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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.


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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.
  • Artistic Licence – Law: In RED Team's Euro Trip - Part 2, after arriving in Paris the Soldier and the Spy denies the Scout drinks because he's not 21, even though in France the legal age to drink liquors is actually 18. (Even then, the Scout is actually 23.)
  • Author Appeal: He is a Touhou and Jojos Bizarre Adventure fan and references to the series make their way into his videos:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Brick Joke: Merasmus frequently threatens to run over people with Cadillacs. Come RED Team's Euro Trip, there's a TV ad for Cadillac Kindgom, Merasmus' car dealership.
  • Butt-Monkey: In a literal application of this trope, every time Tracer or Widowmaker appear on-screen, expect them to be subjected to butt-related shenanigans.
  • Call-Back: In Soldier is Trying to Capture France, when Soldier finally gets to France, a BLU Spy de-cloaks on his back with a cry of "Ooh! Handsome Soldier!" leading to him being dogpiled by BLU Spies and a shirtless BLU Demoman. When Merasmus sends BLU Scout to France in BLU Team's Unusual Day, it turns out to be entirely populated by Spies (albeit RED ones this time), and indeed, one of them comments "Ooh! Handsome Scout!" not long before another one backstabs him.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Just before Death Machine shows up in Unusual Troubles, there is a quick shot of an opened Engineer toolbox on the ground; Death Machine's first appearnce ended in him being captured in a toolbox by Engineer's weird recursive spacetime manipulation powers. The Stinger to Blue Team's Unusual Day, which serves as the prequel to Unusual Troubles, shows him escaping the box.
  • Cool Shades: Merasmus is frequently seen wearing the Summer Shades.
  • Cool Train: The RED Engineer's Texan Pain Train Express is a train that can go anywhere without rails, travels extremely fast, is capable of drifting, can apparently use bacon as a Nitro Boost, and is capable of separating its cars and relinking in order to dodge rocket fire. Not to be outdone, the BLU Spy's Snort Railway train is outfitted with Sentries that cause the aforementioned rocket fire.
  • 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.
  • Deranged Animation: Incredibly common, enough to make you believe that you are high on drugs. If there are plenty of underscores in the title then this trope applies in spades.
  • Defictionalization: The URL RED Scout types in to the search engine actually does work. Parodied with how it shows pictures of actual hot dogs rather than the other kind.
  • 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.)
  • Enemy Mine: In the climax of "Infinite Unusual Troubles", the RED Team briefly teams up with Mr. Baguette to battle Master Cake and his possessed BLU Soldier.
  • Eye Scream: Medic shoots a syringe into Scout's eye in Texan Space Program when Scout won't let him take a crap in peace.
  • Fantastic Drug: "I CAN FEEL MISS PAULING COURSING THROUGH MY VEINS!"
    • 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 or vulgar. 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.
  • Groin Attack: Done to Soldier on multiple occasions by Miss Pauling, but taken Up to Eleven in "Casual Misadventures" where he is kicked so hard his testicles explode and he instantly dies.
  • Heroic Second Wind: RED Soldier almost gets defeated during the final battle of "Endless Unusual Troubles" before he has a flashback to his childhood and remembers the sage advice of his father, causing him to regain his strength and defeat the space cake.
    Soldier's Father: Son, always remember: dying is gay.
  • 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.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Heavy knocks Scout to his death for calling him a "fat bastard" in Not So Magical Events. Because of this, Engineer refuses to build a dispenser for him. Then, Engineer is hit by the Your Eternal Reward of the hatless Hat Spy Brother, who does make the Heavy a dispenser, in the sense of assembling one around him.
  • Left the Background Music On: Spy demonstrates his abilities as a "Baguette Master" by commanding several baguettes to perform tricks in RED Team Goes To Japan. After bowing and saying "Thank you" to the audience for some time, the camera cuts to Demoman sleeping and holding a radio playing the sounds of an audience clapping. Spy promptly throws a baguette at him to stop the radio playing, which also stops the music.
  • 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. Engie also gets to remote-control a similar one in the second assault against Master Cake's fortress.
  • Mushroom Samba: Happens when you take 'good stuff'.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Death Machine.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: RED Demoman pulls the plug that was apparently powering the entire map in Not So Magical Events. Soldier and the hatless Spy Brother are not pleased, with the Spy commenting "Fine job."
  • 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.
    • Master Cake is also revealed to be alive in "Summer Day".
  • 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.
  • Papa Wolf: Spy towards Scout.
  • 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.
  • Running Gag: Many. For example:
    • A shirtless BLU Demoman in the background of almost every video.
    • Blue Screens of Death with goofy messages.
    • Soldier opening Mann Co. Supply Crates and being obsessed with his massive inventory.
    • Pyro dying incidentally, usually because of American Boot screwing around.
    • Books with goofy titles, implied to be written by Merasmus.
    • Limbs (especially American Boot's) coming from off-screen in anatomically impossible ways—such as when American Boot scratches his butt and pours himself coffee in Soldier's Magnificent Adventure.
    • Characters being transformed unwillingly into various objects, especially drugs.
  • 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.
    • In "Casual Misadventures," Soldier's revealing of his Stand prompts Blu Spy to calmly exit the server.
  • 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
    • Several Sudden Video Game Moments are inspired by Touhou and Pokémon.
    • Some of Scout's lines are taken from his actor's YouTube channel, which themselves are shout-outs to various memes.
    • Death Machine will sometimes use Genji's play of the game animations when he makes himself known.
    • Extremely Unusual Troubles has Soldier, Spy and Scout pull off picture-perfect Jojo poses as they square off against Mecha Heavy. The same video has Medic go through a complicated process of turning Scout back to normal, one of which has him sprinkling Good Stuff into a bucket in the exact same manner as Gökçe the Salt Bae, sunglasses and all.
    • The same video also has Soldier...spinning his rockets around in a phallic fashion til a disgusted Spy Dope Slap's him and asks "What the fuck, Soldier?!"...segueing into a parody of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.
    • The Jojo references are taken Up to Eleven in "Casual Misadventures," which starts with a parody of the second opening, "Bloody Stream", and never really slows down.
    • Very Unusual Troubles has Soldier drifting into the wilderness in Merasmus' Cadillac to the tune of "Deja Vu" and an RPG fight between the BLU Mecha-Spies and the RED Team (Spy, Soldier and Miss Pauling) set to the tune of "Blinded By Light".
    • Catastrophically Unusual Troubles has Ninja Scout finishing off American Boot using Deadshot's super from Injustice 2.
    • Similar to the above, Soldier finishes off Captain Scout in Bizarre Afternoon using Bane's Injustice 2 super.
    • When Merasmus asks Soldier for his pants in Sunday Troubles, Soldier responds with Rohan's "I refuse".
    • In Summer Day, Spy interrupts Heavy and Soldier's argument with a dance in a fedora, referencing Dante's legendary dance sequence from Devil May Cry 5. It's even the same music!
    • The above is then followed up by Demo saying "Ah, cripe. Here we go again", and dancing like Ricardo Milos.
    • Some things in STBlackST's videos are taken from this smexual, including Merasmus' constant mentioning of "Cadillac", "Mystery of the shrunken cock" appearing on a magazine, and another magazine having the text "I am time traveling with grenade in my asshole".
  • 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."
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Demoman in Summer Day, breaking into a dance number out of the blue, much to Soldier's dismay.
    Soldier: Stop making me horny!
    Demoman: Sorry!
  • 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: Prominently used in the series' story arcs, as well as being one of the Time-Bending Scout's abilities.
  • 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'm going to fuck your fat black 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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