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Virtual Idol. Diva. CV01. The First Sound of the Future. Whatever you want to call her, you can't say you haven't heard of Hatsune Miku.

Originally released as a Vocaloid program in Crypton Future Media's "Character Vocal" series, Hatsune Mikunote  set a lot of milestones for the software: not only was she the first Japanese vocal for the VOCALOID2 engine, she also was the first to have a real avatar (Most of the English banks of the day used stock photos, Kaito and Meiko's initial character designs were more decorative, and while Sweet Ann did have a themed avatar, it wasn't fully incorporated into the voice bank), the first to be marketed as a "character"'s voice rather than a replication, and the first to have any kind of story attached to her. Her bio stated she was an android that came from a future with no music, and she wanted to spread her love of song to the world to keep that future from happening.

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Her popularity skyrocketed when her demo song "Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru" and Otomania and Tamago's "Ievan Polkka" video released to Nico Nico Douga, and she retains a prominent presence there to this day: the synthesized voice that sings the site's jingle is her, and she and her content creators still make and distribute videos for the platform. Her popularity brought Vocaloid as a software into the greater public conscious, especially after the videos started coming westward through the likes of Youtube.

The very versatile nature of her software meant she could be suited for any role: poppy and bright, moody and serious, sexy, robotic, human — and since her creative team is also her fanbase, it means her sound is whatever it wants to be. She's worked with the likes of Supercell, Honeyworks, Anamanaguchi, and many more; and for some creators, she helped them get their start.

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Since 2007, Miku has grown out from her origins as a synthesizer program: more than any other Vocaloid, she's done ads, interviews, collaborations, videos, and her ever-changing status makes her one of the frontrunners of the virtual age. She's become a quasi-mascot for her hometown of Sapporo, featured prominently in advertising campaigns. The most well-known being the "Snow Miku Festival", a long-running collaboration with Sapporo's annual Snow Festival featuring her and other Crypton mainstays. She's also got the distinction of holding several well known concerts in her name, starting with 2012's Miku Party, the international Hatsune Miku Expo, and even the Miku Symphony, among her regular appearances in other concerts like Nico Nico Cho Party.

Like all Vocaloids, a list of her discography would be too big to post here, so check the Vocaloid Wiki for a sample.


Tropes Associated with Hatsune Miku:

  • Action Girl: She's the second strongest character in Synchronicity, second only to the dragon she's forced to serve. There are also two videos that show how badass she is...
  • A-Cup Angst: Most notably in one PV of "World is Mine" where she slaps her love interest with a leek for commenting on her breasts.
  • Anti-Gravity Clothing: Her square ribbons are stated to hold her hair in place without physically touching it. This is averted in her V4X design.
  • Alternate Character Reading: The name "Miku" is a pun based on the fact that the kanji can also be read as mirai, or "future."
  • Arc Number: 39 (mi-ku). Her concert is 39's Giving Day (March 9), and her Facebook page needed 39,390 likes for her to get an English bank. Entertainingly, '3-9' can also be read as 'san-kyu', or 'thank you'.
  • Artificial Human: In Test Tube Princess.
  • Bad Future: According to her "official" character concept, Miku hails from one where all music has been lost.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her official "American" design.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted in "Rolling Girl"—Miku's face gets increasingly more bruised and bloodied throughout the PV and it's as unsightly and pitiful as you'd expect it to be.
  • Berserk Button: Do not touch Miku's panties. It never ends well. Same applies to her leek.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Her English voicebank, though only played straight with her V3 bundled package available since September 26, 2013 (the English voicebank which came out earlier can be purchased separately like Megpoid English).
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In Synchronicity. Len frees her of the mask that made her like this in the second song of the three-part series.
    • Also this way in Festival of Asylum.
  • Breakout Character: Probably the most famous Vocaloid of them all; even many people who don't know about Vocaloid are dimly aware of who she is.
  • Character Celebrity Endorsement: She starred in a series of Toyota Corolla commercials (for the USA), as a result of Toyota being the main sponsor of her live concert at Anime Expo 2011 in Los Angeles. It happened again with Lux shampoo when the company sponsored the 2016 Hatsune Miku Symphony.
  • The Chosen One: Pretty much this in Project DIVA X. It's up to her and the player to restore the world of music. Everyone else? Nah.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Whether it was intentional is debatable, but the first three Vocaloids were released in the classic order - red (Meiko), blue (Kaito), and green (Miku).
  • Cloudcuckoolander: For example...
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: She wears one in the Project DIVA video for Cantarella.
  • Determinator: In the 3D PV of Hello, Planet, she doesn't let little things like her arm falling off from journeying across the devastated post-apocalyptic world to find her master.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Her Append appearance has her barefoot.
  • The Dragon: Both literally and in terms of the trope, but trapped in human form, in Synchronicity.
  • Genki Girl: Her portrayal in Project DIVA 2nd.
  • Girlish Pigtails: All the way to the ground!
  • Grand Romantic Gesture: In 1/6, in which she helps her depressed boyfriend by taking him up to a huge tower so that he can feel "elevated".
    Miku: The sun gives its light
    To let the moon glow
    Can you let me help you like them?
  • Hotter and Sexier: Her Append boxart has been accused of being oversexualized.
  • Iconic Outfit: Over all of the design variations that she's gone through, the one outfit that's held up is her original V2 design.
  • Jack of All Trades: As of her Append upgrade; her six extra voicebanks theoretically should give her the proper tonal qualities to produce most kinds of music now. Append was created in response to user complaints that Miku's voice was too cute and cheery for some of the songs people wanted to make with her.
  • Lazy Bum: In a good number of her more humorous songs she talks about how she can't stay awake or complains about working (Triple Baka, Take It Easy and World is Mine come to mind).
  • Leotard of Power: Her Append design is made of this. Would've been taken more literally if she had a Power voicebank.
  • Mascot: Crypton uses her a lot to promote themselves.
  • Meaningful Name: 'Hatsune' means 'first sound'; Miku was the first Japanese Vocaloid2 character to be produced.
    • Her full name means "First sound of the future."
  • Multicolored Hair: Her English voicebank design sports varying shades of neon colors on her hair, from dark green to lime, and even purple.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: She's actually a dragon trapped in human form and forced to ensure that no-one interferes with the process of offering girls to die to appease the other and even stronger dragon in Synchronicity.
  • Psycho Lesbian: To Gumi in Escape The Princess.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It goes all the way down to her ankles for crying out loud!
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Towards Tei in the first song Tei made.
  • Sailor Fuku: "Ha2ne Miku", a non-idol version of Miku, is often her default outfit in the DIVA series. This was retired by F, which moved out of the school setting.
  • Screw Yourself: After the release of Hachi's "Sand Planet", many people started to ship the Miku shown there with the Miku used as the mascot for Magical Mirai 2017, due to both designs being introduced that same year for the same event. It's usually seen as a Tomboy and Girly Girl yuri pair.
  • Smark: BE MIKU got her labeled as one.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: She's one of the most popular out of all the Vocaloids, to the point that some people don't realize other Vocaloids exist.
    • Many of the others have similar levels of popularity...within the fandom. Non-fans usually only know about Miku. Crypton's mascotization of Miku doesn't help; they have, for example, 40 different collectible Vocaloid phone charms, 29 of which are Mikus. Vocaloid concerts also tend to be about 3/4ths Miku and 1/4th everyone else.
    • There's a reason the Hatsune Miku Project DIVA series has her name plastered on it. Around 60% to 70% of the songs in every game are Miku songs or feature Miku in some capacity. The other five featured Vocaloids combined get far less representation than her. For example, in F, out of the 39 playable songs, only 12 didn't have Miku in them.
      • It's even worse in X, where she's in all but three of the thirty-two available songs.
  • Stripperific: Her "Racing Queen" design by Goodsmile Racing for the Sepang GT race in Malaysia on 2013 as reported here.
  • The Cameo: Miku (singing World is Mine) appears in The iDOLM@STER 2 for the PS3 as a priced DLC opponent for the game's Festival stages. Furthermore, she has an alternate download pack which gives her the Miku Append outfit and an alternate song (Melt).
  • The Rival: To Tei Sukone. And with good reason.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Usually portrayed as the Girly Girl to Rin's (or sometimes Meiko's) tomboy.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Negi/Leek. It came from her cover of the Ievan Polka, in which she discredited the Leekspin meme from Orihime and made it her own. Along with the leeks she also has a fondness for bacon wrapped hotdogs. according to the Toyota ads.
  • Updated Re-release: Miku Append, where she received an update that consisted of six new voicebanks: Soft, Sweet, Dark, Vivid, Solid, and Light. All of which reflect her moods and gives her more vocal range.
    • Her V3 Japanese voicebanks, which are all updates of her original V2 voicebanks, available since September 26, 2013.
    • Her Vocaloid4X voicebanks, made to address the issues with the V3 banks, available since August 31, 2016.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Deconstructed in "Alice of Human Sacrifice", where her beauty leads to her becoming an incredibly vain queen and fearing what would happen if she grows old. The song never gives specifics as to what happens to her next, but most PVs have interpreted her as going completely insane.
  • Tsundere: During "World of Mine" where she is a type A; bitchy and lovesick at the same time but mellowing to the later at the end of the song.
  • Undying Loyalty: To ryo in "ODDS&ENDS".
  • Yandere: Most notably in the song ACUTE, but if she's in a scenario where she loves KAITO and she gets rejected in favor of someone else, there will be pain.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: However, it may alternate between different shades of green and blue. The most often-agreed on color is cyan.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Wearing thigh high boots. Rank A; can qualify for Rank S (with Tsundere added) depending on depictions.

Alternative Title(s): Miku Hatsune

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