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  1. Zaknven at |

    What a great list! It mixes wizards from all walks of life, genres, and age ranges. From classic Merlin to the modern Potter, you cant go wrong with this list. My favorite of all time, is Harry Dresden. He shows that just because you have magical firepower, it doesn’t make life any easier! Nice job!

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    1. elhuus at |

      I admit I didn’t recognize half the wizards in this list but I approve of Harry Dresden being in it.
      as a wizard character he’s way cooler than harry potter and can walk elbow to elbow with gandalf.
      Tough wizards use staffs not sissy wands :-).
      I can hardly wait to see what happens in book 14 – Cold Days. I hope it comes out soon.

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    2. Matt at |

      Wow. Im sorry but your list is horrible. Raistlin Majere should be number 1…..hands down. He DID become a GOD and not only that defeated the other Gods as well in the series. Gandalf and Harry Potter? Please, you could take all of your wizards you mentioned besides Dr. Strange and put them all against Raistlin and at the height of his powers when he did actually achieve his goal and became a GOD and destroyed the other Gods….there is no contest. Nice try, but there is NOOO way Raistlin should be number 9, and there is no way in hell Gandalf and Potter would be ahead of him. Raistlin is by far the most powerful wizard/archmage in ALL of fiction

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  2. Little_Sam at |

    I personally think Merlin should be higher than number 10 on this list. I think Merlin should be at least number 3. I can live with Harry Potter being number 1 and Gandalf being number 2. I won’t quarrel with you a lot about those two. However in my opinion Merlin should be number 3 at least.

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      They are listed in no particular order, as stated in the opening paragraph. But thanks for sharing your ranking, I’m sure most people have their own order.

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      1. Little_Sam at |

        I obviously did not read your caveat at the start of this list. Thanks for pointing that out to me. I will try to read the entire post in the future before making a comment. Thanks again for pointing your caveat out to me. Sorry about that. Oops!!

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        1. TopTenz Master at |

          Your oversight is easily understood, we usually do give an order to our lists. I leave that up to each author though and this time Bill chose to list his 10 choices in a random order. Thanks for commenting.

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  3. 5minutes at |

    Did you seriously just put 2 comic book characters who most people have never heard of ahead of Merlin?

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      Read the opening paragraph. It specifically states they are in no particular order. I would agree that Merlin is the Grand Daddy of all Wizards in literature. And yes, comics are literature – http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-reasons-why-everyone-should-read-comics.php

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  4. Andy at |

    How about Dungeon Master from the ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ cartoons? I think most people from my, ahem, generation would remember him, and his delivery of ‘I am Dungeon Master….your guuiiide….in the realms of…’….his little red cloak and comic timing and sage advice, and awesome power, is surely a match for most other wizards.

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      I loved that Dungeons & Dragons as well and it made it to #9 on this list of 80s cartoons: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-best-cartoons-from-the-80s.php

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  5. El Brujo Halcón at |

    And what about Rincewind??? I surely hoped to see him pop up in this list

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      If you include a new wizard, give us some background or a link for more information.

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      1. El Brujo Halcón at |

        Sorry, I thought he was way more popular. It’s one of the main characters from DiscWorld: http://www.google.com.ar/search?q=rincewind

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  6. Wrake at |

    I’d like to recommend The Black Company. Some of the most powerful wizards I’ve ever read are in these books. Some of them can melt mountains, make it rain something like acid, etc. But in contrast to these insanely powerful, yet often one dimensional wizards, a couple of the main characters are much much much less powerful hedge wizards who have plenty of personal weaknesses (a major one being alcohol) in addition to overall weaker abilities.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_Company

    The crazy powerful ones are under “The ten who were taken.”
    The less powerful ones are under “Members of The Black Company” named Goblin and One Eye.

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    1. elhuus at |

      Yeah I really liked ONE EYE he was a really fun wizard to read about especially his antics and duels with goblin when the mercenaries of the black company were not out slaughtering armies and slaying powerful beings

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  7. Torsin at |

    I think you should check on the best-selling statistics again. LOTR & Hobbit have sold ~100 million & ~90 million more than any Rowling book.

    http://www.ranker.com/list/best-selling-books-of-all-time/jeff419
    http://www.buzzle.com/articles/worlds-best-selling-books-of-all-times.html

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  8. Anthony at |

    Great list…Would be interesting to place this list side by side with a Top 10 witches list.

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    1. Tom at |

      Good point. These are all males, what would a female list of magic users look like?. David and Leigh Edding’s Polgara would be an excellent example, as would Morgan le Fey. Elphaba from Wicked might be a good one to add, too. Hmmm, who else would be a good addition to the list? Everyone chip in and see if we can make a spontaneous top ten list here. :)

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      2. Alaric at |

        Hermione since Potter’s on here
        Thessaly from the Sandman comics
        The 3 witches from A Wrinkle in Time (drawing a blank on them right now)
        Melisandre from Song of Ice and Fire

        I should know about a billion more, but it’s 4 in the A.M. where I am and my brain is tired.

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  9. Dreary Ln at |

    Rediculous Richard Rahl Didn’t make the list or Sauron? Come on

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    1. Tom at |

      Not being a fan of the Terry Goodkind series (too much torture for my taste) I can understand why Rahl did not make the top ten. And I think the author wanted only one sorcerer per series so Gandalf beats out the guy he helped defeat. I mean seriously, Sauron is defeated by Gollum, how can you take the guy seriously? :)

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  10. Kristin at |

    What about Ged from A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin? He went through an incredible transformation over the course of just one book, and he was an enormously powerful wizard at a very young age.

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  11. hary at |

    what about Dumbledore?

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  12. George at |

    I would say Gerald Tarrant, from the Coldfire trilogy, that is one powerful guy and a fascinatingly complex character!

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  13. Dallas Honeycutt at |

    I am very disappointed that Belgarath didn’t make this list. Belgarath is found in 12 novels and is every bit as powerful and fun as many, if not all, of the ones included on this list.

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  14. Jon at |

    Until recently for Harry Potter? It is by far the most popular series in the history of the world. Beating the second most sold sold series by over a 100 million sales.

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  15. demented at |

    Harry Potter rated higher than the prototypical wizard, Gandalf? You take that back right now! His whiny wangst in “Order” alone should rank him lower.

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  16. John at |

    Harry Potter is still the best selling book series of all time, it has sold nearly 500 million copies. Nothing has even come close to it yet. So what is it referring to?

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    1. Paul at |

      pfff 500 million copies? that’s what makes him popular? i’ve be searching for great wizards and potter only showed up a couple times. Gandalf and Merlin are far more popular.

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  17. Javito at |

    What!? Where’s Rincewind?

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  18. flurk at |

    No Zeddicus Zu’l Zorander? I’m out of here

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  19. Tyrell at |

    not sure if this was said yet or not but Gandalf is not actually a wizard. He is an Istari.

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  20. Eli at |

    You’d think Rincewind or Mustrum Ridcully would be here…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rincewind

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mustrum_Ridcully

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  21. Kulgan at |

    I love that fact that Pug of Crydee is on the list. I haven’t seen him on similar blogs, and he is the most powerful sorcerer in not only his world, not only his universe, but in at least two (If he is more powerful than the most powerful Dasati, he is more powerful than the most powerful being in the universe that directly opposes the Dasati home-plane) other universes. This doesn’t even count the creatures of the void. (Tomas hinted that he could defeat any of the dread, and Pug/Milamber is as strong as Tomas) I’m not sure where Pug’s family (Miranda, Macros at his strongest, and Magnus especially) fits in power-wise.

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  22. Corey at |

    Why is Harry Potter even on this list, let alone #1? It is a list of the Top 10 Most Powerful Wizards in Literature and you even state in the description that he is not the most powerful AT HOGWARTS, let alone in all of the fantasy genre. Popularity and gusto are not what this list is about, according to the title. It’s POWER. As a wizard, Harry is average at best, except against Voldemort whose powers he is immune to. There are other wizards who are MORE powerful (Dumbledore, for example, and even Voldemort himself) who should’ve been on this list from the Potterverse before Harry ever was considered.

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  23. Anonymous at |

    no way merlin is #10 harry potter gets topped by merlin every time. All the other wizards can go to hell. Merlin #1 fashion sense

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  24. Merlin at |

    I am the most powerful wizard. check out my tumblr

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