Paladins are stale as hell. There's no variation. Plus, having a stick up my character's @$$ isn't really my idea of "entertaining" Plus, last time I checked, gameworld being b&w is not that fun either. TOEE is lacking enough storywise, paladins only make it worse. Surely, paladins do nicely to bring down the late-game bosses, but tbh there's nothing too awesome they can do that a well-trained fighter with Owl's Wisdom buff can't against those enemies, except maybe Smite. But Smite can also come from a Smiting Rod, or from a few Cleric levels.