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"Come one, come all! See the amazing Cartoonival! We have games, rides, snacks…attractions galore! And this time, we’re adding a new attraction…you!"
— In-universe commercial

Cartoonival is an Original Character Tournament hosted by TomQuoVadis that takes place in Toon Town. The local carnival thrives on the zany individuals and baffling physics that it uses as its attractions. Due to recent financial troubles, The Ringleader is looking for new recruits; some fresh new acts to keep the cash rolling in. He's not interested in just any toon, though. He wants the silliest, the most daring, the most exotic. Will he find the perfect act among the cast of...interesting individuals?


The OCT was created in 2014 and concluded in 2017. The winner was Casadiller with M-Kitty .

A second season was announced in 2019 but subsequently cancelled the following year due to a lack of auditions.

Cartoonival Tropes

Tropes that pertain to the main story of Cartoonival are right here.
NOTE: Only tropes found in the canon (winning) entries, plot entries, and spectator entries will be included. For tropes found in losing entries, please see the Non-Canon section below.

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  • Elongating Arm Gag: M-Kitty takes off running for Cartoonival while Erin is still clinging to his tail. Her arm gets going right away but it takes the rest of her a moment to catch up.
  • Fix It in Post: Subverted. The Jesters mess up a TV advertisement for Cartoonival, but they don't have enough film to fix it or edit it in any way so it runs as is.
  • Human Knot: Immediately after finishing filming, the Ringleader ties the Jesters into a knot.
  • Open the Iris: M-Kitty's reaction to seeing Cartoonival for the first time.
  • Toon Transformation: A good number of the contestants essentially became a toon upon entering Cartoonival, therefore their very being now operating by Toon Town's special rules. As expected, most of them were puzzled by this discovery.
  • Your Television Hates You: Claire is lamenting how no one takes her seriously because she's been turned into a bat-eared fox. Just as she stops to watch a TV that happens to be on Mayhem peeks through the screen and starts gushing over how cute she is.

     Round 1 

     Round 2 
  • Bathtub Scene: Ringleader walks in on Lady and Bruce enjoying one another's company.
  • Big "NO!": The Ringleader quickly shuts down a Bruce train of thought before it gets rolling.
    Bruce: What if we sold a calendar? I get dibs on August!
    The Ringleader: NO!
  • Bully Bulldog: The FDA official who tries to shake down Penny's concession stand for a bribe is a bulldog.
  • Cartoonland Time: Betsy gets the entire Carnival repaired in just a short amount of time.
  • Death by Irony: Nobody dies in cartoons, but Betsy did fall victim to irony shortly after mentioning her steel-toe boots were there to protect her feet. A falling I-beam loosened by Havoc crushes everything BUT her toes.
  • Funny Background Event: Barney gets stuck in one corner of a comic frame for no apparent reason. It's never brought up again.
  • Meanwhile, Back at the…: Pulled three times in a row to set up various problems the Cartoonival is simultaneously experiencing.
  • Riches to Rags: Round 2 is titled "Riches to Rags to Riches".
  • Wallet Moths: While Cartoonival is suffering from severe financial problems, the moth actually comes out of an empty bag of "Snek Fewd".
    Moth: Free at last


Ask Blog Tropes

The Jesters have their own Ask Blog! Any tropes found only on the blog will be posted here.
NOTE: Due to the nature of the blog, none of these entries are regarded as canon unless stated otherwise by the host.

Non-Canon and Other Shenanigans

These are tropes that are found in entries that lost, in RP sessions among participants, or can be found while browsing the OCT's Miscellaneous folder. They may be considered non-canon, but they're no less entertaining!