The Powerpuff Girls

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The Powerpuff Girls is an animated series starring three little girls with superpowers who have dedicated their lives to fight crime and the forces of evil, though there are criticisms about their actions. The series was created by animator Craig McCracken, and first produced by Hanna-Barbera for Cartoon Network.

The show began as a project for Craig McCracken's college class at California Institute of the Arts in 1992, titled The Whoop-Ass Girls. Three years later, Cartoon Network gave it its first two television shorts on What-A-Cartoon!, and finally a full TV series in 1998. A movie was released in 2002.

The Powerpuff Girls are:

  • Blossom: Red-haired, pink-eyed, and dressed in pink. She is "the commander and the leader". (Voiced by Cathy Cavadini)
  • Bubbles: Blond-haired, blue-eyed, and dressed in blue. She is "the joy and the laughter" (aka the spacey one). (Voiced by Kath Soucie in the What-A-Cartoon! episodes, and Tara Strong in the series)
  • Buttercup: Black-haired, green-eyed, and dressed in green. She is "the toughest fighter" (aka the violent one). (Voiced by Elizabeth Daily)

They live in the fictional city of Townsville, USA (not to be confused with Townsville, Australia). They were created by Professor Utonium, who was attempting to make the perfect little girl by combining sugar, spice, and everything nice, when he accidentally knocked a glass of Chemical X into the mixture. The girls are super-cute and super-powerful. They have abnormally large eyes and no fingers or toes. They also have many super-powers similar to those possessed by Superman, including super-strength, the ability to fly, super-speed, and the abilty to project a variety of energy blasts.

Enemies include the mad scientist monkey Mojo Jojo, Fuzzy Lumpkins, The Gangreen Gang, the spoiled little rich girl Princess Morbucks (the name is a play on Daddy Warbucks from Annie), The Rowdyruff Boys (male versions of the Powerpuff girls made by Mojo Jojo), Sedusa, and the mysterious, superpowerful, red-skinned, and effeminate devil referred to only as Him. The girls also frequently combat a wide assortment of giant monsters, all of which seem to visit Earth solely for the purpose of demolishing Townsville. One-time villain appearances include Femme Fatale, Abracadaver, Roach Coach, The Smiths (their next door neighbors), and The Dooks of Doom; furthermore, a group of unsuccessful bank robbers is often seen suffering the consequences of their deeds.

Friends and allies of the Girls include the Pokey Oaks kindergarten teacher Miss Keane, the empty-headed Mayor of Townsville (whose name is, apparently, "Mayor": in one episode where he was forced to run for re-election as Mayor, he ran with the campaign slogan 'Vote for Mayor for Mayor!') and his very competent assistant, the statuesque redheaded Ms. Sara Bellum (named after the cerebellum), whose face is always just out of shot (most likely a reference to the initial appearance of redhead Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man).

The Amoeba Boys, the harmless pack of amoebas who first appeared in the "World Premiere Toon" "Crime 101," are somewhere in between enemies and friends. That is, their crimes are as primitive as their species (they considered stealing a discarded orange to be their greatest crime ever), and they have some ties with the Powerpuff Girls.

Six seasons (78 episodes) have been made. There are no plans for any future episodes.

There is a manga-related fancomic strip, Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi (, based on the show, which also adds many characters from other shows, like Invader Zim, My Life as a Teenage Robot, Atomic Betty, Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Johnny Bravo, and others.

On March 31 2005 it was revealed in Japan that work was beginning on a new anime adaption of the series. See Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z.


Strange way of dealing with crime in Townsville

On PPG, the city has a habit of putting criminals in jail, even Princess Morbucks and the Girls themselves, before a trial date is set or a trial is about to begin. This is what some fans of the show consider as "cruel and unusual punishment" to juveniles, since it's illegal for children to be placed in prisons.

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The Powerpuff Girls in other languages

NOTE: Originally (in the "World Premiere Toon" times), they were called "Las Chicas Coquetas" which roughly translates to "The Fashionable Girls" or "The Flirty Girls." This was changed before the series started.

ja:パワーパフガールズ pt:The Powerpuff Girls zh:飞天小女警


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