Butchercup

Reflections on a Boat Ride drawn by me

This is my submission for the Butchercup Boat Ride Contest hosted by fellow DeviantArtist kuraikitsune13. A lot of time and thought was placed not only in making this drawing come to fruition but also my little scenario behind this, especially correlating to my previous work in which I discussed how my most beloved OTPs Brickercup, Blossutch, and Boomubbles came to be and I mentioned a detail present in the first two of my OTP ships. So, I hope you all enjoy this.   This picture takes place in the summer of 2009 when Butch was 17 and Buttercup was 16 and were about to enter the eleventh grade. Here’s the scenario.   Narrator: The City of Townsville and what a quiet night for our usually loud green fighters of Team Xtreme, Butch and Buttercup, to have a moment with each other on the lake.   (Butch and Buttercup are walking at the docks when they spot a sign that says “Boat Rides $1.50 for two people”.)   Butch: Hmm…A dollar-fifty for two people. What do ya say to that, BC?   Buttercup: You know what, Butcher? Let’s go. Besides, I think we can hop on the one that has the design of a huge duck.   (Butch and Buttercup chuckle. After that, they pay the ticket man and take the huge duck boat, as Butch starts rowing with Buttercup sitting at the opposite side from him.)   Butch: It’s such a pretty night ain’t it?   Buttercup: Yeah. It sure is. It’s not like daytime where we yell at each other for God knows what.   Butch: BC, you know we do it all the time. I guess it’s just our way of showing that we love each other.   Buttercup: Well, in a demented way. After all, we’re just a couple of crazy hotheads in love with each other.   (Buttercup chuckles. Then silence.)   Butch: Buttercup.   Buttercup: Yeah, Butch.   Butch: Are you enjoying yourself?   Buttercup: Yeah, why wouldn’t I? Can you believe that we’re having a moment together without either of us shouting our guts out?   Butch: I guess. Usually, we would always be…um…what’s the word Blossom likes to use in Chemistry and English Literature? It starts with a V.   Buttercup: Volatile?   Butch: Yeah, that’s the word I’m looking for, volatile. We’d usually be volatile towards each other. I mean that’s who we are. No one can change that for us.   (Buttercup sighs with a reflective frown on her face. Butch mans the duck boat back to shore and the Greens get out of that said boat. They then find a place to sit.)   Butch: BC, are you okay?   Buttercup: Butch, I’ve been thinking. I know that we went out with each other for a year.   Butch: Seriously? Has it been a year? Man!   Buttercup: And I know that every time we’re together we always shout at each other, kiss and make up, and finally go back to square one. Don’t you think it’s ridiculous and stupid?   Butch: Butterbabe, come on, that’s who we-   Buttercup: Don’t give me that “that’s who we are” crap, Butch! (sighs) The point is, I think we need to…I just think we need to break up, Butch. That’s what I wanna say, we need to break up.   Butch: Buttercup, what’s making you say this?   Buttercup: I just don’t think we’ll work as an item. But it would be cool if we just stayed friends. That’s what we’ve always been, even back in our brat days, though we were more of frenemies if you know what I mean.   Butch: Yeah. Usually, I’d get angry about it but it’s cool with me.   Buttercup: I wanna tell you something, Butch.   Butch: I’m all ears.   Buttercup: I think I’m more interested in someone else.   Butch: Mitch?   Buttercup: No. As if I would be interested in him. After all, he and Princess called it quits way before summer break started and now it seems like he’s feeling cozy with Bunny.   Butch: Oh, then is it one of my brothers?   Buttercup: For sure.   Butch: Boomer?   Buttercup: Like Hell, I would date him. He’s practically on the verge of getting married to Bubbles for all I care. Fine, it’s Brick.   Butch: Brick?   Buttercup: Don’t get me wrong, Butch, you’re cool and we three have always been the best of frenemies since Kindergarten with Boomer being more of my childhood friend. There was always something about him I really, really like. It could be his charisma. It could be how street-smart and book smart he is. It could be anything and everything about Brick. I’ve always looked up to him. Even when we were fighting each other, I deeply respect the guy. Sometimes I think to myself how wrong it would be for me to say that I love him, but I couldn’t. Then I ended up going out with you and look where we are. Too bad he’s still with Blossom. I don’t know how Cap Dude and Leader Girl Red will last considering how much they compete with each other for who gets to be the top student in the class and I don’t know if it’s gonna end well. Bottom line is, I’m crazy for your “big bro” it’s just that Bloss ended up getting to him first in the relationship department.   Butch: Well, now that you mentioned Blossom, I just wanna say that I always had a major crush on her.   (Buttercup raises her eyebrow in disbelief.)   Buttercup: You like Blossom?! Wouldn’t she be the last person you ever wanna date?   Butch: That was when we were Kindergarten brats, BC. I mean, come on, I’m seventeen and you’re sixteen. Times are different now and we’re a bunch of raging hormones.   Buttercup: True, but Blossom? Seriously? Don’t you think she’s too much of a nag for…

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Eat You Alive! drawn by me

This piece of Rowdyruff/Powerpuff fan art is dedicated to a fellow DeviantArtist, talking2mazelf. I wish you a most pleasant, prosperous, and blessed birthday and keep up the great work you have with your Powerpuff Girls fan art. It appears that the awesome members of Team Xtreme have gotten themselves into another bloody monster battle and another piece of trouble seems to be looming over them. However, given their expressions here, thus bearing a certain Yandere vibe, one can say that perpetrators better run like bats out of Hell, lest they encounter themselves with death, destruction, and an ultimatum to end all ultimatums. Narrator: The City of Townsville…is under attack by three giant monsters! (Three hulking monsters, one aquamarine, one dark blue, and one violet, are crashing some buildings. Team Xtreme consisting of Brick, Butch, Boomer, Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles arrive flying swiftly in the scene.) Narrator: No need to fear for Team Xtreme is here. Brick: Butch, you and Buttercup handle the one in aquamarine. Bubbles, you and Boomer take care of the one in violet. And Bloss. Blossom: Yes, Brick. Brick: Let’s take care of Mr. Midnight Blue. Blossom: Affirmative! (Brick and Blossom fly to the dark blue monster and zap it with their laser eye beams in order to weaken it. However, the monster uses its claws to slash Brick’s and Blossom’s clothes. The reds don’t give up, as Brick uses his fire breath to roast the monster and Blossom uses her ice breath to immobilize it.) (Cut to Boomer and Bubbles.) Boomer: All right, Bubbles. You ready to give him the sonic shock ball. Bubbles: You bet, Boomie! (Boomer and Bubbles have electricity surging out of their hands, as they form an electric ball. They then throw it to the violet monster giving it the shock of its life.) (Cut to Butch and Buttercup.) Butch: Yo, BC! Let’s say we bust this big, ugly thing up. Buttercup: Heard ya loud and clear, Butcher! (Butch and Buttercup clap their hands sending strong shockwaves to the aquamarine monster. After that, all six members of Team Xtreme assemble.) Brick: All right, team! Butch: Let’s end this! (Brick, Butch, Boomer, Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles power up and a surge of energy flows within their bodies. They charge at the monsters with one explosive punch. Brick and Butch knock the aquamarine monster out cold. Boomer and Blossom punch the violet monster, thus being covered in blood and guts. Finally, Buttercup and Bubbles punch out the dark blue monster. After that, all six superheroes land on the ground as the monsters’ corpses rain down on them. Moreover, they are covered in blood.) Narrator: Wow! Now that’s teamwork right there. But what’s this? It looks like there has been a prison breakout and those prisoners are about to attack Team Xtreme! What are they to do now? (Brick, Butch, Boomer, Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles turn to the direction of the escaped convicts. Their glares are enough to make them stop dead in their tracks.) Prisoner 1: Well, if it ain’t Team Xtreme themselves. What’cha gonna do? Use your powers on us? (The escaped prisoners laugh. However, the six superheroes are unfazed by their puerile remark.) Prisoner 2: If you ain’t gonna attack us, we’re gonna attack you! (The escaped prisoners then band together and mercilessly beat up all the members of Team Xtreme, thus giving them bruises, black-eyes, lacerations, broken noses, broken teeth, and more blood coming out from their bodies.) Prisoner 1: Guess you ain’t so tough after all! Prisoner 3: Yeah! (Just as the escaped prisoners are about to leave, ominous chuckling is being heard and it’s coming from Brick, Butch, Boomer, Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles.) Narrator: Oh, no. I don’t like the sound of this. Something wicked this way comes and it can’t believe it’s from Team Xtreme. (The ominous chuckling gradually turns to maniacal laughter as Brick, Butch, Boomer, Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles turn to the direction of the escaped prisoners. Their faces bear a sadistic and twisted grin, as if though they are harbingers of doom, death, destruction, and despair.) Brick: You know what? You punks should never have done that. (Brick cracks his neck and rolls his shoulders.) Butch: Now that I think about it you’re all gonna die this very instant and it’s gonna be exciting. (Butch is twitching and lets out a low, animalistic growl.) Boomer: Man, talk about a bad time to escape. (Boomer cracks his knuckles.) Blossom: It seems that your idle hands are doing the devil’s work and you might as well abandon hope. (Blossom prepares her fists for punching.) Buttercup: Now you morons are gonna get it. (Buttercup puts her left fist in her right hand.) Bubbles: We’re gonna enjoy punishing you all. (Bubbles stretches her legs and emits a low, wicked cackle.) Brick: And you know what we’re gonna do to you? Butch: You know what we’re gonna do to you all? (Brick, Butch, Boomer, Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles lick the blood off of their gloves, off of their skin, and off of their mouths. After that, they swallow their own blood and emit a sigh of satisfaction.) Brick, Butch, Boomer, Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles (in an ominous, spine-chilling tone and twisted grins still on their faces): We’re gonna eat you alive. (The escaped prisoners are quivering with terror.) Prisoner 1: Please have mercy on us. Prisoner 2: We didn’t mean to attack you all. Prisoner 3: We just wanted to have some fun. Right? Other prisoners (nervously): Yeah, that’s right. (Brick and Butch cackle.) Brick: Oh, have fun? (Brick twitches and his red aura powers up.) Butch: After what you’ve done to us?! (Butch twitches and his forest green aura powers up.) Boomer (ominously): You pissed us off for the last time. (Boomer twitches and his cobalt blue aura powers up.) Blossom (in a cold tone): Now. Give us one good reason why we should not rip you all apart. (Blossom twitches and her pink aura powers up.) Buttercup (coldly):…

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Welcome to the Lions’ Den drawn by me

This piece of RRB/PPG fanart, known in my headcanon as the superhero team Team Xtreme, is dedicated to a fellow DeviantArtist, Petia or jailbaitCAT, who is celebrating her birthday. So, jailbaitCAT, I hope you enjoy my gift to you. Your Rowdyruff Boys/Powerpuff Girls fanart is completely amazing and entertaining and they leave me with a huge smile on my face. I wish you a great birthday and lots of love to you. It is commonplace that lions stick and fight together as one pride. Well, for Team Xtreme they are proof positive. Moreover, it looks like our dear Team Xtreme members have gone feral, as in they are acting like lions roaring at the top of their lungs and protecting their pride against any trespasser. Their prey of choice would usually be vandals, arsonists, robbers, demons, monsters, and all types of villains who dare disturb their peace. They also hunt for the usual antelope, zebra, and buffalo much like every lion. Brick and Butch are the Alpha Males of this pride. Their fierceness, strength, and ferocity are legendary. If any invader dares to trespass or disturb the peace, these muscular warriors will not hesitate to sound the call by beating their chests complete with their earth-shattering roars and let their teammates come to arms. In terms of their relationship with each other, they enjoy testing their strength and engaging in close-contact battles with each other to prove who the stronger Alpha Male really is. They are also tough on their younger brother, Boomer, but tender to their mates, Blossom and Buttercup, and even playful to their youngest teammate, Bubbles. Boomer may not be that much of an Alpha Male like his older brothers but he is very reliable in terms of his incredible strength and speed. Brick and Butch love to show their dominance by flexing their muscles at Boomer. He would retaliate by flexing back at them and challenging them to a wrestling match. Back when he was a cub, he would always lose to Brick and Butch. However, now as a full-grown adult, he manages to show his older brother who they should never mess with. While he has a mate in Bubbles, he also likes to get it on with Blossom and Buttercup with his older brothers’ approval, as they know how close he is to all of the girls. Blossom and Buttercup function as the queens of their tribe. Their authority, courage, fierceness, and combat prowess are indubitably unrivaled. Blossom bears intuition, intellect, and agility which make her reliable in planning attacks. On the other hand, Buttercup bears a warrior’s pride, as she loves a good challenge. Seeing as they are Brick’s and Butch’s mates, though they also trade mates from time to time, Blossom and Buttercup ensure that they do not do anything rash, thus having their agility and speed be a perfect complement to Brick’s and Butch’s brawns. They are also tender to Boomer, as they see that underneath his brawny shell lies a kind soul who is willing to protect their pride. Bubbles may be the youngest and the sweetest on the outside, but anger her and she will unleash her unbridled fury on those who oppose her. She’s playful and respectful to Brick and Butch, loving and tender towards Boomer, as he is her mate, and extremely close to her older sisters, Blossom and Buttercup. Moreover, she loves to ensure the peace within their pride. Well, I hope you enjoy this. Now, Brick, Butch, Boomer, Blossom, Buttercup, Bubbles, any last words for our viewers? Brick: Yeah. Butch: We got this to say. Boomer: And we hope you listen. Blossom: And look closely. Buttercup: Because if you don’t… Bubbles: Well, let’s just say something unpleasant might happen. (Brick and Butch raise their arms up in the air then stretch them sideways. After that, they flex their biceps.) Brick and Butch: Grrrrr…..ROOOOOARRR!!!!!! (Brick and Butch then take a deep breath and beat their chests complete with Tarzan’s signature ululation.) Brick and Butch: AAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!! (Boomer flexes his pecs while putting one knee on the ground.) Boomer: Grrrrr… (Boomer then flexes his bicep.) Boomer: ROOOOOAAAARRR!!!! (Blossom gets into a crouching position and raises her hand, as if though she were going to claw he prey.) Blossom (starts hissing, then…): ROAAAAAARRRR!!!! (Buttercup gets herself into her combat stance with claws unleashed.) Buttercup: ROAAAAAARRRRR!!!!!!!! (Bubbles prepares herself to lunge and unleashes her claws.) Bubbles: ROOOOAAAAARRRR!!!!!! Brick, Butch, Boomer, Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles: Grrrrr… Bubbles (cheerily): Oh, by the way. Brick, Butch, Boomer, Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles: Happy birthday, Petia aka jailbaitCAT! We hope you have an awesome birthday. Take care and lots of love from all of us. Well, I hope you enjoyed this. Now if you excuse me, I have to prepare for a Spanish exam tomorrow. As we say in Spanish, hasta la próxima y Buenas Noches. Brick, Butch, Boomer, Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls belong to Craig McCracken and Cartoon Network.

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OT4 Death Match: Gallant Guardians vs Brawling Bruisers

Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! Animation fans of all ages! You are all invited to witness this transatlantic four-person superpowered MMA battle between Tokyo, Japan’s very own Gallant Guardians and Townsville, USA’s very own Brawling Bruisers! This battle is going to be exciting, as we have four supernatural warriors squaring off against four superheroes. Hold on to your, hats, folks, because the temperature is about to rise and pulses are about to accelerate! So, here are the team members, and give them a round of applause! On the topmost layer standing behind a green background are the members of the Gallant Guardians. Inuyasha “The Beastly Executioner”, aged 35 Ginta “The Dashing Warlord”, aged 34 Ayame “The Fiery Whirlwind”, aged 32 Shunran “The Spring Mirage”, aged 31 On the bottom layer behind a red background are the members of The Brawling Bruisers. Brick “The Lord High Bludgeoner” Green, aged 26 Butch “The Baron of Brawn” Green, aged 26 Blossom “The Commander and the Leader” Utonium-Green, aged 25 Buttercup “The Toughest Fighter” Utonium-Green, aged 25 Now with that said, here’s the order of who they are going to individually fight against. Inuyasha vs Brick- We got two strong-willed, hotheaded big guys squaring off against each other. This is going to be fun. Ginta vs Butch- It’s strength and speed against pure muscle. Who comes out alive will be determined by this match. Ayame vs Blossom- It’s a clash consisting of grace, beauty, tact, toughness, endurance, and stamina. These ladies certainly have it made for each other. Shunran vs Buttercup- Delicate yet mischievous feminity clashing against hardcore tomboyishness. I believe the mostly male demographic is wholly prepared for something like this. What are you waiting for, folks? Comment below of which OT4 is going to come out alive from this epic match. And now… LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE!!! Inuyasha, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran from Inuyasha belong to Rumiko Takahashi and Sunrise. Brick, Butch, Blossom, and Buttercup from The Powerpuff Girls belong to Craig McCracken and Cartoon Network.

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Pumped Up and Prepared to Pummel drawn by me

I have a question for you all that I am confident you will know the answer to.   What happens when you combine two virile, brawny studs in the forms of Brick and Butch and two tough, sexy babes in the forms of Blossom and Buttercup?   You get one of the most badass and most epic quartets not only known to man but also, to some extent, superhero history and even all of Townsville. Ergo, two rough, brawny, studly hunks plus two kickass, tough, fierce ladies equal Townsville’s Strongest Brawling Bruiser Quartet! Here we have Brick and Butch being the absolutely shredded muscle beasts and pillars of unlimited fortitude that they are and showing off their vascular veins, and their babes for life, Blossom and Buttercup, cracking their knuckles with a look of ferocity, fierceness, and determination and preparing themselves to knock out any criminal who dares to cross their paths. Just their presence alone is enough to make anyone quake at the sight of not only Brick’s and Butch’s muscles but also Blossom’s and Buttercup’s toughness and unparalleled combat skills.   So, children and all those who are young at heart. Remember. Don’t do any form of crime. Or else these four brawling bruisers will make you do the time in a mega hardcore manner.   Brick, Butch, Blossom, and Buttercup from The Powerpuff Girls belong to Craig McCracken.

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Team Xtreme: Six Stylish Superheroes drawn by me

So, I have just turned 26 years old, just four more years until I reach the big 3 o. I am both happy yet anxious because of all the plans I need to iron out for a more stable future and I have to keep on being consistent in everything I do. So, in honor of my very special day, I decided to draw the now grown-up Rowdyruff Boys and Powerpuff Girls looking really sharp tonight. In my headcanon, these two teams ended up becoming one grand superhero team, known as Team Xtreme, while they were still kids and have been on several missions from fighting monsters, beating criminals, battling supernatural forces and balancing all that with school, work, and other endeavors. Moreover, while the Powerpuff Girls have their parents, Professor Utonium and Miss Keane, known in my headcanon as Mrs. Keane-Utonium, I decided to let the Rowdyruff Boys be away from Mojo Jojo and Him and be adopted by Mr. Green and Miss Sara Bellum, known by her married name as Mrs. Sara Bellum-Green. No worries, I will definitely make fanart out of these two families, one when they were children and one when they are grown up. So, without further ado, here’s Team Xtreme from left to right. Brick “The Lord High Bludgeoner” Green, aged 25 going on 26 Butch “The Baron of Brawn” Green, aged 25 going on 26 Boomer “The Fleet Athlete” Green, aged 25 going on 26 Blossom “The Commander and the Leader” Utonium-Green, aged 25 Buttercup “The Toughest Fighter” Utonium-Green, aged 25 Bubbles “The Joy and the Laughter” Utonium-Green, aged 24 I hope you enjoy this piece of work and I will definitely see you on the flip side. Take care. The Rowdyruff Boys (Brick, Butch, and Boomer) and the Powerpuff Girls (Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles) belong to Craig McCracken.

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My RRB/PPG Ships

The PPG/RRB Shipping Chart was originally created by QuietLullabies.   Well, I am in the marvelous city of Madrid, Spain, where I will be celebrating my 26th birthday. Yes, I know, another year older, another year wiser. So, to celebrate my upcoming birthday here’s my take on the whole PPG/RRB shipping meme chart.   I have been seeing fellow artists’ takes on these pairings. Some were interesting, some were a bit one-sided, and some were actually well-thought out and I enjoyed reading their opinions on the Rowdyruffs and Powerpuffs they like or not like to pair up with. So, without ado, here’s my take on the PPG/RRB shippings.   OTPs: Boomer/Bubbles or Boomubbles- In my opinion, this has to be the most plausible and overall best of not only the color-coded RRB/PPG pairings but also RRB/PPG pairings in general. These two seem like they are destined to be for each other and are akin to the star-crossed lovers that I have seen in the media and literature, i.e. Romeo and Juliet. I am very sure that these two would start leaving behind any animosity if the Rowdyruff Boys became good guys, joined forces with the Powerpuff Girls and will be the first to show loads of forgiveness and compassion, while they are still young children. Eventually, Boomer and Bubbles would start becoming the closest of friends and comrades, thus building a healthy and genuine relationship between the two. Once they reach their tweens and teens, they would develop even deeper feelings for each other and will actually go on more dates, aside from the usual crime-fighting they have to do. Plus, in my headcanon, they would end up being the first to marry in their late teens to their early 20s and have children with Boomer being the loving, well-meaning father and Bubbles being the supportive, compassionate mother, in spite of the fact that they are the youngest of their respective sibling groups. It’s no surprise why I love the Blues when they are together. It’s because of not only their appeal of being adorable, sweet, and/or lovely but it also has this fairytale-like feel in their relationship, where after every trial, every challenge, and every hardship, Boomer and Bubbles still have each others’ backs and will seem to be the couple that will stay faithful to each other until the end of time.   The Reds and the Greens were rather interesting to pair up because not only do I like Blossick and Butchercup, even though they can be a tad bit overrated, but I also enjoy Brickercup and Blossutch as much as the former. Moreover, the Reds and the Greens don’t really have that fairy tale, lovey-dovey, sentimental vibe that the Blues have, thus showing how tough being in a relationship is, yet at the same time it is reassuring, as principles of respect, responsibility, compassion, allegiance, and trust need to be put in to practice, not only with each other but also for the good of their team. So, here’s my take on these pairings, even though I made it kind of clear in my OT4 drawing of Bricksomutchercup. I still keep my word that Brick, Butch, Blossom, and Buttercup are the strongest OT4 in my opinion, hence that’s why I dub them to be my Four Favorite Bruisers of All Time because of their unwaveringly strong personalities and overall determination. Plus, I imagine the Reds and the Greens living together under one roof, with the Blues living in another house. So, here are my explanations, anyway.   Brick/Blossom or Blossick- I put this as my first choice because they seem to be the ones who follow suit when it comes to Boomer and Bubbles being together. As they grow up and form a six-person superhero team, I can see them still obtaining responsibilities of being leaders as well as the eldest children with Brick and his large-and-in-charge warlord personality who ensures a fair fight, great combat skills from all of his teammates, and a grand victory for every mission they do and Blossom and her tendency to be the team mom who ensures strategy to be present in battle and the overall safety of not only her beloved but also her comrades. I can see their romance as not being that of a fairy tale but one that is really challenging, as walls need to be broken down, trust has to be formed, and respect and allegiance need to be put to practice. Sure, they would initially have difficulty trusting and respecting each other. However, as time goes by, they would start to see each other for who they are. Brick would see that Blossom is not always Little Miss Perfect and Blossom would see that Brick has some insecurities, which are more often than not hidden in this proud personality. Together, these two can take what primal doubts and insecurities they have and take them in stride, thus helping each other reach their full potential not only physically but psychologically as well. As young adults in their twenties, they and the Greens would even have a double wedding after their youngest siblings’ matrimony and as parents, I can imagine Blossom being the stern, well-meaning, and supportive mom and Brick being the strong, tough, and really loving dad. I really love this pairing because it does show how being in a relationship is not always easy but when two people have patience, trust, respect, allegiance, and understanding anything is possible.   Butch/Buttercup or Butchercup- Ah, yes. One of the Takahashi couples to end all Takahashi couples because of their volcanically belligerent sexual tension. They would be the couple who would argue and shout one moment and be cuddly and make love to each other in the next. As I stated before, Ranma and Akane would end up paling in comparison to Butch’s and Buttercup’s brand of belligerent sexual tension. As the toughest and most volatile fighters, with Butch being the big muscle and Buttercup being the…

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Bricksomutchercup: OT4 for Life

Since this is spring, there’s nothing lovelier nor more gorgeous nor more calming than to see my most beloved bruisers, Brick, Blossom, Butch, and Buttercup, looking nice and having a serene, lovey-dovey moment with each other in the forest. This piece of fanart is dedicated to all the shippers of Blossick, Butchercup, Brickercup, and Blossutch. Moreover, the character ages in this pic are Brick, 23, Blossom, 22, Butch, 23, and Buttercup, 22. Having to draw my favorite OT4 of all time proved to be easier said than done. Nonetheless, I accepted the challenge I bestowed upon myself. Character positioning was one thing but the one I really had to perfect was all of the hand positionings. Heavens, talk about having to decipher who holds who and I thankfully found my way around it. As if it were not already obvious, Brick has arms around Blossom with his left hand extending to hold Buttercup’s hand. Blossom has her left hand on Brick’s left arm, as her right hand is touching Butch’s hand. Butch has his left arm around Blossom’s shoulder and his right arm around Buttercup’s waist. And finally, Buttercup has her right hand touching Brick’s left hand, which is covered by Blossom’s long hair and has her left hand on Butch’s left shoulder. So, there you have it, my OT4 for life. As much as I really like to ship Brick/Blossom or Blossick and Butch/Buttercup or Butchercup, I find both Brick/Buttercup or Brickercup and Butch/Blossom or Blossutch to be equally as compatible, plausible, lovely, endearing, entertaining, and just plain awesome as the main color-coded shipping of the Reds and the Greens. I am fully aware that Blossick is shipped to high heaven, but here’s my take on this pairing. In my opinion, it’s a relationship based on trust, respect, understanding, letting go of any prejudices, and breaking each others’ walls down. When one combines Brick’s street smarts with Blossom’s book smarts, it’s a team-up to be reckoned with. Sure, Blossom has to put up with Brick’s abrasive attitude and occasional anger issues, and he has to put up with her tendency to overanalyze and overthink things. However, they seem to find common ground and iron things out, hopefully for the best. Plus, Blossom is the paradigm of morality and perfection, while Brick is the paradigm of ensuring an authoritative nature without question and impulsivity. While they might seem like the undisputed commanders and leaders on the outside, they might have their own crippling flaws on the inside, thus showing they are not perfect. In spite of their imperfections, they very much have to take them in stride not only as the eldest children of their brood but also as leaders and role models and acknowledge each others’ flaws and insecurities so that they can help each other improve without the need to be condescending nor bear any animosity whatsoever. Thus showing a relationship that over time can flourish into something more. Even more so, while Brick tends to think with his fists with a good amount of tactics, Blossom thinks with her head when planning an attack. In terms of whatever ills they had with each other in the past, they would end up forgiving each other and starting anew letting go of all the anxieties of the old and striving towards a better future. I am also completely aware that Butchercup is shipped to shipped to high heaven and here’s my take on it. Move over, Ranma and Akane! Get lost, Inuyasha and Kagome! Take a hike, Ataru and Lum! Because there’s a new Takahashi couple in town that will wipe the floor with their brand of belligerent sexual tension and overall volatility and that is Butch and Buttercup. I kind of see them as one of the Takahashi couples to end all Takahashi couples because of the fact that they are stubborn, hard-headed, volatile, and seem to be the type of people that will shout at each other one moment and make out in the next moment. It’s not like I have anything against these type of couples, with the exception of Inuyasha and Kagome, as I cannot stand how much dominance she thinks she has over him with the Beads of Subjugation, hence my deep-seated hatred for this pairing, it’s just that at times the Takahashi couple do tend to be entertaining but when their relationship status drags the plot along, it can be rather tedious to see the two characters as a plausible or healthy couple. You may be asking, why do I not like Inuyasha and Kagome as a couple, but like Butch and Buttercup together? Well, it all chalks down to Butch and Buttercup being the toughest and strongest fighters of their groups and, boy, do they do a lot of the fighting. So, being emotional or lovey-dovey or syrupy is completely out of the question, as I am sure that they are the type of people who have zero tolerance for anything saccharine. However, when they combine their combat prowess, it is definitely a team-up to be reckoned with, and their ritual as a couple would be pummeling criminals by day and making steamy love to each other by night. Inuyasha and Kagome, on the other hand, I could never get into this pairing because there are times that Kagome, in spite of her growing archery skills and her position as the main female protagonist, is often given the role of being the damsel in distress, and it’s usually up to Inuyasha to save her. While the usage of the Beads of Subjugation was meant as protection in the first half of Inuyasha, there were times in later episodes that they were used for petty punishment against Inuyasha, even if he did not deserve it. Thus, making Inuyasha’s and Kagome’s relationship kind of toxic, as Kagome comes off as domineering towards Inuyasha as the lapdog. At least with Butch and Buttercup, sure, they can get into each others’ skins, but at least they…

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PPG AU: The Four Holy Beasts drawn by me

Hello, once again. Antoni, here, and this is what happens when you are a fan of not only anime like Inuyasha and YuYu Hakusho and cartoons like The Powerpuff Girls but also of Asian folklore. Such as the case of the Four Holy Beasts, known in Japanese as Shishin, Shiju, Shishou or Shirei and in Chinese as Si Shou consisting of the dragon, the tiger, the turtle, and the phoenix. So, when I combined my fascination of the Four Holy Beasts and of Brick, Butch, Blossom, and Buttercup being turned into yokai, an idea for an AU or Alternate Universe retelling was born. From left to right we have Seiryu Brick, Byakko Butch, Genbu Blossom, and Suzaku Buttercup. Yes, I know the color coding is a lot more different for the Holy Beasts like Seiryu is blue, Byakko is white, Genbu is black, and Suzaku reddish-yellow but I decided to focus more on the traits which are appropriate for Brick, Butch, Blossom, and Buttercup, as I will explain when I talk about them individually.   It should be no surprise that I am completely fascinated by the supernatural, especially when legends like this are adapted into anime or other creative works. I have encountered the Four Holy Beasts in anime like Yu Yu Hakusho, Inuyasha, and Fushigi Yugi, and each of these adaptations has something special to give to the table. For that, my fascination grew to the point where I was completely invested in knowing more about them.   Going into my AU, I envision Brick, Butch, Blossom, and Buttercup in the Edo Period of Japan as the loyal and protective warrior guardians to their respective youngest siblings, who in turn are the Celestial Rulers, Prince Boomer on the guys’ side and Princess Bubbles on the girls’ side. Do not fret, for I will definitely take care of what Boomer-oujisama and Bubbles-himesama are going to look like. Even more so, they are all married, Brick is with Blossom, Butch is with Buttercup, and, obviously, Boomer is with Bubbles. Though, since the four main protagonists of this AU are yokai, they will end up switching partners from time to time like having Brick with Buttercup and Butch with Blossom, and on a more platonic tough love between siblings level Blossom with Buttercup and Brick with Butch. These four will go out of their to not only ensure their rulers’ safety but to also have each others’ backs when it comes to fighting demons or any other mortal who dares to be an intruder to the Celestial Realm. Brick, Butch, Blossom, and Buttercup work together as one team to combine their insurmountable powers for good and to maintain the natural balance of the world. With that said, let’s get on to the characters themselves.   Seiryu Brick, also known as the Crimson Dragon, is the undisputed and choleric leader of this quartet of yokai warriors. He rules this group with an iron fist and more often than not has the final say in decision-making. As the overall eldest yokai, appearing to be about 26 years old, he ensures that his teammates not only do what he says but he also makes sure that they are safe from harm. His unparalleled skills in hand-to-hand combat, as well as his expertise in war, have certainly made Brick an ideal leader, as he can pinpoint his opponents’ strengths and weaknesses, thus using those facets to his advantage. Despite being a strong leader to his group, he is extremely prone to anger and runs the risk of being too demanding, especially when failure comes knocking at their door or when someone hurts any of his comrades. He is also prone to having clashes with his teammates from his younger brother, Butch, to his wife, Blossom, to his sister-in-law, Buttercup, when it comes to a disagreement in a plan or when power struggles occur between the four. In spite of some moments of strife, Brick deeply cares for his three comrades and he always has their backs. Brick’s main abilities are pyrokinesis, superstrength, especially when it comes to his lethal Fire Fist which can disintegrate any opponent with the drop of a hat and using his claws, which are sharp enough to slice through steel.   Brick is definitely ideal for being a dragon yokai mostly because of his fiery temper, choleric nature, large-and-in-charge, and overall manly personality. I also figure that his personality and mannerisms are akin to a warlord or general who ensures order and will not take no for an answer. He also seems to be the guy who is harsh towards his enemies and rather tender to his friends, even though he does not always show it. In terms of his outfit, I let him have a dragon tattoo on the chest to the shoulder area and I also gave him something that is also akin to a big, strong warlord. His gauntlets and shoulder pads are made of dragon scales, which also serve as his armor. Even more so, his cape is a great addition, as it makes him a proud and noble warrior who leads with not only his fists but with loads of respect.   Byakko Butch, also known as the Virescent Tiger, is the muscle of the group. He is also the savage one, as nothing can seem to tame him, unless his older brother, Brick, gives him a knock on the head, his sister-in-law, Blossom, admonishes him or his wife, Buttercup, soothes him in her own special way. As the second oldest in this group, also appearing to be about 26 years old, he also has a duty to share with Brick in ensuring that his comrades stay out of trouble. While Brick is the more analytical one in battle, Butch is the type of guy who just goes head-on without a second thought. His brute strength is what makes him both famous and infamous. Famous because he uses it to save lives and do the general…

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Quadruple Dragon Flying Kick! drawn by me

Hey, everybody! Antoni, here, and I present to you all yet another piece of fanart I did with Brick, Butch, Blossom, and Buttercup aka The Reds and The Greens aka my four most favorite characters ever aka My Four Favorite Bruisers of All Time. What better way for these two couples, who happen to black belts in karate, judo, and several other martial arts, to start their day than with getting themselves into their gis, spar with each other, and culminate everything with a grand dragon flying kick to the dawn-hued heavens. In this pic, Brick and Butch are 25 going on 26, and Blossom and Buttercup are 25.   Before getting myself to draw this, I had to be very specific on how the famous dragon flying kick looked like, as in where the arm and feet positions are. Plus, it’s one martial arts move that has fascinated me, whether I see this done in video games, anime, movies, or even see stunt people do this.   In terms of positioning my dear friends, Brick, Butch, Blossom, and Buttercup, I had to make sure that each of them was seen. I originally intended their positioning to be in a sort of diagonal line. However, that would’ve been tough to accomplish. So, as a solution to fill up the sketchpad, I had the Reds be positioned on the left and the Greens positioned on the right, and the results were more than satisfactory. Plus, their gis and general attire were mainly inspired by the likes of Ryu and Ken Masters from the Street Fighter franchise because I happen to be a huge Street Fighter fan as well.   I would also like to dedicate this picture to Blossom’s voice actress, Catherine Cavadini, who is celebrating her birthday today, as well as Buttercup’s, Butch’s, and Brick’s voice actors, Elizabeth Daily, Roger L. Jackson, and Rob Paulsen, as they all did amazing jobs portraying these characters from my childhood so wonderfully.   I hope you all enjoy this piece of fanart I did. It took time but I ultimately enjoyed making this.   Brick, Butch, Blossom, and Buttercup from The Powerpuff Girls belong to Craig McCracken.

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