->''"They killed Fritz!"''
-->-- '''Max''', on the [[DeathByCameo death]] of another soldier named [[WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat Fritz]]

''Wizards'' is a 1977 animated science fiction film by Creator/RalphBakshi. It takes place in what is basically a StandardFantasySetting, except it's actually Earth way, way, waaaaay AfterTheEnd. It tells the story of a war between an army of nuclear mutants (former humans) and a coalition of humans and various fantasy races (who predated the existence of humans, their descendants, but only emerged from isolation after the catastrophe). Each group is led by one of the two titular Wizards, the brothers Blackwolf (the evil one) and Avatar (the good one). Can the swords and bows of the fantasy folk defend against the technology-based weapons -- and propaganda -- of the past?

Notable for featuring the early work of Creator/MarkHamill.

In late 2016, Ralph has announced a new project of his called ''Short Thoughts'', three one-minute shorts inspired by poetry vignettes from his previous films. One of the shorts is planned to be a follow-up to ''Wizards'', starring Max and Fritz.

Not to be confused with ''Film/TheWizard''.


* AffablyEvil: Most of the GasMaskMooks, who get all the best scenes and just seem to be regular {{Punch Clock Villain}}s. Specifically, the mutant General who gets killed by Weehawk near the end.
* AfterTheEnd: At least three million years after the end, no less.
* AirstripOne: Blackwolf's capital city in Scorch is named Scorch One.
* AllHailTheGreatGodMickey: The temple is filled with old pop culture memorabilia mistaken for religious relics.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Blackwolf recovers a newsreel of a Hitler speech and shows it to his army, many of his mooks wear swastika arm bands.
* AnAesop: Technology in itself isn't evil, but rather when it's used for evil ends.
* ApocalypseHow: Class 3. Only a handful of humans survived an atomic war. The other humans all mutated.
* AwardBaitSong: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyOTV8rqM9Q Time Will Tell]]".
* BadassGrandpa: Avatar, the protagonist, who is also something of a DeadpanSnarker.
* BattleCry: Weehawk has one that could make you crap your pants the first time you hear it.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: [=Necron99=]/[[spoiler:Peace]] is enduring one with Blackwolf the entire movie.
* BigBad: Blackwolf.
* BlackAndGreyMorality
* BrilliantButLazy: Avatar is a very strong wizard, but regards the threat of his brother, the deaths of untold elves and the destruction of the entire world with an attitude that states he really just doesn't care anymore.
* CigarChomper: While wizards in most works [[DistinguishedGentlemansPipe prefer a more traditional smoking method]], Avatar smokes cigars.
* CainAndAbel: Avatar and Blackwolf.
* CombatPragmatist: Rather than wasting time with an argument [[spoiler: or an epic duel, Avatar (who made it clear earlier that he DoesntLikeGuns) simply shoots the BigBad as soon as he gets the opportunity]]. With regards to ''why'', [[spoiler: he says "no matter what happens, I will die anyway" shortly beforehand. He was heartbroken by Elinore's betrayal, and lost faith in his own philosophy. That is, until AFTER the shooting... Anyway, you have to watch the film very carefully]].
* CovertPervert: Given Elinore's [[{{Stripperiffic}} outfit]], it's hardly surprising what Avatar says when she sits down on his bed in front of him, asking what the plan is.
--> '''Avatar''': Oh, why don't you sit there for a couple of hours while I figure it out?
* DeathByCameo: Continuing a running gag in Bakshi's work, he appears voicing a minor character, Fritz, who is almost immediately killed.
* DisneyDeath: PlayedWith in the infamous "They Killed Fritz" scene; when a soldier named Max thinks his pal Fritz is dead, he goes utterly ''ballistic'' over it--until Fritz gets up and calms him down, revealing it was just a scratch. Agitated by this, Max starts complaining about him, and then unintentionally shoots him, this time ''really'' killing him--and prompting Max to go nuts on the enemy yet again.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Avatar and Elinore both go barefoot throughout the movie; even when they end up on a glacier during a blizzard, Avatar conjures up a cloak for the nearly-naked Elinore, but ''still no shoes'' for either of them!
* EvilIsSterile: A minor subplot involves the evil mutants' inability to create (healthy, sustainable) life.
* EvilSorcerer: Blackwolf.
* EyeScream: A couple of scenes, most notably when Weehawk shoots Necron 99's mount through the eye with an arrow. [[UnexplainedRecovery It got better, somehow.]]
* {{Expy}}: Avatar for Vaughn Bode's Cheech Wizard, though he does do more magic than "The Time Distortion Trick".
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Elinore, or so it appears at first.]]
* TheFairFolk
* GasMaskMooks: Most of Blackwolf's rank-and-file soldiers wear gas masks.
* GoodIsNotNice: Avatar has spent his whole life doing good deeds and willingly puts himself in danger to help others; however, he also smokes, drinks, and chases women.
* {{Hammerspace}}: At one point Elinore is wearing a poncho over her stripperiffic outfit, and pulls a sword out from beneath it.
* HandyFeet: Avatar frequently holds his cigars between his toes while smoking them. (Probably to keep his hands free for gesturing while talking.)
* HeelFaceBrainwashing: Somewhat peculiar case. [[spoiler:It's stated that [=Necron99=] is under painful grip of Blackwolf's black magic and his propaganda machine. Avatar instills the promise of life without pain and without fear so that he get the motivation to fight this constant influence and regain his own will. Basically Avatar brainwashes him to want to be free which can be achieved only by joining Avatar.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:[=Necron99=], one of Blackwolf's top assassins, joins Avatar's side early in the film, taking the name 'Peace'.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Avatar has a short one after [[spoiler:Elinore pulls an apparent FaceHeelTurn]]. He gets better.
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction: Elinore's mother was a fairy and her father is human-sized.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Both sides of the conflict. Blackwolf calls mutants the master race, yet wishes to kill his unborn son for being one. The forces of magic hate and outlaw technology yet use it to some extent (telescopes, a conjured jukebox, metallurgy), and at the end [[spoiler: openly use firearms to fight the forces of Scorch. Even Avatar shoots Blackwolf with a handgun, albeit at great personal cost.]]
* InformedAttribute: Blackwolf's assassins are said to have finished killing the leadership of all three major rival nations (leaving only ineffective replacements), but while the audience sees one die, the heroes also meet two other kings, one of whom wants to stay neutral...and the other who leads an effective attack on Scorch One (until the projector is used).
* TheLegionsOfHell: Blackwolf's generals were called up from Hell to lead his mutant armies into battle.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Both Elinore and Weehawk pull this off.
* LifeDeathJuxtaposition: The narrator describes Avatar and Blackwolf as being diametric opposites. Avatar is a FriendToAllLivingThings who grows up looking kind of like one of Tolkien's dwarves. Blackwolf, on the other hand, grows up to be a dour zombie-like wizard with an affinity for Nazi propaganda. Avatar lives in the verdant lands among the fairies and elves, while Blackwolf lives in a nuclear wasteland called [[{{Mordor}} Scortch]] among the wretched and shambling mutants.
* LoadBearingBoss: [[spoiler: When Blackwolf dies his lair collapses.]]
* LostAesop: Most people assume, probably due to the introduction at the beginning of the film, that the moral is ScienceIsBad. According to the commentary, it's actually a statement about propaganda (which both the good guys and bad guys use, but if you're too sympathetic to Avatar's faction's rhetoric of peace you might miss that his teams' is subtler). The good guys have no problems using technology (namely, guns) when they have to.
** Though Avatar does state to the president of Montagar that "Even if we could impress our people with the danger, Science and technology were outlawed millions of years ago."
* MagicalBarefooter: Avatar goes around barefoot, being a kind of hippie-elf. Avatar ultimately squares off against his EvilCounterpart brother Blackwolf, who wears cloth shoes or large socks. Also, Avatar's GirlFriday is the fairy Elinore, likewise barefoot, in contrast to Blackwolf's assassin Peace, who wears boots attached to his crimson onesie.
* TheMagicVersusTechnologyWar: The entire plot of the movie.
* MoodWhiplash: One moment we're laughing at the antics of the two priests, and the next we see that their carrying on has caused the demons to kill their prisoners and blow up the church.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Blackwolf's rhetoric about fighting to assert mutant superiority is somewhat belied by the implication that he will kill his own child when it turns out to be a mutant.
* NothingUpMySleeve: Avatar [[spoiler:shoots and kills Blackwolf with a Luger he had hidden up his sleeve that he had obtained off of a dead enemy]].
* OurElvesAreDifferent: You have your elves that look more like hobbits or Santa's elves, then there are a few elves that look like djinn.
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: They have just about every kind of fairy imaginable. You have the typical ones, ones ranging in insectoid appearance, a couple of fairies that look like they were drawn by Creator/AndyWarhol, Elinore, and Avatar who looks more like a dwarf than a fairy, and Blackwolf who looks more like a lich. Interestingly enough, their mother, a fairy, has a trait that comes from another mythological creature known as a Satyrus.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: Apparently his daughter is a princess (and later queen). Her and her mother might be from a neighboring kingdom, with Avatar as the local king with no interest in ruling.
* OverlyLongGag: The two priests were allegedly grovelling for about ''five hours'' before the two soldiers of Blackwolf's army finally decide to do something about it.
* PostApocalypticGasmask: The "generic" mutants all wear coveralls and gasmasks. (It's hard to tell but a couple of cutscenes seem to imply that their '''faces''' are gasmask shaped!)
* PuttingOnTheReich: Blackwolf's regime rapidly turns into Nazi Germany IN A FANTASY SETTING!, complete with swastika banners, German uniforms, German weaponry, panzers, planes, and old propaganda films of Hitler. Blackwolf's official title is "fuhrer", and he calls the mutants "leaders of tomorrow" and the "Master Race." At the end, the narrator even states that "Hitler was dead again."
* PrecisionFStrike: "I'm glad you changed your last name, you son of a bitch!" [[spoiler: ''*BANG!*'']]
* RagnarokProofing: One of the most ridiculously egregious examples in film history. Old artifacts of civilization still exist ''three million years'' after the end of the world, including functioning film projectors with intact, watchable movies.
* RearingHorse: Strangely, Weehawk's mount does this way off in the distance at the end of the film. What's strange about it is that the creatures they ride only have two legs, so what, exactly, was the mount kicking out in front of it?
* RockBeatsLaser: Averted. When the last few heroic survivors of the free nations get together an army and launch a desperate final strike against the enemy, knowing that they are the last hope to save the world... they are almost completely slaughtered by artillery, planes, tanks, and machine guns. Although an earlier scene establishes they have access to guns and they put up a great fight -- they only start to lose because Blackwolf activates the film projector -- if not for [[spoiler: Avatar shooting Blackwolf]], they would have been exterminated to a man.
* {{Rotoscoping}}: In several scenes, particularly the climactic battle scene, footage from ''Film/{{Zulu}}'' is used, but painted over to create a {{Chiaroscuro}} effect. In some cases fantastic flourishes such as horns or glowing eyes were added.
* SchizoTech: Medieval and automatic weapons are used, on both sides, no less.
%%* ScienceFantasy
* SimpletonVoice: [=Necron99=] doesn't really sound as menacing as his reputation makes him out to be.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: The outfit worn by Elinore is ridiculously so, complete with clearly-visible nipples. Lampshaded at least once by a line of dialogue from Avatar.
* UnusualEuphemism: "Holy chrome!"
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never find out what becomes of Blackwolf's wife and newborn son. They are shown escaping from Scorch after [[spoiler: she prevents Weehawk from killing Elinore, whom he believes is a traitor]], but are never shown again.
%%* WhatMeasureIsANonCute
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: [[spoiler:A rare heroic example. Specifically, a rare heroic subversion. When Avatar meets Blackwolf, there is no big wizard duel. He just shoots him.]]