Today, I posted a short one-shot on Fanfiction.net. In my author's note, I mentioned how sick I was of seeing OC-centered stories clogging up the RWBY section. I received a review from another author on the site who pretty much explained my beef with them in a comprehensive analysis. An analysis I would like to share with you guys. x Dear KineticKaiser, This story is quite amusing. I do share some of your grievances, and thank you for producing a bit more about the actual characters. The situation here in this section is a bit exaggerate, but mostly due to circumstances. Barring the fact this is at all, a place where, as fond as I am of it, is still open to the lowest common denominator. The design of RWBY itself invites the creation of original characters, same as other sections in Anime. A world where highly individual characters get an opportunity to fight monsters with personally designed weapons? An open invitation. Combined with the slow moving plot due to Rooster Teeth's budgetary limitations, it's no wonder that this section has been glutted with self-indulgent fantasy designs parroting what little of the main plot people know, without any attempt to innovate. Some people just don't have the drive to do something different. That said, my issue isn't so much with the existence of an OC in itself. In my opinion, anything can be done well enough, so long as you try. But the fact of the matter is that, as with all OC fics, it's a combination of bad implementation and bad technical skill. Most writers simply just don't take the time to really think out and consider the nuances of a RWBY design. You can write a bad character and still have a readable story. It doesn't actually make it good, but at least you could fools someone, but forcing someone to read a badly written story about a badly designed character? Yeah. The main problem is the sheer uniform blandness of every design that makes the fics here so horrendous. They're literally all the same. Same back story (MY HUNTER PARENTS AND VILLAGE ARE DEAAAAAAAD), same outfitting (The hoods, the hoods... - Kurtz), same personality (They're serious, but they're also nice. They're arrogant but they're also kind. Uh huh.), and probably the worst is their hackneyed attempts at romance. As if they literally cannot conceive a purpose for their designs than to be in the presence of a female. They can't write good fight scenes and they can't write good character interaction, with their boring OCs. Also, their weapons are boring. Again, the lack of awareness of intricacy of RWBY, with no care taken to the use of recoil in their weapons... (And as an aside to any other person reading this, what is this fascination with Assassin's Creed and RWBY? I don't even see where the two intersect. Do they understand the basic definition of the profession of Assassination? It's not a heroic past time. It's a employed MURDER. You know, killing people? Not actual day to day fighting? Besides that, has anyone actually considered the effectiveness of using a thin, narrow blade only a few inches long used for covert murder against a rampaging several hundred pound package of snarling raving hard armor, teeth and claws?) In the end, it's not so much that they're OCs as that they're a symptom of a story that serves only to be an indulgent fantasy for the author's sake, not the reader's. Of course, it's the same with any number of sections in Anime. It's the same in Infinite Stratos or Negima, so it's nothing particularly new. It's just worse here. It's just a matter of caring enough to make sure you do better yourself, especially since the lowest common denominator is so quantifiable. The 10% worth dying for, after all. Thus concludes my report, Professor. Sincerely, Person With Many Aliases x My purpose in posting this is not to attack anyone here (because I haven't read any of your guys' OC stories), or to act as a jab at anyone who writes OC-centered stories. I just really liked this review and felt like sharing it here.