Queen Beryl

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Character Information
Name: Queen Beryl
Name (kanji/kana): クイン・ベリル
Alignment: Dark Kingdom, Shadow Galactica (musicals only)
Species: Humanoid
Gender: Female
Lives: D Point, near the North Pole
Occupation: Commander of the Dark Kingdom
Family: Unknown
Associates: Queen Metalia, the Shitennou, Prince Endymion; Mio Kuroki (PGSM only); the Amazon Trio, the Sailor Animamates, Sailor Galaxia (musicals only)
Aliases: Super Beryl; Queen of Darkness, Queen of Hatred, Phantom of the Music Hall (musicals only); Sage Beryl (Sailor Moon: Another Story)
First Anime Appearance: Crybaby Usagi's Magnificent Transformation
First Manga Appearance: Act 2 Ami - Sailor Mercury
First PGSM Appearance: Act 1 - I am Sailor Moon!
English Name: Queen Beryl
Actors: Keiko Han, Misa Watanabe (anime); Aya Sugimoto (PGSM); Naz Edwards (dub); Cindy Robinson (Viz dub)
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Queen Beryl

Queen Beryl was the commander of the Dark Kingdom and the first of many villains that would clash with the Sailor Senshi. She has appeared in every continuity of the series.

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[edit] Anime

In the anime, Queen Beryl first rose to prominence on Earth during the era of the Silver Millennium. A powerful sorceress loyal to Queen Metalia, she turned a large percentage of Earth's native population against their neighbors on the Moon. Eventually she assembled an army, led by the Shitennou, which staged a surprise attack on the Moon Kingdom.

Despite Prince Endymion's attempts to warn them, the Moon Kingdom was devastated by the attack, which led to the deaths of Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Venus, Princess Serenity, and Endymion himself. The advance was only halted when Queen Serenity, at the cost of her own life, used the Silver Crystal to destroy the advancing armies and seal Metalia away. Beryl and her Shitennou perished in this retaliation.

While Princess Serenity and her guardians were sent into Earth's future to be reincarnated, Metalia's seal was eventually broken, and her followers were reincarnated as well. Now confined to a cavernous base at D Point in the Arctic, Queen Beryl took up command once more while Metalia slumbered. She ordered the Shitennou to determine the current whereabouts of the Silver Crystal and to collect energy from humans that could be transferred to Metalia, with the goal of eventually reviving her from her sleep. These operations eventually led to the awakening of the Sailor Senshi, who were soon the only obstacle between Beryl and world domination.

Despite her attempts and her generals' work, Beryl kept losing to the Senshi. However, Beryl did manage to take a prize during her war: Endymion, who was reincarnated as Mamoru Chiba, and had helped Sailor Moon fight in his guise as Tuxedo Mask. She brainwashed him and proceeded to implement her plan to cover the Sun with sunspots, plunging the world into darkness and amplifying Metalia's power just enough that she could take the Silver Crystal from Sailor Moon.

The Senshi eventually found the enemy's location, and after they dispatched Kunzite, Beryl decided to get rid of them once and for all. As they approached her headquarters, she sent the DD Girls to kill them. Only Sailor Moon survived the onslaught, and Beryl brought Sailor Moon into her throne room, intending to have the Senshi meet her death in a sadistic, ironic way: at the hands of Endymion, who had been her lover in the past life.

However, Sailor Moon managed to free Endymion from his brainwashing, and Beryl's attempt to kill the Senshi backfired, leaving Endymion dead and her mortally wounded. Desperate to get help, Beryl went to Metalia to get more power, only to be absorbed by Metalia to form the entity called Super Beryl.

As she started to destroy the world, she was confronted again by Sailor Moon, who transformed into Princess Serenity and did battle with her. At first, Super Beryl seemed to be winning because Princess Serenity was uncertain about using the Silver Crystal's power. However, after she thought of her friends, their spirits appeared to help her in the battle, and Princess Serenity created an attack so powerful that it destroyed Super Beryl, cleansed the Earth, and granted her last wish: for the Senshi to become normal people again. After that, Queen Beryl was no more.

[edit] Manga

In the manga, like her anime counterpart, Beryl was an Earth sorceress who hated the people of the Moon, as she had an unrequited love for Prince Endymion and hated Princess Serenity for being his lover. She was granted powers by the evil entity Queen Metalia, who had descended to Earth from the Sun when it detected the malice in Beryl's heart, hoping to use her to obtain the Silver Crystal and conquer Earth. With these powers granted by Metalia, Beryl managed to turn Endymion's subjects, including the Shitennou, against him.

The most significant difference between the anime and manga was the manner in which Queen Beryl was defeated in the past. Rather than being sealed away by Queen Serenity when Metalia killed the Sailor Senshi, Princess, and Prince, she herself was the one who killed Prince Endymion after he rejected her. Beryl killed him as he was protecting Serenity, in front of the Princess' eyes; seeing this left her so distraught that she took her own life in response. When Sailor Venus saw this she slew Beryl with the Holy Blade, but it was too late to win the battle.

When Queen Serenity unleashed the power of the Silver Crystal against Metalia, she was so upset that she was unable to seal the entity completely away. This allowed the evil entity to reawaken Beryl and her underlings as her servants in the next life. Beryl was reincarnated as a normal woman who, while in the Arctic Circle, discovered the ruins of the Dark Kingdom at D Point and there reawakened Metalia. Metalia returned Beryl's memories, then helped her to reawaken the Shitennou. They began to gather energy for Metalia and Beryl sent out her underlings to search for the Silver Crystal, in hopes that she could become the Queen of Earth with Prince Endymion at her side.

[edit] Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon

In the live-action series, as in the manga, Beryl sent the Shitennou to collect energy for Metalia, find the Princess, and obtain the Silver Crystal. Beryl had problems, however: Jadeite and Nephrite were rivals for her affections; Zoisite was more loyal to Prince Endymion than to her; and Kunzite had set his sights on taking Queen Metalia's power for himself. At one point, Beryl created a shadow of herself, Mio Kuroki, whom she sent to Earth to torment Usagi.

When she learned that Mamoru Chiba was Endymion, Beryl forced him to come with her by threatening the lives of the Shitennou, and forced Nephrite to kill himself as an example. Once she had him in the Dark Kingdom, Beryl had Jadeite implant a cursed stone in Mamoru's body that drained his life whenever he thought about Usagi.

Queen Metalia gained too much power too quickly, and Beryl lost control. Endymion took Metalia's power and sealed it within himself, but it eventually took him over. After Sailor Moon was forced to kill Metalia Endymion and lost control, she became Princess Sailor Moon and destroyed the planet and the Dark Kingdom. Queen Beryl died as her castle crumbled around her, but was not alone, as Jadeite stayed by her side even after being released from her control.

[edit] Musicals

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Akiko Miyazawa as
Queen Beryl

In the musicals, Queen Beryl was played by Yuri Nishina, Akiko Miyazawa, and Midori Hatsukaze. She first appeared in Dark Kingdom Fukkatsu Hen and its revision, and in those musicals her personality and backstory was very similar to that in the anime. She was revived by the energy of hatred in people's hearts and sought revenge after her defeat at D Point; first she revived the Shitennou and the DD Girls, then used the Youma Manegin to attack the Inner Senshi as she disguised herself as a fortune teller. After capturing Tuxedo Mask and luring the Sailor Senshi back to D Point, she once again defeated them and confronted Sailor Moon directly. Aided by the spirit of her guardians, Sailor Moon used Moon Princess Halation to seal Beryl away, but before she disappeared Queen Beryl swore that hatred would always allow her to be resurrected indefinitely.

In all of her later appearances Beryl was much more similar to her manga counterpart. In the musicals Eien Densetsu and its revision, Shin Densetsu Kourin, Starlights - Ryuusei Densetsu, and Kakyuu-Ouhi Kourin, she was revived by Sailor Galaxia in order to force the awakening of Sailor Saturn, similar to Queen Nehellenia's revival in the anime. In Shin Densetsu Kourin Galaxia gave Beryl the Amazon Trio as underlings, while in Starlights - Ryuusei Densetsu she appeared with the original Shitennou, and then worked with a new group of Shitennou in Kakyuu-Ouhi Kourin. Galaxia promised Beryl revenge against the Senshi and domination of the Earth, and in many of those musicals, she gave Beryl a mud puppet of either Prince Endymion or King Endymion as a way to persuade the Queen to join her. When Beryl eventually discovered that she was only being used she turned on Galaxia, and the puppet attacked both the Queen and Sailor Moon, eventually killing Beryl as she shielded Sailor Moon with her own body. When she died, Beryl forgave her old enemy and said she realized that without love and the Moon Princess, the world would disappear.

In the musicals, Beryl stated that she was once the Queen of the Earth who loved her planet and, had it not been for the Moon Princess, she would have just been a normal queen. More than once in the musical storylines, Sailor Pluto saved her from Galaxia, stating in the song "Onna no Ronsou" that she also loved Mamoru in the future and sympathized with the Queen for that.

[edit] Video Games

Queen Beryl appeared in the Sailor Moon arcade game as the last boss, a role she often played in the video games.

Beryl was also one of the villains revived in the RPG Sailor Moon: Another Story. She had her base of operation in a cave hidden in a dense forest, protected by the DD Girls. After meeting and losing to the Sailor Senshi, Beryl transformed into her "Super Beryl" form using the ambient energies within the cave, making herself invincible in the process. However, Sailor Moon and Sailor Chibi Moon combined the power of their Silver Crystals to cut Beryl off from her energy flow, making her vulnerable and ultimately leading to her demise.

Later in the game, it was revealed that Beryl was once a kind Sage of the Earth Kingdom who became corrupted by her love of Endymion, which led to her siding with Metalia.

[edit] Trivia

  • Queen Beryl is named after a mineral of the same name.
  • Queen Beryl appeared more often than any villain in the anime, with a total of 45 episodes.
  • In the Dutch dub, Queen Beryl was never listed in the closing credits.