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Title: Not like I care!
Author: [livejournal.com profile] kanashimichan
Fandom: The Powerpuff Girls
Pairing: Buttercup/Ace
Word Count: 4,469
Spoilers: Several episodes of the show, the movie, and Fusion Fall




The Show
“So once again the day is saved, thanks to... The Powerpuff Girls!”


Ever since The Powerpuff Girls first debuted on Cartoon Network in 1998, it has been one of my absolute favorite cartoons. It was a superhero show, but rather than having its heroes be muscular spandex wearing adults, the heroes in The Powerpuff Girls were adorable, harmless looking little girls who could pack just as big a punch as any macho man hero could.

The plot of the show was that a town, uniquely dubbed Townsville, was constantly being terrorized by giant monsters, evil villains, and any other threatening entity under the sun. One faithful day a man living in the town, Professor Utonium, attempted to create the “perfect little girl” by mixing sugar, spice and everything nice. But an extra ingredient, the mysterious chemical X, was accidentally added to the concoction, causing three perfect little girls with superpowers to be created instead. Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup promptly dedicated their lives to fighting crime and the forces of evil plaguing Townsvile.

Though the series has come to an end it continues to have a pretty ample fanbase. It had humor, action, and a whole lot of memorable characters. The characters were personally what I liked best about the show. Two of my favorites were Buttercup, the toughest of the Powerpuff Girls, and Ace, the underhanded leader of the villainous Gangreen Gang.



Buttercup
“I need action. I need adventure. I need to punch!”


Don’t let the cute name fool you. Buttercup was undeniably the spice of the Powerpuff Girls. Fiery, red-hot, ‘burn the roof off your mouth’ kind of spice.

The green eyed puff was the most aggressive of the three, obsessed with fighting to an almost frightening degree. Nothing gave her more of a thrill than brutally pummeling her adversaries into twitching forms lying at her feet.

She didn't possess nearly the amount of patience her rational sister Blossom had, nor the amount of compassion her sensitive sister Bubbles had. Buttercup’s way of getting jobs done was to dive in throwing punches and ask questions later (or never, as she probably would have preferred). Short tempered, reckless, scrappy and full of pride. Most of the time Buttercup was a psychotic ball of uncontainable fury.

The Powerpuff Girls were symbols of justice, morality and uncorrupted goodness to their town. But while Buttercup was indeed on the side of good, out of her and her sisters she was the one who would misbehave the most often. She had a rebellious side and could be quite the bully. She was extremely confrontational, often even quick to start arguments with her own sisters. In "Boogie Frights", the Professor claimed that she liked to be an instigator.

She was very reluctant when it came to admitting and apologizing for things she did that hurt the feelings of others, such as in episodes like “Paste Makes Waste” and “All Chalked Up.” She could also be very greedy, like in "Moral Decay" wherein she purposely punched the teeth out of innocent at the time villains in order to get heaps of money from the tooth fairy.

Thankfully for Buttercup, she had had a loving, understanding father figure to discipline her teach her and her sisters right from wrong.



Buttercup, though hesitant to ever admit it, also had a soft, vulnerable side. She wanted to be loved just like any child would. She too had her share of times in which she needed to cry or be comforted. She even had moments of doubt and uncertainty in herself. In "Cover Up" she secretly kept a blanket she would hug to build up her confidence before fighting. Most of the time though it was only her family she would reluctantly let see this side of her.

The love of Buttercup's family was sometimes the only thing that could mellow her out. They were her anchor when she became too frustrated, angry or brutal. Seeing her sister Bubbles in danger in "Octi-Evil" was what made her put aside her anger at Blossom (whom she had had a big argument with beforehand) and come to her rescue. In the movie, though she was furious and bitter that no one in Townsville believed that she and her sisters were good, she still rushed alongside her sisters to save the Professor when they heard him in peril.

I can't help wondering sometimes that Buttercup might not have been the do-gooder that she was if she hadn't been fortunate to have a family that cared for her and instilled morals into her. With her many less than savory personality traits, there's reason to think she may not have ended up being all that different from some of the villains she faced, had the circumstances in her life turned out differently.



Ace
“You’re talkin’ to Ace, kid. There ain’t no ‘Misters’ here.”


Tall, arrogant, rude and dangerous. Ace was a greasy, slick haired punk who embodied the archetypal bad boy (albeit with green skin). With long oily black hair, a scraggly mustache and a dark pair of intimidating shades to give him an air of mystery, this ruggedly good looking gangster made rest of his delinquent buddies look even trashier by comparison. He was the unquestionable leader of the Gangreen Gang, demanding both respect and fearful obedience out of his four lackeys. When angered or annoyed by any of them (particularly the serpent-like Snake), he was quick to deliver a punch that swiftly put them back in their place.

The Gangreen Gang were a group of five mean-spirited adolescent hoodlums who were presumably homeless because they lived in a wooden shack in Townville's garbage dump. Each appeared to have a deformity or mutation of some kind, making them up of a hunchback, a midget, a cyclops, a half human/half reptilian creature, and a fang bearing leader. The one physical trait they shared was their sickly-green colored skin. It was never confirmed if the gang had the disease gangrene, as their name implied. Not much was ever really known about them. Unlike Mojo Jojo, the only villain on the show who was given a backstory, the Gangreen Gang's origins were left unexplained.

Now when compared to other villains on the show the gang was admittedly not that big of a threat. They had no powers or access to destructive weapons like so many other baddies did. Small time crime was more their thing, such as making prank calls, defacing Townsville with graffiti, stealing junk food from convenience stores and terrorizing small children and old ladies. The Powerpuff Girls considered them more of a nuisance than an actual criminal element. A few punches was all it took leave the guys defeated and unconscious in a pile.

But underestimating the gang often led the girls into deadly situations. In "Buttercrush" Ace had the rest of the gang try to kill Blossom and Bubbles while he distracted Buttercup, nearly succeeding (I'll go into more detail about this particular episode later). In "Power Lunch" the gang temporarily acquired superpowers after being blasted with lasers by the girls after eating a bunch of candy. In a matter of seconds they turned the tables on the girls, quickly mastering their new abilities and coming dangerously close to crushing the girls into a messy pulp.

In "Aspirations", after being secretly trained by the bald (thus powerless) revenge seeking villainess Sedusa, the gang was able to steal three closely guarded ancient artifacts right underneath the Powerpuff Girls’ nonexistent noses. When the artifacts were delivered to the bald-headed seductress, she became an enormous snake haired, laser shooting terror who almost left Townville in fiery ruins (this is another episode I will expand upon later).

Ace possessed a surprisingly cunning mind and knew how to take advantage of however little he and his gang had. Coupled with a charismatic charm and ability to smooth talk his way out of things, he could be capable of being quite the menace. He was apparently also more patient then people would think he was, seeing how he never lost his cool when it came to the gang’s most dim-witted member, Billy. In "Slave The Day" the Powerpuff Girls couldn’t even stand to put up with the feeble minded lug for more than one night before snapping at him in frustration.



But as intimidating as Ace tried to be, behind that cruel snaggletoothed grin and swaggering walk he was in actuality a coward. When plans fell apart or situations turned against his favor, he wouldn’t hesitate to flee. The rare times when the audience got a glimpse at the gangster’s eyes from behind his ever-present shades, they would usually look wide, petrified and uncharacteristically vulnerable.

He constantly surrounded himself by his fellow gang members to make himself look and feel tougher, and only bullied those who were much weaker than him. Many times the reason a person feels the need to bully others is because they are trying to avoid facing up to their own insecurities, and that may have very well had been the case with Ace.

Though they were villains, I don't really think the Gangreen Gang was all that evil. They certainly tried their best to be, but they came across more as being rebellious without a cause than genuinely wicked. Again I can't help wondering that if the circumstances of these characters' lives had also turned out differently, they may not have felt so compelled to lash out against Townsville. And really, if you were a homeless, family-less mutant teen living in a garbage dump, you would probably be a little upset at the world too.



The Pairing
"Oh no! Looks like Buttercup is looking for love in all the wrong places."


Why do I support this pairing? Why does this pairing even exist? It could easily seem inappropriate to some and there are understandable reasons why people might be turned off by it. For one thing there’s a notable age difference between the characters. There's also the fact that one of them is good and the other is bad. One manipulated the other, and that said other utterly hated his guts for it (or at least she tried to).

Even so, I can’t help being drawn to this pairing. Someone as cool and collected as Ace would have been a good balance for fiery, irrational Buttercup, and a domineering person like Buttercup, capable of whipping his lazy butt into shape, would have been good for Ace too. They had so much in common with each other that if it hadn’t been for their hero and villain labels they could have easily been good friends.

But yes, the age difference can be discomforting. Buttercup and her sisters were all born physically five years old, and in one episode they had a birthday, making them each six. Meanwhile Ace was in his late teens, sixteen or seventeen. He was at least under the age of eighteen because in one episode it was mentioned that he and his gang were at juvenile hall. If he had been over eighteen he would have surely gone to prison instead. A 10-11 year age difference can understandably sound daunting, but once both characters are adults the difference wouldn’t be as startling. When Buttercup is, say for example, 27, Ace would be around 38. And besides, this was a pairing that would have needed to take its time. Both characters had a lot of maturing to do before they could be ready for a relationship.

Another argument one could make against this pairing is that Ace, as well as the entirety of the Gangreen Gang, were evil. Well like I stated earlier, I don’t think evil is the right word to describe the gang. An episode called "Bought and Scold" opened with the narrator of the show using one word to describe some of Townsville's most commonly seen villains, and the word used for the gang was "unprincipled," which I think was perfectly fitting. It’s evident that the gang’s members were never taught right from wrong. They were relatively young too (only in their teens) and mentioned once that they had never gone to school. Had they been more privileged they would have probably turned out differently. And it wasn’t unfeasible for them to possibly be reformed or to grow out of their rebellious phase over time.

Also, the people of Townsville were very ignorant of things that were strange and different to them. They feared and scorned that which they didn't understand. A good example of this was in the episode “Monstra City” where the giant monsters that lived on the nearby Monster Island were evicted from their home and had to live alongside the people of Townsville. The townsfolk did not stand for it and formed an angry mob, attempting to run the monsters out of their city. In the movie the people of Townsville had even originally rejected the Powerpuff Girls until they saw that the girls' powers could be used to protect them. There's reason to think that some of the girls' more abnormal looking villains may have been discriminated against in the past also.

"Buttercrush"


The episode “Buttercrush” was where the shipping got it's start. It was the episode in which the Gangreen Gang made their first appearance on the show, and in it Buttercup developed a schoolgirl crush on Ace, attracted to his “bad boy” image. Crush may even be an understatement. She was completely enamored with him. Whenever the girls came across the gang, Buttercup’s usual hardened expression would melt into one of being helplessly love struck.

I find it interesting that out of all three girls, Buttercup, who was labeled as the tomboy, was the one who appeared to like the idea of being in love the most. Another similar moment that sticks out in my mind was in “Slumbering With The Enemy,” the episode where she and her sisters hosted a slumber party. When she and her sisters and friends were looking at pictures of boys in magazines, Buttercup had had an uncharacteristically romantic, swooning look on her face, whereas her sisters had only looked curious and shy. Buttercup had also seemed to harbor some affection for her friend and Pokey Oaks Kindergarten classmate Mitch Mitchelson.

Even though she was the “tough” one, Buttercup had apparently longed to love someone.

When Ace took notice of Buttercup’s infatuation with him, he promptly used it to his advantage, sweet talking her into getting him and his gang out of a few Powerpuff beatings. He even invited her to hang out with him and his gang. Buttercup delightedly took up his offer, and at night while her sisters slept she secretly flew off to Townsville dump to see the green object of her affections. Despite being a superhero who was supposed to stand for justice and morality, she happily took part in the gang’s delinquent mischief making and agreed to visit again the following night.

But Ace’s true intentions were to use Buttercup. As soon as she left he revealed to his gang that with a Powerpuff Girl on their side, they could get away with whatever villainous acts they wanted. Ace even went so far as claiming they could control the entire town. The only obstacles in his scheme were Blossom and Bubbles, whom would have to be done away with. The following night when Buttercup returned, he had the rest of the gang lure Blossom and Bubbles to the dump and attempt to kill them while he distracted Buttercup from hearing her sister's helpless screams. His plan would have succeeded had Buttercup not accidentally found it out.

When Buttercup realized that Ace had been manipulating her all along she was furious. After quickly rescuing her sisters, she brutally beat the lying gangster and his lackeys senseless.



From then on Buttercup was especially hostile towards the Gangreen Gang in particular. More so than she was with any other villains. While her sisters would only give the gang looks of disapproval whenever encountering them, Buttercup would downright glare with a teeth grit scowl. The gang by far weren’t the first villains to try to bring harm onto her sisters. Several other villains came close to ending all three of the girls’ lives throughout the run of the show. Yet it was the gang’s attempt that sent Buttercup into the most rage.

I don’t think Buttercup would have stubbornly held such a large grudge if she hadn't felt hurt by Ace's deception. She had sincerely liked him and his gang and had enjoyed being one of them for a short while. With them she had been free to act out and be as mischievous as she wanted without fear of being reprimanded for it as she normally would have at home with her family. There was an unspoken feeling of mutual acceptance within the gang, despite the rough way the guys regarded each other, and Buttercup had seemed to like the idea of being part of that.

The Comics


Buttercup supposedly never fully got over her first love (as much as she wanted to). There were several instances in Powerpuff Girls comic books, for example, where her sisters would teasingly bring up her old infatuation with Ace, and Buttercup would deny it furiously every time. Except in an issue called “Rock Girls, Rock” in which the girls competed against Mojo Jojo and the Gangreen Gang in a music competition. The gang, as unimaginable as it sounds, entered as a boy band (and their performance was apparently pretty good).



While watching the gang perform, Bubbles brought up the crush again. Instead of snapping angrily and denying it as she usually would have done, Buttercup turned away embarrassed, simply saying “No comment!” while having a noticeable blush on her face.

"Aspirations"


It wouldn’t be until the sixth and final season of the show for karma to finally catch up to Ace for what he did to Buttercup. The episode “Aspirations” opened with the Powerpuff Girls patrolling Townsville at night, searching for any possible crime. Things seemed calm however, irritating Buttercup who wished aloud for some action. The girls then came across the Gangreen Gang simply standing around in the shadows below them.

Bubbles: (to Buttercup) The Gangreen Gang? You wished for them?
Buttercup: No!
Bubbles: I thought you were over them.

After a long pause wherein Buttercup silently glared at her blonde sister, she finally answered bitterly,

Buttercup: Why you gotta bring up old stuff?

It’s clear that even after so much time, the old incident still bothered her. Throughout this episode Buttercup went out of her way to insult the gang, like poking fun at the fact that they lived in a garbage dump. She took the most pleasure in putting the gang down than she did with any other villains. Again this makes me believe Buttercup wouldn’t have been so resentful of the gang if she hadn’t felt hurt by what Ace did to her.

The girls at first simply dismissed the gang of being capable of any serious crime and flew off to look for real criminals. They found nothing, but were then informed the next day that that very night an ancient scepter was robbed from the Mayor’s office. The thieves left no sign of evidence. The following night, the girls again saw the gang and again dismissed them. Then the following morning they found that yet another artifact had been stolen. It turned out that all along it had indeed been the Gangreen Gang committing these perfectly executed robberies. The girls couldn’t believe it when they found out and were angry with themselves for not realizing it. Buttercup was especially upset over it.

The gang had became the villainess Sedusa’s minions. She had trained them to steal the ancient artifacts for her, for the artifacts when brought together would grant her great power. Not only would the artifacts grow back her moving snake-like hair that the Powerpuff Girls had cut off in a previous episode (leaving her powerless), but they would also make her able to destroy the town without the girls being able to stop her.

The members of the Gangreen Gang were all too happy to loyally do as the villainess asked, even bowing at her feet in reverence and calling her their queen. Ace in particular was very smitten with the seductress, being the most eager to submissively grovel before her. Though he prided himself on being the big tough leader of his gang, he was perfectly fine with being her devoted slave and letting her boss him around.



Right off the bat people would think that lust was the reason behind the gang's allegiance to Sedusa. After all, seducing was what she was known for and the Gangreen Gang were a bunch of teenage guys. I would be lying if I said lust hadn’t played a part in it. The gang literally melting into a puddle of green goo at the mention of Sedusa giving them a “reward” for their efforts would certainly be enough to raise a few eyebrows. Even Buttercup assumed this when she and her sisters found out Sedusa was the mastermind behind the gang’s crimes.

Buttercup: (spitefully when watching the gang bow before Sedusa) Typical guys. See a few curves, turn into gibbering idiots.

Her sisters stared at her for a long moment until she quickly added with a defensive shout,

Buttercup: NOT LIKE I CARE!!

But it turned out the gang saw more in Sedusa than a sex object. They also saw a mother figure in her. She told them that she loved them and they faithfully believed her. Unlike the girls, the gang had no parental figure in their lives. They had no one who cared for them and accepted them despite their abnormalities. Even though they were villains they were still pretty young, and like any other children, deep down they actually wanted to be loved.

Ace even more than the rest of his gang adored Sedusa. Judging from the helplessly lovesick look he gave her, similar to the one Buttercup once gave him, it was clear that he was in love with the seductress.

When the gang presented their queen with the final artifact she had asked for, a golden tiara, it transformed the power-hungry woman into a colossal giantess as soon as she placed it upon her head. Her deadly living locks of hair grew back in a flash, only now the ends had been replaced with black hissing snake heads. Sedusa laughed maniacally and wasted no time in destroying the town with her newly gained power. She was so powerful that not even the Powerpuff Girls could defeat her. She then remembered the gang, who once again placed themselves groveling at their evil queen’s feet, asking for the reward she had promised them. They were devastated when Sedusa revealed she had been lying to them and using them the entire time.

Sedusa: Aw, my sweet boys. (snapping) YOU PATHETIC FOOLS! You served your purpose, now SCRAM!

Ace: (stunned, with a quivering voice) But... mommy loves us. She loves us...

Sedusa: Ha! You’re nothing to me. I used you like the losers you are. I never loved you. I got what I wanted and now I’m gone, baby – and so are YOU!



Her betrayal left them crushed. The Powerpuff Girls saw a completely different side of the Gangreen Gang then – a human side. They brokenheartedly revealed to the girls how to stop the villainess (by removing the tiara from her head), and once back to her small, bald, powerless self, Sedusa tried asking the gang to help her again, gushing out a new string of lies and promises. For a brief moment Ace’s tough guy facade disappeared and the gangster stood looking at the deceitful seductress with actual tears in his eyes.

Buttercup, for all her toughness and brutality, actually longed to love someone...
... and Ace, for all his crookedness and cruelty, actually longed to be loved.

That, in a nutshell, is why I support this pairing.

Buttercup would have to finally let go of her pride and find it in herself to give forgiveness, while Ace would have to mature and get past his own past issues, whatever they might be, before the characters could have something together. They would both need time to grow up. But once they finally do, the tomboy and pretty boy could possibly find a soul mate in one another. At least I think they could.



Fusion Fall


When talking about this pairing I can’t help bringing up Fusion Fall. For those who haven’t heard of it, Fusion Fall is a Cartoon Network online video game that involves characters from various Cartoon Network shows. The Powerpuff Girls are there, as well as the Professor, the Mayor and a handful of villains.

The game takes place in an alternate universe of sorts, and there are slight changes in many of the characters. The girls for example were made much older, appearing to be in their teens. The Gangreen Gang are in the game also, but they’ve given up crime to form a rock band. A subplot of the game involves Buttercup being separated from her family and getting amnesia after a battle with Mojo Jojo. She is found by Ace who takes her into his band under the name Belladonna.

Buttercup eventually regains her memory, but instead of returning to her family she chooses to stay with Ace and his gang. The two are even dating each other. I know it has no bearing on what is canon on the show, but it still makes the fangirl in me quite giddy. I found it interesting that the versions of these characters in the Fusion Fall universe were able to find a friend and lover in each other due to issues they both had being resolved: Ace putting his delinquent ways behind him, and Buttercup finally being able to forgive him.



Fan Works


This pairing is unfortunately a little on the neglected side amongst the PPG fandom. But fans do exist, and plenty have used their wonderful talents to draw fanart and write fanfiction dedicated to the tough Puff and her rogue Romeo.

Art
PPG All Grown Up and PPG Buttercrushed by Kanashimi-chan (the picture above was also drawn by me)
PPG ::Ace X Buttercup:: and Scrap - Acecup by Inner-D
Ace- crazy for you by VikaLC
PPG – GLAMOURUS ROCK STARS by Bradsgurl
Punk and Tomboy by Mintchoco
Buttercrush by Aznara
Buttercup, Ace by TheAur0ra
PPG: Umbrella by Mad-Hatter-LCarol
PPGs: Buttercup and Ace by Alicornmoonstar

Fanfiction
Buddacups by Kokolo
Headlock by Person4 (Rated T)
Build me up, Buttercup by Pixiestick013 (Rated: T)
Aurora by Aurora (Rated: M)
Trainwreck by NightOfAThousandDreams (Rated: T)
Aftermath by Cristy Demonwrath (Rated: T) (Also contains Ace/Snake)



Closing


I'd like to give a big shout out and thanks to many of the cool people I've met upon entering the PPG fandom. Particularly those over at the PPG Rants community. They're some of the most insightful, intelligent and hilariously funny individuals I've ever had the good fortune of meeting. Also large thanks to Commander30, Incylilspider, Alicornmoon, and Amilolomy, whose wonderful shipping essays inspired me to write my own.

And of course thank you to Craig McCracken and all the talented people responsible for bringing us The Powerpuff Girls in the first place.

Date: 2010-03-08 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-tox.livejournal.com
This is a pairing I never expected to see.

I loved Power Puff Girls when I was little, and Buttercup was my favourite, so I just had to read this. Good job on this essay.

This little manifesto is very effective in telling why this couple is good, and made me very convinced. So again, good job <3

Date: 2010-03-08 08:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] haku-kaen.livejournal.com
Here's where I admit that I started playing Fusion Fall purely because I heard about the "Belladonna"/Ace plot and wanted to check it out.

Date: 2010-03-08 11:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] haku-kaen.livejournal.com
Sadly, I can't actually get to them until they finish making the whole game free for all, since I won't pay to play an MMORPG so I'm stuck in the future until they do. Luckily that's supposed to happen soon.

But if the game ran better on my computer I might have actually considered dropping the six bucks on a month of it just to get to them quicker, because I've had a fic idea bubbling the the back to my head since hearing the gist of their story and it would be nice to finally know if it'll actually work with the canon of the game.

Date: 2010-04-30 02:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] haku-kaen.livejournal.com
Hi again! I always feel kind of embarrassed pointing out fic I've written to somebody else, but since I probably never would have actually gotten around to writing the story if it hadn't been for this conversation I thought you might like to know that I finally started working on it after getting the series boxed set for my birthday last week and just posted the first chapter. (http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5933802/1/Headlock)

I finally decided that since what I wanted to write was the build up of their relationship from when he found her to they point they're at in the game I could just strip out all Fusion Fall-specific elements of the story and just write a version of it set in the original canon.

Date: 2010-05-08 10:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] haku-kaen.livejournal.com
Thank you for reviewing! I'm so glad that you like it so far since, without this conversation I probably would have kept sitting on the idea forever and never gotten around to actually writing it out. I hope it keeps entertaining you as it goes on, though I probably won't keep flying through it at three chapters a week. *g*

Date: 2010-03-08 11:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] midoriri.livejournal.com
Heee...This manifesto makes the fangirl in me very giddy and love you. ^_____^

Date: 2010-03-09 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] commander30.livejournal.com
Oh wow... this was EPIC. XD I've never had an opinion either way about these two, buuut... I think I may be shipping them pretty hardcore now. XD Your pointing out how obviously hurt Buttercup was by Ace's betrayal that was shown throughout different seasons even (in a show that wasn't too tied down to continuity) and Ace's vulnerable side that wants to be loved reminded me a lot of the similar sides shown to Mojo and Blossom... and since those are major factors in why I ship Mojo/Blossom...

...yeeeeep, I think we can officially say you've converted me! XD

Very nice job on this! I'm so pleased to see the little collection of PPG ship manifestos that we've got going here. :)

Date: 2010-03-09 07:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] incylilspider.livejournal.com
Aweesooome!!!1111!!

(Fangirl squeal.)

I just. Loved. This.

If I didn't support Buttercup/Ace already you would've converted me in a heartbeat. ^^

Date: 2010-03-09 01:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alicornmoon.livejournal.com
I was fifteen when PPG started, and for the longest time I thought he was an adult (in his 20's) and not a teenager...up until I got the boxset even...And I always shipped them XD

Date: 2010-03-10 04:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] last-haven.livejournal.com
...I have the intense urge to start playing Fusion Fall now!

Great job on this--I never had much of an opinion on this pairing before, but I gotta say, you've totally won me over.

Date: 2010-03-14 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dark-precipice.livejournal.com
So good! So convincing! I must admit I shipped these two before I read your manifesto, but now... now I can see the pairing from a completely new angle. Thank you for writing this!

Date: 2010-04-01 02:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aur0ra-is-here.livejournal.com
I love this so. damn. much. >3< and yay you added my fanart and fanfic to the fanworks list! :D I'm very flattered! ^_^

Date: 2010-04-13 05:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alicornmoon.livejournal.com
You know I've thought it over and over now and I really think if the show had gone on just a tiny bit longer the pairing would have gotten cannon all over again..It's a shame they had to go off thinking there were no good stories left to tell :(

Date: 2010-05-13 12:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cassandrablue.livejournal.com
So late but I really do need to inform you: I have been converted.

When PPG first began to air I was only seven, so I wasn't thinking of any pairings. Not even the oh-so-popular PPG/RRB thing that seems to be all over Fanfiction.net... But now that I've grown up quite a bit, the romantic in me has developed and well... I have pairings for pretty much everything XD

But Powerpuff Girls didn't have any ships for me. At least, I didn't think so until I read this manifesto. There really is a substantial amount of evidence for Ace and Buttercup; I didn't even remember these episodes until reading this. But now I remember them, and here I am.

Congrats for performing a convert :D

Date: 2010-06-11 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] genaleah.livejournal.com
I finally got around to reading this!! It's so good! ;__; I already supported this pairing, but you bring up all of the reasons that it makes sense, it makes me love it more<3
You really did your research too, there's a ton of examples!
I think the whole concept of the Gangreen Gang is pretty sad, they're just a bunch of confused mutant teenagers in a completely appearance-obssessed town. It's no wonder they've wound up the way they have!

Date: 2010-06-13 04:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] genaleah.livejournal.com
Yeah, poor guys! <8c I really wish that the series had taken the time to explain the motives of the other villains instead of just Mojo Jojo.

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