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(NOTE: I'm not gonna finish the last note I began writing because, frankly... I dunno. I just don't want to. Anyway... LISTEN UP!)

LISTEN UP IF YOU HAVE MADE AN OC FOR HETALIA!
I've got some favors to ask.

1)PLEASE GOT TAKE A MARY SUE TEST FOR YOUR CHARACTER. Please. Seriously. I've run into a lot of Sues, though I'm glad to also find non-sues. So, seriously. GO FREAKING TAKE A MARY-SUE TEST RIGHT NOW.

2) WHEN DRAWING YOUR CHARACTER: I don't care if you're a crappy illustrator or not, PUT EFFORT INTO IT! Seriously, I've found some OC's on facebook that are so badly drawn I didn't even know it was a person, and the admin was all like "oh i just didn't want to work too long on it". I mentally slapped this person!

3) WHEN DESIGNING YOUR HETALIA CHARACTER (part one): I have found some OC's for other countries that have completely western (Americanized) names. Once I even found a Mongolia with the name "Robert Stevens". The page is gone now, but seriously! WHAT THE HECK!? Anyway...

4) WHEN DESINGING YOUR HETALIA CHARACTER (part two): If you have noticed, all the canon Hetalia characters in existence have specialized clothing. This is either a military uniform for the country, a traditional outfit from said country, or something people from country may wear often or have worn in the past.

Examples of this include:
England, Japan, Germany, Italy, China, Bulgaria, Canada, Poland, Prussia, Switzerland Spain, Romano, the Nordics, the Baltics, etc - these characters wear military uniforms, and it's fairly obvious that they do. (Is France in a military uniform? I haven't taken the time to look.)

Austria, Hungary, Belarus, Ukraine, Belgium, Chibitalia, Chibiromano, etc. - these characters wear traditional outfits and/or outfits from the past. EX: Austria in his long coat and fluffy scarf thing, Hungary in her dress (which she also dresses Italy in),  Belgium in her dress, etc.

America wears, over his military uniform, an airforce-looking-jacket with the star on it. Russia has a long coat and scarf because it's cold, and also has a soviet medal.

You should at least TRY to look up traditional and/or military clothing for the country you're designing. (NOTE: If your OC is a state for America or another country, this may not apply to you. Unless you have an Alaska with an Inuit (aka Eskimo, in case some of you are confused (and/or ignorant) parka, or a Texas with a cowboy/girl outfit, or a previosuly-confederate state with a confederate outfit on.)

So SERIOUSLY. I was looking at other Slovakia OCs and one was wearing completely American clothing. Again with the Robert Stevens Mongolia thing. My friend :iconmeiwatashi: and I have given at least an attempt with our OCs.

I'm part Cherokee, so I've learned about my heritage, so I knew I had to give a Cherokee name like "Ahyoka Sixkiller" to her and she had to be wearing Native American clothing (though it looks semi-white-manish clothing because the Cherokees tried to embrace the white man's culture to become accepted. Long story.)

My OC for Slovakia at least HAS a Slovakian name and is wears traditional Slovakian kroje. (That's the right term for it, I hope. I think kroj is singular, and kroje is plural, right? I dunno.)

My OC for Oklahoma has the last name Bonnefoy-Jones BECAUSE America was given the Oklahoma territory in the Louisiana Purchase, from FRANCE. Her name is Alva because that's a small town in OK, but I won't criticize you if you don't have a state OC named after a small town. She wears American clothing.

5) LET'S GET REAL HERE, PEOPLE. I've seen OC's for Antarctica, the Atlantic Ocean, the Baltic Sea, all sorts of bodies of water. I can see Antarctica maybe wearing a parka because it's SUPER FREAKING COLD and/or a lab coat because the only people there are scientists. But the oceans? No. Sorry to be hatin, guys, but having an OC for an ocean/river/bay/lake/stream/sea/gulf/strait/whateverotherbodyofwater isn't exactly... plausible. There are no people who live in the ocean, so how would you create a personality for an ocean? Decide the name? Choose a wardrobe? Sigh.

Anyway, that's all.

So, seriously. I've said that a lot. I say "seriously" a lot. I seriously need to think of a new word. Seriously. Anyway, yeah. Take into account the heritage and history of a country/region before making a Hetalia character for it.

I'm done ranting. Feel free to comment.
  • Mood: Movingon
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DaringSquishyCactus Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
I did a test and it says she's well balanced.Though when reading this the only problem I have is the landmass doesn't actually exist :/
(But I made a history for it and everything XD)Well that's all I guess
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fluffyrussiacat262 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Student General Artist
MARY SURE CHECK if that's ok... i made an oc for florida. history: around the time florida was first inhabited, when a tribe of paleo-indians found her as a little girl, they named her devagana, and there she learned how to fend for herself. when spain discovered and technically claimed florida for his own, the name adelina was given to her. her left foot was scalded durring the attack of st augustine, and still slightly is, she was also injured during the first seminole war, which was around the time america took her in and gave her the name sylvia. she usually just wears a white t-shirt and jeans, with a light brown cardigan spain gave her. she's usually relatively sweet, but does have a bit of a temper, and she can sometimes be clumsy. she's not that much of an outgoing person, and is really shy. she's good at gardening/growing plants, fruit, ect (because of her being the place where 80% of america's citrus come from, and from when pasce de leon found her, he gave her the nickname pascua florida, meaning feast of flowers) and she has a pet lizard named ani. and she is nothing like me at all. mary sue or no? the test i took said it was ok, but i want your opinion.
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colornight Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
MARY-SUE CHECK okay i have an oc for the state of Maryland(Dylan Westminster fixer) he has black hair and blueish grey eyes.wheres the regular t-shirt and converse and tall. has a burn mark on his right hand which represents the great Baltimore fire(yeah it was enough to burn him it lasted 31 hours and leveled 1,500 houses).He is very good at science stuff 
(a lot of inventions were born there including the first microscope) and likes to keep to himself making him not as known as outgoing states Texas,New York,California ETC.also has a Baltimore oriole (bird! not baseball team, bird) named maria.Mary-sue *click click*or nah
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pandaday12 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I wonder, what is your opinion on people who make up their own countries?
I made my own country up for my OC because I had figured out a name but no country seemed to fit her so I made my own. I have the history historically accurate and I found a picture online since I can't draw that well on computers or tablets. If you could, would you mind reviewing my OC sometime?
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AustrianArtemis Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Making up your own country is fine! As long as the country isn't a Mary sue character and the history makes sense within the geographical region you've put it in. 
As for not drawing well, I understand. Not everyone can draw on a computer! However I definitely should say you should use your own art or someone else's requested or commissioned art and not just an online picture, as that art belongs to somebody else.
And I will also say this: you took the correct route in creating a 'new country' for your OC rather than assigning a real country that doesn't have a canon design and sticking your OC's personality on it. I cannot stand that because it is disrespectful to the nation the character has been slapped on to. This is because the character wasn't designed for the nation and will probably not display the correct aspects of the nation's culture and attitude towards other nations. Anyone who does this automatically has not created the correct kind of Hetalia OC. So, props on just making your own nation. XD
I wouldn't mind! Though I gotta be honest, I will probably be very blunt with my review.
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pandaday12 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I do not mind blunt criticism and I mainly want observations so I can make it so my OC is not a Mary-Sue which I believe she is not. Is there a lay out you have that I could use for the review?
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AustrianArtemis Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm... send me a note filled out with this:
And include a history of the country, and how she lives with the nations around her.
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deathgirlmorgaine Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Working on an OC.. Wavy hair exactly like Nyo!2P!America and orange eyes.. some German place I can't spell.. her human name is Tetrina. She is a 2P version of my Spanish OC Melitza, who's heart was broken by Germany... and Tetrina is w/ 2P!Germany.. Already wrote a readers on them.. attempting to draw her
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AustrianArtemis Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll be honest, here... this doesn't sound like a very well thought-out OC. With work it could be a good one, but I'm a little confused. Knowing the name of the place you're making an OC for is definitely a priority, it should probably be the number-one priority. Also, the 2p version of a Spanish OC would still be Spanish, and not German... much like 2p!Italy is not Swedish, for example. Also, out of curiosity, what sort of cultural relations do your OCs have with Germany to warrant their affections and heartbreak?
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Rainbowbutterflygal Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student General Artist
I just made an Alaska OC, and I have a question. Although I have found some names which sound traditionally Alaskan, my research says that Alaskans actually use American-sounding names. I'm stuck, I named her Alexis Smith but now I'm not so sure....
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