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Princess Morbucks goes to the North Pole and switches the nice list with the naughty list (which only had her name on it), thereby making every other kid in Townsville seem naughty, while she looked nice, thereby allowing her to get what she wants: to be a Powerpuff Girl. The Powerpuff Girls must head to the north pole to tell Santa that he didn't check his list twice & save Christmas.

Twas the Fight Before Christmas provides examples of:


  • An Ass-Kicking Christmas: Naturally, considering it’s the Powerpuff Girls’ christmas special. In order to get to Santa and tell him the truth, the girls first have to defeat the now superpowered Princess.
  • Ash Face: The Girls end up covered in ash when they exit their house through the chimney. However, they happily laugh about it.
  • Badass Santa: Santa easily puts the still superpowered Princess in her place after seeing first hand what a rotten brat she truly is and that she has taken the nerve to tamper his Nice and Naughty lists to satisfy her ego.
    Santa: (furiously grabbing Princess by the ear) Princess, you have gone and worked my LAST NERVE!!! (lets go of Princess' ear while walking to a big plaque) I have no other choice: you are so rotten... so despicable... so naughty.... I'm putting you on the..... (points to the big plaque) ....PERMANENT NAUGHTY PLAQUE!!!! BUM-BUM-BUMMMM!!! (touches his nose to put Princess' name on the plaque)
    Princess: (screams in terror) You can't do that! I'M TELLING MY DADDY!! (flies off, but Santa touches his nose again, taking away all of Princess' powers for good, leaving her to fall screaming onto the snow) NO FAIR!!!!
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  • Big "NO!": Bubbles does this after she gets coal.
    Bubbles: Oh, no, no no no no! NOOOOOO!
  • Brick Joke: Early on in the episode, Mitch is highly tempted to throw a snowball at another student, but relents when Miss Keane says "And remember, Santa is watching you". Later, when Princess is looking for her name on the Nice List, she's in disbelief to see even Mitch earned a place on the Nice List.
  • Break the Cutie: Bubbles when she finds coal in her stocking. She breaks down on the floor, crying.
  • Bullying a Dragon: As if deceiving Santa by tampering with his list wasn’t bad enough, Princess actually has the gall to flat out insult him to his face and demand that he follows her orders, pissing Santa off so much that he puts her on the Permanent Naughty Plaque.
  • Call-Back: The titular Girls list all the bad things Princess did to merit a spot on the naughty list, and said deeds were from previous episodes of the show.
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  • Ceiling Cling: Done by Princess when breaking into Santa’s workshop.
  • Christmas Episode: As if the title wasn't enough of a giveaway.
  • Christmas Light Chaos: When it's time to light up the tree, the lights initially turn on then start turning off and on again. By the time the girls go to bed, the Professor is still trying to get them to work properly.
    Professor Utonium: Every year it's the same darn thing! I can make three little kids out of seasoning, but I can't get these lights to work!
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: Princess becomes one when breaking into Santa’s workshop.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Bubbles is trying to explain that everybody got coal for Christmas, Blossom and Buttercup are both still hung up on the fact that she had been using her x-ray vision to peak into everybody's stockings.
  • Continuity Nod: When telling Princess why Santa will never give her superpowers, the girls recall how Princess took over Townsville and legalised crime, how she teamed up with Mojo Jojo to destroy the girls, how she sent the girls a bomb on their birthday, how she teamed up with 3 other villains and went on a crime spree, and how she tricked their friend Robin into stealing so she could arrest her.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Princess' punishment for tricking Santa, is being put on the Permanent Naughty Plaque.
  • Cool Plane: Princess’ private jet.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: When the girls list all the horrible things Princess did that will surely guarantee her a spot on Santa's naughty list, Princess just responds with "And your point is?". This is also an example of Evil Cannot Comprehend Good and Lack of Empathy.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: A minor goth character named Kathleen briefly appears, and fits the trope.
  • Everybody Has Standards: As a way to establish just how naughty Princess is, Mitch is shown to forgo an attempt to throw a snowball at an unsuspecting student when Miss Keane reminds the children "Santa is watching you".
  • Fake Static: Princess' limo driver tries to do this when she asks him if she is really naughty.
    Limo Driver: (faking static) Can't....hear you....going...through...a tunnel...
    Princess: (looks outside the window) No we're not! I'm in the car, you twit!
  • Genius Bonus: In the Permanent Naughty Plaque you can see Adolph Schickelgruber. This was Adolf's father's original lastname before changing it in adulthood.
  • Hate Sink: Princess has done some really awful things in the past, but this episode, she really takes the cake. She outright changes the Nice and Naughty lists, making it look like everyone in the world (especially the innocent people who earned their place on the Nice list) are naughty and she (the only one on the naughty list) was nice this year. Which means these good boys and girls will be condemned to a Christmas of cold hard coal in their stockings, all so she can have what she wants for Christmas (Superpowers). Needless to say, when she and the Powerpuff girls are racing to the North Pole to reach Santa first, everyone in the audience is cheering for the girls all the while.
  • Human Snowball: Princess becomes one when a snowball thrown by Buttercup sends her crashing into a snow covered mountain. The Girls also end up in it when the ball rolls over them.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: Princess’ driver and servants use these kind of excuses to avoid having to answer her question whether or not they think she is naughty.
  • Ironic Echo: The first time Princess states her wish ("To be a Powerpuff girl"), it's laughed off by the Powerpuff Girls, who know Santa would never give it to her in a million years. But after Princess's machinations, she says it again, only this time more ominously. ...And right before shooting them with her laser vision just for spite.
  • Jaw Drop: Santa (and the girls) have this after Princess' Villainous Breakdown listed below.
  • Kindness Ball: Mitch cleans up his act in time for Christmas, and earns his place on the Nice list as a result.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Princess receives her punishment for tricking Santa and tampering his nice and naughty lists: she gets placed into the Permanent Naughty Plaque so that she'll never receive any gifts from Santa for the rest of her life, gets her superpowers removed when she tries to escape, and placed in jail by the Powerpuff Girls for the remainder of the holiday.
  • Long List: Buttercup’s wish list for Santa is spread over a stack of A4 format papers.
  • Mooning: Mitch can be seen doing this in a group picture.
  • Mundane Utility: The Girls use their superpowers to prepare for Christmas, like getting a tree, putting up decorations, and making cookies.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: As the Girls are racing Princess to the North Pole, Princess keeps slapping Buttercup until she gets so frustrated, she kicks her in retaliation... shooting Princess even further ahead.
    Princess: Thanks, Einstein!
    Blossom: Good job, Buttercup.
    Bubbles: Yeah, nice one.
    Buttercup: Oh, shut up!
    • And again, when Princess keeps trying to blast Buttercup with her laser vision, Buttercup easily evades her blasts, but when Bubbles tries to zap Princess, she accidentally hits Buttercup, prompting Princess to once again say "Thanks Einstein!"
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Princess throws a massive tantrum right in front of Santa, easily proving that the girls were right about her being naughty.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: Like every year, the Professor just can’t get the Christmas lights to work.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Whilst listing all the rotten things Princess has done that will assure her a spot on the Naughty List, Blossom tops it all off with pointing out "You're a Spoiled Brat who's greedy and jealous, and you don't care who you step on to get what you want."
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: Santa has sunken into a deep depression when he believes there are no more nice children in the world except for Princess. The Girls restore his faith when they make him realize he has been tricked.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: The narrator.
  • Saving Christmas: The "Everyone’s Naughty" variety, with Princess changing the Naughty and Nice lists' headlines, with a bit of "Subbing for Santa" thrown in near the end when the girls help Santa deliver all the presents on time.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Princess incorrectly believes that Santa is bound to follow the Naughty and Nice lists, even if she admits to switching them. However, realizing Princess' true selfish nature, Santa quickly rebuffs this belief, as he relies on his good judgment, not the lists, to determine who's truly naughty or nice.
    Santa: LIST SCHMIST!! I don't need no stinking list telling me who's naughty and who's nice! You know why? Because I'M SANTA CLAUS!!! Check it!
  • Shout-Out: Buttercup comments on how she wants an air rifle for Christmas. Princess tells her that she’ll shoot her eye out.
  • Snowed-In: Pokey Oaks gets partly snowed in, at least enough to keep the kids from leaving. Fortunately, Blossom cuts a way through the snow with her heat vision.
  • Stealth Clothes: Princess puts on black clothes, puts a cap on her head, and paints black lines on her face with coal when going to the north pole.
  • Subbing for Santa: Once all the damage is fixed, Santa is ready to pull a rush job and deliver the presents, but there's so much chaos going on outside that there's no time to get it all under control before morning, so the super fast Powerpuff Girls fill in for him.
  • Superpowers For A Day: Princess gets superpowers from Santa, but they don’t last long after Santa realizes she tricked him.
  • Teacher's Pet: With Christmas approaching, ALL students at Pokey Oaks become this in an attempt to get on Santa’s good side. All of them give Mrs. Keane an apple wrapped in a green ribbon.
  • Tornado Move: Buttercup uses one against Princess.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Princess learns she's on the Naughty list, she goes into an angry fit before she switches labels on the Naughty and Nice Lists, then lets out a maniacal laughter. She goes through a second one when she see Santa praising the Powerpuff Girls for their constant heroism, so they couldn't be on the Naughty list, setting off Princess' jealousy once again and throwing a tantrum in front of Santa and the girls, showing just how much of a Spoiled Brat she is and leading Santa to realize that the girls were right about claiming Princess changing the Naughty and Nice lists' headlines, angrily placing her on the Permanent Naughty Plaque and taking away the superpowers he gave her for Christmas.
    Princess: But I SHOULD BE A POWERPUFF GIRL!! ME! Not them, me!! My daddy say that I'm better, my daddy says I'm the best! And if you too much of a fathead to see that, I'll tell my daddy, and he'll come and build a parking lot over this cheap little arts-and-crafts popsicle stand of yours! GOT IT?! So, you better give me whatever I want for Christmas, because my daddy says I get whatever I want whenever I want it! And if that means all of those lousy, worthless, second-rate bargain-basement brats in the world don't get anything for Christmas, then that's just the way it's gonna have to be, 'cause I am BETTER THAN THEM! And it says so RIGHT HERE!! So put that in your pipe and SMOKE IT, SANTA CLOD!!!
  • You Didn't Ask: Buttercup comments to Santa that she didn't know that he could give kids superpowers. He replies that no one had ever asked him before.
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: Princess’ reaction when she sees that even Mitch is on Santa’s nice list.

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