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Not all Sonic FCs are recolors by TheLeetCasualGamer Not all Sonic FCs are recolors by TheLeetCasualGamer
Quick edit: It just came to me that you can make a very creative and original story from a fan-made character (not that all of them are) And the traits/personality can also be interesting and creative. But the design of the character itself is not really original because of the fact of how similar of a wire-frame your using. End edit

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Just a quick edit (submission day): It just came to me that this might be saying to accept a Sonic fan made character or like Sonic due to how insane the fandom gets. No I am not saying you have to like Sonic-fan made characters, just know what the difference is between a FC and a recolor.
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Oh boy the recolor topic. Never thought I'd dabble into this one again and I'm probably going to get some disagreement on this one.

This does not go against anybody who is trying to prevent art theft on our site. This is more against the people who keep saying "Do something more original, recolors aren't original" or something among those lines.

Before actually saying that a FC is a recolor, actually know what a recolor is. A recolor is when you take any screenshot, manipulate and color over it, and say it's your own work. However, let's say if you took the Sonic model. You make him a different color (let's just say deep purple) you take no screenshots and simply draw him from a scratch. You give him another name and background story. Guess what? That doesn't violate any rules and that is what is considered a fan-made character. And it's just as unoriginal as giving a Yoshi hair to make your own Mario character which I'm not saying it's a bad thing but it's just the difference between a fan-character and an original-character.

I'm not trying to defend poorly developed characters. Let's say just making a character named Zonic, having a back story the same as shadow, and having the powers of Sonic and Knuckles combined. If it was made from scratch it's still not a recolor but I would hate more on the fact that it's a Mary-sue (even in the Sonic universe) and just something that was pulled out of someone's ass.

I also hate recolors who try to defend themselves all the time by trying to hide the fact that their character is a recolor by adding other features to the screenshot that's already stolen. "Oh look at me, I gave Sonic longer quills, it's not a recolor," it's still stolen artwork dumbass. If it derives from a screenshot, it's traced or edited without permission, then it's a recolor no matter you do to try and change it.

But somebody can make a Sonic FC if they really want to. Why? Because they enjoy it. As long as they aren't claiming it to be original or stealing another person's work. But I do hate the negativity around this topic begging recolors to have originality instead of just encouraging them to just stop art theft. Every Sonic character was built off a similar wire-frame so of course your going to see a resemblance to another character when you see a Sonic FC, but it just doesn't make it a recolor.

This is where I'm trying to get at
Recolor = Art theft (hate it for that)
Fan-character = unoriginal but acceptable (I don't mean to use unoriginal negatively, but it's just the truth. But it doesn't mean you can't have fun making work out of it.)

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:iconstephiekitty2004:
stephiekitty2004 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
luna the pirate fox was a tails recolor but i drew her my way and she looks ok in my style
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RilesThePirate Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016   Traditional Artist
Riley (one of my OCs) USED to look like an Amy recolor, but I changed her design. People still say she's an Amy recolor wtf
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MarielKeybash96 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Hobbyist
I'm sure Firela a friend's Sonic FC is not a recolor.

But not every Sonic FC is a Recolor.
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Neko-Noskire Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015
i assume that in order to be original you have to not use the styling of sonic characters? you might think that it's considerate to say that they aren't recolors but you still pretty much condemning anyone attempting to make an original character using the sonic style as being unoriginal.
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Neko-Noskire Featured By Owner Edited Dec 26, 2015
my rebuttal to this: neko-noskire.deviantart.com/ar…

overall my interpretation of what you have written is that you accuse characters of being unoriginal simply because they were drawn in a particular style. this will not do
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Dumuzink Featured By Owner Edited Sep 8, 2015
None of my OCs are recolours, I draw them in either Paint or GIMP.

Also Zonic? As in the Zone Cop? XD
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Neko-Noskire Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015
i use 3d models in secondlife
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GoliathDoesFlash66 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
true.
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MarchanMoon Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is probably the same reason I barely (Mostly never) submit art "Sonic FCs" on DA, they are pretty fun to draw and I love to design my very own. And I've had many FCs just for RP. But drawing them is a risk especially a lot of people claim they are recolors. There are many artists in the world who work hard on these character and try their best to make a believable character. 

Kudos to you for making this stamp. 
~Hollow
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Hot-coco-princess Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Student General Artist
This is the one reason why i redesigned my character Sonya over 20 times. Her first designs was constantly getting comments like "oh is that a female sonic?" or "Sonya's a good name for the female version of sonic" like seriously!It's tiring for a character that someone worked hard on and drew by hand to be a called a recolor or the genderbend version of an offical character from anything.

But Sonya before i turned 12 was a mary sue  at the time,so it took me a while to resdesign her compelety
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Neko-Noskire Featured By Owner Edited Oct 14, 2015
same here too! i had an original character that i decided to convert into a sonic furry. and had to immediately redesign her to not be a recolor of amy rose. and then redesign again since every sonic style rabbit in existence is a recolor of cream or bunny rabbot. how the hell is the use of 3d models in second life constitute a recolor
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Hot-coco-princess Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Student General Artist
i have no idea DX 

What is second life by the way? im just wondering
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Neko-Noskire Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015
a social network mmo sort of thing using 3d models. best way to describe it is something like garry's mod but alot older
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Hot-coco-princess Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Student General Artist
ohhh ok,coolio
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NinjahGamer Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg same!! Like I have to keep designing my FC cause people claim it as a recover... I recently just redesigned my FC.
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Hot-coco-princess Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Student General Artist
I luckily don't get that problem anymore with Sonya, but I still have to redesign other characters of mine
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NinjahGamer Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh... and btw I just realized I spelled recolor wrong XD
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Hot-coco-princess Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Student General Artist
Xit's ok bro c:
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NinjahGamer Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh and btw your profile pic so freakin ADORABLE X3
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Hot-coco-princess Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Student General Artist
X3, thanks man :)
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NinjahGamer Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Np XD
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CometThePorcupine222 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
THANK YOU!!!
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RoseOfTheNight4444 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I created in my head a character combining the genes of the three sonic heroes, but obviously,this was an experiment by egghead. I did It for the fun of it, and while I had someone draw it for me, I, keyword,I, came up with it. I didn't ask the artist to draw over something, but this character is a plot device for a fic of mine. It's not a recolor, and people are stupid If they think that my, er, Robuttniks, creation is one. Taiklenic, as I named him, dies in the end anyway, as he isn't a main character. So yeah.
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Cucumba1 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Well, to me, when it comes to making a Sonic FC you're so limited on what kind of animals you can do.

I don't really know, I could be wrong or not. But sometimes it's just so limited. 
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RoseOfTheNight4444 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's where creativity comes Into play. Use any animal. They did that in thecomics. It shouldn't be limited if It's worth while
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RakuPorcupine Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah like look at mine my fan Character is not a recolor, most recolor haters think some fan characters are recolors 
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Darkzack-Flame Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I made mine from scratch! I am a dummy! 
I don't like it when people bash me for liking Sonic though... :nuu: 
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RakuPorcupine Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too 
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Darkzack-Flame Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Or my fan character -_-'
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Fullmetal0Thunder Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I agree. I got accused of tracing/recoloring because I made a fan character.
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MicroDogWinter Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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TheRedThunder360 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Does it count if you use a pants base?
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neokasey82 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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What?
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Wehrmacht90 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Finally, someone out there who also understands. The word "recolour" should really explain itself but unfortunately people are stupid.
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KyzerKech Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013   General Artist
its because as it is on sonic every character looks the same almost when you take off the extras and the colors. xD its the same for mlp too... such similarity in structure makes it incredibly difficult to actually be original in that style.
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Neko-Noskire Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015
this is a winning post that pretty much explains it all.
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N1ghtDrag0n6777 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Although I have a Sonic Fan Character, I can agree with you. They're not original, no matter how much their creator changes their appearance from a different Sonic character.
My FC has some simulur features as Shadow. So, I get what your going at. And, yeah. Half of FCs are recolors and the other half isn't.
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jijio2000000 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student Filmographer
If you use a base made to be recolored (a sprite sheet made to make your character) It's not recoloring?
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Luyiji Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would say it is recoloring,but oh well it doesn't make sense.
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jijio2000000 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thought, i recolored it with permission. What don't make sense?
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mjponso Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
I've got a small handful of Sonic FC's, but I don't give them any sort of special powers or drastic shifts in appearance. I treat them as characters in a work of semi-realistic fiction, giving them personalities you might expect to find in real people. If I had better confidence in my drawing ability, I'd probably tweak their appearance over time, but the point remains.
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xsamxthexhedgehogx Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
TRUETH IS TOLD
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SHADIETHESONICFOX Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I so agree
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BluethornWolf Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
this is a true fact i support this stamp o3o
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GravitatingEnigma Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
true yes very true!
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CyberSamurai270 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
"Fan-character = unoriginal but acceptable"

Thank you! I get so tired of people always saying that some Sonic FCs are "original" when really non are.
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Scrap-of-metal Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Truth!
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Twilight-Knight1 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Agreed dude. Beyond agreed.
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Dogwhitesector Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I agree with you on fan characters being unoriginal idea. Though I know that a lot of people say that their Fan Characters are OC (Which is Original Character for them) because it was made by them and their hair, animal, body design cannot be seen anywhere in the sonic universe.

However I would classify them as Original Fan Character, but not an Original Character.
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PrincessAlta Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Recolour or no it's still not original.
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