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31st Dec '15 1:05:56 AM TheKaizerreich
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Except with robot girlfriends, a strong separation needs to be made from the bizarre and fantastic world the girlfriend come from and the mundane suburban setting she now finds herself in. Usually there will be an academic institution and relatively large (by Japanese standards) home where most of the action takes place.

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* Except with robot girlfriends, a strong separation needs to be made from the bizarre and fantastic world the girlfriend come from and the mundane suburban setting she now finds herself in. Usually there will be an academic institution and relatively large (by Japanese standards) home where most of the action takes place.
31st Dec '15 1:05:24 AM TheKaizerreich
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* Like with motifs, it really depends on the nature of the MagicalGirlfriend. If she is literally magical and comes from heaven, hell, an alternate world etc, go with "fantasy clothes" (typically leather, belts, gold-lining etc) or something cool but from earlier time periods.
* Be careful with FanserviceCostumes and anything overly {{Stripperiffic}}, as this tends to distract from the actual character you want to portray. That's not to say your MagicalGirlfriend can't wear something sexy, of course, and your audience will likely find that to be a plus, but it should still make sense.
** Say your character is a knight, maybe even a paladin. Having her wear skimpy armour would probably look really silly and clash with the personality someone would expect. A BattleBallgown however can both look great and still be practical (potentially life-saving, if her enemies are also in our world now).
** On the other hand, a ferocious CatGirl in a FurBikini can totally work (and may trigger a PleasePutSomeClothesOn reaction).
* For constrast, normal and practical streetwear can go a long way to still look fashionable and give a different prespective for the newcomer(s).
* People love uniforms, so going with those is hardly a bad idea. They can also be used to illustrate concepts that may be foreign to the characters.


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* If your series features action, there will probably be a lot of running and fighting. Depending on the nature of your characters, this can involve swords and sorcery, gun play or other things. Flying from place to place, explosions etc are good ways to bring the story forward while also looking interesting.
* On the other hand, if the story involves little or no action, there won't be much if anything as far as stunts go.
31st Dec '15 12:32:40 AM TheKaizerreich
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* Depending on the nature of the MagicalGirlfriend, there are various groups of motifs to choose from:
** If she a Goddess, Ghost, Witch or other magic being, there may be religion in play (if so, ''which'' religion may be important). Things like magic circles or "fantasy clothing" can also show they certainly aren't from "around here".
** A RobotGirl on the other hand may or may not have obvious mechanical parts. Circuit boards, TronLines or [[PowerGlows Things That Glow]] may accentuate her artificial nature.
* The otherwordliness of the character is an important motif. Strange and/or unusual behaviour differing from the norm will make her stand out from the crowd, can lead to complicated (or funny) situations and may ultimately help CharacterDevelopment when she gets more used to her surroundings and starts acting accordingly.
* CuteMonsterGirl and LittleBitBeastly heroines naturally have AnimalMotifs or equivalent and behaviour can be derived from it. They might also proudly wear something relating to their type on their clothes (for example a paw logo for a CatGirl). Their instincts can again become defining traits or something they try to overcome for their beloved via CharacterDevelopment.
* If your protagonist has a visible design, rather than being featureless, giving him/her any of these may also work. For example he could start human but develop more toward what the MagicalGirlfriend is and gain traits of her (wings for example which look like those of their dragon girlfriend).



* Manga/AhMyGoddess is one of the classics of the genre, which avoids most of the classic pitfalls. Keiichi is an UnluckyEverydude, but he's not a complete loser, Belldandy is a domestic goddess but not without depth, the progress of their relationship is sweet and believable (albeit EXTREMELY slow), and the plot doesn't solely focus on their relationship, although that's a big part of it.

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* Manga/AhMyGoddess ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' is one of the classics of the genre, which avoids most of the classic pitfalls. Keiichi is an UnluckyEverydude, but he's not a complete loser, Belldandy is a domestic goddess but not without depth, the progress of their relationship is sweet and believable (albeit EXTREMELY slow), and the plot doesn't solely focus on their relationship, although that's a big part of it.it.
* Widely considered a CultClassic and, despite or because of it being a brutal {{Deconstruction}}, ''VisualNovel/SayaNoUta'' gained fame because the story combines CosmicHorror with a MagicalGirlfriend (the titular Saya) who looks cute to protagonist Fuminori (due to his vision being corrupted, making everything except Saya look, sound and taste horrific) and genuinely loves him, but Saya is also an ApocalypseMaiden who has no issues with torturing and killing humans (and then eating them), while dragging Fuminori down the abyss. Ultimately however it is still a MonsterSobStory that is simply about two StarCrossedLovers.
3rd Jun '15 7:50:59 AM TheNerfGuy
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After that, the second trope is usually the [[HaremGenre Harem]]: The bevy of additional characters, usually [[MoeMoe cute females]], that end up getting drawn into the hero's life by the presence of the Girlfriend. You may not ''want'' a [[HaremGenre harem]], but it's important to consider.

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After that, the second trope is usually the [[HaremGenre Harem]]: The bevy of additional characters, usually [[MoeMoe [[{{Moe}} cute females]], that end up getting drawn into the hero's life by the presence of the Girlfriend. You may not ''want'' a [[HaremGenre harem]], but it's important to consider.
30th Mar '15 1:07:06 PM nombretomado
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* Make the MagicalGirlfriend utterly psychotic and incredibly violent, with MAYBE a reason to feel sympathy for her. ''ElfenLied'' pulled this off magnificently with Lucy, and actually turned her into a sympathetic character over the last few episodes.

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* Make the MagicalGirlfriend utterly psychotic and incredibly violent, with MAYBE a reason to feel sympathy for her. ''ElfenLied'' ''Manga/ElfenLied'' pulled this off magnificently with Lucy, and actually turned her into a sympathetic character over the last few episodes.
21st Feb '15 2:28:55 PM fruitstripegum
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** Works that has lot of action scene sometime avoid UnluckyEverydude by made the man a fine person, even BadassNormal one, it's just that he CantCatchUp with the MagicalGirlWarrior heroine (and this is also a good source for drama).

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** Works that has have a lot of action scene scenes sometime avoid UnluckyEverydude by made making the man a fine person, even a BadassNormal one, it's just that he CantCatchUp with the MagicalGirlWarrior heroine (and this is also a good source for drama).
28th Dec '14 11:27:47 PM DVB
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* Instead of the hero being [[ChasteHero utterly clueless]] about the girls' crush(es) on him, how about having him actually try to work out some of his feelings about how he loves the girls and in what way, then try to deal with it directly and honestly.

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* Instead of the hero being [[ChasteHero utterly clueless]] about the girls' crush(es) on him, how about having him actually try to work out some of his feelings about how he loves the girls and in what way, then try to deal with it directly and honestly. Alternately, explore in-depth why someone may be oblivious to the crushes. Because of the impartial third-person perspective, the audience may not fully comprehend how your character sees the world
6th Dec '14 3:21:23 PM fruitstripegum
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* Magical Girlfriend stories often include LoveObstructingParents, who either a) hate the hero's guts, or b)try to push the relationship along in an extremely rushed and tacky way. Well, how about parents, siblings or whatever who actually ''approve'' of the relationship, and let it evolve at its own pace (although they may try to speed things up a ''little'')? If you must have them disapprove of the relationship, make sure they have a good reason for doing so (perhaps the heroine will become an ordinary mortal if she consummates the relationship). And instead of the heroine being a NaiveEverygirl who is oblivious to all their antics, have her realize what's going on, and give her family a telling off for interfering in her love life.

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* Magical Girlfriend stories often include LoveObstructingParents, who either a) hate the hero's guts, or b)try b) try to push the relationship along in an extremely rushed and tacky way. Well, how about parents, siblings or whatever who actually ''approve'' of the relationship, and let it evolve at its own pace (although they may try to speed things up a ''little'')? If you must have them disapprove of the relationship, make sure they have a good reason for doing so (perhaps the heroine will become an ordinary mortal if she consummates the relationship). And instead of the heroine being a NaiveEverygirl who is oblivious to all their antics, have her realize what's going on, and give her family a telling off for interfering in her love life.
6th Jun '14 9:28:22 AM SeptimusHeap
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We all know the story: UnluckyEverydude suddenly gets lucky, REAL lucky. You've SeenItAMillionTimes, but you're ready to give it your own shot. Well, TV Tropes, as always, is here to give you some pointers.


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We all know the story: UnluckyEverydude suddenly gets lucky, REAL lucky. You've SeenItAMillionTimes, seen it already, but you're ready to give it your own shot. Well, TV Tropes, as always, is here to give you some pointers.

4th Aug '13 12:36:46 AM Kuruni
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** Let's get into detail here. This ending is a BitterSweetEnding, the magical girlfriend alway has genuine love toward the hero, but she can't be with him for whatever reason. Often, TheMagicGoesAway with her as well, and the OfficialCouple may [[LaserGuidedAmnesia not remember the whole events at all]]. Why? This ending is really [[AnAesop a parting message to the audiences]], "No matter how beautiful the fantasy is, you still need to be with mundane reality.". In order to pull this ending well enough, make sure that the magical girlfriend, your embodiment of fantasy, did all of her work before departing, that's to invoke CharacterDevelopment of other. The hero should be less of loser, the ChildhoodFriend with CannotSpitItOut problem should found her strength to confess to the hero, the AlphaBitch who seem cruel to the hero should has revealed her HiddenHeartOfGold, etc. Compare it to AllJustADream, it isn't bad if you learn something from it and wake up wiser. Fail to do that, and this ending will be a rude waking.
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