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Darth Wiki: Alchemist Jacket Panic
Alchemist Jacket Panic
is a fanfic idea by Lelouch Zero
that has been more or less in Development Hell
since mid-2006. While the name may hint at a simple X Meets Y Meets Z
crossover (in this case, Fullmetal Alchemist
+ Full Metal Jacket
+ Full Metal Panic!
, with all the implications that would follow), it was initially planned as much, MUCH
more than that. Later revisions to the idea have seen entire series have their roles reduced significantly or outright removed, while other series have been added to the mess.
The intial story prompt was basically an Apocalypse Now
ripoff with Roy Mustang and his unit (plus characters from Final Fantasy VII
, S Cryed
, and Tales of Symphonia
for some unfathomable reason [S-Cry-Ed
got to stay because Alters are somewhat similar to alchemy; both FFVII
have been axed completely]) going to the jungles of Cambodia to track down the traitor King Bradley and his team of rogue alchemists and Alter users, who are collaborating with renegade Soviet Colonel Volgin
on a secret project
that has the potential to shift the balance of power in favor of the North Vietnamese. Unfortunately for Volgin and his buddies, they need a certain piece of Black Technology
to transform their Military Mashup Machine
from an Awesome but Impractical Glass Cannon
to a true superweapon capable of bringing those damned Yanks with Tanks
and their South Vietnamese lapdogs to their knees. However, this particular section of the story has been more or less shelved in order to focus exclusively on...
...our good friend Kaname Chidori
, who just so happens to share the same city (and in most cases, the same school) with Haruhi Suzumiya
, Lelouch Lamperouge
, Tamaki Suoh
, Tohru Honda
, Negi Springfield
, Ichigo Kurosaki
, Saya Otonashi
, Mio Akiyama
, Madoka Kaname
, Minato Arisato
, Souji Seta
, Kotonoha Katsura
, Hayate Ayasaki
, Yuri Nakamura
, Taiga Aisaka
, Misuzu Kamio
, Ayu Tsukimiya
, Nagisa Furukawa
, Haruka Nogizaka
, Sena Kashiwazaki
, and perhaps the casts of just about every other school-based anime, manga, and video game in existence
. (Lots of Canon Defilement
was needed to shoehorn everybody in, by the way.) Kaname is still a Whispered, which means that she's a highly valued commodity to various parties (the American and Japanese governments, the KGB, and Colonel Volgin, to name a few). Which means everyone's favorite child soldier
, Sousuke Sagara, has been assigned to protect her.
One more thing: The year is 2006, Vietnam is still divided into North and South, Korea is united, the Soviet Union and the Cold War are still going strong, Canada and Mexico are part of the United States, and Chinese democracy is not just a Guns N Roses album.
While the backstory and the basic plot have all been hashed out to some degree or another, actual writing of a finalized version has yet to commence on a significant scale, hence why it's here in the Unpublished Works section. Much of this page is essentially playing "spot the trope" with existing production documents and rough drafts. Spoilers abound, but whatever; this fic most likely won't be published in this troper's lifetime anyway.
Maybe a character page should be split off from here.
Tropes that probably would have been found here:
- Action Girl: Most women who pick up guns here would definitely qualify.
- Adults Are Useless: You wish. Most adults, like Villetta, Melissa, and Ryotaro, are definitely useful.
- Alternate History
- Alternate Universe Fic, Crack Fic, Mega Crossover: All the justification needed, really.
- Anti-Villain: Tamaki Suoh, Tohru Honda, Hayate Ayasaki, and Yuri Nakamura, to name three.
- Armchair Military: Shinji Kazama and Lelouch Lamperouge, to name a few, start out as this.
- Artifact Title
- Asshole Victim: Shinji Matoh, Taisuke Sawanaga, and especially Youichi Hiruma and Kyoya Ohtori.
- The Atoner: Tamaki Suoh and Tohru Honda towards the end.
- Awesome but Impractical: The Siegfried. Hell, any Knightmare Frame or Arm Slave would qualify.
- Ax-Crazy: Taiga Aisaka and Kotonoha Katsura.
- Badass: You need to be one in order to survive here.
- Badass Army: The U.S. Army, obviously. Australia, Japan, unified Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Vietnam, and Thailand all get their due as well. The NVA is a villainous example, at least among those sections that still maintain some measure of discipline (see Sociopathic Soldier).
- Badass Crew: Heroic examples include the SOS Brigade, Hokago Tea Time, the Puellae Magi, the Neighbors Club, and Lelouch and Souji's respective groups. The SSS are a villainous example.
- Badass Family: The Dojimas might count, even if Souji's just Ryotaro's nephew and Nanako is decidedly not an Action Girl. The Nogizakas are a villainous example.
- Took a Level in Badass: More like twenty levels for many of the resistance members who survived the ordeal, though clearly at great cost; see Shell-Shocked Veteran.
- Battle Couple: Quite a few, actually. Kyon, Lelouch, Negi, Souji, Tomoya, Yuichi, Makoto, and Kodaka are full-blown Harem Heroes (see below).
- Beware the Nice Ones: Kotonoha Katsura, full stop. Even Tohru Honda gets in on the act.
- BFG: Chad's Minigun and Yuki Nagato's Barrett M82.
- Big Damn Heroes: Everyone gets a turn, though it's the U.S.-led coalition forces who get the biggest moment of all.
- Big Fancy House: The Sanzen'in estate; too bad Lelouch and Sousuke burn it to the ground. Tsumugi also has a pretty nice vacation house in the Philippines.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Nagi, Sena, and Yozora.
- Black Box: Black Technology.
- Bling Bling Bang: The Browning Hi-Power tends to get this treatment, with Mami, Milly, Tsumugi, and Tamaki all sporting really blinged-out pistols. Lelouch's M1911 and Milly's M14 also warrant mention.
- Break the Cutie: See War Is Hell.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Too many to name.
- Canon Defilement: Name of the game.
- Character Derailment: Oh, so very much.
- Child Soldiers: Another main premise of this work. Sousuke's probably the only one who isn't just plain tragic, though.
- Cold Sniper: Mana Tatsumiya, Uryu Ishida, Homura Akemi, and Lelouch Lamperouge. Naoto Shirogane as well, to a degree. Yuki Nagato later becomes the epitome of one.
- Combat Pragmatist: Sousuke, full stop. Other protagonists like Lelouch, Souji, and Ichigo also aren't the type to let something like "fighting fair" get in their way.
- Con Men Hate Guns: Tamaki and Kyoya in particular find handguns distasteful, though they're still willing to use them if necessary.
- Cool Guns: The United States and its allies have TONS. The VC and NVA, not so much, though Les Collaborateurs have managed to get their hands on a few.
- Cool Plane: All over the place, but now mostly background fluff.
- A cancelled sidestory would have focused on Kira Yamato testing a stolen Sukhoi Su-47 against North Vietnamese fighters of all sorts once the war goes hot again. Also, for some reason, Rei Ayanami was leading a USAF F-22 Raptor squadron, and Renton Thurston and Eureka were assigned to an F-15E Strike Eagle unit.
- Crazy-Prepared: Sousuke Sagara, Mahoro Ando, Wilhelmina Carmel, Lelouch Lamperouge, Sayoko Shinozaki, and Villetta Nu. It's almost as if they were expecting the North Vietnamese to attack.
- Crazy Survivalist: Sousuke Sagara, again.
- Cute Bruiser: Yuki Nagato, Ryoko Asakura, Ku Fei, Evangeline McDowell, Shana...
- Demonization, Flanderization: Rule of thumb: If they're from Ouran High School Host Club, Fruits Basket, Hayate the Combat Butler, Angel Beats!, or Toradora!, they'll be prone to this.
- Designated Girl Fight
- Determinator: Sousuke Sagara, Hayate Ayasaki, Ichigo Kurosaki, and Shirou Emiya, to name a few.
- Development Hell: Oh, so very much.
- Dirty Communists: North Vietnam.
- Do with Him as You Will: The final fate of Shinji Matoh and Taisuke Sawanaga.
- Dressing as the Enemy: Done by both sides, with mixed results.
- Driven to Villainy: Quite a few of Les Collaborateurs (Tamaki Suoh, Tohru Honda, Hayate Ayasaki, Yuri Nakamura) were forced into collaborating.
- Ensign Newbie: Surprisingly enough, Sousuke.
- Evil Diva: Surprisingly, not Diva.
- Fire-Forged Friends
- Firing One-Handed: The way many of the students wield their pistols. Yuki Nagato and Shana also do this with P90s, while Rivalz Cardemonde does it with an Ingram MAC-10; Yuki and Shana do a much better job at it than Rivalz.
- Friendly Sniper: Kurz Weber. Itsuki Koizumi, Minato Arisato, Souji Seta, Mio Akiyama, Madoka Kaname, and Milly Ashford later become friendly snipers as well.
- Gadgeteer Genius, Science Hero: Chao Lingshen, Satomi Hakase, Nina Einstein, and Rika Shiguma.
- Gatling Good: Chad Sado is the only one strong enough to actually carry a (modified) Minigun.
- Gender Is No Object: The U.S. Armed Forces.
- Genius Bruiser: Ichigo Kurosaki and Chad Sado.
- Girls with Guns
- Go Out with a Smile: See Heroic Sacrifice.
- Good Guns, Bad Guns: Inverted with the Steyr AUG, a "good" gun all the way through; the Aussies with Artillery and some Fillipinos With Firearms use it, as do Ryoko Asakura, Saya Otonashi, Negi Springfield, Shirley Fenette, and Tsumugi Kotobuki (among others). (Seriously, it fucking pisses off this troper to no end that the AUG is almost always a "bad" gun.) The SIG-Sauer P226 (some with stainless slides) and FN P90 are also strictly "good" guns.
- Played around with the Beretta 92FS and the M16 family (traditional "good" guns), used by both protagonists and antagonists alike. The protagonists also aren't averse towards picking up thoroughly "bad" guns like AKMs and Makarovs to supplement their own considerable firepower.
- Guile Hero: Kyon, Souji, Tomoya, and Lelouch.
- Gun Fu: Sousuke, Hayate, Sayoko, Wilhelmina, and Mahoro.
- Gun Porn: But of course.
- Guns Akimbo: Very common. For starters, Yosuke Hanamura (dual SIG-Sauer P226s), Archer (dual Colt M1911s), Haruhi Suzumiya and Ichigo Kurosaki (Desert Eagle + SIG-Sauer P220), Yui Hirasawa (Glock 18 + P226), Ritsu Tainaka (Desert Eagle + Colt M1911), Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin (Tokarev TT-33 + CZ 52), Mitsukuni Haninozuka (Glock 19 + Makarov PM), Takashi Morinozuka (Glock 18 + Stechkin APS), Shiina (dual Makarov PMs or dual Stechkin APSs, and T.K. (Colt M1911 + Browning Hi-Power).
- The P220 + P226 combination is particularly popular, with Homura Akemi, Souji Seta, and Mio Akiyama using both guns at one point or another.
- The Gunslinger
- Handguns: See Good Guns, Bad Guns.
- Hand Cannon: Haruhi Suzumiya, Asuna Kagurazaka, Ichigo Kurosaki, Ritsu Tainaka, and Rivalz Cardemonde all use Desert Eagles as their sidearms.
- Harem Hero: Makoto Ito, Yuichi Aizawa, and Kodaka Hasegawa all start as Type 1 and later become Type 2A. Kyon, Negi Springfield, Lelouch Lamperouge, Souji Seta, and Tomoya Okazaki are all Type 2B from the start.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Mahoro Ando.
- High School Hustler: Haruhi, Lelouch, and the members of the Host Club.
- Holiday in Cambodia: Obvious, given the setting.
- Honor Before Reason
- How to Survive a War Movie: Everyone pisses on those rules with no ill effect.
- Humongous Mecha: Both Arm Slaves and Knightmare Frames get their due here.
- I Call It "Vera": Yui Hirasawa is particularly prone to this; for instance, her Glock 18 and SIG-Sauer P226 are nicknamed "Glocky" and "Siggy," respectively. Mio Akiyama's Heckler & Koch HK417 is named "Elizabeth," just like her Fender Jazz Bass.
- Immune to Bullets: The Chiropterans lose much of theirs; that was one of the things in Blood+ that annoyed the hell out of this troper.
- The Chiropterans are still immune to most pistol rounds and highly resistant to PDW and small-caliber rifle rounds, to the point where it requires an entire 30-round magazine from an M16 to take one down. 7.62x51mm NATO, 7.62x54mmR, and .338 Lapua Magnum are the bare minimum needed to really harm a Chiropteran, while anything larger like .408 Chey-Tac or .50 BMG will easily take care of one with one or two headshots.
- Improbable Age: Sousuke Sagara, Negi Springfield, and Maria Takayama, obviously.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Sousuke and Hayate have mastered these.
- Improvised Weapon: Sousuke loves these.
- I Owe You My Life, My Master, Right or Wrong: Why Hayate Ayasaki knowingly serves a questionable mistress.
- Indy Ploy: Haruhi Suzumiya's specialty.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Haruhi Suzumiya and Evangeline McDowell, among others.
- Jerkass: Kyoya Ohtori, the Hitachiin twins, Yozora Mikazuki, Taiga Aisaka, et cetera, et cetera...
- Just a Kid: Sousuke spends much of his time trying to reverse this perception of him.
- Kick Chick: Chie Satonaka, of course.
- Knife Nut: Sousuke Sagara, Ryoko Asakura, Rolo Lamperouge, Kotonoha Katsura, Sekai Saionji, Yuri Nakamura, and Shiina.
- Kudzu Plot: Fell prey to this in early revisions.
- Sugar and Ice Personality, Tsundere, Yandere: These three members of the "dere" family all show up among the student body.
- La Résistance: Sousuke, Haruhi, Lelouch, and several others end up leading such a movement against the North Vietnamese.
- Lady of War: Mahoro Ando, Wilhelmina Carmel, and Sayoko Shinozaki.
- Les Collaborateurs: The Host Club, the Sohma family and its associates, Nagi Sanzen'in and her associates, Gentou Nogizaka and his mercs, Yuri Nakamura and the SSS, and Ryuuji Takasu and his circle of friends. Many of them didn't have a choice, though.
- Little Miss Badass: Too many to name.
- Lock and Load Montage
- Love Dodecahedron: Several, actually.
- Mad Scientist: Lloyd Asplund, Rakshata Chawla, and just about anyone else involved with Arm Slave and/or Knightmare Frame development (with the sole exception of Cécile Croomy). Nina Einstein, Satomi Hakase, Chao Lingshen, and Rika Shiguma are well on their way there.
- Magic A Is Magic A, Minovsky Physics: Traditional alchemy operates according to a set of well-defined rules. Alter powers operate on the same framework, though certain aspects tend to violate the rules of traditional alchemy.
- The Magic Versus Technology War, Magitek: Magic and technology now fight side-by-side, and the combination of the two can yield some truly wondrous things.
- The Man Behind the Man: Kyoya is this to Tamaki.
- Mecha Expansion Pack
- Military Brat: Sousuke Sagara and Souji Seta.
- Misfit Mobilization Moment: When the NVA finally comes calling to Hue...
- More Dakka: La Résistance just can't get enough. See also Gatling Good.
- Most Common Superpower
- Motive Decay: Probably would have happened somewhere down the line.
- MST3K Mantra: You'd probably need this.
- Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: Why Saber and Shana eventually toss their swords in favor of rifles and PDWs. Subverted with Saya, who keeps her katana for situations when her Steyr AUG doesn't suffice.
- Ninja Maid: Sayoko Shinozaki, of course! Mahoro Ando and Wilhelmina Carmel also get a few moments of their own.
- Nonuniform Uniform: Helmets, bulletproof vests, and utility belts all make great accessories.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Who would have thought the NVA could be routed by a bunch of high school students?
- Occupiers out of Our Country: Technically, occupiers out of our high school, but whatever.
- Paint the Town Red
- Pay Evil unto Evil
- Pink Mist
- Plucky Girl: Haruhi Suzumiya, the members of Hokago Tea Time, Souji Seta's harem, and Madoka Kaname, almost to a fault. Tohru Honda is an anti-villanous variant.
- Private Military Contractors: South Vietnam is a veritable playground for mercs of all sorts.
- The Quiet One: Sousuke, Chad, Naoto, Homura, Kanade, and Yuki Nagato.
- The Quisling: Those among Les Collaborateurs who went over willingly, like Kyoya, Nagi, and (to some extent) Yuri, are this.
- Rare Guns: Tsuruya's Pancor Jackhammer and Chad's Minigun stand out, as do the Desert Eagles that somehow appear in the various weapons stockpiles. Kurz Weber, Melissa Mao, Jeremiah Gottwald, and Villetta Nu also use the Heckler & Koch Mark 23 and FN SCAR.
- Reckless Gun Usage: Happens quite a lot, seeing as only a few members of the resistance have any actual training with guns. Haruhi Suzumiya, Tsuruya, Yui Hirasawa, and Ritsu Tainaka are particularly guilty.
- Recycled IN VIETNAM
- Redemption Equals Death: Haruhi Fujioka, Hayate Ayasaki, a quarter of the Sohma family, and a good fraction of the SSS.
- The Remnant: The Viet Cong.
- Reporting Names
- Rich Bitch: Nagi Sanzen'in, Akito Sohma, and Sena Kashiwazaki. Kyoya Ohtori, the Hitachiin twins, and Mitsukuni Haninozuka qualify as rich bastards.
- The Rival: Yuri Nakamura to Haruhi Suzumiya, Hayate Ayasaki to Sousuke Sagara, and Kyoya Ohtori to Lelouch Lamperouge.
- Rule of Cool
- Semper Fi: Sousuke, Kurz, and Melissa are U.S. Marines instead of mercenaries in this continuity.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: What do you suppose happens many of the resistance members who manage to live through the whole thing?
- Shotguns Are Just Better: Tsuruya's Pancor Jackhammer. Kanji Tatsumi, Mami Tomoe, and a few of the Yanks with Tanks and Koreans With Marines use the Daewoo USAS-12. Some minor protagonists, like Taniguchi, Rivalz Cardemonde, and Keigo Asano, use pump-action pieces like the Mossberg 590 and Remington 870.
- Sliding Scale of Alternate History Plausibility: Type X-IV all the way.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: Yuki Nagato + Barrett M82.
- Smug Snake: Kyoya Ohtori. Just Kyoya Ohtori. Shinji Matoh and Taisuke Sawanaga also qualify.
- Sniper Rifle: Numerous makes and models get their day in the limelight. In particular, Lelouch loves his Heckler & Koch MSG-90.
- Socially-Awkward Hero: Sousuke Sagara, naturally.
- Sociopathic Hero: Sousuke Sagara and Rolo Lamperouge, to a degree. Kotonoha Katsura is somewhere between this and Ax-Crazy. Yozora Mikazuki definitely qualifies.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Akito Sohma's private enforcers, Gentou Nogizaka's mercenary company, and the mercenaries who work for the Ohtoris and Sanzen'ins, almost to a fault. Many of the VC and NVA regulars are also this.
- Space-Filling Empire: The United States in this continuity, which now encompasses everything from Greenland to Panama.
- The Spartan Way: Just like how Sousuke trained the rugby team in the original Full Metal Panic!.
- Spoiled Brat: Nagi, Mitsukuni, and Sena Kashiwazaki, full stop.
- The Stoic: Sousuke, Homura, Kanade, and Yuki Nagato, again.
- Storming the Castle
- Stuff Blowing Up
- Super Prototype: The Siegfried, Lancelot Conquista, Guren Mk-II, Arbalest, Codarl, and Kyoshiro Tohdoh's Gekka.
- Sword and Gun: Saber (broadsword + Browning Hi-Power), Saya (katana + SIG-Sauer P220), and Shana (katana + FN P90 or Five-seveN).
- Taking You with Me: Kyoya utterly fails at this.
- Talk to the Fist
- Tank Goodness: Mostly older stuff like M48A5 Pattons, PT-76s, and upgraded T-55s. The M1A2 Abrams, Type 90, and K1 88-Tank also get their fair share of exposure.
- Teens Are Monsters: Like you wouldn't believe.
- Training from Hell: Sousuke lives by this in athletics, and it works! Defeating Ryoma Echizen and helping his football team utterly crush the Deimon Devil Bats are just two of his accomplishments.
- True Companions
- Universal-Adaptor Cast: Some ensembles lend themselves more to this than others.
- Unwanted Harem: Played straight with Negi, and averted with Kyon, Minato, Souji, Lelouch, Tomoya, Yuichi, Makoto, and Kodaka.
- Urban Warfare
- Waif-Fu: See Cute Bruiser, Little Miss Badass.
- Wall of Weapons: In a school, of all places. See Crazy-Prepared.
- War Is Hell: But of course.
- We Help the Helpless: The SOS Brigade. The Host Club and SSS also aspire to this, as flawed as their members are.
- Would Not Shoot a Civilian: Some of the mercenaries and the less disciplined elements of the NVA would.
- Young Gun
- Zerg Rush: The NVA's favored strategy for getting across the DMZ in the first place. Negi's homeroom class tries the same against the NVA, with surprisingly good results.