I’ll try to keep this brief. Emphasis on “try”, here.
For a while I was part of what you might call an “alternative” RP started by some friends of mine as a more highbrow alternative to the RPs already going. It was mostly about the corruption going on at the higher levels of power in a fictional American city. The characters and the politics between them were the focus rather than the set up or the set pieces. Very little violence actually occurred and when it did it was usually very brief and carried massive repercussions. For our characters, engaging in physical confrontations, even if you got lackeys to do it for you, was incredibly risky and undesirable.
Then one day we get a profile. Not a bad profile, mind you, it was actually quite good. The spelling and grammar was impeccable (hell, it was better than mine) and the character wasn’t bad either. In an action/espionage RP it would have felt right at home. But we weren’t an action/espionage. I want you keep in mind that our characters were typically politicians, businessmen, police officers, journalists, yuppies and various other suits. I also want you too keep in mind that the conflicts (things like shady campaign donations, hush hush business dealings, blackmail, fraud and, at the most, very mild treason) were localized entirely to the city. Hypothetically the outcome would have only had tangential effects outside the city limits.
I want you to keep those in mind when I tell you that this guy was (and I’m not kidding here) a highly trained Japanese assassin working for his government. Yeah, that was my reaction too. I asked him how an assassin fit in with our cast of characters or what the Japanese government could possibly care about the White Collar squabbles of some anonymous US city and the answers that came back showed a misunderstanding of the RP at the basic level.
But he stayed on, my friends being nice guys that have trouble saying no. It was alright, though, we kept him out of the main action without hurting his feelings for a while. Then he discovered that one of our rare physical confrontations went down without him. This was due to the fact that said confrontation was off screen and was performed by NPC lackeys rather than anyone important. Even though I tried explaining to him that the outcome of the gunfight was more important than the minutiae of it he started a thread for it anyway.
When, understandably, no one replied he disappeared and we haven’t heard from him since. Though that may have had something to do with the RP being put on indefinite hiatus.