Characters: Puella Magi Madoka Magica 4
Madoka's mother and the main breadwinner in the family, who works as an executive for a famous company.
- Alcoholic Parent: When she comes home from work she drinks. In a later conversation with Madoka about growing up, she says that adults drink because of their responsibilities.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Inverted. Madoka's friends are envious of her cool mom.
- Curtains Match the Window: Both dark pink.
- Drowning My Sorrows: She does this with Kazuko after Sayaka's funeral.
- First Name Basis: Refers to Madoka's teacher by her first name, and implies that she's known her for a while.
- Good Mother:
- She advises Madoka when she's worried about Sayaka, notices if her daughter is unhappy, and is generally cool.
- There's her conversation with Madoka in the second last episode, in which she sternly tells her daughter to look out for herself and not be selfish, but listens to Madoka's arguments and eventually allows her to leave the shelter.
- She's on border of an Heroic BSOD when Sayaka dies and Madoka is utterly depressed. Junko blames herself heavily for that, and Kazuko has to talk her out of it.
- Hair Decorations: She often wears a black bow-shaped clip.
- Happily Married: To Tomohisa. Downplayed but present. The happy marriage is part of the 'happy family life' that Homura tells Madoka to cherish.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Due to Madoka's wish retconning her out of existence, Junko thinks that Madoka is simply Tatsuya's imaginary friend.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Tomohisa's Feminine Boy because she's a corporate ladder climber and he's a great cook.
- Not a Morning Person: It takes her children a fair amount of effort to wake her up.
- Office Lady: Averted. She's clearly devoted to a career not just as a means to support herself until she gets married and settles down (as is still very common for Japanese women). In this way her behavior is much more in-line with the average Salaryman.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She gives Madoka a surprising amount of freedom, and does show concern for her like a good parent should.
- She's Got Legs: She is sometimes seen wearing a mini skirt.
Madoka's dad, as well as the one taking care of the house and the kids.
- Satellite Character: In relation to the rest of his family. He gets one heart-to-heart talk with his daughter, concerning Junko.
Madoka's three year-old younger brother.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Averted. He and Madoka seem to get along quite well, and he's also one of two people to remember Madoka after she wiped herself out of existence.
- Cheerful Child: He is unaware and seperate from the agnst of this series.
- Children Are Innocent: According Word of God, this is the reason why Tatsuya still remembers Madoka. He sees her among his family and because he still doesn't understand why she isn't supposed to exist, the universal Laser-Guided Amnesia doesn't work on him. As he grows up, he will gradually forget about it.
- Curtains Match the Window: Like the rest of his family.
- Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: Aside from Homura, he is the only one of two who remembers Madoka: he draws her figure on the ground and happily says her name when he sees Homura wearing Madoka's hair ribbons. Junko and Tomohisa believe that "Madoka" is his Imaginary Friend. The reason why he still remembers her is because he can still see her, but he's too innocent to understand that she shouldn't exist, so when he grows up this trope will be averted.
- Tareme Eyes: Like his sister because he's a cutie.
- Walking Spoiler: His most prominent role is the fact that he remembers Madoka, despite her sacrifice. It's worse because a lot of fanart of him has Goddess Madoka in them.
Madoka and Sayaka's classmate and friend. Often walks to school with them, and while she cares for her friends she sometimes feels left out of their deals.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Becomes this in Sayaka's route in the game after Sayaka tells her she's not giving up on Kyosuke.
- Bi the Way: After calling Homura "beautiful" in the game◊ Sayaka will ask if she's into girls. Hitomi will say that she is a little interested.
- Cram School: Goes to after-school classes for piano and Japanese arts. She laments that it leaves her less time to study or be with her friends.
- Curtains Match the Window: Both green.
- Distress Ball:
- In episode 4 she catches one, and is one of the people who got a "Witch's Kiss" that drove them into a Psychic-Assisted Suicide. Madoka and Sayaka save her and the others.
- The same thing happens to her in A Different Story, with a twist: she apparently tells Sayaka about her feelings for Kyousuke before getting possessed by a Witch; when Sayaka comes across her later, she walks away without attempting to help her. Luckily for Hitomi, Mami is still there to rescue her. Sayaka is NOT happy about it.
- It's All My Fault: According to Kazuko, Hitomi blames herself for Sayaka's "death". However, From a Certain Point of View, she isn't that far off for claiming responsibility.
- Japanese Honorifics: Somewhat more formal than Sayaka and Madoka, both of whom she addresses with "first name-san".
- Keigo: Not normally, but in episode 4 she lapses into a weird bout of extremely formal speech, even calling Madoka "Kaname-san." It's due to the influence of the episode's witch.
- Locked Out of the Loop: In episode 9, she asks Madoka what is going on with her and Sayaka, concerned about Sayaka and wanting to reconcile with her. Madoka refuses to tell her.
- Love Triangle: Like Sayaka, she loves Kamijo. She's also the one who takes the active role: when Sayaka doesn't confess to him despite Hitomi urging her to do so, she does it.
- Muggle Best Friend: To Madoka and Sayaka because she never becomes a magical girl or aware of their world.
- Nice Girl: Exihibit A would be how she deals with the love triangle. She likes Kamijo but is aware that Sayaka likes him more so she gives her friend 24 hours to confess. If she doesn't, then she will confess instead.
- Official Couple: With Kyosuke.
- Ojou: A Proper Lady type. She's skilled in piano playing, Japanese dance and tea ceremony, aside from being very ladylike and softspoken and coming from a rich family.
- Plucky Girl: Explicitly referred to as such by Ryōko Shintani. Aoi Yuki and Chiwa Saito agree.
- Shipper on Deck: She thinks that Madoka and Sayaka have "progressed" after a certain something happened in the mall, and hilariously excited about it. In Fridge Brilliance, it's because Hitomi hoped that Sayaka was a lesbian or lesbian-leaning bi, or at least that she'd prefer Madoka over Kamijo... so they'd both be happy and wouldn't have to "fight" for the latter.
- Take a Third Option: Attempted when instead of either renouncing Kamijou or talking to him behind Sayaka's back, Hitomi tells Sayaka to confess first and adds that she will do it if Sayaka refuses.
- Town Girls: The Femme to Madoka's Neither and Sayaka's Butch because of her Proper Lady demeanor.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Because she confessed to Kyosuke, the already troubled Sayaka goes off the deep end and becomes a witch, which leads to Kyoko's Mercy Kill Heroic Sacrifice, which means Homura has no one to fight with against Walpurgisnacht... Until Madoka takes her third option.
- Wham Line: "Can you face your true feelings?"
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Developing ine one as she is polite and soft-spoken and taking Japanese dance and tea ceremony classes.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: When your best friends have bright pink and blue hair, green isn't unusual.
- You Have 48 Hours: More exactly: "I'm sorry, Sayaka-san, but if you don't confess your love to Kamijou-kun in 24 hours, I will confess."
Sayaka's friend and her crush. A wrist injury he received in an accident left him unable to play his beloved violin, and he drudges through a barely-hidden depression as he rehabilitates at the hospital. Sayaka's wish in her Magical Girl contract is to heal his wrist.
- Alliterative Name: Kyosuke Kamijo.
- Berserk Button: Hearing "music (he) can't play" is such a sore spot for him, he accuses Sayaka of wanting to torture him.
- Bishounen: Kyosuke is a fairly young example, in particular in the anime, where his voice is more fitting for a younger boy.
- Career-Ending Injury: How much more redundant can you get with a violinist whose hand is broken?
- Chekhov's Gunman: His hand is the Start of Darkness for the new character arc.
- Childhood Friends: With Sayaka.
- Curtains Match the Window: Both brown.
- Disabled Love Interest: Sayaka's 'courtship' consisted of visiting him in the library and listening to music that he couldn't play himself anymore.
- Disabled Means Helpless: This idea is behind his mental state pre-healing because his disability is a Career-Ending Injury.
- Ill Boy: Helping him recover is what drove Sayaka to making her wish. Kyoko told her to exploit this instead and make him dependent on her.
- Innocently Insensitive: Confirmed by the staff. He did care for Sayaka, but considered their relationship as Platonic Life Partners. The whole not telling her about leaving the hospital was less Jerkass behavior and more genuine obliviousness.
- Kick the Dog: In Sayaka's own route he sees her in state of live decomposition (due to the distance of her soul gem), panics and calls her a disgusting monster, mentioning how Hitomi is "the only one for him". His Squick reaction is somewhat understandable, but adding the line about Hitomi?
- Oblivious to Love: Sayaka didn't have time to get his side of the story, but the fact that he didn't bother to tell her that he left the hospital says a lot. Hitomi has to spell out her interest in him later.
- Official Couple: With Hitomi.
- Pet the Dog: The scene from the PSP game where he shows Sayaka how to hold a violin after his accident shows how someone like him could have both Sayaka and Hitomi fall for him.
- Satellite Love Interest: His relevance to the plot revolves around being Sayaka's crush.
- Scars Are Forever: We get to see his injured hand in the manga. It's not pretty.
- Stepford Smiler: He pretended to be more or less fine at first, but in episode 3 we start to see how badly damaged he is in the mental sense. It becomes a full-blown Heroic BSOD in episode 4.
- There Are No Therapists: Double subverted—looking at the poor guy's mental state, it doesn't seem that the therapists are at all effective.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The fact that Sayaka will do anything for him makes this apparent by the Start of Darkness story arc. She healed his arm, after all, but since he cannot see her love when he plays the violin after his hand is healed, this only amplifies her sadness.
Madoka's homeroom teacher. She has trouble with men and is a perennial drinking buddy of Junko.
- Actor Allusion: For her English voice actress Karen Strassman, who played Sawako Yamanaka, the teacher/mentor of Madoka, Homura, and Hitomi (Shelby Lindley) in K-On!.
- Christmas Cake: Much to her own dismay, and her bemoaning this often comes up during her lessons. The fact that her long time friend Junko already has a daughter (Madoka) old enough to be her student makes her feel worse.
- Curtains Match the Window: Like the others on this list.
- Drowning My Sorrows: With Madoka's mother Junko, after Sayaka's funeral.
- First Name Basis: With Junko, her long time friend.
- Meganekko: If she could find a guy who likes "glasses girls" her relationship issues could end.
- Older Than She Looks: If she and Junko are close in age, this means Kazuko is at very least in her late twenties / early thirties. Yet she looks like a college-student, while Junko still looks young but a little more grown up.
- Running Gag: Kazuko's failed relationships, and her warnings to the class about becoming like the people involved.
- Sensei-chan: Talking about her relationship problems as if they were lessons and picking on the same student every time give this impression.
- Two-Teacher School: Sort of. A few other teachers are shown momentarily, but they don't have names or personalities. The nurse's office is brought up multiple times, but we never even see the office, let alone the School Nurse.
Kyoko Sakura's family