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27th Mar '17 8:35:01 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': As the series develops, three of the House Stark children fit all three molds. Jon is the Fighter, skilled with a blade and tested in combat. Bran is the Mage, physically weak but possessing magical powers beyond the ken of men. Arya is the Thief, learned in disguise and trickery even before being trained as a terrifying assassin.
6th Mar '17 1:24:50 PM PDL
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** ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' does a similar thing with their respective starters, only which motif they adopt is swapped: Grass-typed Rowlet eventually becomes Decidueye, a Grass/Ghost owl with [[ArcherArchtype archer abilities]] (The thief). The Fire type Litten becomes the bipedal and takes on a Fire/Dark {{Heel}} wrestler theme as Incineroar (the fighter) and the Water-typed Popplio turns into Primarina, a Water/Fairy MagicIdolSinger mermaid (the mage).

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** ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' does a similar thing with their respective starters, only which motif they adopt is swapped: Grass-typed Rowlet eventually becomes Decidueye, a Grass/Ghost owl with [[ArcherArchtype [[ArcherArchetype archer abilities]] (The thief). The Fire type Litten becomes the bipedal and takes on a Fire/Dark {{Heel}} wrestler theme as Incineroar (the fighter) and the Water-typed Popplio turns into Primarina, a Water/Fairy MagicIdolSinger mermaid (the mage).
6th Mar '17 1:16:41 PM PDL
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** In ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', the usual trio of starting Pokémon recalls this motif. Fennekin, Braixen and Delphox are witch-like fox Mages with PsychicPowers, Froakie, Frogadier, and Greninja are frog Thieves based on {{Ninja}}s, and Chespin, Quilladin and Chesnaught are the bulky hedgehog Fighters that grow chestnut armour as they evolve. Their final forms are Fire/Psychic, Water/Dark and Grass/Fighting respectively.

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** In ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', the usual trio of starting Pokémon recalls this motif. Fennekin, Braixen and Delphox are witch-like fox Mages with PsychicPowers, Froakie, Frogadier, and Greninja are frog Thieves based on {{Ninja}}s, and Chespin, Quilladin and Chesnaught are the bulky hedgehog Fighters that grow chestnut armour armor as they evolve. Their final forms are Fire/Psychic, Water/Dark and Grass/Fighting respectively.respectively.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' does a similar thing with their respective starters, only which motif they adopt is swapped: Grass-typed Rowlet eventually becomes Decidueye, a Grass/Ghost owl with [[ArcherArchtype archer abilities]] (The thief). The Fire type Litten becomes the bipedal and takes on a Fire/Dark {{Heel}} wrestler theme as Incineroar (the fighter) and the Water-typed Popplio turns into Primarina, a Water/Fairy MagicIdolSinger mermaid (the mage).
2nd Mar '17 7:02:07 AM permeakra
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* ''Mage'': The GlassCannon. A mighty wielder of arcane magic, the mage has a tendency to [[SquishyWizard die if enemies look at him funny]]. This method of solving problems therefore tends to consist of [[BlackMage blowing them up before they can get too close]]. The mage has the ability to take advantage of [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental powers]] to exploit the enemy's weaknesses, and may also get a number of utility spells to bypass the stickiest situations. It's also possible for them to use their power to heal, making them TheMedic[[note]]In many games, the Healer/Cleric is a fourth archetype in the setup. In this case they can cast healing spells and [[StoneWall take more damage through force fields and/or better armor, but their offensive spells might be weaker]] or cost more Mana.[[/note]]. Mages tend to favor the MagicWand or SimpleStaff as weapons, not that they want to be in a situation where they have to actually use them.

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* ''Mage'': The GlassCannon. GlassCannon if offensive. A mighty wielder of arcane or divine magic, the mage has a tendency to [[SquishyWizard die if enemies look at him funny]]. This method of solving problems therefore tends to consist of [[BlackMage blowing them up before they can get too close]].close]], or shaping battlefield to their benefit. The mage has the ability to take advantage of [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental powers]] to exploit the enemy's weaknesses, and may also get a number of utility spells to bypass the stickiest situations. It's also possible for them to use their power to heal, making them TheMedic[[note]]In many games, the Healer/Cleric is a fourth archetype in the setup. In this case they can cast healing spells and [[StoneWall take more damage through force fields and/or better armor, but their offensive spells might be weaker]] or cost more Mana.[[/note]]. Mages tend to favor the MagicWand or SimpleStaff as weapons, not that they want to be in a situation where they have to actually use them.them[[note]]they are often limited to use of light armor or no armor at all[[/note]].



This trend stretches back to the grandpappy of all [=RPGs=], ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. First edition offered players three main character classes: Fighter (called the [[MostGamersAreMale Fighting]] ''[[MostGamersAreMale Man]]'' at first), Magic User, and Cleric (who [[TheMedic healed the party]], but modern games prefer to use abundant healing items); the first supplement added Thief. As a result, a lot of [=RPGs=] have typically followed in their footsteps.

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This trend stretches back to the grandpappy of all [=RPGs=], ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. First edition offered players three main character classes: Fighter (called the [[MostGamersAreMale Fighting]] ''[[MostGamersAreMale Man]]'' at first), Magic User, and Cleric (who [[TheMedic healed the party]], but modern games prefer to use abundant healing items); the first supplement added Thief. As and also dubbed as back-up fighter and/or mage) A standard D&D adventure is constructed for a result, a 4-man party consisting of fighter, cleric, wizard and rogue or their functional equivalents. A lot of [=RPGs=] have typically followed in their footsteps.
26th Feb '17 8:11:53 PM Luppercus
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* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' has the wise and intellectual druid Panoramix (the mage), strong GentleGiant but not very bright Obelix (fighter) and Asterix who, although both smart and strong, often uses his wit and cunningness to trick Romans (the thief).
10th Feb '17 2:48:29 AM TurtleTropes
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** The theme is repeated again in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' with the newest set of starters--the [[PlayingWithFire fiery]] {{Heel}} wrestler Incineroar is the fighter, the [[OurFairiesAreDifferent fairy]] [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent mermaid]] Primarina is the mage, and the [[SoulPower ghostly]] [[GreenThumb grass]]-[[ArcherArchetype archer]] Decidueye is the thief.
3rd Feb '17 2:30:01 AM Doug86
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* The three main female members of the 90s ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' cartoon seem to follow this pattern. {{Rogue}} is brash, quick-tempered, and possesses the most overt physical strength of anyone on the team, making her the Fighter. {{Storm}} was poised, regal, and wielded awesome powers from a distance, fitting the Mage. And lastly, [[KidHero Jubilee's]] powers, while impressive, were rarely as useful to the team as her ability to move quickly and improvise, making her the Thief. JeanGrey was the odd one out, usally serving as a medic, or secondary Mage character...at least [[SuperpoweredEvilSide most of the time]].

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* The three main female members of the 90s ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' cartoon seem to follow this pattern. {{Rogue}} ComicBook/{{Rogue}} is brash, quick-tempered, and possesses the most overt physical strength of anyone on the team, making her the Fighter. {{Storm}} ComicBook/{{Storm}} was poised, regal, and wielded awesome powers from a distance, fitting the Mage. And lastly, [[KidHero Jubilee's]] powers, while impressive, were rarely as useful to the team as her ability to move quickly and improvise, making her the Thief. JeanGrey was the odd one out, usally serving as a medic, or secondary Mage character...at least [[SuperpoweredEvilSide most of the time]].
3rd Feb '17 1:10:16 AM Luppercus
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*In ''Series/ParkerLewisCantLose'' Parker himself prefers to use his wit and charisma to trick his rivals and enemies --like Miss Russo-- (Thief), Mickey is more an action man and a rebellious character (Fighter) and Jerry is the wise nerdy intellectual (Mage).
28th Jan '17 5:39:40 PM Owlorange1995
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* ''Franchise/{{Arrowverse}}'': The three main recurring villains fit this. Eobard Thawne has SuperSpeed and makes use of hit-and-run tactics, Malcolm Meryln is a master archer and martial artist, and Damien Darhk's future self gains access to the Lazarus Pits and the Khushu Idol.
27th Jan '17 8:26:32 PM DesertDragon
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* ''Fighter + Thief'' = GlassCannon: An agile individual focused less on stealth and more on combat. Where fighters are strong and brutal and thieves are sneaky and fight dirty, this one elevates combat to a fine art. May be duelist of some sort, of a BareFistedMonk if relying on unarmed martial arts rather than weapons and armor. However, if having all the strengths of both and another weakness (such as a [[MagicallyIneptFighter lack of magical mojo]]) to off-set the balance, may be a LightningBruiser.

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* ''Fighter + Thief'' = GlassCannon: An agile individual focused less on stealth and more on refined combat. Where fighters are strong and brutal and thieves are sneaky and fight dirty, this one elevates combat to a fine art. an elegant artform. May be duelist of some sort, of a duelist, or a BareFistedMonk if relying on unarmed martial arts rather than weapons and armor. However, if having all the strengths of both and another weakness (such as a [[MagicallyIneptFighter lack of magical mojo]]) to off-set the balance, they may be a LightningBruiser.
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