Let's see I have a Dwarven Viking Skald Bard, Astrid, who's got a hybrid great axe / lute type thing, and has literally everyone scared of her, even the fanatical barbarian of Freya. Currently level 12. Mostly people are scared of her because of her being a bit crazy, and her invention of a new form of punishment she calls Heralding. Where you use healing magic to basically delimb, burn, pluck the eyes out of, etc, then attach the person to a pole to be carried around or placed in a similar fashion as a heraldic flag all without them dying from shock or blood loss. We've determined she's chaotic evil, which actually makes her my first chaotic evil bard.
I also have my fire genasi escaped harem girl of the grand sultan of the city of brass, Naiya, she's play testing my dancer bard subclass, currently level three. She's chaotic good, and very ant tyranny. Just adding that to make sure people know that not all my character's are psychotic.
Valor bard originally but converted to college of metal which was someones homebrew. And yeah blood eagle taken to eleven. Currently we're heading to fight frost giants. But we'll be at war with the goblin race soon. Astrid has a tendancy of pissing off other peoples gods and has converted a whole army worth of goblinoids while pissing off the goblin god on numerous occasions.
I'm expecting her reckless disregard for other cultures and lack of respect for the gods of her enemies to bite her in the ass eventually. She's out for glory and intends become a legend, so she ramps everything up to eleven. She has an instrument that allows her to alter the weather once per day, she uses it to make an entrance. Just alters the weather willy nilly because it makes her look cool.
Kind of like that time we casually jumped of our instant fortess, and walked into a diplomatic situation because we knew it would be intimidating and look cool if we pulled it off. Sure the damage was annoying, but I have silly bluff and intimidate and athletics so as far as they knew it was irrelivant.
We already have people pissing themselves when viking scouts show up, because thats how we introduce ourselves as scouts, which is what we are, and thanks to Astrid viking scouts have become legendary. We're fair with people who treat us well, but piss us off and well... People are learning.
In my current campaign I'm playing as Quitter, the Goblin Bard. He learned to play music after stealing a Squeezebox from a passing minstrel, and started the process of learning magic from the Jester of his Goblin Horde (For those who don't pay attention to the minutia of Goblin lore, a Jester is a Goblin who gets to act like a well... a Jester to prevent Nilbogs from spawning). He was always fairly lazy (hence his name), and he tended to avoid work, but enjoyed spending time with animals. This made him a bit of an outsider in his clan, but he benefited from his generally friendly attitude making it easier for him to occasionally travel to the nearby human village to trade coin for supplies without simply getting shot on sight by the town guards.
One day, on a trading journey to acquire some fresh meat for his clan, he was playing his trusty squeezebox and noticed that one of the goats in the butcher's pen was dancing along to the music. Not wanting to see a fellow music lover turned into meat, he used his clan's money to purchase her outright. He named the goat Thaco (IC it's the name of a mythical Warg, although OOC nobody got the joke), only to realize his clan wouldn't care about her musical aptitude and would just eat her without a second thought. Despondent, he did what he could to play some music for her to dance along with, only to be shocked when one of the local villagers casually tossed them a copper. This was the first wealth he was ever given outright... Realizing the potential, he resolved to abandon his clan and venture out with Thaco to find wealth and comfort (and accidentally stumbled into adventure)
He's a Lore Bard, and I gave him the Entertainer Background, but honestly he would have made more sense to treat as an Outlander or Urchin. There's probably a solid homebrew that would make more sense for a monster race. I tried to play it more like he's a weirdo by Goblin standards, rather than go for the idea the goblins are "just misunderstood" or something like that.
I'm working on a 3rd level swords bard for a new campaign I'm starting soon, he is a half elf who was raised by a nomadic tribe of marauders, before he betrayed them and split with the heist money. He has some serious Peter Quill vibes, and exclusively sings 90s alt-rock (Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Nirvana, Smash Mouth, Counting Crows, the works - purely comedic flavoring on my part). The most interesting thing about him is that, inspired by Matt Coleville's video on the subject, the dm and I collaborated to say that as a result of illithid experiments (which he doesn't remember, since he has no memories before the age of 12) he is infected by a magical, chaotic evil symbiote which will slowly gain power and control over him...
I recently put together a Bard for the purpose of playing through Curse of Strahd.
Using the haunted one background, the Bard had previously been enslaved by an ancient fey hag, and was forced to enchant children and lure them to the hag’s lair to be consumed. Due to the weird nature of time in the feywild, while the character was in service for what felt like a few years, centuries passed. The character recognises themselves in local folk tales of the wicked figure, like the pied piper, who steals away children with their alluring magic.
Having broken free of servitude ,and stealing a shard of the hag’s power, the bard is of the college of glamour, and seeks to make amends for their past deeds. They look like an emo musician who plays haunting dirges - never again wanting to play the happy, lively music that led so many children to their deaths.
Using DnD beyond to create the character, I let the random name generator name the character. The name it provided was Gotthard.
So the character’s full name now is Gotthard Orgohomme.