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Ready to feel old? The Powerpuff Girls celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. When series creator Craig McCracken first created the show, he had no idea it would be a hit and assumed only “hipster college kids” would watch it. Instead, the show went on to be one of the biggest cartoons of the ’90s, spurring a movie and numerous spin-offs, including a 2016 reboot (that I like to pretend doesn’t exist). 

Although the cartoon’s a classic, and you probably still have a Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup T-shirt in your closet, there’s still a lot about the show you don’t know. From weird facts to storylines that were way creepier than you remember, here are all the reasons you should skip the crappy reboot and watch the original all over again.

1

They were originally called “Whoopass Stew.”

2

The show was never meant to be a kids’ show.

3

Everything about Ms. Bellum was inappropriate.

4

There were plenty of dirty easter eggs lurking in the background, like this one.

5

And this one.

6

The Rowdyruff boys were technically the Powerpuff girls’ brothers.

7

There was an episode that was banned from TV.

8

There was intentional innuendo.

9

Mojo Jojo was voiced by the same guy who did Ghostface in “Scream.”

10

Buttercup’s original name was….really?

11

For a kids’ show, there was a whole lot of death.

12

Him really was supposed to be Satan.


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