Well there are a couple of characters whom I've used as base templates for characters in several different roleplaying genres.
One idea I had for this game was a former gang survivor who had gotten his act together and joined up when the news about the 51 Pegasei incident hit the media, hoping his toughness and MMA/shootfighting experience would be enough to get him into the Marines to help him make a break with his old life and get a clean start. Unfortunately Kobrakid and Irish Wolf already had male CQC specialists written up, so I bopped this idea on the head and dumped it by the roadside.
The idea I wound up going with was a guy whose family have been US Marines for generations, so there's the expectation that he'll join the Corps and serve as well, and he's wanted to do so fromn a young age. On the other hand his dad, who runs a construction business utilising his experience as a US Marine combat engineer, doesn't want him to join up in case he comes home in a body bag. However my character still wants to join up, especially after word of the 51 Pegasei incident hits the news. He's quite fit and he's got a fair idea of what things were like in the USMC from family stories and chatting with their service buddies, but he'd still be in for a shock when he finally goes through basic training. I'm not trying to make my character a Marty Stu or anything, but you mentioned in the OOC thread that doing things too well in Basic was as bad as screwing up - I was thinking of having my character do that. Something like the following...DI:
Davis, you completed the obstacle course with no major problems. Congratulations!Character:
(smugly) Sir, thank you sir!DI:
But the rest of your squad had trouble. Now, what's the main lesson that one of you maggots who wants to be a Marine needs to learn? I'll tell you, maggot! It's TEAMWORK! And as a member of their squad, you need to show teamwork by showing them how it's done!Character:
And they've been having so much trouble with this simple obstacle course you need to show each one of them individually
how it's done properly! Pick one, take them around the course showing them how it's done properly, and finish here. Then pick another one and do it again until you've shown them all ho it's done properly. There are eight others in your squad, since you are a maggot rather than a human and therefore can't count, so that will be another eight laps around the obstacle course! Understood, Davis?Character:
Sir, yes sir! <thinks to himself> Oh fuck...
And here's the character sheet...Name:
Davis, Russell KevinAppearance:
Russell stands six foot even in height with a lean but surprisingly well-defined build. His hair is dark brown and wavy, his eyes are normally deep blue but pale to an icy shade when he is truly angry, and his clean-shaven features are quite handsome. Gender:
Leadership. You have a natural charisma and can take change in stressful situations. This makes you a prime candidate for promotion to squad leader, but will also attract unwanted attention from your superiors.