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* MinorMajorCharacter: Like most witches, Charlotte is just the MonsterOfTheWeek for episode 3, and yet her debut not only paints her as a KnightOfCerberus, but also reveals a harsh reality of the situation: If the girls do even one slip up, they're goners, [[spoiler: As Mami found out]].

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* MinorMajorCharacter: Like most witches, Charlotte is just the MonsterOfTheWeek for episode 3, and yet her debut not only paints her as a KnightOfCerberus, KnightOfCerebus, but also reveals a harsh reality of the situation: If the girls do even one slip up, they're goners, [[spoiler: As Mami found out]].


* AsLongAsThereIsEvil: The only way to stop Gretchen without destroying her is to remove misfortune from the world, as she desires to [[DarkMessiah create heaven on Earth]].

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* AntagonistAbilities: A rare cause, in that the ability isn't something she has herself but a side-effect of [[spoiler: Homura]]'s wish: Since her wish was about [[spoiler: returning time to prevent Madoka from contracting and or dying, every time the timeline resets and Madoka gets stronger, so does Gretchen.]] For more information, see EquivalentExchange below.
* AsLongAsThereIsEvil: The only way to stop Gretchen without destroying her is to remove misfortune from the world, as she desires to [[DarkMessiah create heaven on Earth]]. And in a more literal sense, [[spoiler: As long as Madoka forms a magical girl contract, Kriemhild Gretchen will always be a potential dead-end for her other than death.]]



* DiabolousExMachina: She normally appears after Walpurgisnacht is defeated [[spoiler: if Madoka doesn't die in the process], can't pull a bigger jerk move than that.
* DramaticIrony: [[spoiler: Kriemhild Gretchen, the Witch of Salvation said to bring the end of everything with her presence, is the witch form of Madoka, the magical candidate who was the last hope against Walpurgisnacht.]]



* InvincibleVillain: Her simply ''existing'' causes the entire Earth to be put in danger, and since she usually comes right after the clusterscrew that is Walpurgisnacht, there's very little left that can help the remaining magical girls fight against her. At least Walpurgisnacht could be handled by multiple magical girls, and in certain timelines be one-shotted by Madoka. Gretchen? [[spoiler: She's ''born'' from Madoka]], taking out the only person left capable of stopping her at that point. [[spoiler: It's quite telling that it takes Ultimate Madoka, a PhysicalGod, showing up to be able to destroy her]].



* MirrorFight: Her "fight" with Ultimate Madoka is technically this, as they're both versions of the same girl.



* WalkingSpoiler: It's difficult to talk about her without exposing the origins of witches, as well as the fact that Homura is a time traveller.

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* WalkingSpoiler: It's difficult to talk about her without exposing the origins of witches, as well as the fact that Homura is a time traveller. [[spoiler: Also, the fact that she's the witch form of ''Madoka''.]]


* {{Determinator}}: Once Kyubey knows you're a magical girl candidate, they'll stop at nothing to make sure you make a contract with them, even if they have to visit you frequently to do it. For added fun, the more potential you have, the harder it will be to get them to leave you alone.



* EvilAlbino: Fur instead of hair but it's still white and he's still...morally ambiguous.

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* EvilAlbino: Fur instead of hair hair, but it's still white pearly white, he possesses red, unblinking eyes, and he's still...morally ambiguous.let's just say that just because he has the universe's best interest in mind doesn't mean he cares about the ''individuals'' who'll help his plan..



** To be a bit more specific, they're actually a [[DoubleSubvertedTrope Double Subversion]]. They [[SubvertedTrope subvert]] the trope at first by not having any significant means of attack, leaving a lot to be desired in terms of defense, and the fact that only Magical Girl candidates can even see them means both guys and non-magical girl candidates probably won't ever realize they ''exist''. The double subversion happens if you're a magical girl candidate, at which point they'll stop at nothing to force you to make a contract with them, growing more persistent the more potential you have, and also [[ManipulativeBastard having a good knowledge of just what to say in order to get you to make the contract]].



* MinorMajorCharacter: Like most witches, Charlotte is just the MonsterOfTheWeek for episode 3, and yet her debut not only paints her as a KnightOfCerberus, but also reveals a harsh reality of the situation: If the girls do even one slip up, they're goners, [[spoiler: As Mami found out]].



* NearVillainVictory: H.N. Elly is just a random witch that Madoka encounters by accident, and yet she's also the only witch who's come the closest to actually ''killing'' (or at least imprisoning) Madoka, the only candidate capable of defeating Walpurgisnacht.



* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Her familiars take the form of oddly doll-like angels with perpetual smiles.



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[[folder:Oktavia]][[folder:Oktavia von Seckendorff]]




[[spoiler: For information regarding her magical girl counterpart, see Sayaka Miki's folder in the magical girls section.]]



* AttentionWhore: Several of the lines in her barrier are some variant of 'LOOK AT ME'.

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* AttentionWhore: Several of the lines in her barrier are some variant of 'LOOK AT ME'. [[spoiler: Considering the fact she's the Witch form of Sayaka, who had spend Kyubey-knows-how-long trying to get Kyousuke to love/look at her with no success, it's clear where this is coming from.]]



* HangingJudge: Innocent or guilty, you walk into her labyrinth, you're dead. Her only onscreen victims, however, are criminals ([[spoiler:which she likely killed as Sayaka]]) and magical girls.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Throws wheels at anyone who enters her barrier.

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* HangingJudge: Innocent or guilty, you walk into her labyrinth, you're dead. Her only onscreen victims, however, are criminals ([[spoiler:which she likely killed as Sayaka]]) and magical girls.
girls, who are capable of defending themselves somewhat.
* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight: On the receiving end from Madoka. Sadly, [[SubvertedTrope it doesn't work]].
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Throws If she's not swinging her screw-you sized sword at you, she's summoning and throwing wheels at anyone who enters her barrier.instead.



* LoveHurts: [[spoiler:She was born as a result of Sayaka seeing Hitomi confess to Kyosuke.]]

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* LoveHurts: [[spoiler:She was born as a result of Sayaka seeing Hitomi confess to Kyosuke.Kyosuke, alongside the sheer pain of failing to gain the love she longed for so long.]]



* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: Closely resembles a giant, armored mermaid.

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* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: Closely resembles a giant, armored mermaid.mermaid, with her giant sword also bringing into mind the image of Melusines.
* MinorMajorCharacter: While she's strong enough to force a magical girl-Kyoko-to perform a [[spoiler:MutualKill]] with her, Oktavia's still another MonsterOfTheWeek like all the other witches. However, her short presence reveals three fundamental truths to the cast:
** That witches are actually magical girls whose soul gems have been corrupted into grief seeds.
** That once a magical girl turns into a Witch, the magical girl [[ThatManIsDead is gone for good]]. Madoka's IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight failing to do anything further drives this point.
** And as an add-on, that even the main characters are not immune to [[TheCorruption being turned into a witch]].
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Okay, the third one is kinda redundant, considering the true nature of Witches, but the trope's still at play since Oktavia's essentialy a giant, three-eyed knight mermaid orchestra conductor.



* SongsOfSolace: [[spoiler:Oktavia has an orchestra of Holger familiars (who look like Kyosuke and play the violin). She won't allow anyone to disturb their playing.]]
* SymbolMotifClothing: She wears a heart-shaped high collar and the end of her mermaid tail is shaped like a broken heart.

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* SongsOfSolace: [[spoiler:Oktavia has an orchestra of Holger familiars (who look like Kyosuke and play the violin).violin), who play a melancholic, if grandiose, . She won't allow anyone to disturb their playing.]]
* SymbolMotifClothing: She wears a heart-shaped high collar and the end of her mermaid tail is shaped like a broken heart. [[spoiler: The former represents the feelings she held for Kyosuke as Sayaka, while the latter obviously represents her feelings once he gets together with Hitomi instead.]]

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* ALizardNamedLiz: This is if we take the fact that he is [[spoiler:an incubator. If rendered in Japanese speech, incubator would be roughly pronounced as I-n-kyuu-bee-taa. In other words, an incubator (in'''kyuubee'''taa) named '''Kyuubey'''.]]


* AwfulTruth: Kyubey's go-to weapon. Kyubey never lies; he doesn't need to when the truth is that much more horrible. The little monster's a genius at using it to break his marks down, leaving them either desperate and prone to making contracts or nihilistic and ripe to become witches.

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* AwfulTruth: Kyubey's go-to weapon. Kyubey never lies; lies [[spoiler:except when he describes his kind's relationship with humanity as mutually beneficial when it's quite obviously really parasitic and so long as they meet their quota they don't care what becomes of humanity]]; he doesn't need to when the truth is that much more horrible. The little monster's a genius at using it to break his marks down, leaving them either desperate and prone to making contracts or nihilistic and ripe to become witches.


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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: He's a firm believer in MotherNatureFatherScience. Specifically, he thinks of females, especially teenage girls, as [[HystericalWoman overemotional]], disposable pawns to be used in their [[spoiler:energy-siphoning operation]]; and the fact that [[spoiler:he doesn't seem to have contracted with any males]] seems to imply that [[spoiler:he doesn't think males are "emotional enough"]]. {{Justified|Trope}} since Kyubey is a HiveMind with no concept of individuality, so it's only natural that [[spoiler:[[BlueAndOrangeMorality he would see every other species in the same light]]].

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: He's a firm believer in MotherNatureFatherScience. Specifically, he thinks of females, especially teenage girls, as [[HystericalWoman overemotional]], disposable pawns to be used in their [[spoiler:energy-siphoning operation]]; and the fact that [[spoiler:he doesn't seem to have contracted with any males]] seems to imply that [[spoiler:he doesn't think males are "emotional enough"]]. {{Justified|Trope}} since Kyubey is a HiveMind with no concept of individuality, so it's only natural that [[spoiler:[[BlueAndOrangeMorality he would see every other species in the same light]]].light]]]].


!!This is a partial character sheet for ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. Visit [[Characters/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica here]] for the main character index.

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!!This is a partial character sheet for ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. Visit [[Characters/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica here]] for [[WMG:[[center: [- ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' '''[[Characters/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Main Character Index]]'''\\
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!Kyubey

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!Kyubey!!Kyubey



->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/EmiriKatou (JP), Creator/CassandraLee (EN), Inmaculada Villalonga (SP)

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->'''Voiced !!!'''Voiced by:''' Creator/EmiriKatou (JP), (Japanese), Creator/CassandraLee (EN), (English), Inmaculada Villalonga (SP)(Spanish)



* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: It's heavily implied in the series, and all but outright confirmed in ''Rebellion'', that Kyubey's cute appearance is [[spoiler: just a facade that he uses to endear himself to the girls he manipulates. The Incubators' true appearance is likely far more alien.]]

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* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: It's heavily implied in the series, and all but outright confirmed in ''Rebellion'', that Kyubey's cute appearance is [[spoiler: just [[spoiler:just a facade that he uses to endear himself to the girls he manipulates. The Incubators' true appearance is likely far more alien.]]



* BenevolentGenie: He grants a wish with no strings attached and (usually) to the spirit of the wish, any unintended consequences usually result from people not thinking their wish through, as opposed to interference on Kyubey's part. In some cases, he will even warn a magical girl candidate against a particular wish if that wish is '''directly''' negated by the results of the wish. [[spoiler: In ''Kazumi Magica'', he warns Kazumi about what he sees as the pointlessness of her wish; she wished to be human but as soon as the wish was granted she would turn into a magical girl, and thus no longer be human.]]

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* BenevolentGenie: He grants a wish with no strings attached and (usually) to the spirit of the wish, any unintended consequences usually result from people not thinking their wish through, as opposed to interference on Kyubey's part. In some cases, he will even warn a magical girl candidate against a particular wish if that wish is '''directly''' negated by the results of the wish. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In ''Kazumi Magica'', he warns Kazumi about what he sees as the pointlessness of her wish; she wished to be human but as soon as the wish was granted she would turn into a magical girl, and thus no longer be human.]]



* BizarreAlienPsychology: Kyubey and his race seem to operate in an extremely rational HiveMind. They view emotions as a mental sickness, and do not consider not telling every part of the truth as lying. Simply put, their only concern is to offset the heat-death of the universe.



* BreakThemByTalking:[[spoiler: His usual tactic is enforce despair by breaking a girl's self-confidence through words. It ends up backfiring when he attempts it against Madoka, since he inadvertently gives her the necessary information to make a wish that can derail his plans.]]

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* BreakThemByTalking:[[spoiler: His BreakThemByTalking: [[spoiler:His usual tactic is enforce despair by breaking a girl's self-confidence through words. It ends up backfiring when he attempts it against Madoka, since he inadvertently gives her the necessary information to make a wish that can derail his plans.]]



** [[spoiler: Did you just throw away your friend's [[SoulJar Soul Gem]]? I'd like to help you, but first let me explain why throwing that thing away is crazy.]]

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** [[spoiler: Did [[spoiler:Did you just throw away your friend's [[SoulJar Soul Gem]]? I'd like to help you, but first let me explain why throwing that thing away is crazy.]]



* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler: Kyubey will buy your soul for any wish.]]
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist:[[spoiler: He has "many bodies" and can reincarnate himself instantly. The drama of him getting beaten up (and killed, then beaten up again) by Homura in the first episode was, presumably, an act to get Madoka to sympathize with him. In addition, his method of clean-up in a new body is to eat his own corpse.]]
* DissonantSerenity: In the anime he always wears that creepy smile and he almost always talks cheerfully in both versions regardless of context, only demonstrating any degree of distress a few times. [[LampshadeHanging He recognizes]] that his voice should show distress in situations of obvious danger, like when he's running from Homura, and, as later revealed, can also sound surprised but more nuanced emotions are too alien for him to mimic them convincingly.
* DoingInTheScientist / DoingInTheWizard: Weirdly enough, Kyubey is an example of ''both''. [[spoiler: Kyubey isn't a magical creature, but an SufficientlyAdvancedAlien trying to prevent the heat death of the universe (supposedly) by breaking the second law of thermodynamics. He does this by [[RealityWarper warping reality]] to perform genuine miracles and draw out the magical potential in human girls so he can gather the energy generated by their emotions, which are not governed by any kind of science and thus suit Kyubey's needs perfectly.]]

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* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler: Kyubey will buy your soul He offers to grant the girls any wish in exchange for any wish.becoming a MagicalGirlWarrior and spending the rest of their lives fighting witches. The Myth/{{Faust}}ian references are numerous, although not always obvious (e.g. Mephistopheles being a RidiculouslyCuteCritter). [[spoiler:In the end, they become what they fight against.]]
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist:[[spoiler: He DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist:[[spoiler:He has "many bodies" and can reincarnate himself instantly. The drama of him getting beaten up (and killed, then beaten up again) by Homura in the first episode was, presumably, an act to get Madoka to sympathize with him. In addition, his method of clean-up in a new body is to eat his own corpse.]]
* DissonantSerenity: In the anime anime, he always wears that creepy smile keeps his {{Frozen|Face}} CatSmile and he almost always talks cheerfully in both versions regardless of context, only demonstrating any degree of distress a few times. [[LampshadeHanging He recognizes]] that his voice should show distress in situations of obvious danger, like when he's running from Homura, and, as later revealed, can also sound surprised but more nuanced emotions are too alien for him to mimic them convincingly.
* DoingInTheScientist / DoingInTheWizard: Weirdly enough, Kyubey
convincingly. {{Justified|Trope}} because [[spoiler:he's a member of an alien race which is an example of ''both''. [[spoiler: Kyubey unable to feel any emotions (the ones that do are considered mentally ill)]].
* DoingInTheScientist: [[spoiler:Kyubey
isn't a magical creature, but an SufficientlyAdvancedAlien trying to prevent the heat death of the universe (supposedly) by breaking the second law of thermodynamics. He does this by [[RealityWarper warping reality]] to perform genuine miracles and draw out the magical potential in human girls so he can gather the energy generated by their emotions, which are not governed by any kind of science and thus suit Kyubey's needs perfectly.]]



* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: He never ''forces'' anyone to make a contract because the Incubators "treat humans as sentient". He loves to take advantage of opportunities in which the magical girl candidate has little choice but to make the contract, and he certainly doesn't believe in the idea of informed consent, but he never ever holds a metaphoric gun to their head.]]

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He never ''forces'' anyone to make a contract because the Incubators "treat humans as sentient". He loves to take advantage of opportunities in which the magical girl candidate has little choice but to make the contract, and he certainly doesn't believe in the idea of informed consent, but he never ever holds a metaphoric gun to their head.]]



* FauxAffablyEvil: He politely tricks girls into [[spoiler: becoming liches]].
* FlawExploitation: [[spoiler: A common tactic of his to get young girls to make contracts with him, mostly by making them feel useless. Of course, his own flaw is that he can't understand humans' emotions, which comes back to bite him. See BreakThemByTalking above]].

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* FauxAffablyEvil: He politely tricks girls into [[spoiler: becoming [[spoiler:becoming liches]].
* FlawExploitation: [[spoiler: A [[spoiler:A common tactic of his to get young girls to make contracts with him, mostly by making them feel useless. Of course, his own flaw is that he can't understand humans' emotions, which comes back to bite him. See BreakThemByTalking above]].



* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Their glowing red eyes are often the only visible feature on their shadowed figure and [[spoiler: they have brought doom to many easily manipulated little girls.]]

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* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Their glowing red eyes are often the only visible feature on their shadowed figure and [[spoiler: they [[spoiler:they have brought doom to many easily manipulated little girls.]]



* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: This is very unusually subverted for many reasons. The first one is that following Madoka's wish and the rewriting of reality, he/they no longer needs to be a manipulative mastermind. Secondly he/they doesn't change in the slightest, he/they just doesn't have the motivation in this world. Thirdly he ultimately chooses to re-rewrite reality anyway out of greed in the movie and goes back to their old scheming ways.]]

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* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This is very unusually subverted for many reasons. The first one is that following Madoka's wish and the rewriting of reality, he/they no longer needs to be a manipulative mastermind. Secondly he/they doesn't change in the slightest, he/they just doesn't have the motivation in this world. Thirdly he ultimately chooses to re-rewrite reality anyway out of greed in the movie and goes back to their old scheming ways.]]



* HumansAreInsects: [[spoiler: To Kyubey, it's more like they're cattle. When Madoka asks him if he cares at all about the Magical Girls who've suffered because of him, he responds by asking if humans care about all the cows and pigs they raise and slaughter for food. Also, despite his apparently civil nature toward people and claims that the cycle with Magical Girls and Witches will save everyone, he declares Kriemhild Gretchen to be humanity's problem in one timeline, since the incubators have met their energy quota]].

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* HumansAreInsects: [[spoiler: To [[spoiler:To Kyubey, it's more like they're cattle. When Madoka asks him if he cares at all about the Magical Girls who've suffered because of him, he responds by asking if humans care about all the cows and pigs they raise and slaughter for food. Also, despite his apparently civil nature toward people and claims that the cycle with Magical Girls and Witches will save everyone, he declares Kriemhild Gretchen to be humanity's problem in one timeline, since the incubators have met their energy quota]].



* JackassGenie: "Want to become a magical girl and have your own miracle? Great! Make a contract with me." [[spoiler: "Oh, and, uh, it'll only cost you your soul and end with you dying. It's either that or [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie you becoming the very thing you fight]] [[DespairEventHorizon through sheer, eventual despair]]. Toodles!"]]

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* JackassGenie: "Want to become a magical girl and have your own miracle? Great! Make a contract with me." [[spoiler: "Oh, [[spoiler:"Oh, and, uh, it'll only cost you your soul and end with you dying. It's either that or [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie you becoming the very thing you fight]] [[DespairEventHorizon through sheer, eventual despair]]. Toodles!"]]



* MagicallyBindingContract: He makes contracts with girls to become {{Magical Girl}}s. Notably, his contracts are entirely verbal and are without any form of fine print mentioning the downsides and side-effects, meaning that they aren't actually ''legally'' binding under most systems of law, despite being ''magically'' binding. He also will always follow through on his end of the contract. ''Always''. Unfortunately, while he gives the girls exactly what they wanted with no LiteralGenie side-effects, the girls don't wish for the right thing in the first place. Given that one of the anime's main themes is that a truly SelflessWish doesn't exist, this isn't surprising.



** Rather than exploit JerkassGenie, he simply gives them exactly what they asked for because [[spoiler: what they ask for is never what they actually want. The girls are never honest with themselves about their desires, every selfless wish has a selfish motive behind it, and the despair sets in when they realize that their selfless wish being granted did not guarantee their selfish desire being granted as well.]]

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** Rather than exploit JerkassGenie, he simply gives them exactly what they asked for because [[spoiler: what [[spoiler:what they ask for is never what they actually want. The girls are never honest with themselves about their desires, every selfless wish has a selfish motive behind it, and the despair sets in when they realize that their selfless wish being granted did not guarantee their selfish desire being granted as well.]]



* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler:Incubator, one who incubates young witches into mature ones]]. Also, [[spoiler: '''Q'''uesting '''B'''east, as in the Perlesvaus]].

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* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler:Incubator, one who incubates young witches into mature ones]]. Also, [[spoiler: '''Q'''uesting [[spoiler:'''Q'''uesting '''B'''east, as in the Perlesvaus]].



** [[spoiler: Inverted.]] At first he looks like your standard MagicalGirl cute critter mentor, [[spoiler:until we find out that he views the girls as [[LackOfEmpathy expendable power sources]] and it's in his best interests to make them as [[BreakTheCutie miserable as possible.]]... because it will mean gaining energy to save the universe.]] In other words, Kyubey looks like a Magical Girl familiar [[spoiler: but is actually a Magical Girl ''villain'', right down to turning humans into monsters to harvest their energy, albeit [[WellIntentionedExtremist he has better motivations than the average villain]].]]

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** [[spoiler: Inverted.[[spoiler:Inverted.]] At first he looks like your standard MagicalGirl cute critter mentor, [[spoiler:until we find out that he views the girls as [[LackOfEmpathy expendable power sources]] and it's in his best interests to make them as [[BreakTheCutie miserable as possible.]]... because it will mean gaining energy to save the universe.]] In other words, Kyubey looks like a Magical Girl familiar [[spoiler: but [[spoiler:but is actually a Magical Girl ''villain'', right down to turning humans into monsters to harvest their energy, albeit [[WellIntentionedExtremist he has better motivations than the average villain]].]]



* NeverMyFault: Refuses to or is unable to acknowledge that [[spoiler: almost every problem the magical girls face is a direct result of him failing to mention vital details of the contract, with the excuse that [[YouNeverAsked they never asked]].]] He is furthermore unable to acknowledge that [[spoiler: intentionally leaving out said details unless asked directly constitutes a deception.]]

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* NeverMyFault: Refuses to or is unable to acknowledge that [[spoiler: almost [[spoiler:almost every problem the magical girls face is a direct result of him failing to mention vital details of the contract, with the excuse that [[YouNeverAsked they never asked]].]] He is furthermore unable to acknowledge that [[spoiler: intentionally [[spoiler:intentionally leaving out said details unless asked directly constitutes a deception.]]



* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: He's a firm believer in MotherNatureFatherScience. Specifically, he thinks of females, especially teenage girls, as [[HystericalWoman overemotional]], disposable pawns to be used in their [[spoiler:energy-siphoning operation]]; and the fact that [[spoiler:he doesn't seem to have contracted with any males]] seems to imply that [[spoiler:he doesn't think males are "emotional enough"]]. {{Justified|Trope}} since Kyubey is a HiveMind with no concept of individuality, so it's only natural that [[spoiler:[[BlueAndOrangeMorality he would see every other species in the same light]]].



** [[spoiler: Kyubey disapproves of Madoka killing Sayaka, be it ever so inadvertently, in her attempt to stop in-fighting amongst magical girls, and he even rebukes her for doing something "that's crazy." It was a waste of a perfectly good Soul Gem! He has standards in the same way that a person who objects to throwing away a half-eaten sandwich has standards. It's a waste.]]
** [[spoiler: Kyubey doesn't approve of needless sacrifices. He notes in Episode 9 that he would have stopped Kyoko had her death been meaningless (but didn't because her death served the purpose of forcing Madoka into contracting). Compare to the second-to-last chapter of ''Kazumi Magica'', where he warns Kazumi about what he sees as the pointlessness of her wish (she wishes to become human, and he points out that once she becomes human she will immediately become a Magical Girl; as he sees it, this will essentially cancel out the wish).]]

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** [[spoiler: Kyubey [[spoiler:Kyubey disapproves of Madoka killing Sayaka, be it ever so inadvertently, in her attempt to stop in-fighting amongst magical girls, and he even rebukes her for doing something "that's crazy." It was a waste of a perfectly good Soul Gem! He has standards in the same way that a person who objects to throwing away a half-eaten sandwich has standards. It's a waste.]]
** [[spoiler: Kyubey [[spoiler:Kyubey doesn't approve of needless sacrifices. He notes in Episode 9 that he would have stopped Kyoko had her death been meaningless (but didn't because her death served the purpose of forcing Madoka into contracting). Compare to the second-to-last chapter of ''Kazumi Magica'', where he warns Kazumi about what he sees as the pointlessness of her wish (she wishes to become human, and he points out that once she becomes human she will immediately become a Magical Girl; as he sees it, this will essentially cancel out the wish).]]



* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Who ''wouldn't'' want to make a contract with something this cute? [[spoiler: WordOfGod says this is intentional to hide his true nature.]]

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* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Who ''wouldn't'' want to make a contract with something this cute? [[spoiler: WordOfGod [[spoiler:WordOfGod says this is intentional to hide his true nature.]]]]
* SatanicArchetype: [[spoiler:He [[EvilAllAlong turns out to be this]]. A contractor who [[DealWithTheDevil promises to grant wishes and desires to girls in exchange for souls]]- an exchange which [[JackassGenie will inevitably lead to damnation]] for the girls who accept. He's often seen [[RegularCaller trying to tempt]] the local MessianicArchetype, [[NiceGirl Madoka Kaname]]. It has an [[LightIsNotGood angelic]] appearance, much like how the Devil is often depicted. It's also heavily based on [[Theatre/DoctorFaustus Mephistopheles]], [[ShownTheirWork hence the cute, animal-like appearance]]]]. A few fans even call them "The White Devil."



* TheSociopath: [[spoiler:This turns out to be his [[PlanetOfHats and his entire species hat]], as they consider emotion to be a mental disorder. It's implied by that comment that there are exceptions.]]

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* TheSociopath: [[spoiler:This turns [[spoiler:Kyubey ([[HiveMind and his species by extension]]) convinces girls to form dangerous contracts with him, which will end up [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie turning them into the very]] {{Eldritch Abomination}}s [[HeWhoFightsMonsters that they're meant to fight]]. He doesn't lie, but he dodges around the concept of informed consent by leaving out to be crucial aspects of becoming a magical girl until the unfortunate contractors get a first-hand experience, excuses it by saying YouDidntAsk, and [[BlueAndOrangeMorality is utterly incapable of understanding why the risks of becoming a magical girl troubles his contractors]]. [[PunchClockVillain As long as he's met his energy quota,]] [[WeHaveReserves he doesn't care what happens to the Earth once the magical girls turn into witches]]. Kyubey is an interesting example as [[PlanetOfHats his species]] [[TheStoic lacks emotions]]- thus, while [[WellIntentionedExtremist he's trying to keep the universe running with the energy he collects,]] [[MoralSociopathy he cares not who gets harmed as a result of his actions as long as it's not him]]. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard This backfires on him]] when [[JerkJustifications his attempts]] to turn [[NiceGirl Madoka]] around to [[TheNeedsOfTheMany his way of thinking]] give her the info she needs to thwart him and his entire species hat]], as they consider emotion to be a mental disorder. It's implied by that comment that there are exceptions.system.]]



* StarfishAlien: [[spoiler: He's a freaky alien, and it explains why his moral compass is [[BlueAndOrangeMorality completely out of whack]], his [[DissonantSerenity creepy cheerful expression]] and his [[MakeAWish powers]].]]

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* StarfishAlien: [[spoiler: He's [[spoiler:He's a freaky alien, and it explains why his moral compass is [[BlueAndOrangeMorality completely out of whack]], his [[DissonantSerenity creepy cheerful expression]] and his [[MakeAWish powers]].]]



* StrawVulcan: [[spoiler: Claims to be non-emotional, but displays emotion constantly. While some of that is probably an act to trick the girls, even when talking to someone who knows better he displays smugness, gloating, exasperation, and a very dark sense of humor. Even his explanation that his race is unemotional has a distinct sarcastically-patronizing sound to it. Of course, his exact statement is that his race considers emotions a mental illness, so it's possible that he's just gone nuts and doesn't realize it]].

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* StrawVulcan: [[spoiler: Claims [[spoiler:Claims to be non-emotional, but displays emotion constantly. While some of that is probably an act to trick the girls, even when talking to someone who knows better he displays smugness, gloating, exasperation, and a very dark sense of humor. Even his explanation that his race is unemotional has a distinct sarcastically-patronizing sound to it. Of course, his exact statement is that his race considers emotions a mental illness, so it's possible that he's just gone nuts and doesn't realize it]].



* {{Troll}}: [[InvokedTrope An intentional example]]. [[spoiler: He does it to get more emotional energy out of the magical girls before they turn into witches or to speed up the transformation process.]]

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* {{Troll}}: [[InvokedTrope An intentional example]]. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He does it to get more emotional energy out of the magical girls before they turn into witches or to speed up the transformation process.]]



* UnreliableNarrator: [[spoiler: Kyubey's tendency to speak in half-truths and withhold information whenever possible make it difficult to tell how much of what it's saying is accurate. The story with the Incubators and Entropy ''could'' be the honest truth...or it could be just one part of what they're actually doing with the energy created by Witches and Magical Girls. We simply don't know. For that matter, the idea that he doesn't lie ''comes from Kyubey'', and he states it in a way that leaves considerable wiggle room at that. His claim that his species is the reason humanity has civilization similarly has holes in it.]]

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* UnreliableNarrator: [[spoiler: Kyubey's [[spoiler:Kyubey's tendency to speak in half-truths and withhold information whenever possible make it difficult to tell how much of what it's saying is accurate. The story with the Incubators and Entropy ''could'' be the honest truth...or it could be just one part of what they're actually doing with the energy created by Witches and Magical Girls. We simply don't know. For that matter, the idea that he doesn't lie ''comes from Kyubey'', and he states it in a way that leaves considerable wiggle room at that. His claim that his species is the reason humanity has civilization similarly has holes in it.]]



* VillainousBSOD: [[spoiler: Occurs when Madoka wishes to erase witches from existence. All the more poignant because Kyubey's race views emotions as a mental illness, so Madoka's game changing wish ''literally made Kyubey lose his mind''.]]

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* VillainousBSOD: [[spoiler: Occurs [[spoiler:Occurs when Madoka wishes to erase witches from existence. All the more poignant because Kyubey's race views emotions as a mental illness, so Madoka's game changing wish ''literally made Kyubey lose his mind''.]]



!!Tropes that apply to all witches



* AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence:[[spoiler: This is presumably what happens to them all at the end of the anime, thanks to Madoka [[CosmicRetcon rewriting the universe.]] In fact, all magical girls (including ones in the past) never become witches in the first place...they just vanish instead, [[GoOutwithASmile smiling peacefully]], and possibly joining Madoka Out There.]]

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* AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence:[[spoiler: This AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence:[[spoiler:This is presumably what happens to them all at the end of the anime, thanks to Madoka [[CosmicRetcon rewriting the universe.]] In fact, all magical girls (including ones in the past) never become witches in the first place...they just vanish instead, [[GoOutwithASmile smiling peacefully]], and possibly joining Madoka Out There.]]



* BlueAndOrangeMorality: While they all feed off misery and suffering, their actual motivations for doing so range from malicious to just bizarre. Some of them even have good intentions, like Elsa Maria and [[spoiler: Gretchen]].

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: While they all feed off misery and suffering, their actual motivations for doing so range from malicious to just bizarre. Some of them even have good intentions, like Elsa Maria and [[spoiler: Gretchen]].[[spoiler:Gretchen]].



* CypherLanguage: The odd runes appear to be messages from the witch or the familiars. Often they seem like a MadnessMantra. [[spoiler: Oh wait, they are]].

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* CypherLanguage: The odd runes appear to be messages from the witch or the familiars. Often they seem like a MadnessMantra. [[spoiler: Oh [[spoiler:Oh wait, they are]].



* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Crossing this is what turns Magical girls into Witches.]]

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* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Crossing [[spoiler:Crossing this is what turns Magical girls into Witches.]]



* ImAHumanitarian: Quite a few of the witches, specifically [[spoiler: Charlotte]] and Elsa Maria. For the former, [[spoiler: she turns into a giant worm and eats Mami alive, starting with her head]] while the latter believes eating those who get to close to her barrier is "saving" them.

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* ImAHumanitarian: Quite a few of the witches, specifically [[spoiler: Charlotte]] [[spoiler:Charlotte]] and Elsa Maria. For the former, [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she turns into a giant worm and eats Mami alive, starting with her head]] while the latter believes eating those who get to close to her barrier is "saving" them.



* MercyKill:[[spoiler: To kill a witch is to let a poor and broken girl die in peace. Madoka does this on a cosmic scale by making them AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence; witches are still created when a Magical girl loses her will to live and is consumed by darkness, but nobody understands where they go or what happens]].

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* MercyKill:[[spoiler: To MercyKill:[[spoiler:To kill a witch is to let a poor and broken girl die in peace. Madoka does this on a cosmic scale by making them AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence; witches are still created when a Magical girl loses her will to live and is consumed by darkness, but nobody understands where they go or what happens]].



* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: We only know them by their witch names. [[spoiler: Eventually we find out what Charlotte'S original name was.]]

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: We only know them by their witch names. [[spoiler: Eventually [[spoiler:Eventually we find out what Charlotte'S original name was.]]



* RetGone: [[spoiler: Madoka's wish in the finale makes it so that the witches are deleted from existence and replaced with a different kind of monster altogether, so that the Incubators can still gather energy for their mission while not bringing misfortune to the girls.]]

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* RetGone: [[spoiler: Madoka's [[spoiler:Madoka's wish in the finale makes it so that the witches are deleted from existence and replaced with a different kind of monster altogether, so that the Incubators can still gather energy for their mission while not bringing misfortune to the girls.]]



* WalkingSpoiler: It's hard to talk about some witches such as Oktavia without revealing that [[spoiler: they are corrupted magical girls.]]

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* WalkingSpoiler: It's hard to talk about some witches such as Oktavia without revealing that [[spoiler: they [[spoiler:they are corrupted magical girls.]]



[[folder: Gertrud]]

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[[folder: Gertrud]][[folder:Gertrud]]




* ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth: She and her familiars have butterfly wings. The "death and rebirth" part makes sense when you consider that [[spoiler: she was once human, and was reborn as a Magical Girl (a lich in this setting), then as a witch.]]

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* ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth: She and her familiars have butterfly wings. The "death and rebirth" part makes sense when you consider that [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she was once human, and was reborn as a Magical Girl (a lich in this setting), then as a witch.]]




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* IllGirl: Charlotte's labyrinth gives off this is vibe, with her Polina familiars resembling nurses and [[spoiler: WordOfDante claims she was one though it's contradicted by some of the [[AllThereInTheManual official material]] for her prototype where it states her mother was the IllGirl.]]
* KillerRabbit: She's the cutest thing in the show and outside of her witch card lacks the usual shading of witches, but then she [[spoiler: turns into a giant worm and eats Mami ''alive.'']] Even then, her superflat artistic style wouldn't leave her out of place in a Sanrio franchise or one of Takashi Murakami's artworks.

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* IllGirl: Charlotte's labyrinth gives off this is vibe, with her Polina familiars resembling nurses and [[spoiler: WordOfDante [[spoiler:WordOfDante claims she was one though it's contradicted by some of the [[AllThereInTheManual official material]] for her prototype where it states her mother was the IllGirl.]]
* KillerRabbit: She's the cutest thing in the show and outside of her witch card lacks the usual shading of witches, but then she [[spoiler: turns [[spoiler:turns into a giant worm and eats Mami ''alive.'']] Even then, her superflat super flat artistic style wouldn't leave her out of place in a Sanrio franchise or one of Takashi Murakami's artworks.



* {{Retcon}}: [[spoiler:Preliminary material released in several guides and TheStinger of the final episode showed that in her magical girl form, in a rarity amongst her kind Charlotte had a dress and pigtails that ''highly'' resembled that of her witch form's, and wielded a staff with a top shaped like candy or her familiar Pyotr. It is suggested that she immediately witched out shortly after her wish was granted when she realised she could have saved her terminally ill mother instead of wishing to eat one last cheesecake with her. The only trace of her lore and design of her human life in canon is Nagisa's love of cheese.]]

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* {{Retcon}}: [[spoiler:Preliminary material released in several guides and TheStinger of the final episode showed that in her magical girl form, in a rarity amongst her kind Charlotte had a dress and pigtails that ''highly'' resembled that of her witch form's, and wielded a staff with a top shaped like candy or her familiar Pyotr. It is suggested that she immediately witched out shortly after her wish was granted when she realised realized she could have saved her terminally ill mother instead of wishing to eat one last cheesecake with her. The only trace of her lore and design of her human life in canon is Nagisa's love of cheese.]]




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* LosingYourHead: [[spoiler:In Sayaka vs. Elsa Maria's fight, Sayaka chops Elsa's head off. It's still not enough to kill her, so she goes AttackAttackAttack on her until she dies. It's even creepier in the Blue-Ray version, since Elsa bleeds in that one.]]

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* LosingYourHead: [[spoiler:In Sayaka vs. Elsa Maria's fight, Sayaka chops Elsa's head off. It's still not enough to kill her, so she goes AttackAttackAttack on her until she dies. It's even creepier in the Blue-Ray version, version since Elsa bleeds in that one.]]



* ShadowArchetype: [[spoiler: Elsa Maria's self-righteousness mirrors Sayaka's, as both strive to be a force of good and justice for the world.]]

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* ShadowArchetype: [[spoiler: Elsa [[spoiler:Elsa Maria's self-righteousness mirrors Sayaka's, as both strive to be a force of good and justice for the world.]]



[[folder: Oktavia]]

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* TheVonTropeFamily

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* CreativeSterility: The fact that her barrier seems designed after more popular pieces of art implies that [[spoiler: she used to be a prideful but ultimately uncreative girl.]]

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* CreativeSterility: The fact that her barrier seems designed after more popular pieces of art implies that [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she used to be a prideful but ultimately uncreative girl.]]




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* GroinAttack: Homura defeats her with a bomb up her skirt. [[spoiler: Considering that Patricia is [[FridgeBrilliance analyzed]] to be someone having suffered from sexual abuse, this becomes much, much HarsherInHindsight.]]

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* GroinAttack: Homura defeats her with a bomb up her skirt. [[spoiler: Considering [[spoiler:Considering that Patricia is [[FridgeBrilliance analyzed]] to be someone having suffered from sexual abuse, this becomes much, much HarsherInHindsight.]]




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* HopelessBossFight: As the strongest witch in existence, any magical girl unlucky enough to fight her is ultimately killed because she is [[NighInvulnerable tough enough to shrug off missiles]], [[WeatherControlMachine strong enough to create tornadoes]], [[PlayingWithFire shoot devastating fire spells,]] and [[ImprovisedWeapon hurl skyscrapers at her enemies on a whim.]] It then makes sense that her nature is stated as ''helplessness'' since there is literally nothing one can do against it, [[spoiler: unless of course, your name happens to be Madoka Kaname]].

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* HopelessBossFight: As the strongest witch in existence, any magical girl unlucky enough to fight her is ultimately killed because she is [[NighInvulnerable tough enough to shrug off missiles]], [[WeatherControlMachine strong enough to create tornadoes]], [[PlayingWithFire shoot devastating fire spells,]] and [[ImprovisedWeapon hurl skyscrapers at her enemies on a whim.]] It then makes sense that her nature is stated as ''helplessness'' since there is literally nothing one can do against it, [[spoiler: unless [[spoiler:unless of course, your name happens to be Madoka Kaname]].



* LaughingMad: Her laughter is ''scary''. A nice touch since her nature is "helplessness", laughing at everyone's feeble attempts to stop her. [[spoiler: Although, at the time of her defeat, she ''still'' laughs - this time at her ''own'' helplessness.]]

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* LaughingMad: Her laughter is ''scary''. A nice touch since her nature is "helplessness", laughing at everyone's feeble attempts to stop her. [[spoiler: Although, [[spoiler:Although, at the time of her defeat, she ''still'' laughs - this time at her ''own'' helplessness.]]




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* [[spoiler:TheSociopath: This turns out to be his [[PlanetOfHats and his entire species hat]], as they consider emotion to be a mental disorder. It's implied by that comment that there are exceptions. ]]

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* [[spoiler:TheSociopath: This TheSociopath: [[spoiler:This turns out to be his [[PlanetOfHats and his entire species hat]], as they consider emotion to be a mental disorder. It's implied by that comment that there are exceptions. ]]



* {{The Unfettered}}: [[NotSoDifferent Just like Homura]], [[spoiler: for Kyubey, no sacrifice is too great if it means saving the universe from heat death. Effecitevly enslaving humanity, torturing teenage girls and turning then into witches, and causing mass suicides are all in a dayís work, and it canít even comprehend the value of individual life. It even tries to bring back the witch system just because the alternative ďisnít efficient enough.Ē]].

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* {{The Unfettered}}: [[NotSoDifferent Just like Homura]], [[spoiler: for TheUnfettered: [[spoiler:For Kyubey, no sacrifice is too great if it means saving the universe from heat death. Effecitevly enslaving humanity, torturing teenage girls and turning then into witches, and causing mass suicides are all in a dayís work, and it canít even comprehend the value of individual life. It even tries to bring back the witch system just because the alternative ďisnít efficient enough.Ē]].]]

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* [[spoiler:TheSociopath: This turns out to be his [[PlanetOfHats and his entire species hat]], as they consider emotion to be a mental disorder. It's implied by that comment that there are exceptions. ]]


* ThirdEye: On her knight's helmet.

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* ThirdEye: On her knight's helmet. Appropriately enough for a Witch based on an oceanic creature, it makes the helmet look more like a deep-sea diving helm than a typical armor helmet.


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* ImmuneToBullets: She '''can''' apparently be defeated by a team of 5 or so magical girls (with tremendous casualties), but when Homura takes her on with an entire army's worth of arsenal, it does not seem to do any damage to her, implying that she may be immune or resistant to non-magical weapons. Although perhaps it may have to do with her symbolism of helplessness - a single person can never defeat her, because they have no one to rely on.

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** ClippedWingAngel: Ironically, despite this, it appears that an average Magical Girl - even a newcomer such as Sayaka - can utterly body a Witch like H.N. Elly. There may be something to be said for having a human mind and resolve over a cluster of pure pain and rage that knows only misery and [[DeathSeeker likely wants to be put out of said misery]].


** Played semi-straight with Walpurgisnacht, [[spoiler:as Homura throws what basically amounts to enough firepower to destroy the city (in fact, her salvo is responsible for most of the initial property damage in Episode 11) and it doesn't even have a scratch afterwards.]]

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** Played semi-straight with Walpurgisnacht, [[spoiler:as Homura throws what basically amounts to enough firepower to destroy the city (in fact, her salvo is responsible for most of the initial property damage in Episode 11) and it doesn't even have a scratch afterwards. Since an army's worth of arsenal is unsufficient while a team of magical girls stands a chance, it stands to reason to assume that Walpurgisnacht heavily resists nonmagical weapons.]]


** A much greater KickTheDog moment comes during [[spoiler:one of the timelines]] in Episode 10, when Kyubey [[spoiler:leaves the whole planet Earth to die at the hands of Kriemhild Gretchen because the human race has [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived its usefulness]] - despite the fact that entropy has not stopped growing]].

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** A much greater KickTheDog moment comes during [[spoiler:one of the timelines]] in Episode 10, when Kyubey [[spoiler:leaves the whole planet Earth to die at the hands of Kriemhild Gretchen because the human race has [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived its usefulness]] - despite the fact that entropy has not stopped growing]]. This is justified, however. [[spoiler:It is implied, and confirmed in the portable game (which features an alien magical girl), that the Incubators "farm" many planets beyond Earth, so Kyubey is not exactly killing the golden goose. Presumably, the amount of energy he collected from Kriemhild's creation significantly exceeds the "expected" amount normally collected from a sapient race before it eventually gets wiped out by infighting or natural causes, and perhaps even the amount that could possibly be collected from the human race even assuming it survives all the way up to the Sun collapsing and becoming unable to support life.]]


* BenevolentGenie: He will warn a magical girl candidate against a particular wish if that wish is negated by the results of the wish. [[spoiler: In ''Kazumi Magica'', he warns Kazumi about what he sees as the pointlessness of her wish; she wished to be human but as soon as the wish was granted she would turn into a magical girl, and thus no longer be human.]]

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* BenevolentGenie: He grants a wish with no strings attached and (usually) to the spirit of the wish, any unintended consequences usually result from people not thinking their wish through, as opposed to interference on Kyubey's part. In some cases, he will even warn a magical girl candidate against a particular wish if that wish is '''directly''' negated by the results of the wish. [[spoiler: In ''Kazumi Magica'', he warns Kazumi about what he sees as the pointlessness of her wish; she wished to be human but as soon as the wish was granted she would turn into a magical girl, and thus no longer be human.]]

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