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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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.
If it's not your story, it's not an original character.
I'm guessing it's a fan character???
that's why I prefer calling my characters just characters as opposed to "OCs"
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!!
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
well don't I feel stupid
im gonna change some folder names then
Please understand my opinion, and if you still don't get it, than what will be the point talking to you?
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...
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...
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...
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.
I think we should agree to disagree because I believe if I continue this conversation, we are not going to get anywhere.
But not all ocs are fan characters.
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.
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.
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. ^^°
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....