The Powerpuff Girls is a Cartoon Network favorite, one with plenty of innuendos and adult jokes. During their original run, there were jokes. Yes, the dirty jokes on The Powerpuff Girls are abundant, and while some were more subtle than others, the grown-up humor is undeniably present throughout the animated series.
Interestingly enough, the show’s original development came in 1992 as a short titled “Whoopass Stew!” Obviously that concept wouldn’t be geared towards children, but after a name change, the first Powerpuff Girls pilots were shown in 1995 and 1996. While the inappropriate jokes may have been watered down, the adult humor was still slyly present in almost every episode of Powerpuff Girls.
In “Stray Bullet,” the trio is trying to decide what to name their squirrel, leading Bubbles to proclaim that she knows the squirrel is a girl because “squirrels eat nuts.” This is a bit risqué, but it’s one of those reminders that this series was initially intended to be for adults before Cartoon Network toned it down.
Ms. Bellum’s Address
69. Nice. Also “Yodel in the valley,” which, if you don’t know, is apparently a euphemism for cunnilingus.
A Little Hitler Joke
On the Christmas special episode “Twas the Fight Before Christmas,” Santa threatens to put Princess Morbucks on the permanent naughty list. The list itself includes the name “Adolph Schickelgruber.” Adolf Hitler’s grandmother’s name was Schickelgruber.
An impressive little allusion, especially for a show aimed at kids.
The Mayor Licking a Kitty Cat
In “Cat Man Do,” the Mayor licks a cat. Anybody who has heard feline euphemisms will be able to figure out what’s going on here. Thankfully, to most youngsters, a cat is just a cat.
Robyn Was an Accident
This exchange, in which Bubbles shares with another little girl that Professor Utonium made her and the girls by accident, gets a pretty surprising and dark response as she reveals that she was an unplanned pregnancy.
What a Drag
After being shown fake Powerpuff Girls who are clearly dudes in costumes of the girls, the narrator says “What a drag,” which is phenomenal pun work, and a solid joke that parents are more likely than kids to actually get.
It’s a winking reference that’s still inoffensive enough to keep parents from worrying about their child watching the show.
Blossom Was Dressed as Eric Cartman
It’s not a sexual innuendo, but South Park is a thoroughly adult cartoon, and the reference here is one a lot of younger kids wouldn’t catch.
Sedusa Stole the Mayor’s “Family Jewels”
Obviously “family jewels” is a term used for testicles, so there’s really no further in-depth way to assess this one, other than they likely thought it sounded funny to say stealing one’s family jewels when you’re referring to actual jewels.
Blossom Stuffs Her Shirt to Resemble Ms. Bellum
Ms. Bellum and her cleavage are fixtures of the series, but when the trio is stuck inside on a rainy day, Blossom decides to pretend to be Bellum. Of course, as you can see, that means heels and a padded chest.