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Unterganger Awards
UA Image 2017

Status

Ongoing

Interval

Monthly

Main manager

BewegungsunFISH

Assistant manager

Ako675

Judges

BewegungsunFISH
Ako675
TheSilverUniverse
Superdumpfback
Shadow Briton Parodies
Ninetales95NL

Winner selection mechanic

Nominated by peers, chosen by Judges

Number of categories

10 (13)

Links

Predecessor

Downfall Parody Awards

The Unterganger Awards (UA) is a monthly award show managed by BewegungsunFISH (previously by JennieParker87), with Ako675 as assisting manager. Parodies are nominated throughout the month, within 12 (14) categories, on the new Unterganger Awards website. A team of judges then select the winners. The winning parodies are then presented in a video made by BewegungsunFISH.

Nomination & Winner selection

Anyone (except judges in the UA) can nominate up to three parodies for each category. Nominating one's own parody is fine, as long as at least one other parody by someone else is also nominated before deadline (which is on the last day of the month). Nominations used to be made in the then-current Unterganger Awards thread, until a new website was launched in November 2016, which now required people to nominate via a spreadsheet system. As of December 2016 the spreadsheet system was dropped for a simple online form, following difficulties in working with spreadsheets. If the same parody is nominated 3 times or more in the same category (by others than the person who made it), the parody gets an extra vote in the judging process. So called "Emergency judges" are called in quite often to settle ties and to vote in categories where a judge is nominated.

Since December 2014, judges are allowed to nominate parodies (and Untergangers for UotM, but not for PotM), if there is a need (for example if a category doesn't receive any nominations, or if there is just one nomination in a category). Judges can also nominate a parody of their own. However, If a judge's own parody is self-nominated; a 7th judge must be called in to vote in that category, to ensure justice. Judges can not nominate in categories where there are more than one nomination, or if another judge nominated a parody in the same category. Also note, that judges can only nominate parodies on the day after deadline, and only during that day.

Categories for nomination

In November 2012, TheSilverUniverse, who was one of the original creators of the UA, allowed for three parodies to be nominated per category and that system remains today. In September 2014, JennieParker87 changed some of the categories, based on a suggestion from Soalric Parker. In November 2014, Unterganger of the Month returned as a category in the UA, as a separate category. This means that the winner of the title is presented in the same result video as the UA. Since December 2014, Parody of the Month is also included in the UA as a separate category.

In March 2015, 3 new categories were added; "Most Humorous Parody" (suggested by Ako675), "Best use of a rare scene" (suggested by Fuhrerandhissoldiers) and "Best parody by a newcomer" ("newcomer" here means a person who has been making parodies for less than 6 months). In May 2015, DPMVs got a separate category - Best DPMV (Music Parody) - instead of being included in the "Best Audio-Based" category. This was decided after JennieParker87 and AlphaSkyRaider had discussed the subject. In July 2015, JennieParker87 decided to replace "Best Seasonal" with "Best Series", a category which was previously in the UA. It was missed by several Untergangers, so she decided to put it back in. In November 2015, the "Best Superweapon" category was removed from the UA. The category received very few, if any, nominations. So JennieParker87 decided to remove it as an independent category. Superweapon parodies now count as part of a series, and can be nominated in the "Best Series" category instead for now. In June 2016, the category "Best use of a rare scene" was removed since it barely received any nominations for several months.

Category Description
Parody of the Month Separate category
Unterganger of the Month Separate category
Best FX Parody
Best Current Events Parody
Best Series
Best Story-Based Parody
Best Video Game Parody
Best Audio-Based Parody
Best DPMV (Music Parody)
Most Innovative
Most Humorous Parody
Best parody by a newcomer

Judges

Name Period

BewegungsunFISH
Ako675
TheSilverUniverse
Superdumpfback
Shadow Briton Parodies
Ninetales95NL

Present
JennieParker87 June 2014 - December 2016
FegelAntics June 2016 - July 2016
TheSilverUniverse October 2012 – June 2014
Master Studios October 2012 - March 2013
Benad361 October 2012 - June 2014

Recipients

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016


2017

Notes

  1. Original winner was [DPMV] Führer Frei! Beta 2 but it was removed
  2. Mistakenly credited to Subtitlecomedy.
  3. Including all contestants in the "Merry Hitler" Contest
  4. The original winner was TraitorLoxoz's Hitler gets pranked by Gunsche parody, but the award was revoked after it was found he used another Unterganger's parody without credit.

History

The UA was created to replace the increasingly biased Downfall Parody Awards run by sole judge, jury, and executioner notoriousrob01. It was conceived after months of evident favouritism on the DPA surrounding PiretBCN. Official wiki recognition of the DPA ended after June 2012, and now the wiki officially supports the Unterganger Awards.

The previously independent Unterganger of the Month (UotM) and Parody of the Month (PotM) were planned to be presented under UA's label though the two would run semi-independently and continue to have their own nominations. However, early plans for integration met with resistance from the judges of each contest. Therefore, the first series of UA awards announced in October 2012 were made without the UotM and PotM, and the two continued at their own pace and with their own announcement videos. As time went on, however, and the two began to falter, both were eventually successfully incorporated into the UA.

The main judges for the new Unterganger Awards were originally Benad361, TheSilverUniverse and Master Studios, with guest judges for each month. Later, Master Studios dropped from his position, leaving only Benad361 and TheSilverUniverse.

In June 2014, Benad361 announced he was retiring as the manager for the UA, for pragmatic reasons, namely other commitments. He decided to step down, rather than seeing the UA decline. It was decided through a voting process that JennieParker87 would take over as manager, with Soalric Parker as "Deputy manager" and judge, along with Hitler Rants Parodies as backup manager and judge. Sadly, TheSilverUniverse got caught in the middle, since he had been away from the community for quite some time and was considered inactive. He had made attempts to contact Benad361 about the UA, but with no luck. He told JennieParker87 about this later on, but he was fine with her being the manager.

In December 2014, Soalric Parker stepped down from his position as judge and Deputy manager. Later on, Hitler Rants Parodies also stepped down as a judge. Instead, AlphaSkyRaider, Vulpix95NL and Fuhrerandhissoldiers became judges alongside JennieParker87. Fuhrerandhissoldiers has since left the judge role. Later on, RandomDolfyParodies and Nerdington 0 joined the team of judges. In November 2015, Parodyhall and CoLDe84 joined as well. In December 2015, RandomDolfyParodies stepped down from his role as judge, citing lack of commitment. Upon retiring, Nerdington 0 stepped down from the judge post in January 2016. CoLDe84 became dormant in February 2016, and when JennieParker87 didn't hear from him, she removed him from his judge post. He was then replaced by TheSilverUniverse, who was one of the original creators of the UA.

Many gaming videos are quite long, and this bothered some of the judges, who need to sit through a rather long list of parodies each month. JennieParker87 decided to add a few judges specifically for the gaming category (they will only judge in that category, meaning they can still nominate parodies for other categories) in March 2016. This will ensure that those parodies will get full attention from the judges, and that the remaining judges can focus on the other categories. The first judges in this new position were QuestionTuesdayFTW and Awesome Face!. QuestionTuesdayFTW later quit this position to become a full judge for the UA.

In May 2016, Parodyhall no longer wanted to be a judge, due to lack of time and interest. In June 2016, Delphox (AlphaSkyRaider) and Ninetales95NL left their judge positions, and were replaced by FegelAntics and QuestionTuesdayFTW. The latter had started out as a special Video Game Category judge. Paul Stompbox joined the team of judges in July 2016. Around the same time, FegelAntics wanted to step down. In December 2016, Paul Stompbox also stepped down. Superdumpfback and Shadow Briton Parodies joined the team of judges in the same month.

The Unterganger Awards for September and October 2016 were put on hold, as Ako675 was asked by JennieParker87 to build a website dedicated to nominating parodies for the UA. Before this, parodies were nominated on the Downfall Forums, which were notorious for long loading times and page crashes, due to the amount of videos having to be rendered by the page. The website was launched in November 2016. In December 2016, JennieParker87 announced that she would be on leave from the UA until June 2017, due to personal reasons. During this time, Ako675 was the manager.

QuestionTuesdayFTW stepped down from the judge post in March 2017 due to school and other related reasons, after having to skip judging in February 2017 due to conflicts with The Hitler Rants Parodies Contest judging.

In August 2017, JennieParker87 realised she no longer had the time to return as manager. She then asked BewegungsunFISH to take over, which the latter agreed to. AKO675 agreed to remain as assistant manager.

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