5E Best on screen adaptations of the Fighter class

If you were to show someone an onscreen character that best fits the D&D fighter, who would it be?

  • The Hound (GoT)

    Votes: 22 31.0%
  • Jamie Lannister (GoT)

    Votes: 12 16.9%
  • Greyworm (GoT)

    Votes: 1 1.4%
  • Bron (GoT)

    Votes: 14 19.7%
  • Valeria (Conan the Barbarian)

    Votes: 4 5.6%
  • Bombatta (Conan the Destroyer)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Rexor (Conan the Barbarian)

    Votes: 1 1.4%
  • Red Sonja (Red Sonja)

    Votes: 5 7.0%
  • Garet Jax ( Shannara Chronicles)

    Votes: 2 2.8%
  • Thorin Oakenshield (The Hobbit)

    Votes: 10 14.1%
  • Gimli (LoTR)

    Votes: 26 36.6%
  • Boramir (LotR)

    Votes: 23 32.4%
  • Bard the Bowman (Hobbit)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Kili (Hobbit)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Kalan (Legend of the Seeker)

    Votes: 1 1.4%
  • Geralt (Witcher--Eldritch knight)

    Votes: 6 8.5%
  • Eomer (LoTR)

    Votes: 2 2.8%
  • Madmartigan (Willow)

    Votes: 12 16.9%
  • General Kael (Willow)

    Votes: 1 1.4%
  • Colwyn (Krull)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Arthur (Excalibur)

    Votes: 5 7.0%
  • Leodegrance (Excalibur. Seriously, Patrick Stewart kicking butt and taking names)

    Votes: 3 4.2%
  • Mordred (Excalibur)

    Votes: 1 1.4%
  • Hawk (Hawk the Slayer)

    Votes: 1 1.4%
  • Artus (Conan the Barbarian 2011)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Sir George (the Magic Sword 1962)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Perseus (Clash of the Titans)

    Votes: 2 2.8%
  • Jason (Jason and the Argonauts)

    Votes: 2 2.8%
  • Ridley Freeborn (Dungeons and Dragons)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Azeem (Robin Hood Prince of Thieves)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Fezzik (Princess Bride)

    Votes: 7 9.9%
  • Little John (Robin Hood)

    Votes: 1 1.4%
  • Sheriff of Nottingham (Robin Hood Prince of Thieves)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Petit Jean (Robin Hood 2010)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Arthur (Merlin TV show)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Xena (Xena Warrior Princess)

    Votes: 15 21.1%
  • Bowen (Dragonheart)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Sinbad (Voyage of Sinbad)

    Votes: 3 4.2%
  • Navarre (Ladyhawke)

    Votes: 16 22.5%
  • Herger (13th Warrior)

    Votes: 4 5.6%
  • Leonidas (300)

    Votes: 13 18.3%
  • Beowulf (Beowulf)

    Votes: 9 12.7%
  • Balthazar (Scorpion King)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Kai (47 Ronin)

    Votes: 1 1.4%
  • Yu Shu Lien (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon)

    Votes: 1 1.4%
  • Lin Mae (The great Wall)

    Votes: 2 2.8%
  • The Kurgan (the historical era part of the movie, Highlander)

    Votes: 4 5.6%

  • Total voters
    71
Given that there are so many fighters, I selected on the basis of how likely someone new to D&D is to recognise them.

Which basically means GoT or LotR only.
 

Garthanos

Arcadian Knight
okay, wait, look, I don't want to bring umbrage to this list, but did you really have to leave out sokka? sokka, the one fighter in a party full of magic users, the one shining example of boring guy in party full of special people? even gets a special quest where he gets basically a magic weapon and special training? fine, whatever, I'll just sulk somewhere else o<-<
who seemingly magically becomes tactically and strategically brilliant while playing barely competent sidekick the rest of the story...
 

Coroc

Adventurer
Ah now Xena is a fighter, thanks. Luckily you did not put Boromir to the bard voting just because he happens to have a horn :p

Some Rutger Hauer movies are really good also like "Flesh and Blood" or "Ladyhawke" I miss him in this thread and as an actor, he was one of the better ones.
 

JeffB

Hero
This is an area where cinema and literature- even the literature that inspired the game-just don't match up all that well to D&D. Film/TV/Literature doesn't have system mechanics that rewards the fighter for wearing a steel garbage can
 

Undrave

Hero
I feel like Madmartigan acts more like a Rogue than a Fighter.

Otherwise, kudos for bringing up Sinbad!

Here's what I have for the next poll: monk. Which obvious ones am I missing?
...
Oh man... I got an AMAZING monk I could suggest, but just the fact that they ARE a monk is basically a spoiler ><
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
I feel like Madmartigan acts more like a Rogue than a Fighter.

Otherwise, kudos for bringing up Sinbad!



Oh man... I got an AMAZING monk I could suggest, but just the fact that they ARE a monk is basically a spoiler ><
I went back and forth on Madmartigan, but his biggest battle he wears full armor and goes gonzo. So fighter.

And who is the monk. If it's a great representation, then they must be included. ;) I'm doing the poll shortly on that.
 
Hahahah, Ridley Freeborn...

I went with The Hound over Jaime from Game of Thrones, simply because of how important the loss of his hand and his fighting ability is to his character development.

I went with Valeria over Red Sonja because of how wooden Red Sonja is (both acting and swordplay). Also, Red Sonja's sword looks like a prop, whereas Valeria's looks like a weapon.
 
I'd add The Man with the Iron Fists, from the movie of the same name.

And here's one to bake your noodle...Neo, from the Matrix.

Here's what I have for the next poll: monk. Which obvious ones am I missing?

Ang (Last Airbender)

Caine (Kung Fu TV series)

Lee ( Bruce Lee, Enter the Dragon)

Wong Fei-Hung (Drunken Master)

Yang (The Warrior’s way, kensai)

Little John (Robin Hood Prince of Thieves)

The Monkey King (Forbidden Kingdom)

Lu Yan (Forbidden Kingdom)

Dr. Yang (Iron Monkey)

Ip Man (Ip Man)

Wang Chi (Big Trouble in Little China)

Leroy Green (The Last Dragon)

Cadfael (Cadfael)

Ngihtcrawler (XMEN)

Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist)

Jedi (Star Wars)

Monk with no name (Bulletproof Monk)

Diana (D&D cartoon)
 

Undrave

Hero
I went back and forth on Madmartigan, but his biggest battle he wears full armor and goes gonzo. So fighter.

And who is the monk. If it's a great representation, then they must be included. ;) I'm doing the poll shortly on that.
Fair point on Madmartigan!

It's great but too obscure anyway, it's another character from Thunderbolt Fantasy.

So Sheng Bu Huan, the character, spends the show fighting off enemies with a sword but not really impressing the other swordsmen much... but then in episode 12 he throws his sword to protect an ally and its revealed that the sword was ACTUALLY A PIECE OF WOOD PAINTED SILVER!

When he's mocked for throwing away his weapon he picks up a stick and starts to MURDER dudes with it and he even cuts a dude's head using his cloak! It culminates with him blasting a guy's ribcage out his back with the same stick.

Turns out, he's a master of ki manipulation.

And this is all done with glove puppets...
 
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Undrave

Hero
I went back and forth on Madmartigan, but his biggest battle he wears full armor and goes gonzo. So fighter.

And who is the monk. If it's a great representation, then they must be included. ;) I'm doing the poll shortly on that.
Here’s the scene I mention earlier.

 
Etienne Navarre -- Rutger Hauer in Ladyhawk is one of the choices
Got one of my votes. I based both a Fantasy Hero character (complete with a love interest & curse, though a geas rather than transformation, IIRC... it was a long time ago) and, more recently a D&D fighter (brawling build with a bit of TWF mixed in - modeled the style/fight-choreography of the character in the movie nicely) on him.
 

Garthanos

Arcadian Knight
Got one of my votes. I based both a Fantasy Hero character (complete with a love interest & curse, though a geas rather than transformation, IIRC... it was a long time ago) and, more recently a D&D fighter (brawling build with a bit of TWF mixed in - modeled the style/fight-choreography of the character in the movie nicely) on him.
My vote too... to be honest just too many possibilities on this poll.
 

Garthanos

Arcadian Knight
Wha...??!

How in the nine hells do you see Ranger in Xena? Sure Argo's her horse but he's no 'animal companion', and otherwise she's all Fighter all the time.
I didnt say beastmaster ranger ick , yeh... you could in 4e even be a ranger without nature skill let alone spell casting silliness (And back in 1e spell casting barely kicked in with level inappropriate abilities at high level yay). You want nature magic for your ranger in 4e you multi-class dabble or learn rituals (both easy to do and not flagged as game breakingly optional). You want to be awesome at a nature skill and do nigh impossible things with it make your wisdom a high secondary put a bit of feat power in it or even pick skill powers based on it for interesting details.

Ranger in this case selected is about fighting style - the Off-hand throwing weapon and extreme mobility fighting. The fighter didn't really go there. The ranger or barbarian however were pretty extraordinary at mobility.

The ranger was a subclass of fighter from the very beginning thinking it is hugely distinct seems strange to me. As being a ranger was being a fighter all the time just a style of one who eventually after hitting end career dabbled a bit in a game with meh for a skill system.
 
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