Kawada Asa (Kinou Asa, Cure Sunday)
"On behalf of the light, I am Cure Sunday!"
"What is it? A store that appeared and became really popular overnight? Or an idol who's having her shows sabotaged?"Kawada Asa has just been able to move from her crumbling old school in the poor end of town to the nicer Clair Academy, with her mother's hopes that it will be better for her. She quickly becomes an outcast thanks to her unapologetic confidence and her interest in shows that are supposed to be for boys half her age, and she does notice and feels bad about it. It doesn't stop her from dreaming of being just like DaiFighter, and though becoming a Cure wasn't quite what she wanted, she quickly decides that it'll do.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Asa was never very well liked because of her obsession with Tokusatsu hero shows. Thankfully, she still has Hoshi and gains new friends once she transfers to Clair Academy.
- Heroic Resolve: Inspired by DaiFighter, naturally.
- Hypothetical Casting: Marina Inoue (Japanese); Luci Christian (English)
- I Am What I Am: It's one of the major themes of the story, and she's the first to accept it, although even she has her moments of doubt [see episodes 2 and 13].
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Innocent? Heroic? You bet.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Twisted. Asa fits the stereotype — her mother's always working, she's alone in the apartment a lot, and she doesn't have many friends in the beginning — and she even has blue hair like the canon Lonely Rich Kids. One thing, though: she's poor as dirt instead.
- Modesty Shorts: It is a Precure fic.
- New Transfer Student: She came into the class a few weeks before the story begins.
- Reality Is Unrealistic: Asa tends to think this way...
- School Uniforms Are the New Black
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Nakayama Yoko (Cure Night)
"In the name of the shadows, I am Cure Night!"
"You monsters don't have any respect for the library! First of all, you made too much noise! Even normal levels of noise aren't acceptable in here! Nobody needs to hear 'hidoiiiiiiinaaaaaaa' when they're trying to study! What if someone had entrance exams? What then?"Ice Queen Nakayama, as Yoko's classmates call her, doesn't mean to come off so standoffish or scary. At her core, she's just afraid. Her family has always taught her to keep up appearances, and seeing how Asa and people like her are treated makes her reluctant to reveal her secret affinity for working on cars. She can't understand Asa one bit, but thaws to her as time goes on.
- Berserk Button (break stuff and die)
- Curtains Match the Window
- Dark Is Not Evil
- Death Glare (the "Ice Queen Nakayama glare")
- Defrosting Ice Queen
- Gray Eyes
- Hypothetical Casting: Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese); Laura Bailey (English).
- Fan Nickname (Anti-Youko)
- Modesty Shorts (as Night, though her skirt's still longer than Sunday's)
- Name's the Same (Nakayama Yoko =/= Akiyama Youko)
- New Transfer Student (though she's been around longer than Asa, she did just move to Kazahana City the same year as the story begins)
- Oh, Crap! (twice in episode 11)
- Schoolgirl Lesbians (with Asa)
- Sibling Yin-Yang (with her Jerk Jock brother)
- Wrench Wench
- You Gotta Have Grey Hair
"...We might be in trouble ~susu."Starry, the girls' sidekick and companion, escaped from the Garden of Days with the scattered pieces of the Moon Dial. He's very naive about the ways of the human world, and he raises a lot of questions about why things are the way they are. As much as he learns from Asa, Yoko and the world around them, they begin to learn from him and question the things he points out that they took for granted.
- Generation Xerox (his parents were the previous Pretty Cure's partners)
- Hypothetical Casting: Yuuka Nakatsukasa (Japanese); Bob Bergen (English).
- Magic Meteor (how he came to Earth)
- Non-Human Sidekick
- The Pollyanna
- Stellar Name
- Verbal Tic ("~susu")
??? ("Dawn", Ogata Kirei, Akatoki Kirei, Cure Dawn)
"Well, now, what are you doing following innocent people?"Though her story is unfolding slowly to the Cures, the one known as Dawn is still largely a mystery. Dawn isn't even her real name, but rather, a name she used a long time ago. What we do know is that she's a mysterious middle-aged woman with red hair and a pearlescent heart necklace. She's familiar with both the Etherium and the legend of Pretty Cure, and the very act of her stepping in has caused Etherium members to hesitate enough for Night and Sunday to get the advantage. She usually takes a noncombatant role and leaves fighting to the Cures, but she sometimes wonders if this is really wise.
- Action Mom
- Adults Are Useless (In the beginning, Dawn is seen struggling with the idea and wondering whether or not it's true. She knows she "should" leave things to Night and Sunday, but she's still doing what she can for now, despite her doubts. She seems to have come to a conclusion now; in the Garden of Rings arc, the Elder sends Sunbi and Moonla to Earth, and Dawn and Dusk resume active duty.)
- Brought Down to Normal (Once it's revealed that she was a Cure in the past, this is assumed of her. However, when Sunbi and Moonla come back to Earth, Dawn and Dusk get their powers back.)
- Happily Married
- Hypothetical Casting: Sumi Shimamoto (Japanese); Melanie MacQueen (English).
- Iconic Item (her necklace)
- I Knew It (her identity as Cure Dawn was guessed by the readers in advance)
- Mysterious Watcher (she, her husband, and her old friend/partner)
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy (look at who she married)
- Retired Badass (Cure Dawn, thank you very much.)
??? (Mr. Dawn, Ogata Tomokazu, Devance, the Flawless Marksman)
"I knew it couldn't be over, but seeing the Etherium actually come back to this world..."Dawn's husband similarly takes a long time to be named in the story, and the mysteries of his past are intertwined with hers. Asa and Yoko haven't spoken too much with him, but he is most often seen discussing the movement of the Etherium with Dawn in their apartment. Like Dawn, he had a key role in the events twenty-five years prior to the story.
- Dark Is Not Evil (Like Millusion and, after episode 18, Mekuramast, Devance also uses Reverse Form.)
- Emo Teen (When he was younger. He seems to have grown up well-adjusted, though.)
- Expy (It's been suggested that nowadays, he looks like The '60s version of Clint Eastwood, with a perfect imitation supplied by Steve Kramer. The author herself had a fairly different picture of the character, though.)
- Happily Married
- Heel–Face Turn (in backstory)
- Hypothetical Casting: Akio Outsuka (Japanese); Steve Kramer (English).
- Knife-Throwing Act (his powers as Devance are based on this)
- Love Redeems (the reason he defected)
- Mysterious Watcher
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy
- Who Wants to Live Forever? (he's perfectly okay being out of the Etherium and having aged to adulthood)
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
"What would you do without me?"Asa's childhood friend Hoshi is a brash, willful girl who sees fit to protect her friend from the world. On the one hand, the bullying and ostracism she sees Asa go through because she won't stop being herself gives Hoshi a good reason for this, but on the other, she feels guilty every time she tells Asa to just act normal for once for her own protection. Hoshi underestimates Asa, though, and eventually swallows her pride and joins the group of friends despite not having wanted Asa to have anything to do with Yoko, Yukari or Mia.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Mizuki Nana's real name is Kondou Nana, and in 2008, Hoshi was named after her as part of the classmates' Theme Naming. In 2010, Mizuki Nana was cast as Tsubomi.
- Hypothetical Casting: Masami Suzuki (Japanese); Jennifer Hale (English).
- Last Name Basis: She calls everyone by their surname, sans honourific, except for Asa.
- Muggle Best Friend: Her and Yukari, though they've actually gotten more important as the story goes on.
- Power of Trust: Hoshi's major development is learning this.
- Screening the Call: She wishes she could.
- Secret Keeper: Starting halfway through the series.
- The Team Normal: ...well, one of three.
- Wild Hair
"Why don't you come shopping with us, Kawada-san? More people always means more fun."While Hoshi is an overprotective friend, Yukari actively pushes Yoko to get out more, no matter how much she resists. She's fairly smart, a girly-girl who adores shopping, and an outgoing bundle of friendliness, which is why she's fairly popular at the beginning of the series. Though she seems like a normal person, Yukari is surprisingly insightful and very kind. Trying to help Yoko make more friends results in Yukari befriending Asa, and from then on, she works to draw people together no matter how strange or outcast they may be.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: In episode 15, she takes down the braid that she had until that point kept wrapped around her head.
- First-Name Basis: As the story progresses, she starts to call Asa, Hoshi, and Mia by their first names.
- Genki Girl
- Hypothetical Casting: Kaori Fukuhara (Japanese); Monica Rial (English).
- Meganekko: When she feels like it.
- Muggle Best Friend: Like Hoshi, she reverses it by keeping and actually increasing her prominence throughout the story.
- Secret Keeper: Starting halfway through the series.
- Shopping Montage: Yukari shops; other people are dragged reluctantly.
- The Team Normal
- Unfazed Everygirl: As opposed to Mia, who most certainly is and was fazed by all the weirdness.
"I don't know what's going on, but no one's talking about it even if they've seen it themselves. Everyone thinks it'll all go away if they ignore it, like a little kid who's breaking things and whining so people will pay attention."When we first see Mia, she seems to be nothing but a Victim of the Week. Terrified of being made fun of, she lashes out at Asa for trying to talk to her and insists that she wants a normal life. Then she's unfortunate enough to run into Kainatrol and is rescued by the Cures. This experience causes a major shift in her personality as she realizes that the stories people are denying are real, and she apologizes and shyly befriends Asa, Yoko and company. Mia is the odd one out of the group, maybe in more ways than one.
- Breakout Character: Mia was supposed to be a one-episode character!
- Distressed Damsel
- Hair Decorations: Even if they clash with your hair colour.
- Fallen Princess
- Heel–Face Turn
- Human Mom, Non-Human Dad
- Hypothetical Casting: Akemi Kanda (Japanese); Carrie Savage (English).
- Jerkass Has a Point: Talking Asa out of a Heroic B.S.O.D. marked her Heel–Face Turn.
- Last Name Basis: Though, unlike Hoshi, who uses it to distance herself from people, Mia does it to be polite and attaches -san to everyone's surname.
- Lethal Chef
- Muggle Born of Mages
- Secret Keeper: Starting halfway through the series, along with Hoshi and Yukari.
- The Team Normal (Unlike Hoshi and Yukari, though, the most involvement she's had in the struggle with the Etherium, aside from offering the odd word of advice, is getting kidnapped every so often.)
- You Gotta Have Cherry Red Hair
Nakata Ami (Cure Dusk)"Absolutely! The two of you, fighting for justice against the terrible vandals and saboteurs who make this society corrupt and painful! It's like something out of a dream! You may go at once!"Ami-sensei, the Lily Class' homeroom and science teacher, is best known for being overemotional and going on tangents about nothing in particular. She considers herself an inventor and likes to share her works with the class, but sometimes what she does backfires. She gives more speeches about love and justice than Asa does, and goodness knows that's a feat.
- Actor Allusion: Ami-sensei gives justice speeches every other day, and guess who supposedly plays her? The author has herself stated that Kotono Mitsuishi as Ami-sensei is her favourite choice out of the imagine casting.
- Badass Teacher: Don't touch her students, seriously.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She gets derailed far too often talking about love, justice and her inventions, and is rarely ever shown actually teaching class.
- Ditzy Genius
- Gadgeteer Genius: At least she considers herself one, and she occasionally complains that she doesn't get the respect and the paycheque she deserves. With some of the things she builds, maybe she's right.
- Homemade Inventions
- Honourary Aunt (to Mia)
- Hypothetical Casting: Kotono Mitsuishi (Japanese); Veronica Taylor (English).
- Obfuscating Stupidity: To some degree.
- Psychologist Teacher
- Retired Badass: Ami-sensei is Cure Dusk, as some readers guessed.
Omemi Emiru (Millusion, the Vicious Whisper)
"Do we have a deal?"Emiru isn't your average Libby. She's a short-haired glasses-wearer who looks more like she'd be the one picked on instead. Her affinity for staying in the shadows — up until she feels the need to remind people of the status quo — is what gives her power over her classmates, all of whom are very aware that she knows all their secrets. It also serves as the source of a different kind of power later on...
- Adaptation Dye-Job (an Orwellian Retcon changed her brown hair to blue-green. This only provided Foreshadowing for her Etherium powers, since the mundane characters tend to have mundane hair colours, with some exceptions.)
- Alpha Bitch
- Anti Heroine (Type III, after her Heel–Face Turn)
- Crack Pairing (with Asa, in one episode of Pretty Cure Anime Theatre)
- Dark Is Not Evil (her Millusion costume post-Heel–Face Turn is black and teal)
- Dark Magical Girl
- Ensemble Darkhorse (Most crossovers and Pretty Cure Fan Fic Features give her an equal role to the Cures, as well as completely remove Hoshi, Yukari, and Mia, the Cures' actual sidekicks and best friends. Why? Simple. She has powers, they don't. Dark Magical Girl = instant popularity!)
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul (Even after she stops being outright evil, she's still not very nice.)
- Freak Out
- Girl Posse (and she does not want to lose them)
- Good Is Not Nice (Emiru stops bullying the protagonists and becomes an on-again-off-again ally as Millusion, but she still isn't a nice person, but rather a Type III Anti-Hero.)
- Heel–Face Turn (in episode 13; remarkable, given her status as not just a social obstacle but also Etherium's resident hypnotist)
- How Do I Shot Web?: Though she seems to mostly get the hang of her powers, there are obvious flaws in her illusion world the first time she uses Trance Lock. Mekuramast muses that it's inevitable, considering her inexperience.
- Hypothetical Casting: Maaya Sakamoto (Japanese); Tress MacNeille (English)-]
- Knowledge Broker
- Late-Arrival Spoiler (Half to most of the things in spoiler text related to Emiru are taken as a given in the fanwork community.)
- Make Way for the Princess (parting the crowd in episode 14)
- Meaningful Name
- Master of Illusion
- Not Brainwashed (during her brief stint with the Etherium)
- Scary Shiny Glasses (it's practically her defining trait, at least early on)
- School Uniforms Are the New Black (her Millusion costume is a Palette Swap of her school uniform)
- Secret Keeper (after her Heel–Face Turn)
- The Glasses Come Off (And they turn into an Etherium eye mask!)
- Traitor Shot (She has a number of them in early episodes.)
- You Gotta Have Green Hair (At least, after the rewrite. Originally, it was brown.)
Mekuramast, the Master Magician (Kairos)
"A magician never tells what he knows."The magician Mekuramast is the first Etherium miniboss to appear. It's clear that he wants the Moon Pieces badly, but other than that, his motives are questionable; he follows the Boss' orders but keeps knowledge that would help his teammates to himself. A few times, he's secretly helped the Cures out, but only when it's Kainatrol's success and reputation on the line; for reasons dating back to the world they both came from and destroyed 150 years ago, the two of them despise each other.
- Dark Is Not Evil (He goes into Reverse Form when he decides he can't take Kainatrol's abuse anymore)
- Despair Event Horizon (Thera/Kainatrol erasing Kore and then taunting him over it while erasing the Garden of Rings around him.)
- Enemy Civil War (He hates Kainatrol with a passion but doesn't regard the Cures with much emotion at all)
- Enigmatic Minion
- Failure Knight
- Heel–Face Turn
- Hypothetical Casting: Bin Shimada (Japanese), Ted Lewis (English).
- Immortality Begins at 20
- I Was Just Passing Through
- Magicians Are Wizards
- Paint It Black (He gets Reverse Form in episode 18.)
- Ship Sinking (A few people, including the original beta, shipped Mekuramast/Kainatrol as Foe Yay. The Garden of Rings arc reveals that he may or may not have been in love with her sister, and when their mutual hatred comes to a head, what happens is certainly not Foe Yay — it's all-out murderous rage.)
- Stage Magician
- Whip It Good (Part of his "Bag of Tricks" ability)
Kainatrol, the Feared Tamer (Thera)
"Well, people of Kazahana City, I'd like for you to do something for me."Kainatrol scares people. She tends to speak for the Boss when he doesn't feel like talking himself, and she takes it upon herself to punish the weak and take over other people's jobs if she thinks she can do them better. Eiender flips between seeing her ambition as good or bad, but it's there, and she'll do anything for the Etherium's cause. Her abilities as an animal tamer translate into Mind Control, and while she doesn't have the power to brainwash the Cures, Dawn, or her fellow Etherium members, anyone else had better watch out.
- Bad Powers, Bad People
- Because You Can Cope (Too bad she couldn't.)
- Brainwashed and Crazy (She has the power to inflict this on people without powers. When she uses the incomplete Moon Dial as an Amplifier Artifact, the "without powers" bit goes out the window, and only shielding your eyes will save you.)
- Cain and Abel (Kainatrol killed her own sister when the Etherium destroyed the world she and Mekuramast lived in.)
- Circus Brat (Cruelly done quite differently from normal)
- Combo Platter Powers (Her main ability, Tamer's Chain, is Mind Control, but she also has a shielding power)
- Despair Event Horizon (It's mainly implied, but overhearing Kairos and Kore planning to run off together — leaving her out of the dream she'd held onto while Kore had long given up — and leave her behind to have the Ringmaster take out his anger on her while leaving her in a dead-end life she hated. She did not take this well, leading to...)
- Disproportionate Retribution (...what she did to them afterward.)
- Dragon with an Agenda
- Enemy Civil War (with Mekuramast)
- Enigmatic Minion
- Evil Counterpart (to Millusion, especially after we learn what she did to her own home world because she was passed over in favor of her sister)
- Evil Laugh (Oh, yeah, she's got one.)
- Evil Redhead
- Follow in My Footsteps (She was raised with the idea, but never agreed to it.)
- Hypnotic Eyes
- Hypothetical Casting: Toshiko Fujita (Japanese), Diane Michelle (English).
- Immortality Begins at 20
- Important Haircut (her flashback at the beginning of episode 17. Before then, she and her sister looked identical.)
- Mind Control
- The Resenter
- Scary Shiny Glasses (she does this with her eye mask a lot)
- Ship Sinking
- Smug Snake (she certainly acts like one, and, according to character polls and comment pages, she's the most hated
villaincharacter in the fic)
- Start of Darkness (the Garden of Rings arc shows hers)
- Villainous Breakdown ("Why didn't you just give up and die!?")
- Whip It Good (she carries a riding crop)
- Why Won't You Die? (More like "why haven't you been Driven to Suicide by now", but the way she delivers the line, it counts.)
Binbeat, the Youthful Musician (Allegro)
"Hey, you losers, I'm trying to fight you!"Binbeat, a nine-year-old boy whose organ playing creates explosions, tends to be the series' comic relief villain. He whines, gets bored easily, and just wants to have fun, whether that means stealing panties or eating science projects. Even the Cures don't take him seriously, and Mireyes tends to be sent out after him simply because she knows how to deal with him. It seems that, though he's been in the Etherium for ninety-five years, he still doesn't understand the implication of destroying worlds, either his own or others — though his world is still around, because the Etherium was driven back from it.
- Aliens Speaking English (Sure, he can somehow speak Japanese, but he can't read a word of it.)
- Ambiguous Innocence (Mireyes notes that Binbeat works with the Etherium because he's too young — mentally, anyway — to realize what erasing worlds means.)
- Bratty Half-Pint
- Circus Brat (When the Etherium was disguising itself as a circus in the Land of Tracks, Binbeat ran away with them.)
- Curious as a Monkey
- She's not. Turns out his sister is alive and well—and she's Mireyes.
- Evil Duo (the selfish half, with Mireyes)
- Foolish Sibling To Mireyes's Responsible Sibling
- Having a Blast
- Hypothetical Casting: Kazue Komiya (Japanese), Susan Roman (English).
- I Ate WHAT?!: Mia's science project on moldy bread.
- Improbable Weapon User (a pipe organ, at that!)
- Kids Are Cruel (Binbeat/Allegro and his sister were bullied mostly by the other children in town, although the adults seemed to be on board with it too and certainly weren't doing anything to stop it.)
- Let There Be Snow (he causes this in episode 10)
- Magic Music
- Musical Assassin
- Never Grew Up
- Panty Thief (in his introduction)
- Playground Song (These were the inspiration behind making a bratty child who uses Magic Music.)
- School Uniforms Are the New Black (Binbeat's battle costume is a white and green Palette Swap of the school uniform he wore 95 years ago.)
Mireyes, the Mystical Seer (Andante)
"You're still too young to understand."Mireyes is an old woman who sees the future, but she's far from the weakest member of the Quirky Miniboss Squad. Responsible and bitter, she hates being called old and will only tolerate it from Binbeat. She's the only member of the Etherium who doesn't wear a mask; in fact, her eyes are completely hidden by a head covering. Her origin is unknown, but she was picked up by the Etherium after their defeat by the previous Pretty Cure, so her world is still alive.
- Combat Clairvoyance
- Combo Platter Powers (clairvoyance and some sort of energy blast)
- Elderly Immortal
- Evil Duo (the responsible half, with Binbeat)
- Evil Old Folks
- The Faceless: Mireyes' eyes are always hidden behind her fortune teller's head covering. She can still see, probably because of her psychic powers.
- Hypothetical Casting: Miyoko Asou (Japanese), Catherine Battistone (English).
- Magical Eyes: Impressive for someone whose eyes you don't actually get to see; they glow behind her head covering when she uses Future Sight.
- Never Mess with Granny
- Older Than They Look (the Etherium picked her up late in life, so she's physically in her late seventies but a few decades older. Yes, this means she's the youngest person there, save for Emiru.)
- Redemption Equals Death (she goes out opposing Kainatrol's offensive)
- Responsible Sibling To Binbeat's Foolish Sibling
Tachimany, the Shifting Multitudes
"You always give everything such strict definitions. We're more... changeable."The Etherium's actors, Tachimany, are hard to classify. They're a number of different people in one body by default, but when they change forms, they also change the number of bodies they inhabit. They take great pride in their ability, as much as it annoys people like Kainatrol, and though they rarely see battle action, they're very good at tricking people and talking them around.
- An Axe to Grind (form 6 uses axes instead of swords)
- Celebrity Voice Actor (Matt Dillon as the male Tachimany forms in the English dub)
- Crossdressing Voices (In the fanmade imagine-casting, this is played straight in the Japanese version, as Akira Ishida voices both the male and female versions of Tachimany; subverted in the imagine-cast English dub, as Matt Dillon only voices the male forms, with the female forms relegated to Lisa Ortiz.)
- Deadly Doctor (form 4)
- Death Equals Redemption (they go out with the epiphany that Kainatrol had been using them)
- Gender Bender (some of their forms are male, some are female, and some you just can't tell either way)
- Hypothetical Casting: Akira Ishida (Japanese), Matt Dillon (English, male) and Lisa Ortiz (English, female).
- Innocent Flower Girl (form 7, one of their most oft-used forms)
- Numerological Motif (The reasons behind many of their forms — the four-body form is a quartet of doctors, for example.)
- Out of Focus (Far too often, with the writer's apologies.)
- 13 Is Unlucky (it takes them using form 13 before they realized they were actually being used)
Eiender, the Ruler of Time (The Boss)
"Luring out Pretty Cure and determining their strength is all well and good, but we need to focus first on the objective at hand: obtaining the thirteen Moon Pieces."This guy is... who? The Boss of the Etherium never even uses his own name. He takes form as a ripple in the air if he must show himself to exist, but otherwise, you usually don't even know if he's there. He doesn't seem to define himself very much at all. Of course, it could be that he prefers it that way...
- Celebrity Voice Actor (Christopher Lee in the English dub)
- Disc One Final Boss
- Dimension Lord (The role of the Boss was originally intended to be this, and Eiender still shows tendencies of it from time to time, though he's changed his focus from "destroy everything and rule it all" to just "destroy everything".)
- Generic Doomsday Villain (He presents himself as a flat character on purpose.)
- He Who Must Not Be Seen
- Hypothetical Casting: Toru Ohira (Japanese), Christopher Lee (English).
- My Death Is Just the Beginning ("Destroy everything" includes himself, and his plan is to phase himself out of existence when he thinks that his followers can continue the job on their own. Kainatrol has her own plans, though.)
- Omnicidal Maniac (He does what he does because he believes nothing and nobody has the right to exist.)
- Shadow Dictator