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-->''Beautiful guardian of love and justice, Sailor Moon!''

Originally broadcast in Japan between October 2003 and October 2004, ''Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon'' was a live-action {{Tokusatsu}} re-imagining of the original ''Manga/SailorMoon'' manga, announced to coincide with the franchise's 10th anniversary. It ran for 49 episodes, plus two [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised direct-to-dvd bonus acts]] that formed a prequel and epilogue. Although it shares the same name as the original anime (''Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon''), it is commonly referred to as "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon" to distinguish it from other works. (The original anime translates "Senshi" as Soldier)

The first half of the show is a retelling of the manga's Dark Kingdom arc, in which OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Usagi Tsukino and four others discover that they are {{reincarnation}}s of ancient lunar warriors, reawakened in the modern day to fight the evil of the Dark Kingdom. The second half of the show spins off [[OriginalGeneration into its own original arc]], as the team struggles to balance their friendship, personal lives and responsibilities as Sailor Soldiers, and more sinister details begin to emerge about the disaster that destroyed the Moon Kingdom. In addition, several characters (particularly Minako, Ami and Princess Serenity) got significant overhauls to their story arcs.

A widely-popularised nationwide search assembled a cast of unknowns for the main characters, for many of whom this was their first big acting gig. While the quality of the ConspicuousCG, a few [[PeopleInRubberSuits rubber-suit monsters]] and many combat scenes that resembled dancing more than fighting (a style derogatorily referred to as "Ballet-Fu") expose its uncertain beginnings, all of the staff- from the actors to the CGI artists- gradually grow accustomed to their roles and [[GrowingTheBeard produce a slow but smooth improvement in the show over time]].

The overall direction of the plot diverged into a much darker direction of things only previously suggested, such as the home life and social troubles the girls faced. On the other hand, the show was also known for MoodWhiplash due to its cartoonish sense of humor, which tended to contrast wildly with the more somber scenes.

The ratings for this adaptation were lower than anticipated, and never reached the popularity of the phenomenon that was the anime. This led to the original 52-episode order getting cut down [[ScrewedByTheNetwork and the ending being rushed as a result]]. Toei explicitly produced the show with [[NoExportForYou no intention of a release outside of Japan.]] In spite of that, fansubs of the show abound online, allowing it to reach the rest of the international Sailor Moon fanbase even in the absence of official distribution.

Not to be confused with ''WesternAnimation/ToonMakersSailorMoon'', the proposed pitch to TOEI for live action/animation blend version of the franchise for western television before [=DiC's=] dub of the anime came out, which would have strayed even further from the source material. Also not the be confused with the new anime, which is officially titled in English, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Crystal or the recent reprints of the manga which use the Guardian branding rather then Soldier.
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!!This show provides examples of:

* AdaptationDistillation: More stuff from the manga makes it in here than in the anime. What's interesting about ''[=PGSM=]'' is how many plot elements from the whole series it manages to squeeze into the Dark Kingdom arc.
** For those familiar with the original anime series, two characters are close role stand-ins for the Outer Senshi and Chibiusa: [[spoiler:Minako and Luna's human form, respectively.]]
* AdaptationDyeJob: With the exception of Jadeite (who looks largely the same as the original), the Shitennou had their hair colors switched around: while Nephrite's brown hair became red, the role of white-haired boy was passed from Kunzite (whose hair in this incarnation is black) to Zoisite (who originally had strawberry-blond/orange hair).
** The Sailor Senshi got a subversion of this, they all have black or very dark brown hair in civilian form, but change to the actual color when transformed, the only exception is Sailor Mars, who has pitch black hair in Senshi form instead of the dark purple hair she has in the manga.
* {{Adorkable}}: Ami embodies the trope; Usagi when she's fangirling around Minako.
** Also Motoki in this incarnation.
* AffablyEvil: Though Mio starts off as a manipulative BitchInSheepsClothing, she doesn't lose her affability once her villainy's revealed. By the Special Act, she's gushing about her evil plans with such cheerful friendliness that she seems to really expect the heroes to be happy for her.
* AlasPoorVillain: All of them [[spoiler:save for Mio.]]
* AlphaBitch: Mio
* AlternateContinuity
* AmbiguousDisorder: The show's version of Ami seems to have [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation an even harder time fitting in]] than her manga or anime counterparts, and is unable to [[LiteralMinded understand sarcasm or social cues]]. There's even an entire episode where Ami worries that she's a bad friend after mistaking Usagi and Naru's jokes for genuine expressions of disdain.
* AmnesiacDissonance: Shy, likable amnesiac Shin is befriended by Usagi and Mamoru, only to regain his memories and realize [[spoiler: he's the fourth Shitennou, Kunzite]]. Mamoru later lies to Usagi about Shin's disappearance so she won't be hurt by the truth.
* ApocalypseHow: Thousands of years ago [[spoiler:Princess Serenity]] unleashed a Class 6 apocalypse on the Moon, while the Earth got hit with a Class 2 apocalypse by the shockwave. [[spoiler:She eventually finishes the job]].
* ApocalypseMaiden: [[spoiler:Usagi...or rather, Princess Serenity.]]
* AttractiveBentGender: The male actor of Jadeite plays a female police officer in Act Zero.
* AuthorAppeal: Close-ups of the actor's mouths.
* BabiesEverAfter: As with the manga's ending, the Special Act strongly hints that Usagi's pregnant.
* BetaCouple: As confirmed through the series and movie/special, [[spoiler: Motoki]] and Makoto become this.
** Late in the series, Ami and [[spoiler: Nephrite/Human!Nephrite]], though they don't have their own happy ending like the aforementioned couple.
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: The opening showed Minako in a school uniform hanging out with Usagi and friends, which never happens.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: The Senshi and Shitennou are blasted around, yet most of their injuries are in the form of blackened smudges on their faces.
* BigDamnHeroes: Almost too many to count. Most episode-climaxing fights will start with one senshi nearly being beaten, only for the rest to show up at the last minute to turn the battle around.
* BilingualBonus: "C'est la vie!" means "that's life" in French and is a pun on the Japanese "Sera Vii" (Sailor V). The pun is even more amplified since the line says "This warm feeling is c'est la vie".
** In fact, the name of Minako's CD in-world, on which that song is found, is "Venus."
** One of Ami's image songs was called "Mi Amor" which means "my love" in Spanish.
* BirdRun: Sailor V combines this with {{Roofhopping}}.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Mio pretends to be Usagi's friend, only to hurt/humiliate her. In fact, it is because she pretends to be nice that allows her to create some of her schemes. Mio also plays innocent at times to give Minako bad publicity as well.
* BigBraToFill: Sailor Jupiter is not as [[UnusualEuphemism "talented"]] as she is in the anime.
* {{Bishonen}}: Mamoru, Motoki and the Shitennou. This show is dripping with beautiful dudeness.
* BlessedWithSuck: Later in the series, [[spoiler:Sailor Moon's combined wrath and the Mystical Silver Crystal are actually giving more power to Queen Metallia]].
* {{Brainwashed}}: The Shitennou were brainwashed into serving Queen Beryl. Though some were able to resist her thrall, [[PastLifeMemories they had their own reasons]] for fighting Sailor Moon.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:Dark Sailor Mercury,]] although the "crazy" in this case is more "sadistic and manipulative" than "psycho."
* BreakTheCutie: During the first half, Ami. During the second half, Usagi, in a ''big'' way.
* BrokenBird: Minako, although all the senshi show some signs of it now and then.
* BrokenMasquerade: Usagi and Makoto reveal themselves as Sailor Senshi to both Naru and Motoki in order to protect them, something which only Motoki was aware of in the manga.
* BroughtDownToBadass: [[spoiler: In the Special Act, Minako is powerless, and a low-level youma jumps at her. She kicked it into a column hard enough to break concrete. After that, [[OhCrap the rest of the youma slowly back away]].]]
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler: In the Special Act we find out that the Sailor Senshi lost their powers at the end of the series. They briefly power up again to defeat Mio, but this is explicitly the last time]].
** [[spoiler:Nephrite turns human when Beryl forces him to stab himself.]]
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull
* CannotSpitItOut: One of the things that makes this show read more like a SoapOpera than the other versions ever did. In particular:
-->'''Tuxedo Kamen''': Hey, you're that girl I keep seeing in my dreams! The one who told me to [[spoiler:find the Maboroshi no Ginzuisho]], and the only reason I've been [[spoiler:acting like a thief and causing your team to think I'm a bad guy]]!
** Oh, and each of the girls has a "reason" (good or not) for concealing information ''on a daily basis'':
*** Usagi hates to make waves, and will conceal her own feelings and even act strongly opposite to them in order to ensure that everyone's getting along and no one's mad at her.
*** Ami's shy (very introverted) and a bit clingy now that she's got a friend, but she hates to bring up the fact that she has needs.
*** Rei is used to working alone, and feels it's wrong to depend on other people. I'd say "unless it's absolutely necessary" but those seem to be the times she's ''most'' likely to try to work alone.
*** Makoto doesn't want to bug people or put additional burdens on them -- hence why she decided not to tell the team that [[spoiler:Ami-chan]] was in the hospital, and why she held off on telling Usagi all she knew about [[spoiler:Mamoru and his engagement]]. Her intentions seem to backfire a lot.
*** Minako seems to be operating on an entirely different wavelength from the rest of the team. Just as it starts to make sense ([[spoiler:I was masquerading as the Princess to throw the enemy off the trail of the real Princess]]), she negates that motivation by saying she does things her own way [[spoiler:since she's dying and doesn't want to get attached to anyone]].
* CallForward: Mamoru's awareness of Sailor V's true identity as the popstar Minako Aino during the series is explained in the prequel Act Zero.
* {{Camp}}: The fight scenes in the earlier episodes. It becomes more believably realistic and more into its tokusatsu roots as the show progresses.
* TheCastShowOff: The actor of Zoisite is an expert piano player, and it shows. Particularly with the Kirari Super Live!
* CatGirl: [[spoiler:Luna, once the Silver Crystal gives her a half-human form.]]
* CelebrityLie: Variant: Mio claims on Usagi's behalf that Usagi knows IdolSinger Minako as part of a plot to isolate and humiliate her.
* ChekhovsSkill: To defeat the youma, the senshi used the tricks they learned from the games during the Reiko-Minako competition.
* ChewingTheScenery: Ikuko-mama is a definite scene-stealer, ditto Beryl and the Shitennou. Rei/Sailor Mars' OhCrap expressions are also scene-stealers on their own.
* ClothingDamage: Like in the anime, very very averted despite everyone taking a lot of punishment. A main form of injury involves a burnt hole on the glove.
* CloudCuckooLander: Usagi has shades of this when she's distracted, though her mom really takes the trope into CrazyAwesome territory. Mio heads in this direction as well during the Special Act.
* CoincidentalBroadcast: When Ami was doubting the authenticity of her friendship with Usagi, she walks past an electronics store with a TV showing a movie about a woman betraying her friend and killing her.
* ColorfulThemeNaming: The security guards' actors in Act Zero are named after the hair colors their actors had as the Shitennou. Shiroi (white) is Zoisite, Akai (red) is Nephrite, Kuroi (black) is Kunzite. For some reason, Jadeite's actor [[AttractiveBentGender played a woman named Hanako (flower)]], which may be a reference to the fact that he was the most colorful out of the Shitennou.
* CombinedEnergyAttack: Moonlight Attractive Attack and Sailor Planet Attack.
* CompositeCharacter:
** Princess Sailor Moon/Serenity has the death and rebirth powers of Sailor Saturn.
** Minako's behavior is a combination of the Outer Senshi and elements of manga/anime Minako.
** Queen Metalia has properties of Chaos from the anime.
* ContestWinnerCameo: The winners of the Sailor Moon campaign during the first 2 arcs of the show are the live audience for the Kirari Super Live concert.
* {{Corpsing}}: The live concert audience doesn't take the Shitennou's threats seriously, much to their (hilarious) chagrin.
* CovertPervert: Ami of all people. In one episode, they're going through the girl's phones to look at pictures they've taken (the phones in this continuity allow them to disguise themselves). The last outfit in Ami's phone is a dress that can fall apart. The other girls are visibly shocked. This trait might have been inherited from her anime counterpart, who is only slightly less shy yet is prone to make occasional "interesting" comments.
* CringeComedy: Okay, more like Cringe Drama, but still. These girls dress up in costumes to head into places they're not supposed to be. Episode 9 has them dressing up as a guard and a ("gardener" isn't the right word...) to spy on a place that's heavily guarded, where the owners are ''expecting'' a robbery... and they just slip past because they happen to be in uniform.
* DanceBattler: At the start of the show's run, the battles resembled choreographed ballet more than spontaneous fighting. The fans call it Ballet Fu.
* DarkMagicalGirl: Dark Sailor Mercury and [[spoiler: Princess Serenity]].
** Mio, as well -- ''especially'' in Special Act.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The live action adaptation of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon is much darker than the anime.
* DeadpanSnarker: Shingo Tsukino and Rei Hino. So very much.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the original source material, arguably.
** The most telling moment was when Naru was almost killed because of Princess Serenity's rampage.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Save for Usagi, all four of the senshi are lone wolves and have their own reasons on isolating themselves (see CannotSpitItOut above). It is due to fate and Usagi's TheHeart tendencies that they all warmed up and grew closer to each other.
* DemonicPossession: The youma often start off by possessing human victims, and only manifest physically when they're discovered by the senshi. Interestingly, the youma are fairly verbose while speaking through a human, but they become TheSpeechless once they reveal their true forms. Later, in a change from other continuities, [[spoiler:Mamoru becomes Queen Metallia's host after absorbing it within his body and becoming corrupted by it. He is a lot more powerful than the brainwashed Endymion from the anime and manga]].
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: How Mio announces her plans to take over the world in the special act.
* TheDragon: Although all the Shitennou technically serve and protect Beryl, Jadeite's the only one who does so without any hesitation or conflicted loyalty; anyone who wants to get to her has to go through him.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Both Kunzite and Zoisite, who are not as concerned with following Queen Beryl's orders. Zoisite in particular is mostly concerned with keeping his former master Endymion safe from Beryl's machinations.
* DualWielding: The Mars and Venus Daggers. Mars uses both daggers in the penultimate episode [[spoiler: after Minako's death]], while Venus takes her turn in the Special Act [[spoiler: after Rei is incapacitated.]]
* EarthShatteringKaboom: [[spoiler:Caused by Usagi's grief]].
* EleventhHourSuperpower: Ami, Rei, and Makoto's Sailor Star Tambourines transform into their {{Infinity Plus One Sword}}s in the second to last episode of the series, [[spoiler:too bad it was too little, too late.]] Mercury gets a sword, Jupiter gets a spear, and Mars, as mentioned in the DuelWielding entry, gets a pair of daggers using both her and Venus' tambourine. The weapons return in the Special Act where they're put to better use (and with Venus wielding the daggers instead)
* EldritchAbomination: Queen Metallia.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: And you'd be surprised who's responsible for it. [[spoiler: It's Princess Serenity]]
* EnemyWithin: Princess Serenity, Sailor Moon's [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Superpowered]] LoveMakesYouEvil [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Side]].
* EnergyAbsorption: The Dark Kingdom's modus operandi is collecting humans' energy to empower Queen Metallia. It doesn't end well.
* EnigmaticMinion: Zoisite; Kunzite to a lesser extent.
* EpisodeZeroTheBeginning: ''Act Zero''
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: The Senshi transformations (except Minako).
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: [[SubvertedTrope NO.]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide NO, IT REALLY ISN'T.]]
* EvilCostumeSwitch: [[spoiler: Sailor Mercury]] gets one of these upon being brainwashed.
** [[spoiler: When Mamoru is possessed by Metallia's energy, his outfit as Prince Endymion becomes mostly black.]]
* EvilCounterpart: The Shitennou, particularly in ''PGSM'', are portrayed as the senshi's equals and opposites ([[spoiler:they'd normally serve the same role for Endymion as the senshi do for Serenity, while the evil part comes from Beryl's influence]]). Their individual characterizations take things further:
** Jadeite->Makoto = Both staunch in their duties as warriors. Jadeite because he loves Beryl and Makoto because she believes she has nothing to look forward to.
** Nephrite->Ami = Both devoted to the point of fanaticism.
** Zoisite->Minako = [[WellIntentionedExtremist Both rely on questionable methods to make sure history doesn't repeat itself.]]
** Kunzite->Rei = Both ScrewDestiny believers.
* EvolvingCredits: Act 48 [[spoiler:showed Minako is quite dead and Luna replaces her]].
* {{Expy}}: Luna's human form has a functional role noticeably similar to [=ChibiUsa's=] character, even though Luna in her plush form still has her original anime voice and personality, which has always traditionally been depicted as an adult.
* EvilIsHammy: Queen Beryl, but Kunzite and Nephrite takes the lion's share of the cake.
** The Shitennou in general, most especially in the Kirari Super Live special, where the actors of Kunzite and Nephrite can't stop themselves from {{Corpsing}} while they are threatening the impudent human audience, who are filled with raucous giggling.
* {{Fangirl}}: Usagi, Naru and her friends are diehard fans of Minako Aino, along with Makoto and Ami.
* FauxPaw: Luna does this when she's in human form.
* FirstNameBasis: In the fifth episode, Ami tries to change herself to be more extroverted, thinking it'll make Usagi like her more; she even eats with Usagi's friends and attends Usagi's pajama party with Naru. By the end, she's come to her senses and it looks like everything's back to normal: even Usagi's friends are talking about her like she's gone for good. But then Usagi suddenly realizes that her friends ''have'' started to think differently about Ami, as evidenced by this:
-->'''Usagi (thinking):''' Naru-chan and the others, they're saying ''Ami-chan''.
* {{Foreshadowing}}
-->'''Rei''': We all have our dark sides, [[spoiler:Ami]].
** Also the the track listing for Minako's CD which heavily foreshadows her roles in the series. Also much of the prequel, Act Zero.
** Sailor Mars is shown singing in the show's opening sequence. Perhaps a subtle hint that she will eventually abandon her hatred of karaoke.
* FireForgedFriends: Rei and Minako. Bonus points that their elements are fire and metal, respectively. Even invoked that they used each other's weapons in the absence of the other.
* FiveManBand:
** The sailor soldiers
*** {{The Hero}}ine: Usagi (with TheHeart tendencies)
*** TheLancer: Rei
*** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Girl]]: Ami
*** [[TheBigGuy The Big Girl]]: Makoto
*** TheHeart: Minako (with TheLancer tendencies)
*** SixthRanger: Luna
*** TheMentors: Luna & Artemis

** Endymion and the Shitennou
*** Endymion = TheHero
*** Jadeite = SmartGuy
*** Nephrite = BigGuy
*** Zoisite = TheHeart
*** Kunzite = TheLancer
* FiveBadBand:
** Beryl = BigBad
** Jadeite = TheDragon
** Nephrite = TheBrute
** Zoisite = [[TheHeart Dark Heart]]
** Kunzite = EvilGenius
** Mio Kuroki = TagalongKid
* FlungClothing: Parodied. Rei rips off her business suit with a knee-high skirt to reveal a full, bulky miko garb beneath.
* GaussianGirl: Transformation sequences, special moves, stunning revelations... it's all done by upping the ''bloom'', sometimes until you can't even see the character within the corona of the sun that's formed around her.
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Luna and Artemis are stuffed cat toys for this series.
** Additionally, during the early "Makoto and Rei have a fight then make up" episode, this is used as evidence that Makoto is a pretty normal girl after all (since she has cute stuffed animals in her purse). And Usagi enters a contest of "dress like this cute mascot" but, when she's unable to attend, [[spoiler:both Makoto and Rei show up in her place to try to get her the prize... so we get to see them both dressed up like a cute stuffed animal.]]
*** Queen Mio's puppy doll, Chappi.
* HairColors: In civilian form, the girls have hair colors in the normal "real" range, from black to a dark auburn. When they undergo their TransformationSequence, their clothes and hair both change to what their anime and manga counterparts have always had, though Minako and Usagi have a realistic blond color instead of the yellow used in the [[Theatre/SeraMyu stage shows.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: Strangely enough, [[spoiler: it's Queen Beryl who does this when she attempts to kill Metaria following learning of the BiggerBad's true plans]]. Not the first time they played with this trope with the character, either.[[note]]See VideoGame/SailorMoonAnotherStory.[[/note]]
* HeroicBSOD: Usagi crashes into a catatonic stupor after [[spoiler:she has to fight and kill Mamoru in order to save the world]]. Unfortunately, this means that [[spoiler:[[SuperpoweredEvilSide Princess Serenity]] is free to take control and carry out her own apocalyptic plans]].
** Ami experiences one earlier in the series, after [[spoiler:snapping out of her Dark Mercury persona and finding that she nearly killed Usagi]]. It takes her most of the following episode to recover.
** Rei literally breaks down after Artemis delivers devastating news: [[spoiler: Minako is dead, the operation that had a small chance to save her life killed her. The same one Rei pushed her to undergo instead of waiting for the end to come]]
* HotBlooded: Nephrite. Parodied by Officer Akai [[spoiler:played by Nephrite]] in the "The Birth of Sailor V" special.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: The team against [[spoiler:Dark Mercury]]. Usagi even drops her costume rather than fight back, and starts with her speech (she is, after all, a MessianicArchetype), to the point of bringing out an object the one had given the other as a gift. Subverted when [[spoiler:Dark Mercury cleaves the mittens in half.]]
* IllGirl: Minako.
** Parodied by Officer Shirai [[spoiler:played by the same guy as Zoisite]] in "The Birth of Sailor V" special
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Subverted by reality; while the girls look okay, Tuxedo Kamen looks incredibly dorky.
* IncrediblyObviousBug: It's bigger than a quarter, has blinking green lights for eyes, and apparently also makes a bleeping noise. The villains only notice it's on the case once it's pointed out to them.
-->'''Enemy:''' It's so completely obvious!
* InfinityPlusOneSword: The Star Tambourines can transform into the Mercury Sword, Jupiter Spear, Mars Dagger and Venus Dagger. The Special Act introduces Serenity's Legendary Blade for the depowered girls to transform one last time. Said sword is physically identical to a similar sword wielded by Sailor Venus in the manga.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: Considering it's a spin off the TropeNamer...
* {{Intermission}}: Kirari Super Live is intended as an out-of-canon intermission to signify the end of the Dark Mercury arc. The concert was held a day after the start of the Mio arc, and Kunzite even lampshades that the script says Mamoru is in London while facing Tuxedo Mask.
* {{Irony}}: Minako forces Rei to take up an IdolSinger persona as Mars Reiko. Later, when Minako loses her interest in singing in favor of being a full-time senshi, Artemis and Rei devise a BatmanGambit by using her Mars Reiko alias to monopolize Minako's projects. This ignited Minako's competitiveness and they duke it out in a friendly game show team battle. Minako lost, but the plan worked. The senshi are even psyched that it is their first time to bond all together as friends, and it is also implied that Minako's manager is also in Rei's plan all along.
* JerkassFacade: Minako, whenever she's around the senshi as Sailor Venus. Her general meanness to them is her way of isolating herself from the team [[spoiler: due to her terminal illness.]]
* LargeHam: Beryl and Nephrite
* LeotardOfPower: The main part of the senshi's sailor fuku is a white leotard, followed by chest padding and short skirt to provide the gymnastic mobility.
* LightIsNotGood: [[spoiler:Princess Serenity]].
* {{LimitBreak}}: A fully-awakened Senshi unlocks her own ultimate move.
* LivingADoubleLife: The major plot point among the Senshi. Minako balances being an IdolSinger and TheLeader of the senshi very well, but at the toll on her own health.
* LocalHangout: Karaoke Crown; a replacement for the Anime/Manga's Crown Game Center, as arcades had fallen in popularity in Japan by the time the show was made and teenagers now tend to hang around karaoke parlors instead.
* MagicalCamera: The magical pens that the heroines used in the original are updated to magic cellphones. One function is the ability to create a disguise based on photos taken with them.
* MaleGaze: Just as much as the anime, of course, but with this being live-action, it's a whole different story.
** The [[http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u136/Arrowned/vlcsnap-1851043.png Rei as a pop star]] [[http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u136/Arrowned/vlcsnap-1849724.png walking to her dressing room]] scene probably takes the cake, though.
* MasterOfDisguise: The Soldiers' cellphones, which replace the Transformation Pen from the manga/anime, again due to being updated for current times.
* {{Meganekko}}: Ami starts as one. She loses the glasses later on.
* MerchandiseDriven: Everything even looks like plastic toys, too.
** They probably are. If you look closely at [[spoiler:Dark Mercury]]'s Transformation Bracelet, there are ''small speakers that are usually on toys for electronic sounds'' on them.
* MidSeasonTwist: Mamoru knows Sailor Moon and Venus' identities but keeps it a secret.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: The Four Generals in the live concert. The other three are almost breaking character and Kunzite is having a comical temper tantrum with the "useless imbeciles". [[HypocriticalHumor Kunzite isn't doing well, either.]]
-->'''Jadeite:''' Would you like to be a hostage? Not yet?
* MoreThanMindControl: Although the senshi first assume that Kunzite's simply controlling Ami, they gradually realize that Dark Sailor Mercury is partly a result of Ami's own feelings of loneliness and inadequecy roaring to the surface (particularly when she [[spoiler:uses her powers to make herself the most popular girl in school, and to turn her former friends into the same sort of outcasts that she used to be]]).
* MortonsFork: Once [[spoiler:Mamoru absorbs Metaria and loses control]], he'll go on to destroy the world, unless [[spoiler:Usagi kills him]] - except that in doing so, [[spoiler:she'll lose herself to Serenity]], which will also destroy the world.
* MoodWhiplash: Be prepared for lots of these.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Ami after hurting Usagi, the cause of her HeroicBSOD.
* TheMusical: Yep, got its own musical stage show with the same cast, ''Kirari Super Live!''
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: Both the senshi and the Shitennou can sense if something important's happened to one of their own, and Luna and Rei often sense the arrival of a new enemy before it makes its first appearance.
* NonHumanSidekick: Luna and Artemis.
* NotAsYouKnowThem: Minako, but she gets better midway through [[spoiler: before she dies]].
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Nephrite]] and later on in the series [[spoiler:Minako]].
** More glaring with Mio, as she was seen [[spoiler:being destroyed by the possessed Endymion near the end of the series.]] Justified with [[spoiler:Minako]] since [[spoiler:Usagi resurrects everyone on Earth after its destruction.]]
* OdangoHair: Usagi of course, but also Luna's human form. Luna's are replaced by cat ears when she transforms to senshi form though.
* OffscreenTeleportation: The Senshi - when they're fighting, more often than not - tend to change settings very quickly, most noticeably from an urban setting to a natural one or vice-versa. For instance, in Act 44, Zoisite is severely wounded while protecting [[spoiler:Usagi]] in a dense urban area, but somehow seconds later they are in a park, Zoisite sitting against a tree [[spoiler: where he dies]]
** In Act 4, Ami and the youma she's fighting are teleported from a Cultural Center in a busy Tokyo street to a wooden, secluded place.
* OhCrap: Everyone, every time [[spoiler: Princess Serenity takes over Usagi]].
** Done by Mio in the Special Act when [[spoiler: the Sailor Senshi recover their powers for one last time]].
* OneWingedAngel: Mio in the special act turned into a plant monster.
* PantyShot: The Soldiers' skirts were ''specifically designed'' to flip up as much as humanly possible so the actresses could perform their stunts more effectively.
* PaperFanOfDoom: Used by Sailor Luna. She also produces one that is apparently made of gold, or is at least gold plated in a later episode.
* PaperThinDisguise: Along with some ClarkKenting. Tuxedo Kamen is a Japanese man who dresses up in a tuxedo, top hat, cape, and mask. And yeah, to non-Japanese viewers, all Japanese men probably ''do'' "look alike" to the point where covering up his eyes was enough to make it a disguise, but how would this fool the various Japanese people around him anyway? Yet the scene where Sailor Moon finally removes his mask is played up for all the drama they can get.
-->'''Sailor Moon''': [thinking] Why didn't I notice it before?
** It's also funny when an early episode has dozens of thieves running around dressed up as Tuxedo Kamen, since... um... maybe they think it'll make it easier to steal a valuable jewel? [[FridgeLogic Yeah...]]. Anyway, it ''does'' manage to fool Sailor Moon, who goes out of her way to keep "Tux" from getting caught... by transforming into ''another'' Tuxedo Mask and luring off the guards.
** It's better for the girls, who now sport drastic hairstyle changes -- in contrast to the anime, where they looked exactly the same in their civilian identities. Human!Luna, however, plays it straight by [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair having the same navy blue hair]] she has as Sailor Luna.
** Subverted by Nephrite in Act 4, as Rei senses his aura as he walks by.
* PeopleInRubberSuits: Though very rarely swapped out with CG instead.
* PetTheDog: Beryl starts getting a few such moments near the end of the series, culminating in her releasing Jadeite from her mind control spell so he can escape the Dark Kingdom's destruction, leaving her to [[DyingAlone die alone]]. [[spoiler:He instead chooses, with his own will, to stay with her until the end. Awwwww....]]
* PragmaticVillainy: Queen Beryl ''doesn't'' [[YouHaveFailedMe kill off her servants when they fail her]]. Oh, there's punishment, but why get rid of a loyal servant? [[spoiler:The one time she does seem to ruthlessly kill off one of the Shitennou, it turns out to have been a bluff - she actually banished him to Earth as a depowered human]].
* PrecisionFStrike: Makoto Kino says "fuck you" to a youma in the most widely known fansub. The Japanese language has no true curse words, though the phrase she used, "zakkenayo"[[note]]A highly contracted form of "fuzakeru na yo"; see JapaneseStockPhrases for its meaning[[/note]], and the context may convey a similar meaning.
* PsychopathicManchild: Mio in the special act treats her plan for world conquest like it's a game. And she talks to a doll.
* PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery: [[spoiler:Princess Serenity]].
* RealTime: Not in individual episodes per se, but the series' internal calendar corresponded to the broadcast calendar, in that the action all occurs between October 2003 and October 2004, and any calendar dates seen corresponded to the day or week that particular episode was broadcast, most notably the New Year's episode.
* RecapEpisode: Act 38.
* RemoteBody: Mio, described as Queen Beryl's shadow, has shades of this, mirroring Beryl's moods and sometimes acting as her projected avatar. She does seem to have her own personality, though, and later returns to life as a separate villain.
* ReTool: Big and small changes from the anime and manga all across the board, including being updated to fit in with current tech and fads, rather than those of the early 90s. Some of the elements from the manga that didn't appear in the anime are kept, although the series in general is a re-imagining of both the original story and its characters.
* {{Roofhopping}}: Several instances, including Sailor V combining it with the BirdRun.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Minako leaving out of doors. [[spoiler: One of them is her stepping out of a door into a bright light, foreshadowing her doomed surgery. She later appears in a white outfit and disapppears into white light.]]
* RightBehindMe: Happens often with Mamoru and Motoki's conversations. The latter's OhCrap face follows suit when their subject arrives.
* SelfParody: "The Birth of Sailor V" pretty much covers the camp factor of the series as a whole, to the point that the actors of the Shitennou are playing as kind but inept police officers with their Shitennou traits intact.
** The Kirari Live concert as well, with Zoisite playing a handheld toy piano throughout his appearances.
* SheFu: There's a lot of cartwheeling going on in this series.
* ShoutOut: Sailor Jupiter's attempted HeroicSacrifice by fully-powering up [[TakingYouWithMe to destroy a Metalia-infused youma and herself]] is similar to how she blew herself up with two of the DD girls at D Point in the anime. [[spoiler: Fortunately, Makoto recovers.]]
** In the Kirari live concert, Sailor Mercury's wig is stylized to be similar to MarilynMonroe's. Backstage, Ayaka (Minako) recognizes the similarity and teases Chisaka (Ami), who responds with a MarilynManeuver.
* SlasherSmile: Mio. Ami replaces her shy, dorky smile with a sinister grimace [[spoiler: as Dark Mercury]].
* SmugSnake: Kunzite, Mio, and evil Ami.
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: Minako and Rei's bickering involves loads of snark.
** The Shitennou even fighting amongst themselves at how ineffective the other is. They lampshade this in the live concert and Special Act, where they hammed it up to ridiculous levels.
* SparedByAdaptation: Nephrite.
* SpotTheImposter: Mamoru knew that the Shitennou working for Mio were fake when they were easily ensnared by the blanket trap in Mio's lair. The real Shitennou were impressed at him.
* SqueakyEyes: Very disconcerting in a live show...
* TheStarscream: Kunzite, who's extremely powerful, but also very arrogant and has almost no loyalty to Beryl whatsoever. She'd exiled him ([[spoiler:and caused his AmnesiacDissonance]]) for his Starscream tendencies before, and almost immediately begins to regret bringing him back.
* StepfordSmiler: Usagi has hints of this when she is told her being upset is activating the powers of the Ginzuishou.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler:Mamoru after sealing Queen Metallia's power within his body. Also, Sailor Moon's Princess Serenity persona.]]
* TakingYouWithMe: Makoto tries this against Metallia's youma by using herself as a lightning rod. It doesn't work, but she survives. Mamoru later tries this [[spoiler:by committing suicide before Metallia can finish taking over his body]]. It doesn't work, but he survives... [[spoiler: in a [[DemonicPossession manner of speaking]]]].
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Ami invokes her first [[TransformationSequence transformation into Sailor Mercury]] during a 20-foot-fall -- and she does it by reciting a trigger phrase that takes about three or four times longer to say than she should have taken to reach the ground.
** Averted later when, for example, Rei isn't able to get her transformation phrase out before a youma-possessed boy runs up some stairs to sucker punch her and steal her life force. Another time, Usagi has enough time to transform, but her transformation also gives the enemy enough time to [[OffscreenTeleportation pop up]] ''behind'' her, so that the second she's in costume he's got his hands around her throat.
** Also, apparently ''ballet moves'' are a free action, given the number of times enemies just stand there staring while the Senshi twirl, pirouette, and cartwheel their way across the room. Maybe it's a form of MookChivalry? Or maybe they're just stunned by all the {{Panty Shot}}s.
* TimeSkip: The Special Act takes place 4 years after the final battle.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Rei with Minako; Makoto with Usagi and Ami.
* TransformationSequence: Both straight and subverted; the latter done with a tongue-in-cheek "dressing" sequence for Tuxedo Kamen in one of the supplemental shorts.
* TrueCompanions: The five senshi all have different personalities, but fate and friendship bonded them together.
* UncannyValleyGirl: Kuroki Mio.
* UnexplainedRecovery: While most of the resurrections are justified, Mio makes her villainous return in the special act with a gleeful lack of explanation, apart from vague hints that she's spent the past four years gathering her strength.
* UnstoppableRage: Makoto will pound anyone who dares to threaten the other senshi, most especially Usagi or Ami.
** Being the soldier of fire and passion helps, because grief-stricken Rei becomes "unstoppable Rei" when she immolates the youma single-handedly [[spoiler: upon learning of Minako's death.]]
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Does ''nobody'' see Usagi magically changing dresses in the middle of the sidewalk with all these cars going by behind her??
* ViewersAreGoldfish: Wait, [[spoiler:Ami and Naru]] are on edge around each other? The same way they've been on edge around each other for like two episodes? Who can remember back ''that'' far? Better just replay the reason for it all, using the same flashback scene as the last couple of times, eh?
* VoiceOfTheLegion: [[spoiler:Mamoru]] gains one after [[spoiler:being taken over by Queen Metallia]].
* WalkOnWater: Being a water elemental, Ami nonchalantly does this a few times.
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving: Ami again, for several episodes trying to kill off the other senshi (even taunts them in civilian form), granted she is under partial control, but actually DOING so finally snaps her out of it, cue HeroicBSOD.
* WatchingTheReflectionUndress: Mamoru Chiba sees Usagi transform into Sailor Moon while watching her reflection in an amusement park mirror maze.
* WhamEpisode: Act 20. Minako [[spoiler:is dying]], Makoto confronts Tuxedo Mask and Kunzite [[spoiler:abducts Ami]].
* WhamLine: With four simple words, Princess Serenity flips the whole story upside-down...
-->'''Serenity''': [[spoiler:I... destroyed... the planet.]]
* WhenSheSmiles: Done with all the girls. Ami as a ShrinkingViolet mostly keeps her head down and so only really smiles when she is with Usagi. Seeing her smile more often highlights her CharacterDevelopment. Makoto is likewise always very solemn so when she does her little smile at Motoki's flirting, it's adorable, as it is when she smiles with the other girls. Minako smiles to her fans but - knowing what we know - it's likely [[StepfordSmiler not genuine]]. So when she has a fun day with Usagi, we see her smile differently for the first time. As for Rei...well the girl never smiles at first. We slowly see her smile more often as she undergoes CharacterDevelopment and it's lovely whenever she does. Seeing Rei smile is a Heartwarming Moment in and of itself.
* WickedCultured: Zoisite is a talented pianist.
* WrongGenreSavvy: The show pretty much runs on this, from the characters naively assuming they know what they're doing, to the audience making the same assumption. From Act 12:
-->'''Minako''': Didn't you sense a strange presence from the manager?
-->'''Usagi''': No presence, but this is in manga all the time, right? An idol wants free time, so she does stuff like this, right?
* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler:Princess Serenity is the emotionless variety]].

See also the entry for ''Manga/SailorMoon''; most of its tropes also appply to ''[=PGSM=]''.
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