Madoka Kaname

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"If someone tells me that it's wrong to hope, I'll tell them they're wrong everytime." ~ Kaname Madoka in Episode 12.

Madoka Kaname
Madoka Chara Sheet.jpg
Japanese Name 鹿目 まどか (Kaname Madoka)
Seiyū Aoi Yuuki
Age 14
Weapon Bow

The protagonist and title character Madoka is a gentle and friendly 14 years old girl. Living an ordinary life, Madoka's family is very loving and she's surrounded by good friends. One day she had a dream of a mysterious girl who was fighting an ominous creature. The next day, that girl in her dream - Akemi Homura - came to her class as a transfer student.

Official Info

  • A good-natured and ordinary eighth-grader. Even her bow-wielding magical girl form projects an air of kind friendliness. Her choker bears an impressively-sized red gem.
  • Ms. Aoki’s Design Check!: I drew her keeping in mind that as the main character she needs to be average, but also an exceptionally good girl. Hence her puffy, high-placed twin tails. The design and color of her ribbons took a lot of work, but in the end calmed down to something simple.
    • Magical girl outfit: Madoka was drawn to be the very image of a magical girl. I added an almost fairytale-ish hints, so hopefully female viewers will be charmed by her as well. (Aoki)
    • Full of tiny frills, with ribbons arranged at the neck, waist, and on the shoes. It’s perfectly “cute”, and seemingly unsuited for combat, but…
    • School uniform: Designed to convey the classy image of a private girls’ school, while not being -too- normal. Its distinguishing point is the small hole at the nape of the neck. (Aoki)
    • Of the heroines shown here, Madoka has the most childish body. Her legs are clad in pure, virginal white over-knee socks.
  • Madoka's mother, Junko, commented that she has always been a good child and never lie.
  • Kyubey, Homura and Mami confirmed that Madoka has great magical potential.
  • A 100 Question Survey has been published revealing details about Madoka.
  • According to NewType 2011-07 interview with Gen Urobuchi, Madoka character is written based on Yuno from Hidamari Sketch (Aoki Ume's creation).
    • "To be honest, Madoka, the protagonist, is a pretty unusual character for my writing style."
    • "a foreign character that did not exist inside myself"
    • "I wrote the screenplay as if Yunocchi (from Hidamari Sketch) is to be put as the protagonist."
    • "I even had the preparation that seiyuu Asumi (Kana)-san would play her (lol)."
    • "I imagined all the other characters by starting from “Madoka = Yuno”."
    • "And every time I got Yunocchi to cry I got hated by the Hidamari fans more (lol)."
  • Madoka became the Embodiment of Hope at the end of the anime.


  • The characters of her last name means "deer" (鹿) and "eye"(目), respectively.
  • Her last name can also be used as a first name.
  • Her last name sounds same as (要) the word means "keystone" or "hub".
  • Her first name is written in hiragana which has no particular meaning. However, when written in kanji, it can mean "round" or "tranquil" (円).
  • Madoka owns many stuffed animals in her room.
  • Madoka and Mami are the only Magical Girl known who are never seen having a mark on any of their fingernails. Homura, Kyouko and Sayaka all have marks on their left middle fingers, matching the shape of the emblem of their respective Soul Gem.
  • Madoka is never seen with her Soul Gem in a ring form.
  • Madoka loves cat like Homura.
  • Yuuki Aoi (Madoka's VA) really likes Kyouko and she claimed that Kyouko is her wife. You can hear her confession in the Magical Girls Tea Party bonus CD.


  • Madoka acts very true to a normal teenage girl and a good kid.
    • She is friendly and gentle toward Homura, a new transfer student no matter which timeline.
    • She wants to be helpful to other people.
    • She admires Mami for being strong.
    • She is horrified by Mami's death.
    • She didn't wish to revive Mami, who is a new acquaintance, but readily sacrifice herself for her best friend Sayaka. This added up the realistic aspect of Madoka's character.
  • In Episode 8, Kyubey claimed Madoka's power to be godlike, she could even change the laws of the universe if she wished for it.
  • Episode 10 revealed In the first timeline, Madoka along with Mami saved Homura from a familiar. She died during the fight with Walpurgis Night. In the second timeline, Madoka turned into a witch for the first time, letting Homura aware of Magical Girl-Witch connection. In a later timeline, Madoka killed Mami in order to save Homura, as Mami lost control of herself and had just killed Kyouko. This is also the timeline Madoka asked Homura to go back time and prevent her from becoming a Magical Girl.
    • Madoka's power increase exponentially after every timeline. The first time showed she was an ordinary magical girl. In later timeline she had enough power to defeat Walpurgis in one shot, capable of destroying the entire planet within 10 days in her witch form, satisfied all Kyubey's energy quotas of the Earth.
  • Episode 11 revealed Homura's time repeats had linked multiple parallel universes together with Madoka's fate as their center. With every reset, Homura would force yet another parallel universe to be centred around Madoka. The accumulated misfortune and bad karma is the reason why Madoka's potential power is so great. Hearing all the revelations from Kyubey regarding the history of Magical Girls, Madoka was deeply hurt and thus wanting to save these girls from despair.
  • In the final episode, Madoka wished to erase all witches in every dimension, in every timeline, with her own hand. This created a paradox because Madoka would eventually erase her own witch self, while she must continue to exist and destroy other witches. This paradox resulted in Madoka escaped the bound of reality and ascended to godhood. Since Madoka never exist in this reality anymore, she is no longer remembered by anyone, except for Homura.
  • Madoka's wishes always stemmed from her kindness and appeared to be the most selfless compared to any of the other heroines. From what we know until now, she had made a contract with Kyubey in order to save a cat whom had just died in front of her (TL1), save Homura from Walpugisnacht (TL4), release Magical Girls in the past and future from their curse fate of becoming witches (Episode 12).
    • Madoka also asked to accompany Sayaka on her witch hunt just so if the latter was ever in danger, she could make a wish and come to rescue Sayaka.
  • Madoka's kindness is one of the major reason Homura is so drawn to her. From Drama CD 1, the reason Madoka became a Magical Girl in the first timeline is to save a cat which had been run over by a car. Madoka also treated Homura very nice from the beginning, who at that time was being bullied.
  • In the Drama CD "Memories of you" we learn that Madoka needed an outlet to prove her self worth so she could build up her self-esteem, becoming a Puella Magi gave Madoka the purpose that she lacked. The only reason her character growth is stunt is because of Homura's intervention as we observe in Episode 10


  • Theoretically there is also the danger that, should Madoka became extremely powerful and turn into a witch, her power may be enough to destroy not only Earth, but the entire universe.
    • INCREDIBLY unlikely. Kyubey's species is (if they can be trusted) trying to save the universe in the first place, not trying to destroy it. They wouldn't create something they can't take down.
      • Then again, Kyubey remarked in the fourth timeline that he didn't know Madoka would turn out to be so powerful. While in this timeline he probably knows (and definitely doesn't care) that the witch form of Madoka could destroy the Earth, he may not know the full extent of her power.

In Kazumi Magica

Madoka's silhouette appeared only once during Juubey's explanation about Magical Girl system.

In Oriko Magica

  • Madoka appears in Chapter 3, asking Homura to go home with her, along with Sayaka and Hitomi. She is well protected by Homura and isn't aware of Magical Girl system.
  • She appears in Chapter 4 for one page. She is shown with her friends Homura, Sayaka and Hitomi going out for snacks after school.
  • In the last chapter, Madoka escaped from the protective barrier by Homura, and tried to help Homura with Sayaka and Hitomi. She was killed by Oriko at the very end.


Official art




Madoka's bow

Aoi Yuki

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