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->''"She's so strong. And even though she seems so cold, she has such beautiful, kind eyes...\\
Yet, for some reason, she really looks...incredibly sad."''
-->-- '''Nanoha Takamachi''', describing '''Fate Testarossa''' in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''.

A young girl's greatest fear isn't monsters. It isn't evil. It isn't even death (unless you count DyingAlone). No, her greatest fear overshadows all of these.

Her greatest fear is to be alone.

The '''Dark Magical Girl''' is this fear personified, molded into a dark parody of the MagicalGirl. Where the MagicalGirl is a force for good and light, the Dark Magical Girl's virtues have all been twisted to serve evil.

Normal {{Magical Girl}}s have a good relationship with their family members, they make [[PowerOfFriendship friends]] at school--they may be a little [[DumbIsGood dim]], but that's okay, and this all translates into the magical ability to defend what they love from external threats.

A Dark Magical Girl doesn't have that. For her, ParentalAbandonment is ''not'' funny or {{convenient|lyAnOrphan}}. Her parents are absent at best and {{abusive|Parents}} at worst, and [[BrokenBird though she's smart, she can't understand why her life has turned out as it is]]. She doesn't have real friends or exploits past the academic (if she goes to school). This is because she either doesn't know how to [[NoSocialSkills communicate socially]] or she's already lost her friends and wants to avoid making new ones, the loss of which [[TheCynic will just bring her further pain]]. If she seems outwardly creepy, it's another unfortunate reason people avoid her, which only leads to her being further [[LonersAreFreaks perceived as evil or otherwise abnormal]].

She often acts as TheDragon to the BigBad, from whom [[WellDoneSonGuy she may crave approval]] as a parental figure. Inevitably, the Dark Magical Girl will fight the Magical Girl, acting as her EvilCounterpart or ShadowArchetype, her motivation being [[WellDoneSonGuy acknowledgment]] from the BigBad or [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy]] of everything the heroine has that she does not.

She [[DontYouDarePityMe doesn't want the Magical Girl's pity]], but the MG usually tries to reach out to her and gain her friendship regardless. A MagicalGirl symbolizes the triumph of virtue, justice, and ThePowerOfLove. A Dark Magical Girl asks if there is redemption and salvation for the cursed and lost. MagicalGirl shows tend to come down on the idealist side of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, so the DMG [[RivalsTeamUp almost always gets converted to the good guys' side]] by the end. Once this happens, most Dark Magical Girls tend to be fiercely loyal to the MagicalGirl heroine.

The abilities of the Dark Magical Girl are often polar opposites to the MagicalGirl's. She is also usually faster, smarter, and more ruthless than the MG, making her the primary obstacle to the MG's triumph. Younger Dark Magical Girls tend to be {{Little Miss Badass}}es, even if they are a CuteWitch. If she is a MagicalGirlWarrior, she's frequently a LadyOfWar. Dark Magical Girl outfits are often [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience color-coded]] [[ElegantGothicLolita black]] to contrast [[PinkHeroine the heroines' pink]], and are usually slightly [[CostumeExaggeration more fetishy]], which might explain why a HeelFaceTurn doesn't always mean a switch in costume. Dark Magician Girls on the good guy's side tend to be exemplars of DarkIsNotEvil.

As a reminder, the "Dark" in Dark Magical Girl refers to her personality and characterization, not the nature of her powers. In fact, a woman whose powers ''aren't'' "dark" in nature can still qualify for this trope if she has the right personality and characterization; as mentioned above, usually the driving force behind the actions of a Dark Magical Girl is some combination of [[WellDoneSonGuy her desire for approval from her parental figure]], [[HatesBeingAlone fear of being alone]], or [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy towards everything the Magical Girl has]].

The Dark Magical Girl is a subtrope of AntiVillain. Almost always a type II on the SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains. Not to be confused with the BlackMagicianGirl, the LadyOfBlackMagic, and ''especially'' not the DarkActionGirl (who is quite different). Or [[Manga/YuGiOh Dark Magician Girl]] for that matter.



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* Being a MagicalGirl series, the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' provides a plethora of examples:
** The page image is [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha the original series]]' iconic Fate Testarossa, who spends the majority of the season attempting to gather the [[MacGuffin Jewel Seeds]] before Nanoha, at the behest of her mother, Precia. Eventually, she ends up severely overexerting herself in an attempt to obtain all of the remaining Seeds at once, and is stopped by a concerned Nanoha. Fate ends up returning home empty-handed, and it is at this point that we learn that [[spoiler:Fate is a clone of Precia's biological daughter, Alicia, who has spent the past thirty years in medical stasis after a severe accident. Precia considers Fate a failed project, does not acknowledge her as a ''person'', let alone as a daughter, and ''lashes her with a whip'' when she doesn't fulfill Precia's orders]]. The aforementioned scene rapidly converts most viewers' attitude from enjoying the somewhat humorous tone and subversiveness of the series to [[spoiler:"PRECIA TESTAROSSA MUST '''DIE'''"]].
** ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' features Lutecia Alpine, a powerful summoner who has [[EmotionlessGirl lost most of her emotional capacity]] due to [[ManipulativeBastard manipulation]] by the BigBad who uses her talents to advance his agenda while promising her to help her mother, who has been in coma for most of Lutecia's life. What he doesn't tell Lutecia, however, is that [[spoiler:he himself ordered the attack that left Megane in coma in the first place]]. Notably, Lutecia's MagicalGirl counterpart who eventually [[DefeatMeansFriendship befriends her]] is not the title character but Caro Ru Lushe, one of Nanoha's students and Fate's adoptive daughter.
** ''Audioplay/StrikersSoundStageX'' gives us another Dark Magical Girl, although her identity is a major spoiler:[[spoiler:Runessa Magnus, the former ChildSoldier from a CrapsackWorld, who fell under the influence of an interdimensional terrorist, seeing him as her father figure and carrying out his agenda even after his death. To this end, she becomes Teana's partner, allowing her to manipulate the investigation of her own crimes, but is eventually discovered and apprehended by Tea. Notably, RealityEnsues in this case, and Runessa doesn't get a GetOutOfJailFreeCard like the other examples but keeps serving her time in later installments--although Teana regularly visits her in prison, presumably, in an attempt to rehabilitate her]].
** This trope is subverted in ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'': Heidi E. S. Ingvalt is set up as a Dark Magical Girl to Nanoha's daughter Vivio, but is [[LateArrivalSpoiler soon revealed]] to be the secret identity of Einhart Stratos, Vivio's fellow student from the local WizardingSchool. Granted, Einhart has a lot of archetypal DMG traits, such as loneliness, introversion, single-minded devotion to a purpose (the perfection of her ancestral martial art), and a rivalry with the main character (Vivio), but the two of them become close friends early in the story, skipping most of the usual magical girl foreplay.
** Played with in ''Anime/VividStrike''. Unlike most {{Dark Magical Girl}}s, Rinne actually has a previous connection with her MagicalGirl counterpart (being ChildhoodFriends) and [[HappilyAdopted her family]] is the one part of her life that ''isn't'' messed up. She also isn't working for evil forces and is instead driven by the fear that if she's isn't the strongest that she'll lose everything she cares about.
* The trope is OlderThanTheyThink, as proved by Karen from the ''Manga/SallyTheWitch'' second series. [[spoiler:Karen was cast away from the Magical Realm of Astoria as a little girl alongside her evil father, was poisoned with hate by said father until he died, returned with a big grudge against Sally herself, attempted to separate her from her human friends via her black magic, was less purely evil and much more EXTREMELY bitter and hurt over being alone for years, Sally defeated her with both her magic and ThePowerOfFriendship, AND she ultimately had a HeelFaceTurn. ]]
* One of the first examples is Non from ''Anime/MajokkoMegChan'', who serves as TheRival for Meg. She's cold and isolated and has no interest in friendship or humanity in the beginning, but [[DefrostingIceQueen changes throughout the show]] due to her interactions with [[FieryRedhead Meg.]]
* Another very early example is Hilda from ''Anime/HolsPrinceOfTheSun''. She's a mysterious young girl who bonds with main character Hols, but she turns out to be the younger sister of the BigBad Grunwald, and as the story progresses she's more and more conflicted about her loyalties.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** Hotaru Tomoe (Sailor Saturn) is subverted. At first, [[spoiler:the Outer Soldiers treat her as a Dark Magical Girl because they believe her awakening as Sailor Saturn would bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. This turns out to be somewhat true; though Saturn does have the power to initiate an apocalypse, she would never do so unless ordered to by her Queen; however, in the present day her reincarnation is possessed by TheDragon, whose goal is TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. The protagonists are understandably confused about Hotaru's motivations for much of the season. Throughout that time she was a friend of Chibiusa, a.k.a Mini Moon.]]
** Chibiusa achieved Dark Magical Girl status temporarily in "Anime/SailorMoon R", as she is brainwashed by Wiseman, who [[MindRape corrupts her with dark magic and cruel words]], making her believe that she is responsible for her grim future and that no one loves her. As a result, she becomes Black Lady, an older version of herself, with longer hair and a very revealing outfit, and becomes a servant of Wiseman [[BrokenBird due to her bitterness and pain]] upon the DarkAndTroubledPast [[FakeMemories that she genuinely believes she had.]] In the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] and in Anime/SailorMoonCrystal, she even brainwashes and [[ParentalIncest seduces her father]], though. in the anime, she actively hates both parents [[SelfMadeOrphan and tries to kill them]] in {{revenge}} (Usagi ''does'' have a vision of Black Lady and Tuxedo Kamen kissing, but [[spoiler:it's a part of Wiseman's attempted brainwashing of her. Which doesn't work, by the way.]]) She returns to her younger and happier original self after a while, however: [[spoiler:either by witnessing Pluto's HeroicSacrifice (manga and ''Crystal'') or [[IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight after a pep talk]] from her parents (first anime).]]
** The manga version of Sailor Galaxia is what happens when a Dark Magical Girl grows up and comes into full power before meeting her good counterpart. As one can guess, [[StrawNihilist her mental state]] [[OmnicidalManiac is not pretty]].
* When ''Manga/CuteyHoney'' was remade into a LighterAndSofter, MagicalGirl-esque series in 1998 (right after the end of the first ''Sailor Moon'' anime), Honey "Cutey Honey" Kisaragi got a counterpart that fitted pretty well in this trope: Seira Hazuki, a cool-headed schoolgirl who can transform into Misty Honey, a dark-haired LadyOfWar with a purple outfit and an antagonistic behavior. [[spoiler: Since Honey is also a RobotGirl in this continuity, Seira/Misty is also one of these here, taken in by the villains when Dr. Kisaragi went the DefectorFromDecadence way.]]
%%* Dark, from ''Manga/DNAngel'' is a male example.
* Tsubame Otori from ''Anime/CyberTeamInAkihabara'' is another old exponent. Brought as Cigogne's personal enforcer, she [[CurbStompBattle curbstomps]] the Cyber Team in her very introduction and remains as a dark, solitary character until Hibari insists on befriending her. This happens to be Tsubame's first contact with the concepts of friendship and family, whose incomprehension causes her a VillainousBSOD, but Hibari's kindness straightens the trouble and allows her doing her much needed HeelFaceTurn. At the end of the series, she is adopted by Hibari's parents.
* Dark Nana (Jamanana) from ''Anime/SevenOfSeven''. She is Nana's dark side/true self, born from her despair over Yoichi and left unnoticed, jealous of all the fun the others had. She has proven to be much, ''much'' stronger than the other Nanas, able to hypnotize people easily, teleport, fly with ease, fire energy blasts, and be a badaxe. In the end, [[CoolDownHug she just needed a hug.]]
* ''Anime/MaiHime''
** Mikoto Minagi is truly innocent, sweet, and loving toward everyone she knows -- but becomes a holy terror in the defense/service of the brother whom she has been seeking through the entire series ([[spoiler: Reito Kanzaki]]), and who turns out to be the biggest BigBad in the entire show. [[spoiler:True to the form of the trope, Mikoto's convinced to do a HeelFaceTurn via ThePowerOfLove from Mai, and then she frees her BrainwashedAndCrazy brother from his inner darkness by smashing [[OrphansPlotTrinket his pendant]] with her sword.]]
** Also from ''Anime/MaiHime'' is Nao Yuuki, who travels the path she took because [[spoiler:her father was killed and her mother was seriously injured by robbers]]. Unlike Mikoto, she ''doesn't'' get converted over as easily. Making Nao even more tragic, [[spoiler:she ''was'' beginning to really warm to the group before [[WoundedGazelleGambit Natsuki was tricked into attacking her]]. It's hard not to feel sorry for her when she leaves, screaming revenge and clutching [[EyeScream what's left of her right eye]]...]]
** [[spoiler:Shizuru Fujino]] is a very dark take on this trope. She doesn't have a bad family life, but she's [[SchoolgirlLesbians in love with Natsuki]] and has no idea how to express it in a good way. Instead, she lets her confusion and self-hate [[spoiler: plus the pressure of being a Hime]] take over and ultimately goes nuts [[spoiler: in what's implied to be a mix of her present feelings ''and'' a curse coming from her CHILD]]; then she starts killing anyone who threatens Natsuki, who she thinks Natsuki hates, and anyone who might kinda have looked at Natsuki funny, while [[DudeShesLikeInAComa kissing Natsuki in her sleep]]. [[spoiler:Natsuki has to first [[SurpriseKiss give her a kiss]], then [[TakingYouWithMe kill her *and* herself]] to get her properly on track; when both she and Shizuru come BackFromTheDead, the curse of the Ikusahime is no longer twisting Shizuru's affections, and the first thing she does is tearfully apologize to Natsuki for what she put her through.]]
* Nina (among others) from ''Anime/MaiOtome''. Tomoe is an aversion; she's simply pure evil.
* ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' has the dark magical ''woman'', Sara, who, in a variation of this trope, turns out to be TheManBehindTheMan herself, rather than the other way around.
* ''Anime/PrettyCure'' has used this trope multiple times. ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar'' gives us the Kiryuu sisters, Michiru and Kaoru, ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'' has Setsuna Higashi, alias Eas ([[LateArrivalSpoiler until she became]] [[SixthRanger Cure Passion]]), ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' features the aptly-named Dark Pretty Cure, and ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'' has Ellen Kurokawa aka Siren ([[LateArrivalSpoiler until]] ''[[LateArrivalSpoiler she]]'' [[LateArrivalSpoiler became]] [[SixthRanger Cure Beat]]).
** In ''[=HeartCatch=]'', Yuri Tsukikage/Cure Moonlight also has some traces of this despite being on the side of good. Though quiet, mature and intellectual, she harbours a deep sadness within her heart, unable to forgive herself for her past failures that got her BroughtDownToNormal [[spoiler:and killed her companion]]. [[spoiler:Eventually, she heals... and then becomes Cure Moonlight again.]] Incidentally, Dark Pretty Cure from the same series [[spoiler:actually doesn't get redeemed, and is in fact KilledOffForReal. [[AlasPoorVillain Though in a heartbreaking manner]].]]
** One of the Pretty Cure movies had the Dark Precure 5, who were created by the villains to defeat the Precure 5 with. The first of these was Dark Dream, and her efforts paved the way for the rest to be made. All of them die except for her, and even then it was because Cure Dream spared her. [[spoiler:Dark Dream did not know how to truly smile and Cure Dream pitied her for it. Eventually, Cure dream ended up at the mercy of the villains and was about to be killed. Dark Dream [[HeroicSacrifice intercepted the attack]] [[RedemptionEqualsDeath and died as a result]], smiling peacefully as she faded away in Cure Dream's arms.]]
** In ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure'', Makoto Kenzaki/Cure Sword is a near-{{expy}} of the aforementioned Yuri. There is also [[BigBad King Jikochu]]'s [[DaddysLittleVillain daughter]], [[ItsAllAboutMe Regina]], though she doesn't need to transform to use her dark powers.
* [[TheOjou Rue]]/[[SuperpoweredEvilSide Princess Kraehe]] of ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. Although Rue was already the [[LightFeminineDarkFeminine Dark Feminine to Duck's Light]], she probably wouldn't have changed into Kraehe if [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Tutu hadn't sort-of stolen her boyfriend]]. Her HeelFaceTurn comes about when she realizes that she won't escape the DownerEnding just by helping it happen, and she proceeds to [[spoiler:make the HeroicSacrifice which Duck, despite her desire to help Mytho, isn't willing to make -- something Duck herself acknowledges]]. The two of them are really NotSoDifferent: Duck is friendly to everyone, and Rue is aloof yet still admired by others, but neither of them have any TrueCompanions for a long time. They're both just trying to get their HappilyEverAfter with [[PrinceCharming the Prince]] in the only way they know how... and they both turn out to be [[spoiler:working for a villain who was counting on it]]. In the end, [[spoiler:Duck/Tutu returns to her original form/self as a duck [[TheLastDance after giving the heroic performance of her whole life]], while Mytho (his heart restored) acknowledges his love for Rue, saves her from a CruelAndUnusualDeath, and makes her his Princess]].
* Misao Amano from ''Anime/PrettySammy''. While her magical girl form Pixy Misa [[LaughablyEvil might not act troubled]], in ''Magical Project S'' she fulfills the trope to the letter. (One wonders if Fate Testarossa might owe something to Misa, given that both ''Pretty Sammy'' and ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' were {{Spin Off}}s of existing series where the TokenMiniMoe becomes a MagicalGirl...)
* ''Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ'' has both Princess Morbucks and Sedusa, the evil super-powered alter-egos of more sympathetic, troubled girls, Himeko and Annie.
* Suigintou of ''Manga/RozenMaiden'' is developed into this role. Originally a botyh very ruthless and deeply wounded antagonist, when the IllGirl Megu Kakizaki becomes her medium, her attitude and motivations begin to shift; she begins to feel a strong affection for someone other than her Father...
* Miyu of the ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu'' TV series starts out as largely this archetype -- a reserved, lonely girl whose only companions are her TeamPet, Shiina, and her battle partner, Larva. However, she's a very atypical case, as she's the main character, and begins to grow out of it due to discovering friends, rather than being lured out of it by the magical girl. Her rival, Reiha, is a more straight example.
* Rubi Toujou from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' starts off as this archetype, but since she's in an UnwantedHarem show, her move to the side of good is a bit different. Later on, she's the one who saves Tsukune [[spoiler:[[BodyHorror from himself]]]].
%%* Yuko Amasawa from ''Anime/DennouCoil'' is a dark technological girl (though, with the way technology gets treated in the series, it could just as well be magic). Other than the fact that she is the closest thing the series has to a recurring BigBad (she's more like a master-less EnigmaticMinion), she fits the trope to a T.
* Saint Tail's ''mother'' in the manga ''Manga/KaitouSaintTail'' was a Dark Magical Girl named "Saint Lucifer" long before Meimi was born. Convinced to HeelFaceTurn by Saint Tail's father, they settled down together. (In the anime, she was always good, though more morally grey than Meimi.)
* Crona the Demon Sword User from ''Manga/SoulEater''. [[AmbiguousGender His/Her]] mother, Medusa the Witch, "trained" Crona by forcing Crona to beat his/her pet rabbit to death, and locked Crona in a closet until s/he agreed to do so. Then they ate the rabbit. S/he also has the [[TheCorruption Black Blood taint]] and the demonic sword, Ragnarok. [[TheHero Maka]] befriended her/him with warrior therapy and became his/her staunchest supporter after the HeelFaceTurn.
* Naha Midori from ''LightNovel/TelepathyShoujoRan'', who did an immediate [[HeelFaceTurn heel face turn]]. She then goes on to get practically adopted into Ran's family, and spends the rest of the series living the good life. [[spoiler:Ohara Momoko]] is a dark magical girl who grows up without going through the face turn, and is ''miserable'' because of it.
* Izayoi Aki from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' when she first appeared, having been alienated from other people due to her fearsome PsychicPowers. When Yusei met her, she was unstable and had developed a destructive SplitPersonality ([[SuperpoweredEvilSide the Black Rose Witch]]) out of anger and guilt, and was hostile towards him for bearing [[PowerTattoo the mark]] she believed was responsible for her suffering (actually the sign she was a [[TheChosenOne chosen one]]). As with most examples of this trope, [[DefeatMeansFriendship she joined the heroes after being defeated by the main character]] - in this case, it took two Duels and some help from her parents, who truly regretted [[ParentalAbandonment neglecting her]], for [[WarriorTherapist Yusei]] to get through to her. However, after the Dark Signers were defeated, she took the opportunity to [[IJustWantToBeNormal live a normal life]], without causing pain to others, something that she couldn't do before.
* Utau Hoshina from ''Manga/ShugoChara'' is an example played straight. Though whenever Ikuto stops by, she goes from a serious and brooding dark magical girl to [[BrotherSisterIncest lovelorn and cutesy]]. [[spoiler:After ''both'' of her Charas leave her, she gets some EpiphanyTherapy and turns to the side of good.]]
%%* Kuesu from ''Manga/OmamoriHimari'', who is also a BlackMagicianGirl.
%%* Yukina from ''Manga/GirlsBravo'' is an extremely rare BigBad example.
%%** The show also has Lisa Fukuyama, a {{Yandere}}, FriendlyEnemy example.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Gaara is a GenderFlip; a lonely antagonistic foil for Naruto who becomes a good guy and a friend after his defeat in Part 1. The fact that both of them are [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan jinchuriki]] seals the deal.
** If the flashbacks are to be believed, ''Hinata'' could have been this if not for Naruto's influence on her. She has the same father-issues and the loneliness and 'group pariah' status as Naruto. One could say her crush on Naruto acted like a vaccine against [=DMGness=] instead of a cure.
** In the sort-of sequel, ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'', [[spoiler: Sumire Kakei]] plays this VERY well. [[spoiler: She was raised by her dead father [[TykeBomb for the sole purpose of exacting his revenge on Konoha]] by blowing it up with a giant monster, Nue, for which she would serve as the summoner. Her dedication to that purpose is so great that she's willing to die for it... [[DefusingTheTykebomb until Boruto talks her out of it]].]]
%%* [[spoiler:Nami]] in ''Anime/TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughSpace''. Her powers are tech-based, but she fits perfectly character-wise.
* Onpu Segawa from ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi''. Darker outfit? Check. Aloof and mostly antagonistic attitude toward the PowerTrio? Check. Suffers ParentalAbandonment? [[ParentsAsPeople To a degree]], but otherwise check. Yep, she definitely fits. [[HeelFaceTurn Until the end of the first series]] [[spoiler:when said PowerTrio saves her from her LaserGuidedKarma and they all have to give up their powers together. Once they get them back, Onpu fully joins the group]]
** The finale of ''Sharp'' introduces the ultimate BigBad of the series as one of these, effectively filling the role once more. [[spoiler:Queen Majo Tourbillon once was a kind witch who [[MayflyDecemberRomance fell in love with a human and had a family with him]], but once she outlived her whole human family [[LoveMakesYouCrazy she lost it]]...]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** [[BigBad Fate Averruncus]]' accomplices (especially [[MasterOfDisguise Shiori]] and [[DontYouDarePityMe Homura]]). All of them are young women who lost everything in the recent wars, and follow Fate because [[IOweYouMyLife he gave them something to believe in]].
** Yue Ayase is an interesting case who teeters back and forth on the edge of averting this trope for most of the series. Most of her "dark" traits are most apparent near the beginning of the series when her primary character attributes (apart from being Nodoka's best friend) involved being a [[SugarAndIcePersonality slightly chilly]] BrilliantButLazy [[TheSnarkKnight serial snarker]]. In fact, Yue barely averts what could have been a StartOfDarkness when her feelings for Negi led to her thinking that she had betrayed Nodoka in a moment of weakness; rather than face her best friend, she chose to run away, and were it not for Nodoka's timely [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan intervention]], poor Yue could have sunken to the emotional depths required for [=DMGs=]. Regardless, she doesn't unlock her magical abilities until a fair way into the series: by that point, she's warmed up to the rest of the group, effectively ditching the most negative DMG traits she had around the same time she became a mage. At this point, it's hard to say for certain whether Yue is a recovering DMG or just an unusually cynical/snarky MagicalGirl.
* [[spoiler:The real Saji Genpou]] in ''Manga/IkkiTousen'' ''Great Guardians''. [[spoiler:Under the facade of the cold, cruel ElegantGothicLolita young woman who opposes Hakufu and her friends, there is a deeply scared girl who was bullied into insanity and decided to retaliate.]] Also, Ten'i from ''Dragon Destiny'', a LittleMissBadass who lost it horribly after being kicked and abused for all of her life, and followed the local EvilGenius out of misguided gratitude after she took her in.
* Mio from ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren'', who's an {{Expy}} of Fate.
* Darry plays one in "Kiyals Magical Time, Three Minutes After", of ''[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann TTGL Parallel Works 2]]''.
%%* Dead Master, in the OAV of ''Anime/BlackRockShooter''.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' toys with the trope a LOT:
** Homura Akemi is the in-house poster girl for this trope. From the first episode she is a cold and aloof antagonist contrasting the warm and friendly Madoka. [[spoiler:In truth she was GoodAllAlong and has been opposing [[WeaselMascot Kyuubey]] (who is arguably the BigBad of the series)]] and doing everything for [[spoiler:the sake of Madoka]]. She [[InvokedTrope invoked this trope]] for the sake of [[spoiler:not getting too close to, and thus hurting, Madoka.]]
** Kyouko is an antagonistic MagicalGirl but her foil is Sayaka. On one hand we have the red SocialDarwinist and on the other we have the blue KnightInShiningArmor. They fight over their conflicting philosophies but eventually [[spoiler:Kyouko reaches out to Sayaka in friendship and becomes a more heroic magical girl because Sayaka reminded her of the idealism she lost.]]
** Sayaka herself [[spoiler:is a inversion. Initially a straight MagicalGirl, her isolation/despair changes her into a monster because Kyouko convinced her it was better to be selfish ''and'' she already had severe problems before becoming a MagicalGirl.]]
** ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' flips things a bit. [[spoiler:Sayaka CameBackStrong and moves past her prior faults and doubts. She even summons her witch form as a GuardianEntity, metaphorically accepting her own despair and using it to empower herself. On the other hand, Homura's journey through the movie causes her to realize that she can't accept Madoka's AbstractApotheosis HeroicSacrifice at the end of the anime. This drives her into a FaceHeelTurn where she steals Madoka's powers and [[BroughtDownToNormal turns her into an]] [[AmnesiacGod ordinary girl]] so that Homura can fulfill her one selfish desire: [[WellIntentionedExtremist To have a world where]] [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy Madoka can be happy]]. In other words, Homura becomes a Dark Magical Girl [[SatanicArchetype Devil]] to oppose Madoka's Magical Girl [[GodOfGood Goddess]].]]
* ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'': Prisma Ilya, the MagicalGirl SpinOff version of the [[EnfantTerrible horrifying]] and [[{{Moe}} adorable]] Ilya, gains a rival and subsequent ally in Kuro, a dark-skinned duplicate of herself with more attitude and fewer morals. Oh, and any pain inflicted on Ilya is also transferred to Kuro, making for some hilarious self-inflicted punishment. [[spoiler:Then it is revealed that Illya's original rival [[TheAce Miyu Edelfelt]] [[BrokenAce really]] [[BrokenBird is]] [[ConditionedToAcceptHorror one]].]]
* Sigil from ''Anime/HyperSpeedGranDoll'' is a textbook example. Even before getting converted to the good side by the heroine's friendship, she's a pretty honorable girl who's only on the villains' side because she's [[SubordinateExcuse in love with]] the BigBad. She also has LesYay with the heroine and [[spoiler:[[TakingTheBullet Takes The Bullet]] for her.]]
* Morgan Le-Fay is the closest to a Dark Magical Girl in the ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' franchise. She appears in the [[TheMovie Movie]], as a beautiful fairy who works as the messenger of [[spoiler:BigBad and Belldandy's first love Celestin]], who sends her to drive Keiichi and Belldandy apart [[spoiler:so he can use this to make Belldandy his ApocalypseMaiden and then go RageAgainstTheHeavens.]] It's later explained that Morgan [[spoiler:lost her lover when they couldn't go through the Gate of Judgement as a test of their love, which [[BrokenBird emotionally broke her]]; when Keiichi and Belldandy manage to pass through it in the end, Margan's faith in love and the world is ultimately restored, and she becomes the guardian of said Gate to help people in love.]]
* Princess Luna from ''Anime/PeterPanNoBouken'' is this, since she was raised by her evil grandmother Queen Sinistra to become a Princess of Darkness despite her desire for friends. Which she gets when she meets Peter and the Lost Boys, and specially after [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship bonding with]] [[TeamMom Wendy]] [[HotBlooded Darling]]. [[spoiler:Who is also the one who brings her back from her FaceHeelTurn, even if she almost dies while trying.]]
* The first ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' movie gives us Mahoudoushi/The Enchantress. The contrast with her and Sakura, the MagicalGirl, is revealed over the course of the movie. [[spoiler:Mahoudoushi is a lonely HotWitch who practised BlackMagic, and she turned sour after her lover and mentor Clow sealed her away. After fighting the MagicalGirl and losing, she has a HeelFaceTurn, and manages to finally pass on in peace]].
** Also the BigBad from the second movie... [[spoiler:The Nothing Card.]] All that she wants is to [[IJustWanttoHaveFriends have her old friends]] [[spoiler:alias the other Clow/Sakura Cards]] back to her side. She [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds reacts with fright, tears and screams]] if it seems someone will [[spoiler:seal her away for a second time]], then unleashes her magic in terror. What can she do with said magic? [[spoiler:She doesn't so much as flinch to ''erasing an entire town's populace in her frenzied search.'']] It is only when she realises such actions mean [[spoiler:the cards won't accept her]] that she begins to doubt her methods, [[spoiler:and Sakura then fuses Nothing with The Nameless Card, creating The Hope card.]]
** Also GenderFlipped with Yue, who is something of a GrumpyBear and was completely unwilling to accept Sakura until she [[DefeatMeansFriendship defeated him]]. [[spoiler:He also has ParentalAbandonment issues since his beloved creator died, leaving him, Kero and the cards alone for a few centuries until Sakura found them.]]
* An odd example comes from ''Manga/MagicKaito'', where BlackMagic practitioner Akako Koizumi is a mix of this and HotWitch ''in a series otherwise devoid of anything magical''. After Akako falls for Kaitou for [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou repeatedly failing to control him into loving her]] [[spoiler:(including [[IfICantHaveYou trying to kill him once]])]], she joins his circle of friends and helps him in her own way.
* The ''very'' uncommon mix between DarkActionGirl and Dark Magical Girl happens in ''Manga/LegendOfHeavenlySphereShurato''. Nara-oh Renge comes off as the first in the beginning, what with her genuine and huge fighting skills and her no-nosense attitude... but as the story continues, we see that personality-wise Renge is much closer to ''this'' trope: she's not a bad person in herself, just a confused and emotionally-broken young girl who sincerely loves her EvilMentor Indra and has inner pain about it and her conflicted loyalties. [[spoiler:After being killed in battle ''and'' brought BackFromTheDead, Renge makes a HeelFaceTurn and is firmly on the side of good from then on.]]
* Yugi from ''Anime/TenchiInTokyo'', in a rare BigBad example. [[spoiler:She was an ArtificialHuman created for experiments and had few idea of how the world worked as well as how much she hurt others with her powers. This lead to ber being sealed away by the then-Juraian Empress Hinase (an ancestor of Ayeka and Sasami) as the only solution despite how she was terrified of darkness and isolation. She grew VERY bitter and brewed an EvilPlan to conquer the Universe (which involved creating Sakuya to wreak havoc among Tenchi and his UnwantedHarem among other things), befriended Sasami who became her MoralityPet (to the point of deliberately keeping her out of her plans, and then kidnapping her to keep her by her side). To defeat her Tenchi had to ''reason'' with her and pull her outta a VillainousBreakdown (in which she [[CryCute cries and screams]] that she doesn't want to be buried again) instead of killing her. One GetAHoldOfYourselfMan and CoolDownHug later, she's redeemed.]]
* ''Anime/VividredOperation'' gives us Kuroki Rei, an expy of [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Homura Akemi]] slash [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Fate Testarossa]]. A fairly classical example... aside from not actually being a MagicalGirl. And, yes, it is a MagicalGirl series.
* ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'''s anime version of [[spoiler:Takako]]/Fenrir is a rare BigBad version. [[spoiler:She broke down and had a FaceHeelTurn after having her feelings for Hayate rejected, which did NOT mix well with her deep insecurities. Like most Dark Magical Girls, she is ultimately redeemed and the last shot we see of her is her HappilyEverAfter with Sasame, her SecondLove.]]
** In the anime, [[spoiler:Himeno's stepsister Mawata]] briefly plays the role after [[spoiler:she's cruelly rejected by a {{Face Heel Turn}}ed Sasame [[LoveTriangle in favor of Takako]] ''and'' is overwhelmed [[LonelyRichKid by her loneliness.]] Takako then steals Mawata's soul via a KissOfDeath and locks her in a magical tree, where the poor girl is [[BarrierMaiden pretty much turned into its core]]; Himeno has to make a MASSIVE effort to get Mawata back, and ''then'' she goes off to face and redeem Takako.]]
* Hiromi "Potamus" Kawanami from the ''Manga/WeddingPeach'' anime makes a nice contrast to TheHeroine Momoko. She's a devil {{Yandere}} and her rival in love. In one scene she transforms between human and devil forms by shouting her true name, similar to Momoko. [[spoiler:Then she has a HeelFaceTurn.]]
** In the manga, there's Nocturne of the Night, who was a singer who was only able to sing with the aid of a magical bracelet. One of her 'friends' asked to try on the bracelet, then took it, scarred her, and backstabbed her. She lost her voice and her love, and then was approached to become a demon. Upon hearing this, the Love Angels try to redeem her instead of destroying her.
* In ''Anime/UmiMonogatari'', following her FaceHeelTurn, [[spoiler:Urin]] becomes the Priestess of Darkness, gaining destructive powers and following Sedna's will.
* Rui Ninomiya from ''Anime/GatchamanCrowds''. He's a highly-intelligent youth who finds the current world boring, and seeks to update and advance it at any cost. He created President X and the "GALAX" network in hopes of solving the world's problems, but is unable to solve ''his'' own and is basically a [[WholesomeCrossdresser cross-dressing]] LonelyRichKid who badly desires company [[spoiler:and finds himself at the receiving end of quite the BreaktheCutie process which includes losing the GALAX Network at the hands of BigBad Berk Katze, who ''really'' wants Rui to pull a FaceHeelTurn...]]
* There are two women in ''LightNovel/SorcererStabberOrphen'' that fit in the trope:
** In the first season, [[spoiler:Azalie Caith Sith is the rare BigBad version. She once was a ChildProdigy in magic but her affections for her SexyMentor Childman were, at some point, rejected since he didn't want her feelings to hinder her search for knowledge. To ease her grief she turned to her studies and became the most powerful and ambitious sorceress in the [[WizardingSchool Tower of Fangs]]... and then she turned herself into the EldritchAbomination Bloody August via an experiment, leading to her adoptive younger brother Krylancelo/Orphen's quest to save her. But even in her monstrous form, she keeps her [[BrokenBird deeply wounded]] human feelings, torn between her love for Childman and her desire for revenge against the Tower for trying to kill her rather than redeem her.]]
** The second season has Esperanza, a beautiful spellcaster with [[EvilRedhead blazing red hair]], the sad stare of a caged bird (according to Cleao), and a mysterious attitude, who follows Orphen around and messes with his plans. [[spoiler:She and her father have taken a DealWithTheDevil to save Esperanza's sister, and as a result she's been emotionally shattered.]]
* In ''Anime/CorrectorYui'', Ai Shinozaki aka Corrector Ai takes the role of corrector, firstly and mostly for her own goals, and not because she wants to save [=ComNet=] as Yui or the other Software Programs. Said goal? [[spoiler:She wants to help her comatose mom Azusa, a talented programmer whose conscience has been lost online for so long, that from one moment or another, she could be declared clinically dead if she never regains it.]] So thanks to the hardships she's lived, she is aloof and quiet and prefers to work alone, and it takes Yui a ''lot'' to reach for her...

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* ComicBook/{{Tomboy}}: A very unique example of the trope. The magical girl elements are a result of a combination of the main characters hallucinations and the fact that she's a fan of an in-universe, more traditional magical girl, Princess Cherry Cherry. The princess herself becomes a sort of dark magical girl as Addison sees hallucinations [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane (or maybe visions?)]] of Princess Cherry Cherry encouraging her to seek bloody vengeance for the murder of her boyfriend and his dad, and telling her to transform when enraged or in danger.

[[folder: Fan Fic]]
* [[DefiedTrope Defying]] this trope is the premise for ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' fic ''FanFic/GameTheoryFanFic''. The fic's version of Precia still has the same goals as in canon, but [[PragmaticVillainy pragmatically treats Fate better]]; the result is that Fate still has plenty of [=DMG=] tropes, but is also completely loyal to her mother. The trope is then inverted when [[spoiler:''Nanoha'' is convinced to join Fate and Precia's side - and it's Nanoha who [[BreakTheCutie suffers the most in the fic]].]]
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6533816/1/Forgive-Us-Our-Trespasses Forgive Us Our Trespasses]]'', a ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' fanfic, has [[SailorEarth Vengeance]] as a pretty good example. She ''never'' liked being [[OurHomunculiAreDifferent a homunculus]], [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity the effects of which take a toll on her psyche]], and it's implied she both hates and seeks the approval of [[{{Jerkass}} Envy]] (who ''isn't'' a DracoInLeatherPants here). Deep down, she would ''like'' to make a HeelFaceTurn, but [[spoiler:from where the fic leaves off she's already tried this...[[FromBadToWorse and it fails spectacularly]].]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fan fictions ''love'' to apply this personality to Trixie because of the way her personality clashes with Twilight Sparkle's. Some end with the two becoming friends and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming everything comes up roses]], others [[TearJerker not so much]].
** Also with Princess Luna/Nightmare Moon, even more so than in the show itself.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* [[AnIcePerson Queen Elsa]] from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', whose powers caused her parents to isolate her from the world... including her little sister, Anna. Even more obvious if you interpret her as a {{Foil}} for Anna, whose CuteClumsyGirl and HotBlooded traits can be compared to a typical MagicalGirl heroine, especially when it turns out that [[spoiler:ThePowerOfLove--- in this case, sisterly love--- is what causes Elsa to finally break out of her shell.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'' has the Dazzlings, who are {{Evil Counterpart}}s to the Rainbooms. Their haunting [[EnthrallingSiren siren song]] [[HatePlague incites hatred]] among the Canterlot High students, [[EmotionEater which they absorb with their magic ruby necklaces to increase their power]]. In the final battle, they gain enough power to transform into anthro-pony magical girls similar to the Humane Six.
** The sequel, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'', has Human Twilight Sparkle become one, though not [[PeerPressureMakesYouEvil necessarily by choice]], [[spoiler:when she's convinced to absorb the Equestrian magic she's been gathering and studying throughout the movie to become [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Midnight Sparkle]]]]. In a [[SwappedRoles fitting reversal]], it's [[HeelFaceTurn Sunset Shimmer]], the former Dark Magical Girl, who has to fight and stop her.

[[folder: Literature]]
* Sorceress Arachnia in ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'' is a lonely girl whose story was supposed to be something like Hansel and Gretel. Eventually she found love and decided she would be happier being good while ''appearing'' dark and spooky.
* The title character in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' is a teenage loner with [[MindOverMatter telekinetic powers]] who is mercilessly mistreated by not only [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer her peers]], who see her as a freak, but also by her own mother, a deranged religious fanatic who, [[SocialServicesDoesNotExist in a just world]], would not be permitted custody over her daughter.[[note]]In fact, ''Film/TheRageCarrie2'', the sequel to [[Film/{{Carrie 1976}} the 1976 film adaptation]], opened with the heroine Rachel's mother, a woman very similar to Carrie's mother Margaret, being straight-up institutionalized.[[/note]] It only takes one cruel prank from her classmates to push her over the edge. The closest thing she has to a "light" counterpart is her classmate Sue Snell, who, while lacking Carrie's powers and being a member of the AlphaBitch's GirlPosse, starts to [[TheAtoner feel remorse]] for her bullying of Carrie and genuinely seeks to make amends -- [[NiceJobBreakingItHero inadvertently setting off the events]] that lead to Carrie's psychic rampage. The book ends with [[spoiler:Sue stopping Carrie by allowing her to MindRape her, forcing a HeelRealization in her before [[RedemptionEqualsDeath she dies from an aneurysm]] [[HeroicRROD brought on by overusing her powers]]]].

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' usually prefers the DarkActionGirl route, but Marah & Kapri from ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'', [[BigBad Lothor's]] bumbling nieces, are more [=DMG=]-ish. They don't really want to be evil; they just want to be normal teenage girls, valued by their uncle ("By marriage", as Lothor points out.). He finally leaves them to [[NeverSayDie be destroyed]] in the GrandFinale, but [[TheSixthRanger Cam]], [[LukeIAmYourFather Lothor's biological nephew]], reluctantly decides to save them "because they're family". In the ReunionShow, they pretended to rejoin Lothor, but [[spoiler:actually worked behind the scenes to free Cam's father, Kanoi... who then went on to save Cam, Hunter, and Blake... who then went on to save the ''Dino Thunder'' PowerTrio from being wiped out by ''Ninja Storm's'' ThreeAmigos.]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Faith is a slayer, like our friendly protagonist, but she does not have "[[TrueCompanions scoobies]]". This trope's aspects of her character are mostly explored through her relationship with [[BigBad the Mayor]] and further when she's on ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
* Regina from ''Series/OnceUponATime'' can be read like this, although she's not a "young girl" anymore. She's definitely suffered from an abusive mother and ineffectual [[spoiler:and later dead (by her own hand)]] father. And with what she sees as [[spoiler:Snow's betrayal]], she lost both this blossoming friendship and her OneTrueLove. Many of her major interactions after that -- at least, those not focused on revenge -- can be read as her clinging too tightly to everyone who could prevent her from being alone. It even looks like she might eventually be redeemed by befriending TheChosenOne.
* Dark Sailor Mercury (aka [[FanNickname "Darkury"]]) from ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' is not just an ordinary Dark Magical Girl, but a former regular Magical Girl corrupted and co-opted by the bad guys. It takes Moon MORE than a mere IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight to bring her back to the side of good. [[EvilDiva Mio Kuroki]] in the special act is this, made out entire evil.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'' has the Twilight Princesses, three factions specifically based on the Dark Magical Girl archetype (in contrast with the Radiant Princesses, who represent the traditional Magical Girls).
** Princesses of Tears are those who decided that fighting the All-Consuming Darkness was a HopelessWar, and that protecting their loved ones was far more important. To that end, they've thrown their lot in with Alhambra, [[TheEmpire a totalitarian city-state]] within the Dark World ruled by the Queen of Tears. In exchange for their families and lovers being provided with a safe haven, Princesses of Tears now work to steal light and emotion from the mortal world to keep Alhambra functioning.
** Princesses of Storms allowed their hate of the Darkness to dominate their lives, becoming obsessed with destroying it wherever it can be found. They no longer have patience for the ALighterShadeOfBlack morality that typifies the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'', and the most far-gone among them don't even care about [[DestructiveSavior collateral damage]] or [[ShootTheHostage civilian casualties]] anymore.
** Princesses of Mirrors are self-absorbed glory hounds and attention-seekers, [[TautologicalTemplar convinced that they can do no wrong]] and that [[SmugSuper their powers make them better than everyone else]]. Furthermore, thanks to the influence of the [[LightIsNotGood Specchio]] invocation (which eventually causes [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity madness]]) and the Queen of Mirrors, every Princess of Mirrors is utterly convinced that they are TheChosenOne destined to defeat the All-Consuming Darkness and restore the Old Kingdom; a [[WrongGenreSavvy delusion]] that tends to end badly for everyone involved [[CrapsackWorld considering what the setting is really like]].

[[folder: Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable'', all three Aces (Nanoha, Fate and Hayate), have their own [[EvilTwin Material]] counterpart: Stern the Destructor, Levi the Slasher and Lord Dearche. And then there is the independent BigBad Unbreakable Dark. All of them are revealed to be {{Anti Villain}}s. The [[SheIsTheKing King of Darkness]] Lord Dearche and her two retainers Stern and Levi want to receive the unlimited power in the form of Unbreakable Dark, and then find a place to live. Unbreakable Dark is a PersonOfMassDestruction against her own will and she is forced to destroy anything and anyone, not being able to control herself and being forced to live alone. Only Dearche can control her with the Tome of Purple Sky, and the heroes help her to control Unbreakable Dark, who is revealed to be the Materials' beloved [[spoiler:Souvereign, Yuri Eberwein]].
* She's not magical, [[PsychicPowers per se]], but ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps'' has a notable case in that the MagicalGirl and the Dark Magical Girl are originally presented as twin sisters - the MagicalGirl is devoted to her sister and talks about her a lot, while the Dark Magical Girl stalks around alone trying to read people's minds. It turns out that...[[JekyllAndHyde well]], both 'sisters' join forces with the hero to destroy the BigBad at the end - and give a [[EitherOrProphecy prophecy]] together.
* Marisa Kirisame from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. She [[InvokedTrope purposely]] [[RobeAndWizardHat dresses]] [[FlyingBroomstick as a]] [[CuteWitch stereotypical witch]], lives by herself in the Forest of Magic, [[ParentalAbandonment is estranged from her father]] ([[AllThereInTheManual according to the manual]]), and her first appearance in the series was as TheDragon to a BigBad. DefeatMeansFriendship, and she subsequently becomes the series's {{Deuteragonist}}. So where's the twist? It's her personality; Marisa is one of the most outgoing characters in the series... even if it's just to [[KleptomaniacHero steal from people]].
** Mokou is an odd example in that she has all the earmarks of this trope, but her image is overshadowed by her on-off rivalry with Kaguya and her interaction with Keine. And she wears suspenders and red poofy pants.
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** Chidori Yoshino from ''VideoGame/Persona3'' very much fits the bill. Besides being part of Strega, a group of Persona users who oppose the protagonists, she's also an orphan [[spoiler:who was one of only a few kids to survive the hideous experiments that turned her into a Persona user]]; as such, she has little desire to live and is afraid of any sort of attachment. She doesn't even really care about her teammates, and only stays with Strega because she has nowhere else to go. She also sharply contrasts S.E.E.S.'s female members; the latter dress like normal teenagers and have a strong connection to their Personas, while Chidori dresses like a ElegantGothicLolita and [[spoiler:has to continually take drugs if she doesn't want to be killed by her own Persona]]. Chidori's desire for friendship and love gradually reawakens as she spends more time with TheLancer Junpei, [[spoiler:but the two are ultimately StarCrossedLovers, as Chidori ends up [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing herself]] to save Junpei. You ''can'' give the couple a happier ending in the ''FES'' and ''Portable'' remakes, but it's not exactly [[GuideDangIt easy to achieve]]]].
** ''VideoGame/Persona5'': The traitor, [[spoiler:Goro Akechi]], also pretty much fits the bill [[spoiler:apart from being male]]. They're a bastard child who was passed around an assortment of abusive foster homes after their mother committed suicide out of shame, their father having abandoned them before their birth. As such, their ultimate desire is receiving love and affection; [[spoiler:Akechi not only revels in the public adulation he receives as "the second coming of the Detective Prince", but willingly becomes TheDragon for his evil birth father as part of a twisted revenge plan to make his father finally acknowledge him]]. On top of that, [[spoiler:Akechi has the same "Wild Card" power as the protagonist; however, Akechi's borderline sociopathy means that unlike the protagonist, he's unable to cultivate the genuine friendships needed to unlock the wide assortment of Personas available to the hero]]. Finally, they're ''incredibly'' envious of the protagonist, as shown in their MotiveRant:
-->"Teammates!? Friends!? To hell with that! Why am I inferior to you...!? I was ''extremely particular'' about my life, my grades, my public image, so someone would want me around! I am [[spoiler:an Ace Detective... ''a celebrity'']]! But you... you're just some criminal trash living in an attic! So how...!? How does someone like you have things I don't!? ''How can such a worthless piece of trash be more special than me!?''
* The ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTensei'' series has Alice, who just wants to make friends, but has no idea that asking everyone she meets to die for her before brutally murdering them probably isn't the best way to go about it.
* [[spoiler:Jacqli]] in ''VideoGame/ArTonelico2''. [[spoiler:She begins as a not-quite-antagonist who eventually joins the main party after a number of battles. She's cynical in contrast to the heroine duo's idealism and wears wears dark clothing to contrast their bright colors.]]
%%* {{Gender Flip}}ped with Sabata in ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}}''.
%%* Princess Eclair of ''VideoGame/LaPucelle''.
* Bloody Marie of ''VideoGame/SkullGirls'' who is not evil herself but was changed into the titular monster because she used the Skullheart to [[spoiler:wish vengeance upon the Medici mafia]]. Peacock, despite her extremely twisted nature, is the good magical girl counterpart.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' is noticeable, since it has examples ''of both genders'':
** Prince Lyon from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' is a RareMaleExample, as well a rare [[spoiler:TheManBehindTheMan example, instead of TheDragon]]. He is the most powerful BlackMage in the universe of Magvel, but he still thinks he is very lacking as a crown prince of his country. He has all three of the driving forces of a DMG, first being [[WellDoneSonGuy his desire for approval]], although in his case he is not only seeking it from his own father but also the twins (so much that he [[spoiler:intentionally let the Demon King [[DemonicPossession possess his body]] to gain more power as well attempting to [[{{Necromantic}} revive his father from his death]]]]), second being [[HatesBeingAlone his desire to be not alone]] (the reason why he cherished the twins so much is because they are the ones who freed him from loneliness), and lastly, his [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy towards Ephraim, for having confidence as well talent in physical combat]].
** Prince Takumi from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' is also another RareMaleExample, particularly in the ''Conquest'' path. Much like Lyon, he is driven by the three main forces of a DMG. He not only sought approval from his mother, but from everyone in his inner circle. He also DesperatelyCravesAffection, as he shows this side as soon as a female Avatar romances him. Lastly, he's jealous of all the attention that the people around him give the Avatar, since he sees it as them (unintentionally) neglecting him. As mentioned, it gets really bad in ''Conquest'', so much so that [[spoiler:his hate and jealousy allows Anankos to possess him and turn him into a hate-filled killing machine; his wind bow is even replaced by a darkness bow.]]
** [[{{expy}} Similarities]] with ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening's'' Tharja aside, Rhajat from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' turns out to be a rather creepy girl with an extreme case of NoSocialSkills and rather disturbing habits and powers - but who deep down [[IJustWantToBeLoved desperately yearns for love and affection]], specially from the Avatar. Her talks with her parents drive the point further: Her father Hayato realises that she's lying when she denies being NotGoodWithPeople, and when she speaks to her mother, [[spoiler:she focuses on trying to FindTheCure for an illness outbreak ''despite'' being mistakenly believed to have caused said illness with her magic]]. Plus, when confronted by Hayato on how she doesn't ''actually'' want to be alone, Rhajat [[CryCute starts sobbing]].
** On the Nohrian side of ''Fates'', Nyx is one of these. She used to be a mix of EnfanteTerrible and ChildProdigy in regards to magic, and as punishment she was given an unbreakable curse that [[NotAllowedToGrowUp stunted her physical growth]]. As a result, Nyx is an adult woman trapped in a young girl's body and has severe issues about it: she can barely interact with people and buries herself in books, can't bond with others easily in any sense, has self-worth issues [[ACupAngst regarding her "childlike" body]], and believes that she'll never be able to have a family that loves her. So once she's recruited in ''Conquest'' and ''Revelation'', her supports tend to be about her [[CharacterDevelopment learning to value not only others, but herself as well.]] [[spoiler:And ''very'' unsurprisingly, in ''Revelation'' she is one of the aforementioned Rhajat's potential mothers.]]
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemHeroes'' has a rare BigBad example in Princess Veronica from the Emblian Empire. She's [[LittleMissBadass young]], [[BlackMage a talented magic user]], opposes the Order of Heroes and the Kingdom of Askr, was deeply marked by a pareent's legacy (her dad, in her case), is explicitely said to be [[SourOutsideSadInside a deeply sad girl under her cold facade]], and [[spoiler:explicitly says she envies Askr's prosperity and joy, something that her kingdom Embla doesn't have. ]]
** In the case of ''Heroes'', there's yet another RareMaleExample: [[spoiler:the infamous "Mysterious Man" aka Zachariah aka Prince Bruno of Emblia, Veronica's older brother]]. His DarkAndTroubledPast ([[spoiler:where he was abused and exiled over rumors about his mother, then as Zacharias befriended Alfonse and Sharena but had to leave them over his BrainwashedAndCrazy curse, ''then'' became his little sister's protector of sorts]]), his [[AntiVillain current role]] in the present story [[spoiler:and his desire to die and be free of the curse]] '''definitely''' make him this.
* Princess Belladonna, in the seventh ''VideoGame/DarkParables'' installment, is very much one of these. [[spoiler:She was born with EnemyToAllLivingThings powers, meaning that if she so much as scratches someone with her fingernails, they will sicken and die. She can't shut it off, either. Her mother died when she was little; her father locked her in a tower to protect everyone from her deadly magic; and the only person she believes truly loves her is her elder half-sister Literature/{{Rapunzel}}, who has her own magic which renders her immune to Bella's power. But Rapunzel is engaged to be married, and Bella is terrified that this means her sister is going to leave her all alone. A vicious guardian helps her craft a HypnoTrinket that will solve this problem... and create hundreds more.]] But she's not a bad person at all - just a child who has been through entirely too much, and saddled with powers that scare people.

[[folder: Web Comics ]]
%%* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'': Ariel Val'Sarghess. A heroic example ([[GreyAndGreyMorality kinda]]), but she still qualifies.
* ''Webcomic/M9Girls'': Motivated by her need to belong with the other M9 Girls, Vero steals a vial of the serum that helps the Girls get their powers. She is soon kidnapped by the BigBad and made an offer she cannot resist.
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'''s Tohya Miho: we've seen her [[spoiler:flip a van with one hand, jump three or four blocks whilst carrying Kimiko, and [[IHaveTheHighGround walk nonchalantly on telegraph wires]]]], and the held-back tears give it away when Kimiko tells her that the [[spoiler:lack of emotional connection to others necessarily means the lack of what it is to be alive]].
* In the ''Webcomic/MechagicalGirlLisaANT'', the character ''Pink Flash'' is a inversion: she is a mercenary who willfully works for evil alien invaders (as opposed to Lisa, who works for ''other'' evil alien invaders because she's too gullible), but she is anything but dark.
* ''Webcomic/AngelMoxie'', itself a pastiche of MagicalGirl and Anime tropes, had the character of Tristan fill in the role of the Dark Magical Girl. She worked for the villain near the start, but she quickly changed sides after [[EvilIsNotAToy being betrayed]].
%%* Bell from [[http://ppg.snafu-comics.com/ Bleedman's]] ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' MassiveMultiplayerCrossover.
%%* While ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' doesn't have a standard magical girl trope, [[spoiler:Grimdark]] Rose Lalonde certainly fits the Dark Magical Girl bill.
* In [[http://worldpeace.emilymarthasorensen.com To Prevent World Peace]], the main character (a villain) takes down dark magical girls in order to make the nice ones stronger.

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%%* Soyburger Patricia of the ''LeagueOfIntergalacticCosmicChampions'' sort of falls into this trope.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' features both Raven and Terra, both {{Tykebomb}}s, each with their own DarkAndTroubledPast who are ultimately unwilling servants of their abusive parental figures, struggling with their transitions from Face to Heel and back again.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' features an interesting variation. The Dark Magical Girl Elyon Brown, alias Princess Elyon from Meridian, fights the heroines because she hates them personally due to a misunderstanding aided by some manipulation -- but aside from that, she's a [[NaiveEverygirl very sweet and naive person]], so much so that the heroines have to pull punches against her...especially one of them, Cornelia Hale, who is Elyon's long-time friend. [[spoiler:Good thing the misunderstandings are more or less cleared and they became friends again.]]
* Charmcaster from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', the antithesis to MagicalGirl Gwen. In the third series, ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'', it turns out that [[spoiler:her whole motive for being evil is to gain enough power to free her home dimension from a tyrannical being that killed her parents and left her lonely and bitter. She ends up developing a typical Magical Girl-Dark Magical Girl bond with Gwen as well, and even when she relapses later, Gwen is still insistent on helping her toward goodness.]] [[WhatCouldHaveBeen At one point, Gwen could have had an anime spin-off]], in which Charmcaster would have finally gone full-circle with this trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** A young (if immortal) winged unicorn with magical powers, Princess Luna is the herald of Night, and is therefore forever alone (because ponies are diurnal). Due to a combination of [[WordOfGod some unknown magical force]] and her own loneliness and jealousy, she [[FaceHeelTurn turns to evil]], gets a PlotRelevantAgeUp and {{green eye|dMonster}}s, dons a [[EvilCostumeSwitch gothy, slightly bondagey outfit]], and is promptly [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away for a thousand years]]. When she escapes, she uses her powers to fight the even younger [[MagicalGirl Magical Filly]] sent unwittingly to redeem her, who defeats her with ThePowerOfFriendship and [[HeelFaceTurn reunites her]] with [[BigGood her sister]].
** Sunset Shimmer, Twilight Sparkle's EvilCounterpart from ''WesternAnimation/EquestriaGirls'', had a similar backstory.
** [[spoiler:Starlight Glimmer]] is so deliberate she personifies this better than anyone else in the show. A very talented and powerful unicorn who, at a young age, lost her only friend because he got his cutie mark and was sent to Canterlot, and left her behind. This left her so scarred, she ''[[TheCynic never made a friend again]]'' out of fear of losing them for the same reason. [[StartOfDarkness Instead she warped]] into a fanatical dictator who hated Cutie Marks, and started a cult that forced others to give up their cutie marks to conform. In her appearances, she has shown to be extremely petty, [[TheResenter resentful]], and [[GreenEyedMonster jealous]] towards Twilight and her friends, Twilight most especially for her amazing success, to the point where she can't even understand how the Mane Six could be so important to Equestria. She has also proven to be a crafty, powerful adversary, rivaling ''[[PhysicalGod Alicorn Princess]]'' Twilight Sparkle in power and proficiency. To finish it off, she also has a [[NoSocialSkills severe lack of social skills]], and in the end is [[TearsOfRemorse very remorseful]] for her actions. [[spoiler:Which is why Twilight makes her a student in Friendship, and [[SixthRanger welcomes her]] into the Mane Six]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' has Asajj Ventress. The only reason she fought for the Separatists seemed to be her starving for Dooku's approval, her greatest fear is being left with nothing, and she gradually turned away from the Dark Side, after Dooku abandoned her. The 'MagicalGirl' she's foiling is Ahsoka, a Jedi Padawan with similar approval seeking from her own master.
* Zuko from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' could definitely be read as a male version of this: AbusiveParents? Check. DarkAndTroubledPast? Check. Narrative parallels between him and TheHero? Check. And finally, [[spoiler:a HeelFaceTurn, resulting in him becoming a member of the hero's TrueCompanions]]? Check.
* Master Cyclonis from ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' has hints of this. She serves as foil to the heroic Piper to an insane degree. The difference, however, is that Piper has allies while Master Cyclonis is "a lonely girl who terribly wants a friend."