I have a Mountain Dwarf Wizard (War Mage) PC that I get to play occasionally, who wears half-plate armor and wields a battleaxe. Everyone who sees him assumes him to be a Fighter. I love it.I'm still on the fence on this. If we no longer have tropes then are you ever really playing against type? If every PC dwarf is a wizard (and they're one of the best options for it now) then my dwarven wizard suddenly doesn't stand out.
It's fine for those that want it, but I'll discuss with my group on the impact of the new rules before I use it for my home game.
But yes, totally; if every Dwarf is a Chaotic Good Wizard then why bother having any structural Fantasy standards at all? We have a certain player who, I believe, actually thinks that CG is the standard cultural Alignment for Dwarves, based on how many CG Dwarf Fighters he always plays, and based on how he never seems to grasp why any of the other Dwarves he encounters don't at all go along with, nor or approve of, his disruptive Chaotic behavior.
I get the feeling that some people just don't want to be playing in the Fantasy genre at all, but some other kind of style completely.... which is totally fine, but then why are you even playing Dungeons & Dragons? If I'm not in the mood for Fantasy I will play Call of Cthulhu or MechWarrior or something else.
(I won't get into how much I detest the impact that Harry Potter and other similar gawdawful "Young Adult Literature" has had on modern Fantasy... this ties heavily into my extreme distaste for shoehorning Devilgirls and Dragonmen among the default D&D races in the PHB.)
I am reminded of that old joke from The Order of the Stick: the entire race of Drow is comprised of nothing but stoic, good-hearted rebels who long to be free of their race's oppressive evil culture...
But at the same time I fully understand that Adventurers are, almost by definition, the oddballs and freaks who don't fit in at home, so instead go out exploring the world to find adventure and/or a place to belong, so having PCs who are certified weirdos by the standards of their race and culture is perfectly fitting (and is a significant element of the long tradition of fictional Fantasy heroes.)
But also also at the same time; if we have no standards, then... well, we have no standards.