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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.
7th Mar '17 1:35:11 PM DouglasFir
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* What if your magical girl goes the ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' route and doesn't bother with keeping a SecretIdentity? It would make for some different storylines that haven't really been explored.
* Having the MysteriousProtector be TheOneGuy to an AmazonBrigade has been done plenty of times. Instead, why not have [[GenderEqualEnsemble a male counterpart for each girl]]? Or at least consider having more than one. Mysterious protectors need guy friends, and the other girls deserve the chance to have someone too.
15th Feb '17 4:37:47 PM Snex
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* 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.
** Indifferent if it's for comedic or serious value, how going full straight with the above and have a cross-dressing character in the cast? Apart from cross-dressers of either gender being highly famous, it adds another layer of "What if the character gets found out?" and "Why does the character actually act this way?"
** One idea that hasn't been explored much in magical girl stories is the idea of {{transgender}} magical girls. How about a transgender girl who becomes a magical girl, or a transboy who feels he can't come out due to his duties as a magical girl? Keep in mind that this plot would require a lot of research, as well as effort to avoid stereotypes and keep the characters from being defined by their status as transgender.
12th Dec '16 8:34:51 PM Prime32
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* First things off: magic. You need to establish it, and you need to know what it does. However, MagicAIsMagicA isn't too important, as it would be with other genres that use magic.

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* First things off: magic. You need to establish it, and you need to know what it does. However, MagicAIsMagicA isn't too important, as it would be with other genres that use magic. All you need to do is make it work; you don't have to explain it with anything but a few sentences.
12th Dec '16 8:33:59 PM Prime32
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* First things off: magic. You need to establish it, and you need to know what it does. However, MagicAIsMagicA isn't too important, as it would be with other genres that use magic. All you need to do is make it work; you don't have to explain it with anything but a few sentences.

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* First things off: magic. You need to establish it, and you need to know what it does. However, MagicAIsMagicA isn't too important, as it would be with other genres that use magic. All you need to do is make it work; you don't have to explain it with anything but a few sentences.



Does your heroine work alone, or in a group? The latter has become much more common nowadays, probably because it allows ThePowerOfFriendship to be exercised more often. If you're doing the MagicalGirlWarrior thing, you might want to throw in a MysteriousProtector or AloofAlly along with the band. (Actually, that might work for a MagicIdolSinger, too...)

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Does your heroine work alone, or in a group? The latter has become much more common nowadays, probably because it allows ThePowerOfFriendship to be exercised more often. If you're doing the MagicalGirlWarrior thing, you might want to throw in a MysteriousProtector or AloofAlly along with the band. band (Actually, that might work for a MagicIdolSinger, too...)
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Are magical girls the only characters with access to magic? If there's a whole WainscotSociety of adult wizards running around, then you may need a further UniqueProtagonistAsset to explain why [[AdultsAreUseless they haven't resolved the plot themselves]]. Maybe magical girls have [[UnEqualRites a different kind of magic that's stronger or better suited to the problems at hand]] (e.g. only magical girl powers can affect TheHeartless), or maybe the other magic-users just live in AnotherDimension and [[AllPowerfulBystander have no investment in what's going on]].


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* 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]].
12th Dec '16 6:08:41 PM Prime32
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* Make all the naked transformation scene jokes you want, but the fact is that, especially in the olden days, a MagicalGirl story was really a ComingOfAgeStory. You don't need to go so far as to have the main character happily abandon her powers to run off with some guy at the end, like they did in TheEighties and earlier - in fact, that really ticks modern readers off. Still, character interactions, maturation, and important milestones are good. Don't run the tropes listed under Coming Of Age Story into the ground, though. It's distracting and can get disturbing pretty fast, which isn't quite what we're looking for either.
* ThePowerOfFriendship and ThePowerOfLove ''cannot'' be thrown away or ignored. Most magical girls' powers run off the stuff. Even if they don't, they're still going to have to bail out their friends once in a while and work together. Even if she works alone, your main character shouldn't be completely shut out from the world all the time, unless she's going to learn how valuable the people around her are. This applies to normal, optimistic series, but also to the ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica imitators (or, [[OlderThanTheyThink before 2011]], the ''Literature/SailorNothing'' imitators) -- after all, the theme ran strongly through those works themselves. If you absolutely have to, subvert it, deconstruct it -- just don't ignore it.
* Related to the previous item, it's rare for magical girl shows not to have at least a hint of RomanticTwoGirlFriendship somewhere, but please don't just leave it at that if you do it. People these days are sick and tired of [[GetBackInTheCloset censorship and relationship ceilings]], and even twenty years ago, ''Manga/SailorMoon'' had a bisexual lead and a clear-cut lesbian couple introduced in the third arc.

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* Make all the naked transformation scene jokes you want, but the fact is that, especially in the olden days, a MagicalGirl story was really a ComingOfAgeStory.ComingOfAgeStory - her powers came with levels of [[JustAKid agency]], [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes fashion]], and sometimes even ''[[OlderAlterEgo size]]'' normally reserved for adults, but on her own terms, thus helping to ease the transition into full-time adulthood. You don't need to go so far as to have the main character happily abandon her powers to run off with some guy at the end, like they did in TheEighties and earlier - in fact, that really ticks modern readers off. Still, character interactions, maturation, and important milestones are good. Don't run the tropes listed under Coming Of Age Story into the ground, though. It's distracting and can get disturbing pretty fast, which isn't quite what we're looking for either.
* ThePowerOfFriendship and ThePowerOfLove ''cannot'' be thrown away or ignored. Most magical girls' powers run off the stuff. Even if they don't, they're still going to have to bail out their friends once in a while and work together. Even if she works alone, your main character shouldn't be completely shut out from the world all the time, unless she's going to learn how valuable the people around her are. This applies to normal, optimistic series, but also to the ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' imitators (or, [[OlderThanTheyThink before 2011]], the ''Literature/SailorNothing'' imitators) -- after all, the theme ran strongly through those works themselves. If you absolutely have to, subvert it, deconstruct it -- just don't ignore it.
* Related to the previous item, it's rare for magical girl shows not to have at least a hint of RomanticTwoGirlFriendship somewhere, but please don't just leave it at that if you do it. People these days are sick and tired of [[GetBackInTheCloset censorship and relationship ceilings]], and even twenty years ago, ''Manga/SailorMoon'' had a bisexual lead and a clear-cut lesbian couple introduced in the third arc.
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* To be extremely blunt, a {{Magic Idol Singer}}'s story cannot carry the plot of a multi-episode series on its own; it needs help. To understand why, compare the stories in this sub-genre to performing-arts stories that ''don't'' involve magic. In those stories, the heroine bleeds for her craft - she constantly hones her skills, seeks out new teachers to expand her horizons, enters high-stakes competitions, practices late into the night, etc. By contrast, the MagicIdolSinger gains her singing, dancing ability, and song lyrics/music through magic. There's no need to practice or create anything; she doesn't need to work hard when she can effortlessly soar to the top of the pop scene in a single bound. In fact, the MagicIdolSinger story can be told in the space of a single episode: girl gets magical powers, gets discovered, instantly becomes famous and successful with minimal effort, the end. While you can throw in a jealous female rival, a love interest (or several), a few festivals and competitions, and some scandal to spice things up a bit, that's about the limit - it's hard to wring a multi-episode plot out of a premise that revolves around instant gratification. So you have to pad the story with other things. ''Manga/FullMoonOSagashite'' spends a lot of time focusing on the shinigami and their backstories, several love triangles, and Mitsuki's backstory (Mitsuki also writes her own songs, and often must work within parameters mandated by her agency, avoiding too much instant gratifcation), while ''Anime/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' combines MagicIdolSinger with MagicalGirlWarrior, ''Anime/HimeChenOtogiChikkuIdolLilpri'' uses a similar tactic with its "rescue Fairyland by collecting PlotCoupons" plot, and ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' focuses on the Starlight Girls and the other members of Jem's band (as well as the members of the two rival bands) as much as Jem. Even ''Anime/MagicalAngelCreamyMami'' is only about 50% idol-singer, with the rest being random supernatural SliceOfLife adventures. So don't just focus on the IdolSinger part, add a few sub-plots -- they may have nothing whatsoever to do with the story, but they'll hold the audience's attention, and stop them from getting bored.

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* To be extremely blunt, a {{Magic Idol Singer}}'s story cannot carry the plot of a multi-episode series on its own; it needs help. To understand why, compare the MagicIdolSinger stories in this sub-genre to performing-arts stories that ''don't'' involve magic. In those stories, can run out of steam very quickly, since many of the heroine bleeds usual driving factors for her craft - she constantly hones a performer (honing her skills, seeks seeking out new teachers to expand her horizons, enters entering high-stakes competitions, practices practicing late into the night, etc. By contrast, the MagicIdolSinger gains her singing, dancing ability, and song lyrics/music through magic. There's no need to practice or create anything; she doesn't need to work hard etc.) are made redundant when she can effortlessly soar to the top of the pop scene in a single bound. In fact, the MagicIdolSinger story can be told in the space of a single episode: girl gets magical powers, gets discovered, instantly becomes famous and successful with minimal effort, the end.[[HardWorkHardlyWorks gains everything she needs through magic]]. While you can throw in a jealous female rival, a love interest (or several), a few festivals and competitions, and some scandal to spice things up a bit, that's about the limit - it's hard to wring a multi-episode plot out of a premise that revolves around instant gratification. So you have to pad the story with other things. ''Manga/FullMoonOSagashite'' spends a lot of time focusing on the shinigami and their backstories, several love triangles, and Mitsuki's backstory (Mitsuki also writes her own songs, and often must work within parameters mandated by her agency, avoiding too much instant gratifcation), while ''Anime/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' combines As such, successful MagicIdolSinger with MagicalGirlWarrior, ''Anime/HimeChenOtogiChikkuIdolLilpri'' uses stories are generally either one-shots or have a similar tactic with few ongoing subplots to pad things out - mixing in CuteWitch or MagicalGirlWarrior elements is popular, as is using an EnsembleCast.
* Given all the emphasis on ThePowerOfFriendship, ThePowerOfLove, and [[ComingOfAgeStory youths getting a taste of adult responsibility]], it's not uncommon for magical girls to end up in a RomanticTwoGirlFriendship. However, this can have UnfortunateImplications if the [[HomoeroticSubtext subtext]] is too strong and it [[RelationshipWritingFumble comes across as]] a [[SchoolgirlLesbians full-blown lesbian romance]]... that the characters then [[CureYourGays "grow out of"]]. Understand ''why'' characters are written this way and [[TropesAreTools what it can contribute to the story]], rather than just [[FollowTheLeader doing it for
its "rescue Fairyland by collecting PlotCoupons" plot, and ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' focuses on the Starlight Girls and the other members of Jem's band (as well as the members of the two rival bands) as much as Jem. Even ''Anime/MagicalAngelCreamyMami'' is only about 50% idol-singer, with the rest being random supernatural SliceOfLife adventures. So own sake]]. If you want lesbians you don't just focus on need to [[HideYourLesbians be sly about it]] - even in the IdolSinger part, add 90s, ''Manga/SailorMoon'' had a few sub-plots -- they may have nothing whatsoever to do with bisexual lead and a clear-cut lesbian couple introduced in the story, but they'll hold the audience's attention, and stop them from getting bored.
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* 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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