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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.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Schierke of Berserk could qualify, being a powerful witch and significantly younger than most other characters (except Isidro). However, her personality is almost a complete aversion, aside from tending towards being Skilled, but Naive.
  • 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.
  • MARRIAGETOXIN: Shiori takes on this persona with Kinosaki's style expertise to sell the illusion of her exorcising "Chladni" (really Naruko's Grand Actor) and free her fellow students from his brainwashing. To do this, she uses her company's highly advanced party goods to play at summoning at fire demon she subs "Inferniel" and launch it at the golem. The explosion's pretty big.
  • Nami from One Piece is the hotheaded Fiery Redhead who has all the trimmings of this due to her Clima-Tact: she's the weakest of the crew in a physical fight, but she's able to control weather effects as though they're magic spells being cast from a staff (with lightning being her specialty, although she's more than proficient with heat, wind, cold, water, sea clouds, and illusory techniques as well). Some of her opponents have even referred to her as a witch in response to her fighting style.
  • Symphogear G
    • Kirika Akatsuki 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 Magitek 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.
    • Carol Malus Deinheim, the Big Bad of season 3, plays with this. As an alchemist who fights with elemental glyphs, she's a far more traditional mage than the heroines. She also has the look down most of the time, appearing as a young girl in robes and a large pointed hat. However, she is MUCH older than she looks and tends to adopt an Older Alter Ego when fighting seriously.
  • 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.

    Fan Works 
  • Memento Vivere, a Final Fantasy X fanfiction, uses this trope to describe Rikku whenever she's using the magical powers of her Conflagration Grid, particularly during the battle on Mushroom Rock Road.

    Film — Live-Action 


  • Harley Merlin and Tatyana Vasilia are this in Harley Merlin as although Harley isn’t categorised as dark or light, she uses offensive magic. Played straight with Tatyana, due to her ghost talking abilities.
  • Sadie from The Kane Chronicles can do a lot of things with magic, but explosions are a favourite of hers. She also fits the personality type, being feisty and rebellious with a generous dose of snark. Meanwhile, Zia Rashid is more a Lady of Black Magic.
  • Megumin fron KonoSuba could be considered one of these as she only knows one spell, but it is the offensive one, Explosion. At the start of the series, it's powerful enough to blast a giant frog to bits and it just gets more powerful as the episodes pass. She's not the physical type as she's outclassed in martial arts by pretty much everyone, and even her own spell is enough to make her fall to the ground helpless.
  • Penny, the twin sister of the Red Room series' protagonist, is a badass sorceress who wields a magical staff once belonging to Hiawatha.
  • 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.
  • Maryine from the Stories of Nypre series is this even when her powers are severely limited.
  • Three Parts Dead: Despite professing to be all about courts and contracts, Tara spends most of her time working (mainly necromantic) Craft on the offensive, and quite impressively so, and has enough power and talent to still be relevant despite having been thrown out of the Hidden Schools while fighting her professors. As the youngest of the people tasked with investigating Kos's case, she's got a forceful personality and can act foolishly but isn't above admitting that she's still got a lot to learn.
  • Villains by Necessity: Valerie, who's the only truly evil member of the party. Her magic is almost entirely offensive, and she's self-described as liking to hurt people.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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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  • 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.
  • For the first half of Errant Story, Meji (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.
  • 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.
  • Homestuck has 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.
  • 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.

    Web Original 
  • DSBT InsaniT: Portica is very skilled with her telekinesis and Eye Beams in battle, and is always up for dispatching villains.

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Alternative Title(s): Black Magician Boy