She's the heart of the funfair She's got me whistling her private tune And it all begins where it ends And she's all mine, my magic friend She says: "Hello, you fool, I love you Come on join the joyride."
Parodied in episode 8 of Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai, in which Sasshi and Arumi enter a dating-sim world in which Sasshi has to gain the stereotypical moe girl's heart. She later reveals that she is an angel that has to go back to heaven, and also an android with an unnecessarily complicated name.
A.I. Love You, the first manga from the creator of Love Hina and Mahou Sensei Negima!, was a textbook example of this, with a lightning strike bringing a lonely geek's homebrew AI (which fit on a single floppy!) to life. The early chapters heavily played on the wish fulfillment, but later ones increasingly subvert it.
Hideki lampshades the trope in the second chapter. He could have written this page himself.
Hideki: "You hear about it all the time...a guy finds a Nice Girl, takes her home...she's always cute of course...then it turns out she's got some sort of special powers...and she falls madly in love with the guy!"
Video Girl Ai, though the idea of a magical girlfriend who seems too good to be true invokes a slightly darker intepretation.
Inverted. in Midori no Hibi: the guy is a tough fighter-type whose reputation frightens away girls, and the girlfriend is an ordinary girl who's always wanted him. She's a normal girl who got her wish granted through "magical" means. The wishfulfillment is still there.
Played with by the Black Lagoon fandom and omake. Rock is a Japanese ex-salaryman while Revy is a sporty, free-spirited woman who comes into his life. Since it's a pulpy seinen show, "Magical Girlfriend" is defined as a Sociopathic Hero in cutoff shorts who goes around looting and shooting at people — including Rock, who was kidnapped during their introduction.
Rosario + Vampire. Moka is the First Girl in an Unwanted Harem at a Monster School. However, she's in love with Tsukune since he was the first person she sucked blood from...and continues to do so, much to his chagrin. While it's a totally straight example at first, it shifts away from the norm for this trope about halfway through Part I of the manga, as Tsukune starts his progression from average dork to bishonenbadass.
Trickster Mentor Haruko from FLCL. As the series director states in supplemental materials: "People who are bullied don't need to put any effort into being bullied... effortless communication. The maid-boom is like that too, right?... It's a dream for people like me. People who have to put effort into having a conversation with someone."
Moonphase is a double subversion. Hapless photographer meets cute girl. She tries to kiss him, they bond magically, and then she's pissed that he still has free will, as she was looking for a servant/slave. A few episodes later it has turned into one of these, admittedly with a very different family dynamic. (Hers keeps trying to kidnap her back or kill her.) She even gets a romantic rival.
Happy World: The Protagonist is the guy who receives all the bad luck in the world, and Heaven sends an Angel to protect this person and whoever he passes on the curse to. The protagonist eventually falls in love with the Angel sent to protect him.
The Type-Moon universe arguably has some elements of this, though it is famous for more than just that. The main heroine of every story by TypeMoon are one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful, being in that particular story (Arcueid, Saber, Ryougi Shiki, The Angel (Type-Venus)). However, the heroes are freaking Badass themselves (even Mikiya, kinda), they just have the limitation of being "a mere human."
Played straight and averted in Eureka Seven: Renton's love interest is...a Strange Girl with quite "magical" abilities who doesn't seem to understand common human sense. And has an unusual hair color too. However, while Eureka at first appears to be an angel, he learns rather quickly just how cold and ruthless she can be.
The main driving force of Kanokon, asides from the fanservice and the comedy brought about by Chizuru's extreme sexual lust. Downplayed because the magical side of Chizuru is rarely brought into play, and she's not perfect. In fact, she downright makes life worse for Kouta, including almost downright raping him just about once an episode.
Gender flipped in Fruits Basket, Tohru ends up living with and falling in love with a magical shape-shifting guy.
Type flipped: Tohru has the personality of the Magical Girlfriend (albeit including Stepford Smiler tendencies), and the guy is an unlucky loser within the circles of people either of them notice.
Mamotte Shugogetten. The main character ends up with two (diametrically opposed) magical girlfriends. One is a KawaiikoNice Girl who draws magical energy from the moon and summons cutesy sprites. The other is a TsundereVamp who draws magical energy from the sun and can bring inanimate objects to life. Hilarity ensues.
Gender-flipped in My Sweet Dragon, where a shy, insecure girl gets a gorgeous boyfriend/husband who is a dragon.
Ashita Dorobou has an interesting variant of this trope. Straight-laced protagonist Kyouichi Miyasako, 30 years old, broke up with his quirky, free-spirited girlfriend Ashita Tendou way back in college, and has been haunted by regret ever since. Suddenly, with a UFO hanging in the sky over Tokyo, she returns to him, wearing the same maid costume she was wearing when he dumped her, and she hasn't aged a day. He tentatively accepts her back into his life, even though something feels off about the whole situation.
Gender-flipped in Akuma Na Eros, where Miu ends up dating Satan and eventually becomes his wife.
Lette from the Girls Love manga The Miko's Words and the Witch's Incantations qualifies. Not only is she a Cute Witch, she makes a deal with the god of Tsumugi's shrine and gains part of her divine essence so Tsumugi can travel with her Tsumugi being unable to leave the shrine unless in the presence of a god, effectively becoming a demigod.
As for the aforementioned god, she takes on Tsumugi's form and takes over the shrine so the miko can stay with Lette, spending much of her time flirting with Tsumugi's hidden bodyguard Isuzu (who had a thing for Tsumugi and is now the target of the god's affections).
Mai from Itsudatte My Santa. She possess magic powers (although she's an Inept Mage) and falls in love with San when she is sent to cheer him up and improve his luck.
Rizel, the genetically engineered female lead of Rizelmine. In a twist on the trope, male lead Tomonori isn't happy about this, as he Likes Older Women and is still in love with his teacher, even though she's engaged to be married however, in the end he learns that Rizel is the older woman he fell in love with when he was young, having saved her from being hit by a truck - she was unable to grow after they met because she fell for him too, and needed more than just the love from her three "papas" in order to age.
Parodied in The Secret Devil-Chan - the hero summons a succubus to take his virginity, only to discover "she's" a guy...and until the pact is fufilled, he has to live with the demon. Naturally, Hilarity Ensues.
While Aoi of Ai Yori Aoshi is human, she borders on this. In the Christmas Episode, she really is one - to be exact, a Santa Claus who loses her magic necklace (the key to her homeworld), and grants Karou a wish after he finds it. He wishes to spend Christmas with her, and names her Aoi. The rest of the episode focuses on "Aoi" and Kaoru's special Christmas encounter.
Played for drama Fatimas of The Five Star Stories - their beauty and loyalty are the result of hideous genetic experiments and brainwashing, they are treated as playthings by most people and the few that aren't brainwashed usually go insane because they're unable to cope with their lot in life.
Madman - reanimated corpse. Also a gender-flipped example.
Way, way back in the 1960's, Dick Tracy went through a period known as the Moon Period, where the strip focused more on sci-fi elements than crime. During this time, Junior Tracy (Dick's adopted son) met and fell in love with the alien woman Moon Maid, who resembled a Caucasian female apart from her large eyes and giraffe-like horns, and possessed the ability to change her body temperature from 18 degrees above zero to 200 degrees (affecting whatever she touched)and shoot destructive energy from her hands, causing things to blow up. He eventually married her, and they had a daughter, Honey Moon, who possessed a magnetic ability to attract small metal objects to her hands. Sadly, Moon Maid died via a car bomb meant for Dick.
Rex by Michael Gagne features a normal-looking fox and his adventures with a female shapeshifting alien.
There is a popular Korean tale about a man who finds a Fairy. He accidentally rips one of her fairy garments, making it impossible for her to go back home. She lives with him, and they marry, though things don't end well. This has become a subject for a couple of Korean comics, the manhwaFaeries Landing being one of them.
There is a similar Irish tale about a man who married a mermaid. He stole the red cap she needed to swim back home. After having many children with him, she finds the cap and leaves him, never to return.
Another version has the girl being a selkie, and the man who finds her steals her seal skin when she takes it off.
Splash, in which an incredibly submissive mermaid is absolutely crazy about Tom Hanks. Her being a mermaid is the least implausible part of this equation.
The movie Mannequin plays this straight. It has a beautiful Egyptian princess who wants "more than this" life several thousand years ago. The gods agree and she disappears. We next see her as a mannequin who apparently can only appear and act real for one person —- the protagonist.
Subverted in Weird Science (film and series), in which two teenage geeks create their very own Magical Girlfriend, Lisa, a virtual-reality-based supermodel-type who solves all their problems for them, often with unintended results or methods, then helpfully goes away. (Despite their initial intentions for creating her, neither geek seems to have any real romantic relationship with Lisa — beyond the requisite ogling — so her "Girlfriend" status is questionable; they treat her more like their Cool Big Sis.)
The movie is different: one of the teenagers wakes up wearing Lisa's underwear, so it's strongly implied they've had sex- though she claims he passed out before they did anything. Possibly the underwear was a joke on her part, as it gets him in trouble with his older brother.
Giselle, the fairytale princess from Enchanted and breaks up an existing affair in the process. In addition, the breakup and associated hookup happen late because at first Giselle is eternally devoted to someone else. These extra Love Interestshook up with each other in the end.
The line between subverted/played straight in The Fifth Element is a little muddy here. The female lead is a fairly traditional magical girlfriend, but whether or not Bruce Willis fits the stereotypical loser role is questionable. On one hand, he is as hardcore and good-looking as any action hero. On the other hand, he is a washed up vet with no friends or prospects who loses his job and his apartment within the first quarter of the movie.
Angel-A, a French film where a loser about to get wacked by the mob gets bailed out by an angel who adores him.
Willow from Terry Brooks' Landover series is not only protagonist Ben's ideal woman (and a Green-Skinned Forest Babe), she's also essentially destined to "belong" to him. Cue "I'm not worthy" monologues and skeptic waiting for the catch.
The catch being that their daughter turns out to be decidedly creepy and easily swayed toward evil at least for a while.
It got much worse than that for poor Benjamin: his daughter has grown up to be just like him. Willow is clearly amused by the frustration this causes her husband.
In Carole Matthew's book Its A Kind Of Magic (not to be confused with the song of the same name), a guy is dumped by his girlfriend (justified, because he was an immature Jerk Ass who was late to her birthday party, showed up drunk and embarrassed her in front of her friends and family) meets a woman whom he saves from suicide, then discovers that she is in fact a fairy from a Magical Land (complete with Magic Wand). He becomes her boyfriend, and slowly changes everything about himself. In the end, after he changes for the better, he and his friends (who know all about his new girlfriend being a fairy) have to take her to Stonehenge in order to return her to her home when she becomes dangerously ill. They end up entering her world alongside her, then the guy has one night of passion with her before she convinces him to return to his ex-girlfriend, revealing that she will soon have Someone to Remember Him By, a son who will become an air spirit, as well as The Reveal that she appeared on Earth because his girlfriend wished he'd change his ways.(Oh, and the story interweaves with the story of his ex-girlfriend being jealous of the new girl, and wondering if her wish was a good thing.
Sins Of The Night - possibly both main characters, as he is a ghost in human form and she ends up as a ghost.
Acheron - same as above - he is a god, and she ends up as one.
The Dresden Files is all over the place with this one. Harry himself is a magical boyfriend to Susan. after being vampirified, Susan is to Harry, too.
Elain would be, but she and Harry were fairly comparable in magical prowess, if in different specializations.
Molly Carpenter to her boyfriend, before she drilled psychic holes in his head. Awkward.
By salic law, Charity Carpenter. But she never told her husband.
Michael Carpenter could count as a magical husband to Charity, but what he does isn't strictly magic.
Thomas Raith is this to Justine. House Raith of the White Court could be this more generally, but most don't care about humans in the slightest. When Harry is asked if they're together and if he's ever been with her, he points out that he's still breath.
A lot of the Fey have tried to be this to Harry for various reasons.
Wizards in general have these, often of comparable power to them, because apparently it sucks to have a mortal spouse when you're semi-immortal.
Eragon of the Inheritance Cycle realizes that he'll need one of these or he'll have to watch her grow old while he stays young. Being magic and as of the second book also half-elf, he's not going away or even aging in the foreseeable future.
Kahlan is this to Richard in the Sword of Truth books, until he discovers that he's inherited more and more varied magical powers than anyone in three thousand years. Nicci tried to be this, on the same token.
Bewitched, a Trope Codifier along with I Dream of Jeannie. Notably, Samantha actually averted a lot of aspects of this trope, since she was mature and sensible with her powers and could easily pass off as a normal human; it was her relatives that caused problems.
Also, in Buffy's fifth season Riley seems to feel this way about Buffy herself. Although he was never really a loser to begin with, he develops a massive inferiority complex in regards to his own usefulness and her feelings towards him. This being a show by Joss Whedon, things don't exactly end happily for this couple.
Also, there's Buffy herself and her relationship with the vampire Angel.
Interestingly this happens in Sabrina the Teenage Witch too, except that it's gender flipped. Sabrina cooks up a temporary date out of man dough to take her to the dance when Harvey goes with Libby. He loves Sabrina, but he also loves everything and everyone. Libby ends up dumping Harvey for him as Harvey won't dance. Interestingly, in this situation the one who isn't the "Magical (Girl/Boy)friend" in this case is the one with the magical powers. The man dough guy qualifies by not being human, and by being totally into Sabrina.
Done similarly in Red Dwarf, with a "Pleasure GELF" (Genetically Engineered Life Form) that telepathically takes the form of the perfect mate of whoever sees it. Kryten had a female android of an advanced model, Rimmer had a female hologram that was just as nerdy and unsuccessful, Lister had a female scouser who had more in common with his female self than his canon girlfriend, Kochanski and the Cat had... himself. In the end, she reveals herself to be a giant green blob of snot. Kryten takes her out to dinner, dancing and a movie, then loses her to her husband, another green blob of snot. And the whole thing is played as a homage to Casablanca.
On December 23, 2008, there was a New Year special called Nada Fofa (translation: "Not That Cute") on the Brazilian channel Rede Globo. In that case, it's a Gender Flip and the "girlfriend" is a large pink plush chicken which annoys the heck out of the main character.
The Sarah Connor Chronicles, where the inhuman, beautiful girlfriend is also an emotionless and brutal killing machine that not only goes to rather shocking lengths to protect John Connor, but is perfectly willing to use John's reactions and emotions toward her to manipulate him.
This gets subverted multiple ways on The Almighty Johnsons. The day before and after his 21st birthday hapless college student Axl Johnson has two different Magical Girlfriends show up who are quite eager to hook up with him. However, they are actually Norse goddesses trying to kill him before he becomes the incarnation of the god Odin.
Axl's brother Ty is the incarnation of the god Hod and due to his cold nature cannot find a girlfriend. When he finally finds a beautiful woman who wants to hook up with him, it turns out that she is another Norse goddess and thus a real Magical Girlfriend. However, he then finds out that she is destined to hook up with his jerkass brother Anders.
Alan O'Day's Undercover Angel is a story where he sings about how he was crying in his bed because he didn't have a woman when an amazing woman suddenly appeared. They do all sorts of amazing things together, but she has to leave him. However, if he goes around picking up women, eventually he will see her again in the eyes of one of his future lovers.
She's An Angel by They Might Be Giants tells of a girl arriving unexpectedly in the narrator's life ("I met someone at the dog show / She was holding my left arm"), the pair of them having adventures together, and the narrator believing that she is literally an angel, and not meant to be together with him as he's a mere mortal ("These things happen to other people / They don't happen at all, in fact").
Pygmalion fell madly in love with his own sculpture of a woman. With the blessing of the goddess Aphrodite, life was given to the statue, who married Pygmalion and had a son together (or daughter depending on the version). Needless to say, he lived the rest of his life in celestial bliss.
Other versions say that when the statue was given life it abandoned Pygmalion and sought out men more handsome and socially adept than its bitter, anti-social creator. Still other versions say that Pygmalion was not interested in women, because the women in his society had been cursed by Aphrodite for denying her divinity and reduced to prostituting themselves; he thus saw the statue as the only one who was desirable.
A few later versions give the woman a name, Galatea, and also mention a daughter, Metharme.
The witch Medea from Classical Mythology, who betrayed her kingdom and killed her brother out of devotion to Jason and then became his bodyguard and hitman. After hooking up with her, Jason apparently stood back and let her handle all the monsters, giant living statues, and enemy kings with her magic. And then he dumped her for a normal, beautiful princess and was surprised when she wouldn't stand for that... What an Idiot!
After being revised to revel in its anime roots, Teenagers From Outer Space added Magical Girlfriend as a special power available to characters. The game designers also pointed out the genre was probably inspired by I Dream Of Jeannie.
Anera, an Aasimar cleric in the Neverwinter Nights community-created Shadowlords/Dreamcatcher/Demon module arc, might qualify. She takes a bit more effort than most Magical Girlfriends, but she is supernatural and will only hook up with a good-hearted character, and her half-celestial cousin pops up to kill her and you for disturbing the balance of the universe in the last Shadowlords module (giving you the opportunity to complete Anera's romance sidequest by taking a death effect for her, though the Power of Love keeps you alive at 1hp).
Joclyn in the Dastard's Morrow module might count.
Commander Shepard in Mass Effect can be seen as this, particular if romancing alien crewmembers. Tali lampshades this to Male Shepard;
Tali: A young woman gets saved by a dashing commander who lets her join his crew and then goes off to save the galaxy? How could she possibly develop any interest in him?
This is such a common trope in Visual Novels that it would exhaust the resources of this wiki to list them all. Notable examples include SHUFFLE!, Da Capo, and Tayutama, all which have anime adaptations.
Saya no Uta is a horrible variation of this trope, as the girl you think she is is not really a human girl - she is an Eldritch Abomination trying to destroy the Earth!! That being said, the "girlfriend" part play straight as her love to main character seem to be genuine.
Also varied in Yume Miru Kusuri, with Cat Sidhe Nekoko, a depowered fairy who needs Kouhei's help to get back where she's supposed to be. Or rather, an ordinary drug addict.
In Harvest Moon DS, you have a chance to marry Leia the mermaid, the Witch Princess, or the Harvest Goddess.
There is also the sleeping Princess Keria/Keira who lives in the mines. While not explicitly a magical being, she teleports into another section of the mines to give you a magical sword and it's heavily implied she is immortal (through various events you can access after marrying her, you discover the reason she cannot talk is that the Witch Princess cursed her for some reason 1,000 years ago and left her to sleep in the mines).
Done straight in El Goonish Shive, where the human-alien-squirrel hybrid Grace is the devoted lover of the classic geek Tedd, who is also very much into shapeshifting of all kinds. Grace is also The Woobie.
A similar (both are written by Shapeshifter / Gender Bender fans and have a lot of thematic crossover) comic The Wotch stars (generally) demure witch Anne whose close male friend Robin gets the camera for most storylines. Another friend would be involved with a genie, if he could. And just as Robin is moving on from Anne, he gets involved with another female who also is a witch.
Housepets!: Shortly after Peanut's False Start, Grape comes home from her date with Max to find Peanut watching a movie with another dog, Tarot. This was first time she had appeared in the comic and had apparently "foreseen Peanut in his hour of need." At first, it seemed her magic-ness was just a throw-away gag, but she has since been shown capable of Telepathy and mental illusion, among other things.
And the source of her magic-ness is shown to be her status as a Player Character in a cosmic tabletop roleplaying game on a higher plane where the comic's world is the game world..
In The Order of the Stick, Roy, a human warrior, is dating Celia, an air elemental sylph. Also, Nale (Elan's Evil Twin) is dating Sabine, a succubus, but considering he's a powerful enchanter in his own right, they blind in better.
Anime Arcadia was about a drawing who became real and lived with her cartoonist.
This actually happens to Nodwick in a series of strips that parody the Vault of the Drow module. Nodwick and party meets a succubus who is attracted to people with big noses for some reason. Sadly for Nodwick, this doesn't work out; she leaves him when she finds out he's a henchman. (Yes, it seems dating a henchman even be bad for a demon's reputation.)
In Kumiko The Demon Girl, Ken, perpetually luckless with women, gets Kumiko, a somewhat naive and overly chipper demon, as his girlfriend. On the plus side, the sex is great and he's protected against various mystical threats around him. On the minus side, she's consuming a bit more of his soul every time they have sex and the mystical threats largely exist due to Kumiko existing. Oh, and the mystical chain connecting them prevents him from getting too far away from her, and he bears a brand on his neck of a cartoonish copy of her flashing a Victory Sign, and her naïveté constantly gets him hurt, and when his luck does change, she drives the other girls away... but then again, the sex is really, really good.
Sort of sadly subverted in Tales of MU with the bonus story "A Boy's Prayer": the story implies that Amaranth the cereal nymph manifested the way she is as (a buxom, nerdy, glasses-wearingLove Freak) because one lonely, geeky twelve-year-old boy, uh, fertilized her field with fantasies and desires of such a woman. The subversion (and sadness) is that after she manifested exactly according to his desires, he never even got to meet her.
Kim Possible approaches conspicuously close to this trope in Season 4, especially in Ron's mind, judging by the season premiere. Luckily Kim's personality is so far out of the norm for this role fans don't worry too much.
Judging by the series finale, Shego might be a Tsundere example toward Dr. Drakken.
The aptly namedBatman Beyond episode "Terry's Friend Dates a Robot" plays with this idea. Terry's geeky friend Howard purchases an (illegal) human-like synthoid robot which looks like a beautiful woman, whom he names Synthia and has programmed to be "totally into me". Problem is, she is scarily possessive and has superhuman strength. She nearly kills a couple of people who bully Howard and Batman has to step in. When Howard decides they should see other people, she literally explodes.
Code Lyoko: As far as The Smart Guy Jérémie is concerned, Aelita definitely fits this trope; it was obvious to his friends that he was in love with her even though he knew her only as a cheerfully innocent, pixie-like artificial intelligence living in a computer. She's gradually revealed to be an amnesiac human girl who was trapped in cyberspace, and their relationship continues once she's rescued (though it also gets more complicated, as Jérémie predicted would happen if she started living on Earth).
Jenny shows up to rescue Sheldon from bullies in My Life as a Teenage Robot. She has most of the traits; to the point where, when Jenny is tired of dating egotistical boys, and complains she needs someone sweet, Sheldon walks past and she barely notices him beyond a perfunctory hello.
Word Of God says that if the show had continued, Jenny would have indeed become Sheldon's girlfriend.
Scooby Doo And The Alien Invaders. The normally carefree Shaggy and Scooby fall for a hippie nature photographer named Crystal and her Golden Retriever Amber.. Even a whole music video in the movie is Shaggy fantasizing about their future relationship. As it turns out, Crystal and her dog are alien agents sent to investigate the S.A.L.F dishes. Their idea of an Earth appearance came from TV signals picked up from an experiment in the 70's.
Aang himself is a Magical Boyfriend - he's an energetic, kind, generous messiah-figure that helps Katara achieve everything she ever wanted to. Everything. Getting her Waterbending training, check. Reuniting her with her father, check. Finding closure with her mother's death, check. Saving the world, check. And he ends up marrying her too.
Disney's animated Hercules series had an example based incredibly loosely on the legend of Galatea (in which a sculptor fell in love with his statue and had Aphrodite bring it to life and they lived happily ever after.) Hercules can't get a date for the prom or something, and since the original Galatea sculptor is his art teacher and has a sexy wife who used to be a statue, Hercules sculpts his own and has Aphrodite bring it to life (she mentions that she's really sick of bringing statues to life because people can't get dates.) The statue-girl (named Galatea, for some reason) is crazy about him in a crazy way, and while she doesn't have standard magical powers, she instead is made of living cement and keeps growing tentacles to capture Hercules and hug him.