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*[[Allison Blitz|Sailor Sol]] - America's Super Sweetheart. Although thought to be more active in Japan after the 'Civil War' started, she came back to the states to found the new vigilante group.
 
*[[Allison Blitz|Sailor Sol]] - America's Super Sweetheart. Although thought to be more active in Japan after the 'Civil War' started, she came back to the states to found the new vigilante group.
 
*[[Jean Minakaze|Sailor Cybertron]] - You probably couldn't tell she was one of the rumored Sailor Warriors, seeing as her armor barely resembles a sailor uniform. Aligned with the Autobots, Sailor Cybertron is a true defender of love and justice, with her own sparkling transformation to boot.
 
*[[Jean Minakaze|Sailor Cybertron]] - You probably couldn't tell she was one of the rumored Sailor Warriors, seeing as her armor barely resembles a sailor uniform. Aligned with the Autobots, Sailor Cybertron is a true defender of love and justice, with her own sparkling transformation to boot.
*Steel Lotus - Having become a proficient user of Tai Chi Quan, the non-super martial artist protects her neighborhood from super-powered thugs and gang crime alike, hiding her identity behind a domino mask to protect her family from retaliation.
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*[[Georgia Frazier|Steel Lotus]] - Having become a proficient user of Tai Chi Quan, the non-super martial artist protects her neighborhood from super-powered thugs and gang crime alike, hiding her identity behind a domino mask to protect her family from retaliation.
 
*Guardienne - The last of her clan, this young woman can summon the power of the planets, using nearly any element to fend off demonic threats that try to seize the city.
 
*Guardienne - The last of her clan, this young woman can summon the power of the planets, using nearly any element to fend off demonic threats that try to seize the city.
 
*Maripomon - After a trip to a side-dimension, a young girl gained the ability to turn into a Digimon! By combining two elemental D-Spirits, she becomes the gothic fairy, Maripomon. She defends her town from stray digital threats, all while looking for her lost friends...
 
*Maripomon - After a trip to a side-dimension, a young girl gained the ability to turn into a Digimon! By combining two elemental D-Spirits, she becomes the gothic fairy, Maripomon. She defends her town from stray digital threats, all while looking for her lost friends...

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The Pop Group

Apple Musume。 (アプル娘。) is an American-based, J-Pop idol-styled pop group. Formed in the summer of 2009 after a series of auditions in New York City, the group made an informal debut at Anime Expo on July 5th, appearing alongside sister group, Morning Musume。, and performing an English language cover of "Summer Night Town."

In mid-December of 2009, the group ended an East Coast tour with a concert in Madison Square Garden. At the end of the concert, Allison Blitz graduated from the group and handed leadership to eldest member, Jean Minakaze.

Members

Generation 2

  • Roxy King, 22 (Co-leader) (Represents Brooklyn) — Color: orange
  • Monica Dixon, 21 (Represents Queens) — Color: ivy

Generation 3

  • Sita Patel, 21 (Represents Staten Island) — Color: amber

Generation 4

  • Cait Torrisi, 22 (Co-leader) (Represents Staten Island) — Color: white
  • Rosa Hernandes, 22 (Represents Brooklyn) — Color: cocoa
  • Josephina "Josie" Hernandes, 21 (Represents Brooklyn) — Color: chai
  • Maria Dae, 20 (Represents Manhattan) — Color: silver

Generation 5

  • Toni Wen, 21 (Represents Manhattan) — Color: scarlet
  • Honey Hendriks, 21 (Represents Queens) — Color: seafoam
  • Abby Maddox, 18 (Represents New Jersey) — Color: purple

Generation 6

  • Madison Gold, 17 (Represents Queens) — Color: peach
  • Grace McPhee, 16 (Represents Staten Island) — Color: crimson
  • Chloe Thorson, 15 (Represents Manhattan) — Color: black
  • Riley Brown, 14 (Represents Manhattan) — Color: navy

Graduated Members

  • Allison Blitz (Represented New Jersey) — Color: green (unofficial) - 1st Gen.
  • Jean Minakaze, 24 (Represented Manhattan) — Color: pink - 1st Gen.
  • Clover Koenig, 23 (Represented Queens) — Color: yellow - 1st Gen.
  • Marcy Delgado, 22 (Represented the Bronx) — Color: lavender - 1st Gen.
  • Graham Lund, 20 (Represented the Bronx) — Color: pastel pink - 5th Gen.
  • Georgia Frazier, 24 (Represented Brooklyn) — Color: blue - 1st Gen.
  • Portia Edwards, 23 (Represents Philadelphia) — Color: red - 2nd Gen.

Sub-Units

  • Central Perk
    • Sub-unit focused on dancing skill.
  • Final Bow
    • Sub-unit focused on vocal skill.
  • Senior Class
    • Sub-unit focusing on mature themes.
  • Prom Committee
    • Sub-unit focused on youth.
  • Daughters of Liberty
    • Sub-unit made up of the original 5 members (rumored)
  • KDA (Korea-Direct Apple)
    • Sub-unit meant to appeal to the K-Pop fandom.

Discography

2009

  • Put Your Face On/Summer Night Town
    • Lead Vocals: Allison, Jean (both songs)
    • The first single released by the group. Put Your Face On is about a girl setting up a party, fretting over what to wear and how to wear it. Though derided by critics as being too focused on promoting a overly cosmetic image to girls, the single charted well, helped by an English-language cover of Morning Musume。's second single.
  • Social/LOVE Machine
    • Lead Vocals: Jean, Marcy on "Social", Allison, Jean on "LOVE Machine"
    • Social is an R&B-inspired song, the girls singing about being at a party just to be seen and be talked about, comparing themselves to "richest witches of the west." The blogs questioned the meaning behind those words, with some guessing it was aimed at various socialites who grew to fame in the recent decade for being rich heiresses. This was later confirmed on an episode of The View by Marcy.
  • Jai Ho! (Japan-only Release)
    • Lead Vocals: Clover
    • This single came with two versions: One in English and one in Japanese. Released to promote the Blu-ray edition of Slumdog Millionaire in Japan, with a video shot in the subways of downtown New York City. A.R. Rahman, who wrote the original song, chose Clover for the lead vocals, saying her voice carried the meaning of the song well in both English and Japanese.
  • Study Break/Do It! Now
    • Lead Vocals: Clover, Georgia on "Study Break", Jean, Allison on "Do It! Now"
    • A mid-tempo ballad, Study Break has the girls sing of their crush on a tutor. Although it's never stated whether the tutor is a student or a teacher, the casting of a 20-something model didn't help stop any controversy. Going on record, Allison stated that it was an innocent song, going on to claim that anyone making such assumptions had dirty thoughts to begin with. This was Allison's last single with the group.

2010

  • Point/This is Unmei
    • Lead Vocals: Jean, Clover on "Point", Georgia, Marcy on "This is Unmei"
    • Point is a much harsher-sounding song than the previous releases, with a sound closer to alternative rock. For promotion, they performed the single on Saturday Night Live, as well as their English cover of Melon Kinen-bi's This is Unmei. This is the only single with just the four first-gen members, and the last of the double A-side singles for the time.
  • Bad Romance (c/w Aruiteru)
    • Lead Vocals: Georgia, Clover
    • The first single produced by Lady Gaga, and the debut single for the second-generation members. This took Apple Musume。 in a new direction, both with their visual style and their musical harmonizing. The b-side track, a cover of Morning Musume。's single Aruiteru, wasn't translated into English. When asked why, Gaga said that, try as she might, she could not retain the original meaning and emotion of the song in any translation, so she just had them record it with the original Japanese lyrics.
  • Alejandro (c/w Bombshell)
    • Lead Vocals: Georgia, Roxy
    • This single is used by the group as a social commentary on gang culture and violence and their effect on their city's youth, which is especially evident in the music video. Emulating a telenovela, the girls discuss the rumors going around about their little circle and their families. The coupled with track is a bit of a mood whiplash, however, with light-hearted lyrics about pin-up girls.

2011

  • We R Who We R (c/w Untouched, Neon, Firework)
    • Lead Vocals: Georgia, Roxy
    • A song meant to unite the youth of America, We R Who We R was an anthem for everyone not afraid to be themselves. The coupling tracks see the group split three ways, with two sub-groups (Central Perk and Final Bow) and Jean solo.
  • Judas (c/w Stigma/ta)
    • Lead Vocals: Gaga, Jean, Portia
    • This single was a collaboration with their producer, Lady Gaga. The single is the only release of them together; the future albums for both acts have their own versions of the song. This was the first single to feature third generation member, Sita Patel. Critical reviews were mixed, and a video some thought to be sacrilegious didn't help.
  • Lost In You (c/w Fortune)
    • Lead Vocals: Sita, Monica
    • This R&B-flavored single was the first lead for sole 3rd Generation member Sita, and the critics all said that she proved herself with this song, completely surprising those that said a thirteen-year-old with no prior singing experience could hold a melody on her own. Singing about a single conversation with a crush, the song topped the charts.
  • Edge of Glory (c/w Pick Me Up)
    • Lead Vocals: Georgia, Portia
    • The song, released to promote their upcoming tour, gives an ending to a love story, with the girls talking about having won and, despite everything coming to a close, feeling like it was all worth it. The video depicts the group on a road trip, visiting various sites and pitfalls, before returning to New York City in time for class.

2012

  • Till The World Ends (c/w Why Can't Women Be Showy?)
    • Lead Vocals: Marcy, Monica
    • A fairly simple dance track to start the new year with, the girls sing about just wanting to dance their cares away, no matter the place or time. With a video depicting the end of the world, critics posed the theory that the girls wanted to poke fun at the dooms day predictions for the end of the year.
  • Heavy Metal Lover (c/w Ace)
    • Lead Vocals: None
    • In a song with no heavy metal, the older members introduce the fourth generation of girls to the group. The idea was posed to have the new members dress like "good girls" to be inducted into a girl gang, represented by the older girls. This lead to a number of "family" groups denouncing the Apples, especially after it was revealed one of the new members is a lesbian.
  • Get Outta My Way (c/w How Soon Is Now?)
    • Lead Vocals: Jean, Portia
    • A cover of the Kylie Minogue hit for the joint cover album with DISCOTHEQUE, the Apples decided to go a somewhat serious route. The video, shot before they went on their joint world tour, showed them all leaving their fictional boy/girlfriends, eventually coming to an all-ages dance club to find something better. Feminist blogs were a little mixed in their reactions, but not the fans; the single was their highest selling at the time.
  • Lolita (c/w Cut Off)
    • Lead Vocals: Sita, Georgia, Maria
    • The group takes another unusual dark turn in their music with this track, the girls sing about being the dolls and play things of boys and men. The video draws parallels with conspiracy theories about the music industry, with the three leads playing brainwashed assassins before waking up, thinking everything to be a dream. This is heightened by the album cover, with monarch butterflies and "sex kitten" imagery very prominent.
  • Evacuate The Dance Floor / Here's To Never Growing Up (c/w Shake Your Love [Reg. Ed] / Miles Apart (Jean Solo) [Spec. Ed.])
    • Lead Vocals: Jean, Monica, Josie / Jean, Marcy, Sita
    • The first double A-side in a few years, this single marked the Graduation of Jean Minakaze from the group. The two a-side tracks were meant to contrast in sound, with a dance track leading the single and a mellow, rock-inspired track following. The solo song for Jean was released with a music video, showing her waiting for a plane to take her off to college.

2013

  • Dazzling (c/w Maximum Flora)
    • Lead Vocals: Clover, Rosa
    • A modern disco track, the single boasted brass, strings and synths all in perfect harmony. The music video went so far as to recreate the old Studio 54 night club, with cameos from disco legends and a tribute to Alison Blair.
  • Kiss and Tell / The Stars Shine Bright For You (c/w Love, Love, Love)
    • Lead Vocals: Sita, Roxy, Maria / Cait, Monica, Marcy
    • A double a-side released in the summer, the two tracks showcased different members and different sounds. Kiss and Tell is a fun dance track, speaking about gossip culture, while The Stars Shine Bright For You is a love letter to a lost romance. This single charted immediately at the top, surpassing all of the group's previous records.
  • The Attack / The Death Of Me / Wolf Boy (c/w Hyper Love Mode)
    • Lead Vocals: Clover, Roxy, Rosa / Portia, Cait / 4th Generation (Few solos, mostly group lines)
    • Their first triple A-side single. These tracks took the group in a darker direction, causing a bit of controversy along the way. The Attack from the point of a view of a girl stuck in a lock down, waiting for her freedom. The Death Of Me talks about a girl contemplating suicide, with each member in the video eventually stepping off the edge from their own 'dark' moments (the video ends with a suicide hotline number). Wolf Boy was a translated cover of a song originally done by their sister group; the voice of the song comparing a boy to a creature of the night.

2014

  • Venus / G.U.Y. (c/w Golden Chance)
    • Lead Vocals: Roxy, Monica, Cait / Portia, Georgia, Cait
    • Starting off the new year, Venus leads the single with a campy jaunt into the stars as the girls pledge allegiance to the goddess of love. G.U.Y. was a bit more adult, with the girls expressing their desire to submit to an unnamed lover.
  • Howl / Vogue and Serve / The Beginning
    • Lead Vocals: Maria, Clover / Roxy / Roxy, Clover, Georgia
    • A triple A-side to tie in with their online mini series. Howl is a song from their girls' point of view, talking about how they love to hear their fans cheer them on no matter what's going on. Vogue and Serve shows Roxy showing her roots in Drag ball culture, which she was raised around. The Beginning is a cover of a RuPaul single, which they used as the theme song for their mini series.
  • Bang / Christmas Cake (c/w Christmas Wrapping)
    • Lead Vocals: Marcy, Portia, Rosa / Georgia, Roxy (duet)
    • Bang is their New Year's song, talking about having fun while they wait for the big fireworks show at midnight. Christmas Cake is a cute duet by senior members Georgia and Roxy, singing about all of the sweets they want to make (and eat) for the holidays.

2015

  • Please Mr. Postman / K.I.S.S. / (Digital Love Story / Guardian Stars / BFF)
    • Lead Vocals: Clover, Toni, Abby / Marcy, Georgia, Cait / (Marcy Solo / Clover Solo / Clover, Marcy duet)
    • This single marks the graduations of two founding members, Clover and Marcy. They each get to center a song, and depending on the version fans bought, they each had a solo song. One version also contained a fun duet for the two, who were known to have bonded very early on in their careers. It was also the first single for the 5th generation members, bringing the group to an all time high of 15 members before the graduation in the spring.
  • Dress You Up / Cruel Summer (c/w True Colors)
    • Lead Vocals: Toni, Abby / Portia, Georgia
    • To promote their cover album "POP WON'T STOP 3", Apple decided to release these two tracks as a single. The first, a cover of a Madonna classic, and the second, covering an old Bananarama hit, hinted at the concept behind the album: reliving the 80s in all of their pop glory. The coupling track, "True Colors", was an acoustic solo for Cait covering the Cyndi Lauper anthem.
  • POP WON'T STOP 3
  • Run Away With Me / Keep Holding On (c/w Soft Love)
    • Lead Vocals: Abby, Portia / Georgia, Roxy
    • This single was unknowingly the final single for one of the newest members. After announcing their resignation from the group after going on hiatus for a number of months (causing them to miss much of their summer and fall concerts), the former member came out publicly as transgender. Keep Holding On is meant as a song of support from the group to their former member. Run Away With Me is an idyllic love song about taking a journey with the one you love.

2016

  • Seventh Inning
  • Into You / Focus / Last Laugh
    • Lead Vocals: Monica, Toni / Roxy, Sita, Maria / Georgia (solo)
    • The graduation single for leader and final OG member Georgia, this triple-A side features a sexy escapist fantasy with Into You, a jazzy vie for attention with Focus, and a solo for Georgia with Last Laugh, showcasing her vocal range one last time before she left to join the cast of SNL.
  • I Really Like You / This Kiss
    • Lead Vocals: Monica, Roxy / Portia, Cait
    • This double-A side single is a little lighter, with I Really Like You being a silly love song - the girls confessing their feelings to some unknown object of their affection. This Kiss was featured in the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street 2, in which Portia played the best friend to the male lead. The popularity of the track led to it having more than the average music video for one of their songs, with a total of 7 being released, including a comedic one set on an 80s sitcom while Freddy kills the cast.

2017

  • Swine / Chained To The Rhythm
    • Lead Vocals: Portia / Sita, Cait
    • It's easy to say that none of the girls were happy with the election results for 2016. They used Swine (both the song and the promotional video) to let those frustrations out. Chained To The Rhythm has the girls looking past the monotony of every day life, looking to find something more.
    • Released Feb. '17
  • The State of Dreaming / Primadonna
    • Lead Vocals: Roxy, Toni / Cait, Rosa, Abby
    • The first single released after leader Portia left for a hiatus from the group, the single allows the two sub-leaders to each lead a track. State of Dreaming comes from the perspective of a girl feeling trapped in her town, only able to escape in her sleeping hours. Primadonna takes the concept of a humble girl and throws it out, with the group singing about having boys wrapped around their fingers and getting them to pop the big question on one knee.
    • Released September '17

2018

  • Tiny Little Bows / Your Heart Is A Muscle
    • Lead vocals: Honey, Maria, Roxy / Monica, Sita, Grace
    • Released as a Valentine's Day gift for their fans, this double-release features two love songs. Tiny Little Bows gives a feature to the new members in the sixth generation, with eldest Madison getting a solo line at the beginning. Your Heart Is A Muscle is all about convincing a loved one to give love another shot.
    • Released Feb. '18
  • New Rules / Black Heart
    • Lead Vocals: Rosa, Toni / Sita, Maria, Abby
    • This release was noted as sounding like summer heat, and would later be called the "songs of the summer" by many pop critics. New Rules has the girls going over how to stay broken up with a partner who kept coming back. (Male pronouns were used, despite the known queerness of at least two active members.) Black Heart is about a girl letting a former flame know that they'll always be in their memories, implying that the singer left due to the actions of the subject being something distasteful and going against their morals and values.
    • Released June '18
  • Early Winter / I Can't Make Me
    • Released Oct. '18
  • Coming Home: Second Christmas

2019

  • Landslide / Imagine
    • Lead Vocals: Portia, Sita, Madison / Toni, Honey, Abby
    • Released January '19
  • 365 / Solo
    • Lead Vocals: Monica, Maria, Madison / Roxy, Toni, Honey, Abby
    • Released May '19
  • How Will I Know / Manic Monday
    • Lead Vocals: Riley, Madison / Josie / Honey
    • Released September '19
  • Close Your Eyes ~ First Scare
    • Released October '19

The Vigilantes

History coming soon.

Role-Call

Founding Members

  • Sailor Sol - America's Super Sweetheart. Although thought to be more active in Japan after the 'Civil War' started, she came back to the states to found the new vigilante group.
  • Sailor Cybertron - You probably couldn't tell she was one of the rumored Sailor Warriors, seeing as her armor barely resembles a sailor uniform. Aligned with the Autobots, Sailor Cybertron is a true defender of love and justice, with her own sparkling transformation to boot.
  • Steel Lotus - Having become a proficient user of Tai Chi Quan, the non-super martial artist protects her neighborhood from super-powered thugs and gang crime alike, hiding her identity behind a domino mask to protect her family from retaliation.
  • Guardienne - The last of her clan, this young woman can summon the power of the planets, using nearly any element to fend off demonic threats that try to seize the city.
  • Maripomon - After a trip to a side-dimension, a young girl gained the ability to turn into a Digimon! By combining two elemental D-Spirits, she becomes the gothic fairy, Maripomon. She defends her town from stray digital threats, all while looking for her lost friends...

Second Generation

  • Kuroi Madoushi Nekorosha - Once known as a dark witch working alongside the evil Dark Light Agency, this ferocious enchantress now works to redeem herself in the eyes of the super-hero community.
  • Cardigal - Thought to be a fallen angel, this lovely warrior works to help the helpless, with only her faith in God... and a magical collection of spell cards, left with her at the orphanage when she was a baby.
  • Suzy Slayer - Left without a Watcher after a vicious demon attack on her school, this Slayer now has no one to guide her but the books left over. She continues to protect the night from the beings that would do harm to mortals and good demons alike.

Third Generation

  • Core Amp - One of a new generation mysteriously gifted with the X-gene after it was thought to be eradicated, she chose not to heed the call of the X-Men. Instead, the young woman has vowed to work with the girls that wanted her even when they thought she was just homo sapiens without the superior.

Fourth Generation

  • Kamen Rider Joy - The last member of a former trio, Joy uses the technology inspired by arcade fighting games to kick Glytch butt. But after losing her fellow Riders trying to stop GAME OVER, she's lost her way and hopes that fighting alongside a new team will help give her the focus she needs.
  • The White Hat - When her little sister became a slayer, this unpowered teen girl took it to herself to keep the streets safe at night from deadly demonic threats. But now that she has the support of a full team, will she finally let her little sister take up arms?
  • Time Agent Dae - She's from the future, she uses a vortex manipulator, and she's very handy with a sonic pistol. Everything else is classified: Spoilers!

Fifth Generation

  • Manic - This young lady is a mutant with super speed - but only when she's in an excited mood. Her powers are tied to her emotions, and that means a sudden dip in her mood slows her down and can mean possible defeat.

Sixth Generation

  • The Electric Princess - When she was a child, Madison Gold died. Her mother, however, didn't want to lose her only child to the senseless violence that fell her. So she saved Madison's brainwaves and, using Vocaloid technology, transferred her daughter's mind into a series of android bodies. Now that she's old enough, the Electric Princess can help protect the city while looking for the people that put her in this situation.
  • Eye of Horus - No one really knows who she is. She's been on wanted lists for years, though not committing any real crimes - this hacker is just sought out for her skills. If the world knew she was just a school-aged girl and not some Neo-wannabe, no one would believe it. But she was able to crack into Apple Musume。's private servers, and earned herself a spot on the team.
  • Shiver - This empath is very in tune with feelings: emotions, yes, but also the senses. She can psychically feel pleasure, pain and any other number of sensations. She just wishes she could turn it off once in a while.
  • Focus - On her thirteenth birthday, this witch came into her powers. Now she has forces good and bad after her, but she's found comfort and safety with this group of super idols.

Tours

2011