I gave this some thought and would have to say my favorite character of all time was Kisanth, (Written up as a NPC sub here: ) a loner mage that got involved in a conspiracy to over throw the kingdom and replace a dopple king with an outcast prince.
Unfortunately after restoring the prince to the throne is became all too apparent he was worse then the king impersonator, and attempted to disband several lesser guilds, leading to a costly war between guilds and the smaller kingdoms who supported them against the empire and their "state approved" guilds.
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Along the way she managed to get revenge upon her father, recovering lost scrolls of wisdom, and offend the entire magi guild of Antioch when refusing to accept their advice over that of her familiars regarding the path her future should take. (They wanted her to join their guild as an instructor after the end of the magi war, her familiar wanted her to return to her home in the forest with him and raise a family.)
Way back in mid 80's I started my first (and still longest lasting) campaign. I was a freshman in high school, had no ability to mine a "website" for ideas, and many times took whatever was written in the Dragon as gospel. No one else wanted to DM, so it fell to me to create a world and its characters. Very early on I created Deej, the result of wanting to use the random mutation table from Gamma-World.
Deej turned out an odd color, one ear bigger than the other, extra fingers, and all sorts of minor calamities. I believe he was a 1st level Magic User, but his spell use was always secondary. I gave him a bizarre Igor-like accent, and he was always eager to please the party. Unfortunately, the feelings were not mutual.
Deej was a foil, and seemed to greatly annoy some of the players. Yet on occasion he would have a spark of brilliance (a method for me as DM to help steer the plot or at least overcome an obstacle) and seemed to have extraordinary luck. So the players grew to accept the strange sidekick and he became an on again off again NPC for years. Without question, the DM's pet...