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->''[[ArcWords Do you ever]] [[RunningGag wonder why]] [[BrickJoke we're here?]]''

->'''[[StraightMan Washington]]''': How do you ever get anything done if [[DysfunctionJunction all you ever do is argue with each other]]?\\
'''[[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Church]]''': We ''[[WeAreStrugglingTogether don't]]!'' [[ArmedFarces That's part of our charm!]] [[CerebusSyndrome Quit fucking it up!]]

Somewhere, in space, there is a box canyon containing two military installations. Two opposing armies, one Red, one Blue, have stationed soldiers there in order to prevent the other side from... controlling ''two'' bases in a box canyon. Beyond that, the soldiers don't really know what their mission is. They don't really know why they're fighting. But one thing's for sure: those guys are a bunch of assholes. And don't get them started on the opposing army.

''Red Vs Blue'' is a {{Machinima}} WorkCom set against the background of the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' game series. Its creators, [[http://www.roosterteeth.com/home.php Rooster Teeth Productions]], helped spark the whole {{Machinima}} explosion and went on to establish themselves as {{Big Name Fan}}s in the ''Halo'' community to the point of doing actual work for {{Creator/Bungie}} Studios, as well as making their videos available for purchase on Xbox Live. The main series, ''The Blood Gulch Chronicles,'' ran for five seasons for a total of 100 episodes, spawning two short spinoff series detailing sideplots (''Out Of Mind'' and ''Recovery One''), and later, a renewal of the series; ''Red Vs Blue Reconstruction'', which is essentially the sixth season of the series featuring both the side and main plots colliding. After that, a miniseries called ''Relocated'' bridged the gap to the next series, ''Recreation'', essentially the seventh season, which ends on a cliffhanger. The eighth season, ''Revelation'', rounds out the trilogy, collectively known as ''Recollections''. In addition to this, several [[PublicServiceAnnouncement PSAs]] and [[VerySpecialEpisode specials]] have been created as extras. The first five seasons have also been remastered, with seasons one through four now re-shot in fullscreen HD.

The ninth and tenth seasons, called ''The Project Freelancer Saga'', are divided between "{{prequel}} stuff," regarding Project Freelancer in full CGI (albeit based on ''{{VideoGame/Halo 3}}'' assets); and "present stuff," following the continuing adventures of the Blood Gulch crew told via ''{{VideoGame/Halo 3}}''[=/=]''VideoGame/HaloReach'' machinima.

The eleventh season involves the Reds and Blues trying to get along while they wait to be rescued after their ship crashed. The twelfth season finds them shanghaied into helping a rebel army defeat an evil empire. Both seasons use ''{{VideoGame/Halo 4}}''.

All episodes are available for viewing at [[http://rvb.roosterteeth.com/home.php the Rooster Teeth website]] and on their channel on Website/YouTube, though you need a subscription to have full access to exclusive members-only content. The first five seasons are also available on Netflix. Alternatively, they'd surely appreciate it if you bought the [=DVDs=].

Other Creator/RoosterTeeth series include the live action ''RoosterTeethShorts'', ''Machinima/TheStrangerhood'', ''WebVideo/{{Immersion}}'', ''WebAnimation/PastCast'', ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', and ''Webcomic/RoosterTeethComics''.

Has a [[Characters/RedVsBlue character sheet]].

!Provides Examples Of:


[[folder: Series-Wide]]
* AnAesop: Several seasons have definite messages.
** ''Machinima/RedVsBlueTheBloodGulchChronicles'' [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop has one]] delivered by [[spoiler:Alpha-]]Church in the end.
--->'''Church''': You should hate someone because they're an [[{{Jerkass}} asshole]], or a [[LovableSexManiac pervert]], or [[StereotypeGay snob]], or they're [[LazyBum lazy]], or [[SmugSnake arrogant]] or an [[TheDitz idiot]] or [[InsufferableGenius know-it-all]]. Those are reasons to dislike somebody. You don't hate a person because someone told you to. You have to learn to [[ItsPersonal despise people on a personal level]]. Not because they're Red, or because they're Blue, but because you know them, and you see them every single day, and you can't stand them because they're a complete and total fucking douchebag.
** {{Forgiveness}} is a major moral by the end of ''Machinima/RedVsBlueTheRecollection.''
** Season 10 has one given by [[spoiler:Carolina]].
--->'''[[spoiler:Carolina]]:''' Your past doesn't define who you are. It just gives you the starting point for who you're going to be.
* ArcWords:
** "You ever wonder why we're here?" --Also a BrickJoke and a ChekhovsBoomerang.
** "Memory is the key." --''Machinima/RedVsBlueTheRecollection''
*** Lampshaded in Episode 6 of Season 8.
---->[[spoiler:'''Epsilon-Delta:''']] Remember: Memory is the key.\\
'''[[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Caboose]]:''' What? I thought we were done with that part.
** "Don't say goodbye. I hate goodbyes."
* ArmedFarces: Especially in the early seasons.
-->'''[[spoiler:Alpha-]][[Machinima/RedVsBlueTheBloodGulchChronicles Church]]:''' Holy crap, ''who is running this army?!?''
* ArtShift: Due to the release of games as the series went on, graphical capabilities an movements of the characters improved over time, from the ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' engine to the ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' engine in ''The Blood Gulch Chronicles'', along with use of the engine of ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' for some excursions in the distant past [[spoiler:(or so Gary made Alpha-Church believe)]]. It went from ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' to ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' in ''Reconstruction''. ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' has its engine used in Season 9, though [[spoiler:the fact that it's in a memory unit instead of in the real world (hence Blood Gulch)]] means that it goes back to ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' for Season 10. It goes to ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' in the final scene of Season 10.
** Lampshaded in Episode 43 of Season 3, the first episode in the ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' engine.
--->'''Caboose:''' We're in the future! Things are shiny here.
** Aside from in-game footage, Seasons 8 through 10 have made use of custom animation by the likes of Creator/MontyOum and others, causing a major AnimationBump in certain sequences not possible in the regular games.
** In Season 10, live action footage is even used for [[spoiler:the Director's log of his last moments with Allison]].
** Played with with Delta's avatar. Whenever he is shown, he appears as a ''Halo: Combat Evolved'' Spartan, no matter where and in which season he appears in.
* ArtificialIntelligence: Many over the course of the series, almost all of which are named for Greek letters. [[spoiler:The majority have [[TomatoInTheMirror a common source]].]]
** AIIsACrapshoot: A recurring theme. Key examples are [[UnstoppableRage Omega]], [[AmbitionIsEvil Sigma]], and [[ManipulativeBastard Gamma]].
* BadassCrew: Several levels had to be taken and it's obscured by their quirkiness, but by Seasons 8 through 10, the Blood Gulchers most definitely count.
%% BackFromTheDead does not apply, as every "resurrection" is a new individual. See also: The various Churches having their own identities.
* CallingShotgun: A RunningGag between Simmons and Grif. Generally Grif wins, except when winning is actually a bad thing, in which case Simmons will win.
-->'''Simmons:''' Shotgun!
-->'''Grif:''' Shotgun! Fuck!
-->'''Donut:''' Shotgun's lap!
-->'''Simmons:''' Fuck!
* CerebusRetcon: Could be the poster child for this trope. HarsherInHindsight applies to the earlier seasons.
* ChekhovsGun: Plot elements will often be introduced as a throw-away line or background event, then elaborated on as part of the main plot in a later season one or two years later.
* ClusterFBomb: The series is rife with it.
** The fifth season's DVD acknowledges and has fun with this. One of the features is a "Previously On Red Vs. Blue", which contains ''every single swear'' in the series up to the Pelican crashing... and lasts over a minute and a half. If one was made of all eight seasons and the mini-series, it would probably be a good three or four minutes long.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: All of the characters shown in armour have completely different colours to help differentiate between them, the exceptions being North and South Dakota, Carolina and Tucker (Tucker's armour is more green compared to Carolina's), and Tucker and Butch Flowers, the person whom Tucker got his armour from.
** For a long time many people thought Grif's armour was yellow, until Sister (whose armour really is yellow) settled the matter. It's a lot easier to see that his armour is orange when they stand next to each other.
* ComedicSociopathy: The Gulch crew are usually apathetic or even outright pleased about the rampant danger their fellows often end up getting into, which regularly degenerates into teammates casually taking potshots at each other. Whenever one of them gets seriously injured, though, their compatriots are genuinely horrified.
* CompilationMovie: Each season gets one, complete with HilariousOuttakes.
** Inverted starting with ''Reconstruction''. Each season is created ''as'' a movie, then gets split into individual episodes for serialization. The complete, original movie is then released for purchase.
* DysfunctionJunction:
** The Reds and Blues don't have to use the other team for target practice or anything. They've got each other for that. Especially the Reds.
** As Seasons 9 and 10 reveal, Project Freelancer wasn't much better, though they didn't outright attack each other. [[spoiler:At least until the end...]]
* EnemyMine: The Reds and Blues collaborate against other enemies often. Lampshaded in Episode 13 of Season 7.
-->'''Tucker:''' You brought these guys [the Reds]? Are we killin’ each other today? Or pretending to work together?\\
'''Caboose:''' Uh, the pretending version.\\
'''Tucker:''' Oh, okay, cool.
* FictionalSport: Grifball, which became so popular, less than three years after its inception, it was the only sport played.
* FireForgedFriends: Especially evident in the seasons from 6 onward, but the various conflicts that the Reds and Blues of Blood Gulch go through outside of their own personal war with each other have, by the time of Season 10, made them into a combined BadassCrew, even complimenting members of opposing "teams". [[spoiler:By the time of Episode 21 of Season 10, even [[BrokenBird Carolina]] [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosts]] to them.]]
* {{Flanderization}}: Almost everyone, though TropesAreNotBad as this led to Caboose and Donut becoming even more popular, and funny moments becoming much more common.
** [[spoiler:Alpha-]]Church goes from being a kind of bad shot with his SniperRifle to full on ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy with any gun he gets his hands on, unable to hit anything except by AccidentalAimingSkills.
** Caboose goes from being a bit a slow at the start of the series to borderline insanity, unable to follow a simple train of thought. In his case, this [[JustifiedTrope is due in part to the massive battle that goes on inside his head early on causing brain damage]].
** Tucker goes from being flirtatious to a sex maniac.
** Sarge's mild bullying of Grif goes to outright attempts at murdering him.
** Grif's initial laziness and apathy gets cranked up to a phobia of work.
** Donut goes from being ambiguously effeminate to CampGay.
** Simmons goes from teacher's pet to groveling sycophant.
** Tex goes from being a skilled special-ops soldier to a legendarily powerful badass.
** Doc begins a neutral pacifist without extensive medical training (but nevertheless treats Caboose during an active shootout), and ends a man panicked by any sign of conflict, completely incompetent in his supposed area of expertise. However, this is downplayed over time, and he does actually seem to do better with passing seasons.
* ForeverWar:
** The "war" between the Red and Blue armies, in Blood Gulch at least, aren't really fighting so much as slacking off at opposite ends of the box canyon, and it only ''feels'' like they've been there forever, but if one's thing for sure it's that neither side has any clue why they're supposed to be fighting, or what the actual benefit would be of "winning" a box canyon in the middle of nowhere. [[spoiler:Justified when it turns out that they aren't ''actually'' at war, and are just simulation troopers to train Freelancers for ''actual'' wars.]] By Season 10, the Blood Gulch Reds and Blues are mostly at war out of having really nothing better to do, and don't really care if they actually win.
** In Season 3, Sarge and Caboose [[TeleporterAccident accidentally travel]] to Battle Creek, where two teams of immortal zealots fight to Capture the Flag while spouting comments and insults straight out of X Box Live, and are revived at the end of each match, like a very stupid type of NorseMythology's [[WarriorHeaven Valhalla]].
* FriendlyEnemy: The Blood Gulchers seem to get along with members of the opposite team fairly well ([[VitriolicBestBuds well, at least as well as members of the same team get along with each other]]), to varying degrees. By Season 10, their "war" continues mostly because of habit and the fact nobody on either team has anything better to do.
* GrandFinale: Each of the "arcs" has one, though not for the entire series.
** Episode 100 of Season 5 was one to ''Machinima/RedVsBlueTheBloodGulchChronicles''. It functioned as a SeriesFauxnale, complete with MultipleEndings, a case of BackForTheFinale, and an overall wrap up of five seasons of storytelling.
** Episode 20 of Season 8 was one to both that season itself ("Revelation") and the general ''Machinima/RedVsBlueTheRecollection'' series, with the death of the BigBad of Seasons 6 and 8.
** Episodes 21 and 22 of Season 10 both function together as one for the Project Freelancer Saga (Seasons 9 and 10).
*** In a variation, Episode 19 of the same season functions as one for the flashback segments, with [[spoiler:the assault on the ''Mother of Invention'']]. However, there is another segment of its sort after.
* HeadBob: Except in certain instances where a face is shown. This is even lampshaded in Episode 94 of ''The Blood Gulch Chronicles''.
-->'''Sarge:''' What are they saying?\\
'''Simmons:''' I have no idea. I can't find the volume on this monitor. And without any sound it just looks like a bunch of helmets bobbing up and down.\\
'''Sarge:''' Is that how they talk? [[HypocriticalHumor They look ridiculous!]]
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Both the Red and Blue armies and Project Freelancer ([[spoiler:for a given value of "hero"]]).
** In the first episode of the series, PlayerCharacter "the Master Chief" John-117 is mentioned by Grif as blowing up [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved "a whole Covenant armada"]] while the Reds and Blues are stuck fighting each other instead, dealing with issues that the games proper don't even mention. The reason why they aren't directly integrated into the fighting (as well as [[{{Revision}} why they are unaware that the Human-Covenant War is presumably over]]) are factors in Seasons 6-10.
** As Seasons 9 and 10 show, Project Freelancer was dealing with post-war insurrection among humanity [[spoiler:(or maybe ''being'' said insurrection)]] while the majority of the UNSC was trying to keep peace with the Covenant and send out space expeditions with their upgraded ships, most notably the UNSC ''Infinity''.
* HeroicSafeMode: "Recovery Mode", a mode that the Mark VI armors go into when they lock up so that a Recovery agent can pick them up. [[spoiler:This extends to the NearDeathExperience by Sarge in Season 1.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners:
** Grif and Simmons.
** Church [[spoiler:(both of them)]] with both Tucker and Caboose.
** York and Delta.
* HyperspaceArsenal: Characters frequently produce enormous guns out of nowhere, at least until the engine upgraded to ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' and in [[ArtShift non-machinima animation sequences]]. This is due to the fact that this use of {{Hammerspace}} is precisely what happens in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' and ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' when someone equips a weapon.
* ImageSong: The cast seems to be really fond of having these as extras on the soundtracks. So far there's been:
** Caboose: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlsi-cOOVyM Your Best Friend]]"
** Church: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rmc661a9IRY I Am the Best]]"
** Donut: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8R-B7efoHs Donut: the Musical]]"
** Sarge: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tHLxEv6_ik Sarge's Blues]]"
** Tucker: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9TLuDDUuUM Bow Chicka Wow Wow Wow]]
** York: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YrfyeurqnI Come On Carolina]]"
* LastDisrespects: Three "funeral" scenes (the deceased in question were still living) are all about people being completely disrespectful at funerals, sometimes for their own agendas, sometimes just because they're jerks.
** In Episode 51 of ''The Blood Gulch Chronicles'', [[spoiler:Alpha-]]Church (the "dead" guy) is the one who wants a funeral; Tucker calls it lame and wanders off.
** In Episode 83 of ''The Blood Gulch Chronicles'', Griff turns Sarge's funeral into a comedy roast of Sarge, and Simmons uses the opportunity to campaign for Sarge's job.
** In the Season 9 Episode 14, it turns out no one remembers anything about Simmons except he liked gum and talked a lot.
* LastNameBasis: All of the Blood Gulch gang except for Sister, Doc, and Lopez. Though Doc would ''prefer'' to be on a Last Name Basis; he just got overruled. And in the case of Sarge, we don't know if the name given was his first or last name.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Watching pretty much any episode from late season 6-onward ''will'' spoil a massive plotpoint that changes the prior seasons considerably.
* MesACrowd: [[spoiler:Alpha-]]Church, Lopez, Wyoming, and Tex have all done this by various mechanisms; time-looping for Church and Wyoming, and robot clones for Lopez and Tex.
* MythArc: The fall and aftermath of Project Freelancer is one for Seasons 1-10, though it only really comes to the forefront after Season 5.
* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: The concept of farewells becomes very prevalent from season 5 onward, after [[spoiler:Tex says goodbye to Church just before her ship explodes.]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The Freelancers. Only Tex, Wyoming, Washington, [[spoiler:and Florida]] have a first name known, and are almost never referred to by anything but their codenames. Washington almost gets indignant at one point when a guy tries to call him by his real name, [[TheyCallMeMisterTibbs though Washington personally hated him]].
** [[spoiler: The only Freelancer whose full name is known is Butch Flowers, who was assigned to Blood Gulch to safeguard the Alpha. His code name was Agent Florida.]]
* PlotTumor: The Freelancers, starting in "Recovery One". However, TropesAreNotBad, and it does help to develop existing soldiers along the way in addition to fleshing out the program.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: A running theme in the series.
** [[SuperSoldier Project]] [[BadassCrew Freelancer]] fell apart due to the loss of cohesion among the members who were ''supposed'' to be a team.
--->'''[[spoiler:[[BrokenBird Carolina]]]]:''' It's because I had a team once. A team with [[TheSpartanWay the best training]], [[AppliedPhlebotinum the best equipment]], and despite everything that they had that made them the best, [[CompetitionFreak they still lied, and stole]], and [[BreakingTheFellowship tore each other to pieces]]. So you tell me; How the hell am I supposed to trust [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits a rag-tag team of idiots]], when I couldn't even trust the people that were closest to me?
** The [[WeHaveReserves Red and Blue Armies]] of Outpost 1 (Blood Gulch), who are meant to hate each other and be used for nothing more than training simulations for Project Freelancer, still manage to pull themselves together to be TrueCompanions over the course of the series.
--->'''[[spoiler:Sarge]]:''' You know? There's one thing you [[SuperSoldier Freelancers]] always seem to forget. That's the fact that [[BadassNormal we've managed to kick your ass]] time and time again! Oh, sure, you've got all your [[ManipulativeBastard smart plans]] and [[AppliedPhlebotinum your fancy technology]] and your [[TheSpartanWay advanced training]]. But in the end, [[WasItReallyWorthIt what has that got ya?]] Without [[TrueCompanions a team you can count on]], [[AFriendInNeed without your fellow soldier by your side]], all that doesn't really amount to squat, now does it?
* PretentiousLatinMotto: If [[http://roosterteeth.com/store/product.php?id=354 this official shirt]] is any indication, Project Freelancer's is "''Roboris Per Scientia''" (strength through science).
* RedOniBlueOni: In a way, the teams themselves. Most of the drama is driven by members of Blue Team, while Red Team is composed of some very... unbalanced characters who drive most of the comedy.
* {{Retcon}}: Used fairly often, but implied a few times as well. There's a fair number of plot holes that need ironing out if you watch every episode (including the mini-series, but naturally not the [=PSAs=]) and treat them all as canon. However, a fair number of these are due to {{revision}} and/or an UnreliableNarrator.
** In Out of Mind, for instance, shows Tex and Church meeting at a Blue base. Tex comments that she doesn't know what Freelancer ability her armour has, even though she's shown to use its invisibility during Project flashback scenes and the finale to Season 10. [[spoiler: Then again, she also knew that Church was the Alpha, so it could be an example of her lying to Church to help keep him safe.]]
* RunningGag:
** The arrival of the Warthog being heralded by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZS0WIQI7UU polka-style ranchero music]]. Unfortunately, this stopped when it was damaged yet again in Season 6.
*** Made even funnier by the fact that particular song only plays after the Warthog is repaired by Lopez.
** Enemy {{Mooks}} being seen arguing with each other right before getting horribly killed.
** [[spoiler:Alpha-]]Church being unable to hit anybody or anything with the sniper rifle, and, as shown in Season 6, [[{{Flanderization}} any other guns]].
** Sarge trying to get Grif killed.
** Tucker's armor (and only Tucker's, once the gag became running) getting covered in mysterious black stuff every time he goes through a teleporter.
** "[[{{Beat}} ...]] You wanna talk about it?" "...No." Said in response to someone saying or doing something awkward.
* SapientTank: Sheila mostly from season 4.
* ScareChord: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeoNDckp0ZE The Meta's theme,]] because you just ''know'' something bad is about to happen.
* SharePhrase:
** "Son of a bitch!" - Anyone who's about to get blown up (or who's seen someone else nearby get blown up), most often being Church. Often repeated three times.
** Whenever [[PhraseCatcher Sister]] says something shocking, someone will almost always say "Wait, What?!"
*** [[spoiler:In [[Machinima/RedVsBlueTheRecollection "Relocated"]], this even follows when she isn't even there, but the conversation is ''about'' her.]]
** "Shotgun." "Shotgu... fuck!" - Usually Grif and Simmons.
** "HURK! Bleh." When someone dies in the first five seasons.
** "HEGUHURGERK!" Whenever someone gets possessed by a ghost[[spoiler:/AI]].
* SocketedEquipment: Armor has a slot for AI, and can have [[AppliedPhlebotinum Freelancer equipment]] installed as well.
* SpeechCentricWork: Especially in the early seasons. [[WordOfGod "Burnie" Burns says]] that due to only using Franchise/{{Halo}} game engines, his "use of verbs" was extremely limited, a limitation that [[AnimationBump went away]] with the inclusion of Creator/MontyOum and other animations from Season 8 onward.
-->'''Caboose:''' Well, maybe all of this is happening inside of a movie.
-->'''Tucker:''' Oh please, who would watch that movie? All we ever do is stand around and talk!
* StoryBreakerPower:
** Arguably the reason the cast never gets to use the Spartan Laser in seasons 6-8, despite it being on a number of multi-player maps in Halo 3, such as Valhalla, Standoff, Avalanche, etc.
** Not to mention the armor shields for that matter. These guys wear the Mk 6 Spartan armor, yet only Caboose has been seen using the standard shields. Everyone else can easily be shot down unless they're specifically said to have the dome shield, overshields, or both. Or the Meta, who's insanely durable with or without them.
** Wyoming's time manipulation falls under this as well, especially in the prequels where he's never seen using it even after he gets Gamma as his AI.
* SurroundedByIdiots: A majority of the cast, from the most competent soldier to the dumbest of troops believe themselves to be this, often glazing over their own flaws and shortcomings. Church's closing lines during the final episode of The Blood Gulch Chronicles has him indirectly explain why he hates everyone around him for very specific reasons.
* TeamSpirit: Despite their many quirks and deficiencies, the Blood Gulch crew accomplish some pretty amazing things when they work together. This is most noticeable in their climactic fights against [[spoiler:the Meta]] and [[spoiler:the Director's army of Tex drones]], where by working together and having each other's backs they're able to make up for their individual flaws and actually defeat vastly superior opponents. In contrast, the series' most powerful character is a Lone Wolf who is also [[AnthropomorphicPersonification literally the incarnation]] of FailureIsTheOnlyOption.
* TookALevelInBadass: The Reds and Blues' fighting skills improve considerably as the plot moves forward, most notably in the later seasons.
* TrueCompanions: The Blood Gulch Crew becomes this overtime, to the point that the "war" is just a way for them to pass the time.
* TwoActStructure: So far, the series seems split between "comedy with some plot" (Seasons 1-5) and "plot with some comedy" (Seasons 6-10).
** And then we get both in the eleventh season, due to a shift around the middle.
* VitriolicBestBuds:
** The entire main cast (with the exceptions of Donut and Caboose) consists of a bunch of self-centered jackasses. Despite this, though, they stick by one another and frequently risk their lives for each other.
** Most of the Freelancers were this as well, before [[BreakingTheFellowship the program fell apart.]]
* WeAreStrugglingTogether: Though the Reds and Blues ''should'' be enemies, they normally aren't. That isn't to say that they don't make life difficult for each other almost as easily as breathing.
-->'''Washington:''' You guys are not making my life easy right now.\\
'''Tucker:''' Do we ever?\\
'''Washington:''' ...good point.
* WeaponOfChoice: Besides armor color, almost every member of the current main cast has a particular weapon they favor which serves to distinguish them and help them stand out in a crowd.
** AnAxeToGrind: The Insurrectionist leader uses collapsible throwing axes, one of two weapons in the series [[CanonForeigner without a counterpart in Halo canon]].
** BareFistedMonk: When she doesn't have another weapon on hand, Tex tends toward just using her SuperStrength or otherwise her skill in close combat to beat people down with her hands, though her arsenal in most cases is far less static. The sleeveless Insurrectionist, though he has weapons, also tends toward using brute strength in combat before finishing people off with guns. [[spoiler:Caboose]], when sufficiently enraged, also tends toward no-weapons combat.
** {{BFG}}: In ''Machinima/RedVsBlueTheRecollection'' and afterwards, Simmons takes to using a rocket launcher.
** CarFu: Grif is the default driver and is much more comfortable fighting inside a vehicle than outside of one.
** FireBreathingWeapon: Utilized by the Insurrectionist flame soldier.
** GatlingGood: Utilized by the twin Insurrectionist gunners. Also, when not using a {{BFG}}, Simmons is generally on the machine gun turret on the [[CoolCar Chupathingy]].
** GrenadeLauncher[=/=]BayonetYa: The "Knifle", the Brute Shot, is the primary weapon of Maine after he takes from an Insurrectionist pile of Covenant weaponry. [[spoiler:Grif takes it after his death, and rechristens it the "Grifshot".]]
** KnifeNut: Agent Connecticut uses a combat knife.
** KukrisAreKool[=/=]DualWielding: The female insurrectionist is partial to combat knives, generally two kukris at the same time.
** LaserBlade: Tucker's "[[CoolSword Great Weapon]]", an Energy Sword. Aside from in some MentalWorld antics, [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield he's the only one who can use it]].
** MoreDakka: Caboose uses the Assault Rifle, having [[AwesomeAnachronisticApparel not upgraded when everyone else did to the marksman guns]].
** PlasmaCannon[=/=]GunsAkimbo: Agent Carolina takes up dual Plasma Rifles in Season 10, her primary weapon set aside from [[DropTheHammer the rest]] [[StaticStunGun of]] [[GrapplingHookPistol her]] [[{{Handguns}} arsenal]].
*** GrapplingHookPistol: Aside from that, however, she tend toward using a black gun that fires a grappling hook [[CanonForeigner that isn't even seen in the games proper]].
** ShortRangeShotgun: The red demoman Insurrectionist uses one of these in the prequel segments of Season 10. Sarge also uses this, often forgetting its incredibly short range. According to a parody video about "zombie plans", he keeps it just in case of a ZombieApocalypse.
** SniperRifle: [[FriendlySniper Agent North Dakota and Wyoming]], along with [[ColdSniper the sniper Insurrectionist]] and [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy Church]].
*** As a variation, Washington has the Marksman gun known as the Battle Rifle, which is a mix between this and MoreDakka.
** ThrowDownTheBomblet[=/=]StickyBomb: Donut tend toward using plasma grenades.
** UtilityWeapon: Being an ActualPacifist, Doc's only "weapon" is his medical scanner, a Plasma Pistol. However, he can overload it to send out a charged burst to hurt someone if absolutely necessary.
* VisualPun: Red vs. White vs. Blue
* WorldOfSnark: It'd be faster to make a list of characters who ''aren't'' snarky at some point. Which probably consists of [[TheStoic the Counselor]], [[BigBad the Director]], [[TheCutie Donut]], and [[TheDitz Caboose]].
* WrongfulAccusationInsurance: Kind of. Despite the Blood Gulch Crew being labeled as war criminals was obviously unfair, as not much of what happened was their fault. However, assuming that law in the RvB universe functions anywhere close to ours, there is absolutely ''no way'' they should have been pardoned by the UNSC simply by taking down [[BigBad the Director]] [[note]]Who, at that point, the UNSC had essentially forgotten about[[/note]] due to the various crimes they committed while on the run from the law, which include the killing of a quite a few Recovery soldiers, multiple accounts of vehicle theft, and withholding information, as well as evading arrest in the first place.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlueTheBloodGulchChronicles'': Seasons 1-5 plus "Out of Mind"
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlueTheRecollection'': Seasons 6-8 plus "Recovery One" and "Relocated"
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlueTheProjectFreelancerSaga'': Seasons 9-10
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* ActorAllusion: Grif's teleport cubes get compared to Pokeballs from Franchise/{{Pokemon}}. Grif's hostile response mirrors Geoff's attitude towards the series whenever it's brought up.
* BadassArmy: Most or all of the Federation's soldiers apparently have Freelancer-level special abilities as ''standard issue equipment'', due to technological progress between the time of Project Freelancer and the present time. Possibly subverted; the finale shows that ''having'' the equipment and ''knowing how to use it effectively'' are two entirely different things.
* BadassInDistress: [[spoiler:Washington and Sarge ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Donut]])]] are incapacitated and held captive at the end of the season.
* CallBack: To the Warthog vs Puma debate from Season 1. Nobody really knows why the Mantis is called a Mantis.
** BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler:Tucker pulls this off in episode 15, just he did to the Wyoming clones in the BGC finale.]]
* TheChainsOfCommanding: PlayedForLaughs. [[spoiler:Caboose]] uses this as his own personal justification for [[spoiler:giving control of Blue Team back to Wash]].
** And later done much more seriously when [[spoiler: after the loss of Sarge and Wash, the teams' respective leaders, the remaining Reds and Blues are required to take these on themselves when they are asked to help lead the New Republic's army.]]
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler:Lopez Dos Point Oh, in Episode 18, courtesy of [[ThrowDownTheBomblet Donut]].]]
* ChekhovsSkill:
** [[spoiler: Tucker puts his training from Washington's obstacle course to good use in Episode 18, able to sprint and fight his way from one end of the canyon to the other during a pitched battle. Overlaps with ChekhovsGag, as the training was previously PlayedForLaughs. And one of the last lines of the season is Tucker putting what Wash taught him to use in another way.]]
--->'''Tucker''' [[spoiler: ''(to the New Republic soldiers):'' All right, let's run some drills.]]
** Washington's last line of the season:
--->[[spoiler:'''Washington''': Freckles, Shake.]]
* CivilWar: [[spoiler:The planet the Reds and Blues landed on is revealed to be a battleground between two factions, the Federation and the New Republic. The UNSC isn't involved because it's pretty much on the absolute end of colonized space, and therefore was more or less forgotten.]]
* ClosedCircle: They're once again stuck in a box canyon in the middle of nowhere, but ''this'' time the comm tower's broken and there's no way to leave.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Tucker's version of the USNC motto is "If in doubt, rub one out".
* DeadlyTrainingArea: Wash builds one of these to help whip Blue Team into shape. It's played for laughs.
* DesertedIsland: Or planet, in this case. The guys' transport crashing on it kicks off the season. [[spoiler:Actually, it isn't deserted. They just landed in a box canyon in the middle of nowhere. Again. The reality is not much better, though.]]
-->'''Grif:''' [[spoiler:We crashed in the middle of nowhere, on [[UpToEleven a planet in the middle of nowhere]].]] Fucking beautiful, everybody.
* DespairEventHorizon: The idiocy of Sarge drives [[spoiler:Lopez 2.0]] to this in Episode 17.
-->'''[[spoiler:Dos.0]]:''' ... He's insane. ''They're all insane.''
* DisposablePilot: The entire crew of the Red and Blue Team's ship is killed in the crash. [[spoiler: Donut, Doc and Lopez's pilot doesn't fare much better.]]
* FamedInStory[=/=]LegendaryInTheSequel: After ten seasons of CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass behavior, the Reds and Blues are assumed to be [[MistakenForBadass some of the galaxy's greatest soldiers]].
-->'''Felix:''' Let's see if you guys are as good as they say.\\
'''Grif:''' Prepare to be sorely disappointed.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: In Episode 14, Tucker says this concerning Wash being TheLeader, which was why he didn't like him.
-->'''Tucker:''' I mean, Church wasn't the ''best'' leader ever, but he never made us run laps or do push ups or anything! [[ItsAllMyFault He just took the blame whenever shit went wrong.]] That was pretty much it.
* HighConcept: In Episode 14, Wash neatly summarizes the ClosedCircle of the season.
-->'''Wash:''' Well, we're shipwrecked, we're low on food, [[spoiler:and we have to do whatever [[KidWithTheLeash Caboose]] tells us, or we'll be [[KillerRobot killed by a robot]]]].
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: When Sarge mentions this, Doc assumes he's talking about man. In actuality, [[SubvertedTrope he was referring to Giant Robot]].
-->'''Sarge:''' ''"Man."'' Everything kills man. Man's way down on the list! Right between koala and retarded koala!"
* ImpossibleTaskInstantlyAccomplished: Wash's obstacle course moves from simple jump-and-dodge stages to battlefields on other planets. Caboose completes it in about two seconds.
* InMemoriam: Episode 2 was dedicated to David Dreger, a contributor to Achievement Hunter who was found dead after an extended disappearance.
* InTheBack: Donut and Doc's pilot is murdered by Locus in this manner at a refueling station.
* KidWithTheLeash: Caboose has rescued a [[http://halo.wikia.com/wiki/HRUNTING/YGGDRASIL_Mark_IX_Armor_Defense_System Mantis]] from the wreckage of the ship. Caboose controls it by voice command, like telling it to not shoot the Reds. He calls it "Freckles".
* InsaneTrollLogic: Sarge somehow manages to extrapolate [[ActualPacifist Pacifist]] ([[ComicallyMissingThePoint emphasis on "fist"]]) into "you've got a natural-born pacifist's lust for murder!"
* ItsAllMyFault: A classic variation wherein various members of the Blood Gulch Crew, when confronted with certain questions or statements about their crashed ship, blame themselves for the ship's crashing. Comes with its own twist, as rather than saying aloud that it's their fault, each person has a flashback to something they did on the ship that appears to be the cause of flashing red warning lights, then cut back to the present where they either go SuspiciouslySpecificDenial or just dodge the topic.
* KnightOfCerebus: The inclusion of first Locus, then Felix, leads to a resurgence of a more serious, albeit different plot line. Locus more so, since there are still humorous quirks to Felix, while Locus is [[HeroKiller something else entirely]].
* LampshadeHanging: Felix seems to be the new OnlySaneMan for this. Aside from noting the bizarre behavior of the Reds and Blues [[WartsAndAll in contrast to how he thought they would be]], he also notes Wash's ability to have a one-sided CrypticConversation at all times.
-->'''Felix:''' Man, you are ''cryptic''. Like all the time. Do you realize that?
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In Episode 9, lampshaded.
-->'''Sarge:''' It's almost like all of this is some sort of (''AsideGlance'') [[YouBastard sick]] [[Franchise/{{Halo}} game]]!\\
'''Grif:''' This conversation is starting to get a little meta.\\
'''Sarge:''' Good point. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Do you think]] [[TheJuggernaut he]] was in on it, too?
** And again in episode 13.
-->'''Lopez:''' [SIGH] You're going to want to sit down for this story. It's about 20 hours long and I only enjoy telling it in five minute intervals.
** And yet again in Episode 19.
-->'''Caboose:''' And ... break!
-->'''*cue credits*'''
* LighterAndSofter: After five or six [[CerebusSyndrome increasingly drama-heavy seasons]], they're returning to their roots with a low-key plot and more emphasis on humor. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Well, at first.]]]]
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: [[spoiler:As of Episode 19, only Tucker, Caboose, Grif, and Simmons made it out from Locus's attack, and are taking refuge with the New Republic. Washington and Sarge are being held by the Federal Army, and Donut and Lopez's status is left ambigious. Kimball requests that the four remaining troopers take charge, with the promise that if they see this through, they might be able to rescue their friends, and leave ...]]
* MundaneMadeAwesome: In Episode 18, Donut somehow manages to make "It's not pink, it's lightish red" sound like a BadassBoast.
* NeverMyFault: In episode 11 Sarge blames the dwindling food supply, destruction of [[spoiler: the Warthog]] and Simmons [[spoiler: being forced to join the Blue Team]] on Washington, even though Sarge is the one who suggested eating all the food when he heard that they ''might'' be rescued, deliberately [[spoiler: attacked a giant robot with the Warthog]] and set up the camp conditions that led Simmons to [[spoiler: trying to join the Blue Team after seeing how Washington ran it]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Simmons' attempt to hang out with the Blue Team causes a standoff between Sarge (who believes he's been kidnapped) and the Blues, and indirectly causes Freckles to demote Wash and put Caboose in charge of Blue Team.]]
* NoExceptYes: Caboose to his new "friend" Freckles.
-->'''Caboose''': No those aren't enemies Freckles! Those are Grif and Simmons. Our enemy.
* NotAGame[=/=]WarIsHell: Felix says as much to Tucker.
-->'''Tucker:''' Dude, that's bullshit!\\
'''Felix:''' That's ''war'', Tucker! Not everyone makes it back.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Related to NotAGame--Tucker ''doesn't'' flirt with Vanessa Kimball, the leader of the planet's LaResistance, driving home just how shaken he is by [[spoiler: Washington, Sarge, Donut, and Lopez being taken out by Locus and his army.]]
* OpeningMonologue: Wash opens the season with a dictated journal entry, giving an extremely condensed description of the previous ten seasons and a nice bit of foreshadowing.
** CallBack: To Episode 1 of Season 9, when Church starts with a monologue and is similarly interrupted before he's able to finish.
* PreMortemOneLiner: [[spoiler: Locus delivers a particularly sinister one before killing the pilot that brought Donut, Doc and Lopez to the canyon to keep him from reporting the crash.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Locus''': Just so you're aware, no one's going to find your ship either.]]
* TheRadioDiesFirst: Yep; damaged in the crash that marooned them. Completes the ClosedCircle setting.
* RagingStiffie: Sarge gets one of these upon seeing [[spoiler: the 50-foot tall mech in the ship]].
* ReplacementScrappy: InUniverse, Wash admits he is this for Church in Episode 14. He doesn't like it, but it's how it is.
* ShoutOut: Simmons tells Grif he needs to [[StarCraft construct additional pylons]] in episode 5.
* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: Simmons ''tries'' to pull this when [[spoiler: Caboose is put in charge of Blue Team.]] Freckles "convinces" him otherwise.
* SoLastSeason: Felix explains how Locus is able to cloak by revealing that the special abilities which were once exclusive to Project Freelancer are now standard issue combat tech, something that greatly surprises Washington. Felix tells him "welcome to the future" in response.
* StealthPun: [[spoiler: The civil war is being fought by the Federation and the New Republic. It's Fed vs New.]]
* TheStinger: After the credits at the end of the last episode, we find out who Locus is working for. [[spoiler:It's ''Carolina'']].
* SummonBiggerFish: [[spoiler: Sarge's plan for dealing with Freckles: if the ship was carrying Freckles, it would also have something big enough to take him out. And it turns out it ''[[TheCuckoolanderWasRight does]]''.]]
* TakingTheBullet: Nonlethal. [[spoiler:Felix, the only one who sees Locus with a SniperRifle in episode 17, blocks him with his energy shield.]]
* TechnologyMarchesOn: InUniverse. Freelancer AppliedPhlebotinum has become standard issue military equipment.
-->'''Felix:''' Welcome to the future, [[OldSoldier Wash]].
* ThatCameOutWrong: In Episode 16, Felix should have been more specific on the difference between a "[[HiredGuns freelancer]]" and a "[[SuperSoldier Freelancer]]".
* TheDayTheMusicLied: Tex's old {{Leitmotif}} heralds the arrival of [[spoiler:Donut]].
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: From Lopez in Episode 18.
-->'''Lopez:''' Psh. [[spoiler:"Dos Point Oh."]] I'm Lopez the Heavy, bitch.
* ThisIsMySide: Sarge divides Red Base down the middle, forcing Simmons and Grif to share a room. Simmons in particular is less than pleased.
* TooSoon: In-universe, Tucker's GallowsHumor regarding the deaths of almost every single UNSC crew member on their shuttle is seen this way, including by he himself. Caboose demonstrates that it's also too soon for [[PlayedForLaughs sound effects]].
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The trailer for the season's DVD release pretty much reveals the surprising turn the narrative takes during the last few episodes including where the Reds and Blues crash landed and exactly how much trouble they're in.
* TranquilFury: Wash, naturally.
--> '''Wash:''' I am going to break you, Private Tucker.
* UnderNewManagement: [[spoiler: Through a misunderstanding, Caboose is made leader of the Blue Team]]
* WhamEpisode: Episode 6, in which we finally see what Caboose has discovered: [[spoiler:an AI-driven [[HumongousMecha Mantis]] that responds to his voice commands. And someone ''else'' picked up Washington's distress signal.]]
** Episode 10. [[spoiler: [[LetsYouAndHimFight Freckles and Sarge attack each other]]; Caboose is put in charge of Blue Team while Wash is demoted by Freckles; Simmons is forced to defect to the Blue Team due to a misunderstanding; [[TheBusCameBack Donut, Doc, and the original Lopez return]] [[WhatAnIdiot (but sent their pilot away)]]; the [[TheVoiceless Unknown Soldier]] ''[[EvilSoundsDeep speaks]]''; and the [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Reds' Warthog gets destroyed.]] [[RunningGag Again.]] ]]
** Episode 14. [[spoiler: Washington convinces Caboose to return command of Blue Team to him. The Red Team gets their OWN giant robot online (which promptly breaks down). Oh, and Locus sends his troops to attack Blue base, resulting in several deaths (of the would-be killers) before the OTHER mystery soldier--Felix--interferes to help the Blood Gulch Crew.]]
** Episode 18. [[spoiler:Not only are the Red and Blue teams nearly killed by Locus and his gang, but the New Republic soldiers finally come to the rescue, and both Wash, Sarge, Donut and Lopez are possibly dead, leaving the team split.]]
** Episode 19. [[spoiler:We learn that at least Sarge, Donut, and Washington are being held in captivity. Kimball goes on how the Red and Blues bring hope to the soldiers of the New Republic. Kimball gives a RousingSpeech to the four remaining Reds and Blues, and Tucker steps into the shoes that Washington left behind [[YouAreInCommandNow and stepping into command]]. In the stinger, we finally see that Locus was looking for something stored on the ship, and that he's taking orders from a very familiar person: Carolina.]]
* WhamShot: The final shot of TheStinger, which shows who Locus is working for: [[spoiler:Carolina]].
* WholePlotReference: In Episode 16, the entire plot of this season is revealed to be one to [[spoiler:''Franchise/StarWars''. This includes the idea of TheFederation vs. TheEmpire, evil white-armored soldiers, the main antagonist being a DarthVaderClone, the "New Republic" being the government established by the rebellion, and the name of the planet (Chorus/Coruscant).]]This is lampshaded in Episode 19.
-->'''Grif:''' That's what they had in [[spoiler:Star Wars]]!\\
'''Simmons:''' How is that even relevant?\\
'''Grif:''' Tell me this is not just like [[spoiler:Star Wars]]. Tell me.\\
'''[[DumbassHasAPoint Caboose]]:''' [[spoiler:Tucker does have a [[LaserBlade glowing sword]]...]]\\
'''[[ParrotExposition Grif]]:''' [[spoiler:Tucker has a glowing sword]], Simmons!
* WhosLaughingNow: [[spoiler:After being insulted for an entire season, Lopez Dos.0 flips out spectacularly, uploads himself into a Mantis, and attempts to kill Sarge.]]
* YouAndWhatArmy: In Episode 17.
-->'''Locus:''' Surrender now, and I promise only to kill the mercenary.\\
'''Grif:''' [[TemptingFate To you and what army?]]\\
''Several soldiers uncloak behind Locus.''\\
'''Locus:''' The Federal Army of Chorus.\\
'''Grif:''' [[ThisIsGonnaSuck Guess I walked right into that.]]
[[folder: Season 12]]
* AmazonBrigade: Kimball assigns one to Simmons, and can't understand why he has so much trouble ordering [[CannotTalkToWomen his troops]].
* BackFromTheDead: Well kinda [[spoiler: Delta and the other AI fragments have been reborn inside of Epsilon Church's mind and are helping Church with his missions.]]
* BadAss: Felix for sure. Especially when he [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome turns around and throws a knife right at a federation soldier in a millisecond.]]
-->'''Felix''': I am fucking awesome!
* BigBad: General Doyle is revealed to seemingly be this for Season 11 and Season 12. [[spoiler: Actually, it was Control, a third party who hired Locus and Felix to kill off everyone on Chorus.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Well, kinda [[spoiler: the guys manage to bust into the base. Too bad Wash and them don't need saving.]]
** [[spoiler:How else should Carolina return?]]
* TheChosenOne: [[LoveableSexManiac Tucker]] seems to be taking on this role, with the trailer focusing on him the most.
* CallBack:
** Caboose writes his name (wrongly spelt) on the wall after entering.
** The password to the door in episode 1 is "Password12" like how Sarge makes his passwords.
** Caboose repeats his worst throw ever.
** Honestly it's full of callbacks. The list is going to get too long.
* ChekhovsGun: {{Discussed|Trope}}. As Grif finishes telling the story of The Meta's defeat, he states the moral of the story is that you never know when some seemingly random thing will turn out to be incredibly important.
* CivilWar: Basically what the fight on Chorus amounts to.
* ClosedCircle: Chorus is a planet-sized version of one as either side shoots down any transport of their enemy's that try to leave its atmosphere. The only way the Reds and Blues can escape is if one side defeats the other.
* CoDragons: Locus and [[spoiler: his accomplice, [[EvilAllAlong Felix]], who are working for [[BigBad Control]] to cause the conflict on Chorus to kill every last person on the planet.]]
* ContinuityNod:
** Tucker still can't get the sniper rifle.
** There are still too many pedals in a Warthog.
** When we see videos of the group... "training"... Caboose is running much faster than everyone else. He is, after all, very physically strong. Grif of course, can't keep up and doesn't do push-ups with the rest of them.
** Caboose mixes up a Southern and Pirate accent.
* CrapSackWorld: Nobody can leave the planet without getting shot down. Leaders have a short life expectancy. Anybody not wearing armor is dead. Not a very cheerful planet is it? [[spoiler:Not to mention that somebody has decided that the population is inconvenient to their purposes and have basically put a hit on the entire planet.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: Just to hammer things in, two Republic soldiers working for Felix and Tucker are already dead by episode 2. Felix in general is like this, only interested in the money he can make from helping out, [[spoiler:and isn't above sacrificing soldiers if he has to, not to mention the reveal of him being evil all along.]]
* DirtyBusiness: In Episode 2, Felix blows up [[spoiler:the Fed outpost, with [[DressingAsTheEnemy Rogers]] still inside and unaccounted for, in an attempt to kill [[HeroKiller Locus]]. Or so he claimed]].
* DisgustingPublicToilet: Grif finds one [[spoiler: stuffed with a dead body.]]
* DontExplainTheJoke: Palomo doesn't get Tucker's sarcasm.
-->'''Felix''': It doesn't look good guys. They really beefed up their security.
-->'''Tucker''': Why? What's going on?
-->'''Felix''': Well it could be because someone from up top is coming to visit. Or it could be a response to the weapons I stole from this place a few weeks back.
-->'''Tucker''': [[SarcasmMode Gee I wonder which one it is.]]
-->'''Palomo''': I think it's pretty obvious that it is the weapons.
-->'''Tucker''': Stop talking.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Tucker orders his squad to attempt this in Episode 2, with Felix [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] how ridiculously lucky it was that the Fed troops they knock out happen to wear armor that fits Rogers and Cunningham. [[spoiler:It doesn't go well and directly gets one of his men killed.]]
-->'''Felix:''' I mean, what if we had ended up with two really fat bad guys? What size are you, Cunningham? Like a medium?
-->'''Cunningham:''' Youth extra-large, sir.
* EvilAllAlong: Turns out [[spoiler: Felix never stopped working with Locus and they were secretly working both sides to cause the most mayhem and damage]].
* EvilGloating: ConsummateProfessional Locus just wants to eliminate the prisons quickly and efficiently, but [[spoiler: Felix feels the need to gloat, largely because he has a much more personal relationship with the Reds and Blues and had to put up with their shenanigans]].
* FailedASpotCheck: [[spoiler:Locus didn't seem to notice that one of his soldiers had a slightly different armor from his other soldiers]].
* FailureMontage: The main cast tries to get Felix as part of a training exercise. None of the attempts even come close.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the previous season, Carolina mentioned soldiers with equipment "above their pay grade." [[spoiler: Flash forward to this season, and it turns out that's probably the people Locus and Felix are working with.]]
** Episode 10 is called "Cloak & Dagger." Obviously, it refers to the mysterious mission that Locus is on, but it also refers to LOCUS' cloaking tech and [[spoiler:his partner]] Felix's KnifeNut tendencies.
* TheHeavy: [[spoiler: The way the New Republic and the Federal Army describe Felix and Locus, respectively, makes it clear that the only reason either side is still in the fight is because of them, especially prevalent given the status of the leadership of both sides. There is eventually revealed to be a VERY good reason for all of this.]]
* HiredGuns: Felix and Locus.
** [[spoiler: For a third party, who wants everyone on Chorus dead.]]
* HitAndRunTactics: The mission in episode 2.
* IdiotHoudini: Invoked by Tucker in episode 7 as his reasoning for the Reds and Blues to tackle the rescue mission without a plan or Republic backup, counting on their outrageous luck to outweigh their ineptitude as they have in the past.
* IndyPloy: Explicitly mentioned by Tucker in the first trailer.
-->'''Kimball:''' If we can’t even save a few prisoners, how can we expect to save Chorus?\\
'''Tucker:''' Meh. We'll wing it.
* InspirationalMartyr: [[spoiler: Félix and Locus say the Reds and Blues are dead to get the two sides fighting even more.]]
* KarmicTransformation: After Grif snaps at Bitters for being a self-centered slacker, he horrifying realizes that the stress of leadership is making him act like Sarge.
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler: "Control", who Felix and Locus work for, are trying to do this covertly to Chorus. They took this approach after gathering all the Reds and Blues in one spot in a Fed base, slaughtering the troops there.]]
* LetsGetDangerous: The official [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRSGZKpKXVg teaser trailer]], while having undertones of Red vs Blues normal comedy, let's us know that the remaining Blood Gulch Crew are ''dead'' set on saving their friends.
** Now it seems the guys are striking out on their own.
* TheLancer: Each of the remaining Reds and Blues gets their own sidekick for their joint, compact, "elite" squadron.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: In Episode 10, as Locus's men decloak, [[spoiler:the first one has a notably different look from the others.]]
* NoBodyLeftBehind: The weapons used by the gray-suited soldiers. It completely disintegrates the target, which disturbs the Reds and Blues, to say the least.
* NoodleIncident: Caboose is no longer allowed to handle vehicles and heavy machinery. Kimball doesn't want to explain why, seemingly out of embarrassment and exasperation.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Subverted. Felix thinks Locus is too much of a threat to stay any longer at the base, and blows it up with Rogers still inside, despite protests from Tucker.
** [[spoiler: played straight when Carolina and Church decide to go back and save the rest of their guys]]
* [[NobodyHereButUsStatues Nobody Here But Us Snowmen]]: A strategy used by Grif to hide in Blood Gulch and [[spoiler: the Fed base]]
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler: The Federation of Chorus are a lot like the Rebels, in that they're hideously incompetent and barely getting by, have a badass mercenary on their side, and view the other side as malicious and evil.]]
** [[spoiler: Arguably, the entire Civil War is this to the Red vs Blue "War," at least currently.]]
** [[spoiler: More specifically, both Doyle and Kimball are merely the latest in the long line of faction leaders who were killed and only got their positions due to YouAreInCommandNow.]]
* OhCrap: Reactions to the weapons being used in Episode 10.
* OnceMoreWithClarity: [[spoiler: in episode 10, once Felix reveals his collaboration with Locus, a number of scenes from Season 11 and earlier in Season 12 are elaborated on, detailing exactly how the two have been cooperating the entire time.]]
* PassThePopcorn: Pretty much the entire Rebel force when the Blood Gulchers decide to record via helmet cam their attempts to take down Felix (as training).
-->'''Felix''': I gotta admit, I have never heard these guys laugh so much.
* PerspectiveFlip: The first eight episodes focus on Tucker, Grif, Simmons and Caboose in the New Republic while Episode 9 focuses on Washington, Sarge, Donut and Lopez in the Federal Army, [[spoiler: and in Episode 10 they're reunited, just as it turns out that the War isn't what anyone (but Felix and Locus) thought it was.]]
** Yet again in Episode 11 when we see [[spoiler:Carolina and Church's point of view.]]
* ARareSentence: In Episode 8.
-->'''Tucker:''' I never thought I'd say this. Like ever. ''Seriously''. But good job, Caboose.
* RealityEnsues: Happens season-wide, but the most definitive example is the ''attempted'' capturing of Felix by the Reds, Blues and their second-in-commands. Felix is probably the most badass member of the New Republic. His opposition isn't. You can tell where this is going.
* RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun: A variant. Grif tells a long story (that isn't really even exaggerated) about how the Reds and Blues (primarily him) took down the Meta. The New Republic army is in awe.
* RunningGag:
** The six pedals joke returns in episode 1
** When Tucker goes to steal armor from the federation soldiers one of them goes "Ow the back of my head" like how [[ProfessionalButtKisser Simmons]] always calls out his injuries.
** Tucker not being allowed to use the sniper rifle.
* RedShirtArmy: Neither the Republic or the Federal troops last very long in a fight
* SarcasmMode: Tucker after Felix says the security beef could be because of an important visit or him stealing weapons.
-->'''Tucker''': Gee I wonder which one it is.
* ShoutOut:
-->'''Tucker''': [[Creator/AchievementHunter Surprise Motherfucker! Son of a bitch!]]
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Epsilon. Though something glowing that may be him appears for a split second next to Carolina.
** Wash, Sarge, Donut, and Doc are also conspicuously absent.
* ShutUpKirk: After Tucker insists Felix should join the rescue mission for free because it's the right thing to do, Felix points out that the only reason the Reds and Blues bothered to join the war in the first place was because their friends were captured, not because it was the right thing.
-->'''Felix:''' Everyone has their price. Even you.
* StockScream: One of the guards of the federation base gives this when Felix blows up some C4 to distract them so the New Republic soldiers can get out.
* ThatCameOutWrong: Caboose knows that [[LovableSexManiac Tucker]] is more of a groping kind of person than a hugging one, so he [[HomoeroticSubtext invites him to a grope]].
* TrainingMontage: Not that they did a very good job.
* WarIsHell: More touched upon than the other seasons by showing the poor state everyone is in because of the war such as everyone having to wear armor or risk being killed, and the leaders being from a long line of replacements.
* WeHaveReserves: Felix thinks that two soldiers for a hard drive full of Federal secrets is a pretty good trade, and [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame congratulates Tucker]] for it.
-->'''Tucker:''' Two of our guys are dead!\\
'''Felix:''' [[WarIsHell And two more will probably die tomorrow.]] [[ThisIsReality Seriously, what don't you guys get about that?]]
* WhamEpisode: Episode 10 [[spoiler: Carolina and Church are back and save the guys from Felix and Locus, who are working together to kill everyone by using their own mercenary corps, made from the grey-armored soldiers from the refueling station]].
* WhamLine: From Episode 10, [[spoiler: courtesy of [[EvilAllAlong Felix]]: [[EvilGloating "That..was..close! Nice throw, Tucker!"]]]]
* WhamShot: The end of episode 8, where the gate opens and [[spoiler: it turns out Wash, Sarge, Lopez and Donut are alive and think that the others were the ones that needed saving]].
* YouAreInCommandNow: [[spoiler:How Kimball and Doyle inherited their positions as leaders of the NR and FAC, respectively.]]
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: As of episode 9, apparently (although stated in reverse).
''[=PSAs=] and specials''

Rooster Teeth has also created several videos outside of the main series created for promotions or just to make humorous videos that aren't related to the plot of the show.

* ActorAllusion: The "Off The Charts" PSA displays pictures and bios of the [[InformedAttribute "manliest"]] members of the Rooster Teeth community, including actual Rooster Teeth team member Gus Sorola. Sarge questions whether Gus should even be in the "manly" montage at all, to which Simmons (voiced by Gus) hurriedly rushes to assert that Gus is indeed very manly, adding [[MindScrew an even greater level of metafiction]] to [[AnimatedActors the already very meta PSAs.]]
** A more subtle one in the Point/Counterpoint PSA on tattoos. Church (Burnie) argues against getting tattoos while Grif (Geoff) argues for tattoos. In real life Burnie has no tattoos while Geoff is covered with them.
* BuriedAlive: This happens to Sarge in an April Fool's Day episode when Grif mistakes him for being dead. He escaped by eating his way out of the grave.
* TheCameo: The financial crisis PSA involves the Blues having their base and equipment sold to "some foreign characters from another video game". The Sponsor's Cut makes it clear the characters are [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario and Luigi]], complete with the new base flag being the flagpole from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1''.
* ContinuityNod: Tucker's less than normal knowledge of time comes up again in the Rock the Veto PSA when has says they were playing Blindfold for "like 30 hours last night."
* DecidedByOneVote: A Type 3 scenario that ends up unresolved in the Election Night video. Grif apparently meant to vote, but forgot to register in time due to his usual laziness.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The American Grifball League of America.
* {{Eagleland}}: Type 1, parodied. After examining how Red vs. Blue would be done by other countries, Church and Tucker decide to do it the American way, which they conclude is driving big cars and blowing shit up. The video ends with a Warthog flying over an explosion with the American flag in the background and "America the Beautiful" playing.
** This sets up a BrickJoke: earlier in the episode, they had done the "Russian version", where many of the characters' statements are censored and replaced with praise of the Russian government and its leader, [[Expy Nikolai]] [[UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin Petrovsky]]. Hilariously, at the end of the episode, his name is randomly cut into the song.
* EEqualsMCHammer: The "Sarge Seal of Approval" is E=[=MCSarged=].
* ExplosiveStupidity: Caboose was prone to this during the Fourth of July PSA about handling fireworks.
-->'''Donut''': Hey, Caboose. Have you seen my grenade?\\
'''Caboose''': Yes, I put it in my pants. Wait-... (cue explosion)
* FauxToGuide:
** The guide to making an online video.
** [[http://redvsblue.com/archive/?id=789=more&s=7 The Fire Safety PSA.]] [[TooDumbToLive It ends with the group dying in a fire inside the building]] and is given an InMemoriam message.
* FourPointScale: The PSA about the gaming industry lampshades this practice.
* TheGrinch: Church in the Christmas special. His acts include shooting the Red's Christmas tree decorations, spreading lies about Santa to Caboose and stealing the present he tricked Tucker into getting for him.
* LethalChef: Sarge's dish for the 2008 Thanksgiving dinner was severed human hands dressed like turkeys due to misunderstanding his research materials (first-grader reports) while Caboose misinterpreted a sexual metaphor his grandmother once told him in his youth and brought "hair pie". Sarge had to set him straight on that one.
-->'''Caboose''': WHAT? [[GoMadFromTheRevelation Grandma]], '''[[BigNo nooo]]!'''
-->'''Sarge''': Don't even get me ''started'' on the "gobble-gobble".
* MedalOfDishonor: The Olympics PSA has Sarge suggest giving these to the losers in the form of enriched uranium.
* MemeticBadass: In-universe, [[{{Metafiction}} sort of...]] In a series of PSA videos made to hype ''Halo3ODST'', [[{{Halo}} Sergeant Johnson]] is painted to be even more of this than he already was in the Halo games with claims that he once [[OneManArmy took out an entire Covenant Batallion single handedly]], [[ImplacableMan is immortal]], and [[EyeBeams has laser vision]].
** The credits after the videos has a disclaimer saying [[TrailersAlwaysLie "laser vision not included"]].
* MoodWhiplash: Washington's nightmarish fever dream in Episode 9 establishes a dark and oppressing tone for the chapter. Then the [[spoiler:leader of the Federal Army faints in front of him out of abject fear]] shortly after.
* NewYearsResolution: Both teams spent the New Year's video in a "Resolveathon" to come up with the best resolutions. The losers had suffer a FateWorseThanDeath...actually following through on their resolutions. The Blues take advantage of this by resolving to beat up the Reds.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Actually averted in the "Upgrading" PSA, when Caboose gets his armor stuck on invisibility mode:
-->'''Church''': Don't worry Caboose, I'm sure when [[VideoGame/HaloReach the game]] comes out there'll be a way to shut it off.
-->'''Caboose''': Good. I need sleep.
-->'''Sarge''': Sleep? When that game comes out, I won't sleep for a week!
-->'''Church''': Yeah, no, it's not that, it's just that he's having trouble sleeping because he can see through his eyelids now.
-->'''Sarge''': Oh. That's creepy.
* RightBehindMe: Church kinda invokes the wrath of Sgt. Johnson in the 3rd ODST PSA this way.
* SchmuckBait: The second and third season [=DVDs=] have bonus videos implying either a love story with Tex or "Sheila's Sexy Adventure". Clicking either of those and you get berated for actually expecting something.
* SeeminglyProfoundFool: The "What I Did On My Summer" PSA has [[TheDitz Caboose]] unwittingly "[[MediumAwareness escaping into the campaign]]" of ''HaloReach'', [[MindScrew either becoming, being mistaken for, or revealing himself to be]] [[{{AFGNCAAP}} Noble Six.]]
* StealthPun: In the Voting Fever PSA. Sarge sings "We're going to need a big strong Chorus" at the end of Season Eleven the group finds out that the planet they are stranded on is called "Chorus"
** Another in the Christmas special "Christmas is the one day of the year you should never miss Church."
* TelegraphGagSTOP: Sarge receives a message in this form for the Halo: Reach PSA.
* TheInternetIsSeriousBusiness: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpreMR7p5ik A PSA was made about this.]]
* TrustMeImAnX: From the bird flu PSA.
-->'''Doc''': Guys, trust me. I'm a doctor.\\
'''Simmons''': No, you're not! You just play one on the internet!
* UnexplainedRecovery: Most of the time, if a character suffers a seemingly fatal injury, they'll turn out to be fine later, to the point that towards the end of the series they don't even bother explaining it anymore.
* WildlifeCommentarySpoof: One of the bonuses in the ''Red Vs Blue'' DVD is a movie spoof that has Sarge doing this to Grif (framed as a hunting show, naturally).
* WorstAid: The general premise of the cold and flu PSA. "I've had the bullets in my shotgun medically coated for the fastest possible injection of life-saving medicine."
* WorstWhateverEver: Sarge gives this during the 2008 Thanksgiving special when he discovers it doesn't involve inviting your enemies over and shooting them in the back.
** Wash states this a lot, usually adding "...of all time" to the end of the statement.
* YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith: Sarge says this about Caboose (or rather, "you have no idea what you just dealt with") when he and Church realize he took a vacation in the ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' campaign.
-->'''Church:''' Caboose, that was some crazy story dude.\\
'''Caboose:''' I know, you have no idea.\\
'''Sarge:''' No. ''You'' have no idea.\\
'''Caboose:''' Right, nobody has any idea.\\
'''Sarge:''' No son, you, specifically, have no idea.

''Red vs. Blue: Animated''

A series pilot that was shown at PAX 2008 and later announced dead at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con, due to a combination of time constraints, money and the staff's inability to work on the timeframe of another company. The Pilot/Trailer can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VW2ZMRt7i_I here]].

* AnimatedAdaptation: Well, slightly more animated than the in-game footage that is used.
* GroinAttack: A ''Grunt'' manages to do this to Simmons.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: As stated, it was an ambitious idea, but the crew just didn't have the money and time for it. They also didn't like the fact that someone else had to do the animation, so they couldn't do it in-house.