The Top 7... Lazy Character Clichés

Copy, paste, unoriginality! The most overused archetypes of all time

Most copied, however, are the characters. Dreaming up an entirely new personality with entirely new traits is a daunting task, so the majority of folks you meet in games end up feeling identical to the folks you met in previous games. If they don't look alike, they act alike. If they don't act alike, they at least talk alike. The only things that change are the name and the background. Maybe.

Sure, the following seven character types were probably original once upon a time... but that time was long, long, long ago.

Description: A mainstay of role-playing games for as long as we can remember, the Brooding Pretty Boy is capable of impossible extremes. He is both softly feminine and ruggedly masculine. With a tortured and mysterious past, he can play either hero or villain. And although one of the most attractive and popular characters in the game, he usually acts the most depressed and downtrodden. To some, he is an intriguing enigma; to others, a big self-pitying baby.

Common characteristics:

Possible Inspiration:

The Antidote:

Holy crap, what is that on his face?! Oh wait, it's just an emotion. Travis Touchdown of No More Heroes may share many superficial similarities with the Brooding Pretty Boy (hair, accessories, weapon), but his crude, cocky and LOUD demeanor is anything but familiar.


I enjoy sunshine, the company of kittens and turning frowns upside down. I am also a fan of sarcasm. Let's be friends!
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