We all have favorite characters. It’s time to give them some public recognition and attention.
And what better way to do that than a contest?
Sci-fi and fantasy characters locked in a battle for ultimate supremacy.
A tournament to determine the best of the best.
Five weeks. Thirty-two contenders. One champion.
Last year, I did a book championship tournament to coincide with the NCAA “March Madness” tournament. This year, the concept is back, but with sci-fi and fantasy characters stealing the spotlight.
The Character Clash will kick off next week, but in the meantime, I need your help. My empty bracket is begging for someone to fill it with competitors, and that’s where you come in. So basically, you, O reader, are part of my nomination committee.
1. Characters must be from sci-fi or fantasy—an equal (ish) mix would be nice, but I’m not going to be picky.
2. Only nominate characters from books, movies, and TV shows.
3. There’s no limit to the number of characters you suggest, but there are only 32 spots. I’m going to have to pick and choose, so don’t be offended if your character(s) doesn’t make the cut.
4. Try to nominate characters most people would at least be familiar with.
5. If you pick an obscure character or one from a story that’s not well known, I’d appreciate it if you could either add a short description about why that character’s awesome, or include a link so I can get a basic idea of who the person is, what they do, etc.
6. No comic books, though movies are fine.
7. If you pick The Doctor, specify which incarnation.
8. Leave your nominations in the comments section below.
9. If you’re not sure if a character qualifies sci-fi or fantasy, suggest the character and name the story, and I’ll let you know. Movie example: Pirates of the Caribbean wouldn’t count.
10. I don’t care what skills/powers/qualities a character has. I’ll take strong characters, loyal characters, cunning characters, you name it.
11. Villains welcome and encouraged.
12. Not limited to humans.
13. I’ll be taking suggestions through this Friday. Any characters nominated after that won’t make it into the bracket pool.
I’m limiting the character choices because simplicity for me.
But also for your sake. Once the bracket is filled, it’s up to the audience (aka YOU AWESOME PERSON AND ALL YOUR FRIENDS) to vote and determine who moves on and who gets eliminated. I don’t want to have a bunch of obscure characters nobody knows about and therefore aren’t able to vote for/against.
The more people that participate the better, so feel free to spread the word on social media and your blogs, via owl post and Palantir and intergalactic transmission.
The official hashtag (if you do that sort of thing) is #CharacterClash2017.
Looking forward to seeing your suggestions and having a blast with this tournament.