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* Tarma and Kethry from the ''Vows and Honor'' series of the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' 'verse. Tarma is a gruff barbarian warrior and Kethry is a powerful mage; the two team up as mercenaries with the ultimate goal of rebuilding Tarma's Clan.
** Played with in that Kethry can fight if she has to, thanks to her [[EmpathicWeapon empathic weapon]], and as a Priestess of the Warrior Goddess, Tarma has some magical abilities.

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* Tarma and Kethry from the ''Vows and Honor'' series of the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' 'verse. Tarma is a gruff barbarian warrior and Kethry is a powerful mage; the two team up as mercenaries with the ultimate goal of rebuilding Tarma's Clan.
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Clan. Played with in that Kethry can fight if she has to, thanks to her [[EmpathicWeapon empathic weapon]], and as a Priestess of the Warrior Goddess, Tarma has some magical abilities.


** Played with in that Kethry can fight if she has to, thanks to her [[empathic weapon]], and as a Priestess of the Warrior Goddess, Tarma has some magical abilities.

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** Played with in that Kethry can fight if she has to, thanks to her [[empathic [[EmpathicWeapon empathic weapon]], and as a Priestess of the Warrior Goddess, Tarma has some magical abilities.


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* Liath Luachra and Bodhmall, the foster-mothers of the Irish hero Fionn mac Cumhaill, were renowned as being a great warrior and druid, respectively.
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** A straighter example would be Merlin and Lancelot - since Lancelot is one of his SecretKeeper|s.

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** A straighter example would be Merlin and Lancelot - since Lancelot is one of his SecretKeeper|s.{{secret keeper}}s.


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* Liath Luachra and Bodhmall, the foster-mothers of the Irish hero Fionn mac Cumhaill, were renowned as being a great warrior and druid, respectively.
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* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', it is not uncommon for a Master with the Caster class Servant to have this sort of relationship. Since humans are weaker by nature compared to the Servants, the Caster Servant usually buff the Master. It is possible for a Master who can't fight to have a Caster Servant though.
** In most Grail Wars, the Servant is the Sword while the Master is the Sorcerer -- though Nasuverse mages typically have hand-to-hand training, they're simply not in league with the Heroes summoned. Archer with Rin, Berserker with Ilya, and Saber with Iris in ''LightNovel/FateZero'', are classic examples. The Caster and Master pair in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is also an example, the pair in ''LightNovel/FateZero'', [[AxCrazy not so much.]]
** Another example are Shirou and Rin in the ''Unlimited Blade Works'' route.

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* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', it is not uncommon for a Master with the Caster class Servant to have this sort of relationship. Since humans are weaker by nature compared to the Servants, the Caster Servant will usually buff the Master. It is possible for a Master who can't fight to have a Caster Servant though.
** In most Grail Wars, the Servant is the Sword while the Master is the Sorcerer -- though Nasuverse mages typically have hand-to-hand training, they're simply not in the league with of the Heroes Heroic Spirits summoned. Archer with Rin, Berserker with Ilya, and Saber with Iris in ''LightNovel/FateZero'', are classic examples. The Caster and Master pair in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is also an example, the pair in ''LightNovel/FateZero'', [[AxCrazy not so much.]]
** Another example are Shirou and Rin in the ''Unlimited Blade Works'' route. While both of the parties involved are human, Rin is the Sorcerer, while Shirou becomes the Sword by means of his Projection magic and his [[spoiler:eponymous Reality Marble]], to the point of [[spoiler:being able to defeat two Archer-level Servants in battle]].

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** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', this is the default dynamic for Hawke and the [[StaticRoleExchangeableCharacter Grey Warden companion]] if the player does not use a customized world state. Hawke defaults to a mage and all three candidates for the Grey Warden are sword-and-shield fighters.


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* In ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', Donald Duck and Goofy of all people have this dynamic. Donald is the court wizard at Disney Castle while Goofy is the captain of the knights and fights exclusively with a shield. Either Mickey Mouse or Sora completes the trio as a MagicKnight who can fill either role as needed.


* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': Merlin and Arthur qualify as this, with Arthur as the Sword and Merlin the Sorcerer, of course. There's the added twist, however, that Arthur doesn't actually ''know'' that Merlin's playing this role for him.

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'':
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Merlin and Arthur qualify as this, with Arthur as the Sword and Merlin the Sorcerer, of course. There's the added twist, however, that Arthur doesn't actually ''know'' that Merlin's playing this role for him.


* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', pairing a tank with an [=AoE=] tosser is an extremely effective combo. Without purple gear, a protection warrior will take forever to kill six mobs, and a mage will never survive their counterattacks, but together they can easily handle a dozen.

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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''(and most [=MMORPG=]s, for that matter), pairing a tank with an [=AoE=] tosser is an extremely effective combo. Without purple gear, a protection warrior will take forever to kill six mobs, and a mage will never survive their counterattacks, but together they can easily handle a dozen.


* This is the reason behind Pactios in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' because Magisters require Ministra to cover for them while they cast. It's promptly defied by Negi himself when he decides to walk the path of the KungFuWizard. On occasion, he will still act like this trope in combination with Kotarou such as the fight against Rakan; the most obvious demonstration being Kotarou buying Negi the 43 seconds he needs to prepare his spell.

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* This is the reason behind Pactios the Pactio system in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' because Magisters require Ministra to cover ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': A Magister(the mage) is defended by a Ministra(the warrior) who covers for them while they cast. cast, and has a special weapon and can be given {{Status Buff}}s to make them more effective. It's promptly defied by Negi himself when he decides to walk the path of the KungFuWizard.KungFuWizard(Who fights alongside the Ministra). On occasion, he will still act like this trope in combination with Kotarou such as the fight against Rakan; the most obvious demonstration being Kotarou buying Negi the 43 seconds he needs to prepare his spell.


* Aes Sedai and Warders in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series; at least, most fall here (especially Green Ajah or Blue Ajah).

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* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': Women in the Aes Sedai MagicalSociety often work with male Warders, with whom they form a magical bond. Aes Sedai range from [[TheMedic medics]] and philosophers to devastating [[LadyOfBlackMagic Ladies of Black Magic]], but Warders benefit from some of the best combat training in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series; at least, most fall here (especially Green Ajah or Blue Ajah).the world, and get extra strength, toughness, and evil-detecting powers [[EmpoweredBadassNormal from the Warder bond]] besides.



* Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser in the stories by Creator/FritzLeiber. Fafhrd is a fighter. Mouser is (technically) a mage. However, while Mouser was apprenticed to a mage early in life, by the time he meets Fafhrd he almost never actually uses any magic and acts more as a thief/rogue, so this is not the straightest example of the trope.

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* Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser in the stories by Creator/FritzLeiber. Creator/FritzLeiber's ''Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser'' stories: Fafhrd is a fighter. fighter and Mouser is (technically) a mage. However, while Mouser was apprenticed to a mage early in life, by the time he meets Fafhrd he almost never actually uses any magic and acts more as a thief/rogue, so this is not the straightest example of the trope.

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* Rom and Kira from ''Literature/TheBarbarianAndTheSorceress''. He's a BarbarianHero with an AbsurdlySharpBlade, she's a HotWitch who knows [[BlackMagic powerful sorcery]].


* Lina Inverse (mage) and Gourry Gabriev (fighter) from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', though Lina hardly needs the help, as she's no slouch in the physical combat department either. Most opponents are either too weak for her alone or too strong for them both, but her protection lags far behind apocalyptic attack spells, so it's still a good idea to have someone covering her while she goes through incantations.

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* Lina Inverse (mage) and Gourry Gabriev (fighter) from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', though Lina hardly needs the help, as she's no slouch in the physical combat department either. Most opponents are either too weak for her alone or too strong for them both, but her protection lags far behind apocalyptic attack spells, so it's still a good idea to have someone covering her while she goes through incantations. On the other end, Gourry carries an interesting sword that makes him fully capable of killing lesser to mid-level demons in one hit, but which has less ranged options than Lina's FantasticNuke spell does. An interestign example where both meet halfway.

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* ''WesternAnimation/Castlevania2017'' has Trevor Belmont and Sypha Belnates, [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse naturally]]. Trevor is a BadassNormal MultiMeleeMaster who [[spoiler:can fight Alucard himself to a draw]], while Sypha is granddaughter to the Elder of the Speakers and a sorceress who use fire and ice spells in battle.


** Turning away from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' for a moment, there's also the frachise's UrExample, [[FireEmblemGaiden Alm and Celica]]. They're not the first example by any means as [[VideoGame/FireEmblemArchanea Marth/Merric beat them to it]], but they're certainly the most notable one. Celica is a [[NiceGirl kind-hearted]] mage who wants to bring peace to the land, while Alm [[spoiler:stabs a god ''[[EyeScream in the eye.]]'']]
** Another extremely straight example would be [[TheHero Roy]] and [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Lilina]] from ''FireEmblemTheBindingBlade''. With how facepalm-worthy the ShipTease is with them ''and'' the fact that Roy grows his support faster with Lilina than anyone else, and it's not hard to see why they may be called "canon couple" by some.

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** Turning away from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' for a moment, there's also the frachise's UrExample, [[FireEmblemGaiden [[VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden Alm and Celica]]. They're not the first example by any means as [[VideoGame/FireEmblemArchanea Marth/Merric beat them to it]], but they're certainly the most notable one. Celica is a [[NiceGirl kind-hearted]] mage who wants to bring peace to the land, while Alm [[spoiler:stabs a god ''[[EyeScream in the eye.]]'']]
** Another extremely straight example would be [[TheHero Roy]] and [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Lilina]] from ''FireEmblemTheBindingBlade''.''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade''. With how facepalm-worthy the ShipTease is with them ''and'' the fact that Roy grows his support faster with Lilina than anyone else, and it's not hard to see why they may be called "canon couple" by some.


** Turning away from ''FireEmblemTellius'' for a moment, there's also the frachise's UrExample, [[FireEmblemGaiden Alm and Celica]]. They're not the first example by any means as [[FireEmblemArchanea Marth/Merric beat them to it]], but they're certainly the most notable one. Celica is a [[NiceGirl kind-hearted]] mage who wants to bring peace to the land, while Alm [[spoiler:stabs a god ''[[EyeScream in the eye.]]'']]

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** Turning away from ''FireEmblemTellius'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' for a moment, there's also the frachise's UrExample, [[FireEmblemGaiden Alm and Celica]]. They're not the first example by any means as [[FireEmblemArchanea [[VideoGame/FireEmblemArchanea Marth/Merric beat them to it]], but they're certainly the most notable one. Celica is a [[NiceGirl kind-hearted]] mage who wants to bring peace to the land, while Alm [[spoiler:stabs a god ''[[EyeScream in the eye.]]'']]

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