Resident Stone Age Fox
I mean, I don't fight others (Unless they kidnap my little brother) I just hunt. That's less combat, more just day-to-day survival. So I can sit on the sidelines and just watch this, I guess.
I haven't come across that so much, but then again the only time I've been to comic con was before I knew about furries, and I've never been to a furry con.I've been noticing how many furries are focussed on weapons and fighting styles when making and developing their characters. This might be in art, roleplay, fursuiting props or as part of a reference sheet, but it seems to be important to a lot of furs. It really struck me this weekend when partial suiting at a local comic con that most of the other fursuiters and almost all of the cosplayers were wielding some sort of prop weapon, while I was walking around with a selection of small plush fish! This does at least make for some amusing interactions...
I'm very much of the "let people enjoy things" school of thought, but it does leave me feeling slightly out of sync. I think of my character just living his life most of the time, pottering about and trying to enjoy himself, not going into battle! The most I can imagine him wielding are cartoonish slapstick items like a frying pan. So I'm curious to see how many others are on my wavelength, and if you also feel slightly incongruous at times.
Phew! It's not just me.
I was a bit worried I wasn't doing this right, my 'sona has no powers and works in a small office in local government, and is happy to just potter about leading a normal quiet life. I'll admit he is an excellent shot with a pie, or hosepipe, and you don't want to be on the receiving end of one of his wedgies, but these are employed defensively. I think if I was going to suit as him (oh the dream) he would be carrying my RL accessory, a sketch book.
I think for a lot of people, anthro characters have associations with fantasy settings, and most of the fantasy settings people are familiar with come from videos games, tabletop games, novels, and movies, where intense conflict is important to drive the story. So it follows that "what class are they?" and "what type of weapon do they use?" are some of the questions that pop into people's heads when creating a character, whether they're part of a fleshed-out fantasy setting or not.
But of course everyone has different associations, which leads to a lot of variety in character types- and a kind of "culture clash" between characters from different worlds. When it comes to fantasy settings, Moominvalley is more my speed. I don't have a fleshed out setting for my characters, but I think I unconsciously imagine most of them in an ambiguous, peaceful, wooded place, maybe with a small city nearby. Weapons or armour would feel very out of place on them.
I tend to unofficially give my noncombatant fursonas magic as a backup plan, just in case someone tries to drag them into a combat-oriented world. Magic is more my speed, anyways. My main fursonas are just regular people, but my earlier ones are built around a sort of generic fantasy setting.
Anyways, I guess it just depends if you're more into fantasy/game/anime or slice-of-life stuff.