Who could have guessed that three girls in kindergarten could form one of the most formidable crime-fighting teams in the history of television? With all their sugar, spice, and everything nice, countless villains had their evil plots foiled by the Powerpuff Girls throughout the 78 episodes of the show that aired from 1998 through 2005. Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup showed us that anyone, no matter how small and cute you are, can be a hero.
The Powerpuff Girls first premiered in 1998. The show was written and directed by Craig McCracken and produced by the legendary animation studio Hanna-Barbera, which was also responsible for classic cartoons like The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Dexter’s Laboratory, and Johnny Bravo. The genius of The Powerpuff Girls was in the way that the show’s writers juxtaposed the everyday problems of young girls with the epic conflicts the girls had to face as superheroes.
Oftentimes the girls would have to deal with commonplace problems like losing teeth or cleaning their room and then be called away from home to defeat a powerful villain who was threatening the safety of Townsville. Remarkably, the Powerful Girls would pretty much always come out victorious, all while learning the life lessons that were important for girls of their age. While the girls faced quite a few villains throughout the series, none of them could stand up to the power and teamwork of our favorite genetically engineered kindergarteners.
There were some close calls, though, and things occasionally looked pretty bleak for the Powerpuff Girls. Let’s look back through the series and remember some of the most evil villains that the girls had to face.
1. Mojo Jojo
The archnemesis of the Powerpuff Girls and the most prominent and iconic villain from the series, the girls had quite a few epic battles with Mojo Jojo. He is an anthropomorphic ape who’s hell-bent on world domination and is known for often being very redundant and stating the obvious. Mojo Jojo is an evil mastermind whose intellect allows him to craft horrifying weapons meant to destroy the world.
Mojo Jojo’s biggest flaw, however, is his ego. He is often tricked by the Powerpuff Girls, who know how to distract him from his evil plans by playing into his insecurities. If Mojo Jojo were just a little bit more sure of himself, he probably would have succeeded in his evil plots many times. Luckily for Townsville, he has some serious psychological complexes that the girls know how to take advantage of.
Many of the villains throughout The Powerpuff Girls were comical, goofy, and sometimes even lovable. The same cannot be said for Him. This shape-shifting demon has unspeakable power and is all-around terrifying. Pretty much just Satan for The Powerpuff Girls universe, this villain can possess people and things, can bend reality, and change size and appearance, and can easily outmatch the girls in bouts of strength. He first appeared in the episode “Octi Evil” in which he possesses Bubbles’s toy octopus. If you haven’t seen that episode, it’s pure nightmare fuel.
Like many fictional villains, Him’s main drawback is that he takes too long to get the job done. Instead of defeating the Powerpuff Girls swiftly and effectively, he likes to draw things out and give long monologues, giving the girls opportunities to escape his clutches and defeat him. That being said, the degree to which Him seems to enjoy inspiring fear in his enemies only makes him that much scarier.
3. The Rowdyruff Boys
The male counterparts to the Powerpuff Girls, the Rowdyruff Boys have an answer to everything the heroes throw at them. While the girls were created from sugar, spice, everything nice, and a drop of Chemical X, the Rowdyruff Boys are the products of armpit hair, snails, and the tail of a talking dog. And, of course, the boys were the creation of none other than Mojo Jojo. Their disgusting and evil powers are a perfect match for the Powerpuff Girls, which leads to many intense battles between the two factions.
While the brute strength of the Rowdyruff Boys may be even greater than that of the Powerpuff Girls, the girls constantly outwit the boys, thus proving emphatically that young girls are more intelligent than young boys. The Rowdyruff Boys also have a masculine obsession with breaking things that often leads to their downfall.
4. Mr. Mime
For any fan of The Powerpuff Girls who already had an existing fear of clowns, Mr. Mime was probably the most horrifying character to ever appear in the series. Mr. Mime was originally a normal clown until he got hit with a truck that was filled with bleach, causing him to lose all the color in his body. The accident also gives him the power to steal color and cause people to go mute, which he uses to suck the happiness out of Townsville.
The Powerpuff Girls are very confused about how to stop Mr. Mime at first, since their punches and superpowers had no effect on him. Finally, the girls perform a musical number that makes all of Townsville, including Mr. Mime, happy again. Mr. Mime ends up thanking the girls for restoring his happiness, but they just beat him up and send him to jail anyway.
5. Fuzzy Lumpkins
Another one of the more prominent villains in the series, Fuzzy Lumpkins is an ambiguous monster with the personality of an out-of-control hillbilly. Typically, he is no match for the girls, and they’re able to beat him in combat quite handily. However, when Fuzzy gets angry, he can grow in size and become quite a handful.
Fuzzy lives in the woods outside of Townsville, where he spends his time playing the banjo. He also uses that banjo in combat when confronted by the Powerpuff Girls. Fuzzy will also occasionally wield a shotgun, and sometimes he enlists the help of his family members when battling the girls. Ultimately, Fuzzy is usually outsmarted by the girls, as isn’t exactly the sharpest tool in the shed.
While she is easily outmatched by the Powerpuff Girls in hand-to-hand combat, Sedusa is sneaky and seductive, and she’s able to trick men into doing her bidding and trying to defeat the girls. She was once even able to cause Professor Utonium, father and creator of the Powerpuff Girls, to fall in love with her, disguising herself under the alias Ima Goodelady.
When her identity is revealed, Sedusa will battle using her snake-like locks of hair (which is obviously inspired by the Greek mythological figure Medusa). She can use her hair in a variety of ways to strike at her opponents. Luckily, her fighting prowess cannot match up to that of the Powerpuff Girls.
7. The Boogie Man
The Boogie Man’s name is sort of double entendre, referring both to the classic fairytale monster as well as to the style of dance popularized in the 1970s. He appeared in the episode “Boogie Frights” in which he plots to bring eternal darkness over Townsville and uses his ability to control other monsters to carry out his plan. He also reveals that he’s a huge fan of disco music and dancing, and he dresses as if he just came from a ‘70s-themed nightclub.
While The Boogie Man was almost successful in covering Townsville in perpetual darkness, Bubbles is able to conquer her fears in the end, and she blows up The Boogie Man’s spaceship with her laser vision, sending him barrelling into the void of space. While The Boogie Man was undoubtedly evil, there was something lovable about his affinity for all things disco.