Characters: Red vs. Blue - Project Freelancer
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characters who are part of Project Freelancer.
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Project as a Whole
- Big Screwed-Up Family: North and South are twins, the AIs consider each other siblings, and Carolina is the daughter of the Director and Alison, whom Tex is based on. Church even compares the agents to children trying to impress their daddy. Also, all the agents and AIs have attempted to kill or manipulate each other, and most have succeeded. Only Carolina, Epsilon, and Washington are left.
- Cleanup Crew: Recovery Command's job is to recover essential equipment from injured or dead agents in the field.
- Cool Starship: The Mother of Invention until it crashed in Episode 19 of Season 10 on Sidewinder/Avalanche.
- Pretentious Latin Motto: "Roboris Per Scientia" (strength through science).
- The Remnant: Although the organization is already much smaller than its original 49 agents by the time the prequel segments of Season 9 start, the trope seems more applicable as of Season 10's present day, with F.I.L.S.S. and the Director as the only known members still fully active by the time of Season 10. Even they're both dead by the end.
- Socketed Equipment: Both Freelancers and simulation troopers have armor that can hold an AI and use Freelancer equipment
- Villain Protagonists: In the prequel segments.
Agents in general
- Applied Phlebotinum: The armor enhancements of Project Freelancer that gives the truly superhuman abilities through technology. Such equipment pieces include:
- Beehive Barrier: The primary ability of the Dakota siblings, North and South, as well as, temporarily, Utah. In Revelation, the Meta takes it instead.
- Chameleon Camouflage: Carolina's primary armor enhancement, this allowed her to change her armor's color to whatever was necessary, whether Dressing as the Enemy or to blend into her surroundings. In The Recollection, the Meta takes it instead.
- Deflector Shields: In The Recollection, the Meta uses an "Overshield" enhancement to his armor's shielding on a sinlge-person level.
- "Emp": Washington's armor enhancement, which can shut down nearby vehicles if he so chooses.
- Healing Factor: A regeneration unit used by Agent York. In The Recollection, Washington takes it instead.
- Hologram: The armor ability of Connecticut, to make a holographic duplicate of herself for distraction. Also incorporates an Invisibility Cloak.
- Invisibility Cloak: Texas is most known for using this in her first body. In The Recollection, the Meta takes it instead. Connecticut also had a version of this incorporated into the use of her holograms.
- Super Speed: Seemingly an enhanced Sprint module, this was used by Carolina throughout her career, and used by Grif once as a test.
- Super Strength: Maine's original enhancement, which was also used by Texas in the body used by her Epsilon incarnation.
- Time Master: Wyoming was able to stop time or loop certain segments of time. In The Recollection, the Meta takes it instead. Though thanks to having so many other enhancements his usage of it is severely limited, only able to temporarily stop time at the cost of shutting down all his other enhancements.
- Badass: Or at least the ones we see seem to be.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Whether as a result of their power armor, or other standard enhancements, all Freelancers seem to possess some level of superhuman abilities. North and South are able to pull off some pretty insane moves when they're introduced in Season 9, and at the end of Season 10 York is able to lift a gym locker over his head and use it as a thrown projectile.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The use of equipment without proper controls. If used incorrectly, it can kill the user.
- Foil: As a group for the Blood Gulch crew: a group of badasses who ultimately betray and sabotage each other versus squabbling training soliders who eventually become True Companions and badasses in their own right.
- Location Theme Naming: They're all code named after the 49 remaining states of the United States of America, excluding Floridanote .
- Nom de Guerre: Agent [State Name]. They're almost never called by their real names, to the point where many of their real names are flat out unknown.
- Neural Implanting: The process of AI distribution uses a form of this, though Omega, as well as Alpha and Beta can circumvent it.
- Super Soldier: They seem to be what a Spartan II actually can be, instead of the Red and Blue armies.
- True Companions: In the prequels. However, this is deconstructed, in that no matter how close-knit they were, they did eventually fall apart anyway.
- Unwitting Pawns: Of the Director, who essentially makes them into Villain Protagonists without them even knowing it for the duration of most of the project.
Agent Texas (Allison)/Beta
"I wouldn't say I'm mean. I just get paid to do mean things."
A black-armored mercenary
and former agent of Project Freelancer, the biggest Bad Ass
in all of Blood Gulch, an infiltration expert thanks to a cloaking device, and a better fighter than both teams combined. Her real name is Allison
, and her Freelancer handle is Agent Texas. Tex is contracted to support the Blues after Church's death and proceeds to terrify Tucker and Caboose while leading a one-(wo)man
assault on Red Base to recover the Blue flag. Unfortunately, a prodigious grenade toss by Donut eventually kills her, but she returns as a ghost some time later, inhabiting a robot body in a manner similar to Church. This experience mellows Tex out somewhat, as it frees her from the influence of her AI partner O'Malley (see below) - though by no means is she someone you should make angry. Tex hangs out with the Blues when she isn't off on her own, usually attempting to foil O'Malley or Wyoming's plans, but as the series progresses she gets more and more entangled in the plots surrounding the dupes at Blood Gulch. In the finale, she voluntarily reunites with O'Malley in an attempt to manipulate Junior and the alien race into helping humanity win the war, and is killed when Sarge sets off a bomb in the spaceship she hijacked
Plenty of unanswered questions surround Tex, and Reconstruction
has only added to them. She does not return during that series, despite overcoming death previously, though Caboose was seen doing something
with her robot body during the Epilogue. Her relationship with Church was also unresolved: according to Church they were very nearly married, but Tex had a habit of stealing from him and sleeping with other men, so they parted less than amicably. As to her eventual fate, it should be noted that as with Vic, one of the A.I. seen with the Meta strongly resembles her
has since revealed that, as many suspected, she is also an AI based on the memories of Director Leonard Church. Created from his memories of Allison, a woman he loved and who died, she apparently came into existence around the same time Alpha was created. Presumable as a result of the Director's feelings for the original Allison, she was not subjected to the same tortures as Alpha. Following her return in Revelation she apparently does remember some of her origins and hates Church for forcing her back into existence. She claimed that she came into existence to be strong when Church couldn't be, but Church also realizes that, like her original self, she's always doomed to failure
Agent Washington (David)
"You really are an odd group of people."
Voiced By: Shannon McCormick
A Freelancer and Recovery Agent, and the main character of Recovery One
and the past segments during season nine. Washington's job is to find dead or dying Freelancers and recover their AIs and special equipment. He is trusted with this position due to his view of AIs—he had
an AI partner, Epsilon, until the fragment went insane and committed suicide while in his head, and is therefore the person least likely to try and steal another one (the experience had absolutely no impact on his sanity, by the way
). Wash works with Agent South and Delta during Recovery One
to hunt down the Meta, and though he is seemingly killed during that series, he survives (due to York's regeneration unit) to continue his mission during Reconstruction
, and enlists Church and Caboose to help. He has another, self-appointed goal: Epsilon held the Alpha's memory, meaning that Wash knows everything the Director of Project Freelancer did to it and is trying to bring the Director down.
Washington serves as a Straight Man
or the Only Sane Man
when exposed to the two teams' weirdness, but has a latent snarkiness
that comes into play whenever he lampshades
the implausible things they've done. His armor is gray with yellow markings on the shoulders. After joining the Blue Team, he changes to Epsilon's cobalt armor, modified to also have yellow shoulders. After being held prisoner by the UNSC for inadvertently destroying the evidence of Project Freelancer's misdeeds, Washington was released, and is now working with the Meta to track down Epsilon. When he finally did, he managed to hold his own fighting Tex, and even tried to help Epsilon save her. At the end of the Recollection, he joins the Blue team so that he won't get thrown back in jail. By Season 10 he's become part of the BGC True Companions and decides to prevent any more problems by siding with them over Carolina and winds up shipwrecked with them in Season 11. He ends up captured with Sarge, Donut, and Lopez after he closes off a tunnel to help the others escape.
- Adorkable: Before the Epsilon incident. Still has hints of this every so often, though.
- The Atoner: How he seems to see himself after his Heel-Face Turn.
- Badass: He's not on the level of Tex or the Meta but he can still almost hold his own against them in close combat and is one hell of a shot.
- Badass Normal: Practically a staple of his character is how effective he is without the use of an AI or any special armor enhancements.
- Badass Adorable: He's shown as this in the prologue segments, shown in his locker with kittens and even rubber ducks.
- Badass Decay/What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: In-universe, Church claims that Wash has gone from being a Badass Freelancer who could fight toe-to-toe with Tex to Carolina's whipping boy. It still counts as a Downplayed Trope as he is still a badass and has in fact turned the Blues into a much more effective fighting force. The Badass Decay is relative when compared to Carolina.
- Completely revoked when he puts a gun to Carolina's head when she threatens Tucker and shoots her an Ironic Echo before walking out on her.
- Badass in Distress: As of the Season 11 finale, along with Sarge and Donut. Not.
- Beneath the Mask: When patching up the bitterness between him and Tucker, Washington admits that he considered himself the worse fighter in his old squad and was never entrusted with leadership before ending up on Blue Team. It is the first time in the present that Wash has revealed any insecurity, and goes a long way to mending his relationship with Tucker.
- During his surgery after the fight with the Federal Army of Chaurus he has some combination of flashback and hallucination of previous events in his life. When he sees himself shooting Donut, there is very real panic and guilt in his voice, suggesting he's still haunted by his previous actions.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With the Meta in Recreation and Revelation.
- Big Brother Instinct: Develops this in later seasons, particularly for Caboose.
- Boring, but Practical/Fights Like a Normal: Wash's fighting style involves, for the most part, very basic hand to hand combat and mid range fighting with his battle rifle. A far cry from the crazy moves shown by every other named freelancer. Despite this, he's extremely dangerous with such basic techniques, capable of injuring Tex with a gunshot to the back, leading to her defeat by the Meta, taking down several Hornets at different times, and being roughly the second most effective fighter in episode 21 of season 10.
- Also Boring, but Practical in the case of his overall performance in the prequels. He's one of the few seen on the board at all times, and the only time his position moves in Season 9 is when it goes up a space. Considering he's not a super talented hardcore badass (yet) like other freelancers makes this seem strange. Except the reason he's always on the board is because he does his job. He's got no authority issues (yet), no impulses to turn on other team mates, and mostly doesn't even care about the board to begin with. He's there to complete the mission. He doesn't care what rank he gets.
- Break the Cutie: The Epsilon incident.
- Broken Pedestal: Season 9 shows that Wash actually had a very high opinion of the Director before the Epsilon incident.
Washington: The Director? He's given us everything. He's helping us.
- Byronic Hero: Particularly in Recovery One.
- Butt Monkey: Even during his badass present day phase, he gets injured and blown up on an impressively regular basis. This only gets worse for him in the flashback seasons.
- Iron Butt Monkey: Despite his frequent injuries, he always manages to keep going with no apparent detriment. It takes an extended beatdown from the Meta to finally put him out of commission.
- Catch Phrase: "That was the worst <x>. Ever. Of all time."
- Character Development: All those betrayals do take a toll on one's psyche. Having someone you betrayed forgive you and welcome you back with open arms does too, but in a much nicer way.
- The Chew Toy: A lot of very tragic things have happened and keep happening to Wash.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Inverted. Almost everyone Wash deals with betrays him at some point. Except for the reds and blues.
- Combat Pragmatist: Has to in order to stand a chance without armor enhancements. For example, rather than try to over power Tex (like an idiot), he keeps her busy with a few quick punches, then steals the battle rifle right off her back as she knocks him back.
- The Comically Serious: Even amongst the Freelancers, he's more or less the Straight Man.
- Cryptic Conversation: In the present, he's often having cryptic conversations with himself, largely because he tends to know more than everyone around him, and also because, well, look at the company he keeps. Lampshaded by Felix:
Felix: Man, you are cryptic. Like all the time. Do you realize that?
- Deadpan Snarker: Mostly in the present. In the prequels, he's much less deadpan,
- Determinator: Overlapping with Master of None, it takes stunning amounts of danger or damage to get Wash out of a fight.
- Deuteragonist: The Recollection trilogy revolves around Church (Alpha, and later Epsilon), but Washington's story is of almost-equal importance, particularly in Reconstruction.
- Do Not Call Me Paul: At least in the case of the Director.
Director: Yes, I realize it has been a while since we've spoke, David. May I call you David?
Washington: No, you cannot. You gave me my new name, the least you can do is use it.
- Face-Heel Turn: At the end of Recreation.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Shows shades of this in Season 11, making Tucker do squats and laps around the canyon. He even increases the number of laps when Tucker tries to snark back at him.
- Faking the Dead
- Guile Hero: Not above trying to talk his way out of things, or manipulate people.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: At least in his younger days, where he comes off as almost painfully innocent and idealistic. Season 10's present-day segments seem to indicate this part of him is making a resurgence due to Character Development.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Or, considering his then-employer, at least Blonde Guys Are Ruthless And Antagonistic. In any case, this is only from the end of Recreation to the end of Revelation.
- Heroic Sacrifice: When Locus and his team attacks the canyon, Wash, Sarge, Donut, and Lopez get seriously injured and are unable to move. While the rest of the team and Felix make their way into a cave passage, they realize that they'll have to close the passage behind them. Unfortunately, this involves leaving the injured at Locus' mercy. Washington hears this and orders Freckles to 'shake.' Freckles then stomps the ground, creating enough force to close the gap. As mentioned, this leaves Wash totally at the mercy of Locus.
- In-Series Nickname: "Wash".
- Jade-Colored Glasses: The contrast between his Season 9 persona and Revelation persona really shows this. He starts out idealistic and friendly and ends cynical and jaded.
- Characterized by this exchange with Doc during Revelation.
Wash: (Talking to the Meta) I agree, we should just kill most of them, the last alive will talk.
Doc: Wash, you can't go killing everyone you meet.
Wash: Why not?
Doc: Umm...well now that you put me on the spot, I don't really have an answer, just seems like a bad idea.
- Jack of All Stats: In the prequels there are many non-combat actions Wash takes care of while the rest of the freelancers are showing off their super skills. He's competent in a number of fields, including being a good enough lock pick for Carolina to choose him as York's replacement, searching through files and security systems (as well as doing some unintended sabotage), and is usually the agent meeting with internals, meaning he's very good dealing with other branches of the operation.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In Reconstruction.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Starting in Recreation, to the point of Face-Heel Turn. He also had one of these in the past after the Epsilon incident.
- Took a Level in Kindness: However, he gets substantially better come Season 10; becoming something closer to the Wash he used to be. While he can be a bit strict towards his fellow Blues, he cares for them, to the point that he aimed a pistol at Carolina when she threatened Tucker.
- Karma Houdini: Played for Laughs in regards to his shooting of Donut.
Donut: ...and I got shot!
- Something of a subversion, as he went through a LOT of grief after the aforementioned event. Not to mention that in Season 10, episode 21, he finally makes up for it by saving Donut from an attacking Tex clone.
- Not to mention the part of his flashback/nightmare that involved that incident when he was unconscious being treated by the Feds' medical team... his own guilt is probably enough to subvert the trope alone.
- Kick the Dog: Shooting Lopez and Donut at the very end of Recreation.
- Knife Nut: Fighting the Meta in Revelation.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Firmly on the side of good
- Knight of Cerebus: While he's not a bad guy exactly, he still manages to fall into this. He only appears in a few scenes in Recreation, including the final scene of the season, where he seemingly kills both Donut and Lopez. What follows in Revelation is, while not overtly dramatic, much more action-based and plot oriented than the previous season. He can also be considered one for the main series as a whole, as the Recollection trilogy and Recovery One are noticeably much Darker and Edgier than the previous series'.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Wash spent years nursing a secret grudge against the Director and Freelancer, bidding his time for the right moment to bring them both down. By the end of Season 10, he's finally given a genuine opportunity to get revenge against the Director, as opposed to what he did in Reconstruction which was petty revenge in comparison, and decides to just let it go rather than put his new friends in danger. Unlike Carolina and even Church, it seems he's finally learned to let go of the past.
- The Lancer: To Carolina in season 10.
- Leitmotif: Good Fight
- Master of None: By Freelancer standards. He doesn't seem to have a specialty, and most of the other Freelancers are more combat capable. He turns into a very competent Guile Hero over time, however.
- His icon on the board is a battle rifle and he's shown to be unparalleled in terms of skill with the weapon, even destroying a Hornet with it while in free-fall.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His actions in Revelation lead to the Meta regaining all his abilities by capturing Tex in the Capture Unit instead of Epsilon. This nearly turns out very badly for all involved.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Suffering from this too often is one of the sources of a lot of Wash's bitterness and anger.
- Nom de Guerre: Aside from "Agent Washington", he's also known as "Recovery One" during his time as a Recovery agent.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: When he was first introduced, he seemed like a supreme badass compared to the zany Blood Gulch crew. Later seasons show that he's very much Weak, but Skilled, at least relative to most of the other Freelancers, despite his complete regularity as number 6 on the leader board. He even admitted to Tucker he considered himself one of the worst agents in his squad, though his developments post-Epsilon would prove him far more capable than he gave himself credit.
- His "normality" is emphasized by this exchange from Episode 8 of Season 10:
- Not so Above It All: In episode 18 of season 10, the Reds and Blues are bickering over which team has the highest kill count. Washington plays along.
Washington: Technically, Project Freelancer makes the rules. And I say Blue Team gets to add my kill count to theirs.
- He's had a few moments in Season 11, too, such as when the Reds and Blues all drag Donut and Doc off to beat them up for flubbing their rescue. Washington is right there tearing them apart.
- Not So Different: Pre-Epsilon, Washington seems just as neurotic as the Reds and Blues, just more competent in certain aspects, namely fighting.
- Not-So-Innocent Whistle: Does this in season 10 episode 20 after Donut complained about being shot.
- Odd Friendship: Wash is an uptight, regulations guy who freaked out when North mentioned he used equipment without telling Command. Maine is a brutish dirty fighting soldier who tried to kill Tex during a sparring match because she was beating him. Nevertheless, they seem to be good friends at that point.
- Only Sane Man: Particularly in Reconstruction, where he plays the Straight Man to the antics of the Reds and Blues. He softens up in later seasons, first becoming more sarcastic, then becoming more friendly, though even after this he's still more level-headed than they are.
- Papa Wolf: Becomes this to the Reds and Blues, going so far as to hold a gun to Carolina's head when she threatens Tucker.
Washington: I've already been responsible for enough of their problems in the past, and I'll be damned before I let you cause any more.
- Plucky Comic Relief: In the flashback segments.
- Post-Historical Trauma: The reason for his Knight in Sour Armor attitude is due to this through the Epsilon Incident, though it's more directly related to the Director and the Alpha than humanity as a whole.
- The Power of Friendship: If there's manpower available to Wash to help him get the job done, he'll take it without a second thought. "I can't do this alone" is practically one of his catchphrases.
- Precision F-Strike: At the end of Reconstruction.
?? You have got
to be fucking kidding m-
- Properly Paranoid: In Season 11, Wash is the only one of the BG crew to feel uneasy about being shipwrecked with no sign of immediate rescue. Even after they manage to make radio contact with Donut, he still warns the others that rescue may not immediately come. Also he is the only one that shows distrust towards Felix After The Reveal that Felix & LOCUS are working together to kill everyone on Chorus for a Third Party.He was right all along
- Replacement Goldfish: Season 10 reveals that not only did he start wearing Church's armor and take over as leader of the Blue team, but the characters started referring to him as Church.
: I wouldn't really use the word "replace"... but there's no word for "take over for you and make everything better immediately. So we just say replace.
Counselor: So you would say that you have overwhelming feelings of anger and a need for revenge?
Washington: More than you know.
- Finally subverted as a motivation for him as of the final few episodes of Season 10. He knows that the Director is evil, and that it would be right if he paid for his crimes, but there's no benefit to following that path, and it will only lead to a longer line of his friends' corpses, if anything changed at all.
- Rogue Protagonist: To a degree in Revelation, as he's one of the two main antagonists. Still, he switches sides towards the end, so it may count as a subversion.
- Secret Keeper: For the majority of Reconstruction, he was the only character that knew exactly what the Director did to the Alpha. It's still not clear just how much of the Director's memories he has.
- Supporting Leader: During Reconstruction and the end of Revelation.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: "I'm not crazy, okay? I'm totally, completely sane. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go blow up this dead body." Even though it was standard procedure to destroy dead Freelancers' bodies and armor, he still was rather thorough.
- Team Dad:
- Subverted in the Season 9 prequel segments. He tries it with Connecticut, but she doesn't buy it at all.
- Played straight in Season 10's present day segments, with Wash balancing out the inanities of the BG crew with Carolina's Axe Crazy tendencies.
- He continues this role in Season 11, where he works to keep the BG crew alive by carefully managing their limited supplies, as well as trying to train Tucker and Caboose to be proper soldiers.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the years that follow the Epsilon breakdown, he becomes exceptionally more dangerous, mainly from his increased capacity for ruthlessness and Chessmaster tendencies.
- The Unreveal: Wash's face alone of the Freelancers hasn't been seen, with strategic placement of other people blocking his face. This is lampshaded eventually in Season 10 where he carries out a conversation with North and York, while eating, still in his helmet. It is however, known that he has bright blonde hair that he keeps relatively short.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Maine. When Maine was shot in the throat, he showed a large amount of concern for him. By The Recollection, while he is surprised that Maine is still the one in the armor, he is fully willing to kill him, and vice versa.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: His younger self tends to come off as this during the flashbacks of Season 9 and 10 pre-Epsilon.
- Would Hit a Girl: And Boom, Headshot her too.
"The whole universe is moving too fast, Wash. I think we're just trying to keep up."
Voiced By: Sean Duggan
A tan and white-armored former Freelancer who turned to petty burglary after the project collapsed. York has one bad eye, due to a past incident
involving him and Tex. He agrees to help Tex track down Wyoming in the Out Of Mind
mini-series. Doesn't make it.
His special suit ability was rapid regeneration, and his AI partner was Delta.In Season Nine, he shows off his ability at picking locks and is often The Lancer to Agent Carolina, and is the only Freelancer she seems to treat as an equal and friend instead of a subordinate or a burden. Episode 12 of Season 10 also reveals some Unresolved Sexual Tension between them that wasn't resolved before his death.
- Badass: Let me put it this way. In their 3 on 1 match, he actually gets the jump on Tex, of all people. Of course, this wasn't exactly normal circumstances, but props to him.
- Badass Driver
- Handicapped Badass: Courtesy of being a bit too close to a grenade explosion. It damages one of his eyes, but he still remains very competent. Competent enough to save Tex's life after her gun jams.
- Bad Liar: When he tries to bluff Tex unconvincingly, she tells him he's never been good at lying.
- Butt Monkey: Along with Wash, he's often the target of Amusing Injuries.
- Deadpan Snarker:
: Maine! Look, I'm gonna move left, you g- (Maine rushes out and is promptly shot with a freezing paint round
) ... or you just run out and do whatever you want and then get killed. Ready? Break. Good job everybody
- Expy: Of Han Solo, even getting a few Shout-Out lines.
- Did Not Get the Girl: With Carolina. She didn't believe him about Project Freelancer and he was killed before they met again.
- Eye Scream: Took a grenade to the face when Maine tried to use it to kill Tex in Season 9, Episode 10. From then on, his left eye is heavily implied to be at least partially blind, white with a scar near it, due to the protective paint from the spar not having covered that much of his head before the detonation.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He gets a nice scar across his left eye and it apparently made him lose vision partially in one of his eyes.
- Healing Factor: His armor ability, not that it helps him survive in the end, though it does help Wash later on.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Carolina. Unfortunately, various conflicts got in the way.
- Image Song: "Come On Carolina".
- Informed Ability: Zig Zagged Trope. York is nominally the team's infiltration expert, but we seem to see him having difficulty with, complaining heavily about, or outright failing to crack open the locks he comes across.
- Killed Off for Real: Shot and killed by Wyoming. His regeneration unit doesn't seem to be capable of healing mortal wounds, like chest shots.
- The Lancer: To Carolina. He plays Number 2 to her, seems to be the only one she sees as a friend, and serves as the laid-back snarker to her straight-laced 'get the job done' attitude. Monty has said that York was written to be the Han Solo of the Freelancers, and it shows.
- Master of Unlocking: He's supposed to be this, and is described by Wash as being "an old locksmith". It's an Informed Ability to just about everyone else, and his frequent failures at lockpicking are Played for Laughs.
- In the prequel segments of Seasons 9 and 10, his icon on the ranking board is, appropriately enough, a lock.
- Nice Guy: In addition to being a bad liar, compared to most of the other Freelancers we've seen he's genuinely quite friendly and laid-back, tries to encourage teamwork in a group that's usually made of lone wolves, and seems to have a sense of fair play/decency in a group that's often opportunistic. He also seems be the one of the few who had an actual healthy partner/friendship with his AI. He's the snarkiest third of the Nice Guy trio he, Wash, and North seem to have going, though his snark is generally meant to be good-natured. He also seems to have been the only Freelancer who didn't Take a Level in Jerkass after Project Freelancer broke up.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He tries to switch sides during a training exercise when his partners Wyoming and Maine start using lethal force. He gets berated by Tex for "abandoning his team" in return and got in the blast range of a frag grenade thrown by Maine, potentially causing him to go blind in one eye.
- Only Sane Man: Amongst the rest of the Freelancers, he seems to function as this along with North.
- Ship Tease: Episodes 11 and 12 of Season 10 are pretty much just nothing but two episodes of Ship Tease with Carolina.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: Though a Nice Guy nonetheless.
Agent Wyoming (Reginald)
Another agent of Project Freelancer, hired by O'Malley
to kill Tucker after the latter discovers the secret of Red and Blue Command. Tucker survives his assassination attempt, and Wyoming and Tex end up chasing each other around during the main series, as well as the Out of Mind
side series. He eventually eludes her and returns to Blood Gulch alongside O'Malley for the series' explosive finale. Known for uttering insincere apologies to his victims, and being perpetually cool-headed, Wyoming's special equipment is a temporal distorter that allows him to manipulate time, slowing it down, or looping it. As shown during the finale, the latter produces a backlog of "spare" Wyomings, making him a literal One-Man Army
. Presumed dead during Reconstruction
, though the Meta was kind enough to loot his special equipment. Wyoming wears white armor, his real name is Reginald, and he talks with something approaching an imitation of a muddled British/Australian accent.
- Arch-Enemy: To Tex in Red Vs Blue The Blood Gulch Chronicles, arguably, since he was contracted to specifically hunt her down.
- The Brute: Not as much as Maine, but still present in Season 9. He's shown as noticeably less direct in Season 10 and the present day. Ironically, he's the weakest Freelancer, skill-wise. He makes up for it with his time mastery... and fighting dirty.
- Badass: He does alright until the last three episodes of Season 5, though by Freelancer standards he is pretty weak.
- Badass Mustache
- Took a Level in Badass: Apparently, between the prequel seasons and Blood Gulch; even when factoring in his time manipulation abilities, he went from completely ineffectual in the prequel bits to being a pretty successful villain in Blood Gulch.
- Bounty Hunter: His job after Project Freelancer collapsed.
- Combat Pragmatist: Knows full well that in a straight fight he is not that much better than even sim troopers. He makes up the difference by using stealth, time mastery and sniper skills.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: His Establishing Character Moment has him about to do it. He's then interrupted, so he kills the Red Shirt anyway.
- Dastardly Whiplash: Has some of the mannerisms and, according to Season 10, the mustache, but otherwise subverted, as he does try his best to actually be successful in his missions as a Bounty Hunter.
- Demoted to Extra: Despite playing a fairly important role in The Blood Gulch Chronicles, his only main contributing factor to Season 9 is participating in the sparring session with Tex and two lines of dialogue. Word of God says that this was due to his nature contrasting with the more serious Prequel segments.
- Ascended Extra: He gets more spotlight in Season 10, including having his face shown.
- Deadpan Snarker: Comes with a very dry wit, and it helps that he's an Evil Brit.
- The Dragon: For O'Malley, but given that he is a Freelancer....
- Dragon with an Agenda: Wyoming had been given a contract to kill anyone who knew that Command is Mission Control for both the Reds and Blues (i.e. Tucker). Explaining that he had purposely misled Omega to go search for Tex at Blood Gulch in the Out Of Mind miniseries, Wyoming hoped that Omega would do the work for him. Naturally, it didn't work out, so he figured that he had to get more hands-on to get the work done.
- Evil Brit: Sounds like one; a British/Australian accent was the best they could do for him in the auditioning.
- Evil Counterpart: To Tex in The Blood Gulch Chronicles, being a more villainous Bounty Hunter and the only other known Freelancer at the time.
- Faux Affably Evil: Tends to say an insincere "sorry" whenever he shoots someone.
- Genre Savvy: In the main series at least. For instance, he manages to manipulate the Alien before killing him, making the whole alien quest for naught. In his final battle with the Blues, he uses his ability as a Time Master, then makes sure that Gamma is giving him necessary backup via a hijacked tank when things don't necessarily look up.
- Killed Off for Real: Most of him by Tucker, which solidified the latter into a Badass Normal. A few were killed by the Reds in the Chupathingy. The final Wyoming was executed by Tex.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Along with Maine during the three-on-one fight with Tex.
- Light Is Not Good: Wears white armour, and suffice it to say, he's kind of a dick.
- Manipulative Bastard: Best shown when he manipulates the Alien to his own ends.
- Mysterious Mercenary Pursuer: During the Blood Gulch Chronicles.
- Pet the Dog: He's shown sitting by Carolina's bedside while she recovers from her surgery in Episode 14 of Season 10.
- Smug Snake: In the prequels, he's shown to be overly cocky without the ability to back it up. This trope is largely averted in the main series, as he's more Genre Savvy, Took a Level in Badass and takes the necessary steps to try and neutralise his enemies without leaving a window open. Though he still makes a couple of mistakes.
- Time Master: Can loop time frames infinitely if he loses; think of it as pressing the restart button for a video game console every time something goes wrong for you.
- Weak, but Skilled: By Freelancer standards. He's more an assassin than a straight-up combatant, and seems to prefer sniping to close combat. Still, he was able to pose a credible threat to Tex throughout Blood Gulch Chronicles, often getting the better of her with ambushes and traps.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Does this to a Red Shirt he comes across in his first appearance, and then to the alien.
The Meta / Maine
The Meta / Agent Maine
The former Freelancer Agent Maine, who snapped and started tracking down and murdering other agents, then stripping them of their combat AIs and special equipment, growing in power with each victory
. The Big Bad
of the Recovery One
series, the Meta refers to itself as a collective entity due to the number of consciousnesses running around inside its head, and seems to be set on recovering all of the Freelancer AIs in order to reconstruct the Alpha from which they were derived. A formidable opponent - Church compares the Meta to the one woman army
Tex, but says "this thing's like... eight of her." Its white armor (though it can change color due to a chameleon circuit) is a hodgepodge of parts from a number of designs, and the Meta's voice varies from a Creepy Child
hissing whisper to a susurrus of voices talking at once to animalistic snarls, though the former two are likely the voices of the AIs in its head.Shows up well into Recreation, finding Donut at the Blue base, who mistakes him for a new blue soldier. Simmons is unpleasantly surprised. It turns out it's working with Washington to track down the Epsilon A.I. After being Washington's comedic partner for most of Revelation, the Meta betrays him and stabs Tex's robot body in the face with the Capture Unit, trapping her inside it. Washington tries to fight him and is nearly killed. Luckily, the Blood Gulch crew team up to take him down, hooking him to a wrecked warthog's tow cable and sending him off the side of a cliff, into the ocean.
"It's not so bad if you don't let it hit you."
Voiced By: Jen Brown
A member of Project Freelancer. She shows up in Season 9. According to the ranking board, she's the best Freelancer at the time the series starts.
She is often placed in command of the other Freelancers on missions, or is used to bail out her less experienced compatriots. She only seems to treat Agent York as an equal and even speaks to him with some twinges of affection, as opposed to the coldly professional dynamic between her and the other members.Shows up alive and well in the present timeline, recruiting the Blood Gulch crew and Washington to help her kill the Director. In the season 10 finale, she was also strongly hinted to be Allison and the Director's daughter.
- Action Girl
- Dark Action Girl: When she shows back up in the present timeline as well as her actions in Episode 19 of Season 10.
- The Ace: She's known as Number One and is the absolute best Freelancer in the project... at least until Tex shows up.
- Broken Ace: After the introduction of Tex to Project Freelancer. She gets better gradually over the course of the present day's segments in Season 10.
- Green-Eyed Monster: And she is not taking it well. The trope name itself even comes up in Episode 13 of Season 10, "Greenish-Blue With Envy", in which said envy is manipulated by Sigma and Gamma to cause the events that ultimately lead to Washington's breakdown and the fall of Project Freelancer.
- The Atoner: Becomes one near the end of Episode 22 of Season 10 when she and Epsilon decide to try and improve the world as well make up for their past mistakes by Walking the Earth to help dismantle what remains of Project Freelancer's equipment.
- Always Second Best: To Tex from the end of Season 9 and throughout Season 10, much to her growing frustration and rage. At the end of Season 10, Carolina finally gets her long awaited chance to fight Tex one-on-one, and while she does noticeably better than anyone else who's ever tried before, it's still painfully clear she's not even Tex's equal. In Episode 21 of the same season, she finally acknowledges this.
- Ambiguously Evil: The Reds and Blues consider her a time bomb just waiting to go off in Season 10 until Episode 21.
- Anti-Hero: Once Tex shows up, and Carolina becomes obsessed with beating her, she starts sliding down the scale:
- Good Is Not Nice at the start of Season 10. Though she's a bit shorter with her teammates, she still cares for them and is incredibly bothered by Tex killing Connie.
- Pay Evil unto Evil after getting a little push from Sigma and Gamma. This extends into the present day, where her efforts to find and kill the Director make her a Token Evil Teammate to her companions.
- Mr. Vice Guy by the end of Season 10. She finally lets go of the past and her grudge against Texas and decides to make up for her past mistakes.
- Art Shift: Her armor's been modified for Season 10 allowing her to be depicted in the Halo 3 engine with the rest of the cast. It again changes at the end of the season, with the shift to Halo 4 as the cast moves back to Blood Gulch (the Exile map in 4).
- Badass: She was number one before Tex came along for a reason. Even more so for competing with Tex, who is far stronger than an ordinary human.
- Bad Boss: The Blood Gulch crew are very concerned that present day Carolina may be one of these. For good reason, too.
- Bait and Switch: Her first appearance plays up her resemblance to Tex before The Reveal in Episode 4 of Season 9.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Throughout Season 9 and at times in Season 10, she shows to be a very good combatant at close combat.
- Berserk Button: Being compared to Tex.
- Big Damn Heroes: Her entrance in Season 12. When the Reds and Blues are cornered and hopeless, she reveals that she's one of the guys in the firing squad and saves them.
- Break the Haughty: For all her willingness to use the Blood Gulch Crew as Cannon Fodder during the raid on the Director's base, for all the terseness she's shown towards Washington, for all her assertion that she and Church didn't need anyone else...when the time comes to fight the Tex copies, she ultimately pushes herself too hard, with memories of her previous failures coming back to haunt her. By the time she's beaten, she's finally forced to admit that Tex really IS better than her. Listening to her voice, you can tell that it's a bitter pill to swallow.
- Broken Bird: Carolina speaks to Church of her former team and how they tore each other to pieces. It's made pretty clear that she's a very broken person under all the armor and ferocity.
- Chameleon Camouflage: Her armor ability, where she can instantly change her armor's color to anything she needs.
- Character Development: She started out as The Ace of the Freelancer team, but by Season 10, she's become a bitter and easily-angered soldier obsessed with revenge. And then we see elements of a Broken Bird beneath it all...and then she opens up a little to Church as well as swapping positions with Church by telling him to let go of his past and even letting go of her desire for revenge and took pity on the director via leaving him a pistol to commit suicide at his request.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: She tosses a gravity hammer with one hand, which hits an Elite Mook from across a huge room in the face.
- Close Range Combatant: When she is seen fighting, she generally tries to close the distance with her opponent to take them out with martial arts. In Season 11, Wash even calls her an expert in martial arts.
- Cool Big Sis: Shows noticeable shades of this to Wash. She keeps him focused during missions and acted out violently to protect him when an Insurrectionist warthog had pinned him down. By the end of Season 10 she is literally this to Epsilon, being that they are both offspring of the Director and they have warmed up to each other immensely.
- Dance Battler
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She was nicer around York compared to the rest of the Freelancer team. And then, after Church replays some of York's memories about her (via a recording Delta had made) and admits he understands what she's going through, she begins to open up to him, calling him "Church" instead of "Epsilon." She even laughs at his awkwardness in carrying her!
- The Determinator: The sheer force she puts into trying to beat Tex to the briefcase in Episode 17 of Season 9 is astonishing and impressive. This makes it all the more tragic when she fails at the very last second.
- Deuteragonist: In The Project Freelancer Saga.
- Disney Villain Death: A subversion, courtesy of the Meta; she was his first "kill". This is also why Tex thought she was dead and told Church as much.
- Doomed by Canon: Tex tells Church that, by the time she met up with York in Out of Mind, Carolina was dead. Delta explains that Carolina received two AI, and only functioned for a short period of time afterwards. Subverted, though, in that she's ultimately revealed to be alive.
- Drop the Hammer: She uses a Gravity Hammer to take out an Elite Mook in Season 9. She returns in Season 10 with one as part of her regular arsenal.
- Family Eye Resemblance: Green, just like the Director has.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride. Carolina just cannot bring herself to accept that Tex is the better soldier until Episode 21 of Season 10.
- Fiery Redhead
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: She has one of these, which she uses for such purposes as redirecting a machine gun turret, Building Swing, saving Wash, saving herself from a deadly fall, and use in an Improvised Weapon. Notably, this is one of only two weapons in the series thus far that is not also a canonical weapon in the Halo frachise, aside from Pillman's throwing axes.
- Guns Akimbo: She adopts a twin set of Plasma Rifles in Season 10.
- The Gunslinger: In Season 9, the only weapon she is seen using is a pistol, whether a typical M6 Series or her own Grappling-Hook Pistol.
- Improbable Weapon User/Epic Flail: In her battle against the Tex clones in Episode 21 of Season 10, she takes a fallen grenade, shoots it with her Grappling-Hook Pistol, and uses the ensuing combination as a makeshift ball-and-chain flail. That explodes.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Her armor's special ability is Camouflage, which changes the color of her armor. About as mundane as they come. However, she uses it to deadly effect several times in Season 9, using it to get a drop on her foes right in front of her, whether by blending into the background or by Dressing as the Enemy. Particularly impressive since she uses it more effectively than others use a full-on invisibility ability, due to the conspicuous nature of her usual bright aqua armor.
- The Leader: Of the Freelancer Five-Man Band.
- Leitmotif: Crazy Carolina. Morte ai nostri nemici...
- Lightning Bruiser: She darts like a hummingbird and hits like a ton of bricks on account of her second armour ability (Super Speed).
- Luke, I Am Your Father: The Season 10 finale reveals she's the daughter of Allison and Director Church. She notes that her mother had terrible taste in men.
- The Man Behind the Man: In Season 11, to Locus, of all people. Subverted, as she and Epsilon are masquerading as the actual Control to stop Locus and Felix's mercenary corps.
- Ninja: Specialist in close combat and stealth.
- Oedipus Complex: The finale of Season 10 reveals she has a non-sexual version of this, whether she knows it or not. Her competition with Tex for the Director's approval turns out to be her competing with her mother's memory for her father's approval.
- Only Sane Man: It's pretty plain throughout Season 10 that she goes through exactly the same stages Washington went through: despair at the Blood Gulch crew's ineptness, surprise when they pull something good out of the hat (although the video log of Agent York probably helped a bit here) and then finally accepting them as being Weak, but Skilled and lightening up. See Defrosting Ice Queen.
- The Peter Principle: Carolina is an exceptional fighter, second only to the explicitly superhuman Tex. However, this apparently does not translate into leadership skill, as shown by her command of the other Freelancers in the field throughout Season 9 and 10, especially whenever Tex is involved. In Episode 10 of Season 10, her attempt to send Wyoming, the squad's sniper, into close combat against sustained minigun fire is the sort of tactical brilliance that would be worthy of Sarge. Present day Carolina doesn't even give combat orders on screen to the Reds and Blues, but her manner with them suggests she hasn't gotten that much better.
- Indy Ploy: Although her plans never go as planned, and her squad often becomes rather disorganized in the middle of a caper, she usually still manages to carry the day (or at least get her team out alive) by being really good at improvisation, combined with her sheer personal skill on the battlefield.
- Phlebotinum Overdose: Carolina believed that having two AIs in her head would make her twice as efficient as any of the agents with only one. The truth was that it just added even more voices inside her head, though this wasn't actually a problem until the Director accidentally caused a mental breakdown.
- Put on a Bus: She and Church set off on their own after hearing rumors of soldiers with advanced military hardware.
- Redheaded Heroine: Though she is technically a Villain Protagonist when following Project Freelancer.
- Replacement Goldfish: As of Season 10 she's replaced Tex as Red vs. Blue's badass action chick, a comparison she is not fond of. She and Church have even developed a certain rapport with each other.
- Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Church and Washington are just as surprised as the audience that she's alive.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Season 10, until she decides in Episode 22 to leave the Director to die rather than kill him.
- Self-Made Orphan: Sort of, by giving her father (the Director) a pistol to kill himself.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: As shown in the scenes after Episode 22 for Season 10, she goes to Club Errera in a blue skirt, with a white tube top above it, black, heeled boots, and her (longer) hair tied back with a white band in a ponytail. This is the only time thus far that she has been seen in anything except her armor.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: She's one of the major characters in "The Freelancer Saga" of Season 9 and 10, and the only people in the Halo universe who have You Gotta Have Blue Hair are dyed hair colors.
- Super Speed: Using what is implied to be due to an armor enhancement at the time, she manages to briefly keep up with mooks in jetpacks on foot, as well as a Mongoose.
- Too Fast to Stop: Of a sort. She does have control over her direction and body when at this speed, but tends to be distracted or otherwise defeated, ending with her crashing into something and falling on the ground.
- Token Evil Teammate: In the present day, the Reds and Blues regard her as one of these, referring to her as "our mutual friend/enemy/companion, or friendenemapanion" and "a trigger-happy psychopath". In a way she's taken the same role Tex had in Blood Gulch Chronicles, with the important difference that her barely concealed desire to murder them all is much more brazen and played completely seriously.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In Season 10. The flashback segments show that she's much shorter with her teammates on missions. The present shows that she's two steps from Ax-Crazy.
- Took a Level in Kindness: But after Church replays some memories Delta had of York and admitting that he knows what it's like to be chasing something that means a lot to you, Carolina becomes noticeably warmer towards him, even going so far as laughing. That's something she never did during any of the Freelancer flashbacks. By Episode 21 of Season 10, this kindness extends to the other Reds and Blues.
- Tragic Hero: Her pride and desire to be the best lead to immense suffering for both herself and those closest to her. In a rare case for this trope, she comes to terms with these flaws early enough to not lose her life over it, though it's a hard road for her to get there.
- Unknown Rival: She becomes obsessed with proving herself better than Tex and reclaiming her status as Number One. Tex, meanwhile, only seems to pity her, which only drives Carolina even more insane.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: As Season 10 reveals in both Episodes 6 and 13, her decision to give Sigma to Maine, as well as her decision to take on both Eta and Iota as an attempt to show up Tex and Omega led to the breaking of Maine, Washington, and herself.
- Walking Spoiler: For the present day segments, anyway, as well as Season 11 and Season 12. There's a reason why a large number of these tropes are spoiler tagged.
- Well Done Daughter Girl: The reveal that she is the Directors daughter in the finale of season 10 paints her determination to stay on top of the leaderboard in a whole new light. It wasn't about being the best, but just getting some sign of approval from a cold and distant father who is obsessed with the past.
- Wham Line: In terms of both the line and when it is.
Carolina: Now that I've found you, you're gonna help me do what I should have done years ago: you're gonna help me kill the Director.
- Later on, she tops herself in season 11 when she is revealed to be working with Locus.
Carolina (talking to Locus): Good. I'll be there before you know it.
- Come season 12, she reveals her true intentions by pulling a Big Damn Heroes against Locus and Felix, then warmly talking to the Blood Gulch Crew:
Carolina (adjusting her armor color back to aqua): You know, I never thought I'd be so happy to see you idiots again.
- The Worf Effect: In Season 12, she seems to have trouble fighting against Felix and another time against three space pirates.
"We don't all make mistakes. Some of us very specifically make mistakes, and others don't seem to make
any mistakes at all."
Voiced By: Samantha Ireland
Another member of the Freelancer project and a close friend of Wash's. She is suspicious of the Director and despises his ranking system technique. Therefore, she aligns herself with the Insurrection to do... something to counter the Director
Although supposedly the same CT that showed up in Recreation
, Season 10 reveals that it was her boyfriend that donned her mask at the time.
- Action Girl: Not on Carolina's level but is clearly combat adept and stealthy.
- Anime Hair: Just how is her hair supposed to work? Is it a mohawk? Or a weird sideways ponytail? Or half a shaved head?
- Hidden Badass: At first, she just seems like a low-level Freelancer who's not even on the leaderboard. Then you realize that she has been fighting her allies the whole time, and of course she wouldn't really try to hurt them.
- In Season 10 episode 10, she has been shown to be nearly as skilled as Carolina, and even manages to pin freaking Tex's arm to her back with her knife and set her up for a brutal combo with the Insurrectionist Leader.
- Battle Couple/Official Couple: With the Insurrectionist Leader.
- The Cassandra: Her warnings about the Director go unheeded or even outright contradicted by fellow Freelancers, despite being completely true.
- Combat Pragmatist: She makes extensive use of holograms in combat. It lets her land a decent hit on Tex and hold her own with Carolina for a short time.
- Commander Contrarian: Her dialogue in Season 9 is coated with bitterness towards The Director and the ranking system.
- Dead All Along: In Season 7, it isn't really Agent Connecticut at all.
- Dead Man Writing: Via a data unit containing all the dirt on Project Freelancer. The information leads directly to Tex's Tomato in the Mirror moment and Epsilon's reintegration and rebirth as Alpha.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight
- Dies Wide Open
- Do Not Call Me Paul: She doesn't like Wash calling her 'Connie' because it makes her sound like a little kid. The Insurrectionist Leader is allowed, though, and she calls herself that to Tex in her Dead Man Writing scene. It's probable that she just doesn't like it from full-on "agents of the Director", as Wash was.
- Failure Hero: Has issues because her skills aren't up to snuff with the rest of the Freelancer Elite, and hates the ranking process.
- Flash Step: Her close combat fighting style appears to use a lot of this, by using her hologram generator ability to make false images of herself.
- Hologram: Her armor ability is to make these of herself, which she uses for distraction both in stealth and close combat situations.
- Invisibility Cloak: Though not as blatant as Tex's armor ability, her holograms seem to have an integrated one of these, since nobody seems to be able to see the real her at all when the hologram is up.
- Jerkass Fašade: As shown in Episode 17, she didn't actually hate Texas, and considered her a friend and someone she trusted with a copy of all of the dirt she had picked up on the Director.
- Informed Flaw: To an extent. She's mentioned several times to be one of the less capable agents, but she lands a strong hit on Tex and holds her own against Carolina, who was admittedly trying not to kill, for a short time. Once she comes back up against the less merciful Tex, however, she's mortally wounded very quickly.
- Killed Off for Real: By Tex in Season 10.
- Legacy Character: The C.T. from Recreation is actually the Insurrectionist Leader; who took on her name and armor when Agent Connecticut was killed by Tex.
- The Mole: For the Insurrection.
- Posthumous Character: All of her appearances are in the extended flashbacks, and, even then, she greatly influences Tex after her own death.
- Properly Paranoid: She's rightfully suspicious of the Director and Project Freelancer's ranking system.
- Ship Tease: With Agent Washington, of all people. Just one more thing to add to the tragedy that is Wash's life.
Agent South Dakota
"I don't even have one because someone didn't bring enough to share, so why am I sitting through this elementary classroom bullshit?"
Voiced By: Shana Merlin
Another member of the Freelancer project, though she never got an AI due to Wash's breakdown, a fact she still harbored some resentment for him. She was rescued from the Meta by Washington in Recovery One
, but was in fact working as "Recovery Two" the entire time. She later betrayed him to obtain Delta and escape the Meta, leaving Washington for dead. A sufferer of Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, according to Delta, she betrayed her twin brother North in a similar manner to escape the Meta the first time. It bit her in the ass when Washington shot her in the head for revenge.
Her armor is purple with green trim.
- Badass: Especially when fighting alongside North.
- Barrier Warrior: She has a domed energy shield armor ability.
- Blondes are Evil: In contrast to her Hair of Gold brother, especially given her stance against Tex in Episode 19 of Season 10 and what comes after.
- Boom, Headshot: Her death in Reconstruction, courtesy of Washington at Delta's suggestion.
- Brother-Sister Team: With North until Cain and Abel kicked in.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to North's Abel.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Typical of Freelancers, she was only in it for herself.
- Dark Action Girl: Even when alongside North, she fit into this rather well.
- The Dog Bites Back: Betraying Wash may have saved her hide, but not for too long. Wash eventually hunts her down and kills her.
- Dumb Muscle: She's constantly having to have things explained to her, but she is one of the best Freelancers.
- Foreshadowing: Part of the reason she betrayed North was because he got an AI before her. When North and Theta both excel in a training exercise, South is unusually quiet, and after the exercise ends, leaves without saying a word.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She doesn't receive an AI, while her twin brother North does. She doesn't take it well.
- In-Series Nickname: Much more often called "South" than "South Dakota", even by her own brother.
- Just a Machine: Her opinion of the AI's, which she has no problem expressing even when they are in the same room. Sure, she betrayed North because she didn't get an AI herself, but that doesn't mean she would've bonded with an AI in the same way North did with Theta.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Exhibits some tendencies early in Season 9.
- Military Maverick
- Nom de Guerre: Aside from "Agent South Dakota", she's also known as "Recovery Two" during her time as a Recovery agent.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to North's Blue.
- Start of Darkness: Season 10 casts new light on her betrayal of North and Wash in the present day. Instead of simply being a random sociopathic bitch, as she was originally portrayed in Reconstruction, it turns out she actually had legitimate, long-standing grievances against both Wash and North... Wash for having a meltdown that lead to the shutdown of the project, and North for siding with Tex over her. Although the fact she waited several years to get back at them, and did so in the most homicidal manner possible, still doesn't speak all that well of her mental stability.
- Stealth Expert: Her one shown mission implies her to be this kind of operative, but her refusal to turn on her motion tracker makes her not very good in the long run.
- You Wouldn't Shoot Me: Tries to invoke this on Washington. Unfortunately, it's an Averted Trope.
Agent North Dakota
"Stay safe, kiddo."
Voiced By: John Erier
A member of the Freelancer program and South's twin brother. He shows up in the prequels in Seasons 9 and 10 and as a dead body in "Recovery One" after South sacrifices him to save herself from the Meta
. His AI was Theta.
- Badass: Along with his sister when they're fighting together, though it seems that all Freelancers are badasses in one way or another.
- Barrier Warrior: He has a domed energy shield as his armor ability.
- Big Brother Instinct:
North: Stay safe, Kiddo.
- Brother-Sister Team: With South until Cain and Abel kicked in.
- By the Book Soldier
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to South's Cain.
- Cool Big Bro
- Deadpan Snarker
North: Well, so much for keeping quiet.
- Doomed by Canon: South wounds him to leave as bait to escape the Meta.
- Friendly Sniper: While he's a by-the-book, stoic, consummate professional during missions, he's pretty open and cheery off-duty.
- Guns Akimbo: With sniper rifles against South in Episode 19 of Season 10, and with enough precision on both to shoot missiles from a Missile Pod out of the air.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He's easily the nicest and sweetest Freelancer in the group (or at least possibly tied for the spot); even when he's wading into battle he tends to become more professionally stoic than bloodthirsty or malevolent. A very, very sharp contrast from his sister.
- Heel-Face Turn: If he can be called a Villain Protagonist at all in the prequels, he has one when he decides to fight South to let Tex go ahead in the Mother of Invention in Episode 19 of Season 10.
- In-Series Nickname: Much more often called "North" than "North Dakota", including by his own sister.
- Nice Guy: Forms kind of a trio with Wash and York in this regard. He's less snarky than York, and less uptight/dorky than Wash.
York: (after crashing into hangar from space) What, no 'Welcome back'?
North: (completely sincerely, while patting York on the back) Alright, welcome back!
- Real Men Get Shot: He gets riddled with bullets in Season 9, but it doesn't keep him down long.
- Standard Bleeding Spots: He gets a nice bloody cut across the cheek in Season 9 Episode 4.
- Team Dad: Was given Theta because of his "nurturing" nature.
York: He is used to taking care of people, isn't he?
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to South's Red.
"Ready for duty, sir. And might I say, pleased as punch you picked me."
The Mysterious Blue Guy
, a mysterious soldier who wears blue armor
who appears in the flashbacks. He appears to be an infiltration specialist, as he is shown working with Wyoming. In Episode 9 of Season 10 he takes a throwing axe to the chest while spying on the Insurrectionist Leader and C.T. In episode ten he rips it out and throws it at a pair of minigun-wielding insurrectionists
.In the Season 10 finale, he's revealed to be not only Agent Florida, but Captain Butch Flowers. He was sent to Blood Gulch to watch over the Alpha.
- Ascended Extra: Of sorts. His only roles in Season 9 were as a background character, his largest on-screen contribution was giving another Freelancer a hand onto a Pelican. In Season 10 he finally appears in action alongside the other Freelancers, and gets his own Crowning Moment Of Awesome in episode 10.
- Badass: Takes out the cackling twins that had kept York, Wyoming, and Wash pinned down.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: He doesn't talk much, but he can take a lot of punishment and dish out some more. Contrast him in The Blood Gulch Chronicles, where he talks a lot more, but doesn't use his Freelancer prowess at all, and is killed before he can do so or say too much about the Red and Blue armies.
- Let's Get Dangerous: The very first action we see him take during combat is getting hit with a throwing axe and falling several dozen feet onto his face. Impressively, he manages to recover from this, but then makes the 3rd worse throw ever (of all time). Just when he's looking a bit silly, he suddenly manages to take out the minigun twins that had been giving York, Wash, Wyoming, and even Carolina and Tex trouble by using some impressive trick shooting.
- Made of Iron: Takes a throwing axe to the chest coupled with a multi-story fall right onto his face, and shrugs it off.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: Even among the Freelancers, his armor is unusual (blue-visored ODST helmet and light armor).
- Recurring Extra: At first. He spent all of Season 9 as just a guy that showed up during the Freelancer scenes.
- Un-Person: He was turned into one to cover up his transfer to Blood Gulch.
- The Voiceless: Hell, Maine talks more than he does. Until the conclusion of Season 10 in the prequel bits, and through to his time in the present day, anyway. During the Blood Gulch Chronicles, he was very talkative for the amount of screentime he got.
- Walking Spoiler: You can't talk about his identity other than "a member of Project Freelancer who wears blue".
- Weaksauce Weakness: He died from an Aspirin allergy. Maybe.
- Weak, but Skilled: He has a poor throwing arm and isn't one of the Freelancers on the leaderboard, yet he is crafty enough to prove his worth (see Let's Get Dangerous above).
There are 49 total Freelancers. Most of them apparently did not appear in Season 9, and have only received minor mentions. They are named after the 49 states of the US. The lack of a 50th Freelancer has a bit of an explanation behind it, listed here. note
out of convenience.
- Agent Utah was apparently killed in training by using weapons tech without proper controls. A deleted scene on the season 9 DVD showed his accident; a bubble shield formed around his head and he passed out from lack of air.
- Something happened to Agent Georgia involving a jetpack on a space op. It seems he just lost control and was careening through space until he smacked into a window on a space station, having a brief casual chat with Utah even. Until otherwise is said, they may still be alive. He even gets a voice only cameo in Spartan Ops
- Maryland, Delaware and Virginia are women.
- Montana apparently owns the locker directly next to Washington's.
- Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico, California, Arizona, Wisconsin, and West Virginia are the only known states not represented amongst the Freelancers as of yet.
The Director (Doctor Leonard Church)
The ruthless and secretive Director of Project Freelancer, and one of the narrators of the Reconstruction
series. In an effort to improve the combat effectiveness of soldiers during the war, the "good doctor
" had the idea to implant Artificial Intelligences into the minds of special agents. As can be seen from the examples above, the results were unstable at best and the project collapsed. Once the Meta starts collecting AIs, a UNSC oversight sub-committee begins inquiries into the Director's actions and the results of Project Freelancer. The Director resents such intrusions, as he maintains that he only did what had to be done
for humanity to win the war (even though it was a complete failure). At the very end of Reconstruction
, in Red vs Blue
's greatest Wham Episode
, it is revealed that the Director's name is Leonard Church, and he is the template for the Alpha AI.
The apparent head psychologist of Project Freelancer, who seems to serve as the Director's right-hand man of sorts, and as a liaison between the Director and both the Freelancers and especially non-Freelancer soldiers.
- Creepy Monotone: Talks like this pretty much all the time. It seems to irritate the Director and creep out everyone else.
- Dissonant Serenity/The Stoic: His expression rarely changes from being bland and calm even when there's a catastrophe going on, and his voice never does.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Even the Director calls him "Counselor".
- Manipulative Bastard: Part of his job is putting good spins on the various horrors of Project Freelancer. Best seen when the Director is barking orders through an intercom to a rogue agent. There's the sound of a scuffle and then the Counselor is on the mike, wording the request much more pleasantly.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Likely a Ph.D., and presumably Evil.
- No Name Given: His actual name is never given, just his title.
- Only Sane Man: While he's probably the one person who most closely assists the Director with his massively unethical acts, he at least voices objections whenever the Director does something particularly dangerous, cruel, or just plain crazy. The Director always overrules him, and ultimately he always goes along with it, though.
- The Shrink: Of the "Harmful" variety.
- The Sociopath: Despite his Only Sane Man attitude, the Counselor thinks nothing of blowing up the state of Florida and sinking it into the sea just to make Agent Florida an Un-Person.
- There Are No Therapists: Inverted. There is a therapist, but he's there to study and manipulate the Freelancers and AIs into doing what the Director wants, not to make them feel better.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Though it's probable that he was arrested following the conclusion of Reconstruction, he is not seen in the present day aside from one conversation with Washington in the climax of Reconstruction and a debriefing with Donut in Episode 4 of Season 8.
Pilot 479 (Four Seven Niner) / Freelancer Command
An Ace Pilot
who works for Freelancer Command during Season 9 and 10. She was confirmed to also be Washington's communications operator during Recovery One and Reconstruction
- Ace Pilot
- Ascended Extra: Assuming Recovery Command and Four Seven Niner are one in the same. She's Mission Control for Recovery Command in Recovery One and Reconstruction. In Seasons 9 and 10 she's actually given a decent amount of screentime as the Freelancers' snippy pilot.
- Lampshaded in episode 8 where she says she'd hate to have the job of the mission control guy
- Deadpan Snarker: Possibly the best example in the series and that's saying something.
- Grounded By Canon: Assuming they're the same character, she's no longer flying by the time the series proper starts, something happens to her at some point. Also after the events of Reconstruction she was probably arrested along with all of the other Freelancer personnel.
- Call Forward: Toyed with in Season 10, where she says she'd hate to have a desk job like Command. Assuming they're the same person, it's a straight example. If they're not, it's a meta-example since the voice actress would later play someone with a desk job.
- The Faceless
- Fantastic Racism: Subverted with the appearance of Artificial Intelligence in her operations. She only dislikes Delta for a very short time because she thinks Project Freelancer is trying to give her job to a machine, and calms down after Delta acknowledges that an AI probably couldn't replace her.
- No Name Given: So far she's only been identified in series by her callsigns "Four-seven-niner" and "Recovery Command".
- Nom de Guerre: As a pilot, she's "Four-Seven-Niner". When grounded, she's "Recovery Command".
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Didn't show up at all for the end of season 10, with her fate left uncertain (including whether 479er and Freelancer Command were the same person).
Freelancer Integrated Logistics and Security System (F.I.L.S.S.)
A presumably dumb artificial intelligence program that helps to organize Freelancer programs, she has an identical voice to Sheila
, and several of her mannerisms. However, they have been revealed as separate characters as of Season 10.