I do like the idea of the goblin character mostly because of their skill in politics. It opens up the possibility of your villain out-manoeuvring your hero through negotiation and persuasion with their other opponents instead of just resorting to throwing a bunch of magic or punching them loads of times.
Agreed. It looks like its being beaten out by a cliche though. Which makes no sense to me everyone online talks about how tired they are of the standard evil human character yet it has the most votes now lol. I just wanted to see what everyone liked better, I was heavily leaning towards the Orc or Goblin myself.
I think a lot of people will be drawn to the human sorcerer character purely because the character is human. I don't believe this is a racial preference or a subconscious attraction to stereotypes, but a desire for a villain with 'human characteristics.' A book I once read recommended using a 'human' villain, but by human they didn't mean physically human, they meant the villain should have the human characteristic to learn and communicate (verses non-human villains, like natural disasters and aliens/ monsters with low intelligence who aren't capable of communicating, e.g. Godzilla). This is why King Kong (a monster who can learn and communicate) is so much more appealing as a 'villain' than Godzilla is (KK is technically a villain at the start of the films, even if he isn't by the end). When people are presented with a choice between three races, unless they have a background in fantasy and know non-human looking characters *can be* human, they'll be pulled towards the more human looking one because, subconsciously, they might believe they have the most human traits and qualities which they'll be able to relate to more. I think if you draw attention to these distinctly 'human' traits in the Orc/ goblin character (they can learn from their mistakes, they aren't inherently evil and trying to take over the world just because), there is no reason why they can't be as effective as a character with a human appearance.
Goblin and Orc would have human characteristics as well. Political religious war for the world that is so important to the villain he's deluded himself into thinking he's the savor the hero when he's anything but. So yes there will be human traits like vanity and deception, and if his backstory even remorse for a really bad past action that will haunt him and cause him to second guess himself. Essentially the backstory is the same for all its just I'm not sold on anyone race they all have their perks visually and world building wise. Race more or so effect the social outcomes and cultural outcomes.
I find myself always trying to transcend character stereotypes, by creating my own species of creatures while adding them into the world of the existing characters... as if regular vampires exist but an original species exists as well...
I guess I'm more traditional fantasy. I've never been into the make your own. There seems to be enough options available for original traditional races plus there are also half/cross-breeds to consider. Not just the half-elf half-orc stuff but much more beyond that. Like Orcs and Elves, not one said that couldn't happen lol.