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Recap / The Powerpuff Girls (S2E1): "Stuck Up, Up and Away"/"Schoolhouse Rocked"

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Stuck Up, Up and Away: The new girl in school, Princess Morbucks, wants to be a Powerpuff Girl, but becomes an enemy of them instead when they deny her.

Schoolhouse Rocked: The Ganggreen Gang run into a truant officer named Jack Wednesday who sends them back to school.

Stuck Up, Up an Away provides examples of:

  • Badass Normal: In her first attempt to become a Powerpuff Girl, Princess tries to be this, relying solely on gadgets to help her. It fails, since she lacks any training or experience.
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  • Big Entrance: Princess arranges one for herself on her second school day to show off her new costume.
  • Crimefighting with Cash: What Princess attempts to do to join the girls. It doesn’t work.
  • Establishing Character Moment: This is Princess' debut episode, and right from the first moment we see her, it's made clear what a spoiled brat she is. The entire episode just shows how much of a spoiled brat she is to the point where the girls realize how rotten Princess actually is and that's she's beyond giving any chances to be friends with them and their classmates, especially since she was arrested for trying to destroy the girls and ruining the school playground.
  • Eureka Moment: Princess has one as she watches the girls rescue Twiggy, giving her the inspiration to join them.
  • Kill It with Ice: Blossom destroys Princess’ battle suit with her ice breath.
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  • Lawful Evil: As much as she wants to destroy the Powerpuff Girls, Princess does honor Mrs. Keane’s rule not to fight in the classroom.
  • Jet Pack: Princess’ costume comes with one of these.
  • Never My Fault: Princess is certainly not one to own up that her own conceitedness and snobbery is the reason she hasn't become as popular as the Powerpuff Girls. Nor will she admit that the robbers getting away during her first (and last) mission is simply her own inexperience.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Played with. Princess is no hero, but she sure ruins her own chance at being a hero. On her first and only mission with the girls (to which she wasn’t even invited), Princess manages to incapacitate her own team and unintentionally let the bank robbers get away, cementing her rejection from the team.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Had Princess not taunted Blossom about taking down her sisters, Blossom wouldn't have forgone her peacemaker approach and fought Princess long enough for her sisters to gain a second wind.
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  • Reality Ensues: Basically everything that happens when Princess attempts to stop a bank robbery.
  • Shooting Superman: A group of bank robbers attempts to shoot the Powerpuff Girls.
  • Spoiled Brat: Guess, go on, guess.
  • Strapped to a Bomb: The bank robbers do this to Princess to distract the Powerpuff Girls.
  • Tranquil Fury: After Princess beats two of her sisters, Blossom has had it up to here with playing the peacemaker and just stands there giving the spoiled brat a Death Glare.
  • The Worf Effect: Buttercup, the toughest of the girls, is the first to be defeated by Princess.

Schoolhouse Rocked provides examples of:

  • Be the Ball: Big Billy uses Arturo as ball for a basketball game at the arcade. Zigzagged in the dodgeball scene, in which Snake uses Arturo, carrying a dodgeball, to throw at another victim of the dodgeball game.
  • Dodgeball Is Hell: Especially if you’re a kindergarten kid going up against the Gangrene Gang. Or if you are the Gangrene Gang going up against the Powerpuff Girls.
  • Easily Forgiven: The girls harbor no grudge against Ms. Keane for falsely punishing them.
  • Fedora of Asskicking: The truant officer wears a Fedora, and is badass enough that the Gangrene Gang is afraid of him.
  • Food Fight: the Gangrene Gang pelt their classmates with cookies.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Throughout the episode, Ms Keane is taken by the Gangreen Gang's charm and ignores the Girls' attempts to warn her about them being evil criminal. The Girls even get blamed for all of the Gangreen Gang's antics in class. Ms Keane finally realizes their true colors after seeing them beat up the students in a deadly game of dodgeball.
  • I Call It "Vera": Arturo gave his favorite pocket comb (which he refers to as “she”) the name Maria.
  • Idiot Ball: Ms. Keane is oblivious to the obviously shady teenagers causing trouble in her classroom while blaming the Powerpuff Girls despite usually knowing how trustworthy and law-abiding they are.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Mr. Wednesday isn't completely wrong when he tells Ms. Keane how to handle her job, as evident of the tropes above.
  • Loophole Abuse: The girls can’t fight the Gangrene Gang since this is against school rules, but beating them in a very violent game of Dodgeball is perfectly legal. Mrs. Keane even encourages them to do this.
  • Motor Mouth: The truant Officer.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Like in real life, the Gangrene Gang skipping school lands them in trouble with a truant officer.
    • The girls don't fare better either, as they can't do their trademark No Holds Barred Beatdowns in a classroom.....but they do find a way around it with a good ol' game of dodgeball!
  • The Reveal: We learn in this episode that Big Billy is a cyclops.
  • Shoot Him! He Has a... Wallet: A non-shooting example. The Girls tackle Arturo when he presents the class his favorite pocket comb (Maria) which they mistake for a knife due to it having a handle that resembles a Sinister Switchblade.

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