Top 10 Tips to Make a Good Warrior Cats OC

These are tips to make a good warrior cats OC. Hope these tips help.
The Top Ten
1 Give them some flaws

Glad that the top spot is taken by an actually good piece of advice, "no unrealistic Colors" is a stupid and unnecessary rule, and it certainly doesn't deserve second place, much less first. It's very important to make your characters flawed, though, since it makes them interesting.

Indeed. Just for fun, I'm writing a super-edition called "Emberflight's Choice", and avoid making Emberflight too perfect. She gets into conflict with her mentor, Foxblaze, resulting in hatred for each other. As an apprentice, Emberflight ('paw' at the time) was a bit foolish, with an attitude. Many terrible things happen because of her mistakes, and she no longer feels she has a place in the Clan. Many begin to despise her, making her feel alone. She decides to leave. She says goodbye to her sister (Ravenfrost) one night, and leaves, without informing any other Clanmember. She struggles as a rogue to survive, facing rats, other loners, and dogs. She sees a strange black tom with a red BloodClan collar cornered by three large dogs. She leaps in to help, but the dogs continue to advance on the two cats. Finally, they are able to fight them off, sending the dogs retreating into the shadows of the alley. The fluffy BloodClan cat tells her that he could've handled that himself, ...more

I feel like this is something that everybody needs to remember this while making an oc. To be honest, a character with no flaws is bland, overused, not realistic and boring. One thing that you must keep in mind, though, is that you shouldn't JUST give them flaws. I say you should balance the pros and cons evenly, maybe even give one or two mire flaws compared to the pros to keep it interesting.

- Squishy

A balanced character is a GOOD character. Give them flaws that are balanced out by their good qualities, and make it possible to have these qualities effect their lives. Also make sure that the characterisics go together.

2 Don't use unnatural fur or eye colors (green, purple etc)

Honestly, stuff like this just limits creativity. I have a character who is black with tiny white spots all over his pelt and one blue eye and one green eye. Is this hurting anyone? No! Just do whatever you want! This is literally an OC about a book series about cats that fight each other!

This is like, the top tip because that if you do then they will look like like a pony cat or something, plus cats don't actually look like that and you'r trying to make this realistic.

If you want, GO AHEAD. This is your imagination. However, for me, I like to avoid it, although a little variety is nice. Give a cat a colorful tinge (I've done it before)

This sorta limits creativity, this is a book where cats can talk, understand thinks at human intelligence, etc. Unnatural fur isn't gonna hurt anybody

3 Don't use star as a prefix

I feel like everyone should know this, I guess if you don't plane on the oc being leader its oki, but isn't it against the warrior code?

Okay, if you are going to do this, make them a rogue that used to be a warrior with the name Star'(something) that decided to keep their warrior name or something. Or make them a medicine cat. Though if they are a pure rogue or kittypet, go ahead, name them Star if you want.

I don't believe in "traditional naming," so go ahead, however, if the character will ever become leader, this may be problematic.

If you want to make a second Starkit's prophecy, use Starstar. But a tribe story makes it different. There was Star that Shines on Water! Go ahead, use it!

4 Sometimes a simple name (Leafpelt, Lionclaw, etc.) can be as good as complicated names (Hawkthunder, Darkfire, etc.)

Yeah, cause that you don't want to spend like, an hour, on a name. And if their name is complicated then then they will sound very special. It is okay to have a complicated name though.

Yeah, because simple names could mean simple on the outside, but complicated on the inside.

There is power in simplicity, and they can still be a complicated character on the inside.

Simple names can show more personality then a complex one can sometimes.

5 Don't make him/her involved in more than 3 prophecies

Yes! I started losing interest when characters were Mary Sues with no flaws and were destined to never fail, in any way. Precious writers don't ruin it for the people who will support your writing the most. Take time to build a beautiful, flawed character, make chapters and stories about how they overcome their mistakes. Or do the wrong thing in a situation and maturely brave the consequences.

Yeah, what if there was a cat that was in every single prophecy, they would be way to special to even be in the book, I mean, being in more than three prophecies is kinda like a power, a really overpowered power, and they have to be really good to be in just to be in one prophecy!

Prophecies are kinda overrated. Often they don't even matter until AFTER the thing the foretell has already happened.

If they are involved to much then they are overused.

6 A cat with a power is fine, but too much power will turn them to a Mary Sue

It's fun to try and come up with absurd and strange powers, the main thing you want to avoid is your character being able to steamroll through all their problems while using their powers.

Yeah, cause then if they have to much power and they're a good guy then they will be to predictable and if they're a bad guy then they will beat everybody' and the good guy is supposed to win. If the bad guy does win then it would be super boring. Nobody wants to read a book that is super boring.

Elemental powers are NOT fine. Elemental powers are OP and make an OC an instant Mary Sue.

No it wont. Too much power means some dumb people will hate your OC.

7 Don't use the word beautiful, pretty, perfect, etc. as a prefix or suffix

Read this story and I'll tell you everything wrong with it.

Perfectpaw is beautiful in every way. She's epic and she's kind ro everyone and so brave. Everyone loves her so much.

So, perfect paw can be beautiful, I guess, but you need to even it out! Maybe perfect Paw could be rude, or really insecure or she can't make friends or whatever. Ps, don't use the word Perfectpaw.

Not really. Beautiful cats exist, as humans do. Usually, try to make sure that 'beautiful' isn't their only trait. If they are perfect, maybe make them a bit 'ugly'. (to be honest ugly cats aren't that ugly.) I have an oc who is 'beautiful', but is sarcastic, rude, and defensive. You see the balance?

Yeah, cause then what if the cat gets badly injured or something. The other cats might get jealous if they have a name like that.

You know, Dappletail was "Once beautiful she-cat", and I think Princess was "pretty" at the characters. Yeah, this is fine, but no Prettyface please.

8 Don't use things cats don't know (galaxy, neon, etc) as a prefix or suffix

Yeah, because that the mom names the kit and the leader gives it its suffix and they can't name it something that they don't even know exists. They can be named anything if they are a kittypet though.

I have a cat named Sparrowwinter, but his clan had a bunch of former kittypets in it.

I have a cat named Dragonflower, but she was named after a helpful rouge that was once a kittypet

I have a cat named Speartalon, but he was named after a helpful rouge that was once a kittypet

Tigerstar's original name was actually Hammerclaw, but it was changed for this reason.

SkyClan is a exception. They have bunch of cats named Billystorm or Bellaleaf.

9 If you're making an evil cat, give them a backstory

This is totally true so here's the backstory of a evil oc of mine.

Bright, playful Pink kit is albino and very small but all she ever wanted is to be a med cat bc she finds it very hard to do some normal everyday tasks due to her disabilities. She tells the med cat Crystalsight. But once her apprentice ceremony comes Crystalsight ignores her and makes her brother Crowpaw med app! Pink paw is totally crushed and becomes an edgy, quiet cat and later becomes evil.

Please don't copy me! I'm begging you because this story is very new and it hasn't even been made into a fanfiction.

I had an OC named Halfdusk. She was evil. Wanna know why? She had an apprentice, Sandypaw, who just wasn't happy in RiverClan. Halfdusk wanted the best for Sandypaw, and encouraged her to do what made her happy. Sandypaw joined ThunderClan. A few moons later, there was a battle over sunningrocks. RiverClan won, but Sandypaw was dead. No one from RiverClan even cared, thinking that Sandypaw was a traitor. Only Halfdusk did. She was left to be miserable over a cat no one in her Clan even cared about, and then the misery turned to rage! Those heartless cats! She is on a quest to cause the downfall of RiverClan. And her best friend, the cat who killed Sandypaw, was going to be the first to be attacked.

I sorta agree, but if you're writing a more humorous story with a more humorous villain, it works well to just give the villain a really goofy motive.

You don't just wake up and say you want to be evil. There needs to be an underlying issue.

10 Don’t copy a canon character from the books

This is a fairly obvious one, they're called original characters after all. It's good to take inspiration, maybe borrow a few aspects from characters you like, but you should also try and make the character your own.

If your're trying to make an original character, then don't make seem like to much of the cats, if you want make it a mix of a few cats, Or just make you're own original character. For example, My oc, let's say, Flamelight she is a mix between Hollyleaf And Mapleshade, but I'm not gonna make her to much like them, and let it go overboard am I, just use a few traits from the characters, and stop to make you're own

Do mixing few characters, but who will read a fanfic about another kittypet who wanders a forest and save the world?

That's just copying.

The Contenders
11 Don't make them overpowered

Like I said before, if a character never struggles with anything, they're less interesting to read about.

People will just ignore you.

12 Give him/her a name that matches their personality and physical look

Can you imagine a cat named Snowclaw who is plain black, or a cat named Flamestrike who is a peaceful meddie?

This is kind of a good rule.

13 Don't be afraid to be unrealistic

This is something I think more of the fandom needs to hear, there's no harm in dipping into the fantasy aspect of warrior cats a little. So long as your character is still written well, what's the problem?

There should be some reason to do that. Like, "They are special" isn't an excuse. Albino cats by DNA? Dyed kittypet? Was an accident? There must be a reason, or you'll get bunch of comments screaming "Cats aren't pink, stupid". Even that you think that it is fine, but some don't.

Yeah! After all, this is Warrior Cats, a book where cats can talk and they make up their own clans and names and have their own naming system and StarClan, human intelligence and can use medicine.

I believe that it's fine to be unrealistic. Seriously, I have a white cat with dark red splotches and their my most developed character.

14 Don't make him/her have a super long name (Butterflysparkle, Marigoldpetal, etc.)

This is a small thing, but I agree with it. It's good to have a name that rolls off the younger nicely and isn't a chore to read or pronounce.

Yeah, cause then it might be really hard to remember or pronounce, plus you might accidentally misspell it.

I used to think that they had 3 parts before I read the series. Like, "Poppyheartpaw", Poppyheartpelt".

Who cares about the name!?

15 Don’t make them the leader unless they have real leadership qualities

Ok, I am making a fan fiction about how my clan Oakclan was made and one of the characters ens up being leader. But this cat does possess leadership quality's. This also goes for active leaders. Don't make them suck at their job and make the protagonist do the leading.

I am not qualified for leader.

A leader without leadership qualities is like a medicine cat without medicine cat skills

16 Don't use moon, sun, or other symbolic things for the cats

There are ZERO, ZERO naming rules in warrior cats, just so everyone knows. It's like saying you aren't allowed to name your kid...Tree. You can named anyone whatever you want, and please don't listen to the people who think otherwise! :3 Warriors is very unrealistic anyways...but we still love it!

I don't remember Sun being an illegal name, the "Moon is a bad suffix/prefix because" rule has never been used, and Traditional Naming is a fan concept.

Traditional naming is a fan concept. Unless it's star(Suffix), Silverpelt or Mythical creatures, you shouldn't limit other's creativity because you don't like the name.

If it's your own AU, and the cats don't have as much respect for the moon or sun, you can have a cat named Moonheart or Sunstrike, but that's the only time.

17 Be original

Another fairly obvious one.

Like a comment from before said, don't copy a main character even a character that wasn't important

Oc = original character

18 Be creative with colors and patterns

It's also good to be creative with proportions and shape. As a basic character design principle, you should be able to pick out your character in a crowd and recognize them via silhouette.

Yes, my OC Birch'flight has well, birch tree colouring! her underbelly, back legs, and tail are the part of a birch under the bark. the rest is white and black striped!

Cats can have hearts and other shapes on them, stop saying it's impossible in cats.

That's probably the best part about making OCs: just being creative and having fun.

19 Don't give him/her accessories (collars, earrings, bracelets, etc.)

Well, give 'em a collar if they're a kittypet, but let's say you give your oc earrings and a necklace...

Yeah, cause then everybody will think they are kittypets. You can only give them collars if they are in bloodclan or is a kittypet.

Have you ever seen a cat with earrings?!?

20 Give them a few scars and injuries, but don't go overboard

They had to get a few scratches from somewhere or else they wouldn't look like a warrior.

Imagine a cat with no legs, torn ears and a ripped tail.

21 If you're making a mean OC, make sure they actually care about something

YES! Otherwise, they don't seem real and have no real character.

Mhm! Characters always have something to care about, even if they're evil.

Or their personality is just one-dimensional.

If they don't then whats their motive?

22 Be creative

Be creative and seek advice

Natural pelts work wonders, unatural pelts cause well trouble. Purple cats don't exist so stop making your cats purple if anything make a really gray purple so it looks more natural. Lavender eyes are okay but red eyes don't exist, it makes the character to edgy. Powers can be added if the prophecy calls for it, but no magic, its to unrealistic. Maybe something like can read minds or can put a thought into a cat's head, mind manipulation crap. Scars and injuries are great to add! It makes your character look tough and can even give them disadvantages. Your cats skills should not be all 10/10, your character needs specific skills their good at, if they're a medicine cat then make them bad at fighting and really good at medicine stuffs. Leaders cannot be young cats, its to unreasonable for a previous leader to choose a newly made warrior as the deputy. My cats are all older than 30 moons and leaders are typically older than 70 moons. hope this helps&

It's your OC. Do what only you can do.

23 Give them a not too sad backstory

Okay I'm going to give you a sad backstory and point out what's wrong with it

Once upon a time, Dawnpaw went on a walk with her mentor, family, and leader. They ran into BloodClan and they were all killed except Dawnpaw.

Okay, first of all, how would your mentor, family and leader all die! Sure, maybe one of those people. But why her entire family! And why would they go so close to BloodClan! Make it logical, too. It's okay to be tragic just not that tragic

Is having her be an escaped lab cat a good backstory?

24 Don't be afraid to be creative with names

There are no set names for cats. I'm not saying name a warrior Lilly or Perfect. Stick to the normal prefix'suffix names but don't just name your oc Dark'fur. Instead call it something like Dusk'Stripe or instead of Swift'Heart name them Rabbit'Leap (Since rabbits are pretty fast.)

25 Don't use weird suffixes like Grayscale or Margoildpath

Just be simple

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