History Analysis / MagicTheGathering

20th Aug '17 1:33:13 AM Giantleviathan
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While some Black characters are immoral, most leave other people to their business and expect to be left to theirs. In addition, being identified with a colour of magic doesn't mean someone will follow its philosophy to the core; just like many White characters aren't oppressive extremists and many Blue characters don't vivisect people in the name of progress, many Black characters are simply selfish and can feel sorry for doing some actions. A few pure Black protagonists do exist in MTG, and the staff behind the game identifies likable characters such as [[TheSimpsons Bart Simpson]] and [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Daffy Duck]] as pure Black.

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While some Black characters are immoral, most leave other people to their business and expect to be left to theirs. In addition, being identified with a colour of magic doesn't mean someone will follow its philosophy to the core; just like many White characters aren't oppressive extremists and many Blue characters don't vivisect people in the name of progress, many Black characters are simply selfish and can feel sorry for doing some actions. A few pure Black protagonists do exist in MTG, and the staff behind the game identifies likable characters such as [[TheSimpsons Bart Simpson]] and [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Daffy Duck]] as pure Black.
Black. Black is also, funnily enough, the colour most likely (Next to perhaps Red) to be an [[TheAntiNihilist AntiNihilist]] or KnightInSourArmour, or simply believe in GoodFeelsGood. Unlike White that feels it's compelled by some universal code of conduct, Black will be nice simply because it WANTS to be.




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*[[Franchise/Batman]] is another Black/Blue character (Blue Methods with a Black goal).
--> '''[[AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] "I see Batman as a figure, ultimately, about how one can rise above tragedy to do good in the world and improve yourself. He is brusque, yes, but not heartless. Aggressive, but not unethical. He drives himself to the extremes he does, sacrifices himself and his happiness at times for one goal so that no other eight-year-old child will ever have to go through what he did.
Sometimes he goes too far and sometimes he makes mistakes, but that's because he's not a god, nor should he be. He is human. If Superman represents the hope and compassion humanity is capable of, Batman represents the determination and intellect we are also capable of. Superman's worst foe is Lex Luthor, a wealthy genius who uses his power for evil, but Superman's best friend is Batman, a wealthy genius who uses his power for good."
** Yes, he uses his powers for good. But as mentioned above, a character can do good and still be Black. what makes him Black is that he is ultimately SELF motivated. Unlike Superman who was taught to believe in "Truth, Justice and the American Way", Batman is motivated by a PERSONAL tragedy.
19th Aug '17 7:44:42 PM Zennistrad
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* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight Sparkle]] is a good example of the level-headed leader that this color combo can produce. She combines the logic-based thinking and love for learning of Blue and the planning, leadership skills, and ([[SuperOCD sometimes excessive]]) want of order of White.




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* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight Sparkle]] generally fits this color combination in most of her appearance: her love of learning and general aptitude towards logic-based thinking place her squarely within blue, while her [[SuperOCD sometimes obsessive]] focus on order and organization place her within white's domain. Like red however, she also has a tendency to live very closely to her own emotions and is readily willing to let them guide her actions, whether it be extending compassion to a former foe or freaking out over the smallest frustrations and anxieties.
19th Aug '17 9:10:26 AM Parasect
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* [[Anime/BokuNoHeroAcademia Bakugo]] is driven by two things - his ambition to be the best hero in the world and his anger at [[TheHero Midoriya]]. Saving people is secondary to his own personal profit. Bakugo also has a HairTriggerTemper befitting characters of this alignment.
1st Aug '17 12:17:03 AM M84
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* [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=174852 Ajani Vengeant]] shows what Ajani was like in the aftermath of his brother's murder. Sarkhan Vol helped Ajani use that anger as fuel for power. His first loyalty ability locks down another creature for a turn, a very White ability in nature. His second loyalty ability deals 3 damage to a target while healing his controller for 3 life, a simple yet effective mix of White and Red. His third and most powerful loyality ability ''destroys all lands a target player controls'', which is ''very'' Red in nature.

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* [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=174852 Ajani Vengeant]] shows what Ajani was like in the aftermath of his brother's murder. Sarkhan Vol helped Ajani use that anger as fuel for power. His first loyalty ability locks down another creature for a turn, a very White ability in nature. His second loyalty ability deals 3 damage to a target while healing his controller for 3 life, a simple yet effective mix of White Red and Red. White. His third and most powerful loyality loyalty ability ''destroys all lands a target player controls'', which is ''very'' Red in nature.
1st Aug '17 12:15:49 AM M84
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* [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=174852 Ajani Vengeant]] shows what Ajani was like in the aftermath of his brother's murder. Sarkhan Vol helped Ajani use that anger as fuel for power. His first loyalty ability locks down another creature for a turn, a very White ability in nature. His second loyalty ability deals 3 damage to a target while healing his controller for 3 life, a simple yet effective mix of White and Red. His third and most powerful loyality ability ''destroys all lands a target player controls'', which is ''very'' Red in nature.
9th Jul '17 6:48:10 AM Carliro
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* As explored [[http://hellyeahwhitevillainy.tumblr.com/post/98742544492/mtg-ca-lord-shen here]] [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Lord Shen]] is a good example of a Jeskai villain, since he is driven by his own whims, is reckless and short sighted and ultimatly all he's doing is sticking it to his parents and the Soothsayer (red), is a perfectionist that rejects fatalism (blue) and [[WordOfGod has a moral code that only furthers him, trying to justify all he's done as necessary sacrifices]] (white).

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* As explored [[http://hellyeahwhitevillainy.tumblr.com/post/98742544492/mtg-ca-lord-shen [[http://archive.is/Fadne here]] [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Lord Shen]] is a good example of a Jeskai villain, since he is driven by his own whims, is reckless and short sighted and ultimatly all he's doing is sticking it to his parents and the Soothsayer (red), is a perfectionist that rejects fatalism (blue) and [[WordOfGod has a moral code that only furthers him, trying to justify all he's done as necessary sacrifices]] (white).
2nd Jul '17 11:35:32 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Funny Valentine]], current president of the United States ([[AlternateHistory of Valentine]]), is a perfect example of a White/Blue/Black villain. Intelligent, charismatic, and patriotic to a fault, he showcases both the best and worst of the color trio by harnessing the miraculous power of the Holy Corpse to manipulate karma so America could become a perfect utopia and to honour his deceased father (striving ultimate power, but for the greater good). However, he is willing to do ''anything'' to accomplish his goal, from creating a large-scale conspiracy to condemning every other country on earth by imposing all misfortunes onto them, on the bases that they too would do the same without hesitation (a [[TheCynic Cynic]], KnightTemplar and TheUnfettered rolled into one). [[spoiler: During the climax when a berserk Johnny Joestar by all rights has him in a corner with a gun to his head, he gives off a monologue that doubles as a RousingSpeech and a MotiveRant so passionate that he nearly succeeds in swaying Johnny over to his cause ''[[ManipulativeBastard even after Valentine just killed his best friend mere moments ago]]''. He only finishes him off because he's GenreSavvy enough to consider that Valentine is going to shoot him in the back, not out of any sudden moral qualms, and when all is said and done, Johnny even admits that Valentine may be in the right, or at the least more in the right than [[AntiHero he himself]].]]

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* [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Funny Valentine]], current president of the United States ([[AlternateHistory of Valentine]]), is a perfect example of a White/Blue/Black villain. Intelligent, charismatic, and patriotic to a fault, he showcases both the best and worst of the color trio by harnessing the miraculous power of the Holy Corpse to manipulate karma so America could become a perfect utopia and to honour his deceased father (striving ultimate power, but for the greater good). However, he is willing to do ''anything'' to accomplish his goal, from creating a large-scale conspiracy to condemning every other country on earth by imposing all misfortunes onto them, on the bases that they too would do the same without hesitation (a [[TheCynic Cynic]], KnightTemplar and TheUnfettered rolled into one). [[spoiler: During the climax when a berserk Johnny Joestar by all rights has him in a corner with a gun to his head, he gives off a monologue that doubles as a RousingSpeech and a MotiveRant so passionate that he nearly succeeds in swaying Johnny over to his cause ''[[ManipulativeBastard even after Valentine just killed his best friend mere moments ago]]''. He only finishes him off because he's GenreSavvy enough to consider he considers that Valentine is going to shoot him in the back, not out of any sudden moral qualms, and when all is said and done, Johnny even admits that Valentine may be in the right, or at the least more in the right than [[AntiHero he himself]].]]
26th May '17 6:17:18 PM slvstrChung
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* Kiora is a merfolk planeswalker with an affinity for the ocean. She's TheBeastmaster, particularly of very large seagoing creatures -- "very large creatures" are one of the few things the two colors share in common. She also has an affinity for getting her hands on extra land and creatures, something Green is good at and something Blue always wants[[note]]As mentioned elsewhere, Blue's creatures tend to be AwesomeButImpractical, and sneaking them into play is something Blue will never turn down. Blue also tends to be mana-hungry.[[/note]]
* Nissa Revane has been a mono-Green planeswalker on six of her seven cards. But [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=426906 Nissa, Steward of Elements]] is both Green and Blue. An EarthMother shaman by trade, Nissa has facility with lands, able to untap them (for Blue) and animate them for combat (for Green). She can sneak creatures into play. And her personality is uniquely Green/Blue, emphasizing not only knowledge and wisdom (she's a SensorCharacter InHarmonyWithNature), but featuring another thing both Green and Blue tend to have: NoSocialSkills.
17th May '17 4:38:53 PM Zodiark
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* [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Funny Valentine]], current president of the United States ([[AlternateHistory of Valentine]]), is a perfect example of a White/Blue/Black villain. Intelligent, charismatic, and patriotic to a fault, he showcases both the best and worst of the color trio by harnessing the miraculous power of the Holy Corpse to manipulate karma so America could become a perfect utopia and to honour his deceased father (striving ultimate power, but for the greater good). However, he is willing to do ''anything'' to accomplish his goal, from creating a large-scale conspiracy to condemning every other country on earth by imposing all misfortunes onto them, on the bases that they too would do the same without hesitation (a [[TheCynic Cynic]], KnightTemplar and TheUnfettered rolled into one). [[spoiler: During the climax when a berserk Johnny Joestar by all rights has him in a corner with a gun to his head, he gives off a monologue that doubles as a RousingSpeech and a MotiveRant so passionate that he nearly succeeds in swaying Johnny over to his cause ''[[ManipulativeBastard even after Valentine just killed his best friend mere moments ago]]''. He only finishes him off because he's GenreSavvy enough to consider that Valentine is going to shoot him in the back, not out of any sudden moral qualms, and when all is said and done, Johnny even admits that Valentine may be in the right, or at the least more in the right than [[AntiHero he himself]].]]
9th May '17 10:41:47 PM Zennistrad
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* [[Franchise/StarWars The Jedi Order]] is a paradox of the best and worst traits of this color pair. On the one hand, they have genuinely good intentions in protecting the galaxy from evil and are ''very'' spiritual. But on the other hand, they indoctrinate their members from infancy, in one notorious case getting sued by an initiate's parents after taking her in when her parents were assumed dead, refusing to return her on the grounds that she had been opened to the Force and needed their guidance. They also have a well documented history of conducting [[WellIntentionedExtremist witch hunts]] against Force users that have dissenting opinions on said universal energy field, particularly their ancient enemies, the Sith. Attempting to purge all users of the [[TheDarkSide Dark Side of the Force]] on the grounds that the Dark Side is an aberration that keeps the Force from being in balance. And they're sort of right; [[Creator/GeorgeLucas George Lucas]] has [[WordOfGod himself stated]] that there is no way to walk the middle ground, and those who try to use the Dark Side for whatever reason ultimately fall to it. True Balance, then, is to walk the middle road between the far-reaching Cosmic Force (White, or even arguably White/Blue due to its emphasis on knowledge and divination) and the more down-to-earth nitty-gritty Living Force (Green). That Living Force component also involves Green's instinctual emotional side, hence why the emotion-repressing Order just prior to and during the Clone Wars is actually in a state of Imbalance.

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* [[Franchise/StarWars The Jedi Order]] is a paradox of the best and worst traits of this color pair. On the one hand, they have genuinely good intentions in protecting the galaxy from evil and are ''very'' spiritual. But on the other hand, they indoctrinate their members from infancy, in one notorious case getting sued by an initiate's parents after taking her in when her parents were assumed dead, refusing to return her on the grounds that she had been opened to the Force and needed their guidance. They also have a well documented history of conducting [[WellIntentionedExtremist witch hunts]] against Force users that have dissenting opinions on said universal energy field, particularly their ancient enemies, the Sith. Attempting to purge all users of the [[TheDarkSide Dark Side of the Force]] on the grounds that the Dark Side is an aberration that keeps the Force from being in balance. And they're sort of right; [[Creator/GeorgeLucas George Lucas]] has [[WordOfGod himself stated]] that there is no way to walk the middle ground, and those who try to use the Dark Side for whatever reason ultimately fall to it. True Balance, then, is to walk the middle road between the far-reaching Cosmic Force (White, or even arguably White/Blue due to its emphasis on knowledge and divination) and the more down-to-earth nitty-gritty Living Force (Green). That Living Force component also involves Green's instinctual emotional side, hence why the emotion-repressing Order just prior to and during the Clone Wars is actually in a state of Imbalance.
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