Known in Japanese as majokko
(魔女っ子), this is the original Magical Girl
archetype. Sometimes she's from Another Dimension
or otherwise Magical Land
unless the whole show is in a magical setting
. Magic study is often equated with school
, and many characters are out getting their licenses. The origin of magic is implied to be genetic
with training required to hone it. She may be a princess
, who may or may not be visiting Earth as part of training to become queen
—if so she may have to compete with rivals to the throne.
She may or may not be actively fighting monsters. Usually it's a hard enough life just trying to get through the day, and she'll use her magic (often a non-flashy variety
) to make things easier
are sometimes thought to have influenced the rather benevolent image of witches in Japan; even the standard Goth
Girl tends to be somewhat cute
. Will almost always wear a Robe and Wizard Hat
, and may or may not use a Magic Wand
. If she has a pet, it will likely be a cat.
The original Cute Witch
, Sally the Witch
, was directly inspired by the American TV series Bewitched
and when the Cute Witch
grows up, if she doesn't lose her powers, she usually becomes the Hot Witch
Contrast the Wicked Witch
, who is evil, old and
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Anime and Manga
- Cardcaptor Sakura was originally envisioned as a witch, but CLAMP decided that they needed something more original, and looked to tarot cards for their inspiration. She still shares a lot in common with witch Magical Girls.
- ChibiUsa in Sailor Moon is more like one than the standard Magical Girl Warrior the show features. She's time-traveled from the future for unspecified training, and her powers are mostly trickery than being useful for fighting.
- Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service. She's a relatively mild version of the folklore witch rather than the overly cute magical girl type.
- In Umineko no Naku Koro ni, even the cute-looking witches are mad, bad, and dangerous to know, subverting the trope of a benevolent cutesy witch girl.
- Maburaho: Yuna practices Western magic, and when dressed up in the proper attire, she looks like the standard stereotypical lovely witch.
- The Gedou Otome Tai half of Akahori Gedou Hour Rabuge revolves around five sisters who are daughters of masked villains. They are given magical powers and black witch outfits by an imp so that they can be great villains. Except that they're so damn nice, they just can't help but use their powers to do good.
- Harvey Comics created Wendy the Good Little Witch as a backup feature for Casper the Friendly Ghost back in 1954. She got her own title in 1960. All adults witches appearing in the various series are green-skinned and wicked, suggesting that Wendy might outgrow her cuteness and desire to use her powers to do good.
- Magica De Spell was deliberately designed as youthful and attractive by Carl Barks as an aversion to the hag stereotype (such as with other Disney witches like Witch Hazel and Mad Madam Mim). Her appearance and mannerisms were inspired by actresses Gina Lollobrigida and Sophia Loren, as well as the character of Morticia Addams.
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Sabrina sometimes appeared in the elementary school-set Little Archie stories, where she'd be billed as "Little Sabrina: That Cute Little Witch." Of course, she's cute as her usual teenaged self, too.
- Piruja from Minimonsters is a rare version. She's considered as ugly to her peers due to her wart. But, when you see her, is rather cute. She's also a Stalker with a Crush to Victor.
- The Worst Witch book series naturally features one of these as a heroine. She was an extremely clumsy witch to boot.
- Tiffany Aching from her series of Discworld books is an aversion. Just because you're 11 years old doesn't mean you can't be angry, defiantly plain, and wearing shitkicker boots.
- Sephrenia from the Elenium trilogy by David Eddings. Though she was not, technically speaking, a witch, she was often called that by those who opposed the use of magic for religious reasons. And despite being a few hundred years old, she was said to be extremely lovely.
- Hexene Candlemas in City of Devils is a subversion. She's outwardly cute, though she's the world's equivalent of a drug dealer, and she likes to punctuate her hexes with obscene gestures. Oh, and her familiar is a grumpy toad.
Live Action TV
- Jeannie from I Dream of Jeannie would normally be too old for this trope, but it is noteworthy that the name of the show in Japan is "Cute Witch Jinny," possibly making her a Trope Maker.
- Firefly's River Tam is a sci-fi version of this concept. She is a lovely teenage girl who likes to dance and play although she is also seriously disturbed. She has supernatural powers in the form of psychic abilities, she did attend a "school" to get her powers, and she even fights monsters, the show's mysterious and terrifying Reavers (although her fighting them became more obvious in the movie Serenity). She's also called a witch repeatedly in the setting, by both superstitious villagers who wanted to burn her and by Jayne from their crew.
- In the BBC/Starz series The White Queen, Elizabeth Woodville, Queen Consort to Edward IV, and her mother Jacquetta Woodville, Lady Rivers, are both portrayed as actual witches, with the ability being a heritable trait. At one point, the two of them work together to cast a spell to summon a terrible storm with which to strike at their political opponents, and Elizabeth's daughter (also Elizabeth), who at that time was an adorable three-year-old girl, innocently joins in, obviously not realizing just what it is they're doing. Needless to say, this qualifies her for this trope, while her mother is, of course, a Hot Witch. It should go without saying that, in Real Life, none of the Woodville women were actually witches, or had actual supernatural powers.
- Marisa Kirisame, one of the protagonists of the Touhou series; if her face doesn't appeal to you as "cute", her witch attire with frills does. Her ally/rival, Alice Margatroid also counts, though in a slightly more mature way, as does the enigmatic Patchouli Knowledge who seemingly doesn't care to change out of her pimped out pajamas. Let's just say all of the witches in Touhou are cute. Actually, let's just say that everyone in Touhou are cute, even the ones that would normally be creepy.
- Mizuno from Tomba! is actually called "The Cute Witch". She's also intensely sarcastic, and prone to losing her magic mirror.
- Vivian the Shadow Siren from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, with her long, blond ringlets, dimples, and adorable smile, is often considered to be second only to Peach in terms of "cute" for the franchise. (And to some fans, even cuter.) And she's not only a witch (having dark, shadowy powers, along with a cool witch's hat), she's a downright powerful one, arguably becoming Mario's most powerful partner after joining his party with her offensive attacks and incredibly useful defensive Veil. (Although, she might only truly count in the American version, anyway; she's cute in Japan too, but might not qualify as a witch in that version.)
- Melody from Rune Factory. She runs the bathhouse and doesn't quite know why. In the original game, she only dresses the part, but in Rune Factory Frontier, it's possible for her to actually learn magic from Cinnamon.
- Lymle from Star Ocean: The Last Hope is 15 years old by her race's standards, but mentally acts and speaks like a 6 year old girl. If there's anything she knows complete mastery over though, it's using Symbology Magic and summoning Cerberus from a pocket dimension akin to Hell itself.
- Super Robot Wars NEO: Sharlie Lunoille and the Merville, which is a Fembot with cat ears riding a mechanical broom that can be used as a Wave Motion Gun.
- In Yume Nikki, Madotsuki can become one herself through the aptly titled Witch effect. Doing this enables her to fly a broom, which serves no real purpose (as most things in the game). One can trigger an event on the roof this way, though.
- Witch Beatrice from Dark Souls is a cute witch in a world where cute doesn't show up much at all.
- Sally from AdventureQuest Worlds is a witch and a Necromancer that dresses in pink, and has a freaking teddy bear.
- Ashley from WarioWare is a girl of indeterminate age who spends her time learning spells and mixing things in her cauldron from her Haunted House. WarioWare: Smooth Moves clears away any doubt about what she is when she's depicted riding on a broomstick.
- The Hellrune Coven of Magick Chicks (a spinoff from their origin in Eerie Cuties) are three cute little ladies. Not all sweetness and nice, but quite cute.
- Peridot from Cucumber Quest, a young girl who, prior to becoming henchwoman to the Big Bad, learned magic so she could boss people around. She flies around on a star-ended broom and wears a dress and witch's hat.
- Jade from Homestuck, when she rises to God/Dog Tier, gaining powerful abilities and a witch outfit to match, complete with striped stockings and ruby slippers.
- Obscure 1960s character Honey Halfwitch is actually half-wizard/half-girl, according to the theme song).
- Mirta is much nicer than most other witches in Winx Club and is really the only cute witch. In season two she becomes a fairy.
- Rupert has two examples: A young witch who's upset because "witches aren't supposed to be cute," and Tiger Lily, who's learned a few things from her father, the Conjuror.
- Hanna-Barbera's Winsome ("Winnie") Witch sometimes fancies herself as one cute witch.
- Raven from the Teen Titans is an attractive Goth with extensive magical powers.
- Sofia The First features one named Lucinda in one episode who starts out as a troublemaker but then is converted to a "good little witch"
- The Smurfs have Brenda and Melina as good little witches who are cute in their own little ways as girls.