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..:: OC Assistant ::..
Do you need help with your OC ? I will also have other pplz * my friendz if they want to * help you if I am busy ... just remember to keep your attitude at the door ... or else ...
and here is some basics on OC's
Doing so in a non-cross over setting will be more difficult.... (why is it easier in crossover settings? Super Robot Wars/Taisen's orignal characters are rather godly for hte most part and fans of that will let that slide) Since the risk of making him/her too flawed or too perfect... and dull at that.
In Lucky Star the lack of Male characters allows for male OCs.... though in other ficdoms such as bleach with many characters of both genders, having an OC in will stick out like a sore thumb and an obviously cheesy self-insert attempt.
Of course if you're going for the supporting OC route, it's easier since mentor types aren't that hard to do, though if you make them too overpowered or too empowering people might have a fit.
My main OC, Rei Kurohagane while able isn't perfect (and in fact a few characters really don't like him due to parts of his personality; which is while confident, smart, is also egotisical, perverted, and is prone to doing good things solely for the sake of his ego)
I'm thinking about a OC/Miyuki story... and the guy in question would be Yukimura, an above average guy who generally is lazy and doesn't care for much effort... going as so far as to give off an impression of a thug as to get people to leave him alone. He's also a dabbler (not so much a wiki, but someone who looks into things some on a casual basis) Now that I think about if I ever get this idea going, He'd have his own image to go against. (Proving he's not a savage thug).
1. Make your character likeable: Every character in Lucky Star, has a hook of some form. And that hook makes them cute/interesting/funny. Your original character should have something that makes them special. If your character is a guy, that doesn't mean he has an excuse. He/She needs to be fleshed out and have their own personality so they can blend in with the cast.
My OC, Kaito Yasuhiro, is kind of a modernized guy. He's lazy, he plays video games, he watches anime, he's usually relaxed and accepting, and he cooks. And while he is a nice guy, he isn't afraid to be passionate or manly with his issues. But even with these qualities, he has some issues and is very uncertain.
2. DO NOT make him boring: Your character should not blend in with the background. (Like Misao fears) He shouldn't be plain or normal. Maybe a little, like, he can blend in with society, but his life shouldn't be completely mundane and simple. You want to be able to think of him talking and he doesn't give off a vibe like Minami. You don't have to tell everything about him at the beginning, but you want it ease it out.
3. DO NOT make him a jerkass: I have this issue with a couple of stories here, but I think the message speaks for itself. You can't let him or her be a selfish jerkass. If you do, he should atleast pay for his issues or have him see the light. People don't like stories where the jerkass gets away with what he wants and he still continues to treat some people like **. And it's annoying. So along with that, don't character hate either.
4. DO NOT make him follow harem stereotypes: Let's think about harem/ecchi characters from other animes: Keitaro, Tenchi, Tsukune, Rito, Kouta, Rin, Saito, Minato. Why do most of us hate some of these characters? They are complete dumbasses and/or total **. DON'T BE LIKE THEM. You do not want to reflect on the major flaws of any of them. Sure, they can worry about simple things like school, money, and the future. Those are things many people naturally worry about. You want to aim for great male roles like Keiichi from the Higurashi series, Tomoya from Clannad, or Ryuuji from Toradora!
5. Don't be afraid to experiment: Seriously, don't fear about trying new things. Granted, not batshit insane new things that involve shooting people with lazers, but be open to new ideas. You don't want to again fall into cliches. New things and questioning your readers (Not confusing) will get people to continue reading. In fact, I'm still surprised no one has done a story with a FEMALE OC.
6. DO NOT insert sympathy: Don't try to put in anything like they have a life-threatening disease and we should treat them "nice" for that. This is similar with tip number four. You can give them realistic problems and issues. But they need to be smoothed over or handled in a lighthearted manner. Like Konata. Her mom is dead, but that doesn't get her down.
That's basically everything I can give. I've also read every Male OC story in the section too, and I have my own thoughts on what's smart and what's stupid.
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Last edited by VaatiChan; 2008-12-22 at 15:49. Reason: Basics