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These are works that have made a Shout-Out to Sailor Moon in some form or another.

Being a famous anime is guaranteed to get you an international fanbase, and sometimes, that fanbase will include more extraordinary people. Sailor Moon happens to have one such fanbase. Be it costumes, quotes, or who knows what, it's almost guaranteed that the mother of modern Magical Girl anime and Trope Codifier for Magical Girl Warrior has proven to be influential in one way or another.

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Note that if the reference involves the show being a "Magical Girl as Super Sentai" work, it's not this. It is this, though, if the same show makes an individual reference to Sailor Moon (e.g. henshin sequences involving Sailor Fuku, a masked protector, In the Name of the Moon speeches that actually make reference to the original "In the name of the Moon" speech, etc.)

Subtrope of Stock Shout-Outs and Stock Parodies. For characters who are based off of the franchise's cast, see Sailor Senshi Send-Up.


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Anime and Manga

  • Excel Saga provides an Actor Allusion in the original Japanese, as Excel and Usagi share the same voice actress. The dub, however, had another reference:
    Dub Excel: "I wanted that part, but it was dubbed in Canada!"
  • Slayers happens to have a bunch of them. Gourry's hairstyle in one of his female disguises, the "magic doctor" in NEXT (who happens to resemble a slightly older Chibiusa), Amelia's mission for love and justice, and even the name of her kingdom all reference the franchise.
  • Ramen Fighter Miki has an In-Universe Super Sentai parody with the main villain being a reference to Bunny Tsukino/Sailor Moon, down to her catchphrase.
  • In Hayate the Combat Butler, Nagi temporarily goes under the guise of "Mask The Money" to save Hayate from the Mafia by paying them and using In the Name of the Moon speeches.
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  • In Tokyo Mew Mew, a Sailor Moon lookalike can be seen at a theme park attraction in an early episode.
  • Futari wa Pretty Cure:
    • In one episode, Cure Black has a similar first reaction to her and Cure White's henshin to the one the Champion of Justice experienced when she first transformed.
      Cure Black: Say what!?
    • Another episode has Nagisa taking offense in response to someone insulting Cure Black to her face. This is a reference to the theatrical featurette "Make Up! Sailor Guardians" when a girl who is a fan of Sailor Moon refers to her as a crybaby.
    • DokiDoki! PreCure takes this one step further and has Cure Ace more-or-less emulating the "make up!" henshin sequences, except she says "Dress up!" before transforming.
  • In Busou Renkin Kazuki, Tokiko, and Captain Bravo have to strike a pose to finish the password to enter the League of Extraordinary Elect's hideout. Mangaka Nobuhiro Watsuki said in the liner notes for the tankoubon that having Tokiko use the Sailor Moon salute was a no-brainer.
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam: The Nobel Gundam is designed to look like Sailor V.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion has the character Misato Katsuragi who is voiced by Kotono Mitsuishi, and the show creator, Hideaki Anno, has stated that his concept for the character was essentially an "adult Usagi Tsukino".

Asian Animation

  • In the second Happy Heroes movie, Big M. dresses up as the character Sailor Moon.
  • In the first episode of Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Mighty Little Defenders, Wolffy gets a Transformation Sequence greatly resembling the ones used in Sailor Moon when he uses General Wolf's chip to transform himself. The sequence ultimately leaves him transformed into a dog, which he doesn't like one bit.

Comic Books

Film

  • The Core had this choice bit of dialogue from the science hero to his geeky assistant:
    You can use our T1 line to look up Sailor Moon crap; you're up to this!
  • In the movie A Simple Wish, the Moon Stick and several Sailor Moon dolls can be seen in Annabel's bedroom.
  • In War of the Worlds, an episode of Sailor Moon SuperS plays on TV as one of the characters is channel-surfing.

Live-Action TV

  • In the The Price Is Right episode of November 4, 2008, one segment has the announcer singing "One Week" by Barenaked Ladies (see Music examples below). When the song gets to the line "Gotta get in tune, with Sailor Moon", the audience can see one of the lovely presenters cosplaying as a lawyer-friendly Sailor Moon, with the odango and correct poses to boot.
  • In "The Inside Job", the third episode of Leverage's third season, Hardison and Eliot are trying to meet Nate and Sophie at Parker's home, but wind up going to the wrong address. At the wrong address is a man wearing the Sailor Moon fuku and an odango wig.
  • Even Jeopardy! got into the act. One of its answers for an "Anime" category was "This 'Lunar' Naoko Takeuchi creation is a example of a 'magical girl' given powers to save the world". Immediately someone provided the correct question.

Music

  • The Barenaked Ladies song "One Week" (already jam-packed with pop culture allusions) references the series. Being Canadian, the anime was still being broadcast in the 1990s in that country:
    Gotta get in tune with Sailor Moon, 'cause that cartoon has got the boom anime babes, That make me think the wrong thing.
  • One of the inserts of U2's Best of 1990-2000 CD had a picture of the band standing in front of the Sailor Moon R movie poster.

Newspaper Comics

  • Interestingly, Ziggy even had a shout out to series on March 23, 2007:
    Laundry clerk (to Ziggy): Here's your laundry... I didn't know they made Sailor Moon underwear!

Video Games

  • BlazBlue: Continuum Shift: Platinum the Trinity's gag reel has a couple of Sailor Moon Shout Outs, which involves Relius Clover as "Puppeteer Mask" and a parody of In the Name of the Moon.
  • Flight Rising has a food item called a Tuxedo Urchin, whose description is "This mysterious urchin appears only when the situation is most dire, never mind what that means."
  • Silent Hill 3: Heather can find a Transformation Trinket that turns her into Princess Heart, complete with Transformation Sequence.
  • Gameloft’s ‘’My Little Pony’’ mobile game also has a “Magical Pony” character. Said character is a pony cosplaying as Sailor Moon from the episode “Scare Master” (see Western Animation examples below).

Visual Novels

Web Video

  • The Annoying Orange gets a visit from Sliver Spoon - a utensil expy of Sailor Moon, along with expies of Sailor Jupiter and Sailor Mercury. The video then proceeds to affectionately poke fun at the usual Magical Girl tropes of the 90's anime series.
  • 80's Dan': In one Halloween episode Dolly is dressed up as Sailor Moon. Eighties Dan, who of course never saw this 1990s anime series, tells her it's the best Donald Duck costume I ever saw.

Western Animation

  • Referenced three times in The Simpsons:
    • “Married to the Blob” had a character cosplaying close to Sailor Moon.
    • “‘Tis The Fifteenth Season” couch gag was a big shout out to various Japanese shows, with Lisa dressed as Sailor Moon.
    • Lisa is dressed yet again in a Sailor Fuku and odango in a picture in “Holidays of Future Passed”.
  • Futurama: The anime segment of the episode "Reincarnation" shows Amy dressed in an outfit and haircut that looks a lot like Sailor Moon.
  • Steven Universe:
    • The episode "House Guest" has a Sailor Moon manga on Steven's dresser.
    • Ringo's Transformation Sequence in the episode "Garnet's Universe" is a loving parody of the sailor scout transformation, and includes a sparkly abstract background, Ringo's body drawn in outline and filled with rapidly shifting colors, and a clothing upgrade.
    • Rose Quartz is shown to have the ability to float, allowing her to jump and touchdown gently with her skirts fluttering around her - much, in the same manner, Princess Serenity does.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In "Scare Master", Sailor Moon appears as one of the 'unplanned guests' cut-outs who appears as one of the 'scares' at Fluttershy's 'scary tea party', alongside Rei, Bulma, Ranma, and Utena. In addition, one of the background ponies was dressed up as Sailor Moon for the pony version of Halloween.
    • In “The Cutie Re-mark - Part 2”, Twilight Sparkle and then antagonist Starlight Glimmer go back in time to see Glimmer’s childhood. Among the various ponies seen are pony versions of Sailor Venus, Sailor Mars, and Sailor Jupiter.
  • The Adventure Time Gender Bender episode has Fionna going to Prince Gumball's ball dressed in a Princess Serenity dress.
  • The Megas XLR "Ultra Chicks" features the titular groups, which are very blatantly based on the Sailor Sensei.


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