Follow TV Tropes

Following

Music / Hatsune Miku

Go To

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hatsune_miku_art.png
She'll Miku-Miku you.

Click here to see her V3 design. 

Click here to see her V4x design. 

Click here to see her NT design. 

Virtual Idol. Digital Diva. CV01. The First Sound of the Future. Number 39.

The Virtual Celebrity.

Whatever you want to call her, if you're familiar with the Japanese music scene or especially the vocal synthesizer scene of the early 21st century, then chances are you've heard of her.

Originally released as a Vocaloid program in Crypton Future Media's "Character Vocal" series of singing synthesizers, 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, V1 predecessors 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.

Her popularity skyrocketed when the viral 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.

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 creators' 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.

As of 2020, Miku (alongside her other Crypton friends) has shifted away from her VOCALOID roots and is now part of a new product line called "NT (Newtype)", a voice synthesis software developed by Crypton Future Media (in collaboration with Yamaha) running on their proprietary Piapro Studio engine. NT was created in response to Yamaha's VOCALOID5 software aiming for more realistic voice synthesis; NT is designed expressly to preserve the mechanical/robotic qualities of their original voice banks (ironically by using physical modeling instead of sampling) that gave them a unique sound during the height of VOCALOID popularity. In addition to running on proprietary software, NT is designed to be compatible with post-launch updates, giving its developers the opportunity to respond to feedback and improve the engine and voice synthesis even after launch, which is not supported by VOCALOID. Hatsune Miku NT was released to the public on November 27th, 2020, and the video game Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage! serves to demonstrate the use of the software.

For tropes specific to her (fictional) depictions in Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage!, see the respective character page.

For tropes specific to her Project DIVA depictions, see the respective character page.


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.
  • Age Lift: Though canonically 16, she has been aged up and down in various works.
    • This commercial for Lux shampoo (yes, a virtual character with turquoise hair did a shampoo commercial) features a noticeably older, straight-haired Miku - and Scarlett Johansson.
  • All Take and No Give: "World is Mine" has her portraying a spoiled princess-type character with a long list of demands for her crush/love interest to follow.
    One, you must notice that I changed my hair
    Two, take a good look, all the way to my shoes
    You following?
    Three, for every one word I say, reply with three
    Got it? Then do something about
    My idle right hand!
  • All-Loving Hero: In “Innocence” and “A Fake Diva
  • Alpha Bitch: Her and Gumi play adult versions of this in "Ageha Glow" where they go all out in Slut-Shaming their friends.
  • Animated Actor: She is regarded as this in the Evillious Chronicles, as she "portrays" several characters, with the most prominent of those characters being Margarita Blankenheim.
    • Practically all her cameos and guest appearances are implied as such, due to her being a world famous idol.
  • 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" when written in kanji can also be read as mirai, or "future."
  • Artifact Title: At this point calling her a "Vocaloid" is something of a misnomer, as the name refers to the Yamaha-produced voice synthesis software and not the characters themselves, something that the Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA series takes care to acknowledge. Miku is also no longer associated with the Vocaloid software as of 2020 (though her past voicebanks are still sold by them). However, the public image of Vocaloids has become so conflated with Hatsune Miku that for the most part, it's nearly impossible to refer to her as anything else.
  • Artificial Human: In Test Tube Princess.
  • As Herself: Miku has made several voiced appearances as herself in various games and anime note , including...
  • Ax-Crazy: In some songs, such as "50/50" where she becomes jealous of her best friend's new boyfriend and ends up cutting him in half, or "Rotten Girl, Grotesque Romance" where she sends her crush (or ex according to the video) a box filled with kittens' severed heads.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: In "Rotten Girl, Grotesque Romance" she plays a Yandere/Psycho Ex who kills her boyfriend’s cat.
  • Bad Future: According to her "official" character concept, Miku hails from one where all music has been lost.
  • Badass Biker: Her depiction in DIVA's music video for "Left Behind City".
  • 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.
  • Big Bad: In "Mafia", according to wotaku, she is this to KAITO (who serves her dragon in "SHANTI").
  • 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).
  • Blank Slate: While Miku originally had a backstory, she never was given an official personality, only being described as a "diva" in her profile.
  • 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.
  • Breakout Character: The most famous Vocaloid of them all; even many people who don't know about Vocaloid are dimly aware of who she is.
  • The Bus Came Back: In the Kagerou Project, Miku started off as the series' key vocalist, performing the first few songs such as "Jinzo Enemy" and, most famously, "Kagerou Daze". However, starting from "Konoha's State of the World", her role in the series would be supplanted by IA, who would perform the rest of the series' major songs (and thus propel her to fame as well) because of Jin's contract with 1st Place Co., Ltd. Miku would not sing another Kagerou Project song until 2017, when the Mekakucity Reload album was released and featured Miku as the vocalist on every single song on the album. As well, Jin released a Re:boot version of "Children Record" featuring Hatsune Miku for the franchises 10th anniversary.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Her official backstory of being an Android who has come to spread her love of music to prevent a Bad Future is not acknowledged at all by Crypton Future Media today, as she is instead promoted as a virtual idol with a deep love for her fans.
  • 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.
  • Cherry Blossom Girl: Sakura Miku is a version of the default Hatsune Miku who trades in her cyber-blue color scheme for a light pink motif, and has cherry-shaped hair barrettes.
  • 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...
  • Crossover: Sometimes, Miku will make appearances in other properties without the other Cryptons being along for the ride, such as her appearances in Love Live! and BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! among many, many others. The Love Live crossover even has a song, "BANZAI! digital trippers" which is Aqours featuring Miku. Project Voltage, a collaboration with Pokémon depicts Miku as a different-type Pokémon trainer with her Pokémon being music-based ones such as Rillaboom and Flygon, though the Fighting-type trainer shows her with Sirfetch'd due to both Hatsune Miku and Sirfetch'd being associtated with leeks. Each type also comes with its own song by a different composer. She is also the first Vocaloid to join #COMPASS though after some time, Rin and Len join the roster too. In COMPASS she is a Sprinter class hero with a healing support playstyle.
  • Crossover Couple: Crunchyroll's webcomics portrays her and their Mascot Crunchyroll-hime as a couple.
  • Determinator: In the 3D PV of Hello, Planet, she doesn't let anything slow her down while journeying across the devastated post-apocalyptic world to find her master. She loses her hot air balloon, suffers damage from acid rain, and her arm falls off, yet she keeps going until she finds her master's grave site.
  • Died Happily Ever After: In Hello, Planet, upon finding her master's grave, she cries for the first time. Her tears water the soil in the flower pot she was carrying with her, allowing the seed to grow into a plant so tall that it carries her all the way up to heaven, where she reunites with her master. Below them, the newborn plant repopulates the devastated Earth with life.
  • The Dragon: Both literally and in terms of the trope, but trapped in human form, in Synchronicity.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: The design for Miku in "Crybaby Boyfriend", the first entry in the "Love & Hate" series by HoneyWorks, features Miku with realistically short twin tails, dark brown hair, and matching brown eyes. When she reappeared in the series' final song "The Beginning's Goodbye", she's kept with the same basic design but with turquoise hair and eyes to match the Vocaloid's appearance more closely.
  • Engrish: Happened frequently when her Japanese voicebank was used to try and create English lyrics or words. Also happened in some commercial appearances where her English lines were scripted in katakana. It's far less common now since the English voicebank has been released.
  • Evil Diva: In the Happiness Series she's one of these, brainwashing people into being happy.
  • Flat Character: The official stance on her character is this, as a lack of defined character traits promotes flexibility with using her image in various songs. The Licensed Games play with this, with Project DIVA X and Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage! giving her the closest to an actual characterization for an officially licensed product. X does take care to mention that her characterization in the game in no way represents her actual character, however, and in SEKAI her "base" appearance is about as generic as you can possibly get while her SEKAI variations are explicitly Interpretative Characters. Aside from that, the only clearly defined elements of Miku's character are as follows:
    • Her name
    • Her age (16)
    • Her height (158 cm / 5'2")
    • Her weight (42 kg / 93 lb)
    • Her preferred genres (pop, rock, dance, house, techno, crossover)
    • Her preferred tempo (70–150 bpm)
    • Her vocal range (A3–E5, B2–B3)
  • Genki Girl: Her base portrayal in Project DIVA 2nd and Colorful Stage!.
  • Girliness Upgrade: Design-wise, her NT design takes this direction. Whereas V3 and V4X featured more streamlined and futuristic outfits with less emphasis on her long pigtails, NT cranks up the cute significantly with cutesy frills added to much of her outfit and less synthesizer lights in favor of even longer hair.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She wears her hair in pigtails that go all the way to the ground. While her depictions in various songs will sometimes give her different hairstyles or even change her hair color completely, her pigtails are easily her trademark hairstyle.
  • Girly Bruiser: Is portrayed as such in the song "Assassin Princess", being a powerful assassin whilst also retaining her default feminine looks and attire. She even wears a tiara(as befitting her codename, "Princess"), and her lipstick tubes double as explosive bullets!
  • Goroawase 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'.
  • 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?
  • Honorary Princess: Is portrayed as this just as often as she is a literal one, such as in World is Mine, Test Tube Princess, and Assassin Princess.
  • Hotter and Sexier:
    • Her Append box art has been accused of being oversexualized.
    • Her English voicebank design looks like an older, more adult version of her, including slightly larger breasts, and more piercing looking eyes. Behold.
  • "I Am" Song: While she's had plenty written for her, "Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru" is often taken as her introduction. For Western audiences who weren't familiar with her before, "Miku" by Anamanaguchi is this as well.
  • 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.
  • Idol Singer: At times she's depicted as this in media. In Colorful Stage!, one of her SEKAI variations is actually one.
  • I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Several instances:
    • "The Beginnings Goodbye", the final entry to the Love & Hate series from HoneyWorks, seems to set up a love triangle between Miku, Len, and Rin after Miku reenters the picture with the intention of rekindling things with Len. However, Len is already a year into his relationship with Rin and had long since moved on from his prior relationship with Miku. Miku is initially upset about it, acting coldly toward him throughout the song and serving as an obstacle to their relationship, but after befriending Rin and realizing that she has helped Len become a stronger person, she accepts defeat and learns that it's time for her to move on as well.
    • It also happens in "ACUTE" by Kurousa-P. After attempting a Murder-Suicide with KAITO and ending up in the hospital, Miku gives up on her plan to take KAITO from Luka when Luka chooses to forgive her despite what she'd done. The story ends with Miku apologizing and wishing the pair happiness together.
  • Innocent Inaccurate: In Wide Knowledge of the Late, Madness, Miku is too delusional to realize her fellow patients are being systematically murdered, referring to the blood spilled as "red flowers" and being excited for her turn.
  • Insistent Terminology: After Crypton's departure from Yamaha, she is officially referred to as a "virtual singer", not a Vocaloid. That hasn't stopped fans from referring to her as a "Vocaloid" regardless.
  • Interpretative Character: She tends to be the Crypton that gets hit the hardest by redesigns, sometimes to the point of being nearly unrecognizable as her box art design due to the changes in hair color, style, and hair length. However, alternate portrayals of her try to be careful with keeping at least something in common with her original design, with it being either her turquoise hair or iconic twin tails.
  • 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).
    • She also sings Sloth's song in Mothy's Seven Deadly Sins series.
  • The Leader: She's treated as one to the Crypton virtual singer group.
  • Leotard of Power: Her Append design is made of this. Would've been taken more literally if she had a Power voicebank.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Miku is typically depicted as being this in lesbian love songs, retaining her feminine qualities and appearances, while also being interested in women.
  • Looks Like Cesare: Looks like a schoolgirl Cesare in this PV of Envy Catwalk, which is fitting as she is a weapons-grade Ophelia in that song.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Plays this type in "World Is Mine" "Kocchi Muite Baby" and "Sweet Devil."
  • Magic Skirt: In Project Diva. No matter what moves she's doing, you'll never get a panty shot from her.
  • 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, and the first in the Character Vocal Series. With her first name (an alternate reading of "future"), her full name means "first sound of the future."
  • Ms. Fanservice: Due to her status as an Interpretative Character, she can be this depending on an artists design for her. Some artists even give her a more prominent bust than the one she has by default.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Since her introduction in 2007, her canon age has consistently stayed at 16.
  • Not Growing Up Sucks: As I’m Not Human is this combined with Law of Inverse Fertility.
  • Ojou Ringlets: As seen in a music video for "World is Mine."
  • Omniglot: Due to her long-standing international popularity, Miku has gained quite a number of different-language voice banks. In addition to her Japanese set, she also has sets for English and Chinese. This is to say nothing of her being used for other languages as well, despite not having official versions for them.
  • The Ophelia: Envy Catwalk has her play a Hooker with a Heart of Gold who is driven to become this, complete with Looks Like Cesare.
  • 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.
  • Pair the Spares: Often paired off with Luka due to being the only characters in the Crypton group without a designated counterpart vocal like KAITO and MEIKO and Rin and Len. Officially, this is for balance purposes and it isn't treated as shippy, but in some fan art, fans play them off as a couple.
  • Prefers Going Barefoot: Her Append design has no footwear.
  • Product Placement: Once did an infamous cross-promo with the Japanese branch of Domino's Pizza in 2013; fans have generally embraced it if only because of the sheer mismatch of it.
  • Pseudo-Romantic Friendship: In some media such as Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA, she tends to have one with Rin.
  • Psycho Lesbian: To Gumi in Escape The Princess.
  • Recurring Extra: Miku appears in every episode of Dropkick on My Devil X.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Towards Tei in the first song Tei made.
  • Robot Girl/Ridiculously Human Robots: Her original concept lists her an android girl, and tends to be one of her more common interpretations.
  • 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.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Her character plays this role in the initial arc of the Evillious Chronicles.
  • 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.
  • Series Mascot: For most non-Vocaloid listeners, Vocaloid is Miku. And it's not for nothing, that cyan pigtail chick is really a cash cow character, having several games, apps and software (MikuMikuDance) which was initially created for her. She's also currently the only Vocaloid to have a separate page on This Very Wiki. She's also the face of the Crypton Vocaloid group and is always front and center in every promotional campaign featuring them.
  • Ship Tease: Officially and unofficially she has gotten this with every other Crypton Virtual Singer, as well as a few non-Cryptons like Gumi and Gakupo.
  • Shout-Out: "Alien Alien" includes The Twilight Zone (1959)'s iconic theme music.
  • Silly Love Songs: Many of her biggest hits are plain old sappy love songs. "Melt" and "Ai Kotoba", just to name two.
  • Smark: BE MIKU got her labeled as one.
  • Song Style Shift: Envy Catwalk gets extremely fast in one part to represent her Sanity Slippage.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: She's the most popular out of all the Vocaloids, to the point that some people don't realize other Vocaloids exist.
    • Some other mascots have come close to achieving similar levels of popularity, such as GUMI...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.
    • Every concert featuring the Piapro characters has a setlist majority of Miku songs, following the Kagamines taking up a few more slots, and Luka, KAITO, and MEIKO taking what's left. Every concert, whether it be Magical Mirai, Miky Symphony, and even Miku Expo. Miku is also the only one to get new modules matching the concerts theme for that year, while everyone else either wears their default costumes during the performances or a recycled asset that had previously appeared in Project DIVA.
    • Miku has bar none the most variations out of any Nendoroid for a single character. This is a catalog that spans over 1200 unique Nendoroids and counting.
    • 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 in the base game.
    • Hatsune Miku - Tap Wonder, which focuses on mini-concerts for Miku that the player has to tap their way through to make successful. The other Cryptons do appear ... as miniatures that play instruments in her band.
    • This trend continues on in the mobile Rhythm Game Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage!. As the title implies, Miku gets top billing among all the Virtual Singers and generally gets treated better. To list a few of her accomplishments, the game's roster is comprised of mostly Miku songs, she's the most likely Virtual Singer to be used in covers and 3DMV's, and her appearance is the only one to change significantly across SEKAI (The other Virtual Singers only change clothes), and she's the driving force behind everything, among other things... Word of God has even gone on to admit that while they do want to balance things for all of the Virtual Singers, they were influenced by the fact that, well, she's Miku, so it only makes sense to give her the most focus. That said, she does still have to fight for screentime as a character with the Original Generation, who the game primarily focuses on.
  • Stock Shoujo Heroine: Often portrayed as this in official works. If you portray her with traits given in many different songs, plus Project Diva, she is a lazy, Cloudcuckoolander, Tsundere All-Loving Hero. She also has Girlish Pigtails and is often shipped with Kaito, having him portrayed as her slightly older boyfriend.
  • 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, Sometimes it's the other way around in her and Rin's case.
  • 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.
  • True Blue Femininity: Has bluish-green hair and a same-colored outfit, and although she doesn't have a set personality, she is most often portrayed as a Girly Girl, due to her cute aesthetic, long pigtails, and Girly Bruiser tendencies.
  • Uncanny Valley Girl: In the Happiness Series she plays a Propaganda Machine Evil Diva using Mind-Control Music to brainwash everyone into being happy.
  • 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.
  • Vain Sorceress: Occasionally, such as in Alice Of Human Sacrifice and Disease Princess.
  • Virtual Celebrity: While all the Crypton Vocaloids are this to varying degrees, as they are among the top most recognizable of characters from Vocaloid, Miku is the biggest example of all Vocaloids, with her popularity as a Virtual Celebrity being long standing even years after her initial releases.
  • Vocal Dissonance:
    • In one of the few instances where Miku isn't voiced by her own voice bank, she is voiced by her voice provider, Saki Fujita, in Project DIVA extend. Most voice providers sound almost nothing like the Vocaloids that their voices are used to create, and indeed, Miku sounds much more natural and lower pitched than usual.
    • One of the complaints about Miku's original Append voicebanks is that they didn't sound like Miku was the one singing, leaving producers divided on whether they were worth using. Because of this, many producers went on to skip purchasing Appends for the Kagamine's when they were released.
  • Wham Line: The final lines of Gimme x Gimme imply that she has a partner that she's cheating on with Rin.
    Don't want to go home, but I have to. 'Cause he comes home. Maybe next time.
  • 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.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Miku has made collaborative appearances in various games and franchises in order to promote them.
  • 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.

Official Derivatives

These are some of the derivatives either created by Crypton themselves or from an official source directly connected to Crypton, which adopted these characters.
    Snow Miku 
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/snowmiku.png
Snow Miku Design
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/yukine.png
Yukine
Originally based on a snow-white sculpture of Miku that was created for Sapporo's 2010 Snow Festival, she has become a recurring mascot for Hokkaido's yearly festivals ever since. She is a unique derivative of Miku in that she receives yearly design updates based on an annual contest held by Piapro and Good Smile, with the winning design for that year receiving an associated theme song, figurines, and Nendoroids. As her name suggests, all of these designs have a wintry theme and no two winning designs are the same.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Snow Miku's personality varies depending on the producer of her yearly theme song. For example, Snow Miku 2022's personality is an adventurous, fast-talking Genki Girl as seen in "Colorful Marine Snow".
  • Animal Motifs: A few of the Snow Mikus have an animal theme on top of their universal winter theme:
    • Snow Miku 2015 has an owl theme, with her hood giving the appearance of an owl's head.
    • 2018 has a crane theme.
    • 2022 has a crab theme, giving her the appearance of a crab fisherman and crab-like hair decorations.
  • Cool Shades: Snow Miku 2022 has a pair of aviators to go with her ship captain outfit.
  • Cosmic Motifs: Snow Miku 2017 is inspired by a starry winter night sky.
  • Cute Witch: Snow Miku 2014 is this, with an outfit consisting of a white witch's hat, cape, a staff, and even a Mentor Mascot in the form of a white rabbit.
  • Interpretative Character: She's still Hatsune Miku, but with a wintry design that updates annually. No two designs are the same, with the most the designs have in common being twin tails and a wintry motif.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Rabbit Yukine serves as this to Miku, and his clothing updates every year to match hers.
  • Winter Royal Lady: Snow Miku 2019 is this, being depicted as a snow princess.

    Sakura Miku 
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sakukamiku2_6.jpg
Base Sakura Miku Design

A pink palette swap of Hatsune Miku with a cherry blossom motif. She was created to represent the beginning of springtime in response to the recurring Snow Miku character. However, she differs from Snow Miku in that she does not receive yearly design updates, and thus far there have only been two official variations of her design.


  • Cherry Blossom Girl: Her whole motif, as she's based on the arrival of springtime.
  • Expy: While she's not a fan derivative, her creation was inspired by various fan arts of the response character before Good Smile and Crypton decided to make her official with their own design for her.
  • Flat Character: Unlike Snow Miku whose characterization and design varies on a year-to-year basis depending on how the artists and her associated songs portray her, Sakura Miku doesn't receive this treatment and not much is known about her.
  • Pink Means Feminine: She has a pink motif and usually has a feminine vibe to her.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: The only version of Miku consistently portrayed with pink hair.

    Mikudayo 

Mikudayo

An creepy chibi version of Hatsune Miku based on a memetically creepy Nendoroid costume of her from the Tokyo Game Show 2011 presentation of SEGA's 3DS title Hatsune Miku and Future Stars: Project mirai. As of 2021, three new derivatives have been created based off of her: KAITOdayo, MEIKOdayo and Lukadayo.
  • Ascended Meme: In addition to being adopted as an official Derivative by Crypton after she gained sufficient exposure, Sega themselves (responsible for creating this abomination) introduced their own "-dayo" variations to accompany the original, in "MEIKOdayo", "KAITOdayo", and "Lukadayo" flavors.
    • Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage! has also added her to their game as a mascot costume primarily worn by Miku. A KAITO version is said to exist within the game's universe as well. Additionally, Nene-robo is a singing robot that is modeled after a "-dayo" version of the original character Nene Kusanagi.
  • Ax-Crazy: Often depicted as this in pictures.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the "Together with Mikudayo!" promo videos for Project mirai 2. She gets absolutely trampled for the sake of comedy.
  • The Cameo: Project DIVA F and Arcade featured a Head Accessory of her, and Project mirai had an unlockable face swap of Miku that made her look like Mikudayo. F 2nd went a step further and included a whole outfit. In every game she appears in, she's either Downloadable Content or the hardest item to acquire in the game.
  • Creepy Monotone: When she does speak, she mainly says "Miku da yo" in a very droning version of Miku's regular voice bank, but with little no inflection. This makes her come off as very unnerving.
  • Last Lousy Point: When she isn't DLC, she's this.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is based on the phrase "Miku da yo", meaning "I am Miku!". The phrase is meant to be ironic concerning how much she doesn't look like Miku at all, but it's also used in fanart to signify her wanting to Kill and Replace the actual Miku.
  • Perpetual Smiler: She's this as a result of her costume.
  • Super-Deformed: She's supposed to be this.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Otoro sushi, or specifically, giant otoro sushi, since regular sushi is too small for her.

    Project Voltage 
In celebration of Miku's 16th anniversary, the singer collaborated with Pokémon for an event where she is reimagined as a Pokémon trainer specializing in one of the 18 types. Each Miku was revealed during the weekdays of September 2023, designed by a crew of artists and shown alongside a different partner Pokémon for each design. Additionally, 18 songs themed around the types were released weekly starting the month after, each with their own Miku designs as well.
  • Anime Hair: Some of the Mikus have outlandish quirks to their hair:
    • Electric-type Miku's sidelocks and the ends of her twintails take a zig-zagging thunderbolt shape.
    • Ice-type Miku's hair resembles long strands of ice crystals.
    • Poison-type Miku has wobbly, three-toned hair that looks like toxic sludge.
    • Dragon-type Miku's twintails are two-toned with spikes along the sides, making them resemble dragon tails.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: Ghost-type Miku, who is depicted as a sort of digital ghost.
  • Cool Shades: Normal-type and Electric-type Miku both have them, with Normal Miku having goofy ones bearing a "^^" expression and Electric Miku having snazzy round ones.
  • Depending on the Artist: Each version of Miku varies wildly in personality, dress, and even physicality. No two Mikus will share the same aesthetic.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Bug-type Miku takes cues from the aesthetic, owing to her dreary choir girl theme.
  • Gyaru Girl: Fairy-type Miku is a very pastel kogal, with a bag adorned by charms, extra long fingernails, and the iconic loose socks combined with her school uniform.
  • Ironic Name: Normal-type Miku is anything but: she wears loud, bright neon colors, and is portrayed as an exciteable party girl. Her partner Chatot is just as brightly colored as she is.
  • Let's Duet: Project Voltage eventually began releasing collaboration songs featuring the other Crypton Virtual Singers singing alongside Miku.
  • Mad Scientist: Poison-type Miku's character sheet shows her eagerly playing with chemicals and carrying syringes, not to mention her more unhinged expression.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Water-type Miku has tanlines halfway up her arms and legs, suggesting she wears her original VOCALOID 2 outfit when not swimming.
    • Fairy-type Miku's partner Pokémon is Jigglypuff, which happens to be numbered #39 in the Pokedex.
    • Fighting-type Miku and her partner Pokémon, Sirfetch'd, reference Miku's association with leeks.
    • Dragon-type Miku's partner Pokémon is the futuristic Paradox Pokémon Miraidon, referencing Miku's name meaning "First Sound of the Future" and her initial time travel-based origin story.
    • In "Battle! (Hatsune Miku)", the two rival Mikus battle with a Gengar and a Nidoking, mimicking the Gengar and Nidoran seen fighting in the intro to Pokémon Red and Blue.
  • Non-Ironic Clown: Rock-type Miku wears jester clothes under her dress, and sketches on her character sheet show that she happily performs with her Aurorus.
  • Ominous Visual Glitch: Ghost-type Miku has visible glitches on her person, most prominently separating her boots from the rest of her legs.
  • Pom-Pom Girl: Grass-type Miku is drawn as a cheerleader, fitting with the sports theming of the Galar gym leaders.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Fittingly, Dark-type Miku has dark red eyes that can glow menacingly.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: Dark-type Miku carries a dark, frilly umbrella that doubles as a microphone.
  • Sampling: All of the songs under Project Voltage sample from Pokémon's massive SFX and soundtrack library from the games.
  • Sharp-Dressed Woman: Electric-type Miku's jumpsuit gives the appearance of a snazzy white tux. Ice-type Miku also wears a cool-looking business suit.

     Other Crypton Derivatives 
Official derivatives of the rest of the Crypton group.

Ascended Fan Derivatives

These are fanmade "derivatives" of existing Vocaloids, who have gained official recognition as memes from Crypton themselves; two of them, Neru and Haku, made cameos in the spinoff manga and games.

    Yowane Haku 

Yowane Haku

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Much_Smaller_02_1853.JPG
Haku is a depressed counterpart of Miku, created by those who cannot use Miku properly. She is usually off-key when she sings (although sometimes she produces nice songs), and envies Miku's voice, to the point where she drinks. A lot.


  • Ascended Fanon: Sort of, her creator CAFFEIN ships her with Miku Hatsune, and when mothy, one of the most influential Vocaloid producers of all decided to include a character based on Haku, he paired her together with a character based on Miku.
  • The Cameo: A special Mythology Gag for Evillious Chronicles fans; Haku appears briefly in the Project mirai rendition of "Servant of Evil", referencing the song "Daughter of White".
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Because she thinks she'll never be as good as Miku.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite her concept as not being as good a singer as Miku, she's often portrayed as being good at other things, such as playing musical instruments (especially the guitar).
  • Jiggle Physics: Her model in Miku Miku Dance is the first officially released one that does this.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "weak willed words".
  • Tareme Eyes
  • Technicolor Eyes: Red eyes.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Sake, just like Meiko up there.
  • The Voiceless: In Project DIVA, being a fan-created Vocaloid, Haku had no voice. Averted in Project DIVA 2nd, where (like everyone else), she has her own celebration dialogue when completing a song.
    • Haku's voice in Project DIVA 2nd seems to be a deeper, more reserved-sounding Miku.

    Akita Neru 

Akita Neru

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Much_Smaller_03_2718.JPG
Neru is another counterpart of Miku, made by people who make Miku's pitch too high. It is said she represents those who are too lazy and impatient to use Vocaloid correctly and give up half way through, which is indicated by Neru's Tsundere nature. Her origin can also be explained as a personification of Trolling.

Her voice is usually an edit of Miku's, but can also come from Rin's, depending on the editor.


  • The Cameo: Appears as a ghostly silhouette at the end of Blessed Messiah and the Tower of Ai (implied to be the previous "messiah").
  • Companion Cube: Her cell phone.
  • Expy: She's visually a fusion of the most popular Crypton Vocaloids of the day, splicing together elements of Miku (long hair, clothes) and Rin/Len (yellow color scheme, single ponytail, midriff, keyboard sleeve, and shorts).
  • Lazy Bum: Her origin and name lampshade this.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name itself is a reference to trolling; "akita, neru" equates to "(Fuck this,) I'm tired, I'm going to bed."
  • Phoneaholic Teenager: Often depicted as one due to her cell phone.
  • The Voiceless: Like Haku, had no voice in Project DIVA (Due to being an unofficial cameo). Also like Haku, averted in Project DIVA 2nd in the same fashion. All of her celebratory quotes sound displeased, no matter how well the player performs.
    • Neru's dialogue in Project DIVA 2nd seems to be a deeper, more womanly-sounding Rin.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: With Haku in Dark Woods Circus, in which she's the "girly girl" (she's seen wearing a long green dress). In fanon, however, it's usually the other way around.
  • Troll: Created out of a trolling incident, as can be read on that trope's page.
  • Tsundere
  • Tsurime Eyes: To contrast with Haku.

    Hachune Miku 

Hachune Miku

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Ss_hachune_581.png
A chibified version of Miku, created especially for her Leekspin video and helping to push her (and arguably, Vocaloids as a whole) into the mainstream.


    Shiteyan'yo 
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/image_shiteyanyo_bypuzzle157xxx.jpg
A fanloid of Hatsune Miku released in 2010, she(?) was conceptualized as Miku's twin tails being a pair of functioning legs. Since her release, she has been officially acknowledged by Crypton Future Media and has appeared in several games in the Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA series as a background character, skin, and accessory for the Virtual Singers.
  • Ambiguous Gender: It's unclear what gender it is supposed to be, but many simply assume that it's female because it was based on Hatsune Miku.
  • Blank Slate: Its creators never gave it an official personality, but many headcanon that it's creepy as it looks, especially when interacting with the Virtual Singers and other fan derivatives.
  • Body Horror: It's a head with hair for legs and nothing else.
  • The Cameo: While never appearing in the game proper, "she" cameos in two separate promotional images for the video game Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage! prior to its release.

 
Feedback

Video Example(s):

Alternative Title(s): Miku Hatsune

Top

Hatsune Miku's Leek

While playing Karuta, Jashin-chan ends up stealing Hatsune Miku's leek and gives her 100 yen for it. But since she only paid 90 yen for the leek, Miku doesn't actually mind.

How well does it match the trope?

5 (7 votes)

Example of:

Main / TheCameo

Media sources:

Report