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Recap / The Powerpuff Girls (S1E5): "Boogie Frights"/"Abracadaver"

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Boogie Frights: The girls must confront their fear of the dark when a villain threatens Townsville with eternal night.

Abracadavar: The zombie of a stage magician returns to terrify the populace.

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Abracadaver contains examples of:

  • And I Must Scream: Blossom manages to somehow switch places with Abracadaver while under hypnosis. This could imply that she was aware of what was happening even though she was in a trance, including his plan in putting her in the Iron Maiden. Had she not made the switch, she would’ve consciously faced her own demise.
  • Description Cut: The girls are watching a zombie movie and when they hear a noise, Bubbles suggests it was a zombie.
    Blossom: What was that?
    Bubbles: I think it...it was a zombie!
    Buttercup: Cut it out, Bubbles! There’s no such thing as zombies.
    (Cut to a screaming woman watching Abracadaver's mayhem.)
    Woman: A zombie!
  • Due to the Dead: Averted. Al Lusion's body is abandoned in the theatre, still inside the spiked coffin that killed him. If someone had given him a proper burial, this episode would never have happened.
  • Dutch Angle: Used on Blossom as she is being hypnotized by Abracadaver.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: A magician alone would make a credible antagonist but the villain here is a magic zombie.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: A man was killed by a spiked coffin in front of an audience, some of which were children.
  • Hypno Pendulum: Abracadaver uses this on Blossom at one point.
  • Identical Stranger: Blossom looks exactly like the young girl responsible for Abracadaver's death. When said magician revived as a zombie, he sets his target on Blossom, assuming that she's the same girl that he wanted revenge on.
  • Iron Maiden: The titular Villain of the Episode was a magician who died from an iron maiden-like coffin after a little girl pushed him for losing her toy. After he was revived as a zombie, Abracadaver exacted revenge towards Blossom, who resembles that little girl decades ago, by hypnotizing her and sealing her inside the iron maiden. At the end, the Abracadaver reveals to be Blossom, and Blossom did the switcheroo by sealing the zombie inside the maiden.
  • Lovely Assistant: A massively dark example as Blossom is forced into this position when Abracadaver brainwashes her. Bubbles and Buttercup could count when the zombie magician uses his magic to put them in fatal magician-like scenarios a female assistant would normally find herself in.
  • Leitmotif: Just like the Boogie Man, Abracadaver has one. This one is very dark and scary. Again, totally fits him.
  • Magicians Are Wizards: Abracadaver is a magician turned zombie wizard.
  • Match Cut: Used on Blossom during Abracadaver's P.O.V. Cam when he mistakes her for the girl who ruined his career.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Blossom's eyes turn into red spirals when hypnotized by Abracadaver.
  • Monochrome Past: The Mayor's flashback of Al Lusion's career ruined is in black-and-white, complete with minimal music and no sound effects like it's a silent movie.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Abracadaver is a combination of the magic word "Abracadbra" and cadaver, meaning a corpse. Fitting for a reanimated magician zombie.
  • Our Liches Are Different: Abracadaver is a zombie with magic powers.
  • Punny Name: Al Lusion has returned from the grave as Abracadaver.
  • Reflective Eyes: Abracadaver's pocket watch is reflected into Blossom's eyes for a moment while hypnotizing her.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The title villain has absolutely to qualms about doing bodily harm to three little girls.
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