The Race of Children (originally called The Redundant Object Camp), or TROC for short, is an art competition hosted on DeviantArt by Object Overload creator Niall Burns, better known as XanyLeaves. In it, over 20 object characters selected by the host-in-canon, Grangriss in a Jar, compete for a gaming computer, bragging rights, and a high five from Grangriss himself. The users must draw these characters performing various challenges that range from rather simple to very bizarre. The first season, when it was first known as The Redundant Object Camp, was started on September 10, 2014. The season was cancelled and put on hiatus for two years. The second season, where it got rebranded as "The Race of Children," ran from September 16, 2016 to February 14, 2018, and this is where it gets straight-up bizarre. An additional third season ran from February 28, 2018 to September 17, 2018, with a bigger focus on strategy. The fourth season started on September 23rd, 2018, and ended on June 20, 2019. It featured a buddy system gimmick. TROC 5 is the current season, started on June 4, 2019. It is an all-star season.
This camp provides examples of:
- Aerith and Bob: Most of the contestants are rather oddly-named (Choo Choo the Train, Oranger the orange, Cuberty the cubes, etc.), breaking away from object show tradition. Some examples of more normal names are Olive from Season 3 and Chips from Season 4.
- Ax-Crazy: Many of the contestants, and even Grangriss in a Jar himself, have shown to be rather ridiculous at times. The best examples would probably be Olive and Prince Pill.
- Bizarre Instrument: The very basis of TROC 2's third challenge.
- Celebrity Survivor:
- Early Installment Weirdness: TROC 1 is very different from its younger brethren, to the point where it isn't really considered a proper season. Didn't stop Red Cream Soda from joining TROC 5, though.
- Evil Doppelgänger: Of course, you have Gangriss Evil in an Evil Jar, who is the evil counterpart of Gangriss in a Jar.
- Noodle Incident: Niall really hates TROC 1, and would rather not discuss it, to the point where the fifth challenge of TROC 4 was to erase it from existence.
- Overly Long Name: From season 2, Pringles Logo Albeit Tinted Blue and With a Fedora. Season 3 adds Bowling Ball's Bow on Fire and Northeast-Facing Picket Fence Section. Season 4 continues the tradition with Butterscotch in a Jar That's Leaking and No Green Beans Allowed Sign. Most of these names are shortened.
- For a team name, there's Team Pinkie Pie Time For Teeth from TROC 4.
- Ret-Gone: The entire first season of TROC, as of TROC 4. It did not stop Red Cream Soda from returning for TROC 5, though.
- Take Over the World: Grangriss Evil in a Evil Jar's ultimate goal.
- Token Human: While previous TROC seasons had their share of human-esque contestants, TROC 4 only has Krzysztof.
- Villain Protagonist: The contestants in general count, but especially in the merge phase of TROC 5, where the contestants help Grangriss Evil in a Evil Jar in his plan to Take Over the World.
- Choo Choo the Train: "I did it! I won Inanimate Insanity!"