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Idea

The Pun Tyrant The Gif Hydra
It's actually a bit of a funny story with me. I was just starting to get into anime around the same time I started roleplaying (coicidence, a friend of mine introduced me to anime and roleplaying came as a result of searching for fandom writing of something else to put it very briefly) and one thing I started doing after a while was using images. Now up until then I almost exclusively wrote males because that was my own gender. However, around this time, I decided to freshen it up a little and use a girl character with an anime girl as the picture. And that's how I discovered...


The wonders of Google image searching for anime girls. (lol)

I got so many pics I felt it was a shame if I didn't use them, so I got into making female characters to be able to use those pics. Nowadays I almost exclusively roleplay females. However, I can play either gender and a few other things no problem, as I've come to realize there is really not much of a difference: In the end of the day, we're all people and that's all a character needs to be
 

Niiohontesha

Bestest Strawby
For some reason literally all of the characters that I make or gravitate to are boys, and I'm a girl myself. And by all of the characters, I mean all of them. XD I have no idea why, but I'm far more comfortable playing males than females.
A lot of my own characters tend to be male, I've recently started expanding my horizons and creating more females but male characters have a firm grasp on my heart <3
 

Mia Moulop

And such good luck
In one on one roleplays, I always play female. I just prefer it. In group roleplays, I tend to lean towards female, but I also play as male from time to time.
 

RacingBloodWolf

The wolf arises
I play as both male and female characters! I enjoy being able to switch up and I usually have to have an even amount of each gender.
 

Idea

The Pun Tyrant The Gif Hydra
In one on one roleplays, I always play female. I just prefer it. In group roleplays, I tend to lean towards female, but I also play as male from time to time.
I'm curious as to the lack of flexibility in 1x1s as opposed to groups, given I personally would think a person would try to stay more within their comfort zone with the additional lberty of a group character as opposed to a 1x1
 

Mia Moulop

And such good luck
I'm curious as to the lack of flexibility in 1x1s as opposed to groups, given I personally would think a person would try to stay more within their comfort zone with the additional lberty of a group character as opposed to a 1x1
I suppose I have more fun playing females, which is why I do it in one on one. In groups, I'm allowed to do both.
 

Idea

The Pun Tyrant The Gif Hydra
I suppose I have more fun playing females, which is why I do it in one on one. In groups, I'm allowed to do both.
Then why don't you also restrict yourself to doing just females on groups too? Again, just curious
 

Mia Moulop

And such good luck
Then why don't you also restrict yourself to doing just females on groups too? Again, just curious
Probably because sometimes I feel like there's so many females in one roleplay, and I need to pull my weight and do a male. Also, I feel like it's good practice for writing a male.
 

Idea

The Pun Tyrant The Gif Hydra
Probably because sometimes I feel like there's so many females in one roleplay, and I need to pull my weight and do a male. Also, I feel like it's good practice for writing a male.
I see, interesting. Thanks for answering :)
 

Phadia

the monster under your bed
Supporter
I enjoy playing both genders equally and have satisfaction in writing for all sorts of characters. It's come to my realization lately that a lot of people will only play their own gender in such tales.
Yeah, I'm a girl, but I used to play male characters more frequently. Never understood why some people would only play their own gender.
Now, I say I'm more balanced- playing both male and female characters equally.
 

Atmo

Knight of Tentacles
All my characters behave like dicks, but I find it easier to locate illustrations for girls.
 
I used to play male characters all the time because to me it seemed easier. it's a lot harder to make a female character because of how we as an audience harshly judge every trait female characters have. (we see her as weak instead of kind and empathetic/we see her as a bitch instead of assertive) I really wish I would've written more female characters in the past to learn how to overcome those challenges. so now I'm trying to write well developed female characters even though it feels like I have to do twice as much to get her there. it's unfortunate that it feels that way, I don't know if anyone else has noticed and or experienced that difference between writing male vs female.
 

Mia Moulop

And such good luck
I used to play male characters all the time because to me it seemed easier. it's a lot harder to make a female character because of how we as an audience harshly judge every trait female characters have. (we see her as weak instead of kind and empathetic/we see her as a bitch instead of assertive) I really wish I would've written more female characters in the past to learn how to overcome those challenges. so now I'm trying to write well developed female characters even though it feels like I have to do twice as much to get her there. it's unfortunate that it feels that way, I don't know if anyone else has noticed and or experienced that difference between writing male vs female.
I understand where you're coming from with the people judging female characters too harshly. Most of my female characters are kind and feminine, and I was always worried they would see her as weak (that never stopped me from playing them, but it did make me self-conscious). I even had an in Character incident where someone said my character's feminity was a weakness.
 

Suggy

Trashbag
I only play as male characters, never as female (or at least very rarely). I find it a lot more natural with male characters, despite being and identifying as a girl irl.
 

GunsAndDips

Anybody know how the hell to do this (life)
I regularly well, when I role play, I took a bit of a break recently role play as all different genders. I identify as male, but have role played as male, female, and many non-binary identity. I do many different sexualities to, just because I personally don't feel the need to prove my masculinity by only playing as male characters. I love role playing as different genders because it brings lots of variety into life.

When I was younger I was slightly worried about displaying different genders wrong, but as I've aged I've come to realise there is no way to express a gender wrong as gender expression is completely different from gender identity. All my characters tend to be androgynous in expression by accident xD.
 

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