Fizzle: The Powerful Mascot, Sidekick, or Protector of the Heroes?

By Kayla Matt

By Kayla Matt

For people who have been here a while, Fizzle is easily recognized.  Possibly the most popular character of the Legends of Windemere series.  That isn’t to say he hasn’t gotten a few criticisms.  This little dragon is a little misleading, which is one of his themes.

Misleading Appearance

Fizzle is small with his tail being longer than his body and his wings are those of a dragonfly instead of leather like a big dragon.  He speaks like a child after learning Tradespeak from a little girl.  All of this combines to create a sense of what some call cute innocence and others call redneck idiot dragon.  It’s his speech pattern that causes the most trouble, which is something that improves over time.  Something that readers and other characters tend to forget is that Fizzle is old.  He is a symbol that you can’t judge someone by appearances because there might be underlying reasons for why they are the way they are.  Fizzle has the most powerful magic and incredible knowledge.  The few times he does speak in his native tongue, you can tell how serious and wise he really is.

Love of Life

One aspect of Fizzle’s personality is that he is usually happy and upbeat.  He will get angry and upset, but there is a big lust for life in this little character.  With this piece of him, I think he acts as a beacon for the heroes who will be going through tough times.  Part of this is his indulgence in apples and his near awe at discovering how many varieties there are as well as things you can do with them.  It’s difficult for the heroes to fall into full depression with Fizzle around, which is an important aspect to this character.  While he might not be one of the ‘big heroes’, he is very much the hero of the heroes.  Other ways too, but those are spoilers.

The Questioner

With all of his wisdom and knowledge, Fizzle has spent most of his time in Visindor Forest.  Legends of Windemere is the first time he has ventured out of his territory for an extended period.  So, he doesn’t understand a lot of the cultures and habits of the city people.  This creates a bridge to help readers learn about the world as well, but it also shows differences and similarities between the wild and civilization.  I’ve heard one person call Fizzle a ‘babe out of the woods’ years ago, which is an interesting explanation. He doesn’t understand various parts of civilization because they make no sense to him, which he mentions.  Part of his evolution is to learn about the cities and decide on what he will do when the adventures are done.  Can he even return to Visindor Forest after everything that happens to him?

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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13 Responses to Fizzle: The Powerful Mascot, Sidekick, or Protector of the Heroes?

  1. sknicholls says:

    This was an excellent post. I really feel I understand him better.

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  2. How can anyone not love Fizzle? I think he is my favorite character – or at least one of them

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  3. L. Marie says:

    Fizzle’s speech pattern works. And I see why he’s popular. I don’t know why people have to be so critical.

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  4. Fizzle is a most favorite character. 🙂

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  5. melissajanda says:

    How can anyone compare Fizzle to Jar-Jar Binks? JJB is the most annoying character EVER created. Listening to him is like nails on a chalkboard to me. Fizzle is adorable. He just makes me smile! Opposite ends of the spectrum there. And I think it’s wise of you as an author to have Fizzle learning about the the world you’ve created along with the rest of your devoted readers. I still need to draw him for you as I see him…one day.

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    • I’m confused on the comparison too. It’s really down to the speech pattern, which makes Fizzle come off as stupid to some people. I do find it interesting because he’s probably the smartest one out of the heroes.

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