Paste Makes Waste: Buttercup becomes a bully to a boy in her class, but the boy gets his chance for revenge when he is turned into a paste monster.
Ice Sore: during a heat wave, Blossom discovers a new superpower: Ice Breath.
Paste Makes Waste provides examples of:
- Asshole Victim: The bullies in Elmers class. At first, Blossom and Bubbles outright refuse to stop the monstrous Elmer since they feel the bullies (and Buttercup) had it coming. Only after he attacks Mrs. Keane (who comforted Elmer after the bullying was done, mind you) are they willing to fight him.
- "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: When Elmer goes on a rampage, Blossom tells Buttercup that none of it would be happening if she had just apologized to him in the first place. Indeed, Elmer stops his rampage and helps fix things when Buttercup finally does so.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Elmer going off on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Buttercup and the other bullies for tormenting him after his mutation? Understandable. Him proceeding to go through a destructive rampage through Townsville? Not so much.
- Extreme Omnivore: Elmer likes to eat school paste.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Buttercup joins in on her classmates teasing Elmer. You can tell from the looks on her faces how shocked Blossom and Bubbles are to see this.
- Foreshadowing: "I'd be cool if I had powers."
- Gagging On Their Words: It takes a phenomenal effort on Buttercup's part to actually say the words "I'm sorry" to Elmer.
- Hypocrite: It should be noted that while Blossom and Bubbles are quick to condemn Buttercup and the other kids for bullying Elmer, neither of them actually tried to stop the bullying or speak up in his defense. Aside from glaring angrily at the situation, they do nothing.
- Misplaced Retribution: When Elmer mutates, Blossom and Bubbles refuse to help Buttercup fight him, telling her point-blank that she and the other bullies deserve it for how they treated him. They immediately change their minds when Elmer attacks Ms. Keane, who had nothing to do with the bullying and even comforted him afterwards, and proceeds to destroy the school building and rampage through Townsville.Buttercup: Well, is she a bully?
- Nuclear Nasty: Some paste and a fly exposed to chemical waste are what transforms Elmer into a monster. The fly itself also underwent a mutation before this.
- Only One Name: Somehow, during the morning roll call, Mrs. Keane does not call the Powerpuff Girls by their full name but only their first, unlike the other children.
- Ordered Apology: Mrs. Keane demands Buttercup apologizes to Elmer for throwing paste at him, but she cant bring herself to it. Later, Blossom and Bubbles demand the same thing when it becomes clear they cannot beat Elmer in his monster form. After postponing it for as long as possible, she finally does, and he promptly seizes his attack.
- Refuse to Rescue the Disliked: Blossom and Bubbles refuse to help Buttercup fight Elmer, telling her that she and the other kids deserved it for bullying him. They change their minds after he attacks Ms Keane.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Elmer wastes no time to get back at his bullies after his transformation.
- Rocket Fist: As a monster, Elmer can detach his fists and shoot them at opponents in this manner.
- Series Continuity Error: Buttercup, who has apologized for her actions in previous episodes, has trouble doing so in this episode. Of course, it was outright demanded, but it's still pretty inconsistent.
- Sickly Green Glow: The radioactive waste a worker at the nuclear plant accidentally spills, and anything that gets affected by it afterwards, Elmer included.
- Snap Back: Elmer somehow turned back to normal after this episode.
- The Unapologetic: Buttercup outright refuses to apologize to Elmer after what she did to him. And when she tries, all she can do is stutter.
Ice Sore provides examples of:
- Comically Missing the Point: We get this gem from the Mayor, after Blossom freezes over the flaming meteor heading towards Townsville with her ice breath...Mayor: Oh good! Blossom has stopped the giant fireball.
Ms. Bellum: Yes, but now there's a giant iceball hurtling towards us.
Mayor: Yes, but it's not a giant fireball!
- Colony Drop: The heat wave is eventually revealed to be caused by a giant, flaming meteor on a collision course with Earth.
- Harmless Freezing: When Professor Utonium wants Blossom to demonstrate her new ice breath, she does so by freezing his head. He doesnt seem bothered by it at all, other than that it makes it a little harder for him to talk.
- New Super Power: Blossom discovers her ice breath in this episode. The Narrator lampshades it.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Blossom accidentally helps a group of jewel thieves get away when she freezes the road while their car is on top of a slope.
- The Scream: This happens to Blossom and Bubbles after trying extremely hot oatmeal.
- Shout-Out: Blossom uses her ice breath to create ice slides in the sky identical to Iceman.
- The girls also have bowls of porridge for breakfast, complete with Blossom's being too hot, Buttercup's being too cold and Bubbles' being just right.
- Slippery Skid: Buttercup and Bubbles encourage Blossom to freeze the floor in the kitchen, which, of course, has this as a result. Poor Professor Utonium.
- Status Quo Is God: Blossom says her ice powers are gone by the end of the episode, but in subsequent episodes they seem to have returned.