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Finally making its triumphant move to TV Tropes' Troper Works index. Though the plot remains on paper, elements of the world-building project can be viewed from this DeviantArt gallery.

Sweatshirt Brigade is a conworld story project by Master Jay AM, a byproduct of too many hours of TV Tropes coupled with an attempt to deconstruct the Evil Overlord List. The lame title is a working one, but the odds of it becoming its real title are great because it's kind of catchy. The series draws inspiration from Avatar: The Last Airbender and Code Geass, but got its start from TV Tropes.


Warning: Pot holes galore.

The setting is the constructed world of Fibonacci, an abandoned human colony world which rebuilt civilization from an extensive library left by one of the colonists. The colonists were able to recreate a technological level close to that of the early 90s up to the late 2000s. Politically, the planet is divided into the Meridian Empire, the The United Federation of the Allied Interdependent League of Democracies (or UFAILD), the People's Republic of Bufferia, The Republic of Shinar, and The Kingdom of Concord.

The states can correspond roughly to the major powers during World War I, although many of the nations are a Culture Chop Suey based mainly on Western, Latin American, and Islamic nations (as an inversion of Avatar), with the Federations subnational entities taking on a more diverse flavor that includes African, Asian, and Native American influences.


Naturally, the Meridian Empire is a hegemonic superpower, ruled by a Genre Savvy Emperor and a political elite whose idea of good governance is using an out of the way shanty town populated by rounded-up poor people as a nuclear weapons test site.

Anyway, the story is intended to follow a plot arc but be driven forward mainly by a somewhat formulaic (and heavily parodied) take on traditional hero storytelling with the genre savvy cranked up to eleven for both the heroes and the villains.

It takes place during a Cold War setting between the Empire and Federation, where a Federation Colonel is sent on a mission to create and train a foreign legion of saboteurs to destroy the Emperor's weapon installations.

His first recruit was the 18-year-old son of a deceased leader of a reform group (a friend of his back in the day), who is ironically, a very skilled mechanichal engineer in the Emperor's service. Ironically and conveniently, he was more than happy to sell his own country out to a foreign power, ostensibly because he believed in serving his nation better by overthrowing the corrupt evil overlord and his regime. Plus, the evil schemes and rampant corruption are costing the Imperial Treasury too much.


Yes, it employs a Five-Man Band, a Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits who all wear hooded sweatshirts as a uniform.

The mechanic boy turned saboteur is the main character of the series. His name? Finbar MacGuffin.

The basic formula involves the heroes going to a facility, discussing at length on how to blow it up, launch an attempt to do it that fails, followed by the hero doing one action that turns out to be a plan that succeeds Or not.

So far, the story is rather indecisive as to whether it's an honest-to-god parody of storytelling conventions and the hero genres, a parodic reconstruction grounded on the Rule of Fun or a dark deconstruction thereof. So far, the setting has been a Crapsaccharine World to say the least; it could go from Phineas and Ferb-style referential humor on one end and black comedy/dark serious drama on the other.

It was made into a novella during National Novel Writing Month in 2016, and its setting was uploaded on Tumblr for World Building June 2017. A spinoff story/prequel, Catacombs, is currently being written for World Building June 2018. Sweatshirt Brigade's tumblr page can be found here, while Catacombs can be read here.

This series might contains examples of:

  • Affably Evil: The Emperor is surprisingly level-headed and is kind, if a bit distant, toward his children.
  • Action Girl: Multiple.
  • Citadel City: Threshold, capital of the Meridian Colony at Campbell.A Shining City for its inhabitants yet surrounded by a wall, shanties, and districts of fenced housing blocks where travel is monitored.
  • Crazy-Prepared: The reason why the team needed to bring a defecting engineer in.
  • Designated Hero: Finbar might be this, given that he's by and large a collaborator with a foreign power.
  • Disappeared Dad: Finbar's father had been missing and presumably killed during an uprising that emerged some 14 years before the story's present.
  • Evil Colonialist: The Meridian Empire.
  • Genre Throwback: There should be quite a bit, seeing as the civilization in the colony was built from a single person's library.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Has shades of this and Culture Chop Suey
  • Layered Metropolis: Babel, capital of Shinar, and Galt, the Capital of the United Federation. Galt's Catacombs (underground train and pathway system) is so complex it has a permanent population and is administered as a city borough.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Many place and city names are named for authors and characters in literature. Those that aren't are usually named after tropes. Some are extracted from the Wiki itself.
  • The Plan: From both the villain and the hero, no less.
  • Shining City: The Empire and the Federation have these as Capitals.

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