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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

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. She is the mastermind behind the magical girl killings. Her wish was for a reason to live.

In Symmetry Diamond she sees Walpurgisnacht instead of Kriemhild Gretchen. The story explores how Oriko acts as a result.

  • Anti-Villain: The Well-Intentioned variety
    • Averted in Symmetry Diamond. Turns out when she's not trying to avert a horrible future Oriko is a straight up hero.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Averted in Sadness Prayer, which tells the Oriko manga from her point of view proper.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: After her fall from grace.
  • Dissonant Serenity: She is surprisingly calm despite what goes on around her.
  • 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: Magia Record 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.
  • Fallen Princess: Her backstory. 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.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: She certainly likes cooking for Kirika.
  • Foil: To Homura. Their powers are each others' inverse. Oriko can see the future, while Homura can change the past. 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.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Attempts this on Homura.
  • 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.
  • Light Is Not Good: Invoked because she wears white, the color of light. Averted in Extra Story, where she's definitely heroic instead of morally ambiguous.
  • 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.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: 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.
  • 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.
  • Nice Hat: She has an odd headdress on her magical girl costume.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Ojou: She gives off this impression as a rich girl in a Big Fancy House.
  • Omniscient Morality License: She does have a point about the imminent apocalypse...
  • Out-Gambitted: By Kyubey. And she out-gambits Homura.
  • 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.
  • 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, Madoka is shown to have forgiven both of them.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Even when she puts it up in a side-ponytail, it reaches her waist.
  • Seer: 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.
  • Slasher Smile: When she needs to.
  • Spot of Tea: A witch appears at Oriko's house. What does she do? Make tea while Kirika fights it.
  • The Stoic: Calm and composed at all times, even faced with her own death.
  • Student Council President: At least she used to be.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: 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.
  • Villain Protagonist: The manga is called Puella Magi Oriko Magica, so she would definitely be the protagonist. She's the main villain as well. Averted in Symmetry Diamond.
  • 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.
    • There's also the implication that Homura murders her and Kirika in every timeline following Oriko Magica. Of course, after Madoka's wish erases both witches and herself from time, there's no reason for them to get involved.
  • Woman in White: When in her magical girl outfit.

Kirika Kure

A "black magical girl", and a friend of Oriko. She's the culprit behind the magical girl killings. Her wish involved changing her formerly quiet personality to a more outgoing one, and it grants her speed-slowing magic.

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

  • 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.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Good thing she's got Modesty Shorts under there.
  • 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.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Hits all three points.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Her magical girl outfit has one.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Her casual outfit has mismatched stockings.
  • Genki Girl: In Extra Story, she seems to be on a permanent sugar high (and her diet certainly suggests that).
  • Hair Decorations: Usually a few hair clips.
  • Hand-Hiding Sleeves: In her magical girl outfit.
  • 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. But of course it is.
  • 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 / Only Friend: To Oriko after her fall from grace. She admits she would really be broken if Kirika wasn't around.
  • Loners Are Freaks: In her past.
  • Love Freak: A rather violent variation.
    • Love Makes You Crazy: It's hard to say if she was crazy to begin with, or if it was the result of her wish. Though it would appear she's at her sanest when she's just killing witches in Extra Story.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: To Oriko. Invoked; Kirika was a depressed loner who wished to become one of these so Oriko would like her.
  • 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.
  • One-Winged Angel: When Kirika figured out that she can'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.
  • Pet the Dog: Noisy Citrine basically serves to humanize Kirka by introducing her Childhood Friend.
  • Psychopathic Woman Child: She acts childish and murderously crazy.
  • Psycho Supporter: To Oriko. She it utterly devoted to Oriko to Yandere levels.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: Her civilian clothing, after she makes her wish.
  • Security Blanket / Girls Love Stuffed Animals: The stuffed toy she carries around, which is implied to be a gift from Oriko.
  • Sinister Scythe: Her claws evoke this.
  • Slasher Smile: Gives creepy ones whenever she's fighting.
  • Stalker with a Crush: To Oriko, before they become friends.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Her magical girl outfit leaves her upper thighs exposed.

Yuma Chitose

A young girl that Oriko names as a potential magical girl candidate to Kyubey. Her wish was to heal a dismembered Kyoko, which grants her healing spells; her offensive abilities involve using her staff to cause shockwaves.

In Symmetry Diamond she meets Oriko, who has a vision of Yuma killed by her abusive mother. Oriko is able to help Yuma get the confidence she needs to escape her mother, and also keeps her from contracting.

  • 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.
  • Big Damn Healer: Yuma heals Kyoko after her arms and legs were ripped off by a witch she was fighting alone, saving her life.
  • Broken Bird: Severely mentally damaged from her past.
  • Canon Foreigner: As with Oriko and Kirika.
  • Cat Girl: Her magical girl form.
  • The Chick: In Sadness Prayer, her role is expanded into filling this role for the Kyoko and Mami's team, acting as The Heart of the group and seeing 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.
  • Children Are Innocent: In Symmetry Diamond, Oriko comes to like Yuma because Yuma doesn't blame her for her father's crimes.
  • Combat Medic: Her healing powers and offensive abilities make her suited to this.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Witches killed her parents.
  • Hair Decorations: A pair of yellow bobbles.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Her hairstyle is similar to Madoka's.
  • 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.
  • I Wished You Were Dead: 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.
  • Nice Hat: It's got cat ears!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 the story, Yuma is taken in by her grandparents and avoids contracting, dying, and Walpurgisnacht.
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair: Like Hitomi.

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

Sasa Yuuki

Appearing in Extra Story. A magical girl trying to claim her own territory in Mitakihara.

  • Accidental Suicide: 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.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Kills Oriko and Kirika in Sadness Prayer after she notices Oriko deliberately made a magical girl despair and turn into a witch.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Pulls this on Oriko in Sadness Prayer when she notices Oriko deliberately manipulated another magical girl into becoming 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 apparently uses this power on Oriko to make her see Sasa as a friend. When Kirika attacks Sasa, the magic apparently stops, causing Oriko to realize that she doesn't know who Sasa is.
  • Poisonous Friend: She poses as people's friends using her Mind Control powers and then kills them.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Her wish was crafted to force those who were better than Sasa to serve her.
  • 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.

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.

     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.


  • Power Floats: Only in Oriko Magica. This could be attributed to the weird art style.
  • In-Series Nickname: Kyubey is often called "Shiromaru" (white circle) by Kirika.

Kyoko Sakura

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

Only appears in Oriko Magica.

Mami Tomoe

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

Only appears in Oriko Magica.

  • 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: Survived in this timeline because she wasn't showing off to Madoka in her fight against Charlotte.
  • Mythology Gag: When she admits Charlotte could have killed her if she let her guard down.
  • Not So Stoic: 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

Only appears in Oriko Magica.

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: Makes only 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 refusing to help Hitomi and Sayaka, among others.
    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.


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