Fratboy of the Week: The Ringleader

Category: Archetype of the Week
Created on Friday, 09 April 2010 Written by Steve

The ringleader is the fraternity brother that everyone else looks to for direction and leadership, despite the fact that he rarely holds any official position of authority in the frat. Whether the members are deciding who to accept as pledges or what the theme of Friday's party will be, the ringleader often has considerable power to sway the vote. The ringleader is often a planner and fixer, arranging bands and booze for the party or master-minding elaborate pranks.
Major
Ringleaders don't favor any particular type of major. Some are driven to excel in a a specific field while others are under-achievers who take whichever classes come easiest to them.

Extracurricular Activities
As with majors, ringleaders engage a wide variety of extracurricular activities, many of them unofficial or non-traditional pursuits like organizing nude intramural track and field competitions or conducting experiments to determine how many jelly beans it takes to completely coat the Dean's desk.

The Numbers
The ringleader exudes a quiet confidence that makes others naturally want to follow his lead. Therefore, he will need either a high Nerve Number or an appropriate Gimmick. Body and Brain vary according to character concept.

Suggested Jobs:
Activist, Art Student, Class Clown, Con Artist, Drug Dealer, Fixer, Fraternity President, Future Politician, Musician, Party Organizer, Philosopher, Seventh Year Senior, Slacker, Trouble Maker

Suggested Gimmicks:
Born Leader, Campus Legend, Can Get You Anything You Need, Contacts, Everybody's Buddy, Friends In Low Places, Grift Sense, Has Spies Everywhere, Kingmaker, Knows A Guy, Owed Favors, Prepared for Anything, Smooth Talker, Weird Luck, You Can't Prove Anything

Suggested Weaknesses:
Addiction, Administration Enemies, Big Mouth, Can't Leave Well Enough Alone, Dames, Easy Come Easy Go, Legend In His Own Mind, Weird Luck, Wrong Place/Wrong Time

Suggested Skills:
Beer Snob, Breaking and Entering, Computers, Debate, Drug Lore, Empathy, Fast Talk, Film Student, Forgery, Guitar, Inspirational Speaking, Music Trivia, Networking, Persuasion, Photo Shop, Poker, Rapier Wit, Stealth, Ultimate Frisbee

WWPHITM?
Jack Black, Matthew Broderick, George Clooney, John Cusack, Johnny Depp, Matt Dillon, Emile Hirsh, Johnny Knoxville, Jason Lee, Matthew Lillard, Timothy Olyphant, Brad Pitt, Jeremy Piven, Peter Reigert, Ryan Reynolds, Sam Rockwell, Christian Slater, Justin Timberlake, Skeet Ulrich, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson

Frat Nickname:
Boone

Prized Possession:
Incriminating photos of the Dean

Transportation:
A reliable beater.

Sample Character
James "Droz" Andrews
Body:
11
Brain: 13
Nerve: 15
Job: Fixer (13)
Gimmick: Has Spies Everywhere (12)
Weakness: Also Has Enemies Everywhere (12)
Skills: Inspirational Speaking +3; Marketing +2; Meat Tossing +1
WWPHITM? Jeremy Piven
Dumb Fact: Freshman Roommate: Rand McPherson
Tag Line: "Ok, now it's true, the majority of students today are so cravenly PC, they wouldn't know a good time if it was sitting on their face. But there's one thing that will always unite us and them: They're young! They may not realize it yet, but they've got the same raging hormones, the same self-destructive desire to get boldly trashed and wildly out of control. Look out that window! That's not a protest! That is cry for help! They're begging us: Please have a party! Feed us drinks! Get us laid! Aaaaahhhhh!"
HP:
11
YY: 5


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