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* AlternateAesopInterpretation: The series is supposed to be about hope ultimately triumphing over despair, and the need to hold onto hope, even if it's [[EarnYourHappyEnding after a long,]] ''[[EarnYourHappyEnding long]]'' [[EarnYourHappyEnding road]]. The characters [[spoiler: turn into witches]] when they give up hope, and [[spoiler:in the end, Madoka becomes hope itself]]. However, it could also be interpreted as "think before you act, and trust reason over emotion - or for best results combine both, using logic and reason to accomplish a morally sound goal".
** Most of the series sees immature and irrational characters [[spoiler: getting screwed over by an emotionless ManipulativeBastard because they don't think things through]]. Meanwhile, he's '' winning'' - he is accomplishing his goals.
** [[spoiler: Mami Tomoe]], who usually fights in a calm, measured manner, [[spoiler: dies when she starts fighting more aggressively and recklessly, allowing her emotions to get the better of her and focusing on winning the battle quickly for her friend (and arguably putting on a show for said friend) rather than winning safely.]]
** The ultimate triumph of [[spoiler: Madoka becoming the living embodiment of hope]] happened because [[spoiler: Madoka Kaname]] took the time to gather all the information she could, get the full picture, and then [[spoiler: use that information to make a well-reasoned wish to solve as many of the problems as she could]].
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Some suggest that Madoka's [[spoiler:self-sacrificial nature]] comes from a sense of [[HeroicSelfDeprecation self-worthlessness]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__q9fsZa5vk Madoka's]] ImageSong adds to this, with lyrics indicating her as a StepfordSmiler.
--->But the truth is I'm not really that strong.
--->Both the scenery and the city are the same as always
--->Even though I expected nothing would change,
--->I still think I'm the only one who is small.
** Many (all?) Witches are implied to have very tragic back stories. Because of this, several people like to DracoInLeatherPants them, especially [[EnsembleDarkhorse Charlotte]]. Charlotte's scene: [[http://images.puella-magi.net/6/6a/How_The_Hell_is_Charlotte_MOE.jpg as told from her perspective]].
** Is Walpurgisnacht laughing or crying?
** Sayaka Miki: A self-absorbed girl who thought she was entitled to someone's romantic love and threw a [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum cosmic tantrum]] when denied? A normal girl [[BreakTheCutie who was caught up in horrible crap and simply was unable to handle it]]? Or both?
** Kyosuke Kamijou: Is he a stuck-up, painfully ObliviousToLove jerk who is too wrapped up in the loss of his musical ability to appreciate his friends' well meaning gestures, or similar to Sayaka, a BrokenBird who's been denied his life's dream and sees himself as useless (especially since Japan has less societal tolerance for the disabled), or a little of both?
*** Similar to Hitomi, his actions in the PSP game have exacerbated this debate; after he [[spoiler:finds out [[BodyHorror what the MG process did to Sayaka]], and [[KickTheDog calls her]] a ''"disgusting monster"'' to her face... on the other hand, the Bonus Route goes the opposite end, with him approving of Sayaka being a Magical Girl]].
*** ''A Different Story'' shows that [[spoiler:had Sayaka waited just a few more days, Kyosuke would have thanked her for all the time she had spent taking care of him at the hospital and admitting that he should've done it sooner.]]
** There is a hefty fandom subset that believes Kyubey planned out the ending despite the fact that it goes against his character [[spoiler:of being canonically emotionless and thus having no sympathy at all for the magical girls that are turned into witches. He even mentions that witches would be a more convenient way for him to collect energy.]]
** [[http://missturdle.tumblr.com/post/46471029695/on-the-importance-of-magical-girl-heroines This essay]] offers another view of Kyubey:
---> Kyubey isn't the devil. Kyubey is the society we live in, which takes up and preys on young girls at vulnerable times in their lives, and asks them to be perfect. Society asks girls to fight against evil, the icky, awful, and impure, and it keeps asking until we say yes. Yes to being beautiful, and perfect, and good, and pure, and sweet, yes to being a nice young lady, yes to fighting everything that is bad and evil and dangerous - to fighting the things that threaten us and our friends. \\
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Except there's a catch. We're fighting ourselves. What they don't tell you, society, or Kyubey in this metaphor, is that there is no way to prevent yourself from becoming what you started out fighting. You lose, in this scenario, every time. At some point, a young, "emotionally volatile" girl grows up and becomes a woman. One day, you hit puberty, or maybe you haven't yet, and someone leers at you, or looks at you wrong, or calls after you and you are suddenly made aware of the fact that being a woman is dangerous. Growing up means something incredibly different for girls than it does boys.
** Homura Akemi: A courageous, selfless heroine who [[TheWoobie seriously needs a hug after everything she went through]], or a creepily obsessive StalkerWithACrush who only did everything she did to feel [[EntitledToHaveYou entitled to Madoka]]? While a lot of the show's fans interpret her as the former, some detractors think she's the latter. Some of her fans who believe in the former even jokingly dabble in the latter, making her a MemeticMolester. See also ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]].''
*** Furthermore, was [[spoiler:her wish to redo time to protect Madoka]] out of a genunine desire to [[spoiler:save her best friend]] or simply to [[spoiler:validate her own existence]]? This can also generally apply to all her actions afterwards.
*** And was Homura really doing a good thing by [[spoiler:wishing to redo time to save Madoka]], especially since that [[spoiler:Madoka had already accepted that she would die defeating Walpurgisnacht]]?
** Kyoko's behavior and her motivation for following Sayaka around surprisingly makes a lot of sense if you imagine that she has a one-sided crush on Sayaka.
** Is Hitomi a bitch who directly caused Sayaka's death? A generally decent person who made an insensitive remark at exactly the wrong time? Was she really in love with Kyousuke, or was she just trying to help her friend confess? On a less serious note, many wonder if she's actually in the TransparentCloset.
** Website/SFDebris has [[http://sfdebris.com/videos/anime/madoka.php much to say]] on the subject. You can read about them on [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation/SFDebris his page]].
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* {{Applicability}}: It has been object of academic analysis, like in this essay: ''[[http://labsome.rmit.edu.au/files/simongoughthesis.pdf Remember Madoka: Trangressing the Magical Girl]]''.
* AwesomeMusic: [[AwesomeMusic/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Now has its own page!]]
* BaseBreaker:
** Opinion is split on Kyubey. He's either a [[spoiler:disgusting, irredeemably evil monster, or an [[CuteIsEvil adorable]], yet [[NightmareFuel nightmarish]], MagnificentBastard [[WellIntentionedExtremist with admirable goals]]]].
** Madoka herself, for not accomplishing much for most of the series despite being the main character, although [[spoiler: Episode 10 and onwards [[JustifiedTrope justify]] the entire matter, and show that she ''was'' an active, asskicking protagonist in previous timelines before Homura determined it was too dangerous for her. However, she [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap redeemed]] herself to a portion of the fanbase for ending the magical girl-witch cycle, but the ending itself is an entirely different matter.]]
*** There are also those who believe Madoka [[spoiler: to be a MarySue due to the implications that she is the most powerful character in the series, again, despite not doing ''anything''. However, just like many other tropes in the series, this is deconstructed, explained and [[JustifiedTrope justified]] to hell and back; again, ''Homura'' is the one to make Madoka more powerful with every timeline, and it therefore becomes even more crucial for Homura to prevent her best friend from becoming a magical girl. Or so it seems.]]
** The characters involved in the Sayaka-Kyosuke-[[spoiler:Hitomi]] LoveTriangle are controversial as people have different opinions on who was to blame for the tragic results.
** Sayaka herself has garnered divisive opinions. Depending on the fan, she's either a very well-done and sympathetic [[FallenHero tragic character]], or a whiny WhiteKnight who felt [[EntitledToHaveYou unnecessarily entitled]] to Kyosuke's love.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: After Homura's backstory is told in full in the second movie, we're treated to a reanimated opening of "Connect" in the ''middle'' of the movie.
* BrokenBase:
** The ending made some people thrilled for being the most perfect ending that absolutely fits the themes and tones of the series, and left others wanting to kill Shaft for [[spoiler: making a non GrimDark cop-out ending and Madoka a Jesus figure]] and making them wait weeks for it.
** The announcement of TheMovie trilogy.
** Urobuchi's plan to continue the franchise with a new show.
** Inevitably, the English dub.
** Creator/AniplexUSA being the licensing company for the series.
** This series as a whole is one big LoveItOrHateIt among the anime community (see HypeBacklash below), enough said.
* CrackPairing:
** Mami/[[spoiler:Charlotte]] is a ''little'' too popular. Even Creator/UmeAoki seems to ship it!
** Mami/Kyoko used to be considered crack, because [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight they never met during the story proper]]. Then the 3rd Drama CD revealed [[spoiler:Kyoko and Mami used to be very close friends before Kyoko's family died]]. Later the manga ''The Different Story'' expanded upon their relationship. Now they're one of the more popular pairings.
** Mami/Homura, despite the fact that both girls have little in common. [[spoiler:Homura and Mami ''were'' on friendly terms... until Mami snapped and tried to kill Homura, followed by Homura's BreakTheCutie moment]].
** Mami/Kyubey.
** [[spoiler:Witch!Madoka x [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Giant]] [[CrossoverShip Naked Rei]]]]
** Sayaka x Homura has been gaining steam despite these two having the most openly hostile relationship with each other and an inability for them to get along (much to Madoka's distress).
* CounterpartComparison: [[spoiler: With Episode 10's revelations, comparisons of Homura with [[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Rika Furude]] have increased.]] [[spoiler: Rika's GroundhogDayLoop? ''[[VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry It created a witch]].'']]
** As noted [[http://www.braci.me/2013/10/two-of-kind-magical-timings.html#more here]], Homura shares a lot of similarities to VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}, from their color scheme, usage of circular emblems and firearms they use.
** The AllThereInTheManual revelation of [[spoiler: Kriemhild Gretchen's motivation of "[[AssimilationPlot creating heaven]]"]] has led to the typical comparisons with Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion. [[spoiler: Specifically with the Giant Naked Rei that starts Instrumentality.]]
** Mami, to [[spoiler: [[MuvLuvAlternative Drill Sgt. Marimo Jinguuji]]. Both blonde-haired mentors who got their heads bitten off, signalling their respective series' shift into darker territory. The author of the ongoing manga serialization of ''Alternative'' [[http://www.wiiyi.com/mh/1659/95939.shtml?p=21 recently decided to do a little shout out back]].]]
** The upcoming movie trilogy has brought ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]'' comparisons. Although most fans are saying it will be like the ''RebuildOfEvangelion'' movies, a closer look at the trilogy suggests something more like ''[[CompilationMovie Evangelion: Death and Rebirth]]'' followed by ''[[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised The End of Evangelion]]''.
*** [[WordOfGod Director]] Creator/AkiyukiShinbo has also made ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' comparisons, referring to ''Gundam'''s CompilationMovie and saying that he wanted to subtitle the third movie [[spoiler: [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Incubator]]'s]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Counterattack]].
** The process of becoming a magical girl [[spoiler:is much like the fates of the girls in ''Anime/RedGarden'': the girls inhabit lifeless bodies and must fight monsters when summoned as the result of a curse.]]
** Sayaka's dealings with Kyubey can bring to mind [[spoiler: [[Franchise/StarWars Anakin Skywalker's dealings with Darth Sidious]]]], seeing how they both end up becoming deluded fanatics who do what they do for the people they love and [[spoiler: fall to the DarkSide, becoming hideous monsters in the process. Luckily, like Vader becoming Anakin in the afterlife, the same thing happens to Sayaka when Madoka takes her away.]]
** The concept of being a MagicalGirl is quite similar to the life of a geohound in VideoGame/GrandiaII. They are both thankless, dead-end jobs which involve killing monsters with some kind of weapon or another. Both are taken up due to terrible circumstances surrounding the person accepting it. (Ryudo in his own story also says at one point, that he works best alone even if he's up against a ton of monsters; so do most Magical Girls.)
** Some comparisons with ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' given that Madoka's plot is arguably a giant love letter to it.
** Madoka's [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice in the finale]] and over [[TheWoobie torment throughout the series]] has caused some comparisons with [[Franchise/SailorMoon Usagi]], particularly the latter's [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] incarnation.
** The concept of Witches could very easily be compared to the entire plot of ''VideoGame/TheHalloweenHack''. Both have {{Eldritch Abomination}}s born from despair, psychedelic worlds that envelop them and represent everything that led to their downfall, monsters let loose into the real world as a result, and a "hero" whose job is to kill the one(s) behind said monsters roaming around.
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Between the characters' [[PoorCommunicationKills unwillingness]] to listen to each other and the overall hopelessness, some viewers wonder why they should care. See the variant mentioned on the main page.
* DeathOfTheAuthor: [[WordOfGod It has been stated]] that Shaft made the opening without input from Urobuchi or any of the other writers and that it carries no real meaning. Fans still believe that it does (for example, the [[CatsAreMagic black cat featured in the opening and the resulting witchery in-series]]). Given that WordOfGod has now explained the cat, this may be AscendedFanon.
* DeconstructionFic: ''Fanfic/MagicaMadokaVeneficusPuella'' is one example.
* DesignatedProtagonistSyndrome: Madoka is subjected to this because she's a more or less ordinary girl ([[spoiler:until the finale, where she ascends to godhood]]) in a cast of {{Badass}} magical girls with dark backstories and/or character arcs. [[spoiler: As the story goes on, we find out exactly why; the series is ''fully aware'' that Madoka is less interesting, and it's a good thing for her that she is.]]
* DieForOurShip: [[spoiler: A portion of the fanbase now despises Hitomi for confessing to Kyosuke and, unbeknownst to her, breaking Sayaka mentally and emotionally which turned her into a witch and thus killing her and the person who {{Mercy Kill}}ed her.]] It's full of MoralMyopia because the major part of her haters insist on how [[spoiler: Hitomi's worth and goodness as a person relies solely on renouncing her own happiness, when Sayaka has the exact some flaw on her end--in fact one of the lessons of her arc is that renouncing your own happiness ''leads to bad things''.]]
* DracoInLeatherPants:
** Kyoko is a cynical, antisocial SocialDarwinist prone to AxCrazy moments and allows familiars to kill people so they can become Witches that produce Grief Seeds. She mocks Sayaka's wish and goads her into fighting. [[spoiler:(She starts to show a softer side after learning the AwfulTruth and then trying to speak to Sayaka)]]... but the fandom adores her. This was from ''before'' her genuinely DarkAndTroubledPast was revealed.
** Some of the actual ''witches''; it's understandable given TheReveal about witches [[spoiler: being fallen magical girls]], but the fans were {{Moe}}-ifying Charlotte (i.e., the witch who ate [[spoiler: Mami]] alive) long before any of that.
* EarWorm: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKtfwubz9OY Sis, puella magica!]]" is one of the most haunting and memorable melodies of the show.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Mami and Kyoko - the two least important Magical Girls to the overall plot (and the only ones not to qualify, or pretend to qualify, as TheHero), but the second- and third- most popular characters in many circles, behind the inevitable [[{{Badass}} Homura]]. This may be why both of them got ADayInTheLimelight in the ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'' spinoff.
** Out of all the witches, Charlotte has a respectable amount of fanart despite appearing for all of two minutes. Even though she's an EldritchAbomination, many fans find her [[KillerRabbit adorable]]; having a face that wouldn't look out of place next to Franchise/HelloKitty helps with that. The biggest reason for her popularity is likely her status as the [[spoiler:KnightOfCerebus -- most of the artwork of her is with ''Mami'', albeit usually under a more benign setting]]. Also, with the revelation that [[spoiler:witches are corrupted magical girls]], there's now fanart popping up depicting what Charlotte might have looked like [[spoiler:as a human]].
** A nameless, faceless classmate was the subject of an image macro, captioned "Poorfag is poor", because she was the only student who had no laptop. When the Blu-rays were released and the fans got a better look of "Poorfag", [[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/Poorfag her popularity soared.]]
** Another background character, a boy nicknamed "Failurefag", also became memetic, sitting behind Madoka while slumping in apparent frustration.
* EpilepticTrees: These started sprouting just after ''the first episode''. Some of those were ''[[IKnewIt right]]'' and some of them that were right qualified as PoisonOakEpilepticTrees ''right off the bat''.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: [[spoiler: Madoka sacrifices herself for humanity in the final episode and becomes a goddess. The episode first aired on Good Friday.]] [[note]] This is because the final two episodes were delayed in release in respect of the tsunami that left some of Japan looking [[spoiler: rather like some of the endings of timelines in episode 10]]; that episode airing the same day. [[/note]]
* EvilIsCool[=/=]EvilIsSexy: Kyoko.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop:
** When Madoka gets worried about Sayaka's well-being due to the latter's strong sense of justice, Madoka's mother tells her to do something wrong to balance it out. While the qualifier she adds makes it valid advice (that it's easier to recover from mistakes while you're still young, and learning to pick yourself up will be a valuable skill as an adult), this advice ''might'' be what possessed Madoka to [[spoiler:snatch Sayaka's SoulJar and throw it off a bridge above a freeway]]. %%in-universe%%
*** Incidentally, Junko's advice is [[GeniusBonus fairly reminiscent of the reason Mephistopheles was allowed by God to tempt]] [[Theatre/{{Faust}} Faust in Goethe's drama]].
** The major lesson of Sayaka's arc, and wish-making in general, is that people are ultimately selfish in what they want, and that pretending otherwise only leads to suffering.
* FandomRivalry: A given considering the nature and tone of the series, which makes it something of a BaseBreaker among the MagicalGirl genre's fandom. Its fans not only quarrel with the fans of traditional MagicalGirl shows such as ''Anime/SailorMoon'' and ''Anime/PrettyCure'', but also the fandoms of fellow dark shows such as ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' and ''Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni''.
* FanficFuel: The premise and setting gives a lot of fuel.
** Magical girl [[OriginalCharacter OCs]] as Kyubey made contracts with a lot of girls before the main narrative.
** [[spoiler: There's plenty of stories on the magical girl forums of the canon witches.]]
** [[spoiler: Homura's constant timeline jumping also leaves people to wonder what she did in offscreen timelines.]]
** [[spoiler: The finale provides fanfics with a post-Madoka world and how people deal with it, and the vague nature of the demons that replaced the witches. Some fans also ignore that Madoka's little brother Tatsuya [[WordOfGod eventually forgets about her]] in some fanfics.]]
** It's popular to speculate about what Hitomi would be like as a magical girl, as the possibility never comes up in the series, and it also provides a good way to [[DieForOurShip kill her off so that Kyosuke and Sayaka can get together]].
* FanNickname: [[spoiler:[[MessianicArchetype Godoka or Madokami]], [[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Homurika]]]]
** Also, [[spoiler:{{Moe}}mura, for Homura before she became a magical girl.]]
** Add to that [[{{Film/Commando}} Hommando]] after the [[spoiler: fight scene in episode 11]].
** Kyoko's name is easy to mispronounce as Anko due to the ambiguous kanji. This eventually ended up as her nickname.
* FanPreferredCouple: Madoka and Homura. Even [[WordOfGod the author]] [[ShipTease acknowledges it]] in an omake at the beginning of ''Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story''.
* FountainOfMemes: Kyubey. Just type his name into {{Website/Google}} and see what comes up. If that isn't enough, he even has his own [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/kyubey page]] on Website/KnowYourMeme.
* FriendlyFandoms: Several of note given the series wide appeal:
** ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Touhou]]'', likely because of the combination of {{Moe}} designs and magical MoreDakka.
** Other productions by StudioShaft.
** Similarities with Homura and Kaworu have led to one with ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion''.
** ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''.
** Even with the FandomRivalry above, is also has FriendlyFandoms with other MagicalGirl series like ''Anime/PrettyCure'' and ''Franchise/SailorMoon.'' It helps that it actually introduced a lot fans to the genre.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** Rewatching early episodes is kind of uncomfortable in light of [[WhamEpisode certain events]].
** Kazuko's [[CharacterFilibuster wacky ramblings]] about her failed relationships. In the first episode she warns the girls about men who judge women by the eggs they can prepare. [[spoiler:Incubator]] turns out to be exactly that kind of guy. In Episode 4 she goes off on a tangent about biological eligibility having nothing to do with finding or pursuing love. Unfortunately [[spoiler:Sayaka]] is in no state to listen and only gets worse. It's also possible that, in light of what happens to [[spoiler:Sayaka]], her frustration, instead of something to be taken lightly, might be a symptom of deep depression.
** In Episode 2, the line "Don't worry, I won't lose my head in front of my future juniors" is said. Just guess who said that and why it was a ''very'' wrong thing to say.
* FauxSymbolism: [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial There is no way that]] Homura could be [[spoiler: {{Faust}}]], Madoka couldn't possibly be [[spoiler: Gretchen]], and Kyubey representing [[spoiler: Mephistopheles/Satan]]? Patently absurd. There are outright quotes, and symbols referencing [[spoiler:Faust]].
* GatewaySeries: Along with ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', this show has become one of the biggest introductions to anime for many newcomers to the medium in recent years.
* GeniusBonus: This show is crammed full of it, from the {{Shout Out}}s to obscure 19th century literature and musicians, mythological references, ''{{Faust}}'' quotes, and coded runic fonts. Sometimes you have to pause and zoom in on a tiny portion of a frame to find some of them.
** Physicists will laugh when they realize that Kyubey is [[spoiler:Maxwell's Demon]].
** The outside of Homura's house is reminiscent of a locale in the video game ''ShadowOfDestiny''. Some of the possible titles used before they settled on the final one were ''The Day and Night of Walpurgisnacht'', ''Days of Walpurgis'', and ''Time Adventure''. Sounds like a regular ShoutOut, no? The game is about a man who [[spoiler: travels back in time to prevent his death multiple times]], which it turns out is [[spoiler: very similar to what Homura is trying to do with Madoka]].
** The witch Oktavia von Seckendorff [[spoiler: who was once Sayaka]]. Her name comes from Karl Siegmund von Seckendorff, who composed for "Der König in Thule", the poem that appears in Goethe's ''Faust'', as well as wrote a book called "Das Rad des Schicksals" (The Wheel of Fate). Oktavia fights by throwing wheels, and the word "Schicksal" appears in her labyrinth. Also, the Wheel of Fate (or Fortune) is a tarot card which symbolizes "possibilities, opportunities, new developments, sudden changes"; [[spoiler: a rather apt description of Sayaka's life after meeting Kyubey]].
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: One of the only magical girl series that has a decent sized fandom in America. On a character level, Homura is really well received in the US (and for Higurashi fans).
* {{Glurge}}: Some people think that Episode 12's ending message falls under this, mostly due to the [[UnfortunateImplications implications]] of such a message.
* GrowingTheBeard: If the first two episodes didn't already show stubble to some fans indicating this isn't the usual MagicalGirl series, then [[WhamEpisode Episode 3]] should've done it.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** It's unfortunate that Mami just so happened to wear her Soul Gem as a [[HairDecorations hair dec]], [[spoiler:since she loses it along with her head]].
** Mami tying up Homura in Episode 3. [[spoiler: In the third timeline, after finding out that MagicalGirls become witches from Sayaka turning into Octavia, Mami attempted to MercyKill the rest of the group to prevent the same fate from happening to them, by shooting Kyoko and tying Homura up, leaving her powerless to do anything and only being saved by Madoka killing Mami.]]
** Madoka talking to Homura, Episode 4: "I get the feeling you're a veteran at this too...and I guess you've seen lots of people die horribly, haven't you?" Yes, Madoka, she has. [[spoiler: Including you.]] This entire conversation is awful. It ends with Madoka promising to never forget Homura. [[spoiler: Not only has she repeatedly "forgotten" her in multiple timelines, but everyone (except Homura) will also forget Madoka once she becomes God.]]
** In Episode 2, Madoka asks Homura what she wished for when she became a magical girl. It's a perfectly innocent question that becomes ''horrible'' if you've seen the show to the end. In fact if you watch the show twice, the first few episodes just seem like an exercise in how much Homura can be ''utterly tormented'' by otherwise innocuous comments.
** Look at [[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/File:Madoka_grow_up_family_photo.jpg these]] adorable pictures from Madoka's childhood after finishing the show.
** [[spoiler: In [[WholeEpisodeFlashback Episode 10]], the Sayaka in a previous timeline asks if Homura can use any weapons other than [[StuffBlowingUp bombs]] because she thinks she might get caught up in one of the explosions. Later in that timeline, guess how [[OneWingedAngel Witch!Sayaka]] is defeated?]]
** In a more {{Meta}} example, Episode 10 featured the image of a destroyed and flooded Japanese city. Shortly after it aired, Japan got hit with a massive earthquake and tsunami.
*** Over late October and early November 2012, history repeats itself, as the International release of the Madoka compilation movies sees the US hit by Hurricane Sandy. Ouch.
*** ''Rebellion'' comes out, and a few weeks later the Philippines gets hit by a typhoon.
* HellIsThatNoise:
** [[spoiler:Oktavia's scream. Nightmarish because it's ''[[Creator/EriKitamura Sayaka's]] [[SarahWilliams voice.]]'']]
** The shrill high-pitched voice of the witch H.N. Elly in Episode 4.
** Madoka's anguished scream in Episode 10, when [[spoiler:she becomes a witch for the first time]].
** Walpurgisnacht's distorted laughter.
* HetIsEw: The amount of fans who simply can't accept Sayaka devoting herself to a male love interest is ''staggering''. Much of this has to do with them [[DieForOurShip already devoted to Sayaka x Kyoko]].
** That, or people see Kyosuke as too much of an [[TheScrappy unlikeable asshole]], who, among his other flaws, does not appropriately acknowledge Sayaka's feelings for him.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Before the last two episodes were aired in Japan, one fan decided to make a trailer for a ''Madoka Magica'' movie in the style of an actual film trailer (watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvoDcG-7sWA here]]). Months later...
** One episode features Kyoko playing a ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution''-like game, to the tune of an arrangement of "Connect", the opening theme. Several months later, ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution X3'' was released, and it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGDlVuc6ETw features a cover of "Connect"]].
** There is a doujin involving Mami [[spoiler:saved from her gruesome death]] by [[Manga/{{Berserk}} Guts]] (it's in the Fan Fic Recommendations page). Cue the English dub cast, it's announced that Mami will be voiced by CarrieKeranen, [[{{Berserk}} Casca's]] voice actress.
** April 21, 2011: Episode 11 airs. [[spoiler:Homura, having previously stolen a few truckloads of Type 88 antiship missiles from the JGSDF, fires them off at Walpurgisnacht.]] April 21, 2011: [[spoiler: In RealLife, the JGSDF's 6th Surface-to-Ship Missile Regiment, which uses Type 88 missiles, is disbanded.]]
** This series has been [[CounterpartComparison compared to]] ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki''. Over a year later, ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' was released, which was noted to have similarities to ''Madoka Magica''. The series after that, ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', has Urobuchi himself as the main writer.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v3xk2dJ1Ak This video]] features Homura in the protagonist's place during the first opening of ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows.'' Cute on its own, but ''then'' the final arc of ''TWGOK'' comes along and it's all about [[spoiler:using MentalTimeTravel to create a StableTimeLoop and SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong]].
* {{HSQ}}: Almost every episode will leave you trying to comprehend what just happened.
* HypeBacklash[=/=]AngstAversion:
** Knowing that the show is going to be a tragedy series can easily put people off, and if you aren't a fan of those kinds of stories, you aren't going to like this series as much as it fans will.
** Hearing all the hype about this series as a {{Deconstruction}} of magical girls can be annoying to people that have already watched series that have done that (particularly since a noticeable portion of Madoka's fanbase has SmallReferencePools regarding the genre), on top of people who find deconstruction very irritating in the first place.
* IdiotPlot: So much [[IncrediblyLamePun grief]] could have been avoided if the girls were more willing to talk things out with each other, and above all, ask questions. This is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] as the characters are mainly young girls who are barely teenage and [[spoiler: selected by Kyubey for the wide range between hope and despair]].
* IKnewIt:
** Episode 6: [[spoiler: Soul gems are {{Soul Jar}}s.]]
** Episode 8: [[spoiler: Homura is a time traveler and uses time-based powers, spoiler:witches are fallen Magical Girls, and Grief Seeds are their former soul gems. ''Sayaka becomes a witch.'']]
** Episode 9: [[spoiler: Homura's powers manipulate time, and she is not from the present timeline.]]
** Episode 10: [[spoiler: The presence of time loops confirmed, along with the Prologue of Episode 1 being the endgame of the previous iteration.]]
** Episode 12: [[spoiler: Madoka's wish was to change the Magical Girl system.]]
** From the very beginning of the series there was speculation that [[spoiler:Kyubey is evil]]. Whether you [[ManipulativeBastard can say that]] or [[NecessarilyEvil not]] is left to the watcher's interpretation.
* InternetBackdraft:
** [[spoiler: Kyubey's reasoning that involved science.]] Mentioning anything about ''entropy'' in /a/ would cause an argument. Even if [[spoiler: [[WhamEpisode two characters died in that episode.]]]]
** Don't ask whether this show is a {{Deconstruction}} or not unless you wish to start a FlameWar.
** The debates over whether the proper term is "magical girl", "puella magi", or "mahou shojo" will go on ''forever''.
** Mentioning this series on /m/ will get... interesting reactions from toku fans who note similarities with ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki''.
** Calling ''Puella Magi Madoka Magica'' a "feminist" series will cause lots of fights on Website/{{Tumblr}}. Particularly, people will argue about ValuesDissonance regarding Japanese vs. white feminism, DeathOfTheAuthor, and the validity of Gen Urobochi's comments when he compares magical girls to Al-Qaeda.
* ItWasHisSled:
** Even people who haven't watched the show at all know that [[spoiler:Charlotte [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dropped a bridge]] on Mami]].
** An interesting case with [[spoiler:Kyubey. If you've heard anything at all about this show, the first thing you're likely to have heard is that Kyubey is the ultimate evil of everything that exists and should die in a fire. Ironically, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality it's not as simple]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist as it sounds]].]]
* JerkassWoobie:
** Kyoko. [[spoiler:Her father founded a new church, but the general public dismissed his teachings as heretical, so Kyoko used her wish to brainwash the crowd into believing in her father's religion. After he found out about this, he [[GoneMadFromTheRevelation became crazy]] [[PaterFamilicide and killed the whole family]]. Probably the only reason Kyoko survived was because she was a lich by that time.]] Yep, she had to live through a lot of crap in her life... but it still doesn't justify how much of an ass she was at the beginning and neither does it excuse how she's used to bash Madoka.
** Sayaka is also a hopeless girl who becomes a magical girl out of eagerness for Kyosuke's love. Though despite the fact that the aforementioned decision ends up being her own fault, at the end of the day, she's just a teenage girl who didn't deserve everything that happens to her.
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Madoka x Mami, Madoka x Homura, Madoka x Sayaka, Madoka x ''herself'' (the last one comes from the opening animation). [[HilariousInHindsight It's slightly hilarious]] that the trope namer is ''Theatre/DoctorFaustus''.
* LesYay: [[HoYay/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Has its own page]].
* LGBTFanbase: While PMMM is popular with [[YuriFan yuri fans]] of all genders and sexualities, it seems to have picked up an unusually large fandom of lesbian and bi/pansexual women. This may be because the relationships between the heroines are treated seriously, with LesYay used for drama and plot advancement much more than it's used as {{fanservice}}.
* LoveToHate: Kyubey. Most of the fans would love to see him die horribly, yet he's also a FountainOfMemes and the source of much humor and entertainment in the fandom.
* MagnificentBastard: Kyubey's line in Episode 9 cemented him as one in many fans' eyes.
-->'''Kyubey:''' [[spoiler:So, if you ever feel like dying for the sake of the universe, call me! I'll be waiting.]]
* MagnumOpus: Considered by many to be the finest work by writer Creator/GenUrobuchi, as well as the best anime from StudioShaft and director Creator/AkiyukiShinbo.
* MemeticBadass:
** [[spoiler:Goddess Madoka.]]
** Junko Kaname is a [[MemeticBadass Memetic]] BadassNormal. She's among the few characters (from all media) the fandom assumes can take on Homura on even footing.
* MemeticMolester: '''WARNING:''' All the links below are {{NSFW}}.
** Kyubey. [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/855506 Oh, Kyubey.]]
** [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/859666 Homura depicted as a Madoka-obsessed fangirl]] is somewhat milder, but [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/853747 not]] [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/853510 by]] [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/845994 much]]. Sometimes the [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/857338 roles are reversed]]. The fact that the swimsuits in the last one resemble those of the mermaids in the manga ''Manga/SchoolMermaid'' makes it ten times creepier. There's even a "[[http://danbooru.donmai.us/pool/show/3171 Perverted Homura]]" pool on Danbooru.
* MemeticMutation: Has its [[Memes/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica own page]].
* MemeticSexGod:
** Mami, or more specifically, her breasts. They have ''[[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/Mami%27s_mammies their own wiki page]].'' The fandom also keeps Mami's ribbons in mind...
** Homura's amazing {{hair flip}}s can turn any girl [[{{Pun}} homusexual]] in 6 seconds flat.
* MisaimedFandom:
** At one point during the show's airing, Yuki Kajiura tweeted that her mother had decided that the dark, dread-inducing ending song "Magia" was a good workout song.
** [[NightmareFetishist The fans]] [[SchmuckBait who want to make a contract with Kyubey.]]
** Sayaka's interest in Kyosuke is oddly similar to that of the [[DoggedNiceGuy "nice guy" archetype]], expecting Kyosuke to love her in return for doing something for him. It's seen as romantic rather than the proper {{Deconstruction}} it is.
* {{Moe}}: The promo materials made it look like the "adorable {{Magical Girl}}s have [[TastesLikeDiabetes cutesy, sugary, light-hearted adventures together]]" type of {{Moe}}, but it turned out to be the "adorable {{Magical Girl}}s have [[BreakTheCutie terrible things happen to them]], cry a lot, and desperately need a hug" type of {{Moe}}.
** Two characters have won Saimoe Tournaments on separate occasions: Mami won in 2011 while Madoka won in 2013.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** The fandom is divided on when he becomes an AcceptableTarget (the infamous '[[http://danbooru.donmai.us/pool/show/2939 Everybody hates Kyubey]]' pool in Danbooru (NSFW) stands as eternal proof of this), but the most commonly believed MoralEventHorizon crossings are either when [[spoiler: he mislead Kyoko into believing that Sayaka could be saved after turning into a witch which leads to her HeroicSacrifice and leaving Homura as the only Puella Magi to fight Walpurgisnacht - all in hopes that Madoka would contract with him]], or [[spoiler: his casually delivered line asking Madoka to give his kind a call when she'd be ready to die for the universe]].
** [[spoiler:Kyoko's father killing his entire family after finding out that his older daughter's wish was the only reason for his popularity, and then killing himself too. Kyoko survived but ended up bitter and amoral.]]
* {{Narm}}:
** Considering that Kyubey's "charm" is his PerpetualSmiler traits, his [[http://i55.tinypic.com/106kap5.jpg "Nightmare Face"]] from the manga (which he pulls when [[spoiler: Homura calls him "Incubator"]]) ''could'' come off as more overblown than truly scary, complete with BlackEyesOfEvil. [[https://wiki.puella-magi.net/File:Guidebook_Comic_04_TL.jpg Kyubey's voice actor was unimpressed.]]
** Mami's cute little hops with bended knees and pigeon toes before her TransformationSequence were out of place.
** In Episode 11, [[spoiler: Walpurgisnacht]] is supposed to be a ''very'' dramatic fight... except for [[spoiler: Walpurgisnacht]] having a super ultra high-pitched EvilLaugh.
** A brief shot in Episode 8 of a crazed Sayaka showing her soul gem to Madoka whilst everything else is blood red seems out of place. It's no surprise that it was cut from the movie.
** Charlotte's OneWingedAngel is a large worm that appears to be made out of candy and looks as though it has the face of a clown. It's something of the equivalent of [[Anime/CodeGeass Lelouch's pink sword]] in dramatic effect after it [[spoiler:[[NightmareFuel devours Mami]].]]
** The signature head-tilt can turn a serious and dramatic moment narmy given how unnatural it looks.
** [[spoiler: Homura breaking down and crying in the last episode as Madoka is about to fade away. The last few times [[TheStoic Homura]] cried during the series, it was [[TearJerker genuinely heartbreaking]], and a real indicator of just how pear-shaped things had gotten. The last one, however, came out as a kind of [="Eeee...EEEEHUEEEEEEeeeeEEEEeeeeEEEE".=] It was...well, just a touch goofy.]]
** A similar example to the above comes in Episode 10. [[spoiler: The emotional impact of Homura having to MercyKill Madoka can be completely destroyed by the sound that Homura utters seconds before pulling the trigger.]] [[NarmCharm ...If it doesn't have the opposite effect.]]
** The movie version of [[spoiler:Mami's death scene]] will probably be narmy if you speak German, because the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j38ZeqBJzA background music]] is [[OminousLatinChanting Ominous German Chanting]] that translates to [[TrademarkFavoriteFood "Cheese! Cheese! Where is the cheese?"]] (Bonus points for it being ''literally'' cheesy.)
* NarmCharm:
** In Episode 12, when [[spoiler: Madoka makes her wish and [[OutGambitted out gambits]] him]], the camera zooms to Kyubey [[http://i52.tinypic.com/33e7ytg.png making His Most Epic Face EVER.]] Unlike other cases, it ''works''.
** In Episode 10, during the scene where [[spoiler:Madoka asks Homura to MercyKill her]], Homura does a quick transformation... making a cutsey "Poing!" noise in the process. Only the fact that this is by far the most [[TearJerker heart-wrenching]] scene in the whole series keeps it from being regular old Narm.
* NauseaFuel:
** [[spoiler: A regenerated Kyubey eats the corpse of his body which Homura had just killed.]]
** The manga version of [[spoiler: Mami's death]] is ''far'' worse and more graphic.
* NeverLiveItDown:
** If all the fanart and official merchandise showing them together is any indication, Charlotte will be remembered for one thing and one thing only -- [[spoiler:killing Mami]], and, to a slightly lesser extent, Mami will be remembered only for [[spoiler:being killed by Charlotte]]. See the MemeticSexGod entry above for the other reason.
** Thanks to [[Memes/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica a few memetic lines]], Hitomi Shizuki is considered the patron saint of [[HeteronormativeCrusader anti-yuri]]. Tell us, Hitomi, can girls love girls?
* OneSceneWonder: Charlotte's popularity is inversely proportional to her screentime.
* PeripheryDemographic: Despite being aimed at [[{{seinen}} older males,]] the show has gained a large female fanbase due to it being a MagicalGirl series. A lot of teenagers watch the show, too.
* PoisonOakEpilepticTrees: It has been said that, regarding an Urobuchi work, "Think out the worst possible logical scenario that can happen, and Urobuchi will top it." [[spoiler:[[IKnewIt It turns out to be correct, many times over.]]]]
* ParanoiaFuel: Witches are everywhere and they are responsible for suicides. What's worse, they are invisible to normal humans until you wander into their lair, wherein you will be killed in a horrific way. That friend of yours online that just killed herself? Could have been because of a witch. Wanna take that shortcut through the alleyway? Could walk in right into a witches' lair. You are never safe.
* ReplacementScrappy: As any fic writer will tell you, compared to [[spoiler:the witches]], [[spoiler:the wraiths]] are just kind of bland. Before the release of the movie ''Rebellion'', it was expected that [[spoiler:the wraiths would get more attention and exposition]] on in the movie, due to a lack of such from the end of anime; however, they do not make a ''single'' appearance in the movie, aside from mere mentions. Because of this, some have come to view [[spoiler:wraiths as a pointless, filler enemy]] that really just ends up being ''there'', because ''something'' had to take over the witches after [[spoiler:they all were erased at the end of the anime]].
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap:
** Madoka enters the show as [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji Ikari]]. She comes out as [[MessianicArchetype Jesus]]. Eventually we learn the truth about Magical Girls and the reason why Homura actively keeps Madoka from joining a career as a Magical Girl: [[spoiler:it's a DealWithTheDevil that involves transforming into a Lich [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor for a single wish that you are very likely to screw up]]. Madoka became GenreSavvy enough in one of the timelines to make Homura promise to keep her from becoming a MagicalGirl.]]
** Sayaka. In an [[ImageBoards /a/]] poll she was the least popular of the five main characters [[http://images.puella-magi.net/c/ce/Ep10_popularity_chart.gif?20110314214410 as of Episode 10]], but the hatred for her seems to have cooled since the show ended. This is likely due to her [[spoiler: accepting her fate as a magical girl]] in the last episode.
* RonTheDeathEater: A big part of the FanDumb took [[spoiler: Mami's FreakOut]] in a horrible way.
* TheScrappy:
** Hitomi gets a ''lot'' of flak from the fanbase because she told Sayaka that she has 24 hours to tell Kyosuke her feelings, or else she will confess, and this causes trouble with Sayaka (who feels she can't confess because of what she has become as a Magical Girl), or simply [[DieForOurShip they think Sayaka would be better with him]].
** You'd be very hard-pressed to find a fan who ''likes'' Kyosuke. At best, fans are neutral towards him. At worst, people loathe him for being a [[HetIsEw male]] in a show full of yuri subtext (which is often solved by [[RuleSixtyThree gender-flipping]] him) and being an [[DieForOurShip "obstacle"]] to Kyoko/Sayaka, not telling Sayaka that he got out of the hospital, and being an UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom [[RonTheDeathEater (though the former is often blown out of proportion by some fans to make him look irredeemably horrible)]], or being a "dense idiot" who committed the 'crime' of being ObliviousToLove and didn't deserve Sayaka ''or'' [[spoiler:Hitomi's]] love. Fans gained more reason to hate him when he reacts [[FreakOut poorly]] to [[spoiler:Sayaka's appearance in a BadEnding of the PSP game]], and when WordOfGod stated that even if Sayaka had ended up with him, he would've deserted her on dates in favor of practicing his violin. See also ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion''.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: As cruel as Kyoko's SocialDarwinist outlook may seem, her belief that helping others would only lead to trouble is accurate in light of the [[CrapsackWorld series' universe]]. [[spoiler: Both Kyoko and Sayaka's contracts came back to bite them ''horribly'', Madoka's attempt to cheer [[BrokenHero Mami]] up by promising to fight alongside her distracted the latter in a fight, leading to her ''death'', and finally the whole dark series began from Homura making a wish to prevent Madoka's death resulting in a progressively worse GroundHogDayLoop.]]
** Arguably, this even extends to [[spoiler: Madoka's wish]], considering [[spoiler: the events of ''Rebellion'']].
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks:
** Some of the [[EnhancedOnDVD DVD edits]] haven't been well-received.
*** All Soul Gems have been changed from hand-drawn to ConspicuousCG. While this fixes [[NotDrawnToScale the scaling problems]] the Soul Gems had all over the place in the first few episodes, it's.... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysontheTin conspicuous]].
*** Mami's Soul Gem now has little flowers fluttering around it. These flowers also appear during her transformation and general use of her powers. It's both Narmy and unusual considering no one else's Soul Gems do anything similar.
*** Mami's apartment has been changed from having the most basic pieces of furniture and a blank hardwood floor to being decked out with pastel upholstery and stuffed animals everywhere. Detractors argue that the minimalistic version did a good job of highlighting Mami's [[BrokenBird depression]] due to complete lack of friends and family.
*** Among various architectural edits to the town, the school rooftop's chainlink fence was replaced with a very ornate white one. There would be no problem if they had re-drawn Sayaka's hand as she clutches the fence; the orientation of her fingers makes no sense with the new fence.
*** The Sayaka/Kyoko fight gets better shading, but in every other aspect the new artwork arguably looks worse than the originals.
** Some of the changes in the movies are not well received, such the removal of certain scenes and changing of music. Apparently the focus of a broken pipe in an alley dripping water is much more important to the series than Mami's back-story.
* TooCoolToLive:
** [[spoiler:Poor Mami. She's a CoolBigSis and LadyOfWar who can summon a sky full of muskets. She dies in the third episode.]]
** Just as she [[spoiler: starts to get over her {{Jerkass}} tendencies, Kyoko]] dies.
* TrueArtIsAngsty [[spoiler:Not the case here. Despite all the trauma and hardship, there's an uplifting and positive ending.]]
* UncannyValley: Kyubey's blank and never-changing expression makes looking at it's face, particularly when it is "talking" unnerving.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Kyosuke, noted under TheScrappy, even people that don't hate usually don't think he comes off as sympathetic since a decent chunk of his screen time consists of him being a {{Jerkass}} out of frustration of his injury. Realistic, yes, but people usually don't sympathize with somebody they don't see being anything likable.
* TheWoobie: ''Everyone'' in the whole series (aside from Kyubey) makes the viewers want to give them a big hug and tell them that all will end well.
** Special mention goes to Homura for being an '''IronWoobie'''. There's a reason her FanNickname is [[spoiler:[[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Homurika]]]], you know.
** Sayaka due to [[spoiler:her heartbreaking breakdown, but also because WordOfGod has declared that she [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption can't be saved]] in any timeline. Poor girl.]]
** Kyoko's backstory implies she's an IronWoobie herself. It's impressive [[spoiler:she didn't immediately turn into a witch after her family was murdered by her freaking out father.]]
** [[spoiler: The witches themselves count as a WoobieSpecies because they're fallen magical girls.]]
* {{Woolseyism}}: At the end of the series, in the original Japanese [[spoiler: the new monsters that replace witches are called "''majuu''", which literally means "magical beast". The fansubs for the anime simply translated the world as "demon", but the official subtitles use "wraith" instead. Not only does the latter better fit their appearance, it also preserves an additional meaning in the original Japanese: The word "''majuu''" is very similar to "''majo''", the Japanese word for witch, reflecting the idea that the former are a replacement for the latter. In English "wraith" and "witch" also possess some of this similarity; they both start with "w", end in "h", and have an "it" in the middle.]]
** '''Spoiler warning for ''Rebellion''!''' Not only that, but ''[[PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'' introduces the character [[spoiler:''Demon'' Homura]], whose original Japanese name is [[spoiler:''Akuma'' Homura]] (a play on their original name [[spoiler:Akemi Homura]]). Needless to say, there is a ''good'' reason the official translation for the [[spoiler:majuu]] is [[spoiler:wraith]] instead of [[spoiler:demon]] now...
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForLittleGirls: Hey, look at this show where the cast are all cute little girls who wear cute dresses and can do magic -- [[spoiler:did that girl's head just get ''eaten'' by that clown-caterpillar creature]]?! It gets worse from there.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: The witch's labyrinths. These things look like they come out of Terry Gilliam's nightmares.

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