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Arcane Duelist Bard.
Arcane Concordance, Shadow Bard, gr. Invisibility and the amazing Cloak of Dreams.
Pump UMD and go to town casting all those spells on the Wizards list that make little sense to a Wizard or that are higher level than you can normally cast, for example Form of the Dragon III or Mind Blank, or even Time Stop if you don't mind paying for them.
Bards can get away with spending less on gear than most classes with defensive spell like mirror image and multiple Bardic Performances running for buffs.
Bards have an awesome spell list, can fight, defend themselves, buff the Universe and laugh at skill check DC's all at the same time as being a roleplayers dream for backstory versatility.
I really like Bards. When I first started d&d I hated even the concept of Bards but now see that they really are great fun to play.