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23rd Aug '16 1:36:59 PM StrixObscuro
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* In the first movie to ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', it is revealed that Clow Reed had a rival in the form of a water-diviner known only as [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Madoushi.]] She was always trying to outdo him, but he always prevailed, mainly because ''her'' power was used mainly for personal gain (thus limiting its potential), and Clow Reed used it for other (benevolent) purposes too. The rivalry is complicated because she had feelings for him, which ''may'' have been reciprocated [[note]] [[AllThereInTheManual The databooks]] actually call her his former lover, which would imply that he at least slept with her once. [[/note]]...but she became a threat and had to be sealed away in an alternate dimension by Clow. (In the English dubbed version, she is a former student of his who actually became his girlfriend...and then turned to TheDarkSide, whereupon Clow broke up with her and then sealed her away.)

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* In the first movie to ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', it is revealed that Clow Reed had a rival in the form of a water-diviner known only as [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Madoushi.]] She was always trying to outdo him, but he always prevailed, mainly because ''her'' power was used mainly for personal gain (thus limiting its potential), and Clow Reed used it for other (benevolent) purposes too. The rivalry is complicated because she had feelings for him, which ''may'' have been reciprocated [[note]] [[AllThereInTheManual [[note]][[AllThereInTheManual The databooks]] actually call her his former lover, which would imply that he at least slept with her once. [[/note]]...but she became a threat and had to be sealed away in an alternate dimension by Clow. (In the English dubbed version, she is a former student of his who actually became his girlfriend...and then turned to TheDarkSide, whereupon Clow broke up with her and then sealed her away.)


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* In one ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueElite'' story, the team goes up against the witch Circe. The team mystic, Manitou Raven, shows disdain for Circe's methods, claiming that they barely qualify as magic because they don't involve any kind of personal sacrifice as his magic does.
* In ''ComicBook/TarotWitchOfTheBlackRose'', the world of witches is portrayed as being perpetually divided by methods and ideologies. This is presented as largely a good thing, as it allows for individuality and prevents zealots like Raven Hex or Azure from organizing the witches for evil ends.
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23rd Aug '16 12:43:59 PM intastiel
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* [[GeometricMagic Rune Magic]] in ''Literature/VoidDomain'' is seen as archaic and outdated by the magical community, and is no longer taught. In practice, it's a BoringButPractical option for easy semi-permanent enchantments, and Eva does a lively trade in selling useful runes. BloodMagic and [[SummoningRitual demon summoning]] are also held in low regard, but for rather more solid reasons: while they're not evil in themselves, an amoral practitioner can get a lot more mileage out of them than someone who won't, for example, rip out people's hearts to make [[BodyToJewel bloodstone]].
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12th Aug '16 12:04:01 PM DaveE
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** During the Horus Heresy a more traditional form of this feuding occurred among the Librarius. The Thousand Sons were widely acknowledged as the most accomplished psykers, and looked on Librarians from other Legions with at best smug condescension. [[spoiler: Turned out they were using pure Chaos sorcery, just gussied up by Tzeentch to not appear obviously evil.]] In contrast the Space Wolves Rune Priests insisted their psychic abilities came from the pure elemental power of Fenris, and disdained everyone else for using "maleficarum".
4th Aug '16 11:13:48 PM PaulA
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* {{Dragaera}} divides magic into witchcraft and sorcery. Witchcraft is RitualMagic mostly practiced by Easterners (baseline humans.) Sorcery is a power anyone with citizenship in the empire can use: a powerful artifact called the Orb can be called upon mentally by anyone in Dragaera to fuel a wide variety of spells. Apparently it controls the energy/substance/''something'' known as Chaos, the normally dangerously unstable power behind all magic. (The third kind of magic is ''direct'' manipulation of the stuff. Since it tends to get out of control and consume all in its path, trying it is a highly discouraged dead last resort.) Vlad {{Taltos}} is a user of both (and tried to command chaos once when the GodzillaThreshold had been crossed. Fortunately, Aliera was there to keep it from expanding too much and leaving a Sea of Chaos where the city used to be.)

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* {{Dragaera}} Literature/{{Dragaera}} divides magic into witchcraft and sorcery. Witchcraft is RitualMagic mostly practiced by Easterners (baseline humans.) humans). Sorcery is a power anyone with citizenship in the empire can use: a powerful artifact called the Orb can be called upon mentally by anyone in Dragaera to fuel a wide variety of spells. Apparently it controls the energy/substance/''something'' known as Chaos, the normally dangerously unstable power behind all magic. (The third kind of magic is ''direct'' manipulation of the stuff. Since it tends to get out of control and consume all in its path, trying it is a highly discouraged dead last resort.) Vlad {{Taltos}} Taltos is a user of both (and tried to command chaos once when the GodzillaThreshold had been crossed. Fortunately, crossed -- fortunately, Aliera was there to keep it from expanding too much and leaving a Sea of Chaos where the city used to be.)be).
27th Jul '16 4:57:48 AM ChronoLegion
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* Sergej Luk'yanenko's ''Literature/NightWatch'' shows a more benign example - wizards, sorcerers, warlocks were originally direct spellcasters, while witches and enchanters specialized in creating powerful artefacts. As of the series' events, there are almost no pure representants of those traditions, although the Inquisition often issues their operatives rare or obscure artefacts to give them a certain combat advantage.

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* Sergej Luk'yanenko's Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/NightWatch'' shows a more benign example - wizards, sorcerers, warlocks were originally direct spellcasters, while witches and enchanters specialized in creating powerful artefacts. As of the series' events, there are almost no pure representants representatives of those traditions, although the Inquisition often issues their operatives rare or obscure artefacts to give them a certain combat advantage.advantage. Witches do tend to be CloserToEarth, which allows them to use more primal forces but also ages them to an old crone in under a decade, requiring them to maintain their youthful appearance with magic. Typically, an old witch will [[NoOntologicalInertia will crumple to dust]], if her magic is taken away. Vampires and werewolves (which also includes other kinds of "weres") are special cases. They're the only type of Other, who are able to turn normal humans into Others. They are also kept at the bottom of the Other hierarchy. The Dark Others dislike them for their animalistic nature and a focus on physical strength, as opposed to magic. The Light Others don't like them, because both of those groups need to feed on human blood and meat, respectively, and the Grand Treaty forces the Night Watch to hand out hunting licenses for them using a lottery-based system to pick which humans will be sacrificed for the greater good. While vampires are typically reviled, high vampires are treated with more respect due to their experience and strength. The author also can't seem to decide whether vampires and werewolves are truly undead or not.
27th Jul '16 12:20:09 AM PaulA
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* The ''Literature/EarthseaTrilogy'' makes a distinction between "true" magic (based on an ancient language, studied in a WizardingSchool, practiced only by men) and several lesser forms of magic, including sorcery, illusionism and village witches. There are also other forms of religious magic in different cultures.

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* The ''Literature/EarthseaTrilogy'' ''Literature/{{Earthsea}}'' series makes a distinction between "true" magic (based on an ancient language, studied in a WizardingSchool, practiced only by men) and several lesser forms of magic, including sorcery, illusionism and village witches. There are also other forms of religious magic in different cultures.
26th Jun '16 2:43:47 PM nombretomado
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* The DresdenFiles has no formal label for practitioners of magic owing to it being extremely variable but there are some hierarchical distinctions:

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* The DresdenFiles ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has no formal label for practitioners of magic owing to it being extremely variable but there are some hierarchical distinctions:
19th Jun '16 2:29:25 AM Chabal2
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*** Necromancy, [=AKA=] Post-Mortem Communication, has a bad reputation on Discworld, yet its practitioners are formally permitted a modest degree of misbehavior under University statute. Fortunately, the allowed misconduct only rises to the level of being a bloody nuisance, not outright hostility.

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*** Necromancy, [=AKA=] Post-Mortem Communication, has a bad reputation on Discworld, yet its practitioners are formally permitted a modest degree of misbehavior under University statute. Fortunately, the allowed misconduct only rises to the level of being a bloody nuisance, not outright hostility.hostility and hunting down rogue necromancers with extreme prejudice.
16th Jun '16 11:20:39 PM Morgenthaler
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* Cassie in [[UltimateBookOfSpells UBOS]] wants to train to become a 'Supreme Sorceress', since 'witches get no respect.'

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* Cassie in [[UltimateBookOfSpells [[WesternAnimation/UltimateBookOfSpells UBOS]] wants to train to become a 'Supreme Sorceress', since 'witches get no respect.'
12th Jun '16 4:08:32 PM nombretomado
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* Oddly enough, [[TheWonderfulWizardOfOz Oz Books]] lean on this trope. Witches and Wizards, of course, are considered the highest of all magic users. But then you have sorcerers and sorceresses, common conjurers, alchemists (those who mix magic potions and powders), and the like. Conjurers and alchemists seem to be the lower-end.

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* Oddly enough, [[TheWonderfulWizardOfOz [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz Oz Books]] lean on this trope. Witches and Wizards, of course, are considered the highest of all magic users. But then you have sorcerers and sorceresses, common conjurers, alchemists (those who mix magic potions and powders), and the like. Conjurers and alchemists seem to be the lower-end.
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