Playing With / Dark Magical Girl

Basic Trope: A Magical Girl with a Dark and Troubled Past, who starts out as an Evil Counterpart to The Hero, but usually switches sides after being taught The Power of Love, Friendship, and Acceptance after a big showdown.
  • Straight: Ichigo's Rival, serving under Queen Suzume, is Miyako, an Elegant Gothic Lolita with an ice-centric repertoire and a Dark and Troubled Past, with the Queen serving as her Parental Substitute. Unfortunately for her, the Queen is also obviously a Treacherous Advisor.
  • Exaggerated: Miyako's past is a Trauma Conga Line of abuse, angst, suffering, and misery that would take years upon years of therapy to unravel. Her big fight with Ichigo causes tremendous damage and spills a great deal of blood. As soon as it ends they are the best of friends, never seen apart, and Miyako is just as happy as Ichigo.
  • Downplayed: Miyako is a child to loving, but poor, parents. Her childhood is troublesome instead of traumatic and allows her to become a magical girl using magic that's powered by greed. The nature of her power drives her to stealing and she is eventually stopped by Ichigo, whose magic is powered by friendship. The nature of her power leads her to be friends with Miyako and help out at her place. They become good friends.
  • Justified:
    • Queen Suzume has taken blood collected from one of Ichigo's battles with her and used her dark magic to construct a copy of Ichigo from it, who she names Miyako. Although they share similar powers, the taint of evil has twisted her into something far more sinister. After being defeated by her twin, the dark magic's hold over her is exorcised, leaving her a more complete copy willing to join Ichigo's side.
    • All of the Magical Girls are from a Always Lawful Good Race. Miyako was trained to be evil, but still instinctively knows she is not supposed to do what she is doing. When Ichigo defeats her, she offers her an opportunity to defect. She does.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Ringo is Ichigo's Evil Counterpart and serves Queen Suzume, but she is cheery, peppy, and upbeat (though a bit worryingly obssessed with fighting...).
    • Miyako has all the traits and appearances of a typical Dark Magical Girl but Queen Suzume genuinely cares for Miyako, and because of this, Miyako is completely loyal and well-adjusted.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Miyako is an obviously blood-crazed psychopath, but after being beaten by Ichigo, she is tied up in a scene reminescent of A Clockwork Orange and brainwashed with friendship speeches until she breaks and starts espousing the power of friendship on her own.
  • Zig Zagged: Queen Suzume has two chosen champions, Miyako and Ringo, whom she pits against Ichigo. Ringo gleefully lusts for battle while Miyako is quiet and withdrawn, making her appear like a classic Dark Magical Girl...however, as their pasts are gradually revealed, it's Ringo who has an incredibly Dark and Troubled Past, while Miyako is more of a Holier Than Thou Ice Queen. Both, however, ulimately serve as Evil Counterparts to Ichigo, providing dark reflections of her Hot-Blooded and Prideful nature. Upon their defeat, Ringo switches sides while Miyako simply leaves — however, Ringo's turn is less about redemption and more about becoming a full-fledged Death Seeker as "atonement'', while Miyako is tracking down one of those elusive therapists, and eventually returns to pull a Big Damn Heroes.
  • Averted:
    • There is no direct counterpart to the heroic magical girl; Queen Suzume just uses a Monster of the Week tactic.
  • Enforced: "The boys in merchandising want another cute girl to put on the merch. How about giving our heroine a dark counterpart, so we can just use a slightly different palette?"
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Why couldn't I be a happy girl like you, Ichigo? Why does my fate have to be so harsh?!" "It doesn't have to be, Miyako! I can help you if you let me be your friend!"
    • "Oh, come on! She wears black, has a Dark and Troubled Past, and is abused by her master! All you have to do is beat her up and rant about friendship, and she'd Heel–Face Turn in a heartbeat!"
  • Invoked: Queen Suzume intentionally sought out mentally scarred young girls that she could indoctrinate into her ranks and set against any would-be heroes. Likewise, Ichigo's goal in battle is not to 'defeat' but to 'befriend' because she wants to build allies while reducing Suzume's forces.
  • Exploited: Miyako is jaded enough to know that a Wide-Eyed Idealist like Ichigo would be easy to fool into thinking she's a DMG. She acts like one to gain her trust, so she'll be able to back stab her in the name of Queen Suzume- or use her to defeat Suzume so she can take the throne for herself.
  • Defied:
    • After the first fight between Ichigo and Miyako, Queen Suzume sees hesitation in Miyako's eyes upon her return, and, refusing to take the chance that her servant could be turned against her, she obliterates her.
    • When she decides to recruit an opposite number to Ichigo, Queen Suzume passes over troubled approval-seeker Miyako entirely, and instead picks Torako, a cruel and violent young Dark Action Girl who zaps people with lightning for kicks and thinks all this "friendship" bull is for losers too weak to fend for themselves.
  • Discussed: "Suzume is just using you, Miyako! You mean nothing to her! I'm going to befriend you so we can get ice cream together! Finishing Move: Sun's Fury!"
  • Conversed: "How does the heroine always manages to redeem a Dark Magical Girl in these shows?" "Probably done just to reinforce the heroine's status; she comes off savior-y if even the Dark Magical Girl becomes a better person because of her influence."
  • Deconstructed: Miyako's emotional scars run so deep that they can't be healed just by losing a fight with her rival and listening to Ichigo's claims of acceptance. Ichigo can claim to understand all she wants, it doesn't matter to Miyako. She continues to antagonize Ichigo until she either overpowers and defeats her or Ichigo is forced to take her down, sending the young heroine into a Heroic B.S.O.D. afterwards.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Miyako's emotional scars aren't just healed by losing a fight but by leaving her with someone who can help while they're defeating Queen Suzume. The heroes also visit her regularly, and, by the start of the next series, she recovers.
    • Ichigo freely admits she doesn't understand... She can't imagine what Miyako's been through, and how she can still find strength when she's hurting so badly. But she knows Miyako is strong, and that she doesn't deserve to be hurting the way she is. Miyako sees that Ichigo really does have her best interests at heart, and Queen Suzume dosn't, and accepts Ichigo's friendship.
  • Played For Laughs: Miyako is Ichigo's opposite in every way; while Ichigo is Hot-Blooded, Prideful, brutally straightforward, and deliberately plays her cutesiness up to her advantage, Miyako is soft-spoken, well-mannered, thoughtful, and kindly. This leads to everyone questioning why she's a loner while Ichigo has friends, much to Ichigo's displeasure.
  • Played For Drama: The constant battles push each girl, Miyako and Ichigo, into an emotional crisis. When they next confront each other, they decide to join forces - to defeat Ichigo's mentor as well as Miyako's master.

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