Even if you’re not a fan of magical girl anime, you probably know at least some Sailor Moon characters.
But with a ton of heroes and villains, it can be hard to keep track of all of them. Luckily, this Sailor Moon character guide can help.
Table of Contents
Inner Sailor Guardians
- Sailor Moon
- Sailor Venus
- Sailor Mercury
- Sailor Mars
- Sailor Jupiter
Outer Sailor Guardians and Other Characters
- Tuxedo Mask
- Sailor Chibi Moon
- Sailor Pluto
- Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune
- Sailor Saturn
Villainous Sailor Moon Characters
- Dark Kingdom
- Black Moon Clan
- Death Busters
- Dead Moon Circus
- Kotono Mitsuishi
- Hisako Kanemoto
- Shizuka Ito
- Rina Sato
- Ami Koshimizu
Main Sailor Moon Characters
Usagi Tsukino transforms into Sailor Moon, leader of the Sailor Guardians (a.k.a. Sailor Senshi or Sailor Scouts). Usagi is also the reincarnation of Moon Princess Serenity.
Sailor Moon’s weapons include the Moon Tiara, and the Moon Stick. These upgrade as the villains get tougher. Her basic costume also evolves with stronger transformations. She also has a Disguise Pen, and the Transformation Brooch.
As the main heroine of the series, Usagi undergoes a lot of character development. She starts out as a reluctant hero, before growing into a more confident and determined leader. The “crybaby” label is perhaps a bit harsh, considering that she’s a teen fighting monsters.
Her civilian name is a pun on “Rabbit of the Moon,” a classic Japanese folktale.
Technically, Minako Aino was the first Sailor Guardian, as she had her own Codename: Sailor V manga series before Sailor Moon.
However, in Sailor Moon Crystal, Sailor Venus is the last of the Inner Guardians to join in season 1. Her solo magical girl experience makes her initially a better fighter than Sailor Moon.
Minako’s powers are connected to Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty. Her weapons include the Venus Love-Me Chain. She’s also the original companion of the magical white cat Artemis.
Usagi’s friend Ami Mizuno becomes Sailor Mercury. She’s the smartest member of the team, and a computer whiz. She’s an intelligent, shy girl.
Sailor Mercury’s powers are related to water or ice. (In Japan, the planet Mercury is associated with water.) For example, she can create fog or mist (to blind or confuse enemies), blasts of water, or ice projectiles.
Rei Hino transforms into Sailor Mars. When she’s not fighting evil, Rei is a Shinto shrine maiden.
In Japanese, Mars is known as the fire planet, and most of Sailor Mars’ powers are flame or fire-based. For example, she can shoot the Mars Flame Sniper fire arrow.
But she also has shrine maiden abilities, including purification and evil spirit exorcism. Her fire arrow also fits into her shrine maiden persona.
Makoto Kino becomes Sailor Jupiter. She’s the tallest and strongest of the Inner Senshi. Her strength and height make her look tough, but she’s actually nice and caring.
Most of Sailor Jupiter’s powers are based on thunder and lightning, such as the Jupiter Thunderbolt. (The Roman god Jupiter was known for throwing thunderbolts.) The “antenna” on her tiara serves as a lightning rod.
Outer Sailor Guardians and Other Heroes
When Sailor Moon gets in trouble, she sometimes gets assistance from Tuxedo Mask. As the reincarnation of Prince Endymion, Tuxedo Mask also serves as a love interest for Sailor Moon. His human identity is Mamoru Chiba, a private school student.
His mysterious nature, and the fact that he seeks the Silver Crystal, makes him seem suspicious at first. However, eventually Usagi learns his secret identity.
Sailor Chibi Moon
Chibiusa Tsukino, a.k.a. Sailor Chibi Moon, is the future daughter of Neo-Queen Serenity (future Sailor Moon) and King Endymion (future Tuxedo Mask).
She arrives from the future at the beginning of the Black Moon arc. She’s young, cheerful, and initially annoying to Usagi.
Chibusa disrupts Usagi and Mamoru’s relationship, is targeted by the Black Moon Clan, and is brainwashed into the Black Lady.
As a guardian of time and space, Sailor Pluto initially isn’t supposed to leave her post. She has to break some rules in order to fight alongside the others in the Black Moon arc.
Freed from her duties, she later shows up as a college student named Setsuna Meiou.
Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune
These two Outer Sailor Guardians are canonically in a relationship together, which led to the infamous “cousins” dubbing censorship. In any case, Crystal doesn’t hide their lesbian status.
At first glance, many assume that Haruka Tenou is a boy. As Sailor Uranus, she is called the guardian of the heavens, the skies, or the wind.
Michiru Kaiou is the more feminine of the two. As Sailor Neptune, she has ocean-related powers.
As the guardian of silence, death, ruin, and destruction, Sailor Saturn (Hotaru Tomoe) is the only Sailor Senshi to be considered a potential threat.
During the Infinity arc, the Sailor Senshi must deal with her destructive potential. In the end, she is reborn to be raised by Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
Villainous Sailor Moon Characters
Sailor Moon villains generally have a main bad guy, a secretive true leader, and a lot of henchmen.
The Dark Kingdom (a.k.a. the Negaverse) destroyed the Moon Kingdom ages ago. It’s led by Queen Beryl.
Queen Beryl has four generals — Jadeite, Nephrite, Zoisite, and Kunzite. Beryl serves Queen Metalia, who seeks the Silver Crystal so she can be revived.
These villains from the future chase after Chibiusa into the past. They are led by Prince Demande. However, their real leader is Demande’s “advisor,” Wiseman.
Wiseman also corrupts Chibiusa into the evil Black Lady.
The Death Busters are aliens who come to Earth during the Infinity arc. They form a partnership with the mad scientist Professor Souichi Tomoe (Hotaru’s father). The Death Busters aim to take over the world.
Dead Moon Circus
They are the main antagonists of the Sailor Moon Eternal movie, which is based on the Dream arc of the manga. Four of them — the Amazoness Quartet — are actually corrupted Sailor Guardians. The circus is led by Zirconia. Their true leader is Queen Nehelenia.
Main Sailor Moon Character Voice Actors
Since 1992, Mitsuishi has been the primary voice for Sailor Moon. (She was temporarily replaced by Kae Araki when Mitsuishi had appendicitis.) Her roles include:
- Misato Katsuragi in Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Excel in Excel Saga
- Boa Hancock in One Piece
- Mink in Dragon Half
Kanemoto is the current voice of Sailor Mercury. Aya Hisakawa was the voice in the 1990s version. Kanemoto’s roles include:
- Ika Musume in Ika Musume
- Grunhilde Serenity in Bodacious Space Pirates
- Fushihara-san in Miss Shachiku and the Little Baby Ghost
Ito portrays Sailor Venus in Crystal. Rika Fukami was Sailor Venus in the 1990s. Ito’s other roles include:
- Minami Toba in Yuru Camp
- Hinagiku Katsura in Hayate the Combat Butler
- Irina Jelavic in Assassination Classroom
Sato performs Sailor Mars in Crystal. Michie Tomizawa was Mars in the original series. Sato’s roles include:
- Negi Springfield in Negima!
- Mikoto Misaka in A Certain Magical Index
- Kaede “Candy Store” Kagayama in Non Non Biyori
- Senjumaru Shutara in Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War
Koshimizu is the voice of Sailor Jupiter in Crystal, replacing Emi Shinohara. Koshimizu’s other roles include:
- Kusunoki Kasuga in The World God Only Knows
- Ryuko Matoi in Kill La Kill
- Kallen Stadtfeld in Code Geass
About Sailor Moon
Naoko Takeuchi’s magical girl (maho shojo) manga ran from 1991 to 1997. The manga was adapted to anime twice, in 1992-1997; and in 2014-2016.
The newest movie, Sailor Moon Cosmos, will arrive in 2023.
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