Madoka Kaname (鹿目 まどか Kaname Madoka?) is the main protagonist and the titular character of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica TV series. She is a shy and kind girl who cares deeply for her friends but has low self-confidence. After becoming a magical girl, she gains more confidence in herself and her actions.
Madoka is seen to be a very kind girl who attempts to help anyone to the best of her ability but is also shown to be quite timid. Madoka has low self-confidence, and believes that helping others is the only thing she can offer the world. Madoka is easily flustered, and can often be easily manipulated through her desire to help others. As a Magical Girl however, Madoka retains her original personality, though is noticeably more confident with her actions. Madoka often tries to help and understand others, even if it doesn’t end particularly well. She’s often anxious, scared, and usually doesn’t fully understand the whole situation, but she desperately tries her best to do so.
Madoka is noted to speak politely with others, often referring to the same sex as ‘-chan’ or ‘-san,’ and the opposite sex as ‘-kun,’ somewhat indicating that Madoka is eager to get close to other people, with the exception of Kyousuke Kamijo, as Madoka believes he could someday become Sayaka’s boyfriend.
In the past timeline, she and Homura Akemi seemed to have switched personalities, with Madoka being the risk-taker and Homura being the timid one.
Madoka Kaname is a 14-year-old girl with pink twin tails and pink eyes. When down, her hair is almost shoulder length. She has choppy bangs that are pointed and chin-length, framing her face.
Appearance in the School Uniform
Madoka's school uniform is a light tan blouse with a black plaid skirt and white thigh high socks with a pair of brown shoes. Madoka also wears two red ribbons in her hair, which later on she gave away to Homura as a gift to remember her by.
Appearance as a Magical Girl
Madoka wears a puffy pink dress with ribbons arranged at the neck, waist, and on the shoes. The middle of her torso is pale yellow with a white stripe and red buttons. On the back right under the white ruffles (at the hem of the dress) is a heart-shaped hole. For the waist is a flower-like pattern that is a pink-white fade. At the edge of this are three diamond shapes and a red border. Under it is a white skirt accompanied by a petticoat of the same color.
She also wears a pair of white gloves with pink trims, white, knee-high stockings, and dark pink heels.
Appearance as a Goddess
Madoka has very long pink hair and small twin-tails held up by white bows. Her eyes appear to have a golden color in this form. She also has white angel wings on her back and on the heels of her shoes.
Her outfit consists of a light pink choker and an extremely long white dress with the universe on the inside of it. Her collar has a wavy cut, and in the middle of her chest is a diamond-shaped hole with her soul gem at the top of it along with two smaller soul gems on either side. Her sleeves are short, airy, with white on the top and pink on the bottom. She also has white gloves, similar to the ones she wore when she was a magical girl. Her dress has three layers, the bottom one is pink. Under each layer is the universe.
- The first character of her last name (鹿) means "deer". The last character (目) means "eye".
- Madoka's name is in hiragana, which does not have a specific meaning. When written in kanji, however, it can mean "round, tranquil" (円か).
- She appears to be double-jointed at times.
- Her magical girl weapon is a bow.
- Before Homura used her timeline to protect Madoka, Madoka wished that she will never be shy anymore. In episode 12 she wished to rewrite the reality.
- In Arab countries some fans call her "Aryam" because the names have the same meaning.