Hotaru Tomoe is the daughter of Souichi Tomoe and Keiko Tomoe, and the civilian identity and present-day incarnation of Sailor Saturn. Much unlike her original counterpart, she is a major supporting character and appears in most episodes.
Like the other characters, Sailor Saturn's appearance in the new anime is based off of her appearance in the manga.
In her standard Sailor form, Saturn has short, black hair, violet eyes, and pale skin. Her fuku consists of a dark blue-violet choker, collar, tiara gem, elbow fittings of gloves, miniskirt, and boots. Her choker has a six-pointed star. Her earrings are white pearls adorned with a ring to look like her own guardian planet, with white dagger pendants hanging from them. The bows of her fuku are pale maroon. Her gloves have pointy elbow fittings. Her collar does not have any stripes.
She wears knee-high boots laced up in the front. Her shoulder pads resemble flower petals and she has a white crystal on the center of her front bow similar to a pure heart crystal.
Sailor Saturn was isolated from the Silver Millennium. She remained in slumber on the planet Saturn, only to be awakened when the kingdom was beyond revival. After the Silver Millennium was destroyed by the Dark Kingdom, with the death of Princess Serenity, the three special talismans activated to awaken her. Once awakened, she swung her Silence Glaive and ended all life, to be reborn. Sailor Saturn also perished, and she was reborn as a human girl, Hotaru Tomoe, unless the worst should occur again, she will never be awakened.
At her birth, the powers of Saturn had lain dormant within her. At the age of six, she was in a lab accident that took the life of her mother Keiko, leaving her terribly injured and in a coma. While her father was experimenting on her to save her life, a dark force arrived and made a deal to help him save her. The being provided a Daimon egg, which Souichi placed in his daughter, which grew in power within her over the next few years.
Season Three: Death Busters
One night, Hotaru is asleep in her room, dreaming about three shadowed figures that are carrying three mystical treasures until she awakens out of fright. Some time later, Hotaru has another seizure and is offered assistance by Chibiusa, which she refuses; stating that she always has these attacks. Still in pain, she watches in shock when a Daimon appears out of nowhere and begins wreaking havoc. She's even more confused when she sees Usagi and Chibiusa transform into Sailor Moon and Sailor Chibi Moon. She later notices a cut on Sailor Chibi Moon's elbow and heals it. She tells Chibiusa to leave before the security guards came and introduces herself before leaving. In a dark hallway, Hotaru still feels weak when Kaolinite appears, saying that these attacks were quite worrisome. She ignores her and tried to walk away, but is stopped by the appearance of her father. She warns Kaolinite not to suck up to her father as she did not like her coming into her family. In her room, her father gives her a crystal amulet, that he says would make her feel better. Holding it to her chest, Hotaru suddenly notices that she did indeed feel better and more secure. However, she expresses fear of how long her body would hold up.
Some nights later, she begins noticing that she could not suppress the dark being within her any longer. She tries harder, but was quickly overwhelmed by the being. By the time Sailor Chibi Moon arrives to protect Hotaru from the Outer Senshi, the evil thing within her takes full control of Hotaru's body, transforming it into a grown woman, calling herself Mistress 9, who immediately steals Chibiusa's Silver Crystal, as well as her soul. Within the body, Hotaru is ensnared in thorny vines, but she still fights against Mistress 9's control. Hotaru's capable of partially suppressing it from using Chibiusa's Silver Crystal, but can not prevent her from swallowing it completely. Hotaru remains strong and tries to stop the invader from gaining more power. She leads the Silver Crystal to Chibiusa's soul and encourages her best friend to fight on and that she would always be there to protect her. She hugged Chibiusa, saying that she would definitely save her and the Silver Crystal from being destroyed. She expresses sadness, feeling the destruction of her father.
She remains obstinate and resolved to stop Mistress 9 from escaping her body and absorbing the spirits' of Chibiusa, and the four Inner Sailor Guardians. She cannot stop Mistress 9 from breaking out of her body, so Hotaru takes the inner Senshi and Chibiusa's souls, and the Silver Crystal, out of the body and returns them to their owners. Knowing that she has little strength left, she appeared at Mamoru's apartment and returns the soul and the Silver Crystal to their rightful owner. She cries, glad that her only real friend was safe again. As Mistress 9 begins to grow even stronger, and as her consciousness began to fade away, she admitted how glad she was to have met Chibiusa and that she truly loved her. Mistress 9 finally breaks out of the body and Hotaru fades away.
Upon the departure of the near-dead Pharaoh 90, Hotaru was reborn as an infant by Sailor Moon. Seeing the symbol of Saturn appear on her forehead, the Senshi knew the Guardian of Silence had been reborn. She was picked up by Super Sailor Neptune, who vowed that she, Super Sailor Uranus and Super Sailor Pluto would raise her from then on.
Hotaru is timid, quiet and always keeps to herself. Never having had any real friends, she was surprised yet happy to have met Chibiusa. She had growing fears of losing herself someday and struggled to keep her dark side in check, so as not to harm those she held most dear.
Sailor Senshi Info
Hotaru possesses healing abilities; capable of healing scrapes, bruises and scratches. She also has the ability to foresee events that are yet to come.
As Sailor Saturn, she has powers based on silence and destruction, ruin and nothingness, death and rebirth. She possesses the power to completely obliterate an entire planet; thus reducing everything and everyone on said world to complete and utter nothingness by swinging down her weapon, the Silence Glaive. After the destruction all would be reborn in the future. She was shown to be powerful enough to fatally damage Pharaoh 90 while he was merged with the Earth, and was capable of forcing him from the planet's surface.
In addition to destructive powers, she also has healing abilities, which she is only seen utilizing as a civilian.
- Her anime counterpart had frequently appeared in twelve episodes in the third season, none in the fourth, and nine in the Sailor Stars season.
- Her tiara gem is blue-violet (which is her signature color), rather than white; like in the original anime and manga.
- Although Saturn Planet Power was not heard, her first appearance in present-day, involved a series of movements resembling the tail-end of a Sailor Senshi transformation sequence, including her planet symbol appearing on her forehead turning into a tiara, and the planet Saturn is seen in the background behind her when she striked her final pose.