Anime / Cutey Honey

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

A popular superheroine from the bizarre mind of Go Nagai and animated by Toei Animation. Notable, among other things, for being one of the first female characters to star in a shounen series and through inspiration, the prototypical Magical Girl Warrior.

In the original series from the 70s, Honey Kisaragi was created as a Replacement Goldfish for a scientist's dead daughter, until the criminal organization (with ties to The Legions of Hell) "Panther Claw" kills the scientist while trying to steal his other Applied Phlebotinum. Honey soon acquires a secret identity as an Ordinary High-School Student while fighting Panther Claw's forces, including an especially freaky set of Monsters of the Week in the service of Big Bad Sister Jill and her Quirky Miniboss Squad.

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

While later revivals and the various manga are usually full of playful Fanservice, the original television adaptation was just tame and pretty enough to attract an unexpected number of younger female fans. It was also later broadcast in France under the title "Cherry Miel" ("Cherry Honey") - albeit not until 1989. It still wasn't enough to stop the original series from getting cancelled over its then-racy content.

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

The anime has been revived several times over the years:

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

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

This series provides examples of:

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    In General 
  • Action Girl: Every anime Action Girl is just following the example Honey established way back when. She's to anime the way Samus Aran is to video games.
  • Action Survivor: In almost all adaptations, Seiji is a regular guy who gets caught in the crossfire between Honey and Panther Claw. He's generally useless against major opponents, but he can hold his own against mooks and his quick thinking saves the day a fair number of times.
  • All Men Are Perverts: An example in the manga. In a chapter Danbei and his son Junpei notice a bronze statue (of a naked woman) that was not at the park before to which they sexually harass after noticing how the statue reacts to being touched. The statue was actually Honey in disguise and she eventually broke her disguise in an outburst and hid in the bushes.
  • Anime Theme Song: One of the most famous in anime history and covered for every subsequent production. Also an Ear Worm of incredible proportions.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: "You're under arrest on charges of robbery, destruction of property, running red lights, speeding, no helmet, and so on!" From New Cutey Honey.
  • Ass Kicks You: This seems to be one of Honey's standard attacks. This appears in the live series too (albeit not in the movie).
  • Badass Adorable: Honey certainly qualifies. She's a very sweet, loveable girl when not in full action mode.
  • Badass Biker: Hurricane Honey, Honey's second most used form. A woman who is "cool" with her motorcycle, anytime she needs to escape. Besides motorcycles she is able to pilot any other vehicle.
  • Badass Grandpa: Danbei Hayami, a full-fledged NINJA (and a cyborg in New Cutey Honey).
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Even happens in the live action versions, although it's averted in New Cutie Honey (and not only with nipples).
    • Sometimes averted, with hair, scraps of still-transforming clothing, or camera angles keeping her out of NC-17 turf. Sometimes you get the Sailor Moon-esque situation of glowiness not letting you see anything (though really, it's just a little brighter over the areas you need to not display during primetime.)
  • Bathing Beauty: Honey has few bath and Shower Scene in the franchise. Both the classic series and "New Cutie Honey" have, in the opening, Honey while take bath.
  • Battle Boomerang: The Honey Boomerang; it is an item that Cutey Honey form has on her left arm. She uses it to attack enemies from a distance, mostly to disarm them.
  • Between My Legs: Commonly shows up in nearly every version of the show, usually as a Fanservice shot, not least of which is one of these shots with Honey's bare butt in the camera in Re: Cutey Honey.
  • Big Bad: Sister Jill is the main antagonist of the series.
  • Big Eater: The live-action movie and Re: Cutey Honey versions were this because of their powers; if they were too hungry, they lost vital energy and couldn't transform, and if it got too bad, their clothes would start to dissolve.
  • Bi the Way: In New Cutie Honey, at one point she gets away from a villainess by throwing herself against the other woman and pretending to be deep in the throes of lust to her. After getting away Honey admits to herself she enjoyed doing that.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Panther Claw is never completely defeated in any series.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Honey's three most common forms throughout the franchise are civilian form (blonde), Hurricane Honey (brunette), and Cutey Honey (redhead).
  • Bragging Theme Tune: The theme song talks about how great Honey is, including her fashion sense and bouncy her boobs are. Also see Honey's spiritual descendant Majokko Megchan, whose Bragging Theme Tune was sung by the same vocalist as the original Cutie Honey theme.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: A scene in the original TV series in which Honey is hanging on a cross (in an homage to Go Nagai's first popular manga series, Harenchi Gakuen) and one side of Honey's torn sleeveless unitard-dress is drooping down, exposing her breast, but stopping JUST short of exposing the nipple. One of her tormentors remarks, "That's as far as the broadcasters let us go."
    • A literal example is in the 2nd opening of Shin Cutey Honey.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Honey FLASH!"
    • Once per episode, almost without fail (At least in New Cutey Honey - in one episode the villain interrupted her by running away and she lampshaded how you don't interrupt the heroine's speech), Honey would recite the following to the villain: (Laughs) Sometimes I'm (the first shape she took in the episode), sometimes I'm (second form she took in the episode), and sometimes I'm (third form she took), but the truth is...HONEY FLASH! (Cue Transformation Sequence) Lovely Warrior...Cutey Honey-san!
  • Calling Your Attacks: In the original series and especially in Flash.
  • Camp: Played to the hilt. Both Re:Cutey Honey and the live-action movie could drown you in it.
  • Catch Phrase: Honey often utters, "Kawaru wa yo!" (I'm gonna change!) whenever she transforms. It's even in the opening sequence.
  • Character Exaggeration: Mixed with Lost in Imitation. In the original manga Honey is a girl of average intelligence who just prefers all play instead of studying, she was also of normal maturity and was mischievous and sometimes even mean towards authority. In the first anime adaptation she is naiver to tone down the dirty jokes, so she went from exhibitionist to a quasi Innocent Fanservice Girl, then in Re: Cutie Honey, The Movie and the live action series she is a completely dumb girl who has the personality of a hyperactive preschooler in the body of a sexy young woman.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Seiji is always one, but to what degree varies depending on the version. In the original, he's more of an Accidental Pervert who nonetheless is very pleased whenever he gets to grope Honey. In Re:Cutey Honey, he's a borderline sexual predator who takes every chance he can get to ogle Honey.
  • Cleavage Window: Her costume is a sleeveless unitard with a huge diamond shaped cutout that even shows off a bit of stomach. In Re: Cutey Honey she wears a halterneck crop top with a heart shaped hole over her cleavage. Note the page image.
  • Clothing Damage: Honey's clothes are shredded off during every transformation sequence, as with her the transformation's not just for audience benefit: the device within her that can rearrange matter is actually dismantling her clothes and reforming them, leaving her naked for real in real space, as opposed to the way transformations (including magical girl naked silhouette ones) are sometimes shown or implied to not look to the outside world the way the Transformation Sequence looks to the viewer. Re:Cutie Honey even had her clothes disintegrate whenever she got hungry. And there's plenty of combat-induced Clothing Damage, too.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Honey will use ANY and ALL dirty trick she can think of (including but not limited to: distract the enemy with a shower of diamonds and then drop a statue on them; transform her saliva into nitroglycerin and then spit on the poor shmuck who had managed to pin her to a tree; stripping naked by 'flashing' to blind a flamethrower-wielding and, while he was distracted, kicking him in a fire he had just set, blowing him up; and so on...). She never plays for the enemy's rules.
  • Cool Bike: "Hurricane Honey" seems able to either materialize or find one at will.
  • The Corruption: This is how quasi-innocents become Monsters of the Week in some continuities.
  • Defeat by Modesty... which is averted completely and utterly. Honey treats nudity more as a minor inconvenience at best.
  • Dirty Kid: Junpei from the manga and first series, the younger brother of Seiji and son of Danbei. He is also as perverse as his father, trying to peek as Honey in the bath and grope her.
  • Dirty Old Man: Grandpa Danbei from the manga and New Cutey Honey.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Cutey Honey was originally created as a female version of Warrior of Love Rainbowman.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Honey Kisaragi used this as one of her WEAPONS. Although sometimes her transforming device worked wrong and she did it accidentally.
  • Distressed Dude: Every notable male character will always end up needing to be rescued by Honey.
  • Dumb Blonde: In the newer versions (specifically the movie, live-action show and RE), Honey Kisaragi in civilian mode.
  • Evil Laugh: Honey provides a rare heroic example at the start of her In the Name of the Moon speeches.
  • Expository Theme Tune: The theme song used in every adaptation is a variation, describing not the plot but the protagonist, and fitting in quite well with the fanservicey nature of the series as a whole.
  • Fanservice: Arguably, this show is the show that started this trope in anime.
  • Genius Ditz: In the RE reboot. In the original show, OVA, and Flash she was strictly a...
    • Guile Hero: To the point it can cause quite a whiplash for those who only know Cutie Honey from the newer iterations of the character.
  • Gonk: A large number of characters, with one so ugly she fainted upon looking herself in a mirror (her mother had stripped their home of all mirrors so she would never know how she looked, but she grew curious to know how a female body looked... So Honey provided her with a mirror. The first time she was only terrified into helplessness, but when she tried to make Honey pay she had another mirror...).
  • Grandfather Clause: Honey and Seiji's signature outfits are very distinctly from the 70s, but they're a central part of the Camp charm the series is known for and aren't likely to change any time soon.
  • Hot-Blooded: She's a Go Nagai character with sideburns, go figure.
  • Hot-Blooded Sideburns: Less applicable than on other Go Nagai characters, though, as the pic shows.
    • Even Seiji and Junpei have them.
  • Improperly Placed Firearms: Panther Claw Mooks tend to use the Luger P.08 (out of mass production from 1942 to 1991 but with a series of small production runs and using the most widely used handgun cartridge in the world) and the Nambu Type 14 (out of production since 1945 with most of the very few surviving exemplar in the hands of American World War II veterans, their families and collectors, and whose ammo is extremely difficult to find).
  • In the Name of the Moon: The originator of this trope, to the point of being occasionally quoted by the Trope Namer.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Seiji Hayama, Honey's Designated Love Interest in most adaptations, is one of these. Somewhat subverted in Re:Cutey Honey, as it turns out to be a cover story for his real job.
  • Leotard of Power: In at least one adaptation. However, in the original TV series and New Cutey Honey, it's actually more like a Unitard Of Power.
  • Lighter and Softer: Arguably every incarnation other than the original manga, even the darker toned Shin Cutey Honey doesn't scape from this. While most subsequent adaptations focus on Fanservice and violence, the original manga is full of Black Comedy that borderlines proto-Dead Baby Comedy, many characters died and it was played for laughs, many gonky girls tried to rape Honey's friend Natsuko and even the dirty jokes are far more kinky and hardcore, for example, towards the end of the manga Junpei, a 10 years old boy licks Honeys crotch while she is naked and only covered in gold paint, and also everyone dies but Honey, the Hajami family and Panther Zora . Taken a step further with the 90's version, Cutey Honey flash, in this version is a magical girl series in the same line of Sailor Moon.
  • The Load: Almost in every adaptation the majority of the male characters have at best been helpful mowing down a couple of mooks (who are also men. Notice the pattern?), but will ultimately always become the Distressed Dude, leaving Cutie Honey to save the day.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: Helped define the trope.
  • Master of Disguise: Through the "Airborne Element Fixing Device", Honey is able to manipulate the air molecules in the air to create objects and change her appearance. Honey has a large array of transformations and disguises in the series.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Danbei who is a short old man with a bald head.
  • Monogender Monsters: All of the monsters are female, without exception.
    • New Cutey Honey was the only one to buck this trend, if only slightly. The majority of the monsters were female, but occasionally there were male goons and Monsters of the Montage. Also the Decoy Leader before Panther Zora reappeared, Lord Dolmeck, was pretty manly.
  • Mood Whiplash: It's hilarious and fanservicey.. and horrible things sometimes happen to characters you like.
  • Mooks: The mooks are all male, though.
  • More Than Mind Control: Panther Zora recruits several Monsters of the Week this way. In the latter half of New Cutey Honey we see this in action; a huge, muscular woman (part of a quartet of thieves) slowly becomes more psychotic as she succumbs to her rage and Zora's Mind Rape, and eventually she turns into an acid-spewing monster fully under Panther Zora's control and willing to kill (or try to kill) her former True Companions without a thought simply For the Evulz.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Honey naturally. Her default 'hero' outfit has a Cleavage Window that borders on Absolute Cleavage, and in the live action her outfit is a leather one that shows off all her features just perfectly while still being mostly cartoon-accurate. And she takes the Magical Girl Transformation Sequence to a new level - the transformation mechanism actually makes her clothes disintegrate and reintegrate in a new form, leaving her quite naked for a good few seconds while in midmorph. Thankfully, she balances this out by being an ABSOLUTE BADASS!.
  • Multiform Balance: The Cutie Honey swordswoman form is usually the most powerful, but each of her transformations tends to have its advantages.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Some incarnations of Honey act ditzier than she really is. In the older versions, she was mischievous rather than dumb.
  • Police Are Useless: Most often. Exaggerated to a ridiculous degree in the original manga and Re: Cutie Honey: all generic cops are rendered as cheering, clueless children, completely useless when Sister Jill walks in to steal something they were supposed to protect.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Honey herself is not above killing her enemies, but only for the greater good.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: The "Honey Boomerang".
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad
  • Refuge in Audacity: New Cutey Honey and Re: Cutey Honey don't even try to be subtle in their blatant fanservice.
    • The characters themselves sometimes are this. For example, Sister Jill's plan to steal a gold statue in the original manga was to announce when she'd come, enter from the main gate after ringing the bell, and issue a death threat on anyone who dared interfere.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Honey herself, created as the "replacement" for Dr. Kisaragi's dead daughter (though before dying, Daddy told her she should become her own person). In New Cutey Honey, she shows signs of this towards that version of Natsuko after the original's Heroic Sacrifice.
    • Averted somewhat in Re: Cutie Honey, where Honey is the original daughter's mind resurrected in an android body.
    • A darker version is shown in The Live. Proffy Kisaragi mortally wounded Miki and killed her family, made her into android with his daughter's memory, and then threw her away when he realized she was flawed. Miki came back to kill him later, though. He'd also done it to Yuki, and her memories of her life are all fake; he at least gave her what she thought was a good life after she proved flawed, though. The reason this Honey is The Ditz and not an Obfuscating Stupidity version is because he needed to make a replacement someone capable of loving anyone - even the monster he even saw himself as by this point.
  • Revival: Several times — New Cutey Honey, Cutey Honey F, The Movie, Re: Cutie Honey, and Cutie Honey: The Live.
    • A weird case of a revival revival: New Cutey Honey had a definite air of finality in its fourth episode, but production got renewed for four more OVAs, so Panther Zora started injecting her will into certain violent individuals to turn them into monsters.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Natsuko in the original manga and TV series. Twilight Prince/Prince Zera, Prof. Kisaragi and Seira in Cutey Honey Flash.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The series title has been both "Cutey" and "Cutie" over the years. The most recent releases use "Cutie", such as 'Re:Cutie Honey", but the older series definitely spell it "Cutey".
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Every episode, before one of her Transformation Sequences, Honey will recap the forms she's taken that episode before transforming into her Red Haired Warrior form.
  • Technically Naked Shapeshifter: Honey's "forms" or disguises are mostly a change of clothes, hairstyle and eye color, but she can actually change her appearance beyond that. Her clothing is made of the same material as the rest of her body and can rearrange its particles at her will.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: Honey is groped by both male comrades and villains.
  • Theme Tune Cameo:
    • Idol Honey sings the anime theme song while on stage to help raise money for Miharu and Alphonne to rebuild the destroyed school — and get them away from the Panther Claw mooks about to attack.
    • New Cutey Honey has Honey singing the theme song while posing as a musician in the third episode to investigate a villain. Earlier in the episode, Chokkei's father sings a few bars of the song while peeping on Honey taking a shower.
    • Re:Cutie Honey plays with this by having a villain sing the theme song... but replacing the lyrics about how beautiful Cutie Honey is with how much she hates Cutie Honey. She even gets the mooks into the action.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Post-Flash, Kisaragi Honey took one in each new adaptation, to the point by the time Cutie Honey The Live rolled around, outside the name she had very little to do with the original personality-wise
  • Transformation Sequence: Which is either more or less fanservicey depending on which incarnation you're watching.
  • Transformation Trinket: Honey uses her choker to transform into different outfits, including her normal one.
  • Transformation Name Announcement: "Ai no senshi, Cutey Honey sa!"
  • Trickster Archetype: Honey herself.
  • Useless Boyfriend: Seiji Hayami, a wannabe-Intrepid Reporter and Honey's de facto love interest is an iconic example. He's an Action Survivor who can take on a few mooks at best and a complete Distressed Dude at worst. Interestingly, he's at his most competent in Re:Cutey Honey where he loses a large chunk of his love interest credentials to Natsuko.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Honey's transformations tend to work this way, although there are exceptions.
  • Younger Than They Look: Honey passes for a 16-year old human when she's not transformed to look older or younger, but was built more recently than that.

    Original Manga 
  • Fan Disservice: The manga had lots of nudity. Most of it was from nudity and was legitimate fanservice, but there was also the Gonk bullies at Honey's school (hairiest breasts you'll ever see. When Honey tricks them into watching themselves in a mirror for the first time in their life, they scream in horror), Danbei (full-frontal even!), a detective whose anus won't stop bleeding, and Honey (who usually provides fanservice) getting half-naked because Sister Jill bit her shoulders until the arm went limp, destroying her shirt and covering her torso in blood in the process.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Sister Jill, though she wasn't exactly non-threatening since she's an actual panther turned into human.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: During the manga version of the attack on Honey's school, Honey creates a fake rock shell around Natsuko to help her hide from the Panther Claw minions hunting down survivors. But since Honey wasn't in top condition herself, Natsuko breaks out from the shell when a group of Quirky Minibosses nears them, loudly pretending to be Honey, and tries to lure them away from the real Honey. She doesn't make it far before she's burned to death.
  • Phlebotinum Breakdown: Later in the manga, Honey's powers became more and more unreliable.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: Parodied - Honey's secret identity goes to a girls' boarding school, and, well, things happen.
  • The Starscream: When Sister Jill chastised Dragon Panther, her subordinate openly rebelled, declaring Jill was too weak to order her around, and she would kill her and fill her position. It did not work how she expected it to.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Being a Hot-Blooded Action Girl, Honey is bound to utter the sentence several times. One example happened shortly after one of Panther Claw minions charred her best friend to ashes:
    Honey: "Not only They did kill my papa... And blow up my school and kill my friends... My best friend.. They killed Natsu-chan too! I won't forgive you, Panther Claw! No matter what happens to my body, I will kill each and every member of Panther Claw!"
  • This Page Will Self-Destruct: Dr. Kisaragi's robot recording and house do this after delivering his posthumous exposition. Honey is about this close to leaving Seiji to die so he can't tell anyone.
  • The Unfought: Panther Zora in the original manga.

     1973 Anime 
  • Absolute Cleavage: Honey's civilian outfit leaves little to the imagination.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The Panther Claw actually tracks Honey back to her school and destroys it.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Seiji gets brainwashed by Panther Claw in one episode.
  • Collapsing Lair: Any base belonging to a Panther Claw member will self-destruct upon its owner's death, including Sister Jill's chateau in the last episode.
  • Cutlass Between the Teeth: Honey often carries her sword this way when she needs her hands free, including the time she used a pirate disguise.
  • Death by Materialism: Panther Claw's main goal in obtaining Honey's elemental manipulation device is to create unlimited numbers of diamonds, rubies, and other shiny things. In the last episode, Honey pours out gemstones to distract Sister Jill long enough to bring a statue down on her head.
  • Glamour Failure: In Episode 3, Honey and Seiji wonder why the owner of a new jewelry store refuses to let reporters take photos of her. Turns out she's a Panther Claw minion in disguise, and the camera shows her true form.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Natsuko's final scene.
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: The baddies try this a lot, usually using Seiji, Junpei, and/or Danbei as the hostage.
  • Hot for Student: Alphonne-sensei has a crush on Honey.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the original manga, Panther Claw's attack on Honey's school was a bloodbath, killing everyone except Honey (including Alphonne and Miharu, whose deaths were Played for Laughs). In the anime version, the only casualty was Natsuko.
  • Sword Beam: One of Honey's less frequently used powers.
  • Theme Naming: Panther Claw's minions all have either "panther" or "claw" in their names.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: When Sister Jill discovers she's been photographed by a reporter, Jill is so outraged she goes from ordering the film destroyed to hunting down the reporter, destroying the film, killing the reporter, and then burning down the newspaper's building and kill everyone inside.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Honey has great aim with that sword.
  • Two-Teacher School: Alphonne and Miharu/"Histler" are the only teachers in Honey's school.
  • Wham Episode: Episode 14, where Natsuko dies and the school blows up. Then the Hayami house burns down in the next episode along with Seiji's workplace.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Dr. Kisaragi brings this up in the first episode with his "What is a human? What is a robot?" speech, the gist of which is that even though Honey is an android, he still loves her like a daughter.

    New Cutey Honey 
  • Action Mom: Daiko Hayami. At one point, she's able to Hulk Out of wires that even Honey and Danbei couldn't break.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Jewel Princess has dark skin.
  • Amnesia Danger: In the first episode, Honey spends a long while running from the Mooks of the apparent Big Bad until she gets her memories back and remembers she can kick their sorry butts easily.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: Yasha and the horde of Jidai Geki mannequins she controlled and sent on a rampage came from "Samurai Park", an old theme park that closed years ago.
  • Anti-Villain: Natsuko's former friends Gene, Pokey, and Jan stole a bomb with plans to hold it for ransom, and then use the money to start over somewhere else. The bomb heist was going to be their last heist, before Gene got Hijacked by Panther Zora and killed Pokey and Jan.
  • Back from the Dead: Black Maiden is really Panther Zora.
  • Big Bad: Dolmeck is the main antagonist of the series. Or the Disc One Final Boss, at least.
  • The Constant: In the ambiguous future of New Cutey Honey, a cyborged Danbei is the only living reminder of Honey's past.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Jewel Princess, a lesbian who likes to seduce her female victims before killing them.
  • Psycho Serum: The capsules used in the first few episodes, which induce One-Winged Angel in the user. The fifth episode establishes that they're So Last Season when Gene casually stomps a rival villain who monstered out this way.
  • Robotic Reveal: New Cutey Honey doesn't mention that Honey is an android until the third episode, when Peeping Spider discovers the secret after Honey no-sells one of the Psycho Serum capsules. Chokkei finds out at the same time, and is freaked out for about half of the next episode.
  • Series Fauxnale: The fourth episode seems to end everything with a bang. Then four more episodes got made.
  • Shorttank: Natsuko, the plucky young Wrench Wench who joins Honey's team after the fifth episode.
  • Shout-Out: This version has numerous nods to Go Nagai's other works.
  • Spy Catsuit: Invoked — Chokkei and Grandpa Danbei wear these while on a spying mission with Honey, and Danbei persuades her that she really needs to change into one, too. Danbei is disappointed when his grandson keeps him from peeping on the Transformation Sequence.
  • Stone Wall: Akakabu's "fighting style" (if you can call it that) is simply to absorb more punishment than the opponent can dish out until he can find an opening. Daiko fell in love with this determination back when they were rival Delinquents(because she was unable to defeat him, no matter how many times he got the crap kicked out of him).
  • Teleport Gun: Professor Kabuto's big project instead of Mazinger in this universe is the "Isrum". He declares that it could also make its user into a "god or a demon" before Gold Digger steals it. She then declares that "there's no god in her world" before embarking on a crime spree.
  • Thanatos Gambit: After a long, difficult battle, Honey eventually manages to skewer the Big Bad Dolmeck — just like he wanted. It turns out that he's Sealed Evil in a Can, and Honey opened a portal to Hell so the souls of the foes she's defeated can awaken Dolmeck's Dragon to take her true form — Panther Zora herself.
  • Too Hot for TV: It was originally going to have 12 episodes, but the production company left it at eight due to the costs of censoring some scenes.
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: The story takes place a century after the original series in a futuristic Tokyo-like metropolis called Cosplay City.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Akakabu is an overweight man, while Daiko is an attractive young woman.
  • Villain Song: "Burning Up", by punk rocker Saline.
  • Wax Museum Morgue: The Jewel Princess, who kidnaps young women and turns them into crystal statues for her lair.
  • Wrench Wench: Natsuko; she's able to safely disassemble a city-destroying bomb in the episode when she's introduced.
  • You Can Leave Your Hat On: Honey poses as a stripper to lure a crook she needs boxed out of hiding.

    Cutey Honey Flash 
  • Adaptational Attractiveness:
    • Miharu and Alphonne, though it varies on how much their experiences have changed. Miharu looks much less haggered and haggish than she did in the original, while Alphonne's design is a bit softer and she no longer has a mustache.
    • Inverted with Sister Jill. She is more nightmarish than in the original anime and manga. Her skin is chalk white and she more frequently sports a Slasher Smile.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Honey is now a human instead of an android. though she's still an artificial human
  • Artificial Human: Both Honey and Seira are robotic human beings
  • Babies Ever After: Honey and Seiji have a baby named after Seira in the final episode
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Electric Panther.
  • Dance Battler: One of Honey's many forms is Ballerina Honey, who is, well...
  • Engrish: How Electric Panther speaks. OH NO! EMERGENCY!
  • Evil All Along: Twilight Prince or rather Prince Zera is a member of Panther Claw and was using Honey as a means to usurp Sister Jill
  • Frilly Upgrade: When Seira, badly wounded from the battle with her clone created by her hatred, dies and gives Honey the power to become Hyper Honey.
  • Killed Off for Real: Seira, Professor Kisaragi (as usual), and the Twilight Prince/Prince Zera.
  • Lighter and Softer: Unlike its predecessors, this incarnation of the series was aimed at a younger female demographic and is most less dark with almost 0 fanservice.
  • Magic Skirt: Definitely not in any other version.
  • Mysterious Protector: Twilight Prince, who might as well be an Expy of Tuxedo Mask.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In most versions of the series, the plot is kicked off by the murder of Dr. Kisaragi, and Honey fights Panther Claw to avenge him. Here the plot is kicked off by the kidnapping of Dr. Kisaragi, and Honey fights Panther Claw to rescue him.
    • Subverted since he still dies by the end of the series
  • Tareme Eyes / Tsurime Eyes: Honey Kisaragi's eyes are the typical round Shoujo-like style, while most of her transformations (including Cutey Honey) have sharper eyes.
  • Vapor Wear / Going Commando: Seira goes to the beach with an unbuttoned shirt instead of a bikini top. It's also implied in episode 21 that she wears nothing under her street clothes.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Seiji loses his usual very 70s look of Hot-Blooded Sideburns, a golf cap and turtleneck to become a more traditional Bishōnen. In the process, he looks like a completely different character.

    Re: Cutey Honey 
  • A-Team Firing: Natsuko is smart enough to take advantage of this; she either doesn't move or walks into the barrage of enemy bullets, and simultaneously takes out the Mooks firing at her with just a few well-placed bullets of her own.
  • Adaptational Badass: Rather than being a Distressed Damsel and Muggle Best Friend, Natsuko is a skilled government agent here. Seiji also gets a considerable upgrade from Action Survivor and Distressed Dude to a hyper-competent Mysterious Protector and undercover NSA agent.
  • Alertness Blink: Being Denser and Wackier and all.
  • Age Lift: Honey and Natsuko are both teenagers in the prior shows, but in this one, Honey is an adult who works at a temp agency, while Natsuko is a police inspector.
  • Badass Normal: Natsuko is highly proficient in firearms including the high caliber and semi-automatic variety able to take out several Panthers using one of their rifles after knocking it out of his hands.
  • Berserk Button: Addressing Natsuko as "Na-chan" will make her very upset.
  • Composite Character: The version of Natsuko from this series and the 2004 movie also has much in common with Miharu("Histler") from the anime, who was also a disciplinarian Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist figure trying to capture Honey.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: After, Natsuko became much more open and supported Honey in the fight against Panther Claw and even allowed her to call her by the nickname "Nat-chan".
  • Denser and Wackier: This adaption is from Studio GAINAX and the soon-to-be creators of Kill la Kill, this time around.
  • Extended Disarming: When asked to hand over her pistol, Nastuko leaves behind a huge pile of firearms... and afterwards transfers the spare that was strapped to her thigh to her shoulder holster.
  • Food Porn: The feast Honey prepares for Natsuko in Episode 2 is shown in bright detail.
  • Inspector Javert: Natsuko originally saw Honey as a public threat.
  • Intimate Healing:
    • It's a Medicine Kiss used to restart the android during the showdown with the Big Bad.
    • Natsuko's solution to Honey's blue-screening in the previous episode, after realizing that the Robot Girl's skin is reacting to her touch in her otherwise lifeless body, is to strip completely naked and embrace Honey as intimately as she possibly can without actually having sex with her.
  • Large Ham: Everyone, as per usual. Special mention goes to Seiji, who spends a large chunk of his screentime prancing around like a goofball.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Koji, Boss, and Sayaka get a cameo in one episode. So do Akira and Miki (1972 TV series versions) from Devilman, and the original anime Natsuko from 1973.
  • Literally Loving Thy Neighbor: In Episode 2, it's revealed that Natsuko and Honey live right next to each other in their apartments; Na-chan is a Tsundere towards Honey, and it's implied that they get together as a couple in the end.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Honey to this incarnation of Natsuko.
  • Out of Focus: Despite otherwise being a straight adaptation of the movie, Seiji loses his spot in the Power Trio alongside Honey and Natsuko and becomes more of a mysterious mentor figure.
  • Plucky Office Girl: Honey works as one of these.
  • Power of Love: Natsuko saves a destablized Honey with this.
  • They Fight Crime!: At the end, Natsuko and Honey go into work together as private detectives.

    Live Action Adaptations 
  • Adaptational Badass: Natsuko is a police inspector instead of a civilian and damsel in distress.
  • Animated Credits Opening: The live-action movie has an animated opening sequence.
  • Bleached Underpants: In the live action film adaptation Honey's main outfit looks more like an armor than the skin tight unitard of power that she wears in the original manga, and the few portions of visible skin are covered with a flesh colored undershirt. It makes no sense considering that the original suit wasn't that revealing (Only her shoulders and cleavage are exposed) and the actress playing her, Eriko Sato is a swimsuit model and even appears in some parts of the film wearing only underwear. This looks more blatant when compared to the animated opening a la Re: Cutie Honey, where drawn Honey wears a suit that barely covered her.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Sister Yuki in The Live.
  • Large Ham: Everyone as per usual, but special mention goes to Seiji in the movie, whose every movement is ridiculously dramatic and drawn out.
  • Live-Action Adaptation: Two, in fact: The Movie and Cutie Honey: The Live.
  • Power Trio: Honey, Natsuko and Seiji form one in the live action movie. By the end they run a detective agency together.
  • Phlebotinum Breakdown: Taken to an extreme with Sister Miki and Sister Yuki in "The Live".
  • Replicant Snatching: Cobalt Claw does this to the Alpha Bitch in The Movie.
  • Shooting Gallery: Used in The Movie to showcase Nat-chan's Improbable Aiming Skills (she unloads a magazine but leaves barely more than one hole).
  • They Fight Crime!: Honey, Miki and Yuki had a brief gig as a team of three in The Live. Miki and Yuki's system flaws, coupled with Yuki being manipulative, made sure that this partnership didn't last long.
    • Also happens at the end of the movie, this time with Honey, Seiji and Natsuko.

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