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1 Harry Potter, 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) are called witches. 36815
2 In the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, wizards are numerous, and can normally be found in the Unseen University. One of the predominant wizards in the series is Rincewind, although he only uses magic on extremely rare occasions. 5139
3 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. 4327
4 Morgan le Fay -- an enchantress in both the Matter of Britain and the Matter of France 3147
5 Doctor Doom is a supervillian and next in line for Sorcerer Supreme appearing in the Marvel Universe. 2948
6 Goblin, One-Eye, Silent, Tom-Tom, The Lady and The Ten Who Were Taken From Glen Cook's The Black Company 2768
7 Baba Yaga 2659
8 Doctor Strange is a superhero and Sorcerer Supreme appearing in the Marvel Universe. 2590
9 Zatanna in the DC Comics universe. 2227
10 Circe -- Greek sorceress 2132
11 Dragonlance: Raistlin Majere was a very powerful mage in the Dragonlance fantasy series. Other mages in Dragonlance include Magius, Palin Majere, Par-Salian, Dalamar and Fistandantilus among (many) others. Fizban is the mortal avatar of the god Paladine from the Dragonlance fantasy novels. 1934
12 Doctor Fate is a sorcerer and superhero in stories published by DC Comics. 1852
13 Forgotten Realms: Wizards are featured in many of the Forgotten Realms fantasy novels and RPGs. The most famous wizards are Elminster and Khelben. 1775
14 John Constantine, of Hellblazer 1443
15 Prospero, (The Tempest by Shakespeare) 1440
16 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. 1417
17 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. 1263
18 The 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. 1202
19 Väinämöinen (Kalevala) 1028
20 Harry Dresden is a Wizard up for hire for investigating crimes The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. 741
21 Greyhawk: Wizards of Greyhawk include Mordenkainen, Bigby, Drawmij, Evard, Leomund, Melf, Nystul, Otiluke, Rary, Tasha, and Tenser. 717
22 Chris Halliwell, Wyatt Matthews Halliwell, Prue Halliwell, Piper Halliwell, Phoebe Halliwell, Paige Matthews, Patricia Halliwell, Penny Halliwell, Melinda Warren are witches in the television series Charmed 688
23 Catweazle of the British TV-series with the same name. A magician fleeing from the Normans to modern England. 644
24 Max Russo, Alex Russo, and Justin Russo are all wizards in the Disney Channel Original Series Wizards of Waverly Place 507
25 Richard Rahl and Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander - Wizards; central characters from Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. 441
26 Serinda Swan portrayed the magician Zatanna in the Smallville television series, episode Hex. 399
27 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. 355
28 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. 292
29 The Telchines - four wizards of ancient Greek myths. 275
30 Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander is a prominent wizard in the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. 240
31 Gwydion -- Welsh 212
32 Mystara: Countless Wizards exist on Alphatia, such as Haldemar of Haaken, Terari and Empress Eriadna, while some notable wizards of the Known World are Étienne d'Amberville, Demetrion Karagenteropoulos, Bargle the Infamous, Claransa the Seer, Jagger von Drachenfels, Dolores Hillsbury, and Kol XIV. 188
33 Wizardmon of the Digimon series is one example of the few Wizard-type Digimon. 171
34 Pug (also known as Milamber) is the wizard protagonist of the fantasy books by Raymond E. Feist. 162
35 Grubbs Grady from Darren Shan's Demonata is a magician, werewolf and part of the Kah-Gash. 150
36 Chrestomanci in Charmed Life and sequels by Diana Wynne Jones 142
37 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. 142
38 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. 141
39 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. 134
40 Polgara the Sorceress - The Belgariad. 107
41 Mr Majeika protagonist of a series of children's books that bear his name in the title - later adapted for television. 106
42 Michael Scot - protagonist of Michael Scott Rohan's The Lord of Middle Air - a historical figure and an ancestor of the author! 99
43 Tim Hunter, the young wizard in the Books of Magic comic by Neil Gaiman and others. 97
44 Allanon is a wizard, also known as a druid and historian, from the Shannara series, which was created by Terry Brooks. 84
45 Jannes and Jambres from Hebrew theology. 73
46 Farmer Weathersky 36
47 Dallben is a magician in The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. 33
48 Chun the Unavoidable, Mazirian the Magician, Rhialto the Marvelous, and others - from Jack Vance's Dying Earth stories. 32
49 Marisa Kirisame, the secondary protagonist of Touhou Project. 28
50 Atlantes -- an evil sorcerer in the Matter of France 26
51 Archimago -- an evil enchanter in The Faerie Queene. 21
52 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. 15
53 Morgon was the riddlemaster of Hed in books by author Patricia A. McKillip. 6
54 Khadgar, Medivh, Jaina Proudmore and Gul'Dan are all prominent wizards of the WarCraft universe (the latter being of the warlock variety). 5
55 Väinämöinen - the grand wizard of Kalevala 5
56 Fioravante in the fairy tale Cannetella 5
57 Elric of Melniboné - often called a sorcerer or a wizard - from Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melniboné and its sequels. < 5
58 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. < 5
59 Akthuri is the wizard from The Dragonfighters of Kulamain, young adult fantasy/adventure novel by Karen M. Penn . < 5
60 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. < 5
61 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. < 5
62 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'). < 5
63 "Black Mages" and "White Mages" and occasionally even "Red Mages" and "Blue Mages" in the video game series Final Fantasy. < 5
64 Gorice XII, King of Witchland, in The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison. < 5
65 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. < 5
66 Adbaldar from Domdaniel in Robert Southey's oriental poem Thalaba: the Destroyer. < 5
67 Abhaydatta is the wizard/healer from the fantasy series, The Conch Bearer, created by the author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. < 5
68 Shazam, the ancient Egyptian wizard who gives Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family their powers. < 5
69 Merlin - the famous wizard from Arthurian legends and their modern retellings. < 5
70 Various Sith sorcerers in Star Wars. < 5
71 Manannan and Mordack are two evil wizards featured in the King's Quest series. < 5
72 Maugraby from Domdaniel in the continued story of the Arabian Nights by Dom Chaves and Cazotte. < 5
73 In the Kingdom Hearts series, the Disney Character Donald Duck is portrayed as the magician of King Mickey's Court. < 5
74 Crispin is the wizard that helped King Graham in the King's Quest computer game series created by Roberta Williams and produced by the game company Sierra Entertainment. < 5
75 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 < 5
76 Mondain, Minax and Exodus opposed the player in the first three Ultima games. < 5
77 Wizard Whitebeard in Martin Handford's Where's Wally? series is often the instigator of Wally's travels. < 5
78 "Demon Sorcerers" in the TV show Jackie Chan Adventures < 5
79 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). < 5
80 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. < 5


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