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CE - Breaking Canon AlternateWe’ve covered “Breaking Canon” in a previous article, but this time around, we’re aiming to delve further into what actually breaks Canon, ranging around various series. We’ll start with G1, work our way through RiD, TFA, and finally end with Prime.
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In G1, it may seem pretty difficult to break Canon, as the Canon includes such things as dragons, (some degrees of) magic, human-to-Cybertronian changes (and vice versa, in later series). However, when creating a G1 OC, one still has to keep them within the boundaries of this (admittedly wacky) series.
For example, an OC with a dragon alt mode (i.e.: Dragonsbane, see header) is plausible, but it must still be done right. The one Canon dragon (episode “A Decepticon in King Arthur’s Court”) lived in the Dark Ages, and as none are shown in modern times (the 1980s), it’s safe to assume they went extinct/are otherwise hidden. So simply scanning a living dragon for an alt mode is
CE - TechorganicsIn varying series, and in varying degrees, technorganics are TF Canon.
There was Autobot X/Spike in G1, the majority of Beast Wars, and Sari in TFA. Techorganics are pretty common in all sorts of media, as well, and can be horrendously badass and terrifying - the Borg of Star Trek, anyone? Unfortunately, many of the techorganic OCs this blog is shown (being TF specific) aren’t done very well, and I’d like to go over why.
Right away, there’s the issue of copying Canon, especially in a TFA setting. Because Sari is the only techorganic of her type in the series, she is the exception, not the rule, and creating an OC just like her is breaking Canon.
TFA is a world of strange - human villains that actually pose threats to TFs, pretty princess villains that ride unicorns, corrosive villains that terrify even Grimlock, etc. It isn’t a horrible stretch to create a technorganic through an encounter with an Allspark shard or something. But when you copy a Canon, it shows
CE - Suspension of DisbeliefWhat is ‘suspension of disbelief’? Coined by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1817, and it is a willingness to believe the unbelievable - a sacrifice of realism and logic for the sake of enjoyment. Is it used often? Damned straight.
Every story, from medieval tales of dragons and wizards to modern tales of superheroes and deep-space travel utilizes the suspension of disbelief. In each one, the reader/viewer knows at heart that what they are watching could never be true….and yet, they watch/read it anyway, and push aside normal logic and realism in favor of enjoying the story. What does this have to do with the TF universe? Everything, really.
Every OC - every fanfiction - is written with suspension of disbelief, whether the creators intend to or not. Creators want to make their OC’s unique, and special, to catch the public’s eye. But this plan goes awry if the suspension of disbelief is broken. Why? Without it, readers/viewers can only see the OC for their flaw
CE - Profiles Long and ShortWriting profiles for a character can be pretty tricky business and depending on what the character is going to be used for, the creators may find themselves having to rewrite them over and over again to make them fit. The most common reason might be retro fitting a specific character to be integrated into a certain role-play or series. This can take a lot of time and effort on the creator’s part and often it’s not done correctly or the character ends up changing too much or too little. Not to mention that you might be forced to write a most compact version of a longer, much more detailed profile. Thus making is hard to try to squish down the information to make it easier to read without compromising the character.
So how exactly do we solve these issues?
Easy, you write both a short and a long version. Essentially, you’re creating two kinds for two different uses. The compact version is of course the “easy read” type you would be using for role-plays or fo
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