Create Your Own Otaku Senshi: A Sailor Moon Fan-Character Help Site

Senshi Alternatives

There are lots of other roads you can take when making Sailormoon fan characters. Here's a little bit about some alternative ways of making Otaku Senshi.

Crossover Senshi
Because Sailor Senshi are generally associated with planets, it becomes very easy to cross over senshi with other fantasy universes in which fictional planets appear. Some examples of fandoms where this is readily applicable are Star Wars, Stargate, and Star Trek. There are also many options for creating Otaku Senshi that are crossed with specific places or groups from certain fandoms including senshi that carry the powers of lands nammed in the popular fantasy series Lord of the Rings, or senshi that relate to the individual houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizzardy from the Harry Potter series.

The bounds of crossover senshi are practically limitless. However, a word of caution to the crossover senshi creator: not everyone will share your enthusiasm for blending the fandoms. Someone who is a fan of Sailor Moon but not a fan of the other fandom might be turned off by the pairing. On the other hand, they might not be familiar with the second fandom and not even notice it is a cross over character. If you have two fandoms that you are passionate about, feel free to pour your energy into some hybrid senshi! When done well, cross over senshi can be enjoyable to either fandom!

Men who carry Sailor Crystals but are not Sailor Senshi are commonly referred to as knights. However that isn't the only name they go by so feel free to create another title for your Sailor Crystal carrying male characters. The process for creating a Knight is very similar to the process for creating a Sailor Senshi so this whole site can be helpful while developing these kinds of characters, too. Like Sailor Senshi, they canonically would have a connection to a star or planet from which they draw their powers. Tuxedo Mask is our best reference for this type of character, and they are often seen in supportive roles. But in fandom there's no limit to what your knights can do!

AU Senshi
AU stands for 'alternate universe.' AU Senshi are usually created with an author decides that there are certain 'rules' of the Sailor Moon universe into which they don't want their characters to fit. There are many variations on this concept because the 'rules' of Sailor Moon are debatable. AU senshi generally include a message at the start of the profile indicating either just that the character is alternate universe or specifically what about them is AU.

Some examples of AU senshi include a Sailormoon universe in which all the Sailor Senshi were born as men while Tuxedo Mask is a girl. Another AU story might have a timeline in which established canon events do not occur. Strictly speaking, most otaku senshi are AU since they aren't in the original universe by definition. However, most fans consider AU senshi to be senshi that change some signifigant aspect of canon for their story.

Sailor Animamates
Recently, it's become pretty popular among otaku senshi creators to come up with new Sailor Animamates as fan characters. This page will help to explain the specific regarding these types of characters in case you are interested in trying!

First, a little lesson on Sailor Animamates, for those of you not familiar with the details. In the manga, Sailor Moon has a rival soldier, Sailor Galaxia. Sailor Galaxia is the leader of Shadow Galactica. Within the ranks of Shadow Galactica are soldiers called Sailor Animamates. They are: Sailor Iron Mouse, Sailor Lead Crow, Sailor Aluminum Seiren, Sailor Tin Nyanko, and Sailor Heavy Metal Papillion. Sense a theme to their names? There certainly is one! When naming the Sailor Animamates, Naoko stuck to a formula which included a metal and an animal name.

Another important aspect of the Sailor Animamates is the origins of their powers. None of the Sailor Animamates in the manga were originally Sailor Senshi to begin with; they are, in fact, fake Sailor Senshi. It is explained in the manga that the Sailor Animamates are people that killed the original Sailor Soldier of their home planet in the name of Shadow Galactica. In return for killing the senshi of their planet, Sailor Galaxia gave them access to the powers of the soldier they killed.

The new, false senshi assumes a name that is related to the soldier they killed. For example, Sailor Chuu was killed by the person that took the form of Sailor Iron Mouse. 'Chuu' is like the sound that a mouse makes, so Sailor Iron Mouse's name and appearance relate to a mouse. Sailor Tin Nyanko killed Sailor Mau, the soldier from Luna and Artemis' home planet. Her appearance is related to a cat. Sailor Lead Crow killed Sailor Cronis, the senshi of the planet Coronis. This is the planet that Sailor Mars' two guardian crows came from. Therefore, Sailor Lead Crow takes on the name an appearance of a crow.

It seems that the appearances of these Animamates in the manga is different than that of the original soldiers who's lives they took. This assumtion is based on one small panel in the manga which shows Sailor Coronis' back. She is wearing an outfit that is unlike Sailor Lead Crow's attire.

In the anime, Animamates operated a little different. The Animamates of the anime were actually Sailor Senshi who gave up their Sailor Crystals to serve Galaxia and avoid death. When Sailor Tin Nyanko is partially healed in the anime, half her outfit turns white. This 'pure' side of her seems to indicate that anime Animamates had original forms which were the same as their Galactica outfits with some possible color alterations.

In both storylines, the Sailor Animamates all wore golden bracelets with large gemstones on them. These bracelets were what allowed the Sailor Animamate to access the power of the Sailor Crystal which Sailor Galaxia kept. They also were a symbol of Sailor Galaxia's power over their lives; if Galaxia revoked the bracelets, the Animamate would die.

If you are interested in creating a Sailor Animamate and you would like her to fit into the ideas shown in canon, here are the basic questions you should consider:
What Sailor Senshi did she kill to obtain power? OR What Sailor Senshi was she before she gave up her crystal?
What animal would this Sailor Senshi be related to?
What metal sounds good with that animal name?
Bear in mind that the manga also contains characters who willingly gave up their powers to join Shadow Galactica. They are not called Sailor Animamates, but they are not given any other name collectively. These senshi are: Sailor Lethe, Sailor Mnesmosyne, Sailor Chi, and Sailor Phi. Much like the soldiers in the anime, it seems that these characters retain their original appearance while under Galaxia's control.

There are other ways to make Sailor Animamates. For example, not all Sailor Senshi have powers from animal realms. What would happen if a soldier of fire was killed by someone that gained her powers? Perhaps she would become Sailor Golden Flame. Or perhaps instead of metals for the middle word, you would like to use flowers, gemstones, or colors! Branching out from the original formula could be a great way to set you Sailor Animamate(s) apart!

The Sailor Animamates often had outfits related to their animal element, but they also generally wore outfits that were more revealing than the ordinary Sailor Senshi. Because we don't know a lot about the original senshi they killed, we don't know how similar the Animamate outfits are to the original soldiers.