''One True Patriot'' is based around VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4's "Old Sun" act, following the ''Missouri's'' Marines as they fight off ''Outer Haven's'' boarding action to protect Otacon. The Marines are led by [[GenerationKill G-Kill's]] Brad Colbert and Ray Person, now a Master Gunnery Sergeant and Staff Sergeant, respectively.
''One True Patriot'' is based around VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4's "Old Sun" act, following the ''Missouri's'' Marines as they fight off ''Outer Haven's'' boarding action to protect Otacon. The Marines are led by
* AlternateUniverse: The GenerationKill side of the series is based on the 'characters' as portrayed in the HBO miniseries, and descriptions of what they look like exist as a lampshade for this; Colbert and Person are their actors' sizes, for example. It's safe to say that the real Marines featured in GenerationKill will not ever do anything remotely close to a lot of what happens here, even aside from the slash.
* AlternateUniverse: The
''One True Patriot'' is based around [[MetalGearSolid Metal Gear Solid 4's]] "Old Sun" act, following the ''Missouri's'' Marines as they fight off ''Outer Haven's'' boarding action to protect Otacon. The Marines are led by [[GenerationKill G-Kill's]] Brad Colbert and Ray Person, now a Master Gunnery Sergeant and Staff Sergeant, respectively.
''One True Patriot'' is based around
*AlternateHistory: Marines in GenerationKill mentioned George W. Bush, for example, but in this continuity, that would be George Sears, aka, Solidus Snake. They're also aware of the Shadow Moses, Oil Tanker and Big Shell incidents, as increasingly larger amounts of information about these events escaped to the public in the [[MetalGearSolid Metal Gear]] timeline from 2005 and onward.
*AlternateUniverse: The GenerationKill side of the series is based on the 'characters' as portrayed in the HBO miniseries, and descriptions of what they look like exist as a lampshade for this; Colbert and Person are their actors' sizes, for example. It's safe to say that the real Marines featured in GenerationKill will not ever do anything remotely close to a lot of what happens here, even aside from the slash.
*BadassNormal: Person to some extent, but Colbert owns this.
*BigBrotherIsEmployingYou: First subverted with Fick's political career, which never had a chance of getting off the ground in the Patriots-controlled United States. Played straight when Fick settles for a business job at [=ArmsTech=] Security, a front-company for much of the assets the Patriots used.
*ComingOutStory: Played more for laughs with Person; since "Don't ask, don't tell" ceased to exist in the setting, Person has been making a game out of outing Colbert at calculated times for maximum hilarity. Colbert gets so used to it, they start wagering on what reactions will be.
*CompleteMonster: This is how Colbert sees Liquid after Eastern Europe.
*ContinuityNod: Person is a fan of ''In the Darkness of Shadow Moses.'' Colbert and Fick have read it, but both take it with a few grains of salt; Colbert more-so until he actually ''meets'' [[strike: Solid]] Old Snake.
*CrackPairing: Colbert and Fick, if you don't think basing their characterization entirely on the miniseries absolves it of being RealPersonSlash.
*DirtyCommunists: Person uses this to insult Malashenko, though Malashenko takes it in stride.
*GoodScarsEvilScars: Inverted when good-guy Colbert gains a long scar across the elaborate tattoo on his back, and it's noted to ruin the artwork.
*HeroicBSOD: A few:
**Colbert in ''One True Patriot'' when a production model RAY jumps onto the Missouri's deck.
**Colbert again in ''The River Red'' after Liquid uses Guns of the Patriots.
**Person waits to the end of ''One True Patriot.''
**The SERE interrogators in ''No Place to Hide'' have inflicting this on the Marines as their goal, and they succeed with [[spoiler: Fick]] without realizing it. [[spoiler: Because Fick is pushed to the very edge by nothing else but the interrogators unknowingly playing into his paranoia over being gay in the military as well as his infatuation with Colbert, he comes to believe that gays ''don't'' belong in the military, because he's become proof it ''does'' wreck unit cohesion, with disastrous results they only avoid through dumb luck.]]
*HeterosexualLifePartners: Colbert and Person.
*ImplacableMan: Vamp; Colbert and Person find this out in much the same manner as several MetalGearSolid characters have.
*ImprobableAimingSkills: Person, with shaky hands, [[spoiler: shoots Vamp in the head, ''while Vamp is using Colbert as a human shield,'' '''with a shotgun,''' although the shotgun is loaded with a slug.]] Person is actually shocked at the end result.
*InstantDeathBullet: Averted; mooks are often shot with more than one round to make sure they're dropped, to the torso with Person's shotgun, or to the head with anything. If it's none of these, the next line is usually a description of how they don't die right away.
*ISeeDeadPeople: Though he's never named, the man Colbert occasionally sees in his dreams over the years is clearly [[spoiler: The Sorrow.]]
*MistakenForGay: Played straight and serious when Colbert gives Fick the wrong impression at SERE, and Fick, emotionally weakened from the ordeal, acts on it without thinking.
*MoodDissonance: When the Marines realize the mysterious observer at SERE who's been silently watching the exercise is the ''President of the United States,'' who personally congratulates them and shakes their hands when they pass, as well as saluting them at the "official" end later in the morning, they are at once humbled and proud by his attention, especially Colbert, who admires him greatly. [[spoiler: Readers who know both fandoms in the crossover will realize the minute this man is revealed that he's ''Solidus Snake,'' son of Big Boss, former leader of child soldiers in the Liberian Civil War and future domestic terrorist.]]
*MythologyGag: The title ''No Place to Hide'' was the original tagline on teasers for ''Guns of the Patriots'' during a development stage where the game was intended to incorporate mechanics that would've made it impossible to stay hidden forever.
*NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight: Played straight when Colbert pulls his combat knife while fighting Vamp hand to hand and loses. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when Colbert realizes that Vamp is taking [[HollywoodTactics Hollywood hand to hand combat tactics]] and making it ''work'' even though it shouldn't.
*NonLinearSequel: The second fic is a prequel to the first. The third fic is a prequel to the second. The ''fourth'' fic isn't done yet, but will be, finally, a sequel to the first...that spends much of its time flashbacking to times before any of them take place. The fifth fic will be the first straight-up sequel.
*OnlyAFleshWound: Justified when Vamp uses a throwing knife to pin Person's hand to his utility vest as he was reaching for ammo; Person tests his motor control and, realizing his hand still works fine despite the pain, comments that Vamp miraculously missed the tendons.
*POVSequel: ''One True Patriot'' and ''The River Red'' cover ''Guns of the Patriots" from the friendly mooks' perspective of two pivotal scenes.
*RuleOfCool: The author tries to lean towards realism, greatly helped with the advice of friends who are actually in the military and are generous enough to offer advice on making gun combat and squad tactics at least somewhat realistic.
*ShoutOut: Quite a few, most notably when the GenerationKill characters make references to MetalGearSolid. Colbert and Person need scissors, 61, at one point.
**''No Place to Hide'' gets its premise from an episode of TheUnit. Person pretends to be broken by his SERE interrogator by bawling out a story of atrocity from Iraq he feels guilt over. He is, in fact, quoting TomClancy. [[spoiler: He pulls off the ruse so well that Solidus Snake, the only one present who catches the reference, momentarily breaks the rules of the exercise to clue in the interrogator while laughing hysterically.]] And the actual stunt is another borrow from [[TheUnit The Unit's]] SERE episode.
**Speaking of the SERE interrogators, Bannon and Malashenko's [[WorldInConflict names.]]
*SlashFic: Although it's ''certainly'' not the focus.
*StraightGay: Colbert and Fick.
**Person considers himself Colbert's "male fag hag."
*ViolationOfCommonSense: Person keeps a 4x-zoom [=ACOG=] on his shotgun, and is asked why he would have such a thing. Doubly subverted, first because the character asking the question is falling victim to RealityIsUnrealistic and buckshot doesn't spread [[ShortRangeShotgun as much as it does in videogames]]; while unusual, the scope would still work fine. Second, Person doesn't use the scope for precision unless he's loaded ''slugs.'' Worth noting that the pump-shotgun in ''Guns of the Patriots'' can actually be outfitted like this.
*TheWarOnTerror: Colbert and Person occasionally invoke this, discussing the events shown in GenerationKill and how things have changed or stayed the same by the time ''Guns of the Patriots'' takes place.
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