Talk:Blank Slate

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Would Figwit also be an example of this or just a related phenomenon? --Baycitybomber (talk) 19:21, 20 February 2020 (UTC)

Good question! I guess that depends on whether you determine that a character needs to be established as a character (i.e. have a name and at least some actions rather than just being a figure in the background) in order to be a Blank Slate. Part of me thinks that for a character to qualify as a Blank Slate there needs to be a slate, but on the other hand, these are still characters that fandom has created out of wholecloth, just with slightly different amounts of starting material. So, I'm on the fence but I think you could count it. --enchantedsleeper (talk) 10:47, 27 June 2021 (UTC)
That is a tough one. I agree that this character is somewhere between a blank slate and a Fanon Character. It's really subjective. The metas that coined this term point out that blank slates are created to facilitate a slash ship, of two white guys (but that wouldn't really apply here cos LOTR was already soooo white). The Figwit page doesn't specify how that character was used by fandom. If he was primarily there as one half of a slash ship, I'd lean towards his inclusion on this page. Because the character page does hint that he was more popular than female characters, so if Figwit's stories were given more prominence than stories featuring canon female characters, maybe... --Auntags (talk) 12:24, 27 June 2021 (UTC)
I think Figwit qualifies as a blank slate. Although he's a rather unique example. He's a one-scene background extra that fans built into a character from the ground up. Other examples had some vague canon upon which fans built. It also seems somewhat reductive to me to treat this phenomemon as if it's limited to slash shipping. There's female characters on the list and blank slates seem pretty common phenomenon in video game fandoms. Night Rain (talk) 17:26, 27 June 2021 (UTC)
I agree that it's not specific to slash, it just happens to be a common feature of slash shipping xD I used the example on the page of Michelle Jones (Spider-Man: Homecoming), who was definitely a blank slate for fans before Far From Home came out, but is neither white nor a man. (She should probably also go in the main examples list. I'll also add Figwit there while we're at it) --enchantedsleeper (talk) 20:52, 4 July 2021 (UTC)