I asked Twitter which Dungeons & Dragons class I should write about. Twitter chose one of my favourite classes: the monk. Let me convince you that your next D&D character should be a monk.
Monks can learn to catch incoming missiles and throw them back.
That’s pretty cool with arrows and darts, but you can do the same when you’re attacked with spells like fire bolt or ray of frost too.
If you like one-one-on combat, you could make a monk who wants to duel with every character they meet.
This might be about testing and improving your own character’s skill or knowing how your allies fight.
You could make a monk who’s physically graceful, but socially awkward.
When you’re making a monk character, you always want to make Dexterity their strongest ability. With this kind of character, you also need to make Charisma their weakest.
While we’re on the theme of contradictions, you could make a monk who is an accomplished fighter but lacks discipline.
Maybe their lack of discipline is why they have had to leave their monastery and take up the life of an adventurer?
When you’re playing as a monk, you can just ask strangers for money and it’s not inappropriate.
Maybe your monk character always needs to ask for money because they’ve given their money away to others? Or maybe they don’t need the money, but they’re greedy?
You can make a character who masters the elements by choosing the genasi race and making a monk who follows the way of the four elements.
When choosing elemental disciplines, you could choose disciplines that match the element of your character’s subrace. Or you could disciplines that manipulate a range of different elements, to make an elemental all-rounder.
Your monk could be a tabaxi character who always lands on their feet.
If you choose to follow the way of the long death, it could seem like your character has nine lives.
If you make a goblin monk, your character could be just like Yoda.
Just check with your dungeon master if they’ll let you have a sun blade.
Lastly, you could coordinate with your D&D group and make a party of ninja tortles.
I’d suggest using subclasses like way of the open hand and way of the kensei. You could do this for a one-shot adventure or for a whole campaign, set in the sewers of Waterdeep, Sharn or your own urban setting.