I have a question, internet. When people talk about their “OC,” does that mean original character as in personal original character or original fanfiction character? Like I know that OC means original character in fanfiction, but what is the context of if in casual internet speak? Because I see it a lot—”a drawing of my OCs” or memes about OCs.
Is it just… your original characters that you plan to write original stories about that have nothing whatsoever to do with fandom?
Yes. That is at least always how I have seen them as, as well as how most people tend to refer them as. Your OC is simply your original character whom you created the backstory, design and so on for.