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Tart is a character who appears in both the manga and anime series. He is the one of the alien antagonists who come to Earth, wishing to "reclaim it."

History

Tokyo Mew Mew

Tart first appears in volume 3 of the manga and episode 13 of the anime. He arrives on Earth with Pie . Tart's race (known as Cyniclons in Mew Mew Power) originally lived on Earth, but it became uninhabitable so they moved to another planet. This planet was even worse, and all the aliens were forced to live underground for thousands of years due to sandstorms and other disasters. They finally came back to Earth, only to find that it had been taken over by humans. It is unknown how humans ended up on planet Earth.

Tokyo Mew Mew à la Mode

Tart makes very small appearances in À la Mode, which does not advance the story plot. He appears in one small panel where Quiche sneezes, Tart tells Pie and Quiche that even though he shows his stomach as well, he doesn't get cold, with Pie replying "The idiot never catches a cold...", and Tart angrily replying "WHAT DID YOU CALL ME?!". In Japan, it is believed that if you sneeze, it means someone is talking about you, which is why Quiche sneezed as Mint was talking about him, and Tart didn't sneeze as no one was talking about him, but Tart assumes it's something else. This would be a joke most Americans would have trouble understanding, as it is an old wives tale of Japanese origin. An additional joke used in the alien's exchange would be the Japanese superstition that stupid people don't catch colds, hence Pie's words. Tart also appears in "Berry's Rush Report 2", asking what happened to him and his planet, and in "Berry's Rush Report 3".

Personality

Tart is kind of a crybaby and hates to be called chibi/chibiko (Japanese for runt, or midget) in Tokyo Mew Mew. He argues a lot with Ichigo and usually resorts to name calling. Overall, he is a rude and childish alien who likes to have fun, and make people cry. He is more prone to laughing out of true amusement (as opposed to Pie's solemn expression and Quiche's 'evil smirk'), and throws occasional tantrums when things don't go the way he expected them to. His energetic, childishly curious personality is comparable to that of Bu-Ling Huang.

Love Interests

Purintaruto

Bu-Ling and Tart with their arms around each other.

In the manga, Bu-Ling Huang and Tart appear to like each other, later developing crushes on each other. At first, he kidnaps Bu-Ling, who doesn't seem to care that he's the villain. When he saves her from one of his dangerous Chimera Anima, she thinks they are friends, and nicknames him Tar-Tar (Taru-Taru). At the end of the manga, before Tart leaves, Bu-Ling kisses him and puts a candy drop in his mouth. Tart says he might come back to Earth for more, and to see Bu-Ling again.

In the anime, Bu-Ling is underground with Tart. At first, Bu-Ling is still cheerful as Tart tries ignoring her. Later, Tart realizes that Bu-Ling was running out of air to breathe and was going to die when Bu-Ling starts panting. He teleports them above ground, saving them both. Also near the
Kikki and Tarb
end of the anime Bu-Ling is about to fall from weakness and Tart catches her. He says what a fool he was and how he didn't like fighting anymore. Bu-Ling replies by saying that now that he's with her she is 100 times stronger, and puts her face down close to his. Tart also displays feelings of concern for her and mainly focuses his insults unto her and Ichigo (as Quiche loves Ichigo) his attitude is his way of trying to prove to himself that he can never have any feelings for a human like Quiche.

Appearance

Tart 2

Tart has medium-length brown hair which he has in two pigtails. He's quite short but to be fair he is only around 10 years old. His skin is light and his outfit exposes a lot of his body. He has large pointed ears and bronze eyes. His shirt is red and he wears black shorts and bandages around his legs, but he doesn't wear any shoes.

In the manga and video games his hair is red to match his outfit like his relatives Quiche and Pie's hair.

Weapons and abilities

Tart often wields a click-clack toy for a weapon, and has attacks named "Ho-Rai-Den" (封雷転, "Ho-Rai-Den") (Closing thunder revolving), and "Hissatsu Hourai-Kyuu" (Certain Kill Treasure Ball). Aside from his having control over plants and Chimera Animas also made from plants, he can perform flight, teleportation, and can even steal the spirit of a human (which he did once) like the other two aliens.

International

Name Changes (Manga)

Language Title Publisher Name
Japanese Tokyo Mew Mew Kodansha Tart
English Tokyo Mew Mew TokyoPop & Kodansha Tart
English (Singapore) Tokyo Mew Mew Chuang Yi Tart

Name Changes (Anime)

Most dubs either keep Tart's original name or use his 4Kids English name. There are a couple of exceptions. For example, the Danish dub accidentally got his and Pie's names switched.

Language Title Name Voice Actor / Actress
Japanese Tokyo Mew Mew Tart Kiyomi Asai
English Mew Mew Power Tarb Jimmy Zoppi
Mandarin Dōng Jīng Māo Māo
(Tokyo Cats / Tokyo Mew Mew)
Dàn-Tǎ Xiè Jiǎo-Juān
Cantonese (TVB Dub) Dung Ging Miu Miu
(Tokyo Mew Mew)
Taat-Lou-To Jau-Man
Cantonese (ATV Dub) Maau Maau Jin Deui
(Cat Team / Mew Mew Team)
A-Taap Chan Kam-Wan
Italian Mew Mew Amiche Vincenti
(Mew Mew Winning Friends)
Tart Patrizia Mottola (Ep. 14 - 46)
Francesca Bielli (Ep. 47 - 52)
Korean Berry Berry Mew Mew Tart Jeonghwa Yang
Hebrew Tokyo Mew Mew Tart Daniel Magon
Brazilian Portuguese As Super Gatinhas
(The Super Kittens)
Tarb Francisco Freitas
Portuguese (Season 1) Mew Mew Power Tarb Tiago Retré
Portuguese (Season 2) Tokyo Mew Mew Tart N/A
Danish Mew Mew Power Pai Simon Stenspil
Thai Tokyo Mew Mew Taruto N/A
Albanian (Albania Production) Vajzat Mjau - Mbrojtëset e Planetit
(Mew Girls - Defenders of the Planet)
Tarb Lorenc Kaja
Albanian ("Jess" Discographic) Luftëtaret Mace
(Cat Warriors)
Tart Kjara Hokja (Ep. 13 - 35 & 47)
Erken Meço (Ep. 36 - 52)
Hungarian Vadmacska Kommandó
(Wildcat Commando)
Tarb N/A
Latino Spanish Miau Miau Power
(Mew Mew Power)
Tarb Andrés Palacio
French Mew Mew Power Tarb Sébastien Hebrant
Dutch Mew Mew Power Tarb N/A
Serbian Družina Mjau - Mjau / Miau - Mjau Tokio
(Mew Mew Team / Tokyo Mew Mew Team)
Tarb Nebojša Milovanović
Croatian Mijau Mijau Družina
(Mew Mew Team)
Tarb Tajna Peršić
Bulgarian Силата Миу Миу / Silata Mew Mew
(Mew Mew Power)
Tarb N/A
Greek Mew Mew Power Tarb Stella Mponatsou
Turkish Mew Mew Power / Sihirli Kızlar
(Magical Girls)
Tarb N/A

Trivia

  • He was mistaken as a girl by Ichigo after she meets him for the first time in the manga.
  • In the English dub, all of the aliens were named after negative characteristics. Tart's name was changed to Tarb, which is Brat backwards.
    • Additionally, his English name is the closest to his original Japanese name out of the three aliens.