Black Magician Girl

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Go ahead, comment on her cup size. See where it gets you.

She may be small, but don't underestimate her. This spunky little thing is packing enough heat to take down a Swiss Bank, and that's just with the spells she learned in kindergarten.

The Black Magician Girl is a character type frequently found in fantasy that is primarily an offensive magic user. In personality, she is likely to be immature and outgoing, frequently a Genki Girl and Tomboy. This is carried over to her design, which is far less likely to be as elaborate or impractical as the Lady of Black Magic. She's also far less likely to be Ms. Fanservice than the Lady.

Physically, the Black Magician Girl is weaker than the fighters, often being a Squishy Wizard or Glass Cannon and being unable to attack for much, if any, damage. Her weapon of choice is usually a rod or staff, although ranged weapons are not uncommon, nor are improbable ones such as books. Her primary role in combat is to stand back and pelt the enemy with Fire/Ice/Lightning, not to get down in the mud, the blood and the beer with the melee types.

She will often be younger than The Hero, both physically and emotionally. Due to this, she will almost never be a love interest for him.

Black Magician Girls are, as the name would suggest, usually female, but male examples do exist. Black Magician Boys will be as immature as their female counterparts and may be physical cowards.

Subtrope of Black Mage. Compare to Lady of Black Magic, the other character archetype for Black Mages found in fantasy. In personality and skillset, this trope is the inverse of the White Magician Girl, for which this character type is often a Foil. See also Black Magic, which is magic that is evil, and White Mage.

NOT to be confused with Dark Magical Girl, which is largely a personality trope - although overlap in terms of abilities and appearance is common.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Pictured above: Slayers's Lina Inverse. While talented with many types of magic, she leans heavily toward offense and has a habit of tossing around an Unholy Nuke capable of leveling mountains when provoked.
  • The Dark Magician Girl from Yu-Gi-Oh!, the Trope Namer, as well as Ancient Egyptian counterpart, Mana, whose early appearances show just why extreme genkiness + powerful magic = trouble before she gets dangerous.
    • Dark Magician Girl deserves extra credit for actually being named Black Magician Girl in Japanese, which is where the trope's name was taken from.
  • Large Ham Lutecia in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid, in sharp contrast to the more quiet White Magician Girl Caro. Yes, that Lutecia. Looks like she was right in her belief that she'd get a "heart" once her mom revives.
  • Schierke of Berserk could qualify, being a powerful witch and signifigantly younger than most other characters (except Isidro). However, her personality is almost a complete aversion, aside from tending towards being Skilled, but Nave.
  • Kirika Akatsuki from Senki Zesshou Symphogear G is the Genki Girl and Perky Female Minion of the Terrible Trio, who (along with Shirabe) is the youngest of the current Symphogear users. Her design bears strong resemblance to the Trope Namer, but since the series is a Magical Girl Warrior show where the Symphogear users have Magitek weapons, there is not much magic to use, but she has the ability to destroy souls with her Sinister Scythe, which is the closest thing of an abstract magical ability you can get in this series. Kirika also averts the part with the weak physical abilities, since she's physically stronger than Shirabe and Chris.
    • Chris Yukine may also count as an example, depending on how one views the Magi Tech nature of the Symphogears. Her power manifests in a wide variety of bows, guns, and missiles, making her the go-to heroine for ranged attacks and massive explosions while the others fight more directly.

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  • Maryine from the Stories of Nypre series is this even when her powers are severely limited.
  • Penny, the twin sister of the Red Room series' protagonist, is a badass sorceress who wields a magical staff once belonging to Hiawatha. She's also a Badass Gay character too.
  • The Kane Chronicles has two main examples:
    • Sadie can do a lot of things with magic, but explosions are a personal favorite. She also fits the personality type; feisty and rebellious with a generous dose of snark.
    • Zia's attitude is more mature, but she's still a young magician of exceptional skill and power who specializes in Playing with Fire.

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  • Enid Nightshade gets upgraded to this in The Worst Witch TV adaptation. She is shown using her magic offensively far more often that the rest of the girls. Her book personality gets swapped to become more mischievous and spunky after becoming proper friends with Mildred.

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  • Angelika, from Our Little Adventure is a straight example. Even Emily the Squishy Wizard doesn't match Angelika's offensive magical power in combat.
  • One of the main characters in Van Von Hunter exemplifies this trope to the point of parody.
  • Evon, of the comic of the same name. An Unskilled, but Strong (but improving) magic user who can go full-on Person of Mass Destruction when stressed.
  • For the first half of Errant Story, Meji pretty much takes this Up to 11 (note, on the subject of improbable weapons, that she uses her familiar as a bludgeoning weapon!), albeit with no intention of being a team player. Then she gets, well, Senilisized ... and she goes from taking it up to eleven, to taking it up to about 342.
  • All five Agents of the Realm are girls and, with exception of Norah's shield, all have purely offensive powers. Additionally, Kendall and Adele fit very well with personality.
  • Rose Lalonde, although she is just thirteen, definitely is an Action Girl more powerful than John who is just as old as her. note  She is also a Nightmare Fetishist who knows her way around that black tome of hers. While initially wise around it, when she enters the game she also gets access to Item Crafting, she combines it with her knitting needles making the Thorns of Oglogoth.

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Alternative Title(s): Black Magician Boy

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