HEY.....WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF AN ORIGINAL CHARACTER?
I've been pondering this recently and I thought, 'Well I have my definition I wonder if anyone has the same.' So, Autumn's definition of a character....yaaaaaaaaaay.
For the moment I've categorized characters that I've seen into 4(?) classes:Fan Character(FC): A character based off of an existing platform.
You know what I mean by platform; games, anime, comics, cartoons, etc...
This is probably the most common type of character in my opinion. Fan characters are also the easiest characters to create and the most prone to "mary sue-ing". Now I know what you may be thinking, 'B-But! I made this character! Sure I made it for (insert fandom here), but it's original!' Um...sorry, my definition says it's not...
Ex of my characters) Rose the Hedgehog: Rose was created to be a part of the Sonic fandom/universe. Even though I made this character and that does give me some
right of originality, that doesn't make it entirely original. I myself did NOT create the Sonic Universe. I am only a FAN of the series, therefore I can only create a FAN character. My character was NOT there to begin with, nor will it EVER be in the actual series. (Only if I dream...) NEXT!Original CharactersOC): A character who has no interaction with an existing platform.
This one's a little tougher to explain... Basically what I was trying to say above was a character that you AND YOU ALONE created with no fandoms attached to it. Or I could put it another way: If your character was a part of an original series that you plan to create and others could model their own character off of yours, then you have yourself an original character. Kinda confusing? I don't know just go with me on this one...
Naturally these are a little harder to come by... Yes, I'll admit, there's really no such thing as an "original character" but...you-you get the point...right?
Ex of my characters) Phoenix: Phoenix just came to me one day at school when I was bored and doodling when I should have been doing my homework. He started off from that random cat doodle to more cat doodles to personality traits and color finalizations to and a design change, more characters associated with that character, beginnings on a backstory to what will eventually(hopefully may be a better word) be a whole series(series being a loose term, I haven't figured it all
out just yet). Basically Phoenix didn't have an existing series to be attached to, he just popped into my head by accident and it turned into something more...something beautiful...(if any of you know me in real life you know where this is going with my whole, 'my characters are attached to me' story so I'll save you the long explanation(maybe some other time I'll talk about it) and stop my rant here)Adopted Character(AC): A character that somebody else made, fan character or original, that you have claimed the rights to.
This is kinda what I meant by the (?) at the start. I call this "class" a "sub-class" of the other two.
Now, a character may be this in two different ways:
1) You purchased this character from another person, with either all character traits pre-made or only a design.
2) Someone you know helped you make up this character since you couldn't come up with the character yourself.
Ex of my own character) Nemo: Yes, it's true...Nemo is TECHNICALLY an adopted character since my friends had to help me create character traits for a roleplay. Unlike most characters that I've made this way, Nemo is the only one who "survived"; stuck with me... I developed his character some more, came up with a design, develop(ing) a backstory, etc...(again, I'll spare you from the 'I'm attached to my characters' story) From there, Nemo became an original character.
These characters a bit more uncommon than the other classes, that is, if you don't do any 'research' and don't know what you're looking for.Shared Character(SC): A character that you and at least one other person own, fan made or original.
Yet another sub-class.
This kinda works like an adopted character, but doesn't in a way. Unlike "purchasing" or "borrowing" a character from the original owner and keeping it for yourself, both the "original" owner and "current" owner(s) have rights to the character. It also may imply that both owners created character traits together. (Sorry if I just confused anyone right there)
I don't have my own shared character nor have I really seen them...they're kinda rare in my opinion... the only people I know that owns a SC are my two best friends in real life.
So yeah... there's my definitions for you guys... Sorry if you're reading this and are like, 'I CAN'T MAKE SENSE OF ANY OF THIS!!!!' I tried my best...
I'd LOVE to hear from you guys and find out what YOUR definitions of a character are. Let me know in the comments, please~ XD