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Super Zeroes
Season 3, Episode 7B
Episode name pun on: Super Heroes and the saying "from zero to hero"
The Super Zeroes lined up
Airdate: October 20, 2000
Credits
Director: John McIntyre
Craig McCracken
Story: Clay Morrow
Writer(s): Amy Keating Rogers
Clay Morrow
Dave Smith
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Super Zeroes is the second part of the sixth episode of season 3.

Plot

PPG Super Zeroes chart

From top to bottom: Bunny Bunny and Friends, Spore, Freedom Gal, Bubbles, Buttercup, Blossom, Harmony Bunny, Mange, and Liberty Belle respectively.

The Powerpuff Girls want to try and be better heroes. And believing that to do so they must emulate their favorite characters in their favorite comics. Blossom is Liberty Belle, Bubbles is Harmony Bunny, and Buttercup is Mange. They get their chance when a monster comes to destroy Townsville. However, there are problems now. Blossom as Liberty Belle (based on her favorite comic book heroine, Freedom Gal) drives a car (the Morality Mobile) but due to a traffic jam, she is forced to slow down. Bubbles as Harmony Bunny (based on her favorite manga character Bunny Bunny) hopped towards the monster on a pogo stick, which is as slow as Blossom now stuck in traffic. As for Buttercup, her favorite comic book hero, Spore only comes out at night, and so did she as Mange. By the time the girls finally reached Townsville, the monster already left. This went on for quite some time until the monster told the girls to be themselves and not comic book hero copycats. They thanked him for telling them to be themselves and beat him up. The monster was thankful to be defeated by real heroes.


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Trivia

  • In the second Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z! opening, Momoko (Blossom), Miyako (Bubbles), and Kaoru (Buttercup) wear the costumes based on the ones in the "Super Zeroes" episode.
  • The comics the Girls read are all based on other comic book characters. Freedom Gal is based on Silver Age superhero comics, taking inspiration from Wonder Woman (in her outfit and lasso) with some Batman (the Morality Mobile is reminiscent of the Batmobile). Spore is of course based on Spawn (indeed, the full title is "Old MacDonald's Angry Spore," a reference to Todd MacFarlane). The Great Funtime Adventures of Bunny Bunny and Friends is based on Japanese kodomomuke (children's) manga.
  • On the mayor's watch there is a creature that resembles a Jigglypuff from Pokémon.
  • The island that the monsters are living on maybe a reference to "Skull Island" from King Kong. It's more likely to be a reference to the Godzilla franchise, as monsters live on an island known as Monster Island.
  • In the French translation of PPG, Blossom's name is Belle maybe meaning her comic book name is literally Liberty Beauty.
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V" is noted for having a similar plot.
  • The Hotline is placed in the living room, whereas it is usually in the girls room.
  • Steve seems to be inspired by Hedorah from the Godzilla franchise.
  • This is the only episode when Bubbles reads and speaks Japanese on her The Great Funtime Adventures of Bunny Bunny and Friend comic.
  • Running Gag: Someone glaring at the girls for their failure to stop the monster and telling them "Better heroes, huh?" 
  • Freedom gal is a parody of Wonder Woman.
  • If the superheroes the Girls were parodying were real, they would most likely share the monster's opinion of them being copycats

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