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A character created by a fan that becomes popular enough with the rest of the community to be used in other fan works. This may be an Original Character who really took off, or a character who emerged from general discussion within the fan community rather than any single fanwork. Some of these characters may receive the occasional Fandom Nod from the higher-ups, or even become actual characters in official works.

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  • Urban Legend of Zelda or Pop Culture Urban Legends; these characters are created by false rumors; Herobrine originated as a rumor for the game Minecraft as a mob that would covertly follow the player and mess with their world. Even after Herobrine's creator said it was fake, Herobrine is still a popular character within the Minecraft community and is frequently referenced by Mojang.
  • Glitch Entity; due to the enigmatic and uncanny nature of glitches in video games, the glitches may inspire the creations of characters, especially in creepypasta. An example is Missingno from Pokémon Red and Blue, who is nothing but a code error in the game, yet fans treat it as an Eldritch Abomination.
  • A silly observation; what is otherwise a normal-looking picture ends up becoming another thing entirely, and it catches on. In Sonic Mania, a sprite of an upside-down Doctor Eggman in a spider robot looked like a different character, which led to creation of the character Omelette.
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  • A community joke; a fandom In-Joke that led to the character becoming popular for the punchline, or for fuzzy feelings.
  • An Adapted Out reinterpretation; a character from the main work doesn't appear in an adaptation, so someone creates a fanwork involving them. This interpretation of the character becomes popular and is used in subsequent works based off the adaptation. Note that this is for a specific interpretation of the character; if the character appears in multiple fanworks based on the adaptation, but each has their own version of the character, it's not this trope.

See also Recursive Fanfiction and Memetic Mutation. Compare Fanon, when canon characters are given recurring interpretations by fandom, and O.C. Stand-in, where a canon character who's a blank slate is given characterization by the fanwork.

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If a character or idea becomes part of the official work, it turns into Ascended Fanon.

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Examples (sorted by the medium of the original work)

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Dragon Ball has Xicor, a fanmade character based on the rumors of the infamous hoax Dragon Ball AF, that became popular enough that Toyble adapted him for his doujinshi of Dragon Ball AF, and is still used in some fan works to this day. He is usually Goku's third son, an evil clone of him.
  • Ashley from Pokémon was initially just Ash Disguised in Drag to get into a gym that he'd been banned from. That hasn't stopped some people from making Ashley a separate character on her own, ranging from an alternate universe counterpart to a Genderbent Ash.
  • Tiger & Bunny:

    Comic Books 
  • The DC Comics fandom has Hope Corgi, an animal sidekick of the Blue Lanterns who wields one of their rings, powered by hope. He inspires a sense of calm in all those he meets, and to the people he appears before, he resembles their childhood dog. He is meant to be a Good Counterpart of Dex-Starr, the Earth cat member of the Red Lanterns.

    Films — Animation 
  • Inside Out: While many of the Emotion Original Characters tend to grasp concepts that the movie didn't focus on — most commonly romantic relationships — the most popular ones are the ones that were originally meant to be included:
    • Gloom has an Ensemble Dark Horse entry on the movie's YMMV page for a reason. Most of the depictions of the character tend to lean closely towards the original concept; a large male figure with dark sunglasses and a suit, usually stylized after a black stormcloud. They are Sadness' Evil Counterpart more often than not.
    • Hope is a character that people have latched onto, mostly to fill the lack of an orange emotion. She's Always Female and often stylized after a firefly, usually acting as a Foil and moderator to Joy and Sadness, being more realistic than Joy while more idealistic than Sadness.
    • Pride gets a bit of recognition. His personality is often depicted as someone who acts higher and more important than they actually are, which often leads to being either an Anti-Villain or a Distaff Counterpart to Disgust. His color is most often white and he was originally stylized after a worm.
    • Surprise is less popular the other scrapped emotions, but gets recognition for being Adapted Out from the original Six Basic Emotions. Her color is often pink and she's often made to be the Distaff Counterpart to Fear.
  • The Lion King:
    • The Lion King fandom has Tanabi, the name used for Simba and Nala's son that was popularized in the fanfiction Chronicles Of The Pride Lands, written before the release of the sequel, which showed the cub at the end to be a daughter instead. He went on to be used in many more fan-fictions despite the sequel, due to inconsistencies between the depiction of the cub presented at the end of the first movie and baby Kiara's presentation in the second, often shown to be a lost, killed, or kidnapped son who might later return, but gradually fell out of favor as more people found out about Kopa, the son of Simba and Nala who actually appeared in Expanded Universe books The Lion King: Six New Adventures, though some people just included them both. This also isn't getting into the much later advent of Kion.
    • The Lion King: Kiara's Reign popularized Koda, Leah, and Asha as Kiara and Kovu's children.
    • Fan-artist Savu0211 is the creator of several popular fan-characters, including Azra, a Scar/Zira fan-child, and Baridi.
    • Kuzimu and Azola are two popular fan-characters meant to be Zira's parents, to the point where they're mistaken for canon by some fans. Azola is a blue-eyed, lighter-furred Zira, while her mate Kuzimu is a dark-furred lion. Azola is a sweet Good Parent and Kuzimu is a cruel Abusive Parent, who is frequently depicted as having killed Azola.
    • Timira is a lioness cub that's supposedly from an early draft of the second film. According to one website, Timira was the Love Interest to Simba's cut son Chaka and was in an Arranged Marriage to him. The quotes have never been properly sourced and are most likely someone's fan ideas passing as official; despite the source likely being fake, Timira has caught on and Chaka/Timira is a semi-common Beta Couple to Kiara/Kovu.
  • Hercules: The Fanfiction community loves introducing Persephone, the Goddess of Spring and the traditional Queen of the Underworld, into what is most often a sequel to the movie. She and Hades always get their mythology canon Happily Married status by the end. The Trope Codifier for most of these was probably Hope Springs Eternal. Given that it is already The Theme Park Version of Greek Mythology, certain parts of the story considered “unsavory” to modern palates (such as Persephone being both Hades’ niece, daughter of Zeus and Demeter, and a teenager) are reworked or ignored according to the wishes of the author.
  • Shrek: Brogre memes frequently feature Drek, a blue Evil Knockoff of Shrek, as their equivalent of Satan. Because Lord Farquaad is also an antagonistic figure in Brogre "mythology", his relationship with Drek varies Depending on the Writer, from Drek being a disguise for Farquaad to Farquaad being The Dragon to Drek.
  • The Sword in the Stone: The film is somewhat notable for the scene in which a female squirrel, who had fallen in love with Wart in his squirrel form, becomes heartbroken when she discovers he's really a human. Feeling sorry for her, someone wrote a fanfic in which Wart convinces Merlin to turn her into a human and help her adjust to her new life. The character, often called Hazel, is pretty popular in fan works.
  • It's somewhat well known that there have been a few prototype ideas of Zootopia before they well, stuck with Zootopia. Naturally this lends to a few characters that were formerly just Dummied Out or What Could Have Been cast members being inserted into fanfics, fan comics, and even fan art of their own. Either based on their original characteristics or the artists taking their own spin on said characters. There's also quite a few fan characters that have gotten popular on their own right.
    • Jack Savage and Skye Winters, are one of the most popular of these What Could Have Been characters, coming from the Savage Seas version of early Zootopia. A male jackrabbit spy and a female arctic fox mechanic, usually they act as gender-flipped counterparts for the Fan-Preferred Couple of Judy and Nick, and thus are shipped togethere quite frequently. Although that doesn't mean either of them aren't exempt from being shipped with Judy and Nick.note  Some artists go out of their way to go even further and go for an One True Threesome note  or Polygamy thing with all four characters.
    • The conspiracy Theorist Honey Badger: Honey Badger, is also quite popular with the fans. A character whom was conceived during the early Zootopia prototype where Shock Collars were given to Predators, but was cut for the full movie. In fact just like Jack or Skye, it's not uncommon for her to be shipped with Nick as well in fanart.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • It's very common in Harry Potter Flash Forward Fics to have a minor character named after Colin Creevey, with the implicit understanding that his father is Colin's brother, Dennis.
  • Within the old-school prose Sherlock Holmes fandom, Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes have an eldest brother named Sherrinford, never mentioned in Conan Doyle canon because he stays on his country estate. He came about because of implications that Sherlock comes from the landed gentry, which means in Victorian social terms that as well as Sherlock and Mycroft there must be a third eldest brother who inherited the family landholding. The name "Sherrinford" comes from Doyle's reported first name for Sherlock in early drafts. This is well-known enough to get a Meta Twist in the fourth season of Sherlock, in which a "Sherrinford" is mentioned but turns out not to be a third Holmes sibling or a person at all.
  • Amongst Warrior Cats, the Troll Fic StarKitsProphcy is well-known. Stargleam, the story's notorious invoked Mary Sue protagonist, appears in many other fan-works.

    Live Action Television 
  • After the first season of Sherlock aired, the fandom speculated about who Jim Moriarty's associates might be, and came up with a modernized version of Sebastian Moran, Moriarty's second-in-command in the original Sherlock Holmes stories who appeared in numerous Sherlock fanfics. A minor villain named "Moran" eventually appeared in "The Empty Hearse", but has nothing in common with the Conan Doyle character, and the show's version of Mary Morstan ends up being a Composite Character of Moran, her Conan Doyle original, and the unnamed woman who killed Charles Augustus Milverton.

    Multi-Media 
  • The Godzilla franchise has Red, a shapeshifting monster who debuted in NES Godzilla Creepypasta and has appeared in several fanworks since. To a lesser extent, his mortal enemy, Solomon, sometimes appears as well.
  • This is the essence of Jenny Everywhere, an "open source fictional character" who primarily appears in Internet media. Depending on the Writer, she either exists in every possible universe or is able to freely travel between universes. She's shown up in everything from Atop the Fourth Wall to The Infinite Loops to nudist webcomics.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000 has several popular characters created on the /tg/ board:
    • Cultist-chan is a character created by gender-flipping a Dawn of War Chaos Cultist into a Moe girl, keeping the weird voice but otherwise making her adorable.
    • The Angry Marines are an entire semi-parodic Chapter of Imperium of Man Space Marines themed on Unstoppable Rage (their motto is "ALWAYS ANGRY, ALL THE TIME"), who even had fanrules made for the tabletop game.
    • Several characters birthed from the /tg/ boards were later immortalized via a single reference in canon books, such as Adept Grendel, a non-combat character from a group of fans' Dark Heresy game who nevertheless managed to pull off some ridiculously lucky rolls to slay several giant monsters, LIIVII, a Vindicare sniper from a fanfic who fell in love with an Eldar, and Commissar Sterne, a commissar who uses Car Fu against all enemies regardless of how appropriate the vehicle is to ramming.

    Toys 
  • BIONICLE has Voriki, the Toa of Energy. Originally created as part of a fan contest, Voriki was never actually accepted into canon, unlike numerous other characters. Despite this, Voriki is still remembered by the fanbase, and often finds his way into fanfics.

    Video Games 
  • A Hat in Time:
  • Club Penguin:
    • On DeviantArt, there's Daina Sam DJ, a yellow penguin with red hair who is the daughter of Cadence and Franky. Whenever the two are drawn as a family with their child, chances are that child is Daina. In rarer cases, they may have another daughter named Cadencita, who just looks like a smaller version of her mother with wings and is the older sister of Daina.
    • Also on Deviantart, Bubbles. She's a light blue penguin with long brown hair who is used as G Billy's love interest. After Petey K, she's the most popular love interest for him.
  • Fate/Grand Order: Shimatsu-ken, a super-deformed dog version of Koha-Ace's Okada Izou. Lack, Izou's artist for the game, originally drew a sketch of it as a gag,note  but the fandom quickly embraced it and made it a recurring Canine Companion of the GUDAGUDA gang.
  • Friday Night Funkin':
    • Whitty, a humanoid bomb, is a very popular fanon character due to his incredibly well-done fan week, to the point where it could easily be mistaken as official. As such, he often appears in fanart and memes, and the developers occasionally retweet art featuring him.
    • Hex the basketball robot is the star of another "good enough to be official" fan week with a whopping five songs. Mostly, Hex is liked because of how friendly he is compared to most other opponents, both in canon and in other mods.
    • Carol is frequently seen across fan works due to her week being very well-made, in addition to being just plain adorable. In fact, some fans have gone as far as to ship her with Whitty, be it as a Crack Pairing or a genuine Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl relationship.
    • Sarvente and Ruv from Mid-Fight Masses have been steadily gaining a foothold in other fan-content outside their fan week. While the character dynamics between them and the Boyfriend/Girlfriend couple provide fun enough potential material and the week songs are enjoyable (though the battles are not as well-made as with other popular fan characters), the thing most people like focusing on is the utterly badass Russian hard-bass style of Ruv's "singing", which fans like pairing up with other fan characters such as Whitty through song remixes, just to hear that bass comboed with other "singing" styles. Even Phantom Arcade mentioned how much he enjoyed "Zavodila", the song featuring Ruv in the actual mod.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's: Originally a hoax regarding a "secret character", Sparky the Dog became a popular "secret" character among fans. He even received something akin to Ascended Fanon when series creator Scott Cawthon included a dog animatronic named Fetch in the tie-in book series Fazbear Frights.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Roxel, a fan child of both Roxas and Axel, has a surprising amount of fanart from multiple artists. No one's quite sure where he came from or who created him, though.
    • Soranort, basically Sora as one of Xehanort's vessels, exploded after 3D released. While initially mainly being an AU to the end of that game, he grew in popularity until many fans became convinced that he would become canon at one point in Kingdom Hearts III. However, after that game Jossed the idea, he dropped in popularity.
  • Left 4 Dead: It's fairly common among fans to treat the Director as a genuine character, when it is really a program responsible for populating the game's levels with zombies and items without having any basis in-universe. When the Director is interpreted this way, "he" is usually seen as the Big Bad, actively commanding the infected hordes in an attempt to kill the survivors. Physical depictions vary, from a Special Infected who always remains out-of-sight from the survivors, to a Jerkass God out for the survivors’ blood, to an actual movie director (with the survivors and infected just being actors).
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • BEN, a creepy, supernatural doppelganger of Link that originated from the Ben Drowned Creepypasta, has become a recurring supernatural villain in The Legend of Zelda fanworks, even having its own video games and legends.
    • The Patchwork Fic fan-comic A Tale of Two Rulers spawned various popular Zelda/Ganondorf children, including Covarog, Ralnor, and Orana. Sometimes their half-sister Rinku is included, though that depends on if the work has it's own version of Link or not.
  • Minecraft:
    • Herobrine began as a Creepypasta fan character, but soon rose in popularity to become one of the most recognizable villainous icons of the game, despite never actually being in it. Countless fanfictions, mods, music videos, parodies, fan books, and the like have featured Herobrine as a recurring villain. Additionally, Herobrine became something akin to Ascended Fanon when Mojang included references to the character in the game, such as adding "Removed Herobrine" to patch notes, referencing him in the console edition trivia facts, and even sneaking him into some promotional material for Minecon 2011.
    • Entity 303, also referred to as "The New Herobrine", was another popular Creepypasta fan villain that was meant to be regarded as even more powerful and evil than its predecessor. While Entity 303 never reached the same popularity as Herobrine, it was still featured prominently in fanfictions, videos, and mods.
    • Humanized versions of the Minecraft mobs, usually portrayed as scantily clad Animesque girls, have become quite popular in fanart, music videos, and mods, especially the Creeper, who is portrayed as a small, cute blonde girl in a green hoodie and leggings.
  • Back in the really early days of the Pikmin series, the fanbase on the IGN board had several characters that originated from fanfics that would not only appear in others fics, but also in several Play-by-Post game threads. The most notable of these was "Blacknight", a villain character originating from this Script Fic who quickly became the go-to villain for most stories on the board; and an Anti-Hero in some others.
  • Pokémon: MissingNo. and ?????????? were a pair of glitches that occurred in Pokemon Red and Blue when data was mixed or corrupted, causing a sprite of jumbled pixels and Normal attack moves. This gave rise to the popularity of the fan-nicknamed "Glitch Type" Pokemon, with MissingNo. and ?????????? becoming the most popular of these and appearing in several Pokemon fanfictions and Creepypasta, codifying the Glitch Entity archetype.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • From Sonic the Hedgehog 2, there is an infamous glitch that would turn the titular hedgehog green with a black mark on his face. The character, nicknamed Ashura by fans, would become popular enough to receive some fan works with him acting as an Evil Counterpart of Sonic, and eventually inspired Ian Flynn to turn Anti-Sonic into a green hedgehog named Scourge in Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics).
    • Omelette, also known as Eggette or Eggatha, was created after the artist AlphaGamboa noticed an upside down sprite of Eggman during the Flying Battery boss fight in Sonic Mania looked like a different character. The character became popular with the fanbase and is commonly regarded as Eggman's niece or daughter, and is used in notable fanworks such as Sonic Legacy and the eighth season of Sonic for Hire, and even has a cameo in Sonic X Reanimated.
    • X, also known as Sonic.EXE, is a vile, Ax-Crazy demon that takes on the appearance of/possesses Sonic. This character, originating from its own story, has since had multiple fan video game adaptations, and has frequently been pitted against Sonic himself in fanfictions and videos.
    • Maria the Hedgehog was created by fans and is often mistaken for canon. Though she's usually depicted as Maria reborn as a hedgehog, some depict her as a clone.
    • Nazo, a mysterious white-furred hedgehog who bears a passing resemblance to Super Sonic from an unused Sonic X screenshot. Although Word of God has since confirmed he was merely an alternate design for Super Sonic, fans treat him as his own character to the point where he was the main antagonist of Nazo Unleashed.
    • The most common depiction of the Player Character of Sonic Forces is a bespectacled wolf with rust red fur, usually named Gadget and equally often shown to favor the Burst Wispon, directly based off the character used for the Custom Hero reveal trailer.
  • Street Fighter: In Street Fighter II, one of Ryu's winquotes states "You must defeat Sheng Long to stand a chance!". Players immediately began to speculate who Sheng Long was, and it eventually became rumored that Sheng Long was the name of Ryu and Ken's unseen master. Electronic Gaming Monthly seized on this idea and launched an April Fools' issue in which they gave a detailed (and false) description of the absurdly difficult and convoluted way to unlock Sheng Long as a boss. But there was no Sheng Long; Ryu was telling his opponent that to stand a chance, they had to overcome "Sheng Long", which is a translation error for his "Dragon Punch". But Capcom liked the idea so much that they later introduced Akuma for Super Street Fighter II Turbo. This did not end fan rumors or fanon about Sheng Long, however, and EGM again posted another April Fools' prank for Street Fighter III. Years later, for Street Fighter IV, Capcom finally introduced Ryu and Ken's real master, Akuma's brother Gouken, who had almost all of the abilities that EGM had once claimed Sheng Long had, stated "You must defeat ME to stand a chance!", and had "aka Sheng Long" as one of his equippable titles just to put the issue to bed. Despite all of that, though, Sheng Long is still a popular fanon character and occasionally reappears as an Alter Ego of Gouken, a third brother to himself and Akuma, or a forgotten student who trained alongside them, amongst others.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Bowsette came about as a result of fans speculating what the Big Bad Bowser would look like under the effects of the Super Crown from New Super Mario Bros. U, which in canon turns Toadette, and only her, into a human resembling Princess Peach, granting her the ability to double jump and glide. The trend started in 2018 when fanartist Ayyk92 put out this fancomic based on the ending of Super Mario Odyssey. Ever since, fans of the idea have been pumping out artwork and even cosplays of their own take on the Peachified koopa king with varying degrees of human and koopa traits as well as her hair color varying from blonde (to better resemble Peach) to red (to stay truer to Bowser). Bowsette inspired countless fan works, including Bowsette Saga, an appearance in New Super Mario in 2 Minutes, and numerous NSFW works. She became incredibly popular, to the point Nintendo had to offer a "no comment" about it, but made clear the character could never happen.
    • Clawdia Koopa is Bowser's ex-wife and Bowser Jr's (and sometimes the Koopalings') mother. She originates from false rumors that a British issue of Nintendo Power once mentioned her; in reality, the magazine wasn't even released in the UK, and the rumors were based on an Original Character of the same name from the fansite Lemmy's Land.
  • Undertale: Red, an additional humanoid member of the Royal Guard from the fangame Undertale Red, is perhaps one of the most well known OCs in the entire fandom. She frequently appears in fancomics, and the development team of another well-known fangame, Undertale Yellow, hinted she'll have a cameo in the complete version of the game.

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney: While depictions of him differ, in many fan-works involving the Gavin siblings, Klavier and Kristoph, their father is invariably named "Kurtis".

    Web Animation 
  • Within the RWBY fandom, there's Tsune, a sadistic fox fanus who serves as the head of medical staff at Beacon Academy in many Coeur Al'Aran stories, first originating in Professor Arc. She would go on to be popular enough to appear in other fan works within the community, even those that share little overlap in plot or tone with the aforementioned fanfic.

    Western Animation 
  • The Danny Phantom fandom has Wes Weston, an OC made from a lanky background character that looked a lot like Danny. Fandom makes it so Wes is Amity Park's consideration for Danny Phantom's civilian Secret Identity instead of Fenton, which drives Wes crazy—not helped sometimes by Fenton making fun of Weston's inability to show everyone the truth.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • Many of the characters in the Fan Verse Reverse Falls AU, a particularly popular Alternate Timeline setting for the series in which many characters swap roles and personalities, appear in several fanfics and stories; the most notable are the swaps for the show's protagonists, Dipper and Mabel Gleeful, who are used in most Alternate Universe stories even when the Reverse Falls representation is otherwise pretty minor.
    • While Bill Cipher is a canon character, two versions of him are commonly used in fanwork, sometimes even overshadowing the original: There's Bipper, a.k.a. Bill after pulling a Grand Theft Me on Dipper, who in canon is just that, with his name being a simple one-off joke made by Mabel. The fandom frequently uses this character as a separate entity from Dipper, usually one of Bill's forms, or seperate him from Bill outright. The other is Human!Bill, and while humanization and Self-Fanservice is something that happens frequently in other fandoms, it happens to Bill often enough that his human form could be considered a seperate character outright, with a deliberately more sympathetic portrayal for the fangirls.
    • Another character who took off in an unusual way is Tad Strange, after a character with that name was said to be voiced by Cecil Baldwin of Welcome to Night Vale fame. Due to his unusual name and comments by Teasing Creator Alex Hirsch note , plenty of people immediately built a connection between this character and Bill, portraying him as a square-shaped, purple Dream Demon, with a bowler hat, a tie, an umbrella and a goat pupil, directly contrasting Bill. He's usually portrayed as Bill's brother, though the depiction varies if they are Cain and Abel or a Sibling Team, and if "Tad" is more sympathetic or not. However, the character became less used after it was cleared up that the character with that name was simply an extreme case of The Generic Guy. Some still use the character under the name "Dot Matrix" or outright combine him with the canon Tad Strange, by saying that "Tad" is actually his disguise or puppet.
    • Another character who was quite popular to use in fanfic is "Lebam", Mabel's "secret second twin", who came from a surprisingly popular theory after someone noticed an animation error in the episode "The Deep End", where Mabel's name was written backwards for whatever reason. With a show that's practically a plantation for Epileptic Trees, many took this simple error to be a hidden clue about a doppelganger of Mabel. What makes this especially egregious is that it actually makes sense, given that "Double Dipper" introduced a copier that can create imperfect duplicates of human beings, so it isn't too farfetched to think that someone like Mabel would duplicate herself out of boredom. Most stories surrounding her also feature Dipper's clone "Tyrone" and Sev'ral Timez, as well as other original clone characters, to give An Aesop about why Clones Are People, Too.
  • In the Kim Possible fic A Small Possibility, Shego and Kim have twins named Sheki and Kasy. Following the fic's publication, the two are the go-to kids used in many Kid Fics and Spin-Offspring involving the paring.
  • In The Loud House, there is a popular community with a wide variety of fanart and fanfiction involving the "Sin Kids", children Lincoln had with his sisters. While they have set names, designs, and some personality traits, everything else varies from person to person, as the creators of the AU encourage everyone to roll with their own ideas for them.
  • E-vay, well known for her Sonic Boom fanart and comics, created a fan child for Sonic and Amy named "Aurora". She's popular among Sonamy fans and gets many fanworks in turn based on her, including fan games.
  • In the earliest days of the Sonic internet fanbase, the characters Brookshire Draftwood, a raccoon doctor, and Packbell, a humanoid robot, showed up in quite a few fanfictions from different writers; one would be forgiven for thinking they were canon characters somehow linked to Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM). In actuality they were both the creations of uber-fan David Pistone.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Button Mash's mother Cream Heart from Button's Adventures is so popular and recognized among the fanbase that she's used as the tag icon for "original character" on Derpibooru.
    • The protagonist of Fallout: Equestria, Littlepip, is a well known fan character in the Friendship is Magic fandom, in part due to the copious amount of Recursive Fanfiction Fallout Equestria spawned.
    • Flufflepuff, a character that first appeared in the crossover ask blog, Dan Vs. FIM, before becoming the comics Breakout Character and getting her own series called Ask Fluffle Puff. She has since turned up in all manner of fan works.
  • Phineas and Ferb: The go-to Fan-Created Offspring are Marie Flynn-Garcia-Shapiro, the daughter of Phineas and Isabella, and Thomas Fletcher, the son of Ferb and Vanessa. The two are frequently shipped with each other since their parents aren't blood siblings, and even have the ship Portmanteau Couple Name "Thomarie".
  • The Daria fandom has a few, aside from its many O.C. Stand-ins:
    • Danielle Todds is an attractive girl used as a Love Interest for Quinn, assuming you want her to like girls but not wind up with a canon character.
    • Veronica Morgendorffer was created for a mini-fic with the premise that Daria wakes up to find a third Morgendorffer sister, who looks like Quinn but has Daria's glasses and personality. Everyone acts like she's always been there, leaving Daria confused if she's being pranked or has gone crazy. Some stories use her seriously, others just make a Running Gag that Daria is constantly forgetting that she has another sister.
    • "Judith" and "NegaJane" are evil versions of Daria and Jane who go to multiple universes and kill their local counterparts.
  • Miraculous Ladybug:
    • In the original pilot short, Cat Noir was a boy named Félix; he was scrapped and replaced with Adrien when the show began actual production, as the creator decided Félix was too cliché and unpleasant. Fans still loved him either way, and in fanfic, Félix often appears as Adrien's older/twin brother, who may have been his predecessor as Cat Noir or is even sharing the role with him. Félix's continual popularity eventually got him an appearance in the show, in which he's Adrien's cousin but in no way a Cat Noir.
    • To go with Félix, fans created Bridgitte, who is supposedly Marinette's counterpart from the pilot short. In reality "Bridgitte" is just Marinette with a slightly different design, but as with Félix, fanfic often makes her and Marinette siblings.
    • At one point in the show's development, Ladybug and Cat Noir were going to fight alongside at least three other heroes: Mercury, Melodie, and Kid Mime. Fans have given them civilian names (Alan/Allan, Allegra, and Claude, respectively) and generally use them as Félix and Bridgitte's circle of friends.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball had Marmalade Watterson, the baby of Gumball and Carrie. This character was actually parodied in the episode "The Shippening" after Gumball and Carrie got together with Penny and Darwin, respectively in a Take That! to the show's fanbase.
    • Another Gumball OC that turns up pretty often is Lexi Watterson, a pink cat and long lost twin sister of Gumball, who shows up both fanfic about her such as here and even stories that aren't about her directly.

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