It's hard to take a man seriously when he's wearing pink
The first time I played through Mass Effect, I tried playing an Engineer that looked and acted as much like myself as possible. The second time, I played a hot, gun toting chick (lesbian sex FTW!). For my third time through, I decided to play a bad-ass (picking all the Renegade dialog options, using Intimidate, etc).
Unfortunately, the voice actor for the male player character doesn't really sound all that bad-ass.
And then the game gave me this armor....
As if that's not bad enough, my primary weapon is a Geth pulse rifle, which goes "pew-pew-pew"