Well, here's my attempt at starting a meme. We've done Favorite Monsters, now let's give Favorite Classes for Dungeons & Dragons (your edition of choice) a try. If you'd like, you can name the edition it came from, and what drew you to that class or made it one of your favorites. I'll go ahead and count down my top 5 (all circa 3e/3.5):
5) Fighter: Yep, I know many consider the Fighter one of the underpowered classes in 3.5, especially at higher levels, but since many of our games were 7th-8th level and below, the Fighter tended to be a really good choice for those who hadn't played the game before (along with #3 on this list). And I love those fighter feats.
4) Scout: The Scout is a bit of an odd duck--a little rogue, a little ranger--but watching as one of them led a party completely around an enemy army, causing confusion, sowing chaos, and avoiding capure, all while expertly navigating the surrounding wilderness--well, I'm a believer. This is a class that isn't going to win any awards for combat power, but its definitely my favorite class out of the Complete Adventurer and that line of supplements.
3) Sorcerer: I continually go back and forth on Vancian magic, but even though he was usually a bit behind in 3.5 vs. the Wizard when it came to spell selection, I really enjoyed the sorcerer's flexibility and spontaneity in casting. I didn't enjoy the d4 Hit Die, but I think the other real reason I enjoyed this class is that I used it as a base for a Wild Mage.
2) Cleric: Clerics can be powerful characters, but the real reason I enjoy clerics is getting to roleplay different religous beliefs and whatnot. Its a blast to have this character who should be living by a certain code or set of strictures, only to have his beliefs challenged over the course of adventuring career. And with as many deities as there are out there for D&D, its also easy to choose an obscure or amusing sect, or create your own.
1) Bard: Here's where I come out as an unabashed lover of the Bard, one of the classes I see trashed the most at ENWorld and various other message boards. And there are a couple folks in my gaming circle who are going to hate the fact I even have this class on my list. But I like skill monkeys, I like being able to have a high Bluff and Diplomacy set of skills, and I like the spontaneous magic aspect of his arcane casting. And although you won't see many of my bards on the front lines strumming a lute while everyone else fights, you will see many as an orator, inspiring their comrades and blasting defiance towards the enemy.
I'd love to see everyone else's choices, whatever edition or editions it may be, either here or on your own site!