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A motif of the Web comic Order of the Stick—which largely uses Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 rules—is its subversion of that game's stereotypes. Some commentators suggest that, from an optimzation standpoint, the main cast (except, perhaps, Elan) is mechanically pretty terrible. (For example, some say that there's a mismatch between cast members' ability scores and their chosen classes.)

Although the author's never published statistics for the characters, what evidence from the stips (and elsewhere) exists that the strip's main cast has made less-than-stellar character-building choices?

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closed as primarily opinion-based by Miniman, user17995, mxyzplk Oct 8 '16 at 12:57

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    \$\begingroup\$ @vsz Those other optimization questions aren't "why are the characters in a comedy webcomic poorly optimized", so this isn't really in the same category as them. (Why should they be optimized though? Aren't they suboptimal because of it making for good comedy?) \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Oct 8 '16 at 11:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ This is a request to opinion-analyze (with no specific goal) undocumented builds of a whole party of cartoon characters. That doesn't fit the parameters of good charop questions as defined here. meta.rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/1639/… \$\endgroup\$ – mxyzplk Oct 8 '16 at 13:08
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    \$\begingroup\$ The answer to the question Why are they suboptimal? is less a gaming question and more of writing question, but a question like In what way is each main character mechanically suboptimal? I think can be answered by an OotS expert using evidence from the strips and around the Web and might make a good read. (Note: I am not such an expert.) Such a question might be of interest to a 3.5 player who thought such characters were optimized! \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Oct 8 '16 at 13:22
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    \$\begingroup\$ At this point, I'm not sure what the question is meant to accomplish. “Please explain all suboptimal build choice jokes in OotS” is more of a media-consumption question now than a practically-meaningful/useful RPG question. (That observation is not meant to be a “list questions are bad” point; I'm seeing a topicality doubt that's a problem for the Q long before listyness can be considered a problem.) \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Oct 8 '16 at 18:38
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    \$\begingroup\$ Here is a link to the 14th thread Enjoy. For a question here, pick one character, present your build (or what you think the build is) and then ask about optimization versus build presented. That has a chance to be in scope. As asked, this is both far too broad, not to mention opinion based. \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Oct 8 '16 at 18:51