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Pretty Cure All Stars is a series of crossover movies that teams up all of the Pretty Cure teams. Each film features Cures from all continuities joining forces to combat a new powerful foe, with focus given to the teams from the currently-airing season and the recently-ended one.

The franchise started out as a five-minute short that played before the Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GoGo! movie that adapted the Pretty Cure arcade game Go Go Dream Live, which told the story of the first encounter between the Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart, Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash★Star and Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GoGo! teams, as well as the prototype of the Big Bad for two of the movies.

The first three movies (DX, DX2, and DX3) follow a very simple formula: the current generation of Pretty Cure (Fresh, HeartCatch and Suite, respectively) encounter a new Big Bad who is seeking a MacGuffin to destroy the world, and resurrects a team of bad guys from previous series to help him. The current Pretty Cure team up with the previous generations of Pretty Cure to kick ass, with the finale involving the use of "Miracle Lights" (a fourth-wall-breaking toy that the kids in the audience are encouraged to wave at this point) to power up the Pretty Cure enough to save the day.

New Stage: Friends of the Future, the fourth movie, marks the start of the New Stage trilogy. Following the return and subsequent defeat of Fusion from the first movie by the teams up to Suite, the Pretty Cure have become popular heroes and icons in Yokohama. One such fan is Ayumi Sakagami, a shy and lonely middle-school girl who secretly wishes that she could become a Pretty Cure as well. Unfortunately, Fusion is preparing to revive itself once more, and Ayumi finds herself caught in the crossfire after she befriends a mysterious yellow blob she names, "Fuu-chan".

The fifth movie, New Stage 2: Friends of the Heart, introduces two new fairies as the focus characters. As for the heroines themselves, they're invited to another world, seemingly as the guests of honor for a "Pretty Cure Party" at a school for fairies. However, it's actually a trap by a mysterious creature whose main goal is to steal away their Transformation Trinkets.

The sixth movie, New Stage 3: Friends of Eternity celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Pretty Cure franchise. When children begin suddenly begin not waking up, the Pretty Cure step in to find out what's going on, leading them to discover the troubled dream fairy Yumeta and his mother, whose seeking to make her son happy by keeping the children in the Land of Dreams.

A seventh movie, Pretty Cure All Stars: Spring Carnival♪ is the first standalone All Stars movie not part of a trilogy. The Cures are invited by the kingdom of Harmonia to participate in their Spring Carnival, not knowing the entire kingdom is in the hands of a Phantom Thief and his crony.

The eighth movie, Everyone Sing♪ Miraculous Magic celebrates the 20th Pretty Cure movie. A new threat seeks the tears of the 42 Pretty Cure (the 41 TV heroines plus Cure Echo), which has the power to destroy the world.

On October 29th, 2016, it was revealed that the movie series would be retroactively expanded as Pretty Cure Stars, a crossover series with similar premise but with a more compact cast, involving only the current season and the two seasons before, much like the Super Sentai VS. movies. The first of these new movies was Pretty Cure Dream Stars!, in which a lonely girl named Sakura flees from a threat in her world in search of the Pretty Cures of Keys, Jewels, and Sweets to rescue her captured friend Shizuka.

The tenth Stars movie, Pretty Cure Super Stars!, teams up the Pretty Cures of the Maho Girls, KiraKira, and HuGtto! teams. A mysterious figure who Hana met as a child seeks restitution for an unfulfilled promise she made to him in the past.

In an oddball addition, The Movie for HuGtto is one of these, entitled HUGtto! PreCure ♥ Futari wa PreCure: All-Stars Memories, in which the HuGtto team teams up with Cure Black and White to rescue the other teams from a villain who has kidnapped them, stole their memories, and turned them into adorable little babies. As well, episodes 36 and 37 of HuGtto marks the first in-series Pretty Cure All-Stars event and makes all movies officially canon.

The 2019 installment of the franchise is Pretty Cure Miracle Universe, in which the KiraKira, HuGtto!, and the brand new Star★Twinkle Pretty Cure team discover the origins of the Miracle Lights.

The 2020 installment is titled Pretty Cure Miracle Leap: A Strange Day with Everyone. In it, a spirit named Miraclun who can create Miraclun Lights is pursued by a spirit named Refrain, and it’s up to the casts of HuGtto!, Star☆Twinkle, and the new Healin’ Good♡Pretty Cure to protect her and end Refrain’s "Groundhog Day" Loop. Additionally, the three pink Cures of this movie cameo in the ending dance sequence of the concurrent Super Sentai VS Movie, Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger VS Lupinranger VS Patranger.

After taking a two year hiatus, the franchise returned in 2023 to celebrate the franchise's 20th anniversary with Pretty Cure All-Stars F, which serves as The Movie for Hirogaru Sky! Pretty Cure similar to All-Stars Memories serving as HUGtto!'s movie. Ambitiously, it is going to feature ALL 78 main Cures from every series.

The movies are shameless cash-ins for the titular Cash-Cow Franchise, but the chance to see all the Cures teaming up for an epic battle and interacting with one another is entertaining in its own right, and the series has proven successful.

The series' Spear Counterparts would be Super Sentai's Super Sentai VS. movies and Kamen Rider's Movie War movies, and by proxy, the Super Hero Taisen crossovers.

The characters exclusive to these movies is listed here.

The movies contain examples of:

  • Adaptational Jerkass: The Dream Stars! bad sub makes changes that have the girls say rather unpleasant things and outright declaring they hate each other.
  • Animation Bump:
    • Particularly concerning Cure Dream in the first movie.
      • Many fans caught a bigger one again concerning Nozomi in Spring Carnival. They noted that the change made her older.
    • Miraculous Magic has many hand-drawn dance routines that reminiscent of musical theater, with dramatic hand gestures and the singers’ bodies swaying along the songs' rhythm.
    • All Stars Memories takes the Stock Footage of the transformation sequences and finishing moves from Max Heart and recreates them with vastly improved visual quality.
  • April Fools' Day: For April 1 of 2018, Toei announced a fake team up between Cure Yell's appearance in Super Stars! and Goku's appearance in the new movie for Dragon Ball Super.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Fangirl, technically, but same principle. Ayumi Sakagami idolizes the Pretty Cure and ends up becoming a movie-exclusive Cure called "Cure Echo".
  • Audience Participation: The Miracle Lights toys.
  • Autobots, Rock Out!: A subdued version in Spring Carnival with Haruka using this to pull the Cures out of a very tricky situation.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: All Stars F: 13 year old Lala is placed in Team Butterfly alongside 17 year old Yukari (whom she doesn't get along with), 18 year old Ageha, and 20 year old Asumi.
    • Lala however is eclipsed by Elle from Cure Wing's group, who is around 1-2 years old, and the most recent Cure to date.
  • Back from the Dead: Apparently, many villains who didn't pull a Heel–Face Turn, in the second movie. Eclipsed by All Stars F, which has All the Pretty Cure, who Supreme manages to defeat, only to find that even that doesn't stick.
  • Badass Crew: The Pretty Cures. Considering the crew becomes larger every year, it slowly grows into a Badass Army. Most notably in All Stars F.
  • Bat Family Crossover: All Stars is a crossover of all Pretty Cure continuities up to Maho Girls, after which it gets phased out and replaced with Stars, a more compact Bat Family Crossover for the three most recent seasons. All Stars F features ALL 78 main Cures.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • Oh, Hibiki, you shouldn't have yelled at Hummy to disappear in DX3...
    • Ayumi's frustration with being the new kid in another city in New Stage 1 causes her to wish for everything to reset back to the way things were before she moved. Fu-Chan mistook it for a Deadly Euphemism and starts destroying the city thinking it would make her happy.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • This happened about three times in the first movie. First, Cure Black and Cure White saved Milky Rose, Cure Mint, and Cure Aqua from an freakin' huge Zakenna aeroplane. Then Cure Bloom and Cure Egret saved Cure Dream, Cure Lemonade, and Cure Rouge from an falling Uzainaa. Then Cure Peach, Cure Berry, and Cure Pine, are saved by everyone else from the innards of the Big Bad! The second movie has even more of them!
    • New Stage pulls this off with having the pre-Suite teams start crawling out of the woodwork as Ayumi and the Smile and Suite teams try to reach Fusion.
    • In Everyone Sings - Miraculous Magic, the Doki-Doki team shows up to save Cure Magical against Dyspear while the Happiness Charge team helps bail Miracle out when Noise shows up. Later in the same movie, Cure Echo returns to save Cure Magical from Pierrot.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The ending to the Precure All Stars DX3 movie. Black Hole is defeated and all worlds are saved, but at the cost of the Flower of Life that connects them all. This forces everyone to say goodbye to their fairy companions and their powers...until after the credits where Hibiki and Kanade's fairy friends make a new discovery which allows them to negate the "bitter" part of the ending.
  • Blatant Lies: Mirai and Riko try to lie out of the fact that they can perform actual magic after Riko stops Haruka and Mofurun from falling over using it.
  • Breaking Old Trends: Pretty Cure All Stars F, similar to the habits of it's accompanying series, is the first movie to have plans to broadcast in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau... and Italy, when every single previous movie only released in Japanese cinemas.
    • Like previous films, All Stars F confirmed that it will be having its own movie-exclusive Cure with Cure Supreme. Unlike previous films, Cure Supreme is unambiguously evil (at first), having been responsible for killing every Cure prior to the start of the movie. While this is balanced out by a new heroic Cure being introduced that plays a major role in her defeat, Cure Supreme still stands out as being the only truly evil Cure that isn't an Evil Knockoff or Brainwashed and Crazy, unlike Dark Pretty Cure or Queen Mirage, though in the end Supreme has a change of heart after finally being defeated by the Cures.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Most of the Pretty Cure movies in general do this with the Miracle Lights. Sakura from Dream Stars! in noteworthy in that her Miracle Light seems to give her the ability to break the fourth wall herself, and she actually does so multiple times in the movie to drive the plot forward. The Big Bad even notices she has the power to do this and wants to use her to get to the real world.
  • Brought Down to Normal: The villain of New Stage 2 seeks to steal the transformation devices of the girls. A teaser picture showing Nagisa, Honoka and Hikari on the run and the pouches where they keep their devices still around their waists show that he does pull it off.
  • The Bus Came Back: Ayumi, Grell, and Enyen return in full in New Stage 3, though only Ayumi returns in Singing with Everyone - Miraculous Magic.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Plenty of jokes are made at Love's expense in DX2, including her getting beaned in the head by a falling Miracle Light, getting roasted by her team for misplacing the tickets, and falling on her butt during a Big Damn Heroes moment.
    • Uraganos and Shadow in DX2 and DX3, respectively. Uraganos is the only revived villain who gets killed. And who does kill him? It's Chiffon (with a Miracle Light)! Shadow is the only villain who is killed by the mascots (with the Miracle Lights) and doesn't go into their One-Winged Angel form.
  • Call-Back: When Cure Echo returns, the first ones to notice her are Cure Melody and Cure Happy. Hibiki and Miyuki had a role in her story in New Stage 1.
  • The Cameo: Several in the movies. Many minor characters and former villains as well as a villain who survived appear in the background or in "the minor characters shots".
    • The silhouettes of the seven Big Bads from the franchise appear in DX3. Jaaku King (Dotsuko Zone), Gohyan (Dark Fall), Desparaiah (Nightmare), the Director (Eternal), Moebius (Labyrinth) and Dune (Desert Apostles). However, their names are not mentioned, but the evil organizations they represent are.
    • Pretty much every Demoted to Extra character who appears in the New Stage movies has only cameo moments, even if they do something.
    • Ayumi in New Stage 2, when she and her friends pass by Saki's family bakery.
    • Spring Carnival mentions a lot of Call Backs including Labyrinth's state post-Fresh and showing off the purified Noise.
    • In STMM, unlike the clones of Dyspear, Noise, Pierrot, Gohyan, Proto-Jikochuu and the Director, who were all given plenty of action and screentime, the clones of Red, Jaaku King, Dune and Moebius only appear to blow themselves up. Desparaiah, on the other hand, does not get even that privilege.
    • Hugtto ♥ Futari Wa finally fixes a glaring omission concerning Itsuki by giving her her Time Skip longer hair that she had at the end of Heartcatch.
  • Canon Foreigner:
    • Mirai no Tomodachi introduces a movie-exclusive Cure named Ayumi Sakagami/Cure Echo, a Shrinking Violet who becomes much bolder after becoming a Cure. She didn't appear in canon until having a brief appearance in HuGtto! Pretty Cure.
    • All Stars F brings in a new movie-exclusive Cure by the name of Cure Supreme, who teams up with Cure Sky, Cure Precious, and Cure Summer to form Team Sky. What none of Team Sky know (at first) is that Supreme is actually the Big Bad in disguise, having decided to observe the Cures to figure out why they revived after it defeated them.
  • The Cancan Song: The fight against the giant dog in Dream Stars! has an instrumental of "Infernal Gallop" playing to emphasize the comedy.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret:
    • Hummy pulls this off twice, effectively blowing her existence to others.
    • Miyuki continues her trend when she tries to introduce the rest of her friends to the Suite team.
    • Riko and Mofurun fail to uphold the masquerade over their magical natures when they encounter the Go! Princess girls. Later, Haruka blows the fact that Mirai and Riko can perform actual magic.
  • Canon Welding: 14 magical girls from 4 different continuities save the day in the first movie. Awesome. And the sequels just keep adding more.
  • Character Focus:
    • The members of the current series' team are positioned as the main characters, while the members of the previous series' team get the second-most focus. This does mean that the older teams aren't really allowed to do as much.
    • DX3 seems to be the only aversion as the other older Cures get as much coverage as the Suite and Heartcatch Cures.
    • Dream Stars! onward seeks to remedy this by only featuring the three most recent teams in order to give all of them more focus, though the most recent team is still in the main characters spot overall.
  • Chekhov's Gun: At the end of New Stage 1, Ayumi's Cure Echo ribbon falls off and becomes a Cure Decor. When she returns in New Stage 3, she's seen wearing it.
  • The Chosen Many: Lampshaded by the Dark Witch in DX3.
    Dark Witch: It seems you manage to sprout like weeds, Pretty Cures!
  • Clark Kenting: Averted in each of the movies.
    • DX: The girls figure out who was who after they reveal that they were heading to places that the other teams usually hung out at.
    • DX2: Love is quick to ask Tsubomi and Erika how they knew Chypre and Coffret. She has an idea, but it's their transformation that confirms it.
    • DX3: Hummy crashes the Heartcatch girls' fashion show and Hibiki busts in, chewing out the cat in front of everyone.
    • New Stage: Hummy ends up giving a cupcake to Candy as they were in Hibiki and Miyuki's bags respectively.
  • Color-Coded Characters: In the third movie, the Cures are sent to different dimensions in three mostly-color-coordinated groups (pink-tinted leaders, cool-color-tinted girls, and bright-color-tinted girls).
  • Combination Attack: The climaxes of the DX movies all have every team firing off their Finishing Moves together at the Big Bad for one of these. Besides those examples…
    • In New Stage 2, the Smile and DokiDoki! teams bring their finishers together for what Sunny dubs the DokiDoki Smile Miracle Bomber.
    • Double Subverted in Miraculous Magic when the four Pink Cures of the "SuiSmiHeaFresh Pretty Cure" team fire their Finishing Moves at once… only for each attack to knock each other out of the way. Then Cure Miracle jumps in to knock the attacks back on track, allowing for a proper Combination Attack that takes down two revived Big Bads.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • When Cure Sword addresses Cure Peace as her senpai before their teams do a Combination Attack, the confidence boost it gives is indicated by the usual Stock Footage of Peace Thunder being replaced with the Let's Get Dangerous! variant that appeared in episode 19 of Smile (the one about Yayoi’s late father).
    • New Stage 3 has a number of references to previous Pretty Cure movies:
      • Yumeta walking between Megumi's legs and Megumi calling him out of his stupor is the same thing Mana did to Eren in New Stage 2.
      • Milky Rose pulls off the same ground-shattering punch she used on Fusion in DX.
    • The "Happy Head Attack" from New Stage 1 returns, as does the “Pretty Cure Combination Punch” from DX3, though this one is classified as “New Stage”, due to adding in Cure Happy, Cure Heart, and Cure Lovely.
      • The Beam-O-War that was consistent in the DX movies returns here, though it’s just Lovely and Princess.
  • Crowded-Cast Shot: Just look at one of the posters for New Stage 2.
  • Dancing Theme: From DX2 onwards. DX3 is unique in that it's the opening instead of the ending.
  • Dark Is Not Evil:
    • Setsuna and Ellen, the two Heel–Face Turn Cures, help convince two of the fairies that, just because they were evil at first doesn't mean they're always evil.
    • Harmonia's guardian deity is everything you can have of an evil dragon; dark purple scale, sharp teeth, always snarling, one shot of his Breath Weapon capable of destroying an island. He's still a guardian deity and would rather watching people singing and dancing, whose aforementioned Breath Weapon can also heal the damage on earth similar to the Precure's power.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • DX2 and DX3, bordering Cerebus Syndrome here. The stakes keep getting higher and the girls keep getting hit with The Worf Effect to bolster off these bad guys. The New Stage trilogy lightens up a bit to focus more on story.
    • Miraculous Magic seems to take many cues from the DX series, with the villain army made up from the completed series' Big Bads and the brutal beatdown Miracle and Magical received. Not to mention the implied theme of a child being manipulated by an evil person with a grudge toward their parent.
    • Pretty Cure All Stars F. An entity called Supreme has destroyed the Cures and brought about the end of the world, only to find that there's still Cures holding on. It creates a new world for the few survivors to be reborn into, splitting itself between Preme and Puka, who claim to be a Pretty Cure and her mascot animal, in order to finish the job... In other words: All Stars F proves to be possibly the darkest entry in the entire franchise featuring a story were the bad guy has already won and destroyed the world and showing the first time ever in the franchise, where the Pretty Cures are unambiguously killed on screen and nearly Ret-Gone! (although thankfully they don't stay dead)
  • Demoted to Dragon:
    • In DX3, Black Hole is served by copies of the Big Bads for the Non Serial Movies.
    • Miraculous Magic has the girls' memories be used to summon copies of the Big Bads of almost every previous season to serve the villains.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Michiru and Kaoru only get brief cameos in the movies, despite fighting alongside Bloom and Egret in their own Cure forms at the end of Splash Star. This even applies in the original short where they don't appear at all (while almost everyone else in Splash Star's supporting cast did.) However, they do get a slightly bigger role and speaking parts in the second, where they are shown helping Saki's little sister.
    • A retroactive variation occurs in the second movie with Itsuki, Yuri, and Kaoruko. Thanks to the movie's early in the season premiere date, all three are reduced to minor cameo roles despite one having been a Cure before Blossom and Marine had gotten their powers, one being the series' third ranger, and one being a retired Cure who is more than capable of getting back in the saddle if the need arises. Itsuki and Yuri managed to get a good deal of screentime and asskicking in DX3, but Kaoruko stays in the extra.
    • DX does not include Setsuna and DX3 does not include Ellen and Ako at all, for the same reason as Itsuki, Yuri, and Kaoruko, due to season premiere dates. Setsuna and Ellen were still villainesses (Eas and Siren), and Ako was not yet revealed as the true identity of Cure Muse. Muse herself doesn't even appear in her black-suited disguise. On the villains' side, thanks to the same reason, in DX, Fusion cannot morph into or summon Fresh's Nakewameke monsters, in DX2, Bottom did not call forth any HeartCatch main enemies (Kumojacky, Cobraja, Sasorina, Sabaaku, or Dark Cure), while in DX3, Black Hole's group did not include the Suite movie villain Howling, they don't call up any Negatones, and Noise is not amongst the 'Big Bad silhouette parade'. New Stage 2 also does not include Cure Ace.
    • In DX2, several major villains (not the Big Bads) were revived, but not all of them. No Dotsuko Zone villains appear, save for Uraganos; only Dorodoron of the Dark Fall minions wasn't revived; the two female employees of Nightmare and two employees of Eternal are the only villains who were revived; and on Labyrinth's side, only Northa was revived. The only other dead Labyrinth member was Klein.
    • Characters from the seasons before Fresh do not get speaking roles in New Stage. Later movies would zigzag on who gets reprised and who doesn't.
    • New Stage 2 brought Black, White, and Shiny Luminous, and to a smaller degree Cure Passion, Blossom, Marine and Beat, and even Mepple and Mipple… but at cost of non-speaking roles of Peach, Berry, Pine, Sunshine, Moonlight, Melody, Rhythm, and Muse. Even Fairies too, the only Fairies that get speaking roles in New Stage 2 that spoke in the previous movie are just Candy, Tarte. This movie has even less speaking roles than the previous one, if we don't count the Original Generation characters.
  • Despair Event Horizon: In Everyone's Singing - Miraculous Magic Cures Miracle and Magical despair when they feel they are too weak to face the clones of various Big Bads. Cure Echo helps Magical while Lulun helps Miracle.
  • Devour the Dragon:
    • In DX2, the various revived villains of Bottom's Quirky Miniboss Squad all allow themselves to be absorbed into Bottom for the final battle.
    • Implied in DX3. When the Cures finish off the revived movie villains, an orb of darkness can be briefly seen leaving from the spot they were defeated, with the implication that their power has returned to Black Hole.
  • Did Not Think This Through: In New Stage 3, a monster gets its giant robot trashed by Cure Black and Cure White, but escapes and decides to target Cure Moonlight and Cure Ace. That goes just about as well as you expect.
  • Diegetic Soundtrack Usage: In New Stage 2, the ringtone of Mepple's mobile phone is the second ending theme of Smile Pretty Cure!.
  • Downer Beginning: Oh boy, Pretty Cure All Stars F. The beginning of the movie sees several Cures down for the count as a giant monster looms above them and seemingly immune to the attacks of the ones who can still stand. The preview then cuts off before it unleashes a energy wave...
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: The Italian dub of All Stars DX2 was released after Heartcatch was completed, thus they attempt to handwave this by saying that Itsuki was in a karate competition and Yuri got sick, thus couldn't show up… except for that cameo.
  • Dub Name Change: A number of these are made in the Dream Stars! Bad sub. Sakura being named Cheryl and Shizuka being named Drop are less ridiculous than certain other changes, like Cure Macaron becoming Cure Macaroni and Sakura's home world of Sakuragahara turning into Aokigahara.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • The Belltiers from Suite Pretty Cure ♪ were shown in DX3 before they appear in the series. In Cure Melody's case, the movie was aired a day before she got her Miracle Belltier. Cure Rhythm's Fantastic Belltier appeared three weeks later. Ditto for their attacks, Music Rondo.
    • Cure Honey of HappinessCharge Pretty Cure! drops in twice in New Stage 3, two weeks before her appearance in the series proper, an action that's usually reserved for the Kamen Rider MOVIE WAR series.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Because the All Stars movies are made prior to the new series airing, certain things about characters will seem off. DX2 had Erika being just as insecure as Tsubomi, and while Yuri appeared as The Cameo for the Miracle Lights scene, she looked more outgoing than her usual cold self, DX3 had Hibiki a little more defeatist in nature as well as her and Kanade transforming without the Tones, New Stage had the Smile team being able to use their attacks without passing out, and in New Stage 3, at certain points, Hime's voice is noticeably deeper than in the show. Miracle Universe, on top of the usual characterization quirks (why is Hikaru suddenly so arrogant?), puts an Absence of Evidence twist on this, being a movie about aliens and space that conspicuously barely acknowledges that Star★Twinkle Pretty Cure not only is also about aliens and space but has an alien as one of its main characters.
  • Epic Fail:
    • The ending of DX. Love, Miki and Inori succeeded in defeating Fusion along with the other Cures… and then proceed to be nervous as hell in their dance competition and fell down without pulling any dance moves. All these in front of the audience, which includes the other Cures.
    • In New Stage 3, Cure Happy's attempt at a Happy Shower ends with her tripping and headbutting a mook. Cure Rouge takes a jab at it and calls it the "Happy Head Attack".
  • Everybody Cries: The ending of DX3. Everyone had to say goodbye to their fairy companions and powers forever just to defeat the Black Hole.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Tsubomi, Erika, and Itsuki all get this at the beginning of the third movie. They switch back to their usual hairdos after the opening theme, though. Also, Itsuki herself goes back to her usual short hair, despite being shown having grown out her hair a bit at the final episode of Heartcatch.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: The end battle in New Stage 2 becomes this; after Kage losing his advantage of stealth and theft of the Transformation Trinket, the Cures then proceed to mow him faster than he can multiply.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: The Big Bad of Dream Stars! wants to use Sakura's Breaking the Fourth Wall powers to invade the real world.
  • Friend-or-Idol Decision: Nozomi invokes this in New Stage 3 when she realizes she's trapped in a dream. She realizes that this is her dream - being a teacher - and goes about it. However, she grows so uncomfortable about it, she stops, apologizes to the class before her and uses the moment to help free the other Cures.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • When Love jumps forward to thank Tsubomi for offering to help find the others in DX2, Setsuna can be seen behind her with an armful of snacks while holding a doughnut in her mouth.
    • In New Stage we have Fusion throwing Cure Peace left and right before being rescued by Cure Melody in the background, all while Cure Sunny and Cure March talk to Ayumi.
    • At the very end of New Stage 2's credits, Cure Marine turns to the screen and winks at the viewer.
  • Fusion Dance:
  • Gag Sub: There exists an appropriately-named "bad sub" for Dream Stars!, which takes many liberties with the script and goes buck wild for comedic effect. While it was intended to be an intentional gag sub, inspired by the dub for Ghost Stories, it was released before an actual regular fansub release, leading to the "bad sub" name and an apology from the subbers. One of the people who worked on it also worked on a similar Gag Sub for the KiraKira movie.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Deconstructed in All-Stars Memories. Hana falls into despair when she and Nagisa are the only ones not turned into amnesic babies. When she starts crying, Harry tells her to stop that, that she's a Precure. However, Nagisa delivers a What the Hell, Hero?, reminding them that she's still a junior high student and things like this can be too much for her.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: In Spring Carnival, the dragon guardian deity's existence is first revealed when there's less than 10 minutes left in the film's runtime. The only details foreshadowing its existence prior are the dragon insignias on the invitations the Cures received at the start of the movie.
  • Ground Punch: In the first movie, Milky Rose punches the ground and creates a massive crater to knock the Big Bad off his feet. She does it again in New Stage 3.
  • Intra-Franchise Crossover: The All Stars movies are this for the franchise, with different team installments teaming up to defeat a common Big Bad.
  • Lady Not-Appearing-in-This-Game:
    • More like "Cure Not-Appearing-In-This-Movie," but same principle. Oddly, Cure Fortune does not show up in New Stage 3, despite being already established.
    • Cure Earth only appears at the start of Miracle Leap to help Cure Grace explain the Miracle Lights while also acknowledging that she herself won't appear in the actual movie. This small detail was added as a result of the movie's lengthy delay due to certain unavoidable real world circumstances.
    • Subverted with Cure Majesty who was announced in Hirogaru Sky! Pretty Cure then announced that same week to be also in All Stars F! And then, there's Cure Echo, returning after canonically cameoed in Episode 37 of HuGtto.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: In case you haven't finished Fresh, Heartcatch, Suite or Doki Doki before watching Spring Carnival, Setsuna goes back to Labyrinth, Coupe is the mysterious handsome guy, Yuri's fairy partner is dead, Noise is purified and Mana rescues Regina.
  • Legion of Doom: Thrice:
    • In DX2, Bottom resurrects several villains from the first five seasons: Uruganos, Karehan, Moerumba, Ms. Shitataare, Kintolesky, Arachnea, Hadenya, Nebatakos, Mucardia, and Northa.
    • Black Hole does something similar for DX3, reviving all the previous standalone movie villains to fight the Cures.
    • Finally, for Singing With Everyone, Solciere and Traauma create copies of all the previous main villains of each season up to Dyspear. These copies do not speak or have any trace of personality, but still, it is cool to see them all return in some way.
  • Lovely Angels: The usual duos from respective series are as expected, but Cure Bloom and Dream has great chemistry in and out of battle because of their similar personalities.
  • The Magic Goes Away: The ending to DX3 Defeating Black Hole required the Precure use the last bit of power in the Flower of Life. With it gone, the girls had to say goodbye to their fairy companions and return to being normal girls without any powers.
  • The Man Behind the Man: DX3 retroactively makes its Big Bad, Black Hole, into one for Fusion and Bottom, the Big Bads of the first two movies.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Everyone gets their respective final or movie upgrades at the end of the second movie.
  • Musical Episode:
    • Spring Carnival features each team singing various songs from their respective series, but it doesn't take up the entire movie.
    • Everyone Sing - Miraculous Magic looks to be a more standard musical movie with the cast spontaneously going into song and dance numbers.
  • Mythology Gag: In New Stage 2, Alice brings the awful natto gyōza candies from Kyoto, the candy which only Majorina likes.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Miracle, who cried because she was so touched by Solciere's backstory, wasted her seniors' effort against sad puppet performance, onions, and smelly skunk torture and gives the tears Traauma wants. Despite knowing just what the villains are chasing.
  • No Endor Holocaust: Ah, Black Hole just blasted you girls and destroyed your Transformation Trinket. Not a big deal, but eight of those devices are your fairy companions and are still alive.
  • No Sense of Direction: The reason why the Cures in DX2 and New Stage are so scattered. They either take wrong turns, aren't good at map reading, or misplace their things and get lost when they go looking for them. Usually there's one Cure in every generation that does this, and in New Stage it becomes the reason for Big Damn Hero.
  • Once per Episode:
    • At the beginning of the movie, the current Rookie Red Ranger will meet the previous Rookie Red Ranger in a Meet Cute-esque montage, complete with glowy white background and slow motion.
    • Averted slightly in New Stage 2 as Mana and Miyuki meet, but the Meet Cute montage is just them gawking at each other with sparkling eyes.
    • Subverted in Miraculous Magic. There's a bumping happening between Go! Princess and Mahou Tsukai teams, but it's between Haruka and Mofurun.
  • One-Winged Angel: Most of the Big Bads transform into even more menacing forms if they are already menacing to begin with, while others who look rather harmless become menacing as well.
    • The villains who were revived in DX2. And they already have dominated the Cures even before. Notably, Moerumba and Ms. Shitataare get ones as well, despite never transforming into stronger forms in the series.
    • Every revived Non-Serial Movie Big Bad who was revived in DX3, except Freezen and Frozen who don't have that, Mushiban who just becomes more muscular and Shadow who is killed by the fairy mascots before he/she got the chance to transform.
    • STMM averts this for the copied series Big Bads. They maintain their small, humanoid forms so the Cures would have less difficulty to fight them in a straight hand-to-hand combat, thus the largest villain to be "revived" is Pierrot in his second form who does not exceed the size of regular Monsters of the Week. Jaaku King is "revived" in his Baldez form, but he, Dyspear, Pierrot, and Dune don't transform into their ridiculously large and powerful forms. Proto-Jikochuu and Red already lack those, and Moebius arguably lacks one as well, as he only appears in his robot body (since his true body is a giant supercomputer who would later present himself as a large hologram of his robot body's head). On the other hand, Noise, Gohyan and the Director already are in their final forms: Gohyan revealing himself as the Big Bad was in that form, which had the shape of a fighter; the Director's true form doesn't make him giant; and Noise's final form crossed the Bishounen Line to become the small and humanoid version of his giant bird form. It is also one of the reasons why Proto-Jikochuu, who was merely a Greater-Scope Villain and the True Final Boss, appears in the movie rather than the actual Big Bad King Jikochuu who is way too large, especially compared to Pierrot.
    • Supreme, the Big Bad, had one before the event of All Stars F. The form is large and bright, and was way more powerful than all the Cures combined (at least for their main forms, that is.
  • Opening Shout-Out: Ending, actually, but similar principle. When Cure Peace is rescued by Cure Melody, she bows to her over and over again, referncing one of the Funny Background Events in Smile's first ending.
  • Original Generation: Ayumi Sakagami/Cure Echo in New Stage and later followed by Grell and Enyen in New Stage 2.
  • Party Scattering: All three DX movies inflicted this on the fairies and 2 and 3 inflicted this on the girls themselves. This also leads to some unique groups, notably in DX3 .
    • Supreme does this with some of the Cures in All Stars F, splitting them into teams of four, with Preme/Supreme and Puka making up the numbers.
  • Portmanteau: Cures Peach, Blossom, Melody and Happy refer to themselves as "SuiSmiHeaFresh Pretty Cure" when introducing themselves to Miracle.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep:
    • DX2 and DX3 have, respectively, Tsubomi and Hibiki lament about their uselessness compared to their much-stronger seniors.
    • Deconstructed in Miraculous Magic. What happens if Miracle and Magical, who are rookies, get in fights with copies of the end season Big Bads? They get beat up so badly that they can barely stand and they got so intimidated by the show of power both heroes and villains throw around, their morale and self-confidence plummets drastically. They also get directly marked by the villains as the easiest targets as a result and the senior heroes end up captured trying to help the rookies escape.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: The use of "Infernal Gallop" in Dream Stars! during the fight with the giant dog.
  • The Quiet One: The copied Big Bads in STMM don't talk at all and only make grunts that aren't even done by their original Seiyuus. For Noise, they do try to sound similar like Ryūsei Nakao, but in other cases like Shigeru Chiba for the Director, they don't try it at all. Given that a most of the Cures weren't given any lines, why would the villains get them? This trope also only applies to Dyspear, Noise, Pierrot, Gohyan, Proto-Jikochuu and the Director. Red, Jaaku King, Dune, and Moebius, however, are The Voiceless.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad:
  • Rearrange the Song: The end theme of New Stage 3, "Precure Memory" (which is also HappinessCharge Pretty Cure!'s ending theme), is rearranged to be sung by the nine Pink-type Precure seiyuu. Which is more interesting due to the fact that the song mentions all nine teams in its lyrics.
  • Recycled Animation:
    • An example in the first DX movie is when the Fresh Cures first battle against Fusion. The fight choreography and camera direction of that scene is noticeably copied from a battle in episode 4 of Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GoGo! between the five girls and Scorp, modified to be a three-on-one fight instead of five-on-one.
    • An instance of 3D animation being recycled can be found in Dream Stars!, which has a significant portion of the latter half rendered in CGI. During the fight against the giant dog, the Princess Cures are knocked backwards, with Flora doing a backflip only to not land because her skirt gets stuck on a tree branch. The animation of Flora backflipping and getting caught on a point is taken from a similar scene in the Go! Princess Pretty Cure movie.
  • Remember the New Guy?: DX2, DX3, and New Stage have no one blinking an eye when Setsuna, Itsuki, Yuri, Ellen, and Ako are around. However, in New Stage 3, Guren and Enen are caught off-guard by the appearance of Ai-chan and Aguri, neither of whom showed up in New Stage 2. Cure Felice is also unfamiliar with the Go! Princess team in Dream Stars!, having been absent from Miraculous Magic.
  • Say My Name: In DX3, we have this dialogue when the Pretty Cures get seperated:
    Black: White! Luminous!
    Egret: Bloom!
    Blossom: Everyone!
    Melody: Rhythm! Rhythm!
    Rhythm: Melody!
    • One noteworthy instance of this is in New Stage 2, when Peace nervously asks Sword if they should join their teammates in fighting Kage, to which Sword calmly agrees while referring to Peace as senpai. Being acknowledged as Sword's senpai gives Peace a bit of a confidence boost, enough so that she uses her Peace Thunder with the same resolute expression she had during the episode about her dead father rather than letting the electricity shock her like usual.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: DX3 and its ending "Arigato go Ippai"… playing as we see the powerless Pretty Cures crying and watching a montage of how the girls met their fairy partners. You know, for kids!
  • Souvenir Land: The Pretty Cure theme park, again, in the second movie.
  • Spanner in the Works:
  • Stock Footage: Obviously, the transformation sequences and the finishing moves often reuse stock footage from the television series.
  • Suddenly Speaking: In Dream Stars!, the Big Bad's Co-Dragons are a pair of monster dogs that initially only growl and bark. When the girls all visit Sakura's homeworld and encounter the dogs again, they are surprised that the dogs are able to speak like humans when they previously did not. The Big Bad himself is just as surprised to learn they can talk as well.
  • Suicide as Comedy: Exclusively in the Dream Stars! bad sub, one of the translation choices made is renaming the world of Sakuragahara into Aokigahara (aka the infamous Japanese suicide forest) and jokes about the girls wanting to assist suicidal people in killing themselves.
  • Taking You with Me: The Dyspear and Noise clones in Everyone Sings - Miraculous Magic do this to the Doki-Doki and Happiness Charge teams. The Go Princess team and the four pinks helping Miracle suffer the same fate from the clones of Red & Jaaku King and Dune & Moebius.
  • The Team: In DX3, when the main characters are separated into three groups.
    • Team Pink is full of Idiot Heroines.
      • The Leader: Cure Black, who takes the leadership.
      • The Lancer: Cure Dream, the first Determinator to stand up and she defeats the most monsters by herself.
      • The Big Girl: Cure Bloom, the Barrier Warrior, and Cure Peach
      • The Smart Girl: Cure Blossom, the only one who points out the logic of the exit.
      • The Chick: Cure Melody, who hasn't developed her own powers (she gets her Belltier in this movie by the 11th-Hour Superpower)
    • Team Blue is full of Smart Girls.
      • The Leader: Cure White
      • The Lancer: Cure Marine, being not so smart and a Genki Girl contrasts her from the others, and Cure Berry.
      • The Big Girl: Cure Egret and Cure Mint, both Barrier Warriors.
      • The Smart Girl: Cure Aqua, who gets the ideas first.
      • The Chick: Cure Rhythm. See Melody's entry. Rhythm also doesn't get the chance to show her Smart Girl role.
    • Team Yellow (including Red and Purple):
      • The Leader: Cure Rouge
      • The Lancer & The Smart Girl: Cure Moonlight
      • The Big Girl: Milky Rose, Cure Passion, and Cure Sunshine
      • The Chick: Cure Lemonade and Cure Pine
      • Support Party Member: Shiny Luminous
    • Miraculous Magic has four pink Pretty Cures coming together as the "SuiSmiHeaFresh Pretty Cure" team, with Cure Magical being a bit of a Sixth Ranger to them.
  • Tempting Fate: For sad effects in DX3. So how did telling Hummy not to bother coming back after leaving go, Hibiki — *cue Hibiki crying and regretting what she said after the explanation of how to beat Black Hole* — I… I'm Shutting Up Now.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: All over the place.
    • In DX, the Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GoGo! opening theme plays when they transform and battle Fusion's army of monsters. After they split up into two groups, the opening themes of Max Heart and Splash☆Star play for those teams’ Big Damn Heroes moments when they save the Yes! girls.
    • DX2 gives Big Damn Heroes moments for the first four teams to save Blossom and Marine. When they're helped by their two immediate predecessors, the Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GoGo! team and the Fresh Pretty Cure! team, instrumental versions of those seasons' opening theme songs play as background music.
    • For DX3, all six teams have their opening theme songs play consecutively when they're taking down the movie-exclusive villains.
    • In the climax of the first and third DX movies, the Pretty Cures have a massive battle against the Big Bad of that particular movie, and "Twinkle Cutie!", the theme song of the DX movies plays.
    • In the New Stage trilogy, the trilogy's theme, "Pretty Cure ~Eien no Tomodachi~" plays at different points in each film.
      • New Stage 1: When the pre-Fresh teams show up.
      • New Stage 2: When the Pretty Cures turn the battle against Kage in their favor, starting with the Smile and Doki Doki teams facing him head on.
      • New Stage 3: When the Pretty Cures head into the climactic battle against Yumeta's minions.
    • Miraculous Magic has the Go! Princess Pretty Cure! and Mahō Tsukai Pretty Cure! themes play consecutively at the beginning when those two teams fight against Dyspear.
  • There Was a Door: Spring Carnival could pretty much be Precure Hates Doors: The Movie, if it weren't for the music videos!
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • The Cures from earlier seasons often show themselves to have grown more powerful since the end of their seasons. Standout examples would be Cure Black and Cure White being able to One-Hit Kill a Zakenna with brute strength instead of any Finishing Move, Cure Dream being able to defeat Mushiban with the "Pretty Cure Shooting Star" when she previously needed a new Super Mode to do it, and Black, White, and Luminous effortlessly stopping a massive cruise ship with their bare hands when the entire Suite and Smile teams couldn't even slow it down.
    • In DX3, the villains from the previous movies were mostly taken down by the girls with their basic Finishing Moves, showing that they no longer need their movie-exclusive Super Modes to use that level of power.
    • New Stage 2 Has the Cure Heart and her team struggling against Kage but after the rest of the Pretty Cure were free from his crystal imprisonment, Happy was able to quickly jump in and save the Doki Doki Cures by one-shotting Kage with a single punch.
    • Miraculous Magic has four Pink Cures (one of which are Blossom) coming together as the "SuiSmiHeaFresh Pretty Cure" team (with some assistance from Cure Miracle) and holding their own fairly well against two Big Bads from previous seasons who were formidable Final Bosses that pushed entire teams to the limit.
    • In the Max Heart team’s first fight against Miden in All Stars Memories, Shiny Luminous is shown landing a few physical hits on the enemy with modest success, a small improvement compared to her usual Non-Action Guy status.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: The handful of Cures who are scattered around at the start of Pretty Cure All Stars F. What they're (initially) not aware of is that it's Death Amnesia, and that they have completely forgotten their fatal defeat at the hands of Supreme, who created the world they've woken up in.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Fusion's return at the beginning of the first New Stage movie.
  • Use Your Head:
  • Villain Decay:
    • Shadow in DX3. Back in the original movie, they were a pretty legit threat to the Precures. They gave Precure a ton of trouble in combat and crossed the Moral Event Horizon by killing Dark Dream. They were incredibly close to achieving their goal of activating the Dream Collet (only thwarted because of a last-minute reveal that Urara forgot to put her item to the Collet). In DX3, Shadow doesn't fight the Cures, but instead became a comic relief character that targeted the mascots...then ''got beaten' by them.
    • All of the DX3 villains are surprisely weaker than they were in the original movies, where the heroines had to get Eleventh Hour Superpowers to kill them. In this movie, they just one-shot them. Some of the Cure attacks weren't even the most powerful attacks. Well, some of the really most powerful attacks have special conditions, so a few teams have to use the next best attacks.
      • Black & White uses Marble Screw Max, which is their weakest attack in Max Heart. Cure Dream wins with Shooting Star (a Mythology Gag to the GoGo! movie). The Heartcatch Cures uses Shining Fortissimo, their second most powerful group attack. The Splash Star and Fresh team can't use their best attacks Spiral Heart Splash Star, Loving True Heart and Loving True Heart Fresh, so they use their next best attacks, Spiral Star Splash and Lucky Clover Grand Finale.
      • Alternatively, this could be interpreted as the girls having become more powerful since the ends of their series, so it may not be the villains went through decay so much as it is the Pretty Cures Took a Level in Badass. Freezen and Frozen, on the other hand, have no such excuse, as they were trounced by the basic finishing move of the first two Suite Pretty Cures, who just started.
    • Inverted in DX2, where the villains are much more powerful than in the series. The heroines couldn't defeat anyone of them.
  • The Voiceless:
    • The Demoted to Extra characters in New Stage and New Stage 2. In the latter case, it becomes odd when only Cure Passion and Cure Beat are the only ones in their respective teams who make noises.
    • Cure Honey is put into this in New Stage 3, but not because of a lack of voices - she officially appeared in HappinessCharge Pretty Cure! two weeks later and they were obviously not going to blow that Cure Honey was Megumi's friend Yuuko despite the Spoiler Opening.
    • All Stars Memories averts this in a literally record-breaking way, when, over seven minutes, every single mainline Cure up to HuGtto! Pretty Cure had dialogue during the fight against Miden.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the first New Stage movie the mascots are attacked by a small fragment of Fusion, which they manage to capture in a jar. This fragment is never mentioned again.


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