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SASHA Rules and Guidelines for 2017
What is a Super Hero?
That is a very tough question to answer since there are so many different traits to super heroes. Super powers cannot qualify a character as a super hero because characters like Batman have no super powers, so what makes a super hero a super hero? My best answer is that you just kind of know a super hero from a regular hero. For instance, you know Spiderman is a super hero, but James Bond is not. Instead James Bond is a hero. How do I (Michael Judd) determine which characters qualify for the SASHAs and which don’t. Below I have minimum qualifications for a character to be a Super Hero, Sidekick or a Hero.
Super Hero qualifications
Here are the absolute minimum qualifications for a character to be recognized as a Super Hero and nominated for a SASHA . All other qualifications will be hashed out by the Hashers. (click the Hashers button above for details)
1. The character must be a leader or give the impression that he or she is a leader, and must make his or her own independent decisions within the story. Although the character may work within a team with other characters, a Super Hero must be able to stand alone and make his or her own independent decisions.
2. The Super Hero must have at least one comic, novel, graphic novel, game, movie, TV episode or internet episode be published highlighting the character within the year 2016. The publication cannot be a re-run or a second edition. The publication must be a first run that has never been previously published or released before, however the publication can be a sequel.
3. The Super Hero must act for the benefit of society, or protect the weak, or save himself or herself, or save another being, or defeat a villain, or overcome an obstacle that may cause harm, or any combination thereof. A Super Hero must show that his or her actions, at a minimum are selfless. It is possible that the Super Hero opposes the idea of being a Super Hero, as long as the character’s actions lead him or her to become a Super Hero on his or her own accord. A character cannot be nominated for a SASHA if the character is forced to become a Super Hero, against the character’s wishes.
4. Fans or the audience or reader must believe that the character exists in a fictional world where Super Heroes and Super Villains can exist.
5. A Super Hero can be nominated if he or she was a villain previously, but there are a few circumstances. First: The villain must turn into a hero early on in the story. Second the turned villain’s heroic deeds must far outweigh his or her villainous deeds. How do you determine that? Easy, that’s why I have the Hashers.
6. A Super Hero must be able to do something that an average person cannot do. Be smarter, stronger, creative or anything that sets him or her above the average citizen.
7. One last requirement is belief. Fans must generally believe that the character is a Super Hero and not a Hero, a Sidekick or a pud. A great example is Jason Bourne from the Bourne books and movies. It is generally believed that he is a Hero, but not a Super Hero.
What is a Sidekick?
A Sidekick is a character within the story that supports the Super Hero openly or in secret, or by accident. A good example of a Sidekick is Commissioner Gordon in the Batman series. The Commissioner fights for society, he supports Batman, and he is a supporting character. Another example is Jimmy Olsen from Superman. Of course there are other well known Sidekicks that fight like Robin from the Batman series.
1. The character must be a supporting character, and not a main character.
2. The character must knowingly or unknowingly stand for the betterment of society.
3. The character must exist in a world where Heroes or Super Heroes exist.
4. The character must be connected to the Super Hero or Hero some way within the story, even if the Sidekick does not know the Super Hero’s or Hero’s true identity. The Sidekick does not need to know the Super Hero or Hero.
5. The character must knowingly or unknowingly benefit the Super Hero, or Hero within the story.
6. The Sidekick must be in at least one comic, novel, graphic novel, game, movie, TV episode or internet episode published with the character within the year 2016. That means that if the Sidekick is nominated for a COMIC BOOK, the character must be in a comic book published in 2016, if from a MOVIE, then the Sidekick must be in a movie released in 2016. The publication cannot be a re-run or a second edition. The publication must be a first run that has never been previously published or released before, however the publication can be a sequel.
What is a Hero?
A Hero is a main character that is not a Super Hero, but does heroic things. A good example is Jack Bower in the TV show 24. The character serves the betterment of society by fighting villains, but he does not exist in a world where Super Heroes exist.
1. The character must be the main character in the story, and the character must fight for good, for society, or at the very least the society he or she lives in.
2. The character must be generally good, and on the side of society. The character must show a sign of selflessness compared to selfishness. Two opposing examples – James Bond is generally good even though he has a license to kill, and he fights for the betterment of society. The other example is the character of Leon in the movie The Professional. The character is the hero in the movie, but he is a professional assassin for his own personal benefit, and although he does good things in the movie, he is a bad character, so he would not qualify as a Hero.
3. The character must choose to fight for good, he or she cannot be forced into fighting for good by outside forces.
4. The character must be in at least one comic, novel, graphic novel, game, movie, TV episode or internet episode published with the character within the year 2016. That means that if the Hero is nominated for a TV show, the character must be in a TV show in 2016, if from a MOVIE, then the Hero must be in a movie released in 2016. The publication cannot be a re-run or a second edition. The publication must be a first run that has never been previously published or released before, however the publication can be a sequel.
*A Hero in the TV or internet category can be a real person on a reality TV show, or on a talk show. The person must be an inspiration and generally be good. If he or she is mean or bullies, he or she cannot qualify for a SASHA, however he or she may be a little stern in the interactions with people. Figure that one out.
5. The Hero must not live in a fictional world where Super Heroes are believed to exist. However the character may live in a fictional world where monsters and aliens exist.
6. Fans must generally accept that the character or person is a Hero.
What about Games?
Games are a different beast compared to the other forms of media. In a game, you are pretty much in control of the character, so there is very little character development. (Not to say you don’t have character) Games get voted on just like every other medium, however certain games cannot qualify. Games that the main avatar starts out as a bad guy (assassin or such) will not qualify. We will take MMOs on a game by game basis. Some MMOs may only have heroes or super heroes as characters, others may have both heroes and villains. The hashers will decide which games will qualify.
HOW DO THE CATEGORIES GET VOTED ON?
When I created the SASHAs I wanted to make it fair for all creators of Super Heroes, otherwise Superman would win every year out of the popular vote. With that said I am hoping that fans referred to as the “Hashers” will be chosen to hash out the top three to five characters in each category to be nominated.
Each category can only be voted on by Hashers with content that was published or released in 2016. Nomination voting begins May 1st, 2017 and closes June 1st, 2017. On July 7th, 2017 the nominations will be released to the public, and voting will continue until until August 15th, 2017. The voting will be from voting through polls on various websites, including www.sashawards.org. That information will be released at a later date.
The winners will be announced August 25th, 2017. The date is subject to change.
Hashers get to vote in categories that will not be available to the public. (perk of being a Hasher) If there is a tie the Master Hashers each get to vote again on the nominees that are in a tie. If there continues to be a tie I (Michael Judd) will decide the deciding vote.
DO YOU WANT TO BE A HASHER
A Hasher will be people chosen to hash out which characters should be chosen in each category. A mix of gamers, comic buffs, movie buffs and book readers will (hopefully) be chosen to hash it out. It is important that people that have some knowledge of some of the categories be chosen so that each category can be fairly and correctly represented. In other words, all comic book fans won’t help with games or novels, and all gamers wont help with comics or novels.
How will the Hasher’s be chosen? (see Hashers button above)