Originally Posted by ChienAboyeur
It qualifies as a role. Most characters in a video game have a role. It does not mean roleplaying is involved.
A character can be a paladin. it does not mean that through gameplay you will roleplay it in a paladin.
The character is a paladin. Paladins are brave and honest. Therefore your character will behave bravely and honestly.
That is the sequence adopted by games like hitman, call of duty etc All the characters have a role. No roleplaying involved.
In a RPG, the sequence differs:
Paladins are brave and honest. The character behaves bravely and honestly. Therefore the character might be elegible as a paladin.
In many so called cRPGs, actions are totally disconnected from the outcome. In some cRPG games, a thief character can be without ever performing a thief characterizing action like theft.