How to Roleplay on Tumblr

Whether you're a seasoned roleplayer migrating from another site or you're brand new to the practice everybody needs at least a little help to get started. Here are some of the most common tips and tricks for setting up and starting roleplaying on micro-blogging site Tumblr.


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    Choose a character to roleplay. It can be an already established (canon) character from any fandom you enjoy, a canon character with certain aspects altered (AU) or a character of your own creation (OC).
    • Whether playing an OC, canon or AU character, be certain of your character's backstory before getting started.
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    Choose a face-claim. Generally an an actor who will represent the look and actions of your character although people have been known to use cartoon face-claims particularly for cartoon characters. If you're playing a TV or film character there will probably be a face claim typically used however you are not required to choose them as your character's face claim.
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    Gather gifs. A common practice is to collect and/or create moving images called gifs that will often be used to demonstrate an action or mood of a character during roleplays.
    • If you're not sure where to look for gifs try simply searching through the tumblr tag for your chosen actor/character and save any that you think might suit your character.
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    Arrange your blog. Everybody is able to appreciate a good theme and when combined with a select gif or image that represents your character for the sidebar it can make for an intriguing blog that will appeal to potential followers and RP partners.
    • There are many tumblr users who create themes that are easy to use and install. Be sure to find one that meets anything you might want for your blog i.e. ability to display sidebar image, built in audio player, certain number of side links.
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    Follow people. Once you are set up you will need to find people to roleplay with whether inside or outside of your fandom. If you don't already know some, try searching various character or fandom names followed by either 'rp' or 'roleplay in the tags.
    • Some roleplayers will write a following starter if you follow them, some won't. Not all roleplayers are multifandom/OC-friendly be sure to read their information pages to check before you try to start anything with them.
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    Write follower starters yourself. When you start to get followers, write starters (using a gif or a whole paragraph) prompting your characters to meet. You don't have to write one for every new follower and some people may not respond but making an effort to reach out to people is the best form of self-advertisement.
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    Don't be afraid to talk out of character (OOC). People will warm to you a bit more if they feel they know you better as a person. Plus many other people on the site are roleplaying to have fun and make friends.
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    Make use of the tags. It's common practice to track your username so that people can tag you in posts/starters they want you to see. And when looking for replies you'll find tagging your own posts with whoever you're roleplaying with invaluable.
    • Tumblr does not support tracking tags with dashes in them. As such if your username has dashes like "your-user-name" use spaces between the words or have them all as one word e.g. your user name/yourusername
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    Have fun.


  • You are under no obligation to do anything you are not comfortable doing. Tell someone if you are not comfortable doing something and try to find a way around it if you can.
  • Using a username that easily explains your character will help people to find and decide whether or not to follow you.
  • READ PEOPLE'S ABOUT PAGES. One of the most frustrating things is when people make incorrect assumptions about your character because they are too lazy to read the background information you provide. If somebody has gone to the trouble of explaining their characters so you can interact with them properly, have the decency to do your research.
  • If you are creating your own head cannons (own beliefs about a character's actions/thoughts/actoins) be sure to have a link to a head cannon page for any you think of as you roleplay. You can have a page where you lay them out or have the link lead to show all posts on your blogs tagged as 'headcanon'. Check out other blogs if you're not sure.


  • It is illegal to roleplay sexual scenes (smut) with anyone under 18. People under 18 can roleplay smut together, people over 18 can roleplay smut together, but not one person of age and another person under it. It is banned in almost every country in the world and will make the person of age go to jail.
  • As a roleplayer, you are risking getting hate mail. Some people may not like your style, but you can always remove the anonymous option or ignore them by pressing the x button.

Things You'll Need

  • A new primary tumblr blog. Primary is advised as if you make a secondary blog tagged onto a primary any in character (IC) asks that are sent will be signed from your primary

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