'''''[[http://www.youtube.com/show/roosterteethshorts?s=1 The Rooster Teeth Shorts]]''''' are a series of live-action shorts that chronicle the adventures of Creator/RoosterTeeth Productions. There are currently two complete seasons. The first having twenty episodes, and the second having twenty-two, as well as three episodes of 'Captain Dynamic'. The fourth season started fairly recently, though about a year long official hiatus was taken, with a Christmas special to advertise some of their new stuff; shorts started coming out monthly as of April 1, 2013. The episodes have varying sizes, themes and aesthetics, ranging from the "mockumentary" short ''Dress Rehearsal,'' taking place entirely in one room, to ''Hotel Buddies'' taking place in a hotel in California and using some chickens, metal bits, and mysterious lights.

!!Tropes include ...
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: [[BadBoss Burnie]] doesn't mind Joel's portrayal of him in ''Super Gus'', where he's a greedy bank-robber.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfwgKHcguMk Scissors]], Burnie has this gem:
--> '''Burnie:''' "Are you seriously suggesting, sir, something sinister-sounding circumstantially surrounding some scissors?"
-->'''Geoff:''' "...Can you say that again?"
-->'''Gus:''' "Can you ''not'' encourage him?"
* AIIsACrapshoot: Joel's computer when it gains sentience.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Miles wonders if girls are supposed to like it if you're a jerk to them in ''Girls Girls Girls''. He proceeds to consider stealing the tip jar from the ice cream place he's at.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: In ''Girls Girls Girls'', Miles fails to flirt with a "Tiffany". Her thoughts get shown, revealing she wanted to do the same to him as well.
* ArtifactOfDoom: The box with all the devil's souls trapped inside it, the Orb, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBNOXYlYswA The Button]]
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: During the latter part of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d57r44jWUCw&feature=fvwrel Paper Cut]]''.
* AxCrazy: At the end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTdTE7T_8RY&feature=related Pongo]] the titular puppet [[spoiler: pulls a knife on Joel]]
* BadBadActing: Gus and Geoff in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRPnEg02vg0&feature=channel Dress Rehersal]] (Don't worry it's intentional).
--> '''Ben:''' Geoff, somebody thought that you were hobo that had wandered onto the set, they didn't think you were acting.
* BadBoss: Burnie leans towards this most of the time, coming up with convoluted schemes or just downright abusing his workers. Examples include stealing Gus's beard (somehow) and attempting to fire Brandon for no other reason than to get his sandwich.
* BaitAndSwitch: In ''Girls Girls Girls'', after spending the episode anguishing in his failures of trying to find a significant other and his third hopeful target of the episode's thoughts reveal he is interested in him, Miles goes to ask her:
-->'''Miles''': "Uh, I was, I was going to ask you... uh, if you're not busy sometime... uh, could I have some napkins?"
** Her look of shocked disappointment is very palpable. Even funnier, Miles proceeds to berate himself over how he said the sentence which implies he was never actually planning to just ask her out right then.
* BigNo: Steve Rogers lets out an anguised one in the Captain America: The First Avenger (Parody), after getting [[JustFriends friend-zoned]].
** Gus does one at the end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFj3Afr4h04 Dev Cycle]] after finding out that Geoff made the "Diaper Cat" game
* BigOMG: Or perhaps a [[ClusterFBomb ClusterOMGBomb]] in ''Paper Cut''.
* BoundAndGagged: Gavin's clones (and Ben) in ''Secret Door''.
* BrickJoke: During ''Chain of Thought'', Nathan's thoughts are nothing but an ominous rumble. [[spoiler:It's because he's thinking about the wind outside.]]
* BritishAccents:
--> '''Burnie:''' Yeah, we can't really tell you guys apart 'cause you both have the same pompous-ass British accent. I can't even tell what you're saying half the time.
--> '''Gavin:''' What are you talking about? We don't sound anything alike, I'm from Oxford and he's from Nottingham.
--> '''Ben:''' They're totally distinct accents!
--> '''Gavin:''' Exactly.
--> '''Burnie:''' Yeah, not a word...
* {{Calvinball}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lvY6a4r-Ng&list=SL Food War]]
--> '''Joel:''' See that line over there?
--> '''Jack:''' ... Yeah ...
--> '''Joel:''' See, first you say the name of the food, then you throw it at your opponents face, if the food crosses the line and hits your opponent in the face you get a point.
--> '''Gus:''' Unless the opponent catches it in with their mouth in which case you don't.
--> '''Joel:''' That's when you enter the double peril zone. In the double peril zone, the point values are doubled, but instead of saying the name of the food you say-
--> '''Gus:''' '''''FOOD WAR!''''' Then you get a chance to fire it back at your opponent.
--> '''Joel:''' Right, but if you're able to catch that with your mouth you can put your opponent into double danger overtime, I once took Nathan into a fifth round overtime with a dollop of ketchup, but he swallowed it so he was disqualified.
--> '''Gus:''' Normally condiments aren't allowed but we were playing by Aussie rules that day.
* ClingyMacGuffin: Geoff can't get rid of the devil's box in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUxBpUXXBQ0&feature=related CrazyDream]], it always comes back to him.
* CloneDegeneration: Hinted at in ''Secret Door''.
--> '''Gus:''' Oh fuck, We need to keep the original out here so we can make another clone.
--> '''Burnie:''' Oh right, gotta go from the source otherwise the copy DNA gets bad.
** [[spoiler:And then they grab Ben instead of Gavin.]]
* CloningBlues: Geoff, Gus and Burnie found a way to clone Gavin on craigslist.
* CloudCuckoolander: Geoff and Joel are the most consistent ones, but Burnie and Gus get a fair bit of it, too.
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: Chris spends the entirety of the Picture Perfect episode not realizing that Matt does not want dogs having sex at all in the photos of Burnie.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Matt, at least in season 1.
--> '''Matt:''' Black helicopters. Google it.
* CoolCar / TheAllegedCar: Jason's ride from ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o28wlLmz--c&list=SL New Old Car]]''.
* ComedicSociopathy: Most prominent in ''The Button''.
* {{Crossover}} - With {{Mega64}} and Jon Graham, the creator of ArbyNTheChief and OneLifeRemaining.
* DealWithTheDevil: Apparently Megan Fox made a pact with the devil, if she gave him her soul she'd be "Super-Hot".
** [[RunningGag SUPER hot!]]
** Also in "The Button".
* DelegationRelay: ''Chain of Thought''.
* DisappearedDad: Matt's father went on a business trip to London when Matt was four years old, he never came back.
** At the end of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrinR_s_f5w&list=SL Catch]]'' he comes back. [[spoiler: Just in time to inadvertently run Matt over.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: Prank King has [[spoiler:Gus frame Matt for attempted murder of the President of the United States which gets Matt jailed for thirty years. [[EvilIsPetty Then after Matt is released, Gus pies him in the face and runs in circles around him gloating about how he pranked him]]]].
* DumpStat: Lampshaded in The Atari Kid
-->'''Gus''': Your strength has gone up by 2! Your intellect 3! Your charisma is unchanged but that's useless.
* EasyAmnesia: PlayedForLaughs in Paper Cut.
* FanDisservice: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlPfBAvZ94A&list=SL Frag Dude.]] It does end with some FanService at the end, though. Then it does more FanDisservice again to finish it off.
** Gus without his shirt in general.
* {{Fanservice}}: In the "Siri: Horror Movie" sketch, Barbara has a brief shower scene. And in "Slow Mo Love", Gavin gets off with Samantha Ireland (the voice of Connecticut in RVB), she in turn gets off with a random guy, and then [[spoiler: for those who are into guys, Gav and the guy get off]].
* GagPenis: In the Captain America: The First Avenger (Parody) video, after being told that [[spoiler:the super serum will enlarge the rest of his body by displacing the part of his body he won't use for fighting (his penis), Steve suggests they reverse the concept and shrink the rest of his body to make his penis really big so he could fight with it "like some sort of battleaxe". The idea is declined.]]
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Invoked and inverted in ''Dress Rehearsal.''
** Inverted in "Slow Mo Love", when [[spoiler:Gavin kisses a guy]].
* HeyItsThatVoice: If you listen closely you can hear the cast's RedVsBlue voices coming through. Also particularly recognizable is Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies fame, who plays the titular character in Captain Dynamic.
* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsVuSVUzZrw Macrowave Time Machine]], Chris ends up messing up the time stream causing the world to be under Nazi rule. [[spoiler:Every attempt to fix this ends up making things worse, until the world turns into an exploding wasteland populated with Nazibots. He eventually fixes this...sort of.]]
* HumanPopsicle: Geoff and Burnie's time machine is basically a huge box full of ice.
* HypocriticalHumor: Nathan inside the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWKsUEQnp7M Unusual Suspects episode]] is hitchhiking, holding a cardboard sign that says VEGAS on one side, which he turns around to reveal the other side says NO GAY STUFF when Gus and his entourage approach. The entire episode has its actors do one big ShoutOut to VillagePeople by dressing up as them, which Nathan of course becomes a part of. Even more humorously, Nathan dresses as the LeatherMan - the wiki has Glenn Hughes of the VillagePeople in his getup as the trope's picture!
* IKnowMortalKombat: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sljdwcGPw4A&feature=channel_video_title The Atari Kid]].
* IronicHell: Shown in Will killing in video games stop you from getting into heaven?, [[spoiler: Geoff falling into hell for all the deaths he committed in video games ''keeps'' falling due to LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading.]]
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: The entire joke in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il-VhPZU_CM&list=SL Many Years Ago...]]''
* LetsMeetTheMeat: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lvY6a4r-Ng&feature=email Food War]]''. Not that Gus and Joel care, since they eat the things anyway.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading: Within the Will killing in video games stop you from getting into heaven? video, [[spoiler: [[IronicHell very fittingly for a gamer,]] falling into hell is this.]]
* JackassGenie: The magical fish from ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lviZ2nGn1c Fish Wish]]''.
* JustFriends: Poor Steve Rogers, [[spoiler:because the super serum works by increasing the rest of his body's size by making his penis tiny.]]
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Frequently, given how immoral Burnie and Joel are sometimes shown to be. In real life, they're very friendly people.
* MexicanStandoff: In [[http://redvsblue.com/archive/?id=3075 Stalled]].
* MexicoCalledTheyWantTexasBack: [[spoiler: And they get it back, along with the rest of America]] in 'Macrowave Time Machine'.
* MindScrew: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UacVH0E1oKs Coasting.]]
* MissingEpisode: The DMV Episode has mysteriously disappeared from the website. WordofGod says the Texas DMV complained.
* MoodWhiplash: In ''Super Strength'', Chris goes crazy with happiness upon gaining [[PowerGlows the glowing Orb]]. Cut to [[spoiler:his tombstone after the Orb gave him cancer.]]
** Additionally in ''Starry Night'', where Gus goes out late at night [[spoiler:to bury a dead body.]] He runs into another guy doing so, and [[spoiler:[[HoYay the two get married.]]]]
* MundaneWish: One short has [[http://roosterteeth.com/archive/?id=1712 Geoff catch a magic fish that grants him three wishes]]. His first is for two strawberry milkshakes. When he spills one of those two milkshakes, his second is to unspill it. His last is [[spoiler: to wish it wasn't against the rules to eat a magical fish sandwich.]]
* NeckSnap: [[spoiler:In "[[ShoutOut Noted to]] [[Manga/DeathNote Death]]", the "[[IncrediblyLamePun twist ending]]".]]
* NoodleIncident: The "ritual" that Joel performs in ''Hotel Buddies''.
* OneSteveLimit: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in ''New Employees''.
* {{Only Sane Man}}/{{Straight Man}}: This role varies by virtue of the {{Sanity Ball}}. Joel swings back and forth between amoral {{Cloud Cuckoolander}} and {{Only Sane Man}}, other times it's Matt, Shannon, Geoff or Gus.
** Matt's probably the most consistent straight man among all the shorts.
** In both his appearances, Jon Graham (the creator of ArbyNTheChief) is this. The first short has everybody mistake him for Gary Busey despite the fact they are totally different, and in the second he's [[DisproportionateRetribution almost killed for video game piracy]].
* {{Pixellation}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVgvg8EXdFM&feature=channel Blur]].
* PlayingAgainstType: To a certain extent. Many of the group often act differently from their RedVsBlue characters. As noted above, Joel, best known for playing [[CloudCuckoolander Caboose]], often plays the OnlySaneMan.
* TakeThat: [[http://redvsblue.com/archive/?id=3015&v=comments&page=5 During ''Fight or Flight'']] credits : ''Music by Rebecca Black''.
* TheDevilIsALoser: Who is utterly horrified at Joel's complete apathy about killing off his friends in exchange for money.
** The above is more akin to the [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reaper]], but the literal Devil in ''Crazy Dream'' isn't any better... or smarter.
* ThePornomancer: Joel in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsNSZ8zsjnY Hotel Buddies]]
--> '''Matt:''' You should be like, fucking bronzed and put in the Smithsonian.
** In "Slow Mo Love", it's revealed that the reason people are randomly getting off is because [[spoiler:Chris keeps playing an erotic track on a CD player]].
* RecursiveReality: The short Matt finishes Editing in "Noted to Death" is "Noted to Death".
* RoboticReveal: Parodied in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHU7A25imaA&feature=channel Captcha'd]]
* RunningGag: Craigslist. You can buy anything on there.
** ''Catch'' has Nathan keep throwing a baseball at someone's head. Even if they definitely aren't playing catch with him.
* SeriousBusiness: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLiiD-VS6tk&feature=related Stoppage Time]]
* SidetrackedByTheAnalogy: Upon finding the Orb in ''Super Strength'', Chris and Marshall's argument about the Orb's true power deviates into whether SonicTheHedgehog's superpower is super-strength or super-speed.
-->'''Chris''': "He's fast, yes, but in order to be fast you must be strong."
-->'''Marshall''': "You're telling me that if you went up to Sonic the Hedgehog, you would much rather race him than try a squat competition?"
* SmokingHotSex: Brandon is smoking a cigarette after he [[spoiler: has sex with the fax machine. This was possible because he's a robot]].
* StalkerWithACrush: Gus for Kerry.
* StalkerWithoutACrush: Joel has some [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg_COr4lpwg&NR=1 notes]] for you.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Why would Burnie even want a Henckman Brothers Model 607 Trapdoor?
** Gus's volunteer trip to the Gulf Coast was totally not a secret vacation to Hawaii.
* TrademarkFavouriteFood: Burnie and sandwiches.
* TrapDoor: Burnie has one that leads straight into the restaurant beneath them, everyone keeps landing in the salad bar.
* TwistEnding: [[spoiler:[[NeckSnap Literally]] in "Noted to Death".]]
* UnreadablyFastText: The credits to "Writer's Balk", which are all lifted from various Asian movies such as ''[[TheStoryOfRicky Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky]]'' and ''Film/InvasionOfAstroMonster ''.
* WaxOnWaxOff: Atari Kid.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: In the Will killing in video games stop you from getting into heaven? short... [[spoiler:Unfortunately for gamers, heaven seems to not discriminate on the matter and will declare you a murderer for all that video game violence.]]
* YouWatchTooMuchX:
--> '''Geoff:''' What? I watch a lot of TV.