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Name: With names, you don't want it to stand out too much and research is important. Alot of beginner writers are prone to go straight to the Japanese names, but it is possible for someone from over seas to join the Cannon group. Using your own name is fine too, but I find it best to look at Baby Name sights and find lists of popular surnames in different time periods. Go through the whole list, make a sublist of the ones you like best, then match the first names with the surnames and see which one sounds the best!

Age: This ones easy. But people still slip up! Making your character too young yet giving them certain skills, takes the attention away from the real prodigies of the show (and remember the show is based around them, not you) If part of your characters personality is that their intelligent, make it one that doesn't require much awe, but still keeps them useful as a cast member. Maybe a skill that the main character, or the love interest doesn't have. I.E - Winry Rockbell is a Mechanic, who is a perfect companion (friend or lover) for Edward Elric, who is a genius and an Alchemic prodigy, but since he has Prosthetic limbs needs the aid of someone else to repair him when he's damaged. Making her useful but not pulling the attention away from Ed.
I haven't found too many OC's who create older Oc's such as 30+ but if your going to design an OC of an older age, be sure they look the part. Being 25 yet carrying the youthful glow of a 15 year old is kind of strange. Especially if your thinking of setting that character with someone who looks alot older~.

Occupation: Okay. I'm sticking with FMA here. This one catches most people out. I'm not saying that being a young State Alchemist is wrong, but alot of people go for it. Being a State Alchemist at a good age of 20+ is the most common in the world of FMA, it'd be nice to see a character who has a normal job or if you wish Alchemy to be included, have them be under training to be a State Alchemist. But remember, I aint saying being a young State Alchemist is wrong, so please don't feel insulted. Feel free to put State Alchemist here if you so wish, it's your character. But if you do, make you your State Alchemy Title is well thought out and not the first few names that pop into your head. Think about your Alchemy clearly, what is it's scientific explanation of function, then try to describe that with a name~ (Edward doesn't really apply here though). I.E - Water Alchemy - Water Alchemist, Aqua Marine Alchemist, Base Flow Alchemist, Riparian Alchemist etc

Town/Country: Well a good number of FMA fans know about this. Research comes into play once again, make sure you know the place's your characters are coming from and make sure that it's possible for them to travel to Central if they don't live their. I would like to see some more characters from Xing, but it may be difficult for them because of the desert, I rarely see Ishballan OC's either, being from Aerugo would be interesting but remember that they have border restrictions and Creta isn't that much talked about so you could create your own political explanation on what's going on. Either that or have them be an illegal alien without papers.

Relatives: I speak for myself when I say alot of OC's have a dead parent(s). It's kinda natural, we give our characters tragic pasts so they have subconscious bond with the character of choice you want them to befriend, but if you do have angsty pasts, be careful with how you portray it. Having your character have the exact same experience as Ed and Al is too unoriginal, or trying to bring a loved one back to life and now have Automail. It's fine if you have the above, but just try not to have such a tragic past. Maybe your character fought in the Ishbal war so they can relate with most of the current Soldiers in Ishbal, or one of their parents died but of natural causes rather than being murdered or slane by Scar or something.

Story: A quick backstory. Make it snappy. In presentations, you yourself and the reader need to know exactly who this character is within a small amount of sentences, drag on too long and the reader will become bored and maybe you yourself will have trouble digesting it yourself. Keep it short and sweet so that if someone hands you off hand, you know it all well and wouldn't need any pauses to think.

Involvement: Why have you created this character? Are they just a love interest? They need to have a reason to exist in the stories universe, do they have severe hatred for someone/ a group of people and the protagonist changes their opinion? Does this character have a unique skill that the cannon character in question can find useful, that the cannon character has something that the character wants. Why do they exist? Or simply your OC just needs a friend?

Personality: Make them human! Don't just make them feel one emotion all the time, they're not Tinkerbell! One of the best characters in anime/manga I find are those who act as a human being would. Ask yourself how you would act in that situation (honestly!) and would your character do the same. One thing, try not to have them freak out about people thinking their short, it's Edwards' best known trait.

Strengths: It's fine having a strength that other Cannon characters have, but don't try to overshadow the character. Find different ways around it or find different strengths that maybe none of the main characters have. Like a nurse/training doctor in FMA. Don't see many of those around - I don't even think there is one! lol Even the power of an optimistic outlook is a great strength since most protagonists have alot to deal with and can sometimes have a negative view on the world. Be the strength that that character doesn't have and the two of them will work well together, or have a simular trait and the two can be rivals. It's how you go about it!

Weaknesses: Here's where I normally find alot of blanks or things that don't make sense. Listing a bunch of weaknesses doesn't make your OC better, then again not having any weakness is bad too. Keep it simple like, afraid of the dark, can't swim, afraid of heights. Something that gives them a human weakness but hopefully doesn't set them back. There's no point in having a story set in Atlantis with a character who can't swim, or a vampire afraid of the dark. Research the story, document the popular surroundings and try to work it out~ I also think being clutsy is a good weakness trait, I don't see alot of them.

Other: This is just for any important information that doesn't come under any subheadings. I.E - at some point Sarah will discover this which will make her realise that her and Jake aren't all that different. Or Katherine reminds Dean of his daughter who past which gives reason to why he's so protective of her. Key facts that add to your character that are important, but not 'she hates carrots because she doesn't like the colour orange'.

Quotes-

This is my favourite part! You go on websites and see quotes from all the cast, these things help greatly when it comes to character develop! Things that they repeatedly say that gives them dimension! Like 'True dat yo' - speaking street even though they are the complete opposite, gives the impression that the character is continuously trying to be cool and fit in but in a futile manor. Either that or memorable lines that you need to remember that your character says that makes a big difference in the story and to the character being told. 'Revenge and Justice, they're the same thing, it's just dogmatic nonsense that makes the killer feel like he's doing something good when really he's just taking peoples lives out of stone cold hatred.'

RESEARCH IS IMPORTANT! I can't stress this enough! If you're going to be sharing your OC/ fan faction with the public, you need to get your facts straight or their going to notice your mistakes~! Make sure have done deep research in the universe your writing in, make sure that key plot points to not make a scene in your story unrealistic and inconcievable, make sure you aren't breaking any rules!
I've been told to put this up as a Deviation so here goes!

Hope it helps! Like I said in my Journal, you don't have to use it but it's just a guide ^^
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fmageek77 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you. I need to fix my O.C. (I mean Mary Sue) now..................
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Zelda0bsessi0n Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for making this C:
I'm not making a FC for FMA, but I am trying to write a story so this'll help me make the characters :D
By the way, I love your Korra avatar :D
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peacefulinvasion Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Actually there are characters with Japanese names in fma who are not foreign
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fmageek77 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Really... brotherhood, normal or manga. I must know who they are!!
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peacefulinvasion Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Izumi curtis.
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fmageek77 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
genius!!!!!!!!!! wait... did you know that van hominihiem was a real alchemist in the early 1500's. He also was the first person to create a 'homunuculus'
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peacefulinvasion Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
ijarjkejrkje HOLLY FUCKING GOD XD never knew that thanks for the awesome facts. 
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fmageek77 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
not a problem, also i think france or greece have the same actor as edward, not sure
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peacefulinvasion Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
It's greece
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fmageek77 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
okay, thank you
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fullmetal-gryffindor Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the advice! I REALLY NEEDED IT!
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Heaven-Angel Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist
Great tutorial! :)
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iFMAlover Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really good!^^ That will help me. :)
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WiredandGaming Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Great!

Although, I do have to protest a little bit when you mention klutziness..
I actually see that often, and as the only flaw. And it's never really played as a flaw..
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xplosion246 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
Used + edited a little, thanks for making this c:
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leopup13 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Student General Artist
i've always had a character in my mind, but i'm not so sure that the name is a good one. I would like to have your opinion, her name would be Kai Firestone, is that good? I've always like the name Kai, so it's common to see me use it alot, and I have to say that Firestone has a good ring to it, then when I had put them together, I thought it sounded nice but I would like your outlook.
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Kayla-Chan Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What Universe is it for? Or is it an independant OC?
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leopup13 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Student General Artist
Well, it's for the Alchemy Universe, not the one through the gate.
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thesolaralchemist Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
Personally, I've had trouble in deciding what either my oc's alchmic formula or title is. I originally wanted to give him solar alchemy(Hence where my profile name comes from), then I thought 'Thats way too powerful.'. So I thought up water alchemy,but since my guy was in the ishvallan war, I can't see the use in that. And his title as I said before WAS going to be the solar alchemist,but then since I changed his alchmic formula became the hydro alchemist,but then I thought 'Well I just won't give him a cool formula, just a practical way of using normal alchemy.'. So I came up with his shoes having stamps in em' shaped like transmutation circles,this led to the quick step alchemist. I'm just in so much turmoil I was wonderin' if you'd give me some advice.
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Supahfrog Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
If I ever make an Oc, i'll be sure to refer to this ;) thanks!
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MiatheCat45 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks I'll use this when I write out my characters out if thats okay! :3
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xXViviChanXx Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Oi! :D That will be a great help! Thanks! :3
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rhr-forever Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010   Traditional Artist
Oh, this is beautiful! :D
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vegitariandino Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great guide!
It'll be helpful for me~
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l4rgo22 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
i need help i got the name and the job and the weapons but no story line i need help
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Kayla-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol the formula is super simple. It's really a case of picking a state and a creature. If your serious about writing Supernatural, I suggest you buy John Winchesters journal and their official monster guide for the show. Or just look up legendary folklore or your own knowledge of them. There's many well known ones, demons, ghosts, werewolves, vampires, zombies, wendigo's, bloody mary, angels, hell even make up your own! Go on some websites and look up lists for Supernatural creatures. Find out what they're known for and have a mysterious death at the beggining which no one can explain, your character becomes aware of it and through out the story tries to figure out what did it as more deaths happen whilst they do so. Maybe meeting Cannon characters on the way, then eventually having a big old show down and saving the day! Thats mainly in all SPN episodes, its just what you do in between~!

Go on Google images, find a map of US, pick a state, then pick a Supernatural Entity, Get info on it, create a death and have your character get involved. Simple as :)

Hope that helps! :) Also, coming up with the name of the Fiction I either go with what the story is about, or use titles from Classic Rock songs like the show does~!
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l4rgo22 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
you can't buy john's book it's not real Were am i going to find it?
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Kayla-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol it is real, I own one XDD It aint the genuine article but it has everything the real one has in it. Go onto any online book store, Amazon, Play.com etc and search for John Winchester's Journal - the author is Alex Irvine.
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l4rgo22 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
you should put it on here so i can see it oh wat does mika look like?
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Bitter-Cherry Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Great guide :D .... and quotes, I hadn't thought of it! Google, here I go.
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HaileyPie Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Research

Yeah I see those all the time =w= Many with Envy too...
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Kayla-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
RESEARCH!

He does seem to be the one people go far, he is very well written and an amazing character. But my Fav is Greed, not a fancy or anything, I just think he's awesome 8D
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HaileyPie Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ya I know what you mean, PFFFT. Greed is pretty awesome. Especially that Ling x Greed thing!! But personally my favourite is Pride I dont know why but he is just >3<
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l4rgo22 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
will this help me make an spn oc
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Kayla-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the reason I first created it was for my SPN OC XD

But you should create a new Subheading entitled weapons/skills. Since in the Supernatural world, everyone has their stuff. Dean loves his Colt. 45 and sawed off Shotgun, Sam is more magic and encantations to be that devoted to a certain firearm (research in weapons and whether they're still being used to this stay is super handy!). Also depending on their heritage such as Castiel and his powers of heaven, or Ruby and her inside knowledge on the 'dark side' etc. So you may need to further clarify more information on your SPN OC. Vehicle also helps if they drive! We all know the Impala, so it'd be a good estabilishment. You could have that he/she steals what they can find, or it's an average car, the older and more classic the car the more it shows the characters devotion to it and their expertese - which is well explained with John, Dean and the Impala. Like they said in the show, a car can tell alot about the person.

Good luck with making your OC! Any questions etc about it, let me know and Ill be glad to help ^^
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l4rgo22 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
wat about your oc?
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Kayla-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Name: Akyla Tokarev
Age: 21
Occupation: Unemployed (Hunter)
Relatives: Mum and Brother back in Colorado (Emancipated)
Weapons: Remington 870 ‘Super Shorty’, Holy Water, Pure Silver Hunting Knife, Salt/Rock Salt shells.
Vehicle: Ford F150 (Simular to John's which shows her fanatical obsession)

Story: When she was 17 there was a demon attack at her high school and she was the last survivor, surviving the horrible ordeal but claiming that it was caused by a ‘Demon’. Her mother panicked and put her into therapy, thinking it was just caused my post-traumatic stress – but no luck. Akyla started doing her own independent research in her spare time, not looking for a new high school or a part-time job. Her mother finally had enough and tried to enrol her into an Asylum, finding this out Akyla ran away from home and soon met up with a girl called Mika.

Involvement: Dean and Sam go to answer a call in a town about a Demon attack, they bump into Akyla and Mika and they both fight over who claims authority over the case.

Personality: Sharp Tongued, Quick talker, Professional but with an attitude. Her age gets the better of her emotions, but her survival skills make up for her immaturity.

Relationships: Even though they’re not blood, for the past few years Akyla and Mika have treated each other like sisters. They look out for one another; and given their pasts, are the most important to one another and die for each other.
Her and Sam get on well together, normally on the same wavelength although Sam does see a lot of Dean in her.
There is always a lot of friction between Akyla and Dean, because they have similar personalities they’re normally found butting heads for the role of ‘leader of the group’. The main thing Dean has over Akyla is more years of experience, but even though they don’t realise it – they work well as a team when it comes down to the crunch.

Age Comparisons:

Dean: 27
Sam: 23
Mika: 22?
Akyla: 21

Strengths: Although not as strong as Dean or Sam, she can still hold her own. Above Average knowledge in Guns/Weaponry but her main strength is her speed and quick thinking. When hunting, she normally leaves herself as live bate and Mika finishes the job.

Weaknesses: Dean had been learning about Demon’s since he was 4, for Sam; although 4 years younger than Dean, it was from the day he was born until he left for college. Akyla only started at the age of 17 so she lacks a lot of field experience and how to handle a wide range of Demonic Entities, unlike the Winchester’s. Also she can't swim and gets very emotionally unstable when it comes to her past, but rarely talkes about it because of.
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Kayla-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mika is a character's friend of mine.
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Wolfmasterxx2 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
8DD fave-able! *faves*
>8D yesh!
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Kayla-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I dont do this kind of stuff often so I don't expect it to be favoured, but since people asked I thought Id put it up ^^

Good luck with your OC's! 8D
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Sharerlar Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
ooh this is really cool! I've been really thinking about information like this a lot lately. Stuff like this is really helpful, and has been helping me improve my own oc's. So..Thank you 8D The info in here was really good.
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Kayla-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Everyone thinks about this stuff when designing a character but I'm not sure whether they disect them properly to really understand the person they're creating, and it's so much better to write it down rather than knowing it alot in your head. Also, it's good to carry around a notebook with you in case you get new ideas or scenes for the current story your writing about - just be sure to keep it organised and well names so you can tell the information apart XDD

Im glad I could help! I wish you luck ^^
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Sharerlar Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
lol Thanks for the luck! 8D I'll be sure to start doing that! >w<
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XxDeadlySinxX Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
I love you. :I This'll also help great with reflecting back on my characters, 'specially those I've yet to work with. xP
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Kayla-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks to you and Steffu for the idea! I never really submit literature/writing here ^^; I just hope it helps~ :)

Yeah! It is very helpful! Me and my friend often create new OC's or redo our old ones and I just thought might aswell make a proper one and share it with everyone =) I hope I didn't come off as snobby or nothing~

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XxDeadlySinxX Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
Oh no, it actually came off a lot better and straightforward than most other ones I've seen. C: Thanks so much for sharing!!~ <3<3<3

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