5E Best on screen depiction of the D&D Rogue

Which on screen depiction best captures the D&D rogue?

  • Dread Pirate Roberts (Princess Bride)

    Votes: 15 26.8%
  • Malak (Conan the destoyer)

    Votes: 10 17.9%
  • Subotai (Conan the Barbarian 1982)

    Votes: 9 16.1%
  • Ioz (Pirates of Dark Water)

    Votes: 2 3.6%
  • Arya (GoT)

    Votes: 14 25.0%
  • Jaqen H'ghar (GoT)

    Votes: 5 8.9%
  • Lord Varys (GoT)

    Votes: 3 5.4%
  • Oberyn Martell (GoT)

    Votes: 3 5.4%
  • Bilbo Baggins (Hobbit)

    Votes: 21 37.5%
  • Baldin (Hawk the Slayer)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Robin Hood (Robin Hood)

    Votes: 4 7.1%
  • Will Scarlet (Robin Hood)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Peter Blood (Captain Blood--Errol Flynn, 1935)

    Votes: 2 3.6%
  • Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean)

    Votes: 12 21.4%
  • Porthos (Three Musketeers 1993))

    Votes: 3 5.4%
  • Zorro (Mask of Zorro)

    Votes: 3 5.4%
  • Cunningham (Rob Roy)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Ali Baba (Ali Baba and the 40 thieves)

    Votes: 7 12.5%
  • Torquil (Krull)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Sheila (D&D cartoon)

    Votes: 2 3.6%
  • Snails (D&D movie. The one that doesn't exist. Or so I believe)

    Votes: 2 3.6%
  • Sesshomaru (INUYASHA)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Sasuke (Naruto)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Naofumi (Rising of the Shield Hero)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Woodcheck (Record of Lodoss War)

    Votes: 2 3.6%
  • Edmund Blackadder (Blackadder)

    Votes: 2 3.6%
  • Goblin King (Labyrinth)

    Votes: 1 1.8%
  • Mouse (Ladyhawke)

    Votes: 25 44.6%
  • Anna Valerius (Van Helsing 2004)

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

    Votes: 2 3.6%
  • Bloodrayne (Bloodrayne)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Queen Christina (Queen Christina--Greta Garbo)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Gabrielle (Xena)

    Votes: 1 1.8%
  • Rool and Franjean (Willow)

    Votes: 1 1.8%
  • Gurgi (Black Cauldron)

    Votes: 1 1.8%
  • Autocylus (Legendary Journey)

    Votes: 3 5.4%

  • Total voters
    56

Sacrosanct

Legend
Previous polls here:
Barbarian
Bard
Cleric
Druid
Fighter
Monk
Paladin
Ranger

Scope: Rogue are right up there with fighters as far as having hundreds of archetypes in TV and Movie media. Therefore, the scope will be limited to fantasy only. That means no Jack Burton, Han Solo, or Jason from the Ice Pirates, despite them being classic rogues. Also, one particular show or movie might have several, so I'm going to limit it to the most popular of that show. As with previous polls, TV or Movies only. No literature. Also, you get 5 choices this poll. And of course there will be omissions of fan favorites (inevitable), but I'm trying to capture the most obvious or well known in order to keep it to people who would actually get some votes.
 
Same. For me it was Mouse, Mallack, and that thief illustration in the basic red box:

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Mallack was the sort of good-hearted coward and scoundrel that would fit in many a D&D group. He even backstabs in the movie!

Snails, from the D&D movie also got my vote. Because there are two actors that knew the number on that movie and hammed it up: Jeremy Irons and Marlon Wayans.

I’m so glad Mouse is on here! He was my Rogue mental image growing up.
 

Count_Zero

Adventurer
I'm going to add Satou Kazuma from the anime KonoSuba here as well, as a thief recommendation.

EDIT: Though I voted for Woodchuck, Bilbo, and Mouse
 
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Bacon Bits

Adventurer
A lot of these feel more like Fighters or Bards to me. We like to think of the narrative is a rogue surviving by their wits, but D&D rogues don't need wit one. It's all about agility. I think Malak is the best on-screen fantasy rogue, with a close following of Bilbo in spite of how awful the Hobbit movies are. Rogues just aren't that present in fantasy or period pieces. They don't make good heroes, and fantasy often involves heroes.

In general, however, I would say that Han Solo is the best on-screen rogue. Han has nothing going for him other than his ability to get out of a scrape. Ethan Hunt from Mission Impossible is maybe a good second... though I'm not sure if Bard isn't better for him. On-screen rogues almost always have much higher Int and Cha than they would normally have in D&D. Most on-screen rogues are in heist movies. So Baby in Baby Driver, as well as most everyone in Logan Lucky or Reservoir Dogs.
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
I mentioned it in the fighter poll, but should have added it here as well. Because fighter had so many examples, any swashbuckler type would go into the rogue poll. Pretty much dex based combatants.
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
The next poll is sorcerer. This is where it gets tricky, because movies and tv shows don’t really use vancian casting. So there is A LOT of overlap between sorcerer, wizard, and warlock. For example, is Gandalf a wizard or a sorcerer? I think what’s gonna happen is I’ll take everyone’s submissions and ideas, and split the class poll as evenly as I can get, trying to put each person under the best fit for the class.

For example, Bavmorda, Xusia, and Maleficent seem sorcerers to me, while Ergo the Magnificent and David Lo Pan are wizards?

thoughts?
 

Jacob Lewis

The One with the Force
The distinctions between arcane spellcasters onscreen will be hard to make as cinema does not necessarily follow the guidelines of RPGs (let alone one RPG in particular). Would it not be better to consolidate them into one poll and let the masses sort out where the boundaries lie?
 
My vote, for what it's worth, is to keep the sorcerer and wizard in one poll. I think that separating the two will prove just too frustrating.

For example, Harry Potter. In that world, it's clear that wizarding is some sort of inborn trait - either you can cast magic or you can't. But then they go to school to learn how to use magic. So which is it?

Maybe warlocks could be separated out (also, they probably will come from horror movies more, like, er, Warlock) - it's pretty easy to see who draws their power from some sort of pact or bargain (Kaecilius from Dr. Strange also springs to mind).

The next poll is sorcerer. This is where it gets tricky, because movies and tv shows don’t really use vancian casting. So there is A LOT of overlap between sorcerer, wizard, and warlock.
 
I mentioned it in the fighter poll, but should have added it here as well. Because fighter had so many examples, any swashbuckler type would go into the rogue poll. Pretty much dex based combatants.
There are an awful lot of rogues as well. You have missed out a whole bunch of spies and secret agents (James Bond, Simon Templer, Raffles). I would have made "stealthy" the core requirement for rogue, "armoured" the core requirement for fighters, and had a separate list for "Swashbucklers" covering dex fighters, scrappy rogues and multiclassed fighter/thieves.
 
Plus there is your average TV detective, too many to list really. For example, did you ever see Father Dowling Investigates? You would be hard pushed to find an episode in which Sister Steve didn't pick a lock, hide to overhear a conversation AND don a disguise.

And Sherlock Holmes is the original Inquisitive.
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
There are an awful lot of rogues as well. You have missed out a whole bunch of spies and secret agents (James Bond, Simon Templer, Raffles). I would have made "stealthy" the core requirement for rogue, "armoured" the core requirement for fighters, and had a separate list for "Swashbucklers" covering dex fighters, scrappy rogues and multiclassed fighter/thieves.
The scope was limited to fantasy, so no james bond
 
They pretty much are IMO. Historical fantasy film. They'd fit in a D&D campaign pretty easily in the core default rules. Just a humancentric world. While James Bond---not so much.
Far more fantastical things in James Bond than Rob Roy. Rob Roy doesn't have any invisible cars.
 

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