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  • Race Against the Clock: One episode had the girls forced to solve a series of riddles set by "Him" within the time limit set for each riddle. They had to succeed or, otherwise, the Professor would have to pay... for the pancakes he ate at "Him"'s restaurant "Otto Time". It was all a bet between "Him" and the Professor.
  • Rain, Rain, Go Away: "The Powerpuff Girls' Best Rainy Day Adventure Ever". Also the title of a story in issue #66 of the comic book.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: In one episode, the Mayor is kidnapped by Mojo Jojo and blindfolded. The girls save the Mayor and beat Mojo Jojo, but can't stop laughing after. The Mayor asks why. The girls each tell the story of how they saved the day today differently, accompanied by Art Shifts. What they neglect to mention? The Mayor was naked all along.
  • Rated M for Manly: The episode 'Members Only' where the girls tried to join the superhero team and got rejected. That is, until an alien came and beat down all the superheroes. Dr. Freud would like a word with the creators of this episode.
    Mascumax: Fools! I feed off your expulsions of manliness!
  • Reality Ensues: Everything related to the town of Citiesville, most notably the girls' destruction of the bridge leading in to town to stop some robbers. The bridge was both the only way for workers to commute to Citiesville and a historical landmark, costing over three million dollars. Reality Ensues, and hard.
    • A milder case. In "A Very Special Blossom", Blossom steals a set of Golf Clubs for the Professor for father's day because he really wanted them, and it lands him in jail. When she admits it at the end, everyone is heartbroken and argue for letting her off easy. But nope, 200 hours of community service.
    • In "Bought & Scold," Princess's dad was able to buy Townsville from the Mayor. Princess then exerts her authority over the town by making it legal to commit crimes. To get back at Princess for this, the Powerpuff Girls steal all of her belongings. Princess then finds out her things are missing, and begs and pleads for the girls to find them, only to find out that the girls were behind the theft of her things. Due to crime being legal at the time the girls stole Princess' belongings, Princess' stuff technically belonged to the girls. This forces Princess to make crime illegal again (mostly to avoid getting in trouble with her father) and then give back Townsville to the Mayor & Ms. Bellum, so she can get back her stuff. Even when Princess' stuff was returned, her father was still able to find out that he was robbed. Due to the fact that he was robbed, he's as mad as you would expect. Moral of the episode: by Princess making crime legal and not adding herself as an exception, the girls were able to use the law against her to force her to make crime illegal again. This could happen in real life if the mayor of a city (or the president of the US) passes foolish acts that make anyone (even authority figures of cities/countries) easy targets for criminal/unethical acts.
    • In "Divide & Conquer," while Blossom and Bubbles are actually paying attention in math class, Buttercup refuses to do so. This inconveniences Buttercup later in the episode when the Amoeba Boys become Not So Harmless Villains by multiplying themselves and she doesn't know how to do division, while Blossom and Bubbles are able to defeat them and save the day by using their math skills.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Blossom gives one to Buttercup after Buttercups acts ungrateful after getting a bath:
    Blossom: You know Buttercup, you may be clean but your attitude still stinks.
    • She's pretty good at giving these. One of her best examples is after the first time she defeats Princess.
    Blossom: You're just a spoiled brat. And being a Powerpuff Girl isn't about getting your way, or having the best stuff, or being popular or powerful. It's about using your own unique abilities to help people and the world we all live in. And you, little girl, have done nothing worthy of the name "Powerpuff".
    • The Professor gives a big one to the Mayor on Toast Of The Town, calling him out on his childish behavior:
    Professor Utonium: Wowie zowie indeed! Have you no shame? A grown man your age gallivanting around like a little child, not doing what you're told! "Mayor wanna this! Mayor wanna that!" You, Mr. Mayor, are nothing but a baby! A big, big, big baby!
    • The Zen master from "Makes Zen To Me" gives one to Mojo Jojo when he wants to take over as the master.
    Master: You came seeking only violence. You were impatient. You would not look inside yourself. I could only guide you; the journey was yours to make. I did not fail you nor the teachings. You failed yourself. And another thing: You're not a monkey, you're a chimp. There's a difference.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Brick of the Rowdyruff Boys, as he's colored red to contrast with Blossom's pink.
    • Earlier, in "The Rowdyruff Boys", Mojo Jojo briefly gains these at the start of his Villainous Breakdown mentioned below.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Buttercup and Blossom. Their personal colors may not match this trope, but their personalities sure do.
  • Red Scare: We are given one of these in the musical episode "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey".
  • Resurrected for a Job: HIM brings the Rowdyruff Boys back to life to defeat the Powerpuff Girls.
  • Retool: At one point, CN did try marketing a line of the series with an overstyled grown up versions of the girls. It sank just as quickly as it begin.
  • Reunion Show:
    • 2009's "Powerpuff Girls Rule", a PPG special made three years after the show ended, featuring nearly every main character within the series, as well as all the original voice actors.
    • The 2014 special "Dance Pantsed" also brought back every actor for the characters used.
  • Rhyming with Itself: In "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey", this trope is rather egregious when the PPG join in Professor Utonium's "Freedom Beef" song, as they rhyme "peace" with itself rather forcefully, directly after rhyming "powers" with itself.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Bullet, the superpowered baby squirrel.
  • Ridiculously Long Phone Hold: In "Telephonies," the Gangreen Gang makes prank calls to various different Townsville citizens. Lil' Arturo convinces Professor Utonium, he just won a ten-million-dollar sweepstake and asks him to remain on hold, which Professor does for the rest of the episode, despite Arturo hanging up.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Subverted in "Cat Man Do", where the cat was the mastermind.
  • Rock Opera: "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey".
  • Rogues Gallery: Mojo Jojo, Fuzzy Lumpkins, The Gangreen Gang, Him, Princess Morbucks, Sedusa, The Rowdyruff Boys to a lesser extent and The Amoeba Boys if you consider irritation to be roguish. Mister Mime (the alternate personality of Rainbow the Clown) has also appeared in the background
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: HIM
  • Rule of Three: The episode "Super Zeroes" with the line, "Better heroes, huh?" (Said by Utonium, the Mayor, and even the Monster of the Week itself!)
  • Rule 63: The Rowdyruff Boys.
  • The Sandman: The Sandman appeared as a being who just wanted some time to sleep, but kept being called to put to sleep children from every region before he could. So he magically put everyone into an eternal sleep so as to give him time to get some shuteye. He is able to get plenty, but the girls are able to enter his dreams through their own and convince him to return to his job.
  • Saving the World with Art: The nefarious Mr. Mime is restored to a happy-go-lucky clown after the girls put on a concert of how "Love Makes the World Go Round". And then they beat the crap out of him anyway just for the heck of it.
  • Say My Name:
    • "Helter Shelter" begins and ends with the Professor doing this to Bubbles when he finds out she's an animal hoarder and when she releases a bunch of critters from the zoo. He apparently shouted it so loudly that Bubbles heard him in outer space.note 
  • Scantron Picture: Him once gives the girls such a test in a challenge, and although Blossom and Buttercup take the test seriously, they fail as a result. Bubbles passes, and it turns out she filled in the bubbles in the shape of a flower.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Mojo Jojo after Moko Jono is revealed to be a chimp from the zoo.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Princess Morbucks.
    Princess: I have the most powerful power there is! Cold! Hard! Cash!
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Mojo Jojo in The Powerpuff Girls Rule after having victory literally swept from under his nose.
  • Second Person Attack: Used and abused; in certain cases, the viewer can suffer the virtual effects of getting punched and kicked DOZENS OF TIMES IN A ROW.
  • Security Blanket:
    • Bubbles' doll Octi.
    • Buttercup's blankie in "Cover Up".
    • Blossom's hairbow in the comic book story "Bow Jest" (issue #20). It's Bubbles, of all people, to light a fire under Blossom's butt about it.
  • Series Continuity Error: In the 2014 special, Bubbles has Blossom's Ice Breath and the Professor's motivations for getting into science are altered. To be fair, Blossom's ice breath became fire breath in the first episode she used it (and Bubbles demonstrated fire breath in at least one episode) and Utonium may have been sidetracked from his goal of creating superpowered girls by the Stable Time Loop in his adult years.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Mojo Jojo. In one episode, he's left in charge of an adult education English course, and the whole town starts talking like this. Society comes to a screeching halt (even bank robberies cannot be finished because the robber and the teller start arguing with each other this way).
  • Sexy Secretary: Sara Bellum.
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: Parodied in "Collect Her" — we see shadows of children ripping open the comic book guy's collectors items.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: "Him Diddle Riddle."
  • Shooting Superman: In "Stuck Up, Up and Away", a group of bank robbers attempts to shoot the Powerpuff Girls.
  • Shout-Out: So many, it has its own page! See ShoutOut.The Powerpuff Girls.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Professor Utonium and Miss Keane in "Keen on Keane".
  • Signing-Off Catchphrase: So, once again, the day is saved, thanks to The Powerpuff Girls!"
  • Single Specimen Species: Apparently most kaiju in the series, and possibly some villains.
  • Single Tear:
    • Buttercup cries one in "Little Miss Interprets" when she and her sisters think that the Professor wants to abandon them.
    • Robin during the song "Signal In The Sky" in "Super Friends".
  • Sissy Villain: HIM dresses like a transvestite and acts rather effeminate (at least until he gets angry).
  • Sixth Ranger: The girls try to create one with Bunny. It doesn't really work out.
    • In "Powerprof", Professor Utonium designs a power-rangeresque suit that lets him become one.
  • Skyward Scream: Bubbles performs a Big "NO!" in "Mime For A Change".
  • Sleepwalking: The episode "Ploys R Us" had Professor Utonium sleepwalking and the girls using this to get him to steal toys for them. Eventually, it turned out the whole thing was a plan by Utonium and everyone in Townsville to test the girls' honesty.
  • Sliding Scale of Seriousness Versus Silliness: The show surpassed even its sibling Samurai Jack in how all-over-the-scale it was. Episodes could range from straight, even surprisingly dark superhero fare (Speed Demon, Power-Noia) to outright comedy (Mo'linguish) to Aesop-driven kids' show (Substitute Creature) and any combination in-between.
  • Smart Ball: Done for laughs when out of nowhere the Mayor determines that the riddle about where freezing and boiling meet is a set of coordinates for where HIM has the Professor, or there's an ice cream truck on fire.
  • The Smurfette Principle: In Cartoon Network's "Staylongers" interstitials (spoof of "Survivor"), Blossom is the only female member of the "Cartoon Cartoon" tribe.
  • Snake Charmer: A small-time villain, Salami Swami, used his flute in the episode "Slave the Day" to control long sausages.
  • Snap Back:
    • Towards the end of "Slumbering with the Enemy", Mojo Jojo douses the Powerpuffs with the Antidote X to remove their powers. They're back to normal without explaination in the next episode.
    • Mojo Jojo is turned into a dog twice. No explanation is given as to how he turned himself back into an ape.
  • Solve the Soup Cans: "Go to a place where it is freezing and boiling at the same time! You have 45 seconds!". And who, of all people, solves it? The Mayor!
  • Soap Punishment: "Curses" has Ms. Bellum inflict this on the girls when they swear in front of the Mayor. Later in the same episode, the girls wash the potty-mouthed monster's mouth with soap after Professor Utonium explains to them that it is wrong for them to swear.
  • So Once Again, the Day Is Saved: Trope Namer. Frequently played with in that the girls are not always the ones who save the day and some episodes end with no clear resolution.
  • Space Is Noisy: The few times the girls go into space, they can communicate with each other just fine.
  • Spear Counterpart: The Rowdyruff Boys, Brick (red color scheme), Boomer (blue color scheme), and Butch (dark green color scheme) to the Powerpuff Girls, Blossom (pink color scheme), Bubbles (cyan color scheme), and Buttercup (green color scheme).
  • Speed, Smarts and Strength: There's Bubbles as the fastest (particularly proven during her race with E-Male in the episode, "Members Only"), Blossom as the Child Prodigy, and Buttercup as the toughest fighter.
  • Spoiled Brat: Princess Morbucks whines until her father lets her have her way.
  • Squashed Flat:
    • In the episode "Down 'n Dirty" Buttercup gets slapped between the hands of a cyclops. When he opens his hands, Buttercup is flattened by them.
    • In the episode "Mask Scara", the titular villain slaps Bubbles and Buttercup into a face press, flattening them together so that Blossom has to unstick them.
  • Squick: In-universe. In the episode where the Professor sets out to study Fuzzy Lumpkins, the monster mistakes a pile of mud and manure for a female of his own species, retreats into a cottage with it and leaves a "Do Not Disturb" sign hanging from the doorknob. Deeply disturbed by that sight, Utonium destroys his notes and begins reassuring himself that the episode's events never happened.
    Utonium: "On a side note, never speak of this incident again".
  • Sssssnake Talk: Snake of the Gangreen Gang speaks with a lisp, appropriately enough.
  • Stable Time Loop: "Get Back Jojo" has Mojo Jojo go back in time in an attempt to kill Professor Utonium when he was a kid to erase the Powerpuff Girls from history, apparently not caring that his history would be altered as well since he was mutated in the same accident that created the girls. In the end, the girls follow Mojo and prevent him from killing young Utonium, in the process revealing themselves to the nearly unconscious boy. This was the moment that motivated him to become a professor and indulge in science, in an effort to create what he saw that day. Because of this chain of events, Mojo ends up being pivotal in the creation of The Powerpuff Girls once more, before the actual accident that spawned them.
  • Start of Darkness: Mojo Jojo's origin, as revealed in "Mr. Mojo's Rising" and The Movie.
  • Status Quo Is God:
    • The 2009 special The Powerpuff Girls Rule has Mojo Jojo succeed in taking over the world and surprisingly making it into a utopia. It isn't long before he decides to turn to crime again and the Powerpuff Girls get back to kicking his butt.
    • No matter how destroyed Townsville gets, it always goes back to normal by the next episode.
    • In "Ice Sore", Blossom says she lost her ice breath power, but all subsequent episodes show her with it back.
    • Buttercup gets anger management in "Makes Zen To Me", but she goes back to being the always angry grouch right after.
  • Stealth Pun:
    • The episode "Members Only" is about the girls trying to get into a superhero guild that only allows men. Let that sink in a bit.
    • Two words: "Forced Kin".
    • HIM is dressed as Santa, and has lobster claws. Also, Santa and Satan are pretty obvious anagrams of each other.
  • Stock Scream: The "Howie Long" scream appears in "Paste Makes Waste."
  • Straw Feminist:
    • Femme Fatale in "Equal Fights", who uses feminism as an excuse for her crimes. Along with her usual physical beatdown, the Girls also give her a verbal beatdown as "real" feminists. Uniquely, Ms. Bellum and Ms. Keane call her out on this before the girls defeat her, as she'd previously convinced them that harming her would harm the cause of all women.
    • Ironically, Blossom's idea of a perfect world in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule" involves women being in charge of everything and all men being forced to stay at home and do housework.
  • Straw Hypocrite: See Femme Fatale above.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Sometimes the Powerpuff Girls are able to defeat their enemies effortlessly and sometimes villains actually succeed in defeating them.
  • Students Playing Matchmaker: In the episode "Keen on Keane", the girls try to set up Professor Utonium with their teacher Miss Keane on Valentine's Day. It works, but things take a turn for the worse when they spend too much time on the telephone, leading to the Mayor being unable to reach the girls to save the day.
  • Stupid Crooks: The Amoeba Boys want to be Townsville's greatest criminals, but they can't think of any crime worse than stealing oranges, littering, or standing on grass where there is a "Keep off the grass" sign.
  • Stupid Statement Dance Mix: The episode "Beat Your Green" gets remixed in the track "Broccoli Wars" by German DJ group Noisy Stylus.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Ace of the Gangreen Gang never takes off his Cool Shades. Not even at night, when fighting, or when sleeping.
    • The Boogie Man also does this, although he takes his glasses off from time to time.
  • Super Speed:
    • The girls can fly faster than the speed of light. At top speed, they have been known to bend the time-space continuum and perform Time Travel, thus creating an Alternate Universe where there has been no Power Puff Girls to save the day for fifty years.
    • Gangreen Gang member Lil Arturo temporarily gains this ability in "Power Lunch".
  • Surrogate Soliloquy: Bubbles conversing with her stuffed octopus Octi.
  • Swiss Army Tears: In "The Rowdyruff Boys" and "Knock It Off", the girls are revived from their apparent deaths by being cried on.
  • Take Over the World:
    • Mojo Jojo's ultimate goal, which he obtains in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule". And then he goes and makes it a better place... only to get bored of it and shoot everything up all over again.
    • Ironically HIM, who never expressed the desire to do this, would be the one to take over the world if the girls ever left. And he wouldn't make it a better place but quite the opposite.
  • Take That!:
    • One of the later criticisms of the series was that the show promoted animal cruelty because of their treatment of Mojo. Episode 57 ("Save Mojo") depicted a group of animal rights activists protecting Mojo from the girls despite their argument that Mojo is an evil animal and therefore others must be protected from him.
    • Mitch "The Worst Child In The World" Mitchelson was reportedly based off of a bratty kid from the pilot's disastrous first test screening, who screamed "Whoever made this should be fired!!"
    • When the girls discover the toys delivered to them by a sleepwalking Professor Utonium in "Ploys R Us", Bubbles dismisses an action figure resembling Jar Jar Binks as "junk".
    • "Super Zeroes" in one big mockery of super hero cliches, from pointlessly elaborate outfits and vehicles to laughably goofy gadgets to angsty AntiHeroes who constantly emphasize how "dark and tormented" they are that delivers the moral "The Powerpuff Girls are so much better and cooler than heroes like that!"
  • Take That, Audience!: The disturbing episode "Collect Her" is one big slap in the face to fans and collectors of the show's merchandise. Quite cheeky, considering that's where the show gets its revenue from.
  • Talking Animal:
    • Mojo Jojo, who was mutated by Chemical X.
    • The Talking Dog, who... can talk. But he sure can't drive.
    • The background puppy dog is revealed to have the ability to talk in "Shut The Pup Up".
  • Talking the Monster to Death: "Three Girls and a Monster" features the girls trying, and failing, to stop a giant dinosaur-like monster who is impervious to all of their attacks. Both Blossom and Buttercup argue over whether physical or strategic attacks are more effective. In the end, Bubbles simply asks nicely for him not to destroy their beloved city. The giant monster promptly leaves, returning to the ocean.
  • Tattoo Sharpie: Inverted when Blossom and Buttercup lose their colours from a monochromatic Rainbow the Clown in one episode; Bubbles tries to recolour them with crayons.
  • Team Rocket Wins: The Amoeba Boys' goal is to be beaten by the Powerpuff Girls and to be recognized as Townsville's worst criminals, but they have no chance of this happening because they are too stupid to think of anything other than misdemeanors and the Powerpuff Girls don't usually bother to fight them because of their incompetence. However, some episodes end with them inadvertently causing a serious danger to Townsville and being beaten up by the girls, which was what they wanted all along.
  • Tear Jerker: In-Universe. The only episode with Bunny left even the narrator crying at the end.
  • Teens Are Monsters:
    • Two episodes featured the Smith family, one member of which was their angry teen son Bud. The first episode, Bud's entire appearance consisted of him yelling something typically teenagerish at his father, such as "I hate you!" and "No one understands me!" The second episode, which features the entire family as villains, provides every member of the family with a motivation for why they hate the Powerpuff Girls - and Bud's is "You know what? I hate everything!"
    • Also, the Gangreen Gang. Literally.
  • Teeth Flying: Bad guys' teeth go flying in the opening sequence; also, one episode is pretty much based on this trope - Buttercup learns the Tooth Fairy gives you money for teeth, and starts deliberately knocking villains' teeth out and collecting them to make a huge windfall.
  • That Cloud Looks Like...: Bubbles does this, including one that "looked like a cloud".
  • There Was a Door: Lampshaded several times. The girls must have racked up quite a bit of roof damage by now due to their preferred method of exit.
  • Thick-Line Animation: The animation in the show has always been this, but it is MUCH more noticeable in Seasons 1-3, but most prevalent in Season 2 when the animation studios temporarily changed.
  • Token Rich Student: Princess Morbucks is a Spoiled Brat who attends the same elementary school as the Powerpuff Girls and other normal students.
  • The Tokyo Fireball: Usually as the result of a giant monster, although in at least one episode, the girls ended up doing more damage than the monster — and getting harshly reprimanded for it.
  • Tomboy And Girly Girl: Buttercup and Bubbles.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The mayor. In one episode he jumped out a window because Bubbles told him to go save the day... while pretending to be him.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Bubbles in "Bubblevicious" to prove she's hardcore. She even subverted her apparent chickification when Mojo captured her and gave her the full blunt of his torture device before she broke out and beat him mercilessly all by herself. She only softens from her tough exterior when her sisters finally admit that she's hardcore, only to slide right back into it when Mojo tried to make a cheap shot at all three of them.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: "Collect Her" has this for the angry mob after Lenny Baxter for capturing the girls and "Down And Dirty" has Buttercup facing this kind of mob when she refuses to take a bath in spite of being very dirty and smelly.
  • Totally Radical: Professor Utonium in "Powerprof", much to the embarrassment of the girls.
  • The World Is Always Doomed: Whether it be from a rampant crime spree, super villain attacks or threat of being destroyed by a giant monster, Townsville almost always has a crisis on its hands.
  • Tragic One-Shot Character: Bunny, an character made by the titular characters creating an additional Powerpuff Girl with ingredients that aren't exactly the same ones Prof. Utonium used, resulting in a horribly deformed Powerpuff Girl but at the end of the episode, Bunny explodes into a big ball of light due to her growing unstable.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Sedusa gets one at the end of "Something's A Ms".
    • So does Blossom in "The Mane Event." She's unaware of it until she finds out why everyone—including the monster—is laughing at her.
    • In Meat Fuzzy Lumpkins, One of Bubbles' pigtails is turned into a turkey leg by Fuzzy Lumpkin's meat gun, Which pushes her Berserk Button.
  • Truly Single Parent: Professor Utonium created the girls himself with no partner to speak of.
  • Truth in Television: There is actually a city called Townsville in Australia.
  • Twist Ending: The episode "HIM Diddle Riddle" revolves around the girls flying around town, trying to solve HIM's insidious riddles in a desperate attempt to save Professor Utonium, only to fail, and now HIM is going to make the professor PAY!... full price for breakfast. The ending is such a big surprise even the narrator just stumbles, "And once again, the day is... um... yeah..." while the girls just float there staring blankly.

  • Ultimate Authority Mayor: The Mayor of Townsville (though to his credit, he is elected, and even lost once).
  • Underlighting: Underlighing was used for the streaks the girls left behind as the fly away, and for when they use their heat vision.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Touched upon In-Universe. In the "Members Only" episode, Major Glory talks the girls through several gender roles, asking who does various things ("Who goes to work?", "Who pays the bills?", etc) and receiving "Our Dad" as an answer each time. Then he gets to cooking and cleaning, getting the same answer. 5:12 - 5:45
    Major Glory: So what does your mother do?
    Girls: (in unison) We don't have a mother.
    *cut to Major Glory looking over at Mucho Muchacho and Birdman, all three looking uncomfortable*
    • To drive it in further, Batman was earlier shown sitting next to Birdman, meaning he would've been just off-screen for this.
  • Unhand Them, Villain!: "Get Back Jojo".
  • The Unintelligible: Grubber of the Gangreen Gang usually speaks only in raspberries. The rest of the gang members understand him just fine though. Subverted in one episode, where Grubber is shown to be quite eloquent when he straightens his posture. He's also an expert voice mimicker.
  • Unobtainium: Chemical X.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Bubbles when she gets well and truly angry.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: The 2014 special has this happen to the girls when Mojo Jojo sends them pants modeled after the game controls for the video game Dance Pants Revolution.
  • Unwilling Suspension: In "Equal Fights," as Femme Fatale falls to the ground, Buttercup grabs her foot and carries her off upside down.
    • "I See A Funny Cartoon In Your Future" has Madame Argentina tying up three voodoo dolls of the Powerpuffs and hanging them from a tree branch, causing the girls themselves to hang in midair over a cliff.
    • The splash page of comic book story "The Devil's Playground" (Block Party #43) has HIM using his powers to booby-trap the kindergarten playground. Several kids are wrapped up in jungle vines from the jungle gym, and three monkeys appear on the monkey bars—the first holding a boy up by his hands, the second giving Mitch a wedgie, and the third using its tail to hang a girl upside down by one foot.
  • Up to Eleven: In "Bubblevicious" Bubbles takes the battle simulator and Mojo's laser up to eleven. The dial even shows considerable resistance, like it was never meant to go that high.
  • The Vamp: Sedusa has tried to seduce both Professor Utonium and the Mayor on two separate occasions, on both of them using a disguise.
  • Very Special Episode: Even though it's not blatantly stated, "Mojo Jonesin" is obviously a drug episode.
  • Victory Is Boring: What Mojo experiences in "The Powerpuff Girls Rule". It also causes him to go back to being a criminal, making it necessary for the Powerpuff Girls to get back to fighting him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Mojo has these occasionally, most notably at the beginning of "The Rowdyruff Boys", when he starts howling and snarling like a real ape over his many defeats.
    • Mojo Jojo has a particularly huge one at the end of "Forced Kin" when he finally snaps after being repeatedly defeated by the alien force's Invincible Villain trait of unrealistically predicting every attack. But the one thing the alien force didn't predict was Mojo going berserk and beating the crap out of it.
    • HIM also has these, normally after the girls defeat his plans with their sisterly love. He goes from his normal, creepy voice to screaming about how they didn't act like they were supposed to. He has an especially noteable one at the end of "Power Noia", when the girls have turned the tables on him and got him completely at their mercy, for the first time actually begging them to let him go.
  • Villainous Friendship: Mojo Jojo and HIM. The two often argue over who is the most evil, but at the end of the day, they'll get along.
    • In Meet the Beat Alls, Mojo Jojo, Him, Fuzzy and Princess Morbucks surprisingly get along very well during their Villain Team-Up.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Often. When the super villains aren't doing anything overtly villainous, they're treated like any other citizen of the town. Even by the girls themselves!
  • Villain Team-Up: Mojo Jojo, HIM, Princess Morbucks and Fuzzy Lumpkins in Meet the Beat Alls.
  • Villainy-Free Villain: Fuzzy Lumpkins in "Impeach Fuzz". He legitimately wins the mayoral election, and even though he is a terrible mayor, he never actually does anything illegal or evil while in office. The Powerpuff Girls want to get rid of him mostly because they object to Fuzzy making them milk goats and play country music.
  • Violence Is Not an Option: "Three Girls and a Monster", features Blossom and Buttercup arguing over how best to defeat a monster attacking Townsville. However, neither of them can so much as slow it down. It stops only when Bubbles gets tried of all this, flies right up to it, and asks it politely to leave, pretty please with sugar on top. The monster turns around and leaves.
  • Visual Pun: In the episode "Curses", the Powerpuff Girls encounter a giant monster that speaks in virtually nothing but swears (represented as grumbling gibberish) and has a toilet for a head. The monster is both figuratively and literally a potty mouth.
    • In "Boogie Frights", Buttercup scares Bubbles and Blossom with tales of the Bogeyman. Professor Utonium steps in and reassures Bubbles that Buttercup was just trying to "get your goat"... And Buttercup responds by holding her stuffed goat tightly.
  • Voice Changeling: Grubber uses this ability in the episode "Telephonies" to stir up trouble.
  • Voice of the Legion: HIM, especially in the later seasons.
  • Walk Through The Camera: In the episode "Stray Bullet" in the scene where Mojo is walking very slowly with a confident look on his face.
  • Wanting Is Better Than Having: One episode had a collector of Powerpuff Girls' merchandise who freaks out and becomes a villain when his collection is complete: there's nothing left for him to collect except the girls themselves.
  • Waxing Lyrical: All over the place in "Meet the Beat-Alls", essentially a long string of Shout-Outs to The Beatles. Example; when Professor Utonium has an idea to defeat the combined forces of Mojo, Him, Princess Morebucks and Fuzzy Lumpkins, he asks, "Listen, do you want to know a secret?" Even the narrator gets into the act at the very end, declaring, "I don't really want to stop the show, but I thought you might like to know...that Once again the day is saved..."
  • Was Too Hard on Her: Blossom asks this after the sisters scold Bunny for releasing criminals from jail...only for the criminals to show up and yell "Not as hard as we're gonna be on you!"
  • We Will Meet Again: Him in one episode.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the episode "Cat Man Do", the girls stop a villain and then adopt his cat, only for it to turn out that the cat was the real villain, who hypnotized his owners to do evil. In the end of the episode, the original 'villain' (who was likely completely innocent) is still in jail, and no one even mentions him again.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • The Mayor of Cityville delivers one to the girls in "Town and Out" for destroying a bridge in order to stop some bank robbers, pointing out that the collateral damage cost far more than the money that the robbers stole.
    • The girls do this to Buttercup in "Makes Zen to Me" for continuing to beat up Fuzzy Lumpkins after he surrendered and for being too hard. She doesn't think too much of it until Fuzzy's doctor also chews her out for beating him to the point where he was barely able to function. This causes her to retreat into the mountains and do some soul searching.
  • When Elders Attack: An old lady does this from the roof of an episode to a Godzilla-like monster, who promptly eats her.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Possibly subverted, if the Professor's directions to his college roommate were correct, Townsville fall somewhere in or near Pasadena, CA. Don't mind that there actually exists a City of Townsville.
    • According to Mayor, the town is at latitude 32 degrees north by longitude 212 degrees west. The aforementioned Pasadena is at latitude 34 degrees north, but longitude 212 degrees doesn't exist (it stops at 180).
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: One episode featured a con-artist "director" allegedly making a movie about the girls. The initial broadcast of this episode was suspiciously close to the release of the actual movie.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: The Professor dresses as a woman to get onto the set and foil the robbery on ''Film Flam".
  • Would Harm a Senior: In "Fallen Arches", the Ministry of Pain come out of retirement after several decades to commit crimes. Even though Bubbles and Buttercup are more than willing to stop them, Blossom refuses to let them because they have to respect their elders. The Powerpuff Girls get around this by enlisting Captain Righteous and Lefty, two equally-elderly former superheroes, to fight the Ministry of Pain.
  • Would Hit a Girl / Would Hurt a Child: None of the villains have any problem attacking three kindergarten-aged girls. Dick Hardly is the worst offender, though, being the only villain in the series to have almost successfully killed them.
  • Wrong Side of the Tracks: While riding a bicycle from school to home, Mitch crosses a set of tracks and the other side has a trailer park.

  • "X" Makes Anything Cool: Chemical X. Does whatever the plot requires that episode.
  • Yes-Man: Snake to Ace.
  • Yoko Oh No: The Powerpuff Girls' plan to break up The Beat-alls. "Moko Jono" is the Yoko to Mojo Jojo's John Lennon: she's literally the Yoko. The entire episode parodies the history and the songs of the Beatles; it's only obvious that the one who divides the Bad Four is a playoff of Yoko Ono.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Mojo Jojo goes back in time to throw Professor Utonium into a volcano as a child to stop the Powerpuff Girls from ever being created. This instead causes a Stable Time Loop because the incident is what inspires Utonium to go into science in the first place, thus ensuring the girls will be created. It never occurred to him that, if Professor Utonium was thrown into the volcano, then Mojo wouldn't have been the Professor's pet and wouldn't have been affected by Chemical X, giving him his super-smarts.
  • Younger Than They Look: They were born/created the age they are throughout the whole series and start kindergarten shortly after their "birth." As they're the same age throughout the whole show, they're probably less than one year old. The Rowdyruff Boys were also created (twice!) at the age they are, which makes them even younger although appearing to be kindergarten-aged boys as well.
  • Your Brain Won't Be Much of a Meal: The girls defeat a brain sucker by tricking him into attacking the Mayor.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: HIM.


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