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->''"We have to find her soon, the one who will turn the snow white."''

''Shin Shirayuki-hime Densetsu Puriitia'' -- "Prétear: The New Legend of Snow-White", often shortened to just ''Prétear'' -- is a {{shojo}} story with a premise that can be described as "''MagicalGirlWarrior Literature/SnowWhite And The [[{{Bishonen}} Seven Bishonen]]''". Exactly what it sounds like -- nothing too original, but nevertheless quite entertaining, if you are into this particular genre. Originally a four-volume {{manga}} created by Jun'ichi Sato (best known as the director of the ''Anime/SailorMoon'' and ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' anime series) and Kaori Naruse, it was adapted into a [[TwelveEpisodeAnime thirteen-episode]] {{anime}} series, with some noticeable changes in the plot and character designs; both the manga and the anime were licensed by [[Creator/ADVFilms ADV]]; the anime is now licensed by Creator/{{Funimation}}.

The story revolves around sixteen-year-old Himeno Awayuki, who finds herself in a situation quite a bit like in "Literature/{{Cinderella}}": several years after her mother's death, her father Kaoru married the rich widow Natsue who has two daughters, neither of whom seem to like Himeno. Unable to fit into this new environment, Himeno gets more and more depressed, even starting to think that it would be better if she disappeared from the world... that is, until she stumbles upon seven magical boys who call themselves the Léafe Knights. They are searching for a girl who can accept their ElementalPowers and become a MagicalGirlWarrior named "Prétear". You can guess what happens next...

Not to be confused with {{Precure}}.

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!!Tropes:

* AdaptationDyeJob: Sasame is blond in the manga, and has white hair in the anime.
* AgentPeacock: Kei in the anime.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler:Takako to Hayate, plus the anime has Sasame to Takako and Takako to Sasame's ''dead body''...and you could possibly count Himeno's confession for Mawata to Sasame ("She was totally in love with you!")]] Pretear ''really'' likes this trope.
* AnimeThemeSong & EndingTheme: Obviously. The first one sung by none other than Yoko Ishida...
* AwfulTruth: The {{backstory}}.
* {{Baka}}: Used a lot by Himeno and Hayate towards each other, and by Mayune towards Himeno.
* BarbieDollAnatomy
* BarrierMaiden: [[spoiler: Mawata in the anime]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Sasame is probably the sweetest of the older knights, but when he's pushed too far...oh boy.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Natsue]] possessed by the Princess of Disaster in the manga, [[spoiler:Takako]]/Fenrir in the anime.
* BigFancyHouse: The Awayuki Residence.
* BigNo: In the manga, Himeno lets out one when she realizes that [[spoiler:she's accidentally killed Shin]].
* {{Bishonen}} & CastFullOfPrettyBoys: The seven Knights. Don't mind the young ones -- [[spoiler:they were Bishonen in the backstory]].
* BitingTheHandkerchief: Mayune on at least one occasion in each version. Yayoi also does this in one episode... sort of.
* BrattyHalfPint: Mannen
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: Poor, poor Mawata.]]
* BroughtDownToNormal: In the anime, Himeno loses her powers for an episode.
* TheButlerDidIt: Anime only; [[spoiler:Mikage the maid is Takako in disguise]].
* CallingYourAttacks: "Calling Your Weapons". It doesn't seem to be mandatory, though.
* CastFromHitPoints: In the manga version.
* CatchPhrase: Himeno's "I won't lose!"/"I don't want to lose!"
* ChekhovsGunman: Mikage starts out as a minor character... [[spoiler:She is Takako in disguise.]]
* CombinedEnergyAttack: In both versions, Himeno takes the Léafe from all Knights during the final battle, with different results.
* CostumePorn: Himeno has ''eight'' different Prétear forms, and all of the knights have elaborate robes they wear in battle. Remember, the show's tagline in the US was "wearable {{bishounen}}!"
* CrashIntoHello: Himeno and Hayate in the first episode; Mayune sometimes meets the Knights in this manner.
* CrossPoppingVeins: Mainly Himeno, though other character occasionally get these as well.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Half of the main characters, for example, Himeno (red hair, red eyes) and Mawata (blueish-green hair and eyes).
* DarkMagicalGirl: In the anime - Fenrir, aka Takako, aka [[spoiler:Mikage]]; also, to some extent, Mawata while under her influence. In the manga - anyone possessed by Takako, especially her main host, [[spoiler:Natsue]].
* TheDarkSide: "Prétear and Princess of Disaster are essentially the same being" -- which may become troublesome since, as the manga points out, "there is no person without darkness in their heart".
* [[spoiler: DeathByChildbirth: Himeno's mother, in the manga. She doesn't know about that until Natsue spells it out for her.]]
* DemonicPossession: Manga only. [[spoiler:Takako possesses Natsue and uses her to turn other people into her puppets]].
* DespairEventHorizon: Sasame reaches this point in the anime when he realizes that [[spoiler:no matter what he does, Takako won't turn back from evil.]]
* DisappearedDad: Natsue's deceased first husband, also Mayune and Mawata's father. [[spoiler: Mawata still misses him terribly, and that's one of the sources of her loneliness]]
* DisappearsIntoLight: Leafe Knights die in this manner.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Uh... [[WomanScorned unrequited love]] ''is'' terrible, [[spoiler: Takako]], but ''trying to destroy the world'' because of that? And making the guy suffer a lot before doing this?
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything?: The Prétear's power is to merge with a Leafe Knight, gaining the power of his element, described at one point as being something like the Knight "entering her body." It's not made as much of in the manga, but the anime plays it up shamelessly in the TransformationSequence and Himeno, clearly aware of the symbolism, gets quite flustered over it at first.
* ElementalPowers: see the character list. Also see below...
** ElementalBaggage: only really exists in the anime; in the manga, overusing [[ElementalPowers elements]] [[CastFromHitPoints drains the Knights' Leafe]].
** AnIcePerson: Mannen, and Himeno when she is merged with him.
** BlowYouAway & RazorWind: Hayate, and Himeno when she is merged with him
** GreenThumb: Shin, and Himeno when she is or is not merged with him.
** MagicMusic: Sasame in the manga--and Himeno when she is merged with him.
** PlayingWithFire: Goh, and... well, you get the picture...
** PersonalityPowers: The older Knights. The brash and snarky Hayate got Wind, a good listener Sasame - Sound, energetic hot-headed Goh - Fire, intellectual Kei - Light.
*** WeaponOfChoice: Interestingly, it's ''Himeno'' who gets to use these. Hayate, the leader, provides her with a sword, Sasame - with "Sound ''Arrow''", Goh - with an axe... Kei's weapon in the manga was a staff, which also fits.
* EmotionEater: The Taiji of Fenrir in the anime is powered by despair.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Standard BigBad's goal -- in this case, via draining the world's LifeEnergy. Successfully prevented, though the anime version nicely illustrates it with the destruction of Léafenia.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: [[spoiler:Sasame]] in the anime version.
* EvolvingCredits: Episodes 10-11 replaced one scene in the opening.
* {{Expy}}: The anime versions of Himeno, Hayate, Sasame and Takako appear to have expies in Ahiru/Duck, Fakir, Mytho and Rue from ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' (another anime directed by Junichi Sato), although since ''Tutu'' was first thought up by Ikuko Itoh and Sato during their work on ''Anime/SailorMoon'', it might be the other way around.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Sasame]] in the anime version.
* FairyTaleMotifs: The plot is essentially Cinderella and The Seven Dwarves. Rapunzel gets a mention in the manga, too.
* FallenHero: [[spoiler:The BigBad, Takako, used to be the Prétear]].
* {{Fanservice}}: The transformation scenes, definitely. Mayune's shower scenes probably count, as well.
* FashionableAsymmetry: Kei's Knight of Light outfit in the anime (in the manga, it is ''far'' less weird).
* FirstBlood: Used in episode 2, when Himeno notices that Hayate is injured.
* [[FirstGirlWins First Guy Wins]]: In the manga.
* {{Flashback}}: Quite a lot, including those to the {{Backstory}}.
* {{Flight}}: Prétear and all Knights, seemingly [[RuleOfCool just because it's cool]].
* ForMassiveDamage: The Mayouchuu already attached to something can only be killed by destroying their "core".
* GenderBlenderName: Hayate, Kei, Kaoru.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Kei to Sasame in the manga.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Himeno gets these when she is angry. Fenrir also has glowing [[SupernaturalGoldEyes golden]] eyes until she takes on her true form.
* GrayRainOfDepression: Sasame is shown wandering around in the rain [[spoiler:after his confession to Takako]].
* HairColors / AnimeHair: A large variety.
** DarkSkinnedBlond: Kei in the anime version (in the manga, he has a paler skin tone).
** RedHeadedHero / FieryRedhead: Himeno, nicknamed "Tulip Head" by Hayate for her hairstyle
** WhiteHairBlackHeart: Sasame, although in the anime version only, as he was blond in the manga. [[FaceHeelTurn Seems that this was changed on purpose...]]. Mannen's hair is purplish-white, but he is only a kid anyway.
** YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Hayate's hair is dark blue (incidentally, he has normal black hair in the manga), Mawata's is blueish-green, and Mayune's is ''pink''.
* HappilyMarried: Kaoru and Natsue, in the anime version.
* HeroSecretService: The Léafe Knights for the Prétear.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Himeno]] at the end of the anime, and that's after [[spoiler:Hayate died protecting her. [[UnexplainedRecovery They get Better.]]]]
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Himeno.
* HiddenEyes: Mainly Hayate, though Himeno is sometimes seen with these as well.
* HowDoIShotWeb: Himeno's first fight as the Wind Prétear.
* AnIceSuit: The ice dress. Would be a HappyHolidaysDress, and is cut like a SexySantaDress, but it wasn't explicitly worn during the holidays.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Himeno certainly [[SubvertedTrope doesn't]], as long as she is ''needed''; [[SubvertedTrope if anything]], it's in regards to her new lifestyle, ''not'' superpowers.
* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight: This is how Himeno released [[spoiler: Mawata]] from the Taiji. And almost immediately afterwards, she used a similar technique on [[spoiler: Takako]].
** Also in the manga, [[spoiler: Mawata and Himeno]] tag-team to give one to [[spoiler: Natsue]]. They also succeed.
* ImageSong: The four older Knights have these, found on the soundtrack [=CDs=]; those for Hayate and Sasame were used in the series.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Himeno's MagicalGirl outfits sometimes get a bit too "magical".
* ImTakingHerHomeWithMe: Shin get chased by around ''20'' cooing girls while searching for the Prétear.
* InvisibleToNormals: Throughout most of the anime, part of the time via PhantomZone. Doesn't really happen in the manga.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Sasame in the manga.
* JapanesePronouns: Can you guess the two of the seven Knights who use "boku" instead of "ore"?
* JerkassFacade -> JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Hayate.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Takako in the anime. She turned into the Princess of Disaster because of her one sided love for Hayate, killed three of her Leafe Knights, and wrecked havoc on the entire world, in addition to emotionally manipulating Mawata. Yet Himeno pulls off a HeroicSacrifice in order to restore her to normal, and the Leafe Knights still love her. She didn't even have to apologize. Made all the more obvious when Hayate reveals the truth about Takako's transformation to everyone. Most of the Leafe Knights ''blame him''!!]]
* KidAppealCharacter: The young Léafe Knights, especially Mannen.
* KissOfDeath: A symbolic one -- [[spoiler:Takako kisses Mawata before extracting her soul]].
* LateForSchool: Himeno at the start of the series, forced to [[ShortCutsMakeLongDelays take a shortcut]] that leads into... [[MagicalLand somewhere]]. Or, in the anime, [[CrashIntoHello somebody]].
* {{Leitmotif}}: Transformation theme, battle themes, character themes...
* LifeEnergy: "Léafe".
* LimitedWardrobe: ''Somewhat'' understandable with the Knights, but why do the members of the rich Awayuki family only have 2-3 costumes per person, school uniforms for the girls included?
* LiteralSurveillanceBug: Takako's butterflies.
* LivingWithTheVillain: Or better said, [[spoiler: Having The Villain Work As Your Maid, in the anime, when Takako poses as Mikage the maid.]]
* LonelyRichKid: Mawata, to some extent, despite apparently being popular at school.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Hayate, Kei in the anime.
* LoveBubbles: That's what Bishonen are for...
* LoveHurts: Just about every member of the show's Love Triangles is a victim of this trope in one way or another.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Takako, [[spoiler:Sasame]] in the anime, even Mawata if we go to familiar love [[spoiler: and her crush on Sasame]].
* LoveMartyr: [[spoiler:Sasame, when he's being more heroic.]]
* LoveRedeems: Takako in the last episode, as well as [[spoiler:Sasame]].
* LoveTriangle: Uh...
** Manga: Mawata -> Sasame -> Himeno <-> Hayate
** Anime: Mawata -> Sasame <-> [[spoiler:Takako]]
** {{Backstory}}: [[spoiler:Sasame]] -> Takako -> Hayate
* LuminescentBlush: Himeno. Hayate is ''quite'' prone to this as well, especially in the manga.
* MadLove: [[spoiler:Sasame in his darker moments]]
* MagicalGirl / MagicalGirlWarrior: Himeno as the Prétear.
* MagicalLand: Léafenia.
* ManChild: Karou is so feckless that Himeno somethimes has to act as a parent to him. He means well, but he clearly expects all the women in his life--his daughter included--to take care of him. He takes a level in grown-up by the last episode.
* MeaningfulName:
** Also a [[PropheticNames Prophetic Name]] in Himeno's case - the "Hime" in "Himeno" means "princess", and the "yuki" in "Awayuki" means "snow".
** "Hayate" can be read as "the sound of the wind".
** "Kei" is written with the character for "firefly" - an insect that creates light.
* {{Megane}}: Sasame in the anime (and the last chapter of the manga).
* MessianicArchetype: The Legendary White Pretear.
* MiniDressOfPower: Most of the Pretear outfits.
* MissingMom: Himeno's real mother is dead, hence the stepmother, although she isn't a wicked queen.
* MoodDissonance / SoundtrackDissonance: ...was it so hard not to have [[spoiler:Sasame's not-quite-heroic sacrifice]] followed by the cute ending sequence?
* {{Mukokuseki}}
* NegativeContinuity: In the manga, it is originally established that Natsue is simply divorced and her first husband is alive; later in the series, it is said that he died before she married Himeno's father. He is dead from the begining in the anime, though.
* NightmareDreams: Himeno at the start of episode 5. [[spoiler:It was Fenrir/Takako's attempt to communicate with her.]]
* NoblewomansLaugh: Mayune.
* {{Nosebleed}}: Tanaka in episode 5.
* NotSoDifferent: Fenrir points this out in episode 8, saying that Himeno is going to be abandoned by the Knights after the fight is over, and then she will become an evil being like her. Given that Fenrir [[spoiler:used to be the Prétear]] and [[spoiler:was in love with Hayate]], this makes perfect sense...
* {{Ojou}}: Mawata and Mayune, in different ways.
* OnTheNextEpisodeOfCatchPhrase: "I'll win in the next episode, too!" (dub)/"I won't be beaten in the next episode, either!" (sub), both spoken by Himeno.
* OneHeadTaller: Himeno is quite shorter that the older Knights, even though they are supposed to look about the same age.
* OneWomanWail: "Nikushimi no Hate", the {{leitmotif}} for Fenrir.
* OnlyOneName: The Knights. Apparently.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Himeno.
* {{Otaku}}: In the anime, Yayoi Takato is a big fan of romance novels, to the point when almost anything said by other characters prompts her to give a long speech that sounds like a passage from a poorly written romance novel - and often doesn't make much sense.
* OutOfClothesExperience: Mawata, briefly, when Himeno tries to rescue her from the Taiji of Fenrir.
* OverclockingAttack: In the last episode, Himeno defeats the BigBad's evil tree by [[spoiler:feeding it so much of her own Léafe that it disintegrates]].
* PhantomZone: The field created by Shin in the anime version to protect the worlds during fights.
* PimpedOutDress: The Pretear outfits, which may or may not be what the knights become when they merge.
* PluckyComicRelief: Tanaka; Yayoi, to some extent.
* PluckyGirl : Himeno. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "I...WON'T...LOSE!!]]
* PrettyInMink: The Ice outfit is trimmed with white fur.
* PowerGivesYouWings: Pretear's final form, White Pretear, has huge translucent butterfly wings.
* ThePromise: Hayate makes one before the final battle in the anime.
* PsychoSupporter: [[spoiler:Sasame]], in the anime version.
* QuiveringEyes
* RadioVoice
* RageAgainstTheMentor: Himeno eventually forces the Knights to reveal the {{backstory}} no one bothered to explain to her from the start. It doesn't end well...
* RapunzelHair: The Princess of Disaster (but not [[spoiler:Takako]]), as well as Mayune, and Hayate in the manga.
* RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude: Justified with the Knights, who have pretty much been trained from birth (and may only ''look'' like teenagers, given that aside from the three youngest they all looked pretty much the same sixteen years ago as they do in the present), but played pretty straight with Himeno [[spoiler:and Takako]]. The show actually deals with the consequences of putting the fate of the world on the shoulders of a teenage girl.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Sasame--although he's a rare example of a victim of this trope being brought back to life.]]
* RedHeadedHero: Although Himeno's hair borders between red and pink.
* ReflectiveEyes: Himeno and Mawata, each on at least one occasion.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Himeno initially doesn't even ''believe'' the Knights.
* {{Reincarnation}}: The three younger Knights. Apparently.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: Himeno's MagicalGirl costumes include tiaras; the one she wears as the White Prétear actually resembles a crown.
* TheReveal: The end of Episode 9 ([[spoiler:Mikage is the BigBad]]).
* RichBitch: Mayune, [[spoiler: until Mawata is rescued by Himeno]].
* RunningGag: Several, and they all show up together at the end of the last episode.
** Yayoi's crazy speeches about love, inspired by romance novels.
** Mayune's attempts to seduce the Knights who wander around the house.
** Natsue's "Tanaka. [Did something wrong.] Salary cut for ''N'' months."
** Tanaka losing his "precious" hair due to stress.
* [[spoiler:SaveTheVillain]]: [[spoiler:What the anime boils down to, which leads to...]]
** [[spoiler:EverybodyLives]]
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Sasame has a few face-fault moments in the anime where his glasses are whited-out, which isn't really this trope...but there's another scene in which he stands on a roof, wind blowing dramatically through his clothes and glasses shining [[spoiler:right before his FaceHeelTurn]] that's definitely this trope.
** Tanaka also has several extremely shiny moments, often highlighted by a gleam of light reflecting off of his (desperately not) bald head.
* SealedEvilInACan: Takako was sealed away sixteen years before, and broke the seal at the start of the first episode. (In the manga, she didn't break free, which still didn't stop her from possessing people.)
* ShadowArchetype: The Princess of Disaster to Himeno.
* {{Shojo}}
* ShonenHair: Goh and Mannen. (''Particularly'' Mannen.)
* ShooOutTheClowns: At the beginning of the two-part finale, Yayoi and Tanaka are dragged away from the city in a crowd of fleeing townspeople. Neither is seen again until the ending.
* ShowWithinAShow: "Sasame's Words-Gate", a radio program.
* SickeninglySweethearts: Karou and Natsue's cooing over each other can't help but be mortally embarassing to their teenage children.
* SingleTargetSexuality: [[spoiler:Sasame is Takako-sexual]] to the point of obsession.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Translators don't seem to agree whether it's "Leafe", "Liefe", "Leife", or something else. For the record, the cover of the second soundtrack CD renders the term as "Léafe".
* SpiritualPredecessor: Of ''Anime/PrincessTutu''.
* StepfordSmiler: [[spoiler: Mawata and Sasame. Mawata is outwardly polite, quiet and mature, but feels hollow and unloved ever since her father died. Sasame's case is even better: is flirty, cheerful and helpful, to the point that none of the Knights or Himeno see his eventual breakdown coming despite ''numerous'' hints that he was struggling.]]
* StockFootage: Some transformations and attacks (''not'' always, though), Shin setting up the barrier, the Knights fighting inside the PhantomZone.
* TheSweatDrop
* TakeThatKiss: [[spoiler: Fenrir]] gives [[spoiler: Mawata]] one just before she [[spoiler: rips her heart out.]]
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Hayate.
* TeamPet / SmallAnnoyingCreature: Tipi, a kind of bird from Léafenia.
* TheTeaser: Opens every episode.
* [[TeleportersAndTransporters Teleportation]]: Like {{Flight}}, a common ability of all Léafe Knights.
* TenMinuteRetirement: Himeno, Mannen in the manga.
* ThatManIsDead: Shows up in the anime when [[spoiler:Sasame betrays the Knights]].
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Poor, poor Mawata...
* ThisAndThat: Used once by Yayoi in the manga.
* TitleOnlyOpening: The last two episodes.
* TransformationSequence: Invoked by Himeno simply touching a Knight's hand, rather than ByThePowerOfGreyskull.
** FusionDance, of the "Power Booster" type, is the result of said action.
* TransformationTrinket: The Léafe Knights themselves.
* TrueLovesKiss: The end of the anime. What did you expect from a series explicitly called "The New Legend of Snow-White"?
* TunnelOfForeshadowing: The opening credits.
* [[strike:[[TwelveEpisodeAnime Twelve]]]] [[TwelveEpisodeAnime Thirteen Episode Anime]]
* TwistingTheWords: Himeno is occasionally a victim of this.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Tanaka, to Natsue. [[spoiler:Implied with Himeno and Hayate in the manga, but they do end up together.]]
* UnwantedHarem: Four bishies and three bishies-in-training...
* WhamEpisode: Episode 10. [[spoiler:Sasame's FaceHeelTurn.]]
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Several months after the finale.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield?: Awayuki Town is shown in the anime to be a city built on a small island connected to the main part of Japan by a bridge--that's about all we know.
* WickedStepmother: Quite predictable, but also subverted, especially in the anime version. There, Natsue is more strict than evil, not to mention she ''does'' care for Kaoru and Himeno. [[spoiler: And in the manga, which plays it more straight... not only Natsue neglects Himeno ''and'' her girls, but she's also ''possessed'' by the BigBad.]]
** Natsue's failure to notice her daughter Mawata's depression and withdrawl are troubling. She isn't evil in the anime, but despite her good intentions, [[ParentsAsPeople she doesn't seem to have much interest in, or aptitude for, parenthood.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: Fenrir
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
* ZettaiRyouiki: Mawata and Mayune.

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