Iconic D&D Party

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The Challenge: Come up with your Iconic 5-PC D&D Party drawing from characters in Fantasy (whether movie, book, or comic, but please stay away from religious figures: i.e. Jesus can't be in your party) and post them here.

My Iconic D&D Party
1. Cleric - Elrond Halfelven (J.R.R. Tolkien). While not technically a Cleric, Elrond is a very (reputedly) skilled healer, and probably a good guy to have on your side in a battle. Plus, I don't know if you know this, but it's HARD to find a good cleric in fantasy fiction.

2. Fighter - Conan of Cimmeria (R.E. Howard). Conan is pretty awesome. My version would be a Fighter with some Rogue multi-class feats.

3. Ranger - Katniss Everdeen (S. Collins). She's a hunter. She's an archer. She's a Ranger.

4. Rogue - Gray Mouser (F. Leiber). What can I say? Mouse is awesome.

5. Wizard - Severus Snape (J.K. Rowling). I considered Gandalf but he doesn't really do much "wizard stuff". Also considered Dumbledore, but he always seems to be "away on business" when the stuff hits the fan. Elminster and Mordenkainen were candidates, and the only reason I didn't choose one of them was because I figured someone else would. Snape gets the nod not only because he's a fairly respectable wizard, but also because he'd make an interesting companion (and by interesting I mean you'll never be sure of his alliances).


Well, that's my ideal iconic D&D party... Feel free to mix and match whatever classes you'd like to have in your own party. I just prefer two strikers (Rogue/Ranger) to two defenders (Fighter/Paladin).

OK ill play:


Fighter:  Corwin (The Chronicles of Amber) Roger Zelazny.


Claric: Rhys Malachy Thuryn (Deryni novels)


Theif: Shadowspawn (Thieves' World).


Mage: Belgarath the Sorcerer (The Belgariad ) David Eddings.


Druid: The Druid Allanon (The Sword of Shannara series)

I had to make quite an effort to draw these all from different sources while maintaining balance.  Quite a challenge.  Here goes:

Fighter - Buffy Summers (Buffy TV series, Joss Whedon)  The fighter is the classic leader, and Buffy's a perfect pick.  She's tough as nails, she knows how to lead, and she kicks some serious butt.

Ranger - Dell "Chase" Brandstone (Sword of Truth series, Terry Goodkind)  The archetypal scout.  He's deadly with dozens of weapons and he can track anything, then kill it.

Cleric - Thoros of Myr (A Song of Ice and Fire series, George R.R. Martin)  Melisandre's got nothing on Thoros.  He can raise the dead and best the Hound in a fight with his flaming sword.  'Nuff said.

Rogue - Robin (DC Comics)  He's an acrobat with a huge bag (belt) of tricks.  Pretty much the ultimate combat-ready burglar, so we're all glad he's a good guy.

Wizard - Minerva McGonagall (Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling)  She's got the no-nonsense attitude you look for in a wizard, along with all the no-cost utility magic you get from the Harry Potter-verse.  She can polymorph, perform basic healing, and out-duel Snape.  Plus, this list needs more ladies.
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Cleric - Nynaeve al'Meara (Wheel of Time series, Robert Jordan)  I couldn't find a pun pun, so I went with a CoDzilla.  In addition to her powerful magics, her serious personality is a perfect foil to the lightheated personalities of the rest of the  party.

Wizard - Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander (Sword of Truth series, Terry Goodkind)  Besides spellcasting chops as good as anyone, Zed has global connections, powerful friends, and amazing resources.

Thief - Walter Slovotsky (Guardian of the Flame series, Joel Rosenberg)  Walter makes up for being unable to improve his roguish skills by already being one of the best.

Monk - Anasûrimbor Kellhus (Prince of Nothing series, Scott Bakker)  Zed and Walter might be superb at thinking outside the box, but Kellhus doesn't even consider the box as a starting point.

Fighter - Carrot Ironfounderson (Discworld series, Terry Pratchett)  The rock of the party.  Even-tempered and charismatic, he has the leadership to pull all these strong personalities into a team.  

Plus I wanted to use someone from Discworld, and it was easier to replace Sparhawk than make a case for the ultimate Vancian mage, Rincewind 

INSIDE SCOOP, GAMERS: In the new version of D&D, it will no longer be "Edition Wars." It will be "Edition Lair Assault." - dungeonbastard

Those are all some really good choices! I hope more people play along.
All from the Dragonlance novels:

Ranger: Tanis Half-elf

Fighter: Flint or Caramon

Wizard: Rastlin

Rogue: Tasslehoof 

Cleric: Goldmoon

Since WotC stated "Our priority is the core system, plus our four iconic classes (fighter, cleric, rogue, wizard) and four major races (human, elf, dwarf, halfling)", I'm going with:

- Dwarf Fighter: Gimli

- Halfling Rogue: Bilbo

- Elf Wizard: Merlin

- Human Cleric: Friar Tuck
The Boys (and Transsexual AI) From The Dwarf...

Dave Lister: human valorous bard

"Ace" Rimmer: revenant charisma paladin (I eventually gave up on trying to come up with a class suitable for the less heroic version of Rimmer...)

The Cat: razorclaw shifter artful dodger rogue

Kryten: warforged artificer (could have a skutter as a familiar?)

Holly: er... shardmind wizard or psion or maybe even star pact warlock? (I'm kinda stretching here... how do you turn a face on a screen into a playable character?)
"There's an old saying that all it takes for evil to triumph is that good people do nothing. I've always had a problem with that. If you do nothing to oppose evil, then how are you 'good'? To turn aside and allow evil to flourish is to collaborate with it. You ask for mercy. You claim you have done nothing. That 'nothing' is why you deserve no mercy." - Lorian Karthfaerr, drow paladin of Avandra Robin Laws says I'm a Storyteller:
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You're more inclined toward the role playing side of the equation and less interested in numbers or experience points. You're quick to compromise if you can help move the story forward, and get bored when the game slows down for a long planning session. You want to play out a story that moves like it's orchestrated by a skilled novelist or film director. Storyteller 92% Tactician 83% Method Actor 75% Butt-Kicker 67% Power Gamer 67% Specialist 58% Casual Gamer 8%
Cleric
Wizard
Rogue
Fighter
Fry
Cleric
Wizard
Rogue
Fighter
Fry



LOL. That should be a T-Shirt...

Cleric: Belgarion, Disciple of Aldur

Fighter: Benedict of Amber 

Rogue: Mario Greymist

Wizard: Elric of Melnibone'

Monk: His Awesome Magnificence, Chiun, Master Emeritus of Sinanju     

By the way, Wrecan, your choices are awesome. 
Mad Martigan, Human Warlord

Gord, Human Rogue

Robin Hood, Human Ranger

Gimli, Dwarf Fighter

Willow, Halfling Fighter/Illusionist

Yan
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Rogue = Rattrap.

Wizard = Rhinox.

Fighter = Dinobot.

Warlord = Optimus Primal.

Ranger - Cheetor.

And, just for fun...

Shaman = Tigatron.

Ninja = Blackarachnia.

Paladin = Silverbolt.

                

All around helpful simian

Witchalok - Grimm Shado

Henchman - Nodwick

Mascot - Uni

Familiar - Blackwing the raven

Dungeon Master - B.A. Felton 

INSIDE SCOOP, GAMERS: In the new version of D&D, it will no longer be "Edition Wars." It will be "Edition Lair Assault." - dungeonbastard

The DC Party
Cleric: Spectre
Wizard: Green Lantern
Rogue: Batman
Fighter: Wonder Woman
Ranger: Green Arrow

The Marvel Party
Cleric: Thor (battle cleric, of course)
Wizard: Dr. Strange
Rogue: Black Widow
Fighter: Hulk
Ranger: Hawkeye

The Mutant Party
Cleric: Dagger
Wizard: Professor X
Rogue: Beast
Fighter: Colossus
Ranger: Wolverine
Here are the PHB essentia, in my opinion:
  • Three Basic Rules (p 11)
  • Power Types and Usage (p 54)
  • Skills (p178-179)
  • Feats (p 192)
  • Rest and Recovery (p 263)
  • All of Chapter 9 [Combat] (p 264-295)
A player needs to read the sections for building his or her character -- race, class, powers, feats, equipment, etc. But those are PC-specific. The above list is for everyone, regardless of the race or class or build or concept they are playing.
Marrrrr, Lavernica, Hector the Well-Endowed, Zippity Do, Bing Bong the Archer, Brutalitops the Magician. 

"...and I walked with them!"

@Wrecan Nice work.

Cry Havoc!  And let slip the hogs of war!

I tried pretty hard to pull from everywhere. So here it is.

Fighter: Gotrek Gurnisson (Warhammer Fantasy/ Gotrek and Felix novels)
Rogue: Malcolm Reynolds (Firefly. Not 100% rogue but I dig it)
Wizard: Major Victoria Haley (Warmachine/ Iron Kingdoms)
Cleric: John Coffey (Green Mile, Stephen King)
Ranger: Feramir of Gondor (LotR)
Paladin: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars)
Oh SNAP! Big John Coffey as the Cleric? That's pretty awesome!
I thought it was cool. Plus, he'd be handy in a fight since he's... Ya know, huge.
Artificer: aule
Ranger: orome
Invoker: mandos
Fighter: Tulkas
Blackguard: melkor
Wizard: Vivi Orunitia
Fighter: Adelbert Steiner
Cleric: Garnet til Alexandros XVII
Thief: Zidane Tribal

. . . What?
"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." --Bill Cosby (1937- ) Vanador: OK. You ripped a gateway to Hell, killed half the town, and raised the dead as feral zombies. We're going to kill you. But it can go two ways. We want you to run as fast as you possibly can toward the south of the town to draw the Zombies to you, and right before they catch you, I'll put an arrow through your head to end it instantly. If you don't agree to do this, we'll tie you this building and let the Zombies rip you apart slowly. Dimitry: God I love being Neutral. 4th edition is dead, long live 4th edition. Salla: opinionated, but commonly right.
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If you can't understand how someone yelling at another person would make them fight harder and longer, then you need to look at the forums a bit closer.
quote author=56832398 post=519321747]Considering DnD is a game wouldn't all styles be gamist?[/quote]
Ooh, ooh!

Rogue - Locke
Fighter - Edgar
Monk - Sabin
Swordmage - Celes
Assassin - Shadow
Paladin - Cyan
Wizard - Terra
       

All around helpful simian

Ooh, ooh!

Rogue - Locke
Fighter - Edgar
Monk - Sabin
Swordmage - Celes
Assassin - Shadow
Paladin - Cyan
Wizard - Terra
       



Hell yeah.

Interesting to note, Cyan is totally Paladin (Cavalier) with a Samurai theme.

Also, I find that Terra, for all her magic, is more a hybrid fighter/sorcerer, while Stragos hits me more a the wizard.

With Realm as the "what the hell" kind of character that doesn't really fit into anything, Setzer doesn't really fit into any specific class either, Mog is a Dancer which usually goes with Bard (:uh-huh, Umaro is kind of a Berserker/Barbarian if that barb just likes to charge things, and Gogo?  Don't get me started on that freak.  He's a Hybrid everything, and breaks all the rules, as does wild boy Gau.
"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." --Bill Cosby (1937- ) Vanador: OK. You ripped a gateway to Hell, killed half the town, and raised the dead as feral zombies. We're going to kill you. But it can go two ways. We want you to run as fast as you possibly can toward the south of the town to draw the Zombies to you, and right before they catch you, I'll put an arrow through your head to end it instantly. If you don't agree to do this, we'll tie you this building and let the Zombies rip you apart slowly. Dimitry: God I love being Neutral. 4th edition is dead, long live 4th edition. Salla: opinionated, but commonly right.
fun quotes
58419928 wrote:
You have to do the work first, and show you can do the work, before someone is going to pay you for it.
69216168 wrote:
If you can't understand how someone yelling at another person would make them fight harder and longer, then you need to look at the forums a bit closer.
quote author=56832398 post=519321747]Considering DnD is a game wouldn't all styles be gamist?[/quote]
Rogue: Zorro (The Mask of Zorro)
Conjurer: John Mandrake/Nathaniel (The Bartimaeus Trilogy)
Fighter: The Iron Giant (The Iron Giant)
Ranger: Ashitaka (Princess Mononoke) 
Bard: Captain Hammer (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog)
Fighter: Optimus Prime.
Rogue: Cap'n Jack Sparrow.
Wizard: Dragon Priest (from Skyrim)
Cleric: Walter (from the TV show Fringe)

And 'cuz I love these people but they didn't have space in a normal party:

Artificer: Doctor Who
Avenger: Ichigo (from Bleach)

Your friendly neighborhood Revenant Minotaur Half-Blooded Dragonborn Fighter Hybrid Barbarian Multiclassing into Warlord

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Ooh, ooh!

Rogue - Locke
Fighter - Edgar
Monk - Sabin
Swordmage - Celes
Assassin - Shadow
Paladin - Cyan
Wizard - Terra
       



Hell yeah.

Interesting to note, Cyan is totally Paladin (Cavalier) with a Samurai theme.

Also, I find that Terra, for all her magic, is more a hybrid fighter/sorcerer, while Stragos hits me more a the wizard.

With Realm as the "what the hell" kind of character that doesn't really fit into anything, Setzer doesn't really fit into any specific class either, Mog is a Dancer which usually goes with Bard (:uh-huh, Umaro is kind of a Berserker/Barbarian if that barb just likes to charge things, and Gogo?  Don't get me started on that freak.  He's a Hybrid everything, and breaks all the rules, as does wild boy Gau.



Yeah, I left out Gau and Relm and the rest because they are quite...unique and not really easy to define in any way other than the context in which they are presented.  Gau, I suppose, could be some sort of Druid if you flavored his wild shape ability appropriately.

All around helpful simian

If I was just going to choose my ultimate party, and nix the Iconic part, it might look something like:

Tavi (Dresden) as a Swordmage-esque fighter/defender.
Pug (Feist) as my Wizard who can literally bend worlds. Also Garth One-Eye from a series of books based on M:TG would also be pretty cool.
Aravan (McKiernan) as my Ranger/Rogue type. Probably a Polearm build of some sort.
Nine Fingers (Abercrombie) as my Fighter/Barb.
I might also skip the cleric and take Tom Bombadil as my Shaman!

*Names in paranthesis are the authors of the series which contain those characters.

Rand Al Thor or Gandalf could easily be swapped in if needed.
Hmm...

Fighter - Beowulf
Cleric - Moses
Rogue - Aladdin (or is Ali Baba more appropriate?)
Wizard - Merlin
Ranger - Robin Hood
Fighter: Kratos.
Cleric: Kratos.
Mage: Kratos.
Ranger: Kratos.

Best. Party. Ever.
Begin at the beginning and go on till you reach the end: then stop.
Fighter: Kratos.
Cleric: Kratos.
Mage: Kratos.
Ranger: Kratos.

Best. Party. Ever.



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Here's another theme party.

Fighter: Sandor Clegane
Cleric: Thoros of Myr
Rogue: Mance Rayder
Wizard: Pyat Pree
Druid: Jojen Reed 
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56790678 wrote:
Until you've had an in-law tell you your choice of game was stupid, and just Warcraft on paper, and dumbed down for dumber players who can't handle a real RPG, you haven't lived. You haven't lived.
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Lady and gentlemen.... I present to you the Edition War without Contrition, the War of the Web, the Mighty Match-up! We're using standard edition war rules. No posts of substance. Do not read the other person's posts with comprehension. Make frequent comparison to video games, MMOs, and CCGs. Use the words "fallacy" and "straw man", incorrectly and often. Passive aggressiveness gets you extra points and asking misleading and inflammatory questions is mandatory. If you're getting tired, just declare victory and leave the thread. Wait for the buzzer... and.... One, two, three, four, I declare Edition War Five, six, seven eight, I use the web to Go!
57062508 wrote:
D&D should not return to the days of blindfolding the DM and players. No tips on encounter power? No mention of expected party roles? No true meaning of level due to different level charts or tiered classes? Please, let's not sacrifice clear, helpful rules guidelines in favour of catering to the delicate sensibilities of the few who have problems with the ascetics of anything other than what they are familiar with.
56760448 wrote:
Just a quick note on the MMORPG as an insult comparison... MMORPGs, raking in money by the dumptruck full. Many options, tons of fans across many audiences, massive resources allocated to development. TTRPGs, dying product. Squeaking out an existence that relys on low cost. Fans fit primarily into a few small demographics. R&D budgets small, often rushed to market and patched after deployment. You're not really making much of an argument when you compare something to a MMORPG and assume people think that means bad. Lets face it, they make the money, have the audience and the budget. We here on this board are fans of TTRPGs but lets not try to pretend none of us play MMORPGs.
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Adding options at the system level is good. Adding options at the table level is hard. Removing options at the system level is bad. Removing options at the table level is easy. This is not complicated.
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56902838 wrote:
Something like Tactical Shift is more magical than martial healing.
Telling someone to move over a few feet is magical now? :| I weep for this generation.
Given the laziness and morbid obsesity amongst D&Ders, being able to convince someone to get on their feet, do some heavy exercise, and use their words to make them be healthier must seem magical.
158710691 wrote:
D&D definitely improves mental health; Just as long as you stay away from these forums ;)
I'll bite, but with an evil twist.


Fighter: Bane (not the god, but the one who broke the bat, Batman)
Cleric: Thulsa Doom (either original or James Earl Jones, Conan/Kull)
Rogue: Boba Fett (actual evilness may vary, Star Wars)
Wizard: Rasputin (Anastasia)
Let's see how many classes I can do before I run out of ideas...

Fighter - Godzilla (Godzilla)

Cleric - Joshua Graham (Fallout New Vegas)

Wizard - Black Mage (Final Fantasy I)

Rogue - Black Widow (The Avengers)

Ranger - Naked Snake (Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater)

Paladin - Sir Arthur (Ghosts and Goblins)

Sorcerer - The Great and Powerful Trixie (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)

Warlock - Akinator (Akinator)

Psion - Raz (Psychonauts)

Assassin - Ezio (Assassin's Creed II)

Barbarian - The Heavy (Team Fortress 2)

Druid - Poison Ivy (Batman)

Monk - Dan Hibiki (Street Fighter)
According to Dragon Lance

Fighter - Caramon

Warlord - Laurana

Warlock - Raistlin

Ranger - Tanis

Paladin - Sturm

Rogue _ Tasslehoff

Cleric- Goldmoon

Wizard - Raistlin/Dalamar

Barbarian - Riverwind

Monk - Ryus




In light of the Next Playtest:


  • Fighter: 4e

  • Wizard: 3.5e

  • Cleric: Next

  • Rogue: 4e

  • Ranger: 2e

Here are the PHB essentia, in my opinion:
  • Three Basic Rules (p 11)
  • Power Types and Usage (p 54)
  • Skills (p178-179)
  • Feats (p 192)
  • Rest and Recovery (p 263)
  • All of Chapter 9 [Combat] (p 264-295)
A player needs to read the sections for building his or her character -- race, class, powers, feats, equipment, etc. But those are PC-specific. The above list is for everyone, regardless of the race or class or build or concept they are playing.
Fighter Brick (as himself) Borderlands

Cleric  White Mage (8 bit theater)

Wizard Yogert ( Mel brooks, Spaceballs the movie)

Rogue  Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell, Escape from LA the movie)

Beastmaster Ranger/Sentinel  Ash Catchem (Pokemon, MC Artificer with familiar, familiar bloodsmith PP and Fey Beast Tamer)
Fighter: Boba Fett (warforged -- since we mostly see him in that tin suit)
Wizard: Yoda the younger (svirfneblin)
Rogue: Han Solo (with that killer smile? who else?)
Cleric: Obi Wan the older
Ranger: Chief Chirpa of the Ewoks
Here are the PHB essentia, in my opinion:
  • Three Basic Rules (p 11)
  • Power Types and Usage (p 54)
  • Skills (p178-179)
  • Feats (p 192)
  • Rest and Recovery (p 263)
  • All of Chapter 9 [Combat] (p 264-295)
A player needs to read the sections for building his or her character -- race, class, powers, feats, equipment, etc. But those are PC-specific. The above list is for everyone, regardless of the race or class or build or concept they are playing.
4E inspiring warlord, no cleric.

Fighter: Angel (Angel) 
Rogue: Bill the Butcher (Gangs of New York)
Ranger: Roland of Gilead (Dark Tower)
Warlord: Henry V (England)
Wizard/Comic Relief: Lina Inverse (Slayers)
 
Here's my favorites:

Carrot Ironfoundersson(Discworld, Terry Pratchett) - Bravura Warlord
C. W. St. J. "Nobby" Nobbs(Discworld, Terry Pratchett) - Artful Dodger Rogue(with his high Charisn'tma)
Martin of Redwall(Redwall, Brian Jacques) - Weaponmaster Fighter
Sado Yasutora(Bleach, Tite Kubo) - Centered Breath Monk(Master of Defense build, Guardian theme)
Inoue Orihime(Bleach, Tite Kubo) - Pacifist Cleric 
 
Seriously, though, you should check out the PbP Haven. You might also like Real Adventures, IF you're cool.
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Anime Theme

Fighter: Guts (Berserk)
Cleric: Tony Tony Chopper (One Piece)
Rogue: Lupin III (Lupin series)
Wizard: Lina Inverse (Slayers)
Ranger: Princess Mononoke (Princess Mononoke)
I'd probly use a guy makes richard cyfer/rahl if you've read the sword of truth series you'd realise He is basicaly a warlord ranger wizard and cleric combo and totaly awesome at it all