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Patient Zero is the first human infected by a new or recently discovered viral or bacterial outbreak. They usually have the most basic, least mutated form of the disease, which may either make them invaluable to medical efforts or completely useless. They can also often be used to determine where the disease came from.
Becky in Contagion was Patient Zero
by Snowskeeper April 02, 2013

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A band which has been writing songs and albums since the eighties and is still writing them today. Unlike many heavy metal bands out there, such as Slipknot, they chose not to attempt to growl and scream about murder. Instead, they focused on more meaningful problems. St. Anger, for example, was an album almost entirely based around alcohol addiction.
Many fans believe that they "sold out" in the Black Album, which featured their most widely known (though not most popular) song, Enter Sandman, which was their first music video, and won best hard rock music video at the 1992 MTV music video awards.
Their most popular album is probably Master of Puppets, for the song represented in the title. Their most controversial is St. Anger, which was written shortly after James Hetfield (the lead singer) got over some really bad alcohol-related problems. Arguably the least popular member of the band is Lars Ulrich, who led Metallica's infamous lawsuit against Napster.
"Ride the Lightning" is still often referred to in popular popular culture, and is often used as a one-liner by characters in video-games and movies when killing someone with electricity.
"You know Metallica?"
"Totally sold out after the Black Album. I can't believe them."
"They changed their style, they didn't sell out."
"... Okay, but how does that actually reinforce your argument?"
"... FUCK YOU!"
"Okay then."
by Snowskeeper November 03, 2012

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1. Noun; nouns coming before it often act as adjective ("Warhammer 40,000 Fanfiction"). A story based within a pre-existing world, which may or may not include canonical (canon) characters as major or minor actors. Usually also includes non-canon characters, commonly referred to as OCs among the community. Though technically canon characters are also OCs, stories that focus majorly or entirely around OCs are considered 'OC fiction', or 'OC stories.' Many OC stories allow readers to submit their own characters to the story, though it's wise to do some research before hand to avoid having your character butchered.

There are many fanfiction writers out there who do genuinely amazing work with fanfiction, especially with stories which involve no canon characters. It's very difficult to butcher a canon character's personality if they're not present, and it's fairly easy to remain true to lore in most cases.

Unfortunately, there's also a lot of horny idiots who write fanfiction so that they can see their favourite characters having sex, even if there is no way this would ever happen in the source material ever. There's also a fair amount of fics that turn otherwise well-rounded characters into complete Mary Sues (see the fanfiction written for Homestuck's Vriska--actually, don't; I don't want to responsible for making anyone cry), or which completely ignore established canon in favour of headcanon.
1. Fanfiction.net is full of both excellent and terrible fanfiction.
1. I was about to read the Homestuck fanfiction, but then I saw the words "All Vriska ever wanted was to have friends" and threw my computer out the window.

1. I submitted my carefully thought-out, asexual, sociopathic serial-killer OC to an OC story. Three chapters later, she was rescuing babies from wells and kissing random girls, and I was contemplating suicide again.
2. The close-minded asshole refused to even contemplate reading fanfiction, because he thought the above examples were all there is in fanfiction.
by Snowskeeper April 04, 2013

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Someone who writes Urban Dictionary definitions about themselves, or people who they know, but who are not famous. Esp. when those definition is "*insert name here* is very cool and attractive."
Person 1: Hey! Jeremiah defined himself on Urban Dictionary!
Person 2: What an Urban Dictionary Dumbass...
by Snowskeeper February 25, 2013

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Stories written around or composed entirely of original characters (OCs). Tends to be a better form of fanfiction than that made up of nothing but canon characters, as it's a lot harder to mess up those characters' personalities. It's highly recommended that anyone trying to get into fanfiction should start out doing OC fiction.
Games such as Warhammer 40,000 and Dungeons and Dragons almost demand that you write OC fiction for them, since there are very few canon characters (none but the gods in D&D, and they can act pretty much how the writer wants them to within a certain boundary). As such, these make excellent starting areas for authors looking to get into OC fiction.
If you're writing OC fiction, make sure that every character you add to the story is taken through the Mary Sue Litmus Test first, unless you want to get flamed. Mary Sues have killed many a good piece of fanfiction with their sickening, unrealistic perfection.
OC fiction often allows readers to submit their own OCs; don't just accept them out of the kindness of your heart. If they're Mary Sues, or don't fit within your story, then don't accept them. Simple as that.
I was really enjoying an OC fiction fanficiton; they'd gotten the character I'd submitted completely correct. But three chapters in, some dumbass submitted a Mary Sue into the story, and the author didn't know how to say no.
by Snowskeeper April 04, 2013

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