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* Parodied and GenderFlipped in ''Anime/CuteHighEarthDefenseClubLove'' and [[Anime/CuteHighEarthDefenseClubHappyKiss its sequel]].

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* Parodied and GenderFlipped in ''Anime/CuteHighEarthDefenseClubLove'' and [[Anime/CuteHighEarthDefenseClubHappyKiss its sequel]].sequel]], which feature teams of Magical ''Boy'' Warriors who frequently lampshade the ridiculousness of all the magical girl-associated tropes.


* In ''TabletopGames/{{GURPS}} Wizards'', one of the worked examples of the superhero-mage template is an OrdinaryHighSchoolSudent with a magical sceptre (the Sun Wand) which transforms her into Bright Sun Angel, who fights evil with the assistance of her talking cat.

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* In ''TabletopGames/{{GURPS}} ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Wizards'', one of the worked examples of the superhero-mage template is an OrdinaryHighSchoolSudent OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent with a magical sceptre (the Sun Wand) which transforms her into Bright Sun Angel, who fights evil with the assistance of her talking cat.

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* In ''TabletopGames/{{GURPS}} Wizards'', one of the worked examples of the superhero-mage template is an OrdinaryHighSchoolSudent with a magical sceptre (the Sun Wand) which transforms her into Bright Sun Angel, who fights evil with the assistance of her talking cat.


* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' is about Star Butterfly, a GirlyBruiser princess from the magical kingdom of Mewni who is exiled to Earth until she gets a better handle on the powers granted by the magic wand she was gifted on her fourteenth birthday.
** Throughout the series, we also learn that some of her predecessors were also these, including her own mother, the current Queen Moon, and the disowned [[DarkActionGirl Queen Eclipsa]].
** We're also introduced to Mina (who is a visual reference to Manga/SailorMoon), who is an [[DarkActionGirl evil]] version of this trope -- she wants to [[FantasticRacism commit mass genocide of the monster race]] because [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity she believes all monsters are evil]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' is about ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil''
** The titular
Star Butterfly, a GirlyBruiser princess from the magical kingdom of Mewni who is exiled to Earth until she gets a better handle on the powers granted by the magic wand she was gifted on her fourteenth birthday.
**
birthday. Throughout the series, we also learn that some of her predecessors were also these, including her own mother, the current Queen Moon, and the disowned [[DarkActionGirl Queen Eclipsa]].
** We're also introduced to Mina (who is Loveberry (who's a visual reference to Manga/SailorMoon), who is very obvious SailorSenshiSendUp), an [[DarkActionGirl evil]] version of this trope -- she wants to [[FantasticRacism commit mass genocide of the monster race]] because [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity she believes all monsters are evil]].


* [[UrExample The earliest prototype]] was Creator/GoNagai's ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' franchise, which slowly mutated and grew to have an unexpected female fanbase whenever the {{Fanservice}} level fluctuated heavily. Interestingly, she's a sci-fi-based variant: instead of magic, she has a device planted in her body that rearranges the molecules around her, transforming her clothing into her hero outfit or [[MasterOfDisguise many other costumes as needed]]. This means that instead of a G-rated naked silhouette being part of a TransformationSequence, she ''really is naked as her clothes are temporarily a cloud of atoms,'' hence the high fanservice level. [[ByThePowerOfGreyskull Honey Flash]], indeed.
* ''Anime/DevilHunterYohko'' was the second big Magical Girl Warrior series, with its eponymous heroine just as adept at [[SheFu martial arts]] as she is with her sword and magic. She isn't afraid to [[SettleItWithoutWeapons get physical]] if that's what it takes to get the job done.
* [[TropeCodifier Pretty much cemented]] by the enormous popularity of ''Manga/SailorMoon'', which introduced the {{Sentai}} elements to the genre.
* ''Manga/WeddingPeach'' and its anime follow the conventions of Sailor Moon.
* The most popular show of this type in Japan is the entire ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' franchise. [[DarkerAndEdgier Taken to extremes in]] ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'', where the battles looks like something straight out of ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' (character designer Yoshihiko Umakoshi went on to work on ''Anime/SaintSeiyaOmega'').
* Parodied in the {{seinen}} series ''Anime/PrettySammy'', a {{Spinoff}} of ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''



* ''Anime/BlackRockShooter''
* Parodied in ''Butt Attack Punisher Girl Gautaman'', where devout Catholic Mari is given a magical fundoshi (sumo wrestling loin cloth) by Buddha and transforms into a scantily-clad heroine in order to battle the evil Black Buddha cult.
* While ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' is of the CuteWitch variety of magical girls, she also uses the clow cards to fight others that are causing trouble, particularly in the movies.
* Ray from ''Manga/MyCelestialFamily''. A GenderBender, as he's male in civilian form.
* The heroine of ''Cinderella Knight'' is given the power to transform into the beautiful and heroic Cinderella Knight by her fairy godmother. With these powers, she seeks to protect the man she loves from the evil Spider Corps of the organization "MURDER".
* ''Manga/CorpsePrincess'' is a rather dark variant--the magical girls are undead corpses who must kill OneHundredAndEight other corpses in order to get into Heaven. [[spoiler:Or so they're told. Actually, they become [[AndIMustScream unkillable monsters and are bound in a coffin for eternity]]]]. Also, [[TheGunslinger they use guns]].
* ''Anime/CorrectorYui'' is a sci-fi themed magical girl show, with the heroine's powers only existing in cyberspace.



* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' particularly embodies the "growing up as a struggle" metaphor, with the added bonus of Gnostic metaphor thrown in for good measure. This was emphasized way more in the anime than in the manga, however.

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* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' [[UrExample The earliest prototype]] was Creator/GoNagai's ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' franchise, which slowly mutated and grew to have an unexpected female fanbase whenever the {{Fanservice}} level fluctuated heavily. Interestingly, she's a sci-fi-based variant: instead of magic, she has a device planted in her body that rearranges the molecules around her, transforming her clothing into her hero outfit or [[MasterOfDisguise many other costumes as needed]]. This means that instead of a G-rated SexySilhouette being part of a TransformationSequence, she ''really is naked as her clothes are temporarily a cloud of atoms,'' hence the high {{Fanservice}} level. [[ByThePowerOfGreyskull Honey ''Flash'']], indeed.
* ''Anime/CyberTeamInAkihabara'' starts as a standard magical girl show before veering into darker territory.
* ''Anime/DaiMahouTouge'' is a parody. The Magical Girl in question (who is a VillainProtagonist, taking after her [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen evil queen]] of a mother) is vulnerable to getting her magic suppressed, which sounds quite inconvenient until you realize she also happens to be a master of unarmed combat specializing in crippling submission wrestling techniques. Her magical incantation is "''Lyrical Tokarev, [[AxCrazy kill them all]]!''".
* ''Anime/DevilHunterYohko'' was the second big Magical Girl Warrior series, with its eponymous heroine just as adept at [[SheFu martial arts]] as she is with her sword and magic. She isn't afraid to [[SettleItWithoutWeapons get physical]] if that's what it takes to get the job done.
* ''Anime/DreamHunterRem'' is one of the earliest examples.
* ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'', part of the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}.
* ''Anime/FushigiboshiNoFutagohime'' starts off as a CuteWitch series before becoming this.
* Yohko in ''Anime/GenmuSenkiLeda'' becomes one akin to the [[Manga/MagicKnightRayearth Magic Knights]].
* Every single woman in ''LightNovel/HorizonInTheMiddleOfNowhere''; however, how much "mage" or "warrior" there is depends on the person and their abilities.
* ''Anime/HyperSpeedGranDoll'' is a very close follower of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' with a sci-fi feel.
* '' Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni'' is a darker take on the genre. The main girls' powers are {{tarot|Motifs}}-themed.
* ''Anime/JewelBEMHunterLime'' combines this trope with CuteWitch - she's a natural-born magical user and a clueless newcomer to the human world, but she's also tasked with saving the world from evil [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters Of The Week]] and has transforming powers.
* ''Anime/JubeiChan'', albeit less "magical" and more "ninja" than other examples.
* ''Anime/KaitouTenshiTwinAngel''
* ''Manga/KamichamaKarin''
* ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'' adds a GenderBender twist -- main character Natsuru turns into a girl whenever he transforms and the Kampfer don't defend anything, they engage other magical girls in gladiatorial combat.
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'' is the team behind ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'''s take on the genre. It borrows a bit from ''Cutey Honey'', including the {{fanservice}}y outfit and having the death of the main character's father as a starting point for their mission. It's
particularly embodies heavy on the "growing up ''"Warrior"'' part, as a struggle" metaphor, with there are very few blaster- or wand-type weapons (the most powerful weapons being melee-based, like the added bonus of Gnostic metaphor thrown in for good measure. This was emphasized way more in Scissor Blades), and [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished beauty is MOST DEFINITELY tarnished]], as the anime than in the manga, however.main character (as well as several others) is realistically beaten bloody and bruised during some fights.



* ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' is a cross of this and MagicIdolSinger.
* ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' goes further and crossbreeds ThePowerOfRock with {{Magitek}}. Net result? [[DiscoTech Powered armor that runs on singing]].
* ''Manga/CorpsePrincess'' is a rather dark variant--the magical girls are undead corpses who must kill OneHundredAndEight other corpses in order to get into Heaven. [[spoiler:Or so they're told. Actually they become [[AndIMustScream unkillable monsters and are bound in a coffin for eternity]]]]. Also, [[TheGunslinger they use guns]].

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* ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' is a cross of ''VisualNovel/MagicalCanan'' uses this and MagicIdolSinger.
* ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' goes further and crossbreeds ThePowerOfRock with {{Magitek}}. Net result? [[DiscoTech Powered armor that runs on singing]].
* ''Manga/CorpsePrincess'' is a rather dark variant--the
term to describe their magical girls (''mahou senshi'').
* In ''Magical Change'', Manaka Hiromi is given the magical power of the Red Garnet Princess to defeat the Devil King. As he is a boy, this involves making him a SuperGenderBender.
* ''Manga/MagicalGirlSpecOpsAsuka'' emphasizes on the Warrior aspect. The girls wear military-grade accessories such as utility belts and pouches, combat knives and such on top of the conventionally girly costumes.
* Kosaki, Chitoge and Marika
are undead corpses who must kill OneHundredAndEight other corpses given the power to transform into magical heroines in order to get into Heaven. [[spoiler:Or so they're told. Actually they become [[AndIMustScream unkillable monsters preserve world peace in the Manga/{{Nisekoi}} spin-off ''Magical Pâtissière Kosaki-chan''.
* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' crosses this with [[HeroicFantasy Swords And Sorcery]]
and are bound in a coffin for eternity]]]]. Also, [[TheGunslinger they use guns]].the SuperRobotGenre.



* ''Anime/MaiHime'' and ''Anime/MaiOtome''
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': A darker take. Teenage girls are recruited to combat {{Eldritch Abomination}}s known as "witches", and use anything from bombs to swords to ribbons to accomplish this. [[spoiler:Because of the nature of the [[DealWithTheDevil contract]] every magical girl makes and how [[TheCorruption magic generally works]], every magical girl is doomed to ultimately become a witch. If they don't die horribly first. It also deconstructs their general durability in combat; a normal human body simply cannot take that kind of punishment from combat, and one of the awful truths is that they're [[OurLichesAreDifferent Liches]] in all but name.]]
* ''Manga/KamichamaKarin''
* ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'', which is often considered a forerunner to ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''.
* ''Anime/SweetValerian'' features three girls who transform into superpowered monster-fighting...bunny rabbits.
* ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'' adds a GenderBender twist -- main character Natsuru turns into a girl whenever he transforms and the Kampfer don't defend anything, they engage other magical girls in gladiatorial combat.
* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' crosses this with [[HeroicFantasy Swords And Sorcery]] and the SuperRobotGenre.
* Invoked in ''Anime/MaoChan'', where Earth is being invaded by aliens so [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter cute]] that fighting them is viewed as bullying, forcing the heads of Japan's defense forces to have their [[{{Moe}} cute]] granddaughters fight the aliens.

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* In the NotSafeForWork anime ''Mahou Shoujo Erena'', protagonist Erena is given the power to become a magical girl and battle a race of evil tentacle monsters named Zoid.
* ''Manga/MahouShoujoOre'' gender-flips it slightly -- the girls turn into magical ''[[SuperGenderBender boy]]'' warriors due to a couple of transformation complications.
* Parodied in ''Manga/MahouShoujoPrettyBell'' - the warrior in question is a 35-year-old male bodybuilder and weight trainer.
* ''Anime/MaiHime'' and ''Anime/MaiOtome''
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': A darker take. Teenage girls are recruited to combat {{Eldritch Abomination}}s known as "witches", and use anything from bombs to swords to ribbons to accomplish this. [[spoiler:Because of the nature of the [[DealWithTheDevil contract]] every magical girl makes and how [[TheCorruption magic generally works]], every magical girl is doomed to ultimately become a witch. If they don't die horribly first. It also deconstructs their general durability in combat; a normal human body simply cannot take that kind of punishment from combat, and one of the awful truths is that they're [[OurLichesAreDifferent Liches]] in all but name.]]
* ''Manga/KamichamaKarin''
* ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'', which is often considered a forerunner to ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''.
* ''Anime/SweetValerian'' features three girls who transform into superpowered monster-fighting...bunny rabbits.
* ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'' adds a GenderBender twist -- main character Natsuru turns into a girl whenever he transforms and the Kampfer don't defend anything, they engage other magical girls in gladiatorial combat.
* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' crosses this with [[HeroicFantasy Swords And Sorcery]] and the SuperRobotGenre.
* Invoked in ''Anime/MaoChan'', where Earth is being invaded by aliens so [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter cute]] that fighting them is viewed as bullying, forcing the heads of Japan's defense forces to have their [[{{Moe}} cute]] granddaughters fight the aliens.
''Anime/MaiOtome''.



* ''Anime/HyperSpeedGranDoll'' is a very close follower of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' with a sci-fi feel.
* ''Anime/DreamHunterRem'' is one of the earliest examples.
* ''Anime/KaitouTenshiTwinAngel''
* ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'', part of the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}.
* ''VisualNovel/MagicalCanan'' uses this term to describe their magical girls (''mahou senshi'').
* ''Anime/FushigiboshiNoFutagohime'' starts off as a CuteWitch series before becoming this.
* ''Manga/TowaKamoShirenai'': Himiko and Kosumo, the latter via organ donation.
* ''Anime/UmiMonogatari'' takes this type of show and tweaks it; among other things, the revelation of what the BigBad ''really'' is allows for a conclusion that's more true-to-life than most shows of this genre.
* Every single woman in ''LightNovel/HorizonInTheMiddleOfNowhere''; however, how much "mage" or "warrior" there is depends on the person and their abilities.
* '' Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni'' is a darker take on the genre. The main girls' powers are {{tarot|Motifs}}-themed.
* ''Anime/VividredOperation'': Technically, the heroines are empowered by technology, rather than magic, but they otherwise fit this trope point for point. It certainly helps that their technology is [[ClarkesThirdLaw advanced to the point that it may as well be magic anyway]].
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'' is the team behind ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'''s take on the genre. It borrows a bit from ''Cutey Honey'', including the {{fanservice}}y outfit and having the death of the main character's father as a starting point for their mission.
** It's particularly heavy on the ''"Warrior"'' part, as there are very few blaster- or wand-type weapons (the most powerful weapons being melee-based, like the Scissor Blades), and [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished beauty is MOST DEFINITELY tarnished]], as the main character (as well as several others) is realistically beaten bloody and bruised during some fights.
* ''Anime/TokyoMewMew'' mixed the idea with {{Catgirl}}s and a pro-environmental theme.
* ''Anime/ShamanicPrincess'': Tiara is what happens when you take a CuteWitch and make her a badass while bypassing the super hero element.
* ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' has four (later five) middle-school girls fighting [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters]] bent on destroying the local WorldTree. [[spoiler:It later reveals itself to be [[ChildSoldiers much darker]] than originally suggested.]]

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* ''Anime/HyperSpeedGranDoll'' Invoked in ''Anime/MaoChan'', where Earth is a very close follower of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' with a sci-fi feel.
* ''Anime/DreamHunterRem''
being invaded by aliens so [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter cute]] that fighting them is one of viewed as bullying, forcing the earliest examples.
* ''Anime/KaitouTenshiTwinAngel''
* ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'', part
heads of the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}.
* ''VisualNovel/MagicalCanan'' uses this term
Japan's defense forces to describe have their [[{{Moe}} cute]] granddaughters fight the aliens.
* In ''Anime/MatoiTheSacredSlayer'', the
magical girls (''mahou senshi'').
* ''Anime/FushigiboshiNoFutagohime'' starts off as a CuteWitch series before becoming this.
* ''Manga/TowaKamoShirenai'': Himiko and Kosumo, the latter via organ donation.
* ''Anime/UmiMonogatari'' takes this type of show and tweaks it; among other things, the revelation of what the BigBad ''really'' is allows for a conclusion that's more true-to-life than most shows of this genre.
* Every single woman in ''LightNovel/HorizonInTheMiddleOfNowhere''; however, how much "mage" or "warrior" there is depends on the person and their abilities.
* '' Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni'' is a darker take on the genre. The main girls'
have exorcist powers are {{tarot|Motifs}}-themed.
* ''Anime/VividredOperation'': Technically, the heroines are empowered by technology, rather than magic, but they otherwise fit this trope point for point. It certainly helps that their technology is [[ClarkesThirdLaw advanced to the point that it may as well be magic anyway]].
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'' is the team behind ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'''s take on the genre. It borrows a bit from ''Cutey Honey'', including the {{fanservice}}y outfit
and having the death of the main character's father as a starting point for their mission.
** It's particularly heavy on the ''"Warrior"'' part, as there are very few blaster- or wand-type weapons (the most powerful weapons being melee-based, like the Scissor Blades), and [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished beauty is MOST DEFINITELY tarnished]], as the main character (as well as several others) is realistically beaten bloody and bruised during some fights.
fight inter-dimensional demons called "Nights."
* ''Anime/TokyoMewMew'' mixed the idea with {{Catgirl}}s and a pro-environmental theme.
* ''Anime/ShamanicPrincess'': Tiara is what happens when you take a CuteWitch and make her a badass while bypassing the super hero element.
* ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' has four (later five) middle-school girls fighting [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters]] bent on destroying the local WorldTree. [[spoiler:It later reveals itself to be [[ChildSoldiers much darker]] than originally suggested.]]
''Anime/MegamiParadise''.



* ''Anime/DaiMahouTouge'' is a parody. The Magical Girl in question (who is a VillainProtagonist, taking after her [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen evil queen]] of a mother) is vulnerable to getting her magic suppressed, which sounds quite inconvenient until you realize she also happens to be a master of unarmed combat specializing in crippling submission wrestling techniques. Her magical incantation is "''Lyrical Tokarev, [[AxCrazy kill them all]]!''".
* ''Anime/CorrectorYui'' is a sci-fi themed magical girl show, with the heroine's powers only existing in cyberspace.
* ''Anime/CyberTeamInAkihabara'' starts as a standard magical girl show before veering into darker territory.
* While ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' is of the CuteWitch variety of magical girls, she also uses the clow cards to fight others that are causing trouble, particularly in the movies.
* In ''Anime/MatoiTheSacredSlayer'', the magical girls have exorcist powers and fight inter-dimensional demons called "Nights."
* ''Anime/MegamiParadise''.
* Yohko in ''Anime/GenmuSenkiLeda'' becomes one akin to the [[Manga/MagicKnightRayearth Magic Knights]].
* ''Manga/{{Yurara}}'' has elements of this - the titular Yurara is able to transform into a tall darkhaired beauty and battle evil spirits with powerful magic in order to send them to the afterlife.
* ''Anime/BlackRockShooter''
* Ray from ''Manga/MyCelestialFamily''. Also a GenderBender, as he's male in civilian form.
* ''Anime/JewelBEMHunterLime'' combines this trope with CuteWitch - she's a natural-born magical user and a clueless newcomer to the human world, but she's also tasked with saving the world from evil [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters Of The Week]] and has transforming powers.

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* ''Anime/DaiMahouTouge'' ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' is a parody. The cross of this and MagicIdolSinger.
* ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'', which is often considered a forerunner to ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''.
* In ''Oops! I Messed Up and Made the Wrong Person Into a
Magical Girl in question (who Girl!'', Kayo isn't so much a warrior as she is a VillainProtagonist, taking after her [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen evil queen]] of a mother) is vulnerable to getting her magic suppressed, which sounds quite inconvenient until you realize she also happens to be a master of unarmed combat specializing in crippling submission wrestling techniques. Her magical incantation is "''Lyrical Tokarev, [[AxCrazy kill them all]]!''".
* ''Anime/CorrectorYui'' is a sci-fi themed magical girl show,
''berserker''. Combined with her crass delinquent attitude, the heroine's powers only existing in cyberspace.
* ''Anime/CyberTeamInAkihabara'' starts as a standard magical girl show before veering into darker territory.
* While ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' is of the CuteWitch variety of magical girls,
monsters she also uses the clow cards to fight others that are causing trouble, particularly in the movies.
* In ''Anime/MatoiTheSacredSlayer'', the magical girls have exorcist powers and fight inter-dimensional demons called "Nights."
* ''Anime/MegamiParadise''.
* Yohko in ''Anime/GenmuSenkiLeda'' becomes one akin to the [[Manga/MagicKnightRayearth Magic Knights]].
* ''Manga/{{Yurara}}'' has elements of this - the titular Yurara is able to transform into
fights barely stand a tall darkhaired beauty and battle evil spirits with powerful magic in order to send them to the afterlife.
* ''Anime/BlackRockShooter''
* Ray from ''Manga/MyCelestialFamily''. Also a GenderBender, as he's male in civilian form.
* ''Anime/JewelBEMHunterLime'' combines this trope with CuteWitch - she's a natural-born magical user and a clueless newcomer to the human world, but she's also tasked with saving the world from evil [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters Of The Week]] and has transforming powers.
chance.



* ''Manga/MagicalGirlSpecOpsAsuka'' emphasizes on the Warrior aspect. The girls wear military-grade accessories such as utility belts and pouches, combat knives and such on top of the conventionally girly costumes.
* Parodied in ''Butt Attack Punisher Girl Gautaman'', where devout Catholic Mari is given a magical fundoshi (sumo wrestling loin cloth) by Buddha and transforms into a scantily-clad heroine in order to battle the evil Black Buddha cult.
* ''Anime/JubeiChan'', albeit less "magical" and more "ninja" than other examples.
* ''Manga/MahouShoujoOre'' gender-flips it slightly -- the girls turn into magical ''[[SuperGenderBender boy]]'' warriors due to a couple of transformation complications.
* In ''Oops! I Messed Up and Made the Wrong Person Into a Magical Girl!'', Kayo isn't so much a warrior as she is a ''berserker''. Combined with her crass delinquent attitude, the monsters she fights barely stand a chance.
* The heroine of ''Cinderella Knight'' is given the power to transform into the beautiful and heroic Cinderella Knight by her fairy godmother. With these powers, she seeks to protect the man she loves from the evil Spider Corps of the organization "MURDER".
* In ''Magical Change'', Manaka Hiromi is given the magical power of the Red Garnet Princess to defeat the Devil King. As he is a boy, this involves making him a SuperGenderBender.
* Kosaki, Chitoge and Marika are given the power to transform into magical heroines in order to preserve world peace in the Manga/{{Nisekoi}} spin-off ''Magical Pâtissière Kosaki-chan''.

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* ''Manga/MagicalGirlSpecOpsAsuka'' emphasizes on The most popular show of this type in Japan is the Warrior aspect. The girls wear military-grade accessories such as utility belts and pouches, combat knives and such on top of entire ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' franchise. [[DarkerAndEdgier Taken to extremes in]] ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'', where the conventionally girly costumes.
battles looks like something straight out of ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' (character designer Yoshihiko Umakoshi went on to work on ''Anime/SaintSeiyaOmega'').
* Parodied in ''Butt Attack Punisher Girl Gautaman'', where devout Catholic Mari is given the {{seinen}} series ''Anime/PrettySammy'', a {{Spinoff}} of ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': A darker take. Teenage girls are recruited to combat {{Eldritch Abomination}}s known as "witches", and use anything from bombs to swords to ribbons to accomplish this. [[spoiler:Because of the nature of the [[DealWithTheDevil contract]] every
magical fundoshi (sumo wrestling loin cloth) by Buddha girl makes and transforms into a scantily-clad heroine in order to battle the evil Black Buddha cult.
* ''Anime/JubeiChan'', albeit less "magical" and more "ninja" than other examples.
* ''Manga/MahouShoujoOre'' gender-flips it slightly -- the girls turn into
how [[TheCorruption magic generally works]], every magical ''[[SuperGenderBender boy]]'' warriors due girl is doomed to ultimately become a couple witch. If they don't die horribly first. It also deconstructs their general durability in combat; a normal human body simply cannot take that kind of transformation complications.
* In ''Oops! I Messed Up and Made the Wrong Person Into a Magical Girl!'', Kayo isn't so much a warrior as she is a ''berserker''. Combined with her crass delinquent attitude, the monsters she fights barely stand a chance.
* The heroine of ''Cinderella Knight'' is given the power to transform into the beautiful and heroic Cinderella Knight by her fairy godmother. With these powers, she seeks to protect the man she loves
punishment from the evil Spider Corps combat, and one of the organization "MURDER".
* In ''Magical Change'', Manaka Hiromi
awful truths is given that they're [[OurLichesAreDifferent Liches]] in all but name.]]
* [[TropeCodifier Pretty much cemented]] by
the magical power enormous popularity of ''Manga/SailorMoon'', which introduced the Red Garnet Princess {{Sentai}} elements to defeat the Devil King. As he is a boy, this involves making him a SuperGenderBender.
* Kosaki, Chitoge and Marika are given the power to transform into magical heroines in order to preserve world peace in the Manga/{{Nisekoi}} spin-off ''Magical Pâtissière Kosaki-chan''.
genre.



* Parodied in ''Manga/MahouShoujoPrettyBell'' - the warrior in question is a 35-year-old male bodybuilder and weight trainer.
* In the NotSafeForWork anime ''Mahou Shoujo Erena'', protagonist Erena is given the power to become a magical girl and battle a race of evil tentacle monsters named Zoid.

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* Parodied ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' goes further and crossbreeds ThePowerOfRock with {{Magitek}}. Net result? [[DiscoTech Powered armor that runs on singing]].
* ''Anime/ShamanicPrincess'': Tiara is what happens when you take a CuteWitch and make her a badass while bypassing the super hero element.
* ''Anime/SweetValerian'' features three girls who transform into superpowered monster-fighting... bunny rabbits.
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' particularly embodies the "growing up as a struggle" metaphor, with the added bonus of Gnostic metaphor thrown
in ''Manga/MahouShoujoPrettyBell'' for good measure. This was emphasized way more in the anime than in the manga, however.
* ''Anime/TokyoMewMew'' mixed the idea with {{Catgirl}}s and a pro-environmental theme.
* ''Manga/TowaKamoShirenai'': Himiko and Kosumo, the latter via organ donation.
* ''Anime/UmiMonogatari'' takes this type of show and tweaks it; among other things, the revelation of what the BigBad ''really'' is allows for a conclusion that's more true-to-life than most shows of this genre.
* ''Anime/VividredOperation'': Technically, the heroines are empowered by technology, rather than magic, but they otherwise fit this trope point for point. It certainly helps that their technology is [[ClarkesThirdLaw advanced to the point that it may as well be magic anyway]].
* ''Manga/WeddingPeach'' and its anime follow the conventions of Sailor Moon.
* ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' has four (later five) middle-school girls fighting [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters]] bent on destroying the local WorldTree. [[spoiler:It later reveals itself to be [[ChildSoldiers much darker]] than originally suggested.]]
* ''Manga/{{Yurara}}'' has elements of this
- the warrior in question titular Yurara is a 35-year-old male bodybuilder and weight trainer.
* In the NotSafeForWork anime ''Mahou Shoujo Erena'', protagonist Erena is given the power
able to become transform into a magical girl tall darkhaired beauty and battle a race of evil tentacle monsters named Zoid.spirits with powerful magic in order to send them to the afterlife.



* The title character of ''ComicBook/AmethystPrincessOfGemworld'', as ''WesternAnimation/DCNation'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKdBcTOsTe0 demonstrates]].
* The crystal-wielding heroines of the ''Crystal Cadets'' comic book series.



* ''Comicbook/{{WITCH}}'' was inspired by these kind of stories.

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* ''[[ComicBook/SuicideSquad The Enchantress]]'' (not the one from Marvel comics) can be considered a prototype - the heroine, June, goes to a party in a haunted castle, stumbles into a secret chamber, and is given a [[ByThePowerOfGrayskull transformation word]] by a mysterious being, which transforms her into a blonde witch so she can battle a MonsterOfTheWeek.
* ''Comicbook/{{WITCH}}'' was inspired by these kind kinds of stories.



* The title character of ''ComicBook/AmethystPrincessOfGemworld'', as ''WesternAnimation/DCNation'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKdBcTOsTe0 demonstrates]].



* ''[[ComicBook/SuicideSquad The Enchantress]]'' (not the one from Marvel comics) can be considered a prototype - the heroine, June, goes to a party in a haunted castle, stumbles into a secret chamber, and is given a [[ByThePowerOfGrayskull transformation word]] by a mysterious being, which transforms her into a blonde witch so she can battle a MonsterOfTheWeek.
* The crystal-wielding heroines of the ''Crystal Cadets'' comic book series.



* The ''Effigies'' series by Sarah Raughley is a Western take on the concept, inspired by a mix of ''Sailor Moon'' and ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
* All of the magical girls in ''Literature/MahouShoujoTheGlowing''.



* All of the magical girls in ''Literature/MahouShoujoTheGlowing''.



* The ''Effigies'' series by Sarah Raughley is a Western take on the concept, inspired by a mix of ''Sailor Moon'' and ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''..



* The heroines of ''Series/YuugenJikkouSistersShushutorian''.
* ''Series/BishoujoKamenPoitrine''.



* ''Series/BishoujoKamenPoitrine''.



* The heroines of ''Series/YuugenJikkouSistersShushutorian''.



* ''TabletopGame/BigEyesSmallMouth'': creating a MagicalGirlWarrior is part and parcel of this system. The first worldbook for the system was a licensed ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' [=RPG=].
* The Princess Race in ''TabletopGame/BleakWorld'' is all about this. They are an alien race of [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princesses]] who's [[DoomedHometown homeworld was destroyed]] by [[EldritchAbomination The Darkness]]. They now protect the Milky Way Galaxy with a giant force field made of hope and fight back BrainwashedAndCrazy dark princesses who are in service to the darkness.



* ''Magical Burst'' is a mahou shoujo game that takes primary inspiration from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. Magical girls in this game are tasked with killing enough youma to collect 13 Oblivion Seeds so that they can make a wish. But as in ''Madoka'', things are not always what they seem, and the {{Mentor Mascot}}s known as Tsukaima keep horrible secrets from the Magical Girls they give power to.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'': Regardless of how well they'll ultimately fit, the Magical Child archetype for the Vigilante class is [[WordOfGod explicitly]] ''meant'' to cover the MagicalGirl trope (the switch between the public and secret identities becomes a TransformationSequence that is much faster, but also flashier and louder, for instance), and being in a system like Pathfinder it'd be hard to avoid fights being a fairly large part of their repertoire. Regardless of how the archetype will turn out, it is, of course, possible to build towards this trope with the right other magic-using classes.



* ''Magical Burst'' is a mahou shoujo game that takes primary inspiration from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. Magical girls in this game are tasked with killing enough youma to collect 13 Oblivion Seeds so that they can make a wish. But as in ''Madoka'', things are not always what they seem, and the {{Mentor Mascot}}s known as tsukaima keep horrible secrets from the Magical Girls they give power to.
* The Princess Race in ''TabletopGame/BleakWorld'' is all about this. They are an alien race of [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princesses]] who's [[DoomedHometown home world was destroyed]] by [[EldritchAbomination The Darkness]]. They now protect the Milky Way Galaxy with a giant force field made of hope, and fight back BrainwashedAndCrazy dark princesses who are in service to the darkness.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'': Regardless of how well they'll ultimately fit, the Magical Child archetype for the Vigilante class is [[WordOfGod explicitly]] ''meant'' to cover the MagicalGirl trope (the switch between the public and secret identities becomes a TransformationSequence that is much faster, but also flashier and louder, for instance), and being in a system like Pathfinder it'd be hard to avoid fights being a fairly large part of their repertoire. Regardless of how the archetype will turn out, it is of course possible to build towards this trope with the right other magic-using classes.
* ''TabletopGame/BigEyesSmallMouth'': creating a MagicalGirlWarrior is part and parcel of this system. The first worldbook for the system was a licensed ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' [=RPG=].



* Pecan Apple of ''VideoGame/BanzaiPecan'', also doubling as a HenshinHero.
* Yunou of ''VideoGame/CrescentPaleMist'' is a magician who uses a deadly and forbidden form of magic known as Pale Mist to battle the dangerous monsters and her former comrades as she seeks to put an end to the source of the Pale Mist that's seeping throughout the country of Gasyukal.
* Leanna of ''VisualNovel/{{Crystalline}}'' is a "Mage-Knight", meaning she's skilled with both magic and her sword.
* Mystica from ''VisualNovel/FadingHearts''. Ryou meets her in the forest while he is fighting shadow monsters.



* Mystica from ''VisualNovel/FadingHearts''. Ryou meets her in the forest while he is fighting shadow monsters.
* Nearly ''everyone'' in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. The only characters who ''don't'' have some sort of magical combat ability (e.g., [[UnreliableNarrator Akyu]] and [[TheOneGuy Rinnosuke]]) only appear in the ExpandedUniverse or one-off games (e.g., [[GadgeteerGenius Rika]] and [[MadScientist Rikako]]). Deliberately invoked by Marisa, who uses a FlyingBroomstick (even though she, [[IBelieveICanFly like everyone in Gensokyo]], can fly unaided) and always wears a [[NiceHat comically-large witch hat]] because that's what {{Cute Witch}}es are supposed to do, which doesn't detract at all from her passion for [[StuffBlowingUp huge explosions]].

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* Mystica In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', [[spoiler: Odin's daughter]] Ophelia can be ''very'' easily considered as the ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' take on this trope. She's very cute-looking ([[StripperIffic and]] [[GaiNaxing bouncy]]), [[CallingYourAttacks very flashy]] [[LargeHam in battle]], and ''very'' dedicated to her role as a BlackMagicianGirl and to protect her family and friends.
* ''VideoGame/GalaxyFrauleinYuna'' is a teen celebrity[=/=]Idol Singer who is tasked with saving the entire universe
from ''VisualNovel/FadingHearts''. Ryou meets her in the forest while he is fighting shadow monsters.
* Nearly ''everyone'' in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. The only characters who ''don't'' have some sort
forces of Darkness as the Savior of Light.
* ''VisualNovel/HowToDateAMagicalGirl'' has
magical combat ability (e.g., [[UnreliableNarrator Akyu]] and [[TheOneGuy Rinnosuke]]) only appear in girls whose role are to banish evil, but it's downplayed; as evil occurs more rarely, they spend the ExpandedUniverse or one-off games (e.g., [[GadgeteerGenius Rika]] and [[MadScientist Rikako]]). Deliberately invoked by Marisa, who uses a FlyingBroomstick (even though she, [[IBelieveICanFly like everyone in Gensokyo]], can fly unaided) and always wears a [[NiceHat comically-large witch hat]] because that's what {{Cute Witch}}es are supposed majority of their time contributing to do, which doesn't detract at all from her passion for [[StuffBlowingUp huge explosions]].society instead.



* Pecan Apple of ''VideoGame/BanzaiPecan'', also doubling as a HenshinHero.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', [[spoiler: Odin's daughter]] Ophelia can be ''very'' easily considered as the ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' take on this trope. She's very cute-looking ([[StripperIffic and]] [[GaiNaxing bouncy]]), [[CallingYourAttacks very flashy]] [[LargeHam in battle]], and ''very'' dedicated to her role as a BlackMagicianGirl and to protecting her family and friends.



* Yunou of ''VideoGame/CrescentPaleMist'' is a magician who uses a deadly and forbidden form of magic known as Pale Mist to battle the dangerous monsters and her former comrades as she seeks to put an end to the source of the Pale Mist that's seeping throughout the country of Gasyukal.
* Leanna of ''VisualNovel/{{Crystalline}}'' is a "Mage-Knight", meaning she's skilled with both magic and her sword.
* ''VisualNovel/HowToDateAMagicalGirl'' has magical girls whose role are to banish evil, but it's downplayed; as evil occurs more rarely, they spend the majority of their time contributing to society instead.
* ''VideoGame/GalaxyFrauleinYuna'' is a teen celebrity[=/=]Idol Singer who is tasked with saving the entire universe from the forces of Darkness as the Savior of Light.

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* Yunou Nearly ''everyone'' in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. The only characters who ''don't'' have some sort of ''VideoGame/CrescentPaleMist'' is a magician magical combat ability (e.g., [[UnreliableNarrator Akyu]] and [[TheOneGuy Rinnosuke]]) only appear in the ExpandedUniverse or one-off games (e.g., [[GadgeteerGenius Rika]] and [[MadScientist Rikako]]). Deliberately invoked by Marisa, who uses a deadly FlyingBroomstick (even though she, [[IBelieveICanFly like everyone in Gensokyo]], can fly unaided) and forbidden form of magic known as Pale Mist to battle the dangerous monsters and her former comrades as she seeks to put an end to the source of the Pale Mist always wears a [[NiceHat comically-large witch hat]] because that's seeping throughout the country of Gasyukal.
* Leanna of ''VisualNovel/{{Crystalline}}'' is a "Mage-Knight", meaning she's skilled with both magic and her sword.
* ''VisualNovel/HowToDateAMagicalGirl'' has magical girls whose role
what {{Cute Witch}}es are supposed to banish evil, but it's downplayed; as evil occurs more rarely, they spend the majority of their time contributing to society instead.
* ''VideoGame/GalaxyFrauleinYuna'' is a teen celebrity[=/=]Idol Singer who is tasked with saving the entire universe
do, which doesn't detract at all from the forces of Darkness as the Savior of Light.her passion for [[StuffBlowingUp huge explosions]].



* The eponymous ''Webcomic/AgentsOfTheRealm'' fight less with magic and more with {{BFS}}s, [[DropTheHammer giant hammers]], [[BladeOnAStick glaive]] or bow and arrows. The [[OurMonstersAreDifferent bleeds]] are hard to beat otherwise.
* The heroines of ''Webcomic/AtArmsLength'' are basically magic-powered superheroes.



* The eponymous ''Webcomic/AgentsOfTheRealm'' fight less with magic and more with {{BFS}}s, [[DropTheHammer giant hammers]], [[BladeOnAStick glaive]] or bow and arrows. The [[OurMonstersAreDifferent bleeds]] are hard to beat otherwise.
* ''Webcomic/PrincessChroma'': A parody of the genre in which the magical girl is most definitely the hands-on type. She prefers fighting giant monsters with a mace over resorting to spells, despite magic being the more effective, easier way to end a fight.
* ''Webcomic/SparklingGenerationValkyrieYuuki'' is an AffectionateParody of the genre with a Myth/NorseMythology theme. It also is a GenderBender series, like the ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'' example above.
* ''Webcomic/MisfitsOfAvalon'' is an American take on the genre; the heroines' powers derive from Celtic mythology, their costumes are based off Catholic schoolgirls instead of Japanese ones, their MentorMascot is a large wolfhound rather than a cute little cat and there is much less focus on prettiness and feminity.
* ''Webcomic/MagickChicks'': Teenage witch Melissa Helrune, the daughter of a former Magical Girl Warrior and her former EvilOverlord archnemesis, ends up literally torn between the good and evil sides of her heritage.



* ''Webcomic/MagickChicks'': Teenage witch Melissa Helrune, the daughter of a former Magical Girl Warrior and her former EvilOverlord archnemesis, ends up literally torn between the good and evil sides of her heritage.



* ''Webcomic/MisfitsOfAvalon'' is an American take on the genre; the heroines' powers derive from Celtic mythology, their costumes are based off Catholic schoolgirls instead of Japanese ones, their MentorMascot is a large wolfhound rather than a cute little cat and there is much less focus on prettiness and feminity.
* ''Webcomic/PrincessChroma'': A parody of the genre in which the magical girl is most definitely the hands-on type. She prefers fighting giant monsters with a mace over resorting to spells, despite magic being the more effective, easier way to end a fight.
* ''Webcomic/ShatteredStarlight'' is about a former magical girl struggling to hold down a job and trying to get her life together a decade after the breakup of her team.



* ''Webcomic/ShatteredStarlight'' is about a former magical girl struggling to hold down a job and trying to get her life together a decade after the breakup of her team.

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* ''Webcomic/ShatteredStarlight'' ''Webcomic/SparklingGenerationValkyrieYuuki'' is about a former magical girl struggling to hold down a job and trying to get her life together a decade after an AffectionateParody of the breakup of her team.genre with a Myth/NorseMythology theme. It also is a GenderBender series, like the ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'' example above.



* The heroines of ''Webcomic/AtArmsLength'' are basically magic-powered superheroes.



* Fey of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, who has an ancient Faerie riding along in her head, an ability to summon armor magically, and a magical battle in Boston in which she and The Necromancer spent most of the fight trying to intimidate each other by calling their attacks.
* The [[Website/ArchiveOfOurOwn AO3]] series ''Characters/StellarRangerDarkStar'' features a few combat-oriented magical girls on the team.
* ''Literature/SagaOfSoul'' is a [[RationalFic rationalist take on the premise]].

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* Fey Most of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, who has an ancient Faerie riding along cast in her head, an ability to summon armor magically, and a magical battle in Boston in which she and The Necromancer spent most of ''Literature/JakeAndTheDynamo'', particularly the fight trying to intimidate each other by calling their attacks.
* The [[Website/ArchiveOfOurOwn AO3]] series ''Characters/StellarRangerDarkStar'' features a few combat-oriented magical girls on the team.
* ''Literature/SagaOfSoul'' is a [[RationalFic rationalist take on the premise]].
titular character Magical Girl Pretty Dynamo.



* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP]] [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2006-j 2006-j]], which is apparently a female EldritchAbomination from another dimension. Who is a magical girl. Yes. A magical tentacle monster.



* ''Literature/SagaOfSoul'' is a [[RationalFic rationalist take on the premise]].
* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP]] [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2006-j 2006-j]], which is apparently a female EldritchAbomination from another dimension. Who is a magical girl. Yes. A magical tentacle monster.



* Most of the cast in ''Literature/JakeAndTheDynamo'', particularly the titular character Magical Girl Pretty Dynamo.

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* Most of The [[Website/ArchiveOfOurOwn AO3]] series ''Characters/StellarRangerDarkStar'' features a few combat-oriented magical girls on the cast in ''Literature/JakeAndTheDynamo'', particularly the titular character Magical Girl Pretty Dynamo.team.



* Fey of the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', who has an ancient Faerie riding along in her head, an ability to summon armor magically, and a magical battle in Boston in which she and The Necromancer spent most of the fight trying to intimidate each other by calling their attacks.



* GenderInverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'': In ''Underfist'', Irwin gains [[DarkIsNotEvil dark]] [[HybridMonster mumpire]] powers, with his appearance and the overall execution of the concept being a lot like a [[MagicalGirl Magical Boy]] combined with your typical superhero. He uses these powers to save Halloween in the special. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Had a]] SpinOff [[WhatCouldHaveBeen been made]], the trope would have probably been played a bit straighter.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' slips into Magical Filly Warrior Ponies territory when fighting [[VileVillainSaccharineShow the major villains]], but otherwise is strictly SliceOfLife [[RecycledInSpace with magical talking ponies]]. The Equestria Girls movies play the trope a bit straighter, while the girls transforming into magical heroes near the climax of each movie in order to deal with the movie's BigBad.
* ''WesternAnimation/LoliRock'' is a combination of this and MagicIdolSinger.
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' is either a MagicalGirl show that emphasizes the superhero aspects or a superhero show that follows a lot of MagicalGirlTropes (TransformationTrinket, TransformationSequence, MentorMascot, etc.) The title character also teams up with a [[GenderInvertedTrope magical boy]], Chat Noir; the two are actually involved in a [[TwoPersonLoveTriangle Two-Person Love Square]], as they also know each other in their civilian identities.
** We're later introduced to other Miraculous holders, including girls like Volpina (who is actually the MonsterOfTheWeek, Lila, and doesn't actually have the Fox Miraculous), Rena Rouge ([[spoiler:Alya with the Fox Miraculous]]), Queen Bee ([[spoiler:Chloe with the Bee Miraculous]]), and Bunnix ([[spoiler:Alix with the Rabbit Miraculous]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Mysticons}}'' is about a group of teenage girls who transform into legendary magic-powered warriors.



* ''WesternAnimation/TenkoAndTheGuardiansOfTheMagic'': Tenko and her friends (even though the rest of her teammates are guys).



* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' is an ''academy'' of these.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' slips into Magical Filly Warrior Ponies territory when fighting [[VileVillainSaccharineShow the major villains]], but otherwise is strictly SliceOfLife [[RecycledInSpace with magical talking ponies]]. The Equestria Girls movies play the trope a bit straighter, while the girls transforming into magical heroes near the climax of each movie in order to deal with the movie's BigBad.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has the Crystal Gems, an [[TheAgeless unaging]] species of WizardsFromOuterSpace, who often fight various monsters to protect humanity. Steven's mother was leader of this team before she "gave up her physical form" to bring him into existence. [[WordOfGod The series' creator has stated]] that, while they [[OneGenderRace look like human women]], they actually have NoBiologicalSex, Steven being the exception because he's a HalfHumanHybrid. Steven himself qualifies as a Magical Boy, and even goes through gender flipped versions of typical magical heroine plot points.
* ''WesternAnimation/LoliRock'' is a combination of this and MagicIdolSinger.



* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' is either a MagicalGirl show that emphasizes the superhero aspects or a superhero show that follows a lot of MagicalGirlTropes (TransformationTrinket, TransformationSequence, MentorMascot, etc.) The title character also teams up with a [[GenderInvertedTrope magical boy]], Chat Noir; the two are actually involved in a [[TwoPersonLoveTriangle Two-Person Love Square]], as they also know each other in their civilian identities.
** We're later introduced to other Miraculous holders, including girls like Volpina (who is actually the MonsterOfTheWeek, Lila, and doesn't actually have the Fox Miraculous), Rena Rouge ([[spoiler:Alya with the Fox Miraculous]]), Queen Bee ([[spoiler:Chloe with the Bee Miraculous]]), and Bunnix ([[spoiler:Alix with the Rabbit Miraculous]]).

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* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' is either a MagicalGirl show that emphasizes ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has the superhero aspects or a superhero show that follows a lot Crystal Gems, an [[TheAgeless unaging]] species of MagicalGirlTropes (TransformationTrinket, TransformationSequence, MentorMascot, etc.) WizardsFromOuterSpace, who often fight various monsters to protect humanity. Steven's mother was the leader of this team before she "gave up her physical form" to bring him into existence. [[WordOfGod The title character also teams up with a [[GenderInvertedTrope magical boy]], Chat Noir; the two are actually involved in a [[TwoPersonLoveTriangle Two-Person Love Square]], as series' creator has stated]] that, while they also know each other in their civilian identities.
** We're later introduced to other Miraculous holders, including girls
[[OneGenderRace look like Volpina (who is actually the MonsterOfTheWeek, Lila, and doesn't human women]], they actually have NoBiologicalSex, Steven being the Fox Miraculous), Rena Rouge ([[spoiler:Alya with exception because he's a HalfHumanHybrid. Steven himself qualifies as a Magical Boy, and even goes through gender-flipped versions of typical magical heroine plot points.
* ''WesternAnimation/TenkoAndTheGuardiansOfTheMagic'': Tenko and her friends (even though
the Fox Miraculous]]), Queen Bee ([[spoiler:Chloe with the Bee Miraculous]]), and Bunnix ([[spoiler:Alix with the Rabbit Miraculous]]).rest of her teammates are guys).
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' is an ''academy'' of these.



* GenderInverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'': In ''Underfist'', Irwin gains [[DarkIsNotEvil dark]] [[HybridMonster mumpire]] powers, with his appearance and the overall execution of the concept being a lot like a [[MagicalGirl Magical Boy]] combined with your typical superhero. He uses these powers to save Halloween in the special. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Had a]] SpinOff [[WhatCouldHaveBeen been made]], the trope would have probably been played a bit straighter.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Mysticons}}'' is about a group of teenage girls who transform into legendary magic-powered warriors.

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** The ContinuityReboot, WesternAnimation/SheRaAndThePrincessesOfPower also counts.


The genre gained the remainder of its defining characteristics with Creator/NaokoTakeuchi's series ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'' and its MorePopularSpinOff[=/=]{{Sequel}} ''Manga/SailorMoon'', which took all these elements and blended them with classic MagicalGirl tropes and some SuperSentai characteristics like a team of different heroines with balanced abilities and personalities. The result was a series simultaneously aimed toward and empowering to girls with large amounts of character building and storyline that still gave focus to the battles and allowed for fanservice. A virtually-unheard-of combination at that time, the series quickly attracted a rabid fanbase with a ridiculously-wide demographic. While many early anime and manga of the genre which followed were accused of being (and often were, at the start) rip-offs of ''Sailor Moon'' [[FollowTheLeader trying to repeat its success by copying the formula]], eventually [[FromClonesToGenre they evolved into unique works]] and a novel hybrid genre.

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The genre gained the remainder of its defining characteristics with Creator/NaokoTakeuchi's series ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'' and its MorePopularSpinOff[=/=]{{Sequel}} ''Manga/SailorMoon'', which took all these elements and blended them with classic MagicalGirl tropes and some SuperSentai {{Sentai}} characteristics like a team of different heroines with balanced abilities and personalities. The result was a series simultaneously aimed toward and empowering to girls with large amounts of character building and storyline that still gave focus to the battles and allowed for fanservice. A virtually-unheard-of combination at that time, the series quickly attracted a rabid fanbase with a ridiculously-wide demographic. While many early anime and manga of the genre which followed were accused of being (and often were, at the start) rip-offs of ''Sailor Moon'' [[FollowTheLeader trying to repeat its success by copying the formula]], eventually [[FromClonesToGenre they evolved into unique works]] and a novel hybrid genre.

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* In the NotSafeForWork anime ''Mahou Shoujo Erena'', protagonist Erena is given the power to become a magical girl and battle a race of evil tentacle monsters named Zoid.

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** Throughout the series, we also learn that some of her predecessors were also these, including her own mother, the current Queen Moon, and the disowned [[DarkActionGirl Queen Eclipsa]].
** We're also introduced to Mina (who is a visual reference to Manga/SailorMoon), who is an [[DarkActionGirl evil]] version of this trope -- she wants to [[FantasticRacism commit mass genocide of the monster race]] because [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity she believes all monsters are evil]].


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** We're later introduced to other Miraculous holders, including girls like Volpina (who is actually the MonsterOfTheWeek, Lila, and doesn't actually have the Fox Miraculous), Rena Rouge ([[spoiler:Alya with the Fox Miraculous]]), Queen Bee ([[spoiler:Chloe with the Bee Miraculous]]), and Bunnix ([[spoiler:Alix with the Rabbit Miraculous]]).

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** ''Series/SecretXWarriorPhantomirage!''


* ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' has four (later five) middle-school girls fighting [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters]] bent on destroying the local WorldTree. [[spoiler:It later reveals itself to be [[ChildSoldier much darker]] than originally suggested.]]

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* ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' has four (later five) middle-school girls fighting [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters]] bent on destroying the local WorldTree. [[spoiler:It later reveals itself to be [[ChildSoldier [[ChildSoldiers much darker]] than originally suggested.]]


** The promotional comic ''ComicBook/WonderWomanAndTheStarRiders'' for the TV show that never came to be showed a version of Wondy that took this concept and ran with it. Dressed in more frills than normal and leading a group of gals in similar but different colored get-up who ride winged horsed and use magical crystals.

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** The promotional comic ''ComicBook/WonderWomanAndTheStarRiders'' for the TV show that never came to be showed a version of Wondy that took this concept and ran with it. Dressed She was dressed in more frills than normal and leading lead a group of gals girls in similar but different colored get-up get-ups who ride rode winged horsed horses and use used magical crystals.


* Possibly [[UrExample originated]] with ''ComicBook/{{Shazam}}'' superheroine Mary Marvel in 1942.

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* Possibly [[UrExample originated]] with ''ComicBook/{{Shazam}}'' superheroine Mary Marvel ComicBook/MaryMarvel in 1942.



* Franchise/WonderWoman has resembled this at times, with her magic origins, TransformationSequence, and such. Most especially in the early [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]], when she was depicted having adventures as Wonder Girl, just as Superman was once Superboy. Later, a separate Wonder Girl character, [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Donna Troy]], was introduced.

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* Franchise/WonderWoman has resembled this at times, with her magic origins, TransformationSequence, and such. Most especially in the early [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]], when she was depicted having adventures as Wonder Girl, ComicBook/WonderGirl, just as Superman was once Superboy. Later, a separate Wonder Girl character, [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Donna Troy]], was introduced.introduced.
** The promotional comic ''ComicBook/WonderWomanAndTheStarRiders'' for the TV show that never came to be showed a version of Wondy that took this concept and ran with it. Dressed in more frills than normal and leading a group of gals in similar but different colored get-up who ride winged horsed and use magical crystals.


* In ''WesternAnimation/SongOfTheSea'', Saoirse is probably a very rare Irish Selkie-themes Magical Girl.

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* Parodied in ''Manga/MahouShoujoPrettyBell'' - the warrior in question is a 35-year-old male bodybuilder and weight trainer.

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