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Before Em was known as Em, she would make up characters in her head. She was a fan of the game Fire Emblem: The Scared Stones, and her favourite character was [Lute], a Purple-Haired Mage in training. Em had modeled the character off of Lute and had settled on the name Abbey-Lute (since Abbey was her favourite name at the time). Abbey was an 11 and a half year old Mage who had the exact same personality as Em at the time, and Em had imagined her as a member of the Scooby Gang, whenever she was watched Scooby Doo: Mystery Inc.
Emily the Rabbit
Em having imagined creating a character that was meant to be the Rabbit/Hare form of the since-renamed Abbey(-Lute). The character was, of course named Emily the Rabbit and appeared in 3 comic strips that Em had compiled into a single comic book. The book has now been lost by Em, who is ashamed of the poor quality and to them, stupid plots. In the comics, Em was depicted as an 11 and a half year old who had a friend named Kitty (Kitty Bobo, from [the 2000’s Cartoon Network short] of the same name) who would often pressure her to do crazy things, like watch the anime [A Kite] or have sex with him. Em had also shown a comic of Emily the Rabbit and Kitty to her now-former friends, which Em also regrets doing.
Later on, the premise became more inappropriate, and Emily the Rabbit was paired with her quadruplet sisters. Gabby, the oldest who tried to keep the others out of control, Wabby, the 2nd youngest who was a goth-looking sex-addict, and Nabby, the youngest who was an Ex-Serial Killer with robotic parts who was also in a wheelchair, later becoming a mentally challenged Pansexual who masturbated very often and had a Boyfriend (a Top Cat character) and a Girlfriend (Foxxy Love from Drawn Together).
Gabby was originally going to be the Hippyish one, and at the time, Em thought that she looked like Janice from The Muppets, due to her hairstyle and some of her personality. She was paired with Mordecai from Regular Show in the original Comic Book and in the later concept was even shown having sex with and marrying him.
In Em Street, Gabby is still Josy’s older sister, but is now Married to an unseen silhouette named Mr. Guye, and is constantly annoyed by Josy’s incoming phone calls. She is also 22 years old, rather than 18 like the rest of her siblings.
Heather was originally going to be a Prostitute that tried to lay Emily on multiple occasions, both to get money out of her, and to serve as a “villain character” in general.
Monica was going to be Emily’s servant (and presumed love interest) who would have sex with her hundreds of times a day.
Em has yet to decide wether or not Monica will appear in Em Street, but there is a high chance that she will introduce her into the franchise as “the only White Cis Woman on the Street,” which would also make her the second Human character in the series, after Heather.
Tune originally had a black body with a widows peak similar to a Emily and her siblings, with a black ponytail resembling a music note.
In Em Street, Tune has a role similar to Squidward from Spongebob SquarePants, and was completely redesigned, along being aged up from 21 to 37 and a half. He is also said to be Joey’s Ex-Boyfriend.
Terry was originally much girlier and was seen wearing a dress covered in Daisies most of the time.
In Em Street, Terry was made a Tomboy who was easily annoyed, in order to balance out the characters. Despite all these changes, she still remains Josy’s best friend.
In the year that the final concept was conceived, there were still media featuring the future characters in unfinished “crap-level” states.
Josy the Rabbit (Tumblr Webcomic)
Running from June until September, Josy the Rabbit (which is also known as “The Test Comic” to Em) centered on Josy doing very mundane things in each comic, kissing Drake, having her “me time” etc. The comic also introduced the characters of Simon and Birdtha.
Em had at this moment been very unsatisfied with the characters and franchise which she had created, so Em had taken all of the characters, tweaked them up a bit, and then gave them a new home on Em Street, part of a Country that floats above the US-Canadian Border, and Em never spoke of the prototypes again.