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29th Jun '17 5:03:46 AM Adept
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->''"I am the result of Creator/HideakiAnno failing to make my character unsettling, and instead [[ReiAyanamiExpy my very archetype was copied repeatedly]]."''

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->''"I am the result of Creator/HideakiAnno failing to make my character unsettling, and instead [[ReiAyanamiExpy my very archetype was copied repeatedly]].repeatedly."''



* [[Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy Drizzt Do'Urden]], the ChaoticGood [[DualWielding dual-scimitar-wielding]] [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Drow elf]] ranger of the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. This trope [[Administrivia/RenamedTropes used to be called]] Drizzt Syndrome because it's a long joke for fans that some players like to play thinly veiled copies of him.

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* [[Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy ''Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy'' has Drizzt Do'Urden]], Do'Urden, the ChaoticGood [[DualWielding dual-scimitar-wielding]] [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Drow elf]] ranger of the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. This trope [[Administrivia/RenamedTropes used to be called]] Drizzt Syndrome because it's a long joke for fans that some players like to play thinly veiled copies of him.
24th Jun '17 2:56:55 PM Kadorhal
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* [[Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy Drizzt Do'Urden]], the ChaoticGood [[DualWielding dual-scimitar-wielding]] [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Drow elf]] ranger of the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. This trope used to be called DrizztSyndrome because it's a long joke for fans that some players like to play thinly veiled copies of him.

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* [[Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy Drizzt Do'Urden]], the ChaoticGood [[DualWielding dual-scimitar-wielding]] [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Drow elf]] ranger of the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. This trope [[Administrivia/RenamedTropes used to be called DrizztSyndrome called]] Drizzt Syndrome because it's a long joke for fans that some players like to play thinly veiled copies of him.



--> Often a player’s favorite role is [[CaptainErsatz a version of a classic character from fiction, comics, TV, or the movies]]. If you’ve been playing for long, you have doubtless already run into your share of [[{{Expy}} suspiciously familiar]] [[{{Literature/TheLordOfTheRings}} white wizards]], [[{{Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian}} sinewy]] [[{{Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982}} barbarians]], or [[{{Literature/TheElricSaga}} pale-complexioned fighter-sorcerers]][....] [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Drizzt Do’Urden [...] has spawned a legion of PC drow characters over the years.]]

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--> Often a player’s favorite role is [[CaptainErsatz a version of a classic character from fiction, comics, TV, or the movies]]. If you’ve been playing for long, you have doubtless already run into your share of [[{{Expy}} suspiciously familiar]] [[{{Literature/TheLordOfTheRings}} white wizards]], [[{{Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian}} sinewy]] [[{{Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982}} barbarians]], or [[{{Literature/TheElricSaga}} pale-complexioned fighter-sorcerers]][....] [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Drizzt Do’Urden [...] has spawned a legion of PC drow characters over the years.]]



* Rather humorously [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in ''[[VideoGame/BaldursGate Baldur's Gate II]]'', where your party will eventually run into Drizzt himself. Generally, you can use the opportunity to either ask for his aid on your assault on a vampire compound or just murder him and his party for their awesome gear. If you're playing an elf named Drizzt and have a low enough [[KarmaMeter reputation]], however, you never get the chance -- [[DevelopersForesight he'll simply challenge you to a duel for the honor of his name]]. If you use a Cheat Code to give yourself Drizzt's equipment at the start of the game (or if you obtained it in the prequel and imported the character), when you finally meet he eventually says, "Wait... I recognize that sword..." and attacks you.

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* Rather humorously [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in ''[[VideoGame/BaldursGate Baldur's Gate II]]'', ''VideoGame/BaldursGate II'', where your party will eventually run into Drizzt himself. Generally, you can use the opportunity to either ask for his aid on your assault on a vampire compound or just murder him and his party for their awesome gear. If you're playing an elf named Drizzt and have a low enough [[KarmaMeter reputation]], however, you never get the chance -- [[DevelopersForesight he'll simply challenge you to a duel for the honor of his name]]. If you use a Cheat Code cheat code to give yourself Drizzt's equipment at the start of the game (or if you obtained it in the prequel original game and imported the character), when you finally meet he eventually says, "Wait... I recognize that sword..." and attacks you.



* An ''accidental'' case of this occurs in ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup''. Cale, full name [[AlienNames Cale'anon Vatay]], is an Elf, has a black panther named Sooba who seems to magically appear out of nowhere when called, is obviously a dual-wielding Ranger, and is Good (albeit StupidGood) while the rest of his races is (ostensibly) AlwaysChaoticEvil. Sohmer, the comic's writer, had NEVER read even one Forgotten Realms book in his life (instead basing Cale on the Hunter class and Blood Elf race from WorldOfWarcraft), and wondered who the hell this "Drizz't Do'urden" guy was that everyone kept saying Cale was a brilliant parody of. Since learning about Drizz't, he's happily accepted the similarities and doesn't mind at all if people see Cale as a deconstruction or parody of Drizz't in the slightest, even actually playing it up from time to time.

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* An ''accidental'' case of this occurs in ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup''. Cale, full name [[AlienNames [[FantasticNamingConvention Cale'anon Vatay]], is an Elf, has a black panther named Sooba who seems to magically appear out of nowhere when called, is obviously a dual-wielding Ranger, and is Good (albeit StupidGood) while the rest of his races race is (ostensibly) AlwaysChaoticEvil. Sohmer, the comic's writer, had NEVER ''never'' read even one Forgotten Realms ''Forgotten Realms'' book in his life (instead basing Cale on the Hunter class and Blood Elf race from WorldOfWarcraft), ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''), and wondered who the hell this "Drizz't Do'urden" guy was that everyone kept saying Cale was a brilliant parody of. Since learning about Drizz't, he's happily accepted the similarities and doesn't mind at all if people see Cale as a deconstruction or parody of Drizz't in the slightest, even actually playing it up from time to time.
2nd Apr '17 9:40:40 AM tkzv
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* ''[[Website/GOGDotCom GOG.com]]'' pokes fun at the phenomenon. In one screenshot for ''[[Videogame/EyeOfTheBeholder Eye Of The Beholder 2]]'' ([[https://www.gog.com/game/forgotten_realms_the_archives_collection_one 7th from the left]]) an elven magician is named "NOT DRIZZT".
28th Mar '17 10:08:17 AM crazysamaritan
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* Rather humorously [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in ''[[VideoGame/BaldursGate Baldur's Gate II]]'', where your party will eventually run into Drizzt himself. Generally, you can use the opportunity to either ask for his aid on your assault on a vampire compound or just murder him and his party for their awesome gear. If you're playing an elf named Drizzt and have a low enough [[KarmaMeter reputation]], however, you never get the chance -- [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything he'll simply challenge you to a duel for the honor of his name]]. If you use a Cheat Code to give yourself Drizzt's equipment at the start of the game (or if you obtained it in the prequel and imported the character), when you finally meet he eventually says, "Wait... I recognize that sword..." and attacks you.

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* Rather humorously [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in ''[[VideoGame/BaldursGate Baldur's Gate II]]'', where your party will eventually run into Drizzt himself. Generally, you can use the opportunity to either ask for his aid on your assault on a vampire compound or just murder him and his party for their awesome gear. If you're playing an elf named Drizzt and have a low enough [[KarmaMeter reputation]], however, you never get the chance -- [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything [[DevelopersForesight he'll simply challenge you to a duel for the honor of his name]]. If you use a Cheat Code to give yourself Drizzt's equipment at the start of the game (or if you obtained it in the prequel and imported the character), when you finally meet he eventually says, "Wait... I recognize that sword..." and attacks you.



* A Drizzt {{Expy}}, aptly named Zz'dtri, shows up in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' as a member of the Linear Guild. Vaarsuvius points this out during a battle, and lawyers drag the copycat off screen. Nale earlier [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0044.html claims]] that now ''all'' Drow became ChaoticGood rebels, "[[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch yearning to throw off the reputation of their evil kin]]". ("Wait, evil kin? Didn't you just say they were [[FlockOfWolves all Chaotic Good]]?" "Details.") Zz'dtri also claims that [[DualWielding dual-wielded]] scimitars are "standard issue", presumably meaning for all drow. It's also subverted, since he actually ''does'' turn out to be a [[AlwaysChaoticEvil normal drow]]. [[spoiler:Of course, Zz'dtri later got off scot-free by [[ParodyRetcon declaring himself a parody of Drizzt]] and went back to secretly work for Nale.]]

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
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A Drizzt {{Expy}}, aptly named Zz'dtri, shows up in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' as a member of the Linear Guild. Vaarsuvius points this out during a battle, and lawyers drag the copycat off screen. Nale earlier [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0044.html claims]] that now ''all'' Drow became ChaoticGood rebels, "[[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch yearning to throw off the reputation of their evil kin]]". ("Wait, evil kin? Didn't you just say they were [[FlockOfWolves all Chaotic Good]]?" "Details.") Zz'dtri also claims that [[DualWielding dual-wielded]] scimitars are "standard issue", presumably meaning for all drow. It's also subverted, since he actually ''does'' turn out to be a [[AlwaysChaoticEvil normal drow]]. [[spoiler:Of course, Zz'dtri later got off scot-free by [[ParodyRetcon declaring himself a parody of Drizzt]] and went back to secretly work for Nale.]]
2nd Mar '17 11:30:46 AM Serac
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* This is explicitly lampshaded on page 12 of the 3.5 Edition supplemental rulebook Dungeon Master's Guide II:[[labelnote:Link]][=http://www.dragonsteartavern.com/docs/dd/D&D%203.5%20-%20Dungeon%20Master's%20Guide%20II.pdf=][[/labelnote]]

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* This is explicitly lampshaded on page 12 of the 3.5 Edition supplemental rulebook Dungeon Master's Guide II:[[labelnote:Link]][=http://www.dragonsteartavern.com/docs/dd/D&D%203.5%20-%20Dungeon%20Master's%20Guide%20II.pdf=][[/labelnote]]II:
1st Jan '17 6:25:20 PM Novaheart
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->''"I am the result of Creator/HideakiAnno failing to make my character unsettling, and instead my very archetype was copied repeatedly."''

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->''"I am the result of Creator/HideakiAnno failing to make my character unsettling, and instead [[ReiAyanamiExpy my very archetype was copied repeatedly.repeatedly]]."''
12th Sep '16 10:42:49 AM Galacton
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Now of course this isn't saying the original character is bad. In fact, often the reason for this happening in the first place is that the original character is [[EnsambleDarkhorse just that popular]].

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Now of course this isn't saying the original character is bad. In fact, often the reason for this happening in the first place is that the original character is [[EnsambleDarkhorse [[EnsembleDarkhorse just that popular]].
12th Sep '16 10:41:17 AM Galacton
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Now of course this isn't saying the original character is bad. It's merely mocking when other people are really unoriginal with their characters.

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Now of course this isn't saying the original character is bad. It's merely mocking when other people are really unoriginal with their characters.
In fact, often the reason for this happening in the first place is that the original character is [[EnsambleDarkhorse just that popular]].
12th Aug '16 7:02:53 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Intentionally [[AvertedTrope averted]] in Halo games; player tags of "I17", "117", "S117", and the like are not allowed to be used.

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* Intentionally [[AvertedTrope averted]] in Halo ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' games; player tags of "I17", "117", "S117", and the like are not allowed to be used.



* [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]] ridicules the overuse of the humorless, hard-ass SpaceMarine archetype for FirstPersonShooter protagonists. While Master Chief of ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' isn't the ''direct'' source from which the character type is derived, he is held out as the most obvious and recognizable example of the archetype. Seems like ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' is the earliest example of the SpaceMarine variety, while ''VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein3D}}'' is the earliest example of the hurmorless hardass marine archetype.

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* [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]] ridicules the overuse of the humorless, hard-ass SpaceMarine archetype for FirstPersonShooter protagonists. While Master Chief of ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' isn't the ''direct'' source from which the character type is derived, he is held out as the most obvious and recognizable example of the archetype. Seems like ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' is the earliest example of the SpaceMarine variety, while ''VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein3D}}'' is the earliest example of the hurmorless hardass marine archetype.
5th Apr '16 10:57:12 AM Katsuhagi
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* Referenced in ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'' with the large number of clones of [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Saber]]/Artoria Pendragon, who besides having variants of the original (and one ''literal'' clone in Mordred) also has several unrelated characters who have the same face. Said characters have a hidden attribute called "Saberface" that causes some enemies to react differently to them. Then there's Mysterious Heroine X, who is [[ImplausibleDeniability definitely not Artoria hunting down her clones]].
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