Our first time playing D&D, during character creation, I ask my players to come up with a quirky character flaw to aid Roleplaying.
Furin, the Dwarven Fighter, decides to have short term memory loss.
I think this is funny, and allow him to have a parrot, Dennis, the aid his memory whenever he forgets things…
Hilarious Roleplaying, and a really beloved character.
When Furin died in combat at level 4, the party wouldn't leave him. The table was quiet, and as a DM I felt terrible…
Then the wizard starts smiling.
"Can I use shocking grasp to defibrillate the dwarf?"
You can try.
Crit fail. ("He's very dead")
Let me try again
Rolls a 3. ("The body is starting to smoke")
One more time!
The dwarf wakes. Half of his face is slumped and his speech slurred…
About 5 minutes later, the dwarf jumped off a cliff… unable to deal with this botched resurrection.