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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.

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 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 Project SEKAI serves to demonstrate the use of the software.

For tropes specific to her (fictional) depictions in Project SEKAI, 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.
  • 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: Plays this type in "World Is Mine" "Kocchi Muite Baby" and "Sweet Devil."
  • 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" 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 (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".
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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 in order to prevent a Bad Future is not acknowledged at all by Crypton Future Media today. Justified given that she is supposed to be a Blank Slate.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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 takes her up to heaven where she reunites with her master. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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 Project SEKAI.
  • 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: All the way to the ground!
  • Girly Bruiser: Is portrayed as such in the song "Assassin Princess", being a powerful assassinn 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 boxart 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.
  • 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 Project SEKAI, 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.
  • Insistent Terminology: After Cryptons 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.
  • Licensed Game: The Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA series, Project SEKAI, TAP WONDER, among others.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Sakura Miku has a pink motif.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Project SEKAI Colorful Stage ft. Hatsune Miku. 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.
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s): Miku Hatsune