Creating a Character Based off of a TV Series, Movie, or Literature

If you play Dungeons and Dragons, you’ve probably read a lot of fantasy novels, or seen many different tv series and movies. No doubt, you have some characters from those things that you love and admire. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to play the noble Aragorn from Lord of the Rings, or an evil powerhouse like Gregor Clegaine, The Mountain from Game of Thrones. But how? Lucky for you, I can show you the way.  This guide shows how to create a Dungeons and Dragons character from a movie.

Of course, you’ll have to pick a character that inspires you in some way, then build your character. In this post, I will elaborate on how this can be achieved and then provide you with an example of my own. Here’s a quick breakdown of what we’ll cover:

  • Picking Your Character
  • Analyze and Dissect
  • Pick a Class
  • Building Your Character
  • My Example
    • Verbal Explanation
    • Bullet Breakdown

Picking Your Character of Inspiration

First thing is first, you’ll need to grab a character for inspiration. This is a relatively easy thing to do, especially if you have one in mind. If you don’t…then maybe you should be checking out my other posts about creating characters. But if you don’t have an idea, here’s a few examples: Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, Thranduil, Thrain, Thror, Thorin, Boromir, Faramir, Gandalf (from Middle Earth, the world of Lord of the Rings). There’s also Jon Snow, Thoros of Myr, Jamie Lannister, Tyrion Lannister, Sandor “The Hound” Clegaine, Gregor “The Mountain” Clegaine, Ned Stark, Robert Baratheon, Bronn, etc (From Game of Thrones/ A Song of Fire and Ice). There are many other examples that I could list. The point is you should choose a hero you resonate with and would enjoy playing as.

Analyze and Dissect

After you’ve chosen your character, you need to do some analysis. Start with dissecting their physical aspects. Break down their fighting style. What weapons do they use? Do they have any special abilities or spells? What things about this character would coincide with classes in Dungeons and Dragons? Are they fairly charismatic?

Next you need to dissect their personality. How does that character deal with conflict and strife? Are they humorous or serious? Are they calm and stoic? Or are they short tempered and full hardy? What are his/ her ideologies? What’s their alignment? You must be able to answer these questions to better understand how you’re going to play your character.

Pick a Class/ Classes

Now you’ll need to choose your class. This is usually something that isn’t too difficult to determine depending on your hero. Class is typically determined on how said hero functions during combat and conflict. For example, Aragorn is a Ranger according to the lore of the Lord of the Rings. However, he could also be a Fighter in Dungeons and Dragons just as well. Legolas would be a mix of a dexterity based Ranger/ Rogue class. Tyrion Lannister would be considered a non-singing Bard, someone who mainly uses his charm to resolve and avoid conflict.

Building Your Character

After choosing your class, you’ll roll your ability scores. You can customize the stats for maximum efficiency. However, I would try to make the scores reflect the character I’m modeling. For example, Tyrion would have high charisma and intelligence, and a low strength. While Gregor “The Mountain” would have a low intelligence, with a very high strength and constitution.

Next, you’ll need to look through all the different abilities, feats, backgrounds, and archetypes that would fit your character. For example, The Mountain usually uses a Great Sword to strike down his foes, so it may be a good idea, if you’re basing your character off him, to choose the Great Weapon Master feat. Be mindful that not all of these things will fit with the character one hundred percent. Just try to pick feats and abilities that make sense. Remember to have fun while creating your character. Make it fun and enjoyable and don’t turn it into chore.

My Example

Now I’m going to show you an example of my own to illustrate the process. The character that I will draw my inspiration from in this build is Bronn. In Game of Thrones, Bronn is a Bravosi man who spends much of his time with Tyrion Lannister as a sell sword. He is typically seen using a European style longsword as his primary, and wields a kukri in his off hand. Bronn dons light armor, usually a mixture of leather with light chainmail. He moves quickly and seems to be a fighter that relies on his dexterity in battle. He is not great with book smarts, but he is cunning and knows when and when not to engage in combat. Bronn is also not very good looking after being in so many scraps in his life.

Class Specs and Ability Scores

For this character build, I will make my Bronn a Human Fighter (Battlemaster)/ Rogue (Assassin) multiclass. His ability score priorities will be Dexterity first, Strength second, Constitution third, Intelligence fourth, Wisdom fifth, and Charisma last.

The Early Levels

At first level, I will choose the Fighter class and stick with it until at least level seven. Once I hit level three, I will choose the Martial Archetype: Battlemaster. I would choose this because Bronn is quite skilled in combat and uses many maneuvers in his fights so this archetype seems to fit him. Once I hit level seven I gain Know Your Enemy, which can give me an advantage over any foes I face by analyzing them. This also fits Bronn, because he is a planner when it comes to a fight. He sizes up his opponents and comes up with a way to exploit their weaknesses.

Level Eight and Beyond

Once I hit level eight, I will begin training in Rogue. I’m choosing Rogue for Bronn because he has a tendency to gain the upper hand on enemies he is flanking. This makes sense for the Rogue’s sneak attack. Bronn also knows when it’s better to fall back, thus his cunning action also makes sense. He will be able to disengage, dash, and hide mid-combat should I choose. At tenth level, I will choose the assassin archetype. This will allow me to gain an automatic critical hit against a surprised enemy. I will continue my Rogue training until I hit level fourteen so I can get uncanny dodge and evasion, which will help tremendously with reducing or avoiding damage.

Level Fifteen and Beyond

At fifteenth level, I will continue to train in my Fighter class again until I hit level eighteen. By doing this, I will gain my improved combat superiority as well as my extra attack upgrade. Once that’s all said and done, I will continue to train in Rogue until I hit max level to increase my sneak attack damage. At level twenty, I will also gain my infiltration expertise. This isn’t something that Bronn would typically go for, or even use in Game of Thrones. But it’s a nice touch to add for flavor.

That’s it for my verbal explanation, now I’ll show you my bullet breakdown.

  • Level 1:
    • Human/ Fighter/ Fighting Style: Two Weapon Fighting
    • Ability Score Focus: Dexterity 1st, Strength 2nd, Constitution 3rd, Intelligence 4th, Wisdom 5th, and Charisma 6th
  • Level 2:
    • Action Surge
  • Level 3:
    • Martial Archetype: Battle Master
  • Level 4:
    • Ability Score Improvement: +2 Dexterity
  • Level 5:
    • Extra Attack
  • Level 6:
    • Ability Score Improvement: +2 Strength
  • Level 7:
    • Know Your Enemy
  • Level 8:
    • Start Rogue Training: Expertise (Athletics and Acrobatics), Sneak Attack: 1d6, and Thieves’ Cant
  • Level 9:
    • Cunning Action: Disengage, Dash, or Hide
  • Level 10:
    • Roguish Archetype: Assassin
    • Assassinate
    • Sneak Attack: 2d6
  • Level 11:
    • Ability Score Improvement: +1 Dexterity and +1 Constitution
  • Level 12:
    • Uncanny Dodge
    • Sneak Attack: 3d6
  • Level 14:
    • Evasion
    • Sneak Attack: 4d6
  • Level 15:
    • Continue Fighter training
    • Ability Score Improvement: +1 Dexterity and +1 Constitution
  • Level 16:
    • Indomitable
  • Level 17:
    • Improved Combat Superiority
  • Level 18:
    • Extra Attack Upgrade
  • Level 19:
    • Continue Rogue Training
    • Ability Score Improvement: +2 Strength
  • Level 20:
    • Infiltration Expertise
    • Sneak Attack: 5d6

Thanks for reading! I hope this has helped all of you players out there looking to create a character based off your favorite fantasy icon! Please subscribe to our newsletter for more content, and don’t forget to comment! Happy creating!!

Author: Ven’Orik (Zach)

I’m just a regular nerd with a passion for storytelling and fantasy. Growing up I read books by Tolkein and C.S. Lewis, and this solidified my love for the genre. I first started playing D&D when I was 13 and have been pursuing it since. I’m just here to share my knowledge and hopefully learn a thing or two from all of you as well!