…in the field of posting elaborate tortures, uncivilized acts against humanity, and not knowing the meaning of the words “Cruel and Unusual”.
The earliest known use of the Tepes Award in its current form comes from Georgepatton, on February 12, 2010. His award was given to William Blake, and included the now-obligatory banner bearing the full title and an image of the namesake.
The award migrated to AH.com from spacebattles.com where it was used in 'VS Debates', a sun forum based on determine who would win in fictional fights. The Vlad Tepes award was used to signify when a match was brutally unbalanced - a 'stomp thread'.