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11th Oct '17 12:45:21 PM Jubileus57
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Compare CommonMarySueTraits. See also AerithAndBob. For when it's ''the gamer themselves'' getting special treatment (and one who is prone to creating such characters), see DungeonmastersGirlfriend.

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Compare CommonMarySueTraits. See also AerithAndBob. For when it's ''the gamer themselves'' getting special treatment (and one who is prone to creating such characters), see DungeonmastersGirlfriend. Unrelated to both CastOfSnowflakes and SizableSnowflakes.
10th Oct '17 6:58:11 PM Mooncalf
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* Completely averted with ''TabletopGame/TeenagersFromOuterSpace''. Since there are no preestablished alien races, players are expected to invent their own, so they're expected to be as snowflakey as they can be.
6th Sep '17 5:02:37 PM DesertDragon
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* The ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' flat-out makes hybrids of any kind explicitly impossible, though some creatures can be thematic hybrids. Hilariously, the more of a hybrid someone would be, the more they would seem like a CosmicPlaything than a MarySue; a [[TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil hunter]] turned into a [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken werewolf]], ([[AndThenJohnWasAZombie this at least is something of a cliché]]) who dies and has his corpse made into a [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Promethean]], becomes human and gets turned into a [[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem vampire]], reaches Golconda and becomes human again, then getting an epiphany and awakening as a [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening Mage]], somehow having the awakened soul put to sleep by being kidnapped to {{Arcadia}} by the True Fae and turned into a [[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost Changeling]], getting killed yet again and then coming back as a [[TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters Sin Eater]] with a Geist, then dying ''one last time'' and having his luckless corpse taken over by a [TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse Mummy]] who lost their original (or everything in this paragraph happened 6,000 years ago and the character underwent the Rite of Return himself). But through all that, the character would still only ever be one type of supernatural at a time. And probably insane to boot.

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* The ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' flat-out makes hybrids of any kind explicitly impossible, though some creatures can be thematic hybrids. Hilariously, the more of a hybrid someone would be, the more they would seem like a CosmicPlaything than a MarySue; a [[TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil hunter]] turned into a [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken werewolf]], ([[AndThenJohnWasAZombie this at least is something of a cliché]]) who dies and has his corpse made into a [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Promethean]], becomes human and gets turned into a [[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem vampire]], reaches Golconda and becomes human again, then getting an epiphany and awakening as a [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening Mage]], somehow having the awakened soul put to sleep by being kidnapped to {{Arcadia}} by the True Fae and turned into a [[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost Changeling]], getting killed yet again and then coming back as a [[TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters Sin Eater]] with a Geist, then dying ''one last time'' and having his luckless corpse taken over by a [TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse [[TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse Mummy]] who lost their original body (or everything in this paragraph happened 6,000 years ago and the character underwent the Rite of Return himself). But through all that, the character would still only ever be one type of supernatural at a time. And probably insane to boot.
6th Sep '17 4:54:44 PM DesertDragon
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* The ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' flat-out makes hybrids of any kind explicitly impossible, though some creatures can be thematic hybrids. Hilariously, the more of a hybrid someone would be, the more they would seem like a CosmicPlaything than a MarySue; a [[TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil hunter]] turned into a [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken werewolf]], ([[AndThenJohnWasAZombie this at least is something of a cliché]]) who dies and has his corpse made into a [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Promethean]], becomes human and gets turned into a [[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem vampire]], reaches Golconda and becomes human again, then getting an epiphany and awakening as a [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening Mage]], somehow having the awakened soul put to sleep by being kidnapped to {{Arcadia}} by the True Fae and turned into a [[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost Changeling]], getting killed '''''yet again''''' and then coming back as a [[TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters Sin Eater]] with a Geist... but, through all that, the character would still only ever be one type of supernatural at a time. And probably very, ''very'' confused. To have this character be a [[TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse mummy]] as well, all of this either needs to happen six thousand years ago, or the luckless corpse becomes the new body of a mummy who's lost their original.

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* The ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' flat-out makes hybrids of any kind explicitly impossible, though some creatures can be thematic hybrids. Hilariously, the more of a hybrid someone would be, the more they would seem like a CosmicPlaything than a MarySue; a [[TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil hunter]] turned into a [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken werewolf]], ([[AndThenJohnWasAZombie this at least is something of a cliché]]) who dies and has his corpse made into a [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Promethean]], becomes human and gets turned into a [[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem vampire]], reaches Golconda and becomes human again, then getting an epiphany and awakening as a [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening Mage]], somehow having the awakened soul put to sleep by being kidnapped to {{Arcadia}} by the True Fae and turned into a [[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost Changeling]], getting killed '''''yet again''''' yet again and then coming back as a [[TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters Sin Eater]] with a Geist... but, Geist, then dying ''one last time'' and having his luckless corpse taken over by a [TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse Mummy]] who lost their original (or everything in this paragraph happened 6,000 years ago and the character underwent the Rite of Return himself). But through all that, the character would still only ever be one type of supernatural at a time. And probably very, ''very'' confused. To have this character be a [[TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse mummy]] as well, all of this either needs insane to happen six thousand years ago, or the luckless corpse becomes the new body of a mummy who's lost their original.boot.
6th Sep '17 4:18:11 PM DesertDragon
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** In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', players who wanted to play "The Last of the White Howlers" became a joke among the internet community. Ironically or not, this was going to be the main concept for the canceled ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' video game, which was ammunition for a lot of the folks that felt the game's designers were missing the point. Not as frequently, you'd also see someone suggest either one of the other changing breeds from a splatbook (the Bastet werecats were popular for this) or the long-since killed-off Croatan or Bunyip tribes.

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** In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', players who wanted to play "The Last of the White Howlers" became a joke among the internet community. Ironically or not, this was going to be the main concept for the canceled ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' video game, which was ammunition for a lot of the folks that felt the game's designers were missing the point. Not as frequently, you'd also see someone suggest either one of the other changing breeds from a splatbook (the Bastet werecats were popular for this) or the long-since killed-off long-extinct Croatan or Bunyip tribes.tribes, particularly in the [[RecycledInSpace Dark Ages and Wild West]] settings when they were still alive, complete with some ridiculous explanation for why an aboriginal from the Americas or Australia is so far from home.
18th Mar '17 8:41:49 AM Reymma
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** In the 1st Edition ''Dungeon Master's Guide'' Gary Gygax strongly warned {{Dungeon Master}}s against allowing players to play monsters (such as dragons, demons/devils or undead) as {{PC}}s in order to avoid this.
*** Which was a reversal on the original booklets, which specifically advised the DM to allow it. Gygax probably had some personal experience on what a can of worms he'd opened.

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** In the 1st Edition ''Dungeon Master's Guide'' Gary Gygax strongly warned {{Dungeon Master}}s against allowing players to play monsters (such as dragons, demons/devils or undead) as {{PC}}s in order to avoid this.
*** Which
this. This was a reversal on the original booklets, which specifically advised the DM to allow it. it, so maybe Gygax probably had some personal experience on what a can of worms he'd opened.



*** 3rd edition imposed a 10% experience point penalty for multiclassing but this was easy to forget and rarely enforced (and did not apply to prestige classes). However the real deterrent to a powergamer taking multiple classes was that the most powerful classes were spellcasters who were better off taking only pure class levels and prestige class levels, thanks to LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards.



** Really, 3rd edition had a better mechanic for averting this, a 10% experience point penalty but the mechanic was easy to forget and rarely enforced.
*** The 10% experience point penalty only applied under specific circumstances, and did not apply to the most egregious special snowflake classes (the prestige classes). Multiclassing in general was a bad idea in 3rd edition though; while the mundane classes might benefit from it to avoid "dead" levels, the spellcasters were better off taking only pure class levels and prestige class levels that granted full spellcasting ability. Thus while a fighter/rogue/ranger/monk might sound cheesy, it was less powerful than a straight up full caster character due to LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards.



* The ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' flat-out makes hybrids of any kind explicitly impossible, though some creatures can be thematic hybrids. Hilariously, the only real way to become something resembling such a hybrid would make your character a CosmicPlaything; a [[TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil hunter]] turned into a [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken werewolf]], who dies and has his corpse made into a [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Promethean]], becomes human and gets turned into a [[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem vampire]], reaches Golconda and becomes human again, then getting an epiphany and awakening as a [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening Mage]], somehow having the awakened soul put to sleep by being kidnapped to {{Arcadia}} by the True Fae and turned into a [[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost Changeling]], getting killed '''''yet again''''' and then coming back as a [[TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters Sin Eater]] with a Geist... but, through all that, the character would still only ever be one type of supernatural at a time. And probably very, ''very'' confused. To have this character be a [[TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse mummy]] as well, all of this either needs to happen six thousand years ago, or the luckless corpse becomes the new body of a mummy who's lost their original. Of course, [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie a hunter becoming his prey is something of a cliche by now.]]

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* The ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' flat-out makes hybrids of any kind explicitly impossible, though some creatures can be thematic hybrids. Hilariously, the only real way to become something resembling such more of a hybrid someone would make your character be, the more they would seem like a CosmicPlaything; CosmicPlaything than a MarySue; a [[TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil hunter]] turned into a [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken werewolf]], ([[AndThenJohnWasAZombie this at least is something of a cliché]]) who dies and has his corpse made into a [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Promethean]], becomes human and gets turned into a [[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem vampire]], reaches Golconda and becomes human again, then getting an epiphany and awakening as a [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening Mage]], somehow having the awakened soul put to sleep by being kidnapped to {{Arcadia}} by the True Fae and turned into a [[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost Changeling]], getting killed '''''yet again''''' and then coming back as a [[TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters Sin Eater]] with a Geist... but, through all that, the character would still only ever be one type of supernatural at a time. And probably very, ''very'' confused. To have this character be a [[TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse mummy]] as well, all of this either needs to happen six thousand years ago, or the luckless corpse becomes the new body of a mummy who's lost their original. Of course, [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie a hunter becoming his prey is something of a cliche by now.]]
8th Feb '17 11:05:57 PM Anddrix
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* Really, just see CommonMarySueTraits for this trope's usual results in works not governed by rules.
31st Dec '16 12:43:56 PM nombretomado
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{{Munchkin}}s may want to play as something weird solely for the [[MinMaxing mechanical benefits]], mixing traits and templates with no concern for how such a being would fit into the setting (or is physically possible, for that matter). The wise gamemaster is advised not to allow such a monstrosity unless the powergamer can explain ''exactly'' how a [[TheUndead half-vampire]], [[HalfHumanHybrid half-dragon]] [[{{Eberron}} Warforged]] came [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot into being]]. Others will do it just to be disruptive or to refuse to play along with the campaign's genre because it doesn't interest them.

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{{Munchkin}}s may want to play as something weird solely for the [[MinMaxing mechanical benefits]], mixing traits and templates with no concern for how such a being would fit into the setting (or is physically possible, for that matter). The wise gamemaster is advised not to allow such a monstrosity unless the powergamer can explain ''exactly'' how a [[TheUndead half-vampire]], [[HalfHumanHybrid half-dragon]] [[{{Eberron}} [[TabletopGame/{{Eberron}} Warforged]] came [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot into being]]. Others will do it just to be disruptive or to refuse to play along with the campaign's genre because it doesn't interest them.
5th May '16 8:15:50 AM justanid
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SubTrope of CharacterCustomization.
26th Apr '16 1:10:20 AM Universalist
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CantrII: Like you would not believe. Characters have walked into towns and asked if there was a plague, from all the stuttering, limbs missing, sobbing and wailing. No, just a Tuesday.

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CantrII: *CantrII: Like you would not believe. Characters have walked into towns and asked if there was a plague, from all the stuttering, limbs missing, sobbing and wailing. No, just a Tuesday.
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