Okay, this isn't quite a pet peeve of mine or anything, but it's just something I've noticed that I think needs to be amended. Basically, I've been running my Sonic fan character through a lot of Mary Sue tests to ensure that she was viable for the public eye.
And with all of these tests, I've noticed a recurring theme. Points are often added against your character if they're friends with, shipped with, or have any relation at all to a canon character.
My only question is... why
No, seriously. It's no secret that fan characters are extremely hit or miss and a LOT of people hate them, but what those people don't realize is that there are a lot of diamonds buried in all the garbage. And even disregarding the diamonds, there's still some smaller gems that have the potential to become even better.
I personally encourage fan character to canon character interaction. I realize that I have a bias because I myself have a fan character who I ship with Sonic, but I do not have any sort of hate towards anyone who does the same thing. Heck, I fully support it! I've actually looked for fanfictions of someone's fan character being shipped with a canon character before.
Why? Because those people are taking risks
. Serious risks. The internet can be a cruel place, with criticisms being thrown around that can be either bad or good. By keeping one's fan character in their own little canon (unless it's just your persona, in which case, that's fine), there's a safe zone where you can stay away from the criticism of having a character meet the canon Sonic characters.
What this all boils down to is that it can be done right
. Some fan characters can be really great and might even be perfect to pair up with this-or-that canon character. They can be related to the canon characters, or be friends with them. It can be done SO well; a lot of people just fail to realize that.
The first example I can think of is Amandaxter
(if you're a macro fan, totally go follow this girl. I love her art. <3). We're not close friends or anything (totally wish we were though >w>), so I don't have any sort of bias with her. She has a comic going right now that contains quite a few fan characters, two of which are related to Sonic. And y'know what? I think it's done really well. For the type of story that it is, it's pretty believable, and I have no problem with the backstory or design of any of her characters.
That's why I wasn't afraid to say that I ship my fan character with Sonic. It was a risk, and I was fully aware that I could get flamed viciously for it, but I think it's a legitimately good couple. I think they work together perfectly, just as my friend's fan character does with Manic. I don't expect anyone except Kit to follow me on this because none of you have seen them interact (and this is all just a matter of opinion obviously. Everyone and their brother seems to have different ideas on how every Sonic character should act), but hey, we'll certainly see, won't we?
While I'm on the subject, I'd also like to question the definition of 'how a Sonic character should act', particularly when shipping with a fan character is involved. In the game-canon, Sonic and most of his friends have had no canon relationships of any sort. We haven't seen them be romantic, we don't know what their type is, and we certainly
don't know how they acts around someone they have feelings for. Then we
come along and fill in the blanks with our headcanons. That's why we have so many ships floating around. That's why Knuckles X Rouge is a thing; people saw how they interacted and believed that both were secretly in love with each other.
There is nothing
Mary-Sueish about having your fan character(s) be friends or be shipped with any of the canon Sonic characters, as long as it's done right