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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 McCool" Name, further justifying at least some of its uses. In Scandinavia, it's actually a fairly normal name.


Subtrope of Steven Ulysses Perhero.


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    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 

  • 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.
  • The titular character of the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series is a demigod.

    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.

  • Distinctly averted by Magnus Burnsides in The Adventure Zone: Balance, who is far more of a physical fighter and the only member of the party to have absolutely no magical skill or spellcasting ability whatsoever. Although he did have enough skill during the Stolen Century to channel one-seventh of the Light of Creation into the Temporal Chalice through artificery, making this a Zig Zagged Trope.

    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.

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    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).