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Hello again, lovelies.

Now, I have noticed that there seem to be a lot of design conflicts on the site regarding that someone has *le gasp!* copied your character. Oh, the humanity! How dare they?! How dare they also have a character set who are only black, white, and red because that makes them so deep and edgy. How dare their animal also have a star/heart/diamond on its forehead? How dare they make a character with rainbow legs/tails?! How dare they have a fursona with a "dark" side when they become enraged? How dare their sparkle fursona be black with lime green, hot pink, and cyan markings?! How. Fucking. Dare. They?!

So, you call them out on their obvious theft of your character, and then things get spicy. You get barraged by an army of white knights. You send your white knights after their white knights. Then, when all that is going on, you get a nice, big taste of "trolling" because you're all probably worked up and obsessing and making "hate art" and public reporting, blocking, screwing, and insults over something that could have been prevented by very, very simple things. What are these magical hate-preventing things, you ask? Well, then, I'll be glad to list a few of them for you!

One of the biggest things to avoid are the ever-so-popular, 'dark,' 'edgy,' and 'original' characters whose colour palettes consist of only black, white, and shades of red. Seriously. You see, this isn't because this colour palette is so dull and obnoxiously overused, it's because, if you're trying to be original with your character design, well, it's pretty hard to do so with this colour palette. There's only so many marking combinations you can apply with three colours, thus, leaving a LOT of possibilities for duplicates and highly similar character designs. Now, I'm not saying black, white, and red are hideous together. In the right portions, they can actually look pretty nice. I'm just saying that, if you want a really original-looking character, this should probably be avoided like the plague. (Though, if the animal that you are making has a natural colour scheme that is, in fact, black, white, and a red/reddish colour, then kudos to you for not adding SPARKLEZ KAWAII DESU.)

Speaking of colour don'ts, here's another tasty tidbit of information for you: Stop. With. The. Fucking. Cyan. It's not "beautiful." It's not "unique." It is, in fact, a hideous, neon, (literally) eye-burning colour dropped in the default MS Paint palette that a very good portion of spaggles* either are too lazy to, or don't know how to edit. Now, while we're on the topic of the default MS Paint palette, this would be another thing to avoid sticking to when you're designing your characters, given that everyone has that same colour set, and, chances are, they're using it. Maybe instead of using that neon green they give you, you can add a more blue, yellow, black, white, or grey tint to it using the colour picker. Or, you can always select a colour to edit, click a random spot on the colour picker, and give yourself an entirely NEW, non-basic palette to use. This will give you a very great chance of having a more originally designed character, and avoiding a large, unneeded conflict because someone else also didn't put too much thought into design and just used what they were given.

Finally, my last advice on the colour topic: Rainbows. Yes, we all know your amazing, ttly original, uneek scene/sparkle fursona is overly bisexual because you state it in every journal, deviation they're in, poll, story, etc. We don't need to see that it was pretty much jizzed on by a rainbow to back that up. In fact, here's a little fun fact for you- I personally know a lot of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people- and they actually hate the whole rainbow = gay thing and wouldn't be caught dead with a rainbow on their person, profile, car, etc. Basically, the rainbow isn't really a huge part of what makes them who they are. Anyway, my main reason for bringing up avoiding rainbows as a big aspect of character design is this: They're not original. How many sparkle animals do you see with rainbow tails, hair, legs, armwarmers, horns, makeup, markings, etc.? A lot. If you're going for originality, I really do suggest avoiding them as much as possible. Sure, a collar or charm bracelet or something small like that isn't going into ruin your chances of having a truly unique character, but making all four legs and the tail rainbow will.

This next originality no-no is a pretty big one: Don't give your character an "evil," "dark," "demon," etc. form. To be entirely honest, these alternate forms are just as overdone and overused as the mood ring eyes*. This applies mainly to comic characters (like those horrid Blackblood Alliance wolves), but there's plenty of other characters with them, as well. To bring this into perspective, think of this basic storyline:
[Character] either has friends, or is a loner and takes someone in, at one point. He/she was wronged in the past and wants to avenge his/her [family, friends, village, honor, your choice, really] by going after this villain (who, consequently, has a design mentioned in my first "design no-no" paragraph about black, red, and white, and very likely has red eyes) either alone, with their friends, or by gathering an army. Throughout the story, as he/she continues killing enemies, growing stronger, etc., with pretty much no luck. Then, at one point, they are faced with their main enemy. An epic battle ensues, and the baddie [gets away, seriously injures/kills hero's ally], making the main character so clearly, berserkly enraged, that he/she... they... It's like they're possessed! They're not themselves, their nails/teeth are longer, their eyes are glowing red, some other anatomical changes magically occur, and they have strange, hidden powers that multiply their strength! Yet, when this is all said and done, they remember nothing of the change, like when they killed innocent bystanders, harmed their friends, etc. [insert basic Shounen Anime storyline here.]
Now, what types of character conflicts did I hit dead-on or was pretty damn close to here? Blackblood Alliance? Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? InuYasha? Any bad werewolf movie/book when the person has some level of control of when they transform? Naruto? Almost every Anime fanfiction/fancomic out there? The Incredible Hulk? So now do you see my point on avoiding these "dark forms" when trying to be original and have a unique character? (And pulling that "multiple personality" crap is just as bad.)

The last "originality no-no" is probably the simplest one: Avoid geometric shapes as forehead markings. I can not tell you how many "stolen character!!!!!1!!!!eleven!" disputes I have seen because two people both have solid black wolves with white diamonds on their foreheads, or horses with hearts on them, or something. This argument is mainly caused by three key shapes: Stars (both normal and inverted), diamonds, and hearts. Yeah, sure, you may think it's cute, but if you want to avoid these stupid little disputes, don't be so generic with markings. I know, you may not want your character to be considered a "normal" wolf, dog, horse, cat, etc., especially if you're making a comic or writing a story, and want them to stand out, but if you're going to accuse someone of stealing your character based on one teeny tiny spot on the forehead (or sometimes even the chest), then maybe you should seriously reconsider this. To be entirely honest, it's not worth the conflict, trolling, and possible suspensions/bans from deviantART or whatever art site you may belong to.

So, in short, if you don't want to have all of the "trolls," "haters," "jealous peeps," "thieves," etc. to bother you, take my advice and avoid the overly common design methods that are somehow considered "unique." Not only will it save you from ridiculous arguments over both your lack of creativity and the "thief's," but it'll also help you to be taken more seriously, not let your character be completely swallowed in a sea of black, red, and white or rainbows, and generally start to improve your creative skills by getting you to think more "outside the box." Remember, uniqueness isn't caused by slapping "darkness" or rainbows all over something to try really hard to make it stand out, it's about expressing yourself and how unique you and your personality are. Well, except if you fall under the prep, jock, goff***, scene, or emo categories (who are pretty much all clones of the others within their respective cliques). Then you're pretty much fucked.

Glossary:
*Spaggles - The creators of sparkle, scene, emo, or goff animals that are meant to be taken seriously. Mainly mentally deficient 12-16 year olds whose lives are so hard because their mommies and daddies don't treat them like fucking royalty.

**Mood ring eyes - When a character's eyes change colour with their mood. The most common variety is when a character has a list of colours that cover all moods, from happiness to lust to rage. There is even a variety when the only change is that their eyes turn red (or less commonly, black) when they're mad and make no other changes.

***Goff - The precious, "special" little children and teenagers who believe that wearing things like My Chemical Romance tee shirts/hoodies, Hello Kitty paraphernelia, those hideously baggy Tripp pants (with or without the retarded chains/fabric strands/zippers around the pant legs that turn them into capris or shorts), and basically anything found at Hot Topic is Gothic.
A basic guide for avoiding those stupid, pointless, U STOLE MY CHARACTER U STOOPID THEEF arguments, and basically, how your "original" character isn't really original.

-pulls up a chair and waits for angry wolfaboos, spaggles, and BBA fans-

Oops. I probably should have clarified this to prevent a few of the RAEGNOTES. This is just a sarcastic piece. I'm not dictating you on how to make characters. Mainly just saying that if you're going to start a character war because of some little similarities that you think are original, you're insane.
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:iconladyofeyes:
LadyofEyes Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're my hero XD
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MaraFranci Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(WARNING: SARCASM METER AT 59%)

I'm gonna to go delete all my character sheets now and redo of all my characters, including my fursona.

'Cause damn it, my godlike pride is too stubborn to take an insult. :stare:
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kevintheradioguy Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Writer
I think cyan is a pretty colour. Although I can never actually draw anything in it, since it's, yes, eye-burning and therefore dissemblances the drawing (unless I draw all in eye-burning colours... which I never did). I would've wore cyan and black IRL... if I haven't chosen electric blue and black for myself :XD:
I'm not sure why's this only for fursonas, though. I guess, everyone could've taken that advice with their characters, as, se-e-eriously, unique character just for a scar on a face or toxic hair colour? I even made a parodycharacter to mock those, but it seems people take him serous *sigh*

Anyhow, I did have a few laughs reading this. A bit too angry for my taste, but funny. And true at many points.
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AkiraTheFurry Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
I personally think this is pretty good advice, but i still enjoy face markings under the eyes ( like in the blackblood alliance) You have some good points,and i think i can make my wolf character a bit more original now.
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Antleraptor Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Oh god.. The Blackblood Alliance is the embodiment of what's wrong with stereotypical animal comics and characters. :noes:

It's just plain awful, and so full of cliches. Character with a 'demon' side, being blamed for something they didn't do, 'these things look different, let us ban them and mistreat them!', so much brood, over-use of the black, white, and red colour scheme, ridiculous add ons to animals (hair, markings, etc.), names that seem like they're trying so hard to be badass (Swiftkill, Bloodspill, etc.)... It's a literary nightmare, and we should be thankful it was abandoned. It's also following a horridly common plot of animals (specifically canines) going into army-like structures and into wars with creatures that, realistically, they would never be able to defeat (ex. the Ginga dogs going against bears).
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AkiraTheFurry Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Well i guess you are right in a way.
I don't disagree with you at all. LOL i am only 12 though don judge meh!
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Healehwolf Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So, soooo, I totally agree with everything on this, but it brings back memories of this novel I really, really wanted to write a couple years back and oh my god... I'm looking back to it now and I'm slamming my head on the desk. It's so...so... unexplainable how absolutely stupid the idea was. It combined ALL of the cliches into one. (But I did have some original concepts in it that I'm not letting go just yet)
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XorUnison Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
OMG thank you people!
Finally a conversation with some sense in it. Intelligence is still alive, even if it`s an endangered species^^

You all are so true. Using stuff from existing stories/anime/games etc. is something you should do ONLY for fanart and nothing else. And using those cliche traits...
I also love to use all this stuff, but that`s because of the fact that I`m writing/drawing parodies and satirical stuff since forever.

But cyan overdose makes me puke, seriously. And I hate ponies. But I really enjoy reading about those kids who get all worked up because "someone stole their character" which is sooo original (dripping with sarcasm).
And I don`t even take a closer look when I see one of those animal characters. It`s all the same with`em.
The worst thing is, in the comments on these pictures most of the people go all "aaaaaaww" and "awesome" and "cute" and like that, but no serious critiques. And all of them are raging and FFUUUU if someone DARES to post a comment that COULD under SOME CIRCUMSTANCES be understood as negative. That sucks a lot.

Yet, I have to admit: I really like using unnatural colours on characters, but if you don`t throw them into a fitting background story it is kinda ridiculous.

I truly wish there`d be more people like you out there...
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NekoNatsume Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Student General Artist
U shouldnt have posted this, woofs be mad , god dares you shall go to jail if you copy their pose who they copied from a pose an artist traced from a movie that said movie copied from a photo in wich said photo copied from real life :iconisayplz:

WOOFCEPTION :iconexcitedplz:

Oh also dont copy my colors or my markeengz or my rainbows claws plx thanx uz :icondatassplz:
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Antleraptor Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
BITCH I POST WHAT I WANT
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NekoNatsume Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Student General Artist
OH NOES WHY U SO MEAN, MY WOOF FRIENDZ WILL GET DAH MADZ AND DEY WILL HAKCU R ACCOUNT LIKE HAXXORZ PWEASE ;A; :iconexcitedplz::icondolanplz:

But srsly, dont even try making some sense into wolfaboos, most of them are the exact replica of the other, they are like a gang, if they dont like ur art , OH NOES COPYRIGHT ISSUES! COLORS ARE COPYRIGHT TOO!

Also, someone needs to stop them from drawing conjoined front legs on woofs since they want to make the pose ĘspechulĘ, is not wrong making a pose similar to what other person made, no woof is inborn in a sideway pose, with their legs stick to each other :icondatass: or are they ...? DUN DUN DUUUN!

Apart of that , pretty good tutorial for woofs, i appreciate someone trying to get some actual sense on their heads <3
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medievallass Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh man I haven't seen any of this drama, but I can imagine!

Hayley :floating:
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Antleraptor Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
It's died down since the whole OMG PONIEZ shit started.
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:iconmedievallass:
medievallass Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's a relief huh. phew

Hayley :floating:
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:iconantleraptor:
Antleraptor Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Yup. I feel it'll start soon over pony designs.
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demonreapergirl Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
is it okay that my OC has a personality like :iconmajorasmaskplz: (manipulating and enjoys chaos and sorrow) but is batshit insane and is sometimes normal
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:iconantleraptor:
Antleraptor Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Wha?
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:icondemonreapergirl:
demonreapergirl Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
is it "original" or original
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:iconantleraptor:
Antleraptor Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Why are you asking me this?
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demonreapergirl Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i dont know
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chibi-chocolate123 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Cyan. Bubblegum pink. That bluey-greeny color. EWWWWW. Omg. My eyes are raped again and again because of those HORRIBLE colors.
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Antleraptor Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
loooool. Any creature who has that colouration would be picked off by a hawk or a bear or something.
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chibi-chocolate123 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
I wouldn't go near it. .-.
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FabulousMaggot Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student Filmographer
1) Cyan, I agree is very eyeburning. Some cyan is okay, but... It's not really a big problem....IT'S THE YELLOW AND LIME GREEN THAT BOTHERS WITH MOST PEOPLE'S EYES.
2) Demon forms; I really enjoy watching videos and pictures of characters in their 'dark formz', but it's this that annoys me: "MAI CHARAKTR IS DA MOSE EEBUL IN DA WRLD AND U HAS 2 DWAW DEM!!!!1!1!1!one!!!eleven"
No need to start an argument, I'm just giving off my opinion.
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Antleraptor Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Looool, how is that an argument? xD

Yeah, I've noticed that most of the colours in the basic MS Paint Palette that people use are eye-burning, especially when used together, like the yellow, lime green, pink, and cyan. That ultramarine gets to me sometimes, too, mainly when used on pure white or black. I've just noticed that cyan seems to be one of the more popular ones for some reason.

I like looking at demon form stuff because I find it hilarious. Like, 'oh look at my cute little wolfy. Isn't he nice?' and then 'but when he gets mad, he turns all demon and kills people and doesn't know it' because hey think it's badass.
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FabulousMaggot Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student Filmographer
Mhm. But on my version of MS paint it's all....dull DX



Demon forms are pretty badass on occasion, as well.
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Antleraptor Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Really? Maybe it's your screen. I've noticed that on my laptop, cyan and the other neon MS paint colours are slightly tolerable, but on the desktop computers at the library, I can't even look at them.
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FabulousMaggot Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student Filmographer
Do you have the MS Paint with all the tools on selecting and crap?
I have the dull one with a blue background.
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:iconantleraptor:
Antleraptor Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
I have no clue. I have Windows XP lol.
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:iconfabulousmaggot:
FabulousMaggot Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student Filmographer
I dunno what I got XD
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Holly-Jam Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i see all the time people saying "I am crazy!" and they literally want to be.
being crazy is:
1. Overrated.
2. Annoying, because the people who say they are crazy actually TRY to be crazy and they are SUPER irritating.
3. Being crazy is serious. Real people who are crazy get bad treatment from insane asylums. I myself have a small mental issue and I want to get rid of it.

And I hate the whole, I AM RAINBOWZ AND SEENE AND TTLY OREEGINUUL thing. i mean seriously. no wait, they were actually being serious!

Cyan is cool in small amounts, but not a totally green-and-blue character. talk about eye bleed. when I go to bed my eyes and head ache from staring at them.
I have also seen a lot of black characters with blue markings. I am a little bit guilty with that, but at least I don't obsess over that character.
Too much glosticks.

This piece speaks what everbody should hear.
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Antleraptor Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
I just hate when people think having any kind of mental disorder is a fashion accessory. Do they not realize what the people who actually have them go through? Like, seriously, I swear, if you gave them the disorder for a day, they'd hate it.

...I think "original" has become a standard type of character. All the "original" ones look the same. :|
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Jathara Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cyan is also okay in small amounts - some of my characters have cyan in their eyes. It's small, tasteful amounts and it's generally not 00FFFF, of course, and it's shaded and such. I adore the color cyan...but god nothing should be pure cyan. It's definitely a minor-accents-tastefully-done color.
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Katanamasako Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Shit... do people really pick at the most minute likeliness of other people's oc's to their own? seems a bit tedious and rather stupid... just so you know... yes, my character's eyes change colors with mood (just to a brighter hue of red, not really another color all together, i knocked that off several years ago because it was just too suish) aannnddd she has a feral form... I'll probably wind up changing that too though, mostly because i can't settle on a look for it XP
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Antleraptor Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Yes, sadly, they do. I really have seen people going at it. But seriously, if you're making a wolf comic and have a solid black wolf with a white diamond or moon on its forehead, well, you're really not the only one with the design idea. People really need to realize they're not the only ones to think of something.
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Katanamasako Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no kidding... I have an oc with darker skin and red hair... can't tell you how many i've seen with that. i wasn't really looking to be original, i just liked the way it looked. never had anyone yell at me for it though... but it's true... there's only so much you can do with a limited palette of colors and generic shapes >>' and to be honest... half of the oc's design probably came from something they've seen and liked.
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Antleraptor Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
And I also hate when people make human characters and flip if something's similar. HOW MANY REAL PEOPLE LOOK SIMILAR, DAMMIT?!
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Katanamasako Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No kidding ><' you aren't the only fish in the sea and y ou won't be the last one either. Seriously, who cares if it's similar to someone elses as long as you like how the character looks ><' ... problem with me is... all my female OC humanoids have the same face structure and the same hair style... I gotta work on that ^^;
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PrincessCesia Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Love it
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Antleraptor Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Lol, thanks. :D
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Typhloser Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This makes me look at my non-furry/animal characters. >.> :iconshadowyuharaplz: Not sure if original looking or not :iconiseewhatyoudidthere: I might have to take him apart and look him over...

But this guide is amazing. Something that someone had to write. +fav
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lucas420 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is the best thing ever. it needs to be seen.
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Antleraptor Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Looooooool, thanks, I guess. xDDD
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rohirrimshadow Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
XD this is win
i really hope more people read this....seriously, if i had a dollar for every time I've seen a sparkle wolf with a moon/heart/diamond/star on its forehead....
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Antleraptor Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Damn spaggles.
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Kuwaizair Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
link them to tvtropes, show them how orginal their idea is, when 300+ titles have moodring eyes
[link]
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Antleraptor Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Looool
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SpindleWinter Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohboi. I just realised, my lead character in my planned novel has a shittonne of that stuff; he has colour-changing eyes, a 'daemonic' form, can shapeshift and wears a lot of black... Can it be slightly excused by a) the fact that these are the basic traits of his species and b) he's an asshole who squanders his powers and shall be written as such? Seriously, I wanna know. I'm planning my story and I need feedback as what to dump before I stuff it full of irrelevant shite I thought sounded awesome. (I've already deleted three species, ten characters and a small country for being just too, too stupid. Come at me. I can take it, bro. ;D )

On other note, this gave me a much-needed giggle. Nice one!
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Antleraptor Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Uuuuhhhhhh. I have no clue? Maybe ask a writer, haha.
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Kuwaizair Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
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