%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=nxscoc9juaoczl41q87u1v2e
%% Please do not change or remove without starting a new thread.
[[quoteright:300:[[Franchise/LyricalNanoha http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mgln_rune_attack_366.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:300:ThePowerOfFriendship [[DefeatMeansFriendship as delivered]] through a WaveMotionGun.]]

The intersection of MagicalGirl with {{Super Hero}}ine, and what happens when you combine MagicKnight with FrillsOfJustice.

The extended growth-to-maturity metaphor MagicalGirl archetype can mean a variety of things; some do more than use their powers to improve or complicate their lives. Some go out and battle [[BigBad Dramatic Evil]], usually with a lot of mystic power and weird outfits (usually a [[PimpedOutDress glammed-up]] MiniDressOfPower) and [[CallingYourAttacks called attacks]], and very prone to KickingAssInAllHerFinery.

The origins of this trope as a genre date to early manga, with ''Manga/PrincessKnight'' generally regarded as the modern UrExample of the genre's most basic defining trait: a cute and perky female heroine defeating bad guys and engaging in magical adventures. Most series that followed it, however, focused on the magical part and avoided fighting, creating the more whimsical MagicalGirl sister-genre.

In the early '70s, however, Creator/GoNagai created the groundbreaking ''Anime/CuteyHoney'', and in doing so threw the SliceOfLife plot of your typical Magical Girl series out the window. A parody of different HenshinHero series [[note]]most noticeably ''Series/WarriorOfLoveRainbowman''[[/note]], this series [[TropeCodifier codified]] many of the tropes associated with the Magical Girl Warrior genre to come: giving the heroine the ability to [[TransformationSequence transform into]] a powerful alter ego activated with a [[ByThePowerOfGrayskull magical phrase]] and/or a TransformationTrinket, an armory of weapons and abilities to use in battle, an evil organization to fight against, and a [[InTheNameOfTheMoon heroic introduction]]. In a notable example of an UnbuiltTrope, however, the show is about a RobotGirl and all of her power relied on technology instead of magic.

The genre gained the remainder of its defining characteristics with Creator/NaokoTakeuchi's series ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'' and its MorePopularSpinOff[=/=]{{Sequel}} ''Manga/SailorMoon'', which took all these elements and blended them with classic MagicalGirl tropes and some SuperSentai characteristics like a team of different heroines with balanced abilities and personalities. The result was a series simultaneously aimed toward and empowering to girls with large amounts of character building and storyline that still gave focus to the battles and allowed for fanservice. A virtually-unheard-of combination at that time, the series quickly attracted a rabid fanbase with a ridiculously-wide demographic. While many early anime and manga of the genre which followed were accused of being (and often were, at the start) rip-offs of ''Sailor Moon'' [[FollowTheLeader trying to repeat its success by copying the formula]], eventually [[FromClonesToGenre they evolved into unique works]] and a novel hybrid genre.

The action-oriented Magical Girl Warriors have the extra bonus of being marketed to male demographics, so they can be very lucrative; in this case, they often resemble {{Distaff Counterpart}}s of Japanese {{superhero}}es, particularly {{Sentai}} and other HenshinHero characters. This contributed significantly to the associated franchises being exported to the West. Due to sharing many of the [[SuperHeroOrigin typical]] [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld teenage]]-[[SecretIdentity superhero]] [[ComesGreatResponsibility tropes]], these characters ended up being much more representative of the MagicalGirl genre outside Japan, as opposed to, for example, {{Cute Witch}}es.

Characters frequently appearing in this type of franchise include the DarkMagicalGirl and TheOneGuy in the ImprobablyFemaleCast, who is frequently a MagicKnight or BadassBookworm himself.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* [[UrExample The earliest prototype]] was Creator/GoNagai's ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' franchise, which slowly mutated and grew to have an unexpected female fanbase whenever the {{Fanservice}} level fluctuated heavily. Interestingly, she's a sci-fi-based variant: instead of magic, she has a device planted in her body that rearranges the molecules around her, transforming her clothing into her hero outfit or [[MasterOfDisguise many other costumes as needed]]. This means that instead of a G-rated naked silhouette being part of a TransformationSequence, she ''really is naked as her clothes are temporarily a cloud of atoms,'' hence the high fanservice level. [[ByThePowerOfGreyskull Honey Flash]], indeed.
* ''Anime/DevilHunterYohko'' was the second big Magical Girl Warrior series, with its eponymous heroine just as adept at [[SheFu martial arts]] as she is with her sword and magic. She isn't afraid to [[SettleItWithoutWeapons get physical]] if that's what it takes to get the job done.
* [[TropeCodifier Pretty much cemented]] by the enormous popularity of ''Manga/SailorMoon'', which introduced the {{Sentai}} elements to the genre.
* ''Manga/WeddingPeach'' and its anime follow the conventions of Sailor Moon.
* The most popular show of this type in Japan is the entire ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' franchise. [[DarkerAndEdgier Taken to extremes in]] ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'', where the battles looks like something straight out of ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' (character designer Yoshihiko Umakoshi went on to work on ''Anime/SaintSeiyaOmega'').
* Parodied in the {{seinen}} series ''Anime/PrettySammy'', a {{Spinoff}} of ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''
* Parodied within the {{shojo}} demographic with ''Anime/AiToYuukiNoPigGirlTondeBuurin'', which is about a girl who transforms into a super-powered... [[MessyPig pig]].
* Parodied and GenderFlipped in ''Anime/CuteHighEarthDefenseClubLove'' and [[Anime/CuteHighEarthDefenseClubHappyKiss its sequel]].
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' particularly embodies the "growing up as a struggle" metaphor, with the added bonus of Gnostic metaphor thrown in for good measure. This was emphasized way more in the anime than in the manga, however.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' started as a standard Magical Girl Warrior anime but quickly [[GrowingTheBeard found its true calling]] as {{Seinen}} MilitaryScienceFiction, of all things. By the time of third season, ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS StrikerS]]'', the entire cast are SpacePolice enlistees, making them magical girl ''soldiers'', or, more accurately, [[PersonOfMassDestruction living equivalents of tanks and jet fighters]]. Not that this prevents Nanoha from using her magical abilities to [[DefeatMeansFriendship befriend the living hell out of people]].
* ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' is a cross of this and MagicIdolSinger.
* ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' goes further and crossbreeds ThePowerOfRock with {{Magitek}}. Net result? [[DiscoTech Powered armor that runs on singing]].
* ''Manga/CorpsePrincess'' is a rather dark variant--the magical girls are undead corpses who must kill OneHundredAndEight other corpses in order to get into Heaven. [[spoiler:Or so they're told. Actually they become [[AndIMustScream unkillable monsters and are bound in a coffin for eternity]]]]. Also, [[TheGunslinger they use guns]].
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': The ShowWithinAShow ''Magical Girl Biblion'' is a parody of this, complete with in-universe RuleThirtyFour {{doujinshi}} that typically follows these character types. Since [[PlayfulHacker Chisame]] [[CosplayOtakuGirl cosplays]] the characters featured there, her Pactio Card turned her into one with a cyberspace theme.
* ''Anime/MaiHime'' and ''Anime/MaiOtome''
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': A darker take. Teenage girls are recruited to combat {{Eldritch Abomination}}s known as "witches", and use anything from bombs to swords to ribbons to accomplish this. [[spoiler:Because of the nature of the [[DealWithTheDevil contract]] every magical girl makes and how [[TheCorruption magic generally works]], every magical girl is doomed to ultimately become a witch. If they don't die horribly first. It also deconstructs their general durability in combat; a normal human body simply cannot take that kind of punishment from combat, and one of the awful truths is that they're [[OurLichesAreDifferent Liches]] in all but name.]]
* ''Manga/KamichamaKarin''
* ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'', which is often considered a forerunner to ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''.
* ''Anime/SweetValerian'' features three girls who transform into superpowered monster-fighting...bunny rabbits.
* ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'' adds a GenderBender twist -- main character Natsuru turns into a girl whenever he transforms and the Kampfer don't defend anything, they engage other magical girls in gladiatorial combat.
* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' crosses this with [[HeroicFantasy Swords And Sorcery]] and the SuperRobotGenre.
* Invoked in ''Anime/MaoChan'', where Earth is being invaded by aliens so [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter cute]] that fighting them is viewed as bullying, forcing the heads of Japan's defense forces to have their [[{{Moe}} cute]] granddaughters fight the aliens.
* ''Anime/MakerunaMakendo'' adds a UsefulNotes/{{kendo}} theme.
* ''Anime/HyperSpeedGranDoll'' is a very close follower of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' with a sci-fi feel.
* ''Anime/DreamHunterRem'' is one of the earliest examples.
* ''Anime/KaitouTenshiTwinAngel''
* ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'', part of the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}.
* ''VisualNovel/MagicalCanan'' uses this term to describe their magical girls (''mahou senshi'').
* ''Anime/FushigiboshiNoFutagohime'' starts off as a CuteWitch series before becoming this.
* ''Manga/TowaKamoShirenai'': Himiko and Kosumo, the latter via organ donation.
* ''Anime/UmiMonogatari'' takes this type of show and tweaks it; among other things, the revelation of what the BigBad ''really'' is allows for a conclusion that's more true-to-life than most shows of this genre.
* Every single woman in ''LightNovel/HorizonInTheMiddleOfNowhere''; however, how much "mage" or "warrior" there is depends on the person and their abilities.
* '' Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni'' is a darker take on the genre. The main girls' powers are {{tarot|Motifs}}-themed.
* ''Anime/VividredOperation'': Technically, the heroines are empowered by technology, rather than magic, but they otherwise fit this trope point for point. It certainly helps that their technology is [[ClarkesThirdLaw advanced to the point that it may as well be magic anyway]].
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'' is the team behind ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'''s take on the genre. It borrows a bit from ''Cutey Honey'', including the {{fanservice}}y outfit and having the death of the main character's father as a starting point for their mission.
** It's particularly heavy on the ''"Warrior"'' part, as there are very few blaster- or wand-type weapons (the most powerful weapons being melee-based, like the Scissor Blades), and [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished beauty is MOST DEFINITELY tarnished]], as the main character (as well as several others) is realistically beaten bloody and bruised during some fights.
* ''Anime/TokyoMewMew'' mixed the idea with {{Catgirl}}s and a pro-environmental theme.
* ''Anime/ShamanicPrincess'': Tiara is what happens when you take a CuteWitch and make her a badass while bypassing the super hero element.
* ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' has four (later five) middle-school girls fighting [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters]] bent on destroying the local WorldTree. [[spoiler:It later reveals itself to be [[ChildSoldier much darker]] than originally suggested.]]
* ''Manga/MeiCompany'' focuses on magical girls who retired and opened a cleaning service, while the current generation of magical girls battle the forces of evil in the background.
* ''Anime/DaiMahouTouge'' is a parody. The Magical Girl in question (who is a VillainProtagonist, taking after her [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen evil queen]] of a mother) is vulnerable to getting her magic suppressed, which sounds quite inconvenient until you realize she also happens to be a master of unarmed combat specializing in crippling submission wrestling techniques. Her magical incantation is "''Lyrical Tokarev, [[AxCrazy kill them all]]!''".
* ''Anime/CorrectorYui'' is a sci-fi themed magical girl show, with the heroine's powers only existing in cyberspace.
* ''Anime/CyberTeamInAkihabara'' starts as a standard magical girl show before veering into darker territory.
* While ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' is of the CuteWitch variety of magical girls, she also uses the clow cards to fight others that are causing trouble, particularly in the movies.
* In ''Anime/MatoiTheSacredSlayer'', the magical girls have exorcist powers and fight inter-dimensional demons called "Nights."
* ''Anime/MegamiParadise''.
* Yohko in ''Anime/GenmuSenkiLeda'' becomes one akin to the [[Manga/MagicKnightRayearth Magic Knights]].
* ''Manga/{{Yurara}}'' has elements of this - the titular Yurara is able to transform into a tall darkhaired beauty and battle evil spirits with powerful magic in order to send them to the afterlife.
* ''Anime/BlackRockShooter''
* Ray from ''Manga/MyCelestialFamily''. Also a GenderBender, as he's male in civilian form.
* ''Anime/JewelBEMHunterLime'' combines this trope with CuteWitch - she's a natural-born magical user and a clueless newcomer to the human world, but she's also tasked with saving the world from evil [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters Of The Week]] and has transforming powers.
* ''Manga/{{Pretear}}''
* ''Manga/MahouShoujoTokushuusenAsuka'' emphasizes on the Warrior aspect. The girls wear military-grade accessories such as utility belts and pouches, combat knives and such on top of the conventionally girly costumes.
* Parodied in ''Butt Attack Punisher Girl Gautaman'', where devout Catholic Mari is given a magical fundoshi (sumo wrestling loin cloth) by Buddha and transforms into a scantily-clad heroine in order to battle the evil Black Buddha cult.
* ''Anime/JubeiChan'', albeit less "magical" and more "ninja" than other examples.
* ''Manga/MahouShoujoOre'' gender-flips it slightly -- the girls turn into magical ''[[SuperGenderBender boy]]'' warriors due to a couple of transformation complications.
* In ''Oops! I Messed Up and Made the Wrong Person Into a Magical Girl!'', Kayo isn't so much a warrior as she is a ''berserker''. Combined with her crass delinquent attitude, the monsters she fights barely stand a chance.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Possibly [[UrExample originated]] with ''ComicBook/{{Shazam}}'' superheroine Mary Marvel in 1942.
* ''Comicbook/{{WITCH}}'' was inspired by these kind of stories.
* Franchise/WonderWoman has resembled this at times, with her magic origins, TransformationSequence, and such. Most especially in the early [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]], when she was depicted having adventures as Wonder Girl, just as Superman was once Superboy. Later, a separate Wonder Girl character, [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Donna Troy]], was introduced.
* ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}, especially in later years.
* The title character of ''ComicBook/AmethystPrincessOfGemworld'', as ''WesternAnimation/DCNation'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKdBcTOsTe0 demonstrates]].
* ''ComicBook/ZodiacStarforce'' is an American take on a Magical Girl team. Artist Paulina Gauncheau is a huge fan of the genre (and especially ''Manga/SailorMoon''), and it shows.
* ''[[ComicBook/SuicideSquad The Enchantress]]'' (not the one from Marvel comics) can be considered a prototype - the heroine, June, goes to a party in a haunted castle, stumbles into a secret chamber, and is given a [[ByThePowerOfGrayskull transformation word]] by a mysterious being, which transforms her into a blonde witch so she can battle a MonsterOfTheWeek.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', Nonoko temporarily acts as one, equipped with Kyon's {{Badass|Longcoat}} [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman Longcoat]] and {{Morph Weapon}}s.
* [[Literature/{{Worm}} Taylor Hebert]] in the fanfic ''FanFic/ASkitteringHeart'' acts as near the epitome of a Magical Girl Warrior. Wielding a [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Keyblade]] Taylor is perfectly happy to mix it up in melee combat, augment herself and her allies with defensive and healing magic, or go on the attack at range with a variety of [[Franchise/FinalFantasy Black Magic spells]].
* The concept behind the FukuFic sub-genre is turning [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma Saotome]] into one of these, usually a Sailor Senshi.
* ''Fanfic/SailorHellblazer'' makes ''[[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]]'' of all people, into a Sailor Senshi.
* Gender inverted in the ''Fanfic/CardinalKing'' series, where [[Fanchise/SailorMoon Mamoru Chiba]] is the magical ''boy'' warrior.

* Most mages from ''Literature/AvalonWebOfMagic'', but Adriane (the designated "warrior mage") especially.
* Keeah of ''Literature/TheSecretsOfDroon''.
* Sophie of ''Sophie and the Shadow Woods''.
* All of the magical girls in ''Literature/MahouShoujoTheGlowing''.
* A very dark take on the subject in ''Literature/SailorNothing''
* In ''Literature/PrincessHolyAura'', five magically super-powered teenage girls battle Lovecraftian monster, and still have to go to high school.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The heroines of ''Series/YuugenJikkouSistersShushutorian''.
* ''Series/BishoujoKamenPoitrine''.
* ''Series/BalalaTheFairies''.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/HighSchoolGirlsRPG'' has the MagicalGirl extension, allowing you to play just that type of character.
* ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'', a ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' fan supplement, adds magical girls to the mix. No [[MagicalGirl Princess]] is going to last too long without being able to survive a fight, but the [[{{Splat}} Calling]] of Champion has an extra dose, as their purpose is literally to fight evil. There is also extra emphasis of this style in the [[{{Splat}} Courts]] of Swords (as heroic larger-than-life figures), Storms (as an AxCrazy version), and Hearts (with an emphasis on noble traditions, which includes warrior traditions).
* ''Magical Burst'' is a mahou shoujo game that takes primary inspiration from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. Magical girls in this game are tasked with killing enough youma to collect 13 Oblivion Seeds so that they can make a wish. But as in ''Madoka'', things are not always what they seem, and the {{Mentor Mascot}}s known as tsukaima keep horrible secrets from the Magical Girls they give power to.
* The Princess Race in ''TabletopGame/BleakWorld'' is all about this. They are an alien race of [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princesses]] who's [[DoomedHometown home world was destroyed]] by [[EldritchAbomination The Darkness]]. They now protect the Milky Way Galaxy with a giant force field made of hope, and fight back BrainwashedAndCrazy dark princesses who are in service to the darkness.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'': Regardless of how well they'll ultimately fit, the Magical Child archetype for the Vigilante class is [[WordOfGod explicitly]] ''meant'' to cover the MagicalGirl trope (the switch between the public and secret identities becomes a TransformationSequence that is much faster, but also flashier and louder, for instance), and being in a system like Pathfinder it'd be hard to avoid fights being a fairly large part of their repertoire. Regardless of how the archetype will turn out, it is of course possible to build towards this trope with the right other magic-using classes.
* ''TabletopGame/BigEyesSmallMouth'': creating a MagicalGirlWarrior is part and parcel of this system. The first worldbook for the system was a licensed ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' [=RPG=].

[[folder:Video Games]]
%%* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2''.
* Mystica from ''VisualNovel/FadingHearts''. Ryou meets her in the forest while he is fighting shadow monsters.
* Nearly ''everyone'' in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. The only characters who ''don't'' have some sort of magical combat ability (e.g., [[UnreliableNarrator Akyu]] and [[TheOneGuy Rinnosuke]]) only appear in the ExpandedUniverse or one-off games (e.g., [[GadgeteerGenius Rika]] and [[MadScientist Rikako]]). Deliberately invoked by Marisa, who uses a FlyingBroomstick (even though she, [[IBelieveICanFly like everyone in Gensokyo]], can fly unaided) and always wears a [[NiceHat comically-large witch hat]] because that's what {{Cute Witch}}es are supposed to do, which doesn't detract at all from her passion for [[StuffBlowingUp huge explosions]].
* UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc herself in ''VideoGame/JeanneDArc'', being a LadyOfWar who transforms into her armored form thanks to her magic armlet.
* Pecan Apple of ''VideoGame/BanzaiPecan'', also doubling as a HenshinHero.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', [[spoiler: Odin's daughter]] Ophelia can be ''very'' easily considered as the ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' take on this trope. She's very cute-looking ([[StripperIffic and]] [[GaiNaxing bouncy]]), [[CallingYourAttacks very flashy]] [[LargeHam in battle]], and ''very'' dedicated to her role as a BlackMagicianGirl and to protecting her family and friends.
* Elodie can become one in ''VisualNovel/LongLiveTheQueen''.
* ''VisualNovel/MagicalWarriorDiamondHeart'', a visual novel featuring magical girls and magical boys.
* The Shinobi in ''VideoGame/SenranKagura'' take pride as ninja warriors, but with all the CostumePorn, (Which is susceptible to ClothingDamage) the {{Gainaxing}}, [[CallingYourAttacks attack name screaming]] and [[HenshinHero the]] {{TransformationSequence}}s, they're really more MagicalGirl than warrior. (Although most of them are badasses in their own right.)

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': In the later comics, [[spoiler:Elliot]] gains a superheroine spell after already having the ability to shapeshift into virtually any conceivable female human form including transformation of clothes. The spell comes with three "secret identities" that shift the user's personality somewhat to help with staying under the radar.
* ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' includes a faction known as the Galaxy Girl Scouts, which seem to be a cross between [[Franchise/SailorMoon the sailor senshi]] and the Franchise/GreenLantern Corps (i.e., alien girls in whatever the alien version of "schoolgirl" happens to be).
* The eponymous ''Webcomic/AgentsOfTheRealm'' fight less with magic and more with {{BFS}}s, [[DropTheHammer giant hammers]], [[BladeOnAStick glaive]] or bow and arrows. The [[OurMonstersAreDifferent bleeds]] are hard to beat otherwise.
* ''Webcomic/PrincessChroma'': A parody of the genre in which the magical girl is most definitely the hands-on type. She prefers fighting giant monsters with a mace over resorting to spells, despite magic being the more effective, easier way to end a fight.
* ''Webcomic/SparklingGenerationValkyrieYuuki'' is an AffectionateParody of the genre with a Myth/NorseMythology theme. It also is a GenderBender series, like the ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'' example above.
* ''Webcomic/MisfitsOfAvalon'' is an American take on the genre; the heroines' powers derive from Celtic mythology, their costumes are based off Catholic schoolgirls instead of Japanese ones, their MentorMascot is a large wolfhound rather than a cute little cat and there is much less focus on prettiness and feminity.
* ''Webcomic/MagickChicks'': Teenage witch Melissa Helrune, the daughter of a former Magical Girl Warrior and her former EvilOverlord archnemesis, ends up literally torn between the good and evil sides of her heritage.
* ''Webcomic/MagicalGirlNeil'': the only child of a woman descended from a long line of magical girls gets stuck with the job despite being a boy.
* Emi Arai, the deuteragonist of ''Webcomic/{{Metacarpolis}}'', is a former Magical Girl Warrior who became a MagicIdolSinger after her team defeated their big bad and eventually burned out when she got tired of being NotAllowedToGrowUp. She moved to the titular CityOfAdventure because the WeirdnessCensor there allows her to live a quiet life off her residuals and a job as a cleaning service maid.
* ''Webcomic/SleeplessDomain'': a nameless city is defended by Magical Girls from the monsters that stalk it during the night. The girls earn fame, fortune and the admiration of their city, but this is war... and war has casualties.
* ''Webcomic/ShatteredStarlight'' is about a former magical girl struggling to hold down a job and trying to get her life together a decade after the breakup of her team.
* The heroines of ''Webcomic/AtArmsLength'' are basically magic-powered superheroes.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Fey of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, who has an ancient Faerie riding along in her head, an ability to summon armor magically, and a magical battle in Boston in which she and The Necromancer spent most of the fight trying to intimidate each other by calling their attacks.
* The [[Website/ArchiveOfOurOwn AO3]] series ''Characters/StellarRangerDarkStar'' features a few combat-oriented magical girls on the team.
* ''Literature/SagaOfSoul'' is a [[RationalFic rationalist take on the premise]].
* The Spirit Guard in ''Literature/MagicalGirlPolicy''.
* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP]] [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2006-j 2006-j]], which is apparently a female EldritchAbomination from another dimension. Who is a magical girl. Yes. A magical tentacle monster.
* One could call every female character in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' this, if you count [[{{Magitek}} using Dust powered weaponry]] as magic. The one who fits the archetype the best is Weiss Schnee, who has a frilly outfit, the ability to make glyphs that alter gravity and a rapier loaded with Dust capsules that she can use to enhance her attacks or as projectiles. Ironically she behaves more like a DarkMagicalGirl at first.
* Princess Oishi of ''WebAnimation/ShutUpCartoons''.
* Most of the cast in ''Literature/JakeAndTheDynamo'', particularly the titular character Magical Girl Pretty Dynamo.
* ''WebAnimation/TokyoMagicStar'' combines this trope with MagicIdolSinger.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PrincessGwenevereAndTheJewelRiders''
* ''WesternAnimation/TenkoAndTheGuardiansOfTheMagic'': Tenko and her friends (even though the rest of her teammates are guys).
* ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' is an early one, and many fans argue that her brother, [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 He-Man]], is a [[GenderInvertedTrope gender-inverted example]].
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' is an ''academy'' of these.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' slips into Magical Filly Warrior Ponies territory when fighting [[VileVillainSaccharineShow the major villains]], but otherwise is strictly SliceOfLife [[RecycledInSpace with magical talking ponies]]. The Equestria Girls movies play the trope a bit straighter, while the girls transforming into magical heroes near the climax of each movie in order to deal with the movie's BigBad.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has the Crystal Gems, an [[TheAgeless unaging]] species of WizardsFromOuterSpace, who often fight various monsters to protect humanity. Steven's mother was leader of this team before she "gave up her physical form" to bring him into existence. [[WordOfGod The series' creator has stated]] that, while they [[OneGenderRace look like human women]], they actually have NoBiologicalSex, Steven being the exception because he's a HalfHumanHybrid.
* ''WesternAnimation/LoliRock'' is a combination of this and MagicIdolSinger.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' is about Star Butterfly, a GirlyBruiser princess from the magical kingdom of Mewni who is exiled to Earth until she gets a better handle on the powers granted by the magic wand she was gifted on her fourteenth birthday.
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' is either a MagicalGirl show that emphasizes the superhero aspects or a superhero show that follows a lot of MagicalGirlTropes (TransformationTrinket, TransformationSequence, MentorMascot, etc.) The title character also teams up with a [[GenderInvertedTrope magical boy]], Chat Noir; the two are actually involved in a [[TwoPersonLoveTriangle Two-Person Love Square]], as they also know each other in their civilian identities.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' is about a group of teenage girls who transform into superpowered versions of themselves called the Guardians of the Veil and are tasked to protect the universe. Unlike the series name suggests they are not witches; those are simply the first letters of their names.
* GenderInverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'': In ''Underfist'', Irwin gains [[DarkIsNotEvil dark]] [[HybridMonster mumpire]] powers, with his appearance and the overall execution of the concept being a lot like a [[MagicalGirl Magical Boy]] combined with your typical superhero. He uses these powers to save Halloween in the special. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Had a]] SpinOff [[WhatCouldHaveBeen been made]], the trope would have probably been played a bit straighter.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Mysticons}}'' is about a group of teenage girls who transform into legendary magic-powered warriors.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SongOfTheSea'', Saoirse is probably a very rare Irish Selkie-themes Magical Girl.