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. It is currently the only feature spun off from a Cartoon Network series.

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 and the girls have to find a way to make things right.

Unfortunately, the film underpreformed at the box office.

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.
  • Anti-Hero: Mojo Jojo, as he is fighting against the discrimination of apes by enslaving the humans.
  • 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.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: It's hard not to feel sorry for Mojo when hearing him talk about being a freak.
  • 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.
  • Badass Boast: Mojo makes a good one after ruling the world.
    • I rock! I rock so hard! For I, Mojo Jojo, have succeeded in my first, greatest, and most brilliant plan ever! And I, Mojo Jojo, shall be King of the Planet of the Apes!
  • Badass Cape: Mojo Jojo as usual.
  • Badass In Charge: Mojo when he leads his army of apes.
  • 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.
  • Blame Game: While on the asteroid, Buttercup blames Blossom for trusting Mojo, while Blossom blames Buttercup for their game of tag.
  • Body Horror: The Chemical X transforms the monkeys into superpowered mutants, making their brains grow out of their skulls.
  • Break Them by Talking: Mojo Jojo pulls this and a multitude of its sub tropes.
  • Comic Book Adaptation: Had one as most movie adaptations 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 Gangreen 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.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The Mayor publicly condemns the girls and the Professor only after the girls accidentally destroyed his favorite pickle stand.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After the girls defeat Mojo, they are finally accepted by the townspeople and are able to fight crime and save the day.
  • Evil Genius: Mojo Jojo, even more than in the series.
  • Evil Old Folks: Pappy Wappy, who is an elderly monkey exposed to Chemical X and is seen weakly attempting to slap a human senior citizen.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Shortly after Mojo Jojo conquers Townsville with his army of apes exposed to Chemical X, all of them start betraying Mojo and trying to take over Townsville themselves. While they don't exactly fight each other, all of them clearly want to destroy or conquer Townsville and none of them are willing to have anyone other than themselves do the job.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Mojo when he puts Chemical X in his brain to become a giant gorilla and fights the Powerpuff Girls.
  • Eureka Moment: In the climax, initially the girls just focus on trying to save the people and get them out of harm's way. Buttercup becomes frustrated when a dog keep nearly getting crushed that she eventually just shocks one of the monkeys attacking it. She starts to apologize till the girls realize where they can put their strength to use.
  • 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.
  • Face Palm: Mitch does this when Bubbles thinks she's been "infected" from a game of tag.
  • 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.
  • Insane Forgiveness: At the end of the movie, once the girls have defeated Mojo Jojo, the townspeople heap praise on them. Even though they treated the girls extremely cruelly for the majority of the film, the Powerpuff Girls' instantly forgive the townspeople and agree to defend the town from then on.
  • 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.
  • Large Ham: Baboon Kaboom speaks loudly and dramatically when he appears.
  • Mad Bomber: One of Mojo's chemically enhanced apes, Baboon Kaboom. He piloted a Humongous Mecha who produced tossable "Butt Bombs".
  • Manipulative Bastard: Mojo Jojo for manipulating the girls into helping him take over Townsville.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The Professor suffers from this when the girls (unknowingly) helped Mojo Jojo create an army of intelligent apes. He doesn't even know anymore if the girls he created are perfect little girls at all.
  • 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.
  • Origins Episode: Expands upon an episode of the series ("Mr. Mojo's Rising") by going into further detail about the circumstances that made Mojo Jojo the archenemy of the Powerpuff Girls. Conversely, it explains how the girls came to be recognized as the heroes of Townsville, and it was quite rocky.
  • Panty Shot: Buttercup, as the Professor puts her nightie on her.
  • Power Nullifier: Antidote X.
  • Rearrange the Song: BIS performed a punk rendition of their theme for the show.
  • Redemption Quest: The Powerpuff Girls have to save the day after Mojo Jojo tricked them into helping with his evil scheme.
  • 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.
  • Theme Naming: Nearly every primate that Mojo Jojo exposed to Chemical X has a name similar to his, consisting of a pair of two-syllable rhyming words.
  • Tragic Villain: Mojo Jojo. Being outcasted of the society for being a chimpanzee with an exposed brain turned him insane.
  • 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!"
  • We Can Rule Together: Mojo Jojo offer this to the girls, this being a prequel of course, the girls refused.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Mojo Jojo appears to be this. He mutates all apes and monkeys, and manipulates the girls to fight against the humans for discriminating his race.
    • For too long, apes and monkeys have been under the thumb of man. Well, the time has come to oppose that thumb, and take hold of what is rightfully ours.. The woooorld!
    • He also saved the Powerpuff Girls's life, showing that he isn't completely bad.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It isn't explained what happened to the other monkeys and primates that Mojo Jojo exposed to Chemical X after the Powerpuff Girls beat them up. This is especially jarring considering that this movie is a prequel to the series explaining the origins of the girls and Mojo Jojo.