Phage (ファージ) were the monstrous forms assumed by people whose Star Seed had been exposed and allowed to turn black. The Sailor Animamates used them for defensive purposes. The Phage's character, weapon, and appearance were based on the profession or dreams that the civilian victim had. When most of the Phage were cured, they would cry out, "beautiful." (The only exception to this was Sailor Sommelier, who instead said "gochisousama deshita" (ご馳走様でした), a phrase said after finishing a meal, loosely meaning "thank you for the treat.")
If a Phage were to be killed, the human they once were would die as well. Because Sailor Moon was so determined not to let innocent people die, she discovered that she had the power to turn them back to normal. She is, however, the only one known to have that ability; a comment made by Sailor Star Fighter in episode 173 implies that Princess Kakyuu could heal Phage as well, but it is never stated outright.
List of Phage
Phage Used by Sailor Iron Mouse
- Sailor Buri (episode 173 - A Goodbye and an Encounter! The Destiny of Flowing Stars)
- Sailor Guts (episode 174 - A School Storm! Transfer Students are Idols)
- Sailor Gekisha (episode 175 - Go for an Idol! Minako's Ambition)
- Sailor Director (episode 176 - The Figure of a Fighter! A Shocking Super Transformation)
- Sailor Teacher (episode 177 - Dreams and Romance on a Star! Taiki's Transformation)
- Sailor Ojou (episode 178 - Luna Saw it! The True Idol Yaten)
- Sailor Chef (episode 179 - Enemies? Allies? Starlights and Sailor Senshi)
- Sailor Conductor (episode 180 - Brightness of Calling Stars! Haruka and Michiru's Entry into Battle)
Phage Used by Sailor Aluminum Seiren and Sailor Lead Crow
- Sailor Cop (episode 182 - Invasion From Space! Seiren Comes Flying in)
- Sailor Artist (episode 183 - The Scream of Dead Souls? Terror of a Monster at Camp)
- Sailor Sommelier (episode 184 - Night Between Us! Usagi's Pinch)
- Sailor Doctor (episode 185 - Taiki Sings with Excellence! A Song Carries a Believing Heart's Wish)
- Sailor Antique (episode 186 - Chibi Chibi's Mystery? The Big Noisy Chase)
- Sailor Leaguer (episode 187 - The Power of a Shining Star! Chibi Chibi's Transformation)
- Sailor Stewardess (episode 188 - An Invitation to Terror! Usagi's Night Flight)
Phage Used by Sailor Lead Crow and Sailor Tin Nyanko
- Sailor DJ (episode 189 - Torn Between Duty and Friendship! Confrontation Between Sailor Senshi)
- Sailor Amuse (episode 190 - Truth Revealed! Seiya, Taiki and Yaten's Past)
- Sailor Gamer (episode 191 - When a Light Butterfly Dances in the Air! Foresight of the New Wave)
- Sailor Musician (episode 192 - Straight to Your Dream! Idol Minako is Born)
- The word "phage" is derived from the Greek word phagein meaning "to eat." In English, it is often used in words referring to bacteria and cells that "eat" other organisms.
- In the German dub, the Phage did not say anything when they were cured, instead just giving a wordless scream.
- In the Mexican dub, the Phage were called "Zombi" (Zombie), and they cried out "hermoso" (beautiful) when cured.