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.
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
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
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?)
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
Rogue = Rattrap.
Wizard = Rhinox.
Fighter = Dinobot.
Warlord = Optimus Primal.
Ranger - Cheetor.
And, just for fun...
Shaman = Tigatron.
Ninja = Blackarachnia.
Paladin = Silverbolt.
Witchalok - Grimm Shado
Henchman - Nodwick
Mascot - Uni
Familiar - Blackwing the raven
Dungeon Master - B.A. Felton
The DC Party
Wizard: Green Lantern
Fighter: Wonder Woman
Ranger: Green Arrow
The Marvel Party
Cleric: Thor (battle cleric, of course)
Wizard: Dr. Strange
Rogue: Black Widow
The Mutant Party
Wizard: Professor X
Marrrrr, Lavernica, Hector the Well-Endowed, Zippity Do, Bing Bong the Archer, Brutalitops the Magician.
"...and I walked with them!"
@Wrecan Nice work.
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.
Wizard: Vivi Orunitia
Fighter: Adelbert Steiner
Cleric: Garnet til Alexandros XVII
Thief: Zidane Tribal
. . . What?
Rogue - Locke
Fighter - Edgar
Monk - Sabin
Swordmage - Celes
Assassin - Shadow
Paladin - Cyan
Wizard - Terra
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)
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.
Fighter - Beowulf
Cleric - Moses
Rogue - Aladdin (or is Ali Baba more appropriate?)
Wizard - Merlin
Ranger - Robin Hood
Best. Party. Ever.
Here's another theme party.
Fighter: Sandor Clegane
Cleric: Thoros of Myr
Rogue: Mance Rayder
Wizard: Pyat Pree
Druid: Jojen Reed
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
Wizard - Raistlin/Dalamar
Barbarian - Riverwind
Monk - Ryus
In light of the Next Playtest:
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
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
Fighter: Guts (Berserk)
Cleric: Tony Tony Chopper (One Piece)
Rogue: Lupin III (Lupin series)
Wizard: Lina Inverse (Slayers)
Ranger: Princess Mononoke (Princess Mononoke)
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