So many artists, writers, modelers, and creative minds. So many wonderful supporters, consumers, and players. This fandom may have its conflicts and flaws, but everyday I am reminded how incredible everyone is here
As many of you know, the tf2 fandom has hit a dark era; may it be the lack of new content or the arrival of overwatch, our community has lost many.
For you folks out there who refuse to leave this game behind, who still make content, who remain with the family, I thank you. Bless you all.
Team Fortress 2: A bunch of grown men with badass hats shooting each other over glowing dots and briefcases.
Gravity Falls: Noah Wiseman must uncover the secret of his great uncle’s brother’s diary while battling a mystery flavored Dorito chip
Steven Universe: A bunch of rocks slam into each other and make out and stuff
Gorillaz: The Satanic lovechild of Shrek and Keith Richards starts a band with a blue haired stoner, a loli, and Captain Protein Shake.
OFF: “I came here to chew some Big League Chew and kill spooks and babies. And I’m all out of Big League Chew.”
Hetalia: An Italian man wants spaghetti but his Aryan hubby says no.
Black Butler: Demons, cake, pedophilia, death and corsets. What more can you ask for, really?
Lucky Star; Dammit, Konata, stop being so relatable.
Five Nights at Freddy’s: Barney the Dinosaur’s human incarnate starts some mischief and the little furry babies are pissed.
The Babadook: [Babadook screaming like an angsty scene boy]
Homestuck: Together a gamer geek, his cousin(?), Mandy, and Henry Danger fighst alongside some pissy candy corn headed internet trolls to save the world from a mutant dog…beetle..carapace…thing…and aaah shit here come the cherubs!!
Steam Powered Giraffe: Musical robots with a love of Bobby Darin and a hatred for elephants and rock candy.
As far as weirdly specific fandom AUs go, one of my personal favourites has to be the one that goes “media A is actually a dramatisation of the events of a really high-concept tabletop roleplaying game being played by the cast of media B” - complete with trying to figure out who’s playing who.
AUs of this type can be arranged into several rough tiers, depending on how strongly the two properties differ in terms of medium, tone and genre.
On the low end, for example, you might have “Team Fortress 2 is a tabletop RPG being played by the cast of Overwatch” - same medium and genre, moderately different tone. (Though even this presents certain challenges; remember that Overwatch takes place circa 2070, so the setting of Team Fortress 2 is a century in the past - this is an historical RPG. Which might explain a thing or two!)
At the high end, the trick is finding pairs of properties where you can still come up with reasonable answers as to who’s playing who - it’s easy to fall into the trap of throwing wildly dissonant media together just for the weird factor. If your players are the cast of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, it’s going to be pretty tough to explain why they’re playing The Walking Dead while staying in character. (Though that doesn’t mean you can’t go dark with them at all; if that’s your preference, try having them play The Hunger Games instead.)
If you’ve never given it a try, I highly recommend it - if nothing else, it’s a fun exercise in character analysis.