Fratboy of the Week: The Dupe

Category: Archetype of the Week
Created on Friday, 23 April 2010 Written by Steve

Just about every social group includes one person who catches hell from the other members. The dupe is the guy who gets ridiculed, the guy who gets forced to do the work nobody else wants to do, and the guy that occasionally gets beaten up or peed on. In some cases, the dupe is so desperate to fit in that he actually convinces himself that his mistreatment is a sign of endearment. He's usually wrong. In a fraternity, the dupe is often a legacy who can't be rejected or a nerd who's only in the frat to keep the GPA up to par.


Major
Business, Math, or Science

Extracurricular Activities
Hazing never really ends for the dupe, so much of his spare time is spent grovelling for acceptance or perform tedious duties for other frat members.

The Numbers
Dupes tend to have high Brain and low Body Numbers, but this is not absolutely required. They do, however, need a completely average Nerve Number. A dupe with a high Nerve would stand up for himself. One with a low Nerve would probably commit suicide.

Suggested Jobs:
Dork, Frat Chauffeur, Legacy, Mild-Mannered Student, Nerd, Permanent Pledge, Scapegaot, Whipping Boy  

Suggested Gimmicks:
Blissfully Oblivious, Brainiac, Computer Wiz, Friends In High Places, Lightning Calculator, Photographic Memory, Rich

Suggested Weaknesses:
Clumsy, Delusional, Fat Drunk & Stupid, Funny Looking, Gullible, Hilarious When Angry, I'll Show Them All!, Low Alcohol Tolerance, Never Gets Laid, Not Very Bright, Pencil Neck Geek, Punching Bag, Ticking Time Bomb, Unassertive

Suggested Skills:
Accounting, Bartending, Beer Pong Table Construction, Cleaning, Comic Book Trivia, Computers, Dodge, Driving, Homework, Lookout, Math, RA Misdirection, Role Playing Games, Video Games, Vocabulary  

WWPHITM?
Michael Cerra, David Cross, Johnny Depp, Clark Duke, Jesse Eisenberg, Stephen Furst, Crispin Glover, Tony Hale, Jon Heder, Jonah Hill, Justin Long, Jamie Kennedy, Matthew Lillard, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Brian O'Halloran, D.J. Qualls, Jason Schwartzman, Dax Sheppard, Ethan Suplee, Alan Tudyk, Anton Yelchin

Frat Nickname:
Burwell

Prized Possession:
His pledge pin.

Transportation:
"My brother let me borrow his car..."

Sample Character
Kent "Flounder" Dorfman
Body:
10
Brain: 12
Nerve: 11
Job: Legacy (13)
Gimmick: Gullible (15)
Weakness: Fat, Drunk, & Stupid (15)
Skills: College History +3; ROTC +2; Animal Handling +1
WWPHITM? Stephen Furst
Dumb Fact: Sworn Enemy: Doug Neidermeyer
Tag Line: "I can't believe I threw up in front of Dean Wormer."
HP:
9
YY: 3

Column Note:
Unless somebody points out that I'm missing something obvious, this week's Archetype of the Week will be the last in the Fratboys vs. series. I'm still debating whether to return to general archetypes or do another series from a specific game or genre (Roller Girls vs. and M-Force are both tempting). If anyone has suggestions or requests, by all means let me know.

 

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