[[caption-width-right:322:''[[ArcWords Do you ever wonder why we're here?]][[note]]No. I never, ever, wonder why we're here. Semper Fi, bitch.[[/note]]'']]

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

''Red vs. Blue'' is a {{Machinima}}/CGI-animated military WorkCom set against the background of the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' game series. Its creators, Creator/RoosterTeeth 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.

Beginning as a simple comedy series, Red vs Blue follows two opposing military installations locked in eternal war in a box canyon - the Reds and the Blues. When the Blue team hire a freelance agent to give them an advantage, things get a bit more complicated. As the [[RunningGag running jokes]] and [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters many characters]] begin to [[ContinuityLockOut pile up]], so starts a story that [[MoodWhiplash quickly develops]] a surprising amount of [[CerberusSyndrome emotional depth]], while never forgetting its comedic roots.

The long-running story is divided into multiple story arcs, as detailed below.
* The first story arc, '''[[Machinima/RedVsBlueTheBloodGulchChronicles The Blood Gulch Chronicles]]''', ran for five seasons with a total of 100 episodes (plus a short miniseries series named "Out of Mind"). The first two seasons, and half of the third, are filmed in ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'', while the remaining seasons are filmed in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}''.
* The second story arc, '''[[Machinima/RedVsBlueTheRecollection The Recollections]]''', is a trilogy spanning Seasons 6 to 8 ([[NewSeasonNewTitle each given a unique title]] [[ThemeNaming beginning with "Re"]]: "Reconstruction", "Recreation" and "Revelation") and two miniseries ("Recovery One" and "Relocated"). Season 8 marks the introduction of high-budget CGI-rendered scenes in addition to the traditional Machinima-styled ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' scenes.
* The third story arc, '''[[Machinima/RedVsBlueTheProjectFreelancerSaga The Project Freelancer Saga]]''', comprises Seasons 9 and 10, is equally divided between a {{prequel}} storyline fully animated in CGI, and the continuation of the present-day storyline. Season 9 is filmed in VideoGame/HaloReach and Season 10 is filmed in ''Halo 3''.
* The fourth story arc, '''[[Machinima/RedVsBlueTheChorusTrilogy The Chorus Trilogy]]''', spans Seasons 11-13, and starts out as a BreatherEpisode, intended to bring the series back to its more comedic roots... [[MoodWhiplash for a while]]. It uses ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' assets.

It has been confirmed that the series will return for a fourteenth season, but the season will consist mostly of vignetted 'story story' arcs, lasting a few episodes each, rather than directly continuing Season 13's story.

All thirteen seasons can be viewed at [[http://roosterteeth.com/archive/?sid=rvb&v=more the Rooster Teeth website]], or on the [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCII0hP2Ycmhh5j8lS4cexBQ official Red vs. Blue YouTube channel]]. Seasons 1-12 are also available on Netflix, and on DVD.

Has an expansive character sheet [[Characters/RedVsBlue here]].

!!Do you ever wonder why these tropes are here?


[[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.
* AIIsACrapshoot: A recurring theme. Key examples are [[UnstoppableRage Omega]], [[AmbitionIsEvil Sigma]], and [[ManipulativeBastard Gamma]].
* 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."
** The Chorus Trilogy has "You just have to try," and "What do you fight for?".
* ArmedFarces: Especially in the early seasons.
-->'''[[Machinima/RedVsBlueTheBloodGulchChronicles Church]]:''' Holy crap, ''who is running this army?!?''
* ArtefactTitle: The Reds and Blues don't really fight each other after Season 5 excluding [[spoiler:inside the Epsilon unit]] in Season 9 and at Crash Site Alpha in Season 11.
* 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]].]]
* 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. True, they mainly succeed through a combination of [[TheFool sheer luck]] and being [[UnderestimatingBadassery severely underestimated]] but it doesn't matter ''how'' they kick your ass. They can and they will.
%% BackFromTheDead does not apply, as every "resurrection" is a new individual. See also: The various Churches having their own identities.
* BigBadEnsemble: The whole series is caused by the combined actions of [[spoiler:The Director (for starting up Project Freelancer), Sigma (for causing Project Freelancer's downfall), and the Chairman (for being against Project Freelancer in one way or another)]].
* BunnyEarsLawyer: The Blood Gulch Crew have definitely grown into this role over the years, especially by the end of season 13 where they have most definitely become proper soldiers, albeit ones with very quirky, colour, unconventional behaviour. [[spoiler:Their take-down of Felix shows this perfectly]]
* 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 (North's armour is a darker purple than South's), 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.
* CorruptQuartermaster:The Reds repeatedly put layabout Grif in charge of their ammo, a task he never performed. Eventually, they expanded [[ProfessionalButtKisser Simmons']] duties to "bringing extra ammo for when Grif forgets." However, when Grif and Simmons are sent to a new base (where Grif is in charge), he actually sells all their ammo to the Blues.
* 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: One of the most common themes of the series from Season 3 onwards. Despite being mortal enemies, the Reds and Blues are consistently forced to work together to take down a greater evil.
-->'''Tucker:''' You brought [the Reds]? Are we killin' each other today? Or pretending to work together?\\
'''Caboose:''' Uh, the pretending version.\\
'''Tucker:''' Oh, okay, cool.
** The trope is also deconstructed in Season 13.
* FamousLastWords: Lots of characters go out saying [[CurseCutShort "Son of a bit-".]]
* 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 slow at the start of the series to [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} 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 pervert who attempts to sleep with any girl in sight.
** Sarge's bullying of Grif goes to outright attempts at murdering him.
** Grif's apathy gets cranked up to hardly caring to do ''anything,'' except eating, napping, and making up excuses to avoid work.
** Donut goes from being ambiguously effeminate to CampGay.
** Simmons goes from teacher's pet to groveling sycophant with occasional [[ServileSnarker Servile Snark]].
** 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 and with complete incompetence in his supposed area of expertise. However, this is downplayed over time, and he does actually seem to do better with passing seasons.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In Recreation, we learn that [[spoiler:Church was an AI unit and that was why he survived being seemingly killed, was able to jump from mind to mind, and had a 'ghost' form]]. Guess who else shared those exact same characteristics. [[spoiler: Agent Texas.]]
* 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]]. Both sides always end up teaming up with each other to take down a larger enemy, and the war isn't even really being waged (except in Sarge's mind) after Season 5, excluding Season 9 and Season 11.
** 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 Myth/NorseMythology's [[WarriorHeaven Valhalla]].
** In ''The Chorus Trilogy'', the Federal Army of Chorus and the New Republic are fighting a CivilWar on the planet Chorus that has been fought for years upon years [[spoiler:thanks to the manipulation of a [[SpacePirates third party]] led by Chairman Hargrove.]]
* 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 [[spoiler:the death of the BigBad of Seasons 6, 7 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.
* GreaterScopeVillain:
** [[spoiler:The Director of Project Freelancer]] is the cause of most of things that have happened in the series, both directly and indirectly. He only comes center stage in Season 10, though he never takes on a direct role.
** [[spoiler:The Chairman of the Oversight Sub-Committee Malcolm Hargrove, who is revealed to have funded the Insurrection. The audience already knows that his trying to arrest the Director results in him sending the BigBadDuumvirate of Wash and the Meta to find the Epsilon Unit. Finally, he serves as the BigBad for Seasons 11 and 12 under the alias "Control".]]
* 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.]]
* TheHeroDies: While it's difficult to pin down a "main protagonist" for the whole series, Church is the most likely candidate.
** Church is killed off early in Season 1 as the series' first twist. He returns as a ghost a few episodes later.
** [[spoiler:The Alpha A.I. (the Church of the first six seasons) is killed off at the end of Season 6 via an "emp" explosion.]]
** [[spoiler:The Epsilon A.I., who replace Church, appears to be killed off at the end of Season 13 via a self-administered defragmentation process.]]
* 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]]"
** Tex: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXDzS9nmKgY On Your Knees]]"
** Tucker: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9TLuDDUuUM Bow Chicka Wow Wow Wow]]
** York: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YrfyeurqnI Come On Carolina]]"
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre: Bow-chicka-wow-wow!
* 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'', Grif 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.
* 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.
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: Deconstructed, in different ways. [[spoiler: The two most prominent female characters for most of the series, Tex and Carolina, are the Director's lover (sort of) and daughter respectively; with Tex, the emotional connection with the Director is one-sided on his part, resulting in Tex being wholly professional herself but receiving special attention while being unable to act outside his concept of her, and with Carolina, it's implied that she's using Project Freelancer as a means of gaining approval and attention from the Director while being constrained by the demands of protocol.]]
* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: The concept of farewells becomes very prevalent from season 5 onward, after [[spoiler:Tex says goodbye to Church just before her ship explodes.]]
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: The main characters are separated from one another in the beginning of season six. Even when they regroup, things only keep changing. It is only in season 10 that the characters regain some semblance of their lost status quo. Major developments to the story are [[spoiler:the deaths of two main characters, the revelation of the Red vs Blue war being a lie, and the death of the Director.]] The protagonists admit things simply cannot go back the way they used to be.
* 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 [[spoiler: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.
* {{Revenge}}: This is a recurring theme of later series, several characters from both the protagonist and antagonist camps go on quests for vengeance against people who wronged them, [[CycleOfRevenge sometimes the outcome of one revenge quest leading to another]]. These quests are never complete successes though. Either the character fails (often dying in the process), manages to exact their revenge but end up left unsatisfied by it, or they realise at a crucial moment that [[HeWhoFightsMonsters they are becoming something unpleasant]] and [[KnowWhenToFoldEm give up their quest for vengeance before it's too late]]. If the latter happens with a bad guy character, it usually marks the start of that character's evolution into a better person. If RVB has any serious lessons to teach it's that revenge just isn't worth it, but that no matter how far you've gone down that path, it's never too late to back out.
* {{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 strange, someone will almost always say "Yeah! Wait. What?!"
*** [[spoiler:In [[Machinima/RedVsBlueTheRecollection "Relocated"]], this 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.
* VillainOfAnotherStory: The Covenant count as this. The series is mentioned to take place after the war with the Covenant, and Project Freelancer is said to have been made to fight off the Covenant. But the Covenant never appear in the series, only mentioned, and they have virtually no role in the series, whether good or bad.
* 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 Sharkface, the Insurrectionist Flame Soldier. [[spoiler: He uses two smaller wrist mounted ones in Season 13.]]
** 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]]. Any red-striped Fed soldier wields a turret as well.
** 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", until it was confiscated by Charon Industries between Seasons 10 and 11. Now it's in the Chairman's Freelancer TrophyRoom.]]
** KnifeNut: Agent Connecticut uses a combat knife. Felix is also a big fan of these.
** 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]]. [[spoiler: Except for Doyle and Felix later on.]]
** MoreDakka: Caboose uses the Assault Rifle, having [[AwesomeAnachronisticApparel not upgraded when everyone else did to the marksman guns]]. The Federal Army of Chorus all use it too, with the exception of General Doyle and [[GatlingGood the Gunman.]]
** 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 Locus, 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.
*** Another variation, the DMR, is used uniformly by the New Republic soldiers.
** 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.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Notably averted - the fate of almost every major or minor character who appears in the show is addressed in some way eventually, be it by them [[NotQuiteDead coming back]], getting killed off, or even making a minor cameo in a later episode. Even if a character is PutOnABus, they're likely to show up again later. Season 12 and 13 have been especially notable in that they resolved many remaining plot points and [[AbortedArc abandoned storylines]] from prior seasons. Some examples include Butch Flowers getting revived at the end of Season 5 and [[spoiler:later getting revealed to be a Freelancer in Season 10]], Andy the bomb getting auto-called by Siri in Season 11, [[spoiler:the Chairman being revealed as "Control" in Season 12, Sharkface, the Counselor, Sister and Junior reappearing in Season 13]]. At this point, the only character this trope ''does'' apply to is Pilot 479.
* WinsByDoingAbsolutelyNothing: Episode 100 has a rare instance of winning by doing nothing out of ''pure abject laziness.'' During the events of the episode the [[AIIsACrapshoot rogue, homicidal AI]] Omega jumps from person to person due to its ability to BodySurf through radios, but can be forced out of someone either by the AI's choice or by [[BeatTheCurseOutOfHim knocking out the host]]. For the Red Team hosts, they get punched in the head; first Simmons (repeatedly), then Donut, then Sarge. When O'Malley finally infects Grif, he is the only Red to not get beat up by Tex when he notes that he suddenly has an urge to conquer the universe, but that it's [[OutOfCharacterMoment out of character for him]] because [[BrilliantButLazy that would take work]]. His response is to not do anything at all...whereupon he promptly falls asleep standing up. Omega either can't wake Grif up or is so disgusted by his laziness that he abandons Grif all together to jump to another host.
* 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.
** This is more justified after the Season 12 finale, [[spoiler: revealing that the Chairman (the man responsible for their pardon) was ultimately behind their ship crashing where the soldiers were expected to be disposed of.]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlueTheBloodGulchChronicles'': Seasons 1-5 plus "Out of Mind"
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlueTheRecollection'': Seasons 6-8 plus "Recovery One" and "Relocated"
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlueTheProjectFreelancerSaga'': Seasons 9-10
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlueTheChorusTrilogy'': Seasons 11-13
''[=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.

* 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 ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'', [[Franchise/{{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"]].
* 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.
* RasputinianDeath - [[spoiler: The Meta/Agent Maine, after being stabbed, blown up, shot with a shotgun and dropped off a cliff finally died by drowning when the punctures in his armor from Tucker's sword let water leak in.]]
* 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 ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', [[MindScrew either becoming, being mistaken for, or revealing himself to be]] [[{{AFGNCAAP}} Noble Six.]]
* ShoutOut: During an early tattoo PSA, Church suggests that if the viewer does get one, it should of "your favorite character from your favorite online cartoon". It then shows a picture of [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]]. Church then grumbles "I meant your '''other''' favorite online cartoon", which then shows [[Webcomic/PennyArcade Gabe and Tycho]].
* 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.

--> ''[[SoUnfunnyItsFunny Bow Chika Bow Wow!!]]''