YMMV / The Powerpuff Girls

  • Adaptation Displacement: Several episodes were directly or indirectly distilled from PPG print material:
    • "Stray Bullet", from comic book story "Squirrely Burly" (issue #1).
    • "All Chalked Up," from Scholastic Book, same title.
    • "PowerProf.," from Scholastic Book "Powerpuff Professor."
    • "Substitute Creature," from Little Golden Book, same title.
    • "Neighbor Hood," from comic book story "Remote Controlled" (issue #7). The episode was originally penned for season 1 but fearing a lawsuit from the producers of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, the outline was given to DC Comics for the comic story.
    • "Lying Around The House," indirectly from comic book story "Big Fish Story" (issue #21).
    • "Simian Says," indirectly from comic book story "See You Later, Narrator" (issue #46).
    • "Deja View" (comic issue #50) was intended as a season 5 episode but was shelved due to being overbudget (half of the ep was to be in CGI) and having a tight deadline. Like "Neighbor Hood"/"Remote Controlled," the story outline was given to DC and made into a comic.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Him's Camp Gay tendencies are an act to trick his enemies into letting their guard down. He occasionally slips out of the act when angered or excited, before quickly realizing his mistake and going back to acting. Now that's a tactic only the devil or devilish will think of using.
    • Professor Utonium reveals in "Keen On Keane" that he does, in fact, remember how he was once brainwashed by an evil cat, yet he acted like it was All Just a Dream at the end of "Cat Man Do." Did his memories eventually return (not uncommon in post-Brainwashed and Crazy cases)? Did he make the girls fill him on the weeks (days, at the least) he couldn't remember and explain how he ended up outside that building in the middle of the night? Or was he merely pretending he couldn't remember to try to make it easier on the girls?
    • In "A Very Special Blossom", Blossom stole the golfs to give to Professor Utonium for Father's day. Was Blossom just a Designated Villain, who felt bad for what she did and only wanted to make Professor Utonium happy, or was she a little brat who was intelligent enough not to steal but did it anyway to get praise, making it sound like it was the Professor's fault ("That's what drove me to crime!") and got what she deserved at the end?
    • Did the Rowdyruff Boys become more dumb for Characterization Marches On, or did HIM make them that way to make them follow his orders without question?
  • Animation Age Ghetto: Toyed with. The cartoon was originally conceived as "The Whoopass Girls," and the fact that it wasn't exactly originally conceived as a children's show eventually showed...big time. All while not actually making it inappropriate for kids.
  • Anvilicious: While the original didn't make such a big deal about the heroes being girls, the 2016 reboot has girl power as a prominent theme.
  • Ass Pull:
    • In "Insect Inside" Blossom produces a giant jar to contain a mass of cockroaches. Lampshaded by the narrator who talks about Blossom's knowledge of where to get giant jars, and in a later episode where she pulls out a giant match, which she claims to have gotten from the same place.
    • During "HIM Diddle Riddle," the girls are tasked with taking down a giant monster without using their powers. Buttercup runs off and comes back in a helicopter with a gatling gun. Where did that come from, how did she get it, and how does she know how to pilot it?
  • Author's Saving Throw: Many fans did NOT like Rainbow's fate at the end of the Season One episode "Mime For A Change". Perhaps to rectify this, he is seen again at the girls' birthday party (in the season two episode "Birthday Bash") as a free and happy clown.
  • Badass Decay:
    • The first episode Him was introduced, he was presented as a hellish almighty powerful being so fearsome we can't even say his name, and was pretty solid Nightmare Fuel. By the last time we see him in the show he turned into just as much of a feeble joke as any other villain.
    • And we've seen what would happen if he won as well, and it's not pretty. He may not be as deadly when last seen, but he's no doubt still dangerous to be taken lightly.
    • The Rowdyruff Boys have gone through this too. When they first appeared, they were taken completely serious to the Powerpuff Girls, due to being the most powerful opponoments they've ever faced. After getting revived, they spend much of their times being Dumb Jock villains, and the Girls don't even take them that serious anymore.
    • In this series, Mojo Jojo was arguably one of the most badass rivals of The Girls, yet, demonstrated, as he, was able to succeed in ruling the world, about three times, take on all 3 of the Girls, using his gadgets and brains, took out an alien overlord with ease, lived in a lair, that was formerly a volcano mountain, etc. However, in The Powerpuff Girls Z, he was portrayed as far less competent, and more of a dimwitted, Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain, and wasn't even taken as a threat, unlike the original Mojo.
  • Base Breaker: Princess Morebucks; on one side of the fandom, she's outright despised for being a whiny Spoiled Brat who only became evil because she couldn't be a powerpuff girl, while others give her the Draco in Leather Pants treatment and love her for her sassy and funny lines.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: At the start of the episode "Catastrophe", the girls are shown at a ceremony where they are rewarded with a bronze statue and "Powerpuff Day". The ceremony is soon interrupted by a monster searching for his cat, who the girls leave to deal with. The ceremony is never mentioned again throughout the episode.
    • That... weird hot dog song in the first episode.
  • Broken Base:
    • The 2014 re-designs of the girls have solicited reactions raging from "awww how cute!" to "OH GOD KILL IT WITH FIRE!". And now that the special itself has aired, opinions are divided on if the special was a fun and fast paced trip down memory lane that should lead to a revival series, or if it was a rushed mess that needs to just stay a one off. There is something of an agreement that the last few minutes of the special felt rushed and that it would have benefited from being longer, but whether or not if a person thought the rest of the special was good or not is, naturally, a matter of opinion.
    • The announcement of an actual reboot set for 2016 has done this. There are those that are ecstatic about the girls coming back, and those who think that the reboot will be of inferior quality to the original series. Not helping is that fact that it's been confirmed that unlike that 2014 special, the trio will not have their original voice actresses (who weren't even made aware of the reboot until the new voice actresses were announced). Even more divisive is the fact that while the girls will have different voice actresses, all of the other returning characters will be keeping their original voice actors.
    • Most fans' problem with the redesigns was that no other character got one, which left many wondering what the point of them was.
    • "Equal Fights." Some believe that feminism was too weighty a subject for a lighthearted children's show, while others feel that it's motives are clear and effective (at the very least, it's the best they could have done with this subject under these circumstances). Others meet midway and say it was a good Aesop but executed a bit too clunky.
    • After previews of the 2016 reboot were shown online by Cartoon Network, response to the change in art and animation style compared to the original series has been rather mixed. In the case of the artstyle, some have said the reboot looks closer to the style of another Cartoon Network series, Clarence, and only slightly like the original series. The animation has also been noted as looking "smoother" compared to the original show's "snappier" animation, and consequently the smoother animation style looks to have made action sequences not as fast paced as in the original series. By the time the show actually premiered, more revealed elements from Miss Bellum getting Chuck Cunningham Syndrome to a misguided attempt at Getting Crap Past the Radar involving Bubbles and Blossom twerking with a panda bear, have caused the reboot to become modest Snark Bait on Tumblr. Only time will tell if other aspects about the show will either prove just as base breaking, or if it'll be as liked as the original series in spite of the changes.
  • Character Rerailment: Many fans despised the Mayor after the later seasons flanderized him into being an idiotic manchild, but the 2014 special has him back to being the kindhearted and only slightly ditzy goof that he was at the start of the show. He even encourages Professor Utonium not to give up on snapping the girls out of Mojo Jojo's mind control and expresses remorse for insulting Ms. Bellum for refusing to open his jar of pickles.
  • Complete Monster: Season 4's two-parter "Knock it Off" has one-shot villain Professor Dick Hardly. Introduced as the sleazy college roommate of Professor Utonium, Dick quickly sees the potential of the Powerpuff Girls as a way to get rich quick. Getting the girls to supply him with Chemical X, Dick makes his own knock-offs of the girls and starts a business selling these copies as superheroes. Due to Dick's greed, however, these knock-offs have been created with minimum materials and Chemical X, meaning that, even though they are aware, they are mentally stunted and physically deformed. When the effort of superheroing causes the knock-offs to literally fall apart, Dick's happy because it means he gets to sell even more copies. At one point Dick notices one of his knock-offs is a perfect Buttercup copy, his response is to order the girl melted down for her "excessive" Chemical X. The episode's climax has Dick capturing the real Powerpuff Girls and killing them slowly by draining them of their Chemical X. When Utonium offers to be a slave, making Chemical X for Dick for the rest of his life, if Dick will let the girls live, Dick only laughs and says he'll kill the girls and keep Utonium as a slave. Greed incarnate, Dick Hardly was notable for being the only villain on the show to be played completely seriously, with no humorous quirks to detract from his viciousness.
  • Crack Pairing: Each girl has her own popular, cracky pairing in the fandom: Bubbles x Him, Blossom x Mojo, and Buttercup x Ace though the last one was actually canon for one episode. Each of these pairs one of the girls with her Arch-Enemy.
    • Any or all of the Powerpuff Girls with their respective Rowdyruff Boy counterpart is also a popular pairing choice.
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • Mojo Jojo at the end of "Forced Kin".
    • HIM in "Him Diddle Riddle".
    • The Mayor in "Impeach Fuzz".
    • Harold and Marianne Smith.
  • Creepy Awesome: HIM, all the time.
  • Designated Hero:
    • The Squirrel from "Fuzzy Logic" is treated as being a hero, even though Fuzzy's rampage in Townsville was partially his fault, and apparently never felt it was important to bring that up.
    • The Girls themselves can occasionally fall into this area. The aforementioned "Mime for a Change" and "Slave the Day" have them beat up characters who were either not entirely at fault or incredibly remorseful for their actions and they are supposed to still be cheered for it (as seen from the Narrator's comments).
    • The Justice Friends were this as well. They're known as true heroes, but still acted very condescending, and mocked both the Girls and each other.
  • Designated Villain: The Hawk in "Stray Bullet." It only wanted to eat and possibly feed its young. Alas, it bore the unfortunate fate of being a predator in a children's cartoon and being pit against an archetypical "cute" animal, and, as a result was slated to die.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: The Rowdy Ruff Boys, Mojo Jojo, the Gangreen Gang (particularly Ace) and Princess Morbucks.
  • Ear Worm:
    • The ending theme, including the remix for the movie.
    • The children's song about Ms. Keane from "Substitute Creature".
    • La La Love, La La Love makes the world go 'rounddddd.
    • All songs from the Musical Episode, mainly FREEDOM BEEF!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • The Rowdyruff Boys were intended to be one shot villains, but they garnered such huge fan support with tons of fan art to even a website built around them (which is unfortunately now disabled, the link is to a archive of the site) that the writers eventually caved and brought them back, redesigned and having more depth then just being evil counterparts to the girls.
    • Ms. Bellum is very popular as well.
    • Bunny, the fourth Powerpuff Girl that Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup made, has some love from the fan-base, probably due to her episode being an absolute Tear Jerker. She's even mentioned in Bleedman's Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi.
    • The Powerpunk Girls, of a Mirror Universe in the comic exclusive story "Deja View" (that was planned to be on TV) are fairly popular as well.
    • Dick Hardly, while he only appeared in one episodes because he was Killed Off for Real, but is still among the show's most popular villains.
    • Him, while billed as being the Big Bad or Arch-Enemy like Mojo Jojo is typically more effective and evil.
    • Everyone knows that fans most favorite and adored Powerpuff Girl is Bubbles.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • Mojo Jojo, though more of an Anti-Hero, still counts for being such an epic Big Bad, and HIM, who happens to be Satan and extra points for that the Girls are afraid of him. They are both so awesome in all their appearences as main antagonists, that they're the most recurring ones.
    • The Rowdyruff Boys may be loud and rude in general, but they definitely fit into this trope as they actually defeated the Powerpuff Girls in a 3 vs 3 fight.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Sedusa, Femme Fatale, and Ace of the Gangreen Gang, for some female fans
    • Mojo actually also has a few fangirls.
  • Fanon:
    • Professor Utonium as at least half-Asian pops up due to his resemblance to Samurai Jack and the fact it fits a popular stereotype.
    • Quite a few fans think the girls see Ms Bellum as a maternal figure, though Utonium is still shipped with Keane more than Bellum,
    • There are disproportionate amount of fanfics about the characters as teens however there's quite a bit of fanon, especially in Dark Fics, that they cannot age due to being Artificial Humans. Other side-effects include being immortal and (especially in Blossom's case) being very precocious to the point of Creepy Child degrees.
    • Fans ignore the fact the Powerpuffs literally have no fingers, toes, or noses.
    • Buttercup is given an individual superpower, much like Blossum's ice breath.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The episode "Town And Out" is the most noteworthy case of this, which features the girls and the professor moving to Citiesville where they endure the abuse of its unfriendly and apathetic citizens; the apparent intent was to showcase how the girls would fare in an allegedly more "realistic" setting where their powers might be frowned upon by the public; instead, fans tended to see it as a needlessly cruel and unpleasant episode.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: A fair portion of the fanbase were in favor of Professor Utonium and Ms. Keane hooking up. Alas, it was not to be. (So far.)
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: In a society where children are told to cooperate, we have the episode "Monstra-City". An episode that shows the complications of immigration/integration. In the end the only thing they learned was that not everyone is able to live together.
  • Freud Was Right: Some episodes like "The Boys Are Back In Town" are beyond disturbing.
  • Genius Bonus: One of the names on the Permanent Naughty List in the Christmas Special is Adolf Schickelgruber, also known as Adolf Hitler (Schickelgruber was his father's original last name).
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Japan absolutely cherished the PPG. So much so that they made their own version of the series.
  • Girl Show Ghetto: Averted, one of the most revered cartoons during its era by both sexes. And despite the ass-kicking, the girls were pretty girly.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: One episode, "Meet The Beat-Alls", has a script entirely composed of song lyrics from The Beatles. This is heartwarming to a fan of both PPG and The Beatles on its own, but even moreso when Ringo Starr himself composed a song for the 2014 CGI special.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the Christmas Special "The Fight Before Christmas", the Mayor asks Santa for a "My Little Horsie" doll, the joke being that he's a grown man. Even funnier — Lauren Faust worked on this episode, and guess what came back in 2010 on the Hub.
    • Bubbles' love of unicorns gets amusing when you note who her voice actress started voicing on Lauren Faust's other show. This pic sums it right up.
    • After Steve Harvey took over as the host of Family Feud, one question made the resolution of "The Boys are Back in Town" so much better.
    "A wife can really cut her husband down to size by making fun of his what?" His manhood. (Which is the number 1 answer, labeled as Shrinky Dinky)
    Steve: All you women that's out there clapping, listen to me... Don't call it your man's Shrinky Dinky, okay, you'll wind up in a real situation, I can tell you that right now. You got a lot of stuff, but what I ain't 'bout to be is Shrinky Dinky.
    • Tara voicing a character who talks to squirrels? Hm, very interesting....
    • In the episode "Collect Her," the villain is Lenny Baxter, a guy who buys all the PPG merchandise and then kidnaps the girls when he's completed his collection. He's a nerd who lives alone, surrounded by toys intended for children. Does This Remind You of Anything?
    • In the episode "Bought and Scold", Princess Morbucks buys Townsville and declares "Crime is now Legal". In 2013, this idea was Played for Drama.
    • Outside of Townsville, there's an agricultural disctrict called Farmville.
    • Judging by its color scheme, Him's demon piñata in "Birthday Bash" might possibly have been a sour.
    • 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! Cue Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
    • Remember how "Meet the Beat-Alls" was an episode full of references to The Beatles and even contained animated cameos of younger versions of Beatles members? For the 2014 special they actually managed to get Ringo Starr himself to be a guest voice, and prior to the special's airing made a song and music video called Wish I Was A Powerpuff Girl.
    • "All Chalked Up":
    • In the episode "Equal Fights", as the girls fly Femme Fatale to jail and she fills their heads with her Straw Feminism beliefs, she asks them if they have their own movie. Come 2002, they can safely say they do.
    • In the episode "Him Diddle Riddle", Bubbles gets an unbelievably high score on a test by simply using the answer bubbles to doodle a daisy. This wouldn't be the last time that a character voiced by Tara Strong would get a high score on a test by doing nearly the exact same thing. (The Peanuts Movie did a similar gimmick.)
  • Ho Yay: In the episode called "The City of Clipsville," Professor Utonium is about to marry Ms. Bellum. But then when he takes off her veil to see her face, it turns out to be Mojo Jojo who reveals that he has always loved the professor. This is also a serious example of Getting Crap Past the Radar.
  • Idiot Plot: Dance Pantsed's plot hinged on the girls not realizing that they could've picked up the jar of pickles with their Fingerless Hands (though, to be fair, it was lampshaded by the mayor).
    • In "Daylight Savings", both Ms. Keanie and Professor Utonium grab the Idiot Ball HARD by somehow getting the impression that making the girls get some sleep (so that they can be awake enough to do such incredibly important things like answering correctly what is a dog and what is a ball) is somehow more important than lives of thousands of people from Townsville. On top of that, Professor Utonium could have easily fixed the entire problem by just making some device that makes you instantly awake or something.
    • In "The Rowdyruff Boys", Mojo Jojo learns how the girls were created by literally calling the Professor on the phone, identifying himself only as a stranger to Bubbles when she's the first to answer before putting the Professor on. The entire reason he even comes up with his own formula by which to create the boys is because the Professor apparently has no problem telling a total stranger, who should sound a lot like the girls' archnemesis the entire formula that made them come to life!
  • Incest Yay Shipping: It's not uncommon within the fandom to pair the girls with one another.
  • It Changed, Now It Sucks:
    • Both the 2014 and 2016 redesigns received massive backlash. The latter designs are comparatively subtle - only little things like Bubbles having hair decorations instead of her hair just somehow naturally being in pigtails - but even these little things upset people who enjoy their classic designs. If anything the fact they're so subtle upsets people, making them wonder why even redesign them in the first place.
    • The fact the girls are getting new voice actresses for the 2016 remake series was met with even more anger, especially when it was revealed their original voice actresses had no idea there was a reboot and they were being replaced.
    • In the Brazilian Dub, the line "Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice" was a direct translation that was used up until the reboot, and as such, had no rhyme between "Spice" and "Nice." When the reboot was released to Brazilian audiences, many felt insulted to hear the line being translated to "Sugar, Spice and Everything Awesome" just to keep that little rhyme on the intro.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Buttercup full-stop, if you think about it long enough. First of all, the professor had no good reason officially to name her Buttercup other than that it starts with "B". Second, she has no unique power (though she is occasionally implied to have better super strength than her sisters). Finally, nobody really pays her any attention, and when they do, it's usually when she's in trouble. Even some fans never seemed to care much, instead opting to exploit her misery and attitude for kicks and giggles.
  • Love to Hate:
    • Him. He manages to be one of the most popular villains in the series to be incredibly frightening and efficient, especially in the earlier seasons.
    • Mojo Jojo. And Princess. And the Gangrene Gang. And Sedusa. Not so much the less evil Fuzzy Lumpkins or the completely hapless Amoeba boys.
    • Dick Hardly. His one appearance means it's the primary reason for his popularity.
    • Princess Morbucks. She had many appearances where her snooty attitude ruined something, coming to a head when she wanted all kids on the naughty list except for her.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Him, mainly in his earlier appearances. Sometimes Mojo Jojo, particularly in the movie.
  • Memetic Molester: On /co/, the question "Why did the Professor want to create a little girl?" is often brought up.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • From "Cover Up," a floored Buttercup's pathetic "Nooo" when a rather diminutive monster marches toward her. She just let herself get beaten up because she hadn't rubbed her good-luck blanket, but when taken out of context, this clip has some rather unfortunate Fridge Horror. Needless to say, without context, Poopers had a field day remixing this clip.
    • "Eat your pea, Professor!"
    • "SWALLOW IT!"
    • "I'm being oppressed!"
    • "P-P-PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"
  • Misaimed Fandom: In the Clip Show spoofing episode, one of the "flashbacks" was of the Powerpuff Girls being bimboish teenagers who have given up crime fighting to hang out at the mall and flirt with the also teenaged Rowdyruff Boys. The whole sequence is rumored to have been a parody of extremely bad PPG fanfiction. A great deal of fans completely missed the point however, and the sequence ironically ended up inspiring even more fanfiction with similar plots.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Dick Hardly murdering a perfect Buttercup clone for her Chemical X. And later on, tries to kill the real Girls for more Chemical X, and forces Professor Utonium to watch them die.
    • Mojo crossed it in the movie by enslaving Townsville with super monkeys, destroying half the town, and betraying the girls trust in the process. Since it was his first evil world domination plan, he apparently couldn't cross the line any further in the TV series. See Villain Decay.
    • Him crossed it in "Speed Demon" where he took over Townsville and turned it into apocalyptic wasteland. This drives Townsville citizens insane and depressed. And this would happen if Him would have succeeded in his plans.
    • In-universe example, Played for Laughs: in Twas the Fight Before Christmas, Princess switches the nice and naughty lists to make it look like she's the only nice kid in the world. As soon as Santa finds out about this and actually sees how naughty Princess is due to her rubbing her demands on wanting to be a Powerpuff Girl in his face, he has no choice but to induct her onto the Permanent Naughty Plaque.
    • Mitch Mitchellson torturing and ultimately flushing a live hamster down the toilet, when you really think about it and get past his cartoonish methods of torture, is actually kind of horrifying. Even the girls end up putting him in a hamster wheel with the now giant, irradiated hamster that intends to eat him.
  • Most Annoying Sound:
    • Princess, when she whines about not getting her way.
    • For some, Bubbles' crying can be this due to how shrill it can get.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Bubbles giggling.
    • The sound(s) the girls make when flying.
  • One Episode Wonder: Dick Hardly. Indeed, while he came late in the series' lifespan, his episode is considered the best written within the Seasonal Rot and many fans even put him above Him as their favorite villain.
  • Nausea Fuel: In "Paste Makes Waste" a fly get's hit with toxic waste, mutating it into a disgusting thing about three times its size that can barely fly under its own weight. It falls into Elmer's paste, and, without looking, Elmer eats the mutant fly with a handful of glue.
    • "Sun Scream" focuses almost entirely on the girls suffering sunburn, with even the simplest of movements being cringeworthy to watch. The episode ends with the girls applying Aloe Vera which cracks off their sunburned skin (we even see one of Buttercup's flakes dripping). The con artists they were confronting are so disgusted that they beg to be put in jail.
  • Never Live It Down: While Buttercup is in fact a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and has proven herself to be a decent person despite her violent and rude ways, many fans refuse to forget about episodes where she is particularly deplorable, such as knocking villains' teeth out just so she can get money in "Moral Decay" and remorselessly making Bubbles cry in "All Chalked Up".
  • Paranoia Fuel: The episode "Supper Villain" hammers in that your average, everyday neighbor with an average, everyday family could actually be a sociopathic supervillian wannabe without anyone knowing it.
  • Periphery Demographic:
    • At the peak of popularity, most of the show's fans were boys... not that every guy would admit to watching it in public.
    • Nowadays it seems fine to admit you watched this show. It was intended for both boys and girls though.
    • The episode "Meet The Beat-Alls," originally conceived as 11 straight minutes of Parental Bonus, was popular amongst children in the intended demographic who were big Beatles fans.
  • Poor Man's Substitute: Craig McCracken originally wanted Jack Black to voice the Gnome in "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey" but by the time they got to production he was too busy and expensive, so they instead got Jess Harnell doing a Jack Black-like voice.
  • The Scrappy:
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • Of the four seasons that were under Craig McCracken's supervision, season two is often regarded as the weakest. Although it does have some fan favorite episodes such as "Beat Your Greens", "The Powerpuff Girls' Best Rainy Day Adventure Ever", and "Speed Demon", several episodes of it often crossed the line into Sadist Show territory and often relied on using an Idiot Plot more than anything else.
    • Seasons five and six were after Chris Savino took over as showrunner mark a noticeable decline in quality, making the jokes much more cruder than in previous episodes and putting the characters through very noticeable Flanderization.
  • She Really Can Act: Tara Strong. Three words: All Chalked Up.
  • Special Effect Failure: There are some points in the series where you can clearly tell that characters have been chroma-keyed into the scene.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • Buttercup's attitude's towards Elmer after he became a monster. She's treated as being in the wrong for refusing to apologize to him after bullying him, but as she points at, Elmer was attacking people that didn't even do anything to him, including his teacher that actually stood up for him.
    • Femme Fatale isn't exactly wrong about male super heroes being much more popular.
  • They Just Didn't Care: This has been the feeling from a good portion of the fanbase concerning the revival of the series. When there are very egregious examples of poor animation flying around, it's just quite embarrassing. To a greater extent, many feel that the revival completely and utterly misses the entire point of the original cartoon, as if it was scared to admit that the original cartoon was never meant for "just girls".
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Similar to the below mentioned "Beat Alls" example, Cartoon Network actually did manage to get former Beatle Ringo Starr to guest star in the 2014 computer animated special as a math themed celebrity named Fibonacci Sequin, but he doesn't get many speaking lines (though he does drop a hilarious Beatles reference at one point) and never sings (odd when one remembers that dancing played a part in the special's plot). At the very least, though, CN and Ringo did make a song and music video called "Wish I Was a Powerpuff Girl" that aired during commercial breaks leading up to the special.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Who else wanted the villains to sing a Beatles cover in "Meet the Beat-Alls?"
    • Some fans were likely disappointed that the best they could come up with for Buttercup's special power was to curl her tongue, especially as in that episode, the girls exhibited completely new powers they'd never used before.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: "Love Makes the World Go Round" is a generally fine song, though the part sung by Blossom at the end is truly a triumphant example of saccharine lyrics.
    Blossom: Puppy dogs, kitty cats, swimming through love.
    • The Show Within a Show "The Wonderful Whimsical World of Willy" in Neighbor Hood revolves around an absurdly cutesy and saccharine kids show that features horses with Happy meters, Maids making happy stew, talking squirrels, and all hosted by a clowny man who throws on happy and sad masks.
  • Ugly Cute / Grotesque Gallery:
    • The Powerpuff Girls Xtreme.
    • Bunny.
  • Villain Decay:
    • If we look at things chronologically from the movie to the TV show, this happened to Mojo Jojo. He actually succeeded in taking over and destroying much of Townsville in the movie but is always failing in the show. He did, however, have the girls' help in the movie. They weren't so easily tricked afterwards.
    • More or less happened to a few other villains as well in The Movie. Before the Powerpuff Girls were around, the Gangreen Gang were a very frightening street gang. In the show, they often needed the help of someone else to even be considered a threat.
      • In "Girls Gone Mild", a news reporter is worried that without the Powerpuff Girls, the Ganggreen Gang will return to their former threat.
    • Him during "Meet the Beat-Alls" goes from usually being a bigger than threat than any of the other villains in the episode, at times more so than all of them combined, to being nothing more than just a another member on a team and is easily overpowered by the girls even with help from Princess and Fuzzy, even though the latter has been able to fight all three of them on his own.
  • Villain Sue: Done on purpose with the Alien Force from "Forced Kin"... until the end.
  • What an Idiot:
    • Princess insulting Santa Claus in front of him in the Christmas Special.
    • The Professor in "Town and Out", who took the girls and moved away from his comfortable, self-employed life in Townsville to live in a disgusting apartment in a city where neither he nor the girls would be remotely happy. Everyone in Citysville counts as well, purely for Bullying a Dragon reasons.
    • Stan and Sandra Practice in "Girls Gone Mild" are huge ones for threatening to sue the Professor if the girls use their powers, even though their very city comes under attack from supernatural threats very regularly, which actually comes to a head at the end of the episode when the city gets destroyed, and even then, they refuse to relent until their own lives are in danger.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The show itself originally wasn't intended for kids (after all, its working title was The Whoop-Ass Girls), but when it was pitched to Cartoon Network, the executives wanted it to be directed towards the younger audience everyone knows and love today. The original intent becomes more and more obvious later in the series.
  • The Woobie:
    • More often than not, it's Bubbles.
    • All three Girls in the movie.
    • All three Girls fall under this in "Sweet 'N Sour" where the Fluffy Bunch is robbing Townsville blind due to their blatant cuteness. It's hard not to wanna hug all three girls when the whole town turns on them and denounces them as animal haters.
    • What with the Adult Fear he goes through several times, it's hard not to feel bad for Professor Utonium, especially if one is a parent themselves.
    • Buttercup in 'Cover Up', when she cries about her blankie being missing. Plus, it can seem unfair to some, since Bubbles is allowed to keep Octi, but Buttercup ends up getting rid of her blanket by the end of the episode.
    • Mojo Jojo in The Powerpuff Girls Rule. His dream had been shattered, and though he wanted to rule the world, it's still sad to see Mojo Jojo lose all hope for the first time. Also, after he finds hope again, we learn that he had good intentions all along, which makes him qualify even more.

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