Every once in awhile, you get that urge to make that ''[[MarySue perfect]]'' character. But how do you do it? Will you copy fictional works and go for a Conniving Thief? How about a [[QuirkyBard Stupid Bard]]?

Perhaps you will try to do something [[OverusedCopycatCharacter less overdone than a Drizzt Do'urden clone]], or perhaps you will choose a simple [[HumanShield meat shield]] fighter to give your wizard less to complain about. Either way, here is a compiled list of almost all archetypes of classes. Good luck.

Note: For the iconic characters based on some of these classes, see Characters/DungeonsAndDragons.
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[[folder: 1st through 3rd Edition Core Classes]]
!!Assassin

A sub-class of the thief in 1st Edition, the assassin became a PrestigeClass in 3rd Edition.

* BoringButPractical: The 3E Assassin has a very small list of spells they can use, but it contains almost all the spells a stealthy character would want (read: Invisibility), and the ability to cast arcane spells at all opens up huge new options for them.
* CharacterAlignment: Required to be evil [[ProfessionalKiller for some reason]] in 3rd Edition.
** A [[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/prc/20070401a variant known as the "Avenger"]] was released by ''Wizards of the Coast'' on AprilFoolsDay. It instead is required to be any non-chaotic alignment, due to their stats as a government agent for acting against foreign powers.
* StealthExpert: Even more so than the Rogue.

!!Barbarian

First officially codified in the ''Unearthed Arcana'' supplement to 1st Edition (though it appeared in a fanzine before this); disappeared from 2nd Edition, only to be reintroduced in the ''Players Options'' series; finally recodified as a standard class in 3rd Edition. Class Handbooks: [[http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/19867934/Consolidated_Barbarian_Handbook WotC 3.5 version]], [[http://brilliantgameologists.com/boards/index.php?topic=8753.0 Brilliant Gameologists 3.5 version]] ([[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=105525 copied from the GiantITP version)]], [[http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/19648686/Destruction_Manifest:_The_Barbarians_Handbook Gleemax 4E version]].

* BadassNormal
* BarbarianHero
* TheBerserker
* CanonImmigrant: The barbarian first appeared in the British fanzine ''White Dwarf'' before being adopted by TSR.
* CharacterAlignment: Cannot be lawful [[TheBerserker for obvious reasons]].
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower
* LightningBruiser: In 3.x, the barbarian has the highest base movement speed of any class except for the monk. In addition to that he has uncanny dodge, meaning that he reacts so quickly to danger that he gains a bonus to reflex saves against traps and cannot be flanked or sneak-attacked in combat.
* MadeOfIron: Traditionally, barbarians have the highest hit points of the core classes, and in most cases, actually take reduced damage from ''all'' physical attacks at higher levels (the DR is so small that it only outright prevents ScratchDamage, though).
* NatureHero
* NeverLearnedToRead: Possibly; in the third edition, barbarians must spend skill points for literacy, whereas other characters are automatically literate.
* OneStatToRuleThemAll: In 1st Edition, Constitution. In 3rd, barbarians benefit from all physical stats.
* UnskilledButStrong: Compared to the Fighter. Barbarians have more health, faster movement and huge stat boosts when raging, but not nearly as many combat feats.
* UnstoppableRage: The barbarian's distinguishing characteristic in 3rd Edition. The original 1E barbarian from ''White Dwarf'' also had this ability, but the official one by Creator/GaryGygax did ''not'' (it was defined by its extreme resilience).

!!Bard
Class Handbooks: [[http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/19648522/Oh!_blame_not_the_bard._-_The_Bard_Handbook?pg=1 Gleemax 4E version]], [[http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/19870498/The_Bards_Handbook Gleemax 3.5 version]], [[http://brilliantgameologists.com/boards/index.php?topic=8284.0 Brilliant Gameologists 3.5 version]]

* TheBard: Duh.
* CharacterAlignment: LawfulNeutral, NeutralGood, TrueNeutral, ChaoticNeutral, NeutralEvil: The alignment options for 2nd Edition bards, on the theory that a bard needs some degree of objectivity.
** 3rd Edition bards must be nonlawful, under the presumption that the spontaneity required by bards cannot live in a lawful soul.
* MagicMusic: Third edition made the bard's magical abilities into this; previous editions had them as merely bits of lore that the bard had picked up from his travels.
* MasterOfNone: Bards have half-decent fighting abilities, a little bit of arcane (wizard) magic, and some thieving skills, but aren't particularly good at any of them. The best ways to make them good all involve specializing (as they are given plenty of options in source books due to their status as a core class).
** One interesting quirk in 3rd Edition was that while the little bit of magic they got was arcane, their spell list included a couple of divine spells -- namely, the ''Cure'' spells. Of course, Clerics were still better healers.
* MusicForCourage
* ThePowerOfActing
* ThePowerOfRock
* PrestigeClass: The original class in 1st Edition could be considered the UrExample. A bard had to start as a fighter, work up to at least 5th level, then switch to thief and work up to at least 5th level ''again'', and then and only then could become a true bard. (In 2nd Edition, though, you could start as a bard right out of the gate.)
** It may astound those accustomed to the notion of the SpoonyBard, but the insanely high requirements to break into the Bard class in first edition meant that carrying a harp in 1st Edition was a sign that you were a {{Badass}}.
* SimplifiedSpellcasting: A bard's spells are simple enough that they can still cast them in light armor without any chance of spell failure.
* SpoonyBard: Owing to their [[MasterOfNone lack of specialization]], many players dislike bards.
* WanderingMinstrel: Often joins up with an adventuring party to chronicle their exploits in song.

!!Cleric / Priest
Class Handbook: [[http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/19648822/The_Clerics_Bible_Making_a_4e_Cleric Gleemax 4E version]], [[http://brilliantgameologists.com/boards/index.php?topic=1590.0 Brilliant Gameologists 4E version]], [[http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/19866830/The_Cleric_Handbook Gleemax 3.5 version]], [[http://brilliantgameologists.com/boards/index.php?topic=420.0 Brilliant Gameologists 3.5 version]].

* AllMonksKnowKungFu: The Cloistered Cleric (no armor or weapon abilities in exchange for knowledge skills and divination) variant in 3.5 ''finally'' provides an aversion for the system, as a class for a western book copying monk.
* CharacterAlignment: In a way. While Clerics can be of any alignment, their alignment determines whether they have WhiteMagic (Cure Wounds, Turn Undead) or BlackMagic (Inflict Wounds, Rebuke Undead). Clerics of a Neutral alignment have to pick one or the other at the start.
* CombatMedic
* DetectEvil: one of the cleric's spells is the trope namer
* EvilCounterpart: Many evil cleric spells are evil counterparts to good cleric spells. In addition, evil clerics' ability to channel [[TheDarkSide negative energy]] to cast inflict spells or rebuke and command undead is the evil counterpart to good clerics' ability to channel [[TheForce positive energy]] to cast cure spells or turn and destroy undead.
* GoodShepherd / SinisterMinister: Or neither, depending on the cleric's [[CharacterAlignment alignment]].
* HealingHands
* HolyHandGrenade
* TechnicalPacifist: In the first two editions, clerics cannot cause bloodshed, and thus cannot use slashing or piercing weapons. Apparently, bludgeoning people to death with a big, heavy mace is just fine, though.
* TurnUndead: Though in the third edition, this applies only to [[CharacterAlignment good clerics and ones who are neutral]] but channel [[TheForce Positive Energy]]
** Evil Clerics get to control the undead instead -- but be careful when trying to tame more powerful spirits.
* WarriorMonk
* WhiteMagic and/or BlackMagic: also depending on alignment, but traditionally leaning toward WhiteMagic because of their support role.

!!Druid
Class Handbook: [[http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/19648618/Heart_of_the_Wild_A_Druid_Handbook Gleemax 4E version]], [[http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/19868802/Druid_Handbook_revived Gleemax 3.5 version]] [[http://brilliantgameologists.com/boards/index.php?topic=1354.0 Brilliant Gameologists 3.5 version]].

* TheBeastmaster
* CharacterAlignment: LawfulGood, LawfulEvil, ChaoticGood, and ChaoticEvil are prohibited to 3rd Edition Druids, as they must on some level mirror the indifference of nature regarding moral and ethical standards. In 1st and 2nd Edition, druids were even further restricted: They could ''only'' be TrueNeutral.
* {{Druid}}: Well, duh.
* HealingHands
* KlingonPromotion[=/=]TrialByCombat: In 2E, druids had to defeat (not necessarily kill) higher-ranked druids to advance in levels beyond 11th.
* LoyalAnimalCompanion
* NatureHero: To the extreme.
* TheRedMage: Druids fall outside the dichotomy of white-magic clerics and black-magic wizards, with both healing and damaging spells regardless of alignment.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal
* SquishyWizard: Only in 1st Edition, where they had similar armor restrictions to wizards. After, they're still restricted to non-metal armor (but [[LoopholeAbuse dragonhide is not metal]]).
* SummonMagic: Can summon animals, [[OurFairiesAreDifferent fey]], and [[ElementalEmbodiment elementals]].
* VoluntaryShapeshifting

!!Fighter / Fighting Man

* BadassNormal
* BullfightBoss: Dungeoncrashers variants can pull this off.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower
* MightyGlacier: Although they do not have to be played this way, Fighters can equip the heavy class of armor, and are the only core class capable of properly wielding a tower shield (at least by default).
* TerrorHero: One of the few useful class skills a fighter gets is Intimidate. The Zhentarim Soldier upgrade makes them one of the best at it; take Imperious Command, and you can reduce an opponent to cowering in a single round.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: In 3.5, The Tome of Battle pretty much removed any incentive to ever play a fighter. A Warblade, ''even when denied access to the martial arts system he's the showcase for'', has better base stats and fills the fighter's role better than the fighter.
* WeakButSkilled: Compared to the Barbarian, although it's a very relative comparison - they have slightly less health, move slower and can't use [[UnstoppableRage Rage]], but have more combat feats than anyone else.
* WeaponOfChoice: Fighters gain an ability called "Weapon Specialization", which gives them bonuses when they use their chosen weapon.

!!Illusionist

Originally a sub-class distinct from the magic-user class and with its own spell list (though there was overlap). Became "merely" one type of specialist wizard among several others as early as AD&D 2nd edition (though a remnant of the old separation stuck around until 3E -- gnome wizards had to be illusionists).

* MasterOfIllusion
* SpiritualSuccessor: The Beguiler in 3.5.
* SquishyWizard

!!Monk

* AllMonksKnowKungFu
* ArrowCatch
* AwesomeButImpractical: Regardless of its flaws, not many other classes can literally [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punch out Cthuhlu.]]
* BareFistedMonk: Duh [[CaptainObvious to the twentieth power]].
* CharacterAlignment: LawfulGood, LawfulNeutral, LawfulEvil: In 3.x all monks must be of a lawful alignment, due to the fact that being a monk requires a very high degree of discipline and self-control.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Most of the monk's abilities are not magical in nature, but merely stem from years of training. Including the ability to do lethal damage with their fists, the only Core class that can do so without taking a feat.
* FlashStep: Abundant Step.
* FragileSpeedster: Even if you happen to roll 18 for ''all'' your ability scores, monks will never get as strong or as tough as the true fighting classes, with their naturally high AC and movement speed bonuses being their main boons.
** LightningBruiser: In any combat situation where characters have no armour, weapons, magic items, or magic.
* HealingFactor
* InASingleBound: Leap of the Clouds.
* InvulnerableKnuckles: Said knuckles count as magic weapons for the purpose of piercing magic defenses. This also has the side-effect of letting a Monk punch ghosts.
* KiAttacks: 3rd Edition describes many Monk abilities as being quasi-spiritual.
* MasterOfNone: Have a lot of "flavour" abilities with no value, like the ability to partially slow your fall by using nearby walls (most wizards can completely slow ''all'' falls, period, with a level 1 spell). Most of its abilities are contrary, as well: The monk has a lot of mobility-enhancing powers that would lead to hit-and-run attacks... But Flurry of Blows only work when the monk stands still.
* TheParalyzer: Stunning Fist.
* RapidFireFisticuffs: Flurry of Blows.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: By strict rules as written, a Monk is arguably not proficient in Unarmed Strike.
* TouchOfDeath: Quivering Palm.
** Became a UselessUsefulSpell in 3.5 when it could no longer affect targets of higher Hit Die than the monk. Most ''mooks'' at the level you gain it have more Hit Die than player characters, nevermind targets you'd actually feel like expending it on.
** It doesn't have to be instant-death, either; the monk is able to simply will the target to die at any time for ''at least'' a week after landing the attack (depending on the monk's Wisdom and level), and if the target fails a Fortitude save, they drop dead. Extortion ahoy!
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Monks have tons of filler abilities that are easily replicated by cheap, common, magic items (What good is limited access to slow fall over 20 levels if a Ring of Slowfall is dirt cheap and easily afforded by the time you start getting the basics of the ability and does more than it ever will?).

!!Paladin

* CharacterAlignment: Probably the most often remembered, the classic Paladin could ''only'' be LawfulGood, due to the Paladin's devotion needing to stand as an extreme end of the alignment axis. Later additions to 3E would give Paladin variants for ChaoticGood, LawfulEvil, and ChaoticEvil (Called the 'Paladin of Freedom', 'Paladin of Tyranny', and 'Paladin of Slaughter', while the default had the unofficial name of 'Paladin of Honor'.) Notable because defection from their alignment of preference would mean a loss of powers for the Paladin until they [[TheAtoner atoned]].
* CombatMedic
* [[CoolHorse Cool Mount]]: The paladin's [[strike:warhorse]] Mount, gained upon reaching level 4. Not only is it tougher than a standard [[strike:warhorse]] Mount, it shares an empathetic bond with the paladin and levels up as he/she does. Though a warhorse is the iconic example, all sorts of different mounts have been presented as options.
* DetectEvil: One of the paladin's abilities duplicates the effect of the cleric spell of the same name, which is the TropeNamer.
* EvilCounterpart: The Blackguard prestige class.
* HealingHands
* HolyHandGrenade: "Smite Evil", the alternate name to the page, comes from the Paladin's signature ability to do extra damage to Evil foes.
* JackassGenie: Some [=DMs=] in regards to the Paladin Code.
* KnightInShiningArmor
* MagicKnight
* RightMakesMight: A paladin's powers are tied directly to his alignment; if he strays from the path of righteousness, he loses all his special abilities.
* ThePaladin: TropeCodifier.
* WarriorMonk
* WhiteMagic

!!{{Ranger}}

* TheBeastmaster: Not to quite the same extent as a Druid, though.
* BowAndSwordInAccord
* DualWielding: Somewhat [[MutuallyExclusivePowerups mutually exclusive]] with archery proficiency, though. 3.5 explicitly separated the two traits into distinct career paths.
* ForestRanger: Natch.
* TheHunter
* NatureHero
* SpeaksFluentAnimal

!!Rogue / Thief

* BackStab: [[MemeticMutation Sneak Attack!]]
* BadassNormal
* CombatPragmatist: Being the only core non-spellcaster with Use Magic Device as a class skill (the skill governing use of magic items like scrolls and wands) gives one a lot of options.
* FiveFingerDiscount: Picking pockets is one of the standard Thief abilities.
* LoveableRogue
* MasterOfUnlocking
* OneStatToRuleThemAll: Dexterity, big time.
* TheSneakyGuy
* StealthExpert
* TrapMaster: Only rogues are allowed to have ''any'' chance of successfully disarming exceptionally difficult traps.

!!Sorcerer

* BlackMage: Regardless of alignment, healing is one of the very, ''very'' few things they can't do.
** Would be more accurate to say they can't do it well. Arcane healing is possible, but it's very inefficient compared to divine spells. Either by a spell that converts other spells into a small amount of healing, or taking damage from someone else and putting it on your self, or transferring it another target. Or the high level stuff like Limited Wish or Wish that can simply replicate almost any spell.
* BullyingADragon: According to the fluff, many sorcerers are persecuted by {{Muggles}} because of their supposed "freakish" or "demonic" nature. Yeah, actively making trouble with a guy who, for all you know, can blow up a city block or whistle up a dragon to fight you. Smart move.
* EmpathyPet: In the form of...
* [[{{Familiar}} Familiars]]
* GlassCannon: Like wizards, sorcerers can dish out huge amounts of damage with their spells, but their d4 Hit Dice means that they won't have many HitPoints.
* InTheBlood: A sorcerer's powers are innate, as opposed to wizards, who require years of study to learn their magic.
* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards
* NotThatKindOfMage: Once again, with wizards.
* PubertySuperpower
* SquishyWizard
* VancianMagic: Of a different sort than wizards and most other spellcasting classes. Rather than being required to prepare spells in advance, sorcerors can spontaneously cast any spell they know, and are allowed to cast only a given number of spells per day (sorcerors also get to cast more spells per day than wizards). On the other hand, sorcerors are only allowed to know a limited number of spells, ''period''. This gives sorcerors great flexibility to [[IndyPloy adapt their plans on the fly]] (in contrast to wizards, who are screwed if they go up against something they didn't prepare for ahead of time), but less flexibility in terms of the total range of situations that they can tackle.
* WhiteMagic and/or BlackMagic: depending on alignment.

!!Wizard / Magic-User / Mage

* AchillesHeel: Wizards cannot prepare spells without their spellbooks. Very sadistic [=GMs=] wanting to equalize the sorcerer/wizard gap are known to exploit this fact.
* BadassBookworm: Wizards study dusty old tomes for years to gain the ability to blow stuff up with a flick of the hand.
* BlackMage: Regardless of alignment, healing is one of the very, ''very'' few things they can't do.
* CrazyPrepared: The 2nd and 3rd/3.5 edition wizard was best played with this mindset. Without the cleric's access to all spells each level, wizards must carefully shop for scrolls and prepare the 'right' ones each day.
* EmpathyPet: Familiars.
* {{Familiar}}
* GlassCannon: See SquishyWizard for clarification.
* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards
* NotThatKindOfMage
* TheSmartGuy: The only core class whose most important stat is Intelligence.
* SpellBook: A wizard's spellbook carries notes on the spells that they've studied and learned.
* SquishyWizard: Had d4 hit dice in all editions up to and including 3rd. That's only 1-4 hit points per level!
** Add the inability to wear most (in some editions, any) armor or use shields, which makes a wizard who doesn't have a defensive spell up in advance very easy to hit in combat, and especially in earlier editions the potential for any hit scored to ruin any spell the wizard might have been busy casting at the time.
* VancianMagic: Played completely straight.
* WhiteMagic and/or BlackMagic: Depending on alignment.
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[[folder:Other pre-3rd-Edition Classes]]
!!Cavalier
A paladin without all the holier-than-thou claptrap. Under the 1st Edition's ''Unearthed Arcana'' supplement, Paladins were a sub-class of Cavalier ''with'' all the holier-than-thou claptrap.

* KnightInShiningArmor
* WeaponOfChoice: Literally called this on p.14 of 1st Edition ''Unearthed Arcana''. Cavaliers get bonuses to hit, to damage, and to the number of attacks they're allowed in a melee round, if wielding a lance, a broadsword/longsword/scimitar (player's choice), or a horseman's mace/flail/military pick (player's choice).

!!Thief-Acrobat
A thief who gives up picking pockets for the sake of becoming a better catburglar. Walking on tightropes, tumbling, jumping, and pole vaulting are his specialties.

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[[folder:Other 3rd Edition Classes]]

!!Archivist
Introduced in Heroes of Horror.

* AwesomeButImpractical: An Archivist can potentially be the most powerful caster in the entire game by scribing scrolls from domain spells, divine variants of arcane classes, and classes that get their spells at earlier levels, but that's dependent on the scrolls you can find or buy. Most [=DMs=] will at least give you domain spells and Druid spells, but the stingiest might not let you go past your core Cleric list, basically making you a lamer Cloistered Cleric. As a full caster, the Archivist is basically always going to be powerful, but ''how'' powerful can vary heavily between theory and execution.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Dark Knowledge allows an Archivist to make a Knowledge check and instantly divine an advantage against his foe.
* BadassBookworm: Archivists add spells to their prayerbook from divine scrolls, and can learn any divine spell in the game, giving them the most versatile spell list around.
* DiscOneNuke: Some casting classes have a slow progression, and learn high-level spells at a lower level than normal... which you can then copy and use several levels early. For instance, the Disciple of Thrym prestige class learns Summon Giants, a 8th-level Cleric spell that does exactly what it sounds like, as a 4th-level spell. If your DM is stupid enough to leave a scroll of it lying around, you can conjure up a trio of fiendish hill giants at a level where the wizard's lucky to get one dire wolf.
* LoopholeAbuse: A smart Archivist will take heavy advantage of what can be called a divine caster. Paladins learn Lesser Restoration at first level, you say?
* [[RecycledInSpace Recycled IN RELIGION]]: They're essentially Divine Wizards.
* TheSmartGuy: Like the Wizard, half the power of his spells comes from Intelligence. The other half comes from Wisdom.
* SquishyWizard: A consequence of the above; the only divine class with worse combat stats is the Healer. Of course, since [[StatusBuff Divine Power]] is on the Archivist spell list, this usually isn't as big a problem as it could be.

!!Ardent
Introduced in Complete Psionic.

* MightyGlacier: They receive heavy armor, they can heal themselves, and their psychic powers often pack a whallop.
* PsychicPowers
* [[RecycledInSpace Recycled AS PSYCHIC]]: Between their Wisdom-based casting, fighting style, and mantles, an Ardent is clearly meant to call to mind a psionic Cleric.
* WarriorPoet: An Ardent's power comes from his philosophies and personal conviction in the primal truths.


!!Artificer
Introduced in the {{Eberron}} Campaign Setting.

* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Artificers cast spells indirectly by enchanting equipment. In other words, they can't fly, but their boots just suddenly sprouted little wings.
* CrazyPrepared: Being only as good as the stuff they carry, experienced artificer players will have whole ''manifests'' of stuff they have in their [[BagOfHolding interdemensional storage spaces.]] And if they don't have the exact right thing, their Infusions (at higher levels) can make a stick into a ''Holy Orc-bane Stick of Impact''.
* DifficultButAwesome: Artificers require a massive amount of bookkeeping -- keeping track of all of their magical items, how much XP was lost in creating all of them, how many charges each magical weapon has, how many Action Points they have at any given time -- but when pulled off, they are awesomely powerful.
* GadgeteerGenius: For that player who wants to craft their own equipment.
* ScienceHero

!!Battle Dancer
Introduced in Dragon #159, updated for 3.5e in the Dragon Compendium.

* DanceBattler: If the name didn't already tip you off...
* InvulnerableKnuckles
* LightningBruiser: Not quite to the same degree as a Monk, but they're still pretty fast compared to most classes.
* WalkOnWater: Battle Dancers gain the ability to do this over limited distances.

!!Beguiler
Introduced in Player's Handbook II (3.5e).

* CharmPerson: One of the most important spells a beginning beguiler has.
* {{Expy}}: Borrows the Warmage's system of casting, but for illusion and mind-control spells instead of blasting.
* GuileHero: More or less a quintessential one.
* {{Invisibility}}: A popular spell for them.
* MagicKnight: Magic Rogue, more like.
* StealthExpert

!!Binder
Introduced in Tome of Magic.

* ArsGoetia: Many of the Vestiges that Binders make pacts with are based off of demons from the ArsGoetia.
* CompellingVoice: Naberius provides you with one, though he also makes you [[GutturalGrowler sound all scratchy]].
* ContinuityNod: Some of the Vestiges are based off of characters from events in previous editions of D&D that, due to how they died or were destroyed, have slipped outside of the normal order of existence.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Though some of the vestiges were evil in life and the Binder's methods seem a bit unsavory, the class has no alignment requirement whatsoever. Not even to bind Tenebrous, the shadow-powered castoff undead remains of a Demon Prince. Tell it to the [[KnightTemplar Seropaenes]], though.
* DanceBattler: Paimon makes you one of these.
* DealWithTheDevil: While there are plenty of innocent or neutral vestiges, the whole process is considered unnatural. In the [[{{Greyhawk}} default setting]], expect at least three Law-aligned deities demanding your head on a plate at any given time.
** The WOTC message boards used to have an epic thread of fan-made vestiges. Many of these were also pop-culture icons, for those players who want to channel Comicbook/GhostRider or [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Homsar]].
* DiscardAndDraw: One of the things that makes Binders unique is their ability to do this practically on the fly.
* DropTheHammer: Eurynome's Maul is definitely one of these.
* HealingHands: Buer provides her channelers with the ability to heal a person with a touch.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Mainly among the religious, as mentioned, or the upper classes. A Binder requires very little training, knowledge, or equipment to become a potential threat, which means that even if you don't think Binders are selling their souls, you still aren't interested in seeing them stick around. Common people tend not to see the distinction between them and Druids or Clerics, and simply welcome the ones with HealingHands and drive off the ones with horns.
* InstantArmor: Savnok gives you a nifty set of full plate.
* RedRightHand: Shows up when channelling -- sometimes it is a literal deformity, other times it is a personality quirk like being [[CannotTellALie unable to lie]].
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: Though Shax does give you some nifty tricks with lightning, she's clearly designed so that the Binder can help out in a water dungeon.
* UnEqualRites: Oh, yes. Most Clerics and Paladins view Binders as unwitting dupes at best and abominations to the natural order at worst. Wizards find their method to be a bumpkin's magic, since binding doesn't take much training.
* WillingChanneler: The whole premise of the class, really.
* WorkingClassHero: They often act as this.

!!Crusader
Introduced in Tome of Battle: The Book of Nine Swords.

* [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Arrogant Kung Fu Paladin]]: Pretty common; the class is essentially a Paladin 2.0 with the Tome Of Battle rules, and renowned for being so.
* KungFuJesus: They use divinely inspired martial arts to fight. Inspiration is represented by the DM offering them 3 random cards a turn, each card corresponding to a maneuver.
* MadeOfIron: Damage taken can be delayed up to one round, and the Crusader can heal that damage before it happens (or use the Stone Power feat to negate it outright).
* MightyGlacier: It's the only class in the Book of Nine Swords that is proficient with Heavy Armor. The class also has a strong focus on Hit Points (though not receiving as many as the Warblade), and is very hard to actually kill if played properly.
* ObviousBeta: In hindsight, anyway. Wizards of the Coast has confirmed that they were testing gameplay mechanics for fourth edition with this and the other classes in Tome of Battle. It's more obvious here than with earlier classes like the Warlock (see below).

!!Death Master
Introduced in Dragon #76, updated for 3.5e in the Dragon Compendium.

* BadPowersBadPeople: Death Masters must be evil.
* SpellBook

!!Divine Mind
Introduced in Complete Psionic.

* ObviousBeta: It's not mentioned on the back of the book (the Erudite is), its fluff makes little sense in context, and its abilities are a fairly clear rip from the Ardent (only made much weaker). Some people are pretty sure it was added in because they were planning to put the Erudite in the first chapter, but its status as a variant put a stop to this.
* PsychicPowers: From God(s).
* [[RecycledInSpace Recycled AS PSYCHIC]]: Much like Ardents are essentially psionic clerics, the fluff shows Divine Minds as essentially psionic paladins...though their aura class abilities make them resemble psionic marshalls, instead.

!!Dragon Shaman
Introduced in Player's Handbook II (3.5e). Class Handbook: [[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=214007 GITP version]].

* BreathWeapon: [[CaptainObvious The "Dragon" part of the name...]]
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Dragon Shamans must choose a type of dragon as their totem and must adhere close to that type of dragon's alignment.
* StatusBuff: The "shaman" part of the class manifests in part through its auras. It works in a way similar to the Marshal, but with a smaller area and more overtly magical.

!!Dragonfire Adept
Introduced in Dragon Magic.

* BreathWeapon: While other characters can pick one up through spells, feats, items, and class features down the line, the Dragonfire Adept is the only class that gets a breath weapon at level 1.
* {{Expy}}: Uses the same casting system as the Warlock.
* FullContactMagic: Has a higher hit die value than most "full" casters like the Wizard and Sorcerer, although still lacking any armor proficiencies or more than simple weaponry.
* SquishyWizard: Averted, or at least downplayed (Dragonfire Adepts have the same hit die as a Cleric, but unlike Clerics have the same spell-casting penalties as Wizards and Sorcerers when wearing armour).

!!Dread Necromancer
Introduced in Heroes of Horror.

* CharacterAlignment: Dread Necromancers cannot be good, only neutral or evil. Their general fluff allows little else: at best they are anti-heroes doing good through questionable methods; [[BadPowersBadPeople their abilities allow them few other avenues]].
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Dread Necros have a limited spell list, drawn nearly exclusively from the Necromancy school.
* {{Expy}}: Borrows the Warmage's system of casting, but for necromancy spells instead of blasting.
* HealingHands: Can expel negative energy at a touch. Infinite healing for any undead (or rare living being healed by negative energy), including themselves with the right options.
* HorrifyingHero[=/=]TerrorHero: Only natural, given the book they were introduced in. Alignment restrictions aside, a Dread Necromancer slowly turns into a Lich as they climb up the levels, gaining the immunities and traits of one as they go on, alongside several fear-based abilities. It's common to base entire builds around fear effects.
* OneStatToRuleThemAll: Charisma powers everything the Dread Necro needs to do.
* OurLichesAreDifferent[=/=]SoulJar: The Dread Necro's level 20 class feature is an automatic transformation into a Lich, complete with the obligatory Phylactery. They even get Craft Wondrous Item as a bonus feat to construct the phylactery, in case they didn't already have it.
* TheRedMage: The class utilizes spells taken from both the Wizard and Cleric spell-list, but cast as arcane spells, and spontaneously, like a sorcerer. Since the classes' spell list is fixed and automatically known when a character obtains access to a new spell level, this allows them a measure of versatility within their thematic.
** BlackMagic: Most spells available to them involve death, destruction, evil, fear, and not much else.
* SimplifiedSpellcasting: Much like a bard, a Dread Necro can cast spells while wearing light armor without fearing a chance of failure. This makes them more resilient and melee-prone than other casters.
* SquishyWizard: While only slightly less squishy than normal casters in theory, their infinite healing makes them fairly tankish at times. (For comparison, even the Monk's HealingFactor is limited to twice the Monk's class level per day.)
* TurnUndead: They can rebuke undead in the same way an evil Cleric can.
* UselessItem: [=WotC's=] Customer Service system has infamously claimed one of their class features does absolutely nothing beyond give them a box. This is one of the more frequently cited reasons why no one uses their rulings.

!!Duskblade
Introduced in Player's Handbook II. The Duskblade competently combines Sword and Sorcery, using a large number of touch based spells, as well as spells that cast as a swift action AND the ability to cast several spells as swift actions so many times per day, thus allowing them to battle with both the sword and the spell as one, and while they never reach the level of power sorcerers and wizards can reach, they do gain several very powerful offensive spells.
* ChainLightning: One of the strongest offensive spells in the their repertoire.
* DefenseMechanismSuperpower: Several of the spells a Duskblade can learn are purely defensive... and can be cast as an Immediate Action, meaning on the OPPONENT'S turn.
* ElementalPunch: a couple of the Duskblade's spells effectively function as this, as they are touch spells that deliver damaging elemental attacks.
* FullContactMagic: Duskblades are explicitly designed to be capable of this, delivering their spells THROUGH their swords or other weapons.
* GlassCannon: A Duskblade is limited to d8 Hit Dice and can't wear armor lighter than medium. By the time they've learned to channel spells into a full attack, though, they can certifiably murder everything.
* LethalHarmlessPowers: The Duskblade also has a few spells that in and of themselves can do a person no harm, yet can still prove deadly used correctly. Dimension Hop, for instance, is a touch spell that a Duskblade can delivery through a Melee strike, that teleports the target up to 5ft per 2 caster levels to an unoccupied space with line of site... including out into the middle of empty space past the edge of a cliff, or into the range of a devastatingly powerful spell or ability...
* LifeDrain: Vampiric Touch, often considered a Duskblade's bread-and-butter attack.
* MagicKnight: The best single non-Prestige class example.
* SimplifiedSpellcasting: Duskblades can cast while wearing armor with no chance of spell failure. This is an incredibly potent ability as it gives very high AC, something most arcane casters don't have.
* SpellBlade: A Duskblade can learn to temporarily enchant his weapons so they deal more damage in combat.

!!Eidolon
Introduced in Ghostwalk. One of ''very'' few base classes with racial requirements (in this case being a ghost). Focuses on becoming better at fighting and ghostly powers.

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!!Eidoloncer
Introduced in Ghostwalk. The spellcasting counterpart to the Eidolon.

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!!Erudite
Introduced in Complete Psionic.

* AllYourPowersCombined: Unlike standard Psions, Erudites can learn powers from all six psionic disciplines.
* PsychicPowers
* SecretCharacter: The Erudite was hidden away in one of the last pages of Complete Psionic, segregated from the other three classes introduced in that splatbook. Consequently, a fair number of people don't even know it exists.
** It was actually a Dragon Magazine-exclusive before it was printed in Complete Psionic. The class was originally slated for the Expanded Psionics Handbook, but was cut for space.

!!Factotum
Introduced in the book Dungeonscape.

* BadassBookworm: A Factotum can supplement an attack or damage roll with their Intelligence modifier, but only a limited number of times per encounter. Also, they gain the ability to constantly apply their Intelligence modifier to Strength and Dexterity-based checks.
** Not to mention careful (ab)use of the [[IaijutsuPractitioner [=IaiJutsu=]]] skill...
** LightningBruiser: Initiative is done with a Dexterity check...
* HealingHands: A Factotum can eventually do this.
* IaijutsuPractitioner: One of the more popular builds for the class exploits this.
* JackOfAllStats: This is what a Factotum is made to be.
* OneStatToRuleThemAll: Intelligence. Definitely Intelligence.
* ReviveKillsZombie: Possible using the above-noted HealingHands.
* TurnUndead: A Factotum gets this ability. Rebuking doesn't work for a Factotum though, even an evil one.

!!Favored Soul
Introduced in the Miniatures Handbook, and introduced again in Complete Divine.

* TheChosenOne: Your deity talks to you directly. Don't expect much vacation time.
* PowerGivesYouWings: at high levels, a Favored Soul grows either Angelic or Bat like wings, depending on alignment
* [[RecycledInSpace Recycled In Religion]]: The Favored Soul is the Divine counterpart to the Sorcerer.

!!Healer
Introduced in the Miniatures Handbook.

* CripplingOverspecialisation: The Healer is an ''incredible'' healer, but healing (and some slight buffing) is all it can do. Unless your characters are wounded or suffering from something, the healer basically only takes up space.
* {{Expy}}: The most common first step in fixing the class among fans is to make it one of the Warmage expies (why it isn't one in the first place, when they debut in the same book, is not understood).
* HealingHands
* ReviveKillsZombie: Without Sanctified Spells, this is probably the only reasonable way a Healer can fight until they get their Celestial Unicorn companion.
* {{Unicorn}}: The base companion for a Healer is a Celestial Unicorn (as mentioned above).
* VirginPower: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]; there is nothing in the rules saying a Healer has to be a virgin to keep their Celestial Unicorn companion.
* WhiteMagic: The class specializes in healing spells.

!!Hexblade
Introduced in Complete Warrior.

* BadPowersBadPeople: Cannot be outright Good, as a consequence of how their powers center on cursing others.
* TheBeastmaster: The most popular Hexblade builds tend to focus on abusing its familiar. Since a familiar's HP is half that of its master's, a Hexblade's familiar is typically going to be far tougher than a Wizard's. Some go so far as to trade the feature for Dark Companion (itself an arguable example) and then take a feat to regain a familiar. Plenty of them add Improved Familiar for good measure, swapping out their cats and owls for winter wolves.
* MagicKnight: In theory, yes. A Hexblade has access to both arcane spells and the full Base Attack and high HD of a warrior class.
* MasterOfNone: A consequence of the above. They have almost no melee combat abilities outside of their chassis, and their spellcasting is scarcely better than a Ranger's.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: A consequence of both of the above, compared to the Duskblade or a multiclass character. The Hexblade does have some neat tricks, including the Mettle ability and an altogether good spell list (though its casting ability remains limited), but compared to the raw power of a Duskblade or the greater versatility of an Eldritch Knight, the class ends up looking pretty iffy.
* TookALevelInBadass: The designers did some work to bring the hexblade up a notch, with its creator releasing an unofficial fix that placed the Hexblade more on the Duskblade's tier. [[DivergentCharacterEvolution These days]], the Duskblade focuses on raw damage, while the Hexblade focuses on debuffs and melee support.

!!Incarnate
Introduced in Magic of Incarnum.

* CharacterAlignment: Required to have one (and only one) neutral component in their alignment, so all Incarnates are pretty dedicated to either the ideals of [[GoodFeelsGood Good]], [[ForTheEvulz Evil]], Law, or Chaos.
* DifficultButAwesome: Once you've learned how to play the class, you are nearly on-par with a Factotum.
** Incarnates are capable of utilizing defenses that are normally reserved for spellcasters/manifesters, and are numerically capable of covering any of the four standard roles. Whats more, an Incarnate can change his entire build within 9 hours' time.
* GuideDangIt: The Incarnate was introduced in a book that wears the title of Most Confusing Splat EVER. Very few people have the know-how to play the class, even on the most popular forums like [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick GiantITP]].
* MadeOfIron: Thanks to having a huge amount of defenses and being focused [[OneStatToRuleThemAll nigh-exclusively]] on Constitution, an Incarnate is very durable. Only the Totemist and Crusader (and, to a lesser extent, the Barbarian) are comparable out of the non-casters.

!!Jester
Introduced in Dragon #60, updated for 3.5e in the Dragon Compendium.

* JokeCharacter[=/=]LethalJokeCharacter: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin All in]] [[CaptainObvious the title.]]

!!Knight
Introduced in Player's Handbook II (3.5e).

* CharacterAlignment: Must be LawfulGood, LawfulNeutral, or LawfulEvil
* {{Determinator}}: A knight can continue to fight, even when they should be dead. [[DesperationAttack Even when they ARE dead.]]
* DuelBoss: One of the main abilities available for use by expending a daily use of their Knight's Challenge.
* HonorBeforeReason: Every time the Knight violates their code of conduct, such as making surprise attacks, or striking a defenseless foe, they lose uses of their Knight's Challenge for the day. Violating their code when out of Knight's challenges, applies a morale penalty to them for the rest of the day, and only get's worse from there.
* KnightInShiningArmor
* MightyGlacier: The class's main purpose is to call out enemies in [[DuelBoss single combat]] to keep them away from your allies. As a result, the Knight has very high HitPoints (but for some reason, a poor Fortitude save). Notable for being actually being semi-effective at it, as they have abilities to prevent enemies from just targeting others.

!!Lurk
Introduced in Complete Psionic.

* PsychicPowers
* StealthExpert

!!Marshal
Introduced in the Miniatures Handbook.

* StatusBuff: The class's main specialty is its auras, a means of buffing one's allies [[TheHeart just by being there]].
* TheStrategist: What this class is supposed to be.

!!Mountebank
Idea suggested in Dragon #65, introduced in the Dragon Compendium.

* BackStab: Of a sort. A Mountebank's Deceptive Attack deals bonus damage against opponents whom they successfully feint against OR whom they have beguiled or otherwise lulled into a false sense of security.
* DealWithTheDevil: The literal, sell-thy-soul-for-power kind. Not even a minion either, but a bonafide demon prince or a Duke of Hell.
* {{Greed}}: Whether for [[LawfulEvil power]], [[NeutralEvil wealth]], or [[ChaoticEvil the grim satisfaction of watching the world burn]], Mountebanks tend to be big on the greed.
* HypnoticEyes: One of the class' earliest abilities, which naturally works rather well with their Deceptive Attack feature.
* ManipulativeBastard: The class' modus operandi when there's no fighting going on.
* NamesTheSame: There's also a prestige class called Mountebank, introduced in ''Complete Scoundrel''.
* YourSoulIsMine: Regardless of your quality of service, at level 20, your infernal patron gets impatient [[OhCrap and comes to collect his payment]].

!!Ninja
Introduced in Complete Adventurer.

* {{Nerf}}: It's like a neutered Rogue. Even with the ability to become invisible, it's not that powerful.
* {{NINJA}}: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The name says it all, folks!]]
* StealthExpert

!!Psion / Psionicist

* AndIMustScream: Psionic powers can be nasty.
* BackFromTheDead: There are a couple of ways to go at it, [[BodySurf some more complicated than others.]]
* {{Mana}}: Called Power Points, but function as a mana meter, in contrast to normal VancianMagic casters.
* MindRape: In several delicious flavours. Injecting an enemy's mind with a second, simultaneously-functioning personality that hates them is only one example.
** PsychicAssistedSuicide: A normal CharmPerson spell specifically cannot do this. A Psion can develop a power that ''specifically can.''
* PsychicPowers: See the name.
* YourHeadAsplode: [[{{Scanners}} Kind of expected...]]
** Decerebrate is not quite this, but comes close. You teleport part of the target's brain [[BodyHorror out of his head]].

!!Psychic Rogue
Introduced in the [[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/psm/20040723b Wizards of the Coast's Mind's Eye articles]].

* BackStab: Much like their nonpsionic cousin class, Sneak Attacks are part of the deal. Psychic Rogues get a slower bonus damage progression, but can potentially reinforce them with psychic power.
* LoveableRogue
* MasterOfUnlocking
* PsychicPowers: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin It's in the name.]]
* StealthExpert

!!Psychic Warrior

* EmpathicHealer: Can donate their hit points to their teammates, and later learns to drain enemies for quick healing.
* MagicKnight: The psionic version thereof.
* PoorPredictableRock: Subverted: most of their attack spells do acid damage, but how many stock Monster Manual creatures resist acid?
* PsychicPowers

!!Samurai
Introduced in Oriental Adventures (3.0), revised and reintroduced in Complete Warrior (3.5).

* AncestralWeapon: The Oriental Adventures version had this as a feature. It allowed the Samurai to start off with a Masterwork weapon (typically a katana or bastard sword), and enchant it by offering monetary sacrifices and meditating and praying to their ancestors
* DualWielding: Part of the Complete Warrior version, they receive Two Weapon Fighting as a bonus feat, but it only applies when using a daisho (wakizashi/shortsword and katana/bastard sword
* IaijutsuPractitioner: Both versions. the Oriental Adventures version could invest in a skill called Iaijutsu Focus, which allowed them to do bonus damage on a surprise round if they could draw their weapon and attack in the same round. The Complete Warrior version however, is a toned down version, and only provides the Quick Draw feat for their daisho
* LawfulStupid: The initial 3.0 version, unbearably so...

!!Savant
Introduced in Dragon #140, updated for 3.5e in the Dragon Compendium.

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!!Scout
Introduced in Complete Adventurer.

* FragileSpeedster
* {{Kiting}}: The class's specialty.
* StealthExpert: Not to the same extent as the Rogue, since its Skirmish ability doesn't rely on surprise like a Rogue's Sneak Attack, but Scouts are still good at remaining unseen.
* TookALevelInBadass: The Swift Hunter feat turns this class and the Ranger into a solid [[CharacterTiers Tier 3]] build. It's also possible to combine Swift Hunter with Cleric spellcasting, making it even better.

!!Shadowcaster
Introduced in Tome of Magic.

* DarkIsNotEvil: Shadowcasters are not inclined toward evil any more than other classes.
* MagicAIsMagicA: Many Shadowcaster spells are technically spell-like abilities or supernatural innate powers, causing many a RulesLawyer to {{Squee}} with delight.

!!Sha'ir
Introduced in the Al-Qadim setting for 2nd Edition, updated to 3.5e in Dragon #315 and reintroduced in the Dragon Compendium.

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!!Shaman
Introduced in Oriental Adventures.

* TheBeastmaster: Shamans get up to two animal companions (with a total Hit Dice limit), and can easily charm other animals into helping out in a pinch.
* EvilCounterpart: Similar situation to Clerics.
* InvulnerableKnuckles
* ISeeDeadPeople: Shamans gain the ability to see ethereal creatures, such as ghosts that are not currently manifesting in the Material Plane (a manifested ghost would be visible to everyone). To a Shaman, ethereal creatures are visible, but appear translucent and somewhat indistinct.
* TurnUndead
* WhiteMagic and/or BlackMagic: Much like Clerics in this regard.

!!Shugenja
Introduced in Oriental Adventures, reintroduced in Complete Divine.

* ElementalPowers: Its spell list consists of Cleric and Wizard spells re-flavored as elemental spells.

!!Sohei
Introduced in Oriental Adventures.

* UnstoppableRage

!!Soulborn
Introduced in Magic of Incarnum.

* HolyWarrior: What the class is billed as. Like the Paladin and its Unearthed Arcana variants, required to be at one of the four corners of the alignment chart (no neutral components).
* MagicKnight: Except with incarnum. Without it, they're just Fighters with Smiting but without most of the bonus feats.

!!Soulknife

* AwesomeButImpractical: There are three phases of learning about the Soulknife. Phase 1 is "Sweet, lightsabers!" Phase 2 is "What, average BAB? No heavy armor? Crappy skills? Mind Blade kinda sucks as a weapon? What a gyp."
* LaserBlade: The Soulknife's signature weapon is his Mind Blade, a glowing sword formed from psychic energy.
* OneStatToRuleThemAll: A Soulbow with Zen Archery basically has no reason to advance anything but Wisdom.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: "Throw Mind Blade" is a class feature gained at later levels, and the Soulknives default option for ranged combat.

!!Spellthief
Introduced in Complete Adventurer.

* AntiMagic: Spellthieves have a natural spell resistance to offset the inherent danger of their profession. At higher levels, they are absorbing fireballs like [[BuffySpeak some sort of fire sponge.]]
* ImpossibleThief: Specializes in stealing units of VancianMagic from spellcasters. Later branches out to stealing innate spell-like abilities and elemental resistances from monsters.
* StealthExpert

!!Spirit Shaman
Introduced in Complete Divine.

* DifficultButAwesome: About as good as you'd expect a Spontaneous Druid to be, minus the Wildshape and Animal Companion. Still relatively good, and is the only Spontaneous Caster capable of completely rewriting its own spell list every 24 hours.
* NatureHero

!!Swashbuckler
Introduced in Complete Adventurer.

* GeniusBruiser: Swashbucklers can apply their Intelligence to their damage when using certain weapons, but only when unburdened.

!!Swordsage
Introduced in Tome of Battle: The Book of Nine Swords.

* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Pretty common amongst swordsages.
** Plays like a Monk, but with AWESOME mixed in for good measure.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: These guys can teleport 60 feet without using a spell or any sort of supernatural ability. And if they ''are'' using supernatural abilities, hoo boy...
* FlamingSword: The Desert Wind school is full of techniques that do this.
* FlashStep: The above-mentioned non-supernatural teleports from the Shadow Hand school.
* FragileSpeedster: High armor class despite light armor (thanks to dodging), very high initiative, techniques to improve their base speed... pretty low HP for a frontliner.
* PlayingWithFire: Their blades aren't the only thing Desert Wind swordsages light on fire...
* SpoonyBard: A Swordsage actually has some trouble finding a role in a small party. They're too fragile to fit the Fighter's shoes, can't heal like a Cleric, lack many of a Rogue's crucial skills such as trapfinding, and although they can debuff and
* WeakButSkilled: The most fragile, least accurate, least armored Tome of Battle class; also the ones with the most skill points, most maneuvers, and the most evasive.



!!Totemist
Introduced in Magic of Incarnum.

* {{Badass}}: The only class in the game capable of keeping up with Polymorph in terms of sheer power, but is balanced by comparison. Seriously, name a class capable of grappling a Great Wyrm Gold Dragon without using spells.
* DifficultButAwesome: As with everything Incarnum-related, this class takes a lot of effort to learn. Thankfully, the payout is worth-while.
* GaiasVengeance: Basically a Druid that focuses on Magical Beasts and can't cast spells.
* IdiotHero: Thanks to NeverLearnedToRead below, as well as the fact that Totemists aren't incentivized much to put points in any mental stats.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Via the Girallon Arms soulmeld, which can give a Totemist several extra attacks and a bonus to grappling.
* NatureHero
* NeverLearnedToRead: Same as the Barbarian.
* NobleSavage: The class description requires this of you, regardless of race.
* MadeOfIron: Almost better than the Incarnate thanks to a Soulmeld or two.
* XMeetsY: Basically a Druid's Wildshape mixed with the Incarnate's Meldshaping.

!!Truenamer
Introduced in Tome of Magic.

* GameBreakingBug: Due to the way Truenaming checks scale compared to levels (the DC of the checks scales twice as fast as a character can acquire ranks in the skill), the Truenamer gets ''worse'' as it levels up, until it hits around level 19 and can Gate in Solars, which can Gate in Solars, which can Gate in Solars.... It also has key information missing for an entire set of class features in initial printings.
* IKnowYourTrueName: As the name says, this is how Truenamers do their magic.

!!Urban Druid
Introduced in Dragon #317, reintroduced in the Dragon Compendium.

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!!Warblade
Introduced in Tome of Battle: The Book of Nine Swords.

* BadassNormal: Lack any real supernatural abilities by default, but fairly useful despite this.
* BloodKnight: According to fluff text, warblades ''really'' love fighting.
* CallingYourAttacks: Not technically part of the mechanics, but almost inevitable when playing with the Tome of Battle maneuver system.
* GeniusBruiser: Most of the class features apply your Intelligence score to different combat tactics.

!!Warlock
Introduced in Complete Arcane.

* AscendedExtra: The one non-core base class to appear in ''NeverwinterNights2'' without mods or expansions.
* BullyingADragon: Due to the source and nature of their powers, warlocks get this a lot. Arguably, this is even dumber than persecuting a sorcerer. An inexperienced sorcerer will swiftly run out of spells to hit you with. A warlock will not. (And one of their "spells" is an energy blast with a 60-foot range that can bypass armor and shields.)
* DarkIsNotEvil: A warlock does not have to be evil (they can be chaotic instead), despite often getting their powers from fiendish sources.
* DealWithTheDevil: The ultimate source of a warlock's power, although it may not have been the warlock himself who struck the deal.
* MagicKnight: The Glaivelock build.
* NotThatKindOfMage: With sorcerers and wizards.
* UnequalRites: Warlocks get no respect at all.
* VancianMagic: Completely and totally averted.
* WordsCanBreakMyBones: One-word invocations include [[MakeMeWannaShout Baleful Utterance]], [[GravityMaster Weighty Utterance]], and [[BalefulPolymorph Word of Changing]]. An epic-level warlock can also qualify for a feat that allows them to use all three of the Power Word spells at will.

!!Warmage
Introduced in the Miniatures Handbook, and introduced again in Complete Arcane.

* {{Fireballs}}: Blasting things is their intended purpose. Blasting isn't very good in 3.5 though.
* FountainOfExpies: The Beguiler and Dread Necromancer are basically the Warmage for different schools.
* LethalJokeCharacter: Any ability that improves their spell list turns them into this.
* PoorPredictableRock: An arcane caster with ''only'' damaging spells, lacking in debuffs, buffs, and utilities. Unless you have large hordes of easily disposable cannon fodder ZergRush you, the Warmage's utility is fairly limited.

!!Wilder

* TheBerserker: In psionic format, no less.
* PsychicPowers
* PubertySuperpower
* [[TimTaylorTechnology Tim Taylor Telekinesis]]: A Wilder can put MORE POWER into their psychic... powers... by adding more [[{{Mana}} power points]], but doing this too much or too often can [[ExplosiveOverclocking have]] [[PsychicNosebleed consequences]].

!!Wu Jen
Introduced in Oriental Adventures, updated for 3.5e in Complete Arcane.

* ElementalPowers: Each Wu Jen specializes in one particular element. The choices are: [[DishingOutDirt Earth]], [[PlayingWithFire Fire]], [[ExtraOreDinary Metal]], [[MakingASplash Water]], and [[GreenThumb Wood]].
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!!Alienist
A PrestigeClass introduced in ''Complete Arcane''. The Alienist is a spellcaster who summons [[EldritchAbomination things]] from [[EldritchLocation beyond]] and deals with [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow things man was not meant to know]].

* BodyHorror: Alienists tend to grow eyes, tentacles, or mouths where there previously were none. Any {{Familiar}} the alienist has develops them first.
* DraggedOffToHell: A 9th-level Alienist does not age. The tradeoff? At the moment they should have died of old age, they are brought to the [[EldritchLocation Far Realm]].
* EldritchAbomination: You get to summon minor ones. You also need to meet one first to qualify to become an Alienist.
* HumanoidAbomination: Eventually, Alienists become this.
* InsanityImmunity: You might want to hold off reading their minds, too.
* PowerBornOfMadness: Alienists gain an insanity score which equals half their class level. This score is detracted from their Wisdom attribute ([[FailedASpotCheck meaning they may not be hearing or seeing the things normal folk do]]), but added to their Intelligence attribute for additional spells. Once or twice per day, they can pull off [[CrazyAwesome crazy stuff]] because of their insanity.
* SquishyWizard: As with most spellcasters, Alienists aren't that hardy (barring creative use of the [[HalfHumanHybrid half]]-[[EldritchAbomination Farspawn template]]), but gain a measure of DamageReduction, energy resistances, and immunity to some StandardStatusEffects.
* SummonMagic[=/=]EnemySummoner: Now with added tentacles!

!!Arcane Archer
A prestige class from the ''Dungeon Master's Guide''. This is an elf-specific class that mixes spellcasting with bow-wielding skill.

* MageMarksman
* OneHitKill: Their most dangerous attack is an arrow that is effectively this, although they can only carry one at a time.
* Roboteching: Eventually, they can shoot arrows that completely ignore cover or can pass through intervening obstacles to hit someone.
* TrickArrow: Get the option to channel area spells via their arrows at high levels.

!!Arcane Trickster
A prestige class from the ''Dungeon Master's Guide''. This class mixes spellcasting ability with trickery akin to that of the Rogue class.

* GlassCannon: Sneak Attack *and* arcane spellcasting ability means they can pack a lot of punch.
* [[MagicKnight Magic Rogue]]
* WeNeedADistraction: One way to interpret their "Impromptu Sneak Attack" ability, as using a minor magic trick to catch people off guard.

!!Archmage
A prestige class from the ''Dungeon Master's Guide''. Archmagi delve deeply into the workings of magic, learning to eke out more abilities from their spells.

* TheArchmage: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Obviously.]]

!!Assassin
(See the Assassin entry in the "1st through 3rd Edition Core Classes" folder)

!!Beastmaster

* TheBeastmaster: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Obviously.]] Even moreso than the druid. They're the only class that gets more than one animal companion, and there first animal companion is always 3 levels ahead of a druids (of the same level).
* LoyalAnimalCompanion
* NatureHero
* TheNoseKnows
* SpeaksFluentAnimal
* SuperSenses

!!Blackguard
A prestige class from the ''Dungeon Master's Guide''. Blackguards are evil divine warriors much in the way that Paladins are good ones.

* FallenHero: Paladins who have forsaken their mindset gain special bonuses upon becoming blackguards. Especially high-level fallen paladins can immediately become max-level blackguards by trading in 10 levels of paladin.

!!Dragon Disciple
A prestige class from the ''Dungeon Master's Guide''. Dragon disciples draw out their innate dragon lineage to gain the powers of a dragon.

* ArtisticLicenseBiology/AWizardDidIt: Levelling up by, essentially, altering your genetic code to emphasize specific traits is pretty cool, but very hard to roleplay while making any sense.
* BeastMan: Increasingly so, the more levels they get.
* BreathWeapon
* InTheBlood: The fluff says that spontaneous spellcasting is only possible if you have some draconic heritage. This prestige class is about tapping into it.
* PowerGivesYouWings

!!Dread Pirate
A prestige class from ''Complete Adventurer''. Dread pirates are swashbuckling scourges of the sea with fearsome reputations.

* BadBoss: "Motivate the Scum" allows dishonorable dread pirates to motivate their crew by killing a helpless individual. If the individual is one of the dread pirate's own crew, the bonus is doubled.
* TheDreaded: Dread pirates who so choose can take advantage of their fearsome reputation for boosts to Intimidate.
* DressedToPlunder: The character in the illustration sports full pirate regalia, with beard, bandana, breeches, and BadassLongcoat.
* {{Pirate}}

!!Duelist
A prestige class from the ''Dungeon Master's Guide''. Duelists are similar to Swashbucklers in that they use their Dexterity and Intelligence as their defense rather than armor or shields.

!!Dwarven Defender
A dwarf-only prestige class from the ''Dungeon Master's Guide''. Dwarven defenders are stalwart crusaders for the dwarven cause that can become living walls if needed.

* StanceSystem
* StoneWall: Takes it about as far as it can go, given that they get sizeable defensive bonuses while standing completely still.

!!Frenzied Berserker

* BerserkButton: Taking damage has a chance of triggering the character's frenzy.
* TheBerserker: to the point where once he runs out of enemies, he starts attacking the rest of the party.
* UnstoppableRage: Steps up the barbarian rage required to take the class in the first place. While frenzying, the frenzied berserker can't die of hit point damage.

!!Gray Guard
--> "How're we supposed to see the pally comin' when 'e wears armor blacker than ours?”
---> --Griv "Goblin Father" Chos, unfortunate cultist guard
A prestige class from ''Complete Scoundrel''. These are paladins who fight dirty and can smite virtually anything.

* GoodIsNotNice: These are experienced paladins who combat evil by whatever means necessary. The illustration shows a gray guard strangling a necromancer with his bare hands in a scene that [[ShoutOut looks like it's referencing]] Darth Vader in ''ANewHope''.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Debilitating Touch lets you use [[HealingHands Lay on Hands]] to cause pain, and the entry suggests use in interrogation.
* HolyHandGrenade: Notable in that their smite evil can, at high enough level, let them effectively smite ''anyone'' including other LawfulGood paladins.
* KnightInSourArmor: Almost a class requirement.
* LawfulGood: [[invoked]] Class requirement. Violating the code of conduct costs them their powers, but doing so in service to the faith negates the experience requirement of an ''atonement'' spell, until they reach their 10th level in gray guard.
* ThePaladin: The vast majority of entries are paladins (it requires class features that, among the ''Player's Handbook'' classes, only paladins have).

!!Mystic Theurge
A prestige class from the ''Dungeon Master's Guide''. Mystic Theurges are adept in both the arcane and the divine.

!!Shadowdancer
A prestige class from the ''Dungeon Master's Guide''. Shadowdancers are experts in hiding and using the shadows.

* AwesomeButImpractical: Shadowdancers are the most easily accessible for rogues and rangers, the two core classes that are best at stealth. However, the class has medium BAB and no sneak attack, gimping the main appeal of both the classes that would normally have use for its abilities.
* CastingAShadow: The main focus of their abilities. At higher levels, they can send their own shadow on the offensive.
* FlashStep: As long as they enter and exit via a shadowed area.
* StoneWall/[[AnAdventurerIsYou Ninja Tank]]: Gets a lot of defensive abilities, such as evasion, slippery mind and defensive roll, and a fairly good d8 hit dice. Gets no offensive abilities whatsoever.

!!Sunmaster
A prestige class from ''[[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Lost Empires of Faerūn]]''. Sunmasters claim the 3E sun god Lathander is really the ancient Netherese sun god Amaunator. 4E reveals they were right. They have great powers over light.

* BlindedByTheLight: Defied: the 2nd level ability grants an immunity to being blinded or dazed by light effects.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Starting at second level, their eyes glow orange, and they can shoot beams of light from them.
* LawVersusChaos: Strongly on the law side. Amaunator was viewed as a deity who brings order to the world.
* LightIsNotGood: Potentially. LawfulEvil is an allowed alignment.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: 10th level sunmasters can turn into an EnergyBeing similar to a miniature sun once a day.

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[[folder: 3.5 Edition NPC Classes]]
Not everybody can be a hero. These classes are for background characters and {{Mooks}}, although you can play them too if you are [[JokeCharacter feeling masochistic]] (or are using the right crazy build).

!!Adept
Represents the stay-at-temple clergy and the B-students of your local wizard. [[LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards Simply having magic makes the adept more powerful than most martial PC classes]].

* {{Familiar}}: The only Divine caster that gets them
* LethalJokeCharacter: Typically rather high on CharacterTiers lists, as their spell list has some surprisingly useful gems despite its shallowness.
** We are not kidding when we say it's a higher tier than the Samurai.
** Eberron Campaign Setting boosts them so they can add one Cleric domain of spells to their spell list which can boost their versatility significantly or allow them some spells otherwise restricted to a once a day on a cleric.
* MagikarpPower: Intended to be the only class capable of classifying for the Hexer prestige class, which progresses your spellcasting at the same rate as an adept while also giving them full melee ability and powerful curses. In practice, other classes can also qualify through backdoor methods.
* ReligionIsMagic: Less magical than a Cleric, but magic nonetheless.
* SquishyWizard: These are normal, average-joe ministers, not badass warrior-priests.

!!Aristocrat
Blue-bloods, courtiers, and the rich, aristocrats represent the general 'upper class' and their social skills without the added specialist knowledge of rogues or bards.

* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The inexplicable armor and weapon proficiencies would suggest this.

!!Commoner
Peasants, dirt farmers, unskilled workers: The commoner represents the starving useless masses and is at the bottom of the totem pole for utility.

* LethalJokeCharacter: The "Chicken Infested" joke "flaw" lets them produce infinite chickens.
** Which can be made into [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot zombie chickens]] that [[MadeOfExplodium explode upon death]].
* {{Muggles}}: A Commoner is about as weak as a class can get without already being dead. Few hit points, skills more suited for menial labor than adventuring, and no unique abilities whatsoever.
* ThisLoserIsYou: Averted. The Dungeon Master's Guide is very clear on the fact that the NPC classes are not suitable for player characters, on the basis of their laughable weakness.

!!Expert
Blacksmiths, scribes, candlestick makers or cartographers, the 'expert' is a catch-all class intended to cover any non-magical expert in any field.

* IaijutsuPractitioner: While not as good as the Factotum at it by virtue of no other abilities, an Expert is also able to exploit their "any 10" class skills with this.
** LethalJokeCharacter
** PowerCreep: Unfortunately, their niche of "any ten class skills" was compromised by the Savant and Factotum, which treat ''all'' skills as class skills. Of course, [[SelfImposedChallenge if you were playing an Expert to begin with, you probably don't care about that.]]
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: The D&D class version. Experts are generic classes that are allowed to have whatever skills the GameMaster wants, letting the same class represent any profession.

!!Magewright
An NPC class integral to the setting of {{Eberron}}. They specialise in repeatedly casting the cheap, non-combat utility spells driving the {{Magitek}} of the setting.

* FridgeLogic: [[invoked]] Magewrights were born from the question of who is manufacturing all these cheap magic items. See, there are these weak, common arcane spellcasters with only passive spells...

!!Warrior
They may be called the Palace Guard, the City Guard, or the patrol. Whatever the name, their purpose is identical: To exist in any encounter with non-unique non-boss enemies, attack the heroes one at a time, and be slaughtered. No one ever asks them if they wanted to.

* {{Mooks}}[=/=]RedshirtArmy: This is the generic class given to untrained humanoid enemies like orcs and goblins (as well as common guards and foot soldiers), which allows them to handle a sword without actually giving them any distinguishing features. Good for a ZergRush and not much else.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: 4th Edition Classes]]

!!Ardent
The ardent is a Psionic Leader from the ''Player's Handbook 3''. The ardent's psionic powers revolve predominantly around the themes of empathy and telepathy, allowing them to manipulate the emotions and minds of their enemies and their allies in battle.

* TheEmpath: The predominant motif of the ardent is manipulating emotions. Enemies are hindered by plaguing them with guilt, fear, doubt and rage; allies are bolstered with courage, confidence, hope and joy.
* MoreThanMindControl: Ardents have some telepathic skills as well, but predominantly they use emotional manipulation to attack their foes.
* PsychicPowers: The source of their combat effectiveness.
* YourMindMakesItReal: Half of an ardent's attacks are rooted in the target's own mind. The other half is typically rooted in the great big weapon the ardent is hitting them with.

!!Artificer
The artificer is an Arcane Leader from the ''{{Eberron}} Player's Guide''. These mages specialise in "imbuing" temporary enchantments into physical objects or other people. Even spells that don't directly enhance armor or weapons still use a physical object as the source for a spell to, for example, create a burst of electrical energy.

* ScienceHero: [[FantasticScience In a way.]]
* SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic

!!Assassin
The assassin is a Shadow Striker from Magazine/{{Dragon}} Magazine. They are similar to the Assassins of 3.5 in that they are differentiated from regular Rogues by having access to magical powers; 4e Assassins use shadow magic to enhance their stealth and to attack their foes.

* CastingAShadow: The reason why they are a "Shadow" class is because they can literally control darkness to attack their enemies or aid themselves.
* TheDarkArts: What shadow magic is.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja
* MasterPoisoner: The Assassin gets some powers based on using poison; the Executioner "sub-class" for Essentials relies upon using different kinds of poison for its attacks.

!!Executioner (Assassin)
The executioner is a Martial and Shadow Striker sub-class of the assassin from Dragon magazine and ''Heroes of Shadow''. It differs from the standard assassin by not having attack powers (except for certain weapons), instead using only basic attacks modified by powers and poisons.

* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: The Way of the Ninja guild.

!!Avenger
The avenger is a Divine Striker from the ''Player's Handbook 2''. Avengers are described as being practicioners of strange, cult-like variants of mainstream religions, giving them access to divine powers that regular Clerics don't possess. They often serve as assassins, executioners or special agents for their faith -- and not always with the blessing of their patron god's mainstream church.

* BadassPreacher
* {{BFS}}: As strikers, avengers prefer to wield double-handed weapons for maximum damage. Swords are favored, but [[DropTheHammer hammers]], [[AnAxeToGrind axes]] and [[CarryABigStick various big hurty things]] also get their look in, depending on an avenger's personal faith.
* ChurchMilitant
* HolyHandGrenade: The avenger's role is to be a living one of these, using the most offensive array of divine powers to slay the enemies of their church.
* TheHunter: The role of the avenger is typically to hunt down and destroy enemies of the faith, while the cleric's is to heal and lead the faithful and the paladin's is to defend the faithful.
* ReligiousBruiser (If not a ChurchMilitant)
* WarriorMonk

!!Barbarian
The barbarian is a Primal Striker from the ''Player's Handbook 2''. Savage, brutal warriors from the wilderness, barbarians eschew armor in favor of endurance and agility, calling upon the primal spirits of their tribe to possess their bodies and imbue them with supernatural powers in the form of "rages".

* AnimalBattleAura: A common effect, as their big powers revolve around letting spirits, including animal totems, possess them.
* BarbarianHero
* TheBerserker: Made more fantastical by having their berserk rages A: stem from spirit possession, and B: grant them magical powers, like being surrounded by burning flames.
* DualWielding: The "Twinclaw" path for the barbarian focuses on wielding two weapons at once.
* MagmaMan: The "Stonefire Rager" paragon path.
* MakeMeWannaShout: Thunder-spirits provide a number of magical warcry-based powers; there's a dedicated character path to using these battle-cries called the Thunderborn.
* NatureHero: By way of drawing magical powers from the spirits of nature.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks (They have a feat that lets them do this)
* UnstoppableRage

!!Beserker (Barbarian)
A Martial/Primal Defender/Striker introduced in ''Heroes of the Feywild.''
* TheBerserker: Well, duh.
* TheMario: A reasonably good Defender, and a pretty decent Striker.
* TurnsRed: When bloodied, the go into an...
* UnstoppableRage

!!Bard
The bard is an Arcane Leader from the ''Player's Handbook 2''. Bards use the inherent magic of stories, songs, music and dance to achieve a wide variety of effects. They specialise in demoralising their foes and bolstering their allies.

* TheBard
* JackOfAllStats
* MagicMusic
* MakeMeWannaShout
* MusicalAssassin
* MusicForCourage
* ThePowerOfRock
* WanderingMinstrel

!!Skald (Bard)
The skald is an Arcane and Martial Leader sub-class of the bard from ''Heroes of the Feywild''.

!!Battlemind
The battlemind is a Psionic Defender from the ''Player's Handbook 3''. These psionic characters channel raw psychic energy through their bodies, weapons and armor to achieve spectacular feats of martial skill; the flashiest psionic powers allow them to transform their very bodies.

* ChromeChampion
* FanNickname: Parts of the community not too impressed with the class's heavy focus on physical melee combat and {{nonindicative name}} were quick to coin the term "fightbrain".
* FlashStep: The signature technique of the Harrier path for battleminds, and they have a number of generalist powers that allow this to be pulled off.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's noted in the Psionic Power splat that many battleminds actually don't realise their powers are magical in nature until and unless someone more knowledgeable points it out, instead chalking their spectacular feats up to "luck" and "skill".
* MadeOfIron: And more literally than other examples.
* PsychicPowers
* SuperReflexes

!!Cleric
The cleric is a Divine Leader from the ''Player's Handbook''. Ceremonially invested with a connection to the Astral Sea, clerics draw upon divine powers to aid their allies and impair their enemies.

* CombatMedic: The best class in the game at healing, but also heavily armored and quite adept at cracking skulls in his own right.
* FrickinLaserBeams: A cleric who chooses mostly ranged, radiant damage prayers is known as a [[FanNickname "laser cleric"]], because he or she basically runs around throwing beams of energy to hurt his enemies.
* LightIsNotGood: Even evil-aligned clerics tend to focus on radiant damage. One recommended houserule for evil clerics in the dungeon master's guide lets them use necrotic damage in place of radiant.
* HealingHands
* HolyHandGrenade
* TechnicalPacifist: With the Pacifist Cleric feat, a cleric who damages a bloodied enemy becomes stunned. Using a non-damaging power that lowers defenses or creates vulnerability is fine.
* TurnUndead
* WarriorMonk

!!Warpriest (Cleric)
The warpriest is a Divine Leader sub-class of the cleric from ''Heroes of the Fallen Lands''. It differs from the standard cleric by having specific domains as class features (and ''[[{{Nerf}} not]]'' having TurnUndead).

!!Druid
The druid is a Primal Controller from the ''Player's Handbook 2''. Druids communicate with the primal spirits of plants and animals, and have a deep personal connection to a greater spirit known as the Primal Beast, which allows them to assume all manner of bestial or monstrous forms. Some druids even master the art of assuming the forms of swarms of creatures.

* BeeBeeGun
* NatureHero
* SummonMagic: Some druids can summon animal spirits to fight at their sides.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: The class feature of the druid, with one path (the "Swarm Druid") differentiated because of his ability to become a swarm of creatures.

!!Sentinel (Druid)
The sentinel is a Primal Leader sub-class of the druid from ''Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms''. It differs from the standard druid by being a melee weapon-user, and having an animal companion based on a season chosen as a class feature.

* TheBeastmaster
* BondCreature

!!Protector (Druid)
A Primal Controller reminiscent of the Wizard. Introduced in ''Heroes of the Feywild.''

!!Fighter
The fighter is a Martial Defender from the ''Player's Handbook''. Specialising in all kinds of armor and weapons, fighter paths mostly differ depending on what array of equipment they prefer;

* BadassNormal: Fighters explicitly have no magic whatsoever... and can stand up and kick ass just as much as any magic-user ever could.
* TheBerserker: The Battlerager Fighter Build, from ''Martial Power''
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Though their powers are explicitly not magical in nature at all, fighters can still pull off superhuman feats by virtue of "training hard".
* CombatPragmatist: The Brawler Fighter Build, from ''Martial Power 2''
* DualWielding: The Tempest Fighter Build, from ''Martial Power''
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: The Guardian Fighter Build, from the ''Player's Handbook''
* MadeOfIron
* WeaponOfChoice: To the extent that fighter powers, feats and paths/builds are differentiated based on what kind of weapon they prefer.

!!Knight (Fighter)
The knight is a Martial Defender sub-class of the fighter from ''Heroes of the Fallen Lands''. It differs from the standard fighter by not having attack powers, instead using only basic attacks modified by stances and powers.

* KnightInShiningArmor
* SimpleStaff

!!Slayer (Fighter)
The knight is a Martial Striker sub-class of the fighter from ''Heroes of the Fallen Lands''. It differs from the standard fighter by not having attack powers, instead using only basic attacks modified by stances and powers (and being primarily a Striker instead of a Defender).

* BowAndSwordInAccord: Due to the slayer's use of basic attacks and high Dexterity, they can do this better than other fighters.
* SimpleStaff

!!Invoker
The invoker is a Divine Controller from the ''Player's Handbook 2''. Possessing a direct connection to astral power and the gods by nature instead of by investiture, with example reasons including being chosen by a god or having divine lineage, invokers are often at odds with the other Divine classes and especially established churchs, who view them as dangerous outsiders and potential heretics as often as they view them as messiahs and chosen ones.

* BoltOfDivineRetribution: Several powers have you calling these down on your opponents.
* DivineIntervention
* TheHeretic: May be viewed as one for eschewing the church for a more direct connection to the deity.
* MissionFromGod: And not the church, which is what separates Invokers from Clerics and Avengers.
* SummonMagic: The only Divine class which has access to these powers.

!!Monk
The monk is a Psionic Striker from the ''Player's Handbook 3''. Monks channel their psychic powers through their bodies through combat training, learning to turn their bodies into psychically imbued weapons and perform superhuman feats. As they gain in skill, they also learn to expel that energy for more explicitly supernatural powers, such as hurling blasts of energy.

* BareFistedMonk
* CarryABigStick
* FragileSpeedster: Monks aren't good at wearing armor and they have low health, but they are amongst the most mobile classes.
* InASingleBound: The monk has a lot of techniques that include leaping ridiculous distances.
* InvulnerableKnuckles: A monk's path feature is that their unarmed hands are valid weapons. This means a monk can punch to death things like living statues of ''solid metal'' without breaking their hands.
* KiBlasts: The monk's various projectile attacks
* KungFuSonicBoom
* PsychicPowers: The source behind their "ki powers".
* SimpleStaff
* SupernaturalMartialArts: Justified by the fact that they're [[PsychicPowers psionic]].
* WalkOnWater
* WarriorMonk: While the monk is not necessarily religious, Religion is a monk class skill, and training in it is a prerequisite for the Radiant Fist paragon path, which is particularly Divine.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The monk was originally supposed to be a "Ki power source" class, but the developers were unable to justify it as anything other than "Psionics with an Asian name", so they simply folded it into the Psionics power source.

!!Paladin
The paladin is a Divine Defender from the ''Player's Handbook''. Divorced from their traditional restraints of CharacterAlignment must always be LawfulGood, 4e Paladins are the armored defenders of the faiths... All faiths. Meaning that paladins of gods like Melora, Asmodeus and Gruumsh are all perfectly valid in 4th edition.

* CharacterAlignment: No longer required to be LawfulGood in and of itself, now a paladin has to be of the same alignment as his/her deity.
* CombatMedic
* CoolHorse
* HealingHands
* HolyHandGrenade
* KnightInShiningArmor
* MagicKnight
* WarriorMonk

!!Blackguard (Paladin)
The blackguard is a Divine (with some Shadow) Striker sub-class of the paladin from ''Heroes of Shadow''. It is more similar to the cavalier, but chooses a vice instead of a virtue.

* DarkIsNotEvil: It is actually possible to play a Good or LawfulGood Blackguard. Not very easily because your vice will often put you at odds with your alignment, but possible. Probably play up the [[KnightTemplar zealousness]] aspect.
** Actually, the way the rules are written, you can't.
* EvilCounterpart

!!Cavalier (Paladin)
The cavalier is a Divine Defender sub-class of the paladin from ''Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms''. It differs from the standard paladin by having specific virtues as class features.

!!Psion
The psion is a Psionic Controller from the ''Player's Handbook 3''. The "purest" psyker, psions use telepathic and telekinetic powers to attack multiple foes at once. Some psions are actually capable of manifesting their thoughts as reality, becoming what are called "Shaper" build psions.

* CrystalBall: One of the Implements they can use.
* MindControl: The Telepathic build, of course.
* MindOverMatter: '''Telekinetic''' Build.
* PsychicPowers
* SimpleStaff: One of the Implements they can use.
* SquishyWizard: Like the traditional Wizard, they have lousy armor and health, but dramatically supernatural powers.
* SummonMagic: The Shaper build functions like this, in that it creates objects and creatures from the psion's thoughts to do the psion's will.
* {{Telepathy}}: '''Telepathic''' Build.

!!Ranger
The ranger is a Martial Striker from the ''Player's Handbook''. A lightly armored warrior, the ranger focuses on offense and manueverability to defeat its foes. Some go to battle alongside a bestial battle companion, some are master archers, some favor melee and ranged combat equally, others wield two weapons.

* BadassNormal
* TheBeastmaster: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Beastmaster]] Build from ''Martial Power''. Possible beasts they can fight alongside include giant spiders, giant snakes, wolves/hunting dogs, big cats, bears and hawks.
* BowAndSwordInAccord: TheHunter Build from ''Martial Power 2''
* DualWielding: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Two-Blade]] Build.
* ForestRanger
* TheHunter
* NatureHero

!!Hunter (Ranger)
The hunter is a Martial and Primal Controller sub-class of the ranger from ''Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms''. It differs from the standard ranger by not having attack powers, instead using only basic attacks modified by powers.

!!Scout (Ranger)
The scout is a Martial and Primal Striker sub-class of the ranger from ''Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms''. It differs from the standard ranger by not having attack powers, instead using only basic attacks modified by powers.

!!Rogue
The rogue is also a Martial Striker from the ''Player's Handbook''. They rely on surprise attacks and agility to avoid damage while dishing it out, and excel at crippling their foes to impair their ability to fight on.

* BackStab
* BadassNormal
* CombatPragmatist
* DiscOneNuke: Base weapon damage is ~1d6+6 (assuming Dex of 18 and short sword). Ambush/Tactical trick grants combat advantage in most situations allowing sneak attack (3d6+6). If you take Surprising Charge feat, +1d6. This alone bloodies a single target making it easy for cleanup - or on a critical hit, either does a OneHitKill or brings down to a sliver of health. You may even throw in backstab for a better chance to hit and additional damage. While highly damaging in normal play, experienced [=GMs=] can counter this tactic by using minions.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: Stealthy warriors that get automatic proficiency with shuriken.
* KnifeNut
* LoveableRogue
* MasterOfUnlocking
* MasterPoisoner: The Master Of Poisons paragon path.

!!Thief (Rogue)
The thief is a Martial Striker sub-class of the rogue from ''Heroes of the Fallen Lands''. It differs from the standard rogue by not having attack powers, instead using only basic attacks modified by tricks and powers.

!!Runepriest
The runepriest is a Divine Leader from the ''Player's Handbook 3''. They use ancient runic sigil patterns, remants from the creation of the world, to call upon the powers of the gods and manifest spectacular effects.

* DropTheHammer: "Wrathful Hammer" runepriests gain proficiency in military hammers and maces.
* HeroesPreferSwords: The "Serene Blade" build.
* InstantRunes: The basic nature of their class; they sketch a rune on an item or in the air, and the rune instantly manifests as their power brings it into being.
* StatusBuff

!!Seeker
The seeker is a Primal Controller from the ''Player's Handbook 3''. Empowered by the primal spirits to seek out and slay the enemies of the world, the seeker's weapons are conduits to the spirit world, making them a shout-out to the spellcasting abilities of Rangers in editions past.

* NatureHero
* TrickArrow: Any projectile or throwing weapon used by a seeker can channel a spirit in it, allowing it to perform all manner of strange effects. These include turning blood into acidic slime, making barbed vines sprout from the victim's body, and dissolving in mid-flight into a ravenous swarm of flesh-eating locusts that start gnawing their way into the target.

!!Shaman
The shaman is a Primal Leader from the ''Player's Handbook 2''. Blessed with the truest connection to the spirit world, shamans are intermediaries between mortals and the spirits. Accompanied by a powerful totem spirit ally, shamans call upon the spirits to empower their allies.

* BondCreature: The "spirit companion" class feature is the center of a shaman's offensive skills and many spells.
* NatureHero

!!Sorcerer
The sorcerer is an Arcane Striker from the ''Player's Handbook 2''. Possessing an innate affinity for raw, wild magic, sorcerers unleash devastating surges of arcane power. Sorcerers are defined by the type of magic that resonates with their soul; dragons, chaos, storms and cosmic energy.

* BreathWeapon: Many Dragon Magic powers are described as these.
* GlassCannon
* InTheBlood: One possible reason for a sorcerer's powers.
* KnifeNut: Can cast spells through daggers.
* SimpleStaff
* SquishyWizard

!!Swordmage
The swordmage is an Arcane Defender from the ''ForgottenRealms Player's Guide''. Lightly armored, if at all, swordmages combine martial training with any sort of light blade or heavy blade weapon with arcane magic, channelling spells through their swords to create a wide variety of offensive techniques.

* FireIceLightning: They have other powers as well, but these are their main go-to elements for damaging opponents.
* GeniusBruiser: They require a high Intelligence stat to function, like most Arcane characters, but their combat role is based on mixing it up in the melee.
* MagicKnight: Perhaps one of the purest examples of a "Gish" class to be made for D&D.
* SquishyWizard: Averted, at least in theory. They may be weaker than other Defenders, but they have the highest armor and health of the Arcane classes and their "[[BattleAura Aegis]]" literally shields them from harm by boosting their Armor Class.
* TeleportSpam: Not quite so adept at it as the Battlemind, but Swordmages get a lot of teleporting moves.
* WeaponOfChoice: Go on, guess.
** Though, because their class is keyed off of using "Light Blade" class weapons and "Heavy Blade" class weapons, it's just as viable for a swordmage to be wielding a [[SinisterScythe scythe]], [[BladeOnAStick glaive]] or ''[[AnAxeToGrind khopesh]]'' as it is for them to carry a dagger or sword.

!!Warden
The warden is a Primal Defender from the ''Player's Handbook 2''. Charged with defending the natural world from all who would despoil it, wardens allow primal spirits to use their bodies as a conduits to the physical world, allowing them to command nature around themselves or to shapeshift into inhuman, spirit-bestowed forms to do battle with.

* CombatTentacles
* GaisVengeance: Their class fluff actually explains they have been empowered by the Primal Spirits to defend nature.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe
* MadeOfIron
* NatureHero

!!Warlock
The warlock is an Arcane Striker from the ''Player's Handbook''. Forging bonds, voluntarily or otherwise, with all manner of strange and eerie entities, warlocks wield BlackMagic as the most offense-orientated of the Arcane classes.

* TheDarkArts
* DarkIsNotEvil: Spelled out in the handbook.
* DealWithTheDevil: Literally, with the Infernal pact. Other choices include the [[TheFairFolk Fey pact]], [[EldritchAbomination Star pact]], Dark pact (made with assorted shadowy entities) and [[DarkSun Sorcerer-King pact]].
* LovecraftianSuperpower: The other motif behind the Star pact.
* MagicWand
* StarPower: Star Pact warlocks, who gain their powers by making a pact with an EldritchAbomination that lives among the stars.

!!Hexblade (Warlock)
The hexblade is an Arcane Striker sub-class of the warlock from ''Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms''. It differs from the standard warlock by having a melee weapon granted by its eldritch pact, making it similar to ElricOfMelnibone.

* EvilWeapon: According to one of the pacts.
** Infernal Pact gets the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Blade of Annihlation]], a {{BFS}}
** Star Pact gets the Starshadow Blade, a reskinned Bastard Sword.
** Gloom Pact [[WhipItGood Whips it good]] with the Scourge of Exquisite Agony.
** Fey Pact gets two: Either the [[BFS Sword of the White Well]] or the [[AnIcePerson Blade of Winter's Mourning]] AKA the best weapon in the game.
* MagicKnight
* SummonMagic

!!Binder (Warlock)
The Binder is an Arcane and Shadow Controller Warlock subclass from ''Heroes of Shadow.'' It differs from normal Warlocks by being geared towards controlling the battle rather than dealing massive amounts of damage.

* AnIcePerson: At-will power slows opponents with cold.
* SummonMagic

!!Warlord
The warlord is a Martial Leader from the ''Player's Handbook''.

* BadassNormal
* BoringYetPractical: A Warlord is a sub-par fighter and a sub-par healer, but grants immense tactical advantages to the ''rest'' of the party - bonuses to initiative, extra moves, extra attacks. Great for the strongly teamwork-oriented player, but a poor choice for those who yearn to be TheHero. The saying is: "A barbarian hits you with his axe; a warlord hits you with his barbarian."
* TheCaptain
* DrillSergeantNasty
* GeniusBruiser
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Somehow, without any knowledge of spells, a warlord can make his teammates move faster, attack more often, hit harder, and otherwise act exactly as if certain powerful magical enhancements had been applied to them.
* TheStrategist

!!Wizard
The wizard is an Arcane Controller from the ''Player's Handbook''.

* CrystalBall: '''Orb of Imposition''' Features.
* GlassCannon
* MagicWand: '''Wand of Accuracy''' Features.
* NotThatKindOfMage
* SimpleStaff: '''Staff of Defense''' Features.
* TheSmartGuy
* SpellBook: '''[[CaptainObvious Spellbook]]''' Features.
* SquishyWizard
* SummonMagic

!!Mage (Wizard)
The mage is an Arcane Controller sub-class of the wizard from ''Heroes of the Fallen Lands''. It differs from the standard wizard by having schools of magic as class features.

* CastingAShadow: The Nethermancer school from ''Heroes of Shadow''.
* {{Necromancer}}: The other school from ''Heroes of Shadow''.
* PlayingWithFire: The [[StuffBlowingUp Pyromancy]] School.

!!Witch (Wizard)
The witch is an Arcane Controller sub-class of the wizard from ''Heroes of the Feywild''.

!!Vampire
Vampires. Obviously. A Shadow Striker class from ''Heroes Of Shadow.''

* BareFistedMonk: Vampires are geared towards melee combat, and have literally no need to use weapons, as one at-will power (which doubles as a basic attack) does 1d10 damage at first level; this puts their basic damage on par with a fighter using a greatsword.
* BloodMagic: The powers that cost them healing surges are flavoured as such.
* CastFromHitPoints: Many of their powers become stronger if you sacrifice a healing surge.
* DarkIsNotEvil
* HealingFactor: The only class that heals itself automatically. [[MadeOfIndestructium This means that anything that doesn't instantly kill them]] [[ImplacableMan will just make them angry.]]
* LethalJokeCharacter: Very weak in combat, dealing lower damage than even the Assassin. Also, MadeOfIron.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Close-combat experts that develop magical powers which put the original Dracula to shame.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Into a bat.
* WeakenedByTheLight
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