A toon is a synonym for a character in a video game that is a role-playing game, usually used only in the context of Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games (MMORPG), such as World of Warcraft.

Character, avatar, or toon are synonyms in this context.
(Avatar is a misnomer, however.)

In role-playing games, a great deal of effort is spent in creating a unique persona or character before play begins. During character generation, the player makes choices that will affect the gameplay, such as appearance, name, gender, race, and class. Once created, these characteristics are immutable, as they define the play experience. The selection of class determines the strategies the character will use to succeed.

In short, Role-playing games have great replay value because a player can re-experience the game using a new character or toon.

ETYMOLOGY

Toon is presumably a contracted form of cartoon; video game characters are animated, after all. The origin of this term can be attributed to the standard root of all leetspeak (internet jargon): a need for efficiency for lazy typists.

Toon is probably used because it is shorter and easier to type than the word character. Anyone familiar with these games can easily surmise the meaning of the term from context. Furthermore, the term avatar is avoided as it can possibly create confusion. In roleplaying games, avatar also refers to the incarnation of a deity.
I have 6 toons, so I have all the professions spread among them and I can craft anything!
by Brain Gremlin January 19, 2011
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The term retards use to describe that they have an alt or a character on a mmorpg. You know how STUPID TOON sounds? Jesus...
Hey yo! I rolled another toon!
by Pop = Gay , Soda = Straight April 18, 2005
The most annoying thing you can ever call one of your video game characters, often used in World of Warcraft by tools.
Douchebag326: Brb gonna switch toons
Gaylord158: It's called a character you fucking tool
by GM8 October 10, 2010
Toon, usually referred as a character in an online role playing game. Also known as an alt, or character.

Or, something an idiot would say
Toon is something an idiot would say
by Not-an-idiot September 19, 2004
the word "town" spoken in a geordie accent sounds like the slang term "toon." newcastle's football (soccer) fans are known as the "toon army" - this led to a sky sports presenter being fired recently for using a shockingly poor taste pun on "tsunami" which i'll not repeat here.
one geordie to another: "i'm off doon toon."
by myen_shi January 29, 2005
1. A character that one creates in a video game. The origins of this term are unclear, but may be related to the second definition.

2. In the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), an animated film performer who inhabits the human world but is not human (examples: Roger Rabbit, Jessica Rabbit). A shortened form of "cartoon."
I am going to roll a l33t axe toon.
by Puck March 17, 2004
a short form for cartoon.
It became a popular way to refer to a cartoon character in the 1981 Gary K. Wolf novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit?
e.g. toonami, toontune,
wanna watch a toon?
by toontune.editor May 23, 2008
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Dialogue from the film "Goal!":

Geordie: "Welcome to the Toon."

Visitor: "What's the 'Toon'?"

Geordie: "It's where the Geordies live."

Visitor: "What's a 'Geordie'?"

Geordie: "The people who live in the Toon."
by Alberto Rosso August 14, 2007

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