The Powerpuff Girls

Season 1 Episode 16

The Rowdyruff Boys

Aired Wednesday 2:30 PM Apr 07, 1999 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Sore over being foiled again and again by the Powerpuff Girls, Mojo devises his most threatening scheme yet. Using armpit hair in place of snakes, escargot in place of snails, and Puppy's tail - plus a little eau de jailhouse toilette as a Chemical X stand-in, Mojo creates the Rowdyruff Boys. When the action moves to high above Townsville, the Boys kick in a secret weapon (enhanced by a gas-producing lunch) and leave the Girls beyond help -- or so it seems. The tears of Townsvillians are enough to bring them back to life, but how can they defeat their pint-sized nemesis'? Enter Ms. Bellum, who imparts the bit of feminine wisdom that proves to be the Boy's undoing.moreless

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  • The best villians to ever brace the Powerpuff Girls are born.

    Using snips, snails and puppy dog's tails (along with Chemical X), Mojo Jojo was able to create without a doubt the best enemies to ever cross the Powerpuff Girls. Hell, the only enemies to have ever beaten the Powerpuff Girls at their own game.

    All 3 were equally equipped with each of the girl's special attributes. Probably even stronger versions or better than the originals.

    The whole fight scene between the 6 of them was something else. It was like an old version "Superhero / Supervillian Superfight". That's how great it was. I mean, they literally tore through Townsville to get at each other's throat. The problem was, the more the boys fought the stronger they became, which led to their first win over the girls. However, the boys are defeated. By the one thing little boys hate the most, kisses.

    All in all, one of the best episodes in Season 1.

    Favorite Moment: The Boys Vs The Girls. That was a classic.

  • Mojo Jojo makes the male equivalent of the Powerpuff Girls. They almost beat them but are stoped by the Girls' feminine sides.

    I loved this episode. One of the fovorite episodes ever actually...Anyway...I didn't like it because the Boys- who are completely awsome!- are bad guys in here. I don't see why they are villains!!! Also, boys are not afraid of cooties like that. Are they?- not sure anymore... I think not.

    Apart from that this was one of the coolest episodes ever of the Powerpuff Girls!!! This episode can only compare with "The Boys Are Back In Town", which is my favorite episode ever!! The boys are awfully cute and I love their outfits!!! Unfortunately, I don't have much more to say...moreless
  • Boys.

    You would of never expected another version of the Powerpuff Girls, when the episode just starts off as Mojo committing crimes & going to jail, I was thinking, how can this episode be double length if its just another old episode, same formula, but when Mojo created Rowdyruff Boys, I was very astonished, they all should really date instead of fighting. I like how Ms. Bellum gave the girls tips on "being nice" I like how Mojo was in jail for most of the epsiode. This episode turned in to a series arc, since the boys will return. Amazing episode with great formula!moreless
  • This episode was between average and great. I guess that would be good. [spoilers included]

    "The Rowdyruff Boys" was a semi-interesting episode. Mojo Jojo, who is tired of being beaten by the Powerpuff Girls, decides the only way to beat his enemies is to fight fire with fire. With that, he calls Professor Utonium and gets the ingredients for the Powerpuff Girls, but thinks they are too girly. He makes substitutions for the ingredients, which are armpit hairs (snips), escargot (snails), and a dog's tail, mixed together in toxic toilet water (supposedly chemical x). The Rowdyruff Boys are born! Mojo Jojo, who is like their father, orders them to destroy the Powerpuff Girls. After a long time of fighting, it appears the boys have defeated the girls, but suddenly, the Powerpuff Girls are awakened by the tears of Townsville. Ms. Bellum then tells the girls the one thing little boys hate the most [a kiss], and the girls rush off to give it to them. The Rowdyruff Boys are then converted back into their original ingredients, and Mojo is taken to jail.

    There were both good points and bad points to this episode. The positives were that this was a 30 minute show, so it actually had time to form a decent plot, and counterpart villains of the Powerpuff Girls were introduced. It was both funny and somewhat creative.

    However, what I didn't like was that the boys were created and killed off in one episode, and although there was time for a good plot, not much happened. I also believe that the boys were defeated WAY too easily. They were much tougher than the girls, and it seemed kind of pathetic that they were destroyed by a kiss.

    Nevertheless, this was an alright episode. At least there was an episode showing the return of the Rowdyruff Boys.moreless
Tom Kane

Tom Kane


Guest Star

Roger L. Jackson

Roger L. Jackson

Prison Guard

Guest Star

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

Mr. Cooper

Guest Star

Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen


Recurring Role

Jennifer Martin

Jennifer Martin

Ms. Bellum

Recurring Role

Tom Kane

Tom Kane

Talking Dog

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Mojo Jojo: Curse you again, Powerpuff Girls, I'll be back and this time it's not me who will be defeated. It is you who will be defeated, and if you are defeated, it is you who have lost.
      Narrator: Oh, Mojo, shut up.

    • (Rowdyruff Boys and Mojo saw the girls at the window)
      Rowdyruff Boys: Huh, what the-
      Mojo Jojo: GET THEM!

    • Blossom: Bubbles, are you okay?
      Bubbles: I guess so, I...
      Brick: (off-screen) Why don't you pick on somebody your own size?

    • Brick: What's wrong with you girls?
      Boomer: Yeah! You're supposed to start crying when we hit you?
      Blossom: What, are you guys new?
      Bubbles: Yeah! We're the Powerpuff Girls!
      Buttercup: And it takes a lot more than a couple of cheap shots to make us cry.

    • Mojo Jojo: (On phone) Hello -- uh, may I speak to Professor Utonium?
      Bubbles: Who shall I say is calling?
      Mojo Jojo: Oh, no one he'd know, just a curious stranger.
      Professor Utonium: (Comes and picks up the phone) Hello, Mr. Stranger. What can I do for you?

    • Ms. Bellum: What do little boys fear most?
      Bubbles: Bugs!
      Buttercup: No, Bubbles. That's what you're afraid of.
      Bubbles: Oh, yeah.

  • NOTES (10)


    • Bubbles: Sorry about your window, Mr. Looper.
      Shopkeeper: It's Cooper! COOPER!

      This line when Bubbles confuses Mr. Cooper's name at the store is a reference to Sesame Street, when Big Bird used to similarly confuse Mr. Hooper's name (the original owner of Hooper's Store), often calling him stuff like the above mentioned "Mr. Looper," including the famous 1983 episode when Big Bird learned that Mr. Hooper died ("I'm gonna miss you, Mr. Looper.")

    • The Ingredients of the Rowdyruff Boys and the Powerpuff Girls

      The ingredients of both the Rowdyruff Boys and the Powerpuff Girls are from two nursery rhymes from Mother Goose titled "What Are Little Boys Made Of" and "What Are Little Girls Made Of."

      The rhyme says: What are Little girls made of, made of? What are little girls made of? Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice. That's what little girls are made of. What are little boys made of, made of? What are little boys made of? Snips and Snails, and Puppy Dog tails, That's what little boys are made of.

    • Narrator: Those boys are b-b-bad to the bone!

      This line is a reference to the George Thorogood song "Bad to the Bone" and the hook in the chorus, in which the sound of the letter B in the word bad is repeated several times before the whole word is sung.

    • Mojo Jojo: (Gets doused in green liquid)
      When the Rowdyruff Boys douse Mojo with a cooler full of a green liquid after their victory, I found it a funny take on the NFL tradition of a team throwing Gatorade on their coach after winning an important game.