5E Best on screen depiction of the Paladin Class

Who are your favorite paladins on screen?

  • Sir Landry (Knightfall)

    Votes: 1 1.3%
  • Percival (Excalibur)

    Votes: 18 23.4%
  • Lancelot (Excalibur)

    Votes: 23 29.9%
  • Saladin (Kingdom of Heaven)

    Votes: 6 7.8%
  • Van Helsing (Van Helsing)

    Votes: 4 5.2%
  • Solomon Kane (Solomon Kane)

    Votes: 4 5.2%
  • Brienne of Tarth (Got)

    Votes: 19 24.7%
  • Ser Davos the Onion Knight (GoT)

    Votes: 4 5.2%
  • Ser Berric Dondarrion (GoT)

    Votes: 7 9.1%
  • Kain (The Warrior and the Sorceress)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Wilfred of Ivanhoe (Ivanhoe)

    Votes: 7 9.1%
  • Balian (Kingdom of Heaven)

    Votes: 2 2.6%
  • Peter (Chronicles of Narnia)

    Votes: 8 10.4%
  • Li Mu Bai (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon)

    Votes: 1 1.3%
  • Captain America (MCU)

    Votes: 35 45.5%
  • Superman (DCU)

    Votes: 10 13.0%
  • The Lone Ranger (The Lone Ranger TV series)

    Votes: 5 6.5%
  • Paladin (Have Gun, will Travel)

    Votes: 4 5.2%
  • The Operative (Serenity)

    Votes: 4 5.2%
  • Goliath (Gargoyles)

    Votes: 3 3.9%
  • Optimus Prime (Transformers)

    Votes: 16 20.8%
  • Arthur (King Arthur 2004)

    Votes: 1 1.3%
  • Anduin Lothar (Warcraft)

    Votes: 2 2.6%
  • Galavant (Galavant)

    Votes: 2 2.6%
  • Ahmed Ibn Fadlan (13th warrior)

    Votes: 2 2.6%
  • Thomas Marshal (Ironclad)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Inigo Montoya (Princess Bride)

    Votes: 9 11.7%

  • Total voters
    77

Count_Zero

Explorer
I thought about suggesting this in the earlier thread - but I wasn't sure how well Anime suggestions would have gone over but...

Arturia Pendragon/Saber from Fate/Stay Night and Fate/Zero
and
Astolfo/Rider of Black from Fate/Apocrypha.

(Bonus with that last one because they're Paladins in both senses of the word).
 

ad_hoc

Hero
Inigo 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.
 

Undrave

Hero
You ever seen the 1997 'Ivanhoe the King's Knight' cartoon? The guy is an Oath of the Crown thru and thru, spending all his effort trying to gather the resource to pay King Richard's ransom. In every episode there's a point where Ivanhoe is about to lose a fight or something and then he invokes the name of King Richard ("FOR KING RICHARD!") and in a hokey slow-mo sequence he deals a decisive blow, usually disarming his opponent. Also, it's vaguely implied King Richard is aware of this every time it happens?

If that's not a smite...

Also, for Transformers stuff, three words for ya : "CYBER KEY POWER!!!"
 
I 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.

I remember rewatching the 2004 King Arthur and realizing how joyless and leaden it is, particularly Clive Owen's performance. It's got some good parts, but in the quest to make a "realistic" tale (something it still couldn't even manage), it strips out all the pageantry, wonder, and brightness of Mallory's tales.
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
Inigo 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.
I originally had him as a swashbuckler rogue, but your argument has persuaded me ;)
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
You 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
 
You 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
Yeah, he's totally a Warlord. ;P

Seriously, though, he's obviously an Oath of Flag-Allegiance Paladin.

I'm sorry, that still wasn't serious. It's a process. I'll keep trying.

Anyway, I did vote Percival/Galahad, Lancelot, & oddly Solomon Kane, since they're the ones I recognized who actually displayed even a hint of divine power.
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
I 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.
Yep. For years, that Lancelot character was the gold standard for what paladins are. Including all the angst ;)
 

vincegetorix

Jewel of the North
I went with Percival and the Landry guy from Knightfall (he doest do magic, but still...).

My headcanon-go-to for Paladins is, weirdly, Roland from the S.K The Dark Tower. He's clearly based on THE Roland, and in the book all gunslingers are knight (based on the knights of the round table) who have to swear an on oath to wield their gun and gain their supernatural skills. I did not see the movie though, so I'm not sure how we this appears in screen. Roland the Gunslinger. Oath of Vengeance Paladin, Vow of Enmity: The Man in Black. :p

"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."
 

Prakriti

Hi, I'm a Mindflayer, but don't let that worry you
You 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
And yet you included the Gargoyles cartoon. :unsure:
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
The next poll is rangers. I'm probably gonna need some help here with examples, particularly from anime. Here is what I have so far:

Atreyu (Never Ending Story)

Aragorn (Lotr)

Cyclopes (Krull)

Dar (Beastmaster)

Eric the Huntsman (Snow White and the Huntsman)

Hank (D&D cartoon)

Deedlit (Lodoss War)

Mani (Brotherhood of the Wolf)

Natty Bumppo (Last of the Mohicans)

Daniel Boone (Daniel Boone, trailblazer)

Johnathon Knox (Shoot to Kill)


Edit The last two, I feel I need to add for completionist, but I don't feel comfortable doing so. I'd rather have examples where native americans weren't whitewashed or treated badly in the films of the characters. I mean, Chingachgook was also a ranger, but his role was much smaller than Daniel Day Lewis's, and Magua was more of a fighter/assassin than a ranger. So I'm totally open for positive native American representations. Please help me out here.
 
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Daryl Dixon from the Walking Dead springs readily to mind. Heck, in recent seasons he's even got an animal companion.

Prince Humperdinck from the Princess Bride. If I recall correctly, it's even moreso in the book.

Owen from Jurassic World

The next poll is rangers. I'm probably gonna need some help here with examples, particularly from anime. Here is what I have so far:
 

MarkB

Legend
I know you're saving Aragorn for the next poll, but to me he's an excellent depiction of a Paladin. A true warrior who follows a deep code of honour, resists temptation, has a commanding presence that inspires others to follow him, and is blessed with gifts of healing.
 

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