Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon

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Character Information
Name: Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon
Name (kanji/kana): セーラー・ヘヴィ・メタル・パピヨン
Alignment: Shadow Galactica
Species: Humanoid alien
Gender: Female
Lives: Planet Cocoon
Occupation: Sailor Animamates
Family: One child (unnamed)
Associates: The Sailor Animamates, Sailor Galaxia (leader)
Aliases: Soul Hunter; Sailor Metal Papillon, Miss Butterfly (musicals only)
First Anime Appearance: Sailor Moon Cosmos
First Manga Appearance: Act 57 Stars 8
First PGSM Appearance: N/A
English Name: Sailor Heavymetal Papillon (Mixx manga), Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon (Kodansha manga)
Actors: Haruka Kudo

Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon was the fifth and last Animamate to appear in Sailor Moon. She appeared in Act 57 of the manga, a couple of the musicals, and Sailor Moon Cosmos.


Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon was known as the Soul Hunter. Like the other Animamates, she sought out Star Seeds, but she also buried them in her graveyard. Whatever essences escaped them then transformed into butterflies, fluttering off into oblivion.

Sailor Moon, Princess Kakyuu, and Sailor Chibi Chibi encountered her just after the deaths of the Sailor Starlights. As they watched the butterflies overhead, a mysterious Sailor Senshi with wings explained that the butterflies were what remained of the Sailor Senshi captured by Sailor Galaxia, and that it was her job to help extinguish the remains. Behind her was a graveyard where a funeral procession was going on. To everyone's shock, they discovered that the Sailor Starlights' graves had appeared there.

Before the group could properly mourn, the mysterious Sailor Senshi pointed them to another set of graves being dug - their own. She then summoned forth vines to trap them, introduced herself as Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon, and attacked them with fire to extract their Sailor Crystals. Before they were burned to death, however, Sailor Chibi Chibi summoned Sailor Chibi Moon and the Sailor Quartet from Earth. With Sailor Chibi Moon's Pink Lady's Freezing Kiss and the Quartet's Amazoness Jungle Arrow, Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon was obliterated.

While Heavy Metal Papillon's appearance in the manga was brief, the publication of the Materials Collection gave readers more information about her than had previously been known. Amongst other things, it was revealed that the character's name was originally just "Sailor Metal Papillon."

Unlike the other Animamates, no planet of origin or attack name had been given for Papillon, but the Collection stated that Heavy Metal Papillon came from the planet Cocoon (and it is generally assumed that she also usurped the power of Sailor Cocoon), and gave the name of the attack she used in the manga.

The Collection also gave several other, more personal facts about Papillon that were not revealed for the other Animamates. It is stated that she was very emotional and very sexual, was a samba dancer, and even had one (unnamed) child, thus making her the only Sailor Senshi known to have a child in canon besides Sailor Moon.


Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon appeared in Sailor Moon Cosmos as in the manga.


Keiko Endou as
Sailor Metal Papillon

Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon was a character in the musicals Starlights - Ryuusei Densetsu and Kakyuu-Ouhi Kourin - The Second Stage Final, the 2003 Summer and 2004 Winter Specials respectively. In the musicals she was simply known as Sailor Metal Papillon. Like the other Sailor Animamates, she posed as a member of the Dancing Animamates, an "International Dancing Team." She went by the name "Miss Butterfly" and was described as being "in charge of the opera." She was played by Keiko Endou.


  • Galactica Scales - Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon's primary attack in the musicals.


  • In keeping with the Animamate tradition of being named after metals, the reference in Papillon's name is "heavy metal," an old and now deprecated term in chemistry referring to a large group of metallic elements.
  • "Papillon" is the French word for butterfly. Butterflies are indicative of the soul in many cultures, and are particularly abundant in Sailor Moon canon. A translator's note in the English Eternal Edition of the manga even mentioned that the Greek word "psyche" means both "butterfly" and "soul."

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