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  • Adored by the Network: Along with Dexter's Laboratory, 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 "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey" was rumored to be banned in the US, due to the heavy use of strobe effects (which would have triggered epileptic seizures in more sensitive viewers, much like the notorious Pokémon episode "Electric Soldier Porygon." Reportedly, it was banned for allegedly having Communist undertones, but this was never proven). The episode can now be seen on the complete series DVD set for the show and on the complete series collection on Netflix (though it's not on HBO Max). It aired in Canada on March 18, 2004. The official reason for the banment 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."
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  • Big Name Fan: YouTuber Shadow Streak (seen here) is unarguably one of this show's most vocal supporters in the years since its cancellation, having a near-encyclopedic knowledge of the original cartoon and a series dedicated to reviewing the 2016 reboot with focus on how it compares (or doesn't, as the case is with him) to the original.
  • 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 (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 preformed poorly. Because of this, the series finales 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 was stuck in Development Hell for decades before being abandoned in favor of the 10-episode revival.
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  • Casting Gag: Elizabeth Daily voices someone associated with the color green who is also part of a trio. Recognize that before?
  • 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.
  • The Character Ice Cream Bar: Blue Bunny released a cherry-flavoured 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 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.
  • Descended Creator: During seasons 5 and 6, Don Shank and Charlie Bean lent their voices to their caricatures. Shank had the most appearances (including the 4th season premiere "Film Flan").
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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  • In Memoriam: The episode The City of Frownsville was dedicated to those who were killed during the events of 9/11, which happened just before the episode aired.
  • 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 died of cancer in 1997, before the series went on the air, so Tom Kenny took over the role.
      • Likewise, 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.
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Relationship Voice Actor: The Mexican Spanish dub has two hilarious cases of this:
  • 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 Gangrene 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: Former Trope Namer (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.
    • This is slightly averted in the fact that there is merchandise for the 2016 reboot aimed at all 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 (which they were already stretching). It wound up being given to the comic book writers and turned into the 50th issue.
    • 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.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Powerpuff Girls Wiki, another Powerpuff Girls Wiki, another Powerpuff Girls Wiki, another Powerpuff Girls Wiki, and a Powerpuff Girls Fanon Wiki.

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