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Jojo's OC Tournament is an Original Character Tournament in the universe of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure held on Reddit. As of November 2018, there have been three tournaments, the first two canceled early, and the third one having ended on November 9, 2018. A fourth one has ended as of March 2020, with a fifth tournament currently in the works.

A directory for all Tournament 3 matches can be found here


Each tournament is split up between rounds, and each round split into matches. Rather than a randomly seeded bracket, each round has matches which participants select based on hint in a "Stage Select" post. In matches, two (or four players in the case of 2v2s) will compete in either a deathmatch, objective match, or boss match by writing a reddit post detailing their character's strategies, usually with the help of their respective team via the Discord server. These strategies are then voted on in a reddit thread for Popularity points, and after pop voting is done the judges score each strategy and award Quality points. There is also a third section of points, Jojolity, which are gained through completing some special objective- sometimes these are the same for each player, or sometimes they are tailored to the character. Who ever gets the best score from these categories combined wins and continues to the next round. The other? Well, they either die tragically, die hilariously, continue doing whatever they do, or some other fourth depressing thing depending on how the player feels.


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    Tropes present throughout all tournaments 
  • Aborted Arc: Tournament 1 and 2's story, due to their cancellation.
  • Absurdly High-Stakes Game: No matter if the match is a battle to the death over a volcano or a game of hockey, the losers will be eliminated from the tournament all the same.
  • A Day in the Limelight Matches featuring lesser known characters act as this. Technically, it's a whole tournament made up of this, and your reward for not losing is another day.
  • Career-Ending Injury : Occasionally used as an in-universe explanation for why an eliminated character no longer fights even though the player wants them to have survived. Get the wheelchairs out boys!
  • Curbstomp Battle: Bound to happen occasionally.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: First used in Tournament 2 where Marco used it to counter weighted clothes. It then became a meme and began popping up in more strats.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters From the start, tournament 2 and 3 contained 64 player characters, all with unique lore and powers. There's also the various judge and boss characters spread throughout the tournament, as well as NPCs appearing on different matches, also with unique lore and powers. The character count would grow as tournament 4 increased the number of teams from 8 to 10, bringing the number of player characters to 80. Downplayed in tournament one, due to the smaller number of participants.
  • One Steve Limit: Tournament 1 had Thomas Majors and Major Tom, tournament 2 had 2 people named Felix, 3 people named James and 3 people named Nick, and tournament 3 had 3 Henrys.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Every team in each tournament are made by somewhat randomly combining many unrelated characters. They will normally work together to write lore detailing why they came together but there are always some odd combinations and this trope can describe most teams. The biggest examples, though, are probably the Sunset Company, Loca's Motions, Unnamed Purple Team, Babylon by Bus, Cosmic Fire, Bikini Bottom, and Black Hill Estate.
    Tropes in Tournament 1 
  • Abnormal Ammo: Shoot To Thrill's power was to transform things into bullets and fire them. Since the user could turn them back, this meant he could fire things like matches, chemicals, furniture, and even himself.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Numerous instances of it.
    • There were 2 teams of 17 instead of 8 teams of 8.
    • Boss matches didn't involve the players teaming up against the boss. Rather, whichever player had the better strategy of defeating the boss and their opponent was declared the winner.
    • A Will stat was present, representing how much of a Determinator the character was. Investing points into will also allowed you to increase your stands stat total.
    • Only one judge. Quality was determined by a vote between the judge and two randomly picked people.
  • Master of Illusion: Psycho Killer and Mirror
    Tropes in Tournament 2 
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Four of the five judges had characters that acted as opponents during the first round. Defeating them would add them to the winner's team.
  • Elective Mute : MUTE SQUAD BAYBEEE
  • Sequel Escalation: From two teams, not all of whose members necessarily fought every round, to eight teams of eight who would always have one match per round.
    Tropes in Tournament 3 
  • And the Adventure Continues: The epilogue saw everyone brought back from the dead, given another chance at living their lives... Which also brought a lot of truly evil Stand Users back. No matter the allegiance, everyone who remained had much more yet to do.
  • Anti-Villain: Most of the Hall of Heads had at least some sympathetic motivations and/or tragic backstory, with the exceptions of Flori and Roel. The rest spanned pretty much every possible iteration of this trope.
  • Back for the Dead: Many an NPC has suffered this fate, but it's become of players as well.
    • Henry Walshmann was allowed to return for the first match of round 2, and though he put in a good effort, ultimately lost in a rather fatal manner.
    • Crispin Freeman was killed off in a prologue section to Gina Halfway's first match.
    • Stratovarius returned in the first match of round 4, providing quite a lot of plot development in describing where she's been this whole time before suffering a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Back for the Finale Dead characters such as Eleanor who hadn't appeared since her first match in R1 return as ghosts to silently cheer one of the finalists on in the write up for the Finals.
    • Every player character to have appeared has their story addressed and/or resolved in the final wrap up of the tournament. Everyone truly is here.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Buffalo Soldier was a finalist, and Bad Name personally killed the Big Bad. Enough said.
  • Boss Bonanza/Boss Rush Round 5 is nothing but boss matches concurrently, including bosses fought before (Lilah and Destiny) as well as new bosses (G I A N T S and Perfect Strangers).
  • The Cameo: Occasionally, characters will appear in a match besides their own, typically if they're important to the team. For example, Baron Mordechai would often appear in other Topaz matches, briefing the person about to fight, and Thela Hun Ginjeet occasionally in Quartz writeups. Babylon by Bus, in general, makes a habit of opening their strategies with some of these as well.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending
  • Enemy Mine Often occurs during boss matches but kicked Up to Eleven for Round 5 in which all remaining contestants must form a singular team to defeat the Big Bad of the tournament as well his remaining teammates.
    • In Round 6 Match 1, Buffalo Soldier and Lucil Caravan, two characters from opposing teams that had an ongoing rivalry ended up trucing to take down Anna, turning the 1v1v1 into a 2v1.
  • Free-Fall Fight: Round 2 Match 7 featured the two players being thrown through a series of portals at terminal velocity.
  • Love Across Battlelines : Sarah Williams and BG Santos were shipped from nearly day one, but belonged to different teams. Eventually they had to fight in the most tragic battle of Round One.
  • MacGuffin: The artifacts.
  • Obvious Rule Patch: Taking out the intelligence stat, given that this was a strategy-based tournament, was a no-brainer. Stands can also get these between matches if appropriate.
    Tropes in Tournament 4: Urban Uprising 
  • Sequel Escalation: From 64 players (8 teams of 8) to 80 players (10 teams of 8) due to heightened traffic coming into the tournament.
  • Enemy Mine: Like with the previous tournament, Round 5 marks a team shift, uniting members of 8 different teams. However, instead of being split into 1 team, the players are split into 2 teams. The Chaos team that seeks to kill Nate Selleck for his crimes, La Horde Unie, and the Law team that seeks to take down Nate lawfully, Uncivil Umbra. Players could've been split into another third team by joining the villains in Guiding Lytes, but no player ended up joining them.
  • The Cameo: Both Uro Sho and Major Tom from Tournament 2 make brief appearances in matches.
    Tropes in Tournament 5: Fortune's Reach 
  • Excuse Plot:
    • Nix vs Shelldrake: Nix wishes to try to take a flight to get out of Los Fortuna, but Shelldrake is causing it to be delayed by its presence. Nix proposes to take care of the bird by himself, and the two eventually come to blows in a nearby hangard.
    • Peter vs Markus: The two are told to get rid of as many patrons as possible from a casino. Inside, they bump into each other and make rather poor first impressions of each other.
    • Axel and Bucket vs Ani and Medea: Axel is trying to buy some rare fish in a sealife market for the hotel he now works for, while Ani and Medea do the same for the Underground Exodus to taste. Stressed by the crowd, Medea lets out her Stand, which leads a nearby Bucket to engage battle with her seemingly out of sheer boredom. Axel steps in to try and stop his teammate, but things escalate and he has no choice but to help Bucket.
    • Jacob vs Richard: The two actually get along well at first, bonding over their shared liking of honesty and shady pasts. However, when they're inadvertently present during a murder, they have to compete with each other so they're not caught by the police first.

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