Favourite Fantasy Char of all time

Favourite Fantasy Chr.

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Feb 15, 2008
I don't know where to put this thread so I put it here, what is everyones favourite fantasy character? Please post.
I'm curious as to the reason for the limited options here, especially given the "of all time" rubric; and I rather suspect that the majority of votes will be for "other" as a result.....

At any rate, as this does belong more properly in General Discussions, it has been so moved.
the ones i'm currently writing about, of course....:D

other than that - wot, no Rincewind?
I'm curious as to the reason for the limited options here, especially given the "of all time" rubric; and I rather suspect that the majority of votes will be for "other" as a result.....

Good question. Can't say any of those stand out particularly.

I agree with both of these posts, the OP's decision to narrow the poll choices wasn't a wise one. Besides, there are more than one characters from one book there (LotR, not sure if there are any other) - you can't possibly think that a particular novel has such great value that it deserves to have multiple characters included in the poll over zero from the sea of others, which some may find just as good, if not better.

This would lead me to the part where I name my poll choice: another "other" from me. When it comes to fantasy literature, I tend to value the idea and colorfully created universe more than the characters, which may be why I don't have any personal preferences on this matter. If I had to choose, then it would probably be a character from one of the works of Terry Pratchett--Rincewind or Death, or-...-no Gandalf in the poll either? :eek:
Mmmmm.... My post wasn't intended as a put-down, but rather a query on the extreme limitation of such a poll; especially with such a topic as "favorite fantasy character of all time". That's an immensely broad field (which might, incidentally, include the OP's namesake character, not to mention any of REH's other fantasy creations), making such a poll (IMO) rather self-defeating....
I have to go for other, to be honest I don't think I could pick an over all favourite character from any book. There are so many outstanding characters that are memorable to choose one over another. Mind you I suppose I could go for Fluke from James Herbert's novel Fluke, Oi from Stephen King's Dark Tower series, Tailchaser from Tad William's Tailchaser Song, Fantus from Raymond Feist's Riftwar series or even Nighteye's from Robin Hobb's Farseer. Can't you tell I adore animals:D
I'd have to vote for other, too - I have too many favourite characters from fantasy. Trying to pick one would be nigh on impossible, as they all have different strengths and weaknesses against each other.

Out of this list, if the "other" option had not been there, I would likely have gone for Sam Vimes, though.
The lack of Tyrion Lannister on the shortlist makes this poll highly unreliable ;)

Out of those listed I'd go with Sam Vimes as well.

Glokta from The First Law Trilogy is a brilliant character as well, the titular Locke Lamora from Scott Lynch's work is very interesting and Horza from Consider Phlebas is impressive. And then there's Takeshi Kovacs as well. And from Tolkien I think I'd rank Tuor, Fingolfin, Ecthelion (he killed a balrog in single combat!) or Earendil over any of the Fellowship.
An extremely odd selection in that poll there, I agree.

Didn't we have a thread like this fairly recently anyway?

Itkovian from Erikson's Memories of Ice tops my list, and Tyrion Lannister is always fairly close behind.
I'm going to go with Fitz but I think this poll would be better if there wasn't an 'other' option, so it;s more of a 'Who do you prefer out of these major characters of fantasy?'. Fitz might be my favourite of all time anyway though, he always seemed to be trying to do the right thing, no matter what the massive cost to himself.
Out of those listed it would probably be Fitz but he wouldn't be an 'all time favourite' so I ticked other. All time favourite would be a lot harder maybe one from: Quick Ben, Tehol (Malazan Books of the Fallen), Belgarath (Belgariad), Ged (A Wizard of Earthsea), Death (Discworld) and Tyrion is another a good suggestion.....
Have read fiction encompassing all the characters listed in the poll...though none of which I would consider a favorite, these however, I would:

Tyrion Lannister - A Song of Ice and Fire (George RR Martin)

Also these come to mind; Logen Ninefingers, Glotka - The First Law (Joe Abercrombie), Karsa Orlong, Iskaral Pust, Tehol, Baruk, Kruppe - A Tale of Malazan Book of the Fallen (Steven Erikson), Tanner/Cahuella - Chasm City (Alastair Reynolds)

Cheers, DeepThought
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There's also either Fafhrd or the Gray Mouser (or both); Elric of Melniboné; Jurgen, or Manuel of Poictesme; Simon Tregarth; Lord Gro; Fuchsia Groan (or, for that matter, Gertrude Groan, not to mention Steerpike or Flay or....); Harold Shea; Aslan; Thulsa Doom; Meliboë the Enchanter....

And then there are the ones who aren't even vaguely human....

Fantasy -- even if one keeps to the "high fantasy", or "quest fantasy", or even "sword-and-sorcery" types of fantasy -- has been around for a very long time now: at least since William Morris wrote his first fantastic romance in the 1880s. That's a lot of literature from which to choose one's favorite character from the field... much more than I'm seeing represented here either in the poll or in the choices mentioned so far.....

And that's not even including the characters from the Orlando Furioso, the Faerie Queene, A Midsummer Night's Dream, etc., etc., etc.....

Incidentally, after further consideration (and input from more moderators) it has been suggested that the thread be moved again (sorry, folks) to the SFF Lounge after all, so that's likely to happen soon....
Simple for me Jon Shannow by David Gemmell.

Conan is the only one near in my affection for him.
I have too many favourite characters (Who are not on the list) but for the Top I would pick Death from Terry Pratchett's discworld series the first fantasy character I ever enjoyed.

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