Created By: Earnest on September 6, 2009
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The Red Mage

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Not the character from 8-Bit Theather, but the "character class" of a mage that can cast magic spells from more than one school or discipline in a world where Magic A Versus Magic B is usually enforced. Usually forced to be the Jack-of-All-Trades in the magic world. In some games or setting, only determination/XP limits their powers, in which case they can be absolute terrors at high levels.

At low levels? Major Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards.
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  • September 6, 2009
    Oonerspism
    They sometimes have decent combat ability, too. Their main weakness is that being able to do so many things means they're not very good at any particular one.
  • September 6, 2009
    Wyvernil
    May be related to The Mario (since the original Red Mage was a Magic Knight as well as a user of healing and attack magic).

    The most common form of this combines The Medic with a Glass Cannon Squishy Wizard. This may be similar to a Combat Medic, except it focuses on attack magic instead of physical attacks.

    An example of this would be the Cleric/Mage multiclass from Dungeons And Dragons, as well as the Mystic Theurge prestige class from 3rd Edition.

  • September 9, 2009
    Earnest
    I cast Bmp3!
  • September 9, 2009
    deuxhero
    • The Mystic Thuges Prestige Class in Dungeons And Dragons 3.5. Very much the Master Of None, Multiple attribute dependant, no synergy (devine casters can cast in armor, arcane ones can not, Mystic Thuges can not wear armor if they want to use their arcane spells) and very poor action economy (you have double the spells of a cast 3 levels lower than you, you can still only cast one or rarly two per turn) last but not least, they are 3 exponetnial power levels below a single classed caster.
    • Promoted magic users in Fire Emblem generally gain acess to attack magic (if they were staff users first) or become able to use healing staffs (if they were attack magic users) at promotion. Mist in the 9th game (gains swords) is one of the few exceptions to this.
    • In Disgaea getting healers attack spells via either the reincarnation system or the pupil system is key to leveling them up decently (they don't gain XP from healing)
    • Job based Final Fantasy titles, in addition to the actual red mage, you can normally make a White Mage that has a Black Mage commands. You also have the option that is more effective than the red mage or Blackmage/white mage in the Summoner who has both healing and offensive summons in Final Fantasy V, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, and Final Fantasy Tactics A 2 (and I think the original Final Fantasy Tactics).
  • September 9, 2009
    Umptyscope
    Harry Dresden?
  • September 9, 2009
    Arilou
    Heck, the basic generalist mage in Dungeons And Dragons is himself this.
  • September 10, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The Mage/Priest of Runes Of Magic is one of the most popular class combinations for the mix of healing and attack magic.
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