Tournament of Fandom Champions 2019

Imagine the ultimate fantasy tournament bracket: 64 champions from your favorite fandoms facing off in a series of one-on-one battles. Wizards versus warriors, mental versus physical powers, humans versus … whatever Kirby is. No, this couldn’t happen in real life, but over the past 3 weeks we collected votes from the public via online poll and paper ballots to decide the outcomes.

Rounds 1 and 2 took place all online, winnowing the field to a Sweet 16. For the day of Fandom Fest, August 17, we counted votes online and in-house for Rounds 3, 4, and 5. By the end of that day, we had selected the top two champions to face off in the FINAL battle…

Yoda  YODA Vs. IRON MAN  Iron Man


All this past week, fans have voted in-person and online and we have our victor…


IRON MAN, the Grand Champion of the Multiverse!

The initial field of 64 champions were selected by high school intern Liza Kolesnik, members of the Teen Advisory Board, and myself; with some input from the Fandom Fest committee. Three different drafts of the 64-seed bracket were produced before the final selections were made. We wanted to include women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.

With so many genres (fantasy, sci-fi, videogames, Anime, etc.) and fandoms (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, etc.) suggested, we had hard cuts to make. We couldn’t include every hero, anti-hero and villain that we love (or love to hate), and had to leave out some favorite fandoms. While we considered characters from the popular Critical Role podcast, for instance, we ultimately cut them. No one from The Walking Dead or The Expanse (if you have not watched this amazing series then DO IT NOW!) made the cut, either.

Congratulations, Iron Man! You may not see yourself as a hero, with your laundry list of character defects, public mistakes, and damaged heart, but we love you 3000. May you reign with confidence until our next Fandom Fest.

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