Characters / Hello! Project

This is the character sheet for Hello! Project. Please also list concepts that were significant to a group under its name such as Mini Moni's members all being short or GAM being the embodiment of She's Got Legs. Tsunku is the man who produces the vast majority of Hello! Project's music and personally oversees the auditions process.

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    Morning Musume 

Morning Musume (Morning Musume '17)

Morning Musume is Hello! Project's founding act and flagship group, hailing its commercial successes all the way back to 1998. The founding members were finalists in a competition to be the female vocalist for Tsunku's band, Sharan Q.

The current members consist of:

  • Mizuki Fukumura (leader), 9th generation
  • Erina Ikuta (sub-leader), 9th generation
  • Haruna Iikubo (sub-leader), 10th generation
  • Ayumi Ishida, 10th generation
  • Masaki Sato, 10th generation
  • Haruka Kudo, 10th generation
  • Sakura Oda, 11th generation
  • Haruna Ogata, 12th generation
  • Miki Nonaka, 12th generation
  • Maria Makino, 12th generation
  • Akane Haga, 12th generation
  • Kaede Kaga, 13th generation
  • Reina Yokoyama, 13th generation
  • Chisaki Morito, 14th generation (also a member of Country Girls)

Tropes shared by Morning Musume:

  • Absentee Actor: Masaki Sato was absent from the "Brand New Morning / Jealousy Jealousy" A-sides due to recovering from a herniated lumbar disc. (She's still present on the B-sides, which were recorded before her diagnosis.)
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: The lyrics in "Sexy Boy ~Soyokaze ni Yorisotte~" imply this.
  • Anime Theme Song: "Ima Koko Kara", one of the songs from their 58th single, is being used as the theme for Pretty Cure All Stars: Spring Carnival.
  • Anti-Love Song: "Shabondama" and "Kanashimi Twilight".
  • Ascended Extra: Members are usually recruited through auditions, but Linlin, Mizuki Fukumura, Haruka Kudo, Sakura Oda, Akane Haga and Maria Makino were originally part of Hello Pro Eggs/Kenshuusei, the trainee program in Hello! Project, prior to joining.
  • Bifauxnen: Hitomi Yoshizawa. Goes to gigantic proportions in "Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~", where Even the Girls Want Her.
    • Haruka Kudo seems to be cultivating this image in the current generation.
    • Although she tries to act like a Kawaiiko, Erina Ikuta is said to be cool and rough in nature, which is emphasized by her biceps and acrobatic talent.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Ai Kago and Nozomi Tsuji in their early days.
  • Break the Cutie: Asuka Fukuda claims to have left Morning Musume because the other members bullied her due to her young age. She is the shortest lived member and the only one to completely go back to civilian life. No longer the case as she has resurfaced as part of a group called PEACE$TONE.
    • Ai Kago as a more notorious example, having been caught in two scandals after graduating from Morning Musume. The first had her suspended indefinitely from Hello! Project activities, and the second resulted in her being dismissed from Up-Front Agency altogether.
  • Break Up Song: "Onna ni Sachi Are", "Naichau Kamo"
  • Brutal Honesty: Junjun, especially when you consider how much Japanese etiquette means the Japanese have a hard time telling people things they may not want to hear.
  • But Now I Must Go: Graduations, or when members announce their departure from the group.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: Kaori Iida, according to a parody version of "Love Machine" she did alongside Kei Yasuda.
  • Characters as Device: Adding Junjun and Linlin was an attempt to break out in Asia.
  • Chroma Key: Used quite often for their music videos in varying qualities.
    • A poor (YMMV) example would be the "Help me!!" music video.
    • A good example would be the "Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru" Another Ver. music video.
  • Chronological Album Title: Used for all their original studio albums. In order, they are: First Time, Second Morning, 3rd LOVE Paradise, 4th Ikimasshoi!, No.5, Ai no Dai 6 Kan, Rainbow 7, SEXY 8 BEAT, Platinum 9 DISC, 10 MY ME, Fantasy! Juuichi, 12, Smart, 13 Colorful Character, and 14shou ~The message~.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Each member has her own official image color, used to identify their merchandise and glowsticks, for example. In concerts, the members may even have a set of costumes all in their respective colors. For the current line-up:
    • Mizuki Fukumura: hot pink
    • Erina Ikuta: yellow-green
    • Haruna Iikubo: honey (yellow)
    • Ayumi Ishida: blue
    • Masaki Sato: emerald green
    • Haruka Kudo: orange
    • Sakura Oda: lavender
    • Haruna Ogata: sea blue
    • Miki Nonaka: purple
    • Maria Makino: light pink
    • Akane Haga: light orange
    • Kaede Kaga: Italian red
    • Reina Yokoyama: golden yellow
  • Concert Kiss: Look for performances of "Love & Peace! HERO ga Yattekita."
    • During Sayumi Michishige's graduation concert, she was able to kiss Riho Sayashi on the lips!
  • Cover Version: "Hyokkori Hyoutanjima", "Pepper Keibu", and the cover album Cover You.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Ai Takahashi's screams fit the dissonant sound side of the trope rather than outright volume. Also, Mari Yaguchi, who is just disproportionatly loud when provoked.
  • Dancing Is Serious Business: The signature dynamic of the lineup led by Sayumi Michishige.
  • Darker and Edgier: After Hitomi Yoshizawa and Rika Ishikawa left Morning Musume, they became the human avatars for Hangry & Angry, punk-lolita mascots desighed by h.Naoto. Yoshizawa and Ishikawa continued to use the Tomboy and Girly Girl archetypes respectively.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Yuko Nakazawa, Kaori Iida
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: Usually occurs in the PVs, but "One Two Three" and "Wakuteka Take a Chance" took it to new, memetic heights.
  • Evolving Music: Part of the ever-changing nature of the group's roster of members; as the line-up changes, so does the music they put out.
  • Fun Size: Mari Yaguchi is only 4'8"! This became part of her idea when she formed Mini Moni with Ai Kago and Nozomi Tsuji.
  • Gold Makes Everything Shiny: The music videos of "Onna ni Sachi Are" and "Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo!"
  • Greatest Hits Album: Currently the group has released one all-singles album (their first 34 singles) and two albums featuring all their singles' coupling tracks.
  • Grey Rain of Depression: The music video of "Naichau Kamo" has the girls crying in the rain.
  • Hot-Blooded: Mari Yaguchi.
  • Identical Stranger: Ai Kago with T&C Bomber's RuRu.
  • Ill Girl: Eri Kamei graduated from Morning Musume because she had chronic health problems.
    • Aika Mitsui graduated earlier than expected because of an unhealed fracture in her foot, which is probably why she still remains in Hello! Project as a solo artist.
  • Intercourse with You: "Iroppoi Jirettai", "Kanashimi Twilight"
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Makoto Ogawa with Hitomi Yoshikawa. Erina Ikuta with Risa Niigaki. Masaki Sato with various Hello! Project seniors, notably Reina Tanaka.
  • Jerk Ass: Part of Miki Fujimoto's appeal.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Yuko Nakazawa, Aika Mitsui
  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: "Nanchatte Renai" talks about a girl who goes through a bunch of boyfriends trying to find love, but is unsuccessful.
  • Long Title:
    • Aozora ga Itsumademo Tsuzuku You na Mirai de Are! (Let the Future Be One Where the Blue Sky Lasts Forever!)
    • Ame no Furanai Hoshi de wa Aisenai Darou? (We Can't Love on a Planet With No Rain, Right?)
    • Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! (I'm Really Wishing for Peace on This Earth!)
  • Love Confession: A lot of their songs, noticeably "Sakura Mankai"
  • Meaningful Name: Hitomi Yoshizawa got her name due to her beautiful eyes, her name could roughly be translated to English as "eye person".
  • Meaningful Rename: Beginning in 2014, Morning Musume's name would reflect the current year that the group is active, so they were named "Morning Musume '14" (pronounced "one-four") and are currently "Morning Musume '17". This is to help audiences identify the various members in each lineup due to there being many members who were part of Morning Musume over the course of its 15+ year-history.
  • Medley: Frequently performed in concerts.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Sayumi, though she's like us to believe she's an Innocent Fanservice Girl.
  • Naughty Nurse Outfit: Invoked for Hitomi Yoshizawa, but only for cuteness, here.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Yuko Nakazawa, though it's really her being a bit of a Jerk Ass mixed with Comedic Sociopathy.
    • Riho Sayashi to her generation mate Mizuki Fukumura and her upper arms.
  • One Steve Limit:
    • Averted with Haruna Iikubo and Haruna Ogata, who are part of the same lineup as of 2014.
    • Ai Kago and Ai Takahashi were also part of the same lineup from 2001 to 2004.
  • Performance Video: "Chokkan 2 ~Nogashita Sakana wa Ookiizo!~", which features excerpts of various concert performances, and "What is LOVE?", which is a straight concert performance.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Kanon Suzuki, hardly ever seen without a big grin even while singing.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: The dresses in the music video for "Otoko to Onna no Lullaby Game", later seen on the covers of the album Fantasy! Juuichi. There will also be several of these worn as concert costumes, which are shed to reveal a more form-fitting costume underneath.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Risa Niigaki was known to be a fan of Morning Musume prior to her joining the group.
    • There's also Erina Ikuta, who as a fan of Niigaki herself, attended a fan club bus tour for Niigaki as a regular fan, going along and doing activities with the rest of the participants. Sure enough, Ikuta ended up inheriting Niigaki's yellow-green image color after the latter's graduation.
  • Pungeon Master: Kaori Iida.
  • Retail Therapy: A stanza in "Kimagure Princess" talks about the girl in the song shopping online to soothe her frustrations. Subverted when she buys too much and ends up being angry when she receives the bill.
  • Revolving Door Band
  • Rule of Symbolism: In the video for "No Hesitation", Ai Kago starts off trying to pack a large suit case and is wearing a dress but at the lyrics "Dangling my halfhearted feelings/with big baggage over my back/I don't need things like that any more" she stops, changes her clothes for a practical t-shirt, shorts and walking boots and opts to carry a backpack.
  • Running Gag: "Kame" is Japanese for turtle so whenever one of the other members sees a turtle they'll often exclaim, "There's Eri-chan!"
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: Sayumi
  • Self-Harm: Ai Kago during her Heroic B.S.O.D. after being fired from Hello! Project by Up-Front Agency for being photographed smoking despite already being suspended for it a year earlier. She suffered from severe depression and started cutting herself. She has even admitted to having suicidal thoughts. She has since recovered, in addition to making a comeback as a musician and actress, as well as getting married and having a daughter.
  • Sexy Secretary: Yuko Nakazawa before joining Morning Musume.
  • Signature Song: "LOVE Machine"
  • Space Station: Part of the music video of "Renai Revolution 21" takes place in a Space Station. There's also a lot of funny Space Clothes involved in the wardrobe, too.
  • Stepford Smiler: "Summer Night Town"
  • Stock Foreign Name: Junjun and Linlin.
    • One of Miki Nonaka's nicknames is Chel, short for Chelsea. It is her favorite brand of Japanese candy, and Sakura Oda thought it suited her due to the fact Miki lived in America.
  • Surprisingly Good English: Miki Nonaka, who lived in America for 8 years when she was younger.
  • Take That!: After her less-than-pleasant departure from Hello! Project, Ai Kago's song "No Hesitation" has a few veiled references to her time as an idol.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Kaori Iida.
  • Third-Person Person: Reina Tanaka.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cider for Riho Sayashi.
    • Ayumi Ishida and watermelon.
  • Translated Cover Version: When the group starred in Cinderella The Musical in 2008, the songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein were translated into Japanese.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Makoto Ogawa and Rika Ishikawa with Hitomi Yoshikawa.

    S/mileage / ANGERME 

S/mileage / ANGERME

S/mileage, formed in 2009, is an indies Girl Group consisting of former Hello Pro Eggs (Ayaka Wada, Kanon Fukuda, Yuuka Maeda, and Saki Ogawa) and made their record label debut in 2010. Originally consisting of four members, five auditionees were added into the group as "sub-group members", but later became integrated as "full members."

In 2014, they added a 3rd generation consisting of former Hello Pro Kenshuusei and changed their name to ANGERME.

The current members consist of:

  • Ayaka Wada (leader, 1st generation; also current leader of Hello! Project)
  • Kana Nakanishi (sub-leader, 2nd generation)
  • Akari Takeuchi (sub-leader, 2nd generation)
  • Rina Katsuta (2nd generation)
  • Mizuki Murota (3rd generation)
  • Maho Aikawa (3rd generation)
  • Rikako Sasaki (3rd generation)
  • Moe Kamikokuryo (4th generation)
  • Momona Kasahara (5th generation)
  • Ayano Kawamura (6th generation)
  • Musubu Funaki (6th generation; also a member of Country Girls)

Tropes shared by S/mileage / ANGERME

  • Chronological Album Title: Used for both their original studio albums so far. (Sensing a theme with H!P yet?) In order, they are: Warugaki 1 and 2 Smile Sensation.
  • Diet Episode: "Dot Bikini" has some shades of this.
  • Happy Harlequin Hat: Maho Aikawa's in "Itoshima Distance".
  • Location Song: In "Aa Susukino", the heroine visits the Susukino district in the Sapporo, Hokkaido to get away after a fight with her boyfriend.
    • "Itoshima Distance" is about the seaside city Itoshima in Fukuoka. Some of the lyrics are also sung in the local Hakata dialect.
  • Long Title:
    • 3rd major single: Onaji Jikyuu de Hataraku Tomodachi no Bijin Mama (My Friend's Mom Who Works At the Same Hourly Pay) and 22nd single A-side Ai no Tame Kyou Made Shinkashite Kita Ningen, Ai no Tame Subete Taikashita Ningen.
  • Fangirl: Former member Kanon Fukuda was (and still is) a MAJOR one of Yurina Kumai from Berryz Koubou.
  • Meaningful Rename: Ayaka Wada and Kanon Fukuda decided to change S/mileage's name to coincide with the arrival of the third generation members, as it would mark a new chapter for the group. ANGERME was suggested by Kana Nakanishi, and it comes from the French words ange ("angel") and larmé ("tears").
    • Unfortunately, without any context the name gets Lost in Translation for both Japanese and foreigners. The official pronunciation in Japanese - "An-ju-ru-mu" (アンジュルム) - isn't the correct French pronunciation, and the official Romanized name can be literally read as "anger me" in English.
  • Spiritual Successor: Some fans see Kanon Fukuda as one to Ai Kago because she looks like her.
  • Tsundere: "aMa no Jaku"



Formed in early 2013, Juice=Juice is a group consisting of five girls (four of whom are Hello Pro Kenshuusei), with a "fruit" theme. They made their mainstream debut in the summer of 2013 after three successful indies singles.

The members consist of:

  • Yuka Miyazaki (Leader, 1st generation)
  • Tomoko Kanazawa (Sub-leader, 1st generation)
  • Sayuki Takagi (1st generation)
  • Karin Miyamoto (1st generation)
  • Akari Uemura (1st generation)
  • Nanami Yanagawa (2nd generation; also a member of Country Girls)
  • Ruru Danbara (2nd generation)

Tropes shared by Juice=Juice

  • Gratuitous French: The a-side "Ça va? Ça va?"
  • Meta Casting: In 2016, Juice=Juice starred as the fictional idol group NEXT YOU in the TV adaption of the novel Budokan. It was originally written by a Hello! Project fanboy who based the story elements on UP-FRONT PROMOTION (renamed "GREEN-UP PROMOTION" in-universe) and real idols (Sayuki's character was inspired by Kanon Suzuki).
    • In the story, NEXT YOU's dream is to perform at Nippon Budokan. They do, but not without some of the characters leaving the group due to a series of dramatic events along the way. When the show was being broadcast, Juice=Juice was in the middle of performing 220 concerts with the same goal of performing at Budokan. Two months after the drama ended, they announced they would finally perform there in November 2016.
  • Umbrella of Togetherness: "Ai Ai Gasa"

    Country Musume / Country Girls 

Country Musume / Country Girls

Country Musume was originally formed in 1999, consisting of Hokkaido-born members and performing more folksy songs. They're partially notable, however, for the death of founding member Hiromi Yanagihara in July 1999, shortly after their first single release. Since the release of their last single in 2004, they'd been mostly on the backburner...

...until 2014, when former member Mai Satoda announced the group's return with an audition announcement. In November 2014, the new lineup was introduced, along with a name change to "Country Girls" and the addition of Berryz Koubou member Momoko Tsugunaga as "playing manager". With Tsugunaga's graduation in June 2017, however, it was announced that the group would become a "part-time" group, with three of the members joining H!P's currently active groups concurrently.

The members consist of:

  • Momoko Tsugunaga (Playing Manager; graduated in June 30, 2017)
  • Risa Yamaki
  • Manaka Inaba (graduated without a ceremony in August 4, 2016)
  • Chisaki Morito (added to Morning Musume in 2017)
  • Uta Shimamura (left in June 2015)
  • Mai Ozeki
  • Nanami Yanagawa (added to Juice=Juice in 2017)
  • Musubu Funaki (added to ANGERME in 2017)

Tropes shared by Country Musume / Country Girls:

  • Artifact Title: The original four Country Musume members were all from Hokkaido, but a couple of the members added later were not. In Country Girls, Manaka Inaba is the only member from Hokkaido.
  • Cool Big Sis: Momoko Tsugunaga, who is 10 years older than the youngest member of the group (she joined Hello! Project the same year Mai Ozeki was born), has a lot of idol experience to teach the younger girls.
  • Cute Sports Club Manager: For a short time, Manaka Inaba was a manager for her high school baseball team in Hokkaido.
  • Moe: The revival group. The title of one of their first a-sides literally means "I'm sorry for being so adorable."
  • Too Good to Be True: The response to fan favorite Uta Shimamura suddenly leaving the group.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: As mentioned, the death of Hiromi Yanagihara after the release of Country Musume's first single. History would repeat itself (in a non-lethal fashion) years later, when Uta Shimamura unexpectedly left Country Girls after their first single.

    Kobushi Factory 

Kobushi Factory

Kobushi Factory is one of the latest groups in the Hello! Project stable, formed in early 2015 from former Kenshuusei members. Based off their name, it's very likely that their formation is intended to fill the void Berryz Koubou has left.

The members consist of:

  • Rio Fujii (sub-leader; got her contract terminated in July 2017)
  • Ayaka Hirose (leader)
  • Ayano Hamaura
  • Natsumi Taguchi
  • Rena Ogawa (left in September 2017)
  • Minami Nomura
  • Sakurako Wada
  • Rei Inoue

Tropes shared by Kobushi Factory:

  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Rio was mustard, Ayaka is light blue, Ayano is pink, Natsumi is orange, Rena was red, Minami is royal blue, Sakurako is green, and Rei is purple.
  • Fangirl: Ayano really admires Momochi-senpai.
  • Meaningful Name: It was chosen by former Berryz Koubou member and Hello! Project advisor Saki Shimizu. "Kobushi" refers to the Kobushi Magnolia tree and also means fist, which represents the group having grace and strength, and "Factory" was given as the Spiritual Successor of Berryz Koubou ("Koubou" meaning workshop).

    Tsubaki Factory 

Tsubaki Factory

Tsubaki Factory was formed in early 2015 with former Kenshuusei members, and is the sister group of Kobushi Factory.

The members consist of:

  • Riko Yamagishi (Leader)
  • Risa Ogata (Sub-leader)
  • Kisora Niinuma
  • Ami Tanimoto
  • Yumeno Kishimoto
  • Kiki Asakura
  • Mizuho Ono
  • Mao Akiyama
  • Saori Onoda

Tropes shared by Tsubaki Factory:

  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Riko is light green, Risa is light orange, Kisora is light blue, Ami is light purple, Yumeno is light yellow, Kiki is light pink, Mizuho is emerald green, Mao is light red, and Saori is peach.
  • Cover Version: 17sai from their mini-album Tsubaki Factory SOUND + VISION Vol.1 is a cover of a Moritaka Chisato song. Also from the same album, Cabbage Hakusho ~Haru Hen~ is a cover of a Peaberry song.
  • Fangirl: Yumeno seems to be a big fan of Berryz Kobo, and particularly of Captain.
  • Meaningful Name: "Tsubaki" means the Camellia flower, and like its sister group, "Factory" was given as the Spiritual Successor of Berryz Koubou.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Kiki Asakura's mother named her after the Ghibli heroine.

    Hello Pro Kenshuusei 

Hello Pro Kenshuusei

Hello Pro Kenshuusei (formerly Hello Pro Eggs) is the trainee program for Hello! Project. Some of the trainees have entered the main acts in the group, or have been formed into main groups themselves.

The current members consist of:

  • Reina Ichioka
  • Hikaru Inoue (Leader)
  • Kizuki Horie
  • Kurumi Takase
  • Kokoro Maeda
  • Mizuki Kanatsu
  • Noguchi Kurumi
  • Kotomi Ono
  • Sakiko Kodama
  • Kirara Yonemura
  • Momohime Kiyono
  • Yuhane Yamazaki
  • Shiori Nishida
  • Rin Hashisako
  • Rika Shimakura
  • Marina Hibi
  • Saya Eguchi
  • Rena Doi
  • Minami Okamura
  • Riai Matsunaga
  • Ichigo Yamada
  • Natsume Nakayama

  • Aika Mitsui
  • Riho Sayashi

Discontinued acts

The following acts listed below have either disbanded or are no longer under the Hello! Project name.


Aya Matsuura

Maki Goto

Yuki Maeda

Chinatsu Miyoshi

Rika Ishii

Michiyo Heike


Jang Dayun

Erina Mano

    Berryz Koubou 

Berryz Koubou
The original and final lineups

Berryz Koubou (literally "Berryz Workshop") was a major Hello! Project act consisting of eight Hello! Project Kids, a group of elementary school girls (not anymore). Put together in 2004, it was originally planned to rotate all the members of Hello! Project Kids, but stuck with the founding members. Prior to their debut, they were back-up dancers for W at their concerts and music videos ("Aa ii na!" and "Robo Kiss.")

In August 2014, the group announced that they would be going on indefinite hiatus starting in spring 2015.

The members consist(ed) of:

  • Saki Shimizu (Captain)
  • Momoko Tsugunaga
  • Chinami Tokunaga
  • Maasa Sudo
  • Miyabi Natsuyaki (sub-captain)
  • Maiha Ishimura (graduated in 2005)
  • Yurina Kumai
  • Risako Sugaya

Tropes shared by Berryz Koubou:

  • A Day in the Limelight Chinami sung main once and never again... But she often receives minor vocals.
  • Anime Theme Song: Various examples.
    • First their 7th single Nanchuu Koi wo Yatteru YOU KNOW? was used as an ending for the anime Patalliro Saiyuki.
    • Then their 9th single Gag 100kaibun Aishite Kudasai was used as the ending theme for the movie Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart 2: Yukizora no Tomodachi.
    • Later (and more famously), five of their singles (Seishun Bus Guide, Ryuusei Boy, Otakebi Boy WAO!, Majii Bomber! and Shining Power) were used as ending theme songs for Inazuma Eleven.
    • fFinally, their 31st single Asian Celebration was the cheer song for the movie Pretty Cure All Stars New Stage 2: Kokoro no Tomodachi.
  • Badass Biker: The stylistic concept of "Ai no Dangan" features all girls in red catsuits. There's even the aforementioned bike on one of the CD covers!
  • Chronological Album Title: Used for their original studio albums. In order, they are: 1st Chou Berryz, Dai 2 Seichouki, 3 Natsu Natsu Mini Berryz, 4th Ai no Nanchara Shisuu, 5 (FIVE), 6th Otakebi Album, 7 Berryz Times, Ai no Album 8, and Berryz Mansion 9kai.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Saki AKA Captain was yellow, Momoko was pink, Chinami was orange, Maasa was blue, Miyabi was purple, Maiha was light blue, Yurina was green and Risako was red.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Momoko's (as Momochi) trademark hairstyle since 2011.
  • GenkiGirl: Chinami, HANDS DOWN.
  • Kawaiiko: Momoko likes to project herself as this, but comes off as The Fake Cutie at times. She was more of The Cutie of the group when she was younger.
  • Long Title: Otona ni wa Naritakunai Hayaku Otona ni Naritai and Onna no Ko ni Shika Wakannai Choudo ga Aru no.
  • One Head Taller: Yurina is the tallest member in Hello! Project.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Maasa.
  • Sampling: "Jiriri Kiteru" samples Chopin's "Étude Op. 10, No. 12", known also as the "Revolutionary Étude".
  • Shrinking Violet: Maiha showed signs of this. She was certainly the shyest one.
  • Signature Song: "Special Generation".
  • Statuesque Stunner: Yurina in spades. Maasa counts too.
  • Translated Cover Version: "Dschinghis Khan" (originally German) also, "cha cha SING", "Loving you Too much", and "I like a picnic" (originally Thai).


The original and final lineups.

℃-ute consists of the other half of Hello! Project Kids who were not put in Berryz Koubou. They made their debut on an indies label in 2006 and entered the mainstream market in 2007. They disbanded in June 2017.

The members consisted of:

  • Erika Umeda (graduated in 2009)
  • Maimi Yajima (leader)
  • Megumi Murakami (left in 2006)
  • Saki Nakajima
  • Kanna Arihara (left in 2009)
  • Airi Suzuki
  • Chisato Okai
  • Mai Hagiwara

Tropes shared by ℃-ute:

  • Adorkable: Airi
  • Anime Theme Song: "Ookina Ai de Motenashite" was the second ending song to Kirarin Revolution.
  • Ascended Extra: Kanna Arihara was originally part of the trainee program, Hello Pro Egg, but was elected to become part of ℃-ute before the release of their first indie single to make the teams even, as Berryz Koubou and ℃-ute had eight and seven members at the time.
    • Maimi Yajima's screentime shot Up to Eleven after Megumi Murakami, the group's lead singer, left before their major label debut. A similar phenomenon happened to Chisato Okai, who had little to no solos, but her YouTube dance videos boosted her popularity to the point where she is also considered a main singer behind Maimi and Airi.
  • Break Up Song: "Namida no Iro"
  • Chronological Album Title: Used for all their original studio albums. In order, they are: Cutie Queen VOL.1, 2 mini ~Ikiru to Iu Chikara~, 3rd ~LOVE Escalation!~, 4 Akogare My STAR, Shocking 5, Chou WONDERFUL! 6, Dainana Shou "Utsukushikutte Gomen ne", 8 Queen of J-pop, and Cmaj 9.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Erika was yellow during her time in the group, Mai later took her color when she graduated (she was originally purple); Maimi was originally pink but after Erika and Kanna graduated/left respectively, she became red (originally Kanna's color) and Airi (originally green) took her color; Saki went from orange to blue (which was originally Chisato's color, later changed to green). Megumi apparently never had a color when she was in the group.
  • Cover Version: "Shochuu Omimai Moushiagemasu", a cover of a 1977's song by idol trio Candies; "Kono Machi" which was originally a Chisato Moritaka's song.
  • Sampling: "Mugen Climax"
  • The Cutie: Saki
  • Five-Man Band: Well, since three of the members have since moved on...
  • Genki Girl: Saki
  • Iconic Item: Mai Hagiwara wore sunglasses in every music video prior to ℃-ute's major label debut.
  • Long Title:
    • Tokai no Neon ga Odoroku Kurai no Utsukushisa ga Hoshii (I Want to Be Beautiful Enough to Overshadow the Neon Lights of the City)
  • Put on a Bus: Kanna Arihara suspended her activities when she had to get surgery on her foot and later dropped out from the group without a word. Shortly after she left, "Bye Bye Bye!" was released.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: If they're not singing about the excitement of love, they're singing about this.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: In some of their music videos, especially their upbeat, serious songs, they wear short shorts coupled with heels.


"We are Buono!"

Buono! was formed in 2008 as a one-shot unit to perform the opening song to Shugo Chara!, but became popular and was kept as a regular act. In comparison to other Hello! Project acts, they're more pop-rock-influenced in terms of their music and fashion. They oficially ceased activities in 2017.

The members consisted of:

  • Momoko Tsugunaga (Berryz Koubou)
  • Miyabi Natsuyaki (Berryz Koubou)
  • Airi Suzuki (℃-ute)

Tropes shared by Buono!:

    Mini Moni 

Mini Moni

Pioneered by Morning Musume member Mari Yaguchi in 2000, Mini Moni's concept was to include all of the Token Mini-Moe members from Morning Musume under the height of 150 cms. Initially starting out with Mari Yaguchi, Nozomi Tsuji, and Ai Kago of Morning Musume, Mika Todd from Coconuts Musume was later added to the team. In 2002, Yaguchi departed from the group and elected Ai Takahashi to join, raising the height requirement to 153 cms. A fictionalized account of why Yaguchi decided to leave the group was explored in their half live-action half-animated film Mini Moni ja Movie: Okashi na Dai Bouken.

Mini Moni's kid appeal made them a hit with young children, and their songs tend to be nonsensical and educational. They've collaborated with comedian Baka Tono-sama ("Ai~n!") and appeared in the first three movies of Hamtaro. Following Todd's departure from the group and Kago and Tsuji leaving Morning Musume in 2004, the group disbanded.

If you're Internet-savvy, you might know them because of the Dramatic Chipmunk.

Tropes shared by Mini Moni:

  • Acting for Two: The girls also play the robots in the assembly line in the music video for "Lucky Cha Cha Cha."
  • Adults Dressed as Children: Mainly for their child appeal.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Or is it in "Crazy About You"?
  • Animated Music Video: Many of Mini Moni's earlier releases were animated, or at least had an animated version for their segment on Morining Musume's show Hello! Morning. These included "Mini Moni Telephone Ring Ring Ring", "Bus Guide", "Strawberry Pie", "Okashi Tsukutte Okkasui~", "Mini Hams Ai no Uta", "Mini Hams no Kekkon Song", and "Miraclun Grand Purin."
  • Chibi: Many of their Animated Music Videos.
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: Ai Takahashi in The Movie wore a cat costume when her character attempted to steal a recipe from the bakery.
  • Cute Little Fangs: A caricature of Tsuji's teeth appeared on her animated character.
  • Does Not Like Milk: Mari Yaguchi.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Fun Size: The whole concept of Mini Moni thrives on this.
  • Hotter and Sexier: The concept for "Crazy For You" is much more mature than the other works they've done. Interestingly, it was the only release that wasn't targeted for their young audience, and shortly after, Mini Moni quickly returned back to the tone their older works portrayed.
  • List Song: "Rock n' Roll Kenchoushozaichi ~Oboechaina Series!~" lists all of the prefectural capitals in Japan.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In the music video for "Lucky Cha Cha Cha", the girls break a whole assembly line... but at least got a parfait out of it.
  • Reunion Show: Mari Yaguchi performed with Mini Moni during the Hello! Project 2004 Spring concert, as it was the last concert before Mika Todd would be leaving the company for good.
  • Space Station: The music video for "Jankenpyon" takes place in one.
  • Surprisingly Good English: In "Crazy For You" and some of the songs where lines are actually in English. Justified with the fact that Mika is a native English speaker.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Ai Kago's animated counterpart has them while everyone else has Tareme Eyes.
  • Tomboy: Mika Todd was the only girl who wore a unique uniform, most often more tomboyish than others. For example in Okashi no Dai Bouken, she wore a chef uniform while everyone else wore waitress uniforms. Mari justified this by saying that it's because Mika was exactly on point with the height requirement. Interestingly, after Mari left the group, this no longer seemed to be the case.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The music video for "Ai~n! Dance no Uta", a collaboration between the comedian Baka Tono-sama and Mini Moni, is very... strange.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Mika wears the flag for the United States in the music video for "Jankenpyon." It also appears in some of her other costumes.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Their animated counterparts have an array of colorful hair. Tsuji's counterpart had purple hair, Mika and Kago's counterparts had pink hair, and Ai Takahashi's counterpart had, well, blue hair. The only counterpart who had realistic colored hair was Yaguchi's dirty blonde, which was the actual color of her hair at that time.

    T&C Bomber 

T&C Bomber

  • Inaba Atsuko
  • Shinoda Miho
  • RuRu
  • Kominato Miwa



W was a comprised of former Morning Musume members and friends Nozomi Tsuji and Ai Kago in 2004. Notable for their symmetrical choreography and similar heights, they could be mistaken as Single-Minded Twins. Unfortunately, their activities were suspended in 2006 after Kago made tabloids smoking underage. W ultimately disbanded when Kago was booted out of Hello! Project for dating an older man and smoking again.

Tropes shared by W:

    Coconuts Musume 

Coconuts Musume

Coconuts Musume was founded in 1998 when a group of girls singing caught the attention of Tsunku's bandmate while he was traveling in Hawaii. These girls were signed onto their agency as a companion sister group to the flagship band Hello! Project, Morning Musume, but faced many line-up changes within their first years due to difficulties for some of the members adjusting to Japan. They haven't released anything since 2002, and technically disbanded in 2004, though Ayaka remained in Hello! Project carrying the group's name until 2008.

  • Mika Todd (Left in 2004)
  • Ayaka Kimura
  • Danielle Delunay (Left in 2001)
  • Chelsea Ching (Left in 2000)
  • Lehua Sandbo (Left in 2002)
  • April Barbaran (Left in 2000)

Tropes shared by Coconuts Musume:

  • Joshikousei: They wore schoolgirl uniforms for "Tokonatsu Musume."
  • Mildly Military: Coconuts Musume wore military-esque uniforms during promotions and the music video for "Jounetsu Yuuki Miraisen."
  • Translated Cover Version: Their second single was a English translated version of "Summer Night Town", and they are seen as the English counterpart to Morning Musume.

    Melon Kinenbi 
  • Saitou Hitomi
  • Murata Megumi
  • Ootani Masae
  • Shibata Ayumi
From back to front: Megumi Murata, Masae Ootani, Hitomi Saitou, and Ayumi Shibata

Tropes shared by Melon Kinenbi:

    Ice Crea Musume 

Ice CreaMusume
Exploiting the Ice Cream motif to the max!

In order to continue expanding into Asia after recruiting Li Chun and Qian Lin into Morning Musume, Hello! Project held auditions in Taiwan in 2007, finalizing with six girls by September 2008. Intended as a Chinese counterpart to Morning Musume, Ice CreaMusume debuted in 2009 with a mini-album. They became inactive in late 2009 and were removed from Hello! Project's official website in November of 2010.

  • Shenshen (Leader)
  • Anchii
  • Peipei
  • Youko
  • Reirei
  • Guu-chan

Tropes shared by Ice CreaMusume:

  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Actually flavor coded for your convenience, since they (obviously) had an Ice Cream motif going on. Shenshen was grape, Anchii was coffee, Peipei was vanilla, Youko was strawberry, Reirei was choco-mint, and Guu-chan was mango.
  • Translated Cover Version: They released a Chinese translated version of "Morning Coffee" and "Love Revolution 21."

    Frances & Aiko (Big Missy) 

Frances & Aiko (Big Missy)

  • Frances
  • Aiko



A temporary group created in 2003 in order to give some training to five of the oldest Hello! Project Kids, with Morning Musume member Yaguchi Mari acting as a mentor. As Shimizu Saki and Tsugunaga Momoko were selected to become members of Berryz Koubou in 2004, the activity of ZYX ended. They released two singles.

In 2009, the unit was revived as ZYX-α (pronounced Zicks Alpha), with Tsugunaga Momoko and Umeda Erika being the only remaining original members. The revived unit eventually became inactive in 2013. This revived unit didn't release any singles (though they did release an original song titled "Mirai Yosouzu II In 2009).

The members of the original ZYX consisted of:
  • Yaguchi Mari (Leader)
  • Umeda Erika
  • Shimizu Saki
  • Yajima Maimi
  • Tsugunaga Momoko
  • Murakami Megumi

The members of the revival of the group consisted of:

  • Niigaki Risa (also a Morning Musume member; Graduated May 2012)
  • Erika Umeda (Graduated October 2009)
  • Tsugunaga Momoko
  • Tokunaga Chinami
  • Sudou Maasa
  • Kusumi Koharu (Graduated December 2009)
  • Ogawa Saki (Graduated August 2011)
  • Wada Ayaka



Aa! was a Hello! Project unit formed in 2003. It was lead by Morning Musume member Tanaka Reina, and featured Hello! Project Kids members Natsuyaki Miyabi and Suzuki Airi. Aa! released only one single and became inactive soon after. However, Aa! was later revived for a short period in 2009 with the introduction of a new member, Saho Akari. As of 2017, none of the re-boot members are active within Hello! Project, effectively leaving the unit inactive.

  • Tanaka Reina (Leader)
  • Suzuki Airi
  • Natsuyaki Miyabi
  • Saho Akari (re-boot)


The members consisted of:
  • Ishikawa Rika
  • Okada Yui
  • Miyoshi Erika

Tropes shared by Viyuden:

  • Meaningful Name: While "Viyuden" doesn't mean anything on its own it's the phonetic depiction of the Kanji 美, 勇 and 伝 (their Japanese name, "美勇伝"). "美" (bi (び)) means "beauty", "勇" (yuu (ゆう)) means "bravery" and "伝" (den (でん)) stands for "legend".
  • Spell My Name with an "S": They're not even consistant with official romanization in their own merchandise. Other popular versions are "v-u-den" or "Biyuuden".



  • Aya Matsuura
  • Miki Fujimoto

Tropes shared by GAM:

     Petit Moni 

Petit Moni

  • Kei Yasuda
  • Sayaka Ichii
  • Maki Goto
  • Hitomi Yoshizawa
  • Ayaka Kimura
  • Makoto Ogawa

Tropes shared by Petit Moni:

  • Spell My Name with an "S": Usually known as "Petit Moni" or "Petitmoni" in its official romanized form, some people also use the name "Pucchimoni", which would be the correct transcription of its Japanese name ("プッチモニ").



  • Aya Ishiguro
  • Kaori Iida
  • Mari Yaguchi
  • Rika Ishikawa
  • Ai Kago
  • Asami Konno
  • Risa Niigaki
  • Ayumi Shibata



Kira☆Pika was a sub-group comprised of Koharu Kusumi from Morning Musume and Mai Hagiwara from ℃-ute with the purpose of performing the ending theme songs to Kirarin Revolution. Kusumi was already portraying protagonist Kirari Tsukishima, both in voice and in person on the children's variety show Oha Star. To promote the group, Hagiwara would play a similar role as Hikaru, a Canon Foreigner designed for the show.

Tropes specific to the characters that Kusumi and Hagiwara portray should be put in the Kirarin Revolution page.

Tropes shared by Kira☆Pika:

    Milky Way 

Milky Way

Morning Musume's Koharu Kusumi had a huge part in Kirarin Revolution by not only supplying the theme songs, but by also playing the protagonist, Kirari Tsukishima, in voice and in person on the children morning show Oha Star. Come the end of the show, a 3D-animated sequel, Kirarin Revolution Stage 3 was created in 2008 to continue the franchise with two new Canon Foreigners, Kobeni and Noeru, as the leads. Hello Pro Eggs You Kikkawa and Sayaka Kitahara were chosen to play those roles in the same fashion Kusumi had with Kirari. After the end of Kirarin Revolution, the group disbanded.

Tropes specific to the characters Kusumi, Kikkawa, and Kitahara portray should be put in the Kirarin Revolution page.

Tropes shared by Milky Way:

    Shugo Chara! Egg 

Shugo Chara! Egg

Formed in 2008, Shugo Chara! Egg was a Girl Group consisting of four Hello Pro Eggs dedicated to performing theme songs for Shugo Chara!. Each girl represented one of the four main Character Changes that protagonist Amu Hinamori could do. The original line-up consisted of Yuuka Maeda (Amulet Heart), Akari Saho (Amulet Spade), Kanon Fukuda (Amulet Clover), and Ayaka Wada (Amulet Diamond), but when three of these members were promoted from Egg status to form S/mileage, they had to be replaced. In Shugo Chara! Party!, the girls hosted the live-action segments of the show. The group was disbanded after the show ended in 2010.

The members consist of:

  • Yuuka Maeda as Amulet Heart (left in 2009)
  • Akari Saho as Amulet Spade
  • Kanon Fukuda as Amulet Clover (left in 2009)
  • Ayaka Wada as Amulet Diamond (left in 2009)
  • Mizuki Fukumura as Amulet Heart
  • Irori Maeda as Amulet Clover
  • Nanami Tanabe as Amulet Diamond

Tropes shared by Shugo Chara! Egg

    Guardians 4 

Guardians 4

Another group created to provide theme songs for the anime Shugo Chara!.

  • Mitsui Aika (from Morning Musume)
  • Nakajima Saki (from °C-ute)
  • Kumai Yurina (from Berryz Koubou)
  • Sugaya Risako (from Berryz Koubou)

    Shin Minimoni 

Shin Minimoni

The re-boot of the sub-group Minimoni.

The members consited of:
  • Fukuda Kanon
  • Miyamoto Karin
  • Takeuchi Akari

    Dream Morning Musume 

Dream Morning Musume

Dream Morning Musume, formed in 2011, was a Girl Group consisting of women who were formerly part of the original Morning Musume as Nostalgia Filter for the fans. In 2012, they held a "final" concert at Nippon Budokan with surprise appearances made by other former members and the current line-up of Morning Musume at the time.

The members consisted of:

  • Yuko Nakazawa
  • Kaori Iida
  • Natsumi Abe
  • Kei Yasuda
  • Mari Yaguchi
  • Rika Ishikawa
  • Hitomi Yoshizawa
  • Makoto Ogawa
  • Miki Fujimoto
  • Koharu Kusumi

  • Kitagami Ami
  • Ooki Ibuki
  • Suenaga Mami
  • Arai Saki

    Special Units 
  • Gomattou
    • Gotou Maki
    • Matsuura Aya
    • Fujimoto Miki
    • Yaguchi Mari
    • Saitou Hitomi
    • Ishikawa Rika
    • Kimura Ayaka
    • Satoda Mai
  • Nochura Natsumi
    • Goto Maki
    • Matsuura Aya
    • Abe Natsumi
  • Ecomoni
    • Ishikawa Rika
    • Michishige Sayumi
    • Abe Natsumi
    • Gotou Maki
    • Ishikawa Rika
    • Matsuura Aya

Athena & Robikerots

  • Niigaki Risa
  • Mitsui Aika
  • Nakajima Saki
  • Okai Chisato

Pucchimoni V

  • Nakajima Saki
  • Hagiwara Mai
  • Mano Erina

Zoku Viyuden

  • Michishige Sayumi
  • Sugaya Risako


  • Takahashi Ai
  • Tanaka Reina
  • Shimizu Saki
  • Yajima Maimi
  • Maeda Yuuka


  • Mitsui Aika
  • Kumai Yurina
  • Okai Chisato

Other units:
  • Ongaku Gatas
    • Yoshizawa Hitomi
    • Ishikawa Rika
    • Konno Asami
    • Satoda Mai
    • Korenaga Miki
    • Noto Arisa
    • Sengoku Minami
  • THE Possible
    • Hashimoto Aina
    • Akiyama Yurika
    • Morozuka Kanami
    • Gotou Yuki
    • Okada Robin Shouko
  • Up Up Girls (Kari)
    • Sengoku Minami
    • Furukawa Konatsu
    • Mori Saki
    • Sato Ayano
    • Saho Akari
    • Sekine Azusa
    • Arai Manami

Former Hello Pro Eggs:

  • Ooyanagi Maho
  • Kawashima Miyuki
  • Hashida Mirei
  • Ogura Manami
  • Yutoku Ayumi
  • Mutou Mika
  • Sawada Yuri
  • Noto Arisa
  • Korenaga Miki
  • Oose Kaede
  • Hirano Tomomi
  • Aoki Erina
  • Tanaka Anri
  • Kikkawa Yuu
  • Sainen Mia
  • Kitahara Sayaka
  • Komine Momoka
  • Okai Asuna
  • Maeda Irori



  • Ai Suma
  • Minami Iwashima
  • Asami Abe
  • Nana Nakayama (now a member of NMB 48)

    Shuffle Groups 

Shuffle Groups

  • Colour Groups (2000)
    • Akagumi 4 (Red)
    • Kiiro 5 (Yellow)
    • Aoiro 6 (Blue)

  • Festival Groups (2001) (Matsuri is Japanese for festival)
    • 3-nin Matsuri
    • 7-nin Matsuri
    • 10-nin Matsuri

  • Happiness Groups (2002)

  • Elemental Groups (2003)
    • Salt 5
    • 7 Air
    • 11 Water

  • One School Group (2004)
    • H.P All Stars (all 46 active members in one group)
      • All of Them: this is how much of the then active memership was involved in the group.

  • Elegance Groups (2005)
    • Elegies
    • Sexy Otonajan
    • Puripuri Pink