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12th Feb '17 5:55:53 PM Theriocephalus
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* SwampsAreEvil: Black draws power from the festering decay of swampland, and Black's swamps tend to be festering pits of fungus and diseases, and crawling with oversized insects and the undead. But again, DarkIsNotEvil -- hostile and uncaring Black's swamps may be, there's nothing inherently evil or malicious about them.

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* SwampsAreEvil: Black draws power from the festering decay of swampland, and while in theory Black -- and its lands and creatures -- is not actively evil so much as amoral, in practice Black's swamps tend to be remain festering pits of fungus and diseases, and disease, crawling with oversized insects and the undead. But again, DarkIsNotEvil -- hostile undead, and uncaring Black's swamps may be, there's nothing inherently evil or malicious about them.generally very unfriendly places to outsiders.
11th Feb '17 1:30:50 PM Theriocephalus
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* InformedAttribute: Behind the scenes material often tries to stress the idea that Black is "not necessarily evil, and is just as capable of being good as any other colour. Even if it doesn't believe in moral absolutes". In the actual story/game, however, it is almost impossible to find a single Black faction or character that ISN'T a massive {{Jerkass}} at the very least, and the most well known factions all seem to revel in being as cruel and horrible as possible. Even the "example characters" used for Black seem to focus squarely on its worst traits (for instance, while they use Bart Simpson as an example of a "Sympatheitc Black Character", they focus on his modern interpretation as a child [[TheSociopath sociopath]] who actively enjoys seeing others in pain, rather than his older portrayal of a mischievious and amoral [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold but ultimately well meaning]] character).

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* InformedAttribute: Behind the scenes material often tries to stress the idea that Black is "not necessarily evil, and is just as capable of being good as any other colour. Even if it doesn't believe in moral absolutes". In the actual story/game, however, it is almost impossible to find a single Black faction or character that ISN'T a massive {{Jerkass}} at the very least, and the most well known factions all seem to revel in being as cruel and horrible as possible. Even the "example characters" used for Black seem to focus squarely on its worst traits (for instance, while they use Bart Simpson as an example of a "Sympatheitc "Sympathetic Black Character", they focus on his modern interpretation as a child [[TheSociopath sociopath]] who actively enjoys seeing others in pain, rather than his older portrayal of a mischievious and amoral [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold but ultimately well meaning]] character).
11th Feb '17 1:28:49 PM Theriocephalus
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* InformedAttribute: Behind the scenes material often tries to stress the idea that Black is "Not necessarily evil, and is just as capable of being good as any other colour. Even if they don't believe in moral absolutes". In the actual story/game however, it is almost impossible to find a single Black faction or character that ISN'T a massive {{Jerkass}} at the very least. And the most well known factions all seem to revel in being as cruel and horrible as possible. Even the "Example characters" used for Black seem to focus squarely on it's worst traits (For instance, while they use Bart Simpson as an example of a "Sympatheitc Black Character", they focus on his modern interpretation as a child [[TheSociopath sociopath]] who actively enjoys seeing others in pain, rather than his older portrayal of a mischievious and amoral, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold but ultimately well meaning]] character.

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* InformedAttribute: Behind the scenes material often tries to stress the idea that Black is "Not "not necessarily evil, and is just as capable of being good as any other colour. Even if they don't it doesn't believe in moral absolutes". In the actual story/game story/game, however, it is almost impossible to find a single Black faction or character that ISN'T a massive {{Jerkass}} at the very least. And least, and the most well known factions all seem to revel in being as cruel and horrible as possible. Even the "Example "example characters" used for Black seem to focus squarely on it's its worst traits (For (for instance, while they use Bart Simpson as an example of a "Sympatheitc Black Character", they focus on his modern interpretation as a child [[TheSociopath sociopath]] who actively enjoys seeing others in pain, rather than his older portrayal of a mischievious and amoral, amoral [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold but ultimately well meaning]] character.character).
8th Feb '17 3:26:30 AM Giantleviathan
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* InformedAttribute: Behind the scenes material often tries to stress the idea that Black is "Not necessarily evil, and is just as capable of being good as any other colour. Even if they don't believe in moral absolutes". In the actual story/game however, it is almost impossible to find a single Black faction or character that ISN'T a massive {{Jerkass}} at the very least. And the most well known factions all seem to revel in being as cruel and horrible as possible. Even the "Example characters" used for Black seem to focus squarely on it's worst traits (For instance, while they use Bart Simpson as an example of a "Sympatheitc Black Character", they focus on his modern interpretation as a child [[TheSociopath sociopath]] who actively enjoys seeing others in pain, rather than his older portrayal of a mischievious and amoral, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold but ultimately well meaning]] character.
2nd Feb '17 7:45:41 AM Theriocephalus
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* SwampsAreEvil: Black draws power from the festering decay of swampland. But again, see DarkIsNotEvil.

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* SwampsAreEvil: Black draws power from the festering decay of swampland. swampland, and Black's swamps tend to be festering pits of fungus and diseases, and crawling with oversized insects and the undead. But again, see DarkIsNotEvil.DarkIsNotEvil -- hostile and uncaring Black's swamps may be, there's nothing inherently evil or malicious about them.
30th Jan '17 11:55:41 PM Theriocephalus
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* GripingAboutGremlins: The gremlins of [[{{Steampunk}} Kaladesh]] are overwhelmingly Red in color.

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* GripingAboutGremlins: The gremlins of [[{{Steampunk}} Kaladesh]] are overwhelmingly Red in color. They're essentially animals and feed off of aether, with their feeding being an important part of Kaladesh's natural cycle. Problem is, most of Kaladesh's technology runs on aether, which combined with the gremlins' tendency to use their acidic saliva to bore a way to their meals has made them the scourge of the plane. Reflecting this, they tend to have artifact-destruction abilities or be empowered by energy counters. Their young are called grubs, and are [[http://magiccards.info/kld/en/138.html very cute]].
26th Jan '17 2:35:16 PM Theriocephalus
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* RaisingTheSteaks: The ever-pragmatic Black does not limit itself to raising intelligent beings as undead when animals will do just as well. Skeletal [[http://magiccards.info/roe/en/127.html wurms]] and [[http://magiccards.info/ths/en/202.html griffins]], zombie [[http://magiccards.info/on/en/126.html vultures]] and [[http://magiccards.info/m15/en/86.html cats]], vampiric [[http://magiccards.info/arc/en/99.html dragons]]Ö

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* RaisingTheSteaks: The ever-pragmatic Black does not limit itself to raising intelligent beings as undead when animals will do just as well. Skeletal [[http://magiccards.info/roe/en/127.html wurms]] wurms]], [[http://magiccards.info/po/en/34.html snakes]] and [[http://magiccards.info/ths/en/202.html griffins]], zombie [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=%21Dross+Crocodile crocodiles]], [[http://magiccards.info/on/en/126.html vultures]] and [[http://magiccards.info/m15/en/86.html cats]], vampiric [[http://magiccards.info/arc/en/99.html dragons]]Ödragons]]...
11th Jan '17 10:01:33 AM EspyPsyche
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* TheNecromancer: Besides a number of necromancers as creatures, Black itself is heavily based on necromancy, with many of its spells and creatures being based on reanimating corpses and summoning the dead.

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* TheNecromancer: Besides a number of necromancers as creatures, Black itself is heavily based on necromancy, with many of its spells and creatures being based on reanimating corpses and summoning the dead. This includes black planeswalker Liliana Vess.



* PlayingWithFire: Redís most iconic element. Fire manipulation is a mainstay of Red magic, involving both fire elementals and fire-based spells, usually centered on indiscriminately burning Redís problems until they arenít problems anymore.

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* PlayingWithFire: Redís most iconic element. Fire manipulation is a mainstay of Red magic, involving both fire elementals and fire-based spells, usually centered on indiscriminately burning Redís problems until they arenít problems anymore. This is what red planeswalker Chandra Nalaar is most known for.



* NatureIsNotNice: There are many cards that reflect the life-giving and nurturing face of Mother Nature. There are also many cards that reflect Mother Nature's brutality.

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* NatureIsNotNice: There are many cards that reflect the life-giving and nurturing face of Mother Nature. There are also many cards that reflect Mother Nature's brutality. Green planeswalker Nissa Revane, anyone?
11th Jan '17 9:58:54 AM EspyPsyche
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* LightIsGood: Although lately its more [[KnightTemplar negative aspects]] have been more prevalent, in order to keep the balance with the number of protagonists/villains in other colours, White used to be portrayed as the go-to heroic color for a while, and is still often perceived as this.

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* LightIsGood: Although lately its more [[KnightTemplar negative aspects]] have been more prevalent, in order to keep the balance with the number of protagonists/villains in other colours, White used to be portrayed as the go-to heroic color for a while, and is still often perceived as this. The primary planeswalker of white, Gideon Jura, seems to be this trope incarnate.



* TheSpock: Blue's focus on rationality, logic, and emotional detachment frequently leads Blue characters to play this role.

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* TheSpock: Blue's focus on rationality, logic, and emotional detachment frequently leads Blue characters to play this role. The primary blue planeswalker Jace Beleren is this, probably more so than any other.
9th Jan '17 3:22:42 PM McJeff
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* FiveManBand: Usually, White is TheLeader, Black is TheLancer, Blue is TheSmartGuy, Green is TheBigGuy and Red is TheChick.
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