Since the Episode Competition will come to a close this week, it is time to nominate your favorites for the Character Cup. If you haven't participated in the Cup before on SpoilerTV, it's basically a fun contest to pass the hiatus. There's nothing serious about it. People nominate their favorite characters (male and female, current and/or ended) and the top 64 characters go head-to-head to choose a favorite. Let me stress that this contest has NOTHING to do with the "best" character, which is subjective, or the best acted character, also subjective, or most influential character, you guessed it - still subjective. It is simply a way to show your favorite characters some love and pass the time until the fall season starts. So think back on all those great TV shows you've watched in the past or are watching now. Who are your favorites?
While the Character Cup works the same way as other SpoilerTV summer contests, there are some differences. The biggest is that each show can be represented by only 1 character. This allows more shows to be represented and more people to participate. If a show has a number of characters who are close in nominations, then I will hold a nominating poll so that the fandom can choose their champion. Another change is that unlike the Favorite Show Contest, once a character wins this competition they are retired. That means that LOST's Jack Shephard and Supernatural's Dean Winchester and Castiel cannot run again. This keeps people from grousing that the same people win all the time. For me though, the best difference is the TV Talk Topic. Each day there is a new TV topic to discuss so even if you don't have anyone to vote for that day, you can still be part of the conversation. If you have any great TV Talk topics, please add them to the nomination form. Last year we had great discussions about TV spin-offs, villains, heroes, TV pet peeves, recurring characters, kids on TV, and lots more.
1. Only 1 Submission per person. If you submit multiple times ALL your submissions will be removed.
2. You can nominate up to 2 males and 2 females but they must be on the same nomination form. Nominating more than 1 character from the same show will result in cancelling out your votes. Only 1 character per show can get into the contest so try to nominate from a variety of shows.
3. Only nominations with both the character AND the TV show will be included. Also please use the character's full name if you can. Remember that while I watch a lot of shows, I don't watch everything. I had no idea last year that Daenerys Targaryen and Khaleesi were the same person.
4. Please do NOT nominate Jack Shephard (LOST), Dean Winchester (Supernatural), or Castiel (Supernatural). These characters are already past winners and therefore cannot run again. Any nominations for them will not be counted.
5. While this is only the nominating stage, it's a great idea to talk up your character in the comments section. Last year we had several characters that people wished they had nominated but forgot about. This is especially true for shows that are not currently airing.
6. Nominations end Saturday at noon CST. Nominating polls will begin on Sunday or Monday.
7. Questions? Ask in the comments below.