Characters: Puella Magi Madoka Magica 2

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    In General 
  • Badass: All of them have their moments of badassery throughout the canon, in various different timelines, because they all are witch busting child soldiers.
  • Badass Adorable: They're all just as cute as they are badass, thanks to Ume Aoki's character designs.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Mami (Blonde), Homura (Brunette), Kyoko (Redhead), who coincidentally form a squad of three at the end of the series.
  • Break the Cutie: All of them are broken at some point.
    • Madoka watches Mami get eaten by Charlotte and fight/unsuccessfully plead with her best friend after she turns into a witch, and in a previous timeline, kills Mami herself to stop her from killing Homura.
    • Homura watches Madoka sacrifice herself for her, becomes a time traveling magical girl in an attempt to save her, and goes though dozens of time loops and subsequently relives the deaths of Madoka and the other magical girls over and over again.
    • Sayaka learns the true nature of magical girls, and sinks into despair, believing herself unworthy of Kyosuke's love. And then she loses Kyosuke to Hitomi.
    • Mami's parents died in the same car accident that prompted her to make a contract with Kyubey. In a previous timeline, learning that magical girls are destined to become witches also does this to her.
    • Kyoko's father went crazy after learning that his religious sect was only gaining followers because of her wish and subsequently killed her entire family and then himself.
  • The Chosen Many: Aside from the main characters, it is shown that there are other Magical Girls all around the world. It also turns out the incubators have been recruiting girls since the start of recorded history. Famous examples of magical girls are Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, and Anne Frank.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Madoka - Pink, Homura - Black/Purple, Sayaka - Blue, Mami - Yellow, Kyoko - Red.
  • Curtains Match the Window: With the exception of Homura.
  • Eldritch Abomination: As magical girls, each of them has a corresponding Witch form, although Mami's and Kyoko's do not appear in the main anime. In order, they are Kriemhild Gretchen (Madoka), Homulilly (Homura), Oktavia von Seckendorff (Sayaka), Candeloro (Mami) and Ophelia (Kyoko).
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Mami and Kyoko (Fighter), Homura (Mage), Madoka and Sayaka (Thief)
  • Hair Decorations: Everyone has something in their hair. Madoka has ribbons, Homura has a headband (and later she gets Madoka's ribbons), Mami has her flower shaped berets, Sayaka has hairclips (and the Compilation Movies gave her a new one after she transforms), and Kyoko has a bow.
  • Little Miss Badass: None of them are older than 15.
  • Magical Girls: They make a contract with Kyubey to gain magical girl power, outfits, and duty.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: On a sliding scale from red to blue - Kyoko, Sayaka, Madoka, Homura, Mami
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: Everyone except Kyoko wears their school uniforms most of the time when not transformed because Kyoko is never a student in non-Rebellion storylines.
  • Theme Naming: The names of the girls make them all seem as though they have Two First Names. However, Homura is the only one who has an actual first name as a last name (the spelling of Akemi used for her name is exclusive to first names only); the rest all have names that are valid last names, but are more commonly used as first names.
  • True Companions:
    • Averted. Along with other Magical Girl tropes, this one gets hurled straight out the window. They have proven themselves of getting along on occasion. Kyoko and Mami were friends before the series started, Sayaka idolized Mami and eventually grew to sympathize somewhat with Kyoko, and Homura was once like Madoka. However, due to factors like their individual reactions to discovering the truth, mental trauma, and Homura's lonerism, as well as Kyubey's machinations, their relationships end abruptly, either when someone dies, or when two individuals simply can't trust each other.
    • However, Rebellion, the game, and A Different Story show that it is possible for them to get along. Mami had good relations with everyone except Homura (and side material reveals that Kyoko, despite their fight, still considered Mami to be a sister). Sayaka was warming up to Kyoko. Kyoko was warming up to Sayaka. Everyone was friendly to Madoka. The one Magical Girl that everyone either did not trust or straight-up disliked was Homura, as a consequence of her growing cynicism, simply not caring about non-Madokas, and her overall lonerism from thinking that the others wouldn't understand.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Sayaka (blue hair), Madoka (pink hair), Hitomi (green). No one comments on it so it must be normal.

    Madoka Kaname 
Voiced by: Aoi Yuuki (JP), Christine Marie Cabanos (EN), Carmen Ambrós (Spain)

A well-behaved girl who doesn't consider herself to have any particular athletic or academic prowess. This lack of confidence feeds into a strong sense of selflessness that on some occasions is a positive thing but a negative one on others. After saving Kyubey from Homura, she considers forming a contract and becoming a Magical Girl, which she believes will finally enable her to help other people.

Kyubey is determined on contracting her, but Homura intends to stop this from happening.
  • All Loving Heroine: The poor girl just wants everyone to be happy. This is why she makes a wish to relieve the suffering of every magical girl that ever lived or ever will live.
  • Always with You: When Madoka ascends to godhood she reminds Homura one last time that she will always be with her. In this case it's literal because she exists in every point in time.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: In some of the alternate timelines, Madoka becomes a witch. In another one, she is about to become one, and requests Homura to Mercy Kill her.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: In ways that run both good and bad: In the bad way, she's a massive Witch that can eat the world in the span of a week; In the good way, she becomes a god and rewrites reality to make a Magical Girl's existence better.
  • Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: She becomes a law of physics (or a goddess in the metaphysical sense) as the result of her wish. After learning about all the suffering Magical Girls went through, she made it clear with her wish that she doesn't care what she becomes as long as her wish ultimately saves the world.
  • Badass Adorable: Anytime where she's a magical girl she is both powerful and friendly and huggably cute.
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: She's the only one who can defeat Walpurgisnacht but doing this will inevitably cause her to turn into a Witch strong enough to destroy Earth. This is a Hopeless Boss Fight for Homura and forces her to use the New Game+ feature of her power.
  • Beam Spam: As Ultimate Madoka, she fires an enormous storm of energy arrows to attack.
  • Big Eater: You wouldn't know it, but according to her 100 Questions, she thinks about food a LOT.
  • Big Fancy House: Madoka's home. It was designed and built by friends of her parents.
  • Big Good: Her Retcon made her the patron goddess of magical girls, but only Homura knows she exists.
  • Break the Cutie: She provides the image on the trope's main page. As the series goes on she endures more and more trauma until she's a miserable wreck curled up in her bed. Ultimately she doesn't break and instead uses her wish to mend every broken magical girl cutie in all of time.
  • Celestial Body: After she becomes a god/force of nature/whatever in the final episode she gains a new body which evokes this kind of imagery.
  • Childhood Friends: With Sayaka. They walk to school together and her death hits Madoka like a player punch.
  • The Chosen One: Kyubey spends the series trying to make her a Magical Girl because of her potential, which can make her an all powerful deity if she so desired. Mami theorizes that Homura is actively trying to prevent her from becoming a Magical Girl because of jealousy.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: She commits a Heroic Sacrifice in every timeline we see. Homura actually blames this on her low sense of self-worth, and points how annoying it is in someone you keep time-traveling to try and rescue.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Though we never get to see it, in the last timeline shown before the current story, Madoka kills Walpurgisnacht in one shot. After which, she becomes a world-destroying witch.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Madoka gets one in the beginning of Episode 11, following Sayaka's funeral, while Kyubey lectures her about the role of magical girls in history. Fitting, considering that she sacrifices herself to save the world. She gets another while saying goodbye to Homura before she disappears.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Pink hair and eyes.
  • Cuteness Proximity: 100 Questions: (link has some spoilers)
    Question 8: "Favorite animal?"
    Madoka: "I love anything that's small and fluffy!"
  • Dark Messiah: As Kriemhild Gretchen. All There in the Manual describes her as the Witch of Salvation. Her idea of salvation is either the Lotus-Eater Machine or an Assimilation Plot because it involves drawing people into her barrier.
  • Decoy Protagonist: She holds off on becoming a Magical Girl and instead just tags along. Later on, it's still played straight. The real heroine here is Homura Akemi, although Madoka is the one to bring the plot to an end.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: In all timelines, Madoka is the only magical girl known to have killed Walpurgisnacht, the most powerful witch in existence. However, she either dies afterwards or turns into an even more powerful witch. She finally beats it for good by wishing it out of existence in the current timeline.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Although not as severe as that other magical girl, Madoka considers becoming a magical girl simply to give purpose to her life. This irritates Mami. See also Heroic Self-Deprecation.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: She makes a contract with Kyubey in the final episode but her wish rewrites reality to favor magical girls instead of the Incubators. For most of the series, it's more like Did Cthulhu Just Scam You?.
  • Disappears into Light: What happens to her body while she's saying goodbye to a crying Homura. She's gone to a higher plane of existence.
  • The Ditherer: Spends many an episode wondering if she can truly be helpful to anyone.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: She's really nice. When she appears to dying magical girls she is a soothing presence in their traumatic final moments, then she takes them to magical girl heaven.
  • Energy Bow: Her weapon is a bow that fires pink energy arrows.
  • Expy: Word of God has compared Madoka to Hidamari Sketch's Yuno. Urobuchi remarked that every time he made Madoka cry, the Yuno fans hated him more.
  • Faustian Rebellion: Madoka's wish is to erase every witch that had ever existed, or would exist in the future, or could possibly exist in another world, before they were born with her own hands. Reality gets a bit unstable. and in the end Kyubey has to adapt to her new system which is less convenient to his goals.
  • The Fettered: Madoka believes in hope so much its one of her main defining traits. This eventually became the basis for her wish, to give other Magical Girls hope by erasing the despair that would eventually turn them into witches. She eventually became the very embodiment of this virtue.
  • Final Speech: Done every time she attempts a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Her room is filled with various stuffed animals.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She has her hair done up in pigtails which emphasises her innocence and naivety.
  • Girly Run: In the OP sequence and the first episode.
  • The Heart: She's the kindest, compared to the other characters who have signed the deal.
  • Heroic BSOD:
    • Mami's death hits her HARD. She spends a good half of episode 4 crying.
    • Again when she inadvertently kills Sayaka. While Sayaka has gotten better thanks to Homura, the Angst will remain.
    • Yet again when she sees Sayaka's lifeless body and hears that her best friend has become a witch.
    • In another timeline, having to kill Mami (who had just killed Kyoko) so she wouldn't kill Homura (who had just killed Witch Sayaka) reduces her to a sobbing wreck.
    • This is the breakdown of Madoka's psyche as the series has gone on AND IT GOES ON FOR 3 MORE EPISODES!!
    • Kyubey goes for the kill when he telepathically shows her the suffering of every magical girl throughout history. This may have been a mistake as it inspired her wish.
  • Heroic Bystander: She prevents the forced suicide of Hitomi and Kirsten's other victims. Also, she tries to be this when she throws Sayaka's Soul Gem over the bridge, with nasty results.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the original timeline, it was hinted that she launched a one-shot Suicide Attack against Walpurgisnacht and it worked because Homura survived. In an alternate past, she saved Homura from despair using Sayaka's grief seed, in the hope of Homura's ability to rewrite history to a better end; she then asks Homura for a Mercy Kill, since turning into a witch was against her life-time goal. She does it again in the final episode, where she wishes for the whole Magical Girl system to change, allowing her to destroy Walpurgis and stop any magical girls from becoming a witch (by causing them to vanish first), at the cost of Madoka herself vanishing from existence forever.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Subtly, but still present. At one point Madoka says the following about herself: "I thought I had nothing good going for me. I thought I would continue on living until I died, never helping anyone, never being useful. That made me frustrated, and it made me feel alone. But I thought I couldn't do anything about it." Yet her actions over the series often contradict this self-characterization. This extends to the people around her who question why she would want to become a Magical Girl. She has everything she would ever want, and yet she still becomes a Magical Girl.
  • The Heroine: Of previous timelines and the Grand Finale. She's the one that ultimately saves the day. She's also the namesake of her team.
  • Hidden Depths: Before Episode 10, she appears to be an average girl caught in awful circumstances who at times behaves in a supposedly "stupid" or "cowardly" manner. Episode 10 reveals that Madoka is not only able to fight, but is willing to sacrifice herself because of her love for her friends. Many fans' opinion of her improved after this episode. On the other hand, not all of her depts are hidden. How many "normal" girls would follow a friend in trouble to something they know can literally eat their face? (episode 4)
  • Holy Child: Her potential power is so massive, Homura's (silent) fight against Kyubey over her drives the story. Said power is also what makes her the Apocalypse Maiden.
  • Hope Bringer: This is her final wish in a nutshell: deliver hope to all magical girls.
  • Hot God: Her Ultimate form is fairly attractive.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: In a previous timeline, she asks Homura to Mercy Kill her before she turns into a witch.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: She tries to do this for Sayaka in two different timelines. It failed in both cases.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: The only way Kyubey can convince her to make a contract is by appealing to her heroism. In timelines where she became a witch it's implied that it was always over-use of magic rather than despair.
  • The Ingenue: Soft-spoken, innocent, etc. Interestingly for this trope, Junko says she's remarkably mature for her age because she bypassed the teenage-rebellion typical of girls her age.
  • Instant Runes: A rune array pops out in front of her bow before she fires off a barrage of energy arrows as Ultimate Madoka.
  • Karmic Jackpot: The living embodiment version. She has built up a massive amount of karma due to Homura's attempts to save her in multiple timelines, which enables her to have massive amounts of magical power.
  • Kill the Cutie: Multiple times in previous timelines. Then, even though she actually does live, all traces of her existence vanish in the final timeline.
  • Kung-Fu Jesus: She's an archer who saves the universe with KINDNESS. It rewrites the entire laws of time, space and REALITY itself to make the entire universe a kinder and gentler place.
  • Lady and Knight: With Homura. Madoka is a perfect example of the Bright Lady (cute, innocent and kind) while Homura is her strong and determined knight sworn to protect her, although she's more of a Black Knight.
  • Leitmotif: "Clementia". As Ultimate Madoka, "Sagitta luminis".
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The light to Homura's dark; dresses in light or pastel colors, open and friendly, a Nice Girl.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: According to ancillary material, Madoka's idea of an ideal husband is someone cool like her mother.
  • Little Miss Almighty: In the finale she becomes the goddess of hope. Interestingly, her goddess form "Ultimate Madoka" is taller and looks older than her physical form.
  • Living Emotional Crutch:
    • She props up Sayaka when her Soul Gem corrupts.
    • Madoka's death will always shatter Homura, before she resets time all over again to try preventing it from happening.
  • The Load: Zig-Zagged. She's the only girl who doesn't become a Magical Girl but still tags along. It is later revealed that she did become a Magical Girl, but in other timelines. Since Homura tries to prevent her from turning into a Magical Girl via time travel; her transformation was always retconned. In the last episode, she forms a contract with Kyubey and wishes that all witches from the past, present and future cease to exist, turning her into a being akin to a god.
  • Magical Girl: The Goddess of this Trope.
  • Magic Skirt: The pink and white tutu she wears as a magical girl incorporates one. Considering how many layers of ruffled tulle must've gone into that skirt, it's not surprising.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: One reason she doesn't make a contract is that she doesn't know what to wish for. At one point she decided to 'wish to become a magical girl'. Once one learns the true nature of Magical Girls, 'martyr' becomes appropriate.
  • Meaningful Name: Her full name can be taken to mean "tranquil keystone." This fits her role as The Heart, her connection to countless threads of fate from previous timelines, and her eventual transformation into the embodiment of hope for all magical girls.
    • Interestingly, the three syllables which form her name are homophone to those of "the one who follows the path of evil". Lampshade Hanging here.
  • Meaningful Rename:
    • Her witch name is Kriemhild Gretchen. Interesting to note that this was not shown on the original broadcast. For the record, Kriemhild means "battle mask", likely referring to the ending animation.
    • What fans call Godoka/Madokami/Madogod or Goddess Madoka, tends to go by the name Penitent Gretchen. Name Gretchen is self-explanatory even if you are familiar with the show. The title of Penitent isn't, which means "feeling or expressing humble or regretful pain or sorrow for sins or offenses". It explains Madoka's temperament at the time of her wish. Also, the full name is yet another reference to Faust...or more appropriately, how Gretchen saved him.
    • On official character sheets by Ume Aoki, she is referred to as Ultimate Madoka.
  • Messianic Archetype: She sacrifices herself to save all magical girls from despair.
  • Moe Couplet: Initially her and Sayaka, and then her and Homura especially when it was Meganekko Homura. Also a bit with Mami, which likely would have continued if the latter didn't die, and was apparent in other timelines.
  • Morality Chain: She's this to Homura. Despite all the trauma and foulness of all the timelines, Homura continues to help others because it would make Madokda happy.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Madoka initially seems like she'll be the typical magical girl hero, but when the series reached episode 9 (of 12) Madoka is still a muggle. This is because she was a magical girl in the original timeline and made Homura promise to 'save her from Kyubey's trickery'. This is why Homura prevents her from making a contract.
  • Naïve Everygirl: This is one of the things she dislikes about herself; her average-lack-of-wordliness.
  • Naïve Newcomer: As an Ironic Echo to current Homura, Madoka contrasts Meganekko Homura. Where Meganekko Homura blurts out something randomly inappropriate, Madoka is a mostly calm and collected person in the same situation.
  • Nice Girl: She's the nicest of the girls and would do anything to help other people.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • She tried cheering Mami up with a You Are Not Alone speech. It results in Mami fighting more recklessly rather than methodical and calculating which leads to getting headchomped by Charlotte, in a battle she would've won if she never let her guard down.
    • To prevent Sayaka from fighting Kyoko, she snatches Sayaka's Soul Gem and throws it off the bridge they're on. This killed Sayaka because the Soul Gem is literally a Soul Jar. Cue Big Damn Heroes from Homura.
    • She makes a contract to save Homura in one timeline, and becomes a magical girl so powerful she destroys a Witch in one shot... then becomes an even worse witch who will destroy the entire planet.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: To her brother in the final timeline; he's one of two people who remember her but his/their mom believes 'Madoka' is an imaginary friend.
  • Only Friend: To Homura. She had no friends before joining Madoka's school and afterwards isolates herself to prevent herself from suffering more pain from the time loops.
  • Ordinary Junior High School Student: There's nothing remarkable about her. You know, other than her tremendous magical girl potential, and all.
  • Pimped-Out Dress:
    • Her Magical Girl outfit is pink, very frilly and overall standard issue for a magical girl, which emphasizes her kindness, idealism and will to be the bringer of hope.
    • Her ultimate form dress, as well. It has a freaking star scape in it.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Madoka is likely the most girlish of the main girls and has pink as her theme colour.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Homura makes the wish that kicks off the series in order to save Madoka's life.
  • Power Gives You Wings: She gains angelic, transparent wings when she ascends to godhood.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Ultimate Madoka gains long hair before she kills Kriemhild Gretchen.
  • Protectorate: Homura's wish was for Madoka to become this for her. "I want to protect Madoka instead of her protecting me."
  • Psychopomp: As a Goddess, she appears to dying magical girls and takes them away to heaven. She's just the sort of companion one would want on such a journey. For instance, she allowed Sayaka see Kyosuke play violin one last time.
  • Reality-Breaking Paradox: When she makes her paradoxical wish, reality collapses in on itself by trying to figure how the wish would work.
  • Reality Warper: Kyubey claims she has this sort of potential if she were to become a Magical Girl. Turns out, he was right. Her wish was all that was needed to reconstruct the whole universe into a more merciful place.
  • Recursive Ammo: Those pink arrows she spams as Ultimate Madoka can turn into more of her.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: To Sayaka; more cautious, less passionate. Madoka's color motif is Pink, which is a combination Red and White. You should have a good guess where the White motif comes into play.
  • Ret Gone: The price of ending the Vicious Cycle is her removal from physical existence.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Sweet tempered subtype.
  • Selfless Wish: When she learns that her wish has the potential of her becoming a god, she later makes it clear that she doesn't care what she becomes as long as her wish ultimately saves the world from destruction, either at the hands of Walpurgisnacht or Kriemhild Gretchen, and ensures that magical girls do not experience sadness anymore, and orders Kyubey to fulfill her wish anyway.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Supernatural example: Normal Girl Madoka falls right into Generic Cuteness and in-universe is considered plain. Godoka, on the other hand, is achingly beautiful.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Madoka has some similarities to Sakura Kinomoto, as shown here. They're both blood type A girls who eat breakfasts made by their fathers "who can cook anything," play the recorder "a bit," are afraid of ghosts, and list their favorite colors as white and pink.
    • As part of the many references to Goethe's Faust, she's Gretchen, the woman who saves and redeems Faust with her love. This is made most explicit with the name of the witch she becomes in several timelines, Kriemhild Gretchen.
  • Signature Laugh: Wehihihi is an onomatopoeia of that little giggle of hers. Japanese fanworks naturally follow this and literally write it as ウェヒヒヒヒ.
  • The Soulsaver: The fate of magical girls is either to become a witch or die and face the Cessation of Existence. Madokami rescues them from both and brings them to a higher plane of existence.
  • Split Personality Merge: Kind of; after her apotheosis she gains knowledge of all other timelines.
  • Story-Breaker Power: As Homura's quest goes on, Madoka as a magical girl becomes more and more powerful. The Different Story is presumably one of the later resets, since Madoka demonstrates the ability to bring Sayaka back to life..
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: As Ultimate Madoka, the Goddess of Hope.
  • Supporting Protagonist:
    • Gen Urobuchi stated that Sayaka is The Protagonist of his story, although Madoka is the main character originally planned by Ume Aoki. However, this may have been a bait-and-switch statement to make Sayaka's fate more surprising, as Homura turns out to be the main heroic catalyst in the series.
    • Rather than focusing on the actions of Madoka herself, the story focuses on Homura's actions to protect and nurture Madoka, and unintentionally set her up to become powerful enough to become a goddess.
    • Played With by Word of God. The primary character arc is the lead up to Sayaka's transformation, but the plot itself revolves around Homura's attempt to stop Madoka from dying or becoming a magical girl.
    • Finally the series could really be about Madoka learning about the true nature of magical girls in order to learn how to reform the system after her ultimate ascension to goddesshood.
    • However, she fits this trope for the most part in The Different Story.
  • Survivor Guilt: After Mami dies right in front of her Madoka goes to her house and says "I'm sorry for being so weak."
  • Take a Third Option: If she doesn't become a Magical Girl, Walpurgisnacht will happen and the Earth will die. If she does, then she'll become Kriemhild Gretchen and the Earth will still die. What does she do? She becomes a Magical Girl and uses her wish to erase all Witches from existence thus safeguarding her own eventual transformation.
  • Tareme Eyes: As the gentle Nice Girl she is, she has rounded eyes.
  • Tender Tears: Usually accompanied by Tears of Remorse.
  • Thigh-High Boots: She sports these when she becomes a god.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Sayaka's Tomboy. It's not especially because she's so girly but because Sayaka is more boyish.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Zigzagged. She spends most of the series as a Muggle, before it was revealed that in previous timelines, she became a magical girl. In fact, she becomes stronger and stronger as a magical girl with each press of the Reset Button. At the end of the series she becomes a goddess-like figure.
  • Totalitarian Utilitarian: As Kriemhild Gretchen she helps as many people as possible by enclosing them in her barrier.
  • Tragic Womance: With Homura. They develop the closest relationship of the main group but are separated at the end. In the manga, this is averted because they are reunited in Madokami's heaven.
  • True Final Boss: The final witch encountered in the series is not Walpurgisnacht, but Madoka's own, planet-eating, scary-as-hell witch form. It could also qualify as a Post Final Boss due to being destroyed by Madoka's wish rather than being fought beforehand.
  • The Unreveal: The only looks we get of her witch form are a black, thundercloud-like entity mid-transformation in one timeline and a colossal grey silhouette in another timeline. The witch's name, Kriemhild Gretchen, was originally this but was shown in a subsequent broadcast. Her witch card shows what Gretchen looks like here.
  • Useless Protagonist: In a series where the only way to be useful is to throw your entire life away, few can blame her for being hesitant to do just that. Even so she desperately tries to be of any help towards the other magical girls, and is perfectly willing to throw her life away for their sake. It's just that one of said magical girls is actively trying to prevent her from sacrificing herself, and even calls her a naive fool for being so self-sacrificing.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: A past variant of Madoka asked Homura to go back in time and stop her from contracting, unaware of just how difficult this would be.
  • Walking Spoiler: If you've made it this far down the page, this should already be obvious.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: She just wants people to be happy in this world. What's wrong with that?! Combined with sufficient knowledge, she uses her wish to restructure the whole universe into a more idealistic place.
  • World's Strongest Man: As pointed out by Kyubey, Madoka's potential is so great that any wish she might have, even including becoming a god can be fulfilled. As a Magical Girl, her magical power is so great that she can kill the strongest witch in existence. Unfortunately, unless she dies after the battle, she replaces Walpurgisnacht as the most powerful witch in existence.
    Kyubey: It was bound to happen sooner or later, the strongest magical girl turning into the most fearsome witch.
  • You Are Not Alone:
    • Madoka says this to Mami. This distracts her enough to make a critical error in her fight. Mami usually fights coldly and calculatedly, but in that particular fight she was reckless and was showing-off...and then HEADCHOMP.
    • Madoka also tells this to Homura after Mami's death. Homura seems a little receptive, but is soon back to warning Madoka about what could happen.
    • In the final episode, she tells this to every magical girl that every lived and every will live. Then she gathers them all on the same plane of existence so they never will be alone again.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Her normal attire is higher-grade than her Magical Girl outfit.

    Homura Akemi 
Voiced by: Chiwa Saito (JP), Cristina Valenzuela (EN), Ariadna Jiménez (Spain)

A New Transfer Student in Madoka's class and a stoic magical girl with unknown motives. For whatever reason, she will go to any length to prevent Madoka from striking a contract with Kyubey. She wields conventional weaponry such as handguns and explosives and carries a buckler. Her powers allow her to Flash Step.
  • Academic Athlete: One of the smartest and best at sports in her class; she knows the lecture better than any student and sets a track record on her first day. Not surprising, considering she went through the same time loop a hundred times.
  • Action Girl: She knows her way around firearms and explosives and she's the most experienced when it comes to fighting witches.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The anime includes an epilogue that differs from the manga's, with Homura walking through a desert towards a group of wraiths and sprouting a pair of nightmarish wings. In the manga, she is taken into the afterlife by Madokami.
  • Adorkable: No, really. In the first few timelines she was The Ditz, The Klutz, and not all that good at being a magical girl. In the manga, the look returns in the final scene when she's in Heaven.
  • Adrenaline Makeover: In one of the later timelines shown in Episode 10, she undoes her braids and uses her magic to heal her ailing eyes. This is partially so Madoka won't recognize her.
  • Aloof Ally: She's initially antagonistic because she's introduced attacking Kyubey. Later, she helps with witches but still stands apart from the other magical girls. This is mostly a show in order to make the other girls avoid her, as well as a coping mechanism to avoid becoming attached to those whose deaths she saw many times.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's pretty, has long dark hair, and appears to be extremely aloof and cold.
  • Always Save the Girl: She will protect Madoka at any cost. This means Homura tunnel-visions on Madoka and regards everyone else as a nuisance, having no qualms with them dying so long as Madoka survives. This naturally conflicts with Madoka herself trying to save everyone she can.
  • Anti-Hero: She has a more-or-less good goal and extremely pragmatic ways of pursuing it.
  • Apologetic Attacker: During the third timeline, she tearfully says her goodbyes to Oktavia von Seckendorff before activating the pipe bomb that destroys her.
  • Archer Archetype: Fills the character archetype nicely. She works on her own, not relying on anyone and is very aloof. She gets to use a black bow in Madoka's new, witch-free world.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: In the manga she goes with Ultimate Madoka to be with her forever after her work as Dark Angel!Homura is done.
  • Attack Reflector: According to Word of God, her wings in the new reality have this ability.
  • Badass: For taking Combat Pragmatism and running with it to levels never before seen in a Mahou Shoujo series: ramming it together with Time Stop abilities and military ordnance, as well as being entirely willing to just shoot even if it won't stick.
  • Badass Adorable: Formerly she was a clumsy Shrinking Violet that blew up witches with homemade bombs. Afterwards she only adorable in a Stoic Woobie sense.
  • Bag of Holding: Either up her sleeve or just behind her shield; she uses it to store all her conventional weaponry.
  • Beautiful All Along: Played with. When first introduced, Homura has an elegant beauty to her. However, Episode 10 reveals that she originally looked closer to a Hollywood Homely, with huge glasses and braids. Later, her Adrenaline Makeover shows that she did indeed follow this trope.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Her devotion to Madoka stems from the latter's kindness.
  • Beneath the Mask: Despite pretending to be an Emotionless Girl, she has a soft side that she hides. She even cried after Madoka almost became a magical girl. Episode 10 confirms that she was a Shrinking Violet. Part of her new attitude is because she Took a Level in Badass, and is hiding the part of herself that she considers "weak." It is also from the raw emotional and mental trauma of repeating the same month over about a hundred times. It is also likely due to Madoka's comment that she should “act more cool” from the first timeline, and because she promised Madoka in one timeline to prevent her from making a contract ever again, which forced her to become The Stoic so that nothing else reaches her and she can be determined to fulfill that goal.
  • Berserk Button: If you mess with Madoka in any way, she will drop her cool to stop you with lots of firepower.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She often jumps in to save others,for example when she stopped time and emptied a pistol into Kyubey, narrowly saving Madoka from screwing herself over.
  • Big Good: For the bulk of the series Homura is the only one taking direct action against Kyubey.
  • Blinded by the Light: Flashbangs are amongst her arsenal.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: In the final scene of the anime,she walks towards a massive horde of wraiths while sprouting dark wings, either as part of her new superpowers or as a sign that she'll go to Heaven soon, with No Body Left Behind (as that would normally be the sign of a Witch, and in this timeline, Witches don't exist). Averted in the manga, when she does indeed go to Heaven in the final scene. And this is where the two canons diverge.
    • According to Urobuchi, "Homura's fight just goes on," and Iwakami states that he "personally believes it to be a Good End", making it unlikely that Homura dies in the final scene. Her survival is confirmed as of Rebellion...unfortunately for the poor girl.
  • Braids of Action: Inverted; she becomes more badass after she removes them.
  • Break the Cutie: By the time we see her, she's not so much broken as emotionally numb. While things like Mami's decapitation, Sayaka's degeneration into a witch and Kyoko's Heroic Sacrifice certainly affect her, they carry less weight since she's seen them a minimum of four times before by dint of her Reset Button.
  • Broken Ace: She never loses her cool, and is both book smart and athletic, as well as an extremely skilled Magical Girl. However this is result of being stuck in a "Groundhog Day" Loop that has given her a LOT of time to develop her skills, and her composed attitude is her way of staying sane after watching her best friend die or become a witch over and over again.
  • Broken Bird: She's extremely cold and a loner as a result of her experiences as a Magical Girl. Watching your best friend die horribly many times over and failing to stop it will do that.
  • Brutal Honesty: She freely tells Madoka that she is a naive idiot. She's even harsher on other characters.
  • Byronic Hero: She has conflicting emotions, isolates herself from others, has a troubled past, is cynical and arrogant. She doesn't hesitate to render her enemies full of holes when things call for it..
  • The Cassandra: Nobody is ever willing to listen to her warnings.
  • Casting a Shadow: Appears to have darkness-based powers in the rewritten universe.
  • Catchphrase: "That won't be necessary."
  • Celestial Body: In the final episode the black wings when she fights the wraiths have stars within them.
  • The Champion: Aspires to be Madoka's, in a purely martial sense. Her devotion to doing so is the only thing holding her psyche together. After Madoka becomes a goddess, this takes on a more religious bent.
  • Chekhov's Gun: There's a reason why her Weapon of Choice is a shield.
  • Classical Anti Heroine: In her Adorkable phase, she was a Super Loser even with her Time Stands Still ability.
  • Colour Coded Timestop: Everything goes greyscale.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She uses Time Stands Still to paralyze her enemies and either fill them with lead or blow them up while they're helpless.
  • Combat Stilettos: She sports heels in her magical girl outfit.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Heavily implied. We never see or hear of any parents, and the nameplate of her residence only has her name, much like Mami's. In the first episode she said she came from a missionary school. In Episode 10, not only is no one with her in the hospital, but she filled out her school transfer forms by herself. It's convenient because it explains how she can get away with her drastic personality changes from being the Groundhog Peggy Sue without anyone noticing, and why she's so determined to help Madoka; she doesn't have anyone else.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • Know why Homura can summon conventional weapons apparently from nowhere? It's because she stole them from the Yakuza and later the Defense Force.
    • Her special power as a magical girl is to control time, whether stopping it, or traveling backwards through it she retains her memories, which is why in the beginning she knows a lot about the school subjects, and a lot about Madoka even though they've never met before.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: With Madoka, after Sayaka's funeral and Kyubey explains the 'threads of fate' thing. She was tangled up just like Madoka.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: She started out as one. She's uncoordinated during her first attempts at using her magical powers and worked at overcoming this through the loops.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: She can easily fight both witches and other magical girls because of her exploitable ability. Case in point, one timeline shows her killing witches all by herself. Walpurgisnacht is the only witch capable of sending her to the receiving end of the curbstomp, despite her best efforts.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Homura became the cold Anti Heroine she is now after she was forced to Mercy Kill Madoka in one timeline.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: As a result of a lot of Mental Time Travel.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It is hinted all along the series that her past was full of horrible moments, but it is not until Episode 10 that we finally find out how deep she is in shit. To summarize: Back in the original timeline, it was Madoka who saved her from being killed by a witch. When Walpurgisnacht came she saw Madoka die, and this was what pushed her to make a contract with Kyubey. She returned in time, but no matter how many times she tried, the events conspired against her to make her see Madoka die again and again and again. The trauma she carries on her back is beyond what a normal human could endure.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite the dark outfit, creepily sterile house, and aloof demeanor, she's not all that bad a girl. This is taken Up to Eleven in the new universe, where she's still a magical girl, and significantly more heroic than she once was and manifests terrifying jagged black wings as part of her Battle Aura.
  • Dark Magical Girl: She starts the main narrative as a stoic and antagonistic Magical Girl opposing our friendly protagonist, Madoka. The truth is closer to a inversion as she was on Madoka's side from the start as her Mysterious Protector and began the story as her shy friend.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • She cracks two jokes throughout the series and they're both at the expense of Kyoko.
      Kyoko: Huh! The annoying bitch has an annoying friend, go figure.
      Homura: [appearing from nowhere] Well, I wonder what kind of friends you'd have, then.
    • When Kyoko explains to Homura that she can only fight Sayaka for the length of time it takes the former to eat a stick of Pocky until Kyoko reenters their fight:
      Homura: That's plenty of time.
    • In Episode 6, when Homura interrupts the fight between Sayaka and Kyoko, by deflecting Kyoko's attack and knocking Sayaka out via chop to the back of her neck:
      Kyoko: What the heck... who's side are you on, anyway?!
      Homura: I'm on the side of those who think rationally, and the enemy of idiots who pick fights. I wonder which you belong to, Kyoko Sakura?
  • Declaration of Protection: Her wish is as follows: "I want to redo my meeting with Madoka. Instead of being protected by her, I want to become someone that protects her."
  • Determinator: After experiencing the same thing over and over for nearly a hundred times, and not breaking down yet, she definitely counts. Only Madoka's request has kept her going. Failure is not an option. The moment she accepts that Madoka's fate cannot be changed, she will succumb to despair and turn into a witch.
  • Determined Defeatist: For someone who claims that "Dedication has no reward" she is steadfast in her mission to save Madoka. It is implied that the "reward" she speaks of here is Madoka's love.
  • Deuteragonist: The entire story and most other canons (such as Oriko) usually turn out to be just as much about her journey as the main character's, if not more.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: In the anime because Madoka went to a Higher Plane Of Existence. In the manga, she ultimately reunites with Madoka on that Higher Plane.
  • Died Happily Ever After: One of several implied fates for her at the end of the series, and canon in the manga.
  • Discard and Draw: Due to the Cosmic Retcon, she loses her time stop powers and Hyperspace Arsenal and acquires abilities similar to Madoka.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Downplayed. While she wished to go back in time and protect Madoka whom she only knew for a month, it was for a longer time period than most cases of this trope. Also, it's more reasonable, as Madoka was Homura's Only Friend. Furthermore, it appears in the second timeline that she really didn't understand the weight of the situation and thought everything was fine and dandy. It wasn't until she matured, spent more time with Madoka, and realized all of the Awful Truths that she became more steadfast in her determination.
  • Dynamic Entry: Justified by being a Time Master.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Her pale skin provide a visual contrast with dark coloured hair and attire. They also reflect her cold and sardonic personality.
  • Emotionless Girl: The "emotionally repressed" type due to all the trauma she's seen. It unrepresses in episode 11 and 12.
  • Enemy Mine: She forms an alliance with Kyoko to defeat Walpurgisnacht together, but Kyoko dies before the battle.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: She's very popular with her female classmates, as seen in the first episode. The PSP game shows that Hitomi will swoon over her given the right circumstances.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Letting her hair down from its braids marks her shift from Moemura to Homuranda.
  • Expy: Here's a picture with an expy checklist. However, in terms of characters the creators have written before, she's most obviously one of Kiritsugu Emiya. A cold and calculating Anti-Hero (who Used to Be a Sweet Kid) usage of modern weaponry in magic fights, time-manipulation magic and the experience of having to kill the person most important to her. Also, their strongest desire is to preserve those closest to them; the difference is Kiritsugu hides this under a philosophy of The Needs of the Many while Homura could not care less about anyone not named 'Madoka Kaname'. It may be intentional on the part of Gen Urobuchi, whose Fate/Zero was the reason he was drafted to work with SHAFT on Madoka (by Word of God). Other character have similarities with her but he's the only one by the same author and thusly the only one we can know for sure that influenced her.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Depending on her choices between timelines, Homura's goals end up being either to protect Madoka's life, to prevent her from contracting, or both - each time met with failure. Even at the very end when Ultimate Madoka did her Cosmic Retcon, she still contracted, and at the same time lost Homura her time travel powers as a result of the retcon. The poor girl just couldn't win.
  • Failure Knight: The person she's trying to protect is the same one she failed to save in the first place, thanks to time travel.
  • Fatal Flaw: As a self-imposed loner, not only is Homura selfish, but she is a huge Negative Nancy. For the life of her, she just doesn't grasp the concept of Good Feels Good; she views helping others at her own expense with no reward as painful and pointless, something she gets on Madoka's case about more than once. This is especially apparent when Madoka makes her Heroic Sacrifice: while Madoka is calmly and happily explaining that no Puella Magi will suffer again, Homura is screaming and wailing about what amounts to Madoka dying with no way for her to reverse it.
  • Faustian Rebellion: She received her time manipulation powers from Kyubey in exchange for her soul and uses those powers to undermine his energy collecting plan.
  • Flash Step: She appears to have Super Speed as her magical girl power, since she can disappear and then reappear somewhere else. Her real power is to invoke Time Stands Still, but the effect is the same.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: The Real Life JSDF reported a number of missing weapons around the time the series was aired. They match the kind of weapons that Homura uses in the final battle. Read more about it here.
  • Full-Name Basis: For most of the series and toward most people, but refers to Madoka by her first name in particularly emotional moments toward the end. Kyubey tends to refer to her by her full name.
  • Futile Hand Reach:
    • Reaches towards Madoka as she's being dragged out of Madoka's cosmic dimension.
    • Also as Madoka rushes to Sayaka's side in episode eight.
    • Also, during the End Credits, her silhouette turns and feebly reaches after Madoka as she walks past.
  • Girlish Pigtails:
    • In the anime, she used to have them, but after falling straight into Anti Heroine-dom, she removed them.
    • In the manga, she wears them again in Madoka's new world with Madoka's ribbons, though they aren't braided. Then they are braided when she ascends to heaven with Madoka.
  • Girl of My Dreams: Madoka first sees Homura in a dream before seeing her in real life. When Sayaka hears about this in the manga, she suggests that they were bound together in a previous life. Got it in one.
  • Girly Run: She had a particularly slow, dainty version of this as Moemura.
  • The Glasses Come Off: She originally wore glasses but used magic to fix her eyesight at the beginning of the loop that happened after the one where she mercy killed Madoka. As she does so, she resolves to kill all of the witches single-handedly, and does a damn good job until she hits Walpurgis Night.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: The aforementioned Adrenaline Makeover also saw her Tareme Eyes change in shape.
  • Good Is Not Nice: A Magical Girl of the Anti-Hero variety.
  • Groundhog Peggy Sue: She's trying her hardest to find the Golden Path via time travel. She's an unusual case in that her priority is a single person.
  • Hammer Space: The circular buckler/shield on her arm can store lots of big items, such as bombs, swords, and guns.
  • Hair Decorations: She primarily has a black headband until the final episode, where she wears one of Madoka's ribbons in a band.
  • Hair Flip: Occasionally flips her very long hair when talking. It's become memetic. She's not used to having her long hair hang loose.
  • Hand Cannon: She uses a Desert Eagle in an early timeline, reflecting her inexperience with guns. By the time of the series proper, she's switched to using rifles, explosives, and 9mm pistols.
  • Heartbroken Badass: She had to see her beloved best friend die over and over again.
  • Heroic BSOD: She comes closest to Witchhood in Episode 11 after giving up on protecting Madoka. Only Madoka volunteering to become a Magical Girl herself snaps her out of it.
  • Heroic Safe Mode: She spends the bulk of the series in a stoic focused-solely-on-goal mode because of the trauma of the loops. The fourth one triggered it because she was asked by Madoka to mercy kill Madoka; critical error that one.
  • The Heroine: Of the current timeline, as well as Goddess Madoka's witch-free timeline.
  • Hero of Another Story: As we see in episode 10, it's been a long, terrible one.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Despite being a snarker and all, she actually cares about the well-being for everyone she knows. This is reinforced by the fact that she's a Dangerously Genre Savvy character. If not for her selfless efforts the entire cast would have been killed off several times over. Even Mami gets herself killed by not listening to her. She outright states that it's all for the sake of Madoka, and even accepts Mami's death if it means teaching her a lesson. Even if her words are false bravado, they're still implied to be true.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: A score of rocket launchers, flash grenades, explosive grenades, etc.
  • I Am What I Am: She will easily admit that as a Magical Girl she essentially isn't human anymore and doesn't seem bothered by it, because she knows she can turn into something worse.
  • I Gave My Word: All that she does is to fulfill the promise she made to a dying Madoka to save her from the inevitable hell of Magical Girl-dom.
  • Ill Girl: The period of time she has been looping was the first few weeks where she was mainstreamed; before transferring to Madoka's class, she spent most of her life in the hospital because of a heart condition.
  • Indifferent Beauty: She quickly becomes popular at school because of her beauty, but she doesn't care about that and turns down any offers to spend time together.
  • Ineffectual Loner: In the original timeline where a witch tried to drive her to suicide based on her friendless and useless nature. She would have succeeded if not for Magical Girl Madoka and Mami.
  • Instant Expert: Averted. The flashbacks show that she needed a lot of time to find out how to make the best use of her powers.
  • Irony: The girl who wished to be the one protecting Madoka always ended up protected by her. This is most evident in episonde 11 of the current timeline. When she realizes that she will never be able to protect Madoka, no matter how many times she tries and the despair almost turned her into a witch until Madoka saved her again.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: "With kindness comes naïveté. Courage becomes foolhardiness. Dedication has no reward. If you can't accept any of that, you are not fit to be a Magical Girl."
  • Jerkass Façade: She acts like a heartless bitch or otherwise obnoxious Jerkass, but it's all for the sake of protecting her beloved Madoka. It's also implied that to some extent, she acts that way to stop Madoka from getting close to her, and to shock her out of the idea that being a magical girl would be a good thing.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: She was forced to Mercy Kill her dear Madoka in one timeline to prevent her witchification.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Uses her time powers to steal high-grade weapons from the Yakuza and the Japanese Military.
  • The Klutz: Before her dramatic character change and after a lot of practicing, she was clumsy.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: No matter how pointless and impossible it may seem, she would not give up on trying to save Madoka and other magical girls, even in doomed timelines. Besides merely being stoic, she knows the moment she gives up her quest for good, she would become a witch in an instant.
  • Lady and Knight: She can be seen as the Black Knight to Madoka's Bright Lady. Homura is Madoka's strong and brave protector who has sworn to defend her at any cost, but Homura's dark and ruthless nature keep her from being the classical benevolent and noble knight.
  • Large Ham: Despite her being extremely reserved with her emotions, her penchant for flipping her hair with flourish and dramatically appearing out of nowhere makes her startlingly dramatic.
  • Last Name Basis: On most people in the alternate timelines, and even when meeting Madoka in Heaven at the end of the manga.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: After Madoka's Cosmic Retcon causes everyone but Homura and Tatsuya to forget her, Tatsuya is drawing Madoka on the sand, and Homura asks his mom if she's "Some kind of anime character".
  • Leitmotif: "Puella in somnio".
  • Letting Her Hair Down: This is important to her character because it signfies her new resolve to kill every last witch on her own. She's one of the few characters to have hair like that.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The dark to Madoka's light because she's cold and rude but no doubt beautiful and graceful.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: Played with. In the original timeline she was a loner due to shyness and Madoka befriended her. In the fifth time line she's a loner due to Heroic Safe Mode and still considers herself Madoka's friend but Madoka doesn't know they were friends.
  • Lost Aesop: The Aesop being: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Her constant use of the Reset Button messed up the situation even more because she wants Madoka to stay alive. Kyubey notes that Madoka is getting more powerful every time the Reset Button is pushed. However, this indirectly causes the rewrite of how witches are formed.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Downplayed. Her "weapon" is a buckler but she almost never uses it as a shield. Instead, she has a purple energy barrier.
  • Superhero Packing Heat : Episode 10 shows bombs and guns. Episode 11 shows an impressive arsenal of rocket launchers.
  • Magic Skirt: In the last two episodes her skirt stays down even as she takes hundred meter falls foot-first. It's made all the more strange by the fact that she wears pantyhose.
  • Magikarp Power: This is a good summary of how she became the Magical Girl she is now. She was originally the weakest of Mami's team but became the strongest through work and keeping the nature of her power a secret.
  • Meaningful Name: "Homura" means "flame." The first-timeline Madoka points this out in episode 10, and says that she should act cool to match it. She does, but only as a side effect of her passion and determination to protect Madoka- most likely the intended meaningfulness of her name. Becomes literal in the last episode: she produces a big purple flame to go with her Memento MacGuffin. The character for her last name means "never gives up".
  • Meganekko: At first, but then the glasses came off.
  • Memento MacGuffin: In the last episode, her magical weapon of choice changes from a shield to a bow, which looks very similar to the bow Madoka had in previous timelines.
  • Mercy Kill: In one of the timelines Madoka asks Homura to kill her before she turns into a witch.
  • Minor Living Alone: Homura lives completely alone and her family is either nonexistent or estranged. However, her reasons for living alone also stem from the fact that she came to the conclusion that she can only work by herself after countless failed time loops.
  • More Dakka: She has an army's worth of munitions stored behind her buckler.
  • Muggle Best Friend: To Madoka in the original timeline. It nicely parallels Madoka taking this role in the current timeline.
  • My Greatest Failure: Madoka's death...s. Every. Single. One. Of. Them.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Her innumerable attempts to Retcon said failure.
  • Mysterious Protector: She self-consciously tries to be this for Madoka by preventing from contracting and keeping witches away from her.
  • Nerves of Steel: She doesn't need time to recover from any emotional impacts. It bounces off all the time, and she always makes the logical decision.
  • New Game+: She keeps all the information, experience, and "mental development" gained from all of the iterations. This makes her the most capable Puella Magi by a mile and a half, as she can fight any witch (short of Walpurgisnacht) effortlessly on her own. However the trauma changes her personality such that she's unable to emotionally connect the same way.
  • New Transfer Student: She transfers into Madoka's class in the first episode after Madoka has seen her in a dream that morning. She's had years of experience in doing this.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Her wish to save Madoka set the world on the path to ruin. By hitting the Reset Button for Madoka's sake, she's stringing together karma and timelines over a single point and therefore creating the potential for the most powerful puella magi and thus the most dangerous witch. However, her wish gave Madoka the chance to learn the truth about Magical Girl and wish for a complete revamp of the system, saving past, current and future Magical Girls from becoming witches.
  • No Body Left Behind: Implied to be her ultimate fate eventually, if not shortly after the end of the anime. This actually is her final fate in the manga, as Madoka takes her to Heaven in the final scene.
  • No Kill Like Over Kill: In Episode 11 against Walpurgisnacht. Homura freezes time and fires dozens of rocket launchers at it. Then she drives a diesel tank up a bridge and detonates it in the witch's face. Then she lands on a battleship and hits it with a guided missile, and that knocks it into a stadium COVERED IN LANDMINES. This amount of force ends up doing jack shit to Walpurgis.
  • Not So Different: With Kyoko, of all people. Kyoko's sacrifice is what triggered Homura's memories of her own past.
  • Not So Stoic: At first her overall demeanor has the traits of The Stoic, but then later episodes give visual prompts which reveal that is not the case.
    • During the dream in Episode 1 which is actually a part of Episode 10, when she sees Madoka she clearly calls out to her. Later in Episode 1, while Madoka is walking with her to the nurse's office in the real world, she is seen clenching her teeth.
    • In Episode 6, she looks depressed or tired, but relieved when she retrieves Sayaka's Soul Gem and stares at it before returning it to her owner.
    • In Episode 8, after she saved Madoka from making a wish. She breaks down and tearfully asks why Madoka refuses to listen to her.
    • Episode 10 puts all these moments into context. This girl is crying inside.
  • Older Than She Looks: Assuming it wasn't a case of Teasing Creator, Word of God has confirmed she has gone through approximately 100 time loops; each loop = 1 month and 100 loops = 8 years 4 months. She's about 14 when she starts jumping, which would chronologically place her at about 22 years old.
  • Oracular Urchin: She clearly knows about everything that is going on and that will happen soon, but only shares her knowledge through very vague hints or cryptic advice.
  • Pals with Jesus: When Madoka becomes the Goddess of Hope, Homura is her best friend. In the end she's there with friendly encouragement.
  • Paradox Person: By the nature of her success, everything that motivated her or developed her character never happened, which changes the nature of her magic.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: She is shown with one in a brief frame during the opening.
  • Perpetual Frowner: After episode 10 a view will ask themselves, "Does she really have any reason to smile?"
  • Physical Goddess: She temporarily sprouts a pair of gigantic ANGEL WINGS at will just before the credits and, in the epilogue, generates a pair that looks like they're made out of THE UNIVERSE ITSELF. Yet ironically, throughout the anime her only powers are to stop time and store things in her shield, as she lacks any magical attacks.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: While it's still fancy, her Magical Girl outfit neatly averts this, which fits with her cold, somber personality.
  • Pin-Pulling Teeth: When she uses grenades, it's like this.
  • Poisonous Friend: To Madoka. She threatens to kill Mami, attempts to kill Sayaka, and in fact does kill Kyubey (not that it sticks) for her sake.
  • Poor Communication Kills: For most of the series, one could make this complaint about her—why wouldn't she just tell the other girls all of the horrible things about Magical Girls? It turns out she did just that in previous timelines. They didn't believe her, and it still ended horribly: Sayaka turned into a witch, Mami killed Kyoko, and Madoka has to kill Mami to stop her despair-filled rampage. Homura knows from experience that she can't save magical girls from themselves, no matter how clearly she spells it out.
  • Post Modern Magick: Homura proves that sometimes all you need to kill a Witch is a machine gun, and if that fails, a missile launcher.
  • Power Gives You Wings: In the epilogue of both the anime and manga she manifests a pair of massive angelic wings while fighting whatever monstrosities have replaced Witches in Madoka's new world. In a post-credit scene in the anime, she also unveils a pair of jagged, Lovecraftian wings.
  • Pragmatic Heroine: She is perfectly willing to put aside her morality in order to protect Madoka, but deep down she wishes to help everyone.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: In all her outfits except alternate timelines when she is Moemura. Perhaps it's a maturity visual metaphor.
  • Purple Eyes: Purple for special? She has time powers and is the only one in the know. Purple for powerful? Word of God ranks her as the most dangerous magical girl so long as no one knows the nature of her magic.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is past her back and makes a greater impression during hair flips. It certainly makes an impression on her many fans at school.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has long raven hair and pale skin. When she makes her appearance in Madoka's class, several students fawn over her and Sayaka even says that she's beautiful.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: She has many traits of this, including pale skin, seeming lack of emotions, an unnatural hair and eye color (especially compared to everyone else's Curtains Match the Window scheme), used to be an Ill Girl, and turns out to be from another timeline with a Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: She is the only one who remembers the events of the past timelines and, by the end, the only one who remembers Madoka ever existed.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: She's annoyed by Madoka's naivete and selflessness and isn't afraid to call her an idiot, but she has dedicated her life to protecting her.
  • Satellite Character: Her entire life revolves around Madoka. Notably, the writers seem aware of how unhealthy this is (see Poisonous Friend entry).
  • Save Scumming: Her time powers allow her to do this with the timeline whenever it reaches a Bad End...and also, due to "accumulated karma" from trans-timeline "fate lines", increases Madoka's magical power. The catch? It guarantees that Madoka will turn into an immensely powerful Witch in every timeline where she ends up being the one to defeat Walpurgisnacht.
  • Say My Name: Maaadddoookaaa!!!
  • School Idol: The school kids admire her for her good grades, beauty and athletic prowess.
  • Seen It All: Due to the time loops she has seen the full specturm of magical girl life "how many times already?"
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: The purpose of her wish is to 'redo her meeting with Madoka' and protect her.
  • Shaking Her Hair Loose: Just before Took a Level in Badass.
  • Shell-Shocked Senior: She brushes off Mami's death as an occupational hazard. It's explained in Episode 10 that since she came from the future a lot of times, she saw everyone die a lot of times, so her reaction is a muted Oh, No... Not Again!.
  • She's Got Legs: Her magical girl outfit combines pantyhose and highheels.
  • Shoot the Dog: In one timeline, Homura is forced to kill Madoka before Madoka becomes a witch. It was heavily implied she was going to do the same to Sayaka during her mental breakdown for Madoka's sake, and the fact she knew about the witch transformation thing.
  • Shout-Out: The story draws direct parallels between her and Goethe's version of Faust, with Madoka as her Gretchen. Nope, no subtext here...
  • Shrinking Violet: Before she became a Magical Girl in the first place, she was timid.
  • Slasher Smile: In manga version, when she intends to kill Sayaka after she refuses her help. There's something frightening when this normally stoic and aloof girl suddenly breaks into a murderous glee.
  • Sole Survivor: Time and time again she was the last of the group to survive to the very end.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: It's her primary mode of transportation, and she has the habit of doing this multiple times per conversation, solely for the sake of showing the other girls how sorely outclassed they are. She appears to accomplish this by Flash Step, and then by straight-up teleportation; ultimately it's a creative application of the power to stop time.
  • Stepford Snarker: You might want to look down at the Not So Stoic entry, the reasoning to her snarking is the same. This is also in contrast to Mami Tomoe, whom is the opposite.
  • Straw Nihilist: Defied. While cynical she rejects the notion that life is meaningless and everyone is better off killing themselves. Why else would she try so hard to save her best friend?
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Although she may appear cold and emotionless, she has emotions and very strong ones, but they're usually kept under tight lock and key. When she drops the Ice Queen act she's softhearted and especially when truly happy.
  • Super Loser: Originally, she was clumsy and ineffective, even with her timestop powers (something that Mami notes and Sayaka, a fellow rookie, picks on her over). With enough practice and personality changes, she outgrows this trope.
  • Super Power Lottery: Her time stopping ability coupled with her limitless bag of guns and explosives allows her to pepper witches with bullets then throw a grenade at their faces before they can move or even realize that they're being attacked. How effective was she? In one timeline, she mows down every witch she encounters alone.
  • Survivor Guilt: She saw her best friend die to protect her and prayed that she was the one to die instead of her. She went back in time and saw it over and over again.
  • Tap on the Head: Used to subdue Sayaka in the beginning of Episode 6. Justified because Homura knows that Magical Girls are Nigh Invulnerable, as explained later in the episode. That is, as long as their Soul Gem is undamaged, the Magical Girl can heal any bodily injuries with magic.
  • Teleport Spam: It's actually brief uses of her Time Stands Still power giving the illusion of a Flash Step. The distinction is important because it explains why she can't escape Mami's binding her in Episode 3 or when Kyoko grabs her by the wrist.
  • Temporal Paradox: In the final timeline, the only one of two who remember Madoka and has her ribbon. There doesn't appear to be an alternate timeline explanation for her becoming a magical girl; and her wish no longer applies since there isn't a Madoka to save. Yet she exists as a magical girl. It also extends to the fact that her makeover is still in place and she does not have her braids and glasses, despite her makeover also being a side-effect of her wish for Madoka.
  • That Man Is Dead: "I won't depend on anyone anymore."
  • Time Master: She can pause time and perform Mental Time Travel, though seemingly only to one specific time.
  • Time Traveler: Kyubey states that she's "from another timeline".
  • Took a Level in Badass: The first one was becoming a magical girl and the second one was after she had to Mercy Kill Madoka which motivated her to become the One Girl Army that she is at the start of the series in order to better protect Madoka.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Starts off as a cold-hearted and aloof girl due to having Seen It All several times. As the series advances, she starts to show emotions more and more until it turns out she was emotional all along, she just repressed her emotions.
  • Town Girls: The "neither" to Mami's femme and Kyoko's butch. At the end of the series, they are the last left on earth of the five main magical girls.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Madoka's ribbon.
    • In the anime, note that Homura only wears one of them but Madoka gave her both.
    • In the manga adaptation, Homura wears both by keeping her hair in pigtails.
  • Tragic Womance: She develops a close relationship with Madoka in every timeline before the one where she has to Mercy Kill her.
  • Traitor Shot: Downplayed. There are many dramatic closeups of Homura's face, and it really does drive it in that she is hiding something, but she's no traitor.

    Sayaka Miki 
Voiced by: Eri Kitamura (JP), Sarah Williams (EN), Carmen Calvell

Madoka's best friend. She has an unwavering sense of justice. She forms a contract with Kyubey to heal the wrist of her childhood friend Kyosuke, allowing him to play the violin again. As a side effect of her wish, she is afforded prodigious healing abilities and a musical motif. She wields cutlasses, of which she can conjure infinite amounts.
  • Action Girl: Dual Wielding swords and slashing witches.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: And then Magical Girl Sayaka was a Witch (shoujo (少女 girl) + majo (魔女 witch) = mahou shoujo (魔法少女 magical girl).
  • Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: This is what happened at the end of the anime, but not before she and Madoka attended one last concert by Kyosuke.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Against Elsa Maria, the witch in Episode 7. She abandons all sense of strategy for straight-forward attacking, partly due to her worsening mental state.
  • Ax-Crazy
    • She gleefully hacks a witch to pieces without any regard for her safety, as seen in the above entry, and is hinted to have done...something to a pair of men for spouting misogynistic rants.
    • In the manga, she does kill them. In the anime, however, it was left ambiguous until Urobuchi finally said that she doesn't kill them.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Downplayed - the white corset of her Magical Girl outfit does this, but only just enough to reveal her soul gem, which she wears like a navel piercing.
  • Back from the Dead: This is Madoka's wish in The Different Story, after which Homura resets the timeline.
  • Badass: She attacks someone as a Muggle with a fire extinguisher.
  • Badass Cape: As a classic superhero she wears a cape.
  • Batter Up: Went for a magical bat as her improvised weapon for the moment in Episode 2.
  • Berserker Tears: In Episode 7, during her fight with Elsa Maria the witch.
  • The Big Girl: She has this role on The Team During the third timeline when Mami creates a magical girl team. Because she is a knight that fights on the front lines.
  • Black and White Insanity: The fight against Elsa is framed this way to highlight her descent into madness.
  • Black and White Morality: A slightly more mild one.
    • She reasonably distrusts Homura, due to last seeing her fighting with Mami, and then coming off to finish off the witch that killed Mami only after she dies, and Homura never bothers to explain.
    • She also distrusts Kyoko due to her intentionally ignoring Familiars who kill innocent humans, for the sake of conserving energy to fight Witches for their own survival.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She has short blue hair, befitting her tomboyish personality.
  • Break the Cutie: She took up Kyubey's offer and it bit her in the ass HORRIBLY.
  • Bungled Suicide: Poor Sayaka, thinking that she'll simply die if she never purifies her Soul Gem. If only she knew that letting her Soul Gem become fully corrupt will only turn her into a Witch...
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Sayaka's inability to spit it out makes Hitomi confess to Kyosuke and they get together instead. However, she has her reasons since she believes she now is a zombie and feels unworthy of Kyosuke.
  • The Cape: She follows a classical "hero of justice" belief as a Magical Girl, as she considers herself to be Mami's successor after the former kicks the can, and her outfit even sports a white cape. According to Homura, this is why she turns into a witch in the timelines where she makes a contract; because she's unable to live up to this ideal she falls into despair.
  • Catch Phrase: In the english dub, "For reals."
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Unlucky variant. She's crushing on her childhood friend, Kyosuke and while Kyosuke does care for her, he is genuinely oblivious to any feelings she has for him.
  • Childhood Friends: With Madoka. It's why Sayaka's death hits her especially hard.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: She thinks Homura is against her, and is very distrustful of her in general. She blames her for Mami's death and refuses her help. How Homura, apparently, conveniently arrived right after Mami's death is suspicious. She never bothers to explain, which only made it worse.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: At the beginning of the show she's a "Hero of Justice" but by the end of the show she's become jaded and so despairing that she becomes a witch.
  • Covert Pervert: In the second drama CD there are Les Yay implications.
  • Creepy Monotone: Used when confronting those trash talking chauvinists in the subway at her breaking point.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Blue hair and eyes.
  • Death Amnesia: In The Different Story she doesn't remember her time as a witch.
  • Death Seeker: Grows increasingly apathetic with the thought of her own death, until her Soul Gem is completely corrupted and she finally becomes a witch.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Word of God said she is The Protagonist. Then she dies two-thirds of the way through.
  • Defiled Forever: This is what she thinks of herself after she finds out the Awful Truth about being a Magical Girl, hence the reason she was unable to confess her feelings to Kyosuke.
  • Despair Event Horizon: The following words are said before she becomes a witch.
    • "I've been such a fool..."
    • In the English dub and official subs, "I was stupid...so stupid..."
  • Destined Bystander: In every timeline in which she contracts, she will die.
  • Determinator: Started as a Plucky Girl, but soon went sour and grim and her despair kicked in...
  • Did Not Get The Guy: Kyosuke hooks up with Hitomi instead of her because she felt unworthy of confessing her feelings.
  • Died Happily Ever After: Madoka takes her to Heaven after fullfilling her last wish to see Kyosuke in concert one last time.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Sort of. She rejects both help and sympathy at various moments in the show, but there are some valid reasons behind them, so it's only partly out of pride.
    • Grief Seeds? No thanks. She refuses Homura's help due to her suspiciousness and outright lying, accusing her of trying to manipulate her. Which is, of course, entirely true.
    • She also refuses literal and metaphorical help from Kyoko multiple times. She refuses a Grief Seed out of suicidal bravado, and rejects an apple as a symbolic refusal to follow Kyoko in selfish survivalism, seeing it as her duty to follow in Mami's footsteps and help others before herself.
    • She also tells Madoka not to act concerned for her because Kyubey told her Madoka has more potential than she could ever hope to have. It turns vicious when Sayaka accuses her of selfishness, by not using her potential to help others and simply stand on the sidelines and do nothing.
  • Doomed Protagonist: Word of God states that Sayaka is the protagonist and that she is preordained to die in every timeline in which she contracts, and cannot be saved.
  • Due to the Dead: Her funeral is held in Episode 11, and it's a real Tear Jerker. Since Madoka rewrites the rules in the final timeline and Sayaka as such does not turn into a witch, she Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence after Kyosuke's latest concert and left nothing behind in her wake. A token funeral was still likely held.
  • Entitled to Have You: Inverted, since a good part of her problems in regards to Kyousuke is that she badly wants to be loved by him, but her self-esteem is so low and her view of love is so unrealistic that she considers herself unworthy of him. i.e., when Mami openly mentions the trope, Sayaka stops speaking and is seen openly disturbed by the thought. It's made even worse when she still contracts for his sake, thinking that even if it's risky it'll be worth it, as now that she's a lich she believes she's even more unworthy of Kyosuke's love.
  • Evil Laugh: During her Curb-Stomp Battle against Elsa Maria. This was before she became a witch.
  • Expy:
    • Saya no Uta's (which is Gen Urobuchi's previous work) Fuminori Sakisaka. Once the Start of Darkness character arc comes into play, this Expy becomes more and more apparent. This may have been the reason why Urobuchi mentioned that Sayaka is the main character.
    • She's similar to Kariya Matou of Fate/Zero, also by Urobuchi. Both willingly enter a conflict and gain magical powers knowing very well that death is likely, for the sake of someone they care for (Kariya is fighting to save Sakura, while Sayaka contracted to heal Kyosuke). However, the stress of their horrifying transformations combined with both the sadness of their unrequited love (in Kariya's case, he's in love with Sakura's mother Aoi) and some pushes from a Manipulative Bastard cause both Sayaka and Kariya to go insane, to the point where they murder someone, and ultimately die in despair.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: In Episode 10 it seems that in every timeline where she creates a contract Kyosuke doesn't return her affections and she becomes a witch. The poor girl can't win... even in Goddess Madoka's universe she dies...although, in that case, she choose to die.
  • Fairy Tale Motifs: Parallels to the original "The Little Mermaid" fairy tale by Andersen. She gave up everything for a guy who doesn't notice her and falls for someone else. The Little Mermaid was doomed and The Power of Love was not enough to save her. What did save her was a literal Deus ex Machina from Heaven that turned her into a benevolent spirit. The same thing happens here. Also, Oktavia von Seckendorff roughly resembles an armored, three-eyed mermaid and the barrier has the bubbles and water theme.
  • Fallen Heroine: After witnessing an apparently successful confession by Hitomi to Kyosuke, as well as the awful jealousy she feels as a result, as well as feeling shame and self-disgust at feeling said jealousy in the first place, she view herself as unworthy of life, becomes suicidal, and ends up refusing any Grief Seeds to rejuvenate her Soul Gem. As a result, the darkness swells up enough that the gem shatters, turning her into a full-blown witch.
  • Fan Disservice: One can notice she's quite attractive once in her Magical Girl outfit. By the time she beats down Elsa Maria with her sword in Episode 7, she gets blood smears on her magical girl uniform.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry:
    • Her skirt's hem is angled to the left. According to Aoki, this was to make it easier for her to fight.
    • Her hair is also usually longer on the right.
  • Feel No Pain: Since a magical girl's true body is their soul gem, Sayaka only feels pain if she doesn't block it out. By distancing herself from her feelings, she can take a great deal of hurt without flinching. As for the other sort of pain...
  • The Fettered: She knows how deep in the latrine pit she is, yet she won't let go of her idealism. This irritates Kyoko a lot.
  • Flanderization: People love, love, love to exaggerate Sayaka's initial distrust on Kyouko and Homura, turning her into a Black and White Insanity Knight Templar maniac, forgetting that Sayaka is someone who judges people by their true intentions rather than a facade, able to understand and respect Kyouko's worldview without accepting it, and Homura even applauds her perceptiveness when Sayaka accuses her of only caring for Madoka.
  • Hair Decorations: Two yellow clips in civilian form. In The Movie, they change into a fortissimo note-shaped hairpin when she's in magical girl form.
  • Hate at First Sight: She mistrusted Homura from the moment she saw her. Of course, this was after she saw Homura seemingly attack her friend, and apparently leaving Mami to die against Charlotte, so it's less "Hate at First Sight" and more "You're a bad person so of course I don't trust you." Homura's refusal to explain herself also contributes to this.
  • Healing Factor: By virtue of her wish involving healing she heals faster than other magical girls.
  • Healing Hands:
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the anime and manga. Godoka says that she could have brought Sayaka back to life, but she'd have to undo Sayaka's wish and she didn't think Sayaka would want her to do that. Sayaka agrees, satisfied with the way things are.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Inverted. Sayaka put herself above other Magical Girls for understandable reasons (such as letting innocents die for the sake of saving energy), but her nonexistent self-esteem means that she has some serious issues. When she naturally fails to be a perfect hero, her mental condition deteriorates rapidly.
  • Heroic Wannabe: Sayaka wants to be an ally of justice, but is bad at it. This is mainly due to Sayaka's definition of "hero" being too impossible and inflexible for anyone to truly live up to, likely as a result of Mami's influence and death. See Heroic Self-Deprecation for more info.
  • The Heroine: If Urobuchi is to be believed, she is the hero of this story. The statement is accurate up until she dies.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: She wields cutlasses and tries her best to be seen as a Knight In Shining Armour.
  • Hidden Buxom: Her endowment is more noticeable in her magical girl outfit than when in civilian clothing, but she's almost as busty as Mami.
  • Hot-Blooded: At first she's gung-ho about her magical girl duty. Then her "courage turns to foolhardiness", and her Hot Bloodedness turns to grim determination.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: She can summon more swords in battle with her cloak which she could throw. In a way, this could be her homage to Mami, who summoned guns from her Nice Hat and Magic Skirt.
  • Incoming Ham:
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: They reflect her innocence in regards to the world she lives in. She has a traditional "Hero of Justice" mindset that, in this setting, is naive, and she admires Mami as a the ideal role model without comprehending the rest of her.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Sayaka tries to make Kyosuke listen to music thinking it will make him feel better, but Kyosuke hates it since it's music he can't play and he accuses Sayaka of wanting to torture him.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Because of her unrealistic and idealized view of love and nonexistent self-esteem, Sayaka considers herself unworthy of Kyosuke's affections for even wanting to be loved by him. It only gets worse after she learns the first Awful Truth of becoming a Magical Girl and comes to believe she's now a walking zombie that will never be worthy to be with Kyosuke. This insecurity leads to Hitomi becoming Kyosuke's girlfriend instead.
  • Instant Expert:
  • Irony: In one of the timelines shown in Episode 10, Sayaka is reluctant to work with Homura because as a melee fighter, she's afraid that she'll get caught in one of Homura's bombs. When she becomes a witch, the thing that kills her is one of Homura's bombs.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In the end, she accepts that Kyosuke and Hitomi are a happy couple (see Heroic Sacrifice above). While she is a little hurt, Sayaka decides to not hold it against them, and Kyosuke later recalls her and may have felt her presence in his first recital after recovery.
  • Killed Off for Real: In the main series, she's the only one that stays dead.
  • Kill the Cutie: Played with. First she turns into a witch and then she's killed.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: After learning the first Awful Truth of becoming a Magical Girl and having a heart-to-heart with Kyoko who tells her that she is better off battling witches for her own rewards than to protect others, she still chooses to continue to stay a hero. However, when her Locked Out of the Loop friend Hitomi admits to having also been in love with Kyosuke and gives her a day to admit her feelings, which she can't due to the nature of the truth, her ideals, self-esteem, and attitude begin to gradually shift more and more until she becomes a Witch herself.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: In The Different Story, when Madoka's wish brings her back to life, she has no memory of becoming a witch, and instead believes that Madoka saved her just before she was killed by a witch.
  • Last Request: She attends Kyosuke's latest concert with Madoka before the two go to Heaven together. Madoka sustains her long enough to fulfill that request.
  • Laughing Mad: Finding out she is a lich, coupled with Hitomi telling Sayaka that she loves Kyosuke and is going to confess to him in 24 hours makes Sayaka go nuts.
  • Leitmotif: "Decretum" and "Conturbatio". As Oktavia von Seckendorff, her theme is "Symposium magarum".
  • Love Hurts: Her love for Kyosuke is nothing but a source of despair for her.
  • Love Martyr: Albeit an unrequited love, and even a cause of her fall into a witch, she is ready to give up her own life twice over for it.
  • Madness Mantra: One area of her barrier as a witch has runes reading "Look at me" over and over again.
  • Meaningful Rename: Her witch name is Oktavia von Seckendorff.
  • Mentor's New Hope: To Mami in The Different Story after Mami's falling out with her first student, Kyoko.
  • Mercy Kill: On the receiving end of one. Twice, if we count Madoka's wish. The first one was Kyoko's Dying Moment of Awesome as well, but in the second Sayaka talks to Madoka and dies in peace. We see her funeral in Episode 11, and she likely got a token funeral shortly after Madoka took her to Heaven following Kyosuke's latest concert.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: "I made Madoka cry!"
  • Naïve Newcomer: To the world of magical girls. She has no idea how far apart her idea is from their reality.
  • No Body Left Behind: Averted in Episodes 9-11 where her soul gem shatters but her body remains and played straight in Episode 12 following Madoka's wish where her body disappears along with her soul.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Just like Madoka, she's a bog standard student with latent magical girl potential.
  • Patient Childhood Love Interest: To Kyosuke. Her lack of assertiveness, nonexistent self-esteem, and horror at the true nature of herself, leads to Hitomi becoming Kyosuke's girlfriend instead and this is one of the several reasons why Sayaka fell into despair and became a witch.
  • The Perfectionist: Sayaka's biggest flaw: She has to be perfect. This is related to her self-esteem issues: Mami died, and so she feels a responsibility of picking up the torch and being a true hero. When she feels extreme jealousy and snaps at Madoka, her sanity takes another hit. When she learns the truth behind her transformation, it takes another hit. When Kyoko offers her an apple, she refuses, twice, choosing purity and honor over selfish survivalism. She refuses to tolerate any sins, including her own. In short, she feels herself unable to live up to Mami's legacy due to her feeling certain things, without realizing that she can still be a hero without being perfect.
  • Plucky Girl: At first she is an unbeat and positive Magical Girl despite witnessing Mami's death.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Her prejudice against other Magical Girls comes from misunderstanding Homura's intentions in Episode 3.
  • Protagonist Journey to Villain: Her character arc in a nutshell; Starts off as an idealistic warrior of Justice, only to turn into a figure of tragedy and horror.
  • Red Herring: More than a few fans were convinced that she was the witch in Episode 1 due to the visual similarities between her magical girl costume and the witch, but Episode 9 Jossed this. The truth is in fact far, far worse.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Kyoko's red; she has the color scheme and the fettered personality.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Main character and, according to Word of God, The Protagonist, dies in episode 9.
  • Sanity Slippage: Kyubey's revelation that the Puella Magi are technically liches sends Sakuya's sanity into a downward spiral until she transforms into Octavia.
  • Say My Name: "Kyoko!"
  • Shipper on Deck: In the manga version, she imagines Homura and Madoka embracing while calling it "the mystery of the universe".
  • Slasher Smile: While fighting Elsa Maria, and when killing the two men on the subway in the manga.
  • Superheroines Wear Capes: Fitting with her "Magical Girls are righteous Superheroines" mindset. When she turns into a Witch in any timeline, the cape stays.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Her witch form, Octavia, after succumbing to despair.
  • Swiss Army Tears: Inverted, as when she becomes a witch, it is her tear that turns her soul gem into a grief seed.
  • Tareme Eyes: A Double Subversion. At first, her fiery and impulsive personality runs contrary to the personality one would expect of someone with Tareme Eyes eyes; however, as the series progresses, it becomes apparent that her most salient attribute is really her naïveté, which fits perfectly with the type. In other words, her eyes are less "droopy" than they are "open."
  • Tearful Smile: Before she turns into a witch, and in the last episode, when she decides she simply wants Kyosuke to be happy.
  • Tears of Blood: She cries these in Episode 7, as she vents her mind-breaking frustration on Elsa Maria the witch.
  • Technically a Smile: She can be seen grinning like this while furiously attacking the witch Elsa Maria at the end of Episode 7, saying she can no longer feel any pain. She pulls quite a few of these in the manga, too.
  • Tempting Fate: "There's no way I'd ever regret this!" Three episodes later: "I was such a fool."
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Played with. She saves Madoka from a witch's minions in her first fight by throwing swords, but the flying swords aren't visible. Then she fights a familiar by throwing swords at it...and would've hit and killed the familiar, if not for Kyoko showing up to stop the battle. After this, she only swordfights melee-style but frequently injures herself in the process, contributing to her mental instability. Maybe she should have stuck with sword-tossing.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Due to Madoka's death at Oriko's hands, she's Spared by the Adaptation in Puella Magi Oriko Magica.
  • Together in Death: This was Kyoko's intention. The manga makes it clear that, yes, they did meet again, but the anime does no such thing.
  • Tomboy: Her boyish hair and knight-like personality suggest this. This especially prevalent when she was a first grader.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Madoka's Girly Girl. She can also be seen as the Girly Girl to Kyoko's Tomboy, since unlike Kyoko she has a girly streak.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Despite her tomboyish nature, and dream of being a Knight in Shining Armor, she's very interested in romance and the idea of love.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After making a contract with Kyubey she becomes a Knight in a Magical Girl outfit.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: The Awful Truth has made Sayaka less friendly and more bitter towards Madoka.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In The Different Story, after Madoka wished her back from the dead she becomes more friendly towards Homura.
  • Town Girls: The Butch to Madoka's Neither, and Mami and Hitomi's Femme because of her knight aspirations.
  • Tragic Dream: Sayaka wanted to be Mami's successor: A perfect Magical Girl who fought for all that was right. Unfortunately, Sayaka has major self-esteem issues and has enormous pressure to continue Mami's legacy, causing her to refuse help, and view herself as tainted, twisted, and wrong for feeling and acting like a normal human being.
  • Tragic Hero: Her fatal flaws were her nonexistent self-esteem and her sense of perfectionism. These, with her unrequited love for Kyosuke as a trigger, are what doom her into becoming the witch Oktavia von Seckendorff, a being who represents the warped desires of Sayaka's.
  • Tragic Mistake: Refusing to cleanse her Soul Gem leads to her becoming a Witch, and Kyoko's death. Although, part of it was done fully knowing that she would die. In a tragically ironic example, one of the first people she saves as a Magical Girl is her own romantic rival, which she realizes as she's talking with Madoka.
  • Trauma Conga Line: She swears to uphold Mami's legacy as a omnibenevolent magical girl, to prevent Madoka from contracting (to protect her), to be a hero, and to maybe/hopefully win Kyosuke's heart. She first gets her ass kicked by Kyouko, who casually mocks and stomps over Sayaka's ideals. Then she learns that her crush left the hospital without even telling her. Then she learns that she's actually a rock, and views herself as an abomination that no one could love. Then one of her two best friends, Hitomi, tells her that she also likes Kyosuke, but will give Sayaka time to confess first, having met him first and all...which Sayaka can't do, due to the whole soul situation. Then she begins hating herself for a moment of weakness about saving Hitomi, making her think that she fails as a hero, too. And all this while, nearly every word and action from everyone else is a constant reminder that she's nowhere near as good of a fighter as Mami was, making her doubt her own capabilities, as well. And finally, only pushing herself forward due to her last remaining belief that the world is worth dying for...she encounters two sexist assholes on a train, which drives her over the edge. And then she becomes a witch, and iif other materials are any indication, she was conscious the entire time.
  • Unrequited Tragic Maiden: She's got a crush on her childhood friend, Kyosuke, who fails to notice her even after she becomes a Magical Girl and uses her wish to heal his arm. Even worse, one of her best friends, Hitomi, has also told her that she plans to confess her own love to Kyosuke, and Sayaka's lack of self-esteem and learning the truth of what she is prevent her from confessing.
  • War Is Glorious: Subscribes to a highly idealistic view of fighting and battles. Needless to say, she does not take the reality that War Is Hell in this universe very well.
  • What Have I Become?: Sayaka eventually learns that she's a lich and so technically no longer human. She did this for someone who didn't reciprocate her feelings. This is where her Start of Darkness begins.
  • Whole Plot Reference: To The Little Mermaid. Specifically, the original story, and the not the Disney version. In the story, the mermaid falls in love with a prince, saves him, makes a Deal with the Devil to try to be with him, but the prince marries another woman because he thinks that woman was the one that saved him, dies because the contract she made states that, but gains a souls and ascends to heaven because she wanted her beloved to be happy. As for Sayaka, she fell in love with Kyosuke, made a wish to save him/try and be with him, wasn't able to let him know about her wish, Kyosuke gets togeather with Hitomi, and Sayaka dies, but her soul is ultimately saved by Madoka. It's no wonder that Sayaka's witch is a mermaid!
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Believes herself to be a "hero of justice" that can keep her hometown "super safe" from all evil and that any newcomer magical girls will be the same. At least part of her realizes it's dangerous and not a life to envy, and the quickly loses the "newcomer magical girls are the same" bit.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: She thinks she's in a conventional Magical Girl Warrior show, where The Power of Love will make her a victorious "ally of justice". She eventually realizes how wrong she was. It turns out that Hope is what you need.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Teal colored in this case, but with two friends who have soft pink and forest green hair, it's nothing unusual.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A when she suits up.

    Mami Tomoe 
Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi (JP), Carrie Keranen (EN), Violeta Bibiloni (Spain)

A nurturing upperclassman at Madoka's school and a veteran magical girl. She wields an infinite number of magical flintlock rifles along with various ribbon-based binding spells. Her parents died in a car accident, and she lives alone.
  • Action Girl: Her introduction is saving Madoka and Sayaka from witches. She's a veteran.
  • All There in the Manual:
    • Although the translation is unclear, Word of God says that her wish was something like "to connect to life"—presumably her own life. Hence her ability to create ribbons.
    • Her wish is later revealed in Different Story, where it is "to continue living" after being mortally wounded in a car accident. However, this backfires on her because she never specified saving her parents as well, leaving her to survive the car accident while both her parents died.
  • Awesome but Impractical: In Grief Syndrome, her special, Tiro Finale is the most powerful special in the game but it has a blindspot about one third of the screen right in front of her and turns most of her health bar blue, thus making her extremely vulnerable.
  • Back from the Dead: In the Grand Finale, Madoka revived her with her wish.
  • Badass: At the start of the anime, Mami has been a magical girl for two years and survived multiple turf wars with other magical girls trying to control her territory. Spin-off works that have more time to focus on her because she isn't killed by Charlotte in those timelines such as Puella Magi Oriko Magica and The Different Story allow her to showcase just how badass she is.
  • Badass Adorable: She pulls magic rifles out of her Nice Hat or with a curtsy!
  • Badass Bookworm: Mami's sole magical power is the ability to create ribbons. In order to create her guns, she taught herself the engineering talents required to create a flintlock rifle capable of firing multiple types of ammunition out of ribbons and at the age of thirteen.
  • Big Fancy House:
    • Her penthouse huge and especially for someone who lives alone after her parents died in the same accident that Kyubey uses to make her a Magical Girl.
    • In the manga, her apartment is a little cozier but much smaller and later versions make it even cozier.
  • Big Sister Mentor: To Madoka and Sayaka; she taught them about magical girl life and gave them a 'trial version' so they could understand what they were getting into. Also to Kyoko in the past and possibly to Homura in other timelines as well.
  • BFG: Tiro/Filo Finale, her finisher. It's a massive matchlock which can vary in size or form.
  • Boobs of Steel: In the design interviews Ume Aoki explicitly states that she gave Mami "an impressive pair of hooters", a fact that the camera lingers just that little bit longer enough to emphasize. And in sheer raw-power before Madoka's ascension to Godhood and talent/skill in combat, Mami is the the most fearsome Magical Girl in the franchise.
  • Brick Joke:
    • Her teacup is broken in episode 3 to symbolize her death.
    • The second episode shows her sitting at the glass table in her room as she explains how Witches are responsible for many otherwise-unexplainable murders and suicides. Her own, for instance. Then there's a closeup of her hands resting gracefully on her lap in the proper sitting position. Sure, it shows how mature she is but pay attention to her reflection in the tabletop. She's holding her upside-down head in her hands.
  • Broken Ace: (Heroic version) she is an elegant, skilled fighter who acts kind and gentle and appears as a role model, but her ideal magical girl image is just a facade to hide how broken she is from constantly fighting witches on her own.
  • Broken Bird: Does what she can to smile, but is pretty screwed up inside. To put it into perspective, in one timeline, upon finding out that Magical Girls turn into witches, she gets so broken that she very quickly resolves to commit triple-murder-suicide. In another timeline (the Different Story' Manga), she commits suicide by destroying her own Soul Gem, albeit so that Madoka wouldn't have to wish her to have a normal life back, so it overlaps somewhat with Heroic Sacrifice - Madoka resurrected Sayaka, instead.
  • Broken Hero: She is seen as the ideal Magical Girl by Madoka and Sayaka, but confesses that she cries a lot when alone and says her smiles are all false.
  • Bullet Hell: Creates these with "Unlimited Musket Works".
  • But Not Too Foreign: Creators have said that she's not fully Japanese. Her name is a Spanish word and her final shot is in Italian, and Ume Aoki says that she designed Mami after the image of a western gunner, but her true ethnicity has yet to be revealed.
  • Calling Your Attack: "Tiro Finale!" (Italian: "Final Shot!")
    • The third drama CD has Mami insisting Kyoko call her attack too—and she even picks out a name for it.
  • Cool Big Sis: She is the mature center that the other girls orbit around. It's carried over to meta level; the staffs, the voice actresses, and the fans usually call her Mami-san because of this very reason.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Decapitation and then eaten by a creepy clown-faced caterpillar-like witch DEFINITELY counts. You can see her decapitated body fall to the ground and hear the crunching.
  • Dead Star Walking: First Magical Girl and features in the opening but dies in the third out of 12 episodes.
  • Deer in the Headlights: During her fight with Charlotte in Episode 3. It does not end well.
  • Despair Event Horizon: In a previous timeline, after learning the Awful Truth about witches, she loses all hope and kills Kyoko. She plans on going for Homura and Madoka before offing herself as well, but is instead killed by Madoka.
  • Died Happily Ever After: Implied to be her eventual fate, following Madoka's wish.
  • Driven to Suicide: In "The Different Story" manga. Homura remarks due to Mami's personality, she is guaranteed to succumb to this if she ever finds out the truth about witches and uses the events of Episode 10 of the anime as reference.
  • Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy: Then guns start to fall from under her skirt...
  • Expy: Ume Aoki has said she shares many traits with Hiro from Hidamari Sketch.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Decapitated, eaten alive, then having your remains chewed on even more in front of two innocent, 14 year old girls. In the movie version, at least, you can see a shadow of what remains of her body land near Homura after Charlotte explodes.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: The third drama CD reveals that she's a Supreme Chef.
  • Field of Muskets: Unlimited Musket Works, indeed.
  • Finishing Move: Tiro/Filo Finale, a massive matchlock rifle.
  • Freak Out: After witch!Sayaka's death in another timeline, she kills Kyoko and would have shot Homura, Madoka, and herself too if Madoka hadn't killed her (Mami) first.
  • Friendly Sniper: She's pleasant toward Madoka and Sayaka, but admits that she has no real friends.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Her Witch form, Candeloro, has a name that's technically masculine.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Episode 10 reveals that this happened to her in at least one timeline after being forced to fight and kill witch!Sayaka (from her point of view) and discovering that everything she believed in was a lie, to the point where she starts killing her friends to save them from a Fate Worse Than Death.
  • Good Is Not Soft: She's extremely kind, helpful, and motherly to her friends, and utterly ruthless when slaughtering witches, even going out of her way to hunt down familiars that don't have Grief Seeds to save as many innocents as possible. She's willing to kill her own friends when she discovers they'll eventually turn into witches and do evil things.
  • Gratuitous Italian: Tiro Finale!
  • Gun Kata: The musket variant. She clobbers Charlotte with them.
  • Guns Akimbo: One musket in each hand; one to shot and one to club.
  • The Gunslinger: With all those muskets she's a terrific shot. She's had plenty of time to practice.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Kindhearted and feminine but she's also very lonely and depressed, angsty over the accident that killed her parents and she takes Good Is Not Soft to high levels.
  • Hates Being Alone: She took on so many students because she can't stand loneliness, having been alone ever since she contracted due to the death of her parents. When Madoka decides to become a magical girl so she won't be alone, she becomes deliriously happy.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Her only power is to create ribbons. She somehow learned to use it to create flintlocks and a BFG.
  • Heroic BSOD:
    • In at least one of the alternate time lines. She doesn't cope with learning what magical girls become very well. This unfortunately causes her to kill Kyoko and die at the hands of Madoka because she thought this would be the best way to prevent becoming a Witch.
    • She had one in the 3rd Drama CD when Kyoko left her embittered due to their ideals becoming wholly different, lamenting that she's alone...AGAIN.
    • In the Different Story manga, which centers around her, she breaks down so badly that she takes her own life.
  • Hero of Another Story: By the time she meets Madoka and Sayaka, she's been a magical for years and won a turf war or two.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: She can pull those muskets from her skirts and her Nice Hat. When she finishes off an enemy, she can also pull out a cup of tea from nowhere.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Her greatest wish is to have a friend.
  • Improbable Hair Style: Her cone-like curls are highly improbable to pull off in real life, much less maintain orderliness after all the fighting she does. Rebellion reveals that she curls them with magic.
  • Just Desserts: Not because she was ever evil, but because she was unusually reckless.
  • Lady of War: Complete with sipping tea after destroying the Witch in Episode 2.
    "I can't let myself look uncool in front of my magical girl trainees!" A meal, on the other hand...
  • Last Name Basis: Typically calls the other girls by their last name and the "-san" honorific. The dub changes it to First Name Basis.
  • The Leader: Of Madoka's team because she's the mature veteran.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: This is the very trope that turns her into an item on Charlotte's menu; instead of her usual precision and caution she fought with reckless abandon.
  • Leitmotif: "Credens justitiam".
  • Leonine Contract: She could either take up Kyubey's offer to become a Magical Girl or die alongside her parents, which is the first hint that Kyubey is far more sinister than he seems.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Her choice of attack when she first shows up involves summoning and shooting hundreds upon hundreds of gigantic matchlocks. She can fire them fast enough to match actual machine-gun fire.
  • Magical Girl: The closest thing this show has to a traditional one; a friendly girl who transforms into an elaborate outfit to fight monsters For Great Justice. According to the 3rd Drama CD, this is an Invoked Trope.
  • Magic Skirt: Her magic holds her skirt up while she is dangling upside down.
  • Mask of Sanity: Her elegant and nurturing personality hides a dangerous instability; according to Homura, the Awful Truth knocks her mask off every time. Averted in Oriko and A Different Story - the former has her regain her hope thanks to Yuma, while the latter has her calm down, accept her fate, and commit suicide quietly.
  • Mega Twintails: She wears her hair in large swirling twintails. Straddles the line of The Ojou because of her family's wealth and her own class, and her brutal Gun Kata.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Alas, poor Mami! While mentoring two magical girl candidates she is eaten by a monster caterpillar!
  • Mercy Kill:
    • In at least one of the alternate timelines, she learns that magical girls turn into witches and decides that it is best for them to die right there than to become witches and start killing humans. The order she picked in mercy killing her allies makes a lot more sense when you know that her and Kyoko used to be good friends before the death of Kyoko's family. Mami knew Kyoko had been living on the edge of despair since said incident, and knowing what would happen if she'd truly go over the edge and her attachment to Sayaka, it would be easy for her to see that she would turn into a witch next, something she really did not want to see, especially after what happened to Sayaka. There's also the fact that as a hardened veteran Kyoko would've reacted alot quicker to Mami's Murder-Suicide attempt and put up a decent fight which is why Mami didn't finish Homura off right after tying her up but shot Kyoko dead next while probably not expecting Madoka to try to kill her.
    • In The Different Story, after Sayaka's death, Mami and Kyoko get into a fight, after which a suicidal Mami begs Kyoko to kill her. Kyoko refuses and instead uses her illusion magic to make Mami think her Soul Gem is clean, in order to prevent her from becoming a witch. It succeeds in stalling the matter out, buying time for Kyoko to gather Grief Seeds...but Kyoko herself dies fighting a witch, and Mami ends up shattering her own Soul Gem.
  • Minor Living Alone: Mami's parents died in an accident. As it turned out, she also had no relatives, and thus had no choice but to live on her own.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Has easily the most attractive figure of the principle cast; a fact the cinematic adaptations love to emphasize.
  • My Greatest Failure:
    • Using her wish to live, but not to revive her parents as well. She doesn't openly regret making her wish since it saved her life, but she asks Madoka to think carefully of hers and lectures Sayaka when she learns that she wants to heal Kyosuke, implying that she feels guilty anyway.
    • In the PSP game, Mami openly expresses that she resents herself for failing to save her parents. She states that she made "a selfish, cowardly wish" and that she was only ever thinking about herself. The despair of this realization (as well as the pain she experienced when she saw the despair of the mother of a boy she had failed to save from a witch) eventually pushes her over the edge, and she becomes the witch Candeloro.
  • Nice Hat: A feathered one which acts as Hyperspace Arsenal in the other world.
  • No Body Left Behind: Implied to be her ultimate fate due to Madoka's wish.
  • Not So Stoic: When she has an Heroic BSOD and confesses to Madoka that she's far more frail than she lets her see. Also the revelation that Magical Girls can transform into witches, which in an alternate timeline, makes her flip out and in Puella Magi Oriko Magica almost makes her fall into catatonic despair.
  • Off with Her Head!: Initially in Episode 3 by Charlotte. Thanks to that, the Japanese fans now associate her name as a verb of the trope.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: If OOC equals happiness-induced recklessness, you're going to end up on a witch's menu.
  • The Paragon: A paragon of Magical Girl-hood... for all that it entails. Sayaka, and even Kyubey, consider her to be the exception to most magical girls because she's the only one who is fully devoted in keeping Mitakihara safe from both witches and familiars while others will simply hunt witches for the grief seeds, and managing to do it by herself for years without dying or transforming.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: To Kyoko in the past and in The Different Story.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: In her normal attire because she is a Proper Lady.
  • Razor Wire: Demonstrated in The Different Story.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Kyoko's red in the past and in The Different Story.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Zigzagged.
    • In alternate timelines, she wavers between this and a Sacrificial Lion. While she survives much longer in Homura's previous loops, until just before Madoka's battle with Walpurgisnacht, her screentime is often scarce and, with the exception of her Freak Out, her death is merely a background event.
    • Averted in Oriko Magica, where she's MUCH more careful against Charlotte. She even makes a remark about how she could have easily died.
    • She's the High Prophet of the trope.
  • Sempai/Kohai:
    • Sees herself as Sayaka and Madoka's senpai as a magical girl, and is a year ahead of them at school but they call her "Mami-san" rather than "senpai,".
    • She calls herself Kyoko's senpai in the third drama CD/The Different Story Manga.
  • She's Got Legs: Her firm and athletic legs are further accentuated by her short Magic Skirt and Zettai Ryouiki.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: She's a teenage girl and her Trio Finale is as big as a tank. In Rebellion, it becomes as big as a train car and it fires an explosion that's comparable to a nuke.
  • Social Services Does Not Exist: Her parents are gone because they were killed in the same accident that Kyubey used to get her to become a magical girl, leaving her completely alone in their penthouse.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The actual name of her finisher is unclear; we only know that its name in the anime is apparently different from the manga's and that the former is Italian while the latter is English.[1] The popular interpretations are "Tiro Finale" for the anime and "Filo Finale" for the manga.
  • Spot of Tea: Immediately after killing a Witch she pulls a tea cup from somewhere and sips from it. In addition, she serves tea to her friends when they visit her penthouse. After her death, the cup lies on a table shattered by a Grief Seed among what's left of Charlotte's remains.
  • Stepford Smiler: By her own admission, her smiles are nothing more than an act.
  • The Stoic: Of the "say something horrific without any emotions" variety.
  • Supreme Chef: According to Kyoko in the third Drama CD.
  • Survivor Guilt: When Kyubey contracted with her after the car accident, she only wished for herself to be saved and didn't wish for her parents to come back to life. She has felt guilty about it since.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: This pretty much plays anytime she's transforming into her magical girl outfit, or when she's pulling a Big Damn Heroes moment but it doesn't save her in Episode 3...
  • Town Girls: The Femme to Madoka's Neither and Sayaka's Butch because she's the most lady-like of the three.
  • Undignified Death: The "Headless Mami" meme will never let the poor girl live down how she went out.
  • Walking Spoiler: Because of her gruesome death a quarter of the way in the series, it's hard to discuss Mami in a spoiler-free way without bringing it up.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye
    • In the anime she dies in the third episode and otherwise has little screentime in alternate timelines.
    • Averted in Different Story, which focuses on Mami's past and follows her as The Protagonist in a timeline where she survives the the battle against Charlotte.
    • Meta-wise, defied. Kaori Mizuhashi went out of her way to say that it's exactly because of Mami's early and gruesome death that she becomes memorable and lives on in the mind of fans instead of being treated like thin air.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Post-Heroic BSOD, she kills Kyoko because she thought she was saving them from becoming monsters.
  • We Used to Be Friends: The third drama CD shows that she knew Kyoko when they were younger and were friends and partners in fighting Witches, until the Pater Familicide happened and Kyoko decided to be selfish with her magic.
  • The World's Expert on Getting Killed: A veteran magical girl and the first casuality.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She's feminine, polite, good at cooking, acts like a mother figure towards the other girls, and has a graceful fighting style. In one scene, she calmly sips tea immediately after a battle. Discussed in The Different Story when Mami mentions during an internal monologue that she exaggerates this part of her personality in order to be a perfect role-model Magical Girl for her pupils.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: After making a contract with Kyubey, Mami finds herself experiencing loneliness as her parents are dead and is prevented from having a social life due to her Magical Girl lifestyle. She finds Kyoko, another Magical Girl, whom she takes under her wing and becomes friends with and putting an end to her isolation until Kyoko grows bitter from her Pater Familicide, breaking up her partnership with Mami and leaving her all alone again. Some time later, she saves two girls Madoka & Sayaka who are discovered to have magical potential and Madoka tells Mami she intends to become a Magical Girl and find alongside her which fills Mami with glee. Then she is killed gruesomely moments later.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: When she suits up.

    Kyoko Sakura 
Voiced by: Ai Nonaka (JP), Lauren Landa (EN), Marga López (Spain)

A veteran and morally ambiguous magical girl, she first appears as a foe to Madoka and Sayaka. Her view of a magical girl's duties are ruthlessly utilitarian; for example, on her first encounter with Sayaka, she suggests allowing a familiar to feed on humans and mature into a witch so as to ultimately gain a Grief Seed from slaying it. She wields a halberd whose shaft can split into chained-together segments, giving her weapon dangerous flexibility and reach.

See also her Self-Demonstrating article to read this section as if it was written by the abrasive narcissist that she is.
  • Adorkable: In the Drama CD with her and Mami which takes place before she became jaded.
  • Anti-Hero: After her Heel-Face Turn, she becomes mainly a Knight in Sour Armor.
  • Arc Villain: Serves as the main villainous focus for a few episodes until her Heel-Face Turn, but mostly as the catalyst to demonstrate The Plan and intention of the real villain, Kyubey.
  • Ax-Crazy: Initially, she cares about nothing more than killing her foes and leaving people to die in order to benefit herself.
  • Back from the Dead: In the Grand Finale. Since she died fighting a witch, Madoka is able to revive her with her wish.
  • Badass: By far the most brutal and ferocious non-witch character in the series, but when she softens up she channels her Badass-ery in a different way - by giving her own life to put a friend out of her misery.
  • Bare Your Midriff: A lot of art work - both official and fan - implies she's wearing a belly shirt underneath her jacket.
  • Berserk Button: She threatened to kill Sayaka for wasting food.
  • Better to Die Than Be Killed: After finding out the whole Awful Truth and unable to save Witch!Sayaka, Kyoko felt she had two choices: Destroy her Soul Gem in a final attack to put Sayaka out of her misery and die together, or win the fight the usual way and still become a Witch sooner or later, be killed by a Mahou Shoujo and die alone. Considering her past, guess which one she picked?
  • Big Damn Heroes: Gen Urobuchi loves to play with this trope. In Kyoko's case, Homura saves Sayaka from her and then she saves Sayaka from Elsa Maria. Then she saves Sayaka from a very pissed-off Homura. She tops it off by protecting Madoka and Homura's escape from Witch!Sayaka... By going out with a bang.
  • Big Eater: She's always eating something and it's not Played for Laughs, as there is a Freudian Excuse for it.
  • Blade on a Stick: Uses a spear as her signature weapon.
  • Blood Knight: Unlike the other girls she enjoys hunting witches mainly for her own selfish purposes.
  • Broken Bird: She used to be a lot like Sayaka, a "hero of justice" but then her dad freaked out and killed their family.
  • Byronic Hero: A good person with a dark past and a lot of angst who engages in hedonistic behavior; yep.
  • Calling Your Attacks: She never does this in the anime, but in the third drama CD, Mami insists on calling her Doppelgänger Attack "Rossa Fantasma" - literally "Red Phantom". Kyoko says it once during battle, but then breaks out laughing afterwards because she can't take it seriously.
  • Catch Phrase: "You want some?"
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Appears in the title and credits sequences before appearing in the series. It's also implied that she's the magical girl that Kyubey and Mami talk about in Episode 3, who made a wish for someone else. This is confirmed in the third drama CD.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: In one translation of the manga, on a few occasions.
    Kyoko: (to Sayaka after injuring her in their first fight) "What the fuck was that about? You'd better get your shit together, fuckhead."
  • Curtains Match the Window: Red hair and eyes.
  • Cute Little Fangs: She has one and it makes her look like the predator she talks about. (Also cute.)
  • Cynicism Catalyst: She made a shortsighted wish to bring followers to her father's congregation. When he realized what was going on, he killed his family. After this, she decided to work for herself and only herself.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's selfish, brutal, and not at all heroic. This changes some after her Heel-Face Turn.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her father was a priest, but he was excommunicated for "heresy" and the Sakura family fell in poverty as he couldn't support them anymore. Kyoko used her wish to get more followers for him...but when he found out it was just magic and not his ideas and words, he went crazy and killed himself and his entire family, leaving Kyoko as the only survivor.
  • Darker and Edgier: Than the other main characters who think of themselves as traditional 'love and justice' magical girls.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Her time in the show is all about pitting herself and her beliefs against Sayaka, who sees herself and her beliefs as a traditional magical girl. As per the trope, she has a Heel-Face Turn and develops a soft spot for Sayaka, who reminds her of her ideals.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Part of the reason of her (slow) Heel-Face Turn is the realization that Magical Girls are essentially zombies liches, and that she might as well do something to remedy this situation. Culminating in her Heroic Sacrifice to give the bewitched Sayaka a Mercy Kill. She even gets her final moment of clarity, where she realizes that she has always wanted to protect someone.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Introduced as cold and selfish, but reveals a slightly warmer personality later as she grows fond of Sayaka.
  • Depower: The third drama CD reveals that Kyoko could originally create illusory copies of herself, but she lost this power when her family died.
  • Despair Event Horizon:
    • Played with. As the sole survivor of a Pater Familicide committed by her father she became bitter and jaded but her soul gem did not corrupt so she held onto a bright outlook. When Kyubey lets slip the Awful Truth, she shows more and more humanity.
    • Potentially played straight in the PSP game if Homura defeats Oktavia before she has a chance to save what is left of Sayaka, thus removing the very last trace of hope and idealism she had left, and triggering her transformation into Ophelia.
  • Detached Sleeves: Her magical girl outfit has these.
  • Died Happily Ever After: Implied in the anime to be her eventual fate, following Madoka's wish.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: The third drama CD reveals that Kyoko's original power was to create decoys of herself. She lost this power when her family died.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: She kills in Octavia in a Heroic Sacrifice which is also a Together in Death attempt.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her fighting outfit looks a little like this with a Showgirl Skirt thrown in.
  • Evil Redhead: Initially, she is an antagonist and her hair color is much darker than pink-haired Madoka.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Her last moment is her praying to her God.
  • Fallen Heroine: She was sort of a Church Militant and she acknowledged how stupid heroism is but not even she can help feeling a little sympathy for Sayaka's broken state, leading her to a Heel-Face Turn.
  • Fiery Redhead: As her red hair indicates, she's abrasive and hotheaded.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her love of food comes from her family constantly starving after her father was excommunicated for "heresy" and barely having enough to eat; a scene in the manga shows Kyoko getting punished by her mother for wasting food. Her selfish and Jerkass nature comes from the fact that her wish led to her maddened dad killing the whole Sakura family except for her.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Woman: To Mami in The Different Story.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Cements this with a near-Precision Bitch Strike as soon as Kyubey lets slip the Awful Truth. She then dedicates herself to preventing her friends from suffering Sayaka's fate.
  • Heroes Gone Fishing: Homura once meets up with Kyoko while she's playing a dancing game in an arcade.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Inverted; she seems to be after Sayaka, but not the other way around.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • She does this to Mercy Kill on Sayaka so Sayaka does not die alone.
    • In The Different Story, she uses Oktavia's Grief Seed to cleanse Mami's Soul Gem, but this leaves her without another one to use on herself, and she dies while fighting another Witch later.
  • Hero of Another Story: She was a magical girl for a long time. Her start up until meeting Madoka could be its own story.
  • How Do You Like Them Apples?: During her explanation of her backstory and attempt to persuade Sayaka to her way of thinking, she has a bag of apples. The symbolism is probably intentional.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: She tries to do this alongside Madoka in a desperate attempt to save Sayaka after she turns into a Witch. It fails and Kyoko has to kill Sayaka along with herself.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In the manga, during her fight with Oktavia von Seckendorff.
  • Ironic Echo: When she first encountered Oktavia (Sayaka's witch form), she was rescued by Homura because she was carrying Sayaka's lifeless corpse and had no way to defend herself. When she refused to drop Sayaka's corpse, Homura calls her a hindrance. During their futile attempt to bring Sayaka back from being a witch, a very injured Kyoko leaves an unconscious Madoka to Homura, before stating that they leave because Homura would not be able to fight with a hindrance like herself, before making her Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Irony: The daughter of a religious man, who battled witches in the dark, is labeled as a witch by her own father. To make it worse, instead of her father burning her at the stake, he burns himself, Kyoko's mother and younger sister together with their church, leaving Kyoko the last of her family.
  • It's All About Me: This is what she claims to be her philosophy; that a magical girl should only use her powers to benefit herself. However, she says this to Sayaka because she thinks she would benefit from that philosophy, and then she tries to help Sayaka against a witch.
  • Japanese Christian:
    • Her father was a priest. She seemed to have been observant when she was younger but there's little evidence that she still is. She does appeal to God as she makes her Heroic Sacrifice, but whether this is out of faith or desperation or some combination thereof is ambiguous.
    • Mr. Sakura was most likely a Protestant minister; Catholic priests aren't supposed to get married but ministers generally can. On the other hand, this might be a case of a gender-flipped Nuns Are Mikos. Maybe Mr. Sakura was a catholic priest and one of his doctrinal changes was to allow priests to get married note 
    • It's implied that she'll go to Heaven when she eventually dies for real in the current timeline, due to Madoka's wish.
  • Japanese Honorifics: Doesn't use any but early on in her career, she called Mami "Mami-san".
  • Japanese Pronouns: Uses "Atashi" for herself which is odd considering her darwin lifestyle and masculine vocabulary.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Her backstory doesn't justify her horrible treatment of Sayaka before the Awful Truth happened. However, her latter interactions with Sayaka show that, Jerk Ass as she is, Kyoko is still somewhat redeemable.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Implied that she stole most, if not all, of the food she was eating.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: After being reminded of her ideals by Sayaka she became this; renewed idealism but still bitter.
  • Knight of Cerebus: There's a reason why they waited until after Mami's death scene to introduce her and why she originally didn't appear with the other core four in promotional materials.
  • The Lad-ette: Magical girls are known for their femininity. Kyoko is not.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her eyes are red and she is the first indication that some Magical Girls are outright evil.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • The red to Sayaka's blue. She's more feral and hedonistc and they are color coded.
    • Also the red to Mami's blue in the past and in The Different Story
  • Say My Name: She yells "SAYAKAAAA!!!" when Sayaka becomes a Witch.
  • Selective Obliviousness: A common theme is how Kyouko says many things...while not actually doing them.
    • She says she's going to kill Sayaka...but is content (at first) to only beat her up before walking away.
    • She talks trash about Mami and her beliefs...but as other content showed, she at first came back to Mitakihara to try to reconcile with her, before learning about her death. She even made a grave for her.
    • She comments on how normal people are essentially just food...but never hurts Madoka and doesn't stop her from going to Sayaka. She even encourages Madoka that she's done nothing wrong and that being a magical girl isn't something to envy.
    • She talks about how magic is only meant to be used for herself...but her wish was used for someone else, and even after that she uses magic for Sayaka and Madoka's sake, repeatedly.
  • Serious Business: Nearly strangles Sayaka because she threw an apple on the ground. Played for Drama; see Freudian Excuse above.
  • She's Got Legs: Comes with wearing short shorts.
  • Ship Tease: Implied to have a one-sided crush on Sayaka.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Didn't appear in early promotional materials, likely because her darker nature.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: At first, she seems to be a mean, selfish girl who believes that Magical Girls should use their powers for their own purposes. As the series progresses, it's revealed why she acts this way: Her family fell into destitution after her preacher father was excommunicated and when he found out that his followers increased and came back was due to Kyoko's Magical Girl wish and not from people actually believing in him, he killed his family and himself and only she survived,. It is only when she learns about the Awful Truths of being a Magical Girl and when she saves Sayaka from Homura that she starts to get over her sourness, which culminates in her performing a Mercy Kill to witch!Sayaka and sacrificing herself so Sayaka wouldn't be alone.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Kyouko", "Kyoko" or "Kyōko"? Not helping anything is the fact that, although "Kyōko" is the most accurate romanization, it's never used officially. Instead, "Kyouko" and "Kyoko" are both inconsistently used - in both English and Japanese.note 
  • Suicide Attack: She kills Octavia with one.
  • Super Drowning Skills: According to the 4th Dramam CD, she can't swim.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: In a gag image Kyoko decides to disguise herself as a boy in order to become closer to Sayaka.
  • Sweet Tooth: She's constantly munching on sweets, even during battle.
  • Together in Death: With Sayaka via Suicide Attack.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Initially, prior to her Heel-Face Turn, she was a nasty magical girl. Kind of like a mercenary.
  • Tomboy: She's even more tomboyish than Sayaka with her aggressive personality and masculine manner of speaking, but despite that, she still refers to herself with a feminine pronoun.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Mami's and Sayaka's Girly Girl, having a much rougher speech pattern and being more aggressive and masculine than both of them.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Although her hairstyle should be more feminine than Sayaka's, it also emphasizes her nature as a rough Action Girl and looks quite unkempt. It also contrasts quite a bit with the preppy but cute Mitakihara school uniform, which she wears in Rebellion and the best ending of PMMM Portable.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Downplayed; aside from using the feminine pronoun "atashi", her speech patterns are very rough and masculine, and when it comes down to it she's not very girly at all. In comparison, Sayaka is quite a bit more feminine than she is.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After starting as a bitch, Sayaka's and Madoka's suffering soften her up little by little. This culminates in Episode 9 with her bonding with Madoka, then sacrificing herself to save Madoka from a bewitched Sayaka, and putting Sayaka out of her misery.
  • Tsundere: She comes off as aggressive and bitchy, but there's a warmer personality buried under. These tendencies are more prevalent towards Sayaka and Mami in The Different Story, since she obviously cares about them but refuses to express it openly.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Befitting her harsh and confident nature.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Had Kyoko not picked fights needlessly with Sayaka, Madoka wouldn't have snapped and thrown Sayaka's Soul Gem away, thus The Reveal would have happened later - and thus, Sayaka wouldn't've begun her Start of Darkness either.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: A Daddy's Girl who made a Selfless Wish and heroically fought witches, who later became a Nominal Hero and Blood Knight.
  • Variable-Length Chain: Her spear can segment into parts separated by chains. Her spear's shaft length also changes between scenes.
  • We Used to Be Friends: The third drama CD shows that she and Mami knew each other when they were younger and were friends and partners in fighting Witches, until the Pater Familicide happened and Kyoko decided to be more selfish with her magic.
  • What Have I Become?: Not even she could stay indifferent to the Awful Truth but she takes becoming a lich better than Sayaka.
  • Whip Sword: Her spear is capable of splitting into chains, but it also appears to be able to curve in a whip-like fashion.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: In her civilian garb. It's another tomboyish contrast with her fellow feminine magical girls.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Tries to start an "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight to transform Sayaka back from her witch state. Explicitly lampshades it ("It'd be like one of those stories where love and courage triumph over all"). Considering the tone of the series, it's not surprising that it doesn't work.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She's sporting a Grade B in her Magical Girl outfit and her school uniform.