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2023 Character Cup - Round 1A

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Let’s do this! Welcome everyone to the 2023 Character Cup! This is a special one for me since it is my 10th year running the Cup. To ensure that everybody has a good time, please read the rules below. It is important that everyone be kind and fair to make it the most fun for everyone.

Below is a link to Character Cup posts and a current set of brackets is at the bottom of the post each day. Most importantly, the daily TV Talk Topic will be found above the polls. We have a new TV Talk Topic every day and all are encouraged to participate. It's my favorite part of the contest. I can’t wait to talk TV with you!

The Character Cup goes by very quickly so check SpoilerTV every day to vote, check the prediction standings, and participate in daily discussions. For those with underdog characters, get the word out now because round 1 generally has fewer votes, so it is easier for an upset. With no further ado, I announce the 2023 Character Cup, open! Happy voting!

Earlier Posts
Prediction Contest

Round will end at approximately 1:15 am CST on Tuesday, June 20.

Character Cup Rules:

1. Don't take it too seriously! Have fun. Discuss. Play nice.

2. Cheaters suck! - Only one vote per person per poll please. While we do our best to keep the contest running smoothly, it's up to each person to follow the rules. The Cup is just a fun little piece of internet fluff. It won't get anyone's show renewed or un-cancelled. It has zero effect on ratings, so there is zero reason to cheat. All cheaters do is disrespect themselves, their fandom, their show, the actors, and this community. Just don't.

3. Focus on characters, not people. Talking about what you like and dislike about a character is encouraged. Going after actors or fans is not.

4. The aliens have not landed. There's no conspiracy here. I will do my best to keep the contest running smoothly, but I make mistakes. I apologize in advance for any technical difficulties, spelling errors, and general absentmindedness. Let me know and I'll fix it.

5. Comments are life. As you anxiously await the end of hiatus, why not distract yourself with a little TV Talk? Each day is a new topic so even if your favorites are out, you can still discuss. While the Cup is just a silly little distraction, the conversation here dives deep, so jump on in.

6. Nuts and Bolts - All polls are active for around 24 hours. Winners advance to the next round. In the case of a tie, both characters go to the next round. New polls should go up every day and polls may overlap each other. Any questions? Ask away in the comments.

TV Talk Topic: Missed It By That Much

There are a lot of awesome characters and unfortunately not all of them could get in. Below are the characters who just missed getting into the contest so it seems fair to begin our TV Talk by honoring them.

Note - Inspired by All in the Family getting in (the first Character Cup show to debut before I was born), I’m retitling our regular opening TV Talk Topic “Missed It By That Much.” It’s the catchphrase of Maxwell Smart, the 60’s comedy character from Get Smart. My brother used to love that show!

Characters Who “Missed It By That Much”:
Gary Mendez (A Million Little Things), Maggie Bell (FBI), Crystal Tyler (Heels), Sara Lance (Legends of Tomorrow), Stiles Stilinski (Teen Wolf), John Winchester (The Winchesters), Leo Fitz (Agents of SHIELD), Cordelia Chase (Angel), Will Halstead (Chicago Med), Robin McCall (The Equalizer), Remy Scott (FBI: Most Wanted), Harvey Dent (Gotham Knights), Miranda Bailey (Grey's Anatomy), Jessica Jones (Jessica Jones), Eliot Spencer (Leverage), Dr. Lauren Bloom (New Amsterdam), Dan Fielding (Night Court), Mabel Mora (Only Murders in the Building), Kaz Brekker (Shadow and Bone), Alec Lightwood (Shadowhunters), Roman Roy (Succession), Bellamy Blake (The 100), Amos Burton (The Expanse), Keyleth of the Air Ashari (The Legend of Vox Machina), Negan (The Walking Dead), Dana Scully (The X-Files), and Dale Cooper (Twin Peaks).

Shows That Split the Vote:
Agents of SHIELD, Chicago Med, Doctor Who, FBI, Game of Thrones, Grey’s Anatomy, A Million Little Things, Shadow and Bone, Succession, Teen Wolf, The 100, The Winchesters, and Yellowjackets.

Characters whose shows/actors are represented by another character:
Cordell Walker (Walker), Derek Hale (Teen Wolf), Kate Whistler (NCIS: Hawai’i), Sylvie Brett (Chicago Fire), Kim Burgess (Chicago P.D.), Angela Lopez (The Rookie), Adam Ruzek (Chicago PD), Walter White (Breaking Bad), Kelly Severide (Chicago Fire), Thomas Magnum (Magnum PI), Calian (Walker: Independence), Elle (The Last of Us), Athena Grant (911), TK Strand (911: Lone Star), Beau Alan (Big Sky), Hank Voight (Chicago PD), Johnny Lawrence (Cobra Kai), Gabriela Perez (Fire Country), Nick Torres (NCIS), and Deputy Augustus (Walker: Independence).

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