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I really dont care about making this look pretty XD
Its just basic guidelines about how to make a proper and intriguing OC for tournaments. You dont have to follow this to the teeth (that is why they are guidelines)
I just put up examples so feel free to add anything else you would like. For the main personality feel free to choose more than one but just choose one for the add-ons or your character will be too complicated.
I actually made this after I made Sam and Mr. Jackson since a few people have been asking for help.

I also used this to make an example OC in under a minute
Name: Reever
Gender: Female
Personality: Calm, serious, intelligent, bad temper
Weapon: Tuba (used to hit people)
Likes: Rabbits
Dislikes: Milk
Strength: Attacks are powerful and do a lot of damage
Weakness: moves extremely slow because of weapon
Race: Human


Please give me a link of your OC if you used this, I would love to see it!

(EDIT: If anyone wants to make a background for this it is 8x19 inches. I probably wont make one)
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Testsubject276 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
might need this later...
EllinChan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Im kind of new on deviantart and i want to know more about oc tournaments. I know that you fight in them with other oc´s. Could you maybe tell me little about it? @w@
Broeckchen Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Let me help you out. :3

Basically, OCTs are a bit like artist tournaments.

First, you create an original character as your stand-in in the tournament (they don't have to be anything like you, though - they mostly serve to showcase your writing and design abilities). With this character, the artists (and sometimes writers and animators) enter the tournament, often by auditioning with a small comic or short piece of writing for one of a limited amount of free slots.

As soon as the participants are chosen by the judges of the tournament, pairs of them will be determined who face off each other. To do that, both opponents each create a piece of work in which their character in some way, shape or form encounters and ideally overpowers the character of the opponent. After the deadline for these pieces of work, called "Entries" has passed, the judges will try and determine which entry of every pair was the more creative, entertaining and well executed one, and it's creator will win the duel and move on to the next round.

Usually, OCTs have overarching plotlines and a predetermined setting that the entries take place in, as well as a canon just like any series or story. The interesting thing is that the winners of the battles influence the canon story with their entries - when you win a battle, the comic, animation or piece of writing that you created becomes what canonically happened at this point in time in the story of the tournament. This can lead to very interesting plot twists and to participants influencing each other even without direct interaction - for example, if an arena is destroeyed in the canon story of a winner, the next artists who want to set their fight in their might depict it as a bunch of ruins - and might use that to their advantage in their entries.

There are several goals OCTs are trying to achieve:
- they provide an opportunity to get plenty of practice for the participants
- they try to achieve an interesting overall story
- they train and encourage creativity and design and writing prowess in their participants
- they help getting used to working with deadlines (which everyone who wants to do art, animation or writing for a living needs to learn)
- and they help getting used to narrative media (for example: animators who only created small gifs of their characters standing still and breathing learn how to animate a coherent story, artists learn how to draw comics, etc)
- also, of course, they exist to let everyone participating in and watching them have fun! :3

I hope this was coherent and helpful. ^u^ I'd love to face off against you in an OCT at some point in time. ;3 Have a nice day!
barbakki Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know I'm not in this conversation, but this really helps. Thanks!
Broeckchen Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm just happy that I can help out, so don't worry about this. ^^ You're welcome!
EllinChan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :) <3
Broeckchen Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You are very welcome! ^u^
EllinChan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:) <3
Hiroshira Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010   Writer



^__^ it helped XD
Songdog-StrayFang Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Student Writer
This is hilarious. You win a cookie.
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