It depends on the game, honestly, and how invested I’m into said game. In the case of Wayhaven, I do end up playing the same type of character; no matter who I romance. The reason for that is I really enamored with the backstory I have for my MC in my head…and it all started with the choice of ‘why become a cop’ and it was like ‘either that or go to jail’.
This neatly ties into someone who is angry at her mother who was never there. Headcanon is that growing up, her mom was basically this figure who might be there, said ‘I love you’ and then was gone. Not matter how much she tried to connect, she saw her mother rebuff her efforts.
Heh, I even made up a few scenes…like showing Farah (her most common RO) a scrapbook of her childhood…and a section of events where her mom was supposed to show up, but never did. Whether it was a school play, or a sports event etc.
One section is blank, and was going to be a vacation that was initially planned, then cut when Mom had something come up with work. There was a reschedule from two week to a week, possibly a road trip. Again, this was canceled. Eventually this would be whittled down to just having a weekend…which never happened. After that, the detective just stopped asking her mom…and started lashing out, as well growing resentment at mom.
Starting with small stuff, gradually working its way up until she inadvertently hurts someone. This, along with some counseling, pushed her in the cop direction…though she still resents her mother.