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* BruceWayneHeldHostage: [[spoiler:Merlin gets captured by the NWO who are unaware of Merlin's magical abilities. During the course of ''Desperate Measures'', he's unable to access his magic until the very end, but is nonetheless able to make an escape plan and ensures that Will and Kay are able to escape, all without the NWO being aware of his abilities.]]


''[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/9979 Loaded March]]'' is a ''{{Series/Merlin|2008}}'' fanfiction series written by [[http://archiveofourown.org/users/Footloose/pseuds/Footloose Footloose]]. The series re-imagines the series as a modern military fic, where Arthur is the Captain of a military team called Excalibur, and Merlin as the newly appointed Communications Officer. The team go on missions and uncover secrets that ultimately lead to their being assigned to take down a terrorist group called the NWO. At the same time, the series explores the relationships among the different characters, especially the growing attraction between [[HoYay Merlin and Arthur]].

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''[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/9979 Loaded March]]'' is a ''{{Series/Merlin|2008}}'' ''Series/Merlin2008'' fanfiction series written by [[http://archiveofourown.org/users/Footloose/pseuds/Footloose Footloose]]. The series re-imagines the series as a modern military fic, where Arthur is the Captain of a military team called Excalibur, and Merlin as the newly appointed Communications Officer. The team go on missions and uncover secrets that ultimately lead to their being assigned to take down a terrorist group called the NWO. At the same time, the series explores the relationships among the different characters, especially the growing attraction between [[HoYay Merlin and Arthur]].



* SubmissiveBadass: Excalibur again towards Arthur.


''[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/9979 Loaded March]]'' is a ''{{Series/Merlin}}'' fanfiction series written by [[http://archiveofourown.org/users/Footloose/pseuds/Footloose Footloose]]. The series re-imagines the series as a modern military fic, where Arthur is the Captain of a military team called Excalibur, and Merlin as the newly appointed Communications Officer. The team go on missions and uncover secrets that ultimately lead to their being assigned to take down a terrorist group called the NWO. At the same time, the series explores the relationships among the different characters, especially the growing attraction between [[HoYay Merlin and Arthur]].

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''[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/9979 Loaded March]]'' is a ''{{Series/Merlin}}'' ''{{Series/Merlin|2008}}'' fanfiction series written by [[http://archiveofourown.org/users/Footloose/pseuds/Footloose Footloose]]. The series re-imagines the series as a modern military fic, where Arthur is the Captain of a military team called Excalibur, and Merlin as the newly appointed Communications Officer. The team go on missions and uncover secrets that ultimately lead to their being assigned to take down a terrorist group called the NWO. At the same time, the series explores the relationships among the different characters, especially the growing attraction between [[HoYay Merlin and Arthur]].


* ActionFashionista: Morgana

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* ActionFashionista: MorganaMorgana.



* BadassBeard: Gwaine
* BadassInCharge: Arthur
* BattleCouple: [[spoiler:Arthur/Merlin, Perceval/Gwaine, and Lamorak/Gareth]]
* BadassCrew: Excalibur
* BadassGay: All the gay members of Excalibur

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* BadassBeard: Gwaine
Gwaine.
* BadassInCharge: Arthur
Arthur.
* BattleCouple: [[spoiler:Arthur/Merlin, Perceval/Gwaine, and Lamorak/Gareth]]
Lamorak/Gareth]].
* BadassCrew: Excalibur
Excalibur.
* BadassGay: All the gay members of ExcaliburExcalibur.



* BetaCouple: Gwen and Lance, Morgana and Leon, and later [[spoiler: Perceval and Gwaine, and Lamorak and Gareth]]
* BigBad: the NWO

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* BetaCouple: Gwen and Lance, Morgana and Leon, and later [[spoiler: Perceval and Gwaine, and Lamorak and Gareth]]
Gareth]].
* BigBad: the NWOThe NWO.



* TheBigDamnKiss: [[spoiler:Merlin and Arthur in ''Avalon'' when Merlin's giving Arthur CPR. In the very next instalment ''Intermission'', Arthur chooses to kiss Merlin when Merlin reveals that he has magic.]]
** [[spoiler: Merlin and Arthur again when Arthur rescues Merlin at the end of ''Collaborators'']]

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* TheBigDamnKiss: [[spoiler:Merlin and Arthur in ''Avalon'' when Merlin's giving Arthur CPR. In the very next instalment installment ''Intermission'', Arthur chooses to kiss Merlin when Merlin reveals that he has magic.]]
** [[spoiler: Merlin and Arthur again when Arthur rescues Merlin at the end of ''Collaborators'']]''Collaborators''.]]



* BruceWayneHeldHostage: [[spoiler:Merlin gets captured by the NWO who are unaware of Merlin's magical abilities. During the course of ''Desperate Measures'', he's unable to access his magic until the very end, but is nonetheless able to make an escape plan and ensures that Will and Kay are able to escape, all without the NWO being aware of his abilities]]
* BuffySpeak: Crops up from time to time

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* BruceWayneHeldHostage: [[spoiler:Merlin gets captured by the NWO who are unaware of Merlin's magical abilities. During the course of ''Desperate Measures'', he's unable to access his magic until the very end, but is nonetheless able to make an escape plan and ensures that Will and Kay are able to escape, all without the NWO being aware of his abilities]]
abilities.]]
* BuffySpeak: Crops up from time to timetime.


* ActionFashionista: Morgana



* {{Badass}}
** ActionFashionista: Morgana
** BadassBeard: Gwaine
** BadassInCharge: Arthur
** BattleCouple: [[spoiler:Arthur/Merlin, Perceval/Gwaine, and Lamorak/Gareth]]
** BadassCrew: Excalibur
** BadassGay: All the gay members of Excalibur
** BadassNormal: Arthur most noticeably though also applies to the entirety of Excalibur.
** PregnantBadass: [[spoiler:Gwen]]
** SubmissiveBadass: Excalibur again towards Arthur.
** WorldOfBadass: Practically everyone has to be one

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* {{Badass}}
** ActionFashionista: Morgana
**
BadassBeard: Gwaine
** * BadassInCharge: Arthur
** * BattleCouple: [[spoiler:Arthur/Merlin, Perceval/Gwaine, and Lamorak/Gareth]]
** * BadassCrew: Excalibur
** * BadassGay: All the gay members of Excalibur
** * BadassNormal: Arthur most noticeably though also applies to the entirety of Excalibur.
** PregnantBadass: [[spoiler:Gwen]]
** SubmissiveBadass: Excalibur again towards Arthur.
** WorldOfBadass: Practically everyone has to be one
Excalibur.



* PregnantBadass: [[spoiler:Gwen]]



* SubmissiveBadass: Excalibur again towards Arthur.



* WillTheyOrWontThey: Merlin/Arthur [[spoiler:they do]]

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* WillTheyOrWontThey: Merlin/Arthur [[spoiler:they do]]do]].
* WorldOfBadass: Practically everyone has to be one.


The series is a huge, sprawling epic series, currently exceeding 900,000 words in 13 instalments. [[{{Doorstopper}} And that's not counting the extras]].

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The series is a huge, sprawling epic series, currently exceeding 900,000 1,000,000 words in 13 16 instalments. [[{{Doorstopper}} And that's not counting the extras]].



* EarnYourHappyEnding



* TrueCompanions: Excalibur

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* TrueCompanions: ExcaliburExcalibur.



* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: The NWO see themselves as this

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* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: The NWO see themselves as thisthis.


** BadassDamsel: [[spoiler: Morgana and Gwen]]


The series is a huge, sprawling epic series, currently nearing a total of 800,000 words in 12 instalments.

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The series is a huge, sprawling epic series, currently nearing a total of 800,000 exceeding 900,000 words in 12 instalments.13 instalments. [[{{Doorstopper}} And that's not counting the extras]].


** BadassAbnormal: Merlin's magical powers are considerably strong and impressive


** [spoiler:They don't have to wait that long however, since the rule is suspended for them the very next chapter.]]

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** [spoiler:They [[spoiler:They don't have to wait that long however, since the rule is suspended for them the very next chapter.instalment.]]


**On the other hand, Merlin's security clearance is initially much higher than Arthur's.



* CanNotSpitItOut: Merlin and Arthur mutually don't act on their attraction because of their uncertainty towards one another's feelings.
* CastFullOfGay



* DisappearedDad: Balinor, Merlin's father; Merlin suspects that he's dead [[spoiler: he's not]]

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* DisappearedDad: Balinor, Merlin's father; Merlin suspects believes that he's dead [[spoiler: he's not]]



* EroticDream: Gwaine mentions that Merlin's (very audibly) been moaning and calling out Arthur's name in his sleep.



* {{Gayngst}}: Thankfully averted.



* HappilyAdopted: [[spoiler:Morgana]]



* HeartbrokenBadass: Merlin, briefly, when he sees Arthur kissing Sophia

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* HeartbrokenBadass: Merlin, briefly, when he sees Arthur kissing SophiaSophia.
** Gwaine as well shortly after realising that he and Merlin aren't going to happen. He gets over it really quickly however.



* IWillWaitForYou: [[spoiler:In ''Intermission,'' Arthur confesses to Merlin that he fell in love him but that they can't engage in a relationship under the military rules. Merlin's response is that he's willing to wait.]]
** [spoiler:They don't have to wait that long however, since the rule is suspended for them the very next chapter.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Uther is a very stern, very strict man whose own children refer to him as The Colonel. However, he's also shown to be loving towards his children as he was pretty accepting towards Arthur's homosexuality, and [[spoiler:immediately sought to have Morgana adopted after she discovered she wasn't his biological daughter]].



* TheMole: [[spoiler:Gilli is planted by The Directory to spy on Merlin]]
** [[spoiler:Will becomes one for The Director as well, as he's tasked with infiltrating the NWO.]]



* [[spoiler:TheRevealPromptsRomance: Merlin's confession of having magic in ''Intermission'' is basically his way of telling Arthur that he loves him, which in turn encourages Arthur to ''finally'' act on their feelings. Somewhat played with in that Arthur was aware of Merlin having magic by the end of the previous chapter ''Avalon'']]



* SecretKeeper: Only Hunith, Gaius, and Will are aware of Merlin's magic.
** [[spoiler:Arthur becomes aware by the end of ''Avalon'' but Merlin actually only confesses this to him in ''Intermission''.]]
*** [[spoiler:The rest of Excalibur becomes aware by the end of ''First Contact'' and agree to protect Merlin's secret in ''Groundwork'']]



** [[spoiler: Played straight when Merlin and Arthur get engaged and then married without telling anyone (aside from Gaius, who presided over the marriage). Arthur rationalises that Morgana will kill him if she finds out that he got married before her.]]

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** [[spoiler: Played [[spoiler:Played straight when Merlin and Arthur get engaged and then married without telling anyone (aside from Gaius, who presided over the marriage). Arthur rationalises that Morgana will kill him if she finds out that he got married before her.]]]]
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Merlin's the sensitive guy to Arthur's manly man.



* SupernaturalGoldEyes: Merlin when using magic.

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* SupernaturalGoldEyes: Merlin when using magic.


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* TrueCompanions: Excalibur
* WellDoneSonGuy: Just like in the source show, Uther's relationship with both Arthur and Morgana comes off as this way, but it's also apparent that he does indeed love them both.

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* AccidentalPublicConfession: [[spoiler:During an argument with Gwaine in ''Collaborations,'' Arthur accidentally lets slip that he and Merlin had gotten married.]]


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* BroughtDownToNormal: Merlin after the events of ''Means to an End;'' he's unable to access his magic for the bulk of ''Desperate Measures''


''[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/9979 Loaded March]]'' is a [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/Merlin Merlin]] fanfiction series written by [[http://archiveofourown.org/users/Footloose/pseuds/Footloose Footloose]]. The series re-imagines the series as a modern military fic, where Arthur is the Captain of a military team called Excalibur, and Merlin as the newly appointed Communications Officer. The team go on missions and uncover secrets that ultimately lead to their being assigned to take down a terrorist group called the NWO. At the same time, the series explores the relationships among the different characters, especially the growing attraction between [[HoYay Merlin and Arthur]].

The series is a huge, sprawling epic, currently nearing a total of 800,000 words in 12 instalments.

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''[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/9979 Loaded March]]'' is a [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/Merlin Merlin]] ''{{Series/Merlin}}'' fanfiction series written by [[http://archiveofourown.org/users/Footloose/pseuds/Footloose Footloose]]. The series re-imagines the series as a modern military fic, where Arthur is the Captain of a military team called Excalibur, and Merlin as the newly appointed Communications Officer. The team go on missions and uncover secrets that ultimately lead to their being assigned to take down a terrorist group called the NWO. At the same time, the series explores the relationships among the different characters, especially the growing attraction between [[HoYay Merlin and Arthur]].

The series is a huge, sprawling epic, epic series, currently nearing a total of 800,000 words in 12 instalments.
instalments.



* AmbiguouslyEvil: [[spoiler: Mordred. In his appearance in ''Collaborations'' he acts as if he's genuinely concerned for Merlin's well-being and helps him escape, but his behaviour is still somewhat suspicious.]]

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* AmbiguouslyEvil: [[spoiler: Mordred.[[spoiler:Mordred. In his appearance in ''Collaborations'' he acts as if he's genuinely concerned for Merlin's well-being and helps him escape, but his behaviour is still somewhat suspicious.]]



** BattleCouple: [[spoiler: Arthur/Merlin, Perceval/Gwaine, and Lamorak/Gareth]]

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** BattleCouple: [[spoiler: Arthur/Merlin, [[spoiler:Arthur/Merlin, Perceval/Gwaine, and Lamorak/Gareth]]



** PregnantBadass: [[spoiler: Gwen]]

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** PregnantBadass: [[spoiler: Gwen]][[spoiler:Gwen]]



* TheBigDamnKiss: [[spoiler: Merlin and Arthur in ''Avalon'' when Merlin's giving Arthur CPR. In the very next instalment ''Intermission'', Arthur chooses to kiss Merlin when Merlin reveals that he has magic.]]

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* TheBigDamnKiss: [[spoiler: Merlin [[spoiler:Merlin and Arthur in ''Avalon'' when Merlin's giving Arthur CPR. In the very next instalment ''Intermission'', Arthur chooses to kiss Merlin when Merlin reveals that he has magic.]]



* BiTheWay: Gwaine, [[spoiler: Perceval]].
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: Merlin and Kay when they get captured]]

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* BiTheWay: Gwaine, [[spoiler: Perceval]].
[[spoiler:Perceval]].
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: Merlin [[spoiler:Merlin and Kay when they get captured]]



* BruceWayneHeldHostage: [[spoiler: Merlin gets captured by the NWO who are unaware of Merlin's magical abilities. During the course of ''Desperate Measures'', he's unable to access his magic until the very end, but is nonetheless able to make an escape plan and ensures that Will and Kay are able to escape, all without the NWO being aware of his abilities]]

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* BruceWayneHeldHostage: [[spoiler: Merlin [[spoiler:Merlin gets captured by the NWO who are unaware of Merlin's magical abilities. During the course of ''Desperate Measures'', he's unable to access his magic until the very end, but is nonetheless able to make an escape plan and ensures that Will and Kay are able to escape, all without the NWO being aware of his abilities]]



* DistressedDude: [[spoiler: Merlin and Kay when they get captured. Neither are completely helpless however]]

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* DistressedDude: [[spoiler: Merlin [[spoiler:Merlin and Kay when they get captured. Neither are completely helpless however]]



* DreamingOfThingsToCome: [[spoiler: Morgana]]

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* DreamingOfThingsToCome: [[spoiler: Morgana]][[spoiler:Morgana]]



* IOweYouMyLife: Lance notes [[spoiler: when Excalibur is discussing what to do after Merlin's accidental reveal of his magic]] that Merlin's probably saved Excalibur more times than they can count.

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* IOweYouMyLife: Lance notes [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when Excalibur is discussing what to do after Merlin's accidental reveal of his magic]] that Merlin's probably saved Excalibur more times than they can count.



* OurDragonsAreDifferent: [[spoiler: Kilgarrah can shape-change into a human form, is highly intelligent and calculating, and talkative]]

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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: [[spoiler: Kilgarrah [[spoiler:Kilgarrah can shape-change into a human form, is highly intelligent and calculating, and talkative]]



* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler: Kilgarrah]]

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* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler: Kilgarrah]][[spoiler:Kilgarrah]]



* SinsOfOurFathers: [[spoiler: Ballinor]] distrusts Arthur because of his experiences with Uther.

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* SinsOfOurFathers: [[spoiler: Ballinor]] [[spoiler:Ballinor]] distrusts Arthur because of his experiences with Uther.



* WillTheyOrWontThey: Merlin/Arthur [[spoiler: they do]]

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* WillTheyOrWontThey: Merlin/Arthur [[spoiler: they [[spoiler:they do]]


** Battle Couple: [[spoiler: Arthur/Merlin, Perceval/Gwaine, and Lamorak/Gareth]]

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** Battle Couple: BattleCouple: [[spoiler: Arthur/Merlin, Perceval/Gwaine, and Lamorak/Gareth]]



** Pregnant Badass: [[spoiler: Gwen]]

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** Pregnant Badass: PregnantBadass: [[spoiler: Gwen]]



* BetaCouple: Gwen and Lance, Morgana and Leon, and later [[spoiler: Perceval and Gwaine]]

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* BetaCouple: Gwen and Lance, Morgana and Leon, and later [[spoiler: Perceval and Gwaine]]Gwaine, and Lamorak and Gareth]]



* BreatherEpisode: R&R

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* BreatherEpisode: R&R''R&R''



* TheMagicComesBack: The ultimate goal of the NWO

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* TheMagicComesBack: The ultimate goal of the NWONWO but to the detriment of everyone who is not magically gifted.



* NotDistractedByTheSexy: Leon and Lance by the "bar bunnies" as they're both in happy relationships.

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* NotDistractedByTheSexy: Leon and Lance and Leon by the "bar bunnies" as they're both in happy relationships.relationships.



* OutOfCharacterAlert: In ''Avalon',' Gwaine clues to Merlin that something's wrong with Arthur when Arthur kisses Sophia.

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* OutOfCharacterAlert: In ''Avalon',' ''Avalon,'' Gwaine clues to Merlin that something's wrong with Arthur when Arthur kisses Sophia.



* RedIsHeroic: Excalibur wears red scarves

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* RedIsHeroic: Excalibur wears red scarvesscarves, but not during undercover missions.



** [[spoiler: Played straight when Merlin and Arthur get engaged and then married without telling anyone (aside from Gaius, who presided over the marriage). Arthur rationalises that Morgana will kill him if she finds out that he got married before her.]]



* StraightGay: Merlin, Arthur

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* StraightGay: Merlin, ArthurArthur, Lamorak, Gareth


* Empathic Environment: In the end of ''Means to an End'' it rains when [[spoiler: Arthur visits Hunith to tell her that Merlin's been captured, and to ask about Balinor.]]

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* Empathic Environment: EmpathicEnvironment: In the end of ''Means to an End'' it rains when [[spoiler: Arthur visits Hunith to tell her that Merlin's been captured, and to ask about Balinor.]]

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