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Edition #359 of the Dragon Magazine presented a list of notable villains (across many settings) in the article 1d20 Villains: D&D's Most Wanted; Preferably Dead. It included Strahd von Zarovich and Tiamat in the list, among others.

Was there a similar list for canonical heroic characters published by official sources? Be it one of the magazines or online articles by the Wizards of the Coast. Guys like Elminster and Mordenkainen, for example, notable characters of novels and established on the lore of the settings. No interest on non-notable, non-canon player characters.

I know that the Hall of Heroes and Heroes' Lorebook supplements exists and can be treated as such list, but they are focused on Forgotten Realms only.

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    \$\begingroup\$ To Kuerten's point, there are still plenty of D&D heroes featured in novels, etc. So saying D&D doesn't contain notable NPC heroes is demonstrably false and his question could potentially have a positive answer. Said list might also not exist. To Oblivious Sage's point... a great many of the notable heroes from the novels and lore were at one point Player Characters (including Mordenkainen and the main party of the original Dragonlance series) \$\endgroup\$ – Wesley Obenshain Mar 4 at 14:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ I think some of the info in these comments should be left as answers instead; e.g. link to the lists of heroes TigerDM posted, and explain that that there aren't quite as many as there are villains for the reasons Oblivious Sage and Wesley Obenshain explained. \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Mar 4 at 14:44
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    \$\begingroup\$ <comments removed> Please use comments for administrative purposes. Debating the topic of the question isn’t what comments are for. Answers to the question should be submitted as answer posts. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Mar 4 at 15:35
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The Rogues Gallery, published in 1980, has a list of (and stats for) characters used in some TSR campaigns back in the day.

Included are Bigby, Mordenkainen, and Tenser - probably the only names out of the 18 listed that most would recognize, and the highest level is only 16 (Mordenkainen).

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