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The touching story of a boy and his Physical Goddess girlfriend.
"She's the heart of the funfair
She's got me whistling her private tune
And it all begins where it ends
And she's all mine, my magic friend
She says: 'Hello, you fool, I love you
Come on join the joyride.'"
Roxette, "Joyride"

A genre of adolescent male Wish-Fulfillment.

The hero is usually a geeky loser, terribly unlucky at love. He is either unable to get a date at all, or has had his sensitive poet's heart broken by a cruel bitch who was only toying with his affections, forcing him to withdraw from all feminine companionship. Exactly how strongly this is exaggerated depends on the writers.

However, because he is a genuinely good and kind person, fate smiles upon him — the perfect girl for him enters his life. She is beautiful, kind, domestic, and utterly and eternally devoted to him. However, she's often not exactly human by most definitions — she is a goddess, demon, vampire, witch, extraterrestrial, angel, robot, ghost, virtual being born of an advanced computer program, or under a spell/curse, or an immortal sorceress, or some combination of any or all of the above. Sometimes the "magic" is purely metaphorical, although this is usually used in a critical way implying she's too good to be true. But she is good — to him and for him — and if the plot would just leave them alone they'd be very happy together.

But no relationship is ever perfect, and a pairing of dork and demigoddess is inevitably going to go awry in the most embarrassing way possible. Despite this and his initial misgivings, however, true love blossoms for the once-hapless hero — largely because his Magical Girlfriend is determined that it should.

Entries in this genre often come packed with generous quantities of Fanservice, but this is by no means mandatory. Sometimes it overlaps with Unwanted Harem, but requires more Willing Suspension of Disbelief, since her popularity is obvious.

In dramatic examples, Magical Girlfriends are ironic blessings. No matter how much she insists, she will tend to give the guy an inferiority complex about himself and being unworthy. Conversely, Magical Girlfriends often feel they cause more problems than they solve, and the guy is just putting up with them due to niceness. Of course, her family almost always gets involved; and rest assured they will get in the way as much as possible. In addition, well meaning, but bumbling Magical Girlfriends also exist as a subgenre, and their magic just complicates things further.

If the relationship actually works, it may become an Interspecies Romance (assuming she does not become fully human, which sometimes happens).

Magical Girlfriend series show up in shōnen, but seem to skyrocket in popularity within the seinen crowd, and there are also a couple of Shōjo series. As the Films — Live Action folder below will attest, it's had peaks and valleys of popularity in the West as well, particularly in The '80s.

Just as the Magical Girls genre was inspired by Bewitched, it seems likely that both that show and I Dream of Jeannie are somewhere in the DNA of the Magical Girlfriend.

Sub-Trope of Muggle–Mage Romance. Not to be confused with Magical Girl, though the two tropes can overlap. Compare and contrast with Manic Pixie Dream Girl. See Well, Excuse Me, Princess! for when the Magical Girlfriend wakes up to how much of a geeky loser her love interest is and begins calling him on it, and Action Girlfriend if she's more action-oriented than magical. May overlap with Boy Meets Ghoul. See also Divine Date.

If you fancy writing one of your own, here's a guide to help you out.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • 3×3 Eyes: Ordinary High-School Student becomes the undead servant/companion of a three-eyed demon with a Split Personality.
  • Gender-flipped in Yuu Watase's Absolute Boyfriend. Average girl who has bad luck with boys ends up ordering a cybernetic boyfriend and now has to teach him everything about girls so she can pay off her debt to his creators.
  • Ah! My Goddess: awkward, mistreated Keiichi Morisato and his Magical Girlfriend – pure-hearted wish-granting goddess Belldandy, who fit every basic aspect of the Trope to a "T". The passion of their relationship, the depth of their characters (and the characters around them), and the emphasis on drama and comedy depends on the incarnation – over the course of the 25½-year run of the original manga (1988-2014), there was a 5-episode OVA (1993-6), a theatrical movie, a two-season TV series (2004-2006) plus a few more Japan-only OVAs to go with it.
    • Skuld starts becoming one to Sentaro, and being with him makes her considerably more familiar with wielding her powers. She's the one trying to court him, though.
  • A.I. Love You, the first manga from Ken Akamatsu (the creator of Love Hina and Negima! Magister Negi Magi), was a textbook example of this, with a lightning strike bringing a lonely geek's homebrew AI to life. The early chapters heavily played on the Wish-Fulfillment, but later ones increasingly subvert it.
  • Gender-flipped in Akuma na Eros, where Miu ends up dating Satan and eventually becomes his wife.
  • The heroine of Aoi Chan Panic! is a Half-Human Hybrid alien girl who falls in love with the male lead.
  • Ashita Dorobou has an interesting variant of this trope. Straitlaced protagonist Kyouichi Miyasako, 30 years old, broke up with his quirky, free-spirited girlfriend Ashita Tendou way back in college, and has been haunted by regret ever since. Suddenly, with a UFO hanging in the sky over Tokyo, she returns to him, wearing the same maid costume she was wearing when he dumped her, and she hasn't aged a day. He tentatively accepts her back into his life, even though something feels off about the whole situation.
  • Teased in The Big O. Reading between the lines, R Dorothy Waynewright carries a bit of a torch for protagonist Roger Smith. She leans much more Tsundere than the typical example, though, and for his part he's far more badass than most of the recipients of such attention. Ultimately subverted by the fact that he's largely oblivious to her affections and that the world is mysteriously "rebooted".
  • Black Bird (2006) - Gender Flip: Tengu who falls in love with the mortal girl he has vowed to protect.
  • Gender-flipped and subverted in Brigadoon: Marin and Melan. Marin is a Happily Adopted Heartwarming Orphan who falls in massive trouble when bionic machines called Monomakia fall from the sky reflecting another world and attack her for unknown reasons. Enter Melan Blue, a Gunswordsman monomakia that arrives to act as her protector. Subverted as Marin is only 13 years old and Melan Blue is dedicated to his duty to protect Marin, the duo fall slowly for each other throughout the course of the series.
  • Chobits: Ordinary Cram School Student finds a cute Robot Girl in the trash and takes her in. Hideki lampshades the trope in the second chapter. He could have written this page himself.
    Hideki: "You hear about it all the time...a guy finds a Nice Girl, takes her home...she's always cute of course...then it turns out she's got some sort of special powers...and she falls madly in love with the guy!"
  • One Yuri Genre example can be found in the manga, Creo the Crimson Crises. Within the manga the central pairing is between Suou, who initially starts out as an Ordinary High-School Student, and Creo, a Magic Knight demon princess.
  • In Dare Mo Shiranai 29 Nichi, Yukio falls in love with Akari, a Cute Ghost Girl who happens to share his 29th of Feburary birthday.
  • Dragonaut: The Resonance: Jin falls in love with Toa, who has the appearance of a girl, but is really a mecha alien space dragon.
  • In Demon Love Spell, shrine maiden Miko Tsubaki finds herself falling in love with incubus Kagura.
  • Dusk Maiden of Amnesia: Normal human boy falls in love with amnesiac ghost.
  • The Elder Sister-like One follows the story of a boy named Yuu and his daily life with his unrelated elder sister (actually Shub-Niggurath as a cute young woman, who he made a wish to in exchange for her becoming "family"). Their interactions, especially in the H version of the series, teeter between familial and romantic.
  • Elemental Gelade: Human boy finds a cute girl sleeping in a box and she has the magical power to turn into a weapon. She forms a contract with him and they set out on a journey to a mythical place.
  • Elfen Lied is arguably a deconstruction, with Lucy being more of a Dark Magical Girlfriend. Lucy is a mutant who is found and taken in by ordinary guy Kohta and his cousin after she escapes from her prison. She certainly loves Kohta, but due to her traumatic childhood spent bullied for being different, her magic is only good for exterminating humans. On top of that, she suffers from a Split Personality which makes switch from cutesy to murderous constantly. Many wish-fulfillment elements common in the genre get flipped on their head or presented as creepy or unwholesome, as well.
  • Played with in Eureka Seven: Renton's love interest is… a strange girl with quite "magical" abilities who doesn't seem to understand common human sense. And has an unusual hair color too. However, while Eureka at first appears to be an angel, he learns rather quickly just how cold and ruthless she can be.
  • Played for Drama by the Fatimas of The Five Star Stories - their beauty and loyalty are the result of hideous genetic experiments and brainwashing, they are treated as playthings by most people and the few that aren't brainwashed usually go insane because they're unable to cope with their lot in life.
  • Alien Badass Biker Haruko from FLCL. As the series director states in supplemental materials: "People who are bullied don't need to put any effort into being bullied… effortless communication. The maid-boom is like that too, right?… It's a dream for people like me. People who have to put effort into having a conversation with someone."
  • Izark the cool and stoic young warrior is a gender-flipped example in From Far Away to the series' female protagonist, Noriko. As the incarnation of the Sky Demon, Izark has an extraordinary physical strength, able to move faster than any humans, is able to control fire and wind, and also transform into a dark dragon-like creature. On the other hand, Noriko is an Ordinary High-School Student who is Trapped in Another World but is also prophesied as The Awakening who will soon awaken the existence of The Sky Demon itself.
  • Gender-flipped in Fruits Basket. Tohru ends up living with and falling in love with a magical shape-shifting guy. Type-flipped too; Tohru has the personality of the Magical Girlfriend (albeit including Stepford Smiler tendencies), and the guy is an unlucky loser within the circles of people either of them notice.
  • Girls Bravo: A small, weak-willed, gynophobic boy who breaks out in hives whenever girls touch him winds up going to another world and coming back with a cute, petite-yet-busty girl with superpowers, an incredibly sweet personality, and a surprisingly strong attachment to the hero. Within moments his entire life is turned upside down and he's thrust into a great adventure.
  • Parodied mercilessly in Gou-dere Bishoujo Nagihara Sora which is ironic since this trope is played straight in most of Minazuki's other works like Heaven's Lost Property and Watashi No Messiah Sama.
  • Maki of Hakoiri Devil Princess is a devil princess who accidentally gets summoned by the human teenager Keita. She will grant any wish Keita has and inevitably falls in love with him, but there's one problem: she will take his soul after his third wish.
  • Happy World!: The Protagonist is the guy who receives all the bad luck in the world, and Heaven sends an Angel to protect this person and whoever he passes on the curse to. The protagonist eventually falls in love with the Angel sent to protect him.
  • Heaven's Lost Property: Perverted Ordinary High-School Student seeking to live a quiet life becomes the master of a robot angel that fell down from the sky.
  • In Himesama Tanuki No Koizanyou, Riku is betrothed to Tanuki princess Miyo.
  • I'm Gonna Be an Angel!: Trainee angel falls in love with normal human guy and vows to become a full angel for him.
  • Inuyasha and Kagome's relationship from Inuyasha can be described as a Gender Flipped version. She is an Ordinary High-School Student (albeit one who happens to be the reincarnation of a Miko), but he is a powerful half-demon.
  • Mai from Itsudatte My Santa!. She possesses magic powers (although she's an Inept Mage) and falls in love with Santa when she is sent to cheer him up and improve his luck.
  • Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens: Nagi is a centuries old tree goddess who awakens when Jin fashions a sculpture from the wood of her sacred tree. Of course they fall in love.
  • Karin: Titular Friendly Neighborhood Vampire falls in love with normal human boy.
  • Subverted in Kimagure Orange Road. Madoka Ayukawa could be considered Kyōsuke Kasuga's magical girlfriend thanks to her many skills, Tsundere personality and sexy looks, but Kyōsuke is actually the one with Psychic Powers.
  • Lilim Kiss has a young man releasing a succubus from her pendant. After one kiss that leaves her very full, they find out they share corresponding moles on various parts of their body. Because of that, the potency of the energy she takes is doubled for each pair of moles. Eventually, they become more of a couple.
  • Monako Haida, the zombie love interest in Living Dead!.
  • In Love Neko, Eiji orders a Robot Girl, but gets a scrappy looking, aggressive, tough-talking brat of a robot boy instead. Slap-Slap-Kiss quickly ensues.
  • Parodied in episode 8 of Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, in which Sasshi and Arumi enter a dating-sim world in which Sasshi has to gain the stereotypical moe girl's heart. She later reveals that she is an angel that has to go back to heaven, and also an android with an unnecessarily complicated name.
  • Magikano: A witch who will lose her powers unless she awakens the protagonist's latent magical powers, and his sisters who are also witches (and in one case a love rival).
  • Mahoromatic: Robot Girl with a short lifespan becomes the maid of an Ordinary High-School Student.
  • Mamotte Shugogetten. The main character ends up with two (diametrically opposed) magical girlfriends. One is a Nice Girl who draws magical energy from the moon and summons cutesy sprites. The other is a Tsundere Vamp who draws magical energy from the sun and can bring inanimate objects to life. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Io of Meteor Prince is a Human Alien prince who arrives on Earth in order to mate with the protagonist Hako Natsuno. While she is initially put off by his advances, she slowly falls in love with him.
  • Played in a very unusual way in Midori Days: The unlucky guy is a tough fighter-type whose reputation frightens away girls, and the girlfriend is an ordinary girl who's always wanted him and got her wish granted through "magical" means... by somehow literally becoming his right hand. Weird, but the wish-fulfillment is still there.
  • Lette from the Yuri Genre manga The Miko's Words and the Witch's Incantations qualifies. Not only is she a Cute Witch, she makes a deal with the god of Tsumugi's shrine and gains part of her divine essence so Tsumugi can travel with her Tsumugi being unable to leave the shrine unless in the presence of a god, effectively becoming a demigod.
  • Monster Musume begins with hot Lamia Miia moving in with Unlucky Everydude Kimihito as part of a cultural exchange program mixup. Then they're joined by more Cute Monster Girls until there's an entire Unwanted Harem. Hijinks ensue.
  • My Bride is a Mermaid has normal human Nagasumi who is engaged to Sun, the sweet and beautiful mermaid. Most of the time though, it doesn't take itself seriously.
  • Set up, then averted, in My Dear Marie. Hiroshi is an unlucky at love scientist who creates a robot with the appearance and name of his crush. But though he programmed her to be the perfect wife, she turns out to be quite different and Hiroshi starts telling people that he and Marie are siblings as a cover story.
  • My Lovely Ghost Kana. Boy meets a lovely ghost named Kana. Yup.
  • Gender-flipped in My Sweet Dragon, where a shy, insecure girl gets a gorgeous boyfriend/husband who is a dragon.
  • Oh, My Sweet Alien! is about the every day life of Nobuo Makabe and his homemaker wife, who happens to be a space alien.
  • Please Teacher!: Mizuho technically qualifies as this for the young man Kei, being that she is a Human Alien (well, a Half-Human Hybrid who's half-Human Alien, to be exact). And it doubles as a Teacher/Student Romance complete with heavy, heavy Fanservice.
  • Rizel, the genetically engineered female lead of Rizelmine. In a twist on the trope, male lead Tomonori isn't happy about this, as he Likes Older Women and is still in love with his teacher, even though she's engaged to be married however, in the end he learns that Rizel is the older woman he fell in love with when he was young, having saved her from being hit by a truck - she was unable to grow after they met because she fell for him too, and needed more than just the love from her three "papas" in order to age.
  • Rosario + Vampire: Ordinary High-School Student Tsukune gets sent to a Monster School. There he meets cute vampire girl Moka and she falls in love with him since he was the first person she sucked blood from… and continues to do so, much to his chagrin. While it's a totally straight example at first, it shifts away from the norm for this trope about halfway through Part I of the manga, as Tsukune starts his progression from average dork to Bishōnen badass.
  • Saber Marionette J features an Unwanted Harem of Robot Girls. Each one is a different archetype: Innocence, domestic, and buff.
  • Saikano has an extremely dark take on the genre. Chise is a shy, clumsy girl who gets turned into a weapon against her will and slowly loses her humanity while her boyfriend does everything he can to keep her from completely losing herself.
  • Sankarea: Starts off as human x human, but quickly changes into human x zombie (not that Chihiro minds).
  • Parodied in The Secret Devil-chan: the hero summons a succubus to take his virginity, only to discover "she's" a guy… and until the pact is fulfilled, he has to live with the demon. Naturally, Hilarity Ensues.
  • In Seimaden, Hilda becomes romantically involved with the demon Laures.
  • Sekirei mixes this with a hefty dose of the Action Girlfriend, focusing on a battle royale between super-powered Human Alien beauties and their Puny Earthling boyfriends. A handful of Magical Boyfriends also exist in the story, and most of the prominent Ashikabi bond with multiple Sekirei and establish Battle Harems. Almost all Ashikabi were either losers or living empty lives until they met their Sekirei, and later chapters establish how The Power of Love not only makes the Sekirei stronger but causes positive changes in the Ashikabi over time.
  • Steel Angel Kurumi — although the boy in question isn't geeky; he's merely a bit too young for girls yet. In Steel Angel Kurumi 2, the trope is coupled with someone of a bit more appropriate age — who also happens to be another girl.
  • Mana of Super Dreadnought Girl 4946 is a 49.46-metre-tall girl in charge of defending the Earth, who ends up falling in love with a normal human boy.
  • Tenchi from Tenchi Muyo! definitely fits the whole Unlucky Everydude trope. The main differences are (a) He gets A Whole Bunch Of Magical Girlfriends, (b) He's too much of a Nice Guy to head to marrying all of them with any kind of speed, and (c) the girlfriends are actual people with all the complications thereof. The Manic Pixie Dream Girl is a Space Pirate with a price on her head several dozen orders of magnitude greater than Earth's combined GNP. As for the princesses, one's a bossy, prudishly-repressed proto-dominatrix and the other's a little girl who happens to be the avatar of one of the three goddesses who created the universe, and they're both half-sisters of his grandfather. The cute lil' Mad Scientist is really 20,000 years old and the mother of the Space Pirate, but she wants him anyway, and she's another of the three goddesses who created the universe. Word of God says that the third goddess wants in as well. Then there's the two Galaxy Police Detectives.
  • Ten De Showaru Cupid involves a relationship between a normal, human boy and a beautiful, devil girl. It's by the creator of YuYu Hakusho.
  • Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase is a double subversion. Hapless photographer meets cute girl. She tries to kiss him, they bond magically, and then she's pissed that he still has free will, as she was looking for a servant/slave. A few episodes later it has turned into one of these, admittedly with a very different family dynamic. (Hers keeps trying to kidnap her back or kill her.) She even gets a romantic rival.
  • UFO Princess Valkyrie: Magical alien princess crashlands her spacecraft on a bathhouse, killing its manager. In order to save his life, Valkyrie gives him half her soul and she falls in love with him. There's only one catch: she's now stuck in the form of a child.
  • Urusei Yatsura famously parodied the genre back in the seventies (long before there was actually such a genre) by having the Unlucky Everydude be a slovenly, pitifully-desperate pervert who likely deserves all the trouble he goes through… and having the Magical Girlfriend be a beautiful Alien Princess who loves him despite his lechery, but is also a clingy, possessive Tsundere who isn't adverse to zapping him with her electrical powers when he strays, as well as being somewhat bumbling, usually causing more problems than she solves. To add to this, he already had a girlfriend he liked better, and genuinely didn't want Lum at first.
  • Video Girl Ai, although this story of a too-good-to-be-true girlfriend gets subverted immediately and goes dark fairly early on. A depressed, unlucky Youta decides to rent a video from a mysterious video store. Turns out the videos in the store contained "video girls", girls which literally come to life and out of the user's television when the videotape is played to cheer the renter up. Ai Amano then comes to life with the purpose to brighten up Yota's life and she falls in love with him. However, Youta played the video on a broken video recorder and because of this Ai's personality is pretty much the total opposite of what your typical Magical Girlfriend would be; she's a Ladette, she can barely cook and she's clumsy. Not to mention her feelings for Youta are a result of her malfunctioning in the first place.
  • Wirbelwind: Dark elf meets ordinary boy. Boy then turns into undead and they adventure together.
  • The World God Only Knows has fun parodying this trope. Elsie is a cute demon girl who was sent to the human world to have the otaku gamer Keima help her capture evil spirits that hide inside girls' hearts by making them fall in love with him. However, Elsie moves in with Keima by pretending to be his illegitimate half-sister and her domestic skills such as cooking aren't very good by human standards. Add to this that Keima was perfectly content with his obsessed gamer life and only agrees to cooperate because he will have his head cut off otherwise. After playing around with the trope a little, it gets subverted because Keima and Elsie are Like Brother and Sister more than anything and at the end, Elsie becomes Keima's real full sister through a Cosmic Retcon.
  • The World of Narue: We have the typical average boy and his half-alien girlfriend.

    Comic Books 
  • Bunty had a story called "Boyfriend from Blupo", revolving around a girl who longed for a boyfriend getting one in the form of a Human Alien.
  • Way, way back in the 1960's, Dick Tracy went through a period known as the Moon Period, where the strip focused more on sci-fi elements than crime. During this time, Junior Tracy (Dick's adopted son) met and fell in love with the alien woman Moon Maid, who resembled a Caucasian female apart from her large eyes and giraffe-like horns, and possessed the ability to change her body temperature from 18 degrees above zero to 200 degrees (affecting whatever she touched) and shoot destructive energy from her hands, causing things to blow up. He eventually married her, and they had a daughter, Honey Moon, who possessed a magnetic ability to attract small metal objects to her hands. Sadly, Moon Maid died via a car bomb meant for Dick.
  • Reginella of the Disney Ducks Comic Universe is an alien queen with psychic powers who is in love with ordinary Earth-duck Donald.
  • In an issue of the German comic book series Gespenster Geschichten, a teenager who is considered a typical loser is kidnapped by his classmates and is said to be a victim to a summoned demon. However, when the demon (it's a female demon) is summoned, they flee in fear, leaving the boy behind. He also flees from the demon, who has fallen in love with the boy. When the demon rescues him from criminals, the boy realizes that he is benign and has fallen in love with him. The boy says that he does not find the demon's body attractive, even if he finds it nice. Then she takes on a human form. When the same fellow students see him again later, they wonder why such a loser like him has such a pretty girlfriend.
  • In Lucifer, Mazikeen, a lilim (a child of the demon Lilith) is in a relationship with Beatrice, a human woman.
  • Madman - reanimated corpse. Also a gender-flipped example.
  • Subverted and deconstructed in The Mighty Thor comics with Ice Goddess Kelda and short-order cook Bill. Doctor Doom even taunted the bereft Kelda that she and Bill were never meant to be.
  • The whole concept of My Boyfriend Is a Monster - each story revolves around the heroine falling in love with an otherworldly being (vampire, guardian angel, mummy, etc).
  • Rex by Michael Gagne features a normal-looking fox and his adventures with a female shapeshifting alien.
  • Morpheus in The Sandman (1989) has had occasional romances with mortals, essentially being a magical boyfriend. Unlike most examples of the trope, the relationships don't end well.
  • Canadian indie comic Scott Pilgrim is centered around the titular character having his life changed by the sudden appearance of Ramona Flowers, a girl with an infinitely deep magical messenger bag that doubles as a portal through dreams who agrees to date him if he defeats her seven evil exes.
  • Long-running UK comic Whizzer and Chips had a strip named Bobby's Ghoul, which was about a boy who had a ghost for a girlfriend.
  • Wonder Woman is an immortal, superhuman Amazon. Her most iconic love interest is a mortal man named Steve Trevor.

    Fairy Tales 
  • There is a popular Korean tale about a man who finds a Fairy. He accidentally rips one of her fairy garments, making it impossible for her to go back home. She lives with him, and they marry, though things don't end well. This has become a subject for a couple of Korean comics, the manhwa Faeries' Landing being one of them.
  • There is a similar Irish tale about a man who married a mermaid. He stole the red cap she needed to swim back home. After having many children with him, she finds the cap and leaves him, never to return. Another version has the girl being a selkie, and the man who finds her steals her seal skin when she takes it off.
  • There are many similar Shapeshifting Lover tales from all around the world.
  • In Iran, there are lots of folk tales about a young man (usually an adventuring prince) ending up with an otherworldly young girl with magic powers and abnormal mannerisms, usually as the only person the girl trusts with the secret to her destruction. It doesn't always end well, mostly due to the hero having a Moment of Weakness or just being generally stupid.

    Fan Works 
  • In Arnolds Vampire, Helga is a Dhampyr who ends up bonded to Arnold after she drinks his blood, and ends up falling in love with him.
  • In Beyond Death, Thanos of all people becomes a male example to an elementary school teacher after crash-landing on Earth. While it's initially subverted (he was going to kill her once he'd recovered, and the only reason he didn't was because she became fused with the Tessarect), they slowly but surely fall for each other.
  • In the For Better Or Norse, Nora Valkyrie is re-imagined as an actual member of the Norse Valkyries. After she botches the collection of Lie Ren's soul for Valhalla by inadvertently preventing his death, she is punished by being exiled to Midgard until Ren dies. Ren takes responsibility for her and they start living together.
  • For The Love Of A Goddess and its sequel Come Heaven Or Hell detail (via a series of Drabbles) Belldandy becoming the girlfriend of Xander, and she and her sisters get involved with the Scoobies.
  • In A Goddess Comes to Call, Belldandy, Urd and Mara become this to Linna, Priss, and Sylia respectively.
  • Guys Being Dudes: Jokingly discussed by Arlo after Spark, probably jokingly, mentions the possibility of his hair always being spiky because he's part Zapdos on his mother's side.
  • In Onegai, Megami-Sama!, Matagu Shido pulls a Keiichi when he accidentally summons Peorth and wishes that she'd be his girlfriend.
  • The young heartbroken female squirrel from Disney's The Sword in the Stone was expanded by 4chan's /co/ into one for the future King Arthur. The premise as found in text stories and fan-art has Arthur asking Merlin to turn the squirrel human, who is then dubbed Hazel. Years later, coincidentally or not, Robot Chicken had a skit with an identical premise - only now the girl still had the mind of a squirrel.

    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live Action 
  • Angel-A, a French film where a loser about to get wacked by the mob gets bailed out by an angel who adores him.
  • Date with an Angel: The "loser" is about to be married to someone who might be wrong for him. On the night of his bachelor party, an angel crash lands in his pool...
  • Earth Girls Are Easy is a Gender Flip version with a coincidental setup to Date with an Angel (both movies were made in The '80s): The morning after a Valley Girl manicurist learns her doctor fiance (whom she's blindly loved for years) is unfaithful, a spaceship carrying three humanoid, furry, Day-Glo colored, male aliens crashes in her pool. One makeover later they easily pass for Earthlings and Valerie finds herself falling in love with the leader of the trio, Mac — who is Mr. Fanservice, genuinely concerned for her happiness upon learning of her situation, and has a magical "love touch" that yields wondrous results in the bedroom. But Mac has to return to his homeworld, and Ted is swearing that he's changed and he misses her... When Mac uses the love touch to help Valerie (about to run off to Las Vegas with Ted for a quickie wedding) distract Ted from the aliens' departure, she realizes it's not working on her this time, confirming Mac's her true love. She runs off with him instead.
  • Giselle, the fairytale almost-princess from Enchanted and breaks up an existing relationship in the process. In addition, the breakup and associated hookup happen late because at first Giselle is eternally devoted to someone else. These extra Love Interests hook up with each other in the end.
  • Let the Right One In - vampire. A very dark example in the Foreign Remake Let Me In. Owen, a shy and nice boy who is merely mistreated or neglected by those around him, meets Abby, the vampire girl next door. However, Abby kills several completely innocent people during the plot, and Owen goes through some traumatic experiences. Towards the end of the film, however, he leaves town to start a new life with her, either as her caretaker or she turns him into a vampire.
  • Mannequin plays this straight. It has a beautiful Egyptian princess who wants "more than this" life several thousand years ago. The gods agree and she disappears. We next see her as a mannequin who apparently can only appear and act real for one person — the protagonist. In Mannequin 2: On the Move, the heroine is a peasant girl who was turned into a wooden icon by an evil sorcerer for 1000 years (or until she finds true love in a foreign land). A thousand years later, she is awakened by the hero, and the two have to deal with the sorcerer's descendant.
  • In My Stepmother Is an Alien, Celeste's true mission was to investigate a possible attack on her planet that Steven was suspected of being behind (it wasn't intentional) and she never had the intention of becoming his lover and later his wife. It just kind of turned out that way.
  • Splash, in which a beautiful mermaid is absolutely crazy about Tom Hanks' character.
  • Stardust, in which a star falls to Earth and is magically transformed into Claire Danes. The hero, Tristan, had been planning to retrieve a piece of rock to prove his love for his crush back home, and ends up with a Magical Girlfriend instead.
  • Thor is basically about Thor being Jane's Magical Boyfriend. He's friendly, ripped, and beats up Viking alien laser robots.
  • Subverted in Weird Science (film and series), in which two teenage geeks create their very own Magical Girlfriend, Lisa, a virtual-reality-based supermodel-type who solves all their problems for them, often with unintended results or methods, then helpfully goes away. Despite their initial intentions for creating her, neither geek seems to have any real romantic relationship with Lisa — beyond the requisite ogling — so her "Girlfriend" status is questionable; they treat her more like their Cool Big Sis.
  • Xanadu: Sonny is a failed artist who is reduced to painting advertisements in store windows in order to earn a living. Then Kira, a gorgeous rollerskating blonde played by Olivia Newton-John, falls in love with him. She turns out to be a Physical Goddess from Greek mythology (namely, The Muse Terpsichore). It was later adapted into a stage musical, which changed the ending - in the film, Kira is forced to return to Mount Olympus, but in the musical, she is allowed to stay with Sonny.

  • One of the stranger takes on the genre occurs in Akikan! - the girlfriend is a can of melon soda that transforms into a human girl.
  • Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan is a parody of the genre that often Crosses the Line Twice. The titular Dokuro is an angel who falls in love with the main character Sakura...but whenever he accidentally does something to provoke her, she violently kills him, only to revive him not long afterwards. There's also the fact that the reason she lives with him is because she's been ordered to kill him, since in the future he'll apparently be responsible for inventing a form of immortality that prevents women from physically aging past twelve years old.
  • Cat Planet Cuties: A geek living a quiet life in Okinawa one day encounters a Cat Girl alien who's arrived to open relations with Earth, resulting in intergalactic intrigue and the geeky main character's home being turned into the "Catian" embassy.
  • Date A Live is about Shidou, an Ordinary High-School Student, who gets volunteered by a powerful organisation to romance the immensely powerful and unpredictable Spirits because of his unexplained ability to "seal" their powers by kissing them. The whole point is to remove the "Magical" part of this trope so they aren't a threat anymore, though even when sealed they can still manifest many of their abilities so it's less Brought Down to Normal and more being Nerfed. As revealed in the light novels, one such girlfriend is the main villain and the reason for the entire story. Mio, the very first Spirit, fell in love with Shinji, Shidou's past self. However, he was killed and this drove Mio to remake him as Shidou and create the other Spirits as a means of gradually giving him her power, so that he would be as immortal as her.
  • In the Discworld series, Susan has a magical boyfriend in the form of the Anthropomorphic Personification of Time (although it may not count since Susan is the granddaughter-by-adoption of Death, himself an Anthropomorphic Personification).
  • In Dragon Crisis!, Ryuji becomes romantically involved with dragon-girl Rose.
  • The Dresden Files is all over the place with this one. Harry himself is a magical boyfriend to Susan. After being vampirified, Susan is to Harry, too.
    • Elain would be, but she and Harry were fairly comparable in magical prowess, if in different specializations.
    • Molly Carpenter to her boyfriend, before she drilled psychic holes in his head. Awkward.
    • By salic law, Charity Carpenter. But she never told her husband.
    • Michael Carpenter could count as a magical husband to Charity, but what he does isn't strictly magic.
    • Thomas Raith is this to Justine. House Raith of the White Court could be this more generally, but most don't care about humans in the slightest. When Harry is asked if they're together and if he's ever been with her, he points out that he's still breath.
    • A lot of the Fey have tried to be this to Harry for various reasons.
    • Wizards in general have these, often of comparable power to them, because apparently it sucks to have a mortal spouse when you're semi-immortal.
  • Done in a somewhat strange way in Durarara!!. The ordinary guy is a Back-Alley Doctor who loves all kind of weird and freaky stuff, and the girlfriend is a headless horsewoman.
  • In Aaron Allston's Galatea in 2-D, Roger had painted pictures of his hopeless crush when he was a teenager. When Art Initiates Life, he is horrified to find he has made a woman who is madly in love with him.
  • The titular character of Haruhi Suzumiya is, in effect, a Magical She Is Not My Girlfriend, and a inversion of the whole thing, as she epitomizes exactly what protagonist Kyon claims he doesn't want out of life. It's quite likely he's lying to himself. Meanwhile, Haruhi herself is a Reality Warper who has no idea she is one (her thinking she is normal is one of the forces driving the plot). However, Kyon knows, and it's even partly his fault (without his actions three years ago they would not have met).
  • In The Heroes of Olympus, there is Leo. He falls in love with almost every pretty girl he meets, but is always rejected. In addition, although he is quite powerful for a half-god, he is still weaker than most of his friends. For this reason he often has inferiority complexes. But later he lands on a mystical island, where he meets Calypso. It takes a while, however, until the two fall in love, especially because Calypso does not always show their feelings.
  • Eragon of the Inheritance Cycle realizes that he'll need one of these or he'll have to watch her grow old while he stays young. Being magic and as of the second book also half-elf, he's not going away or even aging in the foreseeable future.
  • Inukami! has Keita and his magical girlfriend, Youko, a loving and clingy fox spirit.
  • In the Carole Matthews' book It's a Kind of Magic (not to be confused with the song of the same name), a guy is dumped by his girlfriend (justified, because he was an immature Jerkass who was late to her birthday party, showed up drunk and embarrassed her in front of her friends and family) meets a woman whom he saves from suicide, then discovers that she is in fact a fairy from a Magical Land (complete with Magic Wand). He becomes her boyfriend, and slowly changes everything about himself. In the end, after he changes for the better, he and his friends (who know all about his new girlfriend being a fairy) have to take her to Stonehenge in order to return her to her home when she becomes dangerously ill. They end up entering her world alongside her, then the guy has one night of passion with her before she convinces him to return to his ex-girlfriend, revealing that she will soon have Someone to Remember Him By, a son who will become an air spirit, as well as The Reveal that she appeared on Earth because his girlfriend wished he'd change his ways. (Oh, and the story interweaves with the story of his ex-girlfriend being jealous of the new girl, and wondering if her wish was a good thing.
  • The main driving force of Kanokon, asides from the fanservice and the comedy brought about by Chizuru's extreme sexual lust. Downplayed because the magical side of Chizuru is rarely brought into play, and she's not perfect. In fact, she downright makes life worse for Kouta, including almost downright assaulting him repeatedly.
  • Willow from Terry Brooks' Magic Kingdom of Landover series is not only protagonist Ben's ideal woman (and a Green-Skinned Forest Babe), she's also essentially destined to "belong" to him. Cue "I'm not worthy" monologues and skeptic waiting for the catch. The catch being that their daughter turns out to be decidedly creepy and easily swayed toward evil at least for a while.
  • Simon from The Mortal Instruments is not necessarily a loser, but he is (at the beginning of the plot) an ordinary human being, and a typical nerd. Over time, however, he and the shadowhunter Isabelle fall in love.
  • In Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, Richard, after being dumped by the excessively demanding Rich Bitch Jessica, meets Door, who fits this trope in every way except that they have yet to get together by the ending.
  • Niall of the Far Travels has Emalkartha, goddess of the Eleven Hells, as his girlfriend.
  • Nyaruko: Crawling with Love! parodies the concept, since the girlfriend is no other than Nyarlathotep the Crawling Chaos of the Cthulhu Mythos, and the male lead is a Lovecraft fan who knows exactly what that means (and thus is reluctant to trust her). The "dream girlfriend" part is open to interpretation, since she's a Manic Pixie Dream Girl and Lovable Sex Maniac on top of being a Cosmic Horror, all of which grates on the male lead's sanity (though he does gradually warm up to her).
  • In Okuyyuki, Reilly's feminine-gendered Talking Weapon Audrey has some traits of this, which become more pronounced as the story progresses. It helps that she has a less metallic ghostly manifestation.
  • In The Redemption of Althalus, Althalus becomes the disciple of Dweia, eventually falling in love with her and having a child with her. Also Dweia just happens to be a goddess.
  • Shakugan no Shana:
    • Yui is not necessarily a typical loser, but simply an ordinary schoolboy. Shana the "Flame Haze" is initially a bit rude and repulsive, but apart from that she's a typical magical girlfriend.
    • Keisaku also counts, as he comes with another Flame Haze called Margery.
    • Johann plays this trope straight, being a human being who falls in love with a powerful demon named Pheles. The love of the two is so strong that Pheles does not need to eat any more humans.
  • Lúthien in The Silmarillion. It's kind of an Unbuilt Trope here though. Beren, while not exactly geeky, is smarter than he is athletic: and spends a good chunk of the story in prison. Lúthien's mother is a Physical Goddess who married an elf: although she isn't a demigoddess per se, she does have extremely strong magical powers. Strong enough to put the God of Evil to sleep. The point is that she is so out of poor Beren's league it's not even funny. Unlike the typical hero in this type of story though, Beren doesn't spend much time angsting over why she chose him: and calls her dad out for not respecting said choice. J. R. R. Tolkien put the name "Beren" on his gravestone, and the name "Lúthien" on his wife's. Though one would hardly say he was the creator of the trope. In all likelihood this one is Older Than Dirt.
  • Kahlan is this to Richard in the Sword of Truth books, until he discovers that he's inherited more and more varied magical powers than anyone in three thousand years. Nicci tried to be this, on the same token.
  • The male leads in The Twilight Saga are Magical Boyfriends, one of them a werewolf, and one of them a very sparkly vampire.
  • The Unexplored Summon://Blood-Sign: Deconstructed with the White Queen. The most powerful being in the setting, essentially a goddess among goddesses... and an unstable Yandere who doesn't care for anyone but her love. The target of her love, the main character Kyousuke, could quite accurately be described as her victim as well. She sees nothing wrong with inflicting all kinds of suffering on him - on the contrary, she considers him all the more attractive when he's struggling against adversity. After all, why would an inhuman entity have a human sense of morality? Though at the same time, the trope is also reconstructed - the Queen wasn't originally evil, but became this way as a result of humans trying to exploit her power.
  • Sydney Carlyle in Wars of the Realm. She possesses the closest thing that the series has to magic: strong faith in God. Her prayers can influence God's work in the angel realm so powerfully that she even saves Drew's life by praying during one particularly intense battle.

    Live-Action TV 
  • This gets subverted multiple ways on The Almighty Johnsons. The day before and after his 21st birthday hapless college student Axl Johnson has two different Magical Girlfriends show up who are quite eager to hook up with him. However, they are actually Norse goddesses trying to kill him before he becomes the incarnation of the god Odin.
    • Axl's brother Ty is the incarnation of the god Hod and due to his cold nature cannot find a girlfriend. When he finally finds a beautiful woman who wants to hook up with him, it turns out that she is another Norse goddess and thus a real Magical Girlfriend. However, he then finds out that she is destined to hook up with his jerkass brother Anders.
  • Bewitched, a Trope Codifier along with I Dream of Jeannie below. Notably, Samantha actually averted a lot of aspects of this trope, since she was mature and sensible with her powers and could easily pass off as a normal human – it was her relatives that caused problems.
  • Played with in Dead Gorgeous - it's one-sided on the Cute Ghost Girl's part.
  • I Dream of Jeannie, although successful astronaut Tony Nelson wasn't exactly an Unlucky Everydude apart from his mistake of repeatedly trying to apply rational thought to Jeannie's inherently magical nature.
  • The Korean Drama My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox - Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • In My Love From Another Star, actress Chun Song-yi falls in love with Human Alien Do Min-joon.
  • On December 23, 2008, there was a New Year special called Nada Fofa (translation: "Not That Cute") on the Brazilian channel Rede Globo. In that case, it's a Gender Flip and the "girlfriend" is a large pink plush chicken which annoys the heck out of the main character.
  • "Pleasure GELF" (Genetically Engineered Life Form) in Red Dwarf that telepathically takes the form of the perfect mate of whoever sees it. Kryten had a female android of an advanced model, Rimmer had a female hologram that was just as nerdy and unsuccessful, Lister had a female Scouser who had more in common with his female self than his canon love interest, Kochanski, and the Cat had… himself. In the end, she reveals herself to be a giant green blob of snot. Kryten takes her out to dinner, dancing and a movie, then loses her to her husband, another green blob of snot. And the whole thing is played as a homage to Casablanca.
  • Interestingly this happens in Sabrina the Teenage Witch too, except that it's gender flipped. Sabrina cooks up a temporary date out of man dough to take her to the dance when Harvey goes with Libby. He loves Sabrina, but he also loves everything and everyone. Libby ends up dumping Harvey for him as Harvey won't dance. Interestingly, in this situation the one who isn't the "Magical (Girl/Boy)friend" in this case is the one with the magical powers. The man dough guy qualifies by not being human, and by being totally into Sabrina.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
    • Picard met, and had to give up, a woman initially being transported as "cargo" possessed of the power to become anyone's ideal girlfriend. She actually 'bonded' with Picard because she perceived him as someone very superior to, and much better than, her intended.
    • There was the time everyone's favorite teen geek Wesley Crusher hooked up with an equally perfect seemingly-Human Alien girl from another world. Turns out she was a shapeshifter.
  • Eleven on Stranger Things is a deconstructed example for Mike Wheeler. Once they become an Official Couple, El has no idea how to handle the pitfalls of a normal romantic relationship thanks to the upbringing that led to her magical powers in the first place, along with having a life centered entirely on Mike and Hopper's desires. Fortunately, it's reconstructed in season 3 when she seeks out Max, who shows her "there's more to life than stupid boys" and helps El develop her own inner life and independence, while also pushing Mike to treat her like a real partner rather than a Wish-Fulfillment pet. By the end of the season, the two have a just as loving but much better relationship, though they're still forced to split up as Eleven is adopted by the Byerses and moves away.
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, where the inhuman, beautiful girlfriend is also an emotionless and brutal killing machine that not only goes to rather shocking lengths to protect John Connor, but is perfectly willing to use John's reactions and emotions toward her to manipulate him.



  • Alan O'Day's Undercover Angel is a story where he sings about how he was crying in his bed because he didn't have a woman when an amazing woman suddenly appeared. They do all sorts of amazing things together, but she has to leave him. However, if he goes around picking up women, eventually he will see her again in the eyes of one of his future lovers.
  • She's An Angel by They Might Be Giants tells of a girl arriving unexpectedly in the narrator's life ("I met someone at the dog show / She was holding my left arm"), the pair of them having adventures together, and the narrator believing that she is literally an angel, and not meant to be together with him as he's a mere mortal ("These things happen to other people / They don't happen at all, in fact").

  • Pygmalion fell madly in love with his own sculpture of a woman. With the blessing of the goddess Aphrodite, life was given to the statue, who married Pygmalion and had a son together (or daughter depending on the version). Needless to say, he lived the rest of his life in celestial bliss.
    • Other versions say that when the statue was given life it abandoned Pygmalion and sought out men more handsome and socially adept than its bitter, anti-social creator. Still other versions say that Pygmalion was not interested in women, because the women in his society had been cursed by Aphrodite for denying her divinity and reduced to prostituting themselves; he thus saw the statue as the only one who was desirable.
    • A few later versions give the woman a name, Galatea (the name of a nymph in earlier myths), and also mention a daughter, Metharme.
  • The witch Medea from Classical Mythology, who betrayed her kingdom and killed her brother out of devotion to Jason and then became his bodyguard and hitman. After hooking up with her, Jason apparently stood back and let her handle all the monsters, giant living statues, and enemy kings with her magic. And then he dumped her for a normal, beautiful princess and was surprised when she wouldn't stand for that...

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    Video Games 
  • In Harvest Moon DS, you have a chance to marry Leia the mermaid, the Witch Princess, or the Harvest Goddess. There is also the sleeping Princess Keria/Keira who lives in the mines. While not explicitly a magical being, she teleports into another section of the mines to give you a magical sword and it's heavily implied she is immortal (through various events you can access after marrying her, you discover the reason she cannot talk is that the Witch Princess cursed her for some reason 1,000 years ago and left her to sleep in the mines).
  • Commander Shepard in Mass Effect can be seen as this, particular if romancing alien crewmembers. Tali lampshades this to Male Shepard;
    Tali: A young woman gets saved by a dashing commander who lets her join his crew and then goes off to save the galaxy? How could she possibly develop any interest in him?
  • Anera, an Aasimar cleric in the Neverwinter Nights community-created Shadowlords/Dreamcatcher/Demon module arc, might qualify. She takes a bit more effort than most Magical Girlfriends, but she is supernatural and will only hook up with a good-hearted character, and her half-celestial cousin pops up to kill her and you for disturbing the balance of the universe in the last Shadowlords module (giving you the opportunity to complete Anera's romance sidequest by taking a death effect for her, though The Power of Love keeps you alive at 1hp).
  • Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous has another zig-zagged example with Arueshalae, a succubus trying to rise above her demonic nature. The Commander can act as a stabilizing influence and even potential love interest, helping her survive in the world of mortals without falling to the temptation of her Horror Hunger or grief over her past sins. Keep at it long enough and she can be completely redeemed, stripped of her succubus powers and able to truly experience love and intimacy for the first time.
  • In StarCraft, you have Raynor and Kerrigan. Raynor is more of a Badass Normal than a loser (and falls in love with Kerrigan while she's still human), but Kerrigan fits the bill, especially after the MacGuffin takes away her Alpha Bitch personality she had post-infestation. At the very end of Legacy of the Void, Kerrigan transforms into a Xel'naga, taking on a straight-up angelic appearance.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 starts with Rex, a boy works as a Salvager, getting recruited for a mission that ultimately leads him to discover the Aegis: an ancient, legendary sword that contains a girl named Pyra, who on top of being incredibly powerful, has a kind and domestic personality. Their relationship and bond is a major plot point that spans across the entire game. Then there's the reveal of Pyra's sister and Alternate Self Mythra. She too also develops a relationship with Rex in the game (though in a more Tsundere manner), and the ending that reveals that both have been revived in separate bodies leaves it ambiguous if Rex has two magical girlfriends or just the blade sister that confesses to him based on whose name he prefers.

    Visual Novels 
  • Saya no Uta is a dark variation of this trope, as the girl is the only thing that the protagonist doesn't see as a fleshy abomination due to his condition, and she’s not really a human girl - she is an Eldritch Abomination trying to destroy the Earth. That being said, the "girlfriend" part is played straight as her love for the main character seems to be genuine.
  • In Starlight Vega, the Hot as Hell demons Lyria and Scherza are a Girls Love example for Aria.
  • Varied in Yume Miru Kusuri, with Cat Sidhe Nekoko, a depowered fairy who needs Kouhei's help to get back where she's supposed to be. Or rather, an ordinary drug addict.

  • Andy of Casey and Andy starts dating Satan (who's a ''very'' sexy lady in the comic's universe) from around strip 50, and the relationship continues up until the final strip.
  • Dangerously Chloe revolves around the succubus Chloe (from Eerie Cuties) being accidentally being summoned from Hell by Teddy, and becoming his girlfriend.
  • Done straight in El Goonish Shive, where the human-alien-squirrel hybrid Grace is the devoted lover of the classic geek Tedd, who is also very much into shapeshifting of all kinds. Grace is also The Woobie.
  • A similar (both are written by Shapeshifter / Gender Bender fans and have a lot of thematic crossover) comic The Wotch stars (generally) demure witch Anne whose close male friend Robin gets the camera for most storylines. Another friend would be involved with a genie, if he could. And just as Robin is moving on from Anne, he gets involved with another female who also is a witch.
  • There is a honest to goodness college clique full of "unlucky every girls" blessed with the trope's genderflipped version in Girls Next Door called Wibsy (Weirdo Boyfriend and Supernatural Stalker Clubnote ) there is even mention of this trope in the artist comment when they debut and that the Distaff Counterpart boys club historically resides in Japan. Oh... and both main characters are members (one has the Mad Artist the other The Fair Folk as unwanted boyfriend / Stalker with a Crush). In a broader sense it's set in a 'verse, where (according to mother series Roommates) the magical people actively engage in Interspecies Romance because all of them are pretty much related, making both magical girlfriends and boyfriend extremely common. For comedy and tragedy.
  • Housepets!: Shortly after Peanut's False Start, Grape comes home from her date with Max to find Peanut watching a movie with another dog, Tarot. This was first time she had appeared in the comic and had apparently "foreseen Peanut in his hour of need." At first, it seemed her magic-ness was just a throw-away gag, but she has since been shown capable of Telepathy and mental illusion, among other things. And the source of her magic-ness is shown to be her status as a Player Character in a cosmic tabletop roleplaying game on a higher plane where the comic's world is the game world, and getting together with Peanut was part of that. Unfortunately that leads to some strain in their relationship as her patron has her own crush on him and Peanut has trouble differentiating the two.
  • Though they're not romantically involved until late in the series, Helen B. Narbon of Narbonic functions as this for Dave, sweeping him out of his mundane existence into the fantastic world of mad science.
  • Lampshaded in Not Quite Daily Comic here.
  • This actually happens to Nodwick in a series of strips that parody the Vault of the Drow module. Nodwick and party meets a succubus who is attracted to people with big noses for some reason. Sadly for Nodwick, this doesn't work out; she leaves him when she finds out he's a henchman. (Yes, it seems dating a henchman can even be bad for a demon's reputation.)
  • In The Order of the Stick, Roy, a human warrior, is dating Celia, an air elemental sylph. Also, Nale (Elan's Evil Twin) is dating Sabine, a succubus, but considering he's a powerful enchanter in his own right, they blend in better.
  • A proclaimed objective of Ow, my sanity is "stabbing the magical girlfriend genre with a rusty chainsaw". All the potential girlfriends in the Unwanted Harem are Eldritch Abominations.
  • The Phoenix Requiem provides a gender flipped example: Jonas to Anya. In his backstory, Ksendra was a Magical Girlfriend to Jonas, who made him magical.
  • Sinfest has Fuchsia and Criminy. Crim's a Chaste Hero while Fyoosh is a succubus who works for Satan who will likely kill her if he ever finds out. The reason she's so into him? Because he's the only person who didn't treat her like a monster or a sex object. Fuchsia resolves the problem by ditching Hell.
  • Sluggy Freelance, in which Oasis (an ultracompetent gymnastic killer who is variously suspected of being an android or some other non-human entity) is the very much unwanted Magical Girlfriend of Torg, who is a loser in most respects. Even worse, Torg already has a real (and reciprocated) love interest who has little to no combat training. Oasis has certain aspects of The Woobie as well (she doesn't know what makes her so hard to kill).

    Web Original 
  • Micro K-Drama Web Series Dream Knights Gender Flips this with a Reverse Harem aspect, and follows an orphaned rich girl whose family company and inheritance gets stolen out from under her, around the same time she is diagnosed with a disease that will one day leave her completely paralyzed. Her tears lead her stuffed dolls to come to life as her handsome Knights, while gaining the attention of the members of her favorite Idol Band, who they themselves were once Knights, both groups are played by and named after the members of the Idol Group GOT7, who all work to make her life a little easier, while helping her gain confidence in herself.
  • In Kumiko the Demon Girl, Ken, perpetually luckless with women, gets Kumiko, a somewhat naive and overly chipper demon, as his girlfriend. On the plus side, the sex is great and he's protected against various mystical threats around him. On the minus side, she's consuming a bit more of his soul every time they have sex and the mystical threats largely exist due to Kumiko existing. Oh, and the mystical chain connecting them prevents him from getting too far away from her, he bears a brand on his neck of a cartoonish copy of her flashing a V-Sign, her naïveté constantly gets him hurt, when his luck does change, she drives the other girls away... but then again, the sex is really, really good.
  • Sadly subverted in Tales of MU with the bonus story "A Boy's Prayer": the story implies that Amaranth the cereal nymph manifested the way she is as (a buxom, nerdy, glasses-wearing Love Freak) because one lonely, geeky twelve-year-old boy, uh, fertilized her field with fantasies and desires of such a woman. The subversion (and sadness) is that after she manifested exactly according to his desires, he never even got to meet her.

    Western Animation 
  • The aptly named Batman Beyond episode "Terry's Friend Dates a Robot" plays with this idea. Terry's geeky friend Howard purchases an (illegal) human-like synthoid robot which looks like a beautiful woman, whom he names Synthia and has programmed to be "totally into me". Problem is, she is scarily possessive and has superhuman strength. She nearly kills a couple of people who bully Howard and Batman has to step in. When Howard decides they should see other people, she literally explodes.
  • Code Lyoko: As far as The Smart Guy Jérémie is concerned, Aelita definitely fits this trope; it was obvious to his friends that he was in love with her even though he knew her only as a cheerfully innocent, pixie-like artificial intelligence living in a computer. She's gradually revealed to be an amnesiac human girl who was trapped in cyberspace, and their relationship continues once she's rescued (though it also gets more complicated, as Jérémie predicted would happen if she started living on Earth).
  • Parodied in Futurama, when Fry buys pirated Lucy Liu downloaded from the Internet and put on a blank robot to date, and his friends try to stop him with a film showing how without the struggle to impress the opposite or same sex, society would collapse. A straighter example is his Love Interest Leela, a badass mutant cyclops.
  • In The Legend of Korra, Avatar Korra plays this role to Mako in the first two seasons but it soon becomes apparent that they're far from perfect for each other and they eventually break up. Played straighter in the finale where she gets together with Asami Sato, who's a non-bender.
  • In Looped, Luc is dating an alien girl named Alianna.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Occurred in the backstory with Steven's parents, Greg Universe (an ordinary guy and failed musician) and Rose Quartz (alien polymorphic gemstone former rebel leader). Unfortunately, Rose's species doesn't reproduce sexually, and while she was able to shapeshift up some compensations to have a son with Greg regardless, the effort still killed her as Steven inherited the magical gem that was the core of her being.
    • Steven Quartz Universe, in turn, shows signs of being a magical boyfriend to Connie Maheswaran, although it isn't quite clear given that they're still pretty young.


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Alternative Title(s): Mahou Kanojo, Magical Boyfriend


Stay By My Side, Forever

When offered a free wish by the goddess Belldandy, Keiichi Morisato says he would like a goddess "like" her to stay by his side forever.

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