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Welcome to Pripyat, the heart of the zone of exclusion surrounding the infamous Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Though long since abandoned by humans, the city’s dog population thrives. However, the population is getting out of control, and in the tradition that has grown here over the decades a tournament is being held to cull the numbers. Can you survive?

Chernobyl Curs, abbreviated as CC, is an Original Character Tournament on the art website Deviantart. It is set in the city of Pripyat, the town most affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, where all humans have deserted. The OCT is restricted to dog characters and whatever non-combatant animal companions they happen to have.


Chernobyl Curs ended on January 18th, 2013. It was won by Corvusraven with her character, Untoten.

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This OCT provides examples of:

    General tropes 
  • Abandoned Area: By humans, but not wildlife.
  • All There in the Manual: A lot of the background information, such as why the dogs are fighting, the round introductions, even character back stories, and explanations for how their abilities work (if any) is rarely flat-out stated in most of the entries. Some choose to incorporate the backstory of the tournament and round introductions into their round, while others don't. Some characters with extensive backstories never have it brought up in-story. It can make the tournament hard to follow if you're not already involved, but this is true for most OC Ts.
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: These dogs have higher cognitive ability than real dogs, but by how much depends on each writer/artist.
  • Anyone Can Die: It's an OCT full of wild, presumably desperate dogs in a tournament that has no rules. Anybody can be killed at any time - though it only becomes canonical if the killer moves on.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Depending on the artist/writer, to various degrees.
    • A quick but numerous example: claws. Dogs do not use their claws for fighting. Yet this can be commonplace in some entries.
  • Art Shift
  • A World Half Full: Some of the more optimistic dogs see Pripyat in this way.
  • Battle in the Rain: Potentially all of Round 2.
  • Being Good Sucks: In general the idealistic and well intentioned do not last long in Pripyat.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Round 4 brought bears into the city. Featured prominently in Jet and Untoten's entries.
  • Beware of Vicious Dog: ...What were you expecting?
  • Black and Gray Morality: Several portrayals of the tournament are like this. However, one could argue that there is also a lot of Blue and Orange Morality considering all of the characters are dogs and therefore have different moral codes than humans. See below.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: The characters are all dogs and therefore have different moral and ethical standards than humans would have. However, this often comes down to interpretation of the artist as some characters have much more human mentalities than other. Justified for some in that a few dogs were human pets and not ferals.
  • Call-Back: Quite common the further into the tournament you go, where at some point it's expected that you make call backs.
  • The Cameo
  • Carnivore Confusion: So can those rabbits/birds/rats/cats/etc talk to the dogs or not? Depends on the writer/artist.
  • Crapsack World: The city is often portrayed in this manner.
  • Deadly Game: No, it's not a pageant, Adele.
  • Dream Sequence: Used often as flashbacks.
  • Empathic Environment: Potentially all of Round 2.
  • Everything Makes a Mushroom: A few artists have depicted the Chernobyl disaster this way. While explosions did occur, they were not the type that could produce mushroom clouds.
  • Expressive Ears: Well, they are dogs.
  • Flanderization: Because of the difficulty of portraying the little details someone else's character correctly, especially when you don't know the full extent of their motivation and backstory, cameos can occasionally result in this.
  • Forbidden Zone: Pripyat itself, at least for humans.
  • Furries Are Easier to Draw: Except with dogs; possible reason for the stunning turnout for this OCT.
  • Gambit Pileup: Basically how Jet's round goes between him and Bosso trying to outsmart each other.
  • Graying Morality: Happening as the story goes on and characters lose the idealism they had at the tournament's start. The best example is probably Tyson's reaction to watching Vendel die.
  • Great Offscreen War: While not exactly a war, the previous tournament is often regarded in this manner.
  • Ghost City
  • I Love Nuclear Power
  • Intellectual Animal
  • It Is Beyond Saving: Some of the more cynical dogs see Pripyat in this way.
  • Join or Die
  • Killed Off for Real: Until the round announcements are made you don't know which entry is canon and who may end up dead. Once the announcements are up, expect to see this trope showing up.
    • Occurs also before a round is canon. In Round 4 of Caesar's entry, it first appears that Spoon may still have a chance of being alive after he wondered off. Balloon later confirms that he's dead after she finds his corpse.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters
  • Magical Abortion: Averted in the case of Speakeasy, who starved herself in order to force a miscarriage in a realistic and deliberately appalling way.
  • Mistaken for Pregnant: The opposite happens, where Untoten is mistaken for being fat.
  • Most Writers Are Human: Mostly Point #2
  • No Sex Allowed: The penalty imposed on those who lose the tournament; assuming they aren't killed obviously.
  • No Woman's Land: You do not want to be a pregnant female in Pripyat during a famine.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: In the wild an open wound can kill an animal in days. Some dogs here shrug off major cuts and broken bones.
  • Population Control: The premise behind the tournament.
  • Put on a Bus: A very likely possibility for any character that does not advance in a round. Quite literally happened to Harry in Round 2.
  • Savage Wolves / Noble Wolf: Averted. Wolves (and dogs that look like them) are expressly forbidden in the rules.
  • Ship Tease
  • Sliding Scaleof Animal Communication: Harry aside, either Level 3 or Level 7 depending on the writer/artist.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: All over the place.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Pripyat becomes one for round three thanks to an ice storm that covered the entire city in an inch of ice overnight.
  • Take That!: Characters belonging to people who drop out of the tournament without submitting have a habit of showing up in the background of Speakeasy's entries in the Blind Pig. As corpses for Bloodybeard to chop up and distribute to the staff to eat.
  • Talking Animal: Justified
  • There Can Be Only One
  • The Social Darwinist: The dogs who believe the tournament is the best way to manage the population issue.
  • Vice City: Pripyat
  • Viewers Are Goldfish: Many people begin their round with the lead-in scene, that has already been provided by the host before the round even began. Justified, however, as there are plenty of spectators who only follow one or two competitors and never read the lead-ins.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: It seems all four semifinalists agree that something has to be done about the tournament and/or the city. They all disagree on what exactly that 'something' is.
  • Wretched Hive: The city of Pripyat, as you have probably guessed by now.
  • Xenofiction
     Character Tropes 
  • Abusive Parents
  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: 'Cartoon' depends, but some dogs are accessorizing quite well.
  • Aerith and Bob: Lairynth and Mark.
  • Aesop Amnesia: No matter how many times she gets used and lied to, no matter how much she angsts about it, Speakeasy is too dense to realize she shouldn't believe everything other people say. This being especially the case if the person in question just blatantly lied to her not two minutes ago.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Beyra's death has a lot more weight than pretty much all of the characters in the round to die before her combined. And there were a lot to die before her.
  • And Call Him "George"!: Literally with Nonsensical and her companion, George the tin can.
  • Animal Testing: Several of the characters; Elkona, Rosco, Cusith, Lairynth, and Mark.
  • Anti-Villain: Jet is Type III
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: How Beyra got her job as tournament host.
  • Artificial Limbs: King as well as Kayd.
  • Ascended Extra: Iza has very limited involvement in most of the rounds with Marcus, but takes a dominant focus for a good portion of Round 3.
    • Bloodybeard was originally supposed to be a reoccurring background character.
    • Balloon was originally one of the auditioners but because of extenuating circumstances her creator had to drop out. Later, her creator becomes one of the tournament judges and Balloon can be seen in cameos as one of Beyra's helpers.
    • All of the aids may be considered this after the group picture.
  • Awful Truth: Speakeasy trusts Bosso implicitly. When she learns he was lying to her about the nature of the tournament, it does not go over well.
  • Asexuality: Caesar
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: More like attention deficit... ooh sexy! Dart volunteers to join the tournament in place of another dog, and on the way there promptly gets distracted following a handsome german shepherd.
    • Spoon is also frequently distracted by shiny objects. Or any object created by humans for that matter. He spent a good fifteen minutes during the first round wearing a human shoe for no other reason than his own amusement.
  • A Wizard Did It: It has become something of a running joke for Captain to explain any minor detail of inconsistency. How do all the dogs in the various auditions keep knocking over trash cans that should have been blown over by the wind decades ago? Captain has OCD and obsessively picks them up!
  • Back for the Finale: Buckshot shows up in the finale round for Speakeasy. He's not doing too well.
    • Various characters from past rounds, both alive and dead, show up in the finale round for both competitors.
  • Badass Adorable: Standing at 7 inches, Untoten is arguably a type of ugly cute. And despite her size, she has indeed made it to the Final round, securing her as an indisputable badass.
  • Badass Normal: While some of the dogs have 'abilities' a good many go without.
  • Bawdy Song: Speakeasy is prone to these
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In the beginning of Round 3, Shotgun expressed annoyance that there hadn't been much bloodshed. Well, he got his wish. Unfortunately a lot of it was his.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Cryus had shades of this.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Ronnie and Antonio
  • Berserk Button: There are a couple dogs who seem to have these. For instance, do not under any circumstances get within three feet of Hiru and say anything remotely romantic to her; don't mention Beyra, Marx's father, or the last Tournament to said Marx's face - unless you're prepared to run really fast.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Jet's polite and cheerful personality was revealed to be a facade. He is a cold psychopath who wants to take over Pripyat.
  • Birth/Death Juxtaposition: Nasaya's mother is killed days after she was born.
  • Blatant Lies: Boar meat eh?
  • Blinding Bangs: Hiru and Bloodybeard
  • Bloodbath Villain Origin: Jet's first act on the road to corruption was slaughtering his entire family.
  • Blood Is the New Black: Bloodybeard, much like his nickname suggests.
  • Body Horror: A lovely example here
  • Breaking Lecture
    Beyra: "You may do grown up things- but you still act like an immature pup. Mature adults don't screw around between rounds and skip important meetings. They know how to take care of themselves. And they know when not to show their teeth. I let you get away with a lot of crap, you know?"
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Have you noticed these ominous posters which one can happen to find around Speakeasy?
  • Break the Cutie: What will likely happen to the younger/more innocent competitors.
  • Broken Bird: Vendel's entries have strongly indicated that Beyra may be this.
  • Bully and Wimp Pairing: Hiru and Yoru
  • But I Can't Be Pregnant!: Speakeasy finds out the hard way that there are consequences for sleeping around with everything that moves. Even if none of the critically undernourished whores you live with ever seem to suffer said consequences.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Both subverted and played straight with Speakeasy. She goes from casually stating that death happens all the time in Pripyat and she doesn't keep track of it to getting offended when Untoten accuses her of not caring about the carnage.
  • But Not Too Foreign: A lot of the dogs come from different countries (France, England, and America to name a few) but somehow ended up in Pripyat, Ukraine.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Marcus comes close enough to this trope with his constant trusty stick companion.
  • Catchphrase: Captain is very 'bi-winning' and he will remind you of this once per page.
  • Cats Are Mean: Soot
  • Celibate Hero: What Vendel wishes he could be.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Do not eat the boar meat...
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Holly and RJ... yes.
  • Colossus Climb: Untoten scales Mount Speakeasy in the final round.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Hiru=blue eyes and blue font, Yoru=red eyes and red font.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Speakeasy, you really shouldn't be so happy about the tournament's penalty... Although that dance is fun to watch.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Jet isn’t afraid to resort to threats, blackmail, and other dirty tricks to win his fights.
  • Companion Cube: George to Nonsensical.
    • Conall with Myne and Vendel with Daloris, although it's unclear if Myne and Daloris are real spirits or not.
  • Concepts Are Cheap: How Beyra and Speakeasy feel about the other semi-finalists preaching a lack of fairness and a need for change in Pripyat.
    Speakeasy: Jet didn’t really say none ‘bout how he was gonna make the city a better place. I ain’t sure even he really knew.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Growing up surrounded constantly by death and sex, Speakeasy has become desensitized to the horrors of Pripyat, so far as to cheerfully singing songs about rape and murder.
  • Consummate Liar: Jet and Bosso, both with smiles on their faces.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Many characters
  • Covered with Scars: Savior and Rok
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • Darkest Hour: The Finale is moving in this direction.
    • In Speakeasy's round, sunrise reveals the street littered with corpses torn apart by the Fratelli, the Blind Pig, and their supporters.
  • David vs. Goliath: In the finale we have Untoten (7 inches tall) fighting Speakeasy (31 inches tall)
  • Death by Sex: One of the random 'female workers' at the Blind Pig apparently suffers this after sleeping with Lucy.
    • Later revealed that she wasn't.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Occasionally occurs
  • Delusions of Eloquence: Balloon, and her mile long dialog.
  • Demonic Possession: Tyson amusingly mistook Stan for a demon manipulating Benny when he first saw the wolfhound's shadow form.
    • Gavin, on the other hand, suffered from the real deal until he was killed by Marx.
  • Dog Stereotype
    • Big, Friendly Dog: The Great Danes in this tournament are some of the friendliest faces around.
    • Dogs Are Dumb: Dunce
    • Old Dog: Dogs 6+ years of age: Baikal, Savior, Avi, Mancs, Ben, Beyra, Kingston, Cu Sith, Bosso
  • The Ditz: Steve just wants to be friends.
  • Dismotivation: Speakeasy for the first few rounds actively tries to get eliminated from the tournament.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Basically, everyone. Let's just list a few....
    • Jet: His family tried to kill him for being a runt. He escaped and joined a circus, where his mentor would later be killed. He joins the tournament in hopes to 'make the city better', using lies and tricks to advance. The death of his opponent and friend Caesar begins to affect him. He eventually begins to crack before acquiring fatal injuries in R5.
    • Speakeasy: She's taken in by Bosso at the age of 4 months to work as a prostitute through a nonverbal miscommunication. As a result, she almost kills her first client in a panic and later chews off her own deewclaws from stress. She grows up in the brothel/cannibal butchershop surrounded by sex and death, witnessing all of Pripyat's horrors. She starves herself to prevent another pregnancy, as she fears that she'll be killed if she becomes pregnant. Bosso, who acts as a father figure, boss, and an occasional sex partner for Speakeasy, tricks her into entering the tournament. When she finds out, her personality nose dives.
    • Tyson: After witnessing the death of his human family, Tyson acquires short term memory loss. Though he has witnessed death in the tournament, specifically that of his mentor/friend Vendel, he continually forgets all of the bad things that happen to him.
  • The Dragon: Bloodybeard seems to be this for Bosso.
  • Enemy Mine: Ronnie says at one point that members of the Fratelli have ended up dead because of the Blind Pig. Yet Bernardo still allies his gang with Bosso's in their rebellion against the tournament.
  • Eternally Pearly-White Teeth: Averted; several characters are specifically mentioned as having yellow or decaying teeth.
  • Eureka Moment: Beyra puts together that Hiru should have won the first round against Speakeasy when the fight with Untoten causes Speakeasy to vomit up bile. Beyra recognizes the smell as the same from the meat.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: Except Lucy
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: Captain
  • Eyeless Face: Borf
  • Eyepatch of Power: Jet's bandana which hides his damaged eye
  • Eye Scream: Tyson suffered this during round two.
  • Evil Twin: Savior is sort of unintentionally this to Vendel.
  • Expository Hair Style Change: While not exactly a hairstyle change, in several flashbacks Speakeasy is shown with silvery grey fur and a tawny muzzle. After her pregnancy scare she begins starving herself. Because of this her fur turns a brownish/greenish grey with a faded tan muzzle and her coat looks grungey.
  • Expy: It's not uncommon to find expy characters serving minor roles in the tournament.
    • Junktion of Rashan Island and Revival OC Ts appears as a follower of Vendel in their entry.
    • Bosso is an expy of another of their creator's characters.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Jet was revealed to be this in the semi-final round.
  • Fetch Quest: Round 4 of Untoten vs Erx became something like this. To win the round and advance to the semifinals, they had to be the first one to return to Beyra with a spoon.
  • Finish Him!: Beyra is sometimes played like this, showing disappointment or annoyance when someone does not kill their opponent and sometimes going as far to encouraging murder. Of course, this depends on the person writing.
    • Bosso gives this speech in both of the entries for the final round.
      • Untoten's Round
    Bosso:' "What are you waiting for Speakeasy? Kill her now."
    • Speakeasy's Round
    Bosso:' "You should not abandon unfinished work.
  • Foreign Cuss Word: Holly and RJ like to use those. Gizmo as well. Ronnie sure knows her Italian.
  • Foreign Language Title: Vendel's audition is "Para Bellum", Latin for "Prepare for War".
  • Food as Bribe: How Jet motivates Hazel’s pack to help him.
    • Food serves as the currency upon which the Blind Pig's buisness is run.
  • Freak Out!: Speakeasy has one at the end of Round Four upon learning that Bosso was lying to and using her.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: At the start of the tournament Jet is just one more immigrant to Pripyat that no one knows or respects. By the end of the semi-final he is well into The Plan to take over Pripyat.
  • Fun Size: Untoten, one of the smallest (if not smallest) dogs in the tournament. And also a semifinalist.
  • Gender Equals Breed: Both played straight and subverted.
    • Nasaya is a female Afghan hound mix and Rico is a male doberman. Meanwhile Kazra is a male Afghan hound, and Mugsy is a female doberman.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Lucy.... or is it?
  • Give Him a Normal Life: Nasaya's mother died fighting in the tournament in hopes that if she won her daughter would have a better life. Nasaya ends up fighting in the same tournament, wanting revenge.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: We do not actually see Beyra being ripped open and her unborn fetuses spilled into the snow, but the implication is pretty clear. Comes off as a bit odd considering that not only have gutted, gut spilling dogs been casually show on screen before, so have gutted pregnant dogs.
  • Gratuitous French: Adele
  • Gratuitous German: RJ, who only seems to know the words "Scheiße" and "Schwester", as well as the expression "zum Henker".
  • Gratuitous Italian: Ronnie
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Gizmo
  • Gut Punch: A lot of people guessed that the reason Speakeasy doesn't eat is because of the black bile that corrodes her stomach. They were wrong. She's actually starving herself on purpose to not get pregnant, a trend that started when she forced herself to miscarry a litter.
  • Gutted Like a Fish: Victims of the Blind Pig. Especially those who ended up as no-shows after deadline.
  • Guys Are Slobs: One or two random male extras in Ronnie's entries fit this.
  • Harmless Freezing: There are several occasions of Deltora using his ice powers to freeze someone in a solid block of ice, and yet they come out of it surprisingly well each time.
  • Hellish Pupils: Averted by Vipen, who has snake eyes but is fairly nice.
  • Hermaphrodite: Speakeasy and Lucy.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Jet, arguably. He spends a good portion of his round four entry trying to justify that murder is sometimes okay, because he killed his entire family after they abused him as a puppy. However he never really presents a convincing argument why it is okay. He just sounds like he's trying to convince himself he didn't do anything wrong.
  • Hypocrite: In Speakeasy's round, Untoten says that the dogs need a way to control their population, and one of the ways to do this would be to limit breeding (thus why she is in favor of keeping the tournament). Speakeasy points out, however, that Untoten herself is pregnant and therefore adding to the problem. Furthermore, she is pregnant with a tournament loser who shouldn't have bred in the first place and is therein breaking the very rules she is fighting for,
    • Untoten then points out the hypocrisy behind Speakeasy's involvement. Bosso wants to prove that the tournament is horrible, unfair, travesty that forces dogs to kill one another and rips families apart. He proves his point by killing more dogs.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: The backstory for a few of the competitors.
  • I Control My Minions Through...
    • For Bosso a combination of indoctrination, sadism, fear, and "money" (in the form of food.)
    • Jet uses a combination of kindness and bribery.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Nikolai and Victor; they were even more so before Nikolai's scar was added to help distinguish them more.
  • Idiot Houdini: Speakeasy, at least in the early rounds.
  • Imaginary Friend: Aurelie to Hazel? Vendel and Daloris? Conall and Myne? George and Non? Are they insane or is it real. There's something wrong here either way.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Dante, Rok, and Bosso
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Several dogs fall under this trope. While 2-3 years may not seem like much in human time, dogs age faster and have shorter life spans. However, it often comes down to whether or not the characters are portrayed to reflect their age.
    • Bloodybeard is at least twice Speakeasy's age and the difference shows.
    • Marcus and Iza, 3 and 6 respectively
    • Dante and Adele, although Adele isn't portrayed as still being a puppy, and Dante is described as "young at at heart".
    • Walter and Gizmo
  • In the End, You Are on Your Own: Beyra says this to Speakeasy going into the final round.
  • Invisibility: Untoten can make parts of her body turn invisible.
  • Ironic Name: The name of the dog who enjoys killing and eating other dogs, lies about the food he 'sells', runs a brothel, and deceives another dog into taking his place in the tournament? Angel.
  • Iron Lady: Beyra, who refuses to let her own suspicions slip around her already terrified aids.
  • It Gets Easier: Antonio says something along these lines to Ronnie after she kills Ajn. Ends up being one of the main themes of Ronnie's story arc, calling back to the "rule of five" mentioned in her audition.
    Bernardo: Ye shouldn't cuss like an adult until ye've at least killed 5 dogs. Ye know why?
    Ronnie: Because the first is a mistake, the second is a failure, the third is terrifying and the fourth is reluctant. The fifth one is acceptance.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Buckshot, in referrer to Harry's anthropomorphized arms.
    Buckshot: "How is he doing that?!"
  • Large and in Charge: Beyra, although she insists she has no real authority over anything except the tournament.
    • Averted with Bosso who is surrounded by big burly bruisers, but is himself actually not that physically imposing.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Marcus has this for the first six months of his life, Cara has no memory of her life before she met Rico, and Nonsensical has no memory period.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Lucy and Speakeasy.
  • Love Triangle: There may be a few of these in the works.
  • Madness Mantra: "I am Erx. I am alive. I burn on. I never fade. I will survive. I am Erx."
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Tyson has an unbelievably casual reaction to his eye being gouged out. He states casually that it hurts “like a mother,” but does nothing else to imply that the wound bothers him at all.
  • Make an Example of Them: All of the tournament proctors were ruthelessly slaughtered by the members of the Blind Pig. Why? To intimidate anyone who might support the tournament into reconsidering their opinion.
  • Mama Bear: Nasaya has this with Dax.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Bosso, and surprisingly Stan the rabbit
  • Meaningful Name
  • Merciful Minion: Speakeasy actually tries to give Beyra an indirect warning about Bosso's plans for her. Beyra has more or less already figured out the gist of what's going on, however, and ignores the warning.
  • Morality Chain: Several cases throughout
  • Moral Myopia: The Blind Pig argues that it isn't right for the tournament to facilitate the unbridled slaughter of more that sixty dogs. They make their point by indulging in the unbridled slaughter of every dog who supports it.
  • Multiple Head Case: Molotov
  • Mysterious Past: The blue dog who talked Jet into joining the tournament. Very little (in canon) information is given on her.
  • Never Be Hurt Again: Part of Jet’s motivation; after the death of the only person he ever cared about, he resolved never to open his heart to anyone again.
  • Nice Hat: Kingston does not like it when people mess with his hat.
    • Conall's skull mask, which is supposedly possessed, might also qualify.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Caesar and Ronnie in Round 3.
  • Non-Action Guy: Untoten's mate, Jason, is not allowed to help her in the tournament because he has already competed in it once before and lost.
  • Non-Human Sidekick (or non dog side kick): George, Stan, Ashby, Soot, Lambert, Jin, "Bird", Trinity, Rei, Chip, Tod, Jera, Vera, Candice, Mook, and Akmen. In words, a lot.
  • Nonhumans Lack Attributes: Both played straight and averted, depending on the individual artist.
    • Amusingly lampshaded in some miscellaneous art of Speakeasy, who is intersex and the exact genitalia she may have is ambiguous.
  • Nonverbal Miscommunication: In a flashback of Speakeasy as a puppy she appears to agree to "work" for the Blind Pig in exchange for food. It turns out that because her mother was a mute she had never acquired language and thus had no idea what Bosso was saying. She only recognized the word "food" and reacted in a positive manner. Later on when she's introduced to a 'client', she has a freak-out moment and nearly kills the guy.
  • Odd Friendship: Any of the non-canine companions, bonus points if they happen to be a herbivore as well.
  • Official Couple: Untoten and Jason, who have been together since before the tournament started (the former of which is pregnant with the latter's pups)
  • Offing the Offspring: What Jet's parent attempted, and failed at.
  • Older Than They Look: Beyra's age has gotten poked at a few times. No one seems to notice that Bosso is the same age as Beyra, so much so he kept getting left out of the Old Dog trope.
  • Old Soldier: Beyra, and to an extent Bloodybeard.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Bosso, Bloodybeard, Spoon/Spork/Sputnik/etc, Savior
    • Later revealed that Bloodybeard's real name is Pigeon, and Bosso's real name is Angel.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Each round, Speakeasy sings some sort of (usually horrible) song, mainly in the form of a narrative. Except in Round 4, after finding out that Bosso had been lying to her about the consequences of the tournament.
    Speakeasy: "This is my city, a winter shithole. But I ain't never remember it bein' this dark in broad day light. And I ain't never remember a time I couldn't sing."
  • Parental Incest: Depending on how you want to view the relationship between Speakeasy and Bosso, considering he's raised her since she was 4 months.
  • Perpetual Smiler: It takes a lot to get rid of Bosso's smile.
    • Lucy finds a way.
  • Pregnant Badass: Untoten probably qualifies.
  • Propaganda Machine: Speakeasy's roll in the Blind Pig's slaughter of the tournament proctors.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Rose, who shows little personal investment in what the Blind Pig does outside of his own task of managing the whores.
  • Punny Name: Justin Tyme.
  • The Quiet One: Nonsensical
  • Rape as Backstory: Hiru's brother attempted this on her, resulting in Yoru (her other personality)
  • Raised by Humans: Several character, but in particular Vendel who uses this reasoning for why he can read, quote the bible, and believes in the preachings of God, despite being a dog.
  • Raised by Dudes: Speakeasy's personality makes a lot more sense when you think about where she lived and her prominent parental figures.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: This is a good sign that you should leave Hiru alone.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Speakeasy's rounds can fall into this. So far, we've dealt with rape, death, murder, prostitution, cannibalism, ripping open pregnant dogs as population control, adoptive parent incest, intersexuality, hypersexuality, disemboweling, forced miscarriage, self starvation, and self mutilation. While a lot of these themes are touched upon in other entries, Speakeasy's provides examples for all of them throughout the rounds.
    • Lucy's rounds and S Es can fall into this as well.
  • Reset Button: Tyson forgets all traumatic experiences that happened to him the previous day. Averted because the events still actually happen, he just has no memory of them.
  • Retired Badass: Beyra
  • Roof Hopping: How the match between Zasha and Rakta-Pa ends. She makes the jump. He doesn't.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Jet
  • Scars Are Forever
    • Averted with Speakeasy who is shown having scars where her dewclaws should be in flashbacks that faded away with time.
  • Scenery Porn: Spoon and Dunce's entries can fall into this
  • Self-Made Orphan: Jet, who killed his family in order to get revenge for his abusive past.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Bloodybeard is occasionally implied to be this; it is stated that he was never really the same after the previous tournament.
  • She's Got Legs: Speakeasy might very well be part giraffe.
    • Nasaya, Nonsensical, and Dash make a good case too.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Arguably heading in this direction, especially after the death of Spoon in Round 3.
  • Silent Partner: Soot with Captain. Ashby with King as well.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: The young puppy Adele uses the word "fuck" to express every emotion from excitement to rage, and says it at least once or twice in every page of the audition comic. This is something of a Creator Thumbprint for her owner, as the character they used in the Tapestry Of Horror and Rashan Island OCTs was exactly the same way.
  • Skunk Stripe: Hiru/Yoru
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Ronnie and Antonio have shades of this.
  • Sleepyhead: Caesar, maybe a tournament of death isn't the best place to be constantly dozing off...
  • Snow Means Death: In Round 5, Jet has his stomach torn open by broken wood and shards of glass. He pulls himself up and he's seen still struggling to continue at the end as it starts to snow. Although he isn't shown dead, given the severity of his wounds and the bleakness of the scene, it can be inferred that he won't last the night.
  • Social Services Does Not Exist: The reason Speakeasy is so messed up is that she was raised from the time she was four months old in a brothel/cannibal butcher shop.
  • Split Personality: Hiru and Yoru, and arguably Avi and Iva.
  • Start of Darkness: For Jet, it was the death of his adoptive father William.
  • Status Quo Is God: The reason Tyson never remembers his traumatic experiences with his past opponents.
  • Stepford Smiler: Jet is type C.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Tyson is getting good at this.
  • Take Over the City: Jet’s end goal.
  • Tempting Fate
    Speakeasy: "Lot of dogs are gunnin' for your throat, y'know?"
    Beyra: "So what? Let 'em come."
  • The Chessmaster: Bosso, who tricks Speakeasy into entering.
  • The Dead Have Names: The majority of characters killed during the Blind Pig's rampage are named (in fact Word of God is that the writer was going out of her way to ax named characters).
  • The Insomniac: Erx
  • The Mafia: Ronnie's pack
  • The Nicknamer: Speakeasy
  • The Runaway: Jet, and to some extent Ronnie (to avoid being killed)
  • The Stoic: Nonsensical
  • The Unintelligible: Marcus is a cross between this and The Speechless; he is mostly silent but when he does occasionally say something, it's difficult to understand.
  • The Un Reveal: Bloodybeard spends two days chasing Speakeasy around the city in order to warn her about the true nature of the tournament, and just as he has found her and is about to reveal the truth, Bosso steps with a veiled threat and Bloodybeard is forced to clam up for his own safety. Dick move, Bosso.
  • Triumphant Reprise: Speakeasy's final song is a propaganda piece that recounts the horrors of the tournament and issues a warning to Pripyat immigrants to flee the city or face death. At the end of the round, she changes the lyrics of the song. While still not bright and cheerful, the new song is much more positive and hopeful; possibly the closest thing to a positive song she's been shown to sing.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Speakeasy to Bosso, as well as a lot of the recruits for his revolution. Hazel's pack and Ajn-Raka's orphanage, as well as a few miscellaneous former competitors for Jet.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Bosso's revolution of Pripyat saw no shortage of bodies.
  • Think Happy Thoughts: Captain (has this dog ever stopped being happy?)
  • Thinking Out Loud: Why, Balloon, why?
  • Third-Person Person: Nonsensical
  • Tragic Keepsake Jet with Caesar's clovers .
  • Traumatic C-Section: The pregnant dog from Speakeasy's first song.
  • True Companions: Some of the dogs still have pretty close ties with their packs during the tournament, even when contact is explicitly forbidden by Beyra with possible disqualification as punishment.
    • Two dogs from Untoten's pack bring her food despite the risk, rain, and cold in Round 3.
    • Speakeasy has regular interactions with the Blind Pig, and Bloodybeard has been keeping an eye on her.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Jet lies, blackmails, and plays dirty tricks all for the purpose of winning the tournament to make the city better.
  • Vicious Cycle: The tournament as a whole, leading may to question if it is even worth continuing.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Jet; one of the reasons he is always smiling and goes out of his way to help others is because it is easier to manipulate dogs who trust him. Bosso tries to subvert this at the end of the semi-final by revealing his plans to the others.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Marx
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    Speakeasy: He said we just gotta let everyone know this tournament ain't right.
    Untoten: So he murdered other dogs to prove his point?!
  • Who Are You?: Jason to Bosso in Untoten's entry.
    Bosso: Uh excuse me, but who are you?
    Jason:No, who are you? And what do you want her dead for?''
  • Wolverine Claws: King's attached gloves.
  • Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": Type A. Bosso's crew claim that their actions are simply their way of dealing with the population problem, as well as justice for the atrocities brought on by the tournament.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: In canon, the reason why Beyra pairs Untoten with Walter. (Of course, all of the matches are randomly drawn from a hat)
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Jet is playing a very dangerous game with the various gangs in Pripyat. At one point he even directly compares his machinations to a game of chess.
  • You Are What You Hate: The supporters of the Blind Pig intend to massacre the dogs not native to the city, despite several of them not being native to the city.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A few dogs have blue or bluetick coats, which is a type of coloring in dogs.
  • You Killed My Father: Or mother, whatever the case it seems that a lot of the contestants are motivated by a desire for revenge against Beyra for deaths of loved ones in the previous tournament.
  • You Need to Get Laid: How a lot of the characters react to Vendel’s behavior.
  • 0% Approval Rating: How the general population feels about Beyra. She doesn't particularly care.
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     The Character Summary (past auditions) 


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