Created By: Walter44 on October 7, 2013 Last Edited By: Walter44 on October 8, 2013

Characters As Their Avatar

The characters are playing an RPG and look in-game exactly like (or very similar to) their out-of-game appearances.

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This trope describes the phenomenon that, when fictional characters are playing an RPG (Tabletop or virtual), their "avatars" look exactly like them, despite the endless freedom to make them look however they want. Sometimes, the avatars don't look 'exactly' like their players (for example when they belong to a fantasy race) but still share enough distinguishing features that they're clearly recognizable.

The reason for this trope is of course that the viewer or reader can quickly attribute the different avatars to the respective characters.


  • Weregeek is a webcomic about a group of role-players who play several RP Gs, like Dungeons & Dragons, Shadowrun or a Vampire LARP. While their LARP character looking like the players is completely logical, this trope is in effect during the Tabletop sessions (including one character playing an orc in D&D and two players playing a troll and a gnome, respectively, in SR)
  • The Gamers features this in all three movies, even going so far as having the sorceress Luster being played by the same actor who plays her (male) player. At least, from time to time.
Community Feedback Replies: 8
  • October 7, 2013
    This seems like Deep Immersion Gaming to me.
  • October 7, 2013
    Tron. All the "programs" (really, intelligent agents) look like their real world creators.

  • October 7, 2013
    Would Sword Art Online count? Kazuto really looks like his Kirito self, for one.
  • October 7, 2013
    ^ Even better, the first episode of SAO had the game master who traps them all there forcefully change everyone's avatars to look like they do in real life.

    Still, this is pretty much Deep Immersion Gaming.
  • October 7, 2013
    Justified in the RPG segment of the Yu Gi OH manga as Bakura deliberately made the characters' miniatures look like the players...because Dark Bakura plans to seal their souls into the figurines!
  • October 7, 2013
  • October 7, 2013
    In one strip of Sunstone, Ally is playing her favorite MMO, and aside from being a sorceress looks much like she does in her real-world life, glasses and all. Elly and Dr. Stein from Blood Stain have characters that look much like them as well — Dr. Stein even has blood on his paladin armor, like he frequently has on his clothes in the comic.
  • October 8, 2013