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Heartcatch Pretty Cure
Tsubomi Hanasaki (Cure Blossom)
Voiced by: Nana Mizuki
A bookish, shy and introverted nerd who loves flowers. Upon transferring to a new school, she vows to change herself and become more outgoing.
- Action Girl
- 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
- 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.
- Cherry Blossom Girl: Her Pretty Cure motif are cherry blossoms. Her inner world has a cherry blossom tree and lots of flying cherry blossom petals. Also, she has pink hair as Cure Blossom.
- The Chick
- Curtains Match the Window
- 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.
- Fill It with Flowers: In the Grand Finale, she dreams of doing this for other planets! The Heartcatch novel reveals she's actually going through with it, studying English so she can attempt to join NASA.Tsubomi: If I can... If I can... I want to make flowers bloom in the desolate wastes of space...
- Girlish Pigtails: In civilian form.
- The Glasses Gotta Go: If Erika is anything to go by, though Tsubomi still wears them from time to time.
- Hair Decorations: Often wears her pigtails with big yellow flower scrunchies, and has a large hair ribbon with her ponytail when transformed.
- Heroic Lineage: Her grandmother Kaoruko was Cure Flower in her youth and the only Cure to have defeated Dune alone.
- The Heroine
- Implied Love Interest: She finds one in the movie, in the person of Olivier.
- Innocent Flower Girl: She is the first ever shy Pretty Cure main character.
- 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.
- Meganekko: Whenever feeling shy or in distress.
- Nice Girl: Oh yes!
- Petal Power
- Pink Means Feminine
- Rapunzel Hair
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Erika's red, contrary to their color schemes.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: She definitely fits the trope, except she's shy, but gradually grows more confident later on.
- Shrinking Violet: Especially at the beginning of the series.
- Slipknot Ponytail: A first for the franchise. In The Movie, she takes a hit meant for Olivier, the blast removing her hairbow. Her loose hair helps snap him out of his Superpowered Evil Side.
- 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.
- Translation Convention: Concerning her catchphrase - the true translation is "My bag of tolerance has just snapped!", but because it seems so weird despite being in-character for her, many fansubs go with the easier "I have had enough!".
- Thinks Like a Romance Novel: She considers love to be Serious Business and tends to be quite Genre Savvy and very melodramatically towards romance matters, as seen in her reactions to her "first love" towards Itsuki during episode 7, and especially in episode 12, in which she jumps aboard the Yuuto/Risa ship the moment she finds out Yuuto has a girlfriend, and even stages a plan to get them closer during the joint Hanasaki/Kurumi family barbecue, demonstrating it to Erika and her father by using Chypre and Coffret as puppets representing the couple."A heartbeat of fear could be easily mistaken for a heartbeat of love!"
Erika Kurumi (Cure Marine)
Voiced by: Fumie Mizusawa
A brash and extroverted fashionista. Though energetic and sincere, she often fails to consider the feelings of others.
- Action Girl
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance
- Badass Adorable: She doesn't even think twice before punching men twice her size in the face. Her fight with Kumojacky in episode 46 practically solidifies her as this.
- Catch Phrase: Early on, she had trouble coming up with a limit phrase to match Tsubomi's, When she realizes that she must save her older sister Momoka, who was turned into a Monster of the Week due to her jealousy of Erika's normal life, Erika finally manages to figure out her own phrase: "Even if my heart is larger than the sea, this is over my limit!"
- Curtains Match the Window: Blue.
- 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.
- The Fashionista
- Forehead of Doom: While her forehead is usually hidden by her parted bangs, she has an attack that consists of a forehead equivalent to Cure Blossom's memetic Ass Kicks You move.
- Hot-Blooded: Yes, the water-elemental character is this.
- Genki Girl
- 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.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: More than oft acts like a Bratty Half-Pint, but is always there for her friends.
- The Lancer
- Large Ham
- Making a Splash: Many of her sub-attacks are based of water.
- No Indoor Voice: In one episode she gets shushed 3 separate times for yelling in a library.
- No Sense of Personal Space
- Plucky Girl: When you're not the Dai-Gurren-dan, the proper reaction to seeing a giant Eldritch Abomination from outer space pummeling your planet with impunity is to tremble in despair. However, Erika instead decides that the Cures must fight it, what with being "14-year old beautiful superheroines".
- Rapunzel Hair: As Cure Marine.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Tsubomi's blue.
- Water Is Blue
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Literally, even!
- Zettai Ryouiki: As Cure Marine and also as part of her civilian attire.
Itsuki Myoudouin (Cure Sunshine)
Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima
The androgynous Student 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.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Became this after she received her powers.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her Cure Sunshine outfit has this.
- Barrier Warrior: She has the ability to cast a sunflower-shaped barrier.
- The Big Girl
- Bokukko: She switches to "watashi" briefly whenever flustered; she uses it exclusively as Cure Sunshine.
- Bishie Sparkle: In episode 7 from Tsubomi's perspective, complete with Love Bubbles and a flowery background at one point.
- Catch Phrase: "I will heal the darkness in your heart with my light!"
- And to a lesser extent, "How cute!"
- Custom Uniform: Her school uniform is different from the other boys' mostly due to her status as granddaughter of the principal. Fanartists often ignore this and draw her in the standard female uniform.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Cuteness Proximity: Normally quite reserved, but get her anywhere near dolls or cute clothing, and it's a different story, to the point where "How cute!" might as well be her other catchphrase.
- Even the Girls Want Her
- Expository Hairstyle Change: After the brief Time Skip in episode 49, she grows her hair out somewhat and starts wearing the female uniform.
- 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.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Episode 15 reveals that she has a pretty good-sized collection of them, which she keeps hidden away.
- Gold Makes Everything Shiny: Her Pretty Cure costume includes a gold lamé chest ribbon.
- Hair Decorations: She has barrettes adorning her Girlish Pigtails in Cure Sunshine form.
- 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.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Her gender and Cure identity.
- Magic Missile Storm: Gold Forte Burst, her unique take on the Forte Wave
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: While this happens to almost all Cures, she takes it to the biggest extent, going from a very short bob haircut to waist-length Girlish Pigtails when transformed.
- The Power of the Sun
- Rapunzel Hair: As Cure Sunshine.
- School Uniforms Are the New Black: She's in her school uniform most of the time, even if she's out of school. That is, unless Erika forces her into the yellow tunic◊...
- She Cleans Up Nicely A rare non-ballroom variation. Seeing her girled up makes that much of a difference.
- Sixth Ranger: Suspected for a long while, confirmed in the most blatant way possible after episode 22.
- Student Council President
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Tsubomi and Erika's girly girls.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: However, she still has a lot of girly hobbies.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: Tsubomi is pretty upset when she learns that Itsuki is actually a girl during episode 7. Cobraja, on the other hand, is flat-out shocked.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: That is, until the timeskip.
Yuri Tsukikage (Cure Moonlight)
Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa
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.
- Action Girl: Quite possibly the coolest Cure ever. Being unable to transform didn't stop her from jumping into danger, as seen in episode 13. Also shown in All Stars DX3 when everyone else ran off to make space for three monsters that just popped up to squish the cures, she just stood there and whacked the monsters into oblivion before they even touched the ground.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Has the darkest hair, tallest of the active Cures and is mostly serious and aloof.
- Badass Bookworm: She usually ranks at top of her class, and still wipes the floor with the Desertrians with utter ease. In fact, in the DX 3 'mini-game' situation, her mini-game is 'Studying'.
- Badass Creed: "Friendship... Love... A lot of emotions... Pain... Sadness... I will fight for them!!" When Yuri said this, she's ready to kick major ass. She said this quite frequently, but not enough to count as a Catch Phrase.
- Badass Longskirt: She's the first Cure to actually have a dress-like form.
- Barrier Warrior: Less so than Sunshine, but shows some inclinations.
- Broken Angel/Broken Bird: She's a former magical girl who's introduced as a somber, lonely, and cold. Over time, it's revealed she used to work solo even without the help of her Fairy just to carry all the burden of battle herself, doing all those with a smile in her face. Thanks to that, her Fairy died protecting her, in front of her, she lost the important battle and unable to transform to a Precure anymore. She gets better eventually, then temporarily down again, then better for good.
- Brought Down to Normal: Thanks to Dark Precure. She gets better, of course.
- Cain and Abel: Turns out to be the Abel to Dark Cure's Cain, after the revelation that Dark Cure was created by her father.
- Cool Big Sis: At age 17, she's the oldest active Cure, and the third-oldest overall (behind Cure Flower and Cure Angie from the movie series).
- Curb-Stomp Battle: In Episode 34, after defeating Dark Precure, she takes all three Desert Apostle Generals down by her own.
- Curtains Match the Window
- 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 Sabaaku.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Subverted. Cologne calls her Cure Moonlight, even when she's just Yuri.
- Fashionable Asymmetry
- 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).
- Forehead of Doom: As Yuri.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: She has purple hair in both forms and a violet-accented Cure outfit, and is a Lady of War admired by her teammates for her elegance.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: She suffers one before the series after she is defeated by Dark Precure, and it takes her almost the entire series to get over it.
- Hurting Hero
- 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.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die
- Lady of War: Keeps her cool and sense of gracefulness even when beating up enemies with Good Old Fisticuffs.
- Large Ham: Kyua MUUUUUUUNNRAITO!
- Meaningful Name: Her surname literally means "moon shadow" and her first name is also the Japanese name for the lily flower, which is also her Heart Flower.
- Meganekko: Wears glasses in her civilian persona, but drops them as Cure Moonlight.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Sometimes as Cure Moonlight.
- Purple Is Powerful: Purple is one of her two theme colors, alongside silver.
- Rapunzel Hair
- The Smart Girl: She subverts this trope as she's the strongest of the four, she has more power, but she's the most experienced.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Acted like an Emotionless Girl at first, but was later shown to be more guarded than anything. She defrosts a bit after joining the team.
- Unfortunate Names: Poor thing had to be named Yuri in a franchise where yuri is all over the place...
- When She Smiles
- 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.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair
Mirage Pretty Cure
Mirage Pretty Cure
Voiced by: Nana Mizuki (Cure Blossom Mirage), Fumie Mizusawa (Cure Marine Mirage), Houko Kuwashima (Cure Sunshine Mirage), Aya Hisakawa (Cure Moonlight Mirage)They are the Enemy Within of the Heartcatch Pretty Cures, summoned by the Heartcatch Mirage for their final test. Each of them represent their past shadow selves with their Angst.
- Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain: They are part of the Heartcatch Pretty Cure and are Secret Test of Character enemies, but they are not evil.
- Badass Crew: Averted. Since everyone of them is an Enemy Within, the four Mirage Pretty Cures never met each other.
- Badass Long Coat: Each of them wear white, long coats.
- Broken Bird: Each of them represents the inner conflicts of their original selves, that's why they really depressed.
- Cain and Abel: Cure Marine Mirage represents Erika's envy to her older sister Momoka.
- Cherry Blossoms: Cure Blossom Mirage's world has flying cherry blossom petals everywhere.
- Cool Down Hug: Each of them fuse back to their original selves by being hugged by them.
- Curtains Match the Window: Similar like their original selves.
- Dark is Not Evil: While they wear black clothes under their coats and have darker hair, they are not evil.
- Dark Magical Girl: Each of them represents the angsty self of the respective Cures.
- Enemy Within: Each of them are inner enemies.
- Evil Sounds Deep: They aren't actually evil, but they have deeper voices than their originals.
- Failure Knight: Cure Moonlight Mirage represents Yuri's sadness of Cologne's death, since Yuri feels responsible of that.
- Fusion Dance: In the end, they are accepted by their original selves and come back.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: They don't use much magical attacks.
- Mini Dress Of Power: Cure Blossom Mirage and Cure Marine Mirage.
- Rapunzel Hair: All of them wear their hair down and all of them have the same hair length like the original Cures; everyone except Cure Marine Mirage, who has not Cure Marine's hair length, but Erika's.
- Secret Test of Character: To win the test, each Cure has to accept their past selves as their own parts.
- Shrinking Violet: Cure Blossom Mirage doesn't act like one, but she represents Tsubomi's shy side and unconfidence.
- Tomboy: The boy's school uniform-like wearing Cure Sunshine Mirage, who represents Itsuki's conflict of hiding her feminine side and as being the Heir to the Dojo.
- Voice of the Legion: How they sound.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Cure Marine Mirage has dark blue hair, and Cure Moonlight Mirage has dark purple hair.
Voiced by: Nana MizukiMugen 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.
- Action Girl: She's called the "strongest Pretty Cure".
- All-Loving Hero: She gives love to everyone.
- Badass Adorable
- Badass Cape: Probably a Pretty Cure Mantle, since the three fairies are also part of the fusion.
- Badass Creed: More so than other Cures' Transformation Name Announcement.
- The Grand Flower that blossoms throughout the Universe! Infinite Strength. Infinite Love. The Precure shining like the stars. Heartcatch Pretty Cure, Mugen Silhouette!
- Barrier Warrior: Has an automatic, invisible barrier that even blocks Dune's attack.
- Big Good: Really big.
- Calling Your Attack: Kobushi Punch.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: To Dune, of all people.
- Deus ex Machina
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: She is this.
- Forehead of Doom
- Fusion Dance: Of the four Pretty Cures and their three fairies.
- Girlish Pigtails: They are based of Tsubomi's.
- Heart Beat-Down: It works. She purifies Dune by punching on his heart.
- Last Episode, New Character
- Light is Good: She shines.
- Megaton Punch: "Kobushi Punch" ("Fist Punch")! It's simple, but possibly the strongest Pretty Cure attack ever, besides Miracle Rainbow Burst.
- Made of Explodium: Kobushi Punch causes an explosion when it hits the target. It's bigger than Earth.
- Only Six Faces: Justified. It's actually Tsubomi's face.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: As tall as the Earth.
- Physical God
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: Mostly because she is based of Cure Blossom.
- Shout-Out: Ultimate Madoka is thought to be based on Mugen Silhouette in both design and role.
- Sympathy for the Devil: She feels sorry for Dune and gives him love.
- Technicolor Eyes: You can see the universe is in her eyes.
- Tender Tears: She sheds tears after she purified Dune.
- Walking Spoiler: She is a major spoiler for the Grand Finale.
- Woman in White: Her costume is mainly in white.
- World's Strongest Cure
- Zettai Ryouiki: Type B.
Chypre & Coffret
Voiced by: Taeko Kawata (Chypre) & Motoko Kumai (Coffret)
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.
- Badass Cape: They can transform into capes, with flight and some defensive functions.
- Cuddle Bugs
- Everything's Better with Plushies: That's what everyone thinks they are. They only pretend to be plushies whenever they're out in public.
- Flight: They can fly.
- Hair Decorations: Chypre's bow and Coffret's beads.
- It Is Pronounced Shee-PRAY and Caw-FRAY
- Meaningful Name: Chypre is named after a floral perfume family. Coffret is named after the French for a jewellery box or casket.
- Non Human Sidekicks
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Also fitting to their partners' theme colors.
- Ridiculously Cute Critters
- Verbal Tic: "~desu"
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Coffret with Erika.
- 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.
- Action Girl: Was one as Cure Flower. And she was a karate champion.
- Badass Longskirt: About as long as Cure Moonlight's.
- Curtains Match The Windows: In her younger days and as Cure Flower.
- Day in the Limelight: She regains her powers for one battle during the Christmas Episode, basically because it's Christmas.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: One of the most elegant-looking Precures in the franchise (not counting the frilly upgrades ), along with Cure Moonlight.
- Lady of War: As Cure Flower.
- Meaningful Name: The 'Kaoru' in Kaoruko means "scent" or "fragrance".
- Mentor Archetype: To the younger Cures.
- Older and Wiser
- Rapunzel Hair: As Cure Flower.
- Retired Badass: A former Precure and former karate champion.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Type A as Cure Flower.
Voiced by: Kokoro Kikuchi
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.
- Baby Talk: "~deshu!"
- Badass Cape: See Chypre and Coffret's entry above.
- Barrier Warrior: Has the ability to independently create powerful barriers, an ability unique amongst the fairies.
- Cuddle Bug
- Everything's Better with Plushies: Much like Chypre and Coffret, Potpourri pretends to be a plush when out in public.
- Fun Size: Even smaller than Chypre and Coffret.
- Hair Decorations: Two gold wings.
- Non-Human Sidekick: As Itsuki's partner.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter
- Third Ranger: To the fairies.
- Verbal Tic: "~deshu"
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Same as Chypre and Coffret.
Voiced by: Akira Ishida
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 Sabaaku 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.
- Big Brother Mentor: Seems to be this to Chypre and Coffret; being their senior and all.
- Dead Partner: To Cure Moonlight.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Ends up dying in Yuri's arms.
- Disappears into Light
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Like fairy, like Cure.
- Hair Decorations: Whatever that....thing is behind his left ear.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Dies to save Yuri during the attack of Sabaaku and Dark Pretty Cure.
- Non-Human Sidekick: To Yuri.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Unlike the other fairies, his eyes aren't nearly as rounded and wide, and his heart markings are sharper.
- Perpetual Frowner: Doesn't smile a whole lot.
- Posthumous Character: He died briefly before the start of the first episode.
- Taking the Bullet: For Cure Moonlight.
- Undying Loyalty: Being dead doesn't stop him to support Cure Moonlight.
- Verbal Tic: Noticeably averted. Unlike most of the other mascots, he never ends his sentences with anything.
- Walking Spoiler: It's hard to discuss him without mentioning his Heroic Sacrifice.
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.
- Berserk Button: Do not hurt Kaoruko! Unfortunately, the enemy is Dune.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Aside from his Berserk Button, he is an imtimitating fighter, as the Snackeys can confirm.
- The Big Guy: This fairy is taller than average humans.
- Bishōnen: As Sora.
- Chick Magnet: Despite his appearance, he is very charismatic and the Cures, even Yuri, love 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
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
- Cuddle Bug: Doesn't seem to mind all the hugs and cuddles he gets.
- Expy: One can't help but look at how everyone cuddles up to him and be reminded of Totoro.
- Gentle Giant
- Gonk: Weirdest-looking fairy in the entire franchise.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Compared to the other fairies in the series.
- The Stoic: He only shows his emotions twice.
- Stoic Spectacles: Again, as Sora.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: His default expression.
- The Voiceless: Speaks only a single line as Sora.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can take a form that resembles Kaoruko's deceased husband Sora.
The Tree of Hearts
Voiced by: Hiromi TsuruThe Tree of Hearts is a magical tree that connects to all Heart Flowers. If a Heart Flower wilts completely, it will weaken the Tree of Hearts. The only way to restore the Tree now, is to collect Heart Seeds into the Heart Pot until it is all filled up. The goal of the Desert Apostle is to kill the Tree, so they the Heart Flowers of all humans would wilt completely and the world would turn eventually into a desert.
- Big Good: The Tree of Hearts plays a major part of the plot. During the story, it gives birth to Potpourri, and later it gives Yuri her Cure powers back.
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: The flowers on the tree are in different colors, giving the Tree a rainbow-colored crown.
- Living MacGuffin: A tree is a life being. The Desert Apostles wants to kill it, so they can turn the world into a desert.
- Not Quite Dead: Dune is not able to kill it completely; it is still alive because the Pretty Cures and all the Victims of the Week they saved are still alive. The Tree of Hearts is eventually regrowing.
- Suddenly Voiced: In episode 33 and 34, when it talks to Yuri with a female voice.
- World Tree: It not only protects the world, it is connected with all Heart Flowers of all humans.
The Desert Apostles
Voiced by: Taiten Kusunoki
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. He turns out to be Yuri's Disappeared Dad, who was brainwashed by Dune when he received the mask from Baron Salamander in France.
- 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.
- Badass Baritone
- Badass Longcoat
- Brainwashed and Crazy
- Cool Mask: He was actually controlled by its power.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: He is pulverized by Dune.
- Dark is Evil
- 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.
- Evil Genius
- Evil Giggle: He never really laughs.
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Expy: Of Professor Tomoe of Sailor Moon S.
- Heel–Face Turn: After he's freed from the mask's power.
- Hero Killer: More like "Mascot Killer". He killed Yuri's fairy, Cologne.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He sacrificed his life to save Yuri and Tsubomi from Dune's energy bomb.
- Large and in Charge: Seems to be at first. At least until the Bigger Bad shows up.
- Lean and Mean
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He is revealed to be Yuri's Disappeared Dad.
- No Body Left Behind: He is pulverized by Dune.
- Redemption Equals Death
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The eyes in his mask tend to glow a rather eerie red.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Some fansubs had his name spelled as 'Sabark', while others spelled it as 'Sabaaku' or 'Sabaku'.
- The Stoic: He barely shows emotions.
- Taking the Bullet: During the Grand Finale, he takes an attack of Cure Moonlight that was aimed at Dark Precure. The blast destroys his mask, and he turns back to normal.
- White Hair, Black Heart: It is not original hair color. When he became Sabaaku, his hair turned white.
Dark Pretty Cure
Voiced by: Minami Takayama
An Evil Knockoff created by Professor Sabaaku 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 Sabaaku.
- Alas, Poor Villain
- Arch-Enemy: To Cure Moonlight and vice-versa.
- Artificial Human
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Cure Moonlight's Abel, after it's revealed that they share the same father.
- Casting a Shadow
- Dark Action Girl: The most outstanding example in the whole franchise.
- Dark Magical Girl
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Fatally wounded by her final clash with Cure Moonlight, she Disappears into Light in Professor Sabaaku/Tsukikage's arms.
- The Dragon: To Sabaaku.
- Evil Knockoff: She was created specifically to defeat Cure Moonlight.
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Expy: To Sephiroth.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Mirroring Moonlight's, to boot.
- Glowing Eye(s) of Doom: Whenever she unleashes her powers.
- Go Out with a Smile: Seems to let go of her anger and hatred as she dies, tearfully smiling as she fades out in her father's arms.
- Mismatched Eyes: Her left eye is blue, her right eye is golden, her left eye eventually becomes golden, too.
- One-Winged Angel: In the literal sense, she has one huge black wing.
- Replacement Goldfish: Sabaaku unconsciously patterned her off of Yuri/Moonlight, giving her a desire to destroy her counterpart and cement her position as the Professor's real daughter.
- The Stoic: Well...most of the time.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Her right eye has a golden color. Since Episode 41, her left eye, too.
- Villainous Breakdown: She does not take the revelation that Sabaaku is really Yuri's father well at all.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair
- Zettai Ryouiki: Type A.
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa
The leader of the Desert Apostles. He was defeated and sealed away by Cure Flower decades before, but is slowly reviving himself.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: His final form.
- Bishounen: It helps that he's voiced by Hikaru Midorikawa.
- Big Bad: Really, really, big. Being bigger than all the Big Bads before. Only Pierrot (and Black Hole) is bigger than him.
- Bigger Bad: It was first assumed that Sabaaku is the Big Bad, until Dune is mentioned.
- Cute is Evil
- Dissonant Serenity: His default expression.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon
- Faux Affably Evil: Don't let his cheerful smile fool you.
- Freudian Excuse: The Heartcatch novel revealed that his desire to destroy Earth was because his father wanted Earth... and said father was extremely abusive to him.
- 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.
- Go Out with a Smile
- High Collar of Doom
- Humanoid Abomination: He is a being created from the feelings of hatred passed down throughout mankind.
- Leitmotif: And a rather ominous one, at that.)
- Lean and Mean
- Omnicidal Maniac: His goal is to destroy the universe.
- One-Winged Angel
- Monochromatic Eyes
- 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.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair
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 Sabaaku and experimented upon. After they are defeated, the Heart Flowers return to their comatose human bodies, reviving their true human selves.
- Cast from Hit Points: The Dark Bracelets actually drain from their energy, but as long as they use one, it's not much of a problem. If a generals use three however...
- Breaking Speech: They deliver hurtful speeches to break Heroic Spirit Once per Episode, always countered by the heroines Kirk Summation.
- Bright Is Not Good: They wear maybe good colors, but they are evil.
- Fusion Dance: With the Dark Bracelets, they can fuse with the Monsters of the Week to accelerate the wilting process of the Heart Flowers, making the Desertrians stronger. Episode 44 proves there is no limitation for a Desertrian to fuse with only one general.
- Heel–Face Turn: After being purified, their Heart Flowers return to their original human bodies.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: In episode 31, they receive the Dark Bracelets from Professor Sabaaku, that not only allow them to fuse with the Monsters of the Week, the Dark Bracelets also empowers the generals.
- Obviously Evil: Double subverted; they do not wear dark clothes, but everyone immediately notices that they look suspicious.
- Terrible Trio: They consist of three generals.
- True Companions: They respect each other and they would save each other, unless it's too late.
- Was Once a Man: They are created from three Heart Flowers. The Heartcatch novel revealed that those Heart Flowers were from a man removed from his dojo because of his anger, a fashion designer kicked out of the industry because of his arrogance and a child caretaker who accidentally allowed one of her charges to be injured.
Voiced by: Eiji Takemoto
The red General. A boisterous Blood Knight obsessed with achieving martial perfection. Unlike the other two Generals, he regularly fights on the front lines alongside his summoned Desertrians.
- Barbarian Long Hair
- Blood Knight: Deconstructed in episode 46.
- The Brute
- Calling Your Attacks: He loves making up new techniques for this.
- Cool Sword: The only general to use a sword. In episode 43, he even turns it into a Monster of the Week.
- Curtains Match the Window: Both red.
- Evil Laugh: Breaks into one from time to time.
- Evil Fiery Redhead
- Expy: Looks like a cross between Captain Harlock and Ryuuta Ippongi.
- Fundoshi: Wears one during the Beach Episode. A reeeaaaaaaaally long one.
- Graceful Loser: In episode 46, when he is purified by Cure Marine.
- Hot-Blooded PERIOD.
- Large Ham
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Not as much as Cobraja, but long-haired and pretty, nonetheless.
- Meaningful Name: The 'kumo' in his name means 'spider'.
- Peek-a-Bangs: It always covers his left eye.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Red Oni: To Cobraja's blue.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Sometimes it's spelled 'Kumojakki', other times it's spelled 'Kumojacky'.
- Sword Beam: Can fires sword beams with his sword.
- Verbal Tic: "-jaki." And even "-jaki-jaki" in Erika's impression of him during the puppet show from episode 41. He also has a habit of saying "ze yo" at the end of some of his sentences.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Let's face it: if he was on a Giant Mecha Shounen series, he'd be the good guy.
Voiced by: Hirofumi Nojima
The blue General. A smarmy narcissist infatuated with his own beauty. He despises anything he considers "ugly", including Heart Flowers, which is why he transforms them into Desertrians.
- Ambiguously Gay: Mostly noticed in episode 7, where he licks Itsuki's Heart Flower and, after a while, getting notified that Itsuki's actually a girl. His reaction is quite funny, actually◊.
- Bishōnen: Obviously.
- Blue Oni: To Kumojaki's red.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Death Dealer: Yes, he uses photographs rather than cards, but still counts.
- The Fashionista: After returning to his normal life, he seems to have taken a job as a tailor.
- The Fighting Narcissist: And how!
- Got the Whole World in My Hand: Does this briefly in episode 28 while he's explaining the Desert Apostles' ultimate goal.
- Graceful Loser: In episode 46, when he is purified to Cure Sunshine.
- Gratuitous French
- High Collar of Doom
- Large Ham
- Laughably Evil: Along with Sasorina and the Snackeys.
- Lean and Mean
- Licking The Heart Flower: As mentioned above, he does this with Itsuki's.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Made of Explodium: His photographs.
- Meaningful Name: Take a wild guess.
- Nightmare Face: Does this more often than you would expect.
- Slouch of Villainy: Does this from time to time.
- Spell My Name with an "S": He writes it as "Kobraj" on the photographs he carries around, but it's spelled as "Cobraja" in most all other materials.
- Villainous Breakdown: In episode 46.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Voiced by: Urara Takano
The yellow General. A devious schemer who usually carries an air of smug self-confidence, but can become vicious and petty if provoked.
- A-Cup Angst: In the first episodes, she looks jealous when she meets Tsubomi, who seems to have a ridiculously large bust (actually Chypre and Coffret are hiding under Tsubomi's shirt).
- Animal Motif: Scorpions.
- Ambiguously Brown
- Bare Your Midriff
- Beware My Stinger Tail: Capable of turning her hair into a stinging scorpion's tail.
- Dangerously Short Skirt/Magic Skirt
- Dark Chick
- Dark Skinned Red Head
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: 'Dies' in Kumojacky's arms, after thanking Kumojacky and Cobraja for being there for her
- Evil Redhead
- Eyes of Gold
- Fiery Redhead
- Go Out with a Smile
- 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 Snackeys are basically the comedy relief of the villain's side.
- Letting Her Hair Down: In episode 27, 40 and afterwards.
- Meaningful Name: 'Sasori' means 'scorpion'.
- Phrase Catcher: "Ah! A weird person!" from her victims.
- Poisonous Person: Her scorpion-tail-hair.
- Prehensile Hair: She uses her hair as her main weapon. Cutting her hair does not ruin her hair style, though.
- Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: The skimpy to the Precure's sensibility.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only woman within the Apostles, if you don't count Dark Precure.
- Villainous Widow's Peak: A rare female example.
Voiced by: Ryo Iwasaki
- Adorable Evil Minions
- Alien Blood: They leak sand when injured. They're probably made of it.
- Ambiguous Gender: It's quite possible they're genderless, judging from the fact that they're basically sentient sandbags.
- Dark is Evil: Played straight, a purified Snackey is white.
- Cute is Evil
- Everything's Better with Monkeys
- Expy: They look a bit like the Shocker soldiers from Kamen Rider.
- Henchmen Race: Arguably. It's never stated where they came from, or how they were created.
- King Mook: Super Snackeys.
- Laughably Evil
- Meaningful Name: "Suna" means "sand", which they seem to be filled with (in addition to serving a desert-themed evil organization). The "cky" part of "Sunacky" could come from "lackey(s)", and it could also reference how "ki" is the only sound they can make.
- Mook Medic: A non-gaming example. They patch up other Snackeys (with tape) whenever they're leaking sand.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Living ninja-looking sandbags that also kinda look and act like monkeys.
- Sky Surfing
- The Unintelligible: Communicate entirely in monkey-like squeaking noises. The Apostles can understand them, though.
Voiced by: Takanori HoshinoExtremely powerful and giant monsters sent by Dune which turn the planet into deserts.
- Attack Of The 50 Foot What Ever: They are gigantic and one most largest named Pretty Cure monsters who have ever appeared (not counting the Big Bads).
- Dark is Evil: They are completely black.
- Eldritch Abomination
- Enemy to All Living Things: They turn planets into desert whenever they arrive there.
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Giant Mook: Not that the Pretty Cures can't defeat them.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: They are shown in the first two versions of the opening despite the Desert Devil appears in Episode 37.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast
- Obviously Evil
- The Voiceless: They grunt, but they never speak. It's doubt if they could.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Sinister Silhouettes: Subverted. They really look like that.
- Walking Wasteland: What they cause.
Voiced by: Ikue OtaniA 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 Snackeys (that are really after him).
- The Cameo: Appears in Sabaaku's flashback, along with Baron Salamander.
- Canon Immigrant: Along with Baron Salamander, he's the only movie-exclusive character that's counted as part of the main series' canon.
- Implied Love Interest: For Tsubomi.
- Mystical White Hair
- Only Known by Their Nickname: He was called Loup-Garou (means "werewolf" in French) by Salamander, but Tsubomi decides to call him Olivier, the same name as the flower in his heart.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: Thanks to the Baron's crystal, he has the ability to turn into a werewolf whenever the full moon's out.
- Perpetual Frowner: Has a hard time smiling.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Wears a white scarf.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes
- Big Bad: Of the movie.
- Breath Weapon: In his dragon form, he breaths fire.
- The Cameo: Appears in Sabaaku's flashback in episode 48, along with Olivier.
- Canon Immigrant: He is actually a canon character, and handles Professor Tsukikage the mask that turns him into Sabaaku.
- Cool Mask: Wears a half mask.
- The Dragon: To Dune. Literally.
- Evil Redhead: He's evil and has dark red hair. What more?
- Faux Affably Evil: He looks like a gentleman, but he's evil.
- French Jerk: Lives at least in Paris, apparently.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Becomes much more interesting when he turns into a dragon.
- One-Winged Angel: Eventually transforms into a dragon.
- Meaningful Name: Salamander is the name of a mythological dragon. Guess in what creature he can transform.
- Our Dragons Are Different: He can transform into a two-legged dragon.
- Playing with Fire: His Breath Weapon.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Forms a duo with Toymajin in DX3.