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10th Feb '16 1:23:56 AM Pichu-kun
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* During the ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' movie, and around the end of the show, Ed gets sent to "our" world where everyone he knows has an IdenticalStranger. Fans have a ball with the ''unseen'' ones such as Winry's, who is usually portrayed as the opposite of tomboyish counterpart and is either a DarkFic ReplacementGoldfish or someone Ed learns to love, and Roy who is almost always portrayed as the JerkAss.
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* During the ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' movie, and around the end of the show, Ed ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'', and later in ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa'', Edward [[spoiler: gets sent to "our" world where everyone he knows has an IdenticalStranger. IdenticalStranger]]. Fans have a ball with the ''unseen'' ones such as Winry's, who is several fanons have popped up. [[spoiler:Winry's alter]] usually portrayed as the opposite of tomboyish counterpart Winry, is often Jewish, and is either usually perceived as a DarkFic ReplacementGoldfish or someone Ed learns ReplacementGoldfish. Some fans have [[spoiler:Edward's deceased alter]] as related to love, and Roy who Alfons but in canon that is almost always portrayed as the JerkAss.unlikely.

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* During ** There are dozens of active Nurse Joy's and Officer Jenny's. While most canonically share basic traits like being nice, everything else is up in the ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' movie, and around the end of the show, Ed gets sent to "our" world where everyone he knows has an IdenticalStranger. Fans have a ball with the ''unseen'' ones such as Winry's, who is usually portrayed as the opposite of tomboyish counterpart and is either a DarkFic ReplacementGoldfish or someone Ed learns to love, and Roy who is almost always portrayed as the JerkAss.air.
29th Jan '16 4:04:13 PM Galacton
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A SisterTrope of OriginalCharacter, and the {{fanfic}} equivalent of AscendedExtra. An OC Stand-in is a canon FlatCharacter that gets little screentime or few (if any) lines, and therefore can be molded into whoever the fans want. Often, they may not even [[NoNameGiven have canonical names]]. Thus, an OC Stand-in is ''like'' an OC, but the fact that these characters usually have at least ''some'' personality already means the author has some general direction to go in. 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]], like how, for example, many fanfic writers make Sakura's mother responsible for her being a {{Fangirl}} and an AlphaBitch and let her make a whole laundry list of crimes against Naruto and the village.
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A SisterTrope of OriginalCharacter, and the {{fanfic}} equivalent of AscendedExtra. An OC Stand-in is a canon FlatCharacter that gets little screentime or few (if any) lines, and therefore can be molded into whoever the fans want.fan wants. Often, they may not even [[NoNameGiven have canonical names]]. Thus, an OC Stand-in is ''like'' an OC, but the fact that these characters usually have at least ''some'' personality already means the author has some general direction to go in. in. Like all things in fanfiction, when handled badly, the OC Stand-in can delve straight into MarySue territory. Compare with the PossessionSue. 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. 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]], like how, for example, many fanfic writers make Sakura's mother responsible for her being a {{Fangirl}} and an AlphaBitch and let her make a whole laundry list of crimes against Naruto and the village. instead]]

* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' has accrued several such characters, though since these often turn up [[AdaptationDistillation in the comics]], said personalities are often used. Nevertheless, Ray the Flying Squirrel, Mighty The Armadillo (though he's almost always put as the lost forth member of Team Chaotix), Bean the Dynamite, and Bark the Polar Bear (often paired together, for being introduced in the same game), often end up being OC stand-ins, as do [[GoodBadBug Ashura The Hedgehog]], [[FanNickname Wechnia]], [[DevelopmentHell Tiara Boobowski]], [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Nazo]], and [[DummiedOut Honey The Cat]], though these five are very rare to see in fanfic, not that the first four show up often, {{original character}}s are far more common.
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* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' has accrued several such characters, though since these often turn up [[AdaptationDistillation in the comics]], said personalities are often used. Nevertheless, Ray the Flying Squirrel, Mighty The Armadillo (though he's almost always put as the lost forth member of Team Chaotix), Bean the Dynamite, and Bark the Polar Bear (often paired together, for being introduced in the same game), often end up being OC stand-ins, as do [[GoodBadBug [[TheMissingno Ashura The Hedgehog]], [[FanNickname the Hedgehog, and Wechnia]], [[DevelopmentHell Tiara Boobowski]], [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Nazo]], and [[DummiedOut Honey The Honey]] [[FightingVipers the Cat]], though these five are very rare to see in fanfic, not that the first four show up often, {{original character}}s are far more common.
27th Jan '16 6:47:15 AM Dere
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* Just about any ''{{Pokemon}}'' fanfic that places characters from the games (Brendan, Lucas, Silver, Leaf, etc.) into the anime's continuity will make use of this principle to some extent, since most of said characters never appeared on the show outside of 3-second cameos, with Leaf never appearing at all. There's no set pattern for what personalities writers assign them, but there's usually a good chance that they will be used for {{Shipping}} somehow. ** Likewise with game fanfics themselves. No one takes account to Dawn or May's in-game personalities, being that they're technically not their canon ones though. Most {{NPC}}s get this treatment to various effects. Rivals and protagonists are given whatever personality, being that you really have to look into the text of the games to see any bit of personality beyond "HotBlooded, determined ChildProdigy".
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* Just about any ''{{Pokemon}}'' fanfic that places characters from the games (Brendan, Lucas, Silver, Leaf, etc.) into the anime's continuity will make use of this principle to some extent, since most of said characters never appeared on the show outside of 3-second cameos, with Leaf never appearing at all. There's no set pattern for what personalities writers assign them, but there's usually a good chance that they will be used for {{Shipping}} somehow. ** Likewise with game fanfics themselves. No one takes account to Dawn or May's in-game personalities, being that they're technically not their canon ones though.personalities. Most {{NPC}}s get this treatment to various effects. Rivals and protagonists are given whatever personality, being that you really have to look into the text of the games to see any bit of personality beyond "HotBlooded, determined ChildProdigy".
17th Jan '16 10:38:19 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 [[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 [[LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit [[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.
17th Jan '16 5:47:03 AM ThisGuy481
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* ''VideoGame/Undertale'' has W.D. (Presumably WingDings) Gaster, whom we know nothing of, giving a lot of clay to mold
4th Jan '16 2:07:00 PM Willbyr
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* This is heavily subverted with the series ''ZatchBell'', where unless you're Zatch, Tia, Zeon, Sherry, Brago, or another of the main characters, you'll never get any actual writing or stories based around you. Case in point, any of the many villian-a-week enemies of other mamodos Zatch faces. This extends to major recurring enemies as well.
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* This is heavily subverted with the series ''ZatchBell'', ''Manga/ZatchBell'', where unless you're Zatch, Tia, Zeon, Sherry, Brago, or another of the main characters, you'll never get any actual writing or stories based around you. Case in point, any of the many villian-a-week enemies of other mamodos Zatch faces. This extends to major recurring enemies as well.
3rd Jan '16 11:01:25 AM nombretomado
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* Maka's mother from SoulEater. The information about her is few and far between. All we know is that she was at the top of her class, created the current Death Scythe, divorced said Death Scythe, and left Death City before the manga began. Her personality and her physical appearance are both anyone's guesses. You'd be hard-pressed to find even two fanfics that use the same characterization for her. The only ubiquitous thing about her is name, Kami, and even that's rooted in {{Fanon}}.
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* Maka's mother from SoulEater.''Manga/SoulEater''. The information about her is few and far between. All we know is that she was at the top of her class, created the current Death Scythe, divorced said Death Scythe, and left Death City before the manga began. Her personality and her physical appearance are both anyone's guesses. You'd be hard-pressed to find even two fanfics that use the same characterization for her. The only ubiquitous thing about her is name, Kami, and even that's rooted in {{Fanon}}.
16th Dec '15 10:17:33 PM Pichu-kun
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** Amber Fuji is the protagonist of quite a lot of fanfics for a character who appears for less than ten minutes in a single movie (in a anime whose movies are [[LooseCanon only tenuously tied to the series to begin with]] at that) [[PosthumousCharacter has been dead for years before the series even begins]] and whose existence is known to precisely none of the main characters at any point. Yet when she appears, it's inevitably an [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] in which she either is successfully resurrected or never died to begin with, goes on her own journey, and is [[SturgeonsLaw inevitably]] made into a MarySue for the pairing of the author's choice. [[FirstInstallmentWins Strange how this never happens with most other movie-only characters...]] ** In the earlier days of the fandom Mondo was a popular character in Team Rocket themed fics. He only appeared in one radio drama though so we only know no much about him.
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** Amber Fuji is the protagonist of quite a lot of fanfics for a character who appears for less than ten minutes in a single movie (in a anime whose movies are [[LooseCanon only tenuously tied to the series to begin with]] at that) [[PosthumousCharacter has been dead for years before the series even begins]] - though she has slightly more of a presence in radio drama version - and whose existence is known to precisely none of the main characters at any point. Yet when she appears, it's inevitably an [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] in which she either is successfully resurrected or never died to begin with, goes on her own journey, and is [[SturgeonsLaw inevitably]] made into a MarySue for the pairing of the author's choice. [[FirstInstallmentWins Strange how this never happens with most other movie-only characters...]] ** In the earlier days of the fandom Mondo was a popular character in Team Rocket themed fics. He only appeared in one radio drama though so we only know no so much about him.

* Absolutely epidemic in ''Disney/TheLionKing'' fandom due to the large amount of background characters and semi-canon characters (characters from books and comics). Unused or non-canon characters are especially apparent in fanon works. The most common are Mheetu (Nala's brother), Kopa/Fluffy (Simba's son), Tesma (a meerkat friend of Simba), Naanda (Sarabi's sister), and Bhati (a bat-earred fox friend of Simba). Given that most of them don't have much of a personality this leads fan-artists to create their own versions. ** Sarafina, Nala's mother, and Vitani are popular choices too. The topic of whether Sarafina is even alive in the sequel is a common FandomSpecificPlot.
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* Absolutely epidemic in ''Disney/TheLionKing'' fandom due to the large amount of background characters and semi-canon characters (characters from books and comics). Unused or non-canon characters are especially apparent in fanon works. The most common are Mheetu (Nala's brother), Kopa/Fluffy (Simba's son), Tesma (a meerkat friend of Simba), Naanda (Sarabi's sister), and Bhati (a bat-earred fox friend of Simba). Given that most of them don't have much of a personality this leads fan-artists to create their own versions. \n** Sarafina, Nala's mother, Sarabi, and Vitani are popular choices too.for canon characters with little screentime. The topic of whether Sarafina is even alive in the sequel is a common FandomSpecificPlot.
7th Dec '15 7:54:56 PM DeisTheAlcano
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* Fans of the MarvelCinematicUniverse version of Loki frequently import Sigyn from the comics and/or mythology to have someone with a seemingly legitimate romantic stake on Loki. Because Sigyn has never actually appeared in the MarvelCinematicUniverse, fans are pretty free to make her anything they want her to be. Results range from genuinely good characters to shallow [[SatelliteLoveInterest satellite love interests]].
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* Fans of the MarvelCinematicUniverse Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse version of Loki frequently import Sigyn from the comics and/or mythology to have someone with a seemingly legitimate romantic stake on Loki. Because Sigyn has never actually appeared in the MarvelCinematicUniverse, Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, fans are pretty free to make her anything they want her to be. Results range from genuinely good characters to shallow [[SatelliteLoveInterest satellite love interests]].
15th Nov '15 5:51:23 PM nombretomado
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* Though they go unnamed in the manga, ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has Ranma's buddies Hiroshi and Daisuke, and for the girls there's Akane's friends Yuka and Sayuri. They mainly exist to be ThoseTwoGuys. RumikoTakahashi seems to love this trope, especially in ''Ranma''. Herb's got Mint and Lime. Kima has Masara and Koruma, and is herself not much developed beyond her role as Saffron's bodyguard. The Anime also gave us Kaori Daikoku, who appeared just once in the anime and yet comes up rather frequently in fanfiction.
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* Though they go unnamed in the manga, ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has Ranma's buddies Hiroshi and Daisuke, and for the girls there's Akane's friends Yuka and Sayuri. They mainly exist to be ThoseTwoGuys. RumikoTakahashi Creator/RumikoTakahashi seems to love this trope, especially in ''Ranma''. Herb's got Mint and Lime. Kima has Masara and Koruma, and is herself not much developed beyond her role as Saffron's bodyguard. The Anime also gave us Kaori Daikoku, who appeared just once in the anime and yet comes up rather frequently in fanfiction.
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