Although ill-suited for wielding weapons, Black Mages easily bend destructive black magic spells to their will.
The Black Mage is the offensive magic caster of the Light Warriors in the original Final Fantasy. He has the lowest HP out of any character class, but he can inflict negative status effects and cause great damage with their Black Magic.
The Black Mage is dressed in a blue cloak with only eyes glowing in the dark of their face. In subsequent remakes, he has only changed in stance, making him the least changed character, other than White Mage.
In the Final Fantasy: Memory of Heroes official novelization, the Black Mage's name is given as Daewoo (テウ, Teu?). He carries the Earth Crystal and is a silent type whose every word counts. He is a kindhearted and quiet man, who also seems to be highly intelligent and in tune with beasts and other aspects of nature.
After completing the Citadel of Trials, Bahamut, the Dragon King, upgrades the Black Mage to the rank of Black Wizard (くろまどうし, Kuromadoushi?). This enables him to cast higher level spells and equip better weapons and armor. While the NES version of the Black Wizard depicts him with his hood down, all versions after the WonderSwan Color port change his outfit but retain the hat, obscuring his face. The 20th Anniversary Edition depicts the Black Wizard in a costume identical to the Magus from the original version of Final Fantasy III.
In the Dawn of Souls and subsequent versions, there are ten optional auto-names for the different character classes. Each name is a reference to another character or place name in the Final Fantasy series.
The ten names for the Black Mage class are:
- Delilah - Character in Final Fantasy III.
- Gilles - Character in Final Fantasy III.
- Gungho - Character in Final Fantasy VI.
- Homac - Character in Final Fantasy III.
- Kokkol - Character in Final Fantasy IV.
- Koko - Character in Final Fantasy V.
- Nina - Character in Final Fantasy III.
- Stella - Character in Final Fantasy V.
- Topapa - Character in Final Fantasy III.
- Zok - Character in Final Fantasy V.
Black Mage appears on a Triple Triad card.