I originally had him as a swashbuckler rogue, but your argument has persuaded meInigo Montoya is the best representation of a Vengeance Paladin there is.
He has an oath of vengeance which is character defining.
He has a strong sense of honour and fairness.
He uses Divine Sense to find the Pit of Despair
He uses Lay on Hands to heal his dagger wound.
He utters his vow of enmity/denunciation to frighten Count Rugen.
Yeah, he's totally a Warlord. ;PYou know, I know I included modern versions as well, but I just wouldn't feel right with Captain America, a modern representation, being the winner for a D&D paladin. It would just feel...off
Yep. For years, that Lancelot character was the gold standard for what paladins are. Including all the angstI wobbled back and forth between Lancelot and Percival in Excalibur. But I ended up going with Lancelot because he fails. He loses his paladinhood and experiences the fall from grace, then dies seeking redemption. Being a paladin isn't always easy. Certainly back in the day, it seemed like DMs were encouraged to jump on the slightest excuse to strip them of their power.