Usagi Tsukino (月野 うさぎ, Tsukino Usagi) is the Sailor Guardian of love and justice, Sailor Moon (セーラームーン, Seeraa Muun). Originally from a prosperous civilization on the Moon known as the Moon Kingdom, she was reborn on Earth and re-awoke as the leader of the Sailor Senshi.
Nomenclature & Etymology
Usagi is written in the hiragana spelling of the Japanese word for "rabbit" (うさぎ, Usagi)
Tsukino, The kanji of Tsuki (月) translates to "moon" while the kanji for no (野) translates to "field" or "civilian". The syllable no (の) also indicates possession, so while the literal translation of her family name could be "moon field" or "moon civilian", others may translate it as "of the moon."
Her full name, when said in the Japanese naming-order, Tsukino Usagi, gives two additional puns: No-Usagi (野うさぎ), meaning "wild rabbit"; and Tsuki no Usagi (月のうさぎ), meaning "Rabbit of the Moon". The latter derives from an Asian folktale about a rabbit that is said to reside on the Moon.
Naoko Takeuchi included many occultist arts to finely detail each character. For Usagi, these things include:
- Pearl - Purity, humility and innocence.
- Alexandrite - Believed to strengthen intuition, aid creativity and inspire imagination.
- Moonstone - Love, passion, fertility and great luck.
- Zodiac Sign:
- Cancer - Tenacious, highly imaginative, loyal, emotional, sympathetic, persuasive; Moody, pessimistic, suspicious, manipulative, insecure.
- Rose- Adoration, clairvoyance, good fortune.
Usagi has blue eyes and long blonde hair that she wears in odango. She has porcelain skin and a slim figure. She is the shortest of the Senshi.
The outfit that Usagi usually wears is a blue middle-school sailor uniform. The uniform has a blue sailor collar with three white stripes. She has a red ribbon on the front of her uniform, which she ties her magical brooch to. She has a white blouse with blue sleeve-cuffs that have three white stripes, just like the collar.
In the summer, she wears a white, short-sleeved blouse with puffed sleeves. She has a blue pleated skirt with a blue ribbon on the back. She usually wears white socks and black cross-strap Mary Jane shoes.
Sailor Moon’s standard uniform consists of a white chest-armored leotard with a blue sailor collar that has three white stripes on it, white gloves with three red arm fittings that reach just below her elbows, white shoulder pads, a blue skirt with a puffy white belt sat above it, along with a red bow on the chest and at the back. She also sports a pair of red short heeled knee-high boots with a white border at the triangular top that has golden crescent moons, earrings consisting of grey studs with golden stars and golden crescent moons beneath, white-bordered red circular hairpieces (one on each odango), feather barrettes in her hair, and a red choker with a golden crescent moon on it and a clip that is similar to her transformation brooch attached to it. Her brooch is worn in the middle of her chest bow, and she wore a mask that disappeared after Act 16.
When she gains Moon Cosmic Power, Make Up, her choker becomes red with a yellow heart at the center.
As Super Sailor Moon, her uniform underwent many changes; her earrings are now singular crescent moons affixed to her ears, her choker is yellow with a pink heart in the center, the stripes on her collar change from white to golden, and her shoulder pads are white, translucent, and more wing-like in shape. Her back waist bow becomes white, long, translucent, and billowy. Her collar is blue in the front and yellow in the back, the colors blending into each other over her shoulders. Her skirt is now white with a blue and yellow border at the bottom; the colors blend into each other similar to how they do on her collar. The red gem on her tiara is replaced with a gold crescent moon, a puffy golden belt sits above her usual white belt, and a second Cosmic Heart Compact is attached to the center of her belt.
When Usagi became Eternal Sailor Moon, her uniform underwent the most radical changes; she no longer wears a tiara and instead has a golden crescent moon on her forehead, her leotard no longer has chest armor, her earrings have a golden star attached beneath each crescent moon, and her choker is red and v-shaped with a pink heart at the center and a golden crescent moon beneath it. The collar itself is like her original one, but it is a darker shade of blue with three golden stripes. In the place of her shoulder pads are pink bubble-like sleeves with two red fittings at the ends; they have somewhat of a translucent aspect to them. In the area where her chest bow was located is a pair of white angel wings with a pink heart that has a golden crescent moon attached to it sitting at its center. Her gloves now have red, v-shaped wristbands with golden crescent moons on them, the fittings at the ends of the gloves have feather barrettes attached to them similar to the ones in her hair, and the gloves themselves are now extended to reach up to her upper arms. Her belt is now comprised of two ribbons (the one on top is yellow and the one beneath it is red) clipped together by a golden crescent moon; the bottom ribbon extends past her skirt, mimicking the flowing effect that her previous back bow had. Her back bow is replaced with a set of large white angel wings, her skirt is now composed of three layers (the top layer is yellow, the middle layer is red, the bottom layer is blue), and her boots are now white and knee-length with a slightly larger heel and red v-shaped borders that have golden crescent moons on them.
Main Page: Princess Serenity
Main Page: Neo-Queen Serenity
In the beginning, Usagi is seen to be a cheerful, immature girl. She cries easily and is often overtaken with emotion. She also displays an unwavering hope and sees good in her enemies that others may not. Usagi has a pure heart and is always there for everyone. She can be jealous at times, especially over Mamoru, but overall is a kind, strong, courageous girl. She stands up for what is right and believes everyone deserves love.
Usagi was the oldest of two siblings and lived with her parents, Kenji and Ikuko Tsukino, and her younger brother, Shingo Tsukino. She lived an average life with her friends, Naru, Umino, Yumiko, and Kuri.
Dark Kingdom arc
Black Moon arc
Sailor Guardian Info
Usagi Tsukino can transform into Sailor Moon by calling out her transformation phrase, and she can transform into anyone she desires by using her transformation pen and saying "Moon Power, change me into a...!" and the name of the one she desires to be.
Her attacks have moonlight, love, healing and purification attributes, as a reflection of her tendency to not fight.
- Moon Prism Power, Make Up
- Moon Power, change me into a...!
- Moon Crystal Power, Make Up
- Moon Cosmic Power, Make Up
- Crisis, Make Up
- Moon Crisis, Make Up
- Moon Eternal, Make Up
- Silver Moon Crystal Power, Make Up
- Supersonic Waves
- Sailor Moon Kick
- Moon Tiara Frisbee/Moon Tiara Boomerang
- Moon Twilight Flash
- Moon Healing Escalation
- Moon Princess Halation
- Double Moon Princess Halation
- Moon Spiral Heart Attack
- Rainbow Moon Heartache
- Rainbow Double Moon Heartache
- Moon Gorgeous Meditation
- Starlight Honeymoon Therapy Kiss
- Starlight Honeymoon Double Therapy Kiss
- Silver Moon Crystal Power Therapy Kiss
- Silver Moon Crystal Eternal Power
- Sailor Planet Attack
- Sailor Planet Power
- Transformation Brooch
- Disguise Pen
- Moon Stick
- Crystal Star
- Cutie Moon Rod
- Cosmic Heart Compact
- Spiral Heart Moon Rod
- Holy Grail
- Crisis Moon Compact
- Moon Kaleido Scope
- Holy Moon Chalice
- Eternal Tiare
- Silver Crystal
- The English-language manga gives her the nickname "Bunny" to partially preserve this pun; much other localization uses the name Bunny as well.
- Before she appeared in Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon, Usagi appeared in Codename: Sailor V; both Vol.5 and Vol.6. In the former, she was seen looking at a poster advertising the Sailor V game. In Volume 6, she and Naru Osaka were outside of Game Center Crown, with Usagi wanting to go inside and play the Sailor V game.
- In a 1996 interview with Animerica magazine, Naoko Takeuchi explained her motive for the creation of Sailor Moon's character as her wanting to create someone as close as possible to her own personality.
- Regarding Sailor Moon's appearance, however, Takeuchi noted that her drawing style's having been inspired by that of Galaxy Express creator Leiji Matsumoto. "Matsumoto's women are all adult and sexy," she lamented. "I wish I could have made Usagi a little chubbier."