Playing With: Special Snowflake Syndrome

Basic Trope: An RPG or other character is created that has unusual traits or abilities for the setting.
  • Straight: Alice creates Aerith for an RPG. Essentially, Aerith is an elf mage, but she is called something else, and displays unusual talents or abilities.
  • Exaggerated: Aerith is a blatant Mary Sue or Black Hole Sue.
  • Downplayed: Aerith has purple hair in a universe where no one else does, but is otherwise normal for the game universe.
  • Justified:
    • Aerith is a unusual class or but not too out of the norm.
    • All the main characters (not just Aerith) are unusual for the setting and acknowledged as such; how they manage to relate to "normal" people and each other may be a plot point.
    • All the characters are unusual, and the universe is sort of a Bizarro World.
    • The work is a bit of Satire; Aerith is a Parody Sue.
  • Inverted: All the other characters are unusual, and Aerith is just a "normal" elf mage.
  • Subverted: Aerith is an ordinary elf-mage.
  • Double Subverted: But she has an unusual ability for a mage, a Cool Pet, or unusual looks.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Aerith is quite normal for the universe.
    • Alice doesn't create any characters.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice creates a character that's normal as befits the setting.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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