Now, many of you may be wondering how to make your own Ever After High OCs and how to post them here. Welcome to our fableous group of tutorials, which will teach you how!
- The essential companion guide, Original Character Guidelines
- Start Your Journey
- List of Resources
- Visual Guide
Decide on a Fairy Tale
Decide on a Fairytale. You need to decide on who your OC is going to be the child of. Some examples of fairytale/storybook characters are can be found on sites such as Wikipedia . A quick search of 'Fairytale Characters' on a search engine can also be able to give ideas.
Of course, you don't need to go out and find the most obscure fairy tale you know – you can always start with something that you do know!
Due to debates and confusions involved with the kind of stories we accept in the wikia, here is a list of rules to guide you in picking a fairytale:
- Fairytales, fables, tall tales, nursery rhymes and certain legends are accepted.
- Ballets are acceptable if they contain a fairytale element – such as talking animals, magic or royalty.
- Characters sharing the same destiny as a canon character, if the story is not a separate variant, are unacceptable. This only exception is when your character was made before the canon one.
- Fairytale parents must come from proper acceptable stories only. No adaptations, like Disney or Barbie.
- For example, you can't make an OC based off Mulan from Disney, but you can make an OC based off Mulan from the Ballad of Hua Mulan.
- Please read this for our mythology guidelines.
- Please read this for our novel/book guidelines.
For a more detailed explanation, please check out the Original Character Guidelines!
If you're still confused, please consult an admin.
Think of a Name
Deciding on a name can be tough sometimes. Names in Ever After High are normally punny (Cedar Wood, Blondie Lockes, Hunter Huntsman etc.) and/or relate to their parent and/or story. For example, you wouldn't name the son of the Beast from Beauty and the Beast David Smith. Be creative with names!
Name Generators and Tips
- Seventh Sanctum has some useful name generators.
- Behind the Name is a classic.
- Don't forget to relate it to the fairytale, either with motifs, symbols or themes.
Outline your OC
Think of the basics for your OC! This might help you get an idea of the direction you want to take your character in.
A Basic Plan For Ever After High
- What fairy tale are you from?
- What gender are you?
- What pronouns do you use?
- What will be your destiny?
- Are you happy with this?
- What has happened in your life?
- How did this affect you?
- What do you look like?
- Are you a royal or rebel? You like what you are?
- Did you ever wished for your destiny to change?
Develop on your OC
OC's aren't really that original without a personality. That's really what makes them OC's. Thinking of traits such as shy, sporty, lazy etc. is a good start with this as you can build on these traits and explain them. Making your characters personality reference their story is also a smart move.
Creating a Well-Rounded Personality
- People all have different sorts of traits! Some traits might be positive – they affect a person in good ways! Others might be negative – they affect people in bad ways.
- Everyone is a mix of positive and negative traits, and likewise, so should original characters!
- More To Be Added When I'm Not Tired
The Deal With Negative Traits
Exploitable flaws are IMPORTANT.
Some exploitable flaws are quick-tempered, arrogant and intolerant!
- There are many more, and all should affect the OC in bad or unpleasant situations.
Why do we need exploitable flaws?
- The most well-written characters are the ones that feel real.
- Real humans have flaws, real humans suffer from these flaws.
- Therefore, flaws can help build a realistic character.
Arting your OC
One of the many ways you bring your OC to life is by having a drawing of them!
- Ever After High style is not necessary for your OC art, but you might like to envision them in the EAH style!
- The clothing in EAH have quite a unique look! It is recommended to inspire your OCs' outfits by following the EAH aesthetic.
- Outfits can relate to your OCs' fairytale heritage! For example, Blondie Lockes uses key and bear motifs.
Of course, we understand that some people can't draw, and some people don't have the money to pay people into drawing for them. That's fine! You don't need art to make an awesome OC page!
Further design + art guides will be ~Coming Soon~.
Uploading an OC
Uploading your OC is the next step. That's really the purpose of this Wiki.
Start Your Journey has a detailed guide, but here are the basics.
To upload your OC
- Find the contribute button in the top right corner of the page.
- Then click on add a page.
- Name your page after your OC, click bland and start writing.
- To upload a picture of your OC, simply click on Photo, then browse, find your picture, and upload!
- It's also a good idea to use templates such as Infoboxes.
- After you think you have finished, simply click preview to proofread your work, and then click publish! Voila, your new OC is here!
Tips and Tricks
We were all newbies once. We all made horrible OCs with badly-created personalities and backstories. You're no different to anyone who has traveled this path.
The admins willing to help, don't hesitate to ask for help anytime, anywhere! Problems are pointed out with your OC, you can ask us how to fix it. We're not scary little demons. We were the same as you – travelling the difficult, rocky and judgmental path of original character creation.
Us veterans can help you share the load, it'll make the end result much better.