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[[http://end-run--pokemon-oct.deviantart.com/ End Run]] is an Original Character Tournament taking place on deviantART and has been in existence since October 17, 2011.
The plot takes place around the 1940s and centers around an escalating war between Kanto and Johto. Raging on for years, both sides seem to have come to a stalemate when an unknown force in the form of Mew disables all forms of firearms.
However, with the discovery of 'Living Weapons' in the form of [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Franchise/Pokemon Pokemon]], the war rages on with new men filling the ranks who now find themselves saddled with creatures whose powers are only beginning to be understood, thus begins the shaky relationship between humans and Pokemon at the turning of tide which will decide the fate of these nations.
This tournament is still on-going and is into its fifth round as of writing.
Round 1: [[http://minister-of-defense.deviantart.com/art/End-Run-Round-1-283492572 Bootcamp Basics]]
Round 2: [[http://minister-of-defense.deviantart.com/art/End-Run-Round-2-292132272 The Siege of Undella]]
Round 3: [[http://minister-of-defense.deviantart.com/art/End-Run-Round-3-304805909 The Invasion of Ecruteak City]]
Round 4: [[http://minister-of-defense.deviantart.com/art/End-Run-Round-4-320562250 Rescues and Rebellions]]
A [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/EndRun Character Sheet]] is currently in the works.
!!This OCT contains examples of the following tropes:
* AbnormalAmmo: With the deadlock on all firearms, ammo literally comes from the very Pokemon the men are saddled with as living guns and shields. [[http://sleepyoctopus.deviantart.com/art/END-RUN-Samael-Elimelech-277907332 Some]] [[http://vive-la-johto.tumblr.com/post/30443758020/ladies-and-gentlemen-why-you-do-not-fuck-around take]] [[http://vive-la-johto.tumblr.com/post/31386840554/a-most-kawaii-crowd-control-device-because-no this]] to a whole new level.
* AlternateUniverse: In addition to the vast number of [[http://s13.zetaboards.com/End_Run/index/ AU RPs]] that have spawned over the months, some of End Run's characters were imports from other original stories in the first place - [[http://nillia.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4fdsb4 Jane Delancey]] [[http://ask-jane-delancy.tumblr.com/post/28879574456/tell-us-something-about-your-character seems to be an example of this]], [[http://ministerdaonguyen.tumblr.com/post/34742882903/ariadnearca-now-that-sidhamas-been-finished-i as is her successor]], [[http://ariadnearca.deviantart.com/art/Dao-Nguyen-Kanto-Minister-of-Defence-307001855 Dao Nguyen]]. Even characters specifically created for End Run are now going on to be imported into different OCTs, set in different times and universes.
* ArmyOfThievesAndWhores: [[http://blackspiritwind.deviantart.com/art/END-RUN-David-Strauss-New-Updates-278763892 Quite]] [[http://cocoaferret.deviantart.com/art/END-RUN-Ada-Honeybee-Sanger-268633097 literally]] [[http://bat-lass.deviantart.com/art/End-Run-Nebraska-Jones-DTKAF-168-269864891 with]] [[http://blackcalico.deviantart.com/art/End-Run-Marco-Rogue-283015509 some]] of the draftees.
* ArtisticLicense: Up to eleven with the Pokemon in general. With many contestants trying to fit colorful monsters into a periodic war scenario, the results can be [[http://jeeaark.deviantart.com/art/End-Run-Miguel-Parsnip-277359782 staggering]] [[http://silver5.deviantart.com/art/END-RUN-Mortimer-Tyler-W-I-P-273428110 to]] [[http://blackspiritwind.deviantart.com/art/END-RUN-David-Strauss-New-Updates-278763892 take]] [[http://adcacai.deviantart.com/art/END-RUN-Iris-LeMarc-272383664 in]]. It's harder to find a faithful interpretation of a Pokemon than it is complete modifications of them.
* BadassGrandpa: With a plot steeped in WWII themes, far too many to count. Quite possibly due to age restrictions, one of the only Pokemon OCT where adults [18+] vastly outnumber juvenile characters. The current standouts of senior asskickers include [[http://silver5.deviantart.com/art/END-RUN-Mortimer-Tyler-W-I-P-273428110 Mortimer Tyler]] and [[http://andrimnir.deviantart.com/art/END-RUN-Adrohai-Arnsgail-269552073 Adrohai Arnsgail]] of Kanto as well as Johto Head [[http://thetimepolice.deviantart.com/art/Johto-Mod-App-Roy-Rommel-Minister-of-Defense-268356304 Roy Rommel]].
* BigBadassBattleSequence: The [[http://minister-of-defense.deviantart.com/art/End-Run-Round-2-292132272 Siege of Undella Bay]] and [[http://vhu.deviantart.com/art/ER-R3-DTKA-127-011-012-311919404 Invasion of Ecruteak City]].
* BigDamnHeroes: Almost every round, though special mention goes to Adrohai Arnsgail who has made it a [[http://andrimnir.deviantart.com/art/DTKA-151-Round-3-pg02-311778090 signature style]].
* BootCampEpisode: The entire [[http://end-run--pokemon-oct.deviantart.com/gallery/32685368 first round]] of training. Hilarity ensues.
* DividedWeFall: The [[http://end-run--pokemon-oct.deviantart.com/journal/End-Run-Round-3-Update-for-Rogues-304806049 coming of the Rogues]] which introduced an entirely new faction and broke the ranks on both sides.
* ChildSoldiers: While the characters have to be of drafting age, some entrants have brought this trope into play with regards to Pokémon, some of whom are depicted as being barely weaned when given to soldiers.
* CustomUniform: Subverted, given that this applies to basically ''every'' character and there were never any specific uniforms to begin with. Compare with the examples in Shown Your Work below.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Mashing together World War II elements with Pokemon quite logically pulls the entire feel for the competition in this direction. Among others:
** Realistic portrayals of Pokemon as [[http://teguface.deviantart.com/art/ER-Rigor-Mortis-276851901 wild animals]] instead of tamed pets more so that many are drafted equally unwilling soldiers. This [[http://youngsherlockholmes.deviantart.com/art/Introduction-3-277156229 gets]] [[http://boru-pen.deviantart.com/art/END-RUN-WEST-279607399 the]] [[http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/293/5/2/endoftheline1_by_blackspiritwind-d5ig176.png results]] one might expect.
** [[http://safayia.deviantart.com/art/ER-R4-DTKAF-171-EPILOGUE-327380106 PTSD]], [[http://youngsherlockholmes.deviantart.com/art/ER-Life-and-Death-II-316897879 Vivisections]] and [[http://diamondxfire.deviantart.com/art/Alouette-gentille-alouette-318282961 torture]], [[http://oniwanbashu.deviantart.com/art/ER-R3-DT-JAF-046-Page-3-308166467 Military funerals]], all of it fair game.
* DressCodedForYourConvenience: Red and warm colors for Kanto, Blue and cool colors for Johto and Green for Rogues.
* EldritchAbomination: [[http://youngsherlockholmes.deviantart.com/art/ER-Life-and-Death-V-317031671 Koschey or A-1]], the Spiritomb. Made with the souls of victims from Johto's Decossackization and hungry for more.
* FriendlyEnemy: The Rogues are often depicted as this, due to their stance of no-killing, and offering aid despite clear threats of court martial for their actions ([[PublicExecution and all that implies]]) from their former armies.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: Every Pokemon ever.
* LaResistance: The Rogues in general, with their message of ending the war and an alliance with Pokemon.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Three divisions. ''Countless'' soldiers, officers and civilians thrown into the mix. It's not a tournament, it's an entire three armadas' worth of faces to remember and recognize.
* NotSoDifferent: How some soldiers begin to view both sides. Part of the reason several defected to the Rogues.
* PatrioticFervor: Kanto's new Minister of Defense, Dao Nguyen, brings this in ''spades''.
** Though not as many spades as [[http://roguishloaf.deviantart.com/art/End-Run-Phyllis-Perkins-279243038 Phyllis Perkins]].
* PerspectiveFlip: Like woah. As all the competitors are the heroes of their own story, who the "good guy" is depends on whose entry you're reading. Interpretations of the Rogues often vary wildly between entries because of this.
* RedOniBlueOni: Johto Minister of Defense Rommel and Naval Commander Mizushima. Johto Brigadier Johansson and Military police Drociin. Kanto pilots Miguel and Xander and their direct counterparts Johto Pilots Mathis and Rory.
* RousingSpeech: General Jane Delancy as well as Johto's Brigadier General Frank Johansonn both rally their troops at the start of [[http://minister-of-defense.deviantart.com/art/End-Run-Round-3-304805909 Ecruteak's Invasion]]. More recently, Dao Nguyen's speech to the Kanto Parliament before [[http://ariadnearca.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d5iqyl6 the Battle of Snowpoint]].
* SecretWeapon: What both sides are currently searching for, as well as the main focal point of Round 5.
* SeriousBusiness: Pokemon battling is ''serious business'' when your nation's very freedom is at stake.
* ShownTheirWork: '''Ridiculously''' so in many cases, from period-specific uniforms for characters based on their actual ethnicity, proper context in dealing with POW and basic military procedure as well as medical limitations based on the time period given, to the extent that it becomes more of a war OCT than a Pokemon one.
* TheSquad: Despite being a character-driven tournament, most contestants band together in each round in squads to better emulate warfare strategies.
* UrbanWarfare: The Invasion of Ecruteak introduced this along with the claustrophobia and the massive loss of civilian life as well as structural damage to go wth it.
* WarIsHell: Morale took a nosedive after Undella, which functioned as a wake-up call for the more innocent recruits.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: After the Siege of Undella in Round 2 which was won by Kanto, many Unova-born Johto soldiers find themselves unable to return home or receive news from their immediate family.