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->''We played Xbox through the apocalypse.''
-->--'''Izzy''', Audition Round

One part contest, one part webcomic, one part roleplay, and thirty-two parts awesome, [[http://deviantdead.deviantart.com/ DeviantDead]] is an OriginalCharacterTournament ongoing comic contest on DeviantArt that asks its contestants to tell the story of a city infested with the undead and its handful of survivors. Each artist has crafted anywhere from one to three characters, each with unique skills, personalities and backgrounds.

Every round, artists are paired off and pitted against each other. They must each tell a story of their characters meeting and interacting in the form of a comic. Entries are judged based on both story and art. The winning comic becomes {{canon}} and the artist continues on to the next round, and those characters get to live to see another day.

[=DeviantDead=] is on its fourth round of five as of this writing. All of the contestants have so far woven a thrilling story that seems to be getting better with each passing round.

'''Has a [[Characters/{{DeviantDead}} character sheet]].'''

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* ActionGirl - It'd be harder to find a female character that ''doesn't'' have Action Girl moments.
** Keziah jumps from building to building and kills zombies with a wrench.
** Q uses a roundhouse kick to fight off a horde [[spoiler:before falling to her death]].
** Izzy keeps score of how many she killed.
** Jestin kills a zombie monkey with an axe ''underwater''
** The BlackAndNerdy Hannah falls to what appears to be her death, but ends up fighting off hordes of zombies ''alone''. With a ''pointy stick''
** Saby demonstrates to her new companions how to take care of a zombie as a last resort-- with her [[ImprovisedWeapon keys]].
*** "Don't waste any time though... '''go straight for the eyes!'''"
* ActionSurvivor & FightingForSurvival - most of the cast most of the time.
* AmbulanceChaser - Sef. ''"Se habla espanol!"''
* {{Animesque}} - Certain artists are. The Aaron/Kaylee storyline is probably the most manga-like.
* AnyoneCanDie - And how! There's been at least one major character death per round, and usually more than one.
* ApocalypseHow - Class 0 Regional Catastrophe, as far as we can tell, the zombie threat is isolated to Major City
* ArtShift - Each artist only draws one story line, and since every one of them has a distinct style, ArtShift is inevitable.
** Bean and Vaughn have passed along from artist to artist from round one to round three. [[spoiler: And then they died.]]
* AssholeVictim - Michael.
* BackStory - More important to some characters than others.
** Very important to Ned's storyline, as he begins the story [[IdentityAmnesia not remembering]] much of his past, and it's slowly revealed to the reader as he remembers it
** Used often to explain Simon and Jay's [[HeterosexualLifePartners life-long]] friendship, as well as Simon [[spoiler:(and Jay)]] and Saby's relationship
** Charlie and Brian's relationship is sometimes explained through flashbacks
** Averted by characters like Sydney, Mickey and Pierre, whose story seems to focus almost completely on the present
** Sadly, many characters [[AnyoneCanDie died]] before we could learn much about their past
* BadDreams are predominant
** Pierre has nightmares about changing into a monster
** Ned has nightmares about the small few things he remembers about his past
** Renard has nightmares about [[spoiler:killing Julien]]
** Brian has [[strike:nightmares]] hallucinations about [[spoiler:people he's killed/watched die telling him to commit suicide]]
** Simon has often dreamed about traumatic moments in his past, including [[spoiler:being attacked by a big dog, and a fight he had with Saby]]
** Aaron has nightmares taking him back to his very unhappy childhood.
* BeardOfSorrow - Both played straight and subverted with Brian. By the start of round three he had grown a beard. It's played straight because this is symptomatic of his general depression, but subverted because [[spoiler: he grows it BEFORE the tragedy that comes at the end of the round - namely, Josh's zombification.]]
* BelievingTheirOwnLies - Many of the survivors are rather hypocritical or delusional
** Never more evident than in Ned, who's whole personality is based off shutting out the past and starting life from scratch (read: amnesia). He even gave Brian a lecture on being a better father right before [[spoiler:seeing his own daughter, thinking she was just his imagination, and letting her die.]]
** Charlie Gilbert honestly thinks he's much [[ItsAllAboutMe cooler/smarter/better]] than everyone else. [[spoiler:He isn't.]]
** Birdie fancies himself a scientist, and actually does some [[BecomingTheMask research]]. Really though, [[spoiler:he's just insane.]]
** Carl made a huge mistake in thinking that because he played TheHero in movies, he'd be just as heroic in real life. [[spoiler:[[TooDumbToLive He wasn't.]]]]
** Brian was oblivious to how much Charlie hated him. He was pretty sure he was just doing what a father was supposed to do, and that Charlie was just [[UsedToBeASweetKid messed up]].
* BigScrewedUpFamily - ''Many.''
** The Gilberts are the first to come to mind - superdepressed dad Brian, daddy-issues son Charlie, and lovable [[spoiler: zombie]] child Joshua.
** Then the Woodwards - traumatized Kaylee and why-am-I-so-useless Aaron.
** Bob is implied to come from one of these, though we haven't really seen his family so far.
*** His father showed up in Round 4. Their relationship is yet to be established
** We also get the feeling that the same applies for Ned, who hasn't been allowed to see the daughter he loves because of his controlling ex-wife
** Jestin and Taylor came from a family with messily divorced parents. Their mom won total custody of Taylor, and only Jestin was allowed to see him once a week.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst - The only two black dudes were eliminated in the first round... not to mention the only brown one.
** Wrong, subverted: [[spoiler: Hannah remains alive, and Izzy remained alive until round 2.]]
** [[spoiler:I believe the trope is called black 'DUDE' dies first.]]
* BlackAndNerdy - Hannah starts out as one of these. She finds out about the end of the world on 4chan.
* BodyHorror - Pierre [[spoiler: is carrying an infected bite which has begun to affect his body chemistry in frightening ways.]]
** Mickey [[spoiler: has begun some kind of zombie mutation -- there's a zombie face growing out of his head ''while he's still alive and conscious.'']]
** Round 3 of DeviantDEAD's prompt involved 'mutant' zombies making an appearance. Many of the mutants were horribly deformed people/people with parts they oughtn't have
* BoisterousBruiser - Nikolai tries to act like one, but he comes across as a bit scary instead. [[spoiler: Until he dies. Then he's just scary.]]
** Jay started as the InsaneProprietor and became this over the course of the story.
* BonusMaterial - In addition to the main story, the administrators also have run several side contests that is collected as bonus material.
** In addition, the participating artists have make not one but TWO different omakes - [[HighSchoolAU a high school one]] and a Big-Brother style reality show.
** And besides their rounds, competitors like [[http://crispy-gypsy.deviantart.com Crispy-Gypsy]] and [[http://and-also-dinosaurs.deviantart.com and-also-dinosaurs]] expand on their characters and stories with in-between rounds
* BreakTheCutie - ''Just pick one''.
** Mona's bawwing has become a running community joke.
** Not to mentions Kaylee and her BSOD.
** Poor Pierre is just a sweet, loveable butterball. [[spoiler:But then the girl he was crushing on bit him!]] And that was just the audition!
** Mickey is so [[strike:oblivious]] optimistic and sweet that you don't want anything bad to happen to him... [[spoiler: and then he mutated into a zombie. while still conscious.]]
* CameraFiend - Q. It's part of her JapaneseTourist persona.
* CarFu - It happens surprisingly often.
** Aaron seems to be specially fond of this.
*** Not to mention Molly and Michael, though [[spoiler:his didn't end up so well.]]
* CarpetOfVirility - Jay. [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/DeviantDead Just look at the image on the character sheet.]]
* CatchPhrase - Jay again. ''"And that's a promise!"'' * wink*
* CityWithNoName - The setting is only referred to as The City and (in some portions) Major City.
* ComicBookFantasyCasting - Why hey there [[strike:[[{{Radiohead}} Thom Yorke]]]] Brian.
* [[CrazyHomelessPeople Crazy Homeless Guy]] - Ned was one of these before the whole zombie thing. [[ActionSurvivor Then he took a turn in badass.]]
* DarkestHour - As DD enters its semi-finals and it's revealed that [[spoiler: the military has decided to bomb the entire city,]] most of the comics are heading in this direction
** Subverted by Buuya, whose rounds have been surprisingly optimistic in spite of everything the characters are going through
* DependingOnTheArtist - How the characters are drawn can vary between artists ''a lot''. [[http://amanitazest.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2jby8z Just]] [[http://8bitloser.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2erupx look]] [[http://mahlstrom.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2jsjn3 at]] [[http://crispy-gypsy.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2muhon Bean and Vaughn]].
* CanonDisContinuity - This is what happens to the storylines of some of the losing artists.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim -[[spoiler:Q, at the request of her writer. Original plans included her rescue and survival.]]
** And [[spoiler: Hassan, when not so much of a bridge, but a ''car'', fell on him]].
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys.
** In Round Two, zombie animals escape a zoo, and not only do Renard, Julien and Micheal run into a vicious troupe, but Jestin also has a fearsome battle against the simian beasts.
** Somehow Mickey manages to [[spoiler: befriend an uninfected fluffy little monkey. It is a match made in heaven.]]
* FacialHorror - [[spoiler: Mickey and Julien.]]
* FanService - Some of the artists draw pictures of their characters shirtless or otherwise sexy, including a meme involving pin-up magazine covers featuring characters
* FanNickname - each of the four remaining bands of survivors has their own team name.
** ''Team Amnesiac Hobo'' for Ned, JB, Pierre, and Birdie
** ''Team Cripple'' for Mickey, Syd, Eoin, Mona, and Molly
** ''Team Daddy Issues'' for Brian and Joshua (also Charlie and Aaron, who are following them)
** ''Team Mid-Life Crisis'' for Simon, Jay, and Bob.
** ''Team Supercute'' for old Mona and Eoin team.
** ''Team Blondeteen'' for Aaron and Jestin's original team, in which all four characters were blonde and under 18 years old.
* FauxDeath - [[spoiler: Simon]] appeared to have shot himself off-screen, only for the audience to figure out that it was [[spoiler: just the gun's recoil after shooting a zombie.]]
** Could also be said about [[spoiler:Marina]] because she appeared to be dead and gone for good, only to show up again in round 4. How convincing her disappearance was of her death ended up being the reason for her [[spoiler:actual death]].
* TheFerryman - DJ Voice.
* FireForgedFriends - It's hard not to go through the end of the world and not make any friends. It seems that Eoin, Mona, and Molly are the most susceptible to this.
* GenreSavvy - Most of the characters are aware that its the ZombieApocalypse, and at least two of them joked about the possibility with their friends before the dead started walking.
** In fact, the zombies first attacked Molly during a campus-wide game of [[{{Irony}} Humans vs. Zombies]].
* GhostCity - Well, it ''is'' the end of the world, after all.
* GratuitousEnglish - Again, Q. Though in her defence, it's the only way she can communicate with others.
* ImprovisedWeapon
* InsaneProprietor - Crazy Jay wants to make sure you aren't burnt out. ''And that's a promise.'' * wink*
* IntercontinuityCrossover - As is typical for {{Original Character Tournament}}s, many of the characters who appear in DeviantDead originally came from other works by their respective artists. For example, Eoin, [[http://mo-comic.com/?p=224 Bob]] and [[http://sephiramy.deviantart.com/gallery/10408418#/d2z1wo3 Mona]] are from their creators' respective webcomic projects - and that's only the beginning.
** In this case, its more of a new continuity than a combined one; the characters are given adjusted backstories that fit the setting.
* JapaneseTourist - Q. Complete with [[CameraFiend constant companion camera]] and broken Engrish.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters - Making the [[Characters/{{DeviantDead}} character sheet]] was an absolute nightmare.
* MayorOfAGhostTown - DJ Voice. He's been using some radio equipment to get people "north" for some reason. [[spoiler: Revealed as of Round 4 that it was because there was going to be a bombing raid.]]
** Arguably, all the survivors are some form of this.
* TheMedic - Bob. Technically an EMT.
** Also Michael Creavley to an extent, as he's a med school graduate. although, he hasn't been much of a help so far
* MercyKill - Natural for the Zombie Apocalypse trope. Notably,[[spoiler: Julien. Oh God, Julien.]]
* MissingMom - Where is Mrs. Gilbert? ''Where is Mrs. Gilbert??''
** [[http://buuya.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2y5eny I'm sure Brian is taking good care of the children]]
** Mrs. Gilbert was introduced in an in-between comic, but from what we learned about her, she appears to still be a MissingMom even when she's with the children.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[spoiler:Aaron to Charlie Gilbert at the end of round 4, even if he did feel horribly guilty about it immediately afterwards.]]
* NotUsingTheZWord - Averted.
** Not always averted, as seen in [[http://smilexstranger.deviantart.com smilexstranger]]'s comic, where Jestin called them 'ghoulies', or [[http://and-also-dinosaurs.deviantart.com and-also-dinosaurs]] comic which suggested they might be aliens. several other comics never mentioned the word 'zombie', while many like [[http://auryn.deviantart.com auryn]]'s, [[http://amanitazest.deviantart.com AmanitaZest]]'s and [[http://koeb.deviantart.com Koeb]]'s [[GenreSavvy stated it explicitly]].
* NowOrNeverKiss - After [[spoiler: Saby]] finds [[spoiler: Simon]] and figures out that he isn't dead, they have a big smooch, [[spoiler: even though the last time they talked, they were fighting.]]
* NukeEm - The military's answer to the zombie threat, regardless of how many people are still alive in the city when it happens
* [[OneSteveLimit One Charlie Limit]]: Subverted.
** Three. Different. Charlies.
*** Not to mention the dog, and Kaylee's classmate!
** Don't forget two Michaels.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent - Every artist had their own interpretation on the specifics of zombies. Some artists had fast, some had slow, some were more intelligent, and so far no one has mentioned how the zombie apocalypse even started. At least most all of them are flesh-eating.
* [[{{Slept Through The Apocalypse}} Played X-Box Through the Apocalypse]] - Tom and Izzy (if the page quote didn't tip you off).
* RedShirts - Some artist tend to cast the opponent's characters into this role.
* SceneryGorn - The rivers literally runs red with blood.
** Not to mention the other, run of the mill ZombieApocalypse destruction.
* ScheduleSlip - it happens.
* ShipTease - on several occasions, but the teasing is not always the author's fault or intention, since it's sometimes just the result of their characters being passed on to other authors
** In the very start, we are lead to believe Pierre and has a sweet crush on a co-worker, but then[[spoiler: she turns into a zombie and bites him.]]
** Mona and Eoin are good friends and even shared an adorable hug, but Eoin reveals that he's looking for his girlfriend. It doesn't stop them from being a FanPreferredCouple
** Izzy began crushing on Keziah, and admitted to finding her attractive, but was sort've shot down and [[spoiler:then she died.]]
** There has been enough fodder for people to begin to ship Hannah and Jay.
** There's hints that Ned and JB could like each other all over Crispy-Gypsy's comics, but no solid proof yet that they could become a couple
*** [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?order=5&q=deviantdead#/d3605u9 This]] seems to be proof that they are meant to be canon
** Michael and Julien seemed to have some chemistry, but then [[spoiler:Julien died.]]
** Aaron and Jestin were getting quite flirty, including snuggles and blushes, but [[spoiler:they got separated when Kaylee ran off, and later Jestin was killed.]]
** It could be argued that there is enough evidence to ship Charlie and Aaron, but most of the flagrant teasing is just and-also-dinosaurs and Penril's own [[CrackPairing spectator comics and drawings]]. Although it should be noted that when it's the character's ''creators'' doing the shipping, that alone should be enough to go on.
*** It's been stated that Penril that Aaron is actually straight (and likes blondes!), but we've still got to see what will happen with them in the future.
*** Since the verdict is still out on Charlie, [[IfItsYouItsOkay who knows]]...
*** [[http://and-also-dinosaurs.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=pin#/d2w6anm This, even as a joke, seems to imply something...]]
* ShutUpHannibal - Aaron sort of gave one of these to Charlie at the end of round 4.
-->'''Charlie:''' They're nobodies! Getting attached to them is ''pointless''! You just love to cry about how sad shit is! Well, cry all the fuck you want, because you just don't wanna face the fact that I'm right and you're wrong!
-->'''Aaron:''' You...you don't give a shit about anyone else, do you? You don't even give a shit about me! Well, you'll just have to get the hell out of my car.
-->'''Charlie:''' No, I don't give two shits about anybody because I'm not a dumb FUCK like you!! That's what made you a fucking RAG, because you gave a fuck about those stupid blondes and your DUMBASS SISTER! What the fuck will you do when you find they're all dead too?!
-->'''Aaron:''' HERE'S WHAT I'LL DO, YOU FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT! '''*TWAK*'''
** He ''did'' end up [[spoiler:apologizing after Charlie broke down crying though, even when his fists and counter-speech did [[ArmorPiercingSlap break all of Charlie's armor]].]]
* SinisterSubway - Watch out, Team Midlife Crisis ([[AndZoidberg and Bob]])! There's a horrible [[spoiler: Nikolai]] zombie down there!
* StoryArc - that's what rounds are for.
* SturgeonsLaw - Partly applies, partly subverted, because as the contest progresses relatively weak contestants gradually leave.
* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse - This could be said about many of the survivors, as the zombie apocalypse has brought about [[AxCrazy surprising]] changes in very average-looking people. One of the most surprising was [[spoiler:Brian, harmless up until then, who shot two young children in an attempt to 'feed' his own]]
* ThoroughlyMistakenIdentity - After meeting him, Brian seems convinced that[[spoiler: Michael is Charlie.]]
* TonightSomeoneDies - Some of the rounds of DeviantDead were mandatory death rounds, so inevitably, every comic had to have at least one person die off before it was over.
* TookALevelInBadass - Many of the characters do this over the course of the apocalypse.
** Ned went from being a hobo that everyone makes fun of to a sort of TheHero to a RagtagBunchOfMisfits
** Jay went from a sleazy salesman to a BoisterousBruiser
** Hannah went from BlackAndNerdy to ActionSurvivor
** Subverted by characters like[[spoiler: Brian and Charlie Gilbert]], for whom the apocalypse seems to have brought out the worst in.
* TheVoice - Hell, the character is even called ''DJ Voice''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen - Common in OCT's, when an artist loses or forfeits, whatever story resolution their comic was hinting at usually gets dropped
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse - Happens a bit to characters who don't move on and also don't die. For example:
** Hannah and Sef were this until showing up again in Buuya's Round 4.
** Renard has more or less vanished since wandering off at the end of Round 3.
*** Renard reappeared in Buuya's round 4
** Michael (of Michael and Julien) has yet to return.
*** Except for the fact that Michael is in and-also-dinosaur's round 4
** Even [[spoiler: Marina]] was accounted for in Crispy-Gypsy's round 4, so most all people that go missing show up again in time.

* ZombieApocalypse - Of course.
* ZombieInfectee - Pierre, [[spoiler:Mickey and Joshua]].
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->''We played Xbox through the apocalypse.''
-->--'''Izzy''', Audition Round

One part contest, one part webcomic, one part roleplay, and thirty-two parts awesome, [[http://deviantdead.deviantart.com/ DeviantDead]] is an OriginalCharacterTournament ongoing comic contest on DeviantArt that asks its contestants to tell the story of a city infested with the undead and its handful of survivors. Each artist has crafted anywhere from one to three characters, each with unique skills, personalities and backgrounds.

Every round, artists are paired off and pitted against each other. They must each tell a story of their characters meeting and interacting in the form of a comic. Entries are judged based on both story and art. The winning comic becomes {{canon}} and the artist continues on to the next round, and those characters get to live to see another day.

[=DeviantDead=] is on its fourth round of five as of this writing. All of the contestants have so far woven a thrilling story that seems to be getting better with each passing round.

'''Has a [[Characters/{{DeviantDead}} character sheet]].'''

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* ActionGirl - It'd be harder to find a female character that ''doesn't'' have Action Girl moments.
** Keziah jumps from building to building and kills zombies with a wrench.
** Q uses a roundhouse kick to fight off a horde [[spoiler:before falling to her death]].
** Izzy keeps score of how many she killed.
** Jestin kills a zombie monkey with an axe ''underwater''
** The BlackAndNerdy Hannah falls to what appears to be her death, but ends up fighting off hordes of zombies ''alone''. With a ''pointy stick''
** Saby demonstrates to her new companions how to take care of a zombie as a last resort-- with her [[ImprovisedWeapon keys]].
*** "Don't waste any time though... '''go straight for the eyes!'''"
* ActionSurvivor & FightingForSurvival - most of the cast most of the time.
* AmbulanceChaser - Sef. ''"Se habla espanol!"''
* {{Animesque}} - Certain artists are. The Aaron/Kaylee storyline is probably the most manga-like.
* AnyoneCanDie - And how! There's been at least one major character death per round, and usually more than one.
* ApocalypseHow - Class 0 Regional Catastrophe, as far as we can tell, the zombie threat is isolated to Major City
* ArtShift - Each artist only draws one story line, and since every one of them has a distinct style, ArtShift is inevitable.
** Bean and Vaughn have passed along from artist to artist from round one to round three. [[spoiler: And then they died.]]
* AssholeVictim - Michael.
* BackStory - More important to some characters than others.
** Very important to Ned's storyline, as he begins the story [[IdentityAmnesia not remembering]] much of his past, and it's slowly revealed to the reader as he remembers it
** Used often to explain Simon and Jay's [[HeterosexualLifePartners life-long]] friendship, as well as Simon [[spoiler:(and Jay)]] and Saby's relationship
** Charlie and Brian's relationship is sometimes explained through flashbacks
** Averted by characters like Sydney, Mickey and Pierre, whose story seems to focus almost completely on the present
** Sadly, many characters [[AnyoneCanDie died]] before we could learn much about their past
* BadDreams are predominant
** Pierre has nightmares about changing into a monster
** Ned has nightmares about the small few things he remembers about his past
** Renard has nightmares about [[spoiler:killing Julien]]
** Brian has [[strike:nightmares]] hallucinations about [[spoiler:people he's killed/watched die telling him to commit suicide]]
** Simon has often dreamed about traumatic moments in his past, including [[spoiler:being attacked by a big dog, and a fight he had with Saby]]
** Aaron has nightmares taking him back to his very unhappy childhood.
* BeardOfSorrow - Both played straight and subverted with Brian. By the start of round three he had grown a beard. It's played straight because this is symptomatic of his general depression, but subverted because [[spoiler: he grows it BEFORE the tragedy that comes at the end of the round - namely, Josh's zombification.]]
* BelievingTheirOwnLies - Many of the survivors are rather hypocritical or delusional
** Never more evident than in Ned, who's whole personality is based off shutting out the past and starting life from scratch (read: amnesia). He even gave Brian a lecture on being a better father right before [[spoiler:seeing his own daughter, thinking she was just his imagination, and letting her die.]]
** Charlie Gilbert honestly thinks he's much [[ItsAllAboutMe cooler/smarter/better]] than everyone else. [[spoiler:He isn't.]]
** Birdie fancies himself a scientist, and actually does some [[BecomingTheMask research]]. Really though, [[spoiler:he's just insane.]]
** Carl made a huge mistake in thinking that because he played TheHero in movies, he'd be just as heroic in real life. [[spoiler:[[TooDumbToLive He wasn't.]]]]
** Brian was oblivious to how much Charlie hated him. He was pretty sure he was just doing what a father was supposed to do, and that Charlie was just [[UsedToBeASweetKid messed up]].
* BigScrewedUpFamily - ''Many.''
** The Gilberts are the first to come to mind - superdepressed dad Brian, daddy-issues son Charlie, and lovable [[spoiler: zombie]] child Joshua.
** Then the Woodwards - traumatized Kaylee and why-am-I-so-useless Aaron.
** Bob is implied to come from one of these, though we haven't really seen his family so far.
*** His father showed up in Round 4. Their relationship is yet to be established
** We also get the feeling that the same applies for Ned, who hasn't been allowed to see the daughter he loves because of his controlling ex-wife
** Jestin and Taylor came from a family with messily divorced parents. Their mom won total custody of Taylor, and only Jestin was allowed to see him once a week.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst - The only two black dudes were eliminated in the first round... not to mention the only brown one.
** Wrong, subverted: [[spoiler: Hannah remains alive, and Izzy remained alive until round 2.]]
** [[spoiler:I believe the trope is called black 'DUDE' dies first.]]
* BlackAndNerdy - Hannah starts out as one of these. She finds out about the end of the world on 4chan.
* BodyHorror - Pierre [[spoiler: is carrying an infected bite which has begun to affect his body chemistry in frightening ways.]]
** Mickey [[spoiler: has begun some kind of zombie mutation -- there's a zombie face growing out of his head ''while he's still alive and conscious.'']]
** Round 3 of DeviantDEAD's prompt involved 'mutant' zombies making an appearance. Many of the mutants were horribly deformed people/people with parts they oughtn't have
* BoisterousBruiser - Nikolai tries to act like one, but he comes across as a bit scary instead. [[spoiler: Until he dies. Then he's just scary.]]
** Jay started as the InsaneProprietor and became this over the course of the story.
* BonusMaterial - In addition to the main story, the administrators also have run several side contests that is collected as bonus material.
** In addition, the participating artists have make not one but TWO different omakes - [[HighSchoolAU a high school one]] and a Big-Brother style reality show.
** And besides their rounds, competitors like [[http://crispy-gypsy.deviantart.com Crispy-Gypsy]] and [[http://and-also-dinosaurs.deviantart.com and-also-dinosaurs]] expand on their characters and stories with in-between rounds
* BreakTheCutie - ''Just pick one''.
** Mona's bawwing has become a running community joke.
** Not to mentions Kaylee and her BSOD.
** Poor Pierre is just a sweet, loveable butterball. [[spoiler:But then the girl he was crushing on bit him!]] And that was just the audition!
** Mickey is so [[strike:oblivious]] optimistic and sweet that you don't want anything bad to happen to him... [[spoiler: and then he mutated into a zombie. while still conscious.]]
* CameraFiend - Q. It's part of her JapaneseTourist persona.
* CarFu - It happens surprisingly often.
** Aaron seems to be specially fond of this.
*** Not to mention Molly and Michael, though [[spoiler:his didn't end up so well.]]
* CarpetOfVirility - Jay. [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/DeviantDead Just look at the image on the character sheet.]]
* CatchPhrase - Jay again. ''"And that's a promise!"'' * wink*
* CityWithNoName - The setting is only referred to as The City and (in some portions) Major City.
* ComicBookFantasyCasting - Why hey there [[strike:[[{{Radiohead}} Thom Yorke]]]] Brian.
* [[CrazyHomelessPeople Crazy Homeless Guy]] - Ned was one of these before the whole zombie thing. [[ActionSurvivor Then he took a turn in badass.]]
* DarkestHour - As DD enters its semi-finals and it's revealed that [[spoiler: the military has decided to bomb the entire city,]] most of the comics are heading in this direction
** Subverted by Buuya, whose rounds have been surprisingly optimistic in spite of everything the characters are going through
* DependingOnTheArtist - How the characters are drawn can vary between artists ''a lot''. [[http://amanitazest.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2jby8z Just]] [[http://8bitloser.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2erupx look]] [[http://mahlstrom.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2jsjn3 at]] [[http://crispy-gypsy.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2muhon Bean and Vaughn]].
* CanonDisContinuity - This is what happens to the storylines of some of the losing artists.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim -[[spoiler:Q, at the request of her writer. Original plans included her rescue and survival.]]
** And [[spoiler: Hassan, when not so much of a bridge, but a ''car'', fell on him]].
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys.
** In Round Two, zombie animals escape a zoo, and not only do Renard, Julien and Micheal run into a vicious troupe, but Jestin also has a fearsome battle against the simian beasts.
** Somehow Mickey manages to [[spoiler: befriend an uninfected fluffy little monkey. It is a match made in heaven.]]
* FacialHorror - [[spoiler: Mickey and Julien.]]
* FanService - Some of the artists draw pictures of their characters shirtless or otherwise sexy, including a meme involving pin-up magazine covers featuring characters
* FanNickname - each of the four remaining bands of survivors has their own team name.
** ''Team Amnesiac Hobo'' for Ned, JB, Pierre, and Birdie
** ''Team Cripple'' for Mickey, Syd, Eoin, Mona, and Molly
** ''Team Daddy Issues'' for Brian and Joshua (also Charlie and Aaron, who are following them)
** ''Team Mid-Life Crisis'' for Simon, Jay, and Bob.
** ''Team Supercute'' for old Mona and Eoin team.
** ''Team Blondeteen'' for Aaron and Jestin's original team, in which all four characters were blonde and under 18 years old.
* FauxDeath - [[spoiler: Simon]] appeared to have shot himself off-screen, only for the audience to figure out that it was [[spoiler: just the gun's recoil after shooting a zombie.]]
** Could also be said about [[spoiler:Marina]] because she appeared to be dead and gone for good, only to show up again in round 4. How convincing her disappearance was of her death ended up being the reason for her [[spoiler:actual death]].
* TheFerryman - DJ Voice.
* FireForgedFriends - It's hard not to go through the end of the world and not make any friends. It seems that Eoin, Mona, and Molly are the most susceptible to this.
* GenreSavvy - Most of the characters are aware that its the ZombieApocalypse, and at least two of them joked about the possibility with their friends before the dead started walking.
** In fact, the zombies first attacked Molly during a campus-wide game of [[{{Irony}} Humans vs. Zombies]].
* GhostCity - Well, it ''is'' the end of the world, after all.
* GratuitousEnglish - Again, Q. Though in her defence, it's the only way she can communicate with others.
* ImprovisedWeapon
* InsaneProprietor - Crazy Jay wants to make sure you aren't burnt out. ''And that's a promise.'' * wink*
* IntercontinuityCrossover - As is typical for {{Original Character Tournament}}s, many of the characters who appear in DeviantDead originally came from other works by their respective artists. For example, Eoin, [[http://mo-comic.com/?p=224 Bob]] and [[http://sephiramy.deviantart.com/gallery/10408418#/d2z1wo3 Mona]] are from their creators' respective webcomic projects - and that's only the beginning.
** In this case, its more of a new continuity than a combined one; the characters are given adjusted backstories that fit the setting.
* JapaneseTourist - Q. Complete with [[CameraFiend constant companion camera]] and broken Engrish.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters - Making the [[Characters/{{DeviantDead}} character sheet]] was an absolute nightmare.
* MayorOfAGhostTown - DJ Voice. He's been using some radio equipment to get people "north" for some reason. [[spoiler: Revealed as of Round 4 that it was because there was going to be a bombing raid.]]
** Arguably, all the survivors are some form of this.
* TheMedic - Bob. Technically an EMT.
** Also Michael Creavley to an extent, as he's a med school graduate. although, he hasn't been much of a help so far
* MercyKill - Natural for the Zombie Apocalypse trope. Notably,[[spoiler: Julien. Oh God, Julien.]]
* MissingMom - Where is Mrs. Gilbert? ''Where is Mrs. Gilbert??''
** [[http://buuya.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2y5eny I'm sure Brian is taking good care of the children]]
** Mrs. Gilbert was introduced in an in-between comic, but from what we learned about her, she appears to still be a MissingMom even when she's with the children.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[spoiler:Aaron to Charlie Gilbert at the end of round 4, even if he did feel horribly guilty about it immediately afterwards.]]
* NotUsingTheZWord - Averted.
** Not always averted, as seen in [[http://smilexstranger.deviantart.com smilexstranger]]'s comic, where Jestin called them 'ghoulies', or [[http://and-also-dinosaurs.deviantart.com and-also-dinosaurs]] comic which suggested they might be aliens. several other comics never mentioned the word 'zombie', while many like [[http://auryn.deviantart.com auryn]]'s, [[http://amanitazest.deviantart.com AmanitaZest]]'s and [[http://koeb.deviantart.com Koeb]]'s [[GenreSavvy stated it explicitly]].
* NowOrNeverKiss - After [[spoiler: Saby]] finds [[spoiler: Simon]] and figures out that he isn't dead, they have a big smooch, [[spoiler: even though the last time they talked, they were fighting.]]
* NukeEm - The military's answer to the zombie threat, regardless of how many people are still alive in the city when it happens
* [[OneSteveLimit One Charlie Limit]]: Subverted.
** Three. Different. Charlies.
*** Not to mention the dog, and Kaylee's classmate!
** Don't forget two Michaels.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent - Every artist had their own interpretation on the specifics of zombies. Some artists had fast, some had slow, some were more intelligent, and so far no one has mentioned how the zombie apocalypse even started. At least most all of them are flesh-eating.
* [[{{Slept Through The Apocalypse}} Played X-Box Through the Apocalypse]] - Tom and Izzy (if the page quote didn't tip you off).
* RedShirts - Some artist tend to cast the opponent's characters into this role.
* SceneryGorn - The rivers literally runs red with blood.
** Not to mention the other, run of the mill ZombieApocalypse destruction.
* ScheduleSlip - it happens.
* ShipTease - on several occasions, but the teasing is not always the author's fault or intention, since it's sometimes just the result of their characters being passed on to other authors
** In the very start, we are lead to believe Pierre and has a sweet crush on a co-worker, but then[[spoiler: she turns into a zombie and bites him.]]
** Mona and Eoin are good friends and even shared an adorable hug, but Eoin reveals that he's looking for his girlfriend. It doesn't stop them from being a FanPreferredCouple
** Izzy began crushing on Keziah, and admitted to finding her attractive, but was sort've shot down and [[spoiler:then she died.]]
** There has been enough fodder for people to begin to ship Hannah and Jay.
** There's hints that Ned and JB could like each other all over Crispy-Gypsy's comics, but no solid proof yet that they could become a couple
*** [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?order=5&q=deviantdead#/d3605u9 This]] seems to be proof that they are meant to be canon
** Michael and Julien seemed to have some chemistry, but then [[spoiler:Julien died.]]
** Aaron and Jestin were getting quite flirty, including snuggles and blushes, but [[spoiler:they got separated when Kaylee ran off, and later Jestin was killed.]]
** It could be argued that there is enough evidence to ship Charlie and Aaron, but most of the flagrant teasing is just and-also-dinosaurs and Penril's own [[CrackPairing spectator comics and drawings]]. Although it should be noted that when it's the character's ''creators'' doing the shipping, that alone should be enough to go on.
*** It's been stated that Penril that Aaron is actually straight (and likes blondes!), but we've still got to see what will happen with them in the future.
*** Since the verdict is still out on Charlie, [[IfItsYouItsOkay who knows]]...
*** [[http://and-also-dinosaurs.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=pin#/d2w6anm This, even as a joke, seems to imply something...]]
* ShutUpHannibal - Aaron sort of gave one of these to Charlie at the end of round 4.
-->'''Charlie:''' They're nobodies! Getting attached to them is ''pointless''! You just love to cry about how sad shit is! Well, cry all the fuck you want, because you just don't wanna face the fact that I'm right and you're wrong!
-->'''Aaron:''' You...you don't give a shit about anyone else, do you? You don't even give a shit about me! Well, you'll just have to get the hell out of my car.
-->'''Charlie:''' No, I don't give two shits about anybody because I'm not a dumb FUCK like you!! That's what made you a fucking RAG, because you gave a fuck about those stupid blondes and your DUMBASS SISTER! What the fuck will you do when you find they're all dead too?!
-->'''Aaron:''' HERE'S WHAT I'LL DO, YOU FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT! '''*TWAK*'''
** He ''did'' end up [[spoiler:apologizing after Charlie broke down crying though, even when his fists and counter-speech did [[ArmorPiercingSlap break all of Charlie's armor]].]]
* SinisterSubway - Watch out, Team Midlife Crisis ([[AndZoidberg and Bob]])! There's a horrible [[spoiler: Nikolai]] zombie down there!
* StoryArc - that's what rounds are for.
* SturgeonsLaw - Partly applies, partly subverted, because as the contest progresses relatively weak contestants gradually leave.
* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse - This could be said about many of the survivors, as the zombie apocalypse has brought about [[AxCrazy surprising]] changes in very average-looking people. One of the most surprising was [[spoiler:Brian, harmless up until then, who shot two young children in an attempt to 'feed' his own]]
* ThoroughlyMistakenIdentity - After meeting him, Brian seems convinced that[[spoiler: Michael is Charlie.]]
* TonightSomeoneDies - Some of the rounds of DeviantDead were mandatory death rounds, so inevitably, every comic had to have at least one person die off before it was over.
* TookALevelInBadass - Many of the characters do this over the course of the apocalypse.
** Ned went from being a hobo that everyone makes fun of to a sort of TheHero to a RagtagBunchOfMisfits
** Jay went from a sleazy salesman to a BoisterousBruiser
** Hannah went from BlackAndNerdy to ActionSurvivor
** Subverted by characters like[[spoiler: Brian and Charlie Gilbert]], for whom the apocalypse seems to have brought out the worst in.
* TheVoice - Hell, the character is even called ''DJ Voice''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen - Common in OCT's, when an artist loses or forfeits, whatever story resolution their comic was hinting at usually gets dropped
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse - Happens a bit to characters who don't move on and also don't die. For example:
** Hannah and Sef were this until showing up again in Buuya's Round 4.
** Renard has more or less vanished since wandering off at the end of Round 3.
*** Renard reappeared in Buuya's round 4
** Michael (of Michael and Julien) has yet to return.
*** Except for the fact that Michael is in and-also-dinosaur's round 4
** Even [[spoiler: Marina]] was accounted for in Crispy-Gypsy's round 4, so most all people that go missing show up again in time.

* ZombieApocalypse - Of course.
* ZombieInfectee - Pierre, [[spoiler:Mickey and Joshua]].
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7th Jul '12 10:22:05 PM Sheora
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* CrackPairing - Tightly bound with HoYay, include NedxBirdie, NedxCharlie Wick, AaronxCharlie Gilbert, AaronxLuis, JestinxRenard, and many more have been suggested



* EnsembleDarkhorse - Several, but mostly Birdie.



* GrowingTheBeard - Often the longer someone is in an Original Character Tournament, the more their art and comic skills improve. Also for some, this is literal, as their character gets more facial hair as time goes on.
* HighOctaneNightmareFuel - where to even begin...
** Buuya's mutated zombie woman from round three. Absorbs other zombies, too many arms, that TONGUE...brr. Just hope it doesn't absorb living people too. Would not imagine that's a nice way to go. Gets even more uncanny realizing that this was an ordinary person (and kitten) once.
** Not to mention the [[spoiler: Nikolai mutant that then ''eats'' the woman mutant.]]
** Renard [[spoiler: mercy-killing Julien when her face gets ripped off.]]
** Brian [[spoiler: shooting Jestin and Taylor as they're celebrating their escape. He kills Jestin first, and then shoots Taylor as he's mourning his dead sister's body.]]
** Pierre's nightmares.
** Mickey's [[spoiler: infection REVEALED.]]
** Charlie walks through a house in and-also-dinosaur's round 2. In the background, we see what seems to be a mother and child sleeping peacefully. Next panel - the dad is sitting in a chair with his brains blown all over the wall. Still think the zombie apocalypse would be cool?
** Anybody remembers [[spoiler: Loretta's brain-splattering scene?]]
* HoYay - People are shipping Charlie Gilbert with Aaron ''and they haven't even met.''
** Finally met as of Round Three. [[TheMasochismTango Their relationship is not the healthiest.]]
** Ned/Birdie has its fair share of fans



* MarySue - for the most part mercifully averted.



* MemeticMutation - There are several inside jokes between the DD artists, most predominant of which is to draw DD characters with [[http://deviantdead.deviantart.com/favourites/#/d2hiqhb Tom Cruise's face.]]
** Or that Brian's hallucinations and inability to talk to his son was actually just him being [[http://and-also-dinosaurs.deviantart.com/favourites/#/d2h7n5t fuggin' hiiiiighhhh.]]Like...[[http://deviantdead.deviantart.com/favourites/#/d2ktxqy you don't even know!]]
** other memes that went through the gambit were [[http://delya.deviantart.com/art/You-Draw-Real-Good-Eoin-144277375 'you draw real good']], where participants had the survivors drawing characters to enter into an oct, several fanservicey [[http://sephiramy.deviantart.com/art/Blush-Zinfandel-143306345?q=favby%3ADeviantDead%2F7925720&qo=151 magazine cover/pin-up]] pictures, and [[http://deviantdead.deviantart.com/favourites/#/d2jb9ww mghfgh]] to say the least



* SoBadItsGood - Some artists go for a cheesy throw-back to old zombie movies as part of the appeal to their comics. This includes delightfully cheesy or punny round and contest titles for the main competition.



* TearJerker - [[spoiler: Jestin and Taylor, finally reunited the round before, are brutally shot in the head by Brian. Brian shoots Taylor as he's crying over his dead sister's body.]]



* TooGoodToLast - Due to the nature of the contest, many characters with amazing potential were killed off when their creators lost.
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* [[OneSteveLimit One Charlie Limit]]: Subverted. Hard.

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* [[OneSteveLimit One Charlie Limit]]: Subverted. Hard.
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* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Listed [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/CrowningMomentOfAwesome/DeviantDead Here]]
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: Listed [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/CrowningMomentOfFunny/DeviantDead Here]]
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: Listed [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming/DeviantDead Here]]
* CrowningMomentOfSadness: Listed [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/CrowningMomentOfSadness/DeviantDead here]]
* CuteShotaroBoy - Taylor.
28th Dec '11 2:04:17 PM MagBas
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* YourMileageMayVary - on whose comic is the best/deserves to win, mostly.

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