This page is for tropes that are represented in the flavor, art, and backstory of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' (as opposed to [[MagicTheGathering/GameplayTropes tropes that appear in its gameplay]]).

See also MagicTheGatheringNovels.
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* AbnormalAmmo: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=159328 Akki Coalflinger]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=146447 Fodder Launch]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=4618 Mogg Cannon]]... the examples are endless (and mostly goblin-based). [[http://magiccards.info/scans/en/ps/59.jpg Deadapult]] is a zombie-based version that's no less hilarious.
* AbortedArc: The prerevision comics were leading up to the Planeswalker War, but the comic line was cancelled before it could be published. Some of the characters involved, like Freyalise, Taysir and Tevesh Szat have turned up later in modern storylines, but details on what actually went down are extraordinarily vague.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Those in the city-world of Ravnica (they're Ravnica's swamps/black mana sources). They're so vast, they're called the "Undercity".
* ActuallyADoombot:
** Volrath's Shapeshifter in ''Stronghold'', as represented on the card [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=5138 Scapegoat]].
** In ''Literature/TestOfMetal'', after [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=217826 Tezzeret]] [[spoiler:curb-stomps Nicol Bolas]], it's revealed that [[spoiler:it was just a disposable simulacrum of Bolas the whole time]]--and that [[spoiler:Tezzeret knew that all along. [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow And, possibly, that Bolas knew that Tezzeret knew]]]].
* AfterTheEnd: Several times. There's the downfall of the Thran, the sylex blast that started the Ice Age, the ''Apocalypse'' set, the coming of Karona, and finally, ''Time Spiral'' block, which is the closest to the trope. (Of course, it's ''Time Spiral'', so it's before, after, and three seconds to the left of the end.)
* AIIsACrapshoot: Memnarch, a golem left behind by the creator of Mirrodin to guard the plane, goes insane and tries to become a planeswalker itself.
* AlienInvasion: Phyrexia is another plane rather than another planet, but AlienInvaders is a spot-on description of its role in the ''Invasion'' and ''Scars of Mirrodin'' blocks. They even have giant spaceships with laser beams and everything (seen fighting Urza's PoweredArmor on [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=25749 Searing Rays]], for example).
* AlienSky:
** Mirrodin has four (later five) moons -- which shine, and thus are also interchangeably called suns. There's no indication that it has any ''normal'' suns, either...
** Also, Dominaria has two moons (although one of them got blown up), and Esper's night sky is covered in a grid, making it appear like a huge star chart.
** Esper gets even screwier when it rejoins the other 4 shards. Many cards from Alara Reborn feature skies with visible boundaries from what was once one plane and what was another.
* AlternateUniverse: ''Planar Chaos'', which shows a hundred alternate Dominarias, such as one where bad guy [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=29947 Braids, Cabal Minion]] becomes helpful [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=124316 Braids, Conjurer Adept]]. Some of these cards were genuine "What If?" questions, others were "[[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=122338 This card]] is functionally identical to a [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?id=11458 classic of a different color]], and given the colors' general traits should/could have been printed in this color from the start." (And in the case of the aforelinked Pyromancer, would eventually be printed in the new color.)
* AlternativeCalendar: Dominaria has one--denoted as AR, for "Agrivian Reckoning," with year 1 being the birth of Urza and Mishra.
* AlwaysNight: Shadowmoor and Grixis.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Ertai and the Prodigal Sorceror got a ''lot'' of this joke in ''[=InQuest Gamer=]''.
* AmericanGothicCouple: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=4558 Orcish Settlers]]
* AnachronismStew: Various minor examples. Any given expansion encompasses some length of time, so sometimes you have cards in the same set representing notably distant points in the time line.
* AncientGrome: ''Almost'' averted in ''Theros'', where the set's designers consciously decided to focus on Greek rather than Roman influences. A few Roman influences have slipped through however, e.g. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Discussion.aspx?multiverseid=378507 Raised by Wolves]].
* AndManGrewProud: In the ''Zendikar'' expansion, the Eldrazi once terrorized the plane, but were [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away]] long ago. Now, they're remembered only in scraps of legends, and their true nature has been forgotten. Many believe them to be ancient gods who created the plane. Of course, in ''Rise of the Eldrazi'', they get unsealed...
* AnimalBattleAura: ''Rise of the Eldrazi'''s [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=o%3A%22totem+armor%22+e%3Arise&v=scan&s=cname Totem Armor auras.]]
* AnotherDimension: The multiverse is ''full'' of them.
* AntiVillain: Apparently, the Red Phyrexians of ''New Phyrexia''. They are hardly good or kind people, but the influence of red mana remains strong, rendering them capable of independent thought, creativity, and even mercy and compassion. They even seem opposed to what they see as cruelty, which would include a lot of the actions other New Phyrexian factions have taken.
* AppropriatedAppellation: Tezzeret was never given a name by his father. Growing up in the slums, his peers gave him the nickname "Tezzeret", meaning 'a concealed, improvised weapon' after he won a fight with a bully by shivving him. The name stuck.
* ApocalypseHow:
** Spirit patrons raging over the kidnapping of one of their own? [[spoiler:Kamigawa.]] A reconverting of five mini-planes into one singular plane? [[spoiler:Shards of Alara.]] An unraveling of the strands of time? [[spoiler:Time Spiral.]] How about the world changing every fifty or so years to a "dark" version? [[spoiler:Lorwyn turns into Shadowmoor.]] {{Eldritch Abomination}}s emerge from their prisons into a living world that hates their alien magic? [[spoiler:Zendikar.]] A relentless evil that is essentially [[TheCorruption The Corruption]] personified and has been growing and festering in the core of the Plane ever since its creation finally amasses enough military power to launch a full-scale invasion headed by the twisted, corrupted husks of the Plane's own legendary heroes from ages past [[spoiler:up to ''and including'' the Plane's creator himself]]? [[spoiler:Scars of Mirrodin.]] Humans being exterminated en masse by zombies, werewolves, vampires, demons, possessed trees, and other unspeakable horrors of the night? [[spoiler:Innistrad.]] Ten Guilds being forced to run a a maze in an attempt to either bring peace or destroy them all? [[spoiler:Return To Ravnica.]]
** Old-style planeswalkers who create their own artificial planes will eventually see their planes collapse and be utterly erased. [[spoiler:It ultimately happened to Serra's realm, as well as Rath. No word on Argentum/Mirrodin yet...]]
*** [[spoiler: Mirrodin hasn't collapsed, per se, but it has been compleated and transmogrified into New Phyrexia, dominated by - oddly enough - Elesh Norn's white-aligned faction. Nothing remains of Mirrodin but the moons and a handful of survivors.]]
* ArabianNightsDays: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The very first expansion was called "Arabian Nights."]]
* ArcWelding: No matter how isolated a particular storyline may seem... it ''will'' be tied into all the rest.
* ArrowsOnFire: Occasionally seen in artwork, e.g. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=151149 Fire at Will]].
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=83471 Braids takes up petty extortion as a hobby.]]
* ArtifactOfDoom: The [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=212635 Mirari]], an artifact of vast power that warps and mutates reality around itself and drives the wielder to insanity.
* ArtificialHuman:
** The Metathran. Most were basically [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=15157 emotionless]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=19096 loyal soldiers]], but their commanders, Thaddeus and Agnate, were granted sentience to make them more effective planners and leaders.
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=129803 Phyrexian Newts]] [[TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse as spies]].
* ArtificialLimbs: Commonly seen in both Esper and Phyrexia. Notably, the planeswalker Tezzeret's right arm.
* ArtInitiatesLife: They don't call [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=40578 Ixidor]] "Reality ''Sculptor''" for nothing.
* AscendedMeme: The legend of a player who shredded their (now-expensive, but then worth maybe a dollar) [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=603 Chaos Orb]] card to win a game (it destroys any card it touches when dropped onto the field) eventually got acknowledged in the [[BizarroEpisode Unglued]] set as [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=5712 Chaos Confetti]], which instructs the player to shred the card for the same effect.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Planeswalkers start off mortal, and some traumatic or life-changing event causes them to ascend to planeswalkerdom.
* {{Atlantis}}: The original Merfolk lord was [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=106642 Lord of Atlantis]]. Later, "Atlantis" was {{Retcon}}ned to be a human corruption of the proper Merfolk name, "[[http://wiki.mtgsalvation.com/article/Etlan_Shiis Etlan Shiis]]".
* AttackAttackRetreatRetreat: Rather frequently used. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=97207]]
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Common result of green pump spells, e.g. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=8822 Might of Oaks]]'s giant squirrel.
* BackToBackBadasses:
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=153301 Thistledown Duo]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=153963 Safehold Duo]] from ''Shadowmoor''.
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=205110 Palace Guard]]
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=97208 Tibor and Lumia]]
** Brothers Yamazaki ([[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=78968 left]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=85106 right]]). Also a gameplay example since two copies are allowed on the battlefield simultaneously despite being legendary creatures and each supports the other.
* {{Badass}}:
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=74431 Toshiro Umezawa]], of ''Kamigawa'' block; a rare black-aligned protagonist. (This block also featured a white-aligned antagonist; this is perhaps made more understandable still when you consider Kamigawa is based loosely on the Japanese Shinto religion, and East Asian cultures tend to view white as the color of death.)
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=159298 Dakkon Blackblade]]. The comics in particular focused on his exploits.
* BadassCrew: The crew of the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=26480 Skyship Weatherlight]].
* BadassFamily:
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=80256 Seshiro the Annointed]] from Kamigawa and his legendary family, among which are the shaman[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=80254 Sachi, Daughter of Seshiro]] and the warrior [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=78989 Sosuke, Son of Seshiro]].
** Also, the aforementioned Umezawas, Toshiro and his descendant, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=201234 Tetsuo Umezawa]], one of the only, if not the only, person to defeat Magic's resident BigBad [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=178020 Nicol Bolas]] one on one. Then again, Bolas only really became a GodModeSue [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=260991 after he returned]] in Time Spiral.
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=106398 Kamahl]] and his sister [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=36451 Jeska]].
* BadassNormal: Yawgmoth started out as one of these.
* BadassPreacher: Most white creatures of the Cleric subtype (black Clerics fall under SinisterMinister). In particular, the priests of Innistrad join the fight against the dark forces.
* TheBadGuyWins: The Phyrexian Guys Win in the ''Scars of Mirrodin'' block. Mirrodin is now New Phyrexia.
* BadMoonRising:
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Bad%20Moon Bad Moon]] gives a +1/+1 boost to black creatures.
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=83008 Blood Moon]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=2615 Chaos Moon]] screw with everyone's mana.
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=222933 Moonmist]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=241981 Full Moon's Rise]] from Innistrad. The former transforms all Werewolves while the latter makes them more powerful.
* BaldWomen:
** The [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=32224 Cabal Surgeon]] card features this trope.
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=23321 Tsabo Tavoc]] represents an evil, insanely creepy one.
* BalefulPolymorph: Seen on a variety of cards, typically blue. Examples include [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=157401 Snakeform]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=129015 Pongify]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=126212 Ovinize]], and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=5822 Fowl Play]], among others. The [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=108863 Ovinomancer]] is a wizard that does this to other creatures.
* BarbarianTribe: The [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=220495 Gathans]] are the result of a super soldier program gone awry upon the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Keldon Barbarian tribes]], resulting in a group of [[AlwaysChaoticEvil batshit barely sentient marauding murder machines]].
* BarrierMaiden:
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=141822 Ashling]] in the ''Lorwyn'' storyline was supposed to take this role and help the flamekin transition from Lorwyn to Shadowmoor. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=151137 She didn't go along with it, though]].
** Kyodai, the MacGuffinGirl you may know as [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=74644 That Which Was Taken]], [[spoiler:fused with [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=84359 Michiko Konda]], her spirit-sister,]] to become the new protector and embodiment of the barrier between the mortal world and the spirit world.
* BashBrothers:
** The Shadowmoor set had a cycle of [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=e%3Ashadowmoor+duo&v=scan&s=cname five pairs of Bash Brothers]]. There's also [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=205110 Palace Guard]], and the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=78968 Brothers Yamazaki]] (who are literal brothers as well).
** Also [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=198167 these channelers]], who like the aforementioned Shadowmoor cycle, have two separate class types listed to reflect both participants.
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=205957 Ajani Goldmane's]] unique brand of magic is the ability to bring out and manifest the best and strongest aspects of another person in physical form. His preferred brother in arms? His elder brother, Jazal Goldmane. Together they were said to be unstoppable.
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=179585 Marisi's Twinclaws]]
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=207929 Your choice!]]
* BatmanGambit: In his mission to destroy Phyrexia, Urza deliberately included Tevesh Szat, a TokenEvilTeammate, in his group because he [[BatmanGambit correctly predicted]] that said teammate would betray them. Urza had invented a way to turn a soul into a FantasticNuke, but in order to use it, he would need to destroy the soul of a fellow planeswalker, and Tevesh Szat's inevitable betrayal would give Urza an excuse to kill him and power the bomb.
* BatOutOfHell: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=202276 Vampire Bats]], among [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=t%3Abat others]].
* BatteringRam: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=3765 Battering Ram]]
* BattleBoomerang: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=198395 Somewhat underwhelming unfortunately]].
* BattleCouple: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=97208 Tibor and Lumia]], the Izzet Champions
* BattleCry: Used by the Mirrans in ''Mirrodin Besieged''. They have a surprisingly deep variety of battle cries--[[http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/stf/129 Doug Beyer discusses it in great detail in his weekly column]].
* BazaarOfTheBizarre:
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=19894 Mercadia's famous markets]].
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=3326 Bazaar of Wonders]]
** And the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=201220 Bazaar of Baghdad]]. Especially bizarre considering how many words it took to say so little.
* BeamOWar: Seen in the art of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=179544 Double Negative]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=23102 Mages' Contest]].
* TheBeastmaster: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=247323 Garruk Wildspeaker]] is the most prominent example, although there are others, usually one-of green rares like [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=1534 Master of the Wild Hunt]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=6142 Keeper of the Beasts]], or [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193638 Beastbreaker of Bala Ged]].
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: [[ANaziByAnyOtherName If Lorwyn's elves are to be believed...]]
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: ''Judgment'''s [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=wish+e%3Ajudgment&v=card&s=cname cycle of Wish cards]], the flavour text of each of which is a variant on the following: "He wished for X, but not for the Y to [Verb that means use effectively] it." Future Sight adds [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=136157 one more]].
* BeeBeeGun: [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=5173 Hornet Cannon]].
* BeePeople:
** Slivers behave like a hive species, led by the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=5233 Sliver Queen]].
** The faeries of Lorwyn/Shadowmoor block are all born from [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=152063 Oona, Queen of the Fae]].
** And then there's [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=201201 literal bee people.]]
* BerserkerTears: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=21293 Tears of Rage]]. Also, they're on fire.
* {{BFS}}:
** Favored by [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=106398 Kamahl]], [[http://www.wizards.com/mtg/images/daily/wallpapers/WP_DvDAkroma_2560x1600.jpg Akroma]], and many others.
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193517 Ogre's Cleaver]].
* BigBad: There are two big contenders and several others:
** The mechanical demon-god Yawgmoth in pretty much all of the storylines from ''Antiquities'' to the end of the ''Weatherlight'' saga was arguably the most powerful being in TheMultiverse. And even long after his death, his creation, Phyrexia, lives on, and is now infecting Mirrodin.
** Much later, during the ''Alara'' storyline, the elder dragon [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=266154 Nicol Bolas]] (a character from the game's early days) stepped in as the foremost threat to Dominia's stability.
** There have been a few other, smaller Big Bads in between, including the vampire overlord [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=159208 Baron Sengir]] in ''Homelands'', the golem wizard [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=220532 Memnarch]] in ''Mirrodin'' (himself a victim of the Phyrexian taint), and the corrupt human king [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=78594 Daimyo Konda]] in ''Kamigawa''.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: Giant bugs are a staple creature type, especially in green and black.
* BiggerBad: Yawgmoth is the BiggerBad to [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=21328 Volrath's]] BigBad in the Rath saga.
* BigGood: On Innistrad, humans looked to the archangel [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=239961 Avacyn, Angel of Hope]] for deliverance from the horrors of their plane...but she's not the Big Good. That would be her creator[[spoiler:...[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=368535 Sorin]] [[BigWhat Markov?!]]]]
* BioAugmentation:
** The primary goal and identity of the Simic guild of Ravnica is artificially engineering superior life-forms. Their guild mechanic is "Graft", which is flavored as attaching cytoplast modifications to creatures.
** And in the Gatecrash set, Simic's new shtick is the "evolve" mechanic, in which their creatures augment ''themselves,'' ostensibly by mimicking the favorable traits of other creatures they spend enough time around.
** In an odd example, Phyrexia biologically augments non-biological creatures.
* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding: The ending to the ''Godsend'' novel is a pretty cruel one. Xenagos is slain and order returned to Theros, but Elspeth is killed, Heliod gets away with everything, and Elspeth's sacrifice turns out to be senseless as it condemns a Returned Daxos to a shadow of life searching endlessly for her.]]
* BizarroWorld: Lorwyn and Shadowmoor, to each other.
* BlackCloak: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=190575 Warlocks]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=136205 wraiths]] are no strangers to dramatic cowls, and ''Magic'''s [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=183418 specters]] are literally nothing but black cloaks. And there's lots more.
* TheBlank:
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=139692 Changeling magic]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=143388 can accomplish this]].
** [[TheVirus Phyresis]] tends to end in [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=204958 this]].
** If a Zendikar Vampire drains someone completely of blood, they turn into a Null; [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=180415 basically a zombie without eyes or a nose]].
** Any of the brood lineage of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=261321 Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre]] will have a [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=194908 pristine]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193607 white skull-like plate]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193535 over their faces]]. This is different from the other two eldrazi lineages because Ulamog's sires tend to have heads (whereas [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193632 Kozilek's]] lineage have eyes, just elsewhere on the body, and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193452 Emrakul's]] lineage all resemble sentient mushrooms).
* BlindedByTheLight: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=205219 Blinding Mage]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=83007 Blinding Angel]], etc.
* BlindObedience: The Orzhov Syndicate expects this of its followers. Exemplified in the [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=Blind+Obedience&v=card&s=cname card]] of the same name.
* BloodLust:
** Vampires, naturally. Also, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=44206 Blood Celebrant]].
** The Bloodthirst Mechanic.
* BloodMagic:
** A common theme in black, especially among vampires. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=238330 Sorin Markov]], for example, is a [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=368509 notable user]] of blood magic.
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=44206 Blood Celebrant]] uses blood to manipulate mana.
** Others include [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=74616 Call for Blood]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=190398 Malakir Bloodwitch]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=89102 Blood Funnel]].
* BlowYouAway: Wind spells are common in both green and blue.
* BodyHorror:
** What many mage-created Chimeras and Phyrexians endure.
** Some of the card art features really gruesome stuff, particularly on black cards.
** The [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=212635 Mirari]] does this to the peoples of the Otarian continent.
* WalkingtheEarth/BoldExplorer/WalkingtheEarth: What essentially describes most planeswalkers out there regardless of [[ItsPersonal personal missions]] or [[GreyandGrayMorality motives]]. Its a bit [[http://magic.wizards.com/story/planeswalkers/elspeth-tirel sad]] depending on how you look at it.
* BoltOfDivineRetribution: A stock white spell. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=3487 Divine Retribution]] invokes it by name, but there's lots.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Certain spell cards do this to creatures.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Used in several card flavors, such as [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=226754 Markov Patrician]].
* BreathWeapon: Comes in standard [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=226588 Firebreathing]] enchantment as well as [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=220473 Dragon Breath]]. Naturally many dragons already come stocked with Firebreathing.
** Mmm, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=5200 rot flavored]].
* BrokenAngel:
** Black-aligned angels are frequently this--see [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=1437 Fallen Angel]].
** With the coming of [[LightIsNotGood White Phyrexia]], there's more: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=218083 Chancellor of the Annex]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=233059 Shattered Angel]] that are quite literally broken.
* CainAndAbel: Urza and Mishra.
* CallBack: The art of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=366353 Thespian's Stage]] depicts a battle between actors portraying [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=89101 Agrus Kos]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=247390 Szadek]]--they're performing a play about the plot of the original ''Literature/RavnicaCycle''!
* CanisMajor: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=146095 Hollowborn Barghest]] is a very big dog. That's not dry grass it's standing in--those are ''trees''.
* CanonImmigrant:
** The [[LizardFolk Viashino]] were originally introduced in the TieInNovel ''The Prodigal Sorcerer'' by Mark Sumner. The designers of the game liked them so much that they worked them into the game.
** Jodah was created for Jeff Grubb's novelizations of ''The Dark'' and ''Ice Age'' cycles. He'd eventually return for ''Literature/TimeSpiral'' block and get [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/pages/card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=124482 his own Avenger]].
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=238329 Gideon Jura]] was created for the story ''The Purifying Flame'', and, like the Viashino, was well-liked by the developers enough to make him into a card.
* TheCaptain: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=209157 Gerrard Capashen]]; although [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=244665 Sisay]] was the actual skipper of the ''Weatherlight'', Gerrard filled the trope.
* CaptainErsatz: The [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/pages/Card/Discussion.aspx?multiverseid=4439 Serrated Biskelion]] is a [[Film/{{Screamers}} Type I Screamer]].
* CatFolk: A number of cat races, including the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=16450 cat warriors]]
* CelestialBody: The Gods of Theros and their servants.
* ChainLightning: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=201126 Is a card.]]
* ChainmailBikini: Seen in some of the art. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=214064 Hero of Bladehold]] is the most recent example.
* ChekhovsGun:
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=136044 Ghostfire]]. Colorless damage basically got the reaction "hmm, interesting..." but it didn't become important until the Zendikar block, where it turned out [[spoiler:Ghostfire was part of the key to the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=197881 lock holding in the Eldrazi]].]]
** Subverted by the same block's [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=136151 Steamflogger Boss]], which it was openly admitted was created solely as a joke--there are no riggers besides this (and those changelings that count as every creature type...and Moriok Rigger, after errata), "assemble" has no in-game meaning, and there are no Contraptions [[note]]although Contraption is a recognized Artifact subtype in the comp. rules[[/note]], and there supposedly never will be. (Admittedly, this is a bit hard to take seriously when one takes into account TheUnreveal below and "Whenever a goblin with goblin goblins, etc.")
* TheChessmaster:
** Urza. The man spent 5,000 years influencing global politics in anticipation of a demonic invasion. In the end, Yawgmoth did him in, but he managed to save the world anyway.
** Yawgmoth himself was a skillful chessmaster, even managing to OutGambit Urza's original plan.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=4849 Starke of Rath]].
* CitadelCity: The ''Shadowmoor'' block has Kithkin settlements built like these.
* CityInABottle:
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=904 Is a card.]]
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=2906 Feroz's Ban]] is an ''entire world'' in a bottle!
* CityPlanet: Ravnica.
* ClassicalMovieVampire: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=159208 Baron Sengir]]
* ClingyCostume: Some cards, such as [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=2787 Living Armor]], feature this.
* LesCollaborateurs: Nicol Bolas's many minions in the Alara block surreptitiously working to spread paranoia and anarchy throughout their worlds -- the xenophobic [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=175047 Knights of the Skyward Eye]] from Bant, expansionist Seekers of Carmot from Esper, corrupt merchant [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=185811 Gwafa Hazid]], and barbarian shaman [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=185810 Rakka Mar]]. As of ''Mirrodin Besieged'', he's got [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=214065 Tezzeret]] helping him out in Mirrodin.
* CoolShades: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=2070 Sunglasses of Urza]]. Style and utility combined.
* CorpseLand: The plane of Grixis is inhabited by dead things, undead things, demons, and the occasional desperate necromancer. Due to a lack of green or white mana it's incapable of producing new life.
* CorruptChurch: The Orzhov guild.
* TheCorruption: Phyrexia. This is especially played up in the ''Scars of Mirrodin'' storyline.
* CreativeSterility: Tezzeret, by his own admission, is lousy at coming up with his own plans and inventions. He prefers to adapt and improve on others' designs.
* CreepyDoll: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=220378 Creepy Doll]]. It's creepy. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment And a doll.]]
* CurbstompBattle: In the trailer for ''DuelsOfThePlaneswalkers 2012'', Gideon Jura exposits that he picked a fight with Nicol Bolas...the ''planeswalker'' Nicol Bolas. He gets summarily crushed.
* DarkIsNotEvil: While Black often tends to produce villains, it has at least a few protagonists under it who don't fit on the worse levels of anti-hero, like Toshiro Umezawa and Xantcha. Some other protagonists are also half Black, half any other colour, like [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=369011 Teysa Karlov]] (Black/White).
* DarkWorld: Lorwyn is based on the idyllic, fairy tails of the British Isles. Shadowmoor is its dark reflection and takes more after the Brothers Grimm...
* DatingCatwoman: Ashnod and Tawnos are in love, despite being generals on the opposing sides of the Brothers' War.
* DeathWorld:
** Zendikar, even ''before'' {{Eldritch Abomination}}s started coming out of the woodwork.
** Grixis, quite literally, due to the abundance of black mana (and the absence of green and white) making more life impossible, and death (and undeath) the only option.
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: Appears to be how every organization in the High City of Paliano works. Small wonder that King Brago arranged to continue his reign as a spirit.
* DemonicPossession:
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=197016 Oni Possession]] is a good straight example.
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=1036 Artifact Possession]] is a variant where the demon [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin possesses an artifact]] instead of a person.
* {{Diary}}: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=215079 Venser has one.]]
* DieOrFly: Severe physical or emotional trauma is the catalyst to a Planeswalker igniting their latent spark.
** Old school, demi-God Planeswalker examples:
*** Nicol Bolas ascended as he fought the other four Elder Dragons, allowing him to win their war and become the last surviving one.
*** Sorin Markov's grandfather Edgar turned him into a vampire (the second one to ever exist in Innistrad with Edgar being the first) with a BloodMagic fuelled demonic pact. The ritual was so traumatizing that it ignited Sorin's spark.
*** Urza Planeswalker, at the climax of the Brothers War, sets off the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=1007 Golgothian Sylex]], which sends all of Dominaria into a centuries-long ice age. His latent spark activated, allowing him [[AGodAmI to survive the blast]].
*** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=244667 Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir]], while studying mind magic at the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=8883 Tolarian Academy]], fell into a bubble of slow time that was filled with fire and [[AndIMustScream got trapped there.]] The intense damage activated his spark half-way, so that he was able to survive until another student could get him out with water from a different slow-time bubble. She became his favorite companion (in the Series/DoctorWho sense) when they found out that, because of the two different slow-time bubbles, she aged at a dramatically slower rate than a normal human, causing her to fall under the rules of ReallySevenHundredYearsOld.
** Post-mending ascensions:
*** [[PlayingWithFire Chandra Nalaar]]: Set fire to her village in a fit of rage after learning of her ArrangedMarriage, and ran and hid. [[spoiler:A local KnightTemplar organization noticed, and not believing the villager's claims that the destruction was caused by a single child, rounded up the villagers and sealed them into the burning huts, punishment for harboring pyromancers. Chandra returns just in time to hear her family dying, and is quickly subdued by the soldiers. Just as they are about to behead her,]] her Spark ignites at the last possible second.
*** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=174983 Sarkhan Vol]] was born onto a plane that had been a haven for dragons, which had been hunted to extinction by the local warlords, much to the dismay of the local shamans that worshiped them as the ultimate predators. Drifting back and forth between tribes and armies, searching for a purpose, making a name for himself in the process as a powerful warrior, Sarkhan enters into a trance after slaying an opposing commander, where he encounters the spirit of a dragon. So, inspired by the beast's majesty, he ascends killing his and the opposite army in the process.
*** Tezzeret, after being repeatedly denied entry into the Seekers of Carmot, breaks into their vault to prove his worth by crafting his own [[{{Unobtanium}} Etherium]]. He discovers the vault to be empty and that the Seekers' claims of the ability to craft new Etherium was a lie. Their plane is depleted, and they are merely recycling old Etherium. Caught in the act by the guards, they catch him and beat him half to death. The thought of his entire life's work being for naught was so harrowing that he ascended on the spot.
*** Ajani Goldmane's spark ignited when he discovered his brother Jazal had been murdered.
*** Elspeth Tirel's spark ignited when she was just thirteen under unknown circumstances. [[DeathWorld In a Phyrexian death camp.]]
* DontThinkFeel: A core principle of red and green philosophy, and the main reason why they both hate blue.
* TheDragon: Gix to Yawgmoth, Greven ''il''-Vec to Volrath and later [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=5106 Crovax]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=5146 Ertai]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=23321 Tsabo Tavoc]] to Crovax, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=106427 Phage]] (before [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=29943 Cabal Patriarch]] died), Malil to [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=220532 Memnarch]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=247179 Malfegor]] to [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=260991 Nicol Bolas]] (literally in the last case).
* DragonHoard: A handful of dragons are based on this trope, including [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=15770 Covetous Dragon]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=205235 Hoarding Dragon]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=366244 Hellkite Tyrant]], and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=215074 Hoard-Smelter Dragon]].
* DragonRider: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193482 Kargan Dragonlord]]
* DreamStealer: Lorwyn's Faeries [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=145969 harvest]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=158774 the dreams]] of the plane's other residents on behalf of their [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=244668 Queen]].
* DressedToPlunder: [[http://magiccards.info/lg/en/291.html Ramirez DePietro]] has the standard eyepatch.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=368964 Goblin Test Pilot]] swerves around so arbitrarily that ''something'' is going to get hit, it's just that nobody knows ''what''.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Poor Ertai. First he was our resident smug snarker, and then the plot for ''Nemesis'' turned him into a more heroic character and even put him into a tragic love story... and then immediately turned him into a horrible bad guy and later killed him off in the most embarrassing way possible. Granted, his original personality did lend itself to a FaceHeelTurn, but the way it came about and the extremes it went to were just weird.
* DurableDeathtrap: Zendikar being the [[PlanetOfHats adventure world]], there's tons of this.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=9856 Barrin]] knows how to leave an [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=23098 impression]].
* EasterEgg: Many, many different cards, but especially in comedy sets like ''Unglued'' and nostalgia sets like ''Time Spiral''. See also Alternate Universe, above.
* EldritchAbomination
** Yawgmoth is darn close.
** And of course, there's also a card actually named [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?name=Cosmic%20Horror Cosmic Horror]].
** There's also [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=121155 Dark Depths]], which releases [[http://magiccards.info/extra/token/coldsnap/marit-lage.html Marit Lage]] when the ice finally melts. The art is reminiscent of Cthulhu lurking underneath the sea.
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=188962 Nemesis of Reason]] fits perfectly.
** The Eldrazi, who are so ancient they predate the whole "colored mana" deal, and destroy your opponents just by moving in their general direction. [[http://wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/396 This preview]] of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193632 Kozilek, Butcher of Truth]] has the unique distinction of [[InterfaceScrew destroying the web page it appears on]], and the flavor text of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193398 Eldrazi Monument]] reads: "Gods don't die. [[CthulhuMythos They merely slumber]]."
* TheEmperor: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=78594 Daimyo Konda of Kamigawa]].
* EmptyPilesOfClothing: Seen on [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=157401 Snakeform]].
* EndlessDaytime: There are several places where this is the case.
** The plane of Mirrodin has five suns. There is night time, but it's brief and exaggerated. Basically the only reason this is worth mentioning is the flavor text on [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=194105 Grasp of Darkness.]]
** The plane of Serra is bathed in the light of a perpetual sunrise.
** In Lorwyn "the sun never quite dips below the horizon".
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: A particularly common trope. At one point, after several sets revolving around ever-bigger wars and cataclysms, the designers moved the action to Lorwyn, a new, rural-themed setting that scaled down the conflict: tribes battling neighboring tribes over land and prestige. Months later, yup, the whole world was wrecked. As in, the sun stopped shining (and few remember that it ever did!). So much for that.
* EnemyToAllLivingThings: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=106427 Phage the Untouchable]]. And we do mean ''all''. Any organic material she touches instantly rots away, save for silk. She wears only silk clothing and sleeps on a bed of stone.
* EnemyCivilWar: There are some major tensions growing between and even ''within'' the five Phyrexian factions that conquered Mirrodin, and the liberation of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=214350 Karn]] might just be the spark needed to ignite a full-out war among the New Phyrexians. [[spoiler:Ultimately took place offscreen. Elesh Norn is now effectively the Mother of Machines.]]
* EnemyMine:
** The coming of the Eldrazi has all the races and even the land of Zendikar uniting to fight a common threat.
** Likewise with the races of Dominaria during the Phyrexian invasion.
** Geth joining [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=48386 Glissa]] against Memnarch in the first Mirrodin cycle. They go back to hating each other in New Phyrexia.
* EnemyWithin:
** Karn and the Phyrexian corruption in the ''Scars of Mirrodin'' block. His inner struggles are depicted on [[http://magiccards.info/mbs/en/24.html Distant Memories]].
** The Weaver King is an EnemyWithin for Venser in ''Planar Chaos''.
* EnergyBeing: The malevolent Weaver King in ''Planar Chaos''.
* EngagementChallenge: In ''The Brothers' War'', the Warlord of Kroog, searching for a powerful warrior to wed his daughter, decrees that whoever can move a giant jade statue from one end of the palace courtyard to the other will win the hand of Princess Kayla. [[GadgeteerGenius Urza]] completes the challenge by building an automaton to lift the statue.
* EunuchsAreEvil: The expansion ''Portal: Three Kingdoms'' has a card called Corrupt Eunuchs.
* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Antiheroism Has Standards]]: One of Urza's first picks for his strike team of Planeswalkers to go to Phyrexia was a Planeswalker named Parcher. [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity Urza]] [[{{Irony}} rejected him for being insane.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs:
** Apparently there were [[http://magiccards.info/cs/en/101.html Allosaurs around to be ridden]] during their Ice Age.
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=74235 Old Fogey]]...
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=130634 Imperiosaur]] in the Future Sight set hints at a whole prehistoric set.
** Mirrodin's native lion people train Pteradactyls as mounts. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=45960 It's much cooler than it sounds]].
* EverythingTryingToKillYou:
** Jund (from ''Shards of Alara'').
** ''Kamigawa'' is a battle fought between humans and kami, who, due to the nature of Shinto, live in ''everything''.
** And taken UpToEleven in ''Zendikar'', where the "Roil" dramatically changes the landscape every few months, weird gravity wells cause floating islands of grassy plain that can drop at any moment, and the creatures that are not killed by the landscape are as hard as your average video game mid-boss. ''Rise of the Eldrazi'' then kicked that eleven up to twelve, because the usually unpleasant wildlife is being supplanted by {{Eldritch Abomination}}s.
** In ''Scars of Mirrodin'', the entire plane is being taken over by the Phyrexian Glistening Oil. Metal becomes flesh, flesh becomes metal, and havoc and chaos ensue.
** In ''Innistrad'', humanity is the ''bottom'' of the food chain. Werewolves and vampires see humans as tasty snacks, ghoulcallers and stichers raise the dead for kicks, giests torment humans out of rage (or because they don't know any better), monsters lurk in the woods to snatch up the unwary, and demons lurk in the shadows, corrupting humanity to gain a foothold into their world.
* EvilChancellor: In ''Time Streams'', Radiant's war minister turns out to be a Phyrexian spy, secretly working to subvert and corrupt Serra's Realm.
* EvilCounterpart:
** All over the place; look at [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?id=274 White Knight]] versus [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=50 Black Knight]], for example. The entire Shadowmoor set, as a dark mirror of the earlier Lorwyn set, features many opposite counterparts to specific cards from the Lorwyn block.
** To go with its theme of Mirrodin vs Phyrexia, Mirrodin Besieged has evil counterparts within the same set ([[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=213802 Mirran Crusader]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=213724 Phyrexian Crusader]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=213781 Peace Strider]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=221561 Pierce Strider]]), and also evil counterparts to cards from the last time we went to Mirrodin ([[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=191312 Darksteel Colossus]] to [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=221563 Blightsteel Colossus]]).
** The Northern Paladin and Southern Paladin have the Western Paladin and Eastern Paladin.
** The [[http://magiccards.info/ne/en/135.html Predator]] can be considered this to the [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=weatherlight&v=card&s=cname Weatherlight]].
** One of the terminologies of the game is "Mirrored Pair". These tend to be two cards who are polar opposites of eachother. Generally they tend to be this trope (although certain examples, like Hero of the Bladehold and Hero of Oxidda Ridge who are both "good", are exceptions).
* EvilDetectingDog: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=79217 Good dog.]]
* EvilTwin: The card [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Evil%20Twin Evil Twin]], naturally. With the explicit ability to kill the good twin.
* EvilSorcerer:
** Lim-Dul, Heidar of Rimewind, Lord Dralnu, Memnarch, the Cabal Patriarch. Zur the Enchanter was definitely ''dangerous'', but only self-absorbed, not outright evil.
** Lesser Evil Sorcs include the Disciple of the Vault, one of the clerics who makes the Ravager Affinity deck into a fast-killing machine.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Yawgmoth while he was mortal and Momir Vig.
* ExoticEntree: [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=Feast+of+the+Unicorn&v=card&s=cname Feast of the Unicorn]].
* ExpansionPackWorld:
** Since the story details a different plane almost every block, the addition of new planes could be considered this to Dominia. Then again, in a theoretically infinite multiverse, it's justified.
** Dominaria was also subject to this. While nowadays, the story just focuses on a new plane when a new theme for the setting is needed, as early as ''Fallen Empires'' and as recent as ''Odyssey'' while new continents would just be added to Dominaria to fit this purpose. This leads to Dominaria being so [[FantasyKitchenSink diverse]] - while most other planes are only themed around a single culture or gimmick, Dominaria has typical MedievalEuropeanFantasy fare in Terisiare, Aerona, and Corondor; Reniassance-era technology in Caliman; wartorn {{Vestigial Empire}}s in Sarpadia; ''[[ConanTheBarbarian Conan]]''-esque HeroicFantasy in Otaria; a Western Africa analogue in Jamuraa; and a {{Wutai}} in Madara, among others. And that isn't taking into consideration the areas from Rath that were fused with Dominaria in the Overlay.
* ExplosiveStupidity: As with most other kinds of stupidity, a common goblin strategy. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=383257 Goblin Kaboomist]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=229952 Goblin Bangchuckers]] are among the ''least'' moronic goblin ordnance technicians, in that they at least have a 50/50 chance of surviving what they're doing (although with a tribal buff out you can make that 100%).
* EyesDoNotBelongThere: Very frequently. [[http://www.wizards.com/mtg/images/daily/features/feature86_kozilek.jpg Kozilek]] and his lineage are the kings of this trope.
* EyeScream: Just look at the art on [[http://magiccards.info/m11/en/91.html Deathmark]].
* TheFairFolk: Lorwyn's Fae are nasty little {{troll}}s who delight in making mischief and playing mean-spirited tricks on the plane's other races and [[DreamStealer harvest their dreams]].
* FantasticNuke:
** The [[http://magiccards.info/aq/en/16.html Golgothian Sylex]] was, functionally, a nuclear weapon. Its detonation ended the Brothers' War, vaporized Argoth, caused the Ice Age, and tore a ''literal'' hole in reality.
** Yawgmoth repeatedly dropped "stonecharger" bombs on his enemies in ''The Thran'' which not only resembled nuclear weapons in their destruction, but also caused the same sort of horror real nukes inspire in at least one of the characters.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Kamigawa is [[{{Wutai}} feudal Japan]]. Naya is {{Mayincatec}}. The Ice Age block is [[HornyVikings Vikings]]. Jamuraa is Africa. Rabiah is [[ArabianNightsDays Arabia]]. Innistrad is [[{{Uberwald}} Renaissance Germany and Eastern Europe]]. Theros is AncientGrome.
* FantasyKitchenSink: With some 11,000 different cards, it's hard to think of any fantasy concepts that aren't represented.
* FemaleAngelMaleDemon:
** Nearly all of Magic's angels are visibly female. The overwhelming majority of Magic's demons are so freakish looking that the idea of having a gender seems a moot point. Though the gender of either is largely a moot point, as, being magically created avatars of their respective colors, neither reproduce in the traditional manner.
** Razia and Serra play this trope straight, although with reason; Serra was a human female Planeswalker who created her own plane, and all Boros Angels were basically clones of Razia herself, who was female.
* AFeteWorseThanDeath: The signature of the Rakdos Cultists of Ravnica, as seen in the FlavorText of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=97073 Slaughterhouse Bouncer]].
* FieryRedhead: [[http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Multiverse/planeswalkers.aspx?x=mtg/multiverse/planeswalkers/chandra Chandra Nalaar]]. Literally.
* FlamingSword:
** The card [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=19613 Flaming Sword]]. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
** [[http://magiccards.info/scans/en/nph/161.jpg Sword of War and Peace]] and [[http://magiccards.info/ds/en/148.html Sword of Fire and Ice]] are YinYangBomb variations that are technically only half-flaming, but still pretty cool.
** Legendary creatures who wield flaming swords include [[http://magiccards.info/nph/en/128.html Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer]] and [[http://magiccards.info/pch/en/92.html Razia, Boros Archangel]].
* FloatingPlatforms: Seen in both [[http://magiccards.info/zen/en/213.html Zendikar]] and [[http://magiccards.info/us/en/325.html Serra's Realm]].
* FogOfDoom:
** In the ''Apocalypse'' novel, when Yawgmoth himself appears on Dominaria, he takes the form of a giant black cloud that kills anything it touches.
** Yawgmoth has a habit of making killer fog; in ''The Thran'', his stonecharger bombs leave behind clouds of mist that that kill anything they touch.
* ForegoneConclusion: The storyline of ''Coldsnap'', released years after ''Ice Age'' and ''Alliances'' to give that block a "proper" block format (and conclusion). The [[LampshadeHanging press release teaser info explicitly said]], "We know the Ice Age ended... but ''how''?"
* ForgottenFriendNewFoe: Volrath, villain of the ''Tempest'' block, was once Gerrard's adoptive brother before they bitterly parted ways in their youth.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Old-generation planeswalker are also [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifters]], capable of changing their appearances at will. Most of them generally opt to stay in the form they look like just before their ascension though.
* ForTheEvulz: Nicol Bolas, apparently.
* FrankensteinsMonster:
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=1734 Frankenstein's Monster]]
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=29944 And this]].
** ''Innistrad'' has the skaab, which are stitched-together zombies.
* FromBadToWorse:
** Zendikar is a DeathWorld in ''Zendikar''. Then it ramps up in ''Worldwake''. By ''Rise of the Eldrazi'', the whole plane is under attack by PlanetEater {{Eldritch Abomination}}s.
** Innistrad's GothicHorror setting was scary to begin with; when the guardian angel Avacyn mysteriously disappeared, the monsters got more powerful.
* FromASingleCell: Phyrexia is able to rebuild itself from just a single drop of oil, as seen in the tragic fate of Mirrodin. This is [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] with [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=phyrexian+rebirth&v=card&s=cname Phyrexian Rebirth]].
--> As long as [[FromASingleCell one drop]] of [[TheVirus the oil]] exists, [[TheCorruption the joyous work continues.]]
* FunnyAnimal[=/=]PettingZooPeople: From the more conventional Nacatl ([[CatFolk cat people]]) and Leonin ([[CatFolk lion people]]) to the somewhat more creative Loxodon (elephant people) and Rhox (rhino people). So, in other words, Magic has them in droves.
* FurBikini:
** One of the [[http://magiccards.info/ai/en/67.html Elvish Ranger]] cards had this on the artwork. The fact that it was also a decent creature card guaranteed it some TournamentPlay.
*** BestKnownForTheFanservice: Elvish Ranger actually [[http://magiccards.info/ai/en/68.html has an alternate art]]. Good luck finding anyone who cares about it.
* FurryConfusion: Ajani (a sentient lion man) gets this is spades when he travels to Bant where the pack animal of choice are Leotau (very large lions with hooves).
* FusionDance:
** In the ''Onslaught'' storyline, Phage and Akroma merge to become Karona the False God, a living embodiment of Dominaria's mana.
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=4912 Dracoplasm]] fuses multiple creatures together to form a giant dragon.
* GadgeteerGenius: Magic has had its share of artificers.
** [[http://www.magicdeckvortex.com/ART3/future_sight/jhoira_of_the_ghitu_art_by_kev_walker.jpg Jhoira]], depicted [[http://www.magiccards.info/ul/en/45.html here]] in all her Tinkering glory.
** [[http://media.wizards.com/images/magic/daily/td/td112_venser.jpg Venser]], although best-known now for his teleportation abilities, was originally an artificer, salvaging scrap from the swamps of Urborg and building machines.
** Urza, the {{Chessmaster}} himself, was famous for his gadgets.
** As was his brother, [[http://www.fischart.com/assets/art/artwork/Prints/Mishra.jpg Mishra]].
** Urza's protege, [[http://wiki.mtgsalvation.com/images/8/8f/Tawnos.jpg Tawnos]].
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=51055 Slobad]] is remarkable as he is not merely smart by Goblin standards (which is hardly an accomplishment), but smart. Period.
** Tezzeret's entire shtick. He sympathizes more with machines than people.
** [[http://www.wizards.com/magic/images/cardart/CSP/Arcum_Dagsson.jpg Arcum Dagsson]]
* GaiasVengeance: Typical green schtick, seen in ''Invasion'', ''Worldwake'', and so on. There's also cards like [[http://magiccards.info/aq/en/63.html Gaea's Avenger]], [[http://magiccards.info/m11/en/174.html Gaea's Revenge]], [[http://magiccards.info/wwk/en/96.html Avenger of Zendikar]], etc.
* GardenGarment: Dryads.
* GargleBlaster: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=189147 No thanks.]]
* GambitPileup: Occurs during the original Ravnica trilogy when it turns out that ''all'' of the guilds are trying to conquer the plane.
* GambitRoulette: Nicol Bolas' ploy to [[SealedEvilInACan free]] the [[EldritchAbomination Eldrazi]] certainly counts. To release the Eldrazi, he required the presence of three different planeswalkers at the Eye of Ugin, as well as having one of them use [[NonElemental Ghostfire]] to trigger the failsafe mechanism. He could only be certain that his own minion (Vol) would be there, but to lure the other two, he combined elements of his own meticulous planning, as well as a simple stroke of luck. He even said so himself!
-->'''Bolas:''' I didn't send you to ensure no one entered the Eye. I sent you to ensure they did. Do you think it a coincidence that two planeswalkers arrived there when they did?
-->'''Vol:''' You sent me to fester? As a helpless proxy? You knew they would come?
-->'''Bolas:''' I knew the girl would come. The other-[[LampshadeHanging I had to play the odds]].
* GentleGiant: Karn, a huge golem made of pure silver who dedicated himself to pacifism. And not [[TechnicalPacifist technical pacifism]], either. Many green creatures can also be considered gentle [[UnstoppableRage unless you offend them or their controllers.]]
* GenreSavvy: Ludevic realized he had to make something to feed on all those torch wielding mobs.
* GenreShift: The first two sets of the Zendikar block are about adventure and survival on a Death World. The last set turns it into a CosmicHorrorStory.
* GiantEnemyCrab: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=26627 Giant Crab]] (stepping on a boat), [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=234429 Fortress Crab]] (cottage-sized) and especially [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=34927 Wormfang Crab]] (walking over mountains). [[StoneWall They're all defense.]]
* GiantFlyer: All kinds.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Many sets could be described as this.
** After ''Arabian Nights'', ''Antiquities'' attempted to tell an original story.
** The "pseudo-block" of ''Legends'', ''The Dark'', and ''Fallen Empires''. ''Legends'' was awesome, but neither ''The Dark'' nor ''Fallen Empires'' continued its mechanics, or its storyline, and were instead sequels to ''Antiquities''.
** ''Homelands'' is between ''Ice Age'' and ''Alliances'', both with an Ice Age theme. ''Homelands'', as far as we can tell, is about [[ElvesVsDwarves fairies and paladins vs. vampires]]. ''Homelands'' also didn't have ''Ice Age'''s mechanics, and is generally considered [[TheScrappy the worst set ever]].
** ''Weatherlight'' kicked off a five-year story arc.
** ''Portal: Three Kingdoms'' introduced a lot of new mechanics, [[CallARabbitASmeerp referred to flying as horsemanship]], is incompatible with other ''Portal'' sets, and...was actually enjoyable.
** The Urza's Block, while high in power and storyline, was a prequel, leaving you wondering what happened to the crew of the ''Weatherlight''.
** ''Nemesis'' introduced a new ability out of nowhere (Fading) and focused on Rath. Actually, every ''Masques'' block set focused on a different set. Mercadia seemed to come out of nowhere too.
** ''Apocalypse'' is the only set in the ''Invasion'' block to focus entirely on ''enemy'' colors (white/black, white/red, blue/red, blue/green, black/green).
* GiantSpider: The ''[[http://magiccards.info/m10/en/175.html smallest]]'' spiders tend to be large enough to win a fight with an average goblin. [[http://magiccards.info/dpa/en/67.html Medium-sized]] spiders can tangle with elephants. [[http://magiccards.info/rav/en/168.html The biggest ones]] can eat dragons for breakfast.
* AGodAmI: Several of them. Some are just delusional about their supposed godhood, and some are very much ''not'' delusional about their ''actual'' godhood...and are total jerks about it.
* AGodIsYou: Flavor-wise, the players take the roles of planeswalkers.
* GodOfEvil: Yawgmoth.
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: The Gods of Theros have strength directly tied to the number of worshipers the god has. In an example of GameplayAndStoryIntegration, the Gods cease to be creatures[[note]]but continue to be indestructible legendary enchantments[[/note]] when their controller does not have enough devotion to that god's color(-s)[[note]]Measured by the amount of colored mana symbols among permanents that player controls.[[/note]]
* GoodColorsEvilColors: Averted; all five colors of mana have had heroes and villains.
* GothicHorror: Innistrad was a top-down design based around this. Zombies, Werewolves, and Vampires are all vying for control against the last bastions of humanity.
* GotTheWholeWorldInMyHand: [[http://wiki.mtgsalvation.com/article/File:NewPhyrexiaPreview.jpg This artwork]] for ''New Phyrexia'' shows Mirrodin in the clutches of Phyrexia.
* GotVolunteered: PlayedForLaughs when groups of goblins need a volunteer, as seen in the flavor text of [[http://magiccards.info/st/en/103.html Goblin Hero]] and [[http://magiccards.info/evg/en/49.html Skirk Drill Sergeant]].
* IGotBigger: Garruk Wildspeaker [[http://www.wizards.com/mtg/images/daily/webcomics/EN_MTG_Comic9_WildSon_Part1_5.jpg then]]. Garruk Wildspeaker [[http://ertaislament.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/garruk1.jpg now]].
* [[IJustWantToBeNormal I Just Want to be a Normal Planeswalker]]: Elspeth didn't ask to be a hero. She's often made one anyway: First on her adopted homeworld of Bant, then on Mirrodin[=/=]New Phyrexia, and soon again on Theros.
* InhumanlyBeautifulRace: The elves from the Lorwyn set. Their caste system runs on how beautiful they are and they will often hunt other species that they deem uglier than they.
* HairRaisingHare: the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=94911 Vizzerdrix]] card. Probably related to [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=4667 Kezzerdrix]].
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Seen on some art, including [[http://magiccards.info/7e/en/54.html Vengeance]] and [[http://magiccards.info/mbs/en/59.html Burn the Impure]].
* {{Hammerspace}}: Sash and Waistcoat, the two un-men and ThoseTwoGuys from the ''Onslaught'' storyline, were designed by Ixidor to be living embodiments of {{Hammerspace}}. They're essentially living portals. There's several gags where they store things like pianos inside themselves.
* AHandfulForAnEye: [[http://magiccards.info/bok/en/153.html Blinding Powder]].
* IHaveYourWife: Volrath kidnaps Starke's daughter.
* HeadlessHorseman:
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=1442 A Black creature]] from the Legends expansion set.
** Not to mention the much more recent [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=153037 Stillmoon Cavalier]].
* HeelRealization: After Darigaaz awakens the other four Primeval dragons in ''Planeshift'', he realizes that the five of them would destroy Dominaria themselves. His RedemptionEqualsDeath HeroicSacrifice to break their five-way bond is depicted on [[http://magiccards.info/ps/en/128.html Terminate]].
* HarmonyVersusDiscipline: The philosophy behind the conflict that pits Red/Green against White/Blue.
* HeroicSacrifice: White creatures that sacrifice themselves for an effect usually have this flavor. And then there's [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=19609 Shock Troops]]...
* HighPriest: Mikaeus the Lunarch.
* HollywoodCyborg:
** Phyrexians, extra-dimensional, bio-mechanical nasties whose machine parts are grafted onto them upon birth.
** Esper, one of the Shards of Alara, has this, as well. It's less grotesque than the Phyrexians, and is basically a way to transcend nature.
* HolyHandGrenade: White has plenty of this. Loads of priests, religions, angels, miracles and so on that all focus on cutting a swath of destruction. Half the time, even the "nice" life-gain and protection spells are there to enable that planeswalker to do something terrible to you with the next card.
* HorseOfADifferentColor: All sorts.
** [[http://magiccards.info/cs/en/101.html Dinosaurs]]
** [[http://magiccards.info/shm/en/20.html Deer-like "cervins"]]
** [[http://magiccards.info/lw/en/41.html Goat-like "springjacks"]]
** [[http://magiccards.info/wwk/en/83.html Giant lizards]]
** [[http://magiccards.info/wwk/en/82.html Whatever the hell this thing is]]
** [[http://magiccards.info/sok/en/2.html Giant moths]]
** [[http://magiccards.info/dpa/en/59.html Weird frog-things]]
** [[http://magiccards.info/ala/en/27.html Lions with hooves]]
** [[http://magiccards.info/som/en/121.html "Vorrac" beasts]]
** [[http://magiccards.info/in/en/248.html Seahorses (for merfolk)]], including [[http://magiccards.info/fe/en/58.html a very horse-like variety]]
** [[http://magiccards.info/br/en/43.html Manta rays (also for merfolk)]]
** [[http://magiccards.info/m11/en/37.html Winged lions]]
** [[http://magiccards.info/po2/en/79.html Moose]]
** [[http://magiccards.info/ds/en/87.html Giant wolves]]
** [[http://magiccards.info/m11/en/10.html Griffins]]
** [[http://magiccards.info/cs/en/12.html Giant bulldogs]]
** [[http://magiccards.info/roe/en/27.html Oxen]]
** [[http://magiccards.info/mm/en/26.html "Jhovall" cats]]
** [[http://magiccards.info/cfx/en/26.html Giant robot gargoyles]]
** [[http://magiccards.info/shm/en/163.html Wasps]] and [[http://magiccards.info/eve/en/142.html cicadas]]
** [[http://magiccards.info/som/en/13.html Giant Pterodactyls]]
** [[http://magiccards.info/ia/en/264.html Giant birds]]
** [[http://magiccards.info/cs/en/24.html Pegasi]]
** [[http://magiccards.info/shm/en/190.html Scary bat-demons]]
** [[http://magiccards.info/mbs/en/66.html Robot horses (on fire!)]]
** And of course, [[http://magiccards.info/roe/en/152.html dragons]].
* HumanoidAbomination: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=89092 Szadek]], founder of the Dimir Guild is a ten-thousand plus year old and the last surviving member of his species, who are essentially psychic vampires. The name of his species? The Eldritch. Make of that what you will.
* HumansAreAverage: {{Enforced}}.
-->From the behind-the-scenes point of view, the prevalence and variety of humans does a couple of good things for the game. First, it lets us put a human face on every color of Magic. That helps the look and feel of all the colors stay appealing to a wide variety of players. Our market research shows that [[MostWritersAreHuman we have a lot of human beings among our consumers]], and having human beings in the art gives those players a familiar face that they can identify with. [...]\\
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Second, humans play an important role as a point of comparison in every color. You get to see how tall or tough or magic-inclined goblins are compared to humans, for example, since you get to see them next to red-aligned humans that live in similar environments and have similar color values. You get to see what role griffins or pterons or leonin play in a given setting, because you get to see white-aligned humans riding them or hunting them or making alliances with them. We can afford to get more exotic with our nonhuman races, in part because there are plenty of examples of humans next to whom you can see similarities and differences—and we like that.
--->--Doug Beyer, creative team member, in his [[http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/stf/129 weekly column]].
* HumanResources: Ravnica's Golgari Guild is responsible for corpse disposal and food production throughout the city. These two tasks are not unrelated. Soylent Green/Black is made of people!
* HumongousMecha: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=191312 Darksteel Colossus]].
* HybridMonster: Quite a few; most are of the {{Undead}} variety, but there are some like mutant elves.
* AnIcePerson: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=121147 Heidar, Rimewind Master]]
* TheIgor: Seen in ''Innistrad'' with Oglor (a mad scientist's assistant represented on [[http://magiccards.info/isd/en/81.html Stitcher's Apprentice]] and in the flavor text of [[http://magiccards.info/isd/en/71.html Rooftop Storm]]) and Garl (the [[http://magiccards.info/isd/en/52.html Deranged Assistant]]).
* IncendiaryExponent: Things on fire are often stronger or faster than things not-on-fire. For example, [[http://magiccards.info/us/en/186.html Fiery Mantle]].
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: The Changelings from ''Lorwyn'' block reflexively take the form of whatever else is nearby.
* ItsProbablyNothing: Invoked by name in the flavor text of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=194361 Steady Progress]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=237360 Feeling of Dread]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=222203 Bump in the Night]].
* JekyllAndHyde: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=221209 Civilized Scholar/Homicidal Brute]], inspired directly by the original Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
* JidaiGeki''/''HollywoodMedievalJapan: A combination of these, plus elements of traditional Japanese fantasy and Shinto are the basis of the Kamigawa block.
* KangarooCourt: The card [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Twisted+Justice Twisted Justice]] is styled after creating such a situation, and the flavor text is from the perspective of the judge as he's being manipulated to send an innocent man to his death.
* KillEmAll: The ''Weatherlight'' saga had an extraordinarily high body count, especially among named protagonists.
** [[NatureHero Rofellos]] died fighting demons quite early on.
** [[CatFolk Mirri]] made a HeroicSacrifice to save Gerrard from Crovax.
** Belbe, despite ultimately turning good, was killed by Eladamri for being made of parts of his daughter.
** [[LoveMartyr Crovax]] and [[SmallNameBigEgo Ertai]] both fell to Phyrexia and died in its service.
** [[ReliableTraitor Starke]] was killed by Volrath.
** [[WrenchWench Hanna]] contracted the Phyrexian plague and died during the invasion proper.
** Lin Sivvi and Eladamri both killed themselves rather than be consumed by Yawgmoth's death cloud.
** Gerrard and Urza were both consumed in the completion of the [[WaveMotionGun Legacy weapon]].
** [[PluckyComicRelief Squee]] was killed by the fallen Ertai. A lot. However, he kept getting better because Ertai had made Squee immortal so he could torture and kill him repeatedly.
** In the same storyline, a similar thing happens with the Nine Titans, Urza's team of planeswalkers leading the attack on Phyrexia:
*** Daria and Kristina were killed by [[TokenEvilTeammate Tevesh Szat]].
*** Tevesh Szat was killed when Urza made his soul into a bomb, as he had been included on the team for this purpose all along.
*** Taysir attempted to knock some sense into Urza after he joined Yawgmoth's side, only for Urza to kill him in self defense.
*** Bo Levar and Commodore Guff were absorbed by Yawgmoth.
*** [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Urza was consumed in the completion of the Legacy Weapon.]]
*** Freyalise and Lord Windgrace manage to survive the Phyrexian Invasion...only to later perform {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s in order to seal the time rifts.
* KnightErrant: Elspeth, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=217825 literally]]. Though Gideon Jura is the one with the [[ChronicHeroSyndrome messiah complex]].
* KnightInShiningArmor:
** The Cathars of Innistrad.
** Elspeth.
** Lots of various cards with the Knight creature type evoke this trope.
* LanguageEqualsThought: A recurrent theme in flavor text (usually in red, for some reason). Some examples:
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=130384 Bloodrock Cyclops]]:
--->"There are only fifty words in the cyclops language, and ten of them mean 'kill.'"
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=48592 Goblin Striker]]:
--->There's no word in the goblin language for "strategy." Then again, there's no word in the goblin language for "word."
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=213795 Ogre Resister]]:
--->He didn't have a word for "home," but he knew it was something to be defended.
* LastStand: The forces of the Coalition make a LastStand in ''Apocalypse'', as depicted on the card (of course) [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=27231 Last Stand.]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: The in-game flavor of your deck is that of your memories, and a number of cards have the ability to search opponent's decks for cards and remove them from the game.
* [[LegionsOfHell Legions Of Phyrexia]]: The ''Invasion'' block storyline has Dominaria defending itself against the invading forces of Yawgmoth.
* LightIsNotGood: While White has several protagonists, it has occasionally proved to be oppressive, tyrannical and horribly misguided:
** Takeshi Konda is the primary example of a White BigBad.
** Also from Kamigawa is the Myojin of Cleansing Fire, another White villain. Although he doesn't get much "screen time", he is clearly fighting on the side of the kami, and is implied he destroyed his own mortal followers with his sacred flames.
** Another evil White kami is Kataki, who, according to [[http://www.wizards.com/Magic/TCG/Article.aspx?x=magic/sok/kataki this side story]], is pretty much insane.
** In ''Dissension'', Augustin IV of the Azorius (a guild of blue-white {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}s) is the bad guy.
** As Phyrexia shows (more specifically, Elesh Norn and her servants), White can be quite scary too...
** Pretty much the entire point of the White cards in ''The Dark''.
** According to [[WordOfGod Mark Rosewater]] and [[InUniverse Serra]] (as well as some of his guises and spells), [[VillainProtagonist Urza]] is White/Blue. He also caused countless cataclysms, devised an eugenics program (and was a general social darwinist), manipulated his own allies against themselves and ultimately [[spoiler:joined Phyrexia]].
** In the Theros Block, [[spoiler:Heliod]] is the BiggerBad, having provoked the conflicts in the pantheon and ultimately [[spoiler:murdering Elspeth in cold blood.]]
* LivingShadow: This is generally the flavor of the 'Shade' creature type.
* LivingShip: The ''Weatherlight''. Also, [[http://magiccards.info/ap/en/28.html Living Airship]].
* LizardFolk: The Viashino.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Literally thousands, made more confusing by the fact that many of them have the same or similar names.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfRaces: There are roughly a bajillion different ''known'' sapient species in the Multiverse. Aside from Humans there are Amphin, Angels, Aven, Bird-Maidens, Centaurs, antelope Centaurs, deer Centaurs, Cephalids, Changelings, Cyclopes, Dauthi, Demons, Devils, Djinn, Dragons, [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarves]], Dryads, Efreet, sentient Elementals, Elves, Eumidians, Faeries, Flamekin, Giants, Goblins, sapient Golems, Gorgons, sapient Gorillas, Hags, Homarids, Iquati, Kami and other sentient Spirit races, Kithkin, Kitsune, Kor, Lammasu, [[CatFolk Leonin]], Loxodon, fishtailed Merfolk, Merfolk with legs, [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere flying Elf-Merfolk]], Metathran, Minotaurs, Mistfolk, Mycoids, Myr, Nantuko, Nezumi, Nightstalkers, Noggles, Ogres, Orcs, Orochi, Ouphes, [[TheVirus Phyrexians]], Puca, Rhox, Sangrazuls, Selkies, Serpent people, Slivers, Soltari, Soratami, Sphinxes, [[FishPeople Surrakar]], Thalakos, Thrulls, [[WhenTreesAttack Treefolk]], [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Trolls]], Vampires, Vedalken, [[LizardFolk Viashino]], Werewolves, Wolfir, the talking Wolves of Tel-Jilad...\\
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And that's not even counting sub-races. Just among goblins there are [[TooDumbToLive common Dominarian Goblins]] (of at least three different breeds), Kobolds, [[CannonFodder Rathi Moggs]], [[UpperClassTwit Mercadian Kyren]], [[IdiotSavant Mirran Krark-Clan]], [[{{Kappa}} Kamigawan Akki]], [[CuriosityIsACrapshoot Lorwyn]]-[[HordeOfAlienLocusts Shadowmoor]] [[SenseFreak Boggarts]], [[AxCrazy Redcaps]], [[DeterminedHomesteader Hobgoblins]], and [[HufflepuffHouse Spriggans]], [[LetsMeetTheMeat ratlike Jund Dragon Fodder]], [[TreacherousAdvisor Zendikari Guide-Thieves]], and [[WhatIsThisFeeling Phyrexian Squealstokes]].
* LongGame: Nicol Bolas works this way all the time.
* LooksLikeOrlok: [[http://www.teamwingman.net/uploads/bu/sengir_vampire.jpg The original Sengir Vampire art draws from this.]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=244253 The current depiction]] even more so, aside from the fact that he has hair.
* LooseCanon: The game's original dozen [[TieInNovel spin-off novels]] were published by [=HarperPrism=]. When the Weatherlight saga began and WizardsOfTheCoast started its own novel line, the continuity was revised (This is commonly referred to as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "The Revision"]]). Any material in the old novels is considered {{Canon}} unless new material directly contradicts it.
* LosingYourHead: Urza in ''Apocalypse''. His severed head was last seen [[http://magiccards.info/uh/en/131.html relaxing in a hot tub]] with the missing creature from [[http://magiccards.info/uh/en/2.html AWOL]].
* LostTechnology: Thran technology in the Brothers' War.
* LoveItOrHateIt: {{Invoked}} with [[http://magiccards.info/gp/en/129.html Schismotivate]], which works by inciting strong positive and negative emotions in two target creatures. The happy creature gets powered up; the sad creature gets powered down.
* LoveRedeems: Belbe, in ''Nemesis'', leading to RedemptionEqualsDeath. Spoiled somewhat by the romance being with Ertai, who went over to the side Belbe abandoned...before her body had actually cooled.
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: Braids.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Volrath was Gerrard's adoptive brother, Vuel. This was never a huge secret, though.
* {{Lunacy}}: All over the place in ''Innistrad'' block; both the church and the werewolves seem to draw power from Innistrad's silver Moon.
* MacGuffinGirl: In ''Saviors of Kamigawa'', [[http://magiccards.info/bok/en/162.html That Which Was Taken]] (the MacGuffin that started the spirit war) takes the form of a girl.
* MacheteMayhem: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/pages/card/details.aspx?name=Trusty%20Machete Trusty Machete]]
* MacrossMissileMassacre:
** When combined with SummonMagic and ShockAndAwe, looks something like [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=146087 this]].
** Any spell that [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=41167 conjures]] a [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=197766 meteor shower]] arguably applies.
* MagicallyBindingContract: The Guildpact in ''Ravnica'' block.
* MagicCarpet: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=2043 Magic Carpet]]. Also seen on [[http://magiccards.info/tsts/en/20.html Flying Men]].
* MagicMeteor: See MacrossMissileMassacre above. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=134740 Also this.]]
* MakingASplash: Stock blue ability, although it's occasionally appeared in [[http://magiccards.info/al/en/130.html other]] [[http://magiccards.info/ia/en/195.html colors]] as well.
* TheManBehindTheMan:
** Yawgmoth behind Volrath, and in general Phyrexia for Rath.
** Phyrexia would be this to Memnarch as well, but it's a complicated case: Memnarch was curtailing the mycosynth, the first signs of Phyrexian infection. When he was removed, the mycosynth could grow unchecked.
* MarySue: A rare in-universe example; [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193871 Akroma]] was created by Ixidor, a mage that could turn his fantasies into reality, as an idealized homage to his dead lover, and existed primarily to lay waste to his enemies. Her card reflects the concept, with its over-the-top amount of abilities.
* MeaningfulName:
** Glissa Sunseeker discovered (as far as the surface races are concerned) not only Mirrodin's fifth sun, which she also named, but also the mana core at the heart of the plane, meaning she's essentially found two suns.
** Nicol Bolas. See NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast.
** Gideon Jura. Gideon translates to 'Powerful Warrior' and he is consistently portrayed as this, being one of the only planeswalkers who isn't a straight mage; he's more of a paladin instead. One of his card abilities also turns him into a 6/6 human soldier temporarily, making him quite powerful indeed.
** Garruk Wildspeaker's specialty is that once he defeats a wild animal, he can commune with it and summon it to his aid at a moment's notice.
** Ajani Goldmane was born with a rare genetic defect that gave him startlingly pale fur.
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=174948 Rafiq]] means "friend" in Arabic. He is the most decorated paladin on his plane, and renders his services as a peacekeeper and mediator of sorts, trying to solve would be duels with both participating parties leaving satisfied.
** Very literally on the plane of Lorwyn. The local giants live large in every conceivable way, including how they sleep, sometimes decades at a time. During this sleep, which they call the 'namesleep' they have any number of dreams where they imagine themselves in some sort of epic poem all most. They take this as a sign, and when they wake up they take on that persona and name themselves appropriately. Such as a [[WanderingTheEarth wandering drifter]] named Rosheen Meanderer, or a [[TheJudge peacekeeping arbiter]] named Galanda Feudkiller.
** "Pyrexia" is a medical term for a fever. The Phyrexians, in addition to not being a very pleasant lot, use genetically engineered plagues. In fact, Yawgmoth started out making such plagues. Their name is also derived from the Greek letter Phi, which is commonly used to represent the "perfect" golden ratio (and is itself commonly used as their sigil), reflecting their collective superiority complex.
* MeatMoss:
** The ground itself is MeatMoss'd in Grixis.
** The interior of the compleated Lumengrid in New Phyrexia is covered in organic tissue.
* MechanicalHorse: [[http://magiccards.info/ch/en/76.html Bronze Horse]], [[http://magiccards.info/5e/en/357.html Clockwork Steed]], [[http://magiccards.info/ex/en/142.html Workhorse]], and [[http://magiccards.info/som/en/142.html Chrome Steed]]. [[http://magiccards.info/mbs/en/8.html Hero of Bladehold]] and [[http://magiccards.info/mbs/en/66.html Hero of Oxid Ridge]] can be seen riding Chrome Steeds as well.
* MechanicalEvolution: Phyrexia. [[OrganicTechnology Kind of]].
* MechanicalLifeforms: The greater part of ''Mirrodin'' block falls under this, as does the world of Esper from ''Shards of Alara'', the metal demons of Phyrexia, and various artifact creatures.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Tocasia, Urza and Mishra's teacher in their youth, falls victim to this trope.
* MercyKill: In the ''Invasion'' block, Agnate to Thaddeus, and later, Grizzlegom to Agnate.
* MesACrowd: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=366414 Biovisionary]], who you're expected to play with a bunch of cards that clone creatures.
* MessianicArchetype: Though '''very''' far from an AllLovingHero, Urza went through a whole lot of awful things to destroy Phyrexia.
* {{Meta Guy}}: Commodore Guff. [[{{The Scrappy}} Didn't work out]].
* MindControlDevice: [[http://www.magiccards.info/query?q=!Mindslaver The Mindslaver]]
* MindRape: The ''flavor'' behind Discard spells suggests they do this to your opponent.
* TheMirrorShowsYourTrueSelf: {{Inverted}} with [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=174818 Lich's Mirror]].
* MirrorUniverse:
** ''Lorwyn'' becomes its own MirrorUniverse in the ''Shadowmoor'' block.
** And there is an actual card called ''Mirror Universe'', which allows you to swap HitPoint totals with your opponent.
** Mirrodin is [[TheVirus being corrupted]] into its reflection.
* MonsterLord: Zendikar vampires and their nulls.
* MonsterShapedMountain: The card [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=279708 Hamletback Goliath]] is given to be this. The card art depicts a couple of goblins living on the Goliath's back, and plant growth that makes it look like a mountain.
* {{Mordor}}: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=198071 Grixis]].
* MorphicResonance: The werewolves of ''Innistrad'' all have distinctive visual cues to make it clear that the wolf and the human are the same creature. When this isn't done through a repetition of the setting[[note]]a la [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=222186 Tormented Pariah]][[/note]], it's done with MorphicResonance, copying a physical detail on both sides. For example, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=222111 Reckless Waif]]'s distinctive pink hair, or [[http://media.wizards.com/images/magic/tcg/products/dka/e71fyeka8z_en.jpg Mondronen Shaman]]'s single glowing eye.
* MuggingTheMonster: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=222186 Tormented Pariah]].
* MySkullRunnethOver: Seen occasionally on card-drawing spells like [[http://magiccards.info/m12/en/68.html Mind Unbound]]. In some cases it crosses over to the game mechanics, forcing the affected player to discard cards or take damage.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast:
** Nicol Bolas, [[MeaningfulName once you take apart where the parts of his name come from]]. "Nicol" is derived from the German "nickel", meaning "devil". "Bolas" seems to come from [[ArsGoetia the Goetic demon Glasya-Labolas]], whose name is occasionally rendered as "Glasya La Bolas". In other words, "Bolas" is some sort of demonic epithet.
** Yawgmoth [[{{NamesToRunAwayFrom/Adjectives}} the Ineffable]] has a [[{{NamesToRunAwayFrom/NamesEndingInTh}} name ending in Th]] and almost containing [[{{NamesToRunAwayFrom/Mor}} Mor]]. Also, many non-English players find its name [[{{NamesToRunAwayFrom/UnpronouncableNames}} quite difficult to pronounce]].
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=74016 Many]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=74552 of]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=78965 Kamigawa's]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=50318 demons]]. The lead demon goes one further: The All-Consuming Oni of Chaos.
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193632 Kozilek]]. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=194911 Ulamog]]. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193452 Emrakul]].
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=107438 Rakdos the Defiler]]
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=180595 Thraximundar]]: ''His name means "he who paints the earth red."''
** Imperial Assassin [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Discussion.aspx?multiverseid=1678 Ramses Overdark]]. That name alone tells you that it's not a guy you want to meet in a dark alley. Or at all.
* NatureHero: Various green-aligned characters, but especially [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=40538 Kamahl post-transformation]].
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Lorwyn's Elves believe that anything that is ugly is an affront to nature. [[OurElvesAreBetter Naturally]], they believe this gives them the right to systematically hunt down and murder ugly lesser races.
* {{Nephilim}}: Gargantuan [[BeastOfTheApocalypse Beasts Of The Apocalypse]] created by the gods just to put mortals in their place.
* [[NegativeSpaceWedgie Negative Planar Wedgie]]: Either the cause of, or caused by, a large amount of the plot.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** In the novel for the Nemesis set, [[spoiler:the Phyrexian Belbe was deliberately sabotaging the plans for Rath to overlay Dominaria. Until Eladamri killed her because she was constructed from his daughter's body]].
** In the ''Literature/{{Ravnica|Cycle}}'' series, the ''Dissension'' novel has the Azorius Guildmaster explaining that things have gotten a lot worse because [[spoiler:the main characters arrested the first book's BigBad, who was put on trial and killed]]. How is this a bad thing? The magically-enforced government of Ravnica ''demands'' that group/entity exist, for the sole purpose of [[ForTheEvulz doing Big Bad things]]. Because it could no longer act as an opposing force, the magic of the Guildpact was weakened and could no longer protect the city.
** Another one happened in ''In The Teeth of Akoum'', Zendikar's novel. [[spoiler: Upon reaching the eponymous location, Sorin Markov, a vampire planeswalker, tries to activate a strange device. Nissa, his unwilling partner, is a Zendikar native elf who hates vampires. When Nissa notices the device reacting to Sorin's ritual, she promptly uses a spell to destroy it. Unfortunately for her, and Zendikar, that device is the final lock which holds [[EldritchAbomination the Eldrazi]], and with no more lock to hold them, they break free. Sorin, annoyed, [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere leaves afterwards]].]]
** Earlier, in another example, [[spoiler:Jace's, Chandra's and Sarkhan's shenanigans some time prior weakens the rest of the locks keeping the Eldrazi imprisoned, just as [[BigBad Nicol Bolas]] wanted.]]
** Memnarch might not have been a nice guy, but [[spoiler:he was fighting back the mycosynth corruption in Mirrodin's Core and preventing Phyrexia from taking hold there]]. When Glissa and her friends defeated him, [[spoiler:the mycosynth grew unchecked and Phyrexia could grow unimpeded]], dooming the plane.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: [[http://ww2.wizards.com/Gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?name=mistform%20ultimus Mistform Ultimus]] which has every creature type, such as Ninja, Pirate, Zombie, Construct, [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Mutant, Ninja, and Turtle]]. Years later, ''Lorwyn'' block introduced ''nineteen'' more creatures like this, as well as several non-creature cards.
** Every time a new set comes out, Wizards of the Coast publishes a [[http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1336 Mistform Ultimus Watch]] article on the Daily MTG, that documents every single creature type that it becomes.
* NotSoDifferent: Urza and Mishra.
* {{Obake}}: Kamigawa has ''oni'' and ''kitsune''; indeed, the entire ''Kamigawa'' block is one big Obake-fest, its setting heavily inspired by Japanese folklore and mythology.
* {{Oculothorax}}: [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=t%3A%22eye%22&v=scan&s=cname There are two]].
* OlderThanTheyLook[=/=]ReallySevenHundredYearsOld[=/=]TimeAbyss: Old generation planeswalkers are generally immortal; Urza, as an example, lived for at least 5000 years, while Nicol Bolas is even older. That's before counting some people who live long despite being otherwise mortal: Jodah aged slowly because he fell into a fountain of youth in his [[IncrediblyLamePun youth]]; Jhoira, unlike her planeswalker boyfriend Teferi, used slow-aging potions; Liliana Vess made a contract with demons (in her case, despite being a planeswalker, she is not normally immortal due to the Mending) and so on.
* OneSteveLimit: Enforced for gameplay reasons -- all planeswalkers which appear or may appear on cards are required to have different names.
* OrificeEvacuation: This is how [[http://magiccards.info/us/en/126.html Dark Hatchling]] kills its victims.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Dwarves are basically all blacksmiths and miners with large beards. If they're warriors, they wield axes. Even in ''Shadowmoor'', whose Duergar dwarves have a radically different appearance, they're still primarily miners.
* OurElvesAreBetter: There are many different elf tribes in the setting, but the recent Lorwyn elves are a sharp departure from the previously base-green elves into green/''black'' to show their arrogant destructiveness. (Shadowmoor flipped it so they became the plane's only protagonists, with even white turning paranoid, insular, and HiveMind-ish.)
** [[SugarBowl Lorwyn]]. In a nutshell, if you aren't as beautiful as them, you don't deserve to live. And ''[[MasterRace nobody's]]'' [[MasterRace as beautiful as them]]. And some of Lorwyn's inhabitants are just deliberately being ''ugly'' at them. They call these unfortunate souls "eyeblights," and they ''[[FantasticRacism actively hunt them down and kill them.]]''
** In Magic's debut set, elves were portrayed as feral and vicious, in startling contrast to the conventional concept (although those showed up in most other sets).
** Also, the Elves of Deep Shadow of the classic set ''The Dark'', later reprinted as part of the Golgari guild in ''Ravnica: City of Guilds'', were green but produced black mana instead of green when tapped, and dealt damage to their controller each time they did.
** Mirrodin's elves are basically cyborg elves. Mind you, everything on Mirrodin has a high metal content one way or another.
* {{Ouroboros}}: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=157978 This card]]. Some say the expansion symbol for ''Torment'' is also meant to be this.
* OutscareTheEnemy: The [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=6106 Exodus version of Raging Goblin]] has as its flavor text: "Volrath has bred them to fear only him. Are they charging to battle or merely fleeing his wrath?"
* OrganicTechnology: Phyrexia. They invoke this trope, subvert it, divert it, avert it, deconstruct it, reconstruct it, and ask it out for dinner. Their entire purpose is to blur the line between 'organic' and 'technology' to the point of irrelevance. [[TheVirus In the most]] nightmarish ways possible.
* OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous: [[http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Multiverse/planeswalkers.aspx?x=mtg/multiverse/planeswalkers/ashiok Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver]], a [[PrestigiousPlayerTitle Planeswalker]] and HumanoidAbomination who specializes in bringing people's worst nightmares to life. Ashiok is confirmed by WordOfGod to be of AmbiguousGender.
* OurMonstersAreDifferent: Very, very common, especially in later blocks.
** The Lorwyn block is a smorgasboard of this trope, featuring philosopher giants, Nazi elves, badass halflings, and monstrous-looking faeries.
** The Shadowmoor block, a [[BizarroUniverse Bizarro]] Lorwyn, carries on with this trope, as the kithkin/halflings become [[HiddenElfVillage paranoid castle-dwellers]] and merfolk become murderous fish-faced monsters.
** Most of the races in Shadowmoor became personifications of their worst qualities: the giants become so lazy and mindless that they are mistaken for landmass, the goblins have degenerated from being impish tricksters to being wild animals, the treefolk have become utterly apathetic to the other races, and the cinders lost all of their passion and fire, and now want to make all the other races suffer like they do. The two exceptions are the elves, who have been humbled into nobility by being hunted and persecuted, and the faeries, who are protected by Oona's magic.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent:
** Each setting that has vampires that are quite recognizable as vampires, as with other typical fantasy species, they tend to make subtle little differences between one plane's vampires from another plane's:
*** [[CityPlanet Ravnica]] has psychic vampires like Szadek, some of which look extremely feral.
*** [[DeathWorld Zendikar]]'s vampires have a very strong 'venomous' motif and had fang-like protrusions from most of their joints.
*** [[{{Mordor}} Rath's]] vampires are basically giant bats, and the villainous [[TheDragon Evincar]] has a pack of vampire dogs as pets.
*** [[EternalEngine Mirrodin's]] vampires have their fangs in their fingers, which are basically foot long syringes, and their bowels are visible from the outside.
*** [[{{Uberwald}} Innistrad's]] vampires come in both black and red. The red vampires tend to be more feral, but overall they mostly fit the ClassicalMovieVampire trope.
** A major plot point in the ''Zendikar'' block novel ''[[Literature/ZendikarInTheTeethOfAkoum In the Teeth of Akoum]]''. The elf protagonist, [[OurElvesAreBetter Nissa Revane]], doesn't realize one of her traveling companions, Sorin Markov, is a vampire until very late in the novel. This is due to the fact that since he's from Innistrad and not Zendikar, he has none of the staple characteristics of her world's vampires. This is unintentionally hilarious, as when the character was first teased by Wizards of the Coast, quite literally, [[LateArrivalSpoiler the first thing the fan base learned about him was that he was a vampire]].
* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: Includes werebears, wererats, and {{werewolves}}.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent:
** The pre-Innistrad ones are black. [[http://magiccards.info/5e/en/28.html All]] [[http://magiccards.info/lg/en/24.html three]] [[http://magiccards.info/ju/en/76.html of them]].
** The werewolves of Innistrad are red or green. They are so different that their cards have two faces, and they can flip over to transform. See the [[http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/stf/163 Planeswalker's Guide to Innistrad]] for details and concept art. Also, [[http://magiccards.info/isd/en/152a.html Kruin Outlaw]], [[http://magiccards.info/isd/en/159a.html Reckless Waif]], [[http://magiccards.info/isd/en/176a.html Daybreak Ranger]], one of [[http://magiccards.info/isd/en/185a.html Grizzled Outcasts]] and one of [[http://magiccards.info/isd/en/208a.html Ulvenwald Mystics]] are female.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Pretty much all of the major variations of zombie show up on one plane or another. Innistrad even combines two different kinds, as it has mad science monsters in blue coexisting with [[Film/DawnOfTheDead Romero-style]] hordes of the flesh eating dead in black.
* OutsideContextVillain:
** The Eldrazi.
** Phyrexia in the ''Scars of Mirrodin'' storyline:
--->"Their forces are unknown to us. The Moriok or the nim that emerge from the necrogen bogs—those we understand. These horrors which pour out of the canyons use weapons, tactics and magic that are alien to even our most capable generals and seasoned warriors. Our armies are scattered. We have no choice but to hide and survive."
---->--Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer, [[http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/stf/141 "A Planeswalker's Guide to New Phyrexia"]]
* OverlyLongTongue: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=4762 Yep]]
* OverTheShoulderMurderShot: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=157419 Desecrator Hag]] from ''Shadowmoor''.
* ParentalBonus: For a very brief time, Goblin Piker was going to be reprinted with the following flavor text: "Pike her? I barely even know her!"
* PassionIsEvil: In it's early days, it pitied the wise, intellectual Blue colour with the passionate and excessively agressive Red. Nowadays, while Red still suffers from depictions as a bully, it is definitely by far depicted more heroically thanks to positive emotions like empathy, while Blue's sociopathic and deceptive side is played up.
* PerpetualMotionMonster: Golems and undead.
* PerpetualStorm: Immersturm, on the plane of Valla, whose name translates into "always storm." Its magical storms cause its inhabitants to continuously wage war with one another.
-->Listen to the roar! Feel the thunder! The Immersturm shouts its approval with every bolt of lightning!" (from the card Warstorm Surge.)
* PipeMaze: The third sphere of Phyrexia is described as an [[http://www.phyrexia.com/images/continuity/maps/Phyrexia.bmp "impenetrable tangle of metal pipes".]]
* PlayingWithFire: [[http://jakekessler.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/mc-mag-jaya-ballard.jpg Jaya Ballard]], [[http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs48/f/2009/203/1/0/Chandra_Nalaar_by_SteveArgyle.jpg Chandra Nalaar]]
* PluckyComicRelief: The goblins almost always fill this role--though they're also usually [[ScreamingWarrior Screaming Warriors]].
* PooledFunds: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=1441 Greed]] (all versions).
* PowerBornOfMadness: The main idea of hellbent, dredge, and...um...Madness decks, all of which allow you to gain some bonus from negatively affecting your current state of mind.
* PowerCopy: Leshrac attempts this in ''Future Sight'', using the Mask of [[http://magiccards.info/chk/en/126.html Night's Reach]] to steal Jeska's dormant [[http://magiccards.info/10e/en/166.html ability to corrupt anything she touches]] and [[http://magiccards.info/cfx/en/120.html Nicol Bolas]]'s ability to cause madness with a touch. An epic duel with Nicol Bolas results.
* PowerUpgradingDeformation: A lot of Blue, Red and Black cards will mutate, disfigure or change creatures to make them stronger.
* PowerOfTheVoid: Getting sucked into a [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Door%20to%20Nothingness Door to Nothingness]] is an automatic loss condition.
* PrayerOfMalice: As the leader of the theocratical white Phyrexian faction, Elesh Norn delivers friendly sermons like "[[http://magiccards.info/mbs/en/16.html May our blessings sever the tongues of the forsaken]]".
* PrestigiousPlayerTitle: You are a "Planeswalker".
* ProudScholarRaceGuy: Most races or tribes representing blue in any given setting skew towards this.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: All the damn time. Usually one per setting. Always red or green.
* PsychicLink: [[http://magiccards.info/m10/en/54.html Hive Mind]], [[http://magiccards.info/di/en/30.html Psychic Possession]], and [[http://magiccards.info/mi/en/49.html Shared Fate]], among others.
* PsychoElectricEel: [[http://magiccards.info/dk/en/24.html Electric Eel]], which shocks you when you activate its pump ability.
* PunnyName: [[http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/852 Yule Ooze]]
* PutOnABus:
** Karn in ''Planar Chaos''. While sealing the time rift over Tolaria, he senses a corruption in himself taking hold and flees to an undisclosed location. He doesn't reappear in the storyline for another four years.
** Likewise, Nicol Bolas in ''Future Sight''. He was, apparently, too awesome to kill off like [[KillEmAll everyone else]], so instead he just left, giving him the opportunity to come back again later. (Which, in ''Alara'' block, he did.)
* PyrrhicVictory:
** Most of Urza's various battles against Phyrexia.
*** The sylex blast at the end of the Brothers' War prevented Gix from gaining a foothold in Dominaria and sealed Dominaria away from the rest of the multiverse, but it also leveled most of the Terisian continent and completely vaporized Argoth.
*** The battle for Serra's Realm. Urza's forces defeat the Phyrexians, but the fighting causes the entire plane to collapse.
*** Basically the whole campaign in the ''Invasion'' saga. The coalition wins, but Dominaria becomes a postapocalyptic wasteland.
** The Thran managed to defeat the Phyrexians, but afterwards, their civilization was too weak to survive, and collapsed.
** In the ''Time Spiral'' block, every time Teferi's team manages to close a time rift, they stabilize that area at the cost of a planeswalker's power and/or life.
** [[http://magiccards.info/eve/en/93.html Pyyrric Revival]] does this against death.
** [[http://magiccards.info/fut/en/3.html Barren Glory]] turns it into a win condition.
* RazorWings: [[http://magiccards.info/som/en/140.html Bladed Pinions]] from ''Scars of Mirrodin''.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Sidar Jabari from the ''Mirage'' storyline, King Darien from the ''Ice Age'' saga, Commander Eesha in the ''Odyssey'' arc (but only [[KnightTemplar in comparison to her two predecessors]]).
* RedOniBlueOni:
** [[color:blue:Urza]] and [[color:red:Mishra]].
** [[color:blue:Jace]] and [[color:red:Chandra]].
* ReligionOfEvil: Phyrexia, particularly the [[LightIsNotGood White-aligned]] "Machine Orthodoxy" of ''New Phyrexia''.
* {{Retcon}}: In addition to the game changes mentioned above, there have been changes to the game's story and background:
** Summoned creatures were originally presented as being actual creatures from another universe, pulled across and enslaved by the caster; now, they're essentially magical copies.
** The story of ''Coldsnap'', essentially an entire set {{retcon}}ned onto the end of ''Ice Age'' block.
** Then there's the "Revision". In the early days of Magic, the novels and comics where done by outside companies. Eventually (around the time of the Weatherlight Saga), Wizards of the Coast decided to publish their own books. They took this point to clear up and change some aspects of the {{canon}}, and said that, henceforth, the pre-revision books would be canon unless a post-revision book contradicted them.
** Since it was a continuity and nostalgia heavy block, the Scars of Mirrodin saga retconned several parts of the original Mirrodin books and a few parts of the Weatherlight Saga, causing many headaches to fans.
* RentAZilla: During the ''Dissension'' tie-in novel, Ravnica is attacked by giant monsters. First there's some Nephilim that grow giant-sized and start smashing things, then the Izzet's dragon guildmaster Niv-Mizzet flies in to fight them off, and eventually Experiment Kraj and Rakdos the Defiler join the fray as a result of a GambitPileup. Widespread destruction ensues.
* RevisitingTheRoots: ''MagicTheGathering'''s 2009 core set, ''Magic 2010'', marked a return to the flavor-driven design sensibility of the original ''Alpha'' and ''Beta'' releases.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter:
** Beebles. [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=t%3Abeeble Awww...]]
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=213800 Brass Squire]] and the [[MechaMooks Myr]] in general.
** Don't forget the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=9779 Infernal Spawn of Evil]] and the even more ridiculously cute [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=73981 Infernal Spawn of the Infernal Spawn of Evil]].
* RidiculouslyDifficultRoute: The "[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=370757 Canyon Minotaur]]" card references this.
-->''"We'll [[ClimbingTheCliffsOfInsanity scale these cliffs]], traverse [[RopeBridge Brittle Bridge]], and then fight our way down the [[LethalLavaLand volcanic slopes]] on the other side."''\\
''"Isn't the shortest route through the canyon?"''\\
''"Yes."''\\
''"So shouldn't we--"''\\
''"[[ShortCutsMakeLongDelays No]]."''
* RodentsOfUnusualSize:
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=3982 This.]]
** Kamigawa has a race of human sized sentient rats.
* RollingAttack: [[http://magiccards.info/som/en/180.html Myr Battlesphere]] and [[http://magiccards.info/arc/en/78.html Armadillo Cloak]] are prominent examples.
* RoyallyScrewedUp: Lord Konda, the mad king of Kamigawa. To gain immortality, he abducts an entity from the Spirit World, instigating a devastating war between mortals and spirits.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Urza ascends into (or even dies and is resurrected into, depending on your point of view) becoming a divinely powerful planeswalker after using the Golgothian Sylex. Golgotha, also known as Calvary, was in Literature/TheBible the place where Jesus Christ was crucified. To add to this, he bleeds into the chalice (which somewhat bears a resemblance to the HolyGrail) from a forehead wound. He'll then go on to be the primary opponent of a GodOfEvil who lives in ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Dante's Inferno]]''-esque {{Hell}}-like realm.
* SandWorm: Wurms, which are essentially giant serpentine dragons, come in all shapes and sizes - including some that tunnel through solid ice.
* SavageWolves: [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=t%3Awolf&v=card&s=issue Most Wolves]] in ''Magic'' fall under this category. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=220551 This one]] is 50% scarier than most.
* SapientShip: The Skyship ''Weatherlight'' gains sapience towards the end of its storyline.
* SceneryGorn:
** Magic frequently visits settings that could easily described as hell on Earth, but they always make a point to have the cards showing off the landscape look incredible, even if that landscape is oh say, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=198071 MADE OF DEAD PEOPLE]].
** Definitely the case in New Phyrexia. Some of the land art was based on what happened to the art in Scars block after Phyrexia got involved.
* SchizoTech:
** The game has [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=23222 power armor]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=135240 a tank]], and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=33695 a machine gun]].
** Also, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=1133 Rocket Launcher]] and a [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=24679 mech]].
** [[http://magiccards.info/5dn/en/66.html Goblin Brawler]] uses a rock.
* ScienceDestroysMagic: Yawgmoth's hope.
* SdrawkcabName: [[Creator/LarryNiven Nevinyrral's]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=332 Disk]].
* SealedCastInAMultipack: The ''Innistrad'' storyline features this. The Helvault, a giant silver mass, imprisons the legendary angel Avacyn, along with the demon she was fighting at the time, Griselbrand, and a whole host of other angels and demons. Needless to say, the Helvault eventually gets broken, in the expansion called ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Avacyn Restored]]''.
* SealedEvilInACan:
** The main motivation behind Yawgmoth's RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
** The card "Dark Depths" is your own personal can. If you can unseal it (either by pumping 30 mana into it in increments of 3, or by [[http://magiccards.info/zen/en/114.html getting]] [[http://magiccards.info/ds/en/37.html creative]]), you get a 20/20 indestructible flying monstrosity.
** The Eldrazi are Sealed Evil In The [[http://magiccards.info/wwk/en/136.html Eye of Ugin]]. [[http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Multiverse/Article.aspx?x=mtgcom/feature2/85a Yes, they get loose.]]
* SealedGoodInACan: The [[BigGood angel Avacyn]] was dragged into the Helvault she made to seal away unkillable demons. Based on the mechanics of the Helvault card [[spoiler:getting her out means freeing everything else inside]].
* SelkiesAndWereseals: There are three different selkie cards; all of them are green/blue merfolk.
* {{Shadowland}}: Shadowmoor, the dark reflection of Lorwyn, is a literal example.
* ShapeshifterWeapon: [[http://magiccards.info/sh/en/83.html Flowstone Blade]]
* ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing:
** [[http://magiccards.info/eve/en/161.html Snakeform]] shows a snake slithering out of a pile of clothes that was once a mage.
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=220265 Turn to Frog]] uses the same basic concept in its art, where "Target creature loses all abilities and becomes a 1/1 blue Frog until end of turn.".
** As does [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=ovinize Ovinize]], which depicts a sheep among weapons and armor, whose name is similar to the Latin, ''Ovis aries''.
* ShockAndAwe: Much less so than one would expect, most red elemental magic tends to use fire. Though there are plenty of shocking cards, such as the original [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=191089 damage spell]].
* ShootTheDog: Pretty much Urza's whole hat. He does awful things in the name of protecting Dominaria from Phyrexia and Yawgmoth. At the end of the story, Dominaria ends up in shambles, but ultimately in better shape than Phyrexia. A pity that, however slowly, Phyrexia can regrow [[FromASingleCell from a single drop of Glistening Oil.]]
* ShootTheShaggyDog: During the Mirran-Phyrexian war, Venser, Koth, and Elspeth try to free Karn from Phyrexian influence. They even manage to free him from the taint via Venser's HeroicSacrifice. And then Karn leaves Mirrodin and the Phyrexians win anyway.
* SinisterMinister: Almost any black creature of the Cleric subtype falls under this trope.
* SinisterScythe: [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=scythe&v=card&s=cname Several]].
* SlaveBrand: The Orzhov Syndicate from Ravnica; slaves (debtors to Orzhov's higher-ups) bear the guild seal as tattoos.
* SlouchOfVillainy: [[http://media.wizards.com/images/magic/daily/arcana/666_heu2s44j9q.jpg Yep]]
* SmashTheSymbol:
** From the FlavorText of [[http://magiccards.info/nph/en/99.html Victorious Destruction]]:
--->"[[KickTheDog The refugees look at these structures with hope. We must relieve them of this burden]]."
---->-Juex, Tormentor Exarch
** The ''Innistrad'' printing of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=235600 Ancient Grudge]].
* SnakesAreSexy: [[http://media.wizards.com/images/magic/daily/arcana/878_q1n2n_3.jpg This is the art for a card named "Deadly Allure".]]
* SoulJar: Any artifact in the game can become this for [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=205034 Phylactery Lich]].
* SpellBook:
** The cards themselves represent pages in your SpellBook. Certain artifacts, such as Jalum Tome, give you access to more spells (that is, let you draw more cards) each turn.
** And the actual card Spellbook removes the 7-card limit on your hand, letting you hold as many cards as you can... [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment hold.]]
* SpikeShooter: Various creatures are [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=42039 shown]] or [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Handlers/Image.ashx?multiverseid=4038&type=card implied]] to have this ability.
* StakingTheLovedOne: In the ''Dissension'' novel, when one of the protagonists' friends is converted into a [[http://magiccards.info/di/en/51.html Ragamuffyn]] zombie.
* StartOfDarkness: ''The Thran'', for Yawgmoth.
* StealthPun: The M13 set's Mark of the Vampire. [[Characters/MagicTheGathering Markov]], the vampire.
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable:
** The [[http://media.wizards.com/images/magic/daily/li/li136_Vedalken_Anatomist.jpg Vedalken Anatomist]] is depicted with a goblin victim in the background.
** In the ''Invasion'' block, Metathran general Thaddeus is captured by the sadistic Tsabo Tavoc and is strapped down and vivisected before his twin brother Agnate arrives to deliver a MercyKill.
** Venser and Koth, when they're captured by Phyrexians in the "Scarred" comic. (They get away.)
** The ''Innistrad'' version of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=230767 Curiosity]] features a werewolf strapped to an operating table as a human sorcerer prepares to do magical research on it.
* {{Squee}}: But [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=106473 not that kind]].
* SugarApocalypse: Arguably the Great Aurora that changed the fairy-tale land of Lorwyn into the dark, bleak Shadowmoor.
* SugarBowl: Lorwyn, except for the [[OurElvesAreBetter arrogant, beautiful,]] [[DeconstructedTrope evil]] [[MasterRace elves]] and arguably the [[WeAreAsMayflies short-lived,]] insectoid, [[{{Trickster}} tricksy]] [[OurFairiesAreDifferent fae]].
* SmallNameBigEgo: Ertai's entire schtick. Even after his transformation:
-->''Altered by Phyrexian science, corrupted by black mana, and twisted by rage, Ertai still looked in the mirror and saw only glory.''
* TeleFrag: In ''Time Streams'', [[spoiler:this is how Urza kills [[BigBad K'rrik/Kerrick]], by Planeswalking into him thanks to some advice from [[GeniusLoci Multani]].]]
* {{Telepathy}}: A standard blue ability. Cards that invoke it typically involve revealing hidden information, such as the aptly-named [[http://magiccards.info/m10/en/74.html Telepathy]] card.
* TemporalParadox:
** It's more than possible to have multiple versions of the same specific thing from various points in the storyline in play at once; for example, there's nothing stopping you having both the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=8883 Tolarian Academy]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=116725 its ruins]] in play together.
** When they created planeswalkers, they planned ahead that these storyline characters would get several cards and decided that two planeswalkers of the same type (usually their first name) cannot be in play together. However, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=201213 Nicol]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=179441 Bolas]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=136209 Venser]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=212240 of Urborg]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=212632 Karn]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=214350 the silver golem]]all exist both as a legendary creature and a planeswalker, and can be in play under both their identities.
** It's also possible to send mana into the past to play certain spells from the ''Future Sight'' expansion. If you fail to send mana into the past on your next turn, [[NonStandardGameOver you cease to exist]]. ClockRoaches indeed.
* ThatSatisfyingCrunch: Frequently mentioned on cards that destroy artifacts.
* ThievingMagpie: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=129764 Thieving Magpie]] card.
* TigerVersusDragon: The ending of Alara block's storyline is this. Ajani Goldmane (a lionman, yes, but possessing tiger stripes) driven by rage and revenge, fights against Nicol Bolas, a time-tempered Dragon of renowned patience and planning.
* TimeTravel: How Vodalia wound up surviving at least to the time of the Phyrexian invasion, when every other Sarpadian empire got obliterated by this or that crisis.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Gideon has a HeroicBSOD over this when [[PlayingWithFire Chandra]] reveals that the supposedly good organization he was a part of [[spoiler: executed her entire village for harboring a pyromancer when she was a child.]]
* TooDumbToLive:
-->''"You slew the gorgon? Show me."''
--->''--King Igalus, [[TakenForGranite last words]]''
* TooManyMouths: The All-Devouring Oni in the Kamigawa storyline was this taken to its logical extreme: a swarming cloud of mouths with dagger-like teeth.
* TorchesAndPitchforks:
** ''Innistrad'' has [[http://magiccards.info/isd/en/216.html torches]] and [[http://magiccards.info/isd/en/232.html pitchforks]], inspired by this trope.
** [[http://magiccards.info/isd/en/64b.html After several failed experiments, Ludevic managed to create a monster that fed on torch-wielding mobs.]]
** [[http://magiccards.info/vi/en/88.html Mob Mentality]], [[http://magiccards.info/isd/en/39.html Unruly Mob]], and [[http://magiccards.info/rav/en/112.html Vindictive Mob]] all depict torch/pitchfork-wielding mobs, as does the classic [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=Angry+Mob&v=card&s=cname Angry Mob]].
* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=129803 Phyrexian Newts]].
* TheThunderdome: The [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=39647 Grand Coliseum]] in the Onslaught block.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Toshiro Umezawa's [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished punishment]] from the Myojin of Night's Reach. [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown And she took his eyesight.]]
* TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening: Typical for Planeswalkers.
* TreasureRoom: [[http://magiccards.info/som/en/93.html Hoard-Smelter Dragon]], [[http://magiccards.info/7e/en/140.html Greed]], etc.
* {{Uberwald}}: Innistrad, the GothicHorror-themed plane, home of vampires, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, mad scientists, demons, and all kinds of traditional horror tropes.
* UncannyValley: The trope is discussed InUniverse in [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=373528 Fleshmad Steed]]'s flavor text:
--> ''More disturbing than the unknown is a distortion of the familiar.''
* UnscrupulousHero: Urza. Destroying large landmasses, starting wars, and conducting a vast eugenics program just to breed a few warriors, for example.
* UnwantedRescue: After Starke sabotaged Vuel's coming-of-age ritual, Gerrard saved Vuel from death. Vuel resents him for it, for death would have been preferable to him after his failure. Starke stokes Vuel's hatred to make him Volrath, evincar of Rath.
* UnwantedSpouse: Urza's wife, Kayla. He won her hand in marriage by winning a contest of strength with an automaton he built. He was more interested in the relics in her father's vault than her.
* VillainForgotToLevelGrind: The skyships ''[[http://magiccards.info/ps/en/133a.html Weatherlight]]'' (the heroes) and ''[[http://magiccards.info/ne/en/135.html Predator]]'' (the villains). When the two battle in Rath, the ''Weatherlight'' is outgunned and the heroes only escape through dumb luck. By the time of the Rathi Overlay in the ''Planeshift'' storyline, however, the ''Weatherlight'' had a more experienced crew and upgraded weaponry, and when the two skyships battled again, the ''Predator'' was thoroughly trounced.
* VillainousRescue: Geth rescues Glissa and Slobad in the first Mirrodin Cycle by dropping a huge swarm of nim zombies on Memnarch's head. Literally.
* ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer: Karn was an actual pacifist for most of the time he spent with the ''Weatherlight'' and its crew, to such a point that the way Volrath tortured him was by locking him in a flowstone prison cell with a few dozen goblinoids and shifting the ground to make him kill them with nothing but his bulk. The trope appears in ''Invasion'' when Karn realizes that he remaining pacifist in the face of the Phyrexian invasion could cost him everyone he cares about, resulting in a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
-->"Enough! If I must kill the guilty to save the innocent, then I will kill!"
* TheVirus: Phyrexia in ''Scars of Mirrodin''.
* VolcanicVeins: Koth of the Hammer, and the Vulshok in general.
* VoodooShark: The explanation for how the Phyrexians managed to gain a foothold on Mirrodin... and indeed, how Mirrodin was even populated since the plane was emptied at the end of the first story.
* WalkingWasteland: The Eldrazi, whose mere presence warps and destroys everything around them (the flavor of their "Annihilate" ability). This is illustrated nicely in [[http://magiccards.info/roe/en/141.html Disaster Radius]] and [[http://magiccards.info/roe/en/1.html All Is Dust]].
* WarElephants: There are a decent number of elephant and mammoth cards, mostly midsized green creatures with Trample.
* WarriorMonk: Most of Magic's monks fit this. For example: [[FanNickname Pancake]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=174957 Flipper]]
* WasOnceAMan: The werewolves, vampires, undead, and spirits of Innistrad were all once human.
* WaterSourceTampering: [[http://magiccards.info/shm/en/193.html Poison the Well]] and [[http://magiccards.info/in/en/126.html Tainted Well]], which can mess with your opponent's lands.
* [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well-Intentioned Extremist]]: Heidar, Rimewind Master; Momir Vig, visionary EvilutionaryBiologist; also Yawgmoth started out as this. Urza is an [[AntiHero anti-heroic]] example.
* WhamEpisode: Oh no, the Phyrexians are back and they're attacking Mirrodin! Surely this invasion will be fought off - there's no way the story team would allow the good guys to make such a catastrophic failure! Right? '''Right?'''
* WhamLine:
-->'''Sorin Markov:''' Avacyn, my angel...what has befallen you?
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The Planar Chaos expansion is an in-universe example.
* {{Whatevermancy}}: Magic has more than its share of -mancers, both of the classical divination kind and the modern "control whatever it is" kind (some, like Retromancer, are a bit shaky on what their name actually is supposed to mean). Matt Cavotta [[DiscussedTrope Discusses]] Magic's -mancers [[http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtgcom/daily/mc63 here]].
* WheelOfPain: Distinctly, it causes mental pain rather than physical pain: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=157204]]
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity:
** Many Planeswalkers go mad when they first awaken to their true potential. In more mortal matters, many mages in Dominaria's history have gone on rampages while drunk on their newly-developed creations or power sources.
** Urza started slipping into this in his plans to defeat Phyrexia.
* TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed: Not ''always'', but surprisingly often, and more so since the story got into the habit of moving on to a new world as soon as the current one stops being doomed.
** In the Time Spiral block, the near-apocalypse that was the main storyline of the block was caused by ''so many near-apocalypses on the same world'' that time, space and magic were unraveling. When a [[AGodAmI planeswalker]] who sat out part of a previous interdimensional war returns to Dominaria, he tries to bring with him two continents that he had taken to another dimension with him.
* WorldHalfEmpty:
** Shadowmoor. It's the MirrorUniverse of Lorwyn, and where that world represented a fairytale land, Shadowmoor represents the dark side of those tales. The fiery Flamekin have guttered into Cinders, the helpful Merfolk have become cruel pirates, and the tight-knit families of the Kithkin have become insular and xenophobic.
** Grixis, one of the Shards of Alara, is a dark world, filled with undead and demons and slowly falling apart. Most of the magic in the plane is dependent on draining the life, blood, and memories from the living, and there isn't quite enough left... Arguably, ''all'' the Shards are this, as two of the colors of magic are gone from each, but Grixis is the most dystopian.
** Rath, a plane created by Phyrexia to eventually be superimposed on Dominaria. The WorldHalfEmpty aspect was highlighted in ''Nemesis''.
** There's also an obscure factoid that one of [[ArabianNightsDays the 1001 Rabiahs]] is just as bad as Phyrexia.
* WorldOfBadass: Zendikar. See EverythingTryingToKillYou, above. Wimpy planeswalkers strongly advised to keep out.
* WorldOfPun:
** Such as [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=29785 ''He exercises his right to bear arms'']].
** There are also the cards "Crashing Boars" and "Apes of Rath".
** [[http://magiccards.info/on/en/160.html "Over-Soul'd Cemetery"]].
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=42184 "Wheel and Deal"]]. [[DontExplainTheJoke See, it makes your opponents get the effects of]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=202558 "Wheel of Fortune"]] [[DontExplainTheJoke and gives you a card draw...]]
** Unglued and Unhinged are about 50% puns (the other half is a mixture of cardpaper and in-jokes that only players of the game will get).
*** Unhinged had Donkey Folk, which only existed to make puns on "ass". There was Smart Ass, Dumb Ass, Fat Ass, Cheap Ass, Bad Ass, and City of Ass.
*** There are also the Clay Pigeon (a 1/1 flying bird that had an effect when thrown), the Rock Lobster (it wasn't a rock, and many take it for granite), the Paper Tiger (who burns bright and folds easily), and the Scissors Lizard (who has a lot of shear power).
*** Fowl Play turns things into chickens.
** The Man of Measure is better at offense or defense depending on whether you're measured as taller or shorter than an opponent.
** The Standing Army doesn't tap when it attacks, because they're always standing... but only as long as you are too.
* WorldSundering:
** Zendikar's [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] is that of adventure, this is caused in large part by 'The Roil' which reshapes the landscape of even entire continents on a regular, though unpredictable basis. Making maps nigh useless, and permanent settlements few and far between.
** [[http://magiccards.info/us/en/101.html Sunder]].
** [[http://magiccards.info/ds/en/146.html Sundering Titan]].
** [[http://magiccards.info/arb/en/92.html Maelstrom Pulse]].
** [[http://magiccards.info/arb/en/30.html Soulquake]].
** [[http://magiccards.info/shm/en/156.html Worldpurge]].
** [[http://magiccards.info/us/en/185.html Fault Line]]. You get the point. There's a lot of these, with a number of different flavor applications.
* WorldWreckingWave: The Eldrazi cause these for Zendikar, as seen in [[http://magiccards.info/roe/en/1.html All Is Dust]].
* WrenchWench: [[http://magiccards.info/in/en/249.html Hanna]]
* YearInsideHourOutside: In the novel Time Streams, a temporal explosion results in a group of Phyrexians getting stuck in a pocket of this kind of temporal anomaly, which makes them a much more dangerous threat to Urza and his allies and results in plenty of unusual strategies from both sides.
* YinYangBomb: ''Ravnica's'' [[ChurchMilitant Boros Legion (red/white)]], [[NightOfTheLivingMooks Golgari Swarm (black/green)]], [[TheMafia Orzhov]] [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Syndicate (white/black)]], [[MadScientist Izzet League (blue/red)]] and [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke Simic Combine (green/blue)]].
* YourBrainWontBeMuchOfAMeal: Seen in the flavor text of [[http://magiccards.info/le/en/53.html Synapse Sliver.]]
-->''"Species [=XR17=] feeds upon the mental energies of its victims. This explains why the goblins remain unaffected."''
--->''--Riptide Project researcher''
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: Essentially the core conflict in ''Literature/ThePurifyingFire''. The Order of Heliud values order above all else and views the pyromancers of Keral Keep as dangerous uncontrollable individuals.
* YourUniverseOrMine: After ascending, Elspeth wanders the Blind Eternities looking for a new home. She finds it in Bant, which is everything she could have ever hoped for. When the inevitable apocalypse comes to Bant, she decides to leave the plane thinking that it's for the best if they learn to fend for themselves rather than rely on her considerable power.
* YouSexyBeast: Played with in Innistrad, in regards to the vampires.
* ZombieApocalypse:
** Grixis. Given that there are a good chunk of zombies on the plane, and everything is going to hell, it certainly fits the end trope. A bit more Romero in that the zombies aren't the source of the plane being messed up, but that magic is out of balance so that BlackMagic overtakes everything and regrowth is no longer an option.
** {{Invoked}} in the ''Archenemy'' deck [[http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/464 Bring About the Undead Apocalypse]]
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=262669 Zombie Apocalypse]] is a card in ''Dark Ascension''.
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