of Canon Defilement
In Derivative Works
(especially Fan Fiction
), this term means that somebody is acting largely against his or her established personality. How and why this occurs has a pretty wide range:
Generally viewed as a very negative trait (if a fanfic gets tagged
as "OOC", it's usually not a good sign, though writers will often be honest enough to slap the tag on themselves up front).
Compare Character Derailment
, which is this applied to canon. See also Out-of-Character Moment
. Draco in Leather Pants
, Ron the Death Eater
can be considered subtropes.
Not to be confused with In and Out of Character
. In Role Playing Games
, it is sometimes necessary to make a distinction between when a player is In Character
and Out Of Character
, to know if the person is speaking as the character or as the player. A player who uses Out of Character information (such as the presence of goblins in a room ahead) to make an in-character choice is said to be MetaGaming
, which most dungeon-masters severely frown upon.