One part contest, one part webcomic, one part roleplay, and thirty-two parts awesome, DeviantDead is an Original Character Tournament 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 character sheet.
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Action Girl - 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 before falling to her death.
Izzy keeps score of how many she killed.
Jestin kills a zombie monkey with an axe underwater
The Black and Nerdy 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 keys.
"Don't waste any time though... go straight for the eyes!"
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 killing Julien
Brian has nightmares hallucinations about people he's killed/watched die telling him to commit suicide
Simon has often dreamed about traumatic moments in his past, including being attacked by a big dog, and a fight he had with Saby
Aaron has nightmares taking him back to his very unhappy childhood.
Beard of Sorrow - 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 he grows it BEFORE the tragedy that comes at the end of the round - namely, Josh's zombification.
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 seeing his own daughter, thinking she was just his imagination, and letting her die.
Fanservice - Some of the artists draw pictures of their characters shirtless or otherwise sexy, including a meme involving pin-up magazine covers featuring characters
Fan Nickname - 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.
Faux Death - Simon appeared to have shot himself off-screen, only for the audience to figure out that it was just the gun's recoil after shooting a zombie.
Could also be said about 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 actual death.
Our Zombies Are Different - 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.
Ship Tease - 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 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 Fan-Preferred Couple
Izzy began crushing on Keziah, and admitted to finding her attractive, but was sort've shot down and 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
This seems to be proof that they are meant to be canon
Michael and Julien seemed to have some chemistry, but then Julien died.
Aaron and Jestin were getting quite flirty, including snuggles and blushes, but 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 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, who knows...
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*
Sturgeon's Law - Partly applies, partly subverted, because as the contest progresses relatively weak contestants gradually leave.
They Look Just Like Everyone Else - This could be said about many of the survivors, as the zombie apocalypse has brought about surprising changes in very average-looking people. One of the most surprising was Brian, harmless up until then, who shot two young children in an attempt to 'feed' his own