View spoilerHide spoilerMadoka's classmate who, after helping Madoka rescue Kyubey, ends up getting an offer to become a Puella Magi herself. She cares deeply for her friends, and wants to help an ill boy named Kyōsuke Kamijō, whom she has a crush on. Before becoming a Puella Magi, Sayaka wields a baseball bat that Mami can enhance with magic to defend herself with while on witch hunts. She becomes a Puella Magi after using her wish to cure Kyōsuke's hand, which was damaged in an accident which robbed him of his ability to play the violin. Sayaka's weapon of choice is a cutlass and, like Mami, she can produce multiple cutlasses at a time. She also has regenerative powers stronger than anyone else due to the healing nature of her wish. Sayaka hates people who think only of themselves while hurting others and believes all Puella Magi besides Mami to be selfish, leading her to become incredibly distrustful and even hateful towards others. When she learns from Kyubey that her Soul Gem, like all others, is a container for her soul, leaving her body without one and restructured to be able to sustain the injuries that come from being a Puella Magi, she falls deep into despair and feels unworthy to be near Kyōsuke, since she isn't truly human and just a shell of her former self. After her friend Hitomi confesses she also has feelings for Kyōsuke, Sayaka gives up her human life and disregards everything but her duties as a Puella Magi. Disheartened, she comes to believe that the meaning of being a Puella Magi is that her wishes to make someone happy will make someone else equally unhappy in return. Sayaka disregards the Grief Seeds she obtains, thinking of them as the only goal for "selfish" Puella Magi and often giving them away. By doing so, she never cleanses her Soul Gem, not even when one is freely offered to her by Homura, thinking it a gesture of pity rather than of help. This causes her Soul Gem to transform into a Grief Seed and herself into a witch, the exact opposite of her desire to fight witches for the good of others. Although Kyōko and Madoka attempt to save her by calling out to her humanity while in Witch form, their efforts are unrewarded and Kyōko sacrifices herself in order to stop her. It seems to be her destiny to turn to a witch quickly if she becomes a Puella Magi as in one time line she turned into a witch, in the last episode she ends up sacrificing herself, as if by destiny she end up dying when becoming a Puella Magi.
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