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This is the character (or rather, member) sheet for Momoiro Clover Z. Since their Colour-Coded for Your Convenience gimmick also somewhat influences their stage acting, they've adapted their own individual personalities which suit each of them the most. Interestingly, some of these personalities were assigned them because they match their own actual traits. For example, Shiorin has the color yellow assigned to her because she is a real big eater (a trait that the yellow rangers in Super Sentai are often associated with).

Kanako Momota
Leader Leader Leader Desu!!!
"Everyone, please raise your index finger, let's go, hachi hachi hachi hachi dekoppachi!note  Who is the cinderella from tea plantation? Kanakooooooooo. Thank you very much. My dimples are the pitfalls of love, I'm Kanako Momota!"

Born July 12, 1994 in Shizuoka, she is the Red, and also the leader. Her antics pretty much represent what a red hero would do; being the hot blooded one of the group, always running at full power, and demonstrating helpless idiocy. Excels in gymnastics to the point that her awesome back bending jump in "Kaito Shojo" has become a symbol of Momoclo's craziness.

  • Animal Motifs: Bear, and came up along with her gas suit from Z Densetsu, Bearda.
  • Butt-Monkey: Despite being the leader, Kanako is constantly bullied by the other members due to her idiocy.
  • Catchphrase: "YABAI!"
  • Character Tics: She does an "Uhyo" face when she feels very happy.
  • Cute Little Fangs: She even called herself "the vampire with truthful fangs" once.
  • Fangirl: Of Atsuko Maeda from AKB48.
  • Forehead of Doom: Her nickname, the dekoppachi, is no joke, What's more, back when they were still an indie group, her hairstyle highlighted it even further (nowadays it's often obscured by her bangs).
  • Girliness Upgrade: Often tries to invoke it to erase her idiot leader image, but the other members always remarked: "It's no use."
  • Gratuitous English: Her first solo:
    Smiling sun with your love
    Sweetest love with your smile
  • Idiot Hero: She can't even read several elementary grade kanji.
  • Important Haircut: In 2015, Kanako cut her hair to commemorate her 20th birthday and becoming a legal adult.
  • Kick Chick: Her great leg strength is often put to good use in many fighting skits. Also, there is actual kicking choreography in "Pinky Jones".
  • Let's Duet: Currently has the most duet counts, with Akarin and then with Shiorin.
    • Her second solo also a duet song with a group sounds band called The Wild Ones.
  • The Leader: Originally the title went to Reni, but she is doing a better job at it.
  • Meaningful Name: Her kanji means "A child that strong as cabbage that grows in the summer".
  • Only Sane Man: In their alter-ego group UFI, she is Momorin, the only sane girl who actually aspires to become an idol.
  • Terrible Artist: Becomes a running gag whenever she draws something.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: She excels at sports, has been learning gymnastics since age 3, and has becomes a regular player on basketball teams.
  • invoked Portmanteau Couple Name: DekoMayu, MomoTakagi, MomoTamai, MomoKanako, and AyaKanako.
  • Red Is Heroic
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: To Akarin's Blue. It's in their colors. It should be noted, though, that even before they were assigned their own colors, they were already best friends.
  • Signature Move: The Ebizori Jump and the cartwheel, both originating from "Kaito Shojo".
  • Tsundere: Her official English introduction says she is one, although she isn't an apparent tsundere. The only denial she always makes is about her stupidity.
  • Tsurime Eyes: She has this look in the manga MomoPro.

Shiori Tamai a.k.a Shiorin
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner!
"Shiorin's A-I-U-E-O poem! Everyone please claps your hand, Let's go, Shi in Shiorin! Shikatanai De~, O in Shiorin! Okoranai de~, Ri in Shiorin! Rizumu ni notte~, N in Shiorin? nnnnnnn? note  Together, Let's Momoclo-Chan! I'm the spoiled crybaby and everyone's little sister, Shiori Tamai a.k.a. Shiorin!"

Born in Kanagawa, June 4, 1994, she is the Yellow. Formerly The Little Sister Heroine of the group that tended to cry when teased and generally acted like a spoiled kid. That image changed, however, after she grew to be the group's tallest member and changed her hairstyle from Girlish Pigtails to a bob. She is a Jack of All Trades, able to perform well in anything the group does and is their second best athlete, following Kanako. Her yellow color is reminiscent of the yellow ranger from the classic Himitsu Sentai Gorenger, with whom she shares a large appetite.

  • Animal Motifs: Tiger.
  • Artifact Title: Everyone's Little Sister. She was indeed the youngest in the group's first formation in 2008, before Ahrin took the title. She also grew to be a lot taller than everyone else over the years (in 2010 she was shorter than Kanako), and after cutting her hair short, her transformation into a badass had finally completed.
  • Big Eater: So much so that her special segment in their TV show involves her eating food, and any lyrics that mention food are Shiori-exclusive. As a challenge, she was able to finish 62 cups of Wanko Soba noodles in 5 minutes. Yet all that food just seems to disappear in her stomach, and she has been able to maintain her slender stature as a result, and has even grown taller.
  • The Casanova: Always has time to steal kisses from other members.
  • Cat Smile: This made her little sister-chara that much cuter. Has also been featured in their manga MomoPro.
  • Catchphrase: She is the only member that addresses the fans as "Omaera" (a very rude form of "you"), while still retaining that cute smile!
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: From pigtails to a short haircut. This also symbolizes the group's transformation from cutesy idols to crazier idols.
  • Fight Magnet: Her antics always leads to a fight, according to Kanako.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She had these before the Battle and Romance era to further emphasize her little sister role.
  • Hates Being Alone: When the girls had to stay in a hotel during their tours, she was the only one who couldn't stand being alone. She would always barge into Kanako's room, demanding to share her bed. This story became the basis of their duet song "Single Bed".
  • Important Haircut: "If this album isn't number one, I'll cut my hair!" And when she first appeared with that short haircut, the audience cheered uproariously after she took off her Z Densetsu helmet and sang her solo.
  • Jack of All Trades: She can sing, dance (she can even imitate the entire choreography of Ahrin's solo song), do ventriloquism, play piano, perform acrobatics, voice act, do rakugo (Japanese story telling), imitate the other member's signatures, she's smart, she's athletic, and finally, she can throw a marshmallow in the air ana catch it with her mouth.
  • Little Sister Heroine: Everyone's! Even for the kid fans when they performed at a children's festival.
  • Seiyuu: She had a voice role in the Japanese drama series, Akumuchan as a cute little monster. Besides that, her voice impressions are rather admirable; she did one at least twice to taunt her unique-voiced colleague from Ebichu, Aiai.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Curry rice.

Ayaka Sasaki a.k.a Ahrin
Ahrin da yo!
"My face is clean (kyukyukyukyu), Ahrin's cheeks are...? (squishy!) Squishi? Don't you mean bouncy? (Bouncy!) I'm a playful, little bit sexy Momoclo's idol, Ahrin a.k.a. Sasaki Ayaka."

Born in Kanagawa, June 11, 1996, she is the Pink. She is also the group's youngest member. She is also the group's girliest member. She adores over-the-top cutesy and sweet things, can't perform the group acrobatic gimmicks and even can't do a cartwheel... and that's exactly why she's the pink one. However, she went to ballet school since the age of 3, and as such, has developed a great sense of dancing and christened as their "Dance Leader". She is also a former child actress.

  • Animal Motifs: Rabbit.
  • Berserk Button: "Call me Ahrin not Sasaki!"
  • Breakout Character: Out of everyone in the idol group, Ahrin has the most prolific idol-like solo projects going on. In addition to two solo singlesnote , Ahrin also has an annual solo concert, AYAKA NATION, that sells out every year since its debut in 2016.
  • Catchphrase: "Ahrin Da Yo!"
  • Everyone Went to School Together: She went to high school with Shiorin.
  • Evolving Music: "Ahrin ga Hankuouki" and "Santa-San" both have a line that mentions her age (the latter is actually a nod to the former). Makes it a little bit odd when the age comes up with different syllables from the original.
  • Former Child Star: She was a child model, and has also appeared in a series of variety shows since her elementary school days.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: One of her cutesy traits; she claimed to be able to talk to her stuffed bear and did just that, leaving the audience silent.
  • Image Song: Her solo songs are all about this; the former is tells us about her very idol-ish traits, while the latter describes her annoyance towards her mother (Ahrin's Mama as she called her) and desire to rebel.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Annoyingly cute yet still lovable. Her Ahrin Robo persona also aimed for this.
  • Lucky Charms Title: All of her blog post's titles end with a star symbol. Hyadain alluded to this by choosing to have the titles of her solo songs end in the same way.
  • Only Sane Man: She certainly believes so, although her obsession over cuteness is also weird in certain levels.
  • Ojou / Princesses Prefer Pink: She is treated like a princess by her mother, but she sometimes goes overboard. In fact, she is prohibited from cooking with fire, is not allowed to do karaoke or go to a photobooth, and Ahrin's Mama even always tracks her whereabouts with a GPS. She finds the whole thing rather annoying. The overprtectiveness did died down once Ahrin turned 20 and became an adult, however.
  • Pink Means Feminine
  • Robotic Reveal: Played for Laughs when she revealed her robotic form, Ahrin Robo, in her skit at a 2013 children's festival. Became real when she broke a leg in 2014 and decided to use her robot persona to perform on stage. This would ultimately evolve into her becoming Ahrin Robocop. One more for the Momoclo Shout-Out list.
  • Sanity Slippage: Ahrin Robo could be breaking her usual idol-like traits, but a pink robot is not as bad as it seems.
  • Third-Person Person: And if you think you're alone in finding it annoying, think again.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Puff cream.

Reni Takagi

"Reni-reni exercise queen! Letís go! (Yeah!) Lift your right hand~! Wave it left and right~! Letís be happy today too! Always relaxing (Takagi Reni)! Right behind you (Takagi Reni)! One in every home (Takagi Reni)! Thatís me (Takagi Reni)! Momocloís electric girl, this is Takagi Reni!"

Born June 21, 1993 in Kanagawa Prefecture, she is the Purple. The oldest member of the group, Takagi is also one of the first performers to be recruited by kwkm for Stardust's then-expirimental Momoiro Clover and stayed on since. Known as "Reni-Chan", she has a reputation for eccentricity and funky "Hen Gao" faces, she can often be seen spouting strange yet profound words, and equally silly but intriguing dance moves. If ever there was some crazy live moment or PR stunt involved, Reni had a hand in it.

  • Animal Motifs: ...Alien.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: It's pretty obvious.
  • Cool Old Lady: How her group-mates and the rest of Stardust's idols see her.
  • The Determinator: Once broke her arm during rehersal for 2015's Tojinsai Summer event, and she still performed for the whole two days!
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Well, while her antics are far from graceful, her solos are all traditional Japanese enka songs with Yamato Nadeshiko-esque lyrics, and she wears beautiful kimonos along with them.
  • Gonk: Not so much "ugly" but "lacks the baby-face features the rest of the group has".
  • Happily Married: She is the first activenote member to be wedded, with her husband being baseball player Shingo Usami of the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters.
  • Heavy Sleeper
  • Iconic Item
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: She may act like a total fool most of the time, but she is the one who comes up with most of Momoclo's creative ideas. Additionally, Reni-chan also seems to have a head for management, as she occasionally works in the Stardust offices as a part-time intern and even formed her own idol units that she manages.
  • Old Soldier: Was the very first person recruited by Stardust to be part of Momoclo, as well as the first to finish high school before the rest of the group.
  • The Leader: Was formerly the leader long before Momorio Clover was officlialy formed, but voluntarily stepped down due to personal issues.
  • The Prankster: Notorious for this on tours.
  • Perpetual Smiler
  • Purple Is Powerful: Not the strongest singer, or the best dancer, but Reni-chan's influence on Momoclo, and arguably the rest of Stardust's idols, is hard to deny.
  • The Pollyanna: Especially back in the early days of the group. See The Woobie below.
  • The Woobie: Both Akari and Reni joined Stardust around the same time, so when she left Momoiro Clover, it was especially hard on Reni. Additionally, she had difficulty adjusting to the rigid scheduling and newfound fame as an idol. There were also alleged rumors of an eating disorder during this time that she has since recovered from.

Momoka Ariyasu
"Everyone, please claps your hands, let's go, I may be tiny but I'm the cheerful, Ariyaasu! A little bit silly, I'm Momoka, Ariyaasu! One last time, all together... Ariyaaasu!. The little bit silly of Momoclo, I'm Momoka Ariyasu the little giant!."

Born March 15, 1995 in Kyoto, the Green. Momoka was the sixth and last member to join the group before Momoclo's official debut. One of the strongest performers of Momoiro Clover Z, and arguably all of Stardust's idols, Momoka was known for her vocal range and powerful delivery. A lifelong entertainer, her résumé includes backup dancer for pop group Exile as well as short-lived group Power Age. In 2018, Momoka graduated from Momoiro Clover Z, to live life without plans or schedules. As of 2019, she has resume activities as a solo artist and photographer.

  • The Ace: Not only did Ariyasu have the strongest voice in the whole group, she was also one of the most talented dancers as well. In fact, she was even a member of the idol sub-group Tenkasu Trio, composed of the aces from Stardust's other acts, Team Syachihoko's yellow member Chiyuri Ito and Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku's Student #10 Hinata Kashiwagi.
  • Animal Motifs: Frog.
  • But Now I Must Go: Momoka announced her official gradutaion following her final performance in late January, citing her desire to live normally after spending her entire childhood and early adulthood in entertainment as the reason.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Consummate Professional: As a result of working in show business since infancy. Out of all the members, she was the least likely to engage in off-camera shenanigans. Perhaps due to her professionalism, Momoka was the only one with no gimmick nickname in the group.
  • Cute Mute: She's usually like this in general, but it was justified in 2013 when she had to get vocal surgery.
  • Cute Little Fang
  • Cute Clumsy Girl
  • Dancing Is Serious Business: While the others perform some amusing and hilarious traits in The Cast Showoff segment, she just does her random dances.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: She has the power of earth in the opening skit segment of Momoiro Christmas live.
  • Former Child Star: Unlike the rest of the group, Momoka was the only one with prior experience in show business, having performed since before elementary school. In fact, a lot of her fans have followed her career long before she joined Momoclo.
  • The Ditz: She even introduces herself as the little bit silly.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Cited this as her reason for graduating. Given that Momoka spent her entire life in show business, and the fact that she actually did graduated from college the year before it's completely justified that she would want to do something else with her life. Slightly subverted, though, in that the "normal" life only lasted all of a year; see TenMinuteRetirement below.
  • New Transfer Student: Originally from another idol group of Stardust's called Power Age.
  • Old Shame: Her old introduction she is doing a cute small dance (while the other members just clap or wave their hands). She said it was embarrassing and changed it to clapping her hands, much like Shiorin's.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She is nicknamed "The Little Giant", after all. Fun Size is in effect here as well.
  • Tender Tears: Can often be seen crying in live concerts, to the point of messing up her singing. Even during Akari's graduation, where everybody had the waterworks on, she managed to cry more than even Akari.
  • The Quiet One: Has a noticeable lisp when speaking.
  • Retired Badass: Was the strongest performer in Stardust before graduating. The rest of the group has issues singing her lines as a result.
  • Shrinking Violet: Possibly connected to her lisp.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: She is the strongest vocalist of the group; her famous husky singing voice is very noticeable in her shouting solo lines, e.g. in "Mouretsu", and several of Hyadain's songs, such as "Koko Natsu" and "Wani to Shampoo" (it seems that he was positively exploiting her vocal trait). It's a little bit surprising when you hear her talk, though, because...
  • Speech Impediment: ...Her lisp is beyond help. Even when composing "Kaito Shojo", Hyadain decided to change the common pronunciation of Four, shi, into yon because she can't spell it well.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: As of 2019, Momoka has come back to entertainment after graduation the year before, now focusing on a career as a solo artist and photographer. Some fans speculate that her one-year hiatus was mandated by a non-compete clause in her contract with Stardust.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Just like Kanako, she also has this look in the manga MomoPro.

Akari Hayami
"My smile will change the world, you decide my future, can't stop. I'm Momoclo's Cool Beauty, Akari Hayami."

Born March 17, 1995 in Tokyo, the Blue. The only former member after their major debut, she was originally the sub leader and one of the original members. She graduated in April 10 2011. She was the perfect embodiment of the blue color of the group; she had a Cool Big Sis personality and often had to handle the craziness of the rest of the members alone, especially on their stage and TV shows, where she would act as the only sane MC, she got the cool rap parts for herself, and had a cool engrish introduction line and nickname. She's also a natural born model who is now pursuing a totally different career. As she herself said, rather than "idol Akarin" from Momoiro Clover, she wants to be "actress and model Akari Hayami".

  • A Wild Rapper Appears!: She excels at rapping and always in charge of the rap parts (and this is why the foreign fans love her so much), to the point that many of their songs in Z era didn't get rap parts compared to their songs back then.
  • Big Damn Reunion: Not for a performace, per se, but in 2020 Akarin met up publicly again with The Diamond Four to do a livestream promoting a skincare line and, yes, the promo image included her blue image color.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: She was often called "Mayuge" (which means "eyebrow"). She even acknowledged that her eyebrows were her main charm point.
  • Blank White Eyes: At the end of Shirome, when she is possessed by the spirit.
  • Character Title: Her graduation song, "Akarin e Okuru Uta", which means, "A song for Akarin".
  • Cute Little Fang
  • The Dandy: She played one in Mirai Bowl PV.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: She dyed her hair blonde for the drama series Saito-San 2.
  • The Fashionista: She was a fashion and commercial model even before her inclusion to the group. After her graduation, she began to focus more on her model career.
  • The Face: She often handled the MC part for their reality show, Momoclo-Chan and their live performances. She is their Cool Big Sis, after all.
  • Internal Homage: Even after her departure, she is regularly referenced elsewhere in their acts. This is probably because her graduation marked a big change in the group's history.
    • The lyrics for "Z Densetsu" references Akarin with the narrator's announcement of "BLUE!", which prompted the group to answer with a confused "ah?" and place their fingers on their eyebrows.
    • Their alter ego UFI features a blue colored member named Miss X.
    • A popular fan theory said that the slow ballad songs from around the Battle and Romance era, "Kiminoato" and "Shiroi Kaze," are all dedicated to Akari; the overall lyrics place importance on a person that had to leave after they made a lot memories together, and they had to smile and move on. Additionally, both songs are composed by same person, and the word kimi ("you") in the lyrics is written with katakana rather than usual hiragana, implying it refers to a particular someone. During the 2011 and 2012 Momoiro Christmas concerts, both songs were presented with all blue stage lighting.
    • In the end of the medley song in their first Kohaku performance (when they finally reach their dream), they sang their old (six person) version lyrics of Kaitou Shojo that lists their names. When it came to Akarin's, they simply pointed to the camera.
  • Let X Be the Unknown: Her UFI counterpart was Miss X, the overly quiet girl that won't even sing anything. It's also noted that UFI was formed after Akarin's graduation, thus she will not have any singing parts. Miss X was intentionally included to serve as a nod to her graduation.
  • Mythology Gag: In 2012 she appeared in a commercial for a television program service as a virtual idol named Karin, and her attire was filled with blue color.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: She has an aerobics qualification and, just like Kanako, has an extremely flexible body, as seen in "Mirai E Susume"'s choreography. This is probably one reason why they're so close.
    "Your body is surprisingly flexible, do you exercise?"
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: To Kanako's Red. Again, it's in their colors. Even so, she's often seen tagging along with Kanako. Their combination team, Dekomayu, even got a regular special segment on their web stream channel. Some pair them up as the Tomboy and Girly Girl and Big Guy, Little Guy of the team as played in the "Mirai Bowl" PV.
  • Team Mom
  • Tomboy
  • True Companions: Especially with Kanako. It's also noted that the group keeps in touch with her to this day (They're even still at the same office!). After their performance in Kohaku, Kanako called her and asked her if she was crying. She was.
  • Trying Not to Cry: During her graduation. She didn't succeed, as she ended up crying a lot, even after the graduation ended, mainly because of the surprise farewell song, which reduced her to blubbering in the rest of their songs. At the end of the concert, she went with a Tearful Smile when saying goodbye to the fans.
  • The Un-Favourite: The entire reason why Akarin left the group. She felt that she didn't have the personality to be an idol. She also said that she had doubts about being in Momoiro Clover, and there were even times where she had started to dislike being in the group. It is also said that she always had the shortest handshake queue in the events that providing handshake session.