here. Crossover theories are here. Meta theories are here.
Unconfirmed (for now)Stuff that we haven't gotten an answer to yet, but may possibly get an answer to in the future.
Poorfag-chan is not reading a book but using a folding tablet like a Toshiba Libretto W100It's a new thing in 2010, so she's actually quite rich to buy one and bring it to class instead of using the standard issue laptop.
Kyubey has some kind of protection against wishes.Thousands of years of manipulating girls to their destruction, and none of those girls friends who witnesses it made a wish to change the Incubators, either to give them emotions or just flat out destroying them? Either Kyuubey can deny such wishes (unlikely) or they can change their own species definitions to minimize such damage. Perhaps before the wording of such a wish is finished, the Incubators can change the makeup of their species so it doesn't apply to them any more; like transferring consciousness to "non-Kyuubey" containers, let the Kyuubey bodies die or change, fulfilling the wish, then consume the old bodies and return to being Kyuubey.
Kyubei knows nothing, or lied, about the Law of Conservation of Energy.Which means that what he's doing is because he doesn't have the slight idea to where the dispersed energy from the Universe's heating is going. It means that it's being recycled, somehow. Perhaps into human emotions, perhaps into something else.
The current rate of entropy right now is being slowed down by the Incubators' actions.We have never observed at what speed heat would dissipate in a universe without Grief Seeds/Grief Cubes. Suns may burn out in centuries what would otherwise take millions of years.
The magical girls and Witches are all, technically, GodsWitches are capable of creating their own universes (labyrinths), and particularly powerful entities such as Madokami can manipulate and rewrite the laws of physics through a mere wish. The Incubators' entire plan of surpassing Entropy is by creating new universes that can be used as material to repair the present universe, or if that doesn't work, it can be used as a refuge for when the old universe is killed by entropy. Of course, the Incubators keep this information a secret.
The same traffic accident that killed Mami's parents injured Kamijou.Like Mami said, her parents were killed in an accident. We don't know when this was, so it's possible Kamijou was hurt in the same accident. Unfortunately, Mami got the worse end of it.
Homura's time travel is what's causing the Universe's energy problems.Because such a powerful ability might have taking energy not only from Homura herself, but from somewhere else. Which means that in the end, Kyubey caused exactly what he seemed to be trying to prevent.
Post-Ending Homura is a Multiverse Composite Being.Like Madoka; Homura's time travel shenanigans tied her existence to that of the Dharma of all her Alternate Universe selves.
The perpetual existence of the Universe that the Incubators want would be a horror beyond imagining.Entropy; death; is ultimately a necessary function to the Universe. Keep in mind, the Incubators have zero concept of quality of life. As long as something continues to exist; in any form; they see it as their job accomplished. An endless, eternal And I Must Scream.
Homura was given filler backstory for her existence and knowledge in the new timeline.In order to prevent Time Paradox; Homura was given new backstory (her previous memory wasn't erased; she remembers the "official" timeline like a dream, her memory of her constant timelines cannot be muted.) All her life, she dreamed of a girl. Madoka. She knew that this girl was the focus of her entire existence, but she didn't know why. Along comes Incubator. Homura's wish was to know what's this missing "something" in her heart. She wished to know what and who this hole was. Her Mahou Shoujo form came with that bow and ribbon.
There was no actual Cosmic Retcon. Goddess/Jesus Madoka is actually Kriemhild Gretchen, and the new universe is, or inside a witch sphere.It just happens that she assimilated the entire universe in her barrier. Madoka had been so powerful that her witch sphere contains the universe. Though whether the laws of entropy are the same is unknown. A worse possibility is that Demons does not produce real entropy, just maintaining the "show" for Madoka.
Mami's wish gave her larger breasts.No, she didn't intentionally wish for those; that was a side effect. Whatever the wording of her wish, it resulted in her not dying and having a healthier and more developed body.
Kyuubey tells people different things about his origin.He tells some contractees that he's an alien. He tells others that he's an angel/demon. Others he refers to himself as a fairy. He has a different origin story for whoever asks.
Witches' dimensions are some sort of Ironic Hell
Walpurgis Night is of extraterrestrial origin
Kyubey granted Homura's wish because he wants to increase Madoka's power
Boys aren't as suitable as girls for energy generation, hence the reason they only use girls
Kyubee is able to lie and in fact already has
The reason why Madoka has so much power is because Madoka also has some time-related powers, as hinted by the OP and ED.Scenario: Madoka becomes a magical girl during Walpurgisnacht to fight the witch. However, she's well aware of the consequences and dedicates herself to fighting a lonely battle against witches to both honor Mami's version of a magical girl and to prolong her time fighting for the side of good. Unfortunately, as she grows older, she begins losing her childhood resiliency and hope and begins falling to darkness (the ED). Recognizing this, she somehow sends her power (essentially a seed of hope) back in time to a much younger Madoka (the OP) before killing herself like Kyouko or just becoming a witch, dooming that timeline. Homura goes back in time as well to try to save Madoka. At each iteration, Madoka gets a little more power, but events play out mostly the same. Eventually, though, Kyuubey notices how much power Madoka has and begins focusing much of his time getting her to contract with him, which pushes Homura further to just save (only) Madoka. However, she misses the entire point of what older Madoka was trying to accomplish; no matter how many "Madokas" will eventually fail, she'll keep trying until Madoka has enough power of her own, outside Kyuubey's influence, that she can somehow break through that Bad Future of a destroyed world and open a once-closed door to a happy one (per the OP and the ED). Bonus points if Madoka gets enough power to blast a unified Grief Seed-powered Incubator out of existence so that this entire dreadful system is stopped, and magical girls are born from wholly original "magical girl" power. Or maybe I'm just wishing TTGL-style optimism comes into play.
Kyubey is trying to hatch a higher being, similar to a godIn episode 9, we find out that Kyubey is an alien trying to save the universe by gathering the energy from The Corruption of the mahou shoujo into witches. However, as the universe is constantly losing energy, this strikes a parallel with the situation of the mahou shoujo; they can try their best to avoid their fate, but they are only delaying the inevitable. However, I am sure that Kyubey knows this, and is only using that as an excuse to hide his true intentions, this being Kyubey after all. His real intention is given away by his real name, Incubator. His real plan is to harvest the energy of the mahou shoujo in order to hatch something. Something that his species believes could save the universe from its fate. Something that produces energy without consuming any. In other words, a god. He is trying so hard to get Madoka because the energy from her transformation into a witch would probably be enough to hatch the being.
Kyuubey is a Literal Genie.
Kyubey is evil.Or at least has less than good motives. Look at him. He looks as cute as a button, but he has to speak telepathically. Thus, his face is always stuck in that permanent smile. This is very good for hiding any other emotions that he might have in the future.
It was all part of Kyubey's plan for Mami to dieIt's clear from Homura that becoming a magical girl is a bad thing. A very bad thing. It's even more clear that Homura does not want Madoka to become a magical girl. So how could Kyubey get more people to become magical girls? Simple. Sacrifice one, and allow the girl to bring her back with a wish or, as said above, shock her into never wanting another person around them to die if they have the power to change that. This will cement two more magical girls for the little rodent.
Kyubey is responsible for every major event that has happened in the show so far.This includes everything, and I mean everything, that has happened from episode 3 onwards. However, in order to do this, he probably needed some kind of mind warping powers, and he may very well have them, but said powers probably only work on "normals" such as Kyousuke (possibly used in episode 4, to cause the event that led to Sayaka forming her contract with Kyubey, giving Kyoko a possible relation for Kyoko to sacrifice herself for.), Junko (possibly used in episode 6, when she gave the advice that led Madoka to throw away Sayaka's soul gem, giving Kyoko a reason to get closer to Sayaka, with the view of the two being close enough for Kyoko to sacrifice herself when the time came.) and Hitomi (possibly used in episode 7 when she told Sayaka about her planned confession, kick-starting Sayaka's transformation into a witch). However, that, combined with his mind reading of the mahou shoujo, is more than for him to influence everything that has happened so far. I'm not talking full-blown mind control, by the way, I'm thinking it's more along the lines of a subconscious voice which is egging the characters to say certain things.
Mami's wish was not to die aloneKyubey just fulfilled it in the bluntest way possible after she befriended Madoka.
The witch of Episode 3 wasn't evilThe monster wasn't doing anything harmful or threatening until Mami attacked it. Then it merely acted in self-defense.
Human souls sporulate.
Madoka was born with two souls
Magical girls don't ageSince their bodies are just empty shells that can be maintained by magic. This could also mean that...
They're all Reality Warpers, not just magic girlsIsn't this pretty obvious? Kyubey claims he can grant any wish, but it's really a matter of letting them grant their own wishes. Kyubey himself even admits that despite developing the technology that unlocks this potential from humans (Soul Gems), the Incubators are still unable to comprehend why Puella Magi and their Eldritch Abomination form can warp reality in the first place. Homura, who attempts to be a Nanoha-style brawler and whose Time Lord powers (which arguably allows for the most creativity, just ask anyone who watched Doctor Who) are restricted by her depression and the single duty/hope to protect Madoka, is the weakest of them; it's all about imagination.
The witches are only defeated, not killed, and Kyubey is saving them for his evil plan.Since we now know that witches are Puella Magi who absorbed too much corruption, we can infer that grief seed are just like soul gems. When a Puella Magi pours their corruption into a grief seed, they are making the witch more powerful. Once a witch is powered up enough, Kyubey stores away the grief seed for a time when he can put his plan into action. When that time comes, he will release the grief seeds and allow the witches' bodies to regenerate and use his army of witches to destroy the world.
An alternate to the above theory on Grief Seeds...The Incubator consolidates the corruption in the Grief Seeds fed to him and on Walpurgis Night gains the ability to force it all upon the strongest puella magi in the immediate area. If a stronger puella magi makes for a stronger super-witch, Kyubey would obviously want to make a contract with Madoka, who would likely have enough power to encroach the entire universe with her barrier.
Also concerning the above theory.Kyubey is waiting for Walpurgis Night so he can have an all-you-can-eat buffet of Grief Seeds - but the only magical girl who could defeat that many witches alone is Madoka. She's literally his meal ticket.
Being a magical girl is not only a Fate Worse than DeathBut to witches also since they were once magical girls. To make the three previous theories above EVEN worse. The deceased cannot be sent to the afterlife, because their Grief Seeds which are basically their souls are taken away and used by Kyubey as batteries. So they will live in eternity cramped up in a Soul Gem or settling in Kyubey's stomach.
The strongest witch will be encountered in AokigaharaWhere else would be more appropriate? And if not in the anime, perhaps one of the spinoff manga. Note that it may not be the last witch fought, which I still believe will be the one from Madoka's dream.
Kyubey plans to turn Madoka into some form of AntichristIf Madoka has the potential to be powerful, even omnipotent like Kyubey says, imagine if she matured into a witch.
Witches are purging their despairCollected from the forum thread: Grief seeds collect darkness from the gems; if they collect enough darkness the witch is reborn; dark gems turn into seeds. As witches kill people, their seeds become more valuable -> by killing people witches purify themselves. Witches kill people by dumping their despair into them - killing them in order to purify itself. If a witch fully cleanses herself, she transforms into something else. QB for some reason does not want this, so he sets magical girls on them - they kill the witches, feed more darkness into their seeds and give them to QB. He later replants them and the witch is reborn.
The OP is a Spoiler OpeningLet's see. Everyone is looking for minor changes between each episodes' OP to see if it reveals any important plot points. However, the biggest hints the OP has given of things that happened much later so far are in the parts that haven't changed at all. Take the scene with Madoka at her desk, for example. In this scene, she is thinking of all of the reasons why she doesn't want to be a magical girl. Some of these thoughts include:
Walpurgis Night Isn't a Witch. It is an IncubatorThis is an alternate theory to the fusion dance theory. In episode 12, we see Walpurgis Night in full view. It appears to be white, like Kyuubey, and its arms look suspiciously like the flaps of skin that come out from Kyuubey's ears. Supporting this theory, Walpurgis Night doesn't have a barrier, nor does it drop any grief seed. And despite being visible to the naked eye and capable of causing the End of the World, no normal human newscaster even noticed a WTF Eldritch Horror in the middle of the hurricane/earthquake. Everyone refers to Walpurgis Night as the "strongest witch", of course, but this is probably only because Kyuubey said that it was, since the mahou shoujo can't prove otherwise. Of course Kyuubey doesn't lie outright, and this isn't a outright lie either. The Walpurgis Night probably attacks by using the grief seeds that Kyuubey has collected for it, thus making it the master of all witches and thus is the strongest witch From a Certain Point of View, and Kyuubey is infamous for his love of the usage of From a Certain Point of View. Of course, Walpurgis Night would destroy the earth, which would go against Kyuubey's plans, or would it? As far as a remember Kyuubey only said that the witch that is born from defeating Walpurgis Night would destroy the earth. I can't remember him saying anything about Walpurgis Night itself destroying the earth. Not even once. Yet again, an example of Kyuubey choosing his words in such a manner as to trick the mahou shoujo to do his bidding. Instead, the purpose of Walpurgis Night's existence is to cause enough death and destruction to make girls into mahou shoujo and speed up their progression into witches to help Kyuubey with his energy quota. To address the final standing point, its appearance, it is possible that incubators have a system which is similar to how bees and ants work on Earth. Kyuubey is a worker-class incubator. His job is to gather resources (in this case, energy) to help keep his colony (or the universe) alive. Walpurgis Night is probably a warrior-class incubator. It's job is what I stated before, provide a tough opponent to the mahou shoujo so that they become witches quicker.
The world where Madoka Magica happens is actually a dream world created by the real MadokaThis is a mix of some theories presented here, and mashed up with some new ones, courtesy of a pic in the Puella Magi wiki, here◊. Back in the real world, Puella Magi are not born from contracts with Kyubey, but rather, from a human experiencing a traumatic experience in her life. Witches are still created the usual way, however. Madoka was a normal person, with a lot of dreams and aspirations, until she witnessed her entire family being brought to suicide by a witch. This event was the trauma that made her turn into a Puella Magi. Like in the series, her magical potential was enormous, practically godlike. With that power, Madoka created Kyubey so that others could help her fight witches if they wanted to do so, and gave power to her pet cat, Homura, to help her in battle. However, although Madoka was full of determination, her life had suffered a very drastic, dramatic change. Nevertheless, out of a self-sacrificing sense of duty, she kept fighting and trying to make a better world for everyone. It was all in vain, however. No matter how much she tried, people she loved died or fell into despair and turned into witches. Ultimately, Madoka couldn't take it anymore, and her cries of despair ruptured the world as she turned into a witch herself. After a long, terrible battle, Madoka, the ultimate witch, was subdued, but her friends didn't have the courage to kill her, or it was outright impossible to do so. Instead, they joined forces to seal her and themselves into a dream world where her inner self could live a happy life, free from the pain that being a Puella Magi involved. Kyubey and Homura were tasked with watching over the seal so that Madoka's physical body didn't escape into the real world. However, Kyubey grew sick of the light-hearted slice of life going on in this world, and longed for the good ol' days in which he was by Madoka's side, killing witches and setting the world on fire, and ultimately decided that this dream world he had been told to watch over was nothing but a cowardly lie spun by Madoka's so-called friends to pull her away from her true life. And so, he tried to get Madoka to awaken and return to the real world. Homura found out of Kyubey's betrayal and used her powers to reset the time stream of the dream world. This had the effect of everyone forgetting almost everything about their past lives and believing that the dream world was the real world all along. Some residual impulses remained, however... Among them, Kyubey's obsession with getting Madoka to 'awaken', Homu trying to stop Kyubey, and Madoka's depression in general. Should Homura ever fail to stop Kyubey, the ultimate witch will be unleashed on the real world, with catastrophical consequences for humanity. Unfortunately, dreams are bound to end sooner or later, and so, Kyubey's victory is inevitable. It's not a matter of 'if', but of 'when'.
...or, the whole story takes place in a witch's dimensionand the witch involved is Madoka. If the idea that Witches = Reality Warper holds true then Madoka, being the most powerful witch, should have the ability to create such an intricate alternative dimension where her wishes are kind of fufilled. Not sure why it's starting to break apart though...maybe a magical girl just entered??
Madoka will become a NOT Axe Crazy WitchKyubey sees that Madoka's Magical Powers and Idealism won't make her a witch too early, the right age to turn into a witch being adult. Homura is trying to stop her because she's afraid that Madoka will mess up and thus not become a "true" witch but an axe crazy "false" witch. That's why Kyubey wants to kill witches even though magical girls turn into them: they aren't real witches, in a sense.
There will be a witch that will maintain its original human appearanceAnd odds are it will be Madoka. See Humanoid Abomination, Monster Lord, and Bishonen Line.
Some (or All) of Urobuchi's trolling is actually him dropping real half-truths of the plot
Homura acts stoic at least in part just to spite Kyubey.She can never stop being a puella magi, but if Kyubey's ultimate goal is to harvest the energy produced by her emotions, she will feel nothing, damn it. Of course, part of it is just plain desensitization.
The tree-like structure in episode 1 is Sayaka's familiar that transformed into a half witchThe witch is dead, but... Given the impression that the inside structure and color theme resembles Sayaka's barrier of a music hall and the implications in the scene that the familiar which resembles Kyouske who was shielded off by Kyouko's magic barrier before the explosion. It transformed as it collected enough soul fragments from Sayaka's grief seed and Kyouko's soul gem and gained memory fragments from both as a result. If this is true, the dead body of Sayaka will be missing for no reason for the next few episodes because that familiar reclaimed it. The colored water representation of both girls also implies this happening.
Epic Fail awaits Kyubey.Sure, he'll save the universe from heat death, but he'll overload the universe with so much energy it'd blow up anyway.
Kyubey lies.He's not the alien you think he is. Plus he already lied to Kyouko once. Saving the universe from entropy and heat-death is impossible. It's like saying that a Perpetual Motion Machine(wiki it) is possible without a magnet or any net input of energy(it is not). Subtle laws govern physics, much more so with Thermodynamics. There will always be wasted energy until energy is dispersed evenly, throughout the available space...
Alternatively, Kyubey always tells the truth, but there is still a way he can give out false informationHe can give out false information if he believes that information to be true. This allows Kyubey to lie about his true purpose; "saving the universe from heat death" is not at all true, but he was created to think that it was. The reason not even Kyubey knows his real purpose? It's so others can't learn about it as well, until it's too late.
A variation of Mephistopheles will be used as a name for a witch, probably witch MadokaBecause Kanamephisto is too good a pun to pass up. Is it a pun in Japanese too?
For that matter, there will be a witch named after a ValkyrieWe got a witch named Kriemhild, so why not? Brunhild would also fit the Stellar Name.
Kyubey wants Madoka to make her contract during Walpurgisnacht, no sooner, no later.First, let's review some key points:
It's never really been about Madoka. Kyuubey's real target is Homura.Episode 10 reveals that originally, Madoka was pretty much a normal, if very competent, magical girl alongside Mami. She had enough power to defeat the Walpurgis Night witch after it had already (presumably) been weakened by Mami's Heroic Sacrifice, but not to survive the process. In other timeline she survives the fight, but it entirely drains both her and Homura. It seems clear from this that Madoka isn't inherently the uber-magical girl, as Kyuubey's been pretending (and Homura's been believing). Her extreme power in the alternate timeline where she defeats the Walpurgis Night witch in one hit was probably situational, the by-product of being in such a horrible situation to begin with (and maybe other factors). After this, she indeed became a grossly powerful witch, but only because she'd already become a grossly powerful magical girl. The point however is that if she'd made the contract at some other time, she wouldn't have been as powerful. In short, then: the power of a magical girl is not something inherent to that particular girl, but instead dependent on what situation she makes her wish in. From this, it seems rather likely that Kyuubey's shenanigans with Madoka are simply one big Batman Gambit to keep his real target, Homura, occupied until she becomes a witch. So long as she doesn't think about things too hard until that happens, she won't realise she's being played like a Stradivarius. Indeed, it's likely that Madoka is a) being singled out in the alternate timelines by Kyuubey to wind up in more and more optimal situations to improve her power, to maintain this illusion and b) only being thus singled out because she was Homura's close friend to begin with. Remember, in the original timeline, she was good, but not that significantly better than Mami. It's only since then that she's been portrayed as the magical girl Jesus - or rather, given what they become, the magical girl anti-Christ.
Sayaka never had a chance with KamijouDuring the third iteration none of the girls really believed any of the crazy things about Soul Gems that Homura told them. So Sayaka presumably had no reason to avoid confessing to Kamijou. Yet she still becomes a witch. Moreover, a witch that really hates Hitomi. Obvious conclusion: Kamijou just isn't interested in her that way, but he does like Hitomi. Which would also explain why the current Kamijou has been completely ignoring her.
Walpurgis Night is a different witch (or collection of witches) each iterationThis seems obvious. They all bear resemblances to each other, but they're never exactly the same. Of course, this Walpurgis will be the worst of them all.
The reason there are five timelines is because Four Is DeathConfused? Think of it in this way: Homura has gone back to the past four times. Of course, you could argue whether Four Is Death applies to the loop or to Homura...
Mami and Kyoko became witches in previous iterations.
Homerun has traveled to the past more than 4 timesWe seem to assume what we have seen is all that has happened. However, it could be more of a case like in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. Or it could not be like it since Homuhomu has tried to change fate herself from the start unlike in the mentioned example. Although we have yet to see if there is any indication about she doing it many more times than we have been shown.
The cause of the Walpurgis NightThe Witch of the Walpurgis Night is actually a way to balance out the Puella Magi - Witches quantity. If there were too many Puella Magi in an area, the number of Witches would diminish faster, and the amount of Puella Magi turning into Witches would reduce as well, having partners and being less likely to see a friend fall in battle (reducing the desesperation levels). So as a counter-measure, by some kind of method, the Walpurgis Night Witch is born. For example (just a possibility), maybe when a Witch dies, its residues reunite with other Witches' residues in some secluded area and start forming a special Grief Seed which cannot be detected by the Puella Magi due to its low activity level, until this "egg" is strong enough to hatch and give birth to the Walpurgis Night Witch.note This Witch would not only create a huge amound of energy itself, it would also hugely reduce the number of Puella Magi (and probably turn many of them into Witches), so that more witches can reproduce. Slowly, more girls would be contracted to fight the newborn Witches, repeating the cycle. Yes, you should have noticed what I've implied there: The Walpurgis Night has happened many times before. The devastating effects caused by this Witch are probably explained in the real world by a)Natural disasters note or b)Human causes (huge wars, genocide, etc.), AGAIN, as a WMG above mentioned.note
Elsa Maria was Kyouko's sisterKept here for archival purposes, as it was a common fan theory when Episode 7 came out. Should be noted that it's very unlikely: This theory would require an implausible set of Contrived Coincidences...unless the (equally unlikely) Came Back Wrong theory is true, in which case all bets are off.
Kyubey is using Homura as his Unwitting Pawn.Stop to think about it for a moment, reflex. We find the key of this theory in episode 10. Kyubey says that Homura's wish has 'surpassed entropy'. Each time Homura resets the timeline, Madoka degenerates more and more from the strong-hearted girl she was into a weak-minded moeblob, all for the sake of Homura wanting to protect Madoka instead of being the one protected. It is seen that the more desperate things turn out to be when Madoka makes her contract with Kyubey, the greater her powers are, and the more powerful she is when she becomes a witch. And Kyubey has often shown signs of knowing that Homura is a time traveler from the very beginning.
The witch Roberta, from episode 10, was MamiTaken from the Puella Magi wiki. There is a flower pattern on the floor of the Roberta's barrier (that alternates with a gear pattern, ie Walpurgis Night), some have suggested she explodes into muskets when killed, and of course the witch has no head.
Homura still has a part of her that is a shrinking violetProbably justified due to the fact that she has a number of Not So Stoic moments and her ever present lack of social skills.
The effects of a Puella Magi's wish have No Ontological InertiaEspecially if it's a Selfless Wish, so for example, if Sayaka is dead, that means that Kyousuke's hands will once again be nonfunctional.
Cross-posted Ending List from Puella Magi wikiPretty much every possible ending there is, right here.◊ Ratings are:
Kriemhild Gretchen is the mask of Mephisto at the end of the EDKriemhild means "battle mask". Madoka is floating in the eye of the Mephisto mask in the ED. Coincidence? I THINK NOT.
The title character of the spin-off Kazumi Magica manga is actually a witch that was turned back into a magical girlKazumi has signs of a Dark and Troubled Past, even referring to her amnesiac self as a "new Kazumi" as opposed to the "old Kazumi". At the end of chapter 2, her friends say that anyone can become a witch, with the implication that that they're referring to the "standard" witches of the anime, and they've had to deal with it personally. And let's face it, her magical girl costume is a Cute Witch outfit! A black cat even appears in the second chapter! Of course, the anime has said that such a thing is impossible, which is why this WMG must be taken together with the next WMG
Kyubey's species......is actually comprised of humans, or reincarnated/converted/modified humans. Derived from the line in Episode 9 where Kyubey says "Someday, you humans will join us" or something along those lines.
It is possible to get a human back from being a witch, Kyubey just didn't know and Kyouko made the wrong choice.Sayaka wouldn't listen to Madoka even when she was a human. What Kyouko should have done was gotten Hitomi to come and apologize or try to smooth things over.
Hitomi already is a magical girl.She visited Kyosuke at the hospital like Sayaka, and asked him to keep it a secret not only because she was aware of Sayaka's crush on him, but she was unable to face up to her own feelings. Kyuubey asked her to contract roughly halfway through the show, and she was going to wish for the courage to confess when Kyosuke was suddenly discharged. Either by asking Kyuubey or figuring things out on her own, she realized Sayaka was also a Puella Magi and gave her the first chance at confessing for making a more 'selfless' wish; she also didn't want to pull Kyosuke away from someone who could be his true love. When the deadline passed, she made her wish, but never got a chance to reveal things to Sayaka (who she didn't want to make an enemy of) or Madoka (that may have been why she told her to wait at the start of episode 9, however). She's been avoiding other Puella Magi, hiding her Soul Gem in her school bag, and not sending telepathic messages to keep the secret. She doesn't know the specifics about witches just yet...
Walpurgis has teleportation or time-travelling powers
Witches can be revived by other witches.Kyuubey says that a witch can be revived if a magical girl uses its Grief Seed too many times to recharge magic. The process of recharging magic involves putting the darkness from inside the Soul Gem into the Grief Seed. It's only logical to assume witches can do something similar with their own Grief Seeds, especially since Grief Seeds are just corrupted Soul Gems. As a corollary, this is the reason why Kyuubey devours "used up" Grief Seeds. If a roving witch stumbles across a nearly-revived Grief Seed, it could easily get a new ally. Two (or more) witches working together might be enough to quickly defeat a magical girl, and Kyuubey has some interest in keeping magical girls alive so they can become witches themselves. And if the "Walpurgis Night is a Fusion Dance of witches" theory is true, then you probably want to keep the witches seperated. Unlesss you're trying to use Walpurgis to get someone to contract... If this theory is true, there's a bit of Fridge Horror: Who here thinks that Homura gives her Grief Seeds to Kyuubey? Anyone? It's highly doubtful she does so. Meaning she probably keeps a stockpile of Grief Seeds somewhere. They're probably kept in her Hammerspace shield, but it's also possible they can be removed somehow. And if she keeps her seeds somewhere else? We only need a witch to stumble across it, and then...Why hello, Charlotte!
Kyoko knew magical girls could become witches, but not that soul gems were their souls encased as gems.She seemed very worried about Sayaka's gem darkening, even though Kyubey apparently never told what would happen if the gem became completely dark. Perhaps she've seen a fellow magical girl become a witch before Sayaka (Elsa Maria, perhaps) and thought that becoming a witch corrupted her soul gem, killing her in the process, but never really knew that Puella Magi, as well as herself, were Soul Gems.
Walpurgis Night is powerful because it's a witch that can fuse/reunite with other witches.The witch we see is just the result of the fusion. The girl who became a witch probably wished to not be lonely, or to have many friends, thus, enabling her, as a witch, to fuse with other witches and become really powerful.
Kyubey recycles Grief Seeds on occasion.It has shown that a defeated witch's grief seed has a usage limit, or else, the witch might wake up again. Perhaps Kyubey has a way to recycle it into the same witches, over and over, by putting said Grief Seed near places where people tend to have negative emotions (like schools, hospitals and places where people tend to commit suicides/crimes; Charlotte's Grief Seed could be a recycled one). It could be a way to not extinguish the planet's power source so quickly, as well as a way to invite new mahou shoujo and make them able to defeat witches for a while before becoming witches by themselves. The way he "ate" the Grief Seed was different from the way he ate his own corpse; actually, he could be storing the Grief Seeds for later reuse, instead of just plainly eating them.
Walpurgis Night's motivation will be to Put Them All Out of My MiseryDerived from Homura's Nietzsche Wannabe speech in Timeline 3. The idea is that Homura's "turn this world upside-down" comment does refer to Walpurgis, but it doesn't mean Homura will become Walpurgis. Rather her line acts as Foreshadowing for Walpurgis's goal - destroying everything to end suffering, out of its own suffering. In this context, the line "become monsters together", can be thought to support the "Walpurgis is a Fusion Dance" theory. For maximum effect, there will probably be a Meaningful Echo. "Destroy, destroy, destroy it all!"
Walpurgis Night will be "born" from that giant tree that keeps appearingEvery time Walpurgis is seen, a giant dead tree is somehow also present in the city. Since witches have Grief Seeds, it only makes sense that one of the most powerful of witches would grow from a giant tree.
The incorrectness of Kyubey’s energy/entropy theory was intentional.The use of energy – energy cannot be created or destroyed (first law of thermodynamics). It does however get turned into heat (second law of thermodynamics), so eventually all usable energy will become heat, and no energy input will result until some kind of energy output (from the heat) happens. What Kyubey is doing is saving the universe from this, not loss of energy altogether. Thus with all the witchery and magic Kyubey is creating usable energy, i.e. adding to the total amount of energy to the universe. This leads to usable energy plus the energy converted to heat. The result? Said created usable energy will also be converted to heat, as he gains more usable energy that will also eventually become heat. The mass accumulation of energy that eventually becomes heat gathers together and eventually there will be enough heat to burn up the universe and everything in it, or at least make it an unlivable place to be in. Thus, Kyubey’s part of a mass effort to destroy the universe. Whether this is intentional or not...
In one of the alternate timelines, Sayaka was in love with Hitomi.In the current timeline, when she became Oktavia von Secekendorff, her barrier resembled a concert hall with violin-playing familiars, including one who looked like Kyosuke. However, in the alternate timeline, she had a rock stage and dancing familiars that resembled Hitomi, not to mention that alternate!Oktavia's card mentions her favorite sound being a guitar, not a violin. Clearly, they fell in love or broke up at a rock concert and Sayaka went mad with despair.
Kyubey uses Grief Seeds to fuel Walpurgis Night.Because the whole Magical Girl process is already a Vicious Cycle, there's no reason why the cycle shouldn't end at Kyubey just making the things disappear. Besides, it seems as though WPN is a regular occurrence, or a least one that can be predicted.
Walpurgis Night does drop a Grief Seed (or multiple Grief Seeds)It's just that when it dies, the Grief Seed(s) scatter across so wide a area that they're hard to find. It/They may even fly into another town, and the Vicious Cycle repeats again...(especially if the Incubators can revive witches from Grief Seeds).
Charlote ate Mami's head because her hair was yellow, like the cheese she craves. The idea came from this fic. Might also count as Fridge Brilliance.
Nothing is real (a.k.a. the Homu-space theory).Everything is in Homuhomu's head, henceforth known as "Homu-space". The entire series is a dream sequence while she's in the hospital, and the restarts are akin to the classic dream-within-a-dream scenario. This would explain why all these fantastic things are happening around her, but her power equates to a glorified pause button and a Hammerspace shield. She escapes from Homu-space when she finally saves Madoka, or for absolutely no reason in episode 12/13 for trolling purposes.
Kyubey is trying to create a pepertuum mobileThat's why he granted Homura her powers. His goal is to create something that will eternally consume unusable energy and transform it into usable energy, thus defying entropy without having to destroy more magical girls. That's also why he's called Incubator.
There's one wish Kyubey can't attend.Said wish is exactly the one to reverse entropy (thus, preventing the heat death of the Universe). If Kyubey made it real, things would be simpler in the start, but, the witch that would come out of it would destroy the whole Universe via instant heat death, rendering the whole deal completely pointless.
Madoka's Wish is to be useful.She's always moping about not being useful and just wanting to help people. It was granted by making her powerful enough to meet the energy quota. She might have also had different wishes in the different timelines.
"Puella Magi" is not synonymous with "magical girl".We've assumed it's what Puella Magi is due to how it was fit in the title, but in fact it means something else. Perhaps, related to the "Madoka will become a True Magical Girl" theory, "Puella Magi", or "girl of the mage", is Madoka's True Magical Girl name. (Just one suggestion.) This will have the side effect of forcing all of the wiki writers and fansubbers to change all of the instances. Keeping in mind Episode 12, it may be the name of Madoka's Goddess Form.
Madoka didn't end witch formation foreverKyubee still has his quota, and the creation of a witch is still the best source of energy around. She ended his current means of going about it, but nobody ever said anything about him not finding non Puella Magi contract-based ways of turning little girls into monsters for energy production afterwards.
Related to above, Gainax Ending Sequel Hook suggests that another alternate timeline Homura became a witch in human form....which will be the new enemy in Season 2. Homura diverged when into two separate entities while with Madoka, and, as a result, two possibilities came about. One being that relied on Madoka and gave her hope. The other...well, that happened after she became a witch and couldn't rely on herself, losing hope in the process. Each got a ribbon, and each signified each other as polar opposites (with hope versus those without). Also, did anybody notice that there was only ONE ribbon with Homura?!
Madoka wasn't the first to make a Reality Warper-level wishIn episode 9 Kyubey states that there are some things about magical girls that even his creators can't explain. Then, in episode 12, he states that he has no idea why Soul Gems disappear when they're used up. My theory is that at first magical girl powers were completely explainable, and somehow the rules were even worse than they are now. But then a powerful magical girl made a wish to change the rules and managed to move the Sliding Scale Of Idealism And Cynicism just slightly more towards idealism. She, like Madoka, Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence, resulting in Kyubey forgetting both her and the wish. This could have happened multiple times, with each girl adding a new wrinkle to the rules that Kyubey can't explain.
A Puella Magi's desires extend to even what her outfit looks like.How else was Madoka able to somehow perfectly predict what her outfit would be? Madoka wanted to be one of those fulfilling heroine-magical-girls, so she drew herself that way in her notebook and thus came out looking exactly like that. Homura wanted to be the bold, brave protector, and thus her outfit has many straight lines and sharp angles, giving a sense of don't-mess-with-me. Kyouko wanted people to listen to her father, and her outfit gives the feel of an aristocratic messenger. Mami's can't be defined since nobody knows what her desires besides
Hypothetical Season Two predictionsIf the previous season was Part 1 of Goethe's Faust this will be Part 2, which is more episodic in nature. The episodes can be a bunch of vignettes dealing with the lives of the characters in a changed world. If we're lucky, we may even be treated to witch backstories. The main plot will probably focus on Homura, who might even be Walking the Earth, killing demons in a Reconstruction of MagicalGirls. If the Faust parallels continue, the end of Season 2 will be Homura being reunited with Madoka in some sort of afterlife. If we're really lucky they may throw us readers a bone and bring everyone Back from the Dead, but don't hold your breath.
The Stinger speculah1) Homura is in an apocalyptic world, in the far future or even in the near future. Madoka is egging her on, but Homura is about to die; she hears Madoka because of this, and her ties to fate show. 2) Homura is inside a demon's barrier and Madoka still has a connection to her.
Homura's wings in The StingerAre a manifestation of her witch form. But instead of becoming a witch, she'll manifest it as a Guardian Entity. Oh yeah, we're getting Stands.
Tatsuya can actually see Madoka.Considering he treats her like an actual imaginary friend, maybe he can even see and interact with her (though not in a physical level the world can see).
Madoka killing Kreimhild......was a Battle in the Center of the Mind.
Kyubey was right.The series up to the end of Episode 12 was all in Homura's head. Madoka never existed. The "happy" system had always been the system.
Anne Frank's wish was to be a famous author.Unfortunately for her, it didn't happen until after her death.
Dark Angel Homura is the result of a mental paradox; as well as driven by her oath.Homura will protect the world; so she won't let herself get killed by the Demon Beasts. She knows that if she absorbs too much darkness than even Kyuubey can absorb; she will theoretically succumb to the despair and see Madoka again. Which gives her more hope than anyone. She knows that Madoka would never let her fall to darkness, and her hope at seeing Madoka again when she does gives her a capacity to absorb more despair than any magical girl ever.
Kyuubey has a different name in the new world.Since he's not an "Incubator" anymore.
Pre-witch Walpurgis made a wish similar to Madoka's, but screwed it up.She wished to save other Puella Magi from their violent deaths, not knowing at the time that they eventually turned into witches. As a Puella Magi's body dies when she becomes a witch, Walpurgis is endlessly forced to roam the Earth, collecting the 'remnants' of their souls to be her familiars (which is also why any Puella Magi fighting her has their Soul Gem corrupt incredibly quickly). Her moment of despair was learning the truth of the system, which reduced her to Laughing Mad.
Charlotte had diabetes.When Charlotte was healthy, her two favorite foods were sweets and cheese. When she developed diabetes, she could still eat cheese, but not sweet things, so she wished her diabetes away so that she could eat desserts again. The association between her wish and sweets is why, as a witch, her barrier is dessert themed; that same association is also responsible for witch!Charlotte's ability to create sweets. Ironically, because Charlotte's wish had nothing to do with cheese, witch!Charlotte is unable to create any sort of cheese, explaining the description regarding her fixation for it in her witch card.
The following theory is true:Taken off the PiratePad speculah pad.
There will be a super fusion demon named Samhain in the new world.For those who don't get the Meaningful Name, Samhain also refers to a festival, but this time taking place during October.
Joan of Arc becoming a Puella Magi resulted in Gilles de Rais becoming a child killerLearning of the source of Jeanne's powers, Gilles went mad like Kyoko's father, believing himself to be slaying demons or at least be "saving" them from the fate of being a Puella Magi. It seems like a depressing enough scenario to be possible, and in a show like this it seems unlikely that it would mention Jeanne d'Arc and not Gilles de Rais.
Homura worsened the problem that is Walpurgisnacht in the same way she increased Madoka's potential.Think of it this way. Walpurgis was a somewhat above-average witch that got lucky and managed to kill Mami, thus making her undefeatable due to it requiring a two-person teamwork to beat (or something). Madoka made her Last Stand, while Homura made her wish. On the second iteration, Homura gets stronger, Madoka too, but still they can't beat Walpurgis. It's because Walpurgis, as the other 'Central Core' element in the generated multiverse, also got stronger. It's only logical that for all the potential Madoka gets in every iteration, something has to counteract it. However, this Troper suspect that Madoka's potential gain outstrips Walpurgisnacht's power gain by a rather fair margin (perhaps due to said Last Stand), or otherwise Madoka's final solution won't work after only six iterations (barring any iteration not shown).
Kyubey benefits more from the new system than the old one.Yes, sucking off a lot of power from a Super-Witch is faster; but merely exceeds Kyubey's "quota." It's still finite; especially since Kriemhild would destroy the Earth almost immediately; killing the golden goose that is the human species. A continuous Magical Girl/Demon war provides QB with a renewable resource, that should, if maintained long enough, exceed the power output that the creation of a single devastating witch would harvest.
Kyubey planned everything; including Goddess!Madoka, because he can read minds and wanted a better system.An elaboration of the above; Kyubey was not "beaten" in the end. He got exactly what he wanted; a better self-maintaining perpetual human being energy factory from Earth. "More efficient" doesn't mean "destroys itself after one big output." Kyubey can likely read minds; and he's good enough at manipulating emotions (even though he doesn't have any) that a lot of his wonderings about human beings emotions don't make sense (just because you don't feel emotions doesn't mean you can't predict them) unless he's specifically goading them into doing something he wants. He's even tells Madoka she can be a Goddess and tells her everything about the system. He psychically shows her the suffering of magical girls/witches throughout the ages. He wanted her to change the system.
Kyubey won, Grim Dark edition.Madoka's wish eliminated all witches from the universe - by shunting them outside the universe. This benefits Kyubey because now the Incubators can get the same return (while they may not have figured it out by the modern era, they will eventually) and the magical girls don't even realise it and so won't interfere.
Puella Magi are always recreating the universe.
Witches used to absorb all ambient negative emotional energy before it could coalesce into demons.In the old timelines, demons could have existed but never had a chance to form. In the witch-free reality, they happen naturally.
When magical girls disappear in the new world, they are taken by Madoka to a Magical Girl Valhalla.The ultimate reward for fighting the demons, happiness in an afterlife.
Girl!Charlotte had a tapeworm.But she didn't realize it, so therefore even as a Puella Magi, it was still there. Witch!Charlotte's first form was a cute little doll-thing, and the second form, a worm-like creature, came out of her mouth. Tapeworm.
Homura's heart was cured as part of her wish.I still found the Common Knowledge about she cured her heart using restorative magic unfeasible, as there's no "normal" state that she could restore to. And then I recall the main point of her wish was (parapharsed) "to protect, and not to be protected, by Madoka." While her visual problems should not be an obstacle to that wish, but if her heart condition forced her to be hospitalized up to the age of 14, it would be an obstacle. So, as a part of granting that wish, Kyubey not only gave her time manipulation abilities, but also cured her heart. Disclaimer: this troper has no first-hand experience on this work, so he may have misquoted.
A Walpurgisnacht Witch consists of deceased Puellae Magi, at least in the manga.note When Kyouko suicide attacks Oktavia von Seckendorff in the manga, we are shown a scene with Kyouko and Sayaka in some kind of afterlife, indicating that some semblance of an afterlife for Puellae Magi already existed before Madoka's Cosmic Retcon. This is Jossed, however, during Homura's battle with Walpurgisnacht later in the manga. Remember how Walpurgisnacht's Familiars resembled Puellae Magi? Well, in the manga three of them are clearly Sayaka, Kyouko and Mami, all of which died in different waysnote , suggesting that all dead Puellae Magi become Walpurgisnacht's Familiars. Tl; dr: Walpurgisnight is a recurring event, and therefore more of a force of nature than a simple Witch. If all Walpurgisnachts are the Witch form of the same Puella Magi, it could be that Walpurgisnacht cannot be defeated, and simply comes out periodically to "feed". It is the fate of all Puellae Magi who die, no matter how, between two Walpurgisnights to become part of Walpurgisacht, while their souls go to Puella Magi Purgatory. Only if/when Walpurgisnacht is defeated note , would the souls of the Puella Magi be free to travel on to whatever afterlife existed before Madoka reset the universe.
Charlotte was bulimic.She may have wished for better self-image/self-confidence, only to fall back into her old habits in a misguided attempt to gain control of her life when being a Magical Girl proved too much for her. Her first Witch form is a mouse not just because of the cheese theme, but because she was a Shrinking Violet, and she's a poor fighter because she let bullies push her around and make her feel bad about herself (which would add some real Fridge Horror to Mami's apparent curb-stomping of her). And remember how she unleashes her One-Winged Angel form? She throws it up.
The "second love letter" Hitomi is mentioned to have gotten in the first episode was from Kyosuke......which lead Hitomi to develop feelings for him. He couldn't confess his feelings to her at first because he was in the hospital. Hitomi might have realized it was him and started to like him. Sayaka was doomed from the beginning.
Anne Frank is in a And I Must Scream scenario.She was seen holding her Soul Gem on the train ride to Bergen-Belsen. Something like that looks valuable so the Nazis would have snapped that up if they knew about it. So Anne kept it hidden, until one day she's caught holding it and it's taken away from her. Soul Gems being what they are, she would have dropped dead as soon as it was far enough away, and the Nazis brushed her off as another typhus victim. The Soul Gem would have likely been bartered, sold, or hoarded. So somewhere, there is a Soul Gem sitting on a shelf, and Anne stuck inside it. (Heck, that might be a way she became a witch in the pre-Madoka world.)
Mami's wish was to live and be able to cook againSo we know that Mami is a mentor, Cool Big Sis, somewhat of a Team Mom to Madoka and Sayaka (and Homura in the other timelines). And you might remember the scene where she takes Sayaka and Madoka to her apartment for the first time and they're marveling over how delicious her cake is. What we don't know however, is exactly what she wished for to become a Puella Magi. Now here's where my WMG comes in - what if Mami had somewhat of a hobby of cooking or baking and wanted to do it as a career? It wouldn't be too surprising considering her mature demeanor and motherly personality. So what if her wish on that day of the car crash was something close to "I wish I could live and make delicious food!" (The last bit could possibly be to ensure that she would have a promising future had fate only been kinder). And adding the whole "balance of hope and despair" thing to this wish, well...just think about how easy it is to turn around the phrase "make delicious food"...
Mami, like Kyoko, is ChristianNot much in the way of evidence, but this rendition of Mami's theme shows just how easy it is to replace the fake language lyrics of the original into holy lyrics of Latin. The Latin roughly translates as "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts. Heavens and the earth are full of glory. Of your glory". Adding more to this argument is the fact that there is already a confirmed Christian in the cast (Kyoko) and one witch highly suspected of being one (Elsa Maria).
Roberta as a regular girl......was isolated due to being very bitter and dislikeable, and maybe even snobby and prideful. So she filled her head with fantasies of the people who disliked her, only instead they worshiped her. Her wish made this dream a reality, hence the nature of her familiars and Roberta found that having her ego stroked was not as she had hoped it would be, (possibly due to clinginess or jealousy of others) so she fell into despair (which may have involved alcohol as well) and, well, the rest is history.
Jack the ripper was the result of a witch.As this troper can recall, Mami notes that both unexplained suicides and murders can be attributed to a witch's kiss. My theory is that whoever the killer was lost part of his soul and killed people to "make it whole" again. Or it just be the witch manipulating him directly.
All the familiars to Witches were people, victims, converted into that.In the first time line we see from our perspective she begins witching out on one, maybe two, guys on the train. Her familiars are a legion of men who look performing just for her. In the flash back timeline we see a different familiar, perhaps in that timeline it wasn't two smucks she takes but Hitomi.
The plot of the sequel movie will be the What Could Have Been from the Drama CDs.Based on Shinbo calling it "Incubator's Counterattack".
Roberta is Madoka's teacher, Kazuko Saotome.In one of the timelines in Episode 10, the girls are shown battling Roberta, the Birdcage Witch. There seems to be evidence that Roberta is the witch form of Madoka, Sayaka and Homura's teacher.
The new girls from the mobile game have nothing to do with the witches in-show.We keep guessing and assuming this girl is that witch, and it never comes to fruition. So, let's jump the gun!
Homura's Hammerspace power isn't Hammerspace at all.Think about it. Homura's wish gave her the power to screw around with one month's worth of time. It doesn't really make sense that it would also give her an infinite amount of storage space that takes up no actual space. However, where does she put these weapons when she's storing them away? Behind her shield. AKA her time machine. She's not actually storing them, she's sending them directly to the point in the future when she'll need them. And how does she know when that is? At the time, she doesn't; however, when the time comes, she always reaches behind her shield to retrieve the item she needs, so she could in fact be reaching into the point in the past (which she does know) when she "stored" the item in the first place, thus taking it directly out of her own hands.
Theories why Madoka could see Homura fighting Walpurgis Night (both in the show's timeline and the one immediately before), despite not being a Magical Girl (yet):
Theories why Homura could never defeat Walpurgis Night by herself, no matter how hard she tried or powerful she became:
Kyubey lied about the entropy part. Throughout the entire universe there are more effective ways to harvest energy and overcome entropy (the universe is big, what do you expect), but it's just because for him personally magical girl souls taste better and/or is basically drugs to him.In this case he's more like the C'tan. Also fits in with "Kyubey = deceptive soul-consuming Eldritch Abomination" speculah.
Madoka isn't done resetting the world yetOkay so Magical Girls don't turn into witches any more. But they still have to fight, and eventually die/dissapear. That's not really a happy ending. But Madoka was a bit pressed for time. She could only come up with so good a wish. However she's got more to her plan. Okay in the new universe the Magical Girls fight Demons right? Demons live in hell. Madoka takes the magical girls to heaven/Valhalla. the inhabitants of hell are opposed by the inhabitants of heaven. When the Ragnarok/final battle against the demons rolls around, and their leader/supreme demon/the devil/Incubator/whatever appears, and it apears all hope is lost, the sky will split open. And Madokami will appear with every magical girl who has ever been, will ever be, or could ever be. Only now they'll all be goddess like Madoka. And they will make it so their is a true happy ending.
Madoka is the temporal equivalent of a black hole.Homura's repeated time travel causes multiple timelines/universes to converge onto Madoka. The timelines reach the temporal equivalent of a critical mass. When the last trigger is used (Kyubey unlocking her potential) she then transcends the critical mass, absorbs the entire spacetime continuum into herself and proceeds to fuck up reality as we know it.
It's not completely Sayaka's fault that she became a witch in every timeline.Sayaka has an extremely self-destructive nature, as evinced by her dying even in the witchless world. But she only died every single time because Kyubey was intentionally targeting her. Kyubey's only goal is to get Madoka to make a contract. Two possible paths to that are to torment her friends enough for Madoka to make a wish to end their suffering, or to make Walpurgis unbeatable without Madoka's intervention. If Sayaka becomes a witch, Sayaka herself is out of the picture and it also makes Kyouko very likely to die. If Mami is still around, the Puella -> Witch revelation will drive her to murder all her comrades (and probably attempt suicide afterwards). Even setting Sayaka on such a self-destructive path is enough, since in the series Madoka tried to contract to reverse it. So, taking a few minutes to have a private conversation with Sayaka about how she doesn't have to feel pain is one of Kyubey's most effective tools to discreetly force Madoka to contract without making his malicious nature obvious.
Kyubey isn't eating Grief Seeds.He gains energy just from the natural process of magical girls turning into witches or maybe from the existence of magical girls fighting witches, not from the physical Grief Seeds themselves. He doesn't need them, but he takes them from the magical girls anyway so he can plant the seed and have a witch come back faster. That opening in his back leads to extra dimensional storage or a hollow interior or something, unlike his mouth, which he's been seen eating out of. Otherwise, his desire to contract Madoka doesn't make sense, because no one would ever be able to defeat Gretchen and her Grief Seed would be unreachable.
The original wish of Walpurgis Night before becoming a magical girl in the first placewas to become better than everyone around her. So every time a newcomer arrives and show a special talent, that girl will automatically assimilate that skill, but better. Then everyone becomes suspicious and that becomes her Start of Darkness. Her witch form reflect her wish by assimilating in everyone nearby (hence Walpurgis Night as a gathering of witches) and making familiars out of them.
Charlotte is KyoukoIn a previous Timeline, Kyouko was addicted to sweets and cheese and became a ] witch eventually. She still pigs out on treats at times, but, attempts to stay healthy and eats apples, because she was unhealthy in her past life, and, while she cannot remember that, she feels guilt eating too much junk.
The demons from the new timeline are all menEntropy and negative emotions don't strike Magical Girls anymore due to Madoka's wish. But since energy can't be destroyed and the balance must be maintaned, the negative energy move to new receptacles, men. It is possible that these demons exist from that naturally goes around the world, but the creation and the existence of a Magical Girl stimulates the creation of demons because since the negative energy that would be directed to witches now is directed to them. The fact that all demons in the final episode had masculine bodies are a hint of that. Also, since Madoka turned herself in a God of Hope if balance is really in the jerk mode, there must be a boy who is a Despair God out there...
There were mahou shounen, but someone wished them out of existence.How and why? Who knows. Maybe they bought Kyubey's spiel about entropy, but wanted to save all their magical friends, who happened to be boys. Maybe they thought girls were better suited to be sacrifices. Maybe they thought girls were better suited to be heroes. Maybe they wanted girls to have magical power to balance their lack of societal power. Whatever the reason, someone said something along the lines of "I wish girls are, were, and have been the only suitable candidates for contracting". Maybe they even said "I wish everyone who ever contracted was a girl".
The original Moemura still exists in every timeline and is witnessing everything Homura does in every timeline after the first.Homura's time travel powers aren't Mental Time Travel - she just sends her soul gem back. Since her soul gem is her true self and contains her consciousness and powers, it's essentially the same as Mental Time Travel while keeping her contract valid. She travels back to the 16th on the day she's going to be discharged from the hospital, ending up in the hands of her former body. Normally, this body is just hardware, but there's already a consciousness in that body... no matter, though, because Homura's stronger than her former self and can just hijack the body. In theory, her soul gem being over 100 metres from her body wouldn't result in death-like symptoms, as her old self would regain control. Possibly not valid in the Godoka timeline because of her new powers, though.
The Incubators are an insect-like society.On their home planet, they live in hives, possibly "ruled" by Incubator Queens. Their ideas about the worthlessness of the individual before the common good hints strongly towards this.
H.N. Elly/Kirsten was actually an extremely powerful witch.She has kissed a huge amount of victims, enough to form a whole ritual suicide cult - a feat not repeated by any witch seen before or after. The reason why she was killed easily by Sayaka is because she had expanded all of her energy on Kisses to form said death cult.
This takes place After the EndThe theory is too long for this page, so here's the link to it and first paragraph. This theory makes even more sense after ep.6.
Becoming a god-like being is a "natural" ability of Puella Magi because they're liches.In Dungeons & Dragons, by separating their souls from their body; Liches gain power; which they use to study to become the next level. From Lich to Demi-Lich to Arch-Lich to Deity. Puella Magi are "partial" Liches, however, since Kyubey is draining crucial energy needed to maintain their focus. "Witches" are a kind of failed Demi-Lich transformation; they only partially achieve an astral state and are still fused with their damaged phylactery/grief seed. Madoka jumped several levels with her wish and succeeded in becoming a God.
Puella Magi "sidestep" entropy because they generate equal amounts of positive and negative energy."Hope" and "Despair" in equal proportions cancel each other out mathematically. Thus equal amounts can be created and still maintain the equation; like virtual particles; but on a larger, magical scale.
The magical system DOES NOT actually add energy to the universe (which violates the Equivalent Exchange theme).....What the magic is doing is healing the universe; the inevitable increase in entropy is rotting it. Energy is changing form without overall increasing or decreasing, as outlined by the First Law of Thermodynamics (Equivalent Exchange); according the Second Law of Thermodynamics (Entropy), it will never be a 100% perfect conversion into work, with some energy changing from being localized to randomly dispersed (mostly as waste heat). It might make more sense if you replace "the universe is losing energy" with "the universe is ageing/decaying/degenerating until it becomes too old and inefficient to sustain life" (which is pretty much what the Heat Death is about), and "adding more energy" to "the souls of magical girls (who can of course symbolize youth and fertility) reverse the process of energy decay, returning energy to a better, less entropic form, and provide some sort of Philosopher's Stone for this universe in order to rejuvenate itself".
The Puella Magi system sidesteps physics by absorbing/converting physical energy into a psychic equivalentDespair (represented by Witches and Daemons) is basically the emotional equivalent of accumulated Entropy. And Incubator tech can be presumed to be sufficiently advanced enough to create life-energy based power plants ala Mako reactors. Somehow the Puella Magi/Witch cycle absorbs entropy from its surroundings (like a metaphysical air conditioner, but instead of simply and inefficiently shunting entropy outside, it reverses the "Energy of all types changes from being localized to becoming dispersed or spread out, if it is not hindered from doing so, usually as random heat" thing which is basically what the Second Law of Thermodynamics aka Entropy is about), and condenses the physical process of entropy into whatever mysterious-yet-far-more-useful form of psionics that the Incubators would then harvest to feed into themselves and the physical universe.
The "entropy" Kyubey referred to isn't Thermodynamics, but an Eldritch Abomination.It exists and infests outside of known reality, is even more alien than the Incubators themselves, infinitely worse than our limited scientific conception of entropy, and is eating Reality alive. Its true form is completely Inconceivable, and the Incubators can only describe it vaguely to us laypersons by paralleling with the scientific concept of entropy we learned from ordinary middle school Science (hence why they refer to it as Entropy. The abomination's presence accelerates the decomposition process of Reality, there this Abomination is basically Entropy From a Certain Point of View, as expected with the Incubators who are pathological users of From a Certain Point of View). The Incubators evolved into an emotionless Hive Mind Singularity in an attempt to preserve the remains of their civilization from such a completely insane affront to all sense of reality, while enhancing their collective intelligence enough to know just a subatomically minuscule fragment of its composition, only for them to discover that every single scientifically-based methodology in the universe is woefully insufficient to stop it.... except for a certain form of phlebotinum on which they themselves can't even comprehend why harnessing this process into an Industrialized Evil works anyway out of all possible things. The necessity for tormented girls' souls to be sacrificed to it in order to stave it off? Same thing as to why the Dark Eldar sacrifice tortured souls to Chaos (another name for Entropy) so that it does not eat them alive instead. Fits in with how a Cosmic Horror Story will always have its hierarchy of abominations to be Always Bigger And More Inconceivably Insane Fishes.
Earth and other emotionally-ridden worlds also have a double purpose of being asylums for mentally-ill Incubators.Among Incubators themselves emotion is a mental disorder, but you need to have an experience of having a little bit of emotions themselves to know how they affect an organism (and thus harvest Puella Magi). Thus, those who have a little bit of emotion (like Kyubey) are instead sent on Puella Magi-hunting sessions which also banishes them from Incubator society-at-large at the same time.
Suleika was originally a Ninja Puella MagiShe thought it would be an awesome thing. She was wrong. Hence, the delusional nature.
Some other Witch theories...
Madoka not only reformed the system, but saved the incubators.The idea of extending the lifespan of the universe sounds good. But if the universe itself has a natural life cycle (like a gigantic cell), then what the incubators were doing was staving off apoptosis by artificially inducing telomeres to keep the universe itself long lived. Unfortunately, the Incubators failed to realize (or just didn't care about) was the fact that this would also turn it into a cosmic cancer, which could metastasize and infect other universes. What happened was that other universes made subtle changes so that the corruption would stay contained away from their universe, but didn't expect Madoka to turn it into a symbiotic system.
The backgrounds during the Transformation Sequences is actually a mini-barrier.From the outside it appears as a brief glow coating the girl, but inside is a small bit of compressed space where the girls suit up which, like any good Pocket Dimension, is bigger on the inside. This is a subtle hint as to the true nature of witches and magical girls.
Kyubey is actually a witch.With few exceptions, runes have only popped up in two places: within a witch's barrier... and within Kyubey's Mind Rape in episode 11. Since the runes seem to be a product of magic (the exceptions appear in places touched by magic, either witch or magical girl), which is a complete Black Box to the Incubators, it only makes sense that Kyubey is in some way magical. And he's no magical girl. He is the witch of creation with a calculating nature. It is his job to maintain the existence of witches by forming contracts with mortal girls to turn them into magical girls, the child form of witches. As essentially the queen ant of all witchdom, he takes this responsibility very seriously, and comes up with any number of plans to ensure witches will always populate the world. This means he's either a Mother of a Thousand Young or a Monster Progenitor; personally, I'm leaning towards the latter. Kyubey is likely the absolutely most powerful witch ever even compared to Gretchen; like Walpurgisnacht, he doesn't have a barrier, but unlike her, he's so strong he doesn't have to impose barrier-like qualities on the world around him in order to maintain his existence (except maybe enough for him to teleport around like he did in episode 9). That's not to say he doesn't have a barrier; he has one, but he is in full control of how, when, and for how long it manifests. What we see in episode 11 is in fact Kyubey temporarily forming his barrier around Madoka. Hell, he may even have been powerful enough to shield himself from Madoka's Cosmic Retcon, allowing him to continue existing while every other witch got picked up. It's quite likely he was even the very first witch on Earth. The ability to be Invisible to Normals is shared by all witches and familiars as well as Kyubey; theoretically, if a witch wanted to appear before humans, she damn well could, it's just more convenient not to so they can kiss them. Kyubey, however, is such a powerful and old witch, as well as the "mother" of them all in some form or another, that he can not only make himself visible to any mortal of his choice, but force all other witches to appear to those people as well whether they like it or not. Like other WMGs above, his "eating" Grief Seeds is actually a form of storage for them to be transported elsewhere and start anew. As to the Starfish Alien and entropy story, he's either making it up as part of his plans for more witches or he actually believes that's the truth for some reason. Maybe it has something to do with his wish...?
The ending is actually Homura's Dying Dream as Madokami hugs her (and everyone else on this cruel, cold world) and turns them into Morning Rescue.Madoka didn't specifically wish to be able to travel through time, and we know Kyubey is pretty insistent on reading the fine print. So the only way she could remove MGs' growing despair was to remove their AT Fields. Of course, that also necessitated removing everyone else's (including her own), so all of humanity got [[stroke:Tanged]] Morning Rescued. And of course it was just so much easier to suck energy out of a sea of orange soup than out of sentient beings. So Congratulations, Madoka! Now if you would be so kind, please join Unit 01 forever drifting through space rather than leaving an eight-mile-tall rotting corpse for Shinji and Asuka to clean up.
Kazuko deliberately gave Homura overly hard math problems on her first day as a prank
Madoka had multiple wishes granted all at the same time because of how powerful she is
Charlotte was inspired by the Greedy's scene in Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure.Studio Shaft loves its artsy Deranged Animation, so likely some of the crew has some appreciation for underappreciated (and equally deranged) animator Richard Williams. Also, both creatures obviously live in worlds of desserts, both can "never get enough", and both are constantly trying to get one treat out of their reach (respectively, cheese and a "Sweet Heart").
The Incubators farm souls to avert entropy because they do not want to dieI always found Kyubey's motivations kind of suspect. He says he is trying to save the universe, but expresses little concern when a planet is consumed by a witch. The magical girl system itself is inherently unstable and will always result in the destruction of whatever planet is it used on. Considering that they have conquered personal death, I believe that the Incubators are concerned solely with their own survival and consider any atrocity justifiable in order to maintain it. This only makes them evil from the perspective of their victims... wouldn't we do the exact same thing in their position?
Walpurgisnacht forms when a Grief Seed hatches inside another witch's barrier.Pretty rare, I'd imagine. Magical girls who are exhausted or depressed would be more likely to get munched, since they can't use magic when they're too close to ending, but you might sometimes get a girl who witches out during the fight. Or maybe one who happened to be carrying a Grief Seed when she died. Incubators would be able to predict Walpurgisnacht's appearances since they would probably notice that sort of thing.
Walpurgisnacht forms when a particular witch defeats some number of magical girls.Several minions are described as imprisoning humans or being somehow composed of dead humans. Perhaps when a magical girl is killed within a barrier, her soul is also kept and consumed into that witch or one of its familiars. Then, when the witch had gathered enough souls (or perhaps when the familiar killed enough people to become a full witch), a Walpurgisnacht forms.
Sayaka's potential as a magical girl in the third timeline onward is because of her connection to Madoka.In the first two timelines, Sayaka is not shown as being recruited into being a magical girl. Because she's relatively weak even in the penultimate timeline, she only gains that "potential" for it because of her proximity to the increasingly powerful and important Madoka. Her doomed fate in every single timeline may also be because she's ultimately not supposed to be one and doesn't hold the right mindset for it, and only has the opportunity because of Homura messing with the timeline. It's an example of how Homura just keeps making things worse and worse. Also, if Homura kept resetting the timeline, eventually Hitomi would be a potential magical girl as well, as opposed to just a normal human.
The series is inspired not only by Goethe's Faust but also by Thomas Mann's Doctor Faustus.There's a famous scene in the later where Adrian Leverkuehn, the "Faust" character, is visited in one of his hallucinations by The Little Mermaid and has sex with her. It's intended to point out the similarities in the Faust story and in the plot of the Little Mermaid. Considering the references to the latter with Sayaka's storyline and the design of Oktavia von Seckendorff ( Sayaka's witch form), as well as the fact that Sayaka's wish was to restore her crush's musical abilities by healing him (Leverkuehn was a composer and his musical career is the major focus of the Mann novel) it's likely that the writers were inspired by the Mann version of the Faust story as well, not just Goethe's (which we know played a role in the inspiration from its frequent references in the form of German quotes in the scenery, being shouted by Gertrud's minions, etc.)
The Incubators actions will eventually lead to their destructionOkay so as we see the Incubators mess with other races, creating magical girls, and witches. Then they leave once they reach their energy quota. But they leave behind the witches, and witches can be potentially planet killing. If any races actually manage to survive this they will now have ample reason to consider the Incubators enemies. Even without factoring in revenge, the incubators actions would make it so exterminating them could be seen as self preservation. After all, Entropy being delayed does you know good if an eldritch abomination made of despair eats your race billions of years before hand. Any races that manage to survive the leftover witches would thus seek to destroy the Incubators... And if they manage to survive said witches might just be able to do it. Alternatively...
The Incubators are also trying to eliminate other racesSo they won't have to compete for resources. Only so much of the Universe to go around.
Homura went through exactly 288 loops.Assuming that each loop is a month in length, that would mean that she looped for 24 years. Yet another Faust reference to add to the bin.
Another burden to Homura's troubles is being (or perhaps knowing that she's becoming) He Who Fights Monsters.Kyubey's credo: The Universe Justifies The Means. Homura's credo: Madoka Justifies The Means. I can bet that Kyubey might have gave her a Hannibal Lecture about his, how Homura is Not So Different from him, or even worse, due to her more selfish Madoka-centric goals that pale in comparison to Kyubey's For the Greater Good, but it seemed to have really pissed her off, the "shoot Kyubey everytime he shows up even though it is utterly futile and Kyubey is immortal" is very likely done also as a form of angry Shut Up, Hannibal!.
In the distant past, a team of magical girls, unable to defeat Walpurgis, instead sent her into the future.Kinda like Alduin from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Madoka wasn't the only one affected by Homura's time-travel abilities. Madoka and Mami were capable of taking Walpurgis down by themselves in the first, unaltered timeline. Mami was a veteran, sure, but she and Madoka were both fairly average in terms of magical potential; there's no way the two of them could match the sheer destructive power that Homura dishes out when she takes Walpurgis on alone, and yet Walpurgis doesn't even flinch, and she tearfully begs to know why. It's because Walpurgis is also at the center of Madoka's karmic destiny; Madoka's defeat in the battle against Walpurgis in the original timeline is what made Homura a magical girl in the first place. Every time Madoka becomes a witch and Homura negates the timeline, that curse energy feeds back into Walpurgis the same way that Madoka's magic potential feeds back into her in the next loop.
Walpurgisnacht is Anne Frank's witch.In the incantation of Walpurgis that appears on the supplementary manuals, she refers to writing a play. And Anne was fond of writing. Also, she could have been so powerful as to become a god because she was the assimilator of the accumulated despair and deaths of World War II.
Walpurgisnacht is Eve.Like, that Eve, with the Incubators representing the Tree of Knowledge. Her contract with the Incubators for them to give Humanity science and dominion over nature so that we will no longer be "naked and living in caves" is the original sin that released both civilization, intelligence and grief into the world.
There are magical boys/mahou shonen/puerum magi.They're just not as common as magical girls, and probably pop up only a few times every century.
Hitomi was a magical girl in at least one timeline.Given that Sayaka seemed to be ordinary in the original timeline and only contracted with Kyubey in later loops, it's possible that the same could've happened to Hitomi at one point. For all we know, the outcome of the situation with Sayaka, Kyosuke, and Hitomi could have been reversed in one time loop where it was Sayaka who confessed to Kyosuke and Hitomi who fell to despair.
Magical Boys were the Witches of a previous universe that someone wished away.Someone rewrote the universe like Madoka did once before. In that previous universe, the Incubators could only promise magical girls that the one they loved would love them back if they made the contract. But, instead of the magical girls becoming witches, whoever they named as their beloved would have to bear the curse generated by the wish and become a magical boy/monster (upholding the Beauty and the Beast story, rather than Sayaka's mermaid) that the magical girls would eventually have to kill (and probably be killed by) them. One magical girl found out how the system worked, and rather than refuse to make a contract and let thousands of girls wish their crushes into the bodies of beasts, she simply named herself her own beloved and became the first Witch. The resulting energy disruption shattered the universe and forced it to reorder itself into the witch-system universe.
Kyubey's species once had emotions.As they advanced, emotions became viewed as a hindrance to good judgment and efficiency. Thus, they genetically modified themselves to not have emotions. Rarely, a mutation occurs which allows an individual to feel emotions or to have them released, ala Pon Farr. This is the reason why Kyubey refers to emotions as a "mental disease." It is literally considered a biologically-based genetic disease, and it is treated with gene therapy.
The universe will be reordered again and again due to Magical Girls wishing to change the system.Eventually, there'll be a Magical Girl who finds out what Kyubey's race is doing, why, and how, before he approaches her for a contract. She'll come to the conclusion that the Incubators are using human girls to further an agenda that humanity will probably not survive long enough to see fulfilled, and when she decides to make a wish and join the fight against the wraiths, she'll wish for every planet in the universe to have its own magical girl, forcing the Incubators to share equally in the burden of battle; in the process, the Incubator Planet becomes Planet Mau, and Kyubey becomes Artemis.
The Incubators are simply servant AI of the real Big Bads behind the scenes: an entire race of Corrupt Corporate Executives.It explains exactly why the Madokaverse has undergone an Energy Crisis so early, when Heat Death from Entropy alone is supposed to be working in scales of trillions of years. It's because the Energy Crisis was artificial and was initiated by a higher power. These higher powers are greedy as fuck and hoarded much of the universe's energy in their own banks (or an alien equivalent) for their own selfish pleasures. They created the Incubators to supply them more and more energy, whatever it takes. Of course, if the Incubators know what the Space Executives are doing, they would try to exterminate the greedy bastards so that Puella Magi and the Universe may be saved once and for all. So, the Space Executives programmed the Incubators to forget everything and went into hiding. The Incubators, unable to solve the hole in their programming, accepted entropy itself as an excuse. It can also be like a metaphor for how empires and megacorporations exploit resource-rich countries for their own greed and selfish benefit (insert No Blood For Oil allusions here), under the mask of bringing civilization.
The real issue is Dark Energy; the theory of the Heat Death of the universe is an oversimplification.The Incubators and the Producers simply gave the No Conservation of Energy Hand Wave about "losing Energy" because they thought Madoka and the audience were idiots who cannot understand the real cause of the End of the Universe As We Know It, and so can only understand a bite-sized version of Middle School Thermodynamics instead of Incubator-level Theoretical Physics stuff such as dark matter and dark energy. Also because the revelation of Kyubey (aka "Mr. From a Certain Point of View") meant the sudden and sloppy Genre Shift of this anime from a Faustian Magical Girl fantasy into an Asimov-like speculative Science Fiction, and so they simply never had the time and the enough level in the Mohs Scale of Sci-Fi Hardness to discuss and theoretically demonstrate the ramifications and consequences of the how The End of the Universe As We Know It will happen, while still retaining the Madokaverse's central theme of Equivalent Exchange. The current model of the universe suggests that long-term trillion-year normal thermodynamic entropy is not what will ultimately do us in, but something else in a shorter amount of time. In real life, what is Dark Energy? The force which powers the exponential expansion of the very fabric of space itself. Gravity, Higgs Bosons and Dark Matter hold everything together, in direct competition with Dark Energy which is more abundant in the universe and has the characteristic of tearing everything apart ("acceleration of Entropy, From a Certain Point of View"). As space expands, the size that an organized structure can be, without being torn to selfsame strings, gets smaller. This effect can actually be seen in our universe already, in grand scale. After one gets past the supercluster level of galaxy "groupings" there is no further structure. (In the recent past/relatively close to us, the further out you look, the older the light traveling it is, the younger the universe was, the bigger structures could be.) Now, because of the universe expanding, gravity will slowly weaken as objects become too far apart to strongly interact. Stars work by establishing an equilibrium between gravity and energy output. The heat of fusion keeps them from collapsing into black holes or neutron stars, the gravity keeps them from exploding outwards due to fusion pressure. Basically, a star is a giant explosion that's been running for billions of years. Produce more energy, and what happens? A red giant. Shut off the fusion (due to the creation of iron and heavy metals), and what happens? A supernova. Exploring this further, the amount of energy a star outputs is directly proportional to its size: big stars burn and are consumed by entropy faster. Also, stars with hot cores are big. Our sun, of medium size, will last another five billion years. Sirius, a hugely massive incredibly bright star will die in the next several million. Dark Energy will eventually shut off hydrogen fusion in massive stars, switching them to helium fusion early, making them premature, and consequently freakishly entropic red giants, eventually destroying them outright or creating premature Black Holes. Eventually, far in the future, yet long before the heat death becomes a problem, Dark Energy will dissolve every form of matter and spread across the entire universe, never stopping, never faltering, never fading. People and dogs and planets and stars (Black Holes are not an exception due to Hawking Radiation) will become molecular dust. And that molecular dust will become atoms and the atoms will become nothing. Every electron, every proton, and antimatter, and hadron, and quark, and Higgs Boson, and all of every single subatomic particle, shall be reduced into a complete vacuum. And that Dark Energy will break through the rifts of space and time, and will continue to spread and permeate and strain throughout every single corner of the fabric of Creation, until every dimension, every parallel, the very Continuum of Space and Time Itself shall be torn apart. Therefore, Dark Energy = CLASS Z DESTRUCTION. OF REALITY. ITSELF. And the real force behind Kyubey's Jedi Truth about the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Puellae Magi never violated Equivalent Exchange. When Incubators talk about "harvesting energy", they refer to how they discovered that the Psychic Powers of a rare class of specialized modified humans can attract Dark Energy in the quantum level. What the Puella Magi experimental technology actually does, that which looks like Reality-warping Magic to us laypeople, is condensing, assimilating and manipulating Dark Energy for their own utility; this process is "harvesting energy" From a Certain Point of View. The Puella Magi's "magical" ability to manipulate mass itself to perform physics defying stunts (such as Mami's Matter Replicator ability to create unlimited musket works) is technically fuelled and facilitated behind the scenes by Dark Energy (and hereby doesn't really violate Einstein's E=MC2 Equivalent Exchange), with the psionics of the Puella as the operating software for the whole control mechanism. Some specialist Puella Magi individuals, if they wish to, have a limited ability to consume a lot of Dark Energy to manipulate and fold Space-Time itself in a manner similar to how some theoretical warp drives can work ("Time Lord" Homura, who sacrificed Matter Replicator abilities in exchange to be a Time Master) and therefore carries an additional potential to modify and heal the spatial-temporal-dimensional damage caused by runaway Dark Energy. This allows the Incubators, and any client civilizations affiliated with them, an indirect way to control this cancerous force for their own benefit instead of letting it accelerate entropy and kill the universe. The amount of Dark Energy the Puella absorbs is psionically represented by the level of Depression she possesses. Combining the Puella Magi's capabilities with "Lich" technology, by extracting and exposing to open space the Puella Magi's primary Psionic software (or "soul" in layman's terms), accelerates their absorption and control of Dark Energy from the environment and increases the efficiency of the process. The Incubators are yet to provide a complete unified theory for the affinity between negative emotions, psychic abilities, Quantum Mechanics, Dark Energy etc., and why enslaving psychic females is the only thing that works most efficiently for the meantime while other more "logical" and "scientific" and "mechanical" methods such as Antimatter or FTL or Black Holes fail or add to the entropy; but hey, it works anyway for now, and for an Incubator, if the system ain't broke, don't fix it. The symptoms of emo-behaviour, Clinical Depression, Mind Rape and/or Insanity are simply side-effects caused by all that alien Dark Energy screwing with your fragile human psychology. When a Puella Magi falls into insanity and overloads herself with too much Dark Energy radiation, the result is the exponentially accelerated mutation of the Conversion Factor, eventually giving birth to a Dark Matter-based mutant lifeform capable of using Dark Energy to warp Space itself and create its own dimensional barrier; the "Witch". Witches' dimensional barriers, their own "space-time continuum" and "Big Bangs" so to speak, are a reverse counterpart of uncontrolled Dark Energy's random spacetime destruction. Witches are technically only limited by their own closed-minded thinking. As an additional bonus, the Incubators (and allied spacefaring civilizations) can "harvest" the Witches as batteries to manufacture Dark Matter and more of their sufficiently advanced technology (some of which has the side-effect of excreting some energy back to ambient dark energy and restarting the cycle of Equivalent Exchange. Now I can't get out of my head the idea of little girls being used in a plan to manufacture cheap unobtainium to power FTL and make nanomachines for Kyubey's bodies). As a last resort just in case, they also deliberately planned the creation of the godlike Kriemhild Gretchen (now reformed and renamed as Madokami/Ultimate Madoka/Madoka Jesus), for she shall assimilate a lot of Dark Energy into her tormented soul as like the Forsaken child of Omelas, and also use it to create a new Heaven. This shall provide the Incubators (and surviving civilizations immune to its psychological effects) a new Big Bang for a more stable pocket universe to live in, even when that stability and protection from Dark Energy is by a metaphorically crucified Forsaken Child. (It's also the ultimate Eternal Poison Oak And I Must Scream Downer Ending for poor unfortunate Madoka.) The enemy is "Entropy From a Certain Point of View", the happiness of a few cute Puellae shall be the destruction. of reality. itself. The limiting factor is time itself, and though the Incubators torture Puellae by force-feeding them Dark Energy, they do it to save the entire fucking universe and many more important intergalactic civilizations from such a form of Omnicidal Force much more eldritch and alien than themselves. "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." Q.E.D.
The Incubators deliberately planned Homura, and their actual thousand-year-plan is the invention of Time TravelRemember when Kyubey commented that "Your wish has surpassed entropy" when Homura wished to become a Time Lord? That was supposed to make a point. You, see, in IRL physics, in a closed system, every law of physics is reversible except for the Second Law of Thermodynamics; this is referred to as the "arrow of time". As one goes "forward" in time, the second law of thermodynamics says, the entropy of an isolated system will increase. Hence, from one perspective, entropy measurement is a way of distinguishing the past from the future. For example, you drop a blob of ink in a jar of water. The ink will dissolve, from an ordered system to disordered. Spontaneous processes left by themselves are more likely to have entropy than perfect order; Milk spills but doesn't unspill; eggs splatter but do not unsplatter; waves break but do not unbreak; we always grow older, never younger. These processes all move in one direction in time - they are called "time-irreversible" and define the arrow of time. You can then see why Time Travel is significant to the entire process of entropy-defiance working: it counters the Entropic Arrow of Time. For example, when run in reverse, broken glasses spontaneously reassemble, smoke goes down a chimney, wood "unburns", cooling the environment and ice "unmelts" warming the environment. No physical laws are broken in the reverse movie except the second law of thermodynamics, the law in which entropy is defined. Now you know why Kyubey said "Your wish has surpassed entropy" to Homura after becoming a Time Lord. It was the key to solving the problem of the end of the universe once and for all. The Incubators are somehow incapable of Time Travel by themselves without wasting more additional energy to entropy, hence the necessity for wishes because it's the most energy-cheap one for now. All Puellae and Witches have the potential of reversing the Arrow of Time and using the disorder of the environment itself to fuel their powers, but for the root Entropy problem itself to be solved, somebody needs to make a Time Travel wish and specialize for it. The rest of the Puella Magi and the collection of Grief seeds? All merely parts of the plan for the Incubators to fuse together multiple witches and create an entity powerful enough to provoke somebody into making a Time Travel wish (Word of God confirmed Walpurgis as a Fusion Dance of Witches). The rest of the mages who died during Walpurgisnacht were too stupid to conceptualize a time travel wish, instead conceptualizing a wish they can enjoy in the present. The Incubators also prey on girls plagued by too much regrets and guilt, gambling that maybe, just maybe, one of them will be making a Time Travel wish to reverse their regrets. This is why using Homura was instrumental; she is a Shrinking Violet who regrets everything, especially letting Madoka die during Walpurgisnacht. Homura also indirectly used her Endless Recursion Of Time to accidentally force Madoka to accumulate a singularity of pure energy, e.g. a God, hereby repeatedly "reversing" the entropic arrow of time back to the Big Bang singularity. After Madokami's ascension, not everything went according to plan; but then again, Madokami makes her contribution in reversing entropy by time-traveling at every point in space and time as a companion/witch-annihilator/bearer of despair/god for every Magical Girl ever. TL;DR: Only Time Travel can solve the death of the universe, and Kyubey promoting Homura from regretful Shrinking Violet to Badass Time Lord were all Just as Planned.
Eve was the first magical girlOnce Upon a Time, humans were insignificant and suffering from being eaten by predators or killed by diseases or anything Nature has to torment and destroy their weak bodies. However, Humans had a mysterious potential, and The Incubators, trying and failing to find a solution to Universal Entropy, colonized Earth to examined the potential of the young race dying from extinction. Eventually they found and saved a human girl dissatisfied by the brutality of Nature and willing to enter a contract. That girl was Eve. The wish was Knowledge, to create Human Civilization that shall have Dominion over Nature instead of being dominated by it, as indicated by Kyubey's quote "If it wasn't for us, then you humans would still be naked and living in caves". Since there was no witches to fight, Eve would solely use her powers to protect humanity, invent various technologies that humans can use, and guide civilization. But Eve eventually succumbed to despair, and so she became the first witch; Lilith, starting the cycle amongst humans. Eve's tribe passed the story down through generations as a warning against dealing with the Incubators, and the tale was eventually absorbed into the Abrahamic religions. But as time passed, the story was heavily altered, as details was lost in time through retelling upon retelling. Eventually the Incubator in the tale became Lucifer and the soul gem (and by extension the knowledge of magic) that Eve was offered became the Fruit of Knowledge. The part with Lilith became especially mucky, eventually falling completely out of the Christian canon, but survived, in some fashion, as Jewish folklore.
Homura is Walpurgis Night's origin; or at least its jump in power.In a timeline that never happened, Homura fell. (Likely the PSP Earn Your Bad Ending, where she became Homulilly.) As a witch, her powers multiplied exponentially, although they became unstable. She didn't just jump through time farther than as a Puella Magi, she jumped through Alternate Continuity as well. She encountered the mix of fused witches and became part of them. This is why Walpurgis Night's magic became stronger with each time jump, but Homura's didn't. (Her magic alone, not its application.)
Junko knows KyuubeyDuring Walpurgisnacht, Junko doesn't seem to take much convincing to let Madoka run out into the "storm." Years ago Junko met Kyuubey, but declined to become a Puella Magi herself, so she recognizes Walpurgisnacht for what it really was. Though neither of them say it out loud, Junko deduced from Madoka's story that the friend who needed help was a Puella Magi.
The Incubators influenced the creation of the Magical Girl anime genreWhat better recruitment tool could there be?
The new Magical Girl, Nagisa Momoe, is Charlotte.She kinda looks◊ like her◊ (same general colors). Either she wished for something different in this timeline, or she didn't fall into despair as soon.
Walpurgisnacht is the nickname given to any uberwitch that appears when multiple Grief Seeds fuse together and the Incubators fail to stop them, and some catastrophes are the result of the Incubators stopping themInspired by a WMG of Puella Magi Kazumi Magica and borrowing from some WMG above and real history.
When multiple Grief Seeds are fused (either because a Magical Girl attempted to create a Grief Seed that will clean her Soul Gem forever, because a Puella Magi handles them carelessly, because a Witch stumble on them, or whatever the cause), an incredibly strong Witch is born. If not stopped in time, this Witch will become so powerful her mere appearance will cause immense devastation, and is thus named Walpurgisnacht after the first witch with this characteristic.
The Incubators usually stop them before they can become that powerful, and thus risk to become unstoppable and then destroy the world (thus stopping the production of much needed energy), but sometime they don't find out in time or allow this to happen for their own reasons (possibly because Magical Girls have been too efficient and there's not enough Witches around).
Sometimes, the means the Incubators use to stop a forming Walpurgisnacht are extreme. One of these was to cause cloudy weather over Kokura on August 9, 1945, thus causing the atomic bomber to be diverted over Nagasaki and destroy the city, and a Walpurgisnacht with it.
Charlotte was a drug addict as a humanHer witch dimension gave me this vibe, what with the syringes and all. although this has probably been already Jossed.
Charlotte was just a girl who wanted cake
There will be more Witch Summons in season 2.
Homura's decaying mental state as of Rebellion is also due to long-time usage of drugs
In a future movies or series following Rebellion, Mami and Kyouko will end up siding with Homura
Mami is of European descent.
There are more than one Gertrud, Charlotte, etc.Think about the fact that if familiars victimized enough number of humans, they become witches themselves, as Kyouko said. For example, an Anthony (Gertrud's familiar) wanders out of its main witch's barrier and creates its own to prey on humans. After killing enough humans, the Anthony becomes a witch as well, becoming another Gertrud. This rule perhaps applies for other familiars in the series including Walpurgisnacht's.
The sweets inside Charlotte's barrier are edibleJust don't expect to find any cheesecake or any dessert with cheese. These things are what Charlotte eats if she can't find any humans to feast on. Perhaps the sweets are loaded with medicine that only Charlotte can eat without being overdosed.
Emotional energy is self-replicatingIn episode 10, Kyubei makes mention that with Madoka's transformation, he's reached his energy quota, meaning that the destruction of Planet Earth is no longer his problem. Most fans assume that this means that the incubators are actually harvesting multiple planets, and the loss of just this one doesn't matter much. However, if you remember Kyubei's explanation of his peoples' influence on human history in episode 11, you'll also remember that Kyubei says that the idea of a planet where people with emotion could co-exist never even crossed their minds, and that they had to go out of their way to get to earth. Of all the species that were known to the Incubators, not a single one had emotion as a universal trait. It seems that in this setting, humans are either a unique, or at least a near-unique phenomenon. So the idea that the incubators would just shrug and leave such a planet to be destroyed is a nonsensical one. However, we do already know that emotional energy breaks the laws of thermodynamics in one way, so why not in another? If emotional energy is somehow capable of self-replication, the enduring existence of humans is no longer of concern to Incubators. They just need to reach a specific quota (enough to allow for the continued ignition of new stars), and that's that. Under this theory, Itzli (and possibly Quitterie) would have likely been magical girls made from the rare insane members of non-emotional species.
The incubators spread humanity across the universeAn alternative theory to the above. While Earth may have originally been a unique or near-unique phenomenon, it would have been foolish and naive to rely on the continued liveability of a single planet for the Incubator plan to save the universe from entropy. As such, they spread humans across many, many worlds, turning them into magical girl farms. No real big deal if one of the planets gets destroyed, since the incubators can always just set up another farm.
Before the events of Rebellion, the incubators started creating magical boys and warlocksIn the original timeline, it is mentioned that the incubators chose to contract teenage girls because they produced the most potential energy during their transformation into a witch. However, it doesn't seem like contracting other populace groups is actually impossible. With Homura revealing the original girl/witch cycle to Kyubei, and the realization of how much more energy that would produce, it would have made sense to start looking into alternatives. While mature women might still be covered by the law of cycles (the end result would still be called witches), Madoka's wish only covers females. The incubators could still have contracted boys. Not quite as productive as the girls (hence the events of rebellion), but more so than just relying on run-off despair.
Jeanne D'Arc's wish was that Christianity would become the prevalent global religionIn the show, you'll notice a lot of Christian presence and imagery, despite taking place entirely in Japan. Kyoko grew up in a church, Homura went to a catholic school, and Elsa Maria draws heavily from religious imagery as well. Shintoism and buddhism, Japan's actual dominant religious influences, are entirely absent by contrast. Now, which legendary Saint who believed herself on a mission from god is shown to have had access to a magical wish? Especially notable is that the story of Jeanne is shown while Kyubei explains "This includes girls who have changed history forever, and led your society to new stages".
The only reason Sayake was offered magical girlhood was to entice MadokaNote that during Homura's first two loops, Sayake isn't shown to have been a magical girl. It's only after Madoka starts getting more and more potential from the time loops that Sayake is suddenly seen as a member of the group. It's also known that Sayake is the weakest member of the group. It's possible that Kyubei originally didn't consider her a candidate, but chose to also offer her the status so that Madoka wouldn't have to distance herself from all her old friends, making it more likely she would accept the contract.
Homura's weird apartment is actually......A Pocket Dimension inside of her magic buckler. While SHAFT is well know for over-the-top, massive interiors and futuristic-looking settings, Homura's apartment seems just a little too weird. The fact that the room itself contains a gigantic set of gears and swinging pendulum and no windows, despite Homura apparently living in a normal apartment, makes very little sense. Aside from the fact that they float, the multiple photo frames in the room also happen to change their display based on Homura's emotional state, as shown when they show images of the previous timelines when Homura desperately tries to tell Madoka all she's done for her. Most damning of all, when we see Homura's bedroom for a brief scene in Episode 10, it's a plain, normal room. As to why other magical girls and Kyubey can also enter this room: anyone who entered was invited inside (Kyouko to discuss Walpurgisnacht, Madoka - likely unconscious when Homura carried her inside - after Kyouko's sacrifice), Kyubey being the only exception. And even then, he gave Homura her powers, and in Episodes 9 and 10 teleports on-screen, so who's to say he couldn't stroll in whenever he felt like it.
You have some really great ideas. I can make any of them true.
All I need is for you to make a contract.
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