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Mew Mews

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Left to right: Mew Lettuce, Mew Pudding, Mew Ichigo, Mew Mint, Mew Zakuro
  • Action Girl: They fight mutant monsters and malevolent aliens on a nearly daily basis.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga, all the Mew Mews have the same hair and eye colours in both civilian and Mew outfits (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 black hair and brown eyes, etc. Their transformed hair and eye colours are also brighter instead of pastel shades.
  • Adaptational Late Appearance: In the manga, all the girls are present at the endangered animal exhibition where Ryou and Akasaka inject them with animal DNA to start the Mew Project. In the anime, only Ichigo goes to the exhibition and the other girls are introduced in later episodes as Ichigo finds them.
  • 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 — Porpoise
    • Pudding — Monkey
    • Zakuro — Wolf
  • 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 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 let the audience know more about their lives outside of the team.
  • Badass Adorable: The Mew Mews are Little Bit Beastly Magical Girls who wear cute outfits and use adorable weapons to fight aliens and mutant monsters.
  • Barrier Warrior: They can create barriers with Mew power from their weapons.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: The three first Mew Mews are the passionate Ichigo who will spring into action the minute anything or anyone she loves (Brawn), the affluent ballerina Minto (Beauty) and the shy bookworm Retasu (Brains).
  • Chromatic Arrangement: For the first few episodes, the three Mews are Ichigo (pink), Minto (blue) and Retasu (green). They're later joined by Bu-ling (yellow) and Zakuro (purple).
  • Clark Kenting: Their transformations only change hair colour, eye colour and (in some cases) hairstyle. A particularly odd case, considering that, in their Mew forms, the girls only add a "Mew" to their first name (e.g. Mew Ichigo) and somehow that prevents people from figuring it out.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Each girl has a signature color to set them apart.
    • Ichigo - Pink
    • Minto - Blue
    • Retasu - Green
    • Bu-ling - Yellow
    • Zakuro - Purple
  • Color-Coded Secret Identity: The Mews' Magical Girl outfits have the same colours as the waitress uniforms they wear to work part-time in the Café Mew Mew.
  • Colourful Theme Naming: Their surnames have their theme colours in them.
    • "Momomiya"/"Peach/pink shrine"
    • "Aizawa"/"Dark blue swamp".
    • "Midorikawa"/"Green river"
    • "Huang"/"Yellow"
    • "Fujiwara"/"Wisteria field"
  • Curtains Match the Window: In their Mew Mew forms, their hair and eyes have the same color.
  • Destructive Saviour: In the anime finale, Ichigo using the Mews' power to defeat Deep Blue and release the final Mew Aqua from his body causes the destroyed Tokyo to turn into a giant forest. Even though they saved the world, Ichigo's father complains about the trains being unable to operate with a forest in the middle of the city.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: Their Mew forms get notable redesigns in the Re-Turn manga special, such as different hairstyles and new accessories to their outfits.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Their given names follow this theme.
    • "Ichigo"/"Strawberry"
    • "Minto"/"Mint"
    • "Retasu"/"Lettuce"
    • "Bu-ling"/"Pudding"
    • "Zakuro"/"Pomegranate"
  • Elemental Motifs: Each of the girls is associated with an element that features in their transformation sequences and/or attacks; light for Mew Ichigo, air for Mew Mint, water for Mew Lettuce, earth for Mew Pudding, and fire for Mew Zakuro.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: The Mews bond and become friends as they fight the threat of the aliens together.
  • Five Temperament Ensemble: The Plucky Girl Ichigo is Choleric, the snobbish Ojou Minto is Melancholic, the gentle Shrinking Violet Retasu is Phlegmatic, the Genki Girl Bu-ling is Sanguine, and the coolheaded Zakuro is Eclectic.
  • French Maid Outfit: They work as waitresses at Café Mew Mew and dress like French maids for the job.
  • Frills of Justice: The Re-Turn manga special updated the Mews' outfits to add frills and ribbons to them.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: The Mews, excepting Mew Pudding, wear strapless outfits with a low neckline. Surprisingly, their clothes never fall off no matter how much they move in battle.
  • Instrument of Murder: All the Mews have a weapon shaped like a musical instrument.
    • Mew Ichigo's StrawBell Bell is a bell hanging from a strawberry-shaped ring.
    • Mew Mint's MinTone Arrow is a bow that vaguely looks like a lyre.
    • Mew Lettuce's Lettustanets are two castanets that shoot water.
    • Mew Pudding's PuRing Rings are a pair of tambourines that encase a target in jello.
    • Mew Zakuro's ZaCross Whip resembles a flute in its normal state.
  • Little Bit Beastly: In their Mew forms, they still look completely human plus cute animal ears and tails. Mew Lettuce only gets a costume change, except when she grows a mermaid tail underwater.
  • Location Theme Naming: Except for Bu-ling, the Mews' surnames include the kanji of a place.
    • The "miya" in Momomiya means shrine.
    • The "zawa" in Aizawa means swamp.
    • The "kawa" in Midorikawa means river.
    • The "wara" in Fujiwara means field.
  • Magical Girl: They're 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.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The three first Mews are the good-hearted but short-tempered Ichigo (In-Between), the arrogant Rich Bitch Minto (Mean), and the polite Shrinking Violet Retasu (Nice).
  • Part-Time Hero: They're students, waitresses and superheroines all at once. Special mention to Zakuro who also works as a model alongside the previously mentioned occupations.
  • 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.
  • Power Tattoo: Each of them has a small mark on their bodies and these are the source of their Mew powers.
  • Real Name as an Alias: Their magical girl aliases are just their given names with "Mew" as a prefix. The original Japanese does make the difference a bit more obvious because their civilian names are written in hiragana while their Mew names are in katakana, but they are still pronounced exactly the same.
  • Three Plus Two: Ichigo is the first Mew, Minto joins in episode 2, and Retasu in episode 3. Bu-ling and Zakuro are introduced in episodes 7 and 10 respectively, officially forming the Five-Man Band in episode 11.
  • Transformation Trinket: In the anime, they activate their transformation by kissing a pendant. In the manga, however, their transformations activate whenever they wish for it.
  • True Companions: They're close friends and teammates who they care deeply for each other.
  • We Are "Team Cannon Fodder": They're relegated to this status in à la Mode. Due to the manga-only sequel's short run, only Berry gets real prominence in combat while the other Mew Mews don't get action scenes for themselves and just provide assistance for Berry on occasion. The rest of the team doesn't really participate in the final act, as they just defend Berry from the brainwashed civilians while she goes to solve the conflict by undoing Tasuku's brainwashing.

     Ichigo Momomiya / Mew Ichigo
Click here to see her as a waitress 
Voiced by: Saki Nakajima (Japanese), Amanda Lipitz (English)note 

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.

  • Accidental Pervert: She once walks in on Ryou when he's shirtless.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Colored manga artwork depicts her Sailor Fuku school uniform as cyan with pink. In the anime, it's gray with black and white details, but the ribbon on her chest is red in both versions.
  • Adaptational Nice Girl: In the manga, in the middle of a Heroic BSoD, Ichigo has an Out-of-Character Moment where she fires her StrawBell Bell blast at her own teammates to defend Deep Blue from them. The anime removes this scene altogether, and Ichigo gets over her Heroic BSoD once she sees her teammates and the world are in danger because of Deep Blue.
  • Always Late: Ichigo is often seen running late, whether it's to school, to work, or it's to a date with Aoyama. Lampshaded in episode 49; Ichigo gives the excuse of being late for work because her alarm clock isn't working and Minto says her clock must have been that way for a long time.
  • Animal Talk: She can talk to birds and dogs when she's in her cat form.
  • Animorphism: She's the only Mew Mew to fully transform into her animal when she's especially flustered.
  • Attractive Bent Species: When turned into a cat, Ichigo is horrified to find herself falling prey to a fat cat's disgusting sexual harassment.
  • Badass in Distress: She's the main magical girl, but frequently finds herself cornered by Quiche and needs the Blue Knight to rescue her.
  • Berserk Button: She gets very annoyed when Tart calls her an "old hag".
  • Beta Couple: With Aoyama in à la Mode. When Ichigo returns to the café, Berry ends up consulting with her in regards to how romance works because Ichigo has the proper perspective of someone in a stable relationship while Berry is just starting to figure out her own feelings for Tasuku. However, due to Aoyama staying in England, Ichigo isn't seen together with him until the last chapter.
  • Big Eater: Ichigo is a glutton who accepts the call only when Shirogane offers her free samples of his cafe's sweets.
  • Bitch Slap: In the manga, after Quiche has kidnapped her and implies he'll attack the other Mews, Ichigo slaps him in the face and warns him she won't let him get away with trying to hurt her friends. Unfortunately for her, her defiance only turns Quiche on.
  • Bubbly Waitress: When working at Café Mew Mew, Ichigo keeps an upbeat attitude and serves customers with a cheerful smile.
  • 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.
  • …But He Sounds Handsome: In the manga, during her first date with Aoyama after formally getting together with him, she gets caught up in a Chimera Anima incident as Mew Ichigo; Aoyama, who's frantically looking for her as Ichigo, runes into her and asks if she knows where "Ichigo" is. After hearing Aoyama talk about how important his girlfriend is to her, she assures him that she "gets the feeling" Ichigo is okay and knows how he feels. In fact, he knew exactly whom he was talking to, and was using the conversation as an indirect way to check in on her and communicate his feelings for her without revealing that he knew her identity.
  • Can't Shift While Shifted: Ichigo can turn into a Magical Cat Girl at will, but the transformation doesn't work when she's in her full cat form. The only way she can transform from cat to human is by kissing someone.
  • 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.
  • Cool Big Sis: Ichigo, Minto and Retasu could be considered surrogate versions of this for Bu-ling, but Ichigo more than anything since she is seen to be the closest to Bu-ling.
  • 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.
  • Covert Pervert: When stuck in cat form, Aoyama takes her to his house, gives her a bath (although he stays clothed in the anime) and lets her sleep with him on his bed, not knowing the cat is Ichigo. She then starts thinking being a cat isn't so bad.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: She is a bit of a klutz (as part of her ditzy personality), but still very pretty.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Due to being a Cat Girl, her fangs stick out often.
  • Deadly Ringer: She has a pink strawberry-shaped bell as her weapon, although she uses it to fire blasts intead of anything related to sound.
  • 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: Aoyama is really fixated on Ichigo as if she's his reason for living and Quiche becomes so obsessed with her that his mission of taking over Earth for his race becomes secondary to his desire to have Ichigo to himself.
  • 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).
  • Energy Weapon: Her StrawBell Bell can fire sparkly energy blasts.
  • Expressive Ears: Her cat ears droop down when she's sad and point straight up when she's surprised or frightened.
  • Expy: She's quite similar to the protagonist of the original pilot 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.
  • Fangirl: She initially gushes over the handsome and popular Aoyama like most of the girls at their school. Once they get into an actual relationship, she begins to behave more like his girlfriend, although she never stops swooning over him.
  • Fiery Redhead: Her normal appearance is a redhead who is passionate, brave, and 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.
  • From Hero to Mentor: In à la Mode, Berry replaces Ichigo in the role of The Heroine. When Ichigo comes back, she mainly acts as a mentor figure for Berry as part of their relationship, particularly advising her in regards to romance.
  • Generation Xerox: In Episode 31, her father 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.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: A naive and romantic Pink Heroine (pink hair and pink dress in her Mew form) with love-based powers, but she's also a glutton, and the most Hot-Blooded and energetic in the initial trio, compared to wealthy ballerina Minto and Shrinking Violet Retasu.
  • The Heart: Whenever the other Mew Mews are feeling down or having disagreements among them, they're uplifted and united by Ichigo's cheerfulness and care for her friends.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Masaya is revealed to be Deep Blue, she's shocked into a loss of common sense and refuses to fight despite her teammates and the entire city being at risk of getting destroyed. Minto slaps her back to sanity.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She dies in order to stop Aoyama's Heroic Sacrifice. She gets better.
  • Hour of Power: In à la Mode, Ichigo has recovered her Mew powers, but she can't stay as Mew Ichigo for long before she fully transforms into a cat and becomes defenseless again. Her transformation has stabilized once again by the time Re-Turn takes place.
  • Human Pack Mule: In Episode 24, Zakuro asks Ichigo to be her temporary assistant because of her physical stamina, since the job is mostly involves carrying luggage.
  • 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: After Aoyama awakens as Deep Blue, Ichigo refuses to believe Aoyama's personality has been erased and tries to talk with him as if he was still Aoyama. Minto talks sense into Ichigo by reminding her Deep Blue is trying to destroy the world, forcing Ichigo to accept she needs to confront Deep Blue as an enemy even though she never gives up on bringing Aoyama's personality back.
  • Insecure Love Interest: She thinks Aoyama is such a perfect guy that she probably doesn't deserve him, especially when she has to frequently lie to him and hide her Secret Identity as a Mew Mew. In the manga, Aoyama is very obviously flirting with her and inviting her on dates even from the start, and yet she's still not confident enough to tell if that's more than just a "good sign", constantly second-guessing his every gesture trying to figure out whether she's turned him off or not. In the anime, Ichigo realizes she has gotten used to lying to Aoyama and calls herself the worst kind of girlfriend because of it, but is still afraid to tell Aoyama the truth because she thinks she's "nothing" next to him.
  • 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 can't change back to human unless she's kissed, either by a human or an animal.
  • It Was a Gift: Aoyama gives her a cat collar with a bell. Ichigo swears to wear it every day because it's her first present from Aoyama.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Ichigo is the only reason why Aoyama can stay grounded and feel like an actual human being with emotions. He originally was an Empty Shell and wasn't able to feel connected to other people because of his hidden dislike for humanity. Meeting and falling in love with Ichigo is what allowed him to develop emotions along with a strong desire to protect her. Ichigo never becomes aware of this in the manga, but in the anime, Aoyama confesses what Ichigo's presence in his life did for him when he makes clear she means too much to him for him to break up with her for being a Mew Mew.
  • Long-Distance Relationship: At the end of the manga, Aoyama moves to England while leaving Ichigo behind in Japan. The sequel à la Mode shows Ichigo followed Aoyama to England, but ends up returning to Japan anyway and rejoins the Mew team. In Re-Turn, they're still living in different countries, but try to make their relationship work even though Aoyama can't visit Ichigo regularly.
  • Loved I Not Honor More: Ichigo's duties as a Mew Mew end up causing her to repeatedly show up late to any meetups she has with Aoyama. In Re-Turn, they end up in a Long-Distance Relationship because Aoyama is studying in England while Ichigo still has to fight the Chimera Anima left in Japan.
  • 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 is 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 High-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. She leads the Magical Girl team with the mission to save the Earth from aliens.
  • Plucky Girl: The only time Ichigo gets close to giving up is when Apyama becomes Deep Blue. Besides that, it's hard to bring her spirit down.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Only in the manga's final volume, Ichigo summons her teammates' Mew power to create a pair of giant wings of light.
  • Power Incontinence: She loses control of her cat transformation when she's excited or embarrassed, usually because of Aoyama. At first, only her cat ears and tail appear, but later on, it gets more troublesome when she fully transforms into a cat she's flustered to the max.
  • Protectorate: The Blue Knight/Aoyama fights only to protect Ichigo.
  • Redheads Are Ravishing: Ichigo is a redhead when untransformed in the animenote . Aoyama, Quiche, and Ryou are strongly attracted to her.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Minto's blue. She's passionate and energetic, while Minto is calm and dignified.
  • Rings of Death: As Mew Ichigo, her weapon is the StrawBell Bell, a strawberry-shaped ring that throws energy blasts.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: She has pink hair as Mew Ichigo (and in the manga, she keeps the pink hair color when untransformed). 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 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.
  • Spanner in the Works: For all intents and purposes, Deep Blue being freakishly powerful enough to hand a Curb-Stomp Battle to everyone in the vicinity means he likely would have been set to win the moment he was awakened, if not for the fact his own "puppet" personality had become sentient enough to take him down from within. That was only possible because Ichigo, a completely normal human girl at the time, had come into said "puppet"'s life and become important enough to him that he'd become capable of hijacking Deep Blue's body via The Power of Love. Needless to say, Deep Blue hadn't exactly accounted for that one.
  • 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, it shouldn't come as a surprise.
  • 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's a typical pigtailed, pink/red-haired shoujo protagonist who is a klutzy and ditzy 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: She looks like her mother, Sakura, but younger.
  • Super Cute Superpowers: As Mew Ichigo, her primary superpower is firing rainbow-colored energy blasts from a cute strawberry-shaped weapon.
  • Tareme Eyes: She has round and wide eyes, fitting her cute and bubbly personality.
  • 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
Click here to see her as a waitress 
Voiced by: Yumi Kakazu (Japanese), Andi Whaley (English)note 

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

  • 10-Minute Retirement: In Episode 21, she tries to leave the team, believing that the struggle the Mews are faced with is hopeless.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: In the original Japanese version of the anime, Minto imagines an androgynous dancer as her ideal romantic partner. In the 4Kids dub, she imagines Zakuro/Renée instead.
  • Ambiguously Gay: She's got a big Celeb Crush on Zakuro. However, it isn't confirmed whether her feelings are exaggerated admiration or a serious romantic interest.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: In Episode 43, Minto challenges Zakuro to a fight out of frustration over Zakuro apparently betraying the team and refusing to give explanations. 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.
  • 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, Minto 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.
  • Bitch Slap: In Episode 32, she delivers a well-deserved slap to her self-proclaimed rival Kanna to force her stop acting like a Spoiled Brat in the middle of an alien attack.
  • 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.
  • Celeb Crush: She has a big crush on Zakuro, who is a famous model. She was already infatuated with her before meeting her in person and she's overjoyed when she finds out Zakuro is one of her fellow Mews.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She gets annoyed when Zakuro spends time with Ichigo or is otherwise nice to her.
  • Cry into Chest: At the end of episode 43, Minto breaks down crying into Zakuro's chest after the latter praises her for showing her newfound strength in battle.
  • Dainty Little Ballet Dancers: She's an elegant Ojou who is trained as a ballet dancer.
  • Dance Battler: In episode 9 of the anime, she uses ballet to win a one-on-one match with a ballet-themed Chimera Anima.
  • Dub Name Change: "Corina Bucksworth" in the 4Kids dub.
  • Fangirl: She has been a big fan of the celebrity Zakuro since before the latter joined the team.
  • Feather Motif: Because she has the DNA of a bird, Minto's Mew mark is shaped like two feathers and the anime has feathers appear in her Transformation Sequence and attacks.
  • Flower Motifs: Cherry Blossoms. They appears in her Transformation Sequence from the anime.
  • Formal Characters Use Keigo: Minto uses very formal speech patterns, right down to using the highly formal pronoun "watakushi", because she's a very sophisticated Ojou.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Woman!: She slaps Mew Ichigo, complete with "Get a hold of yourself!", to snap her out of her Heroic BSoD caused by her boyfriend's transformation into the Big Bad.
  • Go-Getter Girl: In her short manga story, Minto explains her family taught her to be the best at whatever she does. Because of this, she trains hard to always get the leading role at ballet performances, otherwise her family would force her to quit.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: She's one of the main heroines and has a pet dog named Mickey who she adores.
  • Heroic BSoD: In episodes 42-43, Zakuro's apparent betrayal leaves Minto utterly shaken and heartbroken.
  • Humanizing Tears: Minto is a haughty and mean rich girl, but even she has vulnerable moments where she cries. A notable example is when she's so hurt by Zakuro's harsh rejection to join the team that she's left sobbing like a little girl.
  • 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.
  • Idle Rich: She thinks an Ojou like herself doesn't need to work and leaves the waitress work to her teammates.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is depicted as an arrogant, mean and lazy girl, but is shown to really be an empathetic person who cares deeply about her friends as the series progresses.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Minto is a very ladylike Ojou and ballet dancer who has a huge Celeb Crush on Zakuro.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Episode 9 shows Minto's wealthy parents are often absent from home and her older brother stopped spending time with her as he immersed himself in pursuing his studies. After seeing her family circumstances, Ichigo realizes Minto must feel lonely at home.
  • Long-Range Fighter: She's the only Mew Mew who can fly and fights with bow and arrow, therefore ranged combat is her specialty.
  • Love at First Sight: In the manga, Minto is instantly enamoured by Zakuro when she sees her retaining one of Retasu's bullies.
  • Minidress of Power: The tube dress she wears as Mew Mint is incredibly short.
  • 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.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: She's a waitress at Café Mew Mew, but just sips tea during her shift.
  • Please, Don't Leave Me: In Episode 42, after hearing Zakuro has been offered a movie role in America, Minto immediately begs her to not leave her behind and to take her with her if she does decide to go. However, Zakuro doesn't take Minto's plead kindly because Minto is acting like Zakuro already decided to abandon the team even though Zakuro just told her she hasn't accepted the job yet.
  • 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.
  • Precious Photo: Episode 9 reveals Minto keeps a photo of her brother watching her dance when they were kids. Since her brother grew distant with the years, the photo represents one of Minto's happiest memories with him.
  • 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 dignified, while Ichigo is passionate and energetic.
  • Rich Bitch: She's a rather rude and arrogant rich girl, especially towards Ichigo in the beginning.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: In Episode 34, the rich Minto tries selling an ancient and very valuable cabinet at a charity fair. She considers 10 million yen a cheap price for it since she doesn't seem to understand no regular person can buy something that expensive.
  • Ridiculously Small Wings: As Mew Mint, she has a tiny pair of blue wings on her back and these allow her to fly even though they're so small compared to her body.
  • Second Episode Introduction: The anime introduces Mint in the second episode, which concludes with her becoming Ichigo's first teammate.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: In the anime, Minto shows the ability to talk to birds once.
  • Spell My Name With An S: Her name is translated as Mint, but it can be written as its romanization, Minto.
  • Spoiled Brat: Especially in the beginning, she acts like a spoiled snob.
  • Tea Is Classy: Minto is a wealthy Ojou who spends most of her time in the Cafe Mew Mew having her own tea breaks instead of serving the customer.
  • Token Flyer: She's the only Mew Mew naturally capable to fly, thanks to her bird DNA.
  • Triple Shifter: Having to juggle school, ballet practice, work at the café and studying, she only gets four hours of sleep per night.
  • True Blue Femininity: Blue is her signature color (both her hair and outfits are blue) and she's the most ladylike of the Mew Mews.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Her eyes are sharp, suiting her haughty and refined personality.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She's occasionally critical of Ichigo, but nevertheless quite close to her.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back!: As a result of Zakuro harshly refusing to join the team, Minto is so shocked that she's spacing out at the café and drinks from a flower vase instead of a tea cup, causing her teammates to miss her usual haughty self.
  • Wealth's in a Name: In the English dub her name is Corrina Bucksworth, because she's The Ojou.

     Retasu Midorikawa / Mew Lettuce
Click here to see her as a waitress 
Voiced by: Kumi Sakuma (Japanese), Erica Schroeder (English)note 

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.

  • All-Loving Hero: Her kindness and forgiveness extends to those who take advantage of her good nature. She even expresses compassion for her bullies, even though she's aware that they don't treat her very well. Later in the anime, her compassion extends to the aliens once she realizes they have feelings and people they care about too, making her wish the Mews could reach an understanding with them.
  • Bespectacled Cutie: She wears glasses to emphasize her demure cuteness.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Shy and gentle as she is, hurting her friends is never a good idea.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Downplayed. She can't see well without her glasses on, but only when untransformed. As Mew Lettuce, she goes around without glasses and it never causes her problems.
  • Bully Magnet: Before she joins the Mew Mew team, she gets picked on and pushed around by three mean girls who pretend to be her friends to take advantage of her kindness.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: She has never met a plate she hasn't dropped. This is quite a problem when she's a waitress.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: When she transforms for the first time, she attacks Mew Ichigo and Mew Mint out of fear. They manage to persuade her to stop fighting and she agrees to join their team.
  • Does Not Like Spam: She has stated to not like mushrooms.
  • Dub Name Change: "Bridget Verdant" in the 4Kids dub.
  • Elemental Eye Colors: She has water powers as a Mew Mew and in the anime, her eyes are deep blue when she's a civilian.
  • Expressive Hair: Retasu's braids can move according to her mood on a few occasions.
  • Extreme Doormat: Before meeting the Mew Mews, she has three so-called "friends" who treat her terribly, yet she puts up with it.
  • Face Your Fears: In the Beach Episode, Lettuce faces her fear of water to save two children from drowning and while doing so, she gets in contact with a Mew Aqua which transforms her into a mermaid.
  • Forgot About Her Powers: 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.
  • Formal Characters Use Keigo: She stands out as the most polite of the Mew Mews. Even though she isn't an Ojou like Minto, Retasu always speaks very politely to everyone and uses the "-san" honorific on everyone she addresses.
  • Friendless Background: Despite her best attempts to make friends, all she ever got were bullies who took advantage of her kindness and she always felt lonely. Joining the Mew team allows her to gain true friends for the first time.
  • Friendly Sniper: In the Re-Turn manga, Mew Lettuce gets a new sniping attack that shoots a water bullet at a target. And she's still as sweet as ever.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: In Episode 34, it's revealed Retasu is fond of cute stuffed toys and makes them as a hobby.
  • 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.
  • Grew a Spine: In Episode 16, Retasu is able to stand up to her bullies thanks to her newfound confidence after making true friends and developing a crush on Norihiro.
  • Hair Antennae: She has antennae on her head when she transforms. Said antennae can grow longer at will, even reaching her feet.
  • The Heart: She shares this role with Ichigo, being the most sensitive and caring of the Mews.
  • Hopeless Suitor: She has bad luck with her two love interests in the anime. First, she falls in love with an older guy only to watch him get engaged to another woman. Then, she falls in love with Ryou who is oblivious and never shows signs of reciprocating her feelings.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: She desperately wants friends, to the point that she initially lets some mean girls boss her around because they say they'll be her friends if she obeys them. After becoming a Mew Mew, her greatest fear is that no one will become friends with a "freak" like her. She joins the Mew Mew team because Ichigo and Minto promise to be her first true friends.
  • Implied Love Interest: To Pie in the anime. Unlike Quiche with Ichigo and Tart with Bu-ling, there's no absolute evidence that Pie's feelings for Retasu are romantic, but he comes to care for her so much that he chooses to die protecting her.
  • Informed Species: Her transformation has virtually no cetacean traits, except when she grows a mermaid tail underwater.
  • Ironic Fear: Despite having the genes of a porpoise, she's afraid of swimming at first.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In Episode 16, Retasu gets a crush on an older guy and was going to confess to him, but he proposes to another woman. Although Retasu is a bit heartbroken, she's still glad with just having fallen in love, even if it was unrequited, and moves on.
  • Making a Splash: She can generate water-based attacks.
  • Mermanity Ensues: Because of her porpoise DNA, she turns into a mermaid either when she gets in contact with water (in the manga) or with Mew Aqua (in the anime).
  • Mistaken for Undead: In her initial appearance, Ichigo and Minto hear there's a rumor about a ghost girl haunting a school's pool. They find out the "ghost" is actually Mew Lettuce.
  • Morality Pet:
    • To Ryou. He's usually a tactless jerk who annoys Ichigo especially, but he's consistently nice to Retasu. He never scolds her for her clumsiness and offers words of encouragement when she needs a confidence boost.
    • To Pie towards the end of the anime. Pie is moved by Retasu's compassion towards the aliens and devotion to Ryou. He ultimately gives up his life to protect her along with her friends.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her Mew Mew outfit seems to be a little revealing with the bottom piece resembling a green swimsuit that shows most of her thighs and legs.
  • Nice Girl: She's polite, sweet and caring. However, it's deconstructed when we first meet her because her so-called friends were blatantly Taking Advantage of Generosity (which Ichigo picks up on immediately).
  • Placebo Effect: In the Cruise Episode of the manga, Ryou gives Retasu a drink to help her with her motion sickness. After Retasu starts feeling better, Ryou reveals he just gave her normal juice.
  • The Redeemer: In the anime, there's scenes where Retasu tries to persuade Pie that their groups fighting will only result in tragedy and since the alien race originates from Earth, they should be comrades with humans. However, Pie's loyalty to Deep Blue is unflinching until his last fight with the Mew team where he realizes Retasu's words did reach him enough to make him sacrifice his life to save the heroes.
  • Ship Tease: She gets some notable ship teasing moments with Ryou, particularly in the anime where it's all but outright stated that Lettuce has crush on him. There's even an episode where Lettuce kisses Ryou while he's unconscious since they're underwater. However, Ryou doesn't show signs of reciprocating, even though he does care about Lettuce.
  • Showgirl Skirt: Mew Lettuce wears a tube top dress that fans out in the shape of two fins at the back while leaving her legs exposed and showing the Leotard of Power worn underneath.
  • 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: In the anime, Retasu is shown to be attracted to men who treat her kindly. In Ryou's case, while he normally counts as an All Girls Want Bad Boys sort of fellow, his inner heart of gold comes out around Retasu and she loves him for that.
  • Spell My Name With An S: Her name is translated as Lettuce, but it can be written as its romanization, Retasu.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: When she tries swimming for the first time, she has gained the ability of breathing underwater from her porpoise DNA.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: She starts to sympathize with the aliens once she learns of their tragic origins and desperation to save their people from their home planet's harsh environment.
  • Tareme Eyes: Her eyes are rounded and soft, fitting her shy and polite nature.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Episode 34 shows Retasu is gifted in making handmade stuffed dolls.
  • 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.
  • Water Is Womanly: Having the DNA of a Finless Porpoise, Mew Lettuce has water-related powers and can transform into a mermaid underwater. She's also the most demure, polite and gentle of the heroines.
  • Water-Triggered Change: In the manga, Mew Lettuce transforms into a mermaid when she dives into the sea because of her porpoise DNA. In the anime, however, she needs Mew Aqua for said transformation.

     Bu-ling Huang / Mew Pudding
Click here to see her as a waitress 
Voiced by: Hisayo Mochizuki (Japanese), Kether Donohue (English)note 

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

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga colored art, Bu-ling's waitress uniform is yellow with orange. In the anime, the colors are reversed.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the anime, Bu-ling represses her grief over her mother's death because she promised her mother to always smile. When she's reminded of her mother, however, she can't stop herself from crying. Also, Tart's death hits her much harder than it did in the manga.
  • Adaptational Weapon Swap: In the original manga, Mew Pudding's weapons are two hoola-hoops. In the anime, her weapon is a pair of tambourines. Later manga installments changed the hoola-hoops for the tambourines to match the anime.
  • Affectionate Nickname: She takes a liking to Tart and calls him "Taru-Taru" out of affection.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She eventually gets a crush on the Bratty Half-Pint villain Tart. Although, she only starts to like him after he saves her life, which convinces her there's some good in him.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: She usually wears Chinese themed casual clothes and it's mentioned her father is a martial artist.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: She's the youngest in the group and acts like an energetic little sister to her older teammates.
  • Badass in Distress: In the Tokyo Dome episode, Mew Pudding gets trapped under the stadium while Tart uses Chimera Anima that cause it to collapse. In the manga, she's rescued by other Mew Mews, but Tart saves her in the anime.
  • Beautiful Tears: In the manga finale, Bu-ling cries when Tart says he doesn't plan to ever return to Earth. Her adorable tearful face makes Tart blush and he decides to consider coming back to see her again someday.
  • 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. Towards the end of the anime series, Tart does make a Heel–Face Turn thanks to Bu-ling.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Tart in the anime. They frequently fight because he insists on acting like a bad guy, but both develop feelings for each other later on.
  • Beta Couple: With Tart. Due to their young age, their dynamic is quite childish and unlike the main couple, they don't have to deal with a messy Love Triangle.
  • Big Eater: She loves eating.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She has the shortest hair out of the heroines and is the hyperactive tomboy of the group.
  • Braids of Action: She wears her hair in multiple braids and is a Mew Mew.
  • Breath Weapon: She can breathe fire. It's one of the many tricks she learned when she was a Street Performer.
  • Bubbly Waitress: The endlessly energetic and cheerful Bu-ling loves to do circus tricks while working at Café Mew Mew. She serves tables while riding a monocycle and doing plate spinning, which makes her popular among customers.
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: In episode 9, she throws her waitress uniform in the air. A second later, she catches it, already fully dressed in casual clothes.
  • Cheerful Child: It's rare to not see her smiling or laughing.
  • Children Do the Housework: Even though she's the youngest Mew Mew, Bu-ling must look after her little siblings and do all the household chores by herself because her father is never home and her mother is dead.
  • Circus Brat: She basically made a living as a one-person circus before she became a Mew Mew. Her sprinting and flailing is often accompanied by running on top of a ball or breathing fire.
  • 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.
  • Coordinated Clothes: Hairstyle variation. In the manga sequels, Bu-ling has Girlish Pigtails to match Tart's hairstyle. This is intentional on Bu-ling's part as she starts wearing the pigtails to remind herself of Tart while he's in space.
  • Cry into Chest: A Lap Pillow variation in Episode 20. When resting on the lap of Heicha's teacher, Bu-ling starts crying because of how much she misses her deceased mother.
  • Cute Bruiser: She's quite strong for a young girl.
  • The Cutie: She's younger than the other girls, and always happy, fun-loving, and energetic.
  • Dating Catwoman: While they aren't technically dating, she has a crush on Tart, who is her foe. Tart does like her back, but he's in denial.
  • Die or Fly: Bu-ling's Mew powers first activate when she tries to take an attack from a Chimera Anima to protect Ichigo.
  • Dub Name Change: "Kikki Benjamin" in the 4Kids dub.
  • Elemental Barrier: In her introduction episode, Bu-ling unconsciously creates an earth shield before she transforms for the first time. She never shows this sort of power again afterwards.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In her introduction, Bu-ling performs a show for Ichigo and then starts pestering her for a tip.
  • Facial Markings: Her Mew Mark is on her forehead.
  • Fearless Fool: No matter how dire the situation is, Bu-ling won't get scared, mainly because she doesn't seem to even comprehend why she should feel fear.
  • Feigning Healthiness: In her Sick Episode, Bu-ling constantly tries to act like she's healthy enough to keep looking after her siblings by herself. Even after her friends decide to stay over at her house to babysit her siblings, Bu-ling pretends she recovered after only one day, but collapses soon after the others leave.
  • Food-Based Superpowers: Her attacks encase her enemies in a giant jello.
  • Gelatinous Encasement: Mew Pudding's "Pudding Ring Inferno" encases opponents in a giant block of pudding, leaving them open for the rest of the group to capitalize on.
  • Genki Girl: She's always jumping around and climbing things.
  • Girliness Upgrade: In the Re-turn manga, Mew Pudding's biketard is changed for a Minidress of Power and she's given Girlish Pigtails, making her look girlier than in the original series.
  • Girlish Pigtails: In the manga sequels, Bu-ling ties some of her hair into pigtails that make her look even more adorable.
  • The Glomp: She's prone to jumping on people and hugging them. This includes Tart, one of her enemies, as thanks for saving her life.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: She uses Chinese on occasion.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's blonde, young, and innocent.
  • Hammerspace: She can pull walking globes, monocycles, juggling props and more out of thin air.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: At the start of the anime's final battle, Tart is killed by Pie in front of Bu-ling. After taking a moment to mourn him, she wipes away her tears and stands back up to join the last fight against Pie in order to avenge Tart.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: In Episode 51, she cradles Tart's dead body and breaks down in tears as she reproaches him for not listening to her when she told him to stop fighting, which resulted in him getting killed in front of her.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Because of her young age, she tends to say and do insensitive things without realizing, like saying outloud that Ichigo is hiding from Aoyama with him present at the room.
  • Interspecies Romance: She's a human girl who has a crush on Tart, an alien.
  • Jumped at the Call: She wasted no time transforming once it's revealed that she's a Mew.
  • Kick Chick: When not using her jello attack, she likes to fight Chimera Anima with her kicks.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: She's the cute and energetic little kid of the main group and is fond of performing circus tricks. She's the sort of character the child audience adores.
  • Kiddie Kid: She's 11-12 years old, but her hyperactive personality and habit of calling herself in third person make her seem quite childish for her age. It's still downplayed since Bu-ling is actually a very responsible and dependable older sister to her much younger siblings who she's raising by herself.
  • Leotard of Power: She wears a biketard in her Mew form.
  • Literal-Minded: She thinks she has lion genes because her animal is named golden lion tamarin, not getting that it's actually a type of monkey.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's the youngest Mew, but can still kick a lot of tail.
  • Lost in Translation: In the original Japanese, her name is written with kanji, translating to "Walking Bell". The correct translation would be "Bu-ling" (Chinese romanization) or "Purin" (Japanese romanization), but Tokyopop and Kodansha opted for the spelling "Pudding" so she would still fit into the Edible Theme Naming of the Mew Mews.
  • A Match Made in Stockholm: Her initial interactions with Tart have him attacking her, kidnapping her and trying to kill her. However, after he saves her life, their relationship turns into Puppy Love.
  • Maybe Ever After: With Tart in the manga. Before he leaves Earth, Bu-ling gives him a goodbye kiss and candies. Tart says he'll probably come back for more someday.
  • Minor Living Alone: Bu-ling is a preteen girl living without her parents because her father left the family to train martial arts around the world and her mother is dead. In addition to that, she has the big responsibility of raising her five little siblings and working at a café to earn a living while she's still in elementary school and has to fight as a half-monkey magical girl.
  • Monkey King Lite: She's an energetic, airheaded, playful and gluttonous Anime Chinese Girl who often sprouts a monkey tail. The Mew mark on her forehead and her weapon being shaped like golden rings can be considered an allusion to Sun Wukong's golden ring headband.
  • Morality Pet: Her Puppy Love relationship with Tart is what makes him more sympathetic than the other aliens. She's the only human Tart ever comes to care about enough to save her life and he can show his kinder side to her near the end of the anime.
  • Motor Mouth: When she's excited, she speaks a lot and very fast.
  • Mouth To Mouth Force Feeding: In the manga, Bu-ling puts a candy in Tart's mouth by kissing him.
  • Nice Girl: She is very friendly, outgoing, loyal, and playful.
  • No Listening Skills: Bu-ling tends to not listen to others when she wants to put on a show. The main example is when she isn't allowed to go with the other Mews to the audition where they can meet Zakuro, because she's too young to participate. Bu-ling still breaks into the building and completely sabotages the audition with her fire breathing, all while refusing to listen as the other Mews tell her to stop. Tart also gets annoyed whenever his threats and Friendship Denials towards Bu-ling fall on deaf ears.
  • Now or Never Kiss: In the manga ending, Bu-ling kisses Tart before he leaves Earth since she's afraid she'll never see him again. He then promises he'll come back to see her again someday.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Since she's normally super cheerful and optimistic, the few scenes where she cries are heartbreaking, mainly when she cries over Tart's dead body.
  • 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.
  • Playful Cat Smile: Her default expression is a cat-like smile, even though she isn't the team's Cat Girl. It still showcases her playful personality.
  • Please, Don't Leave Me: In the manga, when Tart is about to leave Earth, Bu-ling tearfully begs him to not go away forever, prompting him to promise to come back someday.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Being the team's Cloudcuckoolander Genki Girl, her primary role is amusing the audience with her silly antics.
  • The Pollyanna: She always acts very hyper and cheerful, despite her difficult family situation and Parental Abandonment. Even when she's trapped underground with no means to escape, she keeps laughing as she imagines how nice it would be to become a fossil.
  • Promotion to Parent: Her mother is dead and her father is away because of martial arts training. As a result, Bu-ling is the only one responsible for looking after her five little siblings, even though Bu-ling herself is in elementary school.
  • Punny Name: The kanji of her name literally translate to "Walking Bell", but its Japanese spelling is the same as "pudding" to fit into the Edible Theme Naming of the main cast.
  • Puppy Love: She's in elementary school and develops mutual feelings for Tart, an alien who looks around her age.
  • Rescue Romance: Bu-ling develops a crush on Tart after he saves her life despite her being his enemy.
  • Rings of Death: In the first manga series, Bu-ling's Puring Rings are two hoola-hoops. Later installments changed them for the tambourines she has in the anime.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The Energetic Girl to Tart's Savvy Guy. Her energy leaves him exhausted whenever they interact.
  • Say My Name: In Episode 51, Bu-ling desperately cries out Tart's name after watching him get murdered in cold blood by Pie.
  • Silly Simian: She's a half-monkey girl filling the role of the goofy and energetic Plucky Comic Relief in the heroine team.
  • Stalker without a Crush: She spends half of her introduction episode chasing Ichigo all over the town because she wants Ichigo to show her how to grow cat ears.
  • Stepford Smiler: Her 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.
  • Street Performer: Before she got a job 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.
  • Tagalong Kid: Being the resident Cheerful Child, she's the most energetic and perky of the Mews. However, she can cause trouble with her circus tricks, the older teammates have to look after her when she's sick and she gets kidnapped at least once. Except for her occasional Day in the Limelight, her role is pure comedy.
  • Tareme Eyes: Her big, round eyes fit her energetic and bouncy personality.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: She thanks Tart for helping her and gives him a candy as proof that they're friends now. He tries to deny their friendship, but he's happy about being given the candy.
  • 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: As if being a student and Mew wasn't enough, Bu-ling is responsible for all the housework and raising her siblings at home. In her Sick Episode, her friends try to take up Bu-ling's tight schedule while she recovers from her fever, but 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: She ends her sentences with "~na no da".
  • Wrestler in All of Us: In episode 46, she locks Tart in an abdominal stretch when both are fighting over a fake Mew Aqua.

     Zakuro Fujiwara / Mew Zakuro
Click here to see her as a waitress 
Voiced by: Junko Noda (Japanese), Mollie Weaver (English)note 

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.

  • Absurd Phobia: Zakuro is unflappable when fighting mutated alien beasts on a nearly daily basis, but encountering a giant cockroach causes her to freeze fur-on-end and run away in panic.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: There's no implication of Zakuro having a Dark and Troubled Past in the manga. In the anime, however, it's mentioned that she saw someone she cared about die because they were unable to trust each other and it left her with some emotional baggage.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the manga, Zakuro is The Quiet One, rarely speaking to anyone, including her teammates. The anime, besides having her be more talkative, makes her more of a savvy and blunt Cool Big Sis who can be harsh on her teammates, especially Minto, yet ultimately wants to help and advice them.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's tall, beautiful, aloof, imposing, and has dark purple hair.
  • Bare Midriffs Are Feminine: Zakuro is the most elegant and glamorous of the Mews, since she works as a model. Out of the team, she's the only one with a midriff-baring Magical Girl outfit.
  • Baritone of Strength: She has the deepest voice out of the Mews and is the toughest member, both in personality and fighting style.
  • 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 with her even though Zakuro just said she hasn't accepted the job. 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 doubting her because she already lost someone she cared about because of that in the past.
  • The Big Girl: She's the heaviest fighter of the Mews.
  • Big Sister Instinct: In Episode 35, Zakuro becomes attached to a lonely little girl named Momoka. When Quiche threatens to harm Momoka, Zakuro delivers him an epic punch to the face in one of the few moments where Zakuro looks seriously pissed off.
  • Broken Bird: The anime implies she went through some painful experiences in her past which hardened her into the cold and distant person she is today.
  • Bully Hunter: In the manga, she almost breaks a girl's arm for bullying Retasu.
  • Byronic Heroine: She's as much of one as she can be in a light-hearted Magical Girl anime. Zakuro is a beautiful girl who is strong, aloof, antisocial and scary when she's angry, but a good person at heart. She's very mysterious and nothing is really known about her personal life, except that she tragically lost someone important to her.
  • The Comically Serious: In some episodes, she has a few moments of joining the girls' goofy antics, like putting on a reindeer costume, while keeping a deadpan face.
  • Cool Big Sis: After she befriends the Mew Mews, Zakuro acts like a cool and mature big sister figure to her younger teammates. In one episode, she meets Momoka, a little girl who idolizes her, and treats her like a cute little sister she's protective of.
  • Cosmic Motifs: A moon appears at the end of her Transformation Sequence.
  • Cross Attack: Her weapon, ZaCross Whip, is a cross that generates an energy whip. This goes in line with her being the only one in the Magical Girl team who is depicted as a practicing Christian in the anime.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: In one episode, she refuses to endorse a studio employee's proposal that they use a certain necklace in a fashion show, wanting the employee to get the nerve to make her pitch herself.
  • Death Glare: Her mere eyes are enough to scare the café's customers.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She appears to be rather cold and aloof, but eventually reveals her warmer side as she befriends the other Mew Mews.
  • Die or Fly: In the manga, she first transforms when she's attacked by crow Chimera Animas.
  • 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.
  • Dressed Like a Dominatrix: Zakuro dresses very skimpily for a Magical Girl. Her Mew uniform consists of a red-violet crop top, flared shorts, armbands, wristbands, a choker, a garter belt and thigh-high boots. As if to complete the dominatrix image, her weapon of choice is a whip.
  • Dub Name Change: "Renée Roberts" in the 4Kids dub. It is probably a Shout-Out 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.
  • Fiery Sensuality: Her Transformation Sequence depicts her surrounded by flames and coincidentally, she wears the most revealing Mew uniform.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: In Episode 17, after hearing the aliens' motivations, she says it's natural that they hate humans for taking over and polluting the planet that originally belonged to their ancestors. However, she still believes it doesn't justify their crimes.
  • Friend to All Children: Zakuro is very nice to little children, as seen in her interactions with Momoka in Episode 35.
  • Full-Name Basis: Her admirers always refer to her as Fujiwara Zakuro.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: She's a very beautiful, mature and refined model, has purple-colored Mew Mew/waitress outfits and has purple hair to match.
  • Graceful Loser: In Episode 43, Zakuro accepts Minto defeated her in their duel and praises her for how strong she has become.
  • Gratuitous English: When Bu-ling crashes her teammates' audition, Zakuro speaks in English to calm down the angered judge.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Zakuro is stated to have black hair in her introduction, suggesting it looks purple just for convenience.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Her civilian self has blue eyes, representing her distant and cold towards everyone around her, especially the Mews occasionally.
  • Inconsistent Spelling: The two official English translations of the manga spell her given name differently; she's "Zakuro" in the Tokyopop translation and "Zacro" in the Kodansha translation.
  • Indifferent Beauty: When she isn't working as a model, she doesn't really care about her looks.
  • Informed Ability: It's mentioned she can speak Japanese, English, French, German, and Chinese. While we do hear her speak English once, we never get the chance to see her linguistics ability in other languages.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Zakuro is described as the most attractive girl of the cast, despite the art style making all the girls look similarly cute. The only things pointing at Zakuro being especially pretty are her being a model and Minto fawning over how beautiful she is.
  • I Work Alone: When the other Mews ask her to join the team for the first time, Zakuro refuses to join her because she doesn't want to have comrades.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Her aloofness makes her come off as a cold, uncaring jerk. However, Zakuro is a heroic person who grows to care deeply for her fellow Mew Mews. She also can show a kinder side of herself around children.
  • Kick the Dog: Minto is heartbroken by Zakuro's initial refusal to join the team and just to twist the knife, Zakuro calls Minto annoying, leaving her in tears.
  • 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.
  • Leg Focus: Minto considers one of Zakuro's many attractive physical traits are her shapely, long legs.
  • 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.
  • Lightning Lash: When she attacks, an energy whip comes out of her cross-shaped stick and it strikes her enemies like a lightning.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: Zakuro starts off as a lone wolf and wants the other Mew Mews to leave her alone. She's eventually convinced to join the team and becomes a Cool Big Sis to her teammates.
  • Mistaken for Betrayal: In Episode 43, the Mew Mews find Zakuro with Quiche at a church. Due to Zakuro's suspicious behavior, Minto becomes afraid that Zakuro is betraying the team and she decides to fight her when Zakuro refuses to give explanations. 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.
  • Modeling is Glamorous: Zakuro is a popular teen model. Besides working as a part-time waitress and half-animal superhero, she has a busy schedule comprised of photoshoots, interviews, and commercials. She's also been offered to work as an actress in America. She's characterized as the most stylish and glamorous of the Mew Mews, gaining her the admiration of her teammates (especially Minto).
  • Morality Pet: Minto only drops the haughty attitude around Zakuro, who she idolizes and admires.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's a model who is well-known for her beauty and curves. Adding to it, she wears the most revealing outfit as a Mew.
  • Ms. Vice Girl: Zakuro reacts with violence (physical and psychological) to any problem.
  • Mysterious Past: While we never get to know the details of her past, scenes from episode 42 imply that Zakuro underwent a deeply traumatizing experience involving the death of someone she cared for, and that she is estranged from her parents.
  • Mysterious Purple: Zakuro, whose hair and Mew outfit are purple, is the most solitary and mysterious of the Mew Mews, largely acting as an Aloof Ally even after joining the team.
  • Not So Above It All: In the Christmas Episode, she dresses like Rudolph along with the other girls, in an attempt to cheer Ichigo up.
  • Not So Stoic: Zakuro is usually calm, even when she's fighting. However, when she sees Quiche harming Momoka and throwing away her parents' gift, she screams in his face and decks him right in the face. Quiche is stunned to see the cool Zakuro being so rageful.
  • Onee-sama: She's the eldest in the group and Minto calls her "onee-sama" out of respect and admiration.
  • Out of Focus: Zakuro is the Mew to get the least focus and tends to fade into the background. We never learn personal details about her life outside of her being a popular model.
  • Perpetual Frowner: She only smiles often when on camera. Outside of her modeling job, her expression ranges from solemn to angry. Even at the café, she looks at the customers with a cold frown.
  • The Quiet One: In the manga, she barely talks and mostly just observes the other girls' antics. The anime makes her more talkative.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Her hair colour is described as black (although it's colored purple), going well with her white-as-snow skin. It's one of the many features that make Minto find her gorgeous.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: In the anime, she's a fierce warrior and a churchgoing Japanese Christian armed with a cross-shaped whip handle.
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: In Episode 43, Minto seriously suspects Zakuro is going to betray the team and make an alliance with their enemy Quiche. Since Zakuro doesn't deny any of her doubts, Minto challenges her to a duel. Thanks to Ichigo's intervention, Zakuro apologizes and explains that she didn't accept Quiche's offer to become his ally, even though she's interested in finding out what he's planning. Now knowing that Zakuro isn't a traitor, Minto reconciles with her idol.
  • Recognition Failure: The customers of Café Mew Mew don't recognize the purple-haired waitress is the famous model Zakuro. This is a bit justified; Zakuro acts much more cheerful on camera. Therefore, people can't imagine such a cold and unfriendly girl is the Zakuro the public is familiar with.
  • Refusal of the Call: At first, she refuses to join the Mew Mew team. She comes around after Mew Ichigo protects her from a Chimera Anima.
  • The Runaway: In Episode 42, a letter implies Zakuro ran away from home after an unspecified tragic incident.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • She gives Ichigo good relationship advice when the latter is feeling troubled about her love life with Aoyama.
    • A manga extra implies Zakuro ships Bu-lingxTart. When Bu-ling is sad about Tart not being back from space yet, Zakuro cheers her up by tying her hair into Girlish Pigtails like Tart's.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Zakuro is a beautiful model standing at roughly 5' 9".
  • Stripperiffic: Mew Zakuro's outfit covers notably less than the other Mews, leaving her shoulders and abdomen completely exposed.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She appears highly aloof at first glance, but shows a sweeter side around her friends and children.
  • 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: In the anime, Zakuro wears cross necklaces and frequents the church, making her the only Mew Mew to be depicted as a practicing Japanese Christian.
  • Tough Love: During Minto's 10-Minute Retirement in episode 21, in order to get Minto to come back to the team and find a reason to fight, Zakuro literally has to whip her back into shape.
  • Tsurime Eyes: She has sharp and narrowed eyes, fitting her cold and tough personality.
  • Vapor Wear: Her Mew outfit has a strapless crop top that doesn't seem to make it possible for her to wear a bra underneath it.
  • Vigilante Man: In the anime, before the Mew team finds her, Zakuro had been fighting and defeating Chimera Anima attacks by herself.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Minto compares Zakuro's blue eyes to sapphires.
  • Whip of Dominance: Mew Zakuro is Dressed Like a Dominatrix and her weapon is a whip, making her the only member in her Magical Girl team who sports a skimpy outfit and a weapon that actually looks like one instead of a musical instrument. She's the most intimidating and aggressive of the heroes; in one episode, she uses her whip to drag Quiche back from his teleportation portal and punch him in the face. She's even willing to use her whip to attack her teammate Mint for the sake of teaching her a lesson in a couple of episodes.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: Zakuro isn't that much older than the other Mew Mews, being merely around 15 years old. It's easy to forget it because she's so mature most of the time and often acts like a wise adviser to younger girls.
  • Wonderful Werewolf: Zakuro has her DNA mixed with that of a gray wolf, which technically makes her a werewolf of sorts. While she displays some ferocity and violence, she is ultimately a lupine hero.
  • Younger than She Looks: She's approximately fifteen years old, but her tall height, curvy body, and mature attitude give the impression that she's older than her actual age.


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 
  • Adaptational Badass: In the manga, only Quiche is shown to be capable of physical combat when he fights the Blue Knight and Deep Blue with tonfas. While they still primarily fight with Chimera Anima in the anime, the three aliens all have their own weapon of choice and get equally matched fights with the Mew Mews and the Blue Knight in several episodes. Their personal powers, like Tart's plant manipulation and Pie's electricity attacks, are also considerably more impressive in the anime.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Each alien is mourned by one of the Mews after they give up their lives as redemption in Episode 51. Bu-ling cries for Tart, Ichigo cries for Quiche, and Retasu laments Pie's sacrifice for her and her friends.
  • Back from the Dead: Quiche, Tart, and Pie die in the final battle. After Deep Blue is defeated, they're brought back to life by the Mew Aqua.
  • Bare Midriffs Are Feminine: Quiche and Tart wear crop tops that expose their midriffs. While all three aliens are male, Quiche and Tart are slender, feminine-looking Pretty Boys, in contrast to Pie who looks much more masculine and muscular while also happening to be the only alien guy whose outfit doesn't reveal his midriff.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Quiche is the skinny one, Tart is the short one and Pie is the tall one.
  • 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 Café Mew Mew.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Quiche has green hair, Tart wears a red top and Pie has indigo hair.
  • Easily Forgiven: Despite having planned to Kill All Humans and attacking the good guys for the entire series, no one in the Mew team holds grudges against the aliens after Deep Blue is defeated. It's a bit more understandable in the anime where the three aliens make their Heel–Face Turn during the final battle, but in the manga, only Quiche turned against Deep Blue yet no one protests when the three aliens get hired at Café Mew Mew in the Re-Turn special.
  • Edible Theme Naming: All the aliens, minus Deep Blue, are named after shortcrust pastries. In addition, Bu-ling's nickname for Tart is based on the tartar sauce, a condiment usually eaten with fish.
  • Face Death with Dignity: The three aliens (except for Tart in the anime) smile calmly as they die in front of the Mew they have feelings for, mainly to comfort their object of affection (Quiche smiles for Ichigo, Tart smiles for Bu-ling in the manga and Pie smiles for Retasu in the anime).
  • Fangs Are Evil: They have long fangs to make them stand out as villains.
  • Flight: The three aliens are able to fly and unlike Mew Mint, they don't even have wings.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Quiche is Choleric (impulsive, obsessive and unpredictable), Tart is Sanguine (childish, mischievous and sensitive), Pie is Melancholic (stoic, logical and blindly committed to his mission), and Deep Blue is Phlegmatic (enigmatic leader who merely gives orders until the time of his awakening). Deep Blue's good self, Aoyama, also counts for Phlegmatic since he's a polite and gentle guy.
  • Freudian Excuse: Zakuro points out that the aliens have an understandable grievance against humans for polluting their homeworld, but that doesn't justify killing all of humanity.
  • Freudian Trio: Quiche is The McCoy (only interested in his own amusement and driven by his strong emotions), Tart is The Kirk (emotional and impulsive, but listens to Pie's logic more than Quiche), and Pie is The Spock (only acts according to logic and discards emotions to single-mindedly focus on his mission).
  • Going Native: In the Re-Turn manga, Quiche, Tart and Pie settle down on Earth for good, starting to wear human clothes and getting a job at Café Mew Mew as waiters.
  • Heel–Face Turn: At the end of both the manga and anime, Quiche, Tart, and Pie stop trying to take over Earth 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.
  • Human Aliens: They look and act exactly like humans do, except for the Pointy Ears they have to remind everyone they're aliens. It's justified since their race is descended from a human subspecies that left Earth in the prehistoric ages.
  • 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.
  • Kill All Humans: Their ultimate Evil Plan is to extinguish humankind and leave Earth inhabited so their own race can come back to their original home planet.
  • Maker of Monsters: They use jellyfish-like alien parasytes and fuse them with animals or (in Tart's case) plants, turning them into Chimera Anima. In the anime, they can also steal humans' spirits to create even more powerful Chimera Anima.
  • Masculine, Feminine, Androgyne Trio: While the three are guys, only the tall and handsome Pie looks decisively masculine, Quiche is slender and androgynous-looking, and Tart is a little kid with pigtails that make him look girly.
  • Moral Myopia: For all their talk about how Humans Are the Real Monsters for polluting the Earth, they sure don't have any qualms with using Chimera Anima to damage Tokyo's ecosystem as part of their plan to drive humanity to extinction for the sake of their own race.
  • Mr. Fanservice: The aliens have been shown wearing revealing clothing with Pie having his Navel Outline exposed while being slightly muscular. The same way with Quiche and Tart who wear shirts resembling crop tops that exposes their belly buttons. Top it off with being Pretty Boys.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: In the anime's final episodes, the aliens display this dynamic with their different reactions to Deep Blue planning to destroy all life on Earth. Tart becomes the nice one, as he joins the side of the heroes because he doesn't want to fight with them anymore and would like to become friends with Bu-ling. Pie takes the role of the mean one since he refuses to betray Deep Blue and is willing to get rid of anyone that tries to get in the way of his plans which leads to him killing Tart in cold blood. Meanwhile, Quiche admits to not caring about what Deep Blue does with Earth, but his feelings for Ichigo are so strong that he still turns against Deep Blue just to protect her.
  • Nominal Villain: Their goal is to destroy humanity, damage the ecosystem and take over Earth. However, they're doing it because their home planet is inhabitable and their race is living in dire conditions because of it. Since Earth was originally where their ancestors lived, the aliens want to "reclaim" the planet and give their people a better home.
  • Only One Name: None of the aliens have surnames.
  • Pointy Ears: They all have very long and pointed ears to show they're aliens.
  • Redemption Equals Death: In the anime, the three aliens die as soon as they decide to switch to the Mew Mews' side. Quiche gets killed while protecting Ichigo from Deep Blue, Tart is killed by Pie for betraying Deep Blue and Pie sacrifices himself to protect the Mew team from a death ray. The three are resurrected with Mew Aqua, though.
  • Shock and Awe: The three can fire electric attacks from their weapons in the anime.
  • Spell My Name With An S: Since they're named after pastries, they're either called by the literal translation or the Japanese romanization; Quiche/Kish/Kisshu, Tart/Taruto and Pie/Pai.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: Because of Bizarre Alien Biology, they don't need oxygen to survive and won't drown no matter how long they stay underwater.
  • Toxic, Inc.: Even though they aren't a company, several of their evil plans involve using toxic Chimera Anima to pollute Tokyo's environment in an attempt to kill the humans in the city.
  • Tragic Villain: Their home planet is nothing but a wasteland where no life can survive in the surface, forcing their people into an endless struggle to survive in a cold and dark Underground City. Wishing for a hospitable planet for their people to live in, the aliens have come to take over Earth and eliminate mankind for the sake of saving their people.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: In the Re-Turn manga, no one comments on the aliens' Pointy Ears still being exposed in their civilian guise.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Throughout the anime, Deep Blue promises the aliens that if they exterminate humans and bring him Mew Aqua for his awakening, he'll take over Earth for the sake of their race returning to their ancestors' home planet. After Deep Blue does awaken, it's revealed all he wanted was to take Earth for himself and never intented to save the alien race. Eventually, Quiche and Tart are able to realize Deep Blue was just using them and make a Heel–Face Turn, but Pie refuses to doubt his leader and stays loyal to Deep Blue to the end.
  • Vague Age: Their exact ages aren't ever revealed and it's unknown if they age like humans do. However, Quiche looks like a teenager, Tart like a kid, and Pie like a young adult, with their behavior matching their apparent physical age.
  • Villain Teleportation: They have the power of teleportation, which lets them easily get away from the Mew Mews every time they're defeated.
  • Villains Out Shopping: In Episode 22, the aliens are just chilling during the last day of summer and eating shaved ice. They also play Rock–Paper–Scissors to decide who will attack the Mew Mews next.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: They genuinely think that removing humanity would help Earth since humans have polluted the beautiful planet their race wants to return to. They still take it too far when they plan to have the awakened Deep Blue destroy all life on Earth and restart everything from nothing. Fortunately, at least in the anime, Quiche and Tart recognize Deep Blue's methods are too destructive and side with the Mew Mews.

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

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.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Quiche has a very strong and increasingly unhinged attraction to Ichigo. Her reactions to his forceful advances range from annoyance to outright fear.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the manga, Quiche's only grievance is his unrequited feelings for Ichigo, which he easily gets over by the end. In the anime, Deep Blue discards him when he's seriously injured by the Blue Knight. While recovering, Quiche receives news that show him people of his race dying because of the worsening enviromental conditions of their planet, leading him to attempt kidnapping Ichigo and running away from everything with her. Ichigo's rejection causes the already unstable and desperate Quiche to go through a massive Villainous Breakdown.
  • Adaptational Weapon Swap: In the manga, Quiche's weapons are tonfas. In the anime, he wields a pair of sai.
  • Affably Evil: He's quite cheerful and optimistic, despite his goal being to exterminate the human race and showing heavy Yandere behavior towards Ichigo.
  • Almost Kiss: Played for tragedy. He tries kissing Ichigo one last time as he's dying in her arms, but he dies before he can do it.
  • Always Save the Girl: Eventually, he prioritizes Ichigo above all else, to the detriment of his loyalty to Deep Blue and his race's plans to take over Earth. When he tries to kill Deep Blue, he outright says he doesn't care what Deep Blue does to Earth, but he'll never let him kill Ichigo.
  • Arch-Enemy: To the Blue Knight/Aoyama. He appears whenever Ichigo needs to be protected from Quiche. As the Blue Knight keeps getting in his way, Quiche grows an intense hatred for the Blue Knight.
  • Attempted Homewrecker: Quiche tries stealing Ichigo from Aoyama multiple times, despite Ichigo being very vocal about her commitment to Aoyama and her disgust for Quiche. Once his mental stability starts declining, he goes as far as threatening Ichigo to leave Aoyama for him, and attempts to kill her when she keeps refusing him. He finally gives up when he realizes nothing he does will break Ichigo and Aoyama apart.
  • Ax-Crazy: At his worst, he cracks a Slasher Smile, laughs like a maniac and tries to kill Aoyama or the Blue Knight for getting in his way of making Ichigo his possession.
  • Blood from the Mouth: He gets this before he dies in the manga, seeing as he was impaled with Deep Blue's sword.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Done deliberately in episode 48. Having realized the Blue Knight is more powerful than anyone can imagine, Quiche attacks him in his powerless state as Aoyama and tries to kill Ichigo in front of him, all in order to push him past his limit and force him to unleash his full power. The result is a Fantastic Nuke. Despite almost getting killed, Quiche is pleased because he has confirmed the Blue Knight has an immense power that he can steal to save his home planet.
  • Camp Straight: He's effeminate-looking and especially in the English dub, he's characterized as very flamboyant, all while he rarely stops flirting with Ichigo.
  • Character Exaggeration: The later parts of the anime play up his Yandere traits and make him look more deranged than he ever does in the manga.
  • Coy, Girlish Flirt Pose: A rare male example. Sometimes, he flirts with Ichigo while leaning forward with his arms behind his back.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Once he develops a deep obsession for Ichigo, he becomes possessive towards her and hates seeing her with Aoyama.
  • Cuddle Bug: His favorite way of "greeting" Ichigo is by hugging her from behind and cuddling up to her while she tries to get him off her.
  • 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!: He won't stand that others, especially Aoyama, look at him as pitiful and pathetic because of his increasing instability after Ichigo's constant rejections.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: In the manga, during a fight with the Blue Knight, Quiche summons a bunch of doppelgangers.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: He's introduced as Deep Blue's top servant. As the anime series goes on, he starts distrusting Deep Blue as the latter repeatedly shows no intention to save the alien race. It culminates in Quiche deciding to look for a new power source to save his home planet on his own and he tries to steal Aoyama's Blue Knight power for it, but this accidentally leads to Aoyama becoming Deep Blue. In the end, Quiche betrays Deep Blue once he confirms his leader only wants to take Earth for himself.
  • Dual Wielding: He dual-wields a pair of tonfas (in the manga) or sai blades (in the anime).
  • Dub Name Change: "Dren" ("nerd" backwards) in the 4Kids dub.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: In the manga, he professes his love for Ichigo one more time before he dies from the wound left on him by Deep Blue.
  • Entitled to Have You: He thinks of Ichigo as a fun toy and would like to keep her as a Human Pet after the aliens take over Earth. As the series goes on, his obsession with her makes him convinced Ichigo must love him back because he has decided she belongs to him.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His introduction starts with him kissing Ichigo without consent before he even tells her his name. And he enjoys her distressed reaction to it too. This is an effective way to establish his Villainous Crush and unsettlingly forceful advances.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In the manga, it seems he genuinely doesn't understand why he can't make Ichigo love him instead of Aoyama. Apparently, he doesn't get that constantly forcing himself on Ichigo and trying to steal her from her boyfriend won't succeed to win her affections, especially when Ichigo prefers Aoyama's niceness.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Quiche initially aims to fully awaken Deep Blue in order to have the latter take over Earth for the aliens. He eventually succeeds by exposing Deep Blue to Mew Aqua and stimulating Aoyama to release his full power as the Blue Knight, which results in Aoyama becoming Deep Blue. Once Deep Blue is awakened through Quiche's actions, however, Quiche soon realizes Deep Blue isn't going to do things as he wants them, mainly not intending to spare Ichigo nor ensure the survival of Quiche's race. Quiche ends up getting killed while trying to protect Ichigo from Deep Blue.
  • Femme Fatalons: His fingernails are drawn longer and sharper in his worst Yandere moments.
  • Forceful Kiss: He steals a kiss from Ichigo more than once.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: His eyes glow when he's being particularly creepy.
  • Graceful Loser: In the manga, his last fight with the Blue Knight ends with Quiche laughing and being outright pleased at being defeated because he now knows for sure that the Blue Knight is pre-awakened Deep Blue.
  • Green and Mean: He's a villain with green hair.
  • Handsome Lech: He may look attractive, but Ichigo isn't happy to have his attention because he treats her like a toy and likes to "play" with her way too much.
  • The Heavy: Deep Blue is the Big Bad, but he's out of commission due to not having a physical body. Meanwhile, 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.
  • Humanizing Tears: In the manga, there's a scene where Quiche tries to strangle Ichigo until he stops himself as he breaks into tears because all he wants is for Ichigo to love him. His tears make Ichigo see Quiche in a sympathetic light for the first time.
  • Humiliation Conga: He's subjected to a major one in the last episodes of the anime. It starts with Quiche being badly injured by the Blue Knight. Then, Deep Blue easily decides Quiche is useless now so he can just die for all he cares. He's left battered and discarded like trash, yet his teammates keep prioritizing Deep Blue's selfish orders over the salvation of their home planet. As he's frustrated by his own failures, his mental state takes a nosedive. Adding to his grievances, Ichigo rejects him whenever he demands her to become his and the Blue Knight/Aoyama foils all his attempts to either kidnap or kill Ichigo. When he depressingly gives up on making Ichigo be with him, even the Mew Mews and the Blue Knight end up feeling sorry for him. Finally, he tries to put one over on the awakened Deep Blue in order to protect Ichigo only for it to fail miserably and Deep Blue kills him.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: In Volume 6 of the manga, Quiche kidnaps Ichigo, summons Chimera Anima to restrain her with spider webs, and suggestively crushes strawberries in front of her as he implies he's about to "eat her up". Luckily, Aoyama arrives and transforms into the Blue Knight before Quiche can do anything indecent to Ichigo.
  • I Have Your Wife: He sometimes resorts to taking hostages, especially Ichigo, in an attempt to prevent the Blue Knight from fighting back.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Zig-Zagged in the manga. After his resurrection, Quiche finally lets go of his obsessive crush and wishes for Ichigo to be happy with Aoyama. However, Re-Turn shows Quiche still can't completely give up on Ichigo and keeps flirting with her right in front of Aoyama. He's just not going to try to take Ichigo by force or attack Aoyama again, as he doesn't expect anything he does will break them up.
  • 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 gets impaled with Deep Blue's sword after attempting to kill his leader for Ichigo's sake.
  • 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.
  • Lost in Translation: His name is meant to be Quiche like the pastry with the same name, due to the Edible Theme Naming of the main cast. However, the official English translation of the manga chose to spell his name as Kish.
  • Love Hungry: As he grows unstable, Quiche violently demands Ichigo to love him and only look at him, even threatening to kill her when she refuses out of love for Aoyama. By the end, however, he gives up on it since nothing he does can separate Ichigo and Aoyama.
  • Love Hurts: In the manga, after an attempt to strangle Ichigo for rejecting him, he starts crying over Ichigo refusing to love him back because she has Aoyama.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: 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 she already has a boyfriend. Quiche still doesn't want to understand Ichigo won't ever be his, although as it becomes more obvious, his mental state deteriorates.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Towards the end of the anime, Quiche is badly injured by the Blue Knight and Deep Blue doesn't care if Quiche dies from his wound because he's no longer useful to him. Afterwards, Quiche decides he won't follow orders from Deep Blue anymore and offers Tart and Pie to help him steal the Blue Knight's power in order to save their home planet without Deep Blue's help, being fully aware this means betraying Deep Blue.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: He tries to kill Aoyama, multiple times, so that he can have 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 had poor strategizing, he chooses to blame Ichigo for everything failing. This is paired up disturbingly well with his Sanity Slippage and Yandere behavior.
  • Noble Top Enforcer: Despite his Yandere behavior towards Ichigo, Quiche wants to save his race from the miserable conditions they live in. He obeys Deep Blue only because the latter claims to be his people's savior, but Quiche slowly grows very displeased as it becomes obvious Deep Blue doesn't really care about the aliens. Towards the end of the anime series, Quiche realizes Deep Blue only wants to take over Earth for himself, turns against him and takes the last Mew Aqua to save his home planet.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: He loves getting up close and in Ichigo's face.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Quiche tries to kill Ichigo when she refuses to be with him because of her relationship with Aoyama.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: In Episode 37, Quiche tries to convince Ichigo that she's more similar to him and the other aliens than to regular humans because she has to hide her Secret Identity from them and won't be accepted if she reveals her Cat Girl nature. To his disappointment, Ichigo still rejects him and chooses to keep fighting to protect humanity.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He's willing to kill Ichigo if that's the only way to stop Aoyama from keeping her, but won't let anyone else kill her. He even betrays Deep Blue for trying to kill Ichigo.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: In episode 26, after failing to take the Mew Aqua for himself, Quiche finds the opportunity to open a teleportation portal so that the Mew Aqua bubbles created by Ichigo get transported to the aliens' lair. As a result, Deep Blue starts to gain a physical form.
  • 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.
  • Sanity Slippage: He becomes more deranged and obsessed with Ichigo as the story progresses.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Ichigo is the only one he has any romantic interest in, much to her dismay.
  • Slasher Smile: The further the series progresses, the more deranged his smiles become.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He frequently teleports wherever Ichigo is and gets very uncomfortably close to her. The first time he does this, he steals a kiss from her.
  • 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.
  • The Tease: In the Re-Turn manga, Quiche is fully aware he has no chance of interfering with Ichigo's relationship with Aoyama for real, but he still can't resist constantly teasing and flirting with her, much to Aoyama's chagrin.
  • Terms of Endangerment: He often gives Ichigo pet names, the most common being "Kitty". Given his creepy behavior towards her, said pet names don't sound cute at all.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In the sequel manga special Re-Turn, despite still liking to tease Ichigo, he's no longer a Yandere since he has accepted Ichigo is dating Aoyama.
  • Unrequited Love Lasts Forever: In the Re-Turn manga, Quiche is still infatuated with Ichigo even though he has accepted he can't make her break up with Aoyama.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He loses it badly as his plans keep failing and Ichigo continues to reject him.
  • Villainous Crush: He has a strong attraction towards Ichigo that gradually turns into obsession over time.
  • Villainous Rescue: In Episode 39, Quiche ends up saving Ichigo and the other Mew Mews when Pie and Tart had successfully trapped the other girls inside Ichigo's dream and were about to deal the killing blow to the sleeping Ichigo, as Quiche wants to kill her himself.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He has no qualms with endangering and harming human children, as seen in episode 35.
  • Xanatos Gambit: In episode 48, Quiche traps the Mew Mews inside a labyrinth while he faces Aoyama one-on-one. Since he knows Aoyama is helpless without Ichigo because he can only transform into the Blue Knight when protecting her, he subjects Aoyama to Electric Torture and tries to kill Ichigo in front of him in order to push Aoyama past his limit. Turns out this is all a gambit on Quiche's part to test Aoyama's hidden power. If it works, he confirms Aoyama is a source of power he can use to save his home planet. Even if that wasn't the case, he still gets to take out his anger on Aoyama for repeatedly getting in the way of his plans and Ichigo.
  • Yandere: As the series goes on, what was a playful crush on Ichigo transforms into a dangerous obsession. While he never really goes Ax-Crazy in the manga as he does in the anime, he tries to kill Ichigo's boyfriend and Ichigo herself in both versions.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: He has yellow eyes and is a villain with creepy Yandere tendencies.
  • You Have Failed Me: Downplayed. He never gets killed for his failures, but Deep Blue often assigns other punishments, such as taking him off duty.
  • You Will Be Spared: The aliens plan to exterminate all of humanity, but Quiche eventually decides he would like to spare Ichigo and keep her with him after his race takes over Earth. When he realizes Deep Blue doesn't intend to spare Ichigo, Quiche turns against him.

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

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

  • Adaptational Heroism: In the manga version of the Tokyo Dome story, Tart directly attacks the audience with his poisonous Chimera Anima and after the Mew Mews beat him, he tries to kill them by making the stadium collapse with them inside, only for Mew Pudding to stop it with Mew Aqua. In the anime, Tart loses control of his Chimera Anima and it causes the dome to start collapsing. Mew Pudding calling him her friend motivates Tart to save her life and the dome, making trees grow around it to support it. While Tart stays a villain until the final battle is over in the manga, the anime has him making a full-on Heel–Face Turn by siding with the Mew Mews against Deep Blue.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Compared to the manga, Tart gets a lot more Pet the Dog moments in the anime and some of his most malicious moments were removed. Mainly, he repeatedly shows concern for Bu-ling despite his attempts to deny their friendship, while his manga counterpart stays on the tsun-tsun side towards her until the end.
  • Adaptational Sympathy: In the manga, Tart rejects Bu-ling's friendship, refuses to stop fighting the Mew Mews and gets killed by them. In the anime, Tart does eventually accept to be friends with Bu-ling, which culminates in him crying out to Pie that he doesn't want to fight the Mew Mews anymore. As a consequence, Tart is killed by his own comrade.
  • Adaptational Weapon Swap: In the manga, he's seen holding a knife sometimes, although he never actually manages to hurt someone with it. In the anime, he uses an electric click-clack toy as his weapon.
  • Attention Whore: He hates to be ignored.
  • Avenging the Villain: After Quiche is badly injured by the Blue Knight, Tart wants revenge for his teammate and attacks Ichigo because the Blue Knight only fights to protect her.
  • 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.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: In the manga, he tries to stab Alto the cat, without being aware that he's actually Ryou in animal form, just because he doesn't like the way Alto is looking at him.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Although he tries to deny it, he develops a soft spot for Bu-ling because she treats him like a friend even though he's her enemy. He even saves her from being crushed by the collapsing Tokyo Dome in Episode 40.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Bu-ling in the anime. They constantly bicker and fight during their confrontations, yet they develop feelings for each other over time.
  • Berserk Button: He cannot stand to be called a midget by Ichigo.
  • Beta Couple: With Bu-ling. Due to their young age, their dynamic is quite childish and unlike the main couple, they don't have to deal with a messy Love Triangle.
  • Bigot with a Crush: Despite the aliens' opinion being that Humans Are the Real Monsters, Tart gets a crush on Bu-ling. He tries to deny liking her because humans are his race's enemies, but he ultimately can't fight his own feelings.
  • Boyish Shorts: Tart is the youngest of the aliens, looking no older than the elementary schooler Bu-ling, and wears black puffy shorts.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: He's an annoying, arrogant brat and throws tantrums over dumb things.
  • The Brute: He's the most fight-happy of the villains.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: He's very weirded out by Bu-ling's goofy genki-ness and when she's in trouble, he tries telling her why she should be scared with no success. In the manga, while he's holding her hostage, he has to stop her from playing with poisonous Chimera Anima.
  • Coordinated Clothes: Hairstyle variation. Due to Bu-ling having Girlish Pigtails in the manga sequels, Tart now has matching hairstyles with her.
  • Creepy Child: Subverted. He tries to act scary in front of the heroines, but usually ends up resorting to childish insults.
  • Dating Catwoman: He and Bu-ling develop a mutual crush 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 anime, his crush on Bu-ling is one of the reasons why he switches sides.
  • Defector from Decadence: In the last episodes of the anime, Deep Blue abandoning an injured Quiche causes Tart's loyalty to waver. Afterwards, Tart starts disagreeing with Pie's Blind Obedience as he gradually realizes Deep Blue doesn't have their race's best interests in mind and comes to think Quiche's plan to save their planet with the Blue Knight's power is more trustworthy than Deep Blue's empty promises. After Pie reveals the awakened Deep Blue is going to destroy the planet and start it anew, Tart decides Deep Blue must be stopped and joins the side of the Mew Mews to save the Earth.
  • 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 siding with the Mew Mews against Deep Blue.
  • Dub Name Change: "Tarb" ("Brat" backwards) in the 4Kids dub. His dub name also happens to be the only one that's quite close to his original name.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Downplayed. Although he doesn't say "I love you" when he dies in the manga, he confesses to Mew Pudding that he doesn't hate her.
  • Earthy Barefoot Character: He's barefoot all the time and is the only alien with the power to control plants.
  • Elemental Barrier: In Re-Turn, Tart summons a barrier of vines to shield Quiche from the ice balls fired by the Chimera Anima-possessed-train.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: He hates it whenever Bu-ling calls him "Taru-Taru".
  • Enfant Terrible: He's a kid who is part of a group of alien invaders who want to get rid of humanity and reclaim Earth as their planet. Terrorizing humans is like a fun game to him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite his villainy, he cares about his people and teammates, and eventually, about Bu-ling as well.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In episode 38, Tart gets very upset when Deep Blue orders him and Pie to leave Quiche to die from a serious wound. It's the first time he protests against his boss' evil orders.
  • 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 anime have him as the central villain.
  • Evil Duo: With Pie. They often work together when attacking the Mew Mews. Tart is childish and only wants to have fun fighting, leaving all the analysis and planning to Pie.
  • Evil Laugh: He laughs a lot whenever he and the other aliens are doing evil.
  • 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. In contrast, Tart doesn't show interest in Bu-ling until much later and even after he starts liking her, he doesn't admit it until the end. Also, Ichigo never reciprocates Quiche's feelings while Bu-ling does like Tart and actively tries getting closer to him.
  • Friendship Denial: After he saves her life, 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.
  • Fun T-Shirt: In the Re-turn manga, Tart wears shirts with a cute little monkey holding a pudding on them. It's a funny way to highlight his feelings for a certain monkey girl whose name sounds like pudding.
  • Girlish Pigtails: He's a boy, but Tart's pigtails still fit his role as the youngest and most immature of the aliens.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: He has a tendency to use childish insults.
  • Green Thumb: He primarily uses plants as Chimera Anima.
  • Height Angst: He's the shortest character in the main cast and Ichigo calling him a midget upsets him enough to make him cry. Even Bu-ling is a bit taller than him and he's very annoyed when she points it out.
  • Hey, You!: Besides his fellow aliens, he doesn't call anyone by their name and uses rude forms of "you" or insults when talking to others. In the manga, however, he does call Bu-ling by her name when he's dying in front of her.
  • High-Voltage Death: In Episode 51, Pie kills him with an electric attack.
  • Hypocrite: He calls Quiche foolish and weird for having feelings for a human girl. Later on, Tart himself develops a crush on a human.
  • I Was Just Passing Through: After he saves Mew Pudding's life in Episode 40, he makes up the excuse that he only spared her because he hasn't made her cry yet.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He tries hard to be a scary villain, but the heroines consider him a nuisance rather than a threat, much to his annoyance. Even though he says he'll make the Mew Mews cry, it's usually him who runs away crying from the fight.
  • Interspecies Romance: He's an alien who develops a crush on Bu-ling, a human girl. Unlike Quiche, his feelings are reciprocated.
  • 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 does have redeeming qualities and cares deeply for those close 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.
  • Loving Bully: He tries to scare Bu-ling and make her cry, but only gets frustrated when it never works and she just keeps laughing. After she calls him a friend, Tart develops a crush on her, but is in denial about it and keeps picking fights with her like usual.
  • Magical Barefooter: He never wears shoes since he prefers to float and rarely touches the ground.
  • A Match Made in Stockholm: His relationship with Bu-ling starts with him attacking her, kidnapping her, and trying to kill her. However, he gets a crush on her because she wants to be friends with him, although he's in denial about his feelings until the end.
  • Maybe Ever After: With Bu-ling in the manga. They don't end up together because Tart returns to his home planet, but he may come back someday to get more candies (and kisses) from Bu-ling.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: He's pretty bad at being evil. The one time he has the perfect chance to leave a Mew Mew to die, he ends up saving her.
  • The Napoleon: He hates to be reminded of his short stature and has the shortest temper out of the villains.
  • Pity the Kidnapper: In the manga, he must keep an eye on Mew Pudding while the aliens hold her prisoner. She almost drives him crazy with her Cloudcuckoolander antics as she keeps failing to even understand she's a hostage.
  • Power Stereotype Flip: Plant users are typically characterized as levelheaded, nurturing and stable. In contrast, Tart is bratty, irrational and chaotic.
  • Psycho Knife Nut: In the manga, there's several times he tries to stab one of the Mews with a knife, either out of boredom or annoyance. Goes in line with his more vicious and murderous characterization from the manga.
  • Puppy Love: He and Bu-ling are the kids of their respective groups. Later in the series, both develop feelings for each other.
  • The Rival: He has a rivalry with Bu-ling throughout the anime. The two repeatedly challenge each other whenever their teams fight.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The Savvy Guy to Bu-ling's Energetic Girl. While Tart himself is playful and mischievous, he can barely keep up with Bu-ling's energy.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Tart is the Sensitive Guy to Pie's Manly Man, since he's much younger, emotional, and has a quite girlish appearance, up to wearing pigtails.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Relatively tame, but he swears the most out of the cast.
  • Spear Counterpart: He's Bu-ling's male counterpart. They're both the youngest members of their teams and have similarly childish personalities to go with the role. Adding to it, Bu-ling's redesign has Girlish Pigtails like Tart's.
  • Straight Man: He delivers the punchline when Bu-ling is being her Cloudcuckoolander self around him. Bu-ling even thinks they could make a good Boke and Tsukkomi Routine.
    Bu-ling: If we're gonna turn into fossils, it'd be more fun if we were smiling and holding hands!
    Tart: You're such a weirdo.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: He has amber eyes, showing his nature as an alien.
  • Sweet Tooth: In the Re-turn manga, Tart is repeatedly shown eating sweet snacks.
  • Tareme Eyes: His round eyes fit his childish nature.
  • Teleportation Rescue: In Episode 40, Tart and Mew Pudding get trapped in an underground cave. When Mew Pudding passes out from lack of oxygen and the cave is about to collapse, Tart teleports himself and Mew Pudding to the surface, saving her life.
  • Tender Tears: He's the most sensitive of the aliens, as evidenced by how easily he tears up when Ichigo calls him a midget. Best showcased after his Heel–Face Turn in episode 51, when he breaks down in tears as he admits to Pie that he can't stand fighting with the heroes anymore.
  • Token Good Teammate: Like his fellow aliens, he thinks humanity should be destroyed, but ultimately comes across as a regular immature kid when compared to Quiche and Pie. Despite his best attempts at villainy, he never really succeeds and even saves one of the heroines once. In the anime's final battle, Tart is 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 real bad guy.
  • Token Mini-Moe: A male example. He's the cute little kid of the alien group.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In the final episodes of the anime, Tart becomes nicer and openly caring towards Bu-ling once he realizes fighting the Mew Mews is pointless.
  • Toy-Based Characterization: Tart, being a Bratty Half-Pint and Enfant Terrible, is often seen holding a click-clack toy that he nearly always throws at the heroines in the anime.
  • Tsundere: He clearly likes Bu-ling, but since she's a human and his enemy, he acts like he hates her.
  • Villainous Rescue: In Episode 40, he saves Mew Pudding from being crushed by the Tokyo Dome after his Chimera Anima causes it to start collapsing.
  • Vine Tentacles: He can manipulate vines and use them to bind his enemies.
  • Vocal Dissonance: The English dub and a few others give Tart a voice that would be more fitting for a young man than a little kid.
  • Volleying Insults: With Ichigo. He calls her an "old hag" and she repeatedly calls him a "midget" in return.
  • Weaponized Ball: In the anime, his main weapon is a pair of click-clack balls that he throws at his enemies or uses to fire electric attacks.
  • What You Are in the Dark: In Episode 40, he gets trapped underground with Mew Pudding, but could easily escape on his own with teleportation. When the cave starts collapsing, however, Tart realizes he can't bring himself to let Mew Pudding die and teleports her to the surface with him.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: In Episode 51, Tart challenges Pie in order to stop him from getting in the way of Ichigo reaching Deep Blue's lair. Tart is then killed by Pie.

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

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 is a villain and enemy to the Mew Mews to the end. In the final battle of the anime, Pie has a last-minute redemption and saves the Mew Mews from a destructive beam, which costs him his life.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the anime, while he's the most emotionally distant alien like in the manga, Pie has a much bigger zeal for the mission Deep Blue has given him, even reaching levels of fanaticism later on. In the last episodes, a rift forms between Pie and his alien teammates, as Quiche and Tart have already realized obeying Deep Blue might not lead to their race's salvation while Pie still doesn't tolerate any act of disloyalty for Deep Blue. Pie goes as far as to kill Tart in cold blood after the latter joins the side of the Mew Mews.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Downplayed. He's The Stoic in both the manga and anime, but the anime gives him numerous Not So Stoic moments in the last episodes.
  • Berserk Button: In the anime, the only moments he becomes angry is when Quiche or Tart show disrespect towards Deep Blue.
  • Blind Obedience: In the anime, Pie is the only alien who never questions Deep Blue's orders and stays blindly subservient to his leader even after Quiche and Tart turn against him, having realized Deep Blue isn't the saviour they thought him to be.
  • Blow You Away: His hand fan can produce gusts of wind.
  • Co-Dragons: Quiche is Deep Blue's first and most active minion, but Pie is the most loyal and obedient to the alien leader. In the final battle of the anime, Pie officially becomes the only Dragon because Quiche and Tart have turned against Deep Blue, leaving Pie as the only enemy for the Mew Mews to fight while Ichigo confronts Deep Blue.
  • Combat Hand Fan: In the anime, his personal weapon is a hand fan that can generate wind and lightning attacks.
  • Curtains Match the Window: He has greyish-purple hair and eyes.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the manga, like 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 final episode, 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 Duo: With Tart. While they often work as a duo, Pie is the one who comes up with the plans to fight the Mew Mews and Tart just follows along because he wants to entertain himself with a fight.
  • Evil Genius: He's the smartest of the villains and normally focuses on analysis and data collection.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Episode 51, he sacrifices himself to save the Mew Mews from a beam fired by a berserk Deep Blue.
  • Navel Outline: Pie's outfit has a transparent mid-section, making the outline of his navel visible through his clothes.
  • Not So Stoic: He's quick to lose his cool when somebody disrespects Deep Blue. Also, he's uncharacteristically rageful in episode 47 when beating Aoyama, who was recently revealed to be the Blue Knight.
  • Only Sane Man: He's the only alien who can keep a cool head while his teammates are prone to emotional outbursts and act irrationally most of the time.
  • Pet the Dog: In Episode 40, despite still being mad at Quiche for ruining his plan to kill the Mews, Pie goes with Tart to check on the injured Quiche and they give him a fruit basket as a "get well" gift. Tart even mentions the basket was Pie's idea.
  • Power Stereotype Flip: Pie's powers are based on wind and electricity. Even though these elements are associated with free spirit and cheerfulness, Pie is very much The Stoic, highly focused on his duties, and extremely obedient to Deep Blue.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Pie is the Manly Man to Tart's Sensitive Guy, since he's much older, muscular, and stoic.
  • 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.
  • Spear Counterpart: Like Zakuro, he's the eldest, stoic member in his group and he has a purple motif.
  • The Stoic: He's 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 in the anime.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In Episode 51, he doesn't hesitate to kill Tart in cold blood when the kid decides to side with the Mew Mews.

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

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

  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In the manga, Deep Blue doesn't appear until Aoyama turns into him. The anime has him present since the very beginning, albeit he lacks a physical body before he manifests in the final battle.
  • Ambiguous Gender: For most of the anime, Deep Blue's gender is unknown because he has a feminine voice and only appears as a blue light at first. Even after taking a more solid form, his silhouette is an androgynous figure with very long hair. It's not until he gets a physical body (Aoyama) that it's known for sure that Deep Blue is a guy.
  • Bad Boss: In Episode 38, after Quiche is badly injured by the Blue Knight, Deep Blue doesn't bat an eye and tells his other minions to leave Quiche to die because he doesn't need him anymore.
  • Big Bad: He's the leader of the aliens and the real main villain of the series.
  • Broken Pedestal: In the anime, the aliens viewed him as the saviour who would save their people, but Deep Blue was just using them to take the Earth for himself.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: His pale blue eyes, paired with him being an Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette, make him look unsettling. Aoyama retaking control of the body is represented by them going back to their original shape and color. In Re-turn, his eyes also momentarily turn back into Deep Blue's when he channels his power, and they're later used as shorthand to represent Aoyama's fear of himself as a "monster".
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He pretty much one-sidedly wrecks anyone who goes up against him, pushing everyone into their Darkest Hour and making everything look close to hopeless until Aoyama manages to turn his own body against him.
  • Dark Messiah: He's supposed to be the saviour to the aliens, promising to wipe out humanity for them and reclaim the Earth that was originally their race's home, but in the anime, when he awakens, it becomes obvious that he only seeks to cause death and destruction, and he has no intention to save the alien race.
  • Death of Personality: When Aoyama sacrifices himself to allow Ichigo to destroy him, he doesn't come back to life when Aoyama does.
  • Defiant to the End: In the anime, right before Ichigo deals the killing blow, Deep Blue remains smug and defiant to his last breath, spending his final moments merely chuckling and contenting himself with the fact Aoyama has to sacrifice himself to take Deep Blue down.
    "Heh heh...! You really are a fool!"
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the manga, Deep Blue dies when Aoyama regains control of the body and stabs himself with his own sword. In the anime, Aoyama just retains Deep Blue while allowing Ichigo to deal the killing blow.
  • The Dreaded: The Mews are terrified of him.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: He has very long jet-black hair and completely white skin. He's the Big Bad and gives off a very creepy vibe.
  • Evil Laugh: Does this from time to time.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: All he wants to do is destroy everything and everyone on Earth. It's particularly clear in the anime where it's revealed he didn't even intend to keep his promise to let the aliens take over Earth and just planned to take it for himself.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: He has celeste eyes that reflect his cold, menacing character.
  • The Irredeemable Exception: Deep Blue is the only one of the aliens who isn't redeemed as he's killed at the end of the final battle and isn't resurrected, unlike the other villains. Especially true in the anime, where it's made explicit that Deep Blue doesn't care about saving the alien race from living in a harsh environment and only wants to take Earth for himself, and he looks even more irredeemable than in the manga since all the three other aliens have a Heel–Face Turn in the final battle (in the manga, only Quiche had one).
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: 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.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: For most of the anime series, Deep Blue only exists as an incorporeal entity that gives orders to the aliens from another dimension. He finally can take action after possessing a body in the final battle and becomes the Mew Mews' most powerful enemy.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He orders the aliens to exterminate humanity, damage the environment and find Mew Aqua to increase his power. He claims it's all for the sake of their dying race taking back Earth as their homeplanet and undo the contamination done by humans, but in the anime, the final episodes confirm Deep Blue never cared about helping the aliens and only wants to destroy all life on Earth before claiming it for himself.
  • Odd Name Out: He's the only alien who doesn't have the name of a pastry. Instead, his name is a hint to him being the evil self of the only other character with "blue" in his name: Aoyama.
  • Paint It Black: The Blue Knight is his premature form and after Deep Blue has fully awakens, the Blue Knight's blonde hair becomes jet-black.
  • 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 Aoyama, 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.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: The last Mew Aqua is sealed within his body.
  • Secret Identity Vocal Shift: Deep Blue and his male host have the same voice actress in Japanese, but Deep Blue's voice is higher pitched in his unawakened state to keep viewers from realizing Deep Blue is Aoyama.
  • Slasher Smile: Makes these from time to time.
  • Token Evil Teammate: He's the only alien who shows no sympathetic qualities nor interest in saving the dying alien race. He only wants domination and destruction.
  • Unseen Evil: Until near the end of the anime, Deep Blue is only depicted as a mysterious light and later a silhouette whenever he gives orders to the aliens. Justified because he doesn't obtain a physical body until the final battle where he possesses Aoyama.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The series is a textbook Magical Girl show about cute Little Bit Beastly girls fighting aliens. While all the aliens want to wipe out humanity, their Dark Messiah Deep Blue takes the cake as the most evil and monstrous. When he possesses the main heroine's boyfriend in the final battle, things get grim as Deep Blue starts destroying Tokyo.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He gets this near the end of the series as Aoyama starts fighting back against him from within him.
  • The Voice: For most of the anime, Deep Blue only appears as a bodiless voice that gives orders to the aliens. It's justified because he doesn't obtain a physical body until he possesses Aoyama in the final battle.


    Ryou Shirogane
Voiced by: Koichi Tochika (Japanese), Junko Minagawa (Japanese, child), Sean Schemmel (English)note 

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.

  • Accidental Pervert: In the manga, he exposes Ichigo's inner thigh to reveal her Mew mark, not being aware that what's he's doing makes him look like a pervert.
  • Adaptational Seriousness: In the manga, Shirogane is quite easygoing, cocky and flirty. In the anime, he's considerably more deadpan and serious.
  • Animorphism: He injected himself with animal DNA before starting the Mew Project. However, since he isn't compatible with the genes, 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.
  • Benevolent Boss: Despite his aloof attitude, he's a caring boss who invites the Mew Mews to parties and vacation trips. He's also willing to risk himself to help them in the battlefield even though he lacks powers.
  • Big Good: He's effectively the leader of the good guys.
  • 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.
  • Demoted to Extra: In an à la Mode extra, Shirogane actually complains about his role getting much smaller in the sequel.
  • 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.
  • Dub Name Change: "Elliot Grant" in the 4Kids dub.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: In Episode 38, after hearing Quiche's Motive Rant about why he thinks humans are the evil aliens who took over the planet that "rightfully" belongs to his people, Ryou calls him and his group selfish hypocrites for thinking they have the right to exterminate humanity to save their race when humans have people they love and want to protect too.
  • Grade Skipper: According to his video game profile, Ryou skipped grades and is already a college graduate at 15 years old.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He has been working with Akasaka since the death of his parents. Considering they're both orphans, they're the closest thing to family that each other have.
  • 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.
  • Mentor in Sour Armor: In the manga, Ryou sends the Mew Mews to recruit Zakuro despite knowing the latter will definitely refuse to join the team. He thinks it's a chance to give the girls a "good lesson" and make them stronger.
  • 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.
  • No Sympathy: He knows the alien race are living in a harsh environment and want to take back Earth for the sake of their people, but can't sympathize with them because his parents died at hands of a Chimera Anima and the alien invaders are trying to kill more people for their self-righteous cause.
  • Oblivious to Love: In the anime, Ryou appears to never notice Retasu's love for him.
  • Professor Guinea Pig: He tested the Mew Mew genes on himself.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: In the manga, he has a short-lived Ship Tease with Retasu during her Day in the Limelight chapter, but they don't interact again afterwards. In the anime, Ryou becomes Retasu's official love interest, although her feelings are one-sided.
  • Red Herring: Ichigo initially suspects Ryou is the true identity of the Blue Knight because the latter's blond hair reminds her of Ryou. Turns out the Blue Knight isn't Ryou, but Aoyama.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: In the manga, he gets himself and the Mew Mews a free pass into the Tokyo Dome because he knows an employee at the place.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Akasaka's Sensitive Guy. He's crass and rough around the edges while Akasaka is gentle and polite.
  • 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.
  • The Tease: In the manga, he occasionally hinges on flirting with Ichigo, but usually takes it back with things like a "Just Joking" Justification, especially once Ichigo starts dating Aoyama. It's subtly implied that he may actually be a little more wistful than the "joking" implies, but he ultimately doesn't act seriously on it and works on helping Ichigo with Aoyama instead. Besides Ichigo, he also has a bit of a moment with Retasu, and in à la Mode he starts off with Berry by flirting with her, but he doesn't go too deeply after that, and it's implied he may not have entirely gotten over Ichigo.
  • Teen Genius: He's leading a world-saving scientific project with mutant Magical Girls at 15 years of age.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: He's Alto, the cat who helps Ichigo when she fully transforms into a cat. Ichigo finds out the truth when Alto transforms into Ryou in front of her.
  • 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 by fighting the aliens.

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

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

  • Dub Name Change: "Wesley J. Coolridge III" in the 4Kids dub.
  • Formal Characters Use Keigo: Keiichiro has an overly polite way of speaking to everyone. He behaves like a true gentleman and he's Ryou's butler in all but name.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He's Shirogane's assistant and Only Friend. They have been working together since the death of Shirogane's parents.
  • Hired Help as Family: Officially, Keiichiro is Ryou's employee, but their actual relationship is closer to a familial one since Keiichiro was effectively adopted by the Shirogane family and now that Ryou's parents are dead, Keiichiro and Ryou only have each other for a family.
  • Last-Name Basis: Everyone except Shirogane and an ex-girlfriend refers to him by his family name.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He's very handsome and has long brown hair which he ties into a ponytail.
  • Loved I Not Honor More: A filler episode shows Akasaka had a girlfriend, but she broke up with him because he would always put his research first and even forgot about her on Valentine's Day.
  • Mission Control: Along with Ryou, he oversees the Mew Mews' missions.
  • Nice Guy: In contrast with the Jerk with a Heart of Gold Ryou, Akasaka is a polite gentleman.
  • Non-Action Guy: Like Ryou, he doesn't have combat skills because he's a normal human and can't help the Mew Mews in battle outside of Mission Control.
  • Only Friend: Akasaka is Ryou's only real friend since his genius prevented him from making friends with kids of his age when he was young.
  • Parental Abandonment: According to an info page that came with an issue of Nakayoshi, his parents died before he became Professor Shirogane's student.
  • Promotion to Parent: Keiichiro is an orphan who was taken in by the Shirogane family. He later became Professor Shirogane's apprentice and assistant. After Professor Shirogane and his wife died, Keiichiro became their son Ryou's only guardian.
  • Satellite Character: His only role in the series is assisting Ryou in the job of leading the Mew Mew team.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Shirogane's Manly Man. He's gentle and polite while Shirogane is crass and rough around the edges.
  • Supreme Chef: He's the chef of the Cafe Mew Mew and all of his dishes are delicious.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He's tall, has dark hair and eyes and is very pretty.
  • Unflappable Guardian: He pretty much became Ryou's guardian after the death of his parents. Akasaka is very mature and competent when doing his job as Ryou's assistant.

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

A robot who assists the Mew Mews with their missions.

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

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

  • Achilles' Heel: In the anime, because he exists to protect Ichigo, he can become short-sighted or slip up if something happens to her, which Quiche figures out and gladly exploits.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: He first appears at the end of Volume 4 of the manga, shortly after the battle at the Tokyo Tower, mainly because that was the event where Aoyama confirmed Ichigo was a Mew Mew and started becoming frustrated at his inability to help her. However, the anime introduces him before the Tokyo Tower episode, when he appears to save a Delicate and Sickly Ichigo from Quiche. The relevant detail given in the manga as the reason for this timing isn't as explicit in the anime, preventing it from being an Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole.
  • Adaptational Seriousness: While he's still plenty mysterious in the manga, one of the first things he does is tease Ichigo, and he's still prone to being flustered or deeply emotional because he's basically just Aoyama with fighting skills, and especially so once Aoyama becomes consciously aware of his actions. In the anime, he's practically The Stoic, partially because of Aoyama's own Adaptation Personality Change.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Most depictions of the Blue Knight across media, including the anime, use a color close to cobalt blue for his coat, based on the color illustration for Chapter 18's header. However, the cover for the 2022 rerelease of Volume 7 uses a lighter sky-blue for it. Since those are the manga's only two colored illustrations for him, it's unclear whether the lighter blue was the originally intended color and the Chapter 18 illustration came off as darker due to lighting/printing, or whether it's a retroactive change.
  • Alternate Identity Amnesia: Before he's fully aware of his own identity, Aoyama perceives his time as the Blue Knight as "daydreaming" about helping Ichigo.
  • Badass Longcoat: He's the Mew Mews' strongest ally and wears a blue longcoat. It's a shorter version of Deep Blue's, since he's Deep Blue's "unawakened" form. Re-turn gives him a Good Costume Switch-esque modified version of Deep Blue's, adding to his appearance as Ichigo's "prince".
  • Big Damn Heroes: Whenever Ichigo is in imminent danger, the Blue Knight makes a heroic entrance and comes to her rescue.
  • Cast as a Mask: In the English dub, the Blue Knight is voiced by Sean Schemmel, who also voices Elliot/Shirogane. Meanwhile, his true identity is voiced by Scottie Ray. This adds to the Red Herring with Ichigo/Zoey suspecting Elliot/Shirogane to be the Blue Knight.
  • The Champion: As he says so himself, the sole purpose of his existence is to protect Ichigo.
  • Color Character: He's called the Blue Knight and wears a blue outfit. It's also a hint to his true identity; Aoyama is the only character with the "blue" kanji as part of his name, albeit with the standard 青 in contrast to the Blue Knight's more archaic variant 蒼.
  • Cool Sword: His weapon of choice. The anime gives him the ability to upgrade it to a BFG when charged with energy.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite physically resembling the aliens, he's purely on the Mew Mews' side, and it eventually turns out that he's the byproduct of Aoyama tapping into Deep Blue's powers to help Ichigo. Re-turn goes even further with this, as it turns out he still has a remnant of Deep Blue's power left and accidentally transforms into a new form that heavily resembles Deep Blue in appearance, which is treated as a Blue Knight form due to Aoyama still being in control. He's initially distressed by this turn of events, he puts his abilites to good use helping Ichigo, and Tasuku convinces him it'd be better for him to work on mastering and making use of them instead of worrying about having them at all.
  • Declaration of Protection: He's always telling Ichigo he will protect her; according to him, he was born for this very purpose. He was, literally; the persona was originally created out of Aoyama's frustration at being unable to do anything to help her while she was fighting. Notably, Aoyama's own insistence on protecting her starts coming up at exactly around the same time he first appears.
  • Hair Color Spoiler: Subverted. His blond hair adds to the initial assumption that he's Shirogane, but his true identity is the blue/black-haired Aoyama.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He has blonde hair, and he's a princely Mysterious Protector.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He's a pretty-looking man with long blonde hair tied back in a low ponytail.
  • Mysterious Protector: He suddenly appears whenever Mew Ichigo is in serious danger and mysteriously disappears after getting the job done.
  • The One Guy: The only male ally of the Mew Mews who participates in combat.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: In Episode 48, the Blue Knight releases a Fantastic Nuke when he goes on a rampage. It's foreshadowing to the revelation that he's Deep Blue's unawakened form.
  • Pointy Ears: He has long, pointed ears like the aliens. This is a hint at him being a premature form of Deep Blue.
  • Sixth Ranger: Towards the end of the anime, he becomes the sixth member of Mew Mew.
  • Super-Powered Alter Ego: He's actually Masaya Aoyama, who subconsciously gained the power to transform to protect Ichigo.
  • Taking the Bullet: His impulse to protect Ichigo is to self-sacrificial levels, causing Ichigo distress at him getting hurt for her sake and getting her to insist that he stop pushing himself.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: In the manga, the Blue Knight regaining his consciousness as Aoyama results in Quiche quickly pointing out that this proves he isn't human, because there's no other way to explain how this form should even exist in the first place. Cue identity crisis and mental breakdown from Aoyama.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: His true identity is Masaya Aoyama, but no one knows it — not even himself — until he transforms in front of Ichigo.

Daisan/Daikan Junior High School

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

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.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Anime-only watchers might be surprised to hear that the revelation about his original Empty Shell and Stepford Smiler nature was a very late-game spoiler in the manga, revealed via internal monologue as Aoyama has a brief I Am Who? crisis just prior to fully awakening as Deep Blue; until that point, the exact nature of Aoyama's reasons for being so devoted to Ichigo were kept hidden, and in fact Aoyama is never shown confessing this directly to Ichigo herself. In contrast, the anime has him explain it directly to Ichigo right after revealing that he already knew she was a Mew Mew.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Colored manga chapter headers and the cover of the 2022 rerelease of Re-turn give him blue hair and eyes, which match his Pink Girl, Blue Boy pairing with Ichigo, as well as tying into his Meaningful Name. However, the anime gives him black hair and brown eyes, and he has a darker skin tone in the anime than in the manga. The games retain the blue hair, but give him brown eyes instead.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the manga, Aoyama is a fairly casual and quite passionate person, even jokingly flirting with some pretty loaded remarks about Ichigo being "his cat" (including before they officially start dating), and a recurring theme throughout the story is his constant insecurity about wanting to do more to help her (see Hidden Depths below). The anime cuts out the flirting, abridges or removes the scenes that correspond to his perspective or thoughts, and overall makes him come off as a more soft-spoken, mild-mannered, and less outwardly emotive character.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: In Re-Turn, while Aoyama makes use of Deep Blue's power left in him to help Ichigo, he's worried about the possibility of him ending up hurting Ichigo again, but Tasuku convinces him that it's better for him to try controlling it himself and using it to keep helping her.
  • Alternate Identity Amnesia: His desire to protect Ichigo causes him to transform into the Blue Knight, but he doesn't keep the memories of his transformations until he changes in front of Ichigo.
  • Anger Born of Worry: He gets angry at Ichigo for running off on her own when the zoo animals are turned into Chimera Anima and go on a rampage. It's possibly the only time he gets upset with her.
  • Back for the Finale: He's absent for the entirety of à la Mode because he's studying in England, only appearing in the final chapter to visit Ichigo.
  • Becoming the Mask: He wasn't supposed to be anything but a temporary "puppet" personality Deep Blue used to hide in human society, and his "kind" personality started off as just a routine he did to be accepted by society and cover up the fact he was actually an Empty Shell. After spending time with Ichigo, his kindness became genuine, and "Aoyama" actually developed a will of his own to the point he's ultimately able to defeat Deep Blue via Fighting from the Inside.
  • Beta Couple: With Ichigo in à la Mode. Although they aren't seen together until the end, their happy and successful relationship serves as a contrast to Berry and Tasuku's budding Childhood Friend Romance.
  • 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's vessel near the end of the series.
  • Broken Ace: He kept 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; it was only after meeting Ichigo when his Nice Guy personality actually became real.
  • 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: In the manga, he can act very possessive regarding Ichigo when she's around other men who are also attracted to her, like Ryou and Quiche, especially the latter (although to be fair, Quiche's fixation on Ichigo doesn't exactly manifest in very safe ways). This aspect of him is barely present in the anime, if at all.
  • Cuddle Bug: In the manga, once they finally get together, Aoyama becomes especially fond of embracing Ichigo whenever possible, since he finds her presence to be particularly comforting. It's to the point where his attempt at pulling a Heroic Sacrifice is preceded by a Last Request to get to hold her for just a bit longer.
  • 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: Early on, he needs Mew Ichigo to rescue him from Chimera Anima and/or Quiche. After he's revealed to be the Blue Knight, he can fight alongside Ichigo.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: As Deep Blue's awakening approaches, Aoyama sees Ichigo crying in his dreams. Aoyama's dream becomes reality when Deep Blue kills Quiche and Ichigo cries over his death, the sight of which results in Aoyama taking over his body again and Fighting from the Inside.
  • Dub Name Change: "Mark" in the 4Kids dub.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Even though Deep Blue thought he had erased Aoyama after taking over his body, Aoyama's consciousness comes back enough to fight Deep Blue from inside his body, ultimately resulting in Deep Blue's defeat.
  • First Guy Wins: He's the first guy introduced in every version and is immediately established as Ichigo's love interest when she asks him out on a date. Despite Ichigo getting "moments" with Quiche and Ryou, Aoyama is the one who gets to be her boyfriend.
  • God in Human Form: He's Deep Blue, the "god" of the aliens, in the guise of a human.
  • God Was My Co-Pilot: For most of the series, Aoyama seems to be a normal guy from Ichigo's school. In the final battle, he's revealed to be the disguise of Deep Blue, a being so powerful that he's seen as a god by the aliens.
  • Good Costume Switch: In Re-turn, he accidentally turns into a new form that heavily resembles Deep Blue in appearance, with his long hair and facial features, without the Pointy Earsnote  and a coat that resmbles the Blue Knight's but with fancier trimmings. Since Aoyama himself is in control this time, this form is identified as a different version of the Blue Knight, and when his face and hair go back to normal shortly after, the outfit serves to make him look like a prince when he rescues Ichigo with a Bridal Carry.
  • Headbutt Thermometer: When he thinks Ichigo is sick, he carries her to the school infirmary in Bridal Carry-style and checks her temperature with a headbutt.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: At the end of the anime, he gives Ichigo the chance to deliver the final blow to destroy Deep Blue, even though he fully knows it will result in his own death as well. He only survives thanks to Ichigo giving up her own life for him.
  • Heroic Suicide: In the manga, after discovering the last Mew Aqua is inside him, Aoyama stabs himself with his own sword to restore all the destruction Deep Blue caused in Tokyo. Ichigo saves him by giving him her life force.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • He eventually admits he adopted a "Nice Guy" personality because his adoptive parents wanted a good son. He did his best to excel at everything he did to not disappoint those around him, but he found himself surrounded by shallow people, making him grow a hidden resentment towards people's uncaring nature. He never felt connected to anyone until he fell in love with Ichigo.
    • The manga occasionally switches things to his perspective and reveals his thought process; despite all of Ichigo's early fears that he'd lose interest in her, he's actually terrified of losing her or seeing her in pain in any way, and the fact he can't do anything to help her while knowing full well she's repeatedly throwing herself into danger as a Mew Mew and suffering hiding the secret from him is eating him up inside. His brief mental breakdown when he realizes he's turning into something inhuman has him immediately scrambling over to go find Ichigo, because she's the one who saved him from being an Empty Shell and is the only one who can comfort him during times like these.
  • I Am Who?: The manga has him go through a brief mental breakdown when he realizes he may not actually be human, just prior to his awakening as Deep Blue.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Re-turn implies that his flirting metaphors of Ichigo being "his cat" are actually him being afraid that she could just leave him on a whim like a cat, especially since they're in a Long-Distance Relationship and can't see each other as often. He's also still shouldering guilt over his "sins" as Deep Blue and the revelation that he still has some of Deep Blue's powers scares him into thinking he's a "monster" who shouldn't be near Ichigo lest he end up hurting her again, resulting in Tasuku calling him out for framing it as being for Ichigo's sake when he's actually just trying to run away out of fear and guilt.
  • 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.
  • Long-Distance Relationship: At the end of the manga, he moves to England for his studies while Ichigo stays in Japan. In à la Mode, Ichigo does live with him in England for a while, but moves back to Japan after her Mew powers start to return in full. By the time of Re-Turn, Aoyama is still studying in England and can only return to Japan sporadically. Adding to his frustration at the situation, Quiche is back and becomes Ichigo's coworker, so Aoyama has to deal with Quiche flirting with Ichigo during their phone calls.
  • Love Confession: After the Tokyo Tower incident, Ichigo is late for their date and shows up to find Aoyama waiting in the rain for her. She expects him to be mad at her, but is shocked when he suddenly confesses his love to her instead.
  • Love Epiphany: In the manga, the Tokyo Tower incident is when Aoyama definitively confirms that Mew Ichigo is indeed the Ichigo he knows, resulting in him realizing his love for her because he has become painfully aware of everything she was going through and how little he could do to help her.
  • Love Hurts: In the manga, Ichigo constantly throwing herself into danger and getting herself hurt causes Aoyama no end of stress, and he even tries to convince her to stop fighting at one point. By the time of Re-turn, it's obvious he's still not completely at peace with it.
  • 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 of the final battle, Aoyama breaks free from Deep Blue's control and is horrified by everything he had done, mainly destroying Tokyo and killing Quiche.
  • Nature Lover: He deeply cares about the declining environment and the endangered animal species.
  • Nice Guy: He's usually quite friendly.
  • Non-Action Guy: He's the normal boyfriend of the Magical Girl protagonist, which results in him ending up as the Distressed Dude more than once. This fact is actually a point of concern for him, since it eats him inside that he can't do anything to help Ichigo when she's getting herself in danger, and it's subverted when his frustration about this ends up subconsciously turning him into the Mysterious Protector... and eventually Big Bad. Even when he thinks he's gone back to being this at the end of the series, Re-Turn reveals this to not quite be true.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Only in the manga, even before they start dating, Aoyama is prone to get touchy-feely with Ichigo. Once they actually hook up, he becomes an all-out Cuddle Bug who wastes no time in embracing or even kissing her unprompted (the latter of which results in him accidentally resurrecting Ichigo with a True Love's Kiss during the finale). Ichigo's more than fine with it, but it often does fluster her enough to trigger her Sprouting Ears.
  • Not Quite Back to Normal: Re-Turn reveals that he still has a lingering amount of Deep Blue's power left in him when he accidentally transforms into a new Blue Knight form with a close physical resemblance to Deep Blue.
  • 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, Aoyama realizes what's happening and horror fills his face.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: His black hair turns blond when he turns into the Blue Knight.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: His hair is much longer in his Blue Knight and Deep Blue forms, and it temporarily grows back to Deep Blue's length when he accidentally channels his power in Re-turn, although it quickly goes back to its original length even when he's still using his powers.
  • Princely Young Man: Aoyama is the most polupar guy at Ichigo's school, being good-looking, smart, athletic and charming. The girls at his school, especially Ichigo, adore him and see him as a prince.
  • Property of Love: Downplayed. In the manga, he likes to playfully flirt with Ichigo by saying things like her being "his cat", but it's his way of conveying that he's actually very, very afraid of losing her.
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: He once detested humanity for desecrating Earth's natural environment. Falling in love with Ichigo convinced him there's humans who are good people.
  • Right Behind Me: He 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.
  • Satellite Love Interest: A rare justified example. Aoyama was supposed to be nothing but a Human Disguise persona for Deep Blue, making him an Empty Shell without any attachments or interests of his own until Ichigo gave him something to care about. The only truly strong desire he has ever had is born from wishing to protect Ichigo.
  • School Idol: He's intelligent, athletic, and the most popular boy at school.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: He suspected that Ichigo was a Mew Mew from the very beginning, with the incident at Tokyo Tower effectively confirming it for him, but since he could tell she didn't want him to know, he'd decided not to reveal this to her at first out of fear she'd push him away if he did.
  • Sixth Ranger: Near the end of the anime, Aoyama officially join the Mew team as the Blue Knight. However, Deep Blue fully takes over his body in the final battle, turning him into an enemy.
  • Stepford Smiler: His friendly smile was originally just a facade to hide his rather misanthropic personality. Only after he met Ichigo did he start being truly happy.
  • Stood Up: Because of the Tokyo Tower battle, Ichigo can't show up in time for her concert date with Aoyama, but he still waits for her to arrive even after it starts to rain. Ironically, in the manga, this is what would lead Aoyama to hit his Love Epiphany and confesses his love for Ichigo.
  • Taking You with Me: He manages to fight back against Deep Blue from within and in both the manga and anime, dies to take him with him, though is revived in both versions.
  • The Tease: In the manga, Aoyama apparently enjoys making Ichigo flustered with his flirting, which triggers her cat transformation very often. When he finds out Ichigo is the cat he took in once, the first thing he does is tease her over the fact that they took a bath together and slept on the same bed, causing Ichigo to go mad with embarrassment and turn into a cat again.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: For most of the series, Aoyoma has no idea that he isn't an ordinary human, but a vessel that Deep Blue placed among humans until he could regain enough power to possess Aoyama.
  • True Love's Kiss: After Ichigo dies in order to save him, Aoyama brings her back to life with a kiss. Given certain revelations in Re-turn, still having traces of Deep Blue's power within him may have had to do with it.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: Despite Ichigo's fears, Aoyama never begrudges her for standing him up, even waiting hours in the rain past the appointed time because he had already figured out she was busy fighting to save Tokyo from the aliens. It takes a long while for Ichigo to gather the courage to tell Aoyama the truth herself because she thinks he won't like her anymore if he learns she isn't normal and has lied to him repeatedly. When she does tell him, Aoyama makes clear he loves her too much to break up with her over something like that and promises to keep her secret. The manga does show Aoyama has lots of discomfort with his girlfriend having to constantly fight and potentially get hurt, but he still tries to be as supportive as he can be for Ichigo.
  • Walking Spoiler: He's the true identity of both the Blue Knight and Deep Blue. Combined with his role as a Secret Secret-Keeper for Ichigo and the eventual revelation of his Hidden Depths, it's difficult to describe Aoyama as anything more than the Nice Guy who is Ichigo's crush without giving away the big twists that come with his character.
  • You Remind Me of X: When he meets Mew Ichigo, he initially "mistakes" her for Ichigo (because they're actually the same person); Ichigo manages to deflect it by acting like someone else, resulting in him commenting this. In fact, he wasn't as convinced by the deflection as she thought he was.

    Moe Yanagida and Miwa Honjo 
Moe is voiced by: Akiko Nakagawa (Japanese), Sharon Feingold (English)note 
Miwa is voiced by: Tomoko Kaneda (Japanese), Carrie Keranen (English)note 

Ichigo's classmates who usually hang out with her at school.

Tropes applying to both:

  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Moe is the blonde, Miwa is the brunette and Ichigo is the redhead.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Episode 23 is focused on Ichigo trying to play matchmaker for Moe and Miwa who got a crush on Ryo and Akasaka respectively.
  • Dub Name Change: They're "Megan and Mimi" in the 4Kids dub.
  • Shipper on Deck: They ship IchigoxAoyama.
  • Social Circle Filler: They're introduced as Ichigo's friends and classmates, but are irrelevant to the plot and barely appear after Ichigo meets her Mew teammates.
  • Sweet Tooth: They love desserts and take advantage of Ichigo being a waitress at a café to eat as many cakes as they want.
  • Those Two Girls: They're always seen together and never do anything besides hanging out with Ichigo when she isn't working at the café or fighting Chimera Anima.
  • Unwitting Muggle Friend: They don't know Ichigo is the Cat Girl superheroine they saw in the news.

Tropes applying to Moe:

Tropes applying to Miwa:

The Mew Mews' Family Members

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

Ichigo's parents.

Tropes applying to both:

  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In the manga, Ichigo has Invisible Parents until they show up in volume 5. On the other hand, the anime shows Ichigo interacting with her parents from early episodes.
  • Ascended Extra: They barely appear in the manga, but the anime made them recurring characters. A filler episode is focused on their contrasting reactions to Ichigo dating Aoyama.
  • 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 Happily Married and have a daughter who sees them as her ideal for a couple.

Tropes applying to Shintaro

  • Boyfriend-Blocking Dad: He's pissed when he finds out Ichigo got herself a boyfriend without asking for his permission first. A whole filler episode is about Shintaro trying to forbid Ichigo and Aoyama from dating and when they refuse to break up, he challenges Aoyama to a kendo match as he won't accept their relationship if Aoyama can't beat him.
  • Engagement Challenge: In Episode 31, Shintaro challenges Masaya to a kendo duel before he accepts his relationship with Ichigo. Funnily enough, Shintaro himself went through the same thing with Sakura's father.
  • Hot-Blooded: He gets a little too excited over simple things.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: He initially disapproves of Ichigo having a boyfriend, claiming she's still too young, even though he and Sakura started dating around Ichigo's age.
  • Salaryman: He works as an ordinary salaryman.

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.

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

Minto's older brother.

  • Aloof Big Brother: After he immersed himself in his studies, Seiji grew apart from Minto and started treating her coldly.
  • Big Brother Instinct: When Quiche's Chimera Anima heads towards Minto, Seiji steps in front of Minto to take the hit for her.
  • Canon Foreigner: He doesn't exist in the manga and only appears in the anime.
  • Dub Name Change: "Sergio Bucksworth" in the 4Kids dub.
  • Family Theme Naming: His sister's name means mint, and Seiji's name sounds like sage, another cooking herb.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: He appears to be cold and distant, but when it comes down to it, he shows he still loves his sister.

    Minto's Nanny
Voiced by: Junko Hori (Japanese), Veronica Taylor (English)

Minto's nanny.

  • Canon Foreigner: She's an anime-exclusive character.
  • Everyone Calls Her "Barkeep": Minto only calls her "Nanny".
  • Eyes Always Shut: She's never seen with her eyes open.
  • Old Retainer: She's an elderly servant and housekeeper of the Aizawa family, acting as a grandmother figure for Minto.
  • Parental Substitute: Minto's parents are rarely at home, leaving her nanny as the only adult taking care of her.
  • Satellite Character: She's only ever seen with Minto and solely serves to give some context to her family situation.
  • Tears of Joy: In Episode 9, watching Minto reconcile with Seiji moves Nanny to the point of tears.

    Bu-ling's Younger Siblings
Heicha is voiced by: Tomoko Kaneda (Japanese), Kether Donohue (English)
Hongcha is voiced by: Kiyomi Asai (Japanese), Jimmy Zoppi (English)
Huacha is voiced by: Asuka Tanii (Japanese), Jimmy Zoppi (English)
Lucha is voiced by: Rika Komatsu (Japanese), Jimmy Zoppi (English)
Qingcha is voiced by: Akiko Nakagawa (Japanese), Jimmy Zoppi (English)

Bu-ling has five younger siblings. Their names are Heicha, Hongcha, Huacha, Lucha, and Qingcha.

  • Adaptational Early Appearance: The anime introduces them in episode 20, but they don't appear in the manga until the Tokyo Dome chapter of volume 5 which corresponds to episode 40 of the anime.
  • Ascended Extra: In the manga, they only had a brief appearance in the chapter where Tart and Pie kidnap Bu-ling. The anime gives them more screentime, such as including Bu-ling's Sick Episode where Ichigo, Minto and Retasu play babysitters for the siblings.
  • Black Bead Eyes: The brothers stand out for having black dots for eyes. Only Heicha is drawn with Big Anime Eyes like most characters, but they still turn into dots in some scenes.
  • Blush Sticker: They have cute permanent blush marks on their cheeks.
  • Dub Name Change: In the 4Kids dub, Heicha is named "Heidi Benjamin".
  • Edible Theme Naming: Each of them is named after a type of tea.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: In the manga, the siblings are three girls and three boys when including Bu-ling. In the anime, however, Heicha is Bu-ling's only little sister and the other four are all boys.
  • Gender Flip: In the manga, they're three boys and two girls. In the anime, Heicha is the only girl of Bu-ling's siblings.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Heicha wears her hair in two pigtail braids and she's the youngest of Bu-ling's siblings as well as her only sister in the anime.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: The brothers are identical quadruplets, but each have their braids in a different spot on their heads to tell each of them apart.
  • Light Girl, Dark Boy: While Bu-ling and Heicha have blonde hair, their brothers have black hair and darker skin.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: They're five in total, with Bu-ling being the sixth and oldest child of the family.
  • The Noseless: None of them are drawn with noses.
  • Theme Twin Naming: All their names end in "cha".
  • Verbal Tic: Like her big sister, Heicha ends her sentences with "~na no da".

    Bu-ling's Mother
Voiced by: Rika Komatsu (Japanese)

Bu-ling's mother.

  • Ambiguously Absent Parent: In the manga, Bu-ling's siblings do mention their father is training at the mountain, but they don't seem to have a mother because Bu-ling is doing the cooking and has to go to the store by herself to buy ketchup for Heicha. The anime does confirm Bu-ling's mother has recently passed away.
  • Canon Foreigner: While Bu-ling's parents are nonexistent in the manga, the anime has her mother appear in a flashback.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: In the anime, Bu-ling's flashbacks depict her as a sweet and caring mother who regretted having to leave her children with her untimely death.
  • Missing Mom: She died from an illness while her children were very young.
  • Posthumous Character: Having died a while ago, she's only seen in a flashback from the anime.
  • Unnamed Parent: She isn't named, only being identified as Bu-ling's mother.



Minto's Pomeranian pet dog.

  • Face–Monster Turn: He gets fused with a parasite and turned into a Chimera Anima. Ichigo and Minto defeat him and turn him back to normal.
  • Morality Pet: To Minto. Her love for Mickey is the first indication of the nicer side she hides behind her Rich Bitch behavior.
  • Precious Puppy: He's an adorable and friendly little puppy.
  • Spell My Name With An S: His name can be translated as Mickey or Miki.

Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (Japanese)

An ugly and overweight stray cat who harasses Ichigo's cat form.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: He thinks Ichigo's cat form is cute and tries to force himself on her, much to Ichigo's horror and disgust.
  • Hate Sink: Even the author's notes insist that there's probably nobody in the audience who cares about him.



Aoyama's pet dog.

Voiced by: Koichi Tochika (Japanese)

A mysterious cat who encounters Ichigo whenever she transforms into a cat.

  • Morphic Resonance: Alto has light blue eyes, which is a hint to him being the blue-eyed Ryou's cat form.
  • Mysterious Protector: He repeatedly appears to help Ichigo when she gets in trouble while in her cat form. Ichigo even compares him to the Blue Knight because of it.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: His true identity is Ryou. He also has the ability to transform into a cat because he injected himself with cat DNA.


Bu-ling's pet monkey.

One-Shot Characters

    General Tropes 
  • Canon Foreigner: None of these characters appear in the manga.
  • Victim of the Week: In almost every filler episode, the episodic civilian either gets attacked by a Chimera Anima or turned into one by the aliens, prompting the Mew Mews to rescue them.

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

A famous pianist from San Francisco. She's the first human whose spirit was used to create a Chimera Anima.

  • Dub Name Change: "Maria Rivera" in the 4Kids dub.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: She's a beautiful and elegant pianist.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: After Quiche turns her spirit into a Chimera Anima, Ryou plays a recording of her piano performance to appeal to Mary's feelings, which gives the Mews the chance to defeat the Chimera Anima and return Mary to normal.
  • 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 (English)note 

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

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

Keiichiro's ex-girlfriend, a lepidopterist.

  • Amicable Exes: She and Keiichiro agree that they shouldn't get back together, but they manage to part ways on good terms.
  • 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 so 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: Kentarō Itō (Japanese), Greg Abbey (English)

A young man that Retasu had a crush on.

  • Dub Name Change: "Ian" in the 4Kids dub.
  • First Love: He's the first guy Retasu becomes romantically interested in. After she finds out Norihiro loves someone else, she moves on to Ryou.
  • Last-Name Basis: Both he and Retasu address each other formally, using their surnames and the "-san" honorific. The fact that he and Satsuki are on a First-Name Basis- he uses yobisute on Satsuki and she calls him "Norihiro-san"- causes Retasu to immediately realize that he's taken.
  • 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.
  • Oblivious to Love: He never realizes Retasu has a crush on him and proposes to another woman.

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

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

  • Bully Magnet: She gets picked on by some boys at the beach because of her fear to swim and her name (which means dolphin).
  • 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.
  • No Full Name Given: Her surname isn't mentioned.

    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 being 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 of her late mother.

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

A girl who works for a modelling company.

Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka (Japanese)

A mottled stray cat. He asks Ichigo's help to find his girlfriend.

  • I Will Find You: He's searching for his cat girlfriend who moved out of town with her owner.
  • Never Given a Name: Due to being a stray cat, he technically was never named. He calls himself "Asano" because he was born at a place named "Asano-san".
  • Talking Animal: Subverted. Ichigo mistakes him for a talking cat, only to find out only she can hear him speak thanks to her cat DNA.

Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese)

A Siamese lilac point cat. She's Asano's girlfriend.

  • Marry for Love: Her owner tries to set her up in an Arranged Marriage, but she really loves Asano and chooses to be with him.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She loves sardine more than any high-class food, as Asano brought her sardines every day until she had to move out.
  • Uptown Girl: She's a high-class cat who is in love with a stray cat.

Voiced by: Akemi Okamura (Japanese)

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

Voiced by: Akira Ishida (Japanese)

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

    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.

  • Formal Characters Use Keigo: Like Minto, Kanna is a haughty Ojou who uses very formal speech patterns.
  • High-Class Fan: She's a snobbish and pompous rich girl. When she arrives at Mint's tea party, she's seen carrying a blue fan trimmed with white fur.
  • Incoming Ham: She arrives at Minto's tea party in a freakin' helicopter decorated with the painting of a carriage and flowers all while her very loud Noblewoman's Laugh fills the air.
  • 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.
  • Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond: She's obsessed with getting Minto's attention because Minto was the only one who always ignored her and was never impressed with her rich status, unlike Kanna's "friends" that her parents bought with money.
  • 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.

    Yuebing Long
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (Japanese)

A handsome Chinese man who is the apprentice of Bu-ling's father.

  • Always Someone Better: Bu-ling is very annoyed to see Yuebing is better at everything she does, including martial arts, performances, cooking and even taking care of her siblings.
  • Arranged Marriage: Bu-ling is forcefully engaged to Yuebing so he can be her father's successor.
  • Best Her to Bed Her: He challenges Bu-ling to a duel while betting the right to inherit her family's fighting style. After Bu-ling loses, he finally 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.
  • Chick Magnet: His good looks and martial arts performances attract a big crowd of girls to Café Mew Mew.
  • Friend to All Children: Bu-ling's younger siblings adore him.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He accidentally damages Bu-ling's photo album of her deceased mother when playing with her siblings. Although Yuebing feels bad about it, Bu-ling gets so angry that she runs away to Café Mew Mew and refuses to return home unless Yuebing leaves.
  • The Jailbait Wait: While he readily accepts his engagement to the preteen Bu-ling, he'll wait for her to be older before marrying her.
  • Nice Guy: He's as polite and gentlemanly as Akasaka.
  • Supreme Chef: He's very good at cooking.
  • Unwanted Spouse: He's Bu-ling's unwanted fiancé, for understandable reasons. She vehemently refuses to accept her fate is to marry a much older guy she just met, especially when her father basically bet her hand in marriage without even asking her feelings on the matter first. Yuebing invading her workspace and homelife doesn't make her more agreeable to their marriage.

    Ayano Uemura
Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami (Japanese)

A famous dollmaker.

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She pretends to be friendly with Retasu, but only gets close to her to get her help in making a new doll and then take all the credit for herself.
  • Driven by Envy: She's jealous of Retasu's talent for dollmaking, driving her to steal all the credit for a doll Retasu made with her.
  • Easily Forgiven: Retasu instantly forgives Ayano for stealing her doll's design because Retasu doesn't really care for her own creativity being recognized as long as her dolls make people happy and making the doll with Ayano was fun to her, regardless of Ayano's less admirable intentions.
  • Stealing the Credit: Unable to come up with something new on her own, she has Retasu design a doll for her and presents it as her own creation at an exhibition.
  • Writer's Block: She had run out of ideas for her own dolls, resulting in her seeking Retasu for her innovating doll designs.

Voiced by: Kurumi Mamiya (Japanese)

A lonely little girl who befriends Zakuro.

  • Bonding over Missing Parents: Zakuro bonds with Momoka because she also knows what's like to have parents who are never around.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: While she's polite to her idol Zakuro, she acts like a rude brat to everyone else.
  • Fangirl: She's a big fan of Zakuro, to the point that her bedroom's walls are covered by Zakuro posters.
  • No Full Name Given: She's only known by her given name.
  • Third-Person Person: She refers to herself in third person, like young Japanese children usually do.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Her parents work until late and don't spend time with her, not even on her birthday.


    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.

Tokyo Mew Mew à la Mode

    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.
  • Beta Couple: With Tasuku in Re-Turn. Berry and Tasuku are officially a couple, but more relaxed compared to Ichigo and Aoyama who are in a Long-Distance Relationship, which causes insecurities for Aoyama which only get worse after he discovers he still has Deep Blue's powers.
  • Big Eater: According to her profile, she can eat ten cakes at once.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She has been close to Tasuku since they were babies, and they start dating at the end of à la Mode.
  • Colourful Theme Naming: "Shirayuki" means "white snow". This goes in line with all the Mews having a surname with the kanji of their representative color.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Compared to Ichigo, Berry is significantly more outspoken and assertive, and has a bit of a pampered side. She also starts off the story not particularly concerned with romance, finding Tasuku to be a bit overbearing, and doesn't start realizing she might have feelings for him until later.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Much like Ichigo, Berry is occasionally drawn with her fangs sticking out because she also has the DNA of a feline.
  • 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, although the final chapter gives her a somewhat prominent moment with Tasuku at the end.
  • The Ditz: Similar to Ichigo, she’s not the brightest girl around.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Since all the Mew Mews are named after food, Berry gets her name from a fruit.
  • 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.
  • The Heroine: She's the protagonist and main heroine of the manga-only sequel.
  • Informed Ability: According her profile, she's a Big Eater capable of eating several cakes at once and her grandfather taught her to speak French. She never gets to show these skills in the actual manga.
  • Irony: Despite taking her powers from an animal with "black" in its name, her signature color is white.
  • Last Episode, New Character: In the final chapter of the original manga, Berry makes a brief appearance when she goes visit Café Mew Mew, but finds it's closed for the day because they're holding Ichigo's fake wedding with Masaya.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Because she and Tasuku grew up together, she'd always seen him like a sibling, so the realization she might actually have romantic feelings for him is a shock to her, because she hadn't expected to start seeing him in that way.
  • 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 Aoyama.
  • Magic Wand: Her weapon is the Loveberry Rod, a cute wand that she uses to fire her magical attacks.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: She has the DNA of the Andes Mountain Cat and the Amami Black Rabbit. As a result, her Mew form has bunny ears and a cat tail.
  • Oblivious to Love: Played With. For a long time, Berry didn't notice the romantic undertones of her relationship with Tasuku, mainly because both interpreted his flirtatious comments and physical affection as simple teasing.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: In Tokyo Mew Mew à la Mode, Berry is the (temporary) new leader of the Mew Mews due to a need to fill Ichigo's slot, even though she'd just joined the team. Once Ichigo returns, her powers being out of shape makes Berry have to continue filling in the role for a while, but once Ichigo is back in form, Berry goes back to the more expected role of Ichigo's junior.
  • 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: She gets added to the Mew Mew team in the manga sequel. Although she's made temporary leader in Ichigo's absence, Ichigo returns to the cafe shortly after and becomes a sort of mentor for her, making her closer to the role of a Sixth Ranger in-universe.
  • Stock Shoujo Heroine: She's a textbook clumsy and ditzy Magical Girl shoujo protagonist, similar to Ichigo.
  • Sweet Tooth: She loves desserts, especially cake.
  • Tareme Eyes: Her big, bright eyes suit her cheery and bright personality.
  • Tsundere: A subtle Sweet type. She's nice and cheerful all-around, but Tasuku can easily annoy her with his teasing.
  • Unknowingly in Love: At first, she thinks she loves Tasuku as her brother figure, which makes her confused about why she starts getting embarrassed when he hugs her since she should be used to it. She later realizes she's in love with him.

    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 the Sailor Fuku suits him a little too well.
  • Beta Couple: With Berry in Re-Turn. In the last chapter, Tasuku gives Aoyama a much needed pep talk to help him get over his doubts about his Long-Distance Relationship with Ichigo and encourages him to use Deep Blue's power to protect her. Afterwards, Tasuku has a brief moment with Berry that ends with him hugging her.
  • 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.
  • Colorful Theme Naming: His surname contains the kanji for "black" in it, mirroring Berry having "white" in hers.
  • The Confidant: In Re-Turn, Tasuku indirectly invites Aoyama to consult him about his problems by assuring him they won't be heard by anyone with too much of a personal stake in the situation.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Tasuku is an obvious contrast to Aoyama after taking over the role of male lead in à La Mode. Compared to the very casual Aoyama who came off as The Ace before further Hidden Depths were revealed, Tasuku is a bouncing ball of energy who constantly jokes around while Obfuscating Stupidity. In contrast to how Ichigo had only gotten to know God in Human Form Aoyama comparatively recently, Tasuku is a completely normal person who's known Berry since childhood, and their relationship tension comes from the fact they're too close to start a romantic relationship without worrying about what'll happen to their existing friendship. The contrast is especially highlighted in Re-turn, when Tasuku points out that he and Aoyama don't actually know each other that well or have much in common despite technically being in similar positions, but makes use of his different perspective to give him some advice.
  • Cowardice Callout: In Re-turn, when Aoyama consults him about the idea of leaving Ichigo to save her from himself (more specifically, Deep Blue's power), despite having claimed to not have any investment in the conversation, Tasuku finds it rich for someone who can actually do something instead of sitting on the sidelines to be saying something like this, and proceeds to viciously call him out by pointing out that he's actually running away from the problem out of guilt and shame, pretending it's for Ichigo's sake but not actually taking her feelings properly into account. The outburst turns out to have hit the nail exactly on the head, and it's enough to convince Aoyama to come around.
  • 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.
  • First-Name Basis: He's not too fond of formalities, so he generally tells people to call him by his given name.
  • The Gadfly: He loves to say silly and flirtatious statements he doesn't really mean, just to get Berry flustered.
  • The Glomp: He almost always greets Berry by grabbing her and hugging her.
  • Hidden Depths: While alluded to during à La Mode, Re-turn has him explicitly state that all of his cheerful gushing about Berry being cool in battle is his way of covering up the fact he's utterly terrified of what might happen to her. He makes good use of this perspective to give Aoyama some counseling about his brief I Am a Monster crisis.
  • Idiot Hair: He has a cowlick standing atop his head.
  • I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship: Tasuku and Berry are the most important person to each other, but they had a sibling-like relationship since childhood. He's intimidated at the idea of a Relationship Upgrade with Berry, and even tries to suppress any romantic feelings he has until Duke drags it out of him and exploits this fact to brainwash him. Things are resolved only when it's made clear that the feeling is mutual on Berry's part, allowing them to hook up without Tasuku worrying that he won't get to be her friend anymore.
  • Keet: He's very cheerful and playful, and constantly brimming with energy.
  • 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.
  • Non-Action Guy: Like the other male allies of the Mew Mews, Tasuku doesn't have any powers. He admits he's jealous that Aoyama can help Ichigo by invoking Deep Blue's power as he can't do anything for Berry except cheering her on.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: He likes jumping at Berry with The Glomp and generally getting close to her face when talking to her. Being his childhood friend, Berry is used to it, even when she finds it a little overwhelming.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He pretends to be frivolous and shallow, but he's very emotionally insightful and often does things like dragging Berry around town on a "date", having caught onto the fact that she wasn't feeling well and needed something to take her mind off of things.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: His aforementioned Cowardice Callout in Re-turn involves his conversation with Aoyama striking such a nerve that he quickly drops the Obfuscating Stupidity act, criticizing Aoyama's behavior very bluntly and speaking frankly about his own situation in ways he usually tries to avoid admitting. It gets to the point where he starts yelling directly at him in a manner difficult to imagine from the Keet he usually acts like in front of Berry.
  • 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 and pretended he wasn't seriously interested in her romantically 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.
  • Sad Clown: He has a habit of joking around and puting on a smile to cover up his fear (regarding things like watching Berry fight, or what'll happen to their relationship). Berry initially doesn't realize this at the time of à La Mode, but by the time of Re-turn she's able to tell when he's doing this and call him out.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Due to à La Mode's short run, almost everything presented about Tasuku's character ends up tying back to Berry in some way. In Re-Turn, however, Tasuku shows his Hidden Depths when he claims to Aoyama that he doesn't care about anything that doesn't have to do with Berry, yet plays the role of a savvy confidant by calling Aoyama out on his doubts and encouraging him to embrace Deep Blue's power to protect Ichigo.
  • 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.
  • Unknowingly in Love: He constantly jokes about wanting to be Berry's boyfriend, but it's not until later in the story when he starts realizing he really does have romantic feelings for Berry. He just convinced himself they were Like Brother and Sister because he didn't want to risk losing their friendship if Berry didn't feel the same way.


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

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

  • Creepy Child: A villainous child who does this much better than Tart did.

    Blue Bayou

  • Out of Focus: He's the least developed of the Crusader characters.

    Sweet Juliet

Video Game

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

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

  • Big Brother Worship: She absolutely adores her big brother Mashio.
  • Canon Foreigner: She's an exclusive character of the video game.
  • Colourful Theme Naming: Like the other Mews, Ringo's surname has the kanji of her representative color since "Akaii" is "Red" in Japanese.
  • Edible Theme Naming: "Ringo" means "Apple" in Japanese. This follows the theme of the Mew Mews being named after food.
  • Friendless Background: Due to living on an island where her older brother is the only other human resident, she had no friends besides her pet penguin Yuki prior to meeting the Mews.
  • Idiot Hair: Her character design shows that she has a prominent cowlick sticking up from her head.
  • Instrument of Murder: Her weapon is Appletick, a pair of apple-shaped maracas.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: She's one of the younger Mews and is rather childish.
  • The Medic: She's the only Mew with healing powers.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: A subtle example, but she noticeably lacks the animal parts all the other girls have in her Mew form.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: Her Mew Aqua pendant was a gift from her deceased mother.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mother died prior to the story and no mention of her father is given.
  • Showgirl Skirt: As Mew Ringo, she wears a red tube dress with two finlike pieces of clothing coming from the back of her waist.
  • Signature Headgear: She wears a red bow in her hair in both her civilian and Mew forms.
  • Tareme Eyes: Her eyes are bright and round, fitting her cute and childish personality.
  • Third-Person Person: Like Bu-ling, she refers to herself in third person instead of using a pronoun to show her childishness.

     Gateau du Roi
Voiced by: Ryōtarō Okiayu (Japanese)

The main antagonist of the Tokyo Mew Mew PlayStation game.

  • Canon Foreigner: He's an exclusive character of the video game.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Like the other aliens, he's named after a pastry; "Gateau du Roi" is French for king cake.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: The main villain from the videogame and wears small square glasses.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He betrays the alien side near the end of the game.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has long green hair that he wears in an elegant sideplait and no one would be blamed for thinking he's a woman by his pretty looks alone.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Gets killed for his betrayal.
  • Signature Headgear: Gateau is always seen wearing a purple hair bow.
  • Sissy Villain: He wears fancy clothing and frequently reminds Quiche to be more elegant. He is also much more efficent as a villain than Quiche.
  • Undying Loyalty: He is almost exactly as loyal to Deep Blue as Pie.

     Mashio Akai
Voiced by: Megumi Ogata (Japanese)

Ringo's older brother. He works as a ranger at his island's nature reserve.

  • Canon Foreigner: He's an exclusive character of the video game.
  • Identical Stranger: He looks similar to Aoyama, but with a lighter hair color. He's even voiced by Aoyama's voice actress.
  • Promotion to Parent: He lives with his little sister on a nature reserve island. Since their mother is dead and their father isn't around, Mashio is Ringo's only caretaker.