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Crossover theories"Madoka is really set in the X universe", "QB is dealing with X villain", etc etc. Just for Fun. Reality Warper powers, and of course, recreated the universe with Herself as Goddess who created an amusingly horrific Crapsack Universe powered by the Endless Recursion of Break the Cutie (think of Haruhi's perverted perpetual torture of Mikuru simply for being Moe, Yuki's And I Must Scream in this Endless Recursion Of Time, and Kyon trying to bear with Haruhi's wrath just like Jesus Christ, all out of control). Which makes Haruhi the first Witch. Heck, Haruhi herself might be a proto-Witch who is capable of making the precursors to Witches' Barriers, complete with Familiars (Celestials), referred to by Itsuki as Closed Spaces. (And of course, the fundamental ingredient for a witch is melancholy, another name for grief or depression, and according to the title what does Haruhi have? MELANCHOLY. So LOGICALLY...) Of course, Homura and Yuki (both stoics who are also the most tortured sufferers of the hellish, Sisyphean Endless Recursion of Time, and are conscious about all of it) must be related.
And of course, Haruhi, before creating the Madokaverse, was originally primordially descended from the post-Third Impact Tang. More on this below (and in the Haruhi and Evangelion WMG's).And thus the Grand Unifying Guesses trilogy is now complete.
Kyubey is MoggetNo reason other than both being strikingly apathetic white supernatural cats of questionable allegiance.
Kyubey is a form of Nyarlathotep.You have an amoral, eldritch jerkass critter who deals with teenage girls to in order to cause them to despair which ultimately results in human misery all around. His motivations for being a little cute critter to create magical girls are simple:
Alternatively, Nyarlathotep actually is, or acts like, an Incubator. The conception about him trying to destroy mankind is a misconception, just like how we misunderstand Incubators as assholes.If Nyarly was actually interested in destroying humanity once and for all then why did he not help Cthulhu when he was trying to end the world when the stars were right only to get punched out by a ship? Answer: He doesn't. There's a reason why he is yet to destroy humanity, and why he limits himself into schemes about causing so much grief and misery on Humans, and that is to maximize the number of Magical Girl contractees. Said Magical Girls mutate into Witches, which are a lot like mini-Azathoths that are the cores of their own dimensions. These mini-Azathoths are, in fact used by Nyarly and the Incubators to feed the dormant Greater God himself, Azathoth, essentially acting as drugs of sorts to keep it in dreaming all of reality. Thus, if Nyarly let his hatred/disgust of humans get the better of him then all of existence including himself and the rest of the Outer Gods may even be obliterated by Azathoth's awakening. Nyarly and the Incubators act as assholey parasites that we think are out to destroy us For the Evulz, but in fact are parasites that know not to destroy their host yet, although Nyarly and some Kyubey may acquire a little amusement from their trolling. The Entropy story is just a coverup because us laypeople such as Madoka can't comprehend the workings of the Outer Gods. Turns out, laypeople and xenophobes afraid of the unknown, such as H. P. Lovecraft himself, will pretty much exaggerate their conceptions about the Incubators and turn them into apocalyptic horror tales. Alternatively, it's a Half Truth, with Azathoth the "Nuclear Chaos" and his burgeoning awakening as representing Entropy.
Madokami assimilated Yog-Sothoth during her sacrifice/ascension.Yog-Sothoth exists at every point in space and time, yet locked out of it. When Madoka sacrificed herself to recreate existence and exist at every point in space and time, her divine powers enabled her to assimilate with this Outer God and make the world of Madoka less Cosmic Horror Story-y. Although this means that she herself is now "bound/crucified" as a replacement for Yog Sothoth, and locked out of the universe that for ordinary humans would be an eternal And I Must Scream. Although as an Outer God, this means that she can also limit a lot of Nyarly's trolling of humanity, knowing that just like Kyubey's utilitarianism, Nyarly's mischiefs are better than the alternative of an awakened Azathoth actively raping the universe.
Alternatively, Nyarlathotep and the Incubators hatched this Magical Girl conspiracy to keep YAHWEH/the Abrahamic God (or a Haruhi-esque equivalent) asleep.Nyarly and the Incubators might be Jerkasses, but they're Jerkasses who are not interested about infringing actively upon other people's freedom of thought (Kyubey in particular is keen about his respect of consent). Yahweh, on the other hand, is an angry, vicious Omnipotent who if awakened will turn all of existence into a Totalitarian Orwellian Hell where the most subatomic hint of Thought Crime is enough to consign you to eternal immortal torture forever and ever like until even Yog Sothoth himself dies (by which I meant he doesn't). Rendering all of existence into in endless, eternal And I Must Scream Crapsack Omniverse that WILL suck for everyone and everything; even Old Ones will end up having standards. Hence why they had the alternative, as in mutate Magical Girls into immortal Witches trapped in their own eternal Hells (do you wonder why their Grief Seeds can never be destroyed?) so that Yahweh's desire for some sort of eternal punishment is appeased while the Incubators and the rest of all the species in the universe don't go into Hell. This also parallels with Magical Girls, especially Madoka herself, acting as mini-Jesuses of sorts.
Madokami's sacrifice/ascension was the reason the Nyarlathotep and the Incubators quit their trolling campaigns and turned into Nyarko SanMadokami ascended and offered herself to Yahweh/Azathoth/Haruhi/(insert Evil God Here) as the new caretaker preventing said Evil Gods from putting the universe into more Death or Fate Worse Than Death, but it also meant that Nyarlathotepians and a lot of the Incubators are kicked out of their job of maintaining the universe by making humanity suffer. While Madokami and her servant Homura are responsible for maintaining the 'Verse, the Nyarlathotepians and the Incubators developed an alternative economy based on watching Earth's arts and entertainment as Addiction Displacement for their trolling behaviour (This is also a partial reason why Madokami still allows grief in the world, because it inspires human art that then keep the former trolls in Bread and Circuses). There, are of course, other factions of Nyarlies, Kyubeys and Eldritch Abominations who still prefer the brutal sadism of the previous eras, hence why Nyarko-san was assigned to protect the earth from other enemy Cosmic Horrors.
In one of the alternate timelines, Madoka/Kriemhild Gretchen splits into two components which then time traveled to the primordial Earth: Adam and Lilith of Neon Genesis Evangelion.Hence Kriemhild's nature being similar to Instrumentality in many ways.
Incubators are creatures native to the Moon Kingdom.During the Silver Millennium, Incubators were a race of magical creatures that lived on the Moon and were tasked by the ruler of the Moon Kingdom with helping to recruit humans to fight against Chaos. Back then, the magical girl system was a little different. A girl who contracted would become a Sailor Senshi, and a boy who contracted would become a Tuxedo Senshi. For example, if Princess Serenity contracted, she would gain the abilty to become Sailor Moon, and Prince Endymion would become Tuxedo Mask, or Tuxedo Earth as he would have been called at the time. Before a contract was made, Incubators would explain what was in store to a potential contractee, and would refuse to make a contract unless the potential senshi accepted that fate, and agreed to the terms and conditions. A magical girl/boy would be able to access multiple transformations, have multiple weapons, and use different transformation items. Rather than simply making a wish, a contractee would have an Incubator study their Star Seed, identify the reason for that Star Seed's creation, give the contractee powers connected to their Star Seed, and then transform the Star Seed into a Sailor Crystal/True Star Seed. Only young humans were able to become magical girls/boys, so once a a contractee reached adulthood, they would have to find a successor to carry on their responsibilities. If young Queen Serenity had made a contract, she would given up her abilty to become Sailor Moon to her daughter. After the fall of the Silver Millenium, the Incubators altered the system. Without Queen Serenity to guide them, the simplified their plan to recruit soldiers to fight against Chaos, which eventually devolved into having a young person make a wish, gain magic powers, give them one transformation, one transformation item, a Soul Gem, all without fully explaining what was in store. Over time, very few Tuxedo Senshi, such the Shitennou, remained, so the Incubators begain to contract more girls than boys. Homura Akemi was a Sailor Senshi in past life at the time of the Silver Millennium, and was one the many Queen Serenity sent to be reincarnated to future Earth. She eventually regained her memories of her past life and, believing that Madoka could help her, took actions to help restore the Silver Millennium. (Note that her magical girl outfit resembles a sailor fuku ◊.) Yes, this means that Homura is partially responsible for Crystal Tokyo. Though one must wonder how Queen Serenity would react if she found out what Kyubey's been up to lately.
Carly Rae Jepsen is a Puella Magi.She trades her soul for a wish, or rather, puts it inside a soul gem. Alternately, Call Me Maybe could be from the perspective of Homura, which makes it take a depressing turn. Maybe I think about this too much.
When Madoka turned into Hope, she turn into The HopeDid anyone watch the second movie of CCS? Originally, The Nothing card had a sad face on it; a crystal-ball shout-out to PMMM's opening where Madoka sheds tears?
The Kyuubey are a branch of Auditors.Entities who keep the stars burning and the planets orbiting; but a dim outlook on sentience. The events of Thief of Time wiped most of the old ones out; even the ones who "survived" were infected by the emotions that their human avatars accrued and went too insane to keep the universe running. The next batch learned from their predecessors mistakes and learned how to use emotion in their favor without succumbing to it; as well as created an emplated host body that did not have biological urges. The event with their predecessors also left them with a distinct opposition to Death/entropy.
Soul Gem technology is based on Philosopher's StonesWhen you can condense the souls of people in order to violate Equivalent Exchange.....
Witchification is the result of Sailor Moon putting Chaos "into the hearts of everyone."In the Sailor Moon universe, there is a singularity out in space called "the Galaxy Cauldron" and was overseen by an entity called "Sailor Cosmos" (possibly a future future version of Sailor Moon) It produces all of existence, and in the manga; it's stated that the stronger the light is; the stronger Chaos is. Well, Sailor Moon stopped this cycle by sealing Chaos into People. This stopped the Galaxy Cauldron's production line. Magical Entropy began to set in. The Kyubey are actually agents of the Galaxy Cauldron who took over when Sailor Moon's actions negated Cosmos; the original Guardian of the Galaxy Cauldron. They found a magical way of releasing the Galaxy Cauldron energy...by releasing the Chaos trapped within the human soul. Madoka's sacrifice switched the cycle back.
Madoka Magica sets the stage for the events of BlazBlueWhen Madoka ascended, she became a pseudo-Witch while retaining her sanity; the barrier she generates actually contains half of the entire universe. The other half contains the "equivalent despair" that was necessary for her ascension, inhabited by Demons. Kyubey (all of them) got fired from his position for incompetence and was replaced by other Incubators, one of whom was Yuuki Terumi. Terumi trolls humanity incessantly because he's an extremely rare member of his species who possesses emotions (and therefore magic), and being around emotionless bastards like Kyubey drove him nuts. To compensate for the much lower energy returns from Demon-hunting as opposed to witch-hunting, the Incubators contract thousands of Magical Girls, which eventually reveals the secret of creating Soul Gems; unscrupulous human scientists then utilize the powers of Soul Gems to create Ars Magus and Sentient Weapons. The Nox Nyctores are all sentient, and affect the mind of the user in negative ways, because they contain the souls of Magical Girls and therefore collect despair in the same way.
Nie R is one of Goddess Madoka's helpers.Both Father Nier and Brother Nier. They're sometimes the same person, and sometimes not. (That sorta thing happens outside Space and Time.) When "both" Niers Retgone'd him/themself to save Kainé; this got Goddess Madoka's attention.
Soul gems are somehow related to Exspheres from Tales Of SymphoniaBoth soul gems and Exspheres hold the consciousness/souls of people. Both of them can turn their users in to monsters/witches if untreated. Both of them provide power boosts to their users.
Goddess Madoka is now in Gensokyo.Anything that doesn't exist in the outside world exists in Gensokyo; thus by erasing herself; she appeared there. In between saving every magical girl turning witch in every timeline; and when she's not floating naked in the cosmos, her physical manifestation has a home. She tends to work closely with the Celestials and the Yami/Shinigami when working out a place for the magical girls to go.
The entire show......resembles none other than Kamen Rider. Kamen Rider Ryuki, to be specific. See here for more details. For example:
Or, the show is basically a parallel world version of Armored Trooper Votoms.
Kyuubey is an acquaintance of Chamo.The Elf-Ermine was part of a small racket. His best friend was an absolute battery of mana, and Chamo had been hired by certain members of the Magic World (an Alternate Universe to Mars) to "skim" from a mages's power through his Pactio's with other people. Just enough that nobody noticed. This energy was then purchased for "Chamo Dollars." The Magical World was in a crisis. It couldn't keep the power going to fuel it's own existence; and was hiring "scalpers" like Chamo to scrape together any mana they can.
Kyuubey is dealing with Slenderman, somehow.
Madoka is a Princess of Heart.Kyubey is trying to get her to accept the darkness that comes with being a Magical Girl so he can steal her body and use it for his own purposes.
Kyubei is actually Hideyoshi.Hideyoshi is fed up of being a fansevice bait and hence used some magical spell to turn himself into our dear magical pet. Since he is a skilled actor, it explains why Madoka and co didn't suspect him.
Madoka Magica is set in the same universe as Inception.One of the above WMGs pointed out that the magical girls are actually reality warpers, there is a chance that the Madoka universe is actually one of the dream stages and the girls are hooked onto the PAVIS machine. I believe Chris Nolan somewhat has a hand in this series too.
Homura has to be a student/step-daughter of Nanoha from the future.Just a guess seeing as Nanoha likes angsty Mahou Shojos. She totally digs them so much she started to collect them all over the universe. I'm guessing she was sent to stop a small white demon from destroying a world but failed due to a certain someone selling her soul to it.
Kyuubei is actually a representative of the World...He grants miracles and in return the contractors became Magical Girls (fancy name for Counter Guardian) who will fight whenever a factor in the extinction of mankind (Witches) is detected.
Madoka is Archer
Madoka's soul is already outside
The Witches are True Fae, and Magical Girls are the retribution of the angered universe of Changeling: The Dreaming.When Dreaming was discontinued and then replaced by the New World of Darkness line, Changeling The Lost, it rebelled against the drastically different ideas of what the True Fae are, but the displaced Changeling spirits had no recourse of their own. Thus they created Kyubey, according to the new laws set out by Lost. The real nature of the Contract is that it's actually a Pledge: in exchange for becoming a Magical Girl, they agree to fight the True Fae and are likewise entitled to a wish, and weapons with which to fight them, for life. This is an extremely powerful Pledge, and since Kyubey, despite being made to adhere to the rules of Changeling: The Lost, is still fundamentally tied to the concepts of limitless fancy and absolute belief, making it possible for the Fae powers manifested in the Magical Girls to cut through the Hedge and kill True Fae in their own realms. However, if a Magical Girl's soul gem becomes corrupted, and the result is a Changeling, not another Witch.
This is Shaft's version of Claymore.Kyubey decided to create magical girls that would remove despair from human lives, but ended up creating witches.
Madoka Magica is actually a story written by Drosselmeyer (contains major Princess Tutu spoilers, but none for Madoka)Drosselmeyer was a author who could warp reality by writing stories. He loved writing stories depicting eternal tragedy and despair. After getting his ties to Tutu's world cut off, he found a way to write such stories in the afterlife and decided to write Madoka Magica to make up for the "failure" of a story that was Princess Tutu. So far, he is very much succeeding where he failed the last time.
Kyubey is the Millennium Earl.They operate in a similar manner, "helping" people who aren't in much of a state to refuse. And they both have almost permanently frozen-on smiles.
Kyubey is O2.Kyubey's second set of ears resemble O2's wings, and he even has halos on them.◊
02 is a witch.It has the same imagery as a witch's barrier, and its power lies in strong negative emotions, including grief. Dark Matter possesion could be a parallel to a witch's kiss, except it just makes people evil instead of suicidal. It being killed in Kirby's Dreamland 3 and reborn means that Kirby didn't destroy its Grief Seed.
This takes place in the same universe of Bokurano.More specifically, in one of the universes that was saved. However, despite being saved, the universe began dying, and thus a new "game" had to be created to save it.
Kyubei is KyubiOne of Kyubei's names is QB. Saying QB gets you Kyu and Bi. But them together and you get...
Kyubey and the other Incubators were created by the EldarThink about it. Entropy is also called Chaos by some people. The Eldar have a 'Fuck off all other races in order to save ourselves' mentality, and Kyubey loves giving out half truths and Jedi Truths. Saving the universe my ass! They just want to prevent the heat death of the universe because maximum entropy would allow the Chaos Gods to enter and eat them alive.
Kyubey is from LogopolisKyubey's goal is to decrease entropy in the universe and prevent it's destruction, the same task that the Logopolitans had given themselves to. The 'Puella Magi' system is a replacement for the 'Block Transfer Computation' and CVE methods that were in use before the Master interfered.
Mami is MimaMagical girls are cursed to become witches. Due to the nature of her wish, Mami managed to become one even after her "death". However, in the process or just over time she lost most of her memories, even the order of the kanji in her name. While she is by all appearances a ghost, Mima insists that she never died, and is "just a soul". Hmm...
Creators of the Incubators will soon be destroyedAnd it will be the Anti-Spirals who will do the deed. Because, Creators of the Incubators are doing exactly what Hanrasen are fearing - they are introducing more and more energy in the universe. Sure, without the emotions to do it directly, they are taking a longer way than most, but it's still there!
Kyubey's race created Zonder MetalZonder Metal was designed by an alien race to turn the stress of humanoids into energy, simultaneously solving There Are No Therapists and providing an unlimited source of power. Then it became sentient and starting merging with people to amplify their stress and turn them into monsters. Zonders are fought by guys using crystals powered by courage (operating on similar principles to Zonder Metal itself), and are defeated by removing their cores and turning them back into humans. Hmm... You'll just get a headache.
Kyuubey is the Anti-Spiral KingHe's an alien with the power to change reality. His goals are to preserve the universe, and he's tapping into an illogical energy source that breaks the laws of physics. His purpose in life is basically to save the universe by imposing absolute despair upon humans. The only difference is that he's trying to farm and control Spiral Energy rather than destroy it.
The Witches' Labyrinths are Reality MarblesWhy is that?
On a similar note, Soul Gems are the Third True MagicThat is, "Materialization of the Soul".
Rebecca Black made a contract with Kyubey.Her wish? To become popular. Looks like she's already achieving it. Of course, Kyubey being Kyubey, it's not exactly the popularity she wished for.
The show is actually a retelling of Legacy of Kain. Homura is Kain, Madoka is Raziel, and Kyubey is the Elder God.Like Kain, Homura is stuck in the position of choosing to let the world be destroyed or lose something very precious to her, so she keeps travelling back in time in order to Screw Destiny. Kyubey of course wants to keep the status quo, since he needs Puella Magis 'souls. Madoka is the only individual capable of changing fate, so Homura and Kyubey are both battling to try and maneuver her to do what they want. Brush Gods◊ of Okami (especially Chibiterasu◊ from Ōkamiden)) look and QB◊.
Kyube's mentioned advanced alien civilization is... the TSAB.The TSAB is an advanced, multi-dimensional civilization that uses magic as an environmentally safe energy source. Unfortunately, they don't realize they're using the potential energy of the universe directly, in massive amounts. Kyube knows though, and though he can't stop the TSAB, he can at least make sure their squandering use of energy is contained, by creating more magic/potential energy. And now you know why there are so few mages on earth. Yes. I've just completely destroyed Nanoha's noble intentions for about one episode. /人◕ ‿‿ ◕人 Lost Technology that collapsed dimensional walls and turned people into monsters because the safety settings were lost. Sounds familiar? Human mages have always been rare; no matter what era or dimension. In one of the old worlds; the war with their neighbors was all but lost. All of their active mages were dead; and while some of their familiars were left; they were about to die/lose sentience without their masters. A few people who were given command altered the familiars. They no longer required masters to exist; they could create multiple bodies, and their job was to create mages and energy to "save their universe." (The reprogrammers were dramatic and patriotic) The war had cost most of the adults; and women were more prone to magic than men so they focused on them for logistical purposes. These Familiars would Incubate the next generation of Mages. It was decided that the best way to ensure loyalty would be to program them to be emotionless and be only dedicated to their goal. The augmented familiars went through the population; and by "forcing" non-mages to cast a Reality Warp even though they don't have Linker Cores (making a Wish); they burned part of their permanent Life Energy into positive and negative energy to create a type of pseudo-Linker Core/Device fusion Cast From HP and the owner's emotional state. Soul Gems. Unlike normal Devices; these did not use computations to protect the owner from being directly linked to Magic. Magic Users were regained; at terrible cost. Untried in combat; many of the new batch of mages quickly fell. But those who survived fell into despair; and their Soul Gems collapsed. Their despair; running unchecked through the magical channels blasted open by the Reality Warp; turned them into terrible monsters; and the dimensional walls surrounding the old world collapsed. The familiars, now the Incubators, viewed this as a complete success. The remaining witches were "safe" from the old world's enemies. They left the dimension; to fulfill their programming. To save the universe by creating magical energy. Worlds visited by the Kyubey often experience massive jumps in technological and magical advancement due to the Reality Warp; sometimes without the social infrastructure to handle this. Often their populations fall to rampant interwarring sessions or are slaughtered by witches and the world becomes a danger to the dimensions surrounding it, requiring the world to be destroyed or dimensionally quarantined. The TSAB considers the Kyubey to be Alpha-level threats and they are to be destroyed upon discovery via Arc N Ciel.
Kyubey was created by the same race as KyriosKyubey: An artificial race that exists to harvest magical power from girls in order to prevent energy death. Kyrios: A machine that uses the power of a magical girl to control the flow of energy across the multiverse and prevent the energy death of any one world. Kyrios even has an "artificial" magical girl guardian who acts as its protector.
The series takes place in Instrumentality.QB is a rogue spirit breaking the peace. Come on, it's obvious Madoka's world is a warped up version of Evangelion's.
The black cat in the OP is SisselWith no explanation for that cat, and the revelation of Homura's powers, there's no doubt. Fate Averted! ...Or not.
Kyuubey is the bastard son of Tzeench and Slaanesh.For he is an Eldritch Abomination who weaves Machiavellian schemes and takes perverse sustenance from suffering and warped innocence.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica is based off of Drawn to Life!WARNING: THIS IS A WALL OF TEXT. ALSO I REPOSTED IT BECAUSE IT SUDDENLY DISAPPEARED INTO NOTHINGNESS. Lets take Mami for an example. She's based off of the Mayor. The Mayor has an old-fashon clothing style. So does Mami. The Mayor is an old person. Mami is the oldest looking of the group. The Mayor dies by Wilfre's hands. Mami dies by Charlotte's hands (or mouth). Also, one of the magical girls (I think it's Mami) made a wish when she was in a car crash. This could represnt Mike going into his coma because of the car crash. Houmra begins each timeline waking up from a coma. This could represenent Mike's coma and him waking up at the end of the second game. Madoka is the Scrappy and also the Woobie, kind of like how Mike became both because of the ending of the second game. Wilfre and Kyubey are both (at least acrounding to this wiki) are Well intentioned but ended up coming out evil. Madoka's heroic scarfice in the first timeline represents The whole Raposa race giving up their lives so Mike can wake up. And the older Madoka transforming Madoka in the opening? That represents the possible theory that The Creator is really a godlike subconsice of Mike! Madoka opening her eyes in said opening? Mike waking up from his coma! Her crying tears of joy holding the cat? Mike getting reuited with Heather! Madoka holding Kyubey in the final shot? The Raposa are now a part of Mike, inculding Wilfre! Heck, maybe it IS part of the Drawn to Life series! This is the Drawn to Life 3 we been all looking for! Wilfre must have put Jowee in a nightmare, and all the paraells to Drawn to Life in the show are all his memories leaking through! The Series might end when he finally wakes up, and still thinks he's Madoka. At first we see it from his point of view, as Madoka runs trying to find her friends, paraelling the seane in the opening where she is running. We see her running for days until she finally gets to his Village, where we finally see Jowee crying out for Madoka's friends. Thats when we reallize that Madoka and her friends were all part of Jowee's mind, messed up by Wilfre. The ending credits may paraell these events, Madoka walking past her friends represents her train of thoughts just before making the wish that would wake up Jowee, and Madoka running repressents "Madoka" running to find her friends, her floating in the mask repressents "Madoka" trying to blend in with the Raposa, hoping they might think of her as a visitor and not knowing that "she's" on of them. As if the series wasn't whammy enough...
Charlotte and Charlotte Dunois are the same characterIt is stated in her bio that Madoka Charlotte loves cheese. Charlotte Dunois, for her part, is French and therefore a Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey...
The Incubators are from Magical Land.That kind of cutesy sadism could only come from Esmerelda and Punie. Paya even called her a "true witch".
Kyubey is an apprentice of Zordon.He has sought for "five overbearing and overemotional humans" who happen to be red, blue, black, yellow and pink. Unlike Zordon, A. the "overemotional" part is utterly crucial to his plans and B. he's not as successful as the floating head was.
Homura's story is based in a Vocaloid song.More specifically Repeat. And if one analyze the lyrics, it means she'll become a witch in the end.
Homura's story is based off the song WHere are the lyrics.
Walpurgis Night is ChernabogNight On Bald Mountain takes place around Walpurgis Night, where a powerful demon arises, much like in Madoka.
Madotsuki used to be a Puella MagiBut she learned the Awful Truth, and also had to watch her fellow Puella Magi die or turn into Witches. So she gave up and turned into a Hikikomori, thinking that she would at least enjoy some normal days before turning into a Witch. However, things weren't so simple. The memories of her time as a Puella Magi still tormented her in her dreams. For example, the different areas are Witches' lairs, the Toringen are familiars, Poniko was one of her friends, and Uboa is the Witch that she turned into. And so, after having all these fucked-up dreams for so long, she finally decided to commit suicide. IT ALL MAKES TOO MUCH SENSE. Here, have some explanations with visuals:
Mitakihara is a small-scale offshoot project of The Matrix.Some speculation concerning the series has brought up the question of why Kju͍u͍̥bee (in IPA spelling) actively searches for ideal prepubescent girls to enjoin in his contracts; given that his race, being capable of great scientific feats, could certainly have grown and conditioned such creatures from infancy to feel strong emotions in response to especial stimuli. Further rumination on the dilemma led to the conclusion that they were, in fact, doing so; and they were, in fact, not alien, nor a race at all. This would explain why the inhabitants of strange Mitakihara have access to the very finest of technology, and why it seems to contain such a mix-up of famous architecture, while there is no reference at all to any wider world: it is a virtual Paradise carefully constructed from models of the Earth as it might be in AD 2010. The entire world was created by the machines as an experiment to see if a slightly different management model would be successful in generating more energy and encountering fewer human problems than the mainstream Matrix. To prevent the inhabitants from paying attention to the world around them and possibly realising that it is a simulation, the human batteries are convinced that they are not only living ordinary, humdrum lives, but are being drawn into a sudden, inexplicable and progressively more terrifying phantastic scenario in which their ultimate doom is to go mad with grief, and become a witch. (It is plausible that humans wallowing in the depths of despair produce increased amounts of whatever nebulous energy the machines derive from them, as well.) The Incubators are therefore the quintessential Agents, whose purpose is to facilitate and perpetuate the cycle of grief and madness; they can appeal to governing powers to conduct alterations, such as gaining new bodies (provided they keep the internal balance of mass by 'eating' the old body), eliminating injuries, and resetting the universal clock, "reloading the Matrix" (though the reformatting of human minds is somewhat incomplete, and may leave traces). The most prominent evidence in the favour of this is the presence of a character from the Matrix in the anime. The much-speculated-upon black cat of the Opening first appeared in the original Matrix movie: notably, just before time turned back, and Agents arrived.
Lain Iwakura is a magical girl.Her wish was apparently related to computers. She uses it to save people from suicide, by at the same time her surrounding becomes more and more screwed up. At the end of the series she becomes a witch and deprecates herself from reality.
The witches are really Shadows.They've got all the major trademarks: born of the protagonist's deepest regret/insecurity, having powers similar to theirs and some kind of thematic appearance (I.E. Shadow Yukiko is a bird in a cage because Yukiko felt trapped, Oktavia von Seckendorff was a mermaid because of Sayaka's unrequited love.)
Related to the above, Walpurgis Night is actually the witch form of either Persona 3 Portable's female protagonist, Aigis, one of the Velvet Room sisters or a combination of them. Looking at her card, you can see a couple of parallels. The fact that she represents "the fool", for one. She also looks a bit similar to Nyx Avatar. Walpurgis' wanting to make the whole world a drama was probably due to her cracking under the strain of being unable to defeat Nyx.
Irisu is a Puella Magi.She wished for her rabbit to come back, and well...
Ai also became a Puella Magi.Only in the normal and good endings, though. Yuuki's only showed himself to her so he could warn her about Kyuubey. After all, your targets becoming witches isn't exactly good for your quota, now is it? In the bad ending, he succeeds in preventing her Puella Magi-fication by taking her soul, and the good ending has her in the future timeline, where being a Magical Girl no longer ends in becoming a Witch. What about the normal ending? Charlotte had to come from somewhere, don't you think? Just replace "cheese" with "rice cake" and they're practically identical.
Madoka is the 332nd.Remember what happens in episode 12?
Madoka did become a witch in the end......specifically, an Umineko witch. By only existing as a concept, Madoka was taken to the Meta-World. This also happens to the magical girls she saves, and they become Umineko witches too. Yes, an army of Umineko witches, that are now capable of preying upon the multiverse. Just as Bernkastel planned.
Madoka became The NexusJust look at it.
Counter Guardians are Puella MagiBecause Joan of Arc has been listed as both a Puella Magi and a Counter Guardian. Both involve making contracts with an emotionless entity for power, at the cost of fighting endlessly. The only depicted Counter Guardian is in a similar mental state to Homura and even has similar powers. The differences can be explained as the result of Madoka's wish.
Homura's witch form is Bayonetta.Because that would be awesome.
The Incubators are The Silence
The Witches are HeartlessThink about it. A Heartless is formed when a person's Heart is consumed by darkness, transforming them into a Heartless. A Witch is formed when a Mahou Shoujo's soul gem is wholly corrupted/consumed by darkness, transforming them into a Witch. "Heart" and "Soul" can both be translated as kokoro, a Mahou Shoujo separated from their soul gem is very similar in behavior and appearance to a person separated from their Heart, and both Heartless and Witches can only be truly harmed/destroyed by certain types of magic.
Medusa and Arachne were Puella Magi.Simply based off the curiosity caused when it came out that witches were once Magical Girls. What if two of anime's most cruel witches were once Puella Magi? Medusa's color scheme would be green and her weapon a bow and arrow (her snakes resemble arrows) while Arachne's color would be purple and her weapon a net that resembles a spiderweb. Their lairs aren't hidden because this is Soul-Eater-land...Baba Yaga castle is still pretty surreal, just not hidden behind a dimensional wall.
Every Magical Girl will become a witch! I mean every Magical Girl ever. If the reasoning is that "Magical Girl" is the logical name for a larva that will grow up to be a magical woman, i.e. witch, every female out there with a transformation sequence is doomed. Usagi? They're still trying to figure out how to give her grief. (And her Soul Gem is in the tiara.) Ahiru? We will one day see a witch with duck wings and a ballet-themed lair. (Her contract was with Drosselmeyer, not Kyubey.) The girls of the Western takeoff W.I.T.C.H.? Look at the title, my friends.
The series is a session of an even earlier version of Sburb gone off the rails....What? Don't look at me like that.
Alice Liddell was a Puella Magi.She wished for the story Lewis Carroll told her to come true. "Wonderland" became her barrier.
The Incubators are a creation of the Jjaro......And one day, Durandal found them and activated them in order to buy more time to figure out how to escape the inevitable closure of the universe.
Yuuko's magic is related to the IncubatorsEither they share the same source(Everything has to be balanced in the end) or either of them outright stealed the technique from one another.
I. M. Meen takes place in the Madoka Magica universe.I.M. Meen is a Warlock who made a contract with an Incubator who goes after boys instead of girls. His Grief Seed is worked into his book so that it functions as a portal into his Barrier, the Magic Labyrinth of I.M Meen (Barriers are even sometimes referred to as Labyrinths). His "pets" are his familiars, and the "special kind of guy" he mentions as his magic being from in the theme song isn't himself, it's his Incubator. Speaking of his theme song, he says "I've got a little secret that'll really make 'em cry!", which refers to him capturing children so he can harvest their despair. His face looking different in each scene isn't the animation being Off Model - what makes his Warlock form so surreal is that his face keeps morphing on its own, despite the rest of his body being able to pass for a human. Also, notice how in the intro, the kids are live-action in the very first shot where Meen points at them, but after that they're cartoons - the graphic style of Meen's barrier is crude CD-i style animation, and the kids changed to his style when they were sucked inside. This also explains why he hates children studying even though he knows magic - he didn't learn magic on his own; he obtained it through a contract. As a Magical Boy, he might have been a nerd who spent his time reading fantasy novels when he should have been studying, which is why his minions are ordinary trolls instead of Daliesque monstrosities. His reluctance to live in the real world caused him to flunk school and drop out, the despair of which caused his Soul Gem to go dark. As a Warlock, he took his revenge by tricking studious children and sucking them into his Labyrinth to get back at his classmates that succeeded where he failed. This is also why he's so bad at grammar - his dropping out of school was exaggerated to the point where, as a Warlock, he can barely spell. His teleportation ability reflects how he wanted to get away from his peers and be left alone. Bet you won't look at I.M. Meen Youtube Poops the same way again, huh?
Another rare Magical Boy was the boy who would become the Unlosing Ranger.His wish was to save his sister from the Monster Of The Day that had kidnapped them both. Being male, he got the wish; (making him strong enough to survive the beating the monster gave him) however it didn't generate the same kind of mana that girls got for some reason. (Hence the Incubators rarely bothering; he was just an experiment.) The Equivalent Exchange was the eight years of hell his family gave him after this. He never turned Witch or faded because he has an abnormally high despair threshold. However, once he acquired the Chakra Belt; his ability to withstand Despair caused him to be able to generate a equal counterforce of Hope.
"Slenderman" is a witch.It explains virtually everything about Slendy: static has been used at least once in the anime in relation to witches; the world warps when Slendy is near because the viewer is caught within its labyrinth; many of the strange things that happen can be caused by a Witch's mark. It probably made a wish related to protecting children.
Madoka Magica exists in the same universe as Shugo Chara!Think about it. Wishes/hopes that make a person transform into a Magical Girl. Sounds familiar? Shugo Chara! is set several centuries before Madoka Magica. The Guardian Charas are actually a prototype of the system Kyubey uses for Puella Magi. Back then, a person could make multiple wishes and could have multiple forms. The Eggs back then are equal to the Soul Gems of now. After experimenting with multiple people, Kyubey realizes that girls are much more emotional then boys, so he develops the system to only use girls. X-Eggs are equivalent to a corrupted Soul Gem, but when Kyubey realized that if X-Eggs are crushed, all the energy goes to waste. So then he developed Witches and thus the energy making machine was born. Amu and Co. basically helped create a soul crushing machine.
Goddess Madoka is the latest Elder God before/after Kurou and Al, and Kyubei is an avatar of Nyarlathotep.Well, Kyubei's race gave human technology and magic, didn't they....
Elly is the witch form of Hatsune Miku.Compare Elly's human silhouette◊ with Miku◊. Note the turquoise color scheme, the reddish tint of Elly's hair ribbons, and what look like Miku-ish sleeves on Elly. Many of the speculations on this page of the Madoka wiki could apply to Miku, particularly the part about wishing for popularity as an idol. Her somewhat robotic-looking familiars may refer to the Vocaloids, who are androids.
Gretchen's Barrier is EquestriaWell, it is "paradise."
Expanding on the above, Hagraven magic is reverse engineered from Incubator magic.The Hagravens themselves are created out of a corrupted attempt to become Magical Girls, but they end up becoming much weaker, as well as halfway between a Magical Girl and a Witch. Forsworn Briarhearts are a much closer example to an Incubator's creation. They are created when a Forsworn "contracts" with a Hagraven to gain power at the cost of their humanity. The Briar Heart they put in them is kinda based off of a Soul Gem, in that they hold the power of the lich (though it isn't a Soul Jar, as Briarheart souls can be captured). Also, they are the only credible threat in the game to a well-equipped and trained Dovahkiin, who, according to the above theory, is a Puel Magi/Puella Magi. Finally, they also leave powerful undead behind when they die (like Red Eagle, who leaves behind a powerful Draugr or Dragon Priest).
Madoka's wish allowed Alduin's return to Skyrim.The Elder Scrolls contain the truths of the universe, but cannot predict changes in the space-time continuum. When Madoka made her wish, she ended up rewriting the contents of every single Scroll in existence, weakening them for a brief moment in time. Since an Elder Scroll was involved in the ritual that was used to cast Alduin forward in time, only a strong enough Dragon Break or temporal distortion could ensure that he would return (and not even the disapperance of the Dwemer or the Warp in the West had that certain oomph). Madoka's universe-rewriting wish was enough to set Alduin free. But, for every bit of despair created in the universe, there is an equal amount of hope - Alduin's return allowed the Dovahkiin to survive his execution and to protect Skyrim from Alduin.
The Witches are Selenim
The entire series does take place in the Instrumentality of Neon Genesis Evangelion, but Homura is a repentant Gendo IkariWhile the most blatant Oedipus father vs. son aspects aspects are stripped off, there are a lot of similarities between Homuhomu and Gendo. Both are not-so-stoics whose only (or at least primary) reason to live is companionship with a Messianic Archetype (Yui for Gendo and Madoka for Homura), but unfortunately their beloved messiah gets killed off, thus they acquire a pessimistic outlook and are not above being ruthless Machiavellian the-end-justifies-the-means anti-heroes who are ready to even screw up all creation as a whole just to preserve her (Time-travel and an endless recursion of time for Homura, which ends up creating Kriemhild Gretchen who causes an Assimilation Plot, and taking control of an Eldritch Abomination and becoming God for Gendo, which results in Instrumentality) As we see, their Resurrection machinations result not in a Happy Ending, but on the contrary, in forcing the world to descend From Bad to Worse, culminating in Instrumentality and The End of the World as We Know It. Most importantly, in the end they still fail to bring their loved ones back to existence. Of course, Kyubey could be a representation of Seele, the powerful and manipulative utilitarians who once helped them acquire the ability to perform the reality-screwing in the first place, but also managed to be even more of a jerk-ass and on which both of these stoics rebelled against just to get to their loved one. When Instrumentality took place during End of Evangelion, Gendo finally admits that he is a coward who spends most of his time trying to screw up reality just to resurrect Yui, while rejecting and avoiding out of fear his own son, the "weak-minded" Shinji, but when Shinji does take control of Instrumentality, he asks for forgiveness from him while visualizing himself as being eaten by Eva-01. This leads us to the events of Madoka Magica which takes place inside the Instrumentality version of Purgatory, where thanks to this wish to become The Atoner, Gendo himself is forcefully genderbended (thus stripping him off of his patriarchal, manipulative Über-Pimp tendencies), and has to spend the rest of his/her life in Purgatory trying to protect a representation known as Madoka, a sort of "God" of Instrumentality whose personality consisted of the ones who controlled Instrumentality itself, Yui, Rei, and most especially Shinji, the very one who turned Instrumentality against him. The Yui-to-Shinji transformation (starts out as helpful and confident, teaching a suicidal Homura/Gendo how to live, although we don't see the epiphany that much in the original series, the Drama CD's can flesh out the once-lonely-social-pariah Homura's starting relationships with Madoka. However as time repeats more, Madoka becomes more of an omnipotent but angst-ridden moeblob, just like Shinji) and Homura getting more and more emotionally distant (as Madoka becomes much more Shinji-like, Homura becomes more Machiavellian in ways that disgust Madoka) becomes more obvious as time in purgatory progresses and the Puella Magi universe becomes more and more like the nightmarish Evangelion-verse that he/she helped create due to his/her desperate wish. Thus he/she has to make up for everything by protecting that same Shinji-Madoka too just as he tried to protect Yui-Madoka, all while this task itself is the very path that will be the harbinger of the Angst and disaster of Evangelion to the once-cheery Puella Magi universe. If Homura continues to continue fighting fate and being emotionally distant against Madoka, Madoka herself will cause the End of the World, like how Gendo's emotional distance against Shinji, that was caused by a desire to reunite with his wife, led to Shinji destroying the world and hating him forever upon acquiring God powers.
Haruhi Suzumiya is a Madoka-scale anomaly/god/witch.Well the concept of the "Closed Space" and "Celestials" might just as well be Witches' barriers and Demons, respectively...
Episode 12 wasn't the first time the system had been rewritten. "Berserk" was the the first universe.1 The universe is govern by human will. 2 It is a Crap Sack World. 3 Certain humans become monsters after crossing the Despair Event Horizon. 4 Anything approaching victory for Gut would involve rewriting the system. This may or may not involve a Cosmic Retcon.
Alternatively, Warhammer 40000 was the first universe...which the God-Emperor retconned into the less nightmarish Puella Magi world after dying, thus escaping the limitatons of the Golden Throne. bumping into their other selves) put considerable strain on space-time (and Homura didn't help). Remember how Marty was also planning to become a musician until he broke his wrist in a peer-pressure induced drag race? When he averted that fateful car crash, the resulting Ripple Effect created the aforementioned crash 26 years later and 6000 miles away that injured Kamijou (and killed Mami's parents), which of course resulted in Sayaka's contract. To make matters even more sadistic, in the original BTTF timeline, Hitomi's father was killed in that car crash as a boy, while visiting relatives in Hill Valley. One of the survivors became Marty's boss by 2015. He realized the accident was just a case of stupid teenage recklessness and eventually took pity on Marty in his despondent state, hiring him...but he still nursed a bitter grudge which eventually led to his firing Marty when Needles framed him again years later. Marty's daughter Marleen had contracted at some point for almost the same reasons as Kyoko (wanting to help her struggling family and continually depressed father). She would've become a Witch either when she was busted trying to bust out Marty Jr. in the first timeline, or when her dad was fired. So...one ruined musical career (and eventual Witchdom) for another. Take your pick.
Walpurgisnacht is Meg Griffin's Witch form.She lasted about 30 minutes before witching out.
Many of the "ghosts" in Ghostbusters Part 1 were actually Witches.
Madoka takes place after Instrumentality.Humanity returned to form from the Tang and rebuilt its society...however, their capacity for arrogance, pride, bastardry and schadenfreude remained, creating Madoka's cruel world where idealism and belief in man's better nature only ever comes at a horrible cost.
Madoka takes place in the same universe as Bleach.Both series feature abominations, born from the corruption of a human soul, with names different from their human ones. Kyubey indirectly confirms that Muggles have souls, too. When a Bleach!Muggle dies, either a) they have no regrets and become a wandering soul until a shinigami sends them to Soul Society, or b) they have regrets binding them to the World of the Living, and they eventually become a Hollow. What Kyubey does is pull out the soul, which is supposed to kill or pre-Hollowfy the subject in normal circumstance. However through alien intervention Kyubey's method preserves the subject alive and bound to the living world, while giving them the benefits of having a soul outside the body (as in powers similar to both a Shinigami and a normal Hollow). However, souls were never meant to exist outside the body until dead, and even a physically-godlike Magical Girl has her soul extremely vulnerable to the fundamental ingredient required for Hollowification (i.e. Angst, Regret and such), so when Magical Girls Hollowfy, the unnatural modification to their souls amplified by their preexisting god powers results into a Witch - a Reality Warper Eldritch Abomination Hollow that's a more powerful version of the Magical Girls themselves, like how Hollows are powerful versions of the regretful humans themselves.
Kyubey's race are alternate Guardians of the Universe.Come on. Extremely old, logical, powerful, and intelligent beings that feel no emotions of their own and in fact consider those who feel emotions to be aberrations (hi Ganthet and Sayd!). Yet they use the emotions of others as power? Also have a tendency of getting screwed over by their own plans? Totally Guardians.
Rosasharn from Puella Magi Oriko Magica originally contracted during The Great Depression. She might actually have been Rose of Sharon Joad in an alternate timeline.If true, Rose would've contracted a few years before the events of the book. This raises the question of how many MG's (and Witches) were likely born out of the Depression and other economic downturns...and how many came from impoverished areas like Haiti and Sudan.
Patricia is Chiri Kitsu's Witch form.She wanted to be the actual class president (it annoyed her to no end that although everyone thinks she's the president, Kagerou actually is). She enjoyed the idea of becoming a Puella to fight against chaos and make this a "more proper, orderly world" (uh-oh), but was ultimately devastated by how things just don't fall into place that easily (due to that pesky "free will" stuff). Now of course she's the president of her own classroom in the sky, populated by students with no minds of their own.
The series is the Mushroom Samba of some of the lab rats at the National Institute for Mental Health.All the result of being injected with countless drugs for medical testing. They've developed telepathy and heightened intelligence, although not on the level of humans, hence they can't quite understand why the humans are doing this to them. Kyubey is a white rat who's so broken that he believes that being experimented on (and likely dying) for the humans is a good thing and actively wants his fellow rats to voluntarily submit to it, especially since he telepathically noticed that humans tend to regard rats as disgusting vermin. The Witches are a combination of the drugs plus confused "readings" of the humans' and other animals' minds. (Picture a young child channel-surfing randomly; occasionally understanding some of the words and imagery and having the rest fly over their head.) For instance, Charlotte was inspired by the thoughts of one scientist thinking he should get some more baby mice for his pet snake. Uhrmann is one of the dogs kept in the lab, always just wanting love and affection and wondering why they're doing all this to her. Roberta came from the thoughts of a female scientist constantly frustrated in romance, who's only been hit on for her looks. Obviously this has left the enlightened rats with huge psychic scars not just from the horrific imagery burned into their brains, but with great metaphysical confusion, seeing as how these two-legged Eldritch Abominations also provide their food and water and keep their living conditions relatively comfortable. Nicodemus and co. also realized the truth about why the scientists were doing all these things. Fortunately, unlike Kyubey, they managed to keep their minds intact and escape. Ultimately Jenner represents the "Kyubey-ite" faction that wants to remain dependent upon the humans for energy, while Justin represents the "Madoka-ite" faction which wants to live for itself.
After her wish, Madoka was reincarnated as Kafuka Fuura.She returned to Earth in some other dimension/universe/something as a boundlessly optimistic girl, and, wanting to serve as a force for happiness as much as possible, she signed up as an organ donor. Her reciprocal curse was to be hit by a car and killed, and her organs, charged with her positive energy, were transplanted in a class full of suicidally depressed and neurotic girls. With teacher Nozomu Itoshiki serving as an exorcist, they managed to exorcise the suicidal spirits possessing the class. Urobuchi must've known about Kumeta's planned ending to SZS, just as Studio Shaft did (as evidenced by the OP's, some of which were animated by the same artists as the Madoka's Witch scenes.
Homura is an AI from the Red vs. Blue universe, and the whole series was a virtual simulation in said verse.Here be spoilers for Red vs. Blue Reconstruction onward. First things first - this whole WMG takes place centuries before RVB or Halo. The real Homura Akemi was a UNSC-affiliated scientist, notable for being an Adorkable otaku. She befriended a certain Madoka Kaname - one of the first friends she ever made, as well as her best friend - who enlisted in the UNSC Marines and eventually became a Sergeant. Sgt. Kaname died in service; while Dr. Akemi mostly got over it, there was a tinge of grief in her character for the rest of her life. When Dr. Akemi passed on, her brain was used to create an AI who also called herself "Homura" and inherited her template's adorkability (complete with a purple avatar with braids and glasses). Remember how Church supposedly kept going back in time to try and save the Reds and Blues from the bomb? And how the Cerebus Retcon implies that it was just a simulation engineered by Omega and Gamma to torture the Alpha and make it split? Homura was fragmented by UNSC scientists for a similar reason as the Alpha (to save money, because AI are very expensive to produce). The show was just a simulation, where Homura had her memories of being an AI suppressed. She was put in a Magical Girl setting, to cater to Dr. Akemi's otakuness, and Sgt. Kaname's memory was revived as the center of the simulation. Mami, Sayaka, and Kyoko were based on memories of Dr. Akemi's other friends. Homura was subjected to the same brutal Mind Rape that the Alpha would eventually undergo - she was put in countless time loops where she would fail over and over to save Madoka and her friends, and be tricked into believing that their ordeal was her fault, eventually fragmenting out of grief. The experiment was a failure, partially because Homura was an older generation AI (her fragments were too unstable to become functional AI) and partially because the UNSC found about the experiment and created laws to prevent heinous experiments like that (laws that the Director circumvented). However, Homura was damaged to the point where she was sullen and numb, and remained shell-shocked for the rest of her existence. This was marked by a change in her avatar (the glasses were gone, and she let her hair down). Madoka's Cosmic Retcon represents the end of all the torture, and Homura eventually learning to let go of Madoka (like Church's "I forget you"). The final scene in the desert represents the end of Homura's life as an AI, when she finally finds peace. Ultimately, the whole Homura drama was what inspired the Director to do a similar thing to the Alpha to split him. So, in the end, Homura was partially responsible for the events of the Red vs. Blue series. And a true Walpurgis was made, in the form of the Meta.
Madoka's wish created a slew of Alternate Universe CounterpartsAnd one of them goes by Guu.
Kyousuke Kamijou is Kyousuke Kiryu.This isn't just because they have the same name and grayish-white hair. (Well, it is, but it goes deeper than just that.) In the new timeline, due to a demon attack, Kyousuke was rendered homeless and was forced to move out of Mitakihara. He eventually wound up in the Satellite sector, where he was forced to grow a backbone due to the rough, dystopian landscape. Driven by a heroic mentality similar to Sayaka's, he became a leader and hero of sorts to Yusei, Jack, and Crow when he formed Team Satisfaction. However, the stress of conquering all the Duel Gang zones caused Kyousuke's character to deteriorate, to the point where he became a Knight Templar for Team Satisfaction and eventually almost murdered a Security officer. After Yusei's perceived betrayal and Kyousuke's arrest, Kyousuke became bitter and fell into despair; at that moment, the Earthbound God (really a very powerful Walpurgis-type demon) appeared to him and promised him a deal to become a Dark Signer. In the end, Kyousuke became just like the old world's Sayaka: a Fallen Hero whose heroic ideals turned them into a despair-driven, soul-eating monster. (Oh, and they're the blue member of their team.) However, thanks to Godwin's dying act, Kyousuke was returned to normal and strove to work for his redemption. He eventually ended up in an old settlement called Crash Town... And Kyousuke's Infernity cards? Their effects only work if Kyousuke has a crippled hand.
The Blue Devil is a witch.The actual dissonant art the oni has in relation with the rest of the game world is enough to raise suspicions on this one. The mansion is actually her barrier, and all the dungeons, torture chambers and miscellanous "misplaced" rooms are mere manifestations of it, as is the rest of the mansion. The other Blue Devils are her familiars, whose relation with the witch might be similar to the one Roberta has with the Gotz, just they are the ones in the cage and being tended and admired by the witch. This comes to be because the Blue Devil is a witch with a narcissistic nature, and her minions's duty is to be objects of her marvel. She constantly hunts for humans that fall on her barrier and transforms them into self-lookalikes for her to cage and admire, always waiting for "Me", which would be a human that will transform into an exact copy of her when killed (note how the latest victims of the oni are almost identical to the original one, save for the hair discrepancy). It's also possible that the Blue Devil that stalks Hiroshi for most of the game is but another familiar specifically designated to act on her behalf and the real witch is left unseen, perhaps waiting for a magical girl to breach on her "master room". Given that information, it's also very likely that her master room lies on the close vicinity of the Oni Room, perhaps directly above it. The fact that her "barrier" resides in a mansion normal people can perceive relatively normally (even with the "otherwordly" witch/familiars nearby) might also point towards the Blue Devil being a Walpurgisnacht that chooses to stay near her caged familiars and actually take care of them and their home.
The Incubators' actions were actually the 10th plan of a certain other alien race.After Plan 9 failed, they next mentally possessed a race of nonsentient white catlike creatures also resident on their planet, which they then manipulated to appeal to Earthling girls and turn them into zombies...with magical powers(!) to Take Over the World and eventually prevent the stupid stupid! humans' future solar ray gun. (They figured out that humanity might find a Zombie Apocalypse more appealing if it consisted of Magical Girls.) You can't prove it won't (or didn't) happen!
The Autobots and Decepticons are evolved Doras (Gisela's minions).For starters, Gisela looks somewhat like a Transformer in the video game. Her Witch card says "she cannot use any scientific power", suggesting she was well-educated but for some reason was held back from pursuing a scientific career. She may also have been on her school's debate team, since the Doras' duties is "to declare their opinions". And now of course the evolved Doras are having the mother of all "debates".
The Incubators are from the same planet as the Nibblonians, and may or may not be related.Both are incredibly ancient Ridiculously Cute Critters dedicated to preserving the universe at any cost; unfortunately through incredibly cold, sociopathic means. Given the Incubators' True Neutral status, they traditionally hold the post of planet Eternium's ambassador to the Neutral Planet.
Building on the above Futurama theory...The UN and various world governments knew what the Incubators were doing to Earth's (and other planets') young women. But why didn't they take any action? The Incubators are indeed related to Nibblonians...and they also excrete dark matter, which they shipped to Earth's utilities in exchange for their inaction. Not even fossil fuels come close to matching precious, precious, entropy-free Kyubey poo for Earth's energy supply (and likely those of other planets as well).
The entire twisted museum world in Ib is a Witch's barrier.A Witch manifested inside the art museum when Ib and Garry were in it, and Ib and Garry were the unlucky ones to stumble into the barrier. The museum being a barrier would certainly explain the bizarre, incoherent, and disturbing scenery. All of the killer artwork would be the Witch's familiars. Futhermore, in Madoka Magica there was a Witch with an art theme (Izabel). It took on the form of the Arc de Triomphe and had the ability to talk. Therefore it's not a huge stretch to say that a Witch could take the form of a painting depicting an extremely lifelike yet imaginary girl named "Mary". Perhaps this painting-witch was once a fully-human Magical Girl herself. The rage and desires the painting expresses during the game stem from her father Weiss Guertena's actions during her human lifetime. Rather than provide her ongoing companionship and love like a father should have, Guertena neglected her emotionally in favor of pursuing his lucrative artist career. Not only did this leave the girl feeling extremely lonely, like she might as well have been nonexistent in father's eyes, but she also felt resentful towards the artwork Guertena favored over her. To fill the emotional void, instead of spending time with her busy father or exploring the outside world to befriend peers, the socially awkward girl lived her own imaginary world through the crayon drawings (Sketchbook World), toys (the creepy dolls), and storybooks (Carrie Careless and the Gallette des Rois) she created. In this world, she was omnipotent and would always have companionship. Considering that Witches' barriers are Mental Worlds depicting their troubled psychology during their human lives, the above backstory explains why the painting-witch's barrier is strongly Weiss Guertena-themed.
Hanging out in Homura’s room is the character’s equivalent of Eric's Basement from that That 70s Show, and meeting in her room is like the circle.Homura's room seems to be a place where the characters got to hang out. Just picture the character’s sitting in the room while the camera pans around to look at their faces.
The Other Mother was a Witch, and the Otherworld was her Barrier.Coraline is either very lucky/unlucky no Kyubeys capitalized on her situation to make a Contract with her.
In the world of His Dark Materials, the Spectres are Majuu/DemonsThey are literally composed of Despair from other universes, and consume the Hope of all in their path, making them enter a lifeless state knowing nothing but apathy and despair.
Assuming that the Madokaverse gets more optimistic, the Incubators eventually becomes Monsters IncThe Madokaverse's progress into an optimistic universe transformed the Incubators from totally alien Eldritch Abominations into more friendlier monsters with a very human-like civilization. Of course, since the Madokaverse is still A World Half Full at this point, the new Monsters Inc which replaces the corrupt Kyubey still derives its energy supply from negative emotions (fear, which while producing less energy, is still much less severe than absolute despair) and is run by a Corrupt Corporate Executive (although not as corrupt and completely unethical as the past Kyubey). Eventually in Monsters Inc. somebody would eventually complete the renovation of the system, where laughter finally becomes the best entropy-defying energy source instead of negativity. Perhaps Sully's encounter with Boo that completes said revolution is all just according to Madokami's plan....
Kyubey's race are actually R-type Bydos or a spin-off of them.
Sailor Moon came from Madoka re-writing reality againShe noticed that well, saving a few magical girls doesn't mean much if the Wraiths destroy humanity and who knows how many other planets, so she reset reality again to try and create a more idealistic world, which resulted in everybody included her being reset along with the new world. Madoka became Usagi, Homura became Ami, Sayaka became Minako, Mami became Makoto, Kyoko became Rei, and everybody else came from somebody else (the incubators got erased). The galactic cauldron came into existence as an effort an Madoka's part to remove entropy. If anybody thinks they have a better reincarnation theory, I'd like to her it.
The created a multiverse of Magical Girl seriesAlternative theory to the above reset and reincarnation theory, Madoka re-writing the universe also created every other magical girl universe. So that also means that Nanoha is Madoka reincarnated, and Fate is Homura, for Shippers that believe Les Yay romance can cross universes.
Bakemonogatari's Mayoi Hachikuji became Albertine pre-Godoka.Albertine's imagery strongly suggests that she was originally a young child. Also her familiar Anja frequently gets lost, which was Mayoi's ultimate fate.
Tik Tok is about Homura.don't stop make it pop, dj blow my speakers up/tonight, imma fight til we see the sunlight/tik tok on the clock, but the party don't stop
Prior to Madoka's wish, deceased magical girls went to the Soul Cairn.Dawnguard has revealed that the Soul Cairn is the hellish place where souls trapped in Soul Gems go when used up. This also extends to the Madoka-type Soul Gems as well as Grief Seeds when consumed by an Incubator. This is because, long ago, the Incubators made a deal with the Ideal Masters to give them soul gem technology; the Ideal Masters agreed, as they would receive the soul of every magical girl. Thankfully, Madoka's wish allowed her to take the girls to her own realm, free from the damning snares of the Ideal Masters; in this new universe, the Incubators managed to make the deal, but did so by giving souls from their own race. (They obviously didn't care, due to their lack of emotion.) Also, Durnehviir is the closest thing to a Puella Magi Dovah.
Homura and Shinji used to date.Her family used to live in to Tokyo, but due to her health and some incidents, they had to move. She now projects her feeling for Shinji onto Madoka.
Incubators are creatures from the same place as the angels from Evangelion.Angels are large humanoid creatures that are possibly aliens. Incubators don't resemble any animal, other than looking mammalian.
This reason why the first universe is so cynical is Drosselmeyer's doingThe reason that the best source of energy to stave off entropy is because he feels that would make endless possibilities for tragedies. Madoka is able to earn her happy ending because around that that Fakir broke the machine Drosselmeyer wrote with.
Yellow Submarine takes place in a Witch barrier.The former MG was a hippie who wished for her brother to return safety from the Vietnam War. He did...and then she learned that he had taken part in the massacre of a small village.
Madoka's ascent to godhood was part of Euzeth Gozzo's plan.He became Kyubey's Man Behind the Man, observing how Homura's time manipulation power created many different dimensions and monitoring them all from the Cross Gate Paradigm System. When Madoka made her wish, imploding all the created dimensions into one and becoming a goddess, Euzeth realized that he could take advantage of this newborn god to power himself up and get closer to his goal of becoming all powerful, himself. It is only a question of time before Euzeth enters Madoka's universe and sets things in motion to assimilate Madoka into his new prototype mecha monstrosity. THIS WAS HIM AS WELL!
This show (and all other Urobutcher productions) are more mechanically-induced hallucinations of Ted in I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream.Madoka's Bittersweet Ending just reflects Ted finally succumbing to mental stress and dying. (Really, it took this long for us to realize that Urobutcher is A.M.?)
Elly, Izabel, and Quitterie are the witch forms of Daria, Jane, and Quinn respectively.Elly's witch card says this: "The box witch with a covetous nature. She is a staunchly reclusive witch. Anything she covets she locks away within glass. The thoughts of her prisoners are laid bare, but one can strike her without thought without problems." Daria would much prefer to be writing on her computer than interacting with other humans. Daria is speculated to have Asperger’s Syndrome. If she is an Aspie, her witch’s barrier would reference her desire’s to fit it and have better social skills. Elly’s wish was this: "I have only one wish. Box up that memory." Daria may have maid a wish to forget something traumatic that occurred Highland. Her familiars job of carrying things could relate to the move from Highland to Lawndale. Their angelic appearance is related to this ◊ scene where Daria talks with her consience. Izabel's witch card says this "The artist witch. Her nature is vanity. Without a slightest doubt, she believes her existence is blessed. Wanting someone to see her work, she often interfere with human world. However within her barrier only exist works that you have probably seen somewhere before. To defeat this witch, just bring a well-known critic with you." Her minion Michaela is representative of Daria. Michaela card says "The artist witch's minion. Her role is to be a piece of artwork. Any human that has been killed by this witch will have their body parts placed within this familiar." Doesn't that sort of describe Daria's role in Jane's life? The "well-known critic" needed to defeat Izabel could refer to Daria herself, who might break Jane's heart if she didn't like some of her art. The "well-known critic" could also be Beavis and/or Butthead. Imagine Jane's reaction to Daria's former enemies, who are well known for their music video reviews, reviewing her artwork. Quitterie’s witch card says this “Witch of needles, with a respectful nature. She is the remains of a magical girl who gave up everything to fight for the universe. She believes that she is saving the universe even now.” Quitterie’s disguise form represents Quinn’s image as a ditzy shallow fashionista, while Quitterie real form shows Quinn’s her kind and intelligent self. There name’s even have the same 1st two letters. Her familiars represent the fashion club. The unnamed witch of needles is a member of the fashion club.
Expanding on the Ghostbusters theory...The Busters' nuclear containment unit acted like a fusion generator, fusing Witches, Familiars, unfortunate normal human spirits and some elder gods thrown in for good measure into an extremely powerful mass of evil. When that Obstructive Bureaucrat shut it down, out popped Walpurgisnacht. Gozer was indeed an ancient Sumerian/Lovecraftian demon, but as often mentioned, Witch Barriers puncture the fabric of space-time (and, unbeknownst to the Incubators, would've actually destroyed the universe had not Madoka intervened; they may be smart, but they don't know everything), and he used those punctures in the New York area to pass into our world. (In a deleted script for Ghostbusters 3, where the boys would literally have gone to Hell, Harold Ramis described reality thusly: "...it’s like a film shutter — it’s the darkness between the 24 frames." WP obviously creates a huge patch of darkness which serves as the final straw.)
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is a Magical Girl who Takes Refuge in Audacity in her musical careerGiven the content of her music videos, she clearly does all her filming inside Witch Barriers, making use of the familiars found inside as her dancing extras.
The mansion in Heta Oni is a witch's barrierThe mansion was originally home to a lonely rich girl who had a strong interest in aliens and the like. One day, after being bullied by some classmates for her hobby, the girl made a contract with Kyubey (having no idea he was from space himself) to meet and befriend one. Unfortunately the alien was taken away by the government and the grief of having her only friend taken away turned her into Witch. After killing her family and turning the mansion into her barrier the witch spends her days murdering anyone who comes into the mansion and taking joy from the pain of loss from the survivors.
Kyubey will try to contract CandaceAnd this being Candace we're talking about, I guarantee her wish would be to successfully bust her brothers, and considering said wish is known to end badly even without Kyubey's involvement when it actually happens, factoring him in just takes it Up to Eleven. And yes, "Quantum Boogaloo" occurs in a timeline where she doesn't contract.
Michael Jackson was another rare male contractee.The "Leave Me Alone" music video shows his Barrier.
The upcoming Studio Shaft / Akiyuki Shinbo production Magical Suite Prism Nana is intended to counter Madoka's bad vibes.The sheer negative energy created by Madoka caused the Tohoku earthquake, and was threatening to engulf Shaft and possibly all Japan (or at least Greater Tokyo). As a result, given the zero-sum nature of happiness and despair as revealed by Kyubey/Urobutcher, Shinbo and co. got to work on a show that would restore the optimism and faith in The Power of Love and The Power of Friendship typical of most Magical Girl shows and "counteract entropy" so to speak. As for Urobutcher, they won't be working with him again (since the bad vibes of Psycho Pass likely triggered the Sandy Hook shooting and LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner's rampage, Production I.G might also think twice).
Madoka Magica is set in the universe of Mage The Awakening.Let's look at the evidence. Magic coming at the price of a slow death of the soul (Paradox/Soul Gem corruption) and, if not careful, eventual transformation into an inhuman abomination that alters reality with its mere existence (The Mad/Witches) and spawns minions (Tulpa/Familiars)? Check. Battling incomprehensible things from beyond? Check. Kyubey trying to stop the slow death of the universe? The little fellow is an entity from the Lower Depths or the Abyss who grants things for a price... or an Ochema of the Chancellor, seeking to turn Awakening itself into a commodity. Walpurgisnacht? A Qliphoth who has devoured hundreds of Magical Girls. Madoka ascending and changing the way the Puella Magi system works? Archmastery, specifically as a Bodhisattva. And the reason it all happens in Mitakihara? The place is full of Hallows— or even better, is one big Hallow. On a meta level, see the Mage Chronicler's Guide: Faustian Sorcery in Chapter One and Mad with Power in Chapter Four sync up remarkably with the Madoka Magica universe, allowing for a Puella Magi game using Mage. Each of the five main characters also corresponds to a given path:
Homura is Sig, or is at least related to her.Let's face it. Black, long hair? Check. Purple eyes? Check. Purple as a signature color? Check. Skilled and astonishingly accurate with guns? Check (Ok, Sig IS a gun, but the point is still valid). Seems to have a crush on the pink-eyed main character? Check. Would defend said main character from anything? Check. Determinator? Check.
Homura is the biological daughter of Emiya Kiritsugu.They both manipulate time, they both use guns and tons of explosives despite having access to magic, they both desperately fight for something they ultimately can't get and they both faced failure several times. Oh, and both the Fate/Zero light novel and Madoka Magica are from Gen Urobuchi.
Alternatively, Homura is a homunculus (heh) coined from Kiritsugu's flesh, in an attempt to create another Magus Killer.By around 2010, Kiritsugu's exploits as the Magus Killer were immortalized in the magical world, for better or for worse. It reached a point where the Akemi clan of magi, who were lacking in prestige, wanted to try and create a Magus Killer of their own, in order to get rid of stronger families. After robbing Kiritsugu's grave and utilizing his bones, Homura was coined (and modified to be female due to in-universe Author Appeal); however, as the Akemi clan was poor in crafting homunculi, she had a very weak heart, was left stunted at the physical age of thirteen, and only had tiny spots of Kiritsugu's memory. The Akemi were going to dispose of her, but one caring member convinced the head of the family to spare Homura. In the end, it was determined that Homura would be sent to a hospital to be healed, but she would receive Fake Memories that would remove the Akemi clan from her memory. The reason why Homura has enough magic to be worthy of a contract, despite lacking a true soul, is because homunculi have naturally strong Magic Circuits, but, also due to the Akemi clan's poor craftsmanship, she is one of the weaker Puellae Magi in terms of raw power. Also, as her template utilized time magic and guns, Homura is naturally attuned to both (she was already a master gunslinger by Timeline 4). And, since Kiritsugu fell in love with Irisviel, it's likely that Homura may be projecting those same feelings onto Madoka.
Deoxys is a witch from another planet, akin to Itzli.As a being that can fight on the same tier as the Olympus Mons, it is powerful enough that it can fight without a barrier, like Walpurgisnacht. Its Grief Seed is hidden within the crystal in its chest - unless it is totally destroyed, then Deoxys can regenerate completely. The clones that it can create are its familiars, and occasionally these can mutate into viruses that will mature into a full Deoxys (like the green Deoxys and Entities One and Two). Given how Deoxys have been shown to be very protective of their kin, it's possible that the original Deoxys made a wish for the sake of a family member, back when she was a magical girl.
That wasn't Cleopatra...That was Cleo de Nile. Her wish was to create a world were monsters could live without being persecuted by normies. The Monster High world is her witch's barrier.
Halo 4 was a fanfiction written by one of the characters or Halo 4 was based off/ or IS 343's response to Madoka1: Master Chief and Cortana's characterization NEARLY paralells with Madoka and Homura's. 2: It involved Jerkass aliens. 3: Sayaka and Del Rio both stubbornly fail to heed vital advice from Homura/the Chief, with disastrous results. 4: The ending is the same. 5: witches are magic girls/promethians are humans, contract=enlistment into the UNSC army, with the only way out is death 6: The setting is a place that LOOKS nice, but in actuality, is a Crapsack World filled with evil creatures.
Don't despair; they were all just chuunis.The whole story details the terminally chuunibyou Homura (she thinks she's a Dark Magical Girl, pfft) trying to keep Madoka away from another chuuni with starkly pale skin and frilly hair, and out of a downward spiral of self-imposed delusions and social ostracism. Mami's attack calls are likely symptoms of her own chuunibyou.
Every single series with at least one female character has a potential Puella Magi in it.In other words, "X is a Puella Magi" is the next Time Lord.
Gisela, the witch Kyoko battles in her flashback, is the witch form of Winry RockbellHence the focus on metal-work and being robotic, since Winry was an automail engineer
The Butcherverse.There's a Nasu Verse, so considering how far and wide Madoka's WMG's have spread, why not one for Gen? (If you think this would be more important on Gen's page, please feel free to move it there.)
You have some really great ideas. I can make any of them true.
All I need is for you to make a contract.
/人◕ ‿‿ ◕人 —->Shut up, Kyubey.