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Beating evil into the ground with rainbows and kicks since 2004.
Base entry for the
franchise. Created by
, who previously was the creator of
, this is a
Cash Cow Franchise
and spanning many an
. Each series revolves around a certain number of girls being chosen to
Save Both Worlds
(in this case, Earth and the world of the fluffy talking mascots) from those that would spread misery and ruin.
The series distinguishes itself from other
series in the high amount of
included, and through the dynamic of having two central main characters
who can only transform and use their most powerful abilities in tandem
; although, this element has been phased out as the yen poured in. The series focuses heavily on
The Power of Friendship
between the lead characters.
The various seasons are:
The first series was
Futari wa Pretty Cure
"The Two of Us Are Pretty Cure"
), a show where a
Red Oni, Blue Oni
duo of Japanese schoolgirls- Nagisa Misumi and Honoka Yukishiro- are forced to work together to fight the invading inhabitants of the Dusk Zone,
retrieve all seven Prism Stones
and free the Queen of Light. As Cure Black and Cure White respectively, they set the standard for many of the show's recurring tropes. The show is also notable for its
elements, including an abundance of
action-packed physical combat
(directed by the guy who did
Dragon Ball Z
!) and blatant
subtext between Nagisa and Honoka.
The show did so well that it got a direct sequel as
Futari wa Pretty Cure MaX Heart
. The Evil King of the Dusk Zone revives
and the Queen of Light is forced to
split herself into pieces
, one of which manifests as a young girl called Hikari. Cure Black and White are
given a power-up
and sent out to
retrieve all the pieces of the Queen
with the help of Hikari, who can transform into
Support Party Member
Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash*Star
is the first to be set in an
. At first the show was an awkward
of the original series, with
Saki Hyuuga (Cure Bloom) and
Mai Mishou (Cure Egret) fighting to free the seven World Fountains from the control of the evil Dark Fall. In addition,
had forced many of the
elements unique to
to be downsized, resulting in battles that focused less on hard-hitting fisticuffs and more on
non-contact magical attacks
. However, once past that initial awkward phase the series
grew into its own identity
, adding two
Dark Magical Girls
as rivals and establishing Saki and Mai as their own characters.
Yes! Pretty Cure 5
caused an uproar by diverging from the previous
formula in favour of a more standard
show with a
team of five equals.
Nozomi Yumehara (Cure Dream) and her four team-mates have to
catch fifty-five fairy critters
extremely cool and affordable watches
before the evil Nightmare Corporation does.
did start one new trend for the franchise:
including the phrase "Pretty Cure"
Yes! Pretty Cure 5 Go!Go!
the 5 is still pronounced "faibu"
, slightly obscuring the
Incredibly Lame Pun
) continues the story of Nozomi and her friends, only this time they are trying to save the four rulers of
from an evil museum called Eternal with the help of a
flying mailman penguin
named Syrup. They also pick up a mysterious
called "Milky Rose", whose true identity is...
The sixth series,
Fresh Pretty Cure!
, switches to the adventures of Love Momozono (Cure Peach) and her two friends (Cure Berry and Cure Pine) as they fight against the sinister agents of Labyrinth over a mysterious
called Infinity. There's plenty of
Mid Season Upgrades
way too early
and a pretty epic
that results in the birth of the
fourth Pretty Cure
, Cure Passion.
HeartCatch Pretty Cure!
focuses on flower-loving introvert Tsubomi Hanasaki and fashion-loving
Erika Kurumi, who transform into Cure Blossom and Cure Marine (respectively) to fight the evil Desertrians and their quest to steal the "Heart Flowers" of innocent people and turn the world into a desert. Highlights include character designs by
illustrator Yoshihiko Umakoshi, and a heart-wrenching series-long subplot about a
fallen Pretty Cure
called Cure Moonlight.
Suite Pretty Cure♪
Wonder Twin Powers
back again with
Tomboy and Girly Girl
Hibiki Houjou and Kanade Minamino as Cure Melody and Cure Rhythm (respectively). The two fight against the villains of Minor Land, who seek to sing the Melody of Sorrow and plunge the world into despair. Helping them out is
Cure Beat, a mysterious
masked Aloof Ally
called Cure Muse, and a ridiculous
Lensman Arms Race
Mid Season Upgrades
Smile Pretty Cure!
goes back to having a core team of five. The theme of the show is fairy tales, as the
team work with the storybook critters of Märchenland against the baddies of the Bad End Kingdom, who seek to awaken
their lord Pierrot
and bring the "Worst Ending" to the world.
Doki Doki! PreCure
, the latest Pretty Cure series, commemorates the anniversary of the franchise. It appears to inherit certain elements from
, such as the number of Cures and the playing card motif.
There is also a series of
Pretty Cure All Stars movies
teaming up characters from all series
, as well as a short film and a video game that do the same. Together, these make up the
Furthermore, most seasons have at least one
makes no canonical sense
(most of the time) but
can't be thrown out because of something really awesome happening in it
The Franchise seems to have very good relations with
: it's produced by Toei, which also produces
, and the three franchises are aired back to back in the appropriately named
Super Hero Time
movies have been played as double bills, and Nagisa and Honoka teamed up with
Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger
characters in an audio drama, and later with
Mahou Sentai Magiranger
has a less than amiable relation with
as those who had a role in Gundam went on to play villains for
This franchise has a
There is also a manga for each series, going into depth in various ignored aspects, like Rin's crush on Nuts and Saki's little sister's life.
The franchise is also known as
. While this is technically a more accurate transliteration of the title logo (which reads "purikyua") and appears in URLs and such, said logo (as well as much of the truly astonishing amount of
) also explicitly spells out the title as "PRETTY CURE"...at least until
HeartCatch Pretty Cure!
and subsequent series, which say "PRECURE" instead.(Incidentially,
Yes! Pretty Cure 5
has no caption). The pronunciations
are used interchangeably, both in theme songs (
"1, 2, 3, 4, Purikyua 5! Puritii, kyu, kyu, kyu, kyua..."
) and in-universe (including one odd instance of a character hearing the name for the first time as
and immediately questioning "Puritiikyua?"). There are two ways to deal with this: one is to directly translate, taking "Precure" as a commonly used short form and "Pretty Cure" as their less-used full title, and the other, used by both fansubs and the first season's official subs, is to use "Pretty Cure" for both.
TV Tropes Wiki
does the latter
for reasons completely unrelated to "Pretty Cure" making a good Wiki Word
And in case you're wondering: yes, it's a
. "Purikura", short for "Print Club", is the name given to those photo booths in Japan that print out stickers with your photo on them. (This is never brought up in the show, save for the Elder of the first continuity
constantly calling Pretty Cure "Purikura"
, nor does it have any significance.)
For individual series examples, go to their pages. More than one installment of this franchise provides examples of:
Action Girl / Badass Adorable: All of them, save for support fighter Hikari/Shiny Luminous and Ascended Fangirl Ayumi/Cure Echo. You wouldn't expect a magical girl franchise to be so full of movement and fighting. An Asskicking Christmas: The Christmas episode, more often than not, overlaps with the final battle. Anime Hair: Since Yes!5. Annoying Younger Sibling: Not in general and usually downplayed. Played straight with Ryouta Misumi, Souta Minamino is a milder example. Big Bad: One for every season, but one for both seasons of the first continuity. Most of them want to destroy the world. Becoming the Mask: If you masquerade as a student at the school your enemies go to like Kiriya or the Kiryuu twins did, or as a friend to someone who's supposed to be your enemy like Setsuna did, you've completed your first step toward a full-blown Heel Face Turn. Cash Cow Franchise: The series has earned Toei Animation excesses of 10 billion yen annually, with the only exception being 2006. Catchphrase: Every lead Cure and sometimes even every Cure of a team has one or two catchphrases. Also, the villains say usually "I don't forget it" when they lose. Cool Big Sis: Nagisa and Hikari, Saki, Rin, Miki, Tsubomi and Yuri (her case is very odd), Kanade, Akane and Nao. Some of the Cures has one. Cute Bruiser: Most everyone. Dancing Theme: Every season has one Ending Theme with dancing; from 2009 onward, CGI dancing themes have become the norm. Darker and Edgier: and Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash☆Star especially are the darkest series in the franchise, though all of them have their dark moments. If the backstory is anything to start with, Heart Catch Pretty Cure will follow suit, and is implied to be even darker then the aforementioned shows. None of the series lose any of the humor aspects of them in spite of this, though. Doki Doki Pretty Cure Dark Magical Girl: Most of the continuities have at least one: Michiru and Kaoru, the Dark Precures, Eas aka Setsuna, Dark Cure, Siren aka Ellen, the Bad End Precures, Regina. The End of the World as We Know It: What Pretty Cure is up against every time. Theme Song Performer Cameo: Mayu Kudou, singer of several Pretty Cure themes from to Yes! Pretty Cure 5 , has cameoed twice. Once in Suite Pretty Cure♪ with the ending singer Kanako Miyamoto, and again in Yes! Pretty Cure 5 with the opening singer Aya Ikeda. Oddly enough, both animated versions of Mayu look completely different from each other (the different art styles not helping matters). HeartCatch Pretty Cure! Everything's Cuter with Lucky Charms: Hearts for just about every season, stars for Splash Star, clovers for Fresh, flowers for Heartcatch, music notes for Suite, wings for Smile, and winged hearts and card suits for Doki Doki. Evolving Credits: Very common for the franchise as a whole. This happens whenever a Sixth Ranger appears in the show. Excited Episode Title! Expy: Most lead Cures are expies of Cure Black and most blue or white Cures are expies of Cure White. However, this trope is never played straight. Five-Girl-Band: The problem is that there are only two continuities with five members. Most teams has a four-girl-band, the early teams have even less members. Some members play a double role. The Leader: Mostly the pink Cures: Cure Black, Cure Bloom/Bright, Cure Dream, Cure Peach, Cure Blossom (who is also The Chick), Cure Melody, Cure Happy, and Cure Heart. The Lancer: Mostly the blue, white or red Cures: Cure White (also The Smart Guy), Cure Egret/Windy (also the Smart Guy), Cure Rouge, Cure Passion (took this role from Cure Berry, also a Smart Guy), Cure Marine, Cure Rhythm (who is also a Smart Guy), Cure Sunny, and Cure Sword. The Big Guy: Cure Mint, Cure Berry (who was The Lancer before Cure Passion has joined), Cure Sunshine, Cure Beat (also a Smart Guy), Cure March, and Cure Rosetta (also The Chick). The Smart Guy: Only those who doesn't have a double role. Mostly the blue Cures: Cure Aqua, Cure Moonlight, Cure Beauty, Cure Diamond. The Chick:Mostly the yellow Cures: Shiny Luminous, Cure Lemonade, Cure Pine, Cure Muse, and Cure Peace. The Sixth Ranger: See below. The literally sixth member(s) are Milky Rose, and . Royale Candy Fleeting Demographic: Young girls, though fortunately they aren't the only demographic. Not that fleeting though, since the ratings for the series have remained high throughout the franchise. Frilly Upgrade: Costume upgrades usually appear sometime after mid-season. Movies have their own special upgrades. Good Old Fisticuffs: A lot of action series could learn a thing or two from how these girls dish it out. Gratuitous English: 90% of the Cure names, every transformation phrase and most finishing moves. A couple also have Gratuitous French and Gratuitous Italian scattered around. Hair Decorations: All over the place. In fact, the only Cure in the franchise to have completely unadorned hair in Pretty Cure form is Cure Black (though Nagisa does wear a cute little heart bead when she plays lacrosse). Heel Face Turn: At least one per continuity: Kiriya in Futari wa Pretty Cure, Michiru and Kaoru in Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash☆Star, Bunbee in Yes! Pretty Cure 5, Setsuna, Westar and Souler in Fresh Pretty Cure!, all of the Desert Apostles in HeartCatch Pretty Cure!, in Ellen and Trio the Minor Suite Pretty Cure♪, and Pierrot's Three Subordinates in Smile Pretty Cure!. High Heel Face Turn: In general, since this is a magical girl series, female characters seem quicker to make the switch than male ones. Heroic Second Wind: Common, but most blatantly after . From that point onwards, Yes! Pretty Cure 5 every single movie, no exceptions, has to include flashlight-esque items called the Miracle Lights, used by both the characters and the audience to bring the Eleventh Hour Superpower. In a Single Bound: One too many Cures have this ability. In fact, there is one famous scene from the original opening (and copied a lot in the Futari wa Pretty Cure movies) which involves Black leaping away from an explosion; Pretty Cure All Stars Max Heart's opening featured a similar scene but with White added in. Made of Iron: A side effect of being a Cure. Magical Girl Magic Skirt: Most of the time, in particular and Fresh . Suite Merchandise Driven: How much varies from season to season, but it's usually obvious that at least one magical trinket per season was designed to be a toy first and an implement of magical ass-kicking second. The Transformation Trinkets are a relatively common example, as are the cheat code items that became a tradition from Fresh onwards. Mid-Season Upgrade: The Precures get usually two or more upgrades per season. Some villains get upgrades, too. Modesty Shorts: When there isn't a Magic Skirt involved there's this. Monster of the Week: Often gigantic, so even when they're blatantly silly, there can be some sweet moves involved in taking them down. Multiple Demographic Appeal: The franchise is aimed at girls 4-12 and men 16-35. Not just through Moe Moe, but also hot-blooded battles. The mix can be jarring but awesome ◊. Name's the Same: Several seasons tend to repeat names from previous continuities. So far the repeated names were Nozomi ( Max Heart and Yes!5), Kaoru ( Splash Star, Fresh, and — if it counts — Kaoruko from Heartcatch), Hayato ( Fresh and Heartcatch), Kurumi ( Yes!5 (given name), Heartcatch (surname)), Miyuki ( Fresh and Smile), Akane (the original/ Max Heart and Smile), Nao ( Max Heart and Smile), Reika ( Fresh and Smile), and Ayumi ( Fresh, Heartcatch and All Stars New Stage). New Transfer Student: Several Cures start out as this. In chronological order: Hikari, Michiru and Kaoru (even if they're not actually Cures), Urara and Kurumi, Setsuna, Tsubomi, Ellen, Miyuki, and Makoto. No Export for You: The English dub of Futawi wa Pretty Cure only aired in Canada and the UK. None of the other seasons have been dubbed yet, although Cynopsis Kids has reported that Saban Brands will be making a new show called Gangnam Girls, whose synopsis sounds almost identical to Smile Precure. Not Allowed to Grow Up: As of 2008, the older Cures have been subjected to this. It's been years since 's end, but Nagisa, Honoka and Hikari don't look a day older than they were back then. Although it should be noted that this depends only on whether or not you count the All-Stars movies as canon. Max Heart Obviously Evil: Played straight by every villain from this franchise. But subverted with the Desert Apostles and Minor Land. Odd Couple: For two-person teams; when the teams widened and there was only one main character instead of two, just about every combination was an Odd Friendship Pink Means Feminine: In fact, every team has a member in pink, and more often than not she's the leader, similar to with red. Super Sentai Post Modernism: One of the most unusual aspects for a mainstream Magical Girl series that isn't a full deconstruction of the genre. Power Dyes Your Hair: It's usually downplayed, with a Cure's hair changing shades instead of color. Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Downplayed in the first and second series, but began to be very blatant in the third; and the trend hasn't stopped since. The Power of Friendship: Unlike most series in the genre, where it's second to The Power of Love, friendship is the most important thing in Pretty Cure. Every episode focuses on the relationships between the girls, and no romantic subplot is ever completely resolved, whether between the Cures themselves or with a third party; Nozomi/Coco is the one exception, and even they are allowed far less PDA than other magical girl leads, only getting to kiss offscreen and in a movie. Most speeches are of the friendship variety, and the Cures' powers literally run on friendship — even the ones who can transform separately are stronger together, and, as seen in the case of Karen, powers can fail completely if they don't open up and act sincerely towards their True Companions. Pummel Duel: Rapunzel Hair: Whether in civilian form or not, many Cures have this. Red-Headed Heroine: Also one per continuity: Nagisa/Cure Black, Saki/Cure Bloom and Michiru, Rin/Cure Rouge, Inori/Cure Pine, Tsubomi/Cure Blossom, Hibiki/Cure Melody and Ako/Cure Muse, Akane/Cure Sunny, and Alice/Cure Rosetta. Of course, the level of redness depends on the viewer. Ridiculously Cute Critter: The various mascots. Most play a much bigger role in the series with Wonder Twin Powers (namely the first three, Heartcatch and Suite. Rose-Haired Girl: A popular choice for the protagonists: Nozomi/Cure Dream, Tsubomi/Cure Blossom, Cure Melody (Hibiki being a Red-Headed Heroine), Miyuki/Cure Happy, and Mana (but not Cure Heart, interestingly). Save Both Worlds: Most plots involve saving the mascots' homeworld as well as Earth, although there are exceptions. Sixth Ranger: Every continuity has at least one late arrival: Shiny Luminous, , the Kiryuu sisters Milky Rose, Cure Passion, Cures Sunshine and Moonlight, and Cures Beat and Muse. Slice of Life: There are episodes that focus almost solely on the daily lives of the heroines where the enemy makes the obligatory appearance and subsequent defeat in under a few minutes. Spiritual Successor: The franchise on the whole appears to be this to and, to an extent, Sailor Moon . Ojamajo Doremi Spoiler Opening: Sometimes, even some events of the great final are spoiled. Usually, the appearance of the Sixth Ranger is not shown in the credits, with four exceptions: Shiny Luminous, Milky Rose, Cure Moonlight, and Cure Muse. All four of them are subversions. Both Luminous and Rose are planned as new members before the series have even started and the Japanese viewers knew it before. Cure Moonlight appeared in the first episode, so it was expected that she will eventuelly join the other Cures, especially after the appearance of Cure Sunshine (moon & sun theme). Cure Muse however was a masked Aloof Ally and the openings don't spoil her real identity. Strictly Formula: Not just individual episodes, but the series themselves, something that became particularly jarring from 2009 to 2011, which always had four-girl teams and a cheat code item appear at a late point to give the girls a new attack or set of costumes. In all series, seasons, holidays, and school events (culture festival, sports meet, etc.) roughly line up with the real world according to episode airdates. This requires a little chronological fudging, as Pretty Cure series run from February to January but reflect the April to March Japanese school year. Notable is that around episodes 20-24 (usually 23) something plot-related always happens, usually the appearance of a Sixth Ranger or the Mid-Season Upgrade. Certain plots also may happen once per season, such as two of the Cures having a disagreement and nearly triggering the team's break-up. An episode in the late 30s will feature one member of the team getting a real or imagined opportunity in acting/modeling/music/etc., with implications that they'll leave the area and cease all Magical Girl activities. Never actually happens. Most of the villains will make a Heel Face Turn by the end of the show by either purification ( ), turning traitor ( Desert Apostles, Noise, Pierrot's Three Subordinates ), or flat out becoming a Pretty Cure themselves during the turnpoint of the season ( Westar and Souler Setsuna and Ellen). It also seems that, from Fresh onwards, the first villain in the group to appear is the one who does a Heel Face Turn first. Ellen and Setsuna become Cures, while Sasorina gets purified first out of Heartcatch's villains. Smile seems to be the only exception, as there all three members of the . Quirky Miniboss Squad are purified at the same time There will be an episode/arc where the series' Fairy/ Non-Human Sidekick get kidnapped and the Pretty Cures have to rescue them. Thigh-High Boots: Every series has at least one Cure wearing them, with the exception of the the first two continuities, which instead used leg warmers for a similar effect. Trailers Always Spoil: New Cure? New power? If it's not in the title, it's in the next episode preview. Transformation Is a Free Action: Justified in-universe, where the transformation takes place inside a barrier or appears as a bright flash of light to observers. Transformation Trinket: Every single season has one. True Companions: All teams wind up as these. Unflinching Walk: The finisher attacks. Wonder Twin Powers: The first three seasons and Suite; also Heartcatch to a lesser extent. You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Since Yes!5 (or Splash Star).