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Okay so uh, just a mini-rant. Sometimes I think it's annoying when people go on about 'headcanon' OCs.

Don't get me wrong, I'm okay with people headcanoning their own OC as their main OC to use for that country. I mean, we made our OCs the way they are for a reason, because they're made from a whole bunch of headcanons. So that's all good, I can headcanon my Philippines as the Philippines OC to use for works and stuff, cuz it's my works and my OC.

That doesn't mean I'm not okay with other Philippines OCs. There are a few others I like, of course they're not made from my headcanons, but I'm still okay with it all.

Also I am okay with people saying to someone "Your OC is my headcanon OC for that country", because it's a compliment directed at the creator. Their works, their OCs, coolio if you want to use a someone's OC for w/e. But wow you don't need to announce to the whole word, especially in the faces of other people who have OCs for that country as well.

Now here is what I have a problem with

Let's say you know two people with idk, a Kenya OC each. Let's say you decide you prefer Person A's OC. But what I think is the problem is going to Person B and saying you already have a headcanon Kenya OC. I've seen people say "well ____ is my headcanon oc but yours is nice too"

WHY ARE YOU TELLING A PERSON THAT YOUR HEADCANON OC IS SOMEONE ELSE'S???

I've seen someone say "I'm thinking of making an OC for ______________" and people respond "well I already have a headcanon _______ for that country" and

let me tell you what that translates to!

It translates to this: I already have a headcanon OC for _________ so don't bother with your OC/fleshing them out/etc because I already have a set OC for _________ and no matter how much hard work you put into that OC doesn't matter at all.

I've seen people who wanted to make an OC for a particular country or state or w/e but someone comes in and is all OH MY FRIEND'S OC IS MY HEADCANON THAT PLACE

Do you know how discouraging that is? Yes, you can think of someone else's OC as your favourite, but if other friends have an OC of that place as well, instead of going on about how much better someone else's OC is, shouldn't you be encouraging them too? Each and every OC has something special about them and I see so many good OCs get written off just because people claim they have a headcanon OC and make it seem as though any other versions don't exist?

I feel like that's happened with tons of people, not just myself. I've seen friends feel really down about it even though I think their OCs are wonderful. If you're an actual true friend, you should be more supportive of them and their creativity instead of making them feel like they should scrap their characters or ideas because of someone else.

I've been close to scrapping quite a few of my OCs because of others tbph. But because I realised other people have felt the same way as I do about this topic, that maybe someone just needs to say it.

I mean, I have headcanon OCs, but I love seeing more than one take on that particular country. I have three friends with a Macedonia OC and yes I have a main one, but I love seeing all three OCs so much! My best friend has a Montenegro OC but I'm still drawing other versions! And a bunch of friends of mine have Czech Republic OCs and I'd love to see any one of them. Heck, my Philippines is my headcanon OC but I love seeing other Philippines OCs used for KorPiri/MexPiri.

So I guess what I am trying to say is that the term 'headcanon OC' has been used too much in a way that discourages other people, and that people should be more open-minded towards all of their friends' OCs? Because sometimes it can really hurt when you praise other people's works in a way that implies 'this is better than yours'? Yeah, so be careful with how you word things, guys! I know a lot of people don't have the intention of hurting others with the idea of putting one character on a pedestal above all others, but they end up acting that way anyway.

I know I've done it unintentionally, and I feel kinda bad for it? I want to know more about all of my friends' OCs for the APH fandom! Hell, I love encouraging people to give more love to all their OCs! It's something I want to do even more of!
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SaeLinLee Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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tbh this was kinda the reason I stopped creating/working on my APH OCs even before I left the fandom-
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melonstyle Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Ahhh, it's a shame - I loved your OCs too! I wanted to see more of them and learn about them. Of course, it was all up to you anyway, not me. But I guess it's decisions like this that prove the point I was trying to make with that journal.
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SaeLinLee Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, really? God, thank you so much! I feel really flattered because of that ; /// ;
Ah well, I just didn't see the point in making OCs of countries/regions/whatever that already existed - of which GOOD OCs existed, so I stopped-
And yeah, it really does! I hope people change their behaviour. :I
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melonstyle Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
you're welcome!

And um, yeah, that proves my point further. People not making characters because of other people's characters. Don't let a good OC stop you from making a character if you wanted to make your own version. ^^ Of course it's entirely up to the person, but it's a shame to see people get discouraged.
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SaeLinLee Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed it does-
Yeah, I guess you're right there... but I'm just unbelievably quickly discouraged, especially by things like this ; w ;
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PenguRin Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
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melonstyle Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
//bows dramatically
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PenguRin Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
//throws flowers on the stage
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sigalawin Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
sAME UGH

tbh its really rude >:U they can be really offensive and uHGHGHJSDJK
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melonstyle Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
exactly! One of my friends made a really good comparison in that it's like telling your new boyfriend how great and amazing your last boyfriend was

it's shit that you don't really want to hear and it makes you question your own worth

and it's not ok to treat a friend like that!
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sigalawin Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
IKR. its insulting and really damages the self-confidence of the OC creator! :UUU
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melonstyle Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
yeeeeeep. I kinda hope this journal inspires people to give more of a damn about their friends' ocs and so on. Like, actually think about how their words can hurt even those they don't intend to hurt. 8T
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sigalawin Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
dhnfhjdfh im hoping so too! peeps should rethink their actions
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marchrrr Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Mel you're such a goddess for saying that- 
i honestly appreciate your opinion
you're like, not afraid of what you speak- 
and yeah, that bothers me too.
you know, when people tell them that, it's like, they lose their confidence to headcannon their OC...

So in the end, they'd just stop using their oc's -3- 
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melonstyle Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
fjkslhkjf goddess oh gosh you--

but thanks. Sometimes I think it's better to express how I feel before it makes me snap out at someone, ahaha. I'm more blunt online anyways.

Exactly my point though! You shouldn't go and make your friends feel as though no matter what they do, it's never going to be good enough compared to someone else. Part of friendship is encouraging and supporting one another! That should be more emphasized rather than pedestalling some and not others.
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marchrrr Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Wow. Your personality is like the main character of an anime-

Yeah just like that, sometimes I'm even afraid to create an oc just because of that. Lol I don't have the guts to create one anyways, but some day I will~
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melonstyle Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
yeah the truth is that i'm anime

It's a shame you feel that way tbph. But it just goes to show how much this can affect people, huh? If you ever make an OC, I'd love to see him/her~ c:
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ColombianTwat Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhhh, this means a lot to me because, you know, I've gotten this from people telling me they prefer Tati's Colombia and I've worked really hard on Dani and uighutidfg
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melonstyle Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
People don't realise how it affects others when they say stuff like that, sigh. And personally I love your Colombia<3
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Chibi-Tokatoki Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg.. thank you. This journal... you speak the truth.
I've been said that. And it actually hurts quite a lot, though I don't say anything.
But yes. It does look like the person is implying 'I have this OC as my headcanon oc but yours is pretty good!' Its like there saying that the oc is way better then yours and shoving it on your face. ;^; but this journal speaks the truth.
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melonstyle Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Exactly! And gosh I wanna see your OCs, link me to all of your OCs so I know who to look out for and see! ;u; Seriously, I wanna endorse you and make you feel like your characters are important too. :D
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Chibi-Tokatoki Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Yeah.

Oh. Well sure! I only have one so far..chibi-tokatoki.deviantart.com/…
but I'm still editing her and ect I still need to make an official ref with all the information.
and  Really? Oh gosh.. Thank you. c:
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melonstyle Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
holy shoot she is such a cutie patootie <33333 I look forward to seeing the ref then! :D
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Chibi-Tokatoki Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah thank you! <33 
I should be able to start on it soon. c:
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Roof-Of-The-World Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
(This is incredible :iconclapplz:)
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melonstyle Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
ahh thanks--
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Roof-Of-The-World Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
(no problem~)
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Prateh-Kampuchea Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
((I have so many mixed feelings about this though omg.
It feels sort of like people sometimes choose the better drawn than better done OC's, or chooses an OC that isn't well done at all, but considered "head-cannoned" because it just sort of popped up out of no where during one RP or what have you and happened to be present there.

I mean, I put a LOT of work into Pheakdei, years of it. So it does please me to hear he's someone's head-cannon yet in the same spectrum there's a slight sting of awkwardness with my other OC's.
Perhaps that's why I haven't built upon them as much as Pheakdei.

    • I'm much, much more familiar with Khmer culture and language.
    • The other's aren't really paid much mind to.


    With the exception of the S.S. event months ago, not many really know of my other Hetalia OC's or express a want to.

    The whole topic is one sticky situation it seems..
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    melonstyle Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
    Yeah, I totally agree. I've found that many OCs who aren't drawn as well are actually really amazing and well-thought out and it's a shame to see them get shafted. That's why I want to be supportive of all my friends' OCs, provide tips here and there and all sorts. I love all of your OCs, Kiki, and I'd love to see them get built upon as well.

    But I totally get what you mean. It's kind of that feeling of 'okay you love this OC, but the rest don't exist in your mind???' IDK, that's the feeling I end up grasping at times. This is why I felt the need to bring up this journal, because it's tiring to see some of my friends' OCs get hailed while others get completely shafted.
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    Prateh-Kampuchea Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
    ((It's like I really want to, but you're really my only motivation to do so. I really want to see other's notice your other OC's too, particularly the Balkans because they're well done and tend to be over-looked. It's sort of like, look, these are very nicely done, look.
    Part of me feels that the L.C. Au resulted in a lot of OC's being made-up on the fly for the sake of having babies and yet they're, well....

    It's a super difficult sort of thing, really. e___e
    The feeling of "I want to work on this but few, if any, will care so my muse and will to try is pretty drained."
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    melonstyle Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
    Ahh, thank you for the compliments ;;<33 But yeah, I felt like you're one of the people whose characters deserve a lot more recognition. I really hope this journal at least influences friends to give all OCs of their friends a chance, more acknowledgement at the least.

    and yeah I feel like I'm not part of the LC anymore, like I enjoy talking with you about KorPiri + Marisol and Tae Hyun as a family and I love our other OCs, but I feel alienated by everyone else with that AU. TBH I wanna make new AUs for peeps to get into, ahaha--

    THAT LAST PARAGRAPH SUMS ME UP REALLY WELL OTL
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    Prateh-Kampuchea Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
    ((Aheeeehh thanks. ;w;
    Yeah... I sort of quit it too...
    All good Au's come to a close or whatever...
    I'll still draw Tae and the rest every now and then, but not as often as I did when we first started.

    Yeah, Steph and I have been pondering over Au's to get into. e7e;
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    melonstyle Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
    yeah, that's kinda how I feel. It's kind of a shame though that it became this way though. u_u

    oh gosh yeah I've been thinking of AUs as well

    SO YEAH IF I START A SKETCHDUMP OF A RANDOM AU, YEEEAAAHHHH //papming
    idk i feel it's high time i used my hundred AU ideas for something--
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    Tangwi Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
    bless you omg
    people don't know how bad that hurts when they say that 
    its hella rude
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    melonstyle Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
    yeeeaahhh. I mean, I almost scrapped my own OCs because of this behaviour. I know most people aren't doing it to be assholes, but it hurts all the same. And I've seen people who actually did scrap OCs because everyone kept going on about how someone else's OC is their headcanon even though those people were supposedly their friends.
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    Tangwi Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
    Your OCs are absolutely great and well researched and that's so rare to find; I hope you do show them off because they're great.
    And also, next time it happens, tell them that's hella rude and its like talking to your bf/gf about how great your ex was.
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    melonstyle Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
    ahhh thank you ;u; I NEED TO DO MORE FULL BIOS UGH

    and i love your ocs too, I wanna see more of your less drawn OCs too actually, i wanna know more about them! ;u;

    wow steph, that's actually a perfect comparison
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    Tangwi Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
    My less ones? oh gee better dig out some of the old sketchbooks //OTL

    BIOS ARE SUCH HARD WORK ITS A PAIN

    You so know its true
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    melonstyle Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
    PLEASE DO IT PART OF ME MAKING THIS JOURNAL WAS TO ENCOURAGE MORE APPRECIATION FOR FRIENDS' CHARACTERS :iconpapmingplz:

    oh god ikr, tbh I have tons of bios saved in my brain, they've just gotta be typed up, ahaha--

    seriously though, that's the best comparison i can think of

    cuz you don't want to hear someone who's supposedly close to you go on and on about how great someone else is or w/e
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    Miistessa Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
    omg mel bless this post <333
    it is true i swear
    it's even worse when people say it
    tO GET CLOSER TO THE ARTIST AND GET FRIENDS AND FREE ART 
    ugh i don't even 
    ah well //rolls away
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    melonstyle Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
    oh god, the sucking up version of '___________- is my headcanon OC ermagod' JUST NO NO NO

    TBH tho I've seen a lot of it in cases where someone isn't even sucking up to someone else, they're just doing biases of friends and stuff
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