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    Junko Kaname 

Junko Kaname

Voiced by: Yūko Gotō (Japanese), Carrie Savage (series), Julie Ann Taylor (Rebellion) (English), María Rosa Guillén (Spanish), Nathalie Bienaimé (French)

Madoka's mother and the main breadwinner in the family, who works as an executive for a famous company.

  • Alcoholic Parent: Downplayed. When she comes home from work she drinks, which is shown being as harmless habit. In a later conversation with Madoka about growing up, she says that adults drink because of their responsibilities.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Inverted. Madoka's friends are envious of her cool mom.
  • Anger Born of Worry: She slaps Madoka in episode 11, because she was trying to go out into the storm in order to stop Walpurgisnacht without considering how she's going to make her family worry about her safety.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Both dark pink.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: She does this with Kazuko after Sayaka's funeral.
  • First-Name Basis: Refers to Madoka's teacher by her first name, and implies that she's known her for a while.
  • Good Parents:
    • She advises Madoka when she's worried about Sayaka, notices if her daughter is unhappy, and is generally cool.
    • There's her conversation with Madoka in the second last episode, in which she sternly tells her daughter to look out for herself and not be selfish, but listens to Madoka's arguments and eventually allows her to leave the shelter.
    • She's on border of an Heroic BSoD when Sayaka dies and Madoka is utterly depressed. Junko blames herself heavily for that, and Kazuko has to talk her out of it.
  • Happily Married: To Tomohisa. Downplayed but present. The happy marriage is part of the 'happy family life' that Homura tells Madoka to cherish.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Due to Madoka's wish retconning her out of existence, Junko thinks that Madoka is simply Tatsuya's imaginary friend.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Junko is a corporate ladder climber as well as a Hard-Drinking Party Girl when off-work. Tomohisa is her level-headed and kind House Husband. This is reflected in the way she talks which is closer in line with Kyoko than any of the other female characters, though less vulgar.
  • Not a Morning Person: It takes her children a fair amount of effort to wake her up.
  • Office Lady: Averted. She's clearly devoted to a career not just as a means to support herself until she gets married and settles down (as is still very common for Japanese women). In this way her behavior is much more in-line with the average Salaryman.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She gives Madoka a surprising amount of freedom, and does show concern for her like a good parent should.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Madoka tells her that a friend of her's, Sayaka, is suffering because she's trying too hard to do what she thinks is right. Junko suggests doing something wrong and being Cruel to Be Kind to get through to her, warning Madoka that it would hurt her friend's feelings but it would be better than doing nothing. Madoka follows this advice by grabbing Sayaka's soul gem and throwing it off a bridge, revealing that the soul gem is actually a Soul Jar and setting up the Disaster Dominoes that follow.

    Tomohisa Kaname 

Tomohisa Kaname

Voiced by: Tetsuya Iwanaga (Japanese), Kyle Hebert (English), Carlos Lladó (Spanish)

Madoka's father, as well as the one taking care of the house and the kids.

  • Satellite Character: In relation to the rest of his family. He gets one heart-to-heart talk with his daughter, concerning Junko.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Gender Inverted. He's soft-spoken, homey, and a Supreme Chef who takes care of the home while his wife, Junko, is the breadwinner.

    Tatsuya Kaname 

Tatsuya Kaname

Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English), Ariadna Jiménez (Spanish)

Madoka's three year-old younger brother.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Sayaka seems to prefer to call him ”Takkun” instead of more traditional ”Tatsuya-kun”. Averted in the dub, in which she simply calls him by name.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Averted. He and Madoka are shown to have good relationship with each other, highlighted in different supplementary material. He's also one of two people to remember Madoka after she wiped herself out of existence.
  • Cheerful Child: He is unaware of and seperate from the angst of this series.
  • Children Are Innocent: According Word of God, this is the reason why Tatsuya still remembers Madoka. He sees her among his family and because he still doesn't understand why she isn't supposed to exist, the universal Laser-Guided Amnesia doesn't work on him. As he grows up, he will gradually forget about it.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Like the rest of his family.
  • Practically Different Generations: He's three at the start of the series, and his sister Madoka is 14.
  • Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: Aside from Homura, he is the only one of two who remembers Madoka: he draws her figure on the ground and happily says her name when he sees Homura wearing Madoka's hair ribbons. Junko and Tomohisa believe that "Madoka" is his Imaginary Friend. The reason why he still remembers her is because he can still see her, but he's too innocent to understand that she shouldn't exist, so when he grows up this trope will be averted.
  • Tareme Eyes: Like his sister because he's a cutie.

Other characters

    Hitomi Shizuki 

Hitomi Shizuki

Voiced by: Ryōko Shintani (Japanese), Shelby Lindley (English), Assumpta Massutí (Spanish)

Madoka and Sayaka's classmate and friend. Often walks to school with them, and while she cares for her friends she sometimes feels left out of their deals.

  • Adaptational Jerkass: Not by much, but she acts meaner in the game than in the TV series. After Sayaka tells her she's not giving up on Kyosuke in the game, Hitomi actually goes so far as to slap her despite Sayaka actually taking her advice, displaying that she simply wanted to psyche Sayaka out of confessing (and implying that this was her goal in the source material).
  • Armoured Closet Gay: Her vehement declaration in the second episode that "girls can't like girls" is a tad too vehement, and sure enough she actually has entertained the notion herself.
  • Broken Tears: Episode 11 and some planning sketches all but state that she was the wavy-haired girl seen sobbing uncontrollably during Sayaka's funeral.
  • Brutal Honesty: In regards to Kamijo, Hitomi has no brain-to-mouth filter.
  • Class Representative: Her position at school.
  • Cram School: Goes to after-school classes for piano and Japanese arts. She laments that it leaves her less time to study or be with her friends.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Her hair and eyes are both green.
  • Cutting the Knot: By Word of God, if Hitomi was offered a contract, she would wish that Kyubey would disappear immediately. Given Kyubey's status as the Big Bad, this would prevent a lot of the plot from happening.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Her introduction seemingly sets her up to be a main character and magical girl. She has a Color Motif, a unique character design, and she's close friends with both Sayaka and Madoka. The rest of the show, she's a supporting character instead.
  • Distress Ball:
    • In Episode 4 she catches one, and is one of the people who got a "Witch's Kiss" that drove them into a Psychic-Assisted Suicide. Madoka and Sayaka save her and the others.
    • The same thing happens to her in The Different Story, with a twist: she apparently tells Sayaka about her feelings for Kyosuke before getting possessed by a Witch; when Sayaka comes across her later, she walks away without attempting to help her. Luckily for Hitomi, Mami is still there to rescue her. Sayaka is NOT happy about it.
  • It's All My Fault: According to Kazuko, Hitomi blames herself for Sayaka's "death". However, From a Certain Point of View, she isn't that far off for claiming responsibility.
    • In a sequel manga, Hitomi specifically blames herself for Sayaka's disappearance (her body wasn't left behind after Goddess Madoka rewrote reality), as she talks to the revived Kyouko and begs her for information.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Hitomi isn't aware of magical girls nor of Madoka and Sayaka getting involved with them. In Episode 9, she asks Madoka what is going on with her and Sayaka, concerned about Sayaka and wanting to reconcile with her. Madoka refuses to tell her.
  • Love Confessor: In Episode 7, Hitomi lets Sayaka know that she is also in love with Kyosuke and she will give Sayaka 24 hours to confess to him before confessing herself. Sayaka doesn't take it well.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She only realizes that she pushed Sayaka too far after Sayaka's death. She may have been the aggressor in their romantic rivalry with Kyosuke, but she never wanted that, and despite being Locked Out of the Loop is acutely aware that her own actions were the deciding factor.
  • Official Couple: She becomes Kyosuke's girlfriend after she confesses.
  • Ojou: A Proper Lady type. She's skilled in piano playing, Japanese dance and tea ceremony, aside from being very ladylike and softspoken and coming from a rich family.
  • Plucky Girl: Explicitly referred to as such by Ryōko Shintani. Aoi Yūki and Chiwa Saitō agree.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Hitomi gets exactly what she wants in regards to Kyousuke... but she loses one of her best friends and strains her relationship with the other. Also, it's confirmed that Kyosuke is a pretty terrible boyfriend to her in Rebellion.
  • Shipper on Deck: She thinks that Madoka and Sayaka have "progressed" after a certain something happened in the mall, and she's hilariously excited about it.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Despite her demure, ladylike exterior she's actually one of the show's most emotionally strong and assertive characters. Whereas Madoka is indecisive and Sayaka refuses to face how she feels about Kyosuke, she has no problems letting anyone know what she's thinking or taking action to achieve her goals.
  • Take a Third Option: Attempted when instead of either renouncing Kyosuke or talking to him behind Sayaka's back, Hitomi tells Sayaka to confess first and adds that she will do it if Sayaka refuses.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Because she confessed to Kyosuke, the already troubled Sayaka goes off the deep end and becomes a witch, which leads to Kyoko's Mercy Kill Heroic Sacrifice, which means Homura has no one to fight with against Walpurgisnacht... Until Madoka takes her third option.
  • Unwitting Muggle Friend: Hitomi never becomes a magical girl or aware of their world. It also gets deconstructed. Hitomi being ignorant to Sayaka's struggles as a Magical Girl causes her to unconsciously add to Sayaka's emotional breakdown by confessing to Sayaka's crush after Sayaka became a Magical Girl to heal him only to feel like she can't date him anymore both because of her duties as a "hero of justice" and finding herself disgusting for basically being a lich. While Hitomi surely imagined she and Sayaka would hardly stay friends if she started dating Kyosuke, she had no way of knowing Sayaka would turn into a monster over the stress of seeing Hitomi get Kyosuke.
  • Wham Line: "Can you face your true feelings?"
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She is polite and soft-spoken and taking Japanese dance and tea ceremony classes.

    Kyosuke Kamijo 

Kyosuke Kamijo

Voiced by: Seiko Yoshida (Japanese), Marin Miller (English), Cesc Martínez (Spanish)

Sayaka's friend and her crush. A wrist injury he received in an accident left him unable to play his beloved violin, and he drudges through a barely-hidden depression as he rehabilitates at the hospital. Sayaka's wish in her Magical Girl contract is to heal his wrist.

  • Accidental Truth: During the route in the PSP game where Sayaka ends up having half her face rot away due to prolonged lack of Soul Gem exposure, Kyosuke panics and calls her a witch. Considering what witches truly are, he's not exactly far from the mark.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Even more so than Hitomi in the game, while Word of God states that he would've been a bad boyfriend to Sayaka anyway (and confirmed in Rebellion where Hitomi turns in a Nightmare due to Kyousuke not spending time with her.), he's a straight up Jerkass who called Sayaka a monster on two possible outcomes: One more reasonable where Sayaka was away of her Soul Gem for days and thus her body was rotting, making him confuse her for a monster pretending to be her. The second, much less sympathetic, is one where he and Hitomi are absorbed in a witch barrier and Sayaka is forced to explain him everything and he's still disgusted at her right after saving them.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • In the Bonus Route in the PSP game, he is much kinder to Sayaka. When she simply comes out and tells him she's a Magical Girl, he considers it the coolest thing ever and happily becomes her boyfriend.
    • In Different Story, he apologizes to Sayaka for having been rude to her and expresses gratitude towards her for coming to see him every day in the hospital.
  • Alliterative Name: Kyosuke Kamijo.
  • Berserk Button: Hearing "music (he) can't play" is such a sore spot for him, he accuses Sayaka of wanting to torture him.
  • Career-Ending Injury: How much more redundant can you get with a violinist whose hand is broken?
  • Chekhov's Gunman: His hand is the Start of Darkness for the new character arc.
  • Childhood Friends: With Sayaka.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Both brown.
  • Disabled Love Interest: Sayaka's 'courtship' consisted of visiting him in the hospital and listening to music that he couldn't play himself anymore. Helping him recover is what drove Sayaka to making her wish.
  • Disabled Means Helpless: This idea is behind his mental state pre-healing because his disability is a Career-Ending Injury.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Confirmed by the staff. He did care for Sayaka, but considered their relationship as Platonic Life-Partners. The whole not telling her about leaving the hospital was less Jerkass behavior and more genuine obliviousness. In Different Story, he realizes he was rude and apologizes to her.
  • Interrupted Suicide: During Sayaka's route in the PSP game, she spots him about to jump off the hospital roof and manages to stop him just in time.
  • Kick the Dog: (Again, PSP game only) In Sayaka's own route he sees her in state of live decomposition (due to the distance of her soul gem), panics and calls her a disgusting monster.
  • Oblivious to Love: His failure to notice that Sayaka even likes him is impressive, given how much she dotes on him. This gets Played for Drama when Sayaka makes his arm better via a contract, but Kamijou doesn't know it and simply doesn't keep up with her feelings. Then, their common friend Hitomi reveals to have a crush on Kamijou and, misguidedly trying to not make things even awkward, tells Sayaka that she has 24 hours to confess her love. Given the angst she had already been put through, poor Sayaka snaps like a twig. In more ways than one.
  • Official Couple: He starts dating Hitomi after she confesses to him.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • In episode 5 of the anime, he attempts to apologize to Sayaka for the horrible things he said to her during his breakdown but she quickly interrupts him.
    • The scene from the PSP game where he shows Sayaka how to hold a violin after his accident shows how someone like him could have both Sayaka and Hitomi fall for him.
    • In The Different Story, he goes out of his way to buy Sayaka a present as an expression of gratitude for looking after him in the hospital, which proves he does appreciate her as a friend after all.
  • Poor Communication Kills: In the Portable game, this turns out to be the real reason why Kyousuke does not receive the hints that Sayaka loves him, eventually sparking her Start of Darkness. He found Sayaka into superheroes throughout their time as friends. Because he was not strong himself, he never thought himself worthy of being her boyfriend or that Sayaka would insist him being such, thus disregarding all her cues as being Just Friends.
  • Satellite Love Interest: His relevance to the plot revolves around being Sayaka's crush and how his obliviousness to her love for him leads to her demise.
  • Scars are Forever: We get to see his injured hand in the manga. It's not pretty.
  • Stepford Smiler: He pretended to be more or less fine at first, but in Episode 3 we start to see how badly damaged he is in the mental sense. It becomes a full-blown Heroic BSoD in Episode 4.
  • There Are No Therapists: Double subverted—looking at the poor guy's mental state, it doesn't seem that the therapists are at all effective.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The fact that Sayaka will do anything for him makes this apparent by the Start of Darkness story arc. She healed his arm, after all, but since he cannot see her love when he plays the violin after his hand is healed, this only amplifies her sadness.
    • A similiar thing happens in Rebellion when Hitomi turns into a Nightmare due to his being too busy with violin to spend time with her.
  • Unwitting Muggle Friend: Like Hitomi, he's a Deconstructed one to Sayaka and becomes one of the catalysts of her breakdown due to this. Kyosuke has no idea that Sayaka became a Magical Girl to heal his hand and he's so happy about playing the violin again that he doesn't pay any attention to Sayaka who deep down did want some feeling of appreciation from him. The last nail in the coffin is when Kyosuke accepts to date Hitomi, unaware that Sayaka wanted to confess to him first but can't bring herself to because of the implications of being a Magical Girl. This culminates in Sayaka's transformation into a witch.

    Kazuko Saotome 

Kazuko Saotome

Voiced by: Junko Iwao (Japanese), Karen Strassman (English), María Rosa Guillén (Spanish)

Madoka's homeroom teacher. She has trouble with men and is a perennial drinking buddy of Junko.

  • Curtains Match the Window: Like the others on this list.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: With Madoka's mother Junko, after Sayaka's funeral.
  • First-Name Basis: With Junko, her long time friend.
  • Older Than She Looks: If she and Junko are close in age, this means Kazuko is at very least in her late twenties / early thirties. Yet she looks like a college-student, while Junko still looks young but a little more grown up.
  • Running Gag: Kazuko's failed relationships, and her warnings to the class about becoming like the people involved.
  • Sensei-chan: Talking about her relationship problems as if they were lessons and picking on the same student every time give this impression.
  • Two-Teacher School: Sort of. A few other teachers are shown momentarily, but they don't have names or personalities. The nurse's office is brought up multiple times, but we never even see the office, let alone the School Nurse.

    Kyoko Sakura's Family 

Kyoko Sakura's Family

Voiced by: Banjo Ginga (Kyoko's Father), Kikuko Inoue (Kyoko's Mother), Mami Shitara (Momo)

  • Age Lift: Kyoko's sister has a totally different appearance in the manga adaptation and looks much older. This might be because the manga artist was working from earlier storyboards. The same artist later drew The Different Story, where Momo has the correct age and appearance.
  • Compelling Voice: The end result of Kyoko's wish "have people listen to her father's earnest"; giving him the power to sway anyone to his side by speaking to them. Mr. Sakura was so horrified by the revelation that he compares himself to The Devil.
  • Didn't Think This Through: He tried to create his own denomination as a means to help people in need in the present time since he find the original scriptures that he and the church abided to are outdated. Assuming that cults like Aum Shinrikyo existed in the Madoka universe, including their numerous crimes, already committed, then it wouldn't be a stretch that people would reject Mr. Sakura's denomination as "radical" in addition to fundamentalism.
  • Edible Theme Naming: The third drama CD reveals that Kyoko's sister is named Momo - "peach". Kyoko's name in Japanese can be read as meaning "apricot". This led to quite the confusion at first, as another reading of the same character is "Anko" and people thought she was named "Anko Sakura" at first.
  • Eyes Alwaysshut: The official art depicts Mr. Sakura with these.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: When Minister Sakura learned about Kyoko's Selfless Wish, he broke to the point he killed his family in madness.
  • Good Parents: Both of them are this towards Kyoko and her younger sister Momo, with Mr. Sakura being a Nice Guy who truly wishes to help those in need.
  • Good Shepherd: According to Kyoko, Mr. Sakura was brought to tears by the troubles in the world and preached about ways to resolve them.
  • I Am a Monster: In the portable game, he likens himself to the Devil when seeing how Kyoko's wish gave him a Compelling Voice.
  • Japanese Christian: Mr. Sakura was a priest of undisclosed denomination note , and then he decided to make his own denomination and was shunned for it.
  • Kill the Cutie: Kyoko's mom and little sister Momo.
  • Nice Guy: Kyoko describes Mr. Sakura to be this. Deconstructed as he's far too nice for his own good, which led to leading to his Pater Familicide of his family sans Kyoko.
  • No Name Given: The third drama CD reveals that Kyoko's sister is named Momo.
  • Pater Familicide: Mr. Sakura killed his family in a fit of madness.
  • Posthumous Characters: All of them are dead by the time Kyoko arrives. That's why she's so bitter.
  • Third-Person Person: Kyoko's sister Momo, in the third drama CD.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Kyoko describes Minister Sakura in these terms before he went mad and committed his Pater Familicide. Confirmed in the third Drama CD, where he's portrayed as a Nice Guy also right before it got worse.
    Kyoko: He was an honest man and way too nice. He's the kind of guy who'd read the papers and start tearing up cause he couldn't figure out how to make things better.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: As seen in the portable game. He used to be Nice Guy with truly altruistic intentions to save the world around him, but upon learning of his daughter becoming a Magical Girl and how her wish gave him a Compelling Voice, he snapped and quickly turned into an alcoholic Abusive Parent who mistreats his family for days on end until he finally decided to commit Pater Familicide.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In the portable game, he hits Kyoko after learning of her wish that gave him a Compelling Voice and abuses his wife and second daughter for a couple of days while drunk until finally decided to kill them and himself to further twist the knife left behind in Kyoko.
  • You Monster!: Once he finds out the Awful Truth of Kyoko's wish, he straight up calls her a "witch".

    Train Passengers (Unmarked Spoilers) 

Train Passengers

Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki and Nobuo Tobita

A duo of train passengers whom Sayaka overhears insulting their girlfriends in episode 8 and may or may not have killed them for doing so.
  • All Women Are Lustful: One of them has this mindset: "And then you dump 'em and they get all whiny."
  • Ambiguous Situation: Ambiguous as to whether or not Sayaka killed them in the anime, though the manga confirms this is the case.
  • Asshole Victim: Highly implied that Sayaka killed them due to their misogynist behavior.
  • Death by Adaptation: Downplayed. Confirmed to have died in the manga, while the anime keeps this ambiguous.
  • Diagonal Cut: Strongly implied to have died from this in the manga.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Apparently killed for something as minor as misogynist banter.
  • Dub Name Change: One of them is called Sho in the original Japanese version, but that name is given to someone one of the two know in the English dub.
  • Fatal Flaw: Misogyny. It is highly implied that Sayaka killed them over their misogynist nonsense.
  • Hate Sink: They are nothing but misogynist jerks who brag about abusing their girlfriends and have no redeeming qualities.
  • Jerkass: A duo of jerks who talk politically-incorrect smack about their girlfriends.
  • Karmic Death: Apparently killed by a Magical Girl who made a wish out of love for spouting misogynist nonsense about their girlfriends.
  • Ms. Red Ink: One of them believes that women are bad at financial management: "Yo, they get their hands on some coins and they blow it all on stupid shit for real."
  • No Full Name Given: One of them is called Sho and nothing more in the original Japanese version.
  • No Name Given: Both of them don't have names in the English dub, and one of them doesn't have a name in the original Japanese version.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: We don't actually see what Sayaka did to them. We see her body getting consumed by some kind of energy, but that's about it. All things considered, it likely wasn't pleasant.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: A Jerkass variant, but still an enemy of Sayaka no less than witches are and the closest thing the show has to a straight example; they openly spout misogynist nonsense about their girlfriends.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Despite having barely more than a minute of screentime, they are the final catalyst for Sayaka becoming a Witch.
  • Straw Misogynist: They openly brag about abusing their girlfriends and believing in demeaning stereotypes about women.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: On the receiving end of this from Sayaka for mistreating their girlfriends.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: As Sayaka points out, one of them insults her with a misogynist slur instead of giving them gratitude.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: What they are unaware of is that their conversation is the final catalyst for Sayaka becoming a Witch, which of course leads to a chain of events that leave Homura with nobody else to help her stop Walpurgisnacht.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's hard to consider them relevant to the show's plot without bringing up their complicity in Sayaka's demise.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: One of them plans to dump their girlfriend when they are old to satisfy them.

Alternative Title(s): Puella Magi Madoka Magica 4