Princess Usagi "Chibiusa" Small Lady Serenity (ちびうさ, Chibiusa) is the civilian identity of Sailor Chibi Moon (セーラーちびムーン, Seeraa Chibi Muun) and the princess of the 30th Century Earth. Renamed Rini in some dubs and Sailor Mini Moon in some dubs.
Nomenclature & Etymology
Like her mother's name, Chibiusa's real name means "Rabbit of the Moon". Her nickname "Chibiusa" means "little rabbit".
Chibiusa retains the same appearance that she does in the manga: pink hair tied in rabbit ear-shaped odango and red eyes.
In her first appearance in Sailor Moon R, Chibiusa wears a summer version of a school uniform consist of a white short-sleeved sailor uniform with red with a single white linings at the edge of her sleeves and a red front bow at the center of her uniform, blue pleated skirt with a red bow at the back, white socks and white shoes with a red bow on front. Her uniform is red with two white linings attached and another red design with white lining beneath her uniform
When she discovers Usagi's transformation to Sailor Moon and throughout the end of Season 2, Chibiusa wears a winter version of her uniform which is blue.
In Sailor Moon S, Chibiusa retains her summer school uniform from the second season only both her bow and her back bow is changed to blue and her uniform is white in a red trim and has a pink brooch on her front bow where she can transform into Sailor Chibi Moon.
Her winter school uniform remains the same only her bow on her school uniform is white with red trim.
In Sailor Moon Super S and onwards, Chibiusa's notable casual outfit is a white long sleeve sailor uniform with a small red bow at the center along with light blue suspenders, a long light blue skirt, white socks and her white shoes with a red bow now have red soles. Her uniform and her folded sleeves are now white with pink linings.
In the S Season, she has a heart-shaped insignia on her choker and her transformation brooch in the center of her front bow. Her body becomes a bit older, taller, and her dominant color is pink (collar, skirt, boots, gloves, and choker) and her accent color is red (bows).
Her boots are knee-high pink with a white border at the triangular top. The gem in her tiara is red. Her collar has two white stripes. Her earrings are simple pink studs. She wears two white-bordered red circular accents on her odango, with pointed white fittings resembling a rabbit's ears.
In Episode 111, she gains two wing-like barrettes in her hair when Sailor Moon obtained the Holy Grail. Sailor Chibi Moon's shoulder and elbow pads are unique, in that they only had two bars instead of three.
In the fourth season, her uniform almost completely changes, in many of the same aspects as those of Super Sailor Moon. She is then known as Super Sailor Chibi Moon, which is a much stronger and more powerful form than her standard one. She still wears her barrettes, and her body is still a bit older and taller.
Her choker becomes yellow with a red heart. The stripes on her collar are yellow. Her shoulder pads are translucent and shaped more like wings. The back waist bow is long, white, and billowy. She gains crescent moon insignias on her boots.
The top of her skirt is adorned with a yellow belt and a duplicate heart-shaped brooch, and the most apparent change by far is that her skirt was no longer pink, but is instead white with a yellow and pink border at the bottom.
Chibiusa was bratty, jealousy, slightly spoiled, and often got into fights with Usagi, even over the simplest things. She was attached to her future father, Mamoru, and even after the R season (relating to the manga), she still argued with Usagi over Mamoru, though it was unknown, if she was still attached or did it to bother Usagi. She also heavily criticized Usagi, like Rei, calling her a crybaby and clumsy. She is usually very upbeat, extroverted and outgoing. She doesn’t like Usagi being nosy about her business. Though she started socially awkward, she quickly became popular with her classmates. In the manga, she once became president of her class. Her initial shyness could be attributed to the fact that she was teased in the 30th-century for not having any Guardian powers. As the manga progresses, she gradually matures, becoming more comfortable with herself and more confident with her Soldier abilities. Because her dream in the manga is to become a beautiful lady, her actions often are based around this. She tries to be a perfectionist and starts off trying to do everything alone and for herself. This view evolves as she realizes what maturity is and what it means to be an adult. In the anime, she is more judgmental and does not mature as much as her manga counterpart.
Chibiusa's affections come into conflict because she generally does not immediately identify Usagi Tsukino and Mamoru Chiba as being her biological parents, although she is aware of the fact. There is evidence that Chibiusa has a hard time identifying Usagi and Mamoru as being her parents since she sees such a sharp contrast in personality between their present and future selves. She also reacts differently toward Usagi and Mamoru than she does towards King Endymion and Neo-Queen Serenity, being more respectful to the latter but more spontaneous to the former; it is not clear if she prefers one set over the other. However, she always calls her teenage father Mamoru as Mamo-chan (in the 20th century), an affectionate nickname by Usagi, and has an innocent crush on him, much to Usagi's fury.
She often picks on Usagi for being clumsy. In the Supers movie, she describes Usagi as "a klutz, a ditz, and a crybaby." However, there are many instances where Usagi and Chibiusa show their love and concern for one another, such as when Sailor Moon breaks down crying after Mistress 9 takes Chibiusa's Pure Heart Crystal, or when she dives off a balcony to save her. Nevertheless, the two often bicker, often behaving more like sisters than mother and daughter.
Chibiusa was born as "Usagi Small Lady Serenity", the only child of King Endymion and Neo-Queen Serenity and the Princess of the Silver Millennium. For years, Chibiusa would feel as though she didn't matter to her mother and would never be able to compare it to her.
One day, Chibiusa wandered down a forbidden corridor and came across a strange door. After going through it, she met the Guardian of Time, Sailor Pluto, eventually becoming good friends with her.
Desperate to become a lady like her mother, Chibiusa would steal her mother's Legendary Silver Crystal. Unfortunately, the Black Moon Clan struck then, causing a huge shockwave to erupt. Her mother ended up being frozen in a quartz tomb and the four Inner Senshi had to join their powers together to form a barrier around the Crystal Palace.
To save their home, Chibiusa was sent into the past by Sailor Pluto and warned not to return to the future before she can figure out a way to save her mother with help.
Sailor Moon R
Chibiusa's first appearance was in Episode 14. She appeared from the future and brainwashed Usagi's family into thinking she was her cousin. However, the intervention of Luna prevents Usagi from falling under the influence of Chibiusa's magic and she is the only one among the Tsukino's who are aware of Chibiusa's nature. When Mamoru begins to experience nightmares of Usagi's demise in the event of their marriage, Chibiusa capitalizes on Mamoru and Usagi's breakup and spends most of her time with him. The breakup and Chibiusa's presence cause friction between Mamoru and Usagi's shaky friendship. Meanwhile, Rubeus and the Spectre Sisters attempt to capture Chibiusa whenever the opportunity is given. Chibiusa tries several times to return home using the Crystal Key, exposing herself and her dormant power from the Moon to Wiseman's group. Usagi and the other Sailor Senshi protected Chibiusa from the Spectre Sisters, Usagi and Chibiusa grow to learn to appreciate each other more as time progresses.
In Episode 27, Rubeus captured the other Sailor Senshi and told Sailor Moon to hand over Chibiusa. In the previous episode, Chibiusa discovered that Usagi and her friends were the Sailor Senshi and had possession of the Silver Crystal. When Rubeus captured the other Sailor Senshi, Chibiusa and Usagi reluctantly worked together to save them from Rubeus after Chibiusa stole Usagi's brooch. As Sailor Moon was in a beam struggle with Rubeus, Chibiusa destroyed the crystal that was his source of power, causing Rubeus to be hit by Sailor Moon's Moon Princess Halation. Using Sailor Teleport, Usagi and the others manage to get Chibiusa off the ship as it exploded, killing Rubeus.
After fighting off several of Esmeraude's Droids, the Sailor Senshi, Tuxedo Mask, Luna, and Artemis traveled into the future with Chibiusa. In Episode 84, it is revealed that Chibiusa took the Silver Crystal, which then vanished. Sailor Moon tried to awaken Neo-Queen Serenity (her future self) with the silver crystal, but it did not work, so Chibiusa ran off, where she encountered Wiseman, who convinced her that Sailor Moon, Tuxedo Mask, and the other Sailor Senshi did not love her, and transformed her into Black Lady.
As Black Lady, she had the power to shoot an energy wave through a mirror, and create dark energy force fields. She attacked Saphir when he discovered that Wiseman was planning to betray Prince Demande, and left with Wiseman after Wiseman killed Saphir.
Wiseman intended to use Black Lady to open the dark gate and send dark energy through her to destroy the world, even though she would be destroyed in the process. However, Usagi and Mamoru were able to convince Chibiusa that they did love her (they were just teaching her how to depend on herself so she will be a more well-behaved princess and future queen, as she was willful, spoiled, and selfish), and she became Chibiusa again. Then, Wiseman attacked them and entered a beam struggle with Neo-Queen Serenity. When Usagi was about to lose, the Silver Crystal of the future appeared, having gone into Chibiusa's body when it disappeared, so she used it to transform into Princess Small Lady Serenity. Together, both silver crystals were powerful enough to decimate the dark crystal, as Usagi and Chibiusa destroyed Wiseman with an energy explosion.
Afterward, Chibiusa returned to the future, which, with Wiseman's death, was restored to normal, and reunited with her family.
Sailor Moon S
When Eudial began extracting people's Pure Hearts, Chibiusa returned, now with the ability to transform into her standard Sailor form of Sailor Chibi Moon using the Prism Heart Compact and saying "Moon Prism Power, Make up". She attacked by using the Pink Moon Rod to use "Pink Sugar Heart Attack", which sometimes had a delayed reaction, and did not do much damage, but was often a good enough distraction for Sailor Moon to destroy the Daimon.
Chibiusa became good friends with Professor Tomoe's daughter, Hotaru Tomoe. She and Sailor Moon were determined to save her from the evil Mistress 9 when they found out she was possessed by her instead of the spirit of Sailor Saturn herself. She even tried to stop Sailor Uranus, Sailor Neptune, and Sailor Pluto from recklessly killing her. While the Sailor Scouts were fighting Cyprine and Ptilol, Kaolinite captured Chibiusa and took her to feed her Pure Heart to Mistress 9, allowing her to fully awaken. It was eventually returned to her by Sailor Saturn's ghostly form when she had expelled Mistress 9 from her body and saved her host, Hotaru.
Sailor Moon SuperS
In the first episode, Chibiusa began having dreams about Pegasus. It was here that the Dead Moon Circus was searching for, but they did not know it yet. Hebihanabiko, the Lemures, entered Chibiusa's dreams through Pegasus in an attempt to convince her to use his power to rule the world, but she refused, and Sailor Moon destroyed Hebihanabiko. She also gained the ability to transform into a Super Sailor Senshi using the Chibi Moon Compact and by saying "Moon Crisis, Make up" with Usagi. By using the Crystal Carillion and saying, "Twinkle Yell ", Super Sailor Chibi Moon could summon Pegasus and enable Super Sailor Moon to use her new finishing move, Moon Gorgeous Meditation.
When Super Sailor Chibi Moon summoned Pegasus so that Super Sailor Moon could defeat the Amazoness Quartet, Queen Nehellenia realized that she was the holder of Pegasus, so Zirconia used Zircon to extract her dream mirror, and trapped her inside Nehellenia's mirror. Nehellenia made Pegasus become Helios again and took his crystal, putting Super Sailor Chibi Moon into Eternal Sleep (unlike Queen Beryl's general, Jadeite's.)
Helios woke Super Sailor Chibi Moon up from Eternal Sleep with the last of his power, and she used the Golden Crystal (once it was taken from Nehellenia by the Amazoness Quartet, who by now had switched sides) to talk to everyone on Earth and say "Moon Crisis Power" to restore the Golden Crystal's power.
Super Sailor Moon and Super Sailor Chibi Moon then defeated Nehellenia with a gold energy beam from the crystal, but she survived and kidnapped Super Sailor Chibi Moon, throwing her over the edge of the circus tent as it drew closer to the Dark Moon. As Super Sailor Moon jumped off after her, Nehellenia returned to her mirror. Helios turned into Pegasus and turned Usagi and Chibiusa into their princess forms with angel wings to save them from the fall.
Sailor Moon Sailor Stars
Chibiusa appeared in the first six episodes of Stars and was mentioned in the seventh. Chibiusa was about to go home back to the future with Diana, until Queen Nehellenia returned from the mirror after being released, and stopped the Time Door from opening. When Mamoru is under a spell and taken by Nehellenia, Chibiusa realizes that she will fade away if they do not break the spell and save Mamoru. Eternal Sailor Moon goes after her to stop her and save Mamoru. The Sailor Senshi tries to get to her but is split up in the process. Super Sailor Chibi Moon is with Super Sailor Saturn, whom both confront Nehellenia. Super Sailor Chibi Moon starts fading again and stops Saturn from sacrificing herself to kill Nehellenia. After Saturn is sealed, Super Sailor Chibi Moon then fades away in Usagi's arms, shortly after she makes it to the castle. After Eternal Sailor Moon breaks Mamoru's spell and frees the Sailor Senshi, Super Sailor Chibi Moon reappears. They finally return Nehellenia to her childhood for a second chance.
While she was not present in the second arc of stars, she did make a small cameo appearance in Usagi's dream in episode 198.
Sailor Senshi Info
- Luna P Change
- Pink Heart Cosmic Attack
- Double Sailor Moon Kick
- Luna P Shouka
- Pink Moon Wink Sword Attack (as Super Sailor Chibi Moon)
- Silver Pink Moon Crystal Power Kiss (as Eternal Sailor Chibi Moon)
- Prism Heart Compact
- Chibi Moon Compact
- Pink Moon Rod
- Crystal Carillon
- Red Hair Pieces
- Moon Kaleido Scope
- She was a major supporting character in the second season, the main character in the third and fourth seasons, and a minor one in the fifth.
- Chibiusa's real name, Usagi Tsukino, means "Rabbit of the Moon", like her mother's name. Her nickname "Chibiusa" means "little rabbit."
- Since there is no diminutive for the name Serena, the translators of the original English dub chose to give her the nickname Rini.
- Rini also means "little bunny" in Japanese.
- In the anime, Chibiusa did not grow as she did in the manga, both in stature and maturity.
- Since she became a Sailor Guardian she appeared to be a little more taller than her usual size in the anime.
- She was the second protagonist to be turned evil when being turned into Black Lady by Wiseman. The first was Tuxedo Mask, who was brainwashed by Queen Beryl. However, she is the first female protagonist to be turned evil.
- She is the only main Sailor Senshi that does not appear in the ending credits of the series' final episode.