Awesome: Red vs. Blue

aka: Red Vs Blue The Project Freelancer Saga
Do I hear a...CAR?!
"I am not a thing! My name is Leonard Church. AND YOU WILL FEAR MY LASER FACE!"
Crowning Moments of Awesome from the Web Series Red vs. Blue

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    Season 1 
      • To put this in perspective, Donut tossed a plasma grenade all the way across the entire canyon to blow up both Sheila and Tex.
  • Sarge ordering a missile strike to take down Shelia.
  • Tex managing to retrieve the flag all by herself. It's the first badass thing we ever see her do.
  • Red Team managing to capture Tex is pretty awesome in hindsight once Revelations shows how much of a Bad Ass she is.

    Season 2 
  • Church and Tex forcing O'Malley out of Caboose's mind.
  • Lopez blowing up the Warthog.

    Season 3 
    • "Your toast has been burnt and no amount of scraping will remove the black parts!"
  • Tucker quickly becoming proficient with his new-found sword by killing the Red Zealot.
  • "The Reds and Blues are working together now!"
  • The attack on O'Malley's fortress is pretty awesome.
  • The alien decimating Lopez's robot army.

    Season 4 
  • Wyoming killing the Alien with a missile launcher.
  • Tex taking out the Zealots.
  • Doc actually taking charge for once with O'Malley and getting him to help Tucker.

    Season 5 
  • In episode 98, Tucker manages to get one of his very own. In spite of spending the entire series being almost entirely incompetent, he managed to put a halt to Wyoming's nefarious scheme with spectacular ability. He tricked Wyoming by pretending to be affected by one of his time skips, then stabs him, and uses the time-travel ability to dodge bullets and kill clones. He also managed to grab a hold of sniper rifle that he had been deprived of since the beginning, and get headshots with every single shot.
  • In episode 99, when the Blue Team is under attack by the army of Wyoming clones, the Red Team comes out of nowhere riding on the Warthog and pure ownage happens when the Reds provide pure smackdown on the Wyoming clones. All the time, Ranchero music is blaring on the "Chupathingy's" radio.
  • Church and Tex versus Omega again.
  • Caboose taking on a tank. Then the Warthog. He really is the vehicle destroyer.

  • One cannot forget Washington's epic killing of a Hornet in Valhalla. It involves a man cannon and explosive barrels.
    Wash: Just take that ship down!
    Grif: If it's so easy, why don't you do it?
    Wash: Fine.
    *does so*
    Wash: Ok. Now can we go?
  • The Meta arriving and killing all the Freelancer combat personnel who attack him.
    • Even better, he is shown fighting a Gauss Warthog, and if the scene plays right he melees it once and kills both the agents inside. Badass.
  • Church pulls one off in Chapter 19. The episode attempts to trick you into believing Church is fleeing from the final fight, only worried about himself and his safety. Then, when Washington is cornered by the Meta within the base, Church suddenly appears in all his glorious miniaturized A.I. hologram form. Just before he goes to buy Washington more time, Wash tries to warn him that when the EMP goes off, it'll kill him too. Church, however, interrupts him in the most badass of fashions.
    Church: "When it goes off, I'll be fine. It only affects computers, remember? And I am a motherfucking ghost."
    • How about Wash's entire plan, to begin with? He's frequently shown to be a badass normal going against a super powered, bat crap crazy, former friend who could tear through an entire military HQ by himself. Despite his gross disadvantage, Wash manages to use amazing guile tactics to wipe out the Meta and Project Freelancer HQ at the same time.
  • The Reds' and Caboose's escape from the base. Especially Grif's Leave Us!
  • It's kind of a Meta example, but after hearing how horrible experiencing the Omega AI can be, you have to give the BGC props for how well they handled it. No trauma, just annoyance really.
  • 5 Words from Caboose: "Can't see inside a tank,"

  • Grif finally calling out Sarge on his Neidermeyer tendencies while on a ledge out of the range of Sarge's shotgun.
    Grif: Sarge, since we may not make it outta this, maybe there's a few things I should tell you. You know, since you can't reach me. ... Like the reason why I never listen to you. Or never follow your orders. And why I don't think anything you say is ever important. ... But I want you to understand, Sarge. It's not because I'm lazy. It's because I don't like you. Or respect you. In any way. I have no positive feelings towards you. ... Now I imagine it can be pretty hard to be an ineffective leader with no respect.
    * Sarge fires his shotgun and misses.*
    Grif: ...Who doesn't understand that his primary weapon has an effective range much shorter than most weapons. But I think since we're gonna die anyway, you deserve to know that.
  • Tucker's triumphant return has him taking on the entire evil dig team to rescue Caboose, Sarge and Grif and kicking their asses.
  • Washington's speech during the end of the final episode.
    Chairman: "When you find these Blue soldiers that you’re talking about, what makes you think that they are just going to give you the Epsilon unit when you ask them for it?"
    Agent Washington: “Ha ha... for as long as I can remember, I’ve been lied to, taken advantage of, shot in the back, and left for dead... and now, I have a way out of all of this. What in the hell makes you think that I’m going to ask for it?”
  • Simmons's attitude for this season was awesome because he finally got annoyed with Sarge for once and wasn't such a kiss-ass.


    Season 9 
  • The first CGI fight sequence in the season featuring North Dakota and South Dakota.
    • The coffee guy is the most awesome grunt in the episode. It takes guts to go for an alarm after a Freelancer tells you not to.
    • North using a machine gun to practically cut a guy in half.
    • The superb teamwork shown in taking out the snipers.
  • North blocking a whole lot of missiles from killing everyone on the plane while being shot full of bullets.
    • Made more awesome retroactively when it's mentioned that using his shield attachment without an AI like that could have easily killed him even without the chestful of bullets. And yet he's walking around absolutely fine just an episode after. In Season 10, this is made even more awesome, because, according to Delta, North had a 0.1% chance of activating the bubble shield without killing himself via asphyxiation like Utah, and did it anyway, for over three seconds without any undue incident.
  • Only a mere second of screentime, and the "new agent" (Tex) already has one. The conversation between Washington and the Soldier who bumps into him sums up the excitement.
    Washington: Soldier, where is everybody going?
    Soldier: New agent! Squaring off against Maine, Wyoming, and York on the training room floor. We're going to watch! Hey guys wait up!
    North Dakota: Three on one?
    Washington: I gotta see this!
    North Dakota: Yeah, right behind you.
    • Maine, Wyoming, and York vs Texas. To say it was a Curb-Stomp Battle is putting it nicely. Tex beat all 3 of them in stick combat, hand-to-hand, and the shooting round, even when two of them used real bullets against her.
      • In the hand-to-hand portion of the episode, she ducked a punch that came at her from behind. That's right, she wasn't even looking at it. And it nails Wyoming in the face.
  • Tucker finally lampshading the creepiness and tragedy that is Epsilon/Tex.
  • All of Episode 15, with the highlight being getting the sarcophagus into the escape Pelican in free fall.
    • The entire fight against "Shark Face", an extremely heavily-armored ODST with a flamethrower. Takes on two of the top Freelancers on his own and doesn't do half bad.
      Wash: What the fuck is with this guy?
    • Three words: "Firing main cannon."
    • Special praise goes to Four-Seven-Niner, for having the sheer gall to even ATTEMPT what she did in that Pelican. To say nothing about actually succeeding.
    • A small squad of soldiers tries to arrest Agent Maine...and almost immediately realize just how screwed they are.
    Wash: "I almost feel sorry for the guys down there."
    • Wash shoots down a Hornet with his battle rifle in free fall. There's a reason his specialty icon is a battle rifle.
  • Pretty much all of Episode 17 also, with the absolutely insane driving battle over the package.
    • Carolina picking up Maine's brute shot and pwning the female Insurrectionist with it, while on top of a speeding truck.
    • Maine taking a sniper shot for Carolina and then getting up to fight an elite mook, he gets his ass handed to him, but it was still badass how much punishment he could take and still keep fighting.
    • Carolina activating the Super Speed equipment.
      • Carolina chasing down a guy with a jet pack. On foot, no less.
  • Andy out-insulting Tucker in Episode 18, to the point where the latter admits Andy's last insult was "a pretty good burn".
  • The end of episode 19, where Tex and Church send Tucker and Caboose to attack the Reds in one final adventure and then sitting back and watching the fireworks as the Epsilon capture unit collapses.
  • For the real Blood Gulch Crew, the end of episode 20: even though they had help from Carolina, and Wash of course, they fought through an entire military base to rescue Church.

    Season 10 
  • They got Elijah Wood to voice Sigma. Elijah. Fricking. Wood.
  • Episode 2:
    • The Freelancer's Frigate Mother of Invention's brief fight with the Insurrectionist's Longsword fighters.
    • Pilot Four-Seven-Niner dodging the enemy cannon fire in a freaking orbital scrapyard field and dispatching the freelancers.
    • The entire no-gravity fight involving Carolina when Wash accidentally turns off the Artificial Gravity of the ship they were invading. North and South Dakota weren't that bad either.
  • Episode 5:
    • The entire sequence of Theta and North demonstrating their expertise with the bubble shield against a circle of turrets. This includes concentrating the shield in only the areas of fire and moving them with the moving turrets and flashing the shield to allow for sniper bullets to go through. Bonus points for being what one could assume would be Theta's first combat assignment.
  • Episode 6:
    • Caboose's stupidity gets one, when Carolina quick-draws on Caboose and sets off several explosives behind him, telling him to "try and put that into words" as a threat to the Blues. Caboose's response? "Kurpewwwww explosion"
  • Episode 8:
    • North and Theta trapping the Insurrectionist snipers inside the Beehive Barrier.
    • Maine's return, all helped by a few simple lines courtesy of Sigma:
    Sigma: "Agent Maine, isn't that the soldier from the freeway? The one that shot you in the throat?" [Maine hisses] "I thought so. Sic 'em."
  • Episode 9:
    • As Fridge Horror as it is, Maine taking out all three of the insurrectionists was definitely awesome, as was Carolina's prior fight with them, showing a very cool close combat fight between her and the female member.
    • The ODST Insurrectionist catching an explosive and firing it back at the target with a swing of his mechanical arm was also incredible. Apparently the Insurrection builds tough (though not quite as tough as a Freelancer head on).
    • The pill-insignia member impales the hiding Mysterious Blue Guy with a thrown axe from across the room.
    • Tex and Carolina separately running the minigun gauntlet - Carolina doing it while visible too - in their personal competition for top of the leader board.
  • Episode 10:
    • Yes! Mysterious Blue Guy is back up and fighting! Followed by the hilarious splatter-kill of the hyena gunners.
    • Tex and Carolina vs CT and the Insurrectionist leader with some awesome Jeff Williams music playing during it.
      • CT, specifically, who has the guts to attack Tex head-on and actually pins Tex's wrist to her back with a knife, even if it didn't slow her down.
      • Two highlights from that fight stand out: both are well-executed team attacks. The first:CT distracts Tex with a hologram, disarms her, stabs her in the back, and pushes her in the path of the Leader's axe - a one-two punch that would have easily killed Tex were she human. The second:Carolina hits the Leader with some close combat, which pushes him right into the path of a power punch courtesy of Tex.
    • More than that, you have Pillman and C.T Taking on the two best freelancers, and actually managing to hold their own. It's also a retroactive Awesome Moment for Tucker. Think about it, Pillman was shown to be equal to the best of the freelancers, and yet he considered Tucker to be his Arch-Nemesis. When the freelancers attack the Insurrectionists, Pillman manages to stay calm and collected. But the mere idea of Tucker being in the area has the guy undergoing such a massive Oh Crap! moment that it borders on a Villainous Breakdown. That's right, Tucker was a bigger threat to the leader of the Insurrection than the entireity of Project Freelancer.
  • In Episode 12, we have Church calling Carolina out on her Jerkass Façade.
    Carolina: I can't trust anyone.
    Church: Awww, why not? Because having friends would ruin the whole 'psychotic loner bitch' thing you have going? Because that would be a real shame.
    • There's also Church's line at the end of the episode. It's just the way he says it, as well as the fact that it perfectly concludes an otherwise heartwarming and tear-jerking episode.
    Church: That's right, assholes! You're going home! And you're taking us with you.
  • In-Universe: In Episode 15, Church is impressed with the creative ways the Reds find to screw him over.
    Epsilon-Church: Man, those guys are really starting to find creative ways to ruin my life. ...mother fuckers.
  • Episode 17 of Season 10 gives a pretty great Wham Line.
    Epsilon: I know where to find the Director.
    Carolina: What? How?
    Epsilon: I just remembered... *blinks out and reappears full-sized in Alpha's white armor* ...everything.
    • In addition to that, Connie posthumously managing to get Tex the key information necessary to instigate the rebellion of the agents. Even in death, she somehow manages to get back at the Director (and due to the above Awesome Moment, manages it completely).
  • Episode 18 of Season 10: Wash pulls a gun on Carolina. His reason? He's protecting his friends.
    • In the prequel portion, he's just been unconscious for a few days from the Epsilon breakdown. He claims to have no memory of what happened. Anyone who knows Wash, knows that's a lie. He just crossed into his guile heroics without anyone realizing it.
    • Heartbreaking as it may have been, Church going big when he chews out the Blood Gulch Crew was pretty impressive.
    • The Reds and Blues finally deciding they don't care about continuing their fight against Project Freelancer, and just want to go home, promptly doing so.
      • And who's the first to call Carolina and Church out on their bullying and generally shitty treatment of the Reds and Blues? Grif, of all people.
    Grif: Wow. Fuck off, blue.
    • From that same scene, Wash drawing his gun on Carolina with zero hesitation the second she threatens Tucker, citing the Reds and Blues as his friends.
      • Hell, essentially that's the point where Wash became the Blue Team Leader.
  • Episode 19 is, in reverse order: one minute of nightmare fuel, two minutes of tear jerker, and eight minutes of awesome. Special mention goes to:
  • In Episode 20, the Rousing Speeches from Doc and Sarge, which sum up how Seasons 6-10 have allowed the Reds and Blues to grow (along with Washington). The result? The gang decides that, in spite of everything Church and Carolina said, they're going to go help them anyway, since, regardless of anything else, Church is still their friend, and, like it or not, they're having fun with the adventures for the most part.
    • Stealing the hornets was another for the Blood Gulch crew, faced with an equal number of trained soldiers (remembering that the Reds and Blues are supposed to be cannon fodder) each wielding a massive gunship, just one of which gave them all enormous trouble in Reconstruction. Their victory is such a Foregone Conclusion that it happens off screen. The two teams look at each other... and we cut to them flying away in the stolen Hornets. Really goes to show that the team has Taken A Level In Badass. Rule of Funny Idiot Ball on the part of the soldiers aside, it shows just how competent they've become.
  • Episode 21. All of it. Carolina, Wash, and the Blood Gulchers fight the army of Tex copies, managing to hold out pretty well for the most part, including such moments as Donut blowing up several robot with three plasma grenades thrown at once in expert precision, Caboose getting angry, Grif successfully fighting off several Texes with his "Grifshot", Tucker's Master Swordsman showing, and culminating in a Back-to-Back Badasses moment between everyone in the crew at once against the Texes, to the sound of a remix of "Blood Gulch Blues".
  • Episode 22.
    • Epsilon-Church delivers quite a few in his "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the Director, involving the return of the AI fragments inside Epsilon's memory:
    Epsilon-Church: Not all of us got off scott-free, Carolina. He was-
    Epsilon-Delta: -brilliant, and we-
    Epsilon-Theta: -trusted him. But he-
    Epsilon-Gamma: -lied to us... He twisted, and-
    Epsilon-Omega: -tortured us! And used us!
    Epsilon-Sigma: Manipulated us for his own purposes, and for what? For this? This... shadow?!
    Epsilon-Church: ...He needs to pay.
    • Epsilon-Church's final words to The Director.

    Season 11 
  • Episode 1.
    • Grif is shot by a tank driven by a member of his own team and promptly walks it off.
    • Wash's speech. Not only is it heartwarming, but it shows Wash's development as a character and the power of friendship the guys seem to have going for them.
  • Episode 4.
    • Caboose runs through Wash's obstacle course and completes it, in 2 seconds!
  • Episode 6: Caboose successfully fixes, automates, and even controls, a Mantis and prevents it from killing off the Red Team, Considering This is Caboose, it really speaks volumes about his competence now.
  • Episode 10.
  • Episode 12: Sarge finds a pretty new mech in the ship. He likens it to seeing a pretty girl on the first day of school.
  • Episode 15 The Blues get in a firefight with Locus' men. Not only does Tucker headshot one of them, but he also convinces Wash to fire at them. Wash, now Blue Leader again, sics Freckles on them.
    • Afterwards, Locus is lining up a headshot on Washington, but the mysterious guy with orange details on his armor shows up and throws up an energy shield just in time.
    • On a less violent note, Wash proves he's cured of his cynicism by revealing the thing he's been working on isn't a weapon to destroy Freckles. It's a new helmet for Caboose, just like his old one. He wasn't saying "Sorry I have to destroy your pet", he was saying "Sorry your best friend left you". His actions move Caboose so much, he reinstates Wash as Blue Team Leader.
  • Episode 16 shows that due to the actions of the Blood Gulch Crew and Washington in bringing down Project Freelancer in the previous seasons, they are considered some of the galaxy's greatest warriors. Doc and Grif are a little skeptical, but anyone who remembers how they held their own against a bunch of Insurrectionists led by C.T., took down the Meta, and even beat multiple copies of Tex will know that this Ragtag Bunch of Misfits know how to get the job done when they need to.
    • This is subtly shown at the end of the episode, when it becomes clear to the team that things are getting serious. They very subtly shift into their Let's Get Dangerous mode.
  • Episode 17: After almost two seasons wearing Church's cobalt, Wash is back in his old grey and yellow. He's Back
  • Episode 18:
    • Despite not having Monty Oum's animating skills this season, a rather good job is done of depicting an intense firefight between the Blood Gulch crew and the Federal Army.
    • Donut takes out the rampaging Lopez 2.0 by using the "future cubes" to teleport him into the minefield they set up earlier. And just to add insult to injury, he reveals he can (kind of) speak Spanish!
    • Freckles needs an emergency recharge after fighting off Lopez 2.0, but something's eating all the electricity over at Red base. So Tucker enters Bad Ass mode, and fights his way through the enemy army to shut it off!
      • And then Lopez 1.0 takes out the soldier who gets the drop on Tucker, complete with Badass Boast.
    • A villainous version by Locus—he takes out the tank that Simmons and Sarge were using to drive back the hostiles with one sticky grenade. He then proceeds to hit Donut (who was ducking behind cover) by detonating an explosive barrel near Donut's hiding spot. And then he uses a railgun rifle to take out Washington, Lopez, and Sarge one after the other!
    • Wash, too injured to escape, pulls a Heroic Sacrifice by getting Freckles to collapse a tunnel behind the rest of the BGC and rebels so they won't be followed.
  • Episode 19: Wash, Lopez, Sarge and Donut are captured and Doc is seemingly stranded in subspace. This leaves Grif, Simmons, Caboose, and Tucker all alone to lead the rebel army to get their friends back. How do the remaining soldiers react?
    Tucker: Hm... All right, let's run some drills.
    Grif: Aw, man!
    Caboose: And... break!
    • And before this was Vanessa's Rousing Speech to the group, pleading with them for help while giving a very clear depiction of how bleak the Rebels' situation is.
  • The Red vs. Blue Blockbuster Trailer

    Season 12 
  • The trailer has shown something no one expected: CGI. In Halo 4.
  • In the first episode, while the whole point seems to be that Grif, Simmons, and Caboose are incompetent leaders...they actually aren't. They crack under pressure, but until then, Grif and Simmons have been able to cover for one another, acting as one another's anchor to reality. And Caboose is still Caboose, but considering he still has the loyalty of his squadron, he must be doing something right offscreen.
  • In episode 2, Felix showcases his fantastic combat skills, proving to be a top class scout. Special mention goes to killing a mook who had snuck up on him with a quick draw knife throw, then taking a victory pose that would make Tiger Woods proud.
    Felix: ...I am fucking... awesome!
  • While he admits he was insanely angry at first, Felix admits that Tucker's decision to break orders and get enemy data really paid off.
  • The story Grif tells the troops about the Blood Gulch guys' final fight against the Meta becomes this when you look back and realize that even though he sounds like he's embellishing, he's actually giving them an accurate blow-by-blow of the action. The only questionable part of his narrative is his assessment of the Meta having the strength of ten bears (Simmons thinks it's more like twenty).
  • The guys striking out on their own so they won't get any of the rebels killed, and they're confident that they can break out their friends.
  • The guys spying on the Feds and actually managing to avoid detection.
  • The break in. Not only does it work by them being stupid, it succeeds in helping the find their friends.
  • Wash telling Locus 'fuck you monster' when he's on the verge of unconsciousness, on the ground at Locus's feet and totally vulnerable.
  • From Episode 10, there's the revelation that Felix and Locus have been working together from the beginning. They played the Feds, the Rebels, and the Reds and Blues - and not one person suspected a single damn thing.
    • From the same episode, Carolina and Felix's fight. They come to a tie before it gets broken up.
    • A recursive one on second viewing when you realize that's Carolina fading in right next to Locus and posing as one of his people until she had heard enough.
    • Also from that episode: Up till now, the Reds and Blues haven't had many chances to prove their mettle. They've got guns pointed at them, with no way out. But the minute Carolina gives them an opening, they open fire on Locus' elite non-Federation forces and start taking them out!
    • The Reds and Blues' Last Stand from the previous season finale is made retroactively more impressive by the fact that LOCUS only managed to beat them as well as he did because Felix was feeding him intel on their defenses.
  • Episode 11 is a big one for Church. At the end of season 10, he couldn't keep up with Carolina's super speed. Now, he can process advanced data calculations so fast, in less than a second, it's like he's not even trying. In fact, he even managed to have a conversation with his memories of the other AI fragments at while helping Carolina in a fire fight. Yes, Delta, Theta, Sigma, every fragment of Alpha are back.
    • Which means that Carolina has become everything The Meta was trying to be, only she's managed to retain her sanity and ethics, totally subverting the With Great Power Comes Great Insanity trope.
    • Church is even getting help from Gamma, and while they don't help at the time, Omega and Sigma show up briefly (Omega even saying "I'm here if you need me"). Church is able to keep three of the show's biggest villains - the earliest Big Bad, The Dragon to Wyoming, and the overall Greater Scope Villain of Project Freelancer's downfall and the cause of the Meta - under control and helping him.
      • One for both Sigma and Omega. Just the memories of them are powerful and frightening enough that Epsilon needs to actively suppress them. Even then, Omega was able to rematerialize, and Sigma seems to be creeping his way into Carolina's mind.
    • Said conversation and all the calculations the AI make in it is so long from our (and Church's) perspective(s), taking up nearly half the episode. In real-time the conversation takes place over the course of about a second, probably less.
  • Dr. Grey not only takes not shit from Locus, but when Carolina threatens to put a knife in her, Emily cheerfully brushes it off and mentions how she'd love to psychoanalyze her.
  • Episode 13:
    • Grif refuses to hand over his new laser weapon, even when Sarge orders him to. As per usual, Sarge turns to threatening Grif with his shotgun. This time, Grif has a rebuttal:
    • Church has regained his ability to jump into other peoples' head like his Alpha incarnation. It gives him a headache, but it's still impressive.
    • Grif managed to get his weapon back from Carolina! That bears repeating. Grif managed to get his weapon back from Carolina!
  • Episode 14
    • Carolina saves Caboose from a merc.
  • Episode 15
  • Episode 16:
    • Caboose, of all people, gives an effective inspirational speech to Tucker to convince him to forgive Chuch.
    Caboose: Okay Tucker, I'm gonna tell you this only because you respect my opinions so much.
    Tucker: I actually don't listen to anything you say. Ever.
    Grif: Classic "lazy one"!
    Caboose: If you keep being mean to Church, Church will just keep being mean to you, and then everyone will be mean to everyone all the time and everything will be bad and no one will have fun.
    (Inspirational music begins to build up)
    Tucker: Is this... are you... trying to give a motivational speech right now?
    Donut: Shh! I want to see where he's going!
    Caboose: I mean, come on! Is this really what you want? You just... you just want to be angry and mean all the time? Because that is dumb! And you know what?! You are dumb for thinking that!
    Grif: Did Caboose just call someone dumb?
    Sarge: Well that's calling the kettle blue.
    Caboose: So Church left! And maybe some of us were sad! But you know what? that is okay! Because he was just trying to do something good! And he just made a mistake! And we all make mistakes sometimes.
    Tucker: Wow! Caboose, I...
    Caboose: So shut up and get over it!
    Caboose: ...Well, my work is done here (walks off).
    • When the New Republic prepares for war, and after a Rousing Speech from Kimball intercut with the same from Doyle, Bitters cynically adds "Yeah, we're totally dead". Smith immediately punches him to the ground.
    Smith: Not. The time.
  • Episode 18:
    • Wash and Carolina vs Felix and Locus. It's been a long, long time since Wash got a decent post-Epsilon fight scene and this one reminds everyone why he was the only freelancer who survived the whole of the project without going into hiding.
      • Carolina managing to do rather well in the brawl despite having a wounded leg and without Church backing her up.
      • It becomes obvious why Felix said he and Locus are such an effective team as they separate, isolate and double team Wash and Carolina.
    • After the hand-to-hand is done, Wash and Locus engage in a battle of philosophy, while the former hunts the latter. Wash loses the physical part of the duel, but clearly wins the philosophical side—he meticulously deconstructs Locus' image as the Consummate Professional in one well-crafted "The Reason You Suck" Speech, enraging Locus to the point of abandoning all form or tactics and simply tackle Wash to the ground for a straightforward beat-down.
    Washington: I know I used to be a real piece of shit, but at least I am trying to do something about it.
    • Lopez, despite being decapitated, manages to knock out one of the space pirates with a single punch.
    • Kimbal and Doyle actually came very, very close to figuring out they had been played by a third party before the shooting started.
    • When the fight between the Federal Army and the New Republic erupts, the four-person squad formerly commanded by Tucker—established as a Ragtag Band of Misfits who made the Blood Gulch Crew look competent—manage to survive through a combination of Deadly Dodging and lucky shots.
    • The biggest of the episode: Tucker gets Felix to gloat about how he and Locus had tricked the two factions into believing that the Reds and Blues are dead, as it would motivate both armies to wipe each other out. Unbeknownst to Felix, Tucker has Church in his armor, recording the entire speech. When this is done, the rest of the Blood Gulch Crew take out the jammer blocking contact with the capital, allowing Church to transmit a copy of the speech to both the Federal Army and the New Republic, bringing the entire Civil War to a halt and effectively ruining Control's long con right before it could pay off. Felix is so shocked and enraged at how he's been played that he can't even speak; and when he does manage to find his voice, all that comes out is...
    • The fact that the BGC went with option C, which Church described as "Goddamn Nightmare", and survived with only two people badly injured and one of which is getting medical treatment.
  • Episode 19
    • Tucker came up with the plan to outsmart and expose Locus and Felix.
    • The BGC's Badass Boast to Control aka the Chairman. It's just awesome.
      • One for the Chairman too for not losing his cool once during this season.
      • The nature of the Badass Boast is pretty cool as well, given that it's delivered in a manner that resembles the letters that were sent between the Director and the Chairman/Control a few seasons back. Likely based on what he found when he had FILLS transfer him in the facility where he found Epsi-Tex, before facing The Meta:
        Epsilon-Church: Dear Chairman; It has come to our attention that you have declared war on the planet Chorus. We regret to inform you that this is a really shitty idea. Not only have you managed to annoy the people that you failed to kill, time and time again, you've also found a way to piss off an entire planet. Now they may not have the best equipment and they might not be the best fighters, but as you're aware, they've been fighting for a very long time. And now that they're not fighting each other, they're more than happy to dedicate all of their time to fighting you. So dear Chairman, to you and your idiotic mercenaries, we would like to say: bring it on, motherfuckers. We're not going anywhere. From your friends, the incredibly badass and sexually attractive Red and Blue soldiers of Project Freelancer. P.S.: Suck our balls.
      • It gets even better when you remember that the Alpha, and by proxy Epsilon, was based on the Director himself. The badass boast doesn't resemble the Director's letters to the Chairman. It is a letter from the Director, to the Chairman.

    Season 13 
  • Episode 1
    • Locus and Felix successfully hijack a prison ship. Notably, Felix manages to trick the guards into letting their guard down, bluntly tells them that he will kill them and steal the ship and prisoners, and then takes the guards down on his own without breaking a sweat.
    • The Counselor gets one for being Genre Savvy enough to tie his bedsheets together before Felix opens the airlock. He then talks his way out of being shot in the face and by the end of the conversation is now successfully allied with Locus and Felix.
      Felix: Fast thinker and fast talker. We're gonna get along just fine.
  • Episode 2
    • Smith manages to run his laps just fine when all the other lieutenants are visibly exhausted.
    • Kimball not taking any crap from Doyle and trying to be a competent leader.
    • Likewise, Doyle trying to make the alliance work, even while Kimball tries to start fight every time they talk. All while keeping his manners.
    • Tucker's and Sarge's little victory celebration
  • Episode 4
    • Tucker manages to make long dormant alien technology work again.
    • The Federation and New Republic soldiers team up and work together for a common cause...which is to attack and force Grif to go to Wash's training.
  • Episode 5
    • It turns out that reactivating the towers in the previous episode had an unprecedented positive side effect for our heroes by essentially short circuiting ALL of the alien technology that both armies have gathered. Which means that since the space pirates acclimated most of their arsenal with the alien weaponry their best toys are now useless and their forced to switch back to regular UNSC weapons instead.
  • Episode 7
    • A bit of a meta example, they managed to give Locus a moment where you feel sorry for him. At least for a few moments.
  • Episode 8
    • As much of a tear jerker as it is, Carolina's vision sees brief cameos of Tex and the Freelancers and gives us a shot of almost all of them at once.
    • After Tucker and Carolina fail the true warrior test, they send Caboose after Church makes an offhand "empty headed" comment. When Caboose does go in, not only does his stupidity pass the mental requirement, but when the program increases gravity tenfold, Caboose doesn't even notice. Son Goku had problems with 10 times gravity, but Caboose is just curious what a tenfold is! Also, Caboose passes the test, enabling the alien AI to talk to the Blues!
  • Episode 10
    • Felix manages to get to the Key temple and is about to claim it only to discover the key is gone, cut to a panicking Doyle running away...with the key!
    • Doc's back! After the gang lets him know how much they completely forgot him, Doc goes into a rage and tackles Tucker and starts beating him up! That's right—the self-proclaimed pacifist has started channeling the O'Malley personality without any help from a rogue A.I.!
      • Caboose even laughs like that while Doc is beating up Tucker.
    • Dr. Grey using Freckles to take care of the guns pointed their way. She later explains that it only had a 50/50 chance of working in the first place.
  • Episode 11
    • Washington throughout the episode is nothing short of awesome. He played Locus into firing at his helmet, which he'd attached to the end of his rifle, giving away his position and causing him to get shot. He then calmly affirms to Locus that Wash is the true soldier, calling out once again his entire viewpoint.
      • The fact that it's Bitters and Smith that manage to successfully shoot and hit Locus also deserves mention.
    • Sarge, Simmons, and Grif take out a whole bunch of guys. In slow motion.
    • Donut and Lopez saving Tucker, Doc, Caboose, and Grey from some Charon thugs.
    • Carolina vs. Sharkface. The whole damn fight is packed with awesome moments.
  • Episode 12:
  • Episode 13:
    • Dr. Gray being completely unfazed by Doc/O'Malley's vows to kill them all, cheerfully declaring that there's nothing wrong with him that electroshock therapy can't fix. Cue the show's original Big Bad running in full retreat, with Dr. Gray in hot pursuit!
    • On the bad guys' side, Shark-Face keeping his cool even as Felix threatens his life, blaming him for their little setback of not being able to use the sword-key they took from General Doyle. He even offers a way of fixing the problem, not just rising to Felix's challenge—though when he does, it's in the form of a quiet-yet-subtle Badass Boast:
    Felix: Oh, I see—you were in a hurry! Hey Locus, I was going to let our new friend here live, but since we're in a hurry, why don't we just kill him now and be done with it!?
    Shark-Face: I'd like to see you try.
    • Locus also gets one for stopping Felix and Shark-Face from straight-up attacking each other, reminding them that they've got bigger problems to deal with. He also gets the chance to pull an Ironic Echo on Felix, telling him to keep it together.
  • Episode 14
    • The Meta gets a bit of a retroactive one when they reveal just how he died. The fall didn't kill him. The only thing that got him killed was four puncture wounds in his suit that caused him to drown.
      • Likewise for Tucker: the four puncture wounds that caused the Meta to drown were the entrance and exit wounds from when Tucker stabbed him with his sword. If he had not managed to land that blow, the Meta might very well have survived his unexpected swim.
    • For all its ridiculousness, Doc's counseling actually kind of works.
    • As terrifying as it was the space pirates charging the capital by dropping in from space was epic.
  • Episode 15
    • Jenson, Palomo, Bitters, and Smith saving Dr. Gray from attacking space pirates.
    • Church coming up with a plan—albeit a costly one—to wipe out all of Charon's forces by setting the city's nuclear reactor to self-destruct.
    • Doc/O'Malley's glorious reunion with rocket launchers.
    • Carolina staying behind to engage Sharkface so Kimball and Washington can keep going to reach Armonia's power generator. Then, as the fight begins in earnest, she finally rattles him. How? By apologizing for what the Freelancers did to Sharkface's old comrades.
  • Epsiode 16
    • The Reds and Blues managing to Hold the Line against the Space Pirates. Notable mention goes to Freckles auto-targeting Caboose's assault rifle, Doc/O'Malley providing cover fire with a rocket launcher, and Sarge eschewing his usual Short-Range Shotgun in favor of taking a page from The Heavy's book: carrying a mounted machine gun and laying down a hailstorm of bullets.
    • Doyle electing to stay behind and delay his own escape when the Reds and Blues have the Pelican ready, knowing that if he goes with them, Charon's forces will all leave Armonia to pursue him and Tucker, making the city's impending destruction all for nothing. He further vows that, with his understanding of the city's layout, he'll be able to reach the reactor faster than Kimball and Washington, and decides to set the reactor to blow himself, telling the others to pick him up after the timer's set. This is General Doyle we're talking about, here.
      • Bonus points for roaring out of the hangar on a Mongoose, shouting at the space pirates to lure them into pursuing him with no trace of the fear he previously displayed under pressure.
      Doyle: You'll never take me alive, you bastards!
    • Carolina vs Sharkface, Round 3. Besides using her speed boost enhancement to get onto a passing tram, Carolina holds her own against the vengeful pyromaniac with nothing but her own skill and creative use of the environment, and ends up coming out the victor. Compared to their previous fight, when she was relying on Church and her numerous armor enhancements, this is a considerable improvement.
    • Washington and Kimball finishing off Sharkface with a a barrage of gunfire.
    Church: Y'know, I don't think he's getting back up from that.
    • When Doyle reaches the reactor, he gets spotted by one of the space pirates, and actually manages to duck the guy's gunfire before dropping him with a well-placed pistol shot. Consider that he was a glorified secretary before having to take command of the Federal Army, and his attacker was a hardened criminal.
    • Upon finding out that the reactor's controls were destroyed in the above gunfight, and the only way to set off Armonia's explosion is by manually detonating the reactor with a grenade, Doyle—though obviously frightened—resolves to make a Heroic Sacrifice, even firmly telling Kimball why he's the one best suited to the task and insisting that she's better qualified to lead the unified people of Chorus than he ever was. From there, he goes to his death with a surprising degree of calm, atoning for his previous cowardice and wiping out most of Charon's forces in one fell swoop.
    • At the very end of the episode, As Armonia goes up in a massive nuclear fireball, Carolina gets on top of the Blood Gulch Crew's escape ship and activates the bubble shield to protect them all from the blast. Let's keep in mind that the bubble shield is typically meant to protect a single person, and she's ready to use it to protect everyone.
      • This also counts as one for Church, who's able to push the bubble shield beyond its usual limits—never mind his own, considering that he's starting to break down—to protect everyone from being caught in the explosion.
  • Episode 17
    • Church survives overclocking the bubble-shield to help the team survive a nuclear fireball.
    • The absolute entirety of General Vanessa Kimball's Rousing Speech to the Federal Army and the New Republic of Chorus (to the tune of Tracedero's Half-Life, ala the Season 12 trailer). ALL. OF. IT.
    Kimball: Excuse me, if I could have your attention please. I know many of you probably don't care for what I have to say, but it's something that needs to be said.
    Wash: Think she can do this?
    Tucker: Hell yeah! Kimball's a great speaker.
    Kimball: I never believed this truce would last.
    Kimball: That if we managed to survive Charon, that it would only be a matter of time before we were back at each other's throats. I believed this because in my eyes, the Federal Army of Chorus was still the enemy!
    When you spend every day fighting a war, you learn to demonize your attackers. To you, they're evil, they're sub-human. Because if they weren't, than what would that make you? What I'm trying to say is...I've been afraid to see you for what you really are. You're our brothers. Our sisters. And the things we've done to one another are unforgivable. But General Doyle was able to see past that. In the end, he understood that now isn't the time for pride, or anger, now is the time for unity.
    Everyday, I ask myself, what do you fight for? And everyday, I answer, for a better tomorrow. Well, if we can't set aside our past and start trusting one another, there won't be a tomorrow.
    So please, fight with me!
    Fight to see Malcolm Hargrove locked away for the rest of his life!
    Fight to see that stupid grin wiped off of Felix's face!
    Fed Gunman: ...Well, shit! I'll fight for that!
    • How does the Blood Gulch Crew plan to even the odds against Charon's remaining hardcore soldiers? By accessing the alien arsenal at Charon's old excavation site...and Santa has no problem with handing it over to them!
  • Episode 18
    • The battle of Wash and Carolina vs. Felix and Locus has many awesome CGI stunts pulled off. It could be considered the best fight this season. Highlights include:
      • Washington taking advantage of Locus' advanced sniping skills to trick him into shooting a grenade out of the air, then taking advantage of his distraction to blow out the scope of Locus' sniper rifle, rendering it useless.
      • Locus and Felix showing why they're so effective despite their constant bickering— Felix charges Washington and Carolina with his light-shield activated, protecting him from their gunfire; then crouches so Locus can use him as a springboard to lunge high into the air, throwing a pair of grenades at the Freelancers!
      • And that was just a distraction—concluding that it would waste too much time to try and fight past Washington and Carolina, Locus used the time that the two Freelancers spent taking cover from the grenades to leap onto one of the floating platforms around the temple, trying to get around the duo and head for the back door.
      • Carolina uses her Grappling-Hook Pistol and pursues Locus, leading to a close-range gunfight between the two skilled combatants—special notes include Locus catching his shotgun just as Carolina knocks it out of his hands, then uses its stock to club her in the face. She recovers just in time to deflect his next attack, then retaliates by grappling with Locus and losing her pistol...only to grab his shotgun and yank it away! Before she can use it, an incoming platform forces them both to duck, and the shotgun's barrel gets broken off as the platform's edge shears it away. Then Locus takes advantage of the distraction to kick Carolina off the platform...but it's quickly revealed that Carolina used her grav-boots to cling to the bottom of the platform, and when Locus peers over the edge to look for her body, she flips back topside and punches him in the face!
      • Meanwhile, Washington stays behind and fights Felix—who, after using his light-shield to parry the Freelancer's lunging strike before trading blows with him, promptly slings a handful of shuriken-esque throwing knives at Washington, cementing his skill as a Knife Nut.
      • And then Washington dodges them all, catches the last one, and then taunts Felix about being a skilled knife combatant as well. Cue Felix drawing the laser sword.
      • The fact that Washington's knife catch actually surprises Felix and he seems to be somewhat impressed by it.
      • When Felix drives Washington back and makes a break for the Purge Temple, Carolina uses her Grappling-Hook Pistol to grab the merc at the last minute, dragging him off the light-bridge—to which Felix responds by grabbing Washington just before he goes over the side, forcing Carolina to pull both of them back to safety lest she lose her friend.
      • Washington and Felix end up being pulled onto the underside of the floating platform where Carolina and Locus are fighting, thanks to their grav-boots. Cue one hell of an Interesting Situation Duel.
        Washington: We've had worse.
      • When Washington and Carolina use the Grappling-Hook Pistol to pursue them, Felix tracks their movement and uses a grenade to cut the grappling cord, dumping Wash and Carolina onto another platform—which Felix tries to cut in half with his key-sword.
      • Locus uses his cloaking unit to gain the advantage on Washington, beating him up while the Freelancer's unable to accurately retaliate. Until Wash uses one of the knives that he caught earlier to slash his own palm, hurling a handful of blood that splatters over Locus and reveals his location.
      Washington: Hi. (hurls the knife and nails Locus right in the shoulder, followed by a combination strike)
      • When Locus tackles Washington and tries to kill him with a knife, Wash remains Defiant to the End by taunting Locus, even while struggling to keep the blade away from his throat.
      • Carolina taking a slash across the back from Felix' key-sword, but remaining fit enough to shout out a warning to Washington and then leap to safety with him when Felix's final stab misses Wash and destroys their platform's floating mechanism.
    • All the while, there's the attack on the Communications Temple. Thanks to Tucker activating the Temple of Arms, the united Federal-Repuclic army has an arsenal of alien weaponry that outclasses the military hardware used by the pirates.
    • Aiden Price steals the gun of a Space Pirate and shoots him dead. And then he tries using the Tartarus to escape. And we thought he was a Non-Action Guy.
    • At the climax of the fight, Carolina and Washington reveal that while they haven't managed to gain any advantage over Locus and Felix, they've already won—after all, they weren't trying to beat the two mercenaries; they were keeping their attention diverted. And no, not from what was happening at the Temple of Communications, either...
      • More specifically, the lieutenants and Doctor Grey retake Crash Site Alpha, since there's no longer many Space Pirates guarding it. Activating the temple's tractor beam, they use it to seize the Tartarus and send it plummeting towards Chorus, smashing right into the Purge Temple and obliterating it!
      • Special mention goes (posthumously) to General Doyle—as Church points out, the only reason the Lieutenants and Grey were able to seize Crash Site Alpha was because of Doyle's Heroic Sacrifice killing the bulk of Charon's space pirates, leaving the remainder stretched thin. In other words, the Federal-Republic army's victory was thanks, in no small part, to General Doyle! Not bad for a Lovable Coward!
    • Aiden Price gets another moment of awesome for facing his impending death with a surprising level of dignity—just before the Tartarus crashes, he doesn't scream or whimper; he simply lets out a resigned: "Oh, son of a bitch."
    • Carolina and Washington (along with Church) get one for surviving the explosion of the Tartarus crashing into the Purge Temple, thanks to the bubble-shield.
      • Additional points to Felix, for surviving the same massive blast with his own, less-encompassing light-shield!
  • Episode 19:
    • The Reds and Blues vs Felix—AKA Catharsis Factor Incarnate:
      • Even though it was brief, and the former was out of his league, Tucker and Felix having a proper sword-fight.
      • Even more awesome was Tucker's bold challenge to Felix before the fight began:
      Felix: You think you're smart, Tucker?! You think you're all better than me?! Well, you're not! You're all a bunch of pathetic, stupid losers!!
      • Caboose preventing Felix from killing Tucker by opening fire on the mercenary from a balcony.
      • Donut using a Needler to shoot Felix's sticky grenade gun out of his hand.
      • Simmons gets the first hit on Felix by shooting him in the shoulder with a Needler.
      • Grif getting in a good burn on Felix by claiming he "gives orange dudes a bad name."
      • O'Malley clotheslines Felix as he tries to run, reminds the audience that he was the original Big Bad, and shoots him in the face with a rocket launcher.
      O'Malley: Oh please. I'm the original bad boy. Muhaha.
      • After Felix tries to use Freckles to kill Caboose, Freckles not only refuses to shoot at Caboose, but makes Felix smack himself in the face.
      • Church telling Felix that while the Blood Gulch Crew may be losers, they're the losers who are beating him.
    • What does Felix fear? Locus realising that he doesn't need him. Which Locus does in this episode, turning on him with an epic Shut Up, Hannibal! moment.
      • The real kicker? Locus makes Felix grovel without firing a shot, or drawing a weapon, or even a single subtle threat; He reduces a hardened, remorseless psychopath to a babbling wreck with just one word.
    Locus: No.
    • For more credit, Santa verbally beating down Locus and then revealing Felix's greatest fear to him is what finally allows him to perform his Heel-Face Turn.
    • Back to the fight:
      • The Blood Gulch Crew managing to avoid Felix's gunshots as he takes up the SAW Locus threw back at him and starts blasting away at everyone present—and yet, still having enough compsure to handily block their return fire with his light-shield.
      • Simmons shooting a sticky detonator grenade at Felix's light-shield to ensure he can't take it down. A tactic Sarge notes they wouldn't have learned were it not for the mercenaries themselves.
      • Finally, Tucker gets in the final blow by tossing a grenade at Felix's feet while he's distracted, blasting him off the temple and sending him plunging to his death. The moment is beautifully topped off with a Call Back to Season 12, Episode 5:
      Tucker: Hey Felix, catch.
      • Even when Felix was suffering from a Villainous Breakdown, he was still good enough to quickly defeat Tucker in their brief swordfight and nearly killed Caboose. The only things that stopped him were being—respectively—fired upon by the Blood Gulch Crew, and Freckles refusing to shoot Caboose.
    • Let's not overlook Carolina punching a MANTIS to death.
    • Locus proved himself a true warrior enough to activate the communication Temple when the AI previously scorned him. Why? Because he faced his fear of being a monster, and unlike Felix who had a Villainous Breakdown, resolved to become The Atoner instead.
    • When the Blood Gulch Crew warns Locus that they'll find him if he tries to avoid facing justice for his crimes, the mercenary gets in a Badass Boast before engaging his cloaking device.
  • Episode 20:
    • F.I.L.S.S. turning on the Chairman and actively helping our heroes.
    • Sarge saying "It's a good day to die", and Grif responds "Permission to speak freely, sir? Fuck That!" As he readies up the Grifshot.
      • And Sarge doesn't argue.
    • Tucker suits up. In the Meta's armour.
    • Matthews taking out a Mantis.
    • The final shot before Epsilon signs off. Charon's forces are about to burst through the door, but the Blood Gulch Crew is ready. Sarge has his trusty shotgun, Doc/O'Malley his rocket launcher, 00-Donut with a pair of pistols, Lopez Dual Wielding Storm Rifles, Simmons doing the same with needlers, Caboose has Freckles and Grif, as said above, is reunited with the Grifshot. And in the center, Tucker, in the Meta's armor with his energy sword in his hands. Despite the Bolivian Army Ending, it's pretty much a given that by the end of this, Hargrove will get everything that's coming to him. Not so bad for a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits.
  • The very fact that Season 13 was able to be shown in movie theatres is an incredible achievement.

Alternative Title(s):

Red Vs Blue The Blood Gulch Chronicles, Red Vs Blue The Recollection, Red Vs Blue The Project Freelancer Saga