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->'''Assistant:''' Did you find him?\\
'''Einstein:''' Hitler is... [[RetGone out of the way]].\\
'''Assistant:''' Congratulations, professor! With Hitler removed-\\
'''Einstein:''' Time will tell. Sooner or later... time will tell...
-->-- ''Red Alert'''s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABDm2JcnTPs intro]]

''HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: The Series''

The '''''Red Alert''''' series is a spin-off of the original ''[[CommandAndConquer Command & Conquer]]'', using the same engines and gameplay as the ''[[CommandAndConquerTiberium Tiberium]]'' saga to tell a story of [[TimeTravel time-travel]], [[UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla Tesla]]-powered [[RedScare communists]], and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick parachuting]] {{bears|AreBadNews}}. [[HolyShitQuotient Plausibility can]] [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality take a backseat, now]].

The premise of '''''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert Red Alert]]''''' (Westwood Studios, 1996) is simple: in 1946, operating out of a laboratory in Trinity, New Mexico, AlbertEinstein uses a time machine to travel to Landsberg, Germany in 1924 and removes UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler from history. While this prevents the [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Nazis]] from rising to power and keeps Germany docile, unfortunately it leaves JosefStalin with no obstacle to the Soviet Unionís expansion. This sparks an even worse version of UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo during the 1950's as the Allies try to withstand the endless hordes of the Red Army, backed by deadly Tesla-based technology. But thanks to Einsteinís chronosphere and [[NonEntityGeneral one nameless European commander]], the Soviets are defeated.

'''''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2 Red Alert 2]]''''' (Westwood Studios, 2000) is set during the 70's, when the supposed puppet-Premier of the USSR leads a world communist alliance in a surprise invasion of the United States, with the help of the mindbending psychic Yuri. Though once more the Allies rally to win the war, Yuri has his own plans and steals a time machine in an attempt to conquer the past. He's thwarted, but the time travel shenanigans aren't finished.

In '''''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3 Red Alert 3]]''''' (Electronic Arts, 2008) Soviet scientists conclude that the Allies keep winning due to possessing Albert Einstein's technology, and so they build their own time machine to remove the physicist from history. This has the unintended side-effect of allowing a third faction to emerge, the Japan-based Empire of the Rising Sun. By the 1980's all three powers struggle once more for dominance, using some of the most insane arsenals ever imagined.

'''Please note that this page is for tropes that cover multiple games in the Red Alert series. Please add tropes relating to one specific game to that game's page.'''

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* ActionBomb: M.A.D. Tanks in ''Aftermath'', Terrorists and Demolition Trucks in ''2'', and Yari Minisubs in ''3''
* ActionGirl: Tanya, Natasha, and [[DarkActionGirl Yuriko.]]
* TheAlliance: The Allies. They become more American-centric in the second game, as US mainland is invaded by the Soviets. Things go back to normal in the third.
* AllThereInTheManual: The novelization, game manuals, various developer blogs, in-game database entries, and official website provide information that wouldn't be revealed during the cutscenes or gameplay.
* AllTheoriesAreTrue: The ''Red Alert'' series uses Tesla coils in ways that were once thought possible.
** Similarly, one of the major themes surrounding ''Red Alert 2'' questions what would happen if Soviet Psionics research yielded results.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: An engineer raid in any of the games can easily see half your enemy's base fall to you in one fell swoop.
* AlternateHistory: ''Red Alert'' being the result of Hitler's removal from the timeline. Furthermore, the game used to be a prequel to the ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries Tiberium]]'' series, before more time travel threw in further alternate timelines.
* AmericaSavesTheDay: Averted. All Allied nations receive fair representation.
** In the first game, most plot points indicate that America isn't even involved in the war.
** Inverted in the second game, where USA has to ask for help to the European allies, who save the day by destroying the [[MnogoNukes Soviet's nuclear stockpile.]]
** In the third game a large number of units and characters are British and the US President is an incompetent and paranoid George Bush parody who ends up doing more harm than good in the long run. Of course, that may be because [[spoiler: he's secretly an android created to serve as a {{Manchurian Agent}} to the Empire of the Rising Sun.]]
* AnyoneCanDie: The Soviet campaigns have characters suddenly dying at moment's notice for various reasons. [[spoiler: In the end, one of the only survivors is you.]]
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Abound in almost all missions that feature major cities and/or landmark structures. The most {{Egregious}} example is probably the final Allied mission in ''Yuri's Revenge'', where the 1000-or-so-kilometer distance between Tierra del Fuego and the Antarctic Peninsula is compressed into about 1.
* BareYourMidriff: Gina Carano and Jenny [=McCarthy=] are damn fine ladies. Kari Wuhrer also.
* BaseOnWheels: The Mobile Construction Vehicle, a literal base on wheels. It unfolds into the Construction Yard, which can then be used to produce any building in the game.
** In the third game, the Soviet Sputnik and the second function of the Allied Prospector are largely the same. The Empire's base building is completely based on this - each building comes as a "nanocore" vehicle and unpacks at a designated position into a building.
* BeardOfEvil: Kane, Yuri and Cherdenko.
* BigBad:
** Stalin in the first game.
** Premier Romanov in the second (or Yuri if you're playing as the Soviets), followed by Yuri to both factions in the expansion.
** Cherdenko and Futuretech in the third game.
* BigNo: Many. As befits the pilot of a HumongousMecha, Kenji gets one with an ''echo'' in ''Uprising''.
* BlandNameProduct:
** In the second game, [=McBurger Kong=], a spoof of [=McDonald's=] and Burger King.
** The [=MiG=] aircraft in the third game is called "Mikevich-Guroyan", instead of the real life "Mikoyan-Gurevich".
* BondOneLiner: The Desolator from ''Red Alert 2'' and the Shock Trooper from ''Red Alert: The Aftermath''. Ironically, the Spy, who is a ShoutOut to Film/JamesBond ''himself'', doesn't use them except in ''Red Alert 3'' when bribing enemy units
--> ''"Come on, fight for the winning team!"''.
* BottomlessMagazines[=/=]EasyLogistics: Pretty much all the units, except some aircraft which have to return and reload. {{Lampshaded}} by the Sickle and Rocket Angel:
--> '''Sickle''': "Come on, we have lots of ammo."
--> '''Rocket Angel''': "Unlimited ammo!"
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The early games were subject to some changes to avoid an M rating in Germany. Most commonly was the tactic of calling all infantry units ''cyborgs'' and changing/removing sounds and effects that would suggest otherwise.
* BroadStrokes: About the most charitable way to describe the continuity between the games.
* {{Camp}} - So much of it. ''[[CommandAndConquerRedAlert Red Alert 1]]'' was pretty serious, but the camp set in with ''Red Alert 2'', based off cheesy RedScare movies from the 1950s. ''RedAlert3'' took it even further - it is pretty much the Creator/AdamWest ''Series/{{Batman}}'' of the RealTimeStrategy world.
* CanonDisContinuity: The references in ''Red Alert'' that tied it into the Tiberium saga as a prequel are ignored in later ''Red Alert'' titles, even though many of them were [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]]. ''Red Alert 1'''s hardcore fanbase was displeased. WordOfGod states that while Red Alert remains a prequel to Tiberian Sun, Red Alert 2 is the result of more time traveling shenanigans, making Red Alert 2 an ''alternate'' alternate future.
* CastingGag: Barry Corbin, who plays General Carville in ''The Aftermath'' and ''[=RA2=]'', is basically reprising his role as General Berringer from ''WarGames''. There's even an explicit ShoutOut during one of the Ant missions ("I'd piss on a spark plug if I thought it'd do any good!").
* CivilWarcraft:
** Often in the second game, especially when Yuri's MindControl is involved.
** Many times in ''Red Alert 3''. Twice for Soviet, first for Krukov's supposed betrayal, though it was later revealed Cherdenko is the one who framed him, second for Premier Cherdenko's [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness event]]. Surprisingly (at least to the players), the Allies also got one against President Ackerman. The Empire don't get any until the expansion, at least in the Allies campaign and Challenge mode.
* CloningBlues:
** The Cloning Vats of ''[=RA2=]'' and ''Yuri's Revenge'',
** Yuriko of ''[=RA3=]'' being cloned several times, powering the Empire's ultimate ultimate weapon with many of her doubles. In ''Uprising'' she heads out to destroy a facility which has the sole role of mass cloning her.
* ColorCodedArmies: The Soviets are red and the Allies blue, with certain [[JustifiedTrope justifications]] due to their political structure. The Empire of The Rising Sun (Japan) is orange (red and white were already handed out).
* ConvenientColorChange: When a building is captured.
* CoolAirship: Kirovs.
* CoolBoat:
** The Allied [[{{BFG}} Cruiser]] deserves special mention. And the boats get progressively more CrazyAwesome as time goes on. The Helicarrier of Red Alert 1 ''would'' be here, but for some reason it's just set to [[DummiedOut be available at tech level -1, thus preventing its construction,]] though the player is only [[GameMod one variable]] away from being able to use them.
** In RedAlert3, you have the Empire's Shogun Battleship.
* CreatorProvincialism: Strongly averted in the first game, where nearly all the Allied cast are Europeans--it's not clear whether the USA is even in the war, as opposed to sending volunteers--and the three Allied sub-factions for skirmish missions are Britain, France and Germany. In later games, the Allies are still a broad mix of volunteers from various nations; their units have a wide variety of accents.
* CripplingOverspecialization:
** Tanya's absolutely devastating to infantry and can instantly destroy any building she gets close to, but is utterly useless against vehicles. ''Yuri's Revenge'' gave Tanya the ability to blow up vehicles as well, but she still had to get close enough to plant charges, whereas they moved faster and could usually fire while moving.
** Also, several country-unique units in ''Red Alert 2'', such as the Sniper and Tank Destroyer, the latter being most infamous in that it literally ''is only good against tanks''. Even against buildings, which you'd expect them to be competent against (given that all other units effective against tanks usually do well against buildings too), they will only do chicken scratches to.
* {{Cutscene}}: One of the early games to use live-action FMV to advance the game plot, the series at least does not overwhelm the game itself. Continues to be a key element in the ''Tiberium'' and ''Red Alert'' games, if only for tradition.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax:
** The Chronosphere in ''Red Alert 1'' is shown teleporting many vehicles to the battlefield. In-game, it can only teleport ''one'' unit at a time every few minutes or so, and even then the repositioning lasts only a short period of time before the unit teleports back to where they were.
** In ''3'', the [[HumongousMecha King Oni]] is shown to be {{Kaiju}}-sized in the cutscenes, although it is much smaller in game. Also, in one scene, it is shown [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome leaping up and punching a Kirov out of the sky]], but in game, King Onis have no anti-air capabilities except the [[AceCustom special ones]] piloted by [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Emperor Yoshiro and Kenji]].
** In many of the earlier games, after-mission cutscenes would show units doing feats that cannot be replicated ingame (The Chronosphere example above is one; a helicopter one shot-killing a tank is another).
** In one cutscene for the first ''Red Alert'' a Tesla Coil is seen destroying a helicopter in one blast. In game, Tesla Coils can't even target airborne units! Though they can destroy Helicopters in one blast - if someone lands one beside the coil.
** In ''Yuri's Revenge'' the Psychic Dominators shown in the opening cutscene are able to mind control entire sections of continents. To prevent it from being an ''enormous'' GameBreaker by giving Yuri's faction the ability to instantly control every unit and structure on the map if one is activated even once, in the game it can take over 9 units at most and cause a lot of base damage.[[invoked]]
* DeathFromAbove:
** In ''Red Alert'', the Soviets have the advantage in the air, with [=MIG=]s, [=YAK=]s and the Hind attack helicopter. The Allies only have the Apache anti-armor helicopter.
** In ''Red Alert 2'' the Soviets lack their previous arsenal, but they instead gain the Kirov zeppelin bomber, a MightyGlacier. The Allies have the Harrier [=VTOL=] attack plane.
** The Soviets in ''Red Alert 3'' have a satellite that can pull enemy vehicles into orbit, and drop them back down later. There's also Kirov Airships, Devastator Warships, and the innumerable different bombers. Harrier pilots actually say this when attacking.
* DenserAndWackier: ''Red Alert 1'' didn't had much camp to begin with, and ''[=2=]'' keeps some seriousness while introducing [=GIs=] that talk in almost the same voice as the famous [[FatalFury Terry]] [[TheKingOfFighters Bogard]], [[{{Eagleland}} the USA as the rest of the world may probably remember it]], the all-communistic Soviet Union units and their buildings loosely based off Saint Basile's Cathedral, and that's not counting Yuri himself [[note]]Who, in fact, due to his psyonic abilities, could be easily purged out from the actual Soviet Russia.[[/note]]. And then ''3'' shows up, complete with the [[BearsAreBadNews armor-equipped bears]] and [[DarkActionGirl a Japanese schoolgirl whose mind could easily wipe Yuri's ass out]], if he was still around...
* DirtyCommunists: Naturally.
* EasyCommunication: If attacked outside their range of response, some units in the earlier games will just stand there getting shot.
* EenieMeenieMinyMoai:
** In ''Yuri's Revenge'', one of the missions in the Soviet campaign had the player confronting Moai statues retrofitted with lasers in Polynesia.
** In ''Red Alert 3'', when you fight [[spoiler:Cherdenko]] in the Soviet campaign, [[spoiler:his]] base has Moais retrofitted with '''man cannons''.
* EnemyMine:
** In ''Red Alert 3'' during the Allied campaign when the Empire of the Rising Sun attacks-the Allies and Soviets call a ceasefire to destroy the Empire, and proceed to betray each other at about the same time.
** In the ''Yuri's Revenge'' expansion to ''RedAlert 2'' the Soviets and Allies team up to fight Yuri.
* TheEmpire: The Soviet Union (especially under Stalin) and the Empire of the Rising Sun.
* EvilLaugh:
** Tanya may not be on the "evil" side, but just ''listen'' to her maniacal laughter as she mows down swathes of enemy infantry with GunsAkimbo. SociopathicHero, much?
** [[MadBomber Crazy Ivan]] from ''Red Alert 2''
* {{Expy}}: The original Red Alert was simply a morality-flipped version of GDI and Nod acting as, respectively, the Soviets and Allies with some minor changes to both, though differences quickly arose. By ''The Aftermath'', though, the Allies and Soviets had become much less like their Tiberian counterparts. Tesla Coils are effectively Obelisks of Light, Mammoth Tanks were almost unchanged between their Soviet and GDI versions, and the Allies had a stealthy unit, the Phase Tank/Transport, with rockets in The Aftermath (and, debatable, also the Chrono Tank). However, they soon started getting units with no Tiberian Dawn counterpart or that were utterly unlike their Tiberian Dawn counterpart as early as The Aftermath as well. By Red Alert 2, both factions bore relatively little resemblance to their Tiberian counterpart, with airships, Prism Tanks, and the segregation of anti-tank and anti-aircraft infantry.
* FactionCalculus:
** Allies (subversive) versus Soviets (powerhouse) in the original ''Red Alert''. Except on the sea, where it's inverted.
*** The multiplayer countries have less differences between their in-faction counterparts (unlike in the sequel), but they are still there: Russia has 10 percent off all the constuction options, Ukraine gets the fastest ground units, England is equipped with the strongest armor, Germany is granted with the best firepower and France is top with its' quick fire rate. The unplayable Allied countries (Spain, Turkey and Greece) are all balanced, but are less powerful overall.
** Allies (balanced) versus Soviets (powerhouse) versus Empire (subversive) in RedAlert3. Again, inverted on the sea, where the Empire is the powerhouse.
* FactionSpecificEndings: Almost every game features endings for each of the playable factions, via separate campaigns that often share early plot points. Each ExpansionPack or sequel that advances the plot [[CuttingOffTheBranches Cuts Off The Branches]] that result in a non-Allied victory, leaving the Allies as the victors. NoCanonForTheWicked, indeed.
** The Allied and Soviet campaigns for ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'' both end with their faction winning the TimeTravel-caused alternate timeline version of World War II and setting up the rise of the Brotherhood of Nod in the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries''.
** In the AlternateContinuity where the Allies won and the Nod never recovered from that setback, ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'' continues the pattern of both Allies and Soviets having campaigns, but only the Allies getting a canonical victory. The ''Yuri's Revenge'' ExpansionPack adds the villainous Yuri faction as a greater evil that [[NoCampaignForTheWicked doesn't even get a campaign]]. The winning faction not only beats Yuri but retroactively wins the war from ''Red Alert 2'' due to TimeTravel. According to ''Red Alert 3'', the Allies win again.
** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' has one ending each for the Allies, the USSR, and the Empire of the Rising Sun, which feature that power as the dominant force in the world. The ''Uprising'' expansion [[CuttingOffTheBranches declared the Allied victory canon]], but ''doesn't'' have mutually exclusive campaign endings.
* {{Fanservice}}: MsFanservice aplenty from ''[=RA2=]'' onwards, occasionally flirtatious. Female skimpy outfits are the norm and far from subtle in ''[=RA3=]''
* FrickinLaserBeams:
** The Allied [[DisintegratorRay Prism]] and Spectrum laser technology in ''Red Alert 2'' and ''3'' respectively.
** One Soviet mission in ''Yuri's Revenge'' puts you on ''the moon'' of all places. As the lack of a breathable atmosphere poses a problem for your infantry, you instead get jetpack-cosmonauts with laser guns.
* FullMotionVideo: The live-action cutscenes are a hallmark of the series (aside from ''Generals''), and ''C&C'' is probably the only franchise that [[GrandfatherClause still uses them]].
* GarrisonableStructures: Introduced in ''Red Alert 2'', and a series staple ever since.
* GatlingGood: The Sentry Gun in ''Red Alert 2'', then Yuri with his own Gatling Turrets and Gatling Tanks.
* GratuitousRussian: While the intro cutscene in the first game contains fairly accurate German [[note]][[ArtisticLicenseHistory well, if you exclude the fact that Shickelgruber didn't adopted the alias "Hitler" at that time, and even that doesn't make the dialogue less accurate to the language]][[/note]], the Russian text is relatively or [[{{Egregious}} straight]] gibberish, not to mention this trope goes all the way through the series. For instance, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_Y6cVQUJb0&feature=player_detailpage#t=416s the end cutscene of Allies' mission 2]] shows a sign "АПОСНО! НЕ ВИХОА"[[note]][[IntentionalEngrishForFunny DENGAR! NOT ESCARE]][[/note]], the more correct translation of which, in context, would be "ОПАСНАЯ ЗОНА! ВЪЕЗД ЗАПРЕЩЁН"[[note]]DANGER ZONE! NO TRESPASSING[[/note]].
** During a fade-to-black clip in ''[=RA3=]'', a sign which reads "Изменение"[[note]]Change[[/note]] would be seen, although it would have been a better idea to write it as "Измена"[[note]]Betrayal[[/note]].
** ForeignCussWord:
** One of the books in Stalin's study reads as "БРЭТ ЖОПА"[[note]]BRET ASS[[/note]], while the Tesla Armor is marked as "БИТЧ"[[note]]The Russian spelling of the English pronounciation of the word "BITCH"[[/note]].
** Sometimes, it's avoided in the spoken form, but thanks to the accents, [[DoubleSubvertedTrope not by much]]. For instance, after you complete all Ukrainian missions, ''Retaliation'' has general Topolov saying "За Россию! За женщин! За русских женищин!"[[note]]For Russia! For women! For Russian women![[/note]] while he gulps a glass of vodka after every sentence. Premier Cherdenko from ''[=RA3=]'', portrayed by TimCurry, mentioned that he won't say the player "до свидания"[[note]]do svidania, goodbye[[/note]] because they won't meet again (yet there is a proper word for that situation in Russian, "прощайте"[[note]]proshaite, plural or formal form of "farewell"[[/note]]). The series keep messing the word "comrade" the way it was used in USSR [[note]]The actual word was "товарищ", pronounced as "tovarisch"[[/note]], though, no matter whether the actors attempted to speak Russian or not.
** Westwood ''have'' managed to get a proper Russian-speaking actor for one of the ''Red Alert 2'' cutscenes, though: when General Vladimir gets spotted in a closet by a navy admiral, the latter says: "Нет, нет! Я нашёл его!" [[note]]No, no! I found him![[/note]]. It's not clear what the "No, no!" part means in the storyline's context.
** Kind of averted again during the Soviet campaign in ''Yuri's Revenge''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yxp93NA2IE&t=136s Before the third mission,]] Romanov throws an issue of [=TYME=] magazine on the table, the cover of which reads as "Поимка! [[note]]Catch![[/note]] Американский президент унижается ниже Российского ботинка. [[note]]American president goes under a Russian boot[[/note]]". Surprisingly enough, the sentence is correct both grammar and word-order wise, but however, not only in sounds slightly odd to a native Russian speaker (especially the "poimka" part), the language itself doesn't have the country adjectives written with a capital letter [[note]]Technically, that would make "Russian" look like just "russian", which is perfectly proper even in formal Russian.[[/note]].
* HeroicDolphin: Used by the Allies in the second and third games.
* HistoricalInJoke:
** The Cuba crisis in ''Red Alert 2''.
** The iconic acknowledgment "We will bury them!" (uttered in both sequels) paraphrases a famous quote by [[HistoryOfTheUSSR Nikita Khrushchev]], who presumably never gets to be Stalin's successor and Premier in this timeline.
** The American sneak attack on Japanese-controlled Pearl Harbor in Red Alert 3.
* HistoricalVillainDowngrade:
** The Soviets after the first game. The first game gives what many accounts would consider an accurate depiction of Stalin's regime, but in the next two games they're just a joke.
** A bigger case is the Empire of the Rising Sun in [=RA=] 3, who are clearly modeled after [[ImperialJapan Imperialist Japan]], which in real life was infamous for its war crimes, which include pointless mass murders by the hundreds of thousands, enslavement of tens of thousands of women as sex slaves, and performing medical experiments on prisoners from their colonies that killed thousands of people. Even the whole honor aspect that's presented as a joke in the game was a scary thing in real life; they considered surrender dishonorable and would execute or use enemies who surrendered as slave labor, and fed their civilians propaganda about the Allies that drove them to commit suicide by the tens of thousands when America invaded the Japanese home islands. All of these thing are of course never brought up in the game and the Empire is simply presented as an over-the-top comedic organization, though interestingly it is brought up in an in-progress mod called ''RedAlert3Paradox'' where in the mod's version of [=RA=] 3 events, [[MoralEventHorizon the Empire butchered a major Soviet city]].
* HotterAndSexier: Compare the amount of female characters (not counting the civilan ones) in the [[TheSmurfettePrinciple original]] ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert Red Alert]]'' with ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2 Red Alert 2]]'' and ''[[SerialEscalation then]]'' ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3 Red Alert 3]]''. And the latter actually includes some really '''hot''' babes.
* HumanResources:
** In ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2 Red Alert 2]]'', you can gain funds by sending infantry back into the Cloning Vats. In the add-on game ''Yuri's Revenge'', the antagonist faction has a building specifically for this purpose, called a Grinder.
** The Grinder returns as a Soviet structure in ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3 Red Alert 3]]'', where it's called the Crusher Crane. If you're feeling more charitable, it can also repair vehicles.
** Red Alert 2's editable INI files refer to the recycle-value of a unit as "soylent", in a fun bit of referential humor.
** Yuri's power plants could also improve their output if a soldier (One of Yuri's army or a mind-controlled enemy) was forced inside. However, this is a temporary boost, as the soldiers can leave the power plants again.
* HurricaneOfPuns:
** In ''[=RA3=] Uprising'', everything the Cryo Legionnaire says are cold-related puns of commonly used terms and {{Bond One Liner}}s such as "It's snow time!" and "Let's kick some ice!", this said imitating Schwarzenegger's voice, who acted as Mr. Freeze in the [[Film/BatmanAndRobin Worst Batman Movie Of All Time]]. The name of the unit itself is a pun of an Allied unit from ''[=RA2=]''.
** Tesla Troopers with electricity puns such as "Here is your electric bill", " No Resistance" , "Like a Christmas tree", "Why so negative?".
** This started with the Shock Troopers from the first game's add-on pack, ''The Aftermath''. "Extra crispy!" "Fully charged!" "''Shocking!''"
** The ''[=RA2=]'' Desolators spout nuclear and environmental puns, such as "[[Music/TheBeatles Here Comes The Sun!]]" and "It will be a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Spring Silent Spring]]." Given the nature of the Desolator and the timeframe of the game, this could even be a HistoricalInJoke.
* IdiotBall: The Western Allies in the RA verse apparently decided that rather than, say, occupying, disarming, dismantling, and forcibly reforming the old Soviet Empire and its satellites after defeating them in the bloodiest war mankind had seen at the time, it would be better to reconstitute it, place [[DirtyCommunists Alexei]] [[TsaristRussia Romanov]] in the Kremlin, and then back off while ignoring Soviet rearmament and moves to reconstruct the old Stalinist alliances. [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong What could possibly go wrong]]? To be fair, we more or less made the same mistake in our own history with Germany after UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, and we know what [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII happened]]. However, even when the allied powers made the mistake in World War I, people were saying that back then that it was a horrible idea, so the Allies have no excuse.
** Arguably, in-universe nothing bad happened with Germany thanks to all that time-travel. Still not very smart.
* ILoveNuclearPower: The Soviets want to marry it. Of particular note are the Desolators. In ''Red Alert 2'', they come with a radiation beam that skeletonizes infantry, and have a secondary ability that can deny a sizeable tract of land to your enemies. In ''Uprising'' they have a [[DisSimile chemical sprayer]] and an acid shotgun/cannon reducing enemy amour. Heavily so.
* InvadedStatesOfAmerica: Red Alert 2 is all about this. Several missions in RedAlert3 are also about invasions of the US mainland.
* JustAStupidAccent:
** The Soviets in all ''Red Alert'' releases. Also the Japanese in ''Red Alert 3''. All the briefing and communication videos are in English. Some of the units sometimes say things in their native language though.
** Taken to humorous extremes in ''Red Alert 3'' when [[spoiler: Tanya is able to lure the Soviet ships at Cannes into a trap by speaking English with a fake Russian accent.]] Perhaps everyone just speaks English in this timeline...
* KaizoTrap:
** In the penultimate original Soviet mission, blindly following your objective (destroy or capture the Allied Chronosphere) would make you fail - you have to destroy all Allied presence in the sector first before doing anything with the Chronosphere.
** In ''Red Alert 3'', at one point you must prevent [[spoiler:President Ackerman]] from reaching a specific objective point without killing him. Once you destroy the objective point (attempting to simply kill him yourself is itself a KaizoTrap), he uses his own Chrono technology to warp over to an airstrip in an area you might not have thought to cover and attempt to flee.
*** Ackerman's car movement is a DisguisedTimer. A clever player can try to use cryo-copters protected by Apollo fighters and other units to freeze his car's movement which would effectively remove the time limit. However, said player will be surprised by an unexpected cut-scene which shows Ackerman gloating as he supposedly reached the point. The car will still be frozen in place, too.
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler: The Soviet campaign in the original game, which its entire cast killed one by one, until the player character is the only one left.]]
* KillItWithFire: Flame tanks, flame infantry, firebombing, flame towers. Of course, flame weapons are more devastating to infantry than to armor.
* LargeHam:
** Stalin in ''Red Alert 1''.
** Premier Romanov in ''Red Alert 2'' is made of glorious ham.
** ''Red Alert 3'' has TimCurry, Jonathan Pryce, J.K. Simmons, and George Takei, and Creator/DavidHasselhoff in a {{cameo}}, all building a merry WorldOfHam.
* LegacyCharacter: Tanya. Somewhat vague thanks to every campaign in the Red Alert series taking place in its own alternate universe, but her [=RA3=] unit profile makes it clear that "Tanya" is a title that is passed down from one woman to another (whose real names are all classified) through the ages.
* LighterAndSofter: The first ''Red Alert'' had you massacre an anti-Soviet resistance or fight to stop Stalin from nuking London. ''Red Alert 2'' had several landmarks razed, Chicago nuked and a General killed by a suicide bomber, but on the other hand also mind-controlled squid and tanks that pretended to be trees. ''Red Alert 3'' let you fire armored war bears out of a cannon and TimCurry.
* LightningGun: All those Soviet ''Tesla'' weapons.
* MilitaryMashupMachine: Pick one from the list, and it's probably here somewhere.
* MissionBriefing: You get them in front of pretty much every mission in the series. Red Alert 3 is particularly egr...notable, in that it gives you three for every mission: first the live action cutscene, then the world map briefing, and followed finally by a mission map briefing.
* MonumentalDamage: Often, in every game.
* MultinationalTeam: The Allies, whose in-game units include American, Australian, Korean, British, German, Spanish, French, Dutch [...] nationals with their respective accents.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast:
** Aside from Kane himself, some of the units bring up this trope, most of them being units that are incredibly apt at wiping out large amounts of particular enemies.
** From [=RA2=] and [=RA3=], many of the Soviet units. The [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Apocalypse]] [[TankGoodness Tank]], Desolators, Reapers, Harbingers, Terror Drones...
* NationalWeapon:
** The Allies and Soviets have two each: [[ActionGirl Tanya]] and the Chronosphere for the Allies, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Apocalypse]] [[TankGoodness Tank]] and the Iron Curtain for the Soviets.
** A few more seem to have popped up for the Allies between 2 and 3: [=IFVs=], [[CoolBoat Aircraft Carriers]], Mirage Tanks, and [[HeroicDolphin dolphins.]]
** The [[CoolAirship Kirov]] has similarly been immortalized by the Soviets.
* NighInvulnerability: The Iron Curtain in the second and third games temporarily makes a few buildings or vehicles immune to all damage. It kills infantry, though.
* UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla: Though he never appears or is even mentioned overtly in the series, it's safe to say ''Red Alert'' is probably where a lot of people first heard of Tesla.
* NonEntityGeneral: {{Lampshaded}} in ''Red Alert 3'', where near the end of the end of the Soviet campaign, a Conscript suggests that due to your success in taking it, [[spoiler:New York City]] will be renamed "Commandersgrad" implying the non-entity-commander is actually ''named'' "Commander".
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent:
** President Dugan is a President Target, Personable and Iron in certain amounts.
** President Ackerman is Lunatic-Paranoid and borderline Evil, with shades of TheExtremistWasRight.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep: The Soviets have become progressively sillier, cartoonier villains as the series ran its course, going from fear-inspiring Nazi counterparts in Red Alert 1 to near laughable villains by RedAlert3 - along with the rest of the universe, though. Uprising undoes it a bit, having a bit of seriousness (particularly the Soviet campaign). In-Game, Mammoth Tanks and their counterparts have become progressively less threatening over the series - while they were always vulnerable to good micro, by RA3 they were utterly helpless against aircraft and could be disabled by (none-too) tactful application of a freeze ray.
* PowerGlows: Starting with ''Red Alert 2'', any unit that makes it to Heroic (max veterancy) status will find their weapon fire glowing red, either in the form of a large red muzzle flash, the projectiles themselves glow, or the explosions they create are bright red. Heroic-level Grizzly, Rhino, and Apocalypse tanks launched two miniature nuclear shells per barrel, and Heroic-level V3 Launchers and Dreadnoughts launched V3 rockets with small nuclear warheads. Kirovs also got tesla bombs, at least doubling the area of effect with a blue electrical glow.
* PsychicPowers: Yuri is capable of mind control, and the Empire of the Rising Sun's hero unit in ''Red Alert 3'' has powerful telekinetic powers. Yuri pulls a psychic possession ''over a telephone'' at the beginning of ''Red Alert 2'' With the aid of a special building, he can mind control an entire hemisphere!
* PsychicRadar: Thanks to Yuri, you too can employ psychics to monitor your battlefield and predict the movement of enemy troops!
* RedScare: The USSR are the main villains of the series.
* RetGone:
** The Chrono Legionnaire from Red Alert 2 had a gun that would ''erase people from the space-time continuum''. Storyline wise, this happened to Hitler and Einstein.
** During the time-erasing process, the target can't take damage from anything else; removing your own buildings from spacetime temporarily allows them to easily survive direct hits from ''nukes'', though your poor Legionnaires still get melted.
* ReverseCerebusSyndrome: See LighterAndSofter, above.
* SchizoTech: The original ''Red Alert'' is set during the '50s, but features Apache helicopters ('86), the [=M1A1=] Abrams ('80), and Hinds ('72). ''Red Alert 2'' is set during the '70s but could pass for the modern day.
* SensualSlavs: Lieutenant "Vinter in Moscow iz cold... but purrrhaps zis vinter vill be... different?" Zofia in ''2'' and Lieutenant Dasha Fedorovich, played by Bosnian-born Ivana Milicevic, in ''3''.
* SerialEscalation: The first game takes place in an AlternateHistory. WordOfGod states that ''Yuri's Revenge'' takes place in an alternate alternate history. ''Red Alert 3'' takes place in an alternate ''alternate'' alternate history.
* SeriousBusiness: What constitutes {{Canon}} is probably the most SeriousBusiness in any fan community of an RTS game.
* ShoutOut: Numerous, specific examples are covered by the work's pages.
* SlapOnTheWristNuke:
** Actual nuclear bombs to do little more than wipe out a few buildings in ''Red Alert''
** Downplayed in ''[=RA2=]'' and averted in ''[=RA3=]''. Nuclear weapons themselves do no exist, but each faction's equivalent superweapon can wipe out whole bases.
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: The games get progressively sillier, in contrast to the Tiberian series, which does the opposite.
* SmoochOfVictory: From [=RA2=] onwards, after winning the campaign, most of the female characters look forward to express their gratitude to the commander in private.
* StandardSciFiArmy: Almost every single unit mentioned can be found in one or more of the Command and Conquer games. Despite being set in the 1950's, '"Red Alert'' still manages to provide exotic weapons, such as the teleporting ''Chronosphere'' and ''chronotank'', weaponized Tesla coils, and force field generators.
* TheStarscream:
** Just about all of Stalin's cronies in ''Red Alert 1''.
** Yuri in ''Red Alert 2'' and ''Yuri's Revenge''.
** Subverted in ''Red Alert 3'': [[spoiler: Cherdenko tricks the player into thinking Krukov is TheStarscream - then it turns out Cherdenko ''himself'' is TheStarscream. President Akerman also, as it turns out, becomes TheStarscream, though [[WellIntentionedExtremist only because he thought he was doing the right thing]]. Or because he was an Empire robot. One of the two.]].
** Subverted with the Empire: Tatsu is [[RedHerring baited]] as the Starscream to his father for the first half of the campaign but the two eventually reconcile their differences after Emperor Yoshiro hears the AwfulTruth about the Empire's origins.
* StrangeBedfellows: The Allies and the Soviets join forces in Yuri's Revenge to take down Yuri, and again in Red Alert 3 to deal with the Empire.
* {{Steampunk}}: The Soviets in ''Red Alert'', especially ''2'' and ''3''. More specifically, Tesla Punk, since they don't use steam power, though they certainly do use the steampunk style.
* SuperSoldier:
** The Desolators of ''Red Alert 2'' and ''3: Uprising'', bonus points since they are uncrushable, in ''Red Alert 2'' they are heavy armoured elite soldiers armed with radioactive cannons which meltdown infantry and light vehicles with ease, their secondary is the ability to contaminate an entire area with nucler radiation powerful enough to keep killing units even after the desolators have moved out, in Uprising they are portrayed as [[EqualOpportunityEvil terminal ill]] [[SociopathicSoldier sadists]] in [[PoweredArmor armored]] [[ManInTheMachine life-support suits]] capable to [[MadeOfIron withstand insane amounts of damage and pain]], they use as weapons sprayers [[Narm/VideoGames which look like gas dispensers]], that release vile jets of chemical waste capable to meltdown any kind of infantry, including the female heroes, in the most horrific way, their secondary attack launches an corrosive core which slowdown units and make vehicles and structures highly vulnerable to their primary weapons, [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential sounds cool eh?]]
** The expansions to ''Red Alert'' featured Volkov, a 1950s Soviet Cyborg and his dog, Chitzkoi. Volkov had enough firepower and durability to take on a ''battleship'' (this being one of his missions!).
** ''Uprising'' also features the Steel Ronin, who are disgraced Imperial commanders in [[PoweredArmor armored]] [[ManInTheMachine life support suits]], although these guys are armed with [[BladeOnAStick energy-bladed naginatas]] that can cleave through tanks and entire ranks of infantry.
* SupervillainLair:
** In ''Yuri's Revenge'', Yuri has a secret island, a family castle in Transylvania, and even a moonbase. Premier Cherdenko and President Ackerman have their own in ''Red Alert 3'', [[Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice the former inside a volcano]], the latter around Mount Rushmore. The secret Futuretech research facility takes place in a haunted castle lair.
** Lampshaded with Yuri's castle when Premier Romanov makes fun of it briefly ("He is like monster from movies") before he gave the Soviet commander the order to destroy it.
* SupportPower: Trope codifier for Type One support powers, choc full of every type in most games in the series.
* TakeOverTheWorld: The Soviets want this in all three games, as do the Empire in the third. [[spoiler:Depending on how you interpret what the Vice President says in the Allied ending, maybe the Allies too]].
* TankGoodness: Each side in ''Red Alert'' (''all'' the ones, just about) get a signature killer tank: The Mammoth Tank in [=RA1=] (yes, a simple PaletteSwap of GDI's machine); the more evolved Apocalypse ''and'' the Tesla Tank of the Soviets in [=RA2=], along with the Allies' Prism Tank and Mirage Tank; the Allies' Battle Fortress in Yuri's Revenge; and not only do the Apocalypse tank, Tesla tank and Mirage tank make a return for [=RA3=] but the Allies gain an amphibious ''naval destroyer'' as well as discussed earlier. The Tesla Tank is now a speedboat with spider legs for walking on land. Even discounting the [[HumongousMecha King Oni]], the Japanese still have the WaveMotionGun tank.
** The Allies didn't really have any cool tanks in ''Red Alert.'' Unless you count the teleporting one. In the Counterstrike expansion pack, the Allies where about to get a stealth tank that shoots missiles, but unfortunately it was cancelled, and only shows up in a (Soviet) mission.
* TechnoBabble: Lots of it. Repeatedly lampshaded, as the scientist characters generally fill in the generals on the technology while the player is being briefed. Since the generals can make neither head nor tail of what they're being told however, they cannot go on to explain to the player. ( [After lots of rambling about physics] "Yes, but what does [The Iron Curtain in Red Alert] actually ''do''" "It makes units invulnerable" "Thank you")
* TeleFrag: Using the Chronosphere in ''Red Alert'' to teleport infantry will automatically kill them. In ''Red Alert 2 and 3'', the Chronosphere can also be used to teleport tanks onto water or ships onto land, thereby destroying them.
** Additionally, in RA3 Chronosphering tank A to a spot occupied by tank B results in the destruction of tank A.
* TemporalParadox:
** Precisely what happens to the "old" timeline when you change history in ''Red Alert'' is never explained, but no Universe-Ending Paradoxes ever ensue.
** In [=RA1=], Albert Einstein went back in time to eliminate Adolf Hitler, resulting in a time-split and thus stopping WWII in its roots in this RA universe. However Stalin's communist Russia rose to an even higher power without a critical enemy.
** Overuse of the Chronosphere creates Chrono Vortices, which are literal paradoxes and can kill anything.
** [=RA2's=] add-on ''Yuri's Revenge'' lets you travel back to the beginning of [=RA2=], which is another time-split. At the canon end of ''[=YR]='', the timelines merge again.
** [=RA3=] begins with the Soviets, after [=RA2=] (''Yuri's Revenge?'') traveling back in time to eliminate Albert Einstein. The new world they arrive in has no nuclear technology, but Russia has almost defeated Allied Nations... and there's a rising empire with HumongousMecha just around the corner.
* ThemedCursor: When you have an unit selected, your cursor becomes a sonar-like pattern when hovering over passable terrain, a "no" symbol when over impassable terrain and a crosshair when over enemies.
* TimeMachine: Einstein builds one to kill Hitler, then the Soviets build one to kill him.
** Supposedly the '''Chrono'''sphere, but it acts more like a [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleporter]].
*** AllThereInTheManual for the first game says it stops time and thus allows units to move to a new location before restarting time, though that doesn't resemble what appears on screen at all. [[FullMotionVideos FMVs]] shows it as opening a hole vehicles can walk through.
*** Einstein actually says in ''Red Alert 2'' that the Chronosphere is a device for teleporting objects, " . . . Through time, ''und'' through space." It does both at the same time, or none at all. (The exception being the time machine from ''Yuri's Revenge'')
* TimeTravel: The ''Red Alert'' series. By Red Alert 3 we're on an alternate ''alternate'' timeline.
* TimeyWimeyBall: Just ''try'' to explain the canon. Go on, [[WMG/CommandAndConquer we dare you]].
** Chronologically speaking: at some point in an alternate history where AlbertEinstein single-handedly developed a method of time travel technology as well as the standard nuclear weapons, he decided that [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct he's had enough]] of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. The technology he develops allows one to go back in time to a given point, but if one touches any living thing from that time, they are erased, and the time traveler returns to the present, sans the now obliqued-from-history individual. Upon returning, Einstein finds that he saved the world from Hitler, sure, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero only to damn it even worse]] to JosefStalin. The events of the original Red Alert then ensue, and the paths break (or are simply bad writing) as follows:
*** I. The Allies, especially Germany and Britain, and without direct American military assistance, defeat the Soviet Union. A brave new world then develops throughout the remainder of the 20th century... until the arrival of a strange substance of ''still'' unknown origin.
* TitleDrop:
** At the end of the setup for ''Red Alert'', Kane declares:
--> '''Kane''': [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour He who controls the past, commands the future]]... he who [[TitleDrop commands the future conquers the past]].
** Also in ''Yuri's Revenge'', Yuri states "The entire world and all of its history is mine, to Command and Conquer"
* UnitsNotToScale: instead of complaining that the Allies managed to get an aircraft carrier in a lake, the Soviets should wonder what sort of lake can easily fit well over 50 aircraft carriers side-to-side.
* VideogameCaringPotential: Once you get a [[VeteranUnit heroic unit]], you are going to want to keep them alive. Plus, you definitely get attached to the commandos, given all the one man (or woman) army missions you'll go through.
* VillainDecay: The Soviets coming across as more and more goofy and stupid each game makes them much less threatening.
** In the third game, they completely displace the Allies as the viewpoint faction, dominating the promotional artwork, the main menu, and even claiming the tutorial itself.
* VillainProtagonist: The Soviet and Imperial campaigns, although the Soviets get less terrifying and more campy over the course of the games, and the Imperials are straight camp right off the bat.
* WaveMotionGun:
** The Empire of the Rising Sun's artillery in ''Red Alert 3'', called [[SpaceBattleshipYamato Wave Motion Guns]], and their floating fortresses use tri-barreled versions.
** The Allies' spectrum cannons used by spectrum towers and mirage tanks.
* WeaponizedLandmark:
** ''Red Alert 3'' is the trope namer. Mt. Rushmore houses a laser, and its faces shoot lasers.
** ''Red Alert 2'' had, in the Soviet campaign, the Eiffel Tower used as a giant tesla coil.
** Shortly after, in the Soviet mission in Washington, try get close to the Washington monument. It shoots laser!
* WellIntentionedExtremist:
** Stalin in ''Red Alert'' and his cronies try to pass themselves off as well-intentioned, particularly in his cronies' [[TheStarscream Starscream-esque]] moments.
** Likewise Premier Cherdenko and Emperor Yashiro in ''Red Alert 3'', [[spoiler: while President Akerman explicitly becomes this]].
* WorldOfHam: Goes full-force since ''Red Alert 2'', turning the storyline into pure [[{{Eagleland}} Allied Forces]][[HamToHamCombat -to-]][[GloriousMotherRussia Soviet Union]] [[HamToHamCombat Combat]], and the ham ball doesn't even get smaller in the sequel!
* WorldWarIII: The second game is an alternate World War III in the 1970s, taking place after the alternate World War II in ''Red Alert'', and {{retcon}}ning its connection to the ''Tiberian'' series. ''Red Alert 3'' is an alternate ''alternate'' World War III, coming in at the end of the alternate World War II with the Allies enjoying their victory, erasing the events of [=RA2=].
* YouRequireMoreVespeneGas: Ore and Power.

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