->''"You're just too cute. I'm not gonna let you be popular with the boys. You're mine, Madoka, mine, mine, mine!"''
-->--Sayaka Miki declaring Madoka to be her waifu in Episode 1

''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', an angsty MagicalGirl show with an ImprobablyFemaleCast, has quite blatant homosexual implications (some even call it "Miserable Lesbians: The Anime") in ''both'' the main storyline and the sidestories and spinoffs. The show was ranked as the best {{Yuri}} anime in Japan, beating even ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'', a show with actual homoerotic ''maintext'' as opposed to just subtext. The Wiki has [[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/Yuri_undertones its own page]] on the subject ([[ReferencedBy/TVTropes which links back to this page]]).


[[folder:Homura x Madoka]]
The most important couple, borderline canon. The main story revolves around their relationship, and much of their actions and character development involves the other.
* Homura's fixation on Madoka is infamous, not only in the anime but also portrayed in ''[[Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica Oriko Magica]]'' manga, in Drama CD 1 'Memories of You', and Drama CD 2 'Sunny Day Life'. She follows her around constantly, thinks only of protecting Madoka and her happiness, and treats any threats to her with brutal efficiency.
* In episode 8 Homura verbally admits to not giving a fuck about anyone who is not Madoka.
* Homura threatens to kill Sayaka - and has real intent to do so - if the latter continues making Madoka sad.
* Homura practically confessed to Madoka twice.
** In Episode 8, she confronted Madoka right after saving the latter.
** In Episode 11, we see another confession as well as a long, desperate hug. It also includes a DeclarationOfProtection, and these words, while Homura is crying:
-->'''Homura''': I just started going to your school so it's not like you really know me. But I know you. [[CannotSpitItOut I know you so well, you're my...]]
* In Episode 10, the truth is laid out on why and to what extent Homura cares about Madoka. [[spoiler:She became a Magical Girl in the first place for the chance to change history and keep her alive, [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe because Madoka was the only one who cared about her]].]]
** Homura's backstory: [[spoiler:she's been enduring a [[BreakTheCutie brutal and depressing]] GroundhogDayLoop, watching her friends [[KillEmAll die horribly]] over and over again, [[YouAreWorthHell all in the hope]] that she might be able to [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl save Madoka's life]].]]
** [[spoiler:The different timelines]] show Madoka herself gets ''very'' affectionate with Homura, praising and glomping her, and indeed [[spoiler:in the first timeline]] their roles are reversed, with the powerful Magical Girl Madoka protecting the sad, powerless Homura.
* In the final episode, [[http://i.imgur.com/A4x029k.jpg Madoka and Homura having naked hugs.]] And then [[spoiler:after Madoka ascends to a higher plane of existence]], Homura wears Madoka's [[RedStringOfFate red hair ribbons]] [[spoiler:in remembrance of her.]]
** The naked space hugging scene is, if possible, more blatant on the [=DVDs=]. How? They took out the sparkles.
* The entire Homura x Madoka bond is cast ''more'' romantically in the manga. After she heard of the dream Madoka had, Sayaka's mental image of them casts them as lovers.
** Remember in episode 12, when Madoka finally left Homura after giving her her ribbon? In the manga, [[spoiler:''she takes Homura with her'' into godhood.]]
* During ''VideoGame/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaPortable'', Madoka gets so attached to Moemura it can actually make ''her'' uncomfortable. Even after Homura drops the glasses and starts distancing herself, she can't stop Madoka from taking her home [[http://images.puella-magi.net/4/4e/Madoka_Portable_-_Madoka_invites_Homura_for_dinner_English_translation.png?20120419141651 to meet her parents,]] who are quick to mention she's all Madoka talks about recently.
* In a spin-off manga based on the Drama [=CDs=], the ''second page'' features Homura wondering if, in order to appeal to the [[YuriFan fanbase]], they shouldn't make the whole manga into a [[RomanticComedy rom-com]] starring Homura and Madoka. It even comes complete with a cute little comic about Homura coming home from work to her darling wife Madoka, who asks if she wants to have a bath or dinner, and Homura responding that she wants ''her''. And then there's a little picture of the Naked Lesbian Space Hug. [[http://www.mangahere.co/manga/mahou_shoujo_madoka_magica_the_different_story/c001/3.html See for yourself.]]
* In the Anicom magazine's 100 Questions, Madoka answers "Is there a boy you're thinking about?" by talking about how much mischief her little brother gets into. Then she describes her ideal husband as someone like her ''mother''. In the PSP game, Junko mentions that Homura acts just like she did at that age.
* Visitors to the Movic Madoka Magica exhibit got to hear Madoka gushing about how pretty Homura's hair is, and Kyubey telling Homura how Madoka thinks she'd look cute in glasses. Homura apparently goes red upon hearing this.
* Plenty of [[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/Puella_Magi_Madoka_Magica_Official_Guidebook_%22You_Are_Not_Alone%22#Prior_Illustrations official arts]] of these two hugging, dancing, holding hands lying on grass, Madoka looking at Homura in locker room, playing piano and singing together, building sand castles at the beach...
** [[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/Animage_2011-03 Madoka blushing, holding a Valentine chocolate courtesy of Homura, who was also blushing, shyly glancing at each other]]. The short message on Valentine card is very Homura-like.
** The cover of official Guidebook featured [[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/File:Front_cover_homumado_-_you_are_not_alone.jpg Madoka and Homura facing each other, smiling with slight blushes, while having]] IntertwinedFingers.
** [[http://i.imgur.com/U4APpX9.jpg The two lying on a bed together wearing sleepwear, holding hands and gazing into each others' eyes.]] At what point does it officially stop being subtext?
** The "Madoka's ribbons = RedStringOfFate" thing just got [[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/File:MegamiSpecialBook2012.jpg even less subtle.]]
** And then Shaft releases [[http://i.imgur.com/GEdnWLm.jpg this]]. (Warning: massive ''Rebellion'' spoilers.) It's undeniable.
* For Valentine's Day [[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/Mobage_Madoka_Magica_Mobile_Game the mobile game released a short comic]] in which Homura gives Madoka chocolates claiming that she is her 'most precious person', and Madoka accepts them, saying that she also likes/loves (the word used is 'daisuki') Homura a lot. Hmm.
* It even shows up in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzNEQ3RPP_g#t=3m55s the English dub bloopers]].
-->'''Homura''': I think you have... a great ass...
* The first TV spot for the movies? About 27 seconds of what looks like existing footage... [[http://i.imgur.com/GzXka4B.gif and 3 seconds of Madoka and Homura nuzzling]]. This adorable sequence is also present in the opening of the two [[CompilationMovie compilation movies]].
** The same opening features Madoka and Homura in white dresses, lying in what seems to be water, reaching for each otherís hands with smiles on their faces.
** The nuzzling returned in a Madoka themed slot machine, and this time it was accompanied by them [[https://66.media.tumblr.com/9a2d0d22ce170cc7de86f488868a0050/tumblr_od3sgyjIOu1qg3g8oo1_500.gif touching their noses together.]] They look suspiciously like they were about to kiss.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dJpdPyQtww In a scene]] in ''The Battle Pentagram'', Madoka invites Homura to her home when the rest of her family is out, jokingly(?) asks her to bathe together, and gets Homura to sleep in the same bed as her, with Homura getting more flustered as the scene goes on. And then it gets ''better''.
-->'''Homura''': Hey, Madoka, are you still awake?\\
'''Madoka''': Yeah. Sleeping in the same bed is a bit embarrassing, huh.\\
'''Homura''': Thatís why I offered to sleep on the floor...\\
'''Madoka''': No, this is nice. Plus, youíre so warm.\\
'''Homura''': So are you, Madoka.\\
'''Madoka''': ''(laughs)''\\
'''Homura''': Why did you invite me to spend the night?\\
'''Madoka''': When you told me you lived alone, you seemed so lonely.\\
'''Homura''': I... seemed lonely?\\
'''Madoka''': And so I kind of wanted to spend a lot of talking with you.\\
'''Homura''': Madoka... Um, thank you.\\
'''Madoka''': You shouldnít thank me for that. Iím so happy just spending time with you.\\
'''Homura''': Me too.\\
'''Madoka''': Can I sleep over at your place next time?\\
'''Homura''': S-sure. Thereís not much there, but if youíre okay with that...\\
'''Madoka''': Thatís not true. Youíre there.
* ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'' piles on the ShipTease, but all of it has a nasty twist, bringing to the forefront how unhealthy their relationship truly is. A distraught Homura is comforted by Madoka, assuring her that she would never willingly leave her while she lovingly braids her hair, [[spoiler:but this Madoka is one without the memories that drove her to her big sacrifice]]. Homura would do anything to protect Madoka from the Incubator, [[spoiler:including willingly transforming into a witch]]. Madoka is delighted that she can finally [[spoiler:bring Homura to heaven with her]], but things don't go as planned. And at the end Homura declares [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy all she wants is to ensure Madoka's happiness]]... [[spoiler:by almost literally ''becoming the devil'', forcibly dragging Madokami out of heaven, and rewriting reality to bring her back into the universe. ''Homura's'' universe]]. Homura explicitly says that her motivation for this is "Love".
* Homura x Madoka inspired Creator/GenUrobuchi - ''[[KillEmAll Gen]] [[DownerEnding Urobuchi]]'' - to write a happy ending (albeit a [[EarnYourHappyEnding well-earned one]]). [[ThePowerOfLove That's as real as real gets]].
** To quote Urobuchi in an official Q&A:
-->Q: Is Homura in love with Madoka?
-->A: Probably.
* A bonus {{Faust}}ian reference: [[spoiler:Madoka's witch name is Gretchen, the same name as Faust's lover. And since Homura is Faust in this series...]]
** This fits even better since [[spoiler:Madoka dissappeared]] at the end of the series just like Gretchen at the end of Faust I and Faust after loads of trouble and an entire life influenced by Mephisto [[spoiler:finally reunites with Gretchen in Heaven]]. This idea could also be applied to the beginning of the series instead of Rebellion.
* Both of their voice actresses speculated that Homura's feelings are most likely romantic [[spoiler:and "possessive"]] in nature.
* A scene in ''Rebellion'' has Madoka [[http://i.imgur.com/2c5nOnF.gif faceplant into Homura's stomach.]] After several seconds, [[http://45.media.tumblr.com/14a6f7166aa974b6994bc9412025f767/tumblr_nlopcc1Euv1tz7vhco2_500.gif Madoka moves to a push-up posture over Homura]] to talk to her, all while Homura lays there submissively. This one seems [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar pretty deliberate]].

[[folder:Kyouko x Sayaka]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnIjyGqvrUc The shadow play]] in Ep 9 is very suggestive, properly a ShoutOut to ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''.
** The manga replaced the shadow play with a scene [[http://www.mangareader.net/mahou-shoujo-madoka-magica/9/38 somewhere in their afterlife.]]
* [[spoiler:Kyoko's death]] has all the hallmarks of the tragic end often associated with GirlsLove: HeroicSacrifice, TogetherInDeath, GoOutWithASmile.
* Kyouko went from a psychotic BloodKnight perfectly willing to sacrifice innocent people, to someone who wants to believe again in justice and friendship and risks her life trying to [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight save]] [[spoiler:Sayaka]], all in a few weeks, all because of Sayaka.
* Their ImageSong duet [[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/And_I%27m_Home 'And I'm Home']], as [[http://youtu.be/ns47E-2BGRk ending theme for Episode 9]], included in [[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/Products#Blu-Ray_Discs BD volume 5]].
* The mobile game includes a New Year's special with the cast visiting a shrine and picking [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omikuji omikuji]]. Everyone's fortune looks good...except Sayaka's, which says "the person you're waiting for won't come". Kyoko, trying to cheer her up, promises that she'll stay with her.
* In ''VideoGame/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaPortable'', both Sayaka's and Homura's route, it's possible to prevent [[spoiler:Sayaka's transformation into Oktavia]]. In Sayaka's route, this involves Kyoko comforting her after they learn the truth about soul gems. In Homura's route, it requires taking Kyoko to talk with her after the freak out - Kyoko is the ''only'' one who can get through to her. Not her childhood best friend, not her sempai, Kyoko.
** A more light-hearted event: in the True Ending, Kyouko expresses jealousy when Sayaka comments on how perfect Mami is, and how she'd like to marry someone like her. Kyouko tells Sayaka it's not her fault that she's sloppy. When Sayaka asks why she's mad, Kyouko denies it in a tsundere fashion.
** A less lighthearted event: You know how Kyouko has gone through complete and utter crap, yet still manages to stay human? Well, if Homura kills Oktavia before Kyouko and Madoka can attempt to save her, Kyouko realizes that there is no hope in the world, and those that ''do'' hope are only naive idiots like herself. [[spoiler:And then she turns into a witch. That's right. It wasn't any of the aforementioned crap she went through that did it, it was someone who she knew for less than a month.]]
* In ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'', the two are ''living together'' and argue LikeAnOldMarriedCouple on a regular basis (as [[spoiler:this takes place in Homura's dream world, it seems [[ShipperOnDeck she ships them too]]]]). During the battle against [[spoiler:Homulily]] Sayaka outright states that the reason she returned [[spoiler:from the Law of Cycles]] is that while she thought she left without regrets, she ''did'' regret leaving Kyouko behind, and they hold hands... a tender moment [[MomentKiller which is ruined]] by Nagisa squeeing about how much she loves cheese, which annoys Sayaka to no end.
* ''The Battle Pentagram'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CluEoQH1xow has them essentially go on a date]], complete with eating each others' food.

[[folder:Mami x Madoka]]
* While Mami met and recruited both Madoka and Sayaka at the same time, she was obviously more taken to Madoka.
* Madoka's YouAreNotAlone speech to Mami, and the latter's supreme euphoria when Madoka agreed to be by her side as a Magical Girl.
** At the end of the same speech, Mami suggests some wishes for Madoka to make since she ought to get ''something'' out of the contract. Her last suggestion is the perfect boyfriend; Madoka's response is to bashfully look in Mami's direction and say "Yeah, I know but..."
* In [[spoiler:the first timeline]], these two were the main magical pair against the witches.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2J3BtYvVbM Their Max Relationship scene]] in ''The Battle Pentagram'' has Mami take Madoka on a date, they exchange presents, and Mami [[CannotSpitItOut almost]] ''confesses to Madoka''.
-->'''Mami''': Kaname-san, you're not just a junior to me, and you're not just my Magical Girl understudy. To me, you're my most important...\\
'''Madoka''': M-Most important...?\\
'''Mami''': Hehe... it's a secret.

[[folder:Mami x Kyouko]]
* The 3rd Drama CD, ''Farewell Story'' revealed that Mami and Kyouko used to be quite close before the anime's events. Kyouko even took Mami home to meet her family!
* [[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/File:Hilarious_purn_or_hidden_message.jpg There's this delightful double message]], which can mean something else if translated differently.
* [[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/Drama_CD_3 As Drama CD 3 shows]], there are many many hints of this ship:
** In the Drama CD ''"[[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/Drama_CD_2 Sunny Day Life]]"'', the only reason Kyoko comes to Mami's apartment is because she is serving cake. ''Oh Mami, seducing young inexperienced girls with cake.''
** In the manga adaptation of the Drama CD, [[http://mangafox.me/manga/mahou_shoujo_madoka_magica_the_different_story/v01/c001/38.html we get this cute scene]] of Young Kyouko and Mami [[IndirectKiss sharing a Grief Seed]], [[http://mangafox.me/manga/mahou_shoujo_madoka_magica_the_different_story/v01/c001/40.html and then]] she takes Kyouko home to share a cake she baked. [[http://mangafox.me/manga/mahou_shoujo_madoka_magica_the_different_story/v01/c002/1.html The next day,]] her classmate thinks that her good mood is because she got someone ''special'' to spend time with, [[http://mangafox.me/manga/mahou_shoujo_madoka_magica_the_different_story/v01/c002/2.html and Mami confirms]] that it is ''more than a mere friendship'', [[http://mangafox.me/manga/mahou_shoujo_madoka_magica_the_different_story/v01/c002/3.html which is taken as her getting a fiance]]. Oh my.
* In ''[[Manga/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheDifferentStory The Different Story]]'' [[spoiler:Kyouko dooms herself to death from corruption by giving Mami all her remaining Grief Seeds, plus battling and harvesting Oktavia for her with the last of her magic, instead of dying together with Sayaka.]]

[[folder:Mami x Sayaka]]
* Sayaka actually gets to develop a fairly in-depth relationship with Mami that mirrored the previous one that Mami had with Kyouko in the mid-parts of ''[[Manga/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheDifferentStory The Different Story]]'' thanks to Kyouko's initial hostility going unchecked by Homura, and Madoka going OutOfFocus until the final chapter. It's such a perfect reenactment that it even end with [[spoiler:Sayaka "abandoning" Mami while blindly lashing out in grief.]]
** Sayaka still makes a wish about Kyousuke, but in this timeline makes the wish at all to pull a BigDamnHeroes moment and save Mami from Charlotte.
** When Sayaka enters the death throes of magical depression she says she considers herself unworthy of Mami's companionship and demands to be left to die, Mami instead breaks down and confesses her own perceived inadequacies and says that they could complete each other, despite their shared imperfections. It's [[spoiler:too little, too late]], but Sayaka is genuinely touched and enheartened by Mami's outburst.
** When [[spoiler:Candeloro tempted Mami]] we see familiars that resemble [[http://mangafox.me/manga/mahou_shoujo_madoka_magica_the_different_story/v03/c010/41.html Kyouko and Sayaka]], when before they latter's place was filled by Madoka.
** Mami [[spoiler:was intending to die with Sayaka]], before Kyouko stopped her.

[[folder:Madoka x Sayaka]]
* Before Homura's past is revealed these two are by far the closest of the five. Sayaka's righteous nature stems from her constantly protecting the ever-timid Madoka, and Madoka's self-sacrificing nature comes from her guilt caused by Sayaka constantly protecting her. They explore and learn about the nature of Magical Girls together, and Madoka's fall into despair closely mirrors Sayaka's.
* In Episode 1, Sayaka say to Madoka "You're mine, Madoka, mine, mine, mine!", though the scene is only a joke between friends.
* [[MistakenForGay Misunderstanding]] in episode 2:
--> '''Hitomi:''' I can't believe it! Just by looking at each other, you know what the other's thinking?! Ah! How'd two people become that intimate after one night? What did you do after I left yesterday?!
--> '''Sayaka:''' I can't believe she's going there...
--> '''Madoka:''' Well, actually, lots of things happened, but...
--> '''Hitomi:''' That's enough, you can't be serious! You're both girls!! Girls can't love girls! Girls can't love girls! Girls can't love girls! (runs off)
* During Mami's route in ''VideoGame/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaPortable'', Sayaka gets so distracted by Madoka and Moemura's womance, she starts ignoring her actual love interest.
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2h6-t7HPs8 their Max Relationship scene]] in ''The Battle Pentagram'', Madoka expresses how scared she is for Sayaka, tells Sayaka that if it weren't for her she wouldn't have lasted this long, and outright tells Sayaka she loves her. Sayaka tries to blow it off by saying Madoka should say that to a boy she likes, but that doesn't stop her from cuddling Madoka, telling her how nice she feels and smells, and asks if they can stay like that for a while.
* At the end of ''[[Manga/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheDifferentStory The Different Story]]'' manga, [[spoiler:Madoka's wish is to 'save Sayaka' from Oktavia ([[AndThenJohnWasAZombie not knowing the entire truth of the matter]])]], and Sayaka's last line is a DeclarationOfProtection toward Madoka as they charge to face Walpurgisnacht.

[[folder:Homura x Hitomi]]
* ''VideoGame/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaPortable'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiPFnjSEs8s a CG of Homura comforting a heartbroken Hitomi]] when Hitomi lost a duel to Sayaka over Kyosuke. After that she's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UPG-lnbaLk unusually]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2lEldXp9hk attached]] to Homura. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUFgu-ol62g Even before that Hitomi went on how beautiful Homura was]] when talking to Sayaka and Madoka, what makes Sayaka ask if she "swings that way", to which Hitomi [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial denies]] but ''admits'' being "a little interested".

[[folder:Kyouko x Madoka]]
* While Kyouko is normally rather savage, aloof and antagonistic towards most people, all of her interactions with Madoka involve Kyouko being kind, caring, and even encouraging Madoka to do "the right thing" (it's worth noting that Kyouko has indeed never once behaved antagonistically towards Madoka, even though she has done so multiple times to every other magical girl she knows). Kyouko helped Madoka save Sayaka, because Sayaka ''is'' her best friend, and even brought Madoka [[spoiler:Sayaka's dead body]], expressed pain when the girl grieved over her, and yelled at Homura when Homura was all cold and callous over the situation.

[[folder:Homura x Sayaka]]
* However brief it was, near the end of ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'', Homura shoves her face so close to Sayaka's that they're practically touching noses. It really doesn't help that several of their interactions throughout the series could be mistaken for FoeYay.

[[folder: Homura x Kyoko]]
* Kyoko is the only person that Homura ever considers exempt from her IWorkAlone shtick, culminating in her confining her doubts and suspicions to her in Rebellion when she starts to unconsciously break free of the LotusEaterMachine.

[[folder: Mami x Homura]]
* Mami seems to have a bit of a fetish for tying Homura in ribbons, and Homura is far more reluctant and regretful of dueling with Mami than she ever was of attacking a distressed or defenseless Sayaka.

[[folder:Relevant information]]
* Creator/GenUrobuchi (series writer) said in an Madoka Magica interview (see [[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/Shinjidai_no_Mixture_Magazine_BLACK_PAST Black Past]]) that he believes in same-sex relationships, and that they are not different than any man-woman relationship. He also said that if he wanted, he could write a BL story next.
** One of his other works, ''Literature/FateZero'', features its own level of HoYay, between both male and female pairs.
* In another interview, Gen revealed Madoka Magica was started and revolved around the concept "where Homura saves Madoka". Yuri is the pivotal idea of the franchise!
* Creator/UmeAoki (original character designer) and Hanokage (manga adaptation artist) support Homu/Mado and Kyou/Saya.
** Following ''[[Manga/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheDifferentStory The Different Story]]'' manga, Hanokage suggests that the dynamics between Sayaka, Mami, and Kyouko [[OneTrueThreesome could inspire]] "infinite possibilities".
* A Madoka Magica staffer created [[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/File:Sayaka_kyouko_spinoff.jpg this]] [[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/File:Kyoko_sayaka_more_spinoff_ova.jpg strip]] [[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/File:Sayaka_kyouko_pocky_game_Nitroplus.jpg for Kyou/Saya.]]
* [[http://lovemedont.tumblr.com/post/70400905837/ The official art book]] for ''The Battle Pentagram'' is filled with the girls having cute moments together, including several scenes that look like dates. The staff are not above [[PanderingToTheBase pandering]], that's for sure.