After announcing that a fourth member would be added to the superhero trio The Powerpuff Girls, a new and better look at the newest hero of Townsville has been revealed. Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup led their own animated series from 1998 to 2005, fighting against eccentric villains such as Mojo Jojo, Him, and Fuzzy Lumpkins – among many others.
The Powerpuff Girls got a reboot in 2016, sporting slight yet notorious changes in their looks and animation style, and while it did not do as well with critics, audiences embraced the new PowerPuff Girls and the series was renewed for a second season. Their makeovers were not the biggest change the series went through: Cartoon Network recently announced that a fourth member would be added to the team during the movie event The PowerPuff Girls: Power of Four. This five-part story debuted earlier today giving us a better look (and a backstory) at the new PowerPuff Girl Blisstina, aka Bliss.
Bliss has the same facial features as the other girls (as in, huge eyes and no nose) but just like her teammates, she has some unique characteristics. She has shiny, long blue hair, a purple dress, a pastel blue headband with a pink heart, a teenage figure, and is the first black Powerpuff Girl. Bliss was initially believed to be Bubble’s imaginary friend, but it was revealed that she is, in fact, the girls’ long-lost older sister.
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Just like her sisters, Bliss was created by Professor Utonium with an earlier version of his “perfect little girl” combo of sugar, spice, and everything nice. Bliss is emotionally unstable and can easily lose control of her feelings and powers, potentially causing destruction around her. After a tantrum-induced explosion, Professor Utonium thought she was gone forever. Another connection to the PowerPuff Girls mythology is that Bliss was best friends with Mojo Jojo when he was still the Professor’s lab assistant.
Ultimately, Bliss’ “dangerous” nature proved her to be an indispensable part of the family, but she still left town at the end of the episode. Cartoon Network give Bliss a heartwarming and official welcome to the family on Twitter with an image featuring the four members of the PowerPuff Girls.
As fans of the series surely remember, while Bliss is an official member of the super-team, it’s not the first time the girls have had a fourth member on board – whether they wanted or not. In season 2 of the original series, the girls attempted to create their own PowerPuff Girl, resulting in a creation named Bunny, who (sadly) didn’t live for long. During season 4, Bubbles gave a few drops of Chemical X to a wounded squirrel, named Bullet, who gained superpowers and lent the girls a hand in fighting crime. Last but not least, villainous Princess Morbucks has tried (and failed) to sneak into the team for a long, long time.
Bliss brings a lot of “firsts” to the series: the first official fourth member, the first teenage PowerPuff Girl, and the first PowerPuff Girl of color. She might have left Townsville at the end of this first episode, but she will surely come back to aid her sisters in protecting the city while also reconnecting with her father after years of isolation.