Follow TV Tropes


Trivia / The Powerpuff Girls (2016)

Go To

  • Adored by the Network:
    • Perhaps on a similar level akin to Teen Titans Go! Before the series even premiered the series was extremely hyped up by Cartoon Network, announcing toy lines a year prior, releasing many previews, a month before it premiered, holding two special screenings at film festivals, giving it a crossover with Teen Titans Go!, and airing two weeks' worth of new episodes. The series continued to air every day for a few months after it premiered, until September 2016, when it was shafted just to weekends, due to low ratings and disappointment from fans.
    • Advertisement:
    • The series was constantly aired on Boomerang, airing twelve episodes every weekday and four episodes every weekend, making a total of 17 hours every week.
    • Cartoon Network extremely hyped up the series, releasing many episodes and shorts before it even premiered, and made "", a site where you can make a Powerpuff version of yourself.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: Prior to the series' reveal, many articles described it as being based on the "Dance Pantsed" special's art-style.
  • Disowned Adaptation: While he understands why the reboot was made and that there's nothing he can do about it, Craig McCracken has said that he is entirely opposed to it (and kindly requests that you please stop asking him about it on Twitter).
  • Dueling Dubs: Bliss has fifteen different English voice actresses. Various countries used different voices for her.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • The changing of the VAs was Cartoon Network's idea in order to "infuse new energy" into the reboot.
    • The girls aren't allowed to punch/kick any monsters or villains onscreen, so anytime they do so, the impact is blocked by a Hit Flash to take their place. Apparently this is due to new standards at the network since the days of the original (The show has a Y7 rating just like the original, although what's considered appropriate with this rating has changed since then).
    • It turns out that the transgender motif in the infamous "Horn, Sweet Horn" was never intended to be there in the first place according to the episode's lead writer, and the episode was simply marketed as such because the higher-ups read it, thought the subtext was there, and thus pushed the episode as such.
    • The producers stated they removed Miss Bellum because she was "not the message they wanted to spread at the time" (paraphrased).
  • Advertisement:
  • Follow the Leader: A double example. It's clear that one of the main reasons the show was rebooted was to cash in on the success of Teen Titans Go!, but there also seems to have been more than a little influence from Steven Universe, Cartoon Network's other famous female-lead series. The series does not have the gratuitous action and violence the original series was famous for, making it similar to Steven Universe, which also has relatively little violence. Furthermore, the reboot got rid of characters like Ms. Bellum, as well as sidelining the original villains in favor of giving more focus to characters like Princess and Manboy. But, most infamously of all, the show's marketing tried to force a LGBT message on the episode "Horn, Sweet Horn", which was clearly not written to include such a message.
  • God Does Not Own This World: As with Adventure Time and Clarence, The Powerpuff Girls is strictly a Cartoon Network property despite Craig being credited for its creation. This is the reason why they're able to continue it without his involvement.
  • God Never Said That:
    • Tom Kenny claimed that Craig McCracken gave the reboot his blessing. Actually, no, Craig did not, in fact give his blessing for this reboot. note 
    • The writer of "Horn, Sweet Horn" has said that the episode was never intended to be a transgender metaphor and that someone at Cartoon Network only said that it was as a publicity stunt.
  • Invisible Advertising: With the exception of "The Last Donnycorn" and "Power of Four", every other season two episode got no advertising, not even on its social media pages, and the only place to figure when new episodes aired was on various TV guides. This continued into the third season, as none of its episodes were promoted.
  • Name's the Same: Season two episode "The Trouble With Bubbles" shares its title with issue #18 of the comic book (DC run). The TV episode has Bubbles creating a 3-D duplicate of herself; the comic book has her running away from home.
  • The Other Darrin:
  • Out of Holiday Episode: The episode "Snow Month" was held back several months in America because it was themed around winter. In the UK, it aired in July.
  • Out of Order:
    • The episode "Power Up Puff" introduces the girls' Hard Light powers. It first ran after "Little Octi Lost", which features them as if they were already established.
    • "The Wrinklegruff Gals" was clearly meant to be one of the very first episodes, as it establishes the girls going to a new school. It first aired two weeks and three days after the show's premiere.
  • Playing Against Type: Jason Spisak, who traditionally plays much louder and more emotive characters (generally heroes), plays Silico, a reserved, monotone villain.
  • Pop Culture Urban Legends: Prior to the series' release, fake rumors for episodes included, including a sexism themed gaming episode featuring a gator villain called "Gamergater".
  • Recycled Script:
    • "Power Up Puff" is pretty much "Ice Sore" from the original 1998 series, only with Bubbles and Buttercup getting new powers first instead of Blossom.
    • "Man Up" also has literally the same plot as the 2004 episode "Makes Zen to Me".
    • "Bubbles of the Opera" has some similarities to "Los Dos Mojos". It's also similar to "Bubblevicious" in that both involve Bubbles changing due to complexes over her cuteness.
    • Bliss was not the first "fourth PowerPuff Girl" as her titular episode is pretty similar to the original series episode "Twisted Sister" complete with their respective Sixth Ranger leaving at the end of the episode (only Bliss doesn't die and isn't deformed). They even have the same color!
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Trisha 2 and Brittnay Matthews/Judith Dinsmore are Princess Morbucks and Bianca Bikini, respectively.
  • Role Reprise: While Blossom, Bubbles, Buttercup, and Princess Morbucks have all been recast, the new show does have Tom Kenny back as the Mayor of Townsville and the Narrator, Jennifer Hale return as Ms. Keane, Tom Kane playing Professor Utonium and HIM again, Roger L. Jackson reprise his role as Mojo Jojo, Jeff Bennett return as Ace, and Jim Cummings back as Fuzzy Lumpkins.
  • Screwed by the Network:
    • At first, the series was Adored by the Network, and was one of Cartoon Network's most heavily promoted series along with Teen Titans Go!. But then the rest of season one episodes beyond "The Secret Life of Blossom" were punted on the Saturday timeslot without warning and without advertisement. That is usually never a good sign for a cartoon on the network, as shows like Transformers Animated, Generator Rex, all of the Ben 10 sequel series (Alien Force, Ultimate Alien and Omniverse), The Secret Saturdays, Uncle Grandpa and even Adventure Timenote  can attest. It's probably the fastest turnaround from being adored to screwed in the network's history.
    • Cartoon Network was originally so confident in the series they put it in the 6pm slot (where Teen Titans Go! had been in for almost 2 whole years), but due to unexpectedly low ratings and an incredibly-vocal backlash from fans and critics alike, the show was constantly moved around different times on Thursday nights (which didn't help) and the series was finally put on hiatus for almost three months. When the show returned in the fall, it aired a week of premieres under a big promoted campaign called "Powfactor", but the campaign didn't work and the entire week was met with extremely low ratings. After this the show later aired episodes on Late-Saturday afternoons, and another week of premieres in late November (at a bad time slot).
    • The season finale was pulled from its original January slot and was placed and unpromoted at a noon time slot on Christmas Eve (which actually brought high ratings, funnily enough).
    • By April 2017, Cartoon Network would only air the series on Sundays from 5:30pm-5:45pm, but only if it was a new episode. Other than that, the series was airing everyday on Boomerang. In January 2018, all reruns of the show were pulled from Boomerang completely.
    • The "Power of Four" special "movie event" was only given a week's worth of advertising, with a single promo spot running on-air for it. It only amassed 0.98 million views. Bear in mind that this was a five-episode long TV movie. Very likely because of the results of this, its sequel special ("Never Been Blissed"), despite being built up as a major special event in Cartoon Network's 2018 New Years promo, was given zero advertising, resulting in the special only earning 0.577 million; a 59% drop from Bliss' original debut.
    • The 2018 special "Small World" was barely advertised, if even that. The following June, the show was quietly cancelled.
    • As of Spring 2020, the show has absolutely no reruns on Cartoon Network or Boomerang. They're still available on the former's website however. Indeed, this is pretty odd considering the characters still show up in bumpers.
  • What Could Have Been: While they could go ahead with or without him, Craig McCracken was given the option to return for the reboot, but was under contract to Disney at the time and was too busy with Wander over Yonder.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Powerpuff Girls Wiki also covers the 2016 series.


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: