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The White Magician Girl is a StockCharacter appearing in {{Fantasy}} Literature and {{Role Playing Game}}s, acting as the party's resident healer, nurturer and [[CloserToEarth source of feminine wisdom]]. While the other party members are slaughtering opponents, the White Magician Girl is taking care of their wounds with gentleness and compassion, and congratulating them after the battle with her brilliant smile. She is often included as a female protagonist because GuysSmashGirlsShoot or as a {{Foil}} to a [[AcceptableFeminineGoalsAndTraits less traditionally feminine]] ActionGirl. She's basically the WhiteMage infused with IncorruptiblePurePureness.

There are three essential elements of the White Magician Girl:
* '''TheChick:''' The White Magician Girl is classically female and always feminine. {{Tomboy}}s, {{Sweet Polly Oliver}}s, and {{Bifauxnen}} need not apply. Their femininity will usually be emphasized in her character design with the use of long hair and overtly feminine clothing, such as dresses or robes. Male analogs, which are rare, will mimic the same gentle appearance, sometimes to the extent of wearing long robes and long hair (or perhaps a suitably pious hat).
* '''Takes a [[CombatAndSupport support role]] in combat:''' A White Magician Girl's primary role in combat is performing [[TheMedic healing]] and/or [[StatusBuff support]] abilities, usually through WhiteMagic. As a result, they usually have relatively poor physical combat skills. Although classic for the look, their WeaponOfChoice is not always a SimpleStaff or MagicStaff; blunt objects like [[CarryABigStick maces, scepters]], or [[DropTheHammer hammers]] are common, as are [[GuysSmashGirlsShoot ranged weapons]], such as bows. In the ''very'' rare cases where she uses a bladed weapon, it's usually a [[KnifeNut knife]] or [[RoyalRapier rapier]] (latter is common if she's also a [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]]) at ''largest''. ImprobableWeaponUser White Magician Girls are not unheard of, especially heart-shaped weapons. It's also not unknown for them to have [[TheRedMage some offensive magical capabilities]] as well, though not to the extent of a BlackMagicianGirl or LadyOfBlackMagic.
* '''Caring and compassionate:''' White Magician Girls have nurturing, motherly tendencies that tie-in with their feminine appearance and white magic. Very often they act as TheChick and TheHeart of their party. Common personality types include being ThePollyanna, TheIngenue, ProperLady, YamatoNadeshiko, or an AllLovingHero. More rarely, they may be a PluckyGirl. White Magician Girls are never a straight GenkiGirl, {{Tomboy}}, or {{Tsundere}} type, although mild tendencies are not disqualifiers.

While not a requirement, she is frequently the LoveInterest of TheHero, and will generally overlap with traditionally feminine fantasy archetypes such as the RebelliousPrincess or MysticalWaif. It's not uncommon for them to be [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princesses]] (rebellious or not), [[ActualPacifist pacifists]], or [[GoodShepherd clergy]]. Characters of this archetype are frequently paired with a BlackMage, usually a BlackMagicianGirl or LadyOfBlackMagic, as a {{Foil}}.

See also TheMedic, WhiteMage, TheHeart, and TheChick. This trope is ''almost'' the inverse of the BlackMagicianGirl.

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* Goldmoon, from the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' series, is a prototypical example of this, the bearer of a powerful magical staff who sought to inspire the people to a return to faith in the gods. She is the High Priestess of her people. Goldmoon is a nurturing being and an encouraging and persuasive speaker. Her attire, however, is atypical, as she is a ''barbarian'' noble and cleric.
* Lúthien from ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' is an early example.
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* The Princess of Moonbrooke in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestII'' is the UrExample, debuting all the way back in '87. While she may have set a (possibly) unfortunate trend for RPG females, she's still a vast improvement over the {{Distressed Damsel}}s that were so common at the time.
** Ironically enough, she's more of a RedMage than her successors since she learns the strongest attack spells in the game.
* ''WildArms'':
** Yulie from ''VideoGame/WildArms4'', who also hits the MysticalWaif trope.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Rosa from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' (also a DistressedDamsel) was almost a prototype for the breed, except her non-magical archery was often a match for some melee characters. She could wield a staff as well, but her best weapons were bows and arrows.
*** Porom from the same game also counts. She is not as brash as her Brother, and tends to actually keep him in line. And Porom along with her Brother do temporarily sacrifice themselves to save the rest of the party. Rydia would also count except that she lost the ability to cast White Magic when she was taken to the Land of Summons.
** Aeris/th from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is probably [[TropeCodifier one of the more famous examples]] of this trope.
** Garnet/Dagger from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' uses magical "rackets" as well as staves. She fit this trope to a T until she starts getting her summons back, at which point she shifts to a more offensive-oriented character. Interestingly, this change is also marked by [[ExpositoryHairstyleChange her cutting her long hair]].
*** Despite her superior WhiteMagic, Eiko is absolutely ''not'' a White Magician Girl. She's aggressive, tomboyish, and her flirting as cheesy and annoying as Zidane's [[note]] In fact, it convinced Zidane to go easier on Dagger in the future [[/note]].
** Yuna in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' is the mystical, kind hearted, white mage [[spoiler: willing to die for temporary peace.]] Averted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' where Yuna has as much access as Rikku and Paine to all manner of death-dealing hardware and has loosened up since she no longer has her summoner duty but she's still kind hearted.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' Alma Beoulve and Princess Ovelia are both exclusively {{White Mage}}s, much more feminine and passive than the other {{Action Girl}}s in the game, and are both very much {{The Chick}}.
** All these may be preceded by the White Mage of the original ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Final Fantasy]]'', an early example of the character design, to the [[FeaturelessProtagonist extent any gender can be determined]]. For a lot of young gamers in 1987, when ''Final Fantasy'' was released, the original White Mage party member appears to be gender neutral with a simple white and red theme and a hood drawn up, covering most of the face. Ambiguous gender, for a lot of players [[MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial defaults to male.]] When your party "matures" and upgrades to [[PrestigeClass prestige classes]] the White Mage's hood comes down, giving new perspective of the White Wizard with [[http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWuDvhvG-tqr_no_Km-EMT3VKqWGiSKhmE9jVJ_3-6TWkof7yS5nxSuw cascading red hair, thick eyebrows, and strong, lantern jaw.]] This was taken by many to be TheReveal that the White Mage was a woman, much like recent contemporary ''[[{{Metroid}} Metroid's]]'' Samus Aran.
* ''BreathOfFire'' often subverts the trope. Only the first and fourth games really play the trope straight with Nina, and even then ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'' gave her some offensive magic to let her qualify more as TheRedMage.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'': A fact present in several of these games is that one of your first allies will be a Cleric (on-foot female WhiteMage) or a Priest (on-foot male WhiteMage), and some rounds later you'll be able to recruit a Troubadour (mounted WhiteMage), and sometimes a Valkyrie (mounted RedMage or mounted MagicKnight), a Sage (basically the same, but on foot and with either gender), or a Bishop (Light magic user ''and'' healer that promotes from Clerics and Priests (they can also promote from the all-male Monks, which use offensive magic instead of staves)).
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Genealogy of the Holy War]]'':
*** Adean, like most of the female characters, has a bit of PluckyGirl in her, but she gets bonus femininity points for being the latter half of a TomboyAndGirlyGirl pair with her [[SeparatedAtBirth long-lost]] [[PolarOppositeTwins twin sister]] Briggid, a Sniper who was [[RaisedByNatives adopted by a pirate chieftain]] [[PirateGirl and now serves as their leader]].
*** Deirdre might also qualify. She has [[LightEmUp light magic]] capabilities as well, but her low stats in [[GlassCannon everything other than magic]] and heavy tome make her unfit to get in any serious combat, and one of her first jobs upon arrival is to use her Silence staff to neutralize a dangerous enemy mage. She's also TheIngenue and an AllLovingHero (though ironically, she also has the bloodline of the ''anti''-messiah, [[MacGuffinGirl making her integral to the villains' plans]]).
*** Also in the first generation, Claud is a male example. Though he does have combat capabilities upon arrival as he is already a promoted High Priest, he doesn't have any offensive magic upon his arrival and has some of the most powerful healing staves, and can only use the most basic spells while being the only one who can use the most powerful staff.
*** In the second generation, Adean's daughter Lana is the primary one, filling the same role as her mother, although depending on who her father is she has the potential to become more of a RedMage after promotion.
*** Julia, Deirdre's daughter, is borderline. Much like Claude, she starts out with the capability to use offensive magic, but no offensive magic available for her to use. She's a bit better than her mother at holding her own in combat once she gets an offensive spellbook, but this can be attributed in large part to a spell that also heals ''herself'' upon a successful hit. And she's got the personality--like most, a [[GenerationXerox carbon copy of her mother]].
*** Nanna is another one whose qualifications are borderline, and perhaps in some ways dependent on her heritage. She's a Troubador, which means [[MagicKnight Sword and Staff]], but due to her mother's bloodline she's at the very least guaranteed to get a decent Strength growth, which could be very good with the right father. Her mother ''doesn't'' give Pursuit, however, so with a father that fails to remedy this in favor of focusing on other aspects, she could qualify, especially with her Charisma ability which causes her mere ''presence'' to give a 10% boost to accuracy and avoid to all units within a three-tile radius. (In particular, if Lex is her father, his ridiculous Defense and HP growths combined with the Elite ability for quicker leveling up and lack of Pursuit turns her into a MightyGlacier CombatMedic, able to deal decent damage if needed but more importantly able to ''take hits'' and stay near the front lines, healing and buffing the main fighters with Charisma.) Personality definitely fits.
*** Corple is a male example. Shows up late in the game at a low level and without any offensive abilities, but strong healing abilities (his mother also has the Blaggi bloodline, so he'll have a bonus to staff level). If Claud is his father, he'll be probably the best healer in the game.
*** Mana and Sharlow, the [[{{Expy}} replacement characters]] for Lana and Corple respectively, also qualify.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Thracia 776]]''
*** Safy is possibly the straightest example of all.
*** Nanna is probably a straighter example here than she is in ''Genealogy of the Holy War'', though she still has the ability to use swords.
*** Sara is another one who borders on RedMage territory, but her Staff rank is much higher than her rank in any offensive magic type and she's the only unit capable of using the [[TakenForGranite Stone]]-curing Kia Staff.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Sword of Seals]]'':
*** Ellen (Cleric) is the straightest example. Clarine plays the role from a gameplay standpoint (Troubador) but lacks the personality (''highly'' {{Tsundere}}, kind of a RichBitch), and Saul (Priest) could be a male example if not for his HandsomeLech tendencies.
*** Elphin the bard could be considered a male example. His role is strictly support (in gameplay, anyway; he also has plot relevance [[spoiler:as he's actually Prince Mildain of Etruria]]), and he's got the kindly personality that his female counterpart Lalum (GenkiGirl Dancer) lacks.
*** Cecilia may also qualify. She shows up later in the game and as such is already capable of combat as well (Valkyrie), but she's got the personality and is probably best used for support.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe The Blazing Sword]]'':
*** Priscilla, a Troubadour, is a sweet, kind-hearted girl. Her abilities are strictly support until she promotes to a Valkyrie, at which point she moves into RedMage territory.
*** Ninian and Nils, the latter of which is a RareMaleExample, are interesting examples. They both definitely fit the personality type and neither has any combat skills at all. Their abilities squeeze in under WhiteMage for being purely support related, either giving a unit a second turn or providing a status buff, rather than any heals. They get extra points for being a pair of [[MysticalWaif Mystical Waifs]]. Ninian is even one of [[TheHero The Hero's]] three prospect {{Love Interest}}s.
*** Lucius (Monk), once he is promoted from his Monk class to Bishop. He is a caring, compassionate, will look out for people he loves, and is {{Bishonen}} (so much that a lot of members of your party will mistake him for a girl). He is a powerful light magic user, but [[GlassCannon his defense is so abysmal]] that he should be kept away from the front lines at all cost. Once he is promoted, he becomes a very useful healer and staff-user.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones The Sacred Stones]]'':
*** Natasha, a Cleric who joins up early in the game. Lacks any offensive magic at first, is a DefectorFromDecadence who hails from the country whose leadership is the antagonists, and quickly manages to win a powerful hired sword to switch sides.
*** L'Arachel (Troubadour), who is a little more {{Tsundere}} than typical but still fits nicely into the trope.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]]'' and ''Path of Radiance'':
*** Rhys is a RareMaleExample, being a gentle healer without any attacks. For the "Healer" part, at least until he gets promoted.
*** Laura is a shy, sweet girl healer.
*** Mist starts as one, but by the second game she's more of TheRedMage or a CombatMedic.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Shadow Dragon and New Mystery of the Emblem]]'':
*** Due to the nature of the Reclassing system, any female can become an example however, Lena originally defined the archetype for the series. Princess Maria joins up later and serves a similar role.
*** Marth's sister, Elice is an older and wiser version within ths series.
*** Lena's apprentice, Malliessia and Princess Yumina show up in the sequel.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]'':
*** Lissa and Maribelle are two. Note, though, the former can promote to Battle Cleric and also wield axes and hammers.
**** [[spoiler: Maribelle's KidFromTheFuture]] Brady is a RareMaleExample. He's got a [[FaceOfAThug rather thuggish face]] and huge self-esteem problems, but is a very efficient healer and a really sweet dude.
*** Also, Sumia is a gentle Pegasus Knight who can be reclassed into a Cleric and become this.
*** If Noire [[spoiler: inherits the Priest class from a dude that she can be fathered with]], she can become this as well.
* Carlie of ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3''. She has the most healing of the six main characters, and uses a mace as her weapon.
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}''
** LoveFreak Flonne from [[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness the first game]], and ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice''.
** After ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'', NipponIchi games have any generic Healer unit. While the mentor system can be used to get healing magic from one person to another, the Healers are all female, and can wield staves (bows are useful too), and are always dressed in elegant dresses with long hair. They believe that healing their wounded comrades is a necessity and thus they are committed to developing their skills and school of magic. In contrast, the male healers believe that healing the injured in the battlefield is a sin and wear barbed robes as a form of atonement.
* Marle from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', who is also a RebelliousPrincess. She's a little more of a tomboy than normal, but she makes up for it by being extra [[TheHeart compassionate]]. She's also [[TheHero Crono's]] LoveInterest, for bonus points.
* Among its [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters massive cast of playable characters]], ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' has [[ProperLady Lady Riddel]], whose techs are all dedicated to support roles like healing or buffing. There's a few other characters that could be played similarly, like [[GirlNextDoor Leena]] or [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Irenes]].
* ''Franchise/StarOcean'':
** ''VideoGame/StarOcean1'' has Millie Chliette, although she has {{tsundere}} tendencies.
** ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' has Rena Lanford. Her primary combat role is healing and support, but she is a somewhat effective fist fighter and is a borderline RedMage.
** ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'' has Sophia Esteed. Feminine, skilled at domestic tasks and somewhat naive, she is the most powerful healer. [[RedMage She does, however, have a wide array of offensive spells too.]]
** ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope'' has Serah Jerand, who, if [[CloudCuckoolander a bit airheaded]], is the best healer in the game.
* Princess Peach in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', though she wields [[ParasolOfPain umbrellas]], [[FryingPanOfDoom frying pans]], [[PaperFanOfDoom fans]], and [[ArmorPiercingSlap slapping gloves]].
* [=MOMO=] from ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'', who starts with a rod and in later games gets upgraded to an ether bow. Ultimately subverted in Episode III, where one of her two development paths turns her into an effective [[BreakMeter break attacker]].
* Elena of ''VideoGame/GrandiaII'' is this. She wields a staff, does little in direct combat, has holy-themed magical powers, and is used mostly for healing spells. In fact, true to form, [[spoiler: she shares a body with a [[DarkMagicalGirl Dark Magical Girl]] in the form of the Wings of Valmar.]]
* Alice Elliot in the first ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' game. She is gentle and demure, softening [[AntiHero Yuri's]] harsher side. In combat, she uses a book and is the primary healer. She is also an exorcist to emphasize her holy powers.
* Mint in ''VideoGame/{{Tales of Phantasia}}'' is the page picture, and the purest example in the ''Franchise/TalesSeries'', having no damaging spells or artes whatsoever (The healers in the other games all fall under CombatMedic). Late in the game, her fairly potent arsenal of heals, cures, stunning hammers and status enhancers is capped off by the power to temporarily ''stop time''. Given, it [[UselessUsefulSpell doesn't work on bosses]], but it's [[RuleOfFun freaking]] [[RuleOfCool sweet]] [[AwesomeButImpractical to have around]].
* Shana from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'', who wields a bow and is also a MysteriousWaif. Unlike the other playable characters, her dragoon form has a heavy emphasis on healing magic. Miranda later gains the same skillset and weapon, but her personality is too assertive to quite fit.
* Fall-From-Grace in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' has the femininity, the nurturing personality and is the only healer found in the game; she only has about one offensive spell and is firmly a support character.
* Collette of ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII'' fits the personality to a T, and in her primary roles has only healing and support abilities. You can unlock an offensive class for her, but this is [[GameplayAndStorySegregation non-canon in the story]].
* Fiona from ''{{Nostalgia}}'' is a BarrierMaiden version of this. With some holy magic mixed in with her predominantly healing and support skills, she often gets paired off with Eddie while [[PairTheSpares Pad and Melody]] have a [[BelligerentSexualTension more turbulent relationship]].
* Shiho from ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'' is the closest to fit the archetype. When she joins your party, she knows a large variety of healing and defensive magic, but no attack spells.
* Rosea in ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfileCovenantOfThePlume'' seems at first like a ''very'' generic example of the type, contrasted with the sadomasochistic fire mage Lieselotte. However, each of them blames the other for the murder that got them both exiled. [[spoiler:In the neutral path, Lieselotte kills Rosea, speaking afterwards of how it was a fitting punishment for a murderer and a hypocrite. In the evil path, Rosea kills Lieselotte, sacrificing her innocence and becoming a fitting companion for your VillainProtagonist. In the good path, they both kill each other--and only in that path do you find out that neither of them committed the original murder!]]
* Wynne from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is a rare ''elderly'' example of this archetype, being around ''sixty'' when she first meets the Warden. Once she joins the group she quickly falls into the role of the resident Healer, frequently is shown to offer kind words of wisdom to various characters and becomes the unofficial TeamMom of the group. Aside from [[BlackMagicianGirl Morrigan]], its clear that ''no-one'' has a bad thing to say about her. The other healing mages you encounter throughout the series are all men, but do not share Wynne's nurturing, maternal nature.
* ''VideoGame/{{Utawarerumono}}'' has Eruru, who in the game serves as a healer during battles and in the anime adaptation still goes to battles and... apparently just watches without ever getting attacked really.
* ''TrailsInTheSky'': Kloe's orbment configuration is one line of mostly blue, meaning a high magic pool with healing and support skills. She also wields a rapier. Even her S-Crafts often involve healing.
* ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar'' has Jessica de Alkirk, a priestess who specializes in healing magic. However, she's more hot-headed than most examples, making her something of a proto-MamaBear and her WeaponOfChoice is a mace.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' has Mia, who plays this trope as straight as possible. Girl with long hair, wears feminine clothing? Check. Heals people, uses a staff? Double check. Has as her main (if not only) personality trait being caring and compassionate? Jackpot.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* White Mage in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', although her patience and nurturing tendencies are strained to the breaking point by Black Mage's antics.
* Lumi from ''{{Webcomic/Adventurers}}'' parodies the typical relationship of WhiteMagicianGirl and Hero. However, she was also the last party member to be introduced, so she got far less screen time than most.
* In ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'', healing abilities so far seem to be exclusive to female classes, with most of the healers as nice girls.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Codex, in the [[ShowWithinTheShow Game Within The Show]] of ''TheGuild''. She's very much the TeamMom and TheHeart of the group, both on- and offline.
* Coatl, in ''TrintonChronicles'', is very much this but with out a weapon, instead she has a mystical necklace that produces shields of force and protects her and allies.
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