Comments: About half of their fics are already recommended below. Fantastic characterization and world building. Stays true to the spirit of canon for the most part and mainly explores the mis-adventures the teams get into during their downtime.
Doug S Machina: Incredible. Seriously, the description "Fanfic of FPS game characters based on classic SF horror" doesn't do it justice.
Crowley: Utterly demented in the best sense of the word.
Squander: This was so sad...A must read for anyone who gets pleasure out of depressing things. Also Scout is incredibly cute, cute in a broken, sad way. Like a cat with one limb, who lives with a hoarder. That kinda cute.
Comments: Sequel to the above and this fanart◊. To say anything more would spoil it.
The Comment: Let me just say that this bought me to tears within first 2 minutes of reading. Well worth a look, even if, like me, you haven't read the above.
Probably counts more as a Troper Tale than anything else, but as I was reading this I was also listening to some music on Youtube. Unfortunately it just so happened that the end where Engie dies I was listening to of all things Brenner's theme from Advance Wars: Days of Ruin... FUCK!
This fanfic succeeds in stirring emotions in the emotionless, it seems. The minimal descriptions allow the story to be guided by the dialogue within it, and tell a moving tale.
Comments: A response to a Mary Sue fic found on fanfiction.net, Cat Bountry manages to deconstruct the idea of "favorite character appears out of nowhere and has adventures with the author" wish fulfillment in the most horrific way possible.
Belle-Mage: Utterly heartbreaking. Miss Cat Bountry has a way of making you laugh and hope for the best, then quashing that hope at the last minute.
Maniette: Amazing, it honestly is, but so, so cruel.
The original fic the response was written for can be found here, but be warned - it really is thatbad.
Jack Mackerel - Just to point out, there was an endless shitstorm over the original, but Cat Bountry eventually apologized(!) and encouraged the author to make better stuff. Also, of note, the fiction that Cat was responding to is... mediocre.
Poke Nerd It very much catches the psychological aspects of King's novel, but that's not what makes it good. What makes it good is that it's a parody, but it isn't outright trolling, and despite the tone, there are amusing points.
Comments: Someone on the WMG page made the guess that the game took place in the The Incredibles universe... someone else wrote a fic about it. Gives a very nice look into the personalities of the characters, even if some of it has been Jossed.
Another case of Exactly What It Says on the Tin. A series of posts from 4chan that detail one poster's opinions on the serious psychological defects inherent in the TF2 characters, reading like a psychiatrist's notes. Short, yet insightful and clever.
Comments: A Deconstruction of Mpreg. Beautifully written, yet utterly horrifying. Not safe for the faint of heart, bladder, stomach, or work.
Seconded by tetronix, who doesn't play TF2 much. It's seriously disturbing. The characters are captured perfectly, if you close one eye in regards of the slash (contains Heavy/Medic), which is commendable given what the characters have to go through.
Comments: This fic manages to portray a possible "end" to TF2 with a surprising amount of poignancy considering the subject matter. Interesting character studies, heartwarming moments, and somerealtearjerkers round out the package. A fantastic read.
Dominus Temporis says: Strong disagree on that one. While the class was a semi-interesting concept, it pretty quickly devolved into a pointless romance fic so the author could live out her obvious fantasy of boinking (excuse the pun) her favorite character. And when she leaves, oh, the whole team knew all along but loved her anyway. Edged a little too close to Mary Sue territory for my tastes. If it hadn't been for that- say, had the character's gender been merely incidental, or had it just been male in the first place- it would have turned out much better, I believe.
Summary: The unlikely story of a forming friendship between a Red Sniper and Spy on a team where no one expects to live long enough to sustain one. A bit of fluff, humor and drama. Feel-good reading. Rated M for language, violence, and suggestive/sensitive themes.
Comments: This story and its sequel are completed, but the third story in the series hasn't been updated in over a year.
Summary: What BLU team did after the war, the letters they sent—or didn't send—and where they are now. Slash warning.
Comments: Recommended for its spot-on characterization and general ability to slot right into canon. There's a Sniper/Spy storyline going on, while the Heavy and Medic interactions can be interpreted either as shippy or gen.
Summary: Newsflash! The Medic switches sides. Its... probably fairly obvious that that's where this story is going. I tell you so in the title. But, the fact that he does isn't important. The how, the why, and more importantly the *consequences* of it... is.
Comments: The summary does not do this fic justice. The author focuses on the BLU Medic and RED Spy, but writes from the point of view of almost every character in the fic at least once. Mostly gen, and the only hints at any pairing don't come until the last few chapters.
Achyfi: Seconded. I read the entire thing in a single sitting and was thoroughly impressed. Definitely worth a read.
YMMV. There are a lot of spelling mistakes in this, and it annoyed me quite a bit while reading.
Well, /I/ thought it was really good. The grammar was fine, and spelling decent. Never noticed any mistakes, and the plot and characterization was amazing.
Summary: Also called "The Indiana Jones" by the creator. It's about the BLU Scout and the RED Sniper. It's very beautifully written, especially the dialogue and emotions of the characters. It's a long read, but well worth it.
fruitstripegum: Agreed! It's so good, in fact, it needs its own page.
Squander: Though it sometimes delves into melodrama, everything that can be interpreted as cliché is woven so nicely together that it's still very pleasant. The characterization is awesome, and a hundred different things happen over the span of Scout and Sniper's tumultuous and rather believable relationship. If you like this pairing...seriously. It isn't perfect, but it's probably worth the 40 chapters.
danknukkuh: The characterization is stunning. You can always tell who is speaking, and they retain their ingame identities without being cumbersome, unrealistic, or annoying. It's pretty cool. Definitely one of the few good fics in the TF2 fandom, if not the best. Which is surprising, considering it's Sniper/Scout. Definitely worth a read.
Summary: One act of mercy from Red Sniper leads to a shift in the relationship between him and Blu Spy.
Comments: There have been many jokes about the Blu Spy's head in the Red Medic's fridge. This is not one of them. It's a beautifully sweet and sensual story about what might happen if someone did kill the Spy's head. Red Spy's a supporting character too, in a threatening but ultimately understanding role. To say anymore would spoil the whole thing, so my best advice to you is to read it for yourself.
Ginger Snaps: I was just about to add this one myself, so seconded. It's an interesting concept that builds up to a surprisingly unique story, and the wonderfully rational way the author and characters handle drama is immensely refreshing in comparison to the vast amounts of fanfics in which characters suffer breakdowns over the smallest of setbacks. Well worth a read.
There is now a sequel, as told through Blu Spy's view here.
Summary: What are the limitations of the Spy's disguise kit? He can disguise as other people, so why couldn't he disguise as inanimate objects? And even if he could...should he? These questions and more are answered as the RED Spy attempts to do the unthinkable: to disguise as Sasha.
Comments: Provides a surprisingly detailed deconstruction of some of the more perplexing technologies in Team Fortress 2, as well as accurate characterizations of the team. It's also funny as hell.
Ginger Snaps: Seconded, I laughed so damn hard while reading this that I was literally gasping for air by the fourth chapter.
Thirded. Still, make yourself a favour and skip chapter 5 entirely for the alternate ending, as the author admitted he still has no idea why he completely derailed the story and suddenly went all dark and angsty in what has been a farcical comedy.
Summary: Based off of Law + Order: BLU - The Stakeout, this fanfic is a hypothetical live-action TV script for an episode of Law & Order with the Team Fortress 2 characters in the main roles. After the mercenaries were done fighting against each other, the BLU Spy and RED Sniper end up as detectives in San Francisco, investigating the scene of a crime with the RED Scout as the victim. As they uncover the crime's story, the two find out more than expected about the members of both teams.
Comments:: A remarkably well-organized and well-characterized story, without resorting to the expected stereotypes of the teams. The setting and dialogue are impeccable and realistic. ~Quanyails
Summary: "It ain't fuckin' funny, so quit fuckin' laughin' about it — you don' know what happened."
Comments: WARNING! What Scout says above is very, very true. This fic gives an interesting explanation behind Spy's taunt... and it makes an eerie amount of sense, connecting various canon resources together into an unbelievably complex network, all told without any breaks in character or implausible events. And so, I only have one more thing to say: being a Karma Houdini was never this sad.
Summary: One Scout gets to know his team better during the war.
Comments: This fic manages to make the "Team" part of Team Fortress really stand out, in a heartwarming way. The fic is written in a gritty way so that it feels like an actual war. Also really fleshes out each character in a fresh way, especially the Medic and Pyro.
The story has moved onto a second thread (starting with Chapter 10 - Part 3) here.
Synopsis: "Luna's nightmares herald the arrival of nine soldiers from another world: the nine mercenaries of Builders League United. When they arrive, they are turned into ponies! As they adjust to life in Equestria and investigate the strange goings-on, Celestia is haunted by a terrible force..."
Comments: TF2. I came across this fanfiction thinking it was terrible. I was VERY wrong! Since it's title is terribly misleading, this story hasn't gotten even 1% of the attention I think it deserves! Slight violence, Spy-centric, no pairings (so far). Story still in progress!
Summary: A murderous demolitions expert; a technological virtuoso bent on revenge; a shell-shocked war mongrel with onset paranoid schizophrenia... And that was before BLU recruited them. Classified backgrounds hardly remain buried forever.
Comments: I believe this is one of the best fanfictions I've come across from the TF2 fandom, though it's hardly received the attention it should. The characterization and plot are incredible. May no longer be updating.
Summary: It's been eight years since RED team split up. Everyone's moved on and made new lives for themselves, but not everyone's got along as well as the rest and events that have transpired over those eight years boil to the surface. Even the best reunions can bring out the worst revelations.
Comments: By far, the best post-war TF2 fics I have come across. As with all of Cat's work, the characterizations are spot on and the plot is wonderfully engaging. It is continued in Afterwards, available here.
Summary: A Medic has kept a piece of him hidden all his life on fear of death. When his Heavy begins to question him and search for company, the barriers break down. Sex scene, Heavy/Medic with Heavy topping.
Comments: Blue Hedgehog Junkie: I have mixed feelings about this one. It's well-written at first but slips into Narm territory once the sex starts. Medic borders on a bit too uke-ish.
Summary: A Medic is faced with his daily challanges and battles - but as he settles into his team and family, a terrible vendetta leaves him at the will of an unforgiving enemy, with only his iron will and hope to survive. General fluff at some points, gore at others. Slight man on man at times.
Summary: Medic and Soldier get into a serious accident on their way to Coldfront. Medic is badly injured, and without Respawn, Soldier is left to seriously reevaluate their situation. And time is running out.
Summary: "When Respawn malfunctions and their annoying Scout is turned into something far more precocious, it'll take all of the RED team's wits and patience to look after him. At the same time, Engineer must find a way to turn Scout back into an adult before the BL Us-or anyone else-realizes what's happened. No pairings, just a bunch of exhausted trained killers and one hyperactive child."
Summary- When the nine members of the RED Team lose their base to the BLU Team, they start an epic battle to get it back. Plenty of funny moments. Also, the RED Team are somehow aware they're in a fanfiction.
Summary: "After his curiosity gets the best of him, the Medic accidentally unleashes a bloodthirsty, cosmic abomination that wreaks havoc on the entire team. Warning: gore and disturbing imagery. Based off the works of HP Lovecraft. Happy Halloween!"
Comments: mumbling-mice takes our favorite mercs and throws them into a Lovecraft-like horror, as seen through the eyes of the BLU Medic. As one reviewer mentioned, it's on par with Respawn of the Dead.
Summary: 'In retrospect, he should have realized what Fate had in store for him when Medic sneered at him and the sneer was the most dazzling thing he'd seen in a long time. A very long time.' A Heavy/Medic love story.
Summary: "It's been two years since Blutarch Mann's death and Redmond Mann's team of mercenaries disbanded. But when they're called together for one last battle, will the RED team discover they've been out of the killing business too long?"
Summary: "Once I thought people couldn't surprise me anymore, that everybody is all made of the same backstabbin' shit as the next guy. But now… I sure as hell ain't gonna see people the same way anymore." Against the obvious odds, BLU Scout explores RED Medic's story, and this leads to unforeseen consequences that very well may change his life.
Summary: 'Fifteen years could be an agonizing eternity or just a fleeting moment, gone too soon, depending on one's perspective and state of mind during such a revelation. For Medic, as he lay beneath quilted blankets on a king-sized bed in a cozy California bungalow, snuggled against a massive, warm body reposed in sleep, his revelation was very much that of the latter.'
Summary: 'The Sniper and the Engineer are the last two surviving members of RED team. To their knowledge, all they have to do is kill the last remaining person on BLU team, and they're home free... but it may be a bit more complicated than that.'
Summary: 'Compared to the stars that spark before his eyes in the endless darkness, he is a tiny mass of flesh, blood and bone with a blazing, fractured core that is being fast depleted of energy. A red giant in his own right, silent, oxygen-starved.'
Summary: RED's Spy secretly teams up with members of both RED and BLU to uncover the truth behind the war and stop The Administrator and her allies...all for the sake of his son, BLU's Scout, who shouldn't be in the war in the first place.
Summary: The team is terrorized by giant, mysterious, hungry beasts lurking under their feet.
Comments: Funny, sad, exhilarating, terrifying—this fic will leave you feeling every emotion you can positively think of, and then some. It is a clever, concise homage to the film Tremors. Also a nice dash of Engineer/Sniper shipteasing that doesn't distract from the main plot, but leaves a sense of satisfaction nonetheless. A fantastic read, highly recommended!
Summary: A continuation of The Shadow Boxers comic. With the creation of the Mecha-Engineer, Gray launches an attack against Mann Co.'s headquarters with the aim of taking out respawn and killing off the RED and BLU mercs once and for all.
Comments: This story is full of the campy and creative action as could expected from a TF2 machinima/movie, and could thus be smoothly adapted. It's funny, entertaining and also dramatic. Has no slash.
Summary: Subjected to cruel and inhumane research, BLU Scout is a beta tester for the top secret Respawn System, a project spearheaded by Builders League United to strengthen their war effort against RED. Scout's resentful attitude toward the project only makes things worse, and RED Sniper's curiosity gets him involved in it all.
Summary: The Engineer's enemies had captured him and the Sniper because he had such great ideas and needed a little persuasion. Something to compliment their own work. Probably one of the few stories you'll ever read where a sword van and a Tentaspy are used in any serious context.
Summary: It was his fault that it had happened in the first place. He had to fix it. Still, does he have the conviction to kill his teammate, even if it will restore him to his old self? What monster was that poor man turning into?
Summary: She's out in Harvest, if you ever want to visit her. You're lucky you didn't meet her, kid. She was a true menace, and nothing could stop her. God help you if she ever fell in love with you. A tenth class deconstruction.
Summary: A deal with a cunning business woman ends with the Spy and the Sniper being captured and dragged across the globe in search of a mythical location. Can the team rescue them? What horrors await at this supernatural destination? Grab your hat, kids!
Summary: The robots had been bad enough. An associate of Gray Mann's has upped the ante. An entire team has been compromised, leaving Miss Pauling alone in a foreign city, unable to call for help. If her men and the city are to be saved, she's going to have to face the problem head-on. Whom can be trusted? Is she the only one left? What's out there in the night?
Summary: The Spy attempts to discover Pyro's mysterious identity. He uncovers the one thing he never suspected.
Comments: The author has a real knack for building up suspense and terror, and it The Reveal at the end only amplifies it. Short but very well written, and definitely worth a read to anyone who loves a good dash of Nightmare Fuel.
The Wild West Pyro: A beautiful, well-written, truly horrifying Lovecraftian story. It gives an excellent insight into the Spy's mind, and he is an excellent narrator. Lovecraft himself would appreciate the use of italics at the end, and The Reveal is truly horrifying. The Pyro has nothing under the mask. The mask is its head.
Summary: In the land of mental misfits and criminal deviants, love is a rare thing. For Jay Jallette, it may as well be non-existent. Whether it be the cruel torment of his father and his lackeys or his own teammates, Jay can't see any sort of light at the end of the tunnel. In an almost heroic act of kindness, the BLU Medic offers the Scout shelter from the hate. But when you are the bane of your father's otherwise perfect life, it is hard to hide for long.
Summary: A rainy night sets in motion a whirlwind of activity. When the RED Sniper is rescued from a roadside accident by the BLU Spy, an unfortunate reconciliation of his past comes back to haunt him. While trying to keep his own past from repeating, while still trying to keep the Sniper in the dark, the BLU Spy uncovers a plot that will undo the Badlands.
Summary: That's the thing about fire. You can look, but you mustn't touch. And, sooner or later, it uses itself up.
Comments: I was reluctant to read this story for a long time–I thought the Pyro character would be a Mary Sue OC and a dumb romance would be thrown in. But, that never happened. What I got instead was a well-written and very gloomy drama that explains Engineer's friendship with Pyro, who is not a Mary Sue, is female, but is really a mysterious and multi-layered character. Pyro's transition from somewhat "off", to the insanity we know from 'Meet the Pyro' is captured perfectly, and involves a clever and dramatic Chekhov's Gun.
Summary: 'Heavy's voice makes his nervous system hum. It makes currents of electricity shoot along his spine, shocking him down to his toes in military boots, up to his brain and hushing its dark chaos with veneration. It feels like flames whispering over his skin, hot enough that he should be afraid of being incinerated to ashes.'
"Comments": I enjoyed it. Scout isn't a baby for once, Miss Pauling is utilized, and the rescue mission was pretty fun to read. Good characterization. Even the very few OC's had a purpose. It's based off the Smissmas Story comic and one of the few stories on ff.net that's actually completed and has a plot.
Synopsis: ' "How—how long do rattlesnakes take to kill a guy?" I asked eventually, casual, like I didn't have no stake in the answer.' Or- Scout and Ms Pauling get lost in the desert, and Scout gets bit. They need to get back in range of respawn before the poison gets him.
Synopsis: The odd friendship that develops between the RED Scout and the BLU Pyro. Features Scout being a fan of Sci-Fi stories and Pyro being their usual self. Unusually poignant scenes occur as Scout works out just what is wrong with Pyro.
Pairings: Implied Scout/Pyro, but can also be seen as strong friendship.
Sgt Frog 1: Thirding. When you read "narrated by ze Spy", you might think "Oh, the creator just edited together lines from Team Fortress 2. Nothing special.". You might think that, but you'd be wrong. The narrator (if he isn't Dennis Bateman, the Spy's voice actor) literally narrates with his impressive imitation of the Spy's voice.
For those of you who aren't watchers of Homestar Runner, here's the original video: Everyone is Different.
Comments: A disturbing animation centered around the Engineer, the Soldier and the Tom Waits song of the same name. If the Engineer update teaser vid and comic didn't make you believe that the Engineer is a goddamn creepy dude, thisWILL.
Comments: A follow-up to the creator's previous project, A Heavy's 2fort Adventure, this isn't actually one video, but rather a bunch of videos strung together to make an interactive story, based around precise timing and careful decision-making. Epic in scale, with decent gameplay, and an honestly touching ending. Go watch it...I mean, play it...I mean...just click on the link, will you?
Horriblefilm: I, mistakenly assuming it hadn't been recommended yet, rushed right over here to suggest it myself only to find it had already been recognized well before. It is honestly among the best Team Fortress 2 machinima made by a fan; endearingly funny, delightfully Troperiffic, with loads of references to popular video games (especially Nintendo) and an actually pretty entertaining story. Mann-ly tears were shed.
Comments: Hands down one of the best fan-made animations I have ever seen. The animation is fluid and detailed, and the personalities of the various characters are captured perfectly in their movements. You'll end up watching several times to catch everything you missed.
Agreed verily. The interactions between the characters and their style of dance are all unique and very well animated. ~Quanyails
Comments: A fan-made version of the missing "Meet the Team" movies that isn't a rickroll or two-frame flipbook? Especially with custom animation and a twist on the speculation of the Pyro's identity? Excellent!
So We Ate Them Sez: There have been multiple comments on the page stating that it was confused with an official product. That alone is testament. It stays true to TF2's humor and style, giving a very valid interpretation of the Pyro's character.
Comments: The RED Scout becomes a superhero, Pancake Man, and fights crime with the help of his three best buds, RED Engy, RED Soldier, and RED Medic. There's four or five real episodes of the series, and the trailer for a movie that was never to be released. BlueChameleon01 has stated after their 5000th subscriber that they would actually produce the movie if the trailer gets 100,000 views.
Comments: Possibly inspired by the special Halloween-only taunt that mimics the famous Thriller dance, this is an extremely well-animated video of all 18 characters (9 from RED, 9 from BLU) dancing to Michael Jackson's "Beat It". Watch it and be amazed!
Comments: It's the (abridged) first episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! using only sound clips of the TF2 characters! Coming from LK, of course it's hilarious! :D I've watched it many times, and I highly recommend giving it a look.
Comments: A hilarious adventure where the titular ape tries to retrieve his banana hoard from the BLU team. This video features fairly decent animation, but the main draw is the various antics DK gets into. Filled with quite a number of Shout Outs.
Summary: Tired of the seemingly puny stature of his team, the Heavy decides to go solo. The Spy tries to convince him not to leave, but the Heavy decides that he no longer needs them.
Comments: A surprisingly touching tale, this video shows why the game is called Team Fortress 2 as the classes show how teamwork can beat any foe. The video uses voice clips from the game itself as well as Poker Night at the Inventory, but the editing causes them to mesh surprisingly well together.
Comments:Warning: If you click that link, you'd better be prepared for 17 straight minutes of bizarre faces, slapstick insanity, and a complete lack of rhyme or reason in general. There are many of Team Fabulous 2's ilk on Youtube, but Fabulous takes reigns supreme over all of its cousins in terms of production values and genuinely hilarious crack. Also, there's some plot stuff about a red fox-cat thing dropping The Moon on a Mario Kart map, but that makes about as much sense as the rest of the video.
Trivialato: The above just about sums that up, actually. Though to get into more detail, it's basically your average match on the Mario Kart server, only with 3 large differences: Everyone is in-character for their classes, friendly fire is enabled somehow, and EVERYONE IS MORE OR LESS A CRAZED SPEED-HACKER. The "plot" comes in after the protagonist (a guitar-playing Engineer with a cowboy hat) jumps through a cluster of sprays into an insane hybrid of My Little Pony and Ed, Edd and Eddy, and opens up a Pandora's Box that sends a red fox-cat thing OC, the Moon from Majora's Mask, and several people from other games into the match, including Uncharted's Drake and Splinter Cell's Sam Fisher to mess with the players before the moon blows the map up, leaving the protagonist to stop all of this with his skills and The Power of Rock. If it sounded good and crazy from this description, it only gets moreso when you watch it yourself.
Comments: An extremely well-done GMod rendition of a scene from The Green Mile. Possibly the most "serious" GMod video ever made, except maybe the aforementioned Heavy's Revelation. Has just as much Tear-Jerking potential as the actual scene from the movie. Ever since the upload of this video, it's maker has been bombarded with requests for more "serious" TF2 videos.
Surreal and amazing, Gzero has stated that he bases his GMod work on dreams that he has had. Each of them feel like a small part of a much greater, more epic story. Sadly, Gzero has stated his retirement from Gmod-making, due to his recent acceptance into film school.
Comments: Using such a goofy, cartoony game and using it as a way to show the horrors of war sounds like a straight-up silly idea, but this is almost shocking in how touching it is. It puts Charlie Chaplin's speech from The Great Dictator into the Medic's mouth and mashes it against loving and horrifying shots of the team palling around and killing each other. It's actually so good, it makes you want to stop playing the game.
Comments: A sort-of animation using the song "There! Right There!" from Legally Blonde: The Musical. It is well-drawn and funny and I have no better words for it right now. The user has a deviantART account too, which is worth checking out.
Comments: A collaboration by many, many Youtube users, this 23 minute GMod film is a pretty interesting, and perhaps accurate representation of the randomness and oddities of dreams, even if a lot of them are humorous (and sometimes rely on lowbrow humor), I recommend at least a watch.
Synopsis: RED Engineer decides to have a snack during a match when he sees the BLU Engineer. After the RED Engineer laughs at the BLU Engineer's misfortune, the two start outing each other by using other members of their team. This conflict eventually leads to the BLU Engineer into doing something that has to be seen to believed
Comments: This movie shows what the Source Filmmaker is capable of. With realistic animation, hilarious moments, and a jaw dropping ending, it is already looking like one of the greatest early SFM shorts so far. I don't much more to say about it, so check it out.
Agreed. Good animation, nice plot, that touch of TF2 whimsy, and overall professionalism makes this video very engaging.
NOTE: One of four finalists for Best Comedy in the 2012 Saxxy Awards. -Trivialato
Tabs: 24railwaycuttings does other songs, like "Becoming Feared" ("Becoming Popular" parody), "Find a Gun" ("Find a Pet"), and "Ballad of the Mann Co Mercenaries" (guess). I urge you to check his channel.
Synopsis: With the RED and BLU teams pushed to the brink of annihilation, the teams' Engineers engage in a radical plan to even the odds. Said plan involves giving the invading robot hordes a taste of their own medicine and then some, until the machines get in on the Escalating War.
Comments: A cleverly designed and beautifully animated rendition of the ultimate Mann Vs. Machine round, if Team Fortress 2 somehow managed to intersect with The Terminator, MechWarrior, and Iron Man at the same time. Made by the same animator as the aforementioned Teamformers, so just like with his previous offering, expect tons of heavily detailed and well-constructed custom props, good use of music to set the tone, smooth animation, and of course, lots of action.
Synopsis: A round of Mann vs. Machine in a nutshell.
Comments: Being a video that presents (and pokes fun at) the typical experience of playing Mann vs. Machine, it also shows that despite the release of Source Filmmaker, GMod isn't going to completely die out anytime soon, and that it also has the capability of delivering some quality animation to boot. If you like this video, go ahead and check out the other MVM-related video Starmix made, too.
Synopsis: The Robots have appeared, the new war has marked its first wave.
Comments: This is a very impressive piece of animation, set cronologically before the offical Mann Vs. Machine trailer and the first instances of the fight. With a surprising Tearjerker at the end, don't let this one pass you by.
Synopsis: This short film tells the story of an Engineer and his Sentry.
Comments: The summary above, taken directly from the video's description, doesn't do justice for this lovely, emotionally-moving masterpiece. As a few commenters stated on YouTube, you'll probably never see Sentries the same way again after watching it.
And it looks like Valve agrees, because it just won the 2012 Best Overall title in the Saxxies! -Trivialato
Comments: Great animation, and is very heartwarmingly funny.
On top of some fine animation, it takes the story of the Grinch and applies it to the TF 2 world in a way that will have you laughing the whole way through, but still gives you some of that warm, fuzzy feeling like the original.
Synopsis: "Team Service Announcement" is a series where the common mistakes and unused strategies of new and inexperienced are blown out of proportion and explained in an attempt to help those who make them, as well as make my life less horrible.
Comments: Not only are these videos completely hysterical, but each one has genuine advice about how to be a real Team Fortress 2 player. They're all worth a watch if you have a half hour to kill.
Special mention goes to the video on Ranged Combat, which demonstrates how only the Sniper should fight from afar by having the Scout, Heavy, and Soldier play pretend Snipers and ruin a kill for the actual Sniper, resulting in a hilarious triple Dope Slap.
Comments: The animation is fantastic, it's very creative with how it shows each part of the song, and it's funny as all hell. Any player who's ever heard "America, Fuck Yeah!" before (and even those who haven't) must give this a look.
Synopsis: Picking up where the first part left off, the BLU team picks up the RED intel and must bring it to their own intel room to capture it.
Comments: The animation and storytelling are superb, especially compared to the creator's first draft of the first part. But most importantly, the powerful emotions are what makes this SFM animation work so well. There is no respawning here and the horrors of war are very real, and the way that the survivors must cope with the deaths of their teammates really brings this to life.
Synopsis: A reenactment of battle against Sahaquiel from the film Rebuild of Evangelion 2.0, this time starring the RED team as they valiantly attempt to stop one of Gray Mann's tanks from deploying its payload.
Comments: Tanks may be an everyday occurrence in Mann Versus Machine, but top-notch animation and facial expressions combined with some veryAwesome Music turns the whole thing Up to Eleven in drama and intensity, making this feel like a truly climatic struggle for the fate of Mann Co that will leave you at the edge of your seat, wondering if the heroes will prevail.
Synopsis: It's the zombie apocalypse, and RED and BLU team up in order to survive.
Comments: Along with Bad Medicine and Story of a Sentry, this was one of the finalists of the 20112 Saxxy Awards "Best Drama" category, and with good reason. The looks on each merc's face as he sees both RED and BLU coming to rescue him is full of heartwarming, and the RED Spy might even bring a few tears. Plus, some nice animation set to very fitting music.
Now has a sequel, which has won the Saxxy for best drama.
Synopsis: With RED up against the wall, an Engineer and his barely-controlled partner take the field.
Comments: From the same person who made Rise of the Epic Scout, his animation skills have gotten even better. Aside from doing a very good job of blending the game's own animations with his own work, this video quite possibly has the best high-speed fight scene ever made with Source Filmmaker.
Synopsis: Heavy and the Medic must defeat the Demoman and the Pyro via ridiculously cool fight scenes
Comments: Now THIS is a cool use of the Source Filmmaker. It's a TF2 version of Gurren Lagann that perfectly captures the look and feel of the show. And the voice clips used fit so well. Highly recommended for any fan of Gurren Lagann.
Synopsis: Ousted by BLU, a vengeful Medic gathers together fellow outcasts and leads a new army to wipe out both RED and BLU once and for all.
Comments: An ongoing series that is sequel to a stand alone vid FYI I am a Robot. Source Filmmaker is used, and the writing is both funny, dramatic, and gripping. Keep tuning in to see where this war leads.
Comments: A playlist of very well-mixed mashups, most involving the Heavy voicing Pinkie Pie's songs. The best-known of these is the Cupcakes song… only involving Sandviches (eventually used in Zeurel's excellent animation). Definitely recommended for brony TF2 fans.
Comments: Arguably the best TF2 voice-music edit, "Mmph the Way You Mmph" imitates "Love the Way You Lie", except with the Scout and Pyro filling the lines. The lyrics are exceptionally well-mixed, with proper timing, flow, and rhyme. This goes the same for mymapagainstyourcash's other mixes.
Comments: Combine the Battle theme of Masked Dedede from Kirby Super Star Ultra with random sounds from just about everything in TF2, with Touhou-like visuals taken from who knows how many fansites, and you get a long-lasting and unforgettable Ear Worm. Of course, this isn't even Wazgul's best example.
Comments: The Big Lipped Alligator Moment from an old Disney film The Aristocats now with Team Fortress 2 voices. Starring the Medic as Edgar the butler, the Sniper and Scout as the farm dogs Napoleon and Lafayette, and the Heavy as Edgar's motorcycle. Excellent slapstick scene.
Comments: The first of four (so far) videos sentance mixing the TF2 characters with those from The Lion King. Starring the Scout as Simba, the Heavy as Mufasa, the Medic as Zazu, the Admin as Nala, the Spy as Scar, the Demoman, Sniper, and Pyro as Senzi, Banzai, and Ed, and the Soldier and Engineer as Timon and Pumbaa.
Mandemo: Excellent comic, with both funny, dramatic and heartwarming moments. Definitely worth of reading.
Quanyails: Well, I don't give the same approval as the previous people; while it's an adequate comic in of itself, it does not seem like a Team Fortress 2 comic but rather, an original comic set in the world of TF2.
Eh, it was ok. It's more like Ouran high School Host Club Meets TF2. But it does take place out of canon— you find out it's been at least two years since most of the original classes have died. The ones there are the sucessors.
Not actually a series so much as a collection of drawing and comics by the author of the Niels Series and Scandinavia and the World. There's not a whole lot there, but what is there is pants-wettingly funny.
Comments: A BLU Scout gets auto-balanced to RED, and ends up getting his views of the other team challenged, with a twist at the end.
Quanyails: This is pretty dang deep for a comic like this; amazing story, and agreed, quite a bit of a twist at the end. Note that the artist also does some more humorous comics, so take a look at those, too!
Summary: Out of the mercenaries, the RED Sniper seems to be the only one that sees that something odd is going on behind the scenes of RED and BLU. When the Sniper runs into a peculiar event involved with the respawn, he really starts to question the subtle changes around him, what really is going on, and who is behind it.
Comments: Quanyails: Excellent webcomic series faithful (yet curious) about Team Fortress 2's canon, with great art panels, regular updates, and a solid pinch of humor to accompany the story.
Summary: About a year before he signed his contract with RED, the Sniper's fiancé mysteriously went missing. Though years have passed since her disappearance, the Sniper is still plagued with feelings of anger and regret when the anniversary of her disappearance comes around. However, his grieving is cut short when he finds himself being tracked by two robots from Caroline's old workplace …
Comments: An absolutely wonderful crossover comic that manages to be funny, heartfelt, sad, and dramatic all at once. The art is lovely, the plotline is very well written, and the concept and execution are absolutely fantastic. Highly recommended.
Seconded. Don't be fooled by the somewhat sketchy art style; this artist has for the most part nailed down each character design, and scenes are always visually interesting. The story is likewise engaging, and you really care about the plot and the characters as it progresses.