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->''Right now you are Cutey Honey! You are a super android that has the power of humans, times seven!''
-->--'''Doctor Kisaragi'''

A popular superheroine from the bizarre mind of Creator/GoNagai and animated by Creator/ToeiAnimation. Notable, among other things, for being one of the first female characters to star in a {{sho|nenDemographic}}unen series and [[Franchise/SailorMoon through inspiration]], the [[UrExample prototypical]] MagicalGirlWarrior.

In the original series from the 70s (aired on TV Asahi, then known as NET), Honey Kisaragi was created as a ReplacementGoldfish for a scientist's dead daughter, until the criminal organization (with ties to TheLegionsOfHell) "Panther Claw" kills the scientist while trying to steal his other AppliedPhlebotinum. Honey soon acquires a secret identity as an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent while fighting Panther Claw's forces, including an especially freaky set of [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]] in the service of BigBad Sister Jill and her QuirkyMinibossSquad.

Honey's main power is the Phlebotinum her father was killed for -- her body contains the [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup only prototype]]. Most modern adaptations explain it with {{Nanomachines}}, but it's capable of assembling virtually any object from thin air (and disassembling them, too). Honey uses this to become a VoluntaryShapeshifter, able to switch between several forms with matching abilities, costumes, and hair -- especially her most powerful form, the sword-wielding redhead Cutey Honey.

While later revivals and the various manga are usually full of playful FanService, the original [[BleachedUnderpants television adaptation]] was just tame and pretty enough to [[PeripheryDemographic attract an unexpected number]] of younger female fans. Reruns in the 1980s on TV Tokyo kept the original series alive in the Japanese public consciousness, and it was also later broadcast in France under the title "Cherry Miel" ("Cherry Honey") - albeit not until 1989 (although it did air uncut). It still wasn't enough to stop the original series from getting cancelled over its then-racy content.

Ironically, Cutey Honey was usually described as a superhero and not a magical girl, but her spiritual descendants have essentially melded back into the genre to produce the MagicalGirlWarrior. Most anime of that ilk owe a lot to Honey. ''Anime/SailorMoon'''s very early broadcast incarnation, in particular, owes much to the visual tropes done in ''Cutey Honey'', right down to her InTheNameOfTheMoon speech and her ability to transform. (Go Nagai eventually did create a "traditional" MagicalGirl, the more kid-friendly and less successful ''Anime/MajokkoTickle'', in 1978.)

'''The anime has been [[{{Revival}} revived]] several times over the years:'''

* ''NewCuteyHoney''[[note]]produced with Creator/StudioJunio and Creator/TransArts[[/note]] (1994-1995), a slightly DarkerAndEdgier sequel set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, with {{Cyberpunk}} overtones and several {{Lawyer Friendly Cameo}}s by other Go Nagai characters. The transformation sequences were [[FanService lovingly]] animated. This slightly infamous version of the story is one of the few officially released outside Japan, although it is [[{{Ecchi}} admittedly faithful]] to Creator/GoNagai's work. The series was originally planned to be four episodes long, but received an extension to 12 planned episodes; however, the second set of episodes was canceled after the eighth episode.
* ''CuteyHoneyFlash'' (1997-1998): This incarnation was directly aimed at the demographic for ''Manga/SailorMoon'' - in fact, when ''Sailor Stars'' ended, ''Cutey Honey Flash'' became the final anime series to air on Creator/TVAsahi's 7:00 p.m. timeslot every Saturday before the series moved to its 6:30 p.m. timeslot occuring on the same day for the last 15 episodes; the series shared a lot of the same production staff. Aside from [[BleachedUnderpants obvious reasons]], was tweaked to play up the MagicalGirl aspects of the character, right down to a sparkling stock footage TransformationSequence and a FrillyUpgrade. This version also introduced a now standard trope, the DarkMagicalGirl, Misty Honey.
* Creator/HideakiAnno and Creator/StudioGainax produced a LiveActionAdaptation movie version in 2004, titled simply ''[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/cutey_honey_f.jpg Cutie Honey]]''.
* Gainax also released a 3-part {{OVA}}, ''Re: Cutie Honey'', at roughly the same time. [[BroadStrokes This series used the premises and characterizations from the 2004 movie]], but played up the LesYay between Honey and Natsuko, here revamped as an [[{{Determinator}} stern, tough as nails adult policewoman]]. Anno was also part of this series, but while he provided the overall series direction, each episode had a different director and it shows.
* A {{Toku}} live-action series, ''[[Series/CuteyHoneyTheLive Cutie Honey: THE LIVE]]'' aired in 2007. This series revolved around Honey (and [[SixthRanger two counterparts introduced later]]) fighting a radically different version of the Panther Claw. Quite possibly the most bizarre series yet as it pinballs between utterly shameless SoBadItsGood fanservice and utterly serious, [[DarkerAndEdgier dark drama]].
* A second live-action film, ''Cutie Honey: Tears'', was released in October 2016. ''Tears'' is completely unrelated to the previous movie, and instead features Honey in a DarkerAndEdgier {{Cyberpunk}} setting, complete with a more serious and dramatic tone. She also has a given name, Hitomi.
* ''Anime/CuteyHoneyUniverse'' (2018): The latest animated adaptation for the heroine, released for the [[MilestoneCelebration 50th Anniversary of Go Nagai's works]] alongside ''Mazinger Z: Infinity'' and ''Anime/DevilmanCrybaby''.

There have also been several different manga adaptations of the franchise.

Despite its status as a legendary and influential anime in Japan, Cutie Honey is almost entirely unknown in North America, with the original not being released in the US until late 2013, when Creator/DiscotekMedia distributed the series on DVD. This series is not to be confused with another old-school anime, ''[[Manga/HoneyHoneyNoSutekiNaBouken Honey Honey]]'' - although coincidentally both ''Honey Honey'' and the original ''Cutey Honey'' TV series had the same head writer (Masaki Tsuji) and some of the same animation/directorial staff.
!!This series provides examples of:


[[folder:In General]]
* ActionGirl: Every anime Action Girl is just following the example Honey established way back when. She's to anime the way [[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]] is to video games.
* ActionSurvivor: In almost all adaptations, Seiji is a regular guy who gets caught in the crossfire between Honey and Panther Claw. He's generally useless against major opponents, but he can hold his own against mooks and his quick thinking saves the day a fair number of times.
* AllLovingHero: Honey is a downplayed example, since she is capable of hating people, revenge and killing her enemies. However she has shown kindness and sympathy to some of them.
* AllMenArePerverts: An example in the manga. In a chapter Danbei and his son Junpei notice a bronze statue (of a naked woman) that was not at the park before to which they sexually harass after noticing how the statue reacts to being touched. The statue was actually Honey in disguise and she eventually broke her disguise in an outburst and hid in the bushes.
* AnimeThemeSong: One of the most famous in anime history and covered for every subsequent production. Also an EarWorm of incredible proportions.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "You're under arrest on charges of robbery, destruction of property, running red lights, speeding, no helmet, and so on!" From ''New Cutey Honey''.
* AssKicksYou: This seems to be one of Honey's standard attacks. This appears in the live series too (albeit not in the movie).
* BadassAdorable: Honey certainly qualifies. She's a very sweet, loveable girl when not in full action mode.
* BadassBiker: Hurricane Honey, Honey's second most used form. A woman who is "cool" with her motorcycle, anytime she needs to escape. Besides motorcycles she is able to pilot any other vehicle.
* BadassGrandpa: Danbei Hayami, a full-fledged {{NINJA}} (and a cyborg in ''New Cutey Honey'').
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Even happens in the live action versions, although it's [[NippleAndDimed averted]] in ''New Cutie Honey'' [[FreezeFrameBonus (and not only with nipples)]].
** Sometimes averted, with hair, scraps of still-transforming clothing, or camera angles keeping her out of NC-17 turf. Sometimes you get the ''Anime/SailorMoon''-esque situation of glowiness not letting you see anything (though really, it's just a little brighter over the areas you need to not display during primetime.)
* BathingBeauty: Honey has few bath and ShowerScene in the franchise. Both the classic series and "New Cutie Honey" have, in the opening, Honey while take bath.
* BattleBoomerang: The Honey Boomerang; it is an item that Cutey Honey form has on her left arm. She uses it to attack enemies from a distance, mostly to disarm them.
* BetweenMyLegs: Commonly shows up in nearly every version of the show, usually as a Fanservice shot, not least of which is one of these shots with Honey's bare butt in the camera in ''Re: Cutey Honey''.
* BigBad: Sister Jill is the main antagonist of the series.
* BigEater: The [[TheMovie live-action movie]] and ''Re: Cutey Honey'' versions were this because of their powers; if they were too hungry, they lost vital energy and couldn't transform, and if it got too bad, their clothes would start to dissolve.
* BiTheWay: In ''New Cutie Honey'', at one point she gets away from a villainess by throwing herself against the other woman and pretending to be deep in the throes of lust to her. After getting away Honey admits to herself she enjoyed doing that.
* BittersweetEnding:
** [[spoiler: Panther Claw is never completely defeated in any series.]]
** At the end of ''Tears'', in order to stop the poison clouds, [[spoiler:Hitomi must sacrifice herself. But even though she does sacrifice herself, it brings peace to Japan and the disaster has been averted. What's even better, her condenser can regenerate itself]].
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Honey's three most common forms throughout the franchise are civilian form (blonde), Hurricane Honey (brunette), and Cutey Honey (redhead).
* BraggingThemeTune: The theme song talks about how great Honey is, including her fashion sense and bouncy her boobs are. Also see Honey's spiritual descendant ''Anime/MajokkoMegchan'', whose BraggingThemeTune was sung by the same vocalist as the original ''Cutie Honey'' theme.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: A scene in the original TV series in which Honey is hanging on a cross (in an homage to Go Nagai's first popular manga series, HarenchiGakuen) and one side of Honey's torn sleeveless unitard-dress is drooping down, exposing her breast, but stopping JUST short of exposing the nipple. One of her tormentors remarks, "That's as far as the broadcasters let us go." However, there was at least one transformation sequence in the original series in which Honey's nipples ''were'' visible, although it's very "blink and you'll miss it."
** A literal example is in the 2nd opening of ''Shin Cutey Honey''.
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: "Honey ''FLASH!''"
** Once per episode, almost without fail (At least in New Cutey Honey - in one episode the villain interrupted her by running away and she {{lampshade|Hanging}}d how you don't interrupt the heroine's speech), Honey would recite the following to the villain: (Laughs) Sometimes I'm (the first shape she took in the episode), sometimes I'm (second form she took in the episode), and sometimes I'm (third form she took), but the truth is...HONEY FLASH! (Cue TransformationSequence) Lovely Warrior...Cutey Honey-san!
** Averted in ''Tears'' where Hitomi can transform without saying anything.
* CallingYourAttacks: In the original series and especially in Flash.
* {{Camp}}: Played to the hilt. Both Re:Cutey Honey and the live-action movie could drown you in it.
* CatchPhrase: Honey often utters, "Kawaru wa yo!" (I'm gonna change!) whenever she transforms. It's even in the opening sequence.
* CharacterExaggeration: Mixed with LostInImitation. In the original manga Honey is a girl of average intelligence who just prefers all play instead of studying, she was also of normal maturity and was mischievous and sometimes even mean towards authority. In the first anime adaptation she is naiver to tone down the dirty jokes, so she went from exhibitionist to a quasi InnocentFanserviceGirl, then in Re: Cutie Honey, TheMovie and the live action series she is a completely dumb girl who has the personality of a hyperactive preschooler in the body of a sexy young woman.
* ChivalrousPervert: Seiji is always one, but to what degree varies depending on the version. In the original, he's more of an AccidentalPervert who nonetheless is very pleased whenever he gets to grope Honey. In Re:Cutey Honey, he's a borderline sexual predator who takes every chance he can get to ogle Honey.
* CleavageWindow: Her costume is a sleeveless unitard with a huge diamond shaped cutout that even shows off a bit of stomach. In Re: Cutey Honey she wears a halterneck crop top with a heart shaped hole over her cleavage. Note the page image.
* ClothingDamage: Honey's clothes are shredded off during every transformation sequence, as with her the transformation's not just for audience benefit: the device within her that can rearrange matter is actually dismantling her clothes and reforming them, leaving her naked ''for real'' in ''real space'', as opposed to the way transformations (including magical girl naked silhouette ones) are sometimes shown or implied to not look to the outside world the way the TransformationSequence looks to the viewer. Re:Cutie Honey even had her clothes disintegrate whenever she got hungry. And there's plenty of combat-induced Clothing Damage, too (which can also be repaired with a "Honey Flash").
* CombatPragmatist: Honey will use ANY and ALL dirty trick she can think of (including but not limited to: distract the enemy with a shower of diamonds and then drop a statue on them; transform her saliva into ''nitroglycerin'' and then spit on the poor shmuck who had managed to pin her to a tree; ''stripping naked'' by 'flashing' to blind a flamethrower-wielding and, while he was distracted, [[FlamethrowerBackfire kicking him in a fire he had just set, blowing him up]]; and so on...). She never plays for the enemy's rules.
* CoolBike: "Hurricane Honey" seems able to either materialize or find one at will.
* TheCorruption: This is how quasi-innocents become Monsters of the Week in some continuities.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Tears'' takes place in a science-fiction world and is much more darker than most of the series in general.
* DefeatByModesty... which is averted completely and utterly. Honey treats nudity more as a minor inconvenience at best.
* DirtyKid: Junpei from the manga and first series, the younger brother of Seiji and son of Danbei. He is also as perverse as his father, trying to peek as Honey in the bath and grope her.
* DirtyOldMan: Grandpa Danbei from the manga and ''New Cutey Honey''.
* DistaffCounterpart: ''Cutey Honey'' was originally created as a female version of ''WarriorOfLoveRainbowman''.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Honey Kisaragi used this as one of her WEAPONS. Although sometimes her transforming device worked wrong and she did it accidentally.
* DistressedDude: Every notable male character will always end up needing to be rescued by Honey.
* DumbBlonde: In the newer versions (specifically the movie, live-action show and RE), Honey Kisaragi in civilian mode.
* EvilLaugh: Honey provides a rare heroic example at the start of her InTheNameOfTheMoon speeches.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: The theme song used in every adaptation is a variation, describing not the plot but the protagonist, and fitting in quite well with the fanservicey nature of the series as a whole.
* {{Fanservice}}: Arguably, this show is '''the''' show that started this trope in anime.
* GeniusDitz: In the RE reboot. In the original show, OVA, and Flash she was strictly a...
** GuileHero: To the point it can cause quite a whiplash for those who only know Cutie Honey from the newer iterations of the character.
* {{Gonk}}: A large number of characters, with one so ugly she ''fainted upon looking herself in a mirror'' (her mother had stripped their home of all mirrors so she would never know how she looked, but she grew curious to know how a female body looked... So Honey provided her with a mirror. The first time she was only terrified into helplessness, but when she tried to make Honey pay she had another mirror...).
* GrandfatherClause: Honey and Seiji's signature outfits are ''very'' distinctly from the 70s, but they're a central part of the {{Camp}} charm the series is known for and aren't likely to change any time soon.
%%* GreaterScopeVillain: Panther Zora.
%%* TheHeartless
* HotBlooded: She's a Creator/GoNagai character with sideburns, go figure.
* HotbloodedSideburns: Less applicable than on other Go Nagai characters, though, as the pic shows.
** Even Seiji and Junpei have them.
* ImproperlyPlacedFirearms: Panther Claw {{Mooks}} tend to use the Luger P.08 (out of mass production from 1942 to 1991 but with a series of small production runs and using the most widely used handgun cartridge in the world) and the Nambu Type 14 (out of production since 1945 with most of the very few surviving exemplar in the hands of American UsefulNotes/WorldWarII veterans, their families and collectors, and whose ammo is extremely difficult to find).
%%* InnocentFanserviceGirl
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: The originator of this trope, to the point of [[OlderThanTheyThink being occasionally quoted]] by [[Anime/SailorMoon the Trope Namer]].
* IntrepidReporter: Seiji Hayama, Honey's DesignatedLoveInterest in most adaptations, is one of these. Somewhat subverted in Re:Cutey Honey, as it turns out to be a cover story for his real job.
* LeotardOfPower: In at least one adaptation. However, in the original TV series and ''New Cutey Honey'', it's actually more like a ''Unitard'' Of Power.
* LighterAndSofter: Arguably every incarnation other than the original manga, even the darker toned Shin Cutey Honey doesn't scape from this. While most subsequent adaptations focus on {{Fanservice}} and violence, the original manga is full of BlackComedy that borderlines proto-DeadBabyComedy, many characters died and it was played for laughs, many [[{{Gonk}} gonky]] girls tried to rape Honey's friend Natsuko and even the dirty jokes are far more kinky and hardcore, for example, towards the end of the manga [[spoiler:Junpei, a 10 years old boy licks Honeys crotch while she is naked and only covered in gold paint, and also [[KillEmALL everyone dies]] but Honey, the Hajami family and [[GreaterScopeVillain Panther Zora]] ]]. Taken a step further with the 90's version, Cutey Honey flash, in this version is a magical girl series in the same line of ''Anime/SailorMoon''.
* TheLoad: Almost in every adaptation the majority of the male characters have at best been helpful mowing down a couple of mooks (who are also men. Notice the pattern?), but will ultimately always become the DistressedDude, leaving Cutie Honey to save the day.
* MagicalGirlWarrior: Helped define the trope.
* MasterOfDisguise: Through the "Airborne Element Fixing Device", Honey is able to manipulate the air molecules in the air to create objects and change her appearance. Honey has a large array of transformations and disguises in the series.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: Danbei who is a short old man with a bald head.
* MonogenderMonsters: All of the monsters are female, without exception.
** ''New Cutey Honey'' was the only one to buck this trend, if only slightly. The majority of the monsters were female, but occasionally there were male goons and [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the]] {{Montage}}. Also the DecoyLeader before Panther Zora reappeared, Lord Dolmeck, was pretty manly.
* MoodWhiplash: It's hilarious and fanservicey.. and horrible things sometimes happen to characters you like.
* {{Mooks}}: The mooks are all male, though.
* MoreThanMindControl: Panther Zora recruits several [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]] this way. In the latter half of ''New Cutey Honey'' we see this in action; a huge, muscular woman (part of a quartet of thieves) slowly becomes more psychotic as she succumbs to her rage and Zora's MindRape, and eventually she turns into an acid-spewing monster fully under Panther Zora's control and willing to kill (or try to kill) her former TrueCompanions without a thought simply ForTheEvulz.
* MsFanservice: Honey naturally. Her default 'hero' outfit has a CleavageWindow that borders on AbsoluteCleavage, and in the live action her outfit is a leather one that shows off all her features just perfectly while still being mostly cartoon-accurate. And she takes the MagicalGirl TransformationSequence to a new level - the transformation mechanism actually makes her clothes disintegrate and reintegrate in a new form, leaving her quite naked for a good few seconds while in midmorph. Thankfully, she balances this out by being an ABSOLUTE BADASS!.
* MultiformBalance: The ''Cutie Honey'' swordswoman form is usually the most powerful, but each of her transformations tends to have its advantages.
* NippleAndDimed: All the versions with the exception of Flash and the live-action.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Some incarnations of Honey act [[TheDitz ditzier]] than she really is. In the older versions, she was mischievous rather than dumb.
%%* OneWingedAngel
* PoliceAreUseless: Most often. Exaggerated to a ridiculous degree in the original manga and ''Re: Cutie Honey'': all generic cops are rendered as cheering, clueless children, completely useless when Sister Jill walks in to steal something they were supposed to protect.
* PragmaticHero: Honey herself is not above killing her enemies, but only for the greater good.
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: The "Honey Boomerang".
%%* PsychoLesbian: Several.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad
* RefugeInAudacity: ''New Cutey Honey'' and ''Re: Cutey Honey'' don't even try to be subtle in their blatant fanservice.
** The characters themselves sometimes are this. For example, Sister Jill's plan to steal a gold statue in the original manga was to announce when she'd come, ''enter from the main gate after ringing the bell'', and issue a death threat on anyone who dared interfere.
* ReplacementGoldfish: Honey herself, created as the "replacement" for Dr. Kisaragi's dead daughter (though before dying, Daddy told her she should become her own person). In ''New Cutey Honey'', she shows signs of this towards that version of Natsuko after the original's HeroicSacrifice.
** Averted somewhat in ''Re: Cutie Honey'', where Honey is the original daughter's mind resurrected in an android body.
** A darker version is shown in ''The Live''. [[spoiler:Proffy Kisaragi '''mortally wounded Miki and killed her family, made her into android with his daughter's memory''', and then '''threw her away when he realized she was flawed'''. Miki came back to kill him later, though. He'd also done it to Yuki, and her memories of her life are all fake; he at least gave her what she thought was a good life after she proved flawed, though. The reason this Honey is TheDitz and ''not'' an ObfuscatingStupidity version is because he needed to make a replacement someone capable of loving anyone - even the monster he even saw ''himself'' as by this point.]]
* {{Revival}}: Several times -- ''New Cutey Honey'', ''Cutey Honey F'', TheMovie, ''Re: Cutie Honey'', and ''Cutie Honey: The Live''.
** A weird case of a revival revival: ''New Cutey Honey'' had a definite air of finality in its fourth episode, but production got renewed for four more {{OVA}}s, so Panther Zora started injecting her will into certain violent individuals to turn them into monsters.
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler: Natsuko in the original manga and TV series. Twilight Prince/Prince Zera, Prof. Kisaragi and Seira in Cutey Honey Flash.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The series title has been both "Cutey" and "Cutie" over the years. The most recent releases use "Cutie", such as 'Re:Cutie Honey", but the older series definitely spell it "Cutey".
%%* StalkerWithACrush
%%* StuffBlowingUp
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Every episode, before one of her Transformation Sequences, Honey will recap the forms she's taken that episode before transforming into her Red Haired Warrior form.
* TechnicallyNakedShapeshifter: Honey's "forms" or disguises are mostly a change of clothes, hairstyle and eye color, but she can actually change her appearance beyond that. Her clothing is made of the same material as the rest of her body and can rearrange its particles at her will.
* ThanksForTheMammary: Honey is groped by both male comrades and villains.
* ThemeTuneCameo:
** Idol Honey sings the anime theme song while on stage to help raise money for Miharu and Alphonne [[spoiler:to rebuild the destroyed school -- and get them away from the Panther Claw mooks about to attack.]]
** ''New Cutey Honey'' has Honey singing the theme song while posing as a musician in the third episode to investigate a villain. Earlier in the episode, Chokkei's father sings a few bars of the song while peeping on Honey taking a shower.
** ''Re:Cutie Honey'' plays with this by having a villain sing the theme song... but replacing the lyrics about how beautiful Cutie Honey is with how much she ''hates'' Cutie Honey. She even gets the ''{{mooks}}'' into the action.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Post-''Flash'', Kisaragi Honey took one in each new adaptation, to the point by the time ''Cutie Honey The Live'' rolled around, outside the name she had very little to do with the original personality-wise
* TransformationSequence: Which is either more or less fanservicey depending on which incarnation you're watching.
* TransformationTrinket: Honey uses her choker to transform into different outfits, including her normal one.
* TransformationNameAnnouncement: "Ai no senshi, Cutey Honey sa!"
* TricksterArchetype: Honey herself.
* UselessBoyfriend: Seiji Hayami, a wannabe-IntrepidReporter and Honey's de facto love interest is an iconic example. He's an ActionSurvivor who can take on a few mooks at best and a complete DistressedDude at worst. Interestingly, he's at his most competent in Re:Cutey Honey where he loses a large chunk of his love interest credentials to [[LesYay Natsuko]].
* WigDressAccent: Honey's transformations tend to work this way, although [[LatexPerfection there are exceptions]].
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Honey passes for a 16-year old human when she's not transformed to look older or younger, but was built more recently than that.

[[folder:Original Manga]]
* FanDisservice: The manga had lots of nudity. Most of it was from nudity and was legitimate fanservice, but there was also the {{Gonk}} bullies at Honey's school (hairiest breasts you'll ever see. When Honey tricks them into watching themselves in a mirror for the first time in their life, they ''scream in horror''), Danbei ([[MaleFrontalNudity full-frontal even!]]), a detective whose anus won't stop bleeding, and Honey (who usually provides fanservice) getting half-naked because ''Sister Jill bit her shoulders until the arm went limp'', destroying her shirt and covering her torso in blood in the process.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Sister Jill, though she wasn't exactly non-threatening [[spoiler:since she's an actual panther turned into human]].
* HeroicSacrifice: During the manga version of [[spoiler:the attack on Honey's school, Honey creates a fake rock shell around Natsuko to help her hide from the Panther Claw minions hunting down survivors. But since Honey wasn't in top condition herself, Natsuko [[BodyDouble breaks out from the shell when a group of Quirky Minibosses nears them, loudly pretending to be Honey]], and tries to lure them away from the real Honey. She doesn't make it far before she's burned to death.]]
* PhlebotinumBreakdown: Later in the manga, Honey's powers became more and more unreliable.
* SchoolgirlLesbians: Parodied - Honey's secret identity goes to a girls' boarding school, and, well, [[SitchSexuality things happen]].
* TheStarscream: When Sister Jill chastised Dragon Panther, her subordinate openly rebelled, declaring Jill was too weak to order her around, and she would kill her and fill her position. It did not work how she expected it to.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Being a HotBlooded ActionGirl, Honey is bound to utter the sentence several times. One example happened shortly after one of Panther Claw minions [[spoiler:charred her best friend to ashes:]]
-->'''Honey''': "Not only They did kill my papa... And blow up my school and kill my friends... My best friend.. They killed Natsu-chan too! I won't forgive you, Panther Claw! No matter what happens to my body, I will kill each and every member of Panther Claw!"
* ThisPageWillSelfDestruct: Dr. Kisaragi's robot recording and house do this after delivering his posthumous exposition. Honey is about ''this'' close to leaving Seiji to die so he can't tell anyone.
* TheUnfought: Panther Zora in the original manga.

[[folder:1973 Anime]]
* AbsoluteCleavage: Honey's civilian outfit leaves little to the imagination.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: The Panther Claw actually tracks Honey back to her school and destroys it.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Seiji gets brainwashed by Panther Claw in one episode.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Junpei's girlfriend, Mami, is insanely jealous of his attraction to Honey.
* CollapsingLair: Any base belonging to a Panther Claw member will self-destruct upon its owner's death, [[spoiler: including Sister Jill's chateau in the last episode]].
* CutlassBetweenTheTeeth: Honey often carries her sword this way when she needs her hands free, including the time she used a pirate disguise.
* DeathByMaterialism: Panther Claw's main goal in obtaining Honey's elemental manipulation device is to create unlimited numbers of diamonds, rubies, and other shiny things. [[spoiler: In the last episode, Honey pours out gemstones to distract Sister Jill long enough to bring a statue down on her head.]]
* GlamourFailure: In Episode 3, Honey and Seiji wonder why the owner of a new jewelry store refuses to let reporters take photos of her. Turns out she's a Panther Claw minion in disguise, and the camera shows her true form.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: Natsuko's final scene.]]
* HostageForMacGuffin: The baddies try this a lot, usually using Seiji, Junpei, and/or Danbei as the hostage.
* HotForStudent: Alphonne-sensei has a crush on Honey.
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler: Natsuko is generally friendly and supportive of Honey. She gave her life to save her during Panther Claw's attack on St. Chapel Academy]].
* SparedByTheAdaptation: In the original manga, Panther Claw's attack on Honey's school was a bloodbath, killing everyone except Honey (including Alphonne and Miharu, whose deaths were PlayedForLaughs). In the anime version, the only casualty was [[spoiler: Natsuko]].
* SwordBeam: One of Honey's less frequently used powers.
* ThemeNaming: Panther Claw's minions all have either "panther" or "claw" in their names.
* TheresNoKillLikeOverkill: When Sister Jill discovers she's been photographed by a reporter, Jill is so outraged she goes from ordering the film destroyed to hunting down the reporter, destroying the film, killing the reporter, and then burning down the newspaper's building and kill everyone inside.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Honey has great aim with that sword.
* TwoTeacherSchool: Alphonne and Miharu/"Histler" are the only teachers in Honey's school.
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: Episode 14, where Natsuko dies and the school blows up. Then the Hayami house burns down in the next episode along with Seiji's workplace.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Dr. Kisaragi brings this up in the first episode with his "What is a human? What is a robot?" speech, the gist of which is that even though Honey is an android, he still loves her like a daughter.

[[folder:''New Cutey Honey'']]
* ActionMom: Daiko Hayami. At one point, she's able to HulkOut of wires that even Honey and Danbei couldn't break.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Jewel Princess has dark skin.
* AmnesiaDanger: In the first episode, Honey spends a long while running from the Mooks of the apparent BigBad until she gets her memories back and remembers she can kick their sorry butts easily.
* AmusementParkOfDoom: Yasha and the horde of JidaiGeki mannequins she controlled and sent on a rampage came from "Samurai Park", an old theme park that closed years ago.
* AntiVillain: Natsuko's former friends Gene, Pokey, and Jan stole a bomb with plans to hold it for ransom, and then use the money to start over somewhere else. The bomb heist was going to be their last heist, before Gene got [[HijackedByGanon Hijacked by Panther Zora]] and killed Pokey and Jan.
* BackFromTheDead: Black Maiden is really Panther Zora.
* BigBad: Dolmeck is the main antagonist of the series. [[spoiler:Or the DiscOneFinalBoss, at least.]]
* TheConstant: In the [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture ambiguous future]] of ''New Cutey Honey'', a cyborged Danbei is the only living reminder of Honey's past.
%%* DarkerAndEdgier
* DepravedHomosexual: Virtual Hacker, a CampGay MasterOfIllusion.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Gold Digger has two blinding lights on the inside of her breast plates she uses to stun her enemies (after flipping the bra cups open to get their attention.)
* DoAnythingRobot: In this version, Grandpa Danbei's become a Do Anything [[HollywoodCyborg Cyborg]], with most of ''Anime/{{Mazinger Z}}'''s attacks. (This is {{Lampshaded}} in the eighth episode.)
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Danbei now is a {{Cyborg}} and he has a few great attacks which are a great help.
* FoeYay:[[invoked]] Used as a diversion. Rocker Saline discovers Honey searching her dressing room, so to get out Honey pretends to be an enamored fan who loves Saline. A flustered and horrified Saline throws Honey out of her dressing room, screaming "I'm not into THAT!" (Honey, on the other hand, says "that was kind of fun!")
* ForTheEvulz: Scorpion, the battle mistress.
-->"You want my motivation? [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Fuck. You.]] ''That's'' my motivation. I [[InvoluntaryBattleToTheDeath make gang members fight to the death]] and I got [[GoGoEnslavement scantily clad women to serve me drinks while I watch]]. Why ''wouldn't'' I be doing this?"
* ForgotTheCall: Honey begins the series in AmnesiaDanger as the SexySecretary to the first episode's DecoyProtagonist.
* GigglingVillain: Peeping Spider.
* GoGoEnslavement: Scorpion subjects the women captured by her Thug Hunter squads who catch her eye to this. Most of the others are implied to be left to her men. [[ArentYouGoingToRavishMe Daiko is offended that she's left with the male delinquents being forced to fight to the death.]]
* GreaterScopeVillain: Panther Zora. It turns out Dolmeck was really [[TheDragon just attempting]] to revive Panther Zora to her former glory.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Peeping Spider, almost. It was in the eighth episode, which was the last one made.]]
* HijackedByGanon: Panther Zora showing up after three episodes of Dolmeck as the BigBad.
* HotterAndSexier: Of all the Cutey Honey adaptations, ''New Cutey Honey'' has the largest amount of {{Fanservice}} and nudity, especially with the numerous {{Transformation Sequence}}s.
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: Honey looks a few years older in ''New Cutey Honey'', possibly due to having used her transformation abilities to age just out of puberty.
* LadyLooksLikeADude: Gene is the most masculine looking female in the series, for being huge, muscular, and having a masculine haircut.
* LampshadeHanging: Quite a bit in Volume 2, though often it's straight [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth-wall breaking]] - like when Honey says she's contractually obligated to wear a bulletproof bra because the fans would be devastated if anything happened to her breasts.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Several Honey turns into "Chinese Warrior Honey" or "[[{{Woolseyism}} Kung Fu Honey]]"[[note]][[Franchise/StreetFighter Chun-Li]] with a ''green'' {{qipao}}[[/note]] in episode 3, into "Sukeban Honey"[[note]][[{{Delinquents}} Saki Asamiya]] from ''Manga/SukebanDeka''[[/note]] in ep. 7, and into [[YouCanLeaveYourHatOn a stripper who looks a lot like]] [[Manga/MagicKnightRayearth Hououji Fuu]] in ep. 8. The series also has guest appearances by Go Nagai characters [[Manga/{{Devilman}} Akira Fudo]], [[Anime/MazingerZ Professor Kabuto]], and an unnamed cameo by the [[Anime/MazingerZ Gamia sisters]] as a group of ''[[{{Ninja}} Kunoichi]]''.
* MamaBear: Daiko is protective of her family, fighting off anyone who would threaten them.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Panther Zora.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Honey looks a few years older than she did in the original series, but not the over one hundred years she actually is by then.
* OutlawCouple: Daiko and Akakabu, Chokkei's parents.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Chokkei's parents Akakabu and Daiko rob banks for a living, but we only see this once during the intro, and they fail spectacularly as everyone in the bank lobby is armed and gunning for them as soon as they fire a warning shot. The prologue to the second episode establishes that Danbei turned them into {{Boxed Crook}}s.
* PlotRelevantAgeUp; The "Black Maiden" (a nude girl in a bottle on top of a suit of armor) turns out to really be Panther Zora's reincarnated form; when Dolmeck's armor is cracked open, evil power courses out and ages her back to her adult form.
* PrecociousCrush: Chokkei carried a torch for Honey from before the start of the series.
%%* {{Premiseville}}: Cosplay City.
* PsychoLesbian: Jewel Princess, a lesbian who likes to seduce her female victims before killing them.
* PsychoSerum: The capsules used in the first few episodes, which induce OneWingedAngel in the user. The fifth episode establishes that they're SoLastSeason when Gene casually stomps a rival villain who monstered out this way.
* RoboticReveal: ''New Cutey Honey'' doesn't mention that Honey is an android until the third episode, when Peeping Spider discovers the secret after Honey no-sells one of the PsychoSerum capsules. Chokkei finds out at the same time, and is freaked out for about half of the next episode.
* SeriesFauxnale: The fourth episode seems to end everything with a bang. Then four more episodes got made.
* {{Shorttank}}: Natsuko, the plucky young WrenchWench who joins Honey's team after the fifth episode.
* ShoutOut: This version has numerous nods to Go Nagai's other works.
** One of the guest characters in the show is [[Manga/{{Devilman}} Akira Fudoh]].
** Danbei is a walking Go Nagai SuperRobot tribute. His cyborg body is loaded with weapons from Dynamic Publishing's most famous robots, including ''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' and ''Manga/GetterRobo''. [[LampshadeHanging He was transformed in a cyborg by]] [[Anime/MazingerZ Professor Kabuto]] himself.
** According to Go Nagai, Cosplay City was inspired by Franchise/{{Batman}}'s Gotham City.
%%* ShowerScene: Honey in episode 3.
* SpyCatsuit: Invoked Chokkei and [[DirtyOldMan Grandpa Danbei]] wear these while on a spying mission with Honey, and Danbei persuades her that she really needs to change into one, too. Danbei is disappointed when his grandson keeps him from peeping on the TransformationSequence.
* StoneWall: Akakabu's "fighting style" (if you can call it that) is simply to absorb more punishment than the opponent can dish out until he can find an opening. Daiko fell in love with this determination back when they were rival [[JapaneseDelinquents Delinquents]](because she was unable to defeat him, no matter how many times he got the crap kicked out of him).
* TeleportGun: Professor Kabuto's big project instead of Mazinger in this universe is the "Isrum". He declares that it could also make its user into a "god or a demon" before Gold Digger steals it. She then declares that "there's no god in her world" before embarking on a crime spree.
* ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler:After a long, difficult battle, Honey eventually manages to skewer the BigBad Dolmeck -- just like he wanted. It turns out that he's SealedEvilInACan, and Honey [[NiceJobBreakingItHero opened a portal to Hell]] so the souls of the foes she's defeated can awaken Dolmeck's Dragon to take her true form -- [[HijackedByGanon Panther Zora herself]].]]
* TooHotForTV: It was originally going to have 12 episodes, but the production company left it at eight due to the costs of censoring some scenes.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The story takes place a century after the original series in a futuristic Tokyo-like metropolis called Cosplay City.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Akakabu is an overweight man, while Daiko is an attractive young woman.
* VillainSong: "Burning Up", by punk rocker Saline.
* WaxMuseumMorgue: The Jewel Princess, who kidnaps young women and turns them into crystal statues for her lair.
* WhamLine: In the fourth episode, after Black Maiden mocks the idea of Honey believing she's human. What sells it is that Honey recognizes Black Maiden's voice has suddenly become familiar.
-->'''Black Maiden''': It's been a long time, Honey. ''You have no idea how long I waited til I could see you again.''
-->'''Cutey Honey''': [[spoiler: Panther Zora!]]
* WrenchWench: Natsuko; she's able to safely disassemble a city-destroying bomb in the episode when she's introduced.
* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn: Honey poses as a stripper to lure a [[BoxedCrook crook she needs boxed]] out of hiding.

[[folder:''Cutey Honey Flash'']]
* AdaptationalAttractiveness:
** Miharu and Alphonne, though it varies on how much their appearances have changed. Miharu looks much less haggered and haggish than she did in the original, while Alphonne's design is a bit softer and she no longer has a mustache.
** Inverted with Sister Jill. She is more nightmarish than in the original anime and manga. Her skin is chalk white and she more frequently sports a SlasherSmile.
* AdaptationSpeciesChange: Honey is now a human instead of an android. [[spoiler:Though she's ''still'' an artificial human.]]
* ArtificialHuman: [[spoiler:Both Honey and Seira are robotic human beings]]
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:Honey and Seiji have a baby named after Seira in the final episode]]
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Electric Panther.
* DanceBattler: One of Honey's many forms is Ballerina Honey, who is, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well...]]
* DarkMagicalGirl: Seira/Misty Honey is a cold-looking and quite reserved young woman with blue hair and a purple outfit, who opposes Honey/Cutey Honey's plans.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: Honey fears losing control of her powers and has a nightmare ending in this.
* {{Engrish}}: How Electric Panther speaks. OH NO! EMERGENCY!
* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler: Twilight Prince or rather Prince Zera is a member of Panther Claw and was using Honey as a means to usurp Sister Jill]]
* EvolvingCredits: The opening sequence has a couple sections that change according to the story arcs [[spoiler: and Honey's power-ups]].
* FrillyUpgrade: [[spoiler: When Seira, badly wounded from the battle with her clone created by her hatred, dies and gives Honey the power to become Hyper Honey.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Seira, Professor Kisaragi (as usual), and the Twilight Prince/Prince Zera]].
* LighterAndSofter: Unlike its predecessors, this incarnation of the series was aimed at a younger female demographic and less fanservicey (though considering Hiney and Misty's outfit, not ''that'' hyper much).
* MagicSkirt: Definitely [[PantyShot not]] in any other version.
* MysteriousProtector: Twilight Prince, who might as well be an {{Expy}} of [[Franchise/SailorMoon Tuxedo Mask]].
* ReflectionlessUselessEyes: Honey, when blinded by scales of a butterfly monster.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: In most versions of the series, the plot is kicked off by the murder of Dr. Kisaragi, and Honey fights Panther Claw to avenge him. Here the plot is kicked off by the ''kidnapping'' of Dr. Kisaragi, and Honey fights Panther Claw to rescue him.[[spoiler:This gets [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], however, since he ''still'' dies by the end of the series.]]
* TaremeEyes / TsurimeEyes: Honey Kisaragi's eyes are the typical round {{Shoujo}}-like style, while most of her transformations (including Cutey Honey) have sharper eyes.
* TheyDo: ''Flash'' is the only adaptation where [[spoiler:Honey and Seiji become an official couple. It's also implied that they slept together before the final battle.]]
* VaporWear / GoingCommando: Seira goes to the beach with an unbuttoned shirt instead of a bikini top. It's also implied in episode 21 that she wears nothing under her street clothes.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: Seiji loses his usual very 70s look of HotbloodedSideburns, a golf cap and turtleneck to become a more traditional {{Bishonen}}. In the process, he looks like a completely different character.

[[folder:''Re: Cutey Honey'']]
* ATeamFiring: Natsuko is smart enough to take advantage of this; she either doesn't move or walks ''into'' the barrage of enemy bullets, and simultaneously takes out the {{Mooks}} firing at her with just a few well-placed bullets of her own.
* AdaptationalBadass: Rather than being a DistressedDamsel and MuggleBestFriend, Natsuko is a skilled government agent here. Seiji also gets a considerable upgrade from ActionSurvivor and DistressedDude to a hyper-competent MysteriousProtector [[spoiler:and undercover NSA agent]].
* AdaptationPersonalityChange: This incarnation of Honey is a bit more "cutesy" than previous ones, as she has a ditzy but loving personality combined with a hot-blooded temper.
* AlertnessBlink: Being DenserAndWackier and all.
* AgeLift: Honey and Natsuko are both teenagers in the prior shows, but in this one, Honey is an adult who works at a temp agency, while Natsuko is a police inspector.
* BadassNormal: Natsuko is highly proficient in firearms including the high caliber and semi-automatic variety able to take out several Panthers using one of their rifles after knocking it out of his hands.
* BerserkButton: Addressing Natsuko as "Na-chan" will make her ''very'' upset.
* CompositeCharacter: The version of Natsuko from this series and the 2004 movie also has much in common with Miharu ("Histler") from the anime, who was also a disciplinarian SympatheticInspectorAntagonist figure trying to capture Honey.
* DefrostingIceQueen: After, Natsuko became much more open and supported Honey in the fight against Panther Claw and even allowed her to call her by the nickname "Nat-chan".
* DenserAndWackier: This adaption is from Studio GAINAX and the soon-to-be creators of ''Anime/KillLaKill'', this time around.
* DirtyOldMan: Honey's boss, who regularly fantasizes about boobs.
* ExtendedDisarming: When asked to [[TurnInYourBadge hand over her pistol]], Nastuko leaves behind a huge pile of firearms... and afterwards transfers the spare that was strapped to her thigh to her shoulder holster.
* FoodPorn: The feast Honey prepares for Natsuko in Episode 2 is shown in bright detail.
* InspectorJavert: Natsuko originally saw Honey as a public threat.
* IntimateHealing:
** It's a Medicine Kiss used to restart the android during the showdown with the BigBad.
** Natsuko's solution to Honey's [[HeroicBSOD blue-screening]] in the previous episode, after realizing that the RobotGirl's skin is reacting to her touch in her otherwise lifeless body, is to strip completely naked and embrace Honey as intimately as she possibly can without actually having sex with her.
* LargeHam: Everyone, as per usual. Special mention goes to Seiji, who spends a large chunk of his screentime prancing around like a goofball.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: [[Anime/MazingerZ Koji, Boss, and Sayaka]] get a cameo in one episode. So do Akira and Miki (1972 TV series versions) from ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'', and the original anime Natsuko from 1973.
* LiterallyLovingThyNeighbor: In Episode 2, it's revealed that Natsuko and Honey live right next to each other in their apartments; Na-chan is a {{Tsundere}} towards Honey, [[spoiler:and it's implied that they get together as a couple in the end.]]
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Honey to this incarnation of Natsuko.
* OnlySaneWoman: Natsuko in this adaption.
* OutOfFocus: Despite otherwise being a straight adaptation of the movie, Seiji loses his spot in the PowerTrio alongside Honey and Natsuko and becomes more of a mysterious mentor figure.
* PluckyOfficeGirl: Honey works as one of these.
* PowerOfLove: Natsuko saves a destablized Honey with this.
* TheyFightCrime: [[spoiler:At the end, Natsuko and Honey go into work together as private detectives.]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Onigiri for Honey.

[[folder:Live Action Adaptations]]
* AdaptationalBadass: Natsuko is a police inspector instead of a civilian and damsel in distress in ''Cutie Honey''.
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: The first live-action film has an animated opening sequence.
* BleachedUnderpants: In the live action film adaptation Honey's main outfit looks more like an armor than the skin tight [[LeotardOfPower unitard of power]] that she wears in the original manga, and the few portions of visible skin are covered with a flesh colored undershirt. It makes no sense considering that the original suit wasn't that revealing (Only her shoulders and [[CleavageWindow cleavage]] are exposed) and the actress playing her, Eriko Sato is a swimsuit model and even appears in some parts of the film wearing only underwear. This looks more blatant when compared to the animated opening a la Re: Cutie Honey, where drawn Honey wears a suit that barely covered her.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Hitomi Kisaragi, a.k.a. Honey herself]], dies at the end of ''Tears''. [[spoiler:However, it turns out that her condenser is still alive]].
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Sister Yuki]] in ''The Live''.
* TheHeroDies: Hitomi dies at the end of ''Tears'' [[spoiler:when she commits her HeroicSacrifice]].
* HeroicRROD: In ''Tears'', [[spoiler:Hitomi uses up all of her powers to stop the poison clouds from destroying Tokyo, knowing that it would lead to her death]].
* HeroicSacrifice: Towards the end of ''Tears'', Honey decides to sacrifice herself to [[spoiler:stop Jill's poisonous clouds]].
* LargeHam: Everyone as per usual, but special mention goes to Seiji in the movie, whose every movement is ridiculously dramatic and drawn out.
* LiveActionAdaptation: Three: TheMovie, ''Cutie Honey: The Live'' and ''Cutey Honey: Tears''.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: In ''Tears'', Honey is the codename of Hitomi Kisaragi.
* PowerTrio: Honey, Natsuko and Seiji form one in the live action movie. By the end they run a detective agency together.
* PhlebotinumBreakdown: Taken to an extreme with Sister Miki and Sister Yuki in "The Live".
* ReplicantSnatching: Cobalt Claw does this to the AlphaBitch in TheMovie.
* ShootingGallery: Used in TheMovie to showcase Nat-chan's ImprobableAimingSkills (she unloads a magazine but leaves barely more than one hole).
* TheyFightCrime: Honey, Miki and Yuki had a brief gig as a team of three in ''The Live''. [[spoiler:Miki and Yuki's system flaws, coupled with Yuki being manipulative, made sure that this partnership didn't last long.]]
** Also happens at the end of the movie, this time with Honey, Seiji and Natsuko.