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Magical Girls

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    Protagonists 

Ryouko Shizuki

"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.
  • 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 the 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.

Mami Tomoe

"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 the whole 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.
  • 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.
  • Deuteragonist
  • 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
  • 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.

Kyouko Sakura

"I want to know that I fight for something. Maybe, finally, I've found it."


    Other members of the Mitakihara Four 

Homura Akemi

"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."


Yuma Chitose

"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."


    Other members of the Mahou Shoujo Youkai 

Asaka Shirou

"I'm not the type of person to be won over just because I want to feel good about my life."


Patricia von Rohr

"Leaving grief cubes lying around like this breaks goddess knows how many regulations."


Maki Kishida

  • 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

Risa Flores

Asami Nakihara

"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.
  • Gravity Master: She seems to specialize in compression, and gets a funny feeling in low-gravity environments. She can create spheres of singularity.
  • Love Confession: To Ryouko.
  • New Meat
  • Shrinking Violet: It's unclear how much of it is natural and how much of it comes from just having contracted.

Kana Kuroi

"I'm in. Was there ever any doubt?"


Sayaka Shizuki

Arisu Atsuko

"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.


Alice Lynwood

Karina Schei

Shen Xiao Long

Marianne Francois

Clarisse van Rossum

"If I wanted to be melodramatic, I'd say the tides of history are shifting."

One of 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.
  • Cultured Warrior: Is also a historian.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Yui Tanaka

"Tanaka Yui is an interesting girl."
Asaka


Nana Kuroi

The Magical Girl heading the search for Homura.

    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."
Kyouko


  • 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.

Oriko Mikuni

"If anyone deserves to die, it's her."
Mami


Kirika Kure

Aina Hinata

"I could take these idiots alone!"


Mikuru Miroko

Yuma Chitose

  • See under Other members of the Mitakihara Four

    Other Magical Girls 

Sayaka Miki

  • 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 Kuroi

Fomerly. See Ryouko's family below.

Other Characters

    Ryouko's family 

Nakase Kuroi

"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...

Kuma Shizuki

"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.

Abe Kuroi

"On this planet, Ryouko is practically all I still care about."

Ryouko's grandfather. Lives with his daughter and her husband.


    Other Humans 

Simona Del Mago

Chiaki and Ruiko

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.

Joanne Valentin

"Very prestigious."

    Artificial Intelligences 

Machina

Mami's TacComp v.2.0.


MG

"Anyway, I'm just here to say hi."

Yuma's advisory AI.


Darwin

Clarisse

Ryouko's TacComp v.2.0.


  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Voice: Speaks with Ryouko's own voice, which combined with her avatar of Clariss Von 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 Von 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 Von 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.

    Extraterrestrials 

Incubators

"Kyubey is nicer."
Patricia


Cephalopods

"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, rubbery skin and . 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!
  • 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 dropping all subtlety and obliterating an enemy base from orbit; sometimes launching great assaults on a system that barely lacks the punch to succeeds even thought they have reinforcements nearby that could they had been called to complete their forces and other times pull up brilliant strategies such as the wormhole stabilizer trap, that would had wiped out a huge part of mankind's space fleet 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. That's it when they doesn't sometimes 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.
  • Uncanny Valley: 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.

    The Goddess 

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.

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