A long time ago, back when I was still a kid. I have always loved The Powerpuff Girls, the show was phenomenal. It dealt with issues like feminism, animal rights, racial integration, honesty and vigilantism. But nothing compares to the episode See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey.
See Me, Feel me, Gnomey has never been aired in the US due to it being banned. In this special episode, the girls have been defeated by the villains, which made them wish for a day when there will be peace so they can stop fighting crime. A gnome appeared (in a Mephistopheles like manner) asked the girls to transfer their powers to him so he can make the city of Townsville a utopia. The girls traded their powers hoping they can become normal girls. Townsville did become seemingly safe, but the gnome has created a giant cult where the townspeople worship and submit themselves to him. The Professor convinced the girls that good and evil exist because of freewill, without the good, there will only be evil. The girls regained their power as the contract was broken by the gnome becoming evil, then the girls vanquished the gnome and restored Townsville to its former self, except now the townspeople began to worship the girls, so the girls explained to them that to create peace, they need to actually create it themselves.
The episode was beautiful, unlike any other episodes, this was wholly sung through in rock opera style. There were a lot of symbolism in the episode. The rose represented the illusion of peace, but we need to remember that roses have thorns.
Townsville was completely destroyed in this episode which represented the despair the girls felt, as although Townsville suffered great damages to properties, it was never ever destroyed. Although the town was briefly restored, the illusion of ignoring the core problem (the townspeople are complacent on helping powerpuff girls) was obvious, only when the girls realised they have the powers to change the world all along, did they truly restore Townsville into its former glory.
The episode was important because it explicitly promoted the idea of individualism and free will, at the same time showed the evil of collectivism and the power of believing in oneself. As long as the will to live exists, there will be good people to stop what’s evil. We all have the power in ourselves to make changes, the questions is who is going to stop us? The biggest enemy to stop us is ourselves!