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

Sailor Moon Crystal on Crunchyroll - Naoko Takeuchi/PNP, Toei Animation

 Inner Sailor Guardians

  1. Sailor Moon
  2. Sailor Venus
  3. Sailor Mercury
  4. Sailor Mars
  5. Sailor Jupiter

Outer Sailor Guardians and Other Characters

  1. Tuxedo Mask
  2. Sailor Chibi Moon
  3. Sailor Pluto
  4. Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune
  5. Sailor Saturn

Villainous Sailor Moon Characters

  1. Dark Kingdom
  2. Black Moon Clan
  3. Death Busters
  4. Dead Moon Circus

Voice Actors

  1. Kotono Mitsuishi
  2. Hisako Kanemoto
  3. Shizuka Ito
  4. Rina Sato
  5. Ami Koshimizu

Main Sailor Moon Characters

Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon - Sailor Moon Crystal on Crunchyroll - Naoko Takeuchi/PNP, Toei Animation

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.

Sailor Venus

Sailor Venus - Sailor Moon Crystal on Crunchyroll - Naoko Takeuchi/PNP, Toei Animation

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.

Sailor Mercury

Sailor Mercury, Sailor Moon Crystal on Crunchyroll - Naoko Takeuchi/PNP, Toei Animation

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.

Sailor Mars

Sailor Mars, Sailor Moon Crystal on Crunchyroll - Naoko Takeuchi/PNP, Toei Animation

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.

Sailor Jupiter

Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Moon Crystal on Crunchyroll - Naoko Takeuchi/PNP, Toei Animation

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

Tuxedo Mask

Tuxedo Mask - Sailor Moon Crystal on Crunchyroll - Naoko Takeuchi/PNP, Toei Animation

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

Sailor Chibi Moon, Sailor Moon Crystal on Crunchyroll - Naoko Takeuchi/PNP, Toei Animation

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.

Sailor Pluto

Sailor Pluto - Sailor Moon Crystal on Crunchyroll - Naoko Takeuchi/PNP, Toei Animation

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

Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus, Sailor Moon Crystal on Crunchyroll - Naoko Takeuchi/PNP, Toei Animation

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.

Sailor Saturn

Sailor Saturn, Sailor Moon Crystal on Crunchyroll - Naoko Takeuchi/PNP, Toei Animation

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.

Dark Kingdom

Queen Beryl, Sailor Moon Crystal on Crunchyroll - Naoko Takeuchi/PNP, Kodansha, Toei Animation

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.

Black Moon

Black Lady, with Wiseman in back, Sailor Moon Crystal on Crunchyroll - Naoko Takeuchi/PNP, Kodansha, Toei Animation

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.

Death Busters

Professor Tomoe, Sailor Moon Crystal on Crunchyroll - Naoko Takeuchi/PNP, Kodansha, Toei Animation

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

Zirconia in Sailor Moon Eternal, on Netflix - Naoko Takeuchi, PNP/Theatrical version "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal" Production Committee

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

Kotono Mitsuishi

Kotono Mitsuishi

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

 

Hisako Kanemoto

Hisako Kanemoto

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

 

Shizuka Ito

Shizuka Ito

Ito portrays Sailor Venus in Crystal. Rika Fukami was Sailor Venus in the 1990s. Ito’s other roles include:

 

Rina Sato

Rina Sato

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

 

Ami Koshimizu

Ami Koshimizu

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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