サラマンダー男爵 Saramandā Danshaku
|Season||Heartcatch Pretty Cure!|
|Age||Over 400 Years old|
Olivier (Foster Child)
|First Appearance||Heartcatch Pretty Cure!: Hana no Miyako de Fashion Show... Desu ka!?|
|Japanese Voice Actor||Keiji Fujiwara|
Baron Salamander (サラマンダー男爵 Saramandā Danshaku?) is the antagonist of the movie Heartcatch Pretty Cure!: Hana no Miyako de Fashion Show... Desu ka!?. He is a lost member of the Desert Apostles and originally, the right hand man of Dune before Professor Sabaku took his place. He was eventually defeated 400 years ago by the very first Pretty Cure, Cure Ange.
First Defeat and Sealing
Baron Salamander was once one of Dune's faithful servants before the events of the anime began. During 400 years ago, he was trained with full potential, with Dune's high expectations that he would take over the Earth by turning it into a desert. Dune sent him to France, where he began terrorizing the country until he was defeated by Cure Ange and was sealed inside the abbey on Mont Saint-Michel.
Taking over France
The Cures arrive to stop Baron Salamander and Olivier and split up, Cure Moonlight and Cure Sunshine going after the Baron while Cure Blossom and Cure Marine stay to fight Olivier. Olivier is able to fight with ease, and attempts to strangle Cure Blossom while she tries to talk to him. Despite their pleas, Olivier can't hear them. After all of Cure Blossom's pleading and her blocking Cure Marine's attack, though, Olivier begins to cry silently. He turns back into a human and then Baron Salamander's true form, a dragon, is released.
In their Super Silhouette form, the Cures preform the Heartcatch Orchestra, but they're not strong enough. Olivier grabs the Baron's crystal, which has now turned blue-green, and holds it up in the air while cheering the Cures on. With everyone's power, the Cures are able to defeat Baron Salamander.
When the Baron falls, Olivier runs to him. Afraid that he was dead, he starts to cry. The Baron's crystal shatters and is carried away by the wind. Olivier laughs when the Baron curses the Pretty Cure weakly, and then asks him if they can go on another journey. In the ending, his hair was short when he cut it himself before they went away for journey.
Mention and Cameo
Baron Salamander later appeared in Pretty Cure All Stars DX 3: Mirai ni Todoke! Sekai wo Tsunagu Niji☆Iro no Hana as one of the movie villains. It's not clear whether he is the same Baron Salamander that the HeartCatch group fought back in France until in the later parts of the movie it is revealed that he's a clone created by Black Hole.
- Dune - he was once Dune's right hand man until Sabaku came along. After he was defeated 400 years ago, Dune learned a young boy unsealed him and decided to give him a task to give Yuri's father the mask Sabaku is wearing.
- Olivier - Olivier freed him from his imprisonment when he thought the Baron could grant his wish of having parents. The Baron and him went on a lot of journeys around the world to search for the fragments of his powers. Their relationship was similar to father and son, though Olivier denied it when Yuri asked.
- Baron Salamander is the only movie-exclusive villain who is part of the anime series' canon. This is due to his connection to the Pretty Cures and his leader.
- He is also the only surviving member of the Desert Apostles as of 2012, but it's unclear where he or Olivier is currently.
- His design is based on the character Erik, from the novel The Phantom of the Opera.