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    The Most Popular D&D Character Name Is "Bob"

    What's the name of your D&D character? The folks at D&D Beyond have released some more stats, and this time they're sharing the top 15 D&D player character names.


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    What these stats appear to tell us is that many people call their character "Bob", and even more seems to just use their class name, such as "Cleric" or "Bard". Lots of people seems to name their characters after Game of Thrones' Varys, but spell it differently, and lots like "dark" names like Ash, Raven, Ember, and Shadow.

    More realistically, it may be that many of these are simply experimental builds, with placeholder names. The folks at D&D Beyond (watch the stream here) say that these are the most popular names "for characters on D&D Beyond", although the other data elements shown on that stream were specific to material used from Xanathar's Guide to Everything.

    Numbers-wise, they're not saying those are all the characters on D&D Beyond - there will be thousands of names used which are used less than 755 times each, and possibly even thousands which are used just once. The table above only shows the top 15, and how often they were used.
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    No Kates? Kate is short for Bob, after all.
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    Mentioned it before, will likely mention it again. "Most popular" is misleading. D&D Beyond has plenty of sample characters that never hit play. It has things like default equipment that's not the "most popular" since players aren't picking it intentionally, just following the rules for character creation.

    The data we're seeing from it is interesting, but should be taken as a lot less authorative then it is quoted. Especially data that can be easily swayed by sample characters like the average character has no feats - if you make up a bunch of 1st level characters none will have feats except variant humans, or the number of characters in tier 1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post
    Mentioned it before, will likely mention it again. "Most popular" is misleading. D&D Beyond has plenty of sample characters that never hit play.
    It's almost like I said that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dioltach View Post
    No Kates? Kate is short for Bob, after all.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1QywDPkDjg
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    Bob might be underrepresented on this poll since Bobar is dwarven (or dwarvish for you new kids) for Bob.

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    It's an interesting survey, I never imagined seeing Bob's name in the list

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post
    Mentioned it before, will likely mention it again. "Most popular" is misleading. D&D Beyond has plenty of sample characters that never hit play. It has things like default equipment that's not the "most popular" since players aren't picking it intentionally, just following the rules for character creation.

    The data we're seeing from it is interesting, but should be taken as a lot less authorative then it is quoted. Especially data that can be easily swayed by sample characters like the average character has no feats - if you make up a bunch of 1st level characters none will have feats except variant humans, or the number of characters in tier 1.
    I think for this one, they included test characters: but usually, they have ways to sift out test characters. And in my personal experience, most people don't use feats, so it seems plausible.

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    Nyx / Nix beats Bob overall though.
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    When my son started playing for the first time, he named his PC "Bob". So not surprising.

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