Anime: Smile Pretty Cure!
aka: Smile Precure
Twinkling, shining, the light of the future! Cure Happy!
The brilliant sun, hot-blooded power! Cure Sunny!
Sparkling, glittering, rock-paper-scissors! Cure Peace!
Courageous, high-spirited, a clean-cut match! Cure March!
Snowing, falling and gathering, a noble heart! Cure Beauty!
The five lights that guide us to the future! Sparkle! Smile Precure!
The 9th entry in the Pretty Cure
franchise, which aired from February 2012 to January 2013.Once Upon a Time
, there was a kingdom of fairy tales
called Märchenland where all the good characters lived together in harmony. However, one day the kingdom was attacked by the evil characters of the Bad End Kingdom, led by the Evil King Pierrot. At the climax of the conflict, both the Queen of Märchenland and Pierrot were sealed away by each other, leaving the ending to the story unfinished.
Miyuki Hoshizora is a New Transfer Student
who absolutely adores fairy tale books, and hopes that one day she too will live Happily Ever After
. Her first day gets off to a wild start when she literally comes face-to-face
, a fairy from Märchenland sent to recover the scattered Cure Décor
that can revive the Queen
Faced with the agents of the Bad End Kingdom, who seek to plunge humans into despair
and collect the resulting "Bad Energy"
to revive Pierrot
, Miyuki's belief in standing strong against adversity despite her own fears grants her the power to transform into one of the legendary warriors, Pretty Cure. It's just a shame that no-one told Miyuki that part of being a "legendary warrior" is actually fighting
Eventually, Miyuki assembles a complete team of Precure from her classmates:
Smile Pretty Cure has examples of:
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Ikuyo Hoshizora and Chiharu Kise. Both look incredibly young to the point where you would be forgiven for thinking they're older siblings and not parents.
- Adult Fear: In episode 42, two of Nao's siblings leave the house while Nao is in charge (as her parents are at the hospital), without telling her. And then while they're in town, all alone, Majorina finds them.
- All Myths Are True: Or at least all fairy tales are in Märchenland.
- Episode 27 has Tengu and Kappas, though they stay out of sight and are only somewhat alluded to.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Deconstructed hard! Being the character that is always hated turned Majorina, Wolfrun, and Akaoni toward Pierrot's side. If you have nothing invested in the world and it always hated you, you would want to destroy it too just to make the pain stop.
- An Ice Person: Cure Beauty, complete with a sword made of ice and the power to make a blizzard. Bad End Beauty is this too, thanks to her being Cure Beauty's Evil Knockoff.
- Anime Accent Absence: Averted in Episode 36; Tetsuya Kakihara plays Brian with a pretty strong accent.
- Anime Hair: As seen on the page image. Cure March is the first Pretty Cure to wear her hair in a Tomboyish Ponytail and Girlish Pigtails simultaneously.
- April Fools' Plot: Episode 9. Yayoi decides that telling Miyuki she is transferring would be an excellent April Fools joke. Miyuki bolts to tell everyone else before Yayoi can reveal the prank.
- Art Shift: The first half of Episode 28 emphasizes shadows, darkened interiors, and character under lighting, all cliches of the ghost stories that were the topic of the episode.
- Ascended Extra: Chinami Nishimura, Reika/Cure Beauty's seiyuu, had a previous stint as Dark Dream. Now she's voicing a real Pretty Cure.
- Badass Adorable: Cure Candy from Episode 8. She proves agile enough to dodge the Monster of the Week's attacks and eventually neutralize it.
- Candy herself as of Episode 31.
- Badass Princess: The Cures' Princess Modes.
- Bad Luck Charm: Miyuki draws a Terrible Luck fortune on the Kyoto trip, which says "Watch where you step, what you carry and what you eat". Hilarity Ensues. For once they do not go into the 'tying it to a tree to get rid of the luck' thing, as the bad luck ends when the fortune gets turned into the Monster Of The Week and beaten.
- Beehive Hairdo: Cure Sunny's hairstyle is close enough.
- Being Evil Sucks: The Big Bad Three were used to live as fairies in Märchenland. However, due to being fairy tale villains they were disowned, hunted and despised by other fairies. Joker used their negative emotions and brainwashed them.
- Bittersweet Ending: Episode 48. The Grand Finale. To wit: Remember Pretty Cure All Stars DX 3's end? The Grand Finale may be just a similar reused scenario, but no less effective, imagine the Smile Precures going through what their predecessors went through when they tried defeating Black Hole last time, except for the Smile Precures against just Pierrot. Less people involved, but no less effective to make you tear out. They get their turn in crying over the possibility of losing their fairy just for one final attack against the Big Bad with the world at stake, and unlike All Stars which kinda ruin the sad moment with happy music, you get to hear all girls bawling at Candy's departure... and instead of still pictures, the bawling is ANIMATED. Of course, the ending also share similar Heartwarming moment afterwards.
- Blow You Away: Cure March. Her attacks have a wind theme to them and she gains the power to run very fast. Bad End March, being Cure March's Evil Knockoff, is this too.
- Bookcase Passage: Interestingly, the bookcase itself becomes a warp portal with careful moving of the books.
- Book Ends: More than appropriate for a season based off fairy tales. During The Stinger of the last episode, Miyuki and Candy reunite in the exact same spot where they first met.
- Borrowed Catch Phrase: Near the end of episode 5, Cures Sunny, Peace and March borrows Miyuki/Happy's "Ultra Happupu~" and said it in tandem.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Subtly done in the opening by one of Nao's little brothers, Yuuta, who grins upon noticing the camera behind him.
- Break Them by Talking: Joker attempts this on Reika during episode 43, using her conflict between quitting being a Cure and disappointing her friends by not studying abroad to drive her into a breakdown and cause her to lose her transformation. It takes the other Cures showing up and confessing that they really don't want her to leave to make her snap out of it.
- But Now I Must Go: Earlier than most Pretty Cure examples. Pop is basically just there to dump some info for the Cures. Then he flies into the sunset (in his book!), back to Märchenland. It's implied that the kingdom is facing a serious threat, requiring his presence; otherwise he would rather stay with Candy.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: "Pretty Cure Smile Charge!", said every time the girls transform.
- Catch Phrase: Quite a bit, including things like Miyuki's "Ultra Happy!", "Happupu~", or Nao's "Straight-up bout!" or Reika declaring that "Path X' is a hard one". However, the Bad End Kingdom generals have a certain shared one in order to initiate Bad End space:
"The worst possible ending in the world! Be covered in Bad End! Your white future shall be painted black!!" *Bad End space initiated, Heroic BSOD abound, person laughs* "The Bad Energy of *insert relevant infected creature here* will revive the Dark Emperor, Lord Pierrot!!"
- Cherry Blossoms: These are in the background when the girls discuss about various guys around school that Miyuki might like.
- Childish Pillow Fight: During the Kyoto trip, initially Reika resists joining in, till she takes one to the face then its Let's Get Dangerous mode... the end result ends up spilling a pot of hot coffee on their teacher.
- Children Are Innocent: When Wolfrun, Akaoni, and the Cures are all turned into kids by accident, more time is spent with all 7 playing games than fighting each other. When Majorina shows up to end the fun, even Wolfrun and Akaoni join in on the game of tag the Cures start with her.
- Clark Kenting: Averted for once. Everyone who's snapped out of the Bad End spell easily recognizes the Cures. It doesn't help that Miyuki can't keep her big mouth shut.
- Class Trip: To Kyoto in Episode 13, and later Osaka in Episode 14, where the villains coincidentally are going too.
- Color-Coded Characters: In addition to their color-coded Nonuniform Uniforms, the girls usually wear street clothes in their designated colors. At their secret base, they even drink out of color-coded mugs.
- Comically Missing the Point: In the Shaggy Dog Story episode Miyuki, Akane, Yayoi and Nao were looking at Reika during their remedial class, and Reika concluded that they must be thinking "Don't worry about us, you can go home!". When in truth, they actually meant, "Help us, Reika!!"
- Couch Gag: It appears that every episode the Ending Theme will start with a different Cure (Happy in Episode 1, Sunny in Episode 2, and so on and so forth).
- It seems to be rotating through five versions, one for each Cure. It rotated through the five versions three times, then repeated Beauty for Episode 16 instead of Happy.
- Peace's Jan-ken-pon is a really good examples of this. The sign changes every episode.
- Crash-Into Hello: Miyuki is very Genre Savvy and excited to experience this trope. In the first scene of the first episode, she is Late for School and sees a corner; she thinks about this trope, goes full speed into the corner to encounter no one, laments about it for a second, then turns around for a Mentor Mascot to the face.
- Crossover: Not a canon one, but the fanartists at Pixiv definitely had a field day with the fact that both Smile Pretty Cure! and Kamen Rider Fourze had Field Trip episodes at Kyoto in the same week.
- Curtains Match the Window: All five Cures sport this, moreso in Cure form than civilian.
- Cutesy Name Town: Rainbow Hills note
- Dancing Theme: Both ending themes count, complete with CGI dancing of the Precures!
- Darkest Hour: Episode 22. Joker has appeared again, curbstomped the Precures, gained the last batch of Bad Energy from them, and runs off with the single remaining Cure Decor to revive Pierrot.
- Episode 47's ending even more so. Just when it seems the ultra forms of the cures seems to defeat Pierrot, he absorbs all the darkness monsters he unleashed into himself and becomes as big as BLACK HOLE!
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Episode 6, Majorina tried to prevent the girls from transforming. Then she attacked them while they were posing AFTER transforming.
- When a Monster of the Week is defeated, that's the cue for the villain to retreat, right? Well, not in Episode 31. In Episode 31, Joker actually stays after the Akanbe's defeat to trap all the Cures but Miyuki in a Ball of Neglect.
- In Episode 39, the Precures are trapped in the Cinderella world. The Bad End Generals, who appear as Cinderella/Miyuki's stepmother family, use many tricks to prevent a happy end. First, they treat Miyuki even worse than the actual stepmother family do, since Miyuki knows the happy end, that's why she enjoys taking care of the household, at first. Second, they stuck her in a cage and they have already caught the fairy-godmother/witch Yayoi. Later, Wolfrun destroys the pumpkin coach. Then, the three villains scare Prince Reika's party guests away, becoming the only three party guests before Miyuki arrives. To prevent the midnight part, Wolfrun turns the glass shoe into an Akanbe that runs away. In the following day, they bring a big fitting shoe for Akaoni... that shatters immediately.
- Death or Glory Attack: Using finishers will leave the Cures exhausted, justifying why they can only use it once per transformation. This lessens as the season goes on, though.
- Debut Queue: The same general deal as Yes! Pretty Cure 5, only played straighter as there's no additional drama concerning Cure Beauty's debut.
- Depending on the Writer: Miyuki's flashback on how she got her optimistic view are different between the TV series and the movie, though the premise is the same; a 'fairy' encouraged her to always smiling so she could have friends. In Episode 44, the 'fairy' came from a mirror necklace given by her grandmother, while in the movie, the 'fairy' is actually the main character in a storybook Miyuki read. It can be chalked up that Miyuki is being a Unreliable Expositor, as by forgetting the exact circumstance of her meeting with the 'fairy', the storybook character, AKA Nico, becomes vengeful and it kicks start the movie's plot.
- Downer Ending: This is the villains' goal, to give the world a "bad end".
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Eating the food of the Bad End Kingdom brainwashes you, and it gives you these.
- All the Precures got this when Pierrot covered the Precure book with black ink.
- Elemental Hair: Except for Cure Happy, who has pink hair, the others follow pretty standard colors and styles for their elements.
- Cure Happy's hair more closely follows her secondary element.
- Elemental Powers: Each of the Smile Precures have these, one for each Cure with Cure Happy technically getting two.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: Just when we think this season will have no Sixth Rangers, episode 47 has Candy becoming Royale Candy, a Barrier Maiden in the vein of Shiny Luminous.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: The Precure's Ultra Forms.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The names of most of Majorina's inventions pretty much describe exactly what it does.
- Expy: The five new Cures have a similar color scheme as the Cures of Yes! Pretty Cure 5. The similarities can be chalked up to having the same character designer (Toshie Kawamura) for both series.
- Exposed to the Elements: In Episode 6 Miyuki is accidentally sent to the South Pole in her civvies, and wasn't bothered by the cold... Until she got back to Japan.
- Eye Catch: Normally shows one of the Cures for the beginning side commercial break and Candy afterwards, but in two episodes the commercial end one showed Akanbe.
- Fairy Tale Motifs: All over the place. This is more notable with the Quirky Miniboss Squad; each member is based off a fairy tale villain (Wolfrun, for instance, is based off The Big Bad Wolf).
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Played straight with Yayoi, but averted with Akane and Nao; both girls are Tomboys but they're still excellent cooks.
- Five-Bad Band: Bad End Kingdom.
- Five-Man Band: For the first time since Yes! Pretty Cure 5.
- Flat Character: A common complaint is that Smile seems to go out of it's way to avoid having the characters grow or change. Any One-Shot Character is this by default in this series.
- Foil: The Bad End Generals to the Cures.
- Wolfrun against Miyuki and Akane. He's a Nietzsche Wannabe, while Miyuki is hopeful and Akane is passionate.
- Akaoni, The Brute, and Yayoi, the crybaby of the team.
- Majorina, who specializes in tricks, vs. Nao's adherence to a straight-up bout.
- And Joker, with his sadism to Miyuki's desire for happiness, and tendency to manipulate his teammates against Reika's role as The Smart Guy.
- Fountain of Youth: In episode 38, a potion made by Majorina turns the 5 girls, Wolfrun and Akaoni into kindergartners and Candy into a baby. They turn back to normal 5 minutes before the episode ends.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Like with Yes! Pretty Cure 5 before, the Smile team also has this among 5 people; but it's done a little differently here: Miyuki is Sanguine, Akane and Nao are Choleric, Yayoi is Phlegmatic, and Reika is Melancholic.
- Fractured Fairy Tale: Cinderella gets... weird in episode 39.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: Miyuki and Candy in Episode 8.
- Frilly Upgrade:
- "Pretty Cure Rainbow Healing" — the girls lose their Feather Motif and gain crowns and a few additional frills during the move.
- Later, in Episode 23, the girls get the Princess Forms and Princess Candles exclusively for their new attack, Pretty Cure Rainbow Burst.
- And then they got the Royal Clock, allowing them to use a power-up of the aforementioned attack, Royal Rainbow Burst.
- As if these weren't enough, The Movie has Cure Happy get a third upgrade, Ultra Cure Happy, which takes the "Frilly" part of "Frilly Upgrade" Up to Eleven. The other Cures gain this for the final fight alongside Cure Happy against Pierrot in episode 47.
- Funny Background Event: Two during the ending. The first involves Peace falling on top of March, while the second has Sunny volleying a ball right onto Happy's face.
- Peace's variation of the ending adds a third one to the mix. At the very beginning, she face plants while skipping away from the camera to join the other Cures, and the next time we see her there's a noticeable red spot on her face.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: The Smile Precures have little white angel wings adorn their hairs while the Bad End Precures have black bat wings.
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: The Cure Decor features as the collectible item this time around.
- Gratuitous English: Besides the obvious, Episode 7 has a toy shop which has a sign that says "Stuffed Shop."note .
- Despite the Surprisingly Good English in Episode 36, a letter later comes that is strangely written in a low level for a native speaker. Could be justified that it was written simply so the recipient could have an easier time understanding it.
- Gretzky Has the Ball: The relay race in Episode 18 has five runners, while normal relay races in the real world have four.
- Hair Decorations: All five Cures sport angel wing hair decs and tiaras when transformed. Also, both Miyuki and Nao sport ribbons on their hair in civilian form, as does Candy. Yes, even the Mentor Mascot gets a turn in this carousel.
- Heart Beat-Down: Cure Happy, though not as obvious as some examples. Her attacks have a clear heart-shape to them and she is all for genuine happiness. Bad End Happy's own attacks are heart-shaped too, though she only cares for her own happiness.
- The High Queen/Big Good/King in the Mountain: The Royale Queene of Märchenland. She made a Heroic Sacrifice Taking You with Me after all her Cure Decors are stolen by Pierrot, and is now sleeping. She was expected to wake up when the Cures collected all the Cure Décors, but because Pierrot was revived earlier, instead she grants them the Princess Modes.
- Hime Cut: Reika/Cure Beauty again.
- Hope Spot: At the end of Episode 21, it seems like the Cures have accomplished their goal of completing the Décor Décolle and reviving the Royale Queene... When suddenly Joker comes along and steals, not just the last Cure Décor, but also the entire Décor Décolle and Candy.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Cure Happy has a hard time using her finisher, and they're still trying to figure out the strength boost they get from becoming Cures.
- Hub Level: The Mysterious Library, where all Book Doors are connected to, and where the Cures decide to set up their Clubhouse.
- Humongous Mecha: Happy Robot with Buttlerfly Wings and Rocket Punch, and the Hyper Akanbes of Wolfrun and Akaoni in episode 35
- Idiot Ball: Candy making a fool of Miyuki in Episode 8 could've been avoided if they'd claimed she was sick or used some similar excuse to get her out of class.
- Nearly every episode due to an unfortunate oversight in the format of the show, in which the villains always achieve their goal before summoning any Akanbe and the only thing summoning said Akanbe does is allow the Precure to collect a Decor. If they never summoned anything but the blue noses, which don't drop Decors, they would have won by episode 23.
- ISO-Standard Urban Groceries: In Episode 4, Nao is carrying several grocery bags, with a leek protuding from one and a daikon radish from the other, when she encounters the panicking Miyuki on the street.
- Invisibility: Episode 20 had Miyuki and Akane turn invisible due to Candy finding a camara that turns things invisible which was created by Majorina.
- Visible Invisibility: Partial Transparency and Complete Invisibility are demonstrated in the above clip, here, here, and here. It's even possible to see both methods used simultaneously in some parts of the episode.
- Kansai Regional Accent: Akane/Cure Sunny speaks like this, given that she originates for Osaka, where this accent is normal.
- Late for School: The stereotype is Played With with Miyuki, her introduction is this but lacking the bread aspect and the Crash-Into Hello was not where she was expecting.
- Laughing Mad: Joker during his Villainous Breakdown.
- Laugh Themselves Sick: Akaoni actually pulls a ROFL (Rolling on the floor laughing) after finding out the Precure have bad luck.
- Letting the Air out of the Band: Several times, the background music slowly fizzles out, including when Happy's attacks fail or miss in the first and second episodes, and when Candy completely fails at explaining the premise of the series in Episode 6.
- Light 'em Up: Cure Happy and Royale Candy. Both of them have sparkles in their attacks and a steady glow; pink for Cure Happy and white for Royale Candy. Bad End Happy has these powers too as Cure Happy's Evil Knockoff.
- Lighter and Softer: Compared to HeartCatch Pretty Cure! and Suite Pretty Cure ♪, this show is more comedy driven. See the Crowning Moment of Funny page above.
- Though, it still has its more serious moment as noted on the Tear Jerker section.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: Joker's Ball of Neglect that appears in Episode 31 and 32. Inside is a Crap Saccharine World where you're drowned in endless pleasure, while you're subtly encouraged to care about nothing but your own indulgences. Joker states quite clearly this is the Bad End waiting for the whole world.
- Luminescent Blush: Constantly. It's somewhat justified in Cure form as they tap themselves with the Smile Pacts' powder puffs while transforming.
- Meaningful Name: For the first time in a Pretty Cure series, the meanings behind the Cures' names are explained and discussed.
- Modesty Shorts: The triumphant return of the more noticeable bike shorts under the Cures' dresses; HeartCatch Pretty Cure! had these but upskirt shots were needed to notice them.
- Then again, Toshie Kawamura, who was the character designer for Yes! 5 and GOGO, is in charge for this season's designs too, so it's probably some kind of Author Appeal.
- Monster of the Week: AKANBE! They even come in multiple flavours:
- Red-nosed Akanbe are the standard for the first half of the series, created from the stolen Cure Decor.
- Blue-nosed Akanbe are weaker than red-nosed Akanbe, but as they are not created from Cure Decor, they are immune to the standard Finishing Moves of the Pretty Cure.
- Yellow-nosed Akanbe seem to share the same traits and strength as red-nosed Akanbe, but like blue-nosed Akanbe are not created from Cure Decor.
- Super Akanbe, made from two Cure Decors, have dark red noses.
- Black-nosed Hyper Akanbe, introduced in episode 31, are made from just one Decor again and can fuse with the Bad End Kingdom generals to give them direct control and boost the Akanbe's power.
- Mythology Gag: Many, as of the first episode:
- Non-Uniform Uniform: Apparently, Rainbow Hills Middle School is quite lax about uniform rules, as a good portion of the students has a different way to wear the uniform. The Cures are no exception, but take it a step further by having ties of their respective colors.
- Not so Fast, Bucko!: Joker in Episode 31, in an alarming show of Dangerously Genre Savvy, simply opts to hang back after the Monster of the Week is deafeated and the Mid-Season Upgrade revealed, and simply ambushes and takes out four of the five Precure with little fuss while they're busy celebrating.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Pierrot, whose idea of a Bad End at the very least' involves ripping out a chunk of the planet''. That's not even getting into his plans for the rest of the universe either. Bad End Sunny too, since she wants to become the sun that burns everything up.
- Panty Shot: There is one in Episode 4, but you probably don't want to watch it. It's Akaoni doing his laundry, which includes a gratuitous shot of his underwear.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Candy emerges from a pink book; her brother Pop comes out of a blue book.
- Playing with Fire: Cure Sunny. Her transformation involves fire literally over her body and her hair changes in a fiery fashion. Bad End Sunny, being Cure Sunny's Evil Knockoff, has this too.
- Pummel Duel: Cure Sunny and Wolfrun get into one after the latter goes completely berserk at the thought of losing to the former.
- Psychosomatic Superpower Outage: In episode 43, Reika lost her powers as Cure Beauty during a fight with Joker because the latter used the former's conflict between quitting being a Cure and disappointing her friends by not studying abroad to drive her into a breakdown.
- Psycho Rangers: The Bad End Precure created by Joker at the end of episode 45.
- Race for Your Love: Akane does this in Episode 36.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Candy and Pop, though Pop doesn't like being described as such.
- Running Gag: It seems like this universe likes throwing things at Miyuki's face.
- Many episodes' plots are kicked off by one of Majorina's newest inventions going missing because of Wolfrun and/or Akaoni, said inventions usually ending up wherever the Pretty Cure are. And she usually runs to the same police station to ask for directions before finding the invention on the Pretty Cure's hands.
- Seiza Squirm: Miyuki briefly goes through this in Episode 5.
- Shaggy Dog Story: Episode 29. On the last day of summer vacation, the Cures resolve to stop playing around and finish their summer homework. Instead, they're dragged into a theme park world they're forced to play through all day to escape, and by then it's already too late. Despite the Aesop, they still have to take remedial classes after school for something not their fault.
- Shock and Awe: Cure Peace; her main attack is "Pretty Cure Peace Thunder!" and involves lightning. Bad End Peace is this too, being Cure Peace's Evil Knockoff.
- Shout-Out: The way Miyuki pouts everytime she says "Happuppu~" might remind you of another pink-clad Toei main character.
- #5: "We're just passing-through superheroes..."
- #6: "Gonin sorotte! Go-Pretty Cure!"
- #8: The shots in which Majorina proudly announces the (lazily thought of) names for her body-switch rings and their antidote are a reference to this commercial.
- Also in that same episode, there was a possible shout out to Garfield and Friends. In one "Screaming With Binky" short that played before "Attack of the Mutant Guppies" about a diamond cutter, seconds after Binky disrupts a diamond cutter, he sneezes, blowing away the diamond dust. In the Pretty Cure episode, Akaoni blows away the rings with a sneeze. This might have been a shout out to Akaoni's voice actor doing Binky's voice on the Japanese dub of Garfield and Friends.
- Episode 25 contains another shout-out to Garfield and Friends. Akaoni is the main villian. This is yet again another "Screaming With Binky" shout-out, as in one episode of that quickie, he went to the beach, screamed and disrupted a man building a sandcastle.
- Candy is very similar to another Toei character: Culumon (Calumon) from Digimon Tamers. Not only do they have the same Verbal Tic, but Candy has some special power the bad guys want, just like Culumon did.
- #23: The way Cure Happy uses Happy Shower to avoid falling into lava lake is reminiscent of how Son Goten avoids ring-out during the Tenkaichi Budoukai in Buu saga.
- #35 The face of Happy Robot is more like Rosie. Not to mention the episode basically consisted of seeing how many Super Robot cliches and shout outs could fit into one episode. The show even gets Masami Obari in as a guest animator!
- To the Sailor Moon series, there are the Precure's Princesses Form, the Princess Candle looking just like Sailor Moon's Kaleidomoon Scope, and gaining power from the Pegasus but is really a Winged Unicorn.
- #41 When Cure Peace obtains her Ultra Decor and powers up, her stance and energy field almost mimics the Super Saiyan mode from Dragon Ball.
- Special Guest: Japanese comedy duo FUJIWARA appear as themselves in Episode 17.
- Spoiler Opening: Aside from the Princess Modes being spoiled in the opening theme, we also see battle footage straight from the opening being reused in Episode 23. And Pierrot's giant hand being reused and mirrored in the final episode.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Invoked by Pop in Episode 33. The girls play in an edo movie with kunoichi Nao as the main character. However, after she's defeated by Jorogumo (Akane) and tries to kidnap Princess Reika, vagabond Pop appears, defeats the villain and goes away, like a lonely samurai hero. Then he tries it to do again, when the girls are trapped by Akaoni's Hyper Akanbe, but he fails, so Candy saves them. And finally, he cuts the movie by himself and removes the recorded Precure scenes, and the movie is only about vagabond Pop and the girls are entirely removed, the latter was to preserve the girls secret identity, though.
- Status Quo Is God: Episode 23 was practically a Season Finale: all of the Cure Decor are recovered, and all of the major villains (including the Big Bad) are fought and defeated thanks to a new Super Mode. Episode 24 reveals that the Big Bad was not destroyed, all of the villains are resurrected, and the show returns to the exact same plot as before: the villains try to collect Bad Energy to revive their Sealed Evil in a Can, while the heroes collect the Cure Decor to revive their Sealed Good in a Can. The director stated in an interview that this was done because he wanted Smile to be "simple".
- Story Arc: The School Trip Arc from Episode 12 to 14 (see Class Trip above)
- Student Council President: Reika is the vice president until episode 37, where she is elected president. Wolfrun, Akaoni, and Majorina got the idea to run after seeing the trope played straight on TV, and turned themselves human to do just that.
- Super Mode: The Princess Forms.
- Take a Third Option: Episode 29, during the game level 5. Wolfrun vs Cure Beauty in a swimming contest. There's an Akanbe-Shark on Beauty's line, her options are either stare the Akanbe while stuck in place, or jump and swim with the Akanbe hunting her underwater. Solution: Precure Beauty Blizzard the WHOLE POOL (with Wolfrun), then get to the goal by ice-skating.
- Talking Is a Free Action: The girls have a long conversation towards the end of Episode 9, while Akaoni and the Akanbe of the Week just sit around waiting for them to finish before continuing the fight.
- Teleporter Accident: When your means of instantaneous travel involves imagining the place you want to go to, you probably should not be thinking about penguins.
- The Magic Goes Away: This happens to our heroes in the final episode. Though it presumably comes back in The Stinger.
- Theme Naming: Every Cure name is a word which you make a smile when saying.
- Colourful Theme Naming: With the exception of Miyuki, all the Cures have last names related to their signature colors.
- Thirteen Is Unlucky: Episode 13, where Miyuki has an incredible streak of bad luck during their Class Trip to Kyoto.
- Throw It In: In-Universe and taken Up to Eleven in Episode 33. The Director allows the main cast to go so far Off the Rails that it must be seen to be believed.
- Toilet Humour: Rare for a Precure series (unless you count the Heart Seeds and toilet scenes in episode of Heartcatch and Fresh ), but after drawing a Terrible Luck Fortune a bird flies by and poops on Miyuki's head.
- In episode 10, Majorina says she made a potion from frog farts.
- In episode 38, poop flies out of Baby Candy's diaper when Kindergartner Yayoi trips on a rock.
- Transformation Is a Free Action: Reinforced in Episode 4 — Akaoni waited until Peace's Transformation Name Announcement to try to beat her at Rock-Paper-Scissors (Jan-Ken-Pon). Peace threw "paper" instead of the expected "scissors"/V Sign, much to Akaoni's disappointment.
- Troperiffic: The previous installments had flowers and music, now it's Fairy Tales, so this is probably inevitable. The characters show various degrees of Genre Savvyness. The main character, being an absolute fairy tale otaku, lampshades and sometimes invokes tropes.
- Verbal Tic: Candy ends her sentences with "-kuru" (possibly a pun on "Decor"). On the other hand, her brother Pop uses "gozaru".
- Walk on Water: The Ending Theme cranks it Up to Eleven by having the Cures dance on water.
- Wingding Eyes: Miyuki and Candy get these all the time. During the Kyoto trip Miyuki pretty much goes though the list with Spirals, Xs, Dull Eyes of Unhappiness and even random scribbles for eyes.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The three Bad End generals, who are actually fairies from Märchenland. Because they were based on villains of fairy tales, they were hated and treated badly for no reason other than the fact, even if they weren't even doing anything at the time. This gave Joker the perfect chance to change them.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
- Youkai: Akaoni is, naturally, based off an Oni.
- #27 implies the existence of Kappa and Tengu.
- And we get a whole movie about this in #33, complete with a blue Oni that Akaoni starts idolizing.