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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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Tyrannuss555 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  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 4 days ago  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 4 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
K but any tips on the shadow thing
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Writer
Well, you said you can't go into much detail, which unfortunately means I don't really know what you're looking for. If you want advice I really need to know a bit about your premise.
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makogirl Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
I can agree to the whole mask thing.....though mine does have a mask....but it was crudely made from ripped fabric and is worn with a good reason. 
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Student Writer
A mask is fine, so long as the reason for wearing it makes sense and/or if the mask is original in design.
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JigsawTheKiller1 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
xD It Is Long Sorry
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JigsawTheKiller1 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
Name(CP NAME):Jigsaw
Not Anything From A Show  Or Whatever
Age:Unknown (Logan's Age:15)
Phrase(If Killing A Girl):Maiden..Its Time For You To Go.
Phrase(If Killing A Boy):Im Afraid Its Time For You To Go.
Slave:Jade
(I Will Explain After Jigsaw)
Crush:Jade
Proxy?:Yes
Weapon Of Choice: Knife/Chainsaw
Name(HUMAN NAME):Hayden Collins
Personality:Insane,Crazy,
:Story On How Became Jigsaw (Involves Jane And Jeff):
I Sat In my Bedroom,I Was SUPER Bored,
I Got Up And Left My Bedroom,I Sighed,I Left My Room..And Of Course I Looked Out Of The Window, I Saw Randy
Beating Up Some Kids-Wait What? One Of The Kids Took A Knife (From Someone) And Stabbed (Someone XD)
I Saw Jane Watching This Too,She Was My Neighbor,The Boy..He Won The Fight...But Then After A Few Hours..
Police Arrived,Taking The Other Boy..Instead Of The Boy Who Actually Beat The 3 Up,I Was Shocked By What
The Boy Did..The Next Day A Person Was Having A Birthday Party,I Didn't Go..I Hate Parties, Then-
I Heard Some Screaming,I Saw Jane Run Out Of Her House And I Ran Out Of Mine To I Knew It Was Randy,
I Ran Over To The Building With my Knife To Defend The Boy Even Though He Was A Psychopath..
I Just Felt Sorry For Him,I Got To The Building And Didn't Knock On The Door And Just Ran Into The Backyard,
I Heard Screams And Saw Randy,I Ran To Randy And Cut Him And Yelled "YOU PSYCHO!" Seeing Jane On The Floor..
In Ashes..He Almost Burned Me,Then A Girl Came Over To Me,Being My Tiny Crush..From School,(Jade XD)
Jade Was Scared And Randy..He Just Ran Out Of The House,Not Caring For Anything Just Trying Not To 
Get Burned..
A Few Days Later I Was Invited To Jeffreys House (I Learned His Name) And I Came As Soon As He Got His
Bandages Off,Jane..She Came To,She Had A Knife And I Grabbed A Chainsaw From My Shed,
I Walked Over To The House With Jane And..We Got Knocked Out,When Me And Jane Woke Up
Jeff Had A Insane Smile..He Carved One Into His Face,We Were Gonna Cry But Just Frowned,
Jeff Frowned But It Looked Like A Smile,He Said "Oh? You Wanna Look Pretty To?" (Idk The Exact Story)
He Started To Get Something,he Didn't Do What He Did To Jane-I Got Knocked Out And When I Woke Up
I Couldn't See,I Had No Eyes And I Had A Mask,And My Chainsaw Along With it,
(His Outfit I Forgot About It:
www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=16…)
(The Mask:www.google.com/search?q=Mask&c…)
I Became A Proxy Few Days After The End! c:
xD I Should Make Storys On Stuff For This
Is This To Long? OF COURSE IT IS!
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Name: Jade Wilson
Age:15
Master:Jigsaw
Crush:Jigsaw
Personality:Kind,Innocent,Sweet,
:Story On How She Met Jigsaw:
I Was At School Talking To My Friend,Rihanna,(She Is My Friends Oc, Here Is To A Thing She Created With Rihanna In It:fictionpad.com/author/Kiriox/s… Its Crappy She Says!)
She Was Acting Weird,And Her Bestfriend Alex Walked Over,(Alex Is In The Book Thing) And They Walked To Their Classes,The Next Day I Was At My Little Brother's Friend Birthday Party..I Had No Reason To,Then Randy Came In With His Stupid Crew,Randy Almost Murdered Jeff..The Kid Named Logan Came In And Tried To Save Everyone Along With Jane,But She Was Almost Murdered To,A Few Nights Past..A Person Came To My Window,(That Being Jigsaw) I Stared At His Mask,He Looked Like He Was Looking Back..He Said "Hello Jade,I Am..Jigsaw." She Was Frightened By Him,The Boy Looked To Be The Same Age As Her,And She Asked "How Do You Know My Name..Jigsaw?" And He Said "I Have Been Watching You For A While Now,Come Play A Puzzle With Me." She Knew He Was Safe..But..She Couldn't Trust Him,The Boy Said "Don't Worry,I Wont Hurt You." She Said "Ok.." And She Was Knocked Out,The Boy Said "Hello Jade,The Puzzle Is Just Beginning.." The Boy Known As Jigsaw Laughed Insanely.
END! 
Omg Is That To Long? I HOPE NOT..!
Spinning Awesome Smiley 


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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Student Writer
It's generally a good idea not to make your OC's backstory depend on a canon character; people might think you're trying to capitalize off their fame.
Also, you don't need to capitalize every word. ^^;
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JigsawTheKiller1 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
I Am Not Trying To Make Them "Unfamous" And I Only Capitalize Every Word Because..Its Now A Bad Habit, And Idk..
My Character Was Only Made A Few Days Ago,Still Planning The Story Behind Them,I Will Re-make the HOLE Story,On A Site..Called Quotev,
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Student Writer
I see.
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JigsawTheKiller1 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
If You'd Like You Can Give Me
Some Idea's For His Story,
I Wasn't Sure About Jade's Story,
But That Ending In The Story Actually
Would Make Since Of How Jigsaw
And Jade Met.
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Student Writer
The story isn't bad. I do think their persona is a little over-the-top though; for instance, a knife is a practical murder weapon, but unless you're going for a slasher-villain vibe, a chainsaw seems a little out of place.
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JigsawTheKiller1 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
Hm..
I Just Went With The Chainsaw
Because I Wanted Something That Wasn't Used,
The Story Really Doesn't Explain Jigsaw/Logan Become A Killer,
As I Said,I Only Made The Character A Few Days Ago,I May Change His Looks,I May Change The HOLE Story When Making It I Even May Change Both Characters,I Will Probably Post A Link On The Website "Quotev" 
Jade Was There Because I Just Wanted To Add Someone,
No Idea Why,She's Just There,As I Said I Might Change The Hole Character He Is Still WIP.
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Student Writer
If the character is still in development, you're doing the right thing by staying open to changes. Be sure to ask plenty of people for constructive feedback!
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JigsawTheKiller1 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
Literally,Jane And Jeff Were My First Creepypasta's To Discover.
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JigsawTheKiller1 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
xD
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Roxie4591 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So- I kinda need your opinion.. I'm working on an OC story that I haven't finished out yet. And I need to know if you think this would make her a sue-ish or not.    

Her name is Jasmine Starks, and she has a loving father and a mother that hates her, saying she's a mistake.  She has green eyes and brown hair going to around the middle of her back, and she wears a triforce necklace, and a necklace with a mini gun on it. She wears a grey shirt saying 'Old Skool', and ripped jeans. She also wears Nikes.[I'm telling you her description because I wanna make sure her looks don't make her sue-ish..] 
One day, her mom takes her out- near a river. Jasmine thinks that it's an normal and stuff, but her mom ends up having a sharp pair of scissors in hand. Her mom ended up taking Jasmine eyes- leaving only eye sockets.  Jasmine felts around for her mother, then when she felt her mother's foot, brought her down and took the scissors  and felt around her now pinned mother, stabbing her multiple times wherever she could feel. She sat on the ground, laughing like a maniac- Not noticing anything."I don't care for eyes. Only to see- to see. Pupils, at least..." Her wish was granted. How? She didn't know. At least she could see most. Ever since then, she's been killing- Being founded by some male being Jeff- Who she had to fight. You don't expect a killer to just take you in, do you? Good. No. After seeing she was skilled, he took her in- Being her first 'friend' she had made.

 Please tell me if you think It's a sue- Or if I should change some things. Thank you.
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Student Writer
Her appearance is a little over the top but overall seems fine. As for her story, how exactly does she see without eyes?
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Roxie4591 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you- And I'm still planning her story out. Maybe making a deal with ZALGO or some demon of a sort? Yeaaah- I'm still planning le crap out. But would making a deal with ZALGO or a demon make her a sue or anything?
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Student Writer
If you do go for that, try to make sure it's realistic.
Good example: she and Zalgo come to an agreement or contract which is mutually beneficial.
Bad example: Zalgo needs a waifu and asks her to be his baby momma. :(
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Roxie4591 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah- So would an good example perhaps be selling her soul to Zalgo? Something like that? 
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Student Writer
Yeah, that could work.
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Roxie4591 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks alot! This really helped.
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Student Writer
No prob! :D
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creepypastalover6 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
i know that my oc might sound stupid but my oc's name is Rose (has no last name)calls herself Blood Rose is Zaglos daughter and hates Zaglo because he kill her mother and lives in the slender mason but she was a normal girl until she turned 16 in witch she fond out about her mom and who her dad is and thought she would kill herself and did than was in an abandoned school(the same school when she was in 3rd grade)and remembered that it burned to the ground and it cough fire again there once more and she was stuck in the middle of it burning like the school did and here children laughing as she burned and then she became a creepasta(I'll try to make a model of what her hole image looks like the top part of her is my pic)
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Student Writer
I found that backstory a little hard to understand since it's one long sentence. Also, I'd advise against making her Zalgo's biological daughter for two reasons: according to the canon, Zalgo doesn't have an actual physical body. Plus, people tend to be harsher on OCs that are related to well-known pastas.
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creepypastalover6 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
ok thanks for the advice!i need it
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whitebakaneko Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Student Writer
This actually made me feel inspired thanks! :D I've already started making me creepypasta OC.
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Student Writer
Thanks, and I wish you good luck!
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StichieLover92 Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
hi i'm new thanks for the tips they helped me create my oc i just submitted part one of her story if ur interested id love to hear some feedback.
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Student Writer
Could you give me a link to it?
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StichieLover92 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry I will have my friend help me post it today...
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Student Writer
Alright.
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StichieLover92 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
hey im sorry if u tried to read my story before i didnt know what i was doing quite yet. its posted now so feel free to read it but if you did then thanks
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Memecat101 Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, so, I have an OC, but I don't know if she's any good.

Her name is Jocelyne Tania Maeva Lemoine Marion Peltier, though she uses the name 'White'. She was born in 1728 in France. She was born with white hair and grey eyes, so her parents thought she was cursed. They contacted a priest, who came to bless her. She bit him, and, this is where it gets complicated. 

The priest is the great grand-child of a vampire, so he had vampire blood. When White bit him, she ingested some of his long asleep vampire blood. It remained locked deep inside her until she was 16 years old. It awakened, and she began transformed into a full ghoul. She ate her family, before she was killed by the blood. She awakened a few hours later as a true ghoul.

She is 276 years old, yet still looks 16. White is currently located in America, stuck there after chasing a lead about others like her, and losing it. She speaks primarily French, but can speak broken English. White doesn't use weapons, she uses her stronger than steel nails and sharp teeth when she hunts.

I don't know, but she doesn't seem that good.
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Student Writer
I like her so far, actually. I'm just confused about one thing. Why wasn't the priest a ghoul or vampire if he had the blood curse? I'm sure I just misunderstood stomething, but if you could explain that to me that'd be great.
Other than that, I think she's really cool and is probably worth developing further.
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Memecat101 Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
memecat101.deviantart.com/art/…

I've gone and sort of re-written the original character sheet I made for her. Please, check it out!
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Student Writer
It's not bad, but it needs some work. Her name is a bit of a mouthful. And iif it's implied that she wasn't actually cursed, why did she bite the priest on his hand?
Also, baptism isn't supposed to be a cure for ghoulhood or possession. And if her family was the sort who would call a priest for help, wouldn't she have already been baptised? Sorry if I seem confused, it's just that a lot of this isn't really clicking with me.
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Sesshomarul182 Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist
Ok I have a Oc that is supposed to be a CP her face looks scary ( I think it) but can her clothes be like them from a normal person like Eyeless Jack clothes, because he wears a Hoodie and I think a jeans. And the only creepy thing about his look is his face/mask.
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Student Writer
I suppose she can have mundane clothes, just so long as they aren't too cute or impractical.
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Sesshomarul182 Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist
Well her clothes are a blue T-shirt and a normal jeans. Is this ok?
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ShackleSoul Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Student Writer
Sounds alright.
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HorrorLasagna Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Question: How would you be able to avoid Gary-sues? We're working on a character that may be too powerful and that's something I'd like to avoid.
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Dragonwolf505 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  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 Apr 19, 2015  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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