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The only Spellcaster in a team of Muggles, Badass Normals and Science Heroes.

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EvilerThanThou on Mar 1st 2019 at 9:31:28 PM
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The Token Wizard (alternatively called the Token Witch, the Token Magician, Token Mage, etc) stands out among their Super Team as being the only member of the team in-touch with the supernatural in one form or another. It is handy to have someone with deep knowledge on magic, demonic possession and mythical creatures when a team is facing up against such a threat out of the blue.

As magic is an art that requires less actual fighting and more concentration and scholarly wit, these spellcasters usually act as a Support Party Member, casting Status Buffs on their allies and Status Ailments on their foes. If the Token Wizards all quit and form their own group, then this makes them a Supernatural Team.

Sub-Trope of Fighter, Mage, Thief, Physical, Mystical, Technological and Token Super. Compare to Court Mage and Military Mage. Contrast Badass Normal and The Team Normal. See also Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards, Magical Girlfriend and The Smart Guy. Not to be confused with Ethnic Magician, though they do overlap.


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     Anime and Manga 
  • Delicious in Dungeon has Marcille the wizard as Team Touden's only magic user. Originally she shared duties with White Magician Girl Falin until the latter was eaten by a dragon, forcing Marcille to play double duty as a Black Mage and healer.

    Comic Books 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Among the original line-up of the Avengers, Thor Odinson is the most different among them as being the only one among them associated with magic. In his case, he is a Sufficiently Advanced Alien from a culture that harnesses magical energies. With the help of his hammer Mjolnir, he has the power of flight and command over the weather, and was even able to temporarily connect with the Odinforce. Combined with his Asgardian physiology, he is an incredibly powerful Magic Knight (with emphasis on "knight")
    • In Avengers: Infinity War, Doctor Strange fills this role when he, Tony Stark/Iron Man and Peter parker/Spider-Man are abducted by Ebony Maw. This continues when they are joined by Star-Lord, Drax and Mantis, being the only one among them proficient in magic.

    Literature 
  • In Dracula, Mina Harper is the only member of Van Helsing's Vampire Hunter team who has supernatural powers, owing to her unpleasantly close encounters with the title villain.

    Live-Action Series 
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe: Among the Defenders, whereas Matt Murdock is a Badass Normal with a Disability Superpower and Ninja training and both Jessica and Luke are Unskilled, but Strong Differently Powered Individuals with Super Strength, Danny Rand is the only member who is associated with the supernatural. While much of his power comes from his focus and his Training from Hell Warrior Monk kung fu, what gives him is title of Iron Fist is his ability to use chi to turn his fist into an indestructible weapon, having gotten it after slaying a dragon.
  • Legends of Tomorrow: Invoked. In Season four, the team has to deal with accidentally releasing numerous magical threats that have long since been locked away for being too dangerous. Whilst having dealt with magic users in the past and had (one current, one former) members who derived their power from magic, it quickly becomes clear that they are hopelessly out of their depth. So Sara turns to her old friend John Constantine, an professional warlock and expert in magical problems.
  • In Penny Dreadful, Vanessa is not the only supernatural member of the main cast (Dorian is immortal, while Ethan is a werewolf), but she is the only one to purposefully make use of her magical abilities and knowledge.

    Video Games 
  • Spyro the Dragon:
  • Downplayed in the case of Donald Duck in Kingdom Hearts. Goofy uses a shield, meaning he is adept at both offense and defense and is all-around the physical fighter of the trio. Sora is a Jack-of-All-Stats, his keyblade acting as a sword, a blunt weapon, a magic wand and an object that could be used to block attacks, being an unbreakable Cool Sword. Donald Duck on the other hand is the most adept at magic, most useful as both a teammate to use Limit commands and as a White Mage to heal his teammates. This is to be expected from Disney Castle's official Royal Magician.

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 
  • While all three of the teens in Trollhunters possess magical weaponry - Toby possessing a Lethal Joke Item War-Hammer and Jim possessing the Amulet of Daylight with a Cool Sword and Instant Armor - Claire acts as the closest thing to a combative magic-user (before they find Merlin) the trollhunters possess. Her weapon is a magic staff that can summon shadow portals that she nicked off of Angor Rot, and after she manages to regain control of her body from Morgana, she ends up learning a spell that allows her to call the staff to her on command.
  • In Ben 10, Gwen Tennyson was originally only acting as support to Ben's full-on muscle given to him by the omnitrix. After they manage to defeat Charmcaster, Gwen manages to get ahold of her spell-book, Gwen becoming proficient in the mystic arts. It is later revealed in Ben 10: Alien Force that the reason why she is so proficient in magic is that she is part Anodite, an alien species made-up of and is highly proficient in the use of Mana.
  • Dr. Byron Orpheus from The Venture Bros. is an all-powerful necromancer and wizard. While the world established is a Fantasy Kitchen Sink, it is predominantly science-fiction in nature, with super-scientists, superheroes and supervillains born from sci-fi shenanigans. This makes Dr. Orpheus the only magical ally of Team Venture (which is predominantly science-based), eventually joining a Supernatural Team composed of his old friends.
  • Teen Titans:
    • Raven is a member of the titular team and is the only member that has powers that is explicitly magical in nature, with Starfire being born with her powers naturally, Cyborg having gained his abilities through cybernetic augmentation and Garfield through genetic experimentation. Aside from essentially being The Anti-Christ with an all-powerful demon father, she is also expert in a variety of magics, possessing tomes and eldritch knowledge that the rest of the team lacks.
    • Jinx is often referred to as a "sorceress", implying that her powers of probability are magical in origin. This makes her the only member of the Hive with explicitly magical abilities.
  • In The Magic Roundabout, Zebedy is the only main character who can do magic. One episode reveals that fairies exist, but they're still not part of the main team.
  • Arthur: Nadine is the only character who can do magic, justified because she's an Imaginary Friend. Prunella and Rubella sometimes try to do psychic things, but aren't actually psychic.
  • The Loud House: Zigzagged for Lucy Loud, a young Goth. She tries to do magic frequently, and while a portrait of her great-grandmother was seen to smile after she attempted a spell, one game has things floating around her, suggesting she's telekinetic, and she sometimes appears as though she's teleported, she's never proven to be magical.


Feedback: 15 replies

Mar 1st 2019 at 9:49:17 PM

  • Depending on the classes you choose to have for your party in Final Fantasy, any of the mage classes can become this. Of course, this would mean that your other three warriors of light would have to be a warrior, a monk, or a thief.

Mar 2nd 2019 at 11:54:51 AM

  • In Dracula, Mina Harper is the only member of Van Helsing's Vampire Hunter team who has supernatural powers, owing to her unpleasantly close encounters with the title villain.
  • In Penny Dreadful, Vanessa is not the only supernatural member of the main cast (Dorian is immortal, while Ethan is a werewolf), but she is only one of them to purposefully make use of her magical abilities and knowledge.

Mar 2nd 2019 at 12:16:58 PM

  • Delicious In Dungeon has Marcille the wizard as Team Touden's only magic user. Originally she shared duties with White Magician Girl Falin until the latter was eaten by a dragon, forcing Marcille to play double duty as a Black Mage and healer on their quest to revive her.

Mar 2nd 2019 at 4:20:45 PM

  • Of all superheroes who are featured in Avengers Infinity War, only Doctor Strange (and his sidekick Wong) uses magic.

Mar 4th 2019 at 8:00:00 AM

  • Legends Of Tomorrow: Invoked, Season four see's the team having to deal with them accidentally releasing numerous magical threats that have long since been locked away for being to dangerous. Whilst having dealt with magic users in the past and had (one current, one former) members who derived their power from magic, it quickly becomes clear their hopelessly out of their depth. So Sara turns to he old friend John Constantine, an professional warlock and expert in magical problems.

Mar 4th 2019 at 10:18:26 AM

Mar 8th 2019 at 7:19:36 AM

Mar 7th 2019 at 4:09:03 PM

The plot of Magical Girlfriend often plays like this, where the girlfriend in question is the only one who plays with magic.

Mar 8th 2019 at 10:46:50 AM

Going to just say that in the Delicious In Dungeon example Falin getting eaten isn't a spoiler. It happens on the first page and needing to race to kill the dragon and resurrect her is the basic premise of the series.

Mar 12th 2019 at 2:27:00 PM

Dunno if these would count since other team members are "supernatural", but they're the only members explicitly associated with magic.

Mar 12th 2019 at 4:16:54 PM

I'm not sure about Spyro example. Zoe, being a fairy, can use magic. She appears from the start too, unlike Bianca.

Mar 16th 2019 at 11:30:19 PM

The grammar and typos on the Legends entry is painful. Someone please fix.

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