I just wanna say, that if you EVER steal one of my characters, whether it be fully or just a majority of their physical design,
You are stealing a piece of ME.
All of my characters hold a significant piece of me as a person within their design, backstory, AND personality. ALL. OF. THEM.
Stealing them and claiming them as your own.. you are stealing a piece of my identity as a person. A whole PORTION, if you steal them COMPLETELY; art, name, story and all, and claim them as your own.
DO. NOT. DO THAT.
If I have a character that 'speaks to you' or 'calls to you' because all parts of them seem to align with YOU as a person as well.. note me, talk to me! I WILL COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND THAT FEELING. I get it myself!
We can work something out! We can talk, and more likely than not, I WILL give you permission to design a very SIMILAR character, or hell, I may even offer to do it for you myself! The most I'll ask is that you make sure it's always known to everybody that they are based off of my creation, or at least say I heavily influenced or helped their design. Only because I'm very finicky with people getting the proper credit they deserve, even if its a small thing.
Hell, if you're a cool person and work with me well, I'd be totally okay with incorporating the characters backstories with eachother if they're similar enough; even making them siblings or anything else fitting!
If you don't want that though because youll be using or RPing them in a separate verse, that's totally okay too, they don't have to have any canon association with eachother!
Not just that, if you're an awesome dude and are really cool with working on this. I'll likely even promote you and consider you a pal haha :'D
All you have to do is ask. I won't bite your head off! I'm just a little nerd behind a computer screen who truly connects with their art, and I just want people to respect that and not yank my stuff and claim it as their own behind my back. Trust me, having a piece of your identity stolen is not the least bit flattering or complimenting.