The Black Mage (くろまじゅつし, Kuromajutsushi?) is the offensive magic caster of the Light Warriors in the original Final Fantasy. The Black Mage has the lowest HP out of any character class, but they can inflict negative status effects and cause great damage with their Black Magic. Black Mages are often kept in the back of the line as they rain down fire, ice, and lightning on their foes. They are easily spotted by their cone-shaped hats and cloaks that obscure their face (save a pair of glowing eyes). In the NES version, the promoted Black Wizard removes his hat, but all versions after the Wonderswan Color port simply change the outfit, but keep the face-concealing hat on. They are dressed in a blue cloak with only eyes glowing in the dark of their face. They have only changed in stance, making them the least changed character, other than White Mage. In Final Fantasy: Memory of Heroes the official novelization of the game he is a quiet man named Daewoo.
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/her to cast higher level spells and equip better weapons and armor. While the NES version of the Black Wizard depicts him/her with his/her hood down, all versions after the WonderSwan Color port change his/her outfit but retain the hat, obscuring his/her face. The 20th Anniversary Edition depicts the Black Wizard in a costume identical to the Magus from the original version of Final Fantasy III.
Powers and Stats
Name: The Black Mage of Light
Origin: Final Fantasy I
Classification: Human/Hero of Prophecy/The Warrior of Light, Black Mage/Black Wizard
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Magic, Elemental Manipulation (of the ice, fire and thunder variety), Energy Blasts (in the form of Flare), Poison Manipulation (via Scourge), Time Manipulation (In the variety of speeding himself/his allies up via Haste and slowing/stopping opponents via Slow and Stop), One Hit Kill (via Death and Kill), Teleportation (via Teleport), Dimensional BFR (via Warp), Petrification (via Break), Mind Manipulation (via Sleep and Confuse), capable of blinding (via Blind) and stunning his opponents (via Hold), can increasing his/allies strength (via Focus, Temper and Focara), can conjure up massive earthquakes (via Quake), can breath underwater (via Oxyale)
Attack Potency: Large Planet level (Fought and defeated Base Gilgamesh in the Lifespring Grotto)
Speed: Sub-Relativistic (Fought and defeated Base Gilgamesh in the Lifespring Grotto)
Lifting Strength: Superhuman+
Striking Strength: Island Class
Durability: Large Planet level (Comparable to Base Gilgamesh)
Range: Extended Melee Range with weapons; much higher with magic
Standard Equipment: Cat Claws or Judgement Staff, Robe, Armlet, Crystal, Oxyale
Intelligence: Skilled mage and combatant, bested Garland in mortal combat, previously Cornelia's greatest Knight (of which was implied to be worth the entirety of Cornelia's remaining military might alone due to the Kingdom's failure to rescue Princess Sara themselves), fairly competent at problem solving with little information available
Weaknesses: None notable
Note: This profile assumes the Black Mage of Light is the Black Wizard class from the original game.