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->''"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."''
-->-- Rule #52, '''[[http://nift.firedrake.org/EEmpress.htm Evil Empress Guide]]'''

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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.

[[GirlShowGhetto No matter how hard this may be for the Western world to believe]], Magical Girls [[MultipleDemographicAppeal have high crossover popularity in different demographics]] with some minor but appropriate [[{{Fanservice}} design modifications]] and make up a sizable portion of both {{shojo}} and [[{{Moe}} bishoujo]] fandom.

A SuperTrope to:
* CuteWitch--where magic is mundane to the character.
* MagicIdolSinger--who (initially) uses her powers for her own benefit.
* MagicalGirlWarrior--mostly in a [[SuperHero superheroine role]] fighting evil.

{{Magical Girl Warrior}}s arguably have the widest demographic appeal, and in the West are often synonymous with the idea of a MagicalGirl.

'''History of the Genre'''

It may come as a surprise to learn that the entire Magical Girl genre is [[TropeMaker descended,]] effectively, from the American live-action MagicalGirlfriend sitcom ''Series/{{Bewitched}}''. While two series claim the role of "first magical girl anime"--Mitsuteru Yokoyama's ''Mahotsukai Sally'' (''Manga/SallyTheWitch'', 1966-1968) and Akatsuka Fujio's ''Manga/HimitsuNoAkkochan'' (broadcast 1969, but its manga predates ''Mahotsukai Sally'')--the creators of both credit ''Series/{{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 MagicalGirl show was ''Anime/MajokkoMegChan'' in 1974. [[MultipleDemographicAppeal This was the first show to be marketed to boys as well as girls]], and featured a number of developments--it was the first MagicalGirl show to...

* have a {{Tomboy}}ish heroine--all magical girls prior to this had been [[NiceGirl sweet feminine girls]];
* feature a [[TheRival rival]] to the main character (Non, Meg's rival and the local DarkMagicalGirl);
* include a [[BigBad really]] ''[[BigBad evil]]'' [[BigBad character]]. Prior to this, there was a perception that [[WomenAreDelicate young girls couldn't handle such things]];
* feature {{Fanservice}} (in the form of {{Panty Shot}}s, slight nudity, and Megu being a borderline FilleFatale), as well as LovableSexManiac characters (Megu's stepbrother Rabi and IneffectualSympatheticVillain Chou);
* touch on more serious social issues, like DomesticAbuse, 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 Creator/ToeiAnimation, so "Magical Girl" wasn't so much a genre as a SeriesFranchise. This lasted until Ashi Production's ''Anime/MagicalPrincessMinkyMomo'' hit the airwaves in 1982, followed by Creator/StudioPierrot's ''Anime/MagicalAngelCreamyMami'' in 1983 (the first MagicIdolSinger show). A one-shot OVA produced in 1987 featured a BatFamilyCrossover between Studio Pierrot's four '80s Magical Girl shows (''Anime/MagicalAngelCreamyMami'', ''Anime/PersiaTheMagicFairy'', ''Anime/MagicalStarMagicalEmi'', and ''Anime/MagicalIdolPastelYumi''). This was the first instance of a magical girl team.

The MagicalGirlWarrior subgenre, despite being the most well-known style of MagicalGirl show in the west, didn't hit until ''Manga/SailorMoon'' in 1992 (unless you count ''Anime/CuteyHoney'', which wasn't aimed at girls but had a lot of influence on it, or ''Anime/DevilHunterYohko'', which wasn't aimed at girls either). This was a essentially a combination of the earlier style shows with the SuperHero genre, particularly the Franchise/SuperSentai formula. ''Anime/SailorMoon'' was a huge hit, and, naturally, [[FollowTheLeader other shows were made in the same style]].

The wave of shows inspired by ''Franchise/SailorMoon''' eventually subsided, but new sub-genres spawned soon in its wake. As of present, most magical girl shows can be loosely organized into three broad categories.

# Neo-classical, codified by ''Anime/CardCaptorSakura''. Essentially, old school magical girl coming of age stories updated with the sensibilities of the modern age and the roles of girls and women in it. Mainly aimed towards young girls but often with a significant PeripheralDemographic of adult males. Contemporary examples include ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'', ''Anime/ShugoChara'' and the ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' franchise.
# ActionHero, codified by ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. MagicalGirlWarrior territory, with emphasis on "Warrior" and often enough HotBlood to put a {{Shounen}} fighting series to shame. Largely aimed at teenage and adult male demographic, and as such placing heavy emphasis on {{Fanservice}}: from a lot of fighting scenes with CallingYourAttacks, to {{Magitek}} TechnologyPorn, to proper FetishFuel. The ImprobablyFemaleCast is frequently used as an excuse for LesYay. Examples include: ''Anime/MaiHiME'', ''Anime/VividredOperation'', and ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear''.
# Deconstructive, codified by ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. Debunking the very concept of a world where young girls are forced to confront evil as a CrapsaccharineWorld and delving deep into the psychology of its cast, often with religious or philosophical references. Often borders on SurrealHorror territory; ''Madoka'' itself was considered the equivalent of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' [[GenreDeconstruction for the genre]]. Other notable examples include ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', ''Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni'', and ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero''.

Of course, there are other examples that feature similar themes but diverge even further from the old-style shows. Many fans felt that shows such as ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' were still MagicalGirl shows, despite all the dissimilarities from the previous generation (others disagree, and feel that ''Rayearth'' is [[ShoujoDemographic Shoujo]] [[RPGAnime RPG World]] {{Fantasy}} instead).

'''IMPORTANT NOTE: A girl who can use magic ''is not'' necessarily a Magical Girl in the sense of the trope or genre. A MagicalGirlfriend, for example, usually does not fit into the same structure that defines a MagicalGirl series.'''

'''Also see the Index of MagicalGirlTropes and our own guide on how to SoYouWantTo/WriteAMagicalGirlSeries.'''

Not to be confused with Creator/JohnPopadiuk's ''Pinball/MagicGirl'' [[PhysicalPinballTables pinball machine]].

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Creator/StudioPierrot''. They were best known for their MagicalGirl series, such as ''Anime/MagicalAngelCreamyMami'', ''Anime/PersiaTheMagicFairy'', ''Anime/MagicalStarMagicalEmi'', ''Anime/MagicalIdolPastelYumi'', and ''Anime/MagicalStageFancyLala'' in the 1980s. Also, the Studio Pierrot pilot film, ''Yumesekai No Hodgepodge''.
* ''Manga/AkazukinChacha'' started out as a CuteWitch, but was turned into a MagicalGirlWarrior for her anime adaptation.
* ''Manga/{{Alice19th}}'' feature Alice and her friends as MagicalGirlWarrior.
* ''Anime/AnimalDetectivesKiruminzoo''. It is basically ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' with huge animal costume motifs and serious comedy.
* ''Manhwa/ArkAngels''
* ''Manga/AskDrRin''. The plot at first follows the everyday life of Meirin Kanzaki, a 13-year-old girl with the power to predict the future using feng shui magic. In order to test her powers, she creates a Web site under the pseudonym of Dr. Rin.
* ''Franchise/BlackRockShooter'' is a Gothic take on the genre, with the heroines dressing all in black and toting huge guns/swords/scythes.
* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', easily the ''second'' most famous behind [[Franchise/SailorMoon Miss Tsukino]] worldwide.
* ''Anime/CorrectorYui'' takes an interesting alternative magical source than the other typical series- Yui, Haruna, and Ai's internet avatars (their consciences inside Com Net) are the ones that have "magic" as science and technology is concerned.
* ''Anime/CosPrayers'' an 8-episode MagicalGirl show with {{Fanservice}}.
* ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' is the UrExample for the MagicalGirlWarrior sub-genre. While not originally planned as a magical girl series, it pioneered tropes such as the the ability to transform and the InTheNameOfTheMoon 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.
* ''Anime/CyberTeamInAkihabara''
* ''Anime/D4Princess''
* ''Demon Fighter Kocho''
* ''Anime/DevilHunterYohko'' has Yohko Mano, the most badass one you'll ever see, that banish demons from the Earth as a MagicalGirlWarrior in her spare time. Unlike her contemporaries, Yohko isn't afraid to get physical. She'll put the sword DOWN if she has to.
* ''Manga/DNAngel''. Sometimes called a "[[MagicalGirl magical boy]]" series, it generally has a lighthearted, {{romantic comedy}}/{{fantasy}} feel, although occasionally there's hints of darker mysteries and backstories lurking in the shadows.
* ''Anime/DreamHunterRem'', an OVA from 1985 about a green-haired supernatural detective who enters other people's dreams and fights the demons who cause nightmares. A very early example of the MagicalGirlWarrior sub-genre.
* ''Anime/EarthMaidenArjuna''
* ''Anime/EsperMami'' is about Mami Sakura, an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent who one day manifests supernatural powers, including teleportation, telepathy, and telekinesis that use for solves mysteries and helps people in trouble.
* ''Anime/FairyMusketeers''
* ''Manga/FairyNavigatorRuna''
* ''Anime/FloralMagicianMaryBell'' is about Mary Bell, a floral sprite who appears to those in need.
* ''Manga/FullMoonOSagashite''
* ''Anime/FushigiboshiNoFutagohime'' starts off with two girls who are given powers to save their unique world. It begins as a CuteWitch series, given their antics and how they help, and slowly evolves into MagicalGirlWarrior, cementing the latter position with the second season.
* ''Fushigi Mahou Fan Fan Pharmacy''
* ''Gaba Kawa''
* ''VideoGame/GalaxyFrauleinYuna'' (by way of Magic From Technology?)
* ''Anime/GenmuSenkiLeda'' is reminiscent of ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', except with one MagicalGirl, not three.
* ''Anime/GetsumenToHeikiMina'' combines this with {{Bunny Girl}}s, aliens, a vegetable theme, and a possible AffectionateParody.
* ''Anime/GOnRiders''
* ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun'' uses flower power to change her outfit.
* ''Anime/HappySeven''
* ''Manga/HimechanNoRibon''. Nonohara Himeko is a magical tomboy of the cute witch type who can transform into anybody in the human world for one hour. This is due to her getting a magic ribbon from her alternate universe counterpart Erica, who just happens to be a princess in The Magical Kingdom.
* ''Anime/HimeChenOtogiChikkuIdolLilpri''
* ''Manga/HimitsuNoAkkochan'' features a girl with a magic mirror. She is a possible TropeMaker for the transforming type; she predates ''Cutey Honey'' by about half a decade (by comparison, Sally from Mahou Tsukai Sally was a "magical girl", but she just had magical powers).
* ''Anime/HoukagoNoPleiades''
* ''Hyper Doll''
* ''Hyper Rune''
* ''Anime/HyperSpeedGrandoll'' with a more sci-fi vibe than usual.
* ''Idol Fighter Su Chi Pai''
* ''Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni'', another one for fans of DarkerAndEdgier.
* ''Manga/{{ION}}''
* ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'' is part Magical Girl, [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot part about ten other things]] (UnwantedHarem being one of them).
* ''Anime/JewelBEMHunterLime''. It's a mixture of CuteWitch and MagicWarrior tropes.
* ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}'' is about anthropomorphic small animals named after jewels, birthstones and other minerals, who can use magic with the power of their eyes, made of said minerals.
* ''Anime/JubeiChan''
* ''Manga/KagihimeMonogatari''
* ''Anime/KaitouTenshiTwinAngel''
* ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'' combines this with HumongousMecha and SchoolgirlLesbians.
* ''Anime/KidouShinsengumiMoeyoKen''--[[XMeetsY the magical girl genre meets the]] {{Shinsengumi}}.
* ''Anime/KillLaKill''
* ''Manga/KoiCupid''. The story revolves around three young cupids, Ai, Ren, and Koi.
* ''Anime/MegamiParadise''
* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' is Creator/{{CLAMP}}'s first crack at the genre, adding HumongousMecha for good measure. Also borrows a lot from HeroicFantasy quest stories.
* ''Anime/MagicUsersClub''
* ''Anime/MagicalAngelSweetMint''
* ''VisualNovel/MagicalCanan''
* [[Franchise/{{LyricalNanoha}} 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 SpinOff 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 OlderAlterEgo.
** 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 EveryoneIsASuper (well, the majority of the cast, at least).
* ''Anime/MagicalNyanNyanTaruto''
* ''Anime/MagicalPokaan''
* ''Anime/MagicalPrincessMinkyMomo''
* ''Anime/MahouNoMakoChan'' is a MagicalGirl adaptation of "Literature/TheLittleMermaid".
* ''Anime/MahouShojoLalabel''
* ''Mahou Shounen Majorian'' adds a GenderBender twist: two boys, one of whom bullies the other, are transformed into girls in order to battle alien invaders.
* ''Anime/MahouShoujoTaisen'', a Spring2014Anime that aims to [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters give all 47 prefectures of Japan]] their own magical girl and mascot.
* ''Anime/MahouTsukaiChappy'' is about the CuteWitch Chappy who, becoming sick of the old customs of her people, leaves the Land of Magic for the human world wth her little brother Jun and their pet Don-chan.
* The Mai universe (''Anime/MaiHime'', ''Anime/MaiOtome'', ''Anime/MaiOtomeZwei'', ''Anime/MaiOtome0Sifr'', and''LightNovel/MaiHimeDestiny'')
* ''Anime/MajokkoMegChan'', ground-breaking in regards to the genre with both DarkerAndEdgier and HotterAndSexier tones. Included a truly evil character as an antagonist (prior to this, there was a perception that young girls couldn't handle such things), subplots that sometimes touched more serious social issues like DomesticAbuse, extramarital relationships, etc.. and featured {{Fanservice}} in the form of PantyShots and slight nudity.
* ''Anime/MajokkoTickle'' that feature a mischievous fairy who was imprisoned inside a book for playing pranks on people.
* ''Anime/MakerunaMakendo''
* ''Anime/MaoChan''
* ''Manga/MarvelousMelmo'' uses magic pills to [[OlderAlterEgo change her age]].
* ''Manga/MeiNoNaisho'' 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''.
* ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' features mermaids who transform into {{Magic Idol Singer}}s.
* ''Manga/MeruPuri''
* ''Manga/{{Mink}}''
* ''Miracle Dieter Miyuki''
* ''Manga/MiracleGirls'' is about Tomomi and Mikage, a pair of twins with psychic powers.
* ''Anime/MiracleShojoLimitChan'' features a [[WeCanRebuildHim cyborg heroine]].
* ''Anime/{{Moldiver}}''
* ''Nanako SOS'' (although, technically, she's more like a SuperHero, lacking a MentorMascot, TransformationTrinket, or most things usually associated with the trope).
* ''VisualNovel/NanatsuiroDrops''
* ''Anime/NurseWitchKomugi''
* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' features TheTeam of {{Cute Witch}}es. The girls primarily use their powers to help out and do other mundane things throughout the series. To list each of these would take too long. And when they actually come to fighting evil, they usually do so through unorthodox and impractical means and have to have their powers boosted in order to be successful.
* ''[[Anime/OkusamaWaMahouShoujo Oku-sama wa Mahou Shoujo: Bewitched Agnes]]'' is about a ''26'' year old MagicalGirl.
* ''Anime/OnegaiMyMelody''
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Oto X Maho''. Kanata is a [[GenderBender guy who turns into a]] MagicalGirlWarrior. To be fair, he was forced into it.
* ''Anime/PetitePrincessYucie''
* ''Manga/PixiePop''
* ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'' gives the heroine an UnwantedHarem.
* ''Anime/PrincessComet'' (a.k.a. ''Cosmic Baton Girl Comet-san'').
* The ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' multiverse (''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'', ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar'', ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'', ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'', ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'', ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'', ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'', ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure'', ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'', and ''Anime/GoPrincessPrettyCure''.)
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', 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.
** ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'', the manga which led to the creation of ''Sailor Moon''.
* ''Psycho Trader Chinami''
* ''VideoGame/QuizMagicAcademy''
* ''Anime/RakugoTennyoOyui'', a Jidai Geki take.
* ''Anime/SaintOctober''
* ''Manga/SakuraHimeKaden''
* ''Manga/SallyTheWitch'', the first in the genre (for anime[[note]]''Himitsu no Akko-chan'' was the first in the genre for manga[[/note]]) and TropeCodifier for the CuteWitch subgenre.
* ''Anime/SarutobiEcchan'' features a girl with ninja powers.
* ''Anime/SasamiMagicalGirlsClub'' is one of the rare CuteWitch ones to actually see a formal United States localization.
* ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' has {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s who are empowered by the PowerOfRock to fight an EldritchAbomination. It has a lot of Shout-Outs to another music-themed MagicalGirl series, ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'', but it was strongly influenced by ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' and it's definitely one of the darker series.
* ''Manga/ShadowLady'', ''Manga/KaitouSaintTail'', [[DuelingShows and]] ''Manga/KamikazeKaitouJeanne'' combine this genre with the {{Kaitou}}.
* ''Manga/ShugoChara''
* ''Shoujo Tenshi Milcute''
* ''Manga/SomedaysDreamers'' and its sequel ''Manga/SomedaysDreamersIISora''.
* ''Manga/StDragonGirl''
* ''Manga/StrayLittleDevil''
* ''Manga/SugarSugarRune'' is about Chocolat and Vanilla. They are two young witches from the Magical World, the best of friends despite being polar opposites.
* ''Anime/SuperDollLiccaChan''
* ''Anime/SweetValerian''
* ''Anime/TanteiOperaMilkyHolmes'' combines this with the detective genre.
* ''LightNovel/TelepathyShoujoRan'', if you consider PsychicPowers magical.
* ''[[VisualNovel/DaCapo T.P. Sakura: Time Paladin Sakura]]'' is a Magical Girl-themed spinoff of the ''VisualNovel/DaCapo'' anime.
* ''Manga/TimeStrangerKyoko''
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' has an environmentalist theme. It focuses on five girls infused with the DNA of rare animals that gives them special powers and allows them to transform into "Mew Mews." Led by Ichigo Momomiya, the girls protect the earth from aliens who wish to "reclaim" it.
* ''Anime/TweenyWitches'', aka ''Magical Girl Squad Arusu''
* ''Manga/UltraManiac''
* ''Anime/UmiMonogatari'' is unusual among MagicalGirlWarrior shows in that the focus is more on emotional development of the characters, the fights are fairly long, the girls' mentor is completely wrong about some things, most of the music is gentle piano music, and the revelation of what the BigBad really is allows for a conclusion that's more true to life than most shows of this nature.
* ''Anime/UtaKata''
* ''Manga/WeddingPeach'' has a wedding theme. They are called "Love Angels" but they have the frilly superpower costumes and such.
* ''Anime/{{Yadamon}}''
* ''Anime/YumeNoCrayonOukoku''
* ''Manga/ZodiacPI''
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[[folder: {{Deconstruction}}s, Dramas and parodies]]
* ''Manga/AiToYuukiNoPigGirlTondeBuurin'' is a parody and an example at the same time, one of the few (perhaps the only) parodies actually aimed at the same demographic as straight examples. Its protagonist is a MagicalGirlWarrior who transforms not into a glamorous FrillsOfJustice-clad heroine, but instead, into a [[AnimalSuperheroes superpowered pig]] in a cape.
* ''Anime/CuteHighEarthDefenseClubLove'' is a hot springs-themed Magical Girl tale about the [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys all-male]] "Earth Defense Club", which [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything doesn't actually do any defending]]. Only after a [[NonstandardCharacterDesign surprisingly-realistic]] [[MentorMascot 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 AffectionateParody of Magical Girl anime and their associated tropes.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' featured an OVA-only AlternateUniverse omake that turned VillainProtagonist Revy into a magical girl called Radical Girl Revy-Chan, [[HeroicComedicSociopath who solves all the loser protagonist's problems with guns]] before returning to the magical land of [[Creator/CharltonHeston Hestonworld]]. This gets him arrested.
* ''LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokuroChan'' is another comedic deconstruction.
* ''Manga/BrockenBlood'' is another GenderBender magical "[[WholesomeCrossdresser girl]]" show, but with the added element of MagicIdolSinger. It's also a parody of the MagicalGirl genre.
* DeconstructiveParody: ''Anime/DaiMahouTouge''. The series is a parody of magical princess and often uses the juxtaposition of cute characters with brutal violence for humor.
* [[AffectionateParody Affectionately parodied]] in ''Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ''.
* ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya''. The original ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' sequel ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia'' 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 [[HeroicAlbino 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.
* Gently mocked in the ''LightNovel/GakuenKino'' novels, a HighSchoolAU of the ''LightNovel/KinosJourney'' series; where ultimate pragmatist Kino is thrust into the genre.
* ''Anime/JungleDeIkou'' is about Natsumi, a 10 year old Japanese girl who gains the power to transform into Mii (May in the dub), a super-powered and super-busty flower spirit, from a perverted old earth spirit named Aham (Ahem in the dub.)
* ''Manga/KamichamaKarin'' started out as a one-shot parody of the genre, but was popular enough to become a series in its own right.
* The manga version of ''Manga/KamikazeKaitouJeanne'' is another deconstruction in a similar vein to ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. The anime is [[OvertookTheManga less so]].
* ''Anime/MagicalPlay''. It's an affectionate parody of the genre, especially the warrior variety.
* ''Manga/MagicalGirlApocalypse'' gives a horror example of the genre, with the Magical Girls as the monsters. They are {{Humanoid Abomination}}s with the ability to raise any person they kill as a zombie, who unleash a ZombieApocalypse upon the city.
* ''Mahou Shoujo Ore'' is a MagicalGenderBender manga with a twist: it's the ''heroine'' that turns into a magical ''boy''. "He"'s even found out by a manager that decides to use this new form to use as an Idol unit.
* From the same author as ''Magical Girl Apocalypse'' comes ''Manga/MahouShoujoSite'', which especially [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructs]] the idea of the EscapistCharacter. It's ''even more [[UpToEleven brutal]]'' than ''Puella Magi Madoka Magica''.
* ''[[http://www.fwinc.co.jp/mahoushonen/ Mahou X Shounen X Days!!!!!]]'': Magical Boys that look like wizards, an owl mascot, two bad guys who don't look like wizards, plus the protagonists' problem of being in the nude if they don't transform together.
* ''Anime/MajokkoTsukuneChan'' is a surreal parody of the CuteWitch genre.
* ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'' is about a ten-year old girl named Ririka who must protect Earth from aliens who want to turn it to ruins like they did their home planet Queen Earth. The manga and anime have rather different plots. It gained a PeripheryDemographic from fans who enjoyed its darker approach to magical girls than many other series at the time, but the older fanbase is the reason the show was cut short (the toys weren't selling).
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' is what happens when you get Creator/StudioGainax (more specifically, the director behind the 5th episode of ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'') to direct a MagicalGirl series.
* For the more mature audience, there is ''Anime/PapillonRose,'' an ecchi parody which is part Magical Girl and part [[{{Hentai}} adult entertainment]].
* The ''Anime/PrettySammy'' series (which itself is a gentle parody of ''Anime/SailorMoon'').
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' took the ''Utena'' crowd back deeper into Magical Girl territory, though it is still unique.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', another one for the {{Deconstruction}} team. It is often considered to be the MagicalGirl ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' (in terms of GenreDeconstruction and [[DarkerAndEdgier extreme darkness of tone]]).
** ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' is similarly considered to be the MagicalGirl ''[[TheMovie End of Evangelion]]''.
** See also the spin-offs ''Manga/PuellaMagiKazumiMagica'', ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', ''Manga/PuellaMagiSuzuneMagica'' and the HistoricalFantasy ''Manga/PuellaMagiTartMagica''.
* ''Anime/PuniPuniPoemi'' viciously satirizes magical girl shows (among many other things).
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' deconstructed this. The defining trait of all SuperSentai MagicalGirl series is that [[ThePowerOfLove altruism and unconditional love will always save the world]]. However, [[spoiler:the biggest prince in the story became the BigBad in part because he was [[ChronicHeroSyndrome incredibly altruistic]], and all of Utena's strength and purity can't save one DamselInDistress if said Damsel won't break away from centuries of abusive habits to save herself.]] Also, Utena is more of a Magical Warrior than a conventional MagicalGirl.
* ''Anime/ShamanicPrincess'' is a short, DarkerAndEdgier and HotterAndSexier take on CuteWitch magical girls. The series is very non-linear, starts InMediasRes, and has a lot of {{mind screw}}. It panders to [[MultipleDemographicAppeal both female and male demographics]].
* ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' rivals ''Madoka'' in terms of how dark it gets but is overall more optimistic. It stars the titular Yuna and her three (later four) friends. The government has the girls become "heroes" in order to protect Japan from monsters.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Asian Animation]]
* ''Animation/HeyYoYorang'' is a Korean MagicalGirl TV show.
** ''Animation/PetitPetitMuse'' is another Korean MagicalGirl TV show.
* ''Animation/SweetsFairy'', China's second Magical Girl series after ''Series/BalalaTheFairies''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' is an Italian {{animesque}} comic about a team of American girls with magical powers. In Icelandic, the comic was renamed to ''Magical Girls'', since ''W.I.T.C.H.'' obviously doesn't work in all languages.
* ''ComicBook/ZodiacStarforce'' is an American take on a Magical Girl team. Artist Paulina Gauncheau is a huge fan of the genre (and especially ''SailorMoon''), and it shows.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TeenWitch''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/AvalonWebOfMagic'' three girls, Emily, Adriane, and Kara, find stones/crystals - that come from a fantastical alternate dimension in need of help - that grant them magical abilities.
* ''Literature/DaughtersOfTheMoon''
* ''Literature/HexHall''
* ''Literature/{{Twitches}}'' twin girls, Cam and Alex, who were separated at birth find each other, and learn that their odd behaviours are in fact the sign of mystical powers that reach their full potential when they're together. They fight off an evil force known as 'The Darkness'.
* ''Literature/TheWitchesOfBailiwick''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'' is an attempt to create a Magical Girl series that's compatible with the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness''.
* ''Magical Burst'' is a ''mahou shoujo'' game that takes primary inspiration from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. Magical girls in this game are tasked with killing enough youma to collect 13 Oblivion Seeds so that they can make a wish. But as in ''Madoka'', things are not always what they seem, and the {{Mentor Mascot}}s known as tsukaima keep horrible secrets from the Magical Girls they give power to.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''MagicalBattleArena''.
* ''VideoGame/MagicalCannonWars'' is about Akira (also a magical girl) trying to stop all of the other magical girls from fighting.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Bee from ''WebAnimation/BeeAndPuppycat'' 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 AffectionateParody of the genre.
* ''WebAnimation/TheDiamondGirls'', a {{Fanime}}.
* ''WebAnimation/KawaiiBattleStars''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The entire ''Literature/ArcanaMagiUniverse'' feature Magical Girls.
** So far in ''Literature/ArcanaMagi'', Alysia Morales is a magical girl under unfortunate circumstances.
** Meanwhile in ''Literature/ArcanaMagiZero'', Alysia Perez and Megumi Miyazaki are magical girls complete with TransformationSequence, [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes magical outfits]] , and [[CallingYourAttacks random attack names]].
* ''Roleplay/ForTheSpiritOfCreation''
* ''Roleplay/HachimitsuNoKissu''
* Played with in various ''Improfanfic'' series:
** ''Literature/MagicalGirlHunters'' -- 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 [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Sailor H]], [[EldritchAbomination the Sailor Shoggoths]], and the 64 (later 128) [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience Crayola Knights]].
** ''Literature/DoGooders'' -- 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 DarkMagicalGirl.
** ''Literature/GirlsWithGuns'' -- Follows the somewhat nonsensical adventures of Pretty Deadly and Sailor Becky from the above two series as they take on a CrapSaccharineWorld by virtue of superior armaments.
* ''Literature/{{Lambda}}''
* ''MagicHeartAndTheMagicalWarriors''
* ''TheMagicalAndMysteriousWorldOfLadyStar''.
* ''DarthWiki/MagicalGirlRune'', a VaporWare show.
* ''Roleplay/MahouShoujoChaosPrincesses''
* ''Literature/{{Raya}}''
* ''Literature/SagaOfSoul'' -- A magical girl tries to apply [[SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic the scientific method]] to her newfound powers, while defending her world from [[TheLegionsOfHell demons]], [[TheEmpire the Elysium]], [[TheMagocracy the Circle of Wisdom]], and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive more]].
* [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] ''hard'' in ''Literature/SailorNothing''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:{{Webcomics}}]]
* ''TheAdventuresOfSailorRanko'', a webcomic version of the definitive FukuFic. 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 DeadFic, unfortunately.
* ''Webcomic/AgentsOfTheRealm'' is clearly inspired by the genre, with parallel worlds, MonsterOfTheWeek and eponymous Agents being five {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s whose {{Transformation Trinket}}s are shiny amulets.
* Webcomic/AmericanoExodus is a rather unique take on the genre. Several of the main characters are young girls descended from the nobility of a parallel world, sent to earth in order to hunt down members of the Twilight Dawn organization, who are hiding out on our planet. While the girls do have magic and costumes, the magical girl elements end there. The main character, Amel, is actually a teenage boy who must pretend to be a girl in order to protect the integrity of his household and his own life. Since only women are supposed to be able to use magic, any men with the ability, while rare, are imprisoned and sometimes executed.
* ''Webcomic/AngelMoxie'' 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 [[http://www.venisproductions.com/angelmoxie/archives/0/0/001.html here]].
** The [[http://www.venisproductions.com/angelmoxie/archives/3/7/371.html backstory]] specifies that the magical girl motif was a inspired by fiction.
* ''WebComic/{{The Artist And The Machine}}'' is about a magical girl befriending a robot sent to kill her.
* ''Webcomic/CardcaptorTorika'', a doujinshi based on the Cardcaptor Sakura series featuring Sakura's daughter.
* ''Webcomic/EvilDiva'', a webcomic about a devil girl who can't help doing good deeds for others.
* ''Webcomic/GorgeousPrincessCreamyBeamy'', 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 MentorMascot, and is often severely injured in battle (luckily, she is a HumanAlien with the ability to [[GoodThingYouCanHeal regenerate]] her body parts).
* ''Webcomic/TheHues''
* ''Webcomic/HiToTsukiToHoshiNoTama'' is about three magical girls with {{Mon}}s.
* ''[[Webcomic/M9Girls M9 Girls!]]'', a MadScience version of the genre. The eponymous girls gain ElementalPowers by means of [[ChemistryCanDoAnything genetic manipulation]].
* ''[[http://shinsengumi-fan-girl.deviantart.com/gallery/24141978 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 Girl}}s who want to kill retired magical girls. As the story progresses, more magical boys are revealed.
* In ''Webcomic/MagicalGirlNeil'', Neil, the protagonist, becomes an Oni-fighting Magical Girl on his 16th birthday, due to [[spoiler: coming from a long line of magical girls - magical ''boys'' are only born every 100 years or so.]]
* ''[[http://sparklermonthly.com/series/magical-how/ Magical How?]]'' is the story of two normal college guys who are approached by a talking golf ball who offers them magical powers - when one of them agrees, he ends up DraggedIntoDrag and forced to fight for love and justice as a magical warrior.
* ''WebComic/MagickChicks'' centers around Melissa, a former [[AlphaBitch "queen bee"]] who finds herself [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive fated to become a magical girl]], after being transferred to Artemis Academy. Worse, she now has [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/stupid_magick_stick a mysterious wand for a conscience]] and [[GeniusDitz a ditzy blonde]] [[ChronicHeroSyndrome do-gooder]] for a mentor, when all she wants is [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/mean_old_tubby_kitty to overthrow Faith and become popular.]] [[BeingGoodSucks What a world!]]
* Also parodied in ''Webcomic/MahouShounenFight''.
* ''Webcomic/MechagicalGirlLisaANT'' parodies the genre with a FanGirl who becomes a (sorta) magical girl... and proceeds to apply large amounts of WrongGenreSavvy.
* ''{{Webcomic/Nexus}}'' is about a magical girl chosen by destiny who gets her powers from a mysterious shopkeeper.
* ''Webcomic/PrincessChroma'' is a deconstruction of the genre. June Summers seems to be the TheChosenOne for all the wrong reasons, much to the despair of her MentorMascot.
* ''Webcomic/TheSorcerersApprentice'' is an original work by Bwillett, the author of ''Webcomic/CardcaptorTorika'', about girl in New England called Victoria who learns magic (with transformations included) in order to stop a series of monsters unleashed after she put on an ancient ring. It takes a relatively realistic approach to the genre, both in terms of developing the magic system behind the transformations, and its focus on characterisation.
* ''[[Webcomic/ToPreventWorldPeace To Prevent]] [[http://worldpeace.emilymarthasorensen.com World Peace]]'' features a world where {{Magical Girl}}s have been active since UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Cue AlternateHistory. The story follows a magical girl who believes she must become a NecessarilyEvil in order to stop other girls from [[KnightTemplar going too far]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* DC Nation's animated short ''ComicBook/AmethystPrincessOfGemworld''. Amethyst can be considered an early combination of both the CuteWitch and MagicalGirlWarrior types.
* ''WesternAnimation/AngelsFriends''
* Bee becomes a {{Sentai}}-esque one in ''WebAnimation/BeeAndPuppycat''.
* Gwen from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}''. In the first series she found a magical trinket which granted her magic powers, donned a costume and called herself "Lucky Girl". The only thing she was missing was the TransformationSequence. In Omniverse she replicates the costume with her Andodite powers.
* Manny Rivera, the hero of ''WesternAnimation/ElTigre'', is essentially a Magical Boy.
* ''WesternAnimation/LoliRock'', a French show about three girls who are publicly rockstars and secretly MagicalGirlWarrior Princesses.
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', despite looking head-to-toe a CGI anime and is even made by [[Creator/ToeiAnimation the company that made]] [[Anime/PrettyCure 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.
* Miss Tickle from ''WesternAnimation/MissionMagic''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' 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 SealedEvilInACan. 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. WordOfGod from the show's creator (Lauren Faust, worked on her husband CraigMcCracken's ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'') is that ''good'' action-adventure episodes are harder to produce on a deadline and budget, and {{Myth Arc}}s have to be watched in a specific order, thus the series is more SliceOfLife. This oddly means that ''Friendship Is Magic'' is probably closer to a "classical" Magical Girl series.
** TheMovie ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' features [[spoiler: human versions of the ponies gaining magic powers from Twilight's Element. They even have a full on TransformationSequence]].
* ''WesternAnimation/PJSparkles''
* ''WesternAnimation/PrincessGwenevereAndTheJewelRiders''
* ''WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite'' was a 1980s series about a girl named Rainbow Brite who was the leader of a gang of kids called the "Color Kids" who controlled colors and nature. Rainbow had magic, rainbow-themed powers. The MarketBasedTitle in Japan was even ''Magical Girl Rainbow Brite''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' was an early western version (coming in the mid 80s). Given she was a DistaffCounterpart to ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse'', more than a few fans have suggested He-Man fits all the magical girl tropes, too.
* ''WesternAnimation/SheZow''[[note]]Which is actually an inherited title rather then the main character's actual superhero name, similarly to ComicStrip/ThePhantom[[/note]] is a DeconstructiveParody 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 [[ByThePowerOfGrayskull transformation phrases]][[note]]"You go girl" for transforming into his She Zow form, and "She-yeah" for transforming back[[/note]]. Furthermore, the equipment and powers he uses (e.g., a lipstick LaserSword, and a super "slap" attack[[note]]i.e., a power based on the kind of ArmorPiercingSlap a girl would give to a boy that annoys her, etc.[[/note]]) reflect various female social stereotypes as well. The creator claims that this wasn't his (yes, "his") intention, but whether or not this is in fact the case is up for debate.
* ''WesternAnimation/SkyDancers'', a French series.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' is about the princess of another dimension who has a magic wand powerful enough to [[ApocalypseHow destroy the universe]]. As a sort of {{Parody}} of the MagicalGirlQueenlinessTest, she's sent to Earth just to keep her from harming her home kingdom, since she's a somewhat [[TheDitz ditzy]] GirlyBruiser. The show is mostly SliceOfLife, but as the title suggests, [[MagicalGirlWarrior evil forces sometimes intrude]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', about a young, half-human boy with magic powers being raised by magical thousands-of-years-old, mineral-based aliens who just happen to look like women or girls and act as {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s, defending Earth from the rest of their species and having a lot of [[TearJerker emotional struggles]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TenkoAndTheGuardiansOfTheMagic''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollz}}'', a Canadian series.
* Reggie of ''WesternAnimation/TwelveForever'' has magical powers, but ONLY when she's on [[MagicalLand Party Island]]. She has the power to turn her friend Shane into different things, and can use magical weapons given to her by a flying octopus to fight.
* When ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' had their ''Underfist: Halloween Bash'' special, [[{{Dhampyr}} Irwin]] pretty much was this trope. In the special, upon [[BigBad Bun]] [[LightIsNotGood Bun's]] provocation, he transforms into a [[HybridMonster mummy-vampire]] and gains [[DarkIsNotEvil dark powers]].
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' where fairies and witches are these. They get several sets of transformation sequences of course.
** ''WesternAnimation/PopPixie'', a SpinOff of the former. Pixies need to transform into Pop Pixies in order to unlock their full powers, though both boys can also transform like this.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}} W.I.T.C.H.]]''.
[[/folder]]

!!Magical Girl trope referred to in other works

[[folder:Advertising]]
* [[https://www.facebook.com/internetexplorertan Apparently,]] the new {{mascot}} for Microsoft Internet Explorer is a MoeAnthropomorphism personification of a magical girl, TransformationSequence and all. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHTUlF7NA2o She fights robots well enough]], but the jury is still up on whether she'd succeed in attracting any audience to the "browser everyone loves to hate".
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d : the DVD extras of ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' 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 [[RichBitch Sayoko]] witnessed Belldandy's powers and accused her of being a witch. Sayoko specifically referred to Magical Girl tropes, including the IdolSinger.
* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', France turns into Magic Strike, causing him to wear a frilly pink dress and carry a matching bullhorn. (By "Strike" he means not work and picket until your employer gives you what you want.)
* ''Manga/BarajouNoKiss'' has Anise, who summons the magical members of her UnwantedHarem via magical cards.
* In an episode of ''Anime/BestStudentCouncil'', one character is suspected of being a magical girl; both the MagicalGirlWarrior and the CuteWitch (complete with OlderAlterEgo) versions are brought up.
* One of the Omake of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' makes Revy a MagicalGirl, giving her a cheerful, {{Moe}} facade and MoreDakka.
* Parodied in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' with Charlotte Cuuhlhourne who tries very, very hard to be one of these and fails spectacularly.
* Pokomi from ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo''
* ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' is a forerunner of ''MagicalGirlWarrior'' 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.
** ''NewCuteyHoney'' is the sequel, set 100 years after the original.
** ''CuteyHoneyFlash'' is a straight magical girl variant.
*** ''CuteyHoneyTennyoDensetsu'' 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.
*** ''CuteyHoneySeed'' is set in an AlternateUniverse, 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!"
* The ShowWithinAShow "Ai no Senshi Sweetie Millie" from ''Manga/FightIppatsuJuudenChan''
* Parodied in episode 9 of ''GagMangaBiyori''.
* ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVjz6Ziteg0 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 ''VisualNovel/H2OFootprintsInTheSand'' had an extended sequence revolving around Otoha as a magical girl. That was probably the least odd thing in that episode.
* The ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' short story "How to Defeat a Kind Enemy" (adapted as an OVA and released with the Season 1 boxset) has Nyarko undergo TrainingFromHell to become a Magical Girl after being inspired by a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of ''Anime/PrettyCure''. What makes this really unusual is, she's ''already'' a HenshinHero (in the ''Series/KamenRider'' mold); in fact, her first transformation is a combined ShoutOut to ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' and ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga''.
* Parodied in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''; 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.
* Ayumi Kinoshita, a [[{{Meganekko}} bespectacled]] IllGirl from ''Manga/HellTeacherNube'', 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 MagicalGirl when said friends are kidnapped.
* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' Kira's second episode, ''Ayakashisenshi-hen'', [[{{Miko}} Rika Furude]] and [[BrattyHalfPint Satoko Houjou]] become magical girls in order to battle the evil magic-using generals of the secret magic society, Tokyo Magika ([[NightmareFetishist Takano]], [[EvilUncle Teppei]], [[TheMenInBlack Okonogi]] & Nomura) and their Ritual Tool Devils with the help of the Rika Cheering Brigade ([[ChivalrousPervert Keiichi]], [[CuteBruiser Rena]], [[RedOniBlueOni Mion, Shion]], & [[DeadlyDoctor Irie]]) as well as [[AbsurdlyYouthfulMother Hanyuu]].
* In ''Manga/{{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.
* ''LightNovel/KazeNoStigma'' 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.
* Key of ''Anime/KeyTheMetalIdol'' 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.
* Kilala of ''Manga/KilalaPrincess''.
* Raichou from ''LightNovel/KyouranKazokuNikki'' claims to be a magical girl.
* The same situation pops up in ''Manga/LoveHina'', where Kaolla Su is compared to a MagicalGirl 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.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has the ShowWithinAShow, "Mahou Shoujo Biblion". The show's resident CosplayOtakuGirl[=/=]PlayfulHacker[=/=]MetaGuy cosplays as a character from the show. Said girl eventually gets a MagicalGirl staff as her artifact. It gives her [[ExtremeGraphicalRepresentation super hacking powers.]]
** Asakara, on witnessing Negi's powers for the first time, theorizes that he is a magical girl (boy version).
* Shuichi of ''Manga/MidoriDays'' is a doll otaku, who always carries around a doll of [[ShowWithinAShow the fictional magical girl Ultra-Marin]].
* ''Anime/NanakaSixSeventeen'' has ''Magical Domiko'', a ShowWithinAShow that 6-year-old Nanaka likes.
* ''Manga/NininGaShinobuden'' has a parody in the final episode with "Magical Nin-Nin Shinobu".
* The main character in ''Anime/OtakuNoVideo'' is able to break into the anime industry with his magical girl series, Misty May.
* Behoimi in ''Manga/PaniPoniDash''. She's not really a Magical Girl, but that doesn't stop her from playing the role. She even gets her own ImageSong about her Magical Girl-ness.
** She now has a spin-off manga, ''Manga/TheAlternativeCureMagicalGirlBehoimiChan'', where she is an actual magical girl.
* The main character in ''Manga/PenguinMusume Heart'' is obsessed with [[ShowWithinAShow 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.
* Episode 7 of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' focused on {{Art Shift}}s, 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 BigBad, The Teacher Of Despair. It even closes with an OnTheNext continuing the plot. This is a drastic change from the usual format of the show.
* The {{OVA}} of ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' features a parody on the Magical Girl genre, with several female cast members as magical girls.
* Parodied in the 21st episode of the second season of ''Manga/SchoolRumble'', where Mai Otsuka becomes a magical girl.
* Angol Mois's true form in ''Manga/SgtFrog'' seems to be a parody of the Magical Girl; she has the StockFootage 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".
* Takuto from ''Anime/StarDriver'' could be considered a magical ''boy'', due to his Galactic Pretty Boy form.
* ''Amuri in Star Ocean'' features elements of the MagicalGirlWarrior subtrope.
* One of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'''s Parallel Works, ''Kiyal's Magical Time'', mixes this with HumongousMecha.
* The plot of one episode of ''VisualNovel/TheyAreMyNobleMasters'' is started when Ren discovers that Yume has written a story starring herself as a magical girl.
* ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' combines this with an {{Expy}}. Kyoko Kirisaki from ''Manga/BlackCat'' is turned into ''[[ShowWithinAShow Magical Flame Kyoko]]'', a pyromaniac magical girl.
** Also, two of Mikan's school friends presumably now believe ''she's'' a MagicalGirlWarrior after [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/to_love_ru/v14/c121/9.html they see her chasing down a criminal while wearing Peke]].
* The ShowWithinAShow ''Puru Puru Pururin'' of the anime version of ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK''. 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.
* Dark Magician Girl in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' 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 DarkMagicalGirl.
** Yugi himself uses a lot of tropes that usually indicate a magical girl -- a TransformationTrinket, at least one confirmed [[CallingYourAttacks named attack]] (Mind Crush), and a TransformationSequence -- that if it weren't for the SuperPoweredAlterEgo, one could almost classify him as a "magical boy".
* ''Manga/{{Yurara}}'' has elements of this, as the main character is able to transform and battle evil spirits with powerful magic.
* ShowWithinAShow ''Majokko Mirakurun'' in ''Manga/YuruYuri''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/AmethystPrincessOfGemworld'' combines Magical Girl with ChangelingFantasy and HighFantasy.
* [[SuicideSquad The Enchantress]] created by DCComics in 1966, comes very close to being a proto-MagicalGirlWarrior. 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 TheChosenOne and gives her a transformation word. June says it and gets magical powers, an appearance makeover (blonde to dark red), a miniskirted costume, and [[CoolHat a kickin' witch hat.]] The Enchantress then battles a MonsterOfTheWeek 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 DarkMagicalGirl.
* The ''ComicBook/{{Gen 13}}'' miniseries ''Magical Drama Queen Roxy'', which reinvents Freefall as a MagicalGirl, is a parody of the genre. Turned out to be AllJustADream.
* Comic book {{Superhero}}ine [[{{Shazam}} Mary Marvel]], who first appeared in 1942, possessed several similar characteristics to the MagicalGirlWarrior sub-type: skimpy costume, magical TransformationSequence into a super-powered form, a Destiny, and (if you stretch it to include Tawky Tawny) a TalkingAnimal friend.
* ''Comic/QueenBee''
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[[folder:{{Fanfiction}}]]
* Every single FukuFic in existance. The [[http://wiki.fukufics.com/fic:index fukufics.com]] wiki lists many of them. The ultimate example is probably [[http://www.sailorranko.com/novel.htm Sailor Ranko]], a series of six web serial novels by three authors, with a [[DeadFic half-completed seventh novel]] as well.
** For that matter, all the ''Anime/PrettyCure'' [[FanWorks/PrettyCure fics]] ever written (especially the ones composed entirely of {{Sailor Earth}}s.), and all the ''FanFic/PrettyCureAllStars'' fics.
* In ''FanFic/AHero'', [[Series/DoctorWho Dalek Sec]] implies that [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Kyubey]] and the Incubators have been manipulating humanity behind the scenes, and are responsible for the rise of the MagicalGirl genre, in order to make it seem like a good idea to become a magical girl. If you know ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica,'' you'll know why this is very much the ''opposite'' of true. [[spoiler: 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.]]
* ''Webcomic/FriendshipIsMagic'', a Website/DeviantArt comic based on the eponymous ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' takes on this genre in full force ([[AffectionateParody almost to the point of parody]]), including a HighSchool in an [[GhibliHills urban Japanese setting]], CallingYourAttacks, [[PowerCrystal magical forehead crystals]], and even a litte {{Chibi}} [[Creator/LaurenFaust Fausticorn]] sidekick.
* In Fanfic/KeepersOfTheElements, [[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Gwen, Bridgette, Izzy, Heather and Lindsay]].
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', Nonoko[[note]][[NoNameGiven Kyon's little sister]] from the original[[/note]] [[DaydreamBeliever believes]] she will become a MagicalGirl after her school trip. It actually happens even earlier, with Kyon's BadassLongcoat and MorphWeapon substituting for a dress and MagicWand, and [[FunSize Achakura]] for MentorMascot.
* [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Meg]] [[spoiler: as well as her daughter Rosie]] in ''FanFic/TheSpellbook''.
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[[folder:Film]]

* Even the horror genre has nods to this trope. ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster'' can be seen as a darker take on the MagicalGirl story, since Alice's dream powers at first only serve to make everyone around her bigger targets for Freddy Krueger and they are PersonalityPowers received from their deaths. Nonetheless, it has the typical tropes: shy and insecure teenage girl receives magical powers one day (from Kristen, the previous FinalGirl) and, over the course of the movie, overcomes her insecurities and matures into her role as the titular Dream Master, freeing the children's souls from Freddy while getting the hot guy and reconciling with her [[AbusiveParents abusive father]].

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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BalalaTheFairies'', which is basically a live action Franchise/PrettyCure.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', oddly enough, can be seen as a MagicalGirlWarrior 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 Creator/JossWhedon is known to be a fan of ''Anime/SailorMoon''.
* ''Series/CuteyHoneyTheLive'' is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin - a live action version of Cutey Honey.
* ''Series/H2OJustAddWater'' an Australian TV show about teenage girls that turn into mermaids. Some episodes are just SliceOfLife about the girls trying to hide their magic from their peers, while others will touch on parts of mermaid mythology.
* Once in ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'', in order to hide his identity from his Grandmother, Kamen Rider Beast refers himself as Magical Girl Beast.
* ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'', a live action version of ''Franchise/SailorMoon.''
* ''Series/TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack''
* The toku series ''SeishoujoSenshiSaintValkyrie'', which appears to have been inspired by ''Webcomic/SparklingGenerationValkyrieYuuki''.
* Even ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' has an example. ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger'', 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.
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[[folder:Music]]
* South Korean girl group Music/{{AOA}} has a sub-group called [=AOA=] Cream, who released a song titled "I'm Jelly [=BABY=]." In its [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhKFSXN2Fr4 music video]], the girls transform into {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s to get [[WomanScorned revenge]] on a [[YourCheatingHeart cheating]] [[BastardBoyfriend boyfriend]].
* {{Music/Vocaloid}} features a parody of this trope... with poor Len not as a magical boy, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5BhK8JUCi8 but as a magical kitty.]]
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The "Magical Child" archetype for the Vigilante class in ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' can be of any age or gender, but draws heavily from the MagicalGirl trope. They get spellcasting ability, a TransformationSequence to activate their SecretIdentity, and an animal {{familiar}}.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''BattleMoonWars'' features several characters from various Type-Moon shows dressed as magical girls.
* Elizabeth from ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite''.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'' features Platinum the Trinity, who is absolutely a Magical Girl, complete with [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] battle quotes.
--> '''Platinum:''' Magical Girl Pretty Luna... transform!
** Platinum's gag reel takes this into overkill territory, adding the other UsefulNotes/{{Pettanko}}es for a campaign against [[GagBoobs Boing Queen Litchi]]. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny You will die laughing so fast Hazama would be jealous.]]
* In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'', the Empire of the Rising Sun's hero unit, Yuriko Omega, is a powerful psychic who can flip tanks with her mind. She wears a schoolgirl uniform, and seems to be no older than 18.
* Midori from ''VideoGame/{{Devil Survivor}}'' seems to see herself as one of these, [[{{wrong genre savvy}} sadly]] she is in a ''Franchise/{{Shin Megami Tensei}}'' game.
* ''VideoGame/DisgaeaDimension2'': Flonne's "Pure Flonne" form.
* The Mage class from Beat Em Up MMO DungeonFighterOnline.
* In the doujin fighting game ''EternalFighterZero'', Sayuri Kurata's fighting style is a reference to the Magical Girl genre, complete with a [[MorphWeapon transforming]] MagicWand.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' owes much to the MagicalGirl genre, with a LighterAndSofter approach, an [[PowerTrio all-female party]], a JobSystem that necessitates a TransformationSequence every few minutes (with all of the {{Fanservice}} that normally brings) and regular uses of ThePowerOfFriendship ([[TeamSpirit and Teamwork]]).
* [[http://www.playonline.com/ff11us/topics/read/mumor/index.html Fantastic Fraulein Mumor.]] ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', being a Japanese MMORPG, was bound to have this eventually.
* Shannon of ''VideoGame/GodHand'' is a villainous (though not exactly DarkMagicalGirl) parody of this.
* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend: Holiday Star'' has a sequence where the human girl, [[WholesomeCrossdresser Ryouta]], and [[HotTeacher Professor Kazuaki]] turn into [[Funny/HatofulBoyfriend crossdressing bird magical girls]] to save the day. It's a parody, but you can still get everybirdy killed by messing up the incantation.
* JoanOfArc herself in ''VideoGame/JeanneDArc''.
* The trope is parodied in ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'' with the boss Ayame Blackburn, with her over-the-top introduction speech and ludicrous soubriquet.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'': Lux's "Star Guardian" skin.
* ''MagicalGirlKiraraAndSararaDioskroiOfStarlitSky''
* ''VideoGame/MapleStory'': The "Angelic Buster" Hero class.
* In ''MegaManZX Advent'', [[PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo Aile]] seems to have styled herself as a MagicalGirlWarrior, if her TransformationSequence is any indication.
* A [[ShowWithinAShow Show Within A Game]] within ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' is ''Pure White Lover Bizarre Jelly'', apparently also a SuperRobot show. We never see the anime itself, but the main character seems to be obsessed with it (he is, after all, an {{Otaku}}).
** ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'' features what is apparently the [[http://www.gametrailers.com/video/bizarre-jelly-no-more/61200 intro]] of the show. It's now titled "Bizarre Jelly 5".
* Same deal with ''VideoGame/PanelDePon''.
* Arin from ''{{Pangya}}''.
* The Nymphs of ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins''.
* Nearly the entire cast of ''{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}.''
* [[BadassAdorable Gracia Hosokawa]] from ''VideoGame/{{Samurai Warriors}}''.
* ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'', of all places, contains a parody of Magical Girls with one of Heather's alternate outfits, complete with a ''Anime/SailorMoon'' style TransformationSequence. (Her power? The ability to shoot FrickinLaserBeams.)
* The character MOMO from the ''Videogame/{{Xenosaga}}'' series gains two different Magical Girl forms, each with their own extended (and fortunately skippable) TransformationSequence.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''{{Webcomic/Footloose}}'' [[http://www.footloosecomic.com/footloose/pages.php?page=29 At the school]]
* ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' has the Galaxy Girl Scouts (''Franchise/SailorMoon'' [[XMeetsY meets]] GreenLantern [[TheChosenMany Corps]]), as a major portion of Daisy's/Veled's BackStory.
* ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'' contains several of these, though the only ones seen so far are Meimi (retired), [[spoiler:Yuki]], and possibly Miho. It's been shown by the Tokyo Police and their actions that an unlicensed MagicalGirl is a serious threat.
* ''Webcomic/{{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 FormerChildStar with PTSD.
* In ''Webcomic/NipAndTuck'', [[http://www.rhjunior.com/NT/00651.html one girl acted as one.]]
* ''WebComic/{{Rain}}'' is huge fan of an in-universe, magical girl manga called "Black Wings Kaminari".
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/SparklingGenerationValkyrieYuuki'', where the ''male'' main character is [[GenderBender turned into a]] [[MagicalGirlWarrior valkyrie]] by a [[Myth/NorseMythology Norse god]] hiding inside a Magical Girl anime, who had assumed that anyone watching it would ''already'' be female.
* ''Webcomic/TsunamiChannel'' has Magical Mina, a magical girl who, like Nanoha, has strong influences from shounen manga.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''TheImpossibleMan'' Yuki Shimizu is a MagicalGirl, sent by her mother who leads a mysterious village of Magical Girls and Magical Women, to work as Michael Garcia's bodyguard at his store.
* In ''TheMonsterGirlEncyclopedia'', magical girl appear to be a class of heroine, with ''Fallen Maidens'' book features a magical girl named Mimiru Miltie. As hinted by name of the book, [[FallenHero she got corrupted and become a witch of Subbath cult]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* During the SuperheroEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Heloise becomes Trouble Bubble Girl, a parody of this.
* The second season premiere of ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' features a parody of the ''Anime/SailorMoon'' model (complete with an OverlyLongGag of a TransformationSequence and a blonde {{Odango}} haired leader). Interestingly enough, they fight by summoning HumongousMecha that look just like them instead of anything that can be construed as "magic".
* ''SouthPark'' parodies this in "A Song of Ass and Fire" and "Titties and Dragons" when Kenny becomes one.
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[[folder:Other]]
* The German audio drama series ''BibiBlocksberg'' 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.
** Though there had been numerous anime broadcast earlier in Germany - among others Heidi, Pinocchio, Captain Future, Maya the Bee and The Little Viking Wickie, they had been promoted as 'animated' or 'cartoon series', and the fact that they were ''Japanese'' animated series had been neglected to mention. Therefore many Germans believed that the series were Austrian, Belgian, French or American productions - as Germany dubbed these series, there was no tell-tale sound track.
* The German book series ''LillyTheWitch'' is about a girl named Lilly who finds a magical book which turns her into a witch, as well as a MentorMascot 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.
* The interactive novel ''MagicalGirlAcademy''.
* ''Toys/MilkyWayAndTheGalaxyGirls''.
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