Put me in the opposite clan. I like that my character isn't all powerful or anything, and just acts and look as a normal adventurer would. Coming from the tabletop roleplaying scene, I have issues with the idea that all 11 millions of players on an MMO could be a special snowflake. Fact is, all 11 millions are probably regular players.
The fact we have the power of the Echo already kinda annoys my "unique" radar in XIV, but they do try to roll with that, putting many other "normal" people in the Path of the Twelve. The entire world is filled with "unique" people -- blacksmiths, hunters, miners, what-have-yous -- with the unique power to speak to beastman, see the past and ... wait, we're not unique, we're all special?! But if we're all special, it's like nobody is?
I'm guessing this is a return of the age-old difference between the vision of what is a hero, really. I'll try to dig up a paper or something about that, but to summarize what I mean: Some people consider a hero someone who has the power (and with power, responsibility) to save the world. Others consider a hero the common person who's thrown against impossible odds, and somehow manages to survive, and probably even save others at the same time.
Remember in FFXI our characters were never depicted fighting the antagonists mano-a-mano in cutscenes, and that it was always the NPCs that did that?
Also, as the game aged, some cutscenes actually started showcasing your character as the badass. Wings of the goddess did it more than most (Specifically Mission 14: A Nation on the Brink), but Aht Urhgan had that quest where you escort one of those 3 enthusiast adventurer (if I remember right, the whole mission, the guy thinks to himself how awesome you are compared to him, etc.), your character is actually the one doing all the work.
I'm expecting to see a character maturity and turnaround point in XIV in the distant future, and I'll welcome it. I just don't think being rank 30 is a "big deal" just yet. After all, that's the power level of rodents and sheeps -- not exactly world saviour scale quite yet. Edited, Apr 28th 2011 2:54pm by Docent42