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  • Animation Age Ghetto: Much like the Girl-Show Ghetto, many have accused the reboot of falling under this category since the show seems to be trying to appeal directly towards children with its usage of outdated memes, bizarre facial expressions (such as the large amount of Wingding Eyes), and bowdlerization (e.g. the violence being toned down and removing Ms. Bellum for being a Ms. Fanservice).
  • Anvilicious: While the original didn't make such a big deal about the heroes being girls, the 2016 reboot has girl power as a prominent theme.
    • The episode Spider Sense has a very obvious message against polluting and being wasteful.
  • Ass Pull: Jemmica being some century-lived sorceress to a few. Her third (and last) episode just feels like an utter course shift to her character as if the writers realized her present form was too average to really be considered an enemy of the girls (and likely because she was a kid, fearing what some parents would think of her psychopathic actions). Not to say it's a bad twist and Jeromie is clearly a threat on the level of HIM to the girls that they needed Mojo's help to beat her, but there's virtually no build up to it from her previous episodes. It just happens and explained away all in this episode alone.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • While many fans awaited it in dread, the crossover with Teen Titans Go! (itself a controversial reboot of a revered cartoon) showed the girls in an incredibly better light than in most of their own episodes. The girls spend the entire episode focused on their goal, are competent and clever, and always take the high road against the more amoral and borderline-villainous Titans. Even Mojo Jojo is much more on top of his game in this crossover, actually having a decent diabolical plan to conquer the world and stop the girls (and finally talking in his signature extreme redundancies for the first time since the reboot). Granted... a lot of what is making the PPG and Mojo look so good is coming completely at the Titans' expense, who seem to only be there to be complete jerks (they constantly denigrate the girls as harmless babies) or be the Plucky Comic Relief and let the PPG crew come off as more serious. Still, the quality of the writing of the PPG universe in this crossover could even be comparable with episodes from the original series.
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    • The writers seem to have gotten the hint on the meme references, as they're virtually nonexistent in later episodes (Wingding Eyes do not count, as those are considered Wild Takes).
    • Later episodes, particularly around the latter half of season two and most of season 3, start feeling a bit more closer to it's predecessor, least in terms of humor (The show still has to downplay the violence, see Misblamed for that).
  • Badass Decay: This has been a major complaint lodged against Silico. In his debut in "Viral Spiral", he was a competent, menacing villain who managed to hijack the internet with the girls unaware of his existence. His next appearance in "Halt and Catch Silico" revealed that his hatred for the girls stemmed from them accidentally destroying his house and breaking his robotic friends. Many fans felt that it was a flimsy backstory that undermined his previous badassery. His third appearance in "Bring Your Kids To Doomsday" tries to give him back some of the intimation factor he had in his debut, but it ultimately falls flat due to him being far less competent than before to the point that he's outwitted and defeated by the Professor of all people. "The Trouble With Bubbles" seems to have fixed some of this, however, as it's revealed that he's now able to upload his mind into 3D copies of himself that can become anyone he chooses, even the Professor.
  • Base-Breaking Character: All three of the Powerpuff Girls have mixed reception because of the reboot's sharply divisive reception, but there are specific reasons each of them have gained detractors as well as fans who still accept them:
    • Blossom gets some flack because of being a disturbingly obsessive Neat Freak and not being as competent a leader as she was before, though some others like how adorkable she is.
    • Buttercup has some detractors for her redeeming qualities being toned down and being a straight-up jerk constantly, but like in the original show, there are some occasions where she shows she isn't all bad, such as telling Bubbles that her cuteness isn't all there is to her character in "Bubbles of the Opera" and comforting Bubbles when she cries over a slanderous article in "Halt and Catch Silico". While others find her exaggerated jerkass nature to be funnier.
    • Bubbles receives a considerable amount of backlash for occasionally clutching the Jerkass Ball and her meme based idiocy, but is still for the most part as good-natured and amiable as she was in the original show.
    • Silico. Some think he's a competent, menacing villain with a tragic background; others believe he was wasted potential who started out promising, but were let down when his backstory revealed his entire grudge came from the Girls breaking his stuff (though admittedly, said stuff was the closest thing he had to friends). That being said, he's still the most popular villain within the reboot.
    • The announcement of a fourth powerpuff girl (this side of Bunny from the original) from the 5-episode special "The Power of Four" has gotten a predictably mixed reaction, especially after she got leaked; some are happy that she's a black Powerpuff Girl, meaning a good opportunity to add some diversity and representation to the show, while others are either making jokes about her resembling your typical Deviant Art OC, accusing her of only existing just for the sake of being a Token Minority, or see her as an unnecessary Replacement Scrappy to Bunny from the original show. And then there's the backstory of her being the Professor's first attempt at creating the girls, who he abandoned/hid because she was dangerously unstable. Besides feeling like a lazy backstory for such a character type, people hate it for being wildly out of character for the Professor, who by all rights has been a model dad to the girls throughout the original series and in the reboot, and for retconning the series' lore.It doesn't help that she has pale blue hair when none of the other three have any unrealistic hair colors, something commonly associate to Mary Sues which doesn't help the idea that she's just a "bad Deviantart OC" made canon.
  • Bile Fascination: In its first few weeks, a lot of people (especially fans of the original) watched the show purely to pick it apart and discuss every flaw in the writing, animation, and the changes they made from the original. Considering the show hasn't exactly stopped having some glaringly obvious flaws that extend pass the frequent animation errors, many of its watchers are still like this, although many of the original's fans eventually got bored and moved on.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Blossom, Bubbles and Allegro twerking in "Painbow". It is never talked about again and it never had anything to do with the plot.
    • Allegro exploding and turning out to be a small blue bear at the end of "Painbow" as well. It's never explained why this happened and neither of the episodes that brought him back acknowledge it (Even in "Largo", which reveals Allegro's origin, they never mention it).
  • Bizarro Episode: "Painbow". Allegro's lair, characters acting like they're high, and references to outdated memes such as "OMG yass", "Literally can't even", and also twerking.
  • Broken Base:
    • "Horn, Sweet Horn", the episode with the pony who wanted to be a unicorn - while some have praised it for discussing gender identity in a way that wasn't too anvilicious, others have thrashed it because of the botched moral - the pony underwent a dangerous transformation procedure, not because he wanted to, but because Bubbles wanted it and told him he needed it. Not only does he become a monster, he discovers that he was a unicorn all along since his horn was tucked away under his mane the whole time upon returning to normal. The episode's writer later came out and said that the episode was not intended to be about gender identity, meaning the supposed commentary was merely something the producers spun up to make the show sound progressive.
    • Some praise the show for promoting girl power and feel that it's in step with the previous series. Others feel that it comes off as forced and (in light of dropping Ms. Bellum and reducing Ms. Keane's bust) disingenuous, hypocritical and laced with "Real Women Don't Wear Dresses"-like Unfortunate Implications. It doesn't help that the girls often get kidnapped and rescued by male characters, including the Mayor.
    • The girls' personalities also came under fire. While some like the fact that they're a tad more mature than their original incarnations and bicker more like any siblings would, others feel they have flanderized some of their more negative aspects such as Buttercup's thirst for action, Bubbles' girlishness, and Blossom's need for order to the point where it seems like she has Super OCD.
    • Some of the villains' portrayals as well, with Mojo Jojo (the girl's main arch-enemy in the original series) getting the most criticism for being almost completely ineffectual and having NONE of the original Mojo's vocal tics. Some find it fitting for the sake of humor, others think it completely misses the point of the character.
    • The series is a sort of Soft Reboot Stealth Sequel. It obviously intends for fans to have seen the original series, despite the fact that the show hasn't had frequent reruns on Cartoon Network in a decade (thus the target audience might not know of it like older fans do). Fans are split on this. Some are glad for the references and feel they are a saving grace for the series, while others think they tie the series down too much and make everything confusing (for example, how old are the girls now?)
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: In "Arachno-Romance", the Professor's new arachnologist girlfriend, who the girls found near where the giant spider disappeared and was acting nervously suspicious, turns out to be the giant spider.
  • Character Rerailment:
    • The episode "The Big Sleep" does this to Professor Utonium. After several episodes of him being portrayed as a Ditzy Genius and a Bumbling Dad, the episode has him coming up with a foolproof Batman Gambit involving him creating a pillow that can instantly put anyone to sleep, and tricks the girls into thinking that it escaped his lab and poses a threat to all of Townsville, all done to make the girls go to bed.
    • "The Trouble With Bubbles" does this for Silico. After two prior episodes of lackluster appearances, Silico is finally back to resembling the threat the show presented him as in his debut. He not only hacks Bubbles' 3D copy machine to construct a clone to destroy the Powerpuff Girls, he also gives it a self-destruct sequence, should the clone fail. And even though the clone performs a Taking You with Me to seemingly kill him, Silico is revealed to have already uploaded his conscience to the net and can now create 3D copies of himself. Copies that allow him to be anywhere and anyone he chooses—including the Professor.
  • Comedy Ghetto: Much like Teen Titans Go! and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! before it, the show placing more emphasis on comedy rather than action has soured a lot of fans, particularly those of the original series who praised it for balancing comedy with action and dark themes.
  • Contested Sequel: There are people who are fine with the show, others who hate it for being a reboot/sequel of another beloved property, and still others who just don't think it's very remarkable.
  • Continuity Lock-Out: The series is meant to be a reboot aimed at 2010's children, yet it also assumes that they're fans of the original 1990s cartoon. It doesn't give proper introductions to old villains and features numerous references to the original.
  • Critical Dissonance: Downplayed, as critical reception for the reboot is more mixed compared to the audiences' extremely negative reception, getting a 3/5 on Common Sense Media but a 3.6/10 on IMDb.
  • Critical Research Failure:
  • Designated Hero: Buttercup is usually portrayed as in the right, but she's fine with beating up people unprovoked, and she has also forgotten to put others before herself more than once. Not to mention she calls Silico "messed up" after he reveals his backstory to her and the other Girls, and that line was Played for Laughs...
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Silico is the most popular of the new villains, due to a strong first appearance and surprisingly menacing nature.
    • DupliKate won over some fans with both a cute design and likeable personality that is the perfect kinda Ham and Cheese for the show. The fact she actually does give the girls a challenge helped.
    • A few fans found the butter boy aka "Butterfingers" pretty interesting. A villain who motivation was wanting to be a superhero but resorted to un-supehero like methods (i.e stealing Buttercup's body) because the power he gained wasn't to his liking. The fact that he has a very skewed perception of superhero-ing (solely just fighting bad guys for action rather then protecting people) and willing to kill to keep Buttercup's body was a factor too.
  • Evil Is Cool: Silico has gotten quite the fan following for being a truly menacing and competent villain, who managed to get away with his crimes with the girls completely unaware of his existence. In "Halt and Catch Silico", he faces the heroes in person and dishes out a Curb-Stomp Battle on them by being a Combat Pragmatist.
  • Fan-Disliked Explanation: Silico's origin story and grudge against the Powerpuff Girls, which pertains to the Girls accidentally destroying his robot friends which led to him to seek revenge, is disliked even by people who otherwise like him, with the overall feeling that it cheapens Silico as an antagonist.
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • Most fans of the original series like to pretend this reboot did not exist.
    • More than a few people who saw "Total Eclipse of the Kart" like to pretend Jemmica's true nature as Jemoiré never happened.
  • Fetish Retardant: If the scene of Blossom and Bubbles twerking in "Painbow" was intended to be fanservice in some way, then it definitely qualifies considering that they are underage girls with cartoonish body proportions. Not really helping matters is that the producers got rid of Ms. Bellum for being too risque, yet allowed the girls to twerk, which is seen as hypocrisy by many.
  • Fight Scene Failure: One criticism is that along with there being less action overall, when there are fight scenes, the Powerpuff Girl's punches are too slow and don't really have much impact.
  • Franchise Original Sin: The 2009 special included a reference to the Dramatic Chipmunk video, as mentioned below under Older Than They Think. This didn't attract much backlash then, but some feel that it paved the way for the drastic increase in memes that this series displays.
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: Unlike the original, this show falls into it. The 90s cartoon was a unisex aimed cartoon that used its cute girlish protagonists in an ironic manner due to how violent they were. The merchandise was mainly aimed at girls, but the show itself was aimed at general audiences. The reboot on the other hand makes note to be aimed at girls. This makes the show considerably less popular with boys than before. The merchandise itself doesn't sell as well either.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • Aside from the TTG/PPG crossover mentioned above, the episode "Viral Spiral" has been surprisingly well received by fans for portraying the girls in a more heroic light, and for the debut of Silico, who is seen as the most competent villain in the cast so far. Even detractors of the show admitted this was one of the better episodes.
    • Later episodes have likewise started feeling closer to the original series with the girls in action a lot more.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The twerking scene with Blossom, Bubbles, and Allegro from "Painbow" was already considered pretty creepy by itself, but it's now even moreso when Julia Vickerman, who co-wrote the episode, was discovered three years after its premiere to have made several pedophilic posts on her social media (a scandal that all but killed her own series, Twelve Forever).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In season 4 episode of Johnny Bravo, "Johnny Makeover", after Don Knotts, Blue Falcon, and "Weird Al" Yankovic try too hard to make Johnny Bravo into a modern demographically-hip reboot:
    Don Knotts: Hey, what do you say we makeover The Powerpuff Girls?
    Blue Falcon: You know, they could use some fingers. note 
    • The show has a Take That! at Wonder Woman's costume. In 2019 Cartoon Network began airing DC Super Hero Girls, which stars Wonder Woman. To make it even funnier, Cartoon Network's Twitter posted a picture for Wonder Woman Day of various female characters dressed as Wonder Woman. Bubbles' reboot design was amongst the cosplayers.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Silico. His parents were never around, and his only friends, the robots he made, were accidentally destroyed by the Girls.
    • Buttercup on occasion. She has stolen Octi from Bubbles, neglected her sisters while they were sick, ditched her sisters to hang out with her friends and hurt people for no reason, but she does have her moments of woobieness such as "Princess Buttercup". When it comes down to the point, her heart is in the right place.
  • Memetic Molester:
    Allegro: You're harshing the party vibes! I know! Give me a hug!
    Buttercup: Ugh! No way, man! I'm having a moment!
    Allegro: Hug me! Hugs make everything better!
    Buttercup: Dude, no!
    Allegro: Just one little hug...!
    Buttercup: Back off!
    Allegro: Hug me! Give me a hug!
    Buttercup: Get away from me, you creep!
    Allegro: Come on! Just One. Little. Hug...!
    Buttercup: I said NO!
    • Jared Shapiro, and by proxy Jake Goldman, largely due to the former apparently being a production in-joke character (according to Word of God) for the latter who only appears/is mentioned in episodes Goldman writes as someone for Blossom to crush on.
  • Memetic Mutation: Has its own page.
  • Misblamed: The lack of fight scenes has little to do with the writers. It's due to network and rating restrictions. Like the original, the show has a TV-Y7 rating, however what's allowed under that rating has changed since the original cartoon. The show now needs a TV-PG rating to be as violent as the original.
  • Older Than They Think:
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: You'll find a lot more people talking about the show's overall quality, such as the recasting of the original voice actresses, the transgender metaphor in "Horn-Sweet-Horn", the removal of Ms. Bellum supposedly for simply being a Ms. Fanservice (and not bringing her back even after over a thousand days have passed in real world time), the twerking scene in "Painbow", the rumor about Blossom's crush Jared Shapiro being a Self-Insert of writer Jake Goldmen, the meme references, the overall changes in characterization and tone, the continued animation errors, and the fact that CN focuses more on the reboot instead of the original, than the show itself.
  • Rainbow Lens: The episode "Horn Sweet Horn" revolves around a colt who wishes he was a unicorn. This has been officially referred to as a transgender allegory, though people on the staff have clarified that it wasn't intended to be.
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • The new villains such as Packrat, Man-Boy, Allegro, and the Bikini Sisters are widely unpopular with fans of the original show, with many feeling that they are bland and uninteresting compared to the more classic villains such as Mojo Jojo, Him, Fuzzy Lumpkins, and the Gangreen Gang. The fact that the classic villains are rarely used only makes it worse. There is one silver lining: Ace of the Gangreen Gang has joined The Gorillaz!
    • While Bliss is more of a Base-Breaking Character on her own, in comparison to Bunny she is still usually seen as a rather generic and less engaging replacement.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • For those who were annoyed by Princess Morbucks' shrill and lispy voice in the original show, she now has a much smoother one with her new actress. She also acts less like a whiny Spoiled Brat and has more of an Awesome Ego, and even develops redeeming features like a friendship with Blossom.
    • Upon her announcement, Bliss was initially reviled by fans for her poor design and replacing the much more beloved Bunny as the show's fourth Powerpuff Girl. However, when The Power of Four finally aired, it showed that she had flaws like the other girls and obviously was trying to improve herself. As a result, she managed to win over at least some of her detractors, elevating her into Base-Breaking Character status.
  • The Scrappy:
    • While most of the new villains in the show are widely unpopular with fans of the original series, Allegro from the episode "Painbow" is the most despised character in the show, with many criticizing him for being a bland, boring villain with a flimsy motivation for being evil, his creepy interactions with Buttercup, and for being responsible for the infamous twerking scene.
    • Jared Shapiro is hated for getting in the way of Blossom-related ships. For fans who don't ship Blossom with anyone, he's just seen as a boring and unneeded character. The hatred increased after the character was accused of being a blatant self-insert for one of the writers (Jake Goldman), owing to their similar appearances, Jared being voiced by Jake, and Jake writing every episode he appears in.
    • Donny did not have a strong start with his first appearance. Then in his second appearance, he shows himself to be a disloyal friend to Bubbles, then finally in "The Last Donnycorn", Donny constantly acts like a dumb useless coward, despite being The Chosen One.
  • So Okay, It's Average: General consensus is that it's not as bad as many expected the show to be, but despite improving on a few areas of the older series, still feels watered down and lacking in comparison, and at the same time doesn't feel any different from other shows running at the time (such as Adventure Time, Clarence, and Steven Universe) with the show never really trying to do anything interesting with the characters and falls victims to a lot of stock tropes and gags preventing it from standing out like it predecessor did. Even its status as a reboot is divisive; some say it's at least a better reboot than Teen Titans Go!, since the girls haven't become massive jerks like the Titans, yet others say it lacks a real identity as a result. To put it simply, the show is just boring.
  • Special Effect Failure: As noted all throughout this page, the repeated animation errors that go beyond just being Off-Model. The characters have a tendency to either phase through other characters and/or have certain parts of their body randomly disappear, the tweening is often very wonky, and there are frequent layering issues.
  • Squick:
    • The twerking scene in Painbow has many viewers agreeing with Buttercup's assessment of "Eww, gross!".
    • Bubbles' allergic reaction to pimentos in "Power Up Puff".
    • Blossom's grotesque swollen face in Tooth or Consequences.
    • Likewise, the episode "Bubbles of the Opera" has Bubbles' swollen face after she has an allergic reaction to some makeup she tried to use. Buttercup once again echoes the viewers' sentiment when asked if it looks bad.
    Buttercup: YES! Dude, yes it is!
    • A lot of Buttercup's butt jokes are this.
  • Tainted by the Preview: The second preview clip includes an incredibly jarring animation error where Manboy appears really tiny for a moment due to the animators royally screwing up the perspective. A lot of people can't believe such an obvious mistake wasn't noticed or fixed. For that matter, his very design (or more exactly, the entire show's art style) was criticized as being overly reminiscent of modern-day cartoons, (eg. Clarence, Adventure Time, etc.) which makes a notable clash with the original show.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The entirety of the episode "Painbow", particularly Allegro, whose happy facet is so sickeningly sweet that you'll go into diabetic shock just watching him. Granted, this may have been the intention.
    • The antidote song.
    • The "Down Like a Donut" show within a show.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • The credits song is a lot less explosive and more pop like, which reflects the more tame nature of the show.
    • The extended intro changes the girls signature traits. Blossom is "the leader, always shows the way", Bubbles' "bright as a sunny day", and Buttercup is described as "rocking hardcore with a mighty roar". This upset quite a few fans who are so used to them being referred to as "commander and the leader", "the joy and the laughter", and "the toughest fighter".
    • As with any revival, fan response to this was mixed to negative when the re-designs were shown, but even more-so when it was announced the original voice actresses for the girls were being replaced and that Cartoon Network didn't even contact them to offer to reprise their roles (Tara Strong was especially disappointed, as Bubbles is one of her favorite roles, calling the move "A stab through the heart", though nonetheless respected CN's wishes and wished her replacement luck). Upon seeing the shorts and preview of the first episode, some fans stated that the girls sound too similar to one another and don't really covey their personalities to their fullest. On the other hand, there have been some who have become glad that Strong, Cavadini, and Daily didn't get to reprise their roles, if only because fans felt that they ended up dodging a massive bullet.
    • Speaking of their personalities, those have been changed too, so that they act more like actual tweens and less like superheroes with childish sensibilities. Very rarely (at least in the first dozen or so episodes) do they treat fighting monsters as anything more than an obligation. The changes are:
      • Blossom was formerly the most self-consciously "heroic" of the three, with a high-minded focus on heroic idealism and civic duty that frequently bit her in the ass. In the reboot, her penchant for order just manifests as being an obsessive-compulsive stick-in-the-mud and as an occasional nerdy interest in student government.
      • Bubbles's childish naivety has been downplayed (possibly because she's supposed to be older) and she instead acts the most like a real tween girl, complete with self-conscious body issues and a hyperactive "kawaii!" attitude.
      • Buttercup now acts likes a lazy, tough-talking, prankster tomboy, instead of the sarcastic and self-loathing yet sympathetic jerk who lives only for the thrill of battle she used to be. It's especially egregious in "Man Up II", where she chooses to collect bottle caps instead of leap into the fray. Yes, Buttercup, the definition of Blood Knight, would rather collect bottle caps than do battle.
    • The brand of humor the show seems to be going for focuses a lot of girl-related things. This hasn't gone over well with older fans who cite the original series tried its darndest to avoid becoming a Girl-Show Ghetto and appeal to everyone by just being a superhero show that had female leads.
    • Ms. Bellum being Put on a Bus due to, according to the showrunners, not fitting in with the message they want to the convey on the show. Again, this hasn't gone over well with older fans, who argue she was a very essential straight woman to the Mayor's antics, and believe the actual reason is that she was a sexy character, a Berserk Button for today's increasingly-vocal Moral Guardians. This got even worse when she failed to return after over a thousand days had passed since the episode of her departure.
    • Some aren't pleased about the show taking the Teen Titans Go! approach of doing lots of slice-of-life plots with only some superhero stuff added (though others are likewise just as glad they're not adopting their sick sense of humor either and admit it's worth the trade off).
    • The violence being toned down, despite the girls probably being older. If the girls ever do hit anyone, a Hit Flash will often hide the impact.
    • The Narrator, who was an integral part of the original series (to the point that an entire episode was centered around him), is rarely present in the show.
    • Mojo Jojo no longer goes on the long, redundant rants he's most known for.
    • In the Brazilian dub, the line "Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice" was a direct translation that was used up until the reboot, and as such, had no rhyme between "Spice" and "Nice." When the reboot was released to Brazilian audiences, many felt insulted to hear the line being translated to "Sugar, Spice and Everything Awesome" just to keep that little rhyme on the intro.
    • The phone was changed from a toy phone to a modern day smartphone.
    • The art style in general has changed between the original and the reboot. The background characters in the original were based off older cartoons from the 40s or 50s, both in art style and character design, which befit the Retro Universe the original took place in. The reboot however uses contemporary character designs which more resemble something like Clarence or Steven Universe. This also makes the few characters that use the old style (like the girls and Professor Utonium) stand out. Part of the fandom saying that it doesn't detract from the show all that much and helps to make the show feel more up-to-date, and the other part saying that it ruins the feel of the show and doesn't hold up to the original. On a completely different side of the argument, quite a number of fans wish the series used the Dance Pansted art style instead while in contrast others hated that style.
    • The lack of the other main villains has also been a sticking point. Of the originals, only Mojo, Princess, and HIM have had the most screen time. The Amoeba Boys got one episode and weren't seen again. Fuzzy, the Gangrene Gang and the Rowdyruff Boys only got cameos at best and there's been no sign of Sedusa (though considering the show's hard stance on voluptuous characters, it's unlikely she'll show up).
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: A recurring criticism of the show is that it frequently reuses plots from the original series. Within the first twelve episodes alone, there are no less than six recycled plots from the original show, sometimes two in the same episode:
    • "Princess Buttercup": Buttercup starts hanging out with the wrong crowd, allowing the villains to attack Blossom and Bubbles, but when Buttercup accidentally smashes a wall and sees her sisters in trouble she realizes what's truly important and beats up all the people she thought were her friends ("Buttercrush").
    • "Man Up": Buttercup has a serious temper problem, so she undergoes spiritual training to learn how to be more Zen ("Makes Zen to Me").
    • "Power-Up Puff": One of the girls feels left out and starts angsting because her sisters have awesome new powers that she doesn't have ("Nuthin' Special" and "Ice Sore").
    • "Arachno-Romance": The Professor ends up falling in love with a woman, only for the relationship to fail due the woman hiding a secret ("Mommy Fearest" and "Keen on Keane").
    • "Presidential Punchout": One of the characters is running a campaign against one of the supervillains and they have a wrestling match to settle it ("Impeach Fuzz").
    • "Cheep Thrills": Against the wishes of her family, Bubbles adopts a stray animal and attempts to hide it from the others. She is forced to return the animal to its natural habitat at the end of the episode ("Helter Shelter").
    • "Green Wing" features an elderly superheroine coming out of retirement when an old foe breaks lose ("Fallen Arches")
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Despite his Ensemble Dark Horse status, Silico has become this to some. When he was introduced, his intrigue and menacing nature drew people in. Then "Halt and Catch Silico" revealed his backstory and many felt that it was lackluster and diminished his credibility as a villain. The fact that he went from hijacking the Internet in his debut, to writing petty, slanderous articles didn't help. Many fans, even his detractors, felt Silico had boundless potential as a villain (hijacking the Internet alone could have made him an excellent Big Bad) but was ultimately ruined by poor writing.
    • Jeromie, Jemmica's true form, is likewise felt this way. She has an interesting backstory and is so powerful to the girls to the point they needed to Enemy Mine with Mojo to even stand a chance. But, as stated in Ass Pull, her reveal is all done in one episode, there's no build up to it and she's taken out at the end of said episode as well. Some noted when it came to her, Jerome's backstory could've been kept but rather than just be sealed as Jemmica, her powers are just weakened and she's not as strong as in the past, forced to go back to her Jemmica form if she exceeds her limit and her goal being to find an artifact that can boost her power. She could've used the Jemmica ruse as a cover to become a friend of the girls like she did in her debut episode, but rather than showcase her true colors right then and there, would keep up the ruse while scheming her plans. With the Jeromie persona being the one the girls would fight like a transforming villain, allowing us to get to know both sides much better while building her up as a new mystic villain in the girls Rogues Gallery. And having a bit of a story arc in following episodes with the girls slowly beginning to catch on Jemmica and Jeromie are one and the same. But alas no, the Jeromie reveal comes way too late and sudden to be of any impact to the audience other than a cheap shock moment.
    • For some that actually continued to watch the show beyond the first season, some of the one shot villains were actually seen this way such as Sporde, Dupli-Kate and "Butterfingers" who many deem were much more interesting than the ones used like Allegro, Packrat and Gnat as they actually feel like villains that would show up in the original series being both comical, having good designs, but still presenting a good challenge to the girls. Yet wasted due to coming in so late in the show and the writers' stubborn insistence to keep using said latter villains when it was clear they weren't clicking with the audience.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • "Bye Bye Bellum" has the Mayor accidentally hiring Bianca Bikini as his new assistant after Ms. Bellum takes a vacation. After learning that Bianca has kidnapped the Powerpuff Girls, he realizes his mistake and fights the Bikini sisters to rescue the girls. The writers could've used this to give the Mayor some Character Development, something that could've been built up over the course of several episodes where the Mayor learns to be less reliant on others and more responsible. Instead, however, the Mayor ends up getting amnesia after Barbarus throws him against the TV, rendering the whole scene pointless.
    • The ending scene of "Viral Spiral," where Silico hijacks the Internet is never brought up or referenced in "Halt and Catch Silico." It is possible that the second season can elaborate on this, but given the show's shoddy track record for continuity, there's no guarantee that this plot will go anywhere.
    • Played with to "They Missed a Chance to Make a Perfectly Good Joke" during the crossover special with Teen Titans Go!, while it's probably because Bubbles is no longer voiced by Tara Strong, did anyone else want Raven and Bubbles commenting on each other's voices?
    • Overall those that don't outright decry the series show disappointment that the writers don't take the show beyond of the original premise as, being a superhero show in an age where superhero Cosmic Retcons are prevalent was a major wasted opportunity. They could've crafted a new mythos with the characters and went in some bold new directions (heck the hard light powers and move to elementary school was a good start). Instead they played it safe with stock gags and plots and pretty much just turned it into an average cartoon that just slightly has action here and there.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • The girls (and other characters in general) can occasionally come off as this whenever there's an animation error. This shot of Blossom particularly stands out.note 
    • The girls also generally have a tendency to make some pretty disturbing facial expressions.
    • The girls voices are an audio example. Blossom and Bubbles' voices are obviously supposed to sound like their original voices, but aren't quite identical enough.
    • Bliss is a slightly curvier, more leggy version of her sisters. Many viewers find her jarring because the Powerpuff Girls designs were never supposed to look mature. Even the classic series' teenage incarnations of the girls suffered from this, though to a lesser degree because the proportions were different.
  • Uncertain Audience: The series is a (sort of) reboot of the original series, and features many new characters and elements along with a focus on mid-2010s culture, but has references and villains from the original without giving any context as to who they are, along with removing well-liked characters from the original series (whether announced or otherwise), making it hard to tell if the show is for a new crowd or for fans of the original cartoon which severely hurt it's chances. One of the main criticism is the apparent lack of planning when it came to the show since it's very obvious the series was rushed before some of the more major details could be decided and ironed out note . Most reviews point out the show could've worked better if it wasn't trying to cling onto the original series and established its own identity as most reboots usually do.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • More than a few fans have a problem with the transgender metaphor in "Horn, Sweet Horn", though according to the writer, it was the promotional team's idea to bill it as a transgender episode, not hers.
    • Then there's the fact that Ms. Bellum was unceremoniously Put on a Bus because "she wasn't quite indicative of sending the kind of message we wanted", despite the fact that Ms. Bellum was very intelligent and capable as the article then points out. Even more jarring since the reboot has done its darndest to reinforce "girl power" themes, since Ms. Bellum was very much a badass in the old show. It's painfully obvious she was written out because she was attractive, character be damned. This is especially odd considering that these are the same creators that greenlit the scene of Blossom and Bubbles twerking.
    • Max Gilardi discusses some of the show's Unfortunate Implications on his episode of it on Brain Dump. Aside from the whole business of Ms. Bellum getting Put on a Bus, he brought up two other points;
      • The fact that the girls' teacher, Ms. Keane, had been consistently drawn with a modest chest size in the original show, but the reboot inexplicably portrayed her as completely flat-chested, pointing out that it seemed to carry an implied message that it was wrong for women to have breasts at all.
      • With the sole exception of Ms. Keane, every female character on from the original show had their voice actors replaced, while all the male roles was still filled by the original actors, which implies a message of "men are inexpendable, but women are replaceable".
    • A few viewers, including RebelTaxi, have noted the accidental implications of the Ambiguously Brown Bliss being an overly emotional Flawed Prototype that was replaced with "superior" white incarnations.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • The show makes it look like Buttercup is justified in attacking people unprovoked just because she's "the tough one".
    • Donny in "Horn Sweet Horn". Yes, he just wanted to be a unicorn, and yes, the mutations from the transmogrifier looked liked they hurt, but Donny blames Bubbles for this happening despite it being his own fault for not considering the risks of using the transmogrifier.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Despite the large amount of detractors, many people still like the intro animation and song. It looks noticeably better than the actual series' animation and fits the classic interpretations of the characters better.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!:
    • Very, very egregious in the episode "Painbow," from lines cribbed almost directly from social websites ("OMG! YAAAAAAAS!" and "Literally can't even"), to a scene of Blossom, Bubbles and Allegro twerking. Did the writers even realise that this is a sexualised dance?
    • Other episodes have made use of internet memes as jokes, such as a Lolcats parody using Mojo, or Bubbles making a Rage Face while saying "No Me Gusta". The wrong Rage Face at that.
    • In "Trouble Clef", Professor Utonium is seen doing a move that sort of resembles an awkward attempt to dab.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The episode "Painbow" has Allegro's trippy, colorful, lair. You really do wonder if the animators had tried ecstasy while making this.
  • Win Back The Crowd: ZigZagged, depending on the person asked.
    • While the very first preview was met with mixed to negative reactions online for feeling very cliche and out of context from the episode, the following clips shown on the Cartoon Network YouTube channel were met with much more positive reactions as time went on. What especially won a lot of fans over before the show aired seemed to be the reveal of the extended intro.
    • Once the show itself aired, many comments seem to be that while it hasn't lived up to the original show, it's far from terrible and manages to be at least a decent one that tries to have its own identity. That said, the glaring animation errors, the seemingly Broken Aesop of "Horn Sweet Horn", the use of internet memes, and writing Ms. Bellum out of the show (among other things) have turned off quite a few fans.
  • The Woobie:
    • Blossom in "Power-Up Puff" when she feels unimportant for not getting her new powers yet.
    • Bubbles in "Bubbles Of The Opera", wherein she spends the whole episode thinking she's lost her cuteness.
    • Buttercup in "Princess Buttercup" upon finding out that the Derby-Tantes were paid to be friends with her. The sad look on her face is pretty woobie-ish.
    • Both Blossom and Bubbles in "Princess Buttercup" after Buttercup repeatedly ditches them to hang out with her new friends, the Derby-Tantes.
    • Sapna Nehru. She turns into a spider whenever she feels affection for others, and that's gotta suck.
    • Blossom again in "Poorbucks" after Morbucks betrays her.

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