I fell down the Destiny 2 rabbit hole back in May and still haven't really recovered. I love everything about this game.
Anyway, I began lurking in the fan community on Tumblr. And it's been really interesting.
I mean, all fandoms are basically the same. You have the official ships and the unofficial ships, the irreverent comic strips, the jokes, the super good art and the crappy art and all of it is fine. You have the fans who will do battle over tiny details, and fans who irrationally hate one character. You know. Fandom stuff.
Anyway, one thing I noticed about the Destiny fandom is the way people build their OCs.
In the Sonic community, people tend to start their character at the level of Shadow and build up from there. "My OC is perfect and beautiful and has Sonic's speed and Shadow's chaos control and Knuckles's strength and Tails's charm! And my favorite character is in luuuuuuuv with them!"
We've all made at least one of those, heh. I know I did. And it's fun, but it kind of makes them hard to tell stories about. After all, once your character is an unkillable god, what else is there for them to do?
Destiny OCs work exactly the opposite, much to my amusement.
In Destiny, your character is already an unkillable god. The in-game resurrections after a game death are baked into the game's premise. As a Guardian, you can die and resurrect over and over, as long as your little robot ghost is around as your own personal healer. Kind of like running a tank/healer combo in Warcraft or Team Fortress 2. Your character has super powers, super strength, super speed, you name it.
So, when people build their OCs, they tend to back them down. Sure, their character may be awesome in combat. But maybe they have dark secrets from their past life. Or they're incredibly insecure. Or they're super lonely. Or they're afraid of/can't control their own powers. Or they're falling to the Darkness in some way (being Taken is popular).
It's like, starting with a character who is already super powerful actually forces people to think of other character traits to make them interesting. I've always liked learning about people's OCs, whether Sonic or Destiny. But it seems like Destiny skips a step in character creation by handing you all the super powers on a platter. Sonic OCs are rarely powerless losers, or just normal people. In Destiny, everybody wants to be normal, even though they never will be. Kind of a One Punch Man kind of deal.
So, are your OCs unkillable gods? Or are they interesting people? (And giving them a weakness like "super clumsy" doesn't count.)