The main antagonists of Heart Catch Pretty Cure. An alien organization who are driven to wilt everyone's Heart Flowers and destroy the Heart Tree which in turn would transform the Earth into a desert wasteland.
Voiced by: Taiten Kusunoki
The masked leader of the Desert Apostles' invasion of Earth. He oversees operations from the Desert Palace, using his mastery of technology to create weapons such as Dark Pretty Cure and (later) the Dark Bracelets. He turns out to be Yuri's Disappeared Dad, who was brainwashed by Dune when he received the mask from Baron Salamander in France.
- Bad Boss: Averted. He never scolds or blames the generals for their failures or is angry about them, and instead tries to make the most of their quirks to motivate them. And he really cares for Dark Precure because she's his created daughter.
- Badass Baritone: He's got a dark and deep voice. And the Professor can kick major butt on his own as well.
- Badass Longcoat: He can kick the ass and fight Dune to a standstill temporarily whereas the other Cures lost to him on their first try.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: His dark teal mask he received from Baron Salamander Brainwashed him into Dune's control. Once he jumps into Cure Moonlight's attack trying to save Dark Pretty Cure, the mask breaks, and he returns to being Yuri's father.
- Cool Mask: He was actually controlled by its power.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: He is pulverized by Dune.
- Dark Is Evil: He's clad in dark clothes and is a major villain in the show.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Dark Pretty Cure is more than just some super-powered, evil creation. He really does care about her. And as revealed in episode 47, he's Yuri Tsukikage/Cure Moonlight's father.
- Evil Genius: He's an intelligent master of technology and often uses this to craft new weapons for the villains, such as Dark Pretty Cure and the Dark Braclets the generals later receive.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He's one of the show's villains possessing a deep voice.
- Heel–Face Turn: After he's freed from the mask's power.
- Hero Killer: More like "Mascot Killer". He killed Yuri's fairy, Cologne.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He sacrificed his life to save Yuri and Tsubomi from Dune's energy bomb.
- Lean and Mean: He's a lean man who's leading the Desert Apostles in invading Earth.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He is revealed to be Yuri's Disappeared Dad.
- Malevolent Masked Man: He's usually seen with a dark teal mask and he's a bad guy leading his team against the Pretty Cure. Also, his mask Brainwashed him into villainy.
- No Body Left Behind: He is pulverized by Dune.
- Redemption Equals Death: He gets redeemed after being freed from his brainwashing mask only to die protecting Yuri and Tsubomi from Dune's attack.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The eyes in his mask tend to glow a rather eerie red.
- Spell My Name with an S: Some fansubs had his name spelled as 'Sabark', while others spelled it as 'Sabaaku' or 'Sabaku'.
- The Stoic: He barely shows emotions.
- Taking the Bullet: During the Grand Finale, he takes an attack of Cure Moonlight that was aimed at Dark Precure. The blast destroys his mask, and he turns back to normal.
- White Hair, Black Heart: It is not original hair color. When he became Sabaaku, his hair turned white.
Dark Pretty Cure
Voiced by: Minami Takayama
An Evil Knockoff created by Professor Sabaaku specifically to defeat Cure Moonlight. Even after doing so, she remains dangerously obsessed with Yuri Tsukikage. She is a powerful enemy to the Pretty Cure, and slavishly dedicated to Sabaaku.
- Alas, Poor Villain: She dies letting go of her hatred in the arms of her father Sabaku/Professor Tsukikage who lays her to rest after revealing her origins. Even Yuri/Cure Moonlight is shaken by her death.
- Arch-Enemy: To Cure Moonlight and vice-versa.
- Artificial Human: She was made by Sabaku/Professor Tsukikage who made her using a part of Yuri.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Cure Moonlight's Abel, after it's revealed that they share the same father.
- Casting a Shadow
- Dark Action Girl: The most outstanding example in the whole franchise.
- Dark Magical Girl
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Fatally wounded by her final clash with Cure Moonlight, she Disappears into Light in Professor Sabaaku/Tsukikage's arms.
- The Dragon: To Sabaaku.
- Evil Knockoff: She was created specifically to defeat Cure Moonlight.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Her voice sounds deeper than the ladies in the show, especially the Cures.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Mirroring Moonlight's, to boot.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Whenever she unleashes her powers.
- Go Out with a Smile: Seems to let go of her anger and hatred as she dies, tearfully smiling as she fades out in her father's arms.
- One-Winged Angel: In the literal sense, she has one huge black wing.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair sometimes cover her right eye.
- Replacement Goldfish: Sabaaku unconsciously patterned her off of Yuri/Moonlight, giving her a desire to destroy her counterpart and cement her position as the Professor's real daughter.
- The Stoic: Well...most of the time.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Her right eye has a golden color. Since Episode 41, her left eye, too.
- Villainous Breakdown: She does not take the revelation that Sabaaku is really Yuri's father well at all.
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa
The leader of the Desert Apostles. He was defeated and sealed away by Cure Flower decades before, but is slowly reviving himself.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: His final form.
- Bishōnen: It helps that he's voiced by Hikaru Midorikawa.
- Big Bad: He's the true leader of the Desert Apostles who intends to destroy the universe. In terms of size, he's really, really, big, too... being bigger than all the Big Bads before. Only Pierrot (and Black Hole) are bigger than him.
- Cute Is Evil: His first form is one of a little boy. Unfortunately, he's the show's true Big Bad.
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: He is not mentioned until the latter half of the series and doesn't even show up properly until the last few episodes. He's basically just there to act as a Final Boss to the heroes, especially since the main antagonists up to that point, Sabaaku and Dark Pretty Cure, are destined for Alas, Poor Villain endings.
- Dissonant Serenity: His default expression.
- Eye Color Change: He has gray eyes in his weakened form, Supernatural Gold Eyes in his regular and giant forms, and Innocent Blue Eyes after being purified.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: His innocent little boy exterior belies his evil destructive mastermind personality, being the Desert Apostles' true leader and the show's Big Bad.
- Faux Affably Evil: Don't let his cheerful smile fool you. He's actually a nefarious Omnicidal Maniac aiming to destroy the universe.
- Freudian Excuse: The Heartcatch novel revealed that his desire to destroy Earth was because his father wanted Earth... and said father was extremely abusive to him.
- High Collar of Doom: His coat is worn with its collar up and he's the show's main villain and leader of the Desert Apostles.
- Humanoid Abomination: He is a being created from the feelings of hatred passed down throughout mankind.
- Leitmotif: And a rather ominous one, at that.
- Knight of Cerebus: Once Dune gets involved, things go From Bad to Worse fast. He's easily one of the most twisted villains in the entire franchise.
- Lean and Mean: He's a lanky guy before going One-Winged Angel and he's the show's Big Bad.
- Omnicidal Maniac: His goal is to destroy the universe.
- One-Winged Angel: His final form is a bigger, hulking brute with longer hair decked out in a ragged white coat with a ragged pink stripe and all four Cures have to access Infinity Silhouette to defeat him for good.
- Monochromatic Eyes: His eyes do not have any pupils in any of his forms, just colours.
- Slasher Smile: There are only a few fleeting glimpses of it, and it's only worn occasionally when he fights, but when he wears it, he wears it well.
- Would Hit a Girl: He never pulls back his punches when taking on the Cures in combat.
The Three Generals
- Breaking Speech: They deliver hurtful speeches to break Heroic Spirit Once per Episode, always countered by the heroines Kirk Summation.
- Cast from Hit Points: The Dark Bracelets actually drain from their energy, but as long as they use one, it's not much of a problem. If a general uses three however…
- Fusion Dance: With the Dark Bracelets, they can fuse with the Monsters of the Week to accelerate the wilting process of the Heart Flowers, making the Desertrians stronger. Episode 44 proves there is no limitation for a Desertrian to fuse with only one general.
- Heel–Face Turn: After being purified, their Heart Flowers return to their original human bodies.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: In episode 31, they receive the Dark Bracelets from Professor Sabaaku, that not only allow them to fuse with the Monsters of the Week, the Dark Bracelets also empowers the generals.
- Obviously Evil: Double subverted; they do not wear dark clothes, but everyone immediately notices that they look suspicious.
- Terrible Trio: They consist of three generals.
- True Companions: They respect each other and they will go out of their way to save each other, unless it's too late.
- Was Once a Man: They are created from three Heart Flowers. The Heartcatch novel revealed that those Heart Flowers were from a man removed from his dojo because of his anger, a fashion designer kicked out of the industry because of his arrogance and a child caretaker who accidentally allowed one of her charges to be injured.
Voiced by: Eiji Takemoto
The red General. A boisterous Blood Knight obsessed with achieving martial perfection. Unlike the other two Generals, he regularly fights on the front lines alongside his summoned Desertrians.
- Barbarian Long Hair: His long hair is dishevelled and reaches to his chest level.
- Bishōnen: He's a very handsome man, clothes, hair and all, and he sports a muscular build.
- Blood Knight: He likes fighting strong enemies, but that doesn't stop him from fighting fairly and honourably. It gets Deconstructed in episode 46.
- The Brute: He's a strong, muscular guy who often fights the Pretty Cure on the frontlines.
- Calling Your Attacks: He loves making up new techniques for this.
- Cool Sword: The only general to use a sword. In episode 43, he even turns it into a Monster of the Week.
- Curtains Match the Window: Both red.
- Evil Laugh: Breaks into one from time to time.
- Evil Redhead: He has dishevelled long red hair and is one of the Desert Apostles' general fighting the Pretty Cure.
- Fundoshi: Wears one during the Beach Episode. A reeeaaaaaaaally long one.
- Graceful Loser: In episode 46, when he is purified by Cure Marine.
- Hot-Blooded: PERIOD.
- Large Ham: Fitting his boisterous, Hot-Blooded personality, he goes all out big and loud, especially when battling the Cures.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Not as much as Cobraja, but long-haired and pretty, nonetheless.
- Meaningful Name: The 'kumo' in his name means 'spider'.
- Peek-a-Bangs: It always covers his left eye.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He constantly sports red eyes and is one of the villains in the show.
- Red Oni: To Cobraja's blue.
- Spell My Name with an S: Sometimes it's spelled 'Kumojakki', other times it's spelled 'Kumojacky'.
- Sword Beam: Can fires sword beams with his sword.
- Verbal Tic: "-jaki." And even "-jaki-jaki" in Erika's impression of him during the puppet show from episode 41. He also has a habit of saying "ze yo" at the end of some of his sentences.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Let's face it: if he was on a Giant Mecha Shōnen series, he'd be the good guy.
Voiced by: Hirofumi Nojima
The blue General. A smarmy narcissist infatuated with his own beauty. He despises anything he considers "ugly", including Heart Flowers, which is why he transforms them into Desertrians.
- Agent Peacock: He's a handsome, stylish narcissist who occasionally peppers French into his speech and he constantly butts heads with the Pretty Cure.
- Ambiguously Gay: Mostly noticed in episode 7, where he licks Itsuki's Heart Flower and, after a while, getting notified that Itsuki's actually a girl. His reaction is quite funny, actually◊. However, he does find Itsuki attractive as Cure Sunshine.
- Beware the Silly Ones: His relentless self-obsession and tendency to shirk duties for the sake of his beauty regimen do nothing to stop him from being a dangerous opponent. He's also clever enough to see kids worrying about summer homework in episode 28 as a potential army of Desertrians.
- Bishōnen: Obviously and as a narcissist, he invokes and believes this a lot.
- Blue Oni: To Kumojaki's red.
- Curtains Match the Window: Blue in his hair and eyes.
- Death Dealer: Yes, he uses photographs rather than cards, but still counts.
- The Fashionista: After returning to his normal life, he seems to have taken a job as a tailor.
- The Fighting Narcissist: And how!
- Got the Whole World in My Hand: Does this briefly in episode 28 while he's explaining the Desert Apostles' ultimate goal.
- Graceful Loser: In episode 46, when he is purified by Cure Sunshine.
- Gratuitous French: He occasionally litters French in his speech.
- High Collar of Doom: His shirt dons a high collar worn up and he's a villain in the story.
- Large Ham: He wastes no time in proudly and loudly declaring how amazing he looks, fitting his narcissistic personality.
- Laughably Evil: Along with Sasorina and the Snackeys.
- Lean and Mean: He's a lean man who's a general of the Desert Apostles.
- Licking the Blade: As mentioned above, he does this with Itsuki's.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: His hair grows down to his waist and he's handsome.
- Made of Explodium: His photographs can be used as a projectile or an explosion!
- Meaningful Name: Take a wild guess.
- Nightmare Face: Does this more often than you would expect.
- Slouch of Villainy: Does this from time to time.
- Spell My Name with an S: He writes it as "Kobraj" on the photographs he carries around, but it's spelled as "Cobraja" in most other materials.
- Villainous Breakdown: In episode 46.
Voiced by: Urara Takano
The yellow General. A devious schemer who usually carries an air of smug self-confidence, but can become vicious and petty if provoked.
- A-Cup Angst: In the first episodes, she looks jealous when she meets Tsubomi, who seems to have a ridiculously large bust (actually Chypre and Coffret are hiding under Tsubomi's shirt).
- Ambiguously Brown: She's dark-skinned but also Japanese.
- Animal Motif: Scorpions.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: Capable of turning her hair into a stinging scorpion's tail.
- Dark Chick: The only female general of the Desert Apostles with the exception of Dark Precure. She's not the strongest of the three, but is very manipulative towards the Victim of the Week, has a more unique moveset compared to Kumojacky's brute force and Cobraja's cards, and is the first villain to undergo a Heel–Face Turn.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: 'Dies' in Kumojacky's arms, after thanking Kumojacky and Cobraja for being there for her
- Evil Redhead: Sasorina's red hair only emphasizes her wicked, evil and deceptive nature. This slowly starts to change, but she still is a General of the Desert Apostles.
- Fiery Redhead: Sasorina is a ginger and she is very quick to act and get angry, especially when Cure Blossom or Cure Sunshine are involved.
- Friend to All Children: Subverted at first as she finds them annoying and is always eager to target them. Played straight in the epilogue where her purified self is working as a preschool teacher and is having a wonderful time with her wards.
- Go Out with a Smile: She is purified with a smile at the end of episode 40, now filled with happiness and is reborn.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She's instantly jealous of Cure Sunshine for trying to outshine her with her cute appearance.
- Heel–Face Door-Slam: She seemed to be tilting towards a change of heart after getting hit by Gold Forte Burst. It was promptly reverted after she received her Dark Bracelet. She is fully purified in episode 40 and returns to her human host, functionally completing a Heel–Face Turn.
- Informed Ability: Her scorpion-tail-hair is poisoned, but she never poisons someone.
- Laughably Evil: Her, Cobraja and the Snackeys are basically the comedy relief of the villain's side.
- Letting Her Hair Down: In episode 27, 40 and afterward.
- Magic Skirt: It doesn't help her combat wise though.
- Meaningful Name: 'Sasori' means 'scorpion'.
- Phrase Catcher: "Ah! A weird person!" from her victims.
- Poisonous Person: Her scorpion-tail-hair.
- Prehensile Hair: She uses her hair as her main weapon. Cutting her hair does not ruin her hairstyle, though.
- Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: The skimpy to the Precure's sensibility.
- The Smurfette Principle: Sasorina is the only woman within the Apostles if you don't count Dark Precure.
- Stripperific: Her outfit is very revealing and she invokes this a lot. Hence why she gets jealous when someone becomes more attractive than her.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Her eyes are colored gold, but her actions do not represent her eyes. Initially.
- Villainous Widow's Peak: A rare female example.
Voiced by: Ryo Iwasaki and Chado Hori
The footsoldiers serving the Desert Apostles.
- Adorable Evil Minions: The Snackeys act way more precocious than evil.
- Alien Blood: They leak sand when injured. They're probably made of it.
- Ambiguous Gender: It's quite possible they're genderless, judging from the fact that they're basically sentient sandbags.
- Cute Is Evil: The Snackeys are very cute, their antics and villainy are more hilarious than violent or effective, and they are mostly harmless. Their downfall was working for Dune.
- Dark Is Evil: Played straight, a purified Snackey is white.
- Henchmen Race: Arguably. It's never stated where they came from, or how they were created.
- King Mook: Super Snackeys.
- Laughably Evil: Most of the time they're very harmless and on both sides, they're seen as a joke or good for laughs.
- Meaningful Name: "Suna" means "sand", which they seem to be filled with (in addition to serving a desert-themed evil organization). The "cky" part of "Sunacky" could come from "lackey(s)", and it could also reference how "ki" is the only sound they can make.
- Mooks: The foot solider for this season, each coming in different forms and sizes.
- Mook Medic: A non-gaming example. They patch up other Snackeys (with tape) whenever they're leaking sand.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Living ninja-looking sandbags that also kinda look and act like monkeys.
- Sky Surfing: Their lack of mass helps them float and maneuver better in the air.
- The Unintelligible: Communicate entirely in monkey-like squeaking noises. The Apostles can understand them, though.
Voiced by: Takanori Hoshino
Extremely powerful and giant monsters sent by Dune which turn the planet into deserts.
- Attack Of The 50 Foot What Ever: They are gigantic and one most largest named Pretty Cure monsters who have ever appeared (not counting the Big Bads).
- Dark Is Evil: They are completely black.
- The Dreaded: The Mass "Oh, Crap!" the Precure have in response to seeing one is very much justified given their nature.
- Eldritch Abomination: Nasty, demonic EliteMooks with the power to kill an entire planet.
- Elite Mook: They're a much higher threat than the bog standard Desertian. It takes all four of the Precure with mantles to even take one down.
- Enemy to All Living Things: They turn planets into desert whenever they arrive there.
- Evil Sounds Deep: They're Dune's Elite Mooks and they sound deep thanks to Takanori Hoshino's voice.
- Giant Mook: Not that the Pretty Cures can't defeat them.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Their appearance has their eyes glowing red.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: They are shown in the first two versions of the opening despite the Desert Devil appearing in Episode 37.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Does "devil" sound like a good name to anyone?
- Obviously Evil: They're huge and menacing in appearances and are working for Dune.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Their eyes are devilish red and are more dangerous than the Monster of the Week.
- Sinister Silhouettes: Subverted. They really look like that.
- The Voiceless: They grunt, but they never speak. It's doubtful whether they could.
- Walking Wasteland: What they cause. Their debut episode shows Dune casually dropping one onto a planet and it gets terraformed into a desert almost instantly.
Voiced by: Ikue Otani
A mysterious boy who can turn into a werewolf and the foster son of Baron Salamander. He first meets Tsubomi when she is lost in Paris, and the two end up outrunning Snackeys (that are really after him).
- The Cameo: Appears in Sabaaku's flashback, along with Baron Salamander.
- Canon Immigrant: Along with Baron Salamander, he's the only movie-exclusive character that's counted as part of the main series' canon.
- Facial Markings: Red ones as a werewolf.
- Implied Love Interest: For Tsubomi.
- Mystical White Hair: Which turns blue when he's a werewolf.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: He was called Loup-Garou (means "werewolf" in French) by Salamander, but Tsubomi decides to call him Olivier, the same name as the flower in his heart.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: Thanks to the Baron's crystal, he has the ability to turn into a werewolf whenever the full moon's out. It looks very different from a traditional werewolf, having glowing blue hair, red Facial Markings, and more closely resembling a feral humanoid than a wolf.
- Perpetual Frowner: Has a hard time smiling.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Wears a white scarf.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes
Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara
A servant of Dune who was deployed to France to terrorise the country until Cure Ange defeated him and sealed him inside Mont Saint-Michel's abbey. In the present, he returns assisted by Olivier to resume his rampage.
- Big Bad: Of the movie.
- Breath Weapon: In his dragon form, he breaths fire.
- The Cameo: Appears in Sabaaku's flashback in episode 48, along with Olivier.
- Canon Immigrant: He is actually a canon character, and hands Professor Tsukikage the mask that turns him into Sabaaku.
- Cool Mask: Wears a half mask.
- The Dragon: To Dune. Even Literally.
- Evil Redhead: He's evil and has dark red hair. What more?
- Faux Affably Evil: He looks like a gentleman, but he's evil.
- French Jerk: Lives at least in Paris, apparently.
- Meaningful Name: Salamander is the name of a mythological dragon. Guess in what creature he can transform.
- One-Winged Angel: Eventually transforms into a dragon.
- Our Dragons Are Different: He can transform into a two-legged dragon.
- Playing with Fire: His Breath Weapon.
- Weredragon: Becomes much more powerful when he turns into a dragon.