I've made a Tiefling College of Glamour bard for a fight night we're doing within our Dragon Heist campaign. His background is the Entertainer/Gladiator one, big entrance music for the Enthralling Performance, flashy costume, etc. Going to go very WWE with it, can't wait! It's going to be a last man standing match and I don't imagine he'll win, I just think he'll be really campy and fun to play.
Bit late to the party here, but created an interesting (to me) bard character recently that I played in a one-shot and worked so well I'm taking them into an upcoming campaign.
The backstory is that they are an inventor, and travelling salesman. Guild Artisan background gives you proficiency in certain tool sets, and my performance abilities came with a sales pitch for my latest crazy invention. DM let me use this background and story combo for some interesting homebrew style actions, like modifying a pair of glasses into 'light enhancing eyewear' aka night vision goggles (successful DC20 roll and mandatory payment to replenish materials from my toolset)
Bardic inspiration came in the form of cheesy sales manager/office buzzwords style pump up talks, either done one at a time in combat, or in a group huddle before entering a location.
I have a valor bard the is mixed with Battle master fighter for commanding strike and maneuvering strike. He inspires through speeches, like the ones you see in action movies just before the big fight/war/battle/chase scene. Quoting movies at the table in character is fun.
" ... tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!!!" " ... We're going to survive! Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!" " ... Today, we face the monsters that are at our door and bring the fight to them! Today, we are cancellin' the apocalypse!""
I have a College of Whispers Bard who is an assassin for the Zhentarim, and has one level of Celestial Warlock because he wants to protect his son. He has a rock star alter ego, and uses his concerts to disguise assassinations. (Invites them backstage alone, stabby stab).
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"I call dibs on the hammer!" - Keall Georna, Eldritch Knight, moments before being smashed (and killed) by aforementioned hammer