Don't get me wrong, the last thing I want to do is copy the manga. I love how I've built my own characters from my own vision, and I've tried not to base them off of other characters that I've read about.
I'll openly admit that I originally based my Greed off of the Greed in FMA. I love the manga (never seen the anime :/) and Greed has always been one of my favourite characters. Thus, when I was accepted to play as Greed for the Toa Daedra, I immediately re-read FMA to get a handle on how I wanted to play Greed.
But after a few months of play, my Greed has radically shifted from the homunculus he was originally based off of.
The Greed in FMA is easygoing (at least the first one is), kinda friendly, and you get the feeling that, despite his sin, he's a nice guy. He doesn't lie. His greed translates into loyalty for his men, which is a suprisingly positive characteristic for someone based off of a sin.
My Greed appears nice enough, but that's just a front he puts on to get his way. He lies, cheats, and steals, and will only protect someone if they're useful to him. Otherwise, he just doesn't care.
Obviously, these two characters are quite different. The interesting thing is that they were orgiinally the same character. I drew quite heavily on FMA's Greed to write up Greed's profile and determine his playing style, but over time he has shifted to become his own unique character. It almost feels like Greed is writing himself, now, and despite my meddling's he's revealed his true character.
And you know what?