I am curious how you view your characters. Some people see them as an extension of themselves. They have to be the same gender and are usually human and they try to look similar. Their own personal image in the imaginary world. Others use it as an opportunity to role play something specific, or fun and unusual. Other people don't really care, they make a character that is a tool to an end. Not always, but it is the more competitive people that usually have this perspective. They are usually zoomed to max distance so they can't see their character in detail much anyway and they choose their race based on min/maxing. They usually don't care about gear other than as a social status indicator.
I am a guy and I make female characters. One of the reasons is that I have a very strong protective streak. I want to try harder when I have a female character. I see my characters as individuals in their own little world and they rely upon me to not only make them succeed, but also to keep them from failing. When I have a male character, I just don't really care about him, I have no connection and I don't really try. It's weird but it works for me.
Just wondering if anyone else has unusual quirks when it comes to making and playing a character.