Greetings, Rowdyruff Boys and Powerpuff Girls fans, it is I, your dear friend, Antoni with another written entry.
I am sure you can tell from the title that I have been wanting to express my sentiments with this particular question. That is, what if the Powerpuff Girls did not destroy the Rowdyruff Boys with their kisses and instead have Miss Bellum adopt the Rowdyruffs, thus stripping Mojo Jojo of his title as their “guardian”, after their debut episode? One can call it the classic case of kicking Status Quo is God by the loins, thus giving Brick, Butch, and Boomer a more loving, more stable family life without the need for petty vengeance nor animosity. Moreover, the whole convoluted insanity with HIM resurrecting the boys would never have happened, even if I enjoy “The Boys are Back in Town” though I cannot overlook how much of a torture porn episode it can be especially towards the girls and through Miss Bellum’s brand of discipline and tough love, the Rowdyruff Boys would definitely be upstanding young gentlemen to not only the girls but also Townsville in general. I am not just saying this as a shipper of my OTPs Brick x Buttercup, Butch x Blossom, Butch x Bubbles, Boomer x Blossom, and Boomer x Bubbles, but also as someone who continues to be fascinated with superhero teams consisting of more than three people, hence that is why, in my headcanon, the Ruffs and the Puffs joined forces when they were still kindergarteners to form Team Xtreme. So, without further ado, let us commence.
A Most Likely Scenario
It is true that Miss Bellum held the key to aiding the Powerpuff Girls defeating the Rowdyruff Boys by using their feminine charm. However, knowing how Mojo Jojo indoctrinated destruction, cruelty, and violence into them and used the Rowdyruff Boy as his own guns to wreak his petty vengeance on the Powerpuff Girls, Miss Bellum would brave all odds, hop on a helicopter all the way up to Mojo’s domain and confront him directly. Mojo Jojo, once noticing Miss Bellum is there, would order the boys to attack. Knowing Miss Bellum, she would tell them to cease and desist by signaling them to stop and the boys obey. What would follow is, Miss Bellum, looking Mojo Jojo directly into the eyes and letting him spill the beans of how he made the boys to exact his vengeance on the girls. Comprehending this, she would even tell Mojo that he is not truly fit to be a parent to his “creations” and, therefore, does the unthinkable. She decides to take Brick, Butch, and Boomer away from Mojo Jojo with the boys finally getting the chance to beat him up for good and for all after receiving her permission to do so. She would even have the police involved and take Mojo off to prison once again.
Brick, Butch, and Boomer would initially feel doubtful when it comes to Miss Bellum, but ultimately it would be Boomer who would show the first signs of feeling attached to their new mother with Butch and Brick eventually swallowing their pride and following suit. Moreover, now that she understands that the boys do not have real Chemical X in their systems, she would even send them to Professor Utonium to have Brick, Butch, and Boomer vaccinated with the real deal. After getting them all sorted out, Miss Bellum would even go out of her way to let the boys apologize to the girls and admit everything they have done. Eventually, Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles forgive Brick, Butch, and Boomer for their misdeeds, start becoming great friends and allies, and the boys would have a more stable, familial home by courtesy of Miss Sara Bellum.
More Character Dynamics
If the show were to go on with the Rowdyruff Boys being reformed through Miss Bellum’s influence and sense of maternal duty to her sons, Brick, Butch, and Boomer would definitely be more fully developed characters. Sure, their return found in “The Boys are Back in Town” gave them slightly more developed characters, but that is because HIM brought them back from the dead to cause more destruction and, of course, use them as his weapons in the hopes that the Powerpuff Girls are defeated. I would not mind keeping Brick’s hot-headed nature, Butch’s bouts of insanity, and Boomer’s dim-witted nature, but where my headcanon is concerned, Miss Bellum is able to find the best quality in each of her sons with Brick being brave, determined, and someone with a large-and-in-charge personality, Butch being strong, tough, equally as determined as Brick, and the overall muscle of the household and Boomer being kind, good-humored, sensitive, helpful when necessary, and just as physically strong as both Brick and Butch.
In the Bellum household, one would also see just how the Rowdyruff Boys get along with Miss Bellum as their mother. I could not only imagine Miss Bellum being the stern, firm, loving, intelligent, protective disciplinarian she is but also how the dynamics between Brick, Butch, and Boomer would function. In my Team Xtreme headcanon, Brick is both book-smart and street-smart, responsible, has a large-and-in-charge and determined personality, and has a tendency to be impulsive. Butch is impulsive, tough, rough but tends to have a softer inner side to him that he does not always want to show. Boomer is the most innocent of his brothers and his heart is always in the right place. Butch admires Brick as a brother, even though he does tend to be envious at him because of how much of a well-rounded person he is. Boomer would not only look up to Brick and Butch as his brothers but he also has the tendency to get himself into their double noogies with him. There may be crazy happening within this family, but it would be great to see how they learn from each other and grow as people.
In my Team Xtreme headcanon, Brick, Butch, Boomer, Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles are designated into these particular roles, though they can also prove themselves to be as dynamic in terms of their personalities. Brick is the large-and-in-charge, tough, street-smart, determined leader of the group and the overall eldest. Butch is the brutish, tough, strong, wild muscle of the group and the second eldest by a few minutes. Boomer is the good-humored, kind, helpful, sympathetic dumb muscle of the group and the third eldest by a few minutes. Blossom is the technology-savvy, eloquent, focused, courageous, gorgeous tactician or brainy beauty of the group who is not a damsel in distress by any stretch of the imagination and is a year younger than Brick, Butch, and Boomer. Buttercup is the rambunctious, foolhardy, tough, rough, outspoken brawler beauty of the group who is also a year younger than Brick, Butch, and Boomer. Bubbles is the lively, positive-minded, euphoric, sweet, creative, loving pacifist of the group as well as being the youngest member of Team Xtreme, as she is younger than Brick, Butch, and Boomer by two years and Blossom and Buttercup by one year. They even have equally strong allies found in Mitch Mitchelson, Mike Believe, Bunny Utonium (after her story from “Twisted Sister” left off when she was resurrected, in my headcanon, by Professor Utonium and his savvy, scientific hands), and Robin Snyder. Therefore, with this cast of young, volatile superheroes who are between the ages of 5 and 7, it becomes clear that there would be a lot of character dynamics and development that could probably give the likes of the X-Men, the Teen Titans, and the Justice League a run for their money. Besides, it is kind of a rarity to have a group of six superhero kids who are below ten years old combining their powers and saving the world from evil, as this type of job would usually be given to older superheroes, and it would probably make the likes of Brick, Butch, Boomer, Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles not only relatable to children of their age or younger but those who grew up with them.
In terms of how they would fit in the overall show, if ever Craig McCracken decided to keep the Rowdyruff Boys as allies to the Powerpuff Girls which I doubt, I could probably imagine all the epic adventures and battles all six of them would have had in “Stuck Up, Up, and Away”, “Beat Your Greens”, “Bubblevicious”, “Paste Makes Waste”, “Powerprof”, “Knock it Off”, “Nano of the North”, “Speed Demon”, “Ice Sore”, “Equal Fights”, “Imaginary Fiend”, “Cop Out”, “Members Only”, “Superfriends”, “Twisted Sister” and many other episodes that I love that I can name off the top of my head.
Especially where “Equal Fights” is concerned, where the girls not only have to deal with someone like Femme Fatale who is a straw feminist, but the boys would have also dealt with a now villainous Major Man who might con them into thinking that boys should be more dominant than girls, therefore bringing this whole question of gender roles to light but also showing that both the Ruffs and the Puffs have a duty to save Townsville and therefore show the likes of Major Man and Femme Fatale the errors of their ways and give them a good old-fashioned beatdown.
“Knock it Off” would have also heightened the stakes not only for the girls but also for the boys, as they would also do everything in their power to protect the girls from Professor Dick and his greed for Chemical X to produce more knockoff Puffs and maybe Ruffs to benefit his own business. I can even imagine Miss Bellum being extremely wary of Professor Dick considering that she is unafraid to speak her mind of how disgusting he is as a person, unlike Professor Utonium who euphemizes his experience with Dick during his college years. Ultimately, it would be Utonium’s paternal love for the Powerpuff Girls and Bellum’s love for the Rowdyruff Boys that would keep them alive as families.
“Members Only” would have not only shown how capable the Powerpuff Girls are compared to the fully grown adult male superheroes of the Association of World Super Men headed by Major Glory, but also combine the Rowdyruff Boys’ skills to demonstrate that even though all six of them are so much younger than the members of the Association of Super Men, they do have what it takes to protect the world, thus making this a question of generation of how children can be as innovative, strong, and determined as the grown-ups and even showing Mascumax the definition of never underestimating the opponents who are much younger.
The HIM-centered episodes would also go out of their way to mess with Brick, Butch, Boomer, Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles not only as individuals but also as a team, therefore playing into each of their insecurities, anxieties, and fears, as evidenced in the likes of “Speed Demon” and “Power-Noia”.
In terms of Princess Morbucks, I can also imagine her not only being jealous of the Powerpuff Girls in terms of their powers but also having, as she would deem, “boyfriends” much earlier than her and she would do everything she can to not only “be a Powerpuff Girl” but to also break the dynamics that Brick, Butch, Boomer, Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles have a superhero team, so that she could be the only “superheroine” Townsville will ever witness.
I could go on and on how the episodes would have changed if the Ruffs and the Puffs joined forces to form a six-person superhero team, but sufficed to say, they would have been really interesting to see it not only from one perspective but from many other perspectives. Moreover, more would be at risk and a lot more personalities and dynamics would be more fleshed-out.
Where Does Mr. Green Fit in As A Father?
Some of you are aware that I pair up Miss Bellum with Mr. Green as my OTP ranking alongside Professor Utonium x Miss Keane when it comes to the adults of The Powerpuff Girls universe. That is because, in my headcanon, he serves as The Rowdyruff Boys’ father and he would do an impeccable job in his paternal duties of raising the boys into upstanding gentlemen, hence Miss Bellum’s married name is Mrs. Sarah Bellum-Green and all the boys have Green as their surname instead of Jojo.
“Substitute Creature” is one of my most favorite episodes of the later seasons of “The Powerpuff Girls”, as Mr. Green is the one who steals the show as well as presenting us, the viewers, with some manga-inspired imagery of the girls’ “visions” of what they thought Mr. Green did to Miss Keane and the other students. Fortunately, the episode ends happily with Mr. Green actually being a very sympathetic person, in spite of his demonic get-up. Much like Mike Believe and Robin Snyder, Mr. Green is a one-time character I enjoy so much, that I wish he as well as Mike and Robin had more episodes to be featured in.
In my headcanon, Mr. Green serves as the Anti-HIM. Unlike HIM, who is ruthless, cruel, and borderline abusive to the Rowdyruff Boys, Mr. Green is kind, compassionate, patient, loving, paternal, and warm as a supernatural person. Much like how the Powerpuff Girls set up a date with Professor Utonium and Miss Keane, the Rowdyruff Boys would set up a sort of “Parent Trap” type of date with Miss Bellum and Mr. Green. After getting to know each other for some time, they would finally end up tying the knot, therefore establishing Mr. Green as a magnificent father figure to the boys, as he will teach them to not only end up as upstanding gentlemen but also help them with their growing powers. I can imagine Mr. Green tapping into Brick’s pyrokinesis and usage of fire breath, Butch’s wind powers and super strength, and Boomer’s lightning powers and super speed, thus ensuring discipline and paternal love to his boys.
Outside of the Ruffs’ well-established family, the Puffs’ family would also mirror that familial stability with Professor Utonium as the father and Miss Keane fitting in nicely as the mother. Therefore, Mr. Green and Professor Utonium would not only be excellent fathers to the Ruffs and the Puffs respectively but also Miss Bellum and Miss Keane would peerlessly fulfill their maternal duties.
Why Miss Bellum?
I am fully aware that Miss Keane is also a lovely candidate to be the Rowdyruff Boys’ mother figure, but Miss Bellum was and will always be the clear and proper mother figure the boys really need. Sure, Miss Keane is maternal, kind, and supportive, but Miss Bellum has that extra bite, courage, and physical strength that makes her all the more dynamic as a parental figure. I would not have had Miss Bellum as the Rowdyruff Boys’ mother if it were not for the inspiration of such artists like Intimidator777, Sweatshirtmaster, and wyattloughrie who have, therefore, solidified my interest in keeping Miss Bellum as the Rowdyruff Boys’ maternal role model in my headcanon.
Going back to Miss Bellum, I figure that she is an example of someone who does not take crap from anyone and is always willing to be upright in her beliefs and can kick butt when she needs to, see “Something’s a Ms.” as a great example of her epic battle against Sedusa. If she can take down Sedusa with her exceptional combat prowess and deal with the Mayor’s incompetence, she can certainly raise three superpowered boys and be the exceptional role model they need in their lives with Mr. Green backing her up as a superb father.
In terms of her relationship with Mr. Green, I could see her wearing the pants in this relationship, as she is the overall disciplinarian. Mr. Green would be the nurturer and the one who would provide moral support for the boys.
In terms of how she can help the boys’ relationship with the girls, she could help them show that it is not just giving gifts that would make Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles like Butch, Brick, and Boomer but also being supportive to them in their times of need that would make their relationships bloom much further.
I would like to conclude that Miss Bellum can indubitably make a great mother to the Rowdyruff Boys with Mr. Green as their father. With her savviness, courage, purely maternal love, and physical and psychological strength, she is more than capable of making a change in the Rowdyruff Boys’ lives for the better and make them grow into the upstanding gentlemen that they are, in my headcanon.
I hope you all enjoyed my essay of this alternate result of having Miss Bellum adopting the Rowdyruff Boys. Stay tuned for another submission and I will see you all on the flipside. Take care, everybody.
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