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General Do Your Human Characters Match Your Ethnicity (etc)?

the Jester

Legend
I am just curious about this one- obviously also inspired by the current conversations. Do your human pcs tend to look like you? Do they usually match your ethnicity, sex, gender, and sexual preference? How often do you play characters who don't? Feel free to include non-D&D human characters in your discussion.

This question is specifically about human pcs, since non-humans are a different ball of wax entirely.

Speaking for myself, I strive to have about half of my pcs be male and about half be female. I've also had one Mage character who was a transman and one D&D character who used magic to flip between male and female constantly (I guess you'd call that one genderfluid). While most of my pcs are heterosexual, I've definitely had a few that aren't, but not too many.

My only current pc (I'm almost always a DM) is a black human female (I'm a white male). The other (human) characters I have played in the last few years are the following:

From a supers game- the Human Frack, a black male
From a Savage Worlds Deadlands game- a white male and a white female
From Call of Cthulhu- a white male
From Mage- the aforementioned white transman and a white male
From 3e D&D- a black female alienist (arguably not really human anymore), a swarthy human male (southern Italian/Mediterranean level of brown)

What about you guys?
 

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Krachek

Adventurer
Being white male, I have done
humam male Haitian type,
also Italian accent,
and I try Russian accent, but not sure it was human, maybe dwarf.

I have seen from my partners an arabic type.
i have seen playing the opposite gender but more often with another race.
 

dnd4vr

The Smurfiest Wizard Ever!
About 50/50. Sometimes they match, about half the time something is different.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
I’ve rarely played humans, but my most current PC is a white 16 year old femme mechanic, and my older human PC was a white dude.
 



AaronOfBarbaria

Adventurer
Most of the settings I play in don't have an ethnicity that matches mine, or most people's really... so the question that serves as the title of the thread is a bit inaccurate.

Do your human pcs tend to look like you? I was going to say that I had one character that the look of was meant to be similar to me, but I remembered last second that character was actually a dwarf so it doesn't count.

Do they usually match your ethnicity... Only when the setting of the game is "Earth, but different." And even then, not with a frequency worth noting.

...sex, gender, and sexual preference? My character's genitalia has never been a significant part of how I envision the character. Usually will assume the character is male because I haven't said anything to contradict that belief, and that's fine with me because my own identity doesn't factor gender so I just go with however people perceive me - and that works for my character too.

Sexual preference is another thing which isn't a significant part of how I envision a character, and basically is never relevant to game play. Generally speaking, though, my characters match my proclivities should such an event that it's relevant come up . Which are wide-open romantically, but rather particular when it comes to physical acts.

How often do you play characters who don't? I GM way more than I play, so I am so much more frequently playing out the role of a person nothing at all like myself - even among human characters - that to respond to this question with a simple "Always" wouldn't be statistically inaccurate.
 



  • Elof Tanthul - Shadowvar (Half elf) of Netherese descent, Shadow Sorcerer/ Hexblade
  • Malifice Flamestrike - Tethyrian human Vengeance Paladin of Bane
  • Valas D'Viir - Half Drow (Sun Elf great grandparent, on my Illuskan human fathers side, Drow on my mother Vicona D'viir's side) Ancients Paladin/ Swords Bard of Eistraee
  • Melegaunt - Halruuan human Wizard
  • Tie-Jian - Shou human Monk
  • G'lwiv Oncedark - Tiefling (Grazzt blood - black skin and 6 fingered hands) (Fiend) Warlock (Blade)
All males though and all heterosexual (barring the G'razzt Warlock; he sexually identifies as 'hedonist'). Ages are all in (or appearing to be in for the half elves and tiefling) their early 20's.

I only ever play humans (mainly) and elves and half-elves. Other races are a total rarity.

For reference, I'm a male, 'white', Australian, hetero, and in my mid 40's.
 
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the Jester

Legend
Most of the settings I play in don't have an ethnicity that matches mine, or most people's really... so the question that serves as the title of the thread is a bit inaccurate.
This is a very good point, though it depends on the game- Warhammer Fantasy is set in an Earth-analogue, for instance, as are most non-fantasy RPGs. And even in some fantasy worlds, it's pretty clear that at least some ethnic groups are analogous to Earth ones, e.g. the Baklunish in Greyhawk are, IMO, pretty closely analogous to Arabians. Nonetheless, you're correct that I could have been more clear.
 

Minigiant

Legend
In video games,I usually make my first playthrough as close to me as possible.

But in D&D,I don't make humans that match my ethnicity or gender anymore. Because, except for ONE TIME, I die first when I do. I'm jinxed to invoke Black Dude Dies first.

Or maybe I play them too reckless.
 

As a DM/GM, no certainly not. As a player...I rarely play humans. In games where that's the only choice, while I often play same-as-me, I do not always.
 

Oofta

Title? I don't need no stinkin' title.
While I play a variety of races I never play female characters, I've just never really seen the point. I do occasionally in video games but that's more because I'm curious to see if the game treats women different than men.

As far as ethnicity, I don't really do that much either. I don't see much of a reason to unless it's to stand out or blend in to the local population. I guess I just don't see the point - ethnicity has nothing to do with personality and fantasy world culture is generally not detailed enough for me to hang a RP hook based on a specific culture.
 

Haldrik

Adventurer
I am just curious about this one- obviously also inspired by the current conversations. Do your human pcs tend to look like you? Do they usually match your ethnicity, sex, gender, and sexual preference? How often do you play characters who don't? Feel free to include non-D&D human characters in your discussion.

This question is specifically about human pcs, since non-humans are a different ball of wax entirely.

Speaking for myself, I strive to have about half of my pcs be male and about half be female. I've also had one Mage character who was a transman and one D&D character who used magic to flip between male and female constantly (I guess you'd call that one genderfluid). While most of my pcs are heterosexual, I've definitely had a few that aren't, but not too many.

My only current pc (I'm almost always a DM) is a black human female (I'm a white male). The other (human) characters I have played in the last few years are the following:

From a supers game- the Human Frack, a black male
From a Savage Worlds Deadlands game- a white male and a white female
From Call of Cthulhu- a white male
From Mage- the aforementioned white transman and a white male
From 3e D&D- a black female alienist (arguably not really human anymore), a swarthy human male (southern Italian/Mediterranean level of brown)

What about you guys?
As a player, my characters tend to be my sex, gender, orientation, and ethnicity, moreorless. Even tho I have played Drow and Human dark-skinned characters, their ethnicity still tends to be my own. Different skin colors hasnt been much different from different eye colors.

But as a DM, I pretty much have to become anyone.
 
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Saelorn

Hero
Ethnicity doesn't really match up to anything, when dealing with non-Earth worlds. Most settings aren't Forgotten Realms or Golarion.

Most of my humans looks roughly like me, except in better shape; at least, that's how they'd appear, to all of the elves and dwarves out there.
 


Cadence

Adventurer
Supporter
I have trouble imagining a character like me is interesting. :-/

My most common characters are either a cleric with some plot hook and/or someone I can imagine being very angry about something in their past. Gender played is probably just over 50/50 male. Human vs. demi-humans is probably 25/75. Don't think I've ever played a human that I envisioned as a person of color (and don't think I've thought about it until now).
 
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