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There are characters who study the sciences and there are those who study magic. A Science Wizard is a character who is skilled in both. Normally magic and science are treated as two opposing forces but it should be noted that magic itself is usually a skill in fiction that people can learn if they dedicate themselves to it similar to scientific fields.

This can be justified in-universe by treating magic itself as a sort of science. If the magic is Sufficiently Analyzed Magic, this trope could also apply.

A Science Wizard can be expected to be a Badass Bookworm due to the combat applications magic often has in fiction.

Not to be confused with Techno Wizard, someone whose feats with technology merely seems wizard-like without delving into anything magical. Contrast Magic Versus Science, Science Destroys Magic and The Magic Versus Technology War. See also Magitek, a common result of this practice and Boxing Lessons for Superman, where a character learns mundane skills to improve their supernatural abilities.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Bleach: Sosuke Aizen, Kisuke Urahara and Mayuri Kurotsuchi are skilled in using Kido and both have applied their knowledge of spiritual energy in scientific pursuits. Aizen and Urahara both separately created the hogyoku, a device that allowed Shinigami and Hollows to acquire the powers of the other race and they oppose each other because of their different attitudes towards how the hogyoku should be used, or even if it should be used at all. Urahara figured out how to restore Ichigo's lost Shinigami powers. Mayuri is an expert at body modification which he has used on himself and was able to create the Artificial Human Nemu, and spent decades experimenting on Quincies; his most significant fight occurs when he intervenes in the battle Uryuu Ishida and Renji Abarai are losing against the Espada, Szayelaporro. Like Mayuri, Szayelaporro is a Mad Scientist who uses Functional Magic to enhance his scientific endeavours, which also includes body modification. Their battle ends up being waged inside Nemu's body, ultimately leading to Szayelaporro's defeat via a unique drug that Mayuri had invented and infected Nemu's body with, just in case anyone ever tried to weaponise her body against him.
  • A Certain Magical Index: Alestiar Crowley is the world's greatest magician who quit magic to study science and technology and eventually became the de facto leader of the Science Side . It is for this reason he is considered the Magic Side's greatest embarrassment.
  • Naruto: Medical ninja combine knowledge of chakra and anatomy to do their jobs as field medics. There is also Orochimaru who is skilled in jutsu and has done a number of twisted experiments.
  • Shaman King: Johann Faust VIII was a brilliant doctor who discovered a cure for his lover Eliza's fatal disease. When she died at the hands of a burglar, Faust turned to the art of necromancy to bring her back to life.

    Comic Books 
  • The DCU:
    • Doctor Fate: Some incarnations. Kent V. Nelson was a psychologist, while Khalid Nassour is a medical student. There is also the villain Ian Karkull who was a trained archeologist, physicist and engineer before he mastered shadow magic.
    • Doom Patrol: Before he became Houngan and a member of the Brotherhood of Evil, Jean-Louis Droo was a computer scientist. He turned to voodoo after it was used to save his father's life from illness were modern medicine failed. As Houngan, Droo combines his knowledge of computer science with voodoo practices — his weapons are an electro needle stylus and a computerized voodoo doll.
  • Gold Digger: Brianna often works her magical abilities into her tech (unwittingly, even). Her Peebos are part AI, part golem, for instance, and Peebri has been observed with an aura. After marrying Zan and becoming a druid protecting a forest in Jade Realm, her empowering of the life there has a distinct Magitek theme; for instance, Treants that look like Humongous Mecha, along with armed bears.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • The Avengers:
    • Brother Voodoo is a voodoo witch doctor with 12 years of education and practice as an accredited psychologist.
    • Dr. Druid is trained in the ways of the druids and has an M.D. in psychiatry from Harvard.
    • Doctor Doom can rival if not match Reed Richards in just about any form of science and is also a powerful sorcerer.
    • Doctor Strange: Before he became Sorcerer Supreme, Stephen Strange was a renowned surgeon. He still occasionally provides medical consultation.
    • Thanos is a genius in virtually all known fields of science having augmented his own physiology and created devices such as a chair capable of time travel and interstellar flight. He has also displayed some knowledge of the mystic arts - he once cursed Deadpool to never die so Deadpool could never be with Death whom Thanos was in love with.
    • X-Men:
      • Forge's mutant power gives him a natural intuitive for inventing mechanical devices. He also has some knowledge of Native American magic though he rarely uses it.
      • After a meeting with Doctor Strange, the time-displaced younger Beast has mastered a combination of science and magic which allows him to return himself and his four teammates to the past for a few minutes.
      • Apocalypse is a scientific genius with knowledge in various areas including physics, engineering, genetics, and biology, all of which are more advanced than conventional science. HouseOfX reveals he has a formidable knowledge and command of sorcery which he puts to work in his position as adviser for the island's incarnation of Excalibur.
  • Wizards of Mickey: Goofy was born to be a wizard — literally, as everyone in his family is fated for a certain job, which in his case is wizardry — and is fairly adept at magic when he needs to be, but he tends to favor science and technology up to building a flying Humongous Mecha.

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    Films — Animated 
  • Justice League Dark: This is actually reversed with Dr. Destiny, who started out as a man of science before being corrupted by his study of dark alchemical magic.
  • The Sword in the Stone: The wizard Merlin is as much a man of science as he is of magic. His home is decorated with scientific instruments and journals from hundreds of years into the future, which he's shown indulging himself in when he isn't teaching Wart. He also makes scientific study a large part of his tutoring, with many of his lessons teaching Wart the mechanics of how the world around him works.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Dave, the titular apprentice, is a physics major and technically inclined genius prior to being taught sorcery by Balthazar. Balthazar may also count, as he is able to explain magic to Dave in scientific terms. In fact, it's implied that an understanding of science is necessary to perform magic.
  • Star Wars: The Sith tend to be both skilled wielders of the Force and masters of advanced technology, often mixing the two with little distinction. Many notable Sith were particularly skilled in the field of biotechnology, using it to extend their own lifespans or to create a variety of Force-wielding monstrosities.

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    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Willow is the most academically successful of the Scooby Gang. Before becoming the team's primary magic expert, she was very good with computers and helped Giles with research.
    • Jenny Calendar was a computer science teacher and a magic expert. She and Giles briefly clashed over merging technology with magic.
  • Charmed (2018): Macy possesses magical powers like her sisters and is also a biology student. Her scientific knowledge often comes in handy when simple magic isn't enough.
  • Power Rangers: Zordon the Big Good from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers throughout Power Rangers in Space. He is described as a space wizard but has been known to rely more on technology he creates with his Robot Buddy Alpha. Some of the technology is powered by magical items.
  • Wizards of Waverly Place: Justin Russo is the smartest of the Russo siblings when it comes to both magic and human academics. In the episode "Franken Girl", he creates a Frankenstein's Monster using a combination of magic and computer technology.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Ars Magica: The Order of Hermes has a strong scholarly tradition, so almost all magi have training in Artes Liberales (the core of medieval higher education) and Philosophiae. In addition to their mundane applications, these skills add power to Ritual Magic.
  • Wizards in Dungeons & Dragons have been the most frequently characterized as a scholar of some kind throughout the game's history. Most colleges and guilds dedicated to studying science are run by wizards. Certain Background options in 5th Edition allow one to apply this trope to other spellcasting classes.
    • The Artificer has this trope as a fundamental part of his class, combining arcana with applied science to make magic-infused constructs and gadgets, as well as magic items and potions.
  • Mage: The Awakening has a Point Build System and an Urban Fantasy setting, so many mages invest in skills like Academics and Science to support their magical abilities. Certain powerful mages are excellent academics and researchers in their own right, looking for supernatural insights in the material world.
  • Rifts: It is possible to create items where a semi-technological device is imbued with magic, and several of the setting's more advanced societies (such as the Splugorth, most of the power-players of the Three Galaxies, and most primarily magic-using nations) use a combination of magic, Magitek and tech with little to no distinction. In the Palladium Megaverse, extremism one way or the other is the wrong answer — pro-tech, anti-magic nations to be speciesist, militant totalitarian regimes, while pro-magic, anti-tech nations tend to be literal demonic hell-holes.
  • Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: The Imperial Colleges of Magic require their students to train in academic knowledge skills alongside their magical studies. In particular, Celestial Wizards and Alchemists often specialize in astronomy and science, respectively.

    Video Games 
  • Bayonetta: The Umbra Witches were trained in magic and had some aptitude for science as well. A trip through time in Bayonetta 2 introduced the Umbran Armor, a a heavy-duty, vehicular type of transport invented and used by the Umbra Witches against their angelic foes.
  • BlazBlue has Kokonoe Mercury. She is a brilliant scientist and the daughter of Konoe Mercury, one of the most powerful mages in the BlazBlue universe. Kokonoe's prominent feats have been the reviving Tager through cybernetics and the activation of Lambda by bonding soul to the empty homunculus. She notably hates magic and thinks science is superior, even though she is capable of some magical feats herself (but only if she's pushed enough).
  • Sol Badguy from Guilty Gear is a powerful magic user and excellent engineer. His inventions include the Outrage a device meant to channel and magnify magic energy and Gear Cell Suppressor the Martial Arts Headband he wears which is designed to both isolate and regulate the Gear cells in his body in order for him maintain a humanoid appearance.
  • Shovel Knight
    • Plague Knight is a master alchemist/wizard who specializes in combining magic with mad science to make Stuff Blowing Up. He's addressed as both alchemist and wizard throughout the game, and he is the Order of No Quarter's resident magician. The arranged version of his stage theme is also entitled "The Science Wizard".
    • Tinker Knight is an inventor whose own work combines magic with mechanical engineering. Unlike Plague Knight, he isn't dressed or widely known as a wizard, though the two of them do respect each other as kindred spirits.

    Webcomics 
  • Unsounded: Pymary works through precise manipulation of Aspects of reality, so the talented spellwrights are the ones who train up in physics, biology, and materials science alongside the Language of Magic. In one side story, Wizarding School students discover and write an academic paper about the properties of laser light.

    Western Animation 
  • Castlevania (2017): Dracula is both a learned scientist and sorcerer. He taught his wife Lisa advanced medicinal techniques, displays great magical skill in his fight with the main heroes and lives in a Magitek castle.
  • Di-Gata Defenders: Erik is skilled in stonecasting like the other Defenders and is also a great engineer and inventor. This also applies to his Evil Counterpart Flinch.
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: There once was an evil warlock called Galen Nycroft who terrorized Eternia for years. When Time began to catch up to him and his powers started to wane, he began seeking other methods to regain his abilities. Learning the ways of science, especially gene modification, he experimented on himself, eventually becoming the evil scientist and rival to Man-At-Arms; Modulok.
  • Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm: This show's version of Nightwolf is this. Like in the games he is a Magical Native American but the show also makes him the heroes' computer expert and Mission Control.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Twilight Sparkle is incredibly adept at casting spells with unicorn magic, but also frequently displays interests in scientific research, such as conducting research to find a scientific explanation for Pinkie Pie's "Pinkie Sense" in "Feeling Pinkie Keen".
  • She-Ra: Princess of Power: The episode "A Friend In Need" conclusively reveals that Hordak was a trained sorcerer who turned his back on magic in favor of science. This is most likely a throwback to the original Mattel mini-comics wherein Hordak was an extradimensional warlock who was billed as Skeletor's own magical mentor.
  • Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go: The Alchemist was trained in both science and magic, and sought to use this knowledge to help the world. Unfortunately, he was corrupted by the Dark Ones and became the Skeleton King.

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