You seem to be confusing character personality and character role. The role doesn't define a character or class, its merely a shorthand as to what they do in combat. It's been implicit in D&D from the beginning, it's not something new they've added. When you made a party you knew you needed a fighter, a magic-user, a cleric and a thief. They've just made it somewhat more explicit as something for the players to think about when creating a character. This kind of argument is either uninformed or disingenuous in the extreme.
Originally Posted by agoraderek
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