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"Magic Girls, no matter how frilly their dresses, high their screams, or incompetent their sidekicks, will be treated as the credible and dire threats they are, and I will direct as many, if not more resources to their destruction as I would for a more classical Hero."
— Rule #52, Evil Empress Guide

Known as mahou shoujo ("magical girl") or just majokko ("witch-girl") in Japanese, Magical Girls are empowered by various means with fantastic powers that both assist and complicate their lives, but manage to persevere despite this.

No matter how hard this may be for the Western world to believe, Magical Girls have high crossover popularity in different demographics with some minor but appropriate design modifications and make up a sizable portion of both Shōjo and bishoujo fandom.

A Super-Trope to:


Magical Girl Warriors arguably have the widest demographic appeal, and in the West are often synonymous with the idea of a Magical Girl.

History of the Genre

It may come as a surprise to learn that the entire Magical Girl genre is descended, effectively, from the American live-action Magical Girlfriend sitcom Bewitched. While two series claim the role of "first magical girl anime"—Mitsuteru Yokoyama's Mahotsukai Sally (Sally the Witch, 1966-1968) and Fujio Akatsuka's Himitsu no Akko-chan (broadcast 1969, but its manga predates Mahotsukai Sally)—the creators of both credit Bewitched as a primary inspiration for their work. Yokoyama explicitly adapted its concept for a younger audience, while Akatsuka merely says he was "inspired" by it.

Another important early Magical Girl show was Majokko Meg-chan in 1974. This was the first show to be marketed to boys as well as girls, and featured a number of developments—it was the first Magical Girl show to...


Originally, all Magical Girl shows were produced by Toei Animation, so "Magical Girl" wasn't so much a genre as a Series Franchise. This lasted until Ashi Production's Magical Princess Minky Momo hit the airwaves in 1982, followed by Studio Pierrot's Magical Angel Creamy Mami in 1983 (the first Magic Idol Singer show). A one-shot OVA produced in 1987 featured a Bat Family Crossover between Studio Pierrot's four '80s Magical Girl shows (Magical Angel Creamy Mami, Persia, the Magic Fairy, Magical Star Magical Emi, and Magical Idol Pastel Yumi). This was the first instance of a magical girl team.

The Magical Girl Warrior subgenre, despite being the most well-known style of Magical Girl show in the west, didn't hit until Sailor Moon in 1992 (unless you count Cutey Honey, which wasn't aimed at girls but had a lot of influence on it, or Devil Hunter Yohko, which wasn't aimed at girls either). This was essentially a combination of the earlier style shows with the Super Hero genre, particularly the Super Sentai formula. Sailor Moon was a huge hit, and, naturally, other shows were made in the same style.

The wave of shows inspired by Sailor Moon eventually subsided, but new sub-genres spawned soon in its wake. As of present, most magical girl shows can be loosely organized into three broad categories.

  1. Neo-classical, codified by Cardcaptor Sakura. Essentially, old school magical girl coming of age stories updated with the sensibilities of the modern age and the roles of girls and women in it. Mainly aimed towards young girls but often with a significant Peripheral Demographic of adult males. Contemporary examples include Ojamajo Doremi, Shugo Chara! and the Pretty Cure franchise (though that also fits in the second set).
  2. Action Hero, created by Pretty Cure, but codified by Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. Magical Girl Warrior territory, with emphasis on "Warrior" and often enough Hot Blood to put a Shounen fighting series to shame. Largely aimed at the teenage and adult male demographic, and as such placing heavy emphasis on Fanservice: from a lot of fighting scenes with Calling Your Attacks, to Magitek Technology Porn. The Improbably Female Cast is frequently used as an excuse for Les Yay. Examples include: My-HiME, Vividred Operation, Symphogear, and Kill la Kill.
  3. Deconstructive, codified by Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Debunking the very concept of a world where young girls are forced to confront evil as a Crapsaccharine World with plenty of dark secrets and delving deep into the psychology of its cast, often with religious or philosophical references. Tends to skew towards teens and adult males like the Action Hero variation, but there are a few works that aim towards young and teenage girls as well. Often borders on Surreal Horror territory; Madoka itself was considered the equivalent of Neon Genesis Evangelion and Berserk for the genre. Other notable examples include My-HiME (again), Princess Tutu, Day Break Illusion, and Yuki Yuna is a Hero.

Of course, there are other examples that feature similar themes but diverge even further from the old-style shows. Many fans felt that shows such as Magic Knight Rayearth were still Magical Girl shows, despite all the dissimilarities from the previous generation (others disagree, and feel that Rayearth is Shoujo RPG World Fantasy instead).

IMPORTANT NOTE: A girl who can use magic is not necessarily a Magical Girl in the sense of the trope or genre. A Magical Girlfriend, for example, usually does not fit into the same structure that defines a Magical Girl series.

For an index of magical girl works, see the Magical Girl Genre Index. Also see the Index of Magical Girl Tropes and our own guide on how to Write a Magical Girl Series.

Not to be confused with John Popadiuk's Magic Girl pinball machine.

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Examples of Magical Girl works:

    Anime & Manga 

    Deconstructions, Dramas and parodies 

    Asian Animation 
  • Flower Fairy is basically China's answer to Cardcaptor Sakura, featuring a young girl named Xia An'an capturing and using the powers of fairies with her companion, Prince Kukuru of the fairy continent Labelle, to fight evil.
  • Nana Moon, a Chinese series, has Keke being given a special badge that lets her transform into specific occupations (such as a makeup artist, for example) to help people.
  • Rainbow Ruby is a girl who uses a magical suitcase to transform herself into different job outfits.

    Eastern European Animation 

    Comic Books 
  • W.I.T.C.H. is an Italian animesque comic about a team of American girls with magical powers. In Icelandic, the comic was renamed to Magical Girls, since W.I.T.C.H. obviously doesn't work in all languages. Also has an animated adaptation.
  • Wonder Woman and the Star Riders may have been a truncated property but what was made features Wonder woman in a skirt and tights leading a group of gals with magical powers wearing sparkly outfits while protecting and using magic gems.
  • Zodiac Starforce is an American take on a Magical Girl team. Artist Paulina Gauncheau is a huge fan of the genre (and especially Sailor Moon), and it shows.
  • Magical Beatdown is a hyper violent street harassment revenge fantasy about an average video-game loving schoolgirl who transforms into a foul-mouthed and rage-fuelled Magical girl when provoked.
  • Strange Academy features Emily Bright, a young girl who has had magical abilities of unknown origins ever since she was a baby, and has enrolled in Doctor Strange's eponymous Wizarding School as a member of its first class.
  • Goodbye, Battle Princess Peony is about the titular Peony, a Battle Princess who fights to protect her world from dark villainesses known as the Divine Ladies, but accidentally gets transported to their world one day.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Avalon: Web of Magic three girls, Emily, Adriane, and Kara, find stones/crystals - that come from a fantastical alternate dimension in need of help - that grant them magical abilities.
  • Daughters of the Moon a series of novels about five girls who are granted powers by the moon goddess, Selene, in order to fight off an ancient evil called the Atrox, who aims to end all hope and spread darkness across the world.
  • Hex Hall
  • Twitches twin girls, Cam and Alex, who were separated at birth find each other, and learn that their odd behaviours are in fact the sign of mystical powers that reach their full potential when they're together. They fight off an evil force known as 'The Darkness'.
  • The Witches of Bailiwick
  • Magical Girl Pretty Dynamo from Jake And The Dynamo.
  • Ximena/Selena of Walking On Dreams.

    Live-Action TV 

  • "Magical Girl" by Cate Rox comes across as a Magical Girl Warrior song.
    "I'm a magical girl
    In this ordinary world
    Where darkness has consumed all life
    And you need magic to survive
    Everyday is a fight
    I'm a magical girl."

    Puppet Shows 
  • Lavinia, the Cute Witch heroine of South African childrens' show Die Liewe Heksie, is a Magical Girl: her youth and cuteness contrast to the Wicked Witch qualities of the opposing GeelHeks.


    Tabletop Games 
  • Princess: The Hopeful is a Decon-Recon Switch of Magical Girls that's compatible with the New World of Darkness. Princesses are charged with improving the world, but doing so is going to take a lot of hard work, struggle, sacrifice, and more varied strategies than The Power of Love.
  • Pathfinder has the gender-neutral Magical Child archetype for the Vigilante class. The Magical Child can cast spells(like the Summoner) and comes with a familiar, that changes forms as the Child grows in levels, and eventually gets the ability to switch between them. And yes, it has a Transformation Sequence. Once that starts at thirty seconds, and can get shorter with new talents.

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    Web Animation 
  • Bee from Bee and Puppycat unintentionally finds herself working as one as a part time job. Her response was... less than pleased. The series as a whole can be thought of as an Affectionate Parody of the genre.
  • Kawaii Battle Stars
  • Magical Fun Time Now
  • RWBY mixes the Magical Girl genre with fairy tale motifs. As the series enters Volume 3, it gradually becomes a Darker and Edgier Deconstruction of the genre: it's a life or death war for survival against Eldritch Abominations hellbent on humanity's extinction, the four kingdoms humanity are sequestered into are fractured by past grudges and ideological differences even with the monsters banging on the doors, the Big Good guiding the heroines is a very shady man who the Big Bad might even have legitimate grievances against, and the girls themselves are really in over their heads with just how much more powerful, experienced and dangerous their adversaries are.

  • Agents of the Realm is clearly inspired by the genre, with parallel worlds, Monster of the Week and eponymous Agents being five Magical Girl Warriors whose Transformation Trinkets are shiny amulets.
  • Americano Exodus is a rather unique take on the genre. Several of the main characters are young girls descended from the nobility of a parallel world, sent to earth in order to hunt down members of the Twilight Dawn organization, who are hiding out on our planet. While the girls do have magic and costumes, the magical girl elements end there. The main character, Amel, is actually a teenage boy who must pretend to be a girl in order to protect the integrity of his household and his own life. Since only women are supposed to be able to use magic, any men with the ability, while rare, are imprisoned and sometimes executed.
  • Angel Moxie is both a parody and an homage of the genre. It is about Junior High student Alex (a fairly standard magical girl) and her two friends (each of whom have super powers but otherwise don't have many magical girl characteristics) as they fight off Lord Yzin and his servants. It can be found here.
    • The backstory specifies that the magical girl motif was inspired by fiction.
  • Apricot Cookie(s)! is a Deconstructive Parody of the genre. It chronicles the life, loves, and laundry of the titular heroine, the only magical girl in Japan who can't transform. It also deconstructs many other anime tropes and even some from general fiction.
  • The Artist And The Machine is about a magical girl befriending a robot sent to kill her.
  • Cardcaptor Torika, a doujinshi based on the Cardcaptor Sakura series featuring Sakura's daughter.
  • Crystal Fighters by Jen and Tyler Bartel is about a girl named Stella whose parents give her a copy of a magical girl-themed VR game called "Crystal Fighters". On the surface, it's a very cutesy game, which is exactly what Stella doesn't want; she'd sooner play fighting games, but her parents restrict her gaming to titles they consider "suitable for young girls". However, shortly after entering the world of "Crystal Fighters" for the first time, she discovers that a number of players have bypassed the game's controls (which penalize any kind of violent act with a time out) and set up a secret magical girl fight club.
  • Dame Daffodil, a webcomic of the neo-classical variety. Inspired by Sailor Moon and Miraculous Ladybug. Presented in a four-panel black and white style and set in the modern day, it plays out like a Slice of Life as the main character, Charo Flores, wants to be a hero and help out others however she can.
  • Evil Diva, a webcomic about a devil girl who can't help doing good deeds for others.
  • Gorgeous Princess Creamy Beamy, a somewhat violent parody of the genre's conventions - the heroine is somewhat chubby, has an alien disguised as a star-nosed mole for a Mentor Mascot, and is often severely injured in battle (luckily, she is a Human Alien with the ability to regenerate her body parts).
  • The Hues
  • Hi to Tsuki to Hoshi no Tama is about three magical girls with Mons.
  • Kakikomi Magical Girls is about a disillusioned Office Lady named Shiori Kamiya who becomes a Magical girl. The rest of her team are also in their late teens and twenties.
  • M9 Girls!, a Mad Science version of the genre. The eponymous girls gain Elemental Powers by means of genetic manipulation.
  • Magical Boys!, another parody of the genre - the main character is a boy who is given magical girl powers (although he retains his gender) to battle against Dark Magical Girls who want to kill retired magical girls. As the story progresses, more magical boys are revealed.
  • Magical Boy is a Deconstructive Parody that explores the magical boy concept, but with transgender themes. The main character, Max, is the latest to take on the role of a Goddess, an exclusively female role that spans back to the beginning of creation. However, Max is a transgender boy, and comes out to his parents on his 16th birthday - the very same day his magical powers awaken. Much of the magical girl lore is tongue-in-cheek, especially when it comes to Max's mother, Hikari, but it doubles as a deconstruction as it shows the consequences of dealing with a world-threatening menace, on top of learning to navigate life as a trans teen and being forced into a role that doesn't match one's identity.
  • In Magical Girl Neil, Neil, the protagonist, becomes an Oni-fighting Magical Girl on his 16th birthday, due to coming from a long line of magical girls - magical boys are only born every 100 years or so.
  • Magical How? is the story of two normal college guys who are approached by a talking golf ball who offers them magical powers - when one of them agrees, he ends up Dragged into Drag and forced to fight for love and justice as a magical warrior.
  • Magick Chicks centers around Melissa, a former "queen bee" who finds herself fated to become a magical girl, after being transferred to Artemis Academy. Worse, she now has a mysterious wand for a conscience and a ditzy blonde do-gooder for a mentor, when all she wants is to overthrow Faith and become popular. What a world!
  • Also parodied in Mahou Shounen Fight!.
  • Mechagical Girl Lisa ANT parodies the genre with a Fangirl who becomes a (sorta) magical girl... and proceeds to apply large amounts of Wrong Genre Savvy.
  • Nexus is about a magical girl chosen by destiny who gets her powers from a mysterious shopkeeper.
  • Princess Chroma is a deconstruction of the genre. June Summers seems to be the The Chosen One for all the wrong reasons, much to the despair of her Mentor Mascot.
  • Shattered Starlight features an ex-magical girl trying to live her life after the breakup of her team.
  • Sleepless Domain is about the Child Soldier magical girls who protect an unnamed city from its nightly siege by strange monsters, but don't worry - registered Magical Girls have a 70% lower risk of severe injury or death!
  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice is an original work by Bwillett, the author of Cardcaptor Torika, about a girl in New England called Victoria who learns magic (with transformations included) in order to stop a series of monsters unleashed after she puts on an ancient ring. It takes a relatively realistic approach to the genre, both in terms of developing the magic system behind the transformations, and its focus on characterization.
  • To Prevent World Peace features a world where Magical girls have been active since World War I. Cue Alternate History. The story follows a magical girl who believes she must become a Necessarily Evil in order to stop other girls from going too far.

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    Western Animation 

Examples of the Magical Girl trope referred to in other works:


    Anime & Manga 
  • Lampshaded: The DVD extras of Ah! My Goddess have a gag dub in which a student accuses Belldandy of being a Magical Girl. Belldandy insists that she is a Goddess, not a Magical Girl, and they then debate the crucial differences.
    • This was likely inspired by a situation in the manga when Sayoko witnessed Belldandy's powers and accused her of being a witch. Sayoko specifically referred to Magical Girl tropes, including the Idol Singer.
  • Asuka Hybrid has the character Hitomi, who made a wish upon meeting a hooded mage in her teens to become a magical girl, and she still has her powers in her thirties. It's not a detriment, but it's not exactly useful, either — she transforms and gets a frilly outfit, but she doesn't have much in the way of magical powers (her Magic Staff is purely decorative), and her having "100 trillion times the love, courage, and guts" appears to just be a placebo. She herself is rather miffed by the fact her dress is blue (indicating she's the number-two to a nonexistent Pink Heroine) and that there are no supervillains to fight, which she feels defeats the whole point of becoming a magical girl.
  • In an episode of Best Student Council, one character is suspected of being a magical girl; both the Magical Girl Warrior and the Cute Witch (complete with Older Alter Ego) versions are brought up.
  • One of the Omake of Black Lagoon makes Revy a Magical girl, giving her a cheerful, Moe facade and More Dakka.
  • From Bleach, we have a lesser villain Charlotte Cuuhlhourne, The Fighting Narcissist whose Super Mode comes complete with Sailor Moon-esque Transformation Sequence plus a tutu for battle outfit. There's just one problem: he is a huge, muscular Drag Queen; seeing him in a glorious ballerina-princess getup sends his opponent into hysterical laughing fits.
  • Pokomi from Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo
  • Sharanra's character design in The Brave of Gold: Goldran is built around this trope, though she cannot perform any magic.
  • Cutey Honey is a forerunner of the Magical Girl Warrior version, which blended fanservice and fun battles in one tongue-in-cheek package. Fans are divided on whether she counts as a true magical girl or a superhero.
    • New Cutey Honey is the sequel, set 100 years after the original.
    • Cutey Honey Flash is a straight magical girl variant.
      • Cutey Honey Tennyo Densetsu is set in 2005, and features a version of Cutey Honey who has time travelled from the 70s to battle Panther Claw in the new millenium.
      • Cutey Honey Seed is set in an Alternate Universe, where a Cutey Honey Otaku finds a beautiful alien girl who, like all members of her species, develops any power necessary to protect herself and others. After watching several episodes of Cutey Honey, she develops "super powers" just like the "real" Honey's, even going so far as to shout "Honey Flash!"
  • The Show Within a Show "Ai no Senshi Sweetie Millie" from Charger Girl
  • The Doraemon movie, Doraemon: Nobita's Great Adventure into the Underworld have Nobita asking for the What-If Phone Booth to create a parallel-verse where magic does in fact exist. It's in this world the gang (Doraemon, Nobita, and alternate versions of Shizuka, Gian and Suneo) meets Miyoko Mangetsu, daughter of a powerful wizard named Professor Mangetsu whose appearance, basic outfit, and default magical powers seems directly lifted from Magical Girl shows.
  • The Kamikaze Fireballs in Dragon Ball Super are a parody of the trope, complete with transformation sequence. The main one, Ribrianne, turns into an Acrofatic Big Fun fairy with elemets of Gonk - though the members of her univers seem to genuinely consider her beautiful in that form.
  • Parodied in episode 9 of Gag Manga Biyori - among other things, it's the heroine's father who gets naked when she transforms, and her magical girl "outfit" is merely a different top and an antennae on top of her head.
  • Galaxy Angel has an episode where they are told NOT to use a lost technology wand, as it has been known to start wars.
  • From the same TV season, episode eight of H₂O: Footprints in the Sand had an extended sequence revolving around Otoha as a magical girl. That was probably the least odd thing in that episode.
  • Parodied in Haruhi Suzumiya; the main characters create a movie in which the protagonist is a bunny girl-waitress from the future whose attacks include shooting laser beams, rifle bullets, and micro black holes (the last two novel-only) from her eyes.
  • Ayumi Kinoshita, a bespectacled Ill Girl from Hell Teacher Nube, learns from her teacher how to project her astral body as a physical presence, just so she can attend school with her friends. In the process, she learns to transform it into any shape she wishes... including an indestructible Magical girl when said friends are kidnapped.
  • In Hetalia: Axis Powers, France turns into Magic Strike, causing him to wear a frilly pink dress and carry a matching bullhorn. (By "Strike" he means not work and picket until your employer gives you what you want.)
  • In High School D×D, Serafall Leviathan, one of the four rulers (Maou) of Hell, likes to cosplay as one, and even has her own TV Show, "Miracle☆Levia-tan". Issei nicknames her Maou Shoujo.
  • In Higurashi: When They Cry Kira's second episode, Ayakashisenshi-hen, Rika Furude and Satoko Houjou become magical girls in order to battle the evil magic-using generals of the secret magic society, Tokyo Magika (Takano, Teppei, Okonogi & Nomura) and their Ritual Tool Devils with the help of the Rika Cheering Brigade (Keiichi, Rena, Mion, Shion, & Irie) as well as Hanyuu.
  • In Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens, after viewing a magical girl on TV, Nagi immediately buys a toy wand and modifies it into an impurity-vanquishing spiritual weapon to compensate for her lack of power. Then she gets really into it and starts doing poses. It looks goofy on an ancient goddess, but Nagi's clearly enjoying herself.
  • Kaze no Stigma had a one-shot antagonist which is somewhere blurred between the lines of a Magical Girl played straight or deconstructed, but she doesn't have enough screen time for it to matter.
  • Key of Key the Metal Idol becomes more of a Magical Girl as the series progresses, though this used primarily to deconstruct the trope as Key's transformations into her more human form show just how harrowing the powers of a magical girl can be in unwitting (read Naive) hands.
  • Kilala of Kilala Princess.
  • Kiss of the Rose Princess has Anise, who summons the magical members of her Unwanted Harem via magical cards.
  • Raichou from Kyouran Kazoku Nikki claims to be a magical girl.
  • The same situation pops up in Love Hina, where Kaolla Su is compared to a Magical girl because she eats a lot, talks to animals, and can change into an adult. Kentaro Sakata and one of Keitaro's highschool friends vainly struggle to convince the main characters that Kaolla was one.
  • My Dress-Up Darling has this genre covered with the In-Universe anime series "Flower Princess Blaze", which serves as the basis for Marin's second cosplay. The cosplayer Sajuna "Juju" Inui in particular specializes in this kind of characters, as she dreamed to become one as a child.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi has the Show Within a Show, "Mahou Shoujo Biblion". The show's resident Cosplay Otaku Girl/Playful Hacker/Meta Guy cosplays as a character from the show. Said girl eventually gets a Magical girl staff as her artifact. It gives her super hacking powers.
    • Asakara, on witnessing Negi's powers for the first time, theorizes that he is a magical girl (boy version).
  • Shuichi of Midori Days is a doll otaku, who always carries around a doll of the fictional magical girl Ultra-Marin.
  • Nanaka 6/17 has Magical Domiko, a Show Within a Show that 6-year-old Nanaka likes.
  • Ninja Nonsense has a parody in the final episode with "Magical Nin-Nin Shinobu".
  • The main character in Otaku no Video is able to break into the anime industry with his magical girl series, Misty May.
  • The Nyaruko: Crawling with Love! short story "How to Defeat a Kind Enemy" (adapted as an OVA and released with the Season 1 boxset) has Nyarko undergo Training from Hell to become a Magical Girl after being inspired by a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Pretty Cure. What makes this really unusual is, she's already a Henshin Hero (in the Kamen Rider mold); in fact, her first transformation is a combined Shout-Out to Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Kamen Rider Kuuga.
  • Behoimi in Pani Poni Dash!. She's not really a Magical Girl, but that doesn't stop her from playing the role. She even gets her own Image Song about her Magical Girl-ness.
  • The main character in Penguin Musume Heart is obsessed with Takenoko-chan, a magical catgirl who protects the "holy place" from the evil Bamboo King. There's apparently a sequel as well, Takenoko-chan R.
  • Re:CREATORS has characters from different fictional works colliding in modern-day Tokyo, one of them being 'Magical Slayer Mamika', a naive magical girl from a show aimed at grade-schoolers.
  • Episode 7 of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei focused on Art Shifts, with the title sequence and parts of the episode devoted to Kafuka, Chiri, and Meru as the magical girl team Model Warrior Lily Cure, and Nozomu Itoshiki as the Big Bad, The Teacher Of Despair. It even closes with an On the Next continuing the plot. This is a drastic change from the usual format of the show.
  • The OVA of School Days features a parody on the Magical Girl genre, with several female cast members as magical girls.
  • Parodied in the 21st episode of the second season of School Rumble, where Mai Otsuka becomes a magical girl.
  • Angol Mois' true form in Sgt. Frog seems to be a parody of the Magical Girl; she has the Stock Footage transformation and special-attack scenes, the costume, and a cute personality, but she's the Lord of Terror from the prophecies of Nostradamus who came to destroy the world with the "Lucifer Spear".
  • One of the fictional shows in SKET Dance is an anime called "Futari wa Nervous", which is obviously a parody of Futari wa Pretty Cure.
  • Takuto from Star Driver could be considered a magical boy, due to his Galactic Pretty Boy form.
  • Amuri in Star Ocean features elements of the Magical Girl Warrior subtrope.
  • One of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann's Parallel Works, Kiyal's Magical Time, mixes this with Humongous Mecha.
  • The plot of one episode of They Are My Noble Masters is started when Ren discovers that Yume has written a story starring herself as a magical girl.
  • To Love Ru combines this with an Expy. Kyoko Kirisaki from Black Cat is turned into Magical Flame Kyoko, a pyromaniac magical girl.
    • Also, two of Mikan's school friends presumably now believe she's a Magical Girl Warrior after they see her chasing down a criminal while wearing Peke.
  • The Show Within a Show Puru Puru Pururin of the anime version of Welcome to the N.H.K.. Only a few snippets are shown, in which we see that Pururin is accompained by a number of animated household objects, including a vacuum cleaner upon which she flies, and that her trademark is to randomly append the word "Purin" to the end of sentences.
  • Dark Magician Girl in Yu-Gi-Oh! is largely based on this idea, with several of her summoning scenes looking similar to magical girl transformation sequences. Despite the name, she is not a Dark Magical Girl.
  • Yurara has elements of this, as the main character is able to transform and battle evil spirits with powerful magic.
  • Show Within a Show Majokko Mirakurun in YuruYuri.
  • Pastissier Macaroon from Yuusha Gojo Kumiai Kouryuugata Keijiban. Being a twenty-year-old college student, she considers her frilly outfit, transformation phrase, transformation sequence, poses, and finishing move to be embarrassing, and it doesn't help that her fairy mascots constantly demand sweets and annoy her while she's at college.
  • One conversation in Daily Lives of High School Boys has the trio debate over magical girls and whether or not there were any magical boys within the genre. They eventually decided Harry Potter counted as one.

    Comic Books 
  • Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld combines Magical Girl with Changeling Fantasy and High Fantasy.
  • The Enchantress created by DC Comics in 1966, comes very close to being a proto-Magical Girl Warrior. Young woman June Moone goes with her slightly older boyfried to an alledgedly haunted castle for a party. Turns out that there are actual spooks. June stumbles into a secret chamber, where a mysterious being tells her she is The Chosen One and gives her a transformation word. June says it and gets magical powers, an appearance makeover (blonde to dark red), a miniskirted costume, and a kickin' witch hat. The Enchantress then battles a Monster of the Week and evacuates the civilians before the castle collapses. June reappears with a weak excuse and her boyfriend expresses an interest in her alter ego. There were two more stories where Enchantress fought random menaces, but the writers didn't have a good story arc beyond that, so she went into obscurity for years, including a phase as a Dark Magical Girl.
  • The Gen¹³ miniseries Magical Drama Queen Roxy, which reinvents Freefall as a Magical girl, is a parody of the genre. Turned out to be All Just a Dream.
  • Comic book Superheroine Mary Marvel, who first appeared in 1942, possessed several similar characteristics to the Magical Girl Warrior sub-type: skimpy costume, magical Transformation Sequence into a super-powered form, a Destiny, and (if you stretch it to include Tawky Tawny) a Talking Animal friend.
  • W.I.T.C.H. is an Italian comic following the formula of an Action Hero magical girl series. The main 5 girls all have magical powers, transformation sequences, and fight to defend the earth from evil forces. The animated TV show is based on the comic books.
  • Queen Bee

    Fan Works 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Even the horror genre has nods to this trope. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master can be seen as a darker take on the Magical girl story, since Alice's dream powers at first only serve to make everyone around her bigger targets for Freddy Krueger and they are Personality Powers received from their deaths. Nonetheless, it has the typical tropes: shy and insecure teenage girl receives magical powers one day (from Kristen, the previous Final Girl) and, over the course of the movie, overcomes her insecurities and matures into her role as the titular Dream Master, freeing the children's souls from Freddy while getting the hot guy and reconciling with her abusive father.

  • The German fantasy book series (also adapted as an audio drama) Bibi Blocksberg is about a 13-year-old witch living in a small German town and going to school with other regular kids. The series started in 1980, long before anime shows or manga became popular in Germany.note 
  • The German book series Lilly The Witch is about a girl named Lilly who finds a magical book which turns her into a witch, as well as a Mentor Mascot in the form of a little green dragon named Hector, and who has many adventures all over the world. The books have been made into an animated series on CBBC, as well as an animated movie.

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    Tabletop Games 

  • Balala the Fairies, which is basically a live action Pretty Cure.
  • In the 1980s and early 1990s, Shotaro Ishinomori had a hand in making the Toei Fushigi Comedy Series. While earlier series were kiddie Sci-Fi robot shows and friendly monsters, the later entries in the franchise were all live action magical girls, such as Mahou Shoujo Chuuka na Paipai, Fushigi Shojo Nile na Thutmose, Bishoujo Kamen Poitrine, and Yuugen Jikkou Sisters Shushutorian.
  • Cutey Honey The Live is Exactly What It Says on the Tin - a live action version of Cutey Honey.
  • Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, a live action version of Sailor Moon.
  • The toku series Seishoujo Senshi Saint Valkyrie, which appears to have been inspired by Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki.
  • Even Super Sentai has an example. Gekisou Sentai Carranger, the parody series, had the kid sister of the series' main villainess transforming into White Racer, a racing-themed magical girl, to occasionally help out the heroes. Also, she had a cat/car-based mecha. Carranger was an odd year.
  • Kamen Rider Ex-Aid's Poppy Pipopapo (Asuna Karino) transforms into her disguised civilian form or her true Bugster form when she says, "Costume Change" that bares some Magical Girl elements and and has a true bubbly and energetic personality like one of the protagonists from those magical girl series such as Usagi "Serena" Tsukino (Sailor Moon) from Sailor Moon, & Miyuki Hoshizora (Emily) (Cure Happy) (Glitter Lucky) from Smile Pretty Cure! (Glitter Force). Also, as Asuna, she has a mature and no-nonsense persona, although her normal personality will momentarily surface if she is addressed by her real name. But as Kamen Rider Poppy, she uses with the Gashacon Bugvisor II (Buggle Driver II) & the Tokimeki Crisis Gashat, given from Amagasaki Ren (Lovelica Bugster) & her transformation sequence has some Magical Girl elements, like Sailor Moon, & Smile Pretty Cure! (Glitter Force).
  • Once in Kamen Rider Wizard, in order to hide his identity from his Grandmother, Kamen Rider Beast refers himself as Magical Girl Beast.
  • The Girl x Warrior franchise in Japan is a magical girl tokusatsu franchise meant to rival the Pretty Cure franchise. The first installment, Idol x Warriors Miracle Tunes, which is about idols given the power to transform and fight evil, premiered in 2017 in Japan, and has recently gotten a European adaptation.


    Video Games 
  • Battle Moon Wars features several characters from various Type-Moon shows dressed as magical girls.


    Web Original 
  • In The Impossible Man Yuki Shimizu is a Magical girl, sent by her mother who leads a mysterious village of Magical Girls and Magical Women, to work as Michael Garcia's bodyguard at his store.
  • In Monster Girl Encyclopedia, magical girl appear to be a class of heroine, with Fallen Maidens book features a magical girl named Mimiru Miltie. As hinted by name of the book, she got corrupted and become a witch of Subbath cult.

    Web Videos 

    Western Animation 

Alternative Title(s): Mahou Shoujo, Majokko