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Painbow (The Powerpuff Girls 2016)

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With emphasis on "pain!"
Part of Season: 1
Episode Number: 4
Air Date: April 6, 2016
Writer: Julia Vickerman
Diego Molano
Director: Nick Jennings
Bob Boyle
Previous episode: The Stayover
Next episode: Horn Sweet Horn

"Painbow" is the fourth episode of the The Powerpuff Girls that aired on Cartoon Network on April 6, 2016.


A rainbow causes Townsville to become unusually happy, to the point they're unaware of their destructive actions, forcing the girls to investigate the cause.

Why This Episode Is One Heck Of A Pain

  1. The episode, in general, is really awkward and confusing.
  2. The Powerpuff Girls, particularly Buttercup, act really out-of-character in this episode. Buttercup acts very rude to Ms. Keane during class.
  3. The pacing is inconsistent, as the scene where Allegro is too slow, while other scenes and pacing in the episode are too fast.
  4. Speaking of Allegro, he strikingly resembles Panda from We Bare Bears, likely showing that the crew of the reboot who made this episode are lazy. He's also supposed to be the villain, but comes off as creepy, as he forces Buttercup in one scene to hug him even if she refuses.
  5. Use of outdated 2012 slang and memes, such as "I can't even..." and "OMG! Yaaas!"
  6. Getting the Elephant out of the room: The infamous scene where Blossom and Bubbles, who are little children, twerk. This scene caused major controversy to the point where the episode was banned in some countries. In other countries, it was cut.
    • What makes this even worse is that the episode was storyboarded and even written by Julia Vickerman, who is an infamous pedophilic person.
    • This isn't the first time the Powerpuff Girls twerk. In the episode "The City of Clipsville" in the original series, the original storyboards for the teen PPGs had them as pop stars twerking while smacking their butts, which was thankfully unused.
  7. The rainbow pretty much makes everyone look high on ecstasy, which is a drug.
  8. Plot hole: For some reason, neither Blossom, Bubbles nor Buttercup was affected by the rainbow at first. It was possibly because their superpowers make them different from ordinary people, but if so, it was never conveyed, and neither was any other possible explanation.
  9. Noticeable animation errors, with one notable example being one frame having Barry over Buttercup before she trips him.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Some countries removed the twerking scene.
  2. Rainbow Land’s background design looks cool, and even its theme isn’t so bad.
  3. The title's name pun is clever.
  4. The concept of a rainbow brainwashing everyone is somewhat interesting, as long as it isn't related to a drug.
  5. Even though Buttercup was out-of-character at the beginning of the episode like the rest of the Powerpuff Girls, she is tolerable as she at least had the decency to not twerk with Blossom and Bubbles and was also disgusted with them doing that. She also defeated Allegro on her own, thus ending his chaos and saving Townsville.
  6. Good moral: There are a time and a place where you can have fun.


This episode received negativity from fans of the original series, mainly due to Blossom and Bubbles twerking, but also due to Buttercup being extremely rude to Ms. Keane and the girls using heavy modern slang. It currently sits at a 3/10 on IMDb.


  • The yelled lyrics, "Je ne sais quoi!" from the song in Rainbow Land means "I do not know what."