5E Best on screen depiction of the sorcerer class

Best on screen depiction of the sorcerer

  • Balthazar (Sorcerer’s apprentice)

    Votes: 4 6.6%
  • Bavmorda (Willow)

    Votes: 5 8.2%
  • Xusia (Sword and the sorcerer)

    Votes: 1 1.6%
  • Jadis (Chronicles of Narnia)

    Votes: 3 4.9%
  • Lina Inverse (Slayers)

    Votes: 4 6.6%
  • Scarlet Witch (MCU)

    Votes: 29 47.5%
  • Liz Sherman (Hellboy)

    Votes: 9 14.8%
  • Medivh (Warcraft)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Gellert Grindewalkd (Fantastic beasts)

    Votes: 2 3.3%
  • Skeletor (Masters of the Universe)

    Votes: 2 3.3%
  • Merlin (Excalibur)

    Votes: 3 4.9%
  • Goblin King Jereth (Labyrinth)

    Votes: 7 11.5%
  • Tula (Pirates of Dark Water)

    Votes: 1 1.6%
  • Raiden (Mortal Kombat)

    Votes: 3 4.9%
  • Willow Ufgood (Willow)

    Votes: 7 11.5%
  • Grand Vizier Jafar (Aladdin 1992)

    Votes: 7 11.5%
  • The Emperor (The Last Jedi)

    Votes: 7 11.5%
  • Yennifer (Witcher)

    Votes: 12 19.7%
  • Nekron (Fire and Ice)

    Votes: 1 1.6%
  • Princess Ariel (Thundarr The Barbarian)

    Votes: 6 9.8%
  • Zenobia (Sinbad Eye of the Tiger)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Mira and Mara (Sorceress)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Natsu Dragneel (Fairy Tail)

    Votes: 3 4.9%
  • Venger (D&D cartoon)

    Votes: 3 4.9%
  • Elsa (frozen)

    Votes: 21 34.4%

  • Total voters
    61

Sacrosanct

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

Since there is a lot of overlap on screen between sorcerers, wizards, and warlocks, and most of them do not follow D&D mechanics that separate their abilities, I was toying with the idea of one single poll. Then I started listing names. There are so many, I think I'll keep the polls separate and do my best to put the characters into buckets they best fit. I know there will be a lot of omissions for two primary reasons: 1) if they aren't on the sorcerer list, they are probably on the wizard or warlock list, and 2) evil sorcerer/wizard is such a common trope in film and in anime that I'd have hundreds of characters with no real distinction among most voters. So I tried to keep the scope down.

Rules: You get 4 votes in this poll.
 

Count_Zero

Adventurer
100% for Lina Inverse, particularly with how she describes her magic as being basically a form of pact magic. This probably applies to Natsu as well, though he's probably a cross-class Sorcerer Monk, since as a shonen protagonist he does a lot of hand-to-hand combat.

EDIT: Also, taking a cue from the Wizard thread - example videos and images to support one of my character picks.

Lina Inverse:
 
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Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden from the TV series is probably a great example of a D&D style sorcerer with ritual caster on TV.
Not book accurate though.

Dr. Byron Orpheus maybe too.
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden from the TV series is probably a great example of a D&D style sorcerer with ritual caster on TV.
Not book accurate though.

Dr. Byron Orpheus maybe too.
Dresden is on my wizard list. Seemed more wizardly, with his research into casting new spells (adding spells to spellbook, so to speak).
 
Dresden is on my wizard list. Seemed more wizardly, with his research into casting new spells (adding spells to spellbook, so to speak).
Book version yeah. I see him multiclassed.

But the TV show nerfed him to hell and made him a lot less wizardy by making Bob a person instead of an intelligent alternative magic book. This and his overall weakness "demotes" him to sorcerer with a ritual book only.
 

Panda-s1

Scruffy and Determined
Megumin (Konosuba) isn't on here? casting one really big explosion once per day feels like the ultimate expression of being a sorcerer.
 
I thought about voting for the MCU version of Scarlet Witch because they simplified her powers for the movies, but in the comic books, she would be a Warlock because she has a Patron and has hex powers.
 

Count_Zero

Adventurer
Megumin (Konosuba) isn't on here? casting one really big explosion once per day feels like the ultimate expression of being a sorcerer.
Ehh - that also works for regular wizards as well - "I only have one 5th level spell slot, so I'm going memorize a spell that can cause the biggest explosions" (alternatively, "I'm going to memorize Fireball in the highest spell slot that I can.")
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
Because there is so much overlap, here are the other two lists


Warlock

John Constantine

Morgan Le Fay (Excalibur)

The seer (Vikings)

Darth Vader (Star Wars)

Thulsa Doom (Conan the Barbarian)

David Lo Pan (Big Trouble in Little China)

Kaulder (The Last Witchunter)

Jean-Francois (Brotherhood of the Wolf)

Hellboy (Hellboy)

Nancy Downs (The Craft)

Queen Ravenna (Snow White and theHuntsman)

Warlock (The Warlock 1989)

Voldemort

Caleb Danvers (Covenant)

Lady Van Tassel (Sleepy Hollow)

Lord of Darkness (Legend)

Shang Tsung (Mortal Kombat)

Bran (GoT)

Ezra Scarlet (Fairy tail)









Wizard

Merlin (Merlin UK series)

Galen (Dragonslayer)

Gandalf (LoTR)

Tim the Enchanter (Quest for the Holy Grail)

Akiro (Conan movies)

Thoth-Amon (Conan the destroyer)

Willow Ufgood (Willow)

Queen Bavmorda (Willow)

Saruman

Ergo (Krull)

Piper/Phoebe/Paige/Prue (Charmed)

Harry Potter

Dumbldore

Slayn (Lodoss War)

Dr. Strange (MCU)

Zeddicus (Legend of the Seeker)

Howl (Howl’s Moving Castle)

Alice (The Magicians, but really, chose any of them)

Qyburn (GoT)

Zeniba/Yubaba (Spirited Away)

Harry Dresden (Dresden Files)

Marina (Dungeons and Dragons)

Profion (Dungeons and Dragons)

Presto (D&D cartoon)
 

billd91

Hobbit on Quest
For me, the distinction between wizard and sorcerer would come from whether or not the power was based on learning lore or innate (or, I suppose granted by a patron for warlock). If it seems like the arcane caster is more based on study or structured learning, I'd go with wizard.
 

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