My stepson loves PowerPuff Girls. And so do I. Who wouldn’t love three kindergarten-aged girls, created by Professor Ultonium to be perfect little girls, with the ingredients sugar, spice and everything nice. When Chemical X is spilled into the mix, the PowerPuff Girls are created- pre-school crime fighting superheroes- Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup.
My stepson’s favourite episode, which we have watched over and over again on Netflix, is series 2 episode 1- Stuck Up, Up and Away. In it, a spoiled little girl, Princess Morbucks, joins the Kindergarten and demands to be a PowerPuff Girl. Blossom explains that she can’t be a PowerPuff Girl, because she doesn’t have superpowers. However, Princess Morbucks goes home to her dad, King Morbucks, complaining that she wants to be a PowerPuff Girl. She arrives at Kindergarten tooled up, but can’t control her weapons, and a bank robbery that Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup intended to foil goes ahead.
I had originally interpreted this as a wink at Batman, whose superpower is pretty much just being incredibly wealthy. However, I am now more inclined to think of it as hinting at billionaire former arms dealer Tony Stark, Iron Man. King Morbucks hints at Daddy Warbucks from the comic strip Little Orphan Annie, who made his fortune through war. Like Princess Morbucks, Iron Man creates a suit through which he has strength and powers, but he has none of his own.
Of course, Iron Man’s weaponised suit is used both to protect him and fight evil, and because he does it out of moral conviction after his capture by terrorists rather than as the whim of a spoiled, wealthy playboy, he can join The Avengers, whereas Princess Morbucks has no desire to fight crime, and in fact ends up attacking the PowerPuff Girls. But it’s fun to think about on the 5th repeat watch!