I don't remember much but I do remember that each novel takes place on a new planet where there was usually some sort of social upheaval/revolution happening and he helps the inhabitants overthrow their oppressors.

I think that in the first book he was alone but then gains a companion in his travels.

  • Hi there. Some more details might help - when did you read this? Was it in English, was it a translation? Do you remember what the covers looked like? Stuff like this, to increase the chances of a successful identification. – Jenayah Nov 18 at 23:49
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    I want to say i read it late 90's early 2000. For sure it was before 2006. Also it was in english but i don't remember what cover looks like. I think maink character had a 3 letter name but i cant rememver for sure either. – genkers Nov 18 at 23:55
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I believe you are thinking of the Rogue Wizard series, by Christopher Stasheff. The timing is about right (1993-2001) although the original book in the series was written much earlier (1979).

The protagonist's real name is Magnus d'Armand but most of the time he goes by his pseudonym Gar Pike, in order to minimize the risk of his activities causing trouble for his family. As you say, he wanders the galaxy protecting the innocent and overthrowing oppressors. You might also remember his possession of various Psi powers, though he usually tries to avoid using them until it becomes absolutely necessary to do so.

In the first of the newer books, A Wizard in Absentia, Magnus is alone. This is a prequel and comes first in terms of the in-universe chronology. It is followed by the original A Wizard in Bedlam at the end of which he acquires a companion.

There are ten books in the series in all, and the storyline is concluded in The Warlock's Last Ride from the related Warlock of Gramarye series.

  • I love you! As soon as i read the name gar i remembered it. Not sure how to close this lol – genkers Nov 19 at 0:13

This could be the Stainless Steel Rat series, by Harry Harrison. Those are very openly comic stories about James Bolivar DiGriz.

He is a former thief and now intergalactic super-spy for the Special Corps. He starts off alone, but marries the villainess of the first novel and they become a team; their sons are also involved in some of the stories.

  • This does fit; it's what I thought of when I saw this. Though perhaps the bit after his name should be in a spoiler tag. – wizzwizz4 Nov 19 at 17:45
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    Books everyone should read, by the way! – Fattie Nov 20 at 7:01

Jack Chalker's Four Lords of the Diamond series follows an agent whose mind is remotely implanted in a host assassin on each of four worlds of the Warden Diamond system. In each book his mission is to investigate and overthrow the Lord of that world. But each of his duplicates learns more about the corruption of the intergalactic government that he works for and each one deviates more and more from the mission. The books are

  1. Lilith: A Snake in the Grass (1981)
  2. Cerberus: A Wolf in the Fold (1982)
  3. Charon: A Dragon at the Gate (1982)
  4. Medusa: A Tiger by the Tail (1983)

Could be Tuf Voyaging

Haviland Tuf has a "seedship" and travels around and tries to help different worlds, at a cost.

  • This could be better if you edited to flesh it out a bit more. However, it is worth noting that the OP has already accepted an answer here for a different work. – TheLethalCarrot Nov 19 at 10:26
  • It's been a long time, but I don't think Tuf overthrew any oppressors. – Anton Sherwood Nov 20 at 7:00

This feels like the Death Gate cycle, where the first four books fit the theme of travelling between worlds (via magical gates rather than interstellar ships) and influencing the peoples there. One world even involved a kind of communist uprising. The latter books then tie the worlds together for a larger story.

  • While Haplo's orders are to cause upheaval and sow chaos, he really only manages to do so in the first book, and even then, he may have been unnecessary. I always appreciate a Death Gate shoutout, though. – Michael W. Nov 20 at 0:02

Could it be E. C. Tubb's Dumarest saga? The lead character is looking for Earth, and each book ends up on a new planet having adventures.

The first one is The Winds of Gath. Wikipedia notes:

Gath is a world with a unique tourist attraction: a mountain-sized white noise amplifier. With no indigenous economy other than the tourist slave labor trade, Dumarest struggles to break free from this dead-end world. Dumarest becomes attached to the retinue of the Matriarch of Kund and unwittingly finds himself embroiled in the vicious and complex political intrigues of the Matriarch's court. After some keen detective work from Dumarest and the ensuing deadly battle with the Cyclan, Dumarest prevails and escapes from the backwater planet.

  • When quoting from a link could you provide the link and use quote markdown (>) in the future, I have done this for you now. It's also worth noting that the story has already been identified here but if this is a match to it could help a future visitor. – TheLethalCarrot Nov 19 at 13:47
  • Sorry about that, I must have not spotted the "accepted tag"! – James Nov 19 at 13:55

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