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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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Dragonwolf505 Featured By Owner 23 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
hey, new oc idea, cause its me again, would a good oc be a human-like creator that's only purpose is to eat humans, like a predator, cause i like the idea, also, sorry for last comment i was on my phone and forgot which oc i had been talking about.
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  Student Writer
The most important thing for a good OC is a solid backstory. Get that right, and I don't see how it can go wrong.
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Dragonwolf505 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What about a thin black cat with a jack-o-lantern head for an oc?
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Student Writer
It sounds a little too cuddly. Maybe if you could add a detail that would make it scarier, gorier, or tougher?
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Student Writer
I guess?
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Dragonwolf505 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
last comment was messed up, and one detail is that if the pumpkin falls off there is a shredded head, forgot to mention that.
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UnknownRiver314 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  New member
I know you said we should create our own ocs but I just can't do it. I was wondering if you could help me create my creepypasta, please.
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UnknownRiver314 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  New member
I need your help again
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UnknownRiver314 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  New member
It's just that you write amazing ideas where as I write some that don't stick. But if you can give me ideas or tips then that'll help.
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Student Writer
Sorry, I don't do stuff like that. I'd be happy to give advice on a creepypasta you're working on, but I can't help you make one from the ground up. If I did that it'd be more like my character than yours.
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UnknownRiver314 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  New member
I had done it! I had created a great creepypasta but then I realized someone else already came up with it. Now I'm at rock bottom again. Now what?
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Student Writer
Nothing to do but try again from scratch. It may sound unappealing, but there's really no shortcut or anything.
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AnxietySloth Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Hi ^^ I see that this is really old but i was wondering if you could evaluate my OC Fixx? You seem to be a bit more mature and won't just say she sucks or anything. Thanks for reading!~<3
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Student Writer
Could you give me a link or provide some information about her or such?
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AnxietySloth Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
anxietysloth.deviantart.com/ar…

Her overall story(before becoming a pasta, how it happened, and the origin of her knife) are still in the works. I recently decided to revise it but if you'd like a general run down, I'll write that. It will be brief and sound crappy but i plan to write it much better, for she basically captures my life cx
She was always a perfect kid until she reached 7th grade and was continuously held to her high standards. She started getting bullied and abused by her peers and parents and later in the year turned to cigarettes and drugs. Later attempting suicide but not succeeding, she was admitted to a mental hospital for roughly 3 months. From then is when I've decided to re-write it because my younger self wasn't the best with writing but the plan is yada yada she can't stand pills yada gets worse yada eventualy loses it yada gets involved with the other Pastas. Her knife, which I'm going to write a story for because everyone seems to think if it's a knife it was pulled from the kitchen drawer (which hers was not), is a family heirloom passed down generation going back to roughly WW1 or maybe earlier. But I apologize for this being so long. i just would like to get help on  all my OCs but Fixx is my main OC for obvious reasons. So again sorry but maybe you could give your thoughts?
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Student Writer
I'd advise not making her start out perfect (people can't sympathize with perfect characters), maybe making her have a friend she relied on who betrayed her instead of the cliched "abuse from everyone" theme, and making her appearance more threatening and less cute.
I do like the idea of giving a sort of backstory for her knife. That sounds like something that could really be a unique part of her character.
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AnxietySloth Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Yea, I'm working on other designs for outfits and other stuff .-.
But thank you so much :) I read through all your other OC posts to help with other OCs i have, and i really liked them! Added them all to my favorites so i can find them later ^^
Thanks again!
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Student Writer
No problem. I also thank you for being able to deal with constructive feedback. Too many people get irritated at honest advice.
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AnxietySloth Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
I get that, people ask for honesty and then get mad about it. You asked haha. Anyways greatly appreciated! Have a good day~<3
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Aegis00 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
thanks for some advices, I'm still new in CP fandom and I'm gonna do some surveys(collecting informations lol) before making a CP OC :3
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Student Writer
That sounds like a good idea.
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SouthDakota13 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
Can you take a look at my oc please? southdakota13.deviantart.com/j…
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Student Writer
Sure.
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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 Mar 1, 2015  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 Mar 1, 2015  Student Writer
I'll check em out.
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Forest-Child232 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Much appreciated c:
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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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