Just been having some mindfucks, lately, because I do this. It's not just that the avatar becomes a mental "symbol" synonymous with their name; instead I mentally interpret it as a kind of profile picture. @Parth37955 is a great example of this; when he had his old xianxia avatar I read all his posts in a "From on high" kind of tone; now that he's got gunner chick I usually don't even realize it's him, and instead think its some chick with an aggressive/playful tone. Then when I notice I go "Hahaha waaait what" and my poor little mind does a little snap. This carries through for basically everyone with an avatar. That dude with halloween mercy? Yup. That trollface mask guy? Yup. I always take the tone of the post from the avatar picture. Just curious if this is me being bad at forums, or if it's a widespread phenomenon.