"Is... Is that our new Arch-nemesis?"
'"No. I wish it were."In a World
where Magical Girls
are commonplace, Kendra and her friends have fought against evil since grade school. However, one day her life takes a dramatic shift when Chronos, a natural born Mage with the power to see the future corners her outside of school. Chronos has been plagued with visions of a future where Magical Girls seek to control the world, for its own good of course
, without anyone standing in their way, and Kendra is right in the center of it all. Kendra is quick to point out that it's impossible
for a Magical Girl to turn evil.
"Except," Chronos is just as quick to reply, "for the times that they do."
Disturbed by these revelations, Kendra makes a heart-wrenching decision: She breaks off from her team, her friends and her family to become a villain instead
. But rather than slope jumping
, Kendra's plan is (with the much reluctant help of Chronos) to hunt down Magical Girls at most risk of becoming corrupted, and either force them to change their ways... Or else.
A Web Comic
by Emily Martha Sorensen, To Prevent World Peace
focuses on an interesting take on how a world with Magical Girls in it could develop, with a delightful sprinkling of Worldbuilding and comedy to balance out the riveting main plot.
Tropes in To Prevent World Peace:
- Anti-Villain Protagonist: Kendra becomes this, to prevent a Bad Future where Magical Girls control everything.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Played with. Born mages are believed to be evil, but Chronos proves there can be good-natured mages as well. Their villainy seems to be more a matter of upbringing than anything else.
- Always Lawful Good: Played with. Magical girls are considered good by definition. Their magical system requires the user to be pure-hearted, but if a magical girl is strong-willed enough she can keep her powers even after losing her innocence. For a time at least.
- The Corrupter: Rhea loves luring magical girls to villainy.
- Dark Shepherd: Kendra's methods of culling corruption from the world Magical Girl population can be rather cold. However, she takes absolutely no joy from it.
- The Evils of Free Will: The Union-controlled Bad Future Kendra seeks to avert.
- Face-Heel Turn: Right in the first chapter no less!
- Foreshadowing: Whenever Emily worldbuilds in the commentary, keep a lookout. Sometimes she hints at something that will involve that bit of info in the next chapter.
- Growing Up Sucks: In most parts of the world magical girls are expected to give up their powers as they reach adulthood. The Word Of God confims this is bound to change eventually, since magical girls are becoming more and more aware of their power.
- Gender Restricted Ability: Only women can become magical girls. Adverted with born mages, who can be both female and male.
- Heroic Willpower: If magical girl is strong-willed enough she can keep her powers even well past losing her innocence.
- Magical Girl: Well... Duh.
- Magitech: Tiffany's inventions - according to Word Of God, they are not scientifically sound, and it's only her magic that allows them to work.
- Oh Crap: One from the audience when they realize that the MGU is still possable in the future, without Kendra's involvment.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Rhea may seem unimportant in the grand scheme of things, but she is colossally malevolent and quite good at what she does.
- Puberty Superpower: Inverted. Magical girls gain their powers as young children and are expected to lose them during or shortly after puberty.
- Schedule Slip: Largely averted so far. The author is in fact two chapters ahead of what is posted online, and is posting it page-by-page every friday.
- Shout Out: The commentary for Chapter Five never so much as touched on it, but the situation with the Austrailian Magical Girl sounds somewhat remanescent of Kyuubey.
- Unequal Rites: Magical girls are believed to be always pure-hearted and good, born mages are seen as villains. Other magic users consider magical girls' system to be “cheating”, mostly because it lets them survive as depowered humans, when their transformed form is killed.
- White Sheep: Chronos.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Kendra's future as the leader of the Magical Girl Union. And the Union itself.
- Word Of God: After each chapter, Emily posts a page of commentary on the preceeding, as well as the occasional bit of worldbuilding on how her magical system works.