Naming your OC: Some people find that naming your OC before designing them, choosing their abilities, choosing their personality, etc. is easier than creating the character. I usually do this step last. Anyways, it's important to understand how the Japanese choose their children's name. Naruto doesn't take place in Japan but it is based in an Eastern Asian culture and world. Japanese people don't have middle names. Also the Japanese don't usually name their children after a relative or themselves. They usually take a kanji from whomever's name they want to give their child. For example, if the father's name is Daiki the son might get the kanji "dai" and might be named Daisuke. Some names that are ridiculously common among Naruto OCs are Ookami, Tori, Yuki, Akuma, Kumiko, Mai, Yumi, Kiyo, Kyo, Nami Yuri, Ai, Ken, Dan, Kei, Keiko, Chi, Emi, Emiko (I do have one but I chose it for the meaning. ^^; ) Akiko, Sora, Ryu, Rin, Rei, Tora, Yuu, Amaya, Aka, Kuro (I'm such a hypocrite), Gen, and Kimiko.
Also you should give your OC a Japanese name. The letter "l" does not exist in the Japanese language so your OC's name should not have an "l" in it. If their name has an "l" in it simply replace the "l" with an "r". Leiko would become Reiko.
You should try to give your OC a name that reflects something about them or about their parents. For example if your OC's mother liked spring you could name your OC Haruko or simply Haru. If your character is shy and introverted you could name her Shizuko, which means "quiet child".
Names that in end o, -ro, -ya, or shi are typically male names while names that end in ko, -mi, -e, or yo are female names.
Once you have your OC's first name you should create a family name (their last name) if you want to create your own clan. Family names are usually written with two kanji. The meanings of many kanji used in family names are related to nature or geographical names or locations, for example, mountain (yama), tree (ki), rice field (ta), island (shima), village (mura), bridge (hashi), between (naka), below (shita) etc. Some of the most common Japanese family names are Sato, Suzuki, Takahashi, Tanaka and Watanabe.
Some common components of surnames are:
-da rice paddy
fuku good fortune; wealthy
hara field; plain
hira flat; smooth
hon base; main
kami upper, top
miya Shinto shrine
moto base; origin
nabe pan; pot
-no field; plain
o (long) large; great
o (short) little
saki headland, cape
sawa marsh; swamp
shita lower; below; base
ta rice paddy
toyo plentiful; abundant
ue upper; top
wa peace; harmony
-wara field; plain
yoshi good luck; joy
-zawa marsh; swamp
zen good; virtue
And some more components of surnames:
Here are the most common geographic features (including plants and man-made locations) used in surnames, with their usual pronunciation and meaning :
# 川 (kawa) : river
# 橋 (hashi
) : bridge
# 井 (i) : well
# 田 (ta, da) : rice paddy
# 原(hara, bara, wara) : plain
# 野 (no) : field
# 芝 (shiba) : lawn
# 藤 (fuji) : wisteria
# 松 (matsu) : pine tree
# 杉 (sugi) : Japanese cedar
# 竹 (take) : bamboo
# 木 (ki) : tree
# 林 (hayashi) : woods, copse
# 森 (mori) : forest
# 坂 (saka) : slope
# 岡 (oka) : hill
# 山 (yama) : mountain
# 池 (ike) : pond
# 沼 (numa) : swamp, lake
# 沢 (zawa) : swamp, marsh
# 崎 (saki) : promontory
# 石 (ishi) : stone
# 岩 (iwa) : rock
# 谷 (tani) : valley
# 浜 (hama) : beach
# 島 (shima) : island
# 村 (mura) : village
# 里 (sato) : small village
# 戸 (to) : gate
# 宮 (miya) : palace
# 神 (kami) : god
The following are a less common in surnames :
# 土 (do, tsuchi) : earth
# 桜 (sakura) : cherry tree
# 菊 (kiku) : chrysanthemum
# 寺 (tera) : temple
# 神 (kan, kami) : deity
# 堀 (hori) : moat, canal
# 江 (e) : inlet, bay
# 滝 (taki) : waterfall
# 泉 (izumi) : spring
As for adjectives, the most common are probably these ones :
# 高 (taka) : high
# 大 (oo) : big
# 子 (ko) : small
# 中 (naka) : middle
# 上 (ue, kami) : above
# 下 (shita, shimo) : under
# 富 (tomi) : rich
# 細 (hoso) : narrow
# 広 (hiro) : broad
# 長 (naga) : long
# 永 (naga) : eternal
# 丸 (maru) : round
# 黒 (kuro) : black
# 白 (shira, shiro) : white
# 青 (ao) : green, blue
# 吉 (yoshi) : good
# 福 (fuku) : lucky
Note that some nouns are used like adjectives, as they characterize a geographic location
# 本 (moto) : origin
# 口 (guchi) : mouth, entry
# 熊 (kuma) : bear
# 稲 (ina) : rice-plant
# 酒 (saka) : alcohol
# 金 (kane) : money
There are a lot of good name sites so be sure to search the interwebs for names.
This is one of the most important parts of a Naruto OC. This is what separates your OC from others. The worst possible way to describe your OC's personality is a list of words like sweet, shy, sarcastic, and serious. Try to give them a realistic personality and avoid making them a cardboard cutout.
Here are some questions to help you start making your character's personality:
1. Are they an introvert or an extrovert? Why?
2. What are some of their flaws? (Clumsiness is NOT a flaw.)
3. Are they a follower or a leader? Why?
4. What are some of their strengths?
5. Are they selfish or selfless? Why?
6. Are they cruel or kind? Why?
7. Are they even tempered or do they have anger issues? Why?
8. Are they patient or impatient? Why?
9. Are they serious? Why?
10. Are they cold or friendly? Why?
11. Are they intelligent?
12. Are they loyal? Why?
13. Do they have trouble relating with others or sharing their feelings? Why or why not?
14. Are they loud or quiet? Why?
15. Are they naïve?
16. Are they determined? Why?
17. How do they react to change?
18. Are they rebellious? Why or why not?
19. Are they ruthless and ambitious? Why or why not?
20. What are their goals in life and how do they plan to achieve them?
21. How would they describe their personality?
22. How would others describe their personality?
23. Do they forgive people easily? Why or why not?
24. Are they an optimist or a pessimist? Why?
25. Are they cheerful? Why or why not?
26. Do they have trouble trusting others? Why or why not?
27. Are they trustworthy and reliable? Why or why not?
28. Are they mature or immature? Why?
29. What are their motivations?
30. What do their friends and family like about them?
31. Are they straightforward? Why or why not?
32. Are they blunt? Why or why not?
33. Do they show their emotions? Why or why not?
34. Do they care about what other people think about them? Why or why not?
35. How do they solve problems?
36. Are they ambitious? Why or why not?
37. Are they arrogant? Why or why not?
38. How would they react to someone threatening someone or something they cared about? Why?
39. Are they curious? Why or why not?
40. Do they speak formally or informally?
41. Are they argumentative? Why or why not?
42. Do they enjoy conflict? Why or why not?
43. When do they feel the most uncomfortable? Why?
44. Are they a loner? Why?
45. Are they open-minded? Why or why not?
46. Do they have trouble adapting? Why or why not?
47. Are they a daredevil or cautious? Why or why not?
48. How do they feel about themselves? Why do they feel that way?
49. What is their soft spot?
50. What are they willing to risk their life for?
Once you have a good idea of your OC's personality you could answer these questions:
1. What is their favorite food? Why?
2. What is their most valued possession? Why?
3. What is their least favorite food? Why?
4. What are their hobbies?
5. What is their favorite animal? Why?
6. What is their favorite color? Why?
7. What is their least favorite color? Why?
8. How do they spend a rainy day?
9. What is their biggest fear? Why?
10. Who are the most important people in their life? Why?
11. What is their favorite thing to do with friends? Why?
12. What is their favorite fruit? Why?
13. What is their favorite beverage? Why?
14. What is their birthday?
15. What is their favorite flower? Why?
16. Do they have any nicknames? How did they receive them?
17. What are they talented at?
18. What are they extremely unskilled at?
19. What is their biggest accomplishment?
20. What single event would most throw your OC's in complete turmoil? Why?
21. What is the worst thing that could happen to your character? Why?
22. What are there pet peeves? Why?
Designing your Character: Even if you don't draw you should still design what your character looks like. Make sure to follow these rules:
1. Don't show too much skin. Short shirts that look more like bras than shirts should be avoided at all costs. Short skirts with no bandages, fishnet, or shorts under them should also be avoided. And for male OCs don't make them go shirtless.
2. Heels+Ninjas=BAD IDEA! Now you may be saying "BUT TSUNADE WEARS HEELS!" Well she works in an office /all/ day and before she became Hokage she probably wasn't do a lot of fighting. Heels are hard to fight in and they would hurt your feet.
3. No neon colors. If your OC wears neon green clothes and hot pink boots they would stand out. Yes Naruto wears orange, but it's not neon orange.
4. Floor length hair is a bad idea. Pretty self-explanatory.
5. SNEAKERS DO NOT EXIST.
6. Jeans are a bad idea.
7. Long skirts are a bad idea.
8. Straps on shirts are your best friends
9. FOLLOW GENETICS.
10. No slutty clothes for teen girls.
Alright so you should first decide on their hair and eye color. Think about and answer these questions:
In manga, hair has more to do with symbolism than it does with fashion or physics. The symbolism of the hair style and the hair color can be interpreted differently, but there are some common suggestions.
Red- energetic, outspoken, good fighter, stubborn and strong-willed.
Blond- Stands out in a crowd, youthful, naive and a little ditzy.
White or silver- extremely powerful or dignified.
Violet- Exotic and knowledgeable, but somewhat secretive.
Green- Unpredictable, good-natured outsider.
Brown or black- traditional or "normal" Easy to relate to.
Pink- naive, innocent, and bubbly.
Blue- youthful, energetic, cool and introverted.
Ponytails- cute, energetic, and a little ditzy.
Long, straight hair- traditional and down-to-earth.
Long bangs falling into face- something to hide.
Spiky- Energetic and youthful.
What is their hair color?
Is it thick or thin?
Is it straight or curly?
How long is it?
What type of bangs do they have?
Do they have a widow's peak?
What is their distinguishable hair feature (Bald, receding hairline, side bangs, side part, center part, etc.)?
What is their typical hairstyle?
Is their hair frizzy, spiky, or curly?
Do they have any hair accessories?
Now for eye color:
1. What color are their eyes?
2. Do the have two different colored eyes?
3. Do they have flecks in their eyes?
Clothes: This is probably the post challenging designing part. It's entirely up to you what your character wears but I would suggest choosing clothes that reflect your OC's personality and interests. Here are some questions to think about and answer:
1. What is their color scheme?
2. Are the colors logical for a ninja to wear?
3. Do the colors say something about your OC?
4. Do they wear a kimono or an outfit that resembles a kimono?
5. Do they wear a cheongsam or a cheongsam-like outfit?
6. Do they wear a hanbok or a hanbok-like outfit?
7. Do they wear an ao dai or an outfit that resembles an ao dai?
8. Does their shirt have long sleeves, short sleeves or no sleeves?
9. Does their shirt have a collar?
10. Is their shirt low cut?
11. Does their shirt have a design on it? What is it?
12. Do they wear a vest or a jacket?
13. Does their shirt have a zipper or buttons?
14. How short is their shirt? Does it reveal their navel?
15. Do they have pockets on their shirt?
16. Do they wear pants, shorts, or leggings?
17. How long are their pants?
18. Does their pants have a design on them?
19. Are their pants baggy, loose, or tight?
20. Are their pants easy to move around in?
21. Do they wear bandages or fishnet leggings?
22. What type of sandaru do they wear?
23. Do they wear a skirt?
24. How long is the skirt?
25. Is their skirt easy to move around in?
26. Do they wear pants, shorts, or leggings under their skirt?
27. Does their skirt have slits?
28. Does their skirt have a design on it?
29. Is their skirt loose and flowing or tight fitting?
30. Do they wear a dress?
31. How long is the dress?
32. Is it easy to move around in?
33. Is it tight fitting or loose and flowing?
34. Do they wear shorts, leggings, or pants under their dress?
35. Does their dress have a design on it?
1. Where do they wear their hitai-ate (ninja headband)?
2. Do they wear it as a necklace (like Hinata), as a headband (like Sakura), over their forehead (like most Naruto characters), tied around their arm (like Shikamaru) or as belt (like Ino)?
3. Do they wear any jewelry? If so, what type of jewelry do they wear?
4. Do they wear hairclips or ribbons in their hair?
5. Do they wear a hat?
6. Do they wear a belt or a sash?
7. Do they wear a scarf?
8. Do they wear a coat, jacket, or vest?
9. Do they wear bandages or fishnet on their arms and legs?
10. Do they wear gloves?
11. Are the gloves fingerless?
12. How long are the gloves?
13. Do they wear shin guards and wrist guards?
14. Do they wear socks or tights?
15. Do they carry a bag?
16. What type of bag is it?
17. How long are the straps?
18. Do they wear an obi?
19. Do they wear wristbands?
20. Do they wear make up? If so, what kind?
21. Do they have any tattoos?
22. Where do they have them?
23. What type of tattoos are they?
24. Do they wear leg warmers?
25. Do they wear glasses?
26. Do they wear a poncho or a cloak?
Once you have a pretty good idea of what you want your OC to look like you should either write down a description of them or draw them and their outfi
Let's move on to their ninjutsu and abilities. First choose your OC's two or three elements. Your OC MAY NOT USE ALL FIVE ELEMENTS.
Here are some things to avoid when thinking about their fighting skills and techniques:
1. NO DEMONS. NO EXCEPTIONS. NONE. NONE. NONE.
2. NO SPIRITS EITHER. NONE. NONE. NONE
3. THEY MAY NOT USE THE CHIDORI OR RASENGAN unless they are next gen. OCs.
4. DON'T MAKE THEM KAGE LEVEL.
5. DON'T MAKE THEM SANNIN LEVEL.
6. THEY MAY NOT HAVE THE SHARINGAN unless they are next gen. OCs.
7. They can't have an unlimited amount of chakra.
8. No one hit KO moves that are unavoidable and have no weakness.
9. They may NOT be all powerful.
10. They MUST HAVE WEAKNESSES.
11. DO NOT GIVE THEM A CURSE SEAL. NONE. NONE. NONE.
12. THEY MAY NOT SUMMON A DRAGON, A UNICORN, OR A MYTHICAL CREATURE.
13. THEY MAY NOT HAVE A MYTHICAL CREATURE AS A PET.
14. THEY MAY NOT KNOW EVERY NINJUTSU IN THE WORLD.
15. THEY MAY NOT USE A WEAPON THAT ISN'T EASTERN ASIAN.
16. Avoid giving them the Rinnegan.
17. Do not give them TWO kekkai genkais.
18. No shapeshifting techniques.
19. Don't give them telekinesis, telepathy, or mind control because it makes no sense in the Naruverse.
20. They may not have wings or be able to fly.
21. They may not be taught special techniques by canon characters.
22. Don't make them immortal like Hidan. It's stupid. Kishimoto has never said that being a Jashinist automatically makes you immortal. I mean, if all Jashinists were immortal than wouldn't the Akatsuki have recruited as many Jashinists as they could.
23. If they use an instrument as a weapon make sure that the instrument is JAPANESE.
Sorry about the caps abuse. Anyways, answer these questions:
1. Do they rely on ninjutsu, genjutsu, or taijutsu?
2. Do they have good chakra control?
3. Are they fast?
4. What is their fighting style like?
5. Do they have an elegant and graceful fighting style or a messy and awkward fighting style?
6. Do they rely on defensive moves or offensive moves?
7. Do they combine their ninjutsu with their taijutsu?
8. What are their weaknesses?
9. Do they use weapons a lot?
10. What type of weapons do they use?
11. What animal do they summon?
12. Do they use long range or short range attacks?
13. Are they predictable in battle?
14. Do they rely on cunning or brute force?
15. Are they strategic?
16. Do they tire out easily?
17. Do they combine their ninjutsu with a weapon?
18. How strong are they?
19. Do they use medical ninjutsu?
20. What does their fighting style say about them?
In this section I will cover weapons that your OC could use and how they are used. I will also include links to more information on the weapons.
Deer Horn Knives: These are bladed Chinese weapons that consist of two steel crescents crossing.
Uses: They are mainly used in trapping the opponent's weapon to help tying up or breaking an opponent's weapon, disarming the opponent and other close combat uses.
Hanbo: This is a Japanese weapon that was traditionally 90 cm long, which is exactly half the length of the usual staff, the rokushakubo.
Uses: It can be used for striking, restraining or throwing someone.
Tonfa: The origin of the tonfa is debated, but it is believed to have originated in China or Indonesia.
Uses: I'm too lazy so I'll just link to this:
Yawara: This is a Japanese weapon that takes the form of one or two small and thick sticks which stick out at about an inch from each side of the hand.
Uses: It is used in pairs to initiate throws, bone breaks, and pressure point strikes.
Eku: This is weapon of Okinawan kobudo that originated from an oar, and is approximately 160 cm in length.
Use: Because of the eku's weight it can be capitalized on the momentum of large circular attacks. The blade is also used for creating and manipulating air pressure, giving it higher acceleration and maneuvering velocity.
I'm just going to put the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naginata
Kanabo: This is an iron or steel club that was used in Japan. It's extremely heavy.
Use: It can be used to smash the opponent's armor, and break their bones.
Yari: These are pretty darn epic. I simply can't do justice to them so I will provide a link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yari
Butterfly Swords: This is a Chinese weapon that was originally from the South of China. The blade of a butterfly sword is about as long as the human forearm, which makes it easy to conceal inside sleeves or boots, and it allows for greater maneuverability when spinning and rotating during close-quarters fighting.
Use: It can be used as a knuckleduster and to block or hook the opponent's weapon.
Kusarigama: This is a traditional Japanese weapon that consists of kama (the Japanese equivalent to a sickle) on a metal chain with an iron weight at the end.
Use: By swinging the chain over their head and then whipping it forward to entangle the opponents weapon or immobilizing the opponent's limbs, the user can easily rush forward and strike with the kama. It can be used to strike with the weighted end of the chain.
Kyoketsu Shoge: This is a double-edged blade, with another blade attached at 90 degrees to it. This is attached to 12-18 feet of rope, chain, or hair, which ends in a metal ring.
Uses: The blade can be used for pulling slashes as well as thrusting stabs. The chain or cord could be used for climbing, ensnaring an opponent, binding an opponent, and many other uses.
Meteor Hammer: This is another personal favorite of mine. This is a Chinese weapon, consisting at its most basic level of two weights connected by a rope or a chain.
Uses; It can be used to defend, parrying attacks, or ensnaring an opponent.
Wind and Fire Wheels: These are the weapons that that guy named Axel used in KH. You might be thinking, "BUT WAIT! Axel used chakrams! Not wind and fire wheels!" To which I say "Hahaha no." Chakrams are used for throwing and Axel used his circular blade for melee combat. Anyways, each wheel is a flat metal ring approximately 38 cm in diameter.
Use: They can be used for slashing, stabbing, disarming, or parrying.
Fukiya: This is a Japanese blowgun. Not much to say.
For the list of martial arts weapons ignore the western weapons.
When choosing a weapon you should try to learn as much as possible about the weapon. Consider if it's practical for a ninja to use and whether it's proper for your character. Take into consideration your OCs strength and speed.
There's not anything else I can really say. It's up to you.
Relationships: This is also an important part of your OC.
Here are some guidelines before we get started.
1. Your OC may not be Sasuke's, Itachi's, or any other villain's boyfriend or girlfriend. In my opinion SasukexOC never ever works. Unless you can pull ItachixOC off it should be avoided.
2. One-night stands are totally okay for adult canon characters.
3. Sakura gets a lot of hate and people always turn her into a total bitch and totally out of character. This happens a lot and most of the people who do this pair their OCs with Sasuke. People also make Sakura super jealous of their OC. It's perfectly okay to have an OC who hates Sakura but don't make Sakura into some out of character (OOC) slutty bitch who insults people and treats them like crap.
4. Same with Ino.
5. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON'T PUT THEM ON A CANON TEAM. It's one of the stupidest things you can do and it NEVER works.
6. They may not be BFF's with every single canon character.
7. Everyone may not love them.
8. They may not be dating, married, or engaged to a canon character.
9. YOUR OC MAY NOT BE RELATED TO A CANON CHARACTER. A distant cousin is okay but if you pair them with the character they are related to then it's incest!
10. Crushes are okay.
11. Revenge on a canon character=no.
13. Your OC may not play an important in a canon character's past and vice versa.
14. Keep canon characters in character.
15. Don't make them have abusive parents or guardians.
16. They may not be the long lost son or daughter of a canon character.
17. They may not be the adopted daughter or son of a canon character.
18. They may not be the adopted sibling of a canon character.
Anyways, here are some questions to answer and think about:
1. What is their relationship with their parents like? Why?
2. Who are their closest friends? Why?
3. Who are their acquaintances?
4. What is their relationship with their teammates and their sensei? Why?
5. Who are their enemies? Why?
6. Who are the most important people in their life? Why?
7. Who do they look up to? Why?
8. Who looks up to them? Why?
9. Do they have any brothers and sisters? Who are they?
10. What is their relationship with their siblings? Why?
11. Who is on their team?
12. Who hates them? Why?
13. Who do they a crush on? Why?
14. Who has a crush on them? Why?
15. Who are their rivals? Why?
Making a team is an important part of an OC. You may want to completely think of your OC's team or you may prefer making a team with friends. It's up to you.
Before I start on the history section let me lay out some rules:
1. No tragic pasts. It's okay if one or two people they knew died but if everyone they cared about dies then your OC might be labeled as a Mary-sue/Gary-Stu.
2. Don't make them an important part of a canon characters past. Don't even make them a part in a canon character's past or make a canon character part of their past.
3. No abusive family members. Not much to say here.
4. No revenge stories. We don't need fifty million Sasuke rip-offs running around.
And with those rules in mind let's proceed.
What was their childhood like? Was it happy, sad, or normal? What are some important events that changed them or made them who they are?
What were there years as a genin like? What important events happened? Who were some of the important people to them during this time?
What happened to them during the time skip? Who were the people who were important to them?
Here are some questions to think about an answer:
1. What is their first memory?
2. What is their best memory? Why?
3. What is their worst memory? Why?
4. What is their favorite memory?
5. How did they meet their friends?
6. What memory affects them the most? Why?
7. What events made them who they are? Why?
Rule time again!
1. Don't make them a member of a canon clan that is wiped out liked the Uchiha clan or the Kaguya clan. This rule is one of the most important and necessary rules to follow when making a Naruto OC. The only exception to this rule is if the character is a next generation OC.
2. Do not make them the only member of a clan because they are the last member of their clan. This is a sign of a Mary-sue/Gary-stu.
3. No rip off clans. Be creative.
4. Be creative with the symbol. Make sure the symbol has something to do with the clan.
5. Try not to make your clan the Inuzuka clan but with different animals.
What clan are they in? Is it a canon clan or is it a made-up clan? Who are some of the members of their clan? What are some of the characteristics of the clan? What is the clan's history?
Does your character have a canon Kekkai Genkai or is it a made up one. If it is a canon Kekkai Genkai follow the number one rule.
1. They may not have the Sharingan or stuff like that unless it is a next generation OC.
If it is a made up kekkai genkai there are also some rules.
1. No rip offs of canon kekkai genkai.
2. No super unstoppable all-powerful kekkai genkais.
3. No Kekkai Genkais that can let your OC read minds. It doesn't work.
4. Avoid kekkai genkais that center around the eyes. There's actually been only ONE eye kekkai genkai that was creative, useful, and actually HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH EYES.
That's pretty much it. Anyways, think of the answer to these questions:
1. What are the special abilities of your kekkai genkai?
2. How do they activate the kekkai genkai?
3. Is the Kekkai genkai offensive or defensive? Is it both?
4. How is it used?
5. What can it do?
Part Six: Village and Rank
Once again we have some rules:
1. Try to avoid made up villages unless you have thought them out really well and have a culture, clans, geography, history, and alliances thought out.
2. Your OC cannot be the last person from a village.
Is your OC from a canon village or a made up one? Is that where they were born? If not what village did they originally come from? Why did they leave that village?
3. Villages would not accept any stranger waltzing into the village. Especially Sound and Konoha.
1. Unless your character is like forty or fifty they can't be a sannin.
2. Unless your character is in their late twenties and up they can't be an ANBU member, especially the ANBU captain.
3. Same with a kage.
4. Be logical. If your OC is thirteen then they can't be a jonin.
And that pretty much covers it.
I will now list all the clichés that you should avoid.
1. Wolves. Yes, just wolves. Avoid anything wolf related, especially wolf summons and wolf pets.
2. Blind OCs. There are some people who can pull off blind OCs but most people can't.
3. Siblings or friends who betray their village.
4. Eye kekkai genkai.
6. Glowing eyes.
7. Kekkai genkais that make people glow.
8. Glowing in general.
9. Did I mention glowing?
And finally, I shall list some rules in general.
1. Learn about Japanese culture. This includes body language, customs, food, instruments, etc.
2. Learn about traditional eastern Asian clothing and weapons.
3. Learn which animals live, or lived, in eastern Asia and Japan. This means that these are the types of animals that can exist in the Naruverse. I will list some here:
Japanese wrinkled frog
Nankeen Night Heron
Japanese coral snake
Malayan Night Heron
Montane brown frog
Kampira falls frog
Chinese soft-shelled turtle
Japanese black salamander
Chinese box turtle
Common house gecko
Japanese shrew mole
Japanese pond turtle
Asian yellow pond turtle
Japanese water shrew
Oriental leaf-toed gecko
Japanese stream toad
Japanese giant salamander
Oriental Honey Buzzard
Yellowbelly sea snake
Pfeffer's reed snake
Japanese brown frog
Ryukyu leaf turtle
Japanese sea lion
Spotted garden eel
Blue-banded sea snake
Japanese tree frog
Japanese river otter
Common dwarf gecko
Banded sea krait
Japanese clawed salamander
Lesser Whistling Duck
Loggerhead sea turtle
Pacific Reef Heron
Japanese common toad
Ornate reef sea snake
Japanese mountain mole
Imaizumi's horseshoe bat
Japanese fire belly newt
Slender-necked sea snake
Black banded sea krait
Sakashima green snake
Blue-lipped sea krait
Japanese rat snake
Asian House Martin
Japanese striped snake
Japanese forest rat snake
Steller's Sea Eagle
Stream brown frog
Beauty rat snake
Common tree frog
Indian Spot-billed Duck
Japanese rhinoceros beetle
Chinese pond turtle
Amami tip-nosed frog
Kikuzato's brook snake
Kishinoue's giant skink
Von Schrenck's Bittern
Japanese giant hornet
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Formosan rock macaque
Tsushima brown frog
Kuroiwa's ground gecko
Ussuri brown bear
Brahminy blind snake
Giant Asian mantis
Steller sea lion
Bonin fruit bat
Asian giant hornet
Small Japanese mole
Daruma pond frog
MacClelland's coral snake
Japanese knotweed psyllid
True's shrew mole
Ryukyu tip-nosed frog
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Asian black bear
Japanese white-toothed shrew
Japanese grass lizard
Anderson's crocodile newt
Elegant tree viper
Great white shark
Amami takachiho snake
Siberian pit viper
Shaw's sea snake
Greater White-fronted Goose
Ryukyu kajika frog
Tago's brown frog
4. Make sure you try to develop your OC over time. I've had most of my Naruto OCs since the fourth grade and I'm still changing them.
5. Take the Mary Sue litmus test. It helps a lot.
6. Don't be afraid to ask for help with your OC.
7. Research is important.
8. Have fun!
9. Experiment with your OC until you're happy with them.
10. Be creative!
And that's that.