- This article is about the antagonistic force from the Puella Magi Madoka Magica TV series. For information on the opponent of Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 3: The Rebellion Story, see Nightmare.
Witches are the main antagonists in Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
Witches are creatures that feed off of sadness and spread darkness. Witches will affect humans near them through the use of a Witch's Kiss. They live in labyrinths, an abstract place where they can hide. Once a witch is defeated of by a magical girl, they will drop a Grief Seed, which magical girls use to control the darkness in their Soul Gem. Witches are also known to train an apprentice to defend themselves or maintain their magical power. An apprentice can eventually grow into a new witch by defeating 3 magical girls.
Witches are born when a magical girl's soul gem is completely dark, then becomes a grief seed. From these seeds, a witch will hatch.
A soul gem's darkness will spread when its host uses magic, and if enough magic is used, the damage will be permanent and a witch will be born. The negative feelings from the magical girls themselves can act as a cause to the Soul Gem transforming process.
List of all known Witches
- H.N. Elly/Kirsten
- Elsa Maria
- Oktavia von Seckendorff
- Kriemhild Gretchen
Apprentices or minions
- Anthony (rental ver.)
- Clara Dolls