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20th Aug '16 4:06:36 PM eaterofworlds
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** Be careful on this though. While having a magical girl that isn't as noble as the others make sure that you're still giving a reader a reason to want to root for the character.


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*** Or to further make the example above more complex, why not make the MysteriousProtector a female?
29th Jul '16 8:53:44 AM HighCrate
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* What if the villains aren't {{Harmless Villain}}s? What if they're DangerouslyGenreSavvy monsters who don't mind if their {{Starfish Alien}}s [[MonsterOfTheWeek of the Week]] actually ''kill people'' (and since they might be {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, it actually makes much more sense if they just don't care about it)? What if [[AnyoneCanDie casualties are common]] and the battle is a long road of BreakTheCutie for the heroes? This subversion might be only a good idea if you're working on a {{Deconstruction}}, though. Typical fans of the genre (young girls and...well, {{lolicon}}s) just don't like to see DarkerAndEdgier stuff much.

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* What if the villains aren't {{Harmless Villain}}s? What if they're DangerouslyGenreSavvy monsters who don't mind if their {{Starfish Alien}}s [[MonsterOfTheWeek of the Week]] actually ''kill people'' (and since they might be {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, it actually makes much more sense if they just don't care about it)? What if [[AnyoneCanDie casualties are common]] and the battle is a long road of BreakTheCutie for the heroes? This subversion might be only a good idea if you're working on a {{Deconstruction}}, though. Typical fans of the genre (young girls and...well, {{lolicon}}s) just don't like to see DarkerAndEdgier stuff much.



* Try doing something different with the genre. In the early days of the genre, a few magical girls were ordinary muggles who were given a magical object, like [[Manga/HimitsuNoAkkoChan Akko-chan's mirror]], or [[Anime/MagicalIdolPastelYumi Pastel Yumi]]'s wand. As for the object itself, its magical powers were quite specific and limited, unlike the CuteWitch. This type of magical girl has fallen out of fashion, but it's not too late to attempt a revival - only please note that while the object sometimes bestows an OlderAlterEgo, this type of magical girl has nothing in common with the MagicIdolSinger or MagicalGirlWarrior apart from the TransformationSequence, and the girl could only vaguely be considered a Cute Witch. Or there's the wizard school, like ''Manga/AliceAcademy'' or ''Anime/PetitePrincessYucie'', where the Cute Witch must attend magic school with other witches (and sometimes wizards) in order to learn how to use magic. If you use this one, however, try not to rip off Franchise/HarryPotter. Or there's the psychic, like ''TelepathyGirlRan'' or Manga/{{ION}}, which tend to be more down to earth and feature girls who were born with their powers and discovered them at some point in their lives - telepathy and telekinesis are common, although levitation is sometimes used, and with many other pyschic powers out there, the choice is limitless. Please note, the last 2 have no transformation sequences, no signature outfits, and minimal use of bling.

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* Try doing something different with the genre. In the early days of the genre, a few magical girls were ordinary muggles who were given a magical object, like [[Manga/HimitsuNoAkkoChan Akko-chan's mirror]], or [[Anime/MagicalIdolPastelYumi Pastel Yumi]]'s wand. As for the object itself, its magical powers were quite specific and limited, unlike the CuteWitch. This type of magical girl has fallen out of fashion, but it's not too late to attempt a revival - only please note that while the object sometimes bestows an OlderAlterEgo, this type of magical girl has nothing in common with the MagicIdolSinger or MagicalGirlWarrior apart from the TransformationSequence, and the girl could only vaguely be considered a Cute Witch. Or there's the wizard school, like ''Manga/AliceAcademy'' or ''Anime/PetitePrincessYucie'', where the Cute Witch must attend magic school with other witches (and sometimes wizards) in order to learn how to use magic. If you use this one, however, try not to rip off Franchise/HarryPotter. Or there's the psychic, like ''TelepathyGirlRan'' or Manga/{{ION}}, which tend to be more down to earth and feature girls who were born with their powers and discovered them at some point in their lives - telepathy and telekinesis are common, although levitation is sometimes used, and with many other pyschic psychic powers out there, the choice is limitless. Please note, the last 2 have no transformation sequences, no signature outfits, and minimal use of bling.
27th May '16 6:38:35 AM Laevatein
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Of course, check out [[SoYouWantTo/WriteAStory So You Want To Write A Story]] for all-purpose advice.

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Of course, check out [[SoYouWantTo/WriteAStory So You Want To Write A Story]] for all-purpose advice.
advice. [[SoYouWantTo/WriteASuperheroComic So You Want To Write A Superhero Comic]] can also be useful (especially for Magical Girl Warriors), particularly the sections on rogues' galleries and team dynamics.
20th May '16 2:01:45 AM Koveras
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Especially in a MagicIdolSinger series, a [[TheRival rival]] character is good for motivating your lead. You don't have to limit yourself to a singer from a competing label, though; the character works equally well as a selfish witch jealous of the Cute Witch's popularity or a DarkMagicalGirl competing for the PlotCoupons (or anything else you can think of). When writing a MagicalGirlWarrior team, each member should get [[CounterpartCombatCoordination her own rival to face off against throughout the arc]] (barring an occasional OpponentSwitch), who may or may not band together into a PsychoRangers team.

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Especially in a MagicIdolSinger series, a [[TheRival rival]] character is good for motivating your lead. You don't have to limit yourself to a singer from a competing label, though; the character works equally well as a selfish witch jealous of the Cute Witch's popularity or a DarkMagicalGirl competing for the PlotCoupons (or anything else you can think of). When writing a MagicalGirlWarrior team, each member should get [[CounterpartCombatCoordination her own rival to face off against throughout the arc]] (barring an occasional OpponentSwitch), who and the rivals may or may not band together into a PsychoRangers team.
19th May '16 10:08:44 AM Koveras
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* For {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s, don't just focus on the battles. No matter what the ''Nanoha'' fanbase will tell you, character development and interaction are key to any shoujo series (or any seinen/shounen series if you decide to go the ''Nanoha''/''[=My-HiME=]'' route). Fancy special effects and CallingYourAttacks is not what makes Nanoha's battles great--rather, it's the fact that in every battle, something very personal and important for its participants is at stake. Nanoha [[DefeatMeansFriendship defeats her future friends]] not by being the WorldsBestWarrior (she's not), but by only ever fighting for what she believes in and cares about--and then [[{{Determinator}} giving it her all]].

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* For {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s, don't just focus on the battles. No matter what the ''Nanoha'' fanbase will tell you, character development and interaction are key to any shoujo series (or any seinen/shounen series if you decide to go the ''Nanoha''/''[=My-HiME=]'' route). Fancy special effects and CallingYourAttacks is are not what makes Nanoha's battles great--rather, it's the fact that in every battle, something very personal and important for its participants is at stake. Nanoha [[DefeatMeansFriendship defeats her future friends]] not by being the WorldsBestWarrior (she's not), but by only ever fighting for what she believes in and cares about--and then [[{{Determinator}} giving it her all]].
19th May '16 10:07:05 AM Koveras
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* Give us a reason to care: If your magical girl has a secret identity exposed, what would happen? How would her parents react? What would her boyfriend say? What would their classmates say? Would they approve?
** If your heroine(s) has nothing to lose or [[TragicOneShotCharacter some random character we never had time to care about dies]], the audience simply won't care. It doesn't matter how [[RedShirt many people]] a villain kills or how many big secrets are revealed -- if no emotions are involved, it won't be interesting, no matter how dramatic the situation is.

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* Give us a reason to care: If your magical girl has a secret identity exposed, what would happen? How would her parents react? What would her boyfriend say? What would their classmates say? Would they approve?
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approve? If your heroine(s) has nothing to lose or [[TragicOneShotCharacter some random character we never had time to care about dies]], the audience simply won't care. It doesn't matter how [[RedShirt many people]] a villain kills or how many big secrets are revealed -- if no emotions are involved, it won't be interesting, no matter how dramatic the situation is.
19th May '16 7:36:57 AM Koveras
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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' provides a good example of brutal DarkerAndEdgier.

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' provides is a good example brutal, DarkerAndEdgier {{Deconstruction}} of brutal DarkerAndEdgier.the whole idea of untrained teen-aged girls facing unfathomable evils in superpowered battles with hundreds of innocent lives at stake.
19th May '16 7:11:07 AM Koveras
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* For {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s, don't just focus on the battles. No matter what the ''Nanoha'' fanbase will tell you, character development and interaction are key to any shoujo series (or any seinen/shounen series if you decide to go the ''Nanoha''/''[=My-HiME=]'' route): fancy special effects and CallingYourAttacks is not what makes Nanoha's battles great--rather, it's the fact that in every battle, something very personal and important for its participants is at stake. Nanoha [[DefeatMeansFriendship defeats her future friends]] not by being the WorldsBestWarrior (she's not), but by only ever fighting for what she believes in and cares about--and then [[{{Determinator}} giving it her all]].

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* For {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s, don't just focus on the battles. No matter what the ''Nanoha'' fanbase will tell you, character development and interaction are key to any shoujo series (or any seinen/shounen series if you decide to go the ''Nanoha''/''[=My-HiME=]'' route): fancy route). Fancy special effects and CallingYourAttacks is not what makes Nanoha's battles great--rather, it's the fact that in every battle, something very personal and important for its participants is at stake. Nanoha [[DefeatMeansFriendship defeats her future friends]] not by being the WorldsBestWarrior (she's not), but by only ever fighting for what she believes in and cares about--and then [[{{Determinator}} giving it her all]].
19th May '16 7:10:13 AM Koveras
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* For {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s, don't just focus on the battles. No matter what the ''Nanoha'' fanbase will tell you, character development and interaction are key to any shoujo series (or any seinen/shounen series if you decide to go the ''Nanoha''/''[=My-HiME=]'' route): fancy special effects and CallingYourAttacks is now what makes Nanoha's battles great, but rather, it's the fact that in every battle, something very personal and important for its participants is at stake. Nanoha [[DefeatMeansFriendship defeats her future friends]] not by being the WorldsBestWarrior (she's not), but by only ever fighting for what she believes in and cares about--and then [[{{Determinator}} giving it her all]].

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* For {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s, don't just focus on the battles. No matter what the ''Nanoha'' fanbase will tell you, character development and interaction are key to any shoujo series (or any seinen/shounen series if you decide to go the ''Nanoha''/''[=My-HiME=]'' route): fancy special effects and CallingYourAttacks is now not what makes Nanoha's battles great, but rather, great--rather, it's the fact that in every battle, something very personal and important for its participants is at stake. Nanoha [[DefeatMeansFriendship defeats her future friends]] not by being the WorldsBestWarrior (she's not), but by only ever fighting for what she believes in and cares about--and then [[{{Determinator}} giving it her all]].
19th May '16 7:09:25 AM Koveras
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* For {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s, don't just focus on the battles. No matter what the ''Nanoha'' fanbase will tell you, character development and interaction are key to any shoujo series (or any seinen/shounen series if you decide to go the ''Nanoha''/''[=My-HiME=]'' route): fancy special effects and CallingOutYourAttacks is now what makes Nanoha's battles great, but rather, it's the fact that in every battle, something very personal and important for its participants is at stake. Nanoha [[DefeatMeansFriendship defeats her future friends]] not by being the WorldsBestWarrior (she's not), but by only ever fighting for what she believes in and cares about--and then [[{{Determinator}} giving it her all]].

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* For {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s, don't just focus on the battles. No matter what the ''Nanoha'' fanbase will tell you, character development and interaction are key to any shoujo series (or any seinen/shounen series if you decide to go the ''Nanoha''/''[=My-HiME=]'' route): fancy special effects and CallingOutYourAttacks CallingYourAttacks is now what makes Nanoha's battles great, but rather, it's the fact that in every battle, something very personal and important for its participants is at stake. Nanoha [[DefeatMeansFriendship defeats her future friends]] not by being the WorldsBestWarrior (she's not), but by only ever fighting for what she believes in and cares about--and then [[{{Determinator}} giving it her all]].
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