I was looking through old TTT topics on The Broke and the Bookish for inspiration one day, and I came across one about the top ten characters you’d want with you if you were stranded on a deserted island. First I started thinking things like, “Oh, I want people who could hunt and start fires and survive, maybe people who are knowledgeable enough to make some sort of communication device from the wreckage, etc.”
But here’s the thing: I don’t want to have to survive on the island—I want to get off of it. So my mind wandered even further into the paranormal since fantasy is what I mostly read, and well, this post was born. So here are my “cheating” answers of ten different types of characters who would come in really handy if you were ever to end up stranded on an island.
1. A character who can teleport
Any similar kinda power would work too, as long as they can bring other people with them. Even if they can’t bring other people, they can teleport away and go get help!
2. A mermaid/merman or any type of fast-swimming water shifter
They would have the next best chance of actually being able to get to land since it’s not like they’d drown. Of course they could get eaten by a shark or something, but it’s a chance we’ll have to take.
3. A wizard from the Harry Potter world
As long as they still had their wand, they could just accio boat and voila! Now you’ve got a boat and can leave! Same for food or communication devices or anything that you needed. Or they use apparition. Lots of options when you have magic!
4. A character who can freely travel to another realm
The fae realm, the demon realm, Heaven, Hell, doesn’t matter, as long as they can then pop back into our realm from there—but somewhere off the island.
5. A character who can fly
This isn’t the most helpful thing on the list since they probably wouldn’t be able to fly all the way to land, but they might be able to fly far enough to see where land is in the distance or to flag down a ship and let them know you’re stranded.
6. A character with long-range telepathy
You wouldn’t even need a radio, they could just mentally call someone for help!
7. A character with telekinesis
If worst came to worst and you had to build a raft, at least a character with strong and well-honed telekinesis could get the things you need and put it all together without either of you having to climb trees or build tools or do all the backbreaking physical labor. And then they could probably propel the raft in the water so that you wouldn’t have to try and row.
8. A character with power over water
On the off chance that you managed to build some sort of raft without the use of any powers or had a lifeboat or something, they could control the water to propel the boat and maybe even keep dangerous sea creatures away by creating water tornadoes to chase them off or something.