Nov. 18 marks 20 years since the debut of The Powerpuff Girls, the Craig McCracken–created cartoon that follows three kindergarten-aged girls with superpowers. The Onion looks back at the beloved show on its 20th anniversary.


1944:

Robert Oppenheimer creates the Powerpuff catalyst agent, Chemical X.


1998:

Parents across nation ask “What the heck are you watching?”


1999:

The show’s popularity spurs an alarming trend of surgical procedures to make children’s eyes the size of their entire face.

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2000:

The name “Mojo Jojo” sees an enormous spike in popularity for newborn boys.


2001:

Special 9/11 tribute episode features the girls beating the crap out of Osama bin Laden.

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2002:

Second-grader Mariah Michael is informed by her older sister that there can’t be two Bubbles so she has to be Buttercup.

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2003:

Celebrating the show’s overwhelming success, producers generously give the South Korean animation team a full hour off.

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2005:

Final episode shows all the bad guys grappling with the fact that they’re trying to beat the shit out of children.

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2008:

Eleven-year-old Jimmy Curtis insists he’s only watching a three-hour marathon of the show to make fun of it.

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2016:

Cartoon Network reboots the series on the off chance that people will enjoy watching a slightly different version of something that was previously popular.

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