Roleplaying and Gender

I noticed something interesting last night with regards to roleplaying and my characters. I had some time to kill before my troll buddy  got on to run Rozjin through Wailing Caverns, so I flew to Ratchet to do the Guns of Northwatch quest. There were other people there and the bottom half of the area was clear of mobs, so I headed to the top of the hill and turned right to clear the southwestern tower first and then work my way back down.

As  I killed the last named mob in the final tower, the exclamation point for the escort quest reappeared on the screen. There was one respawn at the bottom that needed to be cleared, and as he ran for the door, the warrior I had seen as I entered the area charged him and finished him off. The warrior and his priestess partner entered the tower, and it was obvious they had been waiting for the quest guy to respawn as well. Without even thinking about it, I typed in “Joo be doin’ the escort quest?”

The point here is that, when I’m playing Roz, I am just naturally in character. I am not myself. I AM Rozjin. The same thing happens, to a lesser extent, when I am playing my Death Knight or my Priest. It does not happen on Juna. Part of this may be because, well… Juna IS me. I play Juna as if I myself was in Azeroth. This is probably why Juna is a bit shy, and doesn’t like grouping with people she doesn’t know, and has a hard time making friends outside of her small little trusted circle. She worries about what people think of her, and is afraid to make mistakes, and enjoys the solitude and peacefulness of a quiet stream in Grizzly Hills with her fishing pole and no one other than her beloved Spirit Beast to keep her company.

My Death Knight and Priest, on the other hand, are both reserved but confident. They each have a proud and dignified bearing that borders on conceit. Not exactly an unusual characterization for male Blood Elves. They also have a very dark side to both of their characters. The similarities between them are intentional, for they are brothers. Their backstory is one which I had formulated in my mind long before Wrath even came out and allowed the creation of the DK. It is one which I intend to get fully written out here at some point.

One last observation before I sign off. I find it curious that the characters I find it easiest to play in character are males. I am not. I have female characters other than Juna. In fact, the ratio of my characters is 4:6 male to female, the fourth being only a bank alt. But, even when I play one of my female alts, I’m still me. My warrior isn’t more of a tough girl when I play her. Perhaps that’s why I suck so badly at being a warrior. I wonder if a gender change would cure that; plus then she would have the awesome undead male headbanger dance instead of … whatever that flakey thing is the females do.

So, if anyone actually reads this: Have you noticed anything like this with regards to how you play your characters? Am I just weird that I  can roleplay the opposite gender but not my own?

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2 Responses to “Roleplaying and Gender”

  1. Rainsallnight Says:

    It seems to me that to assume a character and stay in character is the natural thing to do. I think it’s a sign of a very active & healthy imagination… the kind you see in childhood. I think it’s wonderful and a mark of a very creative mind. I run a group online and after a year of doing this I realized that ‘Rainsallnight’ (my online name) is not really me any more. He has his own personality and responses that is somehow a melding of me and the way others view him. Now keep in mind, this is not a role playing group! It’s a simple chat group. So if this can happen to me when I’m trying to be myself, I can only imagine what it’s like when one is intentionally playing a role! How wonderful! Yes… imagine! What a wonderful word. I think it can only add depth to you gaming. I think it’s wonderful and an acute observation.

  2. Fiak Says:

    All my characters are the same. They’re me. I tried being in a rp guild on a rp server back in the day (Fiak #1), but it just didn’t work.

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