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  • Adored by the Network: Along with Dexter's Laboratory, it was Cartoon Network's flagship series during the "Cartoon Cartoons" era of Cartoon Network that was rerun daily until 2002.
  • Banned Episode: The Season 5 episode "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey" was rumored to be banned in the US for several possible reasons, including the heavy use of strobe effects that could have triggered epileptic seizures in more sensitive viewers, much like the notorious Pokémon episode "Electric Soldier Porygon", or the episode allegedly having Communist undertones. The official reason for the episode being skipped in the US, according to Craig McCracken himself is because "[the network] claimed that the metal beams in the destroyed buildings looked too much like crosses and one of the hippies looked like Jesus. That was never our intention at all, we were really surprised that they banned it." The episode can be seen on the complete series DVD set and was available when it was on Netflix and Hulu, though it is not on HBO Max. It aired in Canada on March 18, 2004.
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  • Box Office Bomb: Warner Bros' marketing for the movie was quite lousy, as stated in the main page, but CN did their part and promoted it to heck and back to the point where even Adult Swim got involved. Outside the channel, however, there was barely any mention of it. Not helping was it was pitted against Men in Black II on the opening weekend, was overshadowed by the surprise hit Like Mike and Warner Bros focusing their campaign on the Scooby-Doo live-action movie. As such it performed poorly. Because of this, feature films for Ed, Edd n Eddy and Codename: Kids Next Door were scaled back to made-for-TV fare rather than made into feature films and the Samurai Jack movie was stuck in Development Hell for decades before being abandoned in favor of the 10-episode revival.
  • Channel Hop: Averted, as the show was always a Cartoon Network program. However, "Members Only", "Superfriends" and "All Chalked Up" premiered on Kids' WB! first after the AOL Time Warner merger moved operational duties for the The WB network to Turner Broadcasting and forced them to "play nice" with the Turner networks.
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  • The Character Ice Cream Bar: Blue Bunny released a cherry-flavored ice of Bubbles' face and upper body.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: A Russian magazine credited Genndy Tartakovsky as the creator of the series.
  • Creator's Apathy: Animation director Randy Myers admitted that, when Craig McCracken left production, him and the remaining staff were just simply trying to meet the series quota because they were aware that the show was jumping the shark at that point.
  • Creator Backlash: While she stands behinds its message, Lauren Faust has said that she wasn't happy with how "Equal Fights" turned out, feeling that feminism was too dense a subject to depict in a lighthearted cartoon. It didn't help that she'd had to endure complaints from pretty much every side of the argument, from real man-hating feminists who thought she was being too soft to men accusing her of male-bashing.
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  • Creator's Pest: Despite them being some of the show's most popular villains among fans, Craig McCracken has a stated dislike of the Rowdyruff Boys. While he considers their debut episode to be one of the show's best, he also felt that the characters themselves were rather one-note and there was nothing further to be done with them by the end of the episode, and finds the Shipping between them and the girls to be incredibly creepy. Despite pressure from fans and executives, he resisted demand to bring them back, something which ultimately happened anyway once McCracken's involvement in the series lessened in later seasons. McCracken himself still tends to generally ignore them when he can, and infamously left them out of the show's Grand Finale despite it featuring a Villain Team-Up with every other recurring villain in the series.
  • Defictionalization: The PPG waffle iron from "Collect Her." Ironically, the writers put that in so the episode because they thought it was too absurd to feel like Product Placement for actual PPG stuff.
  • Descended Creator:
    • During Seasons 5 and 6, storyboard artists Don Shank and Charlie Bean lent their voices to their caricatures. Shank had the most appearances, including the 4th season premiere "Film Flam".
    • Earlier, Craig McCracken voiced the narrator on the Whoopass Stew shorts. Lou Romano voiced the Amoeba Boys, and the father bird on "A Very Special Blossom" during season 2, on said short.
  • Development Gag: The designs of the Run-of-the-Mill Girls from "Oops, I Did It Again" were based on redesigns Craig McCracken came up with after the early pilot received negative test audience reactions due to the girls' bug-like designs.
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  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey" has never been shown in the U.S., not even in the current runs on Boomerang or on HBO Max. It is on the complete series DVD set and was on Netflix, though.
  • Milestone Celebration: The 50th issue of the comic book, Deja View.
  • Name's the Same:
    • Mr. Mime shares his name with a significantly happier and far more colorful Pokémon.
    • Sara Bellum shares her name with a recurring Evil Genius of another famous lady in red.
    • Townsville shares its name with a city in Queensland, Australia.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • The original What-A-Cartoon era shorts had Ernie Anderson, best known as either Ghoulardi or the longtime announcer for ABC as well as the voice of The Love Boat and the syndicated run of Break the Bank (1976), as the narrator, but he died of cancer in 1997. Tom Kenny took over the role.
    • Bubbles and then-unnamed Ms. Keane were both voiced by Kath Soucie in the What-A-Cartoon shorts, but when the series went on air, Tara Strong and Jennifer Hale took over the roles, respectively.
    • Carlos Alazraqui provided Lil' Arturo's voice in his first appearance. In all other episodes, Arturo is voiced by Tom Kenny.
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  • Quietly Cancelled: Craig McCracken left the series after Season 4 to work on Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, leaving it to Chris Savino to run it. After two more seasons, the show just stopped completely, with no finale or news from Cartoon Network on what happened and it was clear the show was cancelled by then. It only briefly came back for its 10th anniversary special, "The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!!", which Craig stated was the proper closeout of the original series.
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  • Romance on the Set: Husband and wife Craig McCracken and Lauren Faust met and fell in love while working on this show as creator/director and storyboard artist, respectively.
  • Screwed by the Network: The writers and artists on the DC comic book stories did not get royalties for IDW's reprints of them.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Tom Kenny voices the Mayor, the Narrator, Mitch Mitchelson, and Snake and Lil' Arturo of the Gangreen Gang.
    • Jeff Bennett voices Ace, Grubber, Big Billy, and Dick Hardly.
    • Tom Kane voices the Professor and HIM.
    • Roger L. Jackson voices Mojo Jojo and Butch of the Rowdyruff Boys.
    • Jennifer Hale voices Ms. Keane, Princess Morbucks and Sedusa.
    • Chuck McCann voices all three Amoeba Boys.
    • Rob Paulsen voices both Brick and Boomer.
    • Kath Soucie supplied the voices for Harold Smith's wife and daughter.
    • The three actresses for the girls also voiced one each of the three criminal animals from "Sweet 'N Sour."
  • Throw It In: A lot of the narrator's closing lines were improvised by Tom Kenny.
  • Trope Namer:
    • Fingerless Hands: Formerly, as the trope used to be called Powerpuff Girl Hands. One of the most notable aspects of the Powerpuff Girls' character designs is that their hands lack fingers and thumbs.
    • So Once Again, the Day Is Saved: Nearly every episode ends with the Narrator saying "So once again, the day is saved thanks to the Powerpuff Girls", with occasional variations.
  • Unisex Series, Gendered Merchandise: Word of God is that the series was aimed at a unisex audience. Despite this, almost all merchandise is aimed at girls and women. This was taken to its natural extreme when the series received a Magical Girl anime and the 2016 reboot was explictly aimed at girls.
    • The case of the reboot was slightly averted due to the fact that it still had merchandise aimed at both genders.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Before the Girls, Craig played around with a luchador superhero character as the star for his thesis film, but after drawing a birthday card for his brother with three cute, Margret Keane-inspired girls, he though the idea of those little girls fighting bad guys was hilarious and chose that instead.
    • Buttercup was originally named Bud.
    • The original tone of the cartoon was meant to be much more adult; it was called "The Whoopass Girls" after all. One can only imagine what that series would've been like if Craig hadn't made it more kid-friendly.
    • The show came close to being Cartoon Network's first original series, but the network changed their minds at the last minute and chose Dexter's Laboratory instead.
    • One planned episode, Deja View, about the girls visiting an alternate universe ruled by their evil versions, ended up being cancelled due to the visuals requiring the budget to go overboard. It wound up being given to the DC comic book writers and turned into the 50th issue of the DC comic.
    • As said on the main page, Craig wanted Jack Black to voice the Gnome in "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey", but they couldn't, due to him being too busy and expensive.
    • According to Craig on this post, one rejected idea the team had considered was doing a DCAU crossover. In it, the Joker came to Townsville and started wreaking havoc, only for the girls to be stopped at every turn by the Mayor because the city's been put on the map for being targeted by an A-list villain. They wanted to use Bruce Timm's designs for the characters as well.
    • Cartoon Network wanted a seventh season of the show, maybe more, before Craig McCracken and Chris Savino both decided that it ran its course and end it after six seasons.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Powerpuff Girls Wiki, another Powerpuff Girls Wiki, another Powerpuff Girls Wiki (closed), another Powerpuff Girls Wiki (redirects to first), and a Powerpuff Girls Fanon Wiki.

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