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Guide to Touhou OC Creation: Backstory ADDENDUM by Kigurou-Enkou Guide to Touhou OC Creation: Backstory ADDENDUM by Kigurou-Enkou
This Guide is made as an Addendum to :iconspaztique:'s Guide here: [link] GO READ IT AND MAKE UP YOUR MIND, SILLYHEADS! x3

But yes, this Guide is mostly focusing on backstory. If there is anything you want me to add and address, I'll put them right here.

Notes:

-There are plenty other reasons why you could make a backstory, but the three stated ones are the ones I feel are the safest.
-The rules for writing backstories CAN be broken, but remember: Only do so if you know why it's in place
-Don't give too much detail, your audience would be bored to death if you do. Just put in the extremely important details.

Nadia Su, Trevor Chase, Chouko Sora and Jack Diehard belong to Spaztique himself.

Kurisu belongs to :iconwatcherccg:

Seth belongs to :iconsethb1:
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HobbitTerraria15 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not exactly a true backstory since I've already released most of it, but whatever.

A crow tengu dismissed from the Tengu army for good along with Momiji, due to rising tensions in Gensokyo (HM never happened in this universe), and the Tengu Army ain't taking no shit. They've completely dismissed almost half their warriors and are intensely training the others. The released cause major havoc all over gensokyo, causing more and more tension.

But going back to our mutual "friend" here, he was one of the dismissed, and tried drinking his worries away. He went to the wrong bar. Dead things happened. He survived, but barely. Suika finds him, takes him to the hakurei shrine. Story starts. Note this is a loose gap between then and this, and will be prone to changes, likely big ones. I just want to see if this is a good starting place.
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GrayscaleCanvas Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Hmm... how's this:
A selfish child with danger-detecting abilities is given the task of being the village watch; he refuses. His negligence causes the village to be destroyed. Feeling guilty, he leaves the ruined village. Few years later, he meets up with a girl he likes. They promise to protect each other. They get attacked by youkai. The boy has nothing to attack them with; he is frozen in fear. The girl sacrifices herself to protect him. She dies, he runs off. Present day, the boy spends most (if not all) of his time helping others, never going back on his word, but at the same time socially alienating himself. He also gains a unhealthy fear of youkai thus conflicting with his "assist anyone" behavior. His goal in life is to be a major asset to those around him. His thoughts of redemption gave him the strengths loyalty and determination and the weaknesses recklessness and low self-esteem. It also gets at him pretty badly whenever people refer to him as a burden, liability, etc..
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Kigurou-Enkou Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Writer
While the idea concept is cool...I'm a bit disturbed by the Trauma Conga Line O_o
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GrayscaleCanvas Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Perhaps this then:
I'll put the two together to make one past event. The girl mentioned before is one of the villagers, the only one the boy actually respects. The other villagers believed that he and his family were a curse. The majority of the boy's family (himself included) can sense approaching danger. When he became the last living member, the village forced him to become their lookout. He refuses and leaves for a bit. He comes back and notices that the village has been attacked by youkai. The only one left alive was the girl trying to fend them off. Unable to do anything, the boy stands there frozen in fear. The girl could not get rid of the youkai; she gets killed. The boy runs off barely escaping with his life. Time passes; it is the present, the information mentioned before has not changed.
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GrayscaleCanvas Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Oh dear, too much?
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minikimkim Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Student Artist
Are these okay:

My OC (No name yet) had a goddess's protection and went to Gensokyo with her when the goddess never had much faith.

My other OC was accidentally gapped to Gensokyo by Yukari.
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Kigurou-Enkou Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Student Writer
The first one is a clear Sanae ripoff, the second one is a clear Gappy formula

I...I don't even know what you WANT me to say ._.
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minikimkim Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student Artist
If I were myself, I'd stick to the gappy formula due to one reason. Because sometimes it is accidental, and other times, it is for a reason. (PS the first one I made up, she really is able to manipulate the boundries and was born in Gensokyo.)
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flandre495 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
I have a Touhou OC called Menazashi, her backstory includes things like "her parents were murdered by a fuqing insane Taoist priest" and "she killed this guy out of impulse because he was a Taoist priest". Is it okay to include such things in a character's backstory?
I mean, she has a legit personality and such, but I'm afraid if the community would go all "OMG IS MARY SUE!!!!!111!1one111!11eleven" because she had a bad past.
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Kigurou-Enkou Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student Writer
It depends. It's cliched, but it could work depending on what else you planned for Menazashi. Does this event contribute to her character now?
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flandre495 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, it's the reason why she's a total grouch.
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Kigurou-Enkou Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student Writer
I-is that it...?
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flandre495 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, not exactly, she also dislikes Taoist priests, apparently hates talking about her family, is mildly demophobic and Ami Onohara is her greatest enemy of all time.
Not to mention jiang shis tend to keep a distance from her.
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Kigurou-Enkou Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student Writer
Okay...how does this hinder her in a fight or the story, whatever you've planned?
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flandre495 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, her shut-in attitude means she usually doesn't want to fight unless in a desperate situation.
Note that generally after a battle with a boss character in Touhou, the boss's clothes appear slightly ripped and she looks somewhat dusty. But in the case of Menazashi, when she faces the final boss in the Touhou fangame fanfic it's her clothes that get ripped, not the boss's. Well, it comes to show that Menazashi never fights seriously, and that's one of her in-combat weaknesses.
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Kigurou-Enkou Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student Writer
Hmm, that's fine. But I'm still wondering about all the hate she harbors because of the aforementioned backstory. Does that inhibit her during fights as well?
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RaikonLance Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Every character needs a backstory, no one plops from heaven. Even if your story doesn't revolve around your character's backstory, he should have one. I think this guide oversimplifies the matter and it sounds like you're saying "A character has to be important to have a backstory."

Oh, and Yukari, people should stop using her as an explaination for Outsiders in Gensokyo. There are so many ways to get to Gensokyo, why do all people always say "Yukari"? It's boring already.
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Kigurou-Enkou Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student Writer
1. Not really. I think what you mean is background. Backstory is just a dramatized background meant to explain the plot or the characters. All characters need a background to know where they came from, but not all need a backstory to be great.

2. Gappy Sues/Stus, hint hint! But to be fair, as boring as it is, it's not bad in and of itself; newer fabrics have proved this. As for my own OCs, they only needed Yukari's help because they intended to start a youkai protection organization.
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RaikonLance Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
1. To me those words sound like they're the same thing, but thanks for clearing up what you mean.

2. I just think people should think of more ways than that. Yumemi managed to build a ship to invade Gensokyo, Mamizou just traveled over the ocean, lots of people can enter from Muenzuka, you can cross Sanzu River and the list goes on. I don't think it's a bad way, but I'm pretty sure a lot of these people who use Yukari do it because they're too lazy to think of something else.
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deadturtle1 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
2. Thinking about it, I know not one OC who enters Gensokyo via Yukari that I end up liking. Just sayin'.
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RaikonLance Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
If it would be conform to the Japanese Legend of Spiriting away, it wouldn't be too bad actually, no one does it though, it's usually just lolgap~
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Kigurou-Enkou Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student Writer
2. I completely understand. I'm just saying that for the small percentage of not-lazy people who do that method generally do give the idea justice.
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ImprovmanZero Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If the character is supposed to be slightly paranoid and mistrusting due to part of the back-story, would it be a mistake for them to go out of their way to avoid giving it? Or would that lead to too much confusion?
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Kigurou-Enkou Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Writer
Um, what do you mean?
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ImprovmanZero Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Basically due to events in the characters past he has developed, a mentality that allowing others to help him is admitting weakness. The plan it to over the course of the story have him learn to rely on others more and manipulation less. But given the distrust a person like this would have I'm not sure how to naturally get a back-story out without sounding forced.
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Kigurou-Enkou Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Writer
Well...after he starts trusting in a lot of people, I guess one of them could question why he was so distrusting before, and then he spills the beans.
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ImprovmanZero Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks that is way better then what I was planing.
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Rumiflan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Miss Enkou, I want to say something, even though it can sound and look completely stupid: I wanted to insert Ira's friend's backstories in order to avoid plot holes, but now I think that I should think better... I already showed, how Ira got sealed and how she met Komeiji sisters, and I want to show, how she met Suika. After reading the whole thing + description, I started to think: Should I do this or not..? I'm planning to show Ira's character in the normal story, and I'm not going to make her wangst, but I'm still not sure... Am I going to regret adding Suika's story?
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rhythmfanart Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Well, this isn't Touhou, but...
My Original-Character-From-My-Original-Series Kao has a sad backstory but also a personality. And she barely has any Wangst. She just became painfully shy as a result of Break The Cutie and will run away and burst into tears every time her past is brought up. But her friends give her hope, so she's not all sad and lonely like many Wangsty characters. The only catch: She's only nine/ten years old.
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Kigurou-Enkou Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student Writer
So that's not THAT bad. At least she's not another nine/ten year old brat who wangsts every time because his mom is dead....
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rhythmfanart Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
yay!
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Savato93 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
My OC, Luke, grew up with a behavioral disorder and was very distant from others. As he got older, the few friends he'd made had moved on with their lives, while he was simply too rooted in his NEET-like lifestyle to do the same, leaving him a very lonely person. He also learned early on in life that stupid decisions can get you killed, and beats himself up whenever he forgets about it.

Does this sound like a decent OC?
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Kigurou-Enkou Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Writer
For starters, yeah. How does this affect him in the present story?
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Savato93 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
For the antisocial part of his backstory, when he finds someone that he begins to trust as, at the very least, an ally, he starts to cling to them out of the fear of being left to himself again. However, being an outsider, he's a walking trouble magnet, and this causes the people he's clinging to to see him as a pain in the ass and push him away.

And for the life lesson... well, Marisa shows up to steal his stuff, but he gets the upper hand and takes away her Hakkero. He acts without thinking and tries to use it, and ends up blasting himself all the way into Yuuka's territory, drawing Yukari to his position (in my story, Yuuka hates Yukari because of how much she trolls people). This bites him in the ass when Yuuka decides to track him down and nearly kills him, while causing a lot of grief for other characters at the same time.
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Kigurou-Enkou Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Writer
Sounds really good! I like it!

But now the next step is this: Show, Don't Tell.
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vectorRide Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I've probably said something like this before, but if the character has so much back story, maybe that should instead become the story.

Example: Air Blade (My original Story)
Character: Katie Avril
I wanted to explain why someone who is normally has strong values could steal back items thieves stole from people. This ability is completely inconsistent with her values and current environment (living with parents and uncle lives with them...).
To start to explain this, I had to put her on the streets, like homeless. But this adds a new problem, would her family let her do it? No.
So I had to create a natural disaster (hurricane) that flooded where she lives... lost her parents (missing, presumed dead, but not confirmed). And now she was rescuded by her hero on a flying surf board like from Eureka 7. She gets dropped off on a crane...
She becomes afraid of water, loses her fear of heights, can explain her athletic prowess and now has an explanation of why she was on the streets.
Now I can play with her needs (the need to eat) outweighing her normal values... and force her to break them, in order to eat.
While this is back story, it MIGHT AS WELL be made a FULL Story or series.

I'm using this as an example... please to copy and steal it. :P
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Kigurou-Enkou Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student Writer
Ah, I see....
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MiniWitch3 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, not that backstories are evil (I'm one to talk), it's good to make these stories quick and to the point. We don't need every single detail, nor too much detail just to make the character look awesome. Yes, they do explain things about the character without causing too much confusion, plot holes, and mid plot explanations, but too much story bores the reader. I wouldn't want to listen about a character's life story if all I wanted to know was how they got something like a scar. So, all in all, an OC can have a backstory for the reader to understand and sympathize for him/her, but too much detail bores the reader. Only explain the important parts of the character, but don't make up stuff too much stuff to make the character look awesome, tragic, evil, heroic, etc.
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Kigurou-Enkou Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student Writer
Yep! I'm adding those the description.
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Yavinus Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Well, my OC Camila HAS a sad story.She was humiliated by a group of vampire and was frecuently confused for one (because of her bat wings) and humans hunted her for it, but she is not the person who whines all the time for that .In fact, seldom she talks people about her life and preferred to keep within in silence.

Also, there is one more thing that people frequently fail and its about the powers of they OCs. In my case, i prefer to put a character a simple power (Camila has domain over the wind) that put a extremely and complicated power as and excuse to posibilee beat out the canon charcters like nothing.
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Kigurou-Enkou Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student Writer
Yep, yep, aaaaand yep!
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Yavinus Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Also could be worse, you can also leave a nebula in the field of power so his powers to take the appropriate skill at the right time or not make it clear where they come from. There are examples out there that would put to shame a writer with a minimum of coherence *coughTITEKUBOWITHHISRETCONSWANDKISHIMOTOWITHSHARINGANcough*
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Kigurou-Enkou Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student Writer
D:
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Tachola Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Regarding your 2/3rd panel, your ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.
I mean, don't get me wrong, this whole comic is screaming "right", but those panels really stuck out to me because big name characters from big name series' *cough*CLOUD FROM FINAL FANTASY*cough*
ALWAYS fall into the "sad back story" trap.

And don't get me wrong, I loveeeeeee sad back stories. I think they're the most interesting.
The part that frustrates me, that you cleverly analyzed, is that the characters NEVER. GET. OVER. IT.

HOOOOOOLY SHIET.

Alright! I get it that your whole family died from a nuclear attack from Mars! It's been 5 YEARS from that! You can stop having flashbacks and having people have a pity party for you!

Sorry about that rant, it's just that has always got on my nerves. Thank you for this reply to Spaz's comic ;)
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seeker3218 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally someone mentions that douche.

"Brooding gains you nothing." -Exdeath, Dissidia Final Fantasy
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Kigurou-Enkou Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student Writer
Oh yes, CLOUD. I was tempted to mention that twit =~=

How is it that a kid's show showed someone having a traumatic backstory enough and getting it over easily THAN OTHER PEOPLE?!
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seeker3218 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So, the backstory is for exposition? Well, basically, how the characters acts in the present is how a character is to be liked or hated, right?
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Kigurou-Enkou Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student Writer
Exactly. As Spaz said, even though Adolf Hitler had a sympathetic backstory, he is not sympathetic because of his actions in World War 2, for example.
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seeker3218 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So, adding to that, does Newton's Third Law of Motion, "For every action, there's always an equal and opposite reaction" apply to OCs?
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Kigurou-Enkou Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student Writer
Pretty much xD
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