The Powerpuff Girls are a trio of artificially made superhuman kindergartners created by Professor Utonium. They are the title characters of the Cartoon Network series of the same name, the 2016 reboot of the same name, and the anime show Powerpuff Girls Z.
- Blossom, The Commander, and the Leader
- Bubbles, The Joy and the Laughter
- Buttercup, The Toughest Fighter
Original Series / 2016 Reboot:
- Bunny (deceased, appears only in Twisted Sister)
- Bullet (currently lives in woods, first appeared in Stray Bullet)
- Princess Morbucks (first appeared in Stuck Up, Up, and Away, became a temporary member in Boy Toys)
- Blisstina (first appears in the 2016 reboot episode the Power of Four, Never Been Blissed and a cameo in In the Doghouse)
In The Powerpuff Girls, the girls were created by Professor Utonium. Initially only meant to be created out of "sugar, spice, and everything nice", the Professor accidentally added Chemical X to the concoction after his then lab assistant, Jojo (later to become the evil villain Mojo Jojo), shoved him into a nearby bottle of the mysterious liquid, thus granting the ensuing girls with their superpowers. After the events of The Powerpuff Girls Movie, the Powerpuff Girls "dedicated their lives to fighting crime and the forces of evil" in the city of Townsville, USA and saving the world before bedtime.
In Powerpuff Girls Z, Ken (Utonium's son) uses Chemical Z to destroy a giant glacier caused by global climate change. However, the impact of Chemical Z caused several black and white lights to appear in the Tokyo sky. Three ordinary girls, Momoko Akatsutsumi ("Hyper" Blossom), Miyako Gotokuji ("Rolling" Bubbles), and Kaoru Mastubara ("Powered" Buttercup), became engulfed in white lights and were transformed into the Powerpuff Girls Z. During the anime, the girls most often fight people, animals, and objects affected by the black lights and Him's black particles.
Appearance in The Powerpuff Girls
The Powerpuff Girls are drawn almost completely out of round and soft shapes (except Buttercup) having sharp edges in her design, which contrasts to the primarily blocky and angular locations and characters within the original series. They wear small dresses with a black stripe across the middle, frilly white panties, white tights and black strapped Mary Jane shoes. They have large eyes, oval-shaped heads, stubby arms and legs, and, although they are able to hear, smell, touch, and hold, have no necks, noses, ears, fingers, or toes (often joked about in the series).
They stand 2' 3" and whether they actually have the aforementioned features or not is not fully clear; in the episode "Criss Cross Crisis," when the Girls switch bodies with other people in Townsville, Buttercup, who had swapped bodies with Professor Utonium, complained that her hand did not work when trying to pick up the phone (meaning that the girls' fingerless hands could pick things up at will.) However, in the same episode, Bubbles, in the Mayor's body, is seen using a toothbrush without trouble, and the characters who are in the girls' bodies have no issue holding objects. In the episode "Curses," all three of the girls play "rock-scissors-paper," and can apparently distinguish who chose what. Additionally, Bubbles counts on her unseen fingers in the episode "Mo Job" and Buttercup snaps her fingers in "Boogie Frights." However, in "Oops, I Did It Again," the Professor dreams of normal versions of the girls, "The Run-of-the-Mill Girls," each with the features clearly.
Although the Powerpuff Girls are the main heroes, there are a few incidents where they broke the law. In the episode Powerpuff Bluff, they broke out of jail to fight the crooks.
Powerpuff Girls Appearances
Like the original Powerpuff Girls, the Powerpuff Girls Z possess the ability to fly and have super strength, and their outfits seem to be indestructible (or at least very durable). Unlike the original Powerpuff Girls, the Powerpuff Girls Z trio are teenagers and have necks, ears, fingers, toes, and noses. In addition, each of the girls wields a weapon, a super-powered version of toys being played with by children they protected from the white light which made them Powerpuff Girls Z.
An interesting Note is that in one episode of The Powerpuff Girls Z a reference is made to the original Powerpuff Girls when the Powerpuff Girl Z traveled through various universes and HIM threw them off course by sending them to the Powerpuff Girls universe while they were fighting the Giant Fish balloon from the episode Uh Oh... Dynamo, the girls can even be seen flying by on screen for a second and The ending theme heart backdrop can be seen in this scene as well. In the episode The Rowdyruff Boys, Mojo makes a robot made from the remains of old robots, and part of the robot is a giant lizard made of block layer and in a fit of rage Kaoru starts swinging her hammer and knocking of layers. This is a clear reference to the Sonic X Episode "The Last Resort."
2016 Series Appearances
These versions of the Powerpuff Girls in this 2016 reboot series look nearly identical to their original 1998 counterpart forms, but the girls are older and each of their hairstyles are different: Blossom's ribbon is much rounder and light red whereas her original 1998 counterpart's ribbon is pointy and dark red. Bubbles has blue barrettes in her pigtails unlike her original 1998 counterpart, and Buttercup's hairstyle is identical to her original 1998 counterpart's hairstyle except the 2016 version of Buttercup has a tuft/cowlick on the back of her head also known as her hair sticking up.
Also, these versions of the girls also attend Midway Elementary School, have smartphones for when they are called to save the day whereas their original 1998 counterparts still use the standard hotline, and that their original 1998 counterparts still attend Pokey Oaks Kindergarten. Also these versions of the Powerpuff Girls have the same superpowers as their original 1998 counterparts, but unlike their original 1998 counterparts, these versions of the Powerpuff Girls have the power to project a giant glowing energized aura around their bodies, which can change into the shape of anything they desire: for Blossom, her aura changes into various household/school items. Bubbles' light blue aura changes into the shapes of various animals and Buttercup's light green aura changes into the shape of various war, military, and fighting weapons.
It is revealed in the five-part special of the reboot, the Power of Four, that the Girls have a long lost older sister named Blisstina "Bliss" Utonium who was created by the 2016 version of Professor Utonium out of sugar, spice, and everything nice but with an accidental addition of Chemical W, before he created the girls. Bliss doesn't quite meet the same standards of the "perfect little girl", and has emotional instability, where whenever she becomes too excited or upset about someone or something, she causes severe harm to everyone and everything she comes into contact with. This effectively makes the 2016 Powerpuff Girls the first three versions to have an estranged older sister, who is the fourth of the Powerpuff Girls, whereas, their original 1998 counterparts do not have any older or younger superpowered siblings following the sudden loss of Bunny.
- In France, their names are Belle ("beautiful") for Blossom, Bulle ("bubble") for Bubbles and Rebelle ("rebel") for Buttercup.
- In Italy, their names are Lolly (Blossom), Dolly (Bubbles) and Molly (Buttercup).
- In China, their Chinese names are two same Chinese words, not actually translated by original English names. Their names in Chinese are "花花" (Huahua, "flower") for Blossom, "泡泡" (Paopao, "bubble") for Bubbles and "毛毛" (Maomao, "hairy") for Buttercup.
- The name "Buttercup" in Chinese means "毛茛" (Maogen), "毛毛" is the first character of "毛茛" being repeated twice.
- In the Latin-American Spanish dub as Las Chicas Superpoderosas, their names are Bombón ("bonbon") for Blossom, Burbuja ("bubble") for Bubbles and Bellota ("acorn") for Buttercup.
- In the Castilian Spanish dub as Las Supernenas, their names are Pétalo ("petal") for Blossom, Burbuja ("bubble") for Bubbles and Cactus ("cactus") for Buttercup.
- In the Brazilian Portuguese dub, their names are Florzinha (Blossom), Lindinha (Bubbles) and Docinho (Buttercup).
- In the European Portuguese dub, their names were Florzinha (Blossom), Bonitinha (Bubbles) and Manteiguinha (Buttercup). However, in the 2016 reboot, it has been changed to the same names as the English version.
- In Poland, their names are Bójka ("fight") for Blossom, Bajka ("fairy tale") for Bubbles and Brawurka (soften version of a word "daredevil") for Buttercup.
- In Japan, their Japanese names are in Katakana, their names in Japanese are "ブロッサム (Burossamu)" for Blossom, "バブルス (Baburusu)" for Bubbles and "バターカップ (Batākappu)" for Buttercup. However, they are the translations of the same names as the English version.
- In the UK's British English dub of The Powerpuff Girls, the girls are voiced by different voice actresses: Blossom is voiced by Maria Darling, Bubbles is voiced by Emma Tate and Buttercup is voiced by Jo Wyatt. Their voices are similar to their American English counterparts, with a few key differences, most notably in the delivery of their lines in each episode.
- While not confirmed weaknesses to the Powerpuff Girls, Metahumans, (also known as Homo Superiors, Superpowered Humans, or Superhumans) may undergo mutations if the genetic-based powers would somehow become unstable. Another limitation that Metahumans have in common is if they lack any immunities/resistances they will still keep the same exact weaknesses as normal Humans. However, even if they possess a decent amount of powers, especially resistances/immunities, Superhumans can be several times stronger than regular Humans. Particular feats include fighting threats that normal to peak Humans couldn't beat, survive hazardous environments, and possibly handle jobs to a better intuitive rate.
- Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup were each named by the Professor's initial observation of their mannerisms thus are named according to their personalities. Blossom was named for being open and approachable. Bubbles was named for her giggling once Blossom received her name. Buttercup, however, received her name simply "because it also begins with a 'B'," leading to her personality.
- The girls are ticklish as shown in Powerprof.
- The ingredients used to make the Powerpuff Girls (And, in turn, the Rowdyruff Boys) are based on the Nursery rhyme "What are Little Boys Made of?".
- They have alternative/parallel appearances as the Run of the Mill Girls (Oops, I Did It Again) and the Steamypuff Girls (West in Pieces), etc.,
- Blossom's weakness is the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard, as revealed in the book "Scary Princess" where Princess tells Ace Blossom's weakness and he uses it on her.
- In "The City Of Clipsville", where the girls appear as teenagers, they have abandoned their main purpose in life which is fighting crime and are living normal teenage lives. They also develop crushes on their teenage male counterparts who also have abandoned their purpose in life which is destroying the girls. They then organize dates with their counterparts. However, the girls were really ditzy, succeeding in only confusing the boys in the flashback. When it was over, Buttercup said: "Boy, were we dumb.", and her sisters agreed. The Rowdyruff Boys are also the only villains who the girls were unable to directly defeat in battle.
- In Craig McCracken's original illustration, Bubbles and Buttercup's color schemes were swapped. This was later reversed to fit their personalities at a better scale.
- The girls' greatest weakness is their constant arguing, as seen in "Crazy Mixed-Up Puffs".
- "Reeking Havoc" establishes that April is the girls' favorite month.
- In the making of their first WAC short "Meat Fuzzy Lumpkins", the girls' name had to be changed from "Whoopass". Suggestions included "The Whoopus Girls", "The Sugarstars Sweets," "The Tough Cookies" and "The Ultraviolets" among others until two friends of Craig McCracken's separately came up with the name "Powerpuff".
- In some episodes, Bubbles and Buttercup have slept on the wrong sides of the bed and failed to realize it.
- The girls’ iconic "bug eyes" are based on Margaret Keane's waifs.
- The Powerpuff Girls appeared in a pow factor music video with Blossom on acoustic guitar, Buttercup on electric guitar, and Bubbles on the drums.
- The 1998 incarnations of Bubbles and Blossom made an appearance in the 2016 series in the episodes "The Wrinklegruff Gals" and "Memory Lane of Pain", respectively.