Mutually Exclusive

It’s a common stereotype that optimized characters (read: munchkin-ed) are shallow, flimsy characters that exist for solely mechanical reasons. You can either be a power gamer or a role player, but not both. If you’re not taking the roleplaying and flavourful options and instead opting for the effective choices, then you’re just not roleplaying correctly.

Which is, of course, total BS, as you can have a wonderful character that is optimized to all hell and a flimsy sham of a character that is also poorly built with all the trap options.

Although… balancing optimization with the needs of the character can be awkward. Sometimes the mechanically superior option is hard to justify, especially if there is a less optimal option that better fits the character concept. Sometimes a good excuse presents itself but sometimes you need to choose where you compromise.