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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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BlunaBeast Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's honestly a MAJOR pet peeve of mine when someone calls their fan character an "oc"
Like UH
As someone who strictly ONLY makes OCs, it's almost insulting when they call their fcs an oc.
There's a big difference, and people REALLY need to learn it.
Titanium-Zen Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The truth has been spoken 
PrincesseKitCat Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Student General Artist
100% agree. Why people don't understand this??
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Vovina-de-Micaloz Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Original refers to your own original story.

If it's not your story, it's not an original character.
BlunaBeast Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
PR0XYFR34K Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Arkreon Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a question, if you make a pokemon character, is it a fan character or an oc?
I'm guessing it's a fan character???
BlunaBeast Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fan character, yes.
ICB-Penguin Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
This stamp hped solve a lot of confusing problems..
Sabrillian Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is why it kills me when people say, "I hate OCs", because they're implying they hate all characters ever made, not fan-created characters XP
that's why I prefer calling my characters just characters as opposed to "OCs"
Yaoiwriter25 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
 People can make Fanchar and OCxCanon if they want but to me its a waste of time, i want to own whatever I make and be able to be the only one pairing those two characters together every fandom has to have an OC. Why can't one just enjoy what the author made instead of trying to change it?
Xxdarkangel113xX Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
All my OCs are from MY video games, stories and anime :)
Artsi-Girly Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Okay I agree wich is why I call my original charecters fan charecters since original charecters are from the game and fan charecters are made by you and when I see the word OC I get confused and think that that one charecter is a main playable charecter in the game and or show so
idk why people call them ocs when they really should be called FCS instead, it just makes more sense and dosnt get as confusing as ocs do wich is why I stoped calling my original charecters ocs when theyre really fan charecters I dont see why everyone dosnt call them FCS instead of ocs
and honestly sometimes I think ocs are mary sues either they loook the same as that main charefter or its there personality for example nice sweet helpful kind never evil, has a perfect life n all that crap
sometimes I like mary sues but not all the time most of the time mary sues are friggen stupid as crap!!
Sleepstar Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
One of my fancharacters has the same first name as one of my Original Characters, which leads to confusion due to them having the same first name. However, there are a lot of differences between Fanon Character Harold and Original Character Harold. The main ones being their appearances, personalities, skills and surnames. But I treat them as separate characters though they share one or two similarities with each other. Both had a near-death experience somewhere in their backstories, though in the case of FC!Harold he was poisoned in his first year while in the case of the Original Character it was due in part to his condition which led to his collapse at school one day. But apart from that they are just two different characters.
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  Hobbyist 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...
XG912 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Ugh... no if you started your opinion off saying, "I disagree, it's like your saying people have no right making Oc's since we are not the creators of humans, animals, etc." Yes, I still will disagree with your opinion but I would of taken your comment seriously. Also no you didn't mentioned Pokémon in your sentence. It's best to be specific with your answers, if you want someone to understand your point of view. Or else people might look at your comments like this:


Get it? Just look at the creator of the MLP cartoon, Lauren Faust. Is she the original creator of the My Little Pony Franchise? No, Mrs. Faust had to get permission from the developers, Bonnie Zacherle, Charles Muenchinger and Steve D'Aguanno who made the pony dolls in 1983, with Hasbro. I don't know much about the character names or plot but if Ms. Faust created the cartoon without Hasbro's permission, she would of got sued. That is the whole point of my argument. I believe fan characters should be credited to their original owners. If you chose to create characters from someone else's fictional universe, it should be credited. I don't know how I could stress this out even further for you to understand why. Trust me, if you try to make a cartoon series, or comic book of your fan made Pokémon  oc's. The outraged fans are not the ones you want to be worried about...:giggle:       

BlackMew13 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im sorry i didn't think my comment was that confusing...

also, creating something based on something cpyrighted isn't something bad! there's nothing wrong with making pokemon characters o the like
but you cant earn money of of that stuff! i can create my own pokemon comic without gmefreaks agreement, but i cant sell it! if i wnated to sell it then i'd have to get gamefreaks premission to do so

they wont sue me because i draw pokemon just for fun~

and really, i dont care if you call a character an OC or FC, its still just character so i guess i'll just call them that instead of labeling them...
XG912 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Yes, you don't need  Mr. Satoshi Tajiri's permission making fan art, that is what I am trying to tell you. You mentioned you do understand that you can not sell his creation, which means we both have an agreement. Now do you see why it is labeled fanart? 

C'mon that last sentence seem a little sensitive, I am too, sorry, I just cant understand why you think labeling your art or characters as fan art a bad thing. It just states that your character belongs to a canon fiction. That is it...there is no catch. No one is calling you untalented for making fan characters, if that is why you don't like the idea of fan characters. :shrug: 

I think we should agree to disagree because I believe if I continue this conversation, we are not going to get anywhere.

So therefore :iconimsodoneplz: 
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Absolhunter251 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with you there! :)
velvetturkey Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Whats a fanchar?
PrincesseKitCat Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Student General Artist
A fan character.
seadoq Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
a fancharacter is a character from a canon universe like Sonic or Avatar.
while a original character is from your own made up world! c:
velvetturkey Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hehe thankies
peacefulinvasion Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I say yes and no. A fan character is a category of oc. There are two types of ocs. Fan characters and stand alones. Stand alones have their own universe fan characters live in somebody else's canon universe.

But not all ocs are fan characters.
CyberTheHedgehog270 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Thank you.
Zentono Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
I know they aren't, I use to call my OCs FCs. But now I call them OCs and still call characters I created that are based off of something OCs, but I'll try to call them FCs.
wwwarea Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
I think this idea that they are "not" the same is honestly lacking knowledge on how culture works. Basically every work has came from another mind.
Original character is based on customs, I say if I have a character inspired from sonic or sonic fandom for example, it's a OC, because you used your own mind to create a new form. Which is not anything different than people how created any character in the first place. I say when someone makes characters based on a movie/show/comic/etc, it's the fresh light that a new culture (Well a even bigger culture because move/show/comic/etc was from somewhere too) has been created, and THAT is what Culture and creativity is about.

I think the separated delusion of "fan-inspire" and "non-fan-inspire" is very delusional and completely made up, which can be very harmful about others who believed strongly about there inspired characters. Basically, fan-made works can be turned to a "original" work, or even is.
True Originality doesn't exist, especially that every movie/show/comic/etc has got ideas from others and fan-made. I just don't think it's fair to pretend that a "Harry-Potter inspired character or fan-made inspired" (For example) character is "fake" or pretend that people "not" coming from that actually are the only OC. lol

If FCs are just to recognize poeple of where they often got inspired by, maybe it doesn't hurt but at the same time, it's also a OC often. (Or Custom Character like anything else is)
These "FCs" as some call it are often burst sprouts of culture like things.
I guess why I said that is that ever since I learned that every idea came from somewhere, and that to create something, you must get ideas from others in the first place, accepting anything (Even based on "fan-made") would be considered the same creation of any work to a new.

Note, I'm not trying to be mean, I'm just saying it's a bit unfair and dangerous that we should separate these things without knowing that Culture and creativity doesn't exactly work that way in the "label" way of fan-works and "non"-fan-works.
Meiwakuna-Baka-16 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to say "Sonic OC", when I realised that makes no sense. So now I say Sonic FC (or whatever) and OC for actual ORIGINAL characters.
Zelendur Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

why be picky about the term one uses?

OC is OC. To be honest I thought for a long time, OC would be "own character" xD So it fits in both ways. I can see your point but.. honestly, I don't really care how people call it.

Hermy-one Featured By Owner Edited Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think its a creativity and credit (as in I came up with them entirely on my own) thing. 
Zelendur Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, if I say "it's my Homestuck/Naruto/Warrior Cats/[insert series] OC", there is obviously Credit given I think ^^°
Everything about the character should be original, it's only the world setting they're in that is not your own. But the character IS indeed what the creator came up with.

And Fancharacters can be just as Original as characters in self-thought universes - it's quite a work to take an existing world and fit your character into it.

Only speaking of good OCs of course, I mean there are just as many shitty fancharacters as there are shitty OCs. ^^°
Sparky-the-Scraggy Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Technically an "FC" is a "subcategory" for the general "OC"
It's like -

It starts out as the general "OCs" Which is literally any and all characters you created, originally, yourself. That's all an OC really is.]]
then it's FCs RPCs and legitimate OCs and any other kind of character group there may be.

Now, it's a different story when your character is just a re-colour, cause that's not original at all....
UnessesarySunglasses Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I dedicate this to my parents. :I they always ask me "Oh what series is that one of your character from?" And I'm like: "...>:U"
scourgefangirlartist Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
True that
i have Fantrolls(fanChars)  and Other FAN chars but still
Crimson Kat Spellrifter Scorpia and ect are OCS NOT FCS GET IT RIGHT
ThoAdopts Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
I agree it makes me made people are like

HETALIA OC!!!!!!!!!1
HOMESTUCK OC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111111111111111
CrazyFangirl01 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
this.... makes me feel rather simple minded.
SHer-5 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
I find my self mixing the two up <n> ... It's horrible... I need to learn to correct my self >w>U
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