Cuanta Vida

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The series in one image.

Cuanta Vida (abbreviated CV) is a popular Team Fortress 2 fancomic by Kerry Lynn Thompson, also known as Kytri or Heironymus. It started on October 12th, 2008 and ended on December 9th, 2011 with 159 pages.

The story is centered on a BLU Spy (commonly referred to as Bleu) who has just arrived at 2Fort, though he's never been in a war setting before. Finding the similarities between the BLU and RED corporations suspicious, Bleu begins to investigate, and stumbles upon several hidden places, relationships, and, most importantly, a plan to escape the meaningless fighting...

The comic is well-praised for its storytelling, weaving Bleu's narrations into the main events, and especially well-loved for its characters, who are all far more unique than the TF2 classes they represent. It's also loved for its tame but relatively abundant Ho Yay.

Meet the Team like never before. (Link leads to first page.)

WARNING: It's safe to assume that just about any link on this page contains spoilers. Click at your own risk.

Tropes used in Cuanta Vida include:

RED Pyro: So he's as flammable as anyone! I need some lighter fluid!

  • Psychopathic Manchild: Rojo is looking like this more and more...
  • Reluctant Warrior: Bleu makes an effort to only disarm or incapacitate his opponents rather than kill them while on the job. And that's only when he's desperate.
  • Reused Character Design: Some of the characters of Cuanta Vida will have a small part in Kytri's next comic, This Is the Worst Idea You've Ever Had!, and it's prequel, Sin Pararse.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Peep-peep! To the point he has his own thread on the forum.
  • Rule of Cool: When asked why the comic was called Cuanta Vida, the artist said that it sounded cool.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Red, and the BLU Sniper.
  • Scars Are Forever: Bleu has a rather large burn scar on his back from his first run in with the RED Pyro.
    • And Rojo now has a matching set, courtesy of the BLU Pyro.
  • Time Marches On: Several updated weapons can be seen as the comic goes onward, such as the Ambassador.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: BLU Medic has these almost all the time, especially on this page.
  • Shipper on Deck: BLU Heavy, towards BLU Scout and Bleu.
    • And as of the second to last page the Red Scout apparently becomes one for them, too. Yeah, he interrupts their first real kiss to tell them they need to get moving, but adds that they "can makes out on the bus", and is smiling quite happily while he says it.
  • Shoot the Dog: The first person Bleu kills on purpose is the RED Pyro, in order to save the BLU Pyro. The second person he kills is Rojo. Both times, he was rather shaken up that he just killed someone.
  • Shout-Out: Several, throughout the comic, to some rather unexpected things. For instance:
    • pages 152 and 153 both contain subtle references to WarGames. (See the title of the comic and the handwritten list of passwords respectively.)
    • the title of this one is a reference to a Homestuck meme. (Read the comments on this one to see reactions from people posting in character as a number of the trolls, and at least two of the kids.)
  • Situational Sexuality: In the words of the author:

"I think of most of the characters as being straight, you just wouldn't notice since there's no women around for them to be straight with."

Sniper: Red! You're bleeding!

  1. ...Or should we say "paid back in fuel"?