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As depicted in the opening sequence of each episode, the Powerpuff Girls were created by Professor Utonium in an attempt to create the "perfect little girl" using a mixture of sugar, spice, and everything nice. However, he accidentally spilled Chemical X into the mixture, granting the girls their superpowers.


    Both Series 
  • Action Girl: They fight to the degree that it's a rite of passage for kaiju to get beaten by them.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: At first in the movie. Also, in "Town And Out" when they move into Citiesville, until they decide to move back to Townsville.
  • Alphabetical Theme Naming: All 3 girls (plus Bullet and Bunny) have names that start with a B and have double consonant. Notably Princess' name starts with a P and her double consonant is at the end instead of the middle of her name, she's the only Powerpuff esque character never to be acknowledged as part of the team or kept Chemical X powers. Lampshaded in the movie where the Professor reveals that the reason why he named Buttercup that name is because it starts with a B.
  • Animesque: Their art style.
  • Anti-Hero: They can be very pragmatic when dealing with their enemies and have committed some pretty heinous actions to solve their problems. Examples include when they beat Mojo Jojo to near death because he took their candy, horrifically traumatized the Sandman so they could continue staying awake, and all around causing terror and destruction to those who piss them off.
  • Artificial Humans: Created in a lab. Also leads to an in-universe case of the Uncanny Valley, since the girls' eyes, hands (or lack thereof), and proportions are often mentioned as being creepy and strange to the people they meet. The reporter in The Movie actually calls them "little bug-eyed freaks".
  • Badass Adorable: They take down Godzilla-sized monsters on a daily basis, and a member of their regular rogues gallery is the universe's resident Satanic Archetype. They're in kindergarten.
  • Badass Family: Especially so in Powerprof, when the professor himself gets in on the action using Powered Armor.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: When naked whilst bathing in "Down N' Dirty" and "Princess Buttercup", they aren't depicted with nipples, though that's probably for the better, considering that this is a children's show.
  • Barrier Maiden: Speed Demon shows what would happen if they weren't around to stop Him. Saying that Townsville becomes a Crapsack World is a massive Understatement.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Bubbles, Blossom, and Buttercup, respectively. Bubbles, being known as the "sweetest and cutest" one, is the beauty. Blossom, being the most intelligent of the group is the brains, while Buttercup being known as "the toughest fighter" serves as the brawn.
  • Belly Buttonless: Due to being created in a lab rather than being born naturally, they aren't depicted with belly buttons.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Due to their age, they can be a bit naïve at times, and easy to trick. That being said, it's not a very good idea to deceive them. Once they find out the truth, it turns into a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
    • In "Candy Is Dandy", stealing candy from them is a huge button.
    • Calling them "Powderpuff" Girls is usually another way to set them off.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Bubbles is the blonde, Buttercup is the brunette, and Blossom is the redhead.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Though they're rather cheerful, the girls can sometimes become this when they want things to go their way. This goes Up to Eleven in The Powerpuff Girls Rule.
  • Butt-Monkey: All three of them can be this together if a plot demands it. Even when a plot doesn't demand it, they are this in their own ways, such as Buttercup getting less respect from others and being run out of town just because she didn't want to take a bath, Blossom in the 2016 series getting her pride threatened a lot, and Bubbles getting teased by Buttercup.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup are pink, blue, and green.
  • Cain and Abel: Age inverted, but the collective Abels to the Rowdy Ruff Boys' Cains, since Mojo causing their accidental creation technically means Mojo is their creator along with Professor Utonium.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Blossom's color is pink, Bubbles' color is blue, and Buttercup's color is green.
  • Competitive Balance: In most video games Blossom is Jack-of-All-Stats, Bubbles is faster but weaker, and Buttercup is slower but stronger. This is occasionally alluded to in show, such as Bubbles doing the speed test and Buttercup the strength test when they wanted to join the Justice Friends. But all of their powers are roughly equal depending on who's trying the hardest. Bubbles has been shown to outfight Buttercup and Buttercup has won races between the three.
  • Daddy's Girl: All three, especially Bubbles.
  • Depending on the Writer: It constantly varies how innocent and naïve the girls are in each episode, as they are sometimes rather knowledgeable in spite of being kindergartners and other times act their age when they aren't fighting crime. One example that shows both sides is the episode Child Fearing, where they act childish while watching Blarney the Singing Sea Serpent and afterwards correct Mojo Jojo's historically inaccurate story about Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • Destructive Saviour: The girls often play this role for Townsville especially in "Uh Oh Dynamo". Deconstructed in "Town and Out" when they go to a more realistic setting and in The Movie.
  • Dub Name Change: In a lot of the foreign dubs (save for German and Japanese):
    • In the French dub, they are Belle (Blossom), Bulle (Bubbles), and Rebelle (Buttercup).
    • In the Italian dub, they are Lolly (Blossom), Dolly (Bubbles), and Molly (Buttercup).
    • In the Castilian Spanish dub, they are Pétalo (Blossom), Burbuja (Bubbles), and Cactus (Buttercup).
    • In the Latin Spanish dub, they are Bombón (Blossom), Burbuja (Bubbles), and Bellota (Buttercup).
    • In the Brazilian Portuguese dub, they are Florzinha (Blossom), Lindinha (Bubbles), and Docinho (Buttercup).
    • In the European Portuguese dub, they are Florzinha (Blossom), Bonitinha (Bubbles), and Manteiguinha (Buttercup).
    • In the Polish dub, the are Bójka (Blossom), Bajka (Bubbles), and Brawurka (Buttercup).
    • In the Norwegian dub, they are Blomst (Blossom), Boble (Bubbles), and Belle (Buttercup).
    • In the Danish dub, they are Blomst (Blossom), Bobbel (Bubbles), and Bellis (Buttercup).
    • In the Swedish dub, they are Blomman (Blossom), Bubblan (Bubbles), and Buttran (Buttercup).
  • Eye Beams: They can fire beams from their eyes.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Blossom is Responsible while Bubbles and Buttercup are Foolish. Blossom is tame and thinks before she acts, while Bubbles is ditzy and Buttercup is reckless and naughty.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief:
    • Buttercup, as the physically strongest of the trio, is the Fighter.
    • Blossom, with her smarts and her ice powers, is the Mage.
    • Bubbles, with her cute charms and the ability to speak any language and communicate with animals, is the Thief.
  • Flying Brick: They are able to fly and very difficult to harm.
  • Freudian Trio: Blossom (Superego—she is obsessed with rules and the most likely to respect authority figures simply for having authority), Bubbles (Ego—kind and sweetly mediator often swayed by either Buttercup or Blossom), Buttercup (Id—Short-tempered and impulsive to the point of being destructive)
  • Fingerless Hands: The former Trope Namer. Lampshaded when they accidentally switch bodies with the Professor, Mayor, and Miss Bellum: Buttercup (as the Professor) attempts to pick up the hotline by basically karate-chopping the air next to it, complaining that "your hand doesn't work!" when this accomplishes nothing.
  • Goo Goo Godlike: Three 5-year-olds who stop crime and beat up monsters on a daily basis.
  • Good Is Not Soft: The three are generally sweet and easy to get along with, even getting along with their various Rogues Gallery when said rogues aren't causing trouble... but their general approach to crime-fighting amounts to giving the crooks a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown and then throwing them in jail. The show has even come under criticism because of how brutal the girls can get.
  • Hero Insurance: Quite a lot of the fights cause major damage, but never have any consequences for it. The girls do, however, try their best to save and/or clear out innocent civilians. This is Deconstructed when they move to a more realistic town and are chewed out for destroying a popular city bridge to stop two bank robbers.
  • Invincible Heroines: With a few exceptions, such as the Rowdyruff Boys' debut, they've never been directly defeated, and in Mr. Mojo's Rising, where they were defeated by Mojo Jojo.
  • Kid Hero: They are physically five years old and temporally about one year old.
  • Lightning Bruiser: They are Pint Sized Powerhouses who also have the power of Super Speed.
  • Little Miss Badasses: Of course, they are young girls who kick a lot of bad guy butt.
  • Ms. Vice Girl: All three of them have this in some way, shape or form. Sometimes they are more weaknesses than vices, however.
    • Blossom is nonetheless heroic and an altruist, though is very egotistical at times, and in the reboot, is deathly scared of anything dirty.
    • Bubbles is the nicest of the girls, and her vice is how naïve and trusting she is, which gets her in trouble in "Octi Evil" and "All Chalked Up". In "Helter Shelter", she is revealed to be an animal hoarder. And as of the reboot; she is shown to have quite a temper. Also in the reboot, she is impulsive, as shown in "Horn Sweet Horn".
    • Buttercup is a brash tomboy with a heart of gold, but she is violent, and gets pissed off at rather small things. She's also shown to be extremely reckless in some episodes.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: They seem to get new powers out of nowhere with each episode, from infiltrating the dreams of others, to creating afterimages of themselves, to self-destructing. Then the new series gives them the power to project astral weaponry around them based on their interests and personalities.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: Bubbles (nice), Buttercup (mean), Blossom (in-between). This is shown perfectly with Buttercup usually arguing with Blossom, and Bubbles being the nicest out of the trio all the time.
  • Nobody Poops:
    • The girls never are shown having potty breaks in the original series. Averted in "Reeking Havoc" when everyone in Townsville (including the Powerpuffs) get bad gas. The Professor mentions in "Powerprof" that Bubbles has a bedwetting problem. And in "Crazy Mixed Up Puffs", Buttercup farts. In "Pee Pee G's" the girls wake up in a wet bed.
    • Averted as of the 2016 series, since in "Blue Ribbon Blues" Buttercup mistook Blossom's agitated behavior for needing to go to the bathroom, and in "The Last Donnycorn", Bubbles had a brief Potty Emergency.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Most characters have relatively normal proportions. The girls, on the other hand, have enormous heads, tiny bodies, and fingerless arms. It's even lampshaded in an episode where Buttercup, in the professor's body, tried to use the phone without grabbing it.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Both Him and Mojo Jojo have mentioned the girls have been fighting crime for years, but they haven't gotten any older.
  • The Noseless: Almost every character in this series has a nose except for the girls. Seems to be because they're artificial humans. Subverted on occasion like in "Reeking Havoc" where they are shown to be able to sniff things, and are frequently drawn with nostrils in the reboot Depending on the Artist.
  • Only One Name: The girls technically have last names, due to being Professor Utonium's daughters, but this is only acknowledged two or three times.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Best illustrated in The Movie, where the girls play a game of tag and very nearly destroy the whole city, since they had only recently been born and didn't know to limit their powers yet.
  • Pint-Sized Kid: They are 5 year old girls and they are pint sized.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: They are short, but they can lift a lot more than people twice their height can.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: All three of them do this at one point in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule!"
  • Power Trio: They are a trio of girls who have unique superpowers.
  • Pragmatic Hero: They treat villains very hostile, even when not directly doing evil plans. Examples are when they beat Rainbow Clown though he had already redeemed himself, or Blossom framing Mojo for a crime she accidentally did.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Their eyes go red when using their laser vision.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blossom is the blue to Bubbles's and Buttercup's red. Blossom is level-headed and less emotional while Buttercup is short-tempered and reckless, and while Bubbles is hyper and exuberant.
  • Same-Sex Triplets: The girls are sisters who are the same age, having all been "born" on the same day. Unlike most examples they aren't identical, having completely different hair and eye colors.
  • Ship Tease: Despite being arch-enemies, the "City of Clipsville" shows the girls (having turned into teenagers) having crushes on the now teenage Rowdyruff Boys and pairing up with their respective counterparts. This was made in response to fan requests that wanted the PPG/RRB pairings in the show.
  • Sibling Team: The Powerpuff Girls are sisters who work together to save the day before bedtime.
  • Sibling Rivalry: The girls frequently argue, but in the end, they always make up and have each other's backs.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Buttercup and Bubbles. The former is brash and rough, whereas the latter is sweet and friendly.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: All three of them can be put through humiliation, slapstick, or injuries if a plot demands it. "Town and Out" and "Sun Scream" are pretty good examples of this.
  • Smash Sisters: Working together, the girls beat up the bad guys.
  • Strong as They Need to Be:
    • One episode will have them proving themselves to adult heroes as the mightiest supers in their universe, and another will have all three girls get beaten down by a gang of ordinary thugs. One time an overweight nerd was able to trap them in toy packaging. SERIOUSLY?!
    • In the soft reboot of the show an entire episode is about Bubbles dealing with a broken arm (apparently) due to a bunch of rubble falling onto her.
  • Super-Deformed: They have oversized heads, no noses and no fingers.
  • Super Speed: They can move very swiftly.
  • The Team: Blossom is commander and the leader, acting as a headstrong, mastermind type Leader, a book smart, strategist variety Smart Guy. Bubbles is the 'joy and the laughter' and generally a cutie variant of The Chick. Buttercup is the 'toughest fighter' and is both The Lancer to Blossom's leadership, and The Big Guy as her designation implies. Between the three of them they hit all the Five-Man Band archetypes.
  • Telepathy: To a degree — they have the ability to enter and share each other's dreams.
  • Thicker Than Water: They argue frequently, but when it comes right down to the point they do care for each other.
  • Town Girls: Bubbles is the Femme, Buttercup is the Butch, Blossom is Neither.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: They are very merciless and pragmatic when defeating enemies. They have done some pretty bad things, yet they're still shown as heroic deeds anyway.
  • Volumetric Mouth: They are drawn with mouths as big as their faces whenever they cry or scream.
  • You Go, Girl!: Always saving the day.
  • You Got Spunk: All three of them face down villains, monsters and what's basically Satan on a regular basis, and they're five-year-old girls!
  • Younger Than They Look: They were born the age they are, so they're actually (in the series) probably less than a year old, as they started kindergarten shortly after being created.

    Original Series 
  • All of the Other Reindeer: At first in the movie. Also, in "Town And Out" when they move into Citiesville, until they decide to move back to Townsville.
  • Arch-Enemy: Mojo Jojo. He's their rival, and the most recurring villain. He also came close to defeating them more than any other villains.
  • Balloon Belly: The girls and the Mayor eat the whole candy jar and get full, big bellies in the episode "Candy is Dandy".
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Mojo Jojo's Cain. They are also the Abel to the Rowdyruff Boys' Cain, though they're technically created directly and indirectly, respectively.
  • Dirty Coward: In "Cootie Gras", they flee various times in the fear of getting cooties from Harry Pitt, which Mojo Jojo uses to his advantage to succeed in his crimes.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: They were this at first during The Movie; simply playing a game of tag causes them to nearly destroy the entire city.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: In the original "Whoopass Stew" pilot and the two What a Cartoon! pilots, the girls lacked individual personalities and all acted the same. The actual series changed this by making Blossom the intelligent leader, Bubbles the cutesy and naïve one, and Buttercup the aggressive tomboy.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: In "Abra-Cadaver", all three girls huddle together in fright while watching a zombie movie.
  • Lethally Stupid: They act like this in the Movie. While playing tag, they accidentally cause massive damage to the school and Townsville, which caused them to get shunned and hated, until the ending that is.
  • Little Big Sister: When they create a fourth Powerpuff Girl named Bunny in "Twisted Sister", Bunny is noticeably taller and bulkier than them.
  • Ocular Gushers: They all cry like this in "City Of Frownsville" after this was invoked onto them by Lou Gubrious's Miseray.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: In the episode "Gettin' Twiggy with It," when Mitch Mitchelson is allowed to take Twiggy, the class pet hamster, home for the weekend only to cruelly torture her; this leads to Twiggy getting mutated by radioactive waste after Mitch flushes her down the toilet, after which she promptly goes after Mitch for revenge. Having known that he would mistreat Twiggy and personally been there when he flushed her, the girls are so disgusted with Mitch that they're fully prepared to just let Twiggy eat him, even catching him and trying to personally throw him to her. When Mitch begs them for mercy, however, they opt instead to place him in a giant hamster wheel and have Twiggy chase him in an endless cycle.
  • Sweet Tooth: They gain obsessions for candy in "Candy Is Dandy", but they get over it in the end.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: After Big Billy saved them in "Slave The Day", they still beat him up and sent him to jail.
  • Valley Girl: They behave like this as teenagers in "City Of Clipsville".

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Blossom

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Voiced by: Catherine Cavadini (1995-2015), Amanda Leighton (2016-present)

Blossom is the redhead in the pink outfit and signature red bow. She's the "smart one" and the self-proclaimed leader of the group, although at times she can be bossy or over-analytical, and represents "everything nice". Her unique ability, introduced in the episode "Ice Sore", is ice breath.


    Both Series 
  • Adaptational Dumbass:
    • Downplayed in the 2016 reboot. She is still "the smart one" but her Wise Beyond Their Years and Child Prodigy traits are downplayed. She's not nearly The Leader she was before and she doesn't understand certain things, such as her thinking colts are young horses and fillies are "horses with attitude".
    • Played straight in the anime adaptation Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z, where she's portrayed as the archetypical Magical Girl heroine, so she has a completely different personality and is The Ditz along with Bubbles.
  • Adorkable: She's a cute kid who is The Smart Guy. Her OCD-like tendencies come off as this too. Especially when she gets endearingly excited when Dr. Kenzington comes to school. Then there's how she acts when around her crush Jared Shapiro or whenever somebody talks about him...
  • Adorably Precocious Child: A 5-year-old who is very intelligent for her age.
  • Attention Whore:
    • In "A Very Special Blossom" she steals golf clubs to give to Professor, and she did it not only to make the Professor happy, but she also did it to get attention from him all to herself.
    • In "Fashion Forward", she disobeyed the Professor's orders to not wear "Smojhis" just so she could get attention and respect from the community.
    • In "A Star Is Blossom", Blossom locks Bubbles in a closet to get the lead role of a play. Bubbles lampshades it herself.
  • Badass Bookworm: The most knowledge-oriented sibling of this crime fighting trio.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't mess with her hair.
    • In the reboot, the mere existence of dirt is this to her.
    • If things aren't as organized as she wants them to be, you'd better watch her temper.
    • Do NOT call her "disorganized". Silico learned that one the hard way.
    • In the comic "Bow Jest" messing with her bow will not end well for you.
    • Also in "Bow Jest", it's shown that making fun of how dependent she is on her bow will make her snap.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She is protective, kind, and a good leader, but still good at beating up villains. She also yelled at Big Billy in "Slave The Day" when she reaches the limit to her patience with him.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Blossom acts pretty egotistical at times, but episodes such as "Power Noia", and "Power-Up Puff" suggest she might not have as big an opinion as she behaves as she does.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Looks out for both Bubbles and Buttercup, and is protective of them.
  • Big Sister Mentor: Gives good advice and is smarter than both of her sisters.
  • Break the Cutie: On an occasional basis, and it tends to cross over with Break the Haughty.
    • In "Not So Awesome Blossom", when she thinks she's failed the group.
    • In "The Mane Event", wherein she gets a sucky haircut and becomes a laughingstock.
    • In "Power Up Puff", where she feels unimportant compared to them when they get their new powers before her.
  • Break the Haughty: She tends to make sure that everyone knows how capable she is to a point where much of her issues become this.
  • Breath Weapon: The only Girl with ice breath.
  • Character Tic: Pulling her bownote  down under her head when she's distressed.
  • Child Prodigy: Her main character trait is being a gifted student, well above her grade level, although she continues to attend kindergarten like her sisters.
  • Control Freak: While she is the leader of the group, she can be bossier than usual.
  • Cool Big Sis: Although technically they are all exactly the same age, she behaves this way to Buttercup and Bubbles.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Looks out for the short-tempered Buttercup and the goofy Bubbles.
  • Cute Bookworm: Naturally, she is an adorable little girl that always strives to do well academically.
  • Daddy's Girl: Just like her sisters, she is very close to her father-figure, the Professor.
  • Determinator: She sure is persistent. However, she will give up if absolutely necessary.
  • Dirty Coward:
    • Mainly averted, but played straight when she stole golf clubs in "A Very Special Blossom", and was so afraid of getting in trouble she tried (and failed) to pin the blame on Mojo Jojo.
    • Played straight again in "Little Octi Lost" on the 2016 show. In that episode she was willing to flee from fighting Packrat due to her hatred of dirtnote  and leaves her sisters to fight Packrat on her own. Subverted, as thankfully she does eventually help.
    • Played straight a third time in "The Mane Event". She fled from the scene during a fight with a monster, only worried about her pride more than the fate of the town upon finding out that she had a bad haircut, which led to the town nearly being destroyed. Eventually subverted, as she does come back to help her sisters at the last minute.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: When it involves giving the other girls commands.
  • Expressive Accessory: Her bow tends to show her emotions, drooping when she's sad, tired, annoyed, deep in thought, or nervous. Here are some examples.
  • Fiery Redhead: She refers to herself as this in one of the interview promos for The Movie, though she doesn't actually have much of the temperament compared to Buttercup. Although in the reboot, she is shown to get a bit more easily agitated.
  • Girly Bruiser: Blossom isn't as girly as Bubbles, but she's into fashion and she kicks ass.
  • Go-Getter Girl: "Power-Noia" reveals that she's rocking a major complex of an excellent student.
  • Grin of Audacity: Her smiles tend to range between this and a normal smile.
  • Hair Decorations: Has a big red bow on her hair, as well as a clip on the back.
  • Hypocrite: She usually calls Buttercup out for picking on Bubbles, but ironically, she is very quick to argue with Buttercup, and sometimes teases Bubbles for being babyish herself.
  • Iconic Item: "Beauty, brains, and one serious hairbow." You rarely see her without it.
  • Insufferable Genius: At times, Blossom thinks her ideas are the best because she's the most intelligent.
  • It's All About Me: Justified since she's only 5. She dips into this behavior sometimes; in her version of events in "The Bare Facts", the story is solely centered around her, and she only grudgingly adds, "Oh, Buttercup and Bubbles were there too, I guess," when they protest this. Bubbles calls her out on it in "A Star Is Blossom".
    Bubbles: The point is, you only care about yourself. You're always in the spotlight.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: To a lesser degree than Buttercup. Despite her flaws, she seems to be a generally good person who only wants to do the right thing.
  • The Leader: Specifically referred to as such in the theme song, a levelheaded variant that forms attack strategies for her sisters and gives orders in combat.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Out of the three girls, she is the one's who's personality is closest to the Professor. They are both very intelligent, educated and try to use logic to solve most of their problems.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Somewhat girlier than Buttercup, and has Rapunzel Hair.
  • Meaningful Name: Named by the Professor for being the first girl to open up (like a flower) to him when they were created.
  • Never Bareheaded: You could easily count the times she was shown without her bow on one hand.note  In other episodes, she wears other sorts of headgear, such as a fedora, a Mojo Jojo helmet, a Smoojhi bow, and other things. In the comic "Bow Jest" she is shown to not like it when it isn't on her head, and later Mojo Jojo points out how odd it is to see Blossom without her bow.
  • Never My Fault: It is implied she may have not felt completely at fault for stealing golf clubs to give to the Professor in "A Very Special Blossom".
    Blossom: That's what drove me to crime!
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Continuing on from Honor Before Reason above, Blossom decides to stop the Ministry of Pain by convincing Captain Righteous and Lefty, their equally elderly archenemies, to come out of retirement to do the job for the Girls. All five elders end up hospitalized as a result, and the news outright states that had the Powerpuff Girls simply stepped in and saved the day, the entire mess could have avoided.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: The only one of the Girls with an unnatural eye color (if you don't count Bunny from "Twisted Sister"), and has much longer hair than them. She is also the only Powerpuff Girl with hair decorations up until the reboot, when Bubbles got visible hair bands.
  • Not So Above It All: She's been prone to doing some pretty underhanded things.
    • Blossom joined in on the Team Tantrum that her sisters did in "Dance Pantsed" in order to get a video game.
  • Only Sane Woman: Out of the three girls, Blossom serves as the voice of reason because of her intelligence. However, she is not so above it all.
  • The Perfectionist: Blossom sometimes thinks that she has to be perfect, which led to her losing her confidence in "Not So Awesome Blossom."
  • Pink Heroine: Blossom is the unofficial leader of the group and sports a pink dress as well as pink eyes.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her eyes and dress are pink, and she acts feminine.
  • Pride: Blossom can be pretty vain, especially when it comes to her hair. However, she can usually back up her claims and boasts with all the stuff she and her sisters pull off.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: You know something is up if she doesn't act like the prideful person she behaves like.
  • Rapunzel Hair: For someone her height at least. The episode 'The Mane Event' shows that she actually has ridiculously long hair for her age, especially when compared to her sisters.
  • Red Is Heroic: Blossom is a redhead and she's a heroine. She wears a red bow too.
  • The Smart Girl: The smartest of the girls, notably doing the best in school.
  • Smug Super: Blossom knows how tough she can be, and she carries this attitude.
  • The Spock: Less emotional than either Buttercup or Bubbles, but this isn't saying much.
  • Straw Feminist: In spite of her and her sisters calling Femme Fatale out on her hypocrisy and misandry in "Equal Fights", Blossom is depicted as having misandrist views in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule", where her idea for a perfect world involves women being in charge of everything and men only being allowed to stay at home and do housework.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: As the most self-consciously 'heroic' and patriotic of the girls, she has a very rigid attitude towards civics, government, and the law of the land. This moral code often sets her up in no-win situations, such as:
    • When Princess legalized all crime, Blossom refused to let her sisters stop bad guys because it would technically be breaking the law.
    • She refused to fight the Ministry of Pain on the grounds that they were very old and that American culture stresses the need to respect your elders.
    • When Mojo exploited an animal rights' group for protection from the girls, Blossom reluctantly left on the grounds that he was protected under the law.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Blossom is a strong and tough crime-fighter, the hair on the back of her head is held by a heart-shaped hairclip, forming an orange ponytail.
  • Tranquil Fury: On a few occasions, but most notably in her first fight with Princess after the latter beats up her sisters.
  • Troubled Fetal Position:
    • Briefly sports one in "Mane Event" after becoming a laughingstock.
    • Goes into this position in "Painbow", after everyone else in her class got A-pluses on their dioramas, even those people who barely did anything.
    • Goes into this pose in The Movie while on an asteroid with her sisters.
  • Vocal Dissonance: In both the original and reboot, she sounds more like a teenager or young adult than a kindergarten-age girl.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • As seen in "Power-Noia", she is afraid of underachievement.
    • In the reboot, she is scared of going into dirty environments. Well, dirt in general is a phobia of hers.
    • She claims to be afraid of trampolines in "Secret Swapper Of Doom".
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: She's easily the most mature and level-headed of her sisters, which makes her a strong role model and ideal leader.

    Original Series 
  • Arch-Enemy: Mojo Jojo for his focus on intelligence, similar to her, and Brick of the Rowdyruff Boys for being her direct counterpart.
  • Captain Geographic: Her alternate identity in "Super Zeroes" - Liberty Belle. She's a flag-dressed cross between Wonder Woman and Major Glory and drives a Freedommobile.
  • Heroic BSoD: In The Movie during the girl's Darkest Hour. Also, she has this in "Not So Awesome Blossom" when she loses her self-confidence.
  • Honor Before Reason: In "Fallen Arches," she refuses to let her sisters fight the Ministry of Pain, despite their current crime spree, because they need to respect their elders.
  • Hypocritical Humor: From "Collect Her", when her sisters are accusing each other of taking each other's things:
    Blossom: Geez, is that all you two do, is blame one another for everything? All right, which one of you took my hair clip?!
  • Idiot Ball: There's one time she is extremely stupid, and it involves old heroes and villains in "Fallen Arches".
  • Kick the Dog:
    • She yells at Big Billy in "Slave The Day" when he was trying to be nice to the girls, while Bubbles and Buttercup seemed to enjoy having him around.
    • During an argument with Buttercup in "Octi-Evil", she shoots Buttercup with her laser vision.
    • Framing Mojo Jojo for something she did in "A Very Special Blossom".
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In "A Very Special Blossom", Blossom steals a very expensive set of golf clubs as a gift for the Professor, and ends up outing herself in her desperate attempt to frame Mojo when the Professor is accused of the theft. Despite her remorse for her crime, the police still hold her accountable for her crime and she is ordered to do community service, all while receiving the scorn of her sisters for having lied about her actions.
  • Letting Her Hair Down:
    • In "The Mane Event", she lets her hair down when she wakes up.
    • Does this again in "Forced Kin" when she takes her bow and hair clip off.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: After spending most of "Not So Awesome Blossom" in a state of shock, she finally comes to her senses and saves Professor.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Right before beating up Mojo Jojo in "Candy Is Dandy":
    Blossom: You're a bad monkey, Mojo.
  • Rage Breaking Point: In "Slave The Day". She spends most of the episode trying to maintain patience with Big Billy, but crosses this when he accidentally destroys the buildings.
  • The Runaway: She runs away from home in "Not So Awesome Blossom" when she thinks she has failed at being a leader.
  • Ship Tease: Despite being enemies, "The City of Clipsville" has a teenage Blossom having feelings for a teenage Brick, who feels the same way.
  • Temporarily a Villain: In "A Very Special Blossom" when she steals golf clubs in order to make the Professor happy. It doesn't end well for her, as she had to do community service hours.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Suffers this in "The Mane Event", and ends up getting laughed at by all of Townsville because of it.
  • What You Are in the Dark: The premise of "A Very Special Blossom" and an exploration of Blossom's more unsavory instincts.

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Bubbles

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Voiced by: Tara Strong (1998-2015), Kristen Li (2016-present), Kath Soucie (What A Cartoon shorts), Holly Hunter (singing voice in "Tiara Trouble")

Bubbles is the one in the blue outfit with the blonde hair and pigtails. As the "sugar", she's the most childish, naïve, and timid of the three, but also the most gentle, caring, and playful. She's a Friend to All Living Things, and she has the unique ability to talk to animals and speak any language.


    Both Series 
  • Adorkable: Bubbles' childish attitude and love for stuffed animals qualify her for this.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism:
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Although all three Girls are the exact same age, she sometimes annoys Blossom and/or Buttercup with her ditzy behavior, albeit unintentionally.
  • Ax-Crazy:
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Although all three members of the trio were made at the same time, Bubbles is treated as the youngest sibling, because of how naïve and innocent she is. But don't call her this.
  • Badass Adorable: Just as strong as her sisters, and also the cutest. She's the type that collects stuffed animals and can talk to squirrels.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't underestimate her.
    • As Buttercupnote  and the rest of the people at the party at her housenote  learned the hard way, never lose, mess with, or in any way threaten Octi, otherwise she will be pissed. Usually she'll just cry if Octi is lost, but other times she'll lose her temper.
    • In the short "Run Blossom Run", she doesn't take kindly to being woken up abruptly.
    • In "Meat Fuzzy Lumpkins", she is shown to react violently if her hair is ruined to the point of giving the titular character a savage beating before using his own meat gun to turn him into meat and feeding him to the Mayor of Townsville at a cookout.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While she's the nicest and childish of the three, she also has a very, very long fusenote , but if she gets angry, she's more devastating than Blossom or even Buttercup.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: She is quite the ditz at times, but is as tough as her sisters. Just watch "Bubblevicious" if you really wanna know what we mean.
  • Blue Is Heroic: She wears a blue dress and is the kindest of the trio.
  • Break the Cutie: More often than the other two girls. It's usually Him who tries to do this to her.
  • Butt-Monkey: Buttercup's favorite target of pranks. Bubbles gets put through slapstick and ridicule from others in most episodes centered on her.
    • In "Bubblevision", she is made fun of for her glasses.
    • In "Moral Decay", Bubbles gets slapped around and injured by Buttercup several times.
    • In "City of Nutsville", Bubbles is teased a lot for wearing a cone around her neck.
    • In "Bubbles of the Opera", she gets a bad school photo, gets a Traumatic Haircut, suffers an allergic reaction to a makeup kit, and has her face smashed through the window by being flung into the ceiling fan.
  • Cheerful Child: Pretty much the poster girl for this trope. Bubbles is described as "the joy and the laughter" in the end credits theme song.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: She normally has a very cute voice, but she tends to shriek when frustrated or excited. Plus, she can do a super-scream.
    "HEEEEEE'S MAKING NEW POWERPUFF GIRRRRLS!!!"
  • Cute and Psycho: Bubbles reveals this side of her in "Bubblevicious", and beats the snot out of others for minor things, and manages to defeat a bunch of monsters on her own during a simulation test. Shows shades of this in the reboot too, as she has a bigger temper, and has a tendency to switch between innocent and demonic.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Bubbles cannot help acting all sweet around cute little animals.
  • The Cutie: Her innocent personality and her cheerful ways perceive her as this.
  • Companion Cube: She can often get very attached to her stuffed animals, Octi in particular. This bites her in "Octi-Evil" when it gets possessed by HIM and starts actually giving her advice.
  • Cowardly Lion: Downplayed on "cowardly", but she is easily scared, plus there were two separate episodes centering on her getting over her fears.
  • Cry Cute: Bubbles is this whenever she is sad.
  • Daddy's Girl: Out of all the girls, Bubbles is the closest to the Professor.
  • Dork Knight: Bubbles is a superhero who is shy, sweet, and nerdy.
  • The Ditz: The least intelligent of the girls. Or so it seems.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: No matter how much of a ditz she can be, she does have a point in a lot of the stuff that she says.
    • Whenever she calls out Buttercup for being mean, she's almost always correct.
    • She thinks that Kitty in "Cat Man Do" was evil, and her sisters just brush her off until it's revealed he was actually a villain.
  • Dumb Blonde: Not stupid per se - in Him Diddle Riddle, she scored a 1075 on the SAT whereas Blossom and Buttercup scored a 10 and a 25 respectively - but a bit ditzy. Observe!
    • There was also one episode where the Mayor called the Powerpuff hotline during a monster attack, only for Bubbles to answer, "Hi! Bye!" three times, with Blossom and Buttercup both glaring at her in the background.
  • Evil Is Hammy:
    • Her "Hardcore Bubbles" persona in "Bubblevicious" gives off vibes of this.
    • Her "Dark Bubbles" self in "Bubbles Of The Opera" makes a bombastic narration of how darkness inhabits her and later introduces herself in a show-stopping way.
  • Expressive Hair:
    • Her pigtails droop when she's nervous, sad or tired, and they flick upwards when she's surprised or excited. The Movie is a good example to watch if you want to see her having expressive hair a few times.
    • Her pigtails turn into the shape of Blossom's hair bow in "Splitsville".
  • Extreme Omnivore: Buttercup mentions that Bubbles has a habit of eating crayons in "Little Miss Interprets". Additionally, the episode "Odd Bubbles Out" of the 2016 series has a gag about her eating hay.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Bubbles has the ability to talk to and communicate with animals.
  • Genius Ditz: She can be very ditzy at times. However, as mentioned below, she is an Omniglot and Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish, and scored a 1075 on the SAT, which (despite being impossible) is pretty good for a kindergartener.
  • Genki Girl: Bubbles is easily the most excitable of the three. It makes sense considering her element is sugar, a chemical that makes you hyper if you have too much of it.
  • Girlish Pigtails: The "joy and the laughter" of the group, so she sports the bounciest hair style.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She loves her stuffed Octi. In "Summer Bummer", she brings numerous stuffed animals with her on a trip to the beach and states, "I only brought the essential ones...which is all of them!" when Blossom razzes her about it.
  • Girly Bruiser: Bubbles is girly (into stuffed animals and dolls) and she kicks a lot of ass.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Due to her special power knowing Spanish.
    • In "Members Only", she says "Mucho Muchacho es muy guapo!"note 
    • Does this in "Nuthin Special" while asking a Spanish squirrel what his problem was.
    • In "Ice Sore" she says "Si."note  when the professor points out that her special ability is speaking Spanish.
    • Shouts "NO ME GUSTA!"note  in "Tiara Trouble", when she doesn't want to help her sisters strike down the possessed Princess Morbucks.
    • In "The Stayover", she yells what she says means "He forgot his keys" Spanish whilst watching a bullfight.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has blonde hair and is known for being the kindest out of the trio.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper:
    • In the original show, but not to the same extent as Buttercup. Sometimes, she can get very angry when provoked. However, you'll have to work extra hard to do so, but you don't want to do that.
    • Played straight in the reboot. She sometimes bursts into random bouts of anger for no reason other than comedy at times.
  • The Heart: Always strives to keep the peace between her sisters whenever they start fighting.
  • Heavy Sleeper: She takes a bit longer to wake up than her sisters.
  • The Hyena: Laughs a lot; this is why she was named "Bubbles" (for her bubbly personality).
  • Idiot Ball: If a plot demands it. Sometimes even if a plot doesn't require it, she still gets this.
    • In "Mr Mojo's Rising" after reading Mojo Jojo's repetitive ransom note, she asks "Who could have done this?"
    • In "Man Up 2", as possibly a call back to "Mr Mojo's Rising", right next to her there's a sign saying that Manboy committed a crime, but she kept saying "Who could have done this? Who? Who? I guess this case is unsolvable."
    • In "Presidential Punchout" she believes Princess's Blatant Lies video slandering Blossom.
    • In "Little Octi Lost", she cost her kickball team the winning of the game because she tried to have her plush toy Octi grab it.
  • Idiot Hero: The least intelligent of the girls but the most altruistic and nicest.
  • Idiot Houdini: Sometimes Bubbles gets away with her more immoral actions despite being the nicest of the trio. Either that, or something goes right for her when she used poor judgement for it.
    • In "Neighbor Hood", she gets away with stealing money to donate to her favorite show. This is very odd considering that there was a previous episode that had a moral against this when Blossom did something similar to what Bubbles did, but unlike the latter, Blossom ended up getting punished at the end.
    • In "Him Diddle Riddle" she scored the highest of her sisters on a test by drawing on it.
    • During "Bubblevicious", she gets away with beating up people for minor reasons.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Her blue eyes represent her youth and innocence. She's known as the sweetest, cutest, and nicest of the trio, and her element is sugar.
  • Ink-Suit Actor:
    • It may have been unintentional, but she shares her original VA Tara Strong's blonde hair. They even have the same personality!
    • Another possible coincidence, but her voice actress in the reboot, Kristen Li, does like to put her hair in pigtails like Bubbles, and Bubbles shares some of her interests and character traits.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Sometimes, Bubbles is too childish to notice her behavior can be considered strange or annoying- take her constant singing in "Mime for Change", which was obviously annoying Buttercup and Bubbles only stopped when the bus did.
  • Inelegant Blubbering:
    • In "All Chalked Up", when Buttercup destroys the chalk, Bubbles' crying is realistic sounding.
    • After she gets a bad school photo in "Bubbles Of The Opera", she does this, and is shown with a wrinkly face.
    • In "Odd Bubbles Out", she does this after her argument with Donny, complete with bloodshot eyes.
    • Did this again in "Little Miss Interprets" after she thought the professor wanted to replace her and her sisters.
  • Jerkass Ball: Even she has had her episodes where she acts more annoying than normal.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: She had a few elements of this trope like acting more childish than usual.
  • The Kirk: Whenever Blossom (brains) clashes with Buttercup (brawn).
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Downplated on "simpleton", but she is quite childish and ditzy, and the kindest of the trio too.
  • Large Ham: Some of her Genki Girl moments come off as this, particularly when ranting about the lack of color in "Mime For A Change". Also has the widest facial range of her sisters in the reboot.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: She is immature and goofy most of the time but she gets serious when it comes to crime-fighting.
  • Madness Mantra: Gets one in "Shut the Pup Up", after Talking Dog apparently insulted her:
    Bubbles: [in fetal position, head bobbing back and forth] I'm not a chubby crybaby, I'm not a chubby crybaby, I'm not a chubby crybaby....
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: The Super-sonic Scream.
  • Meganekko: When she gained glasses in "Bubblevision".
  • Nerd Glasses: Briefly gets these in "Bubblevision", but she ends up giving them up at the end of the episode.
  • Nice Hat: Wore a backwards baseball cap for most of "Just Another Maniac Mojo".
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: Beats up Fuzzy in "Meat Fuzzy Lumpkins" for turning her pigtail into a chicken leg.
  • The Nose Knows: Despite not being depicted with a nose, she is revealed to be able to tell what ingredients food has by its smell in "Reeking Havoc".
  • The McCoy: The most immature, emotional, and sensitive of the Girls.
  • Meaningful Name: Named by the Professor for her "bubbly personality".
  • Nice Girl: As seen in Innocent Blue Eyes and Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold. Her kindness is significantly downplayed in the reboot, but it still pops up from time to time.
  • Ocular Gushers: Cute crybaby Bubbles tended to do this in early seasons.
  • Odd Name Out: She's the only one of the three not named after a flower.
  • Omniglot: A power unique to Bubbles who is seen speaking Spanish, reading and speaking Japanese, and can also communicate with squirrels and other animals.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • If she isn't acting like the always-happy character she is, things are not well.
    • If Bubbles actually gets angry, something really bad has happened.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Comes with being The Pollyanna.
  • Ping-Pong Naïveté: Her overall intelligence varies depending on the episode. In some episodes, she'll be The Ditz, other times she'll be of average intelligence, while other times she'll be a Genius Ditz.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: As the ending theme song states that she is "the joy and the laughter".
  • The Pollyanna: She's the most optimistic and idealistic of the girls.
  • Primal Fear: Afraid of the dark.
  • Prone to Tears: She's still a kick-ass superhero, but she's almost always the first of the three to get emotional, which irritates Buttercup no end.
  • Sanity Slippage:
    • Slowly goes more and more insane as "Bubblevicious" goes on as she attempts to show everyone she's tougher than she seems.
    • Goes crazy in "Bubbles Of The Opera" as she gets less pretty.
    • She loses her sanity when Octi gets missing in "Octi Gone".
  • Smarter Than You Look: She is essentially the show's ditzy blonde. "Him Diddle Riddle" twists this on its ear as Him makes the girls take their SATs as part of a series of tasks to save the Professor. Buttercup scores a 35, Blossom a 10, and Bubbles—whose test was patterned out as a flower—scored 1075. Series head writer Amy Rogers points this out as proof that Bubbles is the smartest Powerpuff.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: She can speak to squirrels and cats.
  • Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish: Former Trope Namer, for Talks To Squirrels. Bubbles uses this to her advantage sometimes.
  • Surrogate Soliloquy: With Octi.
  • Stupid Good: Has a tendency to be easily fooled and has been tricked by Him twice. Granted, the latter was disguised.
  • Tender Tears: Bubbles isn't afraid to openly weep when things get really bad. Bubbles tends to cry over other people's misfortunes, such as crying when her sisters were arguing in "Best Rainy Day Adventure Ever" and "Octi Evil". She broke down when KARR revealed his sad backstory as well. Bubbles even got teary eyed when she saw an injured squirrel once.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Buttercup's Tomboy. Bubbles likes to play with stuffed animals and dollies, making her girly, whereas Buttercup is more interested in things which are usually associated with guys.
  • True Blue Femininity: She wears blue and is the most girly of the trio.
  • Tsundere: The Sweet type. Bubbles is nice, but don't get her angry.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:

    Original Series 
  • Achievements in Ignorance: She scored 1075 on a test in "Him Diddle Riddle" simply by drawing on it.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: A Downplayed example, but it's hinted at one point that she might have a crush on Boomer, since she called him "cute" and was the most eager of the girls to kiss her counterpart.
    Blossom: [Referring to the boys] Let's give them some sugar.
    Bubbles:[In excitement] OH! I WANT THE BLONDE! I THINK HE'S CUTE!
  • Arch-Enemy: Boomer of the Rowdyruff Boys for being her direct counterpart, and HIM, because, as the most evil being in the show, he is particularly interested in breaking her innocence (such as in "Oct-Evil").
  • Big "NO!": In "Mime For A Change", when she realizes that her sisters got turned to lifeless statues, and when she drops the crayons to the ground.
  • Big Sister Worship: She is revealed to think of Buttercup as her mentor in "Splitsville."
  • Breath Weapon: In the 2014 special, Bubbles is the one with ice breath.
  • Character Development: Compare her in season 1 to herself by the final season. At some point she grows a backbone, especially in regards to her sisters' teasing (case in point, she would cry very easily in the early seasons when she got teased. By season 5 she was fighting back).
  • Cloudcuckoolander: In the later seasons of the show, she is flanderized into this, and sometimes acts like she's "out of it."
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: She assumes that Kitty in "Cat Man Do" was evil when he acts suspicious, and it turns out he was evil the whole time.
  • Cuckoosnarker: She could be surprisingly snarky and caustic at times, such as in the episode "Crazy Mixed Up Puffs", where, while being fused together with Blossom and Buttercup, the former attempts to unfuse them by doing a maneuver that results in them falling down. When Blossom asks if everyone's alright, Bubbles responds, "Well, other than my left eye being smashed up against your head, and my left ear ruptured, suuure".
  • The Dog Bites Back: To Buttercup in "Moral Decay". After Buttercup spent that entire episode bullying Bubbles, the latter along with Blossom let villains pummel Buttercup.
  • The Dreaded: In "Bubblevicious", where she managed to traumatize Mojo Jojo.
  • Disguised in Drag: In "Bubble Boy" she was disguised as Boomer.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Her very first line (in the movie, but it takes place before the series, so it's her first line chronologically) was a giggling sound, which led to her being named "Bubbles", due to her bubbly characteristics.
  • Fluffy Tamer: In "Three Girls and a Monster" when she's able to tame the monster.
  • Growling Gut: She suffered this in "Reeking Havoc" as a result of eating the Professor's chili spiked with Chemical X.
    Bubbles: [stomach gurgles] Uhhh, Professor's chili sure is rumbly in my tumbly.
  • Hypocrite: She makes fun of Buttercup's blanket despite also having Octi, who is her emotional crutch.
  • Karma Houdini: She gets no punishments for brutally beating up innocent civilians in 'Bubblevicious'. The closest thing she gets to a comeuppance is getting captured by Mojo Mojo, but that's about it.
  • Kick the Dog: Beat up innocent citizens in "Bubblevicious".
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: I'M HARDCORE NOW!
  • Sand In My Eyes: In her interview of the movie, she claims that she never cries(while she says this, it instantly cuts to a scene in the movie with her crying) and "only gets something in her eye". The Narrator calls her bluff and tells her that the townspeople once called them bug-eyed freaks, which causes her to cry, only for her to also say she has something in her eye again.
  • Ship Tease: Surprisingly with Boomer. A rather small, insignificant one perhaps, but she's the only Powerpuff who has ever shown something else other than disdain by this bit:
    Blossom: Alright girls. I think we know what we have to do. Let's give 'em some sugar!
    Bubbles: [eagerly] Ooh, ooh, I want the blond! I think he's cute!
    Buttercup: Man, you're weird!
    • It helps that her still-shot for when she kisses Boomer has her basically hug him towards her while looking happy in comparison to her sisters' distance (they avoid all contact with the exception of the lips to their cheeks) and distaste.
  • Speech Impediment: Spoke with a lisp in "Moral Decay" because of having lost one of her front teeth.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Okay, not really. After Blossom and Buttercup fail to land a single hit in "Three Girls And A Monster", Bubbles kindly asks the monster to leave Townsville. It works.
  • Temporarily a Villain: In "Bubbles Of The Opera", she joins forces with Mojo Mojo when she thinks she isn't cute anymore.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • "Bubblevicious". She starts the episode dealing with training in level 2, and ends up not only taking level eleven on the simulator but also in Mojo's laser beam (right before beating the snot out of him)
    • There's "Los Dos Mojos", where after getting hit by a brick, she becomes Mojo Jojo, and openly defeats both Buttercup and Blossom at once.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: In "Shut The Pup Up", accompanied by her mantra of insanity of "I'm not a chubby crybaby."
  • The Unintelligible: Both Invoked and Justified in "City Of Nutsville", where she lost her ability to speak temporarily, thanks to a bee having stung her throat.
  • You're Cute When You're Angry: In "Bubblevicious", Bubbles is revealed to hate it when nobody takes her seriously when she's mad because of how cute she is.
    Professor: She's so cute when she's all pouty like that.

Buttercup

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Voiced by: Elizabeth Daily (1995-2015), Natalie Palamides (2016-present)

Buttercup has the green outfit and black hair. She's a tomboy, and the "toughest fighter," representing spice. She's the most aggressive and confrontational sister, and has gained a reputation among the bad guys of Townsville as the most vicious of the trio. Unlike her sisters, she doesn't have a unique ability (to her chagrin).


    Both Series 
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: "So we have Blossom, Bubbles, and, hmmm, Buttercup because... it also begins with a B." Makes it 10x sadder when you see her instant reaction.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: All three Girls were born at the same exact time, but she sometimes acts as this for Blossom because of her recklessness and how she sometimes teases her.
  • Aloof Big Sister: None of the girls are older or younger than each other, but Buttercup is rather cold, particularly to Bubbles.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Her hair is black and she acts a bit coldly.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys:
    • She spends "Buttercrush" attracted to Ace, of the Gangreen Gang.
    • In the 2016 reboot, of The Sensitive Thugz band, she likes Dax, "the tough boy".
  • Anti-Hero: Mainly a Pragmatic Hero in the original series, though occasionally is an Unscrupulous Hero. In the reboot series, however, she is an Unscrupulous Hero, with the occasion of being a Nominal Hero.
  • Apologizes a Lot: In "Moral Decay" she repeatedly apologizes to Bubbles for knocking her tooth out and has trouble stopping.
  • Arch-Enemy: Butch of the Rowdyruff Boys for being her direct counterpart, and the Gangreen Gang for having similar attitude problems and sharing the color green.
  • Ax-Crazy: Shows shades of it on occasion in the both the original series and reboot, taking sadistic pleasure in beating up people. And in "In The Garden Of Good And Eddie", she had a imagination sequence of squashing vegetables.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: Her default position appears to be with her arms folded.
  • The Berserker: Eventually gets some much-needed professional help with her anger-management issues in "Makes Zen To Me" and "Man Up". Both times she went back to her perpetually-irritable self.
  • Berserk Button:
    • As Man Boy learned the hard way in "Man Up", don't call her Princess.
    • She will lose it if demeaned in any way.
    • On a related note, don't call her cute.
    • She does not like it if any mention of her former feelings for Ace is brought up.
    • Buttercup also dislikes it if anyone assumes she is afraid.
    • Don't lie to her or use her for your own selfish purposes. Just ask Ace of the Gangreen Gang.
  • Big Eater: Played with. It does not pop up much, but she has mentioned being hungry more often than the other two, and whenever she is seen eating onscreen, she eats very ravenously. Examples include "Super Friends", "Makes Zen To Me", and "Princess Buttercup". In one of the 2016 comic books she also eats a lot of smores.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Not as big of an ego as Blossom's but still has an inflated opinion of her fighting power. She is implied on certain episodes to not be really feel highly about herself and that all she wants is just to get as much attention as her sisters do.
  • The Big Gal: She's the toughest out of the three and has the most brute strength. She can easily floor a room full of villains and has the most power to give in their fights.
  • Big Sister Bully: Buttercup sometimes veers into this territory towards Bubbles, like destroying her chalk in "All Chalked Up," but she shows that she cares for Bubbles. Occasionally, Buttercup merely teases her sisters a bit and sometimes, she doesn't intend to make them feel bad/ This is much more prominent in the reboot where she's a bully a lot of the time.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Despite her teasing of Bubbles and bickering with Blossom, do not hurt her sisters in front of her. Ever. The Gangreen Gang and The Rowdyruff Boys learned this the hard way.
  • Book Dumb: She is street-smart, but she is also not very good at math and other schoolwork.
  • Boyish Short Hair: The violent tomboy of the group with a bob-cut.
  • Blood Knight: Buttercup is always excited when she's getting ready to fight, to the point of refusing to take a bath in "Down N Dirty" because she would rather fight evil monsters instead.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Buttercup is quite sharp-tongued and rude.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: As seen in Hidden Depths, she is street-smart and quick-witted. Unfortunately, she doesn't dedicate the effort she puts in attacking villains the way into her schoolwork.
  • Brutal Honesty: Buttercup tends not to mince words. If she has something to say, she'll say it. Take for example the episode "Odd Bubbles Out" where Bubbles is excited and Buttercup asks her why; Blossom says the former has been talking about it (a visit from her unicorn friend, Donny) for weeks, to which Buttercup responds that she usually just tunes Bubbles out.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Despite being the more violent prone, she can be a pretty sweet girl when she feels like it.
  • The Bully: Drops into this occasionally, most notably with Elmer Sglue, going so far as to chuck a gluey popsicle stick project in his face. She does eventually apologize to him though.
  • Butt-Monkey: More like "Buttercup Monkey". It's subtle, but if you pay close attention, Buttercup gets less respect and often gets the biggest amount of injuries, embarrassment or just something bad happening to her in general of the trio.
    • In "Down And Dirty", she is doused with a septic tank, gets kicked out of the house, and is chased by citizens with pitchforks.
    • In "Nuthin' Special", she spends the entire episode attempting to find her special power, only to get overshadowed by her sisters and to find that she doesn't have a unique power if you don't count tongue-curling, that is.
    • In "A Made Up Story", in the midst of her sisters' attempts to get the makeup that Mask Scars put on her face, she gets smacked on the head with a hose, sprayed in the face with it and thrown against a wall in the process, her face gets frozen by Blossom's ice breath, and gets her ears hurt by Bubbles's sonic scream.
    • In "Cover Up", her blanket gets lost twice, and receives a huge pummeling from a monster.
  • Class Clown: In "Painbow", she is disruptive in class and cracks jokes at Ms. Keane's expense.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Plays this role when Bubbles and sometimes Blossom overreact to something outside their control, understanding, and sanity. Especially in the 2016 reboot, Buttercup seems to watch her sisters go overboard and express her snark towards them doing anything nonsensical.
  • The Chew Toy: How much bad luck she suffers is often self-inflicted due to how cynical and mean she is. Subverted, as she's viewed by many fans to be one of the most sympathetic characters on the show.
  • Compressed Vice:
  • Contralto of Danger: Has the deepest voice of her sisters, and the strongest too.
  • Cool Big Sis: Although all three sisters are the exact same age due to being created at the same time, Buttercup often behaves as one to Bubbles, or even to Blossom on occasion.
  • Cry Cute: She may not cry as much as Bubbles, but when she does cry it's adorable.
  • Cute Bruiser: Although Buttercup would hate to be called "cute," she can kick serious ass.
  • The Cynic: The most jaded and streetwise of the three. She gets called out on for it in "Down And Dirty" and "Man Up".
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She has black hair and is a hero.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Buttercup has some snarky oneliners at her disposal, especially in the reboot.
  • Determinator: This is shown very well in the episode "The Boys Are Back In Town" when she refuses to give up against the boys, even though she was obviously outmatched.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Buttercup is not fond of tofu.
  • The Dreaded: Most villains aren't exactly happy to see her. Out of the three, Buttercup is the most brutal in fights.
  • Dumb Muscle: Downplayed greatly. She's the toughest of the 3, but also Book Dumb. However, she's much smarter than Bubbles.
  • The Everyman: Out of all the girls who represent the cartoon addiction of girl power and stereotypes, Buttercup is by far the most normal and realistic of her sisters, and acts the most like a general real life kid compared to the others who are both are more ideal, innocent and cute, though they have childish moments as well.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Buttercup was shocked when Bubbles gave a censored Cluster F-Bomb to Eddie in "In The Garden Of Good And Eddie".
    • She thought she went too far with how much she beat up Fuzzy in "Makes Zen To Me".
    • In "Poorbucks", even Buttercup thought that making Blossom cry was too low, even for her.
    • She was disgusted when Blossom disobeyed the Professor in "Fashion Forward".
    • Even she was disgusted by twerking in "Painbow".
    • She was shown to be disturbed at Lenny Baxter's Powerpuff collection in "Collect Her".
    Buttercup: Ugh...this is seven kinds of creepy!
  • Expressive Hair:
    • While scaring Bubbles in "Boogie Frights", the sides of her hair point upwards like devil horns.
    • When she was scared in "Professor Proofed", her hair got all frizzy.
  • Fatal Flaw: Seems to have an inability to apologize.
  • Freudian Excuse: Heroic example; it's implied the reason she's a cynical jerk is because she lacks a Meaningful Name and feels unnoticed compared to her sisters.
  • Gasshole: Downplayed, but is implied to be this. For example, she farts in the episode "Crazy Mixed Up Puffs", and belches frequently in the 2016 show. She also releases atomic flatulence in "Deb O'Nair" using her burrito fart and Bubbles' laser vision.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Fights crime and evil like her sisters, but is the rudest and most violent.
  • Green and Mean: Downplayed. Buttercup is by no means a villain, but she wears green (plus she has green eyes) and is the meanest of the three.
  • Grin of Audacity: Although she's a Perpetual Frowner, her smiles have a tendency to either be this and a scowl.
  • Grumpy Bear: She's the least cheerful out of the girls and the first to see the negative in things. Rarely does she smile.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Buttercup has quite a temper and it's not that hard to make her angry.
  • Hot-Blooded: Buttercup can also get pumped, especially when it involves fighting.
  • Hypocrite:
    • She mocks Bubbles for having plush toys even though Buttercup is revealed to have something similar in the form of a Security Blanket in "Cover Up".
    • Complains about Bluebelle's singing various times in "Once Upon A Townsville", although she goes into a rap later on shortly after stating her dislike of singing.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: Sure, she can be a bully to Bubbles and she can be a jerk to Blossom sometimes, but she doesn't tolerate anyone else acting like that towards them.
  • Idiot Hair: Has a noticeable cowlick in the reboot.
  • I Just Want to Be Special:
    • An episode was dedicated to Buttercup being unhappy that she didn't have a unique power like her sisters. Although her special power is to curl her tongue, she was established in "Speed Demon" to be slightly faster then her sisters, and she's generally considered the physically strongest of the three.
    • In The Movie when the Professor named them, Blossom and Bubbles both got meaningful names; Buttercup waited excitedly for hers, but he named her Buttercup simply because "it also begins with a B."
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Breaking Bubbles's chalk in "All Chalked Up".
    • She repeatedly hurt Bubbles in "Moral Decay" whilst trying to steal her teeth. In that same episode, she took teeth from villains who had done nothing.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: She's the Blood Knight of the trio and is cynical. She does represent the "Spice" portion of the recipe, after all.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: She is known to react violently if anyone threatens her sisters.
    • Although she rushes headfirst into situations and prefers to solve things with violence, she is smarter than she is given credit for and often gives others an Eureka Moment, like in The Movie.
    • Also in "Makes Zen To Me", when she goes to a temple to learn how to control her anger, she finds she actually likes doing things like lighting candles and meditating.
    • Buttercup may be the one out of the girls who has the most street smarts. She learns mostly through experience and that accounts for just as much as Bubbles or Blossom. She is also the one to come up with a solution when the girls are in a losing battle.
  • The Lad-ette: The tomboy of the sisters who hates anything cute and loves sports and violence the most.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Her hairstyle makes her look somewhat male. It actually causes in-universe Viewer Gender Confusion on the 2016 reboot, where an occasional joke would be a character mistaking her for a boy.
  • The Lancer: As the more rebellious and Hot-Blooded foil to Blossom.
  • Large Ham: Sometimes she gets pretty hammy about things, particularly sports or beating up villains.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Her first instinct when confronted with a threat is usually to charge straight after it. More often than not, it works.
  • Little Miss Snarker: She has some pretty funny lines and sass along with it. For a kindergartner she's pretty snarky.
  • Lovable Jock: Rare female example, is fighting-oriented and is a hero. But she's a rare example of being both this and a Jerk Jock.
  • The McCoy: Short-tempered and hot-blooded.
  • Messy Hair: In "Dance Pantsed" and the 2016 show.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Even though the girls are the same age, Blossom and Bubbles behave like the elder and youngest child, as does Buttercup. She seems to feel unnoticed most of the time. The lack of a Meaningful Name doesn't help matters.
  • Mood-Swinger: She seems to have trouble finding balance between being friendly, and being bitter and loud.
  • The Napoleon: Just as small as her sisters and is ill-tempered.
  • Naughty Is Good: On the good side, sure, but she's the least nice on the team. This is her main trait in the reboot, where she tends to cause more problems than she solves them because of her mischief. However, Buttercup is still a hero when it comes down to it, and someone you'd want to watch your back.
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: Buttercup hates when people assume she is scared in situations.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • If Buttercup is openly weeping about something, you know something is wrong. "Cover Up" is a very big example of this.
    • If Buttercup has lost her will, something bad has happened.
  • The Pig Pen: Seems to be a reoccurring trait. The original series has an episode called "Down 'N Dirty", which focuses on her refusing to take a bath. In a later episode of the 2016 reboot, "Cheep Thrills", it's mentioned that she doesn't wash her feet. "The Secret Swapper of Doom" also reveals that she rarely brushes her teeth.
  • Sanity Ball: The very, very rare occasion Blossom isn't being the Only Sane Woman, it's her. See Cloudcuckoolander's Minder.
  • Sanity Slippage:
    • During "Moral Decay", as she gets more money from knocking out citizen's teeth, she gets more insane too.
    • Quickly loses it in "Clawdad" while out on a rowboat in the pond in the time span of two hours.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: To Blossom, making snarky remarks at Blossom's plans or just snarking at Blossom in general.
  • Security Blanket: "Cover Up." She says that it helps her do well in battles.
  • Slasher Smile: Makes psychotic grins several times in "Moral Decay".
  • Smarter Than You Look: She looks and seems the least smartest but actually, Buttercup is pretty smart. It's overshadowed frequently however with Blossom's strategical skills and Bubble's multiple languages skill. She's smart when it relates to intuition in fighting, quick decisions, and being fairly pragmatic in any difficult scenario battle wise or non-battle wise.
  • The Snark Knight: A hero, but jaded, cynical and snarky.
  • Sociopathic Hero: While she is not evil, she has a massive Lack of Empathy, a taste for fighting, a serious anger problem, and is not above crippling the bad guys. "Makes Zen to Me", for example, has her brutally beating Fuzzy Lumpkins to the point of crippling him and leaving him in vegetable state, and although she had no knowledge of this, she willingly goes for a dinner without a hint of remorse. Yes she fights evil as much as her sisters but a disproportionately big part of it amounts to the pleasure that she gets from brutalising characters that she can get away with and still be classed as a hero, seeing as whenever she gets carried away even her teammates aren't safe from her bullying tendencies, especially Bubbles. And that's the people she actually cares about. She does seem however to also have a genuine dislike towards most villains (with the exception of Ace whom she considers following), so there is some sense of limits in her character.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Buttercup is abrasive and cranky, but underneath it all she's insecure and wants to be seen as special by others.
  • Sour Supporter: To Blossom, when she's being particularly bossy.
  • Spiders Are Scary: She certainly thinks so, seeing as how she'll freak out if spiders are in sight.
  • Stepford Snarker: She uses snark and mean spirited comments to hide her feelings of inferiority.
  • Straight Man: To Bubbles, inflexible, dour, and sarcastic to her random optimism and exuberance. Blossom also plays this to Buttercup.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Depending on her mood, Buttercup can be nice but she can also be mean. Normally, she is cold and angry but there are times when she is warm and friendly.
  • Tomboy: Buttercup loves fighting, playing with action figures, and hanging out with guys at the playground.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Bubbles' Girly Girl. Buttercup is short-tempered and interested in things associated with guys, whereas Bubbles is girly and interested in stuffed animals and dolls.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Displays a much meaner streak than her other two sisters.
  • Tomboyish Voice: Her original voice is much raspier than the other two, and in the reboot, her new voice (it's much deeper) is to exaggerate her tomboyish nature.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: "Princess Buttercup" suggests it's sloppy Joes.
  • Troubled, but Cute: She may be angsty but she is adorable nonetheless.
  • Tsundere: The Harsh type. She's grouchy and sardonic on the outside, but sometimes shows a nicer side.
  • The Unapologetic: Buttercup will do anything to not apologize when she did something wrong, and when she is pressed against doing so she has great difficulty doing it. In both "Paste Makes Waste" and "All Chalked Up".
    • For the former, she teases Elmer Sglue for eating paste. When Elmer turns into a giant radioactive monster as a result of eating a fly that swam in toxic waste and landed in his paste, Blossom and Bubbles get trapped in him, leaving Buttercup to apologize to him the only option of saving them. Of course, Buttercup is reluctant to do so.
    • In the latter episode, Buttercup destroys Bubbles' chalk, leading Bubbles to get a new set from a butterfly that is really a disguised Him. The chalk transforms her drawings into giant monsters. At the end of the episode, Buttercup reluctantly tries to apologize, but Bubbles accepts her apology before she can give it.
  • The Unfavorite: Hints that she may feel this way. Nine times out of ten, the only times she ever gets individual attention is because she's causing trouble. In comparison to her sisters, the Professor is more lenient with them than her when they act up (Blossom stealing the golf clubs or Bubbles keeping the whale). All in all, Buttercup really doesn't get any attention. Her blanket was taken from her even though she is 5 and her sister has Octi. Despite it being unhealthy to place your worth in a blanket, it was a Security Blanket.
  • Unstoppable Rage: God help you if you piss her off.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Buttercup hates spiders with a mighty passion.
  • When She Smiles: On the rare occasion she does smile...

    Original Series 
  • Badass Boast: "It'll take a lot more than a couple of cheap shots to make us cry."
  • Big "SHUT UP!": She gives four of them in the episode "Monstra-City".
  • Death Glare: In the original show, this was one of her default faces, mixed with a frown.
  • Dirty Coward: In "Moral Decay". Having spent the entire episode robbing teeth from villains for profit, she is scared shitless when they gang up on her to do the same.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: The Professor calls her "Butterbear" in "Powerprof", and Blossom calls her "Butterfingers" after dropping Femme Fatale in "Equal Fights".
  • Emotionally Tongue-Tied: In "Paste Makes Waste," she had physical difficulty apologizing to Elmer Sglue for bullying him.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In "Buttercrush" when she gives the Gangreen Gang the mother of all beatdowns for using her to hurt her sisters.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: She...doesn't react well when she finds out Ace was just using her in "Buttercrush".
  • Forgot I Could Fly: Played for Laughs; in "Down 'N Dirty", she is being chased by a mob of townsfolks for refusing to take a bath, when she abruptly stops and asks, "Wait, what am I doing?" before taking off into the air.
  • Freak Out!: Has one when she loses her blanket in "Cover Up".
  • Girliness Upgrade:
    • In the teen flashback from "City of Clipsville" when she wears girly things and acts girly.
    • She sort-of gets one at the end of "The Rowdyruff Boys" where she kisses Butch. Followed by a downgrade back to normal when Buttercup's reaction to having kissed a boy is to start spitting repeatedly in disgust.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Buttercup gets glowing green eyes in the Spawn expy Mange in Super Zeroes.
  • Greed: In "Moral Decay" when she knocks out teeth from super villains for cash.
  • Hates Baths: Is a central plot point in "Down 'N Dirty." It never shows up again after this episode, though.
  • Heartbroken Badass: After she realizes Ace was lying to her in "Buttercrush".
  • Inelegant Blubbering: In "Cover Up" when she couldn't find her blanket, and ends up sounding exactly like Tommy Pickles while doing so. Bonus points for sharing the same voice actress.
    Buttercup: AHH-HUH, AH HA HUH HUH, AHHHH HOO HOO HOO HOOOOO WAH! WHERE'S MY BLANKET?!
  • Informed Deformity: During the flashback of the trio as teenagers in "City Of Clipsville", Teen Buttercup claims to have weight issues despite being not much bigger than her sisters.
  • It's All About Me: Justified, since she's just 5. In "Moral Decay", she gains a fetish for money and in at least 3 episodes of the reboot she valued objects more than her sisters.
  • Jabba Table Manners: She is shown to have these in "Makes Zen To Me". She gets called out on this by both Blossom and Bubbles.
  • Jerkass Ball: Had her genuine moments in the original show, such as making Bubbles cry in "All Chalked Up" and throwing paste in Elmer's face in "Paste Makes Waste".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Buttercup may act brash and cold sometimes, but she's still a good-hearted girl who admits her mistakes and she loves her sisters. It's probably not a good idea to harm them.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: She gets this at the end of "Moral Decay". After knocking out villains' teeth unprovoked just so she can use their teeth to get more money from the tooth fairy, her sisters let the toothless villains knock out Buttercup's teeth as payback. In addition, Buttercup's ill-gotten gains are used to pay her dental bills afterwards.
  • Likes Older Men: She fell in love with Ace, who's a teenager, while Buttercup is only five.
  • Little "No": Gives an absolutely memetic one as a monster not much taller than her marches up to her after effortlessly beating her in "Cover Up".
  • Love Makes You Dumb: In "Buttercrush" when she becomes infatuated with Ace, which he uses to his advantage to manipulate Buttercup and to destroy her sisters.
  • Luminescent Blush: Gets one after accidentally flatulating in "Crazy Mixed Up Puffs".
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Lets her hair go down whilst bragging about winning a race in "Speed Demon".
  • Money Fetish: In "Moral Decay" she was so obsessed with money that she was okay with beating up villains and Bubbles for their teeth so she could get money.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • At first she doesn't want to keep Kitty in "Cat Man Do", but she's soon gushing over it with her sisters.
    • In "Boogie Frights", Buttercup teases Bubbles for being afraid of the Boogie Man, but when they actually encounter the Boogie Man's minions, they both get so scared that they hug one another, which Bubbles immediately points out.
    • In the 2014 special, she mentions that she thinks Corgi dogs are cute.
  • Not So Different: Her and Princess. They both have tempers and can be bratty. What makes Buttercup better than Princess was that she still had a heart of gold while Princess didn't.
  • Ocular Gushers: She, of all people, does this after her blanket goes missing in "Cover Up". depending on the episode. Whenever Blossom is doing something irrational, she'll pick up the ball of sanity and become this.
  • One of the Boys: At school, she hangs out with the boys in the class.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Her default facial expression. However, in the 2016 series, she is notably more smiley and energetic, so it becomes Downplayed.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • She over-apologizes to Bubbles for hitting her in "Moral Decay".
    • Buttercup can be seen comforting Bubbles by patting her on the back in "Halt And Catch Silico".oys: At school, she hangs out with the boys in the class.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • She over-apologizes to Bubbles for hitting her in "Moral Decay".
    • Buttercup can be seen comforting Bubbles by patting her on the back in "Halt And Catch Silico".
  • Precocious Crush: Gets one on Ace in "Buttercrush." She's physically a kindergartner and he's at least a teenager.
  • The Pig Pen: "Down And Dirty". She refuses to bathe after each battle despite the fact that she was sent through a septic tank and ends up becoming so smelly that she's kicked out of town. She begrudgingly gives in when even monsters don't want to deal with the stink.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Doesn't speak in "Buttercrush", except for when she apologizes to her sisters near the end of the episode.
  • Temporarily a Villain: In "Moral Decay" when she starts most of the trouble in the episode by knocking the villains teeth out, even when they weren't bothering her. It came back to bite her in the ass though.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: In the episode "Down and Dirty," when she finally decides to take a bath. Instead of thanking Blossom and Bubbles for even being willing to be near her in light of her smelling so bad, she just retorts on how she only took the bath so she could resume crime-fighting. Blossom even lampshades this.
    Blossom: You know Buttercup. You may be clean, but your attitude still stinks.
  • Villain Protagonist: Was both the villain and the main protagonist of "Moral Decay", wherein she beats up everyone in Townsville to get money.
  • The Voiceless: She has no lines in "Buttercrush" until at the end when she apologizes to her sisters.
  • Weight Woe: Her teen self in "City Of Clipsville" says she is self-conscious about allegedly being overweight even though she isn't any wider than her sisters.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: "Nuthin' Special" reveals that that her special power (if you can even call it "special") is curling her tongue.

Bullet

A young, female squirrel whom the girls found injured on a camping trip after she was attacked by a falcon and took home in order to nurse her back to heal. Once Bubbles gives her some Chemical X to help her heal faster, she gains the same superpowers as the girls and becomes a superheroine on her native forest. She also serves as the fourth Powerpuff girl and still remains good friends with the Powerpuff Girls.


  • Abnormal Ammo: She can gather nuts inside her mouth and spit them at her enemies.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Her gender isn't properly confirmed in her debut episode, but she is consistently addressed with feminine pronouns.
  • Animal Superhero: Oh yes.
  • But Now I Must Go: She chooses to return to her native forest so she can defend the animals living there.
  • Commuting on a Bus: She left the main cast in her debut episode and became the forest’s protector but she still serves as a member to the group and is able to help when the situation demands it.
  • Sixth Ranger: She is the fourth Powerpuff girl and would’ve joined the main cast if she didn’t have an But Now I Must Go moment. Whether she will ever return in the 2016 reboot or not is currently unknown.

Bliss

See her folder for tropes regarding her as she isn’t an original series character and only appeared in the reboot.

Professor Utonium

Voiced by: Tom Kane, Rob Paulsen (as a young boy)
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Professor Utonium is the brilliant scientist who created the girls in his lab. He acts as a father figure, caring for them as a single parent would. He's enthusiastic about his work and cooks up all sorts of inventions and experiments in his lab.


    Both Series 
  • Achievements in Ignorance:
    • Every time he makes something useful, it was on accident. Dynamo doesn't count as an exception, because even though he made it on purpose, it caused disaster.
    • The one proper exception is in the episode Nano of the North, where his purposefully built shrink ray was crucial in helping the girls save the day. Even though in the end he ended up saving the day by stepping on the monster, it never would've gotten to that point had he not shrunk the girls down. The girls were then able to destroy most of the nanobots causing the remaining few to combine in desperation.
  • Adorkable: Especially in "Mommy Fearest", where the sight of a beautiful woman leads him to stuttering "I—" for the rest of the interaction.
  • Adult Fear: Even though his daughters are super-powered Flying Bricks and capable of handling themselves, he still worries about their safety as any parent would, especially on the occasions when they do run into real danger. In "Knock It Off", when Dick Hardley nearly kills the girls by draining the Chemical X from their bodies, the Professor begs for their lives, even offering to make all the Chemical X that Dick wants if he'll spare them.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: The episode "Powerprof" is dedicated to this; he calls the girls embarrassing nicknames. It shows up from time to time elsewhere.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Brace yourself for a beatdown if you ever cut down the tree that he planted as a kid.
    • Don't disobey him.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He’s a nice, laid back guy, but if you know what’s good for you, DON’T harm his girls. And in "Roughing It Up", he beat the snot out of Fuzzy Lumpkins when he cut down the tree that the Professor had planted when he was younger.
  • Big Good: As the mentor, father, gadget supplier figure.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Has some pretty expressive ones, too.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Revealed to have been this in his childhood, much to the surprise of Mojo, in "Get Back Jojo." He was even bordering on The Bully toward the other kids, particularly Matthew.
  • Butt-Monkey: Not only does he get captured a lot, but he gets more prone to getting comedic injuries in the 2016 series.
  • Badass Baritone: The Professor has a deep, calming voice.
  • Cats Are Mean: He acquired a hatred towards cats ever since one brainwashed him. This ends up becoming the reason why he doesn't hook up with Ms. Keane in the end.
  • Character Tics: Wagging his finger whenever he's angry.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: He is former classmates with Miss Bellum and Miss Keane.
  • Fatherly Scientist: He creates the title characters and winds up adopting them as his children.
  • Foil: Interestingly, he and Dick are exact moral opposites. While Professor Utonium is fascinated by the world of science, Dick is a sleazy sexist who's more interested in money and women.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He creates things like a supersuit or a giant robot or a car that can turn into a giant robot...or superpowered kindergarteners.
  • Good Counterpart: Of Mojo Jojo and Dick Hardly.
  • Good Parent: He's a loving, doting father for the girls.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: The Professor shares some distinct similarities with all of the girls. Like Blossom he has a logical mindset and a passion for academics. Like Bubbles he's optimistic and cheerful by default and occasionally naïve. And he even has similarities with Buttercup! Like Buttercup he's quick to get angry and defensive with other people, has a natural aptitude for fighting (as Mojo and Fuzzy can attest), and in one issue of the comics they were shown bonding over blowing things up. However their similarities are really shown in the episode 'Get Back Jojo' where a trip to the past showed that as a kid, Professor was almost exactly like Buttercup (a little less outwardly aggressive but still just as violent and temperamental).
  • Motor Mouth: He can speak incredibly fast when explaining scientific things.
  • Nice Guy: The Professor is one of the most level-headed and friendliest guys in town.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His voice actor based his voice off of Gary Owens.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: He's built giant robots, tampered with genetics, created his own daughters, mixed potions, formed abstract theories about time and space, and...basically anything else the series might need, science-wise.
  • Only Sane Man: Shares this role with Sara Bellum. While he has his moments of silliness, he is by far one of the more intelligent and levelheaded people in town, simply by actually having some common sense.
  • Overprotective Dad: Every once in a while, it really hits the Professor that his three daughters are out laying their lives on the line to fight crime. His attempts to assist them, like in "Powerprof" and "Uh Oh Dynamo", usually end up not so good.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: While it's normal for the Professor to get angry with the girls when they disobey him, he goes overboard when he got angry with the girls in "Daylight Savings" when they wanted to go against their curfew to save Townsville. This is also combined with treating the curfew like it's Serious Business while having Skewed Priorities regarding it as well.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • Threatening to hurt or try to hurt the girls in front of him gets him mad. Lenny Baxter learned that the hard way. He also snaps at Dick Hardly when he tries to profit off of them.
    • He didn't take kindly to his little girls being wrapped up like action figures (as seen in "Collect Her"); or when Bernie Bernstein put his hands on Bubbles and yelled at her to "keep her mouth shut" in "Flim Flam." The Professor punched him out by the end of the episode.
  • Parents in Distress: Is constantly getting in danger, getting captured by Mojo Jojo or somebody else.
    Mojo Jojo: Aw, wook at the wittle hewoes here to save their daddy!
  • The Professor: It's his first name and he works as a scientist.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When it comes to the girls bickering, he does his best to listen to each of their sides of the story.
  • The Southpaw: He's revealed to be left-handed in "Uh Oh Dynamo".
  • Standard '50s Father: "Mixed with Bob Dobbs of Church of the SubGenius", according to McCracken.
  • Team Dad: Considering he actively fathers the girls.
  • The Trickster: As a child, he was fond of pulling pranks.
  • Truly Single Parent: He made the girls in a lab with no other parent to speak of. He's also not technically speaking their biological father either, as he didn't use any genetic material to make them.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: While usually helpful to the girls, he does have his moments of this. Perhaps most noteworthy was in "Uh Oh Dynamo", where his overprotectiveness prompts him to build a massive robot for the girls to use to avoid getting hurt in battle. After forcing them to use it by threatening to ground them otherwise, they defeat the attacking monster.....And completely demolish ALL of Townsville in the process. Suffice to say, the townspeople are NOT happy when they learn what he did. Made even more egregious when Dynamo wreaks havoc again in "Live and Let Dynamo", where we learn the Professor failed to destroy it after it was banned from further use.

    Original Series 
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In "Knock It Off" when Dick Hardly has the girls trapped and is draining them of their chemical X, which is killing them, and there's nothing he can do about it. It doesn't work.
  • Badass Bookworm: As his superhero alter-ego, Powerprof.
  • Cassandra Truth: In "Flim Flam", for a while at least. No one believed him when he said Bernie Bernstein wasn't really making a movie and was just trying to rob the bank. At least until he starts getting desperate, to which Bubbles says, "I believe you, Professor."
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: At the end of "Him Diddle Diddle", after he is forced to pay for Him's pancakes, Professor Utonium insults Him over his overpriced pancakes and proceeds to leave to have breakfast with the girls elsewhere.
  • Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Carries one in the earlier episodes.
  • Distressed Dude: Frequently. Even Lampshaded by Bubbles.
    Buttercup: I think we're supposed to go save the Professor.
    Bubbles: Again?
  • Ditzy Genius: To some degree, especially in "Uh Oh Dynamo", where his attempt to protect the girls leads to the unintentional destruction of the entire city. As the narrator puts it, "just because you're a genius doesn't mean you're a smart guy." It's even lampshaded by the girls in a later episode to the professor's horror that all of his successful inventions (including themselves) are total accidents, while everything he invents on purpose ends up a horrible failure.
  • Does Not Like Spam: He really doesn't like peas.
  • Doting Parent: When he's not busy with work—he really does love his girls, and always tries to be there for them when they need him. To put it in perspective, he built a giant mecha for them. Just on the slim chance they might get hurt. Plus all the presents he bought them in the movie almost directly after making them.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: He uses Powered Armor in Powerprof.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: In "Knock It Off", he thinks of Dick Hardly as a good friend of his despite the fact that Dick was obviously using him even back in their college days. Could also apply to Sedusa in the episode "Mommy Fearest", though her act was more convincing.
  • Innocently Insensitive: In "Supper Villain," Professor sees his neighbor Harold Smith and immediately starts telling Harold how absolutely perfect his life is going. While he meant nothing by it, Harold was incredibly dissatisfied with his average, patterned life, making it seem to him that Professor was bragging and rubbing his great life in Harold's face, which probably contributed to Harold's decision to target the Professor.
  • Jerkass Ball: In "Daylight Savings," he acts hostile towards the girls while treating their curfew like Serious Business.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: In "Mommy Dearest", he gained a crush on Sedusa (who was disguised as Ima Goodlady), and ends up agreeing to everything she says.
  • Manly Tears: Did this when the Girls seemingly died in "Knock It Off". In fact, those manly tears bring them back to life.
  • My Greatest Failure: Seems to regard the Dynamo as this.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Arguably, he's indirectly responsible for Buttercup's inferiority complex because he didn't give her a Meaningful Name like her sisters. Not to say he doesn't love her just as much as he loves Blossom and Bubbles, of course.
  • Parent with New Paramour: His new paramour eventually turns out to be the villain Sedusa.
  • Please, I Will Do Anything!: In "Knock It Off" when he's begging Dick Hardly to spare the girls.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Ms. Keane in "Keen on Keane." However, this ends when the Professor can't stand her cat Valentino, causing the two of them to break up.
  • Skewed Priorities: In "Daylight Savings," he thought the girls following their strict curfew was more important than them saving Townsville.
  • Smoking Is Cool: In the early episodes, he was often shown smoking a pipe.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In "Powerprof" when he builds a suit that gives him powers so he can save the world with the girls.
  • Totally Radical: "Powerprof" when he attempts to use outdated slang, which embarrasses the girls.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Inverted. Professor Utonium was a Bratty Half-Pint as a child on par with Mitch Mitchelson. These days he's more of a Nice Guy.
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