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This page covers the Sailor Guardians/Sailor Soldiers, a group of Magical Girl Warriors who protect the solar system in the world of Sailor Moon.


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  • Action Girl: Every. Single. One of them. Fitting for a series about female empowerment.
  • Amazon Brigade: Sailor Moon and her Sailor Guardians, the Magical Girl Warrior rulers of their respective celestial bodies, as well as many Evil Counterpart teams with parallel power sets that double as Dark Magical Girl Quirky Miniboss Squads for their respective arc Big Bad, whether the Black Moon family's Ayakashi Sisters, the Death Busters' Witches 5, the Dead Moon Circus' Amazoness Quartet, or Shadow Galactica's Sailor Animamates. Sailor Moon Crystal even references it in the Theme Song: "We're not weak girls/Who need men's protection"
  • Badass Adorable: Pretty Soldiers/Guardians by name. Particularly Usagi/Moon, Ami/Mercury, and Hotaru/Saturn.
  • Badass Crew: The inner and outer soldiers function as examples of these in their own right, though all ten of the Solar System Soldiers can be considered one when they actually manage to work together (e.g. in the SuperS movie).
  • Badass Family:
    • Usagi/Moon, Mamoru/Tuxedo Mask and Chibi-Usa/Chibi Moon, although technically they're a badass future family, as the former two are Chibi-Usa's future parents. In Crystal Tokyo, they're still very powerful, though they don't really fight anymore as rulers.
    • The Outer Guardians become one when the three older ones adopt Hotaru/Saturn.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: While honour and duty would have made the Guardians loyal to her anyway this seems to be the major reason that the Sailor Guardian are so willing to put their lives on the line for Usagi. Each of the Soldiers were alone or in pain in some way but Usagi gave them each love and affection and gave them the friendship they always wanted. It's summed up best by Rei in the R movie:
    Rei: You don't get it, do you?! If not for Usagi, we... WE WOULD'VE BEEN ALL ALONE!"
  • Brought Down to Normal: In the Dream arc of the manga and at the end of the live action.
  • Clark Kenting: Most of them basically look and act exactly like themselves when in and out of costume in most versions. In fact, say what you will about Toonmakers Sailor Moon, at least it had them change their hair colors mid-transformation (like with Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon).
  • Color-Coded Characters:
    • Moon Guardians:
      • Usagi/Moon: Pink/White/Silver
      • Chibi-Usa/Chibi Moon: Pink
    • The Guardian Soldiers
      • Ami/Mercury: Blue
      • Rei/Mars: Red
      • Makoto/Jupiter: Green
      • Minako/Venus: Orange note 
    • The Outer Guardians:
      • Setsuna/Pluto: Black note 
      • Haruka/Uranus: Navy note 
      • Michiru/Neptune: Turquoise
      • Hotaru/Saturn: Purple
  • Dark and Troubled Past: At least half of the Soldiers have either lost family members, were friendless while growing up, or both, in their present-day lifetimes. And that's not even getting into their past lives, where Princess Serenity was Driven to Suicide after Prince Endymion sacrificed his life fighting Queen Beryl.
    • Not only did Ami lose her father (who lives in Europe and barely has any contact with her and her mother), she was disliked by her peers because they thought she was an Insufferable Genius, when in reality she was too shy to approach anyone until Usagi started talking to her.
    • In the manga, Rei grew up estranged from her father, who didn't even care when her mother was dying from an illness. As a result, she deeply resents her father, and Does Not Like Men. Also, her First Love was her father's Right-Hand Hottie and prospect successor, who got engaged to another woman (the daughter of Mr. Hino's friend) and claimed that he did it for convenience, but Rei realised that he was lying since if he truly wanted better connections in politics, he would've married her instead. In the anime, Rei isn't like this at all but she was still implied to have been discriminated in the past due to her Psychic Powers. This was confirmed in the R movie, where she's seen sadly playing with Deimos and Phobos while others gossip about her.
    • Makoto lost both of her parents in a plane crash, leaving her to raise herself. She was ostracized by her peers because she was tall and frighteningly strong. The one boy who liked her enough to be her boyfriend eventually dumped her for the exact same reason.
    • Minako had been fighting youma as Sailor V a year before the Sailor Guardians, without any help. So much of her time was taken up by saving the world, she lost the friends she used to have. On top of that, the first youma she'd killed was her crush. At the end of C:SV, she learned that Kaitou Ace, her one true love was a member of the Dark Kingdom, and Minako chose to kill him with her own hand, breaking her own heart in the process. As if that wasn't painful enough, she learned of the fall of the Moon Kingdom in the past lives of the Guardians, and as the Guardians' leader, she came to blame herself for the fall.In the anime, she moved to England, and lived with an older woman named Katarina and a man named Alan, whom she'd fallen in love with. While fighting crime as Sailor V, she gets wounded by a grenade, and witnesses Alan and Katarina fall into each other's arms, thinking that the two of them had fallen in love (really, they thought Minako had died and were embracing out of despair). She left England with a broken heart. Not only was she ignored by her peers for not spending any time with them, she was outright bullied by them as she heard them say that she was a childish weirdo who "liked to play Sailor V".
    • Not a past per se in Chibiusa's case, since she travelled back to 20th century Tokyo to prevent a Dark and Troubled Future for 30th century Crystal Tokyo. Her mother, Neo-Queen Serenity, was frozen in crystal, and Crystal Tokyo was on the brink of destruction. She also felt neglected by her parents, who were busy ruling Crystal Tokyo. Also in the manga, she was picked on by fellow students for not having any powers.
    • Hotaru lost her mother in a lab accident, and was herself fatally wounded. Her father made a Deal with the Devil with Master Pharaoh 90 to make Hotaru a cyborg (manga) or heal her in exchange of both of them being possessed (anime) so that she could survive. As a result, Hotaru's father became a villain himself. Hotaru grew up as a frail Ill Girl who was scorned by her peers because of her Healing Hands, which people found weird. Also, she was being hunted by the Outer Guardians because of her status as an Apocalypse Maiden. Chibi-Usa was pretty much the first friend she'd ever had, which is a shame because she's really freaking cute.
  • Dub Name Change: Some dubs go this route. For example, all of them except Hotaru receive new names when the first anime was first dubbed into English (but not when Viz redubbed). Some of them, particularly the Outers, have different English dub names in different source material, but the official ones are:
    • Usagi to Serena in the anime or Bunny in the manga.
    • Ami Mizuno to Amy Anderson (though Amy Mizuno was also used).
    • Rei to Raye (really, only the spelling changed, as Rei and Raye have the same pronunciation).
    • Makoto to Lita.
    • Minako to Mina.
    • Chibi-Usa to Rini.
    • Setsuna to Trista.
    • Haruka to Amara.
    • Michiru to Michelle.
    • Hotaru only stayed the same because, by the time she was introduced, Cloverway had already eschewed this practice and switched to using the original names of characters of the week instead. However, since Professor Tomoe had introduced before that, which led to his surname being mispronounced, Hotaru's surname was similarly mispronounced.
  • Elemental Powers: The assignment of magical powers and Guardians names comes from a mix of European and Chinese astrology and alchemy that sometimes seems almost random. Mercury gets fresh-water ice powers from Asian symbolism, while Neptune gets ocean-themed water powers from Western. Mars as Fire may have to do with the fact that in Japanese, Mars is "Kasei" (literally Fire Star or Fire Planet). Meanwhile, Jupiter gets powers from both sides, with an elemental affiliation to Wood that shows up in later seasons and manga issues, but she started out with lightning powers from her Roman god namesake. Venus has an easily missed Metal affiliation with her "Love-Me Chain". Neptune gets ocean-themed water powers because of the Japanese word for Neptune: "Sea king star/planet". Same goes for Uranus ("Sky king star") and Pluto ("Dark ruler star"). Saturn's meaning might be a bit more obscure ("Soil star") but it's related to the whole idea of dying, while Sailor Moon is her opposite (rebirth) in the S arc.
  • Enlightenment Superpowers: In the manga, they overcome Nehellenia's seal on their powers and get their Super forms thanks to this.
    • Also happens in the live action, as they awaken their full power through this.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: According to the manga, not only Usagi but ALL of the other Sailor Guardians were princesses of their planets during the Silver Millennium so this applies to all of them. Whether this trope is valid outside of the manga is up to debate.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • The Four Guardians:
      • Ami/Mercury - Melancholic (anime), Phlegmatic (manga/Crystal)
      • Rei/Mars - Choleric (anime), Melancholic (manga/Crystal)
      • Makoto/Jupiter - Phlegmatic (anime), Sanguine (manga/Crystal)
      • Minako/Venus - Sanguine (anime), Choleric (manga/Crystal)
    • The Outer Guardians:
      • Setsuna/Pluto - Melancholic
      • Michiru/Neptune - Sanguine
      • Haruka/Uranus - Choleric
      • Hotaru/Saturn - Phlegmatic
  • Human Aliens: In their original incarnations, the Sailor Guardians were not native to Earth (and the manga implies that Queen Serenity and the Silver Millennium have their origins outside the Sol System entirely). The trope no longer applies in the present day, however, due to all of the Guardians being reincarnated on the Earth as humans.
  • I Believe I Can Fly: In the manga everyone can fly by the Infinity arc.
  • Magical Girl: Perhaps the most famous outside (and inside!) of Japan. Many misinformed people will call any other magical girl series a "ripoff" of Sailor Moon, which isn't true in the slightest.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: Helped to define the genre.
  • Meaningful Name: All of them, usually in reference to their elements or powers and/or appearance and personality. See Theme Naming below.
  • Only Child Syndrome: Usagi has an Annoying Younger Sibling... and that's it, she's the only one with any siblings whatsoever.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: One of the more infamous examples, the girls essentially wear uniforms similar to actual school girl uniforms and no one of them wears even a simple mask. Yup, no masks, no hair color changes, pretty much nothing concealing their identities (Sailor V did use to wear a mask, but she ditched it after becoming Venus). Despite this, no one seems to recognize Usagi and her pals.
  • Reincarnation: Of the leaders and Guardians of the Moon Kingdom, destined to grow up into their former selves and rebuild it.
  • Sentai: They combine elements of this (namely by being Color-Coded Characters) with Magical Girls, becoming the Trope Codifier for the Magical Girl Warrior trope.
  • She's Got Legs: Yes, even Chibi-Usa. (check the opening for S if you don't believe it)
  • Significant Birth Date: According to the Western Zodiac, each of them was born under a sign that her planet rules:
    • Usagi/Moon and Chibi-Usa/Chibi Moon: June 30 (Cancer).
    • Ami/Mercury: September 10 (Virgo).
    • Rei/Mars: April 17 (Aries).
    • Makoto/Jupiter: December 5 (Sagittarius).
    • Minako/Venus: October 22 (Libra).
    • Setsuna/Pluto: October 29 (Scorpio).
    • Haruka/Uranus: January 27 (Aquarius).
    • Michiru/Neptune: March 6 (Pisces).
    • Hotaru/Saturn: January 6 (Capricorn).
  • The Team: There are a great many Sailor Scouts and allies, but they tend to form a few distinct groups.
  • Theme Naming:
    • All of the Inner Soldiers have surnames referring to their respective planet in some way or another, while their first names typically reflect an aspect of their personality. Furthermore, all of their surnames end with the same character (no, a homophone for the Japanese word meaning "of").
    • The Outer Soldiers' surnames literally are the Japanese names of their respective planets except without the "-sei", leaving them all (except for Hotaru) ending in ou; the kanji for "king".
  • Three Plus Two: The first season spent an inordinate amount of time with just Sailor Moon, Mars and Mercury. Jupiter and Venus came later. Of course, as the season progressed, the five became a true Five-Man Band.
  • Town Girls: The outer soldiers consist of Haruka (butch), Michiru (femme), and Setsuna (neither).
  • True Companions: All the Guardians have this relationship with Usagi and with each other.
  • Undying Loyalty: Each and every one of the Guardians would give their lives to protect Usagi (and have done so multiple times). Usagi in turn can and will go to hell and back to bring them back to life should the need arise.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Each of the inner soldiers receive a power-up after experiencing this in the R season of the anime. Sailor Venus receives another power in a similar fashion in the SuperS season after being bound up and having her Dream Mirror ripped out by the two guys she was two-timing. Same with Sailor Mercury in her SuperS movie special, when she thinks that her academic rival is trying to get under her skin and attack her (the enemy she attacks turns out to be someone completely different.)
  • World of Action Girls: Sailor Moon is about Usagi Tsukino and her friends who transform into Magical Girl Warriors to battle demons, Usagi herself becoming the titular Sailor Moon. Her friends, meanwhile, become Sailor Mercury, Sailor Venus, Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Saturn, Sailor Uranus, Sailor Neptune, and Sailor Pluto. A good deal of the montsers of the week, Quirky Mini Boss Squads and Big Bads were also women. The series is iconic for not only running on this trope, but doing it in a way that portrays their "girly girl" aspects as strengths instead of weaknesses. Not only that, there are several occasions where the male lead (Usagi's boyfriend) is put in the Damsel in Distress position and the eponymous heroines must rescue him.

Moon Guardians

     Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon 

     Usagi "Chibi-Usa" Small Lady Serenity/Sailor Chibi Moon 

Usagi "Chibi-Usa" Small Lady Serenity/Rini - Sailor Chibi Moon

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Voiced by: Kae Araki (first anime), Misato Fukuen (Crystal) (Japanese), Tracey Hoyt (DiC), Stephanie Beard (Cloverway), Sandy Fox (Viz) (English), Cristina Hernández (Latin American Spanish, original/Crystal), Vanessa Garcel (Latin American Spanish, movies), Úrsula Bezerra (Brazilian Portuguese), Fernanda Figueiredo (European Portuguese)
Portrayed in the musicals by: Ai Miyakawa, Mao Kawasaki, Tamaki Dia Shirai, Natsumi Takenaka, Ayano Gunji, Arisu Izawa, Kasumi Takabatake, Noël Miyazaki (Noeru Kariya), Aisha Yamamoto, Nanami Ōta, Mao Ōno, Mina Horita, Moe Ōsaki, Kokoro Kuge, Airi Kanda

"Guardian of Love and Justice, the pretty sailor suited soldier in training, Sailor Chibi Moon! In the name of the future moon, I'll punish you!"

Usagi and Mamoru's bratty Kid from the Future who travels to the 20th century to steal Usagi's Silver Crystal in order to save the 30th century. She takes after her mother in most ways and generally behaves like an odd sort of Annoying Younger Sibling to her, but underneath the constant bickering and whining, it's apparent that the two really do care about each other. After departing for the future at the end of the second season, she returns for the third and fourth, this time a few years older and on a peaceful mission to train as a Sailor Guardian.


  • Adaptational Comic Relief: In the 90s anime, expect her to become a Butt-Monkey as soon as she gets into a fight. The first time she tried using her Pink Sugar Heart Attack says it all. Although in the manga, there were a number of side comics that dealt with her fighting a number of bad guys alongside of Sailor Moon and occasionally Sailor Venus. These were usually very goofy villains, like a spirit who got power from cavity pains.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the manga and Crystal, she had legitimate attacks. In the 90s anime, her one attack in S didn't work half the time, and the rest of the time it hurt the monster only as much as a hard spanking. By Super S she lost any attacks at all and her only power was transforming and having the ability to call Pegasus.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Chibi-Usa in the manga and Crystal is noticeably less bratty and more shy than her 90s anime version.
  • All Girls Like Ponies: Falls in love with Helios who initially appears as Pegasus. Also, she briefly bonds with Reika over a fondness for horses.
  • All-Loving Heroine: Not as much as Usagi, though.
  • Animal Motifs: Rabbits, just like Usagi. She's even referred to as "Rabbit" (in English, no less) by the Black Moon Clan and the Ayakashi Sisters.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: She acts like this towards Usagi, despite how she's actually Usagi's Kid from the Future.
  • The Atoner: In Episode 74, despite Usagi's objections, she goes with her to save the inner soldiers to make up for her previous mistake in the previous episode.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite their constant bickering and fights with one another it's made clear, multiple times, that Usagi and Chibi-Usa do indeed love one another with Usagi going full Mama Bear if anyone even thinks about hurting her. Their tearful goodbye at the end of R really makes it stand out especially this line in the Viz English dub:
    Chibi-Usa: I love you, Mommy.
  • Big Damn Heroes: At the Marine Cathedral, after Eudial snatches the talismans away from the Guardians and causes a wall of flames to trap them, Chibi-Usa and Mamoru arrive in the nick of time by way of crashing through a stained glass window. She then uses her Luna-P to extinguish the flames.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: At her worst. More in the anime, but the manga version wasn't above everything.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Moon prism power, make up!", "Moon crisis, make up!", "Pink Moon crystal power, make up! (manga)"
  • Character Development: In the 90s anime, she was more mature in S than she had been in R. By SuperS, however, she was Wise Beyond Her Years to the point of being more mature than the other Guardians, her friends, and even adult characters-of-the-day. Though it's more directed to Flanderization on SuperS.
  • Cheerful Child: At her best. She's usually more of a Mouthy Kid.
  • Creepy Child: Occasionally, particularly in her first appearance.
  • Cute Witch: She's time-traveled from the future for unspecified training, and her powers are mostly trickery rather than anything useful for fighting.
  • Daddy's Girl: She is a perfect example, monopolizing her future father Mamoru/Darian's time and fighting over him with her future mother Usagi/Serena. Her unfortunate transformation into Black Lady even twists her innocent need for approval and love for Mamoru into a vision of her kissing him (90s anime) and her actually taking him hostage and kissing him (manga). Even in the future, ChibiUsa appears to have a more normal relationship with her father Endymion; while she loves her mother Neo-Queen Serenity dearly, she also idolizes her to the point of an inferiority-complex.
  • Didn't Think This Through: In R, she stole Usagi's brooch under the reasoning that a ditz like Usagi didn't deserve to be Sailor Moon and decided to take the Silver Crystal inside back to the future. Only thing she ends up doing is getting the Guardian Sailors captured and Usagi giving her a What the Hell, Hero? for her actions.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Like Usagi, she despises carrots.
  • Electra Complex: She's attracted to a literal younger version of her father. She later grows out of it after she meets Helios.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Turning her Luna-P into a gun, pointing it at Usagi in order to get her to hand over the Silver Crystal and is willing to pull the trigger, but only fires a dart.
  • Expy: Pink-haired princess of a magical kingdom, who magically makes her adopted parents (or in this case, her maternal grandparents and uncle) think she's their daughter (or niece/cousin)? Sounds a lot like Magical Princess Minky Momo... (As a bonus, Momo's magical rod looks a lot like the one Moon has in Super-S.)
  • Fear of Thunder: Like mother, like daughter. Though in her case it's played more seriously since, in the anime, she panics so much during a storm that she tries to come back to the future and starts crying when it doesn't work, causing quite the physical phenomenons around her and releasing a huge Pillar of Light that reveals her whereabouts to the Black Moon.
  • Generation Xerox: In The '90s anime, Mamoru openly points out that she and Usagi are very similar personality wise.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Pink and pointy.
  • Hereditary Hairstyle: She wears her hair in exaggerated odangos just like Usagi.
  • Immortal Immaturity: In the manga.
  • Interspecies Romance: She falls in love with a unicorn. Or better said, a guy who appears to her first as a winged unicorn, and even in human form has a sort-of horn in his head.
  • In the Name of the Moon: "For love and justice, I am a sailor-suited pretty soldier in training: Sailor Chibi-Moon! In the name of the future moon, I will punish you!"
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In the anime mostly. While Rini was extremely bratty and rude towards Usagi, she's not wrong for feeling a little resentful towards Usagi for being selfish and irresponsible.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can definitely be a pain in the rear, and even went as far as drugging Usagi in the R season so that she could have easy access to the Silver Crystal. On the other hand, it can't be denied her friendship with Hotaru and willingness to protect her (including nearly taking an attack that would've definitely killed her) is nothing short of caring.
  • Joke Character: As a fighter, especially in the anime. She starts to get a lot more powerful later in the manga, even able to collect her own team of Soldiers and help Sailor Moon fight Galaxia. Granted she can't help in the final battle, owing to her dad's past self dying and erasing her from existence, but she still saves Sailor Moon's life.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: She is very popular among the young viewers in Japan. Being out of place in the story of SuperS, however, caused Toei's attempt to focus on the character for the anime to backfire miserably and as such, her screentime was substantially limited to the point that she doesn't appear in Sailor Stars. She did have better luck with Crystal, though.
  • Kid from the Future: Neo-Queen Serenity and King Endymion's daughter. Her real name is Princess Usagi Small Lady Serenity Tsukino. She liked the nickname Chibi-Usa so much, she added that to it as well.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Light feminine to Hotaru's dark feminine. This could be considered a subversion, however, considering what Chibi-Usa is....
  • Little Miss Badass: In the manga and Crystal, where she's legitimately more powerful.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Towards Usagi.
  • MacGuffin Turned Human: In the anime, turns out the Silver Crystal she was trying to find? Inside her the entire time.
  • Mega Twintails: Much wider than most pigtails in the series.
  • Meaningful Name: Shares the name of Tsukino Usagi, so she also represents the Moon Rabbit. Her nickname "Chibi-Usa" means "little rabbit", too. Her English name "Rini" is a diminutive of "Serenity", after her mother Neo-Queen Serenity (who in turn is named after her mother from her past incarnation).
  • More Than Mind Control: When she's turned into Black Lady, especially in the manga.
  • Mouthy Kid: Towards Usagi in The '90s anime.
  • Never My Fault: Part of her Character Development in R is her problem with admitting and accepting responsibility for her actions, particularly that she caused the Silver Crystal of Neo Tokyo to be lost to start with. She feels like it's her fault, but refuses to openly acknowledge and accept these feelings, which is part of how Wiseman is able to brainwash her. During the final battle, she is able to make the crystal appear and save the day after finally breaking down and admitting "It's all my fault!"
    • Up to Eleven since no one else but Usagi really wants to blame her either.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In R, she probably shouldn't have stolen Usagi's brooch. However, her action ends up forcing Rubeus' hand, which causes the other Sailor Soldiers to be abducted by him.
  • Nom de Mom: Three times over. Possibly subverted in that she might be just using Tsukino as her last name since she is pretending to be Usagi's cousin. It's also pretty clear that the Moon Kingdom and Neo Tokyo are matriarchies, meaning King Endymion probably took Serenity's name anyway.
  • Not Growing Up Sucks: In the manga, much of her own personal angst derives from the fact that she has not been able to physically age past childhood. Fortunately for her, after spending a lot of time with Usagi and Co. in the past and after tons of training, she appears to be 12-13 years old around the final arc of the manga. The anime seems to have cut this plot point out entirely and just presents her as a regular little girl.
  • Odango Hair: Hers are shaped like rabbit ears, in keeping with her rabbit motif.
  • Overly Long Name: Her real name and full title is Princess Usagi Small Lady Serenity (we don't know what possessed Usagi into giving her such a name). She liked the nickname Chibi-Usa so much, she added that to it as well. When she arrives in the present, she introduces herself as "Usagi" despite everyone in the future calling her "Small Lady" and she's registered at school as "Usagi Tsukino" much like her mother, though it's unknown if Tsukino actually part of her name, if her dad's family name is her legal in the future or if she even has one at all. (If it is part of her name, it would be Princess Usagi "Chibi-Usa" Small Lady Serenity Tsukino).
    • It's established that when she eventually grows up, she drops the small part of her titles becoming "Princess Usagi Lady Serenity"
  • Parent-Child Team: With Usagi whenever they fight side by side.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Sailor Chibi Moon's fuku always has pink, not to mention that her hair is pink.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: In the manga, after Pluto's death, Chibi-Usa is able to de-brainwash herself and transform from a powerless little kid into a 12-year-old Sailor Chibi-Moon.
  • The Prankster: On Usagi.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Her Guardian outfit. Her princess outfit is also pink, but not in the 90's anime, where it's a mini-version of Princess Serenity's dress.
  • Puppy Love: With Helios/Pegasus, who has the looks of a 12-year-old.
  • Really 700 Years Old: In the manga, Chibi-Usa is much older than her anime counterpart. Justified that her birth took place eight years after the beginning of the Sailor Moon storyline.
  • Replacement Flat Character: To Shingo. After he got some Character Development and Hidden Depths over the course of the first season, she became the new Annoying Younger Sibling to Usagi and was even more childishly bratty than Shingo had ever been.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: After the backlash against Chibi-Usa in SuperS, her role was reduced substantially towards the end of the season and is gone by the time Sailor Stars rolls around. Unlike the manga version, she doesn't even show up with her team, the Sailor Quartet, to help in the final battle.
  • Shrinking Violet: Has some shades of this in the manga.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Though she's actually Usagi's Kid from the Future, she and Usagi act like vitriolic siblings; they poke and bother each other, but are very mutually protective when push comes to shove.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Became this during Super S, where the show is more about her than Usagi.
  • Super Cute Super Powers: Her "Pink Sugar Heart Attack" is every bit as feminine as it sounds.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Black Lady.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pudding and pancakes.
  • Tsundere: A distinctly non-romantic variant, but she's definitely a hard tsun type in R. To give an example, when she's trying to convince Usagi to go rescue Mamoru during the R movie, she whips out a handgun and shoots her in the face. note  Whereas in Super S, she's at her most dere.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Only in the Canadian dub of the 90s anime, when she's flanderized into acting more bratty than she actually is. (While kinda bratty in the original anime, she was nowhere that bad save for very counted times.) Then again, in her defense, she does eventually grow out of this... especially after the following trope takes place. In R, she had a habit of blithely running off and getting Sailor Moon and the Soldiers into major trouble when they try to get her out of whatever situation she'd gotten herself into. And she still didn't deem Usagi worthy of possessing the Silver Moon Crystal Brooch and steals it from her, leading to the What the Hell, Hero? moment below.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: The Serious Child to Usagi's Wacky Parent, though Chibiusa is technically Usagi's future daughter.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: In both the manga and anime, her chief motivation in her initial arc is to live up to her mother's standards.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She gets a huge one from Usagi in R, when the inner soldiers are captured by Rubeus after she foolishly steals Usagi's brooch containing the Silver Crystal and attempts to return to the future, preventing Usagi - the most powerful member of the team - from being able to transform and come to her aid when Rubeus comes after her. When this happens, the usually forgiving Usagi is so angry that she has to be stopped by Mamoru from beating Chibi-Usa:
    Usagi: Chibi-Usa, you... you're such an idiot! Now they've been captured and it's all your fault!
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink in this case.
  • Young and In Charge: After returning to the future at the end of the Dream arc in the manga, she joins up and leads the Sailor Quartet, her own team consisting of Sailors Vesta, Pallas, Juno and Ceres. Offical artwork also groups Hotaru in with them but it's unknown if she's actully fought with them

Four Soldiers of the Guardian Gods

     Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury 

Ami Mizuno/Amy - Sailor Mercury

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Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (first anime), Hisako Kanemoto (Crystal) (Japanese), Karen Bernstein (DiC), Liza Balkan (Cloverway), Kate Higgins (Viz) (English), Rossy Aguirre (Latin American Spanish, original/Crystal), Ana Maria Mari and Elena Ruiz (European Spanish), Debora Magnaghi (Italian), Stefanie Beba (German), Gilmara Sanches (Brazilian Portuguese, Classic), Melissa Garcia (Brazilian Portuguese, R - Stars), Isabel Wolmar (European Portuguese)
Portrayed in PGSM by: Rika Izumi
Portrayed in the musicals by: Ayako Morino, Yukiko Miyagawa, Hisano Akamine, Mariya Izawa, Chieko Kawabe, Manami Wakayama, Miyabi Matsuura, Momoyo Koyama

"Guardian of Water and Knowledge, the pretty sailor suited soldier Sailor Mercury! Douse yourself in water, and repent!"

Ami, the first Sailor Guardian to join Sailor Moon in her fight, is a kind but insecure prodigy renowned for her genius intellect. Although she's timid and tends to obsess over her grades, she's a loyal friend and a worthy addition to the team. Her sharp mind and analytical abilities make her the strategist of Sailor Moon's inner soldiers.


  • Academic Alpha Bitch:
    • Unbelievable, but true. It's usually mistaken for her trying to help her fellow Soldiers, but the Exam Battles specials showed her being particularly aggressive in trying to force the others into studying and really happy when she mistook the Monster of the Week for the boy who regularly matched her grades, as it meant she had an excuse to murder him (Minako promptly declared she wouldn't study hard to avoid being murdered by her).
    • Also seen in the anime when she's more concerned about Chibi-Usa studying with her until 11:00 at night rather than the 9-year old girl getting a proper amount of sleep.
  • Academic Athlete: Other than being a brilliant student, she's also a good swimmer.
  • Adorkable: She is a nerdy Cute Bookworm, after all.
  • Allergic to Love: Along with other much more extreme and neurotic behaviors, Ami reacts to getting a love letter by breaking out in hives in the "Ami-chan's First Love" manga side-story/SuperS anime short. The anime version creates an Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole, as The '90s anime continuity sees her in a relationship with Canon Foreigner Ryo Urawa, with no indication of a love phobia. The episode with the Princess Seminar also contains a unique aversion as she's seen ballroom dancing with a boy without any reservations.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: She pulls this off frequently both in and out of her civilian guise. Case in point, in her debut chapter, she gets the top score on an arcade game she has never played before, simply by calculating the game's AI patterns after watching Usagi play it once.
  • Badass Adorable: Her sweetness can't be denied. As for the badass part, she is a Guardian who can manipulate ice and water and summon foggy mists as distractions, proving herself a great asset to the sailor team.
  • Badass Bookworm: The obvious brains of the team in every iteration.
  • Barrier Maiden: Her future self in Crystal Tokyo.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Ami's First Love is a good example of this, with her turning into a Academic Alpha Bitch and hoping that the demon was her academic rival so that she'd get to kill him. Also, in PGSM, she turns into a Dark Magical Girl because she felt unneeded by the Guardian, and nearly killed Sailor Moon.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Dark Sailor Mercury in PGSM.
  • Broken Ace: Initially. She was an extremely intelligent student, but also a Lonely Rich Kid with no friends and disliked by her peers because they thought she was an Insufferable Genius, when in reality she was too shy to approach anyone until Usagi started talking to her.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Mercury power, make up!", "Mercury star power, make up!", "Mercury planet power, make up!" (manga) "Mercury crystal power, make up!"
  • Corner of Woe: In the episode where she's accused of cheating on her exams, the pressure and taunts of her classmates drive her into an alley where she covers her ears.
  • Covert Pervert: While she's involved in very few romantic subplots of her own, she's always very aware of everyone else's, and when most of the inner soldiers are perplexed and put off by Haruka and Michiru's relationship, she completely understands what's going on. Also, there's a famous scene where, when they see Seiya wearing only a towel, she can be seen peeking through her hands.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Blue hair and matching blue eyes.
  • Cute Bookworm: Just look at her picture!
  • The Cutie: She's a sweetheart and pretty adorable.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Only in the live-action.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Does not like hamachi fish.
  • Elemental Hair: Her blue hair perfectly matches her water and ice affinities.
  • Enemy Scan: She's the "look before she leaps" type, analyzing the enemy and then taking action. She even has a special visor that no one seems to have an equivalent power for.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Live action only. She gets brainwashed and turns into an evil version called Dark Mercury; Moon manages to bring her back, though. She still almost kills her and only snaps out of it when she has already injured Moon.
  • Flanderization: Sailor Moon R felt the need to give it a bump to the point where she can't seem to go most episodes without mentioning the need to study. Though given the fact that the girls are studying to pass their high school entrance exams, this can be somewhat understood.
  • Fog of Doom: Mercury can produce this with her Mercury Aqua Mist attack (Sabão Spray in The '90s anime), producing a concealing fog that gives comrades an opening to attack an enemy unawares.
  • Foil:
    • In the 90s anime, to Rei. Both are intelligent, hardworking, ambitious, and are simultaneously looked down upon and envied by fellow students. While Ami uses water, has a mostly defensive fighting style, and studies her enemy before attacking, Rei uses fire, is very aggressive in combat, and charges in (though she shows restraint at times) to a fight guns blazing. Ami is blue-themed, while Rei is red-themed. While Ami is soft-spoken, shy, sweet, wants others to like her, and easily takes to Usagi, Rei is fiery, headstrong, abrasive, pretends she doesn’t care about others’ opinions, and butts heads with Usagi constantly.
    • Also to Haruka, which is explored in the Nehellenia arc of the Stars season. While Ami is the brains of the inner guardians, and insists on studying an enemy before attacking, Haruka is the brawn of the Outer Guardians, and tries to plow through hordes of enemies with brute force. Ami is ladylike, gentle, idealistic, insecure, and wants to be liked by others, while Haruka is tomboyish, gruff, cynical enough to think that a horrible sacrifice is necessary to preserve peace, appears very confident, and genuinely does not care whether others accept her or not.
  • Giant Waist Ribbon: Super Sailor Mercury, Eternal Sailor Mercury, Dark Mercury.
  • Go-Getter Girl: She tries very hard to be good at everything in school.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: They're able to scan the enemy and work in conjunction with her mini-computer. Also they can release a fog in the manga. They're activated by touching her earring, and can even make a headset mic appear.
  • Good Is Not Soft: She is a kind girl, but that doesn't mean that she can't be resourceful in fights and get angry at enemies.
  • Ice Magic Is Water: Sailor Mercury's attacks have included not only water and ice but even bubbles and mist. This helps differentiate her from Sailor Neptune, who had ocean based water powers.
  • Idiot Ball: On the "Snow White Play" episode of the original anime, she decides to inform everyone in the stage that "[she's] the one with the highest grades on the national exams, Sailor Mercury!" Good thing no one pays attention.
  • Improbably High I.Q.: She's rumored to have an IQ of around 300 by her fellow classmates. The Musicals on the other hand present this as fact. In the new Viz dub, Umino claims that it's over nine thousand!
  • Improvised Weapon: Is dead to rights against the DD Girls in Sailor Moon Classic's season finale. Making the most of her last seconds, she decides to make an impact in a way her usage of Bubble Spray can't: by bashing her super computer corner first into the forehead of the DD Girl creating illusions, breaking the crystal source of her illusions.
    "I guess now's the last time I'll be using this."
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Blue hair, blue eyes, and a kind personality.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Implied in the S season of the anime. Michiru and Ami participate in a swimming race, and Michiru senses that Ami was trying to let her win. Michiru calls Ami out on her accidentally condescending behaviour, driving the latter to tears.
  • Instant Expert: At video games. In the original series she gets the all-time high score on the Sailor V arcade game on her first try. In the Stars series, she wins a fighting game tournament (again, on her first try) just to give the team a chance to speak with Taiki to clear up a misunderstanding.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Before meeting Usagi. Her school peers mistook her shyness for arrogance and refused to approach her.
  • In the Name of the Moon: "For love and intellect, I am a sailor-suited pretty soldier: Sailor Mercury! In the name of Mercury, soak your head in water and reflect on yourself!"
  • Japanese Ranguage: In one episode, it's shown that while her academic knowledge of English is flawless, she can't really pronounce it properly.
  • Kansai Regional Accent:
    • In the original, Ami speaks with a light Kyoto accent, presumably to make her seem more refined and ladylike.
    • The Canadian dub actually got this part right: Amy's accent occasionally sounds like Queen's Received (not as strongly as Luna's), but with enough Americanisms to make her sound like she's from the classier parts of New England.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Of the Teen Genius variety.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: This is very reason we know she isn't as unfriendly and arrogant as her reputation says: when Luna approaches her, Ami reacts quite warmly. Later on, she's often seen petting and hugging Luna, with whom she seems to have a particularly close friendship, and her bio outright states that cats are her favorite animal.
  • Lady of War: Mercury becomes this after gaining her water blast attacks and going Musical Assassin with Mercury Aqua Rhapsody.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: More in the manga and live-action. Her single mother is a high-ranking doctor at her hospital and has to work very late hours, so Ami has been a latch-key kid most of her life.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: Until befriending the other Sailors she had a hard time making friends because others thought her inherent shyness was her being snobby.
  • Making a Splash: A water user. Though in later arcs she dabbles in ice to differentiate herself from Neptune.
  • Mama Bear: Mercury is so pissed when a monster goes after babies that she gains a new power out of sheer anger and willpower.
  • Meaningful Name: The characters used to write "Ami" can be read as "Asian beauty," and the "Mizu" in "Mizuno" means "water."
  • Meganekko: As an obvious metaphor for Ami's introversion and fear of making friends. In the original manga, she just used them for reading occasionally, and the anime rarely showed them at all. In the live action she wore them all the time at first, as they made people less likely to talk to her.
  • Memento MacGuffin: In Sailor Moon Crystal, since Usagi is her first friend ever, Ami rapidly becomes very attached to the pen she won on their first outing together at the Video Arcade, well before she knows it to be her Transformation Trinket. While Brainwashed, she's oblivious to orders from the Monster of the Week as she staggers to retrieve it from across a room, dull-eyed but sighing happily when she does.
  • Musical Assassin: When she uses her Mercury Aqua Rhapsody which takes the form of a water harp.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: She is somewhat popular among her peers for her looks and brains. She got a love letter in a side story although she didn't react very well to it. This is more present in the anime.
  • Nice Girl: One of her more defining traits. She is usually the most patient of the inner soldiers, and always willing to help the people around her in any way she can. That said, Beware the Nice Ones is definitely in effect.
  • Not So Above It All: Mostly in the anime.
  • Only Sane Woman: Mostly in the anime, which veers more into Dysfunction Junction and exaggerated character types. In the manga, everyone is far more subdued, so she doesn't invoke this as much.
  • The Quiet One: The least talkative of the Sailors.
  • Renaissance Man: She's demonstrated proficiency at both CPR and mouth-to-mouth. She also has demonstrated fluency in both English and German. She is a top-ranked chess player, able to compete against chess masters three times her age. Also, she is capable of fixing a car. She is able to swim at least as well as Michiru, and actually held back to avoid offending her. She has, on occasion, written lyrics for instrumental music she likes. Also she fights monsters in her spare time.
  • Second Place Is for Losers:
    • In one anime episode she's accused of cheating. That doesn't bother her nearly as much as getting a single question wrong and missing out on a perfect score.
    • In the manga, when Taiki beats her in a test, she's seen angrily ripping her paper and joining Haruka and Michiru in distrusting the Three Lights.
  • Shaped Like Itself: She uses "Mercury" as her alias for the mock exams she takes in Ami's First Love.
  • Shrinking Violet: She's very quiet and withdrawn until she meets Usagi.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Former poster child of this trope.
  • Skewed Priorities: Sometimes, she puts studying before saving the world from destruction.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Her new Mercury outfit in Crystal is sleeveless.
  • The Smart Girl: Stated to have an IQ of 300, she contributes most with her powers of observation.
  • Smart People Play Chess: She's Japan's junior chess champion, which becomes relevant when she plays against Berthier and the daimoness U-Ikasaman.
  • The Smurfette Principle: In the manga she laments at being the only girl in the computer club she joins in high school.
  • So Last Season: Averted with her Bubble Spray, unlike most of the first-season attacks. While it's not so useful for direct damage, creating fog for tactical purposes or escape is one of her most useful abilities even after she gets actual attacks.
  • Spoiled Sweet: In the manga, she comes from a family rich enough that she brushes off Minako's breaking one of her mother's diamonds, yet she is one of the most down-to-Earth and kind-hearted characters in the series.
  • Surprisingly Good English: In the anime she proved herself on the same level of Minako, who learned her almost accentless Queen's English in London. She didn't seem to notice, though, that the information she downloaded off NASA's website was just the lyrics to "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins.
  • Sweater Girl: Crystal adds a gray sweater to her school uniform.
  • Take That, Audience!: The first page from the "Ami's First Love" manga has her saying: "Stop reading manga and begin studying!"
  • Tareme Eyes: Reflect her docile and sweet nature.
  • Teen Genius: Ranked as one of the top 3 at her school, and frequently as the top-scoring student in all of Japan.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: According to her, her favorite food is sandwiches, since she can still read while eating them.
  • Troll: In a rare moment of her cutting loose, she teases Sailor Moon about "not giving up" on Tuxedo Mask when she comments on the good atmosphere between them.
    • In a SuperS episode of the first anime, she prepares to attack a lemure who copies the guardians' attacks, only to profess that she's kidding when the guardians try to stop her.
  • True Blue Femininity: She's a demure Shrinking Violet who often acts as The Heart to the team - her hair and costume are blue. This is more pronounced in the live-action, where she receives a Girliness Upgrade.
  • Visual Pun: In one episode near the end of the anime, she enters a video game tournament while dressed up as a classical depiction of the Greek god Hermes (a.k.a. Mercury).
  • Water Is Blue: Naturally, her fuku is light blue and royal blue.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Her combat ability is kind of a joke (especially in the first season, where she just makes fog), but she's got highly useful support abilities (such as her computer) and is an excellent strategist as well.
  • Wrench Wench: An episode in the SuperS season of the 90s anime has her helping a man fix his car.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dark blue.

     Rei Hino/Sailor Mars 

Rei Hino/Raye - Sailor Mars

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Voiced by: Michie Tomizawa (first anime), Rina Sato (Crystal) (Japanese), Katie Griffin (DiC and Cloverway), Emilie Claire Barlow (DiC, eps 66-82), Cristina Vee (Viz) (English), Mónica Manjarrez (Latin American Spanish, original/Crystal), Julia Haacke (German), Christina Rodrigues (Brazilian Portuguese, Classic), Denise Popitz (Brazilian Portuguese, R - Stars), Cristina Cavalinhos (European Portuguese)
Portrayed in PGSM by: Keiko Kitagawa
Portrayed in the musicals by: Hiroko Nakayama, Misako Iwana (Misako Kotani), Asuka Umemiya, Hiromi Sakai, Eri Kanda, Megumi Yoshida, Aiko Kawasaki, Risa Honma, Kaon Nanaki

"Guardian of Flame and Passion, the pretty sailor suited soldier Sailor Mars! In the name of Mars, I will chastise you!"

A shrine maiden at Hikawa Shrine who possesses potent psychic abilities in addition to her powers as a Sailor Guardians. Her personality varies wildly from one adaptation to the next, but in all versions she's a dedicated fighter and one of Usagi's closest friends, despite the occasional animosity between the two.


  • Adaptational Jerkass: She is an Aloof Dark-Haired Girl in the manga, but in the first anime adaptation, she is Hot-Blooded and often picks fights with Usagi. Rei is very prone to insult Usagi, much more than the other way around and in many cases without provocation or reason other than teasing Usagi. Despite their bickering, they're still the closest of the soldiers (in the manga Rei is closer to Minako than Usagi). The DiC dub takes this a step further. Rei is made even meaner to Usagi, losing almost every little hint of strong companionship they have in the original version.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Was hit the hardest in the transition to the 90's anime. In the manga, she was more serious and focused, but distant from peers and held men in great contempt. In the anime, she was given a fiery temper (pun intended?), and was more chummy and boy-loving, in stark contrast with her original characterization. PGSM split the different between the two, by retaining her serious personalty but giving her a temper and acerbic tongue. In Sailor Moon Crystal she is closer to her original manga personality, though she's a bit friendlier compared to how she starts out in the manga.
  • Adorkable: 90s Anime Rei got this a lot. As much as Rei would deny that she is anything but amazing in everything she does, she also has no sense of self-awareness and frequently makes a spectacle of herself or falls flat on her face (sometimes literally). This doesn't change that she really is amazing and talented in many areas, but serves to make a lot of Hypocritical Humor when arguing with Usagi. And then of course there are the times she refers to herself as "Rei-chan."
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Her appearance is a given, but she fits this trope pretty well in the manga, where she's serious and aloof despite being admired by boys and girls alike. In the 90s anime she averts this, having a fiery tsundere temperament and being more sociable.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Implied to be bisexual in the manga and anime. She is always shown having been in love with at least one man, and has a lot of Les Yay with either Minako or Usagi, depending on the medium.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Especially in the 90's anime wherein her emotions run a lot hotter then her manga counterpart. Whenever Usagi puts herself in very real risk of death she can, and will, call her an idiot but, when all is said and done, she will be the first one to give her friend a hug. Then call her an idiot again.
  • Anti-Hero: Not so much in the original Japanese anime or in the manga, but certainly in the DiC dub and the live action. In the latter she's notably a no-hugging, no-kissing kind of person in a show full of Power of Love.
  • Archer Archetype: Rei fits this very well in the manga. She is slender, elegant, smart, stoic, accustomed to being alone, and from the upper class. While she isn't anywhere near as stoic in the 90s anime, and she isn't stated to come from a wealthy family, it is made clear that she initially had no respect for Usagi as a fellow Guardian.
  • Asian Rune Chant: One of her powers, used in her "Akuryou Taisan" and "Fire Soul Bird" attacks.
  • Barrier Maiden: Her future self in Crystal Tokyo.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Usagi's Betty for Mamoru's Archie, only in the first anime. She loses.
  • The Bully: A subtle example in the first season of the 90s anime, towards Usagi and Ami. Rei constantly goaded Ami into snubbing Usagi along with her. And in an episode where Ami shyly suggests that Usagi might be suited for the role of leader, Rei pinches her leg, forcing Ami to reconsider. She mellows out throughout subsequent seasons, becoming more respectful of the two.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Mars power, make up!", "Mars star power, make up!", Mars Planet Power, Make up! (manga) "Mars crystal power, make up!"
  • Celibate Heroine: In the manga, due to a vow of chastity she gave in her past life. There's only one man in whom she professes romantic interest, and after she realizes he is completely unavailable she never brings the subject up again. In the 90s anime, she has a mild interest in Yuuichiro, but only really admits to it when she's dying for the first time.
  • Character Development: Due to her past with her father Rei starts off most adaptations of Sailor Moon very emotionally reserved and, at times, seems to barely tolerate the other soldiers' presence especially Usagi. Due to spending so much time with them she eventually mellows out, becoming a lot more open and kinder with her friends, and a lot more respectful of Usagi as a result (even if she still frustrates her at time to time).
  • Combat Stilettos: Though not extremely high, it's even Lampshaded in a pre-fighting line that heads the Combat Stilettos Trope Page: "I'll punish you in high heels!"
  • The Comically Serious: Especially when around Usagi.
  • Commander Contrarian: In the DiC dub (while she quarrels with Usagi in the original Japanese and the Viz Media dub, it never gets this far).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Moreso in the anime, less so in the manga.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: In the manga and live-action. In the '90s anime, she defrosts specifically for Yuuichiro while retaining her Hair-Trigger Temper.
  • Detect Evil: One of the powers she has even without transforming.
  • Determinator: In one episode of the 90s anime, Rei is performing at her school's cultural festival and tells the girls it took her little time to compose the songs she plans to sing at the show. However, the scene is spliced with footage of Rei's struggles and frustrations with completing her songs, but do indeed show that she successfully completed them. The end of the episode had Usagi tell Rei she understands how much hard work Rei truly put into her music and compliments her. Overall, Rei sincerely believes she can do anything and frequently professes that she dreams of an "INTERNATIONAL LIFE OF SUCCESS!" And she is perfectly willing to put in the effort needed to make that happen for her.
  • Does Not Like Men: In the manga and Crystal (though this lessens overtime in both), though to a lesser extent in PGSM (where she just seems to dislike people in general). In the 90s anime, it would seem she's as boy happy as Usagi, Makoto, and Minako, but she doesn't care as much about finding a cute guy as much as she doesn't want to fall behind the rest of her friends. During the first season episode with the wedding dress competition, Rei wasn't interested in finding a husband but just wanted the vacation prize. One of Rei's dreams is to be married, but we're only ever shown her imagining herself in a wedding dress with no groom.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Really hates canned asparagus.
  • Dub Personality Change: The DiC dub exaggerated her already boisterous personality to the point where she constantly fights with Usagi and actively tries to one-up her on several occasions.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Served to make some visitors of her shrine weary of her. It doesn't help that she has mildly psychic powers, serving to enforce the trope even more. Though she's still admired for her beauty because of or in spite of this trope.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: In the first season of the 90s anime, Rei split a youma in half with a folding chair. Then there is also her paper talismans, which she can use to subdue enemies as Rei or Sailor Mars.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Both anime and manga. The very first time Usagi sees Rei she's instantly smitten by how beautiful she is.
  • Fire Is Red: She has fire-based powers and her signature color is red.
  • Foil:
    • To Minako in the manga. While Mina is brash, tomboyish, and called uncouth by several people, Rei is spiritual, reserved, and ladylike, with both boys and girls admiring her from afar. Minako actively seeks to get into as many romantic relationships as possible, while Rei would much rather keep her distance from the opposite gender.
    • To Usagi in the '90s anime. While Rei is a complete workaholic, Usagi is lazy. Rei instantly takes to her role as a soldier, while Usagi spends several episodes struggling to fight. While Rei initially covets Usagi’s position as leader, and needs to feel control of everything, Usagi shies away from leadership. While Rei’s athleticism is commented upon (and is only second to Makoto in a strength test shown in opening of the S movie), Usagi sucks at sports (except for Frisbee). Rei has a wide range of talents (singing, organizing a school festival, composing music, modelling, skiing, fire-reading, and ESP among others), while Usagi has relatively few skills. Rei pretends she is infallible, while Usagi can admit that she has many faults. While Rei is reluctant to show affection, often tries to do everything herself, and keeps her problems to herself, Usagi is openly affectionate, and believes in relying on friends to help you through problems. While Rei toughens Usagi up, teaches her to show bravery in the face of adversity, and forces her to take her responsibilities seriously, Usagi encourages Rei to cut loose from time to time, allow herself to accept help, and show others affection.
    • In the 90s anime, to a lesser extent, Ami. Both girls are intelligent, hardworking, ambitious, and are simultaneously looked down upon and envied by fellow students. While Rei uses fire, is very aggressive in combat, and charges in (though she shows restraint at times) to a fight guns blazing, Ami uses water, has a mostly defensive fighting style, and studies her enemy before attacking. Ami is blue-themed, while Rei is red-themed. While Rei is fiery, headstrong, abrasive, pretends she doesn’t care about others’ opinions, and butts heads with Usagi constantly, Ami is soft-spoken, shy, sweet, wants others to like her, and easily takes to Usagi,.
  • Giant Waist Ribbon: Super Sailor Mars, Eternal Sailor Mars.
  • Good Is Not Nice:
    • In the 90s anime and the live-action. She is just as heroic, self-sacrificing, and steadfastly dedicated to defending the world and Princess Serenity as any other Sailor Guardian, if not moreso. She is also good at giving advice to her fellow guardians, and listening to their problems. That being said, she is bossy, conceited, hypercritical, enjoys ridiculing Usagi (and sometimes the other guardians), treats Yuuichirou like crap despite his generosity towards her, and even made a little girl who idolized her cry.
    • In the live-action, she is empathetic and more gentle with children, but is antisocial and initially refuses to work alongside her fellow soldiers, which angers Makoto.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: She has purple hair in the manga, Crystal and the latest Sera Myu, and in the three incarnations she is a graceful ojou and her femininity is part of her character. Purple is also her secondary color and she has Purple Eyes as well.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Her hair, while described as black, is stylized as purple in the manga and in Crystal, likely to make colored spreads more vibrant. The first anime keeps it black but gives it a purple sheen.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: In the '90s anime, she gets angry very easily and with minimal provocation.
  • Hot-Blooded: In the anime she's the most temperamental, and usually one of the first ones to charge into a fight. She definitely has the skills to back it up and has destroyed several monsters on her own, even without transforming once. In the manga she is still quite passionate, but never quite goes this far.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: In the Nehellenia arc of the StarS season, Sailor Mars kills Nehellenia's mirror image without the arrow touching Sailor Neptune, whom Nehellenia was holding directly in front of her to stop Mars from attacking. All this after Mars and Neptune had taken a beating from Nehellenia's mirror image. Neptune herself was awestruck by Mars's incredible precision.
  • In the Name of the Moon: "For love and passion, I am a sailor-suited pretty soldier: Sailor Mars! In the name of Mars, I will chastise you!".
  • It's All About Me: While organizing a festival at her school in the 90s anime, Rei is told by Usagi and Ami that it felt like the festival was just being set up to promote Rei's singing. Rei casually reveals that's exactly what she's doing, because why else would she devote her time to the festival if she couldn't get something out of it. Instead of reacting like Rei is being a selfish bitch, Usagi and Ami relax and say they were worried something might've been wrong with her.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Sure she can be a jerk and an unsympathetic bully towards Usagi, but sometimes she's merely frustrated for having to put up with Usagi goofing off so much in the beginning. This fades away in the second season, though.
    • It's also worth pointing out that, while she can be harsh to Usagi at times, the fact is that their job is actually very dangerous and Usagi needs to be ready when/if the rest of the guardians die and Usagi may have to fight on her own. Lo and behold Rei turns out to be right as, in the 90's anime, the soldiers die twice forcing Usagi to fight the Final Battle alone.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is sarcastic and has a Hair-Trigger Temper, and can be quite mean to Usagi in the first season of the 90s anime, but she's a well-meaning nice girl underneath it all. It's worth pointing out that her bickering with Usagi is not one-sided, and the two tend to give as much as they take when arguing. That said, the 90s anime makes it clear that Rei and Usagi understand each other the best out of all the inner soldiers, and Rei is frequently the most horrified whenever Usagi is hurt or dies. And vice versa.
  • Lady of War: In the manga and Sailor Moon Crystal. Even in the 90s anime, her attacks have a certain kind of grace to them, while still being very powerful.
  • The Lancer: To Usagi in the anime. In the manga, she's The Lancer to The Lancer (Minako). They argue a great deal, mostly because Rei insists on pointing out the flaws to every plan.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Arguably, she is popular at her school, and she does act kind-of snobby and mean towards the other guardians, particularly Usagi and Ami. But she is actually nice to her classmates, and then she becomes nicer (though still Hot-Blooded) to the guardians. The manga, live-action show and Sailor Moon Crystal avert this, as she is more distant than actually mean, and is actually shown to be an outcast because of her psychic powers.
  • Meaningful Name: Her given name is written in katakana, but sounds the same as the words meaning "cool," "spirit," or "companion." The "Hi" of her last name means "fire". Her full name sounds the same as the Japanese phrase hi no rei, meaning "spirit of fire".
  • Miko: She lives at her grandfather's Shinto shrine and does miko duties there after school. She's also able to ward off enemies in her civilian form using Paper Talismans. In the manga she's very faithful in being a miko and hopes to take over as head priestess of the shrine after her grandfather retires, but in the 90s anime she treats it more like a part-time job and has different ideas for her career.
  • Not So Different: With Usagi and Minako in the 90s anime. For as much as Rei professes she's elegant, stylish, and all around amazing, she's also as much of a fangirl and a klutz as Usagi and Minako can be. This is especially true in fifth season, when Rei and Minako practically become twins in a few episodes.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: In the fifth season of the 90s anime, Rei somehow pops up at Juuban High much to the shock and surprise of the rest of the girls since she doesn't go there. Later in the season, we find out Rei's school as at least half the city away, meaning she's been running like a complete lunatic every time just to get there. This was especially true the first time it happened, when she casually slid out from behind Minako... and yet somehow Usagi, Ami, and Makoto never saw her despite that they were behind Minako the whole time.
  • Ojou: More in the manga.
  • Paper Talisman: As a shinto priestess, Rei can use Ofuda and in some occasions these power her attacks or negatively impact her enemies. Minako even steals one of Rei's Ofuda slips and uses it in the manga.
  • Parental Abandonment: In the manga and the live-action, mom is dead and she's emotionally distanced from dad.
  • Personality Powers: Averted in the manga, live-action and Crystal, where she's more of a calm Aloof Dark-Haired Girl, but played straight in the 90's anime where her temper is just as fiery as her abilities.
  • Playing with Fire: Well, obviously.
  • Please Wake Up: Despite that she is usually very mean to Usagi, that does not stop her from being quite saddened when she tearfully tries to wake up Usagi/Sailor Moon after she sacrificed her life to stop a meteorite in the R movie by shaking her, but to no avail.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "I'll punish you in high heels!"
  • Proud Beauty: In the 90s anime, Rei knows that her looks are admired by many, many people, and she boasts about her beauty many times. In one SuperS episode, she got front cover of a magazine for her beauty and she basked in all the attention she got, and even rubbed it in the faces of the other soldiers. In the manga and Sailor Moon Crystal, her beauty gains her many admirers (especially Usagi), but she is somewhat more indifferent to her good looks.
  • Purple Eyes: She has purple eyes and psychic powers.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Her maternal grandpa takes her into his shrine after Rei's mom perishes to illness and she refuses to live with her dad.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes past her waist.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Crosses with Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette, with the way some people regard her.
  • Relative Button: The first time in the 90s anime that she snapped at Usagi was when Usagi questioned whether her grandfather was behind the disappearances of schoolgirls. Also, she gained her "Burning Mandala" attack when Koan targeted her grandfather, and she sent Koan running.
  • Seer: She can produce visions in fire if she meditates and concentrates, and also occasionally has premonitions.
  • The Smart Girl: Served this role alongside Ami in the original manga.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: In the manga and the live-action, she is aloof, cynical and sarcastic, but kind to children and a loyal soldier who is deeply grateful for her True Companions. Downplayed in Sailor Moon Crystal, where she is more of a Shrinking Violet, and outright averted in the 90s anime, where she is a hot-tempered Tsundere.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Minako's Tomboy in the manga.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In the first season of the anime she's arrogant, bossy, and always picking on Usagi, but she gets better throughout subsequent seasons.
  • Tough Love: Rei can be very rough around the edges when it comes to Usagi and, at times, can seem overly harsh and critical. However Rei wants Usagi to take their soldier duties seriously and she knows that, due to the dangerous nature of their work, Usagi needs to be toughened up and ready in case of the worst case scenario. This tough treatment is shown to work out multiple times most specifically at the end of season 1 of the 90's anime where Usagi gets back on her feet to finish off the Dark Kingdom thanks to the example her friends set for her.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Fugu blowfish. Also, in the 90s anime Rei is apparently a big fan of "Here!" Curry and other sorts of instant fast food.
  • Tsundere: In the 90s anime. She started quite tsuntsun, became more deredere... and her tsundereness comes out when around both Yuuichirou and Usagi.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Especially pronounced in the manga and Crystal. Out of all the inner soldiers, she has the most dramatic ones.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: In the 90's anime Rei gets this with Yuuichirou since he (like every member of the supporting cast by that point) disappears from the show entirely after the SuperS season. And, if you see it that way, her relationships with Usagi (90's anime) or Minako (manga).
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Usagi in the anime and with Minako in the manga. Rei's half of the "Best Buds" part is best exemplified in the R movie. When Usagi overtaxes the Silver Crystal and dies, Mars is the only member of the guardians to shout her name without an honorific attached.
  • Vowof Celibacy: In a period of personal angst in the manga about herself and her lack of desire to be in a relationship. When being mocked by an enemy for this, she regains a few memories of her past life, revealing she took one of these in the Silver Millennium, part of affirming her dedication to being one Princess Serenity's personal guards. This clears up her self doubts letting her finish off the enemy and she never mentions any desire to be in a romantic relationship again.
  • Warrior Monk: She is a devoutly religious practitioner of Shinto, and uses talismans in battle to incapacitate enemies. Her Burning Mandala attack also has elements of this trope.
  • Workaholic:
    • A very present trait of hers in the 90s anime. In an early episode, she still attended to her soldier duties despite being down with a bad cold. In the R season, she organized an entire school festival for herself on her own, and was shown slaving over composing lyrics in frustration. At the end of that episode, and in a flashback in the R movie, Usagi marvels over Rei’s intense work ethic. An episode in the S season shows her staying up many nights doing fire-readings to discover the meaning of her prophetic dreams, forgoing sleep and food entirely, which leaves her visibly haggard over time.
    • In the manga she's still this, but in a different way than in the 90s anime; she's mostly a workaholic when it comes to being a Miko, since she takes her miko duties very seriously and runs the shrine all by herself when her grandfather is sick. However, she doesn't participate much in school activities aside from running a fortune-telling stand for the cultural festival during the Black Moon arc.

     Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter 

Makoto Kino/Lita - Sailor Jupiter

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Voiced by: Emi Shinohara (first anime), Ami Koshimizu (Crystal) (Japanese), Susan Roman (DiC and Cloverway), Amanda Céline Miller (Viz) (English), Araceli de León (first anime), Adriana Olmedo (Crystal) (Latin American Spanish), Veronika Neugebauer (German), Mandy Huydts (Dutch), Isabel de Sá (Brazilian Portuguese, Classic), Fernanda Bulara (Brazilian Portuguese, R - Stars), Cristina Paiva (European Portuguese)
Portrayed in PGSM by: Mew Azama
Portrayed in the musicals by: Kanoko (Noriko Kamiyama), Marie Sada, Kiwako Kanou (Takako Inayoshi), Emika Satou, Akari Tonegawa, Chiho, Emi Kuriyama, Yuriko Hayashi, Ayano Sugimoto, Kaori Sakata, Mai Watanabe, Yu Takahashi

"Guardian of Thunder and Courage, the pretty sailor suited soldier Sailor Jupiter! I'll make you feel so much regret, it'll leave you numb!"

Despite her brawny appearance and terrifying reputation, Makoto is a friendly, nurturing girl who enjoys traditionally feminine pursuits like cooking in addition to fighting and working out. Often seen pining for her old sempai, who rejected her in the days before she transferred to Usagi and Ami's school. She's the strongest of the inner soldiers, and it shows.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Makoto/Sailor Jupiter had pink/strawberry-red hair in early manga art, but in both The '90s anime and recursively, later manga art, it's brown. Sailor Moon Crystal takes the middle ground by giving her light auburn hair.
  • Adaptational Badass: While she is still the strongest, largest, and most skilled in hand-to-hand combat of the Guardians in the manga, she's basically a street brawler with no formal training (as she's shown losing to Haruka in a friendly Judo match). In the 90s anime she is legitimately a practitioner of Japanese martial arts and is shown practice katas, breaking bricks, and other exercises associated with higher belt levels and even exhibits some actual techniques from time to time including in her civilian form against Youmas. In addition when she went into a quick scuffle with Haruka out of rage, Haruka may have won but she walked away holding her wrist in pain from one of Makoto's blows that she blocked and admitted Makoto's so strong she's possibly an equal.
  • Adorkable: Outside of her attempts to shed her rumoured thugishness, Makoto isn't good at lying, is often positive to the point of naiveté, crushes after boys until it becomes a running gag, and sometimes doesn't know her own strength (such as flooring Ami after giving her an enthusiastic pat on the back, which left a bruise on her uniform).
  • All Girls Like Ponies: Horses are listed among her likes. In many cultures, horses are a symbol of power and strength.
  • Badass Boast: Outside of her soldier identity, Makoto often combined this with a Pre Ass Kicking One Liner, particularly in the live-action series. In other versions, she varies between threatening people ridiculing others or giving them death glares until they pay attention.
  • Bad Liar: As explained in Cannot Tell a Lie, 90s Anime Makoto just doesn't have the temperament to lie.
  • Barrier Maiden: Her future self in Crystal Tokyo.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Makoto tries hard to be feminine, and she is very encouraging and empathetic towards her fellow guardians, especially Usagi and Ami. She also destroyed multiple youma without Usagi's help, and attacked Nehellenia herself, while the other guardians were tag-teaming against Nehellenia's mirror images. She is also often the first guardians to attack a monster.
  • Big Bra to Fill: Sailor Jupiter, by far the most "talented" soldier in the anime, is downright flat-chested in PGSM.
  • Big Eater: Downplayed, though her side story in "Exam Battle Chapter: Makoto's Melancholy" shows her obsession with cooking and eating, and she ends up overeating from stress. Her debut episode in the anime shows her almost ordering a big bowl of curry, then changing her order as she did not want to seem indelicate.
  • The Big Girl: Jupiter stands out by being taller than everyone else, even the boys at her school. She knows martial arts and kicks ass both in and out of her uniform. In the manga, she outright destroys the bride youma before transforming and then kills Nephrite in one attack immediately after transforming.
  • Bi the Way: Although she's quick to deny it, her crush on Haruka is in no way inhibited by learning she's a girl. And that's not even getting into her moments with Ami in the series.
  • Boobs of Steel: She's got quite the physical, ahem, "talent".
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: She is the physically strongest of the inner soldiers, with powerful lightning attacks to boot. She is also a Huge Schoolgirl with a (likely undeserved) reputation as a brawler. Despite her brashness, and her tendency to resort to intimidation/violence to deal with enemies and delinquents, she is a friendly, warm-hearted, generous girl who wouldn’t lay a finger on an innocent person.
  • Bully Hunter: The rumors that she had to leave her previous school for fighting were based on Makoto fighting off delinquents who picked on more vulnerable children. In her introduction in the '90s anime she curb-stomps three delinquents who attempt to mug Usagi; a flashback in the SuperS season shows that she had enough of a reputation at her previous school that a group of boys tormenting Tomoko scatter at the sight of Mako. In another episode, she nearly attacks some students who are making fun of Ami, stopping only because Ami begs her to.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Jupiter power, make up!", "Jupiter star power, make up!", Jupiter Planet Power, Make up! "Jupiter crystal power, make up!"
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: 90s Anime Makoto is so earnest it means she's horrible when it comes to subterfuge and easily the worst liar of all the inner soldiers. This is best exemplified when the girls need to protect Usagi's identity from Kaolinite, so they have Minako dress up as Sailor Moon. All Makoto can do is awkwardly, and loudly, declare that Rei's proclamation that Usagi is too much of a clumsy crybaby to ever be a Sailor Soldier is true.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Even before awakening to her power as Sailor Jupiter, Makoto is strong enough to lift a youma over her head and toss around muscle-bound delinquents with ease, and her reflexes are good enough to snatch Usagi out of the path of a speeding car and land a hit on Zoisite.
  • Chef of Iron: She joins the cooking club at school.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Has her moments (though not nearly as frequently as Usagi does), one being her saying a dog reminded her of her senpai.
  • Contralto of Danger: Makoto has a deeper (but still feminine) voice than the rest of the inner soldiers, and is the tallest and strongest out of them, and a Tomboy with a Girly Streak.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Usually Played for Laughs; she accidentally knocks Mamoru out while choking him for information about Motoki's girlfriend, and sends poor Ami to the ground (complete with a red handprint) with a friendly clap on the back.
  • Eating Lunch Alone: Her introductory story shows her eating lunch alone after transferring to Juuban because the other students are scared of her. Fortunately, the state of affairs doesn't last long once Usagi notices her.
  • Effortless Amazonian Lift: Her debut in the anime has her throwing a grown man around like a ragdoll. She also picks up Ami during a dance and shows no physical strain, and cheerfully lifts a skater named Misha similarly when he cannot do it for her due to her weight. In the manga, her first appearance has her saving Usagi from a speeding car by picking her up and getting her out of the way with no effort.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: In her anime debut, she delivered a Curb-Stomp Battle on three brawny men, left a bruise on Zoisite's face, and threw the Monster of the Week over her head. All of this was before she got her guardian powers.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In just her debut episode, she easily curb-stomped three street delinquents who threatened to mug Usagi, punched Zoisite in the face while trying to protect Crane Game Jo, saved Sailor Moon when Jo transformed into a Great Youma, and then got her powers.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Has a beautiful pair of rose-shaped earrings. They become a Chekhov's Gun in the anime, as Mako is injured while fighting one of Nehellenia's clones but seeing her earrings on the ground snapped Usagi out of a Lotus-Eater Machine she was in. They're even stated to smell good.
  • Face of a Thug: Downplayed. Makoto (Lita) isn't ugly, but her height and stature, her curly reddish hair, and the long skirt of her transfer student uniform are all designed to make her look like a female delinquent (according to Japanese culture).
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: She actually tries to invoke this. In one episode of the third series, she secretly confides to Usagi that she only got into cooking to compensate for her tomboyishness.
  • Fiery Redhead: Subverted in the manga (where her hair is red), while people believe her to be a violent hothead, she is demure and easygoing and only fights to defeat monsters and protect her friends and innocent people.
  • Flanderization: Falling for someone who reminds her of her old boyfriend was just part of her introduction in the original manga, but is made into a recurring part of her character in the anime.
  • Gender-Blender Name: "Makoto" is a unisex name, which is fitting since she's a Tomboy with a Girly Streak.
  • Gentle Giant: She's not the bully she appears to be at all, despite being unusually tall for a girl her age.
  • Generation Xerox: As seen in Crystal, Makoto inherited most of her looks from her deceased mother.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: In the manga, while bound by an induced Epiphanic Prison, Makoto questions whether she really wants to be a guardian. She gets slapped and told off by her own Crystal Soldier, and is only given her Jupiter Crystal when she realizes that protecting Sailor Moon and her fellow guardians is her true dream.
  • Giant Waist Ribbon: Super Sailor Jupiter, Eternal Sailor Jupiter.
  • Girly Bruiser: It's telling how much the anime runs on this trope when the most tomboyish girl in the group is still this. Makoto loves cooking and shopping and is the most boy-crazy of all the other girls, and is easily the best figure skater out of them.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Makoto is a sweet girl and has a motherly demeanor, but if you try to hurt her friends, you better run.
  • Green Eyes: Matches her Jupiter look.
  • Green Thumb: In the manga, some of her attacks revolve around plants, e.g. Coconut Cyclone. Also, Jupiter Oak Evolution is an attack mostly involving oak leaves.
  • Hair Decorations: Her ever-present green hair beads that tie her pony tail up.
  • Hand Behind Head: Mako did this a lot, usually when she felt uncomfortable or embarrassed. This was often the reaction after being caught out of a white lie.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Maybe one of the most famous examples in the whole shoujo genre. At fourteen years old, Makoto stands 168cm or about 5'6", almost equal to the average height of an adult Japanese man. Her height is intimidating to most Japanese people; the manga and Crystal show that she's tall enough to loom over one of her school's male teachers.
  • In the Name of the Moon: Subverted in that she never got an introduction speech. Reverted in the live-action, where she does get one: "Soldier of Thunder and Courage, Sailor Jupiter! In the name of Jupiter, I'll punish you!"
  • Japanese Delinquents: Her overall looks (very long school skirt, jewelry, wavy hair) and her bad reputation at school comes from the concept of Sukeban or female school rebels. Makoto was intended to be a delinquent leader who smoked, drank, and had a motorcycle gang in tow, but the idea was scrapped out and only her looks and bad rep stayed.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Along with her lightning based powers, she practices kung fu and relies a fair bit on physically attacking the enemy, and makes use of Full-Contact Magic.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: Like all of the inner soldiers, she had no friends and was ostracized by her peers until she became Usagi's friend and fellow soldier.
  • Loving a Shadow: She says every guy she likes reminds her of her senpai, but considering she falls for every handsome guy she sees, one wonders whether it's true.
  • Made of Iron: While protecting Usagi, she survives a barrage of black lightning blasts from the real Nehellenia, leaving Nehellenia exhausted.
  • Mama Bear: She is the Sailor Soldier of Protection, and, as such, will fight back if her friends are in danger. One of the biggest examples is in R, where she snaps after seeing Sailor Moon pinned to the ground by a Cardian and defeats it singlehandedly — despite being weak from donating blood to her friend Shinozaki (Ken in the dub) after he was injured by the same Cardian earlier in the episode.
  • Meaningful Name: The "Ki" in "Kino" means "wood" or "tree". Her given name is written in hiragana, but sounds like the word for "sincerity"; her full name sounds the same as the Japanese phrase "sincerity of wood". She got her Canadian dub name "Lita" because it is similar to "lightning", her other elemental power. It also sounds like a variation of "Leda", which is one of the moons of Jupiter, and the mother of Helen of Troy by Zeus.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold:
    • She gets unfairly painted as a Delinquent. She's also notorious for fighting at her old school, yet she only fights if someone is in danger and to fend off bullies, rather than picking fights out of belligerence or for fun.
    • In the manga, it was explained that she transferred schools after being rejected by her senpai; her being expelled for fighting was just gossip. She also mentions feeling guided to Juban by the wind, as though she was needed there.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Even though she's taller than the other guardians, she borders on Charles Atlas Super Power given she's not any more muscular than the other characters and can easily lift things bigger than her. On the other hand, in the Materials she is described as being "meatier than normal" (in comparison to Usagi's "a little chubby" or Rei's "slender").
  • Neat Freak: In the manga version.
  • Nice Girl: Despite her surly appearance and somewhat hot-tempered demeanor, Makoto is a caring, encouraging mother/big sister figure to the Sailor Team and would never hurt somebody unprovoked. An episode in the SuperS season shows her refusing to give up on an old friend's dream to write a novel.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: Poor Makoto. At least the Periphery Demographic strongly disagrees.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her parents are dead from a plane crash. Mostly in the manga.
  • Petal Power: One of her manga attacks.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With the one-shot anime character Shinozaki, her former schoolmate. When Usagi asks if he is her boyfriend, she denies it; their relationship is greater than that.
  • Precision F-Strike: In Makoto's debut in the manga, when a ghost bride possessed Motoki to trick her into falling in love with him, she lets one out and hoists the ghost over her head before transforming for the first time. She also does this twice in the live action.
  • Running Gag: In the 90s anime, whenever she meets a boy, she will say he reminds her of her senpai (Japanese) / old boyfriend (English). Including a dog, once.
  • Serial Romeo: She will fall for every handsome guy she sees.
  • She's Got Legs: Even more so than her castmates; obvious given her height.
  • Shock and Awe: Supreme... Thunder!
  • Statuesque Stunner: Makoto's height is easily equal to that of many adult men. Unfortunately, most people are more likely to be intimidated by her height than attracted.
  • Supreme Chef: Aspires to one day own her very own bakery.
  • Team Chef: Cooks for the other guardians on various occasions.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Seen untied only once, at the beginning of the "Nurse Minako" episode.
  • Tomboyish Voice: She has a raspy, vaguely deep voice, but is largely downplayed since Makoto is both a tomboy and a girly girl in the same package.
  • Tomboy Princess: Tall, strong, independent, good at martial arts and other sports, and the princess of her planet.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's physically the strongest of the scouts, can beat up grown men, and was expelled from a previous school for fighting, but she's also the best cook, seamstress, and housekeeper of them, a very talented ice skater, and an aspiring florist and baker (in the English version, she wants to own her own restaurant and cook there).
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Meatloaf and cherry pie (though she does love all foods).
  • Transfer Student Uniforms: Justified; Usagi's school does not have a big enough uniform for her so she keeps her previous one. Thankfully when they reach high school the school has sizes that can catch up to her.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Mostly in the live-action, where her abandonment issues are actually a plot point and a turning point in her Character Development.
  • Tsurime Eyes: An on-and-off example in the '90s anime; while she doesn't usually have them, they appear in certain scenes to emphasize her badassery.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: She's physically the strongest of the group before Haruka comes along, but also one of the easiest to take down in battle just because she doesn't have Minako's expertise as a warrior.
  • Wind Is Green: Green is her color, and in the manga she had a joint power of creating hurricanes, typhoons and tornadoes of flower petals and such.
  • Worf Effect: Her great strength is one of her most defining attributes and the main asset that Sailor Jupiter brings to battle... so whenever the story needs to sell a new character as being impressively strong, it's usually done by having them beat up Makoto. She's frequently the first to be defeated by new villains, and in several instances she's reduced to jobbing for other guardians; Minako takes her out with one kick when she's brainwashed by Dark Endymion during the manga/Crystal version of the Dark Kingdom arc, and Haruka gets a one-move takedown of her early in the Infinity arc.

     Minako Aino/Sailor Venus 

Minako Aino/Mina - Sailor V/Sailor Venus

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Voiced by: Rika Fukami (first anime), Shizuka Ito (Crystal) (Japanese), Stephanie Morgenstern (DiC), Emilie Claire Barlow (Cloverway), Cherami Leigh (Viz) (English), María Fernanda Morales (Latin American Spanish, original/Crystal), Claudia Lössl (German), Eleonora Prado (Brazilian Portuguese, Classic), Priscila Concepción (Brazilian Portuguese, R - Stars), Cristina Paiva (European Portuguese)
Portrayed in PGSM by: Ayaka Komatsu
Portrayed in the musicals by: Nana Suzuki, Chidzuru Soya, Kanatsu Nakaya, Akiko Miyazawa, Yumi Otani, Nao Inada, Yuki Nakamura, Ayumi Murata, Mizuki Watanabe, Momoko Shibuya, Erika, Shiori Sakata

"Guardian of Love and Beauty, the pretty sailor suited soldier Sailor Venus! In the name of Love, I will punish you!"

Though she joins the team last, Minako has been active as a Sailor Guardian for quite some time using the alias of "Sailor V". She served as the leader of the inner soldiers during the Silver Millennium and currently continues in that role, second only to Sailor Moon. Her ditziness and wacky antics belie an incredibly strong and capable Heartbroken Badass.

She was the first character in the franchise to be created, originally starring in a 1991 one-shot that would eventually become the prequel manga Codename: Sailor V, which was published alongside the Sailor Moon manga.


  • The Ace: In the manga, she is by far the most experienced Sailor Soldier due to awakening and fighting on her own for a full year before the others. It shows in her battle skills, and she's the guardian who Usagi aspires to be like.
  • Adaptational Comic Relief: She's not without a sense of humor in the manga, but in The '90s anime, she often acts outright goofy in her civilian life, with things like her malapropisms and boy-craziness serving as running gags.
  • Adorkable: A perky, cheerful and slightly tomboyish schoolgirl and she can be almost as ditzy as Usagi at times.
  • Alternate Character Reading: The kanji that make up her given name, "Minako", can also be read as "bi-na-su"... which is pronounced very much like "Venus".
  • Ambiguously Bi: She's quite boy crazy, but the manga and live action have a large amount of Les Yay between her and Rei.
  • Amusing Injuries: In Rei's and Minako's exam battle chapter, Minako was shown to have been whipped by the strict teachers at T.A. Girl's Academy. The beat-up Minako was drawn in a comical manner and Rei was amused at her inability to fit in.
  • Animal Motifs: Minako particularly likes birds, which are heavily associated with love and the goddess Venus/Aphrodite.
  • Anyone Can Die: In the live action she dies.
  • The Artifact: In the manga, her hair ribbon is a Tragic Keepsake from her first love. This backstory does not carry into the 90s anime or the live action, but the ribbon remains as an iconic element of her character design.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: When she disguised herself as a male Infinity student in the manga and Crystal.
  • Bare Your Midriff: As Sailor V. Also, several of her outfits in the manga have these.
  • Barrier Maiden: Her future self in Crystal Tokyo, though this role is more improvised since Neo Queen Serenity was gravely wounded and that hit Neo Crystal Tokyo's defenses hard.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In the live action series Minako actually achieved her dream of becoming a famous celebrity and idol that her other incarnations have always wanted before the start of the series... however all her fame succeeds in doing is isolating her from normal relationships and making her job as Sailor V even harder.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's a very nice girl, who has got late to wherever she was going more than once just to help people in trouble, donates blood... And has racked up an impressive body count, that in the manga includes her first love (was a youma, and became her first kill) and her true love (he had just revealed himself as Kunzite's Dragon, and when she asked him to surrender he attacked, and got disintegrated).
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Minako is generally goofy, comically overambitious, and slightly lustful, but she is the famed Sailor V, The Leader of the guardians, and immensely powerful and athletic. She even scares the villains by being such a big Plucky Girl when her berserk buttons are pushed. In the Stars arc of the manga, The Three Lights learn this the hard way when Minako, who had previously been talking about doing the regular high school thing and finding a boyfriend after the battle was over and Mercury and Jupiter were brought back, all but gives them a death threat if they don't give up their identities to her and Rei.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Minako repeatedly pulls off feats of athleticism and endurance that surpass the limits of human capability (even among the other guardians.)
  • Big Eater: Justified in the manga: she started out as a normal glutton, but after a Dark Agency plot got her fat she started exercising and was tricked by Artemis into putting up quite some muscle, and now has to eat more to fuel that.
  • Body Double: To Usagi/Sailor Moon, which is the (in-universe) reason they look so similar to each other and have disguise powers: in the Silver Millennium, one of Sailor Venus's responsibilities was to serve as a body double for Princess Serenity when needed.
  • Book Dumb: She may get lousy grades at school, but she's a capable strategist with the benefit of an extra year of combat experience to call upon.
  • Broken Ace: In the live action, she's pretty, famous, and the best and most professional of the guardians. However, she's dying and she's distracting herself by plunging into her duties as a soldiers. In the manga, she is The Leader and the most experienced of the inner soldiers, and the one that Usagi looks up to the most but only became this way through her eye-opening stint as Sailor V. She started fighting crime and killing monsters when she was 13, and was the first to learn about the Moon Kingdom's past.
  • Broken Bird: She's got quite a difficult past in all versions, but especially in the live-action where on top of everything else she's dying of a terminal illness.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Even without her powers, Minako is still a highly capable fighter.
  • Brought Down to Normal: In the SuperS manga, temporarily. This actually happened to everybody, and for the Guardians it was the second time it had technically happened to them, no less. Minako was just more obvious in her angst about it, and she was the last one to recover.
  • Bully Hunter: Back in her Sailor V days, she would drop whatever she was doing (no matter if she ended up in trouble) to stop bullies, treating them barely different from youmas (the difference being in that she didn't kill them).
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite her general bumbling and ditziness in social situations, Venus is actually the most senior Sailor, and in the manga and live-action series she's easily the most battle-competent.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Venus power, make up!", "Venus star power, make up!", Venus Planet Power, Make up! (manga) "Venus crystal power, make up!", "Moon Power, Make-up!" During her days as Sailor V.
  • The Chains of Commanding: In the manga, Minako struggles under the isolation and pressure of leading the Sailor Soldiers. It comes to a head when she temporarily loses her powers as Sailor Venus. She falls into a depression and has an existential crisis because she sees her life as meaningless if she cannot be Sailor Venus, The Leader of the Sailor Soldiers. It culminates in her lashing out at Usagi, Ami, Rei and Makoto when they gush about the Outer Guardians, feeling as if her fellow guardians would rather be led by the Outers than her. It's understandable, as she did see her beloved Serenity and fellow guardians die in battle under her leadership in the previous lifetime, and blames herself entirely for the fall of the Moon Kingdom.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: The one Sailor Soldier known to regularly exercise aside for Michiru (who swims so often she has a pool in her apartment). Among many other feats of superhuman athleticism, Minako can leap onto Usagi's balcony without transforming (that means with nothing but her own strength), can send The Big Girl flying across a room with one kick (also untransformed), and not only survive excruciating attacks from the generals of the Big Bad but proceed to outrun a car. Even after running herself ragged trying to two-time Tigers Eye and Hawks Eye at the same time, even to the point where she outright collapses in the middle of the road, she has enough energy a few minutes later to tear through metal manacles and kick their butts for "tricking a poor maiden's heart".
  • Combat Pragmatist: In the manga and live action. In the manga, Minako has no qualms kicking the crap out of her own brainwashed teammate. In the live action, she distances herself from the other soldiers and goes about her business the way she sees fit.
  • Comic Books Are Real: Anime and manga shows the existence of a Sailor V franchise, that later became a Sailor Guardian franchise.
  • Comically Inept Healing: In episode 78, the soldiers were infected by a virus... except Minako, who tries to help the others by visiting their houses to treat them. It goes... horribly bad, to say the least.
  • Cool Loser: Slightly. In the anime, she is disliked by her peers, who see her as stuck-up and aloof and trying to imitate Sailor V. The truth of the matter is, she is Sailor V, and is simply too busy for a social life.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In the manga and anime, she tends to act as a ditz, yet... For the anime, see Plucky Girl entry. In the manga... Well, the very first thing she does upon appearing in person in the main series was hacking Zoisite into many pieces after he had just defeated Sailor Mars and Sailor Jupiter.
  • Cute Bruiser: Minako might be a petite blonde, but she is extremely athletic and kicks the crap out of youma like it's her day job. Even in civilian form, she can take out very powerful people with one blow.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She became Sailor V at the tender age of 13 and was forced to deal with the harsher side of saving the world, including killing the man she loved when she realized he was the Big Bad. Her life hasn't been purely hellish, but it hasn't been easy either.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Out of all the other soldiers, Minako gets the most episodes focused on her in the first anime, which add up to a total of fourteen whole episodes. This might be due to the fact that she got such a late entrance into the series, taking a mere thirty episodes for her to appear.
  • The Dividual: In the anime, she falls into this a lot with Usagi during their slice-of-life moments. Since their personalities are so similar, they will usually say and do the exact same thing. Simultaneously.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Shiitake mushrooms are not her thing.
  • The Dreaded: In both the anime and manga, the Dark Kingdom has given indications of being utterly terrified of Sailor Venus. Her first appearance in both mediums consisting in a Big Damn Heroes where she saves the lives of the other Sailor Guardians and kicks the ass of one or two Shitennou helps the viewers understand why.
    • In the first anime, there are hints that Artemis and Sailor Moon themselves are terrified of her getting angry. The speed with which Sailor Moon takes cover when she realizes Venus is angry may have actually saved from becoming collateral damage once...
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: In both the anime and manga:
    • Anime: she's the active soldier for the most time, stops bank robbers in her free time and single-handedly freed London from Dark Kingdom monsters (where the other soldiers were nearly killed many times, once being saved by Venus who had just returned from London). Comes second season and we find out that Sailor Venus has apparently been overshadowed by Sailor Moon and forgotten. It didn't help that her Sailor V persona was presumed dead after one mission back in London.
    • Manga: in the Dream Arc her own teammates were so in awe of the Outers they completely forgot her role in training them and saving them from Zoisite in the first arc, rescuing them from the Black Moon in the second, and generally putting a performance as good or better than the Outers in the third, something she eventually call them out on-before going on what under the circumstances is a suicide mission just to prove she still has it.
  • Dumb Blonde: She frequently acts like one, especially in the '90s anime, and is bad at schoolwork. However, she's far from unintelligent and her poor grades seem to be more a case of not being interested enough to apply herself.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Created before the show's official debut. She and Artemis also has a "blink and you miss it" cameo in their debut episode before they actually make themselves known to the girls. They can be seen watching Usagi and Makoto after an imposter Sailor Moon pulls a stunt.
  • Elemental Hair: Her Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold hints at her light element affinity.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Minako does not need to become Sailor Venus to lay the smack down, in all continuities. In the manga, Minako kicks the brainwashed Makoto across the room, and can use the Flash Step. The anime shows Minako Roof Hopping without transforming; outrunning a car after getting her Pure Heart Crystal extracted (anyone else, up and including the other Sailor Guardians, fainted instantly after that, although the massive quantity of energy drinks Minako had just consumed also probably had something to do with it); and reversing a poor zombified victim's hold on her by kicking his face in mid-flip while in school uniform. And the live action shows Minako kicking a monster into a concrete column, scaring away the other monster.
  • Enlightenment Superpowers:
    • Happens to all in the manga, but she's the most notable by going through it twice: first, her transformation goes from the relatively weak Sailor V to the much stronger first Sailor Venus form by recovering her memories of the Silver Millennium and her dedication to Princess Serenity (and may have become much stronger even in normal form, as it's only after this that she demonstrates the Flash Step); later, in the Dream arc, she overcomes Nehellenia's seal on her powers and becomes Super Sailor Venus when Artemis, her partner, has his illumination (as Minako had it long before).
    • She's the most notable in the live action for going through this twice. The first one mirrors the Sailor V-Sailor Venus one in the manga; the latter, obtained much later, fully awakens her powers to the point she kicks Metallia out of the youma it was possessing.
  • Fallen Princess: In the manga, while not much of an Alpha Bitch, Minako was implied to be a rather popular athlete at her school; enough to rally up all of her classmates to visit a sick friend. Then, her work as Sailor V began, slowly taking up the time that she could be using to have a social life. Eventually, she loses all of her old friends, becoming a loner. She ends up finding new ones in Usagi and the Loner Turned Friends that the inner soldiers are.
  • Flanderization: In order to distinguish Minako from Usagi (who was actually an Expy of Minako from Codename: Sailor V in the manga), she was made more ditzy and less mature as the first anime went on (compare her introduction in the first season - where she was more the Every Girl than anything with her only real "ditzy" aspect being she would get her proverbs mixed up - with how she was acting in the last), which is actually a reverse from the manga, where she became more mature and intelligent as the series progressed.
  • Flash Step: In the manga. Without transforming.
  • Flight: In the manga she's the first non-villain with the ability.
  • Flight, Strength, Heart: In the manga, Sailor Venus' power set includes: Super Strength, Frickin' Laser Beams, control over metals (apparently), purifying people corrupted by magic, and summon stinking atmosphere from Venus.
  • Formerly Fat: As unbelievable as it is, she put up some fat back in her Sailor V days due a Dark Agency plot that involved selling extremely addictive and fattening chocolate sweets. Thankfully, Artemis caught it before it got out of control and got her to exercise, resulting in her losing the weight... And gaining it back in muscles, much to her chagrin when she finds out.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Crescent Beam. Bonus point for Sailor Venus using it as a Real Life laser most of the times.
  • Friend to All Children: Zig-zagged. In her R episode, she spends the day hanging out with kindergarteners, even helping one get to school even though she ended up being late for her own school. She goes into Unstoppable Rage mode and gets a power-up when the Monster of the Week attacks a bus full of those kindergarteners. However, in a SuperS episode, she spends the episode freaking out at a daycare child (who, to be fair, was antagonizing her in the first place), which culminates in her chasing him around, and ruining a teddy bear Makoto was making for the children.
  • Foil: To Rei in the manga. While Rei is stoic, ladylike, and spiritual, Minako is brash, uncouth, and exuberant. This is made a plot point in the Girl's School Battle, when Minako follows Rei to her private school and ends up mostly making a fool of herself.
  • Forgot Flanders Could Do That: On occasions she would show some hidden maturity and that her skills have only increased. In fact, Sailor Moon is terrified whenever she gets angry.
  • Fun Personified: As Sailor V at least.
  • Gamer Chick: In Codename: Sailor V she loves video games, and often goes to the game center to beat the top scores.
  • Genius Ditz: Gets terrible grades in school, is a slacker when it comes to academics, and constantly uses malapropisms, but she is the guardians' incredibly combat-capable leader, she is incredibly powerful even without being Sailor Venus, is surprisingly good at anything she actually cares about, and in the anime, she is shown to be bilingual.
  • Genki Girl: Except in the live-action version, and the first arc of Sailor Moon Crystal.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: In a moment of discomposure over the deaths of Mercury and Jupiter, she gets one from Uranus in the StarS arc of the manga
  • Giant Waist Ribbon: Super Sailor Venus, Eternal Sailor Venus.
  • Girliness Upgrade: To an extent in the original anime and the live-action show.
  • Girly Bruiser: She's boy-crazy, cheerful, her dream is being an Idol Singer, and she can use powerful light attacks. One of her attacks is even the "Venus Love and Beauty Shock", in which she blows a kiss to deliver a heart-shaped projectile. Interestingly, in the manga, she is actually the biggest tomboy of the inner soldiers.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: In many ways, Makoto and Minako are exact opposites in their personalities: Makoto being outwardly tomboyish while inwardly feminine, and Minako being outwardly feminine while inwardly tomboyish. While still looking very girly, fantasizing about boys, and having an idol career, Minako was also a Gamer Chick when few girls dared to even come near an arcade (and was once mistaken for a drag queen for this), talks in masculine slang and even swears, can't cook, scarfs down food you normally find in places where no girl would go alone.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: As Sailor V. Unlike Moon and Mercury, her mask is just a mask.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: Sailor Venus wears mostly white and is blond (and carries a golden weapon in the manga), and is associated with the goddess of love and beauty (as well as at least once being referred to as a goddess of war).
  • Good Is Not Soft: Minako is cheerful, goofy, and regularly defends those getting picked on. She is also perfectly willing to knock out her own comrade and violently kill her own true love for the sake of her mission and protecting Sailor Moon. Her M.O. of dealing with youma while working as Sailor V was to beat it into oblivion with her fists and feet, even using her heels to get the job done. She's almost as brutal dealing with school bullies and the like as she is with youma. Not to mention, she killed Beryl in the manga.
  • Hair Decorations: Her ribbon.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Flowing blond hair, modeled after Venus, God of Love, Beauty and Fertility.
  • Heartbroken Badass: In the manga, at the end of the Sailor V manga, she is forced to kill her one true love, upon which she realizes that she'll always choose duty over love and in the anime, during her trip to England, she discovers her friend Alan, who she was in love with, was having an affair with her other friend Katarina, and she decides to let them be happy together and returns to Japan, letting them think she had died.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: The one time she used the stinking atmosphere from Venus power, it instantly knocked out a small army of cat youma without injuring the people they had as hostages. Also, being Venus' atmosphere, she was probably holding back to avoid melting the hostages into sulfuric acid.
  • Hero Does Public Service: Aside for being the one confirmed blood donor of the Sailor Soldiers, she's prone to help everyone if she stumbles on someone in need, not expecting a reward for it (but all too willing to keep it if freely offered). No matter if she'd just like to go home and rest after having donated blood, climbed a building, destroyed the Monster of the Week and climbed down in the last ten minutes and is only standing thanks to eight cans of tomato juice, if she's being asked to help raising money for charity she'll help with a smile.
  • Hero of Another Story: Of Codename: Sailor V.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Played for laughs (albeit a bit disturbingly) in Sailor Moon S. Victims of Death Busters tend to go unconscious immediately when their crystal hearts get extracted. Minako, meanwhile, spends most of her episode worrying about the fact that she hasn't been targeted yet, and when Eudial comes after her she's been drinking large quantities of energy drink. When her heart crystal is extracted, Minako is so overjoyed by the proof that she has a pure heart that she actually runs off with it, giggling maniacally, much to the shock of both Usagi and Eudial.
  • Hidden Depths: She can be very silly at times but is the most experienced Sailor Guardian and can speak near-perfect English. Also, much of her happy-go-lucky persona is a put-on façade to hide the pain she feels over the sacrifices she'd made for the sake of her mission.
  • Hot-Blooded: In the manga, she's the most proactive of the soldiers. In her own words, "giving up are the words[she] hates the most!". It's most prevalent in Codename: Sailor V, as she dials it down a bit from there.
  • Hurting Hero: Her duties come at expense to her personal happiness and desires. In the manga, she killed her true love after learning that he was a part of the Dark Kingdom, realizing she’d always pick duty over love, something she’d constantly sought after. In the '90s anime her social life fell apart because of how much of her time was taken up by being Sailor V; she watched her big sister figure fall in love with the guy she liked and decided their happiness was more important than hers. Unlike the other guardians, she had no allies other than Artemis to support her for quite a while after awakening. Even after having met the rest of the guardians, she still struggles with feeling like she's given up her own happiness for the mission. She's still unquestionably dedicated to fulfilling her destiny, protecting Sailor Moon, defending the world, and improving the lives of those around her.
  • Idol Singer: Is one in the live-action, wants to be one in other media.
  • Ill Girl: Live-action only.
  • In a Single Bound: All Sailor Soldiers can do this when transformed, but Minako is the only one shown doing it without transforming. In the 90s anime, she jumps onto Usagi's balcony from the street!
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Coupled with her gold hair she is seemingly a picture of the innocent princess type. Subverted, in that she is quite world-weary and has been through more than her fair share of Break the Cutie.
  • In-Series Nickname: Her friends often shorten her name to "Mina", which is probably why her name was changed to that in the DiC dub. Also, many call her alter ego V-chan.
  • In the Name of the Moon: "For love and beauty, I am a sailor-suited pretty soldier: Sailor Venus! In the name of Venus, I will deliver divine punishment!"
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In one episode of the first season that was cut from the English dub, she left England, allowing her big-sister figure and her crush to be together after seeing them cry in each others arms because they thought Sailor V was killed in an explosion.
  • I Work Alone: In PGSM and Sailor Moon Crystal, she refuses the guardians' help to fight against the Dark Kingdom, though she is much more gracious about it in Crystal.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In Codename: Sailor V, she is short-tempered, fist-happy, selfish, and depresses Artemis with her dismissive treatment of him (he actually runs away from her, only for her to not have even noticed). Her original motivation for working as Sailor V was simply to make the local police look like chumps, rather than to save people. However, she protects students from bullies, breaks up fights, and is willing fulfill her destiny as a guardian no matter what. Also, she is fiercely protective of Sailor Moon.
  • Kick Chick: Her signature move is the Sailor V Kick, with which she has defeated numerous Monsters Of The Week.
  • Killed Off for Real: In the Live Action.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: She is known by the fandom for being a Kick Chick in addition to her strong magical powers. In Codename: Sailor V, she was shown beating away dozens of youma with nothing but her fist and feet multiple times. In the manga, she managed to kick Makoto unconscious while untransformed.
  • The Lancer: In the manga where she acts as Sailor Moon's number 2.
  • Large Ham: As Sailor V. In one instance, her transformation speech spanned over two pages and the enemy had to tell her it was too long (and she hammily beheaded him as he was busy complaining). She dials it down a bit in Sailor Moon... but since Sailor Moon is a World of Ham, it's not that much in the end.
  • The Leader: To the inner soldiers. This aspect is made more prevalent in the manga, where she is more stern with the guardians while in combat, and wields a gigantic, diamond-hard, poison-infused sword.
  • Lethal Chef: As the infamous "Nurse Mina(ko)" for Rei.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Strong enough to KO Makoto with a kick, fast enough to Flash Step and outrun a car (while weakened and about to faint from exhaustion, no less), with a ridiculous tolerance to pain (particularly in the anime, as shown by her experience with having the Dream Mirror extracted and looked in).
  • Light 'em Up: Many of Venus' attacks exhibit a golden glow.
  • Light Is Good: Her attacks are all light-based.
  • Lonely at the Top: Subtly, but it's shown that as she grew in skills and abilities as Sailor V she progressively grew apart from her friends.
  • Lovable Jock: Minako is one of the greatest athletes in the series (and a star volleyball player), and has a charismatic, exuberant personality to go along with it.
  • Love Freak: Even her attacks revolve around love.
  • Love Hurts: Despite being the embodiment of love, she is often unlucky with it.
  • Magic Knight: Along with impressively powerful magical attacks, she wields a whip/chain expertly. In the manga, she has a freaking BFS.
  • Malaproper: Frequently misquotes various sayings, such as "haste makes dancing" and "Life is short; experience the fish climbing the falls".
  • Married to the Job: She will always put duty above everything, including love. Best shown in the finale of the Codename: Sailor V, where she killed her first love upon discovering he was a member of the Dark Kingdom, and the anime episode where she was actually tempted to quit being a Sailor Soldier to find love but decided to throw away her best chance to a boyfriend.
  • Meaningful Name: Her first name contains the kanji for "beautiful" and "child," and her beauty is referenced in-series. Her last name, which has the symbol for "love," represents the planet of Venus as Venus is the god of love in Roman mythology. So she's literally called the "beautiful child of love".
  • Memento MacGuffin: She started wearing her red hair ribbon after the guy she liked suggested she'd look good in one. She continues wearing it even after he's revealed to be a youma and she has to kill him, but mostly because she does like how it looks on her.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Unlike Makoto, she's fairly short and isn't stated to be particularly muscular. However, she performs outstanding feats of athleticism in each iteration of Sailor Moon, particularly in the manga, and is a powerful fighter.
  • Mysterious Past: There are hints she grew up abroad (her malapropism, her perfect knowledge of English while having bad grades in it, her use of kicks extremely similar to Savate ones, and, in the anime, her already knowing Alan before her known stint in London), but it's never elaborated upon.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: As Sailor V she has a bunch of random powers that appear once and never show up again, such as healing perfume rain and summoning the atmosphere of the planet Venus.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: In the manga. Codename: Sailor V shows that she didn't start out that way: the first incident of this kind of pragmatism are the "Pet Diary" chapters (of the three enemies she faced there, Nyan Nyan was stunned by a chemical attack and killed while she was down, Wan Wan was beheaded while he complained for Minako's overly long speech, and Chuu Chuu, a mosquito youma, was killed by another chemical attack, namely magical mosquito incense), and by the time of the main series she's pragmatic enough to cut Zoisite into pieces from behind while he's distracted.
  • Nurse with Good Intentions: Tries to nurse Rei (and Ami, and Makoto, and Usagi), but it doesn't quite go as planned.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Implied in the manga. While having a discussion with Rei following Mercury and Jupiter's deaths Minako tells Rei that they'll rescue them, and then it's back to normal high school life. Minako does her usually ditz thing, saying life's all about boys and that she wants to totally do the "high school girl thing." The Three Lights arrive, and are not fooled, saying that Minako's already sworn herself to somebody (Usagi). Minako briefly drops the act.
    Minako: You got me. Yeah, I've sworn my life, to my one and only...
  • Odd Name Out: Minako's name doesn't fit in the Theme Naming, as her last name doesn't refer to the planet Venus... Except the kanji of her given name can be read "Binasu", the older romanization of the word "Venus". Her last name does however include "Love" in it's charcters, giving an indirect reference.
  • One-Man Army: A minute a half into the opening of Sailor Moon Crystal, Venus is shown beating away dozens of youma with her Love-Me Chain.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Subverted: Minako is really good in volleyball and is seen training rather often, but her two top priorities are her guardian mission and her possible Idol Singer career.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: In the manga, she is one of the two shortest soldiers, stated to be 5'2", yet she is very strong both in terms of athleticism and magical power.
  • Plucky Girl: Minako repeatedly displays tremendous willpower. Case in point: extracting the heart crystal or Dream Mirror always leaves the victim helplessly weak — if at all conscious — up to and including Sailor Soldiers. Minako was the only exception to both rules; in the former case, helped along by the large amount of energy drinks she'd been chugging, she managed to stay conscious long enough to grab her pure heart crystal and outrun Eudial (who was in a car), and in the latter, she broke free from the rack, transformed, and opened up a goddess-sized can of whoopass on both Amazon guys and their lemures. Yeah, you do not mess with Minako.
  • The Prankster: She's a known troublemaker.
  • Pretty in Mink: Wore a fur coat for a second, as a gag in one of the movies.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Has magnificent blond hair that reaches down to her knees. It's only seen fully down in the episode where she takes Usagi to the hairdressers to cheer her up.
  • Red Herring: When Venus shows up Artemis tells everyone that she is the reincarnation of Princess Serenity and everyone believes it due to her sheer power and seriousness in battle. Pretty much nobody could see it coming that the ditzy clumsy Usagi was the true Princess Serenity least of all Usagi herself.
  • Renaissance Man: Alluding to her many Hidden Depths as a Genius Ditz, Minako can play volleyball as one of the series' best athletes (and a magnificent athlete in general), sing and perform as an idol, speak fluent English, work as a manga artist, bring people together with her mere presence, work as a police woman that regularly outdoes the other cops, regularly lead the Sailor Soldiers into battle, come up with battle strategies, have strength far beyond what a person of her size and age should have, wield a sword effortlessly, and even use ofuda that don't belong to her.
  • Roof Hopping: All the soldiers can do it, but Minako is the only one seen doing it in her civilian identity.
  • Serial Romeo: The last chapter of Codename: Sailor V shows Artemis sarcastically congratulating her for her 5,000th first love (the main series of the manga abandoned the gag due how the last chapter ended).
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: The manga version has shades of this, after being forced to kill her true love in the Codename: Sailor V finale... And forcing herself to continue the mission with a smile on her face.
  • Sixth Ranger: In the live-action.
  • Spider-Sense: From time to time she has sensed danger and strange things happening.
  • Stepford Smiler: Her life hasn't been easy, especially in the manga where she feels the pressure of being leader of the Guardians and blames herself for the fall of the Moon Kingdom in their past lives. But she keeps smiling, wanting to help keep everyone's spirits up.
  • Street Smart: She may be Book Dumb, but is often quite intelligent when it comes to dealing with more real-life situations. She's not the most battle-competent of the group for nothing.
  • Strong and Skilled: Extremely atlethically gifted even as a civilian, and, differently from Makoto, knows how to use it to beat a squadron of youma to death.
  • Super Cop: Played with: Minako has a very vocal dislike for police officers, yet she not only acts like one when being Sailor V or Venus, but the anime has her having been a Super Cop in London for a while as part of her background. The manga, being the sequel of Codename: Sailor V, has her as a part-time cop, but it never comes up.
  • Superhero: While all the Sailor Guardians technically qualify, Sailor V is the one who fits the most by virtue of being the one who doesn't just fight the various series villains but also crime in general. She had been an hero for a year before the rest of the inner soldiers, singlehandedly taking out dozens of youma as Sailor V.
  • Superhero Sobriquets: In her Sailor V days, Minako was sometimes called the Goddess of Love or the Goddess of War.
  • Surprisingly Good English: In the anime she can speak an almost accentless Queen's English. Then again, she has lived in London for a few months...
  • Taught by Television: She learned a decent amount of knowledge on Greek mythology from a videogame. After discovering this (and doing the feline equivalent of a Face Palm), Artemis created the Sailor V Game with the express purpose of training her and the other Sailor Guardians.
  • Technician vs. Performer: While Minako is Hot-Blooded and can think on her feet, she is the Technician to Usagi's Performer with regards to how they deal with being a soldier. While Usagi is determined to protect everybody she cares about and save the world, Minako had to kill her one true love and watch as another man she loved apparently get together with her Cool Big Sis, abandon her dream of becoming an Idol Singer, and watch as her friends became estranged from her. At times, she showed resentment for how much she had to give up for her work. However,she trains herself to perfection, and accepts that she'll have to make pragmatic, yet painful decisions to further the goals of the Sailor Team. In the Silver Millenium, it fell upon her shoulders to rein Princess Serenity in to prevent her from causing trouble with her impulsiveness.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: Just to emphasize how utterly screwed Queen Beryl was, Sailor Venus glowered at Beryl and muttered "...Now you've gone and pissed me off." when Beryl began strangling Sailor Moon. Venus summoned the Holy Sword and executed Beryl with it.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl:
    • The Tomboy to Rei's Girly Girl in the manga.
    • In the Live Action, meanwhile, she's the Girly Girl to Rei's Tomboy.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the manga, she grows more and more badass as the series progresses...and this is for a character that was already a huge badass during her introduction! That's because the manga is her second Level in Badass, she takes her first over the course of her own series.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: In the 90s anime, in order to differentiate her character from Usagi (who was originally an expy of her), but only in her civilian form as she's always shown to be capable as Venus. However, this is something of a subversion in that Minako was always like this. It's simply that, when she was first introduced in the anime it had been after she spent months dedicating herself as Sailor V with no time for a social life. The gradual increase of Minako's ditz moments were the result of her being able to finally relax after so long.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Curry rice and ramen.
  • Tragic Keepsake: She first wore a ribbon in her hair because her first love, later revealed to be a youma and her first kill, told her it would look good on her... And still wears it because it does, in fact, look good on her. Played straight with the Ace of Hearts card she's sometimes holding in manga posters, as it practically was her true love's symbol. It's not his card, as that one got ripped, but it's still a motif taken from him.
  • Tranquil Fury: She's usually very emotive, but when she suddenly becomes calm and serious, someone's about to get gut like a fish. Just ask Beryl.
  • Troubled, but Cute: In each version of Sailor Moon (see her Broken Bird entry). She is more angsty in the live-action though. She usually does her level best to hide her angst in the episodes/chapters that focus on her, though.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Usagi, especially in the manga. Along with having fought youma for a year, she killed her one true love and any chance at romance so that she could focus on her mission to protect her, killed Beryl in one strike after Beryl threatened Sailor Moon, kicked her brainwashed fellow guardian, Makoto, into unconsciousness when Makoto was about to attack Usagi, declared (along with Rei) to the Three Lights that she'd dedicated her life to protecting the Princess and threatened the lives of the Lights right afterwards. Not to mention, she was the one to lead the soldiers into a group attack that kills them but saves Sailor Moon.
  • The Unfettered: One of her biggest traits is her dedication to being a soldier and protecting Sailor Moon/Princess Serenity, no matter what the moral or personal cost to her.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Rei in the manga.
  • Whip It Good: Her Venus Love Me Chain is basically an energy whip in the anime and an actual chain in the manga and live-action, which she wears as a belt.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: In the manga, her escapades against normal crime when she was still new as Sailor V were caused by her disliking cops for their arrogance and wanting to show them up (she even admits it outright). With time, she starts fighting crime because it's the right thing... But she still dislikes cops for their arrogance.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: At the age of 13, she learns all about her past life, becomes an adept strategist who can lead a Badass Crew of then complete strangers, accepts her destiny and the sacrifices involved, and lands herself a part-time job as a police officer so she can pay for a ticket home.
  • You Are What You Hate: Minako has a vocal dislike for police officers, yet as Sailor V and Sailor Venus she acts like the ideal cop, right down to giving advice to people like Japanese cops are supposed to, and, in the anime, she collaborated with Scotland Yard. And the Codename: Sailor V manga shows her actually becoming a part-time cop at the end of the series, meaning she's one during the Sailor Moon manga. It just never comes up.

Soldiers of the Outer Solar System

     Setsuna Meioh/Sailor Pluto 

Setsuna Meioh/Trista - Sailor Pluto

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Voiced by: Chiyoko Kawashima (first anime), Ai Maeda (Crystal) (Japanese), Sabrina Grdevich, Jill Frappier (as Luna Ball) (DiC); Susan Aceron (Cloverway); Veronica Taylor (Viz) (English); Ana Isabel "Anabel" Méndez (Latin American Spanish); Rita Almeida (Brazilian Portuguese); Isabel Wolmar (European Portuguese, R) and Cristina Cavalinhos (European Portuguese, S and Stars)
Portrayed in the musicals by: Miwa Hosoki, Rei Saitou, Yuki Kamiya, Seiko Nakazawa, Teruyo Watabe, Yūko Hosaka, Yukiko Nakae (Yuki Nakae), Miho Funatsu, Mikako Ishii

The mysterious, eternal gatekeeper of the Door of Space-time. She's fairly aloof thanks to millennia of isolation and takes her job very seriously, but as shown by her interactions with Chibi-Usa and Hotaru, she does have a softer side and is more than willing to bend the rules for those she cares about. In the third arc, she comes to Earth in the guise of a college student in order to aid Chibi-Usa and the other Sailor Guardian.


  • Adoptive Peer Parent: Is "Setsuna-Mama" to young Hotaru after she's been orphaned, co-parenting with teens Haruka and Michiru.
  • Affectionate Nickname: In the original anime, Chibiusa fondly calls her "Puu."
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl:
    • Her hair long hair has shades of dark green, and she's one of the most imposing warriors as she's older than them. Personality-wise, she tends to be mysterious and detached—traits necessary as she's isolated guarding the gate of time. However, in the anime it's noted that she seems to be deeply saddened by her isolation.
    • Subverted in the early musicals, where she's fast paced, funny and likened to a mother to her dislike.
  • Ambiguously Brown: In the manga her skin colour is the darkest of the main characters. She's still fairly dark in the anime as well.
  • Badass Bookworm: Usually studies an enemy before acting, only striking first in desperate situations. When she does take action, that's when shit gets real.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Setsuna appears at the Marine Cathedral, and transforms into Sailor Pluto. She then takes the talismans Eudial had stolen and uses them to bring Haruka and Michiru back to life - while showing off her own.
    • In the manga and Crystal Pluto appears right before Prince Demande smashes the past and future versions of the Legendary Silver Crystal and stops time allowing her to regain the Crystals at the cost of her own life.
  • But Not Too Black: She's downright dark-skinned in the manga, but in both anime and pretty much any color illustration, she's just lightly tanned.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Pluto Planet Power, make up!", "Pluto Crystal Power, make up!"
  • Celibate Heroine: In the anime she's the only one of the guardians who has never had a romantic interest, nor shown any interest in either sex.
    • In the manga and Crystal, on the other hand, it's implied that she has a slight crush on King Endymion but can't reveal her feelings under any circumstances for obvious reasons. The (first set of) Musicals canonize this, giving her a duet with Queen Beryl over their shared unrequited feelings, Onna no Ronsou. (Women's Depute)
  • Cool Big Sis: Was one to Chibi-Usa, eventually becomes one to the inner soldiers too.
  • Cool Key: The Garnet Rod, her weapon.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Stopping time serves as one for her and is considered the one rule of time she absolutely cannot break. If she does she will die. Naturally, in any adaption that Pluto appears in, she is eventually forced to use her powers to save her friends.
  • Demoted to Extra: Pluto's appearances in the Black Moon arc of the 90's anime are drastically reduced from what she had in the manga going from being a main supporting character to an extra at best during the arc. Even her Heroic Sacrifice in the manga gets moved into the next season instead.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Despises eggplants.
  • Frequently-Broken Unbreakable Vow: She breaks her rules repeatedly and with near impunity. Even the one about stopping time, which costs her life to use. Helps that Sailor Moon can fix trifles like that.
  • Friend to All Children: Setsuna is very good with children, as seen with her relationships with Chibiusa and the reborn Hotaru. She even becomes a school nurse at Chibiusa and Hotaru's elementary school.
  • Hot Scientist: In the manga she was a Physics major in Keio University.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Her weapon is a giant key.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: In Crystal right before she dies after stopping time she tells Sailor Moon that all she ever wanted was to be able to fight by her Queen's side.
  • Lady of War: Handles her Cool Key very gracefully.
  • Magic Skirt: Even when blown back it stays in place.
  • Meaningful Name: Meioh as in Meiōsei, the Japanese for Pluto which means "King of the Underworld Star". Her given name has no inherent meaning, but is a homonym for a Japanese word meaning 'moment'. More specifically, it refers to the Japanese transliteration of the term 'ksana' - the smallest measurement of time in Buddhism. "Setsuna" also sounds similar to "setsunai," which is the Japanese word that means "bittersweet" (describing a mixture of feelings such as sadness, heartache, love and nostalgia). Fittingly, the Cloverway dub gave her the name "Trista," which means "full of sadness" in Latin.
  • Morality Pet: In the manga and Crystal Pluto serves this role to Chibi-Usa when she was brainwashed as Black Lady. Despite everything Chibi-Usa has undergone she still holds Pluto dear to a part of her heart and when Pluto dies after stopping time Chibi-Usa's grief is enough to break Death Phantom's control over her and allow her to transform into Sailor Chibi Moon.
  • Obstructive Code of Conduct: Pluto had three of them: 1: Don't let anyone use the Door of Space-time. 2: Don't leave your post at The Door of Space-time. 3: Do not use your powers to stop time. She still breaks all of them. There doesn't appear to be a punishment for the first two (that we see, at least) but the last one costs her life in exchange. Exactly who or what set these is never stated.
  • Only Friend: Is on both ends of this trope with Chibi-Usa during their time in Crystal Tokyo as both of them are lonely people who weren't able to form connections with other people and ended up finding a friend in each other. It's for this reason that Pluto trusts Chibi-Usa with a time-space key and allows her to visit as much as she wants.
  • Rapunzel Hair: The guardian with the longest hair.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Her age is vague, depends on the continuity and is additionally complicated by time travel, but she's been at that post for a really, really long time.
  • The Sacred Darkness: Not quite as obvious as Hotaru since her primary domain is Time, but Pluto was clearly designed as a "dark" soldier, what with her general appearance, her last name meaning "dark king" and her attack being called Dead Scream.
  • School Nurse: In the Stars manga and a few of the musicals, she becomes a school nurse at Chibi-Usa's elementary school.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Pluto ends up breaking all three of her taboos in order to aid Chibi-Usa and the inner guardians. In the end, she pays for this rule-breaking with her life.
  • Semi-Divine: She's the daughter of the god of time, "Chronos". King Endymion in Act 13, says: "The blood of the god of time, "Chronos", runs through her veins.", and the incantation to use the Space-Time Key has "the almighty god of time, the guardian of time's father, Chronos!", and Sailor Pluto is that soldier of time.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Often the sugar with Chibi-Usa and formerly the ice to everyone else.
  • Time Stands Still: She can do that, but only at the cost of her life. And uses it anyway, at least once in each continuity.
  • Token Good Teammate: The only member of the Outer Guardians who is both willing to work with the Guardian as well as consider an alternative to sacrificing innocents.
  • Town Girls: The Neither to Michiru's Femme and Haruka's Butch.
  • Trademark Favorite Drink: Green tea.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Pluto's resurrection from the dead tends to get glossed over after she stopped time. The best explanation that is ever given is that Neo Queen Serenity somehow reincarnated Pluto in the modern era. The 90's anime doesn't even give her a token explanation and she just sort of comes back.
  • Weirdness Search and Rescue: Sailor Pluto is the Soldier of Space-Time and is described as "a goddess, eternally guarding the Portal of Space and Time". Chibi-Usa finds her at the gates of time while attempting to go back to the future. Subverted at first, considering she has specific orders NOT to open the gates, but she helps anyway.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She is with Uranus and Neptune in wanting to murder Hotaru/Saturn to prevent what they believe will result in the end of the world. Generally, though, Pluto is less cynical than her fellow talisman-bearers.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Cockroaches disgust her to no end.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has dark green hair.

     Haruka Tenoh/Sailor Uranus 

Haruka Tenoh/Amara - Sailor Uranus

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Voiced by: Megumi Ogata (first anime) (Japanese), Junko Minagawa (Crystal) (Japanese), Sara Lafleur (Cloverway), Erica Mendez (Viz) (English), Belinda Martínez (Latin American Spanish), Rosana Beltrame (Brazilian Portuguese), Olga Lima (European Portuguese)
Portrayed in the musicals by: Sanae Kimura, Nao Takagi, Mari Hatano (Asako Uchida), Akiko Nakayama, Shū Shiotuki

"Guided by a new era, Sailor Uranus acts with elegance!"

The most pragmatic of the guardians, even willing to sacrifice lives for the greater good. Although she puts up a tough facade, she's more damaged by this outlook than she's willing to admit. When not fighting evil, she enjoys playing sports, playing the piano, driving her Cool Car, and generally wowing everyone else in the cast.


  • The Ace: Along with Michiru, she's rich, beautiful enough to have Usagi, Rei, Makoto, and Minako fall for her, powerful enough to trash Jupiter in a fight in civilian or guardian form, and has a wide range of talents. In the manga, Usagi, Ami, Rei, and Makoto frustrate Minako (the original ace) by gushing about how awesome Haruka and Michiru are.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the 90s anime. She was more smug, aloof and rude than her manga courterpart, who only was this at first of the Mugen/Infinity Arc and eventually she mellows into straight heroine later in the manga.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Haruka/Sailor Uranus' hair in the manga is most often white-blond, but dark, sandy blonde in The '90s anime.
  • Adoptive Peer Parent: Is "Haruka-Papa" to young Hotaru after she's been orphaned, co-parenting with respective "Mama"'s Michiru and Setsuna.
  • Aloof Ally: With Neptune towards the inner guardians in that they are too idealistic and refuse to use lethal force.
  • Ambiguous Gender Identity: In Crystal it's left unclear where Haruka's stands on their gender identity. Unlike the 90's anime, where in Haruka was a pure bifauxnen, in Crystal Haruka tends to mix and match outfits, going from wearing slacks and suits, to mini-skirts to skirts. Usagi asks Haruka in one episode whether they are a man or a woman and Haruka simply replies "does it matter?" Making things even murkier later on in the season Michiru states that "Uranus in both a man and a woman who is a guardian with both sex and strength", suggesting she may be bigender.
  • Anti-Hero: She and Neptune are these in the 90s anime (though they mellow into straight heroes later in the manga): Even if they're not happy about it, they want to murder Hotaru (aka Sailor Saturn) in the S arc, and actually do kill Pluto and Saturn as a part of their Fake Defection at the end of Stars.
  • Artistic License – Cars: Her 2000GT is shown to be a four-seater. The real Toyota 2000GT (including the Bond model that she drove) only have two seats.
  • Badass Driver: Is a racecar driver, one considered to be gifted enough for Japan to be proud of her.
  • Badass Gay: A lesbian and one of the more powerful Sailors. She often saved the inner soldiers from Daimons in the S season, easily knocked out an enraged Sailor Jupiter, and while tag-teaming Nehellenia's mirror, endured a powerful attack to keep Mercury safe while analyzing the mirror.
  • Battle Couple: With Neptune. They usually arrive together and attack enemies in tandem.
  • Bifauxnen: She's depicted as the most tomboyish and androgynous-looking of the Sailor Guardian in all versions, but much more so in the 90s anime where she almost always dresses in a masculine way and regularly invokes Even the Girls Want Her. In the manga she starts out as looking very masculine, but leans towards wearing more feminine outfits after her identity as a Sailor Guardian is fully revealed.
  • Bifauxnen and Lad-ette: Is the Bifauxnen to Seiya's Lad-ette.
  • The Big Girl: For the Outer Guardians, and in general, the Sailor Team. She is the second tallest of all guardians (towering over Makoto), is a competitive racer, is athletic enough to dominate Jupiter in a brawl, and like Jupiter, likes physical fighting just as much as using her guardian powers. In contrast to Ami, she prefers to power through enemies rather than step back and make a plan.
  • Biker Babe: Almost runs over Makoto too!
  • Blood Knight: Is always more than happy to jump into battle, although her Action-first bravado is eventually put at odds with Sailor Mercury.
  • Bokukko: She uses the "boku" male pronoun. Between that and the fact she also wears a boys' school uniform and has masculine interested such as car racing, she's easily mistaken for male when not transformed.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She's a tomboy and Butch Lesbian with short hair, in contrast to Lipstick Lesbian Michiru's long hair.
  • Broken Ace: Before becoming a Sailor Guardian, she felt aimless in life. She wishes to run away from her fate, and initially didn't want to be a guardian. She was initially as unwilling to hurt a human being as an inner guardian, but gradually lost her sense of idealism. While Haruka will kill or leave innocent people to fate if she deems it necessary, she's deeply troubled by the actions she feels she has to take and fears that what they're doing is ultimately for nothing.
  • Butch Lesbian: She's tall, athletic, a race car driver, and wears her hair short. Played up more in the anime, where she rarely wears women's clothes.
  • Butt-Monkey: To Michiru whenever she's in troll mode. Especially in the last season, where Michiru loves saying Haruka doesn't like Seiya because she doesn't like popular men. In this way, Michiru's saying Haruka is actually jealous of Seiya because he has better luck with women, leaving Haruka in the position of either admitting she's jealous or having to say she does like Seiya.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Uranus Planet Power, Make up!", "Uranus Crystal Power, Make up!"
  • Character Development: At the start of the S anime, she's willing to sacrifice anyone for the sake of her mission. Come the timeline for the S movie, when Sailor Moon is warned that she'll die if she uses the full power of the Silver Crystal, Uranus is the first to declare, "I won't let that happen!"
  • Character Exaggeration: In the manga, Haruka is still butch but has her feminine moments and even occasionally wears girly clothes. In the 90s anime, she is much more masculine and is even a Bokukko (in the manga she uses the girly pronoun "atashi").
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Haruka can become easily and extremely jealous whenever someone takes an interest in Michiru.
  • The Comically Serious: Sometimes. Haruka can easily flirt with others, but any flirting back tends to fly right over her head or fluster her.
  • Commander Contrarian: In the anime, though it's more to provide a counter-balance to Usagi's blind optimism. And while Usagi ultimately proves right in the long run, Haruka's reaction to some of her more reckless actions are presented as extremely logical instead of being wrong for the sake of being wrong.
  • Cool Car: One of Haruka's main characteristic traits. This is mainly due to Takeuchi's own love of certain cars and wanting to draw them.
    • One of Naoko Takeuchi's artwork of Haruka shows her posing beside a white Ferrari Testarossa F512M.
    • In the anime, she primarily drives a roofless yellow Toyota 2000GT, as the cool car in You Only Live Twice. She ups the ante in episode 168 of the anime, when she's shown driving another cool car, a navy blue Ferrari Testarossa 512 TR.
    • In her debut episode, she's talks about her passion to become a racing driver before giving it up for another task (i.e. becoming a Sailor Guardian). There's an imagine spot of this featuring Group A racers from The '90s, which in this case almost entirely consists of Nissan Skyline Group A racers.
    • Episode 179 shows Haruka and Michiru sitting on the hood of a car near a lighthouse. It is not clear as in what model the car is, but it's clear that it's not the 2000GTnote  or the Testarossanote . Judging by the shape and design of the car, it's presumed a 1960s or early 1970s European-made super car.
  • Cool Sword: Her Space Sword, has jewels on the white sheath and a cool curved red blade that glows when in use (The color varies) in the 90s anime. In the manga and crystal, the blade is straight and while the manga depictions vary the color of the hilt and blade (even appearing transparent in some artwork), along with the length, crystal solidifies it with silvery decorations on the hilt and hand guard with a large blue orb connecting it to a blade the length of Haruka's arm.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Prone to sarcastic remarks like Michiru.
  • The Dividual: With Neptune; They were created as a pair, never get solos in the Sera Myu, instead getting duets, and the scenes they have solo can be counted on one hand. The 90's anime forcibly separates them for a single episode, instead pairing Uranus with Mercury leading her to comment how weird it is to not have Neptune around, noteing she hadn't noticed until now just how hard Neptune worked to keep up with her speed
  • Does Not Like Men: A Running Gag for Haruka in season 5 is that she's always gets teased that she doesn't like popular men (especially by Michiru), much to her dismay and annoyance.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Natto soybeans are her least favorite food.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Or more to the point, even the Straight Girls Want Her. Usagi has always been shown to be a bit bi-curious, but in the anime both Minako and Makoto fall for her even after they learn she's not a boy.
  • Fake Defector: In the final episodes.
  • Foil: To Ami, which is explored in the Nehellenia arc of the Stars season. While Haruka is the brawn of the Outer Soldiers, and tries to plow through hordes of enemies with brute force, Ami is the brains of the inner soldiers, and insists on studying an enemy before attacking. Haruka is tomboyish, gruff, cynical enough to think that a horrible sacrifice is necessary to preserve peace, appears very confident, and genuinely does not care whether others accept her or not, while Ami is ladylike, gentle, idealistic, insecure, and wants to be liked by others.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Like Makoto, she has a unisex name to emphasize how she has masculine and feminine traits. When she's first introduced, it also adds to the confusion over whether she's male or female.
  • Grumpy Bear: In the anime. The idea that The Power of Love and justice could triumph without a horrible sacrifice seems to offend her on some level.
  • Handsome Lech: No, really! In the anime, she flirts with a lot of girls, including Usagi and a hotel maid who appears to reciprocate (or at least be flustered). In the latter case, Michiru walked in the room when Haruka was putting the moves on said maid. She seems to have long ago accepted this part of her partner and lets it slide...mostly.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Courtesy of the dub, which tried the best to hide her sexuality, but it was so blatant it made her look incestuous instead.
  • Heroic Suicide: After Eudial kills Michiru, Haruka realizes she holds what she believes to be the final talisman inside her. To save the world, she decides to shoot herself in the heart using Eudial's gun. Usagi tries desperately to prevent this from occurring, but her cries go unnoticed, as the other guardians (including Setsuna) arrive too late. Don't worry, she gets better.
  • Jerkass: She can be downright mean sometimes, especially to Usagi/Sailor Moon.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Zigzags between this and Jerkass Façade constantly, especially in S.
  • Lesbian Jock: She's a track star at school and Physical Education is her best class.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Due to being a former track star, Haruka is quite the speedster, and easily takes out Jupiter with a single blow in the gut.
  • Love at First Sight: She decided Michiru was "the one" for her upon Elsa Gray introducing the two to each other.
  • Magic Knight: Despite being a Sailor, Uranus is physically strong and has a magical sword as add-on weapon, preferring to bash rather than magically attack enemies.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: Like Neptune, Uranus strongly believes that victory is impossible without some horrible angsty sacrifice that only they have the moral strength to make.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: Even has a sword.
  • Masculine–Feminine Gay Couple: Haruka is a short-haired, athletic, sword-wielding Butch Lesbian while her girlfriend Michiru is a refined, violin-playing Lipstick Lesbian.
  • Meaningful Name: Tenoh as in Tenōsei, the Japanese name for Uranus literally meaning "sky king star".
    • Her given name in kanji means "distant".
  • Morality Pet: Hinted to be this for Michiru in the first anime: Sailor Neptune's one battle before Haruka joined her shows that Neptune was far more murderous back in the day.
  • Mysterious Past: While in the first anime we see how she met Michiru, in the manga she was just there.
  • Necessary Evil: How Haruka sees killing Hotaru. It's even stated that Haraku carries deep sadness about the idea of ending Hotaru's life but believes that it is the better alternative then Sailor Saturn's return.
  • The One Guy: In the foreign dubs that changed the gender of Haruka's civilian identify, "he" becomes the one guy among the Sailor Guardians.
  • Opposites Attract: With Michiru. She's a sporty tomboy, Michiru is a cultured and elegant lady.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Was this in the past, while Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life. She stated in a flashback that track-and-field and motorbike racing were all she had to give her life meaning.
  • Refusal of the Call: Initially, she refused to accept her destiny as a soldier because her life would have been upended. It took Michiru getting injured protecting Haruka for her to eventually accept her fate.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: She was right that Hotaru was a threat to Earth, but it wasn't for the fact she was Sailor Saturn rather because she was the vessel for Mistress 9.
  • Samus Is a Girl: In her introductory episodes.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: With Michiru.
  • She's a Man in Japan: Inverted in some countries' dubs that depicted her as a man, except when transformed.
  • Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!: She (Neptune as well) can't seem to get through her head that choosing the more realistic options will only make the end results worse.
  • Smug Super: Along with Michiru. In their civilian guises, they seem friendly enough but their ruthlessness and arrogance comes out when they transform.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Tallest of the guardians, and Even the Girls Want Her.
  • Super Gender-Bender: In some dubs, as an example of Hide Your Lesbians. Yes, Moral Guardians preferred Neptune to have a Gender Bender boyfriend rather than a regular girlfriend.
  • Tomboyish Voice: She has a voice deep enough that it can easily pass as a teenage boy that hasn't broken his voice yet, thanks to Megumi Ogata in the 90s anime and Junko Minagawa in Crystal. This fits with her masculine characteristics.
  • Tomboy Princess: She'll power up and then literally kick your ass.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: In the manga she wears very feminine outfits as often as she cross dresses, she also wears the female school uniforms and refers herself as female when not in male disguise.
  • Town Girls: The Butch to Setsuna's Neither and Michiru's Femme.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Salads.
  • Tsundere: To some extent, she acts this way toward Usagi/Sailor Moon, specially as the S season went on. She can be downright mean and rude towards her, but it's clear that she deeply cares for Usagi.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: See Anti Heroine above. This is mellowed a bit by working with the inner soldiers, but Uranus and Neptune still occasionally resort to more extreme tactics. Of course, this being an idealistic series, they are usually proven wrong about said tactics being necessary.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: She only cross-dresses some of the time in the manga rather than almost all of the time as in the anime, but Takeuchi tended to make her appear a little more physically masculine when cross-dressing.

     Michiru Kaioh/Sailor Neptune 

Michiru Kaioh/Michelle - Sailor Neptune

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Voiced by: Masako Katsuki (first anime) (Japanese), Sayaka Ohara (Crystal) (Japanese), Barbara Radecki (Cloverway), Lauren Landa (Viz) (English), Irma Carmona (Latin American Spanish, original/Crystal), Márcia Regina (Brazilian Portuguese), Olga Lima (European Portuguese)
Portrayed in the musicals by: Kaoru Ukawa, Chikage Tomita, Miyuki Sena (Miyuki Fuji), Yūko Harada (Yūko Tahara), Sara Shimada, Yūka Asami, Tomoko Inami, Takayo Ohyama, Sayaka Fujioka

"Likewise, Sailor Neptune acts with grace!"

Uranus' classically refined partner, a talented violinist and swimmer. Her poise and elegance coupled with her surprisingly friendly demeanor make her an immediate inspiration to the Guardians. Despite her graceful manners, she's no less merciful than her girlfriend towards those who get in her way.


  • The Ace: To perhaps a greater extent than Haruka, as she's considered to be the feminine ideal: sophisticated, cool, and artistically talented. She's wealthy enough to own a Stradivarius and attend an elite academy, has great artistic talent in many areas, athletic in civilian and guardian form, and is leagues more powerful than the inner soldiers. In the manga, Usagi, Ami, Rei, and Makoto frustrate Minako (the original ace) by gushing about how awesome Haruka and Michiru are. She's witty enough to fluster the normally suave Haruka, and intelligent enough to manipulate Seiya into letting his guard down by charming him.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the 90s anime. She was more smug, aloof and rude than her manga courterpart, who only was this at first of the Mugen/Infinity Arc and eventually she mellows into straight heroine later in the manga.
  • Adoptive Peer Parent: Is "Michiru-Mama" to young Hotaru after she's been orphaned, co-parenting with Haruka and Setsuna.
  • Aloof Ally: With Uranus towards the inner soldiers in that they are too idealistic and refuse to use lethal force.
  • Alpha Bitch: She is introduced as one in the manga, but this is just a front. She's more of a normal Ojou with small shades of Lovable Alpha Bitch.
  • Anti-Hero: She and Uranus are these in the anime (though they mellow into straight heroes later in the manga): Even if they're not happy about it, they want to murder Hotaru (aka Sailor Saturn) in the S arc, and actually do kill Pluto and Saturn as a part of their Fake Defection at the end of Stars.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance. Sea green eyes, check. Sea green hair that has a slight wave to resemble ocean waves, check. If it wasn't obvious enough she's a water user.
  • Badass Bookworm: An established violinist, whose swimming ability is just as remarkable, and it becomes a surprise that Ami is able to keep up with her during a race. Also, during her fight with Sailor Moon, she easily restrains her, and the Sailor Stars opener shows that Michiru is quite capable of getting physical.
  • Badass Gay: A lesbian and one of the more powerful Sailors.
  • Badass Teacher: Besides being a powerful warrior, the first anime series shows her working as an art teacher.
  • Battle Couple: With Uranus. They usually arrive together and attack enemies in tandem.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Neptune Planet Power, Make up!", "Neptune Crystal Power, Make up!"
  • The Comically Serious: Sometimes.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Aqua eyes, aqua hair, even has an oceanic trend.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She loves making sarcastic, thinly veiled comments behind a graceful smile about others all the time.
  • Depending on the Writer: Depending on the episode in the S season, she can be more contemplative or merciful than Sailor Uranus, or just as extremist and rude like her.
  • Did You Think I Can't Feel?: In the earlier days of their relationship before they became a couple, Michiru did not appreciate Haruka's patronizing attitude about what she's capable of. This was after Haruka saw a portrait Michiru created of the end of the world, with Haruka snarking she didn't think a privileged rich girl like her could possibly understand a concept as bleak as the apocalypse. Michiru makes it clear Haruka had no clue what she was talking about.
  • The Dividual: With Uranus; They were created as a pair, never get solos in the Sera Myu, instead getting duets, and the scenes they have solo can be counted on one hand. The 90's anime forcibly separates them for a single episode, instead pairing her with Mars. There are jokes in the fandom that Michiru (and rarely Haruka) lacks a personality outside their relationship but careful examination reveals this is untrue. They each get scenes or episodes where one is the focus over the other though both are still there.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Dislikes kikurage mushrooms.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: A very elegant young lady, and a professional violinist who also plays the piano.
  • Elemental Hair: Her blue-green hair indicates her power over the sea.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: While she doesn't have quite the universal lady-appeal of Haruka, both Ami and Rei (among others) think she's beautiful.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She's a gleefully unrepentant troll, albeit an elegant one, but there are some things Michiru won't joke about.
    • When Usagi is upset because she thinks Mamoru forgot her birthday (he didn't, he just didn't know when it was because Usagi never told him), Michiru sounds truly disappointed in him, and is none too pleased when Haruka jokingly flirts with Usagi. Michiru might screw with Haruka sometimes by flirting with others, but she draws the line at teasing someone who's emotionally vulnerable at the moment.
    • After the guardians become trapped in a dimensional warp created in the Tomoe household, Haruka says it would be better if they didn't come back. Michiru is seriously offended by such a notion.
  • Fake Defector: In the final episodes.
  • The Gadfly: Michiru just loves to innocently screw with people by making veiled comments hiding behind an innocent smile. She goes around making comments for the sake of screwing with people and watching their reactions when they finally get what she's really saying. For example, when she's paired up with Rei in the first Stars arc of the anime, she nonchalantly comments about her relationship with Usagi:
    Michiru: You two are close, like me and Uranus.
    • An earlier moment comes in S when Makoto asks about Haruka being able to drive. Haruka stammers that she got a license overseas, and Michiru just mentions "So she says."
    • Throughout Stars she loves to tease Haruka about her rivalry with Seiya, even telling the girls that Haruka doesn't hate men, she just hates popular men (implying she hates Seiya because he's more successful with girls).
  • Girly Bruiser: Michiru is very feminine, collected, cultured, and soft-spoken. She likes to wear long, flowing dresses and is interested in classical music, painting, and reading. She's also a balance of Lady of Black Magic and Lady of War with her water-based attacks and Stradivarius, and the 90s anime show her inflicting a brutal beating on Germatoid clones with her bare hands.
  • Girly Run: Clearly seen when running from Usagi in Season 3, Episode 6 of Crystal.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Same deal with Sailor Uranus. In one scene in the dub when the girls are talking about first kisses, Michelle reminisces about having her first kiss with "Brad, the cutest boy at school." Then she and Amara exchange meaningful looks and hastily exit the scene.
  • Immune to Bullets: Eudial's death trap triggers bullets that fly from every direction. Neptune gets hit with every single one, until the guns are out of ammo. She survives, if only for a few moments, and it takes a blast from Eudial herself to finish her off and rip out her Pure Heart Crystal.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Some of her attacks use a mirror or a violin.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Refined and classy, she uses water-based attacks and a Magic Mirror that can dispel illusions and teleport people.
  • Lady of War: She's an elegant, refined young lady who will defeat enemies by whatever means possible. She even uses a violin to blast enemies to oblivion. The femme counterpart to Uranus' butch.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Not to the extent of Uranus but in the Nehelenia arc, the entire team of 10 is split up into abnormal groupings by the villain, splinting up Uranus and Neptune. The former, paired up with Mercury, notes she never noticed how well Neptune had managed to keep pace with her high running speed until now, having been paired with someone who can't.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: The elegant, lady-like girlfriend of the more masculine Uranus.
  • Magic Mirror: The Deep Aqua Mirror. It acts as a weapon, can dispel illusions, allows communication over great distances, and can even teleport people.
  • Making a Splash: A powerful user of water. Her powers are stated to be from the sea rather than just regular water.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: Like Uranus, Neptune strongly believes that victory is impossible without some horrible angsty sacrifice that only they have the moral strength to make.
  • Masculine–Feminine Gay Couple: Michiru is a refined, violin-playing Lipstick Lesbian while her girlfriend Haruka is a short-haired, athletic, sword-wielding Butch Lesbian.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Kaioh as in Kaiōsei, the Japanese name for Neptune meaning "sea king star".
    • Her given name means "rising".
  • Morality Pet: Always to Haruka
  • Ms. Fanservice: Swims a LOT. Which means we get to see her in swimsuits a LOT.
  • Musical Assassin: With a Stradivarius!
  • Mysterious Past: The only thing we know of her past is that she's the only Sailor Guardian who got her powers and Awoke without external help (she simply dreamed of her past life), and even that comes from Word of God. Everything else, is completely unknown.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Neptune gets hit with every single bullet from Audial's death trap and somehow survives.
  • Ojou: It's never stated who her parents are but she's clearly wealthy, as she owns a Stradivarius violin and a gigantic condo with its own aquarium and is a world-famous violinist and painter.
  • Opposites Attract: With Haruka. She is a cultured and elegant lady, Haruka is a sporty tomboy.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: She was right that Hotaru was a threat to Earth, but it wasn't for the fact she was Sailor Saturn rather because she was the vessel for Mistress 9.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: With Haruka.
  • Second Place Is for Winners: In Episode 97 of the first anime she's offended when Ami intentionally throws a swimming race as she wouldn't have minded losing against someone who was giving it her all vs. a win being handed to her.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: While considerably more feminine and graceful than Haruka, it's obvious that Michiru has a will of pure steel. It's strongly hinted that she's the one with the reins in their relationship, and she could have Haruka wrapped around her finger if she wanted to.
  • Smug Super: Along with Haruka. In their civilian guises, they seem friendly enough but their ruthlessness and arrogance comes out when they transform.
  • Taking the Bullet: In the backstory episode of Uranus and Neptune in the 90's anime, she leaps in front of a monster about to attack Haruka, causing herself to be heavily injured.
  • Town Girls: The Femme to Setsuna's Neither and Haruka's Butch.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Sashimi.
  • Troll: In contrast to her elegant demeanor she's a huge one. She's not malicious or evil, but the moment she says "Ara" expect the conversation to be full of innuendo and oh-so-innocent snarking.
  • True Blue Femininity: She's color-coded with turquoise and blue, and the Lipstick Lesbian to contrast with Sailor Uranus's butch. Not to mention that her hair is blue too. (Well, more of a sea green, but close enough)
  • Undying Loyalty: Obviously to Usagi/Princess Serenity, as is the case with all other Sailor Guardians, but more notably, to Haruka. She survived a barrage of bullets to reach Sailor Uranus and protect her from Eudial. She'll even casually risk the world being destroyed so long as Haruka is safe with her, which even surprises the villain attacking Haruka.
    Sailor Neptune: Maybe you misunderstood... A world without Haruka isn't a world worth saving.
  • Verbal Tic: "Ara" in the 90s anime.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: The whole deal with Eudial was triggered when she first took a hit for Haruka and got captured... and upon seeing Haruka coming to rescue her and fight Eudial, releasing herself and trying to stop her.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: Swims so much it kind of comes with the territory.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: See this trope under Uranus.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: Despite being only about 16 when first introduced, Michiru is easily the most mature and refined of the guardians.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Although mainly an Ojou, but she also shows strong vibes of this in her devotion to her girlfriend Haruka and their Outer Guardians' mission.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Aqua-favoured.

     Hotaru Tomoe/Sailor Saturn 

Hotaru Tomoe - Sailor Saturn

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Voiced by: Yuko Minaguchi (first anime), Yukiyo Fujii (Crystal) (Japanese), Jennifer Gould (Cloverway), Christine Marie Cabanos (Viz) (English), Cristina "Cris" Camargo (Latin American Spanish), Isabel Wolmar (European Portuguese)
Portrayed in the musicals by: Keiko Takeda, Chihiro Imai, Asami Sanpei (Nao Asami), Mao Mita, Mario Tomioka, Ayami Kakiuchi, Ruria Nakamura, Yui Iizuka, Eriko Funakoshi, Karin Takahashi

"I am an emissary from the abyss of death. Protected by Saturn, Planet of Ruin. Guardian of Silence, Sailor Saturn."

A friendless Ill Girl and Apocalypse Maiden, not to mention the biggest Woobie in the cast... all thanks to the unfortunate double presence of world-destroying powers and Demonic Possession. She's had a rough childhood, to put it mildly, but manages to remain a kind, genuinely sweet girl and a precious friend to Chibi-Usa.


  • Adaptational Heroism: In the manga and Crystal, it is explained Saturn was responsible for the destruction of the Moon Kingdom and her reawakening means the end of the world. Although in this case, the Moon Kingdom had already been mostly destroyed by Queen Metalia, and it was necessary to summon Saturn and erase what was left so Princess Serenity and the rest of the kingdom could be reborn in the future. Saturn says the same thing when she brings the end of the world during the Infinity Arc, explaining her destruction paves the way for rebirth thanks to Sailor Moon. In the 90s anime, not only was Saturn not responsible for the Moon Kingdom's destruction, she was also mistaken as the Messiah of Silence due to her body being used as a host for Mistress 9. And while it's still implied she does possess Apocalypse Maiden powers, she's able to control them and use them for good, unlike her chaotic manga counterpart.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Has the power to destroy entire planets. In the manga when first appears she's stronger than the rest of the cast combined.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Saturn's power is ridiculously higher then anyone else in the main cast to the point that she can casually destroy an Eldritch Abomination with little effort. However since Saturn's power involves wiping out all life she can't stop at just that and has to blow up, at a minimum, a planet. Plus her powers ends up killing her soon afterwards. Therefore it makes sense that, once Hotaru regains control of her body, her powers are nerfed as a result.
  • Badass Adorable: Even cuter in her baby form.
  • Blade on a Stick: Her Silence Glaive.
  • Blessed with Suck: See Healing Hands. And oh, half the tropes about her.
  • Body Horror: Her cyborg body in the manga could qualify as this.
  • Broken Bird: In the Infinity arc of the manga, Saturn casually comments on the fact that no one wants her around (right before killing Pharaoh 90 with a smile on her face); in the Nehellenia retread of the anime, she's absolutely floored that Chibi-Usa does care, and enough to give her a hug when she's about to sacrifice herself again, tearfully pleading her not to do so.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Saturn Crystal Power, Make up!"
  • Creepy Child: Goth-like appearance. Mistress 9's sudden bursts don't help her either.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Surprisingly in Crystal, where she is more cold and ruthless than her 90s counterpart:
    "It seems I'm always the uninvited guest."
  • Does Not Like Spam: Dislikes drinking milk.
  • The Dreaded: The Outer Guardians were deeply afraid of her and had attempted to kill Hotaru to prevent Sailor Saturn from awakening. Justified though, for the fact that she could destroy a planet on her own, and she just had to do it everytime she woke up. It's pretty telling in the manga that, when Saturn is reborn again, the guardians are more worried about her then the Eldritch Abomination that's currently eating the planet.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Main colour is purple, secondary colour is black.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Inverted. She still loves and misses her father in the manga and Crystal, despite everything he's done.
  • Everybody Hates Hades: She gets this a lot in-universe, given her role as the resident Apocalypse Maiden. Becomes a plot point when everyone realizes the true nature of her powers and necessity of her duties.
  • Fountain of Youth: After sacrificing herself during her fight with Pharaoh 90, she is brought back as a baby. As mentioned below, she eventually goes back to near her real age.
  • Godzilla Threshold: She's meant to awaken as a Sailor Guardian only when a world-threatening event happens to destroy everything and reset it to zero, with the other Outer Soldiers' talismans working as a seal to her powers.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: In the manga, she's severely scarred and a cyborg!
  • Goth Girls Know Magic: She has a gothy appearance and usually dresses in purple and black. She's by far the most magically strong Sailor, able to destroy entire planets with the powers of silence and destruction.
  • Has Two Mommies: When Haruka, Michiru, and Setsuna adopt her after she resurrects. She's calls them Haruka-papa, Michiru-mama, and Setsuna-mama respectively, showing that Haruka is viewed more as a father than a mother. Her real, albeit dead, mother Keiko probably counts too.
  • Healing Hands: She has healing powers, which made her classmates brand her as a freak in the anime.
  • Ill Girl: Prone to frequent seizures and energy combustion. Prior being revived the first time in the manga, she also had the problem with most of her body being mechanical due to childhood injuries.
  • Killed Off for Real: The manga seems to imply that the original Sailor Saturn had died for real when she was locked with Pharaoh 90 in the other dimension, and the one who was reborn is Hotaru, not her.
  • Meaningful Name: 'To' is the first character in the Japanese name for Saturn, which oddly enough means "earth" (or "soil", or "ground"), because Saturn is the planet of the earth element in the East, while 'moe' means "sprouting from". Her given name, Hotaru, means "firefly". Thus, her name can literally be taken as "firefly sprouting from the earth".
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: When she is first introduced, Hotaru is feared and rejected by her classmates because of her strange powers and blackouts.
  • Mysterious Waif: Her revealed identity as Saturn in the anime and manga makes her an instant target towards the rest of the Outer Sailor Guardians.
  • Necessary Evil: Saturn is widely feared by the other guardians due to the fact that she can, and will, destroy worlds if she believes they are beyond saving. However, as she explains, Saturn has to destroy planets in order for new life to begin. It's entirely possible that Princess Serenity and the other guardians would have never reincarnated if she hadn't destroyed the Silver Millennium first.
  • Older Alter Ego: Averted in the 90s anime where the awaken Saturn still acts like Hotaru, but played straight in the manga, when it was the original Sailor Saturn who was awakened rather than Hotaru. She had noticeably calmer, colder expression, and refer to herself and Hotaru as two different people.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Can destroy the world by bringing down the Silence Glaive, making her far and away the most powerful guardians. Fanon likes to jokingly give her dojikko tendencies (and the specific interpretation of "bring down"); one wonders what would happen if she just dropped it one day...
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: After her fight with Pharaoh 90, she was reborn as a baby. Soon started to grow up quickly, and in Stars she's already back to near her real age. It was later shown that this was planned by Galactica.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Added to the third intro of Sailor Moon S, the only time in the 90s anime all ten guardians were ever in one opening, though Hotaru never gets to be shown as Saturn in it.
  • Purple Eyes: Matches her Sailor Saturn personality nicely.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her uniform has purple accents, her eyes are purple, even her magic is purple. She only awakens when there is a planet to destroy, a civilization to wipe out, or an Elder God to kill, solo. In her entire active history, she has only ever failed once.
  • Raise Him Right This Time: See above.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has black hair and a skin tone described as "alabaster". Her first appearance in the manga basically launched Chibi-Usa headfirst into puberty. And that was before she smiled. Furthermore, the first adjective Chibi-Usa ever applies to Hotaru is "beautiful". Usagi and Mamoru agree.
  • Redemption Demotion: She is considered as perhaps the most powerful of all guardians and was capable of destroying Pharaoh 90, but after entering the group she is as powerful as the others. This is justified since her powers are mostly destructive and she can't use it without most likely either destroying herself or endangering those around her.
  • Reincarnation: Unlike the other soldiers, however, Hotaru's situation is a bit more different. She is the only one with a different personality from her past self. Sailor Saturn on her awakening even said that, Hotaru is a person on her own while Saturn's soul just slept inside her.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Her relationship with Chibi-Usa has elements that resemble a Puppy Love version of the trope. Crystal took this further by emphasizing the romantic subtext between them, featuring the two holding hands and staring longingly at each other in the opening, and Hotaru outright saying she loves Chibi-Usa before her soul disappeared.
  • Shrinking Violet: She was so shy and withdrawn that, until Chibi-Usa came along, she had no friends.
  • The Sacred Darkness: Saturn functions as a dark counterpart to Sailor Moon herself. Saturns power to destroy is less pleasant that Moon's power to create and terrifies the other soldiers, but Saturn is firmly on the side of good and removing her from the picture would be just as catastrophic to the cycle of death and rebirth as removing Sailor Moon.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: Poor Hotaru was not only the vessel for Sailor Saturn but, in her original life, she was also possessed by Mistress 9 and the two entities basically played tug-of-war with her mind for control of her body. It's noteworthy that, after Mistress 9 is destroyed, Saturn still tells everyone that Hotaru is gone. Thankfully, after she is reincarnated, Hotaru seems to have lost both personalities and can manifest her Sailor Saturn powers without worry of them taking over her mind.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Her manga and Crystal counterparts originally could be very gruff and cold, as evident by her first meeting with Chibi-Usa. Chibi-Usa saw Hotaru was in pain and asked to help, but Hotaru told her to leave. Also, as a bit of Dramatic Irony, she's incredibly hostile to Kaolinite and tells her to stay away from her father. The irony comes from that, while 90s anime Kaolinite was abusive to Hotaru and her father was being controlled, manga and Crystal Kaolinite (while still evil) shows genuine concern for her while her father is genuinely evil.
  • Token Evil Team Mate: Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto think she's this. While she may have been this in her previous life (she had no problem destroying the Moon Kingdom, ending worlds, and killing Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto after all) though her current self isn't.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After she's reborn she becomes much less gloomy, an indicator that she's become free of the stigma previously attached to her life thanks to the misconceptions about Sailor Saturn and her association with the Death Busters. In fact, the Saturn of the 90s anime becomes the only one of the outer soldiers who has complete faith in Sailor Moon, and frequently tells others to believe in her.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Soba noodles.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: In the manga, her body was so badly damaged after the explosion that killed her mom and injured her, that her Mad Scientist dad rebuilt her body with cybernetics. As as result, she wears long sleeves year round to hide her robotic arms and legs. Being reborn fixes this.
  • Younger Than They Look: After her rebirth, she was six months old when she was reawakened as Sailor Saturn, while physically looking like a 12-year old girl that is roughly the same size as the 900+ years old Chibiusa.

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