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30th Jan '16 11:39:34 AM nombretomado
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* The protagonists from ''SystemShock'' games. The first games features a normal looking male white hacker with the mullet, and the second game has the male white soldier with cyber-eyes. Other than that, everything else is for the player to imagine.
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* The protagonists from ''SystemShock'' ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' games. The first games features a normal looking male white hacker with the mullet, and the second game has the male white soldier with cyber-eyes. Other than that, everything else is for the player to imagine.
17th Jan '16 4:15:14 PM nombretomado
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* In the second game of the ''StarControl'' saga, the player character is only referred in second person, or at most third (''Young starship captain from Earth'', ''alien'', ''hunam'', and the like). Game's background history as well as some dialog (mostly with Talana) [[spoiler: and its ending]] present the character as a young male.
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* In the second game of the ''StarControl'' ''VideoGame/StarControl'' saga, the player character is only referred in second person, or at most third (''Young starship captain from Earth'', ''alien'', ''hunam'', and the like). Game's background history as well as some dialog (mostly with Talana) [[spoiler: and its ending]] present the character as a young male.
15th Jan '16 5:44:57 PM Adept
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* Averted all the time in Creator/KeyVisualArts' works, since the male protagonists actually develops a character (especially in ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}''. [[spoiler: It would be ridiculous if Ushio-chan have a faceless dad.]]). Some protagonists are more bland than others, though (i.e. in ''{{Planetarian}}'').
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* Averted all the time in Creator/KeyVisualArts' works, since the male protagonists actually develops a character (especially in ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}''. [[spoiler: It would be ridiculous if Ushio-chan have a faceless dad.]]). Some protagonists are more bland than others, though (i.e. in ''{{Planetarian}}'').''VisualNovel/{{Planetarian}}'').
2nd Jan '16 6:48:02 PM Kadorhal
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** ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'' makes this a minor plot point. The game's FramingDevice is a documentary on the eponymous war ten years afterwards, by a man trying to find out more about the player character and being completely incapable of finding anything concrete other than that he was an insanely skilled pilot.

* In ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies'', the protagonist doesn't have much discernible characteristics. But since they have a tricycle, it's an almost-certainty that they are a parent, and probably a single parent. Crazy Dave considers the protagonist a neighbor, so it's also likely that the protagonist own the (rather nice) house, which means that they are likely to be middle-class. ** In the trailer for PlantsVSZombies2 it shows Crazy Daves house, and one framed newspaper clipping says "Crazy man saves world" so one could guess that the player from the original is Dave all along and he's been talking to himself the whole game. Why? He's crazy.
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* In ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies'', the protagonist doesn't have much discernible characteristics. But since they have a tricycle, it's an almost-certainty that they are a parent, and probably a single parent. Crazy Dave considers the protagonist a neighbor, so it's also likely that the protagonist own owns the (rather nice) house, which means that they are likely to be middle-class. ** In the The trailer for PlantsVSZombies2 it ''Plants Vs Zombies 2'' shows Crazy Daves house, and one framed newspaper clipping says "Crazy man saves world" so one could guess that the player from the original is Dave all along and he's been talking to himself the whole game. Why? He's crazy.
2nd Jan '16 6:32:16 PM WillKeaton
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** This leads to some goofy scenarios where features about the protagonist are assumed. In ''Skyrim'', when a character reacts to your appearance, they generally act as if you're a scrawny, unimposing kid and on the stupid side - even if you made your character look like a muscular grizzled {{badass}} and have him equipped in dragon scale or bone armor[[note]]which you can only get by killing a dragon and crafting the armor yourself because the dragons only just recently returned to Skyrim[[/note]].
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** This leads to some goofy scenarios where features about the protagonist are assumed. In ''Skyrim'', when a character reacts to your appearance, they generally act as if you're a scrawny, unimposing kid and on the stupid side - even if you made your character look like a muscular grizzled {{badass}} and have him equipped in dragon scale or bone armor[[note]]which armor.[[note]]Which you can only get by killing a dragon and crafting the armor yourself because the dragons only just recently returned to Skyrim[[/note]].Skyrim.[[/note]]
2nd Jan '16 6:30:26 PM WillKeaton
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* Interestingly, all the Ghostbusters wear easy-to-read nametags on their uniforms. Including the unnamed player character. Thing is, you have to work to see it, because you spend most of the game staring at your characters backside. If you manage to get a good look at it, you'll see it simply says "ROOKIE".
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* ** Interestingly, all the Ghostbusters wear easy-to-read nametags on their uniforms. Including the unnamed player character. Thing is, you have to work to see it, because you spend most of the game staring at your characters backside. If you manage to get a good look at it, you'll see it simply says "ROOKIE".
2nd Jan '16 6:30:18 PM WillKeaton
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*** Interestingly, all the Ghostbusters wear easy-to-read nametags on their uniforms. Including the unnamed player character. Thing is, you have to work to see it, because you spend most of the game staring at your characters backside. If you manage to get a good look at it, you'll see it simply says "ROOKIE".
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*** * Interestingly, all the Ghostbusters wear easy-to-read nametags on their uniforms. Including the unnamed player character. Thing is, you have to work to see it, because you spend most of the game staring at your characters backside. If you manage to get a good look at it, you'll see it simply says "ROOKIE".
2nd Jan '16 6:29:59 PM WillKeaton
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* In the ''Star Challenge'' books, even if the reader is referred in second person and there're very little -if any- clues about him/her in the text, illustrations depict the PC as a young, caucasian male[[note]]And likely of blond hair (illustrations are in black and white). Covers, however, show you having dark hair[[/note]].
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* In the ''Star Challenge'' books, even if the reader is referred in second person and there're very little -if any- clues about him/her in the text, illustrations depict the PC as a young, caucasian male[[note]]And male.[[note]]And likely of blond hair (illustrations are in black and white). Covers, however, show you having dark hair[[/note]].hair.[[/note]]
2nd Jan '16 6:29:37 PM WillKeaton
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* VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag: All of the main Assassin's Creed games are actually simulations being experienced by someone from the present day, who needs to find something important in the memories. Due to [[spoiler: the main protagonist's death by HeroicSacrifice in the previous game]] the "main character" of Black Flag is about as nameless and featureless a protagonist can get. He or she is a HeroicMime with no lines, and the present day segments of the game are also told in first person, and there are no mirrors so the player can't even see their character's reflection.
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* VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag: ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'': All of the main Assassin's Creed games are actually simulations being experienced by someone from the present day, who needs to find something important in the memories. Due to [[spoiler: the main protagonist's death by HeroicSacrifice in the previous game]] the "main character" of Black Flag is about as nameless and featureless a protagonist can get. He or she is a HeroicMime with no lines, and the present day segments of the game are also told in first person, and there are no mirrors so the player can't even see their character's reflection.
2nd Jan '16 6:28:42 PM WillKeaton
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* Samus Aran from ''{{Metroid}}'' started as a complete cipher in both person and motivation (robot? guy in PoweredArmor? who knew?). This caused some players to think "Metroid" was [[IAmNotShazam the character's name]]. Only at the end of the game did [[SamusIsAGirl she get a gender]] and later [[HalfHumanHybrid a]] [[BioAugmentation species]], and her identity was only given any exploration in the later games.
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* Samus Aran from ''{{Metroid}}'' started as a complete cipher in both person and motivation (robot? guy motivation. (Robot? Guy in PoweredArmor? who knew?). Who knew?) This caused some players to think "Metroid" was [[IAmNotShazam the character's name]]. Only at the end of the game did [[SamusIsAGirl she get a gender]] and later [[HalfHumanHybrid a]] [[BioAugmentation species]], and her identity was only given any exploration in the later games.
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