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->''"The Flower that spreads throughout the land, Cure Blossom!"''
->''"The Flower that flutters by the ocean winds, Cure Marine!"''
->''"The Flower that bathes in the sunlight, Cure Sunshine!"''
->''"The Flower that glistens in the light of the moon, Cure Moonlight!"''

The seventh entry in the ''Anime/PrettyCure'' series, and the first since ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar'' to use a pair of Cures as the main characters.

When InnocentFlowerGirl Tsubomi Hanasaki and her parents move to a new town, Tsubomi has her heart set on starting with a clean slate and changing her quiet personality to become more outgoing. Fashion-loving GenkiGirl Erika Kurumi immediately attaches herself to her, and no matter how hard Tsubomi tries she just can't pry her off.

Meanwhile, Tsubomi is having a [[PsychicDreamsForEveryone strange dream]] where she witnesses the last stand of a mysterious woman in white called Cure Moonlight against the sinister [[EvilKnockoff Dark Pretty Cure]]. With the last of her strength, Cure Moonlight implores two fairies- Chypre and Coffret- to [[TakeUpMySword search for her successor]].

It turns out that Tsubomi is a [[TheChosenOne perfect candidate]] to take up the Pretty Cure power as Cure Blossom... perfect in every area except actual competence, giving her the title of [[ThisLoserIsYou The Weakest Pretty Cure Ever]]. However, driven by her desire to change and protect those around her, Tsubomi slowly begins to improve herself.

Soon Erika gets into the act as Cure Marine, and together they fight against the Desert Apostles, who seek to turn the world into a desert by killing the [[WorldTree Tree of Hearts]]. To speed the process along, the Apostles can steal the Heart Flowers of those going through [[SadnessTropes a rough patch]] and turn them into Desertrians, [[TheBerserker berserker]] [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters]] who are [[EvilCounterpart the embodiment of that person's frustrations and insecurities]]. Fortunately, it's nothing that a bit of [[DefeatEqualsFriendship punch-based therapy]] can't handle.

Later on, {{Bifauxnen}} StudentCouncilPresident Itsuki Myoudouin joins as [[SixthRanger Third Ranger]] Cure Sunshine to form a PowerTrio. Then there's Yuri Tsukikage, the former Cure Moonlight who has [[BrokenBird yet to recover]] from her [[DespairEventHorizon traumatic defeat]] at the hands of Dark Pretty Cure.

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!!This anime provides examples of:
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Dark Precure. She spends most of the series as a stoic character who seems to exist only to dog Yuri and provide a strong opponent for the Cures. Then episode 47 reveals that she just wants to cement her place as Sabaaku's ''real'' daughter, having been [[ReplacementGoldfish made to replace Yuri]]. ''Then'' episode 48 gives us her death scene proper, where Sabaaku comforts his now-badly injured "other daughter" and refers to her as Yuri's sister. The vulnerability coming from the heretofore borderline-emotionless Dark as she is embraced by Sabaaku and [[DisappearsIntoLight fades away]] makes it even more saddening.]]
* AllYourColorsCombined: Gold Forte Burst + Floral Power Fortissimo = '''SHINING FORTISSIMO!!!'''
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Yuri is tall, dark haired and [[BrokenBird has a very standoffish personality due to her past]]. Her alter ego Cure Moonlight brightened the color, but still a little 'darker' than the other Cures.
* AlternateContinuity: To every season that came before it.
* AnatomyOfTheSoul: Heart Flowers
* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler: Class X, Planetary Annihilation. Dune has destroyed a green forest planet to fuel his desert power.]] Didn't expect that in a kid's anime, huh?
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Cure Blossom in Episode 2.
--> '''Cure Blossom:''' Not only did you hurt Erika-san, you even trampled the flowers. [[ThisMeansWar I've... I'VE HAD ENOUGH!]]
* ArtStyleDissonance: Despite the cutesy and kiddy art, the show deals with some pretty heavy topics. Though the fact that kids actually deal with this and the show pretty much tells them that you can't always bury your feelings.
* AssKicksYou: Beautifully executed by Cure Blossom in episode six. Why she calls it a "punch" is a mystery.
** Blossom seems to be fond of this, actually. And in episode 30, both she and Marine do it in a [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Heroes]] moment.
** Done again with her whole body in a later episode ("Blossom Body Punch"). She seems to think that any offensive thrust not performed via legs or magic is a "punch"...
* AttackReflector: Cure Sunshine's Sunflower Aegis and Cure Moonlight's Moonlight Reflection.
* BabiesEverAfter: A weird variation where the main characters themselves aren't the parents. [[spoiler:After the final battle, we skip ahead at least a few months and learn that Tsubomi's little sister Futaba has been born.]]
* BadassCape: The mascots can transform into flight capes, allowing their partners to fly. Cure Moonlight can have this wihtout a mascot.
* BareYourMidriff: Cure Sunshine and Sasorina.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: And apparently the Cures and fairies are too.
* BeamSpam: Kumojacky's choice gambit while using his Dark Bracelet.
* BeehiveBarrier: Potpourri and Cure Sunshine have the power to create them.
* [[BewareMyStingerTail Beware My Stinger Ponytail]]: Sasorina
* {{Bifauxnen}}: [[StudentCouncilPresident Itsuki Myoudoin]] had quite a few viewers -- and Tsubomi -- convinced that she was a very cute boy...until Episode Seven. Commence both in-universe UnsettlingGenderReveal.
** Funnily enough, her [[IllBoy frail]] older brother [[DudeLooksLikeALady resembles a girl]] more than anything.
* BishieSparkle: Happens in Episode 7 with Itsuki. Unsurprisingly enough, there are [[FlowerMotifs peonies in the background]].
* BloodKnight: Kumojacky. [[spoiler: Deconstructed in episode 46.]]
* {{Bokukko}}: Itsuki. She switches to ''watashi'' as Cure Sunshine.
* BoomStick: The Flower Tacts.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Cobraja makes a whole herd of Desertrians from the kids who haven't done their homework. Once his army is defeated, he threatens the viewers who haven't done their homework before leaving.
* [[BreatherEpisode Breather (Half-)Episode]]: The first half of episode 47. Between the defeat of Kumojacky and Cobraja and the battle versus Dark Pretty Cure and Prof. Sabaku, we see how hilarious Sunacky can be.
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: This time, it's "''Pretty Cure, Open My Heart!''" ''ShugoChara'' anyone?
* CainAndAbel: [[spoiler:Yuri Tsukikage and Dark Pretty Cure.]] It ended relatively well, [[spoiler: with Mr. Tsukikage acknowledging that both of them are his daughters and that Dark Pretty Cure is indeed Yuri's little sister]]. [[AlasPoorVillain But not before Cure Moonlight dealt lethal damage to Dark Pretty Cure...]]
* TheCameo: Aya Ikeda and Mayu Kudou (singers for ''Heartcatch'''s AnimeThemeSong and {{Ending Theme}}s respectively) make an appearance in episode 36 as members of the school's light music club.
** Mayu Kudou has done this before in ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' (which she sang the AnimeThemeSong of) with Kanako Miyamoto (singer for that season's {{Ending Theme}}s).
* CameraFiend: Kanae Tada.
** BlandNameProduct: Kanae uses a "Nihon" camera, an obvious stand-in for a Nikon.
* CareBearStare: Any attack with "forte" in it, if Cure Marine and Sasorina's reactions to getting hit by them are any indication
* CatchPhrase: Tsubomi, Erika and Itsuki all have "limit phrases" used when battling against Desertrians. On the other hand, a straighter example of this would be Nanami's "A smile is the best!"
* CherryBlossoms: Cure Blossom's signature flower.
* CombatStilettos
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Tsubomi just [[spoiler:got an UnsettlingGenderReveal about Itsuki being a girl]]! So, how shall Erika comfort her? "Thank goodness the Fashion Club can continue!"
* ContinuityNod: At the end of TheMovie, [[spoiler:the fairies are shown waving the light sticks first used in the All Stars [=DX2=] movie.]]
** Also, in Episode 48, [[spoiler:Salamander and Olivier from TheMovie appear in Sabaaku's StartOfDarkness flashback.]]
* CrapSaccharineWorld: For all the bright, vivid colors and cutesy outfits, the series is mostly spent with the public at large being blissfully unaware that TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt is barely being held at bay by three inexperienced teenagers and one experienced, but broken teenager. Also see DarkerAndEdgier below.
* CrossOver: The openings of Episodes 5-8 showed all the franchise's characters together in a teaser for the second BatFamilyCrossover movie.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[spoiler:''Coupe-sama!'']]
* CueTheSun: When Itsuki transforms for the first time.
* CurbStompBattle: When Dune actually appears in person, he totally thrashed the Precures[[spoiler:, Cure Flower included]].
** [[spoiler:Cures vs. Dune, round 2 reverses it. The girls come at him so hard, he can barely get an attack in edgewise. [[OneWingedAngel And then he grows big enough to literally punch the Earth]].]]
* CutenessProximity: Itsuki.
* CutesyNameTown[=/=]{{Premiseville}}: Kibogahana ("Flower of Hope").
* DancingTheme: The 3D CGI from ''[[Anime/FreshPrettyCure Fresh]]'' makes a return, and is more complex than last time. An entire ''mosh pit'' was rendered for the first ending.
* DarkerAndEdgier: After 49 episodes, some of which contains [[spoiler: ParentalAbandonment and its consequences, [[DeadPartner a dead fairy partner]] [[DisappearsIntoLight which then gets]] DeaderThanDead, [[CainAndAbel ultra-violent sibling rivalry]], people forced into comas and made into mentally-unbalanced soldiers for alien forces, and several on-screen character deaths including a main character's long-lost father, which was sort-of betraying her]], it's safe to say that this is [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids the darkest iteration]] of ''Anime/PrettyCure'' since ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar''. ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'' nearly kept the pattern going, but was forced to get LighterAndSofter due to the Sendai tsunami.
** However, all those GRIMDARK-ness only made the theme of hope shine brighter.
* DeadPartner: [[spoiler: Yuri's fairy partner Cologne was killed while battling Dark Pretty Cure and Professor Sabaku, which is the reason why she flipped out on Itsuki for not taking better care of Potpourri.]]
* DeflectorShields: Potpourri and Cure Sunshine can summon these.
* DespairEventHorizon: Episode 45. [[spoiler:Thankfully, there were a few survivors.]]
** {{Defied Trope}} in episode 49. When you're not the [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Dai-Gurren-dan]], the proper reaction to seeing a giant EldritchAbomination from outer space pummeling your planet with impunity is to tremble in despair. However, [[PluckyGirl Erika]] instead decides that the Cures must fight it, [[RefugeInAudacity what with being "14-year old beautiful superheroines"]]. [[note]]She's then corrected that Yuri is a 17 years old Cure[[/note]]
* DisappearedDad: Yuri's dad has been missing for some time. [[spoiler: But she found him when she met with Professor Sabaku after she defeated Dark Pretty Cure.]]
* DisappearsIntoLight: [[spoiler:Cologne]] in episode 34, [[spoiler:Dark Pretty Cure]] in episode 48.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: In episode 47. And it works!
* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler: The movie villain, Baron Salamander gets forgiven for all the shit he pulled, including turning his foster son into a mindless monster to reclaim his former power (never mind standard villain stuff, like immediately using said power to try burning France to cinders... which failed). While Dune in the main series gets similar forgiveness in the end, he gets to be purified to the point of becoming an essentially different entity (even if he survives), while Salamander doesn't. However, Salamander had his power source destroyed so his only way is to restart his life like a normal human instead of repeating his shits, with Olivier by his side. On the bright side, he does have a chance to change his viewpoint of "The world rejects me! I'm all alone in this world!" thanks to still having Olivier.]]
* ElementalHair
* ElementalPowers
** PetalPower: Cure Blossom, arguably Cure Flower as well.
** MakingASplash: Cure Marine
** ThePowerOfTheSun: Cure Sunshine
** {{Lunacy}}: Cure Moonlight
** CastingAShadow: Dark Pretty Cure
* EleventhHourSuperpower: [[spoiler:Infinity Silhouette.]]
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: [[spoiler: Episode 45. Dune kills the Heart Tree, turning the entire world into a desert.]]
* EnemyWithout: Episode 37 had each of the girls fighting their own version of one.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Girls think Itsuki is pretty. Many of them continue thinking this way even long after they find out she's a girl.
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* HairDecorations: Tsubomi has her yellow flower-shaped scrunchies, and [[spoiler:her little sister has a bow that looks like Chypre's]].
* EvilCounterpart: Dark Precure, who else?
* EvolvingCredits: The opening incorporates Cure Sunshine and then Cure Moonlight as they join the active Pretty Cure roster.
* {{Expy}}:
** Sayaka in episode 3 is into soccer, and looks a lot like Rin from ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5''. Lampshaded in episode 21 when Potpourri is scouting for the third Pretty Cure, and tells her there have been soccer-playing Cures before.
** Prior to the show's premiere, some people thought Tsubomi and Erika resembled [[Anime/FushigiboshiNoFutagoHime Fine and Rein]], mainly because of the theme colors.
** Hiroto from episode 15 looks like a young [[RurouniKenshin Kenshin]], though the crossed scar is on the opposite cheek.
** Way too many people compare Erika's older sister Momoka to [[Anime/FreshPrettyCure Miki]], right down to her being a fashion model.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: [[spoiler: Itsuki]] in the final episode. [[spoiler: She's finally wearing the girls' uniform too!]]
* EyepatchOfPower[=/=]SupernaturalGoldEyes: Dark Pretty Cure's right eye. Most of the time she fights with it closed, but her power increases dramatically whenever she opens it. [[spoiler: As of Ep. 42, both of her eyes are gold, yet her brief appearance there seems to suggest that all three tropes still apply.]]
* FaceOfAThug: Ban-kun from Episode 18. He's got a DeathGlare that scares off even the baddest of {{delinquent}}s but he's actually a pretty nice guy.
* FacelessMasses: In the opening, some formless, keyhole-shaped people chase Erika and Tsubomi. Itsuki, Kanae, Nanami and a background student are the only ones with definite shapes, but the last two become formless in the next shot.
* FairyTaleMotifs: {{The Movie}} with Tsubomi and Olivier, {{Disney/Beauty and The Beast}} style.
* FanFicMagnet: Tsubomi's little sister Futaba from the finale. Quite a handful of fanfic writers and fanartist have spent some time thinking of what she would be like as a Cure.
* FashionShow: The co-highlight of Episode 36.
* FashionableAsymmetry:
** Dark Pretty Cure has both the one winged fallen angel appearance as well as heterochromia, [[spoiler:until Ep. 42, anyway.]]
** To a lesser extent, Cure Moonlight as well, with the full length glove on just her right arm, and the off-center placement of her accessories.
* TheFashionista: Erika, very much so, though she's rubbed off on both Tsubomi and Itsuki.
* FirstNameBasis: Episode 25 kicks off with Erika excitedly doing this with Itsuki.
* {{Fleeting Demographic}}: Young Girls.
* FloralThemeNaming: Tsubomi means "flower bud", and Erika is probably named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erica the flower erica]]. Additionally, Itsuki's name means "flowering tree", foreshadowing the fact that she eventually became [[SixthRanger Cure Sunshine]], and Yuri (Cure Moonlight)'s name means "lily".
** Additionally, we have the mothers: Tsubomi's mom Mizuki (the "ki" part probably meaning "tree"), Erika's mom [[CherryBlossomGirl Sakura]], Itsuki's mom Tsubaki ("camellia"), and Yuri's mom Haruna (the "haru" part meaning "spring"). And finally, Granny Kaoruko's name is formed with the kanji for "fragrance" and "child".
* FlowerMotifs: Pretty much what the entire series is based around.
* FriendlyFireproof: Marine Dynamite has DamageDiscrimination, only blasting the hell out of the enemy.
* FromBadToWorse: [[spoiler: Even Heartcatch Mirage isn't enough to stop Dune. He turns into [[OneWingedAngel an enormous giant man in outer space]] and then starts pummeling the Earth with his bare hands.]]
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Not really "background", as there was nobody in the foreground when it happened, but at one point during the first episode, a background student was shown arriving at school after [[LateForSchool getting late]].
* FusionDance: [[spoiler: Infinity Silhouette.]]
* GaiasLament: [[{{Big Bad}} Dune's]] main goal. [[spoiler: He succeeds in episode 45 by wilting the [[{{WorldTree}} Heart Tree]] himself.]]
* GayParee: The setting of TheMovie. It's the first time a ''Anime/PrettyCure'' movie, not counting the [[Anime/PrettyCureAllStars two All-Stars movies]], takes place on Earth instead of in some fantastical land.
* GenkiGirl: Erika, PERIOD.
* GirlishPigtails: Tsubomi after her makeover.
* TheGlassesGottaGo: One of the first things that Erika does to Tsubomi as part of her "makeover". Though Tsubomi still wears them from time to time afterwards.
* GospelRevivalNumber: The second ED, "Tomorrow Song ~Ashita no Uta~".
* GratuitousEnglish
* GratuitousFrench: Present at various points in TheMovie, due to it taking place in Paris.
* GratuitousItalian: In the names of the Cures' [[FinishingMove Finishing Moves]]: ''forte'' and ''fortissimo''
* GoodEyesEvilEyes: Tsubomi, Erika and Itsuki are all doe-eyed to signal their status as heroines. On the other hand, Yuri's eyes start out narrow, but become larger once she regains her ability to transform into Cure Moonlight and starts bonding with the other Cures.
* GoOutWithASmile: A Pretty Cure's FinishingMove causes those who get hit by it to enter a state of complete bliss; if the target is a [[MonsterOfTheWeek Desertrian]] or [[spoiler:one of the Desert Apostles]], this is accompanied by fading away and returning to human form. Also, [[spoiler:pretty much everyone who dies in this series]] goes through this.
* GracefulLoser: [[spoiler: Both Kumojacky and Cobraja]] in episode 46.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Well, the Sunacky in Castle Planet are sand-brained.
* HeirToTheDojo: Itsuki; it's the reason she has to dress as a boy.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Cologne flew in front of an attack from Professor Sabaku to save Cure Moonlight, costing him his life.]]
** [[spoiler:And Sabaku himself protects Yuri and Tsubomi from one of Dune's attacks in episode 48, killing him in the process.]]
* HeroicSecondWind: [[spoiler: For Cure Moonlight after Tsubomi's speech in Episode 48, with a ThemeMusicPowerUp.]]
* HeyWait: The infiltration scene in Episode 47.
* HotBlooded: Kumojaki and Erika. Also subverted with Kenji, who appeared to be this because of his fluffy hair, but turned out to be a rather nice guy.
* HowDoIShotWeb: Cure Blossom's first battle. It only counts for her, due to Cure Marine being GenreSavvy and Cure Sunshine being a skilled martial artist.
* IAmYourOpponent: [[HotBlooded Kumojacky]] loves this trope. Every Desert Messenger and Precure at least likes it.
* ImageSong: And yes, Toei didn't let the singing talent of [[NanaMizuki three]] [[HoukoKuwashima of]] [[Creator/AyaHisakawa their]] leads go unused. The Cures actually get ''three'' songs each instead of the normal one or two.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Kumojaki's [[BeamSpam power-up attacks]] with the Dark Bracelet are pretty out there.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Cobraja throws exploding photos, a la [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} a certain Cajun.]]
* InvisibleBackupBand: Considering there's an actual band playing in Episodes 36, it doesn't seem likely that this would come into play if not for the violin playing in the music when none of the band members have one.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Alas, poor Mr. Tsukikage and Dark Pretty Cure...]]
* KungShui: Cure Marine versus Cobraja's fight causes massive damage to ''space platforms''.
* LargeHam: Kumojaki, Cobraja, ''and'' [[NoIndoorVoice Erika]].
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Itsuki Myoudouin is a girl (and Cure Sunshine), Yuri Tsukikage is Cure Moonlight. Notably the [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil trailers didn't even bother hiding their transformations]].
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In episode 7, the gap between Tsubomi fawning over Itsuki and lamenting that [[UnsettlingGenderReveal Itsuki is really a girl]] is about 3 minutes. Her lamentation was...
-->''My first love... ended in three minutes...''
* LegacyCharacter: Other ''Anime/PrettyCure'' series had hinted at this, but ''Heartcatch'' is the first to actually show it, with Tsubomi's grandmother being a former Precure. [[spoiler:The very last shot of the series hints that a little girl bearing a striking resemblance to Tsubomi (or at least from what we've seen of her) has become a Cure herself.]]
* LetsGetDangerous: Tsubomi's "I've had enough!" Also, Kumojacky and Cobraja begin taking their battles with the Pretty Cures much, ''much'' more seriously after [[spoiler:Sasorina is purified, seeking to avenge her death]].
* LoveAtFirstSight: According to Episode 9, Tsubomi's parents met that way.
* LoveConfession: Yuri gets one in episode 42...by a childhood friend [[PrecociousCrush at least 5 years younger than she is]].
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Cure Sunshine invokes this with her Shiny Tambourine.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: First, Kaoruko mentions never having to deal with anyone like Professor Sabaku during her tenure. Then, she mentions Yuri's father disappeared some years ago while looking for the Heart Tree. Then we find out that Dark Pretty Cure and Cure Moonlight are apparently two halves of the same whole. Sure enough, he is revealed as Yuri's father in episode 47 after his CoolMask is sliced in two.]]
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Pretty Cure Gold Forte Burst
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Dark Pretty Cure.
* MagicDance: Cure Sunshine dances to power up her Gold Forte Burst, for some unexplained [[RuleOfCool reason]].
* MagicalGirl
** MagicalGirlWarrior
* MagicSkirt: The normal uniforms are this. The skirts are less so while in Cure form, but they are wearing ModestyShorts underneath.
* MartialArtsUniform: Tsubomi's grandmother wears one in her flashback episode.
* MeaningfulName: Just about everybody.
* {{Meganekko}}: Tsubomi and Yuri.
* MegatonPunch: [[spoiler:Infinity Silhouette's attack.]]
* MerchandiseDriven: Probably the most egregious example in the franchise. The Heart Pot is a piggy bank, the Heartcatch Mirage is a jewelry box, the Shiny Tambourine lights up when spun a few times, and the Tacts have a dial that the Cures have to spin frantically to complete their spells, turning otherwise cool-looking {{Finishing Move}}s into complete {{Narm}}.
* MidSeasonUpgrade: More like three fourths through, but Super Silhouette.
* MissingMom: Nanami (who also happens to be the star of the Mother's Day episode)'s mother has passed away.
* MundaneUtility: Erika tries to use the powers of the Marine Tact to clean her room and give herself a massage in episode 39. Coffret is not amused.
* NeverMessWithGranny: Kaoruko Hanasaki, Tsubomi's grandmother, not only won a prominent karate tournament when younger, but was also a former Pretty Cure. [[spoiler: Cure Flower makes a triumphant reappearance in episode 44.]]
* NewTransferStudent: Tsubomi.
* NietzscheWannabe: Dune.
* NighInvulnerable: Nearly everyone who are shown fighting, but especially [[PluckyGirl Cure Marine]] in episode 46.
* NoblewomansLaugh: The drama club in episode 16 is doing a play where an extra is playing TheOjou and tries this laugh but gets yelled at that its not ''grand enough''.
* NobodyPoops: Subverted with Chypre and Coffret, who poop out the Heart Seeds much like [[Anime/OjamajoDoremi Pao-chan]]. The BrainBleach is right there. This is probably why the sequence was cleaned up in later episodes.
** And then there's episode 28 where they take out an army of [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters Of The Week]]...let that sink in for a few seconds.
* NonHumanSidekick: The fairies.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Itsuki loves cute things, but she can't say so because she wants to be a great martial artist like her brother once was. To compensate, Tsubomi offers to have her join the fashion club.
* OddFriendship: Tsubomi is a ShrinkingViolet while Erika is way too much of a GenkiGirl.
* OminousFloatingCastle: Wakuseijo/The Planet Castle.
* OnTheNextEpisodeOfCatchphrase: "We'll catch everyone's hearts!" uttered by Tsubomi and Erika.
* OneWingedAngel: The final form of Dune in episode 49, an [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever enormous giant man]] in outer space.
* OpaqueLenses: Tsubomi when wearing her glasses.
** Yuri gets these in Episode 34 when the girls ask her to take part in the fashion show and Erika starts taking her measurements ''just by looking''.
* PajamaCladHero: Episode 7 had Tsubomi race to help Erika rescue Itsuki while still in her PJs. She doesn't realize this until Itsuki questions why she's in school in her PJs.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Chypre and Coffret.
* PlotBasedPhotographObfuscation: Nanami's mother.
* PokemonSpeak: Averted, unlike other PrettyCure MonsterOfTheWeek, the Desertrians in fact uses the same voice to shout the frustrations of the VictimOfTheWeek loudly. And considering that each episodes have different victims...
* PowerDyesYourHair: The Cures all have their hair turn a lighter color during the TransformationSequence.
* PowerFist: The maiden that appears when the Super Silhouette Precures use the Heart Catch Orchestra uses this to the fullest.
* PowerMakesYourHairGrow: Itsuki gets some luxurious locks when she transforms into Cure Sunshine.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Cure Marine preaches about it to Kumojacky in episode 46, who thinks that being strong is everything.
* ThePowerOfLove: The power of Infinite Pretty Cure is literally Infinite Love, which she/they use to stop Dune's earth-shaking rampage.
* PreExplosionBuildup: Erika's Marine Dynamite.
* PrehensileHair: Sasorina
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: Well, Kumojacky punches Cure Marine across the space platform and ''through'' several stone pillars in episode 46. That's some ''SaintSeiya''-level battle there.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "THIS! IS! TSUBOMI!"
* PuniPlush: Compared to previous seasons, at least. A lot of fans will be reminded of ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' '''and''' ''CasshernSins'', both of which had the same character designer.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Desert Apostles trio.
* RapidFireFisticuffs ''and then'' PummelDuel: Cure Marine versus Kumojacky in episode 46.
* RazorWind: Kumojacky's standard attacks, which Cure Marine counters with [[MoreDakka Marine Shooter]].
* RealIsBrown: Like in ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'', most of Tsubomi and Erika's classmates have brownish hair, the only exceptions being Sayaka Uejima and episode 15's Hiroto, both having very bright red hair.
* RealMenWearPink: Ban-kun is a very scary looking guy with a bad reputation... who also loves drawing weepy shojo manga of Cure Blossom and Cure Marine.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: In episode 46, Cure Marine delivers one to Kumojacky while Cure Sunshine delivers one to Cobraja.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Mr. Tsukikage.]]
* RetiredBadass: Kaoruko Hanasaki, AKA Cure Flower, who has fought and defeated Dune in the past. [[spoiler: Kumojacky and Cobraja never knew what hit 'em when they temporarily forced her out of retirement in episode 44.]]
** Coupe, her fairy partner also qualifies.
* TheReveal: Why do the Desert Apostles run with their tails between their legs whenever they're in danger of being purified? [[spoiler:It's because they're made from Heart Flowers themselves, making them functionally humanoid Desertians and subject to the same conditions.]]
** Episode 47 also counts, with regards to [[spoiler:Professor Sabaku's [[LukeIAmYourFather identity]].]]
* [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Ridiculously Cute Critters]]: The Cure partners, especially Potpourri.
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: It wouldn't be ''Pretty Cure'' without it.
* SarcasticClapping: Dune in episode 48, following a dramatic scene.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: The student council members (sans Itsuki) have them ''all the time''.
* SchoolPlay: In Episode 16, the fashion club is charged of making costumes for the school play the drama club is holding.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Episodes 37 and 38.
* {{Shojo}}
* ShoulderAngels: In Episode 28, Erika has these, arguing over whether to do her summer homework.
* ShoutOut: In Episode 5, Tsubomi (NanaMizuki) adds rapeseed (''[[LyricalNanoha Nanoha]]na'') to the flower arrangement.
** The red/magenta heart seeds are essentially Magical Girl [[MobileSuitGundam00 Trans-Am]].
** Floral Power Fortissimo is basically a very girly [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Giga Drill Breaker]] - projectiles are thrown to hold the enemy in place, complete with a colorful background (just like the galaxy background), then the girls charge at the enemy as the finishing blow, piercing through its "heart". Then, it floats for a second, while the girls strike a pose, at which point it explodes in a mushroom cloud.
** Kumojacky looks a lot like CaptainHarlock. See WrongGenreSavvy below.
** Yuri is the best in her class, always being the first at every test. [[Franchise/SailorMoon Ami Mizuno]], anyone?
** The [[{{Mooks}} Sunacky]] can only speak high-pitched "eeee!" sounds like Shocker soldiers from ''Series/KamenRider''.
** Cure Sunshine caused a lot of comparisons with [[Series/KamenRiderBlackRX a certain other child of the sun...]] [[http://cdn-ak.f.st-hatena.com/images/fotolife/a/ahousa/20100718/20100718104853_original.jpg For example.]]
** "Heartcatch Precure!: The Movie" was set in Paris and Mount Saint Michael in France, obiviously.
* ShrinkingViolet: Tsubomi and Naomi.
* SkirtOverSlacks: The biking shorts variation, but this time they are ''really'' short.
* ShutUpHannibal: Happens OncePerEpisode, with the heroines delivering the ShutUpHannibal moments to the villains, who criticizes the thoughts of the [[VictimOfTheWeek Victims of The Week]].
* ShyBlueHairedGirl: Averted with Erika; to make up for that, we have Tsubomi, who is a Shy ''Red'' Haired Girl.
* SixthRanger: Cure Sunshine, whose appearance, powers, and identity -- Itsuki -- were revealed through leaked merchandising scans. Cure Moonlight became a ''Fourth'' Ranger in Episode 33. [[spoiler:And then Cure Flower appears as the ''Zeroth'' Ranger in episode 44.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Coffret is pretty easy to figure out, but Chypre had to be vindicated by a trading card after dozens of spellings. Cobraja/Cobrager/Kobraj and Kumojaki/Kumojacky continue to be debated by fans.
* SpiritAdvisor: [[spoiler: The power of the Heart Tree managed to revive Cologne's spirit and he gave Yuri a pep talk to convince her to take up the mantle of Cure Moonlight again.]]
* SpoilerOpening: The second opening, ending, and eyecatches all feature Cure Moonlight very prominently, indicating her return in episode 33.
* StormingTheCastle Planet: Episode 45 kicks of an entire arc of it. Man, those Snackies can fly.
* StoryBreakerPower[=/=] GameBreaker: [[spoiler: Infinity Silhouette. A planet sized Precure, who's so powerful the main big bad, who also had grown to the size of the planet, can't even hit her. His punches literally bounce off her like they are nothing, and she literally defeats him with one punch. It's never seen again, not even in the All stars crossover movies that air after the series Infinity Silouette appears in ended, probably because of this trope.]]
* SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum: Dune. "My hatred will never disappear!" is his response after [[spoiler:he is only barely scratched with Heartcatch Mirage. And then he turns gigantic and starts pummeling the Earth.]] If he wore black, he would probably outdo [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Kuja]].
* SunnySunflowerDisposition: Cure Sunshine, [[CaptainObvious of course]].
* SuperheroesWearCapes: The girls finally got theirs when searching for the Heart Tree.
* SuperMode: Super Silhouette.
* TakingTheBullet: Erika takes [[TakenForGranite the bullet]] for Tsubomi in Episode 6.
** [[spoiler: Cologne took one for Cure Moonlight, resulting in his death.]]
* TalkToTheFist: Cure Marine to Kumojacky in episode 46. Also doubles as ShutUpHannibal.
* TemptingFate: Erika's "Don't worry, if powerful enemies appear, we will smack 'em down!". [[spoiler: Naturally enough, the very next scene has the Pretty Cures tasting a sample of Dune's real power. And then Dune reveals just what kind of monster he is...he probably wouldn't be very out of place in ''{{Halo}}''.]]
* ThemeNaming: Along with the floral example above, all of the Desert Messengers have desert-themed, and for the Three Generals, poisonous animals-themed names: Sasorina (a play on the Japanese word for scorpion, "sasori"), '''Cobra'''ja (bonus points for "ja" being a Japanese homonym for "snake"), Kumojaki (a play on the Japanese word for spider, "kumo" and his VerbalTic), Sabaku (from the Japanese words for "desert" and "evil") and Dune (a rare English example, referring to a sand dune).
* ThemeTuneCameo: The opening and 2nd ending themes are played by a cassette recorder in Episode 41. It's actually even possible, since Aya Ikeda and Mayu Kudou exist in-universe, too.
* ThisMeansWar: Desertrians destroy flowers. Cure Blossom proceeds to lay a massive smackdown on it.
* ThresholdGuardians: [[spoiler: Kaoruko and that hot guy...er, Coupe-sama acted as proctors for the Pretty Cures' test to receive the Heartcatch Mirage.]]
* TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential: Getting Heartcatch Mirage, and then getting the Heartcatch Orchestra later on.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Initially averted, with Tsubomi and Erika ''both'' being girly girls. Then Itsuki joins and is tomboy enough for both of them, [[GirlinessUpgrade increasingly evident girliness]] aside.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The preview for episode 23 has a shot of Cure Sunshine's identity, while the preview and title of [[ChristmasEpisode Episode 44]] clearly indicate [[spoiler: Cure Flower's reappearance]].
* TransformationSequence: This time the modesty is kept by long, flowy dresses made of light rather than the usual sparkly bodies.
** TransformationIsAFreeAction: It's a MagicalGirl series. And it's ''Anime/PrettyCure'', to boot.
* TransformationTrinket: The Kokoro and Shiny Perfumes, the Heart Pot and the Heartcatch Mirage.
* TraumaCongaLine: Yuri. Before the series even begins, she [[spoiler:loses her beloved fairy partner after he pulls a HeroicSacrifice to save her life]] and suffers a [[HeroicBSOD crippling]] loss to Dark Pretty Cure. Then comes the final arc, where she is hit by a machine-gun volley of traumatic revelations and events: [[spoiler:Sabaku is her DisappearedDad; Dark Pretty Cure is her genetic younger sister created by her {{Brainwashed}} father ''specifically'' to kill Yuri; Dark Pretty Cure (her younger sister) ''dies'' at Yuri's hands; her father ''leaves Yuri'' to comfort the EvilKnockoff in her dying moments; and her father '''is murdered in front of Yuri''' by the BigBad]]. And she still manages to hold it together enough to SaveTheWorld with nothing more than [[LadyOfWar grit]] and ThePowerOfFriendship. You would think that the series would [[ThrowTheDogABone give Yuri come kind of compensation or reward]] for all the losses she's suffered, but [[BittersweetEnding no]].
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler:Not only do the Desert Generals, whose recoveries ''are'' explained, manage to recover, returning to being normal humans after being purified, but Erika implies that even the Sunackies survived... somehow. [[KilledOffForReal Mr. Tsukikage and Dark Pretty Cure however, aren't so fortunate...]]]]
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Tsubomi develops a crush on [[{{Bifauxnen}} Itsuki]] at first sight and is despondent when she learns that "he" is a girl during episode 7. (Granted, [[LesYay she still fawns over her now and again]].) Humorously, Cobraja is pretty shocked that Itsuki is female as well.
* VerbalTic: Coffret and Chypre end their sentences with "~desu".
** Potpourri slurs this into "deshu," presumably on account of being a newborn.
** Kumojaki speaks with a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tosa-ben Tosa-dialect]], which results in his use of "-jaki" and "-ze yo" to punctuate his statements.
* VictimOfTheWeek: A departure from previous continuities. Someone with an emotional problem is vulnerable to having their Heart Flower stolen, so expect to see a lot of these.
* VillainousBreakdown: Cobraja in episode 46, after [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech he realizes]] what kind of despicable (read:unbeautiful) monster he is. But he refuses to stop as he reckons it's too late to go back.
* VillainsOutShopping: In Episode 18, the girls are helping a friend write a manga, so they go to a bookstore for supplies. At one point, Kumojacky's distinctive long red hair and [[Franchise/FinalFantasy White Mage longcoat]] cross the foreground holding some presumably [[TestosteronePoisoning extremely manly]] manga.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Episode 39 reveals that this is the basic dynamic between Erika and Coffret. Coffret might not have known it yet, though.
* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs: In Episode 18, Tsubomi and Erika discover that one of their classmates has been drawing {{doujinshi}} of Blossom and Marine. However it's much lighter on {{Flanderization}} than most instances of this trope, and the girls even volunteer to help him ink it.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Itsuki.
* WordSaladTitle
* TheWorfEffect: Subverted. The girls (especially Cure Sunshine) were shown to be able to hold their own against the Desert Apostles in the past, but once Cure Moonlight showed up, they were easily beaten up. Admittedly, the Apostles were stronger thanks to the Dark Bracelets, and by the end of the episode, the three of them were nearly able to cleanse them, but only after Cure Moonlight softened them up quite a bit.
** Played straight with Potpourri's DeflectorShields. We first see him protect the Heart Tree from Dark Pretty Cure. In nearly every subsequent appearance, they break instantly to display how powerful the enemy's attack is.
* WreckedWeapon: Cure Marine breaks Kumojacky's sword in episode 46 as part of her HeroicSecondWind. And then the fight devolves into a PummelDuel.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Let's face it, if [[HotBlooded Kumojacky]] were in a GiantMecha series, he'd be the ''good'' guy.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: All of the heroines have hair colors that match their Pretty Cure color theme. Erika's case is literal, since she actually does have blue hair.
* [[{{Your Soul Is Mine}} Your Heart Flower is Mine]]: Type One. This is how the {{Monster of the Week}} shows up, but the [[{{Our Souls are Different}} Heart Flowers]] must have already begun to wilt themselves before the villains can invoke this. The body itself takes the form of [[{{Buffy Speak}} some kind of transparent colorful crystal ball thing]]; and if the victim's [[{{Our Souls are Different}} Heart Flower]] wilts completely while the {{Monster of the Week}} has it, then that person essentially dies because he/she is in that form forever and his/her [[{{Our Souls are Different}} Heart Flower]] cannot be retaken, thus transitioning to a Type Two and making the [[{{World Tree}} Grand Heart Tree]] wilt more.
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