The Parody of the Year award was originally created as a collaboration between Master Studios, Benad361, Hitler Rants Parodies and TheSilverUniverse. The idea was to celebrate the best parody of the year. The contest was abandoned for quite some time, but in December 2015 JennieParker87 made a forum post asking the community if she could activate it again with new rules. The feedback was positive, so she decided to go ahead with it.
Concept & Rules
On the 1st of January each year, a nomination process begins. Any parody uploaded during the previous year can be nominated (and each person can nominate 3 parodies, but not their own). However, all the parodies that won the Parody of the Month title during the year are already automatically nominated. The nomination process ends after two weeks. It's not possible to win the title two years in a row.
If there are many nominations, the judges of the Unterganger Awards will select 10 parodies out of the nominations, to be presented along the other 12 in a poll on the forum. Then two weeks of voting follows, where people can vote for their favourite parody on Downfallparodies.net. The parody which receives the most votes, wins. It will then be presented on JennieParker87s channel.
Self-nominations are not allowed. It's also not allowed to vote for one's own parody.
On September 1, 2012, the Parody of the Year Award was officially announced. The date for the presentation of the award had been set for 21 December 2012, but there was absolutely no word from any of the supposed collaborators since the first quarter of 2013.
The Parody of the Year award was originally a concept brought forth by Master Studios simply to act as the "finale" of sorts to his Parody of the Month awards for the 2012 season, however with the expansion and growth in popularity of both the Parody of the Month and Benad361's Unterganger of the Month award, interest in such an end-of-the-year celebration rose and planning for the event began. Soon after, TheSilverUniverse expressed interest in the event and offered to use his special effect skills to create the awards videos, and thus the three-man Unterganger collaboration was born. Hitler Rants Parodies was invited to join the collaboration on September 2, 2012, making the Parody of the Year Awards one of the largest collaboration of Untergangers to date.
The award was brought back to life in January 2016, with new rules, under JennieParker87's management.
There are no categories in the modern version of this award, as true to the award's name, only one parody can win the award.
The categories for the former version of the award in 2012 were:
|Best Parody Series||The best close-ended Parody Series.|
|Best Special Effects||The best use of special effects in a parody.|
|Most Innovative||A parody that demonstrates considerable originality, creativity and introduces new styles/inspiration for Untergangers and their parodies.|
|Most Entertaining||The parody that made you laugh or kept your attention the longest, gave you a reason to spend time watching more than any other parody.|
|Best Feature-Length Parody||The best story-focused parody.|
|Best Music Parody||For parodies where characters sing or dance.|
|1||2015||Hitler's Pencil Of Winter Powers||Venkyra21|
|2||2016||Hardware Store Hitler||RBC56|