The Roleplayer is the TabletopRPG player who plays mainly to create a character and tell a story. Most of them aren't too concerned with MinMaxing - their abilities are based more on whether they fit their conception of the character than pure combat effectiveness.

These players tend to be most interested in the storyline of the game, which means they frequently interact with the {{NPC}}s and try to find solutions to in-game conflicts without resorting to combat. They may even insert their own story into the games, providing a wealth of background information which the GameMaster can tap for plot hooks (not all [=GMs=] will do this, though).

The roleplayer is generally considered the golden goose of the TabletopRPG for the depth that he adds to the gaming environment. Not to mention the fact that he's not as laconic or stereotypical as TheRealMan, or as potentially annoying as TheLoonie, and the {{Munchkin}}. However, in some cases extreme roleplayers can be problematic:

* DramaQueen (a.k.a. Thespian): A negative roleplayer who seems a little ''too'' attached to his character. From the description he hands in, you'd get the impression that the character would be a MarySue if the GameMaster wasn't firmly in control of the story (and if they ''are'' the GameMaster, they'll be a {{GMPC}} of the worst kind). These types may have a tendency to [[SpotlightStealingSquad hog the spotlight]], to the point where the other players stop having fun. And ''God forbid'' you kill his character...
* Anti-Munchkin: [[{{Scrub}} The type opposed to optimization of any kind.]] He'll frequently hand in characters which are wildly incompatible with the style of the game (such as an underwater basket weaver in a dungeon crawl), or the rest of the party (like a Paladin in a group where everyone else is evil, though sometimes this is just a {{Munchkin}} looking for an excuse to kill the party). Any objections will be met with a [[BerserkButton rant about character conceptualization]], implying that the other players at the table are nothing but power-gaming Munchkins who are [[StopHavingFunGuys there only to kill monsters and steal their stuff]].

Those above types are frequent punching bags of TheLoonie and {{Griefer}}s for being somewhat high-strung and humorless, especially in the {{MMORPG}} (of all places) where they occasionally show up. Some games, such as ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', even have RP-oriented servers where this style of play is theoretically encouraged (whether a given RP server ''succeeds'' is open to interpretation). ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' in technical terms is a largely static environment, and is far more heavily designed to cater to Munchkin[=/MinMaxer=] players, however; so while it is possible for players of this type to do what makes them happy, WoW will generally require that they work much harder at it, than they might need to in other games.

A PlayerArchetypes subtrope, along with TheRealMan, TheLoonie and the {{Munchkin}}.

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!!Examples:

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* Zelgadis from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' is a tongue-in-cheek nod to the angst-filled backgrounds many role-players come up with.

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* Joanna in ''Film/TheGamers: Dorkness Rising''. Somewhat subverted, in that she only comes off this way because of the crowd of (shockingly ineffective) munchkins she games with.

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* Arthéon from ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', showing it mostly via interest in the game's background and refusal to de-activate the "taking distance between avatars into account" option on the microphones unless it's essential to the success of the quest. Heimdäl and Ystos show elements of it also in the novel and later seasons of the webseries.

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* Ben playing Kenobi in ''DarthsAndDroids''. Annie playing Shmi and Anakin even more so.
** Pete's nephew Corey is picking this up while playing "Adam Lars." Even going so far as to continue to try and follow his character's NPC parents demand to destroy [=R2-D2=] and [=C3PO=]
---> "My team is my family. I'm no rebel. Am I supposed to roleplay or not?"
** Jim playing Han Solo as of the [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Episode V]] storyline. He has been playing up his character as TheDitz, such as making him call tauntauns "won-tons".
* Gimli in ''DMOfTheRings'': "Who let the roleplayer into the group?". He later eased up and became more of TheSmartGuy, though he's still the only guy who pays attention to the story.
** Also a good joker.
---> '''Gimli:''' Let me see if I follow this: I am either alive or dead, based on the state of a die which we cannot observe without altering. Do I now exist in both states at once? [[SchrodingersCat Am I both living ]]''[[SchrodingersCat and ]]''[[SchrodingersCat dead?]] Have I become some sort of '''Uncertainty Lich?'''\\
'''DM:''' Uh, that really won't be necessary. If I get behind my desk I can see the orc rolled a five. He missed.\\
'''Gimli: Do not mock me, mortal! I am the master of life and death!'''\\
'''DM:''' Just take your turn, rock-jockey.
** From the same writer, one of the players in ''Webcomic/ChainmailBikini'' (whose character wore the titular garment) was a very exaggerated version (later, while playing a bard, sang at the top of his lungs during a battle). Notably, while the other characters were based on the writer's own RPG experiences, the roleplayer was entirely made up.
* Gabe from ''PennyArcade'' is a borderline Anti-Munchkin:
** "[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/9/5/ What? My character has Alzheimer's!]]"
** Of course, he could just be a [[TheLoonie loonie]] making an excuse.
* Sara of ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable''.
* Arguably, Elan from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''.
** Also arguably, ''Roy''. Note the incident with the Orcs in "The Origin of PC's".
*** Somewhat different in that Roy, while definitely a role player, is actually fairly optimized for his role, stats-wise - it's just that he's optimized as meat-shield and tactically talented party leader at the same time. It helps that he rolled really well on his stats when he was born- he's got all the physical stats necessary to be an effective fighter, plus a combination of mental stats that make his brain [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0031.html Tastier than V's]] (V being the party Wizard, a class that requires high mental stats).
*** This explains his father's disappointment with his career choices.
* Tavros from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is an example of this. He picks a class that is rather ineffective in combat just because it matches his personality and interests. [[spoiler: It turns out badly for him. VERY badly]]
* Vilbert von Vampire from ''[[WebComic/EightBitTheater 8-Bit Theater]]''.
* ''Webcomic/OnePieceGrandLine3Point5'' has Natalie, who tends to go a little overboard in describing Nami's every move and thought. Gracefully.
** Luke fits to a lesser extent; while not very good at making Luffy introspective, he has a special d20 he breaks out every time he has to make a social skills role. [[CriticalFailure It has nothing but 1s on it]]. It's also noted that [[TheMunchkin Cory]] helped him design his character, but didn't help with his equipment, resulting in Luke spending most of his starting cash on the Straw Hat simply because 'it looked cool'.
* ''Webcomic/FriendshipIsDragons'': Rarity's player is highly invested in her 'social rogue's' CharacterDevelopment. Fluttershy's player is also more interested in her character and the setting than the actual combat aspects of the game.
* In ''Webcomic/LarpTrek'', Troi (naturally) and Data (a bit more surprisingly) fall into this category.


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* A very tongue-in-Cheek roleplayer made an appearance in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iy8-NNlE80A Gencon 2010 Celebrity D&D game.]] A paladin selected from the audience at attempted to convert every single enemy they met to the side of LawfulGood, including a pack of [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Skeletons.]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny He even offers to give them skin.]]

!!Examples of roleplaying games that cater to this kind of player:

* Essentially, since this kind of gamer tends not to care about the particulars of the rules, systems that are rules-light, rules-free or diceless are said to be favored by these gamers, or to encourage this kind of gameplay. Of course, this is easily misinterpreted as "people using other systems can't roleplay", leading to a common [[FlameWar discussion]] on RPG message board.
* Examples of such rules-light systems include ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber Amber DRPG]]'', ''TabletopGame/OverTheEdge'', ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'', and several others.
* Or pretty much any system where a highly experienced character can be killed in one round by a basic weapon, in other words, ''not'' D20.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' is one of the few games with completely dedicated roleplaying servers, mostly due to the easy custom map design and chat systems. A good way to tell how hardcore a roleplay server is would be by looking at the character builds. More relaxed servers have players who are just as good at creating extremely optimized and complex builds as they are at roleplaying. Other servers impose restrictions on multi-classing to keep things more realistic.
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