Oh my god my early OCs were actually terrible.
My first character that I ever made was named Shadow. I don’t really remember her last name, but it was probably something equally cliche. She was basically a bad self-insert character that I made for a bad story that I came up with. I made her when I was around 10. She lived in this parallel universe where everyone could turn into a certain animal (which turned out to be a completely useless ability throughout the course of the story). The idea was that everyone was supposed to turn into a different animal but I was like super obsessed with horses so of course Shadow could turn into a horse. She also had like 14 friends that could also turn into a horse (there was like one character who could not turn into a horse, and he was a villain character). She also owned several horses because why not, right?
The story itself was also um… terrible. There were actually several stories but they all boiled down to Shadow (or one of her friends) gets kidnapped by this weird cult group called the Midnight Guardians, which were in no way at all inspired by anything that I might have been reading at the time…
They might have made for cool villain material, but the only reason why they existed was to make things difficult for Shadow and her friends.
Anyways, every story involved someone getting kidnapped by these guys. They always brought them back to this inescapable prison. Except it wasn’t inescapable, because every time one of her friends got kidnapped Shadow and all her other friends would just waltz right in there like it was a convenience store and not a high security prison. They’d rescue the friend. Nothing ever went wrong. The end
The oldest characters that I have and still use are Keyla and Milo. I created them both around 2008, I believe. Technically, I’ve had Keyla for longer, but I’ve changed her a lot over the years. Her personality has remained mostly the same, but her appearance has changed quite a bit.
Milo is kind of the opposite of Keyla in that his appearance hasn’t changed over the years but I’ve made a lot of changes to his personality. He used to be more kind, genuine, and was liked by most people (even people who would have had good reasons to not like him). Now he’s more manipulative and cunning and most people are wary of him.