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A Fan Character (FC), also known as an Original Character (OC), is as the name suggests a character that has been created by the fan of a certain series, for inclusion into that fan's fanfiction or fanart. Fan Characters can also be shared among two or more fans, or between a fan and an illustrator.

Fan Characters are often disliked for their association with the "Mary Sue/Gary Stu" subset of character, but this is more the hallmark of bad writing than any negative reflection on Fan Characters as a whole. Some people, naturally, would disagree with this sentiment.

Widely Known Fan Characters

Dreadmoon
Whiplash
Armature


Lesser Known Fan Characters

Kenji Murakami
Ryan Crouger
Howard Jackson / Felinos
Edmund Halverson