QUOTE (Adrasteia @ Sep 4 2011, 11:54 AM)
That's a trend with female characters in general. Females tend* to be archers, mages, healers, thieves, etc. If they are a melee fighter, they'll be faster but weaker than a male melee fighter. Males tend* to be melee fighters, tanks, gunners, and thieves. You will rarely find an male in the prime of his life as mage, let alone a healer. Children, old men, and the infirm are the exception.
The trend seems to be that those with physical weakness/more femininity chose the less physical classes. Although that's a common misconception about archery - pulling a war bow takes massive upper body strength.
Yay for thieves for being an equal opportunity character class!
*Note the use of the word "tend." I am aware there are exceptions.
Well, I just have to agree with this.
I may prefer female leads, but that is because I can relate to most of them. But I tend to get away from my habit as playing a girl. But if I have the choice to choose a character, I tend to go with the girls.
With that, I want the girls to be covered. You don't have to be attractive to be a female character.
(Fran, Ashe, Yuna, Rikku, Fang, Vanille... I'm looking at you!)
Also, why can't a male in the prime of his life be a mage? In one my games (too bad this one is halted due lack of interest...) one actually IS, and he's not the damage-dealing one! But he is part of the mage twins, siding with a female black mage.
And in another game, I have another male mage in the prime of his life, but he's a black mage who can actually tank. Also to break the tanking melee attacker. The melee attacker in this game wears light armor, like corsets. (yes, a female, but not the lead), and wields some quite long cutlasses. The lead is a male, ranged character, who uses boomerang-alike shurikens as weapons.
And about the archery-part, I am an archer myself, and even with a very light bow (20 lbs, compared to the 80-100 lbs of a war bow) I sometimes have trouble pulling it. But you can partially counter lack of strenght with a right technique, if you want to know.
And thieves are awesome. I like the thieves of the party the most, along with the spear-wielding guy or gal. (Dragoons ftw)
And sorry if I made any mistakes in my English, it is not my first language. (it's Dutch, and heck, I even have trouble with THAT)