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STBlackST is a YouTube animator best known for making machinima videos featuring characters from Team Fortress 2. Black's videos are prominently made in Garry's Mod, but with their visual quality and special effects, they could be easily mistaken for something made with Source Filmmaker. While Black's videos commonly utilize a Random Events Plot with plenty of humor, his recent videos follow a loose narrative called Unusual Troubles.


Tropes that appear in his videos:

  • Action Girl: Miss Pauling.
  • Adaptational Villainy: RED Spy is the main "antagonist" for Extraordinary Weekend.
  • Animation Bump: Dance sequences are usually animated in Source Filmmaker instead of Garry's Mod.
  • Author Appeal: He is a Touhou fan and references to the series make their way into his videos:
    • One of his earlier videos, Pootis birds strike back, takes place on the custom map Hakurei Shrine.
    • Texas Space Program features a sequence where the Heavy is dodging the Soldier's (actaully the BLU Spy's) rockets in a Touhou-like fashion, set to a remix of a song from Touhou Fuujinroku ~ Mountain of Faith. Later, in Extraordinary Weekend, he does something similar set to a remix of Riverside View.
    • Aside from this, Touhou songs often creep into other videos, invariably leading to things like lines from those videos appearing in the comments sections of uploads of those songs.
  • Bad Future: Hinted at in Extremely Unusual Troubles, and confirmed as of Catastrophically Unusual Troubles. By the year 2075, the Space Cakes have taken over at least part of the world, and are implied to have conquered multiple star systems already; the situation is desperate enough that the future RED Team must resort to sending the Soldier back in time to recruit American Boot to help them.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Miss Pauling becomes a TV, a drug, the Briefcase and a Sentry.
    • BLU Demoman is turned into a giant beer bottle that can fly in Extraordinary Weekend.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Typically whenever sex is made.
  • Brain Bleach: Extremely Unusual Troubles has Scout repeatedly downing cups of this (provided by Demoman) after watching Soldier...spinning his rockets round and round, so to speak.
  • Car Fu: One of Merasmus' many tricks is simply ramming someone with his Cadillac, provided Soldier doesn't carjack him.
  • Canon Welding: Since the start of Unusual Troubles, more and more elements from otherwise distinct episodes have begun to appear in multiple videos. Unusual Troubles and Saturday's Troubles even have direct sequels.
  • Catch-Phrase: Merasmus has Fuck you!
    • Heavy has "Is nice." when pointing out the death or minor inconvenience of...well, anyone really.
  • Caramelldansen Vid: Caramell Heavy.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: Sniper in Everyday Routine.
  • Continuity Nod: Extremely Unusual Troubles is a direct sequel to Very Unusual Troubles, which is a direct sequel to Unusual Troubles.
    • Catastrophically Unusual Troubles follows up on this with cameos and set pieces from several of ST's previous videos.
    • RED Soldier can transform into a foot in later videos.
    • Most videos since Miss Pauling turns into the briefcase follow the same narrative, called Unusual Troubles. Unusual Troubles proper was released a year later than the aforementioned video.
  • Cool Shades: Merasmus is frequently seen wearing the Summer Shades.
  • Crack is LSD: Whatever is in the small health kits, though it consistently seems to be crack.
  • Cranium Chase: Not the cranium, per se, but a disembodied Sniper directs his body to capture a control point in a similar fashion.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Apparently, anytime someone dies or is in peril on any of the teams, Heavy points this out...then smiles and declares "is nice."
  • Dragon Their Feet: The Heavy Phone appears to be doing this for Mecha Medic, being behind several acts like freeing the Mecha Spies from the toolbox.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Most of his videos from 2010-2012 are Voice Clip Songs or animated dubs made in Source Filmmaker.
    • The Spy Brothers are RED during their first appearance in “Miss Pauling turns into the briefcase”; all future appearances depict them as BLU. (Of course, it might not actually be the same Spies.)
    • Extremely Unusual Troubles features several in the Medic's cabinet, including "Demoman's Dried Balls", "Unicorn Semen", "Canadian Cocaine", and "The Good Stuff".
  • Fire-Breathing Diner: Cakes, fresh off the pan, do this to a RED Engineer.
  • Fluffy Cloud Heaven: After getting backstabbed by the Parisian Spies in 'BLU Team's Unusual Day'', Scout gets sent to one, where its populated by seraphim Scouts dancing with giant cans of BONK, there are pillars of BONK adorning the place, it plays a BONK-ified remix of "The Blue Danube" all day and a winged, crown-wearing Scout rules as God. Then said God Scout gives regular Scout a magic clock, while the seraphim Scouts (and one Spy) salute the procession and God Scout BONK's regular Scout back to the mortal realm.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The death screens in several videos among others. For at least one example:
    • The answers to "What the fuck, Soldier?" in Extremely Unusual Troubles's quiz show segment are
    A: Damn Hippies
    B: Buff the Bison
    C: Painis (correct)
    D: Pyro is W+M1
    • In "Catastrophically Unusual Troubles", as the future Soldier is about to go back in time, you can see Archimedes fly into the core of the time machine; the bird later emerges during the climax to heal American Boot after his fight with Master Cake.
  • Funny Background Event: Most of the newer videos will usually have someone dancing or standing around in almost every shot.
  • Fun with Subtitles: Usually when the dialogue itself is particularly silly. Unusual Troubles also features a particularly clever subtitles gag wherein the Sniper's unintelligible dialogue is translated into actual speech.
  • Future Badass: The RED Team in the future is badass enough to have survived 104 years since the first attack of the Cake Engineers, allowing them to develop Time Travel and attempt to uproot the Space Cakes' control at the root. Amusingly subverted when the Future Soldier is killed immediately by one of the Cake Engineers.
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: Death Machine is the most recurring enemy for the RED team, yet gets progressively easier to deal with each time, disregarding his surprise appearance during the battle with Master Cake.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: In the words of Sniper...
    Sniper: You don't see a lot of these... (Proceeds to unzip pants)
  • Goomba Stomp: Soldier kills Sombra this way in 'BLU Team's Unusual Day,'' which leaves her corpse open for robbing by a nearby Spy.
    Soldier: This American boot just kicked your American ass back to American Canada! Because America!
  • Gravity Screw: Happens several times in Everyday Routine.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": RED Soldier calling himself "American Boot" isn't a joke, it's his real name.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Apparently, Sombra can hack free-floating medkits. Not that it helps her prevent getting her head stomped in by Soldier, but still.
  • Human Mail: In "RED Team goes to Japan", Scout, Spy, Soldier and Heavy travel to Japan by packing themselves in a crate. One of the Pyros comment that's its "heavy af". Subverted in that Merasmus changes the delivery address to Canada at the last minute. Upon realizing this, Soldier hijacks the plane and flies it to Japan.
  • The Internet Is for Porn: And Engineer is distraught when it is deleted from his computer in DerpFort.
  • Jiggle Physics: Used to good effect in You Are a Pirate.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Downplayed example. While the Space Cakes from Catastrophically Unusual Troubles are still treated as rather comical, they still led to the creation of a gritty Bad Future until Soldier's intervention. Master Cake in particular threatens The End of the World as We Know It and has come the closest to winning out of all the other villains.
  • Literal-Minded: Soldier takes a disgusted Spy's shout of "What the fuck, Soldier?!" as an actual question. As in a question on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. And Soldier even wins! Temporarily, anyway.
  • Losing Your Head: Sniper's fate in Everyday Routine.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The Heavy Phone was directly responsible for unleashing the Spy Brothers (and possibly the Ninja Scout as well); he finally takes the spotlight of Big Bad during “Extremely Unusual Troubles”…at least, until the Space Cakes show up.
  • Mind Screw: How Engineer uses his toolbox.
    • "You live in my suit."
  • Mini-Mecha: Heavy Phone/Mecha Heavy pilots one for his battle in Extremely Unusual Troubles.
  • Mushroom Samba: Happens when you take 'good stuff'.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Death Machine.
  • Not Quite Dead: Turns out that Mecha Medic is still alive. However, because the Mecha Spies took him apart, he's now rendered a head atop a cupcake.
  • Off with His Head!: American Boot kicks off Master Cake's head to defeat him. When it turns out he's still alive, he shoots him with a shotgun.
  • Organ Theft: Spy steals Demoman's liver.
  • Overly Long Tongue: Pauling.
  • Portal Cut: Painis Cupcake loses an arm while pointing out of a computer monitor that Engineer turns off.
  • Random Events Plot: Most videos don't bother with an actual plot, usually just having a string of random events happen. That said, some continuity indeed exists within and across videos, especially since Everyday Routine.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: After watching Soldier's vulgar display of groinal rocket spinning, Spy Dope Slap's him and asks in disgust: "What the fuck, Soldier?!" which then teleports them into Who Wants To Be A Millionaire where the rhetorical question becomes a quiz show question...which Soldier wins! By guessing "Painis" no less! And as a result, Spy is forced to give Soldier the money...and then wins it right back in a high stakes poker game.
  • Save Scumming: Soldier does this in Extremely Unusual Troubles to avoid his past death in Spy is a Troublemaker. This time, he has a shotgun and lays waste to the boot-stealing Demo, Spy-bird AND Merasmus, preventing the wizard's hasty retreat.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Anything going wrong leads to Merasmus declaring "Alright, I'm leaving now!" and doing just that.
  • Self-Duplication: The Mecha Spies might be a case of this, as the one with the Summer Hat makes his first appearance by sliding out of the hatless one.
  • Shout-Out
  • Something Completely Different: ''The Broken Sky'', a ten-minute spy thriller done in Garry's Mod. Most videos released around this time were quick gags and usually done in Source Filmmaker.
    • The smexuals.
  • Stuffy Old Songs About the Buttocks: American Boot & RED Spy take a moment to sing and dance to "Baby Got Back."
  • Sudden Video-Game Moment: The final battles in the Unusual Troubles series, as well as the occasional Touhou-style battle scene.
  • Stylistic Suck: The smexuals, in full tradition.
  • Taken for Granite: RED Engineer in Very Unusual Troubles.
  • Time Travel
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: Some fighters can reality warp as an attack, which has various results. Interfering with this attack causes some unwanted Time Travel.
  • Training Montage: BLU Scout gets one in BLU Team's Unusual Day so he can kick Merasmus' ass. Sadly it doesnt work, as no amount of training can avail him against a master of arcane magicks.
  • Unusual Euphemism: I will fuck you up like fat Scottish dick unicorn!
    • A recurring joke with Soldier in the Unusual Troubles series:
      • "You are the worst drunk, Russian, Scottish, Canadian, cum-sucking, cupcake fucking, magical painis casting maggots!"
      • "This is chess game, not a Scottish gay robot tea party!
      • "Lets dance like a girl with passion for Russian tea, Scottish dress, and American painis!"
  • Wine Is Classy: Soldier invokes this in order to catch Spy.
    • BLU Team's Unusual Day has a BLU Scout golf-clubbed into a party of Parisian RED Spies, some of which are admiring a vintage bottle of 1942 Chateau Backstab. "Magnificent!" "Indeed!"
  • Visual Pun
  • Voice Clip Song
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: RED Soldier can transform into a boot after taking some drugs from the Medic. He later takes on the persona of "American Boot".
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Poor Scout in BLU Team's Unusual Day. After coming back from the dead and FINALLY defeating Merasmus and forcing the wizard into retreat, Scout's reward is...Administrator scrambling the teams and putting him on RED, so now he's in the crosshairs of BLU.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The fates of RED Scout & Mecha Heavy are never shown when they get sent through a rift in time with American Boot.


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