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Synopsis: Kyubey: "It's you." Homura: "What do you mean?" Kyubey sounded fascinated. He continued, keeping his eyes on the duo of pink and purple, down in the city: "You were the Walpurgis night. And now Madoka changed you back as the girl you were before." Homura: "Wait, are you saying..." Kyubey: " Yes. Now, there are two Homura Akemi."
Comments: Take over the greatest Magnificent Bastards in history and combine them into a small furry critter and you got yourself one of the most despair inducing traumatizing stories ever. This story crosses the Despair Event Horizon so many times and in such a way that one just can't stop reading. Also it includes some of the Kazumi Magica cast and Oriko cameos as pawns on a cold war between Incubators. This author just outdid Urobuchi and in what way!
Synopsis: An ongoing Mafia AU doujin with Madoka as the boss of a mafia in Mitakihara Town.
Comments: This doujin is hilarious, adorable, and at times utterly badass. Madoka is the epitome of Badass Adorable, and the other girls aren't too bad either. There's another pool called "Mafia Cafe" which has the crew showcasing more badassery.
Warning: Link is to a Danbooru pool, so the usual warnings about NSFW ads apply.
Synopsis: Post-episode twelve, Sayaka and an avatar of Madoka reappear proclaiming themselves Demon Cleaners MIKI and KANAME in capital letters and dramatic fashion. But there's the little question of just who wished them back? Especially in Madoka's case. There also appears to be a Demon King of some kind hatching beneath the school.
Comments: It hasn't gotten too far along yet, but the writing's solid and the humor is certain to make you crack a grin.
Synopsis: Miki Sayaka's mysterious disappearance draws more than a few questions from her mother. Takes place after episode 12.
Comments: This fic really goes into the details and aftermath of what happened with Sayaka's parents, even deconstructing their efforts to find her. Be warned, it is very dark.
As in What A Human Can Do and As Time Diverges, this includes an investigation element, but this time the protagonist doesn't catch on at any point and never finds out about the World of the Puella Magi.
Synopsis: Six years after the end of the series, Kaname Tatsuya is becoming curious about his neighbors Homura and Kyuubey, and the sister that they say he once had.
Comments: Starts off slow, with a few yonkoma gags about Tatsuya's friendship with Homura, but takes off in a completely different direction once it's revealed that he knows Kyuubey and still hasn't forgotten Madoka. In the process, it manages to tie up a number of loose ends from the series and plug a bunch of Plot Holes that I didn't even realize existed until Madokami took advantage of them. The last four pages or so are the comic's Crowning Moment Of Awesome — completely heartwarming and very true to the characters. (NSFW warning: Hosted by Danbooru)
Comments: Interesting, well-written historical fiction. Stories for Cleopatra, Cassandra, Eve, Sacagewea and Joan of Arc, along with several others, are up as of the writing of this rec, with more promised to follow.
Also some stories about such women as Alice Liddel and Nimue. All the chapters, regardless of subject matter, are believable, entertaining, and historically accurate.
A heads up, this fic was apparently removed from the site. This Troper asked the author, and he said he had them removed because he didn't think they were that good. It's a shame, but it's his choice after all..
More's the pity. I don't suppose anyone saved a copy?
Synopsis: After n iterations, Homura starts to think on how to win from Walpurgisnacht.
Comments: Presents an amusing take on Homura's strategy to beat Walpurgisnacht without resorting to Madoka's intervention. Starting with eliminating Sayaka from the game, but it doesn't change a thing. Ends with if you can't fight the system, roll with it and recruit more mages. Also a Pixiv 1000.
It's hosted in danbooru so watch out for those NSFW ads!
Synopsis: Kyubey is a mahou shoujo recruiter who is seriously down on his luck, such that his boss is threatening him with termination if he continues to drag down the company. With no one but his wife and his friend in the company supporting him, Kyubey may be at his limit...
Comments: This twenty-page doujin, one of the Pixiv 1000 collection, is one of the few fics that manage to humanize Kyubey (as humanizing as you can get for a Starfish Alien, anyway) and even get us to root for him. What at first looks like a Slice of Life office fic soon turns into a superb Start of Darkness for our little Weasel Mascot. Note that it also has the dubious honor of having Kyubey look for a "quota" before it's actually revealed that's what he wants in the show.
Warning: This doujin is on Danbooru, meaning the usual warnings about NSFW ads apply.
Comments: This series of 4komas follows the storyline of the anime, but with a hilarious, slapstick comedy twist. It's short, but seeing the shenanigans of Madoka and company will keep you entertained for a while. Oh, and Kyubey is a masochist.
Synopsis: Homura's investigation into Walpurgisnacht brings her to look to World War II, the time that spawned the dreadnought witch. Working with Mami and protecting Madoka, Homura demands Kyuubey show her the past. However, Kyuubey seems to have a lot to hide.
Comments: A wonderful Madoka Magica backstory fic, this revolves around three girls who eventually gave birth to Walpurgisnacht. It is a very insightful and tragic take on the past of the most destructive witch in history, and ties everything in with the anime very well. Overall, it's an awesome, but sad fic that deserves to have a much larger audience.
Synopsis: Take Madoka Kaname from the main timeline of the anime, and hand control of her body to the anonymous folks at /a/. The same anonymous folks who have watched the show.
Comments: Basically a series of (now archived) Choose Your Own Adventure games from 4chan's /a/nime and m/a/nga board that raises an interesting question: What If? the mind of innocent little Madoka is swapped with that of /a/'s collective consciousness, turning her physical form into a Genre Savvy crusader who seeks to set things right? Uncontrollable plot points from the show remain present, but the actual plot diverges drastically as a result of game breaking decision making and abilities courtesy of Anonymous. This is not without complications; meddling of the timeline has led to, among others, the appearance of Oriko, Kirika and Yuma, increasingly unforeseeable events, and the consciousness of the real Madoka needing to be jettisoned...somewhere...whenever Anonymous takes control of her body. The series started out very lightheartedly (by lighthearted, we mean Anonymous-controlled Madoka being hilariously out of character on the first day) before drifting in and out of Serious Business territory. It doesn't hold back with the MadoHomu shipping either.
Now on it's fourth season, hosted over in Anon-kun.
Synopsis: A single wish. That's all it took. When Madoka's final wish changes everything, Homura's powers disappear, and apparently, the world is safe. However, the Witches still exist, and now, they're even more powerful than ever. Kyubey still lives, after all.
Comments: After Homura dies in the current timeline, Madoka decides to become a Puella Magi, wishing for a world where her friends would survive. Not only does this remove Homura's Time Travel powers (without diminishing her Badassery), it changes the whole setting. Now not only are witches and magical girls -now called Veneficus Puella- more powerful than before, now the Muggles are aware of the whole thing, making matters even more complicated for our heroines.
Less a Choose Your Own Adventure and more a fusion between Madoka and the traditional "Jackass Genie" game, with most wishes resulting in humorous short stories and some vague continuity arising later on. Some even manage to get happy endings. -Brickman
Synopsis: Kyouko is a teacher with Homura as her closest friend. Madoka spends more time with Mami than with anyone else. Sayaka is neglecting normal life in general and Hitomi is struggling with a dead-end relationship. Witches aren't exactly top priority anymore.
Comments: Some spoilers for up to episode 10. Another timeline where Mami is not killed by Charlotte but taken out of commission, and Kyouko accepts a deal with Homura to teach Sayaka how to fight. Kyouko and Homura become better friends and pursue their respective love interests. All well and good, except that Charlotte defeating Mami involved breaking off a piece of her soul, driving her to depression and mental instability. This culminates in Mami deciding to kill Homura, largely out of jealousy, and more complications arise as the story progresses. An interesting premise and very well-written. Everyone's more-or-less in character and when they're not (Mami) it's justified by the events of the story. A number of good twists over the course of the story.
Synopsis: Or: Three people Sayaka loved and one she never managed to.
Comments: A oneshot exploring Sayaka's life and everything that led to her fall, from the moment she first heard Kyousuke play violin to the moment her soul shattered. It's very well-written and its prose is almost poetic. Perdendosi is a musical term meaning dying away.
Synopsis: Charlotte lays dying from cancer when a magical creature named Kyubey turns up. He offers her a new lease on life in exchange for her contracting as a magical girl. Charlotte loves her new, physically-fit body and feels like Sailor Moon, but not all is as it seems...
Comments: Considering that Charlotte is the witch who eats Mami, you probably have some idea of what's coming, but even knowing that: this story is really bleak. Like, possibly even worse than Sayaka's storyline in the original. So consider yourself warned. But it has great writing and character development, and will keep you on the edge of your seat, so it's strongly recommended if you can deal with the sadness. Also, it's quite impressive how the author manages to combine a bunch of the more popular Charlotte fanon theories into one really engrossing story.
Recommended by deathcurse, ABadDriver, Grand Prince Paul II, enviroguy, asellus111, Mentalityy
Synopsis: Living in the world Madoka's sacrifice created, Homura, Mami and Kyouko uneasily coexist while fighting the demons of Mitakihara Town. But as the miasma thickens and the demons multiply, the fragile peace of their lives threatens to shatter once more.
Comments: It's a great Continuation Fic about Homura, Mami, Kyouko and Hitomi fighting demons as a team while new threats and new conflicts arise.
Several OCs are introduced over the course of the story, but they are fairly strong and likable characters in their own right.
The O Cs can seem to overshadow the canon characters at times, however.
I didn't like the O Cs. They, the villain in particular, ruined the story for me and I had to stop reading, which is a shame because it was good until that point.
Comments: Where to start? This manga is a gag manga, dealing with some episodes of the original work in a different tangent. Highlights include Mini-Sayaka, dead bodies in front of Kyosuke's door, misunderstandings, general absurdity, multiple Sayaka, and President Barack Homura near the end. I wish I'm joking. However, some pages are not fully translated. Also, this is danbooru-hosted so watch those NSFW ads!
Synopsis: Falling their mutual demise at each other's hands, Kyoko and Sayaka wake up in a strange world. Now, with Kyoko's soul gem missing and Sayaka's humanity and personality only partially restored, they must band together to survive.
Comments: The synop doesn't do this story justice, at only three chapters it's already looking to be a wild ride.
Fifth chapter's up, and it just gets better and better.
Oh, and it develops some shipping elements, but its not a main part of the story.
Synopsis: Alright guys, I think it's time you took a break from the doom and gloom and had something a little more lighthearted. "No!" She shouted back, frustrated, "Not yet! I just need a few more minutes! This raid won't last without my help!"
Comments: I found the writing a bit weak in places, but the overall concept is so hilarious that I was laughing anyway. All of the magical girls' personalities and quirks are translated brilliantly into gamer archetypes. I was sold on this fic when it described Madoka as the kind of girl who doesn't understand the difference between gaming and playing Bejeweled on her phone.
Synopsis: The story of a simple shrine constructed to honor the Goddess, and its mysterious visitors.
Comments: This is a very short but incredibly awesome little story, and it presents an intriguing possibility that Madoka isn't quite as gone from the new world as you might think. It's very sad but very touching, and it gave this troper goosebumps.
Synopsis: Kyubey uses the honey over vinegar approach to carry out his mission by being completely honest with the girls and being a pretty nice Weasel Mascot. Girls Love.
Or: In a world where Kyubey is completely honest, forthcoming with information, and friendly...
Comments: The story mostly follows the series and was finished before Episode 10 which is why there is nothing regarding Homura's previous time loops. While it is a Lighter and Softer take on the series and ends on a high note, there's still room for tragedy. Look out for the Art Shift.
Warning: This doujin is on Danbooru, meaning the usual warnings about NSFW ads apply.
Synopsis: Based on the glimpses of the new world we see in the last episode. Fast forward several hundred years and humanity has spread across the stars.
Comments: Incredible world building, and great to see Mami and Kyouko again. Mami is still being Mami, and Kyouko is preaching the good news. Homura is mysteriously absent...
Comments: As one of a very few distant future take on how the Puella Magi system might evolve, it is probably one of the best, with a setting that is both recognizably in the Madoka-verse, yet uniquely different.
I will be honest: Thhis troper doesn't like this fic. It is incredibly well-written and designed. The best way I can explain it is that of you are looking for a decent sci-fi fic, look here. If you are looking for a Madoka fic, look elsewhere. The themes and characters are almost completely different from the anime.
In this troper's opinion, it depends on what you saw in Madoka. If you're looking for a story about magical girls in a realistic universe, where intelligence and exploitation of the rules is necessary to win, To The Stars is for you. If you're looking for beautiful character interaction, between believeable O Cs and the between the canon characters, To The Stars is for you. If you're looking for a dark pure-deconstruction magical girl fic, or a cosmic horror story, or even a story of sacrifice, To The Stars is probably not for you. (And if you don't like worldbuilding, To The Stars is definitely not for you.)
Synopsis: A spin-off of the fanfic To the Stars (see above). This story takes place before the events of To the Stars and follows a British girl named Emma Sinclair who becomes a magical girl and takes part in the Samsara campaign.
Comments: This story doesn't have as much of a focus on world-building as To the Stars, but the characters are likable and the action and dialogue are well-written. If you liked To the Stars and want more, it can't hurt to give this story a try.
Synopsis: In an alternate timeline, Homura attempts to befriend the other Magical Girls instead of being antagonistic towards them.
Comments: Although an anime music video, the scenes are edited together impeccably well in order to tell a completely original story, instead of just being a montage of shots recapping the plot. Despite being relatively short, the story manages to get quite a bit across, and still has a lot of emotion behind it, even without having any vocals or captions to help it out. And thanks to a combination of filtering effects and the hauntingly beautiful song that plays throughout the length of the video, it carries a heavy and melancholy atmosphere that manages to last from start to finish, and accurately captures the tone of the show as a whole. Quite impressive for something that's not even four minutes long.
Synopsis: The story of a young man, a time loop, and the secret world that he discovers while trying to escape it.
Comments: The story is mostly about the young man investigating and slowly finding out about the secret world of the Magical Girl after noticing Mami had vanished and the ensuing hilarity and drama that comes from it. This is a great story that shows that Original Characters can be interesting when done right. I do warn that it does contain spoilers for up to episode ten, but with a plot like that, You Should Know This Already. Also, there is some OCxYellow shipping.
Synopsis: "You are Rochelle. The witch of Regret. A damned huge spider, or something really close to it. You never really liked arachnids, so you kind of regret what you've become in more ways than one..." (Un)Fortunately, you're caught up in Homura's timeloops, so you have a chance to fix what you regret. Can you befriend the magical girls trying to kill you, or will you get napalm'd yet again? An ongoing quest on the Space Battles forum.
Comments: It starts off a bit silly, but once the novelty of being a giant spider wears off, the forumgoers begin to earnestly try to get a good ending for everyone. However, between the mentally unstable magical girls, Kyubey trying to do mad science to her, and Homura, who responds to things that disrupt her carefully planned timeloops with napalm, it's a very difficult quest. And even time-looping won't get them out of everything...
Chibi-Reaper has described himself as a Healing-Type writer. It shows.
Synopsis: A previously drunk and slightly amnesiac magical girl smokes cigs and witches.
Comments: MG Noir Quest began as a quest on /tg/ and became one of the most popular quests on the board. A slight AU with an even darker and edgier take on the Madoka-verse with a noir flavor. The focus is on Homura, who is even crazier and darker than before, which can be said of almost all the characters (save for Mami). ESPECIALLY Madoka. Features a diverse cast from quite a few different series, including characters from The Idolmaster, To Aru Majutsu no Index, and more. Early installments feature the GM's own illustrations, which add a nice flair to the mood. Among the dreary setting is some lighthearted humor, especially the MAXIMUM CHRISTMAS SPECIAL. The archives' formatting takes a little getting used to (just look for the posts with Deculture's name), but the comments can be just as entertaining as the quest itself. Other alternatives to the /tg/ archives would be at magicalgirlnoir.com, which compiles all of Deculture's posts and posts he replies to in one place, and has options to only show Deculture's posts and/or Pinkify certain posts. Another anon created an ebook version and usually updates the download link a day or so after each thread ends.
Warnings: Contains some violence and mildly suggestive content. Over 150 threads in, expect some archive panic.
Synopsis: Lyudmila, the watching witch. Her nature is obfuscation. Those lured into her maze are tested for the worthiness to gaze at her true self. In order to defeat her, one must be prepared to separate truth from trickery.
Comments: Revolves around an OC (a magical girl named Violet), but it's got very good Original Flavor. Violet's powers of illusion and invisibility give her a unique viewpoint as she learns about witches and magical girls. You know it'll end in tears from the start, but it's how she gets there that's important. Five chapters, in progress.
Synopsis: The last scene in Episode 12 has sparked much discussion and speculation. Here is a well written, very credible story explaining what happened between it and the second to last scene, and what happened afterward. What does a Goddess do after she ascends to heaven?
Comments:More to come, but the first block reads well as a story in its own right. A poignant look at Homura's experience and why hope is never a mistake. Sparse, elegant prose style. Manages to make for a happier conclusion to the series without violating any of the Urobuchi's premises or characterizations. Very solid grasp on Homura and distinguished on Mami and Madoka.
Synopsis: The universe has changed, as has the life of one Sayaka Miki. Follow her as she adjusts to her new life and rises to fit alongside friends new and old against horrors not even the Incubators have envisioned.
Comments: The author is pretty well known here for the Bleach fanfic Downfall (looking like a dead fic now, sadly). The story is told in the 1st person, Sayaka's perspective specifically. For those who think the parent series is a little tooDarker and Edgier, seeing that things have actually turned out pretty nicely for all concerned. It's from before Rebellion, so bear that in mind. The more visible OC's are likeable enough. Felt that more could have been made with the main part of the final battle; yes it's Sayaka's story, but the real fight is were Madoka's at, and I felt we could have seen more of that. But on the whole, a touching Lighter and Softer story in contrast to the glut of dark fics that make up the majority. Just a word though, Saya x Kyo shippers will be disapponted...
Synopsis: If half the cast were male, what would change? A male Madoka confesses to Homura as she kills him in Timeline 3, an ironically-named male Kyouko is able to get through to a berserking Oktavia/Sayaka, and a male Mami and male Charlotte chat about how they impact each others lives in the afterlife. But what's happened to our favorite Incubator, now in human guise, after everyone left and they reached their quota...? And what about Tatsuya, growing up able to see a brother that nobody else knows exists?
Comments: Heavy Alternate Universe, but stays relatively faithful to the original. The first comic between Madoka and Homura is arguably ''more'' heartwrenching than the original, as the two confess their love as Homura pulls the trigger. In the second comic, Kyouko is now named Kyousuke, and Oktavia can take on Sayaka's face and mind, even if only temporarily. Makes a bit of 'the other Kyousuke' joke near the beginning, but gets more and more heartwarming towards the end. The third comic features "Mamiya" and "Char" showing that even if they forget each other, brotherly love can transcend lifetimes. The fourth comic tells us the story of Kyubey leaving Earth, only for flashes of a person who never existed to come into his memories. The fifth takes place some years after the anime's finale, with Tatsuya as an isolated middle school student due to his ability to still see Madoka. The art style is fantastic, and even if you're not a fan of genderbends or these sort of pairings, it's well worth a read. If you doubt these comics' quality, it's worth knowing that these manga are currently Pixiv 1000, meaning it's bookmarked by over 1000 Pixiv members.
It's hosted in danbooru so watch out for those NSFW ads!
Recommended by Comartemis, enviroguy, greedling, Mentalityy, ipod123432
Synopsis: Homura wakes up in a world where the only witch is the one in her head.
Comments: Kyubey, the Witches, and the Puella Magi are all gone. The good guys won, and everyone gets to live "normally" in a new timeline. Now what? Everyone lives Happily Ever After? Turns out it's not quite that simple, especially not for Homura and Kyouko. Word of God says this one will have a happy ending. Eventually.
Rather dark, but very powerful. This story has a very believable take on how Homura would be affected by the repeated timelines and trials (in this fic, over 400 of them), and the trouble she would have adjusting to regular life afterwards. The characterization is great, with only one notable occurrence of Out of Character on Sayaka's part (which many considered justified or at least believable). Kyouko's life has been changed a lot in this world, but she still fits in rather well with canon characterization. And it's possible that magic was a factor ruining her life in this world too...
Recommended by enviroguy, Grand Prince Paul II, hyperderpy
Pairings: Homura/Sayaka, hints of Homura/Mami, Homura/Kyouko, Kyouko/Sayaka
Synopsis: Madoka's Wish changed the universe. Broke the system. Gave everyone a new chance. What will life hold for Homura in a world without Puellae Magi, or Witches ... or Incubators? A very AU story in an alternate post-series time-line.
The best Homura/Sayaka multi-chapter fanfic on FF.net, and notable for actually making the pairing work believably and enjoyably with both in-character, despite all the canon evidence against this possibility. Very character-driven, and a nice look at how everyone would interact in a non-magical until the epilogue setting. Does get darker later on, though elaborating further would be too spoilery. The story's genre is Drama for a reason.
Synopsis: Throughout many timelines, their distance remains the same.
An excellent look at how Kyouko and Sayaka, as well as the other Puellae Magi, might have interacted over a dozen timelines. Places more evidence on Kyouko's past than most fics, and really plays up the Not So Different dynamic between her and Sayaka, given all of the different scenarios they are placed in. Doesn't really get serious with the shipping until the last few chapters. All of the characters are portrayed very believably and in-character. Definitely worth a read, especially for fans of either character or the ship itself.
Synopsis: A AU Fic where where the Magical Girl system does not exist, but our two lead's problems still do. The homeless Kyouko moves in with the more well-off Sayaka and becomes Vitriolic Best Buds with her... and maybe something more.
Comments: Hands down, if you are in any way a fan of the KyouSaya pairing, you just HAVE to read this. It's cute, funny, heartwarming, with a side order of tease and a whole lotta heart. All the character's personalities are perfectly nailed down here (No OOC here, ladies and gentlemen!), and the interactions between the two leads are absolutely hilarious. A MUST READ.
Sachiko: It is also full of Shout Outs to the original series, some of them incredibly funny, some awe-inspiring. They all just fit in a way that can be even frightening. And seeing Kyoko and Sayaka's personalities clash one moment, then open to each other little by little at another moment can bring one to tears. If Madoka Magica was turned into a slice of life, I'm sure it would look at least a bit like this fic, so if you like that kind of stories and liked Madoka Magica, you must read it, no excuses.
Pairings: Madoka/Homura, Kyouko/Sayaka, Madoka/Harem, a bit of Mami/Charlotte
Synopsis: An examination of the "heaven" created by Madokami at the end of the series. Written from the prompt "Madoka(mi?)'s magical girl harem".
fishsicles: Well-written and entertaining, even if you are not that much of a shipper. One of the best among the many fics that aim to turn the (arguable) Esoteric Happy Ending into a genuine one, and by my estimation succeeds.
Synopsis: Hitomi did confessed something to Kyousuke, but it's a little different...
Comments: Not a long one, but it does paint a better picture of Kyousuke, and turns out that he's not so bull-headed after all. Quite a heartwarming moment at the end, too... and what is more satisfying than to spite Kyubey while we're at it?
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Synopsis: Homura managed to recover Mami's Soul Gem, which turns out to be undamaged by Mami Mogu Mogu. Mami recovers, but Homura asks a favor out of her.
Comments: Another Alternate Universe piece, which is similar to something I remember reading in the WMG here somewhere first. Very short, but contains quite a lot of text; I'm not sure if there's really any Homu/Mami shipping involved, but Mami does flirt with Homura a bit. Another Pixiv 1000 entry, so don't worry about the quality.
It's hosted in danbooru so watch out for those NSFW ads!
Synopsis: Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed. Homura as she tries to keep her world from falling apart again and again. Spoilers. Character death.
Comments: This is a story written very early into the fandom before ending or many plot related episodes had aired and, as such, is no longer canon. However, I really love the emotion displayed in this piece and find it to be done quite well.
The concept, by itself, is interesting, and the fanfic itself has moments that are pure, unadultered gold. For starters, Madoka can do things like say that it wouldn't be so bad to be Sayaka's wife or ignore Kyubey's plea for help. A member of the forum in which this fic is hosted is working on turning it into an actual, Freeware Visual Novel. A little warning, though: Some routes contain Crossover elements that may make you feel the story has gone Off the Rails, if only slightly.
Synopsis: It is said that loneliness is the poison of happiness and that it can be a fate worse than death. But perhaps all it takes is a stranger's kindness and arbitrary words to null the curse and lift the spirit up enough that even Witches can find solidarity and a sense of belonging, maybe even a bond that can challenge the laws of fate and turn a curse into a blessing. AU. Oneshot.
Comments: A heartbreaking little fanfic that accomplishes everything the show did in terms of feeling in only 10000 words. Centering around Oktavia and Ophelia, the witches are brought in to a new light that makes them all the more tragic in not only their inevitable "function", but as characters in and of themselves. Semi Sayaka/Kyoko shipping, but not exactly.
Synopsis: "You can have whatever you want if you just wish for it." It's a tempting proposition, but it comes with consequences. Chell knows them well, but she may be the last hope of a divergent timeline. Portal/Madoka fusion AU. Humanized cores and GLaDOS, for a given measure of "human." Mild, slow-burn Chelley with a few other potential pairings, but not very romance-heavy.
Comments: This fic takes a pretty simple premise and just runs off with it. A lot of thought has been put into this, with even relatively simple characters like the Adventure and Fact Cores being given very human motivations and backstories. Chell and Glados are wonderfully represented and the take on Wheatley is inspired; his slow descent into anger and despair is truly a thing to behold. This is very much a Madoka story; mystery and secrets, pushing characters until they break, and a lot of mounting tension. Also witches. If you like witches you'll like this story.
Synopsis: SPOILERS! Within The time loop... a small detail changed. This small detail caused two young men, who might have been mortal enemies, to instead become allies. And the key to the truth of the Incubator might not be a Puella Magi or a witch... it could be them.
Comments: This story has the potential to be very good. Well written, suspenseful, catches the themes of both fandoms. The author is providing the right warnings too. The only thing that could ruin it is the lone continuity error and even that might not do much against the fic.
It also provides the same "mystery" element from What A Human Can Do and contains a good L/Light relationship in which they are working together, rather than against each other.
Synopsis: Kyoko is sent to Assiah on Kyubey's recommendation to help with a problem - for some reason, Witches are appearing and causing chaos there. At the same time, she is asked to look after the "Son of Satan": not that she is told who that is. Meanwhile, she finds a strange attraction to one of her fellow "classmates" - Okumura Rin.
Comments: Honestly...strange, but done very well. Done from Kyoko's POV and honestly well written. Slow to develop and well thought out character interactions - and at times very funny. Kyoko enjoys tormenting Rin and it shows. There are some AU elements on both sides - Rin hasn't been revealed as the Son of Satan yet, Paku is still in Cram School and despite Madoka having ascended, the Witches and such still exist. If you like both PMMM and Blue Exorcist, you will probably like this.
Synopsis: Madoka was prepared to spend eternity fighting witches. She was somewhat less prepared for what being a sentient concept actually entailed. The good news is, there's people who can show her the ropes for that sort of thing. The somewhat-less good news is, the one she's got is everyone's favorite boundary manipulator. And Reimu's already getting a headache from this one.
Comments: Takes place post-series, obviously. LH5 has some interesting ways of visualizing Madoka's existence as a sentient concept, the downside to which is that you need to follow along rather closely at first or risk suffering a Mind Screw.
Comartemis: There is nothing in the world that is quite as sweet as a Dalek talking morals with an Incubator, declaring their methods to be repulsive, and meaning it without a trace of irony. If you despise the Incubators and would love to see QB's Omniscient Morality License shoved back down his throat, I guarantee you that Sec is going to be your new best friend.
WARNING: This story will make you root for the Daleks. You have been warned.
Synopsis: What would happen if Madoka made a different wish and failed to change the universe? Homura would keep on fighting, obviously. However, things are different in this timeline. For example, she's the White Devil's cousin...
Comments: This is, obviously, an AU. It is Lighter and Softer compared to PMMM. Also, it's a good idea to watch the entire series before reading this.
Synopsis: Guess who showed up as Mami Mogu Mogu is about to happen? Hint: He wields a large sword.
Comments: Very short and contains very little text, but still managed to be a heart-pounding CMoA in which Guts saves Mami. In style. From both Charlotte and Kyubey. It's also drawn in styles resembling the original Berserk, so Guts is not moe-fied. A fun and uplifting little read.
Synopsis: Precia Testarossa's use of the Jewel Seeds causes more damage to the dimensional walls surrounding Earth than anyone could've expected. Now magical girls from across time and space have gathered. Forging new allegiances and battling new foes. Set up. Go!
Coments: A supposedly dead Mami Tomoe and Homura Akemi End up in the Nanohaverse's Earth after the whole Jewel Seed crisis happens. Mami's soul merges with Alisa Bannings. Nanoha blows up witches. Homura becomes a different sort of magical girl through a Journey to the Center of the Mind. Both of them become even more badass. Alternate Spacebattles link is here.
Synopsis: A Lyrical Nanoha / Puella Magi Madoka Magica crossover. In the face of the Walpurgisnacht; the Puella Magi are aided by another group of girls with magical powers that do not come from Kyuubey. Their faith in friendship is strong; and their magic is world-cracking. But can The Power of Friendship and More Dakka alone defeat the conglomeration of the dark side of the wishes of mankind?
Synopsis: Kyubey is not the only entity out there that can grant a second shot at life. What if someone else beat him to Mami? Everything turns upside down, that's what.
Comments: A What If? story, when Mami Tomoe receiving power from another entities other than Kyubey. An utter Crack Fic, featuring different world every single chapter. Sheo Darren aware of this wiki, so expect Shout-Out, a lot of them. Also incorporates some other series (which isn't listed here, since they usually only Shout-Out). If you want a good laugh, or just too depressed after watching Puella Magi Madoka Magica, this is a good read. Oh yeah, last chapter was kinda long and more serious than other chapters, so you've been warned. But it is also had good stories.
Synopsis: In which Incubator gets his paws on Amy. Because Eleven didnít come backÖ
Comments: Is it wrong to rec something you convinced someone to write? Because this is really good. It takes a depressing premise, turns it into something absolutely heartbreaking, and the last line is the wham ending to end all wham endings. Plus, we get witch card text for Amy's witch.
Synopsis: In an existence beyond our own, great people, 'Spirits of Civilizations' compete against each other in a battle royal to have their wish for the civilization they were once part of granted, with only one winner possible. The great existence that is Madoka Kaname, by virtue of being the subject of a repeating wish, has become great enough to be eligible for the Game of Civilization.
Synopsis: Due to the instability of boundary between dimensions caused by meddling of a certain time traveler, even mythical land, isolated from the rest of the world, in another dimension, is also threatened. Its protectors can turn a blind eye no longer, thus they step in to end the cycle.
Synopsis: Space-time is like Jenga; you pull one block out, and the rest come tumbling down.
Comments: It's astonishing just how well this works. This is, in all honesty, one of the best-written, best thought-out fics I've ever read. The author clearly understands the intricacies of both universes well enough to make everything fit together. There are so many brilliant little touches: the connections that are drawn between important events, the little nods to other anime and sci-fi properties, the way events from the BttF movies are presented in a very, very different light... It's a very short read at only three chapters, but it's absolutely 100% worth it. As a fellow author of an equally preposterous Cross Over fic, I earnestly recommend giving Ripple Effect a chance.
Synopsis: Homura crosses timelines to transfer into Kagami's class in Ryouou High, in order to protect the Hiiragi sisters from a multidimensional threat... one that's already destroyed one universe.
Comments: Revising my earlier comments: This is much, much more than a mere "shipping fic". What's being done in Stars Above is a real, honest-to-God epic crossover. The authors clearly understand the important themes of both series, and care deeply about both sets of characters. They're doing a great job of contrasting the two worlds, and playing the differences in interesting ways. Special mention also goes to the fight scenes, which are awesomely epic and creepy in the same way the Witch battles were in Madoka. Highly recommended!
Synopsis: A trio of comics by Pixiv artist rokudena-shi parodying three of Gurren Lagann's most iconic scenes.
Comments: Have recently become quite pertinent in light of Madoka Magica's final episode. They have been translated into English for the most part, but the panels that haven't aren't all that hard to understand anyway. Fans of both series are sure to get a good kick out of them.
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Comartemis: If you despised the suffocating cynicism and the Downer Ending of the canon series, then all three of these comics are an absolute must-read. Row row fight the powah, girls.
Walk With Me by Starcrossed Sky. (Main site NSFW, page and thread safe)
Synopsis: In this Madoka Magica/Type-MOON fusion-crossover through a series of traumatizing, dangerous events Homura Akemi accidentally ends up Contracted with a certain Counter Guardian who was trying to kill her moments before as she re-enters her newest timeloop. The presence of this red mantled, vaguely untrustworthy man of steel will irrevocably alter the events of the series. But in this uneasy alliance the zinger question is who will get saved first: Madoka Kaname, or the world?
Put simply, this is a team-up between the resident badasses of Fate/stay night and Madoka Magica. What could end up as a simple curbstomp battle through and through as a result of a Homura/Archer tagteam is not so, because the Contract between the two is far from perfect, leaving valuable prana supplies necessary for Noble Phantasm spamming from Archer in precarious supply. This theme of urgency and seriousness is palpable throughout the fic. Not only does it stay true to the spirit of Nasu and Urobichi's works, Archer's interactions with the rest of the girls, and the glimpses into his mysterious, dark past are certainly the highlights of the story.
Synopsis: Puella Magi fight across all time and space, and on the Aligned World of Caglica, one Renza Veneti is about to get thrown into an extremely difficult game of secrecy, Judiciary, Mafiosi and Incubators. In a world where magic is known and understood, fighting in secret as a magical girl is both an easier and trickier thing...
Comments: A post-Madoka story that explores the life of a magical girl on another world. Aside from Kyuubey, the cast is thus far composed entirely of original characters.
Synopsis: Used the Alternative Timeline for Puella Magi and the Alternative Reality for Ojamajo Doremi. It's revealed later that Kyuubey actually wants to destroy Majokai by recruiting the girls into Puella Magi, but when they realize their fault, they also find a relationship between Madoka and Doremi! What's the relationship? Is it can save Majokai from Kyuubey's actual plan?
Comments: An AU fic on both fronts. A very interesting read to say the least.
Synopsis: Witnessing the atrocities of the universe, the Emperor of Mankind despairs. That is, until he turns his gaze upon a gem of a world, and manifests his holy spirit unto one Homura Akemi, bidding the fate of the Imperium and the future of the universe on one Madoka Kaname.
Comments: If you ever wanted to see a crossover where things get worse for both ends of the crossover, then this is the one. And the top thing on this list? BLOODTHIRSTER SAYAKA.
Synopsis: "Yuno Gasai is at the brink of despair again. But this time, a magical creature comes to entice her with the possibility of making a wish. It only requires making a contract."
Comments: It happens after both series' endings, so there will be spoilers, but it answers a common question: what if Queen of Yanderes, Yuno Gasai, were a Puella Magi? The result is a plot in which Mami and Kyouko have to deal with someone with thinking out of their league. Well described battles and good dealing of the characters, recommended!