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20th May '17 1:06:41 PM nombretomado
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The name "munchkin" refers to the tendency of younger players to adopt this play style. Munchkins are, more than anything else, immature. They tend to grow out of it. An old, possibly apocryphal, story states that they were originally called "muchkins" on UseNET, due to their tendency to try and acquire as "much" as they possibly can.

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The name "munchkin" refers to the tendency of younger players to adopt this play style. Munchkins are, more than anything else, immature. They tend to grow out of it. An old, possibly apocryphal, story states that they were originally called "muchkins" on UseNET, Website/UseNET, due to their tendency to try and acquire as "much" as they possibly can.
20th May '17 4:22:57 AM Hanz
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* In ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'', both Akko and Diana go through the "typical RPG" assignment, in which they must penetrate a dungeon to retrieve treasure, as Munchkins of different categories. Diana is Min-Maxed - she declares herself 'invincible' and mows through legions of terrifying monsters, determined to bring back the best loot possible even though the rest of her party urges her to turn back. Akko is an inept Psychopath who gets derailed trying to murder every little blob monster that happens to move her way, even though her party members remind her that killing monsters isn't even part of the assignment.

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* In ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'', the original ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'' short film, both Akko and Diana go through the "typical RPG" assignment, in which they must penetrate a dungeon to retrieve treasure, as Munchkins of different categories. Diana is Min-Maxed - she declares herself 'invincible' and mows through legions of terrifying monsters, determined to bring back the best loot possible even though the rest of her party urges her to turn back. Akko is an inept Psychopath who gets derailed trying to murder every little blob monster that happens to move her way, even though her party members remind her that killing monsters isn't even part of the assignment.
16th May '17 11:16:10 AM Luigifan
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The Munchkin is the TabletopRPG player who plays the game to win at any cost, even if that isn't the point of the game. Perhaps the most ridiculed {{Player Archetype|s}} of all time, this player is rarely interested in the ''story'' behind the game. Indeed, his characters are little more than extensions of his [[AuthorAvatar own personality]] or whatever personality would give him the most bonuses.

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The Munchkin is the TabletopRPG player who plays the game to win at any cost, even if that isn't the point of the game. Perhaps the most ridiculed {{Player Archetype|s}} of all time, this player is rarely interested in the ''story'' behind the game. Indeed, his characters are [[AuthorAvatar little more than extensions of his [[AuthorAvatar own personality]] or [[MinMaxing whatever personality would give him the most bonuses.
bonuses]].



* {{Metagame}}r: We all metagame once in a while. After all, even if our characters don't know exactly what that orb with the eyes is, they've got the feeling that it's ''dangerous'' and probably shouldn't be charged head-on. But this guy seems to have read (and memorized) all the monster manuals and the published adventures, and is [[CrazyPrepared impossible to catch off guard]]. Once he sees that beast charging him, he ''immediately'' breaks out the creature's [[AchillesHeel one weakness]]. Homebrewing is the best way to trip this fellow up. TheRoleplayer hates this kind of Munchkin for breaking their WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief.

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* {{Metagame}}r: We all metagame once in a while. After all, even if our characters don't know exactly what that orb with the eyes is, they've got the feeling that it's ''dangerous'' and probably shouldn't be charged head-on. But this guy seems to have read (and memorized) all the monster manuals and the published adventures, and is [[CrazyPrepared impossible to catch off guard]]. Once he sees that beast charging him, he ''immediately'' breaks out the creature's [[AchillesHeel one weakness]]. Homebrewing [[GameMod Homebrewing]] is the best way to trip this fellow up. TheRoleplayer hates this kind of Munchkin for breaking their WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief.



* Murderhobo: The player with no [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan roots or connections whatsoever]]; just a wandering guy who runs around stabbing things. Perhaps this munchkin simply wants the freedom to do whatever he wants(usually killing things and taking their stuff) without having a family to get in the way. Or they assume that the [[KillerGameMaster DM]] would default to using any backstory [[BigBadFriend friends]] or [[StuffedIntoTheFridge family]] against them (it's what ''they'' would do if they were the DM, after all), so they pre-orphan them in their backstory to save the DM the trouble. Either way, his unoriginal characters can be irritating to TheRoleplayer, not to mention the DungeonMaster who has little to work with motivating him besides loot. They're especially annoying if combined with the Psychopath (hence the descriptive moniker of "murderhobo").
* The {{Troll}}: This player isn't there to have fun with others - they are there to have fun at the expense of others. In a role playing game, they'll make the most disruptive character they can and cause as much havoc as they can, even at the expense of the other players (which isn't the same as the other PlayerCharacters). They'll excuse bad behavior with, "I'm just playing my character!" In a competitive game, they'll use a mix of {{Metagame}}r and GameBreaker tricks along with the above until no one is having fun. The Troll will take smack-talking way beyond any level the group is comfortable with until tempers flare. The only solution for these Munchkins is to tell them how the other players feel, then show them the door if they don't change.

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* Murderhobo: The player with no [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan roots or connections whatsoever]]; just a wandering guy who runs around stabbing things. Perhaps this munchkin simply wants the freedom to do whatever he wants(usually wants (usually killing things and taking their stuff) without having a family to get in the way. Or they assume that the [[KillerGameMaster DM]] would default to using any backstory [[BigBadFriend friends]] or [[StuffedIntoTheFridge family]] against them (it's what ''they'' would do if they were the DM, after all), so they pre-orphan them in their backstory to save the DM the trouble. Either way, his unoriginal characters can be irritating to TheRoleplayer, not to mention the DungeonMaster who has little to work with motivating him besides loot. They're especially annoying if combined with the Psychopath (hence the descriptive moniker of "murderhobo").
* The {{Troll}}: This player isn't there to have fun with others - -- they are there [[{{Griefer}} to have fun at the expense of others.others]]. In a role playing game, they'll make the most disruptive character they can and cause as much havoc as they can, even at the expense of the other players (which isn't the same as the other PlayerCharacters). They'll excuse bad behavior with, "I'm just playing my character!" In a competitive game, they'll use a mix of {{Metagame}}r and GameBreaker tricks along with the above until no one is having fun. The Troll will take smack-talking way beyond any level the group is comfortable with until tempers flare. The only solution for these Munchkins is to tell them how the other players feel, then show them the door if they don't change.
28th Apr '17 7:31:08 AM sph
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* ''{{VideoGame/Unepic}}'' can easily be considered to be a colossal parody of this trope.
15th Apr '17 1:03:25 PM nombretomado
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* The [[SmackdownVsRaw WWE]] games are ''notorious'' for this online where it's not uncommon to find player blatantly using glitched cheat move sets that cannot be reversed. CAWs with perfect stats that constantly use GameBreaker moves are the norm.

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* The [[SmackdownVsRaw [[VideoGame/WWEVideoGames WWE]] games are ''notorious'' for this online where it's not uncommon to find player blatantly using glitched cheat move sets that cannot be reversed. CAWs with perfect stats that constantly use GameBreaker moves are the norm.
13th Apr '17 11:46:44 PM Wyvernil
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* Murderhobo: The player with no [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan roots or connections whatsoever]]; just a wandering guy who runs around stabbing things. Perhaps this munchkin simply wants the freedom to do whatever he wants(usually killing things and taking their stuff) without having a family to get in the way. Or they assume that the [[KillerGameMaster DM]] would default to using any backstory {{BigBadFriend friends]] or [[StuffedIntoTheFridge family]] against them (it's what ''they'' would do, after all), so they pre-orphan them in their backstory to save the DM the trouble. Either way, his unoriginal characters can be irritating to TheRoleplayer, not to mention the DungeonMaster who has little to work with motivating him besides loot. They're especially annoying if combined with the Psychopath (hence the descriptive moniker of "murderhobo").

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* Murderhobo: The player with no [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan roots or connections whatsoever]]; just a wandering guy who runs around stabbing things. Perhaps this munchkin simply wants the freedom to do whatever he wants(usually killing things and taking their stuff) without having a family to get in the way. Or they assume that the [[KillerGameMaster DM]] would default to using any backstory {{BigBadFriend [[BigBadFriend friends]] or [[StuffedIntoTheFridge family]] against them (it's what ''they'' would do, do if they were the DM, after all), so they pre-orphan them in their backstory to save the DM the trouble. Either way, his unoriginal characters can be irritating to TheRoleplayer, not to mention the DungeonMaster who has little to work with motivating him besides loot. They're especially annoying if combined with the Psychopath (hence the descriptive moniker of "murderhobo").
13th Apr '17 11:46:13 PM Wyvernil
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* Murderhobo: The player with no [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan roots or connections whatsoever]]; just a wandering guy who runs around stabbing things. Perhaps this munchkin simply wants the freedom to do whatever he wants(usually killing things and taking their stuff) without having a family to get in the way. Or they assume that the [[KillerGameMaster DM]] would default to using any backstory {{BigBadFriend friends]] or [[StuffedIntoTheFridge family]] against them (it's what ''they'' would do, after all), so they pre-orphan them in their backstory to save the DM the trouble. Either way, his unoriginal characters can be irritating to TheRoleplayer, not to mention the DungeonMaster who has little to work with motivating him besides loot. They're especially annoying if combined with the Psychopath (hence the descriptive moniker of "murderhobo").
6th Apr '17 7:30:23 PM nombretomado
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* This is [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''PlanescapeTorment'', when talking to an "Elderly Hive Dweller". Upon beginning dialogue, one of the lines used by her is "I'll bet ye've got all sorts o' barmy questions!" ''(she mimics your heroic stance)'' "Greetin's, I have some questions... can ye tell me about this place? Who's the Lady o' Pain? I'm lookin' fer the magic Girdle of Swank Iron, have ye seen it? Do ye know where a portal ta the 2,817th Plane o' the Abyss might be? Do ye know where the Holy Flamin' Frost-Brand Gronk-Slayin' Vorpal Hammer o' Woundin' an' Returnin' an' Shootin'-Lightnin'-Out-Yer-Bum is?"

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* This is [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''PlanescapeTorment'', ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', when talking to an "Elderly Hive Dweller". Upon beginning dialogue, one of the lines used by her is "I'll bet ye've got all sorts o' barmy questions!" ''(she mimics your heroic stance)'' "Greetin's, I have some questions... can ye tell me about this place? Who's the Lady o' Pain? I'm lookin' fer the magic Girdle of Swank Iron, have ye seen it? Do ye know where a portal ta the 2,817th Plane o' the Abyss might be? Do ye know where the Holy Flamin' Frost-Brand Gronk-Slayin' Vorpal Hammer o' Woundin' an' Returnin' an' Shootin'-Lightnin'-Out-Yer-Bum is?"
5th Apr '17 2:00:17 PM Willbyr
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* ''MapleStory'' has an extremely large portion of the higher-leveled community who are pretty much like this. The MMORPG itself even has a plot, but virtually [[{{Munchkin}} no one cares about that aspect of the game even though it is quite decent]]. The community originally wasn't really like this; until [[AdamSmithHatesYourGuts the economy started going crazy]] and the game owners would add tons of [[BribingYourWayToVictory overpowered]] [[GameBreaker special equipments]] for the [[StopHavingFunGuys majority of the]] [[GlassCannon higher-leveled players]] who have [[SpoiledBrat extreme amounts of cash]] (which essentially neglects [[HardWorkHardlyWorks every]][[TheRoleplayer one]] [[TheLoonie el]][[ElementalPowers se]]); as opposed to [[CompetitiveBalance the originally rather fair gameplay]].

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* ''MapleStory'' ''VideoGame/MapleStory'' has an extremely large portion of the higher-leveled community who are pretty much like this. The MMORPG itself even has a plot, but virtually [[{{Munchkin}} no one cares about that aspect of the game even though it is quite decent]]. The community originally wasn't really like this; until [[AdamSmithHatesYourGuts the economy started going crazy]] and the game owners would add tons of [[BribingYourWayToVictory overpowered]] [[GameBreaker special equipments]] for the [[StopHavingFunGuys majority of the]] [[GlassCannon higher-leveled players]] who have [[SpoiledBrat extreme amounts of cash]] (which essentially neglects [[HardWorkHardlyWorks every]][[TheRoleplayer one]] [[TheLoonie el]][[ElementalPowers se]]); as opposed to [[CompetitiveBalance the originally rather fair gameplay]].
25th Feb '17 2:10:51 PM aidreamer
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'', the main protagonist, Parson, plans a game designed for a munchkin to play, where he would keep cheating against his players until they could figure out a way to cheat against him and win. When he gets summoned into a war based RPGMechanicsVerse, his munchkin skills and extensive use of LoopholeAbuse effectively make him a transcendent military genius.
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