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The Original Duo (Melody & Rhythm)
Tropes associated with both of them:
- Closed Door Rapport: When Kanade and Hibiki discuss Hibiki's past that caused her to stop playing piano.
- Dual Wielding: The Belltier Separation divides the Belltiers in two halves, respectively.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Both know each since their childhood and are still good friends, no matter how many times they argue.
- Kamehame Hadouken: Passionato Harmony. By holding their hands, they can fire a golden beam from them. It becomes stronger with each additional teammate with whom they perform.
- Shaping Your Attacks: They draw circles when performing their Music Rondos, and hearts when performing their respective Separation attacks.
- Technicolor Fire: Their attacks Miracle Love Arpeggio and Fantastic Piacere have two colors, respectively, fitting to the colors of the Fairy Tones they use. Miracle Love Arpeggio is pink and orange like Dory and Miry, while Fantastic Piacere is white and yellow like Rery and Fary.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Hibiki and Kanade usually said this before their Transformation Sequence, to the point of Catch Phrase status.
- Deconstructed when Siren has a Heel–Face Turn. Hibiki and Kanade are so shocked at this and, remembering how many times they had said this, start questioning whether Siren is really unforgivable. The Reveal that all the initial antagonists are brainwashed and the real Big Bad is not truly evil also hammers the point down. By the time of Final Battle, the Cures finally decide that the only way they can have a closure is for both sides to forgive each other.
- Also Played for Laughs at the end of Episode 2 when Kanade emotionally melts just after shaking Hummy's paw. Kanade herself shouts the line at Hibiki for trying to tell the whole town about this incident as the scene transitions into a Pastel-Chalked Freeze Frame.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Hibiki is the tomboy, and Kanade is the girly girl.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Hibiki and Kanade are a mild version, which is one of the defining differences between them and NagiHono and SakiMai.
- This is Deconstructed in Hibiki and Kanade's case because their Wonder Twin Powers rely on The Powers of Friendship and Trust. Anytime they don't get along, they greatly lose the ability to fight the Negatones. Of course this being Pretty Cure, the Reconstruction soon ensues so that they can defeat the Negatones and collect the Notes to the Legendary Score.
- Watch Where You're Going!: Hibiki and Kanade have managed to crash into each other twice. Once in the beginning of episode 2, which sends them both into a tree, and then again in the beginning of episode 5, smacking their faces together.
- Wonder Twin Powers: They can only transform together, and half of their powers can only be used together.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Hibiki as Cure Melody and Kanade both have Grade B.
Hibiki Houjou (Cure Melody)
Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu
An energetic jock who loves eating sweets and playing sports. She tends to be bullheaded and act before she thinks, but her heart is generally in the right place. As the series progresses, she rediscovers her love of the piano.
- All-Loving Hero: She develops into this as the series progress. When she understands Cure Muse's inner conflict of fighting and saving her father Mephisto, she indirectly helps her in saving Mephisto. And her empathy for Bassdrum, Baritone and Noise catalyzes their Heel Face Turns.
- Alliterative Name
- Bad "Bad Acting": Her acting comes off as stiff and overly honest to the point of unnaturalness.
- Bare Your Midriff: When transformed
- Big Eater
- Big Fancy House: Downplayed, but she lives in a fancier house than her teammates.
- Book Dumb
- Catch Phrase: "I'm betting my woman's pride on this!" note
- Charles Atlas Superpower: In Episode 41, Hibiki, not Melody, jumps at least 10 meters high to catch Fary. And she lands safety afterward. And who was her opponent in catching Fary? The upgraded Bassdrum. After the Eye Catch and the stand-off it's shown that Bassdrum wins.
- Hibiki in civilian form looks like a longer-haired, blue-eyed Nagisa, while as Cure Melody she is pretty much the offspring of Papillon Rose and Amulet Heart.
- Interestingly, Hibiki in civilian form also seems to bear resemblance to Asuka due to her hairstyle, she just doesn't have Asuka's trademark hairclips.
- Fiery Redhead: As Hibiki.
- Genki Girl: As per tradition.
- Girliness Upgrade: An in-universe example. She's gradually moves on from sports to become a pianist as she relearns to love music again. By the end of the series, she's fully focused on music training.
- Girlish Pigtails: When transformed.
- Gratuitous English: When foreigners talk to her, she speaks bad English. "OH MY GAH!" (not quoted from Azumanga Daioh)"Posto offisu, go storeito [...] ando refto, my gal."
"Pinku! ...Ah? N-nihongo?" ("Pink! Ah? J-japanese?")note
- Played with in episode 30, after a quizmaster Negatone asked Rhythm and Beat what "shiro" and "ao" means in English ("white" and "blue" respectively), it asks Melody what "pink" means in Japanese.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the movie, Cure Melody presumably died in hands of Howling.
- The Heroine: As per tradition, the pink Cure is the main character.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: Knows martial arts, but she's not professional.
- Meaningful Name: Her name translates to "echo".
- Plucky Girl
- The Ojou: Subverted and downplayed. Her personality does not speak for this and she's not that wealthy, but she lives in a wealthier household than her teammates. Her house is fancier and her parents are famous musicians. She's also wealthier than all other lead Pretty Cures.
- Overly Long Tongue: While only for one moment, in the first episode, Hibiki is shown to be capable of licking a cake cream on her nose without a help of a hand.
- Playing with Fire: The heart-shaped Miracle Love Arpeggio.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Hibiki, or rather, Cure Melody. The show is decently balanced normally, but come battle time, Hibiki kills more baddies, gets the Upgrade Artifacts earlier, does all the Rousing Speeches and generally has everything revolve around her. Unsurprising, given she's an expy of Nagisa and Saki, both known for being this as well.
- In episode 6, she gets her Belltier despite the episode is heavily focused on Kanade. And in episode 41, she is the Cure who saves Fary despite he's supposed to be Cure Rhythm's partner.
- Sweet Tooth: She loves sweets, and she tends to take Kanade's cakes without her permission.
- Tsurime Eyes
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Hibiki spends a lot of time alone, due to her dad's busy teaching schedule and her mother being on tour most of the time.
- Zettai Ryouiki: As Cure Melody.
Kanade Minamino (Cure Rhythm)
Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa
An intelligent and cool-headed patissier who works at her family's pastery shop. She becomes incredibly flustered and dreamy when romance is involved, and is short-tempered when dealing with Hibiki.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Towards Ouji.
- Badass in Distress: In the movie, where she's held captive by Howling.
- Big Sister Instinct: Although her little brother Souta doesn't do anything but fool around, she was willing to save him from a Negatone attack in episode 6.
- Catch Phrase: "I'll show you the recipe of motivation!" note
- Cuteness Proximity: With cats... or rather cat's paws. No, really, her bedroom is even decorated with them!
- Dumb Blonde: Inverted.
- Expy: A good portion of the fandom also noticed Cure Rhythm's similarity to Nadja Applefield. Cure Rhythm also bears a bit of a resemblance to Stella from Daft Punk's musical movie.
- Fangirl: To Ouji.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Kanade is the girly one of the duo and likes to bake sweets which Hibiki likes to eat. Kanade also demonstrates her good cooking skills in making the curry in Episode 9.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Has blond hair as Cure Rhythm.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Well, cat paws, but still.
- The Lancer: To Hibiki.
- Meaningful Name: "Kanade" translates to "play on" as in with an instrument.
- Only Sane Man: As long as she doesn't think about Ouji, she is this sometimes when they were three Precure.
- Out of Focus: Unfortunately, she loses some screentime to her teammates.
- Playing with Fire: The heart-shaped Fantastic Piacere.
- The Smart Girl: The smart girl to the idiot Hibiki. Shares this trope with the new teammates.
- Smitten Teenage Girl: Unlike Nagisa or Saki, she's not shy on showing her affection to her crush. In The Movie, unlike Hibiki and Ellen, the first thing she notices of the Major Trio is that they're handsome, not that they are suspicious.
- Supreme Chef: She is great at making cakes, as Hibiki can attest.
- Tareme Eyes: Has round eyes to contrast Hibiki's pointed ones.
- Tsundere: A more friendship-oriented version towards Hibiki. We think.note
- Unflinching Walk: Whenever she uses Music Rondo. And alone.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: See Hibiki's entry above.
- Zettai Ryouiki
Additional Pretty Cures (Spoilers)
Siren/Ellen Kurokawa (Cure Beat)
Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi
Siren, post-Heel–Face Turn. Free from her jealousy and the influence of the Noise of Evil, her true personality shines through as a headstrong yet socially-awkward girl whose only wish is to make friends. Her ability to shapeshift has been lost, trapping her in human form under the alias of "Ellen Kurokawa". She loves to read books on how to act in certain situations, being unfamiliar with human social conventions.
- Adorkable: Ellen has rather poor social skills.
- Ahoge: As Cure Beat. She can play a power chord on it.
- Anime Hair: Besides the hair color, the hairstyle is not the problem. Her hair makes guitar noises.
- Anti-Hero: Type I, at first.
- The Atoner
- Badass Boast: "The beat of my heart can't be stopped!"
- Barrier Warrior: The first member of Team Suite to have Deflector Shields or defensive magic of any sort.
- Berserk Button: Post-Heel–Face Turn, she is one; harm her in front of Hibiki and/or Kanade, and your life is forfeit.
- The Big Girl
- Cat Girl: She is a cat (fairy) stuck in a human body.
- Dark Magical Girl: Starts this way, but becomes progressively less dark as she becomes more accustomed to having friends.
- Deflector Shields: Beat Barrier, cast by her Lovely Guitar Rod.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: After her Heel–Face Turn and joining the Cures, she keeps her distance from others less often. Notable, even before her Face–Heel Turn, she was a bit distant from Hummy and acted more mature, but after becoming friends with Hibiki and Kanade, she becomes more open and honest with herself and she behaves more like an actual teenage girl.
- Ditzy Genius: It comes from naviete rather than any actual ditziness.
- Expy: Somewhat of one to Setsuna from Fresh Pretty Cure!.
- Eyes of Gold
- Face–Heel Revolving Door: She switches to the side of Minor Land before the story begins. Her first Heel–Face Turn is denied after Mephisto steps in and re-brainwashes her. But later she gets a true Heel–Face Turn as Cure Beat.
- Fore Head Of Doom: Both of her forms.
- Genki Girl: After her Heel–Face Turn.
- Genre Savvy: Has a surprising amount of genre-vision for someone so clueless about how the world works.
- Good Costume Switch: Ellen gets different clothes after her Heel–Face Turn, but they don't look that much different than her "evil" clothes.
- Guile Hero: Feigns a Face–Heel Turn to trick the Trio the Minor into a trap.
- Hair Decorations: Prior to her Heel–Face Turn, her human form was distinguished by a clef-shaped hair pin. Since becoming Cure Beat, she's apparently replaced it with a yellow scrunchy.
- I Choose to Stay: Along with Hummy, Ako and the Fairy Tones in the finale.
- I Have Many Names: She's Siren in her cat form, Ellen in her human form, and Cure Beat in her Cure form. Yet even after she permanently becomes human, Hummy, Trio the Minor, and Mephisto still call her Siren (and she doesn't seem to mind).
- Instrument of Murder: The Love Guitar Rod, which not only has a trigger (which was probably pulled straight off of Raising Heart) for shooting Tone Rings but is also distinctly shaped like a battle-axe in its Soul Rod state.
- It Amused Me: Her reaction to the Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure in episode 25. Ellen immediately sees through Trio the Minor's attempts to make the situation worse and plays along with them just for the hell of it.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Siren/Ellen is a Precure?
- Musical Assassin: Where Rhythm and Melody get magic rods that they wave around like conductor's batons, Beat gets the Love Guitar Rod, a magical guitar that turns into an ax and shoots exploding Tone Rings of death and destruction.
- Naïve Newcomer: Since adjusting to living life as a human, she's been rather impressionable and clueless about everyday life. Examples include believing she needs to prepare for a mountain expedition to go hiking, and how she intends to introduce herself once she starts attending school...
- Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure: In episode 25, after Hibiki and Kanade's prank scares the shit out of her. It appears to get worse when Trio the Minor use the same prank to further deepen the already-healing rift between her and her two friends. It turns out Ellen knew what was going on and played along in order to troll the Trio.
- Plucky Girl
- Power of Rock: Cure Beat's Love Guitar Rod.
- Redemption Equals Death: Surprisingly averted. The real price of Siren's change of heart is being put in a Shapeshifter Mode Lock.
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock: She lost the ability to shapeshift after her pendant broke, trapping her in human form.
- Sixth Ranger: Is the third Precure to join the team.
- The Smart Girl: Being good at school like Kanade and of course she was a smart villain before. She has pretented to come back to Minor Land, but she tricked the Trio the Minor. She shares the role with Kanade and Ako.
- Spam Attack: Her Beat Sonic, an attack with that she spams energy in form of eighth notes.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Seiren is Greek for "siren" and is the standard term for that creature in Japan, but since many English-speaking fans only know the word "siren" her name is usually rendered as "Siren" by the English fanbase.
- Almost everyone assumed that her human alter-ego's name was "Ellen", but all official sources (including merchandise and the show itself) romanise her name as "Eren", which is a normal Japanese name, but the katakana spelling made it plausible that "Ellen" was the intended spelling. Never the less, "Ellen" is too well-established amongst the English fanbase for it to change.
- Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Ellen starts her Cure life by being angsty and moody, but Hibiki and Kanade's influence eventually leads to her becoming much happier.
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Siren's Shapeshifter Mode Lock into Ellen and unlocking her Cure Beat powers was ultimately revealed to be this in a novel — Siren didn't change because of her love for Hummy, but because of her sorrow for inflicting so much pain on her friend. This also explains Ellen's initial reluctance to stay with Hummy, Hibiki and Kanade.
- Troll: See It Amused Me above.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Subverted with Hummy. After Siren's Heel–Face Turn, they barely argue anymore.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She is deathyl afraid of ghosts, as seen in the Halloween-themed episode.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has indigo hair as Ellen, while it is lavender as Cure Beat.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Featured in her first outfit as Ellen, which she retains after her Good Costume Switch. She also has this in Cure form, albeit with thigh high boots rather than stockings.
Ako Shirabe (Cure Muse, Masked Cure Muse)
Voiced by: Rumi Ookubo
The princess of Major Land, after revealing herself as the masked Cure Muse. By far the most serious and pragmatic of the four Pretty Cures, her outward determination hides her emotional fragility in the face of the threat against her family. She can be incredibly blunt when criticising others.
- Aloof Ally: She helps the Precures, but claims that she is not on anyone's side. And she never finishes the Monsters of the Week off.
- Badass Adorable: The (physically) youngest Cure of the franchise.
- Badass Cape: Can use it for defensive purpose in her black outfit.
- Cat Suit: How her black outfit looks like.
- Clark Kenting: Wore glasses on Earth to conceal her identity. Between that and her personality switch to Deadpan Snarker, it proved surprisingly effective.
- Cool Mask: Of course, it conceals her identity.
- Curtains Match the Window: As Ako. Her eyes turn pink as Muse, which was one way Toei tried to throw us off her scent.
- Dark Is Not Evil: The black costume conceals her true color theme.
- Dark Magical Girl: Isolated herself from the other Pretty Cure and tried to find a way to help Mephisto on her own. Even after she loses the mask, she's constantly the pragmatic Grumpy Bear of the group.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Defrosting Ice Queen
- Doppelgänger Spin: "Pretty Cure Shining Circle".
- Everything's Better with Princesses: She is the Princess of Major Land.
- Eye Color Change: As Muse, her eyes turn pink.
- The Glasses Come Off: Post-transformation.
- Guile Hero: To protect their Cure Modules from the Trio the Minor, she replaces the Cure Modules with fakes, tricking her friends and the villains, a feat that she copied from her mother.
- I Choose to Stay: In The Movie and in episode 37. And then along with Ellen, Hummy and the Fairy Tones in the finale.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: While she was never evil to begin with, Ako being the fourth Precure is a spoiler.
- Like Father, Like Son: In Episode 42, Ako rolls her eyes, smiles and then says the same line that Aphrodite says earlier in the episode.
- Little Miss Snarker
- Macross Missile Massacre: Her finisher, "Pretty Cure Sparkling Shower" does this with note-shaped bubbles.
- Meganekko: As Ako, who wears glasses.
- Musical Assassin: Can attack and create barriers with a piano of energy. It's later revealed to be an ability of Major Land's royal family.
- Mysterious Protector: It takes around 24 episodes since her introduction to find out about her identity.
- The Ojou: Subverted. She's the princess of Major Land, but lives with her grandfather Otokichi, the former king, in an ordinary house.
- Older Alter Ego: Cure Muse may seem to be this to the significantly-shorter Ako... but as it turns out, Ako was just wearing platform boots.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Applies to all the Cures, of course — but whereas the others just get longer, curlier hair, Ako's goes from extremely short to extremely long.
- Rapunzel Hair: When transformed.
- Redemption Demotion: Yellow Cure Muse is quite a bit less effective than Black Masked Cure Muse was. While she does take the spotlight for a couple of episodes to show off her new attacks, she uses her old (and perfectly effective) powers less and frequently ends up a victim of The Worf Effect. This can be justified, however, by the fact that the enemies were getting stronger and the whole point of Ako's unmasking was the realisation that she had reached the limits of fighting alone.
- Roof Hopping: Mostly because of her I Have the High Ground trope.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: She is the princess of Major Land, who actually saves the world along with her teammates.
- Ship Tease: Quite a bit with Souta, Kanade's brother.
- Sixth Ranger: (maybe). After episodes 35 and 36? Definitely the fourth member.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Ako is often accused of this. Justified Trope since she joins so late in the series and only appeared once in a while before.
- The Stoic
- Tagalong Kid: She's 10, her teammates are 14 years old.
- The Voiceless: She lets Dodory talk for her. Cure Muse's voice would reveal that she is actually still a child and that she's Ako. That's why she never makes a single noise until episode 35.
- Token Mini-Moe: She's the youngest Cure not only in the Suite Pretty Cure team, but also in the entire franchise (beating out Hikari, Urara, and Erika)!
- Tsundere: Textbook example.
- When She Smiles: At the end of Ouji's birthday episode.
- You Shall Not Pass: Pulls this when the Pretty Cure attempt to attack Mephisto directly. Unfortunately, it backfires after Mephisto uses the distraction to flee with all of the Notes.
Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi
A Songstress of Major Land. Hummy is sincere, simple-minded, and relentlessly optimistic.
- Blush Sticker
- Cute Kitten
- Dumb Is Good
- The Fool
- I Choose to Stay: Along with Ellen, Ako and the Fairy Tones in the finale.
- Kindhearted Simpleton: She might be rather dense, but she has a great capacity for kindness and forgiveness, especially where Siren is concerned.
- Mentor Mascot
- Non-Human Sidekick
- The Pollyanna: Says thank you to insults and cannot remember depressing events for long.
- Stupid Good
- Suddenly Bilingual: Subverted. She does not speak German on-screen, but understands German.
- Verbal Tic: "~nya", obviously enough.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Siren. Much less vitriolic after Siren's Heel–Face Turn.
Voiced by: Mayu Kudou
The Precures' partners and the key to their transformation. Dory, Rery, and Lary are used for transformation into Cure Melody, Rhythm, and Beat respectively, while Miry, Fary, and Sory are used along with them for special attacks. Tiry serves as leader, and Dodori, the previously missing Fairy Tone, serves as the "voice" of Cure Muse; Tiry and Dodori are used for Cure Muse's special attacks and transformation, respectively.
- Badass Armfold: Parodied. They invokes this in episode 16, but Fary arms are too short and he's the only one to fail.
- Children Raise You: More like "Fairy Tones Raise You", but their own child-like demeanor qualifies them for this trope. Just watch their everyday activities from behind the screen of the usual Cures shenanigans. Not only do they take really good care of Hibiki's and Hummy's routines without them knowing and have a disciplined schedule, when several of them got captured and had their notes extracted from them, they saved themselves just to not worry their charges.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Dory, Rery, and Lary all match their respective Precures' color-schemes when transformed.
- Damsel in Distress: The Fairy Tones are captured on several occasions, but in most cases, they manage to save themselves in the end.
- Fary is captured by a Negatone in Episode 41.
- Doppelgänger Attack: Parodied. Fary uses this to confuse Trio the Minor. But his doppelgängers are just the other seven Fairy Tones, painted in yellow. And then, thousands of Fary toys appear in the town.
- Flight: They can float in the air and spend most of their time off the ground.
- Fusion Dance: When the Crescendo Tone gets sealed along with Otokichi in a stone, they fuse into another Crescendo Tone and grant the Cures their Super Mode.
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick: They have a lot more common sense compared to their effective boss Hummy.
- Musical Theme Naming: Named after the "musical syllables" used in the modern solfège. Dodory is named as such because he's the higher "do", and not the first, like Dory is.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: They're tiny, friendly, adorable jewel-like beings.
- Sarcastic Devotee: Occasionally. Hummy is supposed to be in charge of them, but the Fairy Tones have no problem pointing out her screw-ups, such as when she belatedly noticed that one Fairy Tone (Dodory) had been missing all along.Sory: "Once you see a cupcake, you'll be up and running again."
- Sixth Ranger: Dodory was originally part of the group, but became separated from them, turned aloof and only went back when its Cure, Muse, joined the team.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Fary in episode 41.Fary: "I'm the strongest and smartest of all Fairy Tones, fa-fa." (Trio the Minor appears) "Fa! The Trio, fa-fa!" (hides behind Rery)
- Transformation Trinket: Four of them are needed to activate the Cure Modules in order for the Precure to transform.
- Verbal Tic: Whatever their designated note is, e.g. "La-la" or "Do-do."
- Wingding Eyes: Dodory is the only one of the eight that has stars in his eyes.
Voiced by: Kumiko Nishihara
The Fairy of Sound who gave birth to all the sounds in this world. The other Fairy Tones were born from her. She usually resides inside the Healing Chest that was found in the dark forest.
- Big Good: She lends the Precures her power whenever they use Suite Session Ensemble and Suite Session Ensemble Crescendo.
- Early-Bird Cameo: The second half's Eye Catch shows Crescendo Tone before she's introduced.
- Flight: Like the other Fairy Tones, she spends most of her time outside the chest floating in the air. Extra points ofr actually having wings.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She rescues the Precures from Noise, but she ends up sealed in a stone beside Otokichi.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Due to having the same adorable appearance as the Fairy Tones, though her awesome pair of wings makes her look more impressive.
- Sealed Good in a Can: The Healing Chest was stuck in a dark forest guarded by monsters, keeping her from using her power to help Precure. The team beats up the monsters and manages to free her.
- Team Mom: Literally, for the Fairy Tones. She's where they all came from.
- Upgrade Artifact: Allows Cure Melody to transform into Crescendo Cure Melody in The Movie.
Voiced by: Noriko HidakaThe Queen of Major Land. Wife of Mephisto, mother of Ako, and daughter of Otokichi.
- Big Good: She's the Queen of Major Land and sent Hummy to find Precure so they could help them against Minor Land.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In the movie, as the result of trying to contain Howling inside her own body.
- Deflector Shield: She is able to create a strong barrier with her harp.
- Expy: Aphrodite looks a lot like Wedding Peach's own Aphrodite.
- Hostage for MacGuffin: In episode 44, Aphrodite is held hostage in exchange for the Cure Modules.
- The High Queen: She is the Queen of Major Land.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: In the movie, she tries to convince Mephisto to kill her, as she had Howling sealed inside her.
- Light Is Good: Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold? Check. Woman in White? Check. Light-resembling powers? Check!
- Statuesque Stunner: While no official height is given for Aphrodite, she's easily twice as tall as the cures, which - assuming that they're about 5 feet tall - would make her about 10 feet tall!
- Woman in White: Her dress is entirely in white.
Voiced by: Keiichi SonobeThe mysterious tuner of Kanon Town, who is working on a large organ. The previous King of Major Land, father of Aphrodite, and grandfather of Ako. Long ago fought and sealed away Noise.
Voiced by: Kenyuu HoriuchiThe King of Minor Land, a dark opposite to Major Land. His goal is to create the Melody of Sorrow, which would plunge the world into an endless despair. He is actually the missing king of Major Land, who was brainwashed by the evil power of Noise. He is later cured by the Pretty Cures and returns to Major Land.
- Badass Cape: Uses his cape to to seal the Notes from the Fairy Tones and to escape from the Precures.
- Beard of Evil: Until his Heel–Face Turn.
- Big Bad: Or is he? When he was introduced, we were led to believe he was the main villain.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He might be the king of Minor Land, but the true ruler is Noise.
- Big Good: After his Heel–Face Turn.
- Blow You Away: Can create whirlwinds with his Badass Cape.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: If those "earplugs" of his are any indicator...
- Bumbling Dad: After his Heel–Face Turn, much to Ako'd magrin.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He is really dangerous if he wants to get the action. Even as a good guy.
- The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: It's all but stated that he became Brainwashed by the Noise of Evil after a failed attempt to retrieve the Healing Chest from the Evil Forest. While Mephisto remembers how frightening his expedition was, he can't remember the exact events that transpired due to the influence of the Noise of Evil.
- Disc-One Final Boss: He is purified in episode 36, and then Noise takes the stage.
- Energy Absorption: A heroic example. He absorbs Bassdrum and Baritone's evil energy to turn them more or less normal, then he purifies the evil energy inside him by attacking himself with good energy.
- Evil Is Petty: To be sure, Mephisto wants to take over Major Land, but rather than actually rule it or anything, he just kind of seems invested in making everyone sad all the time. Turns out, he was brainwashed by the real Big Bad, with said Big Bad actually aiming for an utopia of some sort through the aforementioned 'taking over Majorland' business.
- Evil Redhead: Until his Heel–Face Turn.
- Flight: Unlike Siren and Trio the Minor, he can fly by his own.
- Heel–Face Turn: He turns back to normal in episode 36.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Executes one of these to free Bassdrum and Baritone from Noise's control.
- Kamehame Hadouken: Can fire energy beams from his hands.
- Kick the Dog: In episode 13, he renders Siren brainwashed, rinsed, and dried. He also tries this to Hummy in episode 21.
- Laughably Evil: Honestly, with his hammy manners and Card-Carrying Villain style, he's hard to take seriously after the succession of Eldritch Abominations, Omnicidal Maniacs, or, in the best case world-conquering tyrants that served as Big Bads of the previous series. Even actual characters in the show do not see his grand entrance in Episode 1 as something particularly threatening, at least until he shows that he is a Not-So-Harmless Villain. In fact, he is only laughable when he does not take actions personally.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: It's actually more like "Ako? Cure Muse is my daughter?" It actually got mistaken by one fan as a straight example before another fan set the record straight (warning: here be Star Wars references and spoilers, of course).
- Manchild: As if his general demeanor wasn't evidence enough, it's driven home at one point when he's sitting on his throne with an enormous lollipop.
- Mook Maker: His beard, apparently, can create mooks.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Seemingly named for the devil Mephistopheles. Subverted later, when it turns out that he's actually a good guy.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Whenever he take actions personally, the Negatones he summons are extraordinary and dangerous ones. He can fight against three Precures by his own and succeeds to steal the notes from the Fairy Tones. He can also absorb some notes to become a Negatone himself.
- One-Winged Angel: By absorbing Notes, he transforms himself into a Negatone. Well, he becomes just a giant and gets a more vicious costume, but nevertheless very powerful.
- Orcus on His Throne: Subverts this later, when he finally realizes that his minions are too incompetent. And yes, if he had appear much earlier, the Precures wouldn't get any chance.
- Out Of Character Is Serious Business: Whenever he takes actions personally, he is not a funny guy.
- Put on a Bus: During the final of the season, he lies in a coma. Considering that he's very strong, he would be an important supporter.
- Spam Attack: Can spam energy balls.
- Spikes of Villainy: His costume has them. Loses them after his Heel–Face Turn.
- Villain Teleportation: A common Pretty Cure villain ability.
Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi
Mephisto's second-in-command. A former Songstress of Major Land, she defected to Minor Land after Hummy was chosen over her to sing the Melody of Happiness. She is incredibly vain and prissy, and possesses the ability to shapeshift at will, often taking the form of a human girl called "Ellen". She later pulls a Heel–Face Turn and becomes Cure Beat, who is covered in the Pretty Cure section.
- Becoming the Mask: Face-plants into this trope when disguising herself as Sakura, Hibiki's ideal "best friend".
- Broken Pedestal: To Hummy; however, Hummy subverts the usual way this trope works by never giving up on her.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Thanks to the Noise of Evil.
- Cats Are Mean: What do you expect of a villain who is a cat (fairy)?
- Cat Girl: As Ellen, even though Ellen has no feline characteristics.
- Dark Is Evil: She is the black cat to the white Hummy. Subverted, she was just brainwashed.
- The Dragon: To Mephisto.
- Enigmatic Minion: Strays into this territory after she starts to fall out of favour with Mephisto, right around the time that Cure Muse first shows up. It's a Red Herring, and the "Siren is Cure Muse" theory is quickly investigated and disproved by the other characters.
- Evil Former Friend: She and Hummy used to be the best of friends before her envy overcame her and she switched sides.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Mephisto brainwashs her again before she undergoes a Heel–Face Turn in Episode 13.
- Heel–Face Turn: Two episode after becoming Cure Beat. And she is even the only female villain of the whole season.
- Morphic Resonance:
- Whenever she shape-shifts, she's always wearing a very unique-looking charm around her neck. By the time Hibiki and Kanade notice this, it's too late to be of any use: she pulls a Heel–Face Turn and loses her shapeshifting ability shortly thereafter.
- Also, her voice is still hers, even if it varies. However, if she knows the voice of someone she immitates, she copies his/her (always her) voice, too.
- More Than Mind Control: The Noise of Evil amplified her own insecurities and jealousy towards Hummy.
- Musical Assassin: She can create Negatones with her voice, and generate explosive projectiles shaped like musical notes.
- Name's the Same: In-Universe example and invoked, when Siren creates an alias with the name Sakura Houjou to become closer with Hibiki.
- Not So Above It All: Wears an utterly ridiculous outfit in an early episode, which was pretty counter-intuitive to her mannerisms beforehand. (She claims that it was a special case because the plan was for her to get onto television.)
- Not What It Looks Like: In episode 15, when Hibiki and Kanade discover Ouji passed out... on top of Siren. Naturally, Kanade flips the hell out.
- Overt Operative: Takes approximately two seconds from introducing herself under her "Ellen" alias to reveal her true identity as "Siren", and is referred to as such from then on.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: She was once Hummy's kind friend and she even helped her to become the songstress of Major Land. But since she joined Minor Land, she isn't nice anymore. In fact, she's brainwashed by Mephisto and she becomes more a jerk whenever she listens to the the Noise of Evil.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Hummy, despite Siren already breaking their friendship.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: With her necklace, she can transform into any human (or at least into female).
- You Gotta Have Indigo Hair: As Ellen.
Trio The Minor
Tropes associated with the Trio the Minor:
- Brainwashed and Crazy: They were once the heroic "Three Musketeers of Major Land" before being corrupted by Mephisto and the Noise of Evil, with Falsetto getting the worst influence.
- Characterization Marches On: They were Siren's singing Sidekicks for the first eight episodes, but then each of them get more personality during the course of the series, starting with Bassdrum being The Starscream to Siren.
- The Dragon: Each of them becomes the leader of the Trio after Siren's Heel–Face Turn. For more, see their individual entries.
- Flight: Averted. Despite it's a common Pretty Cure villain ability, they (and Siren) can't fly. Only with a flying tandem bike or something similar they are able to fly.
- Heel–Face Turn: After Noise's defeat, all three of them are back and normal again. Before that, Bassdrum and Baritone also betrayed Noise and helps the Precures in the final battle after Mephisto absorbed most of their evil energy.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: In episode 26, Mephisto gives them new powers before they become more incompetent. And then in the end of episode 36 and in the beginning of episode 37, Falsetto gets more of Noise's power, while Bassdrum and Baritone gets their Baleful Polymorph by Falsetto.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Trio the Minor. After several episodes of standing in the background and acting as Siren's wacky sidekicks, the three are revealed to have gathered a good deal of notes on their own, whereas Siren has yet to gather even one. Starting in episode 11, Bassdrum takes Siren's leadership position after Mephisto demotes her and immediately stages a trap that came much closer to defeating the Cures than any of Siren's plans ever had. Later in the series after their Mid-Season Upgrade they also succeed in suckering the Cures and stealing all of their notes save for the one they got from that episode's Negatone.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Their disguises are very poor. They often work, but sometimes not.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: Along with Siren. The trio get their own quirks after Characterization Marches On.
- Sidekicks: To Siren until her Heel–Face Turn.
- Super Senses: Each of them get better sense after being upgraded by Mephisto. For more, see their individual entries.
- Terrible Trio: They are always together. The only time when they aren't together is in the Grand Finale, after Bassdrum and Baritone's powers are degraded by the unbrainwashed Mephisto, and Falsetto being the only companion to Noise.
- Those Two Guys: Depending of who is the leader, the remaining two are these.
- Villains Out Shopping: In episode 26, Mephisto is very annoyed to discover Trio the Minor chilling out at the beach. Baritone even built a sandcastle.
Voiced by: Atsushi Ono
- Baleful Polymorph: After his second upgrade, he takes on a form he doesn't care for.
- Beard of Evil: And he doesn't like having it messed up.
- The Brute: He becomes kind of dumber and less competent after he finally becomes The Dragon. And then, he plays it straight when Falsetto becomes The Dragon.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: After being punished by Falsetto to often, he and Baritone give the Precures their Cure Modules back, only to get more evil energy by Noise again.
- Mighty Glacier: After his second upgrade, he becomes much stronger and tougher, but he's kind of slow.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: He steals the spotlight of the other members of the trio, especially Baritone's. And then, Falsetto takes over it.
- The Starscream: Not to Mephisto, but to Siren. Before long, he doesn't waste any time in trying to undermine her and become the group's leader.
- Super Senses: After the Trio gets their power-up, Bassdrum gets the ability to smell notes like a bloodhound.
- Top-Heavy Guy: He has rather short legs despite being taller than the others.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair
Voiced by: Youhei Oobayashi
- Baleful Polymorph: Just as with Bassdrum, though with Baritone being a narcissist, it affects him much more badly.
- Bishōnen: And after the Baleful Polymorph, he suffers from his ugliness.
- Evil Genius: In sharp contrast to his comrades, Baritone prides himself on his intelligence. He finally gets to show it after the trio's upgrade, using his smarts to trap the Fairy Tones and become the new leader.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: After being punished by Falsetto to often, he and Bassdrum give the Precures their Cure Modules back, only to get more evil energy by Noise again.
- Lightning Bruiser: After his second upgrade, he becomes stronger, faster and tougher.
- Narcissist: He's very proud of his beauty, but not as bad as Cobraja.
- Out of Focus: After spending two episodes being the leader, Bassdrum steals his position again, and then Falsetto comes and bosses both of them.
- Super Senses: Gains super eyesight after the Trio gets their upgrade.
Voiced by: Tooru Nara
- Bad Boss: After becoming the leader, he treats them worse than Mephisto ever did, he transform them into monsters without their agreement, and he electrocutes them unnecessarily. He's so bad that Bassdrum and Baritone help the Precures on occasion.
- Butt-Monkey: Before her Heel–Face Turn, Siren would take her frustrations out on Falsetto by clawing out his hair.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: Well, he's not exactly cute, but he's fairly mundane compared to Bassdrum and Baritone... and his voice is the most high pitched and shrill out of the entire trio.
- The Dog Bites Back: Starts beating up Ellen, the other Cures, AND the rest of the Trio with shocking regularity.
- Kamehame Hadouken: Can fires energy beams and energy spheres.
- Malevolent Masked Men: Gets a mask that is half a bird's black skull after his true agenda is revealed.
- Manchild: Acts the most outright childish of the Trio.
- The Mole: Among the bad guys, to Noise, the series' actual Big Bad.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: The most dimwitted and overall nicest member of Trio de Minor was in fact the Dragon to Noise, the series Big Bad. And he is very cruel and has extreme methods, even successfully completing the Melody of Sorrow.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: He appears to be the most childish of the trio and less threatening than the two. Then he turns out to be more cruel and violent than them, Siren and Mephisto.
- Super Senses: After the Trio gets their power up, Falsetto gets the ability to hear Notes from great distances.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Once Falsetto takes over the bad guys, he means business. Not only is he more effective than Mephisto ever was, but he does things like order Bassdrum and Baritone to kill Aphrodite when they are holding her hostage. That's not to mention how he repeatedly abuses them, and though that's often played for laughs, the final timenote most certainly isn't.
- Whip It Good: Gains the ability to create a purple energy whip from his palm. Then he wields a real one in the form of a cat-o-nine-tails later on.
Voiced by: Ryusei Nakao
- And Then What?: Subverted. Noise is fully aware that his "utopia" will cause him to disappear, and is quite fine with that. See "Death Seeker" below.
- The Assimilator: First, he absorbs Falsetto to heal his wounds from his battle against the Precure. Then he tries to absorb the Precures, but Bassdrum and Baritone sacrifice themselves, resulting Noise's final transformation.
- Bad Boss: He absorbs Falsetto, his most loyal subordinate because he was noisy.
- Bishonen Line: Goes from a tiny bird to a gigantic bird monster to a birdlike humanoid.
- Breath Weapon: He can fires beams or energy breaths from his mouth. Even in his humanoid form.
- Chekhov's Gunman: That skeletal bird thing that's seen when Negatones transform? That's the first hint of Noise's existence.
- Dark Is Evil: Played straight. After his Heel–Face Turn and being reborn as Pii-chan again, his black feathers become white.
- Death Seeker: The utopia he seeks to create will ultimately lead to him disappearing as well, allowing him to finally escape his own sorrow.
- Eldritch Abomination: He is not just an evil bird. He's the personification of sorrow and sadness.
- Emotion Eater: Feeds off of sadness to grow even more powerful. That's because he is sadness.
- Evil Laugh: GYAHAHAHAHAHA!
- Expy: With his humanoid form, he has been drawing comparisons to Ravemon.
- Feathered Fiend: The Big Bad is an evil bird.
- Go Out with a Smile: When the Precure reach him in his dying moment, they establish that they protect everyone's smiles. Including his. This is enough to give him a legitimately happy smile for the first time in the series.
- Grey and Gray Morality: Noise, the so-called ultimate evil, is actually a personification of sorrow that people made as a scapegoat of their sadness. He being said as 'evil' by people of Major Land is a form of Fantastic Racism and he ends up so bitter and angry at this that he would rather die himself. Too bad that the only way for him to die is for other people, in all but name, to die too.
- Heel–Face Turn: When he is defeated by the Precures and is reborn again as Pii-chan.
- Kamehame Hadouken: He's not a normal bird and has hands, being able to fire massive beams with them.
- The Mole: Posed as "Pii-chan" to get close to the Precure so he could steal the notes they collected.
- Orcus on His Throne: Averted in that he doesn't actually need a throne. Noise is the most active Big Bad in the entire franchise.
- Red Eyes! Take Warning: In episode 39, "Pii-chan's" eyes glow red as his connection to Noise is revealed.
- Sad Clown: Not really a clown, per se, but it's revealed that Noise, the so-called over the top villain and source of sorrow and despair, is actually quite sorrowful himself, and believes he's creating a utopia by removing music, and thus the feeling it creates, from the world.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He was sealed in a stone by Otokichi and Crescendo Tone.
- Sleep-Mode Size: The form of a tiny bird named Pii-chan, who tried to get close to Ako by pretending to be hurt.
- Straw Nihilist: His reasoning for why he wants to destroy all sound is because sound is a source sorrow as well as that happiness can't last and will turn into sorrow anyway.
- Taken for Granite: His scream turns people into stone.
- Team Pet: After being reborn as Pii-chan again, he becomes the second Team Pet after Hummy.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Believes that removing sound and feeling from the world will create a utopia.
Voiced by: Yumiko KobayashiKanade's annoying younger brother, who is also Ako's friend.
- Hidden Depths: Though he appears to be nothing more than Kanade's annoying little brother, he's shown to actually care a lot about his sister and Ako.
- Ship Tease: Has a fair bit of it with Ako.
- Troll: He baked a cake for Kanade with wasabi just to see how she would react.
Voiced by: Yuuko GibuA second year student and Hibiki's friend who also appears to be on the same team as Hibiki in many sports, mostly in soccer.
- Book Dumb: She has terrible scores, it's implied even worse than Hibiki.
- Curtains Match the Window: She has blue hair and eyes.
- Epic Hail: She promises to be there for Hibiki wherever she is needed, and boy does she mean it. It takes two seconds after Hibiki's Epic Hail for Waon to get there.
- Muggle: She doesn't look like a minor character, but she really is a normal girl.
- Red Herring: Suspected to be Cure Muse in-universe. Her name containing a cardinal direction (Nishi for West) like Hibiki and Kanade was part of the ruse.
- Shonen Hair: Has somewhat short, spiky hair. Rare female example.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has blue hair, which is unusual for a non-Cure/non-villain.
Voiced by: Youko NinshinoA third year student, the Club President of the Sweets Club and Kanade's senpai. Also known as the "Princess of Sweets".
- Club President: Of the Sweets Club.
- Curtains Match the Window: Blond hair, yellow eyes.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her casual outfit, as seen in Pretty Cure All Stars New Stage 2.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: She is very popular among the students.
- Off-Model: Unexplainedly gains light brown hair in episode 4. It is fixed in the DVD and Blu-ray releases.
- Red Baron: Is known as the "Princess of Sweets".
- Red Herring: Suspected to be Cure Muse in-universe. Her name containing a cardinal direction (Higashi for East) like Hibiki and Kanade was part of the ruse.
- Senpai Kohai: She is the senpai to Kanade, (though, technically to Hibiki and Ellen, too).
Voiced by: Hisafumi OdaA third year student, school idol, and the leader of the group called the "Musical Princes". He's popular with girly, particularly with Kanade and Siren/Ellen have a crush on him.
- Bishōnen: Sparkles and all.
- Chick Magnet: And how! Hibiki is the only (teenage) girl who hasn't gushed over him.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: See Chick Magnet above.
- Expy: Considered by the fans to be a pseudo-Tamaki Suou.
- Nice Guy: He's a very helpful guy.
- Princely Young Man: It's right there in his last name.
- Satellite Character: He's probably just there to be lusted after. He is shown to have a more rounded personality later on, helping Ellen come to terms with some of her doubts on friendship and revealing that he's somewhat of a Fanboy of Hibiki's mom... and then he fades into the background again.
Voiced by: Tessho GendaThe Big Bad of the movie and an underling of Noise.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever
- Big Bad: Of the movie, with the Major Trio as his Quirky Miniboss Squad.
- Dark Is Evil
- The Dragon: To Noise by proxy of the only one of his servants that not being brainwashed and has his method the closest to Noise's true goal. Also bonus point for being a literal dragon.
- Hero Killer: He presumably kills Cure Melody only for Cresendo Tone to bring her back to life as Cresendo Cure Melody.
- One-Winged Angel: Transforms from a evil cloud to a humanoid dragon.
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Aphrodite uses her power to contain Howling within her own body.
- Stripped to the Bone: That bone-like structure that twisted around the Majorland Palace is the remain of his body after Aphrodite sealed his soul into herself.
- Super Smoke: After forced out of Aphrodite's body after Mephisto jumped out of a window and threatened to kill them all, his form is that of shapeless cloud that nothing the heroes thrown can hurt him. It's nullified by Miracle Light.
Trio de Major
Voiced by: Kouichi Toochika (Sharp), Junichi Kanemaru (Natural), Mitsuaki Madono (Flat)They are Howling's lackeys and resemble the Trio the Minor. The members are Sharp, Natural and Flat. During the movie, Sharp fights Cure Melody, Natural fights Cure Rhythm, and Flat fights Cure Beat.
- Ambiguously Brown: Sharp has dark skin like Bassdrum.
- Bishounen: They are the boy band version of Trio the Minor.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Sharp, who looks like a modell with his skin.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Flat; his attack is called Terra Ball.
- Color-Coded Elements: Red for Sharp. Blue for Natural. Green for Flat.
- Elemental Powers: Each one controls an element: Sharp controls fire, Natural controls electricity, and Flat controls earth.
- Faux Affably Evil: They are polite at first, but they want the Healing Chest. If needed, with violence.
- Flight: A common villain ability.
- Megane: Flat wears squared glasses.
- Musical Theme Naming: Their names are derived from different types of notes relating to their pitch.
- One-Winged Angel: All three of them eventually transform into ugly monsters:
- Sharp transforms into a red oni.
- Natural transforms into a blue kappa.
- Flat transforms into a brown, humanoid boar.
- Playing with Fire: Sharp; his attack is called Mega Fire.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: They a trio who work for the Big Bad, just like Trio the Minor.
- Shock and Awe: Natural; his attack is called Giga Thunder.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To the Trio the Minor. Sharp resemles Bassdrum, Natural resembles Baritone, and Flat resembles Falsetto.
- Villain Teleportation: A common villain ability.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Like Baritone, Natural has blue hair.