History SupplementalMaterial / TeamFortress2

9th Mar '16 2:58:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* HypocriticalHumor: They think MenWithoutHats have a "unthinkably offensive name" and were stunned when the ''{{Portal 2}}'' team mentioned they didn't put any hats in ''Portal 2''. These same people created the [[YouHaveResearchedBreathing Hatless Options for Scout, Engie, and Sniper]], and created the [[http://www.teamfortress.com/hatless/ Hatless Update]].

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* HypocriticalHumor: They think MenWithoutHats Music/MenWithoutHats have a "unthinkably offensive name" and were stunned when the ''{{Portal 2}}'' team mentioned they didn't put any hats in ''Portal 2''. These same people created the [[YouHaveResearchedBreathing Hatless Options for Scout, Engie, and Sniper]], and created the [[http://www.teamfortress.com/hatless/ Hatless Update]].
29th Feb '16 10:50:03 AM FF32
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** ''FinalCombat'' is a much more shameless one.

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** ''FinalCombat'' ''VideoGame/FinalCombat'' is a much more shameless one.
25th Sep '15 1:12:57 AM TheWildWestPyro
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* AndYourRewardIsClothes: The BrokenBase over the hats was mocked in a [[http://www.teamfortress.com/post.php?id=3692 fictional Dev Diary]] where a wide-eyed young programmer designs a brilliant and balanced tenth class, only for his entire idea to be scrapped because there were no hats. When he calls the team out for only caring about hats, [[GenuineHumanHide he is murdered and his skin turned into a hat.]]

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* AndYourRewardIsClothes: The BrokenBase over the hats was mocked in a [[http://www.teamfortress.com/post.php?id=3692 fictional Dev Diary]] where a wide-eyed young programmer designs a brilliant and balanced tenth class, only for his entire idea to be scrapped because there were no hats. When he calls the team out for only caring about hats, [[GenuineHumanHide he is murdered and his skin turned into a hat.]](sentient) beret]].
17th Sep '15 8:17:43 AM Morgenthaler
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--> ''"'''DINNER IS SERVED, LADIES''' -- [[CallBack Grass grows, birds fly, sun shines,]] [[LastSecondWordSwap and girls, I am your Prince Frickin' Charming over here]]. '''Extremely''' handsome man, [[MoneyDearBoy lots of money]], sick body, seeks lady friend who's smart enough to know a frikkin' catch when she's got one. [[FlexingThoseNonBiceps I work out]]. Stop somebody on the street and describe me, and they are gonna tell you that you would be nuts not to date me. FiveFiveFive-1103. If you get a busy signal, [[WishfulThinking that's just all the other ladies calling, so keep trying]]."''

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--> ''"'''DINNER IS SERVED, LADIES''' -- [[CallBack Grass grows, birds fly, sun shines,]] [[LastSecondWordSwap and girls, I am your Prince Frickin' Charming over here]]. '''Extremely''' handsome man, [[MoneyDearBoy lots of money]], sick body, seeks lady friend who's smart enough to know a frikkin' catch when she's got one. [[FlexingThoseNonBiceps I work out]]. Stop somebody on the street and describe me, and they are gonna tell you that you would be nuts not to date me. FiveFiveFive-1103. If you get a busy signal, [[WishfulThinking that's just all the other ladies calling, so keep trying]].trying."''
30th Jul '15 5:17:18 PM nombretomado
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** ''VideoGame/{{Brink}}'' is partially this. Also to ''ModernWarfare'' as well.

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** ''VideoGame/{{Brink}}'' is partially this. Also to ''ModernWarfare'' ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' as well.
23rd May '15 4:59:03 PM Prfnoff
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** ''{{Brink}}'' is partially this. Also to ''ModernWarfare'' as well.
** ''MondayNightCombat'' is fairly obvious in taking inspiration from ''[=TF2=]''.

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** ''{{Brink}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Brink}}'' is partially this. Also to ''ModernWarfare'' as well.
** ''MondayNightCombat'' ''VideoGame/MondayNightCombat'' is fairly obvious in taking inspiration from ''[=TF2=]''.
1st Feb '15 3:32:21 PM ObsidianFire
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[[folder:Update Pages and Comics]]

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* CerebusSyndrome: [[CerebusRollercoaster Zig-]][[MoodWhiplash Zagged.]] While many update comics feature absurdly comedic situations, nearly all of them are treated as canon. Since 2009, there have been a few particular sporadic updates that seem to hint at a greater MythArc spanning three generations... and featuring current members of both RED and BLU growing increasingly more dissatisfied with all three of their employers. The resultant PlotTumor plays out [[BizarroFiction like a men's magazine serial from the 1960's as written by someone on copious amounts of lysergic acid.]]%%Comic
* CloudCuckooLand: Put simply, the whole [=TF2=] universe is crazy in a box with a side order of fries. The entire world is owned by one of two corporations, founded by two feuding brothers fighting over worthless pits of gravel, and both owned by a single sociopathic woman who keeps both sides in conflict. Weapons are supplied by Mann Co., a company owned by an overly masculine Australian who spends most of his time getting into fights. Australia itself is also hyper-masculine, with everyone being incredibly muscular and owning a mustache (yes, even the women), and whose leader is chosen by boxing match with a kangaroo. What's more, it turns out that the second floor was invented (by Shakespearicles, the strongest poet who ever lived) 200 years before the staircase (invented by Abraham Lincoln), and in the intervening time people had to rocket jump up to the second floor. Then there's Gray Mann, who invented a robot army powered by money. Really, just about every bit of information available about the [=TF2=] world only serves to emphasize how insane it is.%%Comic



* ScheduleSlip: The six issue ''Mann Co. No More'' story line was initially advertised as Bi-Monthly, meaning the issues would be released over the course of one year. In about one year's time, there have only been three issues released. This was hilariously lampshaded in the second issue's blog post, where the Valve team claimed to have spent the extra time between issues debating what 'Bi-Monthly' actually meant. This is taken to the extreme when they claim that comic 4 is a 6 months early annual comic.%%Comic
* TomatoInTheMirror: Parodied in the Bombinomicon comic on the front page. A random guy bemoans that he was the monster all along, which is advertised as a twist ending... with a note beneath explaining that this is not, in fact, the twist ending.%%Comic
* UnsoundEffect: FLEX! COUGAR! PROPERTY DAMAGE! BUTTON PRESS! HEROIC LEAP! Very common, especially if Saxton Hale is around.
** This extends to statues/action figures of Saxton Hale as well. COMPOUND ELEVATED SKULL FRACTURE!%%Comic
* WhamEpisode: The comic "Blood Brothers". It changes everything. Including the team's reasons for killing each other, presumably.
** ''Ring of Fired'' begins with [[spoiler:Gray Mann taking over Mann Co.]] and ends with a newspaper headline declaring that [[spoiler: Spy and Scout are about to be hanged]].%%Comic
* WhamLine: [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/TeamFortressClassic "MERRRRCENARRRIES! FALLLL IN!"]]]]%%Comic

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* ScheduleSlip: The six issue ''Mann Co. No More'' story line was initially advertised as Bi-Monthly, meaning the issues would be released over the course of one year. In about one year's time, there have only been three issues released. This was hilariously lampshaded in the second issue's blog post, where the Valve team claimed to have spent the extra time between issues debating what 'Bi-Monthly' actually meant. This is taken to the extreme when they claim that comic 4 is a 6 months early annual comic.%%Comic
* TomatoInTheMirror: Parodied in the Bombinomicon comic on the front page. A random guy bemoans that he was the monster all along, which is advertised as a twist ending... with a note beneath explaining that this is not, in fact, the twist ending.%%Comic
* UnsoundEffect: FLEX! COUGAR! PROPERTY DAMAGE! BUTTON PRESS! HEROIC LEAP! Very common, especially if Saxton Hale is around.
** This extends to statues/action figures of Saxton Hale as well. COMPOUND ELEVATED SKULL FRACTURE!%%Comic
* WhamEpisode: The comic "Blood Brothers". It changes everything. Including the team's reasons for killing each other, presumably.
** ''Ring of Fired'' begins with [[spoiler:Gray Mann taking over Mann Co.]] and ends with a newspaper headline declaring that [[spoiler: Spy and Scout are about to be hanged]].%%Comic
* WhamLine: [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/TeamFortressClassic "MERRRRCENARRRIES! FALLLL IN!"]]]]%%Comic



* PoorCommunicationKills: The Administrator and Miss Pauling convince both the RED Demoman and BLU Soldier (who were both willing to be killed rather than take the offer of killing the other for custom weapons) that the other had already betrayed them, which led to the war. Sadly, they ended up believing that they'd been betrayed instead of contacting the other.%%Comic
* TheReveal[=/=]RunningBothSides: This is the first time we see the Administrator, and [[WarForFunAndProfit learn that she does the announcements for both RED and BLU teams.]]
** MegaCorp[=/=]NGOSuperpower[=/=]OneNationUnderCopyright[=/=]OneWorldOrder: The Administrator is also the acting CEO of both companies ''and'' her own Weapon Supply Company, [=TF=] Industries. As long as she can keep the Mann Brothers (and The Teams) distracted by the land grab, ''she effectively controls the entire world.''%%Comic



* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: The 1800s BLU team shown in the Engineer comic appeared to comprise:
** Scout: Billy the Kid
** Soldier: Stonewall Jackson
** Pyro: Abe Lincoln
** Demoman: Alfred Nobel
** Heavy: John Henry
** Engineer: Nikola Tesla
** Medic: Sigmund Freud
** Sniper: Davy Crockett
** Spy: Fu Manchu%%



* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: A pretty big one, but still:
-->'''Blutarch's assistant:''' Give him a moment, dear. He's just dead.%%Comic
* GenerationXerox: Barnabas Hale being attacked by a cougar resembles the cover of one of his descendants', Saxton, Barbershop Action comics. He even refers to a pepper sauce in his dialog.%%Comic
* ThereIsAnother: Notes on the cover the Life Extender machine's blueprints say that one was built for Redmond, one for Blutarch and a third with the date and client out of frame.%%Comic
* TheNothingAfterDeath: According to Blutarch Mann, who has been continually dying and reviving through the use of the immortality machine.
--> '''Blutarch Mann:''' Every day I'm dead a little ''longer'', Mr Conagher. I have ''seen'' the other side. There is ''nothing'' there. ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Fix. This. Machine.]]''
** In addition, after Blutarch and Redmond are both killed, their ghosts contract the mercenaries to transport their sibling's remains to a portal to hell found in one of their mining concerns.%%Comic
* PunBasedTitle%%Comic
* VisualPun: After receiving his share of Zepheniah Mann's will, [[http://www.teamfortress.com/loosecanon/04.html Barnabas Hale gets pounced on by a cougar]].%%Comic
* WhyWontYouDie: Blutarch says this of Redmond.%%Comic

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* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: A pretty big one, but still:
-->'''Blutarch's assistant:''' Give him a moment, dear. He's just dead.%%Comic
* GenerationXerox: Barnabas Hale being attacked by a cougar resembles the cover of one of his descendants', Saxton, Barbershop Action comics. He even refers to a pepper sauce in his dialog.%%Comic
* ThereIsAnother: Notes on the cover the Life Extender machine's blueprints say that one was built for Redmond, one for Blutarch and a third with the date and client out of frame.%%Comic
* TheNothingAfterDeath: According to Blutarch Mann, who has been continually dying and reviving through the use of the immortality machine.
--> '''Blutarch Mann:''' Every day I'm dead a little ''longer'', Mr Conagher. I have ''seen'' the other side. There is ''nothing'' there. ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Fix. This. Machine.]]''
** In addition, after Blutarch and Redmond are both killed, their ghosts contract the mercenaries to transport their sibling's remains to a portal to hell found in one of their mining concerns.%%Comic
* PunBasedTitle%%Comic
* VisualPun: After receiving his share of Zepheniah Mann's will, [[http://www.teamfortress.com/loosecanon/04.html Barnabas Hale gets pounced on by a cougar]].%%Comic
* WhyWontYouDie: Blutarch says this of Redmond.%%Comic



* ArtShift: The style of the Replay Update comic is noticeably looser than that of the previous comics, due to Andrea Wicklund (artist of the ''[[VideoGame/{{Portal}} Lab Rat]]'' comic)'s coloring style.%%Comic



* BigNo: Soldier starts one.
-->'''Administrator:''' ''I'' sent you those photos.\\
'''Soldier:''' MY HEADS!!!\\
'''Administrator:''' Yes. I took the heads too. Rest assured, they have been destroyed.\\
'''Soldier:''' ''NOOOOOOOOOOOOO-''\\
'''Administrator:''' The ''photos,'' Mister Doe. Your heads are safe.%%Comic
* CallBack: A number to the Meet the Team videos, one of the most blatant being [[http://www.teamfortress.com/meetthedirector/?p=4 here]].%%Comic
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: The Heavy was sent a photo of his house and himself, sleeping. He has a separate, smaller bed for "Sascha" [sic], his minigun. Scout says that's pretty embarrassing. [[InsultBackfire The Heavy agrees]]; he needs to buy Sasha a better bed.%%Comic
* CriticalResearchFailure: In-universe, the Director tells the Soldier that Sun Tzu never wrote books on how to punch through someone's ribcage.%%Comic
* DescriptionCut:
--> '''[[http://www.teamfortress.com/meetthedirector/?p=2 Miss Pauling]]:''' The Administrator sees this as a perfect opportunity to show the good people of Badlands you're ''not'' just armed psychopaths blowing up all their landmarks on a daily basis.\\
'''[[http://www.teamfortress.com/meetthedirector/?p=3 The Administrator]]:''' I see this as a perfect opportunity, Miss Pauling, to spy on the armed psychopaths we're paying to ''blow each other up'' on a daily basis.%%Comic
* EarlyBirdCameo: In [[http://www.teamfortress.com/meetthedirector/?p=10 the last panel]], the Medic can be seen holding the Quick-Fix, his new Medigun that he got in the Über Update. The final panel also includes stills from "Meet the Medic", which would not be released until several months later.%%Comic
* EvenEvilHasStandards: To keep them in line, the Administrator sends Sniper photos of his parents, and Heavy photos of his minigun, and Soldier... gets a head in a box, and a photograph of the empty space where his collection of heads used to be.
--> '''Spy:''' Whose... head is that?
--> '''Soldier:''' MINE!!! The question is, where are the other seven?!
--> ''(Spy and Scout are both visibly disgusted)''%%Comic
* {{Expy}}: The Sniper's [[http://www.teamfortress.com/meetthedirector/?p=6 parents]] bear a striking resemblance to Eustace and Muriel of ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''. The artist apparently confirmed that the similarity was intentional.%%Comic
* FreudianExcuse: Played straight and then averted. The Director informs us of a tragic {{backstory}} for the Heavy to explain his actions, but the Heavy isn't interested in talking about it. He knows he isn't that complicated:
-->'''[[http://www.teamfortress.com/meetthedirector/?p=4 Heavy:]]''' I. Like. To shoot. This gun. Is all you need to know.%%Comic
* KnowNothingKnowItAll[=/=]PrimadonnaDirector: The Director is too pretentious and sure of his superiority to realize when he's being duped or led to his death.%%Comic
* PunchClockVillain: Like in her other appearances, Miss Pauling seems to be the nicest and least crazy person in [=TF2=] canon, but she doesn't appear to have any qualms about [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness shooting a man]] in cold blood [[http://www.teamfortress.com/meetthedirector/?p=9 as part of the job]].%%Comic
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: See FreudianExcuse above.%%Comic
* SarcasmMode: The Administrator lays it on real thick when she berates the mercs for killing her messenger.
-->'''The Administrator:''' First off, let me thank you for shooting ''yet another messenger.'' And when you kill the messengers, they can't return their ''miniature televisions'', which it may surprise you don't grow naturally on their chests.%%Comic
* ShootTheMessenger: Much to the Administrator's annoyance. [[BlackComedy The mini TVs strapped to their chests are expensive.]]%%Comic
* SpeechBubblesInterruption%%Comic
* WagTheDirector: Many members of the Team attempt to do this to the director; Miss Pauling and The Administrator are ultimately the most successful.%%Comic

!!! [[http://www.teamfortress.com/grordborts/comic/ Grordbort's Crash]]
* CardboardPal: The Soldier has three.
** OnlyKnownByTheirNickname
* HeroicSacrifice: The Soldier is prepared to make one by jumping onto the rocket.
* SkewedPriorities: "Pack up the tea, boys! We're joining the ''space marines''!"

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* BigNo: Soldier starts one.
-->'''Administrator:''' ''I'' sent you those photos.\\
'''Soldier:''' MY HEADS!!!\\
'''Administrator:''' Yes. I took the heads too. Rest assured, they have been destroyed.\\
'''Soldier:''' ''NOOOOOOOOOOOOO-''\\
'''Administrator:''' The ''photos,'' Mister Doe. Your heads are safe.%%Comic
* CallBack: A number to the Meet the Team videos, one of the most blatant being [[http://www.teamfortress.com/meetthedirector/?p=4 here]].%%Comic
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: The Heavy was sent a photo of his house and himself, sleeping. He has a separate, smaller bed for "Sascha" [sic], his minigun. Scout says that's pretty embarrassing. [[InsultBackfire The Heavy agrees]]; he needs to buy Sasha a better bed.%%Comic
* CriticalResearchFailure: In-universe, the Director tells the Soldier that Sun Tzu never wrote books on how to punch through someone's ribcage.%%Comic
* DescriptionCut:
--> '''[[http://www.teamfortress.com/meetthedirector/?p=2 Miss Pauling]]:''' The Administrator sees this as a perfect opportunity to show the good people of Badlands you're ''not'' just armed psychopaths blowing up all their landmarks on a daily basis.\\
'''[[http://www.teamfortress.com/meetthedirector/?p=3 The Administrator]]:''' I see this as a perfect opportunity, Miss Pauling, to spy on the armed psychopaths we're paying to ''blow each other up'' on a daily basis.%%Comic
* EarlyBirdCameo: In [[http://www.teamfortress.com/meetthedirector/?p=10 the last panel]], the Medic can be seen holding the Quick-Fix, his new Medigun that he got in the Über Update. The final panel also includes stills from "Meet the Medic", which would not be released until several months later.%%Comic
* EvenEvilHasStandards: To keep them in line, the Administrator sends Sniper photos of his parents, and Heavy photos of his minigun, and Soldier... gets a head in a box, and a photograph of the empty space where his collection of heads used to be.
--> '''Spy:''' Whose... head is that?
--> '''Soldier:''' MINE!!! The question is, where are the other seven?!
--> ''(Spy and Scout are both visibly disgusted)''%%Comic
* {{Expy}}: The Sniper's [[http://www.teamfortress.com/meetthedirector/?p=6 parents]] bear a striking resemblance to Eustace and Muriel of ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''. The artist apparently confirmed that the similarity was intentional.%%Comic
* FreudianExcuse: Played straight and then averted. The Director informs us of a tragic {{backstory}} for the Heavy to explain his actions, but the Heavy isn't interested in talking about it. He knows he isn't that complicated:
-->'''[[http://www.teamfortress.com/meetthedirector/?p=4 Heavy:]]''' I. Like. To shoot. This gun. Is all you need to know.%%Comic
* KnowNothingKnowItAll[=/=]PrimadonnaDirector: The Director is too pretentious and sure of his superiority to realize when he's being duped or led to his death.%%Comic
* PunchClockVillain: Like in her other appearances, Miss Pauling seems to be the nicest and least crazy person in [=TF2=] canon, but she doesn't appear to have any qualms about [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness shooting a man]] in cold blood [[http://www.teamfortress.com/meetthedirector/?p=9 as part of the job]].%%Comic
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: See FreudianExcuse above.%%Comic
* SarcasmMode: The Administrator lays it on real thick when she berates the mercs for killing her messenger.
-->'''The Administrator:''' First off, let me thank you for shooting ''yet another messenger.'' And when you kill the messengers, they can't return their ''miniature televisions'', which it may surprise you don't grow naturally on their chests.%%Comic
* ShootTheMessenger: Much to the Administrator's annoyance. [[BlackComedy The mini TVs strapped to their chests are expensive.]]%%Comic
* SpeechBubblesInterruption%%Comic
* WagTheDirector: Many members of the Team attempt to do this to the director; Miss Pauling and The Administrator are ultimately the most successful.%%Comic

!!! [[http://www.teamfortress.com/grordborts/comic/ Grordbort's Crash]]
* CardboardPal: The Soldier has three.
** OnlyKnownByTheirNickname
* HeroicSacrifice: The Soldier is prepared to make one by jumping onto the rocket.
* SkewedPriorities: "Pack up the tea, boys! We're joining the ''space marines''!"



* ArtifactOfDoom: Merasmus collects these. Even the broom in his castle is one.
* BedsheetGhost: One of the kids is dressed as the ghost of Zepheniah Mann, who happens to be one.
* BigNo: When the Soldier breaks Merasmus' staff.
* BlackMagic: Merasmus'.
* BrickJoke: In 2010, the teams were sent back in time for the then new map, [=DeGroot=] Keep. The explanation was that "[[AWizardDidIt the Soldier angered a magician]]". In this comic, it's revealed that the magician is the Soldier's roommate.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Merasmus sends MONOCULUS! to fight the team after the Soldier breaks his staff, proclaiming the party to be over. Also, the trope is {{inverted|Trope}} with the Heavy when he gives a child $7000 as an apology for calling the boy fat.
* EvilGloating: The Bombinomicon after it possesses the young Demoman's eye. Merasmus isn't angry at him because anything horrible is going to happen, but because he has to live with the book. The Bombinomicon ''was'' going to return the eye but was too busy chattering before Merasmus forcefully removes it.
--> '''Merasmus''': What have ye ''done''? Now he'll never shut up about it! I have to live with this book, you know!
* GhostStory: The Demoman tells one about how he lost his eye.
* GiantEyeOfDoom: MONOCULUS!
* HalloweenEpisode
* HauntedCastle: The Demoman's story takes place in Merasmus' castle, though Merasmus now lives with the Soldier.
* IgnoredEnemy: In the last panel, the Soldier ignores the giant eye to fight Merasmus.
* ManipulativeBastard: The Bombinomicon convinces the young Demoman to read it.
* MonsterRoommate: Merasmus.
* NobodyCallsMeChicken: Some challenging from the Bombinomicon makes the Demoman peek at its pages.
* PaperThinDisguise: If what the Soldier says about being on the lam is true, the police have been tricked into thinking he's a robot.
* {{Portmanteau}}: The Bombinomicon is a portmanteau of "bomb" and [[Creator/HPLovecraft "Necronomicon"]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The Bombinomicon.
* TomeOfEldritchLore: The Bombinomicon. It contains "over 400 pages of spells, enchantments, recipes and anecdotes about blowing things up".
* VolleyingInsults:
-->'''Soldier''': Nobody invited you, Merasmus!\\
'''Merasmus''': '''Do not anger Merasmus! A magician invites himself!'''\\
'''Soldier''': I am going to invite that staff straight up your ass and push you around like a broom!\\
'''Merasmus''': Well, that would certainly be the first time you swept anything!
* YouAreFat: Being called fat is what finally makes one of the trick-or-treaters cry.
-->'''Heavy''': Every day Heavy risk life. To earn money. To feed family. Instead, you would have Heavy ''spend'' this money. On stupid candy. For '''you'''. You '''presumptuous'''... '''lazy'''... '''fat'''...\\
'''Boy''': Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa\\
'''Heavy''': Oh. Um. Stop. Heavy did not mean this. Little child is not fat. People call Heavy fat. Please stop crying. Here. Here is seven thousand dollars.
* YouFool: Merasmus uses this a few times.

!!! [[http://www.teamfortress.com/truemeaning/ True Meaning]]%%All tropes are for the comic except CallBack
* AnAssKickingChristmas

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* ArtifactOfDoom: Merasmus collects these. Even the broom in his castle is one.
* BedsheetGhost: One of the kids is dressed as the ghost of Zepheniah Mann, who happens to be one.
* BigNo: When the Soldier breaks Merasmus' staff.
* BlackMagic: Merasmus'.
* BrickJoke: In 2010, the teams were sent back in time for the then new map, [=DeGroot=] Keep. The explanation was that "[[AWizardDidIt the Soldier angered a magician]]". In this comic, it's revealed that the magician is the Soldier's roommate.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Merasmus sends MONOCULUS! to fight the team after the Soldier breaks his staff, proclaiming the party to be over. Also, the trope is {{inverted|Trope}} with the Heavy when he gives a child $7000 as an apology for calling the boy fat.
* EvilGloating: The Bombinomicon after it possesses the young Demoman's eye. Merasmus isn't angry at him because anything horrible is going to happen, but because he has to live with the book. The Bombinomicon ''was'' going to return the eye but was too busy chattering before Merasmus forcefully removes it.
--> '''Merasmus''': What have ye ''done''? Now he'll never shut up about it! I have to live with this book, you know!
* GhostStory: The Demoman tells one about how he lost his eye.
* GiantEyeOfDoom: MONOCULUS!
* HalloweenEpisode
* HauntedCastle: The Demoman's story takes place in Merasmus' castle, though Merasmus now lives with the Soldier.
* IgnoredEnemy: In the last panel, the Soldier ignores the giant eye to fight Merasmus.
* ManipulativeBastard: The Bombinomicon convinces the young Demoman to read it.
* MonsterRoommate: Merasmus.
* NobodyCallsMeChicken: Some challenging from the Bombinomicon makes the Demoman peek at its pages.
* PaperThinDisguise: If what the Soldier says about being on the lam is true, the police have been tricked into thinking he's a robot.
* {{Portmanteau}}: The Bombinomicon is a portmanteau of "bomb" and [[Creator/HPLovecraft "Necronomicon"]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The Bombinomicon.
* TomeOfEldritchLore: The Bombinomicon. It contains "over 400 pages of spells, enchantments, recipes and anecdotes about blowing things up".
* VolleyingInsults:
-->'''Soldier''': Nobody invited you, Merasmus!\\
'''Merasmus''': '''Do not anger Merasmus! A magician invites himself!'''\\
'''Soldier''': I am going to invite that staff straight up your ass and push you around like a broom!\\
'''Merasmus''': Well, that would certainly be the first time you swept anything!
* YouAreFat: Being called fat is what finally makes one of the trick-or-treaters cry.
-->'''Heavy''': Every day Heavy risk life. To earn money. To feed family. Instead, you would have Heavy ''spend'' this money. On stupid candy. For '''you'''. You '''presumptuous'''... '''lazy'''... '''fat'''...\\
'''Boy''': Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa\\
'''Heavy''': Oh. Um. Stop. Heavy did not mean this. Little child is not fat. People call Heavy fat. Please stop crying. Here. Here is seven thousand dollars.
* YouFool: Merasmus uses this a few times.


!!! [[http://www.teamfortress.com/truemeaning/ True Meaning]]%%All tropes are for the comic except CallBack
* AnAssKickingChristmas
Meaning]]



* ChristmasEpisode
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: The Christmas tree is made with antlers and decorated with knives and grenades, and one of the Soldier's Gunboats hangs on the chimney like a Christmas stocking.
* TheGamblingAddict: Apparently, Old Nick likes to bet on college basketball.
* IntelligibleUnintelligible:
--> '''Engineer''': Pyro, you been writin' letters to other dimensions?
--> '''Pyro''': Mmm-mmmh
--> '''Engineer''': Naw, me neither.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The message that came with the rocket full of weapons about "hearing [the Engineer and Pyro's] plea" is a very thinly veiled nod to people who had been displeased with the lack of new weapons for the two classes.
* TheMafia: Old Nick owes them a lot of money (see TheGamblingAddict). They battle it out when the mobsters find him in Antarctica.
* MoodWhiplash: Several within the story the Engineer is reading.
-->"Those mobsters were just about to give up the hunt, when up in that cold night sky they saw a [[StarOfBethlehem star]]. The brightest star they ever saw. So they followed it. And after a spell they saw a sight that filled 'em with wonder... Ol' Nick, forcin' a buncha naughty kids to make all manner of guns, smack dab in the middle of Antarctica."
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Of a sort. Engie's reaction to a rocket crashing into his house? [[http://www.teamfortress.com/truemeaning/?p=3 "Huh."]]
* ShipTease: The Engineer and Pyro might be living together.
* ShoutOut: The line about adopting a super baby is a Shout Out to {{Superman}}.
* TheThreeWiseMen: Again, parodied, with the "three wiseguys".
* TrueMeaningOfChristmas: Despite the title drop, since the tale the Engineer reads to the Pyro parodies a bunch of Christmas tropes, the true meaning of Australian Christmas/Smissmas isn't clear. Also, the comic is more about the two getting new weapons.

!!! [[http://www.teamfortress.com/asmissmasstory A Smissmas Story]]%%All tropes are for the comic except JokeItem and PointyEars
* AWizardDidIt[=/=]YouDoNotWantToKnow:
-->'''Miss Pauling''': First things first. ''How'' did Soldier become a public defender?\\
'''Spy''': It's a ''long'' story, but chapter one: his roommate is a magician. Should I continue?\\
'''Miss Pauling''': You know what? Nevermind.\\
'''Spy''': Thank you.
* BadassAdorable: Little Jack becomes one.
* BadassBoast:
-->'''Scout''': Why don't you bring that little mink stole over here and ''show'' me how stupid my [[ImprovisedWeapon wrappin' paper]] is?
* BadassCape: Old Nick has a couple of koala pelts for a cape.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: When asked to describe how saving the children from Old Nick feels, Scout simply describes it as a "Saturday".
* DynamicEntry: Old Nick announces his entrance by having one of his kangaroos kick the door open.
* EarlyBirdCameo: The cover of the comic has a Balloonicorn ornament on the tree.
* FacePalm[=/=]HeadDesk: The Spy and Soldier are the Scout's legal counsel. When the Soldier confirms the Scout's [[BlatantLies testimony]], the Spy facepalms and rests his head against the desk.
* FurAndLoathing[=/=]NemeanSkinning: Old Nick's cape.
* HorseOfADifferentColor: Kangaroos that pull Old Nick's sleigh.
* ImportantHaircut: The Soldier gives Little Jack a crew cut. It's much better than the bowl cut he had previously.
* ImprovisedWeapon: the Scout uses a roll of wrapping paper with an ornament on it, the Soldier finds a Saxton Hale toy, and Little Jack receives an icicle from the Spy with which to stab Old Nick.
* InsistentTerminology: The furry thing Old Nick wears on his shoulders is not a ''stole'', it's a ''cape''.
* ItsALongStory: Apparently, how the Soldier became a lawyer.
* JaywalkingWillRuinYourLife: Inverted. Spy, Scout and Soldier are responsible for a bomb blowing up a training facility for mall Santas and get sentenced to ...''community service''

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* ChristmasEpisode
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: The Christmas tree is made with antlers and decorated with knives and grenades, and one of the Soldier's Gunboats hangs on the chimney like a Christmas stocking.
* TheGamblingAddict: Apparently, Old Nick likes to bet on college basketball.
* IntelligibleUnintelligible:
--> '''Engineer''': Pyro, you been writin' letters to other dimensions?
--> '''Pyro''': Mmm-mmmh
--> '''Engineer''': Naw, me neither.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The message that came with the rocket full of weapons about "hearing [the Engineer and Pyro's] plea" is a very thinly veiled nod to people who had been displeased with the lack of new weapons for the two classes.
* TheMafia: Old Nick owes them a lot of money (see TheGamblingAddict). They battle it out when the mobsters find him in Antarctica.
* MoodWhiplash: Several within the story the Engineer is reading.
-->"Those mobsters were just about to give up the hunt, when up in that cold night sky they saw a [[StarOfBethlehem star]]. The brightest star they ever saw. So they followed it. And after a spell they saw a sight that filled 'em with wonder... Ol' Nick, forcin' a buncha naughty kids to make all manner of guns, smack dab in the middle of Antarctica."
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Of a sort. Engie's reaction to a rocket crashing into his house? [[http://www.teamfortress.com/truemeaning/?p=3 "Huh."]]
* ShipTease: The Engineer and Pyro might be living together.
* ShoutOut: The line about adopting a super baby is a Shout Out to {{Superman}}.
* TheThreeWiseMen: Again, parodied, with the "three wiseguys".
* TrueMeaningOfChristmas: Despite the title drop, since the tale the Engineer reads to the Pyro parodies a bunch of Christmas tropes, the true meaning of Australian Christmas/Smissmas isn't clear. Also, the comic is more about the two getting new weapons.


!!! [[http://www.teamfortress.com/asmissmasstory A Smissmas Story]]%%All tropes are for the comic except JokeItem and PointyEars
* AWizardDidIt[=/=]YouDoNotWantToKnow:
-->'''Miss Pauling''': First things first. ''How'' did Soldier become a public defender?\\
'''Spy''': It's a ''long'' story, but chapter one: his roommate is a magician. Should I continue?\\
'''Miss Pauling''': You know what? Nevermind.\\
'''Spy''': Thank you.
* BadassAdorable: Little Jack becomes one.
* BadassBoast:
-->'''Scout''': Why don't you bring that little mink stole over here and ''show'' me how stupid my [[ImprovisedWeapon wrappin' paper]] is?
* BadassCape: Old Nick has a couple of koala pelts for a cape.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: When asked to describe how saving the children from Old Nick feels, Scout simply describes it as a "Saturday".
* DynamicEntry: Old Nick announces his entrance by having one of his kangaroos kick the door open.
* EarlyBirdCameo: The cover of the comic has a Balloonicorn ornament on the tree.
* FacePalm[=/=]HeadDesk: The Spy and Soldier are the Scout's legal counsel. When the Soldier confirms the Scout's [[BlatantLies testimony]], the Spy facepalms and rests his head against the desk.
* FurAndLoathing[=/=]NemeanSkinning: Old Nick's cape.
* HorseOfADifferentColor: Kangaroos that pull Old Nick's sleigh.
* ImportantHaircut: The Soldier gives Little Jack a crew cut. It's much better than the bowl cut he had previously.
* ImprovisedWeapon: the Scout uses a roll of wrapping paper with an ornament on it, the Soldier finds a Saxton Hale toy, and Little Jack receives an icicle from the Spy with which to stab Old Nick.
* InsistentTerminology: The furry thing Old Nick wears on his shoulders is not a ''stole'', it's a ''cape''.
* ItsALongStory: Apparently, how the Soldier became a lawyer.
* JaywalkingWillRuinYourLife: Inverted. Spy, Scout and Soldier are responsible for a bomb blowing up a training facility for mall Santas and get sentenced to ...''community service''
Story]]



* MallSanta: The Spy, Scout, and Soldier have to work in a mall during the holiday season. The Soldier is dressed as Santa. He soon gives Little Jack a haircut, then picks a fight with the boy's father.
* MistakenForSpies: The Scout mistakes Little Jack as the Spy in disguise, until the Spy appears with someone from the press.
* NoodleIncident: How the Soldier became a defender in a court of law is not elaborated upon.
** [[AWizardDidIt The Spy did point out that the Soldier has a magician for a roommate]].
* PityTheKidnapper: Old Nick chose the wrong kid to try to kidnap.



* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Miss Pauling when she finds out Old Nick is in the mall to kidnap children. "Spy. Take. Care. Of. This. '''''Now.'''''"
** Page 4 has the Scout saying to the Soldier: "You- are- the- worst- lawyer!"
* RefugeInAudacity: The BLU Spy teaches ''a child'' to murder someone with an icicle. And they somehow manage to make this a touching moment after the fact.
* SpikesOfVillainy: The kangaroos have harnesses with spikes.
* UnsoundEffect: [[http://www.teamfortress.com/asmissmasstory/?p=11 When the Soldier hits Old Nick with a Saxton Hale action figure]]: "'''''COMPOUND ELEVATED SKULL FRACTURE!'''''"
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee
* WavingSignsAround: In the courtroom, a man sitting a few rows behind the Soldier and Spy has a sign that reads "BLU & RED OUT OF TEUFORT". The team certainly gets better press after they save the town's children from Old Nick.
* YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith: The Scout says this to Old Nick when the latter plans to kidnap Jack.

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* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Miss Pauling when she finds out Old Nick is in the mall to kidnap children. "Spy. Take. Care. Of. This. '''''Now.'''''"
** Page 4 has the Scout saying to the Soldier: "You- are- the- worst- lawyer!"
* RefugeInAudacity: The BLU Spy teaches ''a child'' to murder someone with an icicle. And they somehow manage to make this a touching moment after the fact.
* SpikesOfVillainy: The kangaroos have harnesses with spikes.
* UnsoundEffect: [[http://www.teamfortress.com/asmissmasstory/?p=11 When the Soldier hits Old Nick with a Saxton Hale action figure]]: "'''''COMPOUND ELEVATED SKULL FRACTURE!'''''"
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee
* WavingSignsAround: In the courtroom, a man sitting a few rows behind the Soldier and Spy has a sign that reads "BLU & RED OUT OF TEUFORT". The team certainly gets better press after they save the town's children from Old Nick.
* YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith: The Scout says this to Old Nick when the latter plans to kidnap Jack.



* [[AdamSmithHatesYourGuts Saxton Hale Hates Your Guts]]: Despite the fact that his company's facilities are under attack by a horde of robots, Saxton Hale refuses to give his company's powerful experimental weapons to his mercenaries for free, which means they have to find a way to pay for them.%%Comic



* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
-->'''[[http://www.teamfortress.com/mvm/decoy/ Soldier]]:''' I have studied robots for years! I once stared at a toaster for '''three months''' to get into the minds of these monsters! And there are three things I know for sure: They are smarter than us! They are stronger than us! And they can ''make toast''.
* BrainyBaby: Gray can speak at birth, claiming to have learned to do so by listening to conversations outside the womb. He also invented a new type of algebra to pass the time.%%Comic
* CallBack: Archimedes is seen flying around outside the Alamo, still covered in blood.%%Comic (move lower example up)
** The "Corpse-Grade Quicklime" ([[OurSloganIsTerrible Just Add Body!]]) manufactured at Mannworks was first seen in [[http://www.teamfortress.com/meetthedirector/?p=9 Meet the Director]].



* ContinuityNod:
** [[http://www.teamfortress.com/mvm/mannworks/ The first Mann vs. Machine map]] is at the factory which makes [[http://www.teamfortress.com/meetthedirector/?p=9 the quicklime Miss Pauling used to dispose of the Director's corpse]]. Miss Pauling's response to the Scout is a nod to the Scout trying to flirt with her in the same comic.
** During the "True Meaning" arc, an image of the Red Pyro sitting instantly went memetic. The same pose appears in "A Fate Worse Than Chess", but this time with the BLU Pyro.%%Comic
* CreepyChild: Gray Mann, within seconds of birth.%%Comic
* DarkReprise: The temporarily-dying-mid-sentence joke makes a return. Gray makes it permanent.%%Comic
* DidntThinkThisThrough:
** Blutarch and Redmond think they can use a pregnancy machine to produce an heir and cannot be convinced that machines cannot run on gravel.%%Comic
** The robots have bombs. [[http://www.teamfortress.com/mvm/machines/ Mann Co.]] has...
--->"Mann Co.'s currently rethinking its 'All facilities should have a bomb-shaped self-destruct hole' policy, but while that debate's raging, it'll be up to you to make sure those bombs never get there."
* DeathByChildbirth: Bette Mann, the triplets' mother.%%Comic
* {{Expy}}[=/=]AffectionateParody: The Alamo, which is sentient and narrates the story, seems to be an expy of the [[Series/TalesFromTheCrypt Crypt Keeper]], at least in terms of its writing style (i.e. lots of alliteration, affectionate nicknames for its readers, announcing the name of the story in a dramatic fashion, and forcing morbid puns into sentences).%%Comic
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: In "A Fate Worse Then Chess", on page 28 and 29, the RED Soldier is picking his nose, and the Spy next to him looks disgusted.%%Comic
* KilledOffForReal: Gray murders both Redmond and Blutarch.%%Comic
* KnightOfCerebus: Gray Mann.%%Comic



* MisterSeahorse: The brothers' plan to put an end to their bickering and produce an heir. Neither of them seem to be able to grasp why science can't make it work.%%Comic
** To be fair, a) they're both slightly senile; b) they work with Saxton Hale, who breaks the laws of reality for a laugh; and c) they each have an ''immortality machine.'' Claiming that "the laws of science don't allow it" is a weak excuse.



* MundaneMadeAwesome: Explosition.%%Comic



* NoodleIncident: The Great Eagle Scourge of 1822.%%Comic



* RunningGag: The development team's love of hats shows up here -- the giant [[http://www.teamfortress.com/mvm/machines/ Deflector Heavy]] is wearing a ushanka, and in the last page of "A Fate Worse Than Chess", the RED Demoman dons Prince Tavish's Crown.%%remove last line
* ShoutOut: Saxton Hale's alias as "Dr. Joanbaez" is a reference to Joan Baez, a singer best known for her relationship with Bob Dylan. Bidwell's disguise looks like the outfit worn by Music/TheBeatles in "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".%%Comic
* SkewedPriorities:
-->'''Miss Pauling''': This isn't like any other assignment you've been given. It's much, ''much'' more serious. This isn't just a fight for Mann Co., or Saxton Hale. It's a fight for your ''jobs''.%%Comic
* {{Superdickery}}: Parodied with the cover for ''Alamo Vs. Hercules''.
--> We've '''promised''' it before! It has '''never''' actually happened! Now, after '''306 scene-setting issues''', we're doing it!\\
'''Not''' a dream! '''Not''' a hoax! '''Not''' an imaginary story! '''NOT THIS TIME!'''\\
Finally... Hercules and The Alamo '''will''' fight![[note]]Racism, in this socially conscious alternate universe team-up![[/note]]%%Comic
* SurprisinglySuddenDeath: Gray Mann stabbed the two engineers who were about to leave the room.%%Comic
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: Parodied. After Saxton Hale's recorded "explosition" to the mercenaries:
-->'''Miss Pauling''': Are there any questions?\\
'''RED Sniper''': I got one. We getting ''paid'' for this?\\
'''Saxton Hale''': Saxton Hale again. This is pre-taped, so I don't know what anybody's talking about right now, but I am not paying you for this.%%Comic
* TimeSkip: The beginning of "Blood Brothers" says it takes place "Some time in the future." Gray states he was born in 1822 and had been watching his brothers for 150 years; assuming he meant exactly 150 years, this puts the date at 1972, four years ahead of the 1968 year shown by in-game calendars.
** Thanks to subsequent updates, we've pinned "Blood Brothers" at October 29th or 30th, 1970.%%Comic
* TriangRelations: Possible type 3 or 7. [[http://www.teamfortress.com/bloodbrothers/#f=20 It's a very minor part of the comic, but note how Zepheniah Mann shows little grief over his wife dying in childbirth, while Barnabus Hale looks utterly heartbroken.]]%%Comic
* UnsoundEffect: Eagle Attack!%%Comic
* WhamEpisode: Gray finally makes his appearance and murders Redmond and Blutarch in cold blood.
-->'''Blutarch''': ''(about Redmond)'' Don't worry, he's just dead for a moment. He'll be back in a-\\
'''Gray''': [[WhamLine Mm. No. I think I've heard enough.]] ''(stabs Redmond)''%%Comic

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* RunningGag: The development team's love of hats shows up here -- the giant [[http://www.teamfortress.com/mvm/machines/ Deflector Heavy]] is wearing a ushanka, and in the last page of "A Fate Worse Than Chess", the RED Demoman dons Prince Tavish's Crown.%%remove last line
* ShoutOut: Saxton Hale's alias as "Dr. Joanbaez" is a reference to Joan Baez, a singer best known for her relationship with Bob Dylan. Bidwell's disguise looks like the outfit worn by Music/TheBeatles in "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".%%Comic
* SkewedPriorities:
-->'''Miss Pauling''': This isn't like any other assignment you've been given. It's much, ''much'' more serious. This isn't just a fight for Mann Co., or Saxton Hale. It's a fight for your ''jobs''.%%Comic
* {{Superdickery}}: Parodied with the cover for ''Alamo Vs. Hercules''.
--> We've '''promised''' it before! It has '''never''' actually happened! Now, after '''306 scene-setting issues''', we're doing it!\\
'''Not''' a dream! '''Not''' a hoax! '''Not''' an imaginary story! '''NOT THIS TIME!'''\\
Finally... Hercules and The Alamo '''will''' fight![[note]]Racism, in this socially conscious alternate universe team-up![[/note]]%%Comic
* SurprisinglySuddenDeath: Gray Mann stabbed the two engineers who were about to leave the room.%%Comic
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: Parodied. After Saxton Hale's recorded "explosition" to the mercenaries:
-->'''Miss Pauling''': Are there any questions?\\
'''RED Sniper''': I got one. We getting ''paid'' for this?\\
'''Saxton Hale''': Saxton Hale again. This is pre-taped, so I don't know what anybody's talking about right now, but I am not paying you for this.%%Comic
* TimeSkip: The beginning of "Blood Brothers" says it takes place "Some time in the future." Gray states he was born in 1822 and had been watching his brothers for 150 years; assuming he meant exactly 150 years, this puts the date at 1972, four years ahead of the 1968 year shown by in-game calendars.
** Thanks to subsequent updates, we've pinned "Blood Brothers" at October 29th or 30th, 1970.%%Comic
* TriangRelations: Possible type 3 or 7. [[http://www.teamfortress.com/bloodbrothers/#f=20 It's a very minor part of the comic, but note how Zepheniah Mann shows little grief over his wife dying in childbirth, while Barnabus Hale looks utterly heartbroken.]]%%Comic
* UnsoundEffect: Eagle Attack!%%Comic
* WhamEpisode: Gray finally makes his appearance and murders Redmond and Blutarch in cold blood.
-->'''Blutarch''': ''(about Redmond)'' Don't worry, he's just dead for a moment. He'll be back in a-\\
'''Gray''': [[WhamLine Mm. No. I think I've heard enough.]] ''(stabs Redmond)''%%Comic



* ButtMonkey: Merasmus becomes one here.%%Comic



* FacePalm: The Spy does one as the Soldier explains why the RED team are getting killed.%%Comic



* HauntedCastle: It's the same castle as before, but it's less scary-looking this time because the Soldier trashes it and is about to turn it into a raccoon sanctuary.%%Comic
* HumiliationConga: The Soldier buries Merasmus's fridge (and washing machine) in the yard, gets his castle infested by raccoons, and has his home forcefully converted into a raccoon sanctuary owned by the Soldier. Merasmus is mistaken for a woman multiple times by a city official, is heavily fined, gets taunted for his misfortune, and finally, his body is burned by the Soldier when his spirit leaves his body.%%Comic



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Soldier is so [[TheFool completely oblivious]] to the consequences of his own atrocious behavior that he can't quite understand why his roommate would be mad at him for ''destroying their house'', or why his teammates would be upset that Merasmus has decided to target them as well.%%Comic



* ResurrectiveImmortality: The Soldier ate an entire bottle of "heart medication"/Kill Me Come Back Stronger pills.%%Comic
* RevengeByProxy: Upon discovering that the Soldier took "Kill Me Come Back Stronger Pills" and is effectively immortal, Merasmus decides to kill everyone the Soldier cares about instead.%%Comic
* ThirdPersonPerson: Merasmus, briefly, when he finally loses his temper.%%Comic



* {{Ahem}}: The Medic and Heavy clear their throats and nudge Miss Pauling when she mentions that not all of the team are Americans.%%Comic



* BlatantLies: When Soldier insists he infiltrated the robot base:%%Comic
-->'''Soldier''': Come on guys! Why would I lie? We're all Americans here!\\
'''Miss Pauling''': Well, not all of us, obviously. Medic's German and Heavy's from Russ-- [Heavy elbows her, Medic coughs] Ow! What? Oh.\\
'''Heavy''': Ha ha! Germany! Russia! Is big joke! Big American joke on Soldier! Ooh, America. It is the place I am from. All the time.\\
'''Soldier''': [[ChaoticStupid Ha! You got me!]]
* CallBack: On the final page of "A Fate Worse Than Chess", the Soldier is picking his nose. This time, he's won a nose-picking contest and is doing the same when inside Gray Mann's base.%%Comic
* CassandraTruth: Until he mentions the eagles, no one believes the Soldier has actually gone to the robot base because of his {{Cloudcuckoolander}} status.%%Comic
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight%%Comic
* DeclarationOfProtection: It's implied that the reason the Heavy goes to Gray's base is because Miss Pauling decided to.%%Comic
* DelayedReaction: When the Soldier gives an exact time the robots will invade the next day, Miss Pauling talks for a few more seconds before that sinks in.%%Comic
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: On page 7, the Scout is staring dreamily at Miss Pauling.%%Comic
** On page four, Scout appears to have been previously on fire (there's still smoke coming off him), and Archimedes is presenting a screw to the Medic, who is giving him a "get that thing out of your mouth and give it to me" look. There's also Archimedes' tiny neck brace.



* IslandBase: Gray Gravel Co.%%Comic
* MissionControl: Miss Pauling acts as this for the team.%%Comic
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The way the Soldier describes his robot disguise.%%Comic
-->'''Soldier''': Miss Pauling, are you braced? Because you ''will'' need to brace yourself for what I am about to show you.\\
'''Miss Pauling''': I'm braced. Let's see it, Soldier.\\
'''Soldier''': Are you sitting down? Because you should ''not'' be in a comfortable bowel-emptying position for what I am about to show you.\\
'''Miss Pauling''': I'm standing. You're looking right at me.\\
'''Soldier''': Okay, [[RuleOfThree but are you pregnant]]? You should '''not''' b--\\
'''Miss Pauling''': Soldier, show me!
* NoEnding: [[{{cliff hanger}} It ends]] with Soldier, Pauling, and Heavy apparently being discovered in a base full of enemy robots, [[RuleOfFunny but this is completely forgotten by the next comic.]]%%Comic
* NoodleIncident: During the merc's meeting, Archimedes is wearing a tiny, bird-sized neck brace.%%Comic
* NotSoDifferent: In "Blood Brothers", Gray Mann is disgusted by his brothers fighting over possession of worthless gravel. Here, readers learn that he has his own gravel company by the time his robot Engineer is built.%%Comic
* OhCrap: The Soldier, Heavy, and Miss Pauling's reactions when they're caught inside the robot facility.%%Comic
* PaintingTheMedium: The robots use an appropriate typeface and color in their speech and say the tags out loud:%%Comic
-->'''Scout Robot''': [[AC:*beepboop* The humans were waiting for us at the last five attack sites, master. Somehow they <italics on>knew.<italics off>]]
* PaperThinDisguise:%%Comic
** The robots mention how they were tricked by the decoy base built by the "tactical mastermind".
** The Soldier's disguise is actually his Halloween costume. Miss Pauling and the Heavy eventually don the same costumes when infiltrating Gray Mann's facility, and all the robots are fooled save for the newly built robot Engineer.



* PunBasedTitle: The title of the comic.%%Comic
* ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud: The robots' use of italics.%%Comic
* SarcasmBlind: The robots.%%Comic
-->'''Gray Mann''': And--just so I'm clear--you suspect these security leaks are due to some heretofore unknown "tactical mastermind" in their ranks. ...And not, for instance, because you mention '''our secret attack plans at every opportunity'''.
-->'''Scout Robot''': [[AC:*baddaboop* Affirmative. We believe it is the same genius who masterminded the decoy base *beep boop over here*]] ''[towards a newspaper with a headline that reads "Local Man Wins Nose Picking Contest"]''



* SpotTheThread: {{Inverted|Trope}}. Miss Pauling is able to tell the Soldier ''isn't'' delusional about infiltrating the robot base when he mentions that Grey Mann was raised by eagles, a fact that was kept undisclosed from the team.%%Comic
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:%%Comic
-->'''Heavy''': Ha ha! Germany! Russia! Is big joke! Big American joke on Soldier!\\
'''Soldier''': Ha! You got me!\\
'''Heavy''': Ohh, America. It is the place I am from. All the time.
* UnsoundEffect: ''[[http://www.teamfortress.com/shadowboxers/#f=17 NON-ROBOTIC SHUFFLING SOUND!]]''%%Comic
* VisualPun[=/=]GeniusBonus: During the meeting, Archimedes has a screw in his mouth. [[http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/32831/Archimedes-screw Archimedes' screw]], anyone?%%Comic

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* SpotTheThread: {{Inverted|Trope}}. Miss Pauling is able to tell the Soldier ''isn't'' delusional about infiltrating the robot base when he mentions that Grey Mann was raised by eagles, a fact that was kept undisclosed from the team.%%Comic
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:%%Comic
-->'''Heavy''': Ha ha! Germany! Russia! Is big joke! Big American joke on Soldier!\\
'''Soldier''': Ha! You got me!\\
'''Heavy''': Ohh, America. It is the place I am from. All the time.
* UnsoundEffect: ''[[http://www.teamfortress.com/shadowboxers/#f=17 NON-ROBOTIC SHUFFLING SOUND!]]''%%Comic
* VisualPun[=/=]GeniusBonus: During the meeting, Archimedes has a screw in his mouth. [[http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/32831/Archimedes-screw Archimedes' screw]], anyone?%%Comic



%%All tropes below belong to comics
!!!Team Fortress #1/[[http://www.teamfortress.com/tf01_ring_of_fired/ Ring of Fired]]
[[quoteright:312:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ringoffired_5273.jpg]]
* BackFromTheDead: Somehow, Merasmus is alive again, living with Tom Jones.
* BaitAndSwitch: After Soldier and Miss Pauling head off to get the team back together, we cut to the board room of '''Frontier Engineering''', whose board members have all become millionaires thanks to their new CEO's inspiring brilliance completely revolutionizing the field. You're expecting the CEO to be the Engineer, right? [[spoiler: Nope! it's the Pyro.]]
* BreakTheHaughty: Saxton Hale [[spoiler:loses his company, his trophies, and the right to go down fighting.]]
* CallBack: This isn't the first time Scout and Spy get arrested due to RED shenanigans. [[spoiler: This time, however, they end up sentenced to more than just community service.]]
* ClusterFBomb: The Demoman's Eyelander has evolved from only being able to hiss ''headssss...'' to doing this. It's also apparently able to eat churros.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: There's a mugshot of Scout in which he's FlexingThoseNonBiceps and pulling a duck face. [[spoiler: He probably didn't know at the time that he was going to be sentenced to death]].
* [[CoincidentalBroadcast Coincidental Newspaper]]: Demo and Miss Pauling are discussing finding Spy and Scout, only for Miss Pauling to spot a newspaper from across the room that reveals both of their locations. [[spoiler: They're on death row.]]
* ContinuityNod: There are plenty to past comics, all helpfully pointed out by caption boxes.
* CriticalResearchFailure: In-universe: ''Ghost D.A.'' disappears with a "doodily-doodily-doot" noise. The Eyelander, being possessed by a ghost, points out that ''it'' never does that, and questions whether the writers are actually ghosts. Additionally...
--> '''Eyelander:''' Ugh. "The defense rests"? He's the @$%ing prosecution! Ghost D.A.! "District Attorney!" It's in the title of the @$%ing show!
* DeathByCameo: [[spoiler:Tom Jones spends one panel alive before the Soldier sneaks up on him and snaps his neck]].
* ForTheEvulz: The reason the Soldier [[spoiler:killed Jones]] was because Merasmus was living happily and Soldier wasn't. Merasmus [[InsaneTrollLogic questions his logic]].
* FullNameUltimatum: Courtesy of the Demo's mother, revealing his middle name (Finnegan) in the process.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: In one panel, outside the Demoman and his mother's mansion, there is a statue spouting water from the neck, from when it was decapitated in the WAR! comic.
* HesBack: When Demoman gets out of his slump, shaves, and rejoins the gang.
* {{Homage}}: The cover recreates a famous ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' page where Peter [[TenMinuteRetirement throws away his Spider-Man costume]], except here it's Saxton Hale throwing away ''[[NakedPeopleAreFunny all of his clothes but his boots]].''
* HopeSpot: The mercenaries have successfully repelled every menace that Gray has sent their way, driving the mad scion of Mann to "negotiate" with Saxton Hale and finally bring the conflict to an end. Said negotiation involved a fist fight for total control over Mann Co. Saxton Hale is excellent at fist fights. WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong?
* HumiliationConga: Saxton Hale. First, he is forced to fight Gray Mann's young daughter. When he [[WouldntHurtAChild can't bring himself to fight her]], he loses his company to Gray. Admitting defeat, he says that he'll get his fighting trophies and leave, but the girl tells him that they're ''her'' trophies now, and to get out. With his trophies denied to him, he decides that at the very least he'll fight his way out of the building through Gray's robot army, but Gray orders them into non-violence mode. Despite his efforts, he can't get any of the robots to fight him, and leaves a broken man.
* ImmortalitySeeker: Gray wanted control of Mann Co. so he could get a large supply of Australium for his life extender.
* KarmaHoudini: A couple of old ladies are shocked by [[spoiler:the Soldier killing Tom Jones]], and Miss Pauling lectures him about it but only to keep up her disguise. He's never punished for it and Merasmus gets arrested instead.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Near the end.
--> '''Soldier:''' Miss Pauling! Pyro cut off my hand.\\
'''Miss Pauling:''' Pyro, don't cut off Soldier's hands.
* NoodleIncident: How did [[spoiler:the ''[[CloudCuckooLander Pyro]]'']] become a millionaire corporate CEO during the TimeSkip? The world may never know...
** He does spend a lot of time with someone more suited to the position.
* PaperThinDisguise: Miss Pauling, dressed as a police officer, "arrests" Soldier to get him out of trouble for [[spoiler:killing Tom Jones]]. Somehow, [[TooDumbToFool Soldier is the only one to see through it]]. And almost blows her cover.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: The mercs have been let go from Mann Co., and Miss Pauling is trying to get them back together under orders from the Administrator.
* SheatheYourSword: Saxton Hale is challenged to a fistfight with the CEO of Gray Gravel, the winner getting control of Mann Co. [[spoiler:Gray Gravel's CEO isn't Gray Mann, but his five-year-old daughter. Hale forfeits the fight, and with it, his company.]]
* ShowWithinAShow: The Demoman and his sword watch a crime drama called "Ghost D.A." It's hilariously bad, and Demo and the Eyelander complain about it.
* TalkingWeapon: It's shown that the Eyelander is fully sentient and can hold conversations.
* TimeSkip: Six months between [[spoiler: Hale losing control of Mann Co.]] and the plot kicking off.
** For those trying to keep track, the universe's date is now September 1972, according to the timestamp of Scout's and Spy's photos.
* TonightSomeoneDies: The blog post announcing the comic promises that "at least one person dies in it!" [[spoiler:Turns out it was [[DeathByCameo Tom Jones.]]]]
* WhamEpisode: Begins with [[spoiler: Hale losing Mann Co to Gray and the reveal that Gray has a daughter]], followed quickly by the team being broken up, and ends with [[spoiler: another reveal, this time that Spy and Scout are due to be hanged]].
* [[WhamLine Wham Headline]]: A newspaper headline on the last page reads [[spoiler: "MERC SCUM TO HANG" above mugshots of Spy and Scout]].
* WouldntHurtAChild: Hale [[spoiler: loses Mann Co. because the CEO he has to fight]] is a little girl.
* XanatosGambit: [[spoiler:Gray Mann takes over Mann Co. to get his hands on its supply of Australium, but the Administrator took off with the vault's contents beforehand, just in case he did]].

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!!!Helloween Special/[[http://www.teamfortress.com/gravematters/ Grave Matters]]
* ADayInTheLimelight: The first comic to focus entirely on Blutarch and Redmond.
* CallBack: Soldier is apparently still a lawyer, and Blutarch and Redmond actually ask him to settle the legal matter of who owns the gravel pits. Never mind that they're both at present ineligible for ownership on account of not quite being alive anymore.
** The picture Soldier uses to advertise his legal services is the photograph of him winning the nose-picking contest from "Shadow Boxers".
* FramingDevice: The story is being told by Merasmus, who is in jail from the events of ''Ring of Fired''.
* IndianBurialGround: It turns out that road to Hell goes through one of these, setting up the gameplay for Scream Fortress 2013.
* {{Midquel}}: It takes place after ''Blood Brothers'' and ''Doom-mates'' but before ''Ring of Fired''.
** SequelEpisode: The bulk of the story begins moments after Gray kills Blutarch and Redmond.
* NoodleIncident: Turns out Soldier is also a priest (just not in New Mexico) and an exorcist (but only in Guam).
* WimpFight: Blutarch and Redmond engage in one after they argue about who died first and thus who won the gravel pits.



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!!!Team Fortress #2/[[http://www.teamfortress.com/tf02_unhappy_returns/ Unhappy Returns]]
* ActionGirl: Margaret/Maggie/Mags.
* CallBack: To ''A Smissmas Story'' and, in a subtle way, to the War! Update.
** Especially so with the former, with further allusions to Soldier acting as the team's (totally unqualified) attorney, right down to Scout naming him and Soldier trying to get him the electric chair.
** There's also one to "Meet The Spy": Scout mentions his mother will be upset when she finds out he spent all of their money, suggesting Spy gives Scout a ride for the love of her.
* [[spoiler: [[ClearTheirName Clear Their Names]]]]: [[spoiler: Miss Pauling comes in at the end and reveals that the crimes the mercs are being hanged for weren't actually crimes THEY committed. It's heavily implied that it's actually stuff the MAYOR did to Teufort. The gang ends up with a pardon at the end.]]
* {{Cliffhanger}}: The epilogue reveals that [[spoiler: Heavy may not be interested in coming back to the team.]]
* ComplimentBackfire: Scout successfully convinces a lady that he broke his arms by [[BlatantLies performing a million push-ups in a row]], but [[FlexingThoseNonBiceps his attempt at showing off]] failed miserably:
-->'''Lady''': "Well, that's '''very''' impressive for someone with arms as thin as yours, dear."
-->'''Scout''': "Uh..."
-->'''Lady''': "They're like little bird wings!"
-->'''Scout''': "Just open the door, lady."
* CoolCar: There's a brief glimpse of Spy's fancy sportscar during one flashback.
* CoversAlwaysLie: [[spoiler: There's no big epic jailbreak. Rather, Demo and Soldier end up on the gallows too and Miss Pauling has to come in and stop the executions.]]
* CrazyPrepared: Spy has a number of fake teeth with tiny compartments in them. And he uses them to hold tiny Cornish game hens, candelabras, and bottles of wine, and a tiny razor for shaving. [[spoiler: He also has a tiny butterfly knife hidden in the sleeve of his prison jumpsuit.]]
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: The mayor knew any [[{{Mooks}} random police officers]] sent against one of the mercs would be killed pretty much instantly, so he instead took the opportunity to stick them in a trap they actually set up themselves.
* DeadArtistsAreBetter: Scout's "life savings" is actually a bunch of Tom Jones memorabilia he's sure with be worth a fortune one Jones dies. Spy insists Jones is "virtually immortal", but Scout is satisfied with waiting--and of course Soldier killed the man himself a couple months later.
* DistaffCounterpart: In some ways, Margaret is this to Saxton Hale, with her fondness for GoodOldFisticuffs, wearing khaki, and snapping wildcat jaws.
* DramaticIrony: The Scout invested his life's savings into TomJones memorabilia, which he insists will "be worth a fortune when he dies". Given that Tom Jones is at the very most 32 during the events of the comic, the Spy is not amused at having to miss his flight to pick up the Scout's savings. [[spoiler: The reader, however, knows from the previous comic that the Soldier ends up killing the Welsh singer five and a half months later by snapping his neck.]]
-->'''Spy''': He's not ''going'' to die, you imbecile! He's in his twenties! He's the most virile man on the planet! He has no enemies! The man is virtually immortal!
* DumbassHasAPoint: When Scout is trying to prepare for the trial (by reading scripts of "Ghost DA"), Spy tells him to just take the public defender. Scout responds that the ''last'' two times that they did that, they were assigned ''Soldier'' and a ''lamp.'' Subverted when the public defender actually knows what he's doing. [[spoiler:Pity Soldier snaps his neck.]]
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler: Saxton has to team up with his old nemesis, Charles Darling, to get Mann Co. back.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: The mayor of Teufort is constantly smiling and chipper, despite some of his behavior rivaling the mercenaries themselves in depravity. His idea of "jail humor" to lift Spy and Scout's spirits is giving them a file... except their cell doesn't have bars, just six-inch thick plexiglass. He also makes a commemorative poster, with a little noose around a newspaper column about their arrest. And insisting they call him "Mike" instead of "Mister Mayor." [[spoiler: Also, when Spy and Scout were in a bank vault collecting Scout's stuff, the police arrive to arrest them, but the mayor suggests they lock the two of them in instead, since Spy could probably easily kill them. By the way, that newspaper article claims Spy and Scout had to be "starved out" of hiding. Given that they were locked in the vault five and a half months ago, and are only just NOW being put on trial...]]
** [[spoiler: Oh, and we can't forget how the trial wasn't ACTUALLY for what RED did to Teufort; it was for stuff that the ''mayor'' did and just blamed on the mercs.]]
** [[spoiler: It's all ultimately subverted, however. The mayor was actually SO INCREDIBLY STUPID [[ObliviouslyEvil it never occurred to him that his behavior was evil]].]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Spy says that the food he and Scout have been given while in jail has been laced with drugs, and he wants a clear head for the next day's events, hinting that he's got something up his sleeve. [[spoiler: It's Double Subverted when his plan to escape during the trial is ruined, but it's later revealed that the town of Teufort has been drinking contaminated water for a generation.]]
* KangarooCourt: Turns out that Scout and Spy hadn't even been given a TRIAL before they were sentenced to death, and the trial they DO get was laughable at best.
** [[spoiler:Parodied six ways to Sunday. They actually are guilty of property damage and accidental manslaughter from all those stray bullets, but they're never charged for such.]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch: The city of Teufort treating the executions like a party. Given what the mercs have done to the city, it's hard to be too outraged at their [[DingDongTheWitchIsDead preemptive celebration]]. [[spoiler: Then it turns out the mercs are actually innocent of the crimes they're being hanged for.]]
* TheMillstone: Scout and Spy's public defender had a decent chance of actually getting them off by simply pointing out how they've not been subject to any sort of due process, which the judge didn't even contest--[[spoiler:he wasn't even being facetious, he's just so stupid he genuinely didn't know those things.]] Then Soldier kills him and blows his and Demoman's cover because he couldn't stand Scout insulting him.
* MuggingTheMonster: Scout and Spy's cellmate Joey Murders tries to backstab Spy for no real reason. Guess which one actually ends up with a shiv in their back.
* NoodleIncident: Scout and Spy once got a lamp as a public defender. And it was evidently better than Soldier.
* OldFlame: Margaret/Maggie/Mags is this to Saxton Hale. She's been through four marriages and still seems to have feelings for him.
* OnlySaneMan: The public defender Spy and Scout get was actually a competent lawyer, who pointed out that his clients weren't getting a fair trial.
* QuirkyTown[=/=]TownWithADarkSecret: The people of Teufort aren't really right on their heads; [[spoiler:the everyone in Teufort are as crazy as the mercenaries, as their water is polluted with lead.]]
* [[spoiler: RefusalOfTheCall: In the epilogue it shows Heavy back in Siberia, presumably in hiding. When the woman he's visiting informs him that Ms. Pauling has been trying to contact him, the Heavy refuses to call her back and deliberately throws away the paper with her contact information.]]
* RealityEnsues: As much as reality can be had in the world of [=TF2=] [[spoiler:gets subverted: Spy and Scout are arrested for what they did during their time working for RED and are due to be executed. It's implied that that's what'll happen to the other seven if they're caught. Then it turns out they AREN'T being arrested for the murders and property damage; the Mayor is pinning down every screw up HE'S made on them. When Miss Pauling proves they're innocent, the hanging simply gets cancelled as everyone leaves.]]
* RunningGag: Soldier attempts to act as a defense attorney once again, and fails terribly (again).
-->'''Scout''': Beat it, Soldier! I got a '''real''' lawyer this time!\\
'''Soldier''': Oh yeah? Well, '''I'm''' calling a surprise witness! '''My hands!''' And they will prove beyond a reasonable doubt that your lawyer's neck is '''guilty!''' ...of being broken! '''[[UnsoundEffect [=[NECK SNAP!]=]]] Huttah!'''
* ScheduleSlip: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed in the update post]]. Valve Time is in full effect and the second issue came out over a month late. After announcing that this arc would instead become a ''tri''-monthly affair, the third issue came out two days short of ''four'' full months after the second. [[invoked]]
* SpannerInTheWorks: Soldier manages to ruin ''three'' working plans to spring Scout and Spy from custody - Spy's, the public defender's and his own - ''simultaneously'', all because he can't stand Scout insulting him. [[spoiler: He starts by loudly retorting Scout's insult, exposing both himself and Demoman to the crowd and knocking Spy's smuggled butterfly knife out of his hands in the process, preventing him from using it to escape on his own. Then, in order to "prove" his skill as a defense attorney, he kills Scout's public defender just as it seemed that he might have been able to get Scout and Spy released legally.]]
* UnreliableNarrator: Oddly subverted! You would think jumping from [[http://www.teamfortress.com/tf02_unhappy_returns/#f=12 this panel]] to [[http://www.teamfortress.com/tf02_unhappy_returns/#f=13 this panel]] would indicate that Saxton Hale's flashback was full of bunk, but no. Maggie confirms that said flashback was ''exactly'' how it went down.

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!!!Team Fortress Comics 3: [[http://www.teamfortress.com/tf03_cold_day_in_hell/ A Cold Day in Hell]]
* BadassFamily: Apparently Heavy's family qualifies, although this isn't terribly surprising. Heavy makes a vague reference to "the people who hurt us before", and when his sister says that more men like them came while Heavy was in America, they "butchered them like hogs" all by themselves.
* BaitAndSwitch: When Soldier declares that only honey and [[Film/{{Anchorman}} menstruating women]] attract bears, he is hit with a sudden realization, points at Pyro, and [[spoiler:yells at Pyro to step aside, revealing the large quantities of honey in the plane's cargo]].
* BearsAreBadNews: Soldier, Pyro, and Scout are attacked by three large bears. Then, it turns out [[CubCuesProtectiveParent they were only cubs]] when the ''massive'' MamaBear shows up.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Heavy ''will'' protect his sisters. From anyone and ''anything''. However, his sisters are grown women now, and while they will never be able to repay him for all he has sacrificed, they no longer need his protection.
* BrickJoke: The old lady from "Unhappy Returns" who was going to look up the definition of "pedophile" is at the library with a dictionary. She does not look happy.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: Miss Pauling, Demo, and Spy arrive in Australia to look for Sniper... [[spoiler:and a sniper scope is aimed straight at Pauling.]]
* DeathGlare/ ExpressiveMask: Let's just say, you do ''not'' insult fire in [[http://www.teamfortress.com/tf03_cold_day_in_hell/#f=33 front of the Pyro]].
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Medic, who is now working for the TFC merc team and looks forward to battling his old friends, all for the sake of seeing which he has made stronger.]]
* FullFrontalAssault: Soldier fights a bear [[IncrediblyLamePun bear-naked]] and covered in honey.
* GivenNameReveal: Heavy's sisters call him Misha, which is a shortened, affectionate term for Mikhail.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: [[{{Eagleland}} Soldier]], when debating whether to eat "Heavy's [[RedScare Communist]] mom's" soup, hallucinates George Washington and Benedict Arnold. And a giant hot dog.
* {{Homage}}: This issue's cover is based off the cover for [[ActionComics Action Comics #1]], with the Heavy throwing a giant bear into the ground.
* HistoricalHilarity / HistoricalInjoke: A mild example compared to [=TF2=]'s usual, but Amelia Earhart apparently stockpiled massive amounts of honey, wore a hot dog costume while flying, and somehow crashed in western Siberia.
* MacguffinDeliveryService: Invoked by Gray's [[spoiler:mercenary team. They've already found the other merc team, but are just tracking them until they lead them to the Administrator.]]
* MadeInCountryX: When a Russian woman offers Soldier coats, he refuses because he read the first ''letter'' of the SEARS tag and assumed it stood for "Soviet/Stalin/socialism". He insists he'll only wear American-made goods like his Mann Co. jacket--even though the labels says it was made in China. For a company owned by an Australian.
* MeatOVision: When Soldier is hungry he starts seeing the Siberian wildlife as pies and turkey, his hands as a sandwich, and Scout as a hot dog. This is subverted when it turns out Scout ''actually'' looked like a hot dog because he just put on a hot dog costume.
* MythologyGag: [[spoiler: Team Fortress Classic mercenaries form Team Gray. The ''actual'' TFC logo appears in the panel Team Gray is introduced to drive the point across.]]
* NoodleIncident:
-->'''Soldier:''' Don't worry Scout! I am nude and covered in honey again!*\\
[=*=]See ''Naked Tales of Valor'' #1-37, ''Scout's Worst Double Dates'' #14
* NotHyperbole: When Heavy says the full-sized [[BearsAreBadNews bears]] the others killed were babies, he's not just repeating his CatchPhrase: they were ''actual'' babies, and their much larger mother just came for them.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: The scene in Siberia ends short of the Heavy wrestling against a gigantic bear with the Soldier and Pyro spectating, cutting to Gray Mann's pursuit of the Administrator at Teufort's library. When the comic cuts back a mere two pages later, the bear has already been made into a banquet.
* RedScare: Soldier does not like being in Siberia: he refuses any help from locals, does not want to eat any of their food even when he is starving, and hallucinates that he is being taunted by "Christopher, the Communist Mountain".
* SexyShirtSwitch: After sleeping with Heavy's sister Zhanna, Soldier can be seen wearing her nightgown for the rest of the comic.
* ShoutOut: "There are only two things that attract bears: honey and [[Film/{{Anchorman}} menstruating women]]."
** The cover is a shout-out to the cover of Action Comics Number One, with Heavy taking the place of Superman, a bear taking the place of the green car, and Scout, Soldier, and Pyro taking the place of the other people. Scout even wears the fairly iconic expression of distress one of the panicking civilians has.
* SuddenVideogameMoment: When Scout, Soldier, and Pyro kill the [[spoiler:baby]] bears, up pops the same end-of-round scoreboard shown in the actual game.
* UnexplainedRecovery: Half-way into the comic it's implied Scout's organs were ripped out by bears and his heart stopped. Less than ten pages later he wakes up without any visible injury.
* UnsoundEffect: '''''BORING MORAL CHOICE!'''''
* TheUnreveal:
-->'''Soldier:''' "There are only two things that attract bears: honey and menstruating women. My God, I knew it! Somehow I always knew!" (points at Pyro) "'''Pyro!''' [[spoiler:Stop blocking the door! Good Lord! This plane is ''filled'' with honey!"]]
** [[spoiler:Scout dreams that Spy is his dad, but wakes up in a cold sweat and realizes it's "Not a memory. Just a dream."]]

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!!![[http://www.teamfortress.com/catchup/ Catch-Up]]
* ATrueStoryInMyUniverse: Saxton Hale describes ''Team Fortress 2'' as a dramatized documentary game based off of the events that have transpired in the comics' universe.



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!!!Team Fortress Comics 4: [[http://www.teamfortress.com/tf04_blood_in_the_water/ "Blood in the Water"]]
* AssShove: Saxton Hale threatens to do this to Heavy:
-->You better start talking, because in five seconds I'm going to put MY FOOT UP YOUR ASS! Then we'll BOTH have to go to a SPECIAL HOSPITAL! Feet up the ass are like arrows, son, you can't just PULL 'em out! They'll have to push my whole body out through your mouth!
* {{Atlantis}}: The country of New Zealand, which was sunk to ''protect it'' rather than as punishment or a natural disaster. If only they knew it was safer on the surface...
* BlatantLies: The comic claims, rather than being a bimonthly or quarterly comic [[ScheduleSlip released late]], it's an annual comic "released six months early".
* CreepySouvenir: Soldier gives Zhanna a necklace of ''human ears''. He hopes that eventually it'll have more ears on it. Zhanna, however, ''loves'' it, immediately leaping onto Soldier and passionately kissing him.
* DeletedScene: [[http://makanidotdot.tumblr.com/post/99100210726/a-page-that-got-cut-from-the-last-comic-but-its This]] extended version of the scene with Sniper, Demoman, and Pauling.
* {{Depower}}: Once all of the Australium has been taken from Australia, its citizens are no longer [[TestosteronePoisoning Testosterone-Poisioned.]] They revert to plain old ordinary people, no different from the rest of the world. Naturally, when Soldier and Zhanna arrive expecting a no-holds-bared-brawl against a room full of Saxton Hales, they're extremely disappointed.
* DisappearedDad: We knew that this was the case for Heavy, but now we learn that this is also the case for [[spoiler:Scout]] as well.
* FeelNoPain: The Administrator claims to be too old to feel anything.
* GargleBlaster: Sniper's "family moonshine" is apparently so potent that it melts through the barrels it's stored in. He uses it to sedate Demoman. In a cut scene, Demoman woke up, ''[[TheAlcoholic immediately took more]]'', and passed right out.
* HandsOnApproach: Soldier is about to snap an Australian soldier's neck... until Zhanna stops him. Then they snap the soldier's neck ''together''. Aww.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Invoked by Lar-Nah when Miss Pauling finds out that [[spoiler:most of the remaining Australium in [[UnderwaterCity New Zealand]] was destroyed by Bill-Bel]].
--> '''Pauling:''' You... you... you...
--> '''Lar-Nah:''' Here. This helps. ''(passes her a glass of wine}''
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Subverted - Heavy and Saxton Hale never actually come to blows.
* NeckSnap: Soldier's up to his old tricks again, this time with a helping hand from Zhanna. He can also reverse the procedure. [[UnsoundEffect *NECK FIX*]]
* OffModel: Demoman's eyepatch switches eyes in one panel and disappears entirely in another.
* RelationshipUpgrade: Soldier and Zhanna, maybe. He even refers to her as his fiancée at one point.
* TheReveal: Three of them: First, the location of the Engineer: [[spoiler:he accompanied the Administrator]]; second the Administrator's motives towards collecting stockpiles of Australium are finally confirmed (somewhat:)[[spoiler: She has her own Australium-powered life extender similar to Grey Mann's, making her... [[VagueAge of a comparable age; vague, but definitely older than natural]]. However, she's not an ImmortalitySeeker like Grey; she's perfectly willing to accept death, and actually intends to use the Australium to pay off an as-of-now unspecified debt.]] Lastly, we find out that Sniper [[spoiler:actually ''isn't'' Australian. He's one of the last surviving people of New Zealand.]]
* ThreePointLanding: [[http://33.media.tumblr.com/6343e0d5dc3325ee92f467ee59dfc7bf/tumblr_ncusc4JTsd1qen3g2o4_400.png Heavy]], after jumping down a level inside Ayers Rock.
* TitleDrop: Not directly, but at the end [[spoiler:Sniper is shot by the TFC Sniper]], leaving blood in the water.
* WhamEpisode: This comic was a ''big'' one for Sniper fans.
* WholePlotReference: [[spoiler:The lost country of New Zealand is a direct homage to [[{{Franchise/Superman}} Krypton]], with several key distinctions - Bill-Bel, unlike Jor-El, got the Council of Ministers to listen to him, but his scheme was ultimately pointless and bankrupted the nation. When attempting to rocket himself beyond the ocean and into space (selfishly abandoning his wife and child) as part of a new crackpot idea, [[MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds he smashed a hole in the city's glass dome and flooded the entire nation, killing everybody inside]].]]
* YourDaysAreNumbered: The Administrator is on her last legs, and [[spoiler:once the life extender Mk.5 runs out of its current load there won't be any more Australium to refill it.]] She's come to peace with it, only asking for enough time to set ''something'' right.
* YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry / ImpliedDeathThreat: Heavy's sister (and Soldier's girlfriend), Zhanna, gives one of these to Miss Pauling when Miss Pauling wonders why she's coming with them. It successfully shuts Miss Pauling up.
--> Zhanna: You want to know more about Zhanna? Here is a story about Zhanna. Once upon a time I do not like you. The end.

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!!!Team Fortress Comics 4: [[http://www.teamfortress.com/tf04_blood_in_the_water/ "Blood in the Water"]]
* AssShove: Saxton Hale threatens to do this to Heavy:
-->You better start talking, because in five seconds I'm going to put MY FOOT UP YOUR ASS! Then we'll BOTH have to go to a SPECIAL HOSPITAL! Feet up the ass are like arrows, son, you can't just PULL 'em out! They'll have to push my whole body out through your mouth!
* {{Atlantis}}: The country of New Zealand, which was sunk to ''protect it'' rather than as punishment or a natural disaster. If only they knew it was safer on the surface...
* BlatantLies: The comic claims, rather than being a bimonthly or quarterly comic [[ScheduleSlip released late]], it's an annual comic "released six months early".
* CreepySouvenir: Soldier gives Zhanna a necklace of ''human ears''. He hopes that eventually it'll have more ears on it. Zhanna, however, ''loves'' it, immediately leaping onto Soldier and passionately kissing him.
* DeletedScene: [[http://makanidotdot.tumblr.com/post/99100210726/a-page-that-got-cut-from-the-last-comic-but-its This]] extended version of the scene with Sniper, Demoman, and Pauling.
* {{Depower}}: Once all of the Australium has been taken from Australia, its citizens are no longer [[TestosteronePoisoning Testosterone-Poisioned.]] They revert to plain old ordinary people, no different from the rest of the world. Naturally, when Soldier and Zhanna arrive expecting a no-holds-bared-brawl against a room full of Saxton Hales, they're extremely disappointed.
* DisappearedDad: We knew that this was the case for Heavy, but now we learn that this is also the case for [[spoiler:Scout]] as well.
* FeelNoPain: The Administrator claims to be too old to feel anything.
* GargleBlaster: Sniper's "family moonshine" is apparently so potent that it melts through the barrels it's stored in. He uses it to sedate Demoman. In a cut scene, Demoman woke up, ''[[TheAlcoholic immediately took more]]'', and passed right out.
* HandsOnApproach: Soldier is about to snap an Australian soldier's neck... until Zhanna stops him. Then they snap the soldier's neck ''together''. Aww.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Invoked by Lar-Nah when Miss Pauling finds out that [[spoiler:most of the remaining Australium in [[UnderwaterCity New Zealand]] was destroyed by Bill-Bel]].
--> '''Pauling:''' You... you... you...
--> '''Lar-Nah:''' Here. This helps. ''(passes her a glass of wine}''
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Subverted - Heavy and Saxton Hale never actually come to blows.
* NeckSnap: Soldier's up to his old tricks again, this time with a helping hand from Zhanna. He can also reverse the procedure. [[UnsoundEffect *NECK FIX*]]
* OffModel: Demoman's eyepatch switches eyes in one panel and disappears entirely in another.
* RelationshipUpgrade: Soldier and Zhanna, maybe. He even refers to her as his fiancée at one point.
* TheReveal: Three of them: First, the location of the Engineer: [[spoiler:he accompanied the Administrator]]; second the Administrator's motives towards collecting stockpiles of Australium are finally confirmed (somewhat:)[[spoiler: She has her own Australium-powered life extender similar to Grey Mann's, making her... [[VagueAge of a comparable age; vague, but definitely older than natural]]. However, she's not an ImmortalitySeeker like Grey; she's perfectly willing to accept death, and actually intends to use the Australium to pay off an as-of-now unspecified debt.]] Lastly, we find out that Sniper [[spoiler:actually ''isn't'' Australian. He's one of the last surviving people of New Zealand.]]
* ThreePointLanding: [[http://33.media.tumblr.com/6343e0d5dc3325ee92f467ee59dfc7bf/tumblr_ncusc4JTsd1qen3g2o4_400.png Heavy]], after jumping down a level inside Ayers Rock.
* TitleDrop: Not directly, but at the end [[spoiler:Sniper is shot by the TFC Sniper]], leaving blood in the water.
* WhamEpisode: This comic was a ''big'' one for Sniper fans.
* WholePlotReference: [[spoiler:The lost country of New Zealand is a direct homage to [[{{Franchise/Superman}} Krypton]], with several key distinctions - Bill-Bel, unlike Jor-El, got the Council of Ministers to listen to him, but his scheme was ultimately pointless and bankrupted the nation. When attempting to rocket himself beyond the ocean and into space (selfishly abandoning his wife and child) as part of a new crackpot idea, [[MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds he smashed a hole in the city's glass dome and flooded the entire nation, killing everybody inside]].]]
* YourDaysAreNumbered: The Administrator is on her last legs, and [[spoiler:once the life extender Mk.5 runs out of its current load there won't be any more Australium to refill it.]] She's come to peace with it, only asking for enough time to set ''something'' right.
* YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry / ImpliedDeathThreat: Heavy's sister (and Soldier's girlfriend), Zhanna, gives one of these to Miss Pauling when Miss Pauling wonders why she's coming with them. It successfully shuts Miss Pauling up.
--> Zhanna: You want to know more about Zhanna? Here is a story about Zhanna. Once upon a time I do not like you. The end.

!!!Scream Fortress 6/[[http://www.teamfortress.com/bloodmoney/ Blood Money]]%%All tropes but AmusementParkOfDoom belong on comic pageMoney]]



* BloodMagic[=/=]VirginPower: One of the requirements for an ancient Sumerian carnival ritual is to use the blood of a virgin. Merasmus used his own "certified pure" blood.
* CallBack: As usual, the Halloween event is a result of something caused by Merasmus.
** The team's love for Tom Jones returns, as apparently Merasmus found some of last year's spell pages behind the Tom Jones 8-tracks in his storage unit.
** See the skeleton the mercs are using as decoration in the last panel of the comic? Those are the remains of the messenger with the TV on his chest from ''Meet The Director''.
** Lieutenant Bites is peeking his head out from Soldier's uniform at the end of the comic.
** Merasmus is repeatedly mistaken for a woman again, something he once again either ignores or doesn't notice.
* IndianBurialGround: Merasmus forgot to build his carnival on one of these, but since the bodies don't need to be ancient, he'll just get the mercs to kill enough people for the land to become haunted.
* ShoutOut: One of the new achievements is called [[Music/DaftPunk Up All Night To Get Ducky]].
* {{Yakuza}}: Merasmus will owe a lot of money to these guys if he doesn't get his carnival built.

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* BloodMagic[=/=]VirginPower: One of the requirements for an ancient Sumerian carnival ritual is to use the blood of a virgin. Merasmus used his own "certified pure" blood.
* CallBack: As usual, the Halloween event is a result of something caused by Merasmus.
** The team's love for Tom Jones returns, as apparently Merasmus found some of last year's spell pages behind the Tom Jones 8-tracks in his storage unit.
** See the skeleton the mercs are using as decoration in the last panel of the comic? Those are the remains of the messenger with the TV on his chest from ''Meet The Director''.
** Lieutenant Bites is peeking his head out from Soldier's uniform at the end of the comic.
** Merasmus is repeatedly mistaken for a woman again, something he once again either ignores or doesn't notice.
* IndianBurialGround: Merasmus forgot to build his carnival on one of these, but since the bodies don't need to be ancient, he'll just get the mercs to kill enough people for the land to become haunted.
* ShoutOut: One of the new achievements is called [[Music/DaftPunk Up All Night To Get Ducky]].
* {{Yakuza}}: Merasmus will owe a lot of money to these guys if he doesn't get his carnival built.
31st Jan '15 8:19:46 PM ObsidianFire
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!!!Scream Fortress 6/[[http://www.teamfortress.com/bloodmoney/ Blood Money]]

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* {{Ahem}}: The Medic and Heavy clear their throats and nudge Miss Pauling when she mentions that not all of the team are Americans.

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* {{Ahem}}: The Medic and Heavy clear their throats and nudge Miss Pauling when she mentions that not all of the team are Americans.%%Comic



* BlatantLies: When Soldier insists he infiltrated the robot base:

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* BlatantLies: When Soldier insists he infiltrated the robot base:base:%%Comic



'''Soldier''': [[ChaoticStupid Ha! You got me!]]
* CallBack: On the final page of "A Fate Worse Than Chess", the Soldier is picking his nose. This time, he's won a nose-picking contest and is doing the same when inside Gray Mann's base.
* CassandraTruth: Until he mentions the eagles, no one believes the Soldier has actually gone to the robot base because of his {{Cloudcuckoolander}} status.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight
* DeclarationOfProtection: It's implied that the reason the Heavy goes to Gray's base is because Miss Pauling decided to.
* DelayedReaction: When the Soldier gives an exact time the robots will invade the next day, Miss Pauling talks for a few more seconds before that sinks in.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: On page 7, the Scout is staring dreamily at Miss Pauling.

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'''Soldier''': [[ChaoticStupid Ha! You got me!]]
me!]]
* CallBack: On the final page of "A Fate Worse Than Chess", the Soldier is picking his nose. This time, he's won a nose-picking contest and is doing the same when inside Gray Mann's base.
base.%%Comic
* CassandraTruth: Until he mentions the eagles, no one believes the Soldier has actually gone to the robot base because of his {{Cloudcuckoolander}} status.
status.%%Comic
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight
TheCuckoolanderWasRight%%Comic
* DeclarationOfProtection: It's implied that the reason the Heavy goes to Gray's base is because Miss Pauling decided to.
to.%%Comic
* DelayedReaction: When the Soldier gives an exact time the robots will invade the next day, Miss Pauling talks for a few more seconds before that sinks in.
in.%%Comic
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: On page 7, the Scout is staring dreamily at Miss Pauling.%%Comic



* IslandBase: Gray Gravel Co.
* MissionControl: Miss Pauling acts as this for the team.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The way the Soldier describes his robot disguise.

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* IslandBase: Gray Gravel Co.
Co.%%Comic
* MissionControl: Miss Pauling acts as this for the team.
team.%%Comic
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The way the Soldier describes his robot disguise.%%Comic



* NoEnding: [[{{cliff hanger}} It ends]] with Soldier, Pauling, and Heavy apparently being discovered in a base full of enemy robots, [[RuleOfFunny but this is completely forgotten by the next comic.]]
* NoodleIncident: During the merc's meeting, Archimedes is wearing a tiny, bird-sized neck brace.
* NotSoDifferent: In "Blood Brothers", Gray Mann is disgusted by his brothers fighting over possession of worthless gravel. Here, readers learn that he has his own gravel company by the time his robot Engineer is built.
* OhCrap: The Soldier, Heavy, and Miss Pauling's reactions when they're caught inside the robot facility.
* PaintingTheMedium: The robots use an appropriate typeface and color in their speech and say the tags out loud:

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* NoEnding: [[{{cliff hanger}} It ends]] with Soldier, Pauling, and Heavy apparently being discovered in a base full of enemy robots, [[RuleOfFunny but this is completely forgotten by the next comic.]]
]]%%Comic
* NoodleIncident: During the merc's meeting, Archimedes is wearing a tiny, bird-sized neck brace. \n%%Comic
* NotSoDifferent: In "Blood Brothers", Gray Mann is disgusted by his brothers fighting over possession of worthless gravel. Here, readers learn that he has his own gravel company by the time his robot Engineer is built.
built.%%Comic
* OhCrap: The Soldier, Heavy, and Miss Pauling's reactions when they're caught inside the robot facility.
facility.%%Comic
* PaintingTheMedium: The robots use an appropriate typeface and color in their speech and say the tags out loud:loud:%%Comic



* PaperThinDisguise:

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* PaperThinDisguise:PaperThinDisguise:%%Comic



* PunBasedTitle: The title of the comic.
* ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud: The robots' use of italics.
* SarcasmBlind: The robots.

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* PunBasedTitle: The title of the comic.
comic.%%Comic
* ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud: The robots' use of italics.
italics.%%Comic
* SarcasmBlind: The robots.%%Comic



* SpotTheThread: {{Inverted|Trope}}. Miss Pauling is able to tell the Soldier ''isn't'' delusional about infiltrating the robot base when he mentions that Grey Mann was raised by eagles, a fact that was kept undisclosed from the team.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:

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* SpotTheThread: {{Inverted|Trope}}. Miss Pauling is able to tell the Soldier ''isn't'' delusional about infiltrating the robot base when he mentions that Grey Mann was raised by eagles, a fact that was kept undisclosed from the team.
team.%%Comic
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:%%Comic



* UnsoundEffect: ''[[http://www.teamfortress.com/shadowboxers/#f=17 NON-ROBOTIC SHUFFLING SOUND!]]''
* VisualPun[=/=]GeniusBonus: During the meeting, Archimedes has a screw in his mouth. [[http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/32831/Archimedes-screw Archimedes' screw]], anyone?

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* UnsoundEffect: ''[[http://www.teamfortress.com/shadowboxers/#f=17 NON-ROBOTIC SHUFFLING SOUND!]]''
SOUND!]]''%%Comic
* VisualPun[=/=]GeniusBonus: During the meeting, Archimedes has a screw in his mouth. [[http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/32831/Archimedes-screw Archimedes' screw]], anyone?
anyone?%%Comic


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* OurChostsAreDifferent On the other hand, Zepheniah Mann willed a curse that he would haunt those who "shoot over his bones" ... and he does exactly that on KOTH Harvest's event version.

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* OurChostsAreDifferent OurGhostsAreDifferent On the other hand, Zepheniah Mann willed a curse that he would haunt those who "shoot over his bones" ... and he does exactly that on KOTH Harvest's event version.



!!!Mann-Conomy Update/[[http://www.teamfortress.com/bidwells_big_plan/ Bidwell's Big Plan]]%%All tropes apply to the comic

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!!!Mann-Conomy Update/[[http://www.teamfortress.com/bidwells_big_plan/ Bidwell's Big Plan]]%%All tropes apply to the comicPlan]]



!!! [[http://www.teamfortress.com/grordborts/comic/ Grordbort's Crash]]%%All tropes are for the comic

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!!! [[http://www.teamfortress.com/grordborts/comic/ Grordbort's Crash]]%%All tropes are for the comicCrash]]



!!! 2011 Halloween Update/[[http://www.teamfortress.com/bombinomicon/ Bombinomicon]]%%All tropes are for the comic except BrickJoke

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!!! 2011 Halloween Update/[[http://www.teamfortress.com/bombinomicon/ Bombinomicon]]%%All tropes are for the comic except BrickJokeBombinomicon]]
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