Ass Kicks You: Blossom Butt Punch, to the point of reaching memetic status.
Catch Phrase: "I can't stand it anymore!"/"My bag of tolerance has just snapped!"note Both are right - "bag of tolerance" is the true translation and matches Tsubomi's use of old phrases, but "I can't stand it anymore!" rolls off the tongue a lot better.
Character Development: One of the issues in the series. She starts off as introverted then becomes more outgoing as the series continues. Eventually, she discovers that can find her own balance between being introverted and outgoing and accepts her flaws along with her own good points.
Ditzy Genius: In one episode, Tsubomi didn't know what a boss (bansho in Japanese) is and asked Erika to it, much to the latter's chagrin. She also was offended after Erika fainted. However, as far as studying goes, it's not known if Tsubomi is a top grader. At least she is capable to keep up with her studies unlike Erika.
Large Ham: Whenever she says "Ichirin no Hana", calls her attacks or just shouts when attacking with Heartcatch Orchestra.
Meaningful Name: Her first name, which means "flower bud", is at least justified: there was a budding tree by the window of the hospital room where she was born — also making it a more serious variant of Line-of-Sight Name.
Stepford Smiler: Throughout her childhood, her parents would often leave her to go overseas on work-related business. Though Tsubomi put up a brave face, she was secretly heartbroken at their absence. Eventually her parents found this out, and they immediately stopped travelling.
Character Development: Started off as an abrasive and insensitive girl who was unpopular. Then after becoming friends with Tsubomi, she cools down and becomes more easygoing, flexible and less aggressive. This extends more to her being jealous towards her older sister, but eventually learns that her sister also envies her and lightens up towards her.
Green-Eyed Monster: Her jealousy of Momoka's success as a model earns her Victim of the Week status in the first episode. Later, in episode 8, Momoka herself turns out to be jealous of the normal life Erika leads.
The androgynousStudent Council President who acts masculine in order to continue the martial traditions of her family in place of her feeble older brother. Despite this, she adores cute things and wishes she could show her feminine side more freely.
Action Girl/Badass Normal: She's quite the accomplished martial artist and even fought back against Cobraja and Kumojacky respectively in two episodes.
Girliness Upgrade: As the series goes on, she becomes more open about her love of cute things, dolls up for the school fashion show and eventually grows her hair out a bit and starts wearing the female uniform. Still, she remains as athletic and interested in martial arts as ever.
Heir to the Dojo: Her sick brother wasn't expected to make it before his surgery in episode 23, so she was made into this. In order to become a worthy successor, she felt compelled to act like a boy and disguise her adoration for cute things. Poor girl.
The former Cure Moonlight, who was defeated and Brought Down to Normal by Dark Pretty Cure before the events of the series. Though quiet, mature and intellectual, she harbours a deep sadness within her heart, unable to forgive herself for her past failures. She eventually regains her resolve to fight and becomes Cure Moonlight once more.
Dark Magical Girl: While firmly being on the side of Good, she has some shades of this. She must deal with her loneliness and a great deal of bitterness in her life. If she's Fate, Tsubomi is Nanoha. (No irony intended.)
Disappeared Dad: Her father has been missing ever since he began looking for the Heart Tree. She does find him again, but he turns out to be Sabbaku.
Flower Motifs: Lilies, which are shown through her name and her Heart Flower.
Friend to All Children: One of the few hints that she's more than the cold fish she was presented as in the earlier parts of the story is that she really knows how to be friendly and caring towards children. One focus episode after she returns being Moonlight also has her actually getting along with the daycare children better than the daycare owner (although it caused frustration of the owner to the point the owner is turned into Desertrian).
Ineffectual Loner: Her main character flaw, in the "I'll take on all the responsibility so no one else has to" sense. It indirectly leads to Cologne's death, after she overestimates her power against a two-on-one disadvantage and rejects his advice to find teammates to even the odds.
Wrong Genre Savvy: She thought she could get by being overly powerful and going solo. Unfortunately for her, in Pretty Cure series, you need to trust your friends a lot, thus she ended up utterly failing and losing her Fairy and ability to become Cure Moonlight, with the emotional baggage to go, at the beginning of the series.
Mugen Silhouette (some people translate her name as Infinity Silhouette) is the fusion of the four Pretty Cures and their three fairies. A giantess who looks like an older version of Tsubomi, having even her voice. She's the strongest Pretty Cure (at least in that verse) and makes her appearance during the Grand Finale. She's the Cure who ultimately defeats Dune in the space. Thanks to this experience, Tsubomi is now inspired to become an astronaut.
Chypre and Coffret are two fairies that act as partners to Tsubomi and Erika, respectively. They safeguard and summon the Heart Seeds that the Pretty Cure use to transform, and (uh) "create" new Heart Seeds after a Desertarian is defeated.
Badass Adorable: Despite not being as powerful as their Precure partners, they have no qualms about jumping into danger to protect them.
Voluntary Shapeshifting: To a lesser extent than Coupé. They can turn into Pretty Cure Mantles, capes that make the Cures fly.
Kaoruko Hanasaki (Cure Flower)
Voiced by: Chika Sakamoto
Tsubomi's grandmother. In her youth, she was chosen by the Heart Tree to become Cure Flower, who single-handedly defeated the first invasion of the Desert Apostles. Having long retired her powers, she acts as a mentor to the current generation of Pretty Cure.
A baby fairy who is born from the Heart Tree after enough Heart Seeds have been collected. He becomes the partner to Itsuki and enables her transformation into Cure Sunshine. Being a newborn, Potpourri is the most childish and self-centred of the fairies.
Barrier Warrior: Has the ability to independently create powerful barriers, an ability unique amongst the fairies.
The fairy partner of Cure Moonlight. He is shown to be the most mature and level-headed of the fairies. When Yuri ignored his advice and fought Dark Pretty Cure and Sabbaku by herself, he was forced to sacrifice himself to save her life. He later returns as a Spirit Advisor after the Heart Tree regains enough strength, but can only manifest long enough to set Yuri's heart at ease.
A senior fairy, and former partner to Cure Flower. Though silent, he is greatly respected by Chypre & Coffret as their role model. One of the powers of his advanced age is the ability to shapeshift. He often takes the form of Kaoruko's deceased husband, a blue-haired Bishōnen named Sora.
Chick Magnet: Despite his appearance, he is very charismatic and the Cures, even Yuri, loves to cuddle him or sleep on his belly. The young fairies have great respect for him, too. Tsubomi has even a crush on him, when he transforms as Kaoruko's husband Sora (who is actually Tsubomi's grandfather). Sasorina likes his human form, too
The masked leader of the Desert Apostles' invasion of Earth. He oversees operations from the Desert Palace, using his mastery of technology to create weapons such as Dark Pretty Cure and (later) the Dark Bracelets.
Bad Boss: Averted. He never scolds or blames the generals for their failures or is angry about them, and instead tries to make the most of their quirks to motivate them. And he really cares for Dark Precure because she's his created daughter.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Dark Pretty Cure is more than just some super powered, evil creation. He really does care about her. And as revealed in episode 47, he's Yuri Tsukikage/Cure Moonlight's father.
An Evil Knockoff created by Professor Sabbaku specifically to defeat Cure Moonlight. Even after doing so, she remains dangerously obsessed with Yuri Tsukikage. She is a powerful enemy to the Pretty Cure, and slavishly dedicated to Sabbaku.
Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: He is not mentioned until the latter half of the series and doesn't even show up properly until the last few episodes. He's basically just there to act as a Final Boss to the heroes, especially since the main antagonists up to that point, Sabaaku and Dark Pretty Cure, are destined for Alas, Poor Villain endings.
Slasher Smile: There are only a few fleeting glimpses of it, and it's only worn occasionally when he fights, but when he wears it, he wears it well.
Would Hit a Girl: Doesn't pull back his punches when taking on the Cures in combat.
The Three Generals
A trio that leads the ground invasion of the Desert Apostles. Their main duty is to wilt the Heart Flowers of humans, which would hasten the death of the Heart Tree. To do this, they can extract wilting Heart Flowers from humans and transform them into berserking monsters known as Desertrians, catalysing the wilting process. They are actually three Heart Flowers which were extracted from their human hosts by Professor Sabbaku and experimented upon. After they are defeated, the Heart Flowers return to their comatose human bodies, reviving their true human selves.
Heel Face Door Slam: She seemed to be tilting towards a change of heart after getting hit by Gold Forte Burst. It was promptly reverted after she received her Dark Bracelet. She is fully purified in episode 40 and returns to her human host, functionally completing a Heel-Face Turn.
Informed Ability: Her scorpion-tail-hair is poisoned, but she never poisons someone.
Laughably Evil: Her, Cobraja and the Snackies are basically the comedy relief of the villain's side.
A mysterious boy who can turn into a werewolf and the foster son of Baron Salamander. He first meets Tsubomi when she is lost in Paris, and the two end up outrunning Snackies (that are really after him).
Canon Immigrant: Along with Baron Salamander, he's the only movie-exclusive character that's counted as part of the main series' canon.