List of magicians in fantasy

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Famous magicians in fantasy fiction include the following: For witches, see List of fictional witches

Fairy tales, myths and legends[edit]

Merlin, from the British mythology surrounding King Arthur, is an example of a well-known wizard.

Written fiction[edit]

  • Abhaydatta is the wizard/healer from the fantasy series, The Conch Bearer, created by the author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.
  • Adbaldar from Domdaniel in Robert Southey's oriental poem Thalaba: the Destroyer.
  • Acacia Castell is the female protagonist of Wizard: Deceased by D.J. Natelson. She uses music to effect her magic.
  • Aes Sedai are female wielders of the One Power from Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. They are human beings born with either the spark of the ability in them or the opportunity to learn (2% of total population). Aes Sedai is an Order, not the general name for a female Channeler. Aes Sedai were once an Order of both men and women but this has changed because of historical events.
  • Akthuri is the wizard from The Dragonfighters of Kulamain, young adult fantasy/adventure novel by Karen M. Penn [1].
  • Alexander Taylor, the wizard main character from T A Barron's Adventurers Wanted series.
  • Alex Verus, a mage/diviner in Benedict Jacka's Alex Verus series
  • Alice Deane, Tom's Mam and various antagonists in the children's fantasy series The Wardstone Chronicles.
  • Allanon is a wizard, also known as a druid and historian, from the Shannara series, which was created by Terry Brooks.
  • An anonymous magician in The Charwoman's Shadow by Lord Dunsany both dispenses magic and threatens the other characters by tricking them into giving up their shadows.
  • Anton Gorodetsky, main protagonist and narrator of three of the four Night Watch novels by Sergei Lukyanenko is a Light Magician for the Moscow Night Watch (although in the film version of Night Watch he was presented as a seer instead of a magician). Initially merely a moderately powerful magician, by the later books of the series he became a Higher Magician, one of the most powerful
  • Archimago—an evil enchanter in The Faerie Queene.
  • Asha'man are male wielders of the One Power from Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. They are human beings born with either the spark of the ability in them or the opportunity to learn. As with the Aes Sedai the Asha'man is the name of an Order and not the specific name of a male Channeler.
  • Bayaz - wizard from Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy, who is referred to as "first of the Magi".
  • Belgarath - created by David Eddings as a leading character for The Belgariad series of fantasy novels (also called 'Belgarath the Sorcerer' or 'The Eternal Man').
  • Ben Adeaphon Delat (Quick Ben) is a Mage of reputation in the 'Malazan books of the Fallen' By Steven Erikson.
  • Bloyse - also known as Blaise, Blaze; Merlin's master/instructor in the Arthurian tradition.
  • Channeler, a wielder of the One Power in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time. Different titles are given to Channelers of different gender and in different cultures.
  • Chun the Unavoidable, Mazirian the Magician, Rhialto the Marvelous, and others - from Jack Vance's Dying Earth stories.
  • Chrestomanci in Charmed Life and sequels by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Dallben is a magician in The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander.
  • Dr. Daniel Rumanos, occult detective protagonist of The Weird Adventures of Daniel Rumanos eBook series.
  • In the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, wizards are numerous, and can be found, among other places, in the Unseen University. One of the predominant wizards in the series is Rincewind, although he only uses magic on extremely rare occasions.

Dungeons & Dragons[edit]

The role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons by TSR, Inc., later bought out by Wizards of the Coast and then Hasbro, has several settings in which novels have been written. See also Category:Fictional arcane spellcasters (Dungeons & Dragons).

Comics and animation[edit]

  • Avatar One of the prophesied twins born in the post apocalyptic movie Wizards. Avatar, the good son, is human and seeks a passive life of non-aggression in order to avoid responsibility for the bloodshed and despair prophesied. He defeats his evil brother Blackwolf, who tries to take over their world machinery gleaned from an old Nazi war reel.
  • Blackwolf The evil twin of Avatar, who uses magic to create Nazi machinery from an old projector and war film. Blackwolf's disastrous attempts to assassinate his brother compel Avatar to marshal forces against Blackwolf, leading to the ultimate confrontation.
  • Babidi, from the Dragon Ball Z series, an extraterrestrial wizard whose father Bibidi created the demon known as Majin Buu.
  • Doctor Fate is a sorcerer and superhero in stories published by DC Comics.
  • Doctor Strange is a superhero and Sorcerer Supreme appearing in the Marvel Universe.
  • Doctor Doom is a supervillain appearing in the Marvel Universe.
  • Henrot, Necross the Mad, the Flame Jewel Wizard, and Charles X. Claremont are all wizards in the Cerebus universe.
  • Huckleberry Yiucko (his nickname is Huck) is a wise teenage medieval wizard and Daishiko, Maude, Keishin, Hana and the Kinghs's master in the upcoming Dark and Light Elemental Ages from Warlords comics by Marie-Eve April-Dufour.
  • Shazam, the ancient Egyptian wizard who gives Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family their powers.
  • Natsu Dragneel and Lucy Heartfilia are the main protagonists and mages of the manga/anime series Fairy Tail.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon series mentions two wizards; one named Lazaar who had slept for centuries until his computer of magic spells was stolen, forcing the title character to retrieve it for him with his famous speed as collateral, and another named Naugus who creates an alternate dimension known as the Void, only to be double-crossed by Robotnik and trapped inside it. Naugus also appears in the comic books based on the cartoon, wherein he was shown to be able to control the elements of wind, fire, water, and earth before being robbed of his intelligence, now wielding a form of shadow magic, allowing him to slip in and out of shadows at will.
  • Tim Hunter, the young wizard in the Books of Magic comic by Neil Gaiman and others.
  • Wizardmon of the Digimon series is one example of the few Wizard-type Digimon.
  • There are at least two wizards in The World of David the Gnome. The first is Tiraland, a mischievous little wizard who could turn rocks into gold. Then he stole all the gold from the king. The second is Pondent do Rey, a human wizard and friend of David's. He lives in the Himalays, and he has many magic mirrors.
  • Lina Inverse, of The Slayers is a young sorceress and heroine of the series who is extremely powerful. She is able to cast many varied spells with a high degree of proficiency, ease, and power (most take no more than a couple of seconds to cast; many are instant). She specializes in black magic, which is unusual for a protagonist. She also has the unique ability to draw power from the Lord of Nightmares to use spells made from chaos itself. In addition, she has access to a few limited healing and protection spells. Her abilities are significantly more varied than most wizards/sorcerers/mages appearing in fiction.
  • Zatanna in the DC Comics universe.
  • Wiccan and Enchantress in the Marvel Comics universe

Television and film[edit]

Video games[edit]


In some fictional and game settings, wizard or a similar term is the name for a "race" or species, not just a job title.

For example:


  1. ^ Sumner, A, 2009, The Magus, Bihutys Books, London.