5E Best On Screen Depiction of the D&D Ranger

Best On Screen Ranger Depiction

  • Walker (Texas Ranger)

    Votes: 3 4.5%
  • Atreyu (Never Ending Story)

    Votes: 4 6.1%
  • Aragorn (LoTR)

    Votes: 49 74.2%
  • Faramir (LoTR)

    Votes: 6 9.1%
  • Cyclops (Krull)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Dar (Beastmaster)

    Votes: 15 22.7%
  • Eric the Huntsman (Snow White and the Huntsman)

    Votes: 5 7.6%
  • Hank (D&D cartoon)

    Votes: 5 7.6%
  • Deedlit (Lodoss War)

    Votes: 4 6.1%
  • Mani (Brotherhood of the Wolf)

    Votes: 5 7.6%
  • Natty Bumppo (Last of the Mohicans)

    Votes: 5 7.6%
  • Johnathan Knox (Shoot to Kill)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Grizzly Adams (Grizzly Adams)

    Votes: 9 13.6%
  • Owen (Jurassic World)

    Votes: 5 7.6%
  • Robin Hood (Robin Hood, various)

    Votes: 16 24.2%
  • Aquaman (Aquaman/Justice League)

    Votes: 4 6.1%
  • Benjen Stark (GoT)

    Votes: 10 15.2%

  • Total voters
    66
I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but few (D&D cartoon, Lodos War) of these depictions have been trying to emulate D&D classes. For the older ones, it's literally the other-way-round. D&D tried to emulate various sources of inspiration - the Ranger, the literary Aragorn, for instance, which the movie version was presumably also adapting. So the comparison is interesting, if the Hollywood & the D&D adaptations of Aragorn are at all similar, they'd be backing eachother up.
 

Panda-s1

Scruffy and Determined
Again, there can be only one correct answer.



RANGER DANGER!
isn't Aquaman more of a druid? I know he fights and stuff, but iirc he relied on his animal friends A LOT in Super Friends. like I'm pretty sure that show is what ruined his image more than anything.
Ok time to fight

Robin Hood isn't a ranger.


He is a fighter/rogue hiding to the woods. And he isn't even relying on nature nor mastering it.
And he has no magic abilities.
sort of non-sequitor, I remember the one time as a child I decided to be Link from the Legend of Zelda for Halloween. I finally got Link to the Past that year after years of wanting it and thought it'd be so cool, but when I went to school everyone just assumed I was Robin Hood. we also had a "parade" for everyone who dressed up, a lot of parents explained to their kids that I was Robin Hood. this was about a year before Ocarina of Time came out so I was both 10 years too late and one year too early for people to know who I was.

on that note though, isn't Link a good example of a ranger? he has a horse animal companion, good with a bow, even uses some magic (explicitly via spell in one game). I guess his only real on screen appearance was the Zelda cartoon from the 90's so we'd have to go with that lmao.
 

lowkey13

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
isn't Aquaman more of a druid? I know he fights and stuff, but iirc he relied on his animal friends A LOT in Super Friends. like I'm pretty sure that show is what ruined his image more than anything.
Of course not!

1. Has pets.

2. People are constantly whining that he's underpowered.

3. No one else in the Super Friends party takes him as seriously as he takes himself.

See? Ranger!
 
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Lanefan

Victoria Rules
In disagreement with @Minigiant , to me one of the two true archetypes of Ranger is Robin Hood: someone forced by circumstance to live off the land and make the wilderness into his ally rather than his enemy. Most of the Merry Men also fall into this category.

The other archetype is of course Aragorn, in his Strider days.
 
In disagreement with @Minigiant , to me one of the two true archetypes of Ranger is Robin Hood: someone forced by circumstance to live off the land and make the wilderness into his ally rather than his enemy. Most of the Merry Men also fall into this category.

The other archetype is of course Aragorn, in his Strider days.
Does he really live off the land though?

He steals from people and goes back to town to give to the poor. But does he take a cut to feed himself and the merry men?

And the Merry Men. That's a lot of human help, isn't it? They are Merry Men not Merry Treermen, Merry Moldmen, or Merry Bunnymen. Although the Disney one was furry and had bunnies. But they all were animals.

Sounds more like a fighter who took a level of rogue when he got chased into the forest and took Stealth and Perception skills.

I mean how many trees and animals did Robin Hood talk too?

But that's just my opinion. Fox Robin Hood.
 
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Ok time to fight
Robin Hood isn't a ranger.
He is a fighter/rogue hiding to the woods. And he isn't even relying on nature nor mastering it.
And he has no magic abilities.
Wierdly enough, the original 0D&D/1e Ranger wasn't even a particularly good archer.
A fighter/rogue would at least have every reason to have a high DEX.

Of course, Robin Hood - a charismatic leader of armed insurgents controlling a territory within the confines of a troubled state in open defiance of that state's legitimate authority - was quite literally a warlord. ;p
 
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Undrave

Hero
Marshall Bravestarr I tell ya! He's living on the Frontier, he knows nature, he's got magical powers and even an animal companion! Plus is weapon of choice is a ranged weapon!

ALSO! Did you know Bravestarr has an official youtube channel with episodes? It's true!

 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Wierdly enough, the original 0D&D/1e Ranger wasn't even a particularly good archer.
A fighter/rogue would at least have every reason to have a high DEX.

Of course, Robin Hood - a charismatic leader of armed insurgents controlling a territory within the confines of a troubled state in open defiance of that state's legitimate authority - was quite literally a warlord. ;p
They don’t control any territory, they’re bandits that have a forest that they hide in.
When the Prince’s men come, they run and hide. They haven’t laid claim, they are loyalists to the King.
 

Sabathius42

Adventurer
Deedlit is more of an Elf class or at least Fighter/Mage.

So I would have to give it to San, the Wolf Girl, from Princess Mononoke.
I'd vote San in as a monk. A reskinned monk reflecting nature powers instead of karate (aka San with the name filed off) was my ToA character.
 
Does he really live off the land though?
Yes. One of the things he "steels" is venison.

As for spellcasting, the 1980s TV series gave Robin a connection to the minor deity Herne the Hunter.

NB I disagree of the inclusion of Benjen Stark over Jon Snow in the poll. Jon Snow has the animal companion and is therefore more like a D&D ranger (although favouring 3rd edition).
 
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teitan

Adventurer
Which edition because the ranger hasn’t been consistent through editions. 1e it’s very much Aragorn. Beyond that... I dunno.
 

Coroc

Adventurer
I voted for Aragorn, but the funniest thing about that survey, is that Aragorn in fact is more of a paladin with a woodsman background than a ranger.
 

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