When you first start playing the game, you create a character for yourself, and you play the game as that character.
Also referred to as just a player or a character.
Some other names used:
NOTE: Player characters are just one type of in-game character; see Non-Player characters (NPCs).
Fighting another player character is called Player versus Player (PvP).
In many role-playing games, a strict division is made between the player (the human being that plays the game) and the fictitious character that the player controls in the game (i.e., the player character or short: character). However, in World of Warcraft and its associated official internet sites, this distinction is not strictly made. Tooltips and other texts refer to the fictitous player character as "the player", thus blurring the line between player and player character. Whether Blizzard does this intentionally (e.g. to increase identification with the game world) or not is unknown.
- Note: Characters below do not fall within the traditional player character category.
Prior to World of Warcraft, players were unable to create characters of their own choosing within games of the Warcraft franchise. Instead, players would assume the role of a commander, or take control of various units and hero characters as part of gameplay. The identities of these player-controlled characters are as follows:
- Warcraft: Orcs & Humans
- Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness
- Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal
- Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos
- Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne
- World of Warcraft
- World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
- World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
- World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
- World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria
- World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor
- World of Warcraft: Legion