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Guides to Help You Make Your OC

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Guides to Help You Make Your OC

Post  Kyra_Xyrespace on Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:36 pm

We've made a couple guides to help ensure a balanced OC. I've put them here under one easy section to find.

Table of Contents:
How To Avoid Really Annoying OCs
The Do's and Don't
Mary-Sues: The Place You Don't Want to Tread


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How to Avoid Really Annoying OCs

Post  Kyra_Xyrespace on Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:37 pm

Well this has come up recently and we want to prevent anyone from being left out of the RP because of this. If an OC is really really annoying, it will turn a person off and thus that OC will not have many interactions.

Ways to fix or to prevent this from happening.

1) Character development can be used to change the character in a positive way, even if that character is evil. It has to be done so that the annoyingness factor drops.

2) Don't suddenly decide to have a character act differently to just annoy RPCs, even if its you trying to get something from them.. That will backfire and result in that RPC not liking you or helping you from then on. If its a RPC you already hate, that is a different story.

3) Do not attempt to pull off a Princess; imitators never work.

4) Do not have your OC be a know-it-all. They are annoying and will find themselves kicked eventually. Note: know-it-alls and intellectuals are two separate things, so please know the difference.

More will be added if needed.

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The Do's and Don'ts

Post  Kyra_Xyrespace on Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:39 pm

Powers: This is a major no. We do not want powers ripped from any character since it won't feel original. Like a flame user using like six powers from fairy tail. Also, do not take signature moves from another character and use it as your own. Obviously we'll be able to backtrack them to the original character given the fact that they are the character's signature move (Ex: Sasuke's Sharigan (this also applies to looks, btw) or Zatch's Zakeru).

Looks: If you have your character look exactly like say Naruto, that's a no. Even something like the eyes from another series won't be tolerated.

Backstories: For the love of God, please be original. Do not just take a background from an already made character and claim it as your own. Obviously by this point, backgrounds are going to be similar. Here's an example of a no-no:
Example: "[Character] lost [his/her] parents when [he/she] was only 8. Since then, [he/she] grew up to a broody millionaire after inheriting [his/her] parent's money and used it to become a vigilantee over a rather terrible city.

Obviously, you can see the Batman in it. Here's an example of a backstory with Batman as a reference.
Example: "[Character] had lost [his/her] parents at a young age. Since then, [he/she] grew up with a distrust of people, never allowing people to get too close in a fear that [he/she] would lose them like [he/she] lost their parents. [He/she] grew protective of children, however, and vowed to never let another child grow up without a parent just like [he/she] did.

Personality: We don't want to see an original character that has an exact same personality as another. Like how Sasuke act in demeanor or how someone like Italy acts in Hetalia. They need to be their own person.

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Mary-Sues: The Place You Don't Want to Tread

Post  Kyra_Xyrespace on Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:40 pm

In story telling and RPing there are characters that come along that defy every basic principle. These are Sues. These characters avoid damage, can have unlimited ammo, never lose power, and gain abilities and powers with no explanation. Sometimes these power can be ridiculous, be too powerful or don't even match up with what the character can originally do. Here are basic tips

1) Have the powers written down so people know what they are. Try not to add powers that aren't related or try to give yourself new ones unless you say you found a book of some sort and an Overseer gives you permission.

2) The character needs to be hurt in some way during fight or be exhausted. Everyone has their limitations, even mental pain can be seen in this way. As someone is exhausted they shouldn't be able to keep up with the fight and some powers might even be impaired. Not everything is about fighting. Constant fighting lead to fatigue which causes a person to be tired for awhile.

3) Cash is important, but you have to say how you have it. You can't just say you have a million bucks without some way to back up to why you have it. If you're rich, own a company, win the lotto then that's perfectly fine.

4) A character has to have some flaw in them. This flaw is a weakness of some kind. It's not always part of their personality. Holden for example, has a flaw that he's scared to lose his family and isn't easy to trust people. It's a mental flaw, some can be personality traits or power hindrances. Even being drained is a flaw.

5) Weapons have limits to them. They can break or lose ammo. Even the best of weapons have a stress point, be that one you hold or someone created to be one.

6) Unless your name is Dr. Rebecca Holiday, you will have nothing unlimited. Nothing. Power, energy, weapons, etc nothing. Your OC has to have limitations, physical or not..

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