The Red Mage is a well-rounded spell caster whose repertoire can include a balance of both black and white magic.
The Red Mage is a character class from the original Final Fantasy, which can be selected for the Warriors of Light at the start of the game. This class can use both Black and White Magic, as well as many different weapons and pieces of armor.
True to the job's name, the Red Mage is clad in red robes and a wide-brimmed hat, adorned with a single white feather. Being unable to make use of the highest level magic or equipment, the Red Mage is generally relegated to a more supportive position; a jack of all trades, but a master of none.
In the Final Fantasy manga, one of the Warriors of Light is a Red Mage named Puffy (パフィ, Pafi?). An original character who does not appear in the game, she is the main protagonist, and meets DB-6 in the back of the cave of Onrac near a waterfall. She is a member of the Warriors of Light (together with Fritz, Matoya and Bahamut) and helps to restore the power of the Crystals.
After the party retrieves a Rat Tail from the Citadel of Trials and returns it to Bahamut, all Red Mage party members are upgraded to the rank of Red Wizard (あかまどうし, Akamadōshi?). The Red Wizard's spell and equipment options are slightly expanded, and the job sports a somewhat more extravagant variation of the base Red Mage job's attire.
The names for the Red Mage class are:
- Duane - Character in Final Fantasy VI.
- Elayne - Character in Final Fantasy VI.
- Gill - Character in Final Fantasy V.
- KluYa - Character in Final Fantasy IV.
- Kory - Character in Final Fantasy IV.
- Lalibo - Character in Final Fantasy V.
- Lola - Character in Final Fantasy VI.
- Mid - Character in Final Fantasy V.
- Tot - Character in Final Fantasy IX.
- Yura - Character in Final Fantasy VI.
In the Final Fantasy 20th Anniversary and subsequent versions, one name is altered, to one of ambiguous origin:
- Tomok - Replaces Lalibo.
The Red Mage appears on a Triple Triad card in the version playable via Final Fantasy Portal App.
- In the original NES version, at the party selection screen, the Red Mage appears along with the Warrior, the Thief, and the Monk—the first four jobs as listed in the game's internal ordering system—as the default party, making them the first characters to be seen in the Final Fantasy series, and the Red Mage itself the first mage. Later releases would include the White Mage and Black Mage as the third and fourth members of the default party, replacing the Monk and Red Mage respectively.