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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, and very prone to Kicking Ass in All Her Finery.

Origins of this trope as a genre date to early manga, Princess Knight generally regarded as the first series to have a female heroine defeating bad guys and engaging into different magical adventures, but most Magical Girl series that followed it focused on the magical part and avoided fighting. Then in the early 70s Go Nagai created the groundbreaking Cutey Honey, a parody of different Henshin Hero series (most noticeable a parody of Warrior Of Love Rainbow Man) that codified many of the tropes associated to the genre like giving the heroine a powerful alter ego with she achieves by a magical phrase, different weapons to use in fight, an evil organization to fight against and a heroic introduction, but the show is about an Android and all of her power relied on technology instead of magic, so the genre wasn't completely constructed.

The genre got more defined characteristics with Naoko Takeuchi's series Codename: Sailor V and its more famous Sequel/Spin-Off Sailor Moon who took all these elements and classic Magical Girl tropes to create a series was both aimed toward girls but giving focus to the battle, adding some Super Sentai characteristics like a team of different heroines with balanced abilities and personalities. Thus many Magical Girl Warrior series were at the beginning accused of being rip-offs of Sailor Moon, and while many anime and manga of the genre were trying to repeat its success by copying the formula, eventually they evolved into unique works that just used these elements to tell their own story.

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.

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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  • 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. 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 Hearts (emphasis on noble traditions, which includes warrior traditions).

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  • 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 Kämpfer example above.

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Lovely AngelsAction GirlMore Deadly Than The Male
Dark Magical GirlMagic and PowersMagic Idol Singer
Mighty Morphin' Power RangersPantheon/Otherness Other CreaturesTime Lord
Kewpie Doll SurpriseImageSource/Anime And MangaMega Neko

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