Before we can have a Tournament, we must have competitors. This thread is where we determine who they will be.
Before discussing details, let me just get this out of the way: PLEASE NOMINATE HEROES. We’ll get a fair number of 90s-style dark & gritty anti-heroes along the way--especially in the Street Level tournament--and that’s just fine. Healthy, even. But the focus here is on heroes. So please don’t nominate villains. One day, we may have a Tournament of Villains--but today is not that day.
Okay, a few simple guidelines for nominating characters:
- Each Forum member may nominate up to three characters per day. No more than three characters per day, please. Make your three (or fewer) nominations, and then let someone else have a turn. (And let me have time to record and sort all of the selections).
- The focus here is on comic book heroes. Characters must have appeared in professionally published comics to be considered for nomination. (Note: They need not have originated in the comics. There is an Incredibles comic series, so Mister Incredible and Elastigirl are eligible. So is Queen Elsa, because there is a Frozen comic book.) Anime characters are allowed, as long as they have appeared in print. One day, we may do a Cinematic, Television, and/or Gaming Heroes Tournament--but today is not that day.
- When you nominate a character, please specify which version of the character you are nominating, if there’s more than one. Example: If you nominate Batman, please tell us whether you’re talking about Bruce Wayne, Jean Paul Valley, Dick Grayson, or Terry McGinnis.
- Multiple versions of the same character may be nominated, but different heroes that are actually the same person may not be. In other words, both Hank Pym and Scott Lang may both be nominated as Ant-Man, but Hank may not be nominated as both Ant-Man and Yellowjacket. As we say in the Superdraft, nominate the man, not the mask.
- Please identify which tournament your nominated hero will participate in. Each hero may compete in one and only one tournament. We may need to discuss which characters qualify for which tournament, but I will claim right of final adjudication in such matters.
A few words about who is eligible for which tournament:
Under 21: This tournament is for heroes who were shown exclusively or primarily as teenagers (or younger). Examples would include pretty much anyone from the Legion, the Teen Titans, and the New Mutants, as well as Kitty Pryde, Kamala Khan, and so on. DC’s Captain Marvel is NOT eligible for this tournament (Billy is under 21, but his alter ego is decidedly not--this was a plot point in Young Justice), but Mary Marvel would be.
Street Level: This tournament is for heroes who fight primarily with skills and/or weapons rather than vast superhuman powers. This is as much about ‘feel’ as it is about power level. Obvious examples of characters who would fit into this tournament include Batman, Daredevil, the Question, Green Arrow, Captain America, Mockingbird, Black Widow, the Shadow, the Green Hornet, Zorro, and so on. I would also consider Moon Knight and Nightcrawler eligible for this tournament. Borderline heroes might include Spider-Man, Black Canary, and Luke Cage.
Open Class: This is the tournament I expect will have the largest field. Pretty much any superhero with powers short of cosmic reality-bending is eligible here. Furthermore, characters who would qualify for the Under 21 and/or Street Level competitions may be entered into this tournament, if you wish (but again, only one tournament per hero.)
Unlimited Class: This tournament is for the heaviest of the heavy hitters, those who can affect entire worlds (or more!) by their actions. These heroes are the ones who can take on entire armies--or teams of other heroes--by themselves and win. Examples might include Superman (and many of his more powerful knock-offs), various Sorcerers Supreme, those who wield Cosmic Power, immortal/divine warriors, and so forth.
It won’t always be obvious, perhaps, which tournament fits a given character best. We can talk about it as needed. We’ll figure it out.
So, let me summarize: When you make a nomination, please name the hero you wish to nominate (including which version of the character, as appropriate) and identify which tournament they will participate in. You may do this with up to three heroes per day.
In addition to nominating heroes, you may second any nomination that has been made. There are no limits to how many nominations you may second, but please second any nominations you consider worthy by name. Posting things like “I second every character that has been nominated so far” will be met with scorn and derision (and no other action on my part). Again, this is primarily to help me keep track of everything.
Ideally, I’d like to see something like between 16 and 48 (or maybe even 64) heroes in each tournament. We’ll see how it goes.
Any questions? Ask ‘em now. Otherwise, I will open up nominations at midnight Eastern Standard time tonight. For reference, it is now almost 3:30 p.m. EST, so nominations will begin in about 8½ hours.
Edited by Pariah, 04 January 2017 - 02:23 PM.