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NOTE: Keep in mind that Oriko Magica is used to both refer to the Oriko series in general, as well as the first installment of the series when referring to specific installments.

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    Oriko Mikuni (Unmarked Spoilers

A mysterious magical girl. Her magic allows her to see into the future. Her first vision was one where a powerful witch attacks Mitakihara City.

  • Anti-Villain: The Well-Intentioned variety. She intends to destroy a witch that is so powerful its creation will inevitably cause the end of the world. Of course, that witch herself is Madoka.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: She comes from a very high-class family and is the villain. Played With in that she is a Well-Intentioned Extremist—and, surprisingly, despite her family being upper class, her actual upbringing was apparently fairly middle-class, due to her father having been The Unfavorite of the family.
  • Big Bad: Of the original Oriko Magica timeline. She is the one driving the plot, and she is the one behind the Magical Girl killings.
  • Big Damn Heroes: To Kirika, just as Mami is about to blast Kirika's head.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Mikuni family is full of evil aristocratic types. Oriko hates most of them for scapegoating her father.
  • Boom, Headshot!: She foresees Homura killing her this way if she simply approaches Madoka without a plan.
  • Breaking Speech: Uncommonly, gives one to herself in a form of a personal delusion in Sadness Prayer, when a young Oriko appears before her and tells her something she's been denying herself: that for all her claims of self-reliance and being free of guilt, it's only because of Kirika that she hasn't died, gone mad, or fallen into despair, and her actions have stretched Kirika long past her breaking point.
  • Broken Ace: Intelligent, well-mannered, high-minded, and cunning, but under the hood, she's a broken mess of psychoses, responsibilities, and guilt who ends up doing the worst thing she could do.
  • Byronic Hero: Oriko is clever, cultured, and well-bred, but also self-centered to the point of viewing others as beneath her, brooding, and emotionally unstable. She's an exile from society who rebels against the story's authority figures and places her personal philosophy above all else, creating conflict, yet she tends to fascinate those around her. She struggles with a tragic past and is mostly coldhearted, but capable of deep love. In the end, she's doomed to a tragic death by her refusal to back down.
  • Calling Your Attacks: In Symmetry Diamond she has the aptly named "Oracle Ray."
  • Canon Foreigner: She doesn't appear in the main timeline whatsoever.
  • The Chessmaster: She is the one pulling the strings and manipulating events in both Oriko Magica and Sadness Prayer.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: Best shown in Chapter 3 of Sadness Prayer, where she uses a vision to set up a trap for Kirika.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She tends to do this in fights, preferring to stay out of an opponent's reach and pepper them with long-ranged attacks, and set up traps using the environment to her advantage.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Madoka has a happy home life, lacks much in the way of special skills, cares deeply for those around her, tends to think and behave in a straightforward fashion, stays passive for much of the story, and lives by a strong moral compass that refuses to allow suffering even for a good cause. Oriko has a miserable home life, is abnormally intelligent and talented, tends to be highly willing to sacrifice others, favors manipulation and subterfuge, is a highly active character in the narrative, and believes firmly that the ends justify the means. Additionally, while both are Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life and have their wishes be strongly linked to that purpose, Madoka contracts at the end of the story and does it as a way to realize her purpose after much contemplation, while Oriko contracts at the beginning and does it to find if she has a purpose at all, while clearly in a state of grief and duress. And while Madoka is an All-Loving Hero but doesn't grow particularly attached to any one person, Oriko only truly cares for one other person.
  • Creepy Child: Discussed by her aunt, who comments on being highly unsettled by Oriko's intelligence when she was a child. At one point, Oriko has a delusion of that same child, who essentially delivers a Breaking Speech to her.
  • Death Equals Redemption: After her defeat, she is sent to the afterlife, where she shows genuine remorse for her actions. she apologizes to Madoka, who forgives her for what she did.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Oriko Magica only. The first volume, at least, is more about Yuma and Kyoko than Oriko. There's also the fact that Oriko is the main antagonist.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Her wish was to learn the meaning of her life.
  • Dissonant Serenity: She is surprisingly calm despite what goes on around her.
  • Ethereal White Dress: Oriko's magical girl ensemble is based off of a wedding dress, making her look ethereal and otherworldly. She considers her mortality beyond that of most people and her ultimate purpose is to kill Madoka.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Despite her general willingness to kill others to accomplish her goal, she notably refuses to have someone killed to satisfy a personal grudge.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Madoka, in a sense. Both are girls Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life, express a desire to help others (in Oriko's case this manifested in some well-intentioned extremism in preventing Madoka from becoming a world destroying witch and Madoka doing a Cosmic Retcon to prevent the birth of witches), have a friend with Undying Loyalty and invoke a princess motif, having Pimped Out Dresses in their Magical Girl forms and living in Big Fancy Houses.
  • Expy: Sadness Prayer suggests her to be one of, of all things, Rodion Raskolnikov of Crime and Punishment. Both are Well-Intentioned Extremist Villain Protagonist characters, both are students that are intelligent and talented but unpopular, both see themselves as apart from and above humanity, both claim to be selfless but are ultimately just trying to find their purpose, both end up committing murder to fulfill their goals, and both end the story together with a lower-class girl who ends up being their only companion in their punishment. This is hinted at when Oriko is showing reading the book as a child, indicating she might be deliberately modeling herself after Rodion.
  • Faking the Dead: In Sadness Prayer, Oriko exploits the fact that a magical girl's Soul Gem must be destroyed to truly kill them in order to make it seem to Sasa as though she was dead.
  • Fallen Princess: Her father was a corrupt congressman who committed suicide, and everyone shunned and abandoned her afterwards. When Kyubey found her to offer her a contract, she was wrapped in a bedsheet in a corner of her now empty home, apparently resigned to Dying Alone. She cannot even afford to heat her house, and apart from a few select rooms it is in severe disrepair in Sadness Prayer.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: She certainly likes cooking for Kirika, though it's suggested she's not that great at it.
  • Foil: To Homura. Their powers are each others' inverse. Oriko can see the future, while Homura can change the past. Oriko is the Anti-Villain to Homura's Anti-Hero. Utterly determined to kill Madoka as Homura is to protect her. Has a friend with the same Undying Loyalty to her that Homura has to Madoka. She's dressed all in white while Homura is all in dark colors.
  • Hidden Depths: Sadness Prayer dives deeper into her motivations and mental state, showing the audience how troubled she really is under her calm exterior.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice
    • She jumps in the path of Kyoko's spear to prevent it from hurting Kirika's corpse.
    • She also uses her last moments of life to shoot a shard of Kirika's witch body through the barrier, as her last chance to kill Madoka. It actually works, hitting the poor girl in the torso and killing her.
  • Inconsistent Coloring: Her hair, depending on the art, is either blonde, brunette, or even gray, while her eyes are somewhere on the blue-green-gray spectrum also depending on the art.
  • Innocence Lost: When her mother died, she seemed determined to grow up quickly and become just as important of a part of the family. It's all but stated that one of the reasons she came to care for Kirika so much was that Kirika loved her for herself and was willing to goof off and have a good time with her.
  • Interclass Friendship: With Kirika. Oriko is a seemingly rich upperclass woman while Kirika is middle class at best.
  • In the Blood: Sadness Prayer establishes that most people in the Mikuni family, barring Oriko's father, are similarly cold, manipulative, and ruthless. Her grandfather was apparently the worst of them all, which leaves her horrified at the implication that she's most like him.
  • Laughing Mad: In Sadness Prayer, Oriko struggles with a nightmare of her younger self. During the nightmares, her child self begins to laugh maniacally when Oriko tries to assure herself of her resolve. Oriko herself laughs during her brief Villainous Breakdown.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: It comes down when she's transformed.
  • Light Is Not Good: Invoked because she wears white, the color of light, and her main weapon is a laser. Averted in Extra Story, where she's definitely heroic instead of morally ambiguous.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Before meeting Kirika, Oriko was all alone due to her father's political disgrace and suicide leaving her with no supporters.
  • The Man Behind the Man: To Kirika. She's the one telling Kirika what to do and where to go, and where to strike.
  • Meaningful Name
    • Oriko means "weaver girl" or "sewing lady" — think of weaving the threads of fate. It also sounds similar to the word "oracle".
    • "Mikuni" can also be read as "beautiful country", which could connect to her political family, as well as her dream and desire to protect her world.
  • Misaimed Fandom: In-universe, her favorite novel is stated to be Crime and Punishment, and she's suggested to have sympathized with Rodion from a young age. However, she was confused about some major elements then, such as why Rodion would feel guilty about something he was so sure about before. In the modern day, the problem is furthered, as the philosophies espoused in the book are very counter to Oriko's current actions and motives. (The novel does have a long history of provoking this reaction...)
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The later portion of Sadness Prayer largely deals with her remorse at her own actions, and her attempts to keep going anyway. After her death, she's seen in some kind of afterlife, where she's unable to move due to the weight of all the deaths her actions caused.
  • Necessarily Evil: It's not that she likes being the Big Bad, but she does it because she truly thinks it's what she has to do. She's even shown the afterlife lamenting all the deaths her actions have caused. Sadness Prayer shows her greatly disturbed before this moment as well.
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: An Invoked Trope, as after her father's fall from grace, she basically thinks that people only saw her father in her, liking her because he was respectable and shunning her because of what he had done. She thus makes her wish to find a purpose for her life.
    • Played With: Sadness Prayer reveals that Oriko's father only went into politics to begin with as a way to regain his estranged family's favour so that they would help Oriko, seeing far greater potential in her than he ever did in himself. This only led Oriko's life to worsen.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: By killing Madoka, she forces Homura to reset on what was otherwise shaping up to be a Golden Ending.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • Next to Kirika, Oriko is the calm, composed one. So it's funny when a scene in Last Agate has her Squeeing when she finally makes a good sponge cake. Kirika calls her out on this, much to Oriko's embarrassment.
    • When spending her last night alive with Kirika, she discovers, to her embarrassment, that she is completely hopeless at video games, and spends the experience freaking out and waving the controller around so hard that she pulls it out of its plug. Notably, this actually makes her happy; she finds that being able to goof off and lighten up around Kirika is much more "being herself" than anything she did before.
  • Not So Stoic: Sadness Prayer is clear that Oriko is very troubled under her stoic facade and only holds on because she believes she is the only one with the resolve necessary to save the world from Kriemhild Gretchen. Notably, Komaki's death disturbs her, and her grandfather's reveal that he hated her family and used her father as a fall man has her nearly despair completely, as does her thought that by seeing Kriemhild Gretchen, the meaning of her life was that she should hurry up and die.
  • Ojou: She's a rich girl living in a Big Fancy House.
  • Omniscient Morality License: She does have a point about the imminent apocalypse. Much of Sadness Prayer delves into how knowing what she does is the right thing doesn't mean it weighs on her conscience any less.
  • Parental Abandonment: Twice over. First her father killed himself after a major scandal, leaving her alone to face the backlash. Then she was abandoned to fend for herself by her uncle and grandfather, two adults who could have become her legal guardians.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Her magical girl outfit is quite impressive.
  • Power Incontinence: In Symmetry Diamond, she ends up seeing future events at random. This is a bad thing, since it keeps draining her magic. Oriko suspects that her personal problems are responsible for this. It's suggested this is something of a recurring issue for her; she finds at one point in Sadness Prayer that she can only see visions of Yuma, due to having mentally associated herself with her.
  • Power Limiter: Thanks to the above, Oriko seems to struggle in combat and risks running out of magic often. However, if she has a good supply of grief seeds, she's shockingly powerful.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Gave one to Homura. She gets killed by her. However, before she dies she shoots a shard from Kirika's witch body for a final attack that kills Madoka, so in this timeline, she had the last laugh. Even so, she is still shown in a supposed afterlife bearing the guilt of everyone she's killed, although Kirika does offer to take half the burden and in Sadness Prayer, Ultimate Madoka is shown to have forgiven both of them.
  • Sanity Slippage: Towards the end of Sadness Prayer, her grief and guilt start to accumulate rapidly, her visions go haywire, and she even starts hallucinating.
  • Secretly Selfish: Sadness Prayer shows her to be this: her attempts to stop Kreimhild Gretchen aren't so much to save the world or uphold any kind of ideal as they are to prove that her life has some meaning, and for all her talk of the greater good, she's doing it only for the sake of herself and Kirika.
  • Seers: Her powers appear to let her see the future.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: When she foresees the future of Mitakihara and its destruction, she decides to change it by manipulating events to give her the opportunity to kill Madoka.
  • Signature Headgear: She has an odd headdress on her magical girl costume.
  • Squishy Wizard: She's a frail, clumsy combatant in a melee fight, but at long range tends to be more of a force to be reckoned with.
  • Statuesque Stunner: At 170cm (5'7), she's one of the tallest girls in the franchise, towering well over most of the original cast, and is generally described as a beauty.
  • The Stoic: Calm and composed at all times, even faced with her own death.
  • Tough Leader Façade: Her attitude is that she will commit any evil necessary at the expense of her sanity and soul because she feels she is the only one able to shoulder such burdens for the sake of the world.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Her favorite book growing up was Crime and Punishment, which is not only well outside of the usual reading range for someone her age, but she's shown to root for Rodion.
  • Übermensch: She has a strong moral code, but it is mostly centered on herself and her own Omniscient Morality License. A lot of the issues in the series come from the fact that she isn't the moral arbiter she likes to think of herself as.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Near the end of Sadness Prayer, when she learns that she was the cause of her father's death, and not long after Kirika is mortally wounded, she simply breaks down sobbing, briefly going Laughing Mad, starts breaking things in her house in a fit of rage and sorrow, and becomes convinced that the meaning of her life is to die at the hands of Kriemhild Gretchen. It's all but stated that this is what prompted her to attack the school.
  • Villain Has a Point: Oriko tends to make generally good observations, even if they're not coming from the right place.
    • She believes that the easiest way to avert the catastrophe of Kreimhild Gretchen is to simply kill Madoka. Given that Homura has tried anywhere from dozens to hundreds of times and failed to prevent either Madoka dying or Madoka becoming Gretchen, Oriko would either be killing someone who would die anyway at the price of Mitakihara being wrecked, or saving the entire world from Gretchen's wrath. Of course, she keeps pursuing this course of action even when there's now a chance that they could fight Walpurgisnacht conventionally, because she's convinced herself that she needs to do it.
    • She points out to the Kazamino girls that invade Mitakihara that trying to hunt down Sasa because she killed their friend has led to the death of another friend by way of invading unfamiliar territory (a death that, admittedly, was entirely her doing, but really shouldn't have been a surprise considering how territorial magical girls can be), and it would have been better if they had simply let Sasa go and assumed the Mitakihara locals could handle her now that she was badly depleted. This is enough of a point that it works; the leader of the manhunt witches out on the spot.
    • Oriko may not have much to talk about when speaking of selfishness and obsessiveness, but her appraisal of Homura as someone who values the life of Madoka to the exclusion of all other things is pretty accurate, especially in light of Rebellion.
  • Villain Protagonist: The manga is called Puella Magi Oriko Magica, so she would definitely be the protagonist. She's the main villain as well.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She wants to kill Madoka to prevent her from becoming a Magical Girl and then a world-destroying witch.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Oriko's fate in the timelines seen in the anime is unknown.
    • Symmetry Diamond addresses some of this. It's implied that in certain timelines she sees Walpurgisnacht instead of Gretchen, and dies fighting the witch with Kirika. Sadness Prayer suggests that Oriko and Kirika contracting is quite rare, as Homura appeared to be fairly experienced but had never met either of them before.
    • There's also the implication that Homura murders her and Kirika in every timeline following Oriko Magica.
  • What You Are in the Dark: She nearly leaves her uncle to die to a witch's kiss in Sadness Prayer, but Kirika shows up just in time and reminds her of her mission to save the entire world, not just people she liked.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Justified; in Sadness Prayer Oriko tries to see what would happen if she simply tried to kill Madoka outright and sees Homura kill her every time, requiring her to set up the complex plot setup seen in Oriko Magica.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She's the one who set Kyubey on Yuma. Sadness Prayer shows she has a great deal of guilt over the decision, as Yuma reminds her of her own self as a child before she lost her innocence.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Is shown having to improvise based on what limited bits and pieces of the future she can see. In Sadness Prayer, for example, she concocted a plan to stop Kirika's attack on her based only on seeing Kirika distracted by her phone.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Oriko meets her grandfather in Sadness Prayer and he approves of her ruthless personality and reveals he deliberately backstabbed her father, whom he always hated. This approval and revelation nearly leads Oriko into a Despair Event Horizon.

    Kirika Kure

A "black magical girl", and a friend of Oriko.

She is the protagonist of Noisy Citrine, a expansion of the story.

  • Accidental Murder: She accidentally kills two of Oriko's classmates when pursuing a witch, which is the main thing that kicks off her Sanity Slippage.
  • Alliterative Name: Kirika Kure.
  • Ax-Crazy: She is just a bit unstable, though Extra Story suggests that she's really just fine as long as Oriko isn't making her hunt down magical girls.
  • Badass Longcoat: In magical girl form.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The main reason she likes Oriko.
  • Berserk Button: Being called a "kid" by anyone but Oriko, and throwing around the word "affection." In her case, it's more like "Push this button to make her Berserk more."
    • Kirika will not tolerate any disrespect towards Oriko. In Symmetry Diamond, Sasa Yuuki refers to Oriko as "trash" for her apparent lack of offensive powers. Although Kirika had mostly kept a cool head throughout their battle, this insult towards Oriko infuriates her. And if you actually try to harm Oriko? Watch out.
  • Calling Your Attacks: In Noisy Citrine. "Stepping Fang" has her shoot out her claws as projectiles, and "Vampire Fang" has them turn into a Whip Sword.
  • Canon Foreigner: See Oriko's entry.
  • Cute Little Fangs: She has one present at all times.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Noisy Citrine explains that Kirika became withdrawn when her Childhood Friend Erika (probably unintentionally) framed her for shoplifting. Kirika forgives her in the end.
  • Dark Action Girl: As Oriko's henchwoman.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After being betrayed by her best friend Erika, in Noisy Citrine. It was such a shock that she became antisocial.
  • The Ditz: Whenever out of combat, she's practically nonfunctional.
  • The Dragon: To Oriko.
  • Easily Forgiven: Sadness Prayer elaborates that this is how she really developed her interest in Oriko in the original timeline: after the Accidental Murder of two people Oriko knew, Oriko still bore no animosity towards her.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Hits all three points.
  • Emo Teen: In her pre-wish phase, she was depicted as a morose, depressed, and asocial jerk looking for a purpose. It makes it particularly evident how much it changed her, given her attitude by the time of the series.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Homura, in many ways. Homura stops time while Kirika slows things down, they lacked confidence and wanted a purpose in life and they are attached to a girl who was nice to them.
  • Excuse Me While I Multitask: While fighting a witch, Kirika tells Oriko how much sugar she wants in her tea, and argues with her about being treated like a kid.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Her magical girl outfit has one. Oddly enough, she isn't blind in the eye it covers, so what purpose it serves is anyone's guess.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Her casual outfit has mismatched stockings.
  • Foil: To Homura. Both are the protectors of very powerful magical girls. While Homura protects Madoka from the shadows, Kirika is open in her love for Oriko and carries out her orders. Homura's power is to stop time, while Kirika's is to slow it down. Homura develops the ability to change other people's memories in Wraith Arc, while Kirika lost her own memory due to her wish. Finally, both of them end up going through Sanity Slippage for the sake of their protectees and willingly become witches for them.
  • Genius Ditz: Kirika is an absolute savant in close combat who treats a Witch attack as a mild annoyance and can fight the far more experienced Mami to a standstill. She's also a childish, impulsive moron, even in timelines where she isn't flat-out insane.
  • Genki Girl: In Extra Story, she seems to be on a permanent sugar high (and her diet certainly suggests that).
  • Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: It's heavily implied that this is one of the effects of her Wish: if her being sad would make her unfit to love Oriko, then she simply stops being sad.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: The stuffed toy she carries around, which is shown to be a gift from Oriko.
  • Hurricane Kick: Performs one in her fight with Mami while doing a handstand.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Between the coat, the eyepatch, the black color scheme, the belts, and the claws, her general design seems to be something an angsty teen would come up with. Which Kirika is, so there you go.
  • Inconsistent Coloring: Like Oriko, Kirika's hair varies between black and brown and her eye color changes between orange and yellow.
  • It Amused Me: In Sadness Prayer, she decides to attack Oriko out of frustration and boredom, not remembering her wish was for Oriko's sake.
  • Kick Chick: Kirika tends to use her feet as often as her own weapons.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: After her wish, she was unable to remember what she wished for due to the wording of it. She remembers after her Soul Gem is cracked.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Oriko after her fall from grace. She admits she would really be broken if Kirika wasn't around. In fact, this ends up being part of the Breaking Speech Oriko's hallucination gives, noting that as terrible as her situation is, offloading the stress of it onto Kirika has pretty much destroyed her.
  • Loners Are Freaks: In her past.
  • Loophole Abuse: As shown in Sadness Prayer, her wish turning her into whatever Oriko needed most allows her to maintain some semblance of sanity as a witch and not attack Oriko.
  • Love at First Punch: Sadness Prayer reveals that in the Oriko Magica timeline, this was how she first got properly involved with Oriko; she attacked her just to blow off steam, and Oriko realized that Kirika could be a capable pawn and recruited her after managing to defeat her.
  • Love Freak: A rather violent variation.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: As a result of her wish, she seems to essentially be forcibly "changing" herself to be the optimal person for Oriko, which is a continual process. This also takes a massive toll on her sanity, which isn't helped by the guilt from her actions.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: To Oriko. Invoked; Kirika was a depressed loner who wished to become one of these so Oriko would like her. In Extra Story, she mostly stays in this territory, as a quirky, good-natured, and childish sort—in Sadness Prayer and the original manga, she dips into something much darker.
  • Meaningful Name
    • "Kirika" is similar to the readings for the words "cut"/"slash"/etc.
    • "Kure" means to give or do a favor for.
  • Modesty Shorts: Wears what appear to be biker shorts under her skirt.
  • Mortal Wound Reveal: After her fight with Mami, it's revealed that her Soul Gem is cracked and she's turning into a witch. And the only reason she was hanging on at that point to even do the reveal is because her time slowing ability was able to slow down her transformation into a witch.
  • Murderous Thighs: Snaps the neck of an unnamed magical girl this way in Sadness Prayer.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In Sadness Prayer she accidentally kills one of Oriko's human classmates while in a battle with another magical girl. This death haunts her, causing a great deal of her Sanity Slippage.
  • One-Winged Angel: When Kirika figured out that she couldn't defeat Homura and the other magical girls, she turns herself into a Witch.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Apparently, being shot at the knee by Mami is not enough to stop her. Too bad, while she's healing, Mami is ready to blast her head.
  • Only Friend: By the time of the manga, Oriko is Kirika's only friend and vice-versa.
  • Pet the Dog: Noisy Citrine basically serves to humanize Kirka by introducing her Childhood Friend.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Kirika is officially stated to be 148cm tall, or 4'10, making her one of the shortest characters in the franchise to not be an actual child. In most scenes with her and Oriko, the latter is at least One Head Taller than her. As for the "powerhouse" part, well... see everything else listed.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: She acts childish and murderously unstable.
  • Psycho Supporter: To Oriko. She is utterly devoted to Oriko to Yandere levels.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: Her civilian clothing, after she makes her wish.
  • Sanity Slippage: Starts showing severe slippage after killing Komaki, resulting in the Kirika we see in Oriko Magica.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Invoked; as the story progresses, it seems that Kirika has no purpose, friends, family, or traits beyond being an extension of what Oriko wants, which is the result of her wish turning her into whatever Oriko needs at the moment.
  • Sinister Scythe: Her claws evoke this.
  • Skipping School: Unlike most of the cast, Kirika is very rarely seen in her school uniform, with the implication that she's stopped bothering to go by the time of the manga as she's busy with killing magical girls and fighting witches.
  • Slasher Smile: Gives creepy ones whenever she's fighting.
  • Stalker with a Crush: To Oriko, before they become friends.
  • Suggestive Collision: At one point before making her wish in Sadness Prayer, she accidentally elbows Oriko right in her breasts, even prompting an audible boing. Oriko thinks it's funny; Kirika is horribly embarrassed.
  • Sweet Tooth: Loves the sweets Oriko makes for her, and takes her tea with three sugar cubes and three cups of jam (Oriko refers to it as "syrup").
  • Too Many Belts: A fairly minor case, but present in both her civilian and magical girl outfits.
  • Time Master: Her power is to slow down everything except herself and (presumably) her allies, making her seem fast. Notably, this power can actually slow down the destruction of a witch's barrier after it's defeated. She even slows down her own transformation into a witch. It's suggested this power relates to her first meeting with Oriko; at the time Kirika was trying to pick up her dropped belongings from the floor while bystanders were telling her to hurry up. It also contrasts with Oriko's visions; Oriko lives in the future (speeding up time) while Kirika's power slows it down.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Oriko. She's loyal to her as a witch due to her true wish allowing her to change into whatever Oriko needs, which in that case was a loyal witch.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Kirika's fate in the timelines seen in the anime is unknown. But see Oriko's entry.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer…: Noisy Citrine shows Kirika defeating a witch too tough for her claws to cut by... making even bigger claws.
  • Whip Sword: Uses her claws like this in Noisy Citrine
  • Wolverine Claws: Her weapons are a bunch of sharp claws coming out of her hands.
  • Yandere: Of the "obsessive" type. She'll do anything for Oriko... anything. A remarkably amiable version, though; Kirika's love for Oriko is genuine and seems to be reciprocated.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Her yellow eyes paint her as one of the villains.
  • You Are Worth Hell: Kirika offers to take half of Oriko's burdens in the afterlife.
  • Yuri Fan: Noisy Citrine has her reading yuri manga in class.

    Yuma Chitose

A young girl that Oriko names as a potential magical girl candidate to Kyubey.

  • Abusive Parents: Her father never was around. Her mother burnt her with cigarettes and told her she was worthless and useless. According to Oriko, she would have died of cardiac arrest resulting from her mother's abuse if her mother had lived.
  • All-Loving Hero: The only person she ever wanted harmed was her very abusive mother, and even then she was mostly just "not sad" that her mother died rather than wishing her ill will. She doesn't even want revenge on Oriko, the person who tricked her into becoming a Magical Girl.
  • Animal Motif: Yuma's magical girl outfit has a strong cat theme, with an eared headband, paw-print "eyes" and a tail on her mace, thick mittens and boots, and long taillike ribbons. In her case, it's framed more in the "adorable kitten" sense.
  • Broken Bird: Severely mentally damaged from her past.
  • Canon Foreigner: As with Oriko and Kirika.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Her primary weapon is a mace that looks to be about as large as her entire body.
  • Cat Girl: Her magical girl form.
  • Children Are Innocent: In Symmetry Diamond, Oriko comes to like Yuma because Yuma doesn't blame her for her father's crimes. Yuma is also the most reluctant to kill Oriko, even though Oriko is responsible for tricking her into contracting and becoming a magical girl.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Yuma is generally personified by her desire to help others no matter what, to the point that she's the character who feels the most evident sympathy for Oriko. It's suggested that her Wish, though healing-focused, is actually more in the vein of "I want to fix things."
  • Combat Medic: Her healing powers and offensive abilities make her suited to this.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: A witch killed her mother, while her father was never around. This leads to her being adopted by Kyouko.
  • Doomed by Canon: According to Oriko in Sadness Prayer, no matter the timeline she sees, Yuma is doomed to a painful end. That being said, in Extra Story she never contracts and is saved by her grandparents, who adopt her and move her out of Mitakihara, and Sadness Prayer suggests that with her help Mami and Kyouko could actually defeat Walpurgisnight, as the last panel shows a clear and uncorrupted sky, suggesting Walpurgis was defeated.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: In Extra Story she finally gains the courage to run away from her mother, only to run into a crazed magical girl who tries to take her hostage. In the end, after a Rousing Speech from Oriko, she calls her grandparents, who gladly save her from her abusive mother and move her out of Mitakihara, saving her from Walpurgisnacht.
  • Extreme Doormat: Mostly goes along with what others tell her to do until near the end of the series, when she begins to grow a spine and rouses others to action.
  • Foil: Is framed as such to Oriko in Sadness Prayer, in that they're both people who lost their mother at a young age and were desperate to do anything to help those around them, causing their Innocence Lost as a result. However, Yuma never broke in the way that Oriko did.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Her hairstyle is similar to Madoka's.
  • Happily Adopted: Kyouko takes her in and treats her far better than her parents ever did. In Extra Story she's taken in by her loving grandparents after she reveals her mother was abusing her.
  • The Heart: The emotional centre of the group comprised of Kyouko, Mami, and herself, as well as the most moral character in the story. She even sees good in both Oriko and Kirika even after their many crimes. Kyoko comments that she's much too soft to be a good magical girl.
  • Healing Hands: To the point she can heal someone who just had their arms and legs ripped off. It's unclear if this level of healing is her power all the time, or whether that instance was the wish she made with Kyubey.
  • Imagine Spot: An Omake page in Extra Story has Yuma imagining what she'd look like as an older magical girl.
  • Improbable Age: Discussed; Kyubey remarks she has surprising potential despite her youth and seeks to contract her despite normally waiting until girls hit puberty.
  • I Wished You Were Dead: She admits she's not really sad that her parents are dead because of the way they abused her, though she doesn't want to be alone.
  • Morality Pet: Kyoko really, really doesn't want to be a nurturing protector and she definitely doesn't want to be nice about it. But being mean to Yuma is like kicking a puppy. She seems to have a career of this, as she also provokes one of Oriko's biggest moments of genuine empathy in Sadness Prayer.
  • Older Than They Look: It's noted in one artbook that Yuma, while certainly young, isn't that much younger than the rest of the cast, being eleven years old. However, she's rather short for her age and has a childish personality and outfit, which makes her look more like she's eight or nine. It's suggested that her upbringing may have stunted her somewhat.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her father was never around and left Yuma in her abusive mother's care.
  • Please, Don't Leave Me: She really doesn't want Kyoko to leave her. Being abandoned is a sort of complex for her.
  • Prone to Tears: Rather sensible, given her past. Even Oriko grumpily muses that "all she does is cry."
  • Red Herring: In-universe example. She, along with the magical girl murders, was used to distract Kyubey from Madoka so that Oriko would have enough time to kill her.
  • Replacement Goldfish: For Kyoko's little sister, Momo.
  • Rousing Speech: Gives one to Kyoko and Mami after they've given up hope when they discover that witches come from magical girls. Involves Do Not Go Gentle.
  • Spanner in the Works: Oriko gets her involved with the magical girls in the first place... But fails to see that Yuma will give them the strength they need not to despair faced with the truth that witches are magical girls. This gives the whole team the strength to rally and defeat her.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Inverted. The implication is she either died at her mother's hands in Madoka Magica or at the hands of the witch her and her mother ran into at the beginning of the series.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Yuma is one of the few characters to sympathize with Oriko and wonder if she may have been right, upon realizing that Oriko also came from a broken home and was acting to try to save the world.
  • Tareme Eyes: Befitting a young character.
  • Third-Person Person: In the original Japanese. Just like Momo, Kyoko's dead little sister.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Oriko.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Yuma's fate in the timelines seen in the anime is unknown.
    • In Symmetry Diamond, Oriko has a prediction that Yuma will die of a cardiac arrest due to her mother's abuse if her mother lives. At the end of that story, Yuma is taken in by her grandparents and avoids contracting, dying, and Walpurgisnacht.
  • White Magician Girl: She has all the traits, being a sweet and innocent girl who relies primarily on healing her allies and being The Heart to the team comprised of her, Kyoko, and Mami.

    Sasa Yuuki

Appearing in Extra Story and Sadness Prayer. A magical girl trying to claim her own territory in Mitakihara after being chased out of Kazamino City by the local magical girls.

  • Accidental Suicide: In Extra Story, she crushes her soul gem in her hand after learning the truth about witches. It's suggested that Sasa did not realize that soul gems were actually souls and thought that crushing her soul gem would stop her from becoming a witch, which makes her death accidental.
  • All There in the Manual: Her presence and actions in Sadness Prayer explain why Kyouko moved to Kazamino: all the other magical girls there came after her and got killed, meaning there was an abundance of witches and no one to split territory with when Kyouko moved in.
  • Asshole Victim: She's shot by Homura, but seeing as she's a sociopath...
  • Axe-Crazy: Really enjoys violence and hurting others, even if they're normal people who have nothing to do with her conflict.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Surprising no one, the magical girl with the ability to Mind Control others is evil.
  • The Beastmaster: Brings brainwashed witches around with her and sics them on other magical girls.
  • Berserk Button: Being called trash really pisses her off.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Often tries to act cute and innocent in order to get in cheap shots on her opponents.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: She could have easily gone back to Kazamino, having defeated all her opponents, but she made the mistake of attacking Madoka for no good reason...
  • Enfant Terrible: While her age is vague, she looks noticeably shorter and younger than most of the cast barring Yuma.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • She tries to kill Oriko in Sadness Prayer after she notices Oriko deliberately made a magical girl despair and turn into a witch. Oriko gets better.
    • In Sadness Prayer she's disturbed by the depths of Kirika's devotion to Oriko and deems her unsafe to try to brainwash.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Her rivalry with Oriko in Sadness Prayer more or less falls into this, with Oriko's Visionary Villain nature contrasting with Sasa's impulsive Smug Snake attitude.
  • False Friend: She poses as people's friends using her Mind Control powers and then kills them.
  • Fake Memories: Can create them with her brainwashing powers. Initially it seems that Sasa is a friendly acquaintance of Oriko. When Kirika stops Sasa's magic, Oriko suddenly starts wondering who Sasa is.
  • Foil: The opposite of Komaki. Sasa appears to be friendly but is really a ruthless sociopath who uses Mind Control to force people to serve her. Komaki is a bit of a bully but cares about her friends, warms up to Oriko after a fashion, and fights using a more traditional weapon.
  • Hated by All: In Sadness Prayer, nobody seems to like her: the Kazamino girls hated her for her violent attitude and her killing one of their friends, Oriko has no reaction whatsoever to her death, and Kirika hates working with her.
  • Hate Sink: By far one of the least sympathetic magical girls in the franchise; she's arrogant, hypocritical, stupid, cruel, a poor fighter, and lacks any kind of charisma.
  • He Knows Too Much: In Sadness Prayer, she tries to kill Madoka for witnessing her magical girl form. It leads to her death.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Oriko is able to fight her because she is able to use the witches' grief seeds to restore her magic. Sasa brought those witches along in the first place.
  • Hypocrite: She calls Oriko trash for having no offensive powers when she herself has no power besides her control over witches.
  • Kick the Dog: Was going to kill Madoka just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  • Kids Are Cruel: While it's not clear how old she is, Sasa is one of the younger-looking magical girls and by far one of the cruelest.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: In Sadness Prayer, she is killed by Homura midway through threatening Madoka with a witch.
  • Mind Control: Over other magical girls and even witches.
    • Her wish was for people who are better than she is to follow her every command. She uses this power on Oriko to make her see Sasa as a school friend. When Kirika attacks Sasa, the magic apparently stops, causing Oriko to realize that she doesn't know who Sasa is.
  • Mugging the Monster: It was a really bad idea to threaten Madoka in front of Homura.
  • Out-Gambitted: In Sadness Prayer she joins forces with Oriko and Kirika with the eventual intention of betraying them once they'd outlived their usefulness to her. However, Oriko knew exactly how poisonous of an ally Sasa was and instead used her to gain further information on Homura's powers.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: She's a cruel and ruthless sociopath with an orange color scheme.
  • Smug Snake: She's a bratty, condescending magical girl with little power except Mind Control to her name.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: She bites off more than she can chew with the Kazamino magical girls and is forced to flee to Mitakihara without the majority of her witches. She also believes she'll have to trouble disposing of Oriko and Kirika once they've served their purpose to her.
  • The Sociopath: Sasa has absolutely no care or empathy for anyone but herself.
  • The Starscream: In Sadness Prayer, she joins an alliance with Kirika and Oriko hoping to mind control whichever one of them ends up being the strongest once her enemies are dead.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Her wish was crafted to force those who were better than Sasa to serve her.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: She seems younger than most of the other magical girls and is by far the most sadistic and cruel.
  • Underestimating Badassery: She severely underestimated Oriko in Extra Story and lost the battle with Oriko and Kirika because of it.
  • Unwitting Pawn: In Sadness Prayer, Oriko uses her and her feud with the Kazamino City magical girls to get a look at Homura's powers.
  • Villainous Harlequin: Her outfit makes her look like a clown.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Takes being told the truth of where witches come from and why her power affects them about as well as Mami. Kirika and Oriko bet on this and were ready to exploit it.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Really has no powers besides Mind Control, meaning without targets to brainwash she's useless in battle.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Takes Yuma hostage in Extra Story to try to escape Oriko and Kirika.

    Komaki Asako

A character first appearing in Sadness Prayer, though she had a small cameo in Extra Story. She is one of Oriko's classmates who turns out to be a magical girl.

  • Barrier Warrior: Her main power is creating shields and barriers. This comes from her wish, which was to protect "us", as in her and her friends.
  • The Bully: Is a notorious bully who will target anyone.
  • The Cameo: Makes a cameo in Extra Story as a rude girl who tries to bully Oriko.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: She gets impaled through the head by Kirika's claws, largely due to the other girl swinging at her on pure instinct. What's more, she actually survives long enough to utter a Dying Clue, suggesting she took a while (likely due to her enhanced durability) to actually die.
  • Foil: The opposite of Sasa. Komaki is a bit of a bully but cares about her friends, warms up to Oriko after a fashion, and fights using a more traditional weapon. Sasa appears to be friendly, but is really a ruthless sociopath who uses Mind Control to force people to serve her.
  • Foreshadowing: In Extra Story, she appears as one of Oriko's bullies who's stunned when Oriko warns her she knows about her nightly secret. While it's assumed she goes out partying at night, Sadness Prayer reveals Oriko was actually threatening to expose her as a magical girl.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Her clawed-up face can be seen for a brief moment in Oriko Magica, when Kyubey is talking to Mami about the magical girl killings.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Thought to be one by her friends due to her sneaking out at night. Turns out she's actually a magical girl.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She was originally a Jerkass to Oriko but warmed up to her a bit when she saw that Oriko was struggling more than she appeared to. Only to get killed by Kirika later.
  • Killed Off for Real: Stabbed through the head by Kirika.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: She was fighting Kirika mostly level-headed until Kirika killed Akira right in front of her, sending her on a rampage.

    Mako Chitose

Yuma's mother.

  • Abusive Parents: She treats poor Yuma like utter dirt by burning her head with cigarettes, as well as verbally and physically abusing her daughter in other ways. It's pretty unsurprising that the way she dies to a witch is actually cheered by most. Oriko in Symmetry Diamond sees a vision showing that Mako's abuse will eventually kill Yuma if not stopped.
  • Asshole Victim: Abuses her daughter Yuma horribly, and dies a pretty horribly gruesome death.
  • Half the Woman She Used to Be: How she dies, along with some Facial Horror to a witch.
  • Hate Sink: Her character in Symmetry Diamond seems designed to show exactly why her getting brutally killed was a lucky break for Yuma.
  • Kick the Dog: Kicking Yuma into a wall so hard that she starts bleeding, in the middle of a phone conversation where she dismisses the noise as "nothing important."
  • No Name Given: Until Symmetry Diamond.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Only shows up in the first chapter in one page being eaten by a unseen witch, and in some flashbacks being abusive to Yuma.
    • She appears (and is named) in Symmetry Diamond, where we see her face for the first time.

    Erika Mamiya

Appearing in Extra Story. A former friend of Kirika that runs into her again.

Returning Characters

This section is only for tropes that appear exclusively in Puella Magi Oriko Magica. See here for character tropes from the original series.


  • Bystander Syndrome: He disapproves of all the magical girl conflict as it causes him to lose out on their energy, but does nothing to directly influence it.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Without his ability to contract Madoka, there would be no conflict between the magical girls.
  • In-Series Nickname: Kyubey is often called "Shiromaru" (white circle) by Kirika.
  • Power Floats: Only in Oriko Magica. This could be attributed to the weird art style.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He dislikes the conflict between magical girls not because he cares about their welfare, but because it's wasteful.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Obviously, given that it's Kyubey, but takes it even farther in this series by contracting Yuma, an elementary student, rather than his usual teenage targets.

    Kyoko Sakura 
A magical girl veteran who becomes an older sister figure for Yuma.

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Through taking in Yuma, Kyoko softens from her Jerkass nature into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold in this adaptation.
  • Adopt the Dog: Though she hadn't yet abandoned her Jerkass nature at the time Oriko Magica begins, she finds it in her heart to take Yuma in, acting like a mother to her better than her real mother did.
  • An Arm and a Leg: After her fight with Cecil goes bad. She got better thanks to Yuma.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Towards Yuma. She is very protective of Yuma and decides to go after Oriko largely because Oriko tricked Yuma into making a magical girl contract with Kyubey, dooming Yuma to a lifetime of fighting witches at best.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When she and Mami discover that witches come from magical girls. Ultimately subverted when Yuma gives a Rousing Speech and brings them back from the brink of despair.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": She tells Yuma to stop calling her "big sister". It doesn't work.
  • It's Personal: Oriko manipulating Yuma into becoming a magical girl pulls Kyouko into the magical girl killing conspiracy, vowing to make Oriko pay for dooming Yuma to an awful fate.
  • Parental Substitute: For Yuma in Oriko Magica.

    Mami Tomoe 
A magical girl veteran who is investigating the recent murders of magical girls.

  • Adaptational Badass: She was already badass in Madoka Magica, but her track was cut short due to Charlotte chomping her. Here? She shows further the extent of her badassery if her track wasn't cut short at all.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Even though it took her awhile, she was the first person to figure out that Kirika's power wasn't Super-Speed and stopped her opponent with a well-placed explosive.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When she and Kyoko discover that witches come from magical girls. Ultimately subverted when Yuma gives a Rousing Speech and brings the two back from the brink of despair.
  • For Want Of A Nail: She survived in this timeline because she wasn't showing off to Madoka in her fight against Charlotte.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Moral paragon she aims to be aside, Mami was not hesitant to aim to put Kirika down in their fight. The fact she technically didn't aim her guns right (she didn't aim at Kirika's soul gem) was besides the point: her response to a serial killer was to use lethal force.
  • Mythology Gag: When she admits Charlotte could have killed her if she let her guard down.
  • Not So Stoic: She has something of a Freak Out when she learns where witches come from, but snaps out of it thanks to Yuma.
  • Scenery Censor: When her skirt is flipped, Yuma's head and arms block the reader's view.

    Homura Akemi (Unmarked Spoilers) 
A time-traveling Magical Girl attempting to prevent Madoka from forming a contract.

    Madoka Kaname 
Only appears in Oriko Magica, and indirectly in Sadness Prayer.

  • Blush Sticker: It's Madoka, so this pops up, especially in the chibi-er appearances.
  • Demoted to Extra: She only makes a two panel appearance in volume 1, though her role is expanded somewhat in volume 2.
  • Doomed by Canon: Since Homura's wish involves Madoka's survival and this is not the timeline depicted in the show, it is certain that she will die or become a witch, forcing Homura to reset time. The former happens as a result of Oriko's actions.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Oriko kills her via shooting a piece of Kirika's witch body out of the barrier, which impales poor Madoka in the torso in front of the horrified Sayaka and Hitomi. When the barrier is lifted, everyone sees what has happened, and Homura is driven to a Heroic BSoD.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Calls Homura out for only protecting her and not helping Hitomi and Sayaka, among others. Although Homura and Madoka were separated from Hitomi and Sayaka and the others so she couldn't have done anything since they weren't near her, and both Homura and Mami note that it's impossible to save everyone. After Homura explains her reasoning and puts her in a barrier for her protection, Madoka apologizes to her and promises to go home together.
    Madoka: How can you act so calm about all this? Why? Why am I the only one you're saving? You've got so much power Homura-chan!! If you plan to let all the others die... then it'd be better if you didn't save me...!

    Sayaka Miki 
Appearing in Oriko Magica.

    Hitomi Shizuki 
Appearing in Oriko Magica.

  • Break the Cutie: Hitomi didn't know anything about Witches and Magical Girls in the original. In this one, she witnesses a particularly bloody attack on Mitakihara Junior High, gets caught in a witch barrier with her friends and other students, and then sees Madoka die horribly right in front of her and Sayaka. To say the kid's broken by that is an understatement.
  • Heroic BSoD: Suffers a HUGE one during the witch attack on her school, when she sees the lifeless body of a student inside the magical barrier. She doesn't look much better when she and Sayaka tend to the dying Madoka.

    Kazuko Saotome 
Appearing in Oriko Magica.