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Template:Sailor Moon villain group The Amazon Trio (アマゾントリオ Amazon Torio?) is a set of fictional antagonists in the anime series Sailor Moon SuperS and the corresponding manga arc, Dream. The trio are a subset of the villains called the Dead Moon Circus, and follow the threatening commands of Zirconia.

The trio has three members: Tiger's Eye, Hawk's Eye and Fisheye. Their names, like those of most Sailor Moon villains, are derived from the names of gemstones.

In the manga they are created from animals from the circus by the Amazoness Quartet to destroy the Sailor Senshi.[1] They each respectively target a relevant Sailor Senshi to kill. The only exception to this is Sailor Venus, who is targeted by Xenotime and Zeolite.[2] They do not summon lemures themselves, but are treated as lemures.

In the anime, members of the trio summon lemures—spirits of the dead—from the shadows to assist them in various battles with the Sailor Senshi, mostly using them to fight their battles entirely for them.

Also in the anime, the Amazon Trio's job is to look into the dream mirrors of mortals, searching for the legendary and powerful Pegasus. Pegasus possesses the Golden Crystal which can free their leader, Queen Nehellenia, from her entrapment within a mirror and allow her to take over Earth. The Trio choose their victims by seducing various women and men, whether they be young or old, and attacking them while they are vulnerable.

Each Trio member removes his targets' dream mirrors in the same three step process. First he says "One" (in English), and a large red board with the Circus' logo raises from the ground behind his target. Second, he causes shackles to lock them to the board by saying "Two." Finally, by saying "Three," he forces the victim's dream mirror to appear from their chest. In one instance two members did it at the same time causeing two boards to appear at the same time. In one episode the boards appear every time they say one, even when they didn't want them to.

Profiles

Tiger's Eye

Tiger's Eye (タイガーズ・アイ Taigāzu・Ai?) takes the form of a tall, long haired blond man. He wears tight tiger-striped pants and a white top, and attacks with a whip.

In the anime, his targets of seduction are particularly younger women, as he uses his charming abilities to lure them into his traps until the right time to look into their dream mirrors in search of Pegasus. He can speak more English than just the "one, two, three" required to set up his trap. It is not clear how much he knows, but he asks one of his targets what the time is in English.

In the manga, Tiger's Eye attempted to pollute Sailor Mars with negative thoughts in order to take her energy while she was investigating a mysterious hall of mirrors. He is killed by her just after she powers up into her 'Super' form. He is destroyed in the blast from her new attack, Mars Flame Sniper.[3]

Tiger's Eye is voiced by Ryotaro Okiayu in the original Japanese anime and by Jason Barr in the English dub.

Hawk's Eye

Hawk's Eye (ホークス・アイ Hōkusu・Ai?) takes the form of a tall young man with bright, wild pink hair. He wears a bra-like toga and tights in his battle attire.

In the anime, he often gets into fights with Tiger's Eye, though their relationship is rather love-hate, and their arguments are usually playful. His attacks are fire-based, and uses a torch as his primary weapon. His targets reflect his romantic preferences, in this case older women (to contrast with Tiger's Eye's preference for younger girls).

He first appears in episode 128 of the anime but his first offensive move is made in episode 130, his victim being Usagi Tsukino's mother, "Ikuko-mama". His designs on her are thwarted by Sailor Moon and Sailor Chibi Moon. He continues throughout the series to mainly target older women, although he and Tiger's Eye compete over Minako Aino.[4]

Hawk's Eye is killed by the lemures 'Mr. Magic Pierrot', who is sent by PallaPalla to eliminate the trio. However, Pegasus revives him, and he is sent to Elysion with the others.

In the manga, Hawk's Eye deceives Sailor Jupiter pretending to be a female owner of a herb store. He is killed later, just after she powers up into her 'Super' form. He is destroyed in the blast from her new attack, Jupiter Oak Evolution.[5]

Creator Naoko Takeuchi characterized Hawk's Eye as a sort of grown-up Zoisite, with the dream of someday being a "bar madam" in either Las Vegas or Ginza.[6]

He is voiced by Toshio Furukawa in the original Japanese version and by Benji Plener in the English dub. He is played by Hikari Ono in the stage musicals.

Fisheye

Fisheye (フィッシュ・アイ Fisshu・Ai?) takes the form of a slender, effeminate male with long, pale blue and green hair.

In the anime, like Tiger's Eye and Hawk's Eye, he targets his ideal romantic interests, which are young males. His magical attacks are water-based, but his primary choice of attack is knife-throwing (which, to his frustration, he is not very good at).

Fisheye has a very small part in the manga, in which he is sold to Ami Mizuno in fish form. He gives her nightmares about her father abandoning her, luring her into a trap. She powers up and defeats Fisheye with Mercury Aqua Rhapsody, and he is killed soon after by Sailor Moon and Sailor Chibi Moon.[7] In the Materials Collection, creator Naoko Takeuchi describes him as the Circus's "ball-balancing girl (??)", who one day dreams of becoming the "best ball-balancing girl (!) in the world"; emphasis is hers. She also compares his temperament to that of the exciteable Mimete.[8]

Fisheye is also effeminate in the anime, as well as openly attracted to men, and while in disguise almost always dresses as a woman. Crossdressing is the basis of many of his disguises, as he is usually able to pass himself off as a woman to attract his targets, who are generally heterosexual males (he portrayed his gender honestly to the one gay target he had).[9] Undisguised, he speaks Japanese with exclusively masculine pronouns, such as boku when referring to himself. All of the Trio's forms has some ambiguity,[10] and every other costume Fisheye wears is part of a human disguise.

Unlike his cohorts, who are rather superficial about their victims, Fisheye seems to nurse a paradoxical genuine affection for many of his victims (or at least a childish crush) until they give him the inevitable brush-off. This included the kindly Mamoru Chiba, who he seemed to develop feelings for and even kissed.[11] The lemures he summons are always male (while Hawk's Eye and Tiger's Eye summon females) and normally have a spade (♠) somewhere on their body or clothing.

Fisheye is also the first of the three to wonder if what they are doing is right, and his wavering loyalty lands him in hot water when he is nearly killed by Zirconia. Midway through the series, he and the others are sublimated into Pegasus' world and given the promise of rebirth as real humans.

English adaptation

Fisheye was changed to a woman in the English dub of the anime, which is not unprecedented within this adapted series: Zoisite and Zirconia also had their genders changed.[12] However, the female Fisheye's voice seemed to waver between effeminacy and boyishness, and the TV version of the dub slightly edited a fairly noticeable scene in which Fisheye is seen without a shirt— the chest was placed off-camera.[13] In the uncut DVD, the many references to Fisheye as female are retained, but the scenes showing "her" as a shirtless man are still shown. Fisheye merely claims that "she's" not like other women.

Fisheye is voiced by Akira Ishida in the original Japanese version and by Deborah Drakeford in the English dub.

Anime

Rather than being killed by the Sailor Soldiers like in the manga, the Amazon Trio share a different fate in the anime.

When Zirconia finally reveals to them their true natures (those of animals), Fisheye fears particularly of their fate and questions why they do not possess dream mirrors like humans. Fisheye's change in perspective was attributed to the kindness of Usagi after Fisheye was rejected by Mamoru and also with the discovery that Chibiusa was the holder of the Golden Dream Mirror, which housed the dream Pegasus (Helios) hid himself in.

Fisheye's insolence nearly costs the life of the Amazon Trio, however, because Zirconia reads Fisheye's memory and mistakenly believes Usagi is the holder of the Golden Dream Mirror, Zirconia sends Hawk's Eye to steal the mirror. Fisheye and Tiger's Eye follow to stop Hawk's Eye while Zirconia plans to have the trio eliminated as soon as Usagi's mirror is revealed.

The Lemures sent by Zirconia shatters Usagi's dream mirror before Hawk's Eye has a chance to restore it to Usagi's body. Hawk's Eye ends up dying to protect Fisheye from an attack and gives him the power Zirconia granted him to stay human like so that they may finish off the Lemures. Fisheye and Tiger's Eye use the power to resurrect Usagi, realizing she is Sailor Moon, and also summon Chibiusa, believing that the pair are the only ones who can defeat the Lemures and avenge Hawk's Eye.

Usagi and Chibiusa, as Sailor Moon and Sailor Chibi Moon, defeat the summoned Lemures, but is it too late for either of them to do anything for the Amazon Trio, who have reverted to their animal forms. Soon afterwards, Pegasus/Helios, summoned by Chibiusa, grants them dream mirrors, knowing that the trio have suffered greatly and have truly changed for the better. They cannot, however, retain their current forms as humans and are taken away by Pegasus/Helios to the Crystal Forest. As he places them within the forest, he promises that one day they will be reborn as the humans they wish to be, with their beautiful dreams intact.

References

  1. Takeuchi, Naoko (September 6, 1995). Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Volume 12. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-178814-0. 
  2. Takeuchi, Naoko. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Volume 13. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-178820-5. 
  3. Act 36.
  4. Episode 141
  5. Act 37.
  6. Takeuchi, Naoko (September 1999). Materials Collection. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-324521-7. 
  7. Act 35.
  8. Takeuchi, Naoko (September 1999). Materials Collection. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-324521-7. 
  9. Episode 140
  10. Ravenwood, Emily (11-08-2006). More About Gender Dynamics, Etc.. Ravenwood's Illustrated Discussions of Sailor Moon. “...I mean, just look at the Amazon Trio. There's a liminal bunch of characters, if ever I saw one... Hawk Eye has what look remarkably like breasts under that little chest toga, and even Tigers Eye, while having nice broad shoulders, also has some noticeable hips. Fish Eye, of course, is the most ambiguous; he looks feminine but is also far too aggressive to fit the typical parameters of femme.”
  11. Episode 148
  12. Wheeler, Robert; Bednarski, Dan; Wood, Tiffany. Sailor Moon Uncensored: Sailor Moon SuperS. Retrieved on 2007-06-18. Full list of changes made for English dub
  13. Wheeler, Robert; Bednarski, Dan; Wood, Tiffany. Sailor Moon Uncensored: Episode 140. Retrieved on 2007-07-06. Full list of changes made for English dub
  1. Sailor Moon SuperS (TV). Anime News Network. Retrieved 2005-02-06.

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