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Tropes describing all Magical Girls
- Action Girl: Everyone.
- Age Is Relative: Literally, for the Magical Girls. Yuma is both the oldest- and youngest-looking of the Mitakihara Four at different points of their existence.
- Amazon Brigade
- Badass Adorable: The ones that choose to remain as kids. Others take a more adult appearance.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: And so can Magical Girls!
- Battle Ballgown: Magical Girls tend to get these.
- Child Soldiers: The good kind, generally.
- Combat Clairvoyance: One explanation for FTL combat-reflexes
- Chunky Salsa Rule: Averted. Magical Girls can apparently regenerate from just a soul gem, but doing so uses a lot of magic and requires many Grief Cubes, so each MG has a clone of them made in case her body is destroyed, making thing easier and less magic consuming.
- Cloning Blues: See above.
- Demon Slaying: The Magical Girl equivalent of gold farming. It's traditional for all Magical Girls to take part in at least one a year.
- Don't Think. Feel: Magical Girls fight by instinct.
- Emancipated Child: All girls are considered legal adults the moment they're registered.
- Everyone Has A Special Move: But of course.
- Face Monster Turn: Averted. Thanks, Madoka!
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Played with; even though Magical Girls heal quickly, injured girls usually receive standard medical treatment or, for more severe injuries, attention from a healer.
- Healing Factor: Some more than others.
- Imagination-Based Superpower: Besides raw power, Magical Girls' powers are limited only by imagination.
- Improv Fu: Magical Girls are instructed to make up new stuff in combat, since that's how they develop and expand their powers.
- In a Single Bound: Acrophobia is nonexistent.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: Most Magical Girls have some serious hero worship going on for the Mitakihara Four, or Clarisse van Rossum.
- Our Liches Are Cute Girls: But of course.
- Magic and Powers: Vary from magical girl to magical girl, as it depends on who they are and what they wished for.
- Magical Girl: Obvious trope is obvious.
- Mildly Military: Magical Girls are all commissioned officers with all the benefits and responsibilities that entails, but most elements of military discipline aren't enforced at all. Those that are practiced were for the most part already established before the Masquerade fell.
- Military Superhero
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: Averted. Magical Girls are considered quite the catch.
- Older Is Better: The most revered Magical Girls are called 'the Ancients', much to their chagrin.
- Stronger with Age: Although it is a very slow process.
- Super Senses
- Super Strength
- Touched by Vorlons: Unexplainable powers bestowed by a race of Sufficiently Advanced Aliens? Check!
"I hope I never have to see any of my friends die. Or anyone, really."Ryouko is a charmingly normal girl who happens to have a problem: everyone else is happy, but she isn't. While her classmates are fine living for the sake of living, Ryouko can't overcome that existential certainty that there has to be more to life. Naturally, she finds it as she contracts after a Demon attack. It turns out that Ryouko is intricately woven into the histories and power structures of the Magical Girls, both modern and ancient, and that her ability may be something beyond anyone's imagination. Where this will lead her is anyone's guess, as is how it came about to begin with.
- A-Cup Angst
- Alpha Strike: Ryouko's Arbalest is capable of this.
- The Apprentice: To Mami and Kyouko.
- Audience Surrogate: We learn much about the setting as Ryouko herself discovers it.
- Bio-Augmentation: Turns out that she is an heavily altered chimera (in scientific terms) with entire gene-networks of deviations located in her brain that's tasked to do... something. Not even Yuma, the defacto "Big Sister" of all things concerning MSY, has any idea what to make of it.
- Blood Knight: According to Kyouko. Her assessment at the end of Ch 19 shows that she still is one, and this bears fruit in Ch 26, when she breaks mission protocol in order to punch an armoured alien to death with her bare hands.
- The Captain: She's promoted to Captain after her actions of banishing the reserve alien fleet back through the wormhole, leading to a major victory for mankind.
- Celebrity Is Overrated: Her being a part of two powerful matriarchies gives her unwanted fame, And with her becoming the "Hero of Orpheus" her MagOps teammate Ying-zhi, who was in a similar situation in the past, warns her that it is about to get worse.
- Chaste Hero: She doesn't seem very interested in romance at all, and gets incredibly flustered whenever anybody brings it up.
- Children Are Innocent: She's very quick to assume that things are exactly how they seem, at least up to the point where she has a reason to doubt.
- Coming-of-Age Story: Seems to be hers.
- Even the Girls Want Her: So far, two girls who actually know her have admitted, either to her or to someone else, to having crushes on her.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Ryouko tries to save Simona with this. Later on it's noted she still attempts it in simulations, causing her effectiveness as a front line soldier to be questioned.
- I Just Want to Be Special: The unstated intent which was, to a certain extent, backing up her wish. Funny how she turns out to have been special all along, once she makes the wish.
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Tries to pull it on Asami after an assassination attempt left the latter heavily injured, but Asami refuses, even stating that she wants to accompany her in her next mission so they can watch each other's back.
- Jumped at the Call: There was never really any doubt what her choice would be.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Regarding just about everything.
- Long-Range Fighter: A Type II. It would be Type III, but her teleportation requires her to jump into the thick of things fairly often, and she isn't helpless at close-range either.
- Mission from God: Hinted at in her first encounter with Madoka, and then made more explicit in Chapter 29.
- Mirthless Laughter: After a nearly a month of constant stress, topped with the news of her parent's divorce, seeing Asami alive and relatively well made her laugh of relief.
- Mouthy Kid: Possibly subverted; while her parents do come off worse at first, there might be more there than meets the eye.
- Naïve Newcomer: Ryouko went into battle a mere few weeks after contracting (even greener than usual for new recruits). Compare to the many magical girls who have been around for literal centuries.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: When beating up the alien sniper, that just killed her teammate, to death.
- No Sense of Humor: She completely fails to get any joke, although she's able to crack one occasionally (see Mirthless Laughter above)
- No Social Skills: A borderline case; she spends time with a select few friends who aren't constantly bringing up her future.
- Oblivious to Love: Unless someone explicitly tells that someone loves her, she will simply not get even the unsubtle hints. And then Asami confessed to her in Chapter 21.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Ryouko often finds herself doing this, mostly because of her family's complex emotional situation and her future-oriented personality.
- Rain of Arrows: Ryouko's primary attack.
- Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Started telling this to Asami, but stopped at half point before going into the Mirthless Laughter of relief.
- Secret Legacy: Two of them, in fact. With a third one making her a great-great-grandniece of Madoka.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Has the longest range of any teleporter in existence at 200km, but she needs some grief cubes immediately and is out of commission for some time afterwards. She is limited in that she can only teleport what she's touching and in order to teleport other objects, she has to teleport herself with them. Arrows shot by her arbalest are considered part of her if she chooses to attach strings to them, allowing her to teleport things "remotely".
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Right around the time she becomes the longest-range teleporter by a huge margin, it turns out the military desperately needs someone like her for a critical mission. Her wish probably invoked this. The trope really hits hard after the collapsing wormhole amplifies her unique power, and lets her save the day by dumping the enemy reserve fleet back through the wormhole.
- Token Mini-Moe: Easily the youngest-looking member of her class.
- Wiki Walk: She explores the Directorate military with these.
"You know, we talk about being heroes and such, but I had no idea it was so tiring."
- Always on Duty: Out of necessity; her position as the Field Marshal in charge of an entire sector means that she rarely gets time to herself. And now that she has been elected Chief of the General Staff, putting her in charge of all of mankind military, she'll probably have even less spare time.
- Beneath the Mask: Mami's smiling public persona covers a more jaded and angsty side.
- Berserk Button: Mami hates Oriko for destroying her apartment with the few belongings from her parents she still had, and as a result absolutely refuse to see any ambiguity in Oriko's action, seeing her only as an insane monster and wanting her death and to be the one to deliver it, which is very at odds with her usual level-headed and diplomatic personality. She stills holds the same beliefs four centuries and half later.
- Broken Ace: The pressure of being a Field Marshal and later Chief of General Staff, as well as the various shady businesses of questionable morality she had to do as an Executive of the MSY and leader of the Soul Guard during the past centuries put a lot of strain and guilt on her conscience. Chapter 18 reveals that she has recurrent nightmares of the people she felt she has failed and wronged in the past, and she mentions in chapter 30 that they are recently getting worse, to the point that she seriously ponders to seek a MHD shrink.
- Calling Your Attacks: Mami is somewhat infamous for this.
- Chef of Iron: Mami's specialties include cooking and saving humanity from an alien menace.
- Flashback Nightmare: She suffers recurrent ones as a consequence of her self-deprecation and the stress of being Field Marshall and later Chief of General Staff. Said nightmares makes her repeat her worst failures and darkest acts during the past four hundred centuries, such as her inability to save Sayaka or the things she had to do when she was the leader of the Soul Guard as well as flash-backs of her memories that were erased by Reformat.
- First Name Basis: With the entire world. Everyone calls her Mami-san, eschewing the more typical Tomoe-san.
- Flat Earth Atheist: Mami is very close to this, having seen Homura's black soul gem.
- Four-Star Badass: The highest-ranking Magical Girl in the military. And since her election as Chief of General Staff in chapter 30, she's the highest-ranking member of the entire military.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: She is the de facto leader of all the Magical Girls since Homura's disappearance, one of the highest-ranking military of mankind and the highest ranking one since chapter 30, helped obtain important victories against the aliens that saved humanity from assured extermination, and is a source of inspiration for all the Magical Girls and girls aspiring to be one, yet deep down she's a mess of doubts and self-loathing, fearing that she might not be up to the task and able to deal with the pressure put on her shoulders, as well as feeling tremendous guilt for all the amoral things she had to do in the past to protect the Magical Girls while the masquerade was still in place, and how presently she has to inspire young girls into a life of fighting as Magical Girls to help with the war effort.
- Hope Is Scary: Mami refuses to even consider anything having to do with the Cult of Hope, despite her inability to reject its claims.
- The Hunter: While leading the Soul Guard.
- In Harm's Way: Despite having a top-level field-grade military post, Mami and her personal companions are frequently on the front lines.
- King Incognito: Attends a showing of Akemi as "Hiroko Chito" to avoid attention.
- The Kirk: Midway between Kyouko's id and Homura's superego.
- Lady of War
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: It's heavily implied that she undergone a Reformat somewhere in the past, which made her forget certain events of her past, notably her training to develop mind-reading powers. She still have recurrent dreams of these events.
- Last Name Basis: As in the original series, she continue to call everyone by their last name, even those that she know for centuries! It's a sign of the emotional wall she still puts between herself and other people. The only person she calls by her first name is Oriko, showing all the hate and contempt she feels for her even centuries after her death. She started to try to correct that habit after accidentally picking from Marianne's mind that she find it really hurtful.
- Mary Tzu: Mami notices that her tactical deployments on New Athens were falsely portrayed flawless in Akemi, despite her lack of prior military training or experience.
- MST3K Mantra: Mami invokes this while watching Akemi.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: While living in her first apartment, minus the 'rich' part. The neighbors started to wise up.
- Robot Buddy: Machina, her AI attendant.
- Shell-Shock Silence: Mami experiences this during the initial battle where magical girls aided the military in fighting the aliens
- Telepathy: Developed limited mind-reading abilities along the years, but she can't control them very well.
- This Means War!: After Oriko's gang trashed her apartment.
"I want to know that I fight for something. Maybe, finally, I've found it."
- Badass Preacher: Boy howdy, Kyouko!
- Church Militant: The prime example.
- Deadpan Snarker: Kyouko
- Delinquent: They may be an extinct breed, but Kyouko maintains some of the mannerisms.
- Doppelgänger Spin: Her projections are insubstantial decoys.
- The Face: Oddly enough, Kyouko was the most charismatic member of the Mitakihara Four.
- Fan Service Pack: A slight touch-up in Akemi.
- A Father to His Men: Kyouko is very close to her subordinates. Sometimes, maybe a little too close.
- Four-Star Badass: A Lieutenant General.
- Fiery Redhead
- Heartbroken Badass: Kyouko still hasn't gotten over Sayaka.
- High Priest
- The Lost Lenore: Sayaka, Kyouko's First Love.
- Japanese Christian: At first. Now... less so.
- Loving a Shadow: With Maki Kishida, who look like and is just as strong headed as Sayaka. Didn't work out.
- Master of Illusion
- May-December Romance: With Maki. Kyouko is somewhat notorious for this behavior, and mentally notes that something about being as old as she is makes seducing the younger girls easy.
- The McCoy: Of the original Power Trio, Kyouko was the one most influenced by her desires.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Apples, one of which she even uses as a prop in one of her sermons.
- Oral Fixation: Yuma knows she's out-of-sorts when she arrives without food.
- Really Gets Around: Kyouko, in her 'hedonist' period and still has some of its trace even after all these years. It's said to be a 'species-wide joke'. It's mostly because of heartbroken over Sayaka's death, and even her current lover is physically similar with Sayaka.
- Really 700 Years Old: Over 400, but she looks 14.
- Recruiters Always Lie: Strictly speaking, Kyouko wasn't the actual recruiter. Also, she only lied to Ryouko's parents.
- Sex Goddess: She even wrote a book of tips!
- Tragic Keepsake: Kyouko still has a picture of Sayaka.
- You Killed My Father: Kyouko's sentiment against the main body Church, because their excommunication was the thing that had driven her father into Pater Familicide. She's silently spitting at them as they, still too proud to beg, "melding" the Cult into themselves and saying that the Cult is a lost lamb that they have to "call back".
Other members of the Mitakihara Four
"If it is your will that I suffer so, if this is what you truly want, then I will continue to protect this world. I swear it."
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Her regular ramblings and mumblings to herself about a Goddess and a "previous Universe" make her pass as subtly insane by the people around her, but that didn't interfered in her skills as the MSY's First Executive or her battle prowess. At least until the battle of New Athens, where her surviving her soul gem fading to black made people start to believe what she said about the Goddess, and even spawned an official Cult! Unfortunately, Homura herself didn't took the "miracle" nearly as well...
- Death Seeker: Possibly.
- Divine Date: Averted for Homura.
- Fan Service Pack: In her eponymous holomovie.
- Game Breaker: Homura's aura allowed other Magical Girls to use their powers more freely; both Mami and Oriko peg her as being incredibly powerful.
- The Gadfly: Not as much as Yuma, but Homura got in on the action every now and then.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Both.
- Gun Nut: A trait she conserved from the pre-Madoka universe.
- Heartbroken Badass: A subtle example. Later, she becomes much less subtle.
- Heaven Seeker: Homura's ultimate goal. When she learns she can't die, she doesn't take it well at all.
- Ill Girl: For most of her childhood.
- In-Series Nickname: Her white wings lead to her being called "The Angel" in hushed tones.
- Long-Range Fighter: Type II. She's an archer and a flyer, but by no means does that make her deficient in close combat.
- Messianic Archetype: Even though the Cult of Hope only recognizes her as a prophet, the nebulous nature of their actual goddess leads to Homura receiving this level of attention. Then there's the "perpetual suffering in service of the world" thing.
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Pulls this on an MHD shrink when Mami tricks her into a counseling session.
- Mission from God: Homura's driving force.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: After her Heroic RROD, Homura becomes a demigod.
- One-Winged Angel: After her soul gem fades to black.
- Power Gives You Wings: She has energy wings accompanying her energy bow as her new powerset in the new universe.
- Raised Catholic: In a Catholic orphanage. Nobody dared ask her what her beliefs were.
- Sanity Slippage: The revelation that she can't die after the battle of New Athens left her considerably unhinged. Mami even comments that the events destroyed something within her. It doesn't help that it's explicitly stated that an high soul gem corruption directly affects the sanity of the Magical Girl...
- The Spock: Of the original Power Trio, Homura was by far the most pragmatic and detail-oriented.
- Time Stands Still: Her power in the Pre-Madoka Universe. Flash-backs implies that she still have it but never told the rest of the group, or that she got it back after her soul gem faded to black.
- Token Religious Teammate: Of the Mitakihara Four prior to New Athens, at least.
- Waif Prophet: Homura was portrayed as one of these before she Took a Level in Badass in Akemi.
"Of course, this kind of thinking is veering into conspiracy theory territory but, frankly, my whole life has been a conspiracy theory, and so has yours."
- Always on Duty: She's Married to the Job.
- Asexuality: Kyouko claims she's asexual and part of the reason why she uses a nine years old body, Yuma playfully denies it but without giving any proof, leaving a doubt on her claim. MG later pretty much confirms that Kyouko was right when she explains that Yuma thinks of the idea of people having romantic relationships as disgusting.
- Badass Adorable: Her current form.
- Big Brother: Yuma has a frightening level of control over the government's surveillance systems, having installed backdoors into all of them.
- Children Are Innocent: Yuma exploits this trope for all its worth.
- The Cracker: A benevolent version.
- Creepy Good: Yuma, while putting on her 'innocent child' act.
- Dark and Troubled Past: We still don't know exactly what happened while she was in Oriko's group.
- Deliberately Cute Child: Yuma uses her cuteness to get her way in most of her meetings and discussions with fellow bureaucrats. It even works on machines.
- Desk Jockey
- The Gadfly: Yuma enjoys exploiting her status as the imouto, especially when it comes to mocking Kyouko's love life.
- Heel-Face Turn: After she was 'befriended' following Oriko's death.
- Sole Survivor: From the Southern Group.
- The Spock: Yuma seems to have inherited this role from Homura after New Athens.
- The Spymaster: Formerly the head of Black Heart.
- Stepford Smiler: It's often noted by the other Mitakihara Four that her mirthful and childish demeanor is a veneer hiding her broken and ruthless personality born from her time in the Southern Group, although she still have a conscience preventing her to get too ruthless.
- Token Good Teammate: When she was with the Southern Group.
- Workaholic: Yuma is very absorbed with her job, to the point where most of her consciousness is actively participating in government meetings at any given time.
Other members of the Mahou Shoujo Youkai
"I'm not the type of person to be won over just because I want to feel good about my life."
- The Ace: Asaka can be seen as this. Her powers are extraordinary, she saved a planet, and soared through the ranks. That's not to say that she'd agree.
- Barrier Warrior: Part of her powerset. And actually her main power, see Reality Warper bellow.
- Basement-Dweller: Briefly.
- Battle Couple: Turns out Alice was actually her lover.
- Braids of Action
- The Chains of Commanding: And does she ever feel it.
- Designated Hero: She views herself as one of these.
- Four-Star Badass: You wouldn't guess it.
- Gamer Chick: Asaka was one before she contracted and still is, retreating into games after Alice's death.
- Gun Nut: Fascinated with weaponry in general.
- Jack of All Stats: Basically her power, and she completes it with a great proficiency with conventional weaponry. It's even the basis for her in-universe nickname.
- Knife Nut: Combined with Dual Wielding, and at odds with her level-headed personality.
- Medal of Dishonor: Congratulations for killing your friend! Er, I mean, saving the colony!
- Mission from God: Madoka gave her one of these through a vision, pulling her out of her despair by giving her something to live for.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: Salt in the wound.
- Prayer Is a Last Resort
- Reality Warper: How her power really works: she has near total control over everything inside her barrier, herself included, letting her use a virtually limitless range of powers, albeit not with the same level of mastery than a specialized Magical Girl, making her a more limited version than the usual trope.
- Red Baron: "Jack-of-all-trades", due to her vast array of powers thanks to her limited reality warper barrier and mastery with conventional infantry weapons.
- Returning War Vet: Returning to the war, no less.
- Sarcastic Clapping: Maki accuses Asaka of this.
- Survivor Guilt: Asaka didn't return under the best of circumstances. After the entire chain of command above her was killed in an alien attack, she was left in charge of the remaining human forces. She saved the colony by sending her best friend Alice on a Suicide Mission. To make matters worse, it was a a mental command. The credit for the victory goes to her, and with it a promotion to Brigadier General and a shiny new medal. Alice, on the other hand, is written off the report. You can't really blame her for being a bit messed up after all that.
- Teleportation: Of an odd sort, apparently.
- Tomboyish Ponytail
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Patricia.
Patricia von Rohr
"Leaving grief cubes lying around like this breaks goddess knows how many regulations."
- Attack Drone: She can summon drones large enough to serve as flying mounts.
- Braids of Action: Like Asaka.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A mild case, as evidenced by her thoughts on robot cuteness.
- Colonel Badass
- Cute Machines: Patricia's opinion on most robots. Even skittering little insect robots.
- The Engineer: For the Mitakihara base. Distinctly the combat version.
- Hot Scientist: Check and check.
- Instant Expert: Patricia stands out even in a setting where this is more or less commonplace, in that it was her wish made her a super-genius, rather than the more usual technological means.
- Long-Range Fighter: A Type III. She prefers to hang back and let her drones handle the combat, or failing that, to ride one above the fight.
- The Medic: When it comes to handling implants. Less so on the battlefield.
- Phenotype Stereotype: A blonde-haired blue-eyed exemplar of the Germanic race.
- Robot Master: Her ability, at least in part; it's hinted that her wish gave her even more extensive knowledge.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Asaka.
- Crisis of Faith: Grew disillusioned with Christianity, which from her point of view mostly consisted of isolationist conservatives, including her parents, with the only exception of the excommunicated priest who encouraged her to paint, until he was killed by the demons. Overlaps with in-universe Artist Disillusionment with her painting talents being constricted by stagnant church doctrine. When the Incubator came knocking, her wish was to find something to believe in again, which what got her into Church of Hope.
- Dual Wielding: Uses twin swords in combat.
- Heavy Sleeper: Not that Kyouko really minds.
- Hot for Preacher: Well, yeah.
- Master of Illusion
- May-December Romance: With Kyouko, who happens to be 400+ years her senior.
- New Meat: Just growing out of this phase.
- Replacement Goldfish: Of Miki Sayaka for Kyouko. They got into argument over this, with Maki leaving for the frontlines.
- Satellite Character: Pretty much defined by her relationship to Kyouko.
- Terrible Artist: Surprisingly, inverted. Her art is exceptional.
- The Watson
- An Ax To Grind
- Flying Weapon: Risa wields her ax telekinetically, while using her mind-reading abilities to home in on any target.
- Long-Range Fighter: Type I. She wields her ax as a ranged weapon using telekinesis.
"I thought it was really interesting. A little scary, though."
- Despair Event Horizon: The premature news of Ryouko's apparent death sent her already fragile mind over the edge.
- The Final Frontier: Her attitude towards the stars.
- Freaky Is Cool: She finds Azazel's body modifications and bio-mechanical wings very cool, she's the only one to have that reaction, much to Ryouko and Azrael herself's surprise. Ryouko muses that it's part of why she wanted to be a xenobiologist.
- Gravity Master: She seems to specialize in compression, and gets a funny feeling in low-gravity environments. She can create spheres of singularity.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: She's impaled by a metallic support beam while using her powers to save Ryouko from an assassination attempt. Thankfully she get better.
- Love Confession: To Ryouko.
- New Meat
- Relationship Upgrade: With Ryouko.
- Shrinking Violet: It's unclear how much of it is natural and how much of it comes from just having contracted.
- Took a Level in Badass: After her relationship upgrade with Ryouko, she becomes much more outwardly and assertive, and saves Ryouko and the people in the gravitonic laboratory when the gravity chamber was sabotaged to assassinate Ryouko by negating its gravity with her own powers, while being impaled by a support beam, and later convinced her to take her in her upcoming mission so they can watch over each other's back.
"I'm in. Was there ever any doubt?"
- Headbutting Heroes: With Sayaka and Kyouko.
- The Matriarch: Founder and head of the Kuroi matriarchy and eight-generation ancestor of Ryouko.
- The Spymaster: Current head of Black Heart.
- Dead Guy Junior
- Headbutting Heroes: With Kana and Kyouko.
- The Ojou: Her family's wealth contributed significantly to the MSY's growth from delivery service to Mega Corp. and beyond.
- The Matriarch: Founder and head of the Shizuki matriarchy and nine-generation ancestor of Ryouko.
- Sins Of Our Mothers: Wonders just what exactly her mother did to piss Kyouko off so much.
"I hope you'll trust me."One of the most, if THE most, respected therapists in MSY Mental Health Division. She is also Ryouko's great-great-grandmother, and Kaname Tatsuya's wife.
- Battle Couple: With Asaka.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Saves a colony on Asaka's orders.
- If We Get Through This: Planned to propose to Asaka after their first combat rotation, she died before having the chance to do it.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: To Asaka. Nor to propose to her as she planned to do after their combat rotation.
- Posthumous Character
- Subordinate Excuse: She was actually Asaka's lover, and even planned to propose to her after their first combat rotation.
- An Ax To Grind
- Barrier Warrior
- Bodyguarding a Badass: She's Mami's bodyguard alongside Shen (a teleporter). That configuration is the minimum for every high-ranked officer.
- Boobs of Steel: like both Mami and Shen, has an impressively large chest, making the trio make a very strong impression when together. It's joked in-universe that the AI that mounted that bodyguard team made it on purpose!
Shen Xiao Long
- Action Girl
- Bodyguarding a Badass: She's Mami's bodyguard alongside Karina (a barrier generator). That configuration is the minimum for every high-ranked officer.
- Boobs of Steel: like both Mami and Karina, has an impressively large chest, making the trio make a very strong impression when together. It's joked in-universe that the AI that mounted that bodyguard team made it on purpose!
- Secret Keeper: She's Mami's secret watcher for the MHD, giving them secret reports on the Field Marshall's mental and emotional state.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Her main power.
- Broken Bird: Her daughter's death in the wormhole mission took a huge toll on her. She became noticeably more cynical and abrasive afterwards.
- Broken Pedestal: Deeply admires Mami and sees her as an old friend. But Mami's constant emotional distance with everyone made her start to have doubt on how she really see her, especially since Mami didn't attended to Marianne's daughter funeral, which deeply hurt her. Fortunately Mami realized it and is apparently trying to change as a result.
- Cloth Fu: Apparently fights with strings. Her soul gem marking is even a spiderweb.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Her daughter's death.
- Four-Star Badass: A Lieutenant General.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Her daughter Juliet died on the wormhole mission.
- The Spymaster
- Telepathy: Known to be a mind-reader.
Clarisse van Rossum
"If I wanted to be melodramatic, I'd say the tides of history are shifting."One of the oldest, if not the oldest magical girls to live, her wish makes her to be present during important historical events. Heavily implied, and later confirmed by Word of God, to be the Magical Girl that became Walpurgisnacht in Pre-Madoka universe.
- Badass Bookworm: Both the real and fictional Clarisses.
- Been There, Shaped History: A couple of times instead of being a bystander, she is also directly involved in the historical events.
- Colonel Badass
- Cultured Warrior: Is also a historian.
- Dark and Troubled Past: See Unwitting Pawn below. Also, there are rumors that she was a victim of the Nazi's persecutions during WWII.
- The Drifter: In "a certain fictionalized epic", Clarisse is portrayed as a romantic figure wandering from historical event to historical event.
- Friends with Benefits: With her wish making her travel all the time, this kind of relationship is the most stable she has, while all other attempts of something serious failed.
- Power Copying: She can record the powers of important magical girls into her book, but can only use them effectively during the historical events.
- Power Limiter: Unless she is near an important historical event she is Weak, but Skilled.
- Shrouded in Myth: Legend has been allowed to cloud her reputation.
- Smart People Play Chess: She's even better than Nadya.
- Unwitting Pawn: According to Word of God, she was this to the Goddess in the century and so before Homura arrived in the new universe, acting as her "hitman" and tasked via visions to kill key people to influence events so history will roughly be the same as the old universe(since some of history's key events where caused by Clarisse's witch, Walpurgisnacht, which never existed in the new universe) so the Goddess's friends will be born and live their early lives the same way and Homura won't be too disoriented by the new universe. This made her having a much less idealized view of the Goddess than most other members of the Cult of Hope.
- Warrior Monk: Comes off as much more mystical than other church members.
- Wordof God: Confirmed that she was the Magical Girl that became Walpurgisnacht in the Pre-Godoka universe.
"Tanaka Yui is an interesting girl."
Nana KuroiThe Magical Girl heading the search for Homura.
- Anti-Magic/Walking Techbane: Her wish was to return Nakase to normal, granting her powerful Anti-Magic and anti-techology abilities.
- Long-Lost Relative: She's Ryouko's maternal aunt.
Nadya AntipovaThe Russian leader of the MagOps team on the wormhole mission.
- Dance Battler: She loves making expressive hand and arm gestures while using her powers.
- Foreign Language Tirade: Goes on extremely vulgar rants in Russian when she gets really pissed off.
- Hidden Depths: She's very good at chess.
- Husky Russkie: A somewhat genderswapped version: Russian? Check. Badass? Check. Brutal in her fighting? Check. Loves to celebrate around a bottle of Vodka? Check.
- Majorly Awesome
- Mind over Matter: A telekinetic, and the strongest alive at that.
- Nerves of Steel: Keep her head cool and focused on the objective even in the most dire of situations.
- Old Friend: With Clarisse van Rossum, to the rest of her team's amazement when they discover it.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Misa Virani.
Misa ViraniAnother member of the MagOps team.
- Bus Crash: She was last seen handing her soul gem to Clarisse van Rossum before launching a suicide attack against the last Wormhole Generator core so her soul could be attached to a back-up cloned body, so it was expected to see her come back later in the story. Then it's revealed in a later chapter that her soul gem suffered terminal collapse and disappeared two weeks after the mission. It's strongly suspected that it was an assassination.
- Combat Pragmatist: Unlike Nadya Antipova, she doesn't like making big gestures while channeling her powers, preferring to stand still and throwing electric arcs at her enemies without much fanfare.
- Expy: She's basically Misaka Mikoto as a Magical Girl in the far future, both in terms of power and character.
- Heroic Sacrifice: she summoned a massive lightning storm to destroy the last Wormhole Stabilizer core by using her body as a conduit. Subverted in that she hands her soul gem to Clarisse for safekeeping and thus fully expects to get better if the rest of the team survives.
- Number Two: seems to be this to Nadya.
- Mysterious Past: Participated in an undercover mission on the planet of New California around a decade ago. There aren't many details on what happened, but she refuses to talk about what she saw there while it's clear that it left her with big emotional scars. It's suspected that what she saw was related to the mysterious conspiracy's activities and the reason why she could had been targeted by them.
- Shock and Awe
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Nadya.
Azrael Elizabeth MaslankaA Black Heart operative tasked to scout and infiltrate rogue colonies.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Because of her body modifications as well as her job as an infiltrator, she doesn't have any friends. All the people that know are either freaked out and disgusted by her modifications or are simply co-workers, with the exception of Homura until she disappeared. Asami (and to a lesser extend Ryouko) are the firsts and only people since a long time willing to become friends with her.
- Bio-Augmentation: Like all the members of her colony, she was genetically enhanced before birth to have a body that could fly more easily.
- Body Horror: Played With, while the prehensile spine-like protrusions on her back are very squicky and freaks everyone, for her it's perfectly normal, since she and all of her people were born with them, and found them cool since it let her attach wings to fly. Asami even agrees with her later, after getting over the initial shock.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Born in a rogue colony which almost completely self-destructed itself by a civil war during which she lost her parents and almost all the people she knew. Then when Governance finally arrived after receiving a distress call, they forced the few survivors to undergo surgery and gene-fixing to become baseline humans (which is alien to them since they were born with their body modifications), Azrael is the only one spared that fate thanks to her wish.
- Ms Exposition:Serves to introduce Ryouko and Asami to rogue colonies (first of all the fact they aren't an urban legend) and body modifications some of them makes to their citizen by showing them her nictating membranes (transparent secondary eyelids) and external spinals protrusions to connect her bio-organic wings). Lampshaded by herself that she's often asked to introduce rookies to the matters of rogue colonies because of the shock value.
- Multiethnic Name: Her name is of the angel of death in semitic lore, her second one is an English one, and her family name is traditionally of Polish origin.
- Power Gives You Wings: She's a flyer, like Homura. At least that's the official story, as her wings are real instead of being summoned by magic.
- Shrinking Violet: She's a very shy girl, which is at odds with her job as an undercover spy. This is because of most people stance about body modifications.
- Telepathy: Part of her power set, a direct consequence of her wish to be authorized to keep her organic wings and body modifications.
- The Infiltration: Her job among the Black Heart, she scouts and infiltrates rogue colonies.
- Token Mini-Moe: She's even shorter than Ryouko, looking almost like a child, despite the fact that she takes the fourteen years-old appearance of most magical girls and is actually nearly forty. That's because the members of her colony were genetically engineered to be born with smaller and lighter bodies to facilitate flying.
- Winged Humanoid
The Southern Group
Tropes describing the Southern Group as a whole
"Not just any girls; the Southern Group. The one we've been telling you about. The ones that don't play by the rules."
- Evil Counterpart: To the then Mitakihara Three, and to most Magical Girl groups in general.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Started out with noble intentions.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: At first, all of them focused on righting wrongs and smiting evil. Later on, their killings started to target Magical Girls instead.
- Total Party Kill: The Southern Group's final fate. Well, almost. Oddly enough, it came at the hands of an ordinary mob of demons.
- Vigilante Girls: Each of them set out as vigilantes individually, only to be united by Oriko.
"If anyone deserves to die, it's her."
- The Big Bad: Leader of the Southern Group, the evil counterpart to Mami and Kyouko's gang.
- Byronic Hero: One possible interpretation of her actions.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Her father was a corrupt politician.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: She could see the future.
- Evil Counterpart: To Homura, in-universe documents even pegs her as the "James Moriarty to match Akemi Homura's Sherlock Holmes".
- Know When to Fold 'Em: What made Oriko so dangerous. She didn't fight when she couldn't win.
- Only Sane Man: Compared to Kirika, Aina, and Mikuru.
- Pet the Dog: Rescuing and caring for Yuma.
- Posthumous Character
- Ax-Crazy: Her reputation.
- The Dragon: To Oriko in the Southern Group.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Exhibit A.
- Posthumous Character
- Wolverine Claws
"I could take these idiots alone!"
- Ax-Crazy: Oh yeah.
- Hot-Blooded: Even crazier than Kure.
- Playing with Fire
- Posthumous Character
- Pyro Maniac: Oh yes.
- Super Speed
- An Ice Person
- Mad Artist: Talked a lot about the beauty of her ice when she was fighting.
- Posthumous Character: Presumed as such.
- Rape as Backstory: What drove her to vigilatism.
- See under Other members of the Mitakihara Four
Other Magical Girls
- Dead Star Walking: In Akemi.
- Minor Major Character: Sayaka. She barely gets mentioned in history and the Very Loosely Based on a True Story movie retelling about the Mitakihara's magical girls' story, her existence is almost unknown, and her portrayal is somewhat lacking for someone who is one of the main character of mother series, even though she was acknowledged as one of the original Mitakihara Four, the (officially documented) main reason of Homura's sudden personality change and her famous obsession of her Goddess, and (Mitakihara Four restricted information) Kyouko's heartbroken rebound sexes. Justified because she doesn't survive long enough for her name to be famous.
- Posthumous Character
- The Pete Best: More like The Stuart Sutcliffe; she died before they became famous, as opposed to left.
Nakase KuroiFomerly. See Ryouko's family below.
"It's a life of misery, Ryouko."Ryouko's mother. She wants her daughter to stay out of trouble, namely by keeping her from becoming a Magical Girl by any means necessary, including sabotaging the family's funds until Ryouko was past contracting age to lower the chance. She's also a true former Magical Girl, in that she has absolutely no powers anymore. Her experiences as a Magical Girl lead her to start a project the ultimately resulted in clones of each girl being created in case one loses her body but her soul gem is ok.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Par for the course in the future, where aging stops at 27.
- Brought Down to Normal: Former Magical Girl, as in she has no more powers. Her sister, Nana, made a wish that returned her to a normal human.
- Chunky Salsa Rule/Ludicrous Gibs: The end result of her last fight against Demons, leading to both her sister's wish and the clone project.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Was not ready for the responsibility of being a Magical Girl and fighting Demons at all. She ends up getting her body destroyed when her sister gets involved on a hunt. Said past is part of what drives her motives to keep Ryouko from becoming one.
- Good Parents: Can seem a bit overbearing at times, but she genuinely loves her daughter and has many good reasons to be a bit upset at how things turned out.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: When Yuma interrogates her about the circumstances of Ryouko's birth, Nakase suddenly feels unwell and Yuma's hidden Black Heart Telepath advises to cease the interrogation since she detected traces of memory manipulation, and signs of possible self-destruct traps.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Arguably. She goes to an extreme length to prevent Ryouko from contracting, not to mention the entire clone project...
"Nothing but the best for my daughter, after all."Ryouko's father. Shares the same goals as his wife in that he does not want his daughter to form a contract.
- Good Parents: He may be a bit awkward even at the best of times, but he cares for Ryouko deeply. Even hooking her up with a high-level military prototype implant.
"On this planet, Ryouko is practically all I still care about."Ryouko's grandfather. Lives with his daughter and her husband.
Simona Del Mago
- Cannot Spit It Out: Towards Ryouko.
- Foreign Exchange Student: From Argentina, she transfered into several schools around the world to learn foreign languages.
- Meaningful Name: "Del Mago" means "from the mage", and sounds like the name a matriarchy might carry. It isn't.
- Mysterious Transfer Student: There's a slight aura of mystery surrounding her. There are several inconsistencies on her background, like the fact that she often files different names for her parents in the transfer forms or that she seems to had anti mind-reading training. That with how she apparently specifically targeted her attention on Ryouko immediately after being transfered made it clear that there's more than meet the eye with her.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: Simona is, at least.
- Spanner in the Works: Averted thanks to a quick response by Mami.
Chiaki and Ruiko
- Social Circle Filler: They get much less focus once Ryouko leaves Earth to start her Magical Girl career, and the few times they can get in touch with Ryouko serves to show the growing gap between them due to the contrast between their carefree civilian life and the stress of Ryouko's military life and all the conspiracies surrounding her.
- Those Two Girls
Erwynmark and Rommel
"Gentlemen, you can continue your petty disputes in private. I want plans."
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In-Universe the various movies change his normal looks into superstar material.
- Badass In Charge: As one of the youngest members of the General Staff, he earned his reputation on the front lines.
- Home Guard: Started out as an officer in a militia of the unremarkable colony planet Bismark on the fringe of the front, deemed not important enough to spend resources to either defend it or conquer it by both sides. When the aliens had a spare force to throw, they sent them to Bismark, and the hastily created militia hold out for months before the aliens relocated to somewhere more important. Erwynmark's performance caught someone's eye from the high up, and the rest is history.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Rommel. That 'Erwynmark' has the 'Erwin' from 'Erwin Rommel' was just happy coincidence.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Most of the General Staff are, but Erwynmark seems to be the most dedicated to giving Magical Girls proper representation on the council.
- Robot Buddy: Rommel, Erwynmark's sentient AI aide, is implanted somewhere in his abdomen.
- The Strategist: Notably, his strategies work.
- Supporting Leader: He's the closest thing to an unambiguous leader figure humanity has, thanks to the murky nature of the directorate.
- Unfortunate Names: Rommel for obvious reasons, but nobody really wants to point this out.
- Young and in Charge: Compared to the rest of the General Staff, and Up to Eleven when compared to Mami, who's at least 300 years his senior.
MachinaMami's TacComp v.2.0.
- Artificial Intelligence
- Expositron 9000
- Robot Buddy: Mami's attendant AI.
- Turing Test: Passes.
- Wetware CPU: Technically, as with every TacComps v.2.0.
"Anyway, I'm just here to say hi."Yuma's advisory AI.
- Artificial Intelligence: And proud of it.
- Interface with a Familiar Face: M designed her appearance to resemble Yuma and Kyouko.
- Mukokuseki: Her avatar deliberately reflects this.
- Robot Buddy: To Yuma. Kyouko thinks they might as well be married.
- Turing Test: Passes.
ClarisseRyouko's TacComp v.2.0.
- Artificial Intelligence
- Computer Voice: Speaks with Ryouko's own voice, which combined with her avatar of Clariss van Rossum makes their interaction awkward for Ryouko sometimes.
- Deadpan Snarker: Develops that trait through the chapters.
- Do Androids Dream?: Wonders if she have a soul, and even asks it to the Goddess, so far she didn't revealed the answer she got.
- Expositron 9000
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: To the point that she and Ryouko considers her as sentient. It's implied to be the case with all the TacComps v.2.0.
- Interface with a Familiar Face: Her virtual avatar takes the appearance of Clarisse van Rossum, except the usual "I/O" tattoo on the left eye used to differentiate AIs from humans (and another in her left middle finger replacing the usual Magical Girl nail marking). She still speaks with Ryouko's voice
- Named After Somebody Famous: Chose her name after Clarisse van Rossum, Ryouko's childhood hero.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Zigzagged: plays as the Red Oni to Ryouko's Blue Oni when dealing with other people, and as the Blue Oni when they have to deal with the politics and conspiracy stuff, and when Ryouko goes berserk in battle.
- Robot Buddy: Ryouko's attendant AI.
- Turing Test: Passes with flying colors and even beyond. (see GrewBeyondTheirProgramming entry above)
- Wetware CPU: Technically, as with every TacComps v.2.0.
"Kyubey is nicer."
- Enigmatic Empowering Entity
- Kid-Appeal Character: In-Universe. Stuffed incubators are adorable.
- Series Mascot: In-Universe. He has plush toys.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Possibly. Most of the younger Magical Girls think of Kyubey as friendly. Mami supposes that this is because they don't have the context of the Incubators' highly amoral past to work off of.
- not to mention that probably only Homura knows exactly what all happened in the past before Madoka changed the magical girl system with him.
"They massacred millions for incomprehensible goals, cthuloid monstrosities striking fear and panic throughout the colony worlds, and even on Earth itself."
- Aliens Are Bastards
- Bizarre Alien Biology: They are like octopuses that would had evolved to live on land, with four semi-rigid tentacle-arms (with little tentacles protruding from the end serving as hands), two legs that looks like rigidified tentacles, an head that is basically Cthulhu's (tentacles ringing their mouth included) with octopus eyes and rubbery skin. And that's just the outside, the inside of their body is even weirder, with their blood being bright green, lungs of a similar design to birds, a complete absence of any organ or system to emit sounds and a decentralized nervous system (again, similar to octopuses) which makes their body continue resisting even after the head is severed or blown-off!
- Exotic Eye Designs: Their eyes have a substantial amount of white sclera, like human eyes, making them very human-like despite the octopus pupils. It's stated that the human soldiers often find it very disturbing.
- Hive Mind: Some speculate each alien is in constant contact with a central intelligence.
- Hollywood Tactics: Sometimes they'll send substantial forces to capture a minor strategic position while ignoring major ones, while other times they'll drop all subtlety and obliterate an enemy base from orbit; sometimes launching great assaults on a system that barely lacks the punch to succeeds even thought they had reinforcements nearby that they could had called to complete their forces and other times they'll pull up brilliant strategies, such as the wormhole stabilizer trap, that would had wiped out a huge part of mankind's space fleet and even all but secured their victory in the war if not for the Goddess's intervention.
- Just Toying with Them: It's often speculated that the aliens aren't taking the Contact War nearly as seriously as humanity. At least until recently with the wormhole stabilizer trap.
- Star Fish Aliens: Even after 20 years of war, no one still has a single idea of why they try to exterminate mankind, even the Goddess doesn't have any idea of their motives. Not only that, but their actions in the battlefield often doesn't make any sense: sometime they'll exterminate everyone in a colony, the other time they'll spare random people, even attacking unarmed civilians and children while completely ignoring the people shooting at them.
- Take No Prisoners: Since the very first of their attacks they have never captured anyone alive, they have just killed regardless if they were man, woman, child or magical girl. Except when they doesn't and let them escape for no apparent reasons.
- Teleporters and Transporters: possesses the technology to generate and stabilize wormholes to go instantaneously across large distances of space. Size goes from Paradox Drives for individual spaceships to Wormhole Stabilizers, huge installations able to open a wormhole big enough to transport a whole space fleet across whole stretches of the galaxy. Ryouko's powers are based on the same physical principles.
Also known as Madoka Kaname
- The Chains of Commanding: Confessed to Ryouko that the divinity is weighting down on her, saying that over the centuries she started to think in the way not unlike that of incubators.
- The Chessmaster: Uses her omniscience and various means of influcence (such as visions) to affect events to further her plans, mainly helping the Magical Girls and ensurring mankind's survival against the aliens. It's heavily implied that she was the mastermind behind most of the events of Ryouko's life, from the Wraith attack that led her to contracting in the first chapter, to as far as her birth.
- Deity of Human Origin: Madoka is (correctly) understood to be this.
- Divine Intervention: Does not interfere directly, but has shown herself before Ryouko to provide valuable information to act upon, which is quite a distinct case compared to usual nebulous visions that other faithful occasionally get.
- Hot God: Sadly, only Homura ever gets to appreciate this. Everyone else is left pontificating over her possible hair color. Ryouko is one of a few who saw her in a vision in perfect clarity.
- The Omniscient: She knows everything, but having limited venues to affect things leaves her frustrated.
- Sentient Cosmic Force: Pretty much.