Malazan Power Rankings *Possible Spoilers!*

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  1. Corporal Blues

    Corporal Blues I like to rock the party

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    I recently read Toll the Hounds which has a lot of the Malazan "Big Players" in it, such as Karsa Orlong, Anomander Rake, Caladan Brood, Traveller
    AKA Dassem Ultor
    Whenever I read a Malazan book I always find myself wondering what would happen if So-and-so fought What's-his name and so on.

    So I was wondering what you all think.

    What would the Malazan Power Rankings look like? Who are the most powerful characters?

    My off the cuff rankings:

    1) Icarium
    2) Caladan Brood
    3) Karsa Orlong
    4) Anomander Rake
    5) Quick Ben


    I feel like I'm forgetting more powerful characters....
     
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    Swordfighting only:
    1. Anomander Rake
    2. Traveller
    3. Yedan Derryg
    4. Tool
    5. Karsa Orlong

    Magic and stuff too:
    1. Icarium
    2. Anomander Rake
    3. Draconus
    4. Tayschrenn
    5. Quick Ben

    I tried to leave out characters that we hear about but never really see unleashed (Caladan Brood, various elder gods, etc.) Also I made that list very quickly so my mind could easily change.
     
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    Nice list. I like how you broke it down to sword fighters and magic.

    I'd like to see the top Seguleh guy/girl take on Rake.

    I added Brood because the dude toppled a mountain with one hammer stroke...but that's all I've seen of the guy so far.
     
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    I just love it when the Seguleh show up. I want the entire Seguleh nation against the rest of the world. I would love that spinoff.

    Otherwise, you've got a really good list going.

    Brys Beddict belongs on any list of sword-fighters.
     
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    You read Toll the Hounds and still ranked Karsa over Rake?

    Did you miss the part where Karsa was in awe and humbled over the battle between Traveler and Rake?
     
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    Obviously Grizzin Farl ranks as number 1, but I'll leave him out of this to make it interesting.

    1.Draconus
    2.Rake/Osserc
    3.Hood
    4.Icarium
    5.Raest

    Raest might move up, considering he was in a very weakened state in GotM and still ****ed up everything they threw at him.
    Other than that, there are still Tiam and Korabas, K'rull, Gothos, Mother Dark herself,...but I don't think we've seen enough of them yet. Maybe in later books.

    QB and Tays are cool, but I wouldn't think they're anywhere near the top.

    E: Forgot Bent and the Warmules!
     
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    Let me fix this for you:

    1. Drizzt Do'Urden
    2. God
    3. Everyone else

    Just kidding. On a more serious note, though, isn't there going to be a Malazan RPG? That should help clarify your rankings.
     
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    Yeah, good point.

    I guess we've seen more of Karsa's abilities than the other two combined, so those memories came up before that one instance. Still, I think Karsa could probably give those guys a run for their money.
     
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    Corporal Blues I like to rock the party

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    You forgot one...

    1. CHUCK NORRIS


    2. Drizzt Do'Urden
    3.God
    4. Everyone else
     
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    i see no Silchas Ruin, no Osric, no Lady Envy or her Sis, no Apsalar....

    Those lists are lacking.
     
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    Osric may belong in the top 5 but I left him out because we haven't seen him in action. I don't think I would put those others in my top 5 though. 5 is a very small number for all the badasses there are.
     
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    people put 'quick ben' in the top 5 when he isn't in the top 100, and Tayshcreen isn't in the top 10.

    Lady Spite and Lady Envy are both much stronger than Tays, who is still much stronger than Quick.

    Same, Kruppe might or might not be stronger than quick or Tays.

    And we have seen Osric fight more than Brood.

    Also, the Rope too has been shown to probably be stronger than Karsa for example, and so on.
     
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    There are people who think that by the end of the series, Quick Ben is stronger than Tays and Tays was supposed to be the strongest human. I left Brood of my list. And my list with Karsa was a sword-fighting list so that's why the Rope wasn't there.

    Envy and Spite may be up there but I'm of the opinion that the old powers are overhyped and the new guys surprise them all the time.

    Speaking of which, Sinn might be stronger than Tays.
     
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    of his generation, and we all know that we never have all the info.

    And quick ben by the end was good, but probably still well under Tays.

    so if you use a dagger you aren't in the list? <__<

    the rope as as much right to be on that lsit as karsa.
    in pure power possibly, but that's not all there is. and Envy and Spite pretty much showed they aren't over-hyped
     
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    So...what's your list?
     
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    Since I made a list about swordfighters, and a dagger is not a sword, then no Cotillion is not on the apparently coveted list.
     
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    I think that Quick Ben is being overlooked a little bit here (Which is usually his intention)

    Its his natural habit to lay low and avoid notice. This leads to many people underestimate him. He doesn't flaunt his power and so its hard to really get a good idea of how powerful he is. Just look at the souls that he carries and the number or warrens he has access to.
     
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    I think there's a lot of people in the Malazan world that have kept their powers at bay, or kept them hidden.

    Two that come to mind are Kruppe and Iskaral Pust.
     
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    Old thread, but fits nicely considering the current Group Battle Bracket going on: http://www.sffworld.com/forums/showthread.php?38538-Malazan-Group-Bracket-Tournament!

    No magic involved:

    1) Dassem. He is #1 seguleh after all.
    2) Jan. Seguleh #2. May even be better than Dassem, but not the same personality.
    3) Rake. May also be better than Dassem, but technically lost.
    3-4) Cottilion / Aspalar. After she dismantled about 200 claw in 30seconds ShadowThrone said "I doubt even Cotillion could have done that"
    5) Karsa
    6) Skinner
    7) Trull
    8) Kalor
    9) Yedan Deryg / Brys Bedict - Both very similar master swordsmen type.
    10) Kallam / Surly

    Magic allowed: Just doing top5, there are too many after 5 that could be in top10...

    1) Icarium - World breaker. Seriously.
    2) Rake - Carries around a sword that weighs as much as a planet. Like to set it down every year or so to get a quick break.
    3) K'rul - Every warren is his blood?
    4) Hood - Walked up to a forkrul asail and just bit its head in half because he simply doesn't like them.
    5) Draconus - First step onto the earth after being released shook the planet and destroyed 2 whole armies.

    Including Elient?

    1) Tiam - Basically every dragon COMBINED. Don't think anyone could stop this thing.
    2) Korabas - Otatoral Dragon
    3) Icarium - Mentioned as the only possible person who could stop Korabas.

    It gets very complicated after this.
     
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    HERE IS THE LIST I POSTED IN THE MALAZANEMPIRE FORUMS A WHILE BACK

    this list is based upon my opinion only, so u guys are free to suggestions and your own lists.
    and yeah, i forgot yedan derryg.....and kilmandaros.

    arranged in descending order of awesomeness and unbeatableness

    TOP 25 FIGHTERS IN THE MALAZAN WORLD

    1. ICARIUM-------------------------

    2. DASSEM ULTOR--------------------

    3. ANOMANDER RAKE------------------

    4. KARSA ORLONG--------------------

    5. COTILLION-----------------------

    6. SKINNER-------------------------

    7. SEGULEH SECOND------------------

    8. COWL----------------------------

    9. APSALAR-------------------------

    10.SILCHAS RUIN-------------------

    11.SHI'GALL GU'RULL---------------

    12.KALLOR-------------------------

    13.GRUNTLE------------------------

    14.MOK----------------------------

    15.ONOS TOOL'AN-------------------

    16.VORCAN-------------------------

    17.BLUES--------------------------

    18.BRYS BEDDICT-------------------

    19.KALAM MEKHAR-------------------

    20.MAPPO RUNT---------------------

    21.TRULL SENGAR-------------------

    22.IRON BARS----------------------

    23.SPINNOCK DURAV-----------------

    24.TOPPER-------------------------

    25.POSSUM-------------------------




    Honorable mentions....

    osric......didn't include him becuz we don't see much of his POV in the books.

    pust.......halted dejim nebrahl..yeah but with magic.

    kilava onass......i forgot her.

    the manask fellow