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[-[[caption-width-right:290: [[DarkIsNotEvil She's not a bad girl]]. [[AntiVillain She just needs someone to]] [[TheWoobie befriend her]].[[spoiler:[[ConditionedToAcceptHorror Pity it took a]] ''[[MoreDakka lot]]'' [[WarriorTherapist of firepower]] [[DefeatMeansFriendship in the process.]]]]]]-]

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

A young girl's greatest fear isn't monsters. It isn't evil. It isn't even death. No, her greatest fear overshadows all of these.

Her greatest fear is to be alone.

The DarkMagicalGirl is this fear personified, molded into a dark parody of the MagicalGirl. Where the MagicalGirl is a force for good and light, the DarkMagicalGirl'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 DarkMagicalGirl doesn't have that. For her, ParentalAbandonment is ''not'' funny or [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan convenient]]. Her parents are absent at best and [[AbusiveParents abusive]] 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, who [[WellDoneSonGuy she may crave approval]] from as a parental figure. Inevitably, the DarkMagicalGirl 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 DarkMagicalGirl 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]] by the end. Once this happens, most {{Dark Magical Girl}}s tend to be fiercely loyal to the MagicalGirl heroine.

The abilities of the DarkMagicalGirl are often polar opposites to the MagicalGirl. 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 Girl}}s tend to be {{Little Miss Badass}}es, even if they are a CuteWitch. If she is a MagicalGirlWarrior, she's frequently a LadyOfWar. One common way of signalling a DarkMagicalGirl is that her outfit is usually slightly [[CostumeExaggeration more fetishy]] and [[ElegantGothicLolita dark]], which might explain why a HeelFaceTurn doesn't always mean a switch in costume.

The DarkMagicalGirl is a subtrope of AntiVillain. Almost always a type II on the SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains. Not to be confused with the BlackMagicianGirl, and ''especially'' not the DarkActionGirl (who is quite different).

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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'' stars 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 DarkMagicalGirl, 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 DarkMagicalGirl 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.
* 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 ''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.]]
** Chibiusa achieved DarkMagicalGirl 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]], 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) or [[IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight after a pep talk]] from her parents (anime).]]
** Dark Sailor Mercury (aka [[FanNickname "Darkury"]]) from ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' is not just an ordinary DarkMagicalGirl, 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.
** The manga version of Sailor Galaxia is what happens when a DarkMagicalGirl grows up and comes into full power before meeting her good counterpart. As you can guess, [[NietzscheWannabe her mental state]] [[OmnicidalManiac is not pretty]].
%%* 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.]]
* Mikoto Minagi from ''Anime/MaiHime'' 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, 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 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]], once you realize it.]]
* Nina (among others) from ''Anime/{{Mai-Otome}}''. 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]].]]
** 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.
* The English dub of ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' made Renee (Zakuro) out to be a former DarkMagicalGirl, or at least pretending to be one; this has caused [[DubInducedPlotHole some confusion]], but that's nothing [[IncrediblyLamePun Mew]].
** Retasu sort of starts out as a DMG -- her fear of her own powers made her unusually strong, and she nearly defeated Ichigo and Minto after they discovered that she is a Mew Mew. [[RedemptionDemotion She loses this coolness upon joining the team...]]
* Suigintou of ''Manga/RozenMaiden'' is developed into this role in the sequels.
* 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 DarkMagicalGirl 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 was GenreSavvy enough to do 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.]]
* The titular character in ''Anime/HellGirl'', Enma Ai, is a cold-looking and soft-spoken young girl in a dark kimono who helps people make literal [[DealWithTheDevil deals with the devil]] to achieve revenge against those who wronger them big time. Slowly, we begin to get glimpses of the DarkAndTroubledPast that led Ai to go from a normal girl to the DarkMagicalGirl we know and love. She's also the rare protagonist example.
%%* 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.
* Gaara, from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', 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 Naruto's influence on her. She has the father-issues and the loneliness and 'group pariah' status as Naruto.
%%* [[spoiler: Nami]] in ''Anime/SoraOKakeruShoujo''. 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 Majotourbillion (sp?) 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.
** We also have [[spoiler:"Poyo" from the Rainyday twins]], who has touches of DarkActionGirl.
* Brutal and tragic version: Rosine from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', who is actually one of the Apostles alias the most powerful demons of the ''Berserk'' universe [[spoiler: after she snapped over the abuse she faced in her early life and made one HELL of a DealWithTheDevil, in a desperate attempt to escape from her terrible environment and find a bit of happiness.]] Schierke also counts, but she's somewhat luckier as she joins Guts's TrueCompanions group.
* [[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 DarkMagicalGirl 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 DarkMagicalGirl happens in ''Anime/TenkuuSenkiShurato''. 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 break havoc among Tenchi and his UnwantedHarem among other things), befriended Sasami who became her MoralityPet (to the point of deliberately keeping her outta 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 CoolDownHug and 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: Takako uses her HeroicBSOD upon being cruelly rejected by a {{Face Heel Turn}}ed Sasame ''and'' being overwhelmed by her loneliness, then steals her soul and locks her in a magical tree. 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.
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* [[DefiedTrope Defying]] this trope is the premise for ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' fic ''FanFic/GameTheory''. 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]].
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* [[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.]]
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* 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.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Side character and Harry's eventual apprentice [[spoiler:Molly Carpenter]]. She starts out [[spoiler:violating the Third and Fourth Laws of Magic, earning herself the Doom of Damocles and only narrowly avoiding summary execution]], although out of good intentions. By the latest books she has arguably degraded, into [[spoiler: The Rag Lady]].
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* ''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.]]
* Faith from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' can best be described as a strange combination between this and DarkActionGirl. The DarkMagicalGirl aspects of her character are mostly explored when she's on ''{{Angel}}'', as well as through her relationship with [[BigBad the Mayor]].
** Amy. She had an abusive mother and an absentee father, and definitely resented Willow for all she had.
* Regina from OnceUponATime can be read like this - although she's of course 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. And it even looks like she might eventually be redeemed by befriending TheChosenOne.
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* In ''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 DarkMagicalGirl are originally presented as twin sisters - the MagicalGirl is devoted to her sister and talks about her a lot, while the DarkMagicalGirl 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.
* Chidori Yoshino from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''. She has inborn healing powers, is a Persona user [[spoiler: who survived hideous experiments]], needs drugs to survive ([[spoiler: more exactly, to keep her Persona from killing ''her'']])... and she's also a part of Strega, a group that opposes the protagonists. For worse, [[spoiler: she gets in a StarCrossedLovers deal with TheLancer Junpei, and pulls a HeroicSacrifice for him. You ''can'' give her a happier ending in FES, but it's not exactly [[GuideDangIt easy to achieve]].]]
* [[spoiler:Jacqli]] in ''VideoGame/ArTonelico2''. [[spoiler: She begins as a non-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 ''LaPucelle''.
* Bloody Marie of ''VideoGame/SkullGirls'' who is not evil herself but was changed into to 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.
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%%* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'': Ariel Val'Sarghess. A heroic example ([[GreyAndGreyMorality kinda]]), but she still qualifies.
* ''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/PowerpuffGirls'' 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.
* Tami from the web novel ''Literature/DimensionHeroes'' is brainwashed into working for the evil Dark Lady Scortana, resulting in a radical change both in personality and wardrobe.
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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 DarkMagicalGirl 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.]]
* ''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 [[GreenEyedMonster green eyes]], 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 Mare]] sent unwittingly to redeem her, who defeats her with ThePowerOfFriendship and [[HeelFaceTurn reunites her]] with [[BigGood her sister]].
** Sunset Shimmer, Twilight Sparkle's ShadowArchetype from ''WesternAnimation/EquestriaGirls'', had a similar backstory.
* ''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 of him and the hero? Check. And finally, [[spoiler: a HeelFaceTurn, resulting in him becoming a member of the hero's TrueCompanions]]? Check.
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