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Eight Mercenaries and a Toddler
Engineer Eight Mercenaries and a Toddler
and its sequel
I'll Be Home for the Holidays
are two completed fanfictions of
Team Fortress 2
system malfunctions on Scout's twenty-first birthday, turning him into a very young kid and giving the other team members a crash course in childcare. They have two days to figure out what went wrong with the system while taking care of a very energetic, enthusiastic child with varying levels of reluctance/competence, because once the weekend is over, it'll be business as usual as far as the Administrator and the BLUs are concerned.
The sequel is set a few months later, when the Administrator agrees to have both BLU and RED teams take a
break, and mainly features
Vitriolic Best Buds
RED Sniper and Spy spending Christmas at the Sniper's parents, upon which
ensue. Longer and somewhat
Darker and Edgier
The third entry
Machines Don't Bleed
is now out, with new chapters expecting to be released on weekends.
Eight Mercenaries and a Toddler
Always Someone Better: The RED Spy to the BLU Spy. Atop a Mountain of Corpses: It's only three dead BLUs, but it makes for a very striking mental image. Badass Boast: Soldier gives a pretty sweet one after the BLUs have kidnapped the babified RED Scout. Subverted in that, after the Moment Of Awesome has passed, someone remarks that he was crying. Back from the Dead: The whole point of Respawn, but they aren't sure it'll work on Scout after the glitch. It does. Berserk Button: Medic really doesn't take kindly to being called a Nazi. Brick Joke: The Jane Austen books. Bruiser with a Soft Center: Heavy, although Soldier also qualifies. Chekhov's Gun: The (RED) Engineer shows little Scout his sentries at some point. A few chapters later, a BLU sentry kills Scout. Continuity Nod: Lots, both to the games and comics. Covered with Scars: Spy's hands. Curb-Stomp Battle: Eventually, with the right incentive. Cynicism Catalyst: Spy is a Holocaust survivor, and lost his two little brothers in a death camp. Dark and Troubled Past: The author develops backstories for Scout, Spy and Medic. Disappeared Dad: Scout's father as well as Spy's. Despair Event Horizon Early-Bird Cameo: In Spy's flashback to the concentration camp he was sent to in 1942, one of the doctors he sees is clearly Medic. He never made the connection, and it's uncertain whether Medic ever did. They accidentally do in the sequel. Evil Counterpart: Downplayed. The BLU team in general is out for the REDs' blood and cross a line when they kidnap little Scout, but the BLU Spy is just an old colleague of the RED Spy who made different career choices and was slightly jealous. Feed By Example Flashback : Averted. Fluffy Cloud Heaven Scout sees "limbo" as a baseball stadium. Friendship Moment: A few between Spy and Sniper of the heartwarming Vitriolic Best Buds kind. Funetik Aksent: Pretty much everyone, especially (adult) Scout, Demoman, Engineer and, well, Pyro. Heroic BSOD: Spy has a very nasty one after little Scout is killed. Infant Immortality: A double subversion. Little!Scout is killed by a BLU mini-sentry, only to respawn as adult!Scout. However, the trope is averted with Spy's younger brothers. Informed Judaism: The RED Spy, revealed in a flashback. Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Spy, naturally. La Résistance: Part of Spy's backstory. Last Stand Manipulative Bitch: The Administrator, as always. The Masquerade: The RED team has to do a bit of obfuscation to convince the Administrator to give them a day's extension to the traditional weekend ceasefire, because clearly Scout can't fight and they don't know if Respawn will work on him. She's Genre Savvy enough to guess there's something shifty about it and quickly sees through their subterfuge. Mood Whiplash: AND HOW. Morality Pet Nature Versus Nurture: The Engineer uses this to explain way the baby Scout likes to hang out with the Spy over all the others even as they take care of him more than the Spy. Nazi Germany: Part of Spy's and Medic's backstories. Neither is aware of the other's past. Until the sequel. Nice Guy Oh Crap: The RED Spy breaks the Mexican Stand Off between him and his BLU alter-ego when he hears little Scout's cry. Pet the Dog Papa Wolf: The entire RED team eventually becomes this to Scout. Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Inverted. The malfunctioning Respawn system knocks enough years off Scout's age to turn him into a two-year-old. "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The BLU Spy gives one to his RED counterpart at some point. Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "Boy, d'you know why I call this lil' beauty the Gunslinger?" Shout Out: A lot of the chapters' titles; there's notably a reference to . Slaughterhouse-Five Secret Test of Character: In a twisted kind of way, the Administrator made one of these to both RED and BLU. BLU's test was to see how far they would go, and where they would draw the moral line between kidnapping a child and killing it. RED's test was on how hard they would fight for one another in times of need. And they passed their tests. True Companions: The RED team. The Unreveal: We never hear what Spy's dead little brother told Scout to tell him. Vitriolic Best Buds Those Wacky Nazis: Medic was not a Nazi. But he did work for them for a while.
I'll Be Home for the Holidays
Applied Phlebotinum: Australium. Regularly injecting undistilled doses directly into your bloodstream temporarily boosts your brain power but also increases your aggression. Adult Fear All of the Other Reindeer: Sniper. Very much. Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Spy has a criminal record for many things in many parts of the world including, yes, jaywalking in Massachusetts. Artificial Limbs Badass in Distress: Spy gets kidnapped by GI. Bar Brawl: In Chapter 19. Because You Were Nice to Me: Why Blake decides to help Sniper and the others. Big Brother Instinct Big Damn Kiss: Between Lizzie and Christian in Chapter 19. Bilingual Bonus: Spy's French phrases are not translated. Body Horror: An imperfect Respawn system will do that to you. Butt Monkey: Blake Porter. Call Back: To Eight Mercenaries and a Toddler, when Sniper mentions having babysat once. Chekhov's Gun: The file Giancarlo has on the Spy's backstory that Dotty reads, burns and later mentions to Sniper in a conversation that Spy mishears. The Chew Toy: Blake again, bordering on Woobiedom. Childhood Friend Romance: Although Lizzie is completely oblivious at first. Christmas Episode Christmas in Australia Cold-Blooded Torture: And with a Dispenser at hand. Combat Pragmatist: Giancarlo, plus Spy and Sniper. Converse with the Unconscious: Chapter 23. Corrupt Corporate Executive Crazy Jealous Guy Cyborg Darker and Edgier: EMAT was mostly light with a few Tear Jerker moments. HFH has multiple plotlines (including one all in flashbacks), deals with issues like racism in the 1960s, Survivor Guilt, family estrangement and a married couple falling out of love. Deathbed Confession Dramatic Unmask: Sniper is curious enough to try this on Spy to get him out of his Heroic BSOD. Spy does not take it well. Embarrassing Middle Name: Lawrence Octavius Mundy Junior. Empathic Environment: Chapter 17 has Dramatic Thunder, followed by a Battle in the Rain of sorts during Sniper's struggles against the crocodile. Eureka Moment Fire-Forged Friends: Sniper and Spy don't do things by half... First Name Basis Foreshadowing Forgiveness: A major theme. Freak Out: In , a "deleted scene" from EMAT which shows how Spy reacted after Trust toddler Scout was killed. It took Sniper to calm him down. Becomes a plot point in HFH because Sniper saw the number tattooed in Spy's arm and is aware of the implications. Friends All Along: Sniper and Christian do this at Spy's expense. From Bad to Worse: The whole of Chapter 17. Especially from the bit from Spy's to the Dramatic Unmask crocodile attack. Heroic BSOD Heroic Sacrifice: Kida. The Spy pulls one later too, but he gets better. Heel-Face Turn Hope Is Scary: For Spy, very much so. Defied by Sniper. Infant Immortality: Type 2 is averted when Kida is killed. Insistent Terminology It Has Been an Honor Jerkass Jerkass Has a Point: While Jack's intentions weren't pure, one cannot really blame him for telling everyone when he finds the cache of weapons in Sniper's van. Kick the Dog: Giancarlo killing Kida. Also BLU Engineer shooting Sniper in the back. Killed Off for Real: A real threat, since Sniper and Spy are out of range of Respawn and they're dealing with crocodiles, mobsters and giant robots. Ultimately happens to Kida. Land Downunder: Featuring struggles for racial equality, colourful wildlife, and most people including women and girls sporting Badass Moustaches. Laser-Guided Karma Liar Revealed: Sniper's family find out what he really does for a living. Like a Son to Me: Dotty is a generous, loving person. Loners Are Freaks: Invoked by one of the guys at the bar discussing Sniper's going "around the bend" (becoming a mercenary). Love Triangle The Man Behind the Man Mecha-Mooks Mercy Kill: During a round Sniper is blinded by an exploding rocket. Spy grants his wish to be finished off so he can Respawn. This actually sets off the plot by helping convince the Administrator that they all need a break. Mistaken for Gay Never My Fault: Spy has one foot in that trope and the other in It's All My Fault where his past (particularly his little brothers' fates) is concerned. Not So Stoic . Only Mostly Dead: Sniper. It's a very specific term in the medical community The Only One Allowed To Mock You: Spy resents Jack or anyone else who tries to make fun of Sniper. Out, Damned Spot! Pet the Dog: Delmond may be a sellout and a traitor but he does care about Blake enough to save the lad’s life after being shot, and secures him a job as the new BLU Engineer after the collapse of GI. "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Sniper and Spy shout these at each other in Chapter 17. Refuge in Audacity Right Behind Me Roaring Rampage of Rescue Sequel Hook: "Mister Bidwell, please inform all necessary personnel that Operation Countdown is effective immediately." So Proud of You Survivor Guilt: Spy. Very much. Suspiciously Specific Denial: From Chapter 19: It took another three days to get Sniper out of the hospital, during which time he forced Spy to call the Mundy residence and assure Dotty that, yes, everything was all right, and, no, there was absolutely no chance he was currently calling from a hospital and under no circumstances was her son injured. Whatsoever. Taking the Bullet: Sniper saves Spy this way. Tranquil Fury: Delmond the BLU Engineer when he's hopped up on Australium. The Unfought: Gray Mann. Ungrateful Bastard: Delmond. Sniper and Spy let him live and he repays them by shooting Sniper in the back. Villainous Breakdown Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Spy when he finds out Medic is the same doctor from his past. "Well Done, Son" Guy Would Hit a Girl: . Or at least he tries. Jack You Are Not Alone: Dotty to Spy. You Have Failed Me: Averted. Gray Mann is actually impressed with Blake. You Should Have Died Instead: A variation when Lizzie tells Spy that he should have been shot instead of Sniper.
Machines Don't Bleed