I posted about making this, and people seem to want it, so here goes:
We all know that this site has many, many roleplay's. In order to join roleplay's, you have to make a character. Typically, the character you make for the roleplay is your OC.
None of us are perfect with OC's. Most of us start out with slightly cringey OC's. (My first animal OC was a blue fox named Luna. My first human OC was a guy named Hunter who was a hunter.) but we have to start somewhere.
This thread is to help you build deeper OC's and (hopefully) get a better understanding of them. We will discuss topics (such as OC's backstories, OC's with mental illnesses or disabilities, personalities, etc.)
I will choose a topic to discuss, then we'll all say what we think about it. It's kind of like a friendly debate, but not really debate-ish, if that makes sense. We'll discuss the topic for awhile, then move on once I say. I'll be as fair as possible and try to stay on subjects for a good while.
Try not to copy others, and don't argue. Most likely, someone won't agree with your statement. Hopefully after everyone has said their opinions, we can see what lines up and makes the most sense.
So. With that said, here's what we'll discuss first:
Dead parents and/or families.
This one seems to be a favorite among many. I guess some see it as adding a bit of a twist. I personally don't.
So many people use this scenario that it isn't really unique anymore. I'm gonna admit, sometimes when I read a short story and I find out the protagonist's parents are dead, I groan inwardly.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not always against the protagonist having dead parents and such. It's when it doesn't advance the plot that it gets annoying.
Sometimes dead parents are necessary. Their death advances the plot, such as in Harry Potter. If Harry's parents hasn't died, he would've had a normal wizard life. He wouldn't be the "Boy Who Lived." We might as well just have a book about Hermione Granger or Ron Weasley or (better yet) Fred Weasley, because his life would be similar to theirs in a way that he grew up an "ordinary" wizard. There would (most likely) be no story if his parents were living.
Now take Big Hero 6. (The Motion Picture.) I've never read the comics, and maybe in those there is a reason, but Hiro's parent's are dead and I personally don't see how it advances the plot. I think that if his parent's were alive, it would be interesting to see him try to be a hero without them figuring out. It would be nice to see their reactions to situations, and I think it would make the movie much better.
Tadashi's death, however, was important (obviously.) it's what ultimately made Hiro become a hero. Without his death, we would have a movie about a teenager who made cool technology. (Which I think would be kind of interesting.)
I think the best way to summarize this would be: if the death isn't relevant to the plot, don't make them dead. I know just about all of us like to make our characters suffer (like the bad people we are), but there are different ways you can do that. Your protagonist can be living a normal life with a happy family when he somehow through a course of events finds himself on a journey to do whatever. Instead of your character missing his dead parents, he can be missing his living parents and family. He can be homesick but he knows that he can't go home until he solves his problem and who knows how long that'll take. Maybe he leaves as a pre-teen and is an legal adult by the time he returns to his family. (I have a story in which that happens.) It can also give your protagonist another thing he's fighting for.
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