The revival of The Powerpuff Girls a few years back enabled the current generation to experience the same entertainment the previous one had in their younger days. Although the show is generally geared towards girls, it would be incorrect to say that boys don’t watch it either, as all age groups and genders get a kick out of this series.
What the show did best back in the day, though, was prove that girls do rule, and through the use of three super-beings who both beat bad guys and still went to nursery school, we got superb moments galore. In case you forgot or need a reminder, here are 10 best quotes from The Powerpuff Girls to prove just what a great combination that sugar, spice, and everything nice is.
Updated by Kristy Ambrose on October 24th, 2020: The Powerpuff Girls has evolved into a classic series, one of the earliest shows to carry a genuine message about female empowerment and girls as main characters in their own TV shows. Brilliantly written and comprised of various memorable characters, the show is still popular enjoying an evolving fan base that includes both new and veteran viewers. With that in mind, we’ve updated the original list here to include even more badass quotes about how girls rule.
15 “I’m gonna be the prettiest girl at the party!” – Bubbles
Nowadays, media will have girls believe they always need to be stern and rather uptight, shunning the feminine qualities they have; however, Bubbles is a great example where one can see how amazing someone can be by accepting their femininity.
In this episode, Blossom and Buttercup were exasperated with Bubbles wanting to spend extra time brushing her hair so she’d look the prettiest at a party; while they came across as judgmental, we only loved Bubbles more because she was sure in herself by finding delight in prepping herself up. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to look nice, you know.
14 “I’m…sorry!” – Buttercup
Powerpuff Girls fans are well aware of buttercup being the meanest out of the three sisters. While she isn’t outright mean in most of her appearances, she does have a bad side when she’s not feeling the nicest.
This is why it was a big deal when she finally did apologize to someone. For a character like Blossom or Bubbles, an apology isn’t really a big thing as these two know when they’re wrong and aren’t that stubborn. Buttercup, on the other hand, reluctantly apologized in this particular episode, which was a huge development of character. Although it was played for laughs, it showed that you shouldn’t be embarrassed to apologize.
13 “It takes a lot more than a couple of cheap shots to make us cry.” – Buttercup
The great thing about having a character like Buttercup in the ‘90s and the early-2000s was that girls had a tough character to follow. Back then, you’d never see a female superhero, and even if you did, they would be very provocative.
This made Buttercup a trailblazer, as she didn’t need to resort to being a girly girl, and could talk tough with the big boys. Despite having the same powers as her sisters, Buttercup’s image was one of strength, and a quote such as this proved she wasn’t one to cry easy.
12 “Being a Powerpuff Girl isn’t about getting your way…It’s about using your own unique abilities to help people and the world we all live in.” – Blossom
The girls’ roles complemented each other perfectly, with Blossom a necessary character in order to make the girls a cohesive unit. This led to Blossom being the voice of reason, not just in-universe, but for the audience watching.
The character of Princess was meant to represent entitled brats who exploited their gifts in a wrong light, and Blossom spoke here by telling her (and the viewers) that being someone privileged didn’t make them better than anyone else, it was what they did with that power that made them stand out. A good leader is always vital, and Blossom was the only one of the trio with this skill.
11 “I’ll prove that I can be… HARDCORE!” – Bubbles
Sooner or later, everyone has something to prove, not only to their peers but also to themselves. Bubbles is the sweet sister, the “sugar” that goes along with the “spice and everything nice.” She gets tired of the patronizing attitude that she gets from others, even her sisters, and when her tough side comes out it’s overwhelming. Not only did Bubbles have that power the whole time, but when it was tapped in the episode “Bubblevicious” she was lethal.
10 “I am a good fighter.” – Buttercup
This episode showed Buttercup having an unnatural attachment to her blanket, believing this blanket to be the thing that brought her the courage required to be a Powerpuff Girl. Sure, the episode’s point was for one to not be so superstitious and to believe in themselves, but we’re interpreting it in a different way.
In our view, it was great to show Buttercup using the blanket to convince herself that she was a great fighter, as it showed her being vulnerable for once. People can formulate a tough idea of you, one that can feel impossible to live up to; giving Buttercup an object to which she could reveal her insecurities made her human.
9 “Don’t you know you can never beat us?” – Blossom
This sounds as if Blossom was being arrogant, but the context of the scene was anything but that. In this scene, Him had the girls beaten by taking over a dark future where the girls had gone missing, leading to our heroes being wracked with grief.
This was why it was so important to hear Blossom say that Him still couldn’t beat them, as it was the one bright spot in a scenario where everything was its darkest. Deep in her heart, Blossom’s leadership ability had some life in it, so that she could still rally her sisters in a moment where all seemed lost.
8 “And we’re not afraid of anything as long as we have each other.” – Blossom
Our greatest enemies aren’t monsters. They’re often our own worst fears, appearing in dreams and nightmares. That’s what happens in this episode, “Power-Noia.” Our brave heroes find out that the true foe wasn’t the creature they fought, but their own inner demons. Blossom rallies her sisters as they band together to defeat the evil HIM and their own worst fears with this inspiring quote.
7 “Those people aren’t our loved ones. Our loved ones would never want to hurt us!” – Buttercup
Sometimes it’s hard to face the truth, especially when that truth is painful and unpleasant. When the citizens of Townsville turn against the girls in the episode “Tough Love” they have to recognize what’s really happening in order to defend themselves. It turns out that the animosity of the local folks was really one of HIM’s evil plots, but the girls used their unity to defeat the villain.
6 “There’s nothing wrong with talking to yourself.” – Bubbles
In-universe, the characters consider Bubbles to be off in her own little Bubbles Land doing her own little Bubbles thing, and being blissfully ignorant of reality. But that’s not completely a bad thing if you think about it. At least Bubbles was enjoying her life, no matter if she was in relative denial.
If talking to yourself comforts you in any way, then why shouldn’t you have conversations with yourself? It’s even a good way to bolster your confidence if you speak out loud and try to gather your thoughts. While some people might seem kooky, it doesn’t make them stupid.
5 “I guess we shouldn’t judge people by what they look like.” – Blossom
At its heart, The Powerpuff Girls is still a children’s show, which means it was going to dole out life lessons to its viewers. While the show could have the heroes beat villains all the livelong day, fans wouldn’t have learned anything if there wasn’t a moral behind these stories.
In one episode, Blossom had her superhero goggles on once again and started seeing a simple situation as if it were a case, leading her to accuse those she saw as shifty to be bad guys. She learned by the end of the episode not to judge a book by its cover, proving having superpowers doesn’t mean instant maturity.
4 “You should do what you want to do.” – Bubbles
Talking to Octi, a stuffed Octopus, was therapeutic for Bubbles. It enabled her to share her doubts and feelings with someone when it was actually Bubbles speaking to herself. She’d still believe that the toy spoke to her, though, and would be known to hand out mature insights to those around her.
This one was so insightful, that you’d only truly understand the weight behind the words when you grew up. As an adult, you see that what society tells you to do only makes you tired and unhappy; those who do what fulfills them are the ones who live life with a smile on their face and without regrets.
3 “Yeah…but it’s a skill you can’t do. And you can’t do!” – Buttercup
We could tell you that you don’t need to feel special to be special, but inwardly everyone wants to have a skill that is exclusive to them. Blossom had her ice breath, while Bubbles had the gift of talking in different languages and to separate species; this left Buttercup as the odd one out.
She found out something only she could do: curl her tongue. It wasn’t a special skill nor was it a powerful ability, but it made Buttercup feel special in her own way, which is a wonderful lesson to teach children to be happy with the little unique things about them.
2 “She is our sister. And as sisters, we have an intrinsic duty; to uphold peace.” – Blossom
Even when the girls have to fight their loved ones, that doesn’t mean abandoning them. When Bubbles gets a head injury in the episode “Los Dos Mojos” and thinks she’s the antagonist Mojo Jojo, her sisters have to find a way to save her. Ironically, it’s Mojo Jojo himself that mocks her back to her normal self. Bubbles takes care of Mojo on her own, but she was able to succeed because her sisters were backing her up.
1 “If you can’t take the heat, then stay out of the kitchen!” – Blossom
What’s another way of saying this? Know your role? Stay in your lane? Get out while the adults are talking? When the girls travel to Mount Neverest in the episode “Members Only” to join the Association of World Super Men (AWSM) that’s how the existing members treat them. Despite excelling in every test, the girls are still denied membership based on the fact that they’re girls. After listening to a few patronizing speeches, Bubbles, Blossom, and Buttercup end up saving the AWSM from the alien robot Mascumax. By the end, the AWSM has been disbanded and reformed under the new name, Society of Associated Puffketeers. Girls really do rule!
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