Character Design Challenge #310 – Classic With A Twist

Classic With A Twist challenges are fairly straightforward. Basically you are charged with taking a traditional character and introducing a new and original take on them.

Your challenge this week is to take the classic Grim Reaper and add your own original twist. Perhaps your reaper has a steampunk vibe, or maybe your reaper is re-imagined as female. It’s up to you, so just have fun with it. There is no limit on number of entries.

Please follow the instructions below for naming your files.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShackPhotoBucket, or whatever);

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.

Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).

This contest will close on Sunday, February 26th at 9:00am Eastern.



25 Responses to Character Design Challenge #310 – Classic With A Twist

  1. cliff says:

    Here is my first Entry

    I warn ya now there may well be SEVERAL
    if I do them all

    Don’t Feat The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult

    Entry #1

  2. Christi S says:

    What if the Reaper didn’t like his job anymore than we do?
    What if, in fact, he was little more than an inmate of some celestial prison work camp?

  3. iioo says:

    A futuristic version of Death doesn’t need an hourglass and can just use a smartphone. But it has to be done with a scythe

  4. Keric says:

    Rey del fuego, is the Luchador alter ego or “moonlighting job” of death.

  5. cliff says:

    DUDE! I am planning on doing a luchador as well LOL 😀
    Nothing like yours though,
    So it should be all good.

    I do like yours, Very kewl!

    I see this contest is bringing several out for the occasion. Also kewl!

    PS. Considering I have 13 ideas for the contest who knows if I will even get to my Luchador, although I do have 2 more already done to load to photobucket right now

  6. cliff says:

    Entry #2

    Who Wants To Live Forever – Queen

    Not sure the agent’s actual name name other than Codename: Reaper,
    maybe Tim Reaper, to Grahme Ripper
    something along those lines

    Here is my 2nd Entry

  7. cliff says:


    I hate when I screw up 🙁

    No one might have even noticed that he doesn’t have his bow tie on, but I know I grabbed the wrong one.

    So here is the proper one

    Entry #2

  8. PrimeLionstar says:

    Blightsire is a reaper from an alternate dimension who was weakening due to the inhabitants of that world creating wards against him in order to save their souls from him. When a gateway opened into our world he instantly saw an opportunity to gain new unsuspecting souls who didn’t know of him or of his power. Blightsire doesn’t have a corporeal form and passes through everything. If someone is unfortunate to either pass through him or be at the end of his scythe then their souls will be bound to eternal servitude to him.

  9. PrimeLionstar says:

    Also shout-out for @Christi S! Your entry looks amazing!

  10. kellkin says:

    In the future A.I. has become a big part of day to day life. From driverless vehicles, planes, automated businesses, and much, much more. A.I. is a vital part of life…as well as death……

    I give you the A.I. Reapers……

  11. Cliff, I mean this in a completely non-sarcastic friendly way: he looks like John Oates. And that’s a good thing.

  12. kellkin says:

    On the Dinotopian world of Skarrus 3, Dinosaurs have evolved into humanoid type beings.

    Evert world has a Grim Reaper…

    Here is Veloci Reaper

  13. Xinmodic says:

    People always picture the reaper wielding a scythe. Little did they know, they were one and the same.

  14. marwan hussain says:

    Here is my entry no#1 (The Androdroid)

    Here is entry no#2 (The Demolisher)

    this is my first time entering a competition so i might have made a couple of mistakes and i apologize if i made any.

  15. SlytherinOwl says:

    Well fingers crossed that I can do something right. First entry ever so hope it works.

  16. djuby says:

    Challenge closed. Result posted shortly.