Humourous but playable builds

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If there was a category called "Character De-Optimization, I would have put this query there.

My gaming group is starting a light-hearted campaign where (a very little) bonus xp will be given for funniest action of the session. To get started, we made *legal* characters at level 4 using the WOTC Character Builder.
We have only gamed once thus far to get to know each others' characters. The mate who got the bonus xp made a two-weapon Half-Orc Fighter who multiclassed into Whip Specialist. Although that might seem strange, he got plenty of laughs when he demonstrated his other feat (which allowed him to use the whip as a thrown weapon as well). Great! Now our tank will be throwing his whip at somebody if he really wants to mark them.

Does anybody out there have some ideas for funny (but playable builds)?

cheers! 
I would go with a Half-Orc Straladin using the Dragon 386 feats.  This may be the best Straladin you can build, but the opportunity to roleplay for laughs should be wide open ...
with roleplaying! a female Warlord maxed out int instead of str refuses to actualy attack an enemy, remember she has to scream when enemies approach her and she Crys for the fighter or whoever shes near to protect her by assaulting the enemy for her.
with roleplaying! a female Warlord maxed out int instead of str refuses to actualy attack an enemy, remember she has to scream when enemies approach her and she Crys for the fighter or whoever shes near to protect her by assaulting the enemy for her.

One I'm playing that is similar to the two you guys mentioned is my lazy warlord who is a stuck up noble that is now out of money. He thinks fighting is beneath him, so whips everyone else and tells them what to do. The lower class are basically animals and should be treated as such.

Additionally, I have a bullywug monk in the works that uses exclusively jump actions for movement. With the movement technique from crane's wings +long jumper, and being stonefist monk (str secondary), his athletics is great, and will be able to jump about 10 squares in epic, unaffected by speed. Really pulls off the flavor of a frog :D. When dark sun comes out, I'll probably reflavor this idea to a Thri Kreen though- I believe they make all jump checks as though it had a running start, so I don't have to take long jumper.
Currently Playing: lvl 6 Pixie Skald in Home Campaign lvl 2 Human Bard in Forgotten Realms ---
I actually have a female gnome, shaman|warlord cheerleader build for just such occasions
My Ettercap (Longtooth shifter stats) Warlord acts like a gym coach, including wearing a tarcksuit over his armor.  He's always checking his stopwatch and saying things like "Lets go ladies, we'll never makes baronies at this rate!"
If there was a category called "Character De-Optimization, I would have put this query there.

Umm there is a board for character de-opt though they just uh....changed the last few letters.... I think its velopment yah they just replaced optimization with velopment thats it.....
This brings some memories back. The epic time when my rogue (in the third edition), after an adventure of four levels (from 7th to 11th), was in front of the beautiful elf witch of the Lone Mountain of Amanitar, waiting for his reward. An awasome sword for the warrior, a rare pendant for the mage, and then... "come here, redheaded one" she said. "Here, this is for you" giving me a smooth dark bag. I was litteraly shaking, expecting something really awsome. "These are the holy Ass-kicking Castanets"

O___o <--- (my rogues face)

"In order to unleash the magical power of this ancient object you must play them passionaly"

In the end, it was a magical object that when played summoned (once per round) an ethereal foot that kicked the ass of the targeted monster, dealing one damage that always hitted and that was unpreventable. And well, i can proudly say that with the warrior and the cleric dead, and the mage nearly about to die, in a battle against a lich i started playing them, dancing among the corpses of my friends, and finally managed to kill the lich (wich had only 2 hp left) with the might ass-kicking castanets. :D
Plate Mail Wizard.
Plate Mail (without a proficiency) staff of defense and hafted defense.
You get a minus 2 to reflex and -2 to hit for wearing plate without a profficiency. You take a lot of zone and wall dallies (Stinking Cloud etc) and take Magic missle as your at-will, so you don't really mind your minus 2 to hit, it doesn't come up often.

Hilarity ensues when you describe a puny, strength 10 wizard walking around in armor made for a 20 strength Goliath.
The fact that a "song boomerang" is perfectly legal to have is kind of funny.
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When Essentials comes out, it appears that the new martial builds will be making melee basic attacks to the exclusion of all else.  That means that the Knight build that has been previewed will probably be able to completely free itself from any strength dependency with just a Melee Training feat.

So... Small Knight, anybody?  Gnome or Halfling with Melee Training (whatever), Deft Blade.  Maybe some racial feats from your Small race of choice.  You could make a pretty functional and yet still ridiculous fighter that way.
I mess around with tons of hybrid designs - just what I do - the off-stat or non-prime-stat builds are things I look at all the time.

It's obviously easier on a hybrid with things like Warlord powers that grant attacks to yourself and allies (generally basics, charges, etc.)  You can easily dump STR on a hybrid there.  If you're only chosing the auto-hit Wizard powers you can dump INT.

I have a whole slew of concepts in my "in progress" folder that involve combos like that; Sorc or Warlock hybrids, mixed with Warlord or some other leader, etc. etc.
I have a genasi Barbarian|Wizard (Paragon Multiclass Sorcerer)... that I roleplay as Bruce Banner|Blue Hulk...

I use the Smallest Size/Weight possible for Bruce.. and the largest for Hulk.. Changing between them based on plot.


I also have a Warforged Bard that I roleplay as .. the Witchalock.. He uses rituals to keep his "outfits" clean and fresh (the skins of his defeated foes).. then uses disguise check to hide his true race.. becouse.. "people relate to him better when he looks like them"...

Also.. I have a naked jungle dwarf shaman/Invoker .. yes.. he wears no armor.. I just stay back.. from the fight, and people tend to stay away from a naked dwarf... oh.. his spirit companion is his dead wife.. also naked...
I built a lvl 11 Half-Elf Bard|Ranger with Hybrid Talent for Beast Mastery that elevates Dilettante Direct the Strike to an AW. It Uses Beast Protector and Ninth Legion Student, with a Dragontooth Shield (to satisfy the Pick and Shield reqs) and a Song Hand Crossbow as an Implement. 

The end result is the porting of the Beast Counterattack trick. If you're not familiar:
every time an enemy attacks your beast, it triggers an OA from you due to Beast Protector. There is no range limitation specified by Beast Protector, so if you're within 5 squares, use Direct the Strike as your OA, commanding the beast to attack with a basic attack.

The primary AW for the Bard is Misdirected Mark, choosing your beast as the Marker. So the whole point of the build is to have your Beast Mark an enemy and when the enemy attacks it, the beast interrupts and attacks back. You supplement with powers like Disruptive Strike and other powers designed to aid/protect the beast.

It makes for an amusing build in a fun game. In a more serious game, the beast counter-attack trick works well in an Elven Ranger|Warlord build.
with roleplaying! a female Warlord maxed out int instead of str refuses to actualy attack an enemy, remember she has to scream when enemies approach her and she Crys for the fighter or whoever shes near to protect her by assaulting the enemy for her.



I bet Astrid's Palor hates you now!
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I built a lvl 11 Half-Elf Bard|Ranger with Hybrid Talent for Beast Mastery that elevates Dilettante Direct the Strike to an AW. It Uses Beast Protector and Ninth Legion Student, with a Dragontooth Shield (to satisfy the Pick and Shield reqs) and a Song Hand Crossbow as an Implement. 

The end result is the porting of the Beast Counterattack trick. If you're not familiar:
every time an enemy attacks your beast, it triggers an OA from you due to Beast Protector. There is no range limitation specified by Beast Protector, so if you're within 5 squares, use Direct the Strike as your OA, commanding the beast to attack with a basic attack.

The primary AW for the Bard is Misdirected Mark, choosing your beast as the Marker. So the whole point of the build is to have your Beast Mark an enemy and when the enemy attacks it, the beast interrupts and attacks back. You supplement with powers like Disruptive Strike and other powers designed to aid/protect the beast.

It makes for an amusing build in a fun game. In a more serious game, the beast counter-attack trick works well in an Elven Ranger|Warlord build.



This sounds interesting, but I have a question: How are you using Direct the Strike as a basic attack (for the OA)?  I don't remember seeing any feats that let you do that, except maybe once per encounter.  Or is that what you meant?

Otherwise, this sounds fun. 

I actually have a female gnome, shaman|warlord cheerleader build for just such occasions



I have a Changeling Shaman|Warlord in LFR (who is now level 7) who rides around on a Tensor's Floating Loungch --- err, Disk.  Sure, she's considered prone and can't shift away from a melee attacker, but she tries to avoid being in melee anyway, so it's all good.    Her spirit companion is (usually) a shapeless blob - the spirit of wasted potential, which she keeps near her allies to remind them to do their best!
On another forum, a discussion of how a throw-away line about a tribe cursed into Ducks turned into a big deal in Runequest brought up the suggested name: Deathbeak Bloodletter.  I am thinking of writing up either a rogue or barbarian Kenku just for the name.

EDIT:  artful dodger Rogue/Daggermaster/Chosen has been posted.  Remember to channel your inner Donald Duck.
sounds interesting, but I have a question: How are you using Direct the Strike as a basic attack (for the OA)?  I don't remember seeing any feats that let you do that, except maybe once per encounter.  Or is that what you meant?

Otherwise, this sounds fun. 

Ninth Legion Student Lesser Style Feat.
with roleplaying! a female Warlord maxed out int instead of str refuses to actualy attack an enemy, remember she has to scream when enemies approach her and she Crys for the fighter or whoever shes near to protect her by assaulting the enemy for her.



I bet Astrid's Palor hates you now!

Its Parlor, but yah its suppossed to be humurous steriotype not an accurate dipiction of a female warrior like someone posted later a male version with a prince, its suppossed to be a build that logically has no business being on the battlefield but tottally works within the game mechanics.
sounds interesting, but I have a question: How are you using Direct the Strike as a basic attack (for the OA)?  I don't remember seeing any feats that let you do that, except maybe once per encounter.  Or is that what you meant?

Otherwise, this sounds fun. 

Ninth Legion Student Lesser Style Feat.



Ah ... hmm ... interesting.  So, I guess it changes the range to Melee 1?  The feat doesn't really say.  Honestly, they should have had it modifiy Commander's Strike instead of Direct the Strike.

I suppose I can let my Shaman|Warlord take this feat at level 8.  Then, she's not only using Tensor's Floating Loungecha-- err, Disk but she's also going to tell someone else to take her OAs for her. 

She's *not* LAZY, though ... she just doesn't like to get dirty and stuff... 
Kobold Battlemind who uses a Javelin and heavy shield in combination with Battering Shield and Polearm Momentum (after a mc feat for fighter) can push 2 and knock prone all enemies in a close blast 3 with Bull's Strength augmented. I think the idea of a kobold who runs around challenging enemies and knocking them over is hilarious.
Halfling Brawlerfighter. MC Druid. Pick up Constrictor's Grasp + any other Grab feat you can get your hands on.

Wildshape into something "your size" like a large cat. Strangle Dragons.
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If I can suggest another halfling build with potential for hilarity. It would be a halfling Fighter/ Rogue Hybrid with split personalities, one personality is a duel short sword weilding homicidal maniac, and the other is a dagger weilding (or shortsword)  weilding mousy sneak theif, scared of his own shadow. Have them switch back and forth periodicaly, so the gang is never quite sure who they have brought to the party.

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If I can suggest another halfling build with potential for hilarity. It would be a halfling Fighter/ Rogue Hybrid with split personalities, one personality is a duel short sword weilding homicidal maniac, and the other is a dagger weilding (or shortsword)  weilding mousy sneak theif, scared of his own shadow. Have them switch back and forth periodicaly, so the gang is never quite sure who they have brought to the party.



That's a cool idea. 

Even better, make it a changeling and have the Changeling be an Elf for when being the Fighter "tough guy" and be a Half-Orc or Dragonborn when being the sneaky guy.    "Crossed wires?  Yeah, just a little bit ..."
I have a Half-Orc Bard and have refluffed all his powers into songs from the 80's.  And yes I bellow out a line each time I use a power.

I also have a Gnome Swordmage, who I based on Joe Pesci.

I have a Half-Orc Bard and have refluffed all his powers into songs from the 80's.  And yes I bellow out a line each time I use a power.

I also have a Gnome Swordmage, who I based on Joe Pesci.




Ha!  I have a Gnome Swordmage that I based on the little guy in Elf (the Will Ferrel movie.)  He's basically ticked off all the time and really takes it personal when someone calls him out on his size.  Also, he likes to make people feel smaller by moving them over to him when they attack his allies...)

The end result is the porting of the Beast Counterattack trick. If you're not familiar:
every time an enemy attacks your beast, it triggers an OA from you due to Beast Protector. There is no range limitation specified by Beast Protector, so if you're within 5 squares, use Direct the Strike as your OA, commanding the beast to attack with a basic attack.



Also, since opportunity attacks are normally melee attacks, you would assume to be adjacent at least to the enemy attacking your beast.  This is why the feat allows you to use the power as a melee basic attack.  Not a ranged basic attack.  If it wasn't a melee basic attack, you couldn't use it as an OA.

So, at the very least, for this to work, you have to be adjacent to your pet (so the now-melee attack can target your pet and you can tell it to make a basic attack against any enemy within 10 squares of you.)  Which, in this case, would happen to be the enemy making the attack against the beast companion.
I've got a half-orc straladin named Kug Ripfingers who talks in third person and uses a sort of beat-pace way of speaking 'up and down up and down' type of speech.

"Kug Rip-Fin-Gahs thinks you should give Kug your Fin-Gahs."

He's got a neclace of fingerbones too.
Oh Content, where art thou?

Looking at a lot of the replies I see builds that are optimized or just short of optimized ... but have a fun RP twist that makes it funny or silly.  IMHO it's pretty easy to do things that way.  You don't need to have a mechanically bad build to have a humorous character.  Mechanical mismatch can be funny but usually will not have the long term amusement that a really funny RP schtick will.

I was putting together a Unity Avenger/Cleric/Warpriest as an option for a future character and ended up choosing Sune for it's deity (Good alignment, Skill domain). After a little discussion with some of the others around my table, it ended up being the Avenger of Love and Justice!TM. I'm now worried about having to RP such a character.
A Beginners Primer to CharOp. Archmage's Ascension - The Wizard's Handbook. Let the Hammer Fall: Dwarf Warpriest/Tactical Warpriest/Indomitable Champion, a Defending Leader. Requiem for Dissent: Cleric/Fighter/Paragon of Victory Melee Leader Ko te manu e kai i te miro, nona te ngahere. Ko te manu e kai i te matauranga e, nano te ao katoa. It's the proliferation of people who think the rules are more important than what the rules are meant to accomplish. - Dedekine
I was putting together a Unity Avenger/Cleric/Warpriest as an option for a future character and ended up choosing Sune for it's deity (Good alignment, Skill domain). After a little discussion with some of the others around my table, it ended up being the Avenger of Love and Justice!TM. I'm now worried about having to RP such a character.



Use a pop song as the core of your character concept: Maybe Marilyn Manson in his cover of "Tainted Love." The Heavy's lead singer in the video of "How You Like Me Now?" For a Longtooth Shifter, look up the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Heads Will Roll" on YouTube.

The end result is the porting of the Beast Counterattack trick. If you're not familiar:
every time an enemy attacks your beast, it triggers an OA from you due to Beast Protector. There is no range limitation specified by Beast Protector, so if you're within 5 squares, use Direct the Strike as your OA, commanding the beast to attack with a basic attack.



Also, since opportunity attacks are normally melee attacks, you would assume to be adjacent at least to the enemy attacking your beast.  This is why the feat allows you to use the power as a melee basic attack.  Not a ranged basic attack.  If it wasn't a melee basic attack, you couldn't use it as an OA.

So, at the very least, for this to work, you have to be adjacent to your pet (so the now-melee attack can target your pet and you can tell it to make a basic attack against any enemy within 10 squares of you.)  Which, in this case, would happen to be the enemy making the attack against the beast companion.



My intent is not to derail this thread in a rules discussion. So briefly, I don't believe this is a correct
interpretation.

"If you are using a shield, you can use a power associated with this feat in place of a melee basic attack when making an opportunity attack."

'In place of' does not alter the rules of Direct the Strike, and therefore does not turn Direct the Strike into an MBA. It is still a Ranged 5 power, only now it can be substituted for an MBA when an OA is triggered.

Take Improvised Missile.

Proceed to stone people to death with potions of healing.
Halfling Paladin, strength 8 or 9.  Works great because the number of powers that depend on charisma, but it's hilarious for a short character that can barely wear plate armor to be challenging random creatures and riding his 'war pony' into battle.
Play a Kenku.  Any class, any build.

Your racial power allows you to exactly mimic anyone's voice.

Annoy other characters.
Personally, I find a great deal of humor potential in kobolds.  Run around being Rally Excited with squeaky voice and be tremendously impressed by the other PCs.  Play a largely lazy warlord, borrowing notes from the Ninja Team Leader to keep yourself effective.  You're just a scrappy little guy (who's *awfully* slippery) who runs around taunting the enemies and cheering on the other party members with lines like "Hit him again, Boss!  Hit him again!"
I'm playing a Dragonborn Ranger which is unique trying to roleplay since he struggles with the will to fight up front without the weapon proficiencies to so minus his breath.
Play a Beastform druid. Choose beast shapes that shouldn't work... A Medium size giant trout flopping on the ground with your full movement speed and attacks. A Dog with Bees in it's mouth, and when it barks it shoots bees! (Swarming locusts). A Swarm of killer Rabbits of Caer Bannog!. A one-eyed-one-horned flying purple people-eater! A giant space Hampster! Whatever you can think of, you can become.
Crazy Cat Lady Swarm Druid. Her beast form is a hundred spoiled cats. She wears a red hat. 
I was putting together a Unity Avenger/Cleric/Warpriest as an option for a future character and ended up choosing Sune for it's deity (Good alignment, Skill domain). After a little discussion with some of the others around my table, it ended up being the Avenger of Love and Justice!TM. I'm now worried about having to RP such a character.



Again i had a similar gnome paladin|warlord that used a whip and just aided others, she was a sune worshipper as well.. i played her like a little gnomish cheerleader -  was a redesign of my shaman|warlord concept, it seems I have a thing for them?
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