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Dead Moon Circus
The main antagonists of the fourth story arc of Sailor Moon. In the time of the Silver Millennium there existed a queen of darkness who ruled in the shadows of queen Serenity. Queen Nehellenia desired the power of queen Serenity and plotted to take over the Silver Millennium and rule as the one true queen of the moon. However Serenity put a stop to Nehellenia's plans and, as punishment, Nehellenia was sealed inside the shadow of the new moon for all time. Eventually however the Silver Millennium fell and Serenity died and Nehellenia merely bid her time until her return. Eventually, during an eclipse, Nehellenia and her servants were able to slip out of their prison and hid in plain sight as a circus. The Dead Moon Circus seeks to gain control of Earth to spite their long dead rivals and turn it into a world of shadows. In order to do this they require the Golden Crystal that the priest of Elysion, Helios, is holding in his possession.
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    General 
  • Adaptational Heroism: As stated previously, quite a few of the villains were either softened or reformed in the first anime. The Dead Moon Circus, however, takes this trope to extremes: literally the only villain aside from the Lemures who doesn't make a Heel–Face Turn by the end of the show is Zirconia. And since she and Queen Nehellenia are one and the same, technically she did!
  • Circus of Fear: And how. It's their gimmick to be a creepy circus.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Sorta. It's a shiny, pretty, magical place that gives you lots of fun when you're attending its shows, but once you learn what's truly inside... aaaaaahhhhhhh!!
  • Lack of Empathy: Amongst all the major characters. It comes from emphasizing a state of perpetual youth.
  • Madness Mantra: "Never ever forget to remember, a child's dream is a dream forever. Never ever forget to remember, a child's dream is a dream forever. Never ever forget to remember, a child's dream is a dream forever. Never ever forget to remember, a child's dream is a dream forever. Never ever forget to remember, a child's dream is a dream forever..."
    • In the Viz dub, this becomes: "Always remember not to forget, a child's dream is a dream they should never get."
    • The first anime, in the original Japanese, has "Dream, dream, don't doubt it. A dream of dreams that dreaming children have."
    • The Cloverway dub had two:
      • The first was "Don't dream that you're all grown up! Big dreams are best just for kids."
      • The second was perhaps the most disturbing out of all of them: "Never doubt the power of innocent dreamers, never doubt the dreams of innocent children, never doubt your worst nightmare. Never doubt the power of innocent dreamers, never doubt the dreams of innocent children, never doubt your worst nightmare...!"
      • Nehellenia did her own variant in the Cloverway dub after she succumbs to her mirror's influence:
        Queen Nehellenia: I shall never doubt the power of innocent dreamers. I shall never doubt the dreams of innocent children. I shall never doubt my worst nightmare. I will use the power of innocent dreams. I will use the dreams of innocent dreamers. I will preserve my dream. My worst nightmare will be somebody else's!
  • Obviously Evil: You know something isn't good when it's called "Dead Moon." And nearly everything affiliated with the circus is named "Dead Moon ________." This is Lampshaded in the manga, when Minako gets a flyer for talent auditions from the "Dead Moon Talent Agency" and the Guardians immediately figure out it's a trap.
  • Straw Nihilist: They like to wax poetic about the foolishness of humanity and the worthlessness of dreams. Helios calls them "the remnants of dreams discarded by people who forgot what it means to dream."

Leaders

    Queen Nehellenia 

Queen Nehellenia

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Voiced by: Yoshiko Sakakibara as an adult and Wakana Yamazaki as a child (JP), Nanao Arai (Eternal) (JP), Lisa Dalbello (Cloverway), Laura Post (Viz) (EN), Sylvia Garcel (LatAm), Isabel Wolmar (PT)
Portrayed in the musicals by: Kaori Ishikawa

  • Adaptational Heroism: Queen Nehellenia was still evil in the anime, but only because she was misled, and she was eventually redeemed and granted a second chance at life in Stars. In the manga, she was evil incarnate (a spawn of Chaos), responsible for the death of the Moon Kingdom and the current calamity, and was destroyed by Usagi and Mamoru.
  • Allegorical Character: Super S makes her the embodiment of childish nihilism, though her additional backstory in Stars muddles this a bit.
  • Arc Villain: Nehellenia acts as the main antagonist of the first six episodes of Stars after she is freed from her prison before she is replaced by Galaxia as the season's true Big Bad.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Actually a major plot point in Nehellenia's case. In the 90s anime, her fear of losing her youthful looks and becoming a withered crone eventually led her to consuming the dream mirrors of all her loyal subjects on her star to retain her looks and transformed them into Lemures/Remless.
  • Berserk Button: Her biggest button is when she sees that people are pitying her, or rather, when she can see the look of pity in their eyes. She loses it and goes on a rampage. She especially can't stand it when Sailor Moon pities her.
    Nehellenia: I don't want pity or sympathy! Not from you! NOT FROM YOU!
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the fourth season.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: Happens in the manga when the newly powered-up Eternal Sailor Moon attacks her. This causes her to wither into the insect-like being she really is (it is clearly resembling Zirconia in Nehellenia's dress wearing a wig over her hat).
  • Curse: In the manga, after being banished from the Princess's christening by Queen Serenity, she foresees and declares that Princess Serenity will never inherit the throne of the Silver Millennium.
  • Demoted to Extra: Zigzagged. On one hand, she actually reappears physically in Sailor Stars and serves as the Arc Villain of the first six episodes whereas her manga counterpart disappeared after her defeat at the end of the Dream arc. On the other hand, her connection to Chaos, as well as her actions in the destruction of the Silver Millennium, are removed in the '90s anime, which makes her a little more irrelevant to the overall Myth Arc of the series.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: When she returns in Sailor Stars, Nehellenia wants to destroy Usagi's life, kidnap her friends and lover, and erase Usagi's child out of existence just because Usagi's life is better than hers, even though everything wrong with Nehellenia's existence is her own fault and possibly that of her mirror's corruptive influence.
    Nehellenia: I will guide everything you love to destruction.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: In the '90s anime, every time someone looks at her in pity, it sends her into a screaming fit of insanity.
    Nehellenia: Those eyes again... Don't look at me with such eyes! You should hate me, loathe me, feel rage against me!
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Even as she seeks to punish Sailor Moon by taking away her loved ones, the strength of their bonds is completely beyond her. Best put after Sailor Moon jumps after Chibi Moon.
    Nehellenia: The fool. She's thrown away her dreams and her future for someone that she loves.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • She and her kingdom of the Dead Moon are the shadow selves of Queen Serenity and the Silver Millennium. The fan theory that she is Queen Serenity's sister is, however, explicitly not true, in both the anime and the manga.
    • The '90s anime however makes her serve as a dark mirror for Usagi herself. Much like Usagi Nehellenia can be childish and selfish and, as shown during SuperS, both have a desire to hold on to their youth and shirk off their responsibilities. However the major distinction is shown at the end of the season wherein Nehellenia chooses to return to her isolation inside her mirror in order to stay young and youthful forever whereas Usagi chooses to plunge into an unknown future in order to stay with her friends and family.
  • Evil Is Petty: Is she ever. All of her actions stemmed from her desperate attempt to stop herself from getting older, and when Sailor Moon put a stop to those plans Nehellenia has resorted to attempting to murder Chibi-Usa as payback.
    Nehellenia: You people took away from me the thing I cherished most of all. Well, now I'm going to return the favor by taking away what you cherish most.
  • Evil Laugh: In both the original Japanese version and the English dubs.
  • Expy: Word of God compares the Manga Nehellenia to the evil fairies/witches of old fairy tales who curse the main protagonist. One example would be Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. With her magic mirror and vanity, the comparison to the Evil Queen from Snow White is also obvious. Her arc in the Stars season of the anime is based on The Snow Queen.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: She'll steal the dreams of her subjects and others just so that she can stay young forever. Although her subjects being all shades of crazy after the transformation may have the opposite reaction.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: In the anime, after the Magic Mirror shows her that she won't retain her beauty and everyone will abandon her.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She wants to do everything she can to make Sailor Moon hurt because she's deeply envious of the happiness Usagi has with her friends.
  • Hellish Pupils: Her pupils turned into golden slits after she started eating the dreams of her people. In some instances they glow red.
  • Humanoid Abomination: What she really is in the manga.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: At the end of Stars Eternal Sailor Moon uses her power to make Nehellenia remember her true dream from when she was a child before it was corrupted by her intense desire to stay young and youthful, a desire to find people out there who could care about her and not put her on a pedestal.
  • Knight of Cerebus: In the anime, while the season she's in is mostly comedic, she's the only villain that is played completely seriously with no comedic quirks, and the fifth season is initially more serious because of her involvement.
  • Lady of Black Magic: She's regal as Queen of the Dead Moon, and can cast energy waves of darkness.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: The Stars anime shows her as one of these, before she became a Vain Sorceress.
  • Madness Mantra: "Always remember, and never forget. A child's dream is a dream they should never get." Stated by Zirconia first, but then she starts to repeat it just before she slaughtered all of her subjects.
  • Magic Mirror: One of the uber examples.
  • Motive Decay: When Nehellenia is introduced in SuperS she is shown to want to create a world of darkness and take over planet Earth, both to spite the fallen Silver Millennium, and also to eventually take over the universe. After her defeat at the end of SuperS and her return in Stars her entire motivation revolves around making Usagi suffer and destroy everything she loves.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Was she corrupted by her mirror? Or were her actions her own? Who sealed her away, Queen or Princess Serenity? Chances are we'll never know.
  • Omnicidal Maniac:
    • The anime version is fairly close, as her dream-stealing turns people into living dead, and she intends to implement it everywhere.
    • Is also this in the manga given her power corrupting the Earth would likely kill everything on it.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: All her motivations (fear of aging, revenge on Helios for not being able to have him, murderous jealousy of Sailor Moon for having what she doesn't have) stem from her stunted maturity.
    "Always remember not to forget, a child's dream is a dream they should never get. Fine then! I will continue to live alone! All alone! But I will be young and beautiful forever!" (laughs as she's sealed away into her prison)
  • Rapunzel Hair: Has long, curly black hair that reaches her feet. Before she turned evil, it only when down to her waist.
  • Redemption Earns Life: In the 90s anime, Sailor Moon returns her to her childhood when Nehellenia gives up and asks her if she can "Do it over again", effectively giving her another chance in life and making her a prospective High Queen who will likely rule over her planet wisely.
  • Sadist: The flip side to her hatred of people looking at her in pity is seeing them look at her with anger and hatred in their eyes. After Chibi-Usa fades out of existence in Usagi's arms, Nehellenia savors with absolute glee the look of rage in Usagi's eyes.
    Usagi: What did Chibi-Usa ever do to you? SHE DIDN'T DESERVE ANY OF THIS!
    Nehellenia: Look at those eyes! Do you despise me?
  • Schrödinger's Cast: Perhaps the biggest case of it in the series. Her backstory and nature is completely different in the anime than it was in the manga, where she's explicitly tied with the Moon Kingdom, the original Big Bad (her curse on the Moon Kingdom resulted in Metalia destroying it later) and the series' Greater-Scope Villain.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The "can" in this case being a Magic Mirror.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Nehellenia's past has been explored four times in the anime, and each time was from her memories. The first time showed her looking more like Queen Serenity, saying that Serenity sealed her away in the darkness for trying to steal the Golden Crystal and take over the moon. The second time showed Nehellenia before her mirror showed a future where she was old and alone in a kingdom of dust and cobwebs, leading into her planet's genocide to keep her young. The third and fourth times are where the contradictions come in, as Sailor Moon's pity makes her remember "the last time" Usagi looked at her like that, and we're then treated to a flash of Princess Serenity with wings and the Golden Crystal. The fourth time is when Nehellenia remembers herself as a young girl when her mirror first started to corrupt her. Due to Nehellenia's rants about how the White Moon Princess locked her in darkness, the contradictions between whether it was Queen or Princess Serenity who sealed her away, her Serenity-like gown, it's hard to tell whether or not Nehellenia was corrupted by her mirror. Chances are she's so old she probably doesn't truly remember and is projecting her feelings now into her memories to convince herself she is the injured party, when all this time she's lashing out at Sailor Moon because she's jealous of everything she has and wants to destroy her. The moon cats barely even remember Nehellenia and only heard of her in passing back during the Silver Millennium, so it seems Nehellenia's power grab may have been a good while before Queen Serenity had her daughter.
    • There's a more blatant moment of this in episode 172. Nehellenia begins screaming about how Sailor Moon sealed her away into the new moon, and we're suddenly given a scene of a terrified Nehellenia inside the mirror being sucked into the new moon. That doesn't sync up at all with episode 166, where she gladly went back into her mirror prison and laughed all the way.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the 90s anime. Potentially. It's not clear if the ending indicates the past was changed when her mirror was destroyed, Nehellenia and her kingdom were reborn thanks to the combined power of the Guardians and the Silver Crystal, or Nehellenia died and her heaven is based on her childhood. In the manga, she is turned to dust along with her mirror.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Nehellenia? Neherenia? Nephrenia? Nephelina? The first and last are likely candidates, since there's a mineral called Nepheline, which would fit with Sailor Moon's usual villain naming, but there's also an ancient goddess named Nehalennia, which is how the credits and subtitles of Eternal spell her name. The most common spelling for her name, including the manga, is Nehelenia.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Her eyes used to be blue, but after turning evil they became cat-like and golden.
  • Theme Naming: Nepheline is a kind of feldspar.
  • Unreliable Expositor: Nehellenia's past gets muddled the more that is revealed about it causing a variety of contradictions to be present. For instance, in SuperS she insists that Queen Serenity was the one that sealed her within the New Moon, but come Stars she now says that it was Princess Serenity who did so. This is likely because, apart from being insane, Nehellenia has a complete inability to admit to her faults and is constantly shifting blame on who she thinks wronged her at the time.
  • Vain Sorceress: What caused her to become evil in the first place in the anime. Borderline deconstructed in that her obsession with staying beautiful has actively ruined her life, and seems to be the keystone to her self-worth. In the end of the fourth season, she explicitly admits she'd prefer eternal isolation if it means she'll never be ugly.
  • Villainous Glutton: In a sense, her anime counterpart is this. When she learned the secret to maintaining her beauty involved using the dreams of her people, the translations vary between her having used the energy from those dreams or her having eaten their dreams. In any case, she took the dreams of every living thing on her planet.
  • Woman Scorned: She desired Helios, and when he turned her down imprisoned his body in crystal and searched the world for his soul.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: What Anime Nehellenia is revealed to be at the end of the SuperS season. Under her archetypal wicked queen exterior, there's an extremely miserable and angry old woman who is desperately clinging to a dying dream of staying beautiful so she'll be loved and admired, and lashing out in her pain and bitterness at those whose happiness she is jealous of and wants for herself. In Stars, it reveals she was a Lonely Rich Kid who learned to love herself and her own beauty more than anything else due to the Magic Mirror, which is why she cannot stand the thought of losing her youthful beauty.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In episode 166, she throws an unconscious Chibi Moon off the floating pedestal with her mirror just to make Sailor Moon suffer.
    Nehellenia: How does it feel losing someone you love? Losing your happy future? Now you know the despair I felt.

    Zirconia 

Zirconia

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Voiced by: Hisako Kyoda (first anime), Naomi Watanabe (Eternal) (JP), Rowan Tichenor (Cloverway), Barbara Goodson (credited as Janis Carol) (Viz) (EN), Guadalupe Noel (LatAm), António Semedo (PT)
Portrayed in the musicals by: Keiko Iseki

  • Breath Weapon: See that face-shaped pattern on the front of her robe? In the anime, it serves as a medium for Nehellenia to talk through, but in the manga it has a far more sinister purpose, since she locks the Guardians in a nightmare in which the "face" fires lasers that seemingly kills Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask. The sequence that follows probably contains some of the most gruesome imagery in the Sailor Moon saga.
  • The Dragon: To Nehellenia, despite them apparently being the same person.
  • Eldritch Abomination: By all means, she should not exist, yet does.
  • Evil Old Folks: She looks like a crone who's so old she's insect-like.
  • Gonk: Behold, the one unattractive character in all of Sailor Moon!
  • Large Ham: Is often seen screaming and ranting at the top of her lungs at the Trio and Quartet (especially the Quartet, who don't tend to listen.) The scenery often shakes when she does so.
  • She's a Man in Japan: Reversed; Zirconia is a woman in Japan, but was bizarrely made male in the English dub, with a hilariously bad Yoda-esque voice. She is also a male in the Portuguese dub, with a deep voice similar to an old man.
  • Starfish Character: In the Anime Zirconia is the physical manifestation of Nehellenia's desires for ultimate power and eternal beauty as well as her fears of growing old and ugly, created to carry out her will. In the Manga she acts on Queen Nehellenia's behalf while the queen is in her mirror, but vanishes once Nehellenia takes direct action outside. Since Nehellenia's true appearance is identical to Zirconia, it's shown they are truly the same being.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Makes no secret of her exasperation with her minions.
  • Theme Naming: After gemstone zircon.

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The Amazoness Quartet

    In General 

The Amazoness Quartet (Cere Cere the Illusionist, Palla Palla the Ball Balancer, Jun Jun the Acrobat, Ves Ves the Tamer)

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Top image, L-R: Ves Ves, Palla Palla, Jun Jun and Cere Cere.
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  • Adaptational Modesty: Their outfits are slightly less Stripperiffic in the 90s anime than they are in the manga; Ves Ves, Palla Palla and Cere Cere wear tights and Jun Jun's pants don't show her hips, which cover up their lower bodies a bit more.
  • Age-Inappropriate Dress: All of their outfits are extremely revealing, with Palla Palla's outfit being the most modest.
  • Anime Hair: Especially Jun Jun's.
  • Bare Your Midriff: All of them except Palla Palla.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In the manga where they are the Sailor Quartet and had been placed in a deep sleep somewhere within the Amazon Jungle, awaiting the time when they could become the future protectors of Sailor Chibi Moon. Queen Nehelenia woke them prematurely and forced them to work for her.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: The Quartet are a bunch of lazy children who would rather play around than follow Zirconia's orders but they are shown to be both powerful and smart when they actually do bother to get work done. In their first episode Ves Ves almost overwhelms Zirconia with her strength alone and Zirconia realises that, if they actually bothered to all fight together, she would be in serious trouble.
  • Circus Brat: Their attacks are derived from circus skills, with each having a specific talent.
  • Clark Kenting: Moreso than usual, especially Palla Palla who refers to herself at all times by her own name, whether in "disguise" or not, which is significant, because the Guardians come to know her both in and out of disguise, but never connect the dots.
  • Color-Coded Characters: They each have a prominent color motif in their hair and outfits: Cere Cere is pink, Palla Palla is blue, Jun Jun is green, and Ves Ves is red. In the manga, they keep those same color schemes in their Sailor Guardian uniforms. Aside from Cere Cere, they also share this color with the Guardian Soldier they foil. Though Cere's may be a refence to [ Minako's days as Sailor V, as her costume in those days used the same Red/White/Blue major colors as Sailor Moon, while Ves Ves is Pink, like her actual leader, Sailor Chibi Moon
  • Combination Attack: Their only known attacks as Sailor Guardians in the manga manifest as this: The four of them together creates Amazoness Jungle Arrow. When working with their leader, Sailor Chibi Moon they use Pink Ladies' Freezing Kiss.
  • Creepy Child: All of them, but especially Palla Palla.
  • The Dog Bites Back: In the '90's anime after Nehellenia allows Zirconia to almost kill them the Quartet decide to get their revenge on their old boss by stealing the Golden Crystal from Nehellenia's hands and giving it to Sailor Moon which leads to the Queen's defeat.
  • Four-Girl Ensemble: Jun Jun and Ves Ves share the mannish role, Palla Palla is the childlike one, Cere Cere is the glamorous girl but tries to be mature too.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: What their bickering with each other ultimately is at the end of the day. Even though it's rarely stated, the Quartet are, in fact, sisters.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In both the anime AND the manga, albeit in two different ways. In the anime they realize how they were used, break from Nehellenia's control, and steal the Golden Crystal back from Zirconia. In the manga, they had been Brainwashed and Crazy, so Neo-Queen Serenity healed them and restored their Guardian powers.
  • Living MacGuffin: In SuperS Nehellenia reveals to the Quartet, while she is betraying them, that their youthful energy is what powers the Dead Moon Circus implying that this is why the four were recruited in the first place. The fact that they are also future Sailor Guardians probably helps as well.
  • Magical Girl: All four are actually Sailor Guardians who are charged with protecting Sailor Chibi Moon. They're really Sailor Ceres, Sailor Pallas, Sailor Juno and Sailor Vesta, the Guardians of the first four asteroids to be discovered in the asteroid belt. But only in the manga.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: While the Quartet are shown to be very loyal to Nehellenia for the majority of the arc after Zirconia starts draining them of their collective powers Nehellenia tells them that she only ever tolerated them because their youthful energy was tied into powering the Dead Moon Circus and that they no longer have any value to her. After Sailor Moon convinces the Quartet to destroy their stones, the objects that connect them to the Dead Moon Circus and thus are what is allowing Zirconia to absorb their energy, the girls decide to get their revenge on their old boss.
  • Never Grew Up: In SuperS, the Quartet were recruited by the Dead Moon when they were children and their aging was halted by the stones that they wield in combat. The Quartet themselves view the idea of aging and growing up as weird since it means giving up your dreams and taking on responsibilities. After Sailor Moon convinces them that they still can have their dreams even as they grow older the four shatter their stones, breaking their connection with Nehellenia, and thus allowing them to age again.
  • Pinball Projectile: How they extract the dream mirrors. They use cue sticks to launch their orbs, which ricochet around the area until they hit the victim.
  • The Psycho Rangers: Following the Four Heavenly Kings, The Ayakashi Sisters and the Witches 5 from previous arcs, the Quartet is this to the 4 Guardian Soldiers. Each Amazon is a direct inversion of her Guardians counterpart (at least in the manga). Cere Cere is calm and refined where Minako is scatterbrained and hyper, Jun Jun is bullying where Makoto is nurturing, Ves Ves is out of control where (manga) Rei is coldly composed, and Palla Palla is childish and ditzy where Ami is mature and brilliant. Becomes a much more literal example when in the Manga and Eternal, it's revealed they're also Sailor Soldiers, filling the same roles for Chibi Moon that the 4 Guardian Soldiers do for Sailor Moon
  • Repetitive Name: All of their names are very repetitive, and in the manga, their Dead Moon names are repetitions of their real names as Sailor Guardians. The Lemures they summon also have repetitive names (Gari-Gari, Mane-Mane, Toge-Toge, etc.).
  • Sealed Good in a Can: In the manga the Amazoness Quartet were originally the Sailor Quartet, supposed to be sealed away in the Amazon until Chibi-Usa was ready for her own Sailor Team. Nehellenia discovered them and brainwashed them. After Neo-Queen Serenity healed them, they went back to their slumber until near the end of the final arc, where they finally awakened to serve Chibi-Usa.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Their group name's proper spelling is heavily debated. Amazon (referring to the warrior women), Amazoness (referring to being women FROM the Amazon) or Amazones (a more correct plural of "Amazon") have all been used by fans.
  • The Starscream: They actually rebelled against Zirconia in their first episode in the 90s anime, but were quickly put down.
  • Stellar Theme Naming: Their Dead Moon names are repetitions of their true names as Sailor Guardians, where they're all named after objects in the asteroid belt. Cere Cere is the dwarf planet Ceres, Jun Jun is the asteroid Juno, Ves Ves is the asteroid Vesta, and Palla Palla is the asteroid Pallas.
  • Stripperiffic: And how! The only times any of them wear more clothing is when they're in disguise. The 90s anime does make their outfits a little more modest by covering up more of their legs (Jun Jun's pants no longer have hip vents, while the other three wear tights).
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The Quartet really can't stand working for Zirconia and, unlike the Amazon Trio, are more than willing to insult Zirconia to her face about their thoughts on her.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Each role is shared by two girls. Jun Jun and Ves Ves are the tomboys, while Cere Cere and Palla Palla are the girly girls.
  • Trickster Archetype: All of them have a very care-free and out to get what they want. Even though the manga has them turn out to be Brainwashed and Crazy, in the anime they regularly heckle their evil boss even while supposedly under the brainwashing.
  • Vapor Wear: In the manga their designs are pretty much just underwear with trains attached. note  In the 90s Anime the Adaptational Modesty of adding tights and making what in the manga was the front of their underwear into a design on their skirt had the unintentional effect of turning them into this trope. There is no way to conceal anything but the skimpiest of underwear under their anime outfits.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Even more so than the Trio. When they're not doing their thing, they bicker amongst themselves 99% of the time.

    Cere Cere 
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Voiced by: Yuri Amano (JP), Reina Ueda (Eternal), Daniela Olivieri (Cloverway), Cassandra Lee Morris (Viz) (EN), Norma Echevarria (LatAm), Cristina Cavalinhos (PT)
Played in the musicals by: Risa Honma


  • Dub Name Change: She's called "Cele Cele" in the Cloverway dub.
  • Green Thumb: Flowers in particular, although she once used mutant vines. Ironically, she's not very good at flower arrangement. During an episode where the Amazaon Quartet and Sailor Soldiers are unknowingly working together on a project in their civilian identities, she's quick to take notice of Rei's skill, and finds her attempts woefully shabby in comparison.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She knows just which buttons to push to get people to do what she wants.
  • Master of Illusion: Also fitting her manipulative tactics.
  • Not So Above It All: As much as she tries to be, she really isn't; she can be just as juvenile as her sisters under the right conditions.
  • Pink Means Feminine: She is very feminine and tries to be mature compared to the others in the Quartet.
  • Proud Beauty: In the anime where she chases after people that will highlight her perceived beauty for her, such as when she chased after an artist and asked him to repaint her. To be fair, she is quite beautiful but her attitude and pride makes her less likable.
  • Team Mom: Being the oldest, she does appear at as this at times.

    Palla Palla 
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Voiced by: Machiko Toyoshima (JP), Sumire Morohoshi (Eternal), Jennifer Gould (Cloverway), Xanthe Huynh (Viz) (EN), Circe Luna (LatAm), Olga Lima (PT)
Played in the musicals by: Seira Saeki


  • Badass Adorable She might be cute but she's not to be trifled with. It's hinted she's the most skilled in terms of magic out the four. Shown various times when she usually targeted groups of people, she once switched Usagi and Chibi-Usa's ages, and she nearly tore the Sailor Guardians' arms off using a voodoo doll, among other examples.
  • Brutal Honesty: Palla Palla seems incapable of telling a lie and will always tell the truth even if it gets her in trouble. This is lampshaded by Cere Cere in the Quartet's first official episode when she refers to her as "an honest girl" after Palla Palla admits she's not too happy meeting the Sailor Guardians.
  • Creepy Child: Very much so. Palla Palla's dual nature is carried over with her Lemures. Even though she only summons two, they both had a happy face and an evil face. She also tends to get quite violent when playing with her toys - when playing with two dolls (a dentist, and a patient with a toothache), she decides to "cure" the patient's toothache by cheerfully ripping the doll's head off. Even Zirconia and the rest of the Quartet are taken aback and a bit unnerved by this display.
  • Dub Name Change: She's called "Para Para" in the Cloverway dub.
  • Everyone Dies: Puts on a puppet show of sorts in the anime, where the ending has a prince, his winged horse, and a princess all killed by an evil sorcerer. Then the sorcerer dies, "just because." Her audience is not amused.
  • Leotard of Power: Her circus outfit as opposed to the other three. Although it is worth mentioning that her outfit accomplishes a lot of misdirection making her look more innocent when standing with the others. Remove the material over the stomach and see-through skirt, her outfit is merely two cups and a half covered rear.
  • Older Than They Look: From the way she acts to her size you'd think she was the youngest but in fact she's older than both Ves Ves and Jun Jun.
  • Sadist: Her fighting style and the way she plays with dolls hints at this.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Subverted; she is outspoken and childlike.
  • The Smart Guy: Palla Palla had the sense to attack groups instead of a single individual.
  • Third-Person Person: She refers to herself in the third person in Japanese and in the Viz dub, which indicates that she's the most childish and ditzy of the quartet.

    Jun Jun 
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Voiced by: Kumiko Watanabe (JP), Yuko Hara (Eternal), Mary Long (Cloverway), Erika Ishii (Viz) (EN), Mónica Villaseñor (LatAm), Cristina Paiva (PT)
Played in the musicals by: Niki Ajima


  • Anime Hair: All of the Amazoness Quartet have wild hair, but Jun Jun's takes the cake.
  • Belly Dancer: Not literally but her circus outfit looks like this.
  • Biker Babe: Jun Jun tends to dress in biker outfits outside of her circus uniform even though she is never shown to ride a motorbike.
  • Bokukko: She is described by Takeuchi as a vulgar "Yankee"—Japanese slang for a delinquent or rebellious youth—and uses very informal male speech.
  • Dub Name Change: Subverted; Unlike the other 3, her name stays the same in the dub.
  • Pet the Dog: She helps Chibi-Usa's friend Kyusuke with a problem of his in one episode before even learning that he's to be her new target. Not only that, but she has a tendency to help her targets fulfill their dreams anyways.
  • Tomboy: Aside from her outfit, she's not all that feminine.
  • You Sound Familiar: In the Canadian dub, Jun Jun was voiced Mary Long, the voice of Naru and Cooan.
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    Ves Ves 
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Voiced by: Junko Hagimori (JP), Rie Takahashi (Eternal), Karyn Dywer (Cloverway), Erica Lindbeck (Viz) (EN), Gabriela Willert (LatAm), Isabel Wolmar (PT)
Played in the musicals by: Miho Suzuki


  • Dub Name Change: She's called "Besu Besu" in the dub.
  • Fiery Redhead: She has red hair and is fittingly loud, brash, and somewhat violent.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Ves Ves has the most appearances in the anime out of the four, since she's the one who goes after targets the most often.
  • Stripperific: Her string bikini outfit is the most revealing of the group, hands down. In the dub, Chibi-Usa even lampshades this in one episode.
  • Whip It Good: As the circus tamer, she sometimes carries a whip. However unlike most examples of this tropes, she's not shown using it as weapon.
  • Younger Than They Look: Despite being nearly as tall as Cere Cere, she's actually the youngest sister of the quartet.

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    The Amazon Trio 

The Amazon Trio (Tiger's Eye, Hawk's Eye, Fish's Eye)

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Top image, L-R: Hawk's Eye, Tiger's Eye and Fish's Eye
Tiger's Eye voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (first anime), Satoshi Hino (Eternal) (JP), Jason Barr (Cloverway), John Eric Bentley (Viz), (EN), Yamil Atala (LatAm), António Semedo (PT). Portrayed in the musicals by Ryuuji Kasahara, Akihito Mimatsu
Hawk's Eye voiced by: Toshio Furukawa (first anime), Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Eternal) (JP), Benji Plener (Cloverway), Michael Yurchack (Viz), (EN), Benjamín Rivera (LatAm), Rogério Jacques (PT). Portrayed in the musicals by Tsukiko Tamura, Hikari Ono
Fish's Eye voiced by: Akira Ishida (first anime), Shouta Aoi (Eternal) (JP), Deborah Drakeford (Cloverway), Erik Kimerer (Viz), (EN), Vicky Burgoa (LatAm), Miguel Feijão (PT)
Hawk's Eye Portrayed in the musicals by: Tae Kimura

Three animals from the Dead Moon Circus transformed into humans by the Amazoness Quartet to battle with the Sailor Guardians. In the 90s anime, they serve under Zirconia.


  • Adaptational Dye-Job: Hawk's Eye hair and clothing in the 90s anime was crimson red and light rose. In Eternal, they're dark pink and purple.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the 90s anime, instead of being one-shot Monsters of the Week, they have existential crises over their lack of dream mirrors and animal natures and befriend the heroes before reverting to animal shapes and being taken to a magical sanctuary.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Gay and nursing a sincere crush on Mamoru in The '90s anime, Fish's Eye originally attempted to seduce Ami as the manga's more disposable Monster of the Week.
  • Affably Evil: In Eternal, Hawk's Eye tells Makoto he's always dreamed of running his own shop. While he is merely acting friendly to her so he can feed her to Lemures without any remorse (even after learning she shares the same dream as him), after she mortally wounds him, he expresses his satisfaction that he got to realize his dream, if only for a short while, and tells her to realize her dreams no matter what, likely due to finding her relatable despite being mortal enemies.
    • All three of them are also cheerful and flamboyant when they first turn human, though they all get quite malicious once they actually go after the Sailor Guardians.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Tiger's Eye and Hawk's Eye in Eternal. Respectively, they dreamed of becoming an artist and opening a shop. When Tiger's Eye dies, his last words are "My dream! It's destroyed!", and before Hawk's Eye dies, he says this is the end of his dream but is satisfied he got to realize it for a short while.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: In the Beach Episode, Tiger's Eye briefly contemplates to himself about what a friend is before brushing it off. It turns out later that he's had two all along.
  • Animal Theme Naming: Combined with Rock Theme Naming and Land, Sea, Sky. Each one's name includes the name of their animal form.
  • Ascended Extras: In the original manga the Amazon Trio were just MOWs for the Amazoness Quartet, who were the actual Quirky Miniboss Squad of the arc. In the '90s anime the trio were made the first set of minions for Zirconia and as such had a lot more interactions with the main cast.
  • Breakout Villain: Fish's Eye was voted one of the series’ most popular villains in a recent Sailor Moon poll.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: At one point, Hawk's Eye pretends to speak like Zirconia, even pulling his eyelids down to mimic the old bag's style. It causes Tiger's Eye to Spit Take his whiskey, and then he compliments Hawk's Eye on the masterful performance.
  • Camp Gay: Fish's Eye in the anime. He's very feminine and is only interested in going after male targets.
  • Camp Straight: Fish's Eye in the manga, where he tries to seduce Ami to brainwash her. It utterly fails.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Tiger's Eye tries to seduce his targets and often fails miserably, despite his good looks.
    • Hawk’s Eye too in a more low key, downplayed way.
  • Crosscast Role: Musical versions of Fish's Eye and Hawk's Eye. The latter is played by Hikari Ono who also played Prince Dimande.
  • Died Happily Ever After: In the 90s anime, Pegasus takes them to a forest sanctuary .
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Look at Fish's Eye. Listen to Fish's Eye. If it weren't for his infamous Shirtless Scene, would you believe Fish's Eye is a guy?
  • Easily Forgiven: In the 90s anime. Fish's Eye receives separate character development, coming to truly understand what love and dreams really are thanks to Mamoru and Usagi. Hawk's Eye and Tiger's Eye rebel less because of wanting to become good and more for telling Zirconia where to stick it as payback for trying to kill them, as well as to stick by their friend Fish's Eye to the end.
  • Evil Redhead: Tiger's Eye and Hawk's Eye. (Tiger's Eye sort of falls into this if you count orange as red hair.)
  • Face Death with Dignity: In Eternal, once mortally wounded by Sailor Jupiter, Hawk's Eye accepts his defeat, content that he realized his dream of running his own shop (if only for a short while), and even displaying some level of respect to Sailor Jupiter (who shares his dream) by telling her, in his final words, to go and realize her dreams.
    • In the 90's anime, Fish's Eye admires Usagi in his last moments for having the dreams that he couldn't, with Usagi realizing that he is "the girl" that she helped earlier.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: In the manga, unlike most villains who just get wiped away in a smear of ash, they get pretty graphic deaths. Tiger's Eye gets an arrow through the head, Hawk's Eye gets cut in half, and Fish's Eye gets popped like a blood-filled balloon. Their deaths are much more family-friendly in Eternal despite being killed by the same characters with the same attacks.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the anime only, they realize the error of their ways and join the good guys.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: Apparently extends to crossdressers too, as the very feminine Fish's Eye is the first of the trio to reconsider the path of evil because he falls in love with Mamoru.
  • Honey Trap: The three would separately try to befriend or seduce you. Once you rejected them, they'd try to trap you. How they go about it fits with their names. Hawk's Eye and Tiger's Eye both actively hunt their targets, whereas Fish's Eye baits the target and lets them come to him. In the manga, Hawk's Eye tries a variant of this. Rather than trying to force himself on his target Guardians like Fish's Eye and Tiger's Eye did, Hawk's Eye instead introduces himself in a civilian form to Makoto, befriends her, and tricks her into thinking he's sympathetic to her worries before attacking.
  • Knife Nut: Tiger's Eye. Fish's Eye... not so much.
  • Lack of Empathy: In the 90s anime, none of them can understand the importance around why their targets value their dreams, and tend to view their victims as statistics rather than people. Fish's Eye, however, starts to develop empathy on his own and realizes why these people value their dreams so much. Before his Heel–Face Turn, Fish's Eye would've gladly destroyed a person's dream mirror if ordered to do so. When Mister Magic Pierrot shatters Usagi's mirror, Fish's Eye is horrified and understands completely how much Usagi has lost.
  • Land, Sea, Sky: Tiger's Eye, Fish's Eye, and Hawk's Eye respectively.
  • Likes Older Women: Hawk's Eye preferred to attack older women in the anime. In fact, one of his victims was Ikuko-mama, Usagi's mother.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: Fish's Eye in Eternal, once Sailor Moon and Sailor Chibi Moon use Moon Gorgeous Meditation on him. In the original anime, this happens to all of the Amazon Trio's Monsters of the Week.
  • Love Redeems: In the anime, Fish's Eye is the first of the trio to go straight (no pun intended), after falling in unrequited love with Mamoru and befriending Usagi.
  • Mind Rape: Literally. In order to find Pegasus, they stick their heads inside of restrained people's dream mirrors in ways that remind you of a sexual assault.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: In the '90's anime, after Zirconia attacks Fish's Eye for trying to ask about the Trio's origins, and then smugly telling them that they are mere animals given human forms to act as pawns for the circus, the group collectively decide to give the middle finger to Zirconia and help restore Sailor Moon's Dream Mirror at the cost of their own lives. Don't worry they get better.
  • No Body Left Behind: In Eternal, both Tiger's Eye and Hawk's Eye disintegrate (along with their buildings) once killed by Sailor Mars and Sailor Jupiter, respectively, where the former was shot with an arrow and the latter was mortally wounded and had time to give some final words.
  • Punch Clock Villains: The trio usually discuss work sitting around their personal bar, and regard the search for Pegasus as a mere chore they have to do as a part of their circus job.
    • Played with in Eternal, where when Tiger's Eye and Hawk's Eye die, the only thing they can think of in their final moments is their dreams, and the latter is almost friendly to the Sailor Guardian he targeted moments earlier.
  • She's a Man in Japan: Fish's Eye was often made female in the Cloverway dub, for much the same reasons as Zoisite. In particular, his eyes are designed like typical female anime eyes such as the Sailor Guardians have, whereas Tiger's Eye and Hawk's Eye's eyes follow the typical anime male eye design, which is also why it's easy to mistake Fish's Eye for a girl.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the 90s anime, after restoring Usagi's dream mirror at the cost of their energy, Pegasus takes them to live in an enchanted forest.
  • True Companions: In the anime. Unlike the Chronic Backstabbing Disorder that plagues the majority of the villains, they were friendly towards each other from the start (despite not realizing what a friend was) and went on to support and die for each other and Sailor Moon. Not so different from a certain set of five girls.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: In most dubs, due to Fish's Eye's gender change.
  • Villainous Crossdresser: Hawk's Eye, in the manga. Fish's Eye, in the anime. Fish's Eye, though, gets some Character Development and becomes a Wholesome Crossdresser.
  • Villains Out Shopping: They're always seen hanging out in a pub.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: The three, in the anime, especially Tiger's Eye and Hawk's Eye.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: In both the manga and anime the trio are literally a tiger, hawk, and fish. The Amazon Quartet's magic let them take human forms.
  • Whip It Good: Tiger's Eye uses a whip.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Fish's Eye actually targeted a young boy in one episode, but before that he tried seducing him. He also abducted Chibi-Usa when he learned about her connection to Pegasus.
    • Tiger's Eye does the same to a young swordswoman around Chibi-Usa's age.

    Xenotime & Zeolite 

Xenotime & Zeolite

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Xenotime voiced by: Yohei Azakami (JP) Todd Haberkorn (EN)
Zeolite voiced by: Ryohei Arai (JP) Ezra Weisz (EN)

  • Adapted Out: They appeared in both the original manga and Eternal but weren't in the 90s anime.
  • Ax-Crazy: They're a couple of knife wielding freaks who repeatedly threaten to stab people to death and do it all with creepy smiles on their faces.
  • The Corrupter: They briefly brainwashed Minako before Artemis snapped her out of it.
  • Evil Counterpart: They serve as Venus's spotlight enemy since the Amazon Trio only had three members, who went up against Mercury, Mars and Jupiter.
  • Knife Nut: Ones that control knives telepathically.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Their scheme to entrap a Sailor Guardian was a lot more successful than the Amazon Trio's attempts, to the point that they had actually corrupted Minako and captured Mars, Mercury, and Jupiter. Granted, it didn't last long, but they were the only mooks ballsy enough to take on all four of the Inner Guardians at once.
  • Obviously Evil: Xenotime approaches Minako as a talent scout for "Dead Moon Idol Audition," but Minako can fully tell they're the enemy and goes along with it for the sake of exposing them.
  • Slasher Smile: Both of them, and it seems to be their default expression.

    Lemures 

Lemures

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  • Cloud Cuckoolander: A lot of the things they say in the first anime doesn't really make sense. For example one them randomly says you'll "become a toad".
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: A running gag features one of the Amazon Trio summoning a circus animal (seal, elephant etc.) playing with a ball. The animal quickly proves harmless. The ball... not so much.
  • Everything's Worse with Bears: One of the most prominent background Lemures was a blue-skinned girl with a bear's head and giant, mismatched eyes bordering on Uncanny Valley.
  • Harmless Villain: In the anime, they gradually descend into posing no threat at all. One of them tries "attacking" Usagi and Chibi-Usa by bouncing them up and down on a trampoline without actually trying to hurt them. Not that this stopped the Guardians from destroying them, of course.
    • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Mr. Magic Pierrot shows that no matter how silly a Sailor Moon monster might be, you need Sailor Moon and her finisher to take it down; after incapacitating her, he totally dominates the fight and kills Hawk's Eye until she comes back.
  • The Heartless: They're what happens to a person who's lost their dreams; in other words, Nobodies. They're nightmare blobs in the manga, making them much closer to the Trope Namer in appearance and application.
  • Lighter and Softer: In the manga, Lemures are globs of pure nightmares. In the anime, they're campy Monsters of the Week with a circus theme... Except for the Monster Clown that's sent to kill the Amazon Trio for their failures, seeing as he, well, succeeds, and mocks them for how pathetic they are, and comes this close to finishing everyone off.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: How they die in the anime, with the pieces apparently falling into their shadow, which then vanishes.
  • Living Shadow: The Lemures in the anime are summoned from their masters' shadow. Especially so in the Amazon Trio's Lemures, who briefly return to being shadows before fading away on death.
  • Lucky Translation: They were called 'Remless' in English dubs and subtitles of the 90s anime, which actually made a really clever Stealth Pun. Most dreaming occurs in the R.E.M. (rapid eye movement) stage of sleep, and for the most part members of the Dead Moon Circus are unable to dream. They are R.E.M.-less.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Unlike some of the other Monsters in the anime, the Lemures being old servants turned into weird circus freaks, so some of them end up not being very good at the whole "monster attacks sailor scouts" things.
  • Monogender Monsters: The only Sailor Moon monsters to avert this, about half of them are male.
  • Monster Clown: In the manga the circus is loaded with more clown-themed individuals. In the '90s anime, the Guardians only fight one expressly clown-type monster, but he's not to be trifled with, unlike the rest of the Lemures.
  • Oh, Crap!: Whenever they get hit by Sailor Moon's attack and go "Stage Out!"
  • Our Zombies Are Different / Our Ghosts Are Different: Nehellenia explicitly calls them "living corpses".
  • Playboy Bunny: Candy Doll PeroPero appears as one after shifting out of her ball form.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The Lemures were sometimes called "Remless" in subtitles, or in other words the "dreamless".
  • Theme Naming: In the 90s anime, their names have different themes depending on who summons them. Palla Palla's Lemures are the only ones with no real naming scheme.
    • Hawk's Eye and Tiger's Eye summon female Lemures whose names end in "-ko".
    • Fisheye summons male Lemures whose names end in an "o" sound.
    • For the Amazoness Quartet, Ves Ves's are identified with "Musume," Cere Cere's with "Jou," and Jun Jun's with "Yarou" (and like Fisheye, Jun Jun is the only one of her group who summons male Lemures). In the Viz dub, "Musume" is translated as "Girl", "Jou" as "Miss", and "Yarou" as "Dude".
  • Undying Loyalty: To Queen Nehellenia. And considering that she made every last one of them what they are... that says a lot.
  • Was Once a Man: All of them. Then they lost their dreams...turned into monsters...and started a circus?
  • You Killed My Father: The ball-themed Lemures turn out to be related. After Puko the balloon girl is killed, her cousin Gomu Mario decides to "thank" Sailor Moon for what she did when they meet. However, Gomu Mario's relative Elephanko doesn't care what happened to him or Puko.

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