->''"That BLU Pyro, man. He… it wasn’t human."''

'''Respawn of the Dead''' is a ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' fanfiction. Written by [[BigNameFan Big Name Fan]] Cat Bountry, it is a complex tale of relationships (both romantic and not), suspense, danger, conspiracy, a liberal dash of humor, and... oh, yeah. ZOMBIES.

Can be read [[http://dotchan.com/?p=1634 here]]. And once you're done with that, read the prologue [[http://dotchan.com/?p=1804 here]].

[[IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do]] with [[Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead school students and zombies]], or [[LightNovel/IsThisAZombie magical girls and zombies]].

!!'''MASSIVE spoilers ahead. Beware.'''
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!!Respawn of the Dead provides examples of:

* AboveTheInfluence: In the {{prequel}}, [[spoiler:with a tipsy Heavy and an absolutely sloshed Medic.]]
* ActorAllusion: [[spoiler: The Administrator is replaced with [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} an irritable A.I.]] ]]
* AfraidOfNeedles: Scout. Medic, who really is kind of a sadist, finds it pretty entertaining.
* AfterlifeExpress: Medic's dream [[spoiler:on board the supply train after Heavy dies]].
* AlasPoorYorick: [[spoiler: Medic decapitates Pyro to prevent him from becoming a zombie. Somewhat traumatized by the experience on top of everything else he's been through, he holds on to Pyro's head for a little while while arguing that they can't just leave the body floating in the ocean.]]
* AllGermansAreNazis: Soldier seems to fervently believe this.
* AIIsACrapshoot: [[spoiler:New Announcer.]]
* AmIJustAToyToYou: Heavy worries about this in the {{prequel}}.
* AmericaSavesTheDay: The plague is very strongly implied to have been masterminded by PresidentEvil so he can invoke this trope and guarantee his reelection.
** WordOfGod says [[spoiler: that Nixon wasn't responsible for the outbreak. Johnson was still president when the outbreak occured, but after he fumbled it, Nixon took advantage and [[NukeEm nuked large parts of the southwest]], containing the infection and ensuring his re-election.]]
* AnyoneCanDie: And HOW.
* ApocalypticLog: [[spoiler:BLU Medic kept a video record of his experiments that resulted in the virus, eventually filming his own transformation into a zombie.]]
* ApologisesALot: [[BoisterousBruiser Surprisingly]], Heavy in the {{prequel}}. It may just be that he gets a bit shy around Medic, and Medic throwing a boot at him probably didn't help.
-->“I’m sorry, Doktor.”
-->“Stop apologizing,” Medic said. “You are a proud man on ze battlefield, Heavy. You have confidence out zere. Try showing some off ze field for vonce, hmm?”
-->“Sorry,” Heavy mumbled.
-->“I said, ‘stop apologizing!’” Medic chided. “Really, it’s like you ah a completely different person vhen you have zat gun in your hand.”
* AteHisGun: [[spoiler: Spy.]]
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:Medic. He's rather shockingly unremorseful about being an ex-Nazi in the prologue, but that eventually changes.]]
* AxCrazy: Soldier.
* TheBait: Scout GotVolunteered by Medic to distract the zombified BLU team when the RED team goes into the BLU base. [[spoiler:Someone also almost ends up being volunteered to be eaten by zombies to buy time for the others, but Soldier eventually chooses to make a HeroicSacrifice.]]
* BattleInTheRain: Medic and Soldier.
* BeautifulDreamer: In the {{prequel}}, Heavy watches Medic sleep.
-->He looked so delicate as he slumbered, not at all like the fearsome, sadistic man he could be when he was awake.
* BedmateReveal: In the {{prequel}}, [[spoiler:Medic is a lot happier going to sleep next to Heavy when he was drunk than he is waking up next to him hungover.]]
* BerserkButton: Demoman doesn't take it well when he's told about Nessie not existing. Medic hates it when [[NotUsingTheZedWord people use the zed word]], and he hates being called a Nazi even more.
* BetaTestBaddie: [[spoiler:The New Announcer has an element of this; she's driven to blow herself up by Medic's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech about how she's abandoned and powerless]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Heavy, especially if you mess with Medic.
** Also Engineer — sure, [[spoiler:Spy]] had it coming, but DAMN.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: Scout and Demoman saving Sniper and Engineer from Spy, by suddenly running in and smacking him upside the head with a baseball bat.]]
** An earlier example would be [[spoiler:Heavy and Sniper saving Medic from a mentally unstable Soldier (and Shovel).]]
* [[spoiler: BigGuyFatalitySyndrome]]: [[spoiler: Heavy falls victim to the zombies after he is unable to escape the base.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Only five of the nine main characters survive, and what's more, their deaths have been very convincingly faked so those who have families can't go home to them.]]
* BlameGame: So whose fault ''is'' the zombie plague, anyway? [[spoiler:BLU Medic created the virus in the first place, BUT RED and BLU were planning to exploit the zombie plague for profit, BUT Sniper missed a shot on the BLU Spy, who was infected, BUT Engineer never got around to fixing the hole in the fence said BLU Spy escaped through...]]
* BlindWithoutEm: Medic's eyesight is abysmal without his glasses, [[spoiler:something Soldier takes full advantage of.]]
* BloodFromTheMouth: [[spoiler:Medic, due to his injuries from his fight with Soldier. It's not much of a big deal, though.]]
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma:
-->“Are you doing[[note]][sic], I have no idea whether it's a typo or his English is just going rapidly downhill[[/note]] to… dark-mail me?” Heavy asked, obviously unsure of his choice of words.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: "YOU WERE LIKE CHILDREN TO ME AND [[spoiler: OLD ANNOUNCER.]] WE WATCHED YOU FIGHT AND LIVE AND TALK AND SHOWER..."
* BridalCarry: Heavy tends to carry Medic like this when the latter is badly injured. It's just practical. And also quite sweet.
* BruiserWithASoftCenter: Heavy, in the {{prequel}}, begs Medic not to tell anyone that he's basically just a big old teddy bear.
* [[spoiler:BurialAtSea: Pyro, rather ironically.]]
* [[spoiler:BuryYourGays:Poor, poor Heavy...]]
* CastFullOfGay: Subverted with Sniper, who is actually straight.
* ChekhovsGun: Heavy getting stuck in the fence. Ha, ha, the fat guy's stuck in the fence... [[spoiler:...see if you're still laughing when it happens again later during a zombie attack and costs him his life.]]
* ChekhovsBoomerang: The hole in the fence. [[spoiler: Not only does the BLU Spy carrying the zombie virus escape through it, later on, the surviving members of RED Team do as well... [[ChekhovsGun except for Heavy, who gets stuck in it as he did earlier.]]]]
* ChekhovsHobby: Pyro is a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fan. [[spoiler:Near the end of the story when the RED Team was confronting the AI, the Pyro thinks 'What would Captain Kirk do?'. Cue him whispering to the Medic who then proceeds to throw out a LogicBomb to fry the AI's circuits.]]
* ColdWar: The reason Soldier doesn't get along with Heavy. Or at least one of them; Soldier [[HeteronormativeCrusader disapproves of homosexuality]] even more than Communism.
* CompensatingForSomething: Subverted. Medic finds it humorously appropriate that Heavy doesn't even know what the phrase means. Because, you know... [[BiggerIsBetterInBed he's not.]]
* ConspiracyTheorist: Demo is one- he's one of the first to accept the zombies as such rather than grasping for a rational explanation.
* ConsultingMisterPuppet: [[spoiler:Soldier and Shovel.]]
* [[spoiler:CoveredWithScars: Pyro. Medic, of course, is not horrified, just intrigued.]]
* CowerPower: Pyro makes use of this a few times. He seems to distinctly prefer hiding behind Medic.
* CrashingDreams: Sniper has an EroticDream involving Marilyn Monroe. She turns into Demoman when the latter comes to wake Sniper up.
* CrazyPrepared: Spy has a RAFT. In the DESERT.
** But he doesn't have a paddle, so he's not ''that'' prepared.
* CreatorThumbprint: [[OfficialCouple Medic and Heavy]] make plans to [[HomeSweetHome settle down together]] in UsefulNotes/{{Venice}}, which they've actually managed to do in "Reunion", although it's clearly set in a different continuity. Also, there's one major element in common with "FanFic/WithApologiesToHarlanEllison". Also, [[spoiler:the unanswered question of whether the RED and BLU teams are clones is also brought up in "Reunion".]] Like in "Surrogate", a Medic uses a rabbit as a test subject, and Heavy considers the rabbit very cute.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler: Most of the deaths, to some degree, but particularly Heavy's. If you try imagining it in any detail you'll probably lose sleep over it.]]
* CryIntoChest: The second time Medic cries in the {{prequel}}.
* [[spoiler:DeathFakedForYou: All the surviving characters who have family.]]
* [[DefrostingIceQueen Defrosting Ice King]]: Medic is this in the {{prequel}}, but several of the team members, particularly Heavy, help draw him out of his shell. He still stays a little frosty, though.
-->[...] it seemed as if Medic had returned to the cold, icy demeanor he was known for when he first joined RED team[...]
* DepravedBisexual: [[spoiler:Spy, who notes that [[{{Eagleland}} Americans]] "[deny] yourselves ze pleasures of bozh of ze sexes".]]
* DespairEventHorizon: Medic falls headlong over it after [[spoiler:the Team is forced to leave Heavy to his death. Engineer pulls him back.]]
* DiggingYourselfDeeper: Heavy, in the prequel. Well, it's not his fault that Medic didn't realize he was almost quoting Creator/GretaGarbo word-for-word, but...
-->“Ah you suggesting zat I sound like a ''woman'', Herr Heavy?”
-->“Nyet! You sound like a man!” Heavy was now fumbling to recover from this horrible implication. “Tiny, leetle man, but still man. And I am happy to be fighting vit you, Doktor!”
* DisasterDominoes: The team's first meeting in the prequel.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Heavy running out of ammo while ubered.
-->“That does not happen to me, most of time.”
* DroppedGlasses: It's really a good thing Medic keeps at least two spare pairs.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Soldier. He [[RocketJump Rocket Jumps]] into the zombie horde, blowing most of them up in the process. He then shoots at the rest until he runs out of ammo, bludgeons a few to death with the still-hot shotgun, and ''beats the zombies with [[GrievousHarmWithABody his own severed leg]]'' while they're ripping out his guts and eating them.]]
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler: Soldier. He has a sudden moment of clarity, thinking how beautiful the moon looks before the zombies finish him off.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:Or bittersweet ending, at least.]]
* EloquentInMyNativeTongue: The sections from Heavy's perspective contain some rather sophisticated observations he probably just doesn't have sufficient English skills to actually say. There's a part in the {{prequel}} where he wonders how he's going to have a particular discussion in English and wishes that Medic spoke Russian so they could communicate more easily.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Well, of course, but [[spoiler:Medic only finds out Heavy's real name shortly before the latter dies.]]
* ExplosiveInstrumentation: [[spoiler: Subverted; the computer Administrator dies with an explosion described as "less than impressive".]]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Spy, in a rather vicious manner. He never really WAS on their side.]]
* FanDisservice: A sex scene from the perspective of a [[spoiler:quasi-sapient]] zombie who overhears it is even more disturbing than you'd expect.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:Becoming a zombie, especially because, as demonstrated by Stumpy, zombies still retain memories of who they were. Also, because he'd just respawn if he killed him, Soldier tries to torture Medic rather than kill him.]]
* {{Fingore}}: [[spoiler:Soldier is just about to start cutting off Medic's fingers when Heavy has his BigDamnHeroes moment.]]
* FirstBlood: [[spoiler:Go, [[CombatMedic Battle Medic!]]]]
-->[[spoiler:The doctor swiftly sidestepped away from the attack, and managed to land a punch to Soldiers jaw. Soldier reeled backwards, stumbling to a stop and wiping his lip, only to see a streak of red on his fingertips.]]
-->[[spoiler:“FIRST BLOOD!” Scout screeched. “Doc got first blood!”]]
-->[[spoiler:“Ha!” Sniper laughed, and turned to Demoman, “That’s five bucks up front ya owe me, mate.”]]
* {{Flanderization}}: For about the first 500 words of "Respawn of the Dead", Medic and Heavy bicker LikeAnOldMarriedCouple over tactics and Medic's bossiness. Then Heavy turns into a [[ExtremeDoormat good-natured doormat]], and stays that way in the prequel.
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:Soldier's is mentioned in the {{prequel}}. He seems to be in denial about it.]]
* FriendlySniper: Despite being something of a [[IneffectualLoner lone wolf]], Sniper is generally laid-back and easygoing. And he loves his parents.
** Well, his mom, at least.
* FriendshipMoment: Medic has a few with Engineer and Pyro.
* FollowInMyFootsteps: Medic's mother wanted him to be a professional violinist, but his father wanted him to be a doctor, like him. It's implied that Medic kind of wishes he had become a violinist, actually.
* ForegoneConclusion: The {{prequel}} is rather bittersweet due to this.
* ForScience: Said by RED Medic [[spoiler: but the trope is actually fulfilled by BLU Medic, who attempts to re-create respawn technology for no reason other than curiosity.]]
* FullFrontalAssault: Soldier once attacked the BLU base in the middle of the night while naked and armed with [[ConsultingMisterPuppet Shovel]] and the Sniper's knife. He got put on medication after that.
* FunetikAksent: All of the team members except Soldier [[spoiler: and Pyro, once he removes his mask.]]
** [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]], as none of the accented team members can get through a voice-activated door. [[spoiler: However, Pyro can (with his mask on).]]
* GentleGiant: Heavy... [[BewareTheNiceOnes mostly.]]
* GermanicEfficiency: In the {{prequel}}, this trope seems to be the reason Soldier's comment about foreigners not respecting authority makes Medic snicker to himself, incidentally averting [[GermanicDepressives another trope about Germans]].
* GilliganCut: In the {{prequel}}. Medic was only going to have one bottle of beer, which somehow turned into eight.
* [[spoiler:GodzillaThreshold: The government of the United States ends up nuking the hell out of the southwest.]]
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Medic and Heavy have happy, loving, extremely ''loud'' sex. Unlike most examples of this trope, it's also clearly a bit [[CasualKink kinky]], and they do have their problems at first. [[spoiler:Spy and Soldier are both the villainous side of this trope. Particularly Spy, who actually threatens to rape Sniper.]]
* [[spoiler:TheGrotesque: Pyro was badly scarred and deformed by a fire, which is why he only takes off his mask and suit alone. He seems to have been this way since he was a child, which might explain his childlike demeanor. Typical of the trope, he has a very sweet and endearing personality.]]
* HappyBirthdayToYou: Sniper has an EroticDream in which MarilynMonroe was going to [[UnusualEuphemism blow out his candle]].
* HandWave: [[spoiler:How does BLU Spy make that hole in the fence? We don't know, he blacked out.]]
* HeadbuttOfLove: [[spoiler:During Heavy and Medic's last moments together.]]
* [[HelpImStuck Help I'm Stuck]]: Happens to Heavy twice. One time is played for laughs. [[TearJerker The other...]]
* HemoErotic: The {{prequel}} makes it clear that Medic likes biting, and the taste of blood, and playing with scalpels in bed...
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:Medic, after Heavy dies.]]
** Sniper has a small one when [[spoiler:he realizes there's no convincing his parents that he isn't really dead.]]
* HeteronormativeCrusader: Soldier. [[spoiler:He even seems more concerned with Shovel's gender than its…you know…being a shovel.]] Scout is less of a crusader and more just rude and obnoxious.
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:After they blow up the BLU base.]]
* [[IllTellYouWhenIveHadEnough I'll Tell You Vhen I Haff Had Enough!]]: Medic, to Engineer. Fortunately, he actually doesn't drink any more after that.
* ImageSong: ''Werner Von Braun'' could be said to be Soldier's- he sings it (and has Scout sing it) throughout the story for the purpose of antagonizing Medic. [[spoiler: He also sings it as he goes to his certain death.]]
* TheImmodestOrgasm: Medic is a ''screamer''. So much so that he plays Beethoven and Mozart to try and cover it up (key word: try).
* InelegantBlubbering: Medic, in the {{prequel}}, after [[spoiler:drunkenly kissing Heavy, then vomiting on him.]] It's also described as "blubbering" and seems to be this trope when he [[spoiler:cries after Heavy's death]].
* InformedJudaism: [[spoiler:Pyro. VERY vaguely suggested in an exchange with Soldier, but officially revealed just before his death. Also, in the {{prequel}}, Soldier remarks on the fact he's not having bacon with his breakfast.]]
* InterruptedIntimacy: In the {{prequel}}. [[spoiler:Results in Heavy and Medic chasing after Scout in a very indecent state of dress, Medic with his wrists tied together.]]
* InVinoVeritas: Medic gets very drunk in the {{prequel}}, and becomes fixated on teasing Engineer for being short. Then [[spoiler:he kisses Heavy.]]
* IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow: Spy's response in the {{prequel}} when Medic tells him he and Heavy are going to go play chess and he can mind his own business.
* IsThisThingStillOn: [[spoiler:The Announcer has heard their petty gossip, and she's not interested.]]
* ItCanThink: [[spoiler: Stumpy and BLU Spy, to an extent. Maybe this makes zombification in this fic AFateWorseThanDeath?]]
* ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure: [[spoiler:First, the RED team blowing up the BLU base, then the United States government blowing up most of the southwest.]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler: Heavy chooses to die so that his beloved Doktor can have a shot at escape and survival.]]
* IWasJustPassingThrough: In the {{prequel}}, Medic insists that he didn't Übercharge Heavy to save him from being sniped because he cares about him or anything, it's just that it would have been a waste if he hadn't because he'd have been killed too without Heavy. Heavy is unconvinced.
* JustToyingWithThem: [[spoiler:When Medic goes to find Soldier and Soldier attacks him. Medic is already weak from their previous fight, and Soldier breaks his glasses just to make it worse. Soldier lets him get away just so he can have fun catching him.]]
* KissingUnderTheInfluence: [[spoiler:Medic and Heavy's first kiss. It doesn't go well.]]
* KnightInShiningArmour: In the {{prequel}}, Medic has a dream that casts Heavy in this role, complete with a ''{{unicorn}}''...
* LastKiss: [[spoiler: Medic and Heavy share a tender, tearful kiss right before the rest of the team is forced to leave Heavy behind.]]
* LastStand: [[spoiler:Soldier does this to allow the others to escape.]]
** [[DefiedTrope Defied]] by Engineer.
* TheLeader: Medic, at first, mainly because everyone is deeply impressed by his [[TheStrategist strategy]] for tackling the zombified [=BLUs=]. [[spoiler:It doesn't hurt that it ''almost'' works without a hitch, too. But then he has a HeroicBSOD after Heavy dies, and the responsibility goes to Engineer.]] In the {{prequel}}, Soldier clearly ''thinks'' he's the leader, but everyone else thinks he's a deranged windbag.
* LeaveBehindAPistol: [[spoiler: Engineer does this to Spy.]]
* LeeroyJenkins: Goddamnit, Soldier!
* LeftHanging: What was that about [[spoiler:clones]]?
* LickedByTheDog: Pyro hugging Medic in the {{prequel}}.
* LifeOrLimbDecision: [[spoiler:Pyro. [[SenselessSacrifice Except he dies anyway]], because, you know. Zombies.]]
* LogicBomb: [[spoiler:Used on the Admin AI to great effect by Medic, though it was Pyro's idea to try it.]]
* LoveRedeems: [[spoiler:AVERTED. The fact that Spy's feelings for Engineer are probably genuine does little to make up for all the sheer wickedness he does.]]
* LoveYouAndEverybody: Medic suggests that the reason Pyro signs a letter to him with "Love, Pyro" is either that it's a strange joke or Pyro just doesn't know the socially acceptable way to write letters to your coworkers. However, it seems entirely possible that it's just because Pyro considers him to be a good friend.
* ManChild: Pyro, although of course he's totally competent and professional when necessary.
* MercyKill: [[spoiler:Poor Medic has to do this twice — once to his 'pet zombie' Stumpy and, more wrenchingly, once to Pyro so he wouldn't become a zombie.]]
* MadScientist: RED Medic. [[spoiler: Also BLU Medic and his experiments to replicate the respawn technology.]]
* MonsterSobStory / SympathyForTheDevil: Despite everything that he did, Engineer still feels sorry for the Spy and still regrets [[spoiler:having to kill him.]] The prologue also has a moment like this, where it's revealed that the Spy ''knows'' that his [[PowerPerversionPotential strange use of the disguise technology]] is really pathetic/depraved, and that he's sunk to what he feels are deplorably low depths. It doesn't stop him from coming across as evil, but it stops him from coming across as gleefully evil.
-->'''Engineer''': “No…not a monster. He wanted us t’ hate him, wanted us t’ think he was a monster, but he wasn’t. He was just a man, flawed as any of us. I saw it there when [[spoiler:he was dyin’]], an’ that’s somethin’ I’ll never ferget.”
* MoralityPet: Medic and Pyro, particularly in the {{prequel}} when Medic is a lot more cold and reserved.
* NewAgeRetroHippie: [[spoiler:In the epilogue, Demoman and Sniper almost score with two female versions of the trope.]]
-->[[spoiler:[...]a pair of lost flower children, abandoned by the fall of their own counter-culture.]]
* NiceGuy: Engineer.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:BLU Scout would have survived if Soldier hadn't fired a rocket at him.]]
* NightmareFetishist: Medic, of course. In the {{prequel}}, he bonds with Demo over Demo's empty eye socket.
-->He could see the bone and muscles and tissue inside, and took delight in being able to see the man’s sinuses up close.
-->“Ye enjoyin’ yerself, lad?” Demoman asked, flashing a pearly white grin.
-->“Very much, danke,” Medic said, smiling.
-->“Ye know wot? Yer not so bad,” Demoman said.
* NobleBigot: Engineer on homosexuality, Medic on race.
* NobodyOver50IsGay: Medic is at least over forty. Scout certainly seems to think he's pretty much the oldest man in the world.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished:
-->[[spoiler:The man had taken him back to his room, had been puked upon for his trouble, stayed with him the night, and had even neatly folded the doctor’s clothes… and what was his thanks? A boot to the head.]]
* NoMedicationForMe: Soldier is very resistant to being medicated for his severe psychosis.
* NotSoDifferent: A more positive version. They've probably got more weird international gay couples like Heavy and Medic than they've got the likes a' Demo, anyway. Also, Demo was initially a bit homophobic, but Medic was initially a bit racist.
** [[spoiler:Pyro feels a kinship with Stumpy because, in his opinion, they're both monsters.]]
* NotStayingForBreakfast: Well, everyone eats breakfast together anyway. But [[spoiler:Heavy is rather upset when Medic says it wouldn't do for him to be seen doing the walk of shame out of the infirmary in the morning.]]
* NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat: Engineer's attitude to Medic and Heavy's relationship. He's so uncomfortable with it that he doesn't like Medic's habit of going to him for relationship advice, but he tries not to be offensive about it. Soldier and Scout seem to think there genuinely is something wrong with it. Demo is a bit repelled at first in the {{prequel}}, but says that as a black Scottish cyclops, he tries not to judge others for being different.
* NotUsingTheZWord: Don't call them 'zombies' in front of Medic.
** InsistentTerminology
* NoYou: Medic bickers with Pyro about ''Franchise/StarTrek'' in the {{prequel}}.
-->“It’s all ze same, as fah as I’m concerned,” Medic said dismissively. “It’s all mindless garbage, anyvay.”
-->“Yurr meerndlsssh gurrbuge,” Pyro retorted.
-->“Very funny,” Medic said, moving one of his pawns forward. “Vhere did you learn zat vone, on ze playground?”
* [[spoiler:NuclearOption]]
* OddCouple: Medic and Heavy are referred to as this in the {{prequel}}, by Engineer, who means it in the usual platonic sense although unbeknownst to him they actually are, you know, a couple.
* OddFriendship: Medic and Pyro clearly become friendlier over the course of the story, despite their differing personalities and [[spoiler:Pyro's Judaism and the fact Medic may or may not have been a Nazi]].
** IntergenerationalFriendship: It's implied Pyro is probably a decade or two younger than Medic, and he acts even younger.
* OfficialCouple: Medic and Heavy, who get together in the {{prequel}}.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: [[spoiler:The virus or mutated gene which caused the outbreak can be transmitted from animal to human, and unusually for zombies, vice versa. "The cows, man...fuckin' zombie cows."]]
* PerverseSexualLust: Discussed.
* PetMonstrosity: Stumpy.
* PetTheDog: In the {{prequel}}, even though Medic starts out being kind of an asshole to everybody else, he lets Pyro get away with fleeing his physical and [[spoiler:going AWOL from their first battle due to throwing up. "Urr lurrt."]]
* PhenotypeStereotype: [[spoiler:Pyro is Jewish, and where he's not horribly scarred has olive skin and curly dark hair.]]
* PowerPerversionPotential: Spy and his masks.
* PrecisionFStrike: Medic doesn't always swear, [[Advertising/TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld but when he does]], it's awesome.
-->[[spoiler:“Auf Wiedersehen, you bitch[.]”]]
* PrimalScene: In the {{prequel}}, Scout mentions that this trope has happened to him.
* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: ...and ends up coming almost true, except sans any type of equine.
* PunchClockHero: Discussed in the {{prequel}}.
-->“Vhat kind of var has its fighters coming back from ze dead constantly? Honestly, I feel like I should be punching a time clock every time I go out zere.”
* RaisingTheSteaks: "The cows, man...fuckin' zombie cows."
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Soldier.]]
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: RED and BLU have merged, were planning on taking advantage of the zombie plague for profit, and had given Spy orders to kill his teammates for knowing too much. Oh, yes, and the human Administrator is dead and has been replaced by an AI. Damn.]]
** [[spoiler: ARE YOU DONE EXPOSITING YET, RED SPY?]]
* RidiculousProcrastinator: [[spoiler:It's a good thing Engineer ''didn't'' fix the hole in the fence.]]
* RightThroughTheWall: The rest of the team likes to avoid the area when they hear loud classical music coming from the infirmary; it's Medic's attempt to be considerate about his screaming orgasms.
* RuleOfCool: Discussed. Engineer thinks it's stupid.
-->“Look, we made it this far without bein’ killed, an’ I’m not gonna risk my neck for th’ sake a’ lookin’ cool,” Engineer said sternly.
* RunForTheBorder: [[spoiler:At the end, the surviving members of the RED team end up living in Mexico.]]
* RussianGuySuffersMost: [[spoiler:If you ''had'' to be eaten by zombies, you'd probably rather go down fighting than be devoured from behind while trapped in a hole in a fence, wouldn't you? ''Shudder''.]]
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Alas, poor Heavy.]]
* SavedByCanon: Something tells me Heavy and Medic aren't going to be fired in the prequel.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Spy when he see first sees Stumpy.
* SexIsViolence: [[spoiler:Soldier gets aroused after the fight with Medic.]]
* ShoutOut: One of the things Soldier sees during the inkblot tests is [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} a dog with its head split in half.]] The Heavy sees it too.
** Another would be when Spy confronts a numbered keypad, and finds out the password is "1111", which was also the password in the "Meet The Spy" video.
* ShoutOutToShakespeare
-->'''Demoman''': "‘Now cracks a noble ‘eart. Good night, sweet prince. An’ flights o’ angels sing thee to thy rest.’"\\
'''Sniper''': "Dinnit’ know [[HiddenDepths ya read Shakespeare]], mate."\\
'''Demoman''': "[[YouDidntAsk Ye never asked]]. Le’s go."
* SickAndWrong: In the {{prequel}}, Demoman suggests to Sniper that maybe Heavy and Medic are "buggerin’ each other". They crack up laughing and Sniper gets pissed off at him for putting the mental image into his head and says not to even joke like that. Well... they hadn't gone quite that far yet.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Inverted. Pyro and Heavy, often characterized as the least intelligent members of the team, play a game of chess. Engineer is more of a checkers person, much to Medic's annoyance.
* STDImmunity: Averted. Crotch crickets!
* StupidSexyFlanders: Stupid pretty Medic.
* SurvivalHorror: Well, of course. And running out of supplies, particularly ammo, is a major source of conflict.
* ATankardOfMooseUrine: In the {{prequel}}, Spy and Medic agree that American beer tastes like piss. So Medic doesn't know why he keeps drinking it, but he certainly does.
* TeamDad: Engineer is a mix of this and OnlySaneMan. And he's very disappointed in you for not botherin' to try an' break up the darn fight.
* TeamMom: Medic gets annoyed when he feels like he's being expected to take this role. He's not your mom just because he patches up your booboos. Still, he doesn't seem to mind being this to Pyro.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Medic, in the {{prequel}}, seconds away from being blown up by a rocket.
-->“Zat’s just perfect.”
* ThoseTwoGuys: Sniper and Demoman
* ThoseWackyNazis: Medic states that he was pressured into joining the Nazi party during the war.
* ThroughHisStomach: In the {{prequel}}, it turns out that Medic made the first sandvich.
* ThrowingDownTheGauntlet: Medic does this to Soldier, looking to hash out their differences once and for all. [[spoiler:It wasn't the best idea on his part.]]
* ToThePain: After Scout walks in on Medic and Heavy in the {{prequel}}, Medic threatens to make him wish he was dead if he tells anyone.
* TragicKeepsake: [[spoiler:Pyro's Star of David necklace seems to be one for him, and in a different way for Medic, who's wearing it in the epilogue.]]
* TrueCompanions: The RED Team, despite everything. [[spoiler:Including losing almost half their number through the course of the story- three to various sacrifices, one to a cruel betrayal.]]
* TheUnintelligible: Pyro. Try reading his dialogue aloud if you're having trouble.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:The New Announcer, particularly. There's a bit of this with Spy, too.]]
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Describing vomiting is kind of the equivalent of this trope in writing, isn't it?
* [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim What Does He See In Him?]]: In the {{prequel}}, this is Spy's reaction to realizing that Heavy and Medic have become a couple. You can probably guess which one he thinks could have done better (where "better" really means "Spy").
* WeNeedADistraction: Done twice.
* WhoShotJFK: Sniper and Demoman both argue over this.
* WorstNewsJudgmentEver: [[spoiler:After an entire town is destroyed by an outbreak of zombieism and the subsequent containment efforts...]]
-->[[spoiler:There was no news about zombies; only the escalating war in Vietnam, some Presidential election coverage, news of university campus protests and race riots.]]
* YourMom: In the {{prequel}}, Pyro retorts to Medic's assertion that ''Franchise/StarTrek'' is mindless garbage by [[NoYou saying that Medic is mindless garbage]], and when Medic asks whether he learned that one on the playground, he says he in fact learned it from Medic's mom.
* YouWouldntHitAGuyWithGlasses: Averted, but the justification is demonstrated twice.
* ZergRush: Zombies. Duh.
* ZombieApocalypse: Given the rate of spread, the world is in very big trouble.
* {{Zombie Infectee}}s: A few, but the most tragic is [[spoiler:Pyro. He asks to be killed before he can become one of the walking dead.]]
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