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Not to be confused with MagicalNegro or TokenWizard, though both overlap from time to time. Often results in ReligionIsMagic. Related to MagicalRomani.

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Not to be confused with MagicalNegro or TokenWizard, though both overlap from time to time. Often results in ReligionIsMagic. Related to MagicalRomani.
MagicalRomani, MagicalNativeAmerican and MagicalAsian.


* In the original, ''Literature/ArabianNights'' version of ''Literature/{{Aladdin}}'', the main characters were Chinese while the EvilSorcerer was from North Africa. The [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]] [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} version]] settled for making the EvilSorcerer more of a stereotypical Arab than the heroes, and a [[UsefulNotes/GrandVizierJafar villainously-upgraded historical character]] as well.

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* In the original, ''Literature/ArabianNights'' version of ''Literature/{{Aladdin}}'', the main characters were Chinese while the EvilSorcerer was from North Africa. The [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]] [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} [[WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}} version]] settled for making the EvilSorcerer more of a stereotypical Arab than the heroes, and a [[UsefulNotes/GrandVizierJafar villainously-upgraded historical character]] as well.


* Queen Hvit in ''Literature/TheSagaaOfHrolfKraki'' who was the illegitimate daughter of a Sami chieftain.

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* Queen Hvit in ''Literature/TheSagaaOfHrolfKraki'' ''Literature/TheSagaOfHrolfKraki'' who was the illegitimate daughter of a Sami chieftain.


In most fantasy series, if the resident spellcaster isn't a [[WizardClassic long-white bearded Merlin type]], or a VainSorceress, then they're probably reminiscent of a non-European culture (or at least a European culture outside the Western European Germanic- and Romance-speaking countries). Part of this is PositiveDiscrimination. After all, if magic is that world's equivalent of science, somebody particularly adept at it is TheSmartGuy. Also, many African and Asian cultures (not just Egypt) were already advanced in terms of agriculture, literature and so on, while Europe was just getting itself together. On the other hand, it becomes something of a cultural {{Flanderization}}, reinforces stereotypes of non-whites having [[MagicalNativeAmerican some mystical nature]], and may evoke a sense of the hero being full of valor and vigor, while the darker skinned spellcaster is a distant SquishyWizard.

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In most fantasy series, if the resident spellcaster isn't a [[WizardClassic long-white bearded Merlin type]], or a VainSorceress, then they're probably reminiscent of a non-European culture (or at least a European culture outside the Western European Germanic- and Romance-speaking countries). Part of this is PositiveDiscrimination.FlawlessToken. After all, if magic is that world's equivalent of science, somebody particularly adept at it is TheSmartGuy. Also, many African and Asian cultures (not just Egypt) were already advanced in terms of agriculture, literature and so on, while Europe was just getting itself together. On the other hand, it becomes something of a cultural {{Flanderization}}, reinforces stereotypes of non-whites having [[MagicalNativeAmerican some mystical nature]], and may evoke a sense of the hero being full of valor and vigor, while the darker skinned spellcaster is a distant SquishyWizard.


* The ''Literature/{{Earthsea}}'' setting was created simply to avert many heroic fantasy tropes, with the aforementioned pale barbarians and darker skinned advanced races, but in doing so helped cement this trope.

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* The ''Literature/{{Earthsea}}'' setting was created simply to avert many heroic fantasy tropes, with the aforementioned pale barbarians and darker skinned darker-skinned advanced races, but in doing so helped cement this trope.



* In the ''Series/{{Earthsea}}'' miniseries, most of the characters (canonically brown, with a few black) were given a RaceLift to become white -- save for Ged's mentor, played by Danny Glover. So the only black actor was the (quite literally) MagicalNegro who helped the white hero with his magical talents.

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* In the ''Series/{{Earthsea}}'' miniseries, most of the characters (canonically brown, including Ged, with a few black) were given a RaceLift to become white -- save for Ged's mentor, played by Danny Glover. So the only black actor was the (quite literally) MagicalNegro who helped the white hero with his magical talents.


* Zezylrick in ''Series/KrodMandoonAndTheFlamingSwordOfFire''... though he isn't very good at it.

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* Zezylrick Zezylry in ''Series/KrodMandoonAndTheFlamingSwordOfFire''... though he isn't very good at it.


Common in sword and sorcery settings, though in Westerns, [[MagicalNativeAmerican Native Americans will fill the mystic slot]]. Scandinavian works have historically tended to use the Sami people, and Japanese works often use white people or Chinese for this role, but the principle is the same.

Not to be confused with MagicalNegro or TokenWizard, though both overlap from time to time. Often results in ReligionIsMagic. Related to MagicalRomani. See also HollywoodDreamtime and HollywoodVoodoo, common forms of mysticism that the Ethnic Magician could practice.

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Common in sword and sorcery settings, though in Westerns, [[MagicalNativeAmerican Native Americans will fill the mystic slot]]. Those of African or Haitian origin would practice HollywoodVoodoo, while Australians are steeped in HollywoodDreamtime. Scandinavian works have historically tended to use the Sami people, and Japanese works often use white people or Chinese for this role, but the principle is the same.

Not to be confused with MagicalNegro or TokenWizard, though both overlap from time to time. Often results in ReligionIsMagic. Related to MagicalRomani. See also HollywoodDreamtime and HollywoodVoodoo, common forms of mysticism that the Ethnic Magician could practice.\n


Not to be confused with MagicalNegro or TokenWizard, though both overlap from time to time. Often results in ReligionIsMagic. Related to MagicalRomani.

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Not to be confused with MagicalNegro or TokenWizard, though both overlap from time to time. Often results in ReligionIsMagic. Related to MagicalRomani.
MagicalRomani. See also HollywoodDreamtime and HollywoodVoodoo, common forms of mysticism that the Ethnic Magician could practice.


* In ''Literature/TheMagicians'', Brakebills has hired professors drawn from a wide variety of cultures over the years; along with the Native American Professor Foxtree and the Haitan Professor Petitpoids, there's also mention of hiring Micronesian shamans, Egyptian {{Blue Collar Mage}}s, and Tuareg necromancers.

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* In ''Literature/TheMagicians'', Brakebills has hired professors drawn from a wide variety of cultures over the years; along with the Native American Professor Foxtree and the Haitan Professor Petitpoids, there's also mention of hiring Micronesian shamans, Egyptian {{Blue Collar Mage}}s, Warlock}}s, and Tuareg necromancers.

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* In ''Literature/TheMagicians'', Brakebills has hired professors drawn from a wide variety of cultures over the years; along with the Native American Professor Foxtree and the Haitan Professor Petitpoids, there's also mention of hiring Micronesian shamans, Egyptian {{Blue Collar Mage}}s, and Tuareg necromancers.


** Carried over to the age of Norwegian Television: Sami characters tend to be used as an equivalent of the MagicalNegro even today.

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** Carried over to the age of Norwegian Television: Sami characters tend to be used as an a Scandinavian equivalent of the MagicalNegro even today.


* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Lalli and Onni Hotakainen are post-apocalyptic versions of the Magical Finn. It's also mentioned in the comic that Finland has taken to worshipping the Old Gods and spirits to an even larger extent than the other nations of the Known World, and have the highest relative number of magicians.

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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Lalli and Onni Hotakainen are post-apocalyptic versions of the Magical Finn. It's also mentioned in the comic that Finland has taken to worshipping the Old Gods and spirits to an even larger extent than the other nations of the Known World, and have the highest relative number of magicians. (The author is also a Finn herself.)


* One of the characters in ''VideoGame/BioShock2'''s multiplayer mode is an Indian mentalist and stage performer named Suresh Sheti, who is implied to have possessed prodigious psychic powers even before coming to Rapture and discovering plasmids.

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* One of the characters in ''VideoGame/BioShock2'''s multiplayer mode is an Indian mentalist and stage performer named Suresh Sheti, who is implied to have possessed prodigious psychic powers even before coming to Rapture and discovering plasmids.[[AppliedPhlebotinum plasmids]].


* One of the characters in ''VideoGameBioshock2'''s multiplayer mode is an Indian mentalist and stage performer named Suresh Sheti, who is implied to have possessed prodigious psychic powers even before coming to Rapture and discovering plasmids.

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* One of the characters in ''VideoGameBioshock2'''s ''VideoGame/BioShock2'''s multiplayer mode is an Indian mentalist and stage performer named Suresh Sheti, who is implied to have possessed prodigious psychic powers even before coming to Rapture and discovering plasmids.

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* The man whose name Houdini took was Robert-Houdin, who did his best to subvert the version of the trope common in his day - by replacing the traditional orientally dressed sorcerer with the gentlemanly StageMagician. He famously went to Algeria in that apparel when a rebellion was brewing, to show that the European magic was too strong for the Africans to fight.

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