Character Design Challenge #500 – Show Us Your Best!

This week in honour of CDC500, we celebrate HeroMachine and those who enjoy her.

Your challenge this week is to create a character using Heromachine…any kind of character at all. Can be male, female, human, alien, biological, mechanical, hero, villain, mortal, immortal, living or dead (or living dead). Use your skills and imagination to show us your best work.

Special Guest Judge: Jeff Hebert – that’s right – the creator of Heromachine!
Prize: a version of your character by yours truly.
If Jeff thinks the winning entry is worthy. It will be inducted into the HeroMachine Hall of Fame!

Enter as often as you like.
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. Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited. 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 (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like, Image Shack, Deviant Art or whatever) Do not use Photobucket<.
Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name.
No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
Please name your files 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, June 27th at 10:00 am Eastern.

28 Responses to Character Design Challenge #500 – Show Us Your Best!

  1. Mark says:

    Hades and Persephone

  2. redhd5 says:

    Can Somebody PLEASE HELP ME

    I keep getting this error messege when tryn to run the program
    SecurityError: Error #2028: Local-with-filesystem SWF file file:///C|/Users/Mike/Downloads/heromachine3.swf cannot access Internet URL
    at heromachine3_fla::MainTimeline/frame2()
    at flash.display::MovieClip/gotoAndStop()
    at heromachine3_fla::MainTimeline/finished()

  3. Suleman says:


    I don’t really have the time or the energy to make anything new, but I haven’t entered her into a contest before.

  4. Suleman says:

    Don’t try to run the program from your computer. You’ve downloaded the heromachine program, but you should instead run the Flash Player Debugger and input the internet address for the heromachine version you want to use.

    Follow the instructions here:

    Here’s what it should look like:

  5. Michael says:

    Suleman……Thank you so VERY MUCH that finally worked. you are the Man Thank you Thank you

  6. Lizzy vern says:

    I can’t get HM to work on my computer anymore, but I got a few i have done in the past, if they qualify-

    Tabaxi rogue OC:

    Computer crash before I could finish, so only black and white:

  7. ams says:

    My entry for CDC #500 is one I would like to share with the many creators that I have met using the program. These are images that were either requested or art trades. Some ‘machiners are still around, but many have faded away and there is always hope they will come back to visit. It’s always been a highlight to meet and write to individuals from around the world and share the same passion for character creation. I have learned so much over the years and can only say THANK YOU to Jeff and all the mods for giving us these opportunities to share ideas and bring them to life.
    I hope that you and your families stay well and safe.
    Aalok, Abraham, Archangel by NHA247
    Agent 42X by mja42X
    Alloy, Guardian Angel, Herculean by Ubiquitous Pixel
    Alpha b Vampryist
    Golden Guardian, Demon Girl, Double Trouble, Sempi by JR19759
    Zigzag, Iron Hawk, Syndrome by Blue Blazer
    Cuahtemoc, Sad Bastard by DiCicatriz
    Anastasia, Sting Clad by Keric
    Abder, Brawler by FRM
    Angel, The Beast, The Last Guardian by Headlessgeneral
    Animal Boy by 127thelegion
    Apex, White Dwarf, Jade Spyder by Louis Parke
    Aphelion, Blind Mage by hawk007
    Apollo, Night Watchman by Magnus Maximus
    Arbalest, Bloodwraith, Tsunami by SteelGeneral
    Arikimith, Blacksmith, Streak by Nerd&Proud
    Aym Geronimo, Nekrotikus by Cliff (RIP)
    Blackstar, British Guardsman, The Puzzle by Mark Williams
    Blockade by Rick Slechter
    Blood Raven by Nug
    Blood Diamond by Runt82
    Bloodwing by Vengeance
    Blue Jay by gwdill
    Cape Killer, Chico Gecko, The Walker by Madjack
    Crescent Blue by Rydescho
    Daeron by Lord Obsidious
    Dead Silence, Razorback, Relinquished (the glass knight), Toxic Toad by Sam Heness
    Demonspeed by Scatman
    Devil Dog by SoggyMeerkat
    Disturbed by Azreal2156
    Fluke by Myro
    Frost by SteveD4ve
    Genovefa by Funkmachine
    Gilead Samson by Hulkdaddy (RIP)
    Hajan, Hoverhands, Lady Knight, Samatar by Suleman
    Hero Girl by TJ Gertz
    Heron by Livewyre
    Hexblade b J3loodT4lon
    Hoax by Leavhon
    Jason Bloodwing by Djuby
    King Arthur by Kaylin88100
    Leoxander by silverclone114261
    Malevetus by Wolf Master
    Manic Electric by XaiverKain
    Midnight Owl by midnightowl07
    Moloch by Rozenstal
    Moonstar by wmdbasspalyer
    Nobody by Nobody
    Oblivion by Cknap
    PMD by PMD Warrior
    Psyche by Kaldath
    Quantanimo by Blastmaster
    Renenge for DubleDZ
    Swat for Destrof22
    Sigil by Lady Amaranth
    Silver Sabre by Gaston25
    Steel Wolf, Thunder Lord by Ursa Magnus
    Talon for Nighthawk
    The Judge by PhasR51
    Vineria by Mark Knox
    VR by Linea24
    The Cataylysts by 12for12
    Tai Chi Dragon by Jim Burrows

  8. NerdAndProud says:

    W’lloh aka Willow, one of my Fantasy characters. Made this one a while back, not too long ago, really happy with the background (and the character of course)

  9. DiCicatriz says:

    Had to come out of semi-retirement for this occasion. I can’t believe there have been 500 contests! Rather than dig through the archives, I decided to just get to machining for the first time in a long while and see what came to me. I’m pretty happy with the results. I’ve got three entries for you guys:

    Dissonance –
    Archangel of the Abyssal Choir – soldiers from the Sphere of Mars who have undergone modifications to be able to wield infernal magics against the Enemy. Dissonance was shut out of Paradise when the dark magics became too deeply interwoven with their essence. They are too tainted to ascend with their brethren. So they remain trapped on Earth, taking out their immortal frustrations on whoever is unlucky enough to cross them.

    Samson Steel –
    A turn-of-the-century shiny metal beefcake designed to be an indestructible gentleman superhero. He was never activated and languished for decades in storage. But now that he’s online he’s ready to engage in fisticuffs for justice.

    Teenage Meltdown –
    A young man whose posthuman puberty left him a walking nuclear disaster. Instead of mood swings and acne he’s dealing with radiation blasts and a glowing skeleton. Yikes.

  10. djuby says:

    Challenge closed. Results posted soon.

  11. ams says:


  12. David Bruce says:

    there was a LOT of good designs here, ngl

  13. djuby says:


    Give poor Jeff a chance – there are over 100 entries to look at

  14. David Bruce says:


    safe bet to sat, that ams has the most entries here out of ALL of us by the looks of it

  15. AFDStudios says:

    Sorry folks, this is on me! I’ve got them all downloaded though and am going through them now. I should have results up later today or tomorrow.