The Jug Factor (or TJF) is an important theory when it comes to calculating the number of votes a character is likely to receive in a Summer Contest.
TJF takes two main elements into consideration:
1. Is the character female?
2. If yes, how large are her breasts?
The term first arose during the second match of the 2002 summer contest, Spyro vs Morrigan. A Board 8er made a topic claiming that no one actually knew who Morrigan was and that people were only voting based on the match pic, which featured Morrigan in a typical cleavage-revealing pose. The term gained more prevalence during the Tina Armstrong vs Gordon Freeman match later in that same contest, likely due to the higher profile characters involved.
"The Jug Factor" and its more commonly used acronym, TJF, became Board 8's first fad, spawning a number of spin-offs such as "The Sword Factor" and "The Final Fantasy Factor" but most of these died out fairly quickly (the latter mentioned is still believed to be a valid "factor" in contest predictions, however it is almost never referred to by that name anymore). The fad went strong for the entire 2002 contest, however it began to die in later contests due to an influx of new users on the board, new fads and the general passage of time. Only rarely is it seen today, and usually only in nostalgic reference.
However, with the inclusion of many female characters in the next character contest, it would seem that The Jug Factor will make a comeback. That's right, Board 8's going old skool.
Matches Featuring TJF Edit
ie matches where a female possibly overperformed due to looking attractive in the match pic... MAYBE
- Morrigan vs Spyro 2002
- Tina Armstrong vs Gordon Freeman 2002
- Jill Valentine vs Kirby 2002
- Ryu vs Rikku 2005
- Tifa vs Vyse 2005
- Luigi vs KOS-MOS 2005
- Rikku vs Lenneth Valkyrie 2006
- Tifa vs Ivy Valentine 2006
- Jill Valentine vs Sheena 2006
- Aeris vs KOS-MOS 2006
- Samus vs Tifa 2006
- Yoshi vs Knuckles vs Rikku vs Vaan 2007
- Mega Man vs KOS-MOS vs Arthas vs Diablo 2007
- Mario vs Zelda vs Knuckles vs Fei 2008
- Ganondorf vs Frog vs KOS-MOS vs Neku 2008
- Auron vs Sub-Zero vs Rydia vs Marcus 2008
- Sephiroth vs Tifa vs Ratchet vs Nana 2008
- Sephiroth vs Tifa 2010
- Samus vs Cloud 2010