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Fan Characters CAN be original by whitty-boo Fan Characters CAN be original by whitty-boo
It's really hard to say this without being a bitch.

But if you know me, I like to make characters that are based off fandoms. They're not CRAZILY into the fandom, just nice touches like powers. But what I really don't like is people thinking that fancharacters aren't orignal characters.

But they ARE original. Well, at least the good ones are. I understand the whole "OMG MY NARUTO CHARACTER WITH ALL THIS GENJUTSU AND ITS GOING TO HAVE A--"

ok. Yeah. But arent' there mary sue "original characters" as well? What people don't understand is that Fan characters can be original too. Don't we create them from our mind, take time to perfect they're personality, history, purpose and design, just like original characters? Don't we love and care for them and enjoy them as much as original characters?

I think fan characters have a mis-understanding. But I think its from how lots of fan characters are not well thought through and rather cliche or mary-sues. That's why "OC" groups don't accept them. And just because they're technically under a fandom, no matter how original they are or how unrelated they are to the fandom characters and plot, they are denied from wonderful "OC" groups.

It makes it seem like its so WRONG to have a fan character.

I love my character Porsche and she's so original and I've never really seen another like her (okay, a bit biased, but hey) and the ONLY THING making her a fancharacter is her powers, but I can't submit my art of her to any of the OC groups I'm in because its like she has this disease of being "a fan character" and then I get all these warnings and I get banned from the group and... *sigh*

What I'm saying is that characters are characters, no matter if they're made up out of the blue or based off a fandom. They're ORIGINAL CHARACTERS, things we thought of ourselves. I don't understand why people make such a big deal out of they're technical differences.
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MountainLygon Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The distinction I make between a fan character and a true original character is, whose world are they in?  Yours or someone else's?  If you marketed your character, would you face a C&D from a given company?  I find that the original characters I love best are the ones whose worlds I have created myself.  Your fan character can be totally unique from all the other fan characters in that fandom, or even throughout the internet.  But they are still just a fan character.  You did not tell their story from scratch.  You told it from where it deviated and/or joined up with someone else's story.

I have an original character who is basically a young Scrooge McDuck in human form as far as his design and the basics of his personality are concerned.  This was intentional.  But he has his own story and is completely unrelated to anything that someone else owns.  Thus, while he is inspired by a character belonging to Disney, he is not a Disney character, and thus I can market him if I wish.  I cannot say the same about, say, my gypsy character because he is set in the world of Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Yarnipper Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Well it's like you said, it depends.

Made a sonic character, totally new species (let say a deer done in the sonic art style) with no super speed and does something else.  I can accept that as an original thought out chracater to a point.  Taking a drawing of tails and recoloring him blue.  Not one bit of that is original. 

I draw fanart, but I can't make a fan OC because it makes my character to me feel fake, as it was never really thought of purely from my mind but spawned from something someone else did, for their owned franchise, which it can probably never be apart of (unless some magic stroke of luck happens) but even then I wouldn't get much out of it.  But that's just how I see it in my mind.
kaciekk Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I think My 'fan' characters are Original Characters. It's not that they are exactly fan characters, but they were inspired by other stuff ,my little pony and then my favorite band, but my logic is different than both of those and I have put thought into my characters. I hate when people hate on my characters at first sight because they are ponies, but they are much more than that, I just like to draw a pony design and colors.
MetalByakko Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
It isn't wrong tohave a fancharacter, but sadly many aren't something more than cheap copys or force love interests.
Otherwise they can be as good as OC'S.
To be honest, it's the first time where I hear people make such a big different between these two kinds of characters.
SpetsnazKaz Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As long as you put actual effort into them, than yes.
pikaCOOL360 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist
xaveysaur Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Okay so this might just be my opinion here but fan characters are just that. Yes in face they are ORIGINAL in the fact that someone created them besides the ones being in the show/game/whatever they're from, but that in my book does not in face count as an "original character"
In my opinion an original character is a totally separate thing where in which they are not made to be in a plot / environment made by someone else; examples given are animes like Naruto, or games like Sonic.
An OC in theory is where it is someone's character from a story someone crafted themselves that interacts with only other characters that fit into said story made by the creator.
Well, like I said it's my opinion, so no one come after me being all "U ARE RONG FAHN CHARACTURZ ARE ORIGINUL TWOOO!!11!"
Just an opinion, didn't say it was fact or anything xD
But yeah, I tried my best to explain myself, sorry if it didn't make sense that much, lol
xRoconza Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013   General Artist
I can't see why not. My character started out as fans characters but when I strip away the fan part they were still the same character minus a few unimportant things. A good OC, fan or not should not be defined by the other characters around it or the world it lives in.

Many if not all my fan characters are going to be adapted in to a original work so by my count they are original characters in their own world.

If a group reject your character find a new group that supports your creative expression.
ecanic Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
No they can't
WireTheHedgehog2 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Fan Characters should be original, no matter what. Others can say no, but I say fan characters are originl too.
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