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The French Faction


Tart/Jeanne D'Arc/Joan of Arc
Jehanne d'Arc
A young girl who lived with her family in the town of Domrémy in 1425. Riz Hawkwood and Cube sought her out after learning her potential. She would later be burned at the stake for being accused as a witch. Her wish was to have the power to bring light to France.

  • Bound and Gagged: After she's captured in chapter 18.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: In one chapter, it's shown that a single cup of wine is all that's needed to turn Tart into a cheerful, inebriated Cuddle Bug with no personal space.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: In a lot of respects, she's meant as a foil to Madoka. Both are abnormally powerful, both have a devoted ally, both are deeply kind and moral, both seek to become heroes and protect those around them, and both ultimately win by transcending the boundaries of a traditional magical girl. However, Tart lacks a lot of Madoka's neuroses, contracts early rather than late, is an active Action Girl as opposed to being mostly on the sidelines, takes the responsibilities of her job in stride rather than treating them with horror and disgust, and is never disillusioned with the horrors of the system—she could well be described as the sort of person Madoka aspired to be like.
  • Died Happily Ever After: Is burned at the stake as one would expect, but her final act is a joyful smile and to thank the world.
  • Expy: She bears a strong resemblance to Ruler with her braid intact. Then again, they're based on the same person.
  • Glacier Waif: Because she has a very Awesome, but Impractical energy usage as an attacker, she's mostly trained to fight a defensive battle. After training, it turns out Tart can tank damage that killed her previously.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Defends Melissa from an attack by Corbeau and Fléche. She gets revived by Melissa's wish.
    • It turns out that her execution is basically this; Tart has becomes something that is not a magical girl nor a witch because of Riz' wish and last actions, and she holds on her transformation into a witch for a long time to finally strike Isabeau down. However, she can't hold it for too long, deliberately walks away with the English army to be executed to finally die without turning into a witch, as the witch of a magical girl who struck down the witch who engulfed France would be even worse than her - potentially devouring the entirety of Europe.
  • Historical Domain Character: The Jean d'Arc of Madokaverse, using a less known spelling of d'Arc.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: Her main powers involve light magic and are very flashy and powerful.
  • Hope Bringer: Her appearance causes instant morale boost for the French army. Those who hero-worship her are avenging her death in their own ways against those who murder her, however indirectly; for example, de Richemont successfully drives off de la Trémoille from the French court because he was the most contrary of Tart and had a lot of influence on Charles VII's decisions to delay Tart's plans to liberate Paris.
  • Ideal Hero: Barring a few flaws played mostly for comedy, Tart is one of the most singularly moral characters in the franchise: she's kind, self-sacrificing, brave, strong-willed, genuine in her attitudes, empathetic, and never compromises her beliefs or who she is.
  • Important Haircut: She left her braid at her sister's grave.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Tart is utterly pure, sinless, and virtuous. Whenever her Soul Gem clouds, it's because of the sheer amount of magic she uses, not out of despair. In fact, she seems completely resistant to Kyubey's usual despair-inducing tactics. When she finds out that Soul Gems are literal souls, she amusingly gushes over how it proves that Kyubey is a angel because he can crystalize the very souls that were saved by Jesus Christ. Upon finding out that all witches were formerly magical girls, she's initially shocked and unsure, but soon reaffirms her vow to save France and keep moving forward.
  • Lady and Knight: The Lady (historically known as "La Pucelle", meaning "The Maiden") to Riz's Knight. Interestingly, Tart's Magical Girl uniform resembles a knight's armor.
  • Lady of War: Given that she's the Joan of Arc.
  • Light Is Good: Upon being contracted, a massive light can be seen from all over France.
  • Mighty Glacier: Looking at her official magic chart in the manga, Tart has impressive offensive and defensive stats as well as a vast amount of innate magic reserves, but has below average speed and has trouble keeping up with more speedy enemies like Corbeau. She can usually one shot most Witches with ease and tank a couple of powerful magic shots before becoming severely wounded.
  • Popularity Power: A literal example: Tart becomes far more powerful the more people believe in her, as it makes her magical destiny all the more all-consuming.
  • Power Incontinence: Tart has such immense power that when she uses it to defeat witches, her Soul Gem is quickly dirtied. A mysterious magical girl that she rescued before the battle of Orléans gives her the sword of St. Catherine to help with that.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: As she assumes her final form, she regains the long braid she cut off following her sister's death.
  • Religious Bruiser: Kicks ass and is a very devout Catholic.
  • Superpower Lottery: It's noted quite frequently that Tart is, in terms of sheer brute strength, the most powerful magical girl of her time, and quite possibly the second strongest seen in the franchise after Madoka herself. She's shown striking down witches in single blows, breaking through barriers with casual ease, and creating bursts of light seen for miles around. And she actually becomes stronger with time. It's suggested that if she were to become a Witch, she would threaten all of Europe. It's shown many times that, in fact, Tart is so insanely overpowered that her main risk in combat is that she's too strong—she burns through magic at a frightening rate, potentially overwhelming her Soul Gem.


Riz Hawkwood
Riz Visconti
A mercenary who traveled with Cube to find a girl with magical potential. Her journey led her to the town of Domrémy where Tart lives. She accompanies Tart throughout her journey. Her wish was to find a hero that would save the world.
  • Action Girl: Riz's first meeting with Tart has her saving the latter from the bell witch.
  • The Comically Serious: When put up with Tart's musings of God at work.
  • Casting a Shadow: Her power is manipulation of shadow, of which she can freely use as Shadow Pin, Combat Tentacles, Hammerspace, or enhancing Tart's power because her wish makes her the 'shadow' to Tart's 'light', and taller the shadow means brighter the light.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Riz uses shadows to create a pocket dimension for her and the rest of the gang to hide in.
    • Symbolically, it goes even further than this. Shadows are the servants of the light, and their presence makes the light even more striking. Likewise, Riz tirelessly supports Tart as the shadow to her light. This is even reflected in her wish, as she wished to be the one from whom a new, true hero would spring and not the hero herself.
  • Deal with the Devil: In a literal sense. Riz's most powerful attack, "The Gates of Hell", drags a person inside forever at the cost of her own body.
  • Expy: Of Homura. However, she has never personally known Tart beforehand and primarily uses shadow magic.
  • Failure Knight: Her wish to find a hero that will save the world caused her to Walking the Earth searching for any girl with potential prior meeting Tart. She failed several times, leaving a trail of dead magical girls who died trying to be a hero.
  • Fragile Speedster: Looking at her official magic chart in the manga, Riz boasts some incredible speed stats and average offensive power, but is severely lacking in defensive capabilities. This means that, while Riz can overwhelm her enemies with her speed, she can't afford to take a hit in battle and must rely on dodging attacks.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Uses The Gates of Hell to kill Lapin, who otherwise couldn't be harmed, at the cost of her own life.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Despite being quite aloof at first and her general powerset, Riz is a pretty straight forward heroic character. She's chivalrous, brave, and soft-hearted. Her background before she joins Tart in her quest is pretty much being a Knight Errant, which contrast with her grandfather John Hawkwood, who despite allying himself with the House of Visconti through marriage, still went with his 'as long the price is right' way of mercenary.
  • Lady and Knight: The Knight to Tart's ("La Pucelle") Lady. When they first met, Riz explicitly says that she wants to become Tart's strong right arm and protect her.
  • Meaningful Name: Her real last name is a reference to Sir John Hawkwood.
  • The Mentor: Serves as this to Tart and Catherine in practicing the sword for three years. She's also the most experienced.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: At Catherine's funeral, Riz assures her that the people who killed her will never attack anyone again and a panel is shown of the attackers who Riz had assassinated.
  • Shadow Walker: Riz can pop in and out of the shadows with a swirl of her cape, shadow-travel short distances to get the edge on her opponents, and even hide her friends in there.
  • Spell My Name With An S: Before the official translation came out, most fans assumed her name was Liz, which is an actual name in the Western world. However, in the English translation she's called Riz. Then Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story comes along and uses "Liz" as the English translation, bringing more fire to the argument.
  • The Strategist: Just look at the girls' second fight against Corbeau. Riz basically identifies Corbeau's power, calculates her power's limitation, renders that power impotent and arranges a counter attack by exploiting the "100 meters distance between the Soul Gem and the body" rule, all while after only pulling her friends for a brief moment of strategic retreat.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Tart Magica is as much Riz' story as Tart's.


Melissa de Vignolles
Child of La Hire

Daughter of the famous La Hire, Étienne de Vignolles, Melissa works as a maid and follows her father around. She first meets Tart in Chinon when the latter came to see the Dauphin Charles VII. Her wish was to save Tart and her father after Corbeau and her henchman mortally wounded them.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Elisa learned the hard way not to insult Tart.
  • Combat Medic: In addition to healing, she has offensive magic powerful enough to leave a gaping hole in the bridge leading to Orléans.
  • Daddy's Girl: She follows and supports her father La Hire into the frontline, despite she's not a combatant and knowing how dangerous his line of work is. It was because he's extremely repentant of his previous Disappeared Dad way, pursuing his military career not knowing that his wife was pregnant of Melissa until he found out that her entire family was wiped out by a plague and Melissa was 6 years old.
  • Disintegrator Ray: Her most powerful attack rips apart matter itself as an inversion of her usual power.
  • Heroic Bastard: She was born before her father and mother could get married. However, after some struggle her father accepts her as his child.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Despite looking like a dainty girl, Melissa is characterized of her Unstoppable Rage as much as her father. Just like La Hire, she's a staunch supported of La Pucelle, is overprotective of her, bravely facing an opponent that is above her league if it can save people she loves, has a Vitriolic Best Buds from the nobility, and a pretty strong drunkard.
  • Meido: In her civilian form, since her job before meeting Tart was looking after soldiers.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue oni to Elisa's red once they start getting along.
  • Shock and Awe: Her pole-arm is constantly crackling with electricity.
  • White Mage: Part of the effects of her wish gave her healing powers.


Princess Elisa Celjska

A noble in the Order of the Dragon and a magical girl. She goes to assist Tart on behalf of the Holy Roman Empire. Her wish was to be accepted by the world, because she was the bastard child of Barbara Celjska and her existence drove her mother away from court.

  • Animal Motifs: A dragon, as befitting a member of the Order of the Dragon. Her dragon witch/doppel name is german for 'A Red Dragon'.
  • Blue Blood: Part of the nobility of the Holy Roman Empire, and proudly calling herself the daughter of the Emperor.
  • Break the Haughty: Melissa curb stomps the hell out of Elisa after she is rude to Tart. She begins to behave better afterwards.
  • Fatal Flaw: A great deal of her character development involves letting go of her pride.
  • Foil: To Melissa. They were both bastard children, but while Melissa was accepted by her father, Elisa was not and needed to wish for acceptance. Melissa works as a maid, while Elisa is a noblewoman.
  • Good Is Not Nice: While she is a unquestionably on the side of good, she's also rude, short-tempered, and arrogant. She begins to soften after her Break the Haughty moment.
  • Gratuitous German: Sometimes falls into it, due to being from the Holy Roman Empire.
  • Heroic Bastard: She is not actually a princess because she isn't the Emperor's child, but his wife's bastard. Her wish was to be accepted by the world, allowing her to return to court as a noble.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Has the lowest cut outfit of any of the magical girls and spends a long scene in Chapter 11 in nothing but a transparent robe.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: The traditional “Ohohohoho”.
  • Ojou: A respected noblewoman treated well by France's royal court and her noble uncle.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red oni to Melissa's blue oni. It comes into the color.
  • Royal Brat: At first, due to her arrogance. Begins to grow out of it into a Proper Lady by the series end.
  • Tsundere: Is often arrogant and rude to others, but has a softer side.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: According to Pernelle, she was once cute and optimistic.


The British Faction

The antagonists of Tart Magica. A group of sisters that are infamous magical girl killers that are known for slaughtering whole settlements, leaving no one alive. They're Isabeau's illegitimate children (adopted in the English translation).

  • Bastard Bastard: They're Isabeau's illegitimate children.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Minou, Corbeau and Lapin, respectively. Although Corbeau actually has grey hair, and isn't a brunette.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: With exception for their affection to Isabeau, they seem to have little to no problems with doing criminal activities to get what they want and have no regards to other lives.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: The British Faction don't hide that they're criminals and openly admit their crimes.
  • Evil Is One Big, Happy Family: They are shown to genuinely care for each other.
  • Happily Adopted: The three were adopted by Isabeau so she could use them in her plans to overthrow France. However, this seems to be an adaptation mistake in the English translation, as in the original Japanese version they're Isabeau's illegitimate daughters.
  • Jerkass: Every. Single. One. Of. Them.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Tart Magica was not exactly light-hearted before, but when they showed up it reached a whole new level of Darker and Edgier.
  • Lack of Empathy: Towards everyone who isn't part of their family.
  • Smug Super: All of them know exactly how invincible they are due to their wishes, and won't hesitate to tell you how futile it is to try and fight them.
  • Story-Breaker Power:
    • Minou wished that Isabeau shall not be defeated by any type of magical girl in existence. This makes her the strongest witch ever. However thanks to Riz's power, Tart becomes stronger than a standard magical girl and defeating Isabeau at the end of the series.
    • Lapin wished for Isabeau to return to the way she was, after the latter became a witch. This makes her switch between witch and magical girl as she pleases. However this doesn't make her inmune from Riz's The Gates of Hell.
    • While Corbeau's wish is unknown, Magia Record implies she wished for her sisters's prosperity and transfer all the misfortune to someone else. This keeps the soul gems of herself and her sisters clean forever and she can use the accumulating corruption for her attacks. However even if Corbeau doesn't have to fear about becoming a witch, she still dies from an attack in the back.
  • The Sociopath: Common traits include a Lack of Empathy for anyone outside their group, extreme arrogance over their magical abilities, and a fairly hedonistic lifestyle.


The first antagonistic magical girl shown in the series. She is fighting for the side of the English. Her wish was that her mother would become immune to magical girl attacks.
  • Affably Evil: Polite if not outright nice to her opponents. Although she can be very insulting to both enemies and allies at times.
  • Animal Motifs: Cats. She wears a cat mask, and "Minou" means "kitty" in French.
  • Berserk Button: Don't insult her belief on Isabeau or even Isabeau herself if you know what's good for you.
  • Cats Are Mean: Minou means kitty in French, and she is very, very mean.
  • Combat Pragmatist: If her behavior when she fights is anything to go by, Minou is not the type to play fair and screw around with her opponents too much.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When she is really condescending, she tends to indulge in belittling in her foes.
  • Dragon Their Feet: Isabeau might be the main villain the the last battle, but Minou might as well be the Final Boss from how much influence she has in said fight.
  • Driven to Suicide: It's implied she commits suicide after Isabeau's funeral.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Kills Corbeau once it becomes apparent that she cares more about protecting her sisters than forwarding Isabeau's agenda.
    • Magia Record explains that Corbeau at some point realized that Isabeau is too far gone as a Witch, thus has no love in her heart other than for her ambition which is her nature as a witch. Thus she decides to run away with Minou and Lapin and let the England and French kill each other. Minou saw this as an horrible betrayal that Corbeau had to die for.
  • Foil: To Tart. Both were born in poverty, but while Tart remained a peasant, Minou was recognized by her blood mother and became a noble. They also care a lot about her girls of their respective groups. Tart wants to bring hope to France out of an heroic resolve to save everyone, while Minou wants to crush their hopes out of an onesided devotion to her mother. Finally, Tart selflessly gave her life away to save France, Minou threw her life away working for Isabeau's plans, fully aware that she was only seen as a tool.
  • Identical Stranger: The last chapter shows that she looks exactly like Tart without her mask on. This is based on a real-life rumor that Jeanne D'Arc was Isabeau de Bavière's illegitimate daughter.
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: Minou manages to get Tart captured and executed, but she loses her sisters from her machination, her beloved mother dies and her goals are thwarted. She's last seen at Isabeau's funeral, vowing to "follow mother soon".
  • Sanity Slippage: She loses it more and more as she loses her sisters, eventually reduced to screaming about Jeanne being a heretic for daring to oppose Isabeau.
  • She Is All Grown Up: A flashback shows that when she was younger, she's obviously the youngest of the three sisters, even compared to the already young-looking Lapin. In the present, she's a very shapely young woman.
  • Tragic Villain: A Deconstruction of the Undying Loyalty seen in other magical girls of the franchise. She only found purpose in serving someone who didn't care about her at all.
  • Undying Loyalty: To her mother Isabeau. She's aware that she doesn't truly love her and sees her more as a pawn, but Minou still loves her anyway.
  • Whip of Dominance: Minou likes to use a cat 'o' nine tails.
  • Younger Than They Look: She is actually the youngest of the three sisters despite looking older than Lapin and around the same age as Corbeau.


The second antagonistic magical girl on the side of the English. Her wish is unknown, but she contracted first among her sisters.
  • Animal Motifs: Crows. She wears a crow mask, her cape resembles wings, and her name even means "crow" in French.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: She attacks mostly hand-to-hand, even though her weapon is the feathers from her Perpetual Molt cape. Might have something to do with her Combat Sadomasochist tendencies.
  • Bifauxnen: Corbeau is, for the lack of better word, handsome. She's lean and muscular, her cape makes her shoulders very wide, she has a firm jawline compared to other female characters. She has a habit to seduce servant girls and often succeed mostly because she's just that handsome. Before growing her hair long, she looks even more masculine.
  • Blood Knight: Outside of combat she's rather taciturn, but during combat she takes a tad too much pleasure in the carnage and bloodshed.
  • Chick Magnet: She uses her masculine looks to seduce servant girls. Or so the French fanction thinks. In truth, she tortures and enslaves servant girls in order to exploit Isabeau's powers.
    • However Magia Record reveals Corbeau really is popular with the servant girls, as they're shown fawning over her. Despite this, Corbeau herself is rather uninterested in romance, preferring to spend time with her sisters instead.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Laughs when both inflicting pain and receiving it.
  • The Corruption: She has the power to force other magical girls to take on her Soul Gem's impurities, and can spread the Black Plague.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She loves her sisters unconditionally. But this causes Minou to kill her, as Minou is more concerned about Isabeau and her desires.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Looking at her official magic chart in the manga, Corbeau has above average stats in all categories, especially offense, defense, and speed. This makes her a legitimate threat in the battlefield as she can make short work of French soldiers and other magical girls very quickly and brutally, and is very tough to take down in general.
  • Mood-Swinger: She can be either stoic or psychotic, depending on the situation.
  • Navel Window: A feature of her costume, which is vaguely shaped like the nib of a fountain pen.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: Due to her wish, her Soul Gem stays clean and doesn't have to feat about becoming a witch. An attack in the back from her own sister on the other hand....
  • Plague Doctor: The iconic pointed beak mask, combined with her power to spread the Black Death, makes her this in motif.
  • Psycho for Hire: All the sisters are this to some extent, but out of all of them, Corbeau takes the most joy in all the carnage and slaughter being a magical girl member provides.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Exploited; Corbeau pretends to seduce servant girls, but in truth tortures them and forces them into contracts with her mother.
  • Poisonous Person: She uses her power to clean the impurities in her soul gem and transform it into a black plague.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: While she's Lady Looks Like a Dude otherwise, when she appears in front of the English war council, she is wearing a very nice dress and wide-brimmed hat, does her hair a little, and sits mildly cross-legged. She looks less like a mad warrior and more like a masquerade ball dancer. Observe the wonder yourself.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: She has white hair and is firmly on the side of evil.


The oldest, yet youngest-looking, of the sisters fighting for the side of the English. Her wish was to return her mother back from a witch into a magical girl, granting her immortality.
  • Animal Motifs: Rabbits. She wears a rabbit mask, attacks using floating rabbit-shaped discs, and "Lapin" is the French word for "rabbit."
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Her laid-back and child-like behavior has a habit of giving way to her ruthless and more unhinged side rather often.
  • Blood Knight: Unlike Cobeau, she sees the notion of fighting the French with pure enthusiasm rather than immense sadism.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Subverted. She runs into an ambush by herself and is seemingly swiftly dispatched, only to turn into a witch and then back into a magical girl afterwards, completely unharmed.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Lapin is first seen in the story playing and swinging around a severed arm of a French soldier's dead corpse.
  • Genki Girl: Unless severely pissed off, she is rather upbeat.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: Let's be completely blunt: the power to turn a witch back into a magical girl at will is something the protagonists and many villains across the franchise would sacrifice just about anything for. A shame that it's in the hands of complete villain who's not interested in using that power in any wholesome way outside of her own benefit.
  • Killer Rabbit: Her witch appears as an adorable rabbit sitting on a royal crest.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: She rushes right into battle without any support and seems to be easily dispatched... Until she becomes a witch.
  • Loophole Abuse: A magical girl is destined to someday turn into a witch if she doesn't get her Soul Gem destroyed. So what happens when a magical girl's wish involves turning a witch back human? She gets the equivalent of an auto-revive for herself if she ever becomes a witch.
  • Magnetism Manipulation: As a witch, she can attract all weapons to herself, rendering both magical girls and ordinary soldiers unable to fight.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: Due to her wish, she is impossible to kill. Even when she turns into a witch, she will just turn back into a magical girl when killed.
  • No-Sell: Even Melissa's disintegration power cannot destroy her.
  • Perpetual-Motion Monster: Because of her power of changing witches back into magical girls, she practically cannot be stopped even when tainting her Soul Gem beyond limit. She full-blown takes advantage of that one quirk in battle by being the one with most endurance when it comes to magic. Thus, Riz is forced to sacrifice herself to drag Lapin into an endless darkness and seal her there forever.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Her witch form is quite simply adorable. Unfortunately, it's still a witch and very deadly.
  • Sanity Slippage: She loses her mind completely when Corbeau is killed, unaware that Minou did it.
  • Younger than She Looks: She's the eldest of the three sisters, yet looks the youngest. It seems to be the side-effect of her personal magic, as when she turns back into human after turning witch, she looks younger than her already-young appearance.


Isabeau de Bavière
The Woman Who Sold Her Country

Isabeau is Prince Charles' mother and the main villain of the story. She was approached by Kyubey before her marriage, and she had many questions for him before deciding on her wish; to gain everything the Incubators possessed. This turned her into a magical girl-Incubator hybrid that was able to contract other magical girls and gain vast amounts of power from them.

She planned to conquer all of France with a magical girl army, but she failed to ask whether Incubators could purify Soul Gems and so accidentally used up too much magical power, transforming into a witch. However, one of her wards, Lapin, wished to her witch to return her to her previous self. This turned her into a dangerous witch-Incubator hybrid that retained a human's intelligence but the malice and hatred of a witch.

  • Abusive Parents: To the point Charles is terrified simply being in her presence. Implied this with the three masked sisters at least in her current state of being a witch.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Her wish was to gain the Incubators' power and knowledge, granting her the ability to make others into magical girls loyal to her.
  • Ambition Is Evil: She made her wish, and all of her subsequent actions out of her sheer ambitions for world domination. Even her Witch's nature is "Dominion".
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Her witch could devour all of Europe, and then the world if not taken care of.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Her witch form is an entire eldritch castle.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone is frightened of her. Simply seeing her sends her child, Charles, into a Heroic BSoD.
  • Dies Wide Open: Her eyes are open after she dies which makes it more disturbing when her daughter is hugging her face and talking to her like she was still alive.
  • Empty Shell: Her body is just a puppet being used by her witch when we meet her.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first time she appears in character, she sets fire to three women, drives her son to insanity, and all the heroines attacks do nothing to her. All while wearing a Slasher Smile. We later learn she's a witch in human form, making her behavior very fitting.
    • Even before she became a magical girl, she gets one. We see her stabbing Cube with a candlestick during their first meeting to confirm if everything he told her was true.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: According to her dialogue in Magia Record, she loves her daughters and wishes for them to be happy even after she became a human witch.
  • Faustian Rebellion: Tried to use her wish to become something above the magical girl system and nearly succeeded.
  • Foil
    • To Madoka. Both tried to game the system, but where Madoka made her wish to selflessly save other Magical Girls from becoming witches, she succeeded and brought hope to everyone. Isabeau made her wish out of selfish ambition to sate her desires, but she failed miserably and caused immense grief to everyone. Madoka also saves Magical Girls from the fate of Witchdom and presumably into Magical Girl Valhalla, while Isabeau rips out their souls and deprives them of all personality, basically killing them and witching them out when she pleases.
    • To the Wings of the Magius as well. All of them made wishes involving "taking" something from Kyuubey, with Touka, Nemu and Ui taking one aspect of Kyuubey's powers onto themselves while Isabeau takes the whole package herself. Both of their plans ended up with them becoming witches while retaining their human form. Perhaps the only difference is that the Wings of the Magius's plans ended up much better than Isabeau's ever did. Their goals also differ as the Wings sprang up as salvation for Magical Girls, while Isabeau only ever cared for her conquest of the world.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Once the Queen of France, now a soulless witch. It seems everyone is too scared to care for her any bit.
  • Gratuitous French: All of her lines in the manga are done in French. In particular is her battle cry, Mourir. note 
  • Hated by All: When she dies, only a broken Minou attends her funeral, so quiet and subdued that is unheard of for a queen.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Was based on the real Isabeau de Bergerac.
  • Humanoid Abomination: A witch piloting a human body like a puppet.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: As a witch, due to Minou's wish that she be unable to be defeated by a magical girl.
  • Nightmare Face: Made one right before contracting with Incubator, complete with Glowing Eyes.
  • Obviously Evil: Even before contracting she always wore a Psychotic Smirk and her Establishing Character Moment involved stabbing Kyubey in the head just to confirm he was telling her the truth.
  • Playing with Fire: One of her abilities, given she sets fire to three people on two occasions after she became a Magical Girl (and later Witch).
  • Prepare to Die: Her phrase that she keeps screaming when she uses magic to fight is "Mourir", which appropriately corresponds (if not accurately translates to, by the note above) to "Die".
  • Red Baron: Known as ”The Woman Who Sold Her Country” to the English.
  • Slasher Smile: Sports one at all times.
  • Super-Empowering: The contracts she makes only work while she is alive; once she dies Minou loses all her powers and returns to being a normal girl.
  • Token Adult: The only magical girl in the franchise who grew to adulthood, since most die before long. In fact, before Isabeau, it wasn't even clear if Magical Girls aged at all.
  • Too Clever by Half: Cube describes her this way, commenting on how while her wish was a very good idea she failed to consider that though she may inherit an Incubator's powers, she would not be immune to corruption and witchification because she'd still be part human, and thus she became a witch.
  • Your Soul Is Mine!: Cube comments on how the magical girls she contracts lose their souls and are thus useless to him for energy collection purposes.




The main Incubator of Tart's story, the one who gives information about being a magical girl and their eventual fate, and a surprisingly honorable companion to Tart and her group.

  • Adaptational Heroism: The Kyubey in this story is awfully honourable, and doesn't try to push Tart into despair despite the power he'd collect from her because she did everything he asked of her and he felt gratitude towards her. Unlike that one little piece of shit we have known from the main story.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: He simply told the villain everything she wanted to know.
  • Meaningful Name: Since the story is set in Europe rather than Japan, their name is an anglicized version of Kyubey, which is again taken from the middle syllables of Incubator.
  • Not Me This Time: Downplayed as the magical girl system is his fault, this all takes place during The Hundred Years War. Moreover, he was not the one who contracted the English magical girls.
  • Out-Gambitted: The whole reason he's in the predicament he's in is because no one considered what would happen if a magical girl wished to become an Incubator.
  • Pet the Dog: Uncharacteristically, he ultimately shrugs off Tart choosing to die rather than becoming a witch, even though her doing so means that he doesn't get any energy out of it. He considers this an odd form of gratitude; Tart did do everything he asked, after all.


Pernelle Flamel

A mysterious older magical girl working with Cube. She is known in legend as the wife and collaborator of Nicholas Flamel.

  • Anonymous Benefactor: Gave Tart the sword of St. Catherine, only revealing herself later.
  • Barrier Maiden: Can create impenetrable barriers which she uses as shields and platforms.
  • Happily Married: To Nicholas Flamel, who renewed her optimism in the world after she had become jaded and cold towards it.
  • Historical Domain Character: She is the wife of famous alchemist, Nicholas Flamel.
  • Mrs. Robinson: She marries Nicholas Flamel despite being a thousand years older than him and being visibly older than him as well.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: She is the first magical girl in the series to be designed more like an adult than a teenager or a child. Although the date birth of the real Pernelle is somewhat vague, it's known she died before real Jeanne d'Arc was born.
  • Older Than They Look: Assuming Pernelle's in-universe year of birth aligns with her birthday as recorded in real history, she would be 108 years old by the time she was first encountered.
    • Magia Record implies she's even older than that by establishing that she actually created the Épée de Clovis, a sword used by Clovis I, which would make her over a thousand years old.
  • Really 700 Years Old: While she appears to be a middle aged woman at most, Magia Record implies she is far older than even her real birthdate, suggesting she was born into a Greek cult over a thousand years before the plot of Tart Magica.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: Created both Eliza's weapon and Tart's Épée de Clovis.