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Was Queen Serenity a Good Queen or a Bad Queen?

A fan of the series since 1995, Koriander runs the popular Moon Sisters fan site and studies the Sailor Moon franchise closely.

Stronger communication skills could have saved Usagi/Princess Serenity a lot of trouble.

Stronger communication skills could have saved Usagi/Princess Serenity a lot of trouble.

She Shouldn't Have Kept So Many Secrets

Queen Serenity in the 90s Sailor Moon anime, manga and in Sailor Moon Crystal/Eternal is portrayed as a kind, motherly and fair ruler, who kept the Milky Way Galaxy peaceful for as long as she could, was a mother sensitive to her daughter's needs as a young lady and threw lavish parties to celebrate her people.

According to the Sailor Moon Materials Collection art book, she stopped aging at 18, which may explain a few choices that while were not meant to be done in malice, were not thought all the way through.

One of the biggest blunders of the beautiful queen is that whether intentional or not, she either kept things that should have been common knowledge a secret, or neglected to tell Luna, Artemis and Princess Serenity vital things they needed to know.

For example, everything to do with Sailor Pluto and the Time Door were kept hidden from the entire team, with no explanation given. Pluto's sacred and important role of restricting access to time travel is kept hidden until the Black Moon Family Arc/Sailor Moon R. Even Luna and Artemis have barely a vague idea of Pluto upon meeting her, which is just as much disrespectful to Pluto as it is to the rest of the team, as the entire crew needs to know the rules regarding time travel.

The Inner Sailor Guardians are never told about the other Sailor Guardians throughout the universe, nor are they told that they can wind up with Super and Eternal forms. It's hinted that Queen Serenity held this knowledge, but never shared it with those who needed it the most.

Leaving the Outer Sailor Guardians out in the cold ended up costing the whole team dearly.

Leaving the Outer Sailor Guardians out in the cold ended up costing the whole team dearly.

She Left The Outer Guardians In The Cold

While not addressed very well in the 90s anime, in the manga and in Crystal, Queen Serenity is seen leaving a child Sailor Pluto at the door to time. All she tells the child is to guard the door with her life, never let anyone through, never leave and to never stop time, else the child dies.

... And then she leaves, never seeing Sailor Pluto again.

As a result, Pluto grows up alone and isolated from her original kingdom, having to watch from afar when the Silver Millenium falls.

And she is not alone. At an undisclosed point in time, Sailors Uranus and Neptune were sent to fight evil at the edge of the galaxy, before briefly joining with Pluto in accidently summoning Sailor Saturn, who in turn, dropped the Glaive, destroying the last of the Silver Millenium.

Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are never told about Saturn, nor are they told why she had to drop the Glaive, and the Inner Guardians are never told about the Outer Guardians at all.

This leads to confusion and discord during the Infinity Arc/Sailor Moon S, which could have been avoided had Queen Serenity caught all of the girls up to speed.

While the Inner and Outer Sailor Guardians all have amazing powers and Sailor Crystals, employing child soldiers is still morally wrong.

While the Inner and Outer Sailor Guardians all have amazing powers and Sailor Crystals, employing child soldiers is still morally wrong.

She Routinely Employs Children

Sailor Pluto was not the only child Queen Serenity employed for an extremely dangerous task.

Upon the birth of Princess Serenity, she had also employed Sailors Mars, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter to watch over the newborn princess, educate her as her main teachers and protect her from outside evils.

... Which sounds fine until you realize they were barely more than six years of age at this point.

Looking smaller and younger than Chibiusa when she first became Sailor Chibi Moon, the Inner Guardians were entrusted with the emotional, educational and physical well-being of a newborn princess of the Moon at an age where most children are still learning how to tell time.

Even worse? All of the Inner and Outer Sailor Guardians are crown princesses and sole heirs to their own planets' kingdoms, meaning that for each Sailor Guardian killed in combat, that is one planet without their future leader and protector.

This means that Queen Serenity not only endangered the lives of children, but she also endangered the future of each planet within the Milky Way Galaxy.

The lost Toonmakers pilot for Sailor Moon tried to fix this one thing.

The lost Toonmakers pilot for Sailor Moon tried to fix this one thing.

She Neglected to Tell Her Only Child About Her Powers

A running gag in Sailor Moon is that even in her past life, Usagi hated studying.

In Crystal and in the manga, scenes of the Inner Guardians trying to get Princess Serenity to study from giant textbooks are often mixed with images of the girls at play. But mainly, these books were on royal protocol and basic schooling.

At no point was Princess Serenity ever told that she had her own moon-based powers, nor that transforming into Sailor Moon could be an option, nor how to use the Moon Stick or the Silver Crystal.

Perhaps this was an act of complacency, since the kingdom was mainly peaceful until Queen Beryl arrived, but this act ended up costing the princess dearly. As a result, when all of the Sailor Guardians are reincarnated, it takes the other girls no time at all to pick up where they left off on their powers, while Usagi is left confused and frightened, while being yelled at by Luna.

This was one major blunder Toonmakers actually tried to correct, by having their version of Sailor Moon already able to use a bulk of her powers at the start of the story and with a full memory of previous events.

Had Princess Serenity been able to become Sailor Moon, she could have defended herself and Prince Endymion against Queen Beryl sooner, though it is unclear how well the fight would have gone.

Still, although Queen Serenity usually had the best intentions at heart, as a queen, she made far too many costly mistakes.

© 2022 Koriander Bullard