The shocking results are in: who made the cut as the Inheritance community’s favorite villain, leader, Rider, dragon, and race?

favorites headerWe recently asked the Shur’tugal community to vote for five of their top favorites from the Inheritance Cycle – villain, leader, Rider, dragon, and race. We offered readers the opportunity to vote for one “winner” per poll, with the results hidden until today’s “big reveal”. We’re finally ready to announce who will walk away with the title of the Inheritance Cycle community’s “favorite”. Some of the winners may surprise you, while some of the losers won’t! Did your favorites stand their ground to bring home the coveted title of “The Inheritance Community’s Favorite ____”?

favorite raceWhat is the community’s favorite race?

Dragons! With an overwhelming 42.6% of the vote, dragons won as the Inheritance Cycle community’s favorite race. These stunning creatures once flew over Alagaesia as a proud and powerful race before their near-extinction at the hands of Galbatorix and the Foresworn. Thanks to the efforts of Eragon, Saphira, and all of those who opposed Galbatorix and the Empire, dragons now have a promising future on Alagaesia.

Elves trailed dragons in second place with 31.8% of the vote. Werecats were a distant third, earning 12.6%. Dwarves, humans, Urgals, and the Ra’zac/Lethrblaka rounded out the list.

favorite dragonWho is the community’s favorite dragon?

Saphira! This was almost not even a competition – Saphira destroyed her opponents with an insane 55.6% of the vote! As one of the series’ two main characters, Saphira is the face of the Inheritance Cycle and an unstopable force against Galbatorix and the Empire. Without Saphira at Eragon’s side, it is unlikely that Galbatorix would have ever been overthrown. Unsurprisingly, Glaedr trailed as a distant second with 21.1% of the vote. Thorn placed third with 12.6% of the vote, and Firnen and Shruikan rounded out the list.

favorite riderWho is the community’s favorite Dragon Rider?

Brom! In a shocking upset, Brom won out as the community’s favorite Rider, capturing 30.3% of the vote. Eragon was hot on his heels at 27.8%. As the driving force behind the downfall of the Foresworn and the creation of the Varden, Brom helped to ensure a long-deserved victory against the Empire. And let’s not forget – as father and mentor to Eragon, Brom helped groom the hero who restored freedom to Alagaesia. Murtagh placed third at 17% as Arya trailed in fourth place with 13% of the vote. Oromis captured 10.7% of fans’ hearts, while readers sent a resounding message to Galbatorix by giving him just 1% of the vote: we don’t like you!

favorite leaderWho is the community’s favorite leader?

Roran! Through this strong character’s point of view, we experienced the trials and tribulations of a farm boy turned defacto village leader as he attempted to flee oppression and find freedom for his loved ones and his neighbors. Over the course of the series’ final three books, Roran showed incredible strength, determination, and endurance, eventually leading the displaced residents of Carvahall to the Varden. Roran took 30% of the vote. Nasuada, one of the series’ powerful female characters and leader of the Varden, placed second with 20% of the vote. Despite any official leader status, Eragon placed third with 10% of the vote. Orik, king of the dwarves, placed fourth at 9%, with Arya, queen of the elves, trailing close behind at 8.6%. Islanzadi, Hrothgar, Grimrr Halfpaw, and Ajihad placed sixth through ninth. Surprisingly, Galbatorix beat out Surda’s Orrin with 1.6% and 0.3%, respectively.

favorite villainWho is the community’s favorite villain?

Murtagh! This may be a controversial one – was Murtagh really a villain? In Eragon, Murtagh was a helpful friend and companion to Eragon before his disappearance at the end of the book. Upon his reappearance, the new Rider killed King Hrothgar before battling his former friend and ally. Were Murtagh’s actions entirely the result of his enslavement at the hand of Galbatorix, or was some of the wickedness behind his actions his own doing? 36% of readers seem to feel as though Murtagh was a bad guy! Galbatorix, the series’ main antagonist, placed second at 15.3%, with Durza, the Shade and former henchman of Galbatorix, placing third at 15%. The creepy and elusive Ra’zac and Lethrblaka placed fourth, with Shruikan, Morzan, Lord Barst, and the Twins rounding out the list.

Now we ask: did your favorite win? Are there any winners you’re particularly surprised by? Do you disagree with a winner or loser? Make your case and sound off in the comments! Additionally, let us know what polls we should do next!

  • Murtagh

    I am honestly, disappointed that Murtagh didn’t make favorite Dragon rider. And I really don’t think he was a villain. I think nasuada should have been made favorite leader, and I think thorn should have been the best Dragon.

  • Jodie Cobham

    I’m unhappy that Arya did not win for favoraite Dragon rider but I’m happy for Saphira who’s the winner of the favoraite Dragon and Murtagh for being the favoraite villain. So 2 out of 1 not bad and that make’s me a happy bunny. But I can’t help thinking that Murtagh is more of an Anti-hero then a Villain

  • Margaret Ann

    I’m glad with the results. though some surprised me..

  • Firestar1992

    My favorite villain always has been and always will be Morzan. But I’m a bit of an oddball in that, since he never actually made a legit appearance in the series.

  • Fawn Kiramoto

    I’m really happy with the results Roran was a great leader! : -D (though I expected Nasuada) And the result about Brom was really unexpected 0_0

  • AmDrag

    I think Galbatorix is underrated. I mean, it’s nice that we have all the “good guys”, but honestly an evil mastermind with an interesting story is much more interesting than the generic “hero” character.

    • Mark

      He was kind of a boring character, to be honest. You don’t see much of him throughout the book, and even when you do finally get to face him in the end, he’s very controlling and straightforward. Not very interesting at all for a villain. He was basically a spoiled brat.

      Murtagh struggled with who he was from the first day Eragon met him. He was a perfect match as a villain for Eragon, in both skill and morality. He made the main character question his goals and motivation for fighting, and he forced him to make tough decisions. Galbatorix did none of this. He just kind of showed up in the end and died.

  • DragonStar

    None of the results was what I voted for.
    Fav race: elves
    Fav dragon: Glaedr
    Fav rider: Galbatorix
    Fav leader: Galbatorix
    Fav villain: Naturally Galbatorix

  • Tin

    I think Galbatorix is much more evil than Murtagh. He created this whole chaos.Murtagh just join him rather than creating a world like this.

  • Ryu Tama

    Hah, whether or not Murtagh was a villain, he was still a popular character (my favorite tbh, along with Solembum and Angela). It woulda been a shame if he hadn’t won at least one of the polls!

  • Knowledgemage

    Angela is my favorite character hands down.

  • ennazus

    I don’t consider Murtagh a villain. But he’s my favorite character!

  • Mina

    I would’ve prefered Oromis and Glaedr to be higher on the lists. Then again, that’s just me. I absolutely adore the both of them and cried my eyes out in Brisingr. I agree with everything else though.

  • Thanatos

    I don’t disagree with the results but I would have anticipated Oromis being higher on the list of riders. I also would have voted for him. I don’t think anybody(even Brom) could have helped Eragon on his journey better than Oromis did. But Brom is a good choice as well.

  • Lauren Heaslip

    This was almost the same as what I voted for, so I’m quite fond of this list.