King of /v/ 2022

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King of /v/ 2022 was the fourth edition of the annual King of /v/ tournament held in the anonymous imageboard 4chan. The tournament was hosted by NightShiftAnon !!9A2duD1C25+, BallsAnon !th0DR5qBxs, and Ghost !!eh0Fgi0FQSV. Featuring 1373 nominees and a 128-player randomized single elimination bracket, the tournament concluded with the 5th seeded knight Jack Garland from Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Originwinning the championship over the icy demon Jack Frost from Shin Megami Tensei. Third place went to the augmented JC Denton from Deus Ex, defeating the computer AM AM from I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream in the consolation match. In quite the coincidence, Garland won exactly on the 35th anniversary of both the Final Fantasy series and the original incarnation of the character.


How to nominate[edit]

  • Character must appear in a video game (vidya)
  • You must post the image, type the character name AND the correct series name (e.g. [I nominate] Link from Legend of Zelda)
  • 12 replies / (You)s are needed in a single thread to qualify as a nominee.
  • One nominee per post only
  • Check the nomination list (Ctrl+F, click the "three vertical dots" icon, and enter character name) to see if your guy is already nominated

Character / series eligibility[edit]

  • FOTM Clause: Characters who first appeared at the month before the start of this contest (November 01 and later) are banned.
  • Visual novels / eroge games / galgames are allowed
  • Characters debuting in a game that is part of a non-vidya / multimedia franchise are accepted
  • Characters debuting in non-vidya media that is part of an established vidya franchise are accepted. Limited to 3 characters only in the bracket.
  • Characters who are not male/female or whose gender is unknown are eligible for both Queen and King tournaments, but if they appear in the main bracket in the Queen contest, they will be ineligible for nomination in King (and vice versa).
  • Spinoffs and crossovers are counted as separate series. This rule mainly applies to characters debuting and/or are better known from said series.
    • However, if a given character has previously appeared in another game prior to being featured in a spinoff/crossover/guest appearance, they will be entered under their original series whenever the host deems it convenient.
  • No real-life people allowed
  • No fan-made characters, including memes, OCs and custom characters
  • No inanimate objects (e.g. L-Block, Ebony & Ivory)
  • No grandfather clause: a contestant that appears here may not be allowed for future editions.


This is a list of characters who break at least one of the above rules, but are approved by anons and/or the host anyways. They can still be excluded for future editions if enough people desire so through a survey held during the final round.

  • All Winnie the Pooh's Home Run Derby characters
  • All Vocaloid characters
  • AM AM from I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream
  • Tony Hawk from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
  • Mike Tyson from Punch-Out!!
  • Sam from Sam & Max
  • Max from Sam & Max

Excluded Characters[edit]

Elite Eight Clause[edit]

Characters who reached the Elite Eight of the previous tournament are temporarily ineligible this year; they will be eligible for nomination next contest.

2021 Elite Eight (Will be eligible next contest)
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Dr. Eggman Kazuma Kiryu Morshu Wario Leon Kennedy Heavy "Fuhrer"
Sonic the Hedgehog Yakuza The Legend of Zelda Wario Resident Evil Team Fortress 2 Persona

Tournament champions, on the other hand, are permanently retired and will be banned for future editions.

King of /v/alhalla (PERMANENTLY RETIRED)
2019 2020 2021
Senator Armstrong Dante The Batter
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Devil May Cry OFF
No Double Duty Clause

Characters who are eligible for both tournaments cannot be nominated here if they previously appeared in Queen of /v/ 2022's bracket:

Voting policy[edit]

All rounds last 24 hours starting from the first relevant thread posted. Countdowns via the website will be provided by the host.

Starting from the qualifiers, all polls and results will be held in Google Polls. A Gmail account is needed to access the voting form. Emails will not be visible to the host and other users. Before voting, a user must answer a question related to 4chan board culture and tournament history, and must fulfill a CAPTCHA test before they can submit their votes. A user can change their choices at any time before the round ends; this is to allow campaigns like fan arts, voice recordings, video edits, songs, and poetry to convince someone to change their mind.

In the main bracket rounds, you must vote for all matches.

Qualifying round[edit]

Live nomination list by NightShiftAnon:

Qualifier Results:

1341 successful nominees will be consolidated into a single massive group where voters select the guys that they want to advance. There is no restriction on how many guys they can select. This format is called Approval voting. After the round ends, 128 guys with the most votes will advance into the bracket. Ties are broken by whoever gets properly nominated earlier.

A maximum of 3 guys per series can enter the bracket. However, if a series makes it into last year's Elite Eight, including the champion, their limit will be reduced to 2 guys for this edition.


Bold text indicates character who appears in the bracket for the first time.
OFF, Sonic, Yakuza, Legend of Zelda, Wario, Resident Evil, Team Fortress, and Persona were only eligible for 2 guys in the bracket instead of 3.

Advanced to Main Bracket (128)
# Character Name Franchise / Series Votes
01 Doomguy Doom 277
02 Vergil Devil May Cry 271
03 Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney 260
04 Spamton Undertale/Deltarune 255
05 Jack Garland Final Fantasy 249
06 Miles Edgeworth Ace Attorney
07 JC Denton Deus Ex 244
08 Kirby Kirby 243
09 Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog 242
10 Luigi Mario 237
11 Coach Left 4 Dead 233
12 Mario Mario 231
13 Grimm Black Souls 230
14 Agent 47 Hitman 229
15 G-Man Half-Life 226
16 Solid Snake Metal Gear 224
17 AM AM I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream 223
18 Scout Team Fortress 2
19 Jetstream Sam Metal Gear 222
20 Engineer Team Fortress 2 218
21 Battler Ushiromiya Umineko (When the Seagulls Cry) 216
22 Dracula Castlevania 214
23 Brad Armstrong Lisa 213
24 Gordon Freeman Half-life 211
25 King Dedede Kirby
26 Giygas Mother 198
27 Neo Cortex Crash Bandicoot 194
28 Dick Gumshoe Ace Attorney
29 Meta Knight Kirby 193
30 Bowser Mario 192
31 Jevil Undertale/Deltarune
32 Rance Rance 191
33 Simon Belmont Castlevania
34 Alucard Castlevania 190
35 Duke Nukem Duke Nukem 186
36 Harry Du Bois Disco Elysium 184
37 Postal Dude Postal
38 Goro Majima Like a Dragon
39 Pepsiman Pepsiman 183
40 Dung Eater Elden Ring 182
41 Albert Wesker Resident Evil
42 Ridley Metroid 181
43 Solaire Dark Souls 180
44 Travis Touchdown No More Heroes 179
45 Red Crewmate Among Us 178
46 Cave Johnson Portal
47 Roland LobCorp/Library of Ruina 176
48 ??? The Binding of Isaac 175
49 Hollow Knight Hollow Knight 173
50 Donkey Kong Donkey Kong 172
51 Jacket Hotline Miami
52 Alex Eggleston YIIK: A Postmodern RPG
53 Metal Sonic Sonic the Hedgehog 170
54 Nero Devil May Cry 167
55 Isaac Clarke Dead Space 166
56 Crash Bandicoot Crash Bandicoot
57 Ness Mother 164
58 Christopher Robin Winnie the Pooh's Home Run Derby 163
59 Jack Frost Shin Megami Tensei/Persona 161
60 Captain Falcon F-Zero
61 Chris Redfield Resident Evil
62 Rando Armstrong Lisa 160
63 Link The Legend of Zelda
64 Mega Man Mega Man 158
65 Frank West Dead Rising 156
66 V1 Ultrakill
67 Ellis Left 4 Dead 155
68 Bill Left 4 Dead
69 The Hunter Bloodborne 154
70 King K Rool Donkey Kong
71 Asura Asura's Wrath 153
72 Banjo Banjo-Kazooie
73 Chief Halo
74 Gene God Hand 152
75 Steve Minecraft 150
76 Quote Cave Story 149
77 Sans Undertale/Deltarune
78 Groose The Legend of Zelda
79 Mike Tyson Punch-Out!! 148
80 N Pokemon 147
81 Big Daddy BioShock 146
82 Funky Kong Donkey Kong
83 Not Important Hatred 145
84 Emperor of Mankind Warhammer 40,000 144
85 Wheatley Portal
86 Zero Mega Man
87 Patches Dark Souls
88 Isaac Kleiner Half-Life 143
89 Pac-Man Pac-Man 141
90 Starscourge Radahn Elden Ring 140
91 Joshua Graham Fallout
92 Gabriel Ultrakill 138
93 Father Garcia Faith 137
94 Kim Kitsuragi Disco Elysium
95 Demi-fiend Shin Megami Tensei/Persona
96 Mr House Fallout
97 Keke Baba is You
98 Adam Jensen Deus Ex
99 Tony Hawk Tony Hawk
100 Frog Chrono Trigger 136
101 Cuphead Cuphead
102 King Of All Cosmos Katamari Damacy
103 Earthworm Jim Earthworm Jim 135
104 Regigigas Pokemon 134
105 Niko Bellic Grand Theft Auto
106 Ayin LobCorp/Library of Ruina 133
107 Companion Cube Portal
108 CJ Grand Theft Auto 132
109 The Knight Hollow Knight
110 Max Sam & Max 131
111 Sam Sam & Max
112 Luka Monster Girl Quest
113 Lucas Mother
114 Arbiter Halo 130
115 King Dice Cuphead 129
116 Zagreus Hades 128
117 Tom Nook Animal Crossing
118 Hades (Kid Icarus) Kid Icarus 127
119 Dwarf Dwarf Fortress 126
120 Bomberman Bomberman 125
121 Charles Mafia City
122 Parappa Parappa the Rapper
123 Mr. Game & Watch Mr Game and Watch handhelds
124 Pit Kid Icarus
125 Henry Stickmin Henry Stickmin 124
126 Helltaker Helltaker 123
127 John Ward Faith 122
128 Tohru Adachi Shin Megami Tensei/Persona
Excluded due to series limit
# Character Name Franchise / Series Votes
20 Raiden Metal Gear 220
20 Revolver Ocelot Metal Gear 219
20 Big Boss Metal Gear 218
49 Sundowner Metal Gear 173
65 Template:Liquid Snake Metal Gear 156
65 Template:Otacon Metal Gear 156
93 Template:Venom Snake Metal Gear 137
120 Template:Hideo Metal Gear 124
139 Template:Solidus Snake Metal Gear 119
146 Template:Kazuhira Miller Metal Gear 117
146 Template:Monsoon (Metal Gear) Metal Gear 117
24 Soldier Team Fortress 2 211
26 Template:Medic (TF2) Team Fortress 2 209
29 Template:Demoman (TF2) Team Fortress 2 193
32 Template:Sniper (TF2) Team Fortress 2 191
45 Template:Saxton Hale Team Fortress 2 178
54 Template:Sneed (Mario) Mario 168
57 Waluigi Mario 164
89 Template:Merchant (Resident Evil) Resident Evil 142
119 HUNK Resident Evil 126
81 Template:King Harkinian (TLOZ) The Legend of Zelda 146
93 Ganon The Legend of Zelda 137
57 Shadow The Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog 164
110 Template:Mecha Sonic Sonic the Hedgehog 131
110 Template:Berdley Undertale/Deltarune 131
115 Template:Papyrus Undertale/Deltarune 129
120 Template:Kris Dreemur Undertale/Deltarune 125
127 Starwalker Undertale/Deltarune 122
81 Isaac The Binding of Isaac 146
127 Lanky Kong Donkey Kong 122
75 Template:Pot of Greed Yu-Gi-Oh 150
Did not qualify
# Character Name Franchise / Series Votes
129 Rayman Rayman 122
130 Havel the Rock Dark Souls
131 Ludwig Bloodborne
132 Oersted Live A Live 121
133 Lorde Black Souls
134 The Judge OFF
135 Proto Man Mega Man
136 Ancestor Darkest Dungeon 120
137 The Pale King Hollow Knight
138 Shovel Knight Shovel Knight

Tournament Format[edit]

Full bracket

To see what the bracket would have looked like if no series limit was enforced, click here. Format: Same format as before: 128 characters, single-elimination bracket. 7 rounds, 7 days. Characters are seeded based on their rankings in the qualifying poll.

  • Which means that in the first round, top seed plays the lowest seed, second-highest seed plays the second-lowest seed, and so on. The bracket is designed so that the top 2 seeds will only meet in the final, top 4 in semi-final, etc.
  • Each round lasts 24 hours after the link to the poll was posted. Countdowns are provided by the website.
  • If a match is tied in votes, the better-seeded contestant advances. If a tie occurs in the final, an extra runoff vote is held instead.
  • All guys who reach at least quarter-finals will be granted Elite Eight status, making them temporarily ineligible for King of /v/ 2022.
  • Losers of the quarter-finals will play a 4-way consolation match in order to rank from 5th-8th. This will take place during the semi-finals.
  • Semi-final losers will play each other at the final round to decide 3rd place.
  • Lastly, the winner of the final match will ascend into /v/alhalla as the 2022 King of /v/, and will permanently retire from the tournament.

Voting policy:[edit]

  • You must log-in to a Gmail account in order to vote. All emails will be anonymous to the organizer and other voters.
  • You must answer one or more questions related to 4chan and /v/ culture before you can access the voting form.
  • You must vote on all match-ups. In other words, no abstaining.
  • You cannot change your votes for the entire bracket You can change your votes at any time.
  • You must answer one or more Captchas before you can submit your votes.

Tournament Bracket[edit]

Google Polls Results: Round 1 - Round 2 - Round 3 - Round 4 - Quarters - Semis - Final
Responses per Round: 1159 > 1207 > 1138 > 1456 > 1348 > 1221 > 1418 Challonge Link:

External links[edit]

4chan archived threads[edit]
Archived thread links:


4chan Tournaments
/co/mics & cartoons Ms. /co/ 201820192020202120222023
Mr. /co/ 201820192020202120222023
/v/idya Queen 20192020202120222023
King 20192020202120222023
King of /v/ 2022
Finalists Jack Garland • 2nd Jack Frost
Semi-finalists 3rd JC Denton • 4thAM AM
Quarter-finalists 5th Travis Touchdown • 6th Phoenix Wright • 7th Albert Wesker • 8th Luigi
Round 4 (Top 16) Agent 47 Christopher Robin Engineer Mario Pepsiman Simon Belmont Solid Snake Vergil
Round 3 (Top 32) Asura Battler Ushiromiya Captain Falcon Chris Redfield Coach Duke Nukem Gordon Freeman Isaac Clarke Isaac Kleiner Jetstream Sam Kirby Link Postal Dude Scout The Knight Tony Hawk
Round 2 (Top 64) Alucard Bomberman Brad Armstrong Charles Chief Cuphead Donkey Kong Doomguy Dung Eater Father Garcia Frog Gabriel Gene Grimm Helltaker John Ward Joshua Graham King Dedede King K Rool King Of All CosmosTemplate:Max (Sam & Max) Mega Man Meta Knight Miles Edgeworth Mr. Game & Watch QuoteTemplate:Sam (Sam & Max) Sans Solaire Spamton Tohru Adachi Wheatley
Round 1 (Top 128) Adam Jensen Alex Eggleston Arbiter Ayin Banjo Big Daddy Bill Bowser CJ Cave Johnson Companion Cube Crash Bandicoot Demi-fiend Dick Gumshoe Dracula Dwarf Earthworm Jim Ellis Emperor of Mankind Frank West Funky Kong G-Man Giygas Goro Majima Groose Harry Du Bois Henry Stickmin Hollow Knight Jacket Jevil Keke Kim Kitsuragi King Dice Lucas Luka Metal Sonic Mike Tyson Mr House N Neo Cortex Nero Ness Niko Bellic Not Important Pac-Man Parappa Patches Pit Rance Rando Armstrong Red Crewmate Regigigas Ridley Roland Sonic the Hedgehog Starscourge Radahn Steve The Hunter Tom Nook V1 Zagreus Zero ???
Excluded by Series Limit Raiden Revolver Ocelot Big Boss SoldierTemplate:Medic (TF2)Template:Demoman (TF2)Template:Sniper (TF2)Template:Saxton Hale SundownerTemplate:Sneed (Mario) Waluigi Shadow The HedgehogTemplate:Liquid SnakeTemplate:OtaconTemplate:Pot of GreedTemplate:King Harkinian IsaacTemplate:Merchant (Resident Evil)Template:Venom Snake GanonTemplate:Mecha SonicTemplate:BerdleyTemplate:Papyrus HUNKTemplate:HideoTemplate:Kris Dreemur Starwalker Lanky KongTemplate:Solidus SnakeTemplate:Kazuhira MillerTemplate:Monsoon (Metal Gear)
Did not qualify Rayman Havel the Rock Ludwig Oersted Lorde The Judge Proto Man Ancestor The Pale King Shovel Knight
King of /v/
Tournaments 20192020202120222023
Champions Senator Armstrong Dante The Batter Jack Garland Grimm
Elite Eight
Bold indicates semifinalist status. Bold underlined indicates finishing as runner-up at least once.
AM AM Albert Wesker Demi-fiend Doomguy Duke Nukem Dr. Eggman "Fuhrer" Heavy Jack Frost JC Denton Jetstream Sam John Ward Kazuma Kiryu Leon Kennedy Luigi Miles Edgeworth Morshu Phoenix Wright Raiden Rayman Scout Solid Snake Travis Touchdown Vergil Wario
Qualified Characters
Adam Jensen Agent 47 Ancestor Ayin Baba Banjo Battler Ushiromiya Brad Armstrong Captain Falcon Charles Chris Redfield Christopher Robin CJ Coach Dimitri Alexandre Blaiddyd Doc Louis Dracula Engineer Frank West Frog Gene Geralt of Rivia Giygas Gordon Freeman Goro Majima Harry Du Bois Hollow Knight Isaac Clarke Isaac Kleiner Jacket James Sunderland Jevil Joshua Graham JPEG Dog Kefka King Boo King Dedede King Of All Cosmos Kirby Little Mac Luka Mario Max Payne Meta Knight Pepsiman Postal Dude Rance Regigigas Revolver Ocelot Ridley Roland Sekiro Soldier Spamton Spy The Hunter The Knight Tohru Adachi Waluigi Zero
Other Characters
Claptrap Philemon Yugi