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The first tale of the "Madoka" story arc.

The event that heralded a sweeping change throughout the pantheon. Homura Akemi, at the suggestion of a certain Chaos Lord, steals Madoka's powers to remove her from harm's way.

It can be read right here.


The Great Upheaval provides examples of:

  • Affably Evil: Lucifer is for the most part rather polite. He has a rather hostile attitude toward Madoka, though.
  • Asshole Victim: Homura traps Kyubey inside an anti-magic cage and drains him of his powers to force him to reveal who caused the Fear Toxin incident. She then imprisons him inside her temple, insuring that no more girls can contract, unaware that Oerba Dia Vanille had just contracted by mistake.
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  • Atop a Mountain of Corpses: Well, Soul Gems, but Madoka finds Flynn and the Demifiend up to their ankles in broken Soul Gems after their fight with the Puella Magi.
  • Attack Hello: The first thing Naoki does when he finds Homura and Lucifer in the Labyrinth of Amala is try to hit Homura with Deadly Fury.
  • Awesomeness Is a Force: High-powered gods and goddesses, particularly ones on the villainous side, seem rather fond of using this to intimidate their opponents. Flonne is forced to her knees by YHVH focusing his power on her, and Homura does the same to Cosmos. Cosmos herself does this to Mastema at one point, combining a Death Glare with an aura that even scares Usagi. Though it's not enough to incapacitate him, Mastema gets the point.
  • Bad Dreams: The White invoke this trope to have several Puella Magi attack Flynn and destroy Yamato Perpetual Reactor.
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  • The Bad Guy Wins: While the Pantheonic Rebellion is rather unkind to him, Lucifer ultimately gets exactly what he wants in this story.
  • Big Bad: Louisa Ferre, AKA Lucifer.
  • Big "NO!": Homura screams a "no" when she learns from Louisa that Kyubey has successfully voided Madoka's wish, hastening her Face–Heel Turn.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Madoka effing Kaname. To put that in perspective, she's in the Main House, who are basically the gods and goddesses that gods and goddesses worship.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Madoka's followers are called 'Puella Magi', to differentiate them from the other Magical Girls in the Sisterhood.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Madoka wakes up from her nightmare involving The White in this manner, shooting straight up in bed and screaming.
  • Character Tic: Madoka scratches her neck when Louisa genuflects to her, and the narration notes that she gets itchy whenever someone grovels to her.
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  • Chekhov's Gunman: While her appearance here is just a cameo, Diancie would eventually be drawn into the conflict just because of her resemblance to Madoka, and their eventual partnership.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Donald Duck notes that Courtney Gears is still on the loose, confirming this takes place after Muse Hysteria.
    • Kyubey points out that, with Tron under the Friendship Asylum's control, there was no opposition to bring back the Witch System using a random banking program.
    • After petrifying the Joker, Homura encounters Diancie walking around to search for an army, noticing her appearancem resembles Madoka.
  • The Corrupter: Louisa. Homura even lampshades how obvious her attempts are... and how difficult she is not to trust.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Courtesy of Flynn and the Demi-Fiend to a small army of Puella Magi who are trying to destroy the Yamato Perpetual Reactor.
  • Curse Cut Short: The most common way Flynn expresses frustration is "Son of a—!"
  • Darker and Edgier: "Muse Hysteria" and "Friendship Asylum" revolved around trying to end the chaos around the pantheon, find the culprit behind Gentaro Kisaragi's corruption, and finding a way to revert him back. Here, the stakes are vastly higher: With the loss of Madoka's powers by Lucifer through Homura, all of the magical girls were driven into despair. The White goads them into attacking the Yamato Perpetual Reactor, a device that can end the pantheon should it ever be destroyed, and they are subsequently slaughtered by Flynn and Naoki.
  • Downer Ending: Madoka loses her powers and her friendship with Homura.
    • Ray of Hope Ending: Lucifer does point out that some people will eventually forgive Homura for her actions, mainly to insure her continued loyalty. He's right, as by Diamond Adventure, a growing number of people have started to admit she had a point in taking Madoka's powers.
  • Dramatic Drop: Sora drops his Keyblade in amazement upon seeing Sayaka summon Oktavia for the first time against the Banking Program's Witch.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Homura, mirroring Rebellion.
  • Foil: Lucifer and Homura, and Clu and Penelope in the Alternate!Gentaro tales. Lucifer and Clu are both Affably Evil with ties to alternate dimensions, while Homura and Penelope are both young girls who betrayed their love interests. The first has Lucifer manipulate Homura into stealing Madoka's powers out of concern for her safely, and is merely using her for his own agenda. He also knows that he needs to work hard to maintain her loyalty. In contrast, Clu hired Penelope to be his spy for the analog world, and generally cares for her well-being, but she's Only in It for the Money, has been stealing his blueprints to sell to other villains (including Lucifer) and intends to backstab him when given the chance.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: The tale begins with Sayaka in Space Paranoids, aiding Sora, Donald, and Goofy in looking for Rinzler, while they help her look for Kyubey, who has been spotted in the computer during "Muse Hysteria".
  • Headbutting Heroes: Sayaka, unlike her friends, hates Sora because she's convinced by the events of "Muse Hysteria" that he's after Madoka's powers.
  • Impossible Task: Lucifer's ultimatum to Madoka: if she can fight her way through the Amala Labyrinth on her own and defeat Homura in combat, she can have her powers back. Madoka, by this point, is an average teenager with no abilities whatsoever, while the Labyrinth was a challenge to the likes of Naoki Kashima. This is ultimately played with, however, in that Lucifer hints later that he fully intends for her to get her power back: the task may be impossible now, but given the proper circumstances, Madoka may pass it eventually...
  • Jerkass: Even beyond, well, taking her powers and turning her best friend against her, Lucifer's a dick to Madoka, showing no end of insults and sarcasm.
  • Last-Name Basis: Lucifer refers to everyone but Madoka by their full name. Him calling her 'Kaname' immediately hints to a personal dislike of the girl, and he soon makes it clear he has one: the fact she's seen as an infallible goddess frankly disgusts him.
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: Homura gets this in the form of a Mirror Scare when she looks in the mirror and sees Lucifer's SMT IV form standing behind her. By the time she spins around, he's in the form of Louisa Ferre.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Inverted for Homura: at first she delights in her new omnipotence, swatting away Nanoha's strongest move and slaughtering her way through the Labyrinth of Amala. It's only when she fights Naoki, who is established to truly fear the Great Will, that she starts to realize that she's actually the Tiny Fish In A Huge Pond.
    Lucifer: Omnipotence in one world doesn't mean much when you step into ours.
  • No-Sell: Homura effortlessly deflects Nanoha's Starlight Breaker with one hand to demonstrate her new powers.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution:
    • Sayaka is not interested in helping Sora, Donald, and Goofy locate Rinzler. She only tags along because of rumors that Kyubey contracted with a program, and insists on investigating.
    • Naoki couldn't care less about the Sisterhood: he's involved in the fight because Lucifer is.
    • Penelope sold some of Clu's blueprints to Lucifer while he was in the guise of Louisa. She didn't care about the whole Upheaval or the aftermath with Rika and Diancie, just as long as Lucifer pays her and agrees to target Sly Cooper.
  • Oh, Crap!: All over the place, considering the stakes in this story is higher than that of the other stories at this point. Particularly notable is when Flynn, one of the biggest badasses in the story, goes weak in the knees when he finds out that The White are in the Pantheon.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Lucifer's reaction to Naoki coming right the flip out of nowhere and trying to beat up his new protegee? Sit down in his wheelchair and watch with a smile on his face.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Lucifer naturally can't resist giving one to Madoka and the Sisterhood, accusing her of being essentially a fraud, piggybacking off of power she doesn't deserve and being too naive to be an effective leader, and condemning the Sisterhood for trusting in her.
    Lucifer: Burn my name into your mind, Kaname. I am the Demon Lord Lucifer: he who destroyed your pitiful facade. (to the crowd) You see your savior for who she truly is now, don’t you! A frightened child, suckling at the teat of ill-gotten power, and poisoned by the grievous sin of naivete! Beware, Magical Girl Sisterhood: stay your course and this will be but the beginning of your descent into chaos!
  • Shipper on Deck: Flynn, though he's likely not being serious, apparently ships Makoto Naegi and Madoka, cracking a joke about the two hooking up after Homura and Madoka's falling-out.
  • Shoot the Dog: Madoka and Mami attempt to talk the Magical Girls affected by The White out of trying to destroy the Reactor. Ultimately, they fail: the Magical Girls storm the Reactor, and Flynn (and the Demifiend) had no other choice but to kill them when reasoning with them failed.
  • Shout-Out: The Magatama Lucifer gives to Homura has the name Odile, the Black Swan. Fittingly, she gains black feathered wings as a demon.
  • Stop Worshipping Me: Madoka shows hints of this; she internally notes how much she hates it when people grovel to her, and it makes her neck itch.
  • Talk to the Fist: Sayaka interrupts the rantings of a corrupted Puella Magi with a kick to the face.
  • Tantrum Throwing: Flynn manages to keep his cool for the most part after he killed the Magical Girls attacking the reactor. As soon as Madoka is out of earshot, however, he slings his sword across the room and curses at the top of his lungs.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Sayaka's reaction to the Puella Magi program falling into despair, becoming a witch, and having her familiars constantly attack Sora and placing him under XANA's control.
    Sayaka: Ohhh crap.
  • Trauma Conga Line: For the Sisterhood. Madoka losing her powers is just the beginning: the shock of it causes a nasty splinter among their ranks, which erupts into full-blown rioting. Then Metatron brings his ultimatum and The White corrupt even more of the Puella Magi to give in and destroy the Yamato Reactor, ending in them being slaughtered.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Naoki, at least when he fights. He wears a hoodie otherwise.
  • Wham Episode: Boy howdy...
  • The Woobie: Pretty much anyone from the Magical Girl Sisterhood.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Between Muse Hysteria and this tale, Kyubey exploits time moving faster in The Grid to get a contract with a female program and watch as Madoka fails to reach her in time, voiding her wish and reviving the Witch System.

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