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I have a heap for my main story; mostly female. In fact, all of the main ones are female. My defence is it's set in MWPP era, so we need to create characters for them. I shudder at some of the names I've picked for them, but oh well. I have Ophelia Black, Catherine Towers, Verity Whelan, Sunny Detman and Mary Atwood.
Member No.: 31
Joined: 12-June 06
I have a small handful of OC's for both of my series. Some of them do make appearances in both as the series are related though not of the same era.
In my Discovering Series I introduce Jennifer Parksen, Lori Wilson, and Monica. (I just recently gave her a last name and I've already forgotten it! I'm terrible with names!) There are several other minor characters that appear, but they don't play a very large part.
The OC's for the Guardian series is a bit more intricate because I've created a whole wizarding world here in the States that intermingles with the HP characters. The main ones are the LaWinte and Flame familes, Laura Parker and her daughters, John Reinkles, and a couple of WIA (Wizarding Intelligence Agency) Agents and staff, both male and female.
Does anyone else go through the painstaking process of creating a background for their OCs? Such as a family history, family tree, noted strengths and weaknesses and all such? I know for Guardian I created a more detailed background for Laura Parker who is my main character aside from the trio.
Member No.: 33
Joined: 12-June 06
I only have one OC going at the moment, but I usually focus more on how the canon characters interact than my own. I only added her (my OC) because there was a open position that I really needed filled or the story, as well as academics at Hogwarts, would collapse. (I've been writing a sixth year fic for about a year and a half now, if you didn't know. Been posting since April 05 and it's nowhere near completion. <_< ANYWAY, the point of the brackets here is just to tell you that she's a DADA teacher as well as a major plot point, woo!)
But as I said, I'm more into canon characters. Not that I don't like OCs, but I usually read fanfiction with the purpose of seeing new ideas involving canon. =)
Member No.: 36
Joined: 12-June 06
I only have one story where an OC is the main character, which is my fic "Telephone Box and a Bus Stop".
In my other stories, I have other, minor OC's, but they're not important to the plot.
I really enjoyed writing Becky in TBBS, especially given the subject matter (a response to a challenge, write about a muggle who discovers that an everyday item has magical properties).
Does anyone else go through the painstaking process of creating a background for their OCs? Such as a family history, family tree, noted strengths and weaknesses and all such?
I do! For Becky's character, I had her direct family and some other parts of her family planned out, even though only her Dad and Uncle appear in the fic. I also had a list of her likes and dislikes, which served no purpose in the fic apart from making me feel like I knew the character a little better.
In my story From a Muggle's Point of View - well, inevitably the main character is an OC. Caroline Young. She's best friends with a male OC who doesn't even have a surname yet and I'm after writing chapter 13!! He's engaged to OC # 3 and she only has a first name, too. Oh, and before I forget it, she's head over heels in love with Charlie Weasley.
I have been told that I successfully avoided making them into Mary Sue or Gary Stu, so here's hoping I'll be able to keep it that way.
My other story doesn't have any OCs - yet. As it is a 7th year fic, I feel it inevitable for them to come across other characters on their travels.
Member No.: 14
Joined: 3-June 06
I have an OC in my (current in hiatus) Harry Potter and the Night Terror Demon who's in love with Draco, her name is Senna Kar (curtesy for my best friend...because that's who she's based off of). And I have another in planning for FF who's name is Lamia Saunders. She's a lamia, a demon who uses her beauty to capture men and sucks blood out of little children, that's where her name came from. And another one swarming around my head that I plan to have fall in love with a rather minor character, Roger Davies. Her name is Alisandra Willow.
I don't really tend to like OC's unless they fit into the plot and run smooth, and don't create bumps or runs in the story line. If they are too perfect, like a Mary Sue or Gary Stu, then out the window they go. :D
Scarabaeus Betelgeuse, an Egyptain wizard (Death Eater, of course) for "The Dark Magic of Egypt". Yes, his name is supposed to be funny. Yes, he's a bit cliché and meant to be, but definitely not Gary Stu.
And Mrs Tadsen, who rents rooms to tourists. Her name is perfectly common in the area she comes from - the north of Germany - and basically I just need her to give my main character important bits of information. Right now I'm planning a real Mary Sue for the same fic; I started a help needed thread on the HPFF forums to find a name, but I still haven't decided...
This post has been edited by loony86 on Jun 13 2006, 10:18 AM
Member No.: 27
Joined: 9-June 06
I have three OC's:
1. LC Tennant: "The Long Lost Heir" and "The Prince and the Heir"--she was homeschooled in magic by her witch mother, and thus came to Hogwarts as a 5th year. She's sorted into Gryffindor, but makes friends with people of all houses.
2. Nigel Chaucer (my favourite!): "The Accidental Wizard" and "The Secret Passage"--Nigel, a muggle, was in a terrible accident and nearly died from his injuries. But blood transfusions and good medical care saved his life. One of his donors was...George Weasley! Another was Fred Weasley. So, one morning, Nigel wakes up, literally to discover that he's a wizard.
3. Darwin Smith (my current OC): "The Origins of Darwin"--Darwin was raised in a very abusive situation--far worse than Harry's home life. So, when he arrives at Hogwarts, all he wants is to fit in, get good grades and make some friends. But when he finds out who his parents are, his life changes.
My favourite part of writing OC's is to fit them into canon. It's a sort of personal challenge I give myself (hey, check out my stories while you're at it!!!)
Member No.: 15
Joined: 3-June 06
I only have one main OC, but he's in my fic that I'm prewriting. Not up yet. His name is Sheridan, which I chose because it means 'searcher', which is very appropriate for him. ;) The fic he stars in is completely original - or so I like to think - and takes place 200 years after the current Hogwarts era. It's a little weird, because there's no magic and it's made up of all OCs. Like I said, Sheridan is the main one, but there's also Kedem and Amun who play integral parts in the story. Apart from those three, the rest of the 'cast' are really just background characters, Sheridan's family and so on. :)
Why are there so many female OCs? :rolleyes:
This post has been edited by Jenns217 on Jul 3 2006, 06:28 PM
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Member No.: 6
Joined: 25-May 06
Erm ... you don't really want to hear about my OCs. I can only think of four, three of which were major Mary Sues. I'm rather happy about the last one, actually, but I don't think of her as an OC so much as a canon character who I named. :D That's the way all OCs should be, you know?
Names NOT to give your OCs:
1. Krystin Summers (Ginny's best friend! Only in a fic you should NEVER read, so I won't even give you the title.) 2. Amy Brown (Lily's BFF #1!) 3. Jeannette Taylor (Lily's BFF #2! Both from IRD.)
I'll admit, I'm really proud of my fourth one. She's not very complex, but then, she's in a one-shot. She doesn't need to be. Just read Abandoned Aspirations and tell me that she isn't a good OC. :P Kidding. But you still can read it.
Female OCs are frequently found in fanfiction. I'm working on a MOC right now, just to get away from that.
Member No.: 90
Joined: 1-August 06
I've got one major OC and one supporting OC. The major's name is Nicole Plimt, featured in Shadow Green. American, trapped in a death eater's hideout and has given up hope. She's Draco Malfoy's soulmate, but doesn't want to be. The minor is Ginger Plimt, Nicole's older sister. British, sarcastic and believes her sister is a death eater.
I've tried to stay away from Mary-Sue names, but I'm not sure if I have.
Member No.: 92
Joined: 2-August 06
Total is the AU world of Harry Potter my friend and I dreamed up there are five main charcter OC, and a few non main character. I think I have become almost too addicted to them for my own good. It's gotten to the point where I couldn't write cannon to save my life.
Ammie Malfoy (LM's twin) Amia Simmerin
Luck Snape (Snape's daughter) She is horribly Mary Sue, i am re editing that story to fix that problem) Kristy Storms (as far as she knows, her last name is Storms) Arrian Knight
So to answer the question 4 girls and one boy. ^_^