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Creating an Original Creepypasta OC for Dummies

So, you’ve probably seen all the awesome OCs floating around on DA. You may have heard that creepypasta OCs are hard to create. That’s not true at all, and I’ll show you why in a bit. Or maybe you received criticism for an earlier OC of yours. Well, even if your character is in fact poorly designed, all legitimate art is still art. So while you shouldn’t ignore constructive criticism, you shouldn’t listen to the haters. I’ve noticed most of those people don’t even do art at all and just troll the forums and insult shippings that aren’t their personal favourites. What losers, eh?

Which in a way brings me to my first point which is more about how to avoid criticism: don’t ship your character with an existing pasta unless you have permission. The original creator probably wouldn’t approve if they knew, and it’s just bad form. Nothing brings the critics out like making your super kawaii OC into Jeff the Killer’s girlfriend, and frankly I can see why. Besides, if you’re so set on romance why not just ship them with another OC of yours? That way no one’s going to get pissed off about the pairing, and if they do you can tell them to shut up because you’re their parent and they only date who you want.

Now, like every good story, every good OC needs a theme. What’s their motivation? Their background? Why do they do the things they do? And please give a better answer than something like “They went crazy, killed their family, and became a proxy”. To give example questions, why did they go crazy? Was their family abusive? Is that why killed them? How’d they become a proxy? Why exactly did Slenderman spare them? Did they have a talent he could use?

I find it helps to write a character profile/mini biography about a page long on size eleven type. Here's a sample one I made for one of my characters: shacklesoul.deviantart.com/art…. This will help give them a unique personality and flavour to set them apart from all those boring, generic creepypasta OCs out there. I can’t help you come up with their personality nor should I, but this is the fun part anyway. Don’t just ask yourself what sort of things they like and dislike. Rather, why do they like or dislike those things? How was their childhood? How do they usually interact with the world when it doesn’t involve killing? These are all just sample questions, I’m sure you will think of many more.

On the subject of your character’s backstory, please, treat dark subjects like rape and incest with respect. It is both disrespectful and ignorant to make them into some throwaway little feature. Not only does adding “And they were raped” really add nothing, it turns something which is incredibly dark into an unimportant detail. If you have to use these subjects, remember, use them as an important subject of horror and revulsion to make your character more tragic, not a teensy footnote. Believe me, if sexual abuse is treated as though it is just another detail it feels tacked-on and makes you as the author seem both uncaring and unimaginative.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, we’re onto an aspect you probably already have in your head: physical appearance. What they look like, in other words. Let your imagination run wild; remember, this is horror so anything scary is possible. If you’re really having trouble thinking of something that hasn’t been done before, come up with a list of interesting details and then pick and choose ones which work well together until you have your character. As for drawing them, well, I’m more of a writer so you could probably teach me more in that area!

One last little thing about appearances. MASKS. F*&%ING MASKS. Why does every pasta have to have a mask now?! Okay, two of my OCs have masks but they’re at least original masks, not knockoffs of Eyeless Jack’s that were probably made in China! Seriously. Why masks? Sorry, it’s just a real pet peeve of mine. Masks aren’t bad, they’re just a little overdone so if you give your OC a mask, make it a damn good mask.

And that’s pretty much all I know. OCs are a lot of fun, and remember, no one’s OCs are perfect in the rough draft but just keep refining it and you’ll get better. Listen to the good advice you get, ignore the haters, and most of all be creative!
Hope this helps someone. I love seeing new OCs, especially for creepypastas.
EDIT: Part 2 of the guide is up! shacklesoul.deviantart.com/art…
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Forest-Child232 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What's your opinion on queer characters? I'm making an OC who's trans and aromantic but I'm worried about the reactions that people will have.
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Student Writer
This is the Internet, and a website for left-wing artsy types at that. I seriously doubt anyone will complain. Just for the record, I'm extremely right-wing but I'm actually bisexual. So yeah. :XD:
I'd advise you to focus more on avoiding common Mary Sue traps such as being overly bubbly in personality, shipping them with a popular canon pasta, or wearing ridiculously impractical over-sexualized clothing and the like. The best OCs are the ones that feel realistic.
If you've got any more questions don't hesitate to ask.
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Forest-Child232 Featured By Owner 18 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your reply. I finished making my character with your advice in mind. IDK if you would want to, but I would greatly appreciate any feedback or advice. forest-child232.deviantart.com… (sorry to keep bothering you -_-)
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  Student Writer
I'll check em out.
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lozfan15 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Really? I'm bi-curious. Another clique I'm sick and tired of is the whole "Deep down inside, _____ doesn't like to do _____" THEN WHY DOES S/HE DO IT!? (This is for the killer cpocs out there."
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Student Writer
Yeah, it is pretty tiresome.
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IWishToDrawBetter Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
Well, so far I found this extremely helpful, thank you! I'm going to read the others after I finish typing this.

Anyways, what I just wanted to say was this:
My OC doesn't have a mask, and I'm glad she doesn't (Masks ARE kind of overused now, huh?). She, instead, has bandages over her eyes.

Yeah, that's really it. But thanks for creating this, it really helps me!
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Student Writer
Bandages, eh? Sounds interesting. And I'm glad you found this helpful, that's what I hoped for when making it.
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IWishToDrawBetter Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015
:D (Big Grin) 
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president-m-blue Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have every single detail of my oc except what to call him and I just can't figure it out!
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Student Writer
I might be able to help. What can you tell me about him?
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Cthul-Aid Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  New member Student Writer
Could you perhaps give me feedback on my OC? O.o cthul-aid.deviantart.com/art/C…
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student Writer
Sure, I'll leave a comment with my thoughts.
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Cthul-Aid Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  New member Student Writer
Alright, thanks. And apologies in advance, new to this type of thing.
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student Writer
I loved it, actually. I'll admit I was skeptical at first because I've been seeing so many mediocre or outright bad OCs lately, but Doctor Euphoria is pretty damn cool.
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Cthul-Aid Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  New member Student Writer
Thanks, I'd appreciate if you could give me any tips to improve on him. ewe
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student Writer
Maybe you could make him have a bit of a vulnerable side? Not in a sentimental way, but in the sense that he feels insecure, or really fears getting caught and executed, something along those lines.
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Cthul-Aid Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  New member Student Writer
The fear of getting caught and killed sounds good. It would also contribute to one of his weaknesses.
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student Writer
Indeed. It might be interesting if he was extremely paranoid and wary about that sort of thing 24/7.
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Alyssatheunicorn Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Student Artist
i need help naming my oc
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Student Writer
Can you tell me anything about her character?
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Alyssatheunicorn Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Student Artist
If you go on my profile I made a Journal that tells all about her. For now i. Using midnight  but I don't want that to be her actual name
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Student Writer
Maybe Ebony, since ebony is both a dark colour and a type of wood frequently used for building coffins?
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Alyssatheunicorn Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Student Artist
Wow that's actually a good name. I will keep that in mind ^_^
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niffertepigz Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Can you please tell me how to improve my new OC :) haven't got a proper story yet though :\ She like has long tendril like hair that is its own separate kind of creature and she has a large jaw with sharp teeth and she uses her hair to pull her victims in and rip them up with her teeth. :) something like that.
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Student Writer
Well, I guess that sounds okay for a physical description, but you really need to give her a personality, backstory, motivation(s), etc. Physical description is secondary. Just look at Slenderman. He's a faceless pale thing that wears a suit, and yet he's considered one of the all-time classics.
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YamiKlaus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! I hate when people do that. People have been taking my oc and using it's idea, it's annoying me!
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Writer
Indeed. I don't think it's too much to ask someone to be original.
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YamiKlaus Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yep^^
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foxy-and-mangle Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  New member
Thanks for the advice! Is it okay if I link this in a Do's and Don'ts of Creepypasta OCs I'm making? I just wanted to ask before doing it to avoid any troubles.
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Student Writer
Sure, go right ahead! I'd be flattered.
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Ramdomnessisnormal Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
duz this sound cool, there were twins one was named Lily and was always nice to every one, the other one was named Lilian and was rude and reblious.in their senoir school year they were bullied Lilian protected Lily,they were really close until something happened with Lily. It was a ordinary day they went to their classes,and met up at lunch, but the girl who bullied her showed up at their groups table,and said give me your money all of you.Something snapped in Lilys mind she replied and said no.the girl walked over to her and pushed her,and said what are you gonna do about it.there were sudden chants in the room "FIGHT". the preassure was intenceing,Lily snapped and tackled the girl and started punching her as hard as she could, her sister was trying to stop her. It was to late Lily killed the girl. she ran out of the lunch room.and was never heard from again.
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Ramdomnessisnormal Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
pshh amatuers,creepypastas r real and everytime u create one it comes ALIVE!!!! so stop freakin trying top make more murders <3 Lily the feral
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RubikVonFlix Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Umm... For masks I was wondering if a wolf skull would be a good mask, is it unoriginal? I was just wondering.
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Student Writer
That sounds pretty cool, actually.
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RubikVonFlix Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh.. Thanks
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Student Writer
It doesn't really seem scary or interesting to me, personally, and some parts are really confusing. I'm sorry if that sounds harsh, but you may want to try asking a friend of yours who writes to help come up with a realistic sequence of events. I'd offer but I'm busy trying to figure out a user manual for some drawing software at the moment. ^^;
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LadyPikachu12 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i haven't really finished it it would make more sence if the whole story was readen
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Student Writer
Alright. Don't abandon it, but keep working on her and try to refine her character.
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LadyPikachu12 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay will do^^
thanks
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Waragainstgiygas Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Can the mask be simple? my oc currently has a top-half masquerade-like mask.
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Student Writer
That sounds fine by me.
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Waragainstgiygas Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you, I was scared my oc would be too unoriginal
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BronyForgotten Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
Wow, this should help! Thanks! But...does a Creepypasta have to have a creepy story to them? Yes, I know, you have to tell why the character went crazy. But as a person that focuses on the character's journey and story more, does a Creepypasta have to always scare people?
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Student Writer
I'd say it should at least be a bit unsettling, although it's really up to you. I think you could probably figure out a way to focus on the individual's journey and story and make it scary at the same time, if you wanted.
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BronyForgotten Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
I guess...seeing as he enjoys messing with his victims heads...I could show what the victim is seeing.

And there is that whole 'I'm going to change my face to look like a spider's!' thing he does willy nilly.
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Student Writer
That sounds feasible. Just make sure you have fun writing it. If it's not enjoyable for you as the creator then it's kinda pointless in the end.
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BronyForgotten Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
True. If you don't enjoy it, stop. That pretty much goes without saying. But enjoyment is always fun. Like, say, ideas along the lines of him just turning his limbs into shark heads and chasing a guy. While singing a silly song.
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Student Writer
I'd pay to see that movie.
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