Madoka Kaname is the main heroine of the show Puella Magi Madoka Magica. A 14-year-old girl who comes from an extremely loving family. Her life however changes when she encounters the Puella Magi Homura and the familiar Kyubey, who offers to transform her into a Puella Magi herself.
Left : Her normal attire
Right : Her Puella Magi form
Madoka Kaname (鹿目 まどか Kaname Madoka)
SPOILERS below : Contains spoilers for the whole series
Madoka is a kind and gentle girl, but she sees herself as a person lacking any talent. After her initial encounter with Kyuubey, she had no ideas as to what kind of wish she should make at first. But after witnessing Mami fighting against witches, she aspires to become a cool and wonderful Puella Magi like Mami. Following the death of Mami, she is stricken with uncertainty about becoming a Puella Magi, falling deeper into despair as the dark secrets of the Puella Magi are revealed to her. She always wishes that everyone would get along, and puts her own life at risk to help others.
In previous timelines experienced by Akemi Homura, Madoka had already become a Puella Magi, wielding a magic bow and arrow. Kyuubey remarked that Madoka is capable of becoming the strongest Puella Magi and subsequently the most menacing witch, capable of destroying the world and giving him the energy he desires to counter entropy; the reason for which he is most interested in forming a contract with her.
Before Akemi Homura became a Puella Magi, Madoka at the original timeline was a much more laid back, confident girl compared to herself on the current timeline. However not as powerful as herself in the current timeline. She died in the battle against Walpurgis Night, but due to Homura making a wish where she wants to fix the encounter with Madoka, Homura managed to turn back in time one month before, hence negated her death but as a side effect, due to her wish formed a karma which adds on whenever Madoka dies and indefinite time looping, the potential in Madoka stacks, which result in her having the most potential of becoming the strongest Puella Magi, as well as being the strongest Witch.
In the final episode, Madoka wish was revealed to be able to go to all times and stop all witches from being born. This changes the very fabric of reality where Madoka is ascended to godhood, but in return nobody remembers except for Homura. However, in this new reality, demons caused by distortions form, thus still giving Puella Magi purpose.
While Madoka is described to look weak but obedient on the outside, she can be sometimes stubborn, unwilling to hold back when necessary. She is also honest and straight while trying to express her feelings to her opponent.
Kind and gentle, she is a friendly girl who can be friends with anyone. She is seen to be especially close to Sayaka Miki and Hitomi Shizuki
During the encounter with Homura Akemi, Madoka is told not to be someone who is different from who she is now. This will eventually proven to be true, as seen in episode 10.
Initially, Madoka's wish to become a Puella Magi stems from the fact that she would like to be useful to anyone by becoming a Puella Magi. This is apparently an influence from Mami Tomoe, who she looked up on, and also the fact that she viewed herself as a blur girl with no other special characteristics, hence being a cool, Puella Magi like Mami would have make herself being useful to the person she wants to help.
However, with the death of her beloved senior added with the fact that being a Puella Magi comes with a terrible consequences has made her lost the entire desire to become a Puella Magi. Hence, as stated above, she became someone who is stricken to the fact that being a Puella Magi would lead her to fall under the trap, ending up the same as any other Puella Magis, who turned into witches in the end.
It is then revealed in the Drama CD that takes place during the events of Episode 10 that the reason she became a Puella Magi was to save the life of a cat from being run over by a car. However, this only happened at the first and possibly the second timeline.
Her wish also underwent changes in the subsequent timelines due to the changes Homura made to the timeline, during the fourth timeline, her wish is revealed to save Homura from being killed, which in result, turned her into a witch far more stronger than the one Homura fought. Later on in the main story, during the final episodes where she revealed her wish to entirely erase the witches from existence, thus rewriting the laws of the universe, this is made possible due to the karma that added the magical potential in her, elevating her powers close to godlike.
Madoka has appeared in other side stories as well, where in Puella Magi Oriko Magica, she is same Madoka from the main story but with a very minor role. In the story, her ending is arguably the most tragic one, where she is killed by Oriko Mikuni's last strike before her death. Compared to her other deaths, this marked the first time where Madoka's death is not caused by the very same Puella Magi she aspired to be, rather than turning into a witch or died fighting the witches.
Unlike how the classical archer attacks, each shot released by Madoka will have a pink trail effect accompanying the arrow. It is also proven to be devastating, as it boasts a 100% of absolute accuracy and also contains homing ability; and Madoka has no restrictions how much an arrow can be released. In other words, she can also release multiple arrows if she wants to.
By looking closely at the bow, one may realize that it is made of wood with rosebuds decorating the bow, and when releasing arrows, the rosebuds will bloom. Though it is unknown whether it does something special other than being just a gimmick.
With the karma added to her magical potential by Homura during the 4th timeline, it is said to contain such great power, that a shot released by Madoka killed Walpurgisnacht in one hit right after making a contract with Kyuubey.
- The first character of her last name (鹿) means "deer". The last character (目) means "eye."
- 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 has many stuffed animals similar in appearance to Kyubey in her room.
- Due to the relationship between her and Homura being one of the focus of the series, as well as the nature of pairing creation in many Magical Girl genre, Many fans have paired them up seen in many fanarts and even fan-made videos. However the relationship is flexible : It could be Madoka topping Homura, or vice-versa (MadoHomu, or HomuMado)
- Her Soul Gem color is Pink, symbol mark would be water drips, and after transformation it will be located at the middle of her chest.
Aoi Yuuki (Japanese)
Tomohisa Kaname (Father), Junko Kaname (Mother), Tatsuya Kaname (Younger Brother)
Science, English, Chemistry, Physical Education
One Good Dine a Day ( 一日一膳 ichinichi ichizen)
|↓Denotes／Opponent→||Homura Akemi||Mami Tomoe||Sayaka Miki||Kyouko Sakura|
・Two person (other)
You are my best friend Black Knight and Pink Princess
Episode 10 Group Peaceful Group HomuMadoHomu