68-The man who isn’t there.
September 5th, 2009

68-The man who isn’t there.

I, uh, yeah.

Plot and stuff. Don’t kill me.

God this page was so difficult to do.

^ 86 Comments...

  1. death_101

    NOOOOOOOO

    dear god no…

    HE WAS AWESOME

  2. Sazzy

    NOW THEY HAVE TO FINISH THE MISSION IN THE NAME OF THE RED SPY.
    AWWRITE.

  3. Less

    Help? Help from who? SCOUT HE’S A RED.
    And dead.
    …”a bit.” D:
    Fffgaw, Sniper is crying and now I’m depressed.
    The most awesome characters seem always destined to die earliest, B’AW.

  4. Kate

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ffffimcrying

  5. enzie

    HOW COULD YOU.
    God my heart sank when I saw this. HE’LL BE OK RIGHT??? MEDIC WILL PULL SOME HEALING POWERS OUT OF NOWHERE RIGHT

  6. Dani Atkinson

    ???

    !!!

    0_0

    ;_;

  7. Draeden

    Blu should take Reds clothes, walk into the Red base, and kill Sniper…

  8. Pyrotechnicality

    D: … nooooooo Red was the coolest spy ever…

    He…he just went to the farm right? lots of room to run …and…chickens to chase.. and toys to chew? D:
    (my crazed sadness aside, your comic is as amazing as ever)

  9. AnnilyLF

    HNNNNNNGHHH

    Y U DO DIS

  10. Haze

    WHY D:

  11. wll

    Gotta love the Dead Ringer.
    ..right?

  12. Youjo

    Ok, some plot. I like where the drama’s going. Sort of a shame the see Red go like that ,but now RED Snip has to die. It would be interesting to see BLU Spy do it ,and the changes within him after wards ,but he really doesn’t have the guts ,does he? Someone has to get him now.

  13. Some very concerned individuals

    Why would you do that? You fiend!

  14. Bunni

    I’m glad you’re capable of killing off your characters to advance your story. I like the angle in panel 9, too.

  15. Jequita

    someone said he was gonna die! i knew they were right! i hate you! *sob* why do the sexy ones always have to die?! *hangs self*

  16. kybarsfang

    Panel 3 will live on as one of the best, most memorable panels of the entire comic. I may even make that into an LJ icon.

  17. phoenix_monster

    Net. Net!!!!!!!!!! O_O

  18. Jequita

    *commenting again
    the comic before, this is almost exactly what i knew would happen. following my last comment, i’m like “i bet that one guy was right. Red’s gonna tackle Sniper in efforts to save him, and get shot. he’s gonna die.” and no one i know reads this so i’m alone in my sorrow. ;-; WHY!!! cliche but so sad!!! *cries*

  19. Shelly

    ARGH NOOOO! Not Red!

    On a side note, the movement in panel three is wonderful.

  20. megs

    AAAAAAAUUUUUUUGHH NOOOOOOOOOOO ;____;

    panel ten! *sobs forever*

  21. Loviatar

    …No, sorry, gonna have to kill you.

    ;_;

  22. Lolly

    I TAKE MY RED SPY CONSPIRACY BACK OH GOD WHY

    Wtf Scout where are you going to get help? XD

  23. tooth

    So bad yet so, so good. Delicious angst will surely be delicious!

    (Ow, my heart. ;_;)

  24. Pesky

    What the fuck?! How could you do this?! You’re so evil!

  25. Pesky

    YOU MADE BLU SNIPER CRY!!!!!! O_O

  26. David

    Need a dispencer here

  27. phoenix_monster

    The moment i saw him shamelessly resting on blue sniper’s bed with his hands under his head i thought that their relationship goes deep beyond the visual things. He was all those beautiful gestures and light air about him, and now he’s gone, but the last thing we saw was his true nature underneath that fancy mask. Rest in peace, beautiful creature.
    *mourns*

    P.S. I was sitting head-on-my-hands for five or so minutes after i read this strip. It’s sad day.

  28. Miranda

    After about half an hour of angsting and crying, I’ve pulled myself together enough to think:

    new red spy?
    escape plan?
    ‘at first’ bleu feared for B!sniper
    red finally speaks italian
    …and a lot more things

    You see how much you’ve taken over my life, kytri?

  29. C

    Now wait a second. When Red needed Bleu to kill the sniper, I thought Heiro was just making a roundabout comment about the lack of friendly fire in TF2. But the Red Sniper has demonstrated that teammates CAN kill each other. So again: why exactly couldn’t Red take care of the sniper himself?

    There’s more going on here, kiddos.

  30. Lyraxis

    NO!!! NOT RED!!! WHY, O WHY O WHY!!!!! D: Pour sniper… If spy dont kill that snipe ill kill him! >:(

  31. Lyraxis

    p.s. phoenix_monster i had that moment too… :´(

  32. Mako

    Pyro can save him! he’s treated sniper bullets before he can save Red!!! panel ten :(

  33. MadNinjaGirl

    …….. What? W-what just happened? ….. G… Gabriele? Wha…? N-no! NO! NONONONONONONONONONONONO!!!!! GABRIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLE!!!!!!!! *thrashes about in tears* WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?!?!?!? *wails*

  34. Yoshis

    i feel you jequita xD no one i know reads it either so if anything i feel for this has to be self feelings 😮
    but as i said on deviant, very sad death sceen <3 they didnt get to tell each other "i love you" before red spy died ;o

  35. phoenix_monster

    Lyraxis, i did not knew that i do take this comic so seriously. I guess it is because the whole storyline seems to expand right before our eyes giving us the impression that we can change it by pleading long enough (although Kytri actually follows a storyline that she worked out months before).

    Yoshis, i guess no words are needed here. Actions speak better. And, after all, it is better to die in the arms of your beloved, if you are destined to die early…

  36. Fearlessdead

    I cried. Plain and simple. I cried.

    Rest in peace Red. Rest in peace.

  37. Kg

    Poor Liam (Sniper)… >.< Rest in peace, Gabriele (Red Spy)~

    I read the interview posted last page. ^^ It was neat! Thanks for doing it~

    D: Sad page though… wahh… but… it makes the plot stronger I suppose… still.

  38. Pandemic

    What?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! D’:

  39. Fennic

    So sad :( But good as well.

  40. Jequita

    Yoshis I was think the same thing. And know this freaking awesome comic has made me depressed. I’m not good with the loss of characters. *cries some moar*
    ;^;

  41. ThatWasEasy

    NOOOOOOOOOOO D:

  42. Quill

    D: I am sad for Red Spy and Blue Sniper. I’m also sad you did *this* when I got sick. My bewilderment may be fever-induced, my apologies if that is the case.
    This confused me a bit. If Red Spy was injured in panel 3, wouldn’t there be a sound effect for it or something? When I first read this page, I thought Red Spy had landed on Blue Sniper’s knife. If there was a gunshot from Red Sniper, it’d be a very improbable and likely unplanned one. Did Red Spy just take a bullet meant for Blue Sniper? Was Red Spy injured before this page? What went on in panel 3 exactly?

  43. Nicotine Dragon

    Red was hit under the armpit; the bullet would have passed through both lungs and his heart; there’s really nothing that can be done.

    As for the sound; a silencer, firing from inside a very deep space, or distance would eliminate the report. Anyway, I think the silence is more dramatic.

  44. The Prime Minister of Sinister

    I think that this will be sort of a lesson to the BLU spy, now knowing that killing people on the RED team will save his friends lives. He now has motives to maybe start taking out the red team IF something happens to scout or sniper.

  45. DoomTrout

    Dammit! You couldve killed off just about any number of characters and you choose HIM!? Also, RED sniper just saw Red save BLU sniper, so now RED team knows something is going down.

  46. Alligator

    I guess his gun and knife will be passed on to RED’s new spy, a socially awkward man who makes new friends and learns the secret truth behind the company he works for.

  47. Anon

    Oh, it is sad day… This drastic turn of events should probably strengthen Bleu’s resolve to get revenge.

  48. Maria

    I’m calling bullshit! Blu gets beaten around like a punching bag by the Red team and he walks away from it. But Red gets shot by his own sniper and he dies without saying “goodbye” or “I love you” to Sniper. What a way to kill my favorite parring early in the story. :( Pretty please do that prequel for Red and Snipes?

  49. Lyraxis

    That is so true phoenix_monster… but still i cant wait for the next page! 😛

  50. phoenix_monster

    Lyraxis, of course! Same feelings here. 😉

  51. tooth

    @Alligator: Ooh…a new Red Spy! Hmm. I didn’t think of that.

  52. Fancypants

    NOOOOOO
    NOOOOOO
    NOOOO
    D:
    I AM FUCKING CRYING OVER HERE
    GOD DAMN I AM CRYING OVER A WEBCOMIC
    FUCK FUCK FUCK
    SHIT
    PISS
    D:

  53. An Annie Mouse

    And thus, almost four months of drama ends. :'( Damnit, scout.

  54. moon of lilith

    yay plot development!

  55. Zemyx

    Crap. D:
    Hopefully RED Sniper doesn’t catch on to anything. I don’t want Engie and RED Scout to die, too. :c

  56. Kate

    RED Snipes wouldn’t catch on to the other ‘traitors’ because of this. He was already suspicious of Red covering for BLUs. He doesn’t know about the other REDs involved. So seeing him save BLU Snipe won’t change much other than confirming his suspicion… He just confirmed and killed the problem.

  57. abadidea

    Kyyytriiiiii

  58. Briarwitch

    …He’s..he’s only mostly dead, right? He’s gonna live, right? I mean, if Bleu hasn’t seen Sniper for a few days, then Red must be okay, cause Sniper’d have to come down to get rid of the body, and if Red was dead, Sniper would have totally gone on a revenge killing spree.
    So Blue’s gonna go up to the nest a be all “You’re alive!” and then scandalous man hugs will happen. Right?
    …..right?

  59. nooo

    no D:
    Two days reading this comic…for this!?
    My soul.
    nooooooooooo!
    ;-; please no
    my thoughts turn to Gabriele’s rapeface when the scouts were fighting…

  60. Littoria

    I hereby eat my hat.

    … fuck.

  61. jerry

    why do this im shitting myself make the next one aaarrrrggg the suspence

  62. NicoleTheSpy

    I like the blood running down the ladder. Very sad. =(

  63. Jequita

    NicoleTheSpy i never saw that! *thinks*

    *cries* WHY

  64. P

    Friendly fire fail :(

    nawwww it made me sad.

  65. fredster

    nooooo who will be sexy but gay nooooo

  66. SilverTalon

    Oh god why did the Italian guy have to die? D:
    Yeah, better him than the Sniper, anyway… This is an intriguing plot twist.

  67. self

    this is my first comment.

    i’m using it to say you made me cry.

    i don’t even play TF2, i barely even watch the Meet The ___ videos, i’ve only watched a few. i still love the fandom.

    goddamnit self, stop crying.

  68. Scooty Puff Jr.

    W-WHA… HE… N- NOOOOOOO DDD:> WHY WOULD YOU… BUBUBUTBUT GHAWHHGHHUUHHHH *hyperventilates* AAAAAAAHHHRUUUWUWUUAAHHUUHH……. lol creamed corn.
    ….GOD.. DAAAAMMIIIIIIIIIIT NOOOOOOO!!! FAGGIN RED SNIPER!! I KEEL YOOOU

  69. Lap Otter

    Um hi I am a huge fan and I wrote fic of this page and took some liberties with the characters and I hope you like it it hasn’t been edited at all since I wrote it about five minutes ago it’s here if you wanna see.

    I talk without punctuation when I’m nervous. Like when I’m talking to someone awesome. Like you.

    This has always been my favorite page, because angst is a product of conflict and conflict is what drives fiction. That, and because Sniper is so expressive throughout. And Red’s expression in panel five. Ugh. It kills me with sad.

    (Holy crap I only just now saw that Sniper was crying in the last panel. Um. Pretend it’s in the fic, okay?)

  70. Jia_Mekare

    This is going to sound ridiculous, but I just noticed that Red’s movement lines in panel three make a frowning face. That is making me giggle more than it should, considering how very not alive Red is by the end of the page.

  71. Mr. Creazil

    MANLY TEARS
    They have been shed.

  72. Jakiess

    I read this so many times I’m not affected so I just read the comments to see who lives in their mom’s basement. (I live in my parents basement but it’s my bedroom and I’m 12.)

  73. Victoria

    no! he cant die!!! hes the red spy for crying out loud!!!
    ~Victoria

  74. Mags

    It it just a coincidence that this is #68 and TF2 is set in 1968?!

    …Yes, it is. Ignore me rambling about half-asleep thoughts.

  75. spahsappinmahawesome

    i actually cried when I read this OMFG NOOOOOOO!

  76. AwesomeZombie22

    Reeeeeeeeeddd! D:>

  77. cupcakehat

    Aw

    T-T

  78. ALittleFangirl

    Haha. The French Red Spy speaks Italian.

  79. paige

    AAHHHHH!!!! ohh.. so much blood! T-T

  80. Nikki B.

    The emotions of the Sniper when he’s cradling Red as he’s dying brought tears to my eyes.

  81. Ch1

    This is the sixth time I’ve read this, so you’d think it would be better, BUT ITS EVEN WORSE WHEN YOU KNOW ITS COMING!!! crycry

  82. michael

    BUT…WAIT!,,,,*snif* RED WAS CREDIT TO TEAM! *snif* WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  83. Monoke

    Is sad day to be comic reader! ;_;

  84. necro_omen13

    In hindsight, I think most of us would wish that were so…

  85. necro_omen13

    No matter how many times I read this/think of this, it never not hurts ^A^

    And damn, noticing that blood running down the ladder this time through just made it worse :(

  86. Grovyneer

    Haunter…Why did it have to be Haunter? :-(