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


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.

At the conclusion of the Magical Mirai 2019 concert, it was announced by Crypton Future Media that Hatsune Miku (alongside other Crypton voicebanks) would be dissociated from the Vocaloid software going forward and continue life on Crypton's proprietary Piapro Studio software, previously bundled with all Crypton VOCALOID3 software. In December 2019 Hatsune Miku's first official non-Vocaloid voice bank, Hatsune Miku NT (New Type), was revealed by Crypton, later releasing on November 27, 2020.

For tropes specific to her (fictional) depictions in Project SEKAI, 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.
  • 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!
  • 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."
  • 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. 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 Himself: Miku voices (and sings) her own NPC appearance in 7th Dragon 2020 and its sequel.
  • 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 a box filled with kittens' severed heads.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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). 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.
  • 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 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 takes her up to heaven where she reunites with her master, and below them, the newborn plant repopulates the devastated Earth with life.
  • 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.
  • 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 Project SEKAI 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. 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 portrayal in Project DIVA 2nd.
  • Girliness Upgrade: Design-wise, her NT design takes this direction. Whereas V3 and V4X featured more streamlined and futuristic outfits with less emphasis on the Rapunzel Hair, NT cranks up the cute significantly with cutesy frills added to much of her outfit and less synthesizer lights in favor of more Rapunzel Hair.
  • 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.
  • Insistent Terminology: She is officially referred to as a "virtual singer", not a Vocaloid.
  • 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.
  • Leotard of Power: Her Append design is made of this. Would've been taken more literally if she had a Power voicebank.
  • Licensed Game: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA.
  • 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.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Since her introduction in 2007, her canon age has consistently stayed at 16.
  • Numerological Motif: 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'.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: "Alien Alien" includes The Twilight Zone'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.
  • 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.
    • Miku has bar none the most variations out of any Nendoroid for a single character. This is a catalogue 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.
    • This continues in the mobile Rhythm Game Project SEKAI where Miku is given an And Starring credit, has a different appearance depending on which "Sekai" she appears in and by default receives more focus than the other virtual singers she appears alongside. She's only slightly overshadowed by the human characters as the game gives more focus to their struggles, but she's still a driving force for the game due to being the Big Good.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Averted in Project SEKAI, which uses Saki Fujita's voice but heavily modified to sound like Miku instead of herself.
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s): Miku Hatsune


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