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The Fedora Chronicles is a Team Fortress 2 Machinima series created by The Winglet focused on the adventures of a fedora-wearing RED Spy and his teammates.

It currently has three episodes:

There is also one spin-off, Burning Through Space, which focuses on the Red Pyro that the Bolted Behemoth threw into space. This spin-off later received a sequel, where the Red Engineer becomes aware of the Pyro's situation and leads the Red Team into space to bring him home, but have an unexpected encounter...



The Fedora Chronicles contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Alien Invasion: RED team fights off one of these in Burning Part 2.
  • Art Evolution: The animation just gets better with each entry. Compare the stilted movements in Operation 2Fort with the incredibly smooth animation of Live and Let Spy.
  • Ascended Extra: In Operation 2Fort, Soldier only makes one appearance at the beginning and Scout only appears as an enemy Spy's disguise. Both of them become main characters in The Bolted Behemoth.
  • Badass Crew: The Burning Through Space team. They fought off an alien invasion force in space and all survived to tell the tale - a first for the RED team.
  • Berserk Button: If you make fun of Fedora's Cool Hat, he will end you.
  • Big Bad: BLU Medic in Live and Let Spy.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: Each episode is one in and of itself, really.
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  • Big Damn Heroes / The Cavalry: Soldier brings RED to save Fedora and Scout in Live and Let Spy.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Around halfway through Burning Part 2, Engineer finds one of Pyro's flare guns floating in space. At the end of the video, he uses that very same flare gun to shoot the brain slug off Pyro's head.
  • Concealment Equals Cover: Most noticeably used by Fedora when he hides behind a broken crate in Live and Let Spy.
  • The Dragon: The Chef Hat Pyro, to the BLU Medic.
  • Downer Ending: Burning Through Space. Pyro is left weeping after the alien Scouts and alien Spies that were living on his body destroy each other in a massive war. Made even worse by how kind and helpful Pyro was to the Scouts.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Operation 2Fort, in addition to having less refined animation, lacks several traits common to the latter two installments, most notably Soldier and Scout. Its style is also vastly different from Winglet's other animations as a whole, as it lacks the tongue-in-cheek humor and Creator Thumbprints.
  • Finger in a Barrel: Scout does a variation of this to the Chef Hat Pyro, disabling the latter's flamethrower by plugging the nozzle with a baseball.
    • Engineer pulls the same trick on the Brainwashed and Crazy Pyro with an ear of corn in Burning Through Space Part 2.
  • Flipping the Bird: In a blink-and-you-miss-it moment, Bolted Behemoth does this to Scout when he launches several baseballs at the Behemoth's head to absolutely no effect.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • When Soldier is sneaking past the Snipers, one of them is seen holding a Bushwacka as though it were a sniper rifle.
    • The BLU Medic's Solemn Vow (a bust of Hippocrates used as a weapon) has a plaque reading "Do Harm".
  • Funny Background Event:
    • While Fedora goes over The Plan using the Soldier's action figures in Live and Let Spy, Scout can be seen pocketing the Ms. Pauling toy.
    • A random waving RED Sniper can be seen in the background of The Bolted Behemoth as Scout is beating down a BLU Sniper.
  • Gory Discretion Shot:
    • The camera cuts away when the Bolted Behemoth gets beheaded by a buzzsaw. An odd example given that it's being applied to a robot in a series where most deaths are on-screen.
    • Another one appears in Burning Through Space Part 2 when the Soldier stomps on the Party Hat Demo's head.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Grey Mann is this to the BLUs.
  • Groin Attack: Fedora does this twice in the series.
    • Operation 2Fort has him dealing a low blow to the Engineer during the last fight.
    • Live and Let Spy's Medic gets one for insulting his hat.
  • The Juggernaut: The Bolted Behemoth No Sells everything RED team throws at it and has a small army's worth of weapons built in. It only goes down when Fedora finds its weakness: namely, that the controller used to activate it is just as susceptible to a Sapper as any other of the Engineer's equipment.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The BLU medic when the full scope of his plans are revealed.
  • Look Behind You: RED Soldier uses this trick to kill some BLU Mooks.
  • Macguffin: The Intelligence.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": RED team's reaction to the titular Bolted Behemoth.
  • Mooks: The members of BLU team get taken out en masse throughout the series.
  • Nice Hat: This is a TF2 machinima series, so these are all over the place, mainly as a way to distinguish different characters. Fedora's fedora and Soldier's cap are the main recurring ones.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: When he's surrounded by robots, Soldier pops the pins off both the grenades on his belt and delivers a Badass Boast... cut to Fedora fighting the BLU Medic. The next time we see him, he's completely unscathed, and the robots are presumably destroyed.
  • Oh, Crap!: Fedora's reaction when he accidentally blows his cover.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Scout tends to get most of the comedic moments, although Soldier was also made sillier in Live and Let Spy.
  • Power Trio: Fedora, Soldier and Scout, obviously.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: The brain slugs in Burning Part 2 brainwash people by attaching to their heads, giving them glowing green eyes in the process. Removing the alien undoes the effect.
  • Railroad Tracks of Doom: The area for the final showdown in Live and Let Spy has train tracks running through it. BLU Medic ultimately gets run over by a train on said tracks.
  • Red Shirt Army: The RED team, fittingly enough. Fedora, Soldier, and Scout have Plot Armor, anyone else is fair game.
  • Running Gag: As with most of Winglet's works, Medics tend to get offed in excessively brutal ways.
    • Winglet's own Author Avatar (the BLU Demoman sporting a party hat) tends to suffer the most humiliating deaths of the lot.
  • Punctuated Pounding: In Live and Let Spy, RED Soldier does this to a bunch of Soldier-bots with his Equalizer after being saved from a fiery death by RED Medic's Ubercharge.
    Soldier: You are nothing but a bunch of cowards, you scum! Sucking! Vomit! Maggots!!
  • Samus Is a Girl: The ongoing debate of Pyro's gender gets a nod in Burning Part 2, where the Pyro's missing poster refers to them as "her".
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: The Bolted Behemoth ends with the Intelligence, which RED team was fighting to secure over both that video and Operation: 2Fort, being returned to BLU's base.
  • So Much for Stealth: In Live and Let Spy, Fedora takes out a BLU Heavy. This Heavy tumbles down from Well's upper floors and into a crate below, causing a huge crash and drawing everyone's attention to his killer. Naturally, Fedora goes for a more passive strategy until he is ultimately caught.
  • Space Battle: In what is likely a first for SFM, Burning Through Space Part 2 has RED team fighting a fleet of flying saucers in space using jetpacks. Yes.
  • Space Is Slow Motion: Zigzagged in the Burning Through Space videos; things floating off into space do so in slow motion, everything else is the same speed as normal.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: The Chef Hat Pyro pulls one on Scout during the climax of ''Live and Let Spy".
  • Suddenly Voiced: A variant; Burning Part 2 is the first video in the series with actual voice acting, whereas all dialogue in the previous installments was put together from in-game lines.
  • The End... Or Is It?: Live and Let Spy ends with Grey Mann activating his Robot Army.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: The BLU Party Hat Demoman has appeared three times in the series, and he gets killed each time.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Soldier was depicted as a leader-type character in the first two videos, but Live and Let Spy instead established Fedora as The Leader; Soldier, by contrast, became a lot slower on the uptake, requiring Fedora to explain his part of The Plan twice. That being said, he hasn't become any less deadly in a fight.
  • Uniqueness Value: Fedora, Scout, and Soldier were the only RED members of their respective classes until Burning Through Space Part 2, making them stand out from the crowd.
  • Weapon of Choice: Each of the three main mercenaries has a distinct preferred loadout.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Burning Through Space is one for Godfellas.
  • With Catlike Tread: Soldier's attempts at stealth in Live and Let Spy. The crowner is when he has to pass through an entire hallway filled with Snipers, drops the box containing the Teleporter he's trying to place with a very audible CLANG, and let's out a loud "Dammit!"... and the Snipers completely fail to notice him. Ironically enough, it's Fedora that ends up setting off the alarm bells, and Soldier's the only one of the main trio that doesn't end up getting captured.

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