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Fanfic: Zulu Squad No Tsukaima
Zulu Squad: final solution to any and all problems of the Damned 33rd...or Tristain.
"A man cannot become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall."

So what would happen if you took an enemy mook from a military FPS, and put him in an anime world full of fanservice, cute witches, tsundere and squee? You get a Spec Ops: The Line/Familiar of Zero crossover!

Sgt. Crosby, leader of Zulu Squad, was trying to stop the two deranged Delta Force soldiers from killing the last remnants of the Damned 33rd at The Bridge in Dubai, when suddenly he is summoned to a bizarre world of magic and familiars. With the help of a supernatural mentor he embarks on a redemption quest to become the hero. And deal with bratty teenagers who possess magical abilities.

Link of the fanfic can be found here:[1]


Zulu Squad No Tsukaima contains examples of:

  • And Then John Was A Talking Sword: Happens to Lt. John McPherson, after seeing what his rash actions in the Nest wrought, the Weaver turns him into a talking sword to help undo the damage.
  • Almost Kiss: Later in the fic happens to Crosby and the Weaver of Fate, aka Tinúviel after she heals him from the wounds he received. See Reality Ensues.
  • Anime Hair: The inhabitants of Halkeginia, obviously. Also the Weaver of Fate with her emerald green hair, not to mention her eyes are the same color.
  • Arc Words: The achievements of the video game are used as chapter titles in the story.
  • Armor Is Useless: Averted in the case of Crosby, since he is an elite mook and has more armor than the average 33rd soldier, his armor protects him from blasts of magic, and from Count Wardes' attack.
    • Played straight in that while his armor does protect him from serious injury it still doesn't protect him from the effects of Louise's botched transmutation spell.
  • Artifact of Doom: The school's Staff of Destruction, ultimately subverted when it turns out to be a grenade launcher.
  • Ascended Extra: Some of the soldiers of the Damned 33rd from Spec Ops: The Line are named, referenced and fleshed out with their own backstories. And in the case of Konrad, The Radioman, a Little Bird crew, and a Heavy Trooper, also end up in Halkeginia.
    • 'Joe the Sniper', the lone sniper who appears in the opening loading screen of the game, is given his own backstory in this fic. It turns out he is Alex Walker, Captain Walker's younger brother.
  • Badass Normal: Sgt. Crosby is a normal human non-mage that holds his own against mages in Halkeginia. Of course, being a soldier with modern weapons and a heavy dose of combat pragmatism helps.
  • Baleful Polymorph
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Played straight with the Weaver of Fate, aka Lúthien Tinúviel, given her otherworldly beauty and the fact that she is the closest thing to a Big Good in the story.
  • Berserk Button: Crosby doesn't like seeing the teenagers being threatened, see Papa Wolf
    • Louise being called a Zero or flat-chested as a result of her A-Cup Angst, but that's par for the course.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The Weaver of Fate, just because she's the Big Good and beautiful doesn't make her a pushover.
  • BFG: The Staff of Destruction, a a M32 MGL Grenade Launcher.
  • Big Bad: Alduin who is the main antagonist of the story.
  • Bottomless Magazines: averted, in the beginning Sgt. Crosby is careful to conserve his ammo since he has no means of replacing it. Then after he recovers the Staff of Destruction the trope is played straight when Osmond casts a replenishing spell on his magazine so that the bullets will replenish themselves.
  • Break the Haughty: Happens to Guiche after his disastrous duel with Crosby.
    • Also happens to Crosby when he gets turned into a teen heartthrob. Also see Baleful Polymorph
    • Let's not forget The Radioman's encounter with the Weaver of Fate.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Crosby doesn't like hand to hand combat or duels, be with Guiche or Count Wardes.
  • Cool Guns: Crosby's gear, including an FN P90 submachine gun with laser sighting, a Desert Eagle sidearm and a M32 MGL Grenade Launcher, aka the Staff of Destruction.
  • Cool Planes: There's the AH-6 Little Bird, as well as the series' usual "Dragon's Raiment". In this fic, it's one of the Damned 33rd's Black Hawk choppers.
    • The legendary 'Steel Dragon' of the desert qualifies, since it's a AC-130 Spectre gunship.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Crosby and to a lesser extent Saito. Also the Radioman, Bowles and all the other soldiers from the Damned 33rd that turn up in Halkeginia.
  • Deconstruction: Appropriate, given that it's a Spec Ops: The Line crossover. Specifically it's a deconstruction of Familiar of Zero crossover fics, in that Crosby doesn't become Louise's familiar, but her bodyguard.
  • Defrosting the Ice Queen: while not cold, the Weaver of Fate starts out very formal and mysterious when she first meets Crosby, the more she appears to him in dreams the more she warms up to him. By the second arc she is even flirting with him.
    • She also warms up to Lugo when he flirts with her.
    • She is most decidedly unimpressed by The Radioman's crude and lame pickup lines. But, since she threatened to turn him into a pony in Equestria, you could argue she's also gained a sense of humor since her introduction as a character.
    • She finds Pvt. Gobbi's ogling and awkward compliments endearing, this might have more to with him being a wide-eyed idealist and adorkable.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Sgt. Crosby's duel with Guiche, despite being a bad guy in a video game he doesn't kill Guiche, he preemptively wounds him and makes him apologize to Louise for calling her a Zero. Also see Pet the Dog.
    • Also, later when Crosby confronts and ultimately forgives Lugo, in spite everything that happened in Dubai.
    • His unwillingness to shoot Siesta when she blocks his shot at Lugo also counts.
  • Fish out of Water: Sgt. Crosby is an elite mook with modern weapons in a medieval world of magic and familiars, being a fish out of water is an understatement.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Oddly enough, Siesta uses one on Crosby when she thinks her boyfriend Lugo is in danger. Fortunately he gets better.
  • Gilligan Cut: Happens to Crosby after he finds out about Henrietta's secret mission and Guiche volunteering to tag along:
    Crosby: "Your observations are noted. But my conditions are clear. I'll help in this mission, and even bring Louise and her familiar along, but (Guiche) stays behind. And that's final."
    (cut to the next day, with him leading the column, including Guiche)
    Crosby: (shaking his head) "I must be losing my edge."
  • The Glomp: This being a Familiar of Zero crossover fic, it's going to happen. Alot.
    • The maid Siesta is fond of doing this to both Crosby and Lugo early in the fic.
    • The elf Tiffania does it to The Heavy Trooper Lt. Gordon after her first meeting. And again after she and Gordon are married off in a shotgun marriage, elf style.
    • Even happens to Col. Konrad when he is reunited with Tiffania. Since this happens in Princess Henrietta's presence, and given her feelings for him, she is not amused.
    • Taken up to eleven during the 'Extremely Silly' arc of the story in which Crosby gets turned into a teen heartthrob and gets glomped pretty much by every female in the fic, with special mention to Kirche glomping him and putting him in marshmallow hell.. Crosby even lampshades it at the end of the arc.
  • Groin Attack: Happens to The Radioman after he insulted Louise one time too many.
  • Hand Wave: The author is very fond of hand-waving within the story, he even creates a character called Mr. Handwaver the Magician, who bears a striking resemblance to a certain British actor.
  • Heel-Face Turn: The entire story arc is one long journey of the protagonist going from being an elite mook adversary in a video game to the hero of the story. See also Hero's Journey. Given the Damned 33rd's intentions in Dubai, this might more be a case of going from Anti-Hero to Hero.
  • Heroic BSOD: Happens to Princess Henrietta when Prince Wales is assassinated by Count Wardes.
    • And again when Zombie Wales is killed in Operation Sleeping Beauty. She does get better.
    • Happens also to Lt. John McPherson when the Weaver of Fate shows him the outcomes of his decisions in Dubai.
    • In her backstory the Weaver of Fate, aka Lúthien Tinúviel suffers one as a result of her beloved being killed. Fortunately she also gets better.
  • Hero's Journey: The story is a this in a nutshell; a soldier who an adversary in a video game embarks on a redemption quest to become a hero. See also Heel-Face Turn.
  • Hero's Muse: The Weaver of Fate is this to Crosby:
  • Humiliation Conga: Happens to Crosby when he gets turned into a teenaged version of himself.
    • Also happens to the Radioman when the Weaver turns him into a pony.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Almost quoted verbatim by the Weaver of Fate to Lugo when she sends him to Halkeginia.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Crosby starts out like this when he first ends up in Halkeginia. He gets better.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Crosby and Lugo do a lot of this, since he's a character from a military FPS in a world of anime/manga. See also Leaning on the Fourth Wall.
  • Large Ham: The Big Bad Alduin is really hammy in some of his dialog.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: As the author alludes to it by name, both Crosby, Saito and Lugo when discussing various aspects of their new world, including naming some tropes verbatim.
  • Lover Tug of War: Happens to Crosby of all people when Louise and Kirche fight over him after he gets turned into a teen heartthrob.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: To start with it is a Spec Ops: The Line and Familiar of Zero.
  • Noodle Incident: Even though its alluded to in the flashbacks, as of yet we still don't know what happened to Walker in Kabul that traumatized him and paved the way for his undoing in Dubai.
    • The mutiny between the Exiles and the Damned which happened shortly after the 33rd's botched evacuation is alluded to, but not explained.
  • The Obi-Wan: The Weaver of Fate is this to Crosby, appearing to him in dreams to give him advice and encouragement on his quest to become the hero.
  • Papa Wolf: Crosby really doesn't like people abusing Saito, or threatening Louise.
  • Pet the Dog: Crosby's is nice to Saito pretty much on first meeting, as he reminds him of a fellow soldier from Dubai. Also we find out Saito is the same age as Crosby's estranged teenage son. No wonder he warmed up to Saito.
  • Rousing Speech: Colonel Konrad gives one to his men just before the first battle between Tristain and the Reconquista.
    • also Lt. Gordon gives one to his subordinates in a flashback.
  • Shout-Out: Oh boy, where to start;
  • Squee: or kyaaa is a running gag with the maid Siesta. It's even lampshaded by Crosby.
  • What Measure Is a Mook: The story goes to great lengths to give tragic backstories to all the soldiers that Walker and his team kill throughout the game.
    • Remember when you played Chapter 10 Riggs and you laughed your ass off when the sticky grenade stuck to the soldier and he blew up spectacularly and you earned the achievement "The Human Factor"? He was Pete Gobbi, friend to the OC, and hasn't seen his baby girl since Christmas.
    • That Heavy Trooper by the trucks in the Water Coliseum level that you were so relieved when Walker got lucky and blew him away with a frag grenade? He was just trying to keep the morale of his men up, and trying to prevent the city from dying of thirst.
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