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Spiral Down Films is an all-species inclusive and all-media accepting Original Character Tournament on deviantART. The host is Winston, an eccentric weasel offering a chance at being a part of his next blockbuster picture. But those who enter his studio never seem to come out.

What would you do to see your name on the big screen?


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    General Tropes 
  • All There in the Manual: A lot less of a problem for this OCT than many, since it's so small. There are only eight storylines, and while there are two tag teams, that still adds up to only ten characters in the OCT proper, not counting NPCs.
  • Anyone Can Die: As of Round 2, that is.
  • Art Shift: Happens sometimes in entries.
  • The Cameo: Cameos are very common in OCTs and thus far, Josefina/Umo's entry, Panzen's entry, as well as Cadenza's entry have all cameoed characters from within the universe.
  • Catchphrase: Your audience awaits.
  • Cooking Duel: Proposed by Ian in her round against Panzen, but also subverted by her. Also lampshaded in Panzen's own entry regarding her mental narration:
    • Ian: [thinking] Combat wasn't decided by having a nice chat about feelings and motivations.
  • Depending on the Writer: Shades of this is to be expected, especially during the earlier rounds.
  • In Which a Trope Is Described: The teasers for round two.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: The OCT is all-species inclusive, and the great majority of the competitors thus far are anthropomorphic animals.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: While Panzen has explicit magical abilities, and there have been hints of it used in other competitors' entries, a particular example is competitors' possessions mysteriously turning up in round one's prop house.
  • Running Gag: German Shepherd Adventure Squad, a movie apparently made by Spiral Down that was less than stellar.
  • Set Behind the Scenes: A film studio is the setting.
  • There Can Be Only One
  • Urban Legends: The fact that no one who enters Spiral Down Films ever comes out is regarded in this way in some entries.
  • Xenofiction
    Audition Tropes 
  • It Amused Me: The reason why Karl hacks websites and eventually finds Spiral Down's.
  • Jumped at the Call: Panzen, as Spiral Down offers him a chance he would never have otherwise.
  • Take Me Instead:
    • Josefina when trying to save face for Umozozi, insists she be the sole one fired.
    • "Don't punish him. Only one of us needs to... take the fall."
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Kuan-tai: What could go wrong?
    Round 1 
  • Eye Scream: The unfortunate fate of Phildegard in his opponents' round.
  • Ominous Visual Glitch: An unusual example in Martin's cell phone as it shows what seem to be the ghosts or something of some actors.
  • What You Are in the Dark: A rather literal example in Panzen's round: alone in the dark, except Ian, he has to decide whether or not to leave her to, if not die, potentially lie there helpless in the dark for who knows how long with the creepy voices around her. He doesn't.
    • Possibly subverted in that it's later found out the studio staff were watching, but then again, they did nothing to interfere and don't seem to care, if Gilda's reaction is any gauge.
  • The Wild West: The theme of Umozozi and Josefina's round against Phildegard, a callback to Phil being in some Westerns during his career.

    Round 2 
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Done by Panzen, briefly, to finally knock out Umozozi.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: In Panzen's entry, Winston points out the fact that his desire to work behind the scenes isn't really useful for getting more positive exposure for his species.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: It's unclear exactly what they are, but the voices Panzen heard in round one are back, and this time they have an ultimatum that implies the competitors will share whatever their fate is unless they're helped.
  • Playing with Fire: In his entry, Panzen sets Umozozi and Josefina alight.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Panzen in his entry. Not only does he feel terrible about defeating Josefina after learning about her disease, but there's heavy implications that even if he progresses further, he's still screwed.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: Panzen at the end of his round, heavily questioning his motives and what he's done to try to achieve them.

    Character Tropes 
  • Adorable Abomination: Cadenza Maw Threnton.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Cadenza and Yvette.
  • Animals Not to Scale: Josefina is a hugely oversized mantidfly.
  • Art Attacker: Panzen can manipulate colors and form them into solid objects.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Martin, whose tail is capable of channeling the shock power of a weak taser.
  • Cheerful Child: Xiao
  • Childhood Friends: Cadenza Maw Threnton and Yvette.
  • Combat Parkour: Umozozi is particularly good at this.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Ian and Panzen both apply. Potentially Karl too.
  • Cute Machines: Karl, but don't be fooled by his appearance.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Panzen.
  • Deer in the Headlights: Yvette often has this reaction when frightened.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Phildegard Ripley.
    • And cases are made (if largely for humor) for Cadenza and Martin in the former's round one.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Umozozi and Kuan-tai.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • Ian is subjected to this by Randy for being a "feral".
    • Additionally, Josefina is prejudiced against for being an insect.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Ian.
  • Gentle Giant: Josefina.
  • Girly Girl: Cadenza. Even her skin is pink!
  • Hairof Gold Heart Of Gold: Cadenza.
  • Handicapped Badass: Ian may be missing half of a leg, have a near-useless arm and need a stick to walk, but she can still beat you up.
  • Henchmen Race: The Talent Agents.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Xiao. Enough so he enters the tournament in hopes of becoming like his hero from "The Adventures of Zi".
  • Icy Gray Eyes: Panzen has gray eyes, and to other people can appear cold and unapproachable thanks to his monotone. Played with in that his actual personality is different.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Panzen's species has a blend of cat, goat, and lizard traits. They also have large orange claws and odd, highlighted eyes.
    • Yvette's species has a mix of feline and gazelle traits.
  • Multicolored Hair: A downplayed example; Panzen's hair is naturally pure white with dark yellow parts.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: Recurring problem for Umozozi.
    • May also happen to Yvette, if she's startled.
    • Panzen. It's a convenient way of gauging his mood considering his lack of expression most of the time.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Strongly averted for Cadenza, who is one of the nicest characters in the tournament.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Played with. Some of the croc NPCs could fall under this, but others are shown to be friendly and personable.
    • Hugely averted for Phil.
    • Karl is a borderline case, in that he's neither a true reptile or fully abhorrent.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Karl is an interesting case because he wasn't designed as a human; he was designed to be a pet and looks like a gecko. However he thinks, acts, and experiences the world very similarly to how a human would, thanks to illegal upgrades.
  • Sadist: Umozozi flat out calls Winston one, and he can certainly come across this way in some entries.
  • Shock and Awe: Karl can release weak shocks, as can Martin.
  • The Stoic: Panzen appears to be this thanks to his species' lack of capability to express emotions, but isn't. It's just difficult for him to express his personality to others.
  • Troubled Sympathetic Bigot: Umozozi would fall under this.
  • Wall Crawl: Panzen can't quite do this thanks to the laws of physics, but he combines it with something similar to Le Parkour - his geckolike feet and sharp claws make him able to get to high or otherwise unreachable places in a similar manner.
  • The Wonka : Winston Weasel.
  • Workaholic : Yvette Caseretti.
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