Your least favorite Inner Senshi

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Even though I tentatively, vaguely, sort of cringingly selected Rei, I should say that I do like the '90s anime version of her slightly more than the original manga. I don't dislike either, but the manga version feels less developed to me (I would have a harder time describing her character.... distant? Aloof? Quiet? Bitter? Mistrustful?) and I can't get much of a sense of how she and Usagi even feel about each other (general purpose friendship without really interacting directly that often except as teammates blowing stuff up?), whereas in the anime I find her quibbles with Usagi, which started off more like serious fights in the earliest days, to become more of a friendly routine, and actually find her very supportive to Usagi as time goes on (like how Rei breaks down during their "trick Kunzite by pretending to fight each other" plan, or how they interact at D Point, or how supportive Rei is when Chibi-Usa has been messed with by Death Phantom, or when she realizes Mamoru's gone missing in Sailor Stars). She's also pretty funny, and seems tough and cool to me.

When I say it's hard to pick a least favorite, I mean it- they all really earned their way into my top 15 in a show full of characters I love to death. It'd be much easier to pick like, 20 least favorite victim-of-the-week characters. And even then, the queen of "youma bait" and her goofball anti-foil / eventual boyfriend are my two favorite characters in the entire show (though to be fair, that's because they both breaks the mould so well and become much more than stock victims, especially in episodes 23, 24, and 26), so yeah. Most of the time the anime's character writing was pretty great, in my opinion.
 
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Ale6

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I should say that I do like the '90s anime version of her slightly more than the original manga. I don't dislike either, but the manga version feels less developed to me.
I actually think the opposite, I think the development of Rei’s character was greater in the manga than the anime. Although I still love both of them as well, I think that manga Rei is actually a more fleshed out take on her character, but let me explain that.

The development (referring to the multitude of elements that make up a character) Rei overtook in the manga it’s very prominent, mostly seen on her dislike for men, the whys of her almost cold behavior, and the classy but ambiguous presence she carries around.


Many small interactions, monologues, and even entire chapters were dedicated to expanding her character and let the reader understand her beliefs and motivations. She’s flashed out enough to let the reader understand her, but not too much where she would lose her image; her view on the world around her, while people might argue that shifts throughout the series, is very much based on her past. The ups and downs on what growing up under religious influences are also displayed, but she is still able to think with her own mind, letting the reader know that she, in fact, is strong and independent.


Anime Rei, on the other hand, I feel like, was changed to fit her in the “group dynamic”, while she can be hot-headed and mean in the manga, the anime takes those elements and elevates them to be her defining traits, and I’m not blaming the creators for doing so.

The anime has a significantly lower demographic than the manga, so being able to make her character “simpler” is a massive advantage, simpler characters are, well, marketable and easier to remember (just think of this, is it easier to remember about the complexity of Joker’s character and his motivations or how Tom is always chasing Jerry). With that said I’m in no way degrading Rei’s character in the anime, the creators put so much thought and care on her “new found form” and it shows, honestly I just treat her as a different character and I hardly compare the two.


Going back on character development, anime Rei doesn’t stand as well on her decisions and beliefs. She has hardly any reason to be more hot-head and aggressive than the others, and while that could just be her behavior, those traits are mostly used for gags and interactive dynamics.

Her views on men are still a bit skewed, but the motivations of such views are left in the air (this usually happens if a character is moved from a media to the other, changed, but the writers are still using the previous character development for their own), sure she does have some love problems, but that can hardly justify them.

The last thing I would like to mention is how her mysterious image that was present in the manga is nonexistent in the anime, due to her openness and willingness to let people know who she is, who she wants to be and what she believes in.
 

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none actually lol it maybe few and far between but they all have their shining moments even if in the 90s mako and minako share theirs more than once, if I had to choose then PGSM Usagi and Sailor Luna = even crystal Usagi grew on me lol
 
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Without a shadow of a doubt, 90's anime Rei is hands down, my least favorite Inner. In other continuities, I can tolerate her, or even like her, but in the original anime, she is a mean bully at first and she leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Part of it is I just don't like the "Lancer" character archetype at all. The rival who does the things the hero doesn't have to but would step in to defend the person they talk trash about is an awful character type.
 
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Without a shadow of a doubt, 90's anime Rei is hands down, my least favorite Inner. In other continuities, I can tolerate her, or even like her, but in the original anime, she is a mean bully at first and she leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Part of it is I just don't like the "Lancer" character archetype at all. The rival who does the things the hero doesn't have to but would step in to defend the person they talk trash about is an awful character type.
I have to disagree I always found the Lancer endearing the two characters might fight and tease each other but it is in a brother or sisterly type but when the chips are down will always have each other's back.
 

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I don't dislike either, but the manga version feels less developed to me (I would have a harder time describing her character.... distant? Aloof? Quiet? Bitter? Mistrustful?) and I can't get much of a sense of how she and Usagi even feel about each other (general purpose friendship without really interacting directly that often except as teammates blowing stuff up?)
It's kinda funny that in the 90's anime Rei is Usagi's closest friend while in the manga she's probably the most distant one

I don't really have a least favorite inner. Thanks to the various incarnations I grew to love them all.
 
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Without a shadow of a doubt, 90's anime Rei is hands down, my least favorite Inner.
Mine too.

In other continuities, I can tolerate her, or even like her, but in the original anime, she is a mean bully at first and she leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
I like/tolerate the manga and live action versions of Rei.
 
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I freaking love Sailor Mars. I love her "no bullcrap" attitude. I thought it was interesting she "picked" on Usagi because Usagi acted like a big baby most of the time and she needed someone to whip her in to shape with some tough love.

Oi....a least favorite Inner is so hard. I can't even think of one I don't like because they all bring something interesting to the table.



This is a tough one. Should have been which Senshi aren't your fav in general. Sailor Star Maker would rise very quickly to the top.
 
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Michiru is perfect. She is like the Mary Sue of the franchise to me. I don't think any character shines like she does. She's what I would call one of the Sultry Senshi.

I get a weird mother like vibe from Setsuna. For some reason, I could see her as a librarian.

Like I said. This was a hard one for me. I literally like all the Inners (and Outers). They work so well together. It's weird. I feel like I could sit down and talk to anyone of them and fall in love.

I did use to wonder if Toei had a least favorite. I used to think that they preferred it to be only 3 senshi and thats why Mercury and Mars usually got their own episodes while Makoto and Minako were bunched together.
 

Neon Genesis

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If I had to pick a least favorite Inner, I would have to pick Ami. I have to agree with John's point that Ami does come across as a nerd stereotype. I prefer Ami in other adaptations like PGSM and Seramyu where she has a more varied personality to me. I feel like Ami shines at her best in the 90s anime in the Ami's First Love special and I liked her more in general in SuperS where she seemed to open up more. But in general I feel like she has more of a one note personality most of the 90s anime and I just don't relate to her any like I do with the other Inners.
 

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Picking a least favorite one would be difficult, so let me start by eliminating the ones I definitely like.

Usagi/Sailor Moon/Serena -- While her inability to learn from past mistakes in some regards can seem like a negative trait in a lot of cases, I feel as though it helps portray the character's innocence and purity, so it doesn't bother me that much.

Ami/Sailor Mercury/Amy -- While her shy and intellectual demeanor might be off-putting to some, it makes it just that more meaningful when she does express genuine emotion and warms up to Usagi.

Minako/Sailor Venus/Mina -- While one could dismiss her as a more polite and mature knock-off of Usagi with more of a flair for showmanship, she's linked to the very beginning of the Sailor Moon franchise, and seems to be the ideal female friend. That is to say, she always seems to know the appropriate thing to do in a given situation (whether it's combat or comforting a friend) and plays her role appropriately, without really embarrassing herself or anyone else.

Since I know for sure those are my top three, that only leaves two to be my least favorite.

Rei/Sailor Mars/Raye -- It's definitely understandable why her hot-headedness and meanness towards Usagi would be off-putting to many. However, I feel she adds a needed foil to Usagi and the others. Unlike the others, she's more prepared for her role as a Sailor Guardian, having dealt with evil in the past and prepared with the knowledge that monsters and evil spirits are real. Also, her rare displays of kindness or sympathy seem that much more meaningful when you know how harsh she usually is.

Makoto/Sailor Jupiter/Lita -- If you see Minako as a more mature version of Usagi, then it wouldn't be much of a stretch to describe Makoto as a more mature version of Rei. She seems to rely a lot on her size and physical strength, almost to the point that her intimidating size is her defining character trait. What redeems her character in my opinion is that she shows that being strong doesn't necessarily mean being cold or harsh, as we see that she does have a softer side and can have her heart broken despite how tough she is in battle.

I would have to say that Sailor Jupiter appears to be the weakest of the five, though I honestly do appreciate what she brings to the table. All the characters have their flaws and limitations on perspective, but that's what makes them so human.
 
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I would have to say that Sailor Jupiter appears to be the weakest of the five, though I honestly do appreciate what she brings to the table. All the characters have their flaws and limitations on perspective, but that's what makes them so human.
Bingo. That's what eventually drew me to start watching in 2005. The DiC version passed me by back in the day, but I learned of Sailor Moon in other ways. The creativity and care that went into crafting the characters came off the same sense of what makes classic Marvel and DC endearing after so long.
 
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I think my least favorite use to be Serena. However I am currently apart of a group who is doing a fandubbing of the series on Smule and I play the title heroine. This experience has given me a soft spot for the character. She is a cry baby this is true but she has a kind heart and cares about her friends. And when the time comes, she always finds a way to get things done.

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I've watched Sailor Moon since I was 4 on foreign channels, without understanding what they were saying. When I was about 13 I experienced both 90s anime and manga pretty much simultaniously, so my answer would be contradicting. My favourite senshi has always been Minako, but mostly because of her manga persona and because my childhood memories where I just found her the prettiest :D. However in the 90s anime, once I was able to watching it understanding what is going on, she was the one I found almost negatively portrayed. Many people don't like 90s Rei, while for me she was the best written character. She was hardworking, ambitious, talented, pretty and she actually really cared for Usagi and all of her friends. She was also very relatable to me as I was just as competitive show off, craving for attention, carrying for my best friend deeply , but always pointed out her faults (She is now my wife and we are still like Rei and Usagi at home). Although Minako has always been my favourite, I like her 90s anime portrayal dreadful. They didn't know what to do with her as she was introduced much later in the show, so she ended up being a mix of Usagi and Rei treats. She was boy crazy, kind a into the stereotypical blonde, ditzy, two timing, self-righteous, cunning etc. It was so frustrating loving a character and hating her adaptation, although she had her good moments too. So when it comes to the 90s I have to admit half-heartedly I liked her less than the others. As for the manga I don't dislike any one of them.
 

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I see. Why aren't you counting Moon and Chibi Moon as Inner Senshi?
Sorry for the late reply, Flora! Even if they do "count" as Inners officially (not sure on that), I think it's too easy to pick characters like Moon (lots of flaws, which is part of the storyline itself) and Chibi Moon (she has long since been hated by the fandom for years now, though this has died down for the most part). I just get the vibe that the original poster was asking about the supporting cast, that's all. :)

If I had to pick a least favorite Inner, I would have to pick Ami. I have to agree with John's point that Ami does come across as a nerd stereotype. I prefer Ami in other adaptations like PGSM and Seramyu where she has a more varied personality to me. I feel like Ami shines at her best in the 90s anime in the Ami's First Love special and I liked her more in general in SuperS where she seemed to open up more. But in general I feel like she has more of a one note personality most of the 90s anime and I just don't relate to her any like I do with the other Inners.
You know, it's interesting you say this...I did indeed pick Ami but at the same time, that SuperS special/short "Ami's First Love" is probably my favorite thing from the entire 90s anime. I absolutely love it. So maybe it's like what you're saying -- I don't necessarily dislike Ami overall, I just like it when she expresses different sides to her personality. For example, I love that the Sailor Stars anime depicts her as basically being a closeted pop idol fan, maybe even more of a fan than Minako.