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Magenta is the tertiary antagonist of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. She is the servant of Frank N. Furter, along with her brother Riff Raff.

She is portrayed by Patricia Quinn.

History

Magenta is sitting on the bannister of the stairs when Brad and Janet arrive, and when Janet says "Lucky him" referring to Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Magenta sits up and says they are all lucky. She and Riff Raff then begin to sing "Time Warp", with Columbia and the other guests. Later, she and Riff Raff assist Frank when he creates Rocky.

At the end, when Frank, Brad, Janet, Rocky, Dr. Scott and Columbia are all singing, Riff Raff and Magenta crash through the doors, now in more science fiction type clothing. Riff Raff is holding a gun and sings that he is now their commander and they will return to their planet of Transylvania. He tells Magenta to prepare the transit beam and she begins to walk out but Frank stops them. Frank says he can explain and Magenta reenters the room and smiles. Frank then sings that he wants to stay, but Riff Raff explains that he meant that only he and Magenta will return home and that Frank is going to remain on Earth, but only as a spirit, meaning he plans to kill him. Columbia screams and he shoots her dead with the antimatter-laser he's got. He finally kills Frank with the weapon and also kills Rocky. Janet and the others are horrified and then Magenta speaks up, saying she thought Riff Raff liked them and that they liked him. But Riff Raff screams that they never liked him. Then, he tells Janet, Brad and Dr. Scott to leave. Magenta then laughs dementedly and Riff Raff tells her that soon they will return to their home planet. Magenta becomes happily emotional and then they begin to sing "Time Warp". Magenta says "and our world, will do the Time Warp, again!". The house then lifts up off the ground and flies away back to Transylvania.

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  • On the unmade sequel for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, called "Revenge of the Old Queen" (The script's first draft can be found complete on the Internet), Riff Raff has gone mad, and killed Magenta on their trip back to Transylvania. A line on the script hints that Riff Raff and Magenta are Cosmo and Nation McKinley from the indirect sequel to TRHPS, "Shock Treatment", a 1981 movie written by Richard O'Brien starring Brad and Janet, the main characters of TRHPS, but unrelated to the events of Rocky Horror.
  • Magenta is technically the true secondary antagonist in the ending, when she and Riff-Raff usurp Dr. Frank-N-Furter and announce Riff-Raff as the new leader.
  • Magenta is presented as more manipulative in the remake, with her being the one who urges on Riff Raff to scare away Rocky and also seeming to be the one who decides to betray Frank.

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