|“||This is a villain so evil, so sinister, so horribly vile that even the utterance of his name strikes fear into the hearts of men. The only safe way to refer to this king of darkness is simply... HIM.||„|
|~ The Narrator presenting HIM.|
|“||Oh, Mr. Quackers, am I the only one who hates those miserable little brats? [Squeaks his ducky] You hate them, too? Oh, I knew I could count on you! But how can I possibly beat them with all that love surrounding them?! [Squeaks his ducky] What's that you say? [Squeaks his ducky again] Yes! That's brilliant! Oh, Mr. Quackers, you are so smart. Quite a positively evil scheme you've hatched. And I'll finally be rid of those girls... FOREVER!||„|
|~ HIM to his toy duck Mr. Quackers, regarding his hatred for the Powerpuff Girls.|
HIM (sometimes spelled Him) is the secondary antagonist of The Powerpuff Girls franchise. He is one of the most powerful adversaries of The Powerpuff Girls, as well as one of their crueler opponents.
In The Powerpuff Girls, Him is portrayed as a mysterious, super-powerful, red-skinned, effeminate and immortal devil-like creature with lobster claws, red skin, pointed ears, black puffy hair, sinister light green eyes, a hooked nose, and a spit-curled goatee, and is wearing makeup, including three long eyelashes on each eyelid, rosy red cheeks and black lipstick, a woman's red jacket with pink tulle at the collar and hemline, tight-fitting red trousers, and black thigh-high spike-heeled boots.
It is implied that he may be Satan, due to his cross-dressing attire, but he is so sinister, so evil, so horribly vile that his real name "can never be said", though it is possible that the name "HIM" comes from "His Infernal Majesty".
In Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z, Him is not a crossdresser, but his effeminate manners remain. Here, Him is more of a harlequin-esque motif. He now has a yellow skin color, a jester's hat, a red tunic with a heart-shaped brooch and wears striped stockings (one black and white and one red and black) with Mary Jane shoes. He retains his habit of wearing makeup and changing the tone of his voice from soft and effeminate to loud and enraged.
Like the original, no one can mention his real name, because of how frightening his name is. Professor Utonium actually tells Ken the name, but the viewer is unable to hear it. Just mentioning the name frightened Ken and Peach.
|“||Mojo: Those boys were created to do pure evil, which makes me the more fit father, since I am pure evil!
HIM: Oh, I'm sorry! But nobody does evil THE WAY I DO!
|~ Mojo Jojo and HIM on who should lead the Rowdyruff Boys.|
Being one of the show's darkest entities, HIM is extremely ruthless and diabolical, possessing seemingly no motive other than personal pleasure of others suffering, treating everyone around him like toys that can be played with and broken to his heart's content. Unlike most other villains in the series, HIM learns from his mistakes and can adapt and change tactics if the situation demands it.
Also unlike most other villains, HIM frightens even the other vile criminals of Townsville, since he could quite easily destroy the world if he wanted to, but prefers to play mind games with his victims most of the time, especially the Powerpuff Girls who he constantly underestimates, being his most common downfall across all of the episodes he's featured in.
Outside of his psychopathic, bitter and domineering nature, he is generally very flamboyant, always speaking in an echoing effeminate falsetto, which changes as he gets angrier into a deep, masculine and commanding voice that can turn into monstrous growl. When not causing mayhem, HIM can be shown to be quite polite, as evidenced in "Telephonies" where the Powerpuff Girls broke into his dimension and nonchalantly and non-violently talked to them (even if he was shown to be angry afterwards, due to his rights as a citizen), as well as having a fatherly pride in "Custody Battle" where he sheds tears of joy when they made him proud about being evil (even hugging Mojo as the latter does the same), though this could just be HIM being satisfied about his competent minions showing how pure evil they are.
|“||Ohhhhh, snake beast. You didn’t destroy them at all, did you? How could you let the Powerpuff Girls HUMILIATE YOU so completely, hmmm?||„|
|~ HIM's first line, after watching the Powerpuff Girls defeat one of his monsters.|
HIM talks in a chilling voice that echoes at all times as if in a cave and which sounds like Tiny Tim alternating between high-pitched, silly and almost gentle when amused or thoughtful to evil, very sinister and growling when he is angry or enraged. He made his first ever appearance in "Octi Evil", where he possessed Bubbles's stuffed doll, Octi in an attempt to break the Powerpuff Girls up and he cleverly disguised his own voice to lure her into his trap.
His next main episode was in "Telephonies", where he is one of the villains the Girls visit to investigate the crank calls. It's also revealed that he can alter his own voice at will, changing from feminine and chirpy to masculine and angry in just a few seconds depending on his moods. He also formed a "partnership" with Mojo Jojo and Fuzzy Lumpkins when they discovered the Gangreen Gang were behind the calls. It's also shown that Mojo Jojo calls Him "Sir" and has some respect for him.
During "Tough Love", he used his own powers to spread the seeds of anger and hatred into Townsville at night which triggered the residents rising up against the Powerpuff Girls and unwillingly becoming his puppets. While most villains prefer to destroy Townsville themselves or through their own sheer strength. He often disguises himself or creates psychological events or catastrophes which he uses as an attempt to cause the Powerpuff Girls to break mentally. He has shown numerous satanic forms, most of which are revealed in apocalyptic or hellish situations or realms. These forms, in turn, can often greatly enhance his power and cause him to grow to enormous size.
In "Speed Demon", set 50 years into an alternative future and with the Girls themselves having gone missing, HIM managed to gain control of the entire planet including Townsville which in turn, resulted in his powers becoming great, and during a fight against the Girls, he was able to withstand the full force of their attacks without even bothering to defend himself.
|“||HIM: ...Are you finished?
[Close-up of Buttercup, panning slowly from her to Blossom and Bubbles. All three are sweating.]
Buttercup: No, but you are!
Blossom: [panting] Don’t you know… you can never beat us!
HIM: Beat you? But girls, don’t you see? I've already won!
|~ HIM after the inconsequential beating from the Powerpuff Girls, revealing his true power.|
He took little or no damage in the fight, even finding the Girls' actions amusing. In this setting, he was also able to change into a much larger and more sinister-looking version of himself. Luckily, the Powerpuff Girls managed to go back in time to avoid this from ever happening, though if HIM manages to outlive them, the world will end the same way.
In "Meet the Beat-Alls", Him joins forces with Mojo Jojo, Fuzzy Lumpkins, and Princess Morbucks as the 4 evil doers together formed their own band called "The Beat-Alls" which lasted for short time and later became disbanded due to the arrival of the chimp named Moko. When forced to engage in battle, he is an entity to be reckoned with, as he heralds doom in every direction.
In "The Boys Are Back In Town", he resurrects and improves The Rowdyruff Boys, though the Powerpuff Girls manage to find a way to defeat them once again.
HIM also appeared in the rock musical episode "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey", where, like other villains, he is seen causing chaos and terrorizing people in Townsville, the Powerpuff Girls when they arrive, he, like the other villains, defeating them succeed. Yet, when it comes to the Gnome, he is responsible for eliminating all the villains, including HIM, but later, when HIM and all the villains revive, the Gnome loses power.
He is also seen along with all the other villains singing "Why Can not We All Get Along?", giving to understand that it can also have redeeming features, including in his villainy.
Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z
Him here has a yellow skin color, but he retains the habit of changing the tone of his voice from soft and effeminate to loud and enraged.
Like the original, no one can mention his real name, because of how frightening his name is (Professor Utonium actually tells Ken the name, but the viewer is unable to hear it. Just mentioning the name frightened Ken and Peach).
In this version, Him is a demon who brought about chaos and destruction in Edo (Tokyo City) long ago. However, he was eventually defeated by the Ōedo Chakichaki Musume, three superheroines who resemble the Powerpuff Girls Z.
Him's powers were drained and his body was sealed in a coffin. The coffin was buried at Ueno Shrine, which later became an abandoned museum when the shrine was caught on fire long ago.
It was there that Him remained dormant, until the most potent Chemical Z black light brought him back to life, although the seal prevented Him from escaping. In order for Him to escape, Him created a mummy whose sole purpose was to undo the seal by obtaining the white energy of the Chemical Z white lights.
The mummy, although defeated by the Powerpuff Girls Z, was able to drain their energy, and its bandages returned to the abandoned museum and broke the seal on the coffin, allowing Him to bring about chaos and destruction once more. Him's main power is the ability to unleash evil black particles.
These particles are able to sway people/objects to the side of evil and transform its victim into a monster (The black particles eventually takes the place of the black lights). In addition, Him has total control over his particles. He is able to call them back at will, change the speed at which they move, communicate to his victims, and can view the memories of whoever or whatever was affected by his particles.
In actual combat, Him is capable of stretching his limbs to lash out at his enemies, control and unlock the true powers of the weapons (notably those used by the girls) and hypnosis.
Him can travel great distances by forming a black tornado. His only known weakness is his hatred of cold temperatures. His second weakness discovered in episode 49 is the emotion of love. It was His weakness to cold weather that led to his defeat at the hands of the Ōedo Chakichaki Musume as well as prevent him from leaving the abandoned house. He has a deep hatred towards the Ōedo Chakichaki Musume, which is now directed at the Powerpuff Girls Z for their resemblance to the Musume.
At the end of episode 30, he returns to the abandoned museum but swears that he will destroy the Powerpuff Girls Z. When his body and mind are separated, his mind and powers take on the form of the Black Particles while his body turns into a rag doll version of himself with X for eyes.
Powers and Abilities
|“||Poor, unsuspecting Townsville, all snug in your beds. Unaware of the evil that lurks above your heads. And so, with a flick of my wrist and a twirl of my claw, I'll be rid of those girls once and for all.||„|
|~ HIM forms a gas out of clouds that will spread hatred across the city towards the Powerpuff Girls.|
Throughout the franchise, HIM has been depicted as one of the Powerpuff Girls' most powerful enemies.
Outside of more standard powers such as super strength, durability and flight, he is able to alter his size and appearance at will, transforming into butterflies, a clock tower, and many more. In "Power-Noia" he turned into red smoke and entered the Powerpuff Girls' minds to torment them in their dreams, which means he can not only control minds (an ability he's showcased multiple times) but also manipulate dreams (and make them real), and even outside of these, HIM is capable of warping reality as he pleases, manipulating the weather, shooting energy beams of all kinds from his claws and eyes, spitting acid in one instance, teleport from his dimension to Earth, bring people back from the dead (even individuals as powerful as the Rowdyruff Boys) or give life to inanimate objects as well as possess them, potentially immortality and likely many other powers.
One of, if not his most impressive display of power is seen in "Custody Battle" where HIM at one point manipulates some scientists into sending the Earth rocketing towards the Sun. Mojo Jojo rants about how stupid this evil plan is and HIM casually stops the Earth and brings it back to its original position with a single hand gesture.
His most important and dangerous power is his ability to feed off negativity, which made him invulnerable to the Powerpuff Girls' strongest and rage-fueled attacks, as he had grown so strong even their best couldn't faze him in the slightest, as shown in the future of "Speed Demon".
- HIM was known to be Craig McCracken (creator of The Powerpuff Girls)'s favorite villain in the series.
- HIM is arguably responsible for some of the darkest episodes in The Powerpuff Girls, especially when he is the main antagonist of them.
- As a result, episodes such as "Speed Demon" and "Tough Love" are commonly included on lists of disturbing/creepy moments in cartoons.
- HIM's voice and mannerisms were inspired by the Chief of the Blue Meanies in the Beatles film Yellow Submarine.
- HIM is rumored to be another form of Aku, the shapeshifting main antagonist of Samurai Jack, while Professor Utonium is rumored to be one of Jack descendants (hence their similar physical appearance), giving a possible reason of why HIM targets the Powerpuff Girls. Furthermore, HIM's tyrannical reign seen in "Speed Demon" is rumored to be the start of Aku's reign. However, as Aku gets destroyed once and for all in the show's series finale, this theory can be considered debunked.
- Coincidentally, both HIM and Professor Utonium share the same voice actor, Tom Kane.
- HIM was originally going to have more devilish appearance during the Whoopass Girls series, such as having horns and a long devilish tail. He was also originally refered as "The Devil". It is likely that this had to be changed for censorship reasons.
- When Black Hat said HIM's name, the screen became glitched, with Dr. Flug asking why that happens everytime HIM's name is said, with Black Hat mentioning that whenever his real name is said, weird things happen.
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