Character Contest 32 – It's a class thing

Your design challenge for this week is to create a super-powered modern-day character based on the name and general concept of a Dungeons & Dragons class. Examples from actual published comics would include the likes of Paladin, Wizard, and of course Rogue.

Note that in those cases the actual power set of the original class is sometimes only peripherally part of the actual character. Rogue does steal something -- powers -- which is pretty close, but she's not a trap springer or backstabber. You don't have to be limited like that, though; if you want, you can make a character named Rogue who would duplicate those D&D roles more perfectly. Or, you can go in a totally unexpected direction, say by making a psychic thief who steals memories or somesuch.

So, here are the rules:

  • All entries must be left as a link in a comment to this post;
  • Your linked character image should be on a publicly accessible web server (i.e. the UGO Forums or PhotoBucket or ImageShack or what have you);
  • The character must be named after one of the D&D classes on this list and should make me go "wow!" when I see it.

Next Monday I'll select the Finalists from all submissions, and one overall Winner who will receive his or her choice of either a custom item or a portrait of themselves, to appear in the final HeroMachine 3 version.

Good luck everyone!

112 Responses to Character Contest 32 – It's a class thing

  1. Jake says:

    Would it be okay if a I save a file with the class written above it? I already have a lot of characters to submit, but I’d rather not go through the hassle of renaming them all.

  2. Jeff Hebert says:

    If you mean you have characters with other names you want to rename outside of the image for the purposes of this contest, I’d rather you didn’t. These things are a lot more fun if you do something fresh, rather than just repurposing something you did for some other concept or reason. That’s just my opinion and preference, though.

    You can submit what you like, but if I see an image with the name of someone on it that’s not a D&D class name, I’m extremely unlikely to look favorably upon it. Challenge yourself and do something new!

  3. Jake says:

    I’m definitely going to do some new ones too. It’s just that this contest happens to be what I use HM for anyway, so I already have a lot of cool stuff that you might like. I’ll go ahead and rename the ones I will be submitting.

  4. Haggai says:

    This is my take on “Druid”. He has the power to shift into beast form (usually a bear). The power was granted to him by the Forest Gods who gave the druids of old their powers. The scar is from the Bear-God who gave “Druid” his power. The cowl is there because under it “Druid”s face looks a bit bestial (note the eyes).

    When I first read the competition I thought you meant create an actual person of that class in D&D so theres the result:

    It may be “Druid”s mentor or something.

  5. Danny Beaty says:

    @Jeff: Can a character be of more than one class, say both commoner and warrior?

  6. Jeff Hebert says:

    Danny, as long as it’s named after at least one of the classes and is a cool take on those general abilities, that’s fine.

  7. Haggai says:

    Sorry for the mix up (new to photobucket). there is the Fantasy Druid:

  8. Danny Beaty says:

    @the good Mr. Hebert: So the name of the character has to be one of those class names on the list?

  9. Jeff Hebert says:

    Danny, yep, that’s rule number three.

  10. Danny Beaty says:

    @Jeff: I don’t mean to be a pain in the ass, I just want to make absolutely sure I understand the rules. Can a warrior be called the Avenging Warrior, a druid be called the Dark Druid?

  11. Jeff Hebert says:

    Danny, yeah, that’s fine, as long as the class name is in the character name, adding other bits is cool.

  12. Danny Beaty says:

    @Jeff: Got it. Thanks!

  13. Tim K. says:

    There is already a Crusader:

    Plus there is already Dr. Druid

    Just sharing to give ideas of what has been done already.

  14. SneakySpade says:

    heres my Dwarven Fighter

  15. Tigerguy786 says:


    How did you do the helmet on your barbarian?

  16. Vigilante says:

    This is Monk, a character who was granted immortality in exchange for ridding the world of the demonic forces of lucifer, who walk among us, disguised as regular people and influential figures throughout the world. He uses throwing knives dipped in holy water and an unbreakable staff made from the bark of the tree of knowledge of good and evil to aid him in this mission.

  17. Vigilante says:

    This is Nobleman (based on Noble), a billionaire and criminal who was born with a silver tongue. His unnatural charisma causes anyone around him to idolize him and believe anything he says, no matter how ludicrous. All this power has gone to his head and he believes he can do anything he wants, committing crime simply because he is able, and does so with a subtle, simple, and smug finesse.

  18. Brambles says:

    Here’s my modern take on the Rogue class:

    A deadly trained assassin the Rogue is a master of small arms and hand to hand combat. Laser guided precision with throwing knives and devastating stealthiness make the Rogue class a silent force to be reckoned with.

  19. Carrigan says:

    This would be my attempt at a Soulknife,

    Maybe I should play D&D sometime.

  20. vampyrist says:

    Here is my take on Warmage

    He is unlike the heroes that mostly fight crime. While they are rushing into battle, he is behind, watching, gathering information. He then forms a strategy. He finally goes in, spells flying and spear swinging. He takes down the bad guys and is one of the best tacticians ever to have lived.

  21. Kaldath says:

    Entry #1: Here is Wu-Jen ( actually a Second edition AD&D kit rather then a class, but it was on the list !! ) The Asian Sorceress Supreme!!

    ( BTW Jeff are we limited in how many we can enter this week or is the sky the limit ? )

  22. Brambles says:

    Here’s my modern take on the Ranger class:

    The Ranger is a rugged wilderness survivalist and an excellent marksman. Effective at long range with a high powered sniper rifle, and medium to short range with a compact tactical shotgun, the Ranger is a versatile soldier on the battlefield.

  23. I’m going to have fun with this one! First entry… Duergars!

  24. Jeff Hebert says:

    Sky’s the limit.

  25. Dang, look at the early entries! I was thinking of doing a few serious characters. Is there a D&D character class that just runs around waving a white flag?

  26. Brambles says:

    This is my modern take on the Barbarian class:

    A fierce mercenary warrior the Barbarian is a walking tank with an itchy trigger finger. The Barbarian carries a custom automatic shotgun with a chainsaw bayonet, grenades, and a high powered assault rifle with grenade launcher attachment. He’s go enough firepower to be a one man army. This hothead’s arsenal is nothing to laugh at.

  27. Alex says:

    I used two standart US.Army helmet enlarged one of them and the other I flipped 180 and reshaped it to match as a lower piece and then used other pieces to mask the lines in between.The eye holes are from eyes/standart(on the last page i think) with masked heads in each and the bolts on the lower part are insignia/circles I reduced the size and placed one by one.

  28. Skiriki says:

    All examples from D&D3.5e and characters I’ve played.

    This is Elehiel, a favored soul (a sorcerer-like divine class from Complete Divine)/combat medic (prestige class from Heroes of Battle); she’s wearing a magical item set known as Regalia of the Phoenix (Magic Item Compendium):

    This is Durga Ghostclaws, a female shifter psychic warrior, who has manifested force screen and claws of the beast powers; she’s not a looker, but a killer.

    This is Merlinda, an elf wizard, with her squirrel familiar.

    This is Reiko Kawachi, a ninja/spirit shaman (Complete Adventurer/Complete Divine); her spirit guide is a fox, and unbeknownst to her, she has fey blood because her mother is a kitsune, a fox spirit.

    This is Rhea, a lythari (elven werewolf) cleric/fighter in her elven form; she’s a worshipper of Selûne, a moon goddess:

  29. Jeff Hebert says:

    Guys, let me clarify — the point is not to make a rogue. The point is to make a super-hero character named “Rogue”. The point is not to post a picture of the wizard you played in a D&D campaign, the point is to make a super-hero character named “Wizard”, envisioning what someone with that name would be like as that sort of character.

    We’ve done class-centered contests before like with Fighters and Spellcasters, but this contest is more like one of the “Make a character with this random name” editions, only you’re building it around a D&D class name and general concept, and as a super-hero.

    Hope that helps clarify what I’ll be looking for.

  30. Half-Elf Fighter

    My first try on a Half-elf fighter. I hope you like it. Greetings from Greece.

  31. Alex says:

    This is my Samurai Jeremiah.He is australian ,he can control the wind element and he is a tattoo artist.He can combine his powers with his sword skills to cut down an entire forest with one strike.

  32. Danny Beaty says:

    @Alex: An Australian Samurai: Domo mori gotto mate!

  33. Danny Beaty says:

    Hi gang, here I go!

    The Crimson CRUSADER:
    The Crimson Crusader uses a power club to fight criminals. His shield employs lifter technology, allowing him to use it as a means of transportation.

    The Shadow WARRIOR:
    The Shadow Warrior is a master of silent weapons and a master of stealth. He is a skilled mixed martial artist.

    The Urban Ranger patrols the streets of LA and uses his Army training to fight crime.

    One thousand years after the Great Collapse, the world falls into a new age of barbarism.

  34. Danny Beaty says:

    The eye insignia on the Shadow Warrior’s costume is also a audio/video recorder.

  35. Gero says:

    While not exactly super-powered, this character does have a lot of money, which seems to count as a power for Iron Man, Batman, and Green Arrow, so I don’t think I’m outside of the rules with him. So, without further ramblings, I give you: The Aristocrat!

  36. MartianBlue says:

    More of a Modern type, althoug I still prefer the original

    2.)HEXBLADE Modern

  37. Kaldath says:

    Entry #2: With the ability to control sound especially music and using a specialy built mircophone and speaker system built into his custom to amply the effects of his power, I persent to you –

    The Bard

  38. Danny Beaty says:

    I always enjoy these character contests.

  39. Entry #2: Dread Necromancer. The most vile amongst the magi, always craving for blood, spreading plague and death to his enemies…

    Dread Necromancer:

    Dread Necromancer (plain):

  40. Idiosyncracy says:

    Hmm, I’m not very experienced, but I do like D&D, so I figured I might give it a go. Here’s a (Slightly goth-y) hexblade:

  41. Larry says:

    OK, i was going to ak if the alternate / extra base classes were fair game, but i see some people have already posted some of them.

    What about Pathfinder classes? [promoted as D&D 3.75ed]


  42. Vigilante says:

    This is bard, a man with the ability to cause hallucinations with his voice. When he sings, the tonal pattern of his voice causes mental feedback and results in illusions of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. In an attempt to silence him, the mob mutilated his vocal cords, leaving him with the strength only to whisper. Now he uses special amplifying technology to project his voice through speakers in his hands. He is a morally ambiguous character, fighting crime one day and robbing a bank the next. Whatever is most advantageous at the time.

  43. LargeFormat says:

    Think I’ll throw in Breid, a Paladin of Slaughter. He was cursed years ago, starting with his right arm. It was horribly mutated and caused a very destructive magical power within him. To contain the threat, the people of his village had his right arm cut off.

    Well, that didn’t stop it. It appeared again, though oddly enough in his leg. They de-limbed him, and using replaced his previous parts with new metal ones appendages.

    Still, the disease spread, and the villagers decided to exile him. The boy named himself ‘Breid’, and eventually returned, stronger and still slightly mutated, to wreak horrible vengeance on those who exiled him.

  44. Hammerknight says:

    Spirit Shaman is a Native American Hero. He comes from a long line of Shamans. He is able to call upon animal spirits to help him fight evil.

  45. Oquies says:

    Delphine Elven Sorceress empowered with arcane magic.

  46. yellowneverred says:

    Oops, my bad. I didn’t read the contest guidelines carefully enough. You can disregard my entries.

  47. Danny Beaty says:

    The WIZARD
    The Wizard is a stage illusionist who happens upon a magic amulet which allows him to do real magic. He uses his new found in his act and to fight crime.

  48. Danny Beaty says:

    I deleted my BARBARIAN because it didn’t fit the rules. It wasn’t a superhero called “Barbarian”, it was a barbarian. Silly me.

  49. Sol Invictus says:

    Kind of an 80’s throwback…


    Real Name: Celia Sorensen

    Place of Birth: Rochester, MN

    Group Affiliation: The Good Guys

    Powers/Abilities: Telepathy, psychokinesis, precognition, limited telekinesis.

    Bio: At the tender age of 9, young Celia Sorensen became aware that she was different from other children. When exposed to large crowds of people, she could “hear” the thoughts of others. As years went by, this ability became more powerful, yet more difficult to control. At the age of 13, Celia’s parents enrolled her in the Academy of Extranormal Research in the (fictional) city of New Stockholm, Delaware.

    At the Academy, she received the proper training that allowed her greater control over her telepathic abilities. She also developed other abilities while at the Academy, such as psychokinesis, precognition, and telekinesis.

    Celia is currently a member of the rag-tag team of extranormal vigilantes known as The Good Guys, where she is known by the name Psion.

  50. Danny Beaty says:

    Silver PSION
    Silver Psion is a visitor from another world whose mental powers make him seem godlike to we humans. His mind can generate powerful energy fields, allow him to fly, breath anywhere. His powers also include telekinesis, telepathy, pyrokinesis, teleportation, illusion.

  51. My third entry is a modern super hero named “Battle Sorcerer”:

    He can fight with ranged weapons and powerful energy spells…

  52. Jack Zelger says:

    My first try here is modern, but not very superhero-y. But I went where the creative process took me. 🙂

    This entry is “War Mage”. He comes from a long line of war mages, who have passed the magic and knowledge on through generations. In the modern era, the War Mage works as a mercenary, but he is not interested in money. He remains an independent warrior so he can choose to fight only when he believes the cause is just. He has no loyalty to one nation.

  53. Sutter_Kaine says:

    1) Blackguard – Blackguard is a servant of the physical personification of Entropy. His mission is to bring about the end of time, which unsurprisingly has brought him into conflict with the good guys on several occasions. His powers come from his sword, the cursed artifact-weapon Soul-Drinker.

    2) Star Ranger – The Star Rangers are an intergalactic peace-keeping force.

    3) Shadow Dancer – Shadow Dancer is a mute assassin with the ability to merge with and travel through shadows.

  54. Danny Beaty says:

    The Army wanted a soldier that was superhumanly strong, indestructable, and blindly obedient. Two out of three ain’t bad. What the Army got was an indestructable, superhuman barbaric brute that doesn’t play well with others. Eight feet of mad and mean, the Barbarian is the strongest thing on the planet. Did I mention the Barbarian is now on the loose?

  55. yellowneverred says:

    Modern-day ranger. He doesn’t know why he can talk to animals, but he chose a career that would let him do the greatest good with his abilities.

  56. Logan says:

    This is my modern D&D Commoner. His Name is Gary Wallace and he is middle aged small business owner. He has a Dachshund named Almond who loves walks in the park and left-over pieces of bacon.

  57. Alex says:

    The Crusader
    He has Superstrength,superspeed,healing factor,can sense the presence of evil and he can fly(can use one power at a time).But he is inexperienced in the use of his powers and they tend to play tricks on him ,so sometimes he has to rely on his martial artist training and the two knives he carries with him.

  58. Alex says:

    The Crusader get his powers from The Eye Of Ma’at which he wears around his neck.

  59. DiCicatriz says:

    Two entries 😀

    1) Psychic Warrior – a skilled assassin who uses psionic abilities to alter the perceptions and ability to reason in his targets to facilitate his success. He also carries an energy weapon which responds to his mental commands.

    2) Shamán- A former rural priest in Mexico who witnessed a bloody gang massacre and was himself later murdered to assure his silence. He was revived by higher powers as an agent of justice and exists on the threshold of life and death. He is able to open the doorway between our world and the world of spirits, unleashing spectral vengeance on the wicked and unrepentant.

  60. Sutter_Kaine says:

    Need to make a couple of changes to adhere to context rules. I didn’t realize there were no longer Blackguards or Shadowblades (per the list at WoC). I’d like to change “Blackguard” to “Hexblade” and “Shadow Dancer” to “Shadowcaster”.

  61. Kaldath says:

    Entry #3: Paladin

    Armed with the powers to generate and encase himself in Orangic Metal Armor, Superhuman level Strength, As well as Enhanced reflexes and agility The Paldin battles evil with his hi-tech vibro sword at his side.

  62. Sutter_Kaine says:

    FAVORED SOUL – Throughout the ages, fate has chosen a champion in times of great need, an agent to combat the rise of great evils. These champions are known as Favored Souls. In modern times, the current Favored Soul fights demonic forces that have infiltrated human society with a combination of guns and superhuman faith.

  63. Kaldath says:

    Entry #4: Necromancer

    Necromancer has the ability to animate and control the dead as well as summon and comnand, Spirits, Ghosts, and Demons.

  64. MLS says:

    In a world over run by flesh-hungry zombies and soul-hungry demons, only one man has the faith to stand between humanity and the powers of darkness. The good people of the world call him… “The Cleric”

  65. Anarchangel says:

    Here’s my entry. The necromancer Mallory Grey.

    I may enter some more but…maybe not.

  66. vampyrist says:

    Warlock was born with vast magical energies within him. It made him faster and stronger and it granted him control over magic. The magic within him heals his every wound which makes him unstoppable. He decided to use this gift to earn him a little money and he became a supervillain. He knows millions of spells, but his favorites are a telekinetic spell, a spell that allows him to teleport in green and black smoke, and a dark blast spell. Currently he is a bane sorcerors everywhere.

  67. I really put some serious effort in this one:

    He is a chaotic evil warrior called: “Archdemonic Barbarian”…
    An amalgam of fear, brutality and destruction, this musclebound super freak relies mostly on his enormous strength and viciousness in order to vanquish his enemies. He usually fights with his fiendish sword-flaming double-barreled shotgun, the most hellish weapon on earth. He never speaks, and knows no reasoning. Thus… If you accidentally cross his path, try running away; avoid him at any cost, do not provoke him or engage him in combat,otherwise this fiendish figure will become totally berserk and slay you, probably by chopping your nice little head off first…

  68. tredlow says:


    Rachel Wilson was kidnapped by the Cult of Darkness to be sacrificed into the Plane of Darkness in order to summon a powerful shadow guardian to conquer the world. However, the summoned guardian killed the cultists instead and became Rachel’s protector. With the strength of fifteen men and the ability to morph its shape, the Shadowguard assists her in fighting crime.

  69. MartianBlue says:

    4.)Papa Shaman

    I just made, posted, and named him Papa Voodoo on my ugo thread. He is a Voodoo Shaman, and I considered naming him Shaman, but Voodoo just popped. If it’s within’ the rules I’m going to enter him here as Papa Shaman, if not then oh well.

  70. Gene says:

    Here is my group, with the typical Archetypes; (Archetypical types?? :))

    Paladin, High tech crime fighter with his trusty robo-steed;

    Priestess, wielder of divine might, protector of the people;

    Rogue, former criminal turned superhero – steals from the rich and gives to the poor;

    And Mage, Master of Magic, Shaper of Arcane Forces;

  71. #2 Warblade: Take his hat. I dare you!

    Going to try and get in as many as I can. Just too many D&D Classes. Whatever happened to “Fighter”, “Magic-User”, “Thief”, and “GM’s kid sister”? 😀

  72. Sutter_Kaine says:

    ARTIFICER – After a freak accident, a medical researcher used experimental technology to preserve his life, but at the price of his own humanity. No longer fettered by quaint concepts such as morality, he now conducts grim and bizarre experiments on unwillingly subjects, sometimes in the pursuit of knowledge, sometimes just because.

  73. #3 Soulknife: The Shuriken Slinging Super-heroine

  74. This is actually a repost of my previous (and final) entry named: “Archdemonic Barbarian”, with just a little more blood/gore effects added… I hope it’s ok… 🙂

  75. #4 Paladin (of Tyranny): Not a superhero, but a mecha. Still a D&D class… don’t think it counts for this contest. It’s actually based on one of my many unfinished books that I’ve been writing on and off for… some time now.

  76. Alex Hunter says:


    I have an offer that I wish to make. As a constant user of the heromachine games I have sarted to think that its about time that I create a new group of hero’s, a new “justice leauge” if you will. Its a group that plans to combine every hero ever created, Marvel, DC, Every hero, into a true legion of heros with only one mission… protect and save the universe from all evil! I already created the founding heros and a good ammount of members. But I dont want to leave anyone out… If any of you want to be a part of the Millenium Guard, contact my facebook, my E-mail, or go to my website

    And dont think I’m leaving out the villans, I’m Also creating and equally powerful evil organization to fight against the Millenium Guard. For the moment its still in development stages as the “Legion of Evil.” So if any of you want to ad some villans, just contact me.

  77. The Doomed Pixel says:

    Well, I’m a bit of a latecomer to this one, and it’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these, but I thought it would be fun to fire the old engine up again. I’m gonna be doing a couple that nobody else has done yet. Firstly, here’s a modern-day Runepriest.

  78. The Doomed Pixel says:

    Here are an interesting combination: the Angakoks, originally wizards specializing in survival in harsh conditions, are now military and rogue scavenger personnel with similar specializations.

    Desert Angakok

    Arctic Angakok

  79. D says:

    This is Thri-Kreen

    Like the rest of his race, he is a fierce hunter and a faultless tracker. Although he hunts using what is classed as “conventional” weaponry and gear (including a modular hunting rifle,) he carries bio-weapons which are harmless to him, his fellow beings and the environment but deadly to enemy races as a way of saying “This bug has a lethal bite.”

  80. Matt says:

    The Paladin Of Hope.
    I wasn’t going to post this, especialy because I haven’t finished it yet, but since I have no time to finish it, and thats the reason I havent posted them on here in weeks,I decided I would just post a quickly and badly finished version.

  81. The Doomed Pixel says:

    Also, please note that while the character classes I have recreated are not on your provided list (which I only just now found), they ARE in fact on this list, and therefore DO exist:

  82. Rico says:

    first time ive tried heromachine alpha just getting to know it =]

  83. Rico says:

    sorry just read that this is contest

    …….was raised in the unforgiven woods by tribesman of dark magic ,trained in ninjitsu and with the power to take the essence of what makes his opponent by merely cut to cut contact (for example he takes on a bear and manages to take it down and mix his blood with its own he would then have the strength of a bear)he spent his childhood an most of his teen years hunting animals and collecting there powers

    in early adult hood his powers were to evolve not only would his powers work on animals but now beasts ,monsters and even hero’s

    WEAPON:The Mason Blade
    when finding that his powers had evolved he begins a quest on becoming literally the most powerful being in existence and for this merciless task he would need a merciless weapon
    the mason blade crafted under the black magic of his tribesmen the mason blade is indestructible strong but incredibly light but his main weapon is the swords holster
    which he had grafted to his spine in individual pins so that 1nce cutting his prey and holsters his sword the blood of the hunted shall mix with the hunter