So I guess since there are people who don’t seem to grasp this, but if you want to keep with game lore, there is a limit to the aesthetic and lifestyles you can give your characters in FFxiv. Many people take inspiration from real world things which would tie in well with their characters. There are several characters in the community who are dancers, pirates, Garleans, Ishgardian knights, fitgirls, femme fatales, Raen ninjas, fortune tellers, pastry chefs, devoted moms, performers, black+gold aesthetic, light flowy fairy aesthetic, Mideastern or Desi aesthetic- and I could probably think of way more if I wanted to. These are popular traits because they’re good traits. They’re cool and fun and people really enjoy playing and seeing them. Often times when people actively TRY to be 100% original it ends up over the top and ridiculous. Not that there’s anything inherently wrong with ridiculous character concepts, but would you want to RP in a community where everyone is climbing over everyone else going out of their way to be completely original and different? Because then we’re just gonna have 2000s Gaia and I am not fond of this idea.
Having similar key traits does NOT mean anyone is copying from anyone else. Even if someone’s character did take inspiration from another, so what?
Personally I didn’t become active in this community until Nov-Dec of last year, but have had character concepts from the first year of ARR which, when I joined this community, I found other people had similar concepts. One of my main 3 characters has a similar backstory to a friend’s character and he and I didn’t even know each other until a good year and a half after I coined that character’s story.
We’ve had people in this community who have maliciously, deliberately copied characters trait-for-trait. Those cases are very rare, but very obvious, and not even close to just a minor, harmless case of characters having some common ground.
Personally, when I see a character with similar traits, it makes me really happy because it means someone else enjoys those traits and hey, maybe our characters could get along really well because just like in real life they have some kind of common grounds with which they can initiate a dialogue… You know, just like real life.
Now, I started typing the above post this morning after someone got a couple Anons accusing someone else’s character of being a clone. Tonight, after another person got an Anon accusing them of being a clone, a friend of mine made a post which is vaguely similar in some ways to the above. I mention this because it… really fucking emphasizes my point: total originality is a joke, and people often have similar ideas. That’s just how things work.
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