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[[caption-width-right:350:Puella Magica Ad Astra.[[note]][[http://ttshieronym.tumblr.com/image/66149398874 Poster by Erylia Starheart]]. [[http://xkick.deviantart.com/art/Shizuki-Ryouko-411944364 Ryouko Shizuki design by XKick]].[[/note]]]]

->''"Kyubey promised that humanity will reach the stars one day. The Incubator tactfully refrained from saying too much about what they would find there."''

[[WarWasBeginning In the latter half of the 25th century, humanity finds itself locked in total war against alien invaders.]]

The Cephalopods attacked without warning and for no discernible reason. Their weapons have a significant technological edge over humans, and the science with which they build their [[PortalNetwork wormhole generators]] to spread into human space is inconceivable to humanity's most brilliant minds and AIs. The only hope for turning the battle in humanity's favor lies within its aloof allies: the enigmatic Incubators, and the direct consequences of their meddling into human affairs: nigh-invulnerable augmented superhumans able to bend the rules of causality itself.

They are known as... [[MagicalGirl magical girls]].

[[http://fanfiction.net/s/7406866 To the Stars]] is a distant sequel to ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Madoka Magica]]'', taking place several centuries after the anime's epilogue. Featuring a detailed exploration of the possible future, it is one of the most thorough Madoka Magica world-building fics.

Two surviving characters from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Mami and Kyouko, are also main characters in this fic, and Yuma from ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'' appears in a supporting role. The third and central protagonist, Ryouko Shizuki, is a girl whose entry into the world of magical girls [[NewMeat begins a little after the story's start]].

Just to give prospective readers an idea of how long it is, the first 100K words alone cover just the first 24 hours of the story. Despite its length, ''To the Stars'' will capture your interest if you're at all interested in realistic assessment of how would the existence [[TheUnmasquedWorld and eventual public acceptance]] of Puella Magi affect mankind for the next few centuries, and what would it look like if magical girls were starring in [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness rather hard]] MilitaryScienceFiction set in an elaborate, massively detailed world of the 25th century.

Dark and deconstructive elements as well as interpersonal drama, however, have been toned down - which, however, is expected as the story is set after the original series' uplifting ending. [[note]]The fic began before the release of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' and ignores events from the film, although WordOfGod has considered the possibility of incorporating some references to these.[[/note]]

The epic tale can be found [[http://fanfiction.net/s/7406866 here]], the Wiki [[http://tts.determinismsucks.net/wiki/Main_Page here]] and the author's Tumblr [[http://ttshieronym.tumblr.com here]], featuring additional details (see sidebar) along with answers to reader-submitted questions.

Character page under construction.

!!Tropes found in the stars include:

* AbnormalAmmo: Human weapons are advanced enough that the officer's sidearm is able to assemble specialized ammunition on the fly and shoot grenades, missiles, or even small drones from the same clip. However, alien weaponry still has an advantage as it's mostly energy based, and dependent on a compact but massively powerful energy source that seems to be quite hard to reverse-engineer or replicate.
* AIIsACrapshoot: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. AIs are common all throughout society and are respected sentients.
* AlienInvasion: What's the worst enemy of a Magical Girl? Aliens with [[CombatTentacles plenty of tentacles]]. UnfortunateImplications ahoy!
* AliensAndMonsters: Hey, ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer!
* AliensAreBastards: And how!
* AllDeathsFinal: Mostly. Magic and SufficientlyAdvancedTechnology can heal almost anything except major brain injury; the mental information and/or soul can't be restored sufficiently. Magical girls can survive losing their entire bodies [[spoiler:(they each have a BodyBackupDrive, and can sometimes regenerate a body without one)]], but if their soul gem breaks, they're gone for good.
* AllThereInTheManual: Hieronym has a tumblr account dedicated to miscellaneous information from this series. It can be found [[http://ttshieronym.tumblr.com/ here.]]
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Aliens seem to be like this.
* AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield: After the Magical Girls spring their trap during the Battle of New Athens. All ''100,000 of them''.
* ArtificialGravity: Present and [[HandWave hand-waved]]. While it's not said to be reliant on some kind of AppliedPhlebotinum, it's apparently unreliable by the virtue of being relatively new. Thus, humanity is in no hurry to switch everything from ordinary propulsion systems such as scramjets even if they require runways and other infrastructure, because all said infrastructure is already in place.
* [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fangirl]]: Ryouko lapses into a bit of hero worship when she happens to see Mami.
** Repeated later when she meets Clarisse van Rossum.
* AttackDrone[=/=]DroneDeployer: Drones of various roles are standard issue on both sides of the war. Patricia has it as her prime magical specialization, being able to create autonomous devices from scratch, as well use magic to augment and control conventional ones; such ability is very rare if not unique.
* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: From eudaimonia to dysgeusia, you'll be reaching for your dictionary on this one.
* BackstabBackfire: [[SubvertedTrope Double subversion]] - the backstab was accidental, and so was the backfire.
* BadassPreacher: Kyouko, full stop. The other leaders of the Cult of Hope all qualify as well, being Magical Girls.
* BarrierWarrior: Usually paired with a teleporting magical girl. [[spoiler:Homura was also this, when she stopped a giant WaveMotionGun by flying straight to it, halting it by a simple wave of hand, and reflecting it back to the ship. After that, there wasn't a single weapon capable of harming her.]]
* {{Biopic}}: The holomovie ''Akemi'', an unapologetic piece of pro-MSY {{propaganda}} produced based on surviving historical records and interviews with the surviving members of the Mitakihara Four. [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory Some liberties]] were taken.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: Less sinister than most uses of this trope, but the Orwellian undertones are unavoidable.
* BigDamnHeroes: Mami and Kyubey save [[spoiler:Ryouko and Simona]] from a horde of Demons at the last second. Much earlier, Kyouko, Mami, and Homura [[spoiler:saved and 'befriended' Yuma]] under similar circumstances.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: ''Every'' Matriarchy, to the more cynical members and outsiders.
* BileFascination: In-universe Ryouko is a little too absorbed in examining [[spoiler:her (still living and recovering, if a little uncomfortable) grandfather's bloody stumps where the legs used to be.]]
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Kyoukoís lecture on the pulpit accuses the Judeo-Christian god of being unable to understand humanity because their morality system is so different from humanityís. The Incubators suffer the same problem in relation to humanity. One of the principle, though lesser known roles of a major division in the MSY is to serve as an advisory body for the Incubators with regards to human affairs.
* BodyBackupDrive: [[spoiler: If a magical girl's body is destroyed, her gem may generate a new one from inert matter using a massive amount of grief cubes, but the amount is somewhat reduced if it's provided with a body template as close to the original as possible. Thus, clone bodies are created for all magical girls on the front lines. This is kept a secret from the civilians to avoid {{Squick}} and [[ExpendableClone potential sentiments about clone rights]], even if the clones are purposefully made absolutely nonsentient and inert to avoid such concerns.]]
* BookEnds: The final chapters of Book 1 and 2 ends with Ryouko leaving from Earth and begins with her returning to Earth, respectively. In the former, she leaves what she thinks as a boring tedium of Earth and sets out to find her purpose in the universe. In the latter, she finds out that [[spoiler:with her public status as Hero of Orpheus, her Parent's divorce, Grandmother's death, Asami's "ressurection" and a talk with Madoka about her plans leaves Ryouko uncertain of her future and wishing for some semblance of stable direction.]]
* BrainComputerInterface: Direct Connection Cable, used for virtual training and running spaceships. The business end is just a tape with microneedles instead of a large typical cyberpunk plug, so no need for sockets in the body.
* BreakingTheFellowship: After the Battle of New Athens.
* BroughtDownToNormal: The truth behind [[spoiler:Ryouko's mother, Nakase. She was once a magical girl (and looked almost like a PaletteSwap of Ryouko), but had her body destroyed, and a traumatized Nana, who had already been worried sick about her, wished to restore Nakase to how she was before she made her contract.]]
* BugWar: Versus mysterious StarfishAliens, no less.
* CanonDiscontinuity: ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion The Rebellion]]'' Movie; ''To The Stars'' started when when the possibility of season 2 were just vague rumors, and was well under way when the continuation movie was announced, so Hieronym preemptively stated that movie would most likely not be relevant to ''[=TtS=]'' on the very high chance that it will [[{{Jossed}} joss]] the entire premise of the fic as it almost always happens in cases like this, unless it somehow complemented the fic, [[spoiler: which is kinda funny when by some coincidence the Movie turned to be VERY similar, but ultimately different, to what Hieronym had in mind for the hypothetical post-''[=TtS=]'' story]].
* CassandraTruth: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] by the Cult; they take visions seriously.
* CherryTapping: At first, the aliens used gratuitous ground assault to annihilate colonies instead of bombing them from orbit, apparently to mock the puny humans. After the magical girls joined the fight and massacred the aliens with incomprehensible weapons, they were forced to recognize humans as an actual threat and start fighting them seriously.
* ChildSoldier: When manpower was still lacking, many freshly-contracted magical girls went straight to the front lines. Without their efforts, [[NecessaryEvil humanity might well have fallen]].
** Once the situation became less dire, and political pressure grew, the military decided that quality was better than quantity, especially considering the scarcity of Puella Magi, and withdrew magical girls under 13 year old from direct battle to give them training. This was, at least, a slight improvement. Continuing pressure from forces within the government to completely avoid this sort of use has been steadily growing.
* ChurchMilitant: Every member of the Cult of Hope is a superpowered Magical Girl with a military commission and has dedicated her life to fighting Demons ''and'' Aliens. Forget this at your peril.
* ClassifiedInformation: Some epigraphs have this, meant for eyes with correct clearance.
* CommunicationsOfficer: In addition to the usual [=ComOfficers=], the Magical Girls with advanced telepathic powers serve this role as well.
* TheConspiracy: Thereís something strange going on that Mami, Kyouko, nor Yuma can figure out. [[spoiler: Said conspiracy may have a hand in Ryouko's vision of Kyouko's death, what with the targeting and intent to completely destroy her soul gem as the [[LudicrousGibs results seem to indicate.]]]]
** Somewhere along the way, the MSY stopped being a simple Magical Girl union and became a secret pseudo-government for the whole humanity. Now less so after they revealed themselves.
* TheCorruption: Magical girls are constantly fighting not to succumb to this and fade away. [[spoiler: Homura isnít being allowed to go, her wish still active and preventing her passing.]]
* CosmicRetcon: The opening of chapter 16 mentions that wishes can change the past, and speculates that "the most powerful wishes are the ones we don't know about". Oh, how right they are. [[spoiler: Ryoko's wish may have done this.]]
* CrazyPrepared: Might as well be the Mahou Shoujo Youkai's calling card... although even they didn't plan for an alien invasion. They ''did'' have a fleet of stealth ships, though, and equipment for space combat.
** They also learned to prepare decoy targets and shielding for soul gems, to keep them from being destroyed by savvy foes; they even put the shielding on the decoys so that enemies would have to try all the targets and hope to get lucky before the magical girls get them. [[spoiler: Although the ruse doesn't always work.]]
* CrystalDragonJesus: The Goddess is starting to gain traction and popularity even among the non-contracted to the point she starts to replace the Judeo-Christian deity as a figure of speech. This is likely due to disillusionment with conventional religions, the Cult of Hope's teachings being non-dogmatic and easy to empathize with, and a significant amount of evidence that she actually exists.
* {{Cult}}: The Cult of Hope, led by Kyouko. Created after [[spoiler: Homuraís miraculous superpowered destruction of an entire alien fleet while having a completely corrupted soul gem]] convinced her that Homuraís ramblings about the Goddess were true.
* DeadGuyJunior:
** [[spoiler:Not that naming the kid "Sayaka" gained Hitomi any ground in Kyouko's eyes.]]
** [[spoiler:Ryouko's maternal grandmother is named Madoka, and the one to suggest that name was "Madoka's" own grandfather, Tatsuya Kaname.]]
* DeathFromAbove: Orbital bombardment with starship capital weapons.
* DecontaminationChamber: The medical bay has one of these. Ryouko isn't a big fan of the searing UV cleanser or the skittering robobugs.
* DefectorFromDecadence: Many from the Freedom Alliance before and during the Unification Wars, most notably a group a [=AIs=] who were so horrified by the atrocities committed by the FA hyperclass elite that they rebelled against their programming and defected to the United Front.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Homura]] hit this after the major battle when the magical girls revealed themselves to humanity and the attacking aliens.
* DeusExMachina: Played with in chapter 29, appropriately named ''Deus'' (or ''Dea'' in this case) ''ex Gemma'', where [[spoiler: Madoka appears before Ryouko in a vision and tells her what to do with her new found applications of her Wormhole[=/=]Black Hole-based teleportation powers. The trope is played with both in the literal sense (because Madoka technically doesn't do anything herself to resolve the situation at hand besides providing information to act upon) and figurative one (Ryouko's ability to turn the tide of battle doesn't come out of left field as her affinity with distortions of time-space has been repeatedly foreshadowed.)]]
** In addition, the tide of battle is never really changed because the chapter introduces a DiabolusExMachina [[spoiler:(there's a huge super-double-ultra-cloaked alien fleet set to ambush and wipe out the humans)]] only to immediately resolve it with a DeusExMachina [[spoiler:(Ryouko gains the EleventhHourSuperpower to manipulate the wormhole and warps the whole fleet back through it)]].
* DivideAndConquer: The Human Fleet are forced into this situation after the failed raid on the wormhole generator.
* DoNotGoGentle: After nearly draining her soul gem, [[spoiler:Homura]] goes on a suicidal last counterattack. [[spoiler:Subverted when she not only survives, but claims that she ''cannot die'' because Madoka won't let her, and wanders off to become a DeathSeeker.]]
* DoorStopper: As one reviewer puts it:"...Fun fact: To the Stars is now longer than the first two Harry Potter books combined." It is also, as of September 2013, the longest PMMM fic on Fanfiction.net.
* DraftDodging: Many parents try to make sure that their daughters would not contract. Most of the time it doesn't make a difference or backfires.
* DueToTheDead: [[spoiler:Ryouko has to attend three in close succession: The first one is an informal remembrance ceremony for her fallen [=MagOps=] teammates, the second one is a state funeral for Roland Erwynmark, and the third one is for her grandmother, whom she remembers from childhood, but not much beyond that.]]
* DuringTheWar: At the start of the story the war was already going for twenty years.
* {{Dystopia}}: Straddles the line between this and {{Utopia}}, like a bizarrely happy ''Franchise/StarshipTroopers''.
** The Earth in 2100s before the Unification Wars, with extreme separation between the Ultra-Rich Hyperclass elite and the Ultra-Poor lower class caused by the near total automation of labor.
* DystopianEdict: Generally avoided, but rules prohibiting parents from discouraging their daughters to become Magical Girls cross the line. Fortunately, it's almost never enforced.
* EasyEvangelism: Attempted halfheartedly by the Cult, but neither side of the exchange is portrayed in a negative light.
* EasyLogistics: Averted, and the one of the big reasons the aliens have not conquered humanity already: Their lines of supply are way too far for any practical mobilization that would swiftly defeat the humans, so they try circumvent it with the wormhole generators, one of which was destroyed sometime in the past, and the second one under construction is the focus of the second book.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: MSY has one in Mitakihara that's half-church and half-military garrison.
* {{Epigraph}}: Each chapter starts with one or two excerpts from in-universe works such as history books, instructions, documentations, documentaries etc. etc, that are relevant to the chapter. And one ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''.
* EmotionSuppression: Comes as a part of the emergency features of the nanomachines every civilian has, and the soldiers pretty much have them turned on all the time during combat. Those also do not work that well with the Magical Girls, since their very existence is tied to their emotional state, and tends to backfire when the soul gems and suppressor implants enter in conflict. [[spoiler:Asaka got hit ''hard'' by it after Alice's death, as shown during her flash-back in chapter 33.]]
* EncyclopediaExposita: Frames every chapter, as above.
* EternalEnglish: Human Standard is a variation of English, but implants translate everything anyway.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: In addition to an avalanche of hopeful ArrangedMarriage suitors, two of Ryouko's female friends have tried to ask her out and/or kissed her.
* EverythingIsOnline: All of human society is wired into a single network. [[SerialExperimentsLain Lain]] would feel right at home.
* {{Expy}}: The Aliens are pretty much the Ceph from ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'', but a few centuries late.
* FamedInStory: Tomoe Mami is one of the top human military officers; Sakura Kyouko founded the only religion that's still gaining members; Chitose Yuma is the face of Magical Girls in the government; Akemi Homura is a hero venerated for her role in saving humanity.
** TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: Miki Sayaka's role in the Mitakihara Four is mostly glazed over in-verse, [[spoiler:due to her early death and the others' unwillingness to expound upon the topic. Kyouko honours her in her own way, though, and once donated a sizeable amount to have a school named after her.]] Kure Kirika also seems to have been washed from records of the Southern Group, though that's more of a ''villain'' story. And of course there's Madoka, [[spoiler:whose story is only known for sure by Homura, who was usually vague about most details when telling about it to others. The only info she concretely provided was that she was a human who ascended and that her wish brought hope to Puella Magi. It took several Ribbon visions for the Cult of Hope to deduce anything about Madoka's physical appearance, and they only know that she wears pure white. Very recently, they learned that her hair is pink.]]
* FamilyBusiness: Itís noted at one point that the temperament for becoming a magical girl runs in families, informally known as Matriarchies. Some families even call becoming a magical girl the [[ShapedLikeItself family business]]! Some of the older generations girls, like Kyouko are understandably unhappy about this because how difficult their life were as magical girls. It is strongly implied that some of these families are extremely influential.
* FamilyDisunion: Ryouko's farewell party.
* FantasticRecruitmentDrive: The MSY has been much more open about this since gaining the government's support thanks to the war. Parents are less than thrilled.
** Started to overlap with MutantDraftBoard ever since the war started. Every fresh recruit is required to serve for 30 years (or until the cessation of hostilities) in the military. Given the dire straits humanity would be in otherwise, very few seem to object.
* FeudingFamilies: The Shizuki and Kuroi matriarchies do not get along, and Ryouko's parents, members of these two families, where treated as outcasts for marrying, only "reconciling" when Ryouko contracted.
* FieldPowerEffect: Magical girl powers grow stronger when in proximity to a natural manifestation of their associated "element", such as electrical atmospheric disturbances for Misa, warps in the fabric of time-space for Ryuoko and historical moments for Clarisse, respectively. [[spoiler:Ryouko's teleportation powers in particular get an EleventhHourSuperpower boost in Chapter 29 due to her being in the middle of a massive timespace distortion, and said distortion making her subconsciously understand the nature of her powers, thus being able to use them on the greater scale.]]
* ForceFieldDoor: Rare outside of ships and the like, but the Mitakihara base has at least two: one protecting the arena, and one in the Ribbon Shrine.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:Someone mentions that since Mami is Ryouko's mentor, Ryouko is likely headed to Mami's command staff. Several chapters later, she gets transferred out of her current squad and promoted to 1st LT by command of Mami.]]
* FreudianCouch: Present in Interlude II during the therapy session. Asaka notes that it is centuries out of fashion.
* FTLRadio: Exists.
* TheFuture: The story is set a few hundred years in the future. Much of this fanfiction's appeal stems from its very detailed world building, and exploration of this trope.
* TheFutureWillBeBetter: While [[GreatOffscreenWar the Unification Wars]] were a very troubled period in mankind's history, eventually reason prevailed and human society ultimately turned out for the better. Most of mankind's problems have been solved through cooperation and advanced technology, and Earth would've been a genuine {{Utopia}} if it wasn't for the [[OutsideContextVillain sudden appearance of invading aliens]].
* FuturisticSuperhighway: Travel pods pick up people and take them to their destination. Mami has her own, which is seen as extravagant.
* {{Gayngst}}: Averted in the time the story's set in, but in the first interlude, it's [[spoiler:part of Yuu's motivation to run away from home]].
* GenerationShips: Considered as a last resort before the tide of the war turned.
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: The Freedom Alliance abused it in the Unification War.
* GenreSavvy: Kyouko and her council learn of an ominous vision predicting her death. What do they do? Why, take the matter 100% seriously and plan her itinerary to avoid placing her in that sort of situation. This is stated to be cult policy regarding prophecies.
* {{GIRL}}: Mentioned in Interlude II, where Asaka is somewhat uncomfortable with the practice, and is really grateful that she knows for sure that her Virtual-MMO teammate with a female avatar is also a girl in real life.
* GoalInLife: The Cult of Hope explicitly exists to provide one of these to Magical Girls who would otherwise become angsty.
* GodBeforeDogma: The official stance of the Cult of Hope. There are no holy books or articles of faith and everyone is free to intemperate just what that 'Hope' means for them. The [[SinglePreceptReligion only exceptions]] are the existence of a Goddess and Homura's role as her prophet.
* GodzillaThreshold: Both sides of the Unification Wars crossed the lines that would have been considered unthinkable before the war, but accepted as a necessary part of war effort during it, the [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Freedom Alliance]] more so than the United Front. One side effect of this is that due to both sides modifying their whole populations for the sake of survival, those who conducted research on longevity suddenly found that the human bodies had an essentially complete infrastructure for the necessary steps for achieving effective immortality.
* GoodIsBoring: Ryouko certainly thinks that utopia is bland.
* GoodMorningCrono
* GondorCallsForAid: The Battle of New Athens, except Gondor was like [[BrokenMasquerade "Who the hell are you guys?"]]
* {{Gorn}}: The story occasionally verges into this in its descriptions of combat.
* GreatOffscreenWar: The Unification War.
* GuiltyPleasure: In the cinema where the movie is playing, several full-grown male adults screaming Tiro Finale in unison when Mami in-screen does. The real Mami, also present at the screening, had to restrain herself too!
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: In Ryouko's Ribbon-inducting vision, Kyouko is seemingly killed by an explosion of a submarine railgun and her top half was vaporized along with her soul gem. Then, the magical girl council [[AwesomenessByAnalysis deduces a foul play in said future disastrous mission with just verbal descriptions from a girl that isn't exactly sure about the details herself]].
* HandsOnApproach: Ryouko expects this, but it turns out to be unnecessary.
* HappyMarriageCharade: Ryouko's parents.
* HeartbrokenBadass: Kyouko's still not over Sayaka, Homura is presumably ''still'' WalkingTheEarth on a hopeless mission for love of Madoka, and they're far from the only ones who fit this description for somebody.
* HeavilyArmoredMook: Human RedShirts need to wear PoweredArmor just to carry weapons that can damage Alien infantry, making both sides examples.
* HeroicRROD: The death-knell for any Magical Girl. [[spoiler:Well, any Magical Girl not named Akemi Homura.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Misa deciding to summon a massive lightning storm on an alien power core by using her body as a conduit. Subverted in that she hands her [[SoulJar soul gem]] to Clarisse for safekeeping and thus [[BodyBackupDrive fully expects to get better]] if the rest of the team survives.]]
* HiddenArmyReveal: [[spoiler:The Alien's true plan with the wormhole generator battle was to use this on weakened human fleet. Then Madoka intervened.]]
* HigherTechSpecies: The aliens attacking humanity. Good thing they don't have their own magical abilities granted by the Incubators, eh?
* HijackedByJesus: The Catholic Church's in-story attempt to 'claim' Kyouko's growing Cult for themselves. It mostly fails because the Cult's teachings emphasize [[GodIsFlawed the inability of God to relate to His creations]] and instead venerate an [[TheSoulsaver extremely nebulous 'Goddess']] who died for ''Magical Girls'', not humanity itself.
* {{Hologram}}: They're common. Yuma's AI partner, MG, is an example.
* HotScientist: Patricia has shades of this.
* HumansAdvanceSwiftly: Thanks to the MSY running crazy research from behind the scenes.
* HyperspeedAmbush: A supply raid by aliens ''during'' the hyperspace travel.
* {{Hypocrite}}: In a moment of frustrated anger, Ryouko accused of Kyouko of this after the latter gives relationship advice despite the troubles between her and Maki.
* IdleRich: The Hyperclass before and during the Unification Wars is a dark, extreme version of this trope. Even the Magical Girls were not immune to this.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: [[spoiler: Ryoko's wish is essentially this]], as revealed in chapter 16.
* {{Immortality}}: Humans are functionally immortal thanks to nanotechnology.
** TheAgeless
** ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: For the population at large. Magical Girls like to remain in their mid teens as a show of solidarity.
** LivingForeverIsAwesome: The common view; most people don't angst about it at all. Those who do are free to join the military.
** WhoWantsToLiveForever: Ryouko's grandpa feels this way.
* ItsRainingMen: The [=MagOps=] method of infiltration on the planet with the incomplete Wormhole Generator they were sent to destroy. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the Cephs were ProperlyParanoid and nuked them out of the sky, all due to slightest disturbance on the sensors.]]
* InSeriesNickname: The Mitakihara Four, a group of magical girls that led their kind in their survival, revolutionary history, and finally, acceptance in society.
* InstantExpert: Magical Girls are born knowing how to fight. You can also call up a frightening amount of data on cue if you have the right implants and clearance.
* ItGetsEasier: Ryouko is assured as much.
* {{Invisibility}}[=/=]StealthInSpace: From technological cloaking fields to magical girl's spells. [[spoiler:The aliens have a much greater mastery of this technology, being able to cloak an entire fleet.]]
* JobStealingRobot: The creation of Volokhov [=AIs=] accelerated the replacement of human labor with the automated one to the extreme levels.
* KansasCityShuffle: Mami and the rest of General Staff hopes that their attack on the wormhole generator will pull enough defenses to attack the fleet so that the [=MagOps=] team will slip by and destroy the generator, while praying for the aliens not to notice this. [[spoiler:And then the aliens made their own shuffle with the reinforcements coming from the unexpectedly operational wormhole, which itself was just a bait to lure in the majority of the human fleet in the sector, so that they, exhausted and at their weakest after their apparent but costly victory over the aliens, will be ambushed by the Aliens' real trump card: The large alien fleet that was cloaked nearby... and at this point Madoka decided that enough was enough and manipulated events so that the alien fleet will dumped through the wormhole]].
* KillAllHumans: Say what you will about the Aliens, at least they know when to keep things simple.
* TheKindnapper: An accepted Magical Girl practice is to chain rogue girls to a bed and out of reach of their soul gems until they have a change of heart. It's called "befriending." Mostly practiced before MSY became an official entity, but still effective to this day.
* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: Quickly [[AvertedTrope averted]]. Alien lasers are where it's at. However, the humans come up with a fairly effective projectile weapon, one that fires shells containing bits of exotic matter with highly adjustable use, and though it is in many ways inferior to its Ceph counterpart, it's still more versatile and an inventive use of less advanced technology.
* LamarckWasRight: It's already said the psychology that makes the girls form their contract has a tendency to be inherited to the descendants, making magical girls into some kind of FamilyBusiness. The same is also can be said to Ryouko, who Mami and Kyouko have found out to be from a bloodline that is really dense of the contractees from both sides of her families, and only does not become one herself for this long because of her parents' interference (and their estrangement from most of their relatives).
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Used by Magical Girls on non-contractees to uphold the {{Masquerade}} before their reveal, frequently used in therapy to stall the Soul Gem corruption, and by Black Heart for their special ops. [[spoiler:Homura used this on Ryouko's grandmother, who is named Kaname Madoka after her grandaunt, as a part of Tatsuya's request to shield her from anything magical girl-related.]]
* TheLeader: Mami, the main representative of the magical girls in the army; Kyouko, the leader of the Cult of Hope; Yuma, the main representative of the magical girls in politic; Homura, the representative of power and hope for most of the magical girls [[spoiler: who has disappeared to find the reason that Madoka hasn't come to take her to paradise after her soul gem became completely corrupted]]. In short, the Mitakihara Four is an example of AuthorityEqualsAsskicking.
* LieToTheBeholder: Only Magical Girls and special agents can do this legally. Mami abuses it to watch a movie in peace.
* LighterAndSofter: Nowhere as dark in tone as [[PuellaMagiMadokaMagica the original series]], partly due to the consequences of Madoka's CosmicRetcon, and partly because the magical girls themselves became organized on a global level, no longer need to keep their existence a secret, are respected and valued for their unique skills and contribution, and gained copious reserves of GenreSavvy. That said, the story takes place in the middle of a huge interstellar war against a seemingly xenocidal, far-more-advanced alien race, and plenty of people--normals and magical girls alike--die in droves.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Mami and [[FieryRedhead Kyouko]]. Ironically, their roles are somewhat reversed from what you'd expect.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: [[http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/8444/ttsrelationshipchartsma.png Behold.]]
* LotusEaterMachine: [[spoiler: Chapter 33 take place in Asaka's self-imposed one after Alice's death, set before the events of the story]]
* MagicalSociety: The Mahou Shoujo Youkai become this.
* TheMagocracy: MSY is ''big''. It has a stake in just about every aspect of Earth's government, industry, science and military matters, plenty of resources and subordinate organizations, is supported by subordinate corporations, and is none too keen about disclosing its affairs to the general public. However, it still abides by the rules set up by democratic consensus of Earth's governance at large. This respect for authority might come from the fact that the Governance aren't ordinary humans either, but mostly AIs and heavily augmented and networked humans which fill the role of mediators.
* MakeAWish: In exchange for letting Kyubey put your soul in a gem and making you fight demons until your gem goes dark. In theory. In practice, your participation in demon hunting is likely to be a token affair with minimal risk involved and you'll have ample gem cleansing cubes in exchange for cooperating with MSY... which, right now, demands you to fight an interstellar war against an enemy far more dangerous than any demon.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: The combat drugs and stimulants make it so that the Soldiers will have this reaction on various injuries.
* MegaCorp: Mahou Shoujo Youkai started as a delivery service, and eventually ran ''several'' Mega Corps.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: [[AvertedTrope Thoroughly averted]] by the time the story starts as all humans now have biological immortality.
* MementoMacGuffin: Madokaís ribbons, which have never worn after hundreds of years, one of which Homura has and the other which she gave to Kyouko. The latter resides in the Cult of Hopeís main base, open to all magical girls to see. The ribbon is also said to give visions of the future and a glimpse of the Goddess herself.
* TheMenInBlack: The Black Hearts, who are so secret that even knowing about their true existence requires security clearance, though conspiracy theories abound.
* MildlyMilitary: The MSY military isn't big on regulations for regulations' sake, with numerous justifications. Every recruit already has instinctual combat ability and going DrillSergeantNasty on them would be a very bad idea due to the fact their very lives are dependent on their emotional stability. As such, instead of being put through a MilitarySchool, new magical girls are instead given a crash course mostly consisting of VirtualTrainingSimulation in order to learn coordination and teamwork. Due to future technology, they are able to master the required knowledge in a matter of two weeks. When on active duty, they are allowed many civilian comforts within reason due to, once again, the importance of maintaining a coherent emotional state.
* AMillionIsAStatistic: In the attack on the wormhole generator, the human fleet suffered 44 thousand casualties in personnel just from the first missile barrage from what is only an outer layer of alien defense, and expecting at least million casualties. [[Spoiler: After all is said and done, it reaches around 1.5 million from the combat casualties alone.]]
* ModestyBedsheet: These exist, as noted by Ryouko [[spoiler:during Asami's "resurrection".]]
* MoreExpendableThanYou: The military's policy is for regular soldiers to keep Magical Girls alive [[HeroSecretService at any cost]]. Notably, both sides are somewhat indoctrinated with this mentality (or the inverse of it, in the case of magical girls) and aware of their role in it--and since all non-magical girl soldiers are at least 100 year-old volunteers (whereas magical girls can be fighting on the front lines when, say, merely 14), normal soldiers are fully willing and even eager to sacrifice themselves to save the lives of magical girls. As someone put it, they all remind the centennials of their grandchildren in some way, and the usually-teenage appearance of magical girls only fuels the protective instincts further. Of course, there are many cases of magical girls ignoring this directive and putting themselves at tremendous risk to save the lives of their comrades, though this is officially frowned upon.
* MST3KMantra: Used in-universe by Mami when noting inaccuracies in a movie about Homura.
-->''Settle down, Tomoe-san,'' she thought. ''It's just entertainment. No need to get worked up.''
* MultigenerationalHousehold: Common, considering the lack of aging. Ryouko's family is one of them.
* MultinationalTeam: The MSY.
* MundaneUtility: Some of the uses the girls find for their powers just make everyday life easier. Yuma is the queen of this trope.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: For dealing with insane Magical Girls, or at least it was until the Mental Health Division started rehabilitating them. [[spoiler:Occasionally, it still is the best solution.]]
* MysteriousWatcher: Joanne Valentin, with the extra uncertainty of not knowing whether she's good, bad, or just there.
* MysteryCult: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. The Cult of Light looks like it could be this, but the upper echelons don't have a clue what it is they're worshipping either.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Erwynmark's small mining hometown is full of places named after him, [[spoiler:, even more so after his death]].
* NamingYourColonyWorld: Humans love New Something and Names-the-Same. And in Chapter 20 there is a discussion on why would someone name the colony Acheron, a river of pain in hell of Ancient Greek Mythology.
* NeoAfrica: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. Africa is mentioned to be just as prosperous as Japan.
* {{Nepotism}}: One of the symptoms of the Matriarchies.
* NeutralNoLonger: The Mahou Shoujo Youkai after it decided to take an active role in society.
* NGOSuperpower: Mahou Shoujo Youkai. What ''didn't'' they meddle in?
* NoIAmBehindYou: The Teleporter-type Magical Girls' instinctive use of their power. Or, as a gag T-shirt puts it, [[FreudWasRight "Teleporters do it from behind!"]]
* NoNewFashionsInTheFuture: Military uniforms are still traditional, and Kyouko's followers like to wear jeans and t-shirts. It's debatable how much of the second one is this trope and how much of it is the girls showing their age.
* NoPaperFuture: Played very straight. Actual paper books don't make an appearance until several chapters in, and are noted to be extremely rare.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Welcome to the future!
* NoPoverty: On earth, everyone is guaranteed enough Allocations to live comfortably, although those who perform vital roles in society, contribute significantly to culture, or have family members serving the the military receive extra. The colonies, on the other had, have capitalist economies that ensure that poverty exists in some form.
* ObliviousToLove: Ryouko is a rather...odd case. Her AI partner notes, with amusement, that she falls into a tiny minority of girls that give no thought to romantic prospects or sexual orientation (or notice any of such matters) until directly prompted by someone else. However, after that point, she slowly develops into a less oblivious person. Still, it ''is'' rather hard to deal with all of that when you're rushing from one overwhelming situation to another without any time to process the insane turns your life has taken in such a short time.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Pretty much everyone.
* OneWorldOrder: Ever since the Unification Wars, as the result of Governance trying to prevent any future large-scale wars. They reasoned that since War is a conflict between two or more parties, the obvious solution is to make sure that there will never be a second party to oppose the first one (themselves) and to make sure the population will stay content and loyal to them to prevent civil wars.
* OperatorIncompatibility: Dangerous technology will only work for authorized users.
* OrbitalBombardment: After their defeat at the Epsilon Eridani, the aliens switched primarily to bombing the human world, deploying troops to the surface only when forced to, usually to neutralize anything that can prevent the bombardment.
* OriginalCharacter: Lots of them by necessity due to the scope of the story. One of the reasons why they avoided the usual knee-jerk hate towards [=OCs=] is that they are more dynamic compared to PMMM's cast, who by the time the story begins are emotionally tired women with many skeletons in their closets, and are [[TheChainsOfCommanding stuck commanding others from above]].
* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: With the exception of years just before and after the Unification Wars, the majority of humanity simply doesn't care about religion.
* OvertRendezvous: How Marianne meets with Mami.
* PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny: The Freedom Alliance, led by hyperclass elite who didn't particularly care for the freedoms of the masses.
* PathOfInspiration: You'd ''think'' something called the "Cult of Hope" would be this, but it's a SubvertedTrope.
* PeopleJars: [[spoiler: Spare bodies for the magical girls who managed to survive as soul gems, usually used as a last resort as it is very traumatic for those who lost their bodies. It is also technically illegal, so it is kept secret from the public.]]
* PostCyberpunk: Present-day Governance is a result of 200 years of political, economical and cultural reforms, most of which were made to prevent the any further large-scale wars like the Unification Wars, which itself is result of the worst Cyberpunk elements taken to their logical extremes.
* PowerCrystal
* PowerGivesYouWings: [[spoiler: Homura]]
* PowerGlows
* PraetorianGuard: Important leaders have have a few magical girls assigned to them as bodybuards, usually with more defense-oriented powersets, a telepath for communications and a teleporter for escapes.
* ProHumanTranshuman: MSY's internal policy. Many magical girls flat out refer to {{Muggles}} as "Human", implying they're, in fact, something else. Regardless of the fact, they do not consider themselves superior to non-contracted humans in any way, and likewise, cases of discrimination against the girls seem to be rare due to the recognition of all the contribution MSY has provided for the society at large.
* RaisedCatholic: Both Homura and Kyouko came from Catholic backgrounds.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Most everyone, save for the actual teenage girls. People living to be over 200 years old isnít uncommon among both magical girls and civilians. Veteran magical girls such as the cast of the original ''Madoka'', however, got a headstart by the virtue of becoming ageless before human technology developed to allow for rejuvenation.
* RecursiveFanfiction: Spawned several spin-offs, such as ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9831632/1/Solemnis Solemnis]]''. Also has a [[http://xkick.deviantart.com/gallery/ character fan art gallery by XKick]].
* RedShirtArmy: The Directorate infantry is this. It's their official policy when [[HeroSecretService supporting Magical Girls]] on the front lines.
* ReligionIsRight: Does the Goddess ''really'' exist? [[spoiler:[[ForegoneConclusion Do you even need to highlight this?]]]]
* ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: There's a Greco-Roman theme to projects and buildings belonging to MSY and Governance science divisions.
* [[RememberTheNewGuy Remember The New Girl]]: Yuma, especially for those who haven't read the spinoff manga ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica''. She's somehow a member of the famous Mitakihara Four along with Mami, Kyouko, and Homura, but she wasn't in the anime at all, the manga doesn't reveal what would have happened to her in the anime, and this fic's story of how she became as important as the other three protagonists isn't brought up for quite a while.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Mentioned in one of the epigraphs about acquiring new powers, citing one common example: the Telecluster group consisting of Telekinesis, Teleportation, Clairvoyance and Mind-Reading.
* [[RockBeatsLaser Magic Spear Beats Laser.]] That said, laser is still ''extremely dangerous''.
* RunOrDie: Ryouko's choice when ambushed by Demons. She can't run fast enough to [[HeroicSacrifice save herself]], but with the demons focused on her, she can manage to push her friend to safety.
* SapientShip: Starships, both military and civilian, contain sentient AIs.
* SavingTheWorld: Several of them, all colonized by humans.
* SceneryGorn: The aftermath of Wormhole Generator's destruction, a combination of a massive thunder storm usually only seen on Jupiter-like gas giants, a large amount of orbital ordinance striking down from the heavens and the off the charts time-space distortion making everything look surreal.
* ScienceFantasy: [[WizardsFromOuterSpace Magical girl space corps]] would probably make [[LyricalNanoha Nanoha]] feel right at home.
* ScienceMarchesOn: In-Universe the stable wormholes were deemed impossible and all research on the subject was halted, and then the aliens arrived and brought with them the means to create stable wormholes, and the humans frantically played catch-up since then.
* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: On the holographic display for ''Akemi'', Homura's bow is always pointing at the viewer.
* ShadesOfConflict
** [[MoralityKitchenSink White and Grey]] vs [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Black]].
* TheSingularity: A possibility that humanity has intentionally left unrealized, but has access to if needed. In situations of emergency, a majority vote by mankind can activate "Emergency Modes," which effectively bring humanity closer and closer to a single-minded entity, with a "philosopher-king" technocrat comprised of a mixture of human and AI government consciousnesses dictating the actions of every single human alive. It is strongly suspected that the Cephalopods have crossed this threshold and never turned back, which is why they're uniformly hostile.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:The first attack on the wormhole stabilizer. After much preparation and suspense, the whole team gets vaporized by an antimatter nuke before they even reach the surface.]]
* ShoutOut: Plentiful, to everything from prominent writers of hard science fiction, to gaming, to [[LampshadeHanging use of tropes]]. Most are well disguised though.
** Begins in the ''very first chapter,'' when it's mentioned that [[Literature/OldMansWar humanity's galactic military is made up entirely of hundred-year-olds, who are given new lives in the colonies when their tours of duty are over.]] Bonus points for the fact that Ryouko's grandmother and grandfather both signed up, and her grandmother may have died unexpectedly before the waiting period expired.
** It's mentioned that the natural instinct of any teleporter in combat is to teleport behind the enemy, reminiscent of the Shadowstep ability used by rogues in ''WorldOfWarcraft''. A few chapters later, the reference is made more explicit: a souvenir T-Shirt depicts a magical girl performing a BackStab on an alien with a slogan that's a variation on the famous rogue meme: "Teleporters do it from behind".
** The stealth frigate ''Spectre'' is pretty much a word-for-word copy of the ''[[Franchise/MassEffect Normandy SR1]]''. The ship's computer is mentioned to be strangely infatuated with ground ops and has a (slightly customized, presumably author's own character) female Shepard in battle armor lookalike as its holographic avatar. The name is also a reference to Shepard's position as a Spectre - secret agent of the galactic council.
** The specialized enchanted suit of PoweredArmor used by Mag Ops is referred to as [[FinalFantasyVI Magitech armor]].
* [[SnipingTheCockpit Sniping The Soul Gem]]: The Aliens learned how to kill Magical Girls this way. This leads to the development of realistic decoys and methods of protection for soul gems.
* TheSocialDarwinist: The Hyperclass and quite a few Magical Girls. The former are Type 1 and the latter are Type 3.
* SpaceBattle
* SpaceElevator: There's one in the neighborhood of Singapore, and possibly others.
* SpaceStation: The Directorate is building them as fast as it can to hold off an Alien attack.
* StatOVision: Only works on allies.
* StraightForTheCommander: The aliens' stealth teams usually go for this, unless the unit they attacking also has a Magical Girl assigned to them, who are higher priority targets. Sometimes the the unit's commanding officer is also a Magical Girl, which makes it all the better for the assassins. [[spoiler:It is also what apparently happened with Erwynmark, despite all the stealth measures.]] In fact, the enemy's tendency to know things they shouldn't have any possible way of knowing in this regard becomes more suspicious over time.
* StudentAndMasterTeam: Magical Girls in Mami's retinue are usually ones that she's mentored herself, and Kyouko's companions are implied to be her students as well. The entire mentor system is a holdover from a time when this was ''always'' the case.
* SufficientlyAdvancedAliens: The Incubators, as before. The Cephs also show signs of this: stolen pieces of their technology often make no sense whatsoever to human engineers. To the Cephs, human magical girls must appear to be this, though of course they're using actual magic.
* SuicideAttack: The Cephs have no qualms about vaporizing their own troops when necessary; this nearly allows them to scrape a victory in the first magical-girl-assisted counterattack.
* SuicideMission: The Second [=MagOps=] raid on the wormhole generator is considered to be this. Not that the first raid's chances of extraction were that high either.
* SuperweaponSurprise: The Magical Girls pulled this on the aliens... by ''being the superweapon''.
* TheSyndicate: The MSY wasn't above setting up criminal organizations as fronts.
* TakeNoPrisoners: So far the invading alien Cephalopods have not been seen taking prisoners, whether regular human or magical girl.
* TakingYouWithMe: Cephalopod infantry is equipped with self-destruct devices that activate upon death. [[spoiler:The teleporter-type magical girls take advantage of it by teleporting the about to explode bodies to the living aliens.]]
* TargetSpotter: Drones and clairvoyance-attuned Magical Girls.
* TearOffYourFace: A Magical Girl sniper gets the Two Face treatment during a Demon hunt... and that's just one of her gruesome injuries.
* TechnoBabble: Can linger into this on occasion.
* TechnologyPorn: And how!
* TeleportersAndTransporters: Magical Girls with the power to teleport are highly prized. [[spoiler:Ryouko is one of them.]]
** The Cephs are building a Wormhole Generator so that they could get reinforcements faster and in greater numbers. Naturally, its destruction is a high priority for the humans.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Gloriously averted with the Mental Health Division. The MSY was genre savvy enough to realize this trope, and set-up a division to provide psychological services to Puella Magis, given how critical emotions are to Puella Magis, and the immense stresses of that occupation. Indeed, this trope has been so thoroughly averted that therapists are very influential among Puellae Magi!
** On the field, they are not that different from ThePoliticalOfficer.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Dear goodness, [[spoiler: Homura]], you blew ALL of them up!
** The aliens preferred overwhelmingly powerful but strategically clumsy attacks.
* TimeCompressionMontage: How ''Akemi'' transitioned from the creation of the Mahou Shoujo Youkai to the battle of New Athens, skipping several centuries.
* TimeSkip: Ten years in ''Akemi''.
* TotalPartyKill: [[spoiler:Orikio's group]] somehow [[spoiler:almost]] managed this against a group of Demons.
* TransferableMemory: Possible due to NeuralImplanting. [[spoiler:Ryouko's grandmother arranged that if she died, her memory of her last meeting with her Grandfather, Tatsuya Kaname, and his friend Akemi Homura would be to given to Ryouko.]]
* TransformationTrinket: Itís a fanfic on a magical girl series where the trinket in question is the girlís soul. What do you expect?
* {{Transhumanism}}:
** AugmentedReality:
** BioAugmentation: Ubiquitous among humans, save for a smattering of religious holdouts. Many implants don't work with Magical Girls, though.
** BrainComputerInterface: What is this thing you call a 'keyboard'?
** {{Cyborg}}s: Everyone, basically. The Hollywood style is absent, though.
** EmergencyTransformation: Humans are equipped with implants that send them into crisis mode, pumping chemicals into the brain and advising them on what actions to take. They'll even tell you when you can no longer save yourself.
** {{Nanomachines}}: They do essentially everything, from building ships to installing implants to reformatting the brain to detoxifying alcohol.
** TheNeedless: The need for sleep has been abolished for military personnel, and members of the infantry don't need to excrete waste.
** NeuralImplanting: Most data is delivered direct to the brain via implants.
** SuperSoldier: This is the end result of the dozens of implants that soldiers receive. They're still horribly outclassed.
* TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening: The transition into Magical Girldom has never been easier, but adjusting to new implants can be difficult.
* TroubledBackstoryFlashback: Played with, in that [[spoiler:it's Ryouko who 'flashes back' to ''Yuma's'']] tragic past.
* TrueCompanions: Many of the magical girl teams are said to always stick together, unless one of them gets married and starts a family. Even then, they stay close.
* TubeTravel: Larger human spaceships have FTT, Fast Travel Tubes, a transport network made possible thanks to the ArtificialGravity generators neccesary for such ships, so that diverting a little of their power for transportation didn't cost much.
* TwoFirstNames: All the canon magical girls, plus Atsuko Arisu.
* TheUnmasquedWorld: The magical girls had to reveal their presence to help save humanity from utter annihilation.
* UnusableEnemyEquipment: The weapons of both sides are designed to work only for their respective side.
* UrbanWarfare: The cities of sufficiently developed human colonies are designed with this in mind, in order to tie down Cephalopod forces.
* VagueAge: Everyone. Ryouko's grandfather looks to be the same age as her parents, and Ryouko herself looks like the 400-years-older Kyouko.
* VastBureaucracy: The government pervades every part of a citizenís life. Not a bad thing as they help maintain peace and prosperity for all exactly because of their awareness of everyone's status and basic needs - which, however, requires near omnipresent surveillance. Still, said surveillance is impartial, does not meddle in what can be considered private affairs without a good reason, nearly eliminates official corruption for the sake of personal gain by making it both futile in a society of well-managed abundance and impossible to conceal, and the ubiquity of management AI ensures that standards of efficiency are maintained and everything runs on schedule.
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: Both for Magical Girls as a way of life, and for the human race fighting against an AlienInvasion.
* VirtualRealityInterrogation: Dream Interrogations, First used in the Unification Wars to no real effect, over the centuries it was improved enough to be effective in its intended role, and for situations when someone wants to talk but physically and[=/=]or mentally cannot, such as debriefings and therapy. [[spoiler:It is used on Ryouko as part of a debrief after the [=MagOps=] operation on the order from the higher ups, just to be sure.]]
* VirtualTrainingSimulation: The MSY base in Mitakihara has an arena that simulates Magical Girl abilities based on recorded fights, allowing for girls to go all-out while sparring, although some more unusual abilities can't be properly recreated via technology limited to following conventional physics. However, actual virtual simulations are also common and replicate everything faithfully.
** [[spoiler:Most of Chapters 18 & 19 takes place in the simulator, where the magical girls are trained on the basics of organized warfare, which includes UnwinnableTrainingSimulation scenarios.]]
* WalkingTechbane: Not completely, but the nature of the Magical Girls' bodies rejects the more advanced military nanomachines and implants. Still, they're able to get away with massive amounts of augmentation; what can't be easily done is implantations that replace organs or limbs rather than augment them, as the magical HealingFactor would attempt to regrow the body part in question from scratch.
* TheWarOfEarthlyAggression: Governance conquered a few minor privately-funded colonies for conducting questionable practices. There is also a possible issue of the core world colonies potentially being unwilling to completely merge with Earth Governance, which goes against Governance's edict of being one and only government for humanity, but then aliens showed up and the issue was placed on the backburner.
* WarIsHell: The Battle of Epsilon Eridani. Destruction of several Earth's colonies might also this, but because of so little known about them, the scale tips on AMillionIsAStatistic.
* WarriorTherapist: The MHD is an organization composed of superpowered girls who are also therapists trained to deal with the most emotionally unstable people on earth.
* TheWarRoom: It's actually a nice homely meeting room. [[LadyOfWar Field Marshal Mami]] wouldn't want to skip her customary [[SpotOfTea tea and cake]], after all.
* WaveMotionGun: Aliens' standard warship weapons.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: This appears to be Black Heart in a nutshell.
* WetwareCPU: The Spinal Node Tactical Adviser 2.0 is a sentient implant that grows its own brain using stem cells extracted from the host's body.
* WeWillHaveEuthanasiaInTheFuture: [[spoiler:Tatsuya requests this, so that there will be no need to use unspecified "resources" on him. This was just before the Unification Wars, before functional immortality was developed.]]
* WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture: Thanks to nanomachines and implants.
* TheWikiRule: In-universe. Each chapter has two different wiki sources explaining about the theme of the chapter, complete with citations and direct links.
* WhosLaughingNow: The Magical Girl researchers who insisted on developing methods of space combat.
* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs: ''Everyone''. In-universe, the story of Mitakihara Four is so legendary, and the movie is covering several hundred years. From (movie-makers' purely guess) DoorstopBaby that is Homura, her search of Goddess and her gradual cynicism, her contract, finding her Goddess, her leading the magical girls surviving under radar for several decades with their never aging bodies, the VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory sudden BigDamnHeroes of the magical girls in the Battle of Epsilon Eridani, and Homura's disappearance. And it's [[MomentOfAwesome awesome]].
* {{Worldbuilding}}: Lots and lots of it, in lots and lots of exposition and dialogue. It's one of the main draws.
* YoungAndInCharge: Magical Girls serving in the military are frequently appointed as commanders of squads of ordinary troopers. The reasons for that are manifold: first, it allows them to make use of their supernaturally augmented senses to gather information, second, because magic was determined to best function as squad support weapon rather than in mage-only regiments, and third, because battle hardened veterans would do their damndest to protect a child from harm, even if the child in question is Really700YearsOld.
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