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Hetero Male; over 40...
For the most part I prefer the visualization of female characters. I do not mean, 'cause bewbs. But the idea of (for example) a very skilled, fearless woman-child learning to hold her own and serve a cause greater than herself is cool. When it comes to appearance, I want something that *sticks* in someone's mind. "Katerina is skinny like a wet cat" or something like that. Cheesecake really doesn't fit the bill... This is striking!
Other iconic ones are River Tam, Leeloo, even Merida :) Basically, courageous strong, un-masculine heroes.
For PCs played (either on a table or PbP)
Katerina the Maid (alluded to above) Hetero female that has a very serious, duty oriented view of life. Skinny, underfed as a child, and wiry. She was *embarrassed* when someone suggested that the Sheriff was interested, though really, she could have been interested in him... (Rise of the Runelords)
B'yelka Morfaine: Hetero female that is very feminine, she has decided to take the role of hero and sell it for all it's worth. Snazzy dresser, image conscious and stunningly good looking. She has started to realize that she has some feelings for our party's alchemist, but only when he is not himself (the Alch is aiming for Master Chymist...). She is going to be asking their flamboyantly gay male friend for some advice on what to do about her confusion. See, she doesn't really like him when he is his high and mighty stuffed-shirt wet blanket self... Otherwise, she is flighty and demanding, but a good friend.
Karri Chouk: Hetero female, scarred by her past and the (literal) demons that torment her soul, she is terrified that she will never find another to take her slain lover's place. That is, someone that will embrace her, inner turmoil and all.
Alina Las'Baelin: Hetero (most likely) elf female. She had a long, close (though not intimate) relationship with an adventuring partner that given the right catalyst could have been consummated. For the most part, she likes manly free-spirited men. Alina also has a jealous streak a mile wide. See, she was raised to do soldierly work, defend the homeland, shoot enemies, etc etc. Her younger sister was given the prerogative of being 'girly'. Alina the warrior, Ryliah the princess...
I was once told by a prospective GM that I was not allowed to play a female character. Though a bit irritated, I still played a few sessions with a socially skilled, if young, male rogue-type. ('til other factors made it not worth my time...)
Years ago I had a male celtic themed warrior-cleric type that was married to another player's character. That relationship was used to generate some adventures. He had a penchant for late nights at the pub with the boys and one night, he didn't come home. You see his wife's 'friend' from her adolescence decided to get some revenge and used the "Eyes of Charming" to lure the poor hubby away! So, the chase was on, and oh, the adventures they had figuring out that he *didn't* leave on his own accord!