Sailor Moon is a manga series widely regarded as one of the defining Shoujo series of The '90s. Not only did it kickstart its own multimedia franchise, but it also codified several Magical Girl Warrior and Shoujo tropes and thus largely remains in the public consciousness. As a result, there are quite a few characters that reference, homage, or parody its main cast, the Sailor Senshi, especially its protagonist, Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon.
The Sailor Senshinote are young, female Magical Girl Warriors themed after their respective celestial domains — there's (at least) one for every planet, plus Pluto and the Moon — who battle several cosmic foes. Common tip-offs that a character is based on the Sailor Moon cast include:
- A Sailor Fuku-like outfit, inspired by the girls' color-coded attire.
- A Transformation Sequence, sometimes with the character getting magically divested from her clothes and clad in her magical attire (how much of it is shown tend to vary).
- A space theme and/or a Stellar Name.
- A Non-Human Sidekick— often a cat, but other cute animals are common as well.
- Possessing magical powers, especially if they are a Magical Girl or Magical Girl Warrior.
- An In the Name of the Moon catchphrase, bonus points if they do the iconic pose◊ associated with it.
- Have a past involving royalty, reincarnation, space, or some combination thereof — Sailor Moon herself is Princess Serenity of the Moon Kingdom reincarnated into an Ordinary High-School Student.
- Evoking one of them in appearance and personality — for example, Sailor Venus's long blonde hair with a red bow, Sailor Jupiter's brunette bangs and ponytail, or Sailor Moon's Odango Hair paired with long twintails. The latter is also considered one of the codifiers of the Stock Shoujo Heroine in terms of personality, being a sweet and naive klutz who nevertheless comes into her own.
Note that this is specifically for characters themed around the senshi — for other references to the franchise, go to ReferencedBy.Sailor Moon. For another commonly-parodied anime franchise, see Phonýmon.
- Marucho's Bakugan Elfin of Bakugan. She visually evokes Usagi in appearance (she is blonde, wears a hairstyle resembling a frog head, but whose "eyes" correspond to Usagi's buns, and with long finlike appendages that correspond to Usagi's long pigtails). She has a long, magical girl-like Transformation Sequence, and strikes the In the Name of the Moon pose.
Elfin: Sun, wind and rain combined! In the Name of the Moon! Behold Aquos/Ventus/Darkus (depending on her chosen attribute) Elfin!
- Bleach: Parodied with Charlotte Cuuhlhourne, a Drag Queen whose Resurrecion blatantly copies the Sailor Senshi's transformations.
- In Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Neo-Sweden's Gundam — a giant Fembot with long blonde "hair" and a blue Sailor Fuku-like coloring — is pretty much Usagi/Sailor Moon herself in giant mecha form.
- The obscure hentai OVA Venus 5 was a blatant Sailor Moon parody.
- Ghost Rider villain Skin-Bender is visually modeled after Sailor Venus. However, thanks to the comic's more realistic art style, her proportions are. . . unsettling, to say the least.
- Making Friends has a Show Within a Show called "Solar Sisters" in which main character, Dany watches. She ends up inadvertently bringing the villain, Prince Neptune, to life via the magic sketchbook. Near the end of book, she makes the magic rings that allow the character from the show to transform so that she and her friends can combat Neptune later , allowing Dany and her friends to become said heroes from the series. This continues on in the sequel book where she uses the powers when trouble comes up.
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- Mr. Sparkle: Destroy All Manga! had Mr Sparkle erasing a manga artist's work including a moose woman called Sailor Moose.
- An Anime Among Us! had Ambiguously Gay Smothers in drag as a Sailor Moon parody called The Sugar Plum Fairy.
- Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics) has an alternate universe called the Luna Zone where Sally and Amy's counterparts dress like Sailor Scouts and there's a version of Knuckles who dresses like Tuxedo Mask.
- Princess Cassie of Princesses of the Pizza Parlor. She's a princess with moon powers who fights for "love and justice and happiness and the future of the Moon Kingdom!". Her creator, Claire, is mentioned to like Japanese cartoons, making her a fairly obvious send-up.
- Wearing the Cape: Not much attention is drawn to it, but Japan's premiere female hero team appears to be based on Sailor Moon, with Sailor Fukus and Theme Naming, and they spend a significant amount of their time posing for the cameras. However, they are in fact extremely professional government superheroes who are rather high-ranked in the JSDF. An agent Hope speaks to also implies that this archetype is quite common in Japan, often complete with a Talking Animal sidekick. And of course the running joke of the book is that Hope and her friends have stumbled headfirst in a lot of Sailor Senshi and Magical Girl tropes, including the Talking Animal sidekick.
- The Magical Girl faction from the Big in Japan set of Smash Up features several Magical Girl Tropes. In particular, it has expies of Sailor Moon (Lunar Captain, a young blonde woman in Sailor Fuku with a moon motif) and Tuxedo Mask (Fancy Suit Lad, a young darkhaired man wearing...you know) and two magical cats.
- Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls is Inspired by... Sailor Moon. The series stars Anthropomorphic Personifications of celestial beings. Milky Way is the equivalent of fifteen years old and is a plucky, adventurous blonde girl. The story of the toy-line revolves around Milky Way assembling a team of planet-based Magical Girls to combat a Sealed Evil in a Can, the Black Hole, that she accidentally released.
- In League of Legends, the Star Guardian skins are a blatant send-up to Sailor Moon, with their frilly magical girl designs, cosmic-based powers, Transformation Sequence recall animation, and how the champions are Ordinary High School Students when off the clock. Lux in particular has the line, "In the name of Demacia, I will punish you!" even without the skin.
- The Power Instinct series has Kurara/Clara Hananokouji, a Magical Girl that received magical powers from a wand given to her by a wizard, and with that she participates in the Gouketsuji tournament. Apart of the traits based on Sailor Moon, her voice was made noneless by Usagi Tsukino herself. Also, her daughter Popura inherits the wand for the Distant Finale title, Groove on Fight.
- Princess Halesia from Harpy Gee is a Magical Girl with an outfit resembling a Sailor Fuku.
- Lovely Celestial Angel Amelia from Henchgirl fits the bill. She has a transformation that resembles that of the Sailor Senshi, she has a four-legged sidekick, and wields magic through a magic wand and artifacts.
- Melissa Hellrune from Magick Chicks ends up forced into this role over the course of the series due to a magic wand that falls into her possession, giving her a Sailor-Style outfit and a unwanted cat pet in the process. Something she's not happy with since she's a witch. Later in the story, we find out one of her mothers likewise was turned into a this as well, with her other mother being a Queen Beryl expy. Yes her parents were mortal enemies. And let's not even get into how Mel was even conceived.
- Sonichu has Sailor Megtune, a Sailor Soldier who watches over the City of CWCVille alongside her trusty sidekick. She's a Senshi in appearance, personality, and backstory, being the secret superpowered identity of an ordinary girl.
Megan: "In the name of all the hearts, we shall punish you!"
- Sailor Nothing is a Deconstructive Parody of the Sailor Moon series and Magical Girl works as a whole. Himei, or "Sailor Salvation" as she's known, Jumped at the Call to become a Magical Girl Warrior several years ago as an elementary student, but quickly found out that being a Magical Girl is closer to being a Child Soldier than a Kid Hero. She's a world-weary and depressed teenager, with no one to talk to about her troubles due to The Masquerade. Himei wants desperately to stop being Sailor Salvation but she can't stop the urge to help others.
- According to the character designer, Adventure Time's genderbent version of Finn, Fionna, is inspired by Usagi. Nods to the character include wearing a rabbit hat and a dress that evokes one of Usagi's. One of the alt-covers◊ for the comic book tie in definitely ran with this.
- Megas XLR: The Ultra-Cadets from "Ultra Chicks" are blatant versions of the Sailor Scouts, since they look like young women in sailor outfits and have Stellar Theme Naming (Galaxia, Comet, Pulsar, and Nova). Only difference is that they turn into giant robots when they transform.
- Mina Loveberry of Star vs. the Forces of Evil is a pretty blatant Sailor Moon send-up. She shares Usagi's odango/twintail hairstyle, has magical powers, her bunny earrings refer to Usagi's name (usagi is Japanese for "rabbit"), she has a rounded bow at her collar similar to the Senshi's outfit, and her name is a shortened version of Minako's/Sailor Venus's name. Unlike Usagi, she's completely insane and is a huge Fantastic Racist towards the monsters she's fought against for centuries.