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Is the body mesh the parent of the Rig ? I recently was making a new character and I ctrl P and ctrl J the model , it appears that it made the armature the parent of the mesh as they did not join correctly and the rig will not join to the mesh now.

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    $\begingroup$ mmh, it's not clear at all, ctrl J is to merge 2 different mesh objects, it has nothing to do with armature, maybe show some screenshots? $\endgroup$ – moonboots Feb 25 '19 at 18:52
  • $\begingroup$ worth reading: parent to, confusing and misleading $\endgroup$ – user1853 Feb 25 '19 at 23:44
  • $\begingroup$ In general use, the rig is the parent of the mesh. Alt-p armature deform will provide this relationship. In reality, this relationship is basically meaningless. A mesh doesn't need to be parented to a rig to be deformed by a rig. However, if a rig's parent is a mesh that is deformed by that rig, you are creating a circular dependency, which is bad. So don't do that. $\endgroup$ – Nathan Feb 26 '19 at 6:44

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