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[[caption-width-right:328:Black is the new black.]]

She's elegant, she's composed, and she's graceful. She's also packing enough magic to level half a city. The Lady of Black Magic is a character type found in fantasy who is primarily an [[BlackMage offensive magic user]].

Personality-wise, a Lady of Black Magic is elegant and more mature than TheHero. She may be an IceQueen.

In design, this character will almost always be wearing something feminine, usually a dress of some sort. Unlike the LadyOfWar, the Lady of Black Magic can be MsFanservice.

Physically, [[SquishyWizard she'll be weaker than the melee type fighters]], and will usually be equipped with a rod or ranged weapon. [[GuysSmashGirlsShoot Very rarely she will have a melee weapon]], but it will be weaker or less impressive than the hero's. Her primary combat role is to [[GlassCannon unleash destructive]] {{Black Mag|e}}ic, although she will occasionally have secondary healing, buffing, or debuffing abilities, as well.

Ladies of Black Magic are AlwaysFemale (GentlemanWizard is the [[GenderFlipped male counterpart]]), unlike their counterparts BlackMagicianGirl and WhiteMagicianGirl. She is rarely a LoveInterest for TheHero, although if she is it will often be part of a DefrostingIceQueen plot. Instead, she's usually older than TheHero and fills the role of a bigger sister, often a CoolBigSis, or [[TeamMom maternal figure]].

Subtrope of BlackMage. Compare to BlackMagicianGirl, the other stock character type for offensive mages in fantasy who is often younger and less mature. Contrast WhiteMage and WhiteMagicianGirl, to whom this character type is often a {{Foil}}, and BlackMagic.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
%%* Urd from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess''.
* ''Words Worth'': Maria is a stately example, garbed in an elegant white robe (though it has split seams, [[ShesGotLegs showing plenty of leg]]), a sea green cloak, and sandals.
* Both Miyu and Reiha from ''VampirePrincessMiyu'', as they both are very elegant and reserved as they attack their enemies with [[PlayingWithFire fire]] (Miyu) or [[KillItWithIce ice]] (Reiha)
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
%%* Sistah Spooky from ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}''.
* The ScarletWitch functions as this, usually on ComicBook/TheAvengers.
* Illyana Rasputin, AKA Magik of the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'', serves as a cross between this and MagicKnight.
* Magica De Spell from the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse, who was designed by CarlBarks this way in order to subvert the WickedWitch trope. DependingOnTheWriter, she either can only cast her spells with the help of magical artifacts, or has inert magical powers. In any case, her favorite offensive weapons are her foof bombs.
* Nico Minoru of the ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' usually works like this, through, being still a teenager, she can slip into BlackMagicianGirl sometimes, but being also the TeamMom makes her more of this trope than the former.
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[[folder: Fanfiction]]
* The ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10314079/1/The-Eye-Contact-Rule The Eye Contact Rule]]'' portrays [[UsedToBeASweetKid Young!]]Cinder as one: she's a kind girl who calmly explains magic to the protagonist, and comforts her on their first day at Beacon Academy.
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[[folder: Film]]
* [[MsFanservice Luster]] in ''Film/TheGamers: Dorkness Rising'' seems to be an attempt at this archetype, but her player isn't very good at the whole "dignity" aspect.
%%* Claudia's mother in ''Film/SnowWhiteATaleofTerror'' is implied to have been one.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In the 1998 ''[[Series/{{Merlin1998}} Merlin]]'' series, Mab fills this role, as well as being the series' BigBad.
* In the BBC ''{{Series/Merlin}}'', it was Morgause, until she died and Morgana stepped up to the plate. WordOfGod says she's at least as powerful as Merlin now.
* In ''ChinesePaladin'', all the [[DivineParentage descendents]] of [[PhysicalGod Nu'Wa]] fit this, both in personality and powers: Zixuan of ''Chinese Paladin 3'' is an IceQueen priestess who takes on the undefeated Demon King in single combat; her daughter Qing'er, TheHighQueen, who has similar, though lesser powers; and granddaughter Ling'er is a LadyOfWar.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Nicci of the ''SwordOfTruth'', a former Sister of the Dark who functions as one of Richard's primary magic experts, and is also the team expert on [[BlackMagic Subtractive Magic]].
* {{Dragaera}}'s Sethra Lavode is a [[TimeAbyss 250,000+ year-old]] undead sorceress, and contrary to the trope description she couldn't just level ''half'' a city-- she [[PersonOfMassDestruction could probably cause]] TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
* Melissandre the Red from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' fits the personality aspect ([[spoiler:and becomes something of a mentor to Jon Snow during ''A Dance With Dragons'']]), but as part of a low-magic setting she's usually limited to soothsaying, illusion and giving birth to deadly [[LivingShadow Living Shadows]]. Given that she's one of a handful of people to show outright supernatural abilities at ''all'', however, that says something. Her powers increase near the Wall, apparently allowing her to take out an eagle with a fireball.
%%* Matilda in ''Literature/TheMonk''. She's a woman of many talents.
%%* Medea from ''TheIcemarkChronicles''.
* Skuld, the half-elven sorceress from the 13th century ''Literature/SagaOfHrolfKraki'', the title hero's treacherous half-sister and eventual architect of his downfall. In the Battle of Hleidragard, she summons a giant demon-boar and makes her fallen warriors come to life again, so they continue fighting as zombies.
* Fiona of [[TheChroniclesOfAmber Amber]]. Her personality is a mix between elegant ProperLady (when it suits her) and FemmeFatale (when it amuses her); and she has Pattern-based powers which could easily destroy a good chunk of the multiverse.
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[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', [[SummonMagic Gaea]] can pass as one as long as she's not showing her DirtyCoward side or giving someone PuppyDogEyes, while being her group's [[TheSmartGuy Smart Girl]]. [[PlayingWithFire Roxana]] has a dignified attitude on a more permanent basis and is the leader of the [[PlayerKilling Player Killer]] guild.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Liliana Vess of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' is very much the Lady of Black Magic.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Though she started out as a BlackMagicianGirl, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Rydia]]'s PlotRelevantAgeUp turned her into one of the original video game Ladies of Black Magic. [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience Unusually for this trope]] however, she dresses in green.
** While she may not match most examples in height, she more then substitutes with pure might. With ladylike grace and magical fire, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI Shantotto]] is to what this trope aspires! [[NobleWomansLaugh Oh Hohohoho]]!
** Lulu from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', of the IceQueen variety. Also somewhat {{goth}}y. She is the most composed of the party members, and figures as a bit of a mother or sister figure to the protagonist, Yuna. She's quiet, fashionable, and of course uses offensive magic.
** Edea, Ultimecia, Adel, and some other unnamed Sorceresses from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. Pretty much what the Sorceress power is all about, really.
%%* [[IceQueen Fatima]], the antagonist Witch of ''LuminousArc2'', adequately mirrors the [[HotBlooded cheerful]] [[PlayingWithFire Althea]]. Arguably the most powerful Witch, her ability to mercilessly wreak havoc with [[EvilIsDeathlyCold Shadow]][[AnIcePerson Frost]] magic is only equalled by another [[AbsoluteCleavage spectacular]] [[ThongOfShielding demonstration]] of her "power".
%%* Celine from ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory''.
* Mitsuru Kirijo in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', who is one of the best magical attackers in the game. Likewise, ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'s'' Yukiko Amagi, but she also crosses this with WhiteMagicianGirl.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has Morrigan, a shapeshifter who is well-spoken and cutting--and evil. In the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' toolset, she's also listed as one of the few characters with "High" intelligence, and her biography notes that she favors a look of wild elegance. She's the most evil member of the party, and [=NPCs=] often comment she's very beautiful. However, romancing her will [[DefrostingIceQueen reveal a sweeter side.]]
* Jessica from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII''. Although she's a little more [[FieryRedhead fiery]] than this trope typically is, she has a rich upbringing, possesses a sharp tongue backed by a British accent, and generally has an overall bearing that's more lady than [[GenkiGirl genki]]. Also her [[MsFanservice penchant for fanservice]] is an actual game mechanic.
* Millenia from ''GrandiaII''. The twist being, she's [[spoiler: the SuperpoweredEvilSide of the WhiteMagicianGirl, Elena.]]
* FemmeFatale [[ReligionOfEvil Evil Cleric]] {{Defector from Decadence}} Viconia from ''BaldursGateII''. Ironically, she technically classifies as a ''WhiteMage'', given the Cleric's spell-set focuses on healing and augmentation over direct magical destruction.
* ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria'' has Eruca, a reserved literal RebelliousPrincess who packs some of the most powerful offensive magic in the game. Raynie is a partial example, having the grace in battle and offensive power of a Lady, but being slightly more rough around the edges than is typical for this trope.
%%* Jaina Proudmoore from the ''{{Warcraft}}'' franchise.
* Nine/Konoe A. Mercury from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' has the skill set but not the personality; rather than composed she has a fiery temper.
* The Sorceress of ''DragonsCrown'' is possessed of powerful magic, allowing her to conjure blizzards, petrify enemies, turn them into toads, and create food to heal her comrades. She's also the bustiest character in the game, if not the bustiest character of any {{Vanillaware}} game.
* From ''CityOfHeroes'' the Lady Grey, supreme commander of Vanguard. Easily the most powerful wizard in the whole game, ever composed, ever graceful and one wicked [[DarkIsNotEvil Dark Defender]]
* Many female anima/dark/light magic users from the ''FireEmblem'' sagas:
** Seisen no Keifu: Hilda (villainous example, handles Fire Magic due to being of the Fala bloodline), Ishtar (Hilda's daughter alias the "Goddess of Thunder" for having major Tordo blood and thus handling the VERY strong Mjolnir tome). Possibly Aida, too; her class is MagicKnight.
** ''Thracia 776'': Miranda (though she's more HotBlooded than the standard), Olwen (who uses Thunder Magic and swords),.
** ''Fuuin no Tsurugi'': Niime, Druid!Sophia (Dark Magic), Princess Guinevere when you unlock her (Anima Magic). Maybe Cecilia and Valkyrie!Clarine. Sage!Lilina has the skills, but attitude-wise she's more of The Messiah. Bruhnya is an {{Anti Villain}}ous version.
** ''Rekka no Ken'': Sonia and Ursula, both villainous examples. Arguably Valkyrie!Priscilla, Bishop!Serra and Sage!Nino are two on your side. In the BackStory, Saint Elimine was said to be one.
** ''Sacred Stones'': Lute, specially if a Sage. Also the promoted L'Arachel, though she's more... [[LargeHam expressive]] than others. Selena follows it wholeheartedly.
** ''Path of Radiance'' - ''Radiant Dawn'': Callil. Also a well-trained Ilyana.
** ''Awakening'': Tharja, a CuteAndPsycho MissFanservice and Dark Mage who enjoys practicing curses and is a Yandere towards the Avatar. There's also Miriel, a skilled Anima mage with scientific leanings. Also, probably any lady reclassed/promoted into the Mage/Sage, Dark Mage/Sorcerer and/or Valkyrie classes.
** Celica from FireEmblemGaiden becomes this in the DLC, with her "Priestess/Princess" classes changed to Mage/Sage.
*** The Dark Flier class has a foot here and another in LadyOfWar, as its members can use both Magic tomes and [[BladeOnAStick lances.]]
* ''{{Rift}}'' has Asha Catari.
* Servant Caster from ''FateStayNight'' to a T. As the Caster servant of the present Holy War, she's the one who relays the most in spells rather than weapons, and she's also beautiful and vicious. [[spoiler: Even more so: this particula Caster used to be Medea from GreekMythology, a very dangerous WomanScorned also known as a powerful sorceress.]]
* Aqua from ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' is a [[MagicKnight hybrid]] between this and LadyOfWar. She's still a talented Keyblade wielder, but she is the SquishyWizard to Ventus's FragileSpeedster and Terra's MightyGlacier.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' has Mima and Byakuren. Byakuren, however, fits a [[AllLovingHero a different personality type.]]
* Miranda from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' is the sci-fi equivalent, a powerful [[MindOverMatter biotic]], a LadyOfWar and the Illusive Man's top [[TheDragon Operative]].
* Rose from ''StreetFighter'' is among the closest to this trope that you'll find in fighting games. She fights with her unique [[PsychicPowers Soul Power]], which gives her one of the most elegant fighting styles in the series and always fights with an air of elegance and grace.
** There is also Chizuru Kagura from TheKingOfFighters, who has a feet here and another in LadyOfWar since she uses both physical skill ''and'' her MasterOfIllusion powers when fighting. And these illusions she casts can certainly hit you ''very'' well....
* From ''LeagueOfLegends'' we have [=LeBlanc=] [[MasterOfIllusion the Deceiver]], Morgana the FallenAngel and possibly Ahri the [[{{Kitsune}} Nine-Tailed Fox]], although Ahri is more of a supernatural creature than a practiced sorceress.
* [[spoiler: Katrina]] of ''QuestForGloryIV'': Stunningly beautiful, [[FemmeFatale seductive]], and without question one of the most powerful characters to appear in the series. Even ''Literature/BabaYaga'' fears getting on her bad side, she absolutely kicked [[SmugSnake Ad Avis's]] ass in a magical duel some century before the game is set, and in ''QuestForGloryV'' her magic will [[GameBreaker tear the Dragon of Doom to shreds]]. She can have a ''real'' temper if you [[BerserkButton piss her off]], but normally presents a very polite and friendly demeanor.
* Chizuru Kagura from TheKingOfFighters is an odd blend of this and LadyOfWar. She relays a lot in her MasterOfIllusion powers, but also on her DanceBattler hand-to-hand fighting style.
* In ''Videogame/{{Awakening}}: Moonfell Wood'', the Witch of the Woods is a dark-robed witch said to be fearsome and powerful and she held off Dreadmyre's attacks with her magic. She's also loyal to the human kingdom and swore to them to protect the sleeping Princess until the day came that Sophia would wake and save the realm.
* Astarte, {{Satan}}'s right-hand assistant, in ''Tecmo's VideoGame/{{Deception}}''. She wears a flowing red dress, and commands a fairly vast array of offensive spells. Whether she uses them on ''you'' depends on how you play.
* ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' has one in the unnamed TheStoic Witch that Neo saves in one level. She wears a short, corset-topped black, red and purple dress. Her main weapon is her [[BlowYouAway banshee wail which can knock people out and tear down walls.]] Yet, she also proves very good, a few levels later, with a shotgun when she helps Neo defeat some vampires.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Rose Lalonde, from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' becomes this after upgrading her weapons with [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Powers]]. Made even more obvious in her Alpha universe counterpart, who's an adult.
* Miranda Io from ''Webcomic/NoSongsForTheDead'' has great potential in {{Black Magic}}, which she genetically inherited from her mother Lilith.
* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'''s Wanda Firebaugh is this to a tee. Interestingly, because of how Erfworld operates, she started life seeing her physical form as a LadyOfBlackMagic, something she felt she had to live up to.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Raven from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', despite being younger than average for this trope, is WiseBeyondHerYears, and her aloof personality is more in line with this trope than BlackMagicianGirl.
* The Nightsister shaman and leader Mother Talzin from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' wears a rather elaborate dress, her motivations and goals remained a secret, and while she's also [[ShockAndAwe able conjure green force lightning]], or use magical {{Deflector Shield}}s, she mainly uses more "subtle" techniques, such as transforming Savage Opress into a hulking, nigh-unstoppable avatar of primal anger, and torturing Count Dooku from millions of lightyears away with a VoodooDoll. She also possesses VoiceOfTheLegion.
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