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  • Action Girl: Don't screw with them, for they can and will kick your ass into next week, especially if you're a malevolent alien.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga, everyone has the same hair and eye colours all the time (except near the end, where a red-haired Ichigo is put on the cover of one of the manga volumes). The anime changes this to give civilian Ichigo red hair and brown eyes, civilian Minto midnight blue hair and brown eyes, etc. Their transformed hair and eye colours are also brighter instead of pastel shades.
  • Age Lift: Their ages were brought up by a couple of years in the 4Kids dub.
  • Animal-Motif Team: Since they carry DNA of endangered animals, they bear resemblance to that species.
    • Ichigo — Cat
    • Mint — Bird
    • Lettuce — Dolphin/porpoise
    • Pudding — Monkey
    • Zakuro — Wolf
    • Berry — Bunny
    • Ringo — Penguin
  • Ascended Extra: The Mew Mews besides Ichigo are very undeveloped in the manga since Ichigo is the only one who really gets focus there. In the first anime, Minto, Retasu, Bu-ling, and Zakuro are more rounded and fleshed out thanks to being given several A Day in the Limelight episodes that lets the audience know more about their lives outside of the team.
  • Badass Adorable: All of the Mew Mews quality, but Pudding is this especially!
  • Clark Kenting: They change hair colour, eye colour and hairstyle. A particularly odd case, considering that, in their Mew Mew forms, the Mew Mews only add a "Mew" to their first name (e.g. Mew Ichigo) and somehow that prevents people from figuring it out.
  • Colourful Theme Naming: Their surnames have their theme colours in them.
    • "Momomiya"/"Peach shrine"
    • "Aizawa"/"Dark blue swamp".
    • "Midorikawa"/"Green river"
    • "Huang"/"Yellow"
    • "Fujiwara"/"Wisteria field"
    • "Shirayuki"/"White snow"
    • "Akaii"/"Red"
  • Curtains Match the Window: In their Mew Mew forms.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Their given names follow this theme.
    • "Ichigo"/"Strawberry"
    • "Minto"/"Mint"
    • "Retasu"/"Lettuce"
    • "Bu-ling"/"Pudding"
    • "Zakuro"/"Pomegranate"
    • "Berry"
    • "Ringo"/"Apple"
  • French Maid Outfit: Their waitress outfits look like this.
  • Little Bit Beastly: In their Mew forms, they still look completely human plus cute animal ears and tails. Except for Retasu and Ringo who only get a costume change.
  • Magical Girl: It focuses on five girls infused with the DNA of rare animals that gives them special powers and allows them to transform into "Mew Mews." Led by Ichigo Momomiya, the girls protect the earth from aliens who wish to "reclaim" it.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: In the anime, Ichigo and Minto's hair colour changes from red and black to pink and blue respectively when they transform. Downplayed with Retasu, Bu-ling, and Zakuro, whose hair colours remain green, yellow, and purple, albeit different shades.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In the manga, all five girls always have fancy hair colours, transformed or not.

     Ichigo Momomiya / Mew Ichigo
Mew Ichigo
Voiced by: Saki Nakajima (Japanese, first anime), Yuuki Tenma (Japanese, second anime), Amanda Brown (English)

The main character of the series, who has the DNA of the Iriomote Wild Cat. She has a crush on Masaya Aoyama and hopes to get together with him.

  • Badass Longcoat: She wears a kneecoat over her school uniform in episode 46.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: The brawn to Minto's beauty and Retasu's brains. Zakuro even cites this as a reason why she picks Ichigo over Mint to assist her in a fashion show, since it requires a lot of heavy lifting.
  • Big Eater: Ichigo is a glutton who accepts the call only when Shirogane offers her free samples of his cafe's sweets.
  • The Bus Came Back: In à la Mode, Ichigo left Japan to follow Aoyama overseas. She comes back at the end of the first volume out of two.
  • Cat Girl: In more ways than one. She has the DNA of the Iriomote Wild Cat. Whenever she gets excited, her ears and tail will sprout. Also, if she's ever kissed, she will turn into a small black cat.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: In episode 45, she decides to make a chocolate for Aoyama and ends up cooking a deformed chocolate that even Bu-ling can't eat because she added some "extra ingredients". At the end she does it right and Aoyama says they taste good, but she still failed in the shape.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: She is a bit of a klutz (as part of her ditzy personality), but still very pretty.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Sometimes shows these as Mew Ichigo.
  • Demoted to Extra: She's the main heroine in the original manga, but in the short-lived sequel, Berry replaces her as the protagonist and Ichigo doesn't even appear for the first half of the story. The manga special Re-Turn that takes places after à la Mode has Ichigo back as the protagonist.
  • Devoted to You: The men who fall for her can become very obsessed and emotionally dependent of her. Just ask Aoyama and Quiche.
  • The Ditz: The typical ditzy mahou shojo heroine.
  • Dub Name Change: "Zoey Hanson" in the 4Kids dub.
  • Dude, He's Like, in a Coma!: She shares one or two kisses with Aoyama when he's either asleep or knocked out.
  • Dude Magnet: Her official love interest is the Non-Action Guy (who has his own harem of fangirls), and has to deal with a bunch of other guys having feelings for her — Ryou Shirogane (Mission Control), Quiche (Villainous Crush) and the Blue Knight (Mysterious Protector).
  • Expressive Ears: Her cat ears droop down when she's sad and point straight up when she's surprised or frightened.
  • Fangirl: For Masaya. Also for Zakuro, but slightly less so than Minto.
  • Fiery Redhead: She has red hair in her civilian form. She's also passionate, brave and can be fiery when provoked.
  • First-Name Basis: Has this with most of her friends, but not with Shirogane or Akasaka. Aoyama eventually starts calling her by her first name, but while she hopes to eventually do the same with him, she doesn't get around to doing so (in the dub, they're always on a first name basis).
  • First Kiss: In the manga, an Accidental Kiss with Aoyama. In the anime, it's stolen by Quiche.
  • Generation Xerox: In Episode 31, her father, Shintaro disapproves of Aoyama, and challenges him to a kendo match until she intervenes. Shintaro had to go through the same thing with his wife Sakura's father, and Sakura responded similarly.
  • Girlish Pigtails: In civilian form she has her hair in pigtails tied up in red ribbons.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Masaya is revealed to be Deep Blue, she's shocked into a loss of common sense, attacking her teammates and then refusing to fight, until Minto slaps her back to sanity.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She dies in order to stop Aoyama's Heroic Sacrifice. She gets better.
  • The Heroine: As the leader and main character.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: She's completely shocked when Aoyama confesses his feelings for her.
  • I Can't Dance: Thanks to Ryou, though, she learns how to.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Although she changes her mind later on, much of her early motivation is saving the world so her normal life can resume, and she initially fears what Aoyama will think if he finds out about her secret.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: With Masaya after he awakens as Deep Blue.
  • Improbable Weapon User: As Mew Ichigo, her weapon is the StrawBell Bell, a strawberry-shaped ring that throws rainbow-colored energy blasts.
  • Intimate Marks: Her Mew Mark is located on the inside of her right thigh.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: Her cat ears and tail sometimes pop out under duress; later on, she starts turning into a cat and is stuck that way unless she's kissed.
  • Leotard of Power: When she briefly joins the gymnastics team. Justified, since gymnasts do wear leotards in real life.
  • Ma'am Shock: She does not like to be called an old lady by Tart.
  • Ms. Vice Girl: A glutton who accepts the call only when Shirogane offers her free samples of his cafe's sweets.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In the manga, her Heroic BSoD over finding out Aoyama is the human form of Deep Blue drives Mew Ichigo to seriously attack the other Mew Mews to stop them from fighting Deep Blue. It's until the damage it's done that it hits her that she almost killed her own friends.
  • Naïve Everygirl: A ditzy, clumsy but kind teenage girl who is head over heels for the cutest boy in school.
  • Official Couple: She starts dating Aoyama in the middle of the series.
  • Ordinary Middle School Student: She was a completely normal schoolgirl with a crush on the most popular guy until one day, she's transformed into a Magical Girl with cat ears and tail who must save the world from aliens trying to take it over.
  • Pink Heroine: Mew Ichigo has pink hair and eyes while transformed, as well as a pink dress and weapon.
  • Protectorate: The Blue Knight/Aoyama fights only to protect Ichigo.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Mint's blue. She's passionate and energetic, while Mint is calm and cool.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: She has pink hair only in her Mew form in the anime, but in the manga it's pink in her civilian form too. It fits her cheerful and romantic personality.
  • Sacred First Kiss: She's not happy with Quiche taking her first kiss without her consent early in the first anime.
  • Say My Name: "AOYAMA-KUUUN!!"
  • Signature Headgear: A pair of red ribbons.
  • Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: She has a crush on Aoyama, the popular Kendo Team Captain.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Her crush on Aoyama, who is a Lovable Jock and Nice Guy.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: She has a super crush on Aoyama and pretty much loses all common sense when it comes to him.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: She's shown in at least one episode to be able to converse with cats. Considering that she's transformed into a cat a few times in-series, it shouldn't come as a surprise. In a later episode, it's revealed that she can apparently also talk to birds and dogs when she's in her cat form.
  • Sprouting Ears: A Running Gag is that Ichigo's cat ears and tail pop out whenever she gets excited or flustered.
  • Stock Shoujo Heroine: She has short pink hair (red in civilian form in the anime) that she wears in Girlish Pigtails when in civilian form. She is a typical klutzy, ditzy shoujo protagonist who is also a Magical Girl with love-based attacks.
  • Strawberry Shorthand: Ichigo's name translates to strawberry, and strawberries frequently appear on her outfits and personal items. Even her weapon is supposed to resemble a strawberry. As expected, she's portrayed as a cute and innocent young girl.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Looks like her mother, Sakura.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She's quite similar to the original protagonist of the series, Hime Azumi. They both have pink eyes, short hair, black cat ears and tail, similar outfits, and boyfriends who were okay with their secret lives.
  • Verbal Tic: Her sentences tend to end with "~nya" occasionally.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She's annoyed by Minto's arrogant and lazy personality, but they're still friends and teammates.
  • Worf Had the Flu: In a very literal example of this trope, Ichigo loses a fight against Kisshu because she is sick with the flu in episode 17, resulting in the initial appearance of the Blue Knight to rescue her

     Minto Aizawa / Mew Mint
Mew Mint
Voiced by: Yumi Kakazu (Japanese, first anime), Mirai Hinata (Japanese, second anime), Andi Whaley (English)

The second person to join the Mew Mews, she has the genes of an Blue Lorikeet.

  • 10-Minute Retirement: In one episode, believing that the struggle the Mews are faced with is hopeless.
  • Adaptational Sexuality:
    • While in the original Japanese dubbing was a Ambiguously Bi, ironically in the 4Kids dub she seems to be gay in a straight line.
    • On the other hand, while in the anime it is ambiguous what the feelings she has for Zakuro are, in the manga it is more than clear that she likes her.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She adores Zakuro and even claims that she loved her at one point. However, she and Zakuro set up a "Geisha bar" for Aoyama in volume 4. Not to mention that she also danced with a man at a party.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: In Episode 43, Minto challenges Zakuro to a fight out of frustration over Zakuro refusing to explain herself so the team doesn't need to suspect she's a traitor. During their quarrel, Minto yells out in tears how much she likes Zakuro, although it's left ambiguous if it was meant to be a romantic confession.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap:
    • Does this to Mew Ichigo to snap her out of her Heroic BSoD caused by the revelation that Aoyama is a fake identity of Deep Blue.
    • In Episode 32, she delivers a well-deserved one to her self-proclaimed rival Kanna to make her stop acting like a Spoiled Brat in the middle of an alien attack.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: The beauty to Ichigo's brawn and Retasu's brains.
  • Big Brother Worship: She used to look up to her older brother in their youth until they began to grow apart.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In contrast to the anime, Mint is actually the one who senses and finds the first Mew Aqua, gaining the ability to use the Mew Aqua rod to get rid of the chimera anima that was polluting the air from Tokyo Tower.
  • Blow You Away: She tends to have wind-based attacks.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Her signature color is blue. While she can be a Rich Bitch, deep down, she's a compassionate person who cares deeply for her friends.
  • Cherry Blossoms: Feature in her transformation sequence.
  • Dainty Little Ballet Dancers: She is trained as a ballet dancer.
  • Dance Battler: Taken Up to Eleven in episode 9 during a one-on-one match with a ballet-themed chimera anima.
  • Dub Name Change: "Corina Bucksworth" in the 4Kids dub.
  • Fangirl: For Zakuro.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Woman!: To Mew Ichigo, complete with "Get a hold of yourself!", to cancel the latter's Heroic BSoD caused by her boyfriend's transformation into the Big Bad.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Zakuro "betrays" the team.
  • Hypocrite: Early in the series, she constantly scolds Ichigo for not pulling her weight at work, even though she herself rarely helped out in the cafe, preferring to sit and sip tea instead.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is initially depicted as a Rich Bitch, but is shown to really be an empathetic person who cares deeply about her friends as the series progresses.
  • Keigo: As an Ojou, Minto speaks in an extremely polite manner.
  • The Lancer: Minto is the second member to join the team and plays the role of Ichigo's Foil as the refined, somewhat snobby Ojou to the klutzy, feisty schoolgirl.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Only when she goes to bed. The rest of the time, her hair is in pigtail-style buns.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Light Feminine to Zakuro's Dark Feminine because Minto is a graceful and ladylike ballet dancer who is younger and more emotional than Zakuro.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Her wealthy parents were absent for most of her life. She was very close to her older brother in childhood, but he started to pursue his studies and left her behind.
  • Long-Range Fighter: She's the only Mew Mew who can fly and fights with bow and arrow, therefore ranged combat is her specialty.
  • Minidress of Power: The outfit she wears as Mew Mint is incredibly short. In fact, she's arguably the most frequent target of panty shots in the manga.
  • Ms. Vice Girl: A textbook example of Pride, treating everyone but Zakuro and Shirogane with disdain.
  • Ojou: She belongs to a very rich family and lives in a big mansion.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Due to her DNA being merged with a bird, her Mew form has a pair of small avian wings at the back that allow her to fly.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: She's seen wearing tights in the winter version of her school uniform.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Ichigo's red. She's calm and cool, while Ichigo is passionate and energetic.
  • Rich Bitch: The dub turns her into this and makes her rather rude.

     Retasu Midorikawa / Mew Lettuce
Mew Lettuce
Voiced by: Kumi Sakuma (Japanese, first anime), Ryoko Juni (Japanese, second anime) Erica Schroeder (English)

The third Mew Mew to join, she has the DNA of a Finless Porpoise. She is a shy girl who is initially scared of her powers, but gradually becomes more confident over time.

  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: The brains to Ichigo's brawn and Minto's beauty.
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Blind Without 'Em: Only made clear in the anime, and only when untransformed. Mew Lettuce goes around without glasses all the time.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Originally in the manga and as Mew Lettuce in the anime. Considering that her natural hair color seems to be green...
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: She has never met a plate she hasn't dropped.
  • Dark Magical Girl: She attacks Mew Ichigo and Mew Mint out of fear rather than malice. She becomes a full heroine after they befriend her and convince her to join the team.
  • Does Not Like Spam: She has stated to not like mushrooms.
  • Dub Name Change: "Bridget Verdant" in the 4Kids dub.
  • Expressive Hair: Retasu's braids can move according to her mood on a few occasions.
  • Extreme Doormat: Has three so-called "friends" before meeting the Mew Mews who treat her terribly, yet she puts up with it.
  • Forgot About Her Powers: In her case, she forgot she could breathe underwater and control water. In another case, when her arms were restrained, she forgot that she only needed to use her fingers to use her Lettastanets.
  • The Glasses Come Off: She loses her glasses after her Transformation Sequence into Mew Lettuce. Might have something to do with her water-based powers, but might also be that she's strongest in a fit of blind rage.
  • Hair Antennae: She has these when she transforms. Though they also change size frequently.
  • The Heart
  • Heel–Face Turn: See Anti-Villain and Dark Magical Girl.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Her Lettastanets are... castanets.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: As a civilian in the anime.
  • Instrument of Murder: Mew Lettuce has a pair of castanets, though at least she shoots water from them
  • Keigo: She always speaks very politely.
  • Making a Splash: Occasionally, she can generate water-based attacks.
  • Meganekko: The shy Retasu wears glasses to emphasize her demure cuteness.
  • Nice Girl: She's kind and forgiving, even to those who take advantage of her good nature. She even expresses compassion for the three girls that bully her, even though she's aware that they don't treat her very well.
  • Rapunzel Hair: You actually see her twin braids down in episode 6, and that was a lot of hair.
  • Short Hair with Tail: She has chin-length hair and growing from the nape, twin braids for everyday or a wrapped tail as a Mew-Mew.
  • Showgirl Skirt: In her Mew form, her costume includes a skirt that fans out in the shape of two flower petals or fins at the back while the front of her legs are exposed.
  • Shrinking Violet: She's a painfully shy girl, and before becoming a Mew Mew, she was bullied because of it. While she remains introverted, her confidence does increase as time goes on.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She briefly had a Precocious Crush on Norihiro, but then she turns to Ryou during the Beach Episode. Interestingly enough, Ryou normally counts as an All Girls Want Bad Boys sort of fellow in the case of Ichigo and other girls, but his inner heart of gold comes out around Retasu. When she breaks plates or steps on his feet, he doesn't snap at her and even offers words of encouragement.
  • The Smart Girl
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Lettuce" in the Tokyopop translation.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: Apparently she never learned to swim. When she tries for the first time she has gained this ability from her porpoise DNA.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Starts to sympathize with the aliens and believes they can talk to stop fighting.
  • Tareme Eyes
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Her abilities often are useful when no one else’s are. In one episode, only she can listen to the chimera anima’s reading out loud without falling asleep, due to her interest in books, and in another, she can use her castanets even while tied up in a web, since she only needs to move her fingers. Lastly, she was the only one who could swim in water for long due to having the DNA of a Finless Porpoise.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is green.

     Bu-ling Huang / Mew Pudding
Mew Pudding
Voiced by: Hisayo Mochizuki (Japanese, first anime), Toda Rian (Japanese, second anime), Kether Donahue (English)

The fourth member of the Mew Mews, who has the DNA of the Golden Ring Tamarin. She is highly energetic, but later developments indicate that she is responsible for her younger siblings in the absence of her parents.

  • Anime Chinese Girl: She usually wears Chinese themed clothes when she is home, at a party or visiting.
  • Arranged Marriage: In Episode 33, her father's apprentice, Yuebin Ron, challenges her to a duel while betting the right to inherit her family's fighting style. Bu-ling loses and only then is that the guy bothers to inform her that he and her father made a deal that Bu-ling would have to become engaged to him after being defeated.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: She's the youngest in the group and acts like an energetic little sister to her older teammates.
  • Befriending the Enemy: Later in the series, she wants to befriend the alien Tart and constantly tries to convince him that they should stop fighting to make peace. Towards the end of the series, Tart does make a Heel–Face Turn thanks to Bu-Ling.
  • Big Eater
  • The Chick
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She often makes some fairly bizarre inferences, like suggesting that Zakuro is going to America to play baseball, and thinks spinning plates on a ball is a form of ballet.
  • Cute Bruiser: Much stronger than she looks.
  • The Cutie: She's younger than the other girls, and always happy, fun-loving, and energetic.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: In the anime. Her hair gets a little bit darker when she transforms.
  • Dating Catwoman: While they aren't technically dating, she has feelings for Tart, who is her foe. Tart does like her back, but he's in denial.
  • Dub Name Change: "Kikki Benjamin" in the 4Kids dub.
  • Facial Markings: Her Mew Mark is on her forehead.
  • Fingerless Gloves: She has furry cutoff gloves in her Mew form.
  • Genki Girl: Her sprinting and flailing is often accompanied by circus tricks like running on top of a ball or breathing fire. As Mew Pudding, most of her fight scenes consist of jumping around and climbing things.
  • Girlish Pigtails: In civilian form in à la Mode and 2020 Re-Turn, also carries over to her Mew form in the latter series.
  • The Glomp
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: She uses Chinese on occasion.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blonde, young, and innocent.
  • Instrument of Murder: Mew Pudding has tambourines can that rend the earth and encase a target in jello.
  • Interspecies Romance: She's a human girl who has a crush on Tart, an alien.
  • Jumped at the Call
  • Kid-Appeal Character: She's the cute and energetic little kid of the main group who fond of performing circus tricks. She's the sort of character the child audience adores.
  • Leotard of Power: She wears a biketard in her Mew form.
  • Little Miss Badass
  • Meaningful Name: "Bu-ling"/"Walking bell"
  • Minor Living Alone: Bu-ling is a preteen living by herself due to her father being traveling around the world for martial arts training and her mother being dead for a few years. In addition to that, she has the big responsibility of raising her five little siblings and must earn money herself by working at a café while she's still in elementary school.
  • Modesty Shorts: As seen in episode 9, when getting into uniform for her job at Cafe Mew Mew she doesn't even bother changing out of her regular clothes.
  • Motor Mouth: Bu-ling wants to perform, na no da!
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mother passed away when she was very young and her father is off in another part of the world. Not to mention she received a Promotion to Parent to raise her five younger siblings.
  • The Pollyanna: She always acts very hyper and cheerful, despite her difficult family situation and Parental Abandonment. Even when trapped underground with no means to escape and in daner of suffocating to death or being crushed by falling rocks, she doesn't get scared and instead starts imagining how nice it would be to become a fossil.
  • Please, Don't Leave Me!: In the manga, when Tart is about to leave Earth with the other aliens, Bu-ling starts crying and kisses him to put a candy in his mouth. She then tearfully begs him to not go away forever and he promises to come back for more candies.
  • Promotion to Parent: Her mother is dead and her father is away because of martial arts training, so Bu-Ling is the only one responsible for looking after her five little siblings. Rather shocking for a ten/eleven-year-old girl.
  • Puppy Love: She's in elementary school and later in the series, has mutual feelings for Tart, an alien who looks around her same age.
  • Rescue Romance: In Episode 40 of the first anime, Tart uses his teleportation to save Bu-Ling from suffocating to death when she's trapped underground and about to be crushed by the Tokyo Dome (which Tart himself had made collapse with his Chimera Anima). This proves to Bu-Ling that Tart is a good boy at heart after all and develops a crush on him, motivating her to try and talk him into switching sides for the rest of the series.
  • Rings of Death: In the first manga series, Bu-ling's Puring Rings are two hoola-hoops. In the anime, the Puring Rings are one yellow tambourine and a smaller, orange hoop-shaped item with a small jingle bell on it.
  • Samaritan Relationship Starter: For most of the first anime, she treats Tart as an enemy like the rest of the aliens and it certainly didn't help he only ever acted as a self-important brat in front of her. In Episode 40, her opinion of Tart does a 180 when she gets buried underground because Tart's Chimera Anima went berserk and Tart pulls her out when he could have easily teleported to the surface and left her to die. From that moment, Bu-ling becomes very fond of Tart and insistently calls him her friend despite his denials.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Pudding Fong" in the Tokyopop translation.
  • Stepford Smiler: Her A Day in the Limelight episode indicates she may be keeping some of her sadness about her mother's death to herself. She also tries to pretend she's perfectly fine when she obviously isn't because she doesn't want to worry others.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: In the manga, Bu-ling is kidnapped by Tart with Pie's help and they hold her hostage to later kill Bu-ling once they defeat the other Mew Mews. When Tart is keeping an eye on her, Bu-ling develops a crush on him after he stops her from touching a poisonous Chimera Anima.
  • Street Performer: Before starting to work at the Cafe Mew Mew, she made a living with her acrobatic performances and circus tricks at the park to support herself and her little siblings.
  • Tareme Eyes
  • Tastes Like Friendship: She thanks Tart for helping her by giving him a candy. Soon after that, she declares they're friends now, although he keeps denying it.
  • Third-Person Person: She usually refers to herself in the third person. It's normal for young kids in Japan to do that, although most kids would have outgrown it by Bu-ling's age.
  • Token Mini-Moe: She's the only child in a group of teenage girls.
  • Triple Shifter: All the girls have this going on by having to go to school, work part-time at the Café Mew Mew, and fight aliens, but Bu-ling has it the hardest. In addition to all mentioned, she must look after her little siblings and do all the house chores by herself because her father is never home and her mother died. When Ichigo, Minto, and Retasu tried to take up Bu-ling's schedule at home while Bu-ling is sick, they almost collapse from exhaustion after just one day. Bu-ling can only keep up that lifestyle because she's already energy personified.
  • Verbal Tic: "~na no da".

     Zakuro Fujiwara / Mew Zakuro
Mew Zakuro
Voiced by: Junko Noda (Japanese, first anime), Momoka Ishii (Japanese, second anime), Mollie Weaver (English)

The last member of the team to be introduced and a famous model whom Minto greatly admires. She has powers prior to meeting the others, and is reluctant to join them at first, but joins them and opens up to them. She has the DNA of the gray wolf (which is actually no longer endangered).

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's tall, beautiful, aloof and imposing and has dark purple hair.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her Mew uniform consists of a short top.
  • Beneath the Mask: She presents herself as much more approachable on camera. The clients at Cafe Mew Mew don't recognize her because her super cold and intimidating attitude is one no one would expect from the woman she pretends to be as a star.
  • Berserk Button: While she's a very collected person, she'll get very upset if any of her allies show doubt in her word. When the Mew Mews read some news about Zakuro probably needing to move to America for a movie role, Minto desperately begs her to take her to America with her as if Zakuro had already made her decision to leave when she just said she didn't. This makes Zakuro so angry that she refuses to transform for battle and does nothing as Minto gets badly beaten while defending her. She later explains she hates people who should trust her doubting her because she already lost someone she cared about because of that in the past.
  • The Big Girl
  • Big Sister Instinct: In Episode 35, Zakuro becomes attached to a lonely little girl named Momoka. When Quiche tries to harm Momoka because he thinks her pendant is made of Mew Aqua, Zakuro delivers him an epic punch to the face and it's one of the few moments in the anime where Zakuro looks seriously pissed off.
  • Broken Bird: She went through some painful experiences in her past which hardened her into the cold and distant person she is today.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Purple hair, purple eyes.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: She wears these a lot (and booty shorts as Mew Zakuro).
  • Dark Magical Girl: The dub made her out to be a former one for some reason or another.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She tends to be a loner and appears to be rather cold and aloof, but eventually joins the Mews and becomes part of the group.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Because she's a hero doesn't mean she won't resort to vicious intimidation sometimes; don't think she won't go so far as to break your arm if she catches you bullying.
  • Dub Name Change: "Renée Roberts" in the 4Kids dub. It is probably a shoutout to the actress Renee Roberts.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Minto is a huge fan of hers and often describes her with hearts in her eyes.
  • Fake Defector: In Episode 43, Quiche makes the Mew Mews think Zakuro has joined him when they find the two together at a church. In truth, Zakuro only let Quiche approach her to get a better insight of what his motives and goals may be. She didn't clear things up for her teammates because she wanted them to show they trust her.
  • Fashion Model: She works as a model. The anime has her featured in magazines and commercials.
  • Full-Name Basis: Her admirers always refer to her as Fujiwara Zakuro.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: In the manga, Zakuro is stated to have black hair at one point, suggesting it looks purple in color drawings just for convenience and because it's her signature color.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Acts coldly toward customers so that they won't recognize her.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: She's very distant and cold towards everyone around her, especially the Mews occasionally.
  • Indifferent Beauty: When she isn't working as a model, she doesn't really care about her looks.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: She fights the aliens to protect humanity like the other Mew Mews, but she often makes clear she doesn't like people, is quite distant and harsh even to her allies, and can show trust issues sometimes.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Dark Feminine to Minto's Light Feminine because Zakuro is an emotionally distant Broken Bird who is elegant in a more mature way than Minto.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: At first, she refuses to join the Mew Mews because she doesn't want to be part of a group. She comes around after Mew Ichigo protects her from a chimera anima and calls her a comrade. She's still distant from the other girls, but doesn't complain about working with other people.
  • Morality Pet: For Minto, who idolizes and admires her.
  • Ms. Vice Girl: Zakuro reacts with violence (physical and psychological) to any problem and her mere eyes are enough to scare the cafe's customers.
  • Mysterious Past: While we never get to know the details, scenes from the first anime imply that she underwent a deeply traumatizing experience involving the death of someone she cared for, and that she is estranged from her parents.
  • Onee-sama: She's the eldest in the group and is adored by Mint as her idol.
  • The Quiet One: Despite being a major character in the manga, she barely talks and mostly just observes the other girls' antics. In the first anime, however, she's still an aloof character, but she does speak often.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Her original hair colour was black (at least in the manga), going with her white-as-snow skin.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: A fiercely warrior and also a churchgoing Japanese Christian armed with a cross-shaped whip handle.
  • She's Got Legs: One of her defining physical traits according to Minto.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ships Ichigo and Aoyama.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Zacro Fujiwara in the Kodansha translation.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Stands at roughly 5' 9". Amazing, considering at her age, she rivals Sakaki from Azumanga Daioh, though her height isn't played for awkwardness. Even in the dub, where she is said to be 6' 1".
  • Stripperiffic: Coupled with Bare Your Midriff and Zettai Ryouiki.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She appears highly aloof at first glance, but shows a sweeter side around Minto and Ichigo.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: After hearing the aliens' motivations, she says it's natural that they'd be upset with humans, but notes that it doesn't justify their crimes. She abandons any sympathy for them during the final battle.
  • Terror Hero: While she's no stranger to direct combat, she engages in it in a very intimidating fashion, and outside of battle, is still the sort of person who will intimidate other people to get what she wants.
  • Token Religious Teammate: She's the only Mew Mew who is a practicing Japanese Christian. She's shown going to the church to pray several times. Her weapon also takes the shape of a cross.
  • Tough Love: In order to get Mint to come back to the team and find a reason to fight, Zakuro literally had to whip her back into shape.
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • Whip It Good: ZaCross Whip
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: She wears flared mini shorts as Mew Zakuro.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's unflappable in every situation, from facing paparazzi to fighting mutated alien beasts, Zakuro freezes fur-on-end in the face of giant bugs.
  • Wonderful Werewolf: Zakuro has her DNA mixed with that of a gray wolf, technically making her a werewolf of sorts. While she displays some ferocity and violence, she is ultimately a lupine hero.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has purple hair.
  • Younger than She Looks: She is supposed to be fifteen, but looks way older. Subverted slightly in the English dub, where her age is bumped up to seventeen.

     Berry Shirayuki / Mew Berry
Mew Berry
The sequel series' main protagonist, the sixth Mew Mew, and, while Ichigo is studying abroad, the temporary leader of the Mew Mews.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Her grandfather speaks French, and taught Berry how to speak it as well. It can be assumed she has French blood.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She has been close to Tasuku since they were babies. She at first thinks she loves him like a brother, but she soon realizes she's in love with him. They start dating at the end of à la Mode.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the Re-Turn manga special, Ichigo is back to being the protagonist and Berry's relevance is reduced to the same as the other Mew Mews.
  • The Ditz
  • Girlish Pigtails: She ties her hair into cute twintails at PE class. She also had twintails as a young child.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Her personality is as bright and pure as her long blonde hair.
  • Irony: Despite taking her powers from an animal with "black" in its name, her signature color is white.
  • Last Episode, New Character: In the manga, she makes a brief appearance when she goes visit Cafe Mew Mew, but finds it's closed for the day because they're holding Ichigo's fake wedding with Masaya.
  • Literally Loving Thy Neighbor: Tasuku has been her next-door neighbor all her life and they become a couple at the end of à la Mode.
  • Love Epiphany: She fully understands she is in love with Tasuku after hearing Ichigo talk about her love for Masaya.
  • Magic Wand: Loveberry Rod
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: She has the DNA of the Andes Mountain Cat and the Amami Black Rabbit.
  • Oblivious to Love: For a long time, she dismissed Tasuku's statements about wanting to be her boyfriend and marry her as simple teasing.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes down a little past her hips.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She realizes she's in love with her childhood friend Tasuku because he's a caring guy who has always been there for her and wants to protect her.
  • Sixth Ranger: And the (temporary) new leader in Tokyo Mew Mew à la Mode, since Ichigo was overseas.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: She takes over the spotlight in à La Mode as Ichigo joins the other Mew Mews in being background characters.
  • Stock Shoujo Heroine: She's the clumsy and ditzy Magical Girl shoujo protagonist stereotype, same as Ichigo.
  • Sweet Tooth: She can eat 10 cakes at once.
  • Tareme Eyes
  • Tsundere: A subtle Sweet type. She's nice and cheerful all-around, but Tasuku can easily annoy her with his teasing.

     Ringo Akaii / Mew Ringo
Mew Ringo
Voiced by: Taeko Kawata (Japanese)

A Mew Mew who appears in Tokyo Mew Mew PlayStation game. Ringo uses a Mew Aqua necklace from her mother to become Mew Ringo. She has the DNA of the Humboldt penguin.


The main antagonists of Tokyo Mew Mew are a group of aliens who once called the Earth home before being forced to flee due to environmental changes. They waited on a distant planet on which it was difficult to survive until the time came when they could return. Angered with what the humans have done to the environment, they plan to destroy humanity and reclaim their former home.
    General Tropes 
  • Anti-Villain: More pronounced in the manga where they just want to reclaim Earth and save their people from dying.
  • Back from the Dead: In both the manga and first anime, Quiche, Tart, and Pie all die in the final battle. They soon are brought back to life by the Mew Aqua after Deep Blue is defeated.
  • The Bus Came Back: In the Re-Turn manga special, Quiche, Tart, and Pie come back to Earth and get hired as live-in employees at Cafe Mew Mew.
  • Edible Theme Naming: All the aliens, minus Deep Blue, are named after shortcrust pastries. Also, Gateau du Roi is French for king cake.
  • Fangs Are Evil: They have long fangs to make them stand out as villains.
  • Heel–Face Turn: At the end of both the manga and anime, Quiche, Tart, and Pie stop trying to take over Earth and attack humanity after Deep Blue is defeated and they return to their planet with the last Mew Aqua to save their people.
  • Hellish Pupils: They have creepy, reptilian eyes.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Most of them believe that humans are cruel and wasteful to their planet. They often talk about how the Earth is polluted and humans care very little about the environment.
  • Pointy Ears: They all have very long and pointed ears to show they're aliens.
  • Villain Teleportation: They have the power of teleportation, which lets them easily get away from the Mew Mews every time they're defeated.

Voiced by: Daisuke Sakaguchi (Japanese), Andrew Rannells (English)

One of Deep Blue's main operatives. The most persistent threat to the heroes among the aliens, he often sends minions out to fight the Mew Mews, but as time goes on, he often intervenes himself. He has a crush on Ichigo that, as time goes on and she repeatedly rejects him, escalates into an obsession.

  • Affably Evil: It's debatable how evil he may be but nevertheless, he's quite cheerful and optimistic, if rather resentful towards humanity and fond of annoying Ichigo.
  • Bare Your Midriff: His short-sleeved shirt exposes his stomach.
  • Bishōnen
  • Blood from the Mouth: He gets this before he dies in the manga, seeing as he was impaled with Deep Blue's sword.
  • Coy, Girlish Flirt Pose: A rare male example.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Once he develops a deep obsession for Ichigo, he becomes possessive towards her and hates seeing her with Masaya.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: He dies in Ichigo's arms after being fatally wounded by Deep Blue. He gets better.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!
  • Dragon with an Agenda: He's introduced as Deep Blue's top servant. As the series goes on, his goal switches from taking over Earth to making Ichigo his and he starts distrusting Deep Blue. In the end, he betrays Beep Blue for Ichigo's sake.
  • Dual Tonfas: In the manga, Quiche uses tonfas.
  • Dub Name Change: "Dren" ("nerd" backwards) in the 4Kids dub.
  • Entitled to Have You: He treats Ichigo as something he wants to own instead of a person he loves. He gets over it in the end.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He doesn't realize that the reasons for Ichigo rejecting him are because she loves Aoyama and that she doesn't love Quiche.
  • Forceful Kiss: He steals a kiss from Ichigo more than once.
  • The Glomp: To Ichigo, several times.
  • Green and Mean: He's a villain who wears a lot of green.
  • The Heavy: Deep Blue is the Big Bad, but while he's out of commission due to not having a physical body, Quiche is the most direct threat to the Mew Mews and Ichigo personally for almost the entire series.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Even if he wasn't Ichigo's enemy and a Yandere, Ichigo won't ever return his feelings because she only loves Aoyama.
  • I Have Your Wife: He sometimes resorts to taking hostages, especially Ichigo, in an attempt to prevent the Blue Knight from fighting back.
  • If I Can't Have You…: He'd rather kill Ichigo than let her be with Aoyama. That changes when he leaves Earth and lets Ichigo be with Aoyama.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He dies after being impaled with Deep Blue's sword in the manga and anime. He gets better in both versions.
  • Interspecies Romance: He's an alien and is obsessed with a human girl.
  • Keet: He's playful and easygoing, when he's not being a Yandere over Ichigo that is.
  • Last Kiss: Subverted. He tries kissing Ichigo once last time as he's dying in her arms, but he dies before he can do it.
  • Love Hurts: In the manga, during an Anguished Declaration of Love for Ichigo, he starts crying because he doesn't understand why Ichigo loves Aoyama instead of him.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Focused more on in the anime. His unhealthy fixation on Ichigo leads him to lose his mind and stay locked onto her.
  • Love Redeems: He may be completely nuts about Ichigo, but at the end he turns against Deep Blue because of her.
  • Mad Love: Ichigo is very vocal about wanting nothing to do with him and her heart belongs to Aoyama only. Quiche still doesn't want to understand Ichigo won't ever be his, although as it becomes more obvious, his mental state deteriorates.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: He’s tried to kill Aoyama so that he can Ichigo all to himself.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: He looks teenage and is very skinny. He can slam Ichigo onto the pavement and even leave hand marks on METAL FENCING. Justified, as he is an alien.
  • Never My Fault: Happens in episode 39. Rather than accept that his plans were due to poor strategizing, he chose to blame Ichigo for everything failing. This is paired up disturbingly well with his Sanity Slippage and Yandere behavior.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: He loves getting up close and in Ichigo's face. Literally.
  • Not Good with Rejection: This a gross understatement of how he feels towards Ichigo being with Aoyama. His instability and obsession with Ichigo reaches a high point when Ichigo refuses to leave Earth with him because of her relationship with Aoyama that Quiche tries to kill Ichigo.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: To Ichigo.
  • Punny Name: Lampshaded by Ichigo how the Japanese pronunciation of the words Quiche 'Kisshu' and Kiss 'Kisu' are similar. Also partially Meaningful Name, seeing as he is very... very touchy-feely.
  • Redemption Equals Death: He gets better though.
  • Sai Guy: In the anime, he wields a pair of sai that he calls "dragon swords".
  • Sanity Slippage: He becomes more deranged and obsessed with Ichigo as the story progresses.
  • Self-Duplication: He can do this in the manga. He still gets defeated by The Blue Knight anyway.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Ichigo-sexual.
  • Slasher Smile: The further the series progresses, the more deranged his smiles become.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name is usually spelled as either Quiche or Kisshu.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He starts off as this before he drifts into serious Yandere territory.
  • Stepford Smiler: Unstable type. He acts cheerful and easygoing, but over time, he's shown to be an obsessive and possessive Yandere.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: He's an alien with golden eyes.
  • Terms of Endangerment: He often gives Ichigo pet names, the most common being "Koneko-Chan".
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In the sequel manga Re-Turn, despite still liking to tease Ichigo, he's no longer trying to force her to love him and has accepted that nothing he does will ever change her love for Aoyama.
  • Vague Age: Most of the fandom guess he's around Ichigo's age, from 13 to 15.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Whenever one of his plans fail or whenever Ichigo rejects him.
  • Villainous Crush: From early on, he has a strong attraction towards Ichigo that gradually turns into obsession over time. By the time he makes his Heel–Face Turn, it's clear that his only loyalty is to her, to the point where Deep Blue trying to kill her is, at least in the anime, the reason why the Heel–Face Turn took place.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In episode 35.
  • Yandere: As the series goes on, what was a playful crush on the main heroine Ichigo transforms into a dangerous obsession. It's more subtle in the manga than the anime, but he's willing to Murder the Hypotenuse and pull an If I Can't Have You… in both versions.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has green hair.
  • You Have Failed Me: He never gets killed for his failures, but Deep Blue often assigns other punishments, such as taking him off duty.

Voiced by: Kiyomi Asai (Japanese), Jimmy Zoppi (English)

The youngest of the three aliens who fight the heroes, who enjoys insulting both allies and enemies.

  • Adaptational Heroism: Near the end of the first anime, Tart is given notable redeeming moments compared to the manga. In the manga version of the Tokyo Dome story, Tart tries to directly attack the audience with his poisonous Chimera Anima and after the Mew Mews beat him, he's going to let them die crushed by the collapsing stadium only for Mew Pudding to stop it with Mew Aqua. In the final battle, Tart refuses to listen to Bu-ling's plead to stop fighting and he's killed along with Pie by the Mew Mews. Episode 40 changes the Tokyo Dome story so that Tart has a change of heart after Bu-ling calls him her friend, motivating him to save her life and use his plant powers to support the stadium with trees. His following encounters with Bu-ling have Tart doubting he should be fighting the Mew Mews more and more, ultimately leading to his Heel–Face Turn in the final battle where he goes over to Bu-ling's side once he realizes she was right and makes way for Ichigo to go face Deep Blue, which gets him killed by Pie for his betrayal.
  • Attention Whore: He hates to be ignored.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: He's the youngest of the three alien enemies and he gets treated like the annoying kid he is instead of a real villain.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Like Quiche, his top exposes his belly.
  • Berserk Button: He cannot stand to be called a midget by Ichigo.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: He's a villain, but acts like an annoying, arrogant brat instead of evil. The heroines see him more as a nuisance than a threat.
  • The Brute
  • Creepy Child: Subverted. He tries to act scary in front of the heroines, but he usually ends up resorting to childish insults.
  • Dating Catwoman: He and the Mew Mew Bu-ling develop crushes on each other despite them being in enemy groups. Although, Tart is in denial about it until near the end of the series.
  • Defecting for Love: Near the end of the series, he finally realizes Bu-ling is right about their groups needing to stop fighting and switches sides.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the manga, Tart is killed by the Mew Mews minus Ichigo in the final battle. In the anime, on the other hand, he's killed by Pie for his betrayal of Deep Blue.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: He's the only barefoot character in the cast.
  • Dub Name Change: "Tarb" ("Brat" backwards) in the 4Kids dub.
  • Electric Torture: He's killed this way by Pie in the anime.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: He hates it whenever Bu-ling calls him "Taru-Taru".
  • Enfant Terrible: He's a kid who is part of a terrorist group of aliens who want to get rid of humanity and reclaim Earth as their planet.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He cares about his people and teammates and eventually about Bu-ling as well.
  • Evil Counterpart: He mirrors Bu-ling in the role of the playful kid of his group, except he's characterized as bratty and malicious towards humans. Almost all of Bu-ling's focus episodes in the first anime have him as the central villain.
  • Foil: He's one to Quiche in regards to his romantic involvement with one of the Mew Mews. Quiche is very vocal and aggressive about his attraction to Ichigo from the get-go, as their very first meeting has him forcing a kiss on her. From then on, he's harassing and demanding love from Ichigo every time they see each other. Ichigo never reciprocates Quiche's feelings and this makes Quiche go more and more insane as time goes on. In contrast, Tart doesn't show interest in Bu-ling until she starts approaching him to become closer to him and even after he starts liking her, he doesn't admit it until the end. Opposite to the sick Mad Love between Quiche and Ichigo, Tart and Bu-ling develop an innocent Puppy Love where both like and care about each other.
  • Friendship Denial: Ever since they get trapped underground together in Episode 40, Bu-ling persistently calls Tart her friend, but he denies it every time because he can't be friends with a human since his race wants humanity eliminated.
  • Girlish Pigtails: He may be a boy, but Tart's pigtails still fit his role as the youngest and most immature of the aliens.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!
  • Green Thumb: He primarily uses plants as chimera anima and can create mutated vines.
  • I Was Just Passing Through: After he saves Mew Pudding's life in Episode 40, he refuses to admit he did it because he likes her and makes up the excuse that he only helped her so he can make her cry later.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He uses a click clack toy as a weapon in the first anime.
  • Interspecies Romance: He's an alien who develops a crush on Bu-ling, a human girl. Unlike Quiche, his feelings are healthier and mutual.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a rude, cocky, and obnoxious brat, but his interactions with his fellow aliens and later, Bu-ling show he isn't that bad of a kid deep down.
  • Knife Nut: In the manga, he's seen holding a knife sometimes, although never actually manages to hurt someone with it.
  • Lima Syndrome: In the manga, Tart's relationship with Bu-ling kickstarts when he and Pie kidnap her. Tart tries to make Bu-ling scared about being his hostage, but ends up getting a little crush on her because she's so cute and friendly to him.
  • Love Redeems: His feelings for Bu-ling are one of the main reasons he turns against Deep Blue near the end of the anime.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: He may be one of the villains who wants to wipe out humanity, but he's really just a bratty kid and never comes off as truly evil or threatening. The one time he has the perfect chance to leave a Mew Mew to die, he ends up saving her.
  • Pity the Kidnapper: In the manga, he must keep an eye on Bu-ling while the aliens hold her prisoner. Bu-ling almost drives him crazy with her Cloudcuckoolander antics as she keeps failing to even understand she's a hostage.
  • Puppy Love: He and Bu-ling are the kids of their respective groups. Later in the series, both develop feelings for each other. In the manga, Bu-ling kisses him before he leaves Earth.
  • Shock and Awe: His click clack toy can generate electricity.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Relatively tame, but he swears the most out of the cast.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: He has amber eyes, showing his nature as an alien.
  • Tareme Eyes
  • Token Good Teammate: He thinks humanity should be destroyed like his fellow aliens, but Tart ultimately comes off as the best person in the enemy group as he's just a Bratty Half-Pint at worst next to the Yandere Quiche and the aloof Pie. He even saves the life of one of the heroines once. In the anime, he's the first to turn against Deep Blue, and unlike Quiche who only cares about Ichigo, Tart does it because he has realized who is the bad guy and is sick of fighting.
  • Token Mini-Moe: A male example. He's the cute little kid of the villain alien group.
  • Tsundere: He clearly has a thing for Bu-ling, but since she's a human and his enemy, he acts like he hates her and claims he only saved her because he hasn't made her cry yet.
  • Vague Age: He looks around Bu-ling's age and his personality is just as childish. However, since he's an alien, it's hard to say what his exact age is.
  • Villainous Rescue: In Episode 40, he ends up saving Mew Pudding when both are trapped underground and the Tokyo Dome is about to collapse because of his Chimera Anima.
  • Vocal Dissonance: In the dub, his voice would be more fitting for a teenager than a little kid.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: In the final battle of the first anime, Tart faces Pie for a fight so Ichigo can reach Deep Blue's lair. Tart is then killed by Pie.

Voiced by: Nobutoshi Canna (Japanese), Pete Zarustica (English)

A cool-headed, analytical alien who also works for Deep Blue. He is especially loyal to him, and is unwilling to tolerate allies who question him.

  • Adaptational Heroism: In the final battle of the manga, Pie remains loyal to Deep Blue to the end and dies after being defeated by the Mew Mews. In the penultimate episode of the first anime, Pie does realizes Deep Blue's evil at the last minute and sacrifices his life to save the Mew Mews.
  • Berserk Button: He won't tolerate Quiche or Tart show disrespect towards Deep Blue.
  • Blow You Away: His hand fan can produce gusts of wind.
  • Combat Hand Fan: His personal weapon.
  • Curtains Match the Window: He has greyish-purple hair and eyes.
  • Defector from Decadence: When he realizes that Deep Blue wasn't interested in helping him or the rest of his species, the betrayal is enough to make him defect and save the Mew Mews from a horrible death.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the manga, similar to Tart, Pie is killed by the Mew Mews minus Ichigo in the final battle. In the anime, on the other hand, he dies protecting the Mew Mews from a lethal beam.
  • Dub Name Change: "Sardon" (as in 'Sardonic' which means 'mocking, sarcastic or cynical') in the 4Kids dub.
  • Easily Forgiven: In the first anime, Tart doesn't seem to hold the fact that Pie killed him against the older alien once they both get brought Back from the Dead.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Zakuro and Retasu. Like Zakuro, he's the eldest and the strongest in the group and he has a purple motif. Like Retasu, he's the smartest and is responsible for most of the missions.
  • The Evil Genius
  • Face Death with Dignity: In the anime before he sacrifices himself, he looks back and meets Retasu's eyes - and smiles for possibly the first time.
  • Heel Realization: In the end, he realizes Quiche and Tart were right to turn against Deep Blue when it becomes clear the master he serves is purely evil.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the first anime, he sacrifices himself to save the Mew Mews after he finally realizes just how evil and selfish Deep Blue really is.
  • Not So Stoic: When somebody disrespects Deep Blue. Also in episode 47 when beating Masaya, who was recently revealed to be the Blue Knight.
  • Shock and Awe: He can throw electric attacks with his hand fan.
  • Smart People Speak the Queen's English: The 4Kids dub has him speak with a British accent, probable to make him sound more intellectual.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: He's The Smart Guy of the alien trio and, as of Re-Turn, wears glasses in his civilian guise.
  • The Stoic: Always calm and collected. He only gets irritated whenever someone disrespects Deep Blue.
  • Stoic Spectacles: He wears glasses in his civilian clothes in Re-Turn, showing his status as the most collected of the alien trio.
  • Undying Loyalty: He's the most loyal to Deep Blue out of the aliens and in the end, he's the only one who never directly betrays him.
  • Vague Age: Ranges anywhere from 16 to 19.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has grayish purple hair.

     Deep Blue
Voiced by: Megumi Ogata (Japanese), Scottie Ray (English)

A computer for the aliens that guides their efforts to exterminate the humans.

  • Adaptational Villainy: The manga considers him a Well-Intentioned Extremist, but the anime removes his humanizing traits and makes him crueler and more self-centered and sociopathic, even making him go so far as to obliterate an entire nearby city.
  • Big Bad: He's the leader of the aliens and the real main villain of the series.
  • Broken Pedestal: To all the aliens, but mainly Pie. They viewed him as the saviour who would save their people, but Deep Blue was just using them to take the Earth for himself.
  • Death of Personality: When Masaya sacrifices himself to allow Ichigo to destroy him, he doesn't come back to life when Masaya does.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: He has celeste eyes that reflect his cold, menacing character.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He's evil, but he has a pretty face and extremely long hair that would make anyone confuse him for a woman if they're not told he's a guy.
  • Rapunzel Hair: He has floor-length hair.
  • The Reveal: It is revealed that, rather than helping the aliens reclaim their home, he wants Earth for himself — and he may not just be a computer. The fourth-to-last episode reveals him to be another alter-ego of Masaya, who appears similar to the Blue Knight... except Deep Blue is, in fact, utterly cruel in terms of depravity, so much so that the other aliens eventually turn against him.
  • Token Evil Teammate: He's the only alien who shows no sympathetic qualities nor has interest in saving the dying alien race. He only wants domination and destruction.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He gets this near the end of the series as Masaya starts fighting back against him from within him.

     Gateau du Roi
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (Japanese)

The main antagonist of the Tokyo Mew Mew PlayStation game.

Saint Rose Crusaders



The leader of the Saint Rose Crusaders.

  • Ambiguous Gender: The series never makes clear whether Duke is a man or a woman.
  • Big Bad: Duke is the main antagonist in à la Mode.

    Royal Highness

    Happy Child 

    Blue Bayou

    Sweet Juliet

Supporting Characters

    Masaya Aoyama
Voiced by: Megumi Ogata (Japanese), Scottie Ray (English)

The captain of the Kendo team at Ichigo's school and the boy Ichigo has a crush on.

  • Academic Athlete: He gets top grades and is the Kendo Team Captain.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The manga and games give him blue hair and eyes, which match his Pink Girl, Blue Boy pairing with Ichigo. However, the anime give him black hair and brown eyes.
  • Becoming the Mask: To the point where in the end, he decides he just can't let Deep Blue win.
  • Big Bad: He's Deep Blue in the guise of a human, see Meaningful Name for more details.
  • Big Bad Friend: He is Ichigo's boyfriend and an ally of Tokyo Mew Mew as the Blue Knight. Then he is also revealed to be Deep Blue near the end of the series.
  • Bishōnen
  • Broken Ace: Keeps his hatred for much of humanity behind the facade of a nice, intelligent, athletic boy so that he can fit in with humanity, particularly when he was looking for a family to adopt him.
  • Chick Magnet: About every girl at his school is crazy about him.
  • Colourful Theme Naming: "Ao" means blue, and he's the Blue Knight and Deep Blue.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He can act very possessive regarding Ichigo when she's around other men like Ryou and Quiche.
  • Despair Event Horizon: The closer he is towards it, the stronger Deep Blue becomes.
  • Devoted to You: Ichigo is completely obsessed with him, considering him her one and true love. She even says she'd rather die than live in a world without Aoyama.
  • Distressed Dude: When Quiche captures him in Episode 13.
  • Dub Name Change: "Mark" in the 4Kids dub.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: He kisses Ichigo after she dies in order to save him, which brings her back to life.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Towards Ichigo, the redheaded heroine.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: To enable Ichigo to destroy Deep Blue (he gets better).
  • Hidden Depths: Unfortunately missed by some of his detractors.
  • I Am Who?
  • Kendo Team Captain: The star of his school's kendo team.
  • Last-Name Basis: No one in the series refers to him by his first name, not even Ichigo.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Aoyama is such a sloth that, unless Ichigo is involved, he never does what he wants because it's easier to just smile.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Towards the end, he breaks free from Deep Blue's control and is horrified by everything he had done.
  • Nice Guy
  • Non-Action Guy: Eventually subverted, as he turns out to be the Mysterious Protector.
  • Official Couple: He becomes Ichigo's boyfriend after he confesses in the middle of the series.
  • Oh, Crap!: In episode 52, right before Deep Blue takes over again.
  • Property of Love: He claims Ichigo is his cat and no one else's.
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: Ichigo does this for him.
  • Right Behind Me: Often happens to walk up behind Ichigo when she or others are talking about him, especially when she doesn’t want him to show up at the moment.
  • School Idol: Intelligent, athletic, and the most popular boy at school.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: He figured out that Ichigo is a Mew Mew on his own, but waited until she was ready to tell him herself.
  • Stepford Smiler: His friendly smile is just a facade to hide his rather misanthropic personality. Only after he meets Ichigo does he start being truly happy.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: He doesn't care that Ichigo is a Mew Mew, he still loves her and wants to be with her.
  • You Remind Me of X: When he meets Mew Ichigo, he thinks she's Ichigo. He's right, but wasn't certain for a while.

    Blue Knight
Voiced by: Megumi Ogata (Japanese), Sean Schemmel (English)

A mysterious warrior who appears in various circumstances when the heroes need him most.

    Ryou Shirogane
Voiced by: Koichi Tochika (Japanese), Sean Schemmel (English)

The head of the Mew Project, who sought out the girls and infused them with DNA in order to deal with the threat of the aliens.

  • Animorphism: He injected himself with animal DNA before starting the Mew Project. However, since he wasn't compatible with the DNA, he fully transforms into a cat instead of partway like the Mew Mews. He can turn into a cat and back into human at will, but must turn back after 10 minutes or stay that way forever.
  • Big Good: He's effectively the leader of the good guys.
  • Bishōnen: He's an attractive man with an androgynous face and long eyelashes.
  • Bully Magnet: He was often bullied and beaten by other kids at his school for being a genius.
  • Child Prodigy: According to his father, Ryou's IQ was over 180 at age of 10.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: He has slightly tanned skin and blond hair.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: When Ichigo cries after hearing how Ryou lost his parents, Ryou makes clear he doesn't want her pity and transforms her into a cat with a kiss.
  • Dub Name Change: "Elliot Grant" in the 4Kids dub.
  • Eccentric Millionaire: Well, sometimes.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Akasaka.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: His cold-looking light blue eyes match his coolheaded and aloof attitude.
  • Improbably High I.Q.: His father mentions that Ryou's IQ was over 180 at age of 10.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Being a Child Prodigy prevented him from getting along with the other kids at his school.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's rude and insensitive to others, particularly Ichigo, but he does care about the Mew Mews and tries to do what he can to protect them several times.
  • Mission Control: During the Mew Mews' battles, he usually stays at the Café where he monitors the fight through a monitor.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Shirogane is so greedy he asked for money to help Ichigo with her homework and never paid the ticket of the Tokyo Dome.
  • Non-Action Guy: He doesn't do fighting and sticks to Mission Control when supporting the Mew Mews.
  • Professor Guinea Pig: He tested the Mew Mew genes on himself.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Akasaka's Sensitive Guy.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: He can act icy and distant, but he does care about the Mews. He comes through for Ichigo when she needs him and is especially sweet to Retasu, always treating her kindly.
  • Teen Genius: He's leading a world-saving scientific project with mutant Magical Girls at 15 years of age.
  • You Killed My Father: A Chimera Anima was responsible for destroying the lab where his parents worked. He took over the Mew Project to avenge the death of his parents against the aliens.

    Keiichiro Akasaka
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (Japanese), Andrew Rannells (English)

Shirogane's long-time friend and assistant. He helps run Cafe Mew Mew.

    Tasuku Meguro 
Berry's childhood friend, and later boyfriend. He works as a waiter at Cafe Mew Mew.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: When he disguises himself as a girl, Berry thinks it suits him a little too well.
  • Bishōnen
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: He's brainwashed by Duke and forced to become Berry's enemy. Berry brings him back with The Power of Love.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: He's in love with Berry who has been his best friend since forever. At the end of à la Mode, they confess their love for each other and start dating.
  • Declaration of Protection: He proclaims his wish to protect Berry several times.
  • Disguised in Drag: He puts on a Sailor Fuku and a wig so he can go to Berry's rescue when she's attacked by Royal Highness.
  • The Glomp: He almost always greets Berry by grabbing her and hugging her.
  • Idiot Hair: He has a cowlick standing atop his head.
  • Keet: He's always cheerful and playful.
  • Literally Loving Thy Neighbor: He's Berry's next-door neighbor and he climbs to her room every morning to see and hug her. After confessing they love each other as more than friends, they become a couple.
  • Love Makes You Evil: In a way. His love for Berry is used by Duke as a way of brainwashing him. He snaps out of it.
  • Patient Childhood Love Interest: He and Berry have been best friends since they can remember. Tasuku is in love with her, but he acted like a teasing brother to her for years.
  • The Promise: The reason why he gives Berry The Glomp all the time is because at Berry's mother's funeral, he promised he would hug her every day so she would never get lonely.
  • Satellite Love Interest: There really isn't anything to his character aside from being Berry's childhood friend and eventual boyfriend. His hobbies include hugging Berry, being together with Berry... and nothing else.
  • Secret-Keeper: After Berry is forced to reveal herself as a Mew Mew in front of him, Tasuku promises to keep the secret for her.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: When he finds out Berry is a Mew Mew, he tells her that it doesn't bother him and he'll never quit being her friend because of it. He actually thinks she looks cute as Mew Berry.

Voiced by: Junko Noda (Japanese), Tom Wayland (English)

A robot who assists the Mew Mews with their missions.


The second robot created by Ryou Shirogane and Keiichiro Akasaka after Masha.

    Moe Yanagida
Voiced by: Akiko Nakagawa (Japanese), Sharon Feingold (English)

One of Ichigo's friends and classmate.

    Miwa Honjo
Voiced by: Tomoko Kaneda (Japanese), Carrie Keranen (English)

One of Ichigo's friends and classmate.

    Shintaro and Sakura Momomiya 
Shintaro is voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (Japanese), Jim Malone (English)
Sakura is voiced by: Takako Honda (Japanese), Amanda Brown (English)

Ichigo's parents.

Tropes applying to both

  • Good Parents: Both are nice and caring towards their daughter, even though Shintaro can be overbearing when it comes to Ichigo's love life.
  • Happily Married: They're still in their honeymoon phase even after being married for years.
  • High-School Sweethearts: They met and started dating in junior high. Years later, they're a Happily Married couple with a daughter who sees them as her ideal for a couple.

Tropes applying to Shintaro

Tropes applying to Sakura

  • Cherry Blossom Girl: She's named Sakura and is a loving mother and wife.
  • Let Her Grow Up, Dear: Unlike her husband, she's supportive of her daughter getting a boyfriend and thinks Shintaro is overreacting when he says Ichigo is not ready to date.
  • Shipper on Deck: She approves of Ichigo dating Aoyama.

One-Shot Characters

    General Tropes 

    Mary McGuire
Voiced by: Rie Etou (Japanese), Rita Rivera (English)

A famous pianist from San Francisco. Her spirit was used to create a human Chimera Anima.

  • Dub Name Change: "Maria Rivera" in the 4Kids dub.
  • Keep It Foreign: In the Japanese version, Mary McGuire is an American pianist who only speaks English, in the dub she speaks Spanish.

    Masazo Aoyamada
Voiced by: Kousuke Okano (Japanese), Marc Thompson (Engish)

A boy who's trying to stop construction workers from destroying the habitat of monkeys and otters.

    Seiji Aizawa
Voiced by: Soichiro Hoshi (Japanese), Jason Griffith (English)

Minto's older brother.

    Rei Nishina
Voiced by: Maria Kawamura (Japanese), Carol Jacobanis (English)

Keiichiro's ex-girlfriend, a lepidopterist.

  • Cannot Tell a Joke: In the dub, at least. Also ties into Sarcasm-Blind.
  • Dub Name Change: "Chrys" in the 4Kids dub.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: She's usually seen with simple clothes with a lab coat, showing that she works as a lepidopterist.
  • Workaholic: Her job keeps her very busy that there are times when she can't go out for fun, but she loves her work due to the butterflies, wishing that she could be just as free as they are.

    Norihiro Edomurasaki
Voiced by: Kentaro Ito (Japanese), Greg Abbey (English)

A boy that Retasu had a crush on.

  • Dub Name Change: "Ian" in the 4Kids dub.
  • Nice Guy: He's shown helping a woman in a wheelchair to cross a busy road, is nothing but polite to Retasu (even gifting her a travel guide) and puts himself at risk to help Retasu and Satsuki escape from a Chimera Anima attack.

Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (Japanese), Amy Palant (English)

A child who befriends Retasu during the Mews' trip to the beach.

  • Dub Name Change: "Cassandra" in the 4Kids dub.
  • Ironic Name: Iruka, who's terrified of water, has a name that means 'dolphin'. A group of boys even tease her for it.

    Heicha's Teacher
Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (Japanese), Veronica Taylor (English)

A kind kindergarten teacher.

  • Dub Name Change: "Ms Rosbe" in the 4Kids dub.
  • Everyone Calls Her "Barkeep": She's only ever referred to as "teacher" in the Japanese version.
  • Parental Substitute: With her mother dead and her father traveling the world, Bu-ling can't help but seek some motherly love from Heicha's teacher, especially when she sees so much of her mother in her.
  • Replacement Goldfish: A mundane one for Bu-ling. She's fond of her because her gentle personality reminds her so much of her late mother.

    Tsukiko Yamada
Voiced by: Sachiko Kojima (Japanese), Tara Sands (English)

A girl who works for a modelling company.

Voiced by: Akemi Okamura (Japanese)

A second-year student at Ichigo's school who has a Crystal Ball that is mistaken for Mew Aqua.

  • Childhood Friend Romance: At the end of the episode, Mariko's childhood friend is shown to return her feelings.
  • Fortune Teller: She's known for telling girls' fortunes
  • Phony Psychic: More benevolent and well-meaning than most examples. Mariko reveals that she doesn't actually have psychic powers and instead just tells her clients whatever she thinks will encourage them.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has dark purple hair.

Voiced by: Akira Ishida (Japanese)

A second-year student at Ichigo's school and Mariko's childhood friend.

  • Childhood Friend Romance: Shunsuke and Mariko start their relationship at the end of the episode.
  • Satellite Love Interest: His only role is being Mariko's childhood friend and crush. He doesn't even have any noteworthy character traits.

    Kanna Saionji
Voiced by: Tomoe Hanba (Japanese)

A rich girl and self-proclaimed rival to Minto who comes to demand a duel at a tea party every year.

  • Keigo: She has a very refined manner of speech similar to Minto, fitting her haughty rich girl character.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: The only friends she ever had are the ones her wealthy parents bought for her.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: She has a habit of laughing loudly like stereotypical anime rich girls do.
  • Ojou: Like Minto, Kanna is a rich girl who carries herself like a princess.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She has long, curly hair reaching past her waist, signifying her status as an Ojou.
  • Spoiled Brat: Her parents gave her anything she could ever want, from toys to friends. However, she was never truly happy with anything she got with money.
  • Unknown Rival: She proclaims herself as Minto's eternal rival, but Minto just thinks she's annoying and mostly ignores her.


    Hime Azumi 
The original protagonist. A middle school girl who suddenly gains strange alien powers.

Azumi's boyfriend.
  • Almost Kiss: Came close to kissing Azumi on one of their dates.
  • Easily Forgiven: He forgives her for not telling him about her double life and continues to date her.
  • Only One Name: His family name is never given.
  • Satellite Love Interest: He only has a few scenes with Azumi and his purpose, as far as the reader knows, is to complicate her normal life. This was one thing that was changed for Aoyama.
  • What, Exactly, Is His Job?: He has a job, but nothing specific is stated about it.

An alien robot sent by the "Mother Computer" to look after Azumi and to help her defeat the Baku.

A parasitic alien species that infested Earth and nearly overtook the human species.


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