This page is for the YMMV tropes of Machinima/RedVsBlue.

!!Arc-Specific
[[index]]
* ''YMMV/RedVsBlueTheBloodGulchChronicles'': Seasons 1-5 plus "Out of Mind"
* ''YMMV/RedVsBlueTheRecollection'': Seasons 6-8 plus "Recovery One" and "Relocated"
* ''YMMV/RedVsBlueTheProjectFreelancerSaga'': Seasons 9-10
* ''YMMV/RedVsBlueTheChorusTrilogy'': Seasons 11-13
* ''YMMV/RedVsBlueSeason14'': Season 14
* ''YMMV/RedVsBlueSeason15'': Season 15
[[/index]]
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!!Series-Wide
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Church gets some of this on several levels
** How does he really feel about his teammates? Despite his repeated declarations of hatred towards all of the Blood Gulch Crew, he does seam to care about other blues at least a little bit. Notably, when Caboose gets shot in Season 5, he lets out an honest BigNo, and he arguably seemed to despise him the most.
** Did Alpha-Church really died not believing himself to be an AI? Perhaps yes. Perhaps he knew it to be true, but he was simply in [[FiveStagesOfGrief denial.]] [[EpilepticTrees Or perhaps he fully realised this]], and his last words were simply an attempt to calm himself down before pulling off a HeroicSacrifice, or even just a grim joke?
** While this is something of an existential question, how much does Epsilon have to do with Church's previous incarnation? Is he a legitmate reincarnation, or is he just someone who started to resemble Church after letting some of his memories sink in?
* ArchivePanic: Along with the first 13 seasons on Netflix (and 14\15 also on DVD), every episode - plus the miniseries and many of the [=PSAs=] - is available on the series' own Website/YouTube channel! Of course it's over 300 episodes, resulting in at least ''one whole day'' of footage, so [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUBVPK8x-XMjLwdUZdZzGBk2XZBJvJK7V binging all at once is not recommended.]]
* BaseBreakingCharacter: Agent Carolina. One sides sympathizes with her, pointing how she was the victim of the Director's manipulations as well as betrayal by her teammates. They also appreciate her relationship with York and [[spoiler: were saddened that they were never able to get together]]. The other side hates her for being a {{Jerkass}} in [[spoiler:the present day to the Reds and Blues]] and blames her for everything that went wrong with Project Freelancer, even though all of it wasn't her fault. The later seasons have made her [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap much more well-loved]], however, as she TookALevelInKindness, seeing the Blood Gulch Crew as her [[TrueCompanions new family]], and outright fears them dying ([[TearJerker and saw them]] [[NightmareFuel die in Santa's vision]]). And in season 15, she seems to have become [[GoingNative just as crazy]] as the crew.
** VIC's quirky and bizarre nature makes viewers find him either hilarious or unbearably annoying.
* BetterThanCanon: Many fans consider the [[CerebusSyndrome increasingly dark]] and [[RewatchBonus intricate]] plots to be better than those of ''Halo''.
* BrokenBase:
** The Season 13 PSA about trigger warnings resulted in a pretty instant, pretty messy split between three camps: Those who felt the episode was hilarious for lampooning the PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad tendencies of some trigger warning users (As well as pointing out how these people make it hard to take real triggers seriously thanks to their overusage of them for mundane things), those who don't find the jokes funny due to the reason behind trigger warnings in the first place[[note]]to give a heads up to PTSD-sufferers about content that might induce an episode[[/note]], and those who didn't care either way for the episode, but found it in poor taste to release something so controversial despite knowing and lampshading the InternetBackdraft it would cause, given RT's own very anti-politics-on-site nature. Then there's the smaller camp who found the intense reactions from both sides ridiculously over sensitive or hypocritical, regardless of if they themselves liked or disliked the video AND regardless of their own opinion on trigger warnings.
** When the series should have ended, if it should've ended at all. Some say it should've ended at Season 5, since it gives a sincerely sad ending to a hilarious series about [[BookEnds how pointless everything was.]] Others say Season 10, with the lore and formula having been deconstructed and reconstructed, backstory having been explained, and characters having been pushed to their limits. Still others say Season 13, with The Chorus Trilogy giving fresh air to the franchise, proving it can work in an overall new setting, and ending with the death of what is essentially the show's main character. Season 14 was controversial in itself, but some say Vic's goodbye speech would've been an acceptable ending. And of course, others are happy that the series is still ongoing.
** The biggest split thus far has been between those who like the series for the military-themed dialogue-focused comedy of the Blood Gulch Chronicles (particularly seasons 4 and 5) versus those who prefer the action-thriller direction and deep plot that season 6 adopted.
* CompleteMonster:
** [[spoiler:Chairman Malcom Hargrove]] is the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corrupt CEO of Charon Industries]]. Using his position, [[spoiler:Hargrove]] illegally used UNSC soldiers as a private security force. [[spoiler:Starting up investigation against Project Freelancer, Hargrove used it to take Freelancer's technology for his own use while arresting anyone involved in the project, even going as far as releasing a serial killer from prison to help him.]] Finding alien artifacts on the planet Chorus, he hired a group of SpacePirates to kill everyone on the planet by manipulating them into a CivilWar. He sent ships containing cargo for the mercenaries to use to the planet, where the mercs killed everyone on the ship and steal the cargo for their own use. When the Reds and Blues got involved, [[spoiler:Hargrove]] took advantage by having them escalate the conflict with the intention to kill them when they were no longer necessary. When the mission was jeopardized, he threatened to kill his lead mercs by sending a new agent to finish the job. [[spoiler:When exposed, he decided to kill as many of the people as possible out of spite rather than surrender.]]
** [[AIIsACrapshoot Sigma]], representing the Alpha's [[AmbitionIsEvil ambition]] and [[ManipulativeBastard creativity]], is the most evil AI in the Meta. [[spoiler:Interested in becoming human, Sigma gradually took over the mind of Agent Maine and increased his violence. He also manipulated Agent Carolina into getting two AI, leading to a mental breakdown, and helped torture the Alpha. Using Maine, Sigma stole Carolina's AI before nearly killing her.]] As part of the Meta, Sigma hunted down other Freelancer's for their equipment and AI. The AI would be forcibly implanted into the Meta, whether they were willing or not. He also slaughtered multiple simulation teams as well as any recovery agents encountered. In a final bid to steal the Alpha, Sigma and the Meta attacked Freelancer Command, killing everyone stationed there and cornering and almost killing Agent Washington. [[spoiler:Even with his destruction by EMP, Sigma's manipulation ensured that the broken Maine would continue to act as the Meta.]]
** [[spoiler:Felix, real name Isaac Gates]] is a PsychoForHire with a love for killing. When he fought in the Great War, he never showed any mercy to his enemies, even those that were trying to surrender. When one of his teammates, Locus, was broken by the war, [[spoiler:Felix]] kept him from getting help and molded him into his partner. Hired to create a CivilWar on the planet Chorus, the mercenary took pleasure in [[spoiler:infiltrating one the sides while he was leading them to their deaths]]. He also led the raid on a prison ship where the entire crew is killed and the prisoners who are not worthy to join forces with him [[ThrownOutTheAirlock ejected from the ship]]. Hearing about the Purge, he was unable to resist being the one to personally kill off everyone, showing that he doesn't care about the orders and more about just killing for the hell of it, perfectly willing to sacrifice his own men to do so. When [[spoiler:the Purge temple]] was destroyed, [[spoiler:Felix]] pointlessly went after the Reds and Blues just so he can kill them.
* CryForTheDevil:
** For all the Director's horrific war crimes, manipulation, large-scale MindRape, and callusness towards everyone, his love for Allison is his one sympathetic quality that reminds you he was once a decent human being. In the season 10 finale, his breakdown into a hopeless, broken shell of a man is one of the saddest moments in the series.
** Despite his years of killing and ruthless pragmatism, Locus is a troubled soldier still suffering Post-Traumatic Stress after the Covenant war, bullied into a killing machine by his commander and Felix.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Quite a few, as to be expected of a series running since 2003.
** Lopez, among the original BGC crew. Since the ensemble cast is such that all of them could be considered main characters, save everyone's favorite Mexican robot. The sheer oddness of the concept, combined with his extremely sarcastic and fatalist mindset provide some of the best jokes in the early seasons.
** Agent York and his AI partner Delta, introduced in the "Out of Mind" miniseries. York's grumpy if amiable charm and Delta's general intelligence and NotSOAboveItAll moments made them really stand out in a series that at the time was starved for competent characters. Despite the fact that both were killed off by the end of a series that only lasted fifteen minutes, the writers seemed to agree, as Delta was brought back every chance they got and given a significant amount of speaking lines in most seasons after, and York received a prominent role with plenty of screentime in the prequels.
** Sister and Junior. They were introduced in the late beginning of season 5 and didn't get much screentime or a lot to do by the writers, despite their potential to shake up the group dynamic. They were promptly PutOnABus for the longest time, furthering the sentiment as both were presumed dead for years. RT even acknowledged how fans liked them in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGJBbSxB9X4 a deleted scene for Season 9]]. There's hope yet, as they're confirmed alive and well in the season 13 finale. Sister did return for one episode in Season 15, and is confirmed for 16.
** CT, both the original and her successor had a comparatively small amount of scenes in the prequels, but when the extent of their tragic relationship was revealed that ended with one hell of a [[TearJerker beautiful love ballad]], it surprised and saddened many that didn't think the show could be so warm and emotional.
** More or less every soldier with a name in both the New Republic and Federal Army of Chorus, and even some unnamed ones such as the medic girl who occasionally spoke. In particular, the entire rookie squad, and of those, Katie Jensen received the most attention for her {{Adorkable}} qualities. The other standout is Dr. Emily Grey, whose [[GenkiGirl bubbly personality]] and [[MadScientist psychotic madness]] was beloved by the fanbase, even those that didn't like the Chorus cast.
%%* EvilIsCool:
%%* EvilIsSexy:
* FanPreferredCouple:
** Pick a Red Vs Blue fanfiction, any Red vs Blue fanfiction, if it even vaguely involves romance in some way chances are good that [[PortmanteauCoupleName Grimmons]] will either be the main, secondary or supporting couple of said fic.
** Tuckington (Tucker and Washington) also become pretty popular in the fandom after the events of the Chorus Civil War arc. It helps that the two spend almost all their time together during that arc [[spoiler: and at least some of Tucker's motivation to become a better soldier is to rescue Wash after he's kidnapped at the end of season 11]].
** Carolina/York is very popular thanks to their interactions, even though the latter died before anything could truly become out of it. [[PortmanteauCoupleName CarWash \ Washolina]] (Carolina/Wash) has also gained a lot of popularity after season 15, episode 10.
* FountainOfMemes: More often then not, expect Caboose to be quoted by fans of Red vs Blue.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Caboose's Image Song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlsi-cOOVyM I'm Your Best Friend]] was once a heartwarming single about Caboose's happiness about being near Church. [[spoiler: Come season 13's ending, the song is nothing but sadness since Caboose will likely never see Church again. And he was already TheWoobie to begin with.]]
* HarsherInHindsight: Early in the series, Grif saves Sarge from a bullet wound to the head with CPR, and Sarge ([[ItMakesSenseInContext unfairly]]) chews him out for such a stupid choice of medical attention. Years later, when mass shootings became a major hot button issue in 2018, Rick Santorum got into hot water for suggesting students learn CPR.
* HesJustHiding: With the show's habit of going from DeathIsCheap to DeaderThanDead in suitably serious moments, you can see why there's so many examples.
** Many fans don't buy the [[spoiler:Meta's DisneyVillainDeath]] and believe he will make a reappearance. As of Season 13, [[spoiler:Maine is confirmed dead but his empty armour is in the possession of Malcolm Hargrove. Many episodes were spent hammering in the fact that yes, he's indeed dead, and the Meta died the moment the EMP wiped out all the original AI fragments.]]
** The Freelancers get this a lot. After [[DevelopingDoomedCharacters spending two seasons characterizing them with their own flaws and friendships]] that made them very likable, they're still doomed to die in ignoble, humiliating deaths and some fans really still hold out hope that some will make a reappearance, unlikely as it seems.
** At the end of season 13, [[spoiler: Epsilon defragments himself in order to create new AI that can manage Tucker's suit, effectively erasing him from existence]]. Since this isn't the first, second, or even third time an incarnation of [[spoiler:Leonard Church]] has died, many fans were hoping this would be another bluff. Unfortunately for said fans, he's confirmed to be KilledOffForReal.
** The same holds true for [[spoiler:Texas/Allison]], even if Epsilon made sure to delete her from his mind, ensuring she could never come back as a part of him. The Director seemed to have another copy lying around, but all of his works were explicitly destroyed by his own order. This is just as well, since the memory of [[spoiler:Allison]] is exhausted being constantly brought back.
** Some fans still believe [[spoiler: Felix]] is alive against all odds and the show's established laws of nature. The temples confirmed he was dead as Locus was able to wield the key that could only be used by a true warrior once the previous was dead. Considering Donut already died and came back once or twice everything's possible.
** You can also add the Triplets. While it's never stated they're dead, the fact that they were left on a barren planet with a trio of enemies that has a limited supply of food and alcohol, and Project Freelancer never bothered to send rescue, some fans hope they made it out regardless. Being possible surviving Freelancers and having a canonical lesbian in their group doesn't hurt.
* HoYay: It's gotten to a point where even the creators lampshade it when outside the show.
* InternetBackdraft: Releasing Season 16 only on Rooster Teeth's website. Aside from the justifiable complaint of RT.com not having subtitles (a problem for non-native English speakers and deaf viewers), it's mostly just people griping that they're not getting the show on Website/YouTube.
* IronWoobie: Tex consistently fails at whatever she's trying to do, not that it stops her from trying or being a badass while doing so. Same can be said of Carolina and Wash, who go on to learn from the past and resolve to put their mistakes behind them.
* MemeticMutation:
** "It's a legitimate strategy!" (Camping.)
** That was the worst throw ever. Of all time.
* {{Moe}}:
** Caboose, for his childish personality and incredible display of stupidity. His upbeat nature and suffering a lot throughout the series make him endearing rather than annoying.
** Wash, whenever he can relax and have fun, especially so in his younger days in Freelancer flashbacks.
** Jensen's just so darn cute, even if we can't see her under the armor. It's the lisp.
** This account's for Theta's popularity. In a series full of BlackComedy, characters who are too dumb to live, casual abuse, and general suffering, the fact that he's a cute AI with the personality and voice of a little kid is just precious.
* PeripheryDemographic: A lot of ''Webvideo/{{RWBY}}'' fans, especially the YouTube reaction/reviewer community, have discovered the show on the off-season when they needed content to react to/review. (both are Rooster Teeth productions, but they couldn't be any more different!)
** Way back in the beginning, Rooster Teeth were surprised that the show had quite a female fanbase along with "the video game nerd/geek kind of market" that was the target audience.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: In season 15, many viewers disliked Jax as an annoying guy who liked to deliver gratuitous movie references. His appearance in season 16, as a PrimaDonnaDirector with a HairTriggerTemper, was much better received.
* {{Sequelitis}}:
** Lightly referenced in the gaming PSA.
--->'''Simmons''': Join us next time for part 2 of our series: sequels.\\
'''Grif''': Parts 3 and 4 are about that, too.
** Despite this being jokingly referenced, Seasons 9 and 10 became much more popular than the previous seasons ever were, and the Chorus Trilogy is beloved by many fans for taking the series in a fresh direction. But then came two divisive seasons, Season 14 (that dropped continuing the plot in lieu of exploring other stories through an anthology) and Season 15 (criticized for wasted potential and such).
* ToughActToFollow:
** Reconstruction (season 6) was such a drastic jump in quality with its fairly serious, DarkerAndEdgier plot and the intimidating villain of the Meta, that it's regarded as the go-to example of CerebusSyndrome, and in the eyes of several fans just couldn't be topped. To the point most fans found Recreation (season 7) a step down in spite of the funny moments. But then Revelation (season 8) delivered huge payoffs to the plot developments of the previous scenes, while also introducing the awesome animated scenes by Creator/MontyOum.
** Then season 10 one-upped the [[AwesomeMusic symphonic metal soundtrack]], large cast of characters of both genders, slick, cinematic cg fight scenes that looked more impressive even than 8 and 9's, and wrapping up many ongoing storylines involving the Freelancers that looked like it could've ended the series then and there.
** Nowadays, the Chorus trilogy is another contender, with its back to basics approach that set out to have a new plot that had little to do with Freelancer agents, giving a fresh direction that blended drama and comedy seamlessly.
* WinBackTheCrowd: Fans who disliked the focus on action and intricate plot that dominated the Recollection (seasons 6-8) and the Freelancer Saga (seasons 9-10) were pleasantly surprised with the Chorus Trilogy (seasons 11-13), for having more to do with the Blood Gulch Crew, a larger emphasis on classic [=RvB=] comedy, pulling focus away from giant action setpieces, making the action more grounded, and for bringing in a new, simpler plot that had little to do with the Freelancers.
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