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Fridge: The Powerpuff Girls
Fridge Brilliance
  • I used to think Him was the best villain on The Powerpuff Girls because, come on, how many 5-year-old girls have Satan as a regular member of their Rogues Gallery? In fact, I often wondered why Mojo Jojo was considered their Arch-Enemy and main threat (unlike on Powerpuff Girls Z, where Him is promoted to Big Bad, with Mojo reduced to a rather Harmless Villain). Recently rewatching several of Him's episodes coincidentally right after The Movie made me realize how much more evil and threatening and even cool Mojo is as a villain compared to Him. First of all, It's Personal with Mojo, which goes much farther towards Arch-Enemy status than how powerful you are. Second of all, Mojo is actually much more successful at manipulating the girls than Him, who repeatedly underestimates their ability to conquer the anger or fear he relies on to destroy them and then helplessly laments "But you were supposed to..." The girls always eventually beat Him at his mind games, but Mojo's mind games actually succeed, so the only way they can defeat him is by brute force. It's a scary thought, but Mojo Jojo is actually more evil and manipulative than Satan. ~ Lale
    • On that point: Him is always confident that he understands the girls' psychology. But remember: they aren't human, at least normal ones. They may have something approaching Blue And Orange Mentality, where they have a thought process very different from normal humans. So even someone like Him who knows people very well may be thrown off by the PPG. Mojo Jojo, on the other hand, was also made with Chemical X, and so would be more likely to understand how they think.
  • Yes, being afraid of spiders is no big deal... to you or me. To a character like Buttercup who prides herself on her toughness and invulnerability, the reality that she might have even a little fear of something as mundane as bugs (shared by her sisters, but ranked insignificant next to the fears exploited for them in "Power-noia") is devastating. Devastating enough to make her feel powerless ("I can't fly!"). ~ Lale (I've been re-watching this show a lot lately.)
    • Actually Buttercup's "phobia" is either a Compressed Vice or a serious continuity error. Way back in Season 1's "Insect Inside" Bubbles is terrified of spiders, roaches, etc and Bubbles is the ONLY one who freaks out when all 3 girls are covered in bugs. Buttercup has no problem with squishing in that episode and acts as if she finds them annoying, not something to be feared.
    • To be fair, that those were just cockroaches and plenty of people can be completely okay with one kind of bug and completely terrified of another(and that even applies to the same bug! How many little kids are willing to play with a daddy longlegs but scream and run at the sight of black widow?). So technically it WOULDN'T be an error if Buttercup was okay with cockroaches but not with spiders. At the top of my head, I think the only spider that appeared in the series before that episode was at the very end of the Roach Coach episode and the Professor killed it before anyone else noticed it.
  • It didn't matter that Rainbow the Clown apologized. The Powerpuff Girls did something most kids' cartoons were scared to do. The Aesop of the episode was that being sorry does not make something alright. Especially since his entire justification was "I'm not pretty anymore, so I'm going to commit evil". Heck, it was no more punishment than they eked out for other badguys, or even the opening credits. -DC Horror
    • It also might be because he's a bloody moron. Get a new outfit, change the makeup and you'll be just as annoying as before, but happy. Seriously, I think they just were beating on him for being stupid.
    • It is implied that he wasn't in control of his actions since that bleach wasn't normal (gave him superpowers for crying out loud).
    • The girls didn't see Rainbow get bleached, all they saw was an insane mime.If they saw the bleaching they probably wouldn't have beat him up.
  • Before many Cartoon Network films started, when this played, Mojo Jojo tries to eat Popcorn, only for the girls to fly in and eat his popcorn and sit next to him. Why do they sit next to him? He's technically their dad.
    • True, but Utonium was TRYING to make little girls and seeing as how it's Professor Utonium would probably have succeeded. Without Mojo Jojo they wouldn't have had super powers (and neither would he) but they'd still exist. I see Mojo Jojo as more of their uncle.
  • This comment on a Youtube video made the Powerpuff Girls suddenly seem brilliant to me.
    Him is great. He makes light of the other villains— even his own actions. As the master, he can afford to take a break from chaos to pamper himself, he lays enough, the seed of evil, to keep the "do-gooders" busy.
    What I have always found interesting is that, Townsville, is the center of mass destruction— within which the Devil plainly resides and makes home. It can be suggested that he is what draws all the evil to the city... the city of Armageddon. I kinda like that wiggy theme.
  • HIM may just be the way to avoid saying his name, but if may also be seen as an acronym for His Infernal Majesty. Yikes.
  • Why did Professor Utonium call Mojo Jojo "Daddy-o" in "Powerprof"? That's the same name he called him when Mojo Jojo went back in time in an attempt to kill Utonium as a child.
  • After the Mayor shouts "NO!" in The Movie in response to the Powerpuff Girls preparing to remove their powers via Antidote X, look closely at the shot right after that. The crowd is standing around them in a heart shape!
  • When Professor Utonium accidentally smashes a bottle of Chemical X, it results in the creation of three girls. Now, what does the father have to provide in order for a child to be born female? The X chromosome! Guess the name wasn't just because X Makes Anything Cool being in effect.
  • In The Movie, at the end of their trip to the zoo, Mojo reassures the girls that everything will be fine (even though it won't). He is indeed lying, but everything he says is technically true.
    Blossom: Do you think they'll be surprised?
    Mojo Jojo: Oh, yeah.note 
    Buttercup: Do you think they'll still be mad at us for playing tag?
    Mojo Jojo: No, they'll have forgotten all about that.note 
    Bubbles: Will they love us?
    Mojo Jojo: Yes.note 

Fridge Horror
  • Because the film was very much Darker and Edgier, how many people (and monkeys) died during Mojo Jojo's attack?
    • How many people died when the girls played tag?
  • "Bought and Scold". Crime was made legal. Just think about it for a second.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: One episode featured a zombie magician called Abra Cadaver who was killed when a little girl caused him to trip and fall into an iron maiden (which makes you wonder how the girl felt). He tries to do this to Blossom (since she looks like the girl), but somehow is switched, and re-killed with his arm hanging out of the iron maiden. What did it for this troper was the Fridge Logic that made you realize the fact that, when the theater was abandoned, they left the iron maiden there, with the magician's dead body still in it. Nobody came to remove it, and the magician was never buried. It was just left there to decay with the theater itself. It gets worse when you think about how the people of Townsville probably walked happily past that theater everyday, with the dead body still sitting on the stage.
  • The Mayor's childish antics and grammar suggest that he may be suffering from Alzheimer disease, and no one bother to take notice that Townsville is run by an old man with the brain of a five year old.
  • For that one time Him made Professor Utonium PAY!!! ...for breakfast, not only did Him attack the girls' unqustioning faith in their father, Him proved that they can fail even when trying desperately to protect their only parent. After all, imagine what could have happened if it wasn't a question of a food bill
  • The "Speed Demon" episode, what kind of things were Him capable of to make even Mrs. Bellum and Utonium into maddened wrecks.
    • Speaking of "Speed Demon," the episode had HIM stepping in and taking over unopposed because the girls were gone. So, unless Chemical X also causes immortality, the bad future may happen anyway.
    • For me the worst part was Miss Keane standing in the same spot she was when she "just stood there waving goodbye". The show seems to imply she's been there the whole time.. and she doesn't look in any state to eat, sleep and take care of herself. Did Him make everyone immortal just to prolong their suffering??
    • The worst part is, unless Chemical X somehow grants immortality the Bad Future will happen no matter what, it doesn't matter if the girls don't leave Townsville ever again, when they die, HIM is free to take over the whole planet!
    • If Dick Hardley's fate is any indication, it doesn't. Although, Dick died at the hands of his knockoff Powerpuff Girls and his factory exploding, so it's still possible that Chemical X prevents natural death, but not death by other means. In addition, it's never clearly explained how Chemical X works, and it may not have taken its full effect in Dick's body before he was killed. We've seen the girls survive much worse than what killed Dick, so it's possible that if enough time had passed between Dick's consumption of Chemical X and the factory explosion, he'd have survived it unharmed.
    • By the time the Powerpuff girls die, i assume they'll have kids. Maybe the chemical x passes down to their children, we could have generations of Powerpuff girls/boys!
  • There is one scene in The Movie where Bubbles and Blossom rescue a baby and hand it back to a woman. Less than 3 seconds after they fly off, the woman shouts, "Wait! This isn't my baby!" If that wasn't her baby, then what DID happen to her baby?!
    • She never had a baby, she just pointed out one that was in trouble while the girls were taking her to safety. The girls leave the woman and the baby together when they go to save the rest of the town, prompting the woman to shout, "Wait! This isn't my baby!" The horror comes from wondering what happened to the real mother...
    • Actually, we later see a different woman holding the same baby when the people of Townsville apologize to the girls (she's the one who says "Fantastic!"), so we can assume she was the mother.
  • In the episode Down 'N' Dirty, Buttercup refuses to bathe, and is subsequently kicked out of her house. Superpowered or not, they just kicked a five year old out on the street for being reluctant to bathe. It gets worse later in the episode where she is run out of town by angry townspeople with torches and pitchforks.
  • In Los Dos Mojos, Bubbles gets amnesia after being hit in the head with a steel beam while fighting Mojo Jojo on a construction site and becomes convinced she is Mojo Jojo. As a result, she goes to his observatory and ambushes him as he comes out of the shower, throwing him out onto the top of his head, while he's not wearing the helmet that protects his exposed brain. Um.
    • Mojo has taken cranial damage many times before. It's doubtful that this incident was any different.
  • How about the Rowdyruff Boys? Yeah, they're bad guys, so you're not supposed to sympathize with them, but just listen. These three were created for the sole purpose of destroying the Powerpuff Girls. They literally have nothing else to look forward to. Basically, there's only three outcomes: They could kill the powerpuffs and go on living in an incredibly unfulfilling state of being, the epitome of And Then What?. They could not kill the powerpuffs and be forced to endure an endless vendetta that only ends when they die of old age. Or, they could die now, either through battle or suicide. Add to this, there's no other way out for them because everyone sees them as monsters. And they're younger than the powerpuffs. Brr.
  • One of Dick Hartley's creation's head's fell off. She either died or had to exist without a body.
  • Blossom seems to be a Broken Ace (most likely a Type 2). In "Power-Noia", she is shown to base the whole worth of her life on her intelligence in her worst nightmare, and in "Not-So Awesome Blossom" she runs away from home after making a couple of simple mistakes, such as spilling tea and knocking over a toy tower.
  • The Professor is forced by the school to make the girls go to bed at 7:00. They have to do so leaving Mojo to continue in his rampage, and then a multitude of other villains. But the professor notices that he forgot to change the hour of his clocks: he has 7:41, when it's actually 6:41. There is still time! So Once Again, the Day Is Saved, thanks to Benjamin Franklinís suggestion of setting clocks back during the winter for extra daylight to conserve economic spending on candles, and the Powerpuff Girls! Fine, but the next day Townsville is doomed for good.
  • Buttercup made a Deal with the Devil (not Him, some unnamed devil) to become a better hero, Mange, the little Miss Darkness who's afraid of a little sun. By the end of the episode, she's Buttercup again... but, as everybody knows, those deals always return to give some monumental trouble to the fool that made it.
  • When the mayor lost the elections and Fuzzy became the new mayor, the mayor became mayor again by defeating him in a box fight. That means that if the girls are not around to help, any strong villain (or just some huge thief) can became a mayor the same way. Or... what if years pass, the girls grow up and get interested in politics, and decide that they (or one of them) may be better ruling the city than the mayor? They would take the government, and would never leave it; because nobody would defeat them (and, if they lost the elections, they can simply beat whoever won, and stay in charge anyway). There is a word for that: dictatorship. A benevolent and beloved dictatorship, perhaps, but a dictatorship anyway. And, as pointed in Squadron Supreme and Squadron Supreme New World Order, benevolent and beloved dictatorships eventually turn into brutal and harsh dictatorships, all you need is time.

Fridge Logic
  • In the episode Get Back Jojo, Mojo Jojo goes back in time to off Professor Utonium in the past to negate the Powerpuff Girls' existence. But Mojo was created in the same lab accident as the Girls, so if he succeeded, he'd also negate his own existence and cause a Grandfather Paradox. For an evil genius, Mojo's pretty dumb to have overlooked that.
    • In the movie he calls himself a monster, and his family calling him one probably caused a bit of confidence issues, so he probably cares less about living and more about not having the girls anymore.
      • Wait... So Mojo hates the Utoniums to the point of murder-suicide?
      • Goodness, talk about Revenge Before Reason taken too far...
      • Technically not though; he wouldn't have to deal with Chemical X so he'll be like any ordinary monkey. I mean, its unlikely for the Professor to LITERALLY CREATE Jojo.
      • Grandfather paradoxes are not limited to preventing your own birth or causing your own death in the past. Anything you do in the past that would prevent you from traveling back into the past is a Grandfather paradox, including preventing yourself from becoming unnaturally smart and being able to build the time machine you used to travel back.

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