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Magical Girl Warrior

The intersection of Magical Girl with Super Heroine.

In Japan, the extended growth-to-maturity metaphor Magical Girl archetype can mean a variety of things; some do more than use their powers to improve or complicate their lives. Some go out and battle Dramatic Evil, usually with a lot of mystic firepower and weird outfits (usually a glammed-up Mini Dress Of Power) and called attacks. This is not magic for magic's sake; the character rarely finds this enjoyable but often gets morally cowed into it.

The action-oriented Magical Girl Warriors have the extra bonus of being marketed to male demographics, so they can be very lucrative; in this case they often resemble Distaff Counterparts of Japanese superheroes, particularly Sentai and other Henshin Hero characters. This contributed significantly to the odds of the associated franchises being exported to the West. Due to sharing many of the typical teenage superhero tropes, these characters ended up to be much more representative of the Magical Girl genre outside Japan, as opposed to, for example, Cute Witches.

They are very prone to Kicking Ass in All Her Finery.

Characters frequently appearing in this type of franchise include the Dark Magical Girl and the occasional Spear Counterpart to the Improbably Female Cast, who is frequently referred to as "Magic Knight". note 


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     Tabletop Games 
  • High School Girls RPG has the Magical Girl extension, allowing you to play just that type of character.
  • Princess: The Hopeful, a New World of Darkness fan supplement, adds magical girls to the mix. No Princess is going to last too long without being able to survive a fight, but the Calling of Champion has an extra dose as their purpose is to literally fight evil. In fact, the trope is an explicit part of their inspiration. There is also extra emphasis of this style in the Courts of Swords (as heroic larger than life figures), Storms (as an ax crazy version), and arguably Hearts (emphasis on noble traditions, which includes warrior traditions).

     Video Games 

  • El Goonish Shive: In the later comics Elliot gains a super-heroine spell after already having the ability to shapeshift into virtually any conceivable female human form including transformation of clothes.
  • Last Res0rt includes a faction known as the Galaxy Girl Scouts, which seem to be a cross between Sailor Moon and the Green Lantern Corps (i.e. alien girls in whatever the alien version of "schoolgirl" happens to be).
  • Princess Chroma: A parody of the genre in which the magical girl is most definitely the hands-on type. She prefers fighting giant monsters with a mace over resorting to spells despite magic being the more effective, easy way to end a fight.
  • Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki is a parody of the genre, with a Norse Mythology theme. It also is a Gender Bender series, like the Kampfer example above.

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     Western Animation 

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Magical GirlfriendAlways FemaleMagical Nanny
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Dark Magical GirlMagic and PowersMagic Idol Singer
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Kewpie Doll SurpriseImageSource/Anime & MangaMega Neko

alternative title(s): Magic Warrior; Bishoujo Senshi; Pretty Warrior Magical Girl
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