In Keeping With Your Character

| Tokyo, Japan | Friendly | February 20, 2017

(I used to have a character in a now-defunct superhero MMO who wore a school uniform to fight crime because of lack of money and ability to shape-change to maintain secret ID. This character was popular with one of my friends.)

Friend: “Hey, why don’t you make a sexy version of [Character]’s costume?”

Me: “Because it’s not something that she’d do.”

Friend: “Come on, it will be great. They just released mini-skirts and midriff baring shirts. Go for it.”

Me: “I have some characters that might dress that way, but [Character] doesn’t really think about looking sexy. That’s part of the joke of having her built like she is and talk like a Valley girl.”

Friend: “Well, just think about it, okay?”

(Later on, I was designing a new outfit for the character and, on a whim, decided to go ahead and add the mini-skirt and too-tiny shirt as requested by my friend.)

Me: “So, I gave her a sexy-style school uniform.”

Friend: “Finally! Can you send me a screen-shot?”

Me: “Sure.” *sends screenshot*

Friend: “Is she wearing chain-mail under the school uniform?”

Me: “Plate and chain, I think, but yeah. I figure I’ll use that costume for when she’s fighting something really nasty.”

Friend: “So she’s still not showing any skin?”

Me: “Nope. I told you, she does everything for practical reasons. I’m thinking that the school uniform is only there because after so long acting in it public perception ties it to her and that means a lot of her magic is tied up in wearing a school uniform.”

Friend: “You just trolled me, didn’t you?”

Me: “Oh, yeah, but hey, gave me a new idea to develop the character.”

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