In the Sailor Moon franchise, Sailor Mars, also known as Rei or Raye Hino, is known for her powerful burns and not just when she set things on fire, even if it is her element. Often, she doesn’t need to say anything to get her point across, and Rei has even been known to get physical when provoked, as Ami and Minako learned the hard way. But as Usagi knows all too well, her words can cut you right to the bone. After all, when your leader and princess isn’t above your ire, you know you are dealing with a true master of shade.
Let’s take a look at some of Rei’s nastier burns throughout the years, including some of the lines she has in international versions of the show. And remember, since there is always a time and place for a burn, especially when it comes to Rei, spoilers abound.
10 The One That Started It All
When we first meet Rei Hino, she seems civil enough. She can get a little agitated, but she and her grandfather were being targeted by the enemy at the time and their neighbors think they’re behind a bunch of recent disappearances, so it could just be stress.
However, even after she learns that she is Sailor Mars, comes into her powers, and saves the day, she eventually shows her true colors. Let’s just say she has a few blunt words when Usagi thinks she likes Tuxedo Mask: “You’re the one who has feelings for him, isn’t that right? Wake up, honey, sometimes, those feelings are only one-sided.” You’d think she’d be more polite towards her new leader.
9 Her Catchphrase
In the original Japanese version of the show, Rei has something of a catchphrase: “What year, month, and day did that happen?” She usually says this in response to Usagi claiming that Rei was mean to her, so she naturally demands proof that she actually bullies her. Some variations include demanding the hour, minute, or second.
Ironically, the most famous version of this quote probably wasn’t intended as an insult; she says it when she learns that Chibiusa is Usagi and Mamoru’s daughter.
8 When She Agreed With Mamoru
While the girls are investigating a suspicious theme park, Rei and Usagi encounter Mamoru, who at this point in the show, is just as nasty to Usagi as Rei often is. Taking a break from stopping the Dark Kingdom from stealing people’s energy, the two decide to use their time to put Usagi in her place.
Mamoru insults Usagi’s hairstyle by calling her “Bun Head” and Rei retorts: “Bun Head, that’s classic, and it fits you perfectly.” Fans of Dic’s English dub may remember this insult as “Meatball Head.” Naturally, Rei and Mamoru start dating for a good portion of this season.
7 Insulting Usagi’s Devouring Of Food
Continuing on from their carnival adventure, the Sailor Scouts have defeated the evil princess whose been stealing people’s energy and are now enjoying the freed park. Usagi and Rei are eating ice cream cones when Usagi notices Rei has more ice cream than her.
Now, it’s possible that the world is just being unfair to Usagi, but Rei suggests a more practical explanation: “Maybe it’s because you eat too fast.” Given how much Usagi loves food, insulting her eating habits seems like a pretty obvious blow. And then she drops her ice cream.
6 The Cruise Ship Incident
When Rei wins tickets to a cruise that Usagi wants to go on, she decides to invite Ami instead. When Ami, who’d much rather spend her time studying, suggests that Rei should invite Usagi, who really wants to go, Rei retorts: “Can you imagine that dork in a romantic setting?”
Depending on the translation, she might have called Usagi a “klutz.” Either way, she doesn’t think too highly of Usagi.
5 Insulting Usagi’s Clothes
Here’s one to thank the Viz dub for. Now, the 90’s anime had some interesting fashion choices, like Mamoru’s purple pants, Usagi’s jean jacket, and Rei’s pink overalls, so when the series was redubbed a few years later, a few jokes were made at the expense of the way the characters dressed. And it was only natural to give these lines to Rei.
When Usagi comments on her desire to find a boyfriend, while wearing her jean jacket, Rei feels the need to comment: “Not if you keep on dressing like that.” In the Japanese version, she simply doubts Usagi will ever have a boyfriend.
4 The Nose Incident
In a moment that kind of leans on the fourth wall, when the Sailor Scouts have their final showdown with Jaedite, Usagi wonders how someone as young and pretty as her gets involved in these kinds of shenanigans.
Rei feels the need to ask, “What exactly about you is beautiful?” And when Usagi comments on her nose, she also replies, “What nose? It looks like somebody put a thumbtack on your face.” It’s tempting to think Rei’s throwing some meta shade on the animators for occasionally drawing the girls without noses.
3 Rei The Star
When Rei gets featured in a magazine, she becomes a local celebrity. However, she doesn’t let her newfound fame keep her from what’s most important to her: finding hew ways to demoralize Usagi.
Once again, she decides to target her looks: “I’m sorry, but I have something called beauty that you don’t have, Usagi!”
2 Calling Grandpa A Granola Bar
Even the Dic dub gave Rei some of her more infamous burns. After an encounter with Zoisite, Rei’s grandfather has been acting strangely, like dressing like a superhero. Fed up with his new behavior, Rei feels the need to say: “Ever since you fell off the roof you’ve been acting like a granola bar.”
It’s a little unclear just how one acts like a granola bar, but Rei seems fond of using food in her insults.
1 Continuing The Food Puns
Once again, in the Dic dub, Usagi feels like Rei should lighten up on her grandfather, suggesting that he’s just having fun. Rei’s having none of this and decides to repurpose Mamoru’s famous insult against her.
Now attacking her intelligence, she retorts: “I’ve figured it out. You’ve got meatballs on the sides of your head to go with the spaghetti inside.” Even Makoto and Ami think she was being too hard with this and call her out on it.
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