Man Up
Season 1, Episode 6
Episode name pun on: The common phrase "Man Up" and the movie "Think Like a Man".
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Airdate: March 14, 2016 (SXSW)
March 15, 2016 (Internet)
April 8, 2016 (Television)
Director: Nick Jennings
Bob Boyle
Story: Haley Mancini
Jake Goldman
Writer(s): Kyle Neswald
Benjamin P. Carow
See also
"Horn Sweet Horn"
"Bye Bye Bellum"

Man Up (listed in some guides as Man-Up) is the sixth episode of the 2016 series. It premiered at SXSW on March 14, 2016, online on March 15, 2016, and it aired on Cartoon Network on April 8, 2016. This episode focuses on Buttercup.


After letting lumberjack-themed villain Man-Boy escape in her anger, Buttercup seeks anger management training from a New Age guru. In order to defeat Man-Boy when he returns to take revenge, Buttercup aims to strike a balance between inner peace and struggle.



Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles appeared in this episode.

Major Characters

Minor Characters


Buttercup: Don't call me princess!!


  • As of March 15, 2016, this episode is available for free download on iTunes.
  • The plot of this episode is similar to the original series episode, 2004's "Makes Zen to Me".
  • This episode was originally titled "Don't Call Me Princess!", but it was changed to "Man Up".
    • In some countries such as Japan when renaming, it became a title near this provisional title.
  • The fourth wall was broken when Blossom said "episode" to Buttercup.
  • When Manboy served his lived-meat monsters, this is similar in the What a Cartoon pilot "Meat Fuzzy Lumpkins".
  • Coincidentally, when Manboy called Buttercup "princess", this is a likely reference to "Princess Morbucks".
  • On May 30, 2016, this episode was aired before the premiere of "Man Up 2: Still Man-ing".
  • When Manboy said to Buttercup when she "throws like a girl!" this is a reference to her original counterpart from the promo of a classic series back in 1998.
  • This episode has the highest viewership of the PPG 2016 series.
  • This episode is included on the The Powerpuff Girls: Tiara Trouble (V1) DVD.
  • Buttercup's "Don't Call me Princess!" is a reference to Needle's catchprase, "Don't call Me Needy!" from BFDI.


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