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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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Yaoi-is-my-life-99 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry to bother, but I have a problem. I have an OC that came back to life (undead), but someone pointed out that I need a reason for them to come back. And I feel bad cause I'm stuck. Do you have any ideas or just tips on creating a reason? I want to try to make it something that seems realistic, but isn't?
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Student Writer
Revenge or a desire to change something are both cliched, but they do work.
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Yaoi-is-my-life-99 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok. Thank you! Do I need a scientific reason? I know a few people have questioned how she could become undead more scientifically. 
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Student Writer
I don't really think you can provide a convincing scientific explanation for an undead creature...
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Yaoi-is-my-life-99 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That's what I thought, but oh well. Thank you very much for help! Sorry to bother you
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Student Writer
It's no bother. Best of luck!
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Kojamo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist

I need a bit of help!
Plot: One day in a parallel world, a group of students attempt to summon a monster after playing with a puzzle possessed by the spirit of a girl.

Name of Girl: Yasu

Appearance: Thin faced, Pale skin, Blood tears dried on face, Baby blue dress, 16, Mangled black rose in hair, No shoes, scratches and bruises everywhere, Torn lace bolero, Eyes bright toxic green, Long purpleish-black hair, Smile is black pointy fangs

Relationship status: Single (no ship yet)
Nickname: Yasu the Insane (I know, it sucks)
Catchphrase: Don't cry, and see the light (sucks aswell)
Symbol: Bloody heart
Backstory: Yasu was murdered by her older brother, Kono, whom had many trips to prison for killing. Yasu came back from the dead and killed him in his sleep, slowly and painfully, while saying her catchphrase in her normal singsong voice. After he was dead, she was devastated at what she had done, so she haunted his favorite puzzle: a sleeping wolf. Whenever summoned, she drives whoever summoned her bonkers until they have finally lost their sanity, then she kills them with a pistol she had grabbed from her brother right before he killed her and pulled the trigger. She wears a bloody, torn outfit in baby blue, her favorite dress, and a ripped lace bolero. When she smiles, her eyes glow brighter green and a shrill laughing is heard that drives whoever hears it insane slowly.

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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Student Writer
I'm a little confused by a few details, such as how Kono's puzzle was a sleeping wolf or why she immediately regretted killing him. Her backstory also seems more like a personal reference, for instance it says what she wears even though that is specified in Appearance.
The best advice I can give to you is to read what you just described over again, as though it's someone else's character and you have no idea who they are. Then you'll see what's missing, what does and doesn't work, and what needs to be improved. After that, try your hardest to make her genuinely scary. Creepypasta does have creepy right there in the name, after all. Remember that just because a character looks grotesque, kills people, and is completely crazy, they can still seem rather bland as opposed to frightening.
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Mami-Malice Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Student General Artist

I really needed this! I wanted to make sure my OC s the best it can be.
So my OCs mask is like a purge mask sort of. Like a cat but the eyes are just black and one of the eyes has a slash mark on it. The mask is not smiling and has a tear on it.
It this good?
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Student Writer
Thanks! And that sounds like a sound design. You may want to work in the symbolism behind teardrop tattoos, which is that you have one put on your face for each person you've killed.
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Mami-Malice Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Student General Artist
Oh it isn't a tattoo lol, Its on her mask representing her sadness over her sister's death she is sort of like a Savior.
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Student Writer
Lol I know, I just meant it might be interesting if it was used as a sort of parallel to that. But the reason you give is perfectly good too.
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Mami-Malice Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Student General Artist
Oh I get what your saying and I'll take that into consideration. Thank you! ^-^
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PiakchouGurl27 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
now im imagining eyeless jack's mask to have "MADE IN CHINA" pasted on the front of it
great
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Student Writer
Makes him a lil less threatening, don't it? :XD:
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PiakchouGurl27 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
exactly
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Rilee-Willow Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Excuse me, could I ask for help with an idea I am trying to work with?
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Student Writer
Sure!
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Rilee-Willow Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Great! :D Okay, so here are the notes I have so far.. I really like how it looks in my head, but I am scared it may seem too much like a Mary Sue :( Thoughts please..? 

  • Is a girl, approx. 12, 13, or 14 years old

  • Loves to dress up--mostly as Link

  • Has all of the LOZ games she can get her hands on

  • Wears glasses (most likely purple)

  • Is poor for the most part (spent all her allowance money on stuff for a “she-Link” costume--doesn’t have enough for the rest so improvises with stuff found in her attic)

  • Has a cat named Wisp (due to her thinking the fairies around Link looked like wisps)

  • Name: Jennie Wilks

  • Grew her hair out long and got it styled to look more like Link’s (mostly because she was so looking forward to putting her whole costume together)

  • Basically obsessed with Link.

    Appearance before death:

  • Has Blueish-green eyes

  • Long (not quite gold) blonde hair, purposely styled close to Link’s

  • In between short and tall--more on the short side

  • Wears purple glasses

    Appearance after death:

  • Eyes are pretty much the same (could be subject to change)

  • Hair is a lot more messy, could be dirty due to fall

  • Glasses are broken in places

  • Various scratches, possible bloody spot on her head



Ideas for her death:

  • Pushed

  • Fell--in an abandoned building

  • Fell--in an unfinished building

  • Fell--into an old well

  • Jumped to avoid something

       -  Was made to jump
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Student Writer
I wouldn't overtly mention her LoZ cosplaying, since it may seem too influenced by BEN Drowned. It might be more interesting for her to be obsessed with video games and pop culture than it would be for her to try to directly imitate a famous game character, especially one that's already been in several prominent creepypastas.
Given her grittier appearance after death, I would think it would be unique if she still basically acts and talks like someone who's "alive", even if she is aware that she's dead.
As for the causes of death, fell into an old well could be creepy because if someone found the body it would make for a scary moment. Spoiler: Plus it reminds me a bit of a certain plot point from The Ring, which is an excellent horror movie to get inspiration from for how to portray a young female ghost. 
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Rilee-Willow Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That does make sense..I was thinking of it being Halloween or something, which could be her reason for dressing as a female Link. Although I do get your point, I do think I could try to work with that. As for her talking like someone who is alive...what exactly do you mean by that? To have her just continue to act how she did when she was alive..? 

I was very much, however, really leaning towards having her fall into an old well as the cause for her death. The only problem with the idea of it is I am not exactly sure on where the well would be or why she would even be near it--I want it to make sense :/ 

I have heard of The Ring, I have never seen it though. If I can get the chance to see it, I will take your advice gladly ^^ 

I was also trying to think on if it should be her origin story, or if it should be after she died (and if so, how I might go about telling the story...where she might haunt and such) But anyway.

Are there any other suggestions that you might have for the story or her as a character?
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Student Writer
What I mean is that when most people have a deceased character, the character tends to get morbid and sadistic. It would be interesting if she continued to act basically the same as before. 
There are many ways you could work the well in. For instance, it could be on the property of an abandoned farmhouse she and her friends used to play around at. It was night and she was running around doing something, so she didn't see the well until she tripped over the rim and died on impact.
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Rilee-Willow Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I see. That would be an interesting idea, actually. I don't think I would have thought of that--but it is a very good idea. :) Also with the idea for the well, that is a very good idea. I myself was wondering if it should be in an abandoned place, I just wasn't sure where.

Although I am wondering, when making a Creepypasta, aren't they supposed to be scary? Or, is it okay to make them less scary? I was wondering how I might write a story later on (if I thought it was a good idea) with her "haunting" someone or some place. Do you have any ideas or guiding tips for that..? 
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Student Writer
I'm of the opinion that a creepypasta is supposed to be scary, since otherwise they're basically just a regular OC. "Creepypasta" does have "creepy" in the name itself, after all.
If you want to do a haunting sort of story, I would advise building up the suspense. Make the haunted person think they're just under stress from some recent traumatic event, or that they're suffering from an undiagnosed mental illness (they might even actually be mentally ill, and because they know that, they think the haunting is just a hallucination). They might attempt to find rational explanations that might even seem the most likely answer at the time. Then, when it turns out they are actually being haunted, it'll be more of a surprise to the reader.
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rollo112 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  New Deviant
would you check out my poor oc?           rollo112.deviantart.com/art/Be…
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Student Writer
I would advise avoiding romantic relationships with canon pastas. The "bullying" backstory is done a lot, too, and there are a lot of coincidences and things that probably wouldn't happen in their origin story. I'd advise you to proofread it for spelling, grammar, and syntax after you get all those things resolved.
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rollo112 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  New Deviant
would you check out my oc now?              rollo112.deviantart.com/art/Be…
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Student Writer
They look a little plain. Try using your imagination for any practical tools, clothes, or equipment/weaponry they would have.
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rollo112 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  New Deviant
i cannot do clothes 4 him but his weapond would be 2 chainsaws
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Student Writer
If that's what you're going for, remember that you would need a great deal of strength to dual-wield chainsaws. :XD:
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rollo112 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  New Deviant
ikr XD
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rollo112 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  New Deviant
kay :)
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Queen-Bee799 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have never made an CP before....and it seems pretty hard to make something like that in such a detailed form....I don't think that I can make on like that I so much detail like everyone else has....I'm just not an imaginative person any more....I pretty much lost that when I was pretty much forced to grow up sooner than I should....but I would like to make my own one day....an I would like some personal tips if that is okay....if u will even contact me.....which u probably won't....but idc lol....THANKS THO! ♥~Bella
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Student Writer
I can try my best to answer any questions you have, if that would help.
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Queen-Bee799 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay thank u! Lol
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rollo112 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  New Deviant
please tell if my OC is good

name: Bella Killed

age:[unknown]

crush:Jeff The Killer

back story
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I was sitting in front of an lake i were texting with my BFF i felt like i was watched by someone

i comed back home starting to think: how is my boyfriend doing i texted him:How are you doing sweetie?

a couple of hours later he answered: good! but i need to go bye!

i were worried

i went to sleep in 7Am i woke up

i went to school in school: bullies were waiting for me 

one of the bullies had nerf gun one of them had a real knife one had a toy claws

i was terrified they started to chase me i runned and i fell into a pit they laughed and shot me right in the face with the nerf gun one stabbed me in on my leg and one hit me with the claws when i was home i noticed a sticky note in my bed: Watch out!

i tought it was just a joke i started to do my homework.

after the homework i went to my BFF:s house in 9:PM i went to home

i didn't remember anything else i just woke up.

Clock was 9AM was saturday 

when i rubbed my eyes i noticed that my body was all bloody and my arms too.

i was like: ''it's just a joke'' when i screamed mom and he didn't answer i went to look him

he was lying on her bed all bloody and heart out of her body dad was dead too

when i went to look my little brother he was killed too.

i swore that i'll kill everyone who comes to my way!

i taked dad's Meat Knife and i crawled out of the window and runned to the woods

i met slenderman and he taked me to creepy looking place where were many creepy guys i loved that place!


one guy called ''Jeff The Killer'' was soo handsome

and then i killed ppl with Jeff.
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hollyleafxbirchstar Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Hello! was wondering if my oc was okay?
hollyleafxbirchstar.deviantart…

Your guide is amazing!
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Student Writer
Thanks! Anyway, your OC has potential, but their backstory needs some work. For instance, bipolar disorder isn't acquired due to abuse, it's something you're born with like any mental illness.
Also, it's kind of unclear in the text whether this is what happened, but I doubt he would have been able to just stay at the orphanage after killing someone. The sudden decision to leave the orphanage and live in a conveniently close shack is rather abrupt, and it seems unlikely he would have the tools or skills to make complex items out of whatever scrap metal there was.
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hollyleafxbirchstar Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Oh okay! ill change that Thanks!
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Student Writer
No prob. :3
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iloveonedirection999 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
i just wanted to know if this was good so far uwu

creepy pasta name: innocent prisoner
race: asian
gender: female
-was sentenced to prison for a crime she did not commit
-abused in prison and dies there
-she has shackles on her wrists and a jail-bar mouth
-haunts the prison where she died in.
- she is not shipped with cannon
- shes shipped with no one shes forever alone
- may have gave her soul to slenderman to get out of the prison and have friends. does this suck ?.
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Student Writer
It's pretty undeveloped and generic at the moment. I'd recommend creating something different from the standard pasta OC template, and writing a detailed backstory is a must.
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iloveonedirection999 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
ok ty ^^
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LPS-Avie Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
First off I am not a dummy secondly I am not good at writing stories thirdly I can't think of a good name that doesn't seem taken or seem like I am copying what I mean is maybe it's a killer and seems like a bob then I name him bob the killer not trying to copy jeff the killer or jane the killer. or a girl who seems like a marry and has no eyes and I name it eyeless marry and people will probably think I am unoriginal when I thought of it myself.
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Ajones123 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 4, 2015
I have an OC that I'm tweaking right now. I just need a creepypasta name for her. Can you plz help me?
Her name is Murphy Bough. She has strawberry blonde hair and bright green eyes. She has been blind since the age of 2 because she was diagnosed with retinal cancer. She was placed in foster care when she was 5.

Any other info you need?
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Student Writer
If you want her name could just be Murphy Bough. Not every creepypasta OC needs a threatening name. BEN and Jeff being prime examples.
Although if you do want me to suggest an alias I'd need to know a bit about her backstory and personality.
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Ajones123 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015
Her regular name is fine for now. I'll think of something eventually.
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Tyrannuss555 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I have an idea but I won't go into too much detail but I want to ask: how can I make a shadow scary and so frightening that it would make people literally scared of shadows?
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Student Writer
Uh, that's something you'd really have to come up with on your own.
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Tyrannuss555 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
K but any tips on the shadow thing
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