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Season 1, Episode 9
Episode name pun on: The common phrase "strong armed"
Strong-Armed episode title card
Airdate: April 13, 2016
Director: Nick Jennings
Bob Boyle
Story: Haley Mancini
Writer(s): Patrick McEown
Leticia Abreu Silva
Alicia Chan
Grace Kraft
See also
"Little Octi Lost"
"Power-Up Puff"

Strong-Armed is the ninth episode of the 2016 Powerpuff Girls series. It aired on Cartoon Network on April 13, 2016.


During a fight against Packrat, Bubbles breaks her arm, and is given a cybernetic cast to allows her to continue fighting crime. However, she lets the new found power go to her head.



Major Characters

Minor Characters


  • This is the first episode of the reboot that begins with the city skyline. The Narrator is heard saying "Ah, the City of Townsville, a shiny beacon of woah, too shiny!".
  • Although the familiar episode outro screen is not seen at all in this episode, when Bubbles' gravestone (which has a picture of Bubbles hugging Octi and reads "In Loving Memory of Bubbles - The Very First Ingredient to Create the "Perfect Little Girls". - R.I.P.") is seen, the Narrator makes a reference to the familiar outro by saying "And so, once again, the day is saved, but at what cost?!" The Narrator then cries before quickly saying "Wait, what, oh, there's more?" and this then transitions to a scene where Blossom and Buttercup fly and find Bubbles. The three girls then fly home and the episode ends with Pack Rat discovering Bubbles' old robotic arm cast.
    • This can be noted as a reference to the ending of the original series episode "Twisted Sister".
    • This can also be noted as similar to the original series episode "Abracadaver," during which the Narrator grieves losing Blossom, but she survives the otherwise deadly fight. Only this time, Bubbles survives her fight with Packrat.
  • The ending of the episode makes a Superman reference. When Bubbles is trying to come up with names for a leg cast, one of the names she comes up with is "Legs Luthor" which is a reference to the main antagonist of the Superman franchise, Lex Luthor.


  • It's very ironic that Bubbles would break her arm, since the girls possess super strength and durability. Not to mention that Bubbles had been through worse situations and never broke an arm.
  • Part of Bubbles’ hair turns the color of her eyelids.
  • Bubbles’ mouth is transparent while Pack Rat's minions attacked her.
  • The scratch mark on Bubbles’ forehead disappears.
  • Destruct is misspelled "Destuct".
  • When Buttercup and Blossom cried Bubbles' name at the same time, Blossom's mouth hasn't move or not in sync.
  • When two police officers chasing few criminals in a highspeed chase, Bubbles threw them at the Townsville Police Department and when the bad guys vehicles burst through the wall, the police officers were inside the department.


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    • Why are the girls in this series so freaking WEAK? Bubbles actually breaks a bone??!! She and her sisters have taken MUCH more damage before. Y...
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