OC (Original Character)

24 Aug

We have added an OC entry (Original Character) for all existing categories. In the future we will automatically add an OC entry when characters are added to a category.


Posted by on 08/24/2013 in Uncategorized


173 responses to “OC (Original Character)

  1. youkari

    08/26/2013 at 4:41 am

    How will this work? I’ve been trying to figure out

  2. Gura Kruor

    08/26/2013 at 12:52 pm

    The filter works for editing the characters of your fic ─I checked it─ but in some fandoms the option haven’t been included and the option itself isn’t displayed in the fandom or in the character list of the description. [sorry for the grammar]

  3. buttonbutt

    08/26/2013 at 1:38 pm

    Thank you! Oh I’m so happy I could kiss everyone on staff! Now the only issue is the fact most authors pre update wont know about this and OC centered stories may never be updated. Buuut, it’ll save me trouble in the long run. Haha, time to filter out Romance and OCs!

  4. fems

    08/26/2013 at 1:59 pm

    I’m a bit indifferent to the original character thing, but I guess it’s a good idea for all those who (don’t) like to read/write stories with OCs in a major role. However, I think it would make more sense to write it in full, or perhaps “Original Character (OC)” instead of just “OC”. Not just because of aesthetic reasons although it does look silly to have “OC” in between “[initial] [last name]” or “[first name] [first letter of surname]”, but also because of new readers/writers who are as of yet still unfamiliar with fanfiction terminology and its abbreviations.

    • yemi hikari

      08/26/2013 at 3:12 pm

      I actually agree with this. We’ve even got someone whose already tried saying that the term should be FC (fan character) despite the fact OC is just short for (original character). That though could come at a later date.

      • Simoneau

        08/26/2013 at 4:06 pm

        FC stands for Football Club – don’t think I want to read stories with any of those 😀

      • fish

        09/13/2013 at 9:57 am

        Original character refers to a character not belonging to any fandom of your own. Fan Character is a character created set in a existing fandoms world. So Fan Character (FC) would be terminology correct.

      • yemi hikari

        09/22/2013 at 5:12 am

        @ fish ~ Sorry, but no. I’ll quote TV tropes here.

        An Original Character (OC, don’t steal) is, in the simplest terms, a new character created in a Fan Fic or other work that does not come from an existing copyright.


        In some places (such as on 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…

        Not only do most places actually use the term OC and not FC if you look through older writings on the net you’ll find the term OC used and practically never FC.

  5. Chikiko Saotome

    08/26/2013 at 5:39 pm

    I think this is a good idea, although i think it might be better to differentiate between Male OCs and Female OCs, especially once the relationship filter comes into play as someone might want to read about a romance between a char and an OC so it would help to specify the sex of the OC

    • yemi hikari

      08/26/2013 at 6:14 pm

      I think said problem could be solved with a relationship type filter. Many fandoms have been using the OC tag for a long time and it would result in male OCs being labeled as female OCs.

      • seila

        08/26/2013 at 6:53 pm

        Wouldn’t it end up like the Blue/Green issue in the Pokemon section instead? Heh. Older stories there are labeled Blue/Green (Unspecified), so one would think older OC stories would follow the same trend and become OC (Unspecified).

      • yemi hikari

        08/26/2013 at 9:04 pm

        Took a look at the particular tag. Why should the male characters get a special tag while the females are still stuck with the unspecified tag? I’d be more understanding if it was “unspecified” and “Oak’s nephew” because that is the real distinction between the two characters, not that one’s male and one’s female.

        Actually… I think that’s other thing about that particular situation you mentioned… we’re talking two very distinct canon characters, while with OC we’re talking dozens upon dozens of characters, none of which are canon.

      • seila

        08/26/2013 at 10:56 pm

        Hm? There’s a female tag too. . .

        Although now that I look the female tag is Green/Blue. Which is perfect nonsense for anyone unfamiliar with the translation history behind those two particular characters, but the premise is still the same. Old stories become unspecified.

        In the OC case, it’d be a whole lot simpler since there’s only one OC tag to fiddle with and therefore less to mess up or cause general confusion. I’m almost certain the admin who arranged that switch up in Pokemon was a bit befuddled himself.

        Seriously, I’m totally fine with a single, neutral OC tag. I’m just continuing the speculation on what would happen if things transitioned into gender specific OC listing. I don’t really see much benefit in it though.

        P.S. Pokemon’s character list is extremely intimidating. 😡

      • yemi hikari

        08/27/2013 at 1:36 am

        I’m almost certain the admin who arranged that switch up in Pokemon was a bit befuddled himself.

        Considering the fact Pokemon can be quite confusing character wise anyway? Not surprised either. Intimidating is a very good word for it. Even more so come November because the fandom is going to get… guess what… more tags. Now that I think of it I just realized Pokemon has more characters then even Harry Potter and that is saying something.

      • Evan

        08/27/2013 at 7:13 pm

        Actually, considering that most Pokémon can be either gender (and this probably holds true for tons of established characters because some people have really sick minds), I think the gender option should just have a separate selector for each character.

      • yemi hikari

        08/28/2013 at 3:28 am

        What would the point to that be? It isn’t as if the readers looking for a particular story featuring said Pokemon are going to be gender specific about the Pokemon in the first place.

      • anonlulz

        08/29/2013 at 11:22 pm

        @Evan: No. There is NO NEED.

        And they’re talking about OCs, not canon characters (which are all the Pokemon).

  6. Ruri

    08/26/2013 at 6:15 pm

    At least that should make easier to avoid OC “fics”. (And I only say “fics” because in the fandoms I am, most of those stories are pretty much original fiction instead of fanfiction)

    • yemi hikari

      08/26/2013 at 8:54 pm

      If they’re pretty much just original fiction then the stories are reportable to the site admins for removal. Actually, claiming an OC is an OC for a particular fandom isn’t enough to make a story a fanfiction for said fandom… there have to be other references as well that can’t occur in other fandoms. Otherwise it does in fact constitute original fiction and is still reportable.

      • yemi hikari

        08/26/2013 at 8:55 pm

        P.S. Ruri … I also feel bad for you that you’re having that problem in your fandom. It’s not fun.

      • Ruri

        08/27/2013 at 10:32 am

        I wish that would be possible, but…
        The usual OC “fics” in those fandoms have an OC as the main character (but a group of OCs as the main cast are common too), are Alternate Universes and the canon characters they use are completely OOC (to the point that sometimes the only thing they have in common with their canon version is their name, since sometimes the writers decide to change their appearance too).

        The fact they do use canon characters makes these fics unreportable for being Original Stories and since OOC is not against the rules, there is nothing to do.
        The worst part is that some of those stories aren’t bad and more that once I have clicked an interesting summary just to find an interesting story. But… they aren’t fanfiction and I come to this site to read fanfiction.

      • yemi hikari

        08/27/2013 at 3:24 pm


        When I come across them I leave a letter saying their stories are just original fiction disguised as fanfiction and that using the name and physical features of a canon character does not make it the canon character. However, from the sounds of it your fandom has a major abundance in this problem and it would take more then one person critiquing the stories to make a dent.

        Now I feel really bad for you.

        The really frustrating things about some of these stories? They could be marketed by them and sold as a published novel they’re well written enough, but because they’re wanting that audience fanfiction gives them they don’t treat it as original work. These stories to a disfavor to the original creator, but the really good ones honestly do a disfavor for those who are good writers as well.

  7. fdarcy

    08/27/2013 at 1:36 pm

    I am sorry but this is not working as yet in the famdom that I read I am still getting Slash stories and I do not know how to filter them out. Please let me know how.

    • yemi hikari

      08/27/2013 at 3:27 pm

      Of course it isn’t working. I’m not sure why you thought adding an OC filter would help with filtering out the slash stories when most of the OC stories aren’t even slash.

      • anonlulz

        08/29/2013 at 11:31 pm


    • bienfait

      08/27/2013 at 4:07 pm

      @fdarcy – just, to add to what yemi hikari said, there is no way to filter out slash, as there’s no tag for it.

      Filtering out “romance” might help, but will remove het pairings as well.

      The OC tag is simply to include/exclude stories with OCs as major characters, and it’ll still only work for stories which have been tagged OC. Slash stories, by their very nature, aren’t likely to include an OC in the listed characters, so filtering out all OC characters will have no effect whatsoever on slash.

    • anonlulz

      08/29/2013 at 11:32 pm

      I’ll tell you how I “filter” them out:

      I skip over them.

  8. DIl Neville

    08/27/2013 at 10:21 pm

    It’s an interesting change ….
    But I still doubt:
    Does this mean that said that the main character must be one of the character created fandom on which to write and was left behind?
    Because that can give rise to be written many original story that is not the purpose of the site.

    • yemi hikari

      08/28/2013 at 3:34 am

      Your question is garbled so I don’t know exactly what you’re asking, but hopefully what I have to say answers your question.

      The stories people create must have something to do with the fandom you’re writing for otherwise they are reportable to the site admins for removal. For example, if you write a story and place it into the Harry Potter fandom with a bunch of OCs and the only thing that connects the two is that you have wizards and witches and they do magic then said story is reportable to the site admins for removal as it is not fanfiction but original fiction. They’ve always been reportable to the site admins.

      If your character starts off in a fandom you created you need to start off on fictionpress then move it here if you need background build up.

    • anonlulz

      08/29/2013 at 11:30 pm

      If English is not your first language, post in your native language and maybe someone can translate for us, so we can better explain whatever you’re trying to ask.

  9. Zana Zira

    08/29/2013 at 8:28 pm

    I am so grateful for this feature. I write some OC fanfics once in a while (one, a Naruto fic which is very old and has Mary-Sue OCs EVERYWHERE, was reposted only for a few of my RL friends on FF who love it even though it sucks.) So I’m glad people who don’t want to read about the OCs can filter them out so I don’t have to write “OC FIC” in every description.

  10. anonlulz

    08/29/2013 at 11:26 pm

    Please, don’t listen to people telling you to distinguish between “male” and “female”. You’d be getting into an even bigger puddle.

    There’s also third-genders, genderqueers, transgenders, and basically an infinite number of identities that fans will tell you to add.

    Make life easier to yourselves and leave it at “Original Character (OC)”, like fems said.

    It’s up to the writer to describe the OC through the story.

    • yemi hikari

      08/30/2013 at 4:05 am


  11. kittypanda19

    08/30/2013 at 3:00 pm

    I have a question. Okay so I’m writing an oc (original character) story with a fandom. And people like it just fine. But I do use a lot of the context from the anime that I’m writing about. So my question is this.

    Is it alright if you add an original character in the universe that your writing about? Or is that still consider an original story?

    • bienfait

      08/30/2013 at 3:44 pm

      @kittypanda19 – it’s okay to use an OC in fanfiction, as long as the setting, context and other characters are part of the fandom canon. In fact, stories set in the context of an existing anime can only be fanfiction; original work means everything in the story is your own creation including the universe it’s set in.

      Plenty of fanfiction writers will include OCs, if the story requires it. Sometimes you can’t manage only with canon characters.

      As long as you make it clear that your story contains an OC as a major character (some readers prefer to avoid them), there should be no problem.

      • kittypanda19

        08/30/2013 at 3:56 pm

        @bienfait- ah I see. Well thank you for clearing up my confusion! =) Because I thought I was going against the rules for a minute. ^-^; So thank you once again~

      • yemi hikari

        08/30/2013 at 7:13 pm

        You’re actually supposed to use context from the anime in your story, otherwise what you’re writing is original fiction and not fanfiction. On the flip side if all you’ve done is taken the character and slapped it into the original storyline and all they do is tag along and you haven’t made changes to the original … those are against the rules.

  12. kittypanda19

    08/30/2013 at 7:37 pm

    @yemi hikari: I see…. So even if you put an original character in the plot then its considered an original fiction? But if you use the context of the anime then its okay right? Or is that still against the rules?

    • yemi hikari

      08/31/2013 at 2:21 pm

      No. That’s not what I said. The worst case scenario I’m talking about is a person taking the original story word for word and substituting Harry Potter for Harriet Potter and she for he as well as other cases. For the more minor ones, fanfiction shouldn’t make the reader feel like they’re just re-reading the books with a few minor substitutions. Let me note here that one of the reasons these are so popular is because the readers can skim read them fast as they’ve already read most of the material, not because its good writing. Far from it. The worst case scenario is always plagiarism whether the writer credits the original creator or not. It’s also against the site rules.

  13. luxartisan

    08/31/2013 at 4:02 pm

    Hello. I think this is a fantastic and sorely needed filter, but what happens when the writer doesn’t list the OC as a character even if it’s offered as an option? I still see dozens and dozens of such stories in the fandom in which I write (new stories, too). If this can’t be enforced, somehow, it’s not worth all the trouble it took the admins to create it or satisfy the ffnet community members who wanted it and that’s a shame. Just sayin.’

    • yemi hikari

      08/31/2013 at 9:13 pm

      In the long run it is the writer’s decision concerning what characters they list as a main character. Asking them to list an OC as a main character if they are a minor one would be rude, but if their character slots aren’t filled or it is filled and some of the characters are minor in comparison then kindly suggest tagging their story with the OC tag. Not everyone follows the blog and they may not even realize yet they can use the OC tag.

  14. DC

    09/01/2013 at 10:23 am

    Thank you for this. This is a fantastic change.

    The only thing I agree with within all the comments is that it should be spelled out. Too many people don’t know that it’s an abbreviation for “original character”. Even my sister, who’s been a fanfic writer for years, had no idea what OC meant. Which, I find silly, but it happens.

    Then it’s all up to the writers to actually use the options right. I know there will be some people who won’t update their stories for it to say OC. Or new writers who may just ignore it

    You guys gave everybody great options — not just with this filter, but with all of them — and resources to make just about everybody happy. It’s up to the readers and writers to actually make it work. What’s a system carried out by fools? But you gave them the option and for that, thank you.

  15. Klaus Schilling

    09/04/2013 at 1:18 am

    It is absurd that it is possiblke to indicate OCs, but not minor and anonyous canon characters.

    • Simoneau

      09/04/2013 at 2:11 am

      You can request a minor canon character to be added to the list. Look on the Help page in ffnet, it will tell you how.

    • yemi hikari

      09/05/2013 at 4:48 am

      As for the whole anonymous canon character thing, saying that your OC was some nameless background character does not make it a canon character. Mind you, there are nameless canon characters out there that do have background. If the site admins can’t identify it as an individual character in some manner then they’re not going to give it a tag.

    • Chikiko Saotome

      09/14/2013 at 5:24 pm

      If there is an unlisted charactor for a fandom you can always send in a comment to the site for the character to be added. I’ve sent in emails a few times and they’ve added in the characters.

  16. fufu

    09/04/2013 at 6:59 am

    Would be great if more stories are to be added, not all OC stories are included in the filter, only few of it.

    • yemi hikari

      09/05/2013 at 4:50 am

      Why? No, seriously… what would the difference between one OC and another OC be and how would the site admins distinguish between the two?

  17. J

    09/12/2013 at 9:06 am

    Yeah, FC is for football club.
    OC is for orienteering club.


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