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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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Artsi-Girly Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  New member 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!!
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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.
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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
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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 :)
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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.
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lobodibujos Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Is true! Is not the same! 
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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.
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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?
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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. 
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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 ?
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