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Stamp: Fanchars are not OCs by Jammerlee Stamp: Fanchars are not OCs by Jammerlee
UPDATE: I AM NOW IGNORING ANY QUESTIONS I HAVE ALREADY ANSWERED. I'm tired of repeating myself. Have a question in regard to this stamp? READ THE COMMENTS FIRST. I've most likely already answered someone else over the exact same thing.

This is a major major pet peeve of mine, and it confuses the crap out of me. Why are the terms "fanchar" and "original character" used interchangeably? A fanchar is a character created within the universe of another person's marketed work - Sonic the Hedgehog, Inuyasha, Harry Potter, whatever - a fandom, if you will. While an original character belongs to the universe created by that person's mind.

My character Darian Shiloh is an original character. He exists within Idika, an original story I'm writing not based off of any pre-existing fandom. My character Midnight the Bat is a fanchar. She exists within the Sonic the Hedgehog universe. My character Lance Argentum has both an original incarnation in Idika, and a fanchar incarnation in Sonic the Hedgehog. It's... really not that hard.

It took me ages to realize people were using these terms interchangeably when "OC" became popularized - it still causes me confusion, actually.

And for the record, I don't really care if you don't agree with my opinion, and I don't care what kind of arguments you have against it either. I've heard them all, and I find them incredibly weak. Can you market the character without infringement? No? Then it's a fanchar. Don't agree? Fine. But I refuse to change my opinion about this.


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BlackMew13 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well if someone creates a human character they also shouldn't be able to claim it to be an OC because they did ot create humans...
to me the only big difference between FCs and OCs is that FCs are copyrighted by someone, while OC aren't

when you create a FC you take something already existing and make a character out of it
when making an OC you (usually) take something already existing and make a character out if it

where's the big difference ? i've seen characters based on copyrighted stuff that were much more original than characters based on humans or animals ='P
MyEarMuffinPanda Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohhh! I didn't know they were different -.-
well don't I feel stupid
im gonna change some folder names then :)
MountainLygon Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I admit, I'm guilty of referring to my fan characters as OCs.  Now that I have a sizeable collection of actual OCs, I've been making an effort to make a distinction.
lobodibujos Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Is true! Is not the same! 
Guardianwarriors Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Student General Artist
This is very true. I once a stamp that said ' IT DOESN'T MATTER IF IT'S A FAN CHARACTER, IT'S STILL AN ORIGINAL CHARACTER!' That person clearly doesn't know the difference between OCs and FCs.
FoxyPika Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So if I have a Pokémon character. (actually a lot of them) Are they fan character or oc? Because, while they are pokemon, and some of anime/game logic applies to them, most of them live in a different universe alltogether, not the one in anime/videogames?
XG912 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student General Artist
To be fair this is my opinion. Since you are calling your character a Pokémon it is still a fan character. Though you mentioned your characters live in another universe, they are still created and influenced from Pokémon. Original characters are created from scratch and fabricated into your own ideas and creations. I hope this helps, your question. 
BlackMew13 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so what about humans ? or animals ? you did not create them, they were not your ideas, so how can you call them OCs ?
XG912 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student General Artist
I don't understand what you are upset about? I simply stated my opinion and you are WAY off topic. Did I say I created the universe or stated that I was GOD?! Why are you over exaggerating my answer? I am talking about existing fictional characters So you mean to tell me you have every right to take Sponge Bob, change his color to pink, create your own cartoon, change the name into Sponge Marry Square Dress? Oh wait yes you do since Stephen Hillenburg wasn't the creator of sponges. :lol:  

Please understand my opinion, and if you still don't get it, than what will be the point talking to you? 
BlackMew13 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i... am not upset ? i was just stating my point of view...
i have nothing against your opinion, you are free to think what ever you want~

i was just saying than when you cant call a pokemon character an original character because you did not create them
then how can you call a human character an original character eventough you did not create them ?

i was just trying to say that i dont have a problem with calling pokemon characters OCs because human or animal characters arent anymore original than them

of course you are free to disagree with that
i just tought that since you stated your opinion i was allowed to do the same^^

i dont want to insult you or anything, but to me it seems you're the one who missed the point of my comment and over exaggerated the whole thing...
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