| Poupelin |
Perle (younger brother)
|Anime:||Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon SuperS: The Movie|
|Anime Voiced By:|| Nobuo Tobita (Japanese)|
Robert Tinkler (CWi English dub)
Kyle McCarley (Viz Media English dub)
Nomenclature and Etymology
According to the Materials Collection, the romanization of Poupelin's name is literally "Pupuran", which is the Japanese approximation of the French word "Poupelin." A poupelin is a type of French pastry that was popular during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and is made with chou paste and cooked in a mold. During cooking, most of the paste spills out so that all that is left is a crust, which is then filled with cream or mousse. In some very old French texts, the word "poupelin" is occasionally used to refer to a child.
He first appears at the beginning of the movie playing a magical song called Three O'Clock Fairy on his flute. He uses the tune to hypnotize children and causes them to follow him away from their homes. Queen Badiane enlists the services of Poupelin and three other fairies (Orangeat, Banane, and Perle) to help her steal children away. She tells them that children who are brought to her will never grow old, and will not be harmed.
Poupelin, Banane, and Orangeat feel that what they are doing is not wrong and that they are protecting the dreams of children by allowing them to sleep peacefully forever. Perle is the only fairie who sees that this is wrong, after meeting Chibiusa. Poupelin comes to Tokyo to take the children from the city, and ChibiUsa falls under a trance due to his song. She follows the other hypnotized children to a flying boat that is used to take them back to Marzipan Castle, where they will be imprisoned in sleep inside of Dream Coffins. Fortunately, Usagi brings ChibiUsa back to her senses.
The Sailor Senshi then meets Poupelin, who attacks them with BonBon Babies. He then creates an illusion for the girls that looks like a gingerbread house, completely fooling them until Tuxedo Mask appears and battles Poupelin. Perle then makes his appearance, causing the BonBon Babies to stop attacking, angering and confusing Poupelin. Poupelin eventually takes Chibiusa and the other children on his flying boat to Marzipan Castle. The Sailor Senshi and Perle follow him on another boat, and when they arrive at the castle high in the clouds, Poupelin, Banane, and Orangeat attack with cannons.
The Senshi land unharmed, but the fairies begin attacking with BonBon Babies, Poupelin controlling blue BonBon Babies. During the course of the ensuing battle, Sailor Uranus severs Poupelin's flute with her Space Sword, causing him to turn into a blue hummingbird that flies away.
- Similar to the legendary Pied Piper Of Hamelin, he uses a flute to lead children away from town.