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I'm starting to get sick of seeing terrible EarthBound "original characters"/mary-sue's/gary-stu's on a daily basis. I snapped yesterday when I saw an EarthBound original character that claimed to have fucking neck snapping powers (no joke), which really annoyed me to death.

So this is gonna be a few simple steps of advice to make a good EarthBound original character.


1) Past and backstory


You don't need a dramatic past or dark backstory to make your character interesting. Say, if your character saw their parents die in front of him/her, it's only okay if the character gets over it and doesn't act like a complete emo Final Fantasy character.

It's fine if you make your character witness a death, but don't make them turn into an emo for the rest of their life over it. They can remorse over it of course, but when they constantly are depressed over it, that's just a poor attempt to copy Lucas's back story.


2) PSI powers


I can't emphasize this enough. It's all well and good to have PSI powers on a character, but make sure their special move isn't a mary-sue and gary-stu power. Let's get something straight-- we know PK Love and PK Rockin' are basically big bursts of energy that will blow you to pieces. PK Starstorm is basically a ton of explosions.

Your character can have psychokinetic powers, but they don't really need them. I've seen good EarthBound original characters can be just as good without powers but don't make your character's special ability CONTROL FUCKING TIME. It's mary-sue material-- tons!



3) Altered versions of a character aren't original characters or as good as people make them out to be


This is kind of a personal nerve, but just because you make a character's dark side come out doesn't make it an entirely new character. We've all seen PKNess012364's Werewolf Ness-- that's fine-- but then you see things like Dark Lucas. Just because you put dark before their name doesn't make them an entirely new character.


And then you see other werewolf characters like Were-Lucas. COME ON! Now you're just being a ripoff! I don't give a 5 minute fuck how much you add onto their name, it doesn't change the fact that it's out of god damn character.

I'll smack ya with a rolled up newspaper over it. People like PKNess012364 do altered characters well because they don't take too much pride in the character, and every drawing/doodle they do isn't about them.


4) Take advice/constructive criticism and don't set your character in stone


Okay, basically I've seen most original character owners act like complete whiney dumbasses all because someone gave some advice and constructive criticism… if you really want your character to get tons better, then you WANT constructive criticism and advice; altered character or original character.

It helps you learn where this character has problems. Don't set the character in fucking stone like the 10 god damn commandments. Your character will look more mary-sue/gary-stu all because you refuse to take the smallest bit of constructive criticism. I'm sick of coddling these assholes like they're Call of Duty players, all because their crying over small advice.


5) Personality


This is the muscle and meat of your character. Don't try to steal Lucas's back story just for dramatics (I know I already blew my water at step 1 over the witnessing parent's death thing), but try to give your character a personality that isn't as bland as an inert brick or that's entirely fucking cutesy, angry, or depressed. Those are not personalities, their just annoying mary-sues.


Anyway, thank you for reading. These are just my opinions and some advice that could be used at your will. These again are nothing more than my opinions. I just had to do this after I saw 3 terrible OCs/altered characters last night.
Tell me what ya like or think about it

and thank you for reading these are just my opinions and are supposed to be seen just as that opinions

you can listen to them or not it is your call
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:iconthelonelylucas:
TheLonelyLucas Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My were-lucas was never horrible. and i was not even copyin pkness012364 and the wereness character of hers either..
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PK-Claus Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Refer to step 5 it's just my opinion/criticism for you're Kennedy-i mean character, You need to kinda make the character actually interesting instead of just slapping a tail and ears on em.
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TheLonelyLucas Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I did! for your info it is basically normal lucas. and he is attacked by an altered rare wolf with gold fur. After the world of Mother 3 was reborn. and technically in the story i am writting, i am Lucas. So it starts out differently than the silly wereness concept. and Were-Lucas is not even a killer at all.
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PK-Claus Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
You see its just an opinion refer to step 4 you shouldn't care, And you treated wereness like god before you just made were-lucas cause you wanted to try and get back at pkness, Again just because you make it the exact opposite of a character doesn't change it at all.
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TheLonelyLucas Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i did not make were lucas to get back at pkness. pkness was rude and hurtful and left me. i made were-lucas cuz i love lucas as much as ness. i do care cuz to me i put heart into this character. and yes it does change the fact. cuz he is nowhere or ever gonna be anyway like wereness.
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PK-Claus Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
The sky is not hot pink just because you say it is, She was not rude she blocked you because you spammed her profile when she requested you to draw wereness less, You got kicked from the group for breaking rule's, And you did make the character to get back at pkness, And again the sky is not hot fucking pink just because you say it is.
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TheLonelyLucas Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
NO I DID NOT!!! I NEVER BROKE A RULE, I NEVER SPAMMED HER. SHE WAS SELFISH OVER HER OWN CHARACTER!!! IN FACT I DREW WERE-LUCAS FOR MYSELF. NOT TO GET BACK AT HER BUTT!!! :cries: I ALSO HATE THE COLOR PINK BTW!!! :iconsadplz: I am sorry for being angry with you but i was already pissed with my step-father.. *walks off to a darkened corner*
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PK-Claus Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Just because you say so doesn't mean it is so, You're not god if you say something that doesn't mean it's true, And again refer to step 4 it is my opinion you should not give a care, But again you going butthurt just prove's it.
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HeroinofWinds Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Thank you, this should help me a bit with my Earthbound fan characters. :D
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PK-Claus Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Haha thanks, Goodluck.
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coachskau Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
These apply to basically every OC of every series of anything, ever. Slightly altered to match the source, of course, but really the same idea. Good job! :D
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:iconpk-claus:
PK-Claus Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Thank you a lot.
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SilverStarlite Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah OC guides, how i love thee.
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:iconpk-claus:
PK-Claus Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Hah thanks,

And i love guides just as much as other's but i was just trying to make my opinion's, But apparently their good enough to be a guide.
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SilverStarlite Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah lol. im always looking at this sorta thing to better myself as a writer. this was a big help ^^
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:iconpk-claus:
PK-Claus Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
That's good to know.
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MaraTheWolf Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Very good, this brings up good points.

Also, there's no reason for people to create original characters for the Earthbound series in the first place, really. It has enough characters on its own to use. I didn't even know they HAD Earthbound OCs until a few weeks ago.
I mean, I love seeing what people can come up with in other series, but for some reason it just doesn't WORK in Earthbound.
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PK-Claus Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
thank you

i think its fine an all if they want a fancharacter or something i just think people dont know enough about the series

and i only found out about earthbound oc's a few days ago
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ShadowEevee128 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student Writer
:iconclapplz: Well done my good sir.
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PK-Claus Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Thank's a ton..,Now i gotta do one about zelda oc's/fc's...,God shoot me now
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ShadowEevee128 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student Writer
I will totally read that since I have Legend of Zelda OCs and I write Legend of Zelda fanfictions. I can't wait!
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PK-Claus Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Ho boy this took me 3 days to write, So ya...
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NitroGoblin Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks for the advice, I noticed you said time (Guessing you mentioned mine, which she doesn't actually have full control of time, only short spurts, to increase her agility, nothing special. And I updated the background story, since I forgot to add it when i upload her. [link] Better?
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PK-Claus Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
i was referring to a character named odd to be honest like it was so bad the character could bring back the dead by rewinding time

though i like this codex character
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NitroGoblin Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Oh, haha I got worried. Glad you like her. :D
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DarkNintenCreator Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Nice opinions! I LIKEY!!! But I have a character of Dark Ninten... Is dat bad? You an find out about him if u search thru mah stuff
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:iconpk-claus:
PK-Claus Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Yeah my brother told me about dark ninten, I in all honesty was expecting dark ninten to just be ninten in dark clothing but then i found out he's like a cry of fear monster. (It's a good thing)
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DarkNintenCreator Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yay~! ^^ He's pretty coolio.
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:iconpk-claus:
PK-Claus Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Try not to take too much pride in him again.
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DarkNintenCreator Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
OK.
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PK-Majyyks Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really thought these were good opinions. :)
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PK-Claus Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Thank you a ton, I wasn't kdiding about the oc that had a psychokinetic power literally named PK neck snap, I'd link you to it but the guy deleted the deviation when people called him out on it.
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PK-Majyyks Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is... pathetic. :facepalm:
You don't need PSI to snap a neck.
You barely even need to snap necks in the first place.
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DarkNintenCreator Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
U KAN SNAP A NECK AT ANY TIME!!!! :-D
But it is kinda stupid...
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:iconpk-claus:
PK-Claus Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Ya don't need psi in general to make a good character either,
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:iconpk-majyyks:
PK-Majyyks Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah.
Werewolf Ness has his PSI disabled.
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:iconpk-claus:
PK-Claus Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Yeah i wish i could have used a different comparison but i think wereness and werelucas are the best ones i could come up with to compare.
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PK-Majyyks Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah..
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