Fratboy of the Week: The Outsider

Category: Archetype of the Week
Created on Friday, 16 April 2010 Written by Steve

As the old saying goes, "birds of a feather flock together," so it's not surprising that most members of a fraternity usually have very similar demographics. Some fraternities are primarily jocks, some fraternities tend to recruit members of a particular race, and some fraternities are made up entirely of rednecks who apparently missed the "Appomattox Courthouse" day of their Civil War history class. The outsider is the guy who falls firmly outside of the default demographic for his frat. His race, social class, subculture, country of origin, sexual orientation, or some other characteristic makes him stand out from his fraternity brothers, often resulting in him being treated a little differently than more typical frat members. For example, he may be subjected to offensive jokes or assumed to be an expert on all aspects of the thing that makes him different.

Major
Varies, but is usually incredibly stereotypical. For example, Asian fratboys will study math or science, while gay frat brothers will major in the arts.

Extracurricular Activities
Again, this depends on the particular outsider's character concept, and is often quite stereotypical: The black kid loves horror movies, while the Goth guy spends his time posting bad poetry to his LiveJournal page and playing Vampire: The Masquerade.

The Numbers
The outsider's Numbers will also depend on character concept. The kid from the wrong side of the tracks may have a high Nerve low Brain, while the Amish kid would be just the opposite.

Suggested Jobs:
Activist, Bohemian, Criminal, Emo Kid, Eccentric, Flaming Homosexual, Hippie, Refugee, Religious Zealot, Sexual Deviant, Stoner, Teetotaler, Token Black Guy, Wacky Foreign Exchange Student

Suggested Gimmicks:
All [stereotype]s Can Do That, Computer Wiz, Everybody's Buddy, Hide In Plain Sight, Ladies' Man, Lightning Calculator, Mafia Prince, Minions (Fag Hags), Powerful Kung Fu, Royalty, Wealthy

Suggested Weaknesses: Dazed and Confused, Family Obligations, Language Barrier, Not All [stereotype]s Can Do That, Punching Bag, Social Stigma, Stranger In A Strange Land, The Man's Keeping Me Down, Walking Stereotype, Wanted Man

Suggested Skills:
[blank] Culture, [blank] History, Baseball, Breaking and Entering, Computers, Gaydar, Intimidation, Language (Specify), Martial Arts, Political Correctness, Pop Culture Trivia, Stealth, Video Games

WWPHITM?
Todd Bridges, Mario Cantone, John Cho, Clifton Collins Jr., Johnny Depp, Alex Desert, Mike Epps, Jon Favreau, Ben Foster, Kyle Gallner, Neil Patrick Harris, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, Orlando Jones, Sam Jones III, Bobby Lee, Mario Lopez, Judd Nelson, Dustin Nguyen, Masi Oka, Kal Penn, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rain, RuPaul, Ethan Supplee, Gedde Watanabe

Frat Nickname:
Long Duck Dong

Prized Possession:
Varies.

Transportation:
Varies.


Sample Character
Taj Mahal Badalandabad
Body:
12
Brain: 15
Nerve: 11
Job: Wacky Foreign Exchange Student (13)
Gimmick: Fast Learner (12)
Weakness: Dames (12)
Skills: Pre-Med +3; India Knowledge +2; Personal Assistant +1
WWPHITM? Kal Penn
Dumb Fact: That's not a bong.
Tag Line: "I came here to study the great American art of muff diving. To smack clam, munch rug, dine at just one American pink taco stand! You know, I wanted to, how is it, park the porpoise. You know? I want to take it through the car wash, baby. And get it waxed. I want to wax it. Wax it! You know, and air dry. Air dry that shit, yeah! And I would like to be your assistant very much, Mr. Van Wilder."
HP: 12
YY: 4

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