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So I just stumbled upon a somewhat interesting DA user's profile.  I won't share his identity publicly, but he's got a self-insert Sonic OC ("mobian hybrid/ werehog") that's pretty much the definition of a bad Sonic OC.  He's Silver the Hedgehog's brother, he can turn into anything at will ("especially a werehog"), and not only is his accompanying picture a screenshot from a certain Furry Dollmaker (a fact he admits to freely!), but... well... just look at him (screenshot instead of direct link, so I don't leave a trail).

I can't just walk away from this (can I?).  This is a prime example of how NOT to create a Sonic OC.  This dude is just begging to be taught a lesson; however, I'm unsure of the best way to do it.  He needs to learn the error of his ways, but I don't want to break him completely.  Does anyone have any suggestions?

Fancharacter list: STILL DISCONTINUED, BIG SURPRISE
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Lolocator Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Thats some crazy design there. O.O would I be hated if I said I kind of like the design. I don't think he was trying to be story wise creative with this, I think he was just trying to create something unique by combining lots of his favourite things. In a sonic oc world though he would not fit, at all. That much I agree.
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sonicinterface Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Some people are clearly not professionals when it comes to character design.  I want to help him get better, but I'm not sure I can give it in a form he'd be receptive to.
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Lolocator Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Why not ask him directly, what made him create the design he had. Say its interesting as to not offend him. Understand why some things done before you try to give advise I say. It might be purely for his own fetishly needs. I myself, well im sure you notice made one particular character who is pretty much in that category I won't lie.
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sonicinterface Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Hmm.
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Tmaneea Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You can't help anyone who doesn't want to be helped. People like this either just want attention, or just to have fun. If it's the first, then giving him attention by giving him criticism is only going to make things worse. If it's the second, then criticizing him will only upset him. Either way, the best course of action is to forget about him and move on.

In the end, it's his character. He can create him any way he wants. If he wants to be a published writer someday, then that'll be different. But if he's just creating this character as a personal fantasy and a form of escape for himself, then what difference does it make if it's a good or bad character?
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sonicinterface Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
I said before that this isn't the sort of thing I can just walk away from.  But now I'm not so sure there are any better options.
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bogm0nst3r Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
I like it.
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sonicinterface Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
You do?
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bogm0nst3r Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Yeah. It looks coo to me.
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ragtagwarrior Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
In my opinion, I'd say that the best way is to let him find out for himself. I admit that the design and concept are terrible and ridiculous, but it's better if you let him walk into the pitfall that he's digging instead of trying to point it out. Unless he actually states that he wants that abomination to be critiqued, I'd leave him be to dig his own grave. If he does, then open fire and don't let up. Expose all of the problems that you have with the character and advise him on a few suggestions on how to make it better. If there are any redeeming qualities, do not forget to mention them or other people may think that you're being biased into hating the character because you're only highlighting the bad points. And how he reacts to your criticism is well beyond your control. If he strives to take your advice and improve his character, then that's it. If he breaks down because he's created something ludicrous, that's it. If he angrily objects and insults you, ignore him.

Overall, I'd say leave him be and let him dig his own grave. Unless he's open to criticism, don't bother. 
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