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How to avoid making your Creepypasta OC a Mary Sue
For this part of my continuing series on making a quality OC, we’re going to talk about the most dreaded two words for any serious author: “Mary Sue”, or “Gary Stu” as it’s called for male characters.
What is a Mary Sue? Different people seem to have different definitions but there is one in particular I am familiar with, and the one most often found in creepypasta Mary Sues. This is the type that is basically the author, only cooler, sexier, and always quick with a bad punchline when they kill someone, with more friends than the author does but still oh so tragic and misunderstood. They probably have cat ears and maybe a mask. And they are always way, way overpowered. Oh, and all the male creepypastas are in love with them. You know the type of character I’m talking about.
Now, not every character that has just a few of these traits is a Mary Sue. So don’t jump the gun and throw away a character idea just because it sounds similar to what I’ve just described. On the other hand, if it meets every one of these criteria, maybe it’s time to go back to the drawing board.
So let’s say your creepypasta OC is also OP, and you are aware of it. But you don’t want to make them weaker or lose any of their cool powers. What’s the solution? Well, there are three possible avenues. The best one is probably making them not use all the power at their disposal, at least not all the time. Make them hold back a bit, not only to taunt their opponents and toy with their prey, but also to make them more balanced.
Another solution is to give them considerable personality flaws, or actual physical weaknesses that make it easier to harm them or at least make their job harder. This option can actually make your character even more creative than they were before. For example, maybe they were abused as a child so they won’t use their abilities if there is a chance of harming a child or a pregnant woman. To take it one step further they might hesitate if they know their target is a parent because they don’t want to even psychologically scar a young mind. Or an OC with psychic powers might be very psychologically unstable due to being constantly exposed to the nightmarish last thoughts of their victims.
The last option is to give them some sort of enemy who is just as or even more OP. If they are a serial killer maybe they are being hunted by a government task force, or a ghost might have to face down an exorcist, or a daemon would have to deal with a divine being.
Finally, let’s talk about over-sexualized OCs. I personally don’t have as much of a problem with this as a lot of the elitists do, but it can still get annoying. Having big boobs is not a personality trait, and while it may make them fun to look at it doesn’t add anything to the character themselves. If you’re too worried about making them too sexualized, consider dropping the idea of making them sexy and make them cool instead. By this I mean instead of a low-cut top you might give them a tactical combat vest, or instead of a miniskirt and stockings you could make them wear an occult robe.
Now then, to provide a good example of what isn't a Mary Sue, let's take a look at InvaderIka's Ally OC:invaderika.deviantart.com/art/…. This is a personal favourite of mine. Here we have a well-balanced character with immense power but clever weaknesses. And please note she is female but manages to look creative and appealing without seeming trashy at all. I'm not saying you should straight up rip off any of InvaderIka's ideas, but think carefully on why this is such an orginal concept. Think of all the work that must have gone into breathing life into her.
I hope this helps. There are many other things that make a character a Mary Sue, but being overpowered or oversexed are the two that seem to rub people the wrong way most often. Best of luck in designing your character!
How to give your OC a good backstory
Howdy to all my fellow pastamakers! Not the food kind, the other kind. Anyway, in this particular guide I thought I’d share what advice I can on creating a proper backstory for your OC. I’ve noticed that there are a lot of great OCs out there who are missing a background on how they came to be and why they do what they do. Creating an origin story for your OC is as important in my opinion as giving them a memorable appearance and personality.
There's one model in particular I use for my once-human character, but you can follow it too if you so wish. It includes a set-up that describes who the character was and what they and their life used to be like, a dramatic incident which marks the transition to a Creepypasta, and an awakening to their new life as a creature of horror.
(I should mention that for the sake of simplicity we’ll just be assuming you character was once or is still human for this exercise. Besides, if something is a monster or daemon or such it doesn’t so much have a backstory as just a reason it exists in our universe. Monsters and daemons are just generally accepted to be evil, and don’t really need a reason to kill and maim.)
I’ll also take the time here to rattle off a few common mistakes and clichés you should avoid at all costs. You’ve probably noticed some of these yourself if you’re the observant type. If your OC is the victim of suicide, try to give them a damn good reason for killing themselves. Very few people will end their lives unless they feel they have serious cause to. Also don’t name your OC “_____ the Killer”, this is lazy and it shows. And I can’t stress this last point enough. Even though gore and disturbing elements are obviously necessary in Creepypasta, it’s still sloppy and boring to overindulge in them as a substitute for good storywriting. Also, be sure to do your research before making on OC from a period of time, religion, culture, society, or a geographic region you haven’t been a member of firsthand. A very handy guide on the importance of research has been written by and you can find it here:invaderika.deviantart.com/art/…
Be sure to have their background tie into their abilities too. It makes a lot of sense for someone who drowned to have powers related to liquids, and no sense for a character who lived in 18th century Scotland to have an AK-47 and know Karate. It’s not a requirement, but it can also be a good idea to have the character experience something in their past that changes them both mentally as well physically. For instance, that character who drowned probably wasn’t able to fill a person’s lungs with water by chanting a haunting melody before they drowned. But now that they’re a forlorn spirit wandering the bog at night it makes a bit more sense. The Hangman is an OC which follows a nice logical, simple pattern for their supernatural abilities, in this case because they are the ghost of a wrongfully accused man who was sentenced to death at the gallows. He's also a good example of a ghost OC in general because he avoids a lot of common Gary Sue pitfalls. If it interests you, you can check 'em out here: Also be sure to read his pasta if you've got a moment:invaderika.deviantart.com/art/…)
In addition to having affecting their supernatural abilities, their backing story should be a powerful influence on their personality. Just to pick a random example, someone who committed suicide would likely have a very morbid and possibly frantic personality now that they are a spirit. On the flipside, an OC who murders for fun might be cheery, even gleeful. I know he’s not a pasta, but the Joker is a prime example of this. He ruins people’s lives and exposes how broken and corrupt society is, and he does it all because it’s what he enjoys doing.
The most important factor however is one that’s really up to you. Cue the Spongebob meme, ‘cause it’s imagination! You could follow all the advice here but if you have an inactive imagination it won’t do you much good. However, the fact that you want to get into Creepypasta designing is a good sign that you probably do have a good creative side to you.
Remember that it’s okay to break these rule if you have a great idea that doesn’t fit in with the normal template. Add plenty of unique touches, and use these rules as a guideline but don’t feel like you have to stick too rigidly to them. And it may sound cheesy, but Creepypasta is just supposed to be fun. It doesn’t really matter how your character turns out, if you had fun making them even the worst character isn’t a waste of time in the end.
Creating a proxy OC
Bonjour, howdy, and konnichiwa to all! First of all, the idea for this Creepypasta for Dummies was given to me by the wonderful so I just wanted to give her credit where credit is due. Also, some of the advice given here may appear in a slightly different format in my other articles, but I wanted to bring together all the relevant info on proxies into one handy-dandy guide.
Now then, I think it would be fair to state that the most common type of creepypasta OC is the proxy. What is it about proxies that fascinates us so much? Personally I think the key component is Slenderman himself. Let’s face it, Slenderman is cool to the core, plain and simple. He’s mysterious, creepy-looking, he can teleport and interfere with recording devices, what’s not to like? Everyone loves Slenderman. So I think the most essential factor of a good proxy OC is what their relationship with Slenderman himself is like.
First off, let me just say that making them Slenderman’s love interest is not silly. It’s not silly, it’s downright stupid. Call me crazy but Slenderman doesn’t strike me as the lovey-dovey type. I guess it could be a good move if you’re just looking to troll people, but if you’re actually being serious…yeah, that’s a minefield you do not want to wander into.
So now that you know what not to do, let’s focus on what you should do. An important question to ask yourself is why Slenderman selected them for proxyhood. Or to be more specific, what does he have to gain from them? Are they skilled in tracking and survival? Are they a former member of a police or paramilitary unit and know their way around hand-to-hand combat? Perhaps they have some supernatural power of their own. The point I’m trying to get at is that Slenderman does not suffer fools, and he wouldn’t select any random person with no special skills or talents to be a proxy. There needs to be a reason why they were chosen.
Another question to ask is how they interact with the other proxies. These are commonly accepted to be Hoody and Masky, although a lot of people add Ticci-Toby as well because he is quite popular (my apologies that the fandom was such a dick to you, ). Remember that these characters are still human on some level and will thus behave differently than Slenderman.
The next logical step is to ask how they became a proxy. It is probably assumed that at some point they wandered into his forest (I like to call it the Slenderwoods), but what were they doing there? Once they were chosen, so to speak, how did they feel about their new calling? Do they welcome their new life or do they resent it? How do they survive, assuming they live in the Slenderwoods? These are just a few of the questions you should probably ask. I’m sure you’ll think of many more while designing and revising your character.
Appearance is another deciding factor. Most proxies wear masks or facial coverings resembling masks, which makes sense given that the canon proxies do as well. Proxies should have simple, durable, utilitarian clothing and equipment. A corset and stockings wouldn’t last very long in the forest during wintertime, to say nothing of the person wearing them. Try not to have an overly garish or multi-coloured colour scheme either, unless there’s a good reason. For instance, ’s proxy Razorback (which you can see here: 66myth.deviantart.com/art/Razo…) has a rainbow colour scheme to her hair. This makes sense, however, because she was a punk before she joined up with with her master. Razorback may not be a proxy to Slenderman specifically, but she's a good example that a bright colour scheme can potentialy work provided it makes sense.
Remember that proxies are not friendly people, as anyone who has watched Marble Hornets knows. They are murderers and rogues, completely devoted to their master the Slenderman. I would advise you not to get too bogged down in frivolous details like eye colour, how they kill people, and sexual orientation when you are first fleshing out your OC’s ideas. Stuff like that isn’t very important to most people and can wait until later once you’ve jotted down what makes your proxy unique.
One last bit of advice that I cannot stress enough is that you shouldn’t be afraid to change your proxy over time. A first draft is always the worst one, because at this stage the idea is still only partially-formed and may even have several glaring errors. Constantly edit your characters and their pastas if you want to have a truly great OC.
Creating a hybrid OC
Greeting and salutations, fellow Pastanians. Today we’ll be looking into creating an interesting type of creepypasta OC which you’ve probably run into before, even if you didn’t know it: the “hybrid” model of OC. “What is a hybrid?”, I’m sure you’re wondering. Well, a hybrid is essentially an OC which blends elements from several different types of character templates. In recognition of the fact that gave me the inspiration for this guide and ideas for the content, we’ll use a hybrid character of hers in the form of the Slender-doll Ally for our initial example.
First off, before we talk about anything else, you should make sure the elements you’re mixing make sense in a logical context. Just because creepypasta is supposed to foster creativity doesn’t mean you can blindly mix and mash elements from different models and still expect it to work. A 17th-century werewolf who drives a Cadillac and kills her opponents with a machine gun isn’t scary, she’s just stupid. Ally makes significantly more sense since she was once human, but took on the aspect of Slenderbeing powers through a tragic incident.
For two examples off the top of my head that would also work, a daemonic ghost (a hybrid of the traits “daemon” + “ghost”) might work wonderfully. Perhaps they were ripped out of Hell by a careless summoner, but not before being corrupted beyond belief and now festering with power untold of. Science fiction and horror can go very well together as well, so a classic alien monster (“alien” + “creature”) might be fun to utilize. Or you could go all Lovecraftian and have an alien god or spirit (“alien” + “entity”/“spirit”). If sci-fi horror interests you I’d recommend the novel “The Tommyknockers” by Stephen King, or the original “Alien” film directed by Ridley Scott for study material.
Another thing to consider is if they were born as a hybrid or if they became one by some manner of circumstance. The daemonic ghost I mentioned was likely human at one point, so they would be the latter. Ally was also a human in her early life, so she would fall under that as well. The alien monster, on the other hand, was likely to always have been a thing of nightmare. And remember that if they are a hybrid due to some event to explain the event in full. If your computer virus monster (“glitch” + “creature”) was just a software program one day and a self-replicating entity that siphons people’s souls through their monitors the next, something important is clearly missing. Remember, it’s not scary if it makes you scratch your head and go “Huh?”.
Remember to display some facet from each side of a hybrid character’s heritage. For instance, the ghost of a Satanic sacrificial victim (“ghost” + “victim of tragedy”) would probably possess some form of daemonic energy or power in addition to being vengeful and hate-filled. Lastly, not every hybridization has to be worn on the sleeve, so to speak. A discreet touch can be good too. Maybe the ghost we just mentioned looks like a normal person at first, but when angered their ritual tattoos and mazes of scar tissue bleed through their false skin.
In conclusion, I would highly recommend that you at least consider making a hybrid OC of your own. Combining elements in a manner that compliments and plays off of different strengths of the character’s facets can be fun and rewarding, and results in a truly unique character. And remember, part of it being “Creativity, not Reality” is having fun with the creative part.
Creating a non-human OC
Alright, we’re back for round two on making a pasta OC. In my initial guide (which you can read in the link below) I tried to provide the foundations for making a good pasta OC. Assuming that the foundations to the building were for a house so your pastas had someplace nice to live in, let’s add a backyard pool and a second floor to that house. By which I mean let’s talk about an important aspect of making characters interesting as well as making interesting characters: non-human OCs. Since “non-human” is a pretty broad term, we’ll divide it into three common divisions for creepypastas: daemons, spirits/ghosts, and monsters.
Daemons are my personal preference in that literally every single one of my OCs is at least partially daemonic, but this is more due to the universe I built for my stories than laziness…I hope. Why daemons? Simple: Hell is the ultimate scare in that a lot of people, myself included, believe in it. By playing with real fears you can evoke a real reaction from your audience. As for making an original daemon, remember that daemons are supposed to violate everything, including time and the laws of physics. Maybe they’re 50000 years old but look like a thirteen-year old girl, or maybe they make the people in a portrait seem like they’re rapidly aging whenever they enter a room with a painting, or even something like having the ability to manipulate their victim’s memories to turn them against their friends.
The sky is the limit with daemons, and that goes for their appearances too. Many daemons have natural weapons like claws or teeth or venom, but I’m sure you can do better than that. Just for a random example off the top of my head, it could be that they collect the emotions of those they’ve killed and convert it into psychic energy which they can fight with. Maybe this particular daemonic OC is killing because it’s the only way they can feel emotion, leeching off the stolen feelings and thoughts of their victims. An example daemonic OC of mine can be found here: shacklesoul.deviantart.com/art….
As for ghosts and spirits, give them a similar backstory to a human character but with several important questions in mind the whole time. Why are they still here? Why haven’t they moved on to the afterlife? Are they the same as they were in life? How conscious are they of their current state? Are they even fully aware that they are dead? For physical appearance, making them similar to a human, daemon or monster but see-through isn’t quite bad, it’s just not that good either. Do something that ties into the whole ghost/spirit motif. The reason old-fashioned ghosts were shown with clanking chains was because it symbolized the way they were shackled to the world of mortals and forbidden to pass on. Something symbolic like that would be a good start. An example spirit-like OC of mine can be found here: shacklesoul.deviantart.com/art…;
Now for the last and by far vaguest category, monsters. Classic examples of this would include The Rake and B.O.B. Monsters are usually more brutal and less subtle than the other two types, although exceptions are frequent. To make your monster truly scary you’ll need to do more than just give them sharp claws and a lot of bleeding entrails. The secret to the scariest monsters is they leave just enough to the reader’s imagination about them in both physical description and behaviour. An example monstrous OC of mine can be found here: shacklesoul.deviantart.com/art….
H.P. Lovecraft, one of the most terrifying authors of all time and the father of modern horror, understood this fact about monsters well. He created monsters with bizarre plans and alien minds, with physical details that were half-glimpsed by the survivors before they flitted into the shadows, never to be seen again. Many of these creatures were inspired by the beings from his own nightmares, which is probably a good idea for you to follow to. Notice that being mysterious is different from being vague. Whereas the mysterious author has more to say but keeps it a mystery to add to the horror, the vague author has nothing to say and acts mysterious because they don’t know what they’re doing.
And that’s that for the three main types of non-human OCs, although there are many other categories that I can’t put and I’m sure there are even more that I’ve just forgotten. I hope this helps you create something truly scary!
Creating a glitch/cybernetic OC
Bonjourno! It’s been a while since I did one of these pasta guide things, which only means it’s high time I got my butt in gear and made another. In this one I’ll be talking about a type of OC which a lot of people don’t like, but which I do firmly believe can be done well: the “glitch” OC. I’ll be covering the “cybernetic” OC type as well, because this is a really cool kind of character that I’m surprised isn’t more popular. If you’ve never heard of that character, think a person who is partially mechanical whether by accident or design, i.e. a cyborg. Of course, it would also be fine to make your cybernetic OC 100% robotic and automated.
Essentially, both cybernetic and glitch characters are a variety of creepypasta OC which rely on technology (most often computers) to accomplish their vile deeds. The most popular glitch character of all time is, without question, Jadusable’s “Ben Drowned”, a.k.a. BEN. If you haven’t seen the videos which go along with the original creepypasta he’s from I would highly recommend them. Even if you don’t pick up any ideas from them, they’re entertaining as Hell. As for famous cybernetic OCs…well, there aren’t any. But who knows; you might be the one to change that!
First and foremost though, you’re probably wondering what the difference between a glitch and a cybernetic OC is. Basically, it might be easiest to think of it this way: if they have a physical body, and they can actually touch and interact with material objects, they’re a cybernetic type. Although it isn’t creepypasta, the haunted animatronics of Five Nights at Freddy’s are very good examples of horror characters which are cybernetic. On the flipside, if the character exists as a string of computer code and have limited or no interactive abilities outside of the virtual world, they are a glitch OC. Of course, it could be a very interesting idea to have an OC which combines elements of both types. For instance, maybe after hacking and possessing a set number of technological devices in an area they can take on a physical shape to torment their prey and seal their doom.
The great thing about these types of characters is that you get to combine horror with technology. This isn’t anything new in the horror genre: stuff like ghosts being picked up on old black and white cameras, or using sound recording equipment to listen for messages from the other side are both well-established. For a more recent example, check out the cursed videotape idea from The Ring (both the Japanese and American versions are excellent, although I actually prefer the American remake because it has a more involved storyline).
The main question you should ask yourself when making such an OC is if you want them to be purely technological, which is fine, or if you want to add a supernatural element in too. Keeping them “plain vanilla” is a better idea if you just want them to be a self-aware virus in the case of a glitch or a character with lots of cool high-tech gadgets in the case of a cybernetic OC. Making a glitch have supernatural elements would work best if they were once a human or the like and became a glitch due to a curse or accident (Ben Drowned, for instance). A cybernetic OC with a supernatural backstory would also be really cool.
To avoid making your OC seem OP, give them a weakness if you think they’re too powerful. High Voltage (an OC I’ll get to later) actually needs to be recharged frequently, and her wires can be overloaded or fried. (EMP grenade, anyone?) Of course, your own OC might take their power from electricity, but thinking outside the box can keep them from becoming unfairly imbalanced. Other weaknesses could include bugs in their programming, defective parts, or a need for maintenance (whether in the sense of a file scan for a glitch or a literal tune-up for a cybernetic OC).
Now then, we should also talk about two common pitfalls that many creators fall into when designing these types of characters. Bad glitch characters are notorious for being overly sexualized. Making a sexualized glitch character is not only a sign of a likely Mary Sue candidate, it also makes no sense. Remember, they don’t even have a body, so it’s very unlikely they’d feel anything like sexual desire! The same is true of cybernetic OCs, albeit for a different reason. Being partially or entirely robotic, especially in the case of your mentality, would do wonders to temper your libido. Remember, a robot wouldn’t have a sex drive unless it was deliberately programmed that way. And if you’re thinking of making your creepypasta OC a sex-bot…I think you better just keep moving, because this fandom clearly isn’t for you. That idea wouldn’t possibly be scary; after all, it’s very hard to feel horny and scared at the same time.
Ahem. As for the other customary trap for beginners, remember to make your OCs connection to technology more than just being a virus if they are a glitch and more than just having a row of blinking lights on their arm if they are cybernetic. If they’re a glitch, maybe make them able to copy themselves like a standard computer program or virus can. Or if they’re cybernetic maybe they can see in spectrums other than standard RGB colour; ultraviolet and infrared, for instance.
Creating interactions between creepypasta OCs
Hello to all you out there in the creepypasta community! In this continuation of my guides on pasta creation, we’ll be talking about making your own fancanon for both official characters and your own OC’s. Or your own pastaverse, as it were. Basically, I’ve noticed that a lot of people create a good OC that may even have a good story. Problems occur, however, when the topic of how their own characters fit in with the other pastas they interact with comes up.
First off, I should mention that a lot of people, particularly many traditionalists, dislike the idea of their OC’s existing in the same “universe” as other pastas. There is some truth to this because there’s nothing wrong with making your creepypastas have their own personal existence like this, in a world where they are the only monsters out there. However, you can still have a good story if your OCs end up interacting with other people’s pastas. Yes, even the famous ones.
I should also get a few things out of the way that you definitely shouldn’t do. While you will inevitably need to make some changes to the original story, don’t make a headcanon that completely destroys the official canon. For example, if you give Slenderman a third proxy, you shouldn’t make Slenderman into a nice old man with unusually pale skin who lives in Candyland. That’s Splendorman’s job anyways. I like Splendy, don’t steal his job. And don’t create a scenario and then expect everyone else to follow it. For instance, if your OC is Slenderman’s third proxy in your headcanon, people may still only acknowledge Hoody and Masky. And above all don’t make your OC the cousin/lover/daughter/mailman of a famous pasta (I could give an example here but there are too many to pick just one). This is both lazy and frequently a sign of a Mary Sue type of character.
Now that we have the boring part out of the way, the first thing you should tackle before even wondering how your characters fit into the other famous pastas is how your own OC’s fit in with each other. How did all your characters meet? Have all of them even made contact with each other yet? What are their opinions of each other? Are any of them allies? How about enemies? Or are their attitudes indifferent? Perhaps their allegiances change on a regular basis? What accomplishments have they achieved together? What fights have they had? What do they have in common and how are they different? All of these are just sample questions, but you should probably think of these ones at least.
Most of the same questions apply to how they interact with the “official”, already well-known characters. There are a few additional considerations you should take into account, however. Specifically, even if your pasta is a being of indescribable nightmarish power and so on you shouldn’t make the well-known OC do something like cower in fear or be your OC’s servant. That might make sense in a realistic sense, but in a literary sense it might annoy people if you tell them your creepypasta could punch Zalgo’s lights out if she felt like it. This is because it again falls back to the other problem I mentioned with destroying an official, well-accepted character’s canon.
A good link to an official character if you’re afraid of having your OC be called a Sue is just to have them know your character. Not be friends with, not be rivals with, just have them know of their general existence. This makes them both take place in the same universe (or outside the universe, in Zalgo’s case), but not seem so connected that people think you’re writing away the accepted version of a character. You could even have them fight in one of your stories, with neither side emerging dead of course, just to show they are familiar with each other. This is a good way of saying “I have a creepypasta OC who knows <<Insert Famous Pasta Here>> but I’m not obnoxious about it”.
A lot of people get frightened away from having characters of their own interact with more famous pastas, but it can be done well. It just requires a little extra effort on you, the artist, to make something both believable and entertaining. Because at its core creepypasta is meant to be fun to be a part of. No one pays us to do this, we’re doing it cuz we wanna.
Creating a passive OC
What words strike fear into the hearts of readers? If I may quote Patrick Star, “He’s just standing there! Menacingly!” Think about it. You never see Slenderman ripping people’s heads off, and you don’t know what he does with the children he takes, but it’s precisely because of his dull disinterest with the world around him that he’s made scary. Slenderman wouldn’t be nearly as well-known if he just ran around stabbing people like a certain other famous pasta. Nothing against Jeff, but subtlety is not his forte. In keeping with this theme, in today’s Pasta for Dummies article I’ll be getting into how to make a careless, quasi-submissive pasta who can inspire terror without even needing to lift a measly finger. Sounds cool, no?
First off, while it’s not on the required reading list, I highly recommend you read up on ’s Rainmen as an example of what I’m talking about. These guys are freaking terrifying in my humble opinion, to the extent that I wrote a story about them (appropriately titled “Calm”) which I would also advise you to read. Links to both of these can be found in the description below.
Now then, on to the meat of the matter. I’ve said the same in my other guides at various points, but it bears repeating. The unknown is always scarier than the explained. And that doesn’t just go for creating a mysterious, brooding OC, but for creating OCs in general. Of course, if you’re hoping to make the next Slenderman or Zalgo this is doubly true. Leave enough unexplained and open to interpretation that people will fill in the blanks with their own fears and anxieties without even realizing it. You may not have noticed, but when you read a horror story you are instinctively applying your own traumas and negative experiences towards what you are perceiving. It’s just human nature, and you can take advantage of it by leaving key parts of your OC’s facets “up in the air”. Of course, this is no excuse for lazy writing. None of that “they look so scary mere words can’t describe them” or “REDACTED” crap I’ve seen so often with SCPs.
So with that outta the way, let’s discuss the three most common types of passively threatening creepypasta and horror OC’s.
“Observation” OC’s are by far the most common in the “passive” sub-niche of creepypasta characters, since proxy OC’s fall into this category (and we all know how many of those there are). They are typically the easiest to relate to and might even have redeeming traits, since they are often human, at least originally. Their methods are also often the easiest to understand. To put it simply, in a military setting they would be a recon or scouting unit, gathering intel on the enemy and reporting what they learned back to their superior(s). If you feel iffy about writing about something with a totally alien or inscrutable manner of thinking, then a proxy/observation OC is probably the easiest to write for.
“Stalker” OC’s include literal stalkers who often appear in creepypastas tormenting some hapless victim they have developed an unhealthy obsession with, as well as more mysterious beings like ’s aforementioned Rainmen. They are typically single-minded, persistent, and good at avoiding detection. They are also very likely to be malicious, although this isn’t always the case. Many urban legends deal with stalkers, so those can be good to read for inspiration or ideas. Stalker OC’s also tend to work better in one-shots or short-term story arcs than as long-running characters, although if you feel otherwise don’t feel like that should stop you from doing so. “Enigmatic” OC’s are the ones everyone is familiar with, and everyone loves them just as much. Slenderman, Eyeless Jack, my very own Stillborn Midwife (I’ll provide a link in the description if you wanna read more about them), Zalgo, Smile.jpeg, you name it. If they’re a popular pasta, chances are there’s some element of them left unexplained, floating around in the reader’s head, eating at them throughout the day and tormenting them when they try to sleep. How do you make an OC like this? The best advice I can give you is to come up with a wholly original idea and run with it. The one thing all these famous pastas have in common is, paradoxically, that they have nothing in common. They’re all fresh, unique, and inventive, in their own way. So I can’t really give you a winning formula for coming up with the next big trend in creepypasta, other than to offer a few general bits of advice for coming up with ideas.
First, ask your friends for ideas. Not for them to do your work for you, mind you, but just for something to use as a springboard to the finished product. If that doesn’t work, pick an emotion, object, event, or person personal to you, and use them as a prompt for a short pasta. Then see if you can’t extrapolate the themes you touched on in the story into something greater. Finally, when all else fails, use your own nightmares as fuel (a different kind of “nightmare fuel” to be sure).
Think about what scares you, what makes you feel insecure or insignificant in an ocean of fantastic dread. If you succeed with your pasta, you can share that nightmare with world. To be sure, a well-crafted nightmare is beautiful in its own way.
OC design tips
Now I wanted to add my little chapter in this to further help Deviants new to the vast Creepypasta fandom and need help creating a Creepypasta character for themselves or want to further tips to make their already created OCs unique. We will be going through some subtopics under this:
- How to make a character believable with a physical or mental illness through research.
- How to design a character's clothes based off of time factor or background
- How a person raised in a different era would probably speak and act differently due to older cultural attitudes and speech patterns
Physical/ Mental Illnesses- How to do it right for your OC:
Now, you may have seen most Creepypasta OC's with an metal or physical illness of sorts. My tip to you is before you do anything involving an illness to further flesh out your character, please research the illness you want to use. It will help build your character in behavior, personality and sometimes help further along their back story on how they became to be.
For example, my CP OC Ally ( fav.me/d72rjrp ) has undifferentiated schizophrenia which is the mental illness that has more than one symptoms of the other subtypes (Paranoid schizophrenia, Catatonic schizophrenia and Disorganized schizophrenia). In the research I have gathered and have stated on her reference sheet, she suffers with the constant gathering of voices in the mind (All), can act with violence (Paranoid Schizophrenia symptom), argumentativeness (Paranoid Schizophrenia symptom) and see things that aren't there (Hallucinations/ Disorganized Schizophrenia symptom). As a result to the research I have done to develop Ally, I have made a reasonable explanation for her illness plus added some further details to it to show how she reacts to the world, how she behaves with other people, and how hard it is for her to have this mentioned illness. To tie in with her backstory, due to being born with schitzophrenia in the Victorian era, she was sent to an mental hospital (or asylum) in the belief that she could be "cured". This my dear friends is a good example on how a illness could potentially affect a character and help create some background for a character.
Clothing Design Tips- Time for a Wardrobe for your OC: You have everything with physical features, back story, personality, weaknesses etc, but now you are stuck on one thing: Clothes. You certainly don't want your OC to be prancing around in their birthday suits so what do you do now? Don't fret since I have a few pieces of advice for this topic. One, take a look at the time of the back story. Was your character born in the late 1800's or born in the 1960s? 1940's or 1820's? Each decade or century has a different taste in style such as in the Victorian times- formal ware such as well dressed gentlemen in full body suits and top hats along with the women in multilayer dresses that come down to the ground with the metal corsets to show a smaller waist. Another example of times gone by is the 1920's- with the bob style hair cut for the women along with the short dresses that had no sleeves usually and the men with shorter sleeved dress shirts and vests. Take your time (no pun intended) to research these styles. You mix and match with various clothes of the time you are researching or mix that time with some modern. I'll use Ally as an example again: Her clothes are loosely based on Late-Victorian style for children/pre-teens with the custom of at least knee length dresses and the ever stylized slightly heeled boots. Her dress also has a couple of mixed styles of this time including the over-skirt, layers of lace, slightly poof up upper sleeves and the high collar around the neck. The modern twists I have done with her design is the leggings she has under her dress instead of usual frilly undergarments of the time and fingerless Operator gloves. Another way to design clothes is taking a look at their background. Were they part of the richer upperclass of society? Were they raised in the country or city? Were they raised on the streets or in a stable home? These questions may help you since for example, someone from the richer upperclass might dress with designer clothes and costly garments while someone who lived on the street might have a rugged urban style with a bandana on the head or ripped clothes. A good thing to consider. ^^ Plus I will add this: If you don't have time for research, take a look at your own wardrobe! >w< For example, Ravon's trenchcoat was based off of my own I gotten on my birthday!
Behavior and Customs- How will a character act? One last topic in this little CP OCs for Dummies chapter, is overall behavior, speech patterns and customs of an character based off different eras. For example, someone born in the 1700's might act respective to guests by tipping off a hat and speak in a way like "How is thou on tis fine day?" (Think Ichabod Crane from "Sleepy Hollow") in comparison of a person in the Victorian era who would take off their gloves before shaking hands, wearing black for a year after a loved one's death and in church or company for males, remove their hat in respect. Another thing to look for is the religion in the time such as heavy Christan influence in England or America while someone from India or East might believe in Hinduism or Buddhism. Research is the key. A few examples of behavior in different times is Ichabod Crane from "Sleepy Hollow" (as mentioned above) or Charles Dickens who was an author during the mid-1800's.
Thats it! In short, doing some research can help make your character more believable with accurate facts based off real topics such as different eras. Remember to have fun and add your own twist in the mix!