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14th Jun '17 5:26:57 AM valar55
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* ''Manga/ShugoChara'': Begins with an interesting concept of of Playing With both BeYourself and BeneathTheMask, both deconstructing and reconstructing them in turn. Is quite retro in that Amu does StockFootage attacks rather than Precure type fight scenes, but is also about good vs evil so doesn't quite fit into other categories. It even later [[spoiler:lets boys transform and at one point has 4 boys and 4 girls.]] Can be used as an example that proves good characters and strong writing can make a show that could easily be downright absurd or even childish be enjoyable for many people.

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* ''Manga/ShugoChara'': Begins with an interesting concept of of Playing With both BeYourself and BeneathTheMask, both deconstructing and reconstructing them in turn. Is quite retro in that Amu does StockFootage attacks rather than Precure type fight scenes, but is also about good vs evil so doesn't quite fit into other categories. It even later [[spoiler:lets boys transform and at one point has 4 boys and 4 girls.]] Can be used as an example that proves good characters and strong writing can make a show that could easily be downright absurd or even childish be enjoyable for many people.
9th Jun '17 3:17:11 PM valhallaerikson
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* If you are going to use a hentai or eroge as an influence then why not explore the possibility of using that concept but turn it into a straight up magical girl series. Just without the porn.
9th Jun '17 12:19:14 PM valhallaerikson
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* Having your magical girl series take place in a post apocalyptic setting would be an interesting idea.
5th May '17 4:51:01 PM Dravencour
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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 [[RedShirt how 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 her 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 [[RedShirt how 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.
29th Apr '17 6:57:00 PM nombretomado
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* Having the MysteriousProtector go BrainwashedAndCrazy makes for good emotional drama, of course, especially when he's finally gotten together with TheHero. Too bad it's been done to ''death''. We don't want to cringe when we see that scene in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', ''TokyoMewMew'', or any of the other series that have used it in the past, so please stop it from becoming a DeadHorseTrope. Don't worry, you can still play with it and churn out something original! ''Anime/CorrectorYui'' and ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' both had the lead's close friend and teammate catch the crazy in place of her boyfriend. ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' appeared to be leading up to Gackto brainwashing Kaito, all the way up to invading his dreams and kidnapping him, but he just wanted to steal his powers and blackmail Lucia with a FriendOrIdolDecision. Do something new.

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* Having the MysteriousProtector go BrainwashedAndCrazy makes for good emotional drama, of course, especially when he's finally gotten together with TheHero. Too bad it's been done to ''death''. We don't want to cringe when we see that scene in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', ''TokyoMewMew'', ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'', or any of the other series that have used it in the past, so please stop it from becoming a DeadHorseTrope. Don't worry, you can still play with it and churn out something original! ''Anime/CorrectorYui'' and ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' both had the lead's close friend and teammate catch the crazy in place of her boyfriend. ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' appeared to be leading up to Gackto brainwashing Kaito, all the way up to invading his dreams and kidnapping him, but he just wanted to steal his powers and blackmail Lucia with a FriendOrIdolDecision. Do something new.
11th Apr '17 6:21:18 PM nombretomado
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* ''ShugoChara'': Begins with an interesting concept of of Playing With both BeYourself and BeneathTheMask, both deconstructing and reconstructing them in turn. Is quite retro in that Amu does StockFootage attacks rather than Precure type fight scenes, but is also about good vs evil so doesn't quite fit into other categories. It even later [[spoiler:lets boys transform and at one point has 4 boys and 4 girls.]] Can be used as an example that proves good characters and strong writing can make a show that could easily be downright absurd or even childish be enjoyable for many people.

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* ''ShugoChara'': ''Manga/ShugoChara'': Begins with an interesting concept of of Playing With both BeYourself and BeneathTheMask, both deconstructing and reconstructing them in turn. Is quite retro in that Amu does StockFootage attacks rather than Precure type fight scenes, but is also about good vs evil so doesn't quite fit into other categories. It even later [[spoiler:lets boys transform and at one point has 4 boys and 4 girls.]] Can be used as an example that proves good characters and strong writing can make a show that could easily be downright absurd or even childish be enjoyable for many people.
17th Mar '17 8:35:45 PM Kuruni
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* What if there was a story about a girl who was never met to receive the TransformationTrinket?

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* What if there was a story about a girl who was never met to receive the TransformationTrinket?
17th Mar '17 1:43:28 PM KoolKoopaGirl
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* What if there was a story about a girl who was never met to receive the TransformationTrinket?
11th Mar '17 11:08:20 AM nombretomado
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* Having the MysteriousProtector go BrainwashedAndCrazy makes for good emotional drama, of course, especially when he's finally gotten together with TheHero. Too bad it's been done to ''death''. We don't want to cringe when we see that scene in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', ''TokyoMewMew'', or any of the other series that have used it in the past, so please stop it from becoming a DeadHorseTrope. Don't worry, you can still play with it and churn out something original! ''Anime/CorrectorYui'' and ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' both had the lead's close friend and teammate catch the crazy in place of her boyfriend. ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' appeared to be leading up to Gackto brainwashing Kaito, all the way up to invading his dreams and kidnapping him, but he just wanted to steal his powers and blackmail Lucia with a FriendOrIdolDecision. Do something new.

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* Having the MysteriousProtector go BrainwashedAndCrazy makes for good emotional drama, of course, especially when he's finally gotten together with TheHero. Too bad it's been done to ''death''. We don't want to cringe when we see that scene in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', ''TokyoMewMew'', or any of the other series that have used it in the past, so please stop it from becoming a DeadHorseTrope. Don't worry, you can still play with it and churn out something original! ''Anime/CorrectorYui'' and ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' both had the lead's close friend and teammate catch the crazy in place of her boyfriend. ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' appeared to be leading up to Gackto brainwashing Kaito, all the way up to invading his dreams and kidnapping him, but he just wanted to steal his powers and blackmail Lucia with a FriendOrIdolDecision. Do something new.
8th Mar '17 12:30:48 PM DouglasFir
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* Having the MysteriousProtector go BrainwashedAndCrazy makes for good emotional drama, of course, especially when he's finally gotten together with TheHero. Too bad it's been done to ''death''. We don't want to cringe when we see that scene in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', ''TokyoMewMew'', or any of the other series that have used it in the past, so please stop it from becoming a DeadHorseTrope. Don't worry, you can still play with it and churn out something original! ''Anime/CorrectorYui'' and ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' both had the lead's close friend and teammate catch the crazy in place of her boyfriend. ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' appeared to be leading up to Gackto brainwashing Kaito, all the way up to invading his dreams and kidnapping him, but he just wanted to steal his powers and blackmail Lucia with a FriendOrIdolDecision. Do something new.
* IJustWantToBeNormal. Ever since Sailor Moon said those words, [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny people have copied them until it turned into a blur of unoriginality]], not to mention [[{{Wangst}} ungratefulness]] for [[CursedWithAwesome awesome powers]]. Too few girls actually want them.

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!!!'''IJustWantToBeNormal'''
* Having the MysteriousProtector go BrainwashedAndCrazy makes for good emotional drama, of course, especially when he's finally gotten together with TheHero. Too bad it's been done to ''death''. We don't want to cringe when we see that scene in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', ''TokyoMewMew'', or any of the other series that have used it in the past, so please stop it from becoming a DeadHorseTrope. Don't worry, you can still play with it and churn out something original! ''Anime/CorrectorYui'' and ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' both had the lead's close friend and teammate catch the crazy in place of her boyfriend. ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' appeared to be leading up to Gackto brainwashing Kaito, all the way up to invading his dreams and kidnapping him, but he just wanted to steal his powers and blackmail Lucia with a FriendOrIdolDecision. Do something new.
* IJustWantToBeNormal.
Ever since Sailor Moon said those words, [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny people have copied them until it turned into a blur of unoriginality]], not to mention [[{{Wangst}} ungratefulness]] for [[CursedWithAwesome awesome powers]]. Too few girls actually want them.



* Try mixing and matching the three genres! It's worked before and quite well, and it's not done enough to be boring yet.
* How about a male romance prospect who is an ''equal partner'' to the female lead? Emphasis on "equal", emphasis on "partner." Please don't just rely on [[FauxActionGirl sudden cases of helplessness]] to facilitate [[RescueRomance feelings of love]], that are then expressed by them just [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry talking about it nonstop.]] This makes the romance feel [[StrangledByTheRedString forced]]. Instead, try to write a female/male team that works together, that has ''conversations'' together, and that respects each other. A note: beware of perfect matches when creating romances; everybody involved should preferably be a real character.

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* Or TakeAThirdOption. Rather than outright refusing or jumping at the call, have your heroine take some time to think about it before accepting her destiny. After all, it's a big decision, and once she makes it, there's probably no going back.

!!!'''Protagonists'''
* Try mixing and matching it up a little with the three genres! It's worked before and variety of protagonists. Why not make the heroine the standard BrokenBird DarkMagicalGirl often seen in magical girl teams instead of the usual AllLovingHero NiceGirl? [[DarkMagicalGirl Dark magical girl]] types are usually quite well, and it's not done enough popular with the magical girl fandom. Alternately, how about the heroine being a DeadpanSnarker DarkMagicalGirl who [[DarkIsNotEvil fights for goodness]], but [[AntiHero operates in questionable manners]] that make more "heroic" magical girls find it hard to work with her?
** 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.
* Have a magical girl series
be boring yet.
* How
about a male romance prospect character who is a seasoned magical girl but was once a DarkMagicalGirl. The series could be about her struggling to atone for her horrible crimes while fighting evil in the process. Not something that is done often.
* In a similar vein, have the seasoned magical girl be the mentor to
an ''equal partner'' upcoming magical girl. In other magical girl series it usually focuses on the magical girl that just starts out in her career, but having the magical girl be the mentor would add a whole new layer to the female lead? Emphasis on "equal", emphasis on "partner." Please don't just rely on [[FauxActionGirl sudden cases of helplessness]] to facilitate [[RescueRomance feelings of love]], that are then expressed by them just [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry talking about it nonstop.]] This makes story and has CharacterDevelopment potential for both parties (the CynicalMentor becomes more hopeful and the romance feel [[StrangledByTheRedString forced]]. Instead, try to write a female/male team that works together, that has ''conversations'' together, and that respects each other. A note: beware of perfect matches when creating romances; everybody involved should preferably be a real character.WideEyedIdealist becomes more grounded).



* Why don't you try to explore the view from the sidekicks and {{Secret Keeper}}s? Especially the ones who have no powers and are more often than not in the rescued side, or [[MissedTheCall were skipped by The Call]]. At least for ADayInTheLimelight or a AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent episode.
* We know TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse, and since Magical Girl Warrior series mostly take place within the last 20 years or so, so who says there's only one Magical Girl Warrior (or one team of them) active at a time? To that effect, instead of creating a Magic Girl Warrior team in the {{Sentai}} mold, go for a Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}}-style group consisting of a bunch of different sorts of magical girls.
* In the same vein, how about magical girls from different cultural, ethnic, religious or socio-economic backgrounds? Take a look at Roleplay/ForTheSpiritOfCreation in the rpg.net forums, for example. It has a homeless magical girl who protects kids on the street. How about an inner-urban black or hispanic magical girl? A MilitaryBrat girl? An {{Ojou}} with HiddenDepths?



* What if the villains aren't {{Harmless Villain}}s? What if they're 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 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.
* How about setting your story in a different time period? How would magical girls function in Victorian London? Sengoku period Japan? Ancient China? World War II Era?
* What if existence of magical girls is ''normal'' to your setting? How they will alter the society? There are lot of possibility to play with. Maybe they will be used in war. Maybe the {{Muggle}}s will form CapeBusters out of paranoia? Or maybe they will be treated like idol celebs? Remember to be creative, don't just pick ComicBook/{{X-Men}} and [[RecycledINSPACE replace all mutants with magical girls]].
* Try mixing it up a little with the variety of protagonists. Why not make the heroine the standard BrokenBird DarkMagicalGirl often seen in magical girl teams instead of the usual AllLovingHero NiceGirl? [[DarkMagicalGirl Dark magical girl]] types are usually quite popular with the magical girl fandom. Alternately, how about the heroine being a DeadpanSnarker DarkMagicalGirl who [[DarkIsNotEvil fights for goodness]], but [[AntiHero operates in questionable manners]] that make more "heroic" magical girls find it hard to work with her?
** 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.
* Why not make the heroine's love interest be, instead of a MysteriousProtector DistressedDude, [[DatingCatwoman a villain]] from the QuirkyMinibossSquad? It could provide some interesting CharacterDevelopment for both parties involved, and maybe add in a factor of LoveRedeems. (The love interest in general doesn't necessarily have to be male, either.)
** Or, hey, why not make the QuirkyMinibossSquad member ''and'' the MysteriousProtector the same person? How often has ''that'' been done?
* Have a magical girl series be about a character who is a seasoned magical girl but was once a DarkMagicalGirl. The series could be about her struggling to atone for her horrible crimes while fighting evil in the process. Not something that is done often.
* In the same vein as the above, how about a seasoned magical girl who originally was only solo and now suddenly has a team to work with? The SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism can be explored in depth this way thanks to the seasoned MG being more cynical due to her experiences, while the rest of the team are raw rookies who are [[WideEyedIdealist Wide-Eyed Idealists]].
* In an even more similar vein have the seasoned magical girl be the mentor to an upcoming magical girl. In other magical girl series it usually focuses on the magical girl that just starts out in her career, but having the magical girl be the mentor would add a whole new layer to the story and has CharacterDevelopment potential for both parties (the CynicalMentor becomes more hopeful and the WideEyedIdealist becomes more grounded).
* For extra humor, try adding a GenderBender slant - the hero is a boy who turns into a girl whenever he transforms to fight evil. Or you could play the gender inversion straight and have a serious story featuring a male witch or idol singer or warrior, but remember some of the motifs, costumes and props suggested here won't apply.

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* What if the villains aren't {{Harmless Villain}}s? What if they're 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 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.
* How about setting your story in a different time period? How would magical girls function in Victorian London? Sengoku period Japan? Ancient China? World War II Era?
* What if existence of magical girls is ''normal'' to your setting? How they will alter the society? There are lot of possibility to play with. Maybe they will be used in war. Maybe the {{Muggle}}s will form CapeBusters out of paranoia? Or maybe they will be treated like idol celebs? Remember to be creative, don't just pick ComicBook/{{X-Men}} and [[RecycledINSPACE replace all mutants with magical girls]].
* Try mixing it up a little with the variety of protagonists. Why not make the heroine the standard BrokenBird DarkMagicalGirl often seen in magical girl teams instead of the usual AllLovingHero NiceGirl? [[DarkMagicalGirl Dark magical girl]] types are usually quite popular with the magical girl fandom. Alternately, how about the heroine being a DeadpanSnarker DarkMagicalGirl who [[DarkIsNotEvil fights for goodness]], but [[AntiHero operates in questionable manners]] that make more "heroic" magical girls find it hard to work with her?
** 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.
* Why not make the heroine's love interest be, instead of a MysteriousProtector DistressedDude, [[DatingCatwoman a villain]] from the QuirkyMinibossSquad? It could provide some interesting CharacterDevelopment for both parties involved, and maybe add in a factor of LoveRedeems. (The love interest in general doesn't necessarily have to be male, either.)
** Or, hey, why not make the QuirkyMinibossSquad member ''and'' the MysteriousProtector the same person? How often has ''that'' been done?
* Have a magical girl series be about a character who is a seasoned magical girl but was once a DarkMagicalGirl. The series could be about her struggling to atone for her horrible crimes while fighting evil in the process. Not something that is done often.
* In the same vein as the above, how about a seasoned magical girl who originally was only solo and now suddenly has a team to work with? The SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism can be explored in depth this way thanks to the seasoned MG being more cynical due to her experiences, while the rest of the team are raw rookies who are [[WideEyedIdealist Wide-Eyed Idealists]].
* In an even more similar vein have the seasoned magical girl be the mentor to an upcoming magical girl. In other magical girl series it usually focuses on the magical girl that just starts out in her career, but having the magical girl be the mentor would add a whole new layer to the story and has CharacterDevelopment potential for both parties (the CynicalMentor becomes more hopeful and the WideEyedIdealist becomes more grounded).
* For extra humor, try adding a GenderBender SuperGenderBender slant - the hero is a boy who turns into a girl whenever he transforms to fight evil. Or you could play the gender inversion straight and have a serious story featuring a male witch or idol singer or warrior, but remember some of the motifs, costumes and props suggested here won't apply.



* In a series where magical girls are TheChosenOne, how about a character who [[TheUnchosenOne wasn't chosen but manages to join a team of magical girls anyway]]? While a pure BadassNormal won't always make sense, she could still get her hands on a magical weapon that anyone can use, or be a WeakButSkilled user of [[UnEqualRites a more common type of magic]]. An AscendedFangirl character might even create a completely unnecessary TransformationSequence for herself, just to [[RuleOfCool emulate her heroes]].
* Just because your protagonists are young girls doesn't mean your show has to be a {{Shoujo}} series. ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' proves you can write a magical girl series with plenty of action to appeal to the older male crowd.




!!!'''Teams of magical girls'''
* We know TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse, and since Magical Girl Warrior series mostly take place within the last 20 years or so, so who says there's only one Magical Girl Warrior (or one team of them) active at a time? To that effect, instead of creating a Magic Girl Warrior team in the {{Sentai}} mold, go for a Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}}-style group consisting of a bunch of different sorts of magical girls.
* In the same vein, how about magical girls from different [[FiveTokenBand cultural, ethnic, religious or socio-economic backgrounds]]? Take a look at Roleplay/ForTheSpiritOfCreation in the rpg.net forums, for example. It has a homeless magical girl who protects kids on the street. How about an inner-urban black or hispanic magical girl? A MilitaryBrat girl? An {{Ojou}} with HiddenDepths?
* How about a seasoned magical girl who originally was only solo and now suddenly has a team to work with? The SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism can be explored in depth this way thanks to the seasoned MG being more cynical due to her experiences, while the rest of the team are raw rookies who are [[WideEyedIdealist Wide-Eyed Idealists]].
* In a series where magical girls are TheChosenOne, how about a character who [[TheUnchosenOne wasn't chosen but manages to join a team of magical girls anyway]]? While a pure BadassNormal won't always make sense, she could still get her hands on a magical weapon that anyone can use, or be a WeakButSkilled user of [[UnEqualRites a more common type of magic]]. An AscendedFangirl character might even create a completely unnecessary TransformationSequence for herself, just to [[RuleOfCool emulate her heroes]].

!!!'''Other characters'''
* Having the MysteriousProtector go BrainwashedAndCrazy makes for good emotional drama, of course, especially when he's finally gotten together with TheHero. Too bad it's been done to ''death''. We don't want to cringe when we see that scene in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', ''TokyoMewMew'', or any of the other series that have used it in the past, so please stop it from becoming a DeadHorseTrope. Don't worry, you can still play with it and churn out something original! ''Anime/CorrectorYui'' and ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' both had the lead's close friend and teammate catch the crazy in place of her boyfriend. ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' appeared to be leading up to Gackto brainwashing Kaito, all the way up to invading his dreams and kidnapping him, but he just wanted to steal his powers and blackmail Lucia with a FriendOrIdolDecision. Do something new.
* How about a male romance prospect who is an ''equal partner'' to the female lead? Emphasis on "equal", emphasis on "partner." Please don't just rely on [[FauxActionGirl sudden cases of helplessness]] to facilitate [[RescueRomance feelings of love]], that are then expressed by them just [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry talking about it nonstop.]] This makes the romance feel [[StrangledByTheRedString forced]]. Instead, try to write a female/male team that works together, that has ''conversations'' together, and that respects each other. A note: beware of perfect matches when creating romances; everybody involved should preferably be a real character.




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* Why not make the heroine's love interest be, instead of a MysteriousProtector DistressedDude, [[DatingCatwoman a villain]] from the QuirkyMinibossSquad? It could provide some interesting CharacterDevelopment for both parties involved, and maybe add in a factor of LoveRedeems. (The love interest in general doesn't necessarily have to be male, either.)
** Or, hey, why not make the QuirkyMinibossSquad member ''and'' the MysteriousProtector the same person? How often has ''that'' been done?
* Why don't you try to explore the view from the sidekicks and {{Secret Keeper}}s? Especially the ones who have no powers and are more often than not in the rescued side, or [[MissedTheCall were skipped by The Call]]. At least for ADayInTheLimelight or a AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent episode.
* What if the villains aren't {{Harmless Villain}}s? What if they're 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.

!!!'''Other'''
* Try mixing and matching the three genres! It's worked before and quite well, and it's not done enough to be boring yet.
* 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 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.
* How about setting your story in a different time period? How would magical girls function in Victorian London? Sengoku period Japan? Ancient China? World War II Era?
* What if existence of magical girls is ''normal'' to your setting? How they will alter the society? There are lot of possibility to play with. Maybe they will be used in war. Maybe the {{Muggle}}s will form CapeBusters out of paranoia? Or maybe they will be treated like idol celebs? Remember to be creative, don't just pick ComicBook/{{X-Men}} and [[RecycledINSPACE replace all mutants with magical girls]].
* Just because your protagonists are young girls doesn't mean your show has to be a {{Shoujo}} series. ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' proves you can write a magical girl series with plenty of action to appeal to the older male crowd.
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