Dethroning Moment: The Powerpuff Girls
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- Frankiefoster: The episode "Powerpuff Girls Rule". The rest of the seasons after Craig McCracken left the show weren't all that awesome, but this was an all time low. Why? It was the series finale, for starters. Perhaps expecting something akin to the movie, with all the villain Rogues Gallery plotting to destroy the girls collectively once and for all? Nope. Instead we get a generic 'key/take over the world' plot, everyone sounding like fast Chipmunks, the girls having mutated from cute to "I want to swat those bug-eyed freaks!", having weaponized their cuteness into something annoying, and wasting what could have had a potential. Worse off was the Miss Bellum suspense. They could have shown her face like the promos freaking said they would, but instead they tease us with just a side of her face. Nice teasing the fans, writers. Thanks for rewarding a decade's worth of viewers wondering what was under the pile of hair by making them sit through this pitiful excuse for a special.
- Psychopulse: For me, it was the episode "Town and Out" where they go to Citiesville. While the point of the episode as I later found out was to deconstruct what would happen if the girls ever used their powers in a real-world setting, the place was just full of Jerkasses from start to finish, making it my most hated episode of all time. The kicker was when they destroy a bridge while trying to stop criminals, and the mayor makes a law where he bans superpowers and they walk the rest of the way home. Excuse me, but barring very specific cases, retroactive criminalization is forbidden by law in the US. Nothing in this series pissed me off more than that episode alone, and I refuse to ever watch it again.
- Storm Requiem: Maybe I'm bias because she's my favorite out of the three, but did anybody else feel like "Moral Decay" was a giant middle finger to Buttercup fans? I mean, nobody seemed to try talking to Buttercup about her obsession with getting money (which sort of came out of nowhere), no, her sisters just arranged to let basically every villain in Townsville that Buttercup stole teeth from beat the ever-loving hell out of her! Yes, Buttercup went overboard, but her sisters just smugly sitting back and watching them beat up their own sister offscreen as the episode ends was awful! Especially because this episode perfectly demonstrates how Buttercup always seems to get a raw deal compared to her sisters whenever she does something wrong, just because she's the grumpy tomboy. I feel like if it had been Bubbles or Blossom who became money-obsessed, The Professor would have stepped in and tried to reason with them, but since it's the "toughest fighter", it's fine to use violence instead. (Like in "Down'N'Dirty" when the Professor kicks Buttercup out of the house and then she gets chased by an angry mob, just because she doesn't want to take a bath.) No wonder Buttercup has anger problems if she has to put up with this kind of bullshit whenever she does anything bad!
- taylorkerekes: Not only that, but the villains' revenge on Buttercup in "Moral Decay" would have worked better to a degree if Blossom and Bubbles hadn't gotten involved, let alone found about Buttercup's greed.
- Julayla: Mostly agree there, but also Buttercup being what she is here and also too greedy just by knocking any tooth, even a villains' tooth for no reason, that to me is a no-no. I found this that all 3 Girls were mean in this episode, not just Blossom and Bubbles, but Buttercup as well. And I'm suppose to sympathize with her on this episode? Dudes, come on, none of this wouldn't have happened if Buttercup's greed didn't get in the way and she didn't A. try to purposely try to knock another tooth out of Bubbles, and B. did what she did and knock out teeth from criminals that didn't even do the crime in the first place!
- FairyDreamer: My main problem with that episode was the professor. Two of your kids arranged for your third to get beat up, and you're okay with that?! Superpowers or not, what kind of parent sees no fault with that?! Really, this may as well be an episode where everyone was the villain!
- RAZ: "Slave the Day". The girls are such complete jerkasses to Big Billy despite saving their lives in this episode that it made me start rooting exclusively for the Gang Green Gangs for a long time after that.
- Blehblehbleh: The Episode "Toast of the Town". The Mayor acts like a bigger Man Child than any episode before or after. He constantly referred himself in third person and was annoying. Then he takes some Chemical X and becomes huge, and kidnaps Ms. Bellum and nearly kills her.
- Kittens: The episode "A Very Special Blossom" wasn't bad, but what really annoyed me was the end where Blossom confesses that she stole the golf clubs and the reason was because she wanted the Professor to be happy, so everyone's sad after the speech, so do the cops let the Professor go and does Blossom get a lesson that stealing is wrong and the girls and Professor get a heartwarming moment at the end? Nope! The cops then decide to put Blossom in jail and make her do community service for who knows what, and everyone is mad at her, even her own sisters for stealing when it was the Professor's fault for giving her the idea and pestering her about them! And also why the heck would they arrest a kid? I know she has superpowers and is super smart, but she's only a kid and still doesn't know that stealing something to make someone happy isn't the way to go! I know stealing is wrong but come on! They could of just give her a lesson about it. This episode was just plain stupid.
- VioletPup18: Seconded, and this ending is especially painful if you're a Blossom fan. It's really not the episode itself, but the ending that makes me mad. Why did everyone suddenly hate her?! Even the fricking Narrator! The Professor gets away from rubbing the golf clubs in their faces, and the worst part is the end of the end. "And so once again, the day is saved, thanks to the Powerpuff Girls... well, two of them at least." I mean, Moral Decay ended with a fairly similar bad ending for Buttercup, and I didn't like it much either, but at least the narrator was funny at the end and just sounded like he had a broken tooth. But seriously, why was it okay to exclude Blossom from the trio altogether and just consider Buttercup and Bubbles the only ones who saved the day?!?! And Blossom's sad face... that just hurts, such a huge middle finger to Blossom fans. You can't do this to my favorite character. You just can't. Poor Blossom.
- MsCC93: One episode that rubs me the wrong way is "Daylight Savings". Of course, the aesop was going to be about setting your clock back, but that wasn't the issue. My issue was how the girls were caught sleeping in class, and how Ms. Keane explicitly said that education was more important than saving Townsville. I agree that the girls shouldn't have been sleeping in class, and that education is important, but it's not more important than saving Townsville. Also, I felt that this was an Out-of-Character Moment for Ms. Keane, because she's smarter than that and she should realize that if the girls don't save Townsville, there won't be any school for them to attend. Also, the Professor was acting more insane than usual, by unplugging the girls' phones and yelling at the girls to fall asleep, when Townsville was obviously in need of getting rescued, and he's supposed to be smarter than that. Granted, the Professor eventually allowed the girls to save the day because he forgot to set the clock an hour back, but this Deus ex Machina doesn't save the episode, and it just shows that this episode was poorly written.
- Maths Angelic Version: I second that the episode was a massive Idiot Plot, but my DMoS is the resolution. Does everyone realize that they've been stupid and allow the Powerpuff Girls to save them again? No. Instead, Daylight Savings becomes a Deus ex Machina. Not only is it contrived that the plot happens on that exact day, but what if Townsville once again ends up in danger after the girls' bedtime and the idiot professor refuses to let them save it? There's zero implication that it won't happen again. Even as a child, I thought it was really stupid.
- MrCaptainA: "Monstra-City" is this for me. When the Mayor gains control of Monster Island, the Monsters are forced to move into Townsville, and the Girls attempt to teach the humans and Monsters to overcome their hatred and distrust and live in harmony. Unfortunately, after just a day of living under the new arrangements, everyone (including the Girls) give up even trying to make it work and decide it's best if the Monsters just go back to where they came from. The Mayor is forced to give Monster Island back, and the episode ends with the Girls threatening violence against if they show up in Townsville (that's "show up", not "try to destroy the City") and the Monsters agreeing to it without a word of complaint. Where do I begin with how wrong this is? First of all, while the humans' dislike of the Monsters is understandable if not excusable (given that the Monsters have repeatedly laid waste to Townsville), the Monsters' reciprocal hatred makes no sense given that every human other than the Girls in this series has just basically run screaming from a Monster whenever it has appeared. That's the only frame of reference for the humans that the Monsters appear to have had up until this point. Secondly, and most importantly of all, this goes against everything the United States of America has become and the American values that we try to teach our children in schools. The USA has become a country in which people of all genders, ethnicities, and religions can come together and exist side by side in an environment of (primarily) friendship and acceptance, where everyone is given equal rights and fair treatment. And what does this episode teach kids instead? That some ethnic groups of people will never be able to let go of their hatred and distrust of one another, and rather than trying to make it work or giving things time for relationships between them to improve, it's better for the newcomers to go back to where they came from and never return. And if they ever try to return, you should automatically assault them regardless of whether or not their intentions are peaceful? Is this really what we want to teach our kids? Would America have become the "land of the free and home of the brave" it is today if every new group of immigrants to our shores had given up after just one day of being hated and mistreated by others and decided to go back to the country of their birth? I think not. How this episode ever got greenlighted with such a Family-Unfriendly Aesop is beyond me. Plus there's the fact that the giant Monster lawyer is allowed to physically strike the Mayor's main human lawyer, and then frighten the other members of the Mayor's legal team into submission, just because the first lawyer tried to do his job and contest the Monster lawyer's lawsuit. And the Girls just float there and let him do it. And they're supposed to be superheroes. They probably would never have allowed such behavior if the Monster Lawyer had been human...
- Fairy Dreamer: As mentioned above, the episode "Down 'n' Dirty", where Buttercup gets kicked out of her house for not wanting to bathe. In addition to that kind of behavior being typical for kids, especially small ones, they forced a five-year-old child out of her home! Sure, Buttercup has superpowers to protect herself, but many episodes show that powers or not, the girls are still kids. Who in their right mind kicks a five-year-old out of the house?! And at the end, Blossom has the nerve to tell Buttercup her attitude still stinks. Sorry, no. Buttercup had every right to still be angry after being kicked out of her house for such a stupid reason, not to mention that (if IIRC) neither Blossom nor Bubbles went out to look for their sister or were concerned about her well-being. So because Buttercup isn't as angelic as Blossom or Bubbles, her family doesn't care about her. At least, not in this episode.
- Eddy1215: I think we can all agree that "Mime for a Change" is one of the worst episodes of the series. After happy-go-luck Rainbow the Clown was accidentally drenched in bleach, he transformed into the villainous Mr. Mime who started stealing all the color in Townsville, which isn't really that evil when you think about it. The girls then use The Power OF Rock to restore the color and turn Rainbow back to normal. After he thanks them for changing him back, they still beat him to a pulp and send him to jail even though he's good again! It's not wonder it's widely detested episode.