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Spaztique's Guide to Touhou OC Creation by Spaztique Spaztique's Guide to Touhou OC Creation by Spaztique
Note: There's a couple of misspellings, but I'm too tired to fix them tonight. I'll get to work on them tomorrow.

It's another illustrated guide I made in between all of my classes (if my laptop screen had a higher resolution, I would be making DitR at school, but I don't, so I can't).

Also check out ~Kigurou-Enkou's follow-up guide regarding proper use of backstory: [link]
And check out this awesome guide by ~Rumiflan regarding relatives of characters: [link]

OC concepts not addressed in the comic (more added based on your comments):
-Once you understand the logic behind these principles, you are clear to bend/break them. For example, once you understand the difficulty of writing a relative of a canon character and how storytelling applies to the concept, you are clear to write a relative for a canon character.
-Don't give your characters inappropriate names like Sara Hakurei or Smith Morichika. Look up Japanese naming conventions here: [link]
-Don't be afraid to make Western-style youkai. Rumia, Letty (despite being a traditional snow woman youkai), and much of the SDM crew are good examples.
-Develop different characters for different types of series. The traits that go into an episodic character are different than that which go into a gag series character.
-You can be a half-whatever if you can give a logical explanation. The examples in Trap 2 are just to show multiple incarnations of the same person.
-It's acceptable to make a character similar to you, and you can even make a version of yourself that could survive in Gensokyo (a slightly more badass version of yourself), but you eventually reach a line between minor tweaking and pure wish fulfillment. Finding this balance depends on your storytelling abilities.
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This's a nice OC guide! I can apply this for other series, right? :)
Spaztique 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep. I already did a non-series specific comment a while back.
Pokirby Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I have a question regarding OC strength. If I created an OC with full intent of them being stronger than most/all other characters, would it still be a "good" OC if I made another OC(s) of equal/more strength to counter-act the first OC (Like a teacher, rival, etc.)? I'm not exactly making a Touhou story, but the OC rules remain the same... I think, so I'd just like to know.
Spaztique Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It follows the same concept of "never make your character so powerful that they cannot easily attain their goal instantly". In this case, even if they beat the first character, they still have a long way to go to get to their main goal. There are plenty of stories where the hero beats a character early on; these are often the mentor characters trying to train the main character for their upcoming journey, to which they will be facing much bigger opponents.

This is a matter of principle 11: storytelling is more important in this context. Pace out the level of conflict they must face, and their early victories will seem like a calm before the storm/preparation for upcoming conflicts.
EeveeMasamune Feb 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I'm glad you made this guide, I am new to walfas and made some Touhou OC's but I was nervous that some could see them as Mary Sues. This guide will be a big help for me in case my characters do turn out to be Mary Sues so thank you very much.
UltimateChimeraBlood Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
With the sudden rise of Walfas comics that's been taking place in the last few year, people seem to constantly forget the importance of story over character design.

I've seen many stories, written or drawn, where I constantly question myself: "Why am I even watching it?"

This may be old, but the advice it gives is invaluable.

As always, you've proven your knowledge in writing. I wonder, have you ever considered making a living out of your skills?

Once again, thank you for sharing this with us, the amateur writers.
Spaztique Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I plan to update this guide eventually, and I'm thinking of doing an in-depth illustrated story guide eventually as well.

As for making a living off this, currently editing Voidspawn for widescale publication. Showing previews of each chapter until it's done.
just what I need!! >.<

hey, is there already a spirit fox in the original tohou?
Well, Ran Yakumo (Yukari's servant) is a nine-tailed youkai fox (a kitsune), but if you make your character different enough from Ran it should be all right. There's no law against there being more than one of a certain type of youkai (unless the OC is just a knockoff of an existing character).
Rougealienpirate Jan 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is some good information for OC's in general. Thanks for the guide Spaztique
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