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"With life, there is no 'tomorrow morning'. When night arrives, it all ends." She looked down at her hands, holding them up in front of her, "Except for me. Thanks to the professor, I have been given another morning…and I know the truth."

A Powerpuff Girls Dark Fic written back in 2001 by Mark J. "Parsec" Hadley. Despite being only four chapters long, it's very memorable and absolutely chilling.

The basic premise is that Mojo Jojo, fed up with always losing, ambushes the Powerpuffs outside their own house with his Robo Jojo. He proves to be a Not-So-Harmless Villain this time, and actually succeeds in killing one of the girls.


Mojo Jojo is beaten to a pulp and thrown into jail, leaving the survivors to deal with the death. The Professor, however, figures out a way to bring the fallen girl back...but at what cost?

Can be found here. Proved to be so popular that it spawned two sequels that are included on this page as a single entry Immortality Relapse and Solitary Vigil.

The entire series contains examples of:

  • After the End: The premise of Solitary Vigil.
  • Anyone Can Die: It's not a Dark Fic for nothing. The story begins with Mojo managing to kill Blossom after all and only gets worse from there.
  • Apocalypse How: Relapse ends with a Class 6, as Boomer's doomsday device destroys all life on Earth.
  • Back from the Dead: The main premise of the series. Blossom, Buttercup and later the Rowdyruffs are brought back from the dead. But apparently seeing The Nothing After Death sets into their minds that all life is meaningless and must be destroyed.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • Immortality Syndrome: Bubbles manages to stop Blossom and Buttercup's rampage but at the cost of killing them. The Professor decides it'll be better to let them go than trying to revive them again and the two scatter their remains to the wind.
    • Solitary Vigil: Bubbles, now a grown up, manages to fix the Professor's time machine and heads back into the past though she knows it's a one way trip. She manages to destroy Mojo's plans for the sawblades and doomsday machine (that caused the end of the world in Relapse) and races to the PPG house to stop Mojo from killing Blossom. She succeeds but is killed in the process. As she dies, she gives the Professor a journal of what happened, begging him not to make the mistakes that went on in her timeline before expiring. The Professor promises, giving her remains a burial in their backyard.
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  • Body Horror: Bubbles learns the hard way of putting an insufficient amounts of the ingredients to revive Buttercup does not end well - what's created is notably missing limbs and organs. In the end, she can only reluctantly Mercy Kill what was once her sister.
  • Break the Cutie: Poor Bubbles goes through so much in the series. It's really hard not to feel for her by the end of it.
  • Came Back Wrong: The entire premise of the series. It leans towards the Damaged Soul end. Though Relapse reveals that Antidote X can allow them to regain their right mind once again.
  • Corrupt the Cutie
  • Diabolus ex Machina: Relapse has Boomer's relapse triggering the death of the world.
  • Downer Ending: Relapse: Bubbles dies in trying to stop Butch and Boomer and thinks she succeeds with the Professor set to bring her back to life. But Boomer reminds alive enough to activate the doomsday device killing everyone on the planet. Bubbles is only brought back due to the fact that the Chemical X managed to spill on her remains but by then she's the only living inhabitant on the planet. She starts to despair but finds a flower that survived the destruction and set to take care of it.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: And Bubbles manages to at the end of Solitary Vigil. Even at the cost of her life, she dies happy that she managed to change the past.
  • Face–Heel Turn: The titular immortality syndrome causes this. Subverted with Bubbles however, Blossom and Buttercup do manage to kill her and bring her back. But unlike her sisters, she's too pure to be corrupted without the need for Antidote X.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Butch in Immortality Relapse, and later Boomer.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Both Butch and Boomer.
  • Heroic BSoD: Poor Bubbles suffers several of these in Relapse, including a Trauma Conga Line version upon realizing Antidote X can cure Immortality Syndrome, and she'd used it on Blossom right before killing her for the final time... — followed immediately by the realization that they'd let their ingredients go, meaning they couldn't be brought back and cured now that they knew how.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Bubbles pulls one in the final chapter of Solitary Vigil, saving the Past Blossom from being killed by Mojo's sawblade and preventing the events of the series from coming to be.
  • Heroic Willpower: Possibly used to resist the titular immortality syndrome.
  • It's All My Fault: Bubbles, during aforementioned Heroic BSoD.
  • Kill 'Em All: The end of Relapse.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: Upgrade, an unconnected side-story by the same author, nevertheless implicitly keeps the Fanon established in IS straight by having the Professor Take a Third Option by temporarily transferring Buttercup's mind into a robot so that it doesn't go through the psychological shock of experiencing her death and rebirth firsthand.
  • Messianic Archetype: Bubbles becomes this by the end of Solitary Vigil.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After discovering that Antidote X could have snapped her sisters back to normal, Bubbles becomes horrified at throwing out the remains of her sisters at the end of Immortality Syndrome, as she thought there was no way to restore them to the way they once were. Worse, at one point in the first story Buttercup had been exposed to Antidote X and even briefly tried to tell Bubbles and the Professor, but she was almost immediately knocked out and euthanized in the hopes of remixing her ingredients immediately in hopes that would have changed her back, without realizing it had already happened.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: One chapter in Solitary Vigil has Bubbles inadvertently inspiring Mojo to create the duraunium blades during one of her trips into the past.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Mojo Jojo.
  • The Nothing After Death: Apparently seeing it is enough to switch Blossom into a "Kill Everything" mode. Buttercup follows suit after Blossom kills and revives her and Mojo bringing back the Rowdyruffs likewise cases this reaction.
  • Psycho Serum: Possibly Chemical X itself.
  • Sole Survivor: By the end of Immortality Relapse, Bubbles has become this.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Eventually revealed as the true premise of Solitary Vigil.
  • Straw Nihilist: Sufferers of Immortality Syndrome tend to turn into this.
  • Survivor Guilt: Bubbles must cope with this in Relapse and Solitary Vigil.
  • Taking The Blade: How Bubbles manages to save Blossom's life and avert the Bad Future.
  • Taking You with Me: Boomer does this to every living being on the planet at the end of Relapse.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Mojo Jojo in both Syndrome and Relapse. His killing Blossom in the first story is what sets off all the death and destruction. Him reviving the Rowdyruff Boys in the second has even worse results, as it almost immediately leads to his death, and eventually the extinction of the entire planet.
  • World-Wrecking Wave: The Rowdyruff Boys' doomsday device sets off a wave that instantly kills everything around the world.


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