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Known in Japanese as majokko (魔女っ子, literally "witch-girl"), this is the original Magical Girl archetype. Sometimes she's from Another Dimension or otherwise Magical Land unless the whole show is in a magical setting. Magic study is often equated with school, and many characters are out getting their licenses. The origin of magic is implied to be genetic with training required to hone it. She may be a princess, who may or may not be visiting Earth as part of training to become queen - if so, she may have to compete with rivals to the throne.

She may or may not be actively fighting monsters. Usually, it's a hard enough life just trying to get through the day, and she'll use her magic (often a non-flashy variety) to make things easier. Theoretically.

Cute Witches are sometimes thought to have influenced the rather benevolent image of witches in Japan; even the standard Goth Girl tends to be somewhat cute. Will almost always wear a Robe and Wizard Hat, and may or may not use a Magic Wand. If she has a pet, it will likely be a cat.


If and when the Cute Witch grows up, if she doesn't lose her powers, she usually becomes the Hot Witch.

A subtrope of the Witch Classic. Contrast the Wicked Witch, who is usually "old and ugly,"note  though not always — occasionally the two overlap. If the Cute Witch, Hot Witch, and Wicked Witch appear together, they may form a Maiden Mother And Crone trio.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • The Gedou Otome Tai half of Akahori Gedou Hour Lovege revolves around five sisters who are daughters of masked villains. They are given magical powers and black witch outfits by an imp so that they can be great villains. Except that they're so damn nice, they just can't help but use their powers to do good.
  • The eponymous Cha-Cha from Akazukin Cha Cha - she's an adorable little girl in a red hood, who also happens to be an Inept Mage. Well, at least in the manga - in the anime, she's more of a Magical Girl Warrior.
  • Schierke from Berserk. She's only about ten or twelve years old, but is already skilled enough at magic that she begins teaching Farnese, who is ten years her senior, the basics of witchcraft. She has little in common with Magical Girls, though, and more with traditional Western witches: while not ugly or evil, she prefers a reclusive lifestyle out in the country, and her powers largely revolve around channeling local nature spirits and Astral Projection. Her spells also take a long time to set up, so she's near-useless in close combat. But when she's ready to unleash a spell, she can rival Guts, the series resident badass, with how many enemies she takes out.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura was originally envisioned as a witch, but CLAMP decided that they needed something more original, and looked to tarot cards for their inspiration. She still shares a lot in common with witch Magical Girls (one of the remaining traces of this inspiration being that she can apply the Fly card to ride her Sealing Staff/Star Staff through the sky like a magic broom).
  • Floral Magician Mary Bell is a 500,000-year-old girl in the form of a cute little five-year-old, and possesses the ability to use both ordinary magic and "flower" magic.
  • Flying Witch: Both 16-year-old main character Kowata Makoto, and her 8-year-old cousin, Chinatsu.
  • Hell's Angels has Kiki, one of Rinne's classmates, that is Shout-Out to main character of Kiki's Delivery Service.
  • Himeko "Hime-chan" Nonohara of Himechan No Ribon is a cute little girl who gains the ability to transform into anybody in the human world (for one hour) after gaining a magic hair ribbon.
  • Himitsu no Akko-chan - Atsuko "Akko-chan" Kagami, a cute elementary schoolgirl, is a given a magic mirror which she uses to transform into anything and anyone she wants.
  • Izetta from Izetta: The Last Witch is this both in her childhood and the present day storyline.
  • Lime from Jewel BEM Hunter Lime is a hybrid of this and Magical Girl Warrior — she's tasked with saving the world from evil Monsters Of The Week and has transforming powers, but she's also a natural-born magical user and a clueless newcomer to the human world.
  • Jewelpet, at its most basic, is about the adorable (and mostly female) titular pets studying to become mages, and the humans that partner with them and study alongside them are more often than not just as cute.
  • Chiyoko from Kuromajo-san ga Toru!! is an adorable high school student who becomes a black witch apprentice after accidentally summoning a more powerful witch.
  • Almost all the characters in Little Witch Academia fit this trope. It's about a school for schoolgirl witches and it's anime, self-explanatory, really. Also somewhat of a Reconstruction/Revival of the genre.
  • Maburaho: Yuna practices Western magic, and when dressed up in the proper attire, she looks like the standard stereotypical lovely witch.
  • In Magical Girl Raising Project, magical girls are supposed to help people with more mundane problems using their magic they received from the Magical Kingdom and otherwise just live a normal life. Some embody this spirit well, though others prefer to use their gifts for more combat-related purposes.
  • Magical Witch Punie-chan is a brutal parody of cute witch series. Punie, while definitely cute as a button, is more of the model of a Wicked Witch.
  • Magic User's Club was the first to have a group of Cute Witches (and Wizards) working as a team. It's also special because it mixed magic with aliens and the Witches and Wizards are actually members of a School Club centered on the occult.
  • Mahou Tsukai Chappy, a close emulator of Sally, has a Cute Witch accidentally falling to Earth with her brother and their mascot, and they establish themselves here on Earth.
  • Majokko Meg-chan is what happens when this trope collides with Fanservice. Meg-chan herself is a young witch competing with another extra dimensional traveller called Non for the throne, and again this takes place on Earth.
  • Majokko Tickle from Majokko Tickle is The Prankster and a mischievous cute witch.

    Comic Books 
  • Wendy The Good Little Witch, Casper's friend. Harvey Comics created Wendy the Good Little Witch as a backup feature for Casper the Friendly Ghost back in 1954. She got her own title in 1960. All adults witches appearing in the various series are green-skinned and wicked, just as all the "big" ghosts in Casper are mean and scary.
  • The French-Belgian comic Mélusine is about a 119 year-old witch who resembles a beautiful young red-haired girl.

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  • Dinky Doo, from RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse, is both incredibly adorable and one of the rare unicorns whose cutie mark talent encompasses all forms of magic, not just a few specialized spells.
  • Mariner Chibi Moon, from The Bridge, an eleven year old School for Gifted Unicorns student who fangirls over Junior, whom eventually becomes her sensei. When she's not firing giant pink magic beams or launching herself with the energy pulse shockwaves, she's playfully hounding her mentor while trying find him a date, preferably with her other idol Princess Luna.
  • Chloe Cerise dresses up as one in Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail when she begins to narrate one of her stories to some Sorbet Sharks.

    Films — Animation 
  • Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service. She's a relatively mild version of the folklore witch rather than the overly cute magical girl type.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Louise in Teen Witch is a cute teenage girl who discovers she has witch powers, and uses them non-maliciously.
  • Hermione, Luna, and Ginny in the early films of Harry Potter before they get old enough to qualify as Hot Witches. They are young girls with an intrinsic talent for magic, studying at an academy of magic, in a magical world. They are good witches, using their magic more or less routinely, and young enough to appeal to the Moe attraction in older males (an implied element of this trope).

  • The Worst Witch book series naturally features one of these as a heroine. She was an extremely clumsy witch to boot.
  • Tiffany Aching from her series of Discworld books is an aversion. Just because you're 11 years old doesn't mean you can't be angry, defiantly plain, and wearing shitkicker boots.
  • Sephrenia from The Elenium trilogy by David Eddings. Though she was not, technically speaking, a witch, she was often called that by those who opposed the use of magic for religious reasons. And despite being a few hundred years old, she was said to be extremely lovely.
  • Boobela from the Boobela And Worm series is a giant who possesses the ability to perform magic, and resembles a large 8-year-old girl.
  • Hexene Candlemas in City of Devils and its sequel is a subversion. She's outwardly cute, though she's the world's equivalent of a drug dealer, and she likes to punctuate her hexes with obscene gestures. Oh, and her familiar is a grumpy toad.
  • Kurino Ishiria of Ryuunosuke Akiyama's A Terribly Dangerous Coat is a bright, cheery girl who flies on a broom and is exceptionally good at making magic to raise winds. Though the term "witch" isn't used, she has all the trappings of one.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Alex Russo from Wizardsof Waverly Place is an extremely pretty girl with dark brown hair and dark eyes, and like all members of her family, she possesses magical powers.
  • Samantha of Bewitched is an older example, being a very attractive woman with the ability to cast spells just by wiggling her nose.
  • Jeannie from I Dream of Jeannie would normally be too old for this trope (besides, she's strictly a djinn), but it is noteworthy that the name of the show in Japan is "Cute Witch Jinny," possibly making her a Trope Maker.
  • The Charmed (1998):
    • Before their powers were bound, the sisters used them for various cute childish things — such as freezing playmates during games of tag. They're Hot Witches now.
    • Baby Wyatt is a rare male example. The fact that he's an adorable baby doesn't detract from the precocious ways he uses his powers — such as bringing a dragon to life from a TV show he watched, setting off an alarm just to get extra attention and conjuring up extra cards to win Go Fish.
  • Cassie, Diana and Melissa from The Secret Circle are cute teenage girls who practice White Magic, although Cassie becomes a lot less cute when she lets Black Magic overtake her.
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Sabrina is a teenage witch who goes to regular high school. She's petite, blond, pretty and usually a Nice Girl. She becomes a Hot Witch once she graduated high school.
  • Urara and Houka of Mahou Sentai Magiranger: Urara of the Shy Blue-Haired Girl variety with Oracular Urchin powers of divinity, and Houka the Manic Pixie Dream Girl type with the Mundane Utility power of Shapeshifting.
  • Bonnie from The Vampire Diaries is an attractive teenage girl with the abilty to use divination, telekinesis, pyrokinesis, aerokinesis, accelerated healing and necromancy.
  • In the BBC/Starz series The White Queen, Elizabeth Woodville, Queen Consort to Edward IV, and her mother Jacquetta Woodville, Lady Rivers, are both portrayed as actual witches, with the ability being a heritable trait. At one point, the two of them work together to cast a spell to summon a terrible storm with which to strike at their political opponents, and Elizabeth's daughter (also Elizabeth), who at that time was an adorable three-year-old girl, innocently joins in, obviously not realizing just what it is they're doing. Needless to say, this qualifies her for this trope, while her mother is, of course, a Hot Witch. It should go without saying that, in Real Life, none of the Woodville women were actually witches, or had actual supernatural powers.
  • Winnie Goodwin from Free Spirit (1989) looks fairly attractive, and acts great with children, but also has her share of adorably naïve moments.
  • The Teen Witches of Every Witch Way could be called this.
  • Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, more so as the series goes on. Just don't make her angry. Parodied in "All the Way", where Willow is ranting about the Wicked Witch stereotype...until she sees a little girl dressed up as a witch and finds it adorable.
  • Alaska in La Bola de Cristal, a Spanish children's television program. As the hostess of the show she educates children about mythology, cast spells, and falls in love with movie monsters.
  • The live-action tokusatsu show, Magic x Warrior Magi Majo Pures!, features five "Magic Warriors" as the main cast.
  • Luna Nera: The youngest witch Persepolis is a pretty, sweet girl despite having a kleptomaniac streak.

  • Alaska Y Dinarama is a Spanish band from the 80s whose lead singer, Alaska, dressed as a stereotypical European witch complete with pointed hat, but was always cute and friendly.

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    Puppet Shows 
  • The main character of the '90s children's show Eureeka's Castle, Eureeka, is both a Cute Witch and a Cute Monster Girl (she has horns).
  • Long-running South African children's' TV show Die Liewe Heksie was about a well-meaning but rather dim Cute Witch who lived in an idyllic elfland, and served as its guardian against incursions by evil goblins led by a Wicked Witch, winning the day more by accident than design.

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    Video Games 
  • The Witch princess from most of the first DS Harvest Moon games. Even though she's pretty mean at start, she becomes a lot nicer when you talk to her a lot (and give her gifts, trigger heart events etc.), and you can even marry her eventually.
  • Alice from the Shin Megami Tensei series is a powerful sorceress who resembles Lewis Carroll's Alice - in fact, her cuteness gained her two powerful demons as guardians.
  • Deneb from Ogre Battle is a young and beautiful witch who can use fire magic. She's proven so popular that she's one of the only characters to have shown up in every game in the series, despite her tendency to slaughter entire villages in pursuit of her twisted experiments.
  • Ran from Twinkle Star Sprites is an adorable little fairy girl, who flies on a magic broom and fires energy spheres from her wand.
  • Mizuno from Tomba! is actually called "The Cute Witch". She's also intensely sarcastic, and prone to losing her magic mirror.
  • Vivian the Shadow Siren from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, with her long, pink ringlets, dimples, and adorable smile, is often considered to be second only to Peach in terms of "cute" for the franchise. (And to some fans, even cuter.) And she's not only a witch (having dark, shadowy powers, along with a cool witch's hat), she's a downright powerful one, arguably becoming Mario's most powerful partner after joining his party with her offensive attacks and incredibly useful defensive Veil. (Although, she might only truly count in the American version, anyway; she's cute in Japan too, but might not qualify as a witch in that version.)
  • Lilka from Wild ARMs 2 - she's both as cute as a button and an Inept Mage (although only really when she's teleporting).
  • Marion from the Gunbird series is an adorable 13-year-old witch who dresses in blue, has ribbons in her hair, and flies on a broomstick. Personality-wise, however, she's selfish, mean, and frequently abuses her pet rabbit Pom-Pom.
  • Melody from Rune Factory. She runs the bathhouse and doesn't quite know why. In the original game, she only dresses the part, but in Rune Factory Frontier, it's possible for her to actually learn magic from Cinnamon.
  • Both reoccurring opponent Witch and Arle Nadja from the Puyo Puyo series. They both look like young girls, and both possess the ability to use magic. Witch gets bonus points for using a Flying Broomstick.
  • Castlevania being inspired by various horror elements, various games from the series naturally feature examples:
    • The Witch enemies from various games appear as young women on brooms, complete with hats. The Student Witches introduced in Aria of Sorrow count even more, being younger, cuter, and still learning to fly. Only in Circle of the Moon does the Witch look like the traditional ugly Wicked Witch.
    • Charlotte Aulin is an adorable yet skilled teenage witch. Having ties to the famous Fernandez/Belnades clan of magic users, which notably includes Sypha from the third game, definitely helps in this regard.
    • Carrie Fernandez may be tiny and cute, but she's another descendant of Sypha, and just as skilled as that implies.
    • Maria Renard is another adorable little girl, who can summon doves and various guardian animals to defeat enemies with; being ironically easier to play as than the trained vampire hunter Richter.
  • Lymle from Star Ocean: The Last Hope is 15 years old by her race's standards, but mentally acts and speaks like a 6 year old girl. If there's anything she knows complete mastery over though, it's using Symbology Magic and summoning Cerberus from a pocket dimension akin to Hell itself.
  • Tyurru of Ninety-Nine Nights is a twelve-year-old magical prodigy, who "unlocks" fearsome magic with her key-shaped staff.
  • Yuria the Witch of Demon's Souls is very attractive, despite the bug-infested clothes she wears.
  • Super Robot Wars NEO: Sharlie Lunoille and the Merville, which is a Fembot with cat ears riding a mechanical broom that can be used as a Wave-Motion Gun.
  • In Yume Nikki, Madotsuki can become one herself through the aptly titled Witch effect. Doing this enables her to fly a broom, which serves no real purpose (as most things in the game). One can trigger an event on the roof this way, though.
  • Evie from Vindictus is very attractive, particularly if you deck her out in the Scarlet Witch set. She can create Golems, heal and buff party members, slow down or distract enemies, and if armed with a staff, she can cast a wide variety of long-range spells in order to keep enemies at bay.
  • Witchina (yes, really) from the obscure arcade and PSX game Ghoul Panic - she's an attractive witch in a pink ballerina-esque outfit who's responsible for all the troubles in the game (which also makes her a Wicked Witch), and flies on a giant magic wand.
  • Witch Beatrice from Dark Souls is a cute witch in a world where cute doesn't show up much at all.
  • Sally from AdventureQuest Worlds is a witch and a Necromancer that dresses in pink, and has a freaking teddy bear.
  • Ashley from WarioWare is a girl of indeterminate age who spends her time learning spells and mixing things in her cauldron from her Haunted House. WarioWare: Smooth Moves clears away any doubt about what she is when she's depicted riding on a broomstick.
  • The main character of a Bubble Witch games is Stella, a very cute redheaded witch who travels around with two magical cats bursting magical bubbles, saving fairies and animals, etc.
  • Liddell is the titular witch of A Witch's Tale. She has cute blonde pigtails, a sassy attitude, and powerful magic.
  • In Moco Moco Friends, the heroine and her rivals are adorable witches who command plushies in battle.
  • Pio from the casual free mobile game Potion Maker is a tiny demon witch who's implied to be very old. Her assistant Tia is a more "developed" demon girl looking like a teenage girl, who qualifies as a Hot Witch.
  • While nearly every other witch in the Shrek franchise falls into Gonk territory, Luna from Shrek SuperSlam is an aversion, being a witch in her teens who lacks a Gag Nose like many of the other witches. She does however, have a pretty impressive Evil Laugh and many of her combos will finish with a powerful sneeze.
  • Evie the Winter Witch from Paladins is a youthful, teenage ice mage with big blue pigtails and a psycho streak. While crazy and powerful, she is friendly to people she likes and is a proud member of the Paladins. Just don't be around her when she sneezes a blizzard.
  • Ralsei from Deltarune is the rare male example. Even the other characters in-game note that he's adorable.
  • The witch academy in Wadanohara is full of these, including Wadanohara herself, who is a Clueless Chick Magnet of multiple characters in the game, including The Dragon of the Big Bad.
  • Kirby:
    • Broom Hatter, a recurring enemy, is described as a witch-in-training. She's a yellow Waddling Head who wears a pointed hat and wields a broom, though she uses it to sweep the floor rather than flying. She's seen flying on her broom in Kirby Air Ride, however. In certain games, like Kirby's Dream Land 3 and Kirby Star Allies, she gives the Cleaning ability when copied.
    • Gryll, the True Final Boss of Kirby's Super Star Stacker, appears to be this, donning a brimmed hat with a block-shaped tip and a broom that allows them to fly through outer space. They arrive at Pop Star because they can tell Kirby has become a skilled-enough puzzle-solver to compete with them in one final match.
    • Keke, an enemy from Kirby's Dream Land 3, is a cute white-haired Cat Girl who flies around on a broom and gives Kirby the Cleaning ability. She appears to be a shout-out to Kiki's Delivery Service, and also makes a cameo in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
  • Dragon Quest:
    • Dragon Quest II: The Princess of Moonbrooke is an adorable, young female spellcaster.
    • Dragon Quest III: The female Mage is a pretty red-haired woman clad in a classic witch green dress.
    • Dragon Quest V: Bianca, Nera and Deborah -the main character's three potential wives- are beautiful, young spellcasters. Madchen -the main character's daughter- is an adorable eight-year-old child who learns several of the best spells in the game.
    • Dragon Quest VIII: Jessica is a gorgeous young lady who turns out to be the best black mage in the party. Played up with the Hexlet costume in the 3DS version, which looks like a modern Halloween costume.
  • Fay from Witches X Warlocks is a witch, and has a very cheerful, helpful and enthusiastic personality.

  • Mye, the zombie witch from Charby the Vampirate - she's remarkably cute for a zombie, and has the power to transform into a very attractive winged bunny demon.
  • Hester from Blip is a very powerful witch, and also a cute red-haired girl with large eyes.
  • Magick Chicks: The Hellrune Coven are a trio of witches, who originated from Eerie Cuties before being given their own Spin-Off series. Of three, Jacqui is the one who best fits the description, both in terms of appearance and her cheerfully ditzy personality.
  • Peridot from Cucumber Quest, a young girl who, prior to becoming henchwoman to the Big Bad, learned magic so she could boss people around. She flies around on a star-ended broom and wears a dress and witch's hat.
  • Homestuck: Jade, when she rises to God/Dog Tier, gaining powerful abilities and a witch outfit to match, complete with striped stockings and ruby slippers ... and later being killed by a falling house after going evil. She gets better.

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    Western Animation 
  • Sadira from the Aladdin: The Series is a very attractive young woman who gains sand-based magic after stumbling upon the ancient lair of the long-disappeared sand witches. Saleen the mermaid counts as one, too, although she's more of an Evil Witch.
  • Obscure 1960s character Honey Halfwitch is actually half-wizard/half-girl, according to the theme song).
  • Posey, Hazel and Lavender, The Little Charmers, fit this trope perfectly. Although prim and proper, Hazel's mother, Mrs. Charming the Enchantress, fits more the Hot Witch stereotype.
  • The Woodstock Witches in American Dragon: Jake Long. Jake was expecting to meet traditional old hags but quickly changes his mind when he sees they're actually three pretty girls.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
  • Luz Noceda, the heroine of The Owl House, is a young teenage human girl who goes looking for adventure on the Boiling Isles and becomes the apprentice of Eda, becoming a witch in training. Her classmates and friends the 'witchlings' Willow Park and Amity Blight also qualify
  • Rupert has two examples: A young witch who's upset because "witches aren't supposed to be cute," and Tiger Lily, who's learned a few things from her father, the Conjuror.
  • Filmation's adaptation of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Sabrina and The Groovie Goolies (which had a shared universe with The Archie Show)
  • Sabrina again, this time as a junior high schooler in Sabrina: The Animated Series (no relation to the above) and a high schooler in Sabrina's Secret Life. She's a petite teenager witch, blond, pretty and usually a Nice Girl. Also, to bring the cartoon in line with the preceding TV films and live-action series, Hilda and Zelda, who were stereotypical old hags in the original comics, became humanlike and pretty, while looking youthful enough to qualify (they look like girls in their late teens in the cartoon).
  • Sofia the First features one named Lucinda in one episode who starts out as a troublemaker but then is converted to a "good little witch"
  • Tara Duncan from Tara Duncan is Spellbinder who defeats villains from the Otherworld with her friends and fellow Spellbinders.
  • Raven from the Teen Titans is an attractive Goth with extensive magical powers.
  • The Smurfs (1981) have Brenda and Melina as good little witches who are cute in their own little ways as girls.
  • Total Drama Revenge of the Island has Dawn, who Zoey suspects that she might be a Wizard in "Backstabbers Ahoy". In fact she is the only contestant in the series who's been implied to have supernatural powers.
  • The main girls in Trollz are cute troll girls who possess the ability to perform magic using magic beads.
  • Mirta is much nicer than most other witches in Winx Club and is really the only cute witch. In season two she becomes a fairy.
  • In Babar's episode "Land of Witches" Babar and family met Lulu, a cute witch; she is nice, young, small and friendly.
  • Lynn of Filly Funtasia is an adorable little purple pony with red hair and the ability to use magic thanks to her magic cape.
  • In a Futurama episode parodying The Wizard of Oz, Amy plays the role of, in her own words, "the cute witch of the North."