- Americans Hate Tingle: The show does have an active fanbase in many countries, but its American reception has always been rocky, with many American viewers looking down on it as either a merely inferior version of the beloved original show or a downright awful Widget Series that should have never been produced. It doesn't help that the English dub has never been shown on American television.
- Broken Base:
- Fans of the original 1998 show either enjoy this take on The Powerpuff Girls for the creative ways it plays with the source material or despise it for changing so much of what they believe made the series great.
- In the same way, is Z better or worse than the similarly controversial 2016 reboot?
- Is the English dub good or bad? Should it be redubbed, and if so, with a new cast or the original Powerpuff cast? Was it a good idea for the dub to make the girls civilian names the same as their hero ones?
- Evil Is Sexy:
- Sedusa, of course.
- Miko Shirogane/Duchess Morbucks has gotten some strong fan attention as well.
- Foe Yay: Momoko/Blossom and Himeko/Princess. Episode 43 is a good example; showing them butting heads, yet later showcasing that they still consider each other friends regardless.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In Latin America, the anime was shown fully (although based on the English dub) there on Cartoon Network. At a time where no anime other than Pokémon and Dragon Ball were being aired on the channel (as shown in these adverts), it gained a sizeable fanbase. At the peak of the show's popularity, it even won against the original series on a popularity contest.
- Growing the Beard: For the first five episodes, Mojo Jojo was the show's main villain, but he wasn't really that much of a threat. Then episode six introduced Fuzzy Lumpkins, the first villain to actually give the girls a hard time; and in turn Himeko/Princess Morbucks, whose take on the original character was very well-received. From then on, more villains began to appear, and the show got gradually better overall.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- First, Craig McCracken, creator of the original series, was married to Lauren Faust. Then, we mentioned on the PPG 1998 YMMV page that Bubbles loves playing with unicorns. And now, since none of the original voice actors returned for the anime, the English dub was provided in Vancouver by The Ocean Group! The connection between everything My Little Pony and everything Powerpuff is more common than ever.
- The Grand Finale featured a scene where the Powerpuff Girls imagined still being super heroines while elderly while facing the decision of sacrificing their powers to defeat HIM. Years later, the 2016 Powerpuff Girls reboot had an episode called "The Wrinklegruff Gals", where the girls became elderly as the result of consuming too much of Professor Utonium's aging serum, which they asked him to make in the hopes that being older would earn them respect from the other kids at school.
- Jerkass Woobie: Himeko Shirogane/Princess Morbucks, due to her Freudian Excuse (combined together with her Moe-ness.)
- Narm Charm: The show's unapologetic conversion of the Powerpuff Girls story into a Japanese Magical Girl Cliché Storm was the reason why many people hated it, but it is also the reason why many other people ended up becoming fans.
- Vindicated by History: As mentioned above, to say this show was divisive when it was first aired would be an understatement, but as time went on, people have begun to see it in a more positive light, praising some of its ideas (even if they didn't all work) and the fact that it was at least better than the (equally, if not more) decisive 2016 reboot.
- Woolseyism: For the international release (dubbed in English); Peach's name was changed to Poochie (not surprisingly), the girls' secret identity and actual names are the same, and Mojo Jojo speaks in the same manner as his Western counterpart (with no added verbal tic, however).
YMMV / Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z