Why are tieflings so popular? How did they manage to outcompete all the other wacky races to win their place in mainstream D&D?

lowkey13

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
I figure that's because many people use Forgotten Realms or Eberron or another oldish (3e or earlier) setting which wasn't built with tieflings in mind, and then tieflings had to be shoe-horned in somewhere.
Yep. In Greyhawk they are all at the bottom of the Nyr Dyv.
 
I

Immortal Sun

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No, I'm pretty sure that Bilbo got that during the adventure. Maybe you mean Frodo?
And it was also a cursed item that contained a fragment of the soul of a dark god that when worn would draw the dark god's and his minions to your location.

So it's not like you were just throwing the thing on any time you wanted to peep in the girls room.
 
Because of the sad truth of the world.

Stated preference:

I like things that are cool, and hate things that suck.

Revealed preference:

I like things that suck, and hate things that are cool.


See also, paladins.
Or maybe it's really this:

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lowkey13

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
Or in other words:
Well, that's certainly true for movies, TV shows, and bands ...

But saying that I have ever, at any point in time, liked Paladins?

Those are fighting words.

I was born with a deep-seated antipathy for Paladins.

My antagonism toward Paladins lies not within any fleeting feelings that pass with the seasons, but rather deep in my marrow.

It is a hostility that warms the blood and the cockles of my heart, and stokes the rage-furnace that I might express my disdain for those many other blights and pestilences, such as gnomes, and rapiers, and tieflings, and Dex-builds.

Love is fed by the imagination, by which we become wiser than we know, better than we feel, nobler than we are: by which we can see life as a whole, by which and by which alone we can understand others in their real and their ideal relation. That what is fine, and finely conceived can feed love.

But Paladins? Only Paladins can truly feed hate.
 
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Those are fighting words.
My apologies; I didn't mean to imply that you have, or ever shall, like paladins. Only that some people tend to like things until they "get popular" or whatever.

Anyway. Perhaps this one is more relevant for you?

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lowkey13

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
My apologies; I didn't mean to imply that you have, or ever shall, like paladins. Only that some people tend to like things until they "get popular" or whatever.

Anyway. Perhaps this one is more relevant for you?
You do some great Venn diagram work. ;)
 

Goblyn

Explorer
Hellboy
Nightcrawler
Anti-heroes are cool
Mebbe add Draenei from WoW to that list. I know they don't share that demonic heritage, but they are aesthetically similar I think. Also I imagine they are a big reason many people assume/decide tieflings have hooves.
 

Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
2E planescape, migrated to 3.0 FRCS, into 4E core. Gotta appeal to edgelords. Not sure if them, Drow or Kender are the biggest problem races as they tend to appeal to special types of players.
2e Planescape saw the 1st and final edition where I liked tieflings. They were ruined after that for me. I've also seen very few of them played compared to all of the other races. Tieflings, gnomes and Dragonborn are the bottom three races in the groups that I've played in and run.
 

Staffan

Adventurer
Mebbe add Draenei from WoW to that list. I know they don't share that demonic heritage, but they are aesthetically similar I think. Also I imagine they are a big reason many people assume/decide tieflings have hooves.
Well, in WoW it's the other way around. The Draenei are what remains of the Eredar after most of them decided that this Sargeras fella sounded like a swell guy and became demons.
 
2e Planescape saw the 1st and final edition where I liked tieflings. They were ruined after that for me. I've also seen very few of them played compared to all of the other races. Tieflings, gnomes and Dragonborn are the bottom three races in the groups that I've played in and run.
I have to agree, I've seen far more tieflings in CRPGs than in PnP games. Actually, I have seen zero tiefling (or dragonborn) player characters in PnP games. I have seen the odd gnome though.
 

Azzy

Cyclone Ranger
I have to agree, I've seen far more tieflings in CRPGs than in PnP games. Actually, I have seen zero tiefling (or dragonborn) player characters in PnP games. I have seen the odd gnome though.
My group is on its 4th 5e campaign right now, so far we've had 5 humans (one was a DMPC-cum-PC), 3 elves (2 high, 1 shadar-kai), 3 half elves, 2 gnomes (both forest), 2 genasi (1 fire, 1 air DMPC), 1 dragonborn (copper), 1 aasimar (DMG variant), 1 tiefling (standard—I played that one), 1 half-orc.
 

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