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[[File:mgln_rune_attack_366.jpg|link=Lyrical Nanoha|frame|Young, magical, and about to deliver a world of hurt... and possibly [[Defeat Means Friendship|friendship.]] ]]
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[[File:mgln rune attack 366.jpg|link=Lyrical Nanoha|frame|Young, magical, and about to deliver a world of hurt... and possibly [[Defeat Means Friendship|friendship.]] ]]
   
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{{quote|''Many magical girl shows don't really present too many hard laws. Time? Easily traversed. Light years in space? You can fly that. Black holes, the most inescapably dense gravitational fields around? You can walk out if you try really hard. So if power levels are less important, what do the series focus on, from a meta-contextual sense? What is the point of reading a magical girl series, if it isn't to see characters grow stronger? It's very simple: love. The point of a magical girl series is to see the interaction between characters and the extreme lengths friends and lovers will go to secure those who matter to them.''
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|Anthony Gramuglia|[https://www.cbr.com/magical-girls-sailor-moon-madoka-powerful/ Why Magical Girls Like Sailor Moon & Madoka Are So Absurdly Powerful], cbr.com}}
   
 
The intersection of [[Magical Girl]] with [[Superhero]](ine).
 
The intersection of [[Magical Girl]] with [[Superhero]](ine).
   
In Japan, the extended growth-to-maturity metaphor [[Magical Girl]] archetype can mean a variety of things; some do more than use their powers to improve or complicate their lives. Some go out and battle [[Big Bad|Dramatic Evil]], usually with a lot of mystic firepower and weird outfits (usually a [[Pimped-Out Dress|glammed-up]] [[Mini-Dress of Power]]) and [[Calling Your Attacks|called attacks]]. This is not magic for magic's sake; the character rarely finds this enjoyable but gets morally cowed into it.
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In Japan, the extended growth-to-maturity metaphor [[Magical Girl]] archetype can mean a variety of things; some do more than use their powers to improve or complicate their lives. Some go out and battle [[Big Bad|Dramatic Evil]], usually with a lot of mystic firepower, weird outfits (usually a [[Pimped-Out Dress|glammed-up]] [[Mini-Dress of Power]], sometimes crossed with [[School Uniforms Are the New Black]]), a [[Battle Intro]], and [[Calling Your Attacks|called attacks]]. This is not magic for magic's sake; the character rarely finds this enjoyable but gets morally cowed into it.
   
The action-oriented [[Magical Girl Warrior|Magical Girl Warriors]] have the extra bonus of appeal to male demographics, so they can be very lucrative; in this case they often resemble [[Distaff Counterpart|Distaff Counterparts]] of Japanese [[Superhero|superheroes]], particularly [[Sentai]] and other [[Henshin Hero]] characters. Importers of [[Magical Girl]] series to the West tend to favor these characters, so [[Magical Girl Warrior|Magical Girl Warriors]] tends to become the established trope over [[Cute Witch|Cute Witches]].
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The action-oriented '''Magical Girl Warriors''' have the extra bonus of appeal to male demographics, so they can be very lucrative; in this case they often resemble [[Distaff Counterpart]]s of Japanese [[superhero]]es, particularly [[Sentai]] and other [[Henshin Hero]] characters. Importers of [[Magical Girl]] series to the West tend to favor these characters, so '''Magical Girl Warriors''' tends to become the established trope over [[Cute Witch]]es.
   
 
They can also be [[Kicking Ass in All Her Finery]], if the girl is outright [[Badass]] and her dress is frilly enough.
 
They can also be [[Kicking Ass in All Her Finery]], if the girl is outright [[Badass]] and her dress is frilly enough.
   
The [[Dark Magical Girl]] mostly appears in [[Magical Girl Warrior]] series. Not to be confused with the unrelated [[Magic Knight]].
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The [[Dark Magical Girl]] mostly appears in '''Magical Girl Warrior''' series. Not to be confused with the unrelated [[Magic Knight]].
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'''Examples:'''
 
   
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''[[Cutey Honey]]'' is the [[Trope Maker]], and ''[[Sailor Moon]]'' is the [[Trope Codifier]].
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== Anime and Manga ==
 
== Anime and Manga ==
 
* [[Trope Maker|The earliest prototype]] was [[Go Nagai]]'s ''[[Cutey Honey]]'' franchise, which slowly mutated and grew to have an unexpected female fanbase whenever the [[Fan Service]] level fluctuated heavily.
 
* [[Trope Maker|The earliest prototype]] was [[Go Nagai]]'s ''[[Cutey Honey]]'' franchise, which slowly mutated and grew to have an unexpected female fanbase whenever the [[Fan Service]] level fluctuated heavily.
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* Parodied also within the [[Shojo]] demographic with ''[[Ai to Yuuki no Pig Girl Tonde Buurin]]'' about a girl who transforms into a superpowered.... [[Messy Pig|pig]].
 
* Parodied also within the [[Shojo]] demographic with ''[[Ai to Yuuki no Pig Girl Tonde Buurin]]'' about a girl who transforms into a superpowered.... [[Messy Pig|pig]].
 
* ''[[Revolutionary Girl Utena]]'' particularly embodies the "growing up as a struggle" metaphor, with the added bonus of Gnostic metaphor thrown in for good measure. This was emphasized way more in the anime than in the manga, however.
 
* ''[[Revolutionary Girl Utena]]'' particularly embodies the "growing up as a struggle" metaphor, with the added bonus of Gnostic metaphor thrown in for good measure. This was emphasized way more in the anime than in the manga, however.
* ''[[Wedding Peach]]''
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* ''[[Wedding Peach]]''
 
* ''[[Tokyo Mew Mew]]''
 
* ''[[Tokyo Mew Mew]]''
* ''[[Lyrical Nanoha|Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]]'' is a [[Seinen]] example that starts as a standard [[Magical Girl Warrior]] anime then takes a more militaristic bent after its first season. Contrary to the trope description, Nanoha thoroughly enjoys using her magical abilities to [[Defeat Means Friendship|befriend the living hell out of people]].
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* ''[[Lyrical Nanoha|Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]]'' is a [[Seinen]] example that starts as a standard Magical Girl Warrior anime then takes a more militaristic bent after its first season. Contrary to the trope description, Nanoha thoroughly enjoys using her magical abilities to [[Defeat Means Friendship|befriend the living hell out of people]].
 
** In the ''[[Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS|StrikerS]]'' season, the girls are in a military, so they are literal magical girl warriors.
 
** In the ''[[Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS|StrikerS]]'' season, the girls are in a military, so they are literal magical girl warriors.
 
* ''[[Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch]]'' is a cross of this and ''[[Magic Idol Singer]]''.
 
* ''[[Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch]]'' is a cross of this and ''[[Magic Idol Singer]]''.
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* ''[[Mahou Sensei Negima]]'' has many examples.
 
* ''[[Mahou Sensei Negima]]'' has many examples.
 
** The [[Show Within a Show]] ''Magical Girl Biblion'' is a parody of this, complete with in-universe [[Rule 34]] [[Doujinshi]] that typically follows these character types. Since [[Playful Hacker|Chisame]] [[Cosplay Otaku Girl|cosplays]] the characters featured there, her Pactio Card turned her into one with a cyberspace theme.
 
** The [[Show Within a Show]] ''Magical Girl Biblion'' is a parody of this, complete with in-universe [[Rule 34]] [[Doujinshi]] that typically follows these character types. Since [[Playful Hacker|Chisame]] [[Cosplay Otaku Girl|cosplays]] the characters featured there, her Pactio Card turned her into one with a cyberspace theme.
* ''[[Mai-HiME]]'' and ''[[Mai-Otome]]''. Both have strong elements of [[Deconstruction]].
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* ''[[My-HiME]]'' and ''[[Mai-Otome]]''. Both have strong elements of [[Deconstruction]].
 
* ''[[Cyber Team in Akihabara]]''
 
* ''[[Cyber Team in Akihabara]]''
* ''[[Black Rock Shooter]]''
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* ''[[Black★Rock Shooter (band)|Black★Rock Shooter]]''
 
* ''[[Devil Hunter Yohko]]''
 
* ''[[Devil Hunter Yohko]]''
 
* ''[[Puella Magi Madoka Magica]]'', which ''viciously'' [[Deconstruction|deconstructs]] the idea of young girls fighting [[Eldritch Abomination|eldritch horrors]] [[Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World|in their spare time]].
 
* ''[[Puella Magi Madoka Magica]]'', which ''viciously'' [[Deconstruction|deconstructs]] the idea of young girls fighting [[Eldritch Abomination|eldritch horrors]] [[Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World|in their spare time]].
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* ''[[Fushigiboshi no Futagohime]]'' starts of as a [[Cute Witch]] series before becoming this.
 
* ''[[Fushigiboshi no Futagohime]]'' starts of as a [[Cute Witch]] series before becoming this.
 
* ''[[Senki Zesshou Symphogear]]'' follows in the footsteps of ''[[Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch]]'' by crossing this [[Magic Idol Singer]].
 
* ''[[Senki Zesshou Symphogear]]'' follows in the footsteps of ''[[Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch]]'' by crossing this [[Magic Idol Singer]].
* Himiko, and Kosumo via organ donation, in ''[[Towa Kamo Shirenai]]''.
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* Himiko, and Kosumo via organ donation, in ''[[Towa Kamo Shirenai]]''.
   
   
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* ''[[W.I.T.C.H.|WITCH]]'', with less [[Sailor Moon]]-esque cutesiness.
 
* ''[[W.I.T.C.H.|WITCH]]'', with less [[Sailor Moon]]-esque cutesiness.
 
* [[Wonder Woman]] has resembled with ''at times'', with her magic origins, [[Transformation Sequence]] and such.
 
* [[Wonder Woman]] has resembled with ''at times'', with her magic origins, [[Transformation Sequence]] and such.
* [[Zatanna]], especially in recent years, has become more like this.
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* [[Zatanna]], especially in recent years, has become more like this.
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* [[Zodiac Starforce]] is an American made Magical Girl team. Artist Paulina Gauncheau is a huge fan of the genre (mainly of [[Sailor Moon]]), and it shows.
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* The title character of ''[[Amethyst, Princess of Genworld]]''.
   
   
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== Fan Works ==
* In ''[[Kyon: Big Damn Hero]]'', Nonoko temporarily acts as one, equipped with Kyon's [[Badass Longcoat]] [[Clothes Make the Superman|Longcoat]] and [[Morph Weapon|Morph Weapons]].
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* In ''[[Kyon: Big Damn Hero]]'', Nonoko temporarily acts as one, equipped with Kyon's [[Badass Longcoat]] [[Clothes Make the Superman|Longcoat]] and [[Morph Weapon]]s.
   
   
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== Video Games ==
 
== Video Games ==
* If you think about it, [[Final Fantasy X 2]] presents a [[Video Game]] example.
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* If you think about it, [[Final Fantasy X-2]] presents a [[Video Game]] example.
 
* Mystica from ''[[Fading Hearts]]''. Ryou meets her in the forest while he is fighting shadow monsters.
 
* Mystica from ''[[Fading Hearts]]''. Ryou meets her in the forest while he is fighting shadow monsters.
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* Aqua from [[Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep]] can be considered one being the only female among the trio of main playable characters.
   
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== [[Web Comics]] ==
 
* ''[[El Goonish Shive]]'': In the later comics, {{spoiler|Elliot}} gains a super-heroine spell after already having the ability to shapeshift into virtually any conceivable female human form including transformation of clothes.
   
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* [[Magical Girl Neil]]: Thanks to the a [[Secret Legacy]] from his Japanese immigrant mother, Neil starts [[Super Gender Bender|transforming from a normal teenage boy]] into a Oni-fighting [[Magical Girl Warrior]] on his 16th birthday. He is, needless to say, not partically thrilled by this.
== Webcomics ==
 
* ''[[El Goonish Shive]]'': In the later comics {{spoiler|Elliot}} gains a super-heroine spell after already having the ability to shapeshift into virtually any conceivable female human form including transformation of clothes.
 
 
   
 
== Web Original ==
 
== Web Original ==
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== Western Animation ==
 
== Western Animation ==
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* Betty Barrett from ''[[Atomic Betty]]''.
 
* ''[[Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders]]''
 
* ''[[Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders]]''
 
* ''[[The Powerpuff Girls]]''
 
* ''[[The Powerpuff Girls]]''
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* ''[[She-Ra: Princess of Power|She Ra Princess of Power]]'' is an early one, and many fans argue that her brother ''[[He-Man and the Masters of the Universe]]'' is a [[Rare Male Example]].
 
* ''[[She-Ra: Princess of Power|She Ra Princess of Power]]'' is an early one, and many fans argue that her brother ''[[He-Man and the Masters of the Universe]]'' is a [[Rare Male Example]].
 
* ''[[Winx Club]]'' is an ''academy'' of this.
 
* ''[[Winx Club]]'' is an ''academy'' of this.
* ''[[My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic|My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic]]'' is essentially [[Magical Girl Warrior]] Ponies, but outside the season premires it ignores most of the warrior aspects and mostly it's [[Magical Girl]] [[Slice of Life]]. With ponies!
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* ''[[My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic|My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic]]'' is essentially Magical Girl Warrior Ponies, but outside the season premires it ignores most of the warrior aspects and mostly it's [[Magical Girl]] [[Slice of Life]]. With ponies!
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* [[Steven Universe]]
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* [[Miraculous Ladybug]]
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* ''[[Mysticons]]'' is about a group of teenage girls who transform into legendary magic-powered warriors.
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[[Category:Turn-On Tropes]]
 
[[Category:Turn-On Tropes]]
 
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[[Category:Magical Girl Warrior]]
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[[Category:Action Girl]]
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[[Category:All the Tropes Superhero Team]]

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Young, magical, and about to deliver a world of hurt... and possibly friendship.

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Many magical girl shows don't really present too many hard laws. Time? Easily traversed. Light years in space? You can fly that. Black holes, the most inescapably dense gravitational fields around? You can walk out if you try really hard. So if power levels are less important, what do the series focus on, from a meta-contextual sense? What is the point of reading a magical girl series, if it isn't to see characters grow stronger? It's very simple: love. The point of a magical girl series is to see the interaction between characters and the extreme lengths friends and lovers will go to secure those who matter to them.

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The intersection of Magical Girl with Superhero(ine).

In Japan, the extended growth-to-maturity metaphor Magical Girl archetype can mean a variety of things; some do more than use their powers to improve or complicate their lives. Some go out and battle Dramatic Evil, usually with a lot of mystic firepower, weird outfits (usually a glammed-up Mini-Dress of Power, sometimes crossed with School Uniforms Are the New Black), a Battle Intro, and called attacks. This is not magic for magic's sake; the character rarely finds this enjoyable but gets morally cowed into it.

The action-oriented Magical Girl Warriors have the extra bonus of appeal to male demographics, so they can be very lucrative; in this case they often resemble Distaff Counterparts of Japanese superheroes, particularly Sentai and other Henshin Hero characters. Importers of Magical Girl series to the West tend to favor these characters, so Magical Girl Warriors tends to become the established trope over Cute Witches.

They can also be Kicking Ass in All Her Finery, if the girl is outright Badass and her dress is frilly enough.

The Dark Magical Girl mostly appears in Magical Girl Warrior series. Not to be confused with the unrelated Magic Knight.

Cutey Honey is the Trope Maker, and Sailor Moon is the Trope Codifier.


Examples of Magical Girl Warrior include:

Anime and Manga


Comic Books


Fan Works


Literature


Tabletop Games


Video Games

Web Comics

  • El Goonish Shive: In the later comics, Elliot gains a super-heroine spell after already having the ability to shapeshift into virtually any conceivable female human form including transformation of clothes.

Web Original

  • Fey of the Whateley Universe. Down to the backstory, the ancient Faerie who rides along in her head, her ability to summon armor magically, and a magical battle in Boston in which she and The Necromancer spent most of the fight trying to intimidate each other by calling their attacks.


Western Animation


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