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Western Animation: The Powerpuff Girls Movie

The Powerpuff Girls Movie, released in 2002, serves as an origin story for the titular girls, showing not just how they got their powers but how they came into their own as crime fighters.

The first few minutes show things going as they do in the opening sequence—using sugar, spice, everything nice, and an accidental dose of Chemical X, Professor Utonium brings his daughters into the world, as well as unknowingly imbuing his primate assistant Jojo with enhanced intelligence. After a disastrous game of tag wrecks their home, the City of Townsville, Utonium is carted off to prison, leaving the girls to wander the streets. Jojo finds the girls, takes them under his wing, and has them help build his base as well as a secret machine, having convinced them he only wants to help make the City a better place. Naturally, disaster ensues.

The film bombed at the box office, likely due to a severe loss in popularity beginning in early 2001.

The Powerpuff Girls Movie provides examples of:

  • Adult Fear: There is a brief scene in which a robot operated by one of the Maniac Monkeys is spewing bombs around a baby carriage. Blossom rescues the baby just before the bombs go off, but still...
    • Also, the Professor gets sent to jail for creating the girls, and he has no idea where the girls are.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: The girls and Mojo Jojo were this, until the end when the girls save the town from Mojo. Unlike the girls, Mojo actually deserved this trope as he became a recurring villain.
  • Arc Words: "Make [the town] a better place."
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Mojo Jojo loads himself up on Chemical X at the film's climax.
  • Badass: The Girls, of course.
  • Between My Legs: Discussed by Craig McCracken in the commentary.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Mojo introduces himself to the girls by fighting off the Gangrene Gang as they're about to attack them.
  • Body Horror: The Chemical X transforms the monkeys into superpowered mutants, making their brains grow out of their skulls.
  • Comic Book Adaptation: Had one as most movie adaptation do, made by the staff who was working on the DC Comic at the time.
  • Crapsack World: Townsville, pre-Powerpuff Girls. Crime is pretty much rampant and uncontrolled.
  • Credits Gag: "No apes, monkeys, or talking dogs were harmed in the production of this motion picture."
  • Cue the Rain: When the girls think they've been abandoned by the Professor and are walking home, crying, a rainstorm kicks up. And then they have the misfortune to run into the Gangrene Gang (this was before they knew how to really use their powers).
  • Curse Cut Short:
    Hotta Watta: For I don't give a—
    Mojo Jojo: Watch your mouth!
  • Dark Reprise: A blink-and-you'll-miss-it example, as Mojo finally sees his ultimate plan coming together, a sinister rendition of the theme song can be heard.
  • Darker and Edgier: Compared to the series.
  • Darkest Hour: The climax.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: The purpose of Mojo Jojo's secret machine is to create an army of superpowered monkeys to do his bidding.
  • False Reassurance: Mojo tries to do this to the girls, but Bubbles causes him to pause and tell a bold-faced lie in order to keep reassuring them. Not that he sees it that way...
    Bubbles: This isn't making the town a better place!
    Mojo: Yes, it is — for me!
  • Freak Out: How the girls realize they can effectively use their powers as, initially ,they were just trying to save the townspeople. However, Buttercup gets so frustrated when a dog she keeps saving winds up in another perilous situation that she mindlessly just attacks the assaulter. Blossom and Bubbles then realize they can do it, too.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Mojo Jojo pulls this and a multitude of its sub tropes.
  • Ironic Echo: When the girls meet Mojo for the very first time, he says that he's a monster, to which Blossom replies that he's not a monster, because "Monsters are evil"; in the final battle, they tell him that he is evil, and is a monster.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Mojo Jojo for manipulating the girls into helping him take over Townsville.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Mojo wouldn't have been able to set his plan in motion without help from the girls. Heck the fact that he even has his volcano lair is because of them.
  • Oh, Crap: After Bubbles and Buttercup save Blossom from a needle attack by Mo'Mojo by putting a bus in front of her, the attack stops and Bubbles nervously asks, "Do you think he's finished?" before they hear Mo'Mojo say, "No." and get an Oh, Crap expression, just as Mo'Mojo adds, "But you are!"
  • One-Winged Angel: Mojo's monster ape form.
  • Panty Shot: Buttercup.
  • Power Nullifier: Antidote X.
  • Rearrange the Song: BIS performed a punk rendition of their theme for the show.
  • Redemption Quest
  • Scenery Gorn: Townsville is utterly devastated.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: The Narrator performs the usual opening and closing but is otherwise completely absent from the film.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: The girls' epic speech after Mojo tries forcing them to join him. All the while they talk back to him, they kick his ass all over the place.
  • Start of Darkness: As mentioned, the Girls aren't the only ones with an origin story.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Up until Mojo Jojo's monkey army rebels against him, he speaks in a very straightforward manner. Once it becomes apparent that the Chemical X-enhanced simians have their own plots for world domination, he flips out, and starts ranting in his trademark redundant speech-style;
    "Nooooo! Stop! Cease! Desist! Do not continue with the ramblings, for my ramblings are the ramblings to be obeyed. For I am king, supreme leader, and all-around dictator. Don't you see? all you monkeys are my plan, so your plans are my plans because you are my plan and my plan was to make you! And I plan to rule the planet! Not to have my plans plan to stop me! I am your creator! I am your king! I am Mojo Jojo! Obey ME!"
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