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The third major entry in The Powerpuff Girls franchise, following the original 1998 animated series and the 2006 anime adaptation, The Powerpuff Girls (2016) serves as a soft reboot to the Cartoon Network show. Announced in June 2014 following the positive reception of the Dance Pantsed special, this incarnation is executive produced by Bob Boyle (Yin Yang Yo!) and Nick Jennings.note 

The story is still the same as always: Professor Utonium was testing the theory of Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice to see if he could make the perfect little girls. He accidentally smashed a container of Chemical X which pours into the vat, and indeed did create said girls, but they were imbued with superpowers. Thus Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup use said powers to protect the city of Townsville from crime, monsters, the supernatural, and any other forces of evil.


Changes made to this version of the series include a host of new villains in addition to the previous show's Rogues Gallery, the girls now being elementary school students, the old telephone being replaced by a smartphone app, and a general shift from comedic action to more Slice of Life-styled plots. While the original voice actresses for the girls (Cathy Cavadini, Tara Strong and Elizabeth Daily) were replaced — allegedly for being "too old" — several other VAs (such as Tom Kenny and Roger L. Jackson) returned to reprise their roles.

The series premiered on April 4th, 2016, with the series premiere predated by a trio of character shorts (Air Buttercup, Bubbles Beauty Blog, and Run Blossom Run) meant to introduce the new versions of the characters. After three seasons, the series ended on June 16, 2019.note 


Now has a Recap page as well as a Character page dedicated to the new characters.

The Powerpuff Girls (2016) provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Badass: The Mayor, surprisingly enough. He's still a bit bumbling, but not as reliant on Ms. Bellum as he was in the original series, and can actually hold his own in a few cases (for example, surviving Monster Island with his pickles, and likewise saving the girls from the monsters of said island. And again in a later episode when new villains Bianca and Barbarus Bikini had captured the girls, and he single-handedly rescues them).
  • Adaptational Dumbass: Professor is a bumbling, goofy father, except for a few Character Check moments where he returns to his more level-headed original portrayal.
  • Adaptational Intelligence:
    • Downplayed with Bubbles. The original series occasionally had jokes implying her intelligence rivaled (and maybe even surpassed) that of Blossom's, while this version makes it more obvious by having her be adept at coding.
    • Buttercup is a math prodigy, with one episode placing her in an advanced placement class. In the original series, she was mediocre at math.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Both Bubbles and Buttercup. Bubbles' hidden darker side is much more apparent to the point where she gets angry easily and she's also more self-centered than before. Buttercup is more of a bully than before.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Mojo Jojo. He was already an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain in the original show, but he could be a menacing and effective villain in some episodes. In this show, he's little more than Plucky Comic Relief. Likewise, the old villains are rarely used in this series, often serving as background characters and are considerably less threatening than before. The only exceptions so far are Princess Morbucks, Him, and the Amoeba Boys, who are mostly in line with their characterizations from the original series.
  • Adapted Out: Most of the minor and background characters from the original have been either outright replaced or Demoted to Extra. There is a boy who looks a lot like Mitch, except with a slight redesign and a plain black shirt, but he's a voiceless backgrounder.
  • Aesop Amnesia:
    • Near the end of "Halt and Catch Silico" when Silico leaves after blaming the Powerpuffs for destroying his robot friends:
    Bubbles: I kind of feel bad for him. We didn't mean to do anything to his house.
    Blossom: Yeah, we really should be more careful. There's nothing we can do about our past mistakes, but we can apologize for our current ones.
    [to Buttercup] What do you say, Buttercup? Want to right some wrongs?
    Buttercup: Ugh, dumb superhero cliches.
    • Later, when the Powerpuffs break into Mojo's laboratory:
    Blossom: Mojo!
    Mojo Jojo: What? Mojo just fixed that wall! Why don't you use the door when you're going to beat up Mojo for no good reason?
    Blossom: We're not here to beat you up, we're here to apologize for beating you up. We thought you were cooking kittens.
    Mojo Jojo: What?! Mojo was not cooking kittens, Mojo was cooking for kittens!
    Blossom: Whew, that's a relief.
    Buttercup: Wait for it...
    Mojo Jojo: To help them get big and strong... For Mojo's deadly kitten army!
    • After Mojo's kitten army runs away, the Powerpuffs beat him up for no good reason.
    Mojo Jojo [after his ineffectual plan falls apart]: Curses.
    [pleadingly]: Please, be gentle.
    [The Powerpuffs punch Mojo as the episode ends]
    • Buttercup learns in "Man Up 2" that she shouldn't put material objects as her top priority, and yet in "Sister Sitter" and "Cheep Thrills" she goes right back to acting that way.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The theme song for the Japanese version is "Pawawawawan! Powerpuff Girls" by Idol Street.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Flashbacks show that Mojo Jojo was always green.
  • Animesque:
    • The girls, even more so than the original run.
    • "The Power of Four" had an animesque Art Shift during a monster fight, complete with a Japanese song.
    • The series frequently uses anime-inspired expressions.
  • Art Evolution: Season 2 introduced title cards that (usually) show who the episode is themed around. Pink backgrounds mean a Blossom centric episode, blue means a Bubbles centric episode, and green means a Buttercup centric episode. A purple background indicates an episode that focuses on Mojo Jojo. A title card with all three colours means an episode themed around all three sisters.
  • Art Shift:
  • Artistic Age: The girls go to an elementary school where most students look like middle schoolers, or even high schoolers!
  • Badass Normal: The Mayor was able to survive on Monster Island by feeding the monsters pickles. Of course, once he runs out of pickles...
  • Big Eater:
    • Buttercup eats a lot of sloppy joes in "Princess Buttercup". In the first 2016 comic book, she also gobbles up a lot of sloppy joes.
    • Eddie the worm ate every single vegetable in the Girls's garden.
  • The B Grade: In "Painbow", Blossom becomes upset that her diorama got an A+... because the teacher gave everyone an A+ due to being hypnotized by the Allegro's rainbow, and she felt that she got the grade without earning it.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Doooon't call Buttercup "princess".
    • If Octi is in danger, Bubbles will flip her shit.
    • Never interrupt Bubbles's sleep.
    • Calling Blossom "disorganized" is a death wish.
    • Mojo hates being called ugly.
  • Black Comedy: In "Once Upon a Townsville", Buttercup mistakes the unconscious Princess Bluebelle for a dead body and thinks she's a zombie when she regains consciousness.
  • Blog: The focus of the second short, Bubbles Beauty Blog, in which Bubbles tries to make one but keeps getting interrupted by Blossom and Buttercup.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Happens to Bubbles in "Bubbles of the Opera" after the annual school picture day goes wrong for Bubbles, and she gets the Butt-Monkey treatment with the cafeteria lady subbing for the regular photographer, taking her picture in an off-guard moment; followed by a bad haircut by the lunch lady subbing as an "apprentice hairstylist", a recalled make-up kit that causes a horrible allergic reaction, and Bubbles accidentally flying into the ceiling fan.
    Bubbles: I'm... I'm... I'm a monster!
    Blossom: What? No.
    Bubbles [sadly]: It's true; I'm a monster. An ugly, hideous monster!
    Buttercup: Dude, this is all in your head!
    Blossom: Bubbles, you're being kind of crazy.
    Bubbles: Oh, so now you think I'm ugly and crazy. I've always just been the "cute" one to you. And now that I'm not cute, you think I'm worthless, right?
    Prof. Utonium: All right girls, I think it's time to go home now.
    Bubbles: Home? Home? I'm never going home, never! Never!
    • Soon afterwards, Bubbles wears a bunny-face half mask (based on The Phantom of the Opera), and teams up with Mojo Jojo:
    Mojo Jojo: Come now, tell Mojo what's on your mind.
    Bubbles: Well... I want to wreak vengeance on those who have forsaken me! So... I came to the only person who knows what it's like to be rejected for being hideous.
    Mojo Jojo: [gasps] Mojo is not hideous! He is at least a solid... eight!
    • Later on, Bubbles uses her animal-talking abilities to break the animals out of the zoo, running rampant throughout Townsville, with Blossom and Buttercup attempting to talk some sense back into Bubbles:
    Blossom: Bubbles! What are you doing? This isn't you!
    Bubbles: This is me! You've made me this: a monster!
    Buttercup: Dude, no! You're the best sister in the world! Remember when I wiped out on my skateboard, and you took care of me?
    Blossom: Or when I had spinach in my teeth, and everyone made fun of me, so you put spinach in your teeth, too?
    Mojo Jojo: No, no! Don't listen to them! Drop the hippo, now!
    Blossom: Bubbles, you're a good person!
    Buttercup: You're like, the most caring person in the world, Bubbs!
    • Bubbles makes a Heel–Face Turn, dropping the hippo on Mojo and reuniting with her sisters.
    Bubbles [to Mojo]: And you... you're going to pay for this.
    Mojo Jojo: Me? It was your idea!
    Bubbles: Oh... yeah. And that's why I'm gonna let you go this one time: 'cause I got a good team here, and when we get mad, we aren't very cute.
    Mojo Jojo: Oh, okay, Mojo is on his way. [to the elephant] Come on girl.
    Bubbles: I'm sorry, guys, I had no idea I'd let my identity become so defined by being cute.
    Blossom: Yeah, talk about limiting yourself.
    Buttercup: Under the surface, you're, like, terrfying! So much better than being cute.
  • Bystander Syndrome: In "Puffdora's Box", Hope is supposed to be destined to save the world from the evil spirits she was trapped with, but she's too distracted to help and spends most of the episode bouncing on a trampoline. Her only contribution to saving the day is telling the Powerpuff Girls how to do it.
  • Call-Back:
    • In the first episode "Man Up", when the girls re-confront Man Boy, he comes with an army of meat, likely a reference to Fuzzy's meat gun in "Meat Fuzzy Lumpkins".
    • "The Wrinklegruff Gals" had a flashback sequence explaining how Pokey Oats Kindergarten was destroyed, and Bubbles had her original model from the first show.
    • Donny references Citysville in "The Last Donnycorn".
    • "Memory Lane of Pain" depicts a photo of a scene from "Abracadaver". The photo is a recreation instead of an actual screencap.
  • The Cameo: One of the girls at the Powerpuff Girls' sleepover in "The Stayover" is Robin from the original series episode "Superfriends".
  • Christmas Episode: "You're A Good Man, Mojo Jojo."
  • Classically Trained Extra: The monster hired by Princess Morbucks in "Princess Buttercup".
  • Crossover: The Powerpuff Girls are featured in the Teen Titans Go! episode "TTG v. PPG".
  • Cute and Psycho: Bubbles is a self-proclaimed cute kid, but she has a firey temper.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: The Derby-Tantes in "Princess Buttercup" at first were paid by Princess Morbucks to keep Buttercup from helping her sisters. When she finds out, Buttercup beats them up and goes to her sisters. Later, the Derby-Tantes help the girls beat Morbucks because by beating them they have earned their respect.
  • Denser and Wackier: While the original series had its lot of comedy (especially in the last few seasons), the 2016 reboot ups the antics by having everyone act more excitable, exaggerating characterizations (for example, Blossom went from The Smart Gal to being a Neat Freak with Super OCD), featuring Wingding Eyes often, and frequently mentioning memes.
  • Delivery Guy Infiltration: Mojo's plan to defeat the Girls in "The Stayover" involves this; unfortunately for him, his rather absurd pizza guy costume doesn't fool them. He ends up grabbed by the sugar-rush-addled kids, and then tied up in the closet wearing a dress and covered with makeup.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: Silico's grudge on the Powerpuff Girls basically stems from them destroying his robot friends, which was an accident.
    Buttercup: Dude, you're messed up.
  • Disney Death: Buttercup in "Little Octi Lost".
  • Dodgeball Is Hell: In "Princess Buttercup", the Derby-Tantes are a gang of tough girls who play "deathball", which is very rough dodgeball with rollerblades and skateboards. (Meaning it's Buttercup kind of game, although The Stinger suggests Bubbles starts liking it too.)
  • Drunk on Milk: All three Girls after sampling a lot of candy in "The Stayover".
  • Expressive Accessory: Blossom's bow droops if she feels scared or sad, as seen here.
  • Expressive Hair: Bubbles's pigtails flick upwards if she is shocked or greatly surprised, and if she's depressed or nervous, they droop. When Bubbles is happy or excited, they perk up a bit.
  • Extremely Short Intro Sequence: The original cartoon had an opening that was almost 70 seconds long. The reboot cuts its intro down to roughly 25 seconds, though an extended intro does exist online.
  • Facial Horror: In "Bubbles of the Opera", after Bubbles gets a bad haircut, her day gets worse when she gets an allergic reaction from a recalled makeup kit. Subsequently, she loses her teeth as a result of hitting the ceiling fan. These events makes Bubbles want to put a bunny mask on that side of her face.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: "Sugar, Spice and Super Lice." Although, instead of going inside Buttercup's body, Blossom and Bubbles shrink down and go into her hair to wipe out some lice.
  • Faux Adventure Story: The original series was a straight-up superhero show about three cute kindergartners who brutally beat up supervillains. And this reboot? Not so much. Taking from Teen Titans Go!, it is a lighthearted cartoon with very little actual fighting. It focuses on the girls' civilian lives rather than their superhero work. When they do fight, rarely are they depicted actually hitting their opponents (instead they either use Hard Light attacks or punch but visibily don't actually come into contact with them).
  • Fluffy Tamer: The Mayor is able to manipulate the monsters on Monster Island easily once he finds out they love pickles. (Fortunately, the Girls rescue him when he's down to the last one.)
  • Found Footage Films: Bubble's beauty blog is the most realistic thing in the series.
  • Gasshole: Buttercup belches a lot.
  • Glass-Shattering Sound: Bubbles' singing in "Tiara Trouble", which comes in handy when the girls need to stop a cursed tiara that possesses Princess Morbucks.
  • G-Rated Drug: The rainbow's effects in "Painbow" are a dead ringer for ecstasy.
  • Hard Light: The girls now possess the ability to create constructs this way. Each one always has a theme to them as well: Blossom's is object based (staples, gloves, tape, etc). Bubbles is animal based and Buttercup's is weapons based.
  • Here We Go Again!: Most of the plot of "Little Octi Lost" focused on Buttercup trying to redeem herself to Bubbles for taking and hiding Octi without her permission, resulting in Octi getting stolen by Packrat. After the girls manage to get Octi back, Bubbles forgives her...but Blossom soon gets mad at Buttercup for wrecking her kickball trophy to save herself from a trash compacter.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: One episode has the girls getting hiccups from drinking too much soda, and they're too unstable to fight crime properly.
  • Idiot Hair: Buttercup has a noticeable cowlick in this adaptation.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": In "Power of Four", when Mecha-Gnat has the girls trapped on a sheet of flypaper:
    Blossom: Do your worst, Nate!
    Gnat: Ugh! It's Gnat!
  • It Was with You All Along: The end of "Horn, Sweet Horn" has this happen to Donny the horse, who finds out he was always a unicorn - which was what he wanted to be.
  • Jerkass: Buttercup is selfish, causes more problems than she fixes them, disrupts class, and is willing to attack others with no provocation.
  • Just One Extra Ticket: This is Bubbles' dilemma in "Escape from Monster Island" when she wins two tickets to a boy band concert and Blossom and Buttercup fight each other over who gets to go. She eventually takes Frederick, a baby monster she meets on Monster Island.
  • Kaiju: As with the original show, giant monsters are a recurring threat.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Outside of being abandoned by the Powerpuff Girls, Jemmica didn't receive any form of punishment for making them accomplices to her crimes.
    • Although Silico Industries is destroyed, Silico himself gets away with no repercussions for his Malicious Slander against the Powerpuff Girls.
    • Buttercup doesn't get into trouble for being neglectful to her sisters in "Sister Sitter". Subverted as the closest thing she gets to punishment is getting sick.
  • Kids Are Cruel: In "The Wrinklegruff Gals" the girls get bullied at their new K-8 school for being kindergarteners. They decide to drink a potion that ages them up, but drink too much and age into seniors.
  • Knight of Cerebus:
    • HIM, a villain from the original series, continues to be a devastating villain with his ominous string pulling behind the conflicts of several episodes. Able to think up very well-designed ploys, tricks and traps that nearly kill the girls. He's played fairly close to his main series counterpart, and has some very nasty surprises up his sleeve, including being able to actually absorb the Powerpuff Girls and throw Saturn into the Planet Earth like a buzzsaw. Compared to the villains of that show, HIM is really nasty in that version.
    • Out of all the new villains introduced in the reboot thus far, two of them manage to achieve this as well. That being Silico and Jemoiré. Silico has been presented as a genuine threat, with episodes centered on him being more serious. And Jemoiré came dangerously close to taking over Townsville after easily beating the girls to the ground. And that was her only episode appearance ever.
  • Lighter and Softer: Despite the above, the series is this compared to the original 1998 series, due to toned down violence and more focus on comedy.
  • Make Way for the New Villains: With the exception of Mojo Jojo and Princess Morbucks, the old villains are mostly underused, in favor of new ones. There's a running theme throughout the first season where the new villains appear in at least two episodes each:
  • Manchild: Literally with the half-man, half-boy lumberjack supervillain, Man Boy. Inverted in a way because he's a child acting out what he thinks a man should be.
  • Manipulative Editing: Princess Morbucks uses this tactic in "Presidential Punchout" when she and Blossom run for class president by editing clips of Blossom to make her appear to say unflattering and incriminating things, such as stating "This school's students are doody", threatening to beat up everyone's grandparents, and claiming that her true goal is to become "the (fart noise) Queen".
  • Merchandise-Driven: Toys and other merchandise for the reboot was announced and showcased months before the first episode even aired. However with the original series, merchandise was only produced after it turned out to be a success.
  • Mind over Matter: Man Boy is capable of animating objects such as lumber robots, meat and even his beard to move how he wants through sheer manly willpower.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: In "The Wrinklegruff Gals", the Powerpuff Girls end up aging themselves after drinking more of Professor Utonium's aging serum than he instructed. While they get gray hair, wrinkles, and other signs of growing old, they remain the same height they were when they were five-year-olds.
  • Most Writers Are Adults: This is more pronounced than even in the original series. For characters who are apparently kindergarten age, they don't act remotely their age. Bubbles in particular changed from the most childish and innocent of the sisters (to the point where she sometimes acted even younger than a five year old) to acting like a preteen fangirl. This only makes the inconsistent Vague Age of the characters more obvious.
  • Mythology Gag: In the extended version of the show's opening, one scene shows the girls wearing skirts, with Blossom and Bubbles thrilled while Buttercup is disdainful. This is likely a reference to the Powerpuff Girls anime Powerpuff Girls Z, where Buttercup's counterpart is known to hate wearing skirts.
  • Naughty Is Good: Buttercup is constantly causing mischief, but she is on the side of good. Well, if you really consider her a hero...
  • Off-Model: Quite often. A few examples are various body parts vanishing or not being colored, Mojo Jojo's dog leash vanishing for several seconds, and layering issues.
  • One Steve Limit: The show has several minor and one-shot characters named "Billy".
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In "Frenemy," Buttercup's British accent (forced upon her by the episode's antagonist) is poorly done, though that may have been intentional for comedic affect.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: In "Power Up Puff," Bubbles and Buttercup get a new power, but Blossom hasn't. It leaves her very self-conscious about her competence, and when Blossom is constantly confronted by things that call out mediocrity and plainness, she bursts into tears.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: Allegro, a cheerful, party-loving Reality Warper panda whose hypnotic rainbow powers brainwash the Townsville residents into a Cloud Cuckooland. Debuts in "Painbow", and appears again in "Somewhere Over The Swingset" disguised in a ringmaster costume, urging people to try the Stratospheric Swingset, which is so dangerous that many of the Townsville kids get hurt trying to ride it.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Blossom will get on Buttercup's case for bullying Bubbles, but not any other kids.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Princess Morbucks uses an Uber-esque phone app to hire a monster to destroy the city. He tells her to give him a good rating after she doesn't need him anymore.
  • Put on a Bus: Miss Bellum. After working everyday for twelve years, she had acquired one-thousand vacation days, and is using them on a one-thousand day vacationNote .
  • Queer Colors: The episode "Horn Sweet Horn" ends with the heart colored in pink, white, and blue rather than different shades of pink as normal, very reminiscent of the transgender flag. The episode (about a horse who wants to become a unicorn) was originally promoted as a transgender allegory; though Word of God would later claim this wasn't the case, there's no other reason for the flag to be colored that way.
  • Reality Ensues: Just like the original, the 2016 version has some episodes where the Powerpuff Girls are put in more realistic situations. Run Blossom Run has Blossom try to maintain her perfect attendance record and getting an achievement. In other shows or situations, not only the character had gotten to a place in time, despite being nearly late with other things to do, they were also greatly rewarded at that convenient time by somebody for their effort during that particular episode. Not here. Despite getting to school in time, after helping several people of Townsville, when Blossom tries to open the school doors, they were completely locked. And it's not because the others in school were inconveniently kidnapped or hiding somewhere to surprise Blossom, and not because she was too late. But because she forgot the actual day after she overslept, she assumed it was a Saturday. Bubbles immediately corrects her sister that it's Sunday, and Buttercup informs Blossom that she did this yesterday too. Blossom sighs and decides to go back to bed.
  • Real After All: Unicorns in "Horn, Sweet Horn".
  • Retcon:
    • Not only did the Professor create a child years before the Powerpuff Girls, but another scientist created a little boy even before that. In the original show, the girls are the first known artificial humans.
    • Mojo Jojo is shown to naturally be green skinned.
  • Rock Me, Asmodeus! : The episode "Electric Buttercup" centers around HIM manipulating Buttercup into unknowingly selling her sisters' souls for a guitar, so they'd be part of his rock band forever. Of course, it ends with an epic guitar duel between HIM and Buttercup.
  • Rock–Paper–Scissors: Played for Laughs, since none of the girls have fingers:
    • The girls play a round to decide who answers the hotline; Bubbles throws scissors and loses. This is likely a Call-Back to the episode "Curses" from the original series, where Bubbles lost after throwing paper.
    • DC Comics issue #23, "Amoeba Las Vegas," had a similar instance. To win Townsville back from the Amoeba Boys, Bubbles challenges them to Rock Paper Scissors. (Buttercup calls that Bubbles threw Rock to the Amoebas' scissors, and even though, true, the girls have no fingers, the Amoebas were dumb enough to buy it.)
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Avid viewers have picked up on at least two typos - Blossom's achievement reward reads "Certificate of Achivement" at the top, and a device in self-destruct mode reads "Self-Destuct Mode".
  • Same Character, but Different: The girls themselves, compared to the original show. In "Bubbles of the Opera", Bubbles describes herself as 'the cute one', Blossom as 'the smart one', and Buttercup as 'the cool one'. In the original, though, Blossom was both the smart one and the cute one due to her incredible tactical skills and leadership abilities coupled with an insufferable ego and haughtiness, Bubbles was the painfully innocent and naïve one because of her very childish outlook coloring her view of life, and Buttercup was the bitter, angry one whose sarcasm came from a deep wellspring of rage masking some serious self-esteem issues. In this version, some of those traits have survived if a little tone down. Blossom is now a bit more order-obsessed, worrying more about her grades, how to handle messes and cleanliness. Bubbles is mostly the same, in fact having gotten smarter in some cases, though her fixation on cute things can sometimes reach disturbing levels. Buttercup tomboyishness is likewise present, she not as action heavy as she once was (though still loves it) and tends to be more of a Deadpan Snarker now. She also seems to serve more of a Big Sister role now in a few episodes too. Though likewise can make just as many mistakes due to immature decisions.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Princess hired the Derby-Tantes to keep Buttercup away from her sisters, but they reject Princess because they like Buttercup better - she's tougher. And to them, smashing stuff (like Princess' mecha) is worth more than cash.
  • Series Continuity Error:
    • One episode has the girls poking fun at Wonder Woman's outfit and how it doesn't cover up much. In the original series, the three idolized Wonder Woman.
    • "Memory Lane Of Pain" acts as if Bubbles is in her sisters' shadows. Unlike in "Bubblevicious", it's not all in her head, as newspaper headlines poke fun at Bubbles and simply call her "pigtails". This contradicts not only the original show but the reboot itself, where Bubbles is the most popular Powerpuff.
    • Mojo Jojo mentions having a mother in his life more than once. There's no sign that he knows his parents in the original series.
    • A season 1 episode has Blossom refer to herself as "Blossom Powerpuff". However, in the original series episode "Roughin' It Up", the Professor has a line mentioning the girls use "Utonium" as their surname. By the next season the writers seemed to have noticed this, as Bliss is referred to as "Utonium".
    • In the extended intro, the Professor himself breaks the beaker. Mojo Jojo isn't involved, which contradicts the origin in the original series.
    • "You're A Good Man, Mojo Jojo" depicts a pre-Chemical X Mojo as being calm and sweet. In his original origin story, he was a playful and jumpy chimp whose rowdiness caused him to break the Chemical X vial.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Run Blossom Run has Blossom trying to get to school to keep her perfect attendance record, she gets there with a second to spare. Only to find out it's the weekend, a Sunday in fact.
  • Shapes and Symbols Tropes: This time around, the girls are distinguished by more than just a signature color. Blossom is represented by a red square, Bubbles by a blue circle and Buttercup by a green triangle. This is regularly visible in the detail of their energy trails in flight and illustrated in the opening sequence in shots of Professor Utonium adding sugar, spice and everything nice.
  • Show Within a Show: The girls are fans of a media franchise called Space Tow Truck.
  • Serious Business:
    • Trash basketball for Buttercup. After missing a few shots with regular trash, she starts grabbing everything she can find to make a her shot big enough to go into the trash bin. She still fails at the end.
    • Perfect attendance for Blossom. Heck, practically anything academic in this series.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • "Escape from Monster Island" is all about this. Blossom and Buttercup are arguing so much over who gets to go with Bubbles, that they forget they're on Monster Island to save the Mayor, and nearly get killed.
    • In "Painbow", Blossom's more upset that everyone received an A+ with their dioramas, even though they didn't work as hard as she did, rather than the obvious effect the rainbow is having on everyone.
    • In "Viral Spiral", when Bubbles tells Buttercup the ramifications of the Internet being destroyed, Buttercup shows no concern until Bubbles informs her that it will also cause her to lose all her weapons in the Baby Bunny game Bubbles created.
  • Soft Reboot: In practice. The 2016 series treats itself as a sequel series to the original 1998 show on several occasions, but also plays with and changes numerous character backstories, character personalities, and dynamics.
  • Stubborn Hair: At the start of "Bubbles of the Opera", Professor Utonium attempts to brush down Buttercup's cowlick with a hairbrush, but fails.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: There's a background character who looks a lot like like Mitch but has several differences and is never described as Mitch.
  • Take That!: In "The Power of Four", Buttercup and Blossom poke fun at Wonder Woman's costume.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: The lumberjack villain, Man-Boy, is pretty much this, not even seeing Buttercup as a threat simply because she's a girl. Even when she beats him silly and throws him into the distance, he continues to mock her.
  • Toilet Humor: Buttercup is obsessed with butt jokes, probably as a nod to the first four letters of her name.
  • Thicker Than Water: All three sisters to a point, though especially Blossom and Buttercup.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Bubbles in "Bubbles of the Opera".
  • Vague Age:
    • In the original continuity the girls were explicitly mentally and physically five years old (though chronologically younger due to being artificial humans). In the reboot their ages are far harder to place. They go to an elementary school instead of a kindergarten, though it's mentioned that Pokey Oaks is uninhabitable so their class transferred, and they're shown being taught middle school-level subjects. The Picture Day episode implies they're ten or eleven (due to them having five Picture Days) and "The Power of Four" explicitly states that the girls are at least three years old (eight physically). The girls act older and sound older than they used to be. They were also bullied due to "looking like babies", which is an odd thing to say to a five year old. Despite the evidence that they're preteens, there's also a lot for them being five. Their human peers such as Robin and Princess still seem to be five (which means the Powerpuff girls aren't just not aging) and Ms. Keane is still their teacher. This trope is exaggerated in "Toy Ploy" when Blossom's stuffed animal says that he's known Blossom for "many years, decades even".
    • The show adds onto the Professors confusing age from the original cartoon. He looks no older than his late 40s but a childhood flashback shows him listening to a radio show in the 1940s or 1950s, despite the show taking place in the 2010s.
    • Bliss is a teenager. Her exact age is never specified. If she was created at the same age as the others, however, then she's fifteen.
    • Mojo Jojo was friends with Bliss when he was little. Several years passed between Bliss' creation and her sisters, yet Mojo Jojo was still the same age.
  • Villains Out Shopping: In "The Wrinklegruff Gals", Mojo Jojo is first seen walking his dog while talking to his mom on the phone.
  • Vocal Evolution: Multiple examples:
    • Professor Utonium now sounds older than the original series, which can be chalked up to his actor, Tom Kane, getting older.
    • The Narrator also sounds a good deal different, since Tom Kenny, like Tom Kane, has gotten older. His Mayor voice, though, sounds remarkably the same.
    • Him's voice doesn't have his previous echo and he also doesn't suddenly change pitch.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: The basis of "The Stayover" starts like this with Blossom and Buttercup recovering from a candy-induced sugar rush hangover and trying to find Bubbles.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Most of the supporting characters from the original such as Robin and Mitch Mitchelson are either Demoted to Extra or outright absent.
  • Whole Plot Reference: "The Stayover" is one for The Hangover, with the girls unable to remember the previous night after a massive sugar high.
  • Who's on First?: In "The Power of Four", when Bubbles is describing her allegedly imaginary friend Bliss after the plates get broken on the kitchen floor:
    Bubbles: It was... Bliss.
    Blossom [skeptically]: Riight. And where exactly is this "Bliss"?
    Bubbles: She left.
    Buttercup [skeptically]: Riight... With her elephant?
    Bubbles: Mee.
    Buttercup: You?
    Bubbles: No, the elephant.
    Blossom: Wait, who?
    Bubbles: Mee.
    Buttercup: What about you?
    Blossom: Oh, I think she means the elephant is "me".
    Buttercup: Wait, you're an elephant?
    Bubbles: No, that's his name, "Mee"; the elephant's name is Mee.
    Blossom: Okay, so "Mee", the elephant, was in this kitchen?
    Buttercup: Mm-hmm, mm-hmm, great!
    • Later on in the episode, when Mee is revealed to be Him:
    Blossom: Bliss!
    Bubbles: You're free!
    Bliss: What happened?
    Blossom: Mee was Him!
    Buttercup: And Him was you!
    Bubbles: And you was Him, and who was Mee?
    Buttercup: Mee was Him.
    Blossom: Him was you?
    Bliss: And I'm confused.
  • Wingding Pupils: The girls get them often, more so than in the original series.
  • "YEAH!" Shot: Bubbles does this at the end of Air Buttercup.

Video Example(s):


Powerpuff Girls '16 [Professor Hustles Ace]

Scene from the 2016 version of The Powerpuff Girls, Ep 112 - Hustlecup. Buttercup disobeys the Professor to show off his new invention and loses it in a game of "Horse" against Ace of the Gangrene Gang. After her sisters attempts to regain it go no better, they eventually tell the Professor who decides to try his hand in the game to win back their stuff.

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