One of the best parts of Sailor Moon is the evolution of the Scouts’ powers with each new villain they face. Each Sailor Scout’s powers have themes associated with the folklore of their planet names, and some connections are more obvious than others. As scout attacks get more powerful, sometimes it takes more unboxing to see the folk connections.
Attacks can be simple, like throwing a tiara like a disc, while others look like a firework display of exploding colors and merging elements. Some attacks have nice symbolic imagery, while others can be fancier and can only be used for a filler episode.
10/10 Underwater reflection reveals enemy weaknesses and attacks them with a powerful wave
Sailor Neptune’s blue planet is named after the Roman god of the sea. She uses the Deep Aqua Mirror, a symbol of both the reflective surface of the ocean and his gift of foresightto lead its attack, Submarine Reflection.
Sailor Neptune can use the mirror to search for her enemy’s weaknesses and reveal their location. She then uses the Deep Aqua Mirror to direct a large wave of seawater towards the villain. The attack can cast a shimmering blur of blue mist and bubbles, like sunlight shining through deep waters.
9/10 Mercury Aqua Rhapsody freezes the enemy with a song
Sailor Mercury’s aquatic powers derive from the Japanese name for her planet, Suisei, which refers to water. Mercury’s strongest attack is also his most musical, Mercury Aqua Rhapsody.
Jets of water gather to form one of Sailor Mercury’s special items, the Mercury Harp, which she scratches for her attack. As she plays the water harp, gusts of water shoot at the enemy, overpowering and freezing them. The harp refers to the god Mercury and his Greek counterpart, Hermes. Hermès invented the lyre, which is an instrument like the harp.
8/10 Jupiter Oak Evolution is a beautiful blend of elements
Sailor Jupiter’s first powers are associated with thunder as a tribute to the Roman god of thunder. His later powers refer to trees and flowers as the god Jupiter is also associated with oak trees.
Jupiter Oak Evolution involves both botanical and illuminating imagery, invoking the two associations of the god. Sailor Jupiter uses her weapon, Leaves of Oak, for Jupiter Oak Evolution. A huge cylinder of leaves swirls as if caught in a tornado, crossed by lightning. Sailor Jupiter then directs plant mass and storm energy on its target.
7/10 Sailor Uranus Splits Threats In Half With Space Sword Blaster
Sailor Uranus wields a magnificent blade called the Sword of Space. The sword acts as both a weapon and a talisman imbued with a Pure Heart Crystal. The sword is shaped like a scimitar; sometimes the blade is encrusted with jewels, while the blade is scarlet at other times.
Sailor Uranus uses the sword to direct her attack, Space Sword Blaster. The blade sends out a massive blast of energy that can hit multiple enemies at once. The strike is grand; Sailor Uranus leaps from the ground, sword raised, and brings down the fiery blade in a large sweeping arc.
6/10 Mars Flame Sniper always hits its target
Sailor Mars’ planet is called the Red Planet and Mars is the Roman God of War. Appropriately, Sailor Mars’ powers almost always reference fire and brimstone. His strongest attack is an archery-based attack, invoking traditional warfare imagery.
The Mars Flame Sniper attack is as beautiful as it is menacing. Sailor Mars gathers flames in the shape of bows and arrows and pulls the string. Like a ballerina turned soldier, she poses and aims. The flames form a tunnel as she sends out a powerful lightning bolt.
5/10 The Venus Love Me channel traps the bad guy
The name of the planet Sailor Venus comes from the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Most of her attacks are a nod to this goddess, like with Venus Love Me Chain. Sailor Venus whips a string of light in the shape of orange hearts like a lasso. The special attack later transforms into Venus Wink Chain Sword, where her Goddess Light forms a mighty sword.
In Venus Love Me Chain, the hearts spiral around the scout as she charges the attack. She then directs the light in a spiral with her hand raised in an “I love you” sign with her little finger, index finger and thumb outstretched.
4/10 The garlic attack is perfect for neutralizing vampires
The Sailor Scouts Garlic Attack is unique in that it only appears in one episode from the original animated series, and four of the Inner Sailor Scouts also participate in the attack. There’s nothing ranged magical about this special, but the attack makes up for the lack of magic in its ingenuity and effectiveness against its vampire target.
The scouts snack on a Korean barbecue made with garlic when they realize that garlic can be useful against the vampire invasion. The four scouts, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Venus, and Sailor Mars, surround Lilica Hubert in her Vampire Lemures form and blow their garlic breath at her, stopping the vampire in her tracks.
3/10 Dead Scream summons the powers of death and darkness
Sailor Pluto uses her greatest weapon, the Garnet Rod, to use the Dead Scream attack. She stirs the surrounding air with the Garnet Rod, summoning a windstorm, then gathers energy into a large purple sphere.
Sailor Pluto is a reserved scout whose primary duty is to guard the Gate of Space and Time, using the Garnet Orb, which tops the Garnet Rod as the key to the gate. Dead Scream is one of his main attacks and causes immense pain to the enemy. She won’t hesitate to use Dead Scream to defeat the enemies of the Sailor Scouts and guard the gate.
2/10 Tuxedo Mask roses are more than a pretty message
The reincarnated Earth Prince doesn’t have many powers. Tuxedo Mask is the definition of a supporting character; he strengthens Sailor Moon by giving her constant encouragement and protecting her with his own body. Her personality and her heart help her stand out in a group full of powerful and capable women.
There are a few instances where Tuxedo Mask uses magic attack powers; the best are her roses. When he throws a rose, planting its thorny stem in the ground, it’s more than a business card. At the end of Season 1, Tuxedo Mask uses a rose to smash a massive boulder meant to annihilate Sailor Moon. Rose stabs Queen Beryl in the chest, shielding the Moon Princess.
1/10 moon tiara action
The deadliest part of Sailor Moon’s original superhero costume is her red-jeweled tiara. When she removes it from her forehead, she dances and spins with her, charging the tiara into a glowing yellow-white disc which she then throws at her attackers.
This is the first attack Sailor Moon learns and one of the most effective, often splitting enemies in half and turning them to moondust. As her powers grow, she uses Moon Tiara Action less and less, but the special attack serves her well and is truly the move of a warrior princess.