List of Magicians in Fantasy - Written Fiction

Written Fiction

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  • 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.
  • 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 .
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Dean of Unseen University in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series is not named, but is a senior wizard and recurring character.
  • Mustrum Ridcully - Archancellor of Unseen University throughout most of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.
  • Ponder Stibbons is the Head of Inadvisably Applied Magic at Unseen University in Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels.
  • Rincewind - strictly a "Wizzard" (it says so on his hat) and the wizards of Unseen University - from many of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels.
  • Eric, from Eric by Terry Pratchett
  • Elric of Melniboné - often called a sorcerer or a wizard - from Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melniboné and its sequels. Other notable magic users appearing include, Yyrkoon (Elric's cousin), Theleb K'aarna and Jagreen Lern (Both human sorcerer's of the Pan Tang isles), Rackhir The Red Archer (Warrior Priest of Phum), and The Dark Lady Myshella.
  • Eridanus, Nequam, Djutoris and others - from the Guptara Twins' Insanity Saga (Conspiracy of Calaspia and sequels)
  • Gandalf, Saruman, Radagast, Alatar and Pallando - from J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings - are called Wizards, but are really supernatural beings called Maia. In the Middle-earth legendarium, "wizard" is a term applied only to the five members of the Order of the Istari. While other practitioners of magic exist in Middle-earth, they are never referred to as wizards. No purely human character has power to work magic. Non-wizard naming examples include: Sorceress of the Golden Wood, The Witch-king of Angmar, and The Necromancer.
  • Goblin, One-Eye, Silent, Tom-Tom, The Lady and The Ten Who Were Taken From Glen Cook's The Black Company
  • Ogion and Ged (Earthsea) (Sparrowhawk) from Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea book series, the most well-known of which is A Wizard of Earthsea, first published in 1968.
  • Gereth Yaztromo is a major wizard in the world of Titan, which was created by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone.
  • Grubbs Grady from Darren Shan's Demonata is a magician, werewolf and part of the Kah-Gash.
  • Gideon is a 13th century wizard in the Hatching Magic series by Ann Downer. Other wizards in the series include Iain Merlin O'Shea, Harvard professor, Margery MacVanish, and Septimus Silvertongue.
  • Gorice XII, King of Witchland, in The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison.
  • Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape, Lord Voldemort, and all other non-Muggle male characters from J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and its sequels are called wizards. The female practitioners of magic (such as Hermione Granger and Lily Potter) are called witches.
  • Harry Dresden is a Wizard up for hire for investigating crimes The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher.
  • Howell Jenkins in Dian Wynne Jones book Howl's Moving Castle
  • Hugo Rune, mage, mystic, Guru's Guru, The Man Himself. Appears in the Robert Rankin novels. Never pays his bills. He gives the world his genius, all he asks it that the world cover his expenses.
  • Iucounu the Laughing Magician. From Jack Vance's Dying Earth series.
  • Joseph Curwen from "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" by H.P. Lovecraft
  • J. Wellington Wells ("a dealer in magic and spells") - the eponymous Sorcerer of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta, who also features in two books by Tom Holt.
  • Queen Jadis also known as The White Witch from The Magician's Nephew and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian of Narnia by C. S. Lewis.
  • Lhimter, Aetsir, Maeghalen, Erath Ianim, Vernow from Madalina Mocanu's fantasy novel "The Lake of the 40 Towers".
  • "The Magus," the eponymous title character in the novel by Alex Sumner.
  • Maugraby from Domdaniel in the continued story of the Arabian Nights by Dom Chaves and Cazotte.
  • Mauryl Gestaurien, last of the ancient Galasieni race of C. J. Cherryh's Fortress series.
  • Mr Majeika protagonist of a series of children's books that bear his name in the title - later adapted for television.
  • Michael Scot - protagonist of Michael Scott Rohan's The Lord of Middle Air - a historical figure and an ancestor of the author!
  • Merlin, the wizard, associated with King Arthur, also in Spenser's The Faerie Queene.
  • Morgon was the riddlemaster of Hed in books by author Patricia A. McKillip.
  • Nathaniel a.k.a.John Mandrake and other magicians from The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud.
  • Ningauble of the Seven Eyes and Sheelba of the Eyeless Face are the sorcerous advisors for Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, in Fritz Leiber's Swords series. They are (apparently) unhuman, and they aid (in other words, complicate the lives of) the two rogue heroes. Sheelba is noted as being female in Knight and Knave of Swords.
  • Count Otto Black and evil wizard and arch foe of Hugo Rune, he appears in several books by Robert Rankin including The Brightonomicon and Retromancer.
  • Polgara the Sorceress - The Belgariad.
  • Prospero, (The Tempest by Shakespeare)
  • Proteus - converted from Greek god to magician in Spenser's The Faerie Queene.
  • Pug (also known as Milamber) is the wizard protagonist of the fantasy books by Raymond E. Feist.
  • Richard Rahl and Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander - Wizards; central characters from Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind.
  • Randall Flagg, an evil entity from Stephen King's epic The Stand, often appears as a "wizard" in the author's other works. Notably in the Dark Tower series as Walter o'Dim (The Man in Black) and Marten Broadcloak (Steven Deschain's magician). He also plays the part of the antagonist in Eyes of the Dragon as "Flagg," King Roland's advisor.
  • Various Sith sorcerers in Star Wars.
  • Various characters in the ongoing Skulduggery Pleasant series of children's books by Derek Landy
  • Silvanus Carolinus, one of the AAA+ rated wizards from Gordon R. Dickson's Dragon Knight series. The first volume being The Dragon and the George. He is the mentor of the main character Jim Eckert.
  • Professor Slocombe - Appearing in The Brentford Trilogy by Robert Rankin. He appears as an aged, wise magician who often supplies much of the exposition about the various enemies present in the series (He was apparently Merlin in the distant past). Is once described as bearing a resemblance to Peter Cushing. Has a butler named Gammon.
  • Sonea, Rothen, Akkarin, Dannyl and others in The Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan. The series centres around a "Magician's guild". Hence, most of the characters wield magic.
  • Tayschrenn, High Mage of the Malazan Empire in the Malazan books of the Fallen by Steven Erikson.
  • Thoth-amon in The Phoenix on the Sword, Tsotha-lanti in The Scarlet Citadel and Yara in The Tower of the Elephant are examples of evil wizards from the stories about Conan the Barbarian by Robert E. Howard.
  • Väinämöinen (Kalevala)
  • Walter Irving Zumwalt, AKA Wiz, a computer programmer from Silicon Valley summoned to a parallel universe to battle the Forces of Darkness. He is the main character in Rick Cook's Wiz Biz series, the first volume being Wizard's Bane.
  • The Wizard and The Wicked Witch of the West from L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The wizard is a stage magician pretending to be a genuine wizard. In the 1939 movie version the wizard was also a fake. However, in later Oz stories, he studies magic with Glinda and becomes a genuine wizard. See Wizard (Oz).
  • Wizard Whitebeard in Martin Handford's Where's Wally? series is often the instigator of Wally's travels.
  • Wodehed, Flaggatis, Maghatch, and others in the Welkin Weasels series.
  • Young Wizards: Diane Duane describes wizards as emissaries of "the One" (see God), who take an oath to use powers beyond the comprehension of a non-wizard in the service of life, to keep entropy, personified as a Lone Power, under control and therefore delay the demise of the universe. They are said to still exist in the present day, but due to negative public perception, work undercover.
  • Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander is a prominent wizard in the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind.
  • Zhuge Liang, Sima Yi, and Pang Tong, although not truly mentioned in the story, was a magician who called on mystic powers to aid them in Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

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