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  • I found it interesting is whenever enemies got attacked by the rainbow moon spinning heart ache they sign "love" in ASL when the heart crashes through them.
  • Sailor Ceres is often regarded the leader of Chibiusa's guardians, putting her in a position analogous to Minako. Taking this into consideration, it would then make sense as to why Ceres looks visually similar to Chibi Moon, because it would be her job to act as a decoy for the princess just as Minako did for Usagi.
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  • Tuxedo Mask isn't dressed like a gentleman at a formal event, he's really dressed like a shout out to classic stage magicians. He even acts like one, using a mask and cape to add to his stage presence. And what does a magician pull out of his top hat? Flowers (his ability to summon roses), and rabbits (connecting him to Usagi). His cane also extends like a trick wand does. Sailor V's version of Tuxedo Mask, Ace, represents the type of magician that uses card tricks.
  • Minako, during her starter days as Sailor V, had attacks that resembled Sailor Moon's: she used her Crescent Compact in an attack called Crescent Boomerang like Sailor Moon's Moon Tiara Boomerang; she had Venus Power, Love Crescent Shower that purified people and an area like Moon Healing Escalation; she had Venus Ten Billion Volt Rock N' Rouge which was a sound based attack much like the supersonic waves Sailor Moon used when she first transformed. At first it makes sense since the planet Venus has a crescent phase like the Moon and Minako and Usagi already resemble each other which allows Minako to disguise herself as the princess... Until you realize that Minako had these attacks FIRST since Sailor Moon didn't exist in the past era and didn't exist while Minako was Sailor V, so Moon was essentially imitating Sailor V, her idol. Which is even funnier when you remember that Usagi was an expy of Minako.
  • Why do Ail and An act like such jerkasses, dragging themselves into a plot that could have been avoided immediately after arriving on Earth? Why, because not only are they the last of their kind, but they matured after the rest of their species already died out. Heck, they didn't even know their own cultural legacy, and thought the Doom Tree was just an energy source. Growing up alone, they never had a chance to socialize and empathize with anyone except themselves until they met the Sailors.
    • Doesn't the end of the arc stop the battle and explain all that right there in the episode? I know it did in the dub.
      • Yes. It does so in the Japanese version too.
  • The Mind Screw ending to the anime of Sailor Stars, the final season of Sailor Moon, tends to be confusing as sin if you watch it without guidance. Here is the best Danny Lilithborne can do: Sailor Galaxia got corrupted by having Chaos sealed within her, so she sent out her Star Seed, which is like a soul but not quite. Star Seeds can recreate physical bodies, too. Galaxia's Star Seed took the form of Chibi Chibi who, never being really human, was a little girl who could only repeat what other people said for awhile. When the final battle came and the Senshi all died or surrendered to Galaxia, Chibi Chibi used her considerable power to give Sailor Moon a power boost. But even that wasn't enough as Sailor Moon realized that Galaxia had the same loneliness as her, mirroring their final battle in the manga. Finally, Galaxia shattered the Silver Moon Crystal, fulfilling Chaos' goals. In desperation, Galaxia's soul, which was asleep but not yet extinguished, got back in touch with her Star Seed, and this power was able to give Sailor Moon the strength to keep fighting. However, Galaxia insisted the only answer was to kill her with the Sword of Sealing, the weapon which Galaxia initially used to seal Chaos, which Eternal Sailor Moon refused to do. She instead reached out to touch Galaxia, whose own image of the Sword shattered. ESM's strength of will to save Galaxia is what reversed Galaxia's actions. Once that happened, the Star Seeds regained their power, and Usagi's friends were restored. The ending was probably meant to be a 'it makes sense if your heart is true' kind of thing, though.
    • I haven't actually finished the Stars season of the anime, but what I gleaned from the manga was that Chibi Chibi was actually Sailor Cosmos—Sailor Moon from the far, far future, beyond Crystal Tokyo even, who had gone back in time to destroy Chaos when she (as Sailor Moon) had the chance, instead of waiting for it to get as bad as it would in the future. But to do that would have destroyed not only Chaos, but any chance of Sailor Moon's friends star seeds getting returned to them, so SM Took a Third Option. Although now that I think about it, the whole damn thing was so confusing I could be completely misremembering, it's been a while since I read the manga. xD
      • They had different explanations for who Chibi Chibi was in the anime and the manga.
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    • From reading over the manga again, I found that Chibi Chibi was actually the reincarnation of Sailor Moon, given that she 1. does not look exactly like Usagi nor Serenity 2. Sailor Moon tells Chibi Chibi just before the former jumps into the Cauldron and the latter becomes Cosmos that they shouldn't give up hope, making Cosmos wish to return to the future to fight Chaos again. 3. Cosmos states that "Like Eternal Sailor Moon did, once I receive the power to lose and save everything...that is when I truly become Sailor Cosmos." The implication being that Moon and Cosmos are separate people but the same, as she calls Sailor Moon "my self here [in the past]." Also a new cauldron would form after the old one was destroyed, as stated by Chibi Chibi in chapter 51, so the dead senshi would probably still have a chance at rebirth, if nothing else.
  • In the manga, while fighting the Amazones Quartet, Saturn repeatedly tells them to wake up. They nearly join her before being trapped in stones by Zirconia. Later on, she rescues the stones and prompts Princess Serenity to use her powers to free them, revealing Sailor Senshi. The themes sleep, dreams, and nightmares were constantly used throughout the Super S arc, to the point where the Dead Moon Circus has been defeated and one character states that "the long nightmare is finally over". However when a Sailor Senshi comes in to her power she is refered to as having AWAKENED! Saturn wasn't just telling the quartet to free themselves from the control of the Dead Moon Circus, she was telling them to become their senshi selves!
  • The Saturn symbol (♄) looks like the letter "h", the first letter in Hotaru's name in Latin script. Probably a coincidence, though.
    • You could even say it's a "t" and an "h" for Tomoe Hotaru. And Sailor Jupiter's symbol looks sort of like a 4, and she was the fourth soldier found!
      • Actually 5th considering it went: Venus, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter.
      • Any oddities found between the Senshi and their symbols is pure coincidence, as these symbols are actually legit astronomical symbols used since the middle ages.
      • Not necessarily. While the symbols weren't designed to fit the show, some aspects of the show may have been designed to tie into the symbol. For example, they may have decided that Sailor Saturn would have T and H for her initials because Saturn's symbol looks like a combination of the two letters. It may have been decided for Sailor Jupiter to be the fourth to join the team due to Jupiter's symbol resembling a 4
    • And the letter V is the Roman numeral for 5, and Venus was the fifth Senshi to join the team.
  • As a Senshi assigned to protect Chibi Moon and an equivalent to the Sailor team, Cere Cere's hair and eye color — pink and red, respectively — make sense. Why? Because she resembles Chibi Moon to the same extent that Sailor Venus resembles Sailor Moon.
    • Also the giant bow.
  • According to the English dub Full Moon Collection music CD, the singers of the English Sailor Moon theme were credited as "Sailor Venus" and "Rini". Considering how much more of a ditz the dub made Mina, that explains so much about the "Never running from a real fight" line. It also makes sense that since she was never given a love interest in the DiC dub, that she would sing about Sailor Moon. In the DiC dub, she always mentioned how "Serena" was the nicest and seemed to have the most faith in her.
    • No, if anything the DiC dub made Mina LESS of a ditz than the original version did. Seeing as how they got rid of her knack for messing up proverbs. Mina in the DiC dub was pretty much just the Every Girl.
  • This technically doesn't really count as Fridge Brilliance on the creators' part, but I couldn't help but notice something; Mina's English voice actress is named Stephanie Morgenstern. The surname "Morgenstern" means "morning star," and the morning star is the planet Venus when it's visible in the morning sky.
  • In one anime episode we find out that Minako is quite fluent in English, possibly even more than Ami, but can't talk with the English gentlemen at a party. At first it's strange... Then you remember she has lived in London for a while and stayed with the police, but not the higher-class Englishmen. She just had nothing to speak of with the gentlemen at the party, while Ami, being of an higher social class, had it (and Rei too, probably, but she wasn't as fluent as the other two).
  • The personality clash between Lead Crow and Aluminum Siren makes even more sense if one thinks about the metals they're named after. Aluminum is a very lightweight metal, and Siren is a rather ditzy, "air-headed" character. Lead Crow is the more serious one of the two, and "lead" is highly associated with gravity and weight, not only in a literal way, but in the figurative sense of being serious and solemn. Also, Lead Crow wears red, and her name could be romanized as "Red Crow," which the Stars manga accidentally did in the initial English translation. Iron Mouse and Tin Nyanko don't really have personalities that are associated with their metal names. though.
  • Queen Nehellenia's manga counterpart is a really subtle invocation of The Fair Folk. Pointy Ears, and Hellish Pupils are by no means limited to evil fairies, but what about the Dead Moon Circus circus's creepy playfulness? Or her backstory being a specific reference to the evil fairy from Sleeping Beauty? Using dreams and illusions as her main weapons? Kidnapping children specifically, the Sailor Asteroids to keep as playthings? It's also possible that Nehellenia's Rapid Aging before her death wasn't from No Immortal Inertia, but Glamour Failure once she became too weak to maintain the illusion.
  • I always wondered why the other Senshi took to battle easily, while Usagi struggles every season. The I realized; Usagi was never supposed to be a Senshi. She was the Princess, so she was trained for politics and manners. The Senshi, on the other hand, were trained to protect her and the galaxy. Usagi's just a Fish out of Water!
    • While it's true that the others take to battle more easily, and their roles make them soldiers protecting the princess, I don't think Sailor Moon being the princess was the reason she had less of a battle instinct, since, according to the manga, all known senshi are princesses of their own planets. They would have been brought up to be princesses as well as soldiers. The real reason might be something that is easily overlooked: the moon is a satellite, not a planet. What if it wasn't meant to have a Sailor Senshi/Crystal at all?!
      • She wasn't orginally one, Sailor Moon didn't exist in the Silver Millenium. The Silver Crystal Evolves into her Sailor Crystal and when it returns to normal after she becomes queen, she looses much of her senshi power, as Neo-Queen Serentiy herself states (But is still more powerful then Eternal Sailor moon as stated by Diana). The orginal Sailor Moon form was a disguise; all her powers come from the Crystal or magic items, while every other senshi has at least one attack they create themselves. Chibi-Moon is the same way, her Sailor Crystal also being an evolved form of the Silver Crystal. For moon it became the Silver Moon Crystal, for Chibi-Usa it turns into the Pink Moon Crystal.
    • The point isn't that Serenity was a princess, the point was that the other senshi - while also princesses in their own rights - were trained as warriors from the beginning in a way that Serenity was not. The four Guardian Senshi were trained to be Serenity's protectors, and the Outer Senshi were trained to protect the solar system from outside threats. Serenity alone, as the Moon Princess and the daughter of the Queen of the Silver Millennium, had no combat training, and thus Sailor Moon has no past life experience to draw on when she fights.
      • On that note, notice that each of the girls displays some special trait in their ordinary lives: Mercury is super smart, Mars is psychic, Jupiter is super strong and Venus is crazy unstoppable. What trait does Sailor Moon show? The ability to make a connection with anyone she talks to! She easily befriends the other girls despite them being shunned by everyone else, she makes quick friends with the victims of the week, she's well liked by her peers and even several of the villains end up bonding with her.
  • Why is ChibiUsa training to be the next Sailor Moon? Because she absorbed the Silver Crystal into her body.
  • An arguable case: In the S finale, Mistress 9 says that the Holy Grail is the purest heart of all, and now the only way to save the world is to produce a purer one. Cue Sailor Moon producing her pure heart (with the powers of all the Senshi to this point) and evidently dealing pretty heavy damage to Pharaoh 90. It's perfectly possible that the crystal wasn't hers alone, but was the combined purity of all the senshi, or even just hers alone. Which was more pure than the purest.
  • In the anime, Minako once in a while pulls something that should be impossible for an unpowered human, like jumping on Usagi's balcony from the street and total stillness, not fainting immediately after having her Pure Heart Crystal extracted but still having the strength to outrun a car, or breaking the Dead Moon Circus' shackles after having Hawk's Eye and Tiger's Eye rummage through her Dream Mirror, and yet none truly surprised the other Senshi (aside for Haruka and Michiru with the Pure Heart one, but they aren't near Minako as often as the others), Chibiusa and the Moon Cats (Artemis was scared when Minako pulled the shackles' one, but the fact he had just told her to do it implies he was scared because Minako was pissed, not for that). The question is: just how often does she do things like those?
  • Sailor Moon SuperS gets a lot of flak for a lot of reasons, the whole Dream Mirror thing getting the least of it. At first, they seem like another random MacGuffin of the week, but I came across an old Sailor Moon fan site called In Defense of SuperS (which has, unfortunately, died recently) which explains their purpose in greater detail. Dream mirrors allow people who expose them, in this case the Amazon Trio, to look into them. All they really do is look inside them to see if Pegasus is in there, which is basically looking deep into their hearts, learning everything about them, including their deepest, darkest, most private secrets and desires. The maker of the site describes this as the spiritual equivalent of a strip search, and when they're corrupted and left to die, it's described as assault bordering on rape.
  • Sailor Moon seems really bad in having plot points that are mind-numbingly obvious, like Serena being the Moon Princess and Darien being Tuxedo Mask. It can be painful to watch - unless you realize that the characters don't have the advantage of being objective third-party observers like we are as viewers. How many times in Real Life do we ourselves not realize something that's actually right in front of us? That's where Fridge Brilliance ultimately comes from! That's right - Sailor Moon is an actual example of Fridge Brilliance in action! Usagi didn't realize that Mamoru is Tuxedo Mask because Mamoru pisses her off, while Tuxedo Mask is her wonderful hero. Being a 14-year-old girl, she doesn't want to admit they can be the same guy; she hate hate hates Mamoru until the Big Reveal. In the anime. the manga, it becomes apparent much, much earlier. Given that they were doomed lovers from a past life, though, some of that may be playing into the seemingly dumb. And in the live-action, given that Princess Serenity destroyed the world when Endymion died, maybe she's keeping Usagi from Mamoru for that very reason, by not letting her figure things out until it's blindingly obvious. Then again, Usagi's a 14-year-old girl. They tend to be dense.
    • That, and there's also the fact that at least some of it was lost in translation. Granted, "Tsukino Usagi" (meaning "rabbit from the Moon") is a name that can be connected with the Moon, but it would require the characters to actually notice the meaning behind the name. In the DiC dub, on the other hand, the main character is stuck with the name "Serena", which is so similar to "Serenity" that one would have to be blind not to suspect anything. And as for Mamoru not being associated with Tuxedo Mask, there is a pretty simple explanation - you normally don't try to match masked vigilantes with people you had met on the street, and even if you do, you start with their personalities and behaviour, which in case of Tuxedo Mask and Mamoru, did appear to be completely different.
    • Something related to this that always annoyed me is how people seem to act like it's obvious that Sailor Moon is the princess due to her soldier name and theme, but it would actually make little sense for her to be the princess if not for the Stars arc which explains why this is the way it is. I mean, what kind of royal family would put their only heir in the frontlines? It would actually make more sense for Sailor Moon to be the princess' royal attendant or main bodyguard, again, Stars explains why this is but early on in the first two arcs we don't have this information.
      • But there are two reasons for which it should have been obvious: first, most royal families have put their king and only heir on the front lines, sometimes at the same time (of course it had an immense potential to backfire, but they did it anyway), and to this day the British Royal Family sends all of their possible heirs in the military and to the frontlines (even if they have the sense to try and keep a secret where exactly they've been deployed, and in fact there was a stink when an Australian paper revealed that prince Harry had been deployed to Afghanistan); second, Artemis' role in the Silver Millennium was assistant of Sailor Venus while Luna was the Queen's royal attendant, yet Luna was with Sailor Moon and Artemis with the one that, in the manga, claimed being the Princess. I'll agree this wasn't as obvious to the Sailors as it is to us (as they wouldn't be familiar with the Windsors as Westerners and would tend to think more to the Japanese Imperial Family, that didn't send out its members to the front, and Luna had forgot his job), but to Beryl it should have been obvious for the simple fact she did remember the Silver Millennium and could see which Mooncat was with whom and (in the manga) the one claiming to be the Princess was friggin' Sailor Venus, her Body Double. Either Beryl was really dumb (unlikely) or the sheer Refuge in Audacity threw her off.
  • Manga and anime tends to associate Jadeite and Nephrite more closely than with the other Shitennous (they are in a rather good relationship in the manga, and in the anime they have a relatively friendly rivalry and more cunning methods than their colleagues). Thing is, they are named after the same ornamental rock: jade, that only in the 19th century was determined to be two different minerals with extremely similar characteristics.
  • Artemis is normally shown as more competent in combat and training his charge than Luna. What were their jobs in the Silver Millenium? Luna was the assistant of Queen Serenity, while Artemis was the aide of Sailor Venus, the commander-in-chief of the military and a veritable badass in her own right. Of course he's more competent than Luna, he's a soldier while she's a court lady.
    • On the same hand, Luna is probably more competent at politics and administration than Artemis, but never got the chance to show it.
  • Jadeite in the original anime is a misogynistic asshole, seeing women as easy to manipulate and choosing lovesick teenagers and women as his target groups and making a sexist remark to the Guardians in his final episode. Yet he's completely subservient to Beryl, treating her with utmost reverence, and is quite respectful to most of his youma, who happen to be female. Jadeite doesn't hold contempt for the female gender as a whole, but for "normal" women such as the Guardians and his victims. It's a form of ethnocentrism on his end.
  • Haruka and Michiru derided Usagi for being too idealistic and believing everything would be all right in the end, but since she has defeated major threats before, has the power to make things all right, and has friends to support her, she would have every reason to be idealistic. Uranus and Neptune do not. Their weak point is the inability to work with others which makes a lot of sense when you remember how isolated they were in their previous lives. They never met each other, but were aware of the other's existence and the fact that they shared the same duty. This wasn't mentioned in the anime, but when the Moon Kingdom fell, the Outers were forced to stay at their posts and watch the Silver Millennium be destroyed from afar. If they had seen what the viewers did, they had to stand by and watch how Queen Serenity had to use up all her energy and sacrifice herself to defeat Metallia and send the others to be reborn in the future. This helplessness coupled with their seclusion makes one understand the reasoning behind their cynical, aloof behavior in the S season and their belief that making sacrifices would ultimately be for the best.
    • Also, aside from the series being an idealistic one, one reason why Uranus and Neptune's methods hadn't worked could've been because they, two recently awakened and inexperienced guardians, ignored Sailor Moon who is an experienced soldier who has already fought two major threats (three, if you count Ail and An). Said experience could be why she knew everything would be all right at end: When Mamoru had been turned evil by the Dark Kingdom, forcing her to fight him, she knew the real him was still in there and was able to free him from their control by purging Metallia's evil from him, and when facing off against Super Beryl at the end of season 1, the spirits of the Inner Soldiers joined together to lend her (as Princess Serenity) their powers so she could defeat her. When Chibiusa was brainwashed into becoming Black Lady, she and Tuxedo Mask were able to save her and restore her true self by purging Wiseman's evil from her, and when she faced off against Wiseman/Death Phantom at the end of season 2, the Inner Soldiers joined together to lend her (as Neo Queen Serenity) their powers so she could defeat him. And what happened near the end of the conflict with Pharaoh 90? Sailor Moon had insisted that Hotaru still remained even after Mistress 9 took over her body. And she was right. Hotaru was able to purge Mistress 9's evil from her own body and Sailor Saturn soon awoke to face Pharaoh 90, and the Inner Soldiers, and even Uranus and Neptune, lent their powers to Sailor Moon so she could defeat him with Saturn. Sailor Moon wasn't being idealistic, she was Taught by Experience.
  • A bit meta, but... Galaxia is the only villain to have a Villain Song, she's also the only one with a subordinate in some way associated with singing (Sailor Aluminum Siren: she's named after a mythological creature whose shtick is singing so well she can lure sailors to their death).
  • Many people consider Michiru/Neptune to be a Satellite Character for Haruka/Uranus. The planet Neptune's existence was first posited due to it's effects on the planet Uranus!
  • Sailor Venus is the fifth Sailor Senshi to appear in the main series, and used to go by Sailor V. Also, in the anime, she stayed in London for a while when using the Sailor V identity. Well played, Naoko and anime crew, well played.
  • In the eleventh chapter of Codename: Sailor V, Artemis gets upset at Minako's wish to get a pet cat and overhearing her saying that "He's not that great of a cat". In the following chapter, Minako calls him "My brother-in-law" in public. She utterly dismissed him him as a pet cat... Because she already considered him better than that, a friend and a peer. And he had no idea...
  • Sailor Pluto having powers over time makes a degree of sense, as Pluto itself can change if its the eighth or ninth planet in orbit because of how it goes around the sun, and due to moving itself closer than Uranus, it is effectively altering its speed around the sun.
  • In the anime Serena and Darien go from hating each other to starting to bond and then realising their past lives' love for each other within within two episodes. What was the big change that happened? Sailor Venus showed up! What is Venus the goddess of again?
  • In one infamous occasion, Minako tried to get Yaten to go watch a porn movie with her. She knows first hand how much people can be dense when it comes to love, and was trying to drop a hint that nobody could miss (and going overboard as usual).
  • The girls shouting "Make up" when they transform may sound random, but it starts to make more sense when you realise that most of the Moon-related transformation items are compact mirrors and almost every item used was sold as a make up related toy at some point.
  • The amount of plot points/power-ups that revolve around Sailor Moon gaining power through All Your Powers Combined makes perfect sense because the moon reflects the light of other celestial bodies to produce what we see as moonlight.
  • Sailor Venus' transformations all involve streams of five-pointed stars. A symbol of Venus, dating back to the sixth century BC, is a five-pointed star.
  • Not sure if this was intentional, but in the anime, Sailor Jupiter's ice-skating prowess (said to be as good as Princess Serenity) is appropriate when you remember that Jupiter's moon Europa is entirely covered in ice.
  • In the anime, Minako's origin episode explains she already knew Alan from before Sailor V's London period. She actually spent large parts of her childhood abroad, likely in London, due her father's job for a trading company-and all of sudden, her prowess in English in spite of being in London for about half a year makes sense.
    • The manga also hints at this (more subtly, most notably in Codename: Sailor V when she was to go on a vacation abroad and knew perfectly both how to use the airport and her parents' habit of buying things in the airport shops because they spend less there). This explains both her Malapropism (present in the manga too, just not to the extent of the anime), poor social skills (for Japan), eventual isolation at school, and even poor grades in English: she spent so much of her childhood outside Japan she doesn't have a good hold of the finer nuances of the Japanese language and picked up manners more suitable to Western countries, living in the period where repatriated children are only starting to be valued for their language skills many see her as a bother and drop her once she starts giving up her sportive interests in favor of being a better Sailor Soldier (with Hikaru and Amano eventually falling to peer pressure), and Japanese repatriated children who grew up in English-speaking countries actually have trouble with the way English is taught in Japanese schools (it's based purely on rote memorization and has little space for actual language skills).
    • Having grown up abroad also explains Minako's picture-perfect Savate kicks: while finding a Savate gym in Japan may be rather hard, they're relatively easy to find all around Europe, all it would take would be her deciding to practice martial arts and preferring to kick.
  • In the anime Sailor Venus relies almost exclusively on the Crescent Beam, her first attack, until she upgrades to the Venus Love and Beauty Shock late in Super S, while the others all used the second one almost exclusively after getting it. Sailor Venus' second attack, the Venus Love Me Chain, has limited offensive potential, and she had a lot of time to master her Crescent Beam even before meeting the others, why should she abandon it before getting the Love and Beauty Shock?
  • In episode 4, Usagi tries desperately to lose weight but ends up heavier than before. She didn't get fatter, Luna took a leaf from Artemis' book and tricked her into putting up muscles (Artemis did a similar thing to Minako in Codename: Sailor V. They were even dealing with similar evil plans...).
  • Both manga and anime establish Minako as being the best of the Inner Senshi when it comes to cut and dress hair. Her hair is very long and her mother isn't the kind of person willing to help taking care of it, so she had to learn how to do it herself. As for the others, Ami has very short hair that doesn't need much care, Makoto doesn't have that much hair and keeps a simple hairstyle, Rei is rich and can just go to the hairdresser whenever she wants, and Usagi can count on her mother's help.
  • In the manga, it might seem a little unoriginal that every villain seems to have some interest in the Silver Crystal...until the last arc of the manga where it's revealed that all the previous villains are incarnations of the final villain, Chaos. This would explain why they shared a common interest in the Silver Crystal.
  • Ami, Rei, Makoto and Minako being Loners-Turned-Friends and then suddenly growing so attached to Usagi make sense when one considers they would be heavily discriminated against by default in Japan (Ami's parents are divorced and infidelity is implied to be the cause, Rei lost her mother and is strange enough to be mistaken for a youkai tamer, Makoto is an orphan, and Minako is implied to have grown up abroad and is completely unwilling to conform)-and yet Usagi, a perfectly normal girl by that standard, went out and befriended them, even against her other friends' advice. That would strike a chord-especially for Minako, as she had a few friends in Japan yet they've apparently disappeared too.
    • Usagi calls herself a perfectly average girl, when she's actually from the upper middle class. While it's obviously evidence she doesn't really know how things are, compared to the other Sailor Senshi (and Mamoru) she is: Ami, Rei, Makoto and Minako were detailed above, Mamoru is another orphan, Word of God says that Setsuna is half-Romani, Hotaru lost her mother and her father is a Mad Scientist expelled from the scientific community (and that's before he dies too and she gets raised by three women, and Haruka and Michiru are mysterious just like that.
  • Minako in the various games is associated to the song "Venus", but not the more famous cover version by Music/Bananarama, but rather the Shocking Blue original (to the point Minako's own voice actress covered it). Considering Minako's character, she would have checked the background of the song-and tracked down the original as soon as she found out it was a cover.
  • For the longest time, I thought the reveal in the manga that Nehelenia actually showed up during the Silver Millenium was just a last-minute addition to the chronological history of the Moon Kingdom to show off how much of a threat she was in the present. In truth, her being the first incarnation of Chaos to chronologically arrive at the Moon Kingdom is actually a brilliant decision. Of all of the incarnations of Chaos, Nehelenia was not only the most humanoid, but also bore a resemblance to Queen Serenity herself. In other words, Chaos’s first go at obtaining the power of the Silver Crystal was an (albeit rather twisted) attempt to present the Queen with a more familiar form that didn’t immediately appear as threatening as a more abstract incarnation would’ve appeared. To add on this, after Queen Serenity put Nehelenia out of commission by sealing her in a mirror, which incarnation makes the next move? Queen Metalia. It almost reads as if Chaos didn’t take kindly to Queen Serenity rejecting its warped idea of extending the olive branch, so it sent the incarnation that resembles it the most in revenge.

Fridge Horror

  • Chibiusa looks and acts so much like a 9-year-old, it's easy to forget that she's been waiting approximately 892 years to grow up. Her visits to the fourth dimension may have been forbidden, but if it weren't for Sailor Pluto's kindness, Chibiusa would have gone insane. Cue Wiseman offering to grant a wish she's had for centuries...
  • Usagi has less government experience than Sarah Palin in 2008 when she becomes Neo-Queen Serenity. And Usagi was a terrible student. Can't you just imagine her trying to respond to questions about foreign policy or what she thought about certain branches of scientific research?
    • Usagi's not so much a terrible student as much as she's just not really motivated to do schoolwork. She is a bit of an airhead, but nowhere does it show that she is outright stupid. In both the manga and the anime, it is implied that she becomes Neo-Queen Serenity after having matured quite a bit. In addition, foreign policy isn't exactly an issue when the entire world is at peace (the population of Nemesis notwithstanding). And as far as scientific research is concerned, while she may not be an expert on the finer details, she'd probably understand the basic concepts and get any further assistance from Ami and/or Mamoru.
  • Okay, so anyone who has read the Sailor Moon manga should know that it contains two scenes involving graphic deaths (of the HEROES) reminiscent to the famous face melting scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark. The instance in which Usagi/the Senshi "die" from an enemy attack in the SuperS arc was, undoubtedly, a nightmare. While Mamoru's face-melting in the first arc initially appears to be a nightmare, since we see Usagi roused from her sleep, crying at the thought of his death, one of the Four Generals earlier had recalled that when they sold their souls to the Dark Kingdom, their "flesh was changed." In other words, Mamoru's horrific decay might have ACTUALLY HAPPENED.
    • From what is known of their future, they have gained immortality which brings several problems to mind. Since all the inhabitants that were there at the time also gained immortality (save for newborns), there could very well be a birth control policy even stricter than the one of China to avoid overpopulation and shortage of food. If not, this could even lead to an even greater degree of war and murder from extremists to regulate population's growth (Which in the end, could make it even worse than how the villains wanted to make Crystal Tokyo)... So much for an utopian Crystal Tokyo.
      • Not exactly... It is possible that only the queen, king, senshi, etc. only gained immortality. If the civilians have gained immortality then it is possible that Neo Queen Serenity already knew something like population control could be a problem, and using the power of the Silver Crystal, made endless amounts of food and land to avoid overpopulation so everyone could have all of the space and food they needed to survive. Or, it could be like how it was during the Silver Millinium and everyone (except for the queen, senshi, king, etc.) just lives long lives but end up dying of old age eventually.
      • The manga states that the influence of the Silver Crystal has spread across the entire planet and that the general lifespan of every human is around 1000 years. So it's more likely that the habitants of earth now live much longer than before but will eventually die.
  • In the Stars Season, Eternal Sailor Moon used her Silver Moon Crystal Power Kiss on Sailor Tin Nyanko which destroyed one of Galaxia's Bracelets but the other still intact thus cutting the evil in half of Tin Nyanko's body. Galaxia pointed out that people who serve her gets their star seeds taken but with her bracelets, that servant can still live on. Galaxia killed Sailor Iron Mouse and Sailor Aluminum Siren via removal of their bracelets thus the Sailor Animamates dying. So if Sailor Moon succeeded in removing the other bracelet from Tin Nyanko, she basically could've been responsible for the death of Tin Nyanko. This would have caused endless lulz for Galaxia.
    • Unlikely- as Usagi healed Tin Nyanko, much like she did the Monsters of the Week. So, IF Usagi had fully purified Nyanko, she may have just reverted to a civilian form, or become a truly good Sailor Soldier once again. Sailor Mau would've been a decent ally too...
    • Note that that is anime only. In the manga Tin Nyanko is not in fact [[Spoiler: Sailor Mau]]. The manga Sailor Animates all sold themselves to Shadow Galatica and betrayed their original planets and killed said planet's Guardian Senshi in exchange for senshi power themselves. A different kind of Fridge Horror, you know...
  • Speaking of healing the Monster of the Week, do people who are healed from that state keep the memories of what they did while they were transformed? Were they in there the whole time, unable to do or say anything? Possible Fridge Logic, do they pay for the damages they cause? What are the legalities concerning damage caused by monster possession? Maybe I'm looking too far into this...
    • They cover this a couple of times in the show. People who are healed retain their memories, but because of the strangeness, most write it off as being a nightmare, since the healing leaves them asleep or unconscious. The exceptions are the ones who already had some type of magical power (the Rainbow Crystal carriers in particular; Urawa/Greg gets to keep his power AND his memories!).
  • In episode 183, Sailor Aluminum Siren targeted Rei's cousin while the senshi were nowhere in sight. Only be pure coincidence, they went to visit him. So, how many other people were targeted without the senshi ever finding out?
    • None: even if they weren't there when the Shadow Galactica attacked their victims, they would have found out when said victims started rampaging as Phages. The trick was containing them long enough for Sailor Moon to heal them and get them before the Self-Defense Force (I won't delude myself that small arms can hurt those things, but bazookas could. And there's an infantry regiment with battalion strength and various support troops garrisoned in Tokyo, plus American troops).
    • This, on the other hand, could be applied to Jadeite's job of taking life energy. How much energy did he collect on Sailor V's watch before Usagi started stumbling on him? And how much before Tetis' death pissed Beryl enough to order him to kill the Sailor Senshi?
    • It's mentioned that many of the different plots to gain energy are plans that went on for weeks in a few cases. The real horror is how often the heroes lucked into a plot because a victim was acting weird. If any plot had been just a little less ambitious, they could have gotten all the energy they needed without drawing any attention at all.
  • In the anime, the amazon trio restrain their targets to a board and then stick their heads in their dream mirrors - these targets include teenagers and at one point an eight year old boy. As one YouTube commenter put it:
    "These guys aren't a circus - they're freaking SEXUAL PREDATORS!"
  • Building off of the top Fridge Horror - Just how long was the Dead Moon Circus active? Just imagine how many people they probably mind raped before Japan.
    • The real question there is: how many magical eclipses happened between Queen Serenity's seal, the corruption of the Amazoness Quartet, and their awakening in the present day?
  • The first season ends with all of the inner senshi dying wiping out the Dark Kingdom, with Sailor Moon's last wish altering the timeline so that they can return to a normal life without a Dark Kingdom to ruin it. Now, looking back at that sentence: "altering the timeline." How do you imagine things turned out in the (projected) original timeline? The world wouldn't last two years. Either Fiore would destroy earth in a rage when he realized Mamoru was dead, or the ice comet would freeze everything, or if we ignore the movies completely the Death Busters would eventually overcome Uranus and Neptune before they all realized that one of the Talismans did not exist on Earth, and then the Dead Moon Circus would reawaken and take over with no one left to stop them.
    • But none of that really matters anyway, because Galaxia would then arrive within a year and kill absolutely everyone.
    • Ironically enough, the various dark invaders would probably have wound up fighting each other.
    • Perhaps this explains why Chibi-Usa doesn't arrive until she does. In the original timeline for the first arc, her parents die (and the world ends) long before she's able to exist. In the anime, she doesn't arrive until Sailor Moon has proven herself against Ail and Ann. In the manga, she arrives more or less right when the senshi awaken again. No wonder Pluto isn't allowed to leave the Time Gate...
    • Sailor Moon's last wish didn't alter the timeline. The Silver Crystal had resurrected them, brought them all back to their homes, but without their memories of being friends or soldiers.
  • And speaking of which, Uranus and Neptune had clearly been active for a long time before the inner senshi first encountered a Daimon, and Dr. Tomoe was obviously possessed for years. That means that the initial skirmishes between the outers and the proto-Daimons happened during the timeframe of the first and R seasons. And yet they somehow missed each other... What if they hadn't?
    • I always assumed that there was Retconjuration involved: the Death Busters weren't active the first time around because the Dark Kingdom would have stomped them, better monsters or not.
    • It was heavily implied by an episode in the S season that Haruka and Michiru's awakenings and the Death Busters becoming active happened shortly after the final battle with the Black Moon Clan since they were both middle school students and in the S season, they're in their first year of high school.
  • In the very first episode, Sailor Moon kills the youma possessing Naru's mother. Doesn't that mean Naru's now half-orphaned?
    • Disguised as Naru's mother. Naru's mother was clearly shown tied up in the basement in the manga, and is shown clearly alive in later episodes of the anime. The villains don't start turning humans into monsters until later.
  • In the manga, people around Minako tend to be driven to find love, either by some random event or them finally finding the courage to do so, with the only exceptions being the other Sailor Senshi and their enemies. Or, in other terms, Minako's very presence subtly alters reality and causes Mind Rape in the name of love, with only equally powerful creatures being immune to this effect. And she seems unaware of it, meaning she isn't doing it on purpose.
    • A more benign explanation is that she's unconsciously manipulating circumstances so people with the potential to fall in love actually do. Still fairly ominous though.
  • Artemis and Luna are two perverts who are into bestiality. Why do I say this? Well, their true form is that of a cat, yet we've seen Luna fancying a human in a manga chapter adapted into a movie, and Artemis has been seen showing attraction to Minako and even spying her under the shower (manga only. Thankfully, he did nothing more) and fancying what he believed a female dog (actually a youma in disguise, and a male at that). Not a magic dog, not an alien who looks like a dog, a normal dog. I just hope the Sailor Senshi had a large hope into raising Diana...
    • It is, however, worth noticing that Luna, Artemis and Diana, being from the planet Mau, are capable of taking human form when necessary, and do so in the manga. So their being attracted to humans is not that weird. And as for the dog Artemis falls for, it's not that he's into other species, he simply mistook it for Luna. Granted, he's clearly not very bright!
  • In the final batch of [SuperS] it's revealed that all the Lemures are actually Nehellenia's subjects who she's taken their Dream Mirrors away from, making Super Sailor Moon a mass murderer.
    • Depends on how you look at it. You could argue that they were basically zombies at that point. Plus, Sailor Moon might have retconned their conflict away altogether. Come to think of it, that could be another explanation for why Super S had such a weird timeframe: pre-emptive timeline damage.
    • From the other pov, the Dead Moon Circus went belly-up because a meatball-headed maniac kept killing all the acts. No wonder they kept getting weirder as the season went on, they had to keep digging deeper into the tent.
  • While Ail and An ended up being mostly a case of The Unfought, in their final arc episode they engaged all five girls at once. And the Moonlight Knight. It was established that neither of them were at their full strength and were slowly dying, especially An. They almost effortlessly defeated them all and deflected or interrupted every one of their attacks easily. Only the Makai Tree's intervention saved everyone and set things right. Just how powerful were these two kids?
  • During Mimete's One-Winged Angel moment, Telulu reveals that the machine that Mimete is using has one weakness - a power failure while it is used will leave the user in And I Must Scream situation. We then see she's right when she unplugs the machine and leaves Mimete to her fate. The question is, how did Telulu know this in the first place? Unless Eudial (who made the machine) decided to test it with unwilling victims first...
  • Everything about Sailor Cosmos, at least in the manga. The future incarnation of Sailor Moon who's been fighting Chaos for so long that she's forgotten why she ever bothered in the first place returns to the past to remind herself why she fights. She comes back, but comes back alone, and the thing that gives her back her inspiration to fight is seeing her past self fighting alongside her loved ones. That's great and all, but considering that the Silver Crystal is what makes it possible for the Senshi to be reborn over and over, it's most likely that when Cosmos realized that the battle against Chaos can never truly be won, she didn't wish them back for the millionth time. The Crystal responds to her wishes, and it's natural that after so many centuries, even millenia, of fighting, she would deeply wish for the battle to be over and for her friends to stop suffering, but deep down she'd be unable to abandon the cause herself. The only way to grant both of those wishes is for the Senshi to stay dead and in a peaceful afterlife once they die, while Cosmos lives to fight another day... and another... and another... by herself.
  • When Usagi is captured by Prince Diamond, who has a creepy crush on her, she wakes up to find herself on a bed and wearing an outfit resembling her Neo Queen Serenity outfit. Does this mean Diamond undressed her and put her into the dress himself?
  • What happened to Reika in episode 41. From an outsider's perceptive she disappeared in Africa and then reappeared in Japan. And that's not even factoring in the fact that she was kidnapped by her boyfriend's best friend, whom I'm sure word had spread he had mysteriously disappeared. She probably got some sort of help after all this as she's fine in her next appearance, but still.
  • Makoto's fear of airplane engines implies she was on the same plane whose crash killed her parents-and it's heavily implied the flight was Japan Airlines Flight 123.
  • If Usagi's wish at the end of the first season hadn't been granted, the girls and Mamoru would be classified as missing persons that would obviously never be found, leaving their family, friends and loved ones wondering what happened to them for the rest of their lives.
  • The CWi dub gave us a few:
    • It tries its hardest to skirt around the deaths of the Inner Senshi near the end of the Dark Kingdom arc, but their ghosts still come to Usagi's/Serena's aid in the finale—meaning that they really did die, and Usagi is in denial over them not actually being "captured".
    • Queen Beryl is still alive at the end, and may not have de-fused from Metallia; based on some of Ail and An's dialogue early in the Doom Tree arc, she continues to actively manipulate things from the depths of the "Negaverse".


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