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.