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The name Magnus is associated with magic in fantasy works (Launching soon)

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Proposed By:
aurora369 on Jan 18th 2013 at 1:52:23 AM
Last Edited By:
WolfMattGrey on Oct 16th 2017 at 1:53:54 PM
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The name "Magnus" means "great" in Latin. For example, Pompey the Great was called Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus. However, in fantasyland, it seems to mean "great mage". Most of the times you see a character named Magnus in a fantasy work, he is a mage, wizard or something like that. It probably doesn't help that Magus, the actual Latin word for "mage", is just one Rouge Angles of Satin away.

Magnus can also be an Awesome McCoolname, further justifying at least some of its uses. In Scandinavia, it's actually a fairly normal name.

Subtrope of Steven Ulysses Perhero.


Examples

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    Anime and Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • In the Marvel Universe, Magnus the Sorcerer was born in the 6th century A.D. in the time of King Arthur and became the apprentice of Morgan Le Fay. He later served as the mentor of Jessica Drew, the first Spider-Woman.
  • In the graphic novel Wolverine: Rahne of Terra, the alternate world counterpart of Magneto is an evil wizard named Magnus. note 

    Literature 
  • Ley/Ray Magnus from The Slayers, a great mage of the past.
  • Magnus Red'kin, a minor character from Monday Begins on Saturday, a bumbling enchanter and inventor of invisible pants.
  • In The Mortal Instruments, Magnus Bane is the High Warlock of Brooklyn.
  • Orkneyinga Saga ("The History of the Earls of Orkney") has Magnus Erlendsson, Earl of Orkney. After his death, officially considered martyrdom, numerous miracles were ascribed to him. These usually took the form of people being miraculously healed after praying at his grave. note 
  • The vampire Magnus in The Vampire Chronicles was an alchemist as a human.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Supernatural, Cuthbert Sinclair uses the alias "Magnus". When Sam and Dean manage to locate Sinclair, he is very adept at using spells and has a huge trove of the occult and the supernatural.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Magnus the Red, Primarch of the Thousand Sons Legion in Warhammer 40K, is an extremely powerful sorcerer, especially since he turned to Chaos and worshipping Tzeentch the god of magic.

    Video Games 
  • Saga's father Magnus from Dreamfall Chapters is a regular human from Scotland who, nonetheless, managed to build a house at the nexus of all universes and timelines of the multiverse, and has outfitted it with all kinds of magical protections and wards when he discovered that Saga has inherited her mother's Dimensional Traveler powers.
  • Gavin Magnus, the immortal wizard who rules Bracada, in Heroes of Might and Magic III.
  • Magnus, the god of magic in The Elder Scrolls.
  • In the Warcraft universe, Medivh, one of the most powerful magi in the series, is referred to as Magnus on several occasions.

    Real Life 
  • Albertus Magnus (the Great Albert) was a very prolific writer on Renaissance sciences, and has since been closely linked to alchemy (sometimes credited as having successfully created a Philosopher's Stone).


Feedback: 18 replies

Jan 18th 2013 at 2:30:04 AM

Probably doesn't help that Magus is just one Rouge Angles Of Satin away.

  • Magnus the Red, Primarch of the Thousand Sons Legion in Warhammer 40 K, is an extremely powerful sorcerer, especially since he turned to Chaos and worshipping Tzeentch the god of magic.
  • Real Life: Albertus Magnus (the Great Albert) was a very prolific writer on Renaissance sciences, and has since been closely linked to alchemy (sometimes credited as having successfully created a philosopher's stone).

Jan 18th 2013 at 2:50:42 AM

In the Warcraft Universe, Medivh (one of the most powerful magi in the series.) is referred to as Magnus on several occasions .

Jan 18th 2013 at 4:53:23 AM

In Chrono Trigger Magnus is the name of a dark mage. Edit: Sorry. My memory is a bit bad.

Jan 18th 2013 at 6:24:09 AM

The Chrono Trigger character's name is Magus, not Magnus.

Jan 22nd 2015 at 3:57:22 PM

  • Examples section formatting
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    • Namespaced and italicized work names.
    • Added link to Philosophers Stone

Jan 22nd 2015 at 4:09:22 PM

I thought people equate Magnus with "Magnet". I have 2 examples of it...

Jan 22nd 2015 at 4:43:05 PM

Literature:

Jan 23rd 2015 at 4:22:17 AM

Anime and Manga

  • In the 1985 Vampire Hunter D film the vampire lord Big Bad is named Magnus Lee. He has an assortment of vampire powers.

Comic Books

  • In the Marvel Universe, Magnus the Sorcerer was born in the 6th century A.D. in the time of King Arthur and became the apprentice of Morgan Le Fay. He eventually became the mentor of Jessica Drew, the 1st Spider Woman.

Jan 23rd 2015 at 11:42:51 AM

Orkneyinga Saganote  has Magnus Erlendsson, Earl of Orkney. After his death, officially considered martyrdom, numerous miracles were ascribed to him. These usually took the form of people being miraculously healed after praying at his grave.note 

Oct 12th 2017 at 12:59:16 PM

Bumping, grabbing.

This trope is gonna be helpful for a work page I'm, well, working on. It got an example of this. I'm adding it (and the other examples in the comments) and adding some things to the description.

Oct 12th 2017 at 3:47:26 PM

  • Saga's father Magnus from Dreamfall Chapters is a regular human from Scotland who, nonetheless, managed to build a house at the nexus of all universes and timelines of the multiverse, and has outfitted it with all kinds of magical protections and wards when he discovered that Saga has inherited her mother's Dimensional Traveler powers.

Oct 12th 2017 at 4:33:04 PM

Added a Live Action TV example.

Oct 12th 2017 at 6:17:42 PM

Might want to add that "Magnus" is a fairly normal name in Scandinavia.

Oct 13th 2017 at 2:34:56 AM

This YKTTW is Up For Grabs. Feel free to launch it once it's ready.

Oct 13th 2017 at 4:37:16 AM

Oh hi there. First time I see an OP returning to a forgotten draft! Thanks for creating it in the first place. It shouldn't take too long to be ready. Between 15 and 20 crosswicks is enough for me so I just need some more examples.

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