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Okay, so I’ve been reading a lot of fanfiction and now I know that a lot of you need a lesson in the art of creating OC’s. I’ll admit I’ve created some crappy OC’s in the past, but I was like ten and they got a decent number of followers, so I something right.

I’m guessing all of you have read at least one fanfiction where an OC ends up with the main character and trumps an important romance between him/her and another character. We’ll that OC may me a candidate for a Mary sue/Gary stu label.

What are Mary sue’s and Gary stu’s you may ask, we’ll I’m here to educate you in these two GIANT crimes against decent fanfiction. Trust me, an OC can make or break a fanfiction.

Here are the traits of a Mary sue.
-Everything in the story goes perfect for her. (This includes romance, school, Pokemon battling, duel monsters, fights, ect.)
-She has absolutely NO personality flaws what so ever. (She is nice no everyone, even people who hate her, which makes them fall in love with her and things like that.) Note: if you see that your character is turning into a Mary sue, do not, under any circumstances make her Bi-polar, it will make you seem lazy and like you don’t even care about your fanfiction.
-She has no weakness.
-Every male character (possibly even obviously gay ones) are attracted to her and will do anything to get with her (even kill each other, which will make her step in and magically stop it all and they’ll all go back to being friends.
-She has some long-lost relationship with one of the main characters, usually involving love. (She was friends with Ash before they both got Pokemon and wants to battle him to see his skills is okay, but she dated Gary and wants to rekindle what the once had is not)
-She has an extremely tragic story that somehow links her to the main character. (Example: There are actually ten tailed beasts and she is the carrier of the tenth)
-She dies an unatraly tragic death. (Cancer or anything like that doesn’t ruin the plot as much, but a made up disease might)
-She is immortal and is only partly human. (Most commonly vampire or at least part vampire. Not sure what crazy girls have with vampires, but I blame Twilight)
-Everyone (or almost everyone) is in love with her or is her friend. (It is very common for on character to hate her, but fall for her in the end)
-Has an over-used name like Sakura or Ayame.
-Makes a character become out of character AKA OOC. (Example: an openly gay character becomes straight and falls in love with her)
-Anything like what is listed above.
A Gary stu is just a male version of a Mary sue.

Now let’s get to making go OC’s! Here’s a list of everything you’ll need to decide on.

Name/nickname. This may sound simple, but there are many things you must factor in. The name should fit your character, but not absolutely perfectly. Also, if it takes place in another country, find a name from there for him/her. It really gets on my nerves when I  see something like Abby Uchiha.

Age. Make sure  it corresponds properly with your story, also don’t use your own age.

Hair: Use a natural hair color unless your character has a reason for it (Mutant, clan trait, ect.) Their hair style should fit with their personality and their hair should not be longer than it should be for their age.

Eye color: like hair color, your characters eye color should be natural unless they have a good reason. Also, humans CANNOT have cat eye’s.

Outfit: try to keep it modest unless your characters personality says otherwise. Don’t make it all black unless there’s a good reason.

Place of residence: get your facts straight. Look up the place you want them to live in and know it by heart.

Personality: pretty simple, personalities are not to be matched with names.

Powers: keep it modest, don’t give them anything special unless there’s a reason.

Weakness: if they have none, then they are a Mary sue.

Era: what time period are they from.

If you need, I will be willing to take a look at your OC’s.

Useful sites:

Names:
Real names: www.behindthename.com/
Fantasy names: rinkworks.com/namegen/

Creators (for visualizing OC’s):
Pokemon: hapuriainen.deviantart.com/art…
Digimon: hapuriainen.deviantart.com/art…
Harry Potter: hapuriainen.deviantart.com/art…
School girls: hapuriainen.deviantart.com/art…
Naruto: hapuriainen.deviantart.com/art…
Animal girls: the-clockwork-crow.deviantart.…

I will go through and make a good example OC and a bad one with all the creators.

I own nothing, all creators and sites belong to their respective owners.
Instuctions on how to create good OC's. I will be writing more articles about how to write good fanfiction. I am open to suggestions.
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Shian-selene Featured By Owner Edited Nov 15, 2014  Student General Artist
My brother has cat eyes! I swear! They'r between olive green and ocher. And they become greener when he is blushing from criying.

Ok, stopping bullshit. I know my character probably is a Mary Sue, but I use her in role playing, so no eye-harm to innocent people. (except for the multiple drawings I post here, cogh)

The problem is that in each role she has a different couple. And a different past. And even a different personality depending on that past. For me is difficult to do character sheets. And probably this is why people simply don't like my art, lol..

I will use her for part of a nuzlocke comic (it will be a very long one, involving various generations of her family, but I'll do it when I get better on drawing) and for a Skyrim run based comic my brother wanted to do with me.

Do you think this is over using? I recognize she is more a self introduction than other thing, but I'm not quite good on how people feel and react, so triying to create a new character for every different fandom when I'm so used to this one (I created her when I was six) that I almost know how she would react to something... (Not that I need them, If I ever public something it will be a backstory for any of the roles or a story based on one so... but I still feel something between guilt and 'I-can-do-whatever-I-want-with-my-free-time')

And here I am, telling you my life, and probably even if you answer me I won't quit on doing all of the said above. I'm terrible xd Sorry.
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WandererInDarkness Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Note me, I wanna see if my character's any good at all. Although people do like him, I wanna make sure the backstory I think up isn't over-tragic or anything.
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SpaceVoidStudios Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Artist
Is it okay that my character is 8-bit, as in appearance?
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Animedemon001 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, if the series focuses on an 8-bit world.
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SpaceVoidStudios Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Student Artist
Yes, my world is pretty much 8-bit
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Animedemon001 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Okay, then. Your charcter being 8-bit should be fine.
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SpaceVoidStudios Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Student Artist
Thanks! Now its time to get creative with pictures! :)
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SpaceVoidStudios Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Artist
As in can an OC's place of residence be in a fictional world you created?
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