Rise is an Original Character Tournament hosted by Mr-Tea-and-Crumpets along with a group of five judges. The story is about how a Rift opened in the core of Kinvar, and how a being called 'E' sent the NPCMr.Inverted all around the universe to find the 32 competitors that will battle (and race) through the tournament to get a wish to fix that Rift in the way they want, getting to change the Universe if they want to. Sometimes Mr.Inverted got accompained by another of the guardians (Ms.Jury, Mr.Henderson and Mr.Kite).Rise had several factors setting it apart from the pack - the rounds were alternating vehicular challenges and on-foot battles, the competitors had to be an alien (a small percentage of humans and robots were allowed) and the tournament would take a Double Elimination format, meaning you had to lose twice to truly be out of the competition. After Round 6, the winner of the Upper Bracket would have the chance to get directly to the finals if they won, meaning Round 7 would be a 1vs1 semifinals.The tournament opened auditions on April 2009 and Round 1 began on September 2009 with 32 competitors (called Risers by themselves), choosen out of the 111 auditioners by a group of five judges. The finalists, someguy0203 and LimeInDaCoconut against CrowbarTK-Hullo, finished their final entries on November 23rd, 2010. Crowbar TK-Hullo was announced as the winner on February 7th, 2011, to very little fanfare and a lot of disagreement from spectators.Not to be confused with the other Original Character Game.
A Million Is a Statistic - Many, many people are killed at the end of Round 6, but what causes the tears? The death of a sidekick.
Action Girl - Most female contestants, such as Veera, Starcrosser, and Rosemary. Also tagalongs such as Pilot Gal and Mia (later on).
Amazing Technicolor Battlefield - Where both of the finalists' entries are set, mainly due to that all the conventional battlefields have been made unavailable.
Artificial Gravity - Traveller uses this, in conjunction with spinning tiers. The redesigned Protos has it, but Bungalow's ship lacks it.
Big Bad - A handful of contestants have their own coming after them. Mr. A may have been supposed to be one.
Parental Abandonment - Mahrko, Stylx, Zuciel, and Clown all have seriously troubled, parentless childhoods.
Schedule Slip - Less than half the competitors completed their entries on time for Round 6, despite having 6 weeks to do it.
The final round initially was to be 12 weeks long. The finalists asked for another 3 weeks anyways.
Mr-Tea-And-Crumpets has really come to hate giving out extensions. He's still looking for one word to describe the magnitude of his hatred.
Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale - Traveller was supposed to have the mass of a moon, though some depictions sized it down. Serpe's capital ship is stated to be 'moon-sized.' Where do they get the mass for these?!
Not to mention that Veera's skimmer can pop over to the next planet in 2 panels.
The Gods Must Be Lazy - Despite that most depictions show the Guardians in a very active role, Crowbar TK-Hullo makes them conspicuously absent when shit hits the fans of both Kinvar and Traveller. E, the personification of the universe, has only appeared once in her entries.
This may be do to her slightly more destructive depiction of Kite, who is shown thoroughly enjoying the shit-fan-collision events, and prevents Inverted from doing anything to stop it.
Hive Mind - Bungalow, Bungalow, and Bungalow, later joined by Mick, Xozault, Ivan, a Xenon kid named Azalea, and a slew of Traveller's inhabitants.
I Reject Your Reality - Most competitors chose to accept the winners' entry as canon when they were demoted to the lower tier. Crowbar TK-Hullo refused to accept Riyami's entry as canon when she lost in Round 2.
In Space Everyone Can See Your Face - Veera and Pilot Gal's space helmets. However, Veera's becomes polarized when the S3 systems (AKA shiney stabby tentacles of death) take over against Forrester in Round 7.
Loophole Abuse - The one rule of the tourney, up to round 6, is that you can't kill your opponent. Bungalow Forrester pushes this rule as much as he can from the start.
Big Eater - Starcrosser, aggain thanks to the always-hungry parasite.
Clothing Damage - Starcrosser's costume becomes more and more damaged (and repaired in a rather rushed manner) as the contest goes on until she is forced to accept a new one from the judges.
Clark Kent Outfit - Starcrosser is the only one of her race on the planet, yet hardly anyone realised the rather curvy red alien was infact the heroic Starcrosser (again who was the "only other" example of her race). This is somewhat subverted as Veera saw through the costume with little effort, only comfirming it with a DNA scan.
Faux Shadow - Hobby has always been shown in the shadows, seemingly watching over Obb and even mocking Obb for his failure in his dreams, almost along the same lines as Serpe with the implication that he has some control over Obb. It turns out Hobby was just a parasite inside Obb and is basically his guardian angel whenever Capritia isn't around.
Fourth Wall Portrait - Inverted with Gust in the 3rd Round, when he surprised Obb with an oddly simplistic drawing of Gust himself...which looks just like the style that Gust was drawn in by the artist of Obb's 2nd Round opponent.
Horrible Judge of Character - Gust vouches for Obb so the latter can join the Rise tourney, in spite of Obb taking out Gust's guardian Dlaigo just a minute earlier, on the sole basis that Obb knows Gust's father and is supposedly his friend.
Pet the Dog - In the 3rd round, Obb gets this by breaking his opponent Gearbox out of a glass mountain...with unfortunate consequences. Obb later on helps train Gearbox become a better fighter in the 4th Round.
Ridiculously Human Robots - Played straight with Gearbox, whose motivations for joining later turn out to involve a human girl from his past, though his reasons are unromantic, more or less. Partially subverted with Mick, who initially followed orders from Inverted; later entries implied he has an independent personality somewhere beneath.