One night after an Ulduar achievements run, some guildies started chatting about their out-of-game hobbies. The discussion changed when one of our best DPSers, a hunter, confessed to being a "theater geek."
"See, I never would have pegged you for a theater guy," one guildie said.
"Why not?" the hunter asked.
"Because you play a hunter!"
"Yeah," my husband chimed in, "you can usually tell what group a person hung out with in high school based on their class. Warlocks are goth. Warriors are jocks. Druids are hippies ..."
I laughed at the list of stereotypes, but it got me to thinking: What does my class choice say about me? My main is a retribution paladin. Outside of the game, I am a deeply religious person, and I love the idea of a holy warrior who uses divine power to smash the faces of world-threatening evils and protect those who can't protect themselves. If Earth were suddenly thrown into Azerothian-style conflict, I would readily enlist as a paladin. My main is a good reflection of who I really am.
I could say the same thing for my husband. His characters (a holy paladin main and an arcane mage raiding alt) are both ranged roles. Outside of the game, he is a very behind-the-scenes kind of guy. He hates being in the spotlight. While he loves to help people and participates in a lot of group activities, it's never in a center-stage role. He is more than content to stay in a group support position both in and out of game.
What about you, fellow WoW Insider readers? What does your class and/or spec say about you? Is it a manifestation of who you are out of game or completely opposite?