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This is a list of real-world people whose likenesses have appeared on Magic: The Gathering cards. While many real-world people began appearing on cards with the addition of Universes Beyond, artists have used real-world people as models for illustrations since the game's creation. This list does not include models whose likeness does not appear on the card.

List[ | ]

Person Character Cards Notes
Albert Einstein Presence of the Master (Legends)
Carol Monahan Rubinia Soulsinger Rubinia Soulsinger (Legends)[1] First head of sales at Wizards of the Coast.
Mr. Wendy Gwendlyn Di Corci Gwendlyn Di Corci[2] Member of Seattle punk band Sick n Wrong.
Amber Bird Elves of Deep Shadow (The Dark)[3] Front of post-punk band Varnish.
Margaret Organ-Kean Implements of Sacrifice[4] Self-portrait
Dan Frazier Soldevi Simulacrum[5] Self-portrait
Kaja Foglio Autumn Willow Autumn Willow[6][4]
Daniel Gelon Mine, Mine, Mine![7]
Joel Mick Jalum Grifter[7]
Scott McGough Urza Opportunity (Urza's Legacy)[8]
Darwin Kastle Avalanche Riders (Urza's Legacy) Magic Invitational winner card
Todd Lockwood Capashen Standard[8] The man on the right
Mike Long Rootwater Thief (Nemesis) Magic Invitational winner card
Chris Pikula Meddling Mage (Planeshift) Magic Invitational winner card
Jon Finkel Shadowmage Infiltrator (Odyssey) Magic Invitational winner card
Olle Råde Sylvan Safekeeper (Judgment)[9] Magic Invitational winner card
Kai Budde Magic Invitational winner card
Jens Thoren Solemn Simulacrum (Mirrodin)[11] Magic Invitational winner card
Lisa del Giocondo As the Mona Lisa
Richard Garfield Richard Garfield, Ph.D.
Paolo Parente Mana Flair
Bob Maher Dark Confidant (Ravnica: City of Guilds) Magic Invitational winner card
Terry Soh Rakdos Augermage (Dissension) Magic Invitational winner card
Evan Goldberg Evan Goldberg Actor Special Guest Gift Card
Seth Rogen Seth Rogen Actor Special Guest Gift Card
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Joseph Gordon-Levitt Actor Special Guest Gift Card
Antoine Ruel Ranger of Eos (Shards of Alara)[12] Magic Invitational winner card
Toby Kebbell Drake Stone[13][14] The Sorcerer's Apprentice promo cards.
Tiago Chan Snapcaster Mage (Innistrad)[15] Magic Invitational winner card
Heather Loveridge[16] Friend of Steve Argyle Chosen of Markov / Markov's Servant
Cara Nicole[17] Emmara Tandris Emmara Tandris Also known as cosplayer AZ Powergirl
Luc Mertens Luc Mertens Promotional card
Chris Mertens Luc Mertens Promotional card
Kristi Sydri, Galvanic Genius[18] Terese Nielsen's daughter
Zack Stella Self-portraits
Valerie Rainville Beckett Brass Jason Rainville's mother
Curtis Maahs[25] Jason Rainville's uncle
Jessica Rainville[25] Jason Rainville's sister
Jason Rainville
Lulu Lovering Shepherd Giver of Runes[27] Seb McKinnon's "sister in spirit"
Noah Bradley Doomed Artisan[28]
Chris Algenus Kenrith Kenrith, the Returned King (Throne of Eldraine)[29] Kieran Yanner's husband
Javier Dominguez Fervent Champion Player Spotlight card
Andrew Lincoln Rick Grimes Rick, Steadfast Leader
Norman Reedus Daryl Dixon Daryl, Hunter of Walkers
Steven Yuen Glenn Rhee Glenn, the Voice of Calm
Danai Gurira Michonne Michonne, Ruthless Survivor
Jeffrey Dean Morgan Negan Negan, the Cold-Blooded
Melissa Cowan Hannah Walker (Secret Lair, #148)
Brian Hillard "Well Walker" Walker (Secret Lair, #149)
Gino Crognale Winslow Walker (Secret Lair, #151)
Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa Elite Spellbinder Player Spotlight card
David Harbour Jim Hopper Chief Jim Hopper
Gaten Matarazzo Dustin Henderson Dustin, Gadget Genius
Millie Bobby Brown Eleven Eleven, the Mage
Caleb McLaughlin Lucas Sinclair Lucas, the Sharpshooter
Sadie Sink Max Mayfield Max, the Daredevil
Finn Wolfhard Mike Wheeler Mike, the Dungeon Master
Noah Schnapp Will Byers Will the Wise
Marta Nael Tasha Tasha, the Witch Queen[30]
Donato Giancola Patron Wizard (Secret Lair, #1002)[31] Artist Volken Baga's mentor
Post Malone
Silvi Lokasurya Thopter Engineer[32] Tattooist and illustrator
Aaron Miller Power Plant Worker[33] Self-portrait
Miller Power Plant Worker[33] Aaron Miller's father
Regé-Jean Page Xenk Yendar Xenk, Paladin Unbroken
Justice Smith Simon Aumar Simon, Wild Magic Sorcerer
Hugh Grant Forge Fitzwilliam Forge, Neverwinter Charlatan
Michelle Rodriguez Holga Kilgore Holga, Relentless Rager
Sophia Lillis Doric Doric, Nature's Warden / Doric, Owlbear Avenger
Chris Pine Edgin Darvis Edgin, Larcenous Lutenist
Yuta Takahashi Faerie Mastermind[34] Player Spotlight card
Tom Baker The Fourth Doctor
David Tennant The Tenth Doctor
The Fourteenth Doctor The Fourteenth Doctor
Jodie Whittaker The Thirteenth Doctor
Billie Piper Rose Tyler
Elisabeth Sladen Sarah Jane Smith Sarah Jane Smith
Mandip Gill Yasmin Khan
Michelle Gomez Missy
Jenna Coleman Clara Oswald
Kylie Minogue Astrid Peth Astrid Peth
Jacqueline Hill Barbara Wright
Peter Davison The Fifth Doctor
Nicola Bryant Peri Brown
Arthur Darvill Rory Williams
Bernard Cribbins Wilfred Mott
William Russell Ian Chesterton
Katy Manning Jo Grant
Paul McGann The Eighth Doctor
Clare Higgins Ohila
John Hurt The War Doctor
Lalla Ward Romana II
Janet Fielding Tegan Jovanka Tegan Jovanka
Colin Baker The Sixth Doctor
Lynda Bellingham Darkel Trial of a Time Lord
Patrick Troughton The Second Doctor
Frazer Hines Jamie McCrimmon
Wendy Padbury Zoe Heriot The War Games
Matt Smith The Eleventh Doctor
Alex Kingston River Song
Matthew Waterhouse Adric Adric, Mathematical Genius
William Hartnell The First Doctor
Carole Ann Ford Susan Foreman
Stephanie Hyam Heather Become the Pilot
Samuel Anderson Danny Pink Danny Pink
Karen Gillan Amy Pond
Sarah Smart Jennifer Lucas Flesh Duplicate
Gerard Horan Father of Mine Hunted by The Family
Harry Lloyd Son of Mine Hunted by The Family
Lor Wilson Aphasia Hunted by The Family
Rebekah Staton Mother of Mine Hunted by The Family
Freema Agyeman Martha Jones Martha Jones
Matt Lucas Nardole Nardole, Resourceful Cyborg
Sarah Sutton Nyssa Nyssa of Traken
Jon Pertwee The Third Doctor
Goran Višnjić Nikola Tesla Surge of Brilliance
Mark Strickson Vislor Turlough
Peter Capaldi The Twelfth Doctor
Pearl Mackie Bill Potts
Christopher Eccleston The Ninth Doctor
John Bishop Dan Lewis
Frances Barber Kovarian
Catherine Tate Donna Noble
Tony Curran Vincent van Gogh Ecstatic Beauty
Adele Lynch Iraxxa Iraxxa, Empress of Mars
Tosin Cole Ryan Sinclair Ryan Sinclair
Sophie Aldred Ace
Tom Chadbon Duggan
Julian Glover Scaroth City of Death
Jo Martin Fugitive Doctor
Bradley Walsh Graham O'Brien Graham O'Brien
Louise Jameson Leela Leela, Sevateem Warrior
Roger Delgado The Master
Patrick O'Kane Ashad Ashad, the Lone Cyberman
Nicholas Courtney Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart
Finlay Robertson Larry Nightingale Blink
Finlay Robertson Sally Sparrow
Sylvester McCoy The Seventh Doctor
Suranne Jones Idris Idris, Soul of the TARDIS
Catrin Stewart Jenny Flint
Georgia Tennant Jenny Jenny, Generated Anomaly
Jemma Redgrave Kate Stewart Kate Stewart
Anthony Ainley The Master The Master, Formed Anew
Sacha Dhawan The Master
John Simm The Master
Maisie Williams Ashildr Me, the Immortal
Kate O'Mara The Rani The Rani
Timothy Dalton Rassilon Rassilon, the War President
John Levene Sergeant John Benton Sergeant John Benton
Michael Jayston Valeyard The Valeyard
Ingrid Oliver Petronella Osgood / Zygon Osgood
Caroline John Liz Shaw Caught in a Parallel Universe
Ellen Thomas Carmen As Foretold (Doctor Who)
Annabel Scholey Claire Brown Preordain (Doctor Who)
Abigail Eames Maebh Arden Cultivate (Doctor Who)
Bill Nighy Henry Black Ecstatic Beauty (Doctor Who, #383)
Sophia Myles Madame de Pompadour Human Noble (Token)
Pat Avon Serra Angel (Secret Lair, #1161) John Avon's wife[35]
James Avon Brainstorm (Secret Lair, #1162) John Avon's son, depicted six times[35]
Bruce Campbell Ash Williams
Betsy Baker Linda
Ellen Sandweiss Cheryl Williams Zombie (Secret Lair, #1357)
Robin Wright Princess Buttercup
Cary Elwes Westley
Wallace Shawn Vizzini
Plato Vizzini, Criminal Mastermind Depicted as a bust.
Aristotle Vizzini, Criminal Mastermind Depicted as a bust.
Socrates Vizzini, Criminal Mastermind Depicted as a bust.
André the Giant Fezzik
Mandy Patinkin Inigo Montaya
Billy Crystal Miracle Max Miracle Max, Unemployed
Carol Kane Valerie Miracle Max, Unemployed
Chris Sarandon Prince Humperdinck Command Tower (Secret Lair, #744)
Christopher Guest Count Tyrone Rugen Command Tower (Secret Lair, #744)
Willoughby Gray King Lotharon Command Tower (Secret Lair, #744)
Peter Cook Impressive Clergyman Command Tower (Secret Lair, #744)
Roger Rainville[25] Admiral Brass, Unsinkable[23] Jason Rainville's father
Ernie[25] Admiral Brass, Unsinkable[23] Jason Rainville's sister's partner
Christina Kraus[25] Admiral Brass, Unsinkable[23] Jason Rainville's partner
Wayne Knight Dennis Nedry
Laura Dern Dr. Ellie Sattler Ellie and Alan, Paleontologists
Sam Neill Dr. Alan Grant Ellie and Alan, Paleontologists
Jeff Goldblum Dr. Ian Malcolm
Chris Pratt Owen Grady Owen Grady, Raptor Trainer
Samuel L. Jackson Ray Arnold Permission Denied
Richard Attenborough John Hammond Dino DNA
Martin Ferrero Donald Gennaro Malcolm's Mercurial Mirth
Yasmin Finney Rose Noble Rose Noble
Neil Patrick Harris The Celestial Toymaker The Celestial Toymaker
Ncuti Gatwa The Fifteenth Doctor The Fifteenth Doctor
Nick Coss Lightning Bolt (2023 North American Legacy Championship promo)[36] President of Card Titan and chief organizer of North America's Eternal Weekend
Sheldon Menery The cards were created as a tribute to Sheldon's contributions to Magic: The Gathering and the Commander format.
Nathan Steuer Duelist of the Mind Player Spotlight card
Deborah Thomas Deb Thomas[37] Employee retirement card

Animals[ | ]

Animal Owner Cards Notes
Smokey Margaret Organ-Kean Dwarven Pony[4] A pony
Georgie Tirebiter Possibly Mr. Wendy Gwendlyn Di Corci[2] A cat and the namesake of a song by Sick n Wrong
Willow Chris Rahn Charmed Stray[38] A cat
Mika Sam Fraser Nine Lives[39] A cat
Charlie Alayna Danner A cat
Jake II Alayna Danner[42] A dog
Oliver Alayna Danner A cat
Lucy Rest in Peace (Secret Lair, #96)[43] A dog
Hunter Dig Through Time (Secret Lair, #97)[43] A dog
Shelby Ancient Grudge (Secret Lair, #98)[43] A dog
Westley Lightning Greaves (Secret Lair, #99)[43] A dog
Hank Alayna Danner Mountain (Secret Lair, #1514)[44] A dog
Hopper Brian Kowal[45] Mountain (Secret Lair, #1514)[46] A Bernese Mountain Dog
Charlie Alayna Danner[42] Plains (Secret Lair, #1513)[41] A cat
Gerald Alayna Danner Plains (Secret Lair, #1513)[41] A cat
Jessica Alayna Danner Plains (Secret Lair, #1513)[41] A cat
Chai Mie Illustration[47] Plains (Secret Lair, #1513)[41] A cat
Breya Molly Michelle Smith & Ben Hayes[47] Plains (Secret Lair, #1513)[41] A cat
Mac Likely Alayna Danner[48] Plains (Secret Lair, #1513)[41] A dog
Samson Likely Alayna Danner[48] Plains (Secret Lair, #1513)[41] A dog
Tundra Likely Alayna Danner[48] Plains (Secret Lair, #1513)[41] A dog
Rhonda Likely Alayna Danner[48] Plains (Secret Lair, #1513)[41] A dog
Frank Likely Alayna Danner[48] Plains (Secret Lair, #1513)[41] A dog
Luna Likely Alayna Danner[48] Plains (Secret Lair, #1513)[41] A dog
Rygel Sam Burley[47] Plains (Secret Lair, #1513)[41] A dog
Jake I Alayna Danner[42] Plains (Secret Lair, #1513)[41] A three-legged Rottweiler
Flo Alayna Danner's mother[42] Plains (Secret Lair, #1513)[41] A dog
Jessica Likely Alayna Danner[48] Plains (Secret Lair, #1513)[41] A cat
Gerald Likely Alayna Danner[48] Plains (Secret Lair, #1513)[41] A cat
Tank Jason LeMahieu[49] Dog (Murders at Karlov Manor) (Token) A dog
River Joel and Michelle Burgess[50] Dogmeat, Ever Loyal (Fallout) A German Shepherd
Edward Zack Stella's wife[51] Warren Warleader (Bloomburrow) A rabbit

Trivia[ | ]

  • Jodie Whittaker has appeared on the most cards, with 11 appearances.
  • Professional player Kai Budde is the first person to appear on multiple card arts.
    • Artist Zack Stella is the first person to appear as multiple characters and on multiple different cards.
    • Actor David Tennant is the first person to appear as multiple named characters, albeit from the same property.
    • Artist Alayna Danner's cats Charlie and Oliver and dog Jake II are the first animals to appear on multiple card arts.

References[ | ]

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  39. Paul Scott Canavan (June 15, 2020). "Nine Lives". Twitter.
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  41. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Alayna Danner (January 12, 2024). "None of the cats in Cat Forest are mine". Twitter.
  42. a b c d Alayna Danner (January 23, 2024). "More lovebutts from the Cats & Dogs Plains". Twitter.
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  44. Alayna Danner (January 11, 2024). "Hank is in the background of this piece". Twitter.
  45. Brian Kowal (February 23, 2024). "featuring my best dog Hopper". Twitter.
  46. Alayna Danner (January 11, 2024). "The big dog in the front is a Bernese Mountain Dog named Hopper". Twitter.
  47. a b c Alayna Danner (January 16, 2024). "Here are everyone's names". Twitter.
  48. a b c d e f g h Alayna Danner (January 12, 2024). "This piece is almost completely made up of my past and present babies". Twitter.
  49. Alayna Danner (February 14, 2024). "Puppy token from Murders and Karlov Manor". Twitter.
  50. Joel Burgess (June 27, 2021). "I said goodbye today to River". Twitter.
  51. Zack Stella (July 11, 2024). "Warren Warleader for #Magicthegathering #bloomburrow Acrylic, 18x24.". Twitter.
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