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->''"Can a magician kill a man by magic?" Lord Wellington asked Strange.\\
Strange frowned. He seemed to dislike the question. "I suppose a magician might," he admitted, "but a gentleman never could."''
--> -- ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell''

A staple in GaslampFantasy and {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s with a Victorian-esque society, is the GentlemanWizard. He is, essentially, an aristocratic {{blue blood}} who also happens to be some sort of magician, alchemist, wizard or what have you.

If his magic is something which is passed down through blood, then it's possible he's part of a [[TheMagocracy Magocracy]], but he's definitely part of a MagicalSociety, probably with some interesting name that alludes to hermeticism or Myth/GreekMythology.

If his magic is learned however, then he tends to be close to a magical version of a GentlemanAndAScholar. Either way, his status as a rich blue blood allows for him to get quite good at this magic stuff, since he [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob probably has nothing better to do]]. Usually the skill to use magic is seen as an appropriate sort of job for a gentleman to have, similar to being a Lawyer or banker. He'll also be a SharpDressedMan, in dapper Victorian or Edwardian attire, possibly embellished to show off the fact that he's ''magical'', and if he has a walking-stick it will no doubt be his [[MagicStaff wizard's staff]] or act as a magic focus at least once.

But even as a gentleman, such characters are usually considered to be quite strange and eccentric, even tricky and untrustworthy, no matter how polite their manner may appear to be. And as blue bloods, they might be quite proud and stuffy, looking down on the commoners and the muggles. If magic isn't particularly common then it's not unheard of for him to be TheHermit who lives in a BigFancyHouse on a hill which he rarely comes out of, acting as something of an UrbanLegend to the populace.

This was the original persona of stage magicians when they first appeared in that era. They have since relaxed as the rest of society has, and now a magician in a suit is seen as old hat.

If he is British, he is most likely a QuintessentialBritishGentleman; if American, he might be a SouthernGentleman. Compare GentlemanAndAScholar for the science equivalent (the two might [[MagicVersusScience dislike each other deeply]], but [[PassiveAggressiveKombat you'd never be able to tell]]).

Contrast the BlueCollarWarlock.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Tokiomi Tohsaka from ''LightNovel/FateZero'', who combines [[SharpDressedMan a fabulous red suit]], [[MagicStaff a ruby-tipped magic cane]] and [[PlayingWithFire hugely destructive blasts of fire.]] This style is very common among Magi in the {{Nasuverse}}, where magical studies and aristocracy go hand in hand due to how the succession of Magic Crests is traditionally handled.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': Negi Springfield, though quite a young one.
* England from ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' has used magic in the series a couple of times. He's also shown interacting with magical creatures.
* Most of the original alchemists in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' appear to be something like this, except for not being aristocrats, especially Szilard and Maiza.
* In ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', we have Clow Reed and [[spoiler: his reincarnation]] Eriol.


[[folder: Advertising ]]

* The guy wearing the bowler hat with the huge umbrella from the Travellers Insurance commercials a few years ago. Dignified, prim and proper, helping people out using his magic as he comes across them.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Roderick Burgess in ''ComicBook/TheSandman''.
* [[ComicBook/CourtneyCrumrinAndTheNightThings Courtney Crumrin's]] uncle Aloysius.
* ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician may have been a TropeCodifier, as he was quite the gentleman and quite the mage.
* In the style of Mandrake, there's also Zatara, from DCComics (best known now as the father of ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}).
* Comicbook/DoctorStrange, overlapping with GentlemanAndAScholar (since his power is based on his knowledge) and CulturedBadass. His setting is more urban and he is definitely willing to get his hands dirty, so he also overlaps with BlueCollarWarlock.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Lord William Beauclerk in the book ''Literature/BitterSeeds'' is this trope to a T -- at least [[spoiler: at first]].
* The Chrestomanci are indisputably this in Creator/DianaWynneJones's Literature/{{Chrestomanci}} series. Most wizards or magicians in her books follow this pattern.
* Archchancellor Ridcully in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' is an interesting variant; a wizard who is also a country landowner of the huntin', shootin' and fishin' variety.
** There's also [[Discworld/WitchesAbroad Lady Lilith de Tempscire]], aka Lily Weatherwax, who's a Lady Witch and the power behind the throne in Genua (the person ''on'' the throne is a [[spoiler: frog]]). This is a sharp contrast to the other witches, who are generally [[CloserToEarth country wise women]] who would rather not meddle in politics.
** Discworld Wizards are generally regarded as a type of "nob" (important person, much like a noble).
* Felix Harrowgate and other wizards in ''Literature/DoctrineOfLabyrinths''.
* ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' has Dragonlord Morrolan e'Drien, the Duke of Southmoor and Lord of [[OminousFloatingCastle Castle Black]], [[spoiler:as well as eventual [[CourtMage imperial Court Wizard]]]]. His study of Eastern witchcraft and [[WildMagic Elder Sorcery]] as well as Dragaeran sorcery have earned him the title of [[TheArchmage Wizard]] and he's a PersonOfMassDestruction in battle, but for the most part he is a BenevolentMageRuler with a firm belief in SacredHospitality who takes the responsibilities of his position seriously and will ''always'' help a friend in need.
* Wizard Chandler aka "Steed" from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' goes to some trouble to appear like one of these. Readers haven't seen enough of him to judge for certain.
** The Merlin of the White Council is also one.
** And come to think of it, Harry himself likes to ''think'' he has the old-fashioned good manners thing going - and his chivalry is occasionally referred to by more urbane character [[TheVamp Lara Raith]] as 'charmingly outdated' - even if he's a BlueCollarWarlock in practice.
* Most of the magic-users in Mercedes Lackey's ''Literature/ElementalMasters'' series are this. Or the DistaffCounterpart.
* From ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Dumbledore probably counts, especially when he was younger (and had a very stylish looking purple suit when he was visiting Riddle at the orphanage).
** Gilderoy Lockhart ''wants'' to be this trope.
** Lucius Malfoy probably was as well, at least until his social standing took a dive after Voldemort's return. In fact, a lot of wizards from the old pureblood families (or at least the rich ones) would probably fit this trope.
* Howl from Creator/DianaWynneJones's ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle'' and its Creator/HayaoMiyazaki [[Anime/HowlsMovingCastle movie adaptation]].
* Both the eponymous characters in ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell''.
* The Wizard in the ''Literature/LandOfOz'' series is like this, though in both film and books it's obviously an assumed persona for an old carnival ham.
* Several minor characters (including a couple of victims) in the ''Literature/LordDarcy'' series. Recurring character Lord John Quetzal is an interesting case, as he's a nobleman and a gentleman, but he's from the colonies (Mexico, in our version of reality), which gives him some unusual quirks.
* Dean Henry Fogg of ''Literature/TheMagicians'' makes a deliberate effort to come across this way. One character notes that his speech is so proper, it's almost as though he regretted not having a British accent.
* Averted with Uncle Andrew from ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'', who thinks of himself as a gentleman, but rather than being polite and cultured, he thinks it excuses him from such petty restrictions as ''not'' tricking an innocent girl into being his unwitting experimental subject.
--> "But of course you must understand that rules of that sort, however excellent they may be for little boys—and servants—and women—and even people in general, can't possibly be expected to apply to profound students and great thinkers and sages. No, Digory. Men like me, who possess hidden wisdom, are freed from common rules just as we are cut off from common pleasures. Ours, my boy, is a high and lonely destiny."
** He's not that much of a magician, either, of course; he gets no respect from Jadis, the evil true Witch and true Queen, when he meets her.
* In the GaslampFantasy ''Literature/MagiciansWard'' by Creator/PatriciaCWrede, the protagonist is a young (female) magician who grew up on the mean streets, but has now been adopted by a GentlemanWizard. At one point she is assured that "a wizard can always be presented [to Society]"--apparently in that version of RegencyEngland, having magical talent automatically allows you entry to the upper class. (But does not excuse poor taste or manners.)
* DCI Nightingale from the ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'' series, he even has the silver tipped walking stick. And was born in [[{{Immortality}} 19th Century too]].
* In ''Literature/ShadesOfMilkAndHoney'', young ladies are expected to be versed in the art of glamour magic, somewhat like young ladies in Jane Austen's works are expected to be able to play the piano. As with housekeeping and other things, women do it for free to decorate their father or husband's house, while professional male glamourists can be highly paid.
* Several characters in ''Literature/SorceryAndCecelia'' by Creator/PatriciaCWrede and Creator/CarolineStevermer.
* Loric from the ''Literature/{{Temps}}'' superhero series.
* Randolph Carter, in HPLovecraft's stories, has several ancestors who were this. He himself is more of a folklorist-researcher.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Giles could be said to borderline this on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. He's a total British gentleman when you don't make him mad, uses magic although it isn't innate with him, and does use [[spoiler: borrowed magic in season 6 to try and stop Willow.]]


[[folder: Tabletop Gaming ]]

* ''CastleFalkenstein'': Morrolon definitely counts; indeed, most male sorcerers in this setting do. Most female sorcerers manage to be the [[DistaffCounterpart Lady Wizard]] instead.
* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'': Among the Awakened, Mastigos seems to fill this role pretty well. But only because they are deceivers and devil's advocates. Don't expect them to actually hold their part of gentlemen's agreement.


[[folder: Theater ]]

* John Wellington Wells, of J. W. Wells & Co a family firm, from Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's ''Theatre/TheSorcerer''


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Don Kovak and Vec in ''Videogame/MasterOfTheWind''. The former is a VillainWithGoodPublicity, and the latter is his even more formal and gentlemanly bodyguard. They are also both competent mages. Possibly subverted, since behind the scenes they're quite villainous.
* Mage Hakwe in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', regains their family fortune and becomes a member of the Kirkwall nobility in the second act, though has to keep their abilities secret due to magic being illegal in Thedas. After becoming the Champion of Kirkwall, Mage Hawke is seemingly given ''carte blanche'' by the Templars and allowed to remain free, in exchange for continuing to unofficially [[CourtMage work for the city]].
* Perriman Smythe and Geoffrey Tarrelond-Ashe in ''Videogame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura''. Potentially also the player character. Perriman is more of the genteele and slightly sheltered variety, while Geoffrey views his Black Necromancy skills as something to be played with while he decides whether or not to be bothered to go to the nice job waiting for him in Tarant.


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* This fits Victor Branson from the webcomic [[http://graliopark.com/ Gralio Park]] to a tee. He is the heir to a duke and quite the young, if occasionally snarky, gentleman. The first thing we see him do is use an air spell to talk to someone. However, unlike many on this list he also likes machines.
* Vincent Whateley, in Autumn Bay, is a gentleman wizard. He comes from old money, and is the first (human) character we see using magic.
* Mr. Raven, from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', fits this once we get to know him better. He's an older man who dresses well (if a bit old fashioned), teaches history at Moperville South High School, has a strong sense of honor and will not allow rogue wizards to attack his school and harm his students. Oh, and he's also an [[OurElvesAreDifferent elf]] and [[Really700YearsOld 150 years old]].