Project Haruhi

Beware of Kyubey!

The harbinger of your destruction.

To all aspiring magical girls: don't trust the cute animal.

He may seem to have the best interests of the world at heart, but don't be deceived. There's information he's deliberately withholding. There are questions he never answers. Some of these are:

  • Where do Witches come from? And why do they drop "seeds" with a similar floral patter to the Puella Magi's soul gem?
  • If Puella Magi are necessary to defeat Witches and avoid the destruction of the world, why does Kyubey allow a rivalry between two of his Magi?
  • How long has this struggle with Witches been going on? How many Magi have come before Mami and Homura?
  • Why do the Magi's soul gems get darker when they use their powers? If the grief seeds are used to cleanse them, wouldn't that indicate the Magi's power source is of a corrupt nature?
  • Why does Kyubey specifically target young girls for recruitment in this war?
  • Also, why does Kyubey give an apocalyptic dream of the future to Madoka but not Sayaka? He offers the Puella contract to both of them, after all.
  • When Homura injured Kyubey, why did his white "fur" look more like a covering for his actual appearance? The phrase "wolf in sheep's clothing" comes to mind.

Besides these in-universe mysteries, though, there are pretty clear meta-textual references scattered throughout the last three episodes. These references primarily point to a Faustian bargain. Specifically, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's version of the story.

For those of you who weren't paying attention in English class, Faust is the tale of a scholar named Faust, who makes a deal with the devil Mephistopheles. If the devil serves Faust for the rest of his life on earth, Faust will give his soul to Mephistopheles upon death. The parallel with Madoka is obvious. Kyubey offers to make any wish come true (the devil serving the mortal) if the pact-maker agrees to fight Witches (the mortal serving the devil).

There are even direct, in-universe call-outs to Goethe's version. Though there are many, I'm going to focus on one found in the first episode: the poem in the Witch's maze that begins "This you must ken!" This directly corresponds to a poem found in Goethe's story that (guess what) is recited by a witch.

Kyubey's appearance even sports clues to his sinister secret. As noted in one of the speculation pages of the Puella Magi Wiki, Mephistopheles first appears to Faust as a cute animal. Specifically, a stray dog that follows him home. Additionally, when Faust agrees to the deal, Mephistopheles forces him to use a drop of his blood to sign it. Notice the tiny red dots on Kyubey's ear-fringes? What do those remind you of? Oh, and every time a Witch's kiss is shown, it's colored red. Coincidence? Doubtful.

There's something wrong here. Something lurking beneath the surface. The writing on the wall in episode two that mentions "invisible spirits" points to a very similar passage in Faust, where a chorus of angels attempts to warn Faust away from the pact. He, of course, refuses and suffers the consequences. Please, don't end up like him. Heed the warnings. Don't trust Kyubey.

Seriously. The dude's just creepy.

About Dustin

Dustin (aka Stilts) enjoys playing and yelling at video games, especially RPGs. He also likes super robot shows... the more outrageous the plot, the better!
  • So I thought what I would do is I’d say I’d make them magical girls…

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  • Kei

    Oh crap, I made a deal with him earlier today!

    Well, there goes my immortal soul. It was nice knowing you…

  • I demand you remove this libelous article immediately!

    • Altheawalker31

      Why Kyubey…Why???

    • Altheawalker31

      Can I have my soul gem…

  • Judgement and Anti-Skill are currently investigating. As for now, I have this message:

  • oH F*CK! I don’t think those striped panties were worth it now.

  • Watchmaker163

    That thing is seriously creepy. I think the scene that really cemented that was the beginning of episode 2, where Madoka wakes up, turns to her left, and there’s Kyubey, sitting on her shelf, watching her with unblinking eyes. There’s no music in the background, and the whole scene just has this extremely creepy vibe. Also, I’m thinking his name is a reference to another word for a nine-tailed kitsune, “Kyūbi”.

  • Energy Incarnate

    “If Puella Magi are necessary to defeat Witches and avoid the destruction of the world, why does Kyubey allow a rivalry between two of his Magi?”

    um, obviously, because he wants the third person to defend one by becoming a magical girl, duh! Kyubey is cold and calculative!

  • EVIL .

  • Hate-Chan

    I wished for a refill of my soda even though I could’ve just gotten up and done it myself.

    That pepsi sure tasted good though.

  • Loganlavere

    how can you get out of this deal?

    • Altheawalker31

      You can’t…It’s to late… -_-”

  • Altheawalker31


    • Altheawalker31

      Wait…I don’t have soul gem yet.even though now i don’t trust kyuubi-chan…WHERE’S THE HELL IS MY SOUL GEM!?

  • Orangebloom678


    • GuyWhoWishesForMagic

      Me too. I said I agree to the contract because I’ve always dreamed of being a magical girl. But I didn’t know that could’ve a elaborate trick. But Fighting witches sounds badass

  • Jose carlos

    He is only a very effective Troll

    • Cheshire Cat

      He may be a troll but if you dont battle or cry you dont turn into a witch and if you do go into battle just wait in the witch room or what ever you call it untill it has a grife seed then kill it,keep the grife seed,use it,then live your life untill your in the witchs room.then wait,kill,keep,use then live.simple.

  • mimi


  • Justin Medina

    Wow he just sounds like me…mysterious

  • Justin Medina

    Can he make me a neko slave

  • Zachary Atwood

    I’m Zachary Atwood I’m 12 and my wish is to be more attractive.