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Jo Ayara - FC Reference Sheet - Main by Hexidextrous Jo Ayara - FC Reference Sheet - Main by Hexidextrous
This is my reference sheet for "Jo Ayara." She is one of the new fan-characters that is going to appear in "Maho Shoujo Rika Magika," a Maho Shoujo Madoka Magika-based project of mine, and she is also one of the central characters too, though not as important as Rika Isoni is in it. I styled it in the same manner as similar reference sheets I've seen for this. This should give you a good idea on how Jo is supposed to look.
This was such a pain for me to draw, but it was worth it in the end. I love how cute she looks, and I really put a lot of detail into her. Well here's the description on her. Take time to read the description if you want to know about her more.


Jo Ayara is a 15-year old girl, and also one of the so-called, Maho Shoujos. Jo Ayara is also somewhat of a "Veteran" Maho Shoujo who is vastly different from most of the others. She made a contract with Kyubey long ago, and later on, she makes friends with Rika Isoni and decides to take her along with her on her spellbound adventures to slay the various Witches.

Jo is very optimistic, playful, and very interested in magic. She tends to stay in her "powered up" form all the time, and unlike most others, she never "deactivates" her powered up form. As you can see, In her "powered up" form, she wears a light-gray Maid Outfit, and black shoes with sharp points on the end used for delivering kicks that impale. Although the Maid Outfit is mostly just because it looks extremely super cute and cuddly, I was also told that it is symbolic for her too. Since she acts much like a Zealot to Kyubey's cause, she can now in ways be considered like Kyubey's personal humble servant, and the Maid Outfit could symbolize that too.

Jo has a number of things that makes her very different from the other Shoujos. The first thing is that she is actually happy that she made a Contract. Most of the other Shoujos think of the Contract as a curse, but Jo finds it to be a gift instead. She does not care so much about the free wish that comes with the contract, but is happy for more than just that. She is happy about it because making the contract gave her amazing special powers, and now she cannot be killed by conventional means (only destroying her Soul Gem will kill her now). Plus she loves the thrill and adventure involved when she has to go into the various Witch Barriers and confront the various Evil Witches herself. It's so exciting to her and thrilling to be involved in that kind of thing. Finally, she thinks that Kyubey's motives to essentially preserve usable emotional energy is a just cause, and she wishes to help him with that. After all, someone's gotta do it, so she'll certainly do it. Not only that, but she also has a bunch of friends now, who are the other Maho Shoujo's, and she likes that.

Jo is very much aware of the fact that the Witches are former Maho Shoujos, but most of the time this does not deter her much. To Jo, slaying a Witch is essentially like slaying someone who had been bitten by a werewolf or zombie, and had turned into one. They've become hideous monstrous beings, and there's nothing you can do to save them now, you can only put them out of their misery before they terrorize others. Also, many of the Witches she fights, she most times assumes that they were previously a Maho Shoujo whom she never knew well or met, and its a lot easier for her because of that. However, if she were aware that a certain Witch was actually someone whom she knew rather well, it would actually be a lot harder on her emotionally, and she would most likely not want to do it if that were the case.

Jo is best friends with Rika Isoni, and she also is very good friends with Mami Tomoe. She also sort of likes Kyouko Sakura, but she hasn't known Kyouko as long. She likes Sayaka Miki, but she often times teases around with Sayaka, sometimes in ways that would annoy her, and the two are not total friends because of that. As for Madoka and Homura, she barely has even met Homura, and she hasn't even met Madoka at all.

Jo almost acts like a Zealot to Kyubey's cause. She believes that making a contract isn't totally bad, and to her, the good parts outweigh the bad parts. After all ,you even get a free wish, alongside these special powers and everything. She is aware that she might become a Witch herself, but that isn't too big of a problem for her. After all, all she has to do to avoid becoming a Witch is just "be happy" and not fall into despair, and this rather easy for her because she is very optimistic and playful and kind.
She is also a very respectful person and always lets others decide for themselves and never really tries to "force" them into doing something they don't want to do. After all, she is aware that not everyone has the same feelings about something, and she usually does take this into account with others. She does not reveal the full details of the contract to others though, as for she does not know if they can handle it and doesn't want them to fall into despair. So Jo does her best to not reveal that part, for to her, it's one of those things that her friends are better off not knowing, for their own good.
Jo also tries to persuade other girls into making a contract with Kyubey many times, although she doesn't pressure them into doing it, like Kyubey himself does. However, she has gotten quite a few girls to become Maho Shoujos too.
Unfortunately for Jo, her happy attitude won't last her forever, and soon she may pay dearly for that.


Click these links for more on Jo Ayara. I had to divide the reference sheet into 3 sheets, for certain reasons.
These two are more on her, and some of Jo's special abilities.
-Jo Ayara Ref: Strategic Body Disassembly hexidextrous.deviantart.com/ar…
-Jo Ayara Ref: Weapons and other powers hexidextrous.deviantart.com/ar…


Hope you all like her. I plan to use Jo Ayara in some future artworks of mine too, including in the said fan-manga project that I am currently in progress of making, Maho Shoujo Rika Magika. If you want to use her in any of my artworks, please ask me first. Do not steal.
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danielluster81 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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miki-chan13 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Well, this is quite an interesting character; she reminds me of a berserker almost, a type warrior from Scandinavia who revels in battle, only slightly more... hinged and unhinged.

Overall, I think I like this character quite  a lot.
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Yep, she is very interesting. In fact, many people seem to like her most out of all three of my Maho Shoujo characters. I don't know why, but people seem to like her more than my other two. Perhaps it's because of how unique and different she is from most other Maho Shoujos. What do you think of the creative way that she takes advantage of how the Maho Shoujos can't die unless their Soul Gem is destroyed?

Also, she's my rendition of the Maho Shoujo who eventually becomes Quitterie, as I told you before.

Hinged and Unhinged? What do you mean by that?

Berserker? I've rarely seen that comparison. More people I know have compared her to characters like Monsoon in Metal Gear Rising, Buggy the Clown in One-Piece, and Ms. Fortune from Skullgirls.
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miki-chan13 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I think it might have to do with the fact she actually likes Kyubey even though she knows his whole deal. Like I said, simultaneously impressed and horrified.
Yeah, I remember that.
I mean that she's not exactly sane but the way she comes off would make her sound reasonable and logical. Like Kyubey.
Eh, I guess it was just me then... that was all I could think of at the moment I was writing.
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
I thought that you'd like her more, especially because she's a really cute and cuddly and moe' maid, and I saw in your gallery that you really like cutesy maids, just like I do.
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miki-chan13 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I do like her, I can tell you put quite a bit into her and yes I agree she's pretty cute; however, it's all too possible to like a character and still be disturbed or sickened by them. For example- Lelouch vi Britannia; he's a magnificent bastard and chess master, but sometimes I can't take his stupidity with women and people in general and his whole deal with people betraying him because whether he acknowledges it, he thinks himself the center of the world.

I made that base when I was first starting out, like two to four years ago. People's interests don't change, they just lose intensity. I think maids can be pretty adorable, especially Ayara.
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
I see. Well I just love lots of cute things, such as maids, Nekomimis, Chibis, Drill-Hair cuties, Megane girls, :3 faces, cute bows, Lolita Fashion, and more. I just absolutely love cute things so much!
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miki-chan13 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yeah; those kind of things are pretty cute. Really, the cute things I like are the actions of certain characters and their words more than anything. It doesn't mean I don't like maids or lolitas, because they are pretty adorable :)
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Death-By-Grunge Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
I think Jo is an excellent example of a mentally unhinged character. She cuts herself up without hesitation, she knows about the darker sides of being a magical girl and yet still relishes the duties and she thinks that just "being happy" will stop her from becoming a witch. This, I believe, is a wonderful deconstruction of the magical girl archetype; someone who dedicates their full self to the ideal of a magical girl, to the exclusion of almost all else in life. This truly fits the tone of Madoka Magica; being a magical girl will break you, one way or another. It seems that with Jo, the price she paid was her sanity and sense of reality. You have truly grasped the spirit of Madoka Magica with this character. Bravo.
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
I know, and you should see my other two as well, Rika Isoni and Haruka Conley. They are also very unique and fitting too. I'm also working on some new Witches for my series, although they're taking more time because their art styles can be hard. However, I did finish one Witch so far, Lydia The Night Witch. Go check them out too.

By the way, have you seen Quitterie The Needle Witch? In my series, Jo is actually who Quitterie was before she became a Witch. Quitterie is like Jo because she also uses Needle Blades and Energy Blasts in her attacks, is devoted a ton to Kyubey's duties, and has a respectful nature too. Although Jo isn't the main character in my series, she does play an important role. And her part of it sort of becomes a type of origin story of how Quitterie came into being.
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