Okay. This will be long and this will be rant-ish. However, I still hope that people will read this because it's not nearly as negative as you might think.
It's everyone's favorite topic. OCs. Or rather OFCs. I'm getting tired of people ranting about how their OC design is okay and how they are allowed to do anything they want. In essence, yes you are. It's completely alright to create whatever you want -but when it's time to bitch and moan about the feedback, that's where the fun part starts because your OC probably isn't a true OC.
( I can't believe I have to add this..... NO, THIS IS NOT A ATTACK OR RESPONSE TO ANYONE
ON HERE. KEEP CALM AND DON'T THINK THIS IS DIRECTED TOWARDS YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW
!!! ) Sheeesh.... touchy people.
Most people don't know the difference but it's actually fairly simple. It's even in the name!
Original Fan-made Character
A OC is your own creation. A completely original character and design.
A OFC however, now that's where it gets tricky because a OFC is a original FAN character and often just labled as an OC because everyone is too lazy to type that extra letter (me included). A OFC or just Fan-Character is a character made to fit into a specific universe
that is already established and that has its own set of rules that you have to follow
, unless you want to create a alternative universe.
Let's look at a few examples I've come across so that everyone can relate, shall we?
- A Transformer aka Cybertronian with hair and / or human-like eyes (no, a differently colored sclera is not your art style silly...)
- A Voltron character with demon features such as horns or a tail or angelic wings
- A Star Wars character that can do Potter-like Magic with spells and a wand
- A vampire prince that has green skin and feathers instead of hair
- A Vulcan that smokes weed and plays a magic flute to use soul magic to grow wings- A real life author-chan that can shoot lazers of the lulz from his/her eyes and has polka dotted blue skin that glows!
If the last one has made you look twice or at least raised your eyebrow then congratulations! There's still hope for you to not become a fandom-wrecking renegade. Some given attributes can be written to be acceptable by the community but once you step outside of what's normal for the universe you're working with other fans might end up pissed at you. However, remember that each and every fandom is different and they might react differently. It's also more common for older fandoms to be much more protective of their rules and canon lore. Still, making a outsider doesn't make them a dreaded Mary Sue. THAT is a completely different nest of hornets that I won't poke today.
Now, you're probably asking yourself if your OFC is one of these deviants. You can simply check that by asking yourself if they would fit in without breaking any canon rules or adding made up content that comes from you. Oh, what that is? It's stuff you made up and that you yourself added to the story. I'm talking real addition here and not "Oh! It's an army so I make up a new rank!" or "I've never seen someone in the show with white hair so I'm giving my OFC that!" -- No, no. What I mean is.... say, the story includes only vampires and humans. Nothing else has ever even been hinted at so nothing else exists in the canon lore. It is, basically, impossible in this universe. You: "Let's make a fairy!"
Because? Because potato of course! It's an added variable that comes from you only and that changes the story in ways other fans might see as defilement of the story they love. Love is one of the strongest emotions so better be prepared for some incoming elitists.
It's easy to "fix" this because technically there is nothing broken with your creation. All you really need to do is become self aware of what you made and think about what you want to call your character. Is it a free-as-a-bird OC? Is it a canon-following OFC? OR is it a OFC that lives in a made up AU? Everything is possible!
So stop ranting about how people should stop to bash you poor soul for making a misfit. Instead of wallowing in rage and self pity let's turn that into something positive. Be PROUD of your new idea for the old and rusty fandom but please for the love of every deity there is, learn the difference between an actual OC and a falsely labeled OFC. USE that to your advantage and for the sake of your own happiness be PROUD of how you wrote your own story and character, that was based on a already existing work. Be even more proud of completely original works.
Now it's your time to shine. Leave your opinion below! Every opinion is welcome and they would mean much to me.AN: DARN IT PEOPLE- read this thing before you start to complain about shiznit that has nothing to do with what I'm saying here!