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"Magic is real. Despite this world focus on the power of science, people everywhere have powers unexplainable. But the fear that they are alone, that they are a freak, make them unable to stand up and shout out that fact.I know, I'm a magic girl myself. Well maybe that's a little wrong, I'm a girl with magic, but when I go magic girl, I'm a guy. You know, gender-bend. Anyway I'm also afraid. That why I'm making this recording that will probably never see the light of day. So you, in however many years it will be after my death when someone listens to this recording, may want to ask, why we don't do good. Because there's nothing to use it on. Crimes are sorted by the police, there are no supervillians. Third world's problems better solved by smart ideas then someone with power. So until the world actually needs us, hopefully never, we magic girls shall stay as fiction, away from the limelight.
-Harriet Bradley/The Undead Swordsman, describing the life of magical girls.

Rise of the Magic Girls is yet another Bay12 freeform roleplay, centring around the lives of six magical girls (and boys), and how they are affected when one day, they are all forced together to fight off a new alien army that will conquer the world if left unopposed. These magical girls (and boys) have many different skills and powers which they are now pushed to use on pain of the world's end, and they must now band together to protect the freedom of the world from invading alien army.

Also, a lot of Slice of Life elements and Shipping.

Recently changed GMs (now being run by smurfingtonthethird, after being taken over by IamanElfCollaborator), in an attempt to fix game balance and clean up the clutter in general. Here are the second IC and OOC threads. The original main thread is here, and the OOC thread was here.


There have been several abortive attempts to restart this series of roleplays, with the most recent one being Rise of the Magic Girls: Rebirth by one of the original players.

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     Tropes applicable to the original first three roleplays 
Albrecht: "Seriously, you people take things too seriously. I try to be less serious and I get a punch and a nosebleed for all my troubles."
Will: "This is real life. What, do you expect us to treat it like some kind of silly game?"
  • Token Mini-Moe: Angel is five years old. Most of the rest of the cast is in their teenaged years.
  • Triple Shifter: While it hasn't come up, it is specifically noted that Angel transforming into Nuriel is resting like sleep would be. Assuming the same holds for the other girls, this would be a justified trope if it comes into play.
  • Wham Episode: Matt being killed at the hands of Amy Hart. And the subsequent rage of Anima and Not Kyle.
    • A triple whammy from Rhadamanthys: talking about the Lost and Found, the revelation that the girl he's been faithful to for so long is dead, and the fact that he may or may have not had a troubled childhood.
  • Wham Line: Nuriel admitting to being a demon.
    • Matt losing Gintama's gin form.
    • "Camille Leblanc was dead."
  • Wham Episode: Gerard detonating explosives placed in a school and a heavily populated city.
  • Winged Humanoid: Nuriel, Demons Run. Selina becomes one after a trip to TwilightAcademy.
  • Wizard Duel: The first half of Ghost vs Grandiose which took place on a ship.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Demons Run created the universe, but to keep it from being destroyed must remain away from her beloved brother. This is tragic in and of itself, but she releases her tragedy by periodically going on murderous rampages. One of these was evidently through Hell...
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Fate will eventually succeed. But only from its point of view since it perceives infinity as a finite number, as a result, the universe is not endless to it, it will simply take a very long time to cease existing and Fate is willing to wait that long. However, as everything else does not, the universe will never end from their point of view.
  • Urban Fantasy: The genre of the roleplay and the general genre of all roleplays in this universe.

     Tropes applicable to Rebirth 
  • City of Adventure: Touto, Seito and Hokuto are all these, with Touto being the setting of the roleplay.
  • Continuity Reboot: Explicitly this; the GM has confirmed little to no lore from the original roleplays or the other attempts to reboot it will be retained.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In her initial introduction, Ai destroyed a massive robot T-Rex. We find this out in one line at the end of her narrating about how she's doing in school and how today was turning out to be rather boring, actually.
    • In the backstory, Maki's fight against Destron's terrorists is very one-sided in favour of her.
  • Henshin Hero: More emphasised this time around to include more heroes than just the usual Magical Girl Warrior. Indeed, two of the protagonists are Maki, a straight-out Kamen Rider and Hideyuki, a Makai Knight.
  • Lighter and Softer: The other reboot attempts all focused on becoming Darker and Edgier. The GM explicitly states that they won't be going down this path.
  • Magitek: A larger part of the setting with Maki's armored form being a suit of Powered Armor. And the Zoanthropes being humans with technological enhancements.
  • The Masquerade: Seems to be in effect, considering the titular magical girls are considered nothing but urban legends, albeit with their fanclub and people knowing they are officially real. The Eden Foundation, at the very least, seems to dismiss their existence and the government officially takes credit for certain events, such as raids on Destron operated by Kamen Rider Astra.
  • Monster of the Week: One of the explicitly stated focuses of the game is the defeating of Zoanthropes, Magitek monsters that have begun plaguing Japan.
  • Police Are Useless: Downplayed. The Zoanthropes are mentioned to be far tougher than the Japanese police forces can handle, and the first Zoanthrope attack is mentioned to have taken half a day to resolve. The Eden Foundation, however, has increased their effectiveness against Zoanthropes, though a student accuses the Foundation of being inferior to the Magical Girl heroes of the setting.
  • Stellar Name: The Zoanthropes seem to be named for constellations, with the Pyxis and Musca Zoanthropes being two previous attacks and the first boss being the Cetus Zoanthrope.
  • Shout-Out: Plenty to Kamen Rider, due to the GM being a fan of the franchise.
  • Tempting Fate: A specific mechanic in the game. Attempting to use too many Will Points will enrage the target and cause them to use their own reserve of Will to fight back. Yui, Sato, Ito and Agatha learn this lesson the hard way.
  • Wham Shot: The Zoanthropes are all humans. Not only that, but Spica personally knows one of them, and it's heavily implied to have been some sort of punishment for the Cetus Zoanthrope/Meissa.
    • Maki's grandfather seems to know something about the Makai Order, as evidenced by the fact that he recognises Ito's coat. As in, the very secret Makai Order.


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