I kinda want your opinion on something. Back in 2014 I was in the RP community for a fandom that got toxic fast. Not much was revealed about the character I was playing except that he was malevolent. What I did was basically create a bunch of characters and lore to explain who he was and why. Eventually I was chased out of the fandom for him being a ‘problematic’ character. I love writing for him, and I want to convert him into an OC by switching his name and appearance. Would that be stealing?

Not at all. If you created a detailed backstory for him and a host of other characters for him to interact with, that version of him is as much your character as he is a fandom character. You can easily make alterations to him, re-writing or excising the parts that identify him as a fandom character, and then complete your story as an original piece, if you so choose.

And there’s no real shame in starting an idea from a fannish place. Fanfiction in general has existed for a lot longer than people think. Virgil’s Aeneid (written from 29 to 19 BCE) is basically a POV fic of a minor character in Homer’s Illiad (circa 8th century BCE).

Also, villains are awesome! Of course, they’re gonna be “problematic”! They’re usually the source of the hero’s issues and give everybody nothing but trouble!

Long story short: Do your own thing, honey, and let me know how it goes. From what you told me, it sounds like it’ll be awesome. 🙂

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Mostly, I write stuff. And, like the Egyptians and the Internet, I put cat pictures on my walls. Also, I can read your Tarot.