Characters: Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion
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At the end of the anime, Homura was last seen fighting off Wraiths with her new powers. At the beginning of the movie, she's returned to her glasses-wearing persona and is once again a transfer student at Madoka's school. She joins the other magical girls but soon begins questioning the nature of the world she is in, returning to her stoic Badass
persona and serving as the main character of the movie.Note:
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- A Day in the Limelight: She was already an extremely important character, but the movie comes pretty close to being "Puella Magi Homura Magica".
- Above Good and Evil: She tries to convince herself that all she does to Madoka, she does out of love. But it's suggested her familiars won't let her forget that she completely betrayed Madoka's trust and friendship in the process.
- Always Save the Girl: She actually does save Madoka... by becoming the devil to her God.
- This actually comes back to Exact Words. Her original wish was "I wish I could meet miss Kaname over again. But this time rather than her protecting me, I want to be strong enough to protect her." Madoka has been the more powerful of the two in every cycle and had saved Homura every time, so the wish still hadn't been fulfilled.
- Ambiguously Evil: Exactly how evil Akuma Homura is depends on the viewer's value system: on one hand, her world is portrayed as better since Madoka, Sayaka, and Nagisa are alive. On the other hand... well, let's just say she created said world without anyone's consent. There's also the part where she tells Sayaka that she will destroy the universe once all the Wraiths are dealt with... but later on she contradicts this by telling Madoka that she just wants a world where Madoka is happy. It can be said that she has resigned to be a Card-Carrying Villain and simply acts the part, because the only people who are explicitly suffering in her new world are Kyubey (who's pretty hard to pity) and Homura herself.
- And I Must Scream: As Homulilly she is essentially tortured by her Ironic Hell, is aware of her surroundings, and powerless to fight back the entirety of its psychological horror. Sayaka implies this was true of all Witches.
- And Then What?: Homura's reason to become a Puella Magi was to always protect Madoka, which becomes null and void when Madoka becomes a God and stops existing in the material world, and thus Homura is left struggling to find any other purpose in life. This plays into the theme of Homulilly, the Nutcracker Witch, who is physically unable to crack nuts anymore (hence her face sliding off) and, deprived of her purpose, can do nothing but await her self-ordered execution.
- Anti-Hero: She's still willing to resort to underhanded techniques and (regretfully) injure others to find out the mystery of the Mitakihara witch barrier.
- Anti-Villain: By the end of the movie, she has become a Goddess Of Evil, but at least creates a world where everyone is happy, even if she has to kidnap Madoka and shove her in a Gilded Cage to do it.
- Ascended Extra: Homulilly, her witch form from the Non Standard Game Over in Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable, makes her official debut on the big screen here.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: As Homulilly, her Witch form. It's nearly as big, if not bigger, than Walpurgisnacht from the original series.
- Badass: Deconstructed, as is standard for the franchise. All the typical badass traits that made her an effective and popular character in the original series are pulled apart and often shown to be very bad things; Devoted to Madoka's safety = Incredibly selfish. Always works alone = Trusts no one, even when they are right, even down to attempted murder. Determined to fulfill her goal = At a complete loss when she can no longer fulfill it. Her dedication to Madoka's memory gave Kyubey and co. the idea for their scheme in the first place.
- Ballet: Seems to have an overarching motif of "Ballet" through the movie. Not only is it part of her henshin sequence, but Homulily is 'The Nutcracker Witch', with a series of old-timey nutcracker-esque familiars in the form of her Homu-Soldiers (The Lottes). She also indulges in a bit of ballet-esque dancing at the end.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: An explanation for her actions at the end of the movie. The psychological terror she endured over the course of the series has finally reached its tipping point, and by the end of the picture she more or less decides that it's better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven.
- Berserk Button: As in the series, do NOT mess with Madoka. Don't even try to. Homura will screw you big time. Just look how everything ended up for Kyubey because he tried to take control over Madoka.
- Big "Shut Up!": Pulls a very scary one on Kyubey. The effect is lost on the critter, but not on the audience.
- Bishojo Line: From Homulilly to Akuma Homura.
- Boss Warning Siren: In a similar manner to Walpurgisnacht, Homulilly has her own countdown.
- Byronic Hero: Possibly more so than in the original anime. She is taking the role of Lucifer, after all.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Claims that she is evil and a demon as she first ascends and seizes Madoka and Kyubey, then spends much of the remaining screentime in her usurped universe, tormenting Kyouko and Mami from the shadows, threatening Sayaka and Madoka when they show they still remember the old way and desire to go back to it, and cheerily abusing Kyubey to his absolute limits of endurance. This is all meant to showcase how pathetic and self-loathing she is, especially when it's seen that her familiars are still around and are being unconsciously ordered to punish and revile her for her crimes.
- Catch Phrase: Kind of. At several points in the movie, Homura claims that no-one can understand her, or that she doesn't expect anyone to understand her.
- "Whatever sins I must bear" is used a few times and in the anime.
- Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: Yes, Akuma Homura does a Gendo pose at one point.
- Combat Pragmatist: She tries to catch Mami Tomoe off guard by faking a suicide. Too bad her opponent one-ups her by faking her entire presence in the fight by creating a decoy to fight for her.
- Control Freak: Of a sort. Homura wants Madoka to have a normal life, and thus doesn't plan on controlling her life and actions right down to the smallest detail. If Madoka's about to regain her memories of her godhood, however, Homura plans to be right there with a jolt of Laser-Guided Amnesia.
- Cool Mask: As Homulilly. It quickly falls off, only to reveal that there's nothing on the top of her head, except for a field of red spider lilies.
- Covers Always Lie: Promotional art of Homucifer have focused on her sexuality, or indicated that she's seducing Madoka. One can definitely argue the morality of her supplanting Goddess Madoka and confining her back into a schoolgirl, but Homura is not doing anything else to her.
- Dark Magical Girl: Homura was always steeped in this trope but by the end of the movie she becomes a Dark Magical Girl Devil to oppose Madoka's Magical Girl Goddess.
- Dark Messiah: Becomes one by the movie's end as Akuma Homura. While Madoka makes the world better out of selfless love for everyone, Homura makes the world better so that it can be a Gilded Cage for Madoka. Familiarity with Buddhism would explain why this might be a very bad thing.
- Death Seeker: Just look at her runes during transformation sequence. Or at her witch card. Or at her barrier theme. Or at her familiars' "duties"...See also Heel Realization.
- The Devil Is a Loser: Despite being a complete and total ▄bermensch and having ascended to the nearest equivalent of the Devil in this universe, this is how Homura truly feels about herself in the end. Her familiars express the feeling by pelting her with magically conjured tomatoes.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Did you just usurp the goddess of hope? And, as a mere afterthought, enslave and Mind Rape the Incubators?
- Died Happily Ever After: It's ultimately defied. She refuses to, after realizing the Incubators might eventually get in the way of the 'ever after' part.
- Discard and Draw: Homura has regained her Time Stands Still powers. Mostly because it's all in her head.
- Driven to Suicide/Death Is the Only Option: The trailer's played with this, but ultimately it was a case of Never Trust a Trailer. In the movie proper after finding out Kyubey's plan to capture Madoka and use her to bring back the old system, Homura decides to become a Witch and then starts moving towards a guillotine to make sure she dies.
- In this case, the event where she puts her gun to her head was A Batman Gambit, she knew Mami would put down her guard and try to stop her; this lets her fire a bullet at Mami's ribbon through Homura's own skull. A combination of Magical Girl's being "zombies" whose only weakness is magic hope drain/soul gem destruction and her Witch Self not having an upper skull meant the damage was superficial.
- In The Stinger, she appears to toss herself off a cliff. This probably doesn't kill her, being a Reality Warper and all, so it's probably symbolic of... something.
- Entitled to Have You: A weird variant. Homura doesn't think she's entitled to have Madoka... but she does think she's entitled to do anything to make Madoka happy.
- That being said, Homura has a very specific and inflexible definition of "happiness": Madoka is not allowed to fight or help others at her own expense, even for a cause that she ardently believes in.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: In a horrific twist on the "magical girl creates a happy ending at the last minute by using The Power of Love" plot, Homura uses the power of her love for Madoka to become a demon and create her own happy ending...
- Evil Costume Switch: As Homulilly, then Akuma Homura.
- Evil Counterpart: By the end of the movie, she becomes one to Ultimate Madoka, making her the universe's Devil in the process.
- Exhausted Eye Bags: More and more with each change. Especially as Akuma Homura, though she'll put on a show when confronted, she's not happy and knows it.
- Expy: The Whole Plot Reference gives her the role of Lucifer from Paradise Lost. Or maybe Mara from Buddhism.
- The Extremist Was Right: While the morality of Akuma Homura's actions are debatable, if she didn't usurp Madoka, then it's possible that the Incubators could still have tried their Isolation Field trick on a different test subject, and this time they would have known what to expect. Eventually, they might have stripped Madoka of her powers themselves if Homura didn't intervene first.
- Eye Color Change: She gains Purple Eyes as Akuma Homura, similar to how Ultimate Madoka has Supernatural Gold Eyes.
- Face-Heel Turn: This film isn't called Rebellion for nothing. Specifically, Homura's love for Madoka and her willingness to protect her at all costs from the Incubators lead her straight to becoming a Goddess Of Evil.
- Fake Memories: She gives everyone who is named in her Mental World a fake backstory, including to herself. This also applies for her Mental World as Akuma Homura, even overwriting Sayaka's Witch memory and reversing her and Madoka's New Transfer Student roles in the ending.
- In the flower field she tells Madoka that since she was the only one who remembered the events of the anime, she began wondering if she hadn't just made it up in her own head.
- Fallen Hero: By the end of the movie, she has become one due to usurping Ultimate Madoka and altering the Law of Nature, turning herself into the universe's equivalent of Lucifer.
- Fatal Flaw: As in the anime, Homura is still a selfish pessimist who is thoroughly convinced that Being Good Sucks. Her stalwart loyalty to Madoka keeps her going, but she just never really understood the benefits of her Heroic Sacrifice. Reaches its logical conclusion the very second she starts to (mistakenly) think that Madoka didn't want to make that sacrifice, after which everything goes wrong and Homura seizes the first attempt to undo it that she gets, cementing herself as Madoka's opposite in the process.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Homura sure went a long way, from a bedridden Ill Girl, to Cute Clumsy Girl, to a proper Magical Girl Warrior, to The Stoic Determinator Time Master, to The Chosen One of a Physical God, to Satanic Archetype Dark Messiah.
- The Glasses Come Off: When she starts getting serious.
- Goddess Of Evil: In the Buddhist sense, Akuma Homura. She traps Madoka in the other magical girls in her own world...so they can all live happy lives.
- Good Running Evil: Played with. Congratulations, you're now in control of the Blue and Orange Morality critters that run the Grief-harvesting scheme to keep the universe going. They can't hurt your gi- best friend anymore. However, now it's up to you to either shoulder the moral burden of this scheme for as long as you want the universe to keep going, or try to come up with a new solution that might be even more immoral. Ain't you a lucky one.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Skeletal ones with sparse black feathers hanging off of them as part of her ascension into Akuma Homura.
- Heel Realization: Homura may rule over her own world, but it's still a Self-Inflicted Hell for her because she won't ever forgive herself the betrayal that she had to commit. In accordance with her thoughts, even her own familiars throw tomatoes at her!
- Heroic Sacrifice: Attempted. In order to thwart the Incubators' plans to observe (and eventually gain control over) Ultimate Madoka, Homura speeds up her transformation into a Witch and decides she'd rather be destroyed as one for the sake of protecting Madoka. She does not succeed, however, thanks to the combined efforts of the other five magical girls trapped in her Witch barrier.
- The Heroine: The main character of the movie, unlike in the series where Madoka was the main character and shared the title of The Heroine with Homura.
- Humanoid Abomination: Homulilly looks the most human and traditional-witch-like out of any Witch in the series... until her face slides off, revealing her as a headless, skeletal monstrosity reminiscent of a Calaca doll with a field of red spider lilies growing out of where the top of her skull was (yes, the space in-between is the flowers and her lower jaw is completely hollow). She very quickly goes from the least monstrous to the most monstrous Witch we've ever seen. In sharp contrast, Akuma Homura averts this, instead crossing the Bishonen Line.
- I Did What I Had to Do: At the end of the movie she seems to feel this way about creating a Gilded Cage for Madoka's happiness, as well as erasing everyone else's memories of her having usurped Ultimate Madoka.
- I Have This Friend: A variation. In the flower field Homura tells Madoka about what happened to her at the end of the anime, but she calls it a dream she had.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Pulls a fast one on Ultimate Madoka, much to the horror of everyone, including the viewers.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: After an Amnesiac God Madoka tells Homura that she would never want to sacrifice herself the way she did in the anime, Homura begins to honestly believe that she should have stopped Madoka's Abstract Apotheosis.
- Immortality Hurts: Homulilly's profile states that even if she makes it to the funeral procession to be beheaded, she'll simply rise again and repeat the process over and over because death isn't enough to absolve her sins.
- Indy Ploy: It's hinted her plan to bring down Ultimate Madoka was this. It was Kyubey who told Homura that if Madoka could be observed she could be interfered with, and it's extremely unlikely she had any way of knowing Madoka could be broken from her goddess self. Her actions can be read as "Hold onto Madoka and no matter what happens, don't let go".
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: This is Homura's ultimate motivation. A conversation with Madoka causes Homura to realize that Madoka isn't happy being god, rather doing it out of her sense of duty. So at the end of the movie Homura becomes the devil to create a world where Madoka can be happy...or at least, what she believes can make Madoka happy.
- I Work Alone: After she begins to discover the truth of the world with Kyoko, Homura tells Kyoko to let her handle everything by herself. In fact, Homura's refusal to accept help is a theme of the movie. Kyoko was willing to help Homura, but she brushes her off. Mami is willing to talk rather than fight, but Homura isn't interested in explaining herself and she didn't trust Mami to handle the truth. Sayaka actually rescues Homura from Mami and tries to tell her what's really going on, but Homura isn't willing to listen. Even Bebe tries to help Homura - she exclaims "Kyubey" when Homura interrogates her - but Homura isn't paying attention. Finally when Kyubey asks Homura to call for Madoka's help, Homura refuses and becomes a witch. In fact, the only time Homura accepts help is when Madoka offers to listen to her problems...and the resulting conversation is what motivates Homura's Face-Heel Turn. In other words, Homura's insistence on working alone is presented as a character flaw; even her witch has the nature of self-sufficiency.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: She fully cements her status as a Goddess Of Evil with her erasure of Sayaka's memories. Sayaka tells her she'd always remember Homura as a demon for that.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: She begins questioning her world when she starts to remember the anime's events.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: If magazine covers are any indication. Obviously, please, don't click on the link if you don't want spoilers.◊
- Lost Aesop: In the original series this was "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." In this movie it's subverted when Homura gets exactly what she wants. Whether or not she can control her new universe in her fractured mental state is questionable.
- Louis Cypher: See Meaningful Name, below. She even has a rivalry with an 'angel' named "Miki"!
- Love Makes You Evil: Homura's love for Madoka ultimately drives her to essentially become the Devil, even usurping and reducing Ultimate Madoka back to a normal human life.
- Meaningful Name: As in the anime, Homura's first name can be translated as "flame". However, the name can also refer to metaphorical flames, such as passion or ambition. It's appropriate for an analogue of Paradise Lost's Lucifer. In fact, Homura's full name can be translated as something along the lines of "the flame of dawn" which is synonymous with "light bringing" and "morning star", the literal translations of Lucifer's name.
- Meganekko: Once again present in her timid appearance, but she ditches them once she starts to notice something's wrong in Mitakihara City.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Homulilly constantly rains teeth out of the flower field that occupied where her upper-head is supposed to be, almost as if crying. Worse yet, the teeth are familiars.
- Necessarily Evil: She meddles with Ultimate Madoka's system, mind-wipes everyone, and effectively turns the entire universe into her Witch labyrinth; but by doing so she permanently nerfs the Incubators and creates a world where everyone is alive and happy. Even though she ostensibly did all this out of obsession with Madoka, she doesn't attempt to brainwash Madoka into being her lover, and she returns her red ribbons, implying that she feels her selfish betrayal makes her undeserving of Madoka's selfless love. She also accepts that Madoka will probably regain her powers someday and become her enemy. This is because Homura doesn't want Madoka's love at all, or perhaps has even given up on earning it - she just wants her to be happy now.
- New Transfer Student: She first appears in the movie similarly to her original timeline from the series' climax. she switches roles with Madoka at the movie's end, instead showing a powerless Madoka the way around the school.
- Next Tier Power-Up: During the movie, she goes straight from a veteran magical girl to a powerful Witch, then the universe's Goddess Of Evil. After becoming Akuma Homura, she breaks her old Soul Gem in her mouth and gets something entirely new. Which she then swallows.
- Nice Hat: Gains a top hat as the Witch Homulilly, but it quickly falls off. It's ironic because the hat actually made her resemble a typical depiction of a Witch, and brilliant because it's a reminder that Witches in this series are not even remotely like the typical depictions.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: It was highly implied that, had Homura not told the Incubators about the Law of Cycles and how the Witch system worked in the previous world, they would not have attempted to carry out the experiment to test her theory, and the events of the movie would not have happened.
- Opera Gloves: Sports black ones as part of her new Goddess Of Evil attire.
- Our Monsters Are Weird: Her Witch form, Homulilly, is probably more full of sheer WTF than any other Witch seen previously. She initially looks like a giant humanoid figure... but then she loses most of her head and it just gets stranger from there. First there's the exposed portions of the skeleton and the ribbons that turn into hands. Then there's the tears of teeth that can move around and shoot nuts, the clock hands emerge from the remains of her head, the flying shields with fanged mouths, the weird-looking birds, the Homura-soldiers that come in various sizes, and the Clara Dolls.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: By the end of the movie, she's essentially become the universe's devil-figure and reduced the entire Incubator race, who have been thoroughly portrayed as scheming dirtbags, into her slaves.
- Perverse Puppet: The Clara Dolls, also known as Children of the False City. They are Homulilly's familiars, which means they are part of Homura. Their skin in the color of corpse, they sport Tons Of Teeth displayed by their perpetual Slasher Smile, and they have extremely creepy psycho eyes. They have names that are a manifestation of Homura's opinion of herself: Arrogance, Sadsack, Liar, Coldheartedness, Selfishness, Slanderer, Dunce, Jealousy, Lazybones, Vanity, Cowardice, Fool, Bias, and Obstinance. Supposedly there's also one by the name of Love, which is nowhere to be seen. Each of them is more than a match for a magical girl. By the end of the movie, those creepy critters are everywhere!
- Pet the Dog: During her epic battle with Mami, she gets an opportunity to shoot her Soul Gem and kill her instantly, but she decides to shoot her in the leg instead. Good thing, too, because the vulnerable Mami was an elaborate copy made of ribbons, and the real Mami probably would have killed Homura if she had tried to murder the fake.
- It's also clear in the ending that for all her bluster about "becoming an existence known as 'evil'", she still cares about Madoka's friends enough to let them live on in her new world, even when one of them (Sayaka) is fully aware of what she is and what she's done... even if she wipes her memories first.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Dresses up in black Elegant Gothic Lolita-style robes when turning into her Witch form, Homulilly.
- Poke the Poodle: She's trying to be a Card-Carrying Villain as Akuma Homura, but bless her heart, she just doesn't have it in her: she breaks Mami's teacup and causes Kyoko to waste a couple of apples... although she might have been denying her desire to be Kyoko's friend.
- Power Gives You Wings: Gains black feathery ones as Akuma Homura.
- The Power of Love: Once again, her love for Madoka drives the movie's plot. This time, it's what allows her to become the devil. Remember, it's that kind of show.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Arguably the reason Akuma Homura constructs a better world. She doesn't particularly care for the happiness of other people, but she wants to make Madoka happy... and Madoka is happy when other people are. Might also be the reason she doesn't just erase Sayaka, Mami and Kyoko from existence and instead gives them better lives.
- Protagonist Journey to Villain: Realizing that a great evil must be stopped from manipulating Madoka's ideal universe for its own gain, she becomes an even more powerful antagonist willing to cross a Moral Event Horizon to not let this happen ever again, making the whole series this in hindsight.
- Reality Warper: As Akuma Homura, she recreates the world and rules as its supreme power now that she has dethroned Ultimate Madoka. She is still suffering throughout because she cannot forgive herself for this act of betrayal. As such, she literally reigns over a Self-Inflicted Hell.
- Refusing Paradise: Homura does it twice. The first time it's to deny the Incubators access to Madoka, and the second time, it's to arrange Madoka's safety and happiness on her own terms.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: When Homura confronts Bebe, she believes that Bebe knows what really is going on because she thinks Bebe is the witch that created the false Mitakihara. In fact, Bebe does know what's going on, but she's not the one who created the barrier.
- Sanity Slippage: The original series has been a long, slow one for her, and this movie seals the deal. Whether or not she's insane by the time The Stinger rolls in is up to much debate.
- Satanic Archetype: She ends up becoming essentially Lucifer in Magical Girl form and the Evil Counterpart of Madoka, who is a Messianic Archetype. Even so, she still refuses to actively hurt anyone, and in fact works to improve everyone's lives, if only for Madoka's sake. Well, except Kyubey, who frankly had it coming.
- Satan Is Good: It's pretty clear from the jump that Akuma Homura's talk about being 'evil' is pretty much empty rhetoric born from her self-loathing, and her goal is making the world (and consequently Madoka) a genuinely happier place to live. Whether or not stealing Madoka's powers and locking away everyone's memories to accomplish this is condonable is up for debate.
- Self-Inflicted Hell: Given the Whole Plot Reference, this the main reason that Homura's victory is bittersweet and she can't be truly happy with the new world she created. Still, she is willing to accept it as long as Madoka is happy.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Wears a black, backless dress upon becoming Akuma Homura.
- Shadow Archetype: This was suggested in the anime, but by the end of the movie it becomes clear that Homura is this for Madoka. Whereas Madoka believes she should sacrifice herself for everything, Homura believes that everything should be sacrificed for Madoka.
- The Shadow Knows: In the opening sequence.
- Slasher Smile: Flashes one shortly before turning into Akuma Homura, and it's really creepy.
- Slouch of Villainy: As Akuma Homura, she's noticeably more nonchalant in her demeanour than usual.
- Spanner in the Works: Not to Kyubey like you'd think, but instead to Ultimate Madoka. The Goddess of Hope has hopelessly derailed Kyubey's plot and is about to help Homura ascend... at which point Homura decides she doesn't want to and drags Ultimate Madoka down to Earth. The consequences are literally world-changing.
- Suicide By Magical Girl: she willingly becomes a witch so the incubators would not succeed in their plan of capturing Madoka, and fully expects Mami and Kyoko to finish her off.
- Stepford Smiler: The Flower Field pretty much confirms that she was this at the end of the series: despite her smiles and newfound kindness speaking to Madoka's family, she had NOT made peace with herself. Her smug grins as Homucifer also count, considering how her Familiars are acting.
- Tomato in the Mirror: When she realizes the Witch she's been hunting during the first half of the movie is herself.
- Too Good To Be True: It is implied that this is why Homura begins questioning the world at the start of Rebellion. Even in a Lotus-Eater Machine made by her own subconscious, Homura cannot be happy.
- Totalitarian Utilitarian: Weird example. Homura just wants a world where Madoka is happy... but that pretty much means creating a world where other people are happier too.
- Tragic Hero: The film is essentially all about how Homura's undying love for Madoka causes her to become the villain.
- Tragic Keepsake: Madoka's hair ribbon though it only actually appears near the end of the movie. In one of the last scenes Homura actually returns it to Madoka.
- Tragic Monster: Homura does not take her Face-Heel Turn lightly and is shown to be constantly torn by regret for what she had to do.
- ▄bermensch: Homura is finally winning at life, saving Madoka and creating a world where Madoka can be happy. Too bad for everyone else, though. Or maybe not. Sayaka and Nagisa are alive, the quality of Mami's and Kyoko's lives has improved substantially, and everything seems relatively normal again... at the expense of no one else even remembering the previous timelines, Madoka herself included.
- Unreliable Expositor: A rather subtle example. Homura tells Madoka that in the "dream" she had, Madoka had to go somewhere far away, that they could never meet each other again. This is actually wrong: Madoka explicitly says at the end of the anime that she is everywhere. (Well, until Kyubey put up his Isolation Field...) She also stated that they will meet again someday. (When Homura's soul gem will completely corrupt, making Madokami come for her) But Homura being the only person in the universe remembering Madoka made her start to even doubt that her memories of Madoka were real, and therefore that she would see her again.
- Unwanted Rescue: While retaining enough control, Homura wanted the other Puella Magi to kill her. Instead, they took part in saving her, which led to her corrupted self performing a different Unwanted Rescue on Ultimate Madoka.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: After seeing an endless amount of ways things can go wrong in a multitude of timelines, Homura is going to fix this twisted universe and ensure the other magical girls are safe, happy and not even remembering their original grisly fates, whether they like it or not.
- Villain Protagonist: For a given value of 'villain'. Homura is the most proactive character in the movie and the main focus. At the end, she turns on Madoka and becomes the Devil to Madoka's God.
- The Voiceless: Averted as Homulilly; she is the first Witch in the series to speak in coherent language (not just distorted German or the like).
- Walking Spoiler: While she was already one of the greatest Walking Spoilers in the original series, the movie takes it up a notch and turns her into the centerpiece of many game-changing twists, making it very hard to get into the movie's depiction of her without getting spoiled.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Say what you will about her Face-Heel Turn, but ultimately, it ended up doing to Kyubey something not even Madoka could do, and left the world in a fairly happy state... at the cost of having to brainwash her best friend and feeling remorse for all eternity, or at least until the next installment in the series.
- Yandere: Homura was already a borderline example in the series. She takes it Up to Eleven here, going as far as to kidnap and brainwash most of the cast in an attempt to make a happy and normal life for Madoka. She traps Madoka in the new world so that Madoka doesn't leave ever again... and she isn't doing it to be with Madoka forever, she's doing because she genuinely believes Madoka is happier this way, it's just that she assumes that Madoka can only be happy under her thumb, then forceably makes Madoka comply to that belief.
- You Are Worth Hell: Homura becomes a Witch in order to protect Madoka from the Incubators' plans. She then one-ups this later by turning into her universe's Goddess Of Evil just to make sure nothing can ever get in the way of Madoka's happiness, though the latter case is Subverted during the final talk school as Homura makes it clear that what Madoka actually wants is of no importance to her.
- Zettai Ryouiki: She abandons her tights for knee-high socks this time around. She also sports thigh highs as Akuma Homura.
At the end of the anime, Madoka wished to destroy all Witches before they were born, which ultimately erased her from existence. However, when the movie begins she is inexplicably alive and living with her family while secretly being a magical girl. Just how has this happened?
- Amnesiac God: Twice. The first time was intentional, and she entrusted her powers and memories to Sayaka and Nagisa so they could return it to her at the right time. The second time is forced by Akuma Homura, who extracts her human self from Ultimate Madoka and rewrites her memories as well as suppressing her powers. However, it is stated outright that she will regain her powers and memories when given the right trigger.
- Back from the Dead: For a given value of dead. Exactly how this happened is one of the movie's mysteries. In fact, she's still a concept and is just manifesting as herself in Homura's Witch barrier. However, at the end of the movie Homura actually brings her back to "life" for real.
- Big Good: As in canon.
- Brought Down to Normal: At the end of the movie she returns to being a normal girl, though it's hinted that she'll regain her powers when given the right trigger, or even just if enough time and exposure to the illusion passes, something Akuma Homura bitterly accepts.
- Create Your Own Villain: Homura's transformation into a Goddess Of Evil was partially Madoka's fault, no thanks to her answer in the field of flowers. To clarify, Madoka had no memory of her sacrifice or why she would go through with such a thing, a necessary move so she could foil Kyubey's plot. Unfortunately, this leads her and Homura's talk in the flower field to go awry and Homura to mistakenly believe that Madoka didn't want to make her world-changing sacrifice, culminating in Homura's Face-Heel Turn.
- Decoy Protagonist: As in canon; the movie initially follows Madoka, but soon Homura becomes the main character.
- Didn't See That Coming: Despite her apparent omnipotence, Madoka didn't expect Homura to usurp her as the new ruler of the universe, even going as far as stripping her of her powers. It's clear that she didn't know Homura as well as she thought.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: A subtle example. Before the Isolation Field is destroyed, Homura tells Madoka "No matter what sin, I can take it on. No matter what I might become...I'm certain it'll be fine, as long as you're by my side." Madoka thinks that this means Homura wants to be with her forever (and it might just be what Homura meant at the time). In hindsight, it turned out to mean something else...
- Fake Memories: Initially, it seems that these memories were implanted by Homura's Witch barrier. It turns out Madoka had actually entrusted her memories to Sayaka and Nagisa in order to fool Kyubey.
- God in Human Form: This is what Madoka is throughout the movie. Although the show doesn't explicitly state this, by taking the form of a human it's implied Madoka has lost access to her omniscience (since she is not existing in all points of space and time), and she couldn't predict the future earlier because of Kyubey's Isolation Field blocking said omniscience (as it creates a space where Madoka cannot enter unless invited).
- Goddess Of Good: As Ultimate Madoka, like the series' ending.
- Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Homura's betrayal at the end completely blindsided her. Justified not only because of the Isolation Field, but simply because the closest thing to "evil" she's seen so far has been Kyubey or someone suckered by Kyubey - she simply didn't know how deep Homura's obsession really ran.
- Guile Hero: This time her foiling of Kyubey's plot is completely intentional, and it is glorious. The Incubator's plan was to create an Isolation Field that would block out Madoka's omnipresence. Ultimate Madoka's response was to create an amnesiac version of herself to send in, while two others (Sayaka and Nagisa) kept her memories instead, all going under the guise that they were just more illusions created by Homura's witch barrier. Kyubey is none the wiser, and together they derail his plan so hard that not only is Homura's witch transformation reversed (which isn't supposed to be possible) and is the Isolation Field destroyed, but every single Incubator in the area is wiped out. Ultimate Madoka herself barely had to lift a finger. It really is too bad about Homura's actions afterwards...
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: In Homura's new world. See Amnesiac God.
- Memory Gambit: Transferred her memories over to Sayaka and Nagisa so in order to fool the Incubators and save Homura from the Isolation Field.
- New Transfer Student: In Homura's new world. In fact, she was living in America for three years.
- Not So Omniscient After All: It's possible to create a space where Madoka' omniscience, which relies on her omnipresence, cannot reach Magical Girls; the Incubators succeed in this with their Isolation Field, but this example is subverted since Madoka is able to easily counter it with her Memory Gambit. What really muddles her omniscience with Magical Girls is a flaw in her own power, namely that she can't see their memories until they... well, die and become one with her. This comes into play in the finale, when Homura grabs her hands just when she's about to take Homura's Soul Gem - because Homura never died in any of the timelines, Madoka has no idea what's going through her mind. She's expecting Homura to go quietly. She's very, very wrong.
- Posthumous Character: She's supposed to be, but given the events that transpired in the original series' finale, she's instead slowly forgotten by Homura, despite her omnipresence. This is because the Incubators captured Homura and put her in an Isolation Field, where Madoka's omniscience cannot reach.
- Stepford Smiler: No, seriously. The Flower Field confirmed she wasn't happy being a goddess. Having to leave her friends and family behind broke her heart, but she kept a stiff upper lip for the sake of her duty as the Law of Cycles, so that the tragedies of the past world's Magical Girls wouldn't be repeated.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: As her Ultimate Madoka form. Also when she shortly remembers her duty as such just before Homura forces her back.
- Unwanted Rescue: Twofold; she, along with the other magical girls, saves Homura from the Incubators' Isolation Field, despite Homura wanting to die as a Witch. Later on, Homura "saves" her from the Law of Cycles, but by doing so de-powers Madoka and creates a world where she leads a happy life, regardless of everyone else's fate.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Madoka becomes this in the scene in the flower field. Homura tells Madoka about a dream she had where Madoka went far away from everyone and no-one but Homura remembered who she was. Madoka comforts Homura and says that she would never do such a thing, because she wouldn't want to be separated from her friends and family. This shocks Homura, who realizes that Madoka sacrificed herself at the end of the anime not because she wanted to, but because she believed she had no other choice. At this point, Homura no longer accepts Madoka's sacrifice and exclaims that she should have tried to stop Madoka from sacrificing herself in the final timeline. This is what drives Homura's actions at the end of the movie; Homura tries to fulfill what she believes are Madoka's true desires.
- Willfully Weak: In Homura's Mental World, Madoka purposely restrains her own power as part of her Memory Gambit against Kyubey. If she did unleash her full abilities, it would have allowed Kyubey to observe and potentially interfere with / control the Law of Cycles.
- Wistful Amnesia: In Akuma Homura's new world.
- Your Soul Is Mine: It is stated in both Rebellion and All There in the Manual that magical girls and unborn witches become part of the Law of Cycles. Reading between the lines, the implication is that Madoka as the Law of Cycles is a benevolent version of this. When Madoka purifies a Soul Gem, she really absorbs its despair into herself. She then absorbs the actual Soul Gem.
At the end of the anime Sayaka had vanished from the world, taken by the Law of Cycles. Like Madoka, she has inexplicably returned to life. Just what secrets is she hiding?
As before, Mami is still the senior magical girl in Mitakihara. However, she's now living with an odd creature she calls Bebe, which seems to have helped combat her loneliness. She comes into conflict with Homura when the latter attempts to discover the truth of their world.
- The Ace: While this probably doesn't apply anymore following the latter's ascension into godhood, the movie clearly shows (and the other characters repeatedly point out) that in terms of intelligence, pure combat abilities and magical proficiency Mami surpasses the rest of the magical girls, including Homura, by leagues.
- Badass Finger Snap: When she uses magic to style her hair into those glorious twindrills.
- Batman Gambit: Pulls a hugely epic one on Homura during their confrontation. First, she attaches a ribbon to Homura to make herself immune to Homura's time stops. Then, when Homura seems to have landed a disabling shot, she reveals that the Mami Homura was fighting was just a copy made from her ribbons.
- BFG: Her Tiro Finale takes the form of a railway tank made up of a giant flintlock and cakes.
- Big Sister Mentor: To everyone.
- Building Swing: Mami's ribbons are much more versatile than they were in the anime.
- Fake Memories: An effect of Homura's Mental World.
- Gun Fu: Her fight with Homura is all about exchanging fire between magic flintlocks and modern firearms, clashing with each other when too close, and essentially leveling the entire area with nothing but ricocheting bullets shot earlier on.
- Improbable Hair Style: It turns out she curls her hair with magic.
- The Leader: Of Puella Magi Holy Quintet.
- Let's You and Him Fight: Engages in a fight with Homura because of the latter's aggressive actions towards Bebe, She would've opted for an explanation, but Homura decided to fire the first shots.
- Modesty Towel: During one gratuitous scene where she comes out of the bath.
- More Dakka: How does she fight against Homura's modern automatic weapons? Summon dozens of flintlocks and fire them in rapid succession, mimicking machine gun fire.
- Ms. Fanservice: The first shot we get of her is a shot of her mammies, and as noted above, only she is shown in a Modesty Towel.
- Mundane Utility: She uses her magic to style her hair.
- Self-Duplication: She's able to make a copy of herself with her ribbons, which she does in her fight against Homura.
- Shoot the Bullet: She's able to deflect Homura's attacks by shooting the bullets from her guns.
- Took a Level in Badass: What happens when Mami is no longer held back by her emotional issues? She adds tons of new weapons like handguns and shotguns to her arsenal, she uses her ribbons to devastating effect, even using them to create a duplicate of herself at one point, and her Tiro Finale upgrades to a railway gun, which shoots what can only be described as a NUKE. Damn.
Kyoko is now a classmate of Madoka, Sayaka and Homura. She's also living at Sayaka's place, and it seems that the social interaction has made her nicer than she was in the anime. When Homura starts getting suspicious, she comes to Kyoko with a request that tips her off to the secret of their world.
- Ambiguously Gay: By the film's end Sayaka and Kyoko have all but directly confirmed their feelings for one another. However, the lack of a direct "I love you" makes it ambiguous as to just HOW much the pair care for one another.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Sayaka during the climatic battle against Homulilly and her Familiars.
- Big Eater: As in canon, but played for cuteness and laughs until after the bus scene, after which it's once again a nondescript quirk of hers.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has a few moments like this.
- Demoted to Extra: She has a more marginal role than the other characters.
- Fake Memories: An effect of Homura's Mental World.
- Flanderization: Her Big Eater tendencies are subjected to this. This is likely due to the Fake Memories implanted by Homura's Witch barrier. Later in the movie it's implied she reverted to her old personality after finding out the world was an illusion.
- Joshikousei: Unlike in the series, she wears the school uniform when not transformed. Later she changes back to her casual clothes and wastes time in the arcade, possibly to indicate that she's stopped going to school since it isn't even real anyway.
- Knight in Sour Armor: After the bus scene, she shows shades of her old apathetic, snarky self.
- Punch Clock Hero: Along with Homura, she's the first to find out about the witch barrier illusion world, but would rather spend her time playing Dog Drug Reinforcement and snarking than playing a proactive role in helping Homura like the others.
- Ship Tease: Lots with Sayaka; see Sayaka's entry above. They are actually living together in the same house now.
- Single Tear: When Sayaka confesses that she regretted having to leave Kyoko behind.
- Smash Sisters: Fights this way with Sayaka, especially during the final battle where Oktavia wields a giant version of Kyoko's spear.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Kyoko now acts more like a typical, slackerish schoolgirl, and is good pals with the other characters. This is the result of Fake Memories. After she learns the truth, she reverts back to her sour-natured self from the anime. At the end of the movie, Akuma Homura's changes to the new world keep her from reverting to her previous personality.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Apples... but this is also the result of Flanderization.
A brand new magical girl introduced in the movie, she is quite a bit younger than the others. Note:
Again, like Homura, there are many spoilers related to her, so watch out.
- Advertised Extra: Nagisa somehow manages to both be this and an Ascended Extra due to being the original magical girl form of the witch Charlotte, who only appeared in one episode of the anime. The descriptions and trailers for the film implied that she would play a major role, but in the film itself she spends most of her time as Team Pet Bebe. It should be mentioned that the movie treats Nagisa's existence as a surprise when Bebe first transforms into Nagisa.
- Airplane Arms: While frolicking around in Homura's new world.
- Animal-Eared Hat: The hat she wears while in her magical girl outfit has cat ears.
- Ascended Extra: Surprisingly, she existed in the original anime as Charlotte, the Witch who killed Mami only to be killed herself by Homura in the same episode. In Rebellion, she comes back as a magical girl and joins the main cast.
- Back from the Dead: As a magical girl and the Witch Charlotte, she was already dead to begin with; here she returns as part the Law of Cycles. She's also brought back for real in Akuma Homura's new world, albeit with no recollection of her past just like everyone else... possibly. It's never explicitly addressed.
- Badass Adorable / Little Miss Badass: She's even cuter than the rest of the cast, and is only 10 years old; yet she has a lot of strength on her side, between her powerful weapon (see Instrument of Murder below) and her ability to use her witch form, Charlotte, and summon hordes of her's and other Witch familiars.
- Bare Your Midriff: In her magical girl form.
- Blue and Orange Morality: She's friendly and genuinely likes everyone; but her values are...odd. Not Incubator-level odd, but still a little odd. She joined the mission to save Homura because she'd have the chance to eat cheese again, after all, and may or may not have been happy with Akuma Homura's new world. It's likely a result of her being...well, ten.
- Breath Weapon: Her Bebe-mode allows her to exhale bubbles at an incredible rate and volume.
- Broken Streak / The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Breaks a few of the trends set by the other magical girls: her eye, hair and magic colours are all different from one another, and her eyes are two colours rather than just one. Nagisa is also younger than the rest of the magical girls, being the only one younger than 14, and doesn't go to Mitakihara Middle School like the others, instead going to the elementary school; she also wears a casual outfit rather than everyone else, who normally wear their school uniforms. Her weapon of choice (a bubble trumpet gun) does not fit in with everyone else's weapons, the others being practical, conventional weapons.
- Bubble Gun: See Instrument of Murder.
- Came Back Strong: Partially by virtue of coming back as her magical girl self. She's even stronger than usual due to gaining powers granted to her as part of the Law of Cycles—notably control over her witch form, Charlotte, and her's and other witches' familiars.
- Chromatic Arrangement: Either orange, white or brown; her colour scheme doesn't follow a strict rule like the others, and her soul gem has yet to be seen outside of its magical girl form. Most fan artists have so far settled on orange.
- Both design- and personality-wise, Nagisa heavily resembles Yuma Chitose from the Oriko spin-off. Her magical girl outfit is almost a direct copy of the beta proposal outfit for Yuma. These heavy similarities have led some to view Nagisa as a copy or rip-off of Yuma with Charlotte mixed in.
- Outside of Madoka Magica: design-wise, she is one to Yuno and Nazuna.
- It's interesting to note that her personality has more in common with Miyako than Yuno. Compare to Mami, who shares Miyako's voice actor but has a personality closer to Yuno.
- Extreme Omnivore: When she puts on her "Bebe" face. It's a power granted to her by being part of Law of Cycles.
- Familiar: Once she starts fighting, she's accompanied by two of Charlotte's familiars, and as the fight goes on she's accompanied by familiars from other witches as well. This is due to her new summoning powers from the Law of Cycles. She even rides a Sebastian at one point.
- Girlish Pigtails: Sports two very small ones. Unusually, she also has long hair.
- Hair Decorations: Flower-like hairbands.
- I Have Many Names: Nagisa Momoe, Charlotte, the Dessert Witch, Bebe.
- Horse of a Different Color: During the battle against Homulilly, Nagisa rides on a Sebastian—one of Elsa Maria's familiars.
- Instrument of Murder: Her weapon is a trumpet that shoots bubbles. Each of said bubbles can pack quite a punch; the bubbles from one blow of the trumpet can shake and crack a strong witch's barrier.
- I Was Told There Would Be Cake: Apparently the real reason why she went with Madoka and Sayaka to Homura's barrier; she just wanted to eat some cheese again.
- Lighter and Softer: She's the only magical girl that hasn't had an emotional wreckage on-screen.
- Mystical White Hair: Her white hair highlights her mysteriousness.
- Nice Girl: Much like Madoka, Nagisa is a kind-hearted and friendly girl at heart.
- Our Angels Are Different: Just like Sayaka, she's essentially an agent of Ultimate Madoka.
- Plucky Comic Relief: More childish and amusing than the rest of the cast.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is even longer in relation to her body than Homura's and Kyoko's.
- Rummage Sale Reject: Unlike the other characters, Nagisa's magical girl outfit is a rather odd assortment of clothes: she wears a poncho, suspenders, poofy shorts, and a hat with cat ears.
- Saved for the Sequel: She doesn't get very much screentime in the movie, despite the hype, but the creators have stated they would like to do more with her in the future. It is very likely that Nagisa will play a bigger role in any direct sequel to Rebellion.
- Sixth Ranger: Joins the magical girls as part of the team, minus Homura, since Homura had turned into a Witch at the time.
- Super Mode: Can manifest Bebe's face in her magical girl form, gaining Extreme Omnivore powers and the ability to exhale a mindblowing volume of bubbles rapid-fire.
- Sweet Tooth: Definitely. Her Soul Gem, in its transformed state, even resembles a smiling candy, to boot!
- Technicolor Eyes: They're yellow on the inside and red on the outside, like the caterpillar form of her witch, Charlotte.
- Token Mini-Moe: She's younger than the rest of the cast, and goes to elementary school.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Cheese, to the point where she interrupts an emotional moment between Kyoko and Sayaka to proclaim her love for it.
- Notably, Mami, who she spends a lot of time with—and was her best friend and saviour from despair as Bebe—is yellow like cheese. Might be a subtle form of Ship Tease.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can transform into her witch form, and can also put on her Bebe face in order to gain Extreme Omnivore powers. These powers are due to being part of the Law of Cycles.
- Walking Spoiler: Knowing too much about her reveals the fact that she's Charlotte's original incarnation.
An odd creature that appears to be the Witch Charlotte. She's currently living with Mami and is helping the magical girls fight Nightmares.
- Ascended Extra: After having only appeared in one episode of the anime, she gets an expanded role.
- Big Eater: She happily devours an enormous cake that's as tall as her worm-form is long. In one bite.
- Catch Phrase: "I'll turn into cheese!"
- Cute Critters Act Childlike: Because she is a child.
- Detect Evil: Capable of detecting Nightmares.
- Heel-Face Turn: Unlike her anime self, she is firmly on the heroes' side, and is practically Mami's best friend.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Well, she is a Witch, so her design and movements differ quite a bit from the other characters.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Just as Homura was quick to assume, Bebe knows what's really going on, and is acting the way she is in order to fool Kyubey. Like Sayaka, she's trying to pretend she's an illusion created by Homura's barrier. If Nagisa didn't disguise herself as Bebe, Kyubey would have recognized Nagisa as a magical girl taken by the Law of Cycles and he would have wondered why she appeared in the barrier of someone who never met her.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: According to Word of God, her name really is Charlotte, but she never actually gives her name and the characters can't read the Cypher Language. Warning: Major spoilers in the link!
- Red Herring: Homura initially targets Bebe upon finding out she can't leave Mitakihara City, with the excuse that Bebe's obviously a Witch. The truth turns out to be more complicated.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Holy crap, yes. And unlike Kyubey or her Anime incarnation, she's every bit as benevolent as she looks.
- Scary Teeth: A mouthful of razor-sharp ones in her worm form, natch. She also reveals them when eating cheesecake in her doll form, though they're not as pronounced and more in the vein of Cute Little Fangs.
- Significant Double Casting: She shares the same voice actress as Nagisa Momoe, despite only speaking in gibberish during her screentime. This is because she and Nagisa are the same being.
- Speaking Simlish/The Unintelligible: What she actually says is mostly nonsense, but it's translated through subtitles. The characters seem to understand her just fine. She does mix in a few actual words at different points: Mascarpone, Parmesan, and Kyubey.
- Sweet Tooth: She IS the Dessert Witch.
- Team Pet: To the magical girls, particularly Mami. Often clashes with Kyubey at the start, who seems to be staying with Madoka and acting as her Team Pet.
- Theme Naming: It seems the creators noticed the Mami = Mommy jokes; Bebe isn't much different from "Baby". It can even translate to "baby"/"infant" in other languages.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Cheese, of course.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Compared to the anime's Charlotte, she's kind, helpful, and Mami's new pet and best friend. This is because she is a magical girl in disguise.
- Voice of the Legion: You REALLY need to listen carefully to hear it, but her worm-form has a slight flanging effect to its voice.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Retains her worm form from the previous series. She also adds a Magical Girl transformation.
- You Don't Look Like You: The biggest difference between Bebe and Charlotte is that Bebe has a face that resembles both characters' worm form. It's believed the design was changed to make Bebe more expressive. Interestingly, one of the pictures of Bebe in Mami's house depicts her looking exactly like Charlotte, which implies that she changed from the older appearance to the new one. Going by information given in the Witches' Booklet, this picture is supposed to be of Bebe before she became her current form seen in the movie, and is noted to have been silent and expressionless, thus confirming the implication as correct.
The contractor of magical girls. In the movie Kyubey is more of a standard magical girl mascot: cute, cuddly, sweet and helpful. In fact this Kyubey is apparently not even capable of human speech
. This turns out to be an act. Par for the course, his real motives are much more sinister...
The new enemies of the movie, instead of the Witches and Wraiths. From what's seen in the movie, they appear to be monsters created by people having "nightmares", and transforming. Only two are seen and fought in the movie: the second one famous for being defeated by the ever-so-well-known Cake Song
- The Heartless: They're basically manifestations of a person's negative emotions, which then proceed to possess their body and go on a rampage.
- Lighter and Softer: Than the previous Witches and Wraiths by a LONG shot: true, the teddy bears and pillows they fire as projectiles can smash buildings, but they're still teddy bears and pillows.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: These abominations come from one. Specifically, Homura's Witch barrier.
- Perverse Puppet: The Nightmares look like dolls. Each one also comes with a pair of disembodied blue hands that move with the Nightmare they belong to and it's almost as if the hands are in control of their Nightmare's motions. This hints that the Nightmares are symbolically puppets; false foes created by Homura's subconscious.
- Red Herring: They're not the true villains of the movie, despite the hype.
Madoka's and Sayaka's friend from school, and Kyosuke's girlfriend. She makes a brief appearance in the beginning sequences of the movie, where she temporarily becomes a Nightmare, before being calmed down by the Puella Magi Holy Quintet.
- Ascended Meme: As stated by Sayaka:
- Heel-Face Turn: Becomes a Nightmare due to frustration over Kyosuke being too busy to spending time with her. She is calmed down by the Puella Magi Holy Quintet, especially Sayaka.
- I Know You Are In There Somewhere Fight: The magical girls soothe the Nightmare possessing her with one of Kyosuke's melodies
- Lonely Rich Kid: Implied to be, as she's not seen with any of the Puella Magi Holy Quintet, and Kyosuke is usually too busy to spend time with her.
- Technicolour Eyes: Gains green and yellow eyes in her partially-restored state after becoming a Nightmare.
- Visual Pun: Her partially-restored-from-Nightmare state. She's a moeblob.
Oktavia von Seckendorff
Oktavia von Seckendorff
Sayaka's Witch form.
- Blade on a Stick: Wields a giant version of Kyoko's spear in the latter part of the movie's climatic battle against Homulilly, which is used as the first step to break out of Homura's Mental World.
- Guardian Entity: Sayaka can summon Oktavia von Seckendorff and also an army of familiars from other Witches.
- Heel-Face Turn: Kinda, given she's now become part of Sayaka's newfound powers after coming back from the Law of Cycles in order to help Madoka save Homura from the Incubators.
- Loophole Abuse: Although unstated, her existence is implied to be this. Madoka wished to erase all witches before they were born. Oktavia is not born, but was absorbed into the Law of Cycles along with Sayaka.
- Walking Spoiler: As always, Sayaka's Witch form was a major turning point in the original series. Here, it's even harder to explain her Heel-Face Turn without mentioning the Law of Cycles which made Sayaka and Charlotte's returns and newfound powers possible.
The Clara Dolls
The Clara Dolls
A group of fifteen unique and powerful familiars who serve Homulilly and later, Akuma Homura
- Catch Phrase: "Fort! Da!" repeated over and over, a reference to a story by Sigmud Freud about a boy who made a game of throwing out his toys.
- Elite Mooks: Each one is said to be as powerful as a Magical Girl, making them each stronger than most witches.
- Gratuitous German: They speak in German, being familiars and all, like "Fort! Da!" as mentioned above and "Gott ist tot!" (God is dead).
- The Heartless: Each one represents a specific flaw of Homura, and collectively embody her self-loathing. They are Pride, Pessimism, Liar, Coldheartedness, Selfishness, Slander, Blockhead, Jealousy, Laziness, Vanity, Cowardice, Stupid-Looking, Inferiority, Stubbornness, and Love.
- One-Man Army: In the final battle, a few of them cut a swath of destruction through the army of Anthonies with no problem.
- Punch Clock Villain: When they're not serving their master, they act like little kids, hanging out and enjoying themselves, and they ask Kyoko for an apple while in Homura's new world.
- Sarcastic Devotee: They may obey the commands of their witch, but they also insult and mock her.
- Slasher Smile:/Perpetual Smiler: Each one of them has a horrifying grin on their face at all times.
- The Unseen: Love has yet to appear.
- Technicolor Eyes: Their eyes consist of several distinct rings which can change color independently.