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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.

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 & 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!
    • Puni Puni Poemi, which is basially Excel Saga on steroids, takes it even further, with the same Voice acress playing Poemi, who gets confused as to which show shs doing, and later beats up the Sailor Senshi in 3 seconds.
  • 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.
  • In Tokyo Mew Mew, a Sailor Moon lookalike can be seen at a theme park attraction in an early episode.
  • Pretty Cure:
    • In Futari wa Pretty Cure, Nagisa's blanket is purple with rabbits on it, just like Usagi's.
      • In the first episode of the same season, 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.
    • Doki Doki! 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.
    • The 18th episode of HuGtto! Pretty Cure has Emiru imitate, among other poses of famous heroes, Usagi's transformation pose when explaining her ideals of a hero.
  • In Buso 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: Series creator Hideaki Anno described Misato Katsuragi as an "adult Usagi Tsukino," to the point where Kotono Mitsuishi voices her. He has also stated that Rei Ayanami's first name comes from the civilian identity of Sailor Mars, Rei Hino. Reportedly, the Sailor Moon references were a bid to get Kunihiko Ikuhara to direct Evangelion.
  • GTO: The Early Years:
    • Eikichi, of all people, is watching Sailor Moon R: The Movie in one chapter, while the girls he's with aren't interested at all.
    • Kiwamezawa is a huge fan of Sailor Moon, even turning down a fight so he wouldn't miss the show. Saejima buys his friendship with a limited edition Minako figurine. He makes quite a sight, a 2.2 meter tall high schooler with a face like Frankenstein's Monster, with the figurine in his shirt pocket.
  • Food Wars!: The Foodgasm over Shinomiya's stuffed cabbage rolls is basically a Sailor Moon parody, with Hinako, Fuyumi and Doujima transforming into Magical Girls, Donato turning into a Tuxedo Mask Captain Ersatz, and Sekimori as the Ridiculously Cute Critter Mascot.
  • Sk8 the Infinity: In the second eyecatch for Episode 2, Shadow does a Transformation Sequence in the same style as the 90s Sailor Moon anime.
  • Early in Fushigi Yuugi, Miaka mimics Sailor Moon's In the Name of the Moon speech before fighting some thugs. What makes this even better is the fact that she is voiced by Kae Araki, who temporarily replaced Kotono Mitsuishi as Sailor Moon when Mitsuishi was unavailable due to suffering from appendicitis.
  • YuYu Hakusho: In the manga version, Kurama uses a rose as a weapon and even says, "Just call me Tuxedo Mask!" In the anime version, Koenma cosplays as Tuxedo Mask at one point.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: The author intentionally designed Tsubame Sanjo to look like Hotaro Tomoe/Sailor Saturn.

    Asian Animation 
  • In the second Happy Heroes movie, Big M. dresses up as the character Sailor Moon.
  • In episode 52 of Nana Moon, Keke's transformation features rainbow strips coiling around her body to form her costume, a la 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 
  • While going through several potential costumes for her alter ego as Marvel Comics superheroine Araña, Anya ends up in Sailor Moon's iconic costume (with a brunet version of her odango hairstyle, even!) and is not amused.
  • Archie Comics featured a Boy of the Week named Maxfield Standin, a stand-in for Maxfield Stanton, Nephrite's civilian name in the DiC dub. He even has a wife named Molly and Veronica references his catchphrase "The stars know everything."
  • While guest writing an issue of JLA (1997), Mark Millar had Batman know enough of Sailor Moon to figure out during a trip to Japan that one attractive woman named "Hino Rei" was actually Martian Manhunter Disguised in Drag. The page where this happens can be read here.
  • One issue of the comics version of The Simpsons shows Waylon Smithers, post-henshin, in a costume that very closely resembles that of a Sailor Soldier. This is just one of many anime references in that particular issue.
  • The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) had cameos of the Sailor Scouts in various issues, if they were ponies.
  • Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman: Harley Quinn gives a nod to the franchise when she addresses Wonder Woman with "What's that, Sailor Mope?"
  • The Steven Universe comics published by KaBOOM!/ BOOM! Studios have made shout outs to Sailor Moon, including the B variant of the October 2014 comic cover, in which Steven and Connie can be seen reading a comic book called "Lion Scout."

    Comic Strips 
  • 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!

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery: KISS' Transformation Sequence is taken straight from Sailor Moon'', specifically Mars' (Demon), Jupiter's (Spaceman), Star Fighter's (Catman), and Venus' (Starchild).
  • For Turning Red, director Domee Shi has mentioned that the 90s anime adaptation's soft color palette was an influence on the overall look of the film. Some of the doodles in Mei's notebook also depict herself and her friends as the Sailor Guardians.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers (2022), a woman cosplays as Sailor Moon at Fan Con.
  • 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.
  • One Between the Lions segment, Little Wendy Tales, is drawn in an animesque art style and features a girl transforming into a magical warrior to fix stories. She even has a cat that looks like Artemis.

  • 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.
  • Vaporwave and Future Funk artist マクロスMACROSS 82-99 has an entire album dedicated to this series called SAILORWAVE released in 2013, even having the cover of Sailor Moon transforming. This disc, apart of referencing the series, is known as the Trope Codifier for Future Funk and referent for next artists. Also he released in 2018 a second part called SAILORWAVE II.
  • The song "Time Code" by Bright Eyes, from the 2005 album Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, features a stock audio clip of a girl shouting "Tuxedo Mask!" This same clip was also used in menu music in the 1998 children's computer game Rockett's Adventure Maker.

    Music Videos 
  • In the music video for the Nanowar of Steel song "Uranus", the female backup dancers are dressed as Sailor Uranus. It also adds a Visual Pun to the Hurricane of Puns the track is made out of.
  • One of the music videos for the Dua Lipa song "Levitating" is animated in the style of the first anime, complete with Dua Lipa using her microphone to perform a sparkly pastel-colored transformation sequence.

    Print Media 
  • Nickelodeon Magazine: One segment of "Toon People" (as seen on Crossover Couple) shows Bart Simpson reading the Sailor Moon manga while Sakura Haruno reads an American comic book.

    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.
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night has the Moon Stick as weapon for Alucard. It's the most powerful weapon that is a Cudgel. The Moon Stick makes another appearance in Castlevania: Harmony of Despair in the same context.
  • 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."
  • Manipulating the camera in Punch-Out!! Wii reveals that Piston Hondo's book (which he reads during Title Defense intermissions) contains edited scenes from the manga. This actually got Nintendo in legal trouble, and they had to play a roughly $2 million fine over it. To this day, this incident is a recurring meme in the fandom.
  • Silent Hill 3: Heather can find a Transformation Trinket that turns her into Princess Heart, complete with Transformation Sequence.
  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole: Some of Wonder Tweek's battle quotes include, "For Love and Justice, Wonder Tweek!", along with the versions from the DiC Entertainment dub. Wonder Tweek also has an attack called "Supreme Lightning", which when used, he will shout, "Supreme Thunder!"
  • 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 Animation 

  • Sleepless Domain:
    • When protagonist Undine is looking for a new magical girl team to join, one that Benzene mentions in passing is called "Team Sailor". He dismisses them immediately, however, noting that they are already too large and thematically organized to be accepting new members. The page's Alt Text clarifies that Team Sailor will not actually be appearing in the comic, for reasons that are rather self-evident.
    • The Chapter 10 cover features Heartful Punch in a pose reminiscent of Usagi's in the very first eye catch of the series, with her back to the viewer and a hand on her hip, and her head to the side looking back. Even the background is similar, featuring hearts rather than stars to better suit HP's overall motif.
  • Kakikomi Magical Girls: Shiori thinks of the Senshi (with their eyes blanked out) when her sister asks if they should recruit more Magical Girls to make fighting easier.
  • The Sailor Senshi all exist in And Shine Heaven Now, but for the most part they're only in cameos, this being a Hellsing centered comic after all.
    • Setsuna briefly appears at the end of the "Invisible Timeline" arc in order to fix a paradox: a stuck-in-the-past Integra had to sell her watch, which referenced a date that hadn't happened yet, and Setsuna sells it to Mina Harker and Abraham van Hellsing.
    • Rei can apparently hear a magically enhanced Integra yelling at trees (It Makes Sense in Context) all the way from Poland.
    • Their most prominent role in Shine comes in the 'Eurekon' storyline, where Uranus and Neptune fight off Nina, and Usagi (with the Inner Senshi backing her up) uses the Holy Grail to destroy Sett. Meanwhile, Professor Tomoe is attending the titular mad scientist convention, completely unimpressed with Doc and his panel because trying to bring the end of the world is nothing special among mad scientists.
      • Timeline wise, Eurekon definitely takes place after the fourth arc, as Helios makes an appearance (and it's hinted that it may be during/after the fifth, as a gag comic shows co-writer Xuanwu trying to convince Erin to kill off Mamoru so Usagi could be paired with Seiya instead)...which beggars the question of how the by-then-dead or Heel Face Turned Professor Tomoe is able to be at Eurekon. (Then again, there are time travelers in attendance as well so that's a possibility.)
  • In Ensign Sue Must Die, one of the Sues unleashed onto the multiverse at the end of Part 1 is a Sailor Senshi Sue in a pink uniform. In Part 3, Sailor Moon is part of La Résistance fighting the Sues.
  • Questionable Content: In the flashback to Marty's teen years Clarissa is wearing a Sailor Moon shirt.

    Web Videos 
  • 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 '90s 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 
  • DuckTales (2017):
    • In "Who is Gizmoduck?!", When Mark Beaks becomes Waddleduck 2.0, he undergoes a Transformation Sequence straight out of Sailor Moon.
    • In "Astro B.O.Y.D.!", A background character is seen cosplaying as Sailor Moon. A figurine of the character appears as a rabbit, a reference to Sailor Moon's civilian identity of Usaginote  Tsukino.
  • Referenced three times in The Simpsons:
    • "Married to the Blob" has 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.
  • 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.
  • In The Amazing World of Gumball episode "The Ghouls", Mr. Small goes as Sailor Moon for Halloween.
  • The Megas XLR "Ultra Chicks" features the titular group, who are very blatantly based on the Sailor Senshi.
  • The Dragon Prince: While goofily trying to explain how her lunacy powers work, Rayla strikes one of the iconic Sailor Moon poses.
  • Elena of Avalor: Elena's power-up in "The Magic Within" is inspired by the iconic Transformation Sequence as well as Kida with the Heart of Atlantis.
  • The third segment of the Harvey Girls Forever! episode "Can't Harvey Wait" is a Sailor Moon parody with Lotta as the eponymous heroine, Lucretia as Luna, and Frufru as Queen Beryl.
  • In Totally Spies! The Movie, one of Clover's design ideas for a spy outfit is a sailor fuku.
  • In Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Mewman soldier Mina Loveberry is an obvious Sailor Senshi Send-Up, complete with having her long hair in odango buns like Usagi. Mina is also used as a version of Sailor Moon gone horribly, '''HORRIBLY''' wrong, as while she's hailed as a hero in her home country, she was made into a super soldier by a dangerously genocidal past queen of Mewni; a combination of the spells used in the procedure, PTSD, and being Really 700 Years Old have left Mina completely insane.
  • Gravity Falls: Decoding the secret messages on the journal page that flashes at the end of "Soos and the Real Girl" reveals a reference to the English Sailor Moon theme song:
    Winning hearts by daylight!
    Possessing robots by moonlight!
    Her emotional baggage is a real fright!
    She is the one named Giffany!
  • Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero: In "Ninki Ninja Fight Town," Sashi's character is based on Sailor Moon, complete with ridiculously long transformation sequence. She even strikes a similar pose during said transformation sequence.
  • South Park:
    • "A Song of Ass and Fire": The gift the Sony president gives Kenny is pretty obviously the Silver Crystal Compact from Sailor Moon S.
    • "Titties and Dragons": The anime-inspired beginning of the episode is heavily based on Sailor Moon, pastel backgrounds and all.
  • Teen Titans Go!: On "Leg Day", each Teen Titan (sans Beast Boy) has at least one transformation sequence taken out directly from Sailor Moon. Cyborg has Moon Prism Power, Starfire has Jupiter Power and Venus Power, and Robin has Moon Crystal Power, Moon Cosmic Power and Mercury Power.
  • The Owl House:
    • In the season one opening, a plush doll of Luna can be seen in King's pile of stuff.
    • In "Labyrinth Runners," Willow and Amity do the "in the name of the moon" pose when dealing with the scout captain.
  • Jellystone!: In "Face of the Town," the mythical Jelly Stone causes Huckleberry Hound to undergo a magical girl transformation that looks similar to Sailor Moon's Eternal form.
  • Rosie's Rules: In "Rosie's Seashell Museum," a Freeze-Frame Bonus shows that Crystal has a drawing of a purple-haired Sailor Moon in her notebook.
  • Breadwinners: In "Birthday Bread," SwaySway comes across a loaf called Tuxedo Bread. SwaySway's voice actor Robbie Daymond voiced Tuxedo Mask in the Viz Media re-dub of the 1990s Sailor Moon anime. Doubles as Actor Allusion.
  • We Bare Bears: In "Panda 2," Panda watches a parody of Sailor Moon.
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes: "Let's Be Heroes": During KO's Imagine Spot of him becoming a hero, he's shown wearing a white dress, V-shaped headband, and holding a scepter with a heart on it.
  • Rick and Morty: The episode "Final Desmithation" reveals that Rick has a Sailor Moon Transformation Sequence at the ready in case he needs a disguise since the use of Stock Footage helps save money on animation. He gets to use it on Jerry twice.