used by Mojo Jojo on the girls in "Bubblevicious".
* AllCGICartoon: The 2014 special.
* AlliterativeFamily: Buttercup was named pretty much to allow for this.
---> '''Professor''': ''"So we have Blossom, Bubbles, and, hmmm, Buttercup because... [[InvokedTrope it also begins with a B]]."''
* AlphabeticalThemeNaming: All three girls have names beginning with B. This even extends to temporary members (Bunny, Bullet) as well as both sets of {{evil counterpart}}s, the Rowdyruff Boys (Brick, Boomer, and Butch), the Powerpunk Girls (Berserk, Brat, and Brute) and the girls in the dream sequence where they were normal (Bertha, Beatrice and Betty).
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The show has two [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMF6-6Zvq8M opening]] [[http://nicoviewer.net/nm13169224 themes]] and [[http://nicoviewer.net/nm13169305 ending]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYexfaVDtrM themes]]. Most of them were written by Power Puff Soul, a band of singers who joined together for this series, and one of the members includes Music/MegumiHayashibara!
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: The Gangreen Gang. [[VisualPun They're green, and they're a gang]].
* AmbiguouslyHuman: It's never specified whether The Gangreen Gang are humanoid monsters or just bizarre-looking teenage boys.
* AmenBreak: Used frequently in James L. Venable's score, especially in the theme song.
* AnimatedSeries
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** In the episode, "Equal Fights", Femme Fatale avoids capture by the girls by claiming to be commiting crimes in the name of women's rights. To counter this, Ms. Bellum and Ms. Keane gather several female Townsville residents to talk to the girls:
--->'''Bank Teller:''' Was Femme Fatale looking out for me when she stole from my bank?
--->'''Policewoman:''' Was she looking out for me when she broke my arm?
--->'''Teenager:''' Was she looking out for me when she stole my hairstyle? (everyone glares at her) Well, she did!
** Another episode shows Mojo Jojo robbing a bank, a jewelry shop and... a DVD store.
** In the episode, "Impeach Fuzz", when the Girls and Ms. Bellum try to convince The Mayor to take back his rightful position, they tell him that Fuzzy won't let the Girls fight crimes, has turned his office into a literal example of a pigsty, is tarnishing the image of what it is to be the Mayor, and is wearing his hat. The Berserk Button section below makes it pretty clear which one of these is The Mayor's.
** From the episode, "Just Desserts", when Mrs. Smith shows Mr. Smith the features of the Smith Family Mini-van:
--->'''Mrs. Smith:''' All terrain slash-proof white-wall tires, blinding 3000-watt headlights, five turbo jet engines for optimum speed, six liquid titanium rocket launchers, rotating laser cannon turret, and a spacious leather interior that comfortably seats a family of four.
** In the episode, "Not So Awesome Blossom", one of Mojo Jojo's robots destroys the Museum of Fine Arts, the Opera House, and a 98¢ store.
** In the episode, "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future", Madame Argentina goes to a voodoo shop and buys three [[Main/VoodooDoll voodoo dolls]] of the Powerpuff Girls, a box of pins, and a box of gumdrops.
* ArtEvolution: The show started using digital animation time and time again throughout the third season, before permanently switching late in the season with "Keen on Keane". The animation was a little rough for the first few digitally animated episodes but by the final season they got the hang of it.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: In "Equal Fights" the girls claim that Susan B. Anthony demanded she be sent to prison for voting because she broke the law, but in real life [[http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/anthony/sbaaccount.html Susan B. Anthony argued that she shouldn't be sent to prison]].
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Even if it does kickstart the entire plot of Schoolhouse Rocked, there is no way it would be at all legal or even remotely safe to let a group of teenagers share a classroom with kindergardeners. This holds doubly true if said teenagers have criminal records like the Gangreen Gang.
* ArtShift:
** In "Get Back, Jojo", while Mojo Jojo is traveling through time, the art becomes pencil sketches.
** "Substitute Creature", as noted above.
** The Lucky Captain Rabbit King Nuggets commercial in "Jewel of the Aisle" is drawn and animated in a fuller, more cartoony manner so it could realistically mimic the actual Trix Rabbit commercials.
*** Just before that commercial came on, the girls were watching Mech-Animals, an obvious parody of WesternAnimation/BeastWars, and it was done in the same dated looking CGI as that show.
** For the ''Powerpuff Girls Rule'' special the show switched Adobe Flash, allowing for a lot more quicker paced animation.
** The 2014 special went full CGI, giving the show a rather unique paper-mache style look. Not only that, but gives the girls a massive re-design as well.
* AsHerself: "The Powerpuff Girls' Best Rainy Day Adventure Ever" simply focuses on them playing in their room, pretending to be... The Powerpuff Girls. Subverted as they all switch roles and even drag the very annoyed professor into playing Bubbles. Watching them run around singing their own theme tune turns the adorable UpToEleven.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: So, the Mayor has lost the elections, and Fuzzy is the new mayor? No problem! Win a boxing fight against him, and the mayor is mayor again! Why bother with impeachments or new elections? Who cares about what the people has voted?
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Happens ridiculously often in Townsville.
** So much so, it's lampshaded at one point in Super Zeroes, where the 50 foot monster of the week actually explains that there is an island right off the coast of Townsville where monsters live.
** The girls become giants in the episode "What's the Big Idea" by one of Mojo Jojo's inventions.
* AttackPatternAlpha: "Attack pattern Alpha Omega {{Atari}}!"
* BabyTalk: In the episode "The Boys Are Back In Town", the girls use this as a means of defeating the Rowdyruff Boys.
* BadassFamily: In the episode "Powerprof", Professor Utonium invents a suit that gives him superpowers so that he can help his daughters fight crime, but the girls convince him to retire from crime-fighting when he proves too embarrassing to work with due to using cheesy slang and giving away humiliating secrets. Not to say that he isn't helpful to the girls in general, as there were several occasions where he was the one who helped the girls save the day.
** They're definety this for having ''both'' the Powerpuffs ''and'' Mojo Jojo as a part of the family.
* BadassNormal: Mojo Jojo brings down the Powerpuff Girls with Antidote X during their SlumberParty, and the Girls' classmates subdue him with a pillow fight.
* BadFuture: In "Speed Demon", the girls end up flying 50 years into the future, where everyone in Townsville has become disheveled wrecks who hate the Powerpuff Girls and Him was conquered the world.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: A variation -- in one episode, the Gangreen Gang occupies city hall while the Mayor's away and use his hotline to sic the Powerpuff Girls at Fuzzy Lumpkins, Mojo Jojo and HIM, who are all [[VillainsOutShopping having days off]]. Although the Powerpuff Girls never catch on to the fact that the Mayor's an impostor, the villains quickly do, tracking down the Gangreen Gang and delivering a(n) (un)righteous smackdown onto them. The Narrator is forced to declare that [[KickTheSonOfABitch "SoOnceAgainTheDayIsSaved, thanks to... Mojo, Fuzzy and HIM...?"]]
** In ''Forced Kin'', Mojo Jojo also defeats up a giant overlord while the Girls couldn't.
* BalloonBelly: The girls and the Mayor after eating the whole candy jar in "Candy is Dandy".
* BathKick: [[FanDisservice Him]].
* BatSignal: The Powerpuff signal, though the only time it was used was in one episode where the girls were too busy playing with their new friend to answer the hotline.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Although they wore space suits in "Uh Oh Dynamo" and the beginning of "Helter Shelter", the girls are perfectly capable of breathing, talking and even ''hearing sounds from Earth'' while in space.
* BeTheBall:
** There was a variation of this trope in "The Boys are Back in Town." All three girls are squashed into a hockey puck and smacked around by the Rowdyruff Boys.
** This trope also occurred in a "Got Milk" promo, when Buttercup throws Lil' Arturo into the rest of the Gangreen Gang like a bowling ball.
* Music/TheBeatles: "Meet the Beat-Alls".
* BecomingTheMask: In one episode, a thief attempts to steal a cereal box from the girls that a priceless diamond managed to find its way into (long story) by dressing up as the cereal's mascot, the [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Lucky Captain Rabbit King.]] After many failed attempts, he breaks down, crying out "I ONLY WANTED SOME CEREAL!" The girls finally relent and give him the box and he immediately starts scarfing down the cereal, forgetting about the diamond inside. Three guesses what happens next...
* BerserkButton:
** "FUZZY! You can throw away my things, and I don't mind the hay on the floor, and the chicken wire's a nice touch, and I kinda like that beat-up old flivver. But no one, I mean no one, wears my mayorin' hat! Now give it back!"
** Bubbles in the pilot, when Fuzzy Lumpkins [[NobodyTouchesTheHair turns one of her pigtails into a chicken leg]]. The Narrator goes to great lengths to describe the hours she spends brushing and conditioning it.
** Also, under any circumstances, do not come between the girls and their candy. Mojo learned this the hard way and was practically beaten to an inch of his life as a result.
** [[CardCarryingVillain Mojo Jojo]] does ''not'' like having his ideas stolen, as the alien invader in "Forced Kin" learned to his sorrow.
** The entirety of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EuPr6K_bW8 "Bubblevicious"]] is dedicated to Bubbles going on a rampage after her button (being treated like a baby by everyone, even her own family) is pressed once too often. She calms down at the end, [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown but then Mojo zaps her with a laser (again)…]]
** An easy way to tick off all three of the Powerpuff Girls is to endanger the life of the Professor.
** Fuzzy Lumpkins and "trespassers", a term he defines very broadly. For example: He shot at a leaf that happened to drift onto his lawn.
*** Also if you value your life, do NOT touch Fuzzy's things, even if it is for good intentions of returning it to him.
** Marianne Smith when anyone tries to disrupt the dinner she is hosting.
* BerserkerTears: A sign that you have pushed Bubbles too far.
* TheBet: HIM has the Girls doing a scavenger hunt, with the threat that if they fail, Dr. Utonium '''WILL PAY'''... [[spoiler: full price for breakfast.]]
* BetweenMyLegs: Invoked fairly often. Craig [=McCracken=] even discusses the shot in the commentary of TheMovie.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: As mentioned above, Bubbles is downright ''vicious'' when she's pushed too far.
* BewareTheSuperman: All of the girls have shown shocking signs of a possible future FaceHeelTurn. Buttercup is extremely violent and has got a taste for money — and [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys certain]] boys. Snake has already tried to exploit that flaw with big success. Blossom will do anything to please even if it crosses the line. Bubbles, as mentioned above can be even more violent if she will. The biggest concern is [[GRatedDrug their affection for candy]]. [[{{AlasPoorVillain}} Poor Mojo indeed]]
* BigBad: Mojo Jojo is the most frequently appearing villain and most of his plans focus solely on defeating the Powerpuff Girls or at least making them unable to stop him. It helps that their origins are connected, as Mojo Jojo was mutated by the same explosion that created the girls.
* BigDamnHeroes: All. The. Time.
* BigEyesLittleEyes: {{Lampshaded}} when characters call the girls "Bug-Eyed".
* BigNo:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heNRLR2d6jo&feature=related "Parent teacher conference?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!"]]
** From "Mo'Linguish":
--->'''Judge:''' You, Mojo Jojo, are hereby sentenced to teaching a knowledge extension course at Townsville Community College!
--->'''Mojo Jojo:''' NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! By which I mean I cannot do it.
** "Fallen Arches": [[OldSuperhero Captain Righteous]] and Lefty confront the Ministry of Pain. The Captain lets out a big no as he runs towards Lefty who just hurt his hip. However, he hasn't reached his sidekick yet so [[Funny/ThePowerpuffGirls he shouts it again]].
** "Get Back Mojo": Mojo Jojo lets out a frustrated "NOOOOOO!" at the end of the episode when the Narrator points out that his trip through time [[StableTimeLoop accidentally inspired the creation of the Powerpuff Girls]].
** The comic book story "Steal A Meal" (Cartoon Network Block Party #26) has the girls doing a tearful BigNo upon learning that after all the breakfast cereal in town had been stolen the only thing left was oatmeal.
** "Mime For A Change": Bubbles performs a great BigNo
* BigShutUp: In "Los Dos Mojos", when Bubbles (who, thanks to amnesia, thinks she's Mojo Jojo) rants that she is the real Mojo Jojo, the ''real'' real Mojo shouts at her, "Oh, shut up!" before walloping her with an I-beam that caused her to lose her memory in the first place (only this time, she is cured).
* BilingualBonus: In "Super Zeroes" when Bubbles reads manga in translation to us. The bonus is if you understand what the shown original text is; it goes from a parody of JapanesePoliteness to BlindIdiotTranslation.
* BirthdayEpisode: There was "Birthday Bash," in which Mojo Jojo, the Amoeba Boys, and Princess Morbucks try to send them booby-trapped gifts while still in jail.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Sedusa's [[PunnyName Ima Goodlady]] disguise. She acts like a nice person in front of Professor Utonium, but is a complete bitch to the girls behind his back.
* BlatantLies: In "Getting Twiggy With It", when cornered by the girls in his bedroom, Mitch Mitchellson weepingly cries that he's never had any pets. There is an enormous habitat with a giant snake right in easy view.
* BlindingBangs: Big Billy. Turns out he's a [[spoiler: cyclops]].
* BraggingThemeTune: The ending theme, to be precise.
-->Blossom, [[TheHero commander and the leader]]\\
Bubbles, [[CheerfulChild she is the joy]] [[GenkiGirl and the laughter]]\\
Buttercup, [[LittleMissBadass and she's the toughest fighter]]\\
Powerpuffs save the day...\\
[[TheyFightCrime Fighting crime]], trying to [[SavingTheWorld save the world]]\\
[[BigDamnHeroes Here they come just in time]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6wxbYTOz-0 the Powerpuff Girls!]]
* BrainMonster: Mojo Jojo has his enlarged brain protected by a transparent helmet.
* BrickJoke: In "Candy is Dandy," the mayor offers to reward the girls by making them a statue or by declaring a Powerpuff Girls Day, to which they decline both. Guess what happens in the very next episode.
* BrokenGlassPenalty: One episode plays out like this - the girls throw their ball through the window of their arch-villain, who tries to use it as an excuse to destroy them while pretending to be looking for their ball. After the girls [[PricelessMingVase continue to do more damage in the house]], he instead just gives them the ball back [[GetOut so that they will leave]].
* BullyingADragon: A lot of people seem to feel that they can push these walking titans without consequence; A couple of young, snarky residents of the Town Of Citysville seem to forget entirely that the only thing keeping them alive is the girls' sense of right and wrong--and they push ''Buttercup'' worst of all.
** Mojo Jojo should've known better than attempting to steal their candy. His [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yfv7gtcNhx8 trollface]] at the end of [[TheReveal his confession]] was outright [[WhatAnIdiot suicidal]].
* TheCameo: Dexter from Dexter's Laboratory makes several cameos over the course of the series, including the episode "Forced Kin".
* CaptainObvious: Done by Blossom in "Los Dos Mojos"; lampshaded by Mojo.
-->'''Blossom:''' I think Bubbles thinks she's Mojo Jojo!
-->'''Mojo:''' (''sarcastically'') No. Really. You think?
** Also in "Fuzzy Logic":
-->'''Blossom:''' What happened here?
-->'''Bubbles:''' You know what? I bet it was something bad.
-->''The other girls look unimpressed by the deduction.''
* CardboardPrison: Townsville's prison isn't too good at keeping Mojo Jojo and other villains locked up, particularly since they often appear out of jail even when they were incarcerated by the end of their previous appearance.
* {{Card Carrying Villain}}s: They frequently have EvilerThanThou arguments, too.
* CastOfSnowflakes: The background character designs could be pretty creative.
* {{Catchphrase}}:
** Narrator - "The City of Townsville..." and "SoOnceAgainTheDayIsSaved, thanks to The Powerpuff Girls!"
** Powerpuff Girls - "NotSoFast, [[MonsterOfTheWeek Villain of the Week]]!" and "Let's go, girls!"
** Mojo Jojo - "[[LargeHam CURSEEESS]]!!!"
** Fuzzy Lumpkins - "GET OFFA MAH PROPERTY!!!"
* {{Catfight}}: Miss Bellum and Sedusa have one at the end of "Something's a Ms".
* CerealViceReward: Magnificently parodied in one episode. "Ridiculous Lucky Captain Rabbit King! Lucky Captain Rabbit King Nuggets are for the youth!"
--> [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments ALL I EVER WANTED WAS SOME CEREAL! *Sob*]]
* ChemistryCanDoAnything: Such as create super-powered little girls, using sugar, spice, and everything nice... And Chemical X.
* ChocolateFrostedSugarBombs: Lucky Captain Rabbit King Nuggets from "Jewel of the Aisle".
* ChristmasSpecial: "Twas the Fight Before Christmas".
* ChromaticArrangement: Both the Powerpuffs and the Rowdyruffs.
* CityOfAdventure: The City of Townsville.
* CityOfWeirdos: The citizens of Townsville are so used to having the girls fighting giant monsters, that they simply ignore when one goes on a rampage. An entire episode focuses on a typical day in the life of Mojo Jojo, who does mundane tasks without anybody giving him a second thought.
** One of Cartoon Network's Bumpers called "Born and Raised in Townsville" brings attention to this by following a "normal" townsville citizen on his way to work as various bad things happen to him, with it ending with him telling his wife over the phone that nothing interesting happened to him.
* TheCityVsTheCountry: In "Town and Out", the Utonium family moves to the metropolis of Citiesville, only to realize that it can't compare to Townsville, their original home.
* ClipShow: Subverted and parodied partway through in that "The City of Clipsville" eventually shows flashbacks to events that never actually happened in any of the previous episodes (like the girls growing into teenagers and the Rowdyruff Boys asking them out) and has everyone barge into the girls' house to reminisce about rather insipid things like mowing the lawn.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Both Bubbles and the mayor.
* TheCollector: Lenny Baxter in "Collect Her".
* ComicBookAdaptation: DC Comics--70 regular issues, plus two issues of Cartoon Network Starring (their first two comic appearances), the movie adaptation, 21 appearances in Cartoon Network Block Party, 3 appearances of Cartoon Network Action Pack (Rowdyruff Boys stories--the boys appeared in four issues) and four volumes of reprinted stories. Series creator Craig [=McCracken=] drew and co-wrote the first CN Starring issue. IDW is now rebooting the comic in both new stories and reprints from DC.
* ContinuityNod:
-->'''Buttercup:''' Wow, where did you get that giant match?\\
'''Blossom:''' Same place I got the giant jar, silly! [[BreakingTheFourthWall Episode 2, Season 1]], remember?
** The Christmas special has the girls tell Princess it is obvious that she is naughty by listing things she did in previous episodes, like buying Tonwsville and making crime legal and manipulating their new friend Robin into shoplifting.
* ContrivedClumsiness: When the girls had to accidentally add Chemical X to their own "perfect little girl" concoction.
--> '''Blossom:''' Oh, look at what I found, girls: Chemical X.\\
'''Bubbles:''' Be careful with that Chemical X.\\
'''Buttercup:''' Yes, Blossom. Whatever you do, do not drop that Chemical X.\\
'''Blossom:''' Don't worry, I wo-- ''(tosses Chemical X into bowl)''' Whoops. I accidentally dropped the Chemical X, and it fell into the concoction.\\
'''Girls:''' Oh, no.
* CowboyEpisode: One episode, titled "West in Pieces", is basically a normal episode of the show, but in the Old West. The girls become the Steamypuff Girls.
* CrapsackWorld: Citiesville.
** Townsville itself wasn't a very good place before the girls were born, filled with crime and the citizens had basically lost all hope.
** The setting of "Speed Demon".
* CreateYourOwnHero: It's eventually revealed that Mojo Jojo was once Professor Utonium's lab partner and caused the Chemical X to be added to the formula the girls were made from. Realising this causes Jojo to suffer a VillainousBreakdown. In another episode it gets even worse for him when [[spoiler: he tries going back in time to RetGone the girls and ends up giving Utonium the idea to create them in the first place]].
--> "It was me...it was me..."
* CreatorCameo: Craig [=McCracken=] and his wife (and series storyboarder) Lauren Faust appear in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule."
* CreepyMonotone:
** The citizens in "Speed Demon".
** The Powerpuff Girls Xtreme from "Knock It Off".
** The class in Blossom's Nightmare in "Power-noia".
* {{Crossover}}: In 2000, Cartoon Network published a special magazine which featured a story in which the Powerpuff Girls met WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo and the gang.
** The episode "Members Only" featured [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Major Glory and Valhallen]].
* CueTheRain:
** In "Simian Says", Mojo Jojo kidnaps the narrator and takes his place, leading to this exchange:
--->'''Bubbles''': At least it's not raining.
--->'''Mojo Jojo''' (narrating): That's not a bad idea!
--->''(it starts to rain)''
** At the end of the episode, "The City of Nutsville", when Blossom and Buttercup are cleaning up the pieces of the statue of the Mayor, this happens after Buttercup says, "At least it isn't raining."
* CurseCutShort:
** ''Mommy Fearest.''
--->'''Blossom:''' "There's something fishy about that--"
* {{Cute Kitten}}s: In the episode "Catastrophe", in which the Powerpuff Girls have to find one of the kittens for a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant monster]] in order to help him leave Townsville alone.
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* DarkReprise: a more sinister version of the theme song's origin exposition music plays when Utonium's college roommate Professor Dick creates imitations of the Powerpuff Girls.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Buttercup's new identity "Super Zeroes". It's a parody of ''{{Spawn}}'' that can't step out into sunlight and has "[[ScarsAreForever scabs that never heal]]".
** "Speed Demon" has HIM go from joke villain to NotSoHarmlessVillain, totaling the Earth, turning everyone into shell-shocked, psychotic zombies, and psychologically torturing the girls. Yikes.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Mr. Green. Despite looking like a mish-mash of almost every ObviouslyEvil trope out there, he's really just a nice guy who wants to teach children. He even gives the girls a [[DiscussedTrope lecture]] about the trope.
* {{Deconstruction}}[=/=]DeconstructiveParody: There was an episode that had the girls decide to emulate the superheroes in their comic books (or, in Bubbles' case, manga). Blossom became a pastiche of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, Batman, and Wonder Woman, Bubbles became a [[GenkiGirl crime-fighting, overhyper rabbitgirl that used her pogo stick to get places]], and Buttercup became [[{{Spawn}} Spaw]]-, er, [[AC:Mange]]. When a monster attacks, the girls try to respond, but Blossom gets stuck in traffic when she tries using her CoolCar, Bubbles took way too long traveling by pogo stick, and [[AC:Mange]] could only fight at night. Because she's [[NinetiesAntiHero AN ANTI-HERO AND THE LIGHT HURTS HER.]] Eventually, the attacking monster gets fed up and says that they don't need capes, costumes, gadgets, and whatnot to be a hero, and then lets them beat him up. ([[ItMakesSenseInContext Where he's from, getting your ass kicked by superheroes is a rite of passage for monsters.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: In "Knock It Off," the Girls acts as the main characters as usual for the show in the episode, however, after the BigBad of the episode, Dick Hardly, turns into a OneWingedAngel and tries to kill them to harvest their Chemical X, the Professor arrives and saves them with ThePowerOfLove, while Dick is [[HoistByHisOwnPetard killed by his own creations]]. In a way, the Professor is the ''real'' protagonist of the said episode, as Dick Hardly was his so-called good roommate from college and the episode follows the Professor's realization that his college friend was EvilAllAlong from the beginning when Dick announces in front of the Professor to exploit the Girls for profit to the climax when the Professor catches him trying to kill the Girls and comes to their rescue with the help of Dick's defective creations.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Mojo Jojo. That is to say, he speaks in a manner that is highly repetitive and frequently says things that he has already said at an earlier point in time and is now redundantly saying again, thus causing the audience to wonder if they are hearing the same thing multiple times, for they are hearing dialogue that they have already been exposed to, for he has already said it. He does go the extra mile to deny it:
--> '''Mojo Jojo''' ''[after hearing Bubbles speak like him]'': I do not talk like that! The way I communicate is much different! I do not reiterate, repeat, reinstate the same thing over and over again! I am clear, concise, to the point!
* DesignatedGirlFight: Nomally averted given the nature of the show, but Ms. Bellum and Sedusa's fight in "Something's A Ms." has shades of it. However, aside from their outfits, it avoids being a typical catfight. The two of them get pretty damn brutal.
* DestructiveSavior: Whenever the girls go "save the day," their fights with the bad guys and monsters often end up leveling quite a few buildings in Townsville. Taken UpToEleven in the debut episode of the Dynamo HumongousMecha; they caused such a great deal of damage to the city in the process of stopping the monster that the Mayor and the rest of the citizens ordered them never to use the Dynamo again.
* DidntSeeThatComing: In the episode "Sweet n Sour", three cute animals - a puppy, kitten, and rabbit - are brainwashing the whole city of Townsville, except for the girls, of course, with their obviously cute faces, thus also causing a backlash on the girls due to their doubts on the animals. However, when they walk into a building which they think is a bank, they find it's a school filled with children who love the animals to near-death, thus delivering the message of how too much of something isn't always good. Of course, after the children leave, it is revealed that their receiving too much love was set up by the girls.
* DidntThinkThisThrough:
** In the episode "Bought and Scold", Princess Morbucks takes over as Mayor of Townsville and passes a law legalizing crime, [[EvilPlan just so she could put the girls out of business]]. However, she apparently didn't realize that with crime being legal, she herself could be robbed as well, which is obviously one of the reasons why the girls thought of the idea of robbing her blind.
** Also, in the episode "Birthday Bash", the Amoeba Boys send the girls voodoo dolls of the girls themselves without realizing that they were supposed to keep the dolls in order to make them work.
** Mojo Jojo's first attack involved turning the world and the girls into dogs. He was beaten when Buttercup ran up the platform bit him in the behind. In another episode, he does almost the same thing, then he plays a video recording of the first event to the girls and explains that he won't turn them into dogs this time, and he installed butt armor to prevent getting bitten again. Mojo got so wrapped up on how he was beaten previously he forgot to disable or weaken the girls this time and they beat him up as usual.
*** In fact, this is actually Mojo's signature flaw when it comes to planning all of his schemes. To a point where the girls would even rule him out of a robbery since it was too well thought-out.
* DisappointedByTheMotive: In "Just Desserts", a follow-up to the episode, "Supper Villain", Mrs. Smith and her children join her husband in helping him eliminate the Powerpuff Girls, following his release from prison. After the girls defeat them in a showdown, Mrs. Smith explains that her motive for wanting to destroy the girls was not really because they drove her husband insane or sent him to prison, but because they ruined her dinner. As the girls point out, that's not a good reason for wanting revenge on them at all.
* DisneyDeath:
** The girls themselves in "The Rowdyruff Boys", where they were revived by the tears of the townspeople.
** And again in "Knock It Off". They [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve were revived]] by ThePowerOfLove.
** Blossom in "Abracadaver".
** Also used in issue #2 of the comic book ("Buttercup's Boyfriend"). [[spoiler: HIM gives a boy a belt that sends out a beam that makes whoever it hits hate everyone. It hits Bubbles, but because she's filled with so much love, it short circuits her and knocks her unconscious. Blossom and (reluctantly) Buttercup verbally announce their love for Bubbles to revive her.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath:
** [[spoiler:Roach Coach falls out of a building. While the Girls were shocked because they believed he was a man and they thought they'd killed him, but it turns out he was actually a cockroach in a mechanical suit, so he survived and was captured.]]
** [[spoiler:HIM sent plummeting into a [[BottomlessPits bottomless abyss]] by Buttercup in "Power Noia". Being a recurring villain who can survive AsLongAsThereIsEvil, this doesn't kill him, but it defeats him for the time being.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** During the episode where Mojo is hired to babysit the girls, the girls take a [[TookALevelInJerkass level in jerkass]] and beat him first with pillows, then just regularly beating him, for ''telling a bad bedtime story.''
*** The bad bedtime story came last, though, and it was because Mojo gave up his original plan in exasperation: ''first'', Mojo had been planning to use his authority as babysitter to make the girls help him take over Townsville. One presumes the girls were beating him for his failed villainous plan, not for the bedtime story.
** Combined with MinorInjuryOverreaction, the two-parter episode about a meek husband trying to be a villain and horribly failed for it... the wife was MAD and ANGRY at the Powerpuff Girls and resort to crime along with the whole family because the Powerpuff Girls ''ruined her dinner'' to protect Professor Utonium.
** The way Blossom and Bubbles get Buttercup to learn her lesson in "Moral Decay" probably also counts. See DoWithHimAsYouWill for details.
** Played with in "Crime 101". The judge nearly [[LongerThanLifeSentence sentences the Powerpuff Girls to one million years in Townsville Correctional Facility]] just for robbing a bank, which the girls only did to demonstrate to the Amoeba Boys how to do so. It is played with because the judge clearly doesn't want to punish the girls and before sentencing them even assumed that they didn't rob the bank at all before the girls plead guilty.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: In the original "Whoopass Stew" short and the two What a Cartoon! pilots, the Powerpuff Girls lacked distinctive personalities. The series made them more distinguishable by making Blossom the brainy leader, Bubbles the cute and innocent one, and Buttercup the tough and aggressive tomboy.
* DividedWeFall: The Girls are nigh-unstoppable when they're together. When they're separated? [[CurbStompBattle Not so much.]]
* TheDocumentary: Parodied in one episode where a guy tries to interview the Powerpuff girls.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: "Mojo Jonesin'". "When dealing when Mojo Jojo, just say no-no!"
* DopeSlap: Ace of the Gangreen Gang often does this to his [[YesMan yesss man]] Snake, but with a punch rather than a slap.
** Brick does this or an OffhandBackhand to Boomer, if he says something stupid.
* DoWithHimAsYouWill: In "Moral Decay," Buttercup has amassed a tidy fortune from the tooth fairy for teeth she has accumulated from punching the teeth out of all the robbers. When she attacks the show's main villains unprovoked, Blossom somehow gets wind of it and she and Bubbles help the villains set up an ambush on Buttercup to teach her a lesson.
-->'''Buttercup:''' Uh, guys? A little help here?
-->'''Blossom:''' Sorry, Buttercup. You know what they say. "An eye for an eye..."
-->'''Bubbles:''' "An' a toof for a toof!"
* DownerEnding:
** "Twisted Sister" ends with Bunny exploding after she rescues the girls.
** "A Very Special Blossom" ends with Blossom being sentenced to 200 hours of community service.
* DownHereShot: The episode "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future" has the villainous medium Madame Argentina being introduced with the camera first missing her because she's too short.
* DressedToPlunder: In "Mizzen in Action", a crew of predictably-dressed pirates accidentally imbibe some Chemical X to become the [[VillainOfTheWeek Villains of the Week]].
* DrunkWithPower: That episode where The Mayor got tired of relying on The Girls and decided to bring his own brand of justice, riding a balloon and stopping bad guys with an extending boxing glove. It goes to his head...
* EatingTheEnemy: "You gotta eat 'em to beat 'em!"
* EdutainmentShow: Parodied in "Seed No Evil":
-->'''Museum tour guide:''' I'm going to show you how prehistoric man [[BambooTechnology used woolly mammoths as dishwashers, and pterodactyls as record players]].\\
'''Narrator:''' Not wanting to overshoot this episode's educational quota, let's fast-forward[.]
* EitherOrTitle: Present in "I See a Funny Cartoon In Your Future", in homage to ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'':
-->'''Narrator:''' Find out in the next exciting chapter called, "Who Do Voodoo?" or "[[Music/{{Evita}} Don't Scrye for Me, Argentina]]"!
* ElectionDayEpisode: Mayor began campaigning for re-election, though Miss Bellum said he was wasting his time since nobody was running against him... that is, until Fuzzy Lumpkins gets elected simply by yelling, "Shut up!" at Mayor for repeatedly proclaiming, "Vote for Mayor for mayor! Vote for Mayor for mayor!" and it catches on to the citizens of Townsville. After Fuzzy literally turns the mayoral office into a pig stye, Miss Bellum and the Powerpuff Girls work to help the disgraced Mayor get his job back.
* EnemyMime: Rainbow The Clown's alternate personality in "Mime for a Change".
* EnemyMine: The girls have occasionally teamed up with their enemies, such as in "Forced Kin", where they teamed up with Mojo Jojo to defeat the giant alien, and "Aspirations", where the Gangreen Gang sided with them against Sedusa.
* EpisodeTitleCard
* EvenEvilHasStandards: According to the comic book, Him wouldn't stoop to stealing from a charity.
* EveryEpisodeEnding: Nearly every episode ended with a shot of the titular protagonists and the narrator exclaiming, "And SoOnceAgainTheDayIsSaved, thanks to... the Powerpuff Girls!" This was subverted more and more as the series went on.
** Whenever a hero other than the Powerpuff girls are the focus, they're the ones who saved the day, although in the Daylight Savings episode, the Narrator says the day was saved thanks to Benjamin Franklin.
** When the day didn't actually need saving: "And so... uh... hmm..."
** When the girls get fed up with the people of Townsville's sheep attitude and force them to destroy a monster without the girls' help: "... the day is saved with no thanks to the Powerpuff Girls. Hey, I did it all by myself!"
** When the TimeTravel episode reveals Mojo Jojo's caused the StableTimeLoop that led to the girls' existence: "And SoOnceAgainTheDayIsSaved, thanks to the Powerpuff Girls... but thanks originally to Mojo Jojo who, once again, had a hand in creating the Powerpuff Girls!"
** When the episode centered around a couple of elderly heroes who were out to fight their out-of-retirement, equally elderly foes, and Blossom refused to allow the girls to intervene. The episode ends with all the old men falling over and breaking various limbs. Instead of the narrator, an in-story newscaster says over the end card "In this reporter's opinion, all this could have been averted if the Powerpuff Girls have just saved the day."
** When Mojo Jojo and HIM get into an EvilerThanThou contest to decide who is a better father for the Rowdyruff Boys: "The day is doomed, thanks to the Rowdyruff Boys." It also changes the usual pink-and-hot pink heart background for a black-and-white crossbones and skull one.
** Many comic book stories end with the standard hearts-and-stars with the girls posing in front, but like in the show, it can be averted and subverted once in awhile. Among them was "Monkey Business" (issue #67), where Mojo's attempt to go straight and open his own restaurant keeps getting sabotaged by the girls, skeptical of his intentions. The last straw was when Blossom mistakes everybody farting (from Mojo's chili) as a gas leak, causing a frantic evacuation. Frustrated, Mojo goes back to crime, and it ends with the narrator chiding the girls in the hearts/stars panel for making Mojo evil again.
** In "Telephonies", after the Gangreen Gang continuously [[MuggingTheMonster harass]] Mojo Jojo, Fuzzy Lumpkins, and Him by [[ItMakesSenseInContext making a string of very convincing crank calls that convinced the girls that the three were terrorizing Townsville, but were instead, enjoying a day off]], Mojo Jojo, Him, and Fuzzy; furious over the crank calls; form a temporary PowerTrio and proceeding to give the Gangreen Gang the worst NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of their careers, and thus promptly saving the day, making the narrator say the following line in total bewilderment:
--->'''Narrator''': So, once again, the day...is saved! Thanks to... ''(Mojo, Fuzzy, and Him appear on screen while the music skips and slows down)'' ...Mojo...Fuzzy...and ''Him''...?
** In the episode where Mojo kidnaps the Narrator; he does the usual bit...then asks them for a ride home.
** "I See A Funny Cartoon In Your Future": The day is saved, thanks to the Powerpuff grill.
** "That's Not My Baby": The diaper is changed... Hold the chili.
* EveryoneHasStandards: In the episode "Curses", the Powerpuff Girls fight a giant monster that is both figuratively and literally a potty-mouth (as in, he has a toilet for a head and his dialogue consists mostly of swearing). While the monster's swearing is depicted as grumbling gibberish, everyone who hears him is offended, even people you wouldn't expect to have a problem with cursing, like a pair of bikers and a convict.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: The girls never act the way they're "supposed to" for HIM's plans.
* EvilRedhead:
** Princess Morbucks.
** Brick, Blossom's SpearCounterpart.
** Berserk, Blossom's alternate universe counterpart (comic book story ''Deja View'').
** Big Billy of the Gangreen Gang.
* EvilLaugh: Just about every villain in the show does this.
* EvilSoundsDeep:
** HIM alternates between a syrupy-sweet falsetto and a gargles-with-gravel basso.
** The Boogie Man plays this more straight.
** Subverted in both aspects with Mr. Green from the episode "Substitute Creature". The "deep" part is subverted when it turns out that Mr. Green was struggling with a cold, and he talks in a normal voice after this is revealed. The "evil" part is subverted because it turns out that despite his appearance, Mr. Green was actually a good guy all along.
* EvilerThanThou:
** Mojo Jojo and HIM attempt to show themselves who is the better father of the Rowdyruff Boys in "Custody Battle".
** "Forced Kin" had Mojo Jojo going up against an Alien Force, who [[MegaManning mimicked Mojo's plans]].
* ExpositoryThemeTune: Atypically, played during the ClosingCredits. The first part serves as a ThemeTuneRollCall.
* ExactWords: In the episode, "Him Diddle Riddle," Him tells the girls that if they cannot solve all of his riddles within the allotted time, "the Professor will pay." [[spoiler: They fail, but it is revealed that the Professor just has to "pay" for breakfast at Him's diner. He'd have gotten a free meal if they'd have succeeded.]]
* {{Expy}}:
** The episode "Jewel of the Aisle" features a breakfast cereal mascot known as Lucky Captain Rabbit King, who is a pastiche of Captain Crunch, Lucky Charms' Lucky the Leprechaun, the Trix Rabbit, and the rather obscure King Vitaman all rolled into one.
** When the invading alien from "Forced Kin" finally reveals himself, he's very obviously intended to be a monochrome {{ComicBook/Galactus}}.
* EyeBeams: Hilariously in one episode, a very thick pair of glasses upgrades Bubbles' to WaveMotionGun levels of power.
* TheFaceless: Ms. Sara Bellum always has her face off-camera or hidden by either an object placed in front of her or her own hair. [[spoiler: However, her face can be seen for a split-second in the 2009 special ''The Powerpuff Girls Rule''.]]
* FailedASpotCheck: The Girls failed to notice a tank following them in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule".
* FakeUltimateHero: Major Man makes himself come off as being a better crime-fighter than the Powerpuff Girls because he appears to solve crimes as swiftly as they appear. It turns out that he was actually staging the crimes themselves and was only being a superhero for the glory.
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Surprisingly {{averted}} - in a number of episodes guns wielded by standard criminals have goofy colors, but fire actual bullets.
** And in the earlier seasons, they weren't silly at all. The guns were almost always colored gunmetal gray or brown.
* FamilyThemeNaming: Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup all have cutesy names that start with B and contain a double consonant. When they create a temporary fourth Powerpuff girl, she also fits the pattern, being named Bunny.
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: Taken to ''ridiculous'' levels. See GrossUpCloseUp.
* FangsAreEvil:
** Ace, Sedusa, and a number of [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters of the day]].
** HIM's teeth usually become sharp when he goes into nightmarishly scary evil mode.
* FastballSpecial: Buttercup and Bubbles do this in "Film Flam". Buttercup even CALLS IT the [[LampshadeHanging trope name]].
* FatBastard:
** Big Billy of the Gang Green Gang.
** The maid in the episode "Hot Air Buffon" towards the Mayor. [[{{Jerkass}} She berates him]] for not saving the the world like the girls do.
** Mike Birkowski, a former cop who tries to kill the girls because he thinks they're stealing all the work from other hard-working cops, [[{{Hypocrite}} when all he did was sleep and eat doughnuts.]]
** Lenny Baxter, a comic-book geek who obsesses over the Powerpuff girls and keeps them in tight packaging to satisfy his "collection".
* FauxAffablyEvil: HIM is the most notable one, but it can happen to any number of the villains DependingOnTheWriter.
* FemmeFatale: Not exactly an example, but there was a villain named [[http://powerpuff.wikia.com/wiki/Femme_Fatale Femme Fatale]].
* FilmFelons: One episode had a con man pretending to make a movie about the Powerpuff Girls as a scam to rob Townsville blind.
* FingerlessHands: The former {{Trope Namer|s}}. {{Lampshaded}} in "Criss Cross Crisis" when Buttercup switches bodies with Professor Utonium. When she tries to pick up the phone, she can't figure out how his fingers are supposed to work.
* FinishingEachOthersSentences: The girls will do this every now and then.
* FlagDrop: Occurs in "Collect Her", when Professor Utonium tells Lenny Baxter to set the girls free.
* FlatWhat: Both the girls and the narrator have this reaction to the end "Him Riddle Diddle"
* FlyingBrick:
** Cute bricks, to be sure, but the girls' basic powerset is this.
** The Rowdyruff Boys possess the same basic powerset, and Blossom's male counterpart there is named Brick.
* FMinusMinus: In the episode "Mo' Linguish", Mojo Jojo mentions that if he had control of the grading system, he would make the lowest grade a "Z" rather than an "F".
* FlamingDevil: HIM is essentially the series' version of Satan and is also a transvestite with an effeminate voice.
* {{Flanderization}}: Some fans believe that almost ''everyone'' suffered this (if they didn't have ChuckCunninghamSyndrome) in the later episodes.
** Even more in the 2014 Dance-Pantsed special.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Bubbles and Blossom.
* ForgotFlandersCouldDoThat: The Mayor of Townsville started out as a kindly man who was slightly dim-witted, but he eventually devolved into being an unbearably moronic manchild. This was rectified in the 2014 special ''Dance Pantsed''. The Mayor encourages Professor Utonium not to give up on his girls when Mojo Jojo takes control of them and also expresses remorse for snapping at Ms. Bellum for not believing her when she told him about a giant robot attacking Townsville, even apologizing to her near the end.
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Lenny Baxter and Dick Hardly both wear glasses and have zero redeeming qualities.
* FreakLabAccident: Hilariously {{lampshaded}} when, in an attempt to create a fourth Powerpuff Girl, the sisters re-create the circumstances of their origin by ''elaborately pretending'' that they're adding the Chemical X to the pot by sheer accident, complete with [[BadBadActing awkward dialogue delivery]].
* FreakyFridayFlip: "Criss Cross Crisis", which even gives a ShoutOut to the [[FreakyFriday original movie]] by showing that "Freakin' Friday" is playing at the movie theater.
* FrictionBurn: In one episode, Buttercup creates a fireball by rubbing her hands together rapidly and throws it at a monster.
* FriendlyTickleTorture: In the episode "Powerprof", the Professor briefly does this to the girls, who then do it to him.
* FunWithFlushing: The class hamster gets flushed down by Mitch, the schoolyard bully. In the sewer, the hamster gets exposed to chemical waste and comes back a mutated monster out for revenge.
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[[folder: G-I]]
* GaggingOnYourWords: Buttercup has this problem when she tries to apologize.
** Subverted in "Moral Decay": Buttercup apologizes profusely to Bubbles after accidentally knocking out one of her baby teeth.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: If you've seen the show, you know this is done [[Radar/ThePowerpuffGirls multiple times]], sometimes blatantly, sometimes subtly.
* GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul: Attempted in "Super Zeroes":
-->'''Bubbles/Harmony Bunny:''' There! Now you're covered with Happy Stickers! Their good, sweet powers will take hold of you and make you smile!
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: "Nano of the North" has exactly zero context for anything that is happening. A cloud showed up over Townsville and everything inorganic is getting decimated by the rain, which is actually a vast army of miniature robots traveling within the raindrops that can destroy things at a molecular level. ''None'' of this is ever explained.
* GirlsHaveCooties:
** In the episode "Cootie Gras" our kindergartner heroines are terrified of a boy said to have Cooties. A fact Mojo Jojo uses to keep them at bay until they get over it. Once they do, however, they leave the boy CoveredInKisses, then go kick Mojo's butt.
** Also, used in the first episode featuring the Rowdyruff Boys -- the girls' key to defeat them is to look prettily at them and actually kiss them. It worked so well the guys explode in horror. Lampshaded right after this, when Bubbles and Blossom think kissing isn't that bad, but Buttercup is shown coughing and almost throwing up in disgust.
* GivenNameReveal: Averted in "Get Back Jojo" (the episode where Mojo Jojo travels back in time to Professor Utonium's childhood), where Professor Utonium's teacher always calls him "Mr. Utonium".
* GoneToTheFuture: The plot of "Speed Demon". [[BadFuture The girls' absence hasn't been great for Townsville.]]
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Professor Utonium falls under the Wise and Fatherly exception for this trope. Though we never actually see him smoke his pipe, so he may just have it around to look cool. (And seeing as he's slightly {{Adorkable}} this makes that even more believable)
* GoshDangItToHeck: Parodied in "Bubblevicious".
-->'''Bubbles:''' *being zapped by a laser at a low level* I'm not... gonna... cry... you... dumb... doo-doo-brain!\\
'''Mojo Jojo:''' "Doo-doo-brain"? That's it! I've had it with your sassy mouth!
* GrandFinale: The 10th anniversary special "The Powerpuff Girls Rule" served as a finale for the series, though another special entitled "Dance Pantsed" aired in 2014.
* GRatedDrug: "Candy is Dandy" has the girls acting like they are taking wild drugs when the Mayor rewards them with candy.
** Chemical X (or something similar) for the normal kids in "Mojo Jonesin'".
* GratuitousDiscoSequence: The episode "Boogie Frights" has this to go with the Boogieman's disco theme.
* GreatGazoo: Issue #65 of the comic introduced the Micro-Puffs, tiny sprite versions of the girls from another dimension who show up to merely yank the girls' chains. One story has Blossom actually getting help from Mojo Jojo in defeating them. Considered canon in that all Micro-Puffs stories were written by Amy Rogers, head writer for the show.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Him uses Ace's body as a baseball bat to hit Lil Arturo in one episode.
* GrossUpCloseUp: Many times, but most commonly Mojo Jojo plopping to the ground, beaten to a pulp with breaks in his helmet exposing his oversized brain, missing teeth, black eyes and obviouly broken fingers.
* Creator/HannaBarbera: [[EndOfAnEra The very last show to be produced under HB's name]]. Following the death of Bill Hanna at the end of season 4, their assets were absorbed into Cartoon Network Studios, who produced the movie, specials and seasons 5 and 6.
* HartmanHips: Nearly every female in the series. Most notably: Miss Bellum, Miss Keane (especially in "Keen on Keane"), Sedusa, Femme Fatale.
* HateSink: Stan and Sandra Practice from "Girls Gone Mild" are not remotely likeable and are obvious strawmen, but their SmugSnake attitude when they threaten to sue the Professor is what clinches it.
* HatesBaths: Buttercup in "Down 'N' Dirty", which causes her to get chased out of town until she finally agrees to just bathe so she can fight monsters again.
* HelpingGrannyCrossTheStreet: It's occasionally mentioned that the girls do this, but it's not usually shown - it's usually listed as another one of their many good deeds.
* HereWeGoAgain: The ending of "Mommy Fearest" has the Professor fall in love with a woman again and once again stuttering "I...I...I". Lampshaded by the narrator.
* HeroInsurance: Available in Townsville, but ''not'' in Citiesville.
* HeroicRROD: Bunny ends up exploding after she saves the girls.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** Dick Hardley sets such a contrast to the Professor's love that [[spoiler: his own Powerpuff Girls turn against him]].
** The Rose Gnome from "[[GrandFinale See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey]]" [[ExactWords accidentally violates the terms of his own agreement]].
** Princess Morbucks in "Bought and Scold", as mentioned before under DidntThinkThisThrough.
* HoldingOutForAHero:
** Pretty much every townsperson and the highly co-dependent Mayor are Sheep. Explicitly lampshaded in one episode, when the girls get sick of being called on to fix every little problem. They go sit on a cloud and encourage the people to work out a solution to the MonsterOfTheWeek, but keep having to beat them over the heads with hints, in what is probably a direct ShoutOut to the "Burn the witch" scene from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''.
** One episode was devoted to showing how the citizens of Townsville have become so used to the girls taking care of everything from invading monsters to fires to getting cats out trees that every problem is shrugged off with, "Oh, the Powerpuff Girls will take care of it". This causes the girls to go on strike.
** Reversed in "Collect Her", which had an obsessive collector of Powerpuff Girl merchandise capture the girls themselves to add to his collection. The people of Townsville paid the girls back for helping them by going to the collector's house and ripping up all his merchandise, freeing the girls in the process. Since he was a [[FatBastard fat, bald, overweight]] {{Otaku}} with no powers, there wasn't much he could do to stop them.
* HollywoodScience: For starters, mixing together sugar, spice, and everything nice, even if Chemical X existed and was added to the mix, would not create a trio of five-year-old girls.
* {{Homage}}: "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future" is done in the style of ''[[RockyAndBullwinkle The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle]]''.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: In one episode in which the Gangreen Gang are forced to attend Pokey Oaks by a truant officer, Ms. Keane accepts them with open arms, and when the Powerpuff Girls counter their antics and attempts to torment the kids, Ms. Keane ''only'' sees the Girls assault them and punishes the girls while letting the Gangreen Gang get away with it. It's only when they brutally injure the other kids in a game of dodgeball that Ms. Keane realizes that the PPG were right about the Gangreen Gang all along.
* HumiliationConga: Blossom at the end of "A Made Up Story", after she bragged about not falling victim to Mask Scara's attacks.
* HumongousMecha: The D.Y.N.A.M.O. was a giant mecha resembling an amalgam of the girls.
* HurricaneOfPuns:
** "Meet the Beat-alls". [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qEbqXlxDBM These videos]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sA6edbcrfo spell it all out quite nicely]], for those who aren't too knowledgeable on Music/TheBeatles.
** "I See A Funny Cartoon In Your Future" is loaded with puns, being one long homage to ''Rocky and Bullwinkle''.
* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: Travel through the fifth dimension.
* HypocriticalHumor:
-->'''Mojo Jojo:''' I do not talk like that! The way I communicate is much different. I do not reiterate, repeat, reinstate the same thing over and over again. I am clear, concise, to the point!
** In the episode ''Paste Makes Waste'', the Girls' classmate and PasteEater Elmer is teased by the other students with one calling him gross as flies circle around him, another one commenting that he looks a dummy while she [[{{Gonk}} has buck teeth and a pig-like nose]], and the third laughing that it's a "sick habit" while picking his nose.
* ICanSeeMyHouseFromHere: Sometimes stated by the girls as they are flying.
* ImageSong: The "Heroes and Villains" CD.
* ImaginaryFriend: In ''Imaginary Fiend'', the PPG had to fight an ImaginaryFriend who was causing trouble at school. They defeat him by imagining a friend of their own to beat the snot out of him.
** It's said that this episode served as the inspiration foundation for Craig [=McCracken=]'s ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' and Mike Believe is the template for the later show's Mac.
* ImagineSpot: Keeps coming up in "Live and Let Dynamo", as the girls try to figure out which villain has their HumongousMecha, the Powerpuff Dynamo, and keep imagining what the recurring villains would really do if they got control of the Dynamo -- the Rowdyruff Boys would force her into demeaning acts such as picking her nose, Mojo Jojo would just criticize her cockpit and leave, the Gangreen Gang would just make prank calls from within the Dynamo, the Amoeba Boys wouldn't know what to do, Fuzzy Lumpkins would make Dynamo play a banjo, and HIM would give it an extreme makeover.
* ImperfectRitual: The girls perform an imperfect ritual when they try to create more power puffs to lighten their work load. Instead of using sugar, spice and everything nice, they use artificial sweetner, twigs, and random stuff that they like. The result is a giant sized, mentally handicapped powerpuff girl Bunny, who later explodes because she's unstable.
* ImprobableAge: The girls are supposedly ''5 years old'', but they often act rather unlike their age. Blossom even managed to somehow get a job in the episode "Not So Awesome Blossom".
* IncrediblyLamePun: "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future" has several, being an obvious tribute to ''RockyAndBullwinkle'', but the one that takes the cake is delivered by Blossom, complete with [[OverlyLongGag a humorously extended]] {{beat}} for good measure.
--> '''Blossom''': A tarot card! Girls, this is worse than we imagined!\\
'''Bubbles''': What''ever'' do you mean, Blossom?\\
'''Blossom''': Not only are we dealing with a petty criminal, we're dealing with... '''''A tarot-ist'''''.\\
[5 second beat]
* InnocentSwearing: In the episode "Curses", the girls overhear Professor Utonium using a naughty word and start using it themselves. Many {{Sound Effect Bleep}}s ensue.
* InstantWristwatch: Mojo Jojo wears a watch while waiting for his at the end of the ''Everybody Wants To Rule The World'' scene from the final episode: ''The Powerpuff Girls Rule".
* InstitutionalApparel: Strangely, Townsville Jail uses the striped suits version ''and'' the orange suits version.
* IntentionalEngrishForFunny: Bubbles's narration of a Japanese manga in "Super Zeroes", despite being an {{Omniglot}}. "I am filled with solutions!".
* InteractiveNarrator: Especially in "Simian Says", where Mojo Jojo kidnaps the narrator and takes his place.
* InvisibleMeansUndodgeable: Him's Magic. The Girls go toe to toe with him whenever he uses projectiles and beams. However, the moment he changes to his invisible Thought-Controlled Power, they're helpless.
* IOweYouMyLife: Gangreen Gang member Big Billy to the Powerpuff Girls in "Slave The Day" after they save him from being hit by a train. It didn’t work out well.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: During the episode "Down 'n' Dirty", where Buttercup tries to give up bathing:
-->'''Buttercup:''' Don't you know only big, fat sissies take baths?!\\
'''Bubbles:''' ''(hurt)'' I'm not fat.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: J-L]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Princess Morbucks. She's like a spoiled brat taken UpToEleven who thinks she's entitled to whatever she wants.
** Other villains like Him, Fuzzy Lumpkins, Sedusa, the Rowdyruff Boys and The Gangreen Gang are obnoxious and mean-spirited as well.
** Mitch Mitchelson can act like one sometimes, especially in the episode, ''Getting Twiggy With It''.
** And a few one-shot characters like [[StrawFeminist Femme Fatale]], [[PoliceAreUseless Mike Brikowski]], [[FakeUltimateHero Major Man]] and [[CollectorOfTheStrange Lenny Baxter]].
** [[VileVillainSaccharineShow Professor Dick Hardly]] was the absolute worst one on the show. He was a sleazy jerk who pretended to be a good friend of Professor Utonium, and later make shoddy knock-offs of the Powerpuff Girls out of sociopathic greed.
** The ''whole'' townspeople in Citiesville, though since this is more of the effect of RealityEnsues, it may be intentional.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Mojo and Him started a heated discussion about which one of them was more powerful. And then, Princess interrupted them: it does not matter if Mojo has all those machines, or if Him is evil incarnate, Princess has the most powerful superpower, [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney AND IT'S CALLED MONEY]]!!! Mojo and Him stopped their discussion, and agreed that she had a point there.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Buttercup and Mitch Mitchelson both tend to be very rude and sometimes quite insensitive, but have proven to be capable of being nice to others.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Dick Hardly claims to be mass-producing Powerpuff Girls knockoffs to help others, but he's really only doing it for the money.
* JustForTheHeliOfIt: Played for laughs in the episode "Jewel of the Aisle": A jewel thief loses a [[MineralMacGuffin precious gem]] in a box of Lucky Captain Rabbit King cereal, which he then has to recover from the Powerpuff Girls. Among his attempts to get the jewel back are taking a helicopter up to the roof of their house, getting knocked off the roof by a squirrel attack, and then [[CrowningMomentOfFunny taking a second helicopter back up to the roof]].
* JustWhistle: The Powerpuff Hotline.
* {{Kaiju}}: The PPG frequently fight Kaiju assaulting their CityOfAdventure when not engaging their RoguesGallery. It is later stated that enduring a fight with the Powerpuff Girls has become [[AHeroToHisHometown a rite of passage on Monster Island.]]
* KarmaHoudini: At the end of "Shut the Pup Up" [[spoiler: when it turns out the Talking Dog was wrong about the two men dumping a dead body in Townsville Harbor, there were hints that they actually were mobsters and they're left to go free. When the "wrapped up corpse" turns out to be beef bones they're just as surprised as everyone else]].
** HIM is this, while he does get defeated by the girls on every occasion but one, foiling his latest EvilPlan is all they can really hope to ever accomplish with him, since as their version of {{Satan}} there isn't really much they can do to actually hurt him, let alone permanently destroy him.
* KathSoucie: Bubbles' voice in the What A Cartoon! shorts.
* Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson: The Boogieman.
* KickTheDog:
** Or rather, Beat The Living Hell Out Of The Talking Dog, if "Bubblevicious" is of any indication.
** How Major Man reveals his TrueColors.
** When Mojo Jojo transforms everyone into dogs, he literally kicks the Dog version of the Power puff Girls.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: After watching Lou Gubrious literally making everyone miserable for his own selfish gains. It feels quite satisfying to see the whole town laughing at him so much that he breaks down in tears.
* KneelBeforeZod: Thrice.
** '''Princess Morbucks:''' Prepare to bow to your princess!
** '''Mojo Jojo:''' You will bow before me!
** '''Alien Force:''' And you will now bow down to me!
* KnightOfCerebus: What do all the darkest episodes have in common? HIM always makes things darker and edger. That is when he's the main antagonist of the episode.
** Even more so with one-shot villain, Dick Hardly. He tricks the girls into giving him some Chemical X, and then starts making shoddy knock-off Powerpuff Girls to sell around the world and become rich. He has them made intentionally poorly, so that they fall apart and he can sell more of them, and when he sees a perfect Buttercup copy, he angrily orders it to be melted down for its excess Chemical X. When the girls go to his factory to stop him, he starts draining their Chemical X, nearly killing them. And when the Professor offers to become Dick's slave and make Chemical X for the rest of his life in exchange for the girls' safety, Dick laughs at him and says that he'll destroy the girls ''and'' keep the Professor as a slave.
* KnightsAndKnaves: In the episode "Him Diddle Riddle", they come across the "[[{{Girly}} Are you wearing a sombrero?]]" variant. And they leave it to [[TheSmartGuy Blossom]] to figure out the riddle. And she uses the correct line of reasoning to deduce the "correct" variant. And she gets it wrong. But Him gives them the point anyway, presumably because Blossom has a really good poker face.
* LadyLooksLikeADude: The Powerpuff Girls believe Twiggy to be male.
* LabPet: Mojo Jojo started out as one to Professor Utonium. It was his own meddling that added Chemical X to the Professor's concoction of sugar, spice, and everything nice, resulting in the explosion that created the Powerpuff Girls and mutated Mojo.
* LanternJawOfJustice: Professor Utonium, surprisingly, is one of those rare non-superhero examples, given the genre of the series.
** Major Man has one, too. [[spoiler: [[FakeUltimateHero Though, the "justice" part doesn't really apply]].]]
* LargeHam: Mojo Jojo, Fuzzy Lumpkins, HIM and the narrator all have moments of chewing the scenery.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Things play out very similarly between Buttercup and Ace in Season 1's "Buttercrush" and between Ace and Sedusa in the final season's "Aspirations".
* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: After the movie, Craig [=McCracken=] left the show to create ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''. Chris Savino took over, and the show became more or less a gag comedy instead of a lighthearted action show. The show also switched to UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash animation.
* LatexPerfection: Sedusa disguises herself as Bellum perfectly; to their credit, the girls aren't fooled.
* LaughablyEvil: All of the villains, especially HIM. Mojo Jojo is to a lesser extent.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In "Paste Makes Waste", Ms. Keane warns Elmer Sglue against eating paste because it's an "imitable act", meaning that other children (in the class) might want to try it too. "Imitable act" is a phrase censors use for [[DontTryThisAtHome any potentially dangerous action in a children's show that the audience might try to imitate]]. The punchline is that the kids all go up to the window at that point and simultaneously yell "Ew, no!" in response.
* {{Leitmotif}}:
** Whenever the Powerpuff Girls arrive to save the day or do something heroic, they have a little tune that plays.
** Many of their most often reoccurring villains have their own theme music as well.
*** Notable leitmotifs are those of Princess Morbucks, Fuzzy Lumpkins, Gangreen Gang, HIM, and Amoeba Boys.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: In the ShotgunWedding episode, in which the Professor tries to learn more about Fuzzy Lumpkins for the purpose of science, he's mistaken for a female of Fuzzy's species (whatever he is), and the Professor ends up [[ItMakesSenseInContext nearly marrying him]]. After the Professor is saved by the Powerpuff Girls, he writes "never speak of this again" on the notepad that he was using... and then eats it. He gets really mad when the Powerpuff Girls tease him about it 10 seconds later.
* LemonyNarrator: The narrator of the series has been known to cross into this territory from time to time, occasionally [[BreakingTheFourthWall interacting with the characters]], correcting himself when he makes a mistake, and winds up [[LargeHam getting caught up in the drama of the scene]].
* LethallyStupid: The Mayor. How did that moron even get to be mayor, anyway?
** Also Big Bill, and many other villains who are too stupid to notice the havoc they make.
* LighterAndSofter: Bubbles' new identity in "Super Zeroes".
* LineOfSightName: In "Mojo Jonesin", a disguised Mojo Jojo takes on the alias "Joe Overcoat" after the overcoat he's wearing.
* LimitedAnimation: Definitely influenced by the style, especially in the earlier episodes.
* LongerThanLifeSentence: In "Crime 101", when the Powerpuff Girls rob a bank to show the Amoeba Boys how it is done, the judge nearly sentences them to one million years in Townsville Correctional Facility until the Amoeba Boys decide to take the blame.
* LostInTranslation: None of the Beat-Alls jokes work in the Swedish dub. The translator doesn't come up with any {{Woolseyism}}s, since that wouldn't be possible in Swedish.
* LoopholeAbuse: "Schoolhouse Rocked". The rules are there's no fighting in school. So Miss Keane suggests to the Powerpuff Girls they "play dodgeball" with the Gangreen Gang instead.
* LovedINotHonorMore: "Superfriends" has the Powerpuff Girls facing the difficulty of balancing their crime-fighting career with spending time with their new friend Robin.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Played with - Mojo Jojo is the main reason the girls actually exist, since he caused the Chemical X incident. The girls teasingly call him "Dad" while he stands in utter stock at this revelation. Mojo becomes doubly responsible when he goes back in time and [[StableTimeLoop sparks the professor's interest in science and the desire to create the "three perfect girls".]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: M-O]]
* MacGuffin: The Key to the World in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule". The Professor lampshades the utter ridiculousness of the concept.
* MagicalClown: Rainbow the Clown only developed powers after being hit with bleach -- at which point he became sad and angry, and used his powers to leech color out of the world until the Girls figured out a way to stop him. When he got his own color back, he went back to being an ordinary clown.
* MagicalGirlWarrior: The series can be said to be an AffectionateParody of the genre just as much as of Western brand superheroes.
* MagicalRealism: For the first four seasons, the show always tried to crouch its outlandish plot points in cod pseudo-science (cf. the Professor's explanation of why everybody in Townsville switched bodies in "Criss Cross Crisis"). But by season five, it just let weird, surreal stuff happen entirely without comment. How can a little white lie obtain physical form? How can the girls travel inside a film projector? How can a monster with a porcelain toilet for a head even exist? They just '''do''', apparently.
* MagicMeteor: In one comic book story of The Powerpuff Girls, they had to deal with everyone in the City Of Townsville getting powers from a meteor ("Power Play," DC Comics issue #3).
* MakeMeWannaShout: The Girls' Sonic Scream. Bubbles uses it the most frequently, however.
* MaleGaze: In "Criss Cross Crisis", Blossom is stuck in Ms. Bellum's body for the majority of the episode. The camera is ''very'' flattering with her action shots.
** [[TurnedUpToEleven Even more so]] in "Dance Pantsed", where Ms. Bellum's dancing outfit and ''krumping'' put a heavy focus on her pronounced abs.
* ManipulativeBastard: HIM has a tendency for manipulating the girls against each other, though [[EvilCannotComprehendGood they always overcame his manipulations]].
** Ace to Buttercup in "Buttercrush".
** The Gnome to the girls and all of Townsville in "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey."
** Sedusa to the Gangreen Gang in "Aspirations".
* MayTheFarceBeWithYou: The Death Star trench run scene in "Boogie Frights".
* MediumAwareness: Him once grumps about how after several years none of the villains have come close to defeating the girls. Mojo Jojo also complains that "after six seasons [of] this show" he still hasn't gotten the respect he feels he deserves.
** Blossom gets a giant match from the same place she got a giant jar, to which she references the specific episode number and season of that event.
* MesACrowd: The girls' "copycat" power, used in "Forced Kin" and in "Nuthin' Special."
* {{Medusa}}: Has a character named Sedusa with hair that [[PrehensileHair works like tentacles]].
* MetronomicManMashing: A common technique used by the girls as they take the criminal or monster and bash them from side to side with just one arm.
* MidairBobbing: The girls are the queens of this trope; they even do it in unison.
* MindControlEyes: Professor Utonium and several others in one episode.
* MinorFlawMajorBreakup: In "Keen on Keane", Professor Utonium ends up breaking up with Ms. Keane because [[KindheartedCatLover she owns a cat]]. In his defense, the last cat that the professor had spent any prolonged time with turned out to be an evil mastermind that tried to make him jump off a building.
* MiracleGroMonster: B.E.E.B.O. was only intended to be fed once, but since the girls all obliviously fed the Professor's creation without telling one another, he ended up growing bigger and becoming gluttonous.
* MisplacedKindergartenTeacher: Ms. Keane inverts this in "Speed Demon", where she goes from a math problem with apples to Einstein's Theory of Relativity and how it pertains to potential TimeTravel. It was relevant to the plot, but the class just kinda stared blankly.
* {{Mondegreen}}: Used intentionally with many, many [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] lyrics in the "Meet the Beat-Alls" episode.
** With the show itself, some sources list the city of Townsville's name is "Toonsville".
* MoralDissonance: The Broccoli Aliens' invasion of earth could be justified by humanity constantly consuming his "kin", and the girls respond with a vicious genocide on the invaders. Mojo Jojo frequently attempts to kill the girls for reasons which are far harder to justify, and he gets beat up and jailed.
** In "Not So Awesome Blossom", Mojo issues an ultimatum to Blossom in exchange for the lives of her sisters and the Professor, an ultimatum of servitude. Blossom asks "How do you know I won't lie?," to which Mojo responds "Because you're Blossom." They must have forgotten "A Very Special Blossom", where she steals a set of golf clubs to give the Professor for Father's Day then not only lies about how she got them but when cornered tried to frame Mojo for it.
* MoralLuck: After Rainbow the Clown is turned into an evil mime in an accident, he goes on a crime spree, draining all the color from Townsville and its citizens, but after he's turned back to normal the girls don't realise he's not really evil and had no control over his actions, and beat him up anyway. (This was an instance of ExecutiveMeddling; Craig McCracken didn't intend this to be the climax of the story.)
* TheMostDangerousVideoGame: In "Dance Pantsed" Mojo takes advantage of Bubbles's addiction to a dancing video game to send her a fake sequel bundled with a peripheral that turns the Girls into evil cyborgs.
* MotiveDecay: An InUniverse example would be the crook who dressed up like Lucky Captain Rabbit King, who went through so much torment trying to get the box of cereal he forgot he was originally after the stolen jewel hidden in the box.
* MotorMouth: Mojo Jojo. Villainous rants are one thing, but he often does it just for the sake of doing it. He loves to talk so much, he rants even when there's no-one around to listen to him.
* MistakenForProfound: Mayor is running for reelection, spouting his usual, tired lines. Fuzzy Lumpkins gets tired of Mayor's shouting to the crowd interrupting his sleep, so he yells "SHUT UP!", and people act like it's the best campaign slogan ever.
* {{MST}}: In "Silent Treatment", the girls make fun of the silent movie they're watching, complete with silhouettes in front of the screen.
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
** The Professor's description of the time he went to the DMV to get his driver's license renewed in "City of Clipsville".
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joLrldtZtRA Eat your pea, Professor.]]
** The entire concept of "Beat Your Greens". What better way to get children of the '90's to eat their veggies by making a race of hyperintelligent, nigh invulnerable broccoli invade earth only to be defeated by Townsville's children banding together and devouring them all into oblivion?
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: "The city of Townsville: a place filled with some of the most brilliant, clever, and ingenious criminal masterminds ever to hatch an evil scheme! ...Then, there's the Amoeba Boys."
* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: At the end of "Stray Bullet", Blossom and Buttercup attempt to speak "squirrel". The subtitles translate what they are saying as "Ouch! The broccoli is on the roof." and "Happy to you log pony."
* MythologyGag: The exterior of the Pokey Folks retirement home in "Fallen Arches" is what used to be the Hanna-Barbera studio. The numerical address seen is 3400, and the studio was at 3400 Cahuenga Blvd. in Hollywood.
* NaiveAnimalLover: Bubbles. A friend to just about every creature great and small. Magnified in "Helter Shelter" when she brings a beached baby whale home.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: In "Nano of the North," the girls set out to fight the microscopic Nanobots, which can melt any object into nonexistence. They discover offscreen that this includes their clothing, causing them to return to the professor in embarrassment ... and in [[HandOrObjectUnderwear nothing but their hands.]]
** "The Bare Facts" is about the Mayor trying to figure out why the girls were laughing when they rescued him from Mojo, and it turns out to be because Mojo had taken his clothes.
* NarratingTheObvious: From "I See a Funny Cartoon In Your Future":
-->'''Madame Argentina:''' Please sit.\\
'''Narrator:''' Which the girls did.
* NeverMyFault: In one episode a cop is fired for being lazy and not doing his job and he assumes the reason he was fired was because the Powerpuff Girls' crimefighting was causing the police department to make cutbacks. He proceeds to capture the girls and try to dunk them in acid.
** He actually pulls it off, but then everyone present (including the girls themselves) learn that acid doesn't hurt them.
* NeverRecycleYourSchemes:
** DoublySubverted when Mojo Jojo actually repeated one of his previous plans exactly, except for one minor detail that led to the plan's previous failure. The minor detail being to actually try to hinder the Powerpuff Girls from simply beating the snot out of him from the get-go. As Mojo Jojo starts smugly stating how ''not'' trying to hinder them, because they overcame it the last time, will make the plan ''certain'' to work this time, the Powerpuff Girls respond by simply beating the snot out of him.
** Also, HIM explicitly states that he never "gives repeat performances" in one episode.
* NewAbilityAddiction: One episode has Blossom discovering that she can use freeze breath and using it willy-nilly, annoying her sisters. After she [[NiceJobBreakingItHero unwittingly helps some crooks escape with her ice breath]], she promises to stop... just before [[ColonyDrop there is a massive flaming asteroid about to drop on Townsville]]. And [[HonorBeforeReason she can't be convinced to use it]].
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: The girls will occasionally use a power they never showed before as a DeusExMachina to defeat the villain. ThePowerOfRock is just one example.
** That barely scratches the service. Nuthin' Special has Buttercup trying to find the one power she has that her sisters don't. They go through EVERY SUPERPOWER IN THE BOOK in that episode.(Her special power is rolling her tungue, by the way.)
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** The first time they use the [[HumongousMecha Dynamo]], they end up causing more damage then the monster they were fighting, causing the Mayor to demand that they never use it again. The Professor is also held accountable for having forced them to use it in the first place when he became overly protective.
** In the "Fallen Arches" episode, if Blossom hadn't called for Captain Righteous and Lefty to fight against the Ministry of Pain, then the elders themselves wouldn't be hospitalized.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: In "Forced Kin" Mojo Jojo helps the girls fight an alien, only to find the alien is seemingly using all his own ideas! When the alien defeats the girls, Jojo literally goes ape and physically forces the alien to submit, driving off the threat and becoming the reluctant hero.
-->'''Mojo Jojo:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis You've. Ruined. My. DREAM!!!!!]]
** Mojo is also responsible for the afforementioned StableTimeLoop.
* NobodyPoops: The girls don't ever seem to need bathroom breaks, but this is averted a few times.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** In an episode in which Buttercup tries to find her own unique power, she finds out she is the only of the girls who can curl her tongue. Cut to many Townsville inhabitants trying to do the same and failing miserably - among them, '''[[Music/{{KISS}} Gene Simmons]]'''!
** The two senior superheroes Blossom coerces to come out of retirement in "Fallen Arches" are caricatures of Bill Hanna and Joseph Barbera.
** Series creator Craig [=McCracken=] appears twice in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule", as does fellow staffer and his wife, Lauren Faust.
* NoInnerFourthWall: In "Silent Treatment", Buttercup reads some dialogue in the ShowWithinAShow SlientMovie, but is unable to finish as she is tripped up by the DastardlyWhiplash villain's name, Max Von Nitrate. When Buttercup complains, Von Nitrate {{facepalm}}s and pulls the dialogue back up. [[spoiler:Later on, the girls jeer the movie, causing Von Nitrate to lose it and reveal the DamselInDistress is actually Professor Utonium (who had left to get popcorn before the movie started), and he intends to steal his voice, leaving the girls to enter the film themselves to rescue the Professor.]]
* NominalHero: Major Man from the episode "Major Competition" set people in dangerous life risks only to save them himself, just to be known as a hero. In the end, he admitted everything and was never seen again.
* NonchalantDodge: The Girls and Princess both.
* NoodleIncident: In "Him Diddle Riddle," the Girls manage to solve Him's hardest riddle (by far!) neatly during the commercial breaks.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: over the course of the show, the girls celebrate their birthday, and there are 2 separate episodes set at Fathers’ day. Which clearly take place on different Fathers’ Days since Mojo Jojo is a main character in both episodes, and in the first of these episodes the professor recalls the gifts the girls made for him last year’s Fathers’ day. This means that, at the very least 3 years pass over the course of the series. Yet none of the girls or the other kids in their class ever age or move up from kindergarten to elementary school.
* OddFriendship: The girls show up Major Glory with the help of a cooperative sea monster.
* OddballDoppelganger: Bunny. Same dress design, has a B name, and like the others has a different color scheme to make her different from the other three... Besides the fact that she is mentally handicapped and is very physically deformed.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: In Him Diddle Riddle, the trio are given the riddle "In the ear of corn, you will find; happiness, joy, and the ties that bind; squirrels store nuts and birds sing songs; but in the cave of eternity, everyone's wrong; on the limb of a tree, there's a monkey who's free; and there he will give you something for me.". Cut two minutes later to the next shot with the girls exhausted. Him, who is holding an ice cream, even states "I can't believe you got that right. You got the right flavor and everything."
** Him also appeared in "Moral Decay" with his teeth knocked out by Buttercup
* OffToBoardingSchool: In "Mommy Fearest", Sedusa does this to the girls while disguising herself as a kind woman named Ima Goodlady, that the Professor goes ga-ga for.
* OlderThanTheyLook
** Implied with Ms. Keane and Professor Utonimum. The series takes place in The Nineties or early 2000s but they go back to their childhood in The Fifties. That means they're around fifty to sixty, while they don't look any older than their mid 30s. Of course, it could be a case of WritersCannotDoMath.
* OneWingedAngel:
** Don't swallow a whole beaker of Chemical X. It has this side effect.
** HIM's demonic forms in "Speed Demon" and "Power Noia".
** Sedusa's giant asp-haired form in "Aspirations".
* OnionTears: In "Dance Pantsed," the girls are able to break free of their brainwashed state by conjuring memories of times they comforted Professor Utonium crying over various matters, including a financial audit and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking onions]].
* OpeningShoutOut: The "Run of the Mill Girls" from the episode "Oops, I Did It Again".
* OutOfCharacterMoment: In "That's Not My Baby!" when the girls try asking Ms. Keane to look after the baby temporarily while they look for the parents, Ms. Keane claims that she's too busy. This is actually a lie and gives the false implication that she hates children, showing the bin next to her desk full of gifts from her students.
* OverlyLongGag: Betty, Buttercup's "Run of the Mill Girls" counterpart from "Oops, I Did It Again", goes back to get her schoolbooks as soon as everyone's ready to go to school, causing the rest of her family to wait a long time for her until she comes back with the books. If she had superpowers like Buttercup, she would have gone and came back in no time flat.
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* PantyShot: Bubbles in "Mommy Fearest", Buttercup in the movie, Susan Smith in "Supper Villain."
* PaperThinDisguise:
** The three crooks who wear rather unconvincing Powerpuff Girls costumes in "Powerpuff Bluff".
** Mojo Jojo in "Slumbering With the Enemy". Partially averted in this instance, because the girls see through his disguise immediately. Though everyone else is still unaware.
* ParentalBonus: Tons and tons.
* ParentService: Miss Bellum, Sedusa, Femme Fatal.
* ParodyCommercial: The Pickle Patch, from "I See a Funny Cartoon In Your Future".
* PasteEater: In one episode, there's a boy in the girls' class named [[PunnyName Elmer Sglue]] who gets teased for eating paste. A mosquito tainted by toxic waste falls on the paste he was eating, turning him into a giant glue monster who wreaks havoc on the city.
* PieEyed: The girls gain these in "Silent Treatment" when they get trapped inside a silent cartoon.
* PietaPlagiarism: Done in "Mommy Fearest" with the Professor and Ima Goodlady after the latter pretends to faint.
* ThePigPen: Buttercup became one for an episode when she refused to take a bath.
* PoliceAreUseless: Subverted and played straight in the same episode, which focused on the Townsville Police Department and how they handle crime in the city. The police are more geared towards handling non-supervillain related crime, but are still grateful when the girls decide to lend a hand. It's played straight, however, with one specific cop, Mike Brokowski, a lazy SmallNameBigEgo {{Jerkass}} who did nothing but eat donuts and sleep, all the while thinking he was up for a promotion. When Mike finally got fired for his laziness, he blamed the girls saying they take away work from "hard-working cops". The other, more competent police step in to save the day when Mike kidnapped the girls.
-->'''Mike''' (''after being arrested''): Well, this looks like the story of a good cop gone bad.
-->'''Blossom''': You're not a good cop gone bad. You're a bad cop gone ''worse''!
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: Basically the premise of the episode ''Save Mojo'', in which a group of [[AnimalWrongsGroup clueless animal activists]] prevents the Powerpuff Girls from arresting Mojo Jojo each time he sets to commit a new crime, insisting that he is an opressed animal unable to perform evil deeds [[StrawmanHasAPoint because he's, well, an animal]]. Mojo himself is more than happy with such a turn of events if [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness not the least bit grateful]].
* PoliticiansKissBabies: On one episode, the mayor was running for his re-election, he mentioned that it was one of his favorite parts.
* PottyFailure:
** "Powerprof" confirmed Bubbles used to wet the bed, much to her embarrassment.
** The episode "Pee Pee G's" was about the girls thinking one of them was wetting the bed, but unsure of which it was. [[spoiler: It turned out to be Mojo Jojo who, in a completely OOC manner, just wanted to pull a prank on them by spilling water on their bed while they were asleep. Leads to his own PottyFailure at the end of the episode]].
* PowerNullifier: Antidote X, first appearing in "Slumbering with the Enemy" and later in TheMovie.
* ThePowerOfLove: Has revived the girls on several occasions.
* ThePowerOfRock: Used to defeat Mr. Mime and turn him back into Rainbow the Clown.
* PowerTrio: The Powerpuff Girls and The Rowdyruff Boys.
* PragmaticHero: The Powerpuff Girls can be this at times. Especially their hostile treatment of Mojo Jojo, in his own house!
* PragmaticVillainy:
** Mojo Jojo stopped an alien only because the said alien [[EvilerThanThou was copying]] [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou his plans.]]
** Mojo also called Him out on how StupidEvil it is when the latter redirects the sun into Earth, stating that doing so, Him will destroy everyone including [[IncrediblyLamePun HIMself.]] But then it was shown that Him was bluffing.
* PrecociousCrush: Buttercup develops one on [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Ace]] in "Buttercrushed".
* PreferJailToTheProtagonist:
** The episode, "Child Fearing" has Mojo Jojo being released from prison to babysit Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup while the Professor is at a meeting. At first, he wants them to help him take over Townsville, but [[BadlyBatteredBabysitter taking care of them is too much for him to handle]], and he calls the police so they can take him back to jail.
** The Amoeba Boys avert this - they simply want to go to jail to prove they're as much of criminals as the other villains in Townsville.
** In the episode, "Sun Scream", two criminals are disgusted by the girls' sunburnt skin peeling and beg to be taken to jail. However, the girls decide to leave them stranded on an island with only a tube of sunscreen instead. The criminals get sunburned as a result of not using the sunscreen, claiming it's only for ner
* PrisonRape:
** This is implied to happen to Mojo Jojo.
--->'''Narrator:''' Love is in the air, can't you just feel it?
** Mojo Jojo was also turned into a dog once, and left in the pound. A big burly dog woofs at him suggestively. At least it wasn't a human prisoner that time.
* PreviouslyOn: The episode "Just Desserts" is a sequel to "Supper Villain", which came 16/8 episodes (depending on your definition of an episode) prior. It opens with a recap of "Supper Villain" that begins "Last week, in the city of Townsville..." Once the recap ends, the actual episode begins with "The City of Townsville!" as per usual.
* ProductPlacement: Averted with the episode "Collect Her." The writers went out of their way to write in some of the most absurd, impossible-sounding tie-in-products, such as gold club bags and waffle makers, so as not to seem as if they were just plugging the show's real-life merchandise. And humorously enough, the waffle maker ''did'' eventually happen!
* ProWrestlingEpisode: "Impeach Fuzz," and comic Issue #18.
* ThePsychoRangers: The Rowdyruff Boys, {{Distaff Counterpart}}s later brought BackFromTheDead by PopularityPower.
* PsychoSerum: In one episode, Mojo Jojo exposed some kids from the girls' class to Chemical X. In addition to giving them superpowers, it also caused them to become needlessly violent and aggressive.
* PunchClockVillain: According to the episode "Super Zeroes", EVERY monster that invades Townsville is this.
** This also applies to the show's recurring villains (Mojo, Fuzzy, Him, etc.)
* PungeonMaster: The Narrator sometimes slips into this. Especially noticeable in "Daylight Savings".
* PunnyName: Sara Bellum = Cerebellum
** In the 2014 special "Dance Pantsed," Music/RingoStarr voices mathematician Fibonacci Sequins, a play on "Fibonacci sequence."
** The Gangreen Gang. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin They're]] [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation green]], [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin and they're a gang]]. They don't actually seem to have Gangreen so that part of the title's only there for the sake of the pun, but "hygenic" is about the ''last'' thing that you'd call them and Professor Utonium claims that they have at least ''some'' sort of skin condition so it's still fitting.
** The Morbucks family [[{{Fiction500}} honestly couldn't have more bucks]].
** Sedusa, the [[FemmeFatale seducer]] [[GorgeousGorgon Medusa]].
** Femme Fatale isn't a FemmeFatale, but she ''is'' a female villain who's themed around [[StrawFeminism heavily misguided feminism]] [[spoiler:that's actually only a ruse she uses to shield herself in order to get away with crime more easily (and brainwash the Powerpuff Girls)]], and while she doesn't actually kill anyone she's' plenty vicious enough to fit the "Fatal(e)" part of her name.
** Mask Scara's name is a pun on "Mascara", and she absolutely ''embraces'' it by peppering her dialogue with even ''more'' silly makeup puns.
* PyrrhicVictory: In "Uh-Oh Dynamo", Professor Utonium threatens to ground the Girls if they don't use his Dynamo invention to stop the Giant Fish Balloon Monster. They reluctantly comply, destroying the Giant Fish Balloon Monster, and huge portions of Townsville are also damaged in the battle.
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[[folder: R-T]]
* RaceAgainstTheClock[=/=]YouHave48Hours: One episode had the girls forced to solve a series of riddles set by [[HeWhoMustNotBeNamed "Him"]] within the time limit set for each riddle. They had to succeed or, otherwise, the Professor would have to pay... [[spoiler:[[ExactWords for the pancakes]] he ate at "Him"'s restaurant [[PunnyName "Otto Time"]]. It was all a bet between "Him" and the Professor]].
* RainRainGoAway: "The Powerpuff Girls' Best Rainy Day Adventure Ever". Also the title of a story in issue #66 of the comic book.
* RashomonStyle: In one episode, the Mayor is kidnapped by Mojo Jojo and blindfolded. The girls save the Mayor and beat Mojo Jojo, but can't stop laughing after. The Mayor asks why. The girls each tell the story of how they saved the day today differently, accompanied by {{Art Shift}}s. What they neglect to mention? [[spoiler: The Mayor [[TomatoSurprise was naked]] all along]].
* RatedMForManly[=/=]TestosteronePoisoning: The episode 'Members Only' where the girls tried to join the superhero team and got rejected. [[https://youtu.be/xs9PG-XAlsI That is, until an alien came and beat down all the superheroes.]] [[Radar/ThePowerpuffGirls Dr. Freud would like a word with the creators of this episode.]]
-->'''Mascumax:''' Fools! I feed off your expulsions of ''manliness!''
* RealityEnsues: Everything related to the town of Citiesville, most notably the girls' destruction of the bridge leading in to town to stop some robbers. The bridge was both the only way for workers to commute to Citiesville and a historical landmark, costing over three million dollars. RealityEnsues, and ''hard''.
** A milder case. In "A Very Special Blossom", Blossom steals a set of Golf Clubs for the Professor for father's day because he really wanted them, and it lands him in jail. When she admits it at the end, everyone is heartbroken and argue for letting her off easy. But nope, 200 hours of community service.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Blossom gives one to Buttercup after Buttercups acts ungrateful after getting a bath:
--> '''Blossom:''' You know Buttercup, ''you'' may be clean but your attitude still stinks.
** She's pretty good at giving these. One of her best examples is after the first time she defeats Princess.
-->'''Blossom''': You're just a spoiled brat. And being a Powerpuff Girl isn't about getting your way, or having the best stuff, or being popular or powerful. It's about using your own unique abilities to help people and the world we all live in. And you, little girl, have done nothing worthy of the name "Powerpuff".
** The Professor gives a [[{{Pun}} big]] one to the Mayor on ''Toast Of The Town'', calling him out on his childish behavior:
-->'''Professor Utonium''': Wowie zowie indeed! Have you no shame? A grown man your age gallivanting around like a little child, not doing what you're told! [[ManChild "Mayor wanna this! Mayor wanna that!"]] You, Mr. Mayor, are nothing but a baby! A big, big, ''big'' baby!
** The Zen master from "Makes Zen To Me" gives one to Mojo Jojo when he wants to take over as the master.
-->'''Master''': You came seeking only violence. You were impatient. You would not look inside yourself. I could only guide you; the journey was yours to make. I did not fail you nor the teachings. You failed yourself. And another thing: [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking You're not a monkey, you're a chimp. There's a difference]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Brick of the Rowdyruff Boys, as he's colored red to contrast with Blossom's pink.
** Earlier, in "The Rowdyruff Boys", Mojo Jojo briefly gains these at the start of his VillainousBreakdown mentioned below.
* RedOniBlueOni: Buttercup and Blossom. Their personal colors may not match this trope, but their personalities sure do.
* RedScare: We are given one of these in the musical episode "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey".
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* ResurrectedForAJob: HIM brings the Rowdyruff Boys back to life to defeat the Powerpuff Girls.
* {{Retool}}: At one point, CN did try marketing a line of the series with an overstyled grown up versions of the girls. [[StillbornFranchise It sank just as quickly as it begin.]]
* ReunionShow:
** 2009's "Powerpuff Girls Rule", a PPG special made three years after the show ended, featuring nearly every main character within the series, as well as all the original voice actors.
** The 2014 special "Dance Pantsed" also brought back every actor for the characters used.
* RhymingWithItself: In "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey", this trope is rather {{egregious}} when the PPG join in Professor Utonium's "Freedom Beef" song, as they rhyme "peace" with itself rather forcefully, directly after rhyming "powers" with itself.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Bullet, the superpowered baby squirrel.
* RidiculouslyLongPhoneHold: In "Telephonies," the Gangreen Gang makes prank calls to various different Townsville citizens. Lil' Arturo convinces Professor Utonium, he just won a ten-million-dollar sweepstake and asks him to remain on hold, which Professor does for the rest of the episode, despite Arturo hanging up.
* RightHandCat: Subverted in "Cat Man Do", where [[spoiler: [[TheDogWasTheMastermind the cat was the mastermind]]]].
* RockOpera: "[[ShoutOut See Me,]] [[Music/TheWho Feel Me]], Gnomey".
* RoguesGallery: Mojo Jojo, Fuzzy Lumpkins, The Gangreen Gang, Him, Princess Morbucks, Sedusa, The Rowdyruff Boys to a lesser extent and The Amoeba Boys if you consider irritation to be roguish. Mister Mime (the alternate personality of Rainbow the Clown) has also appeared in the background
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: HIM
* RuleOfThree: The episode "Super Zeroes" with the line, "Better heroes, huh?" (Said by Utonium, the Mayor, and even the MonsterOfTheWeek itself!)
* RuleSixtyThree: The Rowdyruff Boys.
* SavingTheWorldWithArt: The nefarious Mr. Mime is restored to a happy-go-lucky clown after the girls put on a concert of how "Love Makes the World Go Round". [[SubvertedTrope And then they beat the crap out of him anyway just for the heck of it]].
* ScantronPicture: Him once gives the girls such a test in a challenge, and although Blossom and Buttercup take the test seriously, they fail as a result. Bubbles passes, and it turns out she filled in the bubbles in the shape of a flower.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Mojo Jojo after [[YokoOhNo Moko Jono]] is revealed to be [[spoiler: a chimp from the zoo]].
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Princess Morbucks.
-->'''Princess:''' I have the most powerful power there is! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Cold! Hard! Cash!]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Mojo Jojo in The Powerpuff Girls Rule after having victory literally swept from under his nose.
* SecondPersonAttack: Used and abused; in certain cases, the viewer can suffer the virtual effects of getting punched and kicked DOZENS OF TIMES IN A ROW.
* SecurityBlanket:
** Bubbles' doll Octi.
** Buttercup's blankie in "Cover Up".
** Blossom's hairbow in the comic book story "Bow Jest" (issue #20). It's Bubbles, of all people, to light a fire under Blossom's butt about it.
* SeriesContinuityError: In the 2014 special, Bubbles has Blossom's Ice Breath and the Professor's motivations for getting into science are altered. To be fair, Blossom's ice breath became fire breath in the first episode she used it (and Bubbles demonstrated fire breath in at least one episode) and Utonium may have been sidetracked from his goal of creating superpowered girls by the StableTimeLoop in his adult years.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Mojo Jojo. In one episode, he's left in charge of an adult education English course, and the whole town starts talking like this. Society comes to a screeching halt (even ''bank robberies'' cannot be finished because the robber and the teller start arguing with each other this way).
* SexySecretary: Sara Bellum.
* ShadowDiscretionShot: Parodied in "Collect Her" -- we see shadows of children ripping open the comic book guy's collectors items.
* ShaggyDogStory: "Him Diddle Riddle."
* ShoutOut: So many, it has its own page! See ShoutOut.ThePowerpuffGirls.
* SickeninglySweethearts: Professor Utonium and Miss Keane in "Keen on Keane".
* SigningOffCatchPhrase: So, once again, the day is saved, thanks to The Powerpuff Girls!"
* SingleSpecimenSpecies: Apparently most kaiju in the series, and possibly some villains.
* SissyVillain: '''HIM''' dresses like a transvestite and acts rather effeminate (at least until he gets angry).
* SixthRanger: The girls ''try'' to create one with Bunny. [[TheDitz It doesn't really work out.]]
* SkywardScream: Bubbles performs a great BigNo in "Mime For A Change".
** The comic book story "Steal A Meal" (Cartoon Network Block Party #26) has the girls doing a tearful BigNo upon learning that after all the breakfast cereal in town had been stolen the only thing left was oatmeal.
** Four words: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fw8Ws-_qX6U ''WHO ELSE WANTS SOME??!!!'']]
* {{Sleepwalking}}: The episode "Ploys R Us" had Professor Utonium sleepwalking and the girls using this to get him to steal toys for them. [[spoiler:Eventually, it turned out the whole thing was a plan by Utonium and everyone in Townsville to test the girls' honesty.]]
* SlidingScaleOfSeriousnessVersusSilliness: The show surpassed even its sibling ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' in how all-over-the-scale it was. Episodes could range from straight, even surprisingly dark superhero fare (''Speed Demon'', ''Power-Noia'') to outright comedy (''Mo'linguish'') to [[AnAesop Aesop-driven]] kids' show (''Substitute Creature'') and any combination in-between.
* SmartBall: Done [[RuleOfFunny for laughs]] when [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment out of nowhere]] [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} the Mayor]] determines that the riddle about where freezing and boiling meet is a set of coordinates for where HIM has the Professor, or [[FridgeLogic there's an ice cream truck on fire]].
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: In Cartoon Network's "Staylongers" interstitials (spoof of "Survivor"), Blossom is the only female member of the "[[CartoonCartoons Cartoon Cartoon]]" tribe.
* SnakeCharmer: A small-time villain, Salami Swami, used his flute in the episode "Slave the Day" to control long sausages.
* SnapBack:
** Towards the end of "Slumbering with the Enemy", Mojo Jojo douses the Powerpuffs with the Antidote X to remove their powers. They're back to normal without explaination in the next episode.
** Mojo Jojo is turned into a dog twice. No explanation is given as to how he turned himself back into an ape.
* SolveTheSoupCans: "Go to a place where it is freezing and boiling at the same time! [[AC:You have 45 seconds!]]". And who, of all people, solves it? [[spoiler: The Mayor!]]
* SoapPunishment: "Curses" has Ms. Bellum inflict this on the girls when they swear in front of the Mayor. Later in the same episode, the girls wash the potty-mouthed monster's mouth with soap after Professor Utonium explains to them that it is wrong for them to swear.
* SoOnceAgainTheDayIsSaved: TropeNamer. Frequently played with in that the girls are not always the ones who save the day and some episodes end with no clear resolution.
* SpaceIsNoisy: The few times the girls go into space, they can communicate with each other just fine.
* SpearCounterpart: The Rowdyruff Boys, Brick (red color scheme), Boomer (blue color scheme), and Butch (dark green color scheme) to the Powerpuff Girls, Blossom (pink color scheme), Bubbles (cyan color scheme), and Buttercup (green color scheme).
* SpoiledBrat: Princess Morbucks whines until her father lets her have her way.
* SquashedFlat: In the episode "Down 'n Dirty" Buttercup gets slapped between the hands of a cyclops. When he opens his hands, Buttercup is flattened by them.
** Also in the episode "Mask Scara", the aforementioned villain slaps Bubbles and Buttercup into a face press, flattening them together so that Blossom has to unstick them.
* SssssnakeTalk: Snake of the Gangreen Gang, appropriately enough.
* StableTimeLoop: "Get Back Jojo" has Mojo Jojo go back in time in an attempt to kill Professor Utonium when he was a kid to erase the Powerpuff Girls from history, apparently not caring that his history would be altered as well since he was mutated in the same accident that created the girls. In the end, the girls follow Mojo and prevent him from killing young Utonium, in the process revealing themselves to the nearly unconscious boy. This was the moment that motivated him to become a professor and indulge in science, in an effort to create what he saw that day. Because of this chain of events, Mojo ends up being pivotal in the creation of The Powerpuff Girls once more, before the actual accident that spawned them.
* StartOfDarkness: Mojo Jojo's origin, as revealed in "[[Music/TheDoors Mr. Mojo's Rising]]" and TheMovie.
* StatusQuoIsGod: The 2009 special ''The Powerpuff Girls Rule'' has Mojo Jojo succeed in taking over the world and surprisingly making it into a utopia. It isn't long before he decides to turn to crime again and the Powerpuff Girls get back to kicking his butt.
* StealthPun:
** The episode "Members Only" is about the girls trying to get into a superhero guild that only allows men. Let that sink in a bit.
** Two words: "Forced Kin".
** HIM is dressed as Santa, and has lobster claws. Also, Santa and {{Satan}} are pretty obvious anagrams of each other.
* StockScream: The "Howie Long" scream appears in "Paste Makes Waste."
* StrawFeminist: Femme Fatale in "Equal Fights", who uses feminism as an excuse for her crimes. Along with her usual physical beatdown, the Girls also give her a verbal beatdown as "real" feminists.
* StrawHypocrite: See Femme Fatale above.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Sometimes the Powerpuff Girls are able to defeat their enemies effortlessly and sometimes villains actually succeed in defeating ''them''.
* StupidCrooks: The Amoeba Boys want to be Townsville's greatest criminals, but they can't think of any crime worse than stealing oranges, littering, or standing on grass where there is a "Keep off the grass" sign.
* StupidStatementDanceMix: The episode "Beat Your Green" gets remixed in the track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4H-jnq-_JE "Broccoli Wars"]] by German DJ group Noisy Stylus.
* SunglassesAtNight: Ace of the Gangreen Gang never takes off his CoolShades. Not even at night, when fighting, or when sleeping.
** The Boogie Man also does this, although he takes his glasses off from time to time.
* SuperSpeed:
** The girls can fly faster than the speed of light. At top speed, they have been known to bend the time-space continuum and perform TimeTravel, thus creating an AlternateUniverse where there has been no [[spoiler: Power Puff Girls to save the day for ''fifty years'']].
** Gangreen Gang member Lil Arturo temporarily gains this ability in "Power Lunch".
* SurrogateSoliloquy: Bubbles conversing with her stuffed octopus Octi.
* SuddenlyVoiced: The background puppy dog is revealed to have the ability to talk in "Shut The Pup Up".
* SwissArmyTears: In "The Rowdyruff Boys" and "[[TearJerker Knock It Off]]", the girls are revived from their apparent deaths by being cried on.
* TakeOverTheWorld:
** Mojo Jojo's ultimate goal, [[spoiler: which he obtains in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule". And then he goes and ''makes it a better place...'' only to get bored of it and shoot everything up all over again.]]
** Ironically HIM, who never expressed the desire to do this, would be the one to take over the world if the girls ever left. [[spoiler: And he wouldn't make it a better place but quite [[BadFuture the opposite]]]].
* TakeThat:
** One could consider "City of Clipsville" to be one. Not only to shows that use this episode format, but also to fanfiction writers, especially the shippers.
*** Ironically, the [[MisaimedFandom shippers loved it]].
** One of the later criticisms of the series was that the show promoted ''animal cruelty'' because of their treatment of Mojo. Episode 57 ("Save Mojo") depicted a group of animal rights activists protecting Mojo from the girls despite their argument that Mojo is an evil animal and therefore others must be protected from ''him''.
** Mitch "The Worst Child In The World" Mitchelson was reportedly based off of a bratty kid from the pilot's disastrous first test screening, who screamed "Whoever made this should be fired!!"
** When the girls discover the toys delivered to them by a sleepwalking Professor Utonium in "Ploys R Us", Bubbles dismisses an action figure resembling [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Jar Jar Binks]] as "junk".
* TalkingAnimal:
** Mojo Jojo, who was mutated by Chemical X.
** The Talking Dog, who... can talk. But he sure can't drive.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: "Three Girls and a Monster" features the girls trying, [[CurbStompBattle and failing]], to stop a giant dinosaur-like monster who is [[NighInvulnerability impervious to all of their attacks]]. Both Blossom and Buttercup argue over [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption whether physical or strategic attacks are more effective]]. In the end, [[ToWinWithoutFighting Bubbles simply asks nicely]] for him not to destroy their beloved city. [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe The giant monster promptly leaves, returning to the ocean]].
* TeamRocketWins: The Amoeba Boys' goal is to be beaten by the Powerpuff Girls and to be recognized as Townsville's worst criminals, but they have no chance of this happening because they are too stupid to think of anything other than misdemeanors and the Powerpuff Girls don't usually bother to fight them because of their incompetence. However, some episodes end with them inadvertently causing a serious danger to Townsville and being beaten up by the girls, which was what they wanted all along.
* TearJerker: InUniverse. The only episode with Bunny left even the narrator crying at the end.
* TeensAreMonsters:
** Two episodes featured the Smith family, one member of which was their angry teen son Bud. The first episode, Bud's entire appearance consisted of him yelling something typically teenagerish at his father, such as "I hate you!" and "No one understands me!" The second episode, which features the entire family as villains, provides every member of the family with a motivation for why they hate the Powerpuff Girls - and Bud's is "You know what? I hate ''everything!''"
** Also, the Gangreen Gang. ''Literally''.
* TeethFlying: Bad guys' teeth go flying in the opening sequence; also, one episode is pretty much based on this trope - Buttercup learns the Tooth Fairy gives you money for teeth, and starts deliberately knocking villains' teeth out and collecting them to make a huge windfall.
* ThatCloudLooksLike: Bubbles does this, including one that "looked like a cloud".
* ThereWasADoor: {{Lampshaded}} several times. The girls must have racked up quite a bit of roof damage by now due to their preferred method of exit.
* ThickLineAnimation: The animation in the show has always been this, but it is MUCH more noticeable in Seasons 1-3, but most prevalent in Season 2 when the animation studios temporarily changed.
* TheTokyoFireball: Usually as the result of a giant monster, although in at least one episode, the girls ended up doing more damage than the monster -- and getting harshly reprimanded for it.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Buttercup and Bubbles.
* TooDumbToLive: The mayor. In one episode he ''jumped out a window'' because Bubbles told him to go save the day... while pretending to be him.
* TookALevelInBadass: Bubbles in "Bubblevicious" to prove she's hardcore. She even subverted her apparent {{chickification}} when Mojo captured her and gave her the full blunt of his torture device before she broke out and beat him mercilessly all by herself. She only softens from her tough exterior when her sisters finally admit that she's hardcore, only to slide right back into it when Mojo tried to make a cheap shot at all three of them.
* TorchesAndPitchforks: "Collect Her" has this for the angry mob after Lenny Baxter for capturing the girls and "Down And Dirty" has Buttercup facing this kind of mob when she refuses to take a bath in spite of being very dirty and smelly.
* TotallyRadical: Professor Utonium in "Powerprof", much to the embarrassment of the girls.
* TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed: Whether it be from a rampant crime spree, super villain attacks or threat of being destroyed by a giant monster, Townsville almost always has a crisis on its hands.
* TragicOneShotCharacter: Bunny, [[spoiler: an character made by the titular characters creating an additional Powerpuff Girl with ingredients that aren't exactly the same ones Prof. Utonium used, resulting in a [[TheGrotesque horribly deformed Powerpuff Girl]] but at the end of the episode, Bunny explodes into a big ball of light due to her growing unstable]].
* TraumaticHaircut: Sedusa gets one at the end of "Something's A Ms".
** So does Blossom in "The Mane Event." She's unaware of it until she finds out why everyone--including the monster--is laughing at her.
** In ''Meat Fuzzy Lumpkins'', One of Bubbles' pigtails is turned into a turkey leg by Fuzzy Lumpkin's meat gun, Which pushes her BerserkButton.
* TrulySingleParent: Professor Utonium created the girls himself with no partner to speak of.
* TruthInTelevision: There is actually a city called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Townsville Townsville in Australia.]]
* TwistEnding: The episode "HIM Diddle Riddle" revolves around the girls flying around town, trying to solve HIM's insidious riddles in a desperate attempt to save Professor Utonium, only to fail, and now HIM is going to make the professor '''PAY!'''... [[spoiler: full price for breakfast]]. The ending is such a big surprise even the narrator just stumbles, "And once again, the day is... um... yeah..." while the girls just float there staring blankly.
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* UltimateAuthorityMayor: The Mayor of Townsville (though to his credit, he ''is'' elected, and even lost once).
* UnfortunateImplications: Touched upon InUniverse. In the "Members Only" episode, Major Glory talks the girls through several [[StayInTheKitchen gender roles]], asking who does various things ("Who goes to work?", "Who pays the bills?", etc) and receiving "Our Dad" as an answer each time. Then he gets to cooking and cleaning, getting the same answer. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=7nQIjHgS64M 5:12 - 5:45]]
-->'''Major Glory:''' So what does your mother do?
-->'''Girls:''' (in unison) We don't have a mother.
-->*cut to Major Glory looking over at [[{{Franchise/Zorro}} Mucho Muchacho]] and Birdman, all three looking uncomfortable*
** To drive it in further, [[DeathByOriginStory Batman]] was earlier shown sitting next to Birdman, meaning he would've been just off-screen for this.
* UnhandThemVillain: "Get Back Jojo".
* TheUnintelligible: Grubber of the Gangreen Gang usually speaks only in raspberries. The rest of the gang members understand him just fine though. Subverted in one episode, where Grubber is shown to be quite eloquent when he straightens his posture. He's also an [[ManOfAThousandVoices expert voice mimicker]].
* {{Unobtainium}}: Chemical X.
* UnstoppableRage: Bubbles when she gets well and truly angry.
* UnwillingRoboticisation: The 2014 special has this happen to the girls when Mojo Jojo sends them pants modeled after the game controls for the video game Dance Pants Revolution.
* UnwillingSuspension: In "Equal Fights," as Femme Fatale falls to the ground, Buttercup grabs her foot and carries her off upside down.
** "I See A Funny Cartoon In Your Future" has Madame Argentina tying up three voodoo dolls of the Powerpuffs and hanging them from a tree branch, causing the girls themselves to hang in midair over a cliff.
** The splash page of comic book story "The Devil's Playground" (Block Party #43) has HIM using his powers to booby-trap the kindergarten playground. Several kids are wrapped up in jungle vines from the jungle gym, and three monkeys appear on the monkey bars--the first holding a boy up by his hands, the second giving Mitch a wedgie, and the third using its tail to hang a girl upside down by one foot.
* UpToEleven: In "Bubblevicious" Bubbles takes the battle simulator ''and'' Mojo's laser up to eleven. The dial even shows considerable resistance, like it was never meant to go that high.
* TheVamp: Sedusa has tried to seduce both Professor Utonium and the Mayor on two separate occasions, on both of them using a disguise.
* VerySpecialEpisode: Even though it's not blatantly stated, "Mojo Jonesin" is obviously a drug episode.
* VictoryIsBoring: What Mojo experiences in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule". It also causes him to go back to being a criminal, making it necessary for the Powerpuff Girls to get back to fighting him.
* VillainousBreakdown: Mojo has these occasionally, most notably at the beginning of "The Rowdyruff Boys", when he starts howling and snarling like a real ape over his many defeats.
** Mojo Jojo has a particularly huge one at the end of "Forced Kin" when he finally snaps after being repeatedly defeated by the alien force's VillainSue trait of unrealistically predicting every attack. But the one thing the alien force didn't predict was Mojo going berserk and beating the crap out of it.
** HIM also has these, normally after the girls defeat his plans with their sisterly love. He goes from his normal, creepy voice to screaming about [[EvilCannotComprehendGood how they didn't act like they were supposed to]]. He has an especially noteable one at the end of "Power Noia", when the girls have turned the tables on him and got him completely at their mercy, for the first time actually begging them to let him go.
* VillainousFriendship: Mojo Jojo and HIM. The two often argue over who is the most evil, but at the end of the day, they'll get along.
** In ''Meet the Beat Alls'', Mojo Jojo, Him, Fuzzy and Princess Morbucks surprisingly get along very well during their VillainTeamUp.
* VillainsOutShopping: Often. When the super villains aren't doing anything overtly villainous, they're treated like any other citizen of the town. Even by the girls themselves!
* VillainTeamUp: Mojo Jojo, HIM, Princess Morbucks and Fuzzy Lumpkins in ''Meet the Beat Alls''.
* VisualPun: In the episode "Curses", the Powerpuff Girls encounter a giant monster that speaks in virtually nothing but swears (represented as grumbling gibberish) and has a toilet for a head. The monster is both figuratively and literally a potty mouth.
** In "Boogie Frights", Buttercup scares Bubbles and Blossom with tales of the Bogeyman. Professor Utonium steps in and reassures Bubbles that Buttercup was just trying to "get your goat"... And Buttercup responds by holding her stuffed goat tightly.
* VoiceChangeling: Grubber uses this ability in the episode "Telephonies" to stir up trouble.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: HIM, especially in the later seasons.
* WalkThroughTheCamera: In the episode "Stray Bullet" in the scene where Mojo is walking very slowly with a confident look on his face.
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving: One episode had a collector of Powerpuff Girls' merchandise who freaks out and becomes a villain when his collection is complete: there's nothing left for him to collect ''except the girls themselves''.
* WaxingLyrical: All over the place in "Meet the Beat-Alls", essentially a long string of [[ShoutOut Shout-Outs]] to Music/TheBeatles. Example; when Professor Utonium has an idea to defeat the combined forces of Mojo, Him, Princess Morebucks and Fuzzy Lumpkins, he asks, "Listen, do you want to know a secret?" Even the narrator gets into the act at the very end, declaring, "I don't really want to stop the show, but I thought you might like to know...that [[OnceAnEpisode Once again the day is saved...]]"
* WasTooHardOnHer: Bubbles asks this after the sisters scold Bunny for releasing criminals from jail...only for the criminals to show up and yell "Not as hard as we're gonna be on you!"
* WeWillMeetAgain: Him in one episode.
* WhenEldersAttack: An old lady does this from the roof of an episode to a Godzilla-like monster, who promptly eats her.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Possibly subverted, if the Professor's directions to his college roommate were correct, Townsville fall somewhere in or near Pasadena, CA. [[spoiler:Don't mind that there actually ''exists'' a City of Townsville.]]
** According to Mayor, the town is at latitude 32 degrees north by longitude 212 degrees west. The aforementioned Pasadena is at latitude 34 degrees north, but longitude 212 degrees doesn't exist (it stops at 180).
* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs: One episode featured a con-artist "director" allegedly making a movie about the girls. The initial broadcast of this episode was suspiciously close to the release of the actual movie.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: The Professor dresses as a woman to get onto the set and foil the robbery on ''Film Flam".
* WindowPain: Not only do things get thrown through windows, but driven. And the girls occasionally fly through them!
* WouldHitAGirl [=/=] WouldHurtAChild: None of the villains have any problem attacking three ''kindergarten-aged girls.''
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* XMakesAnythingCool: Chemical X. Does whatever the plot requires that episode.
* YesMan: Snake to Ace.
* YokoOhNo: [[invoked]] The Powerpuff Girls' plan to break up The Beat-alls. "Moko Jono" is the Yoko to Mojo Jojo's John Lennon.
** What makes this not necessarily a YMMV, unlike most examples, is that she's ''literally'' the Yoko. The entire episode parodies the history and the songs of the Beatles; it's only obvious that the one who divides the Bad Four is a playoff of Yoko Ono.
** This may be a subversion today as Paul [=McCartney=] had gone on record recently saying that Yoko was not the reason the Beatles split up.
* YouCantFightFate: Mojo Jojo goes back in time to throw Professor Utonium into a volcano as a child to stop the Powerpuff Girls from ever being created. This instead causes a StableTimeLoop because the incident is what inspires Utonium to go into science in the first place, thus ensuring the girls will be created. It never occurred to him that, if Professor Utonium ''was'' thrown into the volcano, then Mojo [[TemporalParadox wouldn't have been the Professor's pet and wouldn't have been affected by Chemical X, giving him his super-smarts.]]
* YoungerThanTheyLook: They were born/created the age they are throughout the whole series and start kindergarten shortly after their "birth." As they're the same age throughout the whole show, they're probably less than one year old. The Rowdyruff Boys were also created (twice!) at the age they are, which makes them even younger although appearing to be kindergarten-aged boys as well.

* YourBrainWontBeMuchOfAMeal: The girls defeat a brain sucker by tricking him into attacking the Mayor.
* ZettaiRyouiki: [[FanDisservice HIM]].
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* AffablyEvil: Mojo Jojo. A diabolical, card-carrying, power-hungry supervillain, yet such a classy, suave, and friendly guy. He shows good manners, even to the humans that he hates so much, and even manages to make friendly conversations, with the Powerpuff Girls, when they're not fighting, and he also respects them as rivals. In fact, Mojo even once went babysitting the Powerpuff Girls, and cooked food for them.
** As for HIM, it's DependingOnTheWriter. However, sometimes, he's a comedic villain, who only does stereotypical villainous things, and not an actually truly evil one.
** Big Billy from the Gangrene Gang. He's got such a friendly nature and personality, unlike the other members of the gang who only pretend to be nice to achieve their goals. He also once befriended the Powerpuff Girls for saving him. He'll also try to cheer people up with toys.
** ALL the villains were this in the end of "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey", where they were getting along with the innocents, and singing with them about that everyone should get along.
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* AntiHero: Mojo Jojo. He teamed up with the Girls against an overlord because it broke his dream of ruling the world, and also saved them in [[ThePowerpuffGirlsMovie the movie]].
** Major Man. He's not a hero because he wants to help people, but because he wants money and fame. He sets up a crime, and then he stops the crime to be noticed as a hero.
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* AbsenteeActor: The girls are completely absent in 'Custody Battle' which is ADayInTheLimelight for the Rowdyruff Boys.
* AbsurdlyLongLimousine: This was a recurring element of the show. An enormous white limousine that is several windows long and takes a few seconds to cross the whole screen is always the Mayor's ride of choice in times of leisure. He rides in the back.
* AccidentalMisnaming:
** The girls would sometimes encounter people who call them the Powderpuff Girls or something similar.
** Major Glory in particular not only calls them by that name, but he also uses "Sugarpuffs" twice. He also calls the individual girls "Butterdish", "Caboodles", "Blaze'em", and "Bless'em".
* ActionGirl: Not just the Powerpuff Girls, but some female villains appear in the series.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Some episodes aren't particularly centered around the Girls themselves, but more around the quirky side-characters or villains, sometimes pushing the Girls to the sideline. "Custody Battle" in particular doesn't feature the Girls at all, just focusing on HIM and Mojo's attempts to take custody over the Rowdyruff Boys.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal:
** Each of the Powerpuff Girls' names starts with a B and contains a double consonant.
*** Temporary fourth Powerpuff Girls Bunny and Bullet also fit the naming scheme.
*** The Rowdyruff Boys (Brick, Boomer, and Butch) have names that start with B, but lack the double consonant.
** From the episode "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future" a newspaper's headline reads "Powerpuffs Powerless to Pinch Pocket-Picking Pin-Pushing Predictor!"
** Also, from the episode "Powerpuff Bluff":
--->'''Blossom:''' Put down that priceless porcelain poodle, you punk!\\
'''Criminal:''' P-P-P-Powerpuffs?\\
'''Blossom:''' Precisely!
* AesopAmnesia:
** If Blossom's vision of a world ruled by her in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule" is any indication, she forgot the moral of "Equal Fights".
** Lampshaded in "Too Pooped to Puff", where the Mayor (and possibly everyone else in Townsville) has forgotten the point of the episode ''while it's still airing''.
--->'''Mayor''': You taught us a valuable lesson today. Although I can't quite remember what that was...anyway, have fun cleaning up the mess.
* AffectionateParody: The episode "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future" is one of ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle''. It even had Creator/JuneForay (the voice of Natasha) as the episode's villain.
* AgonyBeam: Used by Mojo Jojo on the girls in "Bubblevicious".
* AllCGICartoon: The 2014 special.
* AlliterativeFamily: Buttercup was named pretty much to allow for this.
---> '''Professor''': ''"So we have Blossom, Bubbles, and, hmmm, Buttercup because... [[InvokedTrope it also begins with a B]]."''
* AlphabeticalThemeNaming: All three girls have names beginning with B. This even extends to temporary members (Bunny, Bullet) as well as both sets of {{evil counterpart}}s, the Rowdyruff Boys (Brick, Boomer, and Butch), the Powerpunk Girls (Berserk, Brat, and Brute) and the girls in the dream sequence where they were normal (Bertha, Beatrice and Betty).
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The show has two [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMF6-6Zvq8M opening]] [[http://nicoviewer.net/nm13169224 themes]] and [[http://nicoviewer.net/nm13169305 ending]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYexfaVDtrM themes]]. Most of them were written by Power Puff Soul, a band of singers who joined together for this series, and one of the members includes Music/MegumiHayashibara!
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: The Gangreen Gang. [[VisualPun They're green, and they're a gang]].
* AmbiguouslyHuman: It's never specified whether The Gangreen Gang are humanoid monsters or just bizarre-looking teenage boys.
* AmenBreak: Used frequently in James L. Venable's score, especially in the theme song.
* AnimatedSeries
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** In the episode, "Equal Fights", Femme Fatale avoids capture by the girls by claiming to be commiting crimes in the name of women's rights. To counter this, Ms. Bellum and Ms. Keane gather several female Townsville residents to talk to the girls:
--->'''Bank Teller:''' Was Femme Fatale looking out for me when she stole from my bank?
--->'''Policewoman:''' Was she looking out for me when she broke my arm?
--->'''Teenager:''' Was she looking out for me when she stole my hairstyle? (everyone glares at her) Well, she did!
** Another episode shows Mojo Jojo robbing a bank, a jewelry shop and... a DVD store.
** In the episode, "Impeach Fuzz", when the Girls and Ms. Bellum try to convince The Mayor to take back his rightful position, they tell him that Fuzzy won't let the Girls fight crimes, has turned his office into a literal example of a pigsty, is tarnishing the image of what it is to be the Mayor, and is wearing his hat. The Berserk Button section below makes it pretty clear which one of these is The Mayor's.
** From the episode, "Just Desserts", when Mrs. Smith shows Mr. Smith the features of the Smith Family Mini-van:
--->'''Mrs. Smith:''' All terrain slash-proof white-wall tires, blinding 3000-watt headlights, five turbo jet engines for optimum speed, six liquid titanium rocket launchers, rotating laser cannon turret, and a spacious leather interior that comfortably seats a family of four.
** In the episode, "Not So Awesome Blossom", one of Mojo Jojo's robots destroys the Museum of Fine Arts, the Opera House, and a 98¢ store.
** In the episode, "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future", Madame Argentina goes to a voodoo shop and buys three [[Main/VoodooDoll voodoo dolls]] of the Powerpuff Girls, a box of pins, and a box of gumdrops.
* ArtEvolution: The show started using digital animation time and time again throughout the third season, before permanently switching late in the season with "Keen on Keane". The animation was a little rough for the first few digitally animated episodes but by the final season they got the hang of it.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: In "Equal Fights" the girls claim that Susan B. Anthony demanded she be sent to prison for voting because she broke the law, but in real life [[http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/anthony/sbaaccount.html Susan B. Anthony argued that she shouldn't be sent to prison]].
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Even if it does kickstart the entire plot of Schoolhouse Rocked, there is no way it would be at all legal or even remotely safe to let a group of teenagers share a classroom with kindergardeners. This holds doubly true if said teenagers have criminal records like the Gangreen Gang.
* ArtShift:
** In "Get Back, Jojo", while Mojo Jojo is traveling through time, the art becomes pencil sketches.
** "Substitute Creature", as noted above.
** The Lucky Captain Rabbit King Nuggets commercial in "Jewel of the Aisle" is drawn and animated in a fuller, more cartoony manner so it could realistically mimic the actual Trix Rabbit commercials.
*** Just before that commercial came on, the girls were watching Mech-Animals, an obvious parody of WesternAnimation/BeastWars, and it was done in the same dated looking CGI as that show.
** For the ''Powerpuff Girls Rule'' special the show switched Adobe Flash, allowing for a lot more quicker paced animation.
** The 2014 special went full CGI, giving the show a rather unique paper-mache style look. Not only that, but gives the girls a massive re-design as well.
* AsHerself: "The Powerpuff Girls' Best Rainy Day Adventure Ever" simply focuses on them playing in their room, pretending to be... The Powerpuff Girls. Subverted as they all switch roles and even drag the very annoyed professor into playing Bubbles. Watching them run around singing their own theme tune turns the adorable UpToEleven.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: So, the Mayor has lost the elections, and Fuzzy is the new mayor? No problem! Win a boxing fight against him, and the mayor is mayor again! Why bother with impeachments or new elections? Who cares about what the people has voted?
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Happens ridiculously often in Townsville.
** So much so, it's lampshaded at one point in Super Zeroes, where the 50 foot monster of the week actually explains that there is an island right off the coast of Townsville where monsters live.
** The girls become giants in the episode "What's the Big Idea" by one of Mojo Jojo's inventions.
* AttackPatternAlpha: "Attack pattern Alpha Omega {{Atari}}!"
* BabyTalk: In the episode "The Boys Are Back In Town", the girls use this as a means of defeating the Rowdyruff Boys.
* BadassFamily: In the episode "Powerprof", Professor Utonium invents a suit that gives him superpowers so that he can help his daughters fight crime, but the girls convince him to retire from crime-fighting when he proves too embarrassing to work with due to using cheesy slang and giving away humiliating secrets. Not to say that he isn't helpful to the girls in general, as there were several occasions where he was the one who helped the girls save the day.
** They're definety this for having ''both'' the Powerpuffs ''and'' Mojo Jojo as a part of the family.
* BadassNormal: Mojo Jojo brings down the Powerpuff Girls with Antidote X during their SlumberParty, and the Girls' classmates subdue him with a pillow fight.
* BadFuture: In "Speed Demon", the girls end up flying 50 years into the future, where everyone in Townsville has become disheveled wrecks who hate the Powerpuff Girls and Him was conquered the world.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: A variation -- in one episode, the Gangreen Gang occupies city hall while the Mayor's away and use his hotline to sic the Powerpuff Girls at Fuzzy Lumpkins, Mojo Jojo and HIM, who are all [[VillainsOutShopping having days off]]. Although the Powerpuff Girls never catch on to the fact that the Mayor's an impostor, the villains quickly do, tracking down the Gangreen Gang and delivering a(n) (un)righteous smackdown onto them. The Narrator is forced to declare that [[KickTheSonOfABitch "SoOnceAgainTheDayIsSaved, thanks to... Mojo, Fuzzy and HIM...?"]]
** In ''Forced Kin'', Mojo Jojo also defeats up a giant overlord while the Girls couldn't.
* BalloonBelly: The girls and the Mayor after eating the whole candy jar in "Candy is Dandy".
* BathKick: [[FanDisservice Him]].
* BatSignal: The Powerpuff signal, though the only time it was used was in one episode where the girls were too busy playing with their new friend to answer the hotline.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Although they wore space suits in "Uh Oh Dynamo" and the beginning of "Helter Shelter", the girls are perfectly capable of breathing, talking and even ''hearing sounds from Earth'' while in space.
* BeTheBall:
** There was a variation of this trope in "The Boys are Back in Town." All three girls are squashed into a hockey puck and smacked around by the Rowdyruff Boys.
** This trope also occurred in a "Got Milk" promo, when Buttercup throws Lil' Arturo into the rest of the Gangreen Gang like a bowling ball.
* Music/TheBeatles: "Meet the Beat-Alls".
* BecomingTheMask: In one episode, a thief attempts to steal a cereal box from the girls that a priceless diamond managed to find its way into (long story) by dressing up as the cereal's mascot, the [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Lucky Captain Rabbit King.]] After many failed attempts, he breaks down, crying out "I ONLY WANTED SOME CEREAL!" The girls finally relent and give him the box and he immediately starts scarfing down the cereal, forgetting about the diamond inside. Three guesses what happens next...
* BerserkButton:
** "FUZZY! You can throw away my things, and I don't mind the hay on the floor, and the chicken wire's a nice touch, and I kinda like that beat-up old flivver. But no one, I mean no one, wears my mayorin' hat! Now give it back!"
** Bubbles in the pilot, when Fuzzy Lumpkins [[NobodyTouchesTheHair turns one of her pigtails into a chicken leg]]. The Narrator goes to great lengths to describe the hours she spends brushing and conditioning it.
** Also, under any circumstances, do not come between the girls and their candy. Mojo learned this the hard way and was practically beaten to an inch of his life as a result.
** [[CardCarryingVillain Mojo Jojo]] does ''not'' like having his ideas stolen, as the alien invader in "Forced Kin" learned to his sorrow.
** The entirety of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EuPr6K_bW8 "Bubblevicious"]] is dedicated to Bubbles going on a rampage after her button (being treated like a baby by everyone, even her own family) is pressed once too often. She calms down at the end, [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown but then Mojo zaps her with a laser (again)…]]
** An easy way to tick off all three of the Powerpuff Girls is to endanger the life of the Professor.
** Fuzzy Lumpkins and "trespassers", a term he defines very broadly. For example: He shot at a leaf that happened to drift onto his lawn.
*** Also if you value your life, do NOT touch Fuzzy's things, even if it is for good intentions of returning it to him.
** Marianne Smith when anyone tries to disrupt the dinner she is hosting.
* BerserkerTears: A sign that you have pushed Bubbles too far.
* TheBet: HIM has the Girls doing a scavenger hunt, with the threat that if they fail, Dr. Utonium '''WILL PAY'''... [[spoiler: full price for breakfast.]]
* BetweenMyLegs: Invoked fairly often. Craig [=McCracken=] even discusses the shot in the commentary of TheMovie.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: As mentioned above, Bubbles is downright ''vicious'' when she's pushed too far.
* BewareTheSuperman: All of the girls have shown shocking signs of a possible future FaceHeelTurn. Buttercup is extremely violent and has got a taste for money — and [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys certain]] boys. Snake has already tried to exploit that flaw with big success. Blossom will do anything to please even if it crosses the line. Bubbles, as mentioned above can be even more violent if she will. The biggest concern is [[GRatedDrug their affection for candy]]. [[{{AlasPoorVillain}} Poor Mojo indeed]]
* BigBad: Mojo Jojo is the most frequently appearing villain and most of his plans focus solely on defeating the Powerpuff Girls or at least making them unable to stop him. It helps that their origins are connected, as Mojo Jojo was mutated by the same explosion that created the girls.
* BigDamnHeroes: All. The. Time.
* BigEyesLittleEyes: {{Lampshaded}} when characters call the girls "Bug-Eyed".
* BigNo:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heNRLR2d6jo&feature=related "Parent teacher conference?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!"]]
** From "Mo'Linguish":
--->'''Judge:''' You, Mojo Jojo, are hereby sentenced to teaching a knowledge extension course at Townsville Community College!
--->'''Mojo Jojo:''' NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! By which I mean I cannot do it.
** "Fallen Arches": [[OldSuperhero Captain Righteous]] and Lefty confront the Ministry of Pain. The Captain lets out a big no as he runs towards Lefty who just hurt his hip. However, he hasn't reached his sidekick yet so [[Funny/ThePowerpuffGirls he shouts it again]].
** "Get Back Mojo": Mojo Jojo lets out a frustrated "NOOOOOO!" at the end of the episode when the Narrator points out that his trip through time [[StableTimeLoop accidentally inspired the creation of the Powerpuff Girls]].
** The comic book story "Steal A Meal" (Cartoon Network Block Party #26) has the girls doing a tearful BigNo upon learning that after all the breakfast cereal in town had been stolen the only thing left was oatmeal.
** "Mime For A Change": Bubbles performs a great BigNo
* BigShutUp: In "Los Dos Mojos", when Bubbles (who, thanks to amnesia, thinks she's Mojo Jojo) rants that she is the real Mojo Jojo, the ''real'' real Mojo shouts at her, "Oh, shut up!" before walloping her with an I-beam that caused her to lose her memory in the first place (only this time, she is cured).
* BilingualBonus: In "Super Zeroes" when Bubbles reads manga in translation to us. The bonus is if you understand what the shown original text is; it goes from a parody of JapanesePoliteness to BlindIdiotTranslation.
* BirthdayEpisode: There was "Birthday Bash," in which Mojo Jojo, the Amoeba Boys, and Princess Morbucks try to send them booby-trapped gifts while still in jail.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Sedusa's [[PunnyName Ima Goodlady]] disguise. She acts like a nice person in front of Professor Utonium, but is a complete bitch to the girls behind his back.
* BlatantLies: In "Getting Twiggy With It", when cornered by the girls in his bedroom, Mitch Mitchellson weepingly cries that he's never had any pets. There is an enormous habitat with a giant snake right in easy view.
* BlindingBangs: Big Billy. Turns out he's a [[spoiler: cyclops]].
* BraggingThemeTune: The ending theme, to be precise.
-->Blossom, [[TheHero commander and the leader]]\\
Bubbles, [[CheerfulChild she is the joy]] [[GenkiGirl and the laughter]]\\
Buttercup, [[LittleMissBadass and she's the toughest fighter]]\\
Powerpuffs save the day...\\
[[TheyFightCrime Fighting crime]], trying to [[SavingTheWorld save the world]]\\
[[BigDamnHeroes Here they come just in time]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6wxbYTOz-0 the Powerpuff Girls!]]
* BrainMonster: Mojo Jojo has his enlarged brain protected by a transparent helmet.
* BrickJoke: In "Candy is Dandy," the mayor offers to reward the girls by making them a statue or by declaring a Powerpuff Girls Day, to which they decline both. Guess what happens in the very next episode.
* BrokenGlassPenalty: One episode plays out like this - the girls throw their ball through the window of their arch-villain, who tries to use it as an excuse to destroy them while pretending to be looking for their ball. After the girls [[PricelessMingVase continue to do more damage in the house]], he instead just gives them the ball back [[GetOut so that they will leave]].
* BullyingADragon: A lot of people seem to feel that they can push these walking titans without consequence; A couple of young, snarky residents of the Town Of Citysville seem to forget entirely that the only thing keeping them alive is the girls' sense of right and wrong--and they push ''Buttercup'' worst of all.
** Mojo Jojo should've known better than attempting to steal their candy. His [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yfv7gtcNhx8 trollface]] at the end of [[TheReveal his confession]] was outright [[WhatAnIdiot suicidal]].
* TheCameo: Dexter from Dexter's Laboratory makes several cameos over the course of the series, including the episode "Forced Kin".
* CaptainObvious: Done by Blossom in "Los Dos Mojos"; lampshaded by Mojo.
-->'''Blossom:''' I think Bubbles thinks she's Mojo Jojo!
-->'''Mojo:''' (''sarcastically'') No. Really. You think?
** Also in "Fuzzy Logic":
-->'''Blossom:''' What happened here?
-->'''Bubbles:''' You know what? I bet it was something bad.
-->''The other girls look unimpressed by the deduction.''
* CardboardPrison: Townsville's prison isn't too good at keeping Mojo Jojo and other villains locked up, particularly since they often appear out of jail even when they were incarcerated by the end of their previous appearance.
* {{Card Carrying Villain}}s: They frequently have EvilerThanThou arguments, too.
* CastOfSnowflakes: The background character designs could be pretty creative.
* {{Catchphrase}}:
** Narrator - "The City of Townsville..." and "SoOnceAgainTheDayIsSaved, thanks to The Powerpuff Girls!"
** Powerpuff Girls - "NotSoFast, [[MonsterOfTheWeek Villain of the Week]]!" and "Let's go, girls!"
** Mojo Jojo - "[[LargeHam CURSEEESS]]!!!"
** Fuzzy Lumpkins - "GET OFFA MAH PROPERTY!!!"
* {{Catfight}}: Miss Bellum and Sedusa have one at the end of "Something's a Ms".
* CerealViceReward: Magnificently parodied in one episode. "Ridiculous Lucky Captain Rabbit King! Lucky Captain Rabbit King Nuggets are for the youth!"
--> [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments ALL I EVER WANTED WAS SOME CEREAL! *Sob*]]
* ChemistryCanDoAnything: Such as create super-powered little girls, using sugar, spice, and everything nice... And Chemical X.
* ChocolateFrostedSugarBombs: Lucky Captain Rabbit King Nuggets from "Jewel of the Aisle".
* ChristmasSpecial: "Twas the Fight Before Christmas".
* ChromaticArrangement: Both the Powerpuffs and the Rowdyruffs.
* CityOfAdventure: The City of Townsville.
* CityOfWeirdos: The citizens of Townsville are so used to having the girls fighting giant monsters, that they simply ignore when one goes on a rampage. An entire episode focuses on a typical day in the life of Mojo Jojo, who does mundane tasks without anybody giving him a second thought.
** One of Cartoon Network's Bumpers called "Born and Raised in Townsville" brings attention to this by following a "normal" townsville citizen on his way to work as various bad things happen to him, with it ending with him telling his wife over the phone that nothing interesting happened to him.
* TheCityVsTheCountry: In "Town and Out", the Utonium family moves to the metropolis of Citiesville, only to realize that it can't compare to Townsville, their original home.
* ClipShow: Subverted and parodied partway through in that "The City of Clipsville" eventually shows flashbacks to events that never actually happened in any of the previous episodes (like the girls growing into teenagers and the Rowdyruff Boys asking them out) and has everyone barge into the girls' house to reminisce about rather insipid things like mowing the lawn.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Both Bubbles and the mayor.
* TheCollector: Lenny Baxter in "Collect Her".
* ComicBookAdaptation: DC Comics--70 regular issues, plus two issues of Cartoon Network Starring (their first two comic appearances), the movie adaptation, 21 appearances in Cartoon Network Block Party, 3 appearances of Cartoon Network Action Pack (Rowdyruff Boys stories--the boys appeared in four issues) and four volumes of reprinted stories. Series creator Craig [=McCracken=] drew and co-wrote the first CN Starring issue. IDW is now rebooting the comic in both new stories and reprints from DC.
* ContinuityNod:
-->'''Buttercup:''' Wow, where did you get that giant match?\\
'''Blossom:''' Same place I got the giant jar, silly! [[BreakingTheFourthWall Episode 2, Season 1]], remember?
** The Christmas special has the girls tell Princess it is obvious that she is naughty by listing things she did in previous episodes, like buying Tonwsville and making crime legal and manipulating their new friend Robin into shoplifting.
* ContrivedClumsiness: When the girls had to accidentally add Chemical X to their own "perfect little girl" concoction.
--> '''Blossom:''' Oh, look at what I found, girls: Chemical X.\\
'''Bubbles:''' Be careful with that Chemical X.\\
'''Buttercup:''' Yes, Blossom. Whatever you do, do not drop that Chemical X.\\
'''Blossom:''' Don't worry, I wo-- ''(tosses Chemical X into bowl)''' Whoops. I accidentally dropped the Chemical X, and it fell into the concoction.\\
'''Girls:''' Oh, no.
* CowboyEpisode: One episode, titled "West in Pieces", is basically a normal episode of the show, but in the Old West. The girls become the Steamypuff Girls.
* CrapsackWorld: Citiesville.
** Townsville itself wasn't a very good place before the girls were born, filled with crime and the citizens had basically lost all hope.
** The setting of "Speed Demon".
* CreateYourOwnHero: It's eventually revealed that Mojo Jojo was once Professor Utonium's lab partner and caused the Chemical X to be added to the formula the girls were made from. Realising this causes Jojo to suffer a VillainousBreakdown. In another episode it gets even worse for him when [[spoiler: he tries going back in time to RetGone the girls and ends up giving Utonium the idea to create them in the first place]].
--> "It was me...it was me..."
* CreatorCameo: Craig [=McCracken=] and his wife (and series storyboarder) Lauren Faust appear in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule."
* CreepyMonotone:
** The citizens in "Speed Demon".
** The Powerpuff Girls Xtreme from "Knock It Off".
** The class in Blossom's Nightmare in "Power-noia".
* {{Crossover}}: In 2000, Cartoon Network published a special magazine which featured a story in which the Powerpuff Girls met WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo and the gang.
** The episode "Members Only" featured [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Major Glory and Valhallen]].
* CueTheRain:
** In "Simian Says", Mojo Jojo kidnaps the narrator and takes his place, leading to this exchange:
--->'''Bubbles''': At least it's not raining.
--->'''Mojo Jojo''' (narrating): That's not a bad idea!
--->''(it starts to rain)''
** At the end of the episode, "The City of Nutsville", when Blossom and Buttercup are cleaning up the pieces of the statue of the Mayor, this happens after Buttercup says, "At least it isn't raining."
* CurseCutShort:
** ''Mommy Fearest.''
--->'''Blossom:''' "There's something fishy about that--"
* {{Cute Kitten}}s: In the episode "Catastrophe", in which the Powerpuff Girls have to find one of the kittens for a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant monster]] in order to help him leave Townsville alone.
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* DarkReprise: a more sinister version of the theme song's origin exposition music plays when Utonium's college roommate Professor Dick creates imitations of the Powerpuff Girls.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Buttercup's new identity "Super Zeroes". It's a parody of ''{{Spawn}}'' that can't step out into sunlight and has "[[ScarsAreForever scabs that never heal]]".
** "Speed Demon" has HIM go from joke villain to NotSoHarmlessVillain, totaling the Earth, turning everyone into shell-shocked, psychotic zombies, and psychologically torturing the girls. Yikes.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Mr. Green. Despite looking like a mish-mash of almost every ObviouslyEvil trope out there, he's really just a nice guy who wants to teach children. He even gives the girls a [[DiscussedTrope lecture]] about the trope.
* {{Deconstruction}}[=/=]DeconstructiveParody: There was an episode that had the girls decide to emulate the superheroes in their comic books (or, in Bubbles' case, manga). Blossom became a pastiche of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, Batman, and Wonder Woman, Bubbles became a [[GenkiGirl crime-fighting, overhyper rabbitgirl that used her pogo stick to get places]], and Buttercup became [[{{Spawn}} Spaw]]-, er, [[AC:Mange]]. When a monster attacks, the girls try to respond, but Blossom gets stuck in traffic when she tries using her CoolCar, Bubbles took way too long traveling by pogo stick, and [[AC:Mange]] could only fight at night. Because she's [[NinetiesAntiHero AN ANTI-HERO AND THE LIGHT HURTS HER.]] Eventually, the attacking monster gets fed up and says that they don't need capes, costumes, gadgets, and whatnot to be a hero, and then lets them beat him up. ([[ItMakesSenseInContext Where he's from, getting your ass kicked by superheroes is a rite of passage for monsters.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: In "Knock It Off," the Girls acts as the main characters as usual for the show in the episode, however, after the BigBad of the episode, Dick Hardly, turns into a OneWingedAngel and tries to kill them to harvest their Chemical X, the Professor arrives and saves them with ThePowerOfLove, while Dick is [[HoistByHisOwnPetard killed by his own creations]]. In a way, the Professor is the ''real'' protagonist of the said episode, as Dick Hardly was his so-called good roommate from college and the episode follows the Professor's realization that his college friend was EvilAllAlong from the beginning when Dick announces in front of the Professor to exploit the Girls for profit to the climax when the Professor catches him trying to kill the Girls and comes to their rescue with the help of Dick's defective creations.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Mojo Jojo. That is to say, he speaks in a manner that is highly repetitive and frequently says things that he has already said at an earlier point in time and is now redundantly saying again, thus causing the audience to wonder if they are hearing the same thing multiple times, for they are hearing dialogue that they have already been exposed to, for he has already said it. He does go the extra mile to deny it:
--> '''Mojo Jojo''' ''[after hearing Bubbles speak like him]'': I do not talk like that! The way I communicate is much different! I do not reiterate, repeat, reinstate the same thing over and over again! I am clear, concise, to the point!
* DesignatedGirlFight: Nomally averted given the nature of the show, but Ms. Bellum and Sedusa's fight in "Something's A Ms." has shades of it. However, aside from their outfits, it avoids being a typical catfight. The two of them get pretty damn brutal.
* DestructiveSavior: Whenever the girls go "save the day," their fights with the bad guys and monsters often end up leveling quite a few buildings in Townsville. Taken UpToEleven in the debut episode of the Dynamo HumongousMecha; they caused such a great deal of damage to the city in the process of stopping the monster that the Mayor and the rest of the citizens ordered them never to use the Dynamo again.
* DidntSeeThatComing: In the episode "Sweet n Sour", three cute animals - a puppy, kitten, and rabbit - are brainwashing the whole city of Townsville, except for the girls, of course, with their obviously cute faces, thus also causing a backlash on the girls due to their doubts on the animals. However, when they walk into a building which they think is a bank, they find it's a school filled with children who love the animals to near-death, thus delivering the message of how too much of something isn't always good. Of course, after the children leave, it is revealed that their receiving too much love was set up by the girls.
* DidntThinkThisThrough:
** In the episode "Bought and Scold", Princess Morbucks takes over as Mayor of Townsville and passes a law legalizing crime, [[EvilPlan just so she could put the girls out of business]]. However, she apparently didn't realize that with crime being legal, she herself could be robbed as well, which is obviously one of the reasons why the girls thought of the idea of robbing her blind.
** Also, in the episode "Birthday Bash", the Amoeba Boys send the girls voodoo dolls of the girls themselves without realizing that they were supposed to keep the dolls in order to make them work.
** Mojo Jojo's first attack involved turning the world and the girls into dogs. He was beaten when Buttercup ran up the platform bit him in the behind. In another episode, he does almost the same thing, then he plays a video recording of the first event to the girls and explains that he won't turn them into dogs this time, and he installed butt armor to prevent getting bitten again. Mojo got so wrapped up on how he was beaten previously he forgot to disable or weaken the girls this time and they beat him up as usual.
*** In fact, this is actually Mojo's signature flaw when it comes to planning all of his schemes. To a point where the girls would even rule him out of a robbery since it was too well thought-out.
* DisappointedByTheMotive: In "Just Desserts", a follow-up to the episode, "Supper Villain", Mrs. Smith and her children join her husband in helping him eliminate the Powerpuff Girls, following his release from prison. After the girls defeat them in a showdown, Mrs. Smith explains that her motive for wanting to destroy the girls was not really because they drove her husband insane or sent him to prison, but because they ruined her dinner. As the girls point out, that's not a good reason for wanting revenge on them at all.
* DisneyDeath:
** The girls themselves in "The Rowdyruff Boys", where they were revived by the tears of the townspeople.
** And again in "Knock It Off". They [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve were revived]] by ThePowerOfLove.
** Blossom in "Abracadaver".
** Also used in issue #2 of the comic book ("Buttercup's Boyfriend"). [[spoiler: HIM gives a boy a belt that sends out a beam that makes whoever it hits hate everyone. It hits Bubbles, but because she's filled with so much love, it short circuits her and knocks her unconscious. Blossom and (reluctantly) Buttercup verbally announce their love for Bubbles to revive her.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath:
** [[spoiler:Roach Coach falls out of a building. While the Girls were shocked because they believed he was a man and they thought they'd killed him, but it turns out he was actually a cockroach in a mechanical suit, so he survived and was captured.]]
** [[spoiler:HIM sent plummeting into a [[BottomlessPits bottomless abyss]] by Buttercup in "Power Noia". Being a recurring villain who can survive AsLongAsThereIsEvil, this doesn't kill him, but it defeats him for the time being.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** During the episode where Mojo is hired to babysit the girls, the girls take a [[TookALevelInJerkass level in jerkass]] and beat him first with pillows, then just regularly beating him, for ''telling a bad bedtime story.''
*** The bad bedtime story came last, though, and it was because Mojo gave up his original plan in exasperation: ''first'', Mojo had been planning to use his authority as babysitter to make the girls help him take over Townsville. One presumes the girls were beating him for his failed villainous plan, not for the bedtime story.
** Combined with MinorInjuryOverreaction, the two-parter episode about a meek husband trying to be a villain and horribly failed for it... the wife was MAD and ANGRY at the Powerpuff Girls and resort to crime along with the whole family because the Powerpuff Girls ''ruined her dinner'' to protect Professor Utonium.
** The way Blossom and Bubbles get Buttercup to learn her lesson in "Moral Decay" probably also counts. See DoWithHimAsYouWill for details.
** Played with in "Crime 101". The judge nearly [[LongerThanLifeSentence sentences the Powerpuff Girls to one million years in Townsville Correctional Facility]] just for robbing a bank, which the girls only did to demonstrate to the Amoeba Boys how to do so. It is played with because the judge clearly doesn't want to punish the girls and before sentencing them even assumed that they didn't rob the bank at all before the girls plead guilty.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: In the original "Whoopass Stew" short and the two What a Cartoon! pilots, the Powerpuff Girls lacked distinctive personalities. The series made them more distinguishable by making Blossom the brainy leader, Bubbles the cute and innocent one, and Buttercup the tough and aggressive tomboy.
* DividedWeFall: The Girls are nigh-unstoppable when they're together. When they're separated? [[CurbStompBattle Not so much.]]
* TheDocumentary: Parodied in one episode where a guy tries to interview the Powerpuff girls.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: "Mojo Jonesin'". "When dealing when Mojo Jojo, just say no-no!"
* DopeSlap: Ace of the Gangreen Gang often does this to his [[YesMan yesss man]] Snake, but with a punch rather than a slap.
** Brick does this or an OffhandBackhand to Boomer, if he says something stupid.
* DoWithHimAsYouWill: In "Moral Decay," Buttercup has amassed a tidy fortune from the tooth fairy for teeth she has accumulated from punching the teeth out of all the robbers. When she attacks the show's main villains unprovoked, Blossom somehow gets wind of it and she and Bubbles help the villains set up an ambush on Buttercup to teach her a lesson.
-->'''Buttercup:''' Uh, guys? A little help here?
-->'''Blossom:''' Sorry, Buttercup. You know what they say. "An eye for an eye..."
-->'''Bubbles:''' "An' a toof for a toof!"
* DownerEnding:
** "Twisted Sister" ends with Bunny exploding after she rescues the girls.
** "A Very Special Blossom" ends with Blossom being sentenced to 200 hours of community service.
* DownHereShot: The episode "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future" has the villainous medium Madame Argentina being introduced with the camera first missing her because she's too short.
* DressedToPlunder: In "Mizzen in Action", a crew of predictably-dressed pirates accidentally imbibe some Chemical X to become the [[VillainOfTheWeek Villains of the Week]].
* DrunkWithPower: That episode where The Mayor got tired of relying on The Girls and decided to bring his own brand of justice, riding a balloon and stopping bad guys with an extending boxing glove. It goes to his head...
* EatingTheEnemy: "You gotta eat 'em to beat 'em!"
* EdutainmentShow: Parodied in "Seed No Evil":
-->'''Museum tour guide:''' I'm going to show you how prehistoric man [[BambooTechnology used woolly mammoths as dishwashers, and pterodactyls as record players]].\\
'''Narrator:''' Not wanting to overshoot this episode's educational quota, let's fast-forward[.]
* EitherOrTitle: Present in "I See a Funny Cartoon In Your Future", in homage to ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'':
-->'''Narrator:''' Find out in the next exciting chapter called, "Who Do Voodoo?" or "[[Music/{{Evita}} Don't Scrye for Me, Argentina]]"!
* ElectionDayEpisode: Mayor began campaigning for re-election, though Miss Bellum said he was wasting his time since nobody was running against him... that is, until Fuzzy Lumpkins gets elected simply by yelling, "Shut up!" at Mayor for repeatedly proclaiming, "Vote for Mayor for mayor! Vote for Mayor for mayor!" and it catches on to the citizens of Townsville. After Fuzzy literally turns the mayoral office into a pig stye, Miss Bellum and the Powerpuff Girls work to help the disgraced Mayor get his job back.
* EnemyMime: Rainbow The Clown's alternate personality in "Mime for a Change".
* EnemyMine: The girls have occasionally teamed up with their enemies, such as in "Forced Kin", where they teamed up with Mojo Jojo to defeat the giant alien, and "Aspirations", where the Gangreen Gang sided with them against Sedusa.
* EpisodeTitleCard
* EvenEvilHasStandards: According to the comic book, Him wouldn't stoop to stealing from a charity.
* EveryEpisodeEnding: Nearly every episode ended with a shot of the titular protagonists and the narrator exclaiming, "And SoOnceAgainTheDayIsSaved, thanks to... the Powerpuff Girls!" This was subverted more and more as the series went on.
** Whenever a hero other than the Powerpuff girls are the focus, they're the ones who saved the day, although in the Daylight Savings episode, the Narrator says the day was saved thanks to Benjamin Franklin.
** When the day didn't actually need saving: "And so... uh... hmm..."
** When the girls get fed up with the people of Townsville's sheep attitude and force them to destroy a monster without the girls' help: "... the day is saved with no thanks to the Powerpuff Girls. Hey, I did it all by myself!"
** When the TimeTravel episode reveals Mojo Jojo's caused the StableTimeLoop that led to the girls' existence: "And SoOnceAgainTheDayIsSaved, thanks to the Powerpuff Girls... but thanks originally to Mojo Jojo who, once again, had a hand in creating the Powerpuff Girls!"
** When the episode centered around a couple of elderly heroes who were out to fight their out-of-retirement, equally elderly foes, and Blossom refused to allow the girls to intervene. The episode ends with all the old men falling over and breaking various limbs. Instead of the narrator, an in-story newscaster says over the end card "In this reporter's opinion, all this could have been averted if the Powerpuff Girls have just saved the day."
** When Mojo Jojo and HIM get into an EvilerThanThou contest to decide who is a better father for the Rowdyruff Boys: "The day is doomed, thanks to the Rowdyruff Boys." It also changes the usual pink-and-hot pink heart background for a black-and-white crossbones and skull one.
** Many comic book stories end with the standard hearts-and-stars with the girls posing in front, but like in the show, it can be averted and subverted once in awhile. Among them was "Monkey Business" (issue #67), where Mojo's attempt to go straight and open his own restaurant keeps getting sabotaged by the girls, skeptical of his intentions. The last straw was when Blossom mistakes everybody farting (from Mojo's chili) as a gas leak, causing a frantic evacuation. Frustrated, Mojo goes back to crime, and it ends with the narrator chiding the girls in the hearts/stars panel for making Mojo evil again.
** In "Telephonies", after the Gangreen Gang continuously [[MuggingTheMonster harass]] Mojo Jojo, Fuzzy Lumpkins, and Him by [[ItMakesSenseInContext making a string of very convincing crank calls that convinced the girls that the three were terrorizing Townsville, but were instead, enjoying a day off]], Mojo Jojo, Him, and Fuzzy; furious over the crank calls; form a temporary PowerTrio and proceeding to give the Gangreen Gang the worst NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of their careers, and thus promptly saving the day, making the narrator say the following line in total bewilderment:
--->'''Narrator''': So, once again, the day...is saved! Thanks to... ''(Mojo, Fuzzy, and Him appear on screen while the music skips and slows down)'' ...Mojo...Fuzzy...and ''Him''...?
** In the episode where Mojo kidnaps the Narrator; he does the usual bit...then asks them for a ride home.
** "I See A Funny Cartoon In Your Future": The day is saved, thanks to the Powerpuff grill.
** "That's Not My Baby": The diaper is changed... Hold the chili.
* EveryoneHasStandards: In the episode "Curses", the Powerpuff Girls fight a giant monster that is both figuratively and literally a potty-mouth (as in, he has a toilet for a head and his dialogue consists mostly of swearing). While the monster's swearing is depicted as grumbling gibberish, everyone who hears him is offended, even people you wouldn't expect to have a problem with cursing, like a pair of bikers and a convict.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: The girls never act the way they're "supposed to" for HIM's plans.
* EvilRedhead:
** Princess Morbucks.
** Brick, Blossom's SpearCounterpart.
** Berserk, Blossom's alternate universe counterpart (comic book story ''Deja View'').
** Big Billy of the Gangreen Gang.
* EvilLaugh: Just about every villain in the show does this.
* EvilSoundsDeep:
** HIM alternates between a syrupy-sweet falsetto and a gargles-with-gravel basso.
** The Boogie Man plays this more straight.
** Subverted in both aspects with Mr. Green from the episode "Substitute Creature". The "deep" part is subverted when it turns out that Mr. Green was struggling with a cold, and he talks in a normal voice after this is revealed. The "evil" part is subverted because it turns out that despite his appearance, Mr. Green was actually a good guy all along.
* EvilerThanThou:
** Mojo Jojo and HIM attempt to show themselves who is the better father of the Rowdyruff Boys in "Custody Battle".
** "Forced Kin" had Mojo Jojo going up against an Alien Force, who [[MegaManning mimicked Mojo's plans]].
* ExpositoryThemeTune: Atypically, played during the ClosingCredits. The first part serves as a ThemeTuneRollCall.
* ExactWords: In the episode, "Him Diddle Riddle," Him tells the girls that if they cannot solve all of his riddles within the allotted time, "the Professor will pay." [[spoiler: They fail, but it is revealed that the Professor just has to "pay" for breakfast at Him's diner. He'd have gotten a free meal if they'd have succeeded.]]
* {{Expy}}:
** The episode "Jewel of the Aisle" features a breakfast cereal mascot known as Lucky Captain Rabbit King, who is a pastiche of Captain Crunch, Lucky Charms' Lucky the Leprechaun, the Trix Rabbit, and the rather obscure King Vitaman all rolled into one.
** When the invading alien from "Forced Kin" finally reveals himself, he's very obviously intended to be a monochrome {{ComicBook/Galactus}}.
* EyeBeams: Hilariously in one episode, a very thick pair of glasses upgrades Bubbles' to WaveMotionGun levels of power.
* TheFaceless: Ms. Sara Bellum always has her face off-camera or hidden by either an object placed in front of her or her own hair. [[spoiler: However, her face can be seen for a split-second in the 2009 special ''The Powerpuff Girls Rule''.]]
* FailedASpotCheck: The Girls failed to notice a tank following them in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule".
* FakeUltimateHero: Major Man makes himself come off as being a better crime-fighter than the Powerpuff Girls because he appears to solve crimes as swiftly as they appear. It turns out that he was actually staging the crimes themselves and was only being a superhero for the glory.
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Surprisingly {{averted}} - in a number of episodes guns wielded by standard criminals have goofy colors, but fire actual bullets.
** And in the earlier seasons, they weren't silly at all. The guns were almost always colored gunmetal gray or brown.
* FamilyThemeNaming: Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup all have cutesy names that start with B and contain a double consonant. When they create a temporary fourth Powerpuff girl, she also fits the pattern, being named Bunny.
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: Taken to ''ridiculous'' levels. See GrossUpCloseUp.
* FangsAreEvil:
** Ace, Sedusa, and a number of [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters of the day]].
** HIM's teeth usually become sharp when he goes into nightmarishly scary evil mode.
* FastballSpecial: Buttercup and Bubbles do this in "Film Flam". Buttercup even CALLS IT the [[LampshadeHanging trope name]].
* FatBastard:
** Big Billy of the Gang Green Gang.
** The maid in the episode "Hot Air Buffon" towards the Mayor. [[{{Jerkass}} She berates him]] for not saving the the world like the girls do.
** Mike Birkowski, a former cop who tries to kill the girls because he thinks they're stealing all the work from other hard-working cops, [[{{Hypocrite}} when all he did was sleep and eat doughnuts.]]
** Lenny Baxter, a comic-book geek who obsesses over the Powerpuff girls and keeps them in tight packaging to satisfy his "collection".
* FauxAffablyEvil: HIM is the most notable one, but it can happen to any number of the villains DependingOnTheWriter.
* FemmeFatale: Not exactly an example, but there was a villain named [[http://powerpuff.wikia.com/wiki/Femme_Fatale Femme Fatale]].
* FilmFelons: One episode had a con man pretending to make a movie about the Powerpuff Girls as a scam to rob Townsville blind.
* FingerlessHands: The former {{Trope Namer|s}}. {{Lampshaded}} in "Criss Cross Crisis" when Buttercup switches bodies with Professor Utonium. When she tries to pick up the phone, she can't figure out how his fingers are supposed to work.
* FinishingEachOthersSentences: The girls will do this every now and then.
* FlagDrop: Occurs in "Collect Her", when Professor Utonium tells Lenny Baxter to set the girls free.
* FlatWhat: Both the girls and the narrator have this reaction to the end "Him Riddle Diddle"
* FlyingBrick:
** Cute bricks, to be sure, but the girls' basic powerset is this.
** The Rowdyruff Boys possess the same basic powerset, and Blossom's male counterpart there is named Brick.
* FMinusMinus: In the episode "Mo' Linguish", Mojo Jojo mentions that if he had control of the grading system, he would make the lowest grade a "Z" rather than an "F".
* FlamingDevil: HIM is essentially the series' version of Satan and is also a transvestite with an effeminate voice.
* {{Flanderization}}: Some fans believe that almost ''everyone'' suffered this (if they didn't have ChuckCunninghamSyndrome) in the later episodes.
** Even more in the 2014 Dance-Pantsed special.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Bubbles and Blossom.
* ForgotFlandersCouldDoThat: The Mayor of Townsville started out as a kindly man who was slightly dim-witted, but he eventually devolved into being an unbearably moronic manchild. This was rectified in the 2014 special ''Dance Pantsed''. The Mayor encourages Professor Utonium not to give up on his girls when Mojo Jojo takes control of them and also expresses remorse for snapping at Ms. Bellum for not believing her when she told him about a giant robot attacking Townsville, even apologizing to her near the end.
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Lenny Baxter and Dick Hardly both wear glasses and have zero redeeming qualities.
* FreakLabAccident: Hilariously {{lampshaded}} when, in an attempt to create a fourth Powerpuff Girl, the sisters re-create the circumstances of their origin by ''elaborately pretending'' that they're adding the Chemical X to the pot by sheer accident, complete with [[BadBadActing awkward dialogue delivery]].
* FreakyFridayFlip: "Criss Cross Crisis", which even gives a ShoutOut to the [[FreakyFriday original movie]] by showing that "Freakin' Friday" is playing at the movie theater.
* FrictionBurn: In one episode, Buttercup creates a fireball by rubbing her hands together rapidly and throws it at a monster.
* FriendlyTickleTorture: In the episode "Powerprof", the Professor briefly does this to the girls, who then do it to him.
* FunWithFlushing: The class hamster gets flushed down by Mitch, the schoolyard bully. In the sewer, the hamster gets exposed to chemical waste and comes back a mutated monster out for revenge.
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[[folder: G-I]]
* GaggingOnYourWords: Buttercup has this problem when she tries to apologize.
** Subverted in "Moral Decay": Buttercup apologizes profusely to Bubbles after accidentally knocking out one of her baby teeth.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: If you've seen the show, you know this is done [[Radar/ThePowerpuffGirls multiple times]], sometimes blatantly, sometimes subtly.
* GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul: Attempted in "Super Zeroes":
-->'''Bubbles/Harmony Bunny:''' There! Now you're covered with Happy Stickers! Their good, sweet powers will take hold of you and make you smile!
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: "Nano of the North" has exactly zero context for anything that is happening. A cloud showed up over Townsville and everything inorganic is getting decimated by the rain, which is actually a vast army of miniature robots traveling within the raindrops that can destroy things at a molecular level. ''None'' of this is ever explained.
* GirlsHaveCooties:
** In the episode "Cootie Gras" our kindergartner heroines are terrified of a boy said to have Cooties. A fact Mojo Jojo uses to keep them at bay until they get over it. Once they do, however, they leave the boy CoveredInKisses, then go kick Mojo's butt.
** Also, used in the first episode featuring the Rowdyruff Boys -- the girls' key to defeat them is to look prettily at them and actually kiss them. It worked so well the guys explode in horror. Lampshaded right after this, when Bubbles and Blossom think kissing isn't that bad, but Buttercup is shown coughing and almost throwing up in disgust.
* GivenNameReveal: Averted in "Get Back Jojo" (the episode where Mojo Jojo travels back in time to Professor Utonium's childhood), where Professor Utonium's teacher always calls him "Mr. Utonium".
* GoneToTheFuture: The plot of "Speed Demon". [[BadFuture The girls' absence hasn't been great for Townsville.]]
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Professor Utonium falls under the Wise and Fatherly exception for this trope. Though we never actually see him smoke his pipe, so he may just have it around to look cool. (And seeing as he's slightly {{Adorkable}} this makes that even more believable)
* GoshDangItToHeck: Parodied in "Bubblevicious".
-->'''Bubbles:''' *being zapped by a laser at a low level* I'm not... gonna... cry... you... dumb... doo-doo-brain!\\
'''Mojo Jojo:''' "Doo-doo-brain"? That's it! I've had it with your sassy mouth!
* GrandFinale: The 10th anniversary special "The Powerpuff Girls Rule" served as a finale for the series, though another special entitled "Dance Pantsed" aired in 2014.
* GRatedDrug: "Candy is Dandy" has the girls acting like they are taking wild drugs when the Mayor rewards them with candy.
** Chemical X (or something similar) for the normal kids in "Mojo Jonesin'".
* GratuitousDiscoSequence: The episode "Boogie Frights" has this to go with the Boogieman's disco theme.
* GreatGazoo: Issue #65 of the comic introduced the Micro-Puffs, tiny sprite versions of the girls from another dimension who show up to merely yank the girls' chains. One story has Blossom actually getting help from Mojo Jojo in defeating them. Considered canon in that all Micro-Puffs stories were written by Amy Rogers, head writer for the show.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Him uses Ace's body as a baseball bat to hit Lil Arturo in one episode.
* GrossUpCloseUp: Many times, but most commonly Mojo Jojo plopping to the ground, beaten to a pulp with breaks in his helmet exposing his oversized brain, missing teeth, black eyes and obviouly broken fingers.
* Creator/HannaBarbera: [[EndOfAnEra The very last show to be produced under HB's name]]. Following the death of Bill Hanna at the end of season 4, their assets were absorbed into Cartoon Network Studios, who produced the movie, specials and seasons 5 and 6.
* HartmanHips: Nearly every female in the series. Most notably: Miss Bellum, Miss Keane (especially in "Keen on Keane"), Sedusa, Femme Fatale.
* HateSink: Stan and Sandra Practice from "Girls Gone Mild" are not remotely likeable and are obvious strawmen, but their SmugSnake attitude when they threaten to sue the Professor is what clinches it.
* HatesBaths: Buttercup in "Down 'N' Dirty", which causes her to get chased out of town until she finally agrees to just bathe so she can fight monsters again.
* HelpingGrannyCrossTheStreet: It's occasionally mentioned that the girls do this, but it's not usually shown - it's usually listed as another one of their many good deeds.
* HereWeGoAgain: The ending of "Mommy Fearest" has the Professor fall in love with a woman again and once again stuttering "I...I...I". Lampshaded by the narrator.
* HeroInsurance: Available in Townsville, but ''not'' in Citiesville.
* HeroicRROD: Bunny ends up exploding after she saves the girls.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** Dick Hardley sets such a contrast to the Professor's love that [[spoiler: his own Powerpuff Girls turn against him]].
** The Rose Gnome from "[[GrandFinale See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey]]" [[ExactWords accidentally violates the terms of his own agreement]].
** Princess Morbucks in "Bought and Scold", as mentioned before under DidntThinkThisThrough.
* HoldingOutForAHero:
** Pretty much every townsperson and the highly co-dependent Mayor are Sheep. Explicitly lampshaded in one episode, when the girls get sick of being called on to fix every little problem. They go sit on a cloud and encourage the people to work out a solution to the MonsterOfTheWeek, but keep having to beat them over the heads with hints, in what is probably a direct ShoutOut to the "Burn the witch" scene from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''.
** One episode was devoted to showing how the citizens of Townsville have become so used to the girls taking care of everything from invading monsters to fires to getting cats out trees that every problem is shrugged off with, "Oh, the Powerpuff Girls will take care of it". This causes the girls to go on strike.
** Reversed in "Collect Her", which had an obsessive collector of Powerpuff Girl merchandise capture the girls themselves to add to his collection. The people of Townsville paid the girls back for helping them by going to the collector's house and ripping up all his merchandise, freeing the girls in the process. Since he was a [[FatBastard fat, bald, overweight]] {{Otaku}} with no powers, there wasn't much he could do to stop them.
* HollywoodScience: For starters, mixing together sugar, spice, and everything nice, even if Chemical X existed and was added to the mix, would not create a trio of five-year-old girls.
* {{Homage}}: "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future" is done in the style of ''[[RockyAndBullwinkle The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle]]''.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: In one episode in which the Gangreen Gang are forced to attend Pokey Oaks by a truant officer, Ms. Keane accepts them with open arms, and when the Powerpuff Girls counter their antics and attempts to torment the kids, Ms. Keane ''only'' sees the Girls assault them and punishes the girls while letting the Gangreen Gang get away with it. It's only when they brutally injure the other kids in a game of dodgeball that Ms. Keane realizes that the PPG were right about the Gangreen Gang all along.
* HumiliationConga: Blossom at the end of "A Made Up Story", after she bragged about not falling victim to Mask Scara's attacks.
* HumongousMecha: The D.Y.N.A.M.O. was a giant mecha resembling an amalgam of the girls.
* HurricaneOfPuns:
** "Meet the Beat-alls". [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qEbqXlxDBM These videos]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sA6edbcrfo spell it all out quite nicely]], for those who aren't too knowledgeable on Music/TheBeatles.
** "I See A Funny Cartoon In Your Future" is loaded with puns, being one long homage to ''Rocky and Bullwinkle''.
* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: Travel through the fifth dimension.
* HypocriticalHumor:
-->'''Mojo Jojo:''' I do not talk like that! The way I communicate is much different. I do not reiterate, repeat, reinstate the same thing over and over again. I am clear, concise, to the point!
** In the episode ''Paste Makes Waste'', the Girls' classmate and PasteEater Elmer is teased by the other students with one calling him gross as flies circle around him, another one commenting that he looks a dummy while she [[{{Gonk}} has buck teeth and a pig-like nose]], and the third laughing that it's a "sick habit" while picking his nose.
* ICanSeeMyHouseFromHere: Sometimes stated by the girls as they are flying.
* ImageSong: The "Heroes and Villains" CD.
* ImaginaryFriend: In ''Imaginary Fiend'', the PPG had to fight an ImaginaryFriend who was causing trouble at school. They defeat him by imagining a friend of their own to beat the snot out of him.
** It's said that this episode served as the inspiration foundation for Craig [=McCracken=]'s ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' and Mike Believe is the template for the later show's Mac.
* ImagineSpot: Keeps coming up in "Live and Let Dynamo", as the girls try to figure out which villain has their HumongousMecha, the Powerpuff Dynamo, and keep imagining what the recurring villains would really do if they got control of the Dynamo -- the Rowdyruff Boys would force her into demeaning acts such as picking her nose, Mojo Jojo would just criticize her cockpit and leave, the Gangreen Gang would just make prank calls from within the Dynamo, the Amoeba Boys wouldn't know what to do, Fuzzy Lumpkins would make Dynamo play a banjo, and HIM would give it an extreme makeover.
* ImperfectRitual: The girls perform an imperfect ritual when they try to create more power puffs to lighten their work load. Instead of using sugar, spice and everything nice, they use artificial sweetner, twigs, and random stuff that they like. The result is a giant sized, mentally handicapped powerpuff girl Bunny, who later explodes because she's unstable.
* ImprobableAge: The girls are supposedly ''5 years old'', but they often act rather unlike their age. Blossom even managed to somehow get a job in the episode "Not So Awesome Blossom".
* IncrediblyLamePun: "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future" has several, being an obvious tribute to ''RockyAndBullwinkle'', but the one that takes the cake is delivered by Blossom, complete with [[OverlyLongGag a humorously extended]] {{beat}} for good measure.
--> '''Blossom''': A tarot card! Girls, this is worse than we imagined!\\
'''Bubbles''': What''ever'' do you mean, Blossom?\\
'''Blossom''': Not only are we dealing with a petty criminal, we're dealing with... '''''A tarot-ist'''''.\\
[5 second beat]
* InnocentSwearing: In the episode "Curses", the girls overhear Professor Utonium using a naughty word and start using it themselves. Many {{Sound Effect Bleep}}s ensue.
* InstantWristwatch: Mojo Jojo wears a watch while waiting for his at the end of the ''Everybody Wants To Rule The World'' scene from the final episode: ''The Powerpuff Girls Rule".
* InstitutionalApparel: Strangely, Townsville Jail uses the striped suits version ''and'' the orange suits version.
* IntentionalEngrishForFunny: Bubbles's narration of a Japanese manga in "Super Zeroes", despite being an {{Omniglot}}. "I am filled with solutions!".
* InteractiveNarrator: Especially in "Simian Says", where Mojo Jojo kidnaps the narrator and takes his place.
* InvisibleMeansUndodgeable: Him's Magic. The Girls go toe to toe with him whenever he uses projectiles and beams. However, the moment he changes to his invisible Thought-Controlled Power, they're helpless.
* IOweYouMyLife: Gangreen Gang member Big Billy to the Powerpuff Girls in "Slave The Day" after they save him from being hit by a train. It didn’t work out well.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: During the episode "Down 'n' Dirty", where Buttercup tries to give up bathing:
-->'''Buttercup:''' Don't you know only big, fat sissies take baths?!\\
'''Bubbles:''' ''(hurt)'' I'm not fat.
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[[folder: J-L]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Princess Morbucks. She's like a spoiled brat taken UpToEleven who thinks she's entitled to whatever she wants.
** Other villains like Him, Fuzzy Lumpkins, Sedusa, the Rowdyruff Boys and The Gangreen Gang are obnoxious and mean-spirited as well.
** Mitch Mitchelson can act like one sometimes, especially in the episode, ''Getting Twiggy With It''.
** And a few one-shot characters like [[StrawFeminist Femme Fatale]], [[PoliceAreUseless Mike Brikowski]], [[FakeUltimateHero Major Man]] and [[CollectorOfTheStrange Lenny Baxter]].
** [[VileVillainSaccharineShow Professor Dick Hardly]] was the absolute worst one on the show. He was a sleazy jerk who pretended to be a good friend of Professor Utonium, and later make shoddy knock-offs of the Powerpuff Girls out of sociopathic greed.
** The ''whole'' townspeople in Citiesville, though since this is more of the effect of RealityEnsues, it may be intentional.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Mojo and Him started a heated discussion about which one of them was more powerful. And then, Princess interrupted them: it does not matter if Mojo has all those machines, or if Him is evil incarnate, Princess has the most powerful superpower, [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney AND IT'S CALLED MONEY]]!!! Mojo and Him stopped their discussion, and agreed that she had a point there.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Buttercup and Mitch Mitchelson both tend to be very rude and sometimes quite insensitive, but have proven to be capable of being nice to others.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Dick Hardly claims to be mass-producing Powerpuff Girls knockoffs to help others, but he's really only doing it for the money.
* JustForTheHeliOfIt: Played for laughs in the episode "Jewel of the Aisle": A jewel thief loses a [[MineralMacGuffin precious gem]] in a box of Lucky Captain Rabbit King cereal, which he then has to recover from the Powerpuff Girls. Among his attempts to get the jewel back are taking a helicopter up to the roof of their house, getting knocked off the roof by a squirrel attack, and then [[CrowningMomentOfFunny taking a second helicopter back up to the roof]].
* JustWhistle: The Powerpuff Hotline.
* {{Kaiju}}: The PPG frequently fight Kaiju assaulting their CityOfAdventure when not engaging their RoguesGallery. It is later stated that enduring a fight with the Powerpuff Girls has become [[AHeroToHisHometown a rite of passage on Monster Island.]]
* KarmaHoudini: At the end of "Shut the Pup Up" [[spoiler: when it turns out the Talking Dog was wrong about the two men dumping a dead body in Townsville Harbor, there were hints that they actually were mobsters and they're left to go free. When the "wrapped up corpse" turns out to be beef bones they're just as surprised as everyone else]].
** HIM is this, while he does get defeated by the girls on every occasion but one, foiling his latest EvilPlan is all they can really hope to ever accomplish with him, since as their version of {{Satan}} there isn't really much they can do to actually hurt him, let alone permanently destroy him.
* KathSoucie: Bubbles' voice in the What A Cartoon! shorts.
* Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson: The Boogieman.
* KickTheDog:
** Or rather, Beat The Living Hell Out Of The Talking Dog, if "Bubblevicious" is of any indication.
** How Major Man reveals his TrueColors.
** When Mojo Jojo transforms everyone into dogs, he literally kicks the Dog version of the Power puff Girls.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: After watching Lou Gubrious literally making everyone miserable for his own selfish gains. It feels quite satisfying to see the whole town laughing at him so much that he breaks down in tears.
* KneelBeforeZod: Thrice.
** '''Princess Morbucks:''' Prepare to bow to your princess!
** '''Mojo Jojo:''' You will bow before me!
** '''Alien Force:''' And you will now bow down to me!
* KnightOfCerebus: What do all the darkest episodes have in common? HIM always makes things darker and edger. That is when he's the main antagonist of the episode.
** Even more so with one-shot villain, Dick Hardly. He tricks the girls into giving him some Chemical X, and then starts making shoddy knock-off Powerpuff Girls to sell around the world and become rich. He has them made intentionally poorly, so that they fall apart and he can sell more of them, and when he sees a perfect Buttercup copy, he angrily orders it to be melted down for its excess Chemical X. When the girls go to his factory to stop him, he starts draining their Chemical X, nearly killing them. And when the Professor offers to become Dick's slave and make Chemical X for the rest of his life in exchange for the girls' safety, Dick laughs at him and says that he'll destroy the girls ''and'' keep the Professor as a slave.
* KnightsAndKnaves: In the episode "Him Diddle Riddle", they come across the "[[{{Girly}} Are you wearing a sombrero?]]" variant. And they leave it to [[TheSmartGuy Blossom]] to figure out the riddle. And she uses the correct line of reasoning to deduce the "correct" variant. And she gets it wrong. But Him gives them the point anyway, presumably because Blossom has a really good poker face.
* LadyLooksLikeADude: The Powerpuff Girls believe Twiggy to be male.
* LabPet: Mojo Jojo started out as one to Professor Utonium. It was his own meddling that added Chemical X to the Professor's concoction of sugar, spice, and everything nice, resulting in the explosion that created the Powerpuff Girls and mutated Mojo.
* LanternJawOfJustice: Professor Utonium, surprisingly, is one of those rare non-superhero examples, given the genre of the series.
** Major Man has one, too. [[spoiler: [[FakeUltimateHero Though, the "justice" part doesn't really apply]].]]
* LargeHam: Mojo Jojo, Fuzzy Lumpkins, HIM and the narrator all have moments of chewing the scenery.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Things play out very similarly between Buttercup and Ace in Season 1's "Buttercrush" and between Ace and Sedusa in the final season's "Aspirations".
* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: After the movie, Craig [=McCracken=] left the show to create ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''. Chris Savino took over, and the show became more or less a gag comedy instead of a lighthearted action show. The show also switched to UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash animation.
* LatexPerfection: Sedusa disguises herself as Bellum perfectly; to their credit, the girls aren't fooled.
* LaughablyEvil: All of the villains, especially HIM. Mojo Jojo is to a lesser extent.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In "Paste Makes Waste", Ms. Keane warns Elmer Sglue against eating paste because it's an "imitable act", meaning that other children (in the class) might want to try it too. "Imitable act" is a phrase censors use for [[DontTryThisAtHome any potentially dangerous action in a children's show that the audience might try to imitate]]. The punchline is that the kids all go up to the window at that point and simultaneously yell "Ew, no!" in response.
* {{Leitmotif}}:
** Whenever the Powerpuff Girls arrive to save the day or do something heroic, they have a little tune that plays.
** Many of their most often reoccurring villains have their own theme music as well.
*** Notable leitmotifs are those of Princess Morbucks, Fuzzy Lumpkins, Gangreen Gang, HIM, and Amoeba Boys.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: In the ShotgunWedding episode, in which the Professor tries to learn more about Fuzzy Lumpkins for the purpose of science, he's mistaken for a female of Fuzzy's species (whatever he is), and the Professor ends up [[ItMakesSenseInContext nearly marrying him]]. After the Professor is saved by the Powerpuff Girls, he writes "never speak of this again" on the notepad that he was using... and then eats it. He gets really mad when the Powerpuff Girls tease him about it 10 seconds later.
* LemonyNarrator: The narrator of the series has been known to cross into this territory from time to time, occasionally [[BreakingTheFourthWall interacting with the characters]], correcting himself when he makes a mistake, and winds up [[LargeHam getting caught up in the drama of the scene]].
* LethallyStupid: The Mayor. How did that moron even get to be mayor, anyway?
** Also Big Bill, and many other villains who are too stupid to notice the havoc they make.
* LighterAndSofter: Bubbles' new identity in "Super Zeroes".
* LineOfSightName: In "Mojo Jonesin", a disguised Mojo Jojo takes on the alias "Joe Overcoat" after the overcoat he's wearing.
* LimitedAnimation: Definitely influenced by the style, especially in the earlier episodes.
* LongerThanLifeSentence: In "Crime 101", when the Powerpuff Girls rob a bank to show the Amoeba Boys how it is done, the judge nearly sentences them to one million years in Townsville Correctional Facility until the Amoeba Boys decide to take the blame.
* LostInTranslation: None of the Beat-Alls jokes work in the Swedish dub. The translator doesn't come up with any {{Woolseyism}}s, since that wouldn't be possible in Swedish.
* LoopholeAbuse: "Schoolhouse Rocked". The rules are there's no fighting in school. So Miss Keane suggests to the Powerpuff Girls they "play dodgeball" with the Gangreen Gang instead.
* LovedINotHonorMore: "Superfriends" has the Powerpuff Girls facing the difficulty of balancing their crime-fighting career with spending time with their new friend Robin.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Played with - Mojo Jojo is the main reason the girls actually exist, since he caused the Chemical X incident. The girls teasingly call him "Dad" while he stands in utter stock at this revelation. Mojo becomes doubly responsible when he goes back in time and [[StableTimeLoop sparks the professor's interest in science and the desire to create the "three perfect girls".]]
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[[folder: M-O]]
* MacGuffin: The Key to the World in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule". The Professor lampshades the utter ridiculousness of the concept.
* MagicalClown: Rainbow the Clown only developed powers after being hit with bleach -- at which point he became sad and angry, and used his powers to leech color out of the world until the Girls figured out a way to stop him. When he got his own color back, he went back to being an ordinary clown.
* MagicalGirlWarrior: The series can be said to be an AffectionateParody of the genre just as much as of Western brand superheroes.
* MagicalRealism: For the first four seasons, the show always tried to crouch its outlandish plot points in cod pseudo-science (cf. the Professor's explanation of why everybody in Townsville switched bodies in "Criss Cross Crisis"). But by season five, it just let weird, surreal stuff happen entirely without comment. How can a little white lie obtain physical form? How can the girls travel inside a film projector? How can a monster with a porcelain toilet for a head even exist? They just '''do''', apparently.
* MagicMeteor: In one comic book story of The Powerpuff Girls, they had to deal with everyone in the City Of Townsville getting powers from a meteor ("Power Play," DC Comics issue #3).
* MakeMeWannaShout: The Girls' Sonic Scream. Bubbles uses it the most frequently, however.
* MaleGaze: In "Criss Cross Crisis", Blossom is stuck in Ms. Bellum's body for the majority of the episode. The camera is ''very'' flattering with her action shots.
** [[TurnedUpToEleven Even more so]] in "Dance Pantsed", where Ms. Bellum's dancing outfit and ''krumping'' put a heavy focus on her pronounced abs.
* ManipulativeBastard: HIM has a tendency for manipulating the girls against each other, though [[EvilCannotComprehendGood they always overcame his manipulations]].
** Ace to Buttercup in "Buttercrush".
** The Gnome to the girls and all of Townsville in "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey."
** Sedusa to the Gangreen Gang in "Aspirations".
* MayTheFarceBeWithYou: The Death Star trench run scene in "Boogie Frights".
* MediumAwareness: Him once grumps about how after several years none of the villains have come close to defeating the girls. Mojo Jojo also complains that "after six seasons [of] this show" he still hasn't gotten the respect he feels he deserves.
** Blossom gets a giant match from the same place she got a giant jar, to which she references the specific episode number and season of that event.
* MesACrowd: The girls' "copycat" power, used in "Forced Kin" and in "Nuthin' Special."
* {{Medusa}}: Has a character named Sedusa with hair that [[PrehensileHair works like tentacles]].
* MetronomicManMashing: A common technique used by the girls as they take the criminal or monster and bash them from side to side with just one arm.
* MidairBobbing: The girls are the queens of this trope; they even do it in unison.
* MindControlEyes: Professor Utonium and several others in one episode.
* MinorFlawMajorBreakup: In "Keen on Keane", Professor Utonium ends up breaking up with Ms. Keane because [[KindheartedCatLover she owns a cat]]. In his defense, the last cat that the professor had spent any prolonged time with turned out to be an evil mastermind that tried to make him jump off a building.
* MiracleGroMonster: B.E.E.B.O. was only intended to be fed once, but since the girls all obliviously fed the Professor's creation without telling one another, he ended up growing bigger and becoming gluttonous.
* MisplacedKindergartenTeacher: Ms. Keane inverts this in "Speed Demon", where she goes from a math problem with apples to Einstein's Theory of Relativity and how it pertains to potential TimeTravel. It was relevant to the plot, but the class just kinda stared blankly.
* {{Mondegreen}}: Used intentionally with many, many [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] lyrics in the "Meet the Beat-Alls" episode.
** With the show itself, some sources list the city of Townsville's name is "Toonsville".
* MoralDissonance: The Broccoli Aliens' invasion of earth could be justified by humanity constantly consuming his "kin", and the girls respond with a vicious genocide on the invaders. Mojo Jojo frequently attempts to kill the girls for reasons which are far harder to justify, and he gets beat up and jailed.
** In "Not So Awesome Blossom", Mojo issues an ultimatum to Blossom in exchange for the lives of her sisters and the Professor, an ultimatum of servitude. Blossom asks "How do you know I won't lie?," to which Mojo responds "Because you're Blossom." They must have forgotten "A Very Special Blossom", where she steals a set of golf clubs to give the Professor for Father's Day then not only lies about how she got them but when cornered tried to frame Mojo for it.
* MoralLuck: After Rainbow the Clown is turned into an evil mime in an accident, he goes on a crime spree, draining all the color from Townsville and its citizens, but after he's turned back to normal the girls don't realise he's not really evil and had no control over his actions, and beat him up anyway. (This was an instance of ExecutiveMeddling; Craig McCracken didn't intend this to be the climax of the story.)
* TheMostDangerousVideoGame: In "Dance Pantsed" Mojo takes advantage of Bubbles's addiction to a dancing video game to send her a fake sequel bundled with a peripheral that turns the Girls into evil cyborgs.
* MotiveDecay: An InUniverse example would be the crook who dressed up like Lucky Captain Rabbit King, who went through so much torment trying to get the box of cereal he forgot he was originally after the stolen jewel hidden in the box.
* MotorMouth: Mojo Jojo. Villainous rants are one thing, but he often does it just for the sake of doing it. He loves to talk so much, he rants even when there's no-one around to listen to him.
* MistakenForProfound: Mayor is running for reelection, spouting his usual, tired lines. Fuzzy Lumpkins gets tired of Mayor's shouting to the crowd interrupting his sleep, so he yells "SHUT UP!", and people act like it's the best campaign slogan ever.
* {{MST}}: In "Silent Treatment", the girls make fun of the silent movie they're watching, complete with silhouettes in front of the screen.
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
** The Professor's description of the time he went to the DMV to get his driver's license renewed in "City of Clipsville".
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joLrldtZtRA Eat your pea, Professor.]]
** The entire concept of "Beat Your Greens". What better way to get children of the '90's to eat their veggies by making a race of hyperintelligent, nigh invulnerable broccoli invade earth only to be defeated by Townsville's children banding together and devouring them all into oblivion?
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: "The city of Townsville: a place filled with some of the most brilliant, clever, and ingenious criminal masterminds ever to hatch an evil scheme! ...Then, there's the Amoeba Boys."
* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: At the end of "Stray Bullet", Blossom and Buttercup attempt to speak "squirrel". The subtitles translate what they are saying as "Ouch! The broccoli is on the roof." and "Happy to you log pony."
* MythologyGag: The exterior of the Pokey Folks retirement home in "Fallen Arches" is what used to be the Hanna-Barbera studio. The numerical address seen is 3400, and the studio was at 3400 Cahuenga Blvd. in Hollywood.
* NaiveAnimalLover: Bubbles. A friend to just about every creature great and small. Magnified in "Helter Shelter" when she brings a beached baby whale home.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: In "Nano of the North," the girls set out to fight the microscopic Nanobots, which can melt any object into nonexistence. They discover offscreen that this includes their clothing, causing them to return to the professor in embarrassment ... and in [[HandOrObjectUnderwear nothing but their hands.]]
** "The Bare Facts" is about the Mayor trying to figure out why the girls were laughing when they rescued him from Mojo, and it turns out to be because Mojo had taken his clothes.
* NarratingTheObvious: From "I See a Funny Cartoon In Your Future":
-->'''Madame Argentina:''' Please sit.\\
'''Narrator:''' Which the girls did.
* NeverMyFault: In one episode a cop is fired for being lazy and not doing his job and he assumes the reason he was fired was because the Powerpuff Girls' crimefighting was causing the police department to make cutbacks. He proceeds to capture the girls and try to dunk them in acid.
** He actually pulls it off, but then everyone present (including the girls themselves) learn that acid doesn't hurt them.
* NeverRecycleYourSchemes:
** DoublySubverted when Mojo Jojo actually repeated one of his previous plans exactly, except for one minor detail that led to the plan's previous failure. The minor detail being to actually try to hinder the Powerpuff Girls from simply beating the snot out of him from the get-go. As Mojo Jojo starts smugly stating how ''not'' trying to hinder them, because they overcame it the last time, will make the plan ''certain'' to work this time, the Powerpuff Girls respond by simply beating the snot out of him.
** Also, HIM explicitly states that he never "gives repeat performances" in one episode.
* NewAbilityAddiction: One episode has Blossom discovering that she can use freeze breath and using it willy-nilly, annoying her sisters. After she [[NiceJobBreakingItHero unwittingly helps some crooks escape with her ice breath]], she promises to stop... just before [[ColonyDrop there is a massive flaming asteroid about to drop on Townsville]]. And [[HonorBeforeReason she can't be convinced to use it]].
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: The girls will occasionally use a power they never showed before as a DeusExMachina to defeat the villain. ThePowerOfRock is just one example.
** That barely scratches the service. Nuthin' Special has Buttercup trying to find the one power she has that her sisters don't. They go through EVERY SUPERPOWER IN THE BOOK in that episode.(Her special power is rolling her tungue, by the way.)
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** The first time they use the [[HumongousMecha Dynamo]], they end up causing more damage then the monster they were fighting, causing the Mayor to demand that they never use it again. The Professor is also held accountable for having forced them to use it in the first place when he became overly protective.
** In the "Fallen Arches" episode, if Blossom hadn't called for Captain Righteous and Lefty to fight against the Ministry of Pain, then the elders themselves wouldn't be hospitalized.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: In "Forced Kin" Mojo Jojo helps the girls fight an alien, only to find the alien is seemingly using all his own ideas! When the alien defeats the girls, Jojo literally goes ape and physically forces the alien to submit, driving off the threat and becoming the reluctant hero.
-->'''Mojo Jojo:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis You've. Ruined. My. DREAM!!!!!]]
** Mojo is also responsible for the afforementioned StableTimeLoop.
* NobodyPoops: The girls don't ever seem to need bathroom breaks, but this is averted a few times.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** In an episode in which Buttercup tries to find her own unique power, she finds out she is the only of the girls who can curl her tongue. Cut to many Townsville inhabitants trying to do the same and failing miserably - among them, '''[[Music/{{KISS}} Gene Simmons]]'''!
** The two senior superheroes Blossom coerces to come out of retirement in "Fallen Arches" are caricatures of Bill Hanna and Joseph Barbera.
** Series creator Craig [=McCracken=] appears twice in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule", as does fellow staffer and his wife, Lauren Faust.
* NoInnerFourthWall: In "Silent Treatment", Buttercup reads some dialogue in the ShowWithinAShow SlientMovie, but is unable to finish as she is tripped up by the DastardlyWhiplash villain's name, Max Von Nitrate. When Buttercup complains, Von Nitrate {{facepalm}}s and pulls the dialogue back up. [[spoiler:Later on, the girls jeer the movie, causing Von Nitrate to lose it and reveal the DamselInDistress is actually Professor Utonium (who had left to get popcorn before the movie started), and he intends to steal his voice, leaving the girls to enter the film themselves to rescue the Professor.]]
* NominalHero: Major Man from the episode "Major Competition" set people in dangerous life risks only to save them himself, just to be known as a hero. In the end, he admitted everything and was never seen again.
* NonchalantDodge: The Girls and Princess both.
* NoodleIncident: In "Him Diddle Riddle," the Girls manage to solve Him's hardest riddle (by far!) neatly during the commercial breaks.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: over the course of the show, the girls celebrate their birthday, and there are 2 separate episodes set at Fathers’ day. Which clearly take place on different Fathers’ Days since Mojo Jojo is a main character in both episodes, and in the first of these episodes the professor recalls the gifts the girls made for him last year’s Fathers’ day. This means that, at the very least 3 years pass over the course of the series. Yet none of the girls or the other kids in their class ever age or move up from kindergarten to elementary school.
* OddFriendship: The girls show up Major Glory with the help of a cooperative sea monster.
* OddballDoppelganger: Bunny. Same dress design, has a B name, and like the others has a different color scheme to make her different from the other three... Besides the fact that she is mentally handicapped and is very physically deformed.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: In Him Diddle Riddle, the trio are given the riddle "In the ear of corn, you will find; happiness, joy, and the ties that bind; squirrels store nuts and birds sing songs; but in the cave of eternity, everyone's wrong; on the limb of a tree, there's a monkey who's free; and there he will give you something for me.". Cut two minutes later to the next shot with the girls exhausted. Him, who is holding an ice cream, even states "I can't believe you got that right. You got the right flavor and everything."
** Him also appeared in "Moral Decay" with his teeth knocked out by Buttercup
* OffToBoardingSchool: In "Mommy Fearest", Sedusa does this to the girls while disguising herself as a kind woman named Ima Goodlady, that the Professor goes ga-ga for.
* OlderThanTheyLook
** Implied with Ms. Keane and Professor Utonimum. The series takes place in The Nineties or early 2000s but they go back to their childhood in The Fifties. That means they're around fifty to sixty, while they don't look any older than their mid 30s. Of course, it could be a case of WritersCannotDoMath.
* OneWingedAngel:
** Don't swallow a whole beaker of Chemical X. It has this side effect.
** HIM's demonic forms in "Speed Demon" and "Power Noia".
** Sedusa's giant asp-haired form in "Aspirations".
* OnionTears: In "Dance Pantsed," the girls are able to break free of their brainwashed state by conjuring memories of times they comforted Professor Utonium crying over various matters, including a financial audit and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking onions]].
* OpeningShoutOut: The "Run of the Mill Girls" from the episode "Oops, I Did It Again".
* OutOfCharacterMoment: In "That's Not My Baby!" when the girls try asking Ms. Keane to look after the baby temporarily while they look for the parents, Ms. Keane claims that she's too busy. This is actually a lie and gives the false implication that she hates children, showing the bin next to her desk full of gifts from her students.
* OverlyLongGag: Betty, Buttercup's "Run of the Mill Girls" counterpart from "Oops, I Did It Again", goes back to get her schoolbooks as soon as everyone's ready to go to school, causing the rest of her family to wait a long time for her until she comes back with the books. If she had superpowers like Buttercup, she would have gone and came back in no time flat.
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[[folder: P-Q]]
* PantyShot: Bubbles in "Mommy Fearest", Buttercup in the movie, Susan Smith in "Supper Villain."
* PaperThinDisguise:
** The three crooks who wear rather unconvincing Powerpuff Girls costumes in "Powerpuff Bluff".
** Mojo Jojo in "Slumbering With the Enemy". Partially averted in this instance, because the girls see through his disguise immediately. Though everyone else is still unaware.
* ParentalBonus: Tons and tons.
* ParentService: Miss Bellum, Sedusa, Femme Fatal.
* ParodyCommercial: The Pickle Patch, from "I See a Funny Cartoon In Your Future".
* PasteEater: In one episode, there's a boy in the girls' class named [[PunnyName Elmer Sglue]] who gets teased for eating paste. A mosquito tainted by toxic waste falls on the paste he was eating, turning him into a giant glue monster who wreaks havoc on the city.
* PieEyed: The girls gain these in "Silent Treatment" when they get trapped inside a silent cartoon.
* PietaPlagiarism: Done in "Mommy Fearest" with the Professor and Ima Goodlady after the latter pretends to faint.
* ThePigPen: Buttercup became one for an episode when she refused to take a bath.
* PoliceAreUseless: Subverted and played straight in the same episode, which focused on the Townsville Police Department and how they handle crime in the city. The police are more geared towards handling non-supervillain related crime, but are still grateful when the girls decide to lend a hand. It's played straight, however, with one specific cop, Mike Brokowski, a lazy SmallNameBigEgo {{Jerkass}} who did nothing but eat donuts and sleep, all the while thinking he was up for a promotion. When Mike finally got fired for his laziness, he blamed the girls saying they take away work from "hard-working cops". The other, more competent police step in to save the day when Mike kidnapped the girls.
-->'''Mike''' (''after being arrested''): Well, this looks like the story of a good cop gone bad.
-->'''Blossom''': You're not a good cop gone bad. You're a bad cop gone ''worse''!
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: Basically the premise of the episode ''Save Mojo'', in which a group of [[AnimalWrongsGroup clueless animal activists]] prevents the Powerpuff Girls from arresting Mojo Jojo each time he sets to commit a new crime, insisting that he is an opressed animal unable to perform evil deeds [[StrawmanHasAPoint because he's, well, an animal]]. Mojo himself is more than happy with such a turn of events if [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness not the least bit grateful]].
* PoliticiansKissBabies: On one episode, the mayor was running for his re-election, he mentioned that it was one of his favorite parts.
* PottyFailure:
** "Powerprof" confirmed Bubbles used to wet the bed, much to her embarrassment.
** The episode "Pee Pee G's" was about the girls thinking one of them was wetting the bed, but unsure of which it was. [[spoiler: It turned out to be Mojo Jojo who, in a completely OOC manner, just wanted to pull a prank on them by spilling water on their bed while they were asleep. Leads to his own PottyFailure at the end of the episode]].
* PowerNullifier: Antidote X, first appearing in "Slumbering with the Enemy" and later in TheMovie.
* ThePowerOfLove: Has revived the girls on several occasions.
* ThePowerOfRock: Used to defeat Mr. Mime and turn him back into Rainbow the Clown.
* PowerTrio: The Powerpuff Girls and The Rowdyruff Boys.
* PragmaticHero: The Powerpuff Girls can be this at times. Especially their hostile treatment of Mojo Jojo, in his own house!
* PragmaticVillainy:
** Mojo Jojo stopped an alien only because the said alien [[EvilerThanThou was copying]] [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou his plans.]]
** Mojo also called Him out on how StupidEvil it is when the latter redirects the sun into Earth, stating that doing so, Him will destroy everyone including [[IncrediblyLamePun HIMself.]] But then it was shown that Him was bluffing.
* PrecociousCrush: Buttercup develops one on [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Ace]] in "Buttercrushed".
* PreferJailToTheProtagonist:
** The episode, "Child Fearing" has Mojo Jojo being released from prison to babysit Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup while the Professor is at a meeting. At first, he wants them to help him take over Townsville, but [[BadlyBatteredBabysitter taking care of them is too much for him to handle]], and he calls the police so they can take him back to jail.
** The Amoeba Boys avert this - they simply want to go to jail to prove they're as much of criminals as the other villains in Townsville.
** In the episode, "Sun Scream", two criminals are disgusted by the girls' sunburnt skin peeling and beg to be taken to jail. However, the girls decide to leave them stranded on an island with only a tube of sunscreen instead. The criminals get sunburned as a result of not using the sunscreen, claiming it's only for ner
* PrisonRape:
** This is implied to happen to Mojo Jojo.
--->'''Narrator:''' Love is in the air, can't you just feel it?
** Mojo Jojo was also turned into a dog once, and left in the pound. A big burly dog woofs at him suggestively. At least it wasn't a human prisoner that time.
* PreviouslyOn: The episode "Just Desserts" is a sequel to "Supper Villain", which came 16/8 episodes (depending on your definition of an episode) prior. It opens with a recap of "Supper Villain" that begins "Last week, in the city of Townsville..." Once the recap ends, the actual episode begins with "The City of Townsville!" as per usual.
* ProductPlacement: Averted with the episode "Collect Her." The writers went out of their way to write in some of the most absurd, impossible-sounding tie-in-products, such as gold club bags and waffle makers, so as not to seem as if they were just plugging the show's real-life merchandise. And humorously enough, the waffle maker ''did'' eventually happen!
* ProWrestlingEpisode: "Impeach Fuzz," and comic Issue #18.
* ThePsychoRangers: The Rowdyruff Boys, {{Distaff Counterpart}}s later brought BackFromTheDead by PopularityPower.
* PsychoSerum: In one episode, Mojo Jojo exposed some kids from the girls' class to Chemical X. In addition to giving them superpowers, it also caused them to become needlessly violent and aggressive.
* PunchClockVillain: According to the episode "Super Zeroes", EVERY monster that invades Townsville is this.
** This also applies to the show's recurring villains (Mojo, Fuzzy, Him, etc.)
* PungeonMaster: The Narrator sometimes slips into this. Especially noticeable in "Daylight Savings".
* PunnyName: Sara Bellum = Cerebellum
** In the 2014 special "Dance Pantsed," Music/RingoStarr voices mathematician Fibonacci Sequins, a play on "Fibonacci sequence."
** The Gangreen Gang. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin They're]] [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation green]], [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin and they're a gang]]. They don't actually seem to have Gangreen so that part of the title's only there for the sake of the pun, but "hygenic" is about the ''last'' thing that you'd call them and Professor Utonium claims that they have at least ''some'' sort of skin condition so it's still fitting.
** The Morbucks family [[{{Fiction500}} honestly couldn't have more bucks]].
** Sedusa, the [[FemmeFatale seducer]] [[GorgeousGorgon Medusa]].
** Femme Fatale isn't a FemmeFatale, but she ''is'' a female villain who's themed around [[StrawFeminism heavily misguided feminism]] [[spoiler:that's actually only a ruse she uses to shield herself in order to get away with crime more easily (and brainwash the Powerpuff Girls)]], and while she doesn't actually kill anyone she's' plenty vicious enough to fit the "Fatal(e)" part of her name.
** Mask Scara's name is a pun on "Mascara", and she absolutely ''embraces'' it by peppering her dialogue with even ''more'' silly makeup puns.
* PyrrhicVictory: In "Uh-Oh Dynamo", Professor Utonium threatens to ground the Girls if they don't use his Dynamo invention to stop the Giant Fish Balloon Monster. They reluctantly comply, destroying the Giant Fish Balloon Monster, and huge portions of Townsville are also damaged in the battle.
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[[folder: R-T]]
* RaceAgainstTheClock[=/=]YouHave48Hours: One episode had the girls forced to solve a series of riddles set by [[HeWhoMustNotBeNamed "Him"]] within the time limit set for each riddle. They had to succeed or, otherwise, the Professor would have to pay... [[spoiler:[[ExactWords for the pancakes]] he ate at "Him"'s restaurant [[PunnyName "Otto Time"]]. It was all a bet between "Him" and the Professor]].
* RainRainGoAway: "The Powerpuff Girls' Best Rainy Day Adventure Ever". Also the title of a story in issue #66 of the comic book.
* RashomonStyle: In one episode, the Mayor is kidnapped by Mojo Jojo and blindfolded. The girls save the Mayor and beat Mojo Jojo, but can't stop laughing after. The Mayor asks why. The girls each tell the story of how they saved the day today differently, accompanied by {{Art Shift}}s. What they neglect to mention? [[spoiler: The Mayor [[TomatoSurprise was naked]] all along]].
* RatedMForManly[=/=]TestosteronePoisoning: The episode 'Members Only' where the girls tried to join the superhero team and got rejected. [[https://youtu.be/xs9PG-XAlsI That is, until an alien came and beat down all the superheroes.]] [[Radar/ThePowerpuffGirls Dr. Freud would like a word with the creators of this episode.]]
-->'''Mascumax:''' Fools! I feed off your expulsions of ''manliness!''
* RealityEnsues: Everything related to the town of Citiesville, most notably the girls' destruction of the bridge leading in to town to stop some robbers. The bridge was both the only way for workers to commute to Citiesville and a historical landmark, costing over three million dollars. RealityEnsues, and ''hard''.
** A milder case. In "A Very Special Blossom", Blossom steals a set of Golf Clubs for the Professor for father's day because he really wanted them, and it lands him in jail. When she admits it at the end, everyone is heartbroken and argue for letting her off easy. But nope, 200 hours of community service.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Blossom gives one to Buttercup after Buttercups acts ungrateful after getting a bath:
--> '''Blossom:''' You know Buttercup, ''you'' may be clean but your attitude still stinks.
** She's pretty good at giving these. One of her best examples is after the first time she defeats Princess.
-->'''Blossom''': You're just a spoiled brat. And being a Powerpuff Girl isn't about getting your way, or having the best stuff, or being popular or powerful. It's about using your own unique abilities to help people and the world we all live in. And you, little girl, have done nothing worthy of the name "Powerpuff".
** The Professor gives a [[{{Pun}} big]] one to the Mayor on ''Toast Of The Town'', calling him out on his childish behavior:
-->'''Professor Utonium''': Wowie zowie indeed! Have you no shame? A grown man your age gallivanting around like a little child, not doing what you're told! [[ManChild "Mayor wanna this! Mayor wanna that!"]] You, Mr. Mayor, are nothing but a baby! A big, big, ''big'' baby!
** The Zen master from "Makes Zen To Me" gives one to Mojo Jojo when he wants to take over as the master.
-->'''Master''': You came seeking only violence. You were impatient. You would not look inside yourself. I could only guide you; the journey was yours to make. I did not fail you nor the teachings. You failed yourself. And another thing: [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking You're not a monkey, you're a chimp. There's a difference]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Brick of the Rowdyruff Boys, as he's colored red to contrast with Blossom's pink.
** Earlier, in "The Rowdyruff Boys", Mojo Jojo briefly gains these at the start of his VillainousBreakdown mentioned below.
* RedOniBlueOni: Buttercup and Blossom. Their personal colors may not match this trope, but their personalities sure do.
* RedScare: We are given one of these in the musical episode "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey".
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* ResurrectedForAJob: HIM brings the Rowdyruff Boys back to life to defeat the Powerpuff Girls.
* {{Retool}}: At one point, CN did try marketing a line of the series with an overstyled grown up versions of the girls. [[StillbornFranchise It sank just as quickly as it begin.]]
* ReunionShow:
** 2009's "Powerpuff Girls Rule", a PPG special made three years after the show ended, featuring nearly every main character within the series, as well as all the original voice actors.
** The 2014 special "Dance Pantsed" also brought back every actor for the characters used.
* RhymingWithItself: In "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey", this trope is rather {{egregious}} when the PPG join in Professor Utonium's "Freedom Beef" song, as they rhyme "peace" with itself rather forcefully, directly after rhyming "powers" with itself.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Bullet, the superpowered baby squirrel.
* RidiculouslyLongPhoneHold: In "Telephonies," the Gangreen Gang makes prank calls to various different Townsville citizens. Lil' Arturo convinces Professor Utonium, he just won a ten-million-dollar sweepstake and asks him to remain on hold, which Professor does for the rest of the episode, despite Arturo hanging up.
* RightHandCat: Subverted in "Cat Man Do", where [[spoiler: [[TheDogWasTheMastermind the cat was the mastermind]]]].
* RockOpera: "[[ShoutOut See Me,]] [[Music/TheWho Feel Me]], Gnomey".
* RoguesGallery: Mojo Jojo, Fuzzy Lumpkins, The Gangreen Gang, Him, Princess Morbucks, Sedusa, The Rowdyruff Boys to a lesser extent and The Amoeba Boys if you consider irritation to be roguish. Mister Mime (the alternate personality of Rainbow the Clown) has also appeared in the background
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: HIM
* RuleOfThree: The episode "Super Zeroes" with the line, "Better heroes, huh?" (Said by Utonium, the Mayor, and even the MonsterOfTheWeek itself!)
* RuleSixtyThree: The Rowdyruff Boys.
* SavingTheWorldWithArt: The nefarious Mr. Mime is restored to a happy-go-lucky clown after the girls put on a concert of how "Love Makes the World Go Round". [[SubvertedTrope And then they beat the crap out of him anyway just for the heck of it]].
* ScantronPicture: Him once gives the girls such a test in a challenge, and although Blossom and Buttercup take the test seriously, they fail as a result. Bubbles passes, and it turns out she filled in the bubbles in the shape of a flower.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Mojo Jojo after [[YokoOhNo Moko Jono]] is revealed to be [[spoiler: a chimp from the zoo]].
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Princess Morbucks.
-->'''Princess:''' I have the most powerful power there is! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Cold! Hard! Cash!]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Mojo Jojo in The Powerpuff Girls Rule after having victory literally swept from under his nose.
* SecondPersonAttack: Used and abused; in certain cases, the viewer can suffer the virtual effects of getting punched and kicked DOZENS OF TIMES IN A ROW.
* SecurityBlanket:
** Bubbles' doll Octi.
** Buttercup's blankie in "Cover Up".
** Blossom's hairbow in the comic book story "Bow Jest" (issue #20). It's Bubbles, of all people, to light a fire under Blossom's butt about it.
* SeriesContinuityError: In the 2014 special, Bubbles has Blossom's Ice Breath and the Professor's motivations for getting into science are altered. To be fair, Blossom's ice breath became fire breath in the first episode she used it (and Bubbles demonstrated fire breath in at least one episode) and Utonium may have been sidetracked from his goal of creating superpowered girls by the StableTimeLoop in his adult years.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Mojo Jojo. In one episode, he's left in charge of an adult education English course, and the whole town starts talking like this. Society comes to a screeching halt (even ''bank robberies'' cannot be finished because the robber and the teller start arguing with each other this way).
* SexySecretary: Sara Bellum.
* ShadowDiscretionShot: Parodied in "Collect Her" -- we see shadows of children ripping open the comic book guy's collectors items.
* ShaggyDogStory: "Him Diddle Riddle."
* ShoutOut: So many, it has its own page! See ShoutOut.ThePowerpuffGirls.
* SickeninglySweethearts: Professor Utonium and Miss Keane in "Keen on Keane".
* SigningOffCatchPhrase: So, once again, the day is saved, thanks to The Powerpuff Girls!"
* SingleSpecimenSpecies: Apparently most kaiju in the series, and possibly some villains.
* SissyVillain: '''HIM''' dresses like a transvestite and acts rather effeminate (at least until he gets angry).
* SixthRanger: The girls ''try'' to create one with Bunny. [[TheDitz It doesn't really work out.]]
* SkywardScream: Bubbles performs a great BigNo in "Mime For A Change".
** The comic book story "Steal A Meal" (Cartoon Network Block Party #26) has the girls doing a tearful BigNo upon learning that after all the breakfast cereal in town had been stolen the only thing left was oatmeal.
** Four words: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fw8Ws-_qX6U ''WHO ELSE WANTS SOME??!!!'']]
* {{Sleepwalking}}: The episode "Ploys R Us" had Professor Utonium sleepwalking and the girls using this to get him to steal toys for them. [[spoiler:Eventually, it turned out the whole thing was a plan by Utonium and everyone in Townsville to test the girls' honesty.]]
* SlidingScaleOfSeriousnessVersusSilliness: The show surpassed even its sibling ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' in how all-over-the-scale it was. Episodes could range from straight, even surprisingly dark superhero fare (''Speed Demon'', ''Power-Noia'') to outright comedy (''Mo'linguish'') to [[AnAesop Aesop-driven]] kids' show (''Substitute Creature'') and any combination in-between.
* SmartBall: Done [[RuleOfFunny for laughs]] when [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment out of nowhere]] [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} the Mayor]] determines that the riddle about where freezing and boiling meet is a set of coordinates for where HIM has the Professor, or [[FridgeLogic there's an ice cream truck on fire]].
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: In Cartoon Network's "Staylongers" interstitials (spoof of "Survivor"), Blossom is the only female member of the "[[CartoonCartoons Cartoon Cartoon]]" tribe.
* SnakeCharmer: A small-time villain, Salami Swami, used his flute in the episode "Slave the Day" to control long sausages.
* SnapBack:
** Towards the end of "Slumbering with the Enemy", Mojo Jojo douses the Powerpuffs with the Antidote X to remove their powers. They're back to normal without explaination in the next episode.
** Mojo Jojo is turned into a dog twice. No explanation is given as to how he turned himself back into an ape.
* SolveTheSoupCans: "Go to a place where it is freezing and boiling at the same time! [[AC:You have 45 seconds!]]". And who, of all people, solves it? [[spoiler: The Mayor!]]
* SoapPunishment: "Curses" has Ms. Bellum inflict this on the girls when they swear in front of the Mayor. Later in the same episode, the girls wash the potty-mouthed monster's mouth with soap after Professor Utonium explains to them that it is wrong for them to swear.
* SoOnceAgainTheDayIsSaved: TropeNamer. Frequently played with in that the girls are not always the ones who save the day and some episodes end with no clear resolution.
* SpaceIsNoisy: The few times the girls go into space, they can communicate with each other just fine.
* SpearCounterpart: The Rowdyruff Boys, Brick (red color scheme), Boomer (blue color scheme), and Butch (dark green color scheme) to the Powerpuff Girls, Blossom (pink color scheme), Bubbles (cyan color scheme), and Buttercup (green color scheme).
* SpoiledBrat: Princess Morbucks whines until her father lets her have her way.
* SquashedFlat: In the episode "Down 'n Dirty" Buttercup gets slapped between the hands of a cyclops. When he opens his hands, Buttercup is flattened by them.
** Also in the episode "Mask Scara", the aforementioned villain slaps Bubbles and Buttercup into a face press, flattening them together so that Blossom has to unstick them.
* SssssnakeTalk: Snake of the Gangreen Gang, appropriately enough.
* StableTimeLoop: "Get Back Jojo" has Mojo Jojo go back in time in an attempt to kill Professor Utonium when he was a kid to erase the Powerpuff Girls from history, apparently not caring that his history would be altered as well since he was mutated in the same accident that created the girls. In the end, the girls follow Mojo and prevent him from killing young Utonium, in the process revealing themselves to the nearly unconscious boy. This was the moment that motivated him to become a professor and indulge in science, in an effort to create what he saw that day. Because of this chain of events, Mojo ends up being pivotal in the creation of The Powerpuff Girls once more, before the actual accident that spawned them.
* StartOfDarkness: Mojo Jojo's origin, as revealed in "[[Music/TheDoors Mr. Mojo's Rising]]" and TheMovie.
* StatusQuoIsGod: The 2009 special ''The Powerpuff Girls Rule'' has Mojo Jojo succeed in taking over the world and surprisingly making it into a utopia. It isn't long before he decides to turn to crime again and the Powerpuff Girls get back to kicking his butt.
* StealthPun:
** The episode "Members Only" is about the girls trying to get into a superhero guild that only allows men. Let that sink in a bit.
** Two words: "Forced Kin".
** HIM is dressed as Santa, and has lobster claws. Also, Santa and {{Satan}} are pretty obvious anagrams of each other.
* StockScream: The "Howie Long" scream appears in "Paste Makes Waste."
* StrawFeminist: Femme Fatale in "Equal Fights", who uses feminism as an excuse for her crimes. Along with her usual physical beatdown, the Girls also give her a verbal beatdown as "real" feminists.
* StrawHypocrite: See Femme Fatale above.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Sometimes the Powerpuff Girls are able to defeat their enemies effortlessly and sometimes villains actually succeed in defeating ''them''.
* StupidCrooks: The Amoeba Boys want to be Townsville's greatest criminals, but they can't think of any crime worse than stealing oranges, littering, or standing on grass where there is a "Keep off the grass" sign.
* StupidStatementDanceMix: The episode "Beat Your Green" gets remixed in the track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4H-jnq-_JE "Broccoli Wars"]] by German DJ group Noisy Stylus.
* SunglassesAtNight: Ace of the Gangreen Gang never takes off his CoolShades. Not even at night, when fighting, or when sleeping.
** The Boogie Man also does this, although he takes his glasses off from time to time.
* SuperSpeed:
** The girls can fly faster than the speed of light. At top speed, they have been known to bend the time-space continuum and perform TimeTravel, thus creating an AlternateUniverse where there has been no [[spoiler: Power Puff Girls to save the day for ''fifty years'']].
** Gangreen Gang member Lil Arturo temporarily gains this ability in "Power Lunch".
* SurrogateSoliloquy: Bubbles conversing with her stuffed octopus Octi.
* SuddenlyVoiced: The background puppy dog is revealed to have the ability to talk in "Shut The Pup Up".
* SwissArmyTears: In "The Rowdyruff Boys" and "[[TearJerker Knock It Off]]", the girls are revived from their apparent deaths by being cried on.
* TakeOverTheWorld:
** Mojo Jojo's ultimate goal, [[spoiler: which he obtains in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule". And then he goes and ''makes it a better place...'' only to get bored of it and shoot everything up all over again.]]
** Ironically HIM, who never expressed the desire to do this, would be the one to take over the world if the girls ever left. [[spoiler: And he wouldn't make it a better place but quite [[BadFuture the opposite]]]].
* TakeThat:
** One could consider "City of Clipsville" to be one. Not only to shows that use this episode format, but also to fanfiction writers, especially the shippers.
*** Ironically, the [[MisaimedFandom shippers loved it]].
** One of the later criticisms of the series was that the show promoted ''animal cruelty'' because of their treatment of Mojo. Episode 57 ("Save Mojo") depicted a group of animal rights activists protecting Mojo from the girls despite their argument that Mojo is an evil animal and therefore others must be protected from ''him''.
** Mitch "The Worst Child In The World" Mitchelson was reportedly based off of a bratty kid from the pilot's disastrous first test screening, who screamed "Whoever made this should be fired!!"
** When the girls discover the toys delivered to them by a sleepwalking Professor Utonium in "Ploys R Us", Bubbles dismisses an action figure resembling [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Jar Jar Binks]] as "junk".
* TalkingAnimal:
** Mojo Jojo, who was mutated by Chemical X.
** The Talking Dog, who... can talk. But he sure can't drive.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: "Three Girls and a Monster" features the girls trying, [[CurbStompBattle and failing]], to stop a giant dinosaur-like monster who is [[NighInvulnerability impervious to all of their attacks]]. Both Blossom and Buttercup argue over [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption whether physical or strategic attacks are more effective]]. In the end, [[ToWinWithoutFighting Bubbles simply asks nicely]] for him not to destroy their beloved city. [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe The giant monster promptly leaves, returning to the ocean]].
* TeamRocketWins: The Amoeba Boys' goal is to be beaten by the Powerpuff Girls and to be recognized as Townsville's worst criminals, but they have no chance of this happening because they are too stupid to think of anything other than misdemeanors and the Powerpuff Girls don't usually bother to fight them because of their incompetence. However, some episodes end with them inadvertently causing a serious danger to Townsville and being beaten up by the girls, which was what they wanted all along.
* TearJerker: InUniverse. The only episode with Bunny left even the narrator crying at the end.
* TeensAreMonsters:
** Two episodes featured the Smith family, one member of which was their angry teen son Bud. The first episode, Bud's entire appearance consisted of him yelling something typically teenagerish at his father, such as "I hate you!" and "No one understands me!" The second episode, which features the entire family as villains, provides every member of the family with a motivation for why they hate the Powerpuff Girls - and Bud's is "You know what? I hate ''everything!''"
** Also, the Gangreen Gang. ''Literally''.
* TeethFlying: Bad guys' teeth go flying in the opening sequence; also, one episode is pretty much based on this trope - Buttercup learns the Tooth Fairy gives you money for teeth, and starts deliberately knocking villains' teeth out and collecting them to make a huge windfall.
* ThatCloudLooksLike: Bubbles does this, including one that "looked like a cloud".
* ThereWasADoor: {{Lampshaded}} several times. The girls must have racked up quite a bit of roof damage by now due to their preferred method of exit.
* ThickLineAnimation: The animation in the show has always been this, but it is MUCH more noticeable in Seasons 1-3, but most prevalent in Season 2 when the animation studios temporarily changed.
* TheTokyoFireball: Usually as the result of a giant monster, although in at least one episode, the girls ended up doing more damage than the monster -- and getting harshly reprimanded for it.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Buttercup and Bubbles.
* TooDumbToLive: The mayor. In one episode he ''jumped out a window'' because Bubbles told him to go save the day... while pretending to be him.
* TookALevelInBadass: Bubbles in "Bubblevicious" to prove she's hardcore. She even subverted her apparent {{chickification}} when Mojo captured her and gave her the full blunt of his torture device before she broke out and beat him mercilessly all by herself. She only softens from her tough exterior when her sisters finally admit that she's hardcore, only to slide right back into it when Mojo tried to make a cheap shot at all three of them.
* TorchesAndPitchforks: "Collect Her" has this for the angry mob after Lenny Baxter for capturing the girls and "Down And Dirty" has Buttercup facing this kind of mob when she refuses to take a bath in spite of being very dirty and smelly.
* TotallyRadical: Professor Utonium in "Powerprof", much to the embarrassment of the girls.
* TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed: Whether it be from a rampant crime spree, super villain attacks or threat of being destroyed by a giant monster, Townsville almost always has a crisis on its hands.
* TragicOneShotCharacter: Bunny, [[spoiler: an character made by the titular characters creating an additional Powerpuff Girl with ingredients that aren't exactly the same ones Prof. Utonium used, resulting in a [[TheGrotesque horribly deformed Powerpuff Girl]] but at the end of the episode, Bunny explodes into a big ball of light due to her growing unstable]].
* TraumaticHaircut: Sedusa gets one at the end of "Something's A Ms".
** So does Blossom in "The Mane Event." She's unaware of it until she finds out why everyone--including the monster--is laughing at her.
** In ''Meat Fuzzy Lumpkins'', One of Bubbles' pigtails is turned into a turkey leg by Fuzzy Lumpkin's meat gun, Which pushes her BerserkButton.
* TrulySingleParent: Professor Utonium created the girls himself with no partner to speak of.
* TruthInTelevision: There is actually a city called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Townsville Townsville in Australia.]]
* TwistEnding: The episode "HIM Diddle Riddle" revolves around the girls flying around town, trying to solve HIM's insidious riddles in a desperate attempt to save Professor Utonium, only to fail, and now HIM is going to make the professor '''PAY!'''... [[spoiler: full price for breakfast]]. The ending is such a big surprise even the narrator just stumbles, "And once again, the day is... um... yeah..." while the girls just float there staring blankly.
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* UltimateAuthorityMayor: The Mayor of Townsville (though to his credit, he ''is'' elected, and even lost once).
* UnfortunateImplications: Touched upon InUniverse. In the "Members Only" episode, Major Glory talks the girls through several [[StayInTheKitchen gender roles]], asking who does various things ("Who goes to work?", "Who pays the bills?", etc) and receiving "Our Dad" as an answer each time. Then he gets to cooking and cleaning, getting the same answer. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=7nQIjHgS64M 5:12 - 5:45]]
-->'''Major Glory:''' So what does your mother do?
-->'''Girls:''' (in unison) We don't have a mother.
-->*cut to Major Glory looking over at [[{{Franchise/Zorro}} Mucho Muchacho]] and Birdman, all three looking uncomfortable*
** To drive it in further, [[DeathByOriginStory Batman]] was earlier shown sitting next to Birdman, meaning he would've been just off-screen for this.
* UnhandThemVillain: "Get Back Jojo".
* TheUnintelligible: Grubber of the Gangreen Gang usually speaks only in raspberries. The rest of the gang members understand him just fine though. Subverted in one episode, where Grubber is shown to be quite eloquent when he straightens his posture. He's also an [[ManOfAThousandVoices expert voice mimicker]].
* {{Unobtainium}}: Chemical X.
* UnstoppableRage: Bubbles when she gets well and truly angry.
* UnwillingRoboticisation: The 2014 special has this happen to the girls when Mojo Jojo sends them pants modeled after the game controls for the video game Dance Pants Revolution.
* UnwillingSuspension: In "Equal Fights," as Femme Fatale falls to the ground, Buttercup grabs her foot and carries her off upside down.
** "I See A Funny Cartoon In Your Future" has Madame Argentina tying up three voodoo dolls of the Powerpuffs and hanging them from a tree branch, causing the girls themselves to hang in midair over a cliff.
** The splash page of comic book story "The Devil's Playground" (Block Party #43) has HIM using his powers to booby-trap the kindergarten playground. Several kids are wrapped up in jungle vines from the jungle gym, and three monkeys appear on the monkey bars--the first holding a boy up by his hands, the second giving Mitch a wedgie, and the third using its tail to hang a girl upside down by one foot.
* UpToEleven: In "Bubblevicious" Bubbles takes the battle simulator ''and'' Mojo's laser up to eleven. The dial even shows considerable resistance, like it was never meant to go that high.
* TheVamp: Sedusa has tried to seduce both Professor Utonium and the Mayor on two separate occasions, on both of them using a disguise.
* VerySpecialEpisode: Even though it's not blatantly stated, "Mojo Jonesin" is obviously a drug episode.
* VictoryIsBoring: What Mojo experiences in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule". It also causes him to go back to being a criminal, making it necessary for the Powerpuff Girls to get back to fighting him.
* VillainousBreakdown: Mojo has these occasionally, most notably at the beginning of "The Rowdyruff Boys", when he starts howling and snarling like a real ape over his many defeats.
** Mojo Jojo has a particularly huge one at the end of "Forced Kin" when he finally snaps after being repeatedly defeated by the alien force's VillainSue trait of unrealistically predicting every attack. But the one thing the alien force didn't predict was Mojo going berserk and beating the crap out of it.
** HIM also has these, normally after the girls defeat his plans with their sisterly love. He goes from his normal, creepy voice to screaming about [[EvilCannotComprehendGood how they didn't act like they were supposed to]]. He has an especially noteable one at the end of "Power Noia", when the girls have turned the tables on him and got him completely at their mercy, for the first time actually begging them to let him go.
* VillainousFriendship: Mojo Jojo and HIM. The two often argue over who is the most evil, but at the end of the day, they'll get along.
** In ''Meet the Beat Alls'', Mojo Jojo, Him, Fuzzy and Princess Morbucks surprisingly get along very well during their VillainTeamUp.
* VillainsOutShopping: Often. When the super villains aren't doing anything overtly villainous, they're treated like any other citizen of the town. Even by the girls themselves!
* VillainTeamUp: Mojo Jojo, HIM, Princess Morbucks and Fuzzy Lumpkins in ''Meet the Beat Alls''.
* VisualPun: In the episode "Curses", the Powerpuff Girls encounter a giant monster that speaks in virtually nothing but swears (represented as grumbling gibberish) and has a toilet for a head. The monster is both figuratively and literally a potty mouth.
** In "Boogie Frights", Buttercup scares Bubbles and Blossom with tales of the Bogeyman. Professor Utonium steps in and reassures Bubbles that Buttercup was just trying to "get your goat"... And Buttercup responds by holding her stuffed goat tightly.
* VoiceChangeling: Grubber uses this ability in the episode "Telephonies" to stir up trouble.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: HIM, especially in the later seasons.
* WalkThroughTheCamera: In the episode "Stray Bullet" in the scene where Mojo is walking very slowly with a confident look on his face.
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving: One episode had a collector of Powerpuff Girls' merchandise who freaks out and becomes a villain when his collection is complete: there's nothing left for him to collect ''except the girls themselves''.
* WaxingLyrical: All over the place in "Meet the Beat-Alls", essentially a long string of [[ShoutOut Shout-Outs]] to Music/TheBeatles. Example; when Professor Utonium has an idea to defeat the combined forces of Mojo, Him, Princess Morebucks and Fuzzy Lumpkins, he asks, "Listen, do you want to know a secret?" Even the narrator gets into the act at the very end, declaring, "I don't really want to stop the show, but I thought you might like to know...that [[OnceAnEpisode Once again the day is saved...]]"
* WasTooHardOnHer: Bubbles asks this after the sisters scold Bunny for releasing criminals from jail...only for the criminals to show up and yell "Not as hard as we're gonna be on you!"
* WeWillMeetAgain: Him in one episode.
* WhenEldersAttack: An old lady does this from the roof of an episode to a Godzilla-like monster, who promptly eats her.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Possibly subverted, if the Professor's directions to his college roommate were correct, Townsville fall somewhere in or near Pasadena, CA. [[spoiler:Don't mind that there actually ''exists'' a City of Townsville.]]
** According to Mayor, the town is at latitude 32 degrees north by longitude 212 degrees west. The aforementioned Pasadena is at latitude 34 degrees north, but longitude 212 degrees doesn't exist (it stops at 180).
* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs: One episode featured a con-artist "director" allegedly making a movie about the girls. The initial broadcast of this episode was suspiciously close to the release of the actual movie.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: The Professor dresses as a woman to get onto the set and foil the robbery on ''Film Flam".
* WindowPain: Not only do things get thrown through windows, but driven. And the girls occasionally fly through them!
* WouldHitAGirl [=/=] WouldHurtAChild: None of the villains have any problem attacking three ''kindergarten-aged girls.''
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[[folder: X-Z]]
* XMakesAnythingCool: Chemical X. Does whatever the plot requires that episode.
* YesMan: Snake to Ace.
* YokoOhNo: [[invoked]] The Powerpuff Girls' plan to break up The Beat-alls. "Moko Jono" is the Yoko to Mojo Jojo's John Lennon.
** What makes this not necessarily a YMMV, unlike most examples, is that she's ''literally'' the Yoko. The entire episode parodies the history and the songs of the Beatles; it's only obvious that the one who divides the Bad Four is a playoff of Yoko Ono.
** This may be a subversion today as Paul [=McCartney=] had gone on record recently saying that Yoko was not the reason the Beatles split up.
* YouCantFightFate: Mojo Jojo goes back in time to throw Professor Utonium into a volcano as a child to stop the Powerpuff Girls from ever being created. This instead causes a StableTimeLoop because the incident is what inspires Utonium to go into science in the first place, thus ensuring the girls will be created. It never occurred to him that, if Professor Utonium ''was'' thrown into the volcano, then Mojo [[TemporalParadox wouldn't have been the Professor's pet and wouldn't have been affected by Chemical X, giving him his super-smarts.]]
* YoungerThanTheyLook: They were born/created the age they are throughout the whole series and start kindergarten shortly after their "birth." As they're the same age throughout the whole show, they're probably less than one year old. The Rowdyruff Boys were also created (twice!) at the age they are, which makes them even younger although appearing to be kindergarten-aged boys as well.

* YourBrainWontBeMuchOfAMeal: The girls defeat a brain sucker by tricking him into attacking the Mayor.
* ZettaiRyouiki: [[FanDisservice HIM]].
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* ThePowerpuffGirls/TropesAToI
AffablyEvil: Mojo Jojo. A diabolical, card-carrying, power-hungry supervillain, yet such a classy, suave, and friendly guy. He shows good manners, even to the humans that he hates so much, and even manages to make friendly conversations, with the Powerpuff Girls, when they're not fighting, and he also respects them as rivals. In fact, Mojo even once went babysitting the Powerpuff Girls, and cooked food for them.
** As for HIM, it's DependingOnTheWriter. However, sometimes, he's a comedic villain, who only does stereotypical villainous things, and not an actually truly evil one.
** Big Billy from the Gangrene Gang. He's got such a friendly nature and personality, unlike the other members of the gang who only pretend to be nice to achieve their goals. He also once befriended the Powerpuff Girls for saving him. He'll also try to cheer people up with toys.
** ALL the villains were this in the end of "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey", where they were getting along with the innocents, and singing with them about that everyone should get along.
* ThePowerpuffGirls/TropesJToQ
AntiHero: Mojo Jojo. He teamed up with the Girls against an overlord because it broke his dream of ruling the world, and also saved them in [[ThePowerpuffGirlsMovie the movie]].
** Major Man. He's not a hero because he wants to help people, but because he wants money and fame. He sets up a crime, and then he stops the crime to be noticed as a hero.
* ThePowerpuffGirls/TropesRToZ
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AbsenteeActor: The girls are completely absent in 'Custody Battle' which is ADayInTheLimelight for the Rowdyruff Boys.
* AbsurdlyLongLimousine: This was a recurring element of the show. An enormous white limousine that is several windows long and takes a few seconds to cross the whole screen is always the Mayor's ride of choice in times of leisure. He rides in the back.
* AccidentalMisnaming:
** The girls would sometimes encounter people who call them the Powderpuff Girls or something similar.
** Major Glory in particular not only calls them by that name, but he also uses "Sugarpuffs" twice. He also calls the individual girls "Butterdish", "Caboodles", "Blaze'em", and "Bless'em".
* ActionGirl: Not just the Powerpuff Girls, but some female villains appear in the series.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Some episodes aren't particularly centered around the Girls themselves, but more around the quirky side-characters or villains, sometimes pushing the Girls to the sideline. "Custody Battle" in particular doesn't feature the Girls at all, just focusing on HIM and Mojo's attempts to take custody over the Rowdyruff Boys.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal:
** Each of the Powerpuff Girls' names starts with a B and contains a double consonant.
*** Temporary fourth Powerpuff Girls Bunny and Bullet also fit the naming scheme.
*** The Rowdyruff Boys (Brick, Boomer, and Butch) have names that start with B, but lack the double consonant.
** From the episode "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future" a newspaper's headline reads "Powerpuffs Powerless to Pinch Pocket-Picking Pin-Pushing Predictor!"
** Also, from the episode "Powerpuff Bluff":
--->'''Blossom:''' Put down that priceless porcelain poodle, you punk!\\
'''Criminal:''' P-P-P-Powerpuffs?\\
'''Blossom:''' Precisely!
* AesopAmnesia:
** If Blossom's vision of a world ruled by her in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule" is any indication, she forgot the moral of "Equal Fights".
** Lampshaded in "Too Pooped to Puff", where the Mayor (and possibly everyone else in Townsville) has forgotten the point of the episode ''while it's still airing''.
--->'''Mayor''': You taught us a valuable lesson today. Although I can't quite remember what that was...anyway, have fun cleaning up the mess.
* AffectionateParody: The episode "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future" is one of ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle''. It even had Creator/JuneForay (the voice of Natasha) as the episode's villain.
* AgonyBeam: Used by Mojo Jojo on the girls in "Bubblevicious".
* AllCGICartoon: The 2014 special.
* AlliterativeFamily: Buttercup was named pretty much to allow for this.
---> '''Professor''': ''"So we have Blossom, Bubbles, and, hmmm, Buttercup because... [[InvokedTrope it also begins with a B]]."''
* AlphabeticalThemeNaming: All three girls have names beginning with B. This even extends to temporary members (Bunny, Bullet) as well as both sets of {{evil counterpart}}s, the Rowdyruff Boys (Brick, Boomer, and Butch), the Powerpunk Girls (Berserk, Brat, and Brute) and the girls in the dream sequence where they were normal (Bertha, Beatrice and Betty).
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The show has two [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMF6-6Zvq8M opening]] [[http://nicoviewer.net/nm13169224 themes]] and [[http://nicoviewer.net/nm13169305 ending]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYexfaVDtrM themes]]. Most of them were written by Power Puff Soul, a band of singers who joined together for this series, and one of the members includes Music/MegumiHayashibara!
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: The Gangreen Gang. [[VisualPun They're green, and they're a gang]].
* AmbiguouslyHuman: It's never specified whether The Gangreen Gang are humanoid monsters or just bizarre-looking teenage boys.
* AmenBreak: Used frequently in James L. Venable's score, especially in the theme song.
* AnimatedSeries
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** In the episode, "Equal Fights", Femme Fatale avoids capture by the girls by claiming to be commiting crimes in the name of women's rights. To counter this, Ms. Bellum and Ms. Keane gather several female Townsville residents to talk to the girls:
--->'''Bank Teller:''' Was Femme Fatale looking out for me when she stole from my bank?
--->'''Policewoman:''' Was she looking out for me when she broke my arm?
--->'''Teenager:''' Was she looking out for me when she stole my hairstyle? (everyone glares at her) Well, she did!
** Another episode shows Mojo Jojo robbing a bank, a jewelry shop and... a DVD store.
** In the episode, "Impeach Fuzz", when the Girls and Ms. Bellum try to convince The Mayor to take back his rightful position, they tell him that Fuzzy won't let the Girls fight crimes, has turned his office into a literal example of a pigsty, is tarnishing the image of what it is to be the Mayor, and is wearing his hat. The Berserk Button section below makes it pretty clear which one of these is The Mayor's.
** From the episode, "Just Desserts", when Mrs. Smith shows Mr. Smith the features of the Smith Family Mini-van:
--->'''Mrs. Smith:''' All terrain slash-proof white-wall tires, blinding 3000-watt headlights, five turbo jet engines for optimum speed, six liquid titanium rocket launchers, rotating laser cannon turret, and a spacious leather interior that comfortably seats a family of four.
** In the episode, "Not So Awesome Blossom", one of Mojo Jojo's robots destroys the Museum of Fine Arts, the Opera House, and a 98¢ store.
** In the episode, "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future", Madame Argentina goes to a voodoo shop and buys three [[Main/VoodooDoll voodoo dolls]] of the Powerpuff Girls, a box of pins, and a box of gumdrops.
* ArtEvolution: The show started using digital animation time and time again throughout the third season, before permanently switching late in the season with "Keen on Keane". The animation was a little rough for the first few digitally animated episodes but by the final season they got the hang of it.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: In "Equal Fights" the girls claim that Susan B. Anthony demanded she be sent to prison for voting because she broke the law, but in real life [[http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/anthony/sbaaccount.html Susan B. Anthony argued that she shouldn't be sent to prison]].
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Even if it does kickstart the entire plot of Schoolhouse Rocked, there is no way it would be at all legal or even remotely safe to let a group of teenagers share a classroom with kindergardeners. This holds doubly true if said teenagers have criminal records like the Gangreen Gang.
* ArtShift:
** In "Get Back, Jojo", while Mojo Jojo is traveling through time, the art becomes pencil sketches.
** "Substitute Creature", as noted above.
** The Lucky Captain Rabbit King Nuggets commercial in "Jewel of the Aisle" is drawn and animated in a fuller, more cartoony manner so it could realistically mimic the actual Trix Rabbit commercials.
*** Just before that commercial came on, the girls were watching Mech-Animals, an obvious parody of WesternAnimation/BeastWars, and it was done in the same dated looking CGI as that show.
** For the ''Powerpuff Girls Rule'' special the show switched Adobe Flash, allowing for a lot more quicker paced animation.
** The 2014 special went full CGI, giving the show a rather unique paper-mache style look. Not only that, but gives the girls a massive re-design as well.
* AsHerself: "The Powerpuff Girls' Best Rainy Day Adventure Ever" simply focuses on them playing in their room, pretending to be... The Powerpuff Girls. Subverted as they all switch roles and even drag the very annoyed professor into playing Bubbles. Watching them run around singing their own theme tune turns the adorable UpToEleven.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: So, the Mayor has lost the elections, and Fuzzy is the new mayor? No problem! Win a boxing fight against him, and the mayor is mayor again! Why bother with impeachments or new elections? Who cares about what the people has voted?
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Happens ridiculously often in Townsville.
** So much so, it's lampshaded at one point in Super Zeroes, where the 50 foot monster of the week actually explains that there is an island right off the coast of Townsville where monsters live.
** The girls become giants in the episode "What's the Big Idea" by one of Mojo Jojo's inventions.
* AttackPatternAlpha: "Attack pattern Alpha Omega {{Atari}}!"
* BabyTalk: In the episode "The Boys Are Back In Town", the girls use this as a means of defeating the Rowdyruff Boys.
* BadassFamily: In the episode "Powerprof", Professor Utonium invents a suit that gives him superpowers so that he can help his daughters fight crime, but the girls convince him to retire from crime-fighting when he proves too embarrassing to work with due to using cheesy slang and giving away humiliating secrets. Not to say that he isn't helpful to the girls in general, as there were several occasions where he was the one who helped the girls save the day.
** They're definety this for having ''both'' the Powerpuffs ''and'' Mojo Jojo as a part of the family.
* BadassNormal: Mojo Jojo brings down the Powerpuff Girls with Antidote X during their SlumberParty, and the Girls' classmates subdue him with a pillow fight.
* BadFuture: In "Speed Demon", the girls end up flying 50 years into the future, where everyone in Townsville has become disheveled wrecks who hate the Powerpuff Girls and Him was conquered the world.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: A variation -- in one episode, the Gangreen Gang occupies city hall while the Mayor's away and use his hotline to sic the Powerpuff Girls at Fuzzy Lumpkins, Mojo Jojo and HIM, who are all [[VillainsOutShopping having days off]]. Although the Powerpuff Girls never catch on to the fact that the Mayor's an impostor, the villains quickly do, tracking down the Gangreen Gang and delivering a(n) (un)righteous smackdown onto them. The Narrator is forced to declare that [[KickTheSonOfABitch "SoOnceAgainTheDayIsSaved, thanks to... Mojo, Fuzzy and HIM...?"]]
** In ''Forced Kin'', Mojo Jojo also defeats up a giant overlord while the Girls couldn't.
* BalloonBelly: The girls and the Mayor after eating the whole candy jar in "Candy is Dandy".
* BathKick: [[FanDisservice Him]].
* BatSignal: The Powerpuff signal, though the only time it was used was in one episode where the girls were too busy playing with their new friend to answer the hotline.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Although they wore space suits in "Uh Oh Dynamo" and the beginning of "Helter Shelter", the girls are perfectly capable of breathing, talking and even ''hearing sounds from Earth'' while in space.
* BeTheBall:
** There was a variation of this trope in "The Boys are Back in Town." All three girls are squashed into a hockey puck and smacked around by the Rowdyruff Boys.
** This trope also occurred in a "Got Milk" promo, when Buttercup throws Lil' Arturo into the rest of the Gangreen Gang like a bowling ball.
* Music/TheBeatles: "Meet the Beat-Alls".
* BecomingTheMask: In one episode, a thief attempts to steal a cereal box from the girls that a priceless diamond managed to find its way into (long story) by dressing up as the cereal's mascot, the [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Lucky Captain Rabbit King.]] After many failed attempts, he breaks down, crying out "I ONLY WANTED SOME CEREAL!" The girls finally relent and give him the box and he immediately starts scarfing down the cereal, forgetting about the diamond inside. Three guesses what happens next...
* BerserkButton:
** "FUZZY! You can throw away my things, and I don't mind the hay on the floor, and the chicken wire's a nice touch, and I kinda like that beat-up old flivver. But no one, I mean no one, wears my mayorin' hat! Now give it back!"
** Bubbles in the pilot, when Fuzzy Lumpkins [[NobodyTouchesTheHair turns one of her pigtails into a chicken leg]]. The Narrator goes to great lengths to describe the hours she spends brushing and conditioning it.
** Also, under any circumstances, do not come between the girls and their candy. Mojo learned this the hard way and was practically beaten to an inch of his life as a result.
** [[CardCarryingVillain Mojo Jojo]] does ''not'' like having his ideas stolen, as the alien invader in "Forced Kin" learned to his sorrow.
** The entirety of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EuPr6K_bW8 "Bubblevicious"]] is dedicated to Bubbles going on a rampage after her button (being treated like a baby by everyone, even her own family) is pressed once too often. She calms down at the end, [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown but then Mojo zaps her with a laser (again)…]]
** An easy way to tick off all three of the Powerpuff Girls is to endanger the life of the Professor.
** Fuzzy Lumpkins and "trespassers", a term he defines very broadly. For example: He shot at a leaf that happened to drift onto his lawn.
*** Also if you value your life, do NOT touch Fuzzy's things, even if it is for good intentions of returning it to him.
** Marianne Smith when anyone tries to disrupt the dinner she is hosting.
* BerserkerTears: A sign that you have pushed Bubbles too far.
* TheBet: HIM has the Girls doing a scavenger hunt, with the threat that if they fail, Dr. Utonium '''WILL PAY'''... [[spoiler: full price for breakfast.]]
* BetweenMyLegs: Invoked fairly often. Craig [=McCracken=] even discusses the shot in the commentary of TheMovie.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: As mentioned above, Bubbles is downright ''vicious'' when she's pushed too far.
* BewareTheSuperman: All of the girls have shown shocking signs of a possible future FaceHeelTurn. Buttercup is extremely violent and has got a taste for money — and [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys certain]] boys. Snake has already tried to exploit that flaw with big success. Blossom will do anything to please even if it crosses the line. Bubbles, as mentioned above can be even more violent if she will. The biggest concern is [[GRatedDrug their affection for candy]]. [[{{AlasPoorVillain}} Poor Mojo indeed]]
* BigBad: Mojo Jojo is the most frequently appearing villain and most of his plans focus solely on defeating the Powerpuff Girls or at least making them unable to stop him. It helps that their origins are connected, as Mojo Jojo was mutated by the same explosion that created the girls.
* BigDamnHeroes: All. The. Time.
* BigEyesLittleEyes: {{Lampshaded}} when characters call the girls "Bug-Eyed".
* BigNo:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heNRLR2d6jo&feature=related "Parent teacher conference?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!"]]
** From "Mo'Linguish":
--->'''Judge:''' You, Mojo Jojo, are hereby sentenced to teaching a knowledge extension course at Townsville Community College!
--->'''Mojo Jojo:''' NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! By which I mean I cannot do it.
** "Fallen Arches": [[OldSuperhero Captain Righteous]] and Lefty confront the Ministry of Pain. The Captain lets out a big no as he runs towards Lefty who just hurt his hip. However, he hasn't reached his sidekick yet so [[Funny/ThePowerpuffGirls he shouts it again]].
** "Get Back Mojo": Mojo Jojo lets out a frustrated "NOOOOOO!" at the end of the episode when the Narrator points out that his trip through time [[StableTimeLoop accidentally inspired the creation of the Powerpuff Girls]].
** The comic book story "Steal A Meal" (Cartoon Network Block Party #26) has the girls doing a tearful BigNo upon learning that after all the breakfast cereal in town had been stolen the only thing left was oatmeal.
** "Mime For A Change": Bubbles performs a great BigNo
* BigShutUp: In "Los Dos Mojos", when Bubbles (who, thanks to amnesia, thinks she's Mojo Jojo) rants that she is the real Mojo Jojo, the ''real'' real Mojo shouts at her, "Oh, shut up!" before walloping her with an I-beam that caused her to lose her memory in the first place (only this time, she is cured).
* BilingualBonus: In "Super Zeroes" when Bubbles reads manga in translation to us. The bonus is if you understand what the shown original text is; it goes from a parody of JapanesePoliteness to BlindIdiotTranslation.
* BirthdayEpisode: There was "Birthday Bash," in which Mojo Jojo, the Amoeba Boys, and Princess Morbucks try to send them booby-trapped gifts while still in jail.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Sedusa's [[PunnyName Ima Goodlady]] disguise. She acts like a nice person in front of Professor Utonium, but is a complete bitch to the girls behind his back.
* BlatantLies: In "Getting Twiggy With It", when cornered by the girls in his bedroom, Mitch Mitchellson weepingly cries that he's never had any pets. There is an enormous habitat with a giant snake right in easy view.
* BlindingBangs: Big Billy. Turns out he's a [[spoiler: cyclops]].
* BraggingThemeTune: The ending theme, to be precise.
-->Blossom, [[TheHero commander and the leader]]\\
Bubbles, [[CheerfulChild she is the joy]] [[GenkiGirl and the laughter]]\\
Buttercup, [[LittleMissBadass and she's the toughest fighter]]\\
Powerpuffs save the day...\\
[[TheyFightCrime Fighting crime]], trying to [[SavingTheWorld save the world]]\\
[[BigDamnHeroes Here they come just in time]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6wxbYTOz-0 the Powerpuff Girls!]]
* BrainMonster: Mojo Jojo has his enlarged brain protected by a transparent helmet.
* BrickJoke: In "Candy is Dandy," the mayor offers to reward the girls by making them a statue or by declaring a Powerpuff Girls Day, to which they decline both. Guess what happens in the very next episode.
* BrokenGlassPenalty: One episode plays out like this - the girls throw their ball through the window of their arch-villain, who tries to use it as an excuse to destroy them while pretending to be looking for their ball. After the girls [[PricelessMingVase continue to do more damage in the house]], he instead just gives them the ball back [[GetOut so that they will leave]].
* BullyingADragon: A lot of people seem to feel that they can push these walking titans without consequence; A couple of young, snarky residents of the Town Of Citysville seem to forget entirely that the only thing keeping them alive is the girls' sense of right and wrong--and they push ''Buttercup'' worst of all.
** Mojo Jojo should've known better than attempting to steal their candy. His [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yfv7gtcNhx8 trollface]] at the end of [[TheReveal his confession]] was outright [[WhatAnIdiot suicidal]].
* TheCameo: Dexter from Dexter's Laboratory makes several cameos over the course of the series, including the episode "Forced Kin".
* CaptainObvious: Done by Blossom in "Los Dos Mojos"; lampshaded by Mojo.
-->'''Blossom:''' I think Bubbles thinks she's Mojo Jojo!
-->'''Mojo:''' (''sarcastically'') No. Really. You think?
** Also in "Fuzzy Logic":
-->'''Blossom:''' What happened here?
-->'''Bubbles:''' You know what? I bet it was something bad.
-->''The other girls look unimpressed by the deduction.''
* CardboardPrison: Townsville's prison isn't too good at keeping Mojo Jojo and other villains locked up, particularly since they often appear out of jail even when they were incarcerated by the end of their previous appearance.
* {{Card Carrying Villain}}s: They frequently have EvilerThanThou arguments, too.
* CastOfSnowflakes: The background character designs could be pretty creative.
* {{Catchphrase}}:
** Narrator - "The City of Townsville..." and "SoOnceAgainTheDayIsSaved, thanks to The Powerpuff Girls!"
** Powerpuff Girls - "NotSoFast, [[MonsterOfTheWeek Villain of the Week]]!" and "Let's go, girls!"
** Mojo Jojo - "[[LargeHam CURSEEESS]]!!!"
** Fuzzy Lumpkins - "GET OFFA MAH PROPERTY!!!"
* {{Catfight}}: Miss Bellum and Sedusa have one at the end of "Something's a Ms".
* CerealViceReward: Magnificently parodied in one episode. "Ridiculous Lucky Captain Rabbit King! Lucky Captain Rabbit King Nuggets are for the youth!"
--> [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments ALL I EVER WANTED WAS SOME CEREAL! *Sob*]]
* ChemistryCanDoAnything: Such as create super-powered little girls, using sugar, spice, and everything nice... And Chemical X.
* ChocolateFrostedSugarBombs: Lucky Captain Rabbit King Nuggets from "Jewel of the Aisle".
* ChristmasSpecial: "Twas the Fight Before Christmas".
* ChromaticArrangement: Both the Powerpuffs and the Rowdyruffs.
* CityOfAdventure: The City of Townsville.
* CityOfWeirdos: The citizens of Townsville are so used to having the girls fighting giant monsters, that they simply ignore when one goes on a rampage. An entire episode focuses on a typical day in the life of Mojo Jojo, who does mundane tasks without anybody giving him a second thought.
** One of Cartoon Network's Bumpers called "Born and Raised in Townsville" brings attention to this by following a "normal" townsville citizen on his way to work as various bad things happen to him, with it ending with him telling his wife over the phone that nothing interesting happened to him.
* TheCityVsTheCountry: In "Town and Out", the Utonium family moves to the metropolis of Citiesville, only to realize that it can't compare to Townsville, their original home.
* ClipShow: Subverted and parodied partway through in that "The City of Clipsville" eventually shows flashbacks to events that never actually happened in any of the previous episodes (like the girls growing into teenagers and the Rowdyruff Boys asking them out) and has everyone barge into the girls' house to reminisce about rather insipid things like mowing the lawn.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Both Bubbles and the mayor.
* TheCollector: Lenny Baxter in "Collect Her".
* ComicBookAdaptation: DC Comics--70 regular issues, plus two issues of Cartoon Network Starring (their first two comic appearances), the movie adaptation, 21 appearances in Cartoon Network Block Party, 3 appearances of Cartoon Network Action Pack (Rowdyruff Boys stories--the boys appeared in four issues) and four volumes of reprinted stories. Series creator Craig [=McCracken=] drew and co-wrote the first CN Starring issue. IDW is now rebooting the comic in both new stories and reprints from DC.
* ContinuityNod:
-->'''Buttercup:''' Wow, where did you get that giant match?\\
'''Blossom:''' Same place I got the giant jar, silly! [[BreakingTheFourthWall Episode 2, Season 1]], remember?
** The Christmas special has the girls tell Princess it is obvious that she is naughty by listing things she did in previous episodes, like buying Tonwsville and making crime legal and manipulating their new friend Robin into shoplifting.
* ContrivedClumsiness: When the girls had to accidentally add Chemical X to their own "perfect little girl" concoction.
--> '''Blossom:''' Oh, look at what I found, girls: Chemical X.\\
'''Bubbles:''' Be careful with that Chemical X.\\
'''Buttercup:''' Yes, Blossom. Whatever you do, do not drop that Chemical X.\\
'''Blossom:''' Don't worry, I wo-- ''(tosses Chemical X into bowl)''' Whoops. I accidentally dropped the Chemical X, and it fell into the concoction.\\
'''Girls:''' Oh, no.
* CowboyEpisode: One episode, titled "West in Pieces", is basically a normal episode of the show, but in the Old West. The girls become the Steamypuff Girls.
* CrapsackWorld: Citiesville.
** Townsville itself wasn't a very good place before the girls were born, filled with crime and the citizens had basically lost all hope.
** The setting of "Speed Demon".
* CreateYourOwnHero: It's eventually revealed that Mojo Jojo was once Professor Utonium's lab partner and caused the Chemical X to be added to the formula the girls were made from. Realising this causes Jojo to suffer a VillainousBreakdown. In another episode it gets even worse for him when [[spoiler: he tries going back in time to RetGone the girls and ends up giving Utonium the idea to create them in the first place]].
--> "It was me...it was me..."
* CreatorCameo: Craig [=McCracken=] and his wife (and series storyboarder) Lauren Faust appear in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule."
* CreepyMonotone:
** The citizens in "Speed Demon".
** The Powerpuff Girls Xtreme from "Knock It Off".
** The class in Blossom's Nightmare in "Power-noia".
* {{Crossover}}: In 2000, Cartoon Network published a special magazine which featured a story in which the Powerpuff Girls met WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo and the gang.
** The episode "Members Only" featured [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Major Glory and Valhallen]].
* CueTheRain:
** In "Simian Says", Mojo Jojo kidnaps the narrator and takes his place, leading to this exchange:
--->'''Bubbles''': At least it's not raining.
--->'''Mojo Jojo''' (narrating): That's not a bad idea!
--->''(it starts to rain)''
** At the end of the episode, "The City of Nutsville", when Blossom and Buttercup are cleaning up the pieces of the statue of the Mayor, this happens after Buttercup says, "At least it isn't raining."
* CurseCutShort:
** ''Mommy Fearest.''
--->'''Blossom:''' "There's something fishy about that--"
* {{Cute Kitten}}s: In the episode "Catastrophe", in which the Powerpuff Girls have to find one of the kittens for a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant monster]] in order to help him leave Townsville alone.
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* DarkReprise: a more sinister version of the theme song's origin exposition music plays when Utonium's college roommate Professor Dick creates imitations of the Powerpuff Girls.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Buttercup's new identity "Super Zeroes". It's a parody of ''{{Spawn}}'' that can't step out into sunlight and has "[[ScarsAreForever scabs that never heal]]".
** "Speed Demon" has HIM go from joke villain to NotSoHarmlessVillain, totaling the Earth, turning everyone into shell-shocked, psychotic zombies, and psychologically torturing the girls. Yikes.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Mr. Green. Despite looking like a mish-mash of almost every ObviouslyEvil trope out there, he's really just a nice guy who wants to teach children. He even gives the girls a [[DiscussedTrope lecture]] about the trope.
* {{Deconstruction}}[=/=]DeconstructiveParody: There was an episode that had the girls decide to emulate the superheroes in their comic books (or, in Bubbles' case, manga). Blossom became a pastiche of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, Batman, and Wonder Woman, Bubbles became a [[GenkiGirl crime-fighting, overhyper rabbitgirl that used her pogo stick to get places]], and Buttercup became [[{{Spawn}} Spaw]]-, er, [[AC:Mange]]. When a monster attacks, the girls try to respond, but Blossom gets stuck in traffic when she tries using her CoolCar, Bubbles took way too long traveling by pogo stick, and [[AC:Mange]] could only fight at night. Because she's [[NinetiesAntiHero AN ANTI-HERO AND THE LIGHT HURTS HER.]] Eventually, the attacking monster gets fed up and says that they don't need capes, costumes, gadgets, and whatnot to be a hero, and then lets them beat him up. ([[ItMakesSenseInContext Where he's from, getting your ass kicked by superheroes is a rite of passage for monsters.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: In "Knock It Off," the Girls acts as the main characters as usual for the show in the episode, however, after the BigBad of the episode, Dick Hardly, turns into a OneWingedAngel and tries to kill them to harvest their Chemical X, the Professor arrives and saves them with ThePowerOfLove, while Dick is [[HoistByHisOwnPetard killed by his own creations]]. In a way, the Professor is the ''real'' protagonist of the said episode, as Dick Hardly was his so-called good roommate from college and the episode follows the Professor's realization that his college friend was EvilAllAlong from the beginning when Dick announces in front of the Professor to exploit the Girls for profit to the climax when the Professor catches him trying to kill the Girls and comes to their rescue with the help of Dick's defective creations.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Mojo Jojo. That is to say, he speaks in a manner that is highly repetitive and frequently says things that he has already said at an earlier point in time and is now redundantly saying again, thus causing the audience to wonder if they are hearing the same thing multiple times, for they are hearing dialogue that they have already been exposed to, for he has already said it. He does go the extra mile to deny it:
--> '''Mojo Jojo''' ''[after hearing Bubbles speak like him]'': I do not talk like that! The way I communicate is much different! I do not reiterate, repeat, reinstate the same thing over and over again! I am clear, concise, to the point!
* DesignatedGirlFight: Nomally averted given the nature of the show, but Ms. Bellum and Sedusa's fight in "Something's A Ms." has shades of it. However, aside from their outfits, it avoids being a typical catfight. The two of them get pretty damn brutal.
* DestructiveSavior: Whenever the girls go "save the day," their fights with the bad guys and monsters often end up leveling quite a few buildings in Townsville. Taken UpToEleven in the debut episode of the Dynamo HumongousMecha; they caused such a great deal of damage to the city in the process of stopping the monster that the Mayor and the rest of the citizens ordered them never to use the Dynamo again.
* DidntSeeThatComing: In the episode "Sweet n Sour", three cute animals - a puppy, kitten, and rabbit - are brainwashing the whole city of Townsville, except for the girls, of course, with their obviously cute faces, thus also causing a backlash on the girls due to their doubts on the animals. However, when they walk into a building which they think is a bank, they find it's a school filled with children who love the animals to near-death, thus delivering the message of how too much of something isn't always good. Of course, after the children leave, it is revealed that their receiving too much love was set up by the girls.
* DidntThinkThisThrough:
** In the episode "Bought and Scold", Princess Morbucks takes over as Mayor of Townsville and passes a law legalizing crime, [[EvilPlan just so she could put the girls out of business]]. However, she apparently didn't realize that with crime being legal, she herself could be robbed as well, which is obviously one of the reasons why the girls thought of the idea of robbing her blind.
** Also, in the episode "Birthday Bash", the Amoeba Boys send the girls voodoo dolls of the girls themselves without realizing that they were supposed to keep the dolls in order to make them work.
** Mojo Jojo's first attack involved turning the world and the girls into dogs. He was beaten when Buttercup ran up the platform bit him in the behind. In another episode, he does almost the same thing, then he plays a video recording of the first event to the girls and explains that he won't turn them into dogs this time, and he installed butt armor to prevent getting bitten again. Mojo got so wrapped up on how he was beaten previously he forgot to disable or weaken the girls this time and they beat him up as usual.
*** In fact, this is actually Mojo's signature flaw when it comes to planning all of his schemes. To a point where the girls would even rule him out of a robbery since it was too well thought-out.
* DisappointedByTheMotive: In "Just Desserts", a follow-up to the episode, "Supper Villain", Mrs. Smith and her children join her husband in helping him eliminate the Powerpuff Girls, following his release from prison. After the girls defeat them in a showdown, Mrs. Smith explains that her motive for wanting to destroy the girls was not really because they drove her husband insane or sent him to prison, but because they ruined her dinner. As the girls point out, that's not a good reason for wanting revenge on them at all.
* DisneyDeath:
** The girls themselves in "The Rowdyruff Boys", where they were revived by the tears of the townspeople.
** And again in "Knock It Off". They [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve were revived]] by ThePowerOfLove.
** Blossom in "Abracadaver".
** Also used in issue #2 of the comic book ("Buttercup's Boyfriend"). [[spoiler: HIM gives a boy a belt that sends out a beam that makes whoever it hits hate everyone. It hits Bubbles, but because she's filled with so much love, it short circuits her and knocks her unconscious. Blossom and (reluctantly) Buttercup verbally announce their love for Bubbles to revive her.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath:
** [[spoiler:Roach Coach falls out of a building. While the Girls were shocked because they believed he was a man and they thought they'd killed him, but it turns out he was actually a cockroach in a mechanical suit, so he survived and was captured.]]
** [[spoiler:HIM sent plummeting into a [[BottomlessPits bottomless abyss]] by Buttercup in "Power Noia". Being a recurring villain who can survive AsLongAsThereIsEvil, this doesn't kill him, but it defeats him for the time being.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** During the episode where Mojo is hired to babysit the girls, the girls take a [[TookALevelInJerkass level in jerkass]] and beat him first with pillows, then just regularly beating him, for ''telling a bad bedtime story.''
*** The bad bedtime story came last, though, and it was because Mojo gave up his original plan in exasperation: ''first'', Mojo had been planning to use his authority as babysitter to make the girls help him take over Townsville. One presumes the girls were beating him for his failed villainous plan, not for the bedtime story.
** Combined with MinorInjuryOverreaction, the two-parter episode about a meek husband trying to be a villain and horribly failed for it... the wife was MAD and ANGRY at the Powerpuff Girls and resort to crime along with the whole family because the Powerpuff Girls ''ruined her dinner'' to protect Professor Utonium.
** The way Blossom and Bubbles get Buttercup to learn her lesson in "Moral Decay" probably also counts. See DoWithHimAsYouWill for details.
** Played with in "Crime 101". The judge nearly [[LongerThanLifeSentence sentences the Powerpuff Girls to one million years in Townsville Correctional Facility]] just for robbing a bank, which the girls only did to demonstrate to the Amoeba Boys how to do so. It is played with because the judge clearly doesn't want to punish the girls and before sentencing them even assumed that they didn't rob the bank at all before the girls plead guilty.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: In the original "Whoopass Stew" short and the two What a Cartoon! pilots, the Powerpuff Girls lacked distinctive personalities. The series made them more distinguishable by making Blossom the brainy leader, Bubbles the cute and innocent one, and Buttercup the tough and aggressive tomboy.
* DividedWeFall: The Girls are nigh-unstoppable when they're together. When they're separated? [[CurbStompBattle Not so much.]]
* TheDocumentary: Parodied in one episode where a guy tries to interview the Powerpuff girls.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: "Mojo Jonesin'". "When dealing when Mojo Jojo, just say no-no!"
* DopeSlap: Ace of the Gangreen Gang often does this to his [[YesMan yesss man]] Snake, but with a punch rather than a slap.
** Brick does this or an OffhandBackhand to Boomer, if he says something stupid.
* DoWithHimAsYouWill: In "Moral Decay," Buttercup has amassed a tidy fortune from the tooth fairy for teeth she has accumulated from punching the teeth out of all the robbers. When she attacks the show's main villains unprovoked, Blossom somehow gets wind of it and she and Bubbles help the villains set up an ambush on Buttercup to teach her a lesson.
-->'''Buttercup:''' Uh, guys? A little help here?
-->'''Blossom:''' Sorry, Buttercup. You know what they say. "An eye for an eye..."
-->'''Bubbles:''' "An' a toof for a toof!"
* DownerEnding:
** "Twisted Sister" ends with Bunny exploding after she rescues the girls.
** "A Very Special Blossom" ends with Blossom being sentenced to 200 hours of community service.
* DownHereShot: The episode "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future" has the villainous medium Madame Argentina being introduced with the camera first missing her because she's too short.
* DressedToPlunder: In "Mizzen in Action", a crew of predictably-dressed pirates accidentally imbibe some Chemical X to become the [[VillainOfTheWeek Villains of the Week]].
* DrunkWithPower: That episode where The Mayor got tired of relying on The Girls and decided to bring his own brand of justice, riding a balloon and stopping bad guys with an extending boxing glove. It goes to his head...
* EatingTheEnemy: "You gotta eat 'em to beat 'em!"
* EdutainmentShow: Parodied in "Seed No Evil":
-->'''Museum tour guide:''' I'm going to show you how prehistoric man [[BambooTechnology used woolly mammoths as dishwashers, and pterodactyls as record players]].\\
'''Narrator:''' Not wanting to overshoot this episode's educational quota, let's fast-forward[.]
* EitherOrTitle: Present in "I See a Funny Cartoon In Your Future", in homage to ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'':
-->'''Narrator:''' Find out in the next exciting chapter called, "Who Do Voodoo?" or "[[Music/{{Evita}} Don't Scrye for Me, Argentina]]"!
* ElectionDayEpisode: Mayor began campaigning for re-election, though Miss Bellum said he was wasting his time since nobody was running against him... that is, until Fuzzy Lumpkins gets elected simply by yelling, "Shut up!" at Mayor for repeatedly proclaiming, "Vote for Mayor for mayor! Vote for Mayor for mayor!" and it catches on to the citizens of Townsville. After Fuzzy literally turns the mayoral office into a pig stye, Miss Bellum and the Powerpuff Girls work to help the disgraced Mayor get his job back.
* EnemyMime: Rainbow The Clown's alternate personality in "Mime for a Change".
* EnemyMine: The girls have occasionally teamed up with their enemies, such as in "Forced Kin", where they teamed up with Mojo Jojo to defeat the giant alien, and "Aspirations", where the Gangreen Gang sided with them against Sedusa.
* EpisodeTitleCard
* EvenEvilHasStandards: According to the comic book, Him wouldn't stoop to stealing from a charity.
* EveryEpisodeEnding: Nearly every episode ended with a shot of the titular protagonists and the narrator exclaiming, "And SoOnceAgainTheDayIsSaved, thanks to... the Powerpuff Girls!" This was subverted more and more as the series went on.
** Whenever a hero other than the Powerpuff girls are the focus, they're the ones who saved the day, although in the Daylight Savings episode, the Narrator says the day was saved thanks to Benjamin Franklin.
** When the day didn't actually need saving: "And so... uh... hmm..."
** When the girls get fed up with the people of Townsville's sheep attitude and force them to destroy a monster without the girls' help: "... the day is saved with no thanks to the Powerpuff Girls. Hey, I did it all by myself!"
** When the TimeTravel episode reveals Mojo Jojo's caused the StableTimeLoop that led to the girls' existence: "And SoOnceAgainTheDayIsSaved, thanks to the Powerpuff Girls... but thanks originally to Mojo Jojo who, once again, had a hand in creating the Powerpuff Girls!"
** When the episode centered around a couple of elderly heroes who were out to fight their out-of-retirement, equally elderly foes, and Blossom refused to allow the girls to intervene. The episode ends with all the old men falling over and breaking various limbs. Instead of the narrator, an in-story newscaster says over the end card "In this reporter's opinion, all this could have been averted if the Powerpuff Girls have just saved the day."
** When Mojo Jojo and HIM get into an EvilerThanThou contest to decide who is a better father for the Rowdyruff Boys: "The day is doomed, thanks to the Rowdyruff Boys." It also changes the usual pink-and-hot pink heart background for a black-and-white crossbones and skull one.
** Many comic book stories end with the standard hearts-and-stars with the girls posing in front, but like in the show, it can be averted and subverted once in awhile. Among them was "Monkey Business" (issue #67), where Mojo's attempt to go straight and open his own restaurant keeps getting sabotaged by the girls, skeptical of his intentions. The last straw was when Blossom mistakes everybody farting (from Mojo's chili) as a gas leak, causing a frantic evacuation. Frustrated, Mojo goes back to crime, and it ends with the narrator chiding the girls in the hearts/stars panel for making Mojo evil again.
** In "Telephonies", after the Gangreen Gang continuously [[MuggingTheMonster harass]] Mojo Jojo, Fuzzy Lumpkins, and Him by [[ItMakesSenseInContext making a string of very convincing crank calls that convinced the girls that the three were terrorizing Townsville, but were instead, enjoying a day off]], Mojo Jojo, Him, and Fuzzy; furious over the crank calls; form a temporary PowerTrio and proceeding to give the Gangreen Gang the worst NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of their careers, and thus promptly saving the day, making the narrator say the following line in total bewilderment:
--->'''Narrator''': So, once again, the day...is saved! Thanks to... ''(Mojo, Fuzzy, and Him appear on screen while the music skips and slows down)'' ...Mojo...Fuzzy...and ''Him''...?
** In the episode where Mojo kidnaps the Narrator; he does the usual bit...then asks them for a ride home.
** "I See A Funny Cartoon In Your Future": The day is saved, thanks to the Powerpuff grill.
** "That's Not My Baby": The diaper is changed... Hold the chili.
* EveryoneHasStandards: In the episode "Curses", the Powerpuff Girls fight a giant monster that is both figuratively and literally a potty-mouth (as in, he has a toilet for a head and his dialogue consists mostly of swearing). While the monster's swearing is depicted as grumbling gibberish, everyone who hears him is offended, even people you wouldn't expect to have a problem with cursing, like a pair of bikers and a convict.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: The girls never act the way they're "supposed to" for HIM's plans.
* EvilRedhead:
** Princess Morbucks.
** Brick, Blossom's SpearCounterpart.
** Berserk, Blossom's alternate universe counterpart (comic book story ''Deja View'').
** Big Billy of the Gangreen Gang.
* EvilLaugh: Just about every villain in the show does this.
* EvilSoundsDeep:
** HIM alternates between a syrupy-sweet falsetto and a gargles-with-gravel basso.
** The Boogie Man plays this more straight.
** Subverted in both aspects with Mr. Green from the episode "Substitute Creature". The "deep" part is subverted when it turns out that Mr. Green was struggling with a cold, and he talks in a normal voice after this is revealed. The "evil" part is subverted because it turns out that despite his appearance, Mr. Green was actually a good guy all along.
* EvilerThanThou:
** Mojo Jojo and HIM attempt to show themselves who is the better father of the Rowdyruff Boys in "Custody Battle".
** "Forced Kin" had Mojo Jojo going up against an Alien Force, who [[MegaManning mimicked Mojo's plans]].
* ExpositoryThemeTune: Atypically, played during the ClosingCredits. The first part serves as a ThemeTuneRollCall.
* ExactWords: In the episode, "Him Diddle Riddle," Him tells the girls that if they cannot solve all of his riddles within the allotted time, "the Professor will pay." [[spoiler: They fail, but it is revealed that the Professor just has to "pay" for breakfast at Him's diner. He'd have gotten a free meal if they'd have succeeded.]]
* {{Expy}}:
** The episode "Jewel of the Aisle" features a breakfast cereal mascot known as Lucky Captain Rabbit King, who is a pastiche of Captain Crunch, Lucky Charms' Lucky the Leprechaun, the Trix Rabbit, and the rather obscure King Vitaman all rolled into one.
** When the invading alien from "Forced Kin" finally reveals himself, he's very obviously intended to be a monochrome {{ComicBook/Galactus}}.
* EyeBeams: Hilariously in one episode, a very thick pair of glasses upgrades Bubbles' to WaveMotionGun levels of power.
* TheFaceless: Ms. Sara Bellum always has her face off-camera or hidden by either an object placed in front of her or her own hair. [[spoiler: However, her face can be seen for a split-second in the 2009 special ''The Powerpuff Girls Rule''.]]
* FailedASpotCheck: The Girls failed to notice a tank following them in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule".
* FakeUltimateHero: Major Man makes himself come off as being a better crime-fighter than the Powerpuff Girls because he appears to solve crimes as swiftly as they appear. It turns out that he was actually staging the crimes themselves and was only being a superhero for the glory.
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Surprisingly {{averted}} - in a number of episodes guns wielded by standard criminals have goofy colors, but fire actual bullets.
** And in the earlier seasons, they weren't silly at all. The guns were almost always colored gunmetal gray or brown.
* FamilyThemeNaming: Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup all have cutesy names that start with B and contain a double consonant. When they create a temporary fourth Powerpuff girl, she also fits the pattern, being named Bunny.
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: Taken to ''ridiculous'' levels. See GrossUpCloseUp.
* FangsAreEvil:
** Ace, Sedusa, and a number of [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters of the day]].
** HIM's teeth usually become sharp when he goes into nightmarishly scary evil mode.
* FastballSpecial: Buttercup and Bubbles do this in "Film Flam". Buttercup even CALLS IT the [[LampshadeHanging trope name]].
* FatBastard:
** Big Billy of the Gang Green Gang.
** The maid in the episode "Hot Air Buffon" towards the Mayor. [[{{Jerkass}} She berates him]] for not saving the the world like the girls do.
** Mike Birkowski, a former cop who tries to kill the girls because he thinks they're stealing all the work from other hard-working cops, [[{{Hypocrite}} when all he did was sleep and eat doughnuts.]]
** Lenny Baxter, a comic-book geek who obsesses over the Powerpuff girls and keeps them in tight packaging to satisfy his "collection".
* FauxAffablyEvil: HIM is the most notable one, but it can happen to any number of the villains DependingOnTheWriter.
* FemmeFatale: Not exactly an example, but there was a villain named [[http://powerpuff.wikia.com/wiki/Femme_Fatale Femme Fatale]].
* FilmFelons: One episode had a con man pretending to make a movie about the Powerpuff Girls as a scam to rob Townsville blind.
* FingerlessHands: The former {{Trope Namer|s}}. {{Lampshaded}} in "Criss Cross Crisis" when Buttercup switches bodies with Professor Utonium. When she tries to pick up the phone, she can't figure out how his fingers are supposed to work.
* FinishingEachOthersSentences: The girls will do this every now and then.
* FlagDrop: Occurs in "Collect Her", when Professor Utonium tells Lenny Baxter to set the girls free.
* FlatWhat: Both the girls and the narrator have this reaction to the end "Him Riddle Diddle"
* FlyingBrick:
** Cute bricks, to be sure, but the girls' basic powerset is this.
** The Rowdyruff Boys possess the same basic powerset, and Blossom's male counterpart there is named Brick.
* FMinusMinus: In the episode "Mo' Linguish", Mojo Jojo mentions that if he had control of the grading system, he would make the lowest grade a "Z" rather than an "F".
* FlamingDevil: HIM is essentially the series' version of Satan and is also a transvestite with an effeminate voice.
* {{Flanderization}}: Some fans believe that almost ''everyone'' suffered this (if they didn't have ChuckCunninghamSyndrome) in the later episodes.
** Even more in the 2014 Dance-Pantsed special.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Bubbles and Blossom.
* ForgotFlandersCouldDoThat: The Mayor of Townsville started out as a kindly man who was slightly dim-witted, but he eventually devolved into being an unbearably moronic manchild. This was rectified in the 2014 special ''Dance Pantsed''. The Mayor encourages Professor Utonium not to give up on his girls when Mojo Jojo takes control of them and also expresses remorse for snapping at Ms. Bellum for not believing her when she told him about a giant robot attacking Townsville, even apologizing to her near the end.
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Lenny Baxter and Dick Hardly both wear glasses and have zero redeeming qualities.
* FreakLabAccident: Hilariously {{lampshaded}} when, in an attempt to create a fourth Powerpuff Girl, the sisters re-create the circumstances of their origin by ''elaborately pretending'' that they're adding the Chemical X to the pot by sheer accident, complete with [[BadBadActing awkward dialogue delivery]].
* FreakyFridayFlip: "Criss Cross Crisis", which even gives a ShoutOut to the [[FreakyFriday original movie]] by showing that "Freakin' Friday" is playing at the movie theater.
* FrictionBurn: In one episode, Buttercup creates a fireball by rubbing her hands together rapidly and throws it at a monster.
* FriendlyTickleTorture: In the episode "Powerprof", the Professor briefly does this to the girls, who then do it to him.
* FunWithFlushing: The class hamster gets flushed down by Mitch, the schoolyard bully. In the sewer, the hamster gets exposed to chemical waste and comes back a mutated monster out for revenge.
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[[folder: G-I]]
* GaggingOnYourWords: Buttercup has this problem when she tries to apologize.
** Subverted in "Moral Decay": Buttercup apologizes profusely to Bubbles after accidentally knocking out one of her baby teeth.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: If you've seen the show, you know this is done [[Radar/ThePowerpuffGirls multiple times]], sometimes blatantly, sometimes subtly.
* GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul: Attempted in "Super Zeroes":
-->'''Bubbles/Harmony Bunny:''' There! Now you're covered with Happy Stickers! Their good, sweet powers will take hold of you and make you smile!
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: "Nano of the North" has exactly zero context for anything that is happening. A cloud showed up over Townsville and everything inorganic is getting decimated by the rain, which is actually a vast army of miniature robots traveling within the raindrops that can destroy things at a molecular level. ''None'' of this is ever explained.
* GirlsHaveCooties:
** In the episode "Cootie Gras" our kindergartner heroines are terrified of a boy said to have Cooties. A fact Mojo Jojo uses to keep them at bay until they get over it. Once they do, however, they leave the boy CoveredInKisses, then go kick Mojo's butt.
** Also, used in the first episode featuring the Rowdyruff Boys -- the girls' key to defeat them is to look prettily at them and actually kiss them. It worked so well the guys explode in horror. Lampshaded right after this, when Bubbles and Blossom think kissing isn't that bad, but Buttercup is shown coughing and almost throwing up in disgust.
* GivenNameReveal: Averted in "Get Back Jojo" (the episode where Mojo Jojo travels back in time to Professor Utonium's childhood), where Professor Utonium's teacher always calls him "Mr. Utonium".
* GoneToTheFuture: The plot of "Speed Demon". [[BadFuture The girls' absence hasn't been great for Townsville.]]
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Professor Utonium falls under the Wise and Fatherly exception for this trope. Though we never actually see him smoke his pipe, so he may just have it around to look cool. (And seeing as he's slightly {{Adorkable}} this makes that even more believable)
* GoshDangItToHeck: Parodied in "Bubblevicious".
-->'''Bubbles:''' *being zapped by a laser at a low level* I'm not... gonna... cry... you... dumb... doo-doo-brain!\\
'''Mojo Jojo:''' "Doo-doo-brain"? That's it! I've had it with your sassy mouth!
* GrandFinale: The 10th anniversary special "The Powerpuff Girls Rule" served as a finale for the series, though another special entitled "Dance Pantsed" aired in 2014.
* GRatedDrug: "Candy is Dandy" has the girls acting like they are taking wild drugs when the Mayor rewards them with candy.
** Chemical X (or something similar) for the normal kids in "Mojo Jonesin'".
* GratuitousDiscoSequence: The episode "Boogie Frights" has this to go with the Boogieman's disco theme.
* GreatGazoo: Issue #65 of the comic introduced the Micro-Puffs, tiny sprite versions of the girls from another dimension who show up to merely yank the girls' chains. One story has Blossom actually getting help from Mojo Jojo in defeating them. Considered canon in that all Micro-Puffs stories were written by Amy Rogers, head writer for the show.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Him uses Ace's body as a baseball bat to hit Lil Arturo in one episode.
* GrossUpCloseUp: Many times, but most commonly Mojo Jojo plopping to the ground, beaten to a pulp with breaks in his helmet exposing his oversized brain, missing teeth, black eyes and obviouly broken fingers.
* Creator/HannaBarbera: [[EndOfAnEra The very last show to be produced under HB's name]]. Following the death of Bill Hanna at the end of season 4, their assets were absorbed into Cartoon Network Studios, who produced the movie, specials and seasons 5 and 6.
* HartmanHips: Nearly every female in the series. Most notably: Miss Bellum, Miss Keane (especially in "Keen on Keane"), Sedusa, Femme Fatale.
* HateSink: Stan and Sandra Practice from "Girls Gone Mild" are not remotely likeable and are obvious strawmen, but their SmugSnake attitude when they threaten to sue the Professor is what clinches it.
* HatesBaths: Buttercup in "Down 'N' Dirty", which causes her to get chased out of town until she finally agrees to just bathe so she can fight monsters again.
* HelpingGrannyCrossTheStreet: It's occasionally mentioned that the girls do this, but it's not usually shown - it's usually listed as another one of their many good deeds.
* HereWeGoAgain: The ending of "Mommy Fearest" has the Professor fall in love with a woman again and once again stuttering "I...I...I". Lampshaded by the narrator.
* HeroInsurance: Available in Townsville, but ''not'' in Citiesville.
* HeroicRROD: Bunny ends up exploding after she saves the girls.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** Dick Hardley sets such a contrast to the Professor's love that [[spoiler: his own Powerpuff Girls turn against him]].
** The Rose Gnome from "[[GrandFinale See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey]]" [[ExactWords accidentally violates the terms of his own agreement]].
** Princess Morbucks in "Bought and Scold", as mentioned before under DidntThinkThisThrough.
* HoldingOutForAHero:
** Pretty much every townsperson and the highly co-dependent Mayor are Sheep. Explicitly lampshaded in one episode, when the girls get sick of being called on to fix every little problem. They go sit on a cloud and encourage the people to work out a solution to the MonsterOfTheWeek, but keep having to beat them over the heads with hints, in what is probably a direct ShoutOut to the "Burn the witch" scene from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''.
** One episode was devoted to showing how the citizens of Townsville have become so used to the girls taking care of everything from invading monsters to fires to getting cats out trees that every problem is shrugged off with, "Oh, the Powerpuff Girls will take care of it". This causes the girls to go on strike.
** Reversed in "Collect Her", which had an obsessive collector of Powerpuff Girl merchandise capture the girls themselves to add to his collection. The people of Townsville paid the girls back for helping them by going to the collector's house and ripping up all his merchandise, freeing the girls in the process. Since he was a [[FatBastard fat, bald, overweight]] {{Otaku}} with no powers, there wasn't much he could do to stop them.
* HollywoodScience: For starters, mixing together sugar, spice, and everything nice, even if Chemical X existed and was added to the mix, would not create a trio of five-year-old girls.
* {{Homage}}: "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future" is done in the style of ''[[RockyAndBullwinkle The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle]]''.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: In one episode in which the Gangreen Gang are forced to attend Pokey Oaks by a truant officer, Ms. Keane accepts them with open arms, and when the Powerpuff Girls counter their antics and attempts to torment the kids, Ms. Keane ''only'' sees the Girls assault them and punishes the girls while letting the Gangreen Gang get away with it. It's only when they brutally injure the other kids in a game of dodgeball that Ms. Keane realizes that the PPG were right about the Gangreen Gang all along.
* HumiliationConga: Blossom at the end of "A Made Up Story", after she bragged about not falling victim to Mask Scara's attacks.
* HumongousMecha: The D.Y.N.A.M.O. was a giant mecha resembling an amalgam of the girls.
* HurricaneOfPuns:
** "Meet the Beat-alls". [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qEbqXlxDBM These videos]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sA6edbcrfo spell it all out quite nicely]], for those who aren't too knowledgeable on Music/TheBeatles.
** "I See A Funny Cartoon In Your Future" is loaded with puns, being one long homage to ''Rocky and Bullwinkle''.
* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: Travel through the fifth dimension.
* HypocriticalHumor:
-->'''Mojo Jojo:''' I do not talk like that! The way I communicate is much different. I do not reiterate, repeat, reinstate the same thing over and over again. I am clear, concise, to the point!
** In the episode ''Paste Makes Waste'', the Girls' classmate and PasteEater Elmer is teased by the other students with one calling him gross as flies circle around him, another one commenting that he looks a dummy while she [[{{Gonk}} has buck teeth and a pig-like nose]], and the third laughing that it's a "sick habit" while picking his nose.
* ICanSeeMyHouseFromHere: Sometimes stated by the girls as they are flying.
* ImageSong: The "Heroes and Villains" CD.
* ImaginaryFriend: In ''Imaginary Fiend'', the PPG had to fight an ImaginaryFriend who was causing trouble at school. They defeat him by imagining a friend of their own to beat the snot out of him.
** It's said that this episode served as the inspiration foundation for Craig [=McCracken=]'s ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' and Mike Believe is the template for the later show's Mac.
* ImagineSpot: Keeps coming up in "Live and Let Dynamo", as the girls try to figure out which villain has their HumongousMecha, the Powerpuff Dynamo, and keep imagining what the recurring villains would really do if they got control of the Dynamo -- the Rowdyruff Boys would force her into demeaning acts such as picking her nose, Mojo Jojo would just criticize her cockpit and leave, the Gangreen Gang would just make prank calls from within the Dynamo, the Amoeba Boys wouldn't know what to do, Fuzzy Lumpkins would make Dynamo play a banjo, and HIM would give it an extreme makeover.
* ImperfectRitual: The girls perform an imperfect ritual when they try to create more power puffs to lighten their work load. Instead of using sugar, spice and everything nice, they use artificial sweetner, twigs, and random stuff that they like. The result is a giant sized, mentally handicapped powerpuff girl Bunny, who later explodes because she's unstable.
* ImprobableAge: The girls are supposedly ''5 years old'', but they often act rather unlike their age. Blossom even managed to somehow get a job in the episode "Not So Awesome Blossom".
* IncrediblyLamePun: "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future" has several, being an obvious tribute to ''RockyAndBullwinkle'', but the one that takes the cake is delivered by Blossom, complete with [[OverlyLongGag a humorously extended]] {{beat}} for good measure.
--> '''Blossom''': A tarot card! Girls, this is worse than we imagined!\\
'''Bubbles''': What''ever'' do you mean, Blossom?\\
'''Blossom''': Not only are we dealing with a petty criminal, we're dealing with... '''''A tarot-ist'''''.\\
[5 second beat]
* InnocentSwearing: In the episode "Curses", the girls overhear Professor Utonium using a naughty word and start using it themselves. Many {{Sound Effect Bleep}}s ensue.
* InstantWristwatch: Mojo Jojo wears a watch while waiting for his at the end of the ''Everybody Wants To Rule The World'' scene from the final episode: ''The Powerpuff Girls Rule".
* InstitutionalApparel: Strangely, Townsville Jail uses the striped suits version ''and'' the orange suits version.
* IntentionalEngrishForFunny: Bubbles's narration of a Japanese manga in "Super Zeroes", despite being an {{Omniglot}}. "I am filled with solutions!".
* InteractiveNarrator: Especially in "Simian Says", where Mojo Jojo kidnaps the narrator and takes his place.
* InvisibleMeansUndodgeable: Him's Magic. The Girls go toe to toe with him whenever he uses projectiles and beams. However, the moment he changes to his invisible Thought-Controlled Power, they're helpless.
* IOweYouMyLife: Gangreen Gang member Big Billy to the Powerpuff Girls in "Slave The Day" after they save him from being hit by a train. It didn’t work out well.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: During the episode "Down 'n' Dirty", where Buttercup tries to give up bathing:
-->'''Buttercup:''' Don't you know only big, fat sissies take baths?!\\
'''Bubbles:''' ''(hurt)'' I'm not fat.
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[[folder: J-L]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Princess Morbucks. She's like a spoiled brat taken UpToEleven who thinks she's entitled to whatever she wants.
** Other villains like Him, Fuzzy Lumpkins, Sedusa, the Rowdyruff Boys and The Gangreen Gang are obnoxious and mean-spirited as well.
** Mitch Mitchelson can act like one sometimes, especially in the episode, ''Getting Twiggy With It''.
** And a few one-shot characters like [[StrawFeminist Femme Fatale]], [[PoliceAreUseless Mike Brikowski]], [[FakeUltimateHero Major Man]] and [[CollectorOfTheStrange Lenny Baxter]].
** [[VileVillainSaccharineShow Professor Dick Hardly]] was the absolute worst one on the show. He was a sleazy jerk who pretended to be a good friend of Professor Utonium, and later make shoddy knock-offs of the Powerpuff Girls out of sociopathic greed.
** The ''whole'' townspeople in Citiesville, though since this is more of the effect of RealityEnsues, it may be intentional.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Mojo and Him started a heated discussion about which one of them was more powerful. And then, Princess interrupted them: it does not matter if Mojo has all those machines, or if Him is evil incarnate, Princess has the most powerful superpower, [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney AND IT'S CALLED MONEY]]!!! Mojo and Him stopped their discussion, and agreed that she had a point there.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Buttercup and Mitch Mitchelson both tend to be very rude and sometimes quite insensitive, but have proven to be capable of being nice to others.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Dick Hardly claims to be mass-producing Powerpuff Girls knockoffs to help others, but he's really only doing it for the money.
* JustForTheHeliOfIt: Played for laughs in the episode "Jewel of the Aisle": A jewel thief loses a [[MineralMacGuffin precious gem]] in a box of Lucky Captain Rabbit King cereal, which he then has to recover from the Powerpuff Girls. Among his attempts to get the jewel back are taking a helicopter up to the roof of their house, getting knocked off the roof by a squirrel attack, and then [[CrowningMomentOfFunny taking a second helicopter back up to the roof]].
* JustWhistle: The Powerpuff Hotline.
* {{Kaiju}}: The PPG frequently fight Kaiju assaulting their CityOfAdventure when not engaging their RoguesGallery. It is later stated that enduring a fight with the Powerpuff Girls has become [[AHeroToHisHometown a rite of passage on Monster Island.]]
* KarmaHoudini: At the end of "Shut the Pup Up" [[spoiler: when it turns out the Talking Dog was wrong about the two men dumping a dead body in Townsville Harbor, there were hints that they actually were mobsters and they're left to go free. When the "wrapped up corpse" turns out to be beef bones they're just as surprised as everyone else]].
** HIM is this, while he does get defeated by the girls on every occasion but one, foiling his latest EvilPlan is all they can really hope to ever accomplish with him, since as their version of {{Satan}} there isn't really much they can do to actually hurt him, let alone permanently destroy him.
* KathSoucie: Bubbles' voice in the What A Cartoon! shorts.
* Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson: The Boogieman.
* KickTheDog:
** Or rather, Beat The Living Hell Out Of The Talking Dog, if "Bubblevicious" is of any indication.
** How Major Man reveals his TrueColors.
** When Mojo Jojo transforms everyone into dogs, he literally kicks the Dog version of the Power puff Girls.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: After watching Lou Gubrious literally making everyone miserable for his own selfish gains. It feels quite satisfying to see the whole town laughing at him so much that he breaks down in tears.
* KneelBeforeZod: Thrice.
** '''Princess Morbucks:''' Prepare to bow to your princess!
** '''Mojo Jojo:''' You will bow before me!
** '''Alien Force:''' And you will now bow down to me!
* KnightOfCerebus: What do all the darkest episodes have in common? HIM always makes things darker and edger. That is when he's the main antagonist of the episode.
** Even more so with one-shot villain, Dick Hardly. He tricks the girls into giving him some Chemical X, and then starts making shoddy knock-off Powerpuff Girls to sell around the world and become rich. He has them made intentionally poorly, so that they fall apart and he can sell more of them, and when he sees a perfect Buttercup copy, he angrily orders it to be melted down for its excess Chemical X. When the girls go to his factory to stop him, he starts draining their Chemical X, nearly killing them. And when the Professor offers to become Dick's slave and make Chemical X for the rest of his life in exchange for the girls' safety, Dick laughs at him and says that he'll destroy the girls ''and'' keep the Professor as a slave.
* KnightsAndKnaves: In the episode "Him Diddle Riddle", they come across the "[[{{Girly}} Are you wearing a sombrero?]]" variant. And they leave it to [[TheSmartGuy Blossom]] to figure out the riddle. And she uses the correct line of reasoning to deduce the "correct" variant. And she gets it wrong. But Him gives them the point anyway, presumably because Blossom has a really good poker face.
* LadyLooksLikeADude: The Powerpuff Girls believe Twiggy to be male.
* LabPet: Mojo Jojo started out as one to Professor Utonium. It was his own meddling that added Chemical X to the Professor's concoction of sugar, spice, and everything nice, resulting in the explosion that created the Powerpuff Girls and mutated Mojo.
* LanternJawOfJustice: Professor Utonium, surprisingly, is one of those rare non-superhero examples, given the genre of the series.
** Major Man has one, too. [[spoiler: [[FakeUltimateHero Though, the "justice" part doesn't really apply]].]]
* LargeHam: Mojo Jojo, Fuzzy Lumpkins, HIM and the narrator all have moments of chewing the scenery.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Things play out very similarly between Buttercup and Ace in Season 1's "Buttercrush" and between Ace and Sedusa in the final season's "Aspirations".
* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: After the movie, Craig [=McCracken=] left the show to create ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''. Chris Savino took over, and the show became more or less a gag comedy instead of a lighthearted action show. The show also switched to UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash animation.
* LatexPerfection: Sedusa disguises herself as Bellum perfectly; to their credit, the girls aren't fooled.
* LaughablyEvil: All of the villains, especially HIM. Mojo Jojo is to a lesser extent.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In "Paste Makes Waste", Ms. Keane warns Elmer Sglue against eating paste because it's an "imitable act", meaning that other children (in the class) might want to try it too. "Imitable act" is a phrase censors use for [[DontTryThisAtHome any potentially dangerous action in a children's show that the audience might try to imitate]]. The punchline is that the kids all go up to the window at that point and simultaneously yell "Ew, no!" in response.
* {{Leitmotif}}:
** Whenever the Powerpuff Girls arrive to save the day or do something heroic, they have a little tune that plays.
** Many of their most often reoccurring villains have their own theme music as well.
*** Notable leitmotifs are those of Princess Morbucks, Fuzzy Lumpkins, Gangreen Gang, HIM, and Amoeba Boys.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: In the ShotgunWedding episode, in which the Professor tries to learn more about Fuzzy Lumpkins for the purpose of science, he's mistaken for a female of Fuzzy's species (whatever he is), and the Professor ends up [[ItMakesSenseInContext nearly marrying him]]. After the Professor is saved by the Powerpuff Girls, he writes "never speak of this again" on the notepad that he was using... and then eats it. He gets really mad when the Powerpuff Girls tease him about it 10 seconds later.
* LemonyNarrator: The narrator of the series has been known to cross into this territory from time to time, occasionally [[BreakingTheFourthWall interacting with the characters]], correcting himself when he makes a mistake, and winds up [[LargeHam getting caught up in the drama of the scene]].
* LethallyStupid: The Mayor. How did that moron even get to be mayor, anyway?
** Also Big Bill, and many other villains who are too stupid to notice the havoc they make.
* LighterAndSofter: Bubbles' new identity in "Super Zeroes".
* LineOfSightName: In "Mojo Jonesin", a disguised Mojo Jojo takes on the alias "Joe Overcoat" after the overcoat he's wearing.
* LimitedAnimation: Definitely influenced by the style, especially in the earlier episodes.
* LongerThanLifeSentence: In "Crime 101", when the Powerpuff Girls rob a bank to show the Amoeba Boys how it is done, the judge nearly sentences them to one million years in Townsville Correctional Facility until the Amoeba Boys decide to take the blame.
* LostInTranslation: None of the Beat-Alls jokes work in the Swedish dub. The translator doesn't come up with any {{Woolseyism}}s, since that wouldn't be possible in Swedish.
* LoopholeAbuse: "Schoolhouse Rocked". The rules are there's no fighting in school. So Miss Keane suggests to the Powerpuff Girls they "play dodgeball" with the Gangreen Gang instead.
* LovedINotHonorMore: "Superfriends" has the Powerpuff Girls facing the difficulty of balancing their crime-fighting career with spending time with their new friend Robin.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Played with - Mojo Jojo is the main reason the girls actually exist, since he caused the Chemical X incident. The girls teasingly call him "Dad" while he stands in utter stock at this revelation. Mojo becomes doubly responsible when he goes back in time and [[StableTimeLoop sparks the professor's interest in science and the desire to create the "three perfect girls".]]
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[[folder: M-O]]
* MacGuffin: The Key to the World in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule". The Professor lampshades the utter ridiculousness of the concept.
* MagicalClown: Rainbow the Clown only developed powers after being hit with bleach -- at which point he became sad and angry, and used his powers to leech color out of the world until the Girls figured out a way to stop him. When he got his own color back, he went back to being an ordinary clown.
* MagicalGirlWarrior: The series can be said to be an AffectionateParody of the genre just as much as of Western brand superheroes.
* MagicalRealism: For the first four seasons, the show always tried to crouch its outlandish plot points in cod pseudo-science (cf. the Professor's explanation of why everybody in Townsville switched bodies in "Criss Cross Crisis"). But by season five, it just let weird, surreal stuff happen entirely without comment. How can a little white lie obtain physical form? How can the girls travel inside a film projector? How can a monster with a porcelain toilet for a head even exist? They just '''do''', apparently.
* MagicMeteor: In one comic book story of The Powerpuff Girls, they had to deal with everyone in the City Of Townsville getting powers from a meteor ("Power Play," DC Comics issue #3).
* MakeMeWannaShout: The Girls' Sonic Scream. Bubbles uses it the most frequently, however.
* MaleGaze: In "Criss Cross Crisis", Blossom is stuck in Ms. Bellum's body for the majority of the episode. The camera is ''very'' flattering with her action shots.
** [[TurnedUpToEleven Even more so]] in "Dance Pantsed", where Ms. Bellum's dancing outfit and ''krumping'' put a heavy focus on her pronounced abs.
* ManipulativeBastard: HIM has a tendency for manipulating the girls against each other, though [[EvilCannotComprehendGood they always overcame his manipulations]].
** Ace to Buttercup in "Buttercrush".
** The Gnome to the girls and all of Townsville in "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey."
** Sedusa to the Gangreen Gang in "Aspirations".
* MayTheFarceBeWithYou: The Death Star trench run scene in "Boogie Frights".
* MediumAwareness: Him once grumps about how after several years none of the villains have come close to defeating the girls. Mojo Jojo also complains that "after six seasons [of] this show" he still hasn't gotten the respect he feels he deserves.
** Blossom gets a giant match from the same place she got a giant jar, to which she references the specific episode number and season of that event.
* MesACrowd: The girls' "copycat" power, used in "Forced Kin" and in "Nuthin' Special."
* {{Medusa}}: Has a character named Sedusa with hair that [[PrehensileHair works like tentacles]].
* MetronomicManMashing: A common technique used by the girls as they take the criminal or monster and bash them from side to side with just one arm.
* MidairBobbing: The girls are the queens of this trope; they even do it in unison.
* MindControlEyes: Professor Utonium and several others in one episode.
* MinorFlawMajorBreakup: In "Keen on Keane", Professor Utonium ends up breaking up with Ms. Keane because [[KindheartedCatLover she owns a cat]]. In his defense, the last cat that the professor had spent any prolonged time with turned out to be an evil mastermind that tried to make him jump off a building.
* MiracleGroMonster: B.E.E.B.O. was only intended to be fed once, but since the girls all obliviously fed the Professor's creation without telling one another, he ended up growing bigger and becoming gluttonous.
* MisplacedKindergartenTeacher: Ms. Keane inverts this in "Speed Demon", where she goes from a math problem with apples to Einstein's Theory of Relativity and how it pertains to potential TimeTravel. It was relevant to the plot, but the class just kinda stared blankly.
* {{Mondegreen}}: Used intentionally with many, many [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] lyrics in the "Meet the Beat-Alls" episode.
** With the show itself, some sources list the city of Townsville's name is "Toonsville".
* MoralDissonance: The Broccoli Aliens' invasion of earth could be justified by humanity constantly consuming his "kin", and the girls respond with a vicious genocide on the invaders. Mojo Jojo frequently attempts to kill the girls for reasons which are far harder to justify, and he gets beat up and jailed.
** In "Not So Awesome Blossom", Mojo issues an ultimatum to Blossom in exchange for the lives of her sisters and the Professor, an ultimatum of servitude. Blossom asks "How do you know I won't lie?," to which Mojo responds "Because you're Blossom." They must have forgotten "A Very Special Blossom", where she steals a set of golf clubs to give the Professor for Father's Day then not only lies about how she got them but when cornered tried to frame Mojo for it.
* MoralLuck: After Rainbow the Clown is turned into an evil mime in an accident, he goes on a crime spree, draining all the color from Townsville and its citizens, but after he's turned back to normal the girls don't realise he's not really evil and had no control over his actions, and beat him up anyway. (This was an instance of ExecutiveMeddling; Craig McCracken didn't intend this to be the climax of the story.)
* TheMostDangerousVideoGame: In "Dance Pantsed" Mojo takes advantage of Bubbles's addiction to a dancing video game to send her a fake sequel bundled with a peripheral that turns the Girls into evil cyborgs.
* MotiveDecay: An InUniverse example would be the crook who dressed up like Lucky Captain Rabbit King, who went through so much torment trying to get the box of cereal he forgot he was originally after the stolen jewel hidden in the box.
* MotorMouth: Mojo Jojo. Villainous rants are one thing, but he often does it just for the sake of doing it. He loves to talk so much, he rants even when there's no-one around to listen to him.
* MistakenForProfound: Mayor is running for reelection, spouting his usual, tired lines. Fuzzy Lumpkins gets tired of Mayor's shouting to the crowd interrupting his sleep, so he yells "SHUT UP!", and people act like it's the best campaign slogan ever.
* {{MST}}: In "Silent Treatment", the girls make fun of the silent movie they're watching, complete with silhouettes in front of the screen.
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
** The Professor's description of the time he went to the DMV to get his driver's license renewed in "City of Clipsville".
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joLrldtZtRA Eat your pea, Professor.]]
** The entire concept of "Beat Your Greens". What better way to get children of the '90's to eat their veggies by making a race of hyperintelligent, nigh invulnerable broccoli invade earth only to be defeated by Townsville's children banding together and devouring them all into oblivion?
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: "The city of Townsville: a place filled with some of the most brilliant, clever, and ingenious criminal masterminds ever to hatch an evil scheme! ...Then, there's the Amoeba Boys."
* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: At the end of "Stray Bullet", Blossom and Buttercup attempt to speak "squirrel". The subtitles translate what they are saying as "Ouch! The broccoli is on the roof." and "Happy to you log pony."
* MythologyGag: The exterior of the Pokey Folks retirement home in "Fallen Arches" is what used to be the Hanna-Barbera studio. The numerical address seen is 3400, and the studio was at 3400 Cahuenga Blvd. in Hollywood.
* NaiveAnimalLover: Bubbles. A friend to just about every creature great and small. Magnified in "Helter Shelter" when she brings a beached baby whale home.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: In "Nano of the North," the girls set out to fight the microscopic Nanobots, which can melt any object into nonexistence. They discover offscreen that this includes their clothing, causing them to return to the professor in embarrassment ... and in [[HandOrObjectUnderwear nothing but their hands.]]
** "The Bare Facts" is about the Mayor trying to figure out why the girls were laughing when they rescued him from Mojo, and it turns out to be because Mojo had taken his clothes.
* NarratingTheObvious: From "I See a Funny Cartoon In Your Future":
-->'''Madame Argentina:''' Please sit.\\
'''Narrator:''' Which the girls did.
* NeverMyFault: In one episode a cop is fired for being lazy and not doing his job and he assumes the reason he was fired was because the Powerpuff Girls' crimefighting was causing the police department to make cutbacks. He proceeds to capture the girls and try to dunk them in acid.
** He actually pulls it off, but then everyone present (including the girls themselves) learn that acid doesn't hurt them.
* NeverRecycleYourSchemes:
** DoublySubverted when Mojo Jojo actually repeated one of his previous plans exactly, except for one minor detail that led to the plan's previous failure. The minor detail being to actually try to hinder the Powerpuff Girls from simply beating the snot out of him from the get-go. As Mojo Jojo starts smugly stating how ''not'' trying to hinder them, because they overcame it the last time, will make the plan ''certain'' to work this time, the Powerpuff Girls respond by simply beating the snot out of him.
** Also, HIM explicitly states that he never "gives repeat performances" in one episode.
* NewAbilityAddiction: One episode has Blossom discovering that she can use freeze breath and using it willy-nilly, annoying her sisters. After she [[NiceJobBreakingItHero unwittingly helps some crooks escape with her ice breath]], she promises to stop... just before [[ColonyDrop there is a massive flaming asteroid about to drop on Townsville]]. And [[HonorBeforeReason she can't be convinced to use it]].
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: The girls will occasionally use a power they never showed before as a DeusExMachina to defeat the villain. ThePowerOfRock is just one example.
** That barely scratches the service. Nuthin' Special has Buttercup trying to find the one power she has that her sisters don't. They go through EVERY SUPERPOWER IN THE BOOK in that episode.(Her special power is rolling her tungue, by the way.)
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** The first time they use the [[HumongousMecha Dynamo]], they end up causing more damage then the monster they were fighting, causing the Mayor to demand that they never use it again. The Professor is also held accountable for having forced them to use it in the first place when he became overly protective.
** In the "Fallen Arches" episode, if Blossom hadn't called for Captain Righteous and Lefty to fight against the Ministry of Pain, then the elders themselves wouldn't be hospitalized.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: In "Forced Kin" Mojo Jojo helps the girls fight an alien, only to find the alien is seemingly using all his own ideas! When the alien defeats the girls, Jojo literally goes ape and physically forces the alien to submit, driving off the threat and becoming the reluctant hero.
-->'''Mojo Jojo:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis You've. Ruined. My. DREAM!!!!!]]
** Mojo is also responsible for the afforementioned StableTimeLoop.
* NobodyPoops: The girls don't ever seem to need bathroom breaks, but this is averted a few times.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** In an episode in which Buttercup tries to find her own unique power, she finds out she is the only of the girls who can curl her tongue. Cut to many Townsville inhabitants trying to do the same and failing miserably - among them, '''[[Music/{{KISS}} Gene Simmons]]'''!
** The two senior superheroes Blossom coerces to come out of retirement in "Fallen Arches" are caricatures of Bill Hanna and Joseph Barbera.
** Series creator Craig [=McCracken=] appears twice in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule", as does fellow staffer and his wife, Lauren Faust.
* NoInnerFourthWall: In "Silent Treatment", Buttercup reads some dialogue in the ShowWithinAShow SlientMovie, but is unable to finish as she is tripped up by the DastardlyWhiplash villain's name, Max Von Nitrate. When Buttercup complains, Von Nitrate {{facepalm}}s and pulls the dialogue back up. [[spoiler:Later on, the girls jeer the movie, causing Von Nitrate to lose it and reveal the DamselInDistress is actually Professor Utonium (who had left to get popcorn before the movie started), and he intends to steal his voice, leaving the girls to enter the film themselves to rescue the Professor.]]
* NominalHero: Major Man from the episode "Major Competition" set people in dangerous life risks only to save them himself, just to be known as a hero. In the end, he admitted everything and was never seen again.
* NonchalantDodge: The Girls and Princess both.
* NoodleIncident: In "Him Diddle Riddle," the Girls manage to solve Him's hardest riddle (by far!) neatly during the commercial breaks.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: over the course of the show, the girls celebrate their birthday, and there are 2 separate episodes set at Fathers’ day. Which clearly take place on different Fathers’ Days since Mojo Jojo is a main character in both episodes, and in the first of these episodes the professor recalls the gifts the girls made for him last year’s Fathers’ day. This means that, at the very least 3 years pass over the course of the series. Yet none of the girls or the other kids in their class ever age or move up from kindergarten to elementary school.
* OddFriendship: The girls show up Major Glory with the help of a cooperative sea monster.
* OddballDoppelganger: Bunny. Same dress design, has a B name, and like the others has a different color scheme to make her different from the other three... Besides the fact that she is mentally handicapped and is very physically deformed.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: In Him Diddle Riddle, the trio are given the riddle "In the ear of corn, you will find; happiness, joy, and the ties that bind; squirrels store nuts and birds sing songs; but in the cave of eternity, everyone's wrong; on the limb of a tree, there's a monkey who's free; and there he will give you something for me.". Cut two minutes later to the next shot with the girls exhausted. Him, who is holding an ice cream, even states "I can't believe you got that right. You got the right flavor and everything."
** Him also appeared in "Moral Decay" with his teeth knocked out by Buttercup
* OffToBoardingSchool: In "Mommy Fearest", Sedusa does this to the girls while disguising herself as a kind woman named Ima Goodlady, that the Professor goes ga-ga for.
* OlderThanTheyLook
** Implied with Ms. Keane and Professor Utonimum. The series takes place in The Nineties or early 2000s but they go back to their childhood in The Fifties. That means they're around fifty to sixty, while they don't look any older than their mid 30s. Of course, it could be a case of WritersCannotDoMath.
* OneWingedAngel:
** Don't swallow a whole beaker of Chemical X. It has this side effect.
** HIM's demonic forms in "Speed Demon" and "Power Noia".
** Sedusa's giant asp-haired form in "Aspirations".
* OnionTears: In "Dance Pantsed," the girls are able to break free of their brainwashed state by conjuring memories of times they comforted Professor Utonium crying over various matters, including a financial audit and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking onions]].
* OpeningShoutOut: The "Run of the Mill Girls" from the episode "Oops, I Did It Again".
* OutOfCharacterMoment: In "That's Not My Baby!" when the girls try asking Ms. Keane to look after the baby temporarily while they look for the parents, Ms. Keane claims that she's too busy. This is actually a lie and gives the false implication that she hates children, showing the bin next to her desk full of gifts from her students.
* OverlyLongGag: Betty, Buttercup's "Run of the Mill Girls" counterpart from "Oops, I Did It Again", goes back to get her schoolbooks as soon as everyone's ready to go to school, causing the rest of her family to wait a long time for her until she comes back with the books. If she had superpowers like Buttercup, she would have gone and came back in no time flat.
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[[folder: P-Q]]
* PantyShot: Bubbles in "Mommy Fearest", Buttercup in the movie, Susan Smith in "Supper Villain."
* PaperThinDisguise:
** The three crooks who wear rather unconvincing Powerpuff Girls costumes in "Powerpuff Bluff".
** Mojo Jojo in "Slumbering With the Enemy". Partially averted in this instance, because the girls see through his disguise immediately. Though everyone else is still unaware.
* ParentalBonus: Tons and tons.
* ParentService: Miss Bellum, Sedusa, Femme Fatal.
* ParodyCommercial: The Pickle Patch, from "I See a Funny Cartoon In Your Future".
* PasteEater: In one episode, there's a boy in the girls' class named [[PunnyName Elmer Sglue]] who gets teased for eating paste. A mosquito tainted by toxic waste falls on the paste he was eating, turning him into a giant glue monster who wreaks havoc on the city.
* PieEyed: The girls gain these in "Silent Treatment" when they get trapped inside a silent cartoon.
* PietaPlagiarism: Done in "Mommy Fearest" with the Professor and Ima Goodlady after the latter pretends to faint.
* ThePigPen: Buttercup became one for an episode when she refused to take a bath.
* PoliceAreUseless: Subverted and played straight in the same episode, which focused on the Townsville Police Department and how they handle crime in the city. The police are more geared towards handling non-supervillain related crime, but are still grateful when the girls decide to lend a hand. It's played straight, however, with one specific cop, Mike Brokowski, a lazy SmallNameBigEgo {{Jerkass}} who did nothing but eat donuts and sleep, all the while thinking he was up for a promotion. When Mike finally got fired for his laziness, he blamed the girls saying they take away work from "hard-working cops". The other, more competent police step in to save the day when Mike kidnapped the girls.
-->'''Mike''' (''after being arrested''): Well, this looks like the story of a good cop gone bad.
-->'''Blossom''': You're not a good cop gone bad. You're a bad cop gone ''worse''!
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: Basically the premise of the episode ''Save Mojo'', in which a group of [[AnimalWrongsGroup clueless animal activists]] prevents the Powerpuff Girls from arresting Mojo Jojo each time he sets to commit a new crime, insisting that he is an opressed animal unable to perform evil deeds [[StrawmanHasAPoint because he's, well, an animal]]. Mojo himself is more than happy with such a turn of events if [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness not the least bit grateful]].
* PoliticiansKissBabies: On one episode, the mayor was running for his re-election, he mentioned that it was one of his favorite parts.
* PottyFailure:
** "Powerprof" confirmed Bubbles used to wet the bed, much to her embarrassment.
** The episode "Pee Pee G's" was about the girls thinking one of them was wetting the bed, but unsure of which it was. [[spoiler: It turned out to be Mojo Jojo who, in a completely OOC manner, just wanted to pull a prank on them by spilling water on their bed while they were asleep. Leads to his own PottyFailure at the end of the episode]].
* PowerNullifier: Antidote X, first appearing in "Slumbering with the Enemy" and later in TheMovie.
* ThePowerOfLove: Has revived the girls on several occasions.
* ThePowerOfRock: Used to defeat Mr. Mime and turn him back into Rainbow the Clown.
* PowerTrio: The Powerpuff Girls and The Rowdyruff Boys.
* PragmaticHero: The Powerpuff Girls can be this at times. Especially their hostile treatment of Mojo Jojo, in his own house!
* PragmaticVillainy:
** Mojo Jojo stopped an alien only because the said alien [[EvilerThanThou was copying]] [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou his plans.]]
** Mojo also called Him out on how StupidEvil it is when the latter redirects the sun into Earth, stating that doing so, Him will destroy everyone including [[IncrediblyLamePun HIMself.]] But then it was shown that Him was bluffing.
* PrecociousCrush: Buttercup develops one on [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Ace]] in "Buttercrushed".
* PreferJailToTheProtagonist:
** The episode, "Child Fearing" has Mojo Jojo being released from prison to babysit Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup while the Professor is at a meeting. At first, he wants them to help him take over Townsville, but [[BadlyBatteredBabysitter taking care of them is too much for him to handle]], and he calls the police so they can take him back to jail.
** The Amoeba Boys avert this - they simply want to go to jail to prove they're as much of criminals as the other villains in Townsville.
** In the episode, "Sun Scream", two criminals are disgusted by the girls' sunburnt skin peeling and beg to be taken to jail. However, the girls decide to leave them stranded on an island with only a tube of sunscreen instead. The criminals get sunburned as a result of not using the sunscreen, claiming it's only for ner
* PrisonRape:
** This is implied to happen to Mojo Jojo.
--->'''Narrator:''' Love is in the air, can't you just feel it?
** Mojo Jojo was also turned into a dog once, and left in the pound. A big burly dog woofs at him suggestively. At least it wasn't a human prisoner that time.
* PreviouslyOn: The episode "Just Desserts" is a sequel to "Supper Villain", which came 16/8 episodes (depending on your definition of an episode) prior. It opens with a recap of "Supper Villain" that begins "Last week, in the city of Townsville..." Once the recap ends, the actual episode begins with "The City of Townsville!" as per usual.
* ProductPlacement: Averted with the episode "Collect Her." The writers went out of their way to write in some of the most absurd, impossible-sounding tie-in-products, such as gold club bags and waffle makers, so as not to seem as if they were just plugging the show's real-life merchandise. And humorously enough, the waffle maker ''did'' eventually happen!
* ProWrestlingEpisode: "Impeach Fuzz," and comic Issue #18.
* ThePsychoRangers: The Rowdyruff Boys, {{Distaff Counterpart}}s later brought BackFromTheDead by PopularityPower.
* PsychoSerum: In one episode, Mojo Jojo exposed some kids from the girls' class to Chemical X. In addition to giving them superpowers, it also caused them to become needlessly violent and aggressive.
* PunchClockVillain: According to the episode "Super Zeroes", EVERY monster that invades Townsville is this.
** This also applies to the show's recurring villains (Mojo, Fuzzy, Him, etc.)
* PungeonMaster: The Narrator sometimes slips into this. Especially noticeable in "Daylight Savings".
* PunnyName: Sara Bellum = Cerebellum
** In the 2014 special "Dance Pantsed," Music/RingoStarr voices mathematician Fibonacci Sequins, a play on "Fibonacci sequence."
** The Gangreen Gang. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin They're]] [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation green]], [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin and they're a gang]]. They don't actually seem to have Gangreen so that part of the title's only there for the sake of the pun, but "hygenic" is about the ''last'' thing that you'd call them and Professor Utonium claims that they have at least ''some'' sort of skin condition so it's still fitting.
** The Morbucks family [[{{Fiction500}} honestly couldn't have more bucks]].
** Sedusa, the [[FemmeFatale seducer]] [[GorgeousGorgon Medusa]].
** Femme Fatale isn't a FemmeFatale, but she ''is'' a female villain who's themed around [[StrawFeminism heavily misguided feminism]] [[spoiler:that's actually only a ruse she uses to shield herself in order to get away with crime more easily (and brainwash the Powerpuff Girls)]], and while she doesn't actually kill anyone she's' plenty vicious enough to fit the "Fatal(e)" part of her name.
** Mask Scara's name is a pun on "Mascara", and she absolutely ''embraces'' it by peppering her dialogue with even ''more'' silly makeup puns.
* PyrrhicVictory: In "Uh-Oh Dynamo", Professor Utonium threatens to ground the Girls if they don't use his Dynamo invention to stop the Giant Fish Balloon Monster. They reluctantly comply, destroying the Giant Fish Balloon Monster, and huge portions of Townsville are also damaged in the battle.
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* RaceAgainstTheClock[=/=]YouHave48Hours: One episode had the girls forced to solve a series of riddles set by [[HeWhoMustNotBeNamed "Him"]] within the time limit set for each riddle. They had to succeed or, otherwise, the Professor would have to pay... [[spoiler:[[ExactWords for the pancakes]] he ate at "Him"'s restaurant [[PunnyName "Otto Time"]]. It was all a bet between "Him" and the Professor]].
* RainRainGoAway: "The Powerpuff Girls' Best Rainy Day Adventure Ever". Also the title of a story in issue #66 of the comic book.
* RashomonStyle: In one episode, the Mayor is kidnapped by Mojo Jojo and blindfolded. The girls save the Mayor and beat Mojo Jojo, but can't stop laughing after. The Mayor asks why. The girls each tell the story of how they saved the day today differently, accompanied by {{Art Shift}}s. What they neglect to mention? [[spoiler: The Mayor [[TomatoSurprise was naked]] all along]].
* RatedMForManly[=/=]TestosteronePoisoning: The episode 'Members Only' where the girls tried to join the superhero team and got rejected. [[https://youtu.be/xs9PG-XAlsI That is, until an alien came and beat down all the superheroes.]] [[Radar/ThePowerpuffGirls Dr. Freud would like a word with the creators of this episode.]]
-->'''Mascumax:''' Fools! I feed off your expulsions of ''manliness!''
* RealityEnsues: Everything related to the town of Citiesville, most notably the girls' destruction of the bridge leading in to town to stop some robbers. The bridge was both the only way for workers to commute to Citiesville and a historical landmark, costing over three million dollars. RealityEnsues, and ''hard''.
** A milder case. In "A Very Special Blossom", Blossom steals a set of Golf Clubs for the Professor for father's day because he really wanted them, and it lands him in jail. When she admits it at the end, everyone is heartbroken and argue for letting her off easy. But nope, 200 hours of community service.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Blossom gives one to Buttercup after Buttercups acts ungrateful after getting a bath:
--> '''Blossom:''' You know Buttercup, ''you'' may be clean but your attitude still stinks.
** She's pretty good at giving these. One of her best examples is after the first time she defeats Princess.
-->'''Blossom''': You're just a spoiled brat. And being a Powerpuff Girl isn't about getting your way, or having the best stuff, or being popular or powerful. It's about using your own unique abilities to help people and the world we all live in. And you, little girl, have done nothing worthy of the name "Powerpuff".
** The Professor gives a [[{{Pun}} big]] one to the Mayor on ''Toast Of The Town'', calling him out on his childish behavior:
-->'''Professor Utonium''': Wowie zowie indeed! Have you no shame? A grown man your age gallivanting around like a little child, not doing what you're told! [[ManChild "Mayor wanna this! Mayor wanna that!"]] You, Mr. Mayor, are nothing but a baby! A big, big, ''big'' baby!
** The Zen master from "Makes Zen To Me" gives one to Mojo Jojo when he wants to take over as the master.
-->'''Master''': You came seeking only violence. You were impatient. You would not look inside yourself. I could only guide you; the journey was yours to make. I did not fail you nor the teachings. You failed yourself. And another thing: [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking You're not a monkey, you're a chimp. There's a difference]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Brick of the Rowdyruff Boys, as he's colored red to contrast with Blossom's pink.
** Earlier, in "The Rowdyruff Boys", Mojo Jojo briefly gains these at the start of his VillainousBreakdown mentioned below.
* RedOniBlueOni: Buttercup and Blossom. Their personal colors may not match this trope, but their personalities sure do.
* RedScare: We are given one of these in the musical episode "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey".
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* ResurrectedForAJob: HIM brings the Rowdyruff Boys back to life to defeat the Powerpuff Girls.
* {{Retool}}: At one point, CN did try marketing a line of the series with an overstyled grown up versions of the girls. [[StillbornFranchise It sank just as quickly as it begin.]]
* ReunionShow:
** 2009's "Powerpuff Girls Rule", a PPG special made three years after the show ended, featuring nearly every main character within the series, as well as all the original voice actors.
** The 2014 special "Dance Pantsed" also brought back every actor for the characters used.
* RhymingWithItself: In "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey", this trope is rather {{egregious}} when the PPG join in Professor Utonium's "Freedom Beef" song, as they rhyme "peace" with itself rather forcefully, directly after rhyming "powers" with itself.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Bullet, the superpowered baby squirrel.
* RidiculouslyLongPhoneHold: In "Telephonies," the Gangreen Gang makes prank calls to various different Townsville citizens. Lil' Arturo convinces Professor Utonium, he just won a ten-million-dollar sweepstake and asks him to remain on hold, which Professor does for the rest of the episode, despite Arturo hanging up.
* RightHandCat: Subverted in "Cat Man Do", where [[spoiler: [[TheDogWasTheMastermind the cat was the mastermind]]]].
* RockOpera: "[[ShoutOut See Me,]] [[Music/TheWho Feel Me]], Gnomey".
* RoguesGallery: Mojo Jojo, Fuzzy Lumpkins, The Gangreen Gang, Him, Princess Morbucks, Sedusa, The Rowdyruff Boys to a lesser extent and The Amoeba Boys if you consider irritation to be roguish. Mister Mime (the alternate personality of Rainbow the Clown) has also appeared in the background
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: HIM
* RuleOfThree: The episode "Super Zeroes" with the line, "Better heroes, huh?" (Said by Utonium, the Mayor, and even the MonsterOfTheWeek itself!)
* RuleSixtyThree: The Rowdyruff Boys.
* SavingTheWorldWithArt: The nefarious Mr. Mime is restored to a happy-go-lucky clown after the girls put on a concert of how "Love Makes the World Go Round". [[SubvertedTrope And then they beat the crap out of him anyway just for the heck of it]].
* ScantronPicture: Him once gives the girls such a test in a challenge, and although Blossom and Buttercup take the test seriously, they fail as a result. Bubbles passes, and it turns out she filled in the bubbles in the shape of a flower.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Mojo Jojo after [[YokoOhNo Moko Jono]] is revealed to be [[spoiler: a chimp from the zoo]].
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Princess Morbucks.
-->'''Princess:''' I have the most powerful power there is! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Cold! Hard! Cash!]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Mojo Jojo in The Powerpuff Girls Rule after having victory literally swept from under his nose.
* SecondPersonAttack: Used and abused; in certain cases, the viewer can suffer the virtual effects of getting punched and kicked DOZENS OF TIMES IN A ROW.
* SecurityBlanket:
** Bubbles' doll Octi.
** Buttercup's blankie in "Cover Up".
** Blossom's hairbow in the comic book story "Bow Jest" (issue #20). It's Bubbles, of all people, to light a fire under Blossom's butt about it.
* SeriesContinuityError: In the 2014 special, Bubbles has Blossom's Ice Breath and the Professor's motivations for getting into science are altered. To be fair, Blossom's ice breath became fire breath in the first episode she used it (and Bubbles demonstrated fire breath in at least one episode) and Utonium may have been sidetracked from his goal of creating superpowered girls by the StableTimeLoop in his adult years.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Mojo Jojo. In one episode, he's left in charge of an adult education English course, and the whole town starts talking like this. Society comes to a screeching halt (even ''bank robberies'' cannot be finished because the robber and the teller start arguing with each other this way).
* SexySecretary: Sara Bellum.
* ShadowDiscretionShot: Parodied in "Collect Her" -- we see shadows of children ripping open the comic book guy's collectors items.
* ShaggyDogStory: "Him Diddle Riddle."
* ShoutOut: So many, it has its own page! See ShoutOut.ThePowerpuffGirls.
* SickeninglySweethearts: Professor Utonium and Miss Keane in "Keen on Keane".
* SigningOffCatchPhrase: So, once again, the day is saved, thanks to The Powerpuff Girls!"
* SingleSpecimenSpecies: Apparently most kaiju in the series, and possibly some villains.
* SissyVillain: '''HIM''' dresses like a transvestite and acts rather effeminate (at least until he gets angry).
* SixthRanger: The girls ''try'' to create one with Bunny. [[TheDitz It doesn't really work out.]]
* SkywardScream: Bubbles performs a great BigNo in "Mime For A Change".
** The comic book story "Steal A Meal" (Cartoon Network Block Party #26) has the girls doing a tearful BigNo upon learning that after all the breakfast cereal in town had been stolen the only thing left was oatmeal.
** Four words: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fw8Ws-_qX6U ''WHO ELSE WANTS SOME??!!!'']]
* {{Sleepwalking}}: The episode "Ploys R Us" had Professor Utonium sleepwalking and the girls using this to get him to steal toys for them. [[spoiler:Eventually, it turned out the whole thing was a plan by Utonium and everyone in Townsville to test the girls' honesty.]]
* SlidingScaleOfSeriousnessVersusSilliness: The show surpassed even its sibling ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' in how all-over-the-scale it was. Episodes could range from straight, even surprisingly dark superhero fare (''Speed Demon'', ''Power-Noia'') to outright comedy (''Mo'linguish'') to [[AnAesop Aesop-driven]] kids' show (''Substitute Creature'') and any combination in-between.
* SmartBall: Done [[RuleOfFunny for laughs]] when [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment out of nowhere]] [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} the Mayor]] determines that the riddle about where freezing and boiling meet is a set of coordinates for where HIM has the Professor, or [[FridgeLogic there's an ice cream truck on fire]].
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: In Cartoon Network's "Staylongers" interstitials (spoof of "Survivor"), Blossom is the only female member of the "[[CartoonCartoons Cartoon Cartoon]]" tribe.
* SnakeCharmer: A small-time villain, Salami Swami, used his flute in the episode "Slave the Day" to control long sausages.
* SnapBack:
** Towards the end of "Slumbering with the Enemy", Mojo Jojo douses the Powerpuffs with the Antidote X to remove their powers. They're back to normal without explaination in the next episode.
** Mojo Jojo is turned into a dog twice. No explanation is given as to how he turned himself back into an ape.
* SolveTheSoupCans: "Go to a place where it is freezing and boiling at the same time! [[AC:You have 45 seconds!]]". And who, of all people, solves it? [[spoiler: The Mayor!]]
* SoapPunishment: "Curses" has Ms. Bellum inflict this on the girls when they swear in front of the Mayor. Later in the same episode, the girls wash the potty-mouthed monster's mouth with soap after Professor Utonium explains to them that it is wrong for them to swear.
* SoOnceAgainTheDayIsSaved: TropeNamer. Frequently played with in that the girls are not always the ones who save the day and some episodes end with no clear resolution.
* SpaceIsNoisy: The few times the girls go into space, they can communicate with each other just fine.
* SpearCounterpart: The Rowdyruff Boys, Brick (red color scheme), Boomer (blue color scheme), and Butch (dark green color scheme) to the Powerpuff Girls, Blossom (pink color scheme), Bubbles (cyan color scheme), and Buttercup (green color scheme).
* SpoiledBrat: Princess Morbucks whines until her father lets her have her way.
* SquashedFlat: In the episode "Down 'n Dirty" Buttercup gets slapped between the hands of a cyclops. When he opens his hands, Buttercup is flattened by them.
** Also in the episode "Mask Scara", the aforementioned villain slaps Bubbles and Buttercup into a face press, flattening them together so that Blossom has to unstick them.
* SssssnakeTalk: Snake of the Gangreen Gang, appropriately enough.
* StableTimeLoop: "Get Back Jojo" has Mojo Jojo go back in time in an attempt to kill Professor Utonium when he was a kid to erase the Powerpuff Girls from history, apparently not caring that his history would be altered as well since he was mutated in the same accident that created the girls. In the end, the girls follow Mojo and prevent him from killing young Utonium, in the process revealing themselves to the nearly unconscious boy. This was the moment that motivated him to become a professor and indulge in science, in an effort to create what he saw that day. Because of this chain of events, Mojo ends up being pivotal in the creation of The Powerpuff Girls once more, before the actual accident that spawned them.
* StartOfDarkness: Mojo Jojo's origin, as revealed in "[[Music/TheDoors Mr. Mojo's Rising]]" and TheMovie.
* StatusQuoIsGod: The 2009 special ''The Powerpuff Girls Rule'' has Mojo Jojo succeed in taking over the world and surprisingly making it into a utopia. It isn't long before he decides to turn to crime again and the Powerpuff Girls get back to kicking his butt.
* StealthPun:
** The episode "Members Only" is about the girls trying to get into a superhero guild that only allows men. Let that sink in a bit.
** Two words: "Forced Kin".
** HIM is dressed as Santa, and has lobster claws. Also, Santa and {{Satan}} are pretty obvious anagrams of each other.
* StockScream: The "Howie Long" scream appears in "Paste Makes Waste."
* StrawFeminist: Femme Fatale in "Equal Fights", who uses feminism as an excuse for her crimes. Along with her usual physical beatdown, the Girls also give her a verbal beatdown as "real" feminists.
* StrawHypocrite: See Femme Fatale above.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Sometimes the Powerpuff Girls are able to defeat their enemies effortlessly and sometimes villains actually succeed in defeating ''them''.
* StupidCrooks: The Amoeba Boys want to be Townsville's greatest criminals, but they can't think of any crime worse than stealing oranges, littering, or standing on grass where there is a "Keep off the grass" sign.
* StupidStatementDanceMix: The episode "Beat Your Green" gets remixed in the track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4H-jnq-_JE "Broccoli Wars"]] by German DJ group Noisy Stylus.
* SunglassesAtNight: Ace of the Gangreen Gang never takes off his CoolShades. Not even at night, when fighting, or when sleeping.
** The Boogie Man also does this, although he takes his glasses off from time to time.
* SuperSpeed:
** The girls can fly faster than the speed of light. At top speed, they have been known to bend the time-space continuum and perform TimeTravel, thus creating an AlternateUniverse where there has been no [[spoiler: Power Puff Girls to save the day for ''fifty years'']].
** Gangreen Gang member Lil Arturo temporarily gains this ability in "Power Lunch".
* SurrogateSoliloquy: Bubbles conversing with her stuffed octopus Octi.
* SuddenlyVoiced: The background puppy dog is revealed to have the ability to talk in "Shut The Pup Up".
* SwissArmyTears: In "The Rowdyruff Boys" and "[[TearJerker Knock It Off]]", the girls are revived from their apparent deaths by being cried on.
* TakeOverTheWorld:
** Mojo Jojo's ultimate goal, [[spoiler: which he obtains in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule". And then he goes and ''makes it a better place...'' only to get bored of it and shoot everything up all over again.]]
** Ironically HIM, who never expressed the desire to do this, would be the one to take over the world if the girls ever left. [[spoiler: And he wouldn't make it a better place but quite [[BadFuture the opposite]]]].
* TakeThat:
** One could consider "City of Clipsville" to be one. Not only to shows that use this episode format, but also to fanfiction writers, especially the shippers.
*** Ironically, the [[MisaimedFandom shippers loved it]].
** One of the later criticisms of the series was that the show promoted ''animal cruelty'' because of their treatment of Mojo. Episode 57 ("Save Mojo") depicted a group of animal rights activists protecting Mojo from the girls despite their argument that Mojo is an evil animal and therefore others must be protected from ''him''.
** Mitch "The Worst Child In The World" Mitchelson was reportedly based off of a bratty kid from the pilot's disastrous first test screening, who screamed "Whoever made this should be fired!!"
** When the girls discover the toys delivered to them by a sleepwalking Professor Utonium in "Ploys R Us", Bubbles dismisses an action figure resembling [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Jar Jar Binks]] as "junk".
* TalkingAnimal:
** Mojo Jojo, who was mutated by Chemical X.
** The Talking Dog, who... can talk. But he sure can't drive.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: "Three Girls and a Monster" features the girls trying, [[CurbStompBattle and failing]], to stop a giant dinosaur-like monster who is [[NighInvulnerability impervious to all of their attacks]]. Both Blossom and Buttercup argue over [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption whether physical or strategic attacks are more effective]]. In the end, [[ToWinWithoutFighting Bubbles simply asks nicely]] for him not to destroy their beloved city. [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe The giant monster promptly leaves, returning to the ocean]].
* TeamRocketWins: The Amoeba Boys' goal is to be beaten by the Powerpuff Girls and to be recognized as Townsville's worst criminals, but they have no chance of this happening because they are too stupid to think of anything other than misdemeanors and the Powerpuff Girls don't usually bother to fight them because of their incompetence. However, some episodes end with them inadvertently causing a serious danger to Townsville and being beaten up by the girls, which was what they wanted all along.
* TearJerker: InUniverse. The only episode with Bunny left even the narrator crying at the end.
* TeensAreMonsters:
** Two episodes featured the Smith family, one member of which was their angry teen son Bud. The first episode, Bud's entire appearance consisted of him yelling something typically teenagerish at his father, such as "I hate you!" and "No one understands me!" The second episode, which features the entire family as villains, provides every member of the family with a motivation for why they hate the Powerpuff Girls - and Bud's is "You know what? I hate ''everything!''"
** Also, the Gangreen Gang. ''Literally''.
* TeethFlying: Bad guys' teeth go flying in the opening sequence; also, one episode is pretty much based on this trope - Buttercup learns the Tooth Fairy gives you money for teeth, and starts deliberately knocking villains' teeth out and collecting them to make a huge windfall.
* ThatCloudLooksLike: Bubbles does this, including one that "looked like a cloud".
* ThereWasADoor: {{Lampshaded}} several times. The girls must have racked up quite a bit of roof damage by now due to their preferred method of exit.
* ThickLineAnimation: The animation in the show has always been this, but it is MUCH more noticeable in Seasons 1-3, but most prevalent in Season 2 when the animation studios temporarily changed.
* TheTokyoFireball: Usually as the result of a giant monster, although in at least one episode, the girls ended up doing more damage than the monster -- and getting harshly reprimanded for it.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Buttercup and Bubbles.
* TooDumbToLive: The mayor. In one episode he ''jumped out a window'' because Bubbles told him to go save the day... while pretending to be him.
* TookALevelInBadass: Bubbles in "Bubblevicious" to prove she's hardcore. She even subverted her apparent {{chickification}} when Mojo captured her and gave her the full blunt of his torture device before she broke out and beat him mercilessly all by herself. She only softens from her tough exterior when her sisters finally admit that she's hardcore, only to slide right back into it when Mojo tried to make a cheap shot at all three of them.
* TorchesAndPitchforks: "Collect Her" has this for the angry mob after Lenny Baxter for capturing the girls and "Down And Dirty" has Buttercup facing this kind of mob when she refuses to take a bath in spite of being very dirty and smelly.
* TotallyRadical: Professor Utonium in "Powerprof", much to the embarrassment of the girls.
* TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed: Whether it be from a rampant crime spree, super villain attacks or threat of being destroyed by a giant monster, Townsville almost always has a crisis on its hands.
* TragicOneShotCharacter: Bunny, [[spoiler: an character made by the titular characters creating an additional Powerpuff Girl with ingredients that aren't exactly the same ones Prof. Utonium used, resulting in a [[TheGrotesque horribly deformed Powerpuff Girl]] but at the end of the episode, Bunny explodes into a big ball of light due to her growing unstable]].
* TraumaticHaircut: Sedusa gets one at the end of "Something's A Ms".
** So does Blossom in "The Mane Event." She's unaware of it until she finds out why everyone--including the monster--is laughing at her.
** In ''Meat Fuzzy Lumpkins'', One of Bubbles' pigtails is turned into a turkey leg by Fuzzy Lumpkin's meat gun, Which pushes her BerserkButton.
* TrulySingleParent: Professor Utonium created the girls himself with no partner to speak of.
* TruthInTelevision: There is actually a city called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Townsville Townsville in Australia.]]
* TwistEnding: The episode "HIM Diddle Riddle" revolves around the girls flying around town, trying to solve HIM's insidious riddles in a desperate attempt to save Professor Utonium, only to fail, and now HIM is going to make the professor '''PAY!'''... [[spoiler: full price for breakfast]]. The ending is such a big surprise even the narrator just stumbles, "And once again, the day is... um... yeah..." while the girls just float there staring blankly.
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* UltimateAuthorityMayor: The Mayor of Townsville (though to his credit, he ''is'' elected, and even lost once).
* UnfortunateImplications: Touched upon InUniverse. In the "Members Only" episode, Major Glory talks the girls through several [[StayInTheKitchen gender roles]], asking who does various things ("Who goes to work?", "Who pays the bills?", etc) and receiving "Our Dad" as an answer each time. Then he gets to cooking and cleaning, getting the same answer. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=7nQIjHgS64M 5:12 - 5:45]]
-->'''Major Glory:''' So what does your mother do?
-->'''Girls:''' (in unison) We don't have a mother.
-->*cut to Major Glory looking over at [[{{Franchise/Zorro}} Mucho Muchacho]] and Birdman, all three looking uncomfortable*
** To drive it in further, [[DeathByOriginStory Batman]] was earlier shown sitting next to Birdman, meaning he would've been just off-screen for this.
* UnhandThemVillain: "Get Back Jojo".
* TheUnintelligible: Grubber of the Gangreen Gang usually speaks only in raspberries. The rest of the gang members understand him just fine though. Subverted in one episode, where Grubber is shown to be quite eloquent when he straightens his posture. He's also an [[ManOfAThousandVoices expert voice mimicker]].
* {{Unobtainium}}: Chemical X.
* UnstoppableRage: Bubbles when she gets well and truly angry.
* UnwillingRoboticisation: The 2014 special has this happen to the girls when Mojo Jojo sends them pants modeled after the game controls for the video game Dance Pants Revolution.
* UnwillingSuspension: In "Equal Fights," as Femme Fatale falls to the ground, Buttercup grabs her foot and carries her off upside down.
** "I See A Funny Cartoon In Your Future" has Madame Argentina tying up three voodoo dolls of the Powerpuffs and hanging them from a tree branch, causing the girls themselves to hang in midair over a cliff.
** The splash page of comic book story "The Devil's Playground" (Block Party #43) has HIM using his powers to booby-trap the kindergarten playground. Several kids are wrapped up in jungle vines from the jungle gym, and three monkeys appear on the monkey bars--the first holding a boy up by his hands, the second giving Mitch a wedgie, and the third using its tail to hang a girl upside down by one foot.
* UpToEleven: In "Bubblevicious" Bubbles takes the battle simulator ''and'' Mojo's laser up to eleven. The dial even shows considerable resistance, like it was never meant to go that high.
* TheVamp: Sedusa has tried to seduce both Professor Utonium and the Mayor on two separate occasions, on both of them using a disguise.
* VerySpecialEpisode: Even though it's not blatantly stated, "Mojo Jonesin" is obviously a drug episode.
* VictoryIsBoring: What Mojo experiences in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule". It also causes him to go back to being a criminal, making it necessary for the Powerpuff Girls to get back to fighting him.
* VillainousBreakdown: Mojo has these occasionally, most notably at the beginning of "The Rowdyruff Boys", when he starts howling and snarling like a real ape over his many defeats.
** Mojo Jojo has a particularly huge one at the end of "Forced Kin" when he finally snaps after being repeatedly defeated by the alien force's VillainSue trait of unrealistically predicting every attack. But the one thing the alien force didn't predict was Mojo going berserk and beating the crap out of it.
** HIM also has these, normally after the girls defeat his plans with their sisterly love. He goes from his normal, creepy voice to screaming about [[EvilCannotComprehendGood how they didn't act like they were supposed to]]. He has an especially noteable one at the end of "Power Noia", when the girls have turned the tables on him and got him completely at their mercy, for the first time actually begging them to let him go.
* VillainousFriendship: Mojo Jojo and HIM. The two often argue over who is the most evil, but at the end of the day, they'll get along.
** In ''Meet the Beat Alls'', Mojo Jojo, Him, Fuzzy and Princess Morbucks surprisingly get along very well during their VillainTeamUp.
* VillainsOutShopping: Often. When the super villains aren't doing anything overtly villainous, they're treated like any other citizen of the town. Even by the girls themselves!
* VillainTeamUp: Mojo Jojo, HIM, Princess Morbucks and Fuzzy Lumpkins in ''Meet the Beat Alls''.
* VisualPun: In the episode "Curses", the Powerpuff Girls encounter a giant monster that speaks in virtually nothing but swears (represented as grumbling gibberish) and has a toilet for a head. The monster is both figuratively and literally a potty mouth.
** In "Boogie Frights", Buttercup scares Bubbles and Blossom with tales of the Bogeyman. Professor Utonium steps in and reassures Bubbles that Buttercup was just trying to "get your goat"... And Buttercup responds by holding her stuffed goat tightly.
* VoiceChangeling: Grubber uses this ability in the episode "Telephonies" to stir up trouble.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: HIM, especially in the later seasons.
* WalkThroughTheCamera: In the episode "Stray Bullet" in the scene where Mojo is walking very slowly with a confident look on his face.
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving: One episode had a collector of Powerpuff Girls' merchandise who freaks out and becomes a villain when his collection is complete: there's nothing left for him to collect ''except the girls themselves''.
* WaxingLyrical: All over the place in "Meet the Beat-Alls", essentially a long string of [[ShoutOut Shout-Outs]] to Music/TheBeatles. Example; when Professor Utonium has an idea to defeat the combined forces of Mojo, Him, Princess Morebucks and Fuzzy Lumpkins, he asks, "Listen, do you want to know a secret?" Even the narrator gets into the act at the very end, declaring, "I don't really want to stop the show, but I thought you might like to know...that [[OnceAnEpisode Once again the day is saved...]]"
* WasTooHardOnHer: Bubbles asks this after the sisters scold Bunny for releasing criminals from jail...only for the criminals to show up and yell "Not as hard as we're gonna be on you!"
* WeWillMeetAgain: Him in one episode.
* WhenEldersAttack: An old lady does this from the roof of an episode to a Godzilla-like monster, who promptly eats her.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Possibly subverted, if the Professor's directions to his college roommate were correct, Townsville fall somewhere in or near Pasadena, CA. [[spoiler:Don't mind that there actually ''exists'' a City of Townsville.]]
** According to Mayor, the town is at latitude 32 degrees north by longitude 212 degrees west. The aforementioned Pasadena is at latitude 34 degrees north, but longitude 212 degrees doesn't exist (it stops at 180).
* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs: One episode featured a con-artist "director" allegedly making a movie about the girls. The initial broadcast of this episode was suspiciously close to the release of the actual movie.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: The Professor dresses as a woman to get onto the set and foil the robbery on ''Film Flam".
* WindowPain: Not only do things get thrown through windows, but driven. And the girls occasionally fly through them!
* WouldHitAGirl [=/=] WouldHurtAChild: None of the villains have any problem attacking three ''kindergarten-aged girls.''
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* XMakesAnythingCool: Chemical X. Does whatever the plot requires that episode.
* YesMan: Snake to Ace.
* YokoOhNo: [[invoked]] The Powerpuff Girls' plan to break up The Beat-alls. "Moko Jono" is the Yoko to Mojo Jojo's John Lennon.
** What makes this not necessarily a YMMV, unlike most examples, is that she's ''literally'' the Yoko. The entire episode parodies the history and the songs of the Beatles; it's only obvious that the one who divides the Bad Four is a playoff of Yoko Ono.
** This may be a subversion today as Paul [=McCartney=] had gone on record recently saying that Yoko was not the reason the Beatles split up.
* YouCantFightFate: Mojo Jojo goes back in time to throw Professor Utonium into a volcano as a child to stop the Powerpuff Girls from ever being created. This instead causes a StableTimeLoop because the incident is what inspires Utonium to go into science in the first place, thus ensuring the girls will be created. It never occurred to him that, if Professor Utonium ''was'' thrown into the volcano, then Mojo [[TemporalParadox wouldn't have been the Professor's pet and wouldn't have been affected by Chemical X, giving him his super-smarts.]]
* YoungerThanTheyLook: They were born/created the age they are throughout the whole series and start kindergarten shortly after their "birth." As they're the same age throughout the whole show, they're probably less than one year old. The Rowdyruff Boys were also created (twice!) at the age they are, which makes them even younger although appearing to be kindergarten-aged boys as well.

* YourBrainWontBeMuchOfAMeal: The girls defeat a brain sucker by tricking him into attacking the Mayor.
* ZettaiRyouiki: [[FanDisservice HIM]].
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