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22nd May '16 6:26:51 PM doglover502
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->''"I even made my own gemsona. My gem is on my tail."''

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->''"I even made my own gemsona. My gem is on my tail.tail and my weapon is a frying pan."''
16th Feb '16 6:50:58 PM justanid
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An '''Original Character''' (OC, [[MemeticMutation don't steal]]) is, in the simplest terms, a new character created in a FanFic or other work that does not come from an existing copyright. Any and all CharacterizationTropes can apply, along with employing any and all tropes in general. The only real distinction between original and regular characters is that the former are synthesized specifically to unofficially integrate with the canon for the purposes of the story. The vast majority of fanfiction makes use of these, ranging in importance from being background extras to stealing the spotlight of the canonical characters.

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An '''Original Character''' (OC, [[MemeticMutation don't steal]]) is, in the simplest terms, a new character created in a FanFic or other work that does not come from an existing copyright.copyright work. Any and all CharacterizationTropes can apply, along with employing any and all tropes in general. The only real distinction between original and regular characters is that the former are synthesized specifically to unofficially integrate with the canon for the purposes of the story. The vast majority of fanfiction makes use of these, ranging in importance from being background extras to stealing the spotlight of the canonical characters.


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The commercial side of this, adding new or re-imagined characters to a non-copyright work, is SeriousBusiness thanks to international laws that consider original adaptations of long-standing public domain works to be copyrightable; but considers further derived works an infringement of intellectual property. This is why companies like Creator/{{Disney}} can freely adapt ''Literature/TheSnowQueen'' by Creator/HansChristianAndersen into ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', while at the same time suing those who make derivatives of the latter.
21st Dec '15 2:45:17 PM frogpatrol
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An Original Character (OC, [[MemeticMutation don't steal]]) is, in the simplest terms, a new character created in a FanFic or other work that does not come from an existing copyright. Any and all CharacterizationTropes can apply, along with employing any and all tropes in general. The only real distinction between original and regular characters is that the former are synthesized specifically to unofficially integrate with the canon for the purposes of the story. The vast majority of fanfiction makes use of these, ranging in importance from being background extras to stealing the spotlight of the canonical characters.

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An Original Character '''Original Character''' (OC, [[MemeticMutation don't steal]]) is, in the simplest terms, a new character created in a FanFic or other work that does not come from an existing copyright. Any and all CharacterizationTropes can apply, along with employing any and all tropes in general. The only real distinction between original and regular characters is that the former are synthesized specifically to unofficially integrate with the canon for the purposes of the story. The vast majority of fanfiction makes use of these, ranging in importance from being background extras to stealing the spotlight of the canonical characters.
1st Dec '15 4:06:08 PM WhatArtThee
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DoNotConfuseWith {{OOC}}, although [[MarySue a certain type]] of OC may cause [=OOC=]ness in {{canon}} characters. Also don't confuse with TheOC, though some may have created O.C OCs.

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DoNotConfuseWith {{OOC}}, although [[MarySue a certain type]] of OC may cause [=OOC=]ness in {{canon}} characters. Also don't confuse with TheOC, [[Series/TheOC The O.C]], though some may have created O.C OCs.
original characters might be out there.
1st Dec '15 4:05:26 PM WhatArtThee
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DoNotConfuseWith {{OOC}}, although [[MarySue a certain type]] of OC may cause [=OOC=]ness in {{canon}} characters.

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DoNotConfuseWith {{OOC}}, although [[MarySue a certain type]] of OC may cause [=OOC=]ness in {{canon}} characters.
characters. Also don't confuse with TheOC, though some may have created O.C OCs.
4th Oct '15 8:11:48 PM DeisTheAlcano
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->''I even made my own gemsona. My gem is on my tail.''
-->'''[[WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa Mr. Gus]]''', ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''

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->''I ->''"I even made my own gemsona. My gem is on my tail.''
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-->-- '''[[WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa
Mr. Gus]]''', ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''
16th Aug '15 9:37:14 AM TrickyTroper
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Compare OriginalGeneration. Subtrope: OCStandIn. SailorEarth is a stock scenario for [=OCs=] created by openings in the setting. A CanonForeigner or CanonImmigrant is what happens when an Original Character is created for an ''official'' adaptation of an existing work. MarySue is what happens when a Fan Character goes wrong...

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Compare OriginalGeneration. Subtrope: SisterTrope: OCStandIn. SailorEarth is a stock scenario for [=OCs=] created by openings in the setting. A CanonForeigner or CanonImmigrant is what happens when an Original Character is created for an ''official'' adaptation of an existing work. MarySue is what happens when a Fan Character any character (original or otherwise) goes wrong...
15th Aug '15 11:58:37 PM Llygodenfawr
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In some places (such as Website/DeviantArt) the term "Fan Character" is used instead, and the distinction "Original Character" refers to a character that exists in a canon of the author's own creation, or the canon of an "OriginalCharacterTournament" (where artists compete by pitting their original character against other peoples' in fights, or [[CookingDuel pizza eating contests]], or whatever the creator of the tournament has decided is the proper form of conflict); in other words, an "Original Character" is a truly original character without ties to another creative work's canon.

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In some places (such as Website/DeviantArt) the term "Fan Character" is used instead, and the distinction "Original Character" refers to a character that exists in a canon of the author's own creation, or the canon of an "OriginalCharacterTournament" (where artists compete by pitting their original character against other peoples' people's in fights, or [[CookingDuel pizza eating contests]], or whatever the creator of the tournament has decided is the proper form of conflict); in other words, an "Original Character" is a truly original character without ties to another creative work's canon.
11th Jul '15 8:21:11 AM rcmerod52
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->''I even made my own gemsona. My gem is on my tail.''
-->'''[[WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa Mr. Gus]]''', ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''
21st Sep '14 5:01:09 AM StFan
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[[quoteright:256:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/originalthecharacter_9746.JPG]]
[[caption-width-right:256:''Webcomic/BoxerHockey'' parodies [=OCs=] ala ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''.]]

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[[caption-width-right:256:''Webcomic/BoxerHockey'' parodies [=OCs=] ala à la ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''.]]


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