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"You're hurt! Hold still..."

"I am Wrys, a humble curate. I cannot fight, but this staff I carry can heal your wounded. Take me with you, and you’ll be very glad you did."

A White Mage is a character archetype and often a gameplay archetype that focuses on healing and/or buffing magic. They may also have access to magic that causes some status effects. Modern incarnations will often be given some offensive ability, often magic of the holy variety, though the Elemental Powers of water or wind may be given a healing affinity.

Frequently, White Mages will be extremely effective against undead, either through the power of the Holy Hand Grenade, Turn Undead spells, or Revive Kills Zombie characteristics.

Many games with a Character Class System or Job System, especially Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games, will have a White Mage class that fulfills the Healer role.

A White Mage is almost always The Medic, although they have the addition of buffs. Female White Mages in Eastern RPGs are frequently the White Magician Girl, although they must also fit the personality requirements for that trope.

White Mages are frequently paired with a Black Mage as a Foil. They also frequently overlap with Squishy Wizard, though they tend to be more resilient than their chromatic counterparts.

Subtrope of Support Party Member. If a character has both healing and offensive magic in relatively equal measure, they are a Red Mage, instead. If a White Mage can sling healing spells while fighting on the front lines, you've got yourself what's known as a Paladin, or Combat Medic. Contrast Black Mage (the offense-oriented counterpart). Not to be confused with White Magic, which is only sometimes the source of a White Mage's power.


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    Eastern RPG 
  • The Trope Namer is Final Fantasy, which provided White Mage as a starting class. It's appeared in almost every Final Fantasy game since. It is also the Trope Codifier for the idea that a healer is also a Squishy Wizard, as contemporaries at the time such as Dungeons & Dragons and Dragon Quest III portrayed Clerics as more of a Jack of All Stats or Stone Wall when not healing the party.
    • Final Fantasy II
      • Minwu, a rare male example in the series, joins with White Magic in all of his spell slots and the stats to use them. Minwu came before Rosa codified White Magic as primarily the domain of women.
      • Firion is an unusual meta example. While the three central characters can easily be developed any way the player wishes, many official guides recommend having Firion focus on White Magic so that Maria and Guy can get the most out of their more specialized base stats.
    • Final Fantasy III had White Mage as a job class, as well as the Devout job, the equivalent of the White Wizard upgrade from the first game.
    • Final Fantasy IV had Rosa Farrel and Porom and also several White Mage NPCs. Rosa notably is the first of two characters to cofify the White Magician Girl offshoot and the general idea that White Magic is for women.
    • Final Fantasy IV: The After Years has an unnamed White Mage join your party. Rosa and Porom also return. Leonora starts as a White Mage but quickly progresses to a Red Mage.
    • Final Fantasy V had a White Mage job class.
    • Final Fantasy VII has Aeris or Aerith as the character closest to being a White Mage. While everyone had the potential to fill the role because of the materia system, Aerith fits the best because her Limit Breaks all revolved around healing or supporting the party instead of causing damage. She's even the only one who is associated with the signature White Mage spell Holy.
      • Downplayed in Final Fantasy VII Remake. While Aerith's Limit Breaks still revolve around healing or supporting the party, her abilities are instead lean more into the territories of the Black Mage, making her a closer counterpart to the Sage job class of other Final Fantasy titles.
    • Final Fantasy IX had Garnet dress as a White Mage, and this was her primary use for the first part of the game. Once she gets her summons back, however, she's more of a summoner with White Mage as a secondary ability. Eiko Carol is introduced immediately after as the party's white magic specialist (with summoning as a secondary ability).
    • Final Fantasy X has Yuna, although thanks to the Sphere Grid you could customize her to be anything with a little work (and any other character to be a White Mage, by extension).
    • Final Fantasy X-2 had a White Mage Dress Sphere (job class), instead.
    • In Final Fantasy XIII the White Mage abilities were split into two different specializations, with Medic getting the healing and cleansing spells while Synergist gets the buff spells. In an unusual male example, Hope is the closest thing the game has to a traditional White Mage, being the only party member to have both Medic and Synergist as primary specializations (and is arguably the best at both) and his Limit Break (Last Resort) looks like the Holy spell from Final Fantasy X. He even uses healing magic in a cutscene and is the only playable character to do so.
    • Final Fantasy XIII-2 uses the same battle system with Noel being the one who has the better healing spells.
    • Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light also has a White Mage job (or "Crown", as the job system is called in that game).
  • Bravely Default and Bravely Second are both indirect spinoffs of the Final Fantasy series (spiritual successors to Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light), and so both have White Mage jobs. The second game adds the Bishop job, which lacks the White Mage's attack spells but its heals are based on a percentage of the target's maximum HP rather than a fixed value, so their heals are always effective.
  • The Brief and Meaningless Adventure of Hero Man:
    • The Cleric marionette can only cast healing and some debuff spells.
    • Medic Oozies' only actions are to cast Cure, which heals, and Surround, which blinds. They cannot directly damage the player party.
  • Elden Ring: Any character who focuses on using Golden Order-based incantations (Erdtree, Fundementalist, Two Fingers) is going to have a lot more spells dedicated to buffing, healing, and utility than pure combat.
  • Octopath Traveler, from the Bravely games' producers, has the Cleric job, which mainly specializes in full-party healing and revival spells and Light-elemental attack spells. The Apothecary job also has a single-target heal and a single-target revive, but it's more specialized in removing and applying status ailments (and hitting things with an axe). Ophilia and Alfyn, the default Cleric and default Apothecary respectively, are capable of combining the two classes to get the full range of healing abilities.
  • Aya from Parasite Eve, outside of two attack abilities, uses healing and buffing abilities from the traditional Final Fantasy white magic set.
  • Pillars of Dust: Ruben is a healer who has an anti-undead spell and a silence spell.
  • Abe no Seimei from Onmyōji is the only one out of the four onmyōji with only one active attack skill. The rest of his active skills is buffs, debuffs, a defensive ability, and a (very weak) healing ability.
  • Several games in the Dragon Quest series feature the Priest job class created in Dragon Quest III. Games that don't have job classes still have at least one character from this archetype (for instance, Serena from Dragon Quest XI).
  • Radiant Arc: Carrie is a standard healing mage, but with a few twists. Her healing spells buff the target(s) magic defense and she can draw aggro specifically from magic attacks.
  • Marco from Radiant Historia is almost a pure White Mage in his skillset, having almost no abilities that are not buffs or heals.
  • Princess Toadstool (not named Peach yet) served this purpose in Super Mario RPG, only having one damaging special attack.
  • The Tales Series played this straight at first, but games started to drift towards having much more varied roles. As such, only a few games have characters dedicated only to healing; most of the characters that can heal can also do something else.
    • Tales of Phantasia has Mint Adenade, who would more or less codify the "cute cleric" stereotype associated with most white mages, finishing the job that Rosa Farrel started. Mint is notable for being one of the incredibly few healers to have no offensive abilities at all, at least in her own game.
    • Raine Sage of Tales of Symphonia is the straightest example of a white mage in the series. She uses a staff, her only attack spells are holy-based, and she gets the best healing in the game, bar none. Having Raine in your party late-game is a requirement to stay alive.
    • Tales of the Abyss is where the Tales Series started to diverge into having two distinct healers as opposed to one. Tear and Natalia are more Martial Pacifists than strict white mages. Tear's spells heal areas, while Natalia's heal single targets. Also, Tear uses long-range spells and a staff, while Natalia shoots with a bow.
    • Estelle in Tales of Vesperia blurs the line between the White Mage and The Paladin. She specializes in healing and light magic, to the point that her healing spells are relevant to the story, but she can also use a sword and shield and has the party's best defensive stats and techniques.
    • Cheria in Tales of Graces fights exclusively from the back line with multi-target healing, holy and lightning magic, and throwing knives.
    • Elise from Tales of Xillia and Tales of Xillia 2 is one of the incredibly rare healers that focuses on dark magic when she is not supporting the party.
  • The MOTHER/Earthbound series has a tradition of making the protagonist one of these, which is rare for the genre. Ness, Ninten, and Lucas all qualify, having most of the advanced healing PSI and relying on physical attacks (and one or two late-game PSI attacks, like PK Rockin' for Ness and PK Love for Lucas) for offense, leaving most of the combat PSI to their female counterparts, Ana, Paula, and Kumatora.
  • Saeko Mukoda serves this role in Yakuza: Like a Dragon: she has the highest natural Healing stats in the party, making her the best choice to recast as an Idol - the game's best healing class. However, she also has a decently high Magic stat, meaning she is more than capable of inflicting damage if she so desires.
  • Cream the Rabbit served this role in Sonic Chronicles. Not only was she the only one with a group heal and resurrection spell, she could also replenish the party's MP, letting you spam special attacks.
  • Mirania and Calista in The Last Story. Both girls can heal party members and, in addition, the former even has the Limit Break ability to bring back lost lives), while the latter can summon arcane circles that repulse enemy attacks.

    Massive Multiplayer Online Games 
  • Grand Fantasia has the Acolyte -> Priest -> Cleric -> Prophet class progression, which is a pure White Mage archetype.
  • The monks from Guild Wars fit this trope to a T and are almost always expected to heal, reduce damage and cure conditions. Unfortunately for monk fans, the profession is no longer in the sequel because its design has no place for pure healing characters.
  • Final Fantasy XI of course has the trope namer as a class.
  • Final Fantasy XIV currently has 4 healing classes, including the titular White Mage. And all of them qualifies as Combat Medic to some extent.
    • The classic White Mage (WHM), which is attained after reaching Lv 30 with the starting class Conjurer (CNJ). WHM’s focus on direct powerful heals and restoring health over time. High-leveled White Mages can cast Benediction to fully restore HP in an instant, although it has a fairly long cooldown of 3 minutes. At an even higher level, they gain the Thin Air ability which allows them to temporarily cast their normally MP-intensive spells for free. WHM’s bread-and-butter damage-dealing spells are Glare (or Stone at lower levels) and Holy, which they are known to spam unabaited when the party ist not in immediate need of healing, earning this job the nickname of “Glare Mage”.
    • The Scholar (SCH), which is attained after reaching Lv 30 on the Arcanist (ACN) class. The SCH job is interesting because it is the only branching job in the game, as ACN’s may also become Summoners (SMN) instead. SCH’s, in contrast to WHM’s, focus less on directly healing the party and more on damage mitigation, either through providing shields that absorb damage or debuffing enemies. SCH’s are assisted in this task by a summonable faerie—Selene or Eos, your choice.
    • With the release of the Heavensward expansion the Astrologian (AST) was added. In addition to healing, they draw randomly from a deck of cards which allows them to buff their party in various ways.
    • The Endwalker expansion added the fourth healer job, Sage (SGE). Sages put the most focus on "combat" part of Combat Medic, with their main skills healing a designated character whenever they deal damage. Like Scholars, they also have a number of skills providing damage-absorbing shields.
  • Advocates in Nexus Clash can give out a wide range of buffs to huge numbers of other characters, enchant magic items, and heal others on a massive scale. They're the most powerful support class in the game, at the price that almost none of their abilities are any help to themselves.
  • Ragnarok Online's biggest example is the Priest class and their progressive jobs, High Priest and Arch Bishop. Most of their skills focus on healing and support, though they also have access to holy-element magic, like Magnus Exorcismus and Adoramus (Arch Bishop only).

    Strategy RPG 
  • Final Fantasy Tactics, Tactics Advance, and A2 all have a White Mage job class.
  • Tactics Ogre has the Cleric, Priest, and High Priest as pure White Mage classes. The Witch class is also a purely supportive spell-caster.
  • The Fire Emblem series has Clerics and Priests, which use healing magic through staves, and Troubadours, mounted healers. They usually promote classes that either add holy magic or fall more under Red Mage.
  • Nippon Ichi's Strategy RPGs have the Healer class, most frequently seen in the Disgaea series. Without abusing skill learning systems such as reincarnation, fusing, or the apprentice system, he or she will only naturally learn healing and support magic.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! Monster Capsule GB, Ryou Bakura fits this archetype as per his White Wizard character class in the manga.
  • Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark has the Mender class, which uses Holy Magic to remove debuffs and heal or revive allies. Though it lacks any offensive abilities, it can unlock more advanced classes that do have them, like the Wizard and the Plague Doctor.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Clerics, probably the Ur-Example. Although in practice, D&D Clerics tend to suck at their intended purpose in more than a few editions (damage out-grows healing ability quite quickly), but awesome through use of things that otherwise fall in Useless Useful Spell, and have decent stat-buffing ability for themselves and their teammates, and an innate ability to drive away undead creatures. It should be noted that unlike most White Mages, D&D Clerics are extremely proficient physical fighters (with the second-best hit die, second-best attack proficiency, and capable of wearing heavy armor and shields), though up until the third edition, they were also forbidden from using bladed weapons, unless their religion specifically allows this.
      • 5e boosted the Cleric to the point where it is considered one of the best classes in the game. Every cleric has access to a solid list of healing spells, but their Divine Domains feature allows them to gain different powers and spells based on the deity they worship. The cleric can therefore fill any role in the party while still remaining a viable healer, plus, there is no better healer in the entire game than clerics of the Life domain.
    • The Healer class in 3.5, as the name implies, was an attempt at making a pure healing class without any of the martial attributes of the Cleric. Almost their entire spell list is healing spells, with a small selection of defensive and utility effects, and zero offensive spells (except against undead, where Revive Kills Zombie). Not only that, but they have a lower attack bonus than Clerics, and lose their powers if they wear shields or metal armor. In exchange, their healing spells heal more HP, they get extra healing spells each day, and they can summon a unicorn companion (which comes with its own natural healing and protection abilities).
    • The Favored Soul (from 3.5's Complete Divine) is somewhere in between. They can wear medium armor (compared to the Cleric's heavy armor), they get the Cleric's higher hit die, and they can use all simple weapons. They only have a limited selection of spells (which, unlike a cleric or Healer, they can't swap out each day, but they do have access to the full Cleric spell list to choose from, unlike Healers), but they can cast them spontaneously. They also get the best saving throws (instead of one good category and two bad, all three are good), innate energy resistance, and damage reduction. Plus at higher levels, they grow wings and can fly. It's significantly less of a game-breaker in the hands of a min-maxer than a cleric (mostly due to the limited casting ability) but tends to be much more flexible and powerful within the healing role itself.
    • 5e introduced the Divine Soul Sorcerer, whose soul and/or blood is divine in some way, and the Celestial Patron Warlock, whose power is derived from a deal struck with a celestial entity. Both retain the basic abilities of their base classes, while also gaining new abilities. The Celestial Warlock gains access to some useful healing spells and the potent Healing Light ability. Divine Soul Sorcerers have the entire Cleric spell list available from the start, as well as an ability that lets them boost the healing provided to teammates.
  • Pathfinder Clerics flirt more with this trope. Some can take devastating offensive spells, but they lose heavy armor proficiency. Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 Clerics were better warriors than the fighting classes with buffs, but this is not the case in Pathfinder. Most clerics also gain a massive boost to healing abilities and offense against undead via Revive Kills Zombie, making them far more effective. Evil clerics did not have buffed healing (a mild case of No Cure for Evil), but siphoned away the life force of living people and healed their often undead allies via an inversion of Revive Kills Zombie. Good and neutral Oracles can also fall into this trope, though Inquisitors and Druids usually do not, as the former is a "mysterious divine agent" with a limited selection from the Cleric's list.
  • The entire point of the Life sphere in Spheres of Power.
  • In Heroica, LEGO's dungeon crawl game system, the Druid character has a special ability that allows him to restore full health to himself or, depending on house rules, any other player. This is one of the only non-combat-related abilities to be found among the game system's eight playable characters.
  • In Ammo, a very rare character choice, at least at startup. Healing is very limited in efficiency (the caster must choose ONE stat that he knows how to heal, over 15 possible), and every heal reduced temporarily the caster Magic stat by one... on a max value of 3 (for humans). Worth to mention that starting as a White Mage means no offensive magic until you learn some?
  • In Bunnies & Burrows, the Empath is an Empathic Healer who can play as a White Mage, especially if they can reverse-heal as an attack.
  • Princess: The Hopeful: In combat, both the Mender and Grace Callings can fall into this trope. Menders have affinity for Charms of healing and restoration, while Graces have affinity for Charms that bless allies or manipulate supernatural forces.
  • The Unofficial Hollow Knight RPG: The Path of the Bloom grants a bug power over life, able to summon healing pollen, calm other creatures, and suppress negative traits. While they do have a few control spells such as trapping an enemy in a large flower or summoning entangling vines, they're notable for being the only Path that doesn't get any abilities capable of directly harming an enemy. Though this ends up being somewhat subverted by the fact that the most reliable way to generate Soul for spellcasting is to attack enemies in melee, so even a healing and support-focused bug is going to have to wade into combat sooner or later regardless of whether or not they're actually good at it.

    Western RPG 
  • Harriet in Albion. Her spell list is like, "Heal, more heal, recuperate, move around, totally heal everyone, destroy every opponent instantly but only once you've practised the spell a million times." Still, that last one is the only offensive spell she has, and it's not going to be her main asset except maybe right at the end of the game if you've really focused on it.

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Bleach has a few notable examples, with Inoue Orihime being a combination of this and a Barrier Warrior with her Shun Shun Rikka abilities, which allow her to heal any injury, up to outright raising the dead - while she could theoretically be absolutely devastating in a fight, her pacifistic nature and unwillingness to harm others limits her ability in that regard (at least until she figures out how to use her abilities as a counter attack instead).
    • There are also the members of the medically specialized Squad Four of the Thirteen Court Guard Squads, who specialize in healing kido spells. Of particular note in that squad is Hanataro Yamada, who (unlike most other Soul Reapers) is nearly entirely defenceless in a fight, even wielding a Healing Shiv. He spends his time as a "hostage" in Ichigo's entourage as their healer while Ichigo and Ganju do the fighting.
  • Dende from Dragon Ball Z is a young child and not a warrior Namekian, and thus can't fight. But his healing abilities saved the heroes' (and Vegeta's) bacon multiple times during the fight against Frieza. Vegeta even exploits his power to get a zenkai boost by purposefully getting wounded and then having Dende heal him back up. When he becomes Earth's Kami in the Cell saga, he's kept as a non-combatant (if he dies, the Dragon Balls die with him), but he still heals the others several times and is now the one behind Dragon Ball's main get-out-of-death-free card. The abridged series even has him refer to himself as a White Mage (unfortunately, this is just before Freeza decides to Shoot the Medic First).
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi gives us Konoka Konoe, the group's healer, who consistently references the Final Fantasy white mages in appearance and behavior.
  • Space Battleship Yamato 2202 introduces us to the second Yamato-Class ship known as The Ginga, which is an accidental case of this trope. Instead of being loaded with a standard Wave-Motion Engine, it is employed the Cosmo Reverse System, and due to the fact that Captain Okita's will is bonded with the Cosmo Reverse System, the ship that it is mounted to cannot use the offensive weaponry like the Shock Cannons, instead relying on the other ships in the Wave Motion Fleet in order to protect and fight for it. Despite this, the Cosmo Reverse System on the Ginga is able to release Wave Motion Energy that when interacting with other vessels in the fleet are able to amplify the output of their own Wave-Motion Engines; such as strengthening the Wave-Motion Shields or increasing the power of the Wave-Motion Guns.
  • Witch Hat Atelier: Medical witches. They used glyphs on the human body to heal them, however, once the Ban on Magic took place, they were eventually extinct after fighting against the ban for years. It's later revealed they weren't exactly good people either, and part of the reason why the ban even happened was the Medical Witches' increasingly gruesome and horrifying human experiments.

    Fan Works 
  • MarineAngemon from the Tamers Forever Series, whose talents lie in healing and support.
  • In Equestria: Across the Multiverse:
    • Fluttershy's personal Paladin Armor works like this. She hates fighting, so her armor is primarily designed around healing and defense.
    • A bigger example is the World of Empathy's Powered Armor version, the Bard System. As the inhabitants are all Actual Pacifists but understand their allies need to fight sometimes, the Bard Armor has zero offensive abilities but makes up for it by having a ton of supportive abilities to aid their allies without actually fighting themselves. This ranges from healing, to buffing up allies, to creating Hard Light bridges for allies to use. On top of it, the Bard System runs on Innocence Magic, a rare form of magic that Only the Pure of Heart can use (in this case, innocence referring to a lack of desire to do wrong) that buffs up light magic and weakens dark magic, especially corruptive forms of it. Unusually for this type of character, they're also a Stone Wall.
  • Us and Them: Aeris. While on the planet Beud A'Evori she actually becomes an accredited white mage after joining the White Mages Guild.

  • The Beneficari in Shattered Twilight are effectively White Mages in green clothing.
  • Kindrie from Chronicles of the Kencyrath. He's the most powerful healer in the Kencyrath, but while he has no equal with preservative magic, he can neither create nor destroy. This is a clue that he is actually one of the Tyr-Ridan—Argentiel, That-Which-Preserves.
  • Villains by Necessity: Kaylana, as her magic is largely used to heal or talk with animals.
  • Nahlia Cole from The Lost Redeemer. All of her abilities revolve around healing and protection in some way. Even when she's learning combat in Whitecliff Academy, she takes a pacifist approach and refuses to hurt anyone.
  • Prophecy Approved Companion: Qube is literally called "the Healer Mage Companion".
  • The Witch of Knightcharm: The protagonist Emily specializes in defensive magic like shield spells. One of her challenges is figuring out how to use the magic that she has in order to attack and not just try defending herself until someone breaks through her shields.

    Web Original 
  • AFK: Serena has healing powers, and even wears white.