Being Personal Isn't Professional
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Basic Information

Being Personal Isn't Professional is a characterization trope where a character is distant and socially aloof in the workplace. They may be a friendly fellow at home or in their element, but when on the job site they're as cold as a robot.

They wear their game face to work (and punch the clock), but then leave it in the parking garage when they head home at night. May even secretly be a Punch Clock Hero or Punch Clock Villain, depending on how much compartmentalization they indulge in.

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Game and Story Use

  • This is a very true-to-life trope, and most of us have met someone who is a completely different person in work then when out on the town. However, it can be tricky to deploy the trope effectively in a game unless you dial (and ham) it up. It's fairly rare for background characters to show up in both workplace scenes and home life, so the GM may have to go out of their way to use this in a game. That said, it probably would work well in investigative and mystery scenarios, when following the clues eventually reveals that the ever-so-professional stick-in-the-mud either:
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