'''Basic Trope''': One mage attacks, the other heals.
* '''Straight''': ''Tales Of Troperia'' has two spellcasters: [[NobleBirdOfPrey Claudia]], the [[WhiteMage healer]], and [[KingOfBeasts Marco]], the [[BlackMage attack mage]].
* '''Exaggerated''': The magic system in ''Tales of Troperia'' only allow a person to be either White Mage or Black Mage, never both.
* '''Downplayed''': They can't win battles alone, but [[HumansAreSpecial Hiro]] recruits them along with [[CoolHorse Dennis]] the KnightInShiningArmour and BarrierWarrior and [[NobleWolf Jade]] the BareFistedMonk with StatusBuff skills, because Hiro can't use any magic himself, only physical attacks imbued with magic.
* '''Justified''': Mages in the ''Tales of Troperia'' either channel the power of Goddess Sophia (for White Mages) or Archfiend Centurios (for Black Mages), and the two are eternal enemies.
* '''Inverted''':
** Combining the elements of "White" and "Black" makes for incredible power, so there are no White-only or Black-only mages.
** Magic has a wide range of uses; mundane science and technology can only be used for combat or healing.
* '''Subverted''':
** As more magician characters are introduced, we find out there are many different types of magic.
** The distinction between black and white magic is political, rather than metaphysical. There's ''nothing'' stopping Marco from picking up healing magic or Claudia from learning combat spells. "Black" magic is simply any form of magic not sanctioned by ThePowersThatBe, who would rather ban magic in general but find that "white" magic is simply too useful to regulate.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** ... Which are all branches of either black or white magic.
** There are two groups of ThePowersThatBe and each one approves/disapproves of the opposite kind of magic. The distinction is ''religious/spiritual'' rather than political.
* '''Parodied''': Claudia only uses white magic only to over-heal enemies into causing cancer, while Marco uses black magic exclusively for MundaneUtility.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Claudia learns black magic, Marco learns white magic, then both of them drop the black and white magic and use SummonMagic instead but Marco's summon magic is for calling monsters while Claudia summons supplies like food and medicine.
* '''Averted''':
** There are no magic users.
** The branches of magic have nothing to do with black and white.
** Any mage can [[RedMage learn any spell.]]
** There are four mages - Marco the BlackMage, Claudia the WhiteMage, Dennis the BarrierWarrior, and River who uses {{Status Buff}}s, with Hiro rounding out TheTeam with his Sword Skills, and the clean split of magic is lost.
* '''Enforced''': "We could do with more than one magic user in this game, but we need variety!"
* '''Lampshaded''': "Why on earth can I heal wounds but not inflict any?" or "Why can't my magic help anyone beyond killing their enemies?"
* '''Invoked''': Claudia and Marco are novice mages, and they are forced to learn healing and offensive spells to protect and heal, respectively.
* '''Exploited''': [[BigBad Emperor Evulz]] finds a way to [[DuelBoss separate]] the [[BashBrothers duo]], and they are at a disadvantage because Marco can't heal his wounds and Claudia has no attacks. Dennis, Hiro, and River are then unable to defend themselves because they can't use any magic at all.
* '''Defied''':
** Marco: "Well, of course I have a few healing spells! What kind of self-respecting wizard limits himself to throwing fireballs all day?"
** Claudia: "There are many ways to help people. Sometimes I heal patients; sometimes I obliterate monsters before they can hurt anyone to begin with. Either way helps."
* '''Discussed''': "Um, Miss WhiteMage and Mr. BlackMage? Can you teach me [[Franchise/FinalFantasy a Cure spell and a Fire spell?]]"
* '''Conversed''':
--> "Man, I don't know who to pick, that cute chick in white or that sexy magician [[BiTheWay dude]] in black."
--> "Yes, because obviously that's the only reason to be torn between them when their roles in combat are each others' complete opposites. How DistractedByTheSexy ''are'' you?"
* '''Deconstructed''': Black mages are seen as [[AllTheOtherReindeer pariahs]] for having powers that are [[PersonOfMassDestruction solely destructive in nature]], and are forced into either military service or exile. White mages, on the other hand, would be seldom seen outside of cities and other major population centers, since their services would be in such high demand for everything from common illness to life-threatening injuries.
* '''Reconstructed''': PersonalityPowers are in effect and so Black Mages are {{Blood Knight}}s, [[TheCape the cape]] or otherwise enjoy living InHarmsWay while White Mages are {{All Loving Hero}}es that go where they are needed.
* '''Played For Drama''': Marco joins the hero's party to prove that [[BadPowersGoodPeople Black Magic can be used for good purposes]], while Claudia joins up because she's sick of her responsibilities and wants to see the world outside the city walls.
* '''Implied''': Mages never join the party, but are present in group shots during cutscenes and such. Everyone in a white robe is seen healing someone, and everyone in a black robe is seen in fierce combat.
Back to BlackAndWhiteMagic, which has magic that can heal you, or can hurt others.
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%%* '''Played For Laughs''': ???