All right, fillies and gentlecolts… it’s the time you’ve all been waiting for! It’s time to announce the results of our OC contest! The three winners will have their OCs put into case 1 of MLI for an interaction with Twilight, and the thirty-seven runners-up in the top forty will get an honorable mention in this post.
Before I get to the results, I’d like to thank everyone for such a phenomenal turnout for this contest! In total, we received a total of 501 OCs entered from 370 creators. Those are not small numbers! As such, we’ve taken a little while to ensure everyone gets their fair consideration, so we’d like to thank everyone for their patience. There were all kinds of ponies, and it was an absolute treat to see all of your imaginations at work here. The creativity of this community never ceases to amaze me.
I’d just like to make one more statement before we get to our winners and runners-up. We had a number of criteria that we judged OCs on, which include their suitability to the Ponyville setting, how interesting we felt they were, how confident we were that we could write an interesting interaction between them and Twilight, and so on. These are all criteria for the OCs’ appropriateness within MLI. These are categorically not judgment calls that should be taken as fundamental statements about the quality or “goodness” of the OCs in a general or objective sense. If one has an OC that contains several cliches, and which doesn’t have a very fleshed-out backstory, but which nonetheless makes that person very happy even so, then that is a good thing, and nothing here should cause that person to consider discarding that OC. At the end of the day, you ought to be your own judge for whether or not you like your OC; if you don’t, then it doesn’t matter how many other people do.
So, without further ado, you may find the winners and the runners up after the break!
Entrant: Whgoops (http://whgoops.deviantart.com/)
This is Abby Sprocket! She goes by both Abby and Sprocket, which ever you like more. Abby grew up in Canterlot during the Steampunk era in the mid 1800′s. She was always in her workshop creating new gadgets and fixing things around the house. She even made herself new wings after being hit by lightening and her old wings being unsalvageable! Her whole life changed when she created the ultimate invention: a time machine. As she was putting the final touches on it, it went haywire and sent her to present day Ponyville. She fell in love with the ponies and town and decided to stay. Since then, she’s opened a shop to fix and sell some of her gadgets.
Overall, she’s a very open pony and loves meeting new ponies. She’s always there with a helping hoof to a friend in need, even if it means she’ll have to work overtime in her shop. Though she’s known to be a very kind pony, she can, though it’s quite rare, get very annoyed and snippy. That’s only when someone is bugging her about something for days on in. She also has a strange weakness for hay bacon strips…
Eclair is very sweet and fun, and is very shy around new people, but when she gets to know you she really opens up. She’s creative and quick-thinking and is always there for friends even in tough times. She like to paint, draw and create, but sculpting is her passion.
Eclair is a Unicorn who has lived in Canterlot most of her life. Her family is well-known though out Equestria as the creators of the most prestigious Statues, Sculptures and other artworks. Eclair has also followed in her family’s hoofsteps and has become an upcoming protege in sculpting. Although she is talented, Eclair feels that everything she’s done doesn’t even compare to the all of her family’s creations – so she decided to travel all over Equestria to learn and experience now things in order to inspire her to create a masterpiece that will make her family proud.
Entrant: Wil “Wil_I_Zin” Risen (http://wilizin.deviantart.com)
His cutie mark is a sweeping broom. Most think this involves a talent with cleaning; however, his true talent lies in that he can clean up anything with a broom, even crime. (But he mostly sticks to floors.)
After spending years of cleaning up other ponies’ messes, Sweeps has become distant from his fellow pony. The job of being a janitor has been a thankless one, so he spends most of his time listening in on all the gossip ponies tend to say when no one is around. And wouldn’t you know it, being a janitor practically makes you invisible. If forced to be sociable, he will be snarky and usually let slip something he heard recently, just to see what it will stir up. Hoover has only one hatred, and that is for a certain weapon of mass partying that seems to make his job harder then it SHOULD be.
Hoover Sweeps is a freelance janitor, with a few contracts in Canterlot, Ponyville, and Fillydelphia. He most noticeably has had the “pleasure” of being on clean up duty for every natural/unnatural/animal/mad-god disaster that has happened in the past few years.
Runners-up (rest of top 10)
Entrant: Sean W.
Entrant: Master Clockwork
Entrant: ZuTheSkunk (http://zutheskunk.deviantart.com)
Runners-up (rest of top 40)
Entrant: Ariel Corao Espinoza (A.C.E.) (majinrabbid)
Entrant: Joe McCord
Entrant: Batty Gloom
Entrant: Darren J.
Entrant: BronyMike (http://youtube.com/bronymike)
Entrant: Tyrannus Paleo/The Zoologist Colt
Entrant: Court Pless
Entrant: Rebecca Skinner (http://14dreamer.deviantart.com/)
Entrant: Kim A. (Adlivun)
Entrant: Justin Patterson
Frank the Pony
Entrant: Hunter B.
Entrant: Diexna (http://www.fimfiction.net/story/5345/Perquisition)
Professor Renaldo Eduardo Search
Entrant: Croswynd (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/12/story-unmarked.html?m=1)
Entrant: Juan M.
Entrant: Balderdash999 (http://balderdash999.deviantart.com)
Entrant: Clex Yoshi
Entrant: NeoArtimus (http://www.youtube.com/user/PWaaMLPfim)
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