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Queen Beryl, the other Shitennou, Prince Endymion
Described as being shorter than Kunzite
In the Materials Collection, he is described as emotional and intense and likely to get himself killed. He is also described as the "eldest son" type and he also acts overly proud of himself.
Nephrite has long wavy red-brown hair and dark blue eyes, and he also wears earrings. He wears a standard blue general uniform like the others, but his has a yellow outline/border on it. He also wears a black belt and black boots.
Dark Kingdom arc
Nephrite was the second of the four Shitennou to appear in the manga succeeding his fallen comrade Jadeite. He is the commander of the North American division of the Dark Kingdom. After Jadeite's death and subsequent preservation/burial in a glass coffin Nephrite appeared in Queen Beryl's throne room, asking to be allowed to take over the mission to gather energy and locate the Silver Crystal. Upon her approval Nephrite vows to avenge his death and begins his mission appearing in the third act of the manga. Thinking that the "magnificent treasure of the D Kingdom" was the Silver Crystal, Nephrite plots to steal the jewel from its owner Princess Diamond who was visiting Tokyo. He used his shadow to possess Princess Diamond at a party. Princess Diamond grabbed the jewel and ran off with it as well as draining the energy of her party's guest at the same time. Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury and Sailor Mars confront Princess Diamond, but Nephrite 's shadow leaves her and is then destroyed by Sailor Moon's Moon Twilight Flash attack.
In Nephrite's final attack (act 5 of the manga), he again makes use of his shadow, but this time possessing amannequin that comes to life as a “ghost bride” kidnapping men and stealing their energy. The “ghost bride” manages to manipulate Motoki Furuhata through brainwashing, who in turn tried to drain Makoto Kino of her energy. When Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury and Sailor Mars arrive to investigate, Makoto snaps out of her trance and realizes that she has been tricked. She is infuriated by the trickery and transforms for the first time into Sailor Jupiter after having a Transformation Pen thrown at her by Luna. Nephrite reveals his presence to the four girls and is incapacitated by Sailor Jupiter's Flower Hurricane attack. He is finally eliminated with a lightning blast from her tiara. After Nephrite died, he transformed into a hard type of jade that is dark green in colour. That type of jade by coincidence is also called Nephrite.
Nephrite is named after a variety of jade known as nephrite.
- Because of a picture that Naoko Takeuchi drew of the Senshi and Shitennou as couples, it could be implied that Princess Jupiter and Nephrite were lovers in the past, or at least were planned to be lovers in the manga. This concept was not used.
- In the manga, Nephrite is killed by Sailor Jupiter. In the anime, they never meet since Nephrite is killed by Zoisite's youma before Sailor Jupiter's introduction.