Okay. So general pitches for my characters. I haven't even touched the PHB or rules yet. First:
A half-elf younger son of a human noble lord. Said father is planning on making some moves in politics, jockeying for a better position among the nobility. His elder two sons have both made names for themselves, married well, his eldest has sired a grandchild. But his youngest son. Not only has he shown no proficiency in anything worthwhile (leadership, propriety, fighting), he's a half-elf - evidence of a dalliance on his record. His wife has stuck by his side, knowing that if she were to expose this, he would likely lose all standing. With the changes in the political climate starting to turn to his favor, the lord confers with his wife & the decide to send him off to the Academy, knowing they can completely afford it. Not only will they get the indiscretion swept under the rug, but maybe he'd learn something. (Wizard)
A female human raised among goliaths. Day in and day out all she hears about are their accomplishments. This guy brought home dinner of boar. That guy destroyed the giant razing the forest. His father is the fabled Wyrmchoker (kidding, kidding, but you get the idea). She's been relegated to chores like cooking, cleaning, house keeping, etc. Not because of her gender. No, because she's human
. Humans are weak. What could she possibly manage to take down? Her goals at the Academy will be learning to temper her rage into a manner that will allow her to show them that not only is she capable, but she exceeds others of their clan.
(She'll also probably do this in boobplate because she's a chick & a bad-ass. )
Or, y'know, I'll find a bad-ass image that doesn't have boob plate. Either way, I see that pic as a definite "after schooling" pic.