52. Magic Girls, no matter how frilly their dresses, high their screams, or incompetent their sidekicks, will be treated as the credible and dire threats they are, and I will direct as many if not more resources to their destruction as I would for a more classical Hero.
Known as mahou shoujo
("magical girl") or just majokko
("witch-girl") in Japanese, Magical Girls are empowered by various means with fantastic powers that both assist and complicate their lives, but manage to persevere despite this.
No matter how hard this may be for the Western world to believe
, Magical Girls have high crossover popularity in different demographics
with some minor but appropriate design modifications
and make up a sizable portion of both shojo
A Super Trope
Magical Girl Warriors
arguably have the widest demographic appeal, and in the West are often synonymous with the idea of a Magical Girl
History of the Genre
It may come as a surprise to learn that the entire Magical Girl genre is descended, effectively, from the American live-action Magical Girlfriend
. While two series claim the role of "first magical girl anime"—Mitsuteru Yokoyama's Mahotsukai Sally
(Sally the Witch
, 1966-1968) and Akatsuka Fujio's Himitsu No Akkochan
(broadcast 1969, but its manga predates Mahotsukai Sally
)—the creators of both credit Bewitched
as a primary inspiration for their work. Yokoyama explicitly adapted its concept for a younger audience, while Akatsuka merely says he was "inspired" by it.
Another important early Magical Girl
show was Majokko Meg-chan
in 1974. This was the first show to be marketed to boys as well as girls
, and featured a number of developments—it was the first Magical Girl
- have a Tomboyish heroine—all magical girls prior to this had been sweet feminine girls;
- feature a rival to the main character (Non, Meg's rival and the local Dark Magical Girl);
- include a really evil character. Prior to this, there was a perception that young girls couldn't handle such things;
- feature Fanservice (in the form of Panty Shots, slight nudity, and Megu being a borderline Fille Fatale), as well as Lovable Sex Maniac characters (Megu's stepbrother Rabi and Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain Chou);
- touch on more serious social issues, like Domestic Abuse, extramarital relationships, and drug abuse; and
- have the heroine not only lose fights, but having to face serious consequences (deaths, injuries, humiliations, etc.).
Originally, all Magical Girl shows were produced by Toei Animation
, so "Magical Girl" wasn't so much a genre as a Series Franchise
. This lasted until Ashi Production's Magical Princess Minky Momo
hit the airwaves in 1982, followed by Studio Pierrot
's Magical Angel Creamy Mami
in 1983 (the first Magic Idol Singer
show). A one-shot OVA produced in 1987 featured a Bat Family Crossover
between Studio Pierrot's four '80s Magical Girl shows (Magical Angel Creamy Mami
, Persia, the Magic Fairy
, Magical Star Magical Emi
, and Magical Idol Pastel Yumi
). This was the first instance of a magical girl team.
The Magical Girl Warrior
subgenre, despite being the most well-known style of Magical Girl
show in the west, didn't hit until Sailor Moon
in 1992 (unless you count Cutey Honey
, which wasn't aimed at girls but had a lot of influence on it, or Devil Hunter Yohko
, which wasn't aimed at girls either). This was a essentially a combination of the earlier style shows with the Super Hero
genre, particularly the Super Sentai
formula. Sailor Moon
was a huge hit, and, naturally, other shows were made in the same style
. Some were even more divergent from the old-style shows. Many fans felt that shows such as Magic Knight Rayearth
were still Magical Girl
shows, despite all the dissimilarities from the previous generation (others disagree, and feel that Rayearth
is Shoujo RPG World Fantasy
The wave of shows made in Sailor Moon
's wake eventually subsided, but the genre is far from dead. Contemporary examples include Ojamajo Doremi
, the Pretty Cure
franchise (aimed at both young girls and adult males), and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
(more of an action series with magical girls). In 2011, Puella Magi Madoka Magica
was released. Many consider it the equivalent of Neon Genesis Evangelion for the genre
IMPORTANT NOTE: A girl who can use magic is not necessarily a Magical Girl in the sense of the trope or genre. A Magical Girlfriend, for example, usually does not fit into the same structure that defines a Magical Girl series.
Also see the Index of Magical Girl Tropes.
Not to be confused with John Popadiuk
's Magic Girl pinball machine
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Magical Girl Works
Anime and Manga
- Sailor Moon, perhaps the most famous outside (and inside!) of Japan. Many misinformed people will call any other magical girl series a "ripoff" of Sailor Moon, which isn't true in the slightest.
- Cardcaptor Sakura, easily the second most famous behind Miss Tsukino worldwide.
- Cutey Honey is the Ur Example for the Magical Girl Warrior sub-genre. While not originally planned as a magical girl series, it pioneered tropes such as the the ability to transform and the In the Name of the Moon speech that were adapted by later shows, such as Sailor Moon.
- The late-90s Cutey Honey Flash anime brings things full circle by being a full on magical girl warrior show. It even showed at the same time slot as Sailor Moon after the latter ended.
- Sally the Witch, the first in the genre (for animenote ) and Trope Codifier for the Cute Witch subgenre.
- Majokko Meg-chan, ground-breaking in regards to the genre.
- Other early examples of the genre include:
- Magic Knight Rayearth is CLAMP's first crack at the genre, adding Humongous Mecha for good measure.
- Wedding Peach has a wedding theme.
- Tokyo Mew Mew has an environmentalist theme.
- Ojamajo Doremi features The Team of Cute Witches
- Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch features mermaids who transform into Magic Idol Singers.
- Shadow Lady, Kaitou Saint Tail, and Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne combine this genre with the Kaitou.
- Deconstructions, Dramas and parodies of the genre include:
- The Mai universe (Mai-HiME, Mai-Otome, Mai-Otome Zwei, Mai-HiME Destiny)
- The Pretty Cure multiverse (Futari wa Pretty Cure, Futari Wa Pretty Cure Splash Star, Yes! Pretty Cure 5, Fresh Pretty Cure!, HeartCatch Pretty Cure!, Suite Pretty Cure ♪, Smile Pretty Cure!, DokiDoki! Precure, and Happiness Charge Pretty Cure).
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha is somewhat unusual in that, rather than young girls, older teenagers and young men are the target audience. It's also much more character-driven, compared to most other series.
- The manga eventually dropped "Magical Girl" from the title, since Nanoha is now 25 and either still a Captain of an Interdimensional Air Force or higher. She's still Magical, but is a woman, not a girl.
- At the same time, a Spin-Off manga starring Vivio was released that kept the "Magical Girl" part of the title. Yup, Nanoha's daughter has now officially inherited her mother's role as Magical Girl, complete with Older Alter Ego.
- Ironically, no one is ever referred to as a magical girl in the series itself. Understandable, as almost every mage is either from Mid-Childa, Ancient Belka, or other worlds where magic is a fact of life and Everyone Is a Super (well, the majority of the cast, at least).
- Fushigoboshi No Futago Hime starts off with two girls who are given powers to save their unique world. It begins as a Cute Witch series, given their antics and how they help, and slowly evolves into Magical Girl Warrior, cementing the latter position with the second season.
- Akahori Gedou Hour Lovege
- Akazukin Chacha started out as a Cute Witch, but was turned into a Magical Girl Warrior for her anime adaptation.
- Alice Kara Mahou
- Animal Detectives Kiruminzoo
- Ark Angels
- Asagiri no Miko
- Ask Dr. Rin!
- Black★Rock Shooter is a gothic take on the genre, with the heroines dressing all in black and toting huge guns/swords/scythes.
- Corrector Yui has purely scientific/technology-based "magic".
- Cos Prayers
- Yume No Crayon Oukoku
- Cyber Team in Akihabara
- D4 Princess
- Demon Fighter Kocho
- Devil Hunter Yohko
- Dream Hunter Rem
- D.N.Angel is sometimes called a "magical boy" series.
- Earth Maiden Arjuna
- Fairy Navigator Runa
- Floral Magician Mary Bell
- Full Moon o Sagashite
- Fushigi Mahou Fan Fan Pharmacy
- Fushigiboshi No Futagohime
- Gaba Kawa
- Gakuen Alice
- Galaxy Fraulein Yuna (by way of Magic From Technology?)
- Getsumen To Heiki Mina combines this with Bunny Girls, aliens, a vegetable theme, and a possible Affectionate Parody.
- G-On Riders
- Happy Seven
- Himechan No Ribon
- Hime Chen Otogi Chikku Idol Lilpri
- Houkago No Pleiades
- Hyper Doll
- Hyper Rune
- Hyper Speed Grandoll
- Idol Fighter Su Chi Pai
- Jewel BEM Hunter Lime
- Jungle de Ikou!
- Kagihime Monogatari
- Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel
- Kamichama Karin started out as a one-shot parody of the genre, but was popular enough to become a series in its own right.
- Kannazuki no Miko combines this with Humongous Mecha and Schoolgirl Lesbians.
- Koi Cupid
- Genmu Senki Leda is reminiscent of Magic Knight Rayearth, except with one Magical Girl, not three.
- Magic User's Club
- Magical Angel Sweet Mint
- Magical Canan
- Magical Nyan Nyan Taruto
- Magical Play
- Magical Pokaan
- Magical Stage Fancy Lala is another Magic Idol Singer show from Studio Pierrot.
- Mahou Shoujo of the End gives a horror example of the genre.
- Makeruna Makendo
- Megami Paradise
- Meru Puri
- Miracle Dieter Miyuki
- Miracle Girls
- Nanako SOS (although, technically, she's more like a Super Hero, lacking a Mentor Mascot, Transformation Trinket, or most things usually associated with the trope).
- Nanatsuiro Drops
- Nurse Angel Ririka SOS
- Nurse Witch Komugi
- Oku-sama wa Mahou Shoujo: Bewitched Agnes is about a 26 year old Magical Girl.
- Onegai My Melody
- Otogi Juushi Akazukin
- Petite Princess Yucie
- Pixie Pop
- Pretear gives the heroine an Unwanted Harem.
- Princess Comet (a.k.a. Cosmic Baton Girl Comet-san).
- Psycho Trader Chinami
- Quiz Magic Academy
- Rakugo Tennyo Oyui, a Jidai Geki take.
- Saint October
- Sakura Hime Kaden
- Sasami Magical Girls Club is one of the rare Cute Witch ones to actually see a formal United States localization.
- Senki Zesshou Symphogear has Magical Girl Warriors who are empowered by the Power of Rock to fight an Eldritch Abomination. It has a lot of Shout-Outs to another music-themed Magical Girl series, Suite Pretty Cure ♪, but it was strongly influenced by Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha and it's definitely one of the darker series.
- Shamanic Princess
- Shoujo Tenshi Milcute
- Shugo Chara!
- St Dragon Girl
- Stray Little Devil
- Sugar Sugar Rune
- Super Doll Licca Chan
- Sweet Valerian
- Tantei Opera Milky Holmes combines this with the detective genre.
- Telepathy Shoujo Ran, if you consider Psychic Powers magical.
- Time Stranger Kyoko
- Tweeny Witches, aka Magical Girl Squad Arusu
- Ultimate Girls
- Ultra Maniac
- Umi Monogatari
- Uta Kata
- Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de aru
- Zodiac PI
- Mei No Naisho is an unusual example. Although it's considered a magical girl series, the manga is the story of a young boy who was raised as a girl by his witch mother and possesses witch powers, a wand, and a talking cat familiar. It also features a perverted girl, as opposed to the usual perverted boy.
- Mahou Shounen Majorian adds a Gender Bender twist: two boys, one of whom bullies the other, are transformed into girls in order to battle alien invaders.
- Brocken Blood is another Gender Bender magical "girl" show, but with the added element of Magic Idol Singer. It's also a parody of the Magical Girl genre.
- Yet another Gender Bender example with Kämpfer. Natsuru turns into a girl whenever he transforms.
- For the more mature audience, there is Papillon Rose, (OtherWiki) which is part Magical Girl and part adult entertainment.
- Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA. The original Fate/stay night sequel Fate/hollow ataraxia had one side story where Rin has an interdimensional teacher who trains her by giving her a Magical Girl Rod that "followed rules from a different dimension". This manga takes that notion and runs with it, but with Illya as the heroine.
- The Nasuverse loves to play around with this. Arcueid has 3 different magical girl alter-egos, Caren has one, and both Hisui and Kohaku have one. All are jokes. Saber Lily could be considered to be one as well, but Saber's powers are already kinda magical-girl-ish to begin with.
- Played for Laughs in Oto X Maho. Kanata is a guy who turns into a Magical Girl Warrior. To be fair, he was forced into it.
- Is This a Zombie? is part Magical Girl, part about ten other things (Unwanted Harem being one of them).
- T.P. Sakura: Time Paladin Sakura is a Magical Girl-themed spinoff of the Da Capo anime.
- Somedays Dreamers and its sequel Somedays Dreamers II Sora.
- Kidou Shinsengumi Moeyo Ken—the magical girl genre meets the Shinsengumi.
- Il Sole penetra le Illusioni, another one for fans of Darker and Edgier.
- Mahou Shoujo Taisen, a Spring 2014 Anime that aims to give all 47 prefectures of Japan their own magical girl and mascot.
- Mahou Shoujo Ore is a Gender Bender Magical Girl manga with a twist: it's the heroine that turns into a magical boy. "He" still gets to keep the dress, though.
- Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE! is a hot springs-themed Magical Girl tale about the all-male "Earth Defense Club", which doesn't actually do any defending. Only after a surprisingly-realistic pink wombat gives them superpowers do they start living up to their club's name. As you might have guessed, the show is very much an Affectionate Parody of Magical Girl anime and their associated tropes.
- Bee from Bee and Puppycat unintentionally finds herself working as one as a part time job. Her response was... less than pleased. The series as a whole can be thought of as an Affectionate Parody of the genre.
- Deconstructed hard in Sailor Nothing.
- Played with in various Improfanfic series:
- Magical Girl Hunters — So many girls are empowered as magical girls that they're starting to run out of sensible themes and names, and many magical girl groups are starting to target lesser evils like corporate greed. The protagonists are the eponymous hunters, hired assassins who eliminate magical girls who have become pests. Some featured deconstructions include Sailor H, the Sailor Shoggoths, and the 64 (later 128) Crayola Knights.
- Do Gooders — Two members of the eponymous band are magical girls. Several other magical girls appear in the series, including Sailor Becky who wields the power of the Otaku (ripping off attacks from various anime) and Sailor Exposition who holds the power of being able to put people to sleep by extremely long explanations. There are even two different flavors of Dark Magical Girl.
- Girls with Guns — Follows the somewhat nonsensical adventures of Pretty Deadly and Sailor Becky from the above two series as they take on a Crap Saccharine World by virtue of superior armaments.
- So far in Arcana Magi, Alysia Morales is a magical girl under unfortunate circumstances. Meanwhile in Arcana Magi Zero, Alysia Perez and Megumi Miyazaki are magical girls complete with Transformation Sequence, magical outfits , and random attack names.
- Magic Heart And The Magical Warriors
- Five Six Eight Three by Mattimati0n
- Magical Girl Rune, a Vapor Ware show.
- Saga Of Soul — A magical girl tries to apply the scientific method to her newfound powers, while defending her world from demons, the Elysium, the Circle of Wisdom, and more.
- The Magical And Mysterious World Of Lady Star.
- For The Spirit Of Creation
- Hachimitsu No Kissu
- Kawaii Battle Stars
- The Diamond Girls, a Fanime.
- Mahou Shoujo Chaos Princesses
- Angel Moxie is both a parody and an homage of the genre. It is about Junior High student Alex (a fairly standard magical girl) and her two friends (each of whom have super powers but otherwise don't have many magical girl characteristics) as they fight off Lord Yzin and his servants. It can be found here.
- The backstory specifies that the magical girl motif was a inspired by fiction.
- The Adventures Of Sailor Ranko, a webcomic version of the definitive Fuku Fic. Ranma Saotome and Akane Tendo are sent to a new school in an attempt to get them to confess their feelings for each other and discover that Ranma's female alter ego Ranko is the reincarnation of Sailor Sun, a long lost Sailor Senshi. Ranma now has a triple life, one, as male Ranma trying to avoid the troubles he left behind in Nerima, two, as female Ranko who was accidentally enrolled at the same high school by her well meaning and oblivious-to-the-truth mother, and three, her role as Sailor Sun working with the Sailor Senshi fighting for love and justice. A Dead Fic, unfortunately.
- Evil Diva, a webcomic about a devil girl who can't help doing good deeds for others.
- Magick Chicks centers around Melissa, a fomer "queen bee" who finds herself fated to become a magical girl, after being transferred to Artemis Academy. Worse, she now has a mysterious wand for a conscience and a ditzy blonde do-gooder for a mentor, when all she wants is to overthrow Faith and become popular. What a world!
- M9 Girls!, a Mad Science version of the genre. The eponymous girls gain Elemental Powers by means of genetic manipulation.
- Cardcaptor Torika, a doujinshi based on the Cardcaptor Sakura series featuring Sakura's daughter.
- Mechagical Girl Lisa ANT parodies the genre with a Fangirl who becomes a (sorta) magical girl... and proceeds to apply large amounts of Wrong Genre Savvy.
- Princess Chroma is a deconstruction of the genre. June Summers seems to be the The Chosen One for all the wrong reasons, much to the despair of her Mentor Mascot.
- To Prevent World Peace features a world where Magical Girls have been active since World War I. Cue Alternate History. The story follows a magical girl who believes she must become a Necessarily Evil in order to stop other girls from going too far.
- Hi to Tsuki to Hoshi no Tama is about three magical girls with Mons.
- Gorgeous Princess Creamy Beamy, a somewhat violent parody of the genre's conventions - the heroine is somewhat chubby, has an alien disguised as a star-nosed mole for a Mentor Mascot, and is often severely injured in battle (luckily, she is a Human Alien with the ability to regenerate her body parts).
- Magical Boys!, another parody of the genre - the main character is a boy who is given magical girl powers (although he retains his gender) to battle against Dark Magical Girls who want to kill retired magical girls. As the story progresses, more magical boys are revealed.
- Also parodied in Mahou Shounen Fight.
- The Hues
- Nexus is about a magical girl chosen by destiny who gets her powers from a mysterious shopkeeper.
- The Artist And The Machine is about a magical girl befriending a robot sent to kill her.
- From Italy, Winx Club, Pop Pixie (a Spin-Off of the former) W.I.T.C.H., and Angels Friends.
- In Icelandic (and, I do believe, a few other languages) the comic of W.I.T.C.H. was renamed to Magical Girls, since W.I.T.C.H. obviously doesn't work in all languages.
- Sky Dancers, a French series.
- Trollz, a Canadian series.
- Tenko and the Guardians of the Magic
- PJ Sparkles
- Gwen from Ben 10
- Rainbow Brite
- Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders
- Miss Tickle from Mission: Magic!.
- Manny Rivera, the hero of El Tigre, is essentially a Magical Boy.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic starts with a two-part episode in which the six main characters become friends. They use a powerful ancient artifact to become magical girls and permanently defeat a Sealed Evil in a Can. However, despite gaining fashionable magical jewelry and the gratitude of the god-princess of the realm, the trope is almost completely absent from the rest of the show. Word of God from the show's creator (Lauren Faust, worked on her husband Craig McCracken's Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and The Powerpuff Girls) is that good action-adventure episodes are harder to produce on a deadline and budget, and Myth Arcs have to be watched in a specific order, thus the series is more Slice of Life.
- South Park parodies this in "A Song of Ass and Fire" and "Titties and Dragons" when Kenny becomes one.
- Miraculous Ladybug, despite looking head-to-toe an anime and is even made by the company that made one of the biggest MagicalGirl anime today, is created by a French studio and follows superhero tropes along with magical girl ones. It even has a Magical Boy in the mix as well.
- DC Nation's animated short Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld
- Bee becomes a Sentai-esque one in Bee and Puppycat.
- Star vs. the Forces of Evil is about a princess from another world named Star Butterfly who uses her magic wand to fight evil while also going to high school on Earth.note
- SheZownote is a Deconstructive Parody of both superheroes as well as magical girls, as well as the legacies of both genres. The main character, Guy, even has two deliberately outlandish transformation phrasesnote . Furthermore, the equipment and powers he uses (e.g., a lipstick Laser Sword, and a super "slap" attacknote ) reflect various female social stereotypes as well.note
- LoliRock, a French show
Magical Girl trope referred to in other works
Anime and Manga
- Cutey Honey is a forerunner of Magical Girl Warrior version, which blended fanservice and fun battles in one tongue-in-cheek package. Fans are divided whether she counts as a true magical girl or a superhero.
- New Cutey Honey is the sequel, set 100 years after the original.
- Cutey Honey Flash is a straight magical girl variant.
- Cutey Honey Tennyo Densetsu is set in 2005, and features a version of Cutey Honey who has time travelled from the 70s to battle Panther Claw in the new millenium.
- Cutey Honey Seed is set in an Alternate Universe, where a Cutey Honey Otaku finds a beautiful alien girl who, like all members of her species, develops any power necessary to protect herself and others. After watching several episodes of Cutey Honey, she develops "super powers" just like the "real" Honey's, even going so far as to shout "Honey Flash!"
- Yurara has elements of this, as the main character is able to transform and battle evil spirits with powerful magic.
- The plot of one episode of They Are My Noble Masters is started when Ren discovers that Yume has written a story starring herself as a magical girl.
- The main character in Otaku no Video is able to break into the anime industry with his magical girl series, Misty May.
- Pokomi from Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo
- In an episode of Best Student Council, one character is suspected of being a magical girl; both the Magical Girl Warrior and the Cute Witch (complete with Older Alter Ego) versions are brought up.
- The same situation pops up in Love Hina, where Kaolla Su is compared to a Magical Girl because she eats a lot, talks to animals, and can change into an adult. Kentaro Sakata and one of Keitaro's highschool friends vainly struggle to convince the main characters that Kaolla was one.
- The main character in Penguin Musume Heart is obsessed with Takenoko-chan, a magical catgirl who protects the "holy place" from the evil Bamboo King. There's apparently a sequel as well, Takenoko-chan R.
- Angol Mois's true form in Keroro Gunsou seems to be a parody of the Magical Girl; she has the Stock Footage transformation and special-attack scenes, the costume, and a cute personality, but she's the Lord of Terror from the prophecies of Nostradamus who came to destroy the world with the "Lucifer Spear".
- Dark Magician Girl in Yu-Gi-Oh! is largely based on this idea, with several of her summoning scenes looking similar to magical girl transformation sequences. Despite the name, she is not a Dark Magical Girl.
- Behoimi in Pani Poni Dash!. She's not really a Magical Girl, but that doesn't stop her from playing the role. She even gets her own Image Song about her Magical Girl-ness.
- Barajou no Kiss has Anise, who summons the magical members of her Unwanted Harem via magical cards.
- Lampshaded : the DVD extras of Ah! My Goddess have a gag dub in which a student accuses Belldandy of being a Magical Girl. Belldandy insists that she is a Goddess, not a Magical Girl, and they then debate the crucial differences.
- This was likely inspired by a situation in the manga when Sayoko witnessed Belldandy's powers and accused her of being a witch. Sayoko specifically referred to Magical Girl tropes, including the Idol Singer.
- Parodied in Haruhi Suzumiya; the main characters create a movie in which the protagonist is a bunny girl-waitress from the future whose attacks include shooting laser beams, rifle bullets, and micro black holes (the last two novel-only) from her eyes.
- Episode 7 of [Zoku] Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei focused on Art Shifts, with the title sequence and parts of the episode devoted to Kafuka, Chiri, and Meru as the magical girl team Model Warrior Lily Cure, and Nozomu Itoshiki as the Big Bad, The Teacher Of Despair. It even closes with an On the Next continuing the plot. This is a drastic change from the usual format of the show.
- To Love-Ru combines this with an Expy. Kyoko Kirisaki from Black Cat is turned into Magical Flame Kyoko, a pyromaniac magical girl.
- Raichou from Kyouran Kazoku Nikki claims to be a magical girl.
- The Show Within a Show Puru Puru Pururin of the anime version of Welcome to the N.H.K.. Only a few snippets are shown, in which we see that Pururin is accompained by a number of animated household objects, including a vacuum cleaner upon which she flies, and that her trademark is to randomly append the word "Purin" to the end of sentences.
- Parodied in episode 9 of Gag Manga Biyori.
- Ninin Ga Shinobuden has a parody in the final episode with "Magical Nin-Nin Shinobu".
- In Kannagi, after viewing a magical girl on TV, Nagi immediately buys a toy wand and modifies it into an impurity-vanquishing spiritual weapon to compensate for her lack of power. Then she gets really into it and starts doing poses. It looks goofy on an ancient goddess, but Nagi's clearly enjoying herself.
- Mahou Sensei Negima! has the Show Within a Show, "Mahou Shoujo Biblion". The show's resident Cosplay Otaku Girl/Playful Hacker/Meta Guy cosplays as a character from the show. Said girl eventually gets a Magical Girl staff as her artifact. It gives her super hacking powers.
- Asakara, on witnessing Negi's powers for the first time, theorizes that he is a magical girl (boy version).
- Galaxy Angel has an episode where they are told NOT to use a lost technology wand, as it has been known to start wars.
- From the same TV season, episode eight of H2O: Footprints in the Sand had an extended sequence revolving around Otoha as a magical girl. That was probably the least odd thing in that episode.
- Ayumi Kinoshita, a bespectacled Ill Girl from Hell Teacher Nube, learns from her teacher how to project her astral body as a physical presence, just so she can attend school with her friends. In the process, she learns to transform it into any shape she wishes... including an indestructible Magical Girl when said friends are kidnapped.
- The OVA of School Days features a parody on the Magical Girl genre, with several female cast members as magical girls.
- Shuichi of Midori Days is a doll otaku, who always carries around a doll of the fictional magical girl Ultra-Marin.
- The Show Within a Show "Ai no Senshi Sweetie Millie" from Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan!!
- One of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann's Parallel Works, Kiyal's Magical Time, mixes this with Humongous Mecha.
- One of the Omake of Black Lagoon makes Revy a Magical Girl, giving her a cheerful, Moe Moe facade and More Dakka.
- Takuto from Star Driver could be considered a magical boy, due to his Galactic Pretty Boy form.
- Amuri in Star Ocean features elements of the Magical Girl Warrior subtrope.
- Kaze no Stigma had a one-shot antagonist which is somewhere blurred between the lines of a Magical Girl played straight or deconstructed, but she doesn't have enough screen time for it to matter.
- Parodied in the 21st episode of the second season of School Rumble, where Mai Otsuka becomes a magical girl.
- Nanaka 6/17 has Magical Domiko, a Show Within a Show that 6-year-old Nanaka likes.
- Kilala of Kilala Princess.
- Parodied in Bleach with Charlotte Cuuhlhourne who tries very, very hard to be one of these and fails spectacularly.
- Key of Key the Metal Idol becomes more of a Magical Girl as the series progresses, though this used primarily to deconstruct the trope as Key's transformations into her more human form show just how harrowing the powers of a magical girl can be in unwitting (read Naive) hands.
- In Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira's second episode, Ayakashisenshi-hen, Rika Furude and Satoko Houjou become magical girls in order to battle the evil magic-using generals of the secret magic society, Tokyo Magika (Takano, Teppei, Okonogi & Nomura) and their Ritual Tool Devils with the help of the Rika Cheering Brigade (Keiichi, Rena, Mion, Shion, & Irie) as well as Hanyuu.
- Show Within a Show Majokko Mirakurun in Yuru-Yuri.
- The Haiyore! Nyarko-san short story "How to Defeat a Kind Enemy" (adapted as an OVA and released with the Season 1 boxset) has Nyarko undergo Training from Hell to become a Magical Girl after being inspired by a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Pretty Cure. What makes this really unusual is, she's already a Henshin Hero (in the Kamen Rider mold); in fact, her first transformation is a combined Shout-Out to Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Kamen Rider Kuuga.
- Comic book Superheroine Mary Marvel, who first appeared in 1942, possessed several similar characteristics to the Magical Girl Warrior sub-type: skimpy costume, magical Transformation Sequence into a super-powered form, a Destiny, and (if you stretch it to include Tawky Tawny) a Talking Animal friend.
- The Enchantress created by DC Comics in 1966, comes very close to being a proto-Magical Girl Warrior. Young woman June Moone goes with her slightly older boyfried to an alledgedly haunted castle for a party. Turns out that there are actual spooks. June stumbles into a secret chamber, where a mysterious being tells her she is The Chosen One and gives her a transformation word. June says it and gets magical powers, an appearance makeover (blonde to dark red), a miniskirted costume, and a kickin' witch hat. The Enchantress then battles a Monster of the Week and evacuates the civilians before the castle collapses. June reappears with a weak excuse and her boyfriend expresses an interest in her alter ego. There were two more stories where Enchantress fought random menaces, but the writers didn't have a good story arc beyond that, so she went into obscurity for years, including a phase as a Dark Magical Girl.
- Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld combines Magical Girl with Changeling Fantasy and High Fantasy.
- Queen Bee
- The Gen 13 miniseries Magical Drama Queen Roxy, which reinvents Freefall as a Magical Girl, is a parody of the genre. Turned out to be All Just a Dream.
- Friendship Is Magic, a DeviantArt comic based on the eponymous My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic takes on this genre in full force (almost to the point of parody), including a High School in an urban Japanese setting, Calling Your Attacks, magical forehead crystals, and even a litte Chibi Fausticorn sidekick.
- In Kyon Big Damn Hero, Nonokonote believes she will become a Magical Girl after her school trip. It actually happens even earlier, with Kyon's Badass Longcoat and Morph Weapon substituting for a dress and Magic Wand, and Achakura for Mentor Mascot.
- Every single Fuku Fic in existance. The fukufics.com wiki lists many of them. The ultimate example is probably Sailor Ranko, a series of six web serial novels by three authors, with a half-completed seventh novel as well.
- In A Hero, Dalek Sec implies that Kyubey and the Incubators have been manipulating humanity behind the scenes, and are responsible for the rise of the Magical Girl genre, in order to make it seem like a good idea to become a magical girl. If you know Puella Magi Madoka Magica, you'll know why this is very much the opposite of true. It turns you into a soulless Lich, and worse, you will eventually turn into a monster. All while your emotions are harvested by aliens to prevent the heat death of the universe.
- Meg as well as her daughter Rosie in The Spellbook.
- In Keepers of the Elements, Gwen, Bridgette, Izzy, Heather and Lindsay.
Live Action TV
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer, oddly enough, can be seen as a Magical Girl Warrior show. The first season in particular looks quite a bit like a classic Magical Girl series viewed through a funhouse mirror. This is probably not a coincidence, since Joss Whedon is known to be a fan of Sailor Moon.
- Even Super Sentai has an example. Gekisou Sentai Carranger, the parody series, had the kid sister of the series' main villainess transforming into White Racer, a racing-themed magical girl, to occasionally help out the heroes. Also, she had a cat/car-based mecha. Carranger was an odd year.
- Cutey Honey The Live is Exactly What It Says on the Tin - a live action version of Cutey Honey.
- Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, a live action version of Sailor Moon.
- The Secret World of Alex Mack
- H2O: Just Add Water
- The toku series Seishoujo Senshi Saint Valkyrie, which appears to have been inspired by Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki.
- Balala The Fairies, which is basically a live action Pretty Cure.
- Once in Kamen Rider Wizard, in order to hide his identity from his Grandmother, Kamen Rider Beast refers himself as Magical Girl Beast.
- Megatokyo contains several of these, though the only ones seen so far are Meimi (retired), Yuki, and possibly Miho. It's been shown by the Tokyo Police and their actions that an unlicensed Magical Girl is a serious threat.
- Parodied in Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki, where the male main character is turned into a valkyrie by a Norse god hiding inside a Magical Girl anime, who had assumed that anyone watching it would already be female.
- Tsunami Channel has Magical Mina, a magical girl who, like Nanoha, has strong influences from shounen manga.
- Last Res0rt has the Galaxy Girl Scouts (Sailor Moon meets Green Lantern Corps), as a major portion of Daisy's/Veled's Back Story.
- Footloose At the school
- In Nip and Tuck, one girl acted as one.
- Metacarpolis has a darker than normal take in Emiko, a former Magical Girl and Pop Idol who chucked it all, moved to America and works as a cleaning service maid. Her backstory makes her look like a Former Child Star with PTSD.
- Rain is huge fan of an in-universe, magical girl manga called "Black Wings Kaminari".
- The German audio drama series Bibi Blocksberg is about a 13 year old witch living in a small German town and going to school with other regular kids. The series started in 1980, long before anime shows or manga became popular in Germany.
- The German book series Lilly The Witch is about a girl named Lilly who finds a magical book which turns her into a witch, as well as a Mentor Mascot in the form of a little green dragon named Hector, and who has many adventures all over the world. The books have been made into an animated series on CBBC, as well as an animated movie.
- Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls.
- The interactive novel Magical Girl Academy.