Face Melting 101
I adore playing as mage characters, be they wizards, sorcerers, or whatever other classification they go by. While I do enjoy taking a break and playing warriors or thieves in RPGs, it is the mage that I almost always enjoy the most, and try my hand at first. Mages typically have a good variety of spells to choose from, and that plus the "glass cannon" feel of most of them, makes them exciting to use.
What follows is a list of mages, wizards and so forth, that I most favor, whether I can play as them or not.