List of The Powerpuff Girls secondary characters

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This is a list of secondary characters that appeared on the American animated television series The Powerpuff Girls, which aired on Cartoon Network. All of the characters on this list appear more than once in the series, and contribute to the episode plotlines.

Professor Utonium[edit]

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Professor Utonium (voiced by Tom Kane) is a scientist who works in his home in the suburbs of the City of Townsville. A stereotypical scientist, his general attire is a white lab coat and black pants. The Professor once housed a chimpanzee named Jojo (later to become the girls' arch-enemy, Mojo Jojo) as a lab assistant who proved to be reckless and destructive. Jojo was "monkeying around" while the Professor was stirring his perfect girl concoction, causing him to accidentally break through a glass containing the mysterious "Chemical X" which spilled into the perfect girl formula, thus creating the Powerpuff Girls. The Professor is a genius in many fields of science, having shown knowledge in fields such as physics, chemistry, and biology as well as being a skilled inventor. Aside from his role as a scientist, he acts as a parent in The Powerpuff Girls' lives, doing fatherly things such as preparing their school lunches or cheering up the girls when they have been hurt. Although he apparently did not legally "adopt" the girls, everyone who addresses him calls him "their father" and they as "his daughters". The Professor can be strict, easily manipulated and overprotective at times, but still retains his caring fatherly image. In the episode "Keen for Keane", the girls set up Professor Utonium and their kindergarten teacher Ms. Keane on a date for Valentine's Day, resulting in the two temporarily becoming an item. The character of Professor Utonium is based on J.R. "Bob" Dobbs.

Mayor [edit]

The Mayor of Townsville (voiced by Tom Kenny in the series, Rob Rackstraw in the British dub and by Jim Cummings in the What a Cartoon! episodes) is generally referred throughout only as "Mayor", although he is referred to as "Barney" by his wife in the episode "Boogie Frights". He is short and elderly with a fringe of white hair around a bald scalp and a thick white mustache. He wears a monocle over his left eye and a small top hat that “floats” just above his head. The Mayor is rather dimwitted, but cares deeply about his city. He has a love for pickles, and is very childish at times. He sometimes calls the girls for very silly reasons, as seen in the episode "Bubblevicous" when he calls because of a traffic jam. The What a Cartoon! episode "Meat Fuzzy Lumpkins" featured a different Mayor who was younger and taller than the Mayor of the series.

Ms. Bellum [edit]

Ms. Sara Bellum (voiced by Jennifer Martin in the series and by Teresa Gallagher in the British dub) is The Mayor's very competent, pretty, statuesque, and apparently beautiful secretary who often handles issues that the Mayor cannot. She has long, curly red hair, wears a red dress and red high heel shoes for a secretary look. Her face is never shown onscreen, although The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!! briefly revealed part of it. Running gags include other onscreen characters often finding her very beautiful, the camera focusing on her chest, her face always being obscured. Her name is a pun on the word cerebellum presumably due to her intelligent and wise nature. She has advised and helped the girls defeat the Rowdyruff Boys in the episode The Rowdyruff Boys. She also proved to be a capable fighter, battling the villain Sedusa by herself when the girls were disabled.

Ms. Keane[edit]

Ms. Keane (voiced by Jennifer Hale in the series, Teresa Gallagher in the British dub and by Kath Soucie in the What-a-Cartoon! episodes) is the kindergarten teacher of Pokey Oaks Kindergarten. She wears an orange shirt, a red vest, brown pants, and has short black hair and light blue eyes. She is patient, understanding and very protective of her students, making her a well-liked, motherly figure. She is also an animal lover, owning a ginger cat named Valentino, and the class pet hamster, Twiggy. Although Ms. Keane is a kindergarten teacher, she is quite smart. Ms. Keane forbids any fighting in school, even if there is a crisis taking place within it; she convinces the girls that there are other ways to solve problems other than fighting as demonstrated in the episodes "Schoolhouse Rocked" and "Imaginary Fiend". In the episode "Keen for Keane", the girls set up Ms. Keane and Professor Utonium on a date for Valentine's Day, resulting in the two temporarily becoming an item.

Narrator[edit]

Narrator (voiced by Tom Kenny in the series, Simon Greenall in the British dub and by Ernie Anderson in the What a Cartoon! episodes) is the enthusiastic but unseen narrator, known for opening nearly every episode with "The City of Townsville!" and ending most of them with "So once again, the day is saved, thanks to... the Powerpuff Girls"! He often comments on the proceedings of the episode, says things which happen to be hints about the plots of certain episodes, and frequently breaks the fourth wall. He is also shown to be the only connection between the audience and the girls, as he can "talk" to both and even be involved, such as Mojo Jojo transforming him into a dog. In the episode "Simian Says", he is kidnapped by Mojo Jojo, who promptly takes his place as the episode begins. He is only seen at one point in the series (in the episode "A Made Up Story" he wakes up the mayor who is sleeping under the podium. Viewers see only his hand and part of his arm), though he is a person and not just a disembodied voice.

Talking Dog[edit]

Talking Dog (voiced by Tom Kane in the series, Jimmy Hibbert in the British dub and by Paul Mercier in the What a Cartoon! episodes) is a small white dog with black ears and nose and a black spot on his back, wearing a red collar with a yellow dog tag. He mostly appears as a background character, but always has something humorous to say. In the episode "Shut the Pup Up", he was taken in by the Girls when he became the sole witness to a mystery crime. When he stays with the girls he is shown to be blunt, abrasive and insulting, though his demeanor remains straightforward and earnest. He is frequently abused in almost every appearance he makes; as a running gag, no one ever seems to regard his pain and simply ignore him.

Mitch Mitchelson[edit]

Mitch Mitchelson (voiced by Tom Kenny in the series and Rob Rackstraw in the British dub): The bully at Pokey Oaks Kindergarten. Mitch has brownish hair, and wears a black T-shirt with the words "MITCH ROCKS" on the front. Usually talks in a gruff voice; he torments the kids in the class in a few episodes, though he is not a major threat. He is Buttercup's close friend, according to Buttercup in her interview in the DVD features of The Powerpuff Girls Movie. For a brief time he hosted a short segment on Cartoon Network called "Mitch Rocks", where he looked at or watched various things and said whether they "rock" or not.

Recurring villains[edit]

Mojo Jojo[edit]

Mojo Jojo (voiced by Roger L. Jackson) is a mad scientist anthropomorphic chimpanzee with great intelligence, who speaks with a Japanese accent poking fun at the poor dubbing of Speed Racer, although it was never stated whether or not he was from Japan. As the main antagonist of the series and the Powerpuff Girls' arch-enemy, Mojo Jojo was Professor Utonium's reckless laboratory assistant, Jojo, before Professor Utonium created the Powerpuff Girls, the same accident that created the Girls giving Jojo super-intelligence.[1] He has green skin, pink scleras, and wears a white metal dome-shaped helmet that covers his oversized, protruding brain. The helmet is often broken in fights with the Girls, partially exposing his enlarged brain. He wears white gloves and boots, a blue suit with a white belt, and a flowing purple cape. Despite his high intelligence, his plans often contain flaws that he overlooks because of his ego, and he rarely has much success against the girls, as their superpowers are too much for his inventions. However, he is a master at manipulation and trickery, often fooling the girls into thinking he has changed despite their constant encounters.

Him[edit]

Him (voiced by Tom Kane in the series and Jimmy Hibbert in the British dub) is a mysterious, supernatural, effeminate, immortal, androgynous, and demonic monster. His physical appearance is an amalgamation of sorts with lobster-like claws, red skin, pointed ears, a hooked nose, yellow/green eyes and a long curled beard, wearing makeup, a woman's red jacket and skirt with pink tulle at the collar and hemline, and black, thigh-high, spike-heeled boots. His voice ranges from a high-pitched falsetto to a deep, booming basso profondo. According to the narrator in Him's first appearance, he is "so evil, so sinister, so horribly vile, that even the utterance of his name strikes fear into the hearts of men". He is shown to feed off the negative emotions of human beings. Him's plans are usually psychological in nature, and often consist of manipulating events to either drive the Powerpuff Girls insane, or simply drive wedges between them. Craig McCracken has stated that the character "Him" was inspired by the mannerisms of the Chief Blue Meanie in the 1968 film, Yellow Submarine. Most episodes Him is featured in are single-story episodes. Craig McCracken stated Him is his favorite villain.[2]

Fuzzy Lumpkins[edit]

Fuzzy Lumpkins[3] (voiced by Jim Cummings) is a large, husky, furry pink Bigfoot-like hillbilly monster with a wide jaw, a green nose, two antennae on his head, big blue overalls, and brown boots, who commonly plays a banjo which he calls "Jo." He was the first villain introduced in the series, appearing in the pilot "Meat Fuzzy Lumkins," in which he turned the people of Townsville into meat after he lost in a jam contest. He speaks in a southern accent, and lives in the woods next to the city of Townsville. Fuzzy is of extremely limited intellectual capacity, and is not nearly so active and ambitious as most of the villains in the series. He usually limits himself to shooting anyone whom he finds trespassing on his property, though also prone to destructive fits of rage, particularly when others touch his belongings; in these fits he gains enough physical strength to overpower (and sometimes intimidate) the girls. When angry, Fuzzy turns dark red, grows claws, and his teeth (usually square and blunt) become sharp fangs. Fuzzy (according to Professor Utonium's research) belongs to a race of "Lum(p)kins"; he has three siblings (Furry, Fluffy, and Hairy), three nephews (Buzzy, Wuzzy, and Scuzzy), and several dozen cousins who closely resemble him.

Princess Morbucks[edit]

Princess Morbucks (voiced by Jennifer Hale in the series and Teresa Gallagher in the British dub) is a spoiled, rich, and bratty little girl, whose partially unseen and mostly mute father allows her to finance various evil plots to destroy the Powerpuff Girls. Her supervillain outfit consists of a yellow, Powerpuff-style dress, black gloves and boots, and a tiara. Her hatred of the girls stems from her rebuffed attempt to become one of them. Her father is "Daddy" Morbucks, a large, rotund man whose face and head are always hidden from the viewer. He dotes on his daughter and usually indulges in her whim, but it is hinted that his patience is limited and Princess fears truly angering him. Thanks to him, Princess has access to virtually unlimited financial resources. Her last name,"Morbucks", is a reference to Daddy Warbucks from the musical, Annie.

The Ganggreen Gang[edit]

The Ganggreen GangA are a gang of five teenage hoodlums who are green-skinned and unhealthy-looking, as though infected top-to-bottom by gangrene. They originally appeared alongside The Amoeba Boys in McCracken's original short, Whoopass Stew, as the villains the girls are shown fighting in the introduction (rather than every major recurring villain on the show). According to Craig McCracken, the Ganggreen Gang are a cross between the characters from Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids and Rat Fink. Not possessing any powers or exceptional abilities, the Gang is normally not too much of a threat to the girls, but have shown themselves to be very dangerous when motivated, such as when they received training from Sedusa to help her steal a series of magical artifacts. They each have unique characteristics, and they did temporarily obtain powers in the episode "Power Lunch". They also delight in tormenting those weaker than themselves, especially children and the elderly, giving them more of a role of bullies rather than evil villains.

  • Ace (voiced by Jeff Bennett in the series and Jimmy Hibbert in the British dub): The Gang's leader, Ace Copular is a mean-spirited, opportunistic rogue. He sports a slick-back hairdo, a colored vest-jacket, a peach-fuzz mustache, a pair of shades, and also has fangs. As the Gang's smartest member, he is the instigator of most of their antisocial activities, and he does possess a certain charismatic charm that allows him to sweet-talk people who ought to know better, such as Ms. Keane in episode "School House Rocked" and even Buttercup in episode "Buttercrush". He speaks in a nasally Italian New Yorker accent. His full name is Ace D. Copular. As of 2018, Ace is the replacement bassist of the virtual band Gorillaz.[4]
  • Snake (voiced by Tom Kenny in the series and Rob Rackstraw in the British dub): A slippery character with a forked tongue, skinny body, and a hissing voice, Snake is the Gang's second-in-command, but this mostly makes him a yes-man to Ace. He does have a personality of his own, but it is usually silenced due to Ace punching him when he speaks out of line (or asks a foolish question). This could imply that Snake is more loyal to his friend Ace than he is independently evil. It is revealed in episode "School House Rocked" that his real name is Sanford D. Ingleberry.
  • Lil' Arturo (voiced by Tom Kenny and by Carlos Alazraqui in his first appearance and David Holt in the British dub): A malevolent Mexican midget boy, Lil' Arturo seems to take the most amusement from the Gang's activities. In episode "School House Rocked" he carries around a switchblade-styled comb he calls "Maria", a treasured gift from his incarcerated father. He has a rather prominent underbite. His full name is Arturo de la Guerra, which is Spanish for "Arthur from the War". His small size allows him to sneak through cramped spaces and passages that the rest of the gang cannot reach.
  • Grubber (voiced by Jeff Bennett): The Gang's most physically grotesque member, Grubber is a barefoot hunchback with untidy hair, grubby clothes, and protruding eyes, resembling the combination of an Ed Roth cartoon, a zombie, a drunk, and Quasimodo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He also appears to be mostly mute, communicating instead through blowing a raspberry. He does, however, occasionally demonstrate unexpected talents, such as playing the violin, speaking eloquently or performing impersonations. When attending the girls' school for a short time, Grubber showed that he was able to horribly contort his body, making him briefly resemble a well-spoken and handsome-looking young man before snapping back to his normal self. His full name is Grubber J. Gribberish.
  • Big Billy (voiced by Jeff Bennett): A hulking colossus who acts as the Gang's muscle. Though he does at times display a childlike innocence, he mostly just does the bidding of his more savvy and vindictive friends. In episode "School House Rocked", it is revealed that his real name is William W. Williams and that he is a Cyclops, with his single eye always hidden beneath his shaggy red hair. Although he rarely fares any better in combat against the girls than the rest of the gang, he has the muscular power to stop a speeding train from running down citizens from the track and tackle 10-story monsters to the ground with his bare hands. He is shown to speak in two different ways: like a normal person, and like a caveman. He is also shown as not very bright. He is fiercely loyal to anyone he considers to be a friend, and briefly tried to help the Powerpuff Girls after they saved him from a train. However, his clumsiness and lack of intelligence made him more destructive as a hero than he was as a villain.

The Amoeba Boys[edit]

The Amoeba Boys (voiced by Chuck McCann in the series and the What a Cartoon! episodes and by Lou Romano in Whoopass Stew) are a trio of amoebae who are the villains featured in McCracken's original short, Whoopass Stew in A Sticky Situation. They reappear in the What a Cartoon! short Crime 101. With their gangster affectations, these aspiring criminals would love nothing more than to be regarded as serious villains worthy of fighting, and even getting beaten up and sent to jail by the Powerpuff Girls. Unfortunately, their brains are too primitive to devise a crime above the level of littering or jaywalking. Indeed, they considered stealing an orange to be their greatest crime ever in the episode "Divide and Conquer". They are Townsville's least malicious villains, even having a friendship-of-sorts with the girls. They are generally harmless, but their actions have on occasion endangered both the girls and the town purely by accident. The greatest threat they have posed to Townsville and the girls was in episode "Geshundfight", when they each caught a cold that, when merged with their DNA, created a severe virus that quickly spread through the city, making even the healthiest person fall ill instantaneously.

  • Bossman (voiced by Jimmy Hibbert in the British dub): The leader and general spokesman of the Amoeba Boys. He wears a gray fedora. In the episode "You Snooze, You Lose" he is shown slapping Junior when he tries to put things in his mouth that the Powerpuff Girls requested.
  • Junior (voiced by David Holt in the British dub): The smallest one of the Amoeba Boys. He wears a black cap and usually repeats whatever Bossman says. In the episode Crime 101, he is named Tiny. His voice sounds very similar to Curly from The Three Stooges.
  • Slim (voiced by Rob Rackstraw in the British dub): The tallest one of the Amoeba Boys. He wears a brown fedora and is even much more incompetent and slow than the other amoebas. In the episode Crime 101, he is called Skinny Slim.

Sedusa[edit]

Sedusa (voiced by Jennifer Hale in the series and Kate Harbour in the British dub) is a young, beautiful Gorgon-like mistress of disguise and seductress who uses her feminine wiles to influence men to do her bidding. When her identity is revealed, she typically doffs down to her leotard battle suit and fights with her whip-like prehensile hair (which she can control). In her introduction episode "Mommy Fearest", she poses as an ordinary woman named "Ima Goodlady" in order to allure Professor Utonium into dating her, thus being able to ground the girls so they couldn’t stop her from committing crimes. She becomes powerless when her hair becomes wet (or cut off). Her eyes also change color depending on her mood. When she is acting benevolent her eye color is green, but when she is angry, revealing her true villainous nature, her eyes turn red. Her name is a combination of the word "seduce" and Medusa from Greek mythology.

The Rowdyruff Boys[edit]

The Rowdyruff Boys are the male counterparts of the Powerpuff Girls created by Mojo Jojo using a mixture of "snips, snails, and a puppy dog tail" in the Townsville Prison in the episode called "The Rowdyruff Boys". His replacement for chemical X was in fact prison toilet water as Mojo Jojo believed that would have the same potency as Chemical X. The Rowdyruff Boys are essentially violent bullies who have the same powers as the Powerpuff Girls, with their own techniques as well. They were ultimately destroyed when the girls kissed them. After being resurrected by Him in the episode "The Boys Are Back in Town", the Boys' hairstyles become noticeably spikier. The Boys wear long-sleeved shirts with a black stripe in each, black trousers and black, low-top sneakers with white laces and white soles.

  • Brick (voiced by Rob Paulsen in the series and Rob Rackstraw in the British dub): Blossom's equivalent, he is the short-tempered self-proclaimed leader of the Rowdyruff Boys. His personality is "puppy dog tail". He has an abrasive and rash attitude, which often causes conflict with his brothers. He wears a backwards red baseball cap compared to Blossom's bow. He also originally had bangs, which were replaced with long spiky hair down his back when he was revived.
  • Boomer (also voiced by Paulsen in the series and Rackstraw in the British dub): Bubbles' equivalent, he is a loud-mouthed dimwit, as opposed to Bubbles' naive sweetness and has been known to like disgusting things. His personality is "snips" (armpit hair). After his resurrection, Boomer is implied to be the least intelligent of the boys and he is often the victim of Brick's orders or punishments. Boomer's hair parts in a curved fashion like Bubbles', but is longer and spiky on each end, in a wings haircut.
  • Butch (voiced by Roger L. Jackson in the series and Jimmy Hibbert in the British dub): Buttercup's equivalent, his personality is "snails". After his resurrection, Butch becomes more hyperactive and overly excited. Butch's hair is spiked upwards, abandoning his previous cowlick from his first appearance. He also shares Buttercup's small triangular hair parting.

Notes[edit]

A.^ The name of this group of villains is the "Ganggreen Gang" (not Gangreen) according to Cartoon Network's Powerpuff Girls characters page.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Powerpuff Girls Characters". www.cartoonnetwork.com. Archived from the original on January 20, 2013. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  2. ^ "Who inspired Him?". Cartoon Network. Archived from the original on December 2, 2008. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
  3. ^ So spelled on the title-card the first Powerpuff Girls episode, "Meat [sic] Fuzzy Lumpkins also appears in the series
  4. ^ https://www.cbr.com/the-gorillaz-ace-powerpuff-girls/