I recently started my first DnD campaign and decided to go for the Swordsage from the Tome of Battle. The way I imagine my character fighting is like Prince Oberyn from Game of Thrones (be warned: the video is graphic, and contains spoilers if you're not up to date with the series).
How can I create a functional character in DnD 3.5e that fights like the Viper?
It doesn't need to be perfectly optimized or exactly like him. Basically, I want to be able to dance around my opponents, take as little hits as possible and look cool while I cause as many opponents as possible some trouble. In return I'm willing to not do all that much damage and to be in quite some trouble if I do get hit a few times. I don't want to miss out on a superb maneuver just because it doesn't quite fit the flavour though. Likewise, I'm not going to use a terrible skill because it fits the style.
For now I have a level one Swordsage with Desert Wind as a discipline focus, fighting with a spear and using the Child of Shadow stance. I have leather armor, relatively low strength. And am using maneuvers like Burning Blade, Clinging Shadow, Sudden Leap and Distracting Ember.
You don't need to stick to this build at all in your answer though. You can even use different classes (Not necessarily from ToB).
Be sure to point out which elements of a build are a must for it to function and which are for flavour.