Is anybody going to believe that this is a coincidence?
I’m in a very weird situation here with 3 of my OCs and 1 fanmade location I created. At first glance, all four seem like ripoffs of another character-except it was entirely a coincidence and I didn’t even know the characters/locations that were so similar to the ones I created. Even worse, these OCs are for a crossover fanfiction that involves the three fandoms with the characters I am likely to get accused of creating “rip offs” of (I created the characters prior to my knowledge of the fandoms). There are other things involved in the fanfiction, with about eight or nine total fandoms included.
The first character: my OC Clockwork (who is a living statue). She is, at first glance, very similar to a creepypasta OC also named Clockwork (my character’s real name is Clockwork, whereas the other character’s nickname is Clockwork). They both have a clock in the place of an eye (the other Clockwork stitched a clock onto her face, for my Clockwork it is natural) and similar hairstyles (my character’s hair being slightly longer). They are both murderers, but for different reasons. They both have the punchlines “Your time is running out” and “Your time is up”, but my character is a time traveler. Other than that…nothing is the same. Completely different backstories and roles in the story. Most well known creepypastas are included in my fanfiction, but not the ones who don’t have a story on creepypasta wiki.
The second character: my OC Tei Lyric. Very similar to Shadow the Hedgehog, in terms of backstory. And…they are both called “The Ultimate Life Form”. And are both artificially created. And both have a rival who seems to be the “happier” version of themselves. Both use something called “chaos control”. I don’t really know what chaos control is in the Sonic the Hedgehog world, but in my story it can be used for teleportation, flight, constructing living things from inanimate objects, enhancing one’s ability, and can be used specifically on one of my other OCs (who represents chaos itself) to actually control chaos. This can only work via a computer chip. As far as personality goes, Tei Lyric is not a perfectionist and really has a neutral view on everything. She mostly ignores everyone, and reveals as little about herself as possible. She seems unaware that she is the Ultimate Life Form and attempts at doing everything on her own. I don’t really know anything about Shadow’s personality, so it’s hard to compare.
the third character: my OC Crimson Dusk/Crim Marlon (two names because she is a reincarnation). She is similar to Ruby Rose from RWBY. They have the same weapon (a sniper scythe), but Ruby’s is a mechanical scythe, whereas Crimson’s is a magical death scythe (Crimson was supposed to represent Death), and she has additional weapons that don’t resemble anything else I’ve seen so far. Both have the power of speed, and similar designs-almost the same (Crimson’s was actually based on Banica Conchita from the Evillious Chronicles), with the same hair,and almost the same outfit. Crimson is supposed to be cute and happy and childish, although she basically goes around slashing down everything in her way during battle like a psycho killer. They are the same age, and that’s the end of similarities. I think, anyway, because I’ve never watched RWBY, only read fanfiction (I’m currently trying to see how much I can learn about RWBY based on only fanon).
I’d like you to keep in mind that everything is a coincidence and I created the characters prior to my knowledge of the others.
The fourth: a location I made up, known as the Fakery Way of Tivoli. It is accessible by only one person, and is a mirror maze. A reality warping one. From what I know it seems like the Fakery Way from Sonic the Hedgehog…which I know pretty much nothing about.
I’m just wondering if anybody will really believe me if I say it is all a coincidence, and if my ideas are still good if there are things so much like them. And if they are too similar and if i should do any tweaking.
The short answer, Nonny, is no. Nobody is going to believe that these things are coincidences. They are too close to established properties written and created by other people. Use the two-out-of-four rule: if a character (or location) has any two of the following points - the same or extremely similar name, appearance, abilities, or backstory - revise them until they don’t. The most your character (or location) should have in common with a well-known or copyrighted character (or location) is one point, and ideally, that point should never be the name.
What gets me about this question is that you specifically state that the characters you’re likely to be accused of ripping off are from three fandoms that are involved in a fanfiction you’re working on, but also that you don’t/didn’t know anything about those fandoms. That seems kind of contradictory to me, and it seems to imply that you must have known something about those fandoms because you were writing the fanfiction to begin with. Now, maybe the characters in question are OCs you created before you started the fanfiction and you’re just re-using them because you like them a lot, but in that case, you already knew the answer to this question before you sent it in.
Revise them, Nonny. If you’re that worried about being accused of plagiarism and intellectual property theft, revise your characters and location until you don’t have to worry about it any more.