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13th Jun '17 9:38:16 PM Nulono
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** Because of the ''huge'' PeripheryDemographic that follows this show, many of the background characters have [[WordOfDante Word Of Dante Style]] personalities that are almost universally followed. Even ''before'' the [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW comic series]] more or less made many of these personalities canon, it was strange to see Octavia as anything ''other'' than a cultured, sophisticated character with a British accent or Vinyl Scratch as being a wild unpredictable party animal, and the duo would always be depicted as at least friendly rivals and at most lovers. Keep in mind these two characters had ''no lines and no interactions'' whatsoever on the show and never even appeared in the same episodes. They're only two examples: almost every background character ever has been given a back story and a characterization by the fans, and some are popular enough that it is considered ''FandomHeresy'' to go against them. The most prominent are Lyra, Bon Bon, Vinyl Scratch, Octavia, Derpy Hooves, Golden Harvest, Time Turner/[[DoctorWho Doctor Hooves]], Colgate, Berry Punch, and Caramel with Button Mash (a character who literally showed up for one second in one episode) getting a spin-off online animation which inspired a large number of fanfics about him as well. Soarin also frequently appears in this role, doubly so because he is a rare male character on the show.

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** Because of the ''huge'' PeripheryDemographic that follows this show, many of the background characters have [[WordOfDante Word Of Dante Style]] personalities that are almost universally followed. Even ''before'' the [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW comic series]] more or less made many of these personalities canon, it was strange to see Octavia as anything ''other'' than a cultured, sophisticated character with a British accent or Vinyl Scratch as being a wild unpredictable party animal, and the duo would always be depicted as at least friendly rivals and at most lovers. Keep in mind these two characters had ''no lines and no interactions'' whatsoever on the show and never even appeared in the same episodes. They're only two examples: almost every background character ever has been given a back story and a characterization by the fans, and some are popular enough that it is considered ''FandomHeresy'' to go against them. The most prominent are Lyra, Bon Bon, Vinyl Scratch, Octavia, Derpy Hooves, Golden Harvest, Time Turner/[[DoctorWho Turner/[[Series/DoctorWho Doctor Hooves]], Colgate, Berry Punch, and Caramel with Button Mash (a character who literally showed up for one second in one episode) getting a spin-off online animation which inspired a large number of fanfics about him as well. Soarin also frequently appears in this role, doubly so because he is a rare male character on the show.
13th Jun '17 9:37:08 PM Nulono
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** Because of the ''huge'' PeripheryDemographic that follows this show, many of the background characters have [[WordOfDante Word Of Dante Style]] personalities that are almost universally followed. Even ''before'' the [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW comic series]] more or less made many of these personalities canon, it was strange to see Octavia as anything ''other'' than a cultured, sophisticated character with a British accent or Vinyl Scratch as being a wild unpredictable party animal, and the duo would always be depicted as at least friendly rivals and at most lovers. Keep in mind these two characters had ''no lines and no interactions'' whatsoever on the show and never even appeared in the same episodes. They're only two examples: almost every background character ever has been given a back story and a characterization by the fans, and some are popular enough that it is considered ''FandomHeresy'' to go against them. The most prominent are Lyra, Bon Bon, Vinyl Scratch, Octavia, Derpy Hooves, Golden Harvest, Time Turner, Colgate, Berry Punch, and Caramel with Button Mash (a character who literally showed up for one second in one episode) getting a spin-off online animation which inspired a large number of fanfics about him as well. Soarin also frequently appears in this role, doubly so because he is a rare male character on the show.

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** Because of the ''huge'' PeripheryDemographic that follows this show, many of the background characters have [[WordOfDante Word Of Dante Style]] personalities that are almost universally followed. Even ''before'' the [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW comic series]] more or less made many of these personalities canon, it was strange to see Octavia as anything ''other'' than a cultured, sophisticated character with a British accent or Vinyl Scratch as being a wild unpredictable party animal, and the duo would always be depicted as at least friendly rivals and at most lovers. Keep in mind these two characters had ''no lines and no interactions'' whatsoever on the show and never even appeared in the same episodes. They're only two examples: almost every background character ever has been given a back story and a characterization by the fans, and some are popular enough that it is considered ''FandomHeresy'' to go against them. The most prominent are Lyra, Bon Bon, Vinyl Scratch, Octavia, Derpy Hooves, Golden Harvest, Time Turner, Turner/[[DoctorWho Doctor Hooves]], Colgate, Berry Punch, and Caramel with Button Mash (a character who literally showed up for one second in one episode) getting a spin-off online animation which inspired a large number of fanfics about him as well. Soarin also frequently appears in this role, doubly so because he is a rare male character on the show.
8th Jun '17 7:38:15 PM lapistier
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** Similarly, the slightly-different design of Marinette is sometimes [[DecompositeCharacter made into a whole new person]] named Bridgitte, who may be Marinette's sister or cousin.

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** Similarly, the slightly-different design of Marinette is sometimes [[DecompositeCharacter made into a whole new person]] named Bridgitte, Bridgitte/Bridgette, who may be Marinette's sister or cousin.
28th May '17 7:08:13 AM OrionPax09
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* ''Anime/InuYasha'' has Michiru and Kaname Kururugi, the [[PlayerCharacter Player Characters]] from ''VideoGame/InuYashaTheSecretOfTheCursedMask''. The fanfic series ''Fanfic/TheLegacyOfTheCursedMaskSeries'' gives heavy focus to the Kururugi twins, and there are multiple pairing stories where either Michiru or Kaname is paired with a particular canon character.
16th May '17 7:19:19 PM Wynauttica
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Like all things in fanfiction, when handled badly, the OC Stand-in can delve straight into MarySue territory. Compare with the PossessionSue. Sometimes, these characters are just used to insult the heroes and make life hard for them, giving the character little point. Does Franchise/HarryPotter really need another teacher who's out to get him? Hasn't Franchise/{{Naruto}} dealt with enough crap already? In these cases, the character is simply used to replace the {{canon}} obstacles for TheHero with smaller and (sometimes) more realistic ones. An OC Stand-in is sometimes used to save a main character from being bashed... The OC Stand-in [[TheScapegoat is then bashed instead]]

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Like all things in fanfiction, when handled badly, the OC Stand-in can delve straight into MarySue territory. Compare with the PossessionSue. Sometimes, these characters are just used to insult the heroes and make life hard for them, giving the character little point. Does Franchise/HarryPotter really need another teacher who's out to get him? Hasn't Franchise/{{Naruto}} dealt with enough crap already? In these cases, the character is simply used to replace the {{canon}} obstacles for TheHero with smaller and (sometimes) more realistic ones. An OC Stand-in is sometimes used to save a main character from being bashed... The OC Stand-in [[TheScapegoat is then bashed instead]]
instead]].
11th May '17 2:40:32 PM rva98014
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* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', many of Judy's fellow officers in the ZPD such as Francine, Fangmeyer, Wolford, [=McHorn=], and others often recieve this treatment, due to being Judy's coworkers but having almost no characterization in the movie besides name and species.[[note]]Sometimes not even that; for example people can't seem to agree whether Fangmeyer is a wolf or a tiger[[/note]] Another common target for this treatment is Jack Savage, a rabbit superspy[[note]]although OCStandIn uses of him often cast him in other roles besides secret agent so long as they are badass, such as a hard-nosed private detective or a reformed ex-hitman, further driving home that they are essentially an OC in all but name and appearance[[/note]] from an early concept of the movie.

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* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', many of Judy's fellow officers in the ZPD such as Francine, Fangmeyer, Wolford, [=McHorn=], and others often recieve this treatment, due to being Judy's coworkers but having almost no characterization in the movie besides name and species.[[note]]Sometimes not even that; for example people can't seem to agree whether Fangmeyer is a wolf or a tiger[[/note]] Another common target for this treatment is Jack Savage, a rabbit superspy[[note]]although OCStandIn uses of him often cast him in other roles besides secret agent so long as they are badass, such as a hard-nosed private detective or a reformed ex-hitman, further driving home that they are essentially an OC in all but name and appearance[[/note]] from an early concept of the movie.
6th May '17 8:05:20 PM nombretomado
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* The ''Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries'' is full of characters that hardly get any development that many fanfic writers expand on, some noticeable examples include [[Film/{{Transformers}} Annabelle Lennox (and occasionally her parents)]] and Autobots who are not named Optimus Prime and Bumblebee.

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* The ''Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries'' ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries'' is full of characters that hardly get any development that many fanfic writers expand on, some noticeable examples include [[Film/{{Transformers}} Annabelle Lennox (and occasionally her parents)]] and Autobots who are not named Optimus Prime and Bumblebee.
30th Apr '17 2:19:25 PM nombretomado
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* The player characters from the ''HarvestMoon'' series, being {{Silent Protagonist}}s who's only real characterization is "friendly and hard working." Real [=OCs=] only come into the picture when fic writers want an exotic-looking character (90% of the time, female).

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* The player characters from the ''HarvestMoon'' ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' series, being {{Silent Protagonist}}s who's only real characterization is "friendly and hard working." Real [=OCs=] only come into the picture when fic writers want an exotic-looking character (90% of the time, female).
29th Apr '17 11:44:26 AM nombretomado
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* In the ''Series/ThirtyRock'' fandom, the Liz/Gretchen ship has a sizable following. Even if you're regular viewer of ''30 Rock'', you're probably wondering who Gretchen is. Well, she's a "brilliant plastics engineer/lesbian" whom Liz was set up on a date with as part of a MistakenForGay plot. Gretchen appeared in ''one episode'' back in the first season and has not been seen or mentioned since. But let's face it, it's not hard to see the appeal of pairing someone who looks like [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Stephanie March]] with someone who looks like TinaFey. Plus, the episode contained a substantial amount of LesYay, featured Frank and Pete becoming [[ShipperOnDeck Shippers on Deck]] for Liz/Gretchen ("So you're saying I should just be a lesbian?", "I'm not saying it'll be easy. You get drunk first."), and ended with Gretchen deciding she couldn't be JustFriends with Liz because they were getting into a StupidSexyFriend situation.

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* In the ''Series/ThirtyRock'' fandom, the Liz/Gretchen ship has a sizable following. Even if you're regular viewer of ''30 Rock'', you're probably wondering who Gretchen is. Well, she's a "brilliant plastics engineer/lesbian" whom Liz was set up on a date with as part of a MistakenForGay plot. Gretchen appeared in ''one episode'' back in the first season and has not been seen or mentioned since. But let's face it, it's not hard to see the appeal of pairing someone who looks like [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Stephanie March]] with someone who looks like TinaFey.Creator/TinaFey. Plus, the episode contained a substantial amount of LesYay, featured Frank and Pete becoming [[ShipperOnDeck Shippers on Deck]] for Liz/Gretchen ("So you're saying I should just be a lesbian?", "I'm not saying it'll be easy. You get drunk first."), and ended with Gretchen deciding she couldn't be JustFriends with Liz because they were getting into a StupidSexyFriend situation.
10th Apr '17 2:39:28 PM margdean56
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** The Little Red-Haired Girl from ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' is an unseen character, (though she made a few tantalizing non-canon appearances in television specials), and we know nothing about her personality since Charlie Brown doesn't have the guts to talk to her (and, hence, really knows nothing about her himself. Any time she appears in a fanfic, she is this trope by necessity.

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** The Little Red-Haired Girl from ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' is an unseen character, character (though she made a few tantalizing non-canon appearances in television specials), and we know nothing about her personality since Charlie Brown doesn't have the guts to talk to her (and, and, hence, really knows nothing about her himself. Any time she appears in a fanfic, she is this trope by necessity.
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