Tips & Advice on making OCs and Characters

I should’ve made this post a long time ago.

This post had been sitting in the drafts forever and I had finally decided to look through my drafts. Here I am putting together something that was probably old, but could somehow finish it. I will be writing and finishing this post with a freaking gap of about 3 months, so it might get ugly.

This post was originally supposed to be tips from myself on making OCs for yourself and pretty much anything. Different people recommend different things. These are just things that I would do ( which somewhere I’m sure this thing states, but I really don’t feel like revising and editing. ;-; )

The Original Article; Untouched/Not Edited

I made a post about horrible and decent OCs, so why not make a post after it about my advice on making OCs and characters? Here’s some advice coming from my experience of OCs, most of which are from seeing other people’s OCs be torn apart by a fandom’s community. Hope that these are somewhat helpful because you might see them in other places too. c:

The OCs I mention may or may not be the characters I use in my own stories. They don’t really follow any fandom’s rules.

Also, when I mention fandom, I am speaking about a community based around something, like Pokemon, Sonic, anime related, things like that. If you’re making an OC for a fandom, there’s most likely some sort of set of rules when making a character that can limit your options on making a character.

My Tips and Advice in Character Development
  1. If you are making a character for a fandom, try to avoid having any contact with any characters that are already made.
    • Based off of the things I see that people in fandoms hate is if you make your OC related to a “canon” character ( character that’s already made and in the official works. )
      • Relationships that are giant “NOS” in fandoms are sexual relationships, especially with one or more canon characters.
      • Do not make your character the “lost” mother, father, brother, sister, uncle, grandma, grandpa, cousin, etc. People just HATE that. Plus, you can’t even technically do that because in the official works, the company running or showing the official works may have never mention anything about a “lost” family relative.
      • The friend relationships can be “iffy” depending on the people that see your character and your work including your OC and canon characters. I would just suggest avoid these friend relationships as best you can.
  2. Don’t recolor a canon character. Just don’t.
    • If you’re creating an OC, why would you use a recoloring of a canon character and claim it as your own? Technically, you can’t even call that an OC.
      • Avoid using google images as a place to get your finished works.
      • Coloring over screenshots and editing canon characters are only an exception if you aren’t planning to use it as your final work/character. You can use it as a rough draft I guess.
  3. Oh boy, the naming process of your character. I would advice that you have everything but the name finished when you’re thinking of a name for your character, or have nothing done on the character and start with a name.
    • Research your fandom, weird but some people may not actually know the little rules to making a character’s name in their fandom. Make sure the name you’re coming up with follows the rules or guidelines of the fandom you are placing them in.
      • Best and easiest example would be making an OC for Erin Hunter’s “Warrior Cats” series. Don’t make a name like “Dragonwing” but go with something like “Frogleap” or “Moongaze.”
    • Avoid making the longest name as possible. If you come up with a list of names, thing about this; “Which name actually speaks for my character?”
      • Using one of my OCs for example, when you think of the name “Raven” you don’t think of a girl with bright colors and happy as crap. You think of a character with darker colors, which in his case are shades of black and grey.
      • I would suggest looking at real names found through out the world and looks at the backgrounds, origin, and meaning. Things of that nature.
  4. Designing the character can be fun, but like the name it needs to match the character’s personality and the fandom’s rules.

Add Ons/Finishing Above Article

  1. Designing the character can be fun, but like the name it needs to match the character’s personality and the fandom’s rules.

Going off from the above statement; 

  • An example of a good character design for a character with say the name “Red,” people would expect to actually see the character in red or look red.
  • Also, when designing a character, repeating a pattern or an object, just something that appears through out the costume help to boost your character’s appearance.
    • Some people, very few, can actually pull off an OC that looks very random, yet somehow they planned it all out. If you want a character like this, I don’t know what advice to give you.
  • Your character’s story/background/history;
  • Whatever you do, do not relate to anything like; “Parents killed by [ insert the name of said enemy found in fandom/world ]” This will automatically make your character crap in most cases.
  • If you do the above, make it really, really, creative. Like it having to do with something in their design or psychological behavior like mental illnesses found in the real world; examples are, but not limited to;
    1. Depression
    2. Phobias ( extreme fear of something )
    3. Missing limbs or body parts
    4. Borderline Personality disorder


Rushed conclusion;

This article is again something I’m just trying to finish up. If you want more advice on making OCs, I’m sure someone out there has a guide of some kind or some advice you can take with you. Sorry that this was kind of crap and might not have made a whole lot of since. ;—-;