Written by pawface :
Hi, Pawface here.
This is a message Windhowler has requested me to post
on the Lion King Source News, regarding moderation of Fan Characters . . .
Hello Lion King Source!
It has been brought to moderators' attention that a number of fan characters (both old and new) have a few elements included in their bios which don't comply with rules.
It is unclear whether the unsuitable content was allowed by accident or was added by the character creators after approval; but as the majority of these issues are quite minor, rather than deactivate these characters I would instead like to ask creators if they could possibly look through their characters to double-check they fit all the below requirements.
Many thanks in advance!
Note: All following text in bold font are the official rules - messages in italic font are additional notes, for clarification or tips/examples.
Your characters have to be complete.
- A headshot for the small icon.
It has to represent the head of your character.-
Examples - An ideal headshot shows as little of the rest of the character's body as possible and does not feature another character's head.
- A"detailed" image, it means that you have to represent the entire body of your character, including legs, tail, paws,etc.-
Example of a ideal detail image, showing the character's whole body, and what is not acceptable.
- If a tiny bit of the character is not in the picture (for example, the tip of their tail, ears or nose), this is acceptable, as long as it is fairly obvious that there are no markings/features being hidden. Even if one whole paw is completely obscured (hidden in grass, for instance), this is not a big issue; keep in mind, however, that showing all aspects of your character's design is always a great help to members who wish to draw/render your character, or describe it in a fanfic.
- A long enough description (At least 15 lines) with these informations -
- Species (if animal)
- History (at least 5 lines long)
- Relation with the movie (with one or more characters of the site's movie)
- A link with at least one character from the movie. -
Living on the same place than an official character isn't enough for your character to be activated. However, being friends, enemies, child or parent to an official character will be accepted. This is the most important point of a character on the site. It has to be a fan character, not an original character. The relation with the movie has to be strong.
- Alternate Universe characters are not allowed -
Your character can be introduced without taking part of importants events of the movie, but DO NOT change the events that happened in the movies (or any other canon additions). You can't create alternative plot of the movie or create alternative profiles of official characters.
Basically, no events in either of the official Lion King franchise films/series' can be changed. For example, characters with histories along a storyline of ''What if Kion didn't leave the Pridelands to find the Tree of Life?'' or ''What if Mufasa didn't die?''
- Only characters that are respectful to the rules will be accepted.-
Do not create offensive characters. (Not blood, violence, sex, or an attack against someone or a way of thinking).
If a character's bio dwells too much on, or hints heavily at, one of the above subjects, it is not allowed. Some things may be relevant in terms of real lions (in the case of the Lion King), but fan characters must stay within the spirit of the movie.
-Theft is forbidden!-
Only use images you are allowed to use. If you are using free linearts or blank renders from other members or other sites, you have to credit the person who created it. Never use a design made by someone else, it would be character theft. Redrawing someone's personal images or drawings will guarantee you a warning or a ban. It's also not allowed to take ideas, characters or copy character bios from another member (from Animation Source or elsewhere).
-Your character has to be unique.-
That means that, adding to the fact that you can't copy another member's character, you can't copy a character from another world and modify it to make your own character on the source (Example: Posting Spyro on Dragon source or tuning him into a wolf and putting it as your own character on Balto source).
*A FAQ is 'Can I make a page for a background character. eg. one of Zira's followers?'
Yes, you can create fan versions of background characters - however, it depends on how insignificant the character is and how much you add to them to make them creative enough - mods will decide how creative you are being with your fan version character.
If the name you wanted to give to your character is already taken by another member of Animation Source, you can simply write your username or initials after your character's name. There's no such thing as "stealing the name". Putting a warning like "don't steal his/her name" on your character's profile is not allowed!
- Your character has to be alone on its sheet.
It is obligatory to represent your character alone on its sheet. It musn't be confused with another character (on the headshot and on the image with the entire body).
Acceptable - but if you can avoid having any part of another character in the picture, the extra effort is always encouraged and appreciated.
-Stay credible !
Your character can represent an animal that doesn't appear in the movie as long at it's possible for it to live in the same universe (same country, time period etc.). You can't, however, use renders from another movie (if you want to make a wolf on Spirit source, you can't uses bases from Balto).
For example, tigers live only in Asia and they are not allowed in Lion King Source because the movie takes place in Africa*. Or you can't make a human character with modern-day clothes on Brother Bear source because the movie takes place in prehistoric times. Moderators have the right to deactivate a character they believe is out of context.
*Asterisk: This is an example - it appears it may not apply now since there are tigers in the Lion Guard.
- Your characters have to be in the spirit of the movie. (colors, context,etc...) -
If the colors of the characters from the movie are natural, you shouldn't abuse with the colors of yours. However, if characters from the movie have no natural colors, you can do the same. More information here : https://www.animationsource.org/board/additional-rules-sparkle-characters-t35763.html
* Using photos (from digital camera) for your characters is forbidden-
Whether it is for the background or for the character, photos from digital cameras are completly forbidden on Animation Source.
-Do not post unfinished character. -
You don't have to rush with characters. "Bio coming soon" pages are no longer allowed. Your character has to be completed before you send it on the site. If one of the rules above isn't respected, your character will be deactivated and you will have to complete it before submit it again. Also keep in mind that general rules and rules for images and fanarts also apply for the character section.
This is simply a reminder of the rules.
Although questions on the rules' clarification (within reason) are welcome, please discuss subjects such as their fairness or necessity in places such a appropriate forum topics, etc.
Thank you :)
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