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  • Adaptation Displacement: When the manga received its Animated Adaptation within months of publishing, the eventual 200+ episode anime thoroughly eclipsed its source via Adaptation Expansion for the better part of a decade, being the version that most of The Merch and all but one Video Game Adaptation was based on. Internationally, this was aided by a lack of or late-coming manga licensing in comparison to multi-language dubs as anime grew in popularity during The '90s. (In North America, it took three years after the DiC Entertainment dub's premiere for the manga to be acquired and translated by Mixx). A 2003 Updated Re-release of the manga (to tie in to an ironically lesser known tokusatsu version) revitalized the property and regularly topped bestseller lists when eventually released stateside in 2011. The newfound exposure eventually resulted in Toei allowing international re-licensing of the out-of-print anime during The New '10s, and beginning development on Sailor Moon Crystal, a new adaptation that is explicitly Truer to the Text of the once-displaced manga.
    • From the perspective of three years' time—due to the infamous early hiccups of Crystal and difficulty in reconciling some characterization and plot differences between the manga/Crystal and first anime (such as the first anime utilizing the popular Tsundere archetype with Rei), it still hasn't quite managed to escape displacement, though with the revitalization of the franchise and properly-translated re-releases of the manga becoming widely available, the manga has certainly gained a bigger base of appreciation in Japan and overseas.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Arguably, Galaxia is this to Frieza. Both are Bad Boss Galactic Conquerers who have taken control of most of the galaxy by the time they reach or hear of Earth and are so far above everyone else in power that they tend to toy with their victims for the sheer pleasure. The differences end with how both of them are defeated, however: Frieza is beaten by someone becoming more powerful than him, and Galaxia is beaten by Sailor Moon pulling a Sheathe Your Sword and reaching out to the good buried deep within her.
  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Some of the main characters fill this trope: two characters (Jupiter and Tuxedo Mask) were orphaned at an early age, two have dead mothers (one of which, Saturn, has a Big Bad for a father and thus becomes orphaned, while the other, Mars, hates her father), one is the child of divorce (Mercury), and three (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) never have their parents mentioned at all. Only three characters have whole nuclear families (incidentally, these are the happier, more-or-less well-adjusted characters: Moon, Chibi-Moon, and Venus, whose hardships stem from something other than family). Furthermore, Usagi and the Sailor Senshi really ought to feel at least some angst about having to be mankind's defense against otherworldly threats. Thanks to the series being leaning on the idealistic side of the scale, this hasn't turned it into Dysfunction Junction. Only Mamoru ever expressed any issues with his lot in life, and that was really only in the first arc and very privately. Rei's issues with her father were briefly explored in the one-shot sidestory Casablanca Memories, though that was largely sidelined in favor of her love drama.
    • Both versions, the only Senshi that displays any anger towards Beryl or Metalia is Minako after regaining her memories of her past life (she being the first to do so), but even when the others do, we don't even see them have a passing through of an ill will.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • In the manga and in Crystal, Uranus first appears in a Tuxedo Mask-style cape and mask (with the manga also giving her a full tuxedo). On a narrative level this seems to be intended to obscure her gender and draw parallels to Mamoru, fueling the subsequent romantic tension between Haruka and Usagi and Usagi's related confusion over whether Haruka is male or female, but any in-universe reasoning for the costume is left a mystery since in all subsequent appearances Uranus simply wears the traditional sailor fuku and nobody ever comments on the change.
    • In "A Powerful New Enemy! Nephrite's Evil Crest" Tuxedo Mask suddenly grows weak for no apparent reason. This never happens again nor is it ever talked about.note 
  • Complete Monster: Sailor Moon, while idealistic, has a select few villains cross the ultimate lines:
    • Sailor Moon R anime: Wiseman corrupts the Black Moon Clan into villains and uses them to turn the peaceful, utopian Earth of the future into a barren, desolate wasteland while using Mind Rape on a little girl to turn her into his Dragon. Worse still, this girl, Sailor Moon's future daughter, is happily sent by Wiseman to murder her friends and her parents. Wiseman's own allies fare no better. Wiseman manipulates Esmeraude of the Black Moon Clan into turning into a monster, sending her to her death. When Saphir, the brother of the clan's leader Prince Demande, attempts to warn his elder brother of Wiseman's treachery and his true plans Wiseman painfully executes him in front of Demande. Wiseman later kills Demande as well when he sacrifices himself for Moon in the anime. Revealing his true nature as Death Phantom, Wiseman intends to to destroy all that lives solely out of boredom and spite. Before he became Death Phantom, he was a depraved mass-murderer in the manga as well. Of all the villains in the series, Wiseman was easily among the most personal, and the most monstrous.
    • Sailor Moon R: The Movie: The Xenian Flower is a parasitic alien plant who destroyed countless of planets across the galaxy in order to satisfy her hunger. To this end, she manipulates other people who are weak-willed in order to do her bidding. Making Earth her next target, she then manipulates an alien who found her, Fiore, under the pretense that she will make his childhood friend, Mamoru Chiba, happy. After arriving on Earth, she then turns the people into mindless zombies in order to attack Sailor Moon and her companions who tries to stop her. It was also revealed that she used her asteroid home base in order to spread her pollen across the Earth in order to drain its energy, and when foiled, she changes the asteroid's course into Earth as a last resort.
    • Manga & Sailor Moon Crystal: Professor Souichi Tomoe was once a scientist who was taken out of the scientific community for his dubious and inhumane experiments. After an accident caused Pharaoh 90 to start to arrive, Tomoe discovered a Daimon egg of Mistress 9 which he implanted in his own daughter, who he also experimented on for his research. He would also experiment on other humans to make them into vessels and super beings for his master, and would use Daimon eggs to forcefully mutate living creatures, putting them through agony and Body Horror. His reason for all of this and trying to bring about the end times was because he was simply curious about the results. He was also highly emotionally abusive and controlling towards his daughter and made it very clear he no longer loved his wife. Nearing his defeat he mutates himself into Germatoid just to allow his master the world. His daughter said it best, that the father that she loved had faded away long ago.
  • Creator Worship: Fans that grew up with the 90s Sailor Moon anime admired Naoko Takeuchi, crediting her with the changes made to her original stories. She also has a massive LGBT Fanbase due to the Ho Yay and positive portrayal of homosexuality. However, Kunihiko Ikuhara, the anime's second director, was actually responsible for the iconic changes to the 90s anime, with the first two seasons of Sailor Moon Crystal, the adaptation that’s truer to Takeuchi's vision, being widely viewed as the inferior adaptation.
  • Critical Research Failure: It's painfully clear in Lover of Princess Kaguya that Takeuchi didn't know the difference between a comet and a meteor. (And yes, the context makes it impossible to chalk up to translation error.)
  • Crossover Ship:
    • Lots, one of the most popular being Chibusa with Gohan, as they are both children of the series protagonist.
    • Setsuna with The Doctor is popular.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Many a villain, whether they get redeemed in the end or not.
  • Epileptic Trees: Due to Chibiusa’s pink hair and red eyes that neither of her biological parents, grandparents or previous lifes Grandparent have, there have been theories that she’s not Mamoru and Usagi’s child, and is either adopted or the product of a love affair Usagi had with another man. No evidence of Chibiusa being an illegitimate child is present in canon, however and her being made fun of for not resembling her parents is a plot-point instory.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • From the first arc, there's Queen Beryl's Quirky Miniboss Squad, The Shitennou — Jadeite, Nephrite, Zoisite and Kunzite. For every fan tribute to Beryl, there's hundreds more dedicated to them.
    • Thetis, a higher ranking Youma who served directly under Queen Beryl, is one of the most popular one-shot monsters because she had a distincter personality than the rest of the monsters and had a history and romantic interest in Jadeite.
    • Berthier of the Ayakashi Sisters tends to be the most popular, even more so after jokes about her being the Sailor Moon equivalent to Elsa from Frozen started up.
    • Eudial was just one of the Quirky Miniboss Squad in the manga's "Infinity Arc" and didn't really wow the readers. Then came the 90s anime where she became a Gadgeteer Genius and Combat Pragmatist who relied on technology instead of magic, was now lead member of the Witches 5, and an insanely reckless driver. She also managed to learn the identities of the Sailor Senshi and acquired two of the Talismans on her own. Fans seem to love Eudial not just for her ridiculousness, but because she was by far the most successful out of any of the sub villains in the entire show.
    • The Amazon Quartet of the Dead Moon Circus, who in the manga even become Sailor Senshi. Of special note is CereCere, the super-pink, super-feminine magnificent bitch, and PallaPalla, the childish Moe one who in Japan was even voted THE most popular villain in the entire series.
    • The majority of the Sailor Animamates in the 90s anime are popular with the fans, in part due to giving them various personality tics and legitimately funny lines that made them far more sympathetic than a few of the shows past villains. Sailor Iron Mouse because of her cute outfits. Sailor Aluminum Seiren and Sailor Lead Crow because fans enjoy how disturbingly similar they are to Usagi and Rei respectively in the 90s anime, and also because of how they clearly care and trust each other despite being villains.
  • Evil Is Sexy: The bulk of the villains embody this, unless they're an Eldritch Abomination, and are either attractive women in fairly revealing clothes or pretty boys.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • A number of western fans think the more emotionally expressive pop idol Seiya Kou would be a much better match for Usagi than the more subdued Mamoru, believing their similar personalities mesh well together. This is also not helped by the manga having Seiya love Usagi from afar (and even forge correspondence from Mamoru since Usagi was still in denial over him dying in front of her) and the anime actually using her as a Replacement Goldfish when Mamoru was Put on a Bus.
    • Mamoru and Ami are shipped together due them both being introverted and intelligent people who both share the dreams of becoming doctors one day. The pairing gained more followers thanks to the eighth episode of season three where Mamoru calls her cute and eases her worries of not having enough dreams. Usagi becoming more insecure, jealous, and possessive in regards to her relationship with Mamoru in season three also led to this ship gaining more support.
    • Ami and Taiki is a popular pairing due to them being the geniuses of their respective teams and their romantic and logical ideals clashing. Fans have had fun drawing Belligerent Sexual Tension from their comical tension during a card game in episode 184.
    • Minako and Yaten is another famous pairing, although the attraction is definitely one-sided on Minako's part. Yaten getting up close to Minako and clutching her shoulders during a game of cards after some teasing from her (she said she would discard her cards if "he" agreed to go on a date with her) in episode 184. Episode 192 takes it further when Yaten confronts Minako over her conflicts of her duty as a Senshi and her desire to chase her dreams, he confronts her with a position similar to a Wall Pin of Love.
    • Because of their close friendship, some fans would rather ship Chibiusa with Hotaru instead of with her canonical love interest, Helios. The fact that Chibiusa and Hotaru hold hands in the Stars arc, with Hotaru pointing out that Usagi and Mamoru also hold hands, adds fuel to this.
    • On the hetero side, of Chibiusa’s two male love interests Helios and Perle, people tend to prefer Helios, as Helios is given more basis in canonnote  and is heavily implied to be the one that she ends up with in the future timeline across all Sailor Moon media, making the pair all but confirmed to be an Official Couple.
    • Rei/Sailor Mars and Minako/Sailor Venus also has a following, thanks to their bond in the manga and live-action series, their Opposites Attract appeal, and the fact that Mars and Venus were lovers in mythology.
  • Faux Symbolism: In the Black Moon arc, Rubeus uses crystalline crosses to hold the captured senshi.
  • Fanwork-Only Fans: In the recent years, especially in the West, Sailor Moon as a franchise has garnered a lot of fans that haven’t actively consumed any of the canon media yet still consume fan related media or produce fan-works for the cutesy, feminine aesthetic. In fact, Sailor Moon in general has become a staple for that aesthetic overall.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • With Dragon Ball Z, likely due to American audiences being introduced to both through Toonami (though they both actually began in syndication long before landing there).
    • In Mexico and Latin America, it's this with Saint Seiya instead, since both series were broadcasted in the same era and sometimes on the same channel.
  • Genre Turning Point: While the original English dub may not be looked back on fondly by many people (including those that worked on it), it's success arguably played a huge role in the Anime-boom of the 90s as it helped pave the way for the popular dubs of shows Dragon Ball Z and Pokemon.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!: Doug Walker criticized the anime (in its old DiC/Cloverway dub in a 2014 episode of Nostalgia Critic, focusing on the age of the main cast and accusing the creator (and fans) of being creeps and predators who want to see underaged girls sexualized and accusing it as Jailbat: The Show, questioning how it could’ve gained a huge following to begin with. Naturally, fans of the manga and anime didn’t take too kindly to Doug’s review, not only claiming it as unfunny and full of Critical Research Failure (such as the creator being a woman and the series itself being geared towards girls), but also accused Doug of deliberately making the series look bad and ignoring its cultural impact in Japan and the US. It’s remained one of the more controversial NC videos to this day because of it.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Berthier, one of the villains from Sailor Moon R, is a girl with ice powers, platinum blonde hair styled in a long braid, and a light blue dress. You can be forgiven for mistaking her with Elsa from Frozen (2013). Anime!Berthier's arc also bears noticeable similarities to Frozen.
    • In 2015 NASA received the first high definition images of Pluto from a passing satellite, discovering that it has two geographical regions on its surface that, together, look like a heart when seen from space. Sailor Pluto's staff is tipped with a heart-shaped gem, meaning Naoko Takeuchi was unexpectedly accurate when she created the character.
    • One of the background monsters in the Dead Moon Circus, specifically the one in the back and to the left of the center, looks like a black Bill Cipher.
    • Rei being embarrassed by Usagi, who finds her magazine of Takarazuka Revue actresses, in the anime takes on a funnier light after the 2010s revived the Sera Myu musicals as Takarazuka Revues.
    • A cat named Diana...Hmm...
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Naoko Takeuchi meant for Usagi to be a bit chubbier than the rest of the Inner Senshi. Sailor Moon Abridged has ruthless fun with this fact at Usagi's expense.
  • It Was His Sled:
    • Usagi is the Princess they are all searching for in the first arc, Chibi-Usa is from the future and is Usagi and Mamoru's daughter, the identities of all 10 primary senshi and Tuxedo Mask. Not only that, most of this should be painfully obvious even to someone who has lived in a cave for the past twenty years and is watching the show for the first time. The original English dub didn't even attempt to hide "Serena"'s identity as the Moon Princess, and featured a prologue before the first episode using footage from other episodes to give the plot some extra context, and revealing more of the backstory early. YMMV on if this was successful in giving the character some extra dramatic irony.
    • Also, it was pretty impossible for Black Lady to keep her identity under spoilers.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Usagi, who has not only been shipped with Mamoru and Seiya, but the rest of the Sailor Senshi, most commonly Rei and Haruka despite the latter being an Official Couple with Michiru. Although Haruka does flirt with a lot of girls and has even stolen a kiss from Usagi in the manga.
  • LGBT Fanbase: A rather large one thanks to having several explicit gay relationships, and having a team of people who changed genders. This was all in a time when such things were hardly ever talked about in any medium. It would be nearly two decades before any show in the west would come close to Sailor Moon's level of LGBT representation, and Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar has stated Sailor Moon was a heavy influence in her work.
  • Memetic Hair: Usagi, Trope Namer for Odango Hair.
  • Moe:
    • Hotaru; it has been claimed – incorrectly – that the term originates from Tomoe Hotaru.
    • Ami also fits this trope, being a cute dorky girl and all.
  • No Yay
    • Disturbingly, people like to ship Usagi with Prince Demande instead of Mamoru, even though Demande kidnapped Usagi, forcibly changed her clothes through unknown means, used his powers to move her body against her will, and sexually assaulted her by kissing her without her consent, something Usagi felt terrible about afterwords.
    • Haruka/Sailor Uranus and Usagi/Sailor Moon also get this since they are both already in relationships. Where the No Yay truly comes in is in the beginning of the Infinity arc of the manga/Crystal where Uranus (who is in a relationship with Neptune) gives a non-consensual kiss to Sailor Moon (who she knew was in a relationship with Tuxedo Mask). It's unknown if Neptune knows about this. There's also the Adaptational Jerkass the 90s anime gave Haruka where she was condescending towards Usagi in the third season and controlling towards her in the fifth season (saying she wasn't allowed to see the Starlights and making decisions for her, even though she wasn't even one of her Guardian Senshi, i.e. one of the Inner Senshi).
    • People also hold this view of Haruka/Sailor Uranus and Seiya/Sailor Star Fighter. While their hostile interactions are contributing factors, the fact that in fan stories and fan arts, Seiya is in her male disguise when shipped with Haruka is a point of contention. Although Seiya is actually female, many fans found it homophobic that a lesbian was being shipped with someone who was male/male presenting when they could've easily depicted Seiya in her actual female form.
    • Chibiusa, or her evil aged up alter ego Black Lady, with Mamoru, full stop.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • A story involving reincarnation and a civilization on the moon. Is this about Sailor Moon or Please Save My Earth (which predates Sailor Moon for at least six years)?
    • Moonlight Densetsu's famous melody comes from Chieko Baisho's cha-cha song "Sayonara wa dance no atoni".
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The franchise has several video game adaptations. Many are better than others:
    • The SNES Beat 'em Up titles and Playstation fighting game suffer from poor hit detection and Fake Difficulty while the puzzle game Kondo wa Puzzle de Oshioki yo!! is generic and forgettable.
    • The Megadrive Beat 'em Up, SNES fighters, arcade titles, and other SNES puzzle games (Kurukkurin and Fuwa Fuwa Panic) are all very fun and memorable.
    • The 1994 Visual Novel for PC Engine, set during the R season of the anime between the Doom Tree mini-arc and the Black Moon arc and featuring an original storyline involving the resurrection of the Dark Kingdom by Past Wiseman, seems all but unknown in the fandom (or at least the English-speaking side of it).
    • Sailor Moon: La Luna Splende, an Italian exclusive (yes, really) for the Nintendo DS, was a quick cash-in on the 20th anniversary franchise, and it shows (especially on the "quick" part, by which we mean "rushed"); uninspired visuals which look like the worst the Game Boy Advance had to offer with light colors, slug-paced gameplay, and barely-there sound make this a rather forgettable title for the DS library.
  • Periphery Demographic:
    • While the franchise was generally aimed at teenage girls, the anime ended up attracting a decent amount of male fans and in practice its fanbase is pretty well balanced between the two genders. Sailor Moon memorabilia for boys is easy to find.
    • The franchise has a large adult following, likely made up largely of the kids who enjoyed it back in the 1990s.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Some villains have this case for Evil Is Cool and Evil Is Sexy. However, the most notable example is the Black Moon Clan (excluding Wiseman). Being more of a Well-Intentioned Extremist organization in the brightest of lights, some viewers perceive them as rebels trying to Set Right What Once Went Wrong. This is very common in fanfics. The 90s anime puts them even more into the light when Sailor Moon's future self had her own Moral Event Horizon for leaving the descendants of criminals in the barren wastelands of Nemisis instead of accepting Diamond's arguments.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: In its time, it was groundbreaking in creating a new sub-genre (Magical Girl Warrior) by fusing the Sentai and Magical Girl genres, and also playing a big role in making anime popular internationally. Today it's usually looked down upon for falling oh so far on the Idealistic side of the Sliding Scale and, being from the early 1990s, appearing very cliche by more recent standards. A great deal of more recent magical girl series have deconstructed the tropes this show propagated, although those shows have also led to an inverse reaction that encouraged people to revisit the series and appreciate how brutally grim the series itself could get despite its idealism.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night:
    • Hotaru/Shingo is surprisingly popular, even though they're never actually seen together in the anime or the manga. It most likely has to do with the fact that they are close in age.
    • Mamoru and Minako also have a small following. While they don't have any significant interactions with each other, they're shipped mostly because Venus is the Earth's sister planet and in Japanese, "Venus" translates to "gold star", connecting it with Mamoru/Prince Endymion, the Prince of the Golden Kingdom and the keeper of the Golden Crystal. Minako looking strikingly like Usagi is also a contributing factor.
    • As popular as the Minako/Yaten ship is, Rei/Yaten has been getting some steam. While they haven't been shown speaking a word to each other (individually), they are shipped because of the things they have in common: both are a bit haughty, they both have a temper, are Tsunderes, are spiritually inclined, and get into arguments with their respective leaders.
    • There is Black Lady/Mistress 9, a technical case as they are the brainwashed, evil, grown up versions of best friends Chibiusa and Hotaru, respectively, who are already a very popular pairing. The problem with the former pairing is that those transformations are one season away from each other, and Chibiusa turns into and back from Black Lady many episodes before she and the audience actually meet Hotaru. And while Chibiusa and Black Lady are the same person, Hotaru and Mistress 9 are different people.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat:
    • As expected for a series like this one, the infighting between the various shipping camps in the Sailor Moon fandom gets pretty fierce. The worst of the combat occurs between fans who enjoy the idea of pairing the four Guardian Senshi with the Four Generals of the Dark Kingdomnote  versus fans who prefer the '90s anime's Kunzite/Zoisite and Nephrite/Naru romances and/or various senshi/senshi pairings like Makoto/Ami and Rei/Minako.
    • Debates concerning who is more right for Usagi between Seiya Kou and Mamoru Chiba continue on to this day, especially for those who grew up with the 90s Anime and still haven’t moved on from Mamoru’s Ron the Death Eater characterization in that adaptation.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Lots of young kids loved Sailor Moon for the empowering lessons it and the characters of the show taught them:
    • It's okay to be an insecure and flawed individual! (Usagi)
    • It's okay to balance both masculine and feminine interests! It doesn't make you odd or undesirable, and you don't have to limit yourself to just one thing (Makoto)! Speaking of which, Amanda Céline Miller, Makoto's new English voice actress, wrote a Tumblr post regarding how Makoto influenced her when she first watched Sailor Moon as a child.
    • Women are just as capable of kicking ass and being awesome as men are, if not more so!
  • Superlative Dubbing: The 2014 redub, one of Studiopolis' finest dubs to date.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Chibi-Chibi is sickeningly cutesy.
  • Testosterone Brigade: The series has a surprisingly significant male following, probably due to its action-oriented nature and the large number of attractive female characters.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • There's a vocal subset of fans who hate the 90s anime for changing stuff from the original manga. Common criticisms tend to be the amount of Filler episodes and Padding added to keep the show from Overtaking The Manga.
    • The DiC Entertainment dub has a multitude of hatesites dedicated to it, by people who claimed to get up early to watch it when they were little, for any change made by the dubbers. After the license switched from DiC to Cloverway (though with the same studio, Optimum, still handling production), there are fans that still cry foul over the new translation team opting to keep the Japanese BGM in episodes, as they had been used to the DiC music and felt it was more appropriate. The inconsistent translations and dub terminology also didn't help matters, nor did the recasting of a few characters (Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury, and Sailor Venus in particular).
    • This went full circle with the announcement of the new Viz dub of the classic series consisting of all 200 episodes (including the unreleased Stars arc) and new series Sailor Moon Crystal. A Vocal Minority called for the old dub names, and sometimes actors, to return for the new dubs. The majority of fans just scratched their heads and went "if you want the old dub, go watch that and let us have our accurate translation".
      • Of course, in the United Kingdom, it's more a case of "they changed it, now it's gone". The show cannot legally be obtained in this form across the pond. Canada doesn't get internet streaming of this version as well.
  • Values Resonance: People complain that it's outdated and all, but it has several concepts that are timeless:
    • Women in both the enemy and the allies' sides had their own share of power;
    • There was a lesbian pairing portrayed in a sympathetic light (Haruka and Michiru), and the villainous gay couple from the anime loved each other deeply despite their alignment (Zoisite and Kunzite);
    • The girls themselves had all kinds of different personalities and were still friends in spite of how different they were. They also encouraged each other's goals note  and supported each other when needed instead of throwing each other under the bus for their own benefits (and the girls who did it weren't supposed to be in the right);
    • The One Guy Mamoru helped them, but he also needed help and protection from Usagi and the girls. He was always portrayed as a masculine and romantic love interest, and his being rescued by Usagi never did anything to undermine that characterization.

    Tropes from the anime 
  • Abandon Shipping: The way the 90s anime portrayed Usagi/Mamoru has turned a lot of people off due to the lack of communication and displays of affection that were present in the manga. The infamous break up arc in season 2 does play a large role because of Mamoru's apparent lack of trust in Usagi in choosing not to tell her about his premonitions and him pointing about that they shouldn't be lovers just because they were in a previous life, but most of the problematic behavior comes from Usagi (no, not Mamoru). While Usagi's immaturity and clinginess was always a main factor, her becoming more insecure, jealous, and possessive in regards to her relationship with Mamoru has disturbed a lot of people, beginning in season 3 with her slapping Mamoru for forgetting her birthday even though she never told him and she didn't know his birthday either and proceeding to get jealous whenever Mamoru was kind/generous to one of her friends. And while the fifth episode of season four showed her displaying confidence in Mamoru's love and fidelity, she continued to be jealous and possessive of any female Mamoru shows any interaction with throughout the season, even getting jealous when he tried to be nice to an old woman. All this has made Usagi come off as a toxic girlfriend who many refuse to ship with Mamoru anymore.
  • Accidental Innuendo:
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: For fans who hated Chibi-Usa, it hits hard when she near the end of the Nehellenia Arc in Stars dies/becomes Ret-Gone while Usagi holds her. It's also sad when realizing with Fridge Tearjerker that because Mamoru dies by Galaxia's hands, the last piece of Chibi-Usa we see is the remains of Usagi's memory/dream before everyone around her in the dream near the episode is gone.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • The final fate of Nehellenia in the Stars season. The most common interpretation is that her court was restored, with her potentially getting a second chance to relive her life and become The High Queen. Another one is that the Senshi actually performed a Mercy Kill and that Nehellenia's final scene is her in Heaven, meaning she Died Happily Ever After. The dreamy quality of the lighting supports the latter, while the Senshi's dialogue after supports the former.
    • The original English dub has spawned a few joke alternate character interpretations, such as Lita having numerous fake ex-boyfriends and Amara and Michelle really being unrelated but trying to hide their relationship by saying they're cousins.
    • Some fans theorize that Rei isn't as interested in boys as she initially appears to be. Despite wanting to get married, she isn't depicted actually thinking about a groom, and in one episode she seemed more interested in a wedding dress contest's vacation prize than anything wedding-related.
    • When Uranus and Neptune pretended to join Galaxia and kill Pluto and Saturn, did Pluto and Saturn catch on to the ploy? The fact that they went down without much of a fight lends credence to this theory as some find it hard to believe they would just accept letting their teammates kill them.
  • Americans Hate Tingle:
    • Although Japanese audiences were quite fond of Chibi-Usa, in America, Rini was taking the brunt of criticism for the SuperS because it's centered around her. A large part of this was due to fans' strong negative reaction to Rini's original dub voice in the Canadian dub, which was considered ear-grating. It did get better when Viz Media re-licensed the series and casted Sandy Fox in the role. And back when Cloverway took over the dubbing from DiC for the original dubs of S and SuperS, Rini's new voice (courtesy of Stephanie Beard) was already being far better received and praised as a perfect fit, thus lessening the hatred a little bit. (Though some still remained, due to Cloverway's habit of forcing cringeworthy slang into the dialogue.)
    • Many in the Western fandom despise Mimete for being an annoying, incompetent Replacement Scrappy for Eudial, especially given that she killed Eudial to get this position. But in Japan, Mimete is considerably more popular, even more so than Eudial, in fact being the second-most popular member of the Death Busters following Mistress 9.
    • 90s Anime Mamoru Chiba/Darien Shields is still widely disliked by westerners who grew up with that version of the Anime, with many westerners still upset that he ended up with Usagi in the end, even though the Anime made it clear that it was inevitable by the time Chibiusa showed up, even for those that hadn’t read the Manga.
  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Ami, Rei, Makoto, and Minako during the start of season 2 have this after Luna restores their memories of their time as Senshi and their battle against the Dark Kingdom, revealing that they died painfully trying to stop the DD girls from killing Sailor Moon. Only Usagi has an arc about where her powers stop working as she keeps trying to repress her trauma. The other Senshi are more matter-of-fact about it, even though they were all killed, with Mars fighting to her last breath.
    • All the victims of the MotWs. You'd think that being attacked and hurt by a horrible monster (repeatedly, in the case of Naru und Unazuki) would scar them for life; instead they're usually cheerful again ten minutes later.
  • Anvilicious:
    • In Episode 13, Jadeite appears to have killed Tuxedo Mask and then, out of nowhere, starts screaming out sexism at the Sailors and accuses women of being too weak to win against him in a fight. They respond with an equally non-subtle speech about how discrimination against women is wrong, then run him over with his own planes. The lesson's a good one, but the way it's delivered is jarringly anvilicious. Jadeite had been shown to see women as inferior in the occasional mental commentary about his victims, but this episode turns it up to 11. It's also worth noting that he never displayed this traits towards his boss (Queen Beryl, which would have been suicidal), and while he regarded his entirely-female (and usually red-headed) youma rather lowly, it was theoretically more because of rank than gender, and he had been shown to pay them compliments and respect whenever they were doing a successful job.
    • The Mood Whiplash at the end of Episode 20 (US). It goes from a scene that's actually pretty sad no matter which version you're watching to Sailor Moon talking about how Naru saw the good in Nephrite, and how nobody (In real life) is a Complete Monster. It's quite Anvilicious, but arguably not exactly a bad message to be sending to the kids.
  • Arc Fatigue: The "Dream" arc in SuperS is especially guilty of this, because in a grand total of 40 episodes, nothing happens until the very last 7. The episodes consist entirely of the villains repeatedly trying and failing to find Pegasus' host by targetting random characters, even though the audience knows perfectly well from episode one that Chibi-Usa is Pegasus' host. It takes 33 episodes of filler until the plot finally moves.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Due to complaints about Chibiusa's Bratty Half-Pint behavior, her behavior gets toned down since episode 74 (in which she becomes The Atoner after screwing up big time), having more Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other moments with Usagi.
  • Catharsis Factor:
  • Complete Monster: Sailor Moon R: The Movie: The Xenian Flower is a parasitic alien plant who destroyed countless of planets across the galaxy in order to satisfy her hunger. To this end, she manipulates other people who are weak-willed in order to do her bidding. Making Earth her next target, she then manipulates an alien who found her, Fiore, under the pretense that she will make his childhood friend, Mamoru Chiba, happy. After arriving on Earth, she then turns the people into mindless zombies in order to attack Sailor Moon and her companions who tries to stop her. It was also revealed that she used her asteroid home base in order to spread her pollen across the Earth in order to drain its energy, and when foiled, she changes the asteroid's course into Earth as a last resort.
  • Designated Hero: Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune can come off as this. They occasionally play the Rich Bitch card, act condescending to the other Senshi (including Pluto and Saturn made worse by the fact they DID kill them later in the series, and if it was part of a plan that would get them revived in the end, they did not ask for their consent before enacting this plan), are not team players, and tried to kill Sailor Moon at the end of S. And if this was an act to testing Usagi's powers, they were unnecessarily nasty.
  • Ending Fatigue:
    • The fight with Galaxia at the end of "Stars", which can be summed up as "some way to stop her is brought up, and it fails, rinse repeat" for the last few episodes of the show.
    • The ending of "S" could also count — after the main plot has been resolved it goes on for two more episodes.
    • The several episodes on end spent in the Dead Moon Circus big-top tent at the end of SuperS.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In episode 3, Usagi talks about how much fun it must be to never wake up again, because you get to stay in your dreams forever. Naru and Umino give her identical weird looks about it. It wasn't so much fun in episode 69, when she almost died because she couldn't wake up.
    • The same episode has Naru mentioning how she makes up future boyfriends to write love letters to them. One of her future boyfriends was an alias for a Dark Kingdom general, and he would later die in her arms and deeply traumatize her.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • The Ail/An episodes are much more popular among American and Canadian fans. This is because these episodes had very faithful translations, and not as many censor cuts and no missing episodes. These episodes were actually held up during the first run of the original English dub and initially aired after the first 12 Rini episodes due to an attempt by DiC to sell them exclusively to a Network (the first episode of this arc actually did air on a Fox Kids Saturday morning slot). They were also released to VHS in a 4-tape boxset before such a release was commonplace. To the rest of the world, they're just filler episodes.
    • Chibi-Chibi is much more popular amongst American fans as due to her cuteness and not being bratty like Chibi-Usa.
    • The anime itself is becoming this among Americans thanks to Viz Media. According to various sources, it's become THE number one show on Hulu, and pre-orders for the DVD sets are the highest Viz has ever gotten.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Episode 2 of the anime features Naru giving Umino advice when he has a crush on Usagi. Meanwhile, Usagi crushes on Motoki and yells at Mamoru for making her feel bad. By the end of the series, Naru and Umino are dating, Motoki is in a long-distance relationship with Reika, and Usagi and Mamoru are engaged. Wow.
    • A certain scene in S is awfully similar to the climax of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, organ and all!
    • This isn't the only time Robert Tinkler appeared in an anime with a villain named Wiseman.
    • Apparently, someone on Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V's production team watched the original English dub, because that anime also features a girl named Serena who uses a deck of Moonlightnote  monsters. Incidentally, the English dub changed her name to Celina, as if they wanted to avoid legal troubles with Sailor Moon's producers. Another famous Serena associated with the moon is the female protagonist of Pokémon X and Y and its associated anime series, the generation that introduced Fairy-type Pokemon which invoke the power of the moon in many of their species and moves.
    • There was a two-off Victim of the Week named Greg in the English dub who was a Temporary Love Interest for Ami in the first season. The Canadian news channel CBC later interviewed an obsessive fan of Sailor Mercury who was first introduced to the series with Greg's first episode. His name? Greg.
    • Another dub example: Rubeus was calling girls simps before it was cool.
  • Idiot Plot: The breakup arc requires that Mamoru not tell Usagi why he is avoiding her. While you could argue that perhaps he felt she wouldn't leave his side if he told the truth, this is not an excuse he gives. In fact, he never gives any reason for this. He just suffers in silence as if he is fated to. On top of this, despite Mamoru's habit of being a Distressed Dude to the forces of evil, none of the Sailor Senshi think to press him for details on his extreme mood swing. On top of this, because Mamoru does NOT tell Usagi the truth about her being in danger if they're close, he also prevents her from being able to protect herself while he avoids her. He also doesn't really do anything to investigate the dreams, to find out why Usagi is in trouble, or even to, you know, completely cut her off instead of constantly spending time with her and babysitting the 6 year old that lives with her. The kicker? Usagi finds out, runs to Mamoru's side and swears she'll never leave him, and he puts up only token resistance to reuniting with her. The REAL kicker? It's Mamoru's future self doing this. He was trying to test the strength of his past self's love for his future wife, the mother of his child, by breaking them up and putting the entire timeline in jeopardy.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • The Makaiju and the aliens it created — the Makaiju tree created a race of aliens because it was lonely. However, Makaiju watched the race it created eventually start falling to warfare and self destruct, leaving the planet a barren wasteland. Taking the loyal followers for better lands, the Makaiju departed. But it was too weak to create any more followers, so it was forced to watch all of the Makaiju aliens die one by one... until only two were left. (Ail and An) As a result of this, Ail and An grew up without love. Fortunately, Sailor Moon managed to heal the Makaiju's suffering, and granted all three of them a second chance.
    • Chibiusa counts; she does cause Usagi and the Senshi a lot of trouble, and insults Usagi constantly (to the point where she steals Usagi's brooch since she felt Usagi didn't deserve to have it), not to mention trying to steal Mamoru away from her, but she is just a kid under a lot of stress from being alone in a different century with many villains hunting her down, with her parents in danger.
  • Macekre: Lots of changes were made to the DiC Entertainment and Cloverway dubs to make it more palatable to America's powerful Moral Guardians, including:
    • The Sailor Senshi's given names are changed or anglicized, though a few throwaway lines suggest family names have stayed mostly intact. In the Tokyopop English manga, Usagi's name (which means "Rabbit") became Bunny, though it was implied that this was a nickname and Serena was her real name.
    • Quirky Miniboss Squad member Zoisite being changed from a flamboyant homosexual male into a full-blown (heterosexual) woman. The same happened to a similar character Fish-Eye.
    • Sailors Uranus and Neptune being portrayed as "cousins" instead of "more than just friends" despite no real change in their interactions with each other.
    • The ending of the first series being cut down into one episode, to avoid the suggestion of "Kill 'Em All".
      • A heavy Bowdlerization comes in Usagi's fight with Metalia, with it being changed to Luna telling Usagi everyone is counting on her and she can't lose, while in the Japanese version it was Luna telling her not fight because she'd die from using the Silver Crystal even if Metalia didn't kill her, which takes away from Usagi's Heroic Sacrifice since she was going ahead to save the world even if she was going to die from the fight. Also, Metalia's dialogue before fusing with Beryl is ALOT less threatening the dub, with it being changed "turn this world pitch black" to berating and saying she was getting a last chance.
    • Raye's character was flanderized in the first season to be a lot meaner than she actually was and create a character arc in which she attempts to usurp control of the team. Although thankfully it's "concluded" by Raye apologizing and saying she never should of doubted Serena as leader.
      • It comes back into play in the final DiC-dubbed episode in which now everyone wants to take over as team leader. In the original version, it was merely a recap episode and they were debating on who should be the new main character.
  • Memetic Badass: Tuxedo Mask. He can solve any problem by throwing a rose at it.
  • Memetic Loser: Tuxedo Mask. He has throwing roses, an extendable cane (which he uses as a baton), and a propensity for dramatic entries to save and encourage the Sailor Senshi. He's somewhat useful in both Anime and Manga versions (although he goes Out of Focus in a couple of seasons and in one he got a bridge dropped (temporarily) on him off-screen while he was going to America). This has only fanned the Fanon of him being pretty damn useless period and no lack of jokes and curb-stomping are done at his expense in (mostly Crossover) Fan Fiction.
  • Mis-blamed:
    • Contrary to popular believe, the changes of voice actors had nothing to do specifically with the change from DiC to Cloverway, as the same company – Optimum Productions – handled the dubbing process for the entire series. Optimum also handled the production of the scripts themselves. As the dub itself kept going in and out of production during the duration of its original English license, changes in the production were largely due to routine changes in staffing that tend to happen over such a protracted period. Also the fact that the Cloverway-era dubbing was produced on a much tighter schedule and a lower budget. Though DiC and Cloverway would still have provided some level of oversight to the final product, DiC was far more hands-on than Cloverway.
    • Also, according to Fred Ladd (the one in charge of the original 65 DiC episodes), Toei approved of each and every change they made to the show.
    • Similarly, "Stars"'s No Export for You was because of licensing issues, not because it was "too raunchy" or "too violent" for the dubbers to handle — at least this was before Viz acquired the license.
  • More Popular Replacement:
    • Chibi Chibi is introduced in the series' last season to replace Chibiusa as the resident Tagalong Kid. Many western fans like her better than Chibiusa, mainly because she's sweeter and less of a Bratty Half-Pint.
    • The Starlights are often seen as this in the final season. Their behavior resembles that of the Outer Soldiers' during the S season, though fans find them to be better due to them having a compelling backstory to explain their standoffish behavior (the lack of which for Uranus and Neptune has been a source of aggravation for the fans), helping Sailor Moon on several occasions and allowing her to heal monsters instead of destroying them after seeing her power, and even agreed to ally themselves with her after she thanked them for helping her. The only reason that alliance never came to be was because Uranus and Neptune attacked before Sailor Moon and Sailor Star Fighter could shake hands to seal the deal.
    • Casting wise, Terri Hawkes was the second actress to voice Sailor Moon from the 90s English dub. While Tracey Moore (her first actress) has her fans, she's considered to be the best.
  • Movement Mascot: Usagi from the '90s anime is considered as one of the mascots for Future Funk along with Lum, especially thanks to MACROSS 82-99's album SAILORWAVE, one of the foundational albums of Future Funk.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Naru is forever remembered as being "The Dark Kingdom's official energy source" as she gets caught up in more attempts to siphon someone's energy than anyone else. It even carries over into the Makaiju arc.
    • A lot of fans don't like Taiki despite her having more Pet the Dog moments than Yaten. Why? Leaving Sailor Mercury for dead against Sailor Gamer late in the series was her Moral Event Horizon for them.
      • Another thing Taiki will never live down is her attack name "Star Gentle Uterus". Of course, with her Senshi name being "Sailor Star Maker", it kind of makes sense.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Sarah LaFleur (Sailor Uranus's Canadian VA) would later go on to voice Trish in the first installment of Devil May Cry. Fans of Ugly Betty will also remember her as Daniel's girlfriend Molly.
    • Stephanie Beard (a.k.a. Sugar Lyn Beard), who voiced Rini/Sailor Mini-Moon in the S and SuperS seasons, would later go on to host The Zone on YTV in Canada, and has supporting roles in recent films like Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and The Disaster Artist. She also has a recurring role on The Flash on The CW.
    • Rino Romano, the very first voice for Darien/Tuxedo Mask, would go onto voice Bruce Wayne/Batman in The Batman.
    • Resident Evil fans would be surprised to find out that both of Tuxedo Mask's English dub actors would voice characters in their own preferred franchise. He was initially voiced by Vincent Corazza, who would voice Carlos Oliveira, (and later still, Corazza would voice Zexion), while his later dub actor, Rino Romano would voice Luis Sera.
    • In the the original promo for the Dic dub, Sailor Jupiter was voiced by Debi Derryberry, who would, among other things, go on to voice Diana and Momoko in the Viz dub of the anime.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • A lot of the hate Chibi-Usa received back in the day was due to her truly dreadful dub voice in the R season. Some fans started liking her better when she got a new, better voice actress (Stephanie Beard) in the S and SuperS dubs — and more when she got perhaps her best voice yet in Sandy Fox for the Viz re-dub. And after given "The Reason You Suck" Speech by Usagi in Episode 73, she becomes far more tolerable and less of a Bratty Half-Pint.
    • Crystal did this for Sailors Uranus and Neptune where they're closer to their manga incarnations. They're still anti-heroes but nowhere near as abrasive and the borderline Jerk Sues that they were in the original series.
    • Crystal also did this for Mamoru Chiba for fans that weren’t fond of his borderline Jerkass characterization in the 90’s Anime, to the point where some westerners were even onboard for the Mamoru/Usagi ship after watching that Anime.
  • Seasonal Rot: SuperS and Stars are often cited with this trope in play, the former for focusing more on comedy rather than character development and placing the majority of the focus on Chibi-Usa while the Inners were all Demoted to Extra, and the latter since it didn't offer much of anything that earlier seasons didn't have and featured many controversial moments and elements. While Stars was regarded as the better of the two, it wasn't enough to undo the ratings damage done to the anime as a whole by that point.
    • Stars itself is often looked at as recycling plot points from previous seasons but not doing it as well. Examples include a group looking for their lost Princess (first season), all of Usagi's friends dying in front of her with Rei being the last, but brought Back from the Dead at the end (first season), a mysterious young girl with unknown origins who looks similar to Usagi brainwashes her family and lives at her house (second season), the Earth being a key place alien invaders want to destroy (both second and third seasons), Haruka and Michiru being jerkasses towards Sailor Moon and the others because of "their mission" (third season), one minion of the Big Bad murdering another to take their place (both the first and third seasons), said minions looking for "special" manifestations of people's souls that always turn out to be held by the Guardians (third and fourth seasons), and Seiya's arc towards Usagi being at times very similar to Mamoru's (first season, though this one is at least lampshaded).
  • She Really Can Act: Mary Long as Molly in the DiC dub is not well-liked for the odd choice to give her a thick Brooklyn accent. But in Nephlite's death scene, even her detractors will agree she shone. According to Sailor Moon Reflections, she had no preparation for the scene in advance due to the rushed schedule - and still managed to bring the entire crew to tears.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The Dic/Cloverway dub is either the most awful thing you'll ever hear or the most hilarious, you choose. So many fans believe the latter that it's even spawned a cult following dedicated specifically to the dub (similar to Prequel Memes from Star Wars fandom), and it helps that the series is already full of Narm Charm, even in the original Japanese.
  • So Okay, It's Average: How some fans see the Viz/Studiopolis redub. Few will call it outright bad, but it has gotten some criticism for having bland and uninspired voice acting, with stale direction and too many characters sounding similar to each other. Some also lament that more effort wasn't put into the final product, given the years of anticipation of an uncut redub. It doesn't help that expectations would be through the roof regardless.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The Mood Whiplash at the end of Episode 20 (US). It goes from a scene that's actually pretty sad no matter which version you're watching to Sailor Moon talking about how Naru saw the good in Nephrite, and how nobody (In real life) is a Complete Monster. It's quite Anvilicious, but arguably not exactly a bad message to be sending to the kids.
  • Squick: There seem to be a rather large and unnecessary panty shots for Chibiusa... even more disturbing is how many of these weren't censored in the Dic dub.
  • Strawman Has a Point: When Mamoru breaks up with Usagi to protect her, one of the fake reasons he gives her is that he doesn't want to be in love with her just because Prince Endymion and Princess Serenity were lovers in the past. This statement would be a wonderful takedown to Because Destiny Says So, Reincarnation Romance and Strangled by the Red String, except that he's lying through his teeth and still quite in love with her, and the viewer knows this already.
  • Stock Parody Jokes:
    • Tuxedo Mask doesn't actually help with anything.
    • Making fun of the girl's skimpy outfits. Part of this is Common Knowledge: the bottom of the Sailor Fuku is a leotard, not panties.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The melody of the first opening theme song, "Moonlight Legend", was inadvertently borrowed from the 1965 J-Pop song, "Sayonara wa Dansu no Ato ni (Goodbye after the End of the Dance)", which was performed by Chieko Baisho. This actually led to an arbitration case between the songs' respective composers, Daria Kawashima (aka Tetsuya Komoro) and Hirooki Ogawa, when the series first aired; as a result, Ogawa obtained a percentage of the "Moonlight Legend" royalties. The melody of the "Moonlight Legend" can also reminds other listeners of Alan Silvestri's iconic Back to the Future theme.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Despite the many flaws of the DiC dub, it's clear from interviews and their interaction with the fandom that the people involved cared a lot about the show, and it's why many fans still have nostalgic memories of it despite the rest of the fandom viewing it as at best, a relic of 90s Cut-and-Paste Translation. In particular, many 90s kids still recall Terri Hawkes's stint as Sailor Moon very fondly.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Not helping the unpopularity of SuperS is that it came off of the heels of Sailor Moon S, which is held in high regard by a lot of fans.
  • True Art Is Angsty: The reason that Sailor Moon S tends to be the favorite season of many fans, as it is one of the darkest.
  • Unexpected Character: Asanuma, a recurring character in the manga since the Black Moon arc, was seemingly Adapted Out of the whole series, so it was a bit of a surprise to have him briefly pop up in the final season.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Yaten/Sailor Star Healer and Taiki/Sailor Star Maker. While it was wrong of them to blame Usagi for their troubles when she was in no way directly responsible for anything that happened to them, the Three Lights/Starlights were still dealing with the trauma of losing their princess and their planet being destroyed by Galaxia and while Yaten and Taiki are portrayed as unreasonable for berating Seiya—who was supposed to be their leader — for constantly trying to see Usagi, they were on a mission to find their princess and rebuild their destroyed home planet and save their people. With an important responsibility like that on their shoulders, it's a little hard to sympathize with Seiya whenever he brushes off his teammates.
  • The Un-Twist:
    • Chibiusa being Usagi and Mamoru's daughter from the future. In her very first appearance, it's obvious to the viewers who she is given her appearance and the fact she claims to be "Usagi Tsukino" in both the anime and the manga. This is pretty much a gimme to the viewer, since the real mystery is not her identity, but where she came from, why she needs the Silver Crystal, and why there's a bunch of murderous psychopaths chasing her down.
    • Usagi is the princess. Despite what some detractors may tell you, no, the dub didn't really ruin the surprise. As 13 episodes before we even find out who the princess is Mamoru's dream shows a girl who looks exactly like Usagi and sounds exactly like Usagi as the princess. Even the second opening for the series shows Sailor Moon transforming into the princess so it really was no surprise.
  • Vindicated by History: It's become common for modern fans to discover the 90s Dic dub online and enjoy it. Compare to a few years ago when fans who grew up with it turned on the dub for any change made to the original. In hindsight, it's also common for people who simply prefer the 90s voice actors compared to the modern Viz actors.
    • For the Western fandom, the show was a glorified cult classic when it first aired in the Statesnote , being relegated to an early morning time-slot with Invisible Advertising. The show is considered much more of a mainstream classic, even with newer fans.
  • Wangst:
    • At times, Usagi's whining and bawling can come off as this. Her Clingy Jealous Girl behavior towards Mamoru can also count.
    • Chibiusa's attitude in R initially comes off as this, constantly giving Usagi flak in spite of the latter's constant attempts to rescue her from danger. Fortunately, after Episode 73, her attitude gets toned down to a huge extent.
    • Haruka and Michiru's constant lamenting over how cruel it is that they have to sacrifice the lives of the talisman holders despite the fact that they refuse to consider any alternative options, especially when Fridge Logic kicks in and one realizes that since the Death Busters can't summon Pharaoh 90 without the Holy Grail, all they have to do is make sure the Death Busters don't get it.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Just try and tell a fan of the original that in Japan Sailor Moon's target audience is 4-12 year old girls. Recently brought Up to Eleven; the final episode of Sailor Stars has a TV-MA rating on Hulu (largely due to Usagi prancing around naked the whole episode) and the episode beforehand, while still TV-PG, was given a parental advisory warning. Interestingly enough, when the rating of the two final episodes was changed into TV-14, the reason given was "Fantasy Violence" with no mention of nudity.

    Tropes from the manga 
  • Angst? What Angst?: Rei is fairly aloof and deals with Senshi business in a stoic manner, apart from when Usagi's life is in danger. These include dying, being kidnapped and left to suffocate with her friends, and witnessing the apocalypse several times. Rei bears it all; in fact, she's more upset when reconnecting with one of her father's proteges and bluntly asking why he didn't consider pursuing a relationship with her to further is ambitions.
  • Awesome Art: Sailor Moon is iconic for a reason. The color pages and art books add to this trope, with the beautifully soft colors emphasizing Takeuchi’s unique art style.
  • Critical Research Failure: Himeko says that "Apollo 12 launched during a snowstorm!" It DID launch during a thunderstorm, though. Bad translation?
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: The very end of the Stars arc reveals that Sailor Moon managed to defeat Chaos, and kept the Galaxy Cauldron intact, allowing everyone to eventually reborn from there. Her friends all end up being resurrected, life does not cease to exist as Sailor Cosmos intended, and she marries Mamoru in the end. It sounds happy enough, right? Not quite. Chaos is only stopped temporarily, having been melted in the Galaxy Cauldron from which all life in the universe comes from. And as long as the Galaxy Cauldron still exists, Chaos will keep rising back up as an all-powerful enemy who will eventually wage a devastating war across the entire galaxy. Sailor Cosmos' final speech helps to soften the impact of this info, but it doesn't change the fact that Chaos will always be present to devastate the Senshi's lives continually in the future.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Naruru and Ruruna aren't actual Sailor Soldiers, but they're avid Sailor Moon fans and dress in outfits resembling them. Their nicknames come from their favorite clothing brands.
  • Narm: The 2011 Kodansha Comics USA translation can be seen as this, due to it being very literal with extremely stiff dialogue for all characters. It almost has an Uncanny Valley vibe to it, but then it has blunders like "I am Princess Beryl! Queen of the Dark Kingdom!," "Spark Ring Wide Pressure!" (instead of "Sparkling Wide Pressure"), and the odd choice of referring to Motoki as "bro," going directly against the style of the rest of the translation. Fortunately, the 2018 translation for the Eternal Editions is completely different. It flows very well, and the difference is quite dramatic.
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