Trivia / The Powerpuff Girls

  • Actor Allusion: When Femme Fatale challenges the Powerpuff Girls to name some memorable female superheroes, Bubbles mentions Supergirl and Batgirl. Bubbles's voice actor, Tara Strong, voiced Batgirl in The New Batman Adventures some time earlier.
  • Adored by the Network: Along with Dexter's Laboratory, was Cartoon Network's flagship series (during the "Cartoon Cartoons" era of Cartoon Network) that was rerun daily until 2002.
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: The test screening for the first pilot was an absolute disaster, with children complaining about the unusual character designs and one even going as far as to say that Craig McCracken should be firednote . Craig went to work redesigning the characters with more traditional features, but then-president of Cartoon Network Mike Lazo reassured him that a negative reaction was better than a lukewarm reaction, and that they shouldn't change a thing.
  • Banned Episode: The season 5 "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey" was banned in the US, due to the heavy use of strobe effects (which would have triggered epileptic seizures in more sensitive viewers, much like the notorious Pokémon episode "Electric Soldier Porygon." Reportedly, it was banned for allegedly having Communist undertones, but this was never proven). The episode can now be seen on the complete series DVD set for the show and on the complete series collection on Netflix. It aired in Canada on March 18, 2004.
  • Box Office Bomb: Warner Bros' marketing for the movie was quite lousy (as stated in the main page), but CN did their part and promoted it to heck and back (even [adult swim] got involved). Outside the channel, however, there was barely any mention of it. Not helping was it was pitted against Men in Black II on the opening weekend, was overshadowed by the surprise hit Like Mike and Warner Bros focusing their campaign on the Scooby-Doo live-action movie. As such it preformed poorly. Because of this, the series finales for Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy and Codename: Kids Next Door were scaled back to made-for-TV fare rather than made into feature films.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: A Russian magazine credited Genndy Tartakovsky as the creator of the series.
  • Defictionalization: The PPG waffle iron from "Collect Her." Ironically, the writers put that in so the episode because they thought it was too absurd to feel like Product Placement for actual PPG stuff.
  • Creator Backlash: While she stands behind the message of the episode to this day, Lauren Faust has regretted Equal Fights because she wrote it out of Old Shame for her own phase as a hateful misandrist and feels that the subject matter was too complicated for children to understand.
  • Development Gag: The designs of the Run-of-the-Mill Girls from "Oops, I Did It Again" were based on redesigns Craig McCracken came up with after the early pilot received negative test audience reactions due to the girls' bug-like designs.
  • Executive Meddling: According to the producers of the 2016 reboot, Sara Bellum was Put on a Bus because she was "inappropriate". Considering Miss Keane's breasts were removed (!), it's kind of obvious what the producers have an issue with (presumably they're the same guys who have been making Regular Show be edited to remove some objectionable content recently).
  • In Memoriam: The episode The City of Frownsville was dedicated to those who were killed during the events of 9/11, which happened just before the episode aired.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey" has never been shown in the U.S., not even in the current runs on Boomerang. It is on the complete series DVD set and on Netflix, though.
  • Milestone Celebration: The 50th issue of the comic book, Deja View.
  • Name's the Same: Mr. Mime shares his name with a significantly happier and far more colorful Pokemon.
  • The Other Darrin: In the 2016 reboot, Cathy Cavadini (Blossom), Tara Strong (Bubbles), and E.G. Daily (Buttercup) are replaced by Amanda Leighton, Kristen Li, and Natalie Palamides respectively.
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Relationship Voice Actor: The Mexican Spanish dub has two hilarious cases of this:
    • Cristina Hernandez (Blossom) and Rossy Aguirre (Buttercup) voiced Lime and Cherry respectively, two girls from another trio of super-powered girls living with a guy, except their personalities are different between the two series.
    • Also, Cristina Hernandez, along with Enrique Cervantes (Mojo Jojo) and Sergio Gutierrez Coto (The Narrator) voiced Catwoman, Bane and Batman respectively. That's right, The Narrator is the The Dark Knight and he's fighting against Blossom and Mojo Jojo!
    • Imagine Gilda and Fluttershy fighting Discord with Blossom.
  • Romance on the Set: Husband and wife Craig McCracken and Lauren Faust met and fell in love while working on this show as creator/director and storyboard artist, respectively.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Tom Kenny voices the Mayor, the Narrator, Mitch Mitchelson, and Snake and Lil' Arturo of the Gangrene Gang.
    • Jeff Bennett voices Ace, Grubber, Big Billy, and Dick Hardly.
    • Tom Kane voices the Professor and HIM.
    • Roger L. Jackson voices Mojo Jojo and Butch of the Rowdyruff Boys.
    • Jennifer Hale voices Ms. Keane, Princess Morbucks and Sedusa.
    • Chuck McCann voices all three Amoeba Boys.
    • Rob Paulsen voices both Brick and Boomer.
    • Kath Soucie supplied the voices for Harold Smith's wife and daughter.
    • The three actresses for the girls also voiced one each of the three criminal animals from "Sweet 'N Sour."
  • Throw It In: A lot of the narrator's closing lines were improvised by Tom Kenny.
  • Trope Namer:
    • Fingerless Hands: Former Trope Namer (the trope used to be called Powerpuff Girl Hands). One of the most notable aspects of the Powerpuff Girls' character designs is that their hands lack fingers and thumbs.
    • So Once Again, the Day Is Saved: Nearly every episode ends with the Narrator saying "So once again, the day is saved thanks to the Powerpuff Girls", with occasional variations.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Before the Girls, Craig played around with a luchador superhero character as the star for his thesis film, but after drawing a birthday card for his brother with three cute, Margret Keane-inspired girls, he though the idea of those little girls fighting bad guys was hilarious and chose that instead.
    • The original tone of the cartoon was meant to be much more adult (it was called "The Whoopass Girls" after all). One can only imagine what that series would've been like if Craig hadn't made it more kid-friendly.
    • One planned episode, Deja View, about the girls visiting an alternate universe ruled by their evil versions, ended up being cancelled due to the visuals requiring the budget to go overboard (which they were already stretching). It wound up being given to the comic book writers and turned into the 50th issue.
    • As said on the main page, Craig wanted Jack Black to voice the Gnome in "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey", but they couldn't due to him being too busy and expensive.
    • According to Craig on this post, one rejected idea the team had considered was doing a DCAU crossover. In it, the Joker came to Townsville and started wreaking havoc, only for the girls to be stopped at every turn by the Mayor because the city's been put on the map for being targeted by an A-list villain. They wanted to use Bruce Timm's designs for the characters as well.

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