As depicted in the opening sequence of each episode, the Powerpuff Girls were created by Professor Utonium in an attempt to create the "perfect little girl" using a mixture of sugar, spice, and everything nice. However, he accidentally spilled Chemical X into the mixture, granting the girls their superpowers.
Tropes applying to all three in general
- Action Girl: All three of them, obviously.
- Artificial Humans: Also leads to an in-universe case of the Uncanny Valley, since the girls' eyes, hands (or lack thereof), and proportions are often mentioned as being creepy and strange to the people they meet. The reporter in The Movie actually calls them "little bug-eyed freaks".
- Badass Adorable
- Badass Family
- Balloon Belly: "Candy is Dandy"
- Cute Bruisers
- Daddy's Girl: All three, especially Bubbles.
- Destructive Saviour: The girls often play this role especially in "Uh Oh Dynamo". Deconstructed in "Town and Out".
- Immune to Bullets
- Kid Heroines
- Lightning Bruisers
- Non Standard Character Design
- The Noseless
- Person of Mass Destruction: Best illustrated in The Movie, where the girls play a game of tag and very nearly destroy the whole city, since they had only recently been born and didn't know to limit their powers yet.
- Powerpuff Girl Hands
- Power Trio
- Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Bubbles, Buttercup and Blossom.
- Chromatic Arrangement: Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup are blue, red and green.
- Freudian Trio
- Blossom: Superego
- Bubbles: Ego
- Buttercup: Id
- Same Sex Triplets
- The Three Faces of Eve
- Blossom: Mother
- Bubbles: Child
- Buttercup: Seductress
- Town Girls
- Butch: Buttercup
- Femme: Bubbles
- Neither: Blossom
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse
- Strong as They Need to Be
- Theme Naming: All 3 girls (Plus Bullet and Bunny) have names that start with a B and have double consonant.
- Uncanny Valley: In verse, no one else is drawn that way, and everyone knows about their huge eyes, lack of hands, feet, noses or ears.
Voiced by Cathy Cavadini (1995-2015), Amanda Leighton (2016-present)
Commander and the leader
Blossom is the redhead in the pink outfit and signature red bow. She's the "smart one" and the self-proclaimed leader of the group, although at times she can be bossy or over-analytical. Her unique ability, introduced in the episode "Ice Sore", is ice breath.
- Arch Enemy: Mojo Jojo, Brick of the Rowdyruff Boys and Princess Morebucks.
- Big No
- Break the Cutie: Occasionally
- Breath Weapon: The only Girl with ice breath.
- Captain Geographic: Her alternate identity in "Super Zeroes" - Liberty Belle. She's a flag-dressed cross between Wonder Woman and Major Glory and drives a Freedommobile.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: A minor example then most.
- Every Girl Is Cuter With Hair Decs
- Fiery Redhead: She claims she is, although she's often too nice to be one.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible to Bubbles' foolish.
- The Heroine
- Heroic BSOD: In The Movie during the girl's Darkest Hour.
- Iconic Item: "Beauty, brains, and one serious hairbow."
- The Leader: Type I
- Meaningful Name: Named by the Professor for being the first girl to open up (like a flower) to him when they were created.
- Only Sane Girl: At times.
- Rapunzel Hair: For someone her height at least.
- The episode 'The Mane Event' shows that she actually has ridiculously long hair for her age, especially when compared to her sisters.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Buttercup's red.
- Redheaded Hero
- Small Name, Big Ego: At her worst.
- The Smart Girl
- Soapbox Sadie
- Team Mom
- Tranquil Fury: On a few occasions, but most notably in her first fight with Princess.
Voiced by Tara Strong (1998-2015), Kristen Li (2016-present), Kath Soucie (What A Cartoon shorts), Holly Hunter (singing voice in "Tiara Trouble")
The joy and the laughter
Bubbles is the one in the blue outfit with the blonde hair and pigtails. She's the most childish, naive, and timid of the three, but also the most gentle, caring, and playful. She's a Friend to All Living Things, and she has the unique ability to talk to animals and speak any language.
- Arch Enemy: Mojo Jojo, Boomer of the Rowdyruff Boys and HIM.
- Badass Adorable
- Beware the Nice Ones: Bubbles has a very, very long fuse, but if she gets angry, she's more devastating then Blossom or even Buttercup.
- Big No
- Break the Cutie: More often than the other 2 girls.
- Cheerful Child
- The Chick
- Cute but Cacophonic: She normally has a very cute voice, but she tends to shreik when frustrated or excited. Plus, she can do a super-scream.
- Companion Cube: Octi
- Daddy's Girl
- The Ditz: Moreso in earliest episodes.
- Doctor Dolittle
- Dumb Blonde: Not stupid per se - in Him Diddle Riddle, she scored a 1075 on the SAT whereas Blossom and Buttercup scored a 10 and a 25 respectively - but a bit ditzy. Observe!
Mojo Jojo (letter voiceover): Dear Powerpuff Girls,
I have kidnapped Professor Utonium! I have taken him someplace against his will. If you look for him in the spots he likes to be, you will not find him! He is with me, but not by choice. I took him, and he didn't like it!
This message is from and was written by Mojo Jojo.
Bubbles: Who could've done this?
- Fluffy Tamer: In "Three Girls and a Monster".
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Blossom's responsible.
- Genius Ditz: She can be very ditzy at times. However, as mentioned below, she is an Omniglot and Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish, and scored a 1075 on the SAT, which (despite being impossible) is pretty good for a kindergartener.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Hair of Gold
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Though not as much as Buttercup.
- The Heart
- Make Me Wanna Shout: The Super-sonic Scream.
- Meaningful Name: Named by the Professor for her "bubbly personality".
- Omniglot: A power unique to Bubbles.
- The Other Darrin: Bubbles was voiced by Kath Soucie in the What a Cartoon shorts.
- Panty Shot: "Mommy Fearest"
- Punctuated for Emphasis: I'M HARDCORE NOW!
- Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish: Former Trope Namer, for Talks To Squirrels.
- Surrogate Soliloquy: With Octi
- Talking the Monster to Death: Okay, not really. After Blossom and Buttercup fail to land a single hit, Bubbles kindly asks the monster to leave Townsville. It works.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Buttercup's Tomboy.
- Took a Level In Badass: "Bubblevicious"
- Took a Level In Jerkass: Again, "Bubblevicious". She beats people to a pulp for things like 'littering'.
Voiced by Elizabeth Daily (1995-2015), Natalie Palamides (2016-present)
The toughest fighter
Buttercup has the green outfit and black hair. She's a tomboy, and the "toughest fighter". She's the most aggressive and confrontational sister, and has gained a reputation among the bad guys of Townsville as the most vicious of the trio. Unlike her sisters, she doesn't have a unique ability (to her chagrin); however, it's eventually revealed in the Season 6 episode "Nuthin' Special" that she's the only member of the team who can curl her tongue. Well, at least it's something.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: "So we have Blossom, Bubbles, and, hmmm, Buttercup because... it also begins with a B."
- Anti-Hero: Type III verging on type IV.
- Arch Enemy: Mojo Jojo, Butch of the Rowdyruff Boys and the Gangrene Gang.
- Badass Arm-Fold
- The Berserker
- The Big Girl: Not literally, but still.
- Big No
- Blood Knight
- Compressed Vice: In the episode where the girls must face their greatest fears Bubbles's is the dark, Blossom's is underachiving and Buttercup's is... spiders. Despite the fact that she's been handling bug-themed villains as far back as episode 1!
- She does react especially violently to insects, though, which is perhaps her way of dealing with it.
- Forgot I Could Fly: In "Down D Dirty", she is being chased by a mob of townsfolks for refusing to take a bath, when she abruptly stops and asks, "Wait, what am I doing?" before taking off into the air.
- Girliness Upgrade: In the infamous teen flashback from "City of Clipsville".
- Sort-of gets one at the end of "The Rowdyruff Boys" where she kisses Butch.
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Hidden Depths: Although she rushes headfirst into situations and prefers to solve things with violence, she is smarter then she is given credit for and often gives others an Eureka Moment, like in the movie.
- I Just Want to Be Special: An episode was dedicated to Buttercup being unhappy that she didn't have a unique power like her sisters.
- Although her special power is to curl her tongue, she was established in "Speed Demon" to be slightly faster then her sisters, and she's generally considered the physically strongest of the three.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Jerkass Facade: She may seem bitter, hard-headed and vain, but she's really insecure and worried about what people will think of her, and tends to hide it by acting tough.
- The Lancer
- Leeroy Jenkins
- Little Miss Badass: Could apply to all the girls, but moreso Buttercup.
- Middle Child Syndrome: Even though the girls were "born" at the same time. According to the movie's DVD Commentary it started as soon as she was named. While Blossom and Bubbles got Meaningful Names she was named Buttercup because "that also starts with a B".
- Although in the French dub, she is named Rebelle, which pretty much speaks for itself.
- Nobody Calls Me Chicken
- One of the Boys
- Panty Shot: "The Powerpuff Girls Movie"
- Perpetual Frowner
- The Pig Pen: "Down And Dirty"
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Blossom's blue.
- Security Blanket: "Cover Up"
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Bubbles' Girly Girl.
- When She Smiles: Being a Perpetual Frowner means when she's genuinely happy, it stands out nicely.
Voiced by Tom Kane
Professor Utonium is the brilliant scientist who created the girls in his lab. He acts as a father figure, caring for them as a single parent would. He's enthusiastic about his work, and cooks up all sorts of inventions and experiments in his lab.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: "Powerprof"
- Badass Bookworm: He finally gets to show what he's made of in Prowerprof and Uh Oh Dynamo.
- Big No
- Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe
- Distressed Dude
- Fatherly Scientist
- Nice Guy: He's very easy going and cordial to everyone in general.
- Non-Action Guy
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist
- Overprotective Dad: Every once in a while, it really hits the Professor that his three daughters are out laying their lives on the line to fight crime. His attempts to assist them, like in "Powerprof" and "Uh Oh Dynamo", usually end up not so good.
- Papa Wolf: Threatening to hurt or try to hurt the girls in front of him gets him mad. Lenny Baxter and Silico of all people learned that the hard way. He also snaps at Dick Hardly when he tries to profit off of them.
- The Professor: Duh
- Team Dad
- Totally Radical: "Powerprof"
- Took A Level In Badass: In Powerprof and Uh Oh Dynamo, he's shown to actually be capable of being a persistant fighter.
- Truly Single Parent
- TV Genius