Who is your favorite wizard?
Harry Potter may own the day but great wizards go farther back than him from ancient history, to video games and fiction. Who was your favorite?
I'm gonna go with Zarok, from the Medievil franchise. Not only did he have some wonderful creations (my favourite being his wizard's tower with the waterfall one can swish aside like curtains), but he was also very well voice acted and the final boss battle was amazing. But Ian McKellan as Gandalf in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy is my favourite White Wizard in fantasy.
Jaina Proudmoore, Archmage Rhonin and Ripto are runners up.
Gandalf is by far my favorite wizard, possibly because I am still a big LOTR nerd at heart. Not only does he have some of the best lines in Tolkien's novels, but he is a fascinating character and I don't think there's anyone out there who could possibly hate him, whether they see McKellen's on screen depiction or read the books.
"A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to."
Rincewind from the Discworld series has to be near the top, if only because he defies all the conventions of what a wizard should be. Dumbledore, because he is a powerful and kind person and a positive role model for the LBGT community. And Gandalf, because Ian McKellan's portrayal is just so darn likable.
You'll have to fill me in on Rincewind since I haven't had the pleasure of reading that series yet. Albus and Gandalf are obvious favorites.
The first book is called "The Color of Magic" by Terry Pratchett. It's a comedy/fantasy where the main character is too much of a screw up to cast spells. But he's important because one of the world's most powerful spells is hiding inside his head.
The Wizard of Oz, of course. I tend to be fond of who I grew up with. As for the more current "Wizards," I'm not too familiar with them. I have heard a lot about them, through my grandchildren. They sound very interesting and magical, but I'll always love the "Great and Powerful OZ." One day, a few of today's wizards will probably be Classics, too.....and I'll still be singing the music score to "OZ!!"
I am going to choose Stevie Yzerman during his "captain" years for the Detroit Red Wings. I do admit that his nickname was the Magician; however, that is simply just another name for Wizard... His hand - eye coordination was extraordinary and his "slight of hand" stickhandling was breath takingly amazing...
It may sound unconventional, but it would have to be the red mage. Capable of using many magics in the video games where they appear, regardless of the orientation of said magic. destroy their enemies with dark spells, then heal up their friends with some simple white magic. I think it's the idea of having a balanced magical "palette" that attracts them to me the most. I don't know very many wizards, but the red mage would be the favorite of the wizards I do know.
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