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Potpourri
ポプリ Popuri
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Description
SeasonHeartcatch Pretty Cure!
GenderFemale
Eye ColorBrown
Hair ColorWhite
Home PlaceTree of Hearts
First AppearanceHPC20
Theme ColorYellow
Japanese Voice ActorKikuchi Kokoro

Potpourri (ポプリ Popuri?) is Myoudouin Itsuki's mascot partner in Heartcatch Pretty Cure!. Unlike Chypre and Coffret, Potpourri is actually born during the events of the series, and thus was not present during the battle between Cure Moonlight and Dark Pretty Cure. Being a baby, Potpourri is childish and naive, but also protective of her friends. However, her youth also leads her to express extreme stubbornness if she doesn't get her way. Like the other fairies, Potpourri is never afraid to speak her mind. She ends her sentences with "~deshu!"

Potpourri possesses the ability to generate powerful yellow shields, just like her partner Cure Sunshine. She can also create a giant golden "capsule", capable of teleporting something as large as the Tree of Hearts, to another place. Although quite powerful, this ability requires help from Cure Sunshine and also takes a rather long time to finish casting. Potpourri, Chypre and Coffret can transform into flight capes, allowing their partners to fly.

History

Birth

After Tsubomi and Erika have gathered a great number of heart seeds, Chypre and Coffret are awoken by a brilliant light shining from the Heart Pot. This turns out to be a sign of Potpourri's birth inside of the Tree of Hearts. HPC20

Meeting The Cures and the Search for the Third Cure

Unfortunately, Potpourri is forced to defend the Tree of Hearts when Professor Sabaku sends Dark Cure to find it and seek out a secret to Dune's last defeat.  Potpourri shields the tree, but is forced to flee when Dark Cure nearly shatters it.  She eventually finds Cure Blossom and Cure Marine engaged in a losing battle with the Desert Apostles.  Potpourri summoned her shield again to protect the Cures, shifting the fight in their favor and allowing them to defeat the Desertrian summoned by Sasorina.HPC20

After the battle ended and the girls took Potpourri to Kaoruko's garden, they learned that Potpourri possessed a Cure seed. Realizeing this means there is a third Pretty Cure, the girls wonder who it is while an impatient Potpourri decides to just go and find her on her own. Her search ends up going poorly at first, even with help from Chypre and Coffret, and at one point she even believes Yuri could be her partner as she detects the Cure energy she once possessed.HPC21 Still upset at not finding her partner, Potpourri later investigates Mizushima Aya, the hapless president of the Gardening ClubHPC22. In the process of a fight with a Desertarian created from Aya's heart flower, Potpourri and the other fairies are nearly spotted by Itsuki and quickly pretend to be lifeless dolls. However, Itsuki finds Potpourri adorable and her care for the fairy (thinking it's a doll made by Erika) immediately leaves Potpourri smitten with her.

The Awakening of Cure Sunshine

Potpourri, now obsessed with Itsuki, declares her intent to go live with her, despite Tsubomi, Erika, and the other fairy's protestsHPC23. They track her down at the Myoudouin dojo after spending all night trying to find her, and for Potpourri's sake offer to ask Itsuki if she's had the dream about Cure Moonlight. Unfortunately, when they follow her to the hospital to ask, they lose their chance as Itsuki is too distracted by her brother Satsuki's fear over his upcoming surgery. Potpourri's stubbornness leads her to escape Tsubomi's house and return to the hospital to be with Itsuki. Despite initially scaring the girl, Itsuki is taken by the idea of being a Pretty Cure and being able to look cute. However, she's initially reluctant to take up the mantle due to her own insecurities over her brother's condition. Potpourri convinces Itsuki to hide her from the worried Erika and Tsubomi. 

After Sasorina takes Satsuki's Heart Flower, Itsuki is convinced by Potpourri to follow Tsubomi and Erika, learning of their secret identities as Cure Blossom and Marine when she witnesses them transform. Itsuki learns that the powerful Desertrian is her brother and attempts to reason with it. Unfortunately, she fails and Potpourri attempts to shield her, partially protecting them from an attack. Potpourri confesses to Itsuki that she feels they are the same as they both wish to protect others and Potpourri vows to do everything to protect her. Sasorina attempts to take Potpourri away from her, causing Itsuki's determination to defend others to resonate with Potpourri and allow her to create the shiny perfume and Heart Seed for Itsuki to become Cure Sunshine for the first time. After Cure Sunshine succeeds in restoring Satsuki's heart flower, Potpurri is summoned by the Tree of Hearts and the three girls and their fairies fly for the first time in order to reach it. HPC24 When Dark Cure arrives and attacks the group, Potpourri becomes upset that Dark Cure's assault has destroyed the new flower buds and weakened the tree. She is comforted by Cure Sunshine, and together they work to create a new barrier around the Tree of Hearts while Cure Blossom and Cure Marine distract Dark Cure. After succeeding, Pretty Cure and the fairies go back to the hospital, where Itsuki watches over her brother. Potpourri is happy that she has finally found her Pretty Cure partner.

When summer vacation ended and Itsuki had to return to school, Potpourri's stubbornness reared it's head again as she throws a massive temper tantrum over not being allowed to see her all day. When this backfires and Itsuki scorns her, Potpourri runs away and meets another girl, Haruka, who has also run away. They meet up with Tsukikage Yuri, who tells them that they need to find their caretakers again. Just as a Desertrian arrives and Potpourri's attempts to form a shield and defend everyone wear out, Itsuki arrives and saves her from the Destertrian. Potpourri sobs over Itsuki having gotten herself in danger to rescue her, but Itsuki reveals she's not mad at her and apologizes for not understanding how Potpourri felt.

After this, Potpourri occasionally appears at school as she still can't bear to be far from her beloved Itsuki.

The Final Battle

Potpourri along with the other fairies journey to the Desert Planet to rescue [[Hanasaki Kaoruko|KaorukoHPC45]]. Kumojaki and Cobraja challenge the Cures to a final battle which Cure Marine and Cure Sunshine acceptHPC46. Cobraja soon gets the upper hand in battle which causes Potpourri to jump in front of Cure Sunshine protecting her with her shield. She tells Cobraja that Cure Sunshine is more beautiful than him due to how she wants to protect everyone's hearts and smiles. The two then join forces against Cobraja. The two combine their shields to create Sunshine Beam, overpowering the Apostle. They then purify him with Gold Forte Burst and go to rejoin their fellow Cures and Fairies.

Several months after the defeat of Dune, Potpourri has returned to the Tree of Hearts to care for the young sapling growing from the strength of the heart seeds gathered by Pretty Cure. She returns to see Itsuki again for the first time and is in awe of her more feminine clothes and longer hair.HPC49

Relationships

Myoudouin Itsuki: During their first encounter, Potpourri already understood that Itsuki would be her Pretty Cure partner because of her strong warmth. She understands Itsuki's desire to protect people dear to her, which makes them more connected. Overall, Potpourri's immaturity makes her like Itsuki's little sister. She is also strongly devoted to Itsuki and will do anything for her. Often times, Potpourri calls her "Ichuki".

Tsukikage Yuri: When it first meets Yuri, she wants her to become her partner because she could sense her power. She is upset when she rejects her, but still loves her and tries to hug her on several occasions, feeling rejected whenever she pulls away.

Etymology

Potpourri: Potpourri's name comes from a mixture of dried plants used to provide fragrance.

Trivia

  • Being newborn within the series, Potpourri is the youngest fairy ever existing in the Pretty Cure universe; ironically, however, she is able to speak in complete sentences in contrast to Chiffon, the baby fairy mascot of the Fresh Pretty Cure, despite the fact that Chiffon is most likely older.
  • Sometimes she replaces the letter 's' in her grammar with 'sh'/'ch', aside from ending her sentences with 'deshu'.
  • Potpourri's gender has not been officially specified. Chypre and Coffret's genders are confirmed in an official essay, and the other two, Coupe and Cologne, have adult male voices. However, the Japanese Wikipedia describes Potpourri's personality as a little sister of Itsuki.
  • As opposed to Chypre and Coffret ending their sentences with "desu", Potpourri ends hers with "deshu" which is a cuter version of "desu", emphasizing her naivete/young age.
  • For the Pretty Cure All Stars DX3 Movie Character Polls held by Toei Animation, Potpourri appeared in the following rankings:
    • 2nd in "The Fairy you wish to have as a partner most"
  • Potpourri is the only mascot of this season whose name does not start with "c".

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