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She may be small, but don't underestimate her. This spunky little thing is packing enough heat to take down a Swiss Bank, and that's just with the spells she learned in kindergarten.

The Black Magician Girl is a character type frequently found in fantasy that is primarily an [[BlackMage offensive magic user]]. In personality, she is likely to be immature and outgoing, frequently a GenkiGirl and {{Tomboy}}. This is carried over to her design, which is far less likely to be as elaborate or impractical as the LadyOfBlackMagic. She's also far less likely to be MsFanservice than the Lady.

Physically, the Black Magician Girl is weaker than the fighters, often being a SquishyWizard or GlassCannon and being unable to attack for much, if any, damage. Her weapon of choice is usually a rod or staff, although ranged weapons are not uncommon, nor are [[ImprobableWeaponUser improbable ones]] such as books. Her primary role in combat is to stand back and pelt the enemy with FireIceLightning, not to [[GuysSmashGirlsShoot get down in]] [[Music/JohnnyCash the mud, the blood and the beer]] [[GuysSmashGirlsShoot with the melee types]].

She will often be younger than TheHero, both physically and emotionally. Due to this, she will almost never be a love interest for him.

Black Magician Girls are, as the name would suggest, usually female, but male examples do exist. Black Magician Boys will be as immature as their female counterparts and may be physical cowards.

Subtrope of BlackMage. Compare to LadyOfBlackMagic, the other character archetype for {{Black Mage}}s found in fantasy. In personality and skillset, this trope is the inverse of the WhiteMagicianGirl, for which this character type is often a {{Foil}}. See also BlackMagic, which is magic that is ''evil'', and WhiteMage.

NOT to be confused with DarkMagicalGirl, which is largely a personality trope - although overlap in terms of abilities and appearance is common.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Pictured above: ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'''s Lina Inverse. While talented with many types of magic, she leans heavily toward offense and has a habit of tossing around an UnholyNuke capable of [[PersonOfMassDestruction leveling mountains]] when provoked.
* The Dark Magician Girl from ''Franchise/YuGiOh'', the TropeNamer, as well as Ancient Egyptian counterpart, Mana, whose early appearances show just why [[GenkiGirl extreme genkiness]] + [[BlackMage powerful magic]] = trouble before she [[LetsGetDangerous gets dangerous]].
** Dark Magician Girl deserves extra credit for actually being named ''Black Magician Girl'' in Japanese, which is where the trope's name was taken from.
* LargeHam [[spoiler:Lutecia]] in ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'', in sharp contrast to the more quiet WhiteMagicianGirl Caro. [[spoiler:[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS Yes]], ''[[EmotionlessGirl that]] [[DarkMagicalGirl Lutecia]]''. Looks like she was right in her belief that she'd get a "heart" once her mom revives.]]
* Schierke of ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' could qualify, being a powerful witch and signifigantly younger than most other characters (except [[TagalongKid Isidro]]). However, her personality is almost a complete aversion, aside from tending towards being SkilledButNaive.
* Kirika Akatsuki from ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear G'' is the GenkiGirl and PerkyFemaleMinion of the TerribleTrio, who (along with Shirabe) is the youngest of the current Symphogear users. Her design bears strong resemblance to the TropeNamer, but since the series is a MagicalGirlWarrior show where the Symphogear users have MagiTek weapons, there is not much magic to use, but she has the ability to destroy souls with her SinisterScythe, which is the closest thing of an abstract magical ability you can get in this series. Kirika also averts the part with the weak physical abilities, since she's physically stronger than Shirabe and Chris.
** Chris Yukine may also count as an example, depending on how one views the MagiTech nature of the Symphogears. Her power manifests in a wide variety of bows, guns, and missiles, making her the go-to heroine for ranged attacks and massive explosions while the others fight more directly.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* ''Fanfic/MementoVivere'', a VideoGame/FinalFantasyX fanfiction, uses this trope to describe Rikku whenever she's using the magical powers of her Conflagration Grid, particularly during the battle on Mushroom Rock Road.
* ''Story/AesirCrossWars'': Freya, a GlassCannon MagicKnight character who uses more magic than physical attacks, and is a very feisty {{Tsundere}} with a HairTriggerTemper.
** Gender inverted and downplayed with Azazel. He is extremely HotBlooded and [[LargeHam hammy]]. He fights with [[PlayingWithFire fire magic]] and [[CastingAShadow darkness]], but his forte is actually physical attacks.

* ''Myth/TheWhiteWitchOfRoseHall'': A variation of the legend says the titular ''witch'' she learned how to perform voodoo from her Hatian nanny.

* Maryine from the ''Literature/StoriesOfNypre'' series is this even when her powers are severely limited.
* Penny, the twin sister of the ''Literature/RedRoom'' series' protagonist, is a badass sorceress who wields a magical staff once belonging to Hiawatha. She's also a BadassGay character too.
* Sadie from ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'' can do a lot of things with magic, but explosions are a favourite of hers. She also fits the personality type, being feisty and rebellious with a generous dose of snark. Meanwhile, Zia Rashid is more a LadyOfBlackMagic.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* Enid Nightshade gets upgraded to this in ''Series/TheWorstWitch'' TV adaptation. She is shown using her magic offensively far more often that the rest of the girls. Her book personality gets swapped to become more mischievous and spunky after becoming proper friends with Mildred.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' gives us Chandra Nalaar, a [[PlayingWithFire very literal]] FieryRedhead. She frequently serves as the poster child for Red Magic, which in this setting is the type most focused on ElementalPowers.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Aika from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' defines this personality-wise, despite arguably not being the best spellcaster.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' has Rydia, who starts out a child but undergoes a PlotRelevantAgeUp. To an extent, Rydia seems generally boisterous, but this is tempered by her past as the [[LastOfHisKind sole survivor]] of her DoomedHometown. She also isn't in love with any of the other heroes, but does serve as the unrequited love interest of Edge and comes to see Cecil as a father figure.
** Also Palom is a Black Magician Boy.
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Vivi]] is a more contemplative Black Magician Boy than most of his female counterparts, but he packs more magic than any other mage into a body half their size!
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar''. Mia Ausa, the Black Magician Girl, is the quiet, friendly, introverted one; whereas Jessica de Alkirk, ostensibly the WhiteMagicianGirl, is the loud, brash one.
** Played straighter in the sequel ''[[VideoGame/Lunar2EternalBlueComplete Eternal Blue]]'' where Lemina (Mia's descendant) fits the trope by being the attack magic user and a GenkiGirl while Ronfar, the healer is...um, a brash gambling guy.
* The sprite kid Popoi from ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'' is an [[{{Keet}} impulsive and energetic male version]] of this trope. Except in the German translation, where this character was generally referred to as female.
* Rita Mordio in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', {{Tsundere}} in personality and the [[SmartGuy brains]] of the playable characters. Worth noting she's only [[LesYay deredere]] [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship for the]] WhiteMagicianGirl Estelle.
* Female mages in ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' tend to either be {{Badass Bookworm}}s or start as {{White Magician Girl}}s before becoming {{Magic Knight}}s through promotion, but there are still a few true Black Magician Girls (generally thunder or fire mages), including Linde from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemShadowDragonAndTheBladeOfLight Shadow Dragon]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem Mystery of the Emblem]]'', Tailtiu from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar Genealogy]]'', Nino from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade Blazing Blade]]'', and Lute from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones Sacred Stones]]''. [[AChildShallLeadThem Empress Sanaki]] from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn Radiant Dawn]]'' (she appears in ''[[VideOGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance Path of Radiance]]'' as well, but only in cut scenes) specializes in fire magic, but she's also skilled in thunder, wind, and light... and the ''only'' fully-promoted magic-user who can't use staves. And yes, she has the personality for it, much to Sigrun's consternation.
* Relm from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''. While the other two female members of the team are also very powerful spellcasters, they're more {{Magic Knight}}s and she's the only one that [[BrattyHalfPint fits this personality type.]]
* Aurora from ''''VideoGame/BlackSigil'': Blade of the Exiled''. Tomboyish, [[FieryRedhead Fiery]], and ''[[PlayingWithFire loves]]'' tossing {{fireballs}} about.
* Annie from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' is a cute, perky six-year-old girl who has a [[BearsAreBadNews magical pet bear]] and a penchant for fire magic.
* Arnaud from ''VideoGame/WildArms4'' makes a rare male example of the cowardly variety.
* Both Imoen and Nalia from ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' fit this trope.
* Qara in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2''.
* Arche of ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'''s Marisa Kirisame fits this trope to a T. Loud, brash, and a [[KleptomaniacHero pretty capable thief]] who uses her lifespan as an excuse for never returning anything she steals. Yet she's still one of the heroes of the setting, relatively speaking.
* Aht of ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria'' fits the personality type of this trope so well you'd think the writers read this trope first. Her primary combat role is [[GameBreaker powerful trap]] and AreaOfEffect spells. She also comes with decent healing magic, but she's not as good in this role as WhiteMage Marco.
* GenkiGirl Arle from the ''[[VideoGame/PuyoPuyo Madou Monogatari]]'' series is this. She's a [[OneManArmy One Girl Army]] who wanders around dungeon crawlers to beats up huge elephants, giant chickens, zombies, dragon girl, and ''Satan'' on her own simply with her magic, and [[BadAssAdorable she's just a kindergarten student]] in some of those games.
* Merrill in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'': {{Genki|Girl}}, {{moe}}, [[ThePollyanna optimistic]], dabbles in BloodMagic and [[DealWithTheDevil deals with demons]]. Her magic repertoire is strictly damage-dealing, and her two main specialty powers are called "[[CastFromHitPoints Blood of the First]]" and "Wrath of the Elvhen." Unusually, however, she's an adult and is both one of the nicest characters in the series and a potential LoveInterest.
* Melody Farklight in ''VideoGame/{{Nostalgia}}'', complete with tons of spunk (and a side helping of {{tsundere}}-ness).
* Vanille in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' is cute, funny, [[GenkiGirl genki]] and all around adorable. She's also the best Saboteur.
* [[AliceAllusion Alice]] in ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei''. One of the few demons capable of effortlessly maxing Magic stats, and a OneHitKO master as well, with her SignatureMove being ''"Die For Me!"'', the ultimate [[CastingAShadow Dark-aligned]] move.
* ''VideoGame/ManaKhemia2FallOfAlchemy'' has Chloe, who has one of the highest magic stats in the game. Her inherent skills tend towards [[TheLegionsOfHell demon summoning]] and [[EnemyScan monster analysis]], both [[CastingAShadow dark elemental]], and her personality is... [[DarkChick rather]] [[NightmareFetishist fitting]].
* Melia from ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' has several elements of this, despite being technically [[Really700YearsOld the oldest party member]], being a High Entia. She's the only party member capable of manipulating [[MagicByAnyOtherName ether]] by herself, and has a few nasty {{Limit Break}}s under her sleeve.
* The various Creator/NipponIchi StrategyRPG games have witches and mages, usually mastering different elements.
* Refia from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII [[TheRemake DS]]'', if changing her class to Black Mage.
* ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'' features one as a major plot twist: [[spoiler:It turns out under that mask and odd clothing, ''Mizuti'' is a 14 year old girl.]]
* Guillo from ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'' is an odd example, being a genderless godcraft that was made by combining the souls and personalities of both a male and female sorcerer. It just barely qualifies because it has a female figure and mannerisms, and openly admits to being in love with Sagi.
* Nico Minoru in ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance'' specializes in offensive magic and bigger emphasis is put on the PerkyGoth aspects of her personality than with her [[ComicBook/{{Runaways}} comics counterpart]], who is more of a LadyOfBlackMagic.
* Selphie Tilmitt of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' fits the trope. Although she is eighteen, she is by far the most childish member of the main cast. Her LimitBreak is magic based. Unusually for the trope, she does become a love interest - but it's part of the BetaCouple.
* Lufia in ''VideoGame/LufiaAndTheFortressOfDoom'', though she's TheHero's age (and his girlfriend, too).
* Ashlynn from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVI'' is a tomboy, and the youngest member of the party. She also knows several of the strongest offensive spells in the game and is the only party member able to learn the ridiculously powerful Magic Burst (normally only learned by mastering a vocation which is only available post-game) prior to defeating the final boss.
* Kano Kirishima in ''VideoGame/EternalFighterZero'' is able to cast tiered versions of [[FireIceLightning fire, ice or lightning]] spells to fight. Her powers are also a reference to her wishing for magic in ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}'', although it's very likely that becoming a magician, and as bonus, a strong fighter, was not what Kano had in mind.
* Orendi from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' is a psychotic multi-armed little witch that uses chaos magic in a ScienceFantasy based game.
* The Wizard from ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' is the youngest of the playable characters, but they wield terrifying amount of destructive magic powers in addition of their cocky but tempered attitude. This is quite moreso seen in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'', where the female Wizard, Li-Ming, gets to duke it out with other spellcasters that Creator/BlizzardEntertainment offered... and she came off pretty young (compared to [[LadyOfBlackMagic Jaina]], [[OurElvesAreDifferent Kael'thas]], [[TheArchmage Medivh]], [[EvilSorcerer Gul'dan]]) but no less dangerous.
* ''VideoGame/MasterOfTheMonsterLair'': Tomboyish Kate uses primarily uses offensive magic, in contrast to Owen's repertoire of healing and support magic. She asks the magic shopkeeper for ever more powerful spells to use against monsters. To round out the trope description, she primarily equips bows and staves as weapons.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Angelika, from ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'' is a straight example. Even Emily the SquishyWizard doesn't match Angelika's offensive magical power in combat.
* One of the main characters in Van Von Hunter exemplifies this trope to the point of parody.
* Webcomic/{{Evon}}, of the comic of the same name. An UnskilledButStrong (but improving) magic user who can go full-on PersonOfMassDestruction when stressed.
* For the first half of ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'', Meji pretty much takes this UpToEleven (note, on the subject of [[ImprobableWeaponUser improbable weapons]], that she uses her ''familiar'' as a bludgeoning weapon!), albeit with no intention of being a team player. Then she gets, well, Senilisized ... and she goes from taking it up to eleven, to taking it up to about ''342''.
* All five Webcomic/AgentsOfTheRealm are girls and, with exception of Norah's shield, all have purely offensive powers. Additionally, Kendall and Adele fit very well with personality.
* [[WebComic/{{Homestuck}} Rose Lalonde]], although she is just ''thirteen'', definitely is an ActionGirl more powerful than [[TheHero John]] who is just as old as her. [[note]] For comparison, John did several panels just strifing with one imp, which took him three turns to defeat even with a prototyped weapon. Rose took out two (twice prototyped, arguably stronger) imps and an ogre with her basic weapon in the span of an animated panel. [[/note]] She is also a NightmareFetishist who knows her way around that black tome of hers. While initially wise around it, when she enters the game she also gets access to ItemCrafting, she combines it with her knitting needles making the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Thorns of Oglogoth]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Portica is very skilled with her telekinesis and EyeBeams in battle, and is always up for dispatching villains.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Charmcaster from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}''. She's got the brash, forceful personality down; but unlike most examples listed, she's a villain.
** As of the ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]]'', that status gets somewhat blurred, since she becomes of a DarkMagicalGirl WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds with [[FreudianExcuse a tragic backstory]] and [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes sympathetic motives.]]
* Toph Beifong from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is a twelve-year-old tomboy and [[DeadpanSnarker snark goddess]] who deals [[DishingOutDirt mountains]] [[{{Pun}} of damage]] to baddies. Her Earthbending abilities are equally useful for defense and offense, but she loves dealing out a good offensive smackdown (or just a good game of horseplay), and this definitely qualifies her as a BlackMagicianGirl. Unlike many other {{Black Magician Girl}}s, though, her attacks aren't always ranged; she's perfectly willing to get into the grit of battle. For instance, she had a mud wrestling match with Katara (erm...ThatCameOutWrong), and she once actually ''[[ExtraOreDinary covered her body in metal]]'' to take down a Fire Nation airship from the inside.