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8th Apr '17 8:28:28 PM fusilcontrafusil
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* {{Myth/Merlin}} is the UrExample, unless you count Odin, and is portrayed like this in almost all media. Even if not UrExample, he is certainly the TropeCodifier. Remarkable because the medieval texts don't actually describe his attire except when he's in disguise, so the wizard image must have coalesced and been taken for granted.

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* {{Myth/Merlin}} is the UrExample, unless you count Odin, and is portrayed like this in almost all media. Even if not the UrExample, he is certainly the TropeCodifier. Remarkable because the medieval texts don't actually describe his appearance and attire except when he's in disguise, so the wizard image must have coalesced and been taken for granted.
6th Apr '17 10:43:33 PM aurora369
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* Clothahump from ''Literature/Spellsinger'', while not looking the part (he's an anthropomorphic turtle), fits the rest of the trope completely: he's old, wise and knowledgeable, lives in seclusion in a hollowed-out tree, keeps apprentices and meddles in the affairs of the world he lives in to save it from great dangers. Jon-Tom even imagines him as a classic Gandalf-like wizard when he first hears the description of what Clothahump is.

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* Clothahump from ''Literature/Spellsinger'', ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'', while not looking the part (he's an anthropomorphic turtle), fits the rest of the trope completely: he's old, wise and knowledgeable, lives in seclusion in a hollowed-out tree, keeps apprentices and meddles in the affairs of the world he lives in to save it from great dangers. Jon-Tom even imagines him as a classic Gandalf-like wizard when he first hears the description of what Clothahump is.
6th Apr '17 10:43:09 PM aurora369
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* Clothahump from ''Literature/Spellsinger'', while not looking the part (he's an anthropomorphic turtle), fits the rest of the trope completely: he's old, wise and knowledgeable, lives in seclusion in a hollowed-out tree, keeps apprentices and meddles in the affairs of the world he lives in to save it from great dangers. Jon-Tom even imagines him as a classic Gandalf-like wizard when he first hears the description of what Clothahump is.
28th Mar '17 3:20:42 AM GM_3826
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** Averted by the god tier outfits of the Mage Aspect.

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** Averted by the god tier outfits of the Mage Aspect.Class.
2nd Mar '17 5:24:23 AM Theriocephalus
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic:'' The unicorn Starswirl the bearded is a pony version of this. As he lacks hands, he does magic with his horn instead of a staff, but he's got the beard, wizard clothes, and is famed for magic, etc...

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic:'' The unicorn ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Starswirl the bearded Bearded, a unicorn from the distant past, is a pony version of this. As he lacks lacked hands, he does did magic with his horn instead of a staff, but otherwise he's got the beard, the wizard clothes, clothes -- most notably a large, star-spangled wizard hat with bells around the rim -- and is still famed for magic, etc...
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28th Feb '17 10:48:04 AM YesThatSusanDavis
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** The original logo for TSR (the original publisher of D&D) was a WizardClassic in a brimless pointy hat and moon-and-stars robe, waving a magic wand.
28th Feb '17 9:46:54 AM Theriocephalus
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*** Elminster is traditionally portrayed this way. It's demonstrated in novels and [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=15988&whichpage=21#383207 explicitly]] [[WordOfGod confirmed]] that he's a man of many masks and The Old Mage with iconic hat and pipe is his "good example for young wizards" role, because lots of folk look up to him. Elminster is not inclined to play by rules unless it's the whole point; and when goes out to "meddle", isn't always recognizable as a living creature, let alone himself.

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*** Elminster is traditionally portrayed this way. It's demonstrated in novels and [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=15988&whichpage=21#383207 explicitly]] [[WordOfGod confirmed]] that he's a man of many masks and The the Old Mage with the iconic hat and pipe is his "good example for young wizards" role, because lots of folk look up to him. Elminster is not inclined to play by the rules unless it's the whole point; point, and when he goes out to "meddle", he isn't always recognizable as a living creature, let alone as himself.
28th Feb '17 9:45:38 AM Theriocephalus
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* '''Wizardry''': Wizards practice '''wizardry''' specifically as their [[UnequalRites type of magic.]] While every work has its own definitions and limitations, wizardry can generally be defined as a form of 'high' magic with many possible applications, usually tapping universal forces as a result of intensive study. They are often seen reading the stars and/or tapping into natural energies: and casting spells with runes or magic words. Wizards appear to have been somewhat based on ''{{Druid}}s'' and ascetic ''[[HermitGuru Hermits]]'' but are not directly comparable. Books of lore - whether a single tome or an entire library - are a frequent fixture.
* '''Wizardly Habits''': Wizards are very often solitary folk who live alone in far off, difficult to reach places, studying in seclusion. They also tend to live in [[MageTower tall towers]], the better to be closer to the stars. They have been known to enjoy WalkingTheEarth, however, and people seem to stumble upon them at random... or is it fate? Since wizardry is a studied art rather than a spontaneous talent, wizards tend to have TheApprentice hanging around. A Wizard can be a CourtMage but even then they tend to have their own areas and act aloof. While 'familiars' are more often associated with witches or demonologists, wizards do tend to keep a pet - the most frequent choice is a bird associated with cleverness or wisdom, such as a crow or owl. A degree of [[EccentricMentor eccentricity]] is quite common, be it [[BunnyEarsLawyer real]] or [[ObfuscatingStupidity feigned]], which masks the wizard's considerable power.

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* '''Wizardry''': Wizards practice '''wizardry''' specifically as their [[UnequalRites type of magic.]] While every work has its own definitions and limitations, wizardry can generally be defined as a form of 'high' magic with many possible applications, usually tapping universal forces as a result of intensive study. They are often seen reading the stars and/or tapping into natural energies: and casting spells with runes or magic words. Wizards appear to have been somewhat based on ''{{Druid}}s'' and ascetic ''[[HermitGuru Hermits]]'' but are not directly comparable. Books of lore - -- whether a single tome or an entire library - -- are a frequent fixture.
* '''Wizardly Habits''': Wizards are very often solitary folk who live alone in far off, difficult to reach places, studying in seclusion. They also tend to live in [[MageTower tall towers]], the better to be closer to the stars. They have been known to enjoy WalkingTheEarth, however, and people seem to stumble upon them at random... or is it fate? Since wizardry is a studied art rather than a spontaneous talent, wizards tend to have TheApprentice hanging around. A Wizard can be a CourtMage but even then they tend to have their own areas and act aloof. While 'familiars' are more often associated with witches or demonologists, wizards do tend to keep a pet - -- the most frequent choice is a bird associated with cleverness or wisdom, such as a crow or owl. A degree of [[EccentricMentor eccentricity]] is quite common, be it [[BunnyEarsLawyer real]] or [[ObfuscatingStupidity feigned]], which masks the wizard's considerable power.



* Gandalf and Saruman in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Both magic, bearded old men who were long-lived and nigh immortal and carried staffs, and gave advice. Gandalf [[WalkingTheEarth walked the earth]] but Saruman lived in a [[MageTower tower.]] However, whereas normal wizards are educated humans, Tolkien's "wizards" are actually [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Maiar]] in corporeal form - something that is discussed vaguely in ''The Lord of the Rings'' but made more explicit in other Tolkien works.

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* Gandalf and Saruman in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Both magic, bearded old men who were long-lived and nigh immortal and carried staffs, and gave advice. Gandalf [[WalkingTheEarth walked the earth]] but Saruman lived in a [[MageTower tower.]] However, whereas normal wizards are educated humans, Tolkien's "wizards" are actually [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Maiar]] in corporeal form - -- something that is discussed vaguely in ''The Lord of the Rings'' but made more explicit in other Tolkien works.



* The Wizards of Unseen University in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fall into this, as does Rincewind (whose association with the university varies.) Of course their "wisdom" in regards to magic mostly consists of not using it and jockying for a KlingonPromotion or two. With the exception of Ponder Stibbons and one or two others who seem to actually do important research and get results (for example creating [[MagicalComputer Hex]] and Roundworld). Stibbons does not fully fit the trope anyway, being young, beardless and wearing a T-shirt under his robe.
* ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'', being a gentle subversion of fairy tales, has both Wizards and Sorcerers that fit this mold, although Sorcerers tend to do the lofty tower isolation bit and Wizards tend to do the wandering the earth bit. Note that neither title denotes evil, though - that just gets you an Evil or Dark tacked on the front. Justified in-story by the fact that magic is an semi-active force that likes things to fall into Traditional paths, so the more like a Traditional wizard you look and act, the better.

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* The Wizards of Unseen University in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fall into this, as does Rincewind (whose association with the university varies.) Of course their "wisdom" in regards to magic mostly consists of not using it and jockying jockeying for a KlingonPromotion or two. With the exception of Ponder Stibbons and one or two others who seem to actually do important research and get results (for example creating [[MagicalComputer Hex]] and Roundworld). Stibbons does not fully fit the trope anyway, being young, beardless and wearing a T-shirt under his robe.
* ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'', being a gentle subversion of fairy tales, has both Wizards and Sorcerers that fit this mold, although Sorcerers tend to do the lofty tower isolation bit and Wizards tend to do the wandering the earth bit. Note that neither title denotes evil, though - -- that just gets you an Evil or Dark tacked on the front. Justified in-story by the fact that magic is an semi-active force that likes things to fall into Traditional paths, so the more like a Traditional wizard you look and act, the better.



* In the ''EnchantedForestChronicles'', all wizards wear traditional wizardly attire, have beards and carry staffs, which suck up magic from their surroundings. All wizards are pretty much bad guys in this incarnation. Supposedly there ''are'' good wizards (who aren't part of the organization causing all the trouble throughout the series), but they're only mentioned in passing at the end of the fourth book. They're rare because of BadPowersBadPeople - they draw magic from their surroundings to cast spells, which makes them naturally unwelcome in environments where magic is endemic to life, such as the home of the dragons and the titular Enchanted Forest. Wizards also tend to be greasy, presumably because they [[KillItWithWater melt in soapy water]].

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* In the ''EnchantedForestChronicles'', all wizards wear traditional wizardly attire, have beards and carry staffs, which suck up magic from their surroundings. All wizards are pretty much bad guys in this incarnation. Supposedly there ''are'' good wizards (who aren't part of the organization causing all the trouble throughout the series), but they're only mentioned in passing at the end of the fourth book. They're rare because of BadPowersBadPeople - -- they draw magic from their surroundings to cast spells, which makes them naturally unwelcome in environments where magic is endemic to life, such as the home of the dragons and the titular Enchanted Forest. Wizards also tend to be greasy, presumably because they [[KillItWithWater melt in soapy water]].



* Somewhat defied in ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'': while this sort of wizards do exist - Nathaniel's first master is one of them - it is stated that they are something of poseurs and that the really powerful wizards pretend to look more like accountants.

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* Somewhat defied in ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'': while this sort of wizards do exist - -- Nathaniel's first master is one of them - -- it is stated that they are something of poseurs and that the really powerful wizards pretend to look more like accountants.



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* The human wizards of WarhammerFantasy tend not to look precisely like this - a deliberate stylistic decision on the part of the designers throughout the years to make them seem more varied and interesting. Most of the individual elements of the "wizard classic" look are used on some wizard models - robes, staffs, great age, beards etc. - but almost never all together (and the traditional pointy hat is almost non-existent). In earlier days the wizards of the Grey College did tend to sport this look, but even they have dispensed with much of it and become shadowier and more sinister of late.

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* The human wizards of WarhammerFantasy ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' tend not to look precisely like this - -- a deliberate stylistic decision on the part of the designers throughout the years to make them seem more varied and interesting. Most of the individual elements of the "wizard classic" look are used on some wizard models - -- robes, staffs, great age, beards etc. - -- but almost never all together (and the traditional pointy hat is almost non-existent). In earlier days the wizards of the Grey College did tend to sport this look, but even they have dispensed with much of it and become shadowier and more sinister of late.
22nd Feb '17 3:25:42 PM LBHills
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* '''[[MagicStaff Carry a Magic Staff]]''': Wizards are known for carrying staffs which they use as a device to aid in casting spells and for a walking stick. They are heavily associated with wizards over any other type of magic user.
* '''Wizardry''': Wizards practice '''wizardry''' specifically as their [[UnequalRites type of magic]] which tends to have to do with cosmic energy and powers through intensive study of arcane knowledge. They are often seen reading the stars and tapping into the energy of the earth directly, casting spells with runes or magic words, or pure thought. Wizards appear to have been somewhat based on ''{{Druid}}s'' and ascetic ''[[HermitGuru Hermits]]'' but are not directly comparable. They may have a personal SpellBook, but more likely they have an entire library of gathered knowledge. The most powerful wizards may call themselves [[TheArchmage Archmage]].
* '''Wizardly Habits''': Wizards are very often solitary folk who live alone in far off, difficult to reach places, studying in seclusion. They also tend to live in [[MageTower tall towers]], the better to be closer to the stars. They have been known to enjoy WalkingTheEarth, however, and people seem to stumble upon them at random...or is it fate? They also tend to have apprentices hanging around. A Wizard can be a CourtMage but even then they tend to have their own areas and act aloof. If they have a pet, it's usually a bird of some kind, like a crow or owl. A degree of [[EccentricMentor eccentricity]] is quite common, be it [[BunnyEarsLawyer real]] or [[ObfuscatingStupidity feigned]], which masks the wizard's considerable power.
* '''Mostly Male''': Wizards, when the title is not just a term for 'male magic user', are still often shown as being AlwaysMale. This may have more to do with males being the more educated of the sexes in historical times when even wealthy and noble females were rarely even taught to read. For this reason alone the possibility of a female wizard would be unlikely. However, if wizards ''can'' be either gender, and are different from a witch, it is common for the female variety to be called a ''Sorceress'' or have some other term applied to help with the differentiation. Strangely, ''Wizardess'' or some other variant of the word "wizard" is practically non-existent as a term. These days, however, (possibly due to Wicca and other neopagan religious movements) the term ''witch'' carries fewer of the the negative connotations that it used to, and so is a workable DistaffCounterpart. In strict etymological terms, however, the English words "wizard" and "witch" are both gender-neutral. (although technically the male counterpart to a witch is traditionally said to be called a warlock)
* '''Association with Age and Wisdom''': Wizards are usually very old, the implication being that it takes one that much time studying before one can really be considered a true wizard, fit to master the secrets of the universe. Sometimes younger wizards cast illusions to appear old, so they're more respected. Furthermore it's common that WizardsLiveLonger than most other people, even most other magic users, so that the average wizard ends up being much older than the average non-wizard. Wizards are known for being very wise--'wizard' actually comes from the word 'wise'. They often act as advisers to very important people, like royalty, and as mentors to heroes.

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* '''[[MagicStaff Carry a Magic Staff]]''': Wizards are known for carrying staffs which they use staffs, both for MundaneUtility and as a device to focus or aid in casting spells and for a walking stick. They spells. Staffs are heavily more closely associated with wizards over than with any other type of magic user.
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* '''Wizardly Habits''': Wizards are very often solitary folk who live alone in far off, difficult to reach places, studying in seclusion. They also tend to live in [[MageTower tall towers]], the better to be closer to the stars. They have been known to enjoy WalkingTheEarth, however, and people seem to stumble upon them at random... or is it fate? They also Since wizardry is a studied art rather than a spontaneous talent, wizards tend to have apprentices TheApprentice hanging around. A Wizard can be a CourtMage but even then they tend to have their own areas and act aloof. If they have While 'familiars' are more often associated with witches or demonologists, wizards do tend to keep a pet, it's usually pet - the most frequent choice is a bird of some kind, like associated with cleverness or wisdom, such as a crow or owl. A degree of [[EccentricMentor eccentricity]] is quite common, be it [[BunnyEarsLawyer real]] or [[ObfuscatingStupidity feigned]], which masks the wizard's considerable power.
* '''Mostly Male''': Wizards, when In strict etymological terms, however, the title English word "wizard" is not just a term for 'male magic user', gender-neutral. However, in most works, wizards are still often shown as being AlwaysMale.usually males. This may have more to do with males being the more educated of the sexes in historical times when even wealthy and noble females were rarely even taught to read. For In works where this reason alone the possibility of a gender rule is not absolute, female wizard would practitioners tend to be unlikely. However, if wizards ''can'' be either gender, and are given names associated with entirely different from a witch, it is common for the female variety to be called a ''Sorceress'' magical traditions (most often 'witch' or have some other term applied to help with the differentiation. Strangely, ''Wizardess'' or some other variant of the word "wizard" is practically non-existent as a term. These days, however, (possibly due to Wicca and other neopagan religious movements) the term ''witch'' carries fewer of the the negative connotations that it used to, and so is a workable DistaffCounterpart. In strict etymological terms, however, the English words "wizard" and "witch" are both gender-neutral. (although technically the male counterpart to a witch is traditionally said to be called a warlock)
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* '''Association with Age and Wisdom''': Wizards are usually very old, the implication being that it takes one that much time studying before one can really be considered a true wizard, fit to master the secrets of the universe. Sometimes younger wizards cast illusions will even use illusion or disguise to appear ''appear'' old, so they're more respected. to gain respect. Furthermore it's common that WizardsLiveLonger than most other people, for [[WizardsLiveLonger wizards to have unusual longevity]], even most other magic users, so that the average wizard ends up being much older than the average non-wizard. Wizards are known for being very wise--'wizard' actually comes from the word 'wise'. They often act as advisers to very important people, like royalty, and as mentors to heroes.
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