Characters: Red vs. Blue - Project Freelancer
This page is for tropes pertaining to the Red vs. Blue characters who are part of Project Freelancer. All spoilers for the first twelve seasons (and the first episode of Season 13) will be unmarked below.
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Project as a Whole
A research project dedicated to studying AI units and their interactions with skilled agents. The project is led by Doctor Leonard Church (The Director) with the help of the Counselor and an AI unit named F.I.L.S.S. Their agents, who are named after US states, are unaware of the project's increasingly-immoral actions, which is the focus of the past storyline in Seasons 9 and 10. The project was only able to acquire one AI, the Alpha, which they tortured until it "fragmented" into other AI units.Various circumstances led to the project falling apart and eventually getting shut down by the UNSC thanks to Chairman Malcom Hargrove. The events following this become the main plot of Seasons 6-8 and the present-day storyline of Seasons 9 and 10. The project is put to rest for good in the Season 10 finale, where, after growing tired of running and hiding from the authorities, the Director deletes F.I.L.S.S., telling her the project was a failure before committing suicide.By the end of Season 10, the only surviving agents are Washington and Carolina, both of whom have joined the Blood Gulch crew. Malcom Hargrove has acquired some of the remnants of the project's dissolution, including several pieces of Freelancer equipment (most notably Maine's armor), F.I.L.S.S. (somehow), and former Counselor, Aiden Price.
- 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.
- Evil Versus Evil: Their conflict with Charon Industries.
- Highly Conspicuous Uniform: Most of them have brightly colored armor, most notably North and South, who perform an infiltration mission while wearing bright purple and green. Justified in Carolina's case, since she can change armor color.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: Project Freelancer has its main goal being the "resurrection" of Allison, with incidental Mind Rape and property damage being unfortunate side effects of their behavior. Charon Industries, on the other hand, intentionally aims to kill an entire planet of people in the name of War for Fun and Profit. Unfortunately, due to their lack of subtlety and internal conflict, Project Freelancer went down first.
- 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. These abilities are listed below.
- Badass: Or at least the ones we see seem to be.
- Beehive Barrier: The primary ability of the Dakota siblings, North and South, as well as, temporarily, Utah. In Revelation, the Meta takes it instead.
- Cameo: They make a surprise, post-humous appearance in Season 13's "Test Your Might" when Carolina enters the alien gateway at the Jungle Temple.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Location Theme Naming: They're all code named after the 49 remaining states of the United States of America, excluding Floridanote .
- Neural Implanting: The process of AI distribution uses a form of this, though Omega, as well as Alpha and Beta can circumvent it.
- 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.
- Super Soldier: They seem to be what a Spartan II actually can be, instead of the Red and Blue armies.
- 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.
- 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.
Allison / Tex / Beta
Allison / Agent Texas / 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 badass 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.Revelation 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. Church eventually realizes that, like her original self, she's always doomed to failure.In the Season 5 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. Although Tex dies at the end of Season 5, gets kidnapped in AI form by the Meta and then destroyed in an EMP blast in Season 6, Tex is resurrected through the memory of the recently re-activated Epsilon during Season 8. This version of her is trapped inside the Epsilon Unit by the Meta after attempting to lure out and ambush both it and Washington. Church spends Season 9 trying to come back into contact with her, until inevitably deciding that it wasn't worth dooming her to repeat her failures over and over again, and let her go by "forgetting" her, removing her from existence.For information about the woman she was based on, see Allison's entry.
Voiced By: Kathleen Zuelch
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Andy was partially constructed out of Tex's more "personal" devices.
- Action Girl: Quite easily the toughest person in the main cast.
- Always Someone Better: And Carolina isn't all too happy about that.
- Arrogant Kung Fu Chick: Her second self in Revelation, and all of her showings after that (including her original persona in flashbacks when wielding Omega), sports shades of this.
- Artificial Intelligence: Not only was she a natural fragment that broke off of the Alpha in its creation, but she's the "Beta" AI. In Season 10, it's shown that she's known this long before meeting up with Alpha-Church.
- Autobots, Rock Out!/Theme Music Power-Up: Anytime she's about to open a can of whoopass, expect badass background score.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Shares a moment with Church as the dream world falls apart.
- Badass: Easily the biggest badass in the series. In fact, she's one of the only people who can take the Meta (albeit in a weakened form) on alone, and only lost because of her in-built character flaw. Her badass nature is lampshaded in Revelation.F.I.L.S.S.: Agent Texas is a bit of a badass.
- Berserk Button: While she's never exactly calm, she's shown to be much more brutal when an opponent gains an upper hand. This is shown during her sparring match with York, Wyoming, and Maine, after York knocks her gun out of her hand, and when Wyoming hits her with a live round.
- Pointing out her status as a mere memory fragment shadow of the real Alison almost always provokes an aggressive response.
- Came Back Wrong: The Tex drones in Episodes 20 and 21 of Season 10 talk in a broken variation of her voice, and don't seem to have quite the same level of badassery as the original. Aside from that, there is the fact that the controlling version of Tex is in less than stable condition.
- We never get to meet the real Texas, the one we see is actually the result of The Director's attempts to bring back Alison. The Tex we know is in fact the AI known as Beta, and is essentially a memory of the original Alison. This memory is derived from those of The Director, so while she's close, she was never quite close enough to be a true replacement for Alison and is really little more than a shadow of her. What's more, The Director's overriding memory of Alison was that she died in the Great War, that she failed. This coloured all his other memories of her to the point where Beta's fragment attribute is that she's the Alpha's failure made manifest. No matter how hard she fights or how badass she might be, she will always ultimately fail because that's what The Director and Alpha unconsciously designed her to do.
- Character Death/Death Is Cheap: Tex dies multiple times throughout the series in some form. She is destroyed by Donut's grenade at the end of Season 1, but returns as a ghost the next season. She dies in the crash of the Pelican at the end of Season 5, but still remains as the AI Beta. Beta is picked up by the Meta and destroyed by the EMP at the end of Season 6. A different version of Tex based on Epsilon's memories returned in Season 8, and was encased in the Epsilon memory unit, but Epsilon eventually let himself "forget" the new Tex, removing her from existence and letting the character die for good.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Throughout The Blood Gulch Chronicles, she repeatedly betrays the Blues, though it's Played for Laughs. At the end of season five, her last betrayal, albeit done with good intentions, is played dead straight for drama. She also shoots Church and leaves him as bait for Wash and the Meta in Revelation, albeit to be able to finish their fight once and for all.
- The Combat Pragmatist: She doesn't fight fair, be it kicks to the groin or beating you to death with your own skull. Also see Crazy-Prepared, below.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: Towards the end of Revelation there's about two or three dozen clones of her guarding the director. Where the original Tex could effortlessly curbstomp all of the Blood Gulch Crew at once without breaking a sweat, the clones don't seem to have QUITE the same level of badass as the original as the Crew manages to put up a pretty good fight against them. Although it's likely these bodies were mass produced, and not customized for battle like her first and third bodies.
- Crazy-Prepared: Most evident in Episode 19 of Revelation, where she has the battlefield rigged with tons of mines, explosives, and hidden weapons, just to give herself an even greater edge over Washington and the Meta.
- Dark Action Girl: Although at the end of the day she is a good person Tex is incredibly ruthless, to the point where it is a legitimate fear that she would kill those who piss her off.
- Deadpan Snarker: Her humour's rather dry, needless to say.
- Deconstruction: The second Tex and Tex in flashbacks is one of the Mary Sue archetype. She's a straight-up God-Mode Sue, but look at the rest of the tropes here.
- Defector from Decadence: Following learning the information in Connie's data files, she promptly left Project Freelancer entirely, only returning subversively with York.
- Deuteragonist: In Revelation, and Tritagonist in Season 10.
- Disproportionate Retribution: When C.T calls her a shadow in the 10th episode of the 10th season, she doesn't take it very well:Tex: What did you just call me?[...]Tex: Actually, we don't need you, we just need your armor. *proceeds to mortally wound C.T.*
- The Dragon: In Seasons 9 and 10, until her Tomato in the Mirror.
- Do Androids Dream?: After her now famous ass-kicking of the Blood Gulch crew in Episode 10 of Season 8, this was her primary motivation: To find out who she is, what she is, and what purpose she has in the human world.
- Easily Forgiven: In Season 10, Tex apparently manages to become reasonably close friends with York and North in the space of just 2 episodes, despite having spent the past two seasons pretty much just being aloof and menacing towards everybody. Granted, York and North both seem to be pretty forgiving guys.
- Failure Is the Only Option: According to Epsilon, this is her defining character trait. Cross HSQ and Tear Jerker.
- Fatal Flaw: A rare case of one being unintentionally built into the character.
- Foreshadowing: Why does she seem to have a Charles Atlas Superpower in basically everything she puts her mind to? Because, as an AI, her reaction times and thought processes would be greater than those of a human being. We get some more in Season 10. Connecticut and the Insurrectionist Leader both stabbed her in Episode 7, but she didn't bleed, because she was inhabiting a robot body. Theta, an AI, mentions that he has a sister, alluding to the fact that Tex is an AI herself.
- Greed: Let's face it, Tex is probably the most selfish and greedy character in The Blood Gulch Chronicles. If you want to motivate her into doing something, all you need to do is suggest she'll get something out of it (or that she'll have a great opportunity to outright steal something by doing it) and she'll be there before you can even finish your sentence. This, however, is dropped in later seasons.
- Groin Attack: A fan of dishing them out in her CGI sequences, especially to Grif for some reason.
- Heartbroken Badass: After she sees Church be reduced to an Empty Shell who doesn't recognize her.
- Invisibility Cloak: Her initial armor ability.
- Jerkass: During her days with the other Freelancers, Tex is selfish, greedy, ruthless, very violent and doesn't care about her teammates (or ex-teammates): she only focuses on her objective. This attitude led to some very harsh moves, such as mortally wounding C.T., then blaming the failure to take her armor back on Carolina. Episode 16 of Season 10 implies that her Jerkass attitude is more due to Omega than to her herself. She's actually pretty nice once she shuts him down for a while after he nearly makes her kill the incapacitated Carolina in a sparring match.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Tex is distant and standoff-ish to the rest of the Blue Team, but in time she grows fond of them. She even referred them as "her idiots" to Sister during their talk in Blood Gulch. Her Hidden Heart of Gold shows in Season 10, Episodes 15 and 16 for the flashbacks. She actually shows concern for Carolina during the latter's breakdown, even resisting Omega's urges and "sedating" Carolina by knocking her out. Later, when she and North have a conversation concerning York and Carolina, Tex seems friendlier than usual.
- Knuckle Cracking: (In non-machinima sequences) Tex often starts a fight with a cracking her knuckles and popping her neck.
- Lightning Bruiser: She's really fast and doesn't sacrifice durability or strength in being really fast. Try running, and you'll be beaten to a bloody pulp before you get halfway across the room.
- Made of Iron: Even before "dying" and becoming a ghost possessing a robotic body, she's really tough. Makes sense considering she was really already an AI inhabiting a robotic body to begin with.
- The Masochism Tango: Her relationship with Church.
- Me's a Crowd: As of Season 10, Episode 20 and 21. All thanks to the Director and his continued attempts to "get her right," a bunch of spare robot soldier bodies, and a LOT of time on his hands.
- Mind Rape: As of Episode 21 of Season 10, it seems that some version of Texas underwent a process similar to that of the Alpha, forgetting even her own name, as she was used to power the robot army of Tex copies.
- My Greatest Failure: She's the personification of the Director's loss of Allison. In Season 10, we learn that she has her own Greatest Failure regrets... failing to save Alpha, and failing to stop the Meta from killing Carolina.
- Near Villain Victory: Inverted or played straight in the case of the time as The Dragon to Director constantly.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Her attempted rescue of Alpha only gave the Meta the opportunity to claim Carolina as his first victim.
- One Woman Army: Generally, if she's with anybody else she'll do more fighting than they will. The only people able to stop her in one on one fights are the Meta and Carolina, and even the latter can't do so for very long.
- Only Sane Woman: Somewhat. Tex would be this on the Blue Team if she weren't obsessively greedy and uncontrollably violent. She punches the guys in their sleep, and once knocked out Tucker to steal his sword.
- Pet the Dog: Several times - particularly towards the Blood Gulch crew. They may be idiots, but they're her idiots. Also occasionally to Carolina in the flashbacks, exclusively revolving around her two AI partners (Episodes 13, 15, and 16 of Season 10).
- Power Creep, Power Seep: In season one, Sarge knocked out Tex in a single hit, in season 8, Sarge can't even manage to land a hit. Epsilon explains this later as Tex always fails; but only just barely.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "Okay, so who's first?" in Season 8, Episode 9. Cue a total Curb-Stomp Battle for the next episode.
- She uses Omega's again in episode 20 of season 10You have no idea what kind of trouble you are in
- She uses Omega's again in episode 20 of season 10
- Ridiculously Human Robot: Even she didn't know she was an Artificial Intelligence.
- The Rival: To Carolina.
- Samus Is a Girl: At first, she was mistaken for a guy.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Church.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: One of her specialties. The Invisibility Cloak helps.
- Super Strength: Epsilon-Tex's armor ability.
- Team Mom: To the Blues whenever she finds themselves stuck with them for a significant amount of time. She's not very good at it though and tends to ditch them whenever she feels like it. This played for laughs until the Season 5 finale.
- Tomato in the Mirror: She's an AI, like Church, who Alpha inadventantly made based off of memories of a dead loved one of the Director's. However, since his last memories of said loved one were her death, Tex is cursed to ultimately fail at everything she does. She initially realizes this in the flashback in Episode 17 of Season 10 by way of Connecticut's data file, where she also sees that her designation is as "Beta".
- Took a Level in Badass: Due to the inclusion of Monty Oum in the Rooster Teeth staff, her fights become much more awesome and her behavior that much more badass.
- 24-Hour Armor: Episode 11 of Season 10 indicates that Freelancers are not always in their armor, and sometimes wear casual clothing when not on a job. However, due to the nature of Texas, she would not have this opportunity, and would not even remove her helmet, let alone change her clothes to a different set that isn't armor.
- Walking Spoiler: The fact that she, like Church was an AI, and then the fact that she was not a fragment of the Alpha, but a separate entity based on the Director's memories of the real Allison.
- Worf Had the Flu: Imposed accidentally and repeatedly. When nothing is on the line, she'll kick the crap out of anyone with ease, but when doing some sort of mission or in some danger, she'll mess up at the last moment.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Tex loves this trope. She's used a German Suplex on Tucker in This One Goes to Eleven, a Backbreaker on Maine in Reunion, and a Piledriver on the Insurrectionist Leader in Episode 10 of Season 10.
- Yaoi Fangirl: Implied. When the Reds bargain her help in exchange for a favour. Involving the all-male Red team. To do "whatever she needs". Grif asks, "So, this could be anything? ... Including gay stuff?" Tex's only response? "I have no idea."
- Younger than She Looks: Aside from the original Agent Texas being only a few years old at the most for the majority of the series, Epsilon-Texas is only a few months old, with a maximum of about one year or so at the time when she is forgotten.
- Your Cheating Heart: Church claims that she tended to steal his money and cheat on him with other guys while they were dating.
David / Washington
David / Agent Washington
"You really are an odd group of people."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 suffered a major psychotic break and attempted suicide while in his head, leaving him 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 Church'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 had to work 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 11He temporally joins Feds in Season 12 until discovering the setup laid by Felix and Locus. He later reunites with the rest of BGC, along with Carolina and Epsilon. They join forces with the New Republic and Feds to take down Malcom Hargrove.
Voiced By: Shannon McCormick
- 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 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. It is 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 end of Season 11, and for the start of Season 12, he has been kidnapped along with Sarge and Donut by the Federation of Chorus. Subverted later, as although they were taken in by force at first, they remained there by choice with the promise of "rescuing" their friends to convince them, much like the others were with the New Republic. Then Felix and Locus show up and explain they've been playing the Feds and rebels against each other for years.
- Badass Normal: Practically a staple of his character is how effective he is without the use of an AI or any special armor enhancements.
- 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 Chorus 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 as they hunt down Epsilon. The pair hold Simmons and Doc hostage at the beginning of the season, the ensuing battle between them and the Red Team plus Epsilon sets Epsilon out to find and revive Tex, and then Tex lures them to Sidewinder for a final battle. However, Wash is betrayed by the Meta towards the end and then makes a Heel-Face Turn.
- Big Brother Instinct: Develops this in later seasons, particularly for Caboose.
- 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.
- 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.
- Notably, during his and the Meta's Bash Brothers moment against Tex, Meta does the heavy hitting and hand to hand combat, while Washington either goes for an AI assassination or shoots his rifle. While he fails at the former, he inflicts a Game-Breaking Injury on Tex by shooting her legs with his rifle. While she's running. While he's on an unstable platform of collapsing rock. She loses her mobility, bringing the fight into a close quarters fist fight with the tougher Meta, who proceeds to defeat her.
- 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.
- Catch Phrase: "That was the worst . Ever. Of all time." Also a Mad Libs Catch Phrase.
- 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.
- Character Focus: He's the protagonist of Reconstruction.
- 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.
- 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.
- Face-Heel Turn: At the end of Revelation, after one betrayal too many.Wash: For as long as I can remember, I've been lied too, 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 I'm going to ask for it?
- Faking the Dead: Does this to escape from the Chairman by disguising himself as Church, who had left his body.
- Guile Hero: Not above trying to talk his way out of things, or manipulate people.
- Gun Kata: Not a very stylized version, but has an intense close quarters battle with Felix using a pistol and various blocks and knee strikes to counter Felix's knife.
- 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.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Makes a Face-Heel Turn at the end of Recreation, but has a Heel-Face Turn at the end of Revelation.
- The Hero: By season 11, Wash follows the standard heroic archetype more than any other character in the main cast, by virtue of being the only one competent enough to get things done. Season 13 follows this when Wash tries to maintain peace between the Rebels and the Feds.
- 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".
- 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.
- 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. This is characterized by an 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.
- Karma Houdini: Played for Laughs in regards to his shooting of Donut.Donut: ...and I got shot!Washington: (whistles nonchalantly)
- 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, and Felix in Season 13.Wash (to Felix) What, you think you're the only one who's good with knives?
- 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 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 Leader: By season 8 onward, he becomes the leader of the Blues and in season 11, he unofficially becomes leaders of both the Blues and the Reds, if only because the others see him as a more competent leader than either Sarge or Church.
- 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. 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.Washington: Technically, Project Freelancer makes the rules. And I say Blue Team gets to add my kill count to theirs.
- 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. In the present timeline, Wash is a grumpy, bitter Guile Hero. Caboose is friendly, optimistic, and dumb as a box of rocks.
- 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.
- OOC Is Serious Business: He acts creepily cheerful towards Sarge, Grif, and Simmons before the assault on Crash Site Alpha, which the take notice and call him out on. Grif thinks that Wash believes that they're going to die.
- 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.Washington: Emp?? 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 is actually working with Locus 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.Caboose: 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.
- Revenge: His primary motivation is to make the Director pay for his crimes. 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.Counselor: So you would say that you have overwhelming feelings of anger and a need for revenge?Washington: More than you know.
- 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.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Played for laughs when Sarge brags about Red Team has a bigger kill count. Washington proclaims that since Project Freelancer makes the rules, and he's a former Project Freelancer member, Blue Team gets to add his kill count to their own.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Starting in Recreation, to the point of a 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.
- 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 in Season 9, he showed a large amount of concern for him. But by Reconstruction, while he is surprised that Maine is still the one in the armor, he is fully willing to kill him, and vice versa. He and Maine work together again in Season 8, but they eventually turn on each other.
- 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."A tan and white-armored Freelancer agent. His special suit ability is rapid regeneration, and his AI partner is Delta. In Season 9, York shows off his ability at picking locks, playing the part of The Lancer to Carolina, being the only Freelancer she seems to treat as an equal and friend instead of a subordinate or a burden. The two had some Unresolved Sexual Tension before the project collapsed and Carolina went missing, with York turning to petty burglary. He appears in the "Out of Mind" mini-series, agreeing to help Tex track down Wyoming, but he is killed in a firefight at the end of the series.
Voiced By: Sean Duggan
- 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: As Episode 17 of Season 9 shows, he can be badass even when behind the wheel, breaking to fling off the Insurrectionist sleeveless soldier when he was about to shoot Maine and slamming into the truck that a sniper was on so that Maine could punch him.
- 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.
- Character Death: Shot and killed by Wyoming. His regeneration unit doesn't seem to be capable of healing mortal wounds, like chest shots.
- Deadpan Snarker:York: 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.
- Doomed by Canon: In Season 9, due to dying much earlier in Out of Mind.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 one of the only Freelancers 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.
- Posthumous Character: We only see him alive once in the story's present day, his introduction in Out Of Mind, during which he is killed. Almost everything we know about him we learn in flashbacks.
- Ship Sinking: In Episode 19 of Season 10, Carolina refuses to participate in the rebellion with York, and the ensuing fight shows that they will never get together.
- 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.
Reginald / Wyoming
Reginald / Agent Wyoming
"Looks like it's your lucky day, mate. I don't have time to torture you, so I'm just going to have to kill you."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.
Voiced By: Matt Hullum
- 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: Though he does have nice mustache to boot.
- Bounty Hunter: His job after Project Freelancer collapsed.
- Catch Phrase: Gamma's habit of cracking knock-knock jokes seems to have rubbed off on him.
- Character Death: 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.
- 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. 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.
- Dirty Coward: Most on display when he's going up against Chain Guy and Chain Girl, he flat out refuses Carolina's orders on the grounds that he's "prefer not to get killed, thank you very much". He's shown a tendency to hang back and let his teammates take the brunt whenever things look tough or dangerous on a few other occasions as well.
- 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.
- 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.
- Save Scumming: He essentially does this in episode 98 of the Blood Gulch Chronicles, looping time when ever he got killed.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Maine / The Meta
Agent Maine / The Meta
(A low, menacing hiss)The former Freelancer Agent Maine, who was The Brute in his team. After losing his ability to talk due to throat injuries, Carolina gave Maine Sigma, who's quest to achieve metastability led him to influence Maine. Maine eventually 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, becoming the Meta.The Arc Villain of the Recovery One and Reconstruction 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. The A.I. in it's head were destroyed by the E.M.P., thus destroying the Meta.But the empty shell that was Maine survived, and he 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 he's working with Washington to track down the Epsilon A.I. After being Washington's comedic partner for most of Revelation, Maine eventually 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. Because of the damage his suit sustained during the battle, Maine drowned.During The Stinger of Season 12, it is revealed that the ship carrying the Reds and Blues that crash-landed on Chorus was carrying a crate that housed the Meta's armor, and Locus has delivered it directly to Malcolm Hargrove, who has mysterious plans for the armor.
Voiced By: Matt Hullum and Burnie Burns
- Ax-Crazy: Due to Sigma's machinations.
- Arc Villain: The main antagonist of the Recollections trilogy. In an interesting variation, Sigma is The Man Behind the Man and the retroactively Big Bad of Reconstruction, but dies at the end of that season, leaving only the Meta as the Big Bad for Recreation and Revelation.
- Badass: Do NOT mess with the Meta. You will regret it. As Washington finds out much later. See Evil Is Not a Toy, below.
- Bald of Evil: One of the few aesthetic features shown. Episode 18 shows he had Sigma's Meta symbol tattooed on the back of his head.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Washington in Revelation as they hunt down Epsilon. The pair hold Simmons and Doc hostage at the beginning of the season, the ensuing battle between them and the Red Team plus Epsilon sets Epsilon out to find and revive Tex, and then Tex lures them to Sidewinder for a final battle. Then the Meta betrays Wash towards the end and becomes the single Big Bad before dying.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With C.T. in Recreation. The Meta repeatedly hunts down and tries to kill Donut, Simmons and Lopez in Valhalla while C.T. tries to salvage a dig site for individual profit and comes into trouble with Tucker, Sarge, Caboose and Grif in a desert.
- The Brute: During his time as a Freelancer. As Agent Maine, he was noticeably much slower in combat than other Freelancers, but made up for it with brute strength that could even knock Agent Tex off balance with a single punch, or on a much more impressive scale, punch other Freelancers through solid concrete. Though he is a Genius Bruiser variant.
- Burning with Anger: Episode 18 has Maine walking into the camera while wreathed in flames, to mark the point at which he finally loses it and becomes the Meta.
- Character Death: After falling into the ocean and drowning. In Season 12, his body has come into the possession of Malcolm Hargrove.
- The Corruptible: Maine isn't really the Meta, or at least wasn't the one in charge of what happened as the Meta until the end of Reconstruction. Sigma is.
- Deadpan Snarker: In Revelation, while he's partnered up with Washington.
- The Determinator: As shown in the Season 9 flashbacks, he's the only Freelancer able to take a punch from Tex or even land a good hit on her... he still gets curbstomped, though. Then, during the Sarcophagus operation, he takes several shots to the throat from point-blank range and just gets back up to keep fighting! Shortly after, he is hit by a speeding semi only to end up getting rushed to the hospital, rather than the morgue.
- Disney Villain Death: His final fate is being dragged off a cliff and into the ocean where he drowns. His helmet is shown to have been recovered in The Stinger for Season 12's finale.
- Doomed by Canon: In Season 9, since he died at the end of the previous season.
- The Dragon: As Season 10 reveals, he's actually this to Sigma, who was driving his actions.
- Dragon Ascendant: Though after Sigma was killed, it was the Empty Shell that remained that was in charge.
- Dragon-in-Chief: While Sigma was the one controlling him and not incompetent, it's really the Meta that everyone fears, and Sigma wouldn't get anywhere without Maine.
- The Dreaded: The Meta is pretty much the walking personification of Oh Crap!, and was even before becoming the Meta. The flashbacks show that even back when he was just Agent Maine, his mere presence was enough to inspire fear in unfortunate Mooks. Even Felix seems a little creep-ed out to discuss him.
- Driven to Madness: Although he wasn't the nicest of the Freelancers to begin with, Maine was driven full on Ax-Crazy by Sigma's plot.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Sure, the Freelancers are all varying degrees of morally ambiguous - but they all seem to agree that leaving someone at the mercy of Maine is just too cruel.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Wash orders the Meta around for most of Revelation, using him a lot like a weapon. He seems to have forgotten how dangerous the Meta is. This really bites him in the ass later on.
- The Faceless: One of the few Freelancers who still has yet to have anything but a Face Framed in Shadow shown. And by "framed" we mean "all but completely obscured". In the HD video of that scene, there is one frame where you can almost make out some facial scarring - and nothing else.
- Foe-Tossing Charge: Charges Tex during their sparring, ramming a cement pillar that Wyoming has been slammed into and sending it flying right at York.
- Genius Bruiser: Despite its size, The Meta is shown to be a very cunning adversary. Unlike most Mighty Glaciers it knows exactly what its strengths and weaknesses are and how best to use them. Even without Sigma in his head, he's incredibly smart.
- He Goomba Stomps the "Chupathingy" and continues to fire on it, taking out the one weapon the Reds have that could actually hurt him (the chaingun).
- During his fight against Tex, when when she's beating him down, he fires the Brute Shot at her feet, knowing that because of all his equipment, the explosion will harm her more than it will him.
- During his final battle against the Reds and Tucker, the Meta summons up a Beehive Barrier to stop their grenades and then, rather than waiting for the shield to lose power, he instantly leaps into melee range where the Reds won't be able to use their grenades for fear of killing themselves, and where he can bring his Super Strength to full effect.
- He makes it a priority to take out Simmons' rocket launcher first, the only real firepower they had left at that point.
- Guttural Growler: In Season 9, he's shown actually talking like this. After having his throat shot out, he HAS to talk like this, though some people can inexplicably understand him anyway.
- Hero Killer: His list of kills includes Agent North Dakota, three other unnamed Freelancers, Epsilon-Texas, Recovery 6 and 9, and very nearly Agent Washington and Carolina.
- The Heavy: He drives the plot for most of Reconstruction.
- Implacable Man: He shrugs off most attacks non-chalantly. Even getting stabbed in the chest with an energy sword barely slows him down.
- Ineffectual Loner: Inverted. As part of a group, Maine is just the Big Guy, but when on it's own, the Meta becomes absolutely terrifying.
- Irony: The Meta's first victim was thrown from a cliff after having her AI stolen. Later, he's disposed of in the exact same manner, in the exact same place, effectively dying where he was "born". To top it all off, Maine is scared of heights.
- Iron Buttmonkey: To an extent in the prequels, as most of the injuries he takes are painful but Played for Laughs. This goes away in the present, where he's simply out and out Made of Iron.
- The Juggernaut: Over the course of the series, he's shrugged off nearly everything imaginable, up to and including several combat knife wounds, multiple Battle Rifle shots, energy sword through the chest, and at least half a dozen shotgun rounds, in the finale alone. In season 9, episode 17 he takes a sniper round to the chest, several point blank pistol rounds straight to the throat, gets thrown off a warthog that's moving probably well over 75 mph, bounces into an oncoming semi and falls off a bridge. This is without any AI or armor enhancements like he had in previous seasons.
- Knight of Cerebus: He's quite easily the most serious villain faced on a recurring basis, and his appearance was the one that caused the show to start to undergo Cerebus Syndrome.
- The Law of Diminishing Defensive Effort: Averted surprisingly, regardless of his ability to take an attack without slowing down he always tries to defend himself. Whenever he takes a severe blow there is always good reason.
- Leitmotif: When Your Middle Name is Danger, and Plagam Extremam Infligere.
- Lightning Bruiser: A key difference between Season 9 era Agent Maine and the Meta is speed. While Agent Maine is comparatively sluggish next to other Freelancers, the Meta is shown to be much more agile and mobile, which, added to his phenomenal strength, considerably affects his fight with Epsilon-Tex as compared to Agent Texas.
- Loss of Identity: Sigma essentially killed "Maine" a long time before the Meta dies.
- Made of Iron: With all the crap that happens to him, it's amazing he's as effective as he is. This may actually be his best trait. In just one episode, before he gets his AIs, he is sniped in the chest, then shot point blank several times to the face and throat, then hit by a speeding semi that knocks him off a highway. He loses his ability to talk (intelligibly, he still manages to make growling and hissing noises) and that's about it.
- Mega Manning: As the Meta, he kills other Freelancers for their armor enhancements and the AIs needed to run them.
- Mighty Glacier: In Season 9, by Freelancer standards. It shows when he tangos with Tex. He's also the only Freelancer heavy enough to serve as a counterweight to the Sarcophagus in the same season.
- Not Quite Dead: After the EMP went off at Freelancer HQ, his fate was left ambiguous, but he came back. Seemingly subverted in Season 8's finale, which had him thrown off of a cliff tied to the Reds' Warthog, though the Chairman has his body as of The Stinger of the Season 12 finale.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Predictably, after spending most of Revelation as a comedic sidekick to Wash, the Meta kicks the crap out of Tex, betrays him and installs Epsilon-Tex into himself to get his own armor, restoring his powers.
- One-Man Army: Described by Church to be as strong as eight versions of Agent Tex. Given how he did when fighting against her, it's not hard to understand why.
- Phrase Catcher: Twice, when someone finds out Maine will be doing battle with someone else, you'll hear "I almost feel sorry for them" as a response. However, this is only really seen in Season 9. Whenever he's about to kill someone in a fight, the words "Plagam Extremam Infligere" are often chanted in the background music. This means "Inflicting Extreme Wounds"... or, more roughly, "Bloody Murder".
- Power Parasite: A more mundane variant. The AIs are designed with corresponding abilities, which they share with whomsoever their Freelancer hosts happen to be. The Meta killed those Freelancers, stole their AIs, jammed them into his head and uses those same abilities whenever he desires.
- The Quiet One: Even during season 9, where he had the ability to talk until midway through episode 17, he only ever says six words in his decent amount of screen time. In Season 10, Simmons calls him "the scariest fucking mute in the galaxy."
- Sanity Slippage: As shown over the course of Season 10.
- Serial Killer: As "the Meta", he hunts down and assimilates other AI fragments at the behest of Sigma. This is mostly seen in Recovery One and Reconstruction.
- Silent Snarker: Due to being mute, his snark is mostly in growls or body movements.
- Start of Darkness: Depending on how one looks at it, his was either being shot in the throat by the Sleeveless Insurrectionist or taking on Sigma as a replacement voice as a result. Before the incident on the freeway, he was, while vicious in combat, still kind to his fellow agents, thanking them, Taking the Bullet for Carolina, and even expressing fear due to his acrophobia. Over the course of Season 10, those redeeming qualities disappear, leaving him as little more than an animal until Season 8's temporary personality shift.
- The Stoic: Usually speaks in guttural growls that have been digitally augmented.
- Suddenly Voiced: He finally speaks in Season 9, though he doesn't say more than six words.
- Super Strength: He hits hard. He was already incredibly strong as a normal human being, but then they gave him a strength booster as an armor upgrade, at which point he becomes capable of throwing a Warthog through the air. Seemingly as a tradeoff, he's noticeably much slower than other Freelancers before becoming The Meta, and still not quite up to par in that area afterwards. In Season 12, Simmons notes he had the strength of twenty bears.
- Taking the Bullet: Takes a sniper round to the chest for Carolina.
- Tattooed Crook: While "crook" puts it pretty mildly, Episode 18 of Season 10 reveals that he had the Meta symbol tattooed on the back of his head.
- Tragic Villain: While not ever really nice, Maine was a loyal and protective teammate. Then, he gets the artificial intelligence Sigma, originally intended for Carolina. Sigma quickly begins brainwashing Maine to serve his goals, collecting other AI fragments in an attempt to become a full AI himself. Sigma's hold on Maine is so strong that at points Sigma is able to take direct control of Maine's body for short periods of time. By the end of the flashback portions of Season 10, Maine's sense of identity is gone; there's only the Meta. Even when Alpha-Church and Washington destroy the Meta's AI fragments, Maine continues to think of himself as the Meta and to feel compelled to finish Sigma's plans. When the full story behind Maine's descent in villainy is revealed, Epsilon-Church and Carolina consider him just as much a victim as the Director as they are.
- Took a Level in Badass: Takes several in between his time as a Freelancer and becoming the Meta. The first one is shown after he's implanted with Sigma.
- By the time of Recovery One, he's killed four other Freelancers, all with higher combat ratings than Washington, and by the time of Revelation he's able to take on Tex, without his armor enhancements, with only a little assistance from Washington. In Reconstruction, Church described the fully-powered Meta as "eight of her (Tex)".
- Villainous Legacy: Despite having died in Season 8, he is referenced increasingly throughout The Chorus Trilogy, and both Malocm Hargrove and Locus have become interested in his past.
- Voice of the Legion: His growls and other miscellaneous noises are made out of multiple noises at once, perhaps to reflect the numerous AIs in his mind. Before he gets the AIs he has a single, if very gruff, voice in addition to his animalistic noises. Yes he still growls and snarls in fights.
- Weapon of Choice: His Brute Shot, which he took from a collection of Covenant technology owned by the Insurrection in Episode 15 of Season 9.Washington: That's a good look.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Described by the Counselor as willing to do the "unpleasant" and "morally questionable" because he knew his actions served the greater good.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Season 9 shows he has at least mild acrophobia. Which makes his Disney Villain Death that much worse.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Having Sigma put into his head allowed Maine to become more powerful, but also drove him insane as the AI formulated his plan to become Metastable by capturing all the other AIs. By the time he took Eta and Iota into himself, Maine was already the Ax-Crazy Meta.
"It's not so bad if you don't let it hit you."A member of Project Freelancer and strongly hinted to be Allison and the Director's daughter. She shows up in Season 9. According to the ranking board, she's the best Freelancer at the time the series starts. She was often placed in command of the other Freelancers on missions, or was used to bail out her less experienced compatriots. She only seemed to treat Agent York as an equal and even spoke to him with some twinges of affection, as opposed to the coldly professional dynamic between her and the other members.After Agent Texas arrived in Project Freelancer and usurped Carolina's position as the top Freelancer, Carolina begans to feel jealous. Her competitive nature led her to train more and eventually get two A.I. implanted into her, hoping that she would be able to beat Tex. But she not only was she still not able to beat her, her jealousy plus the A.I. in her head caused her to snap, leading her to being the Meta's first victim.Shows up alive and well in the present timeline, recruiting the Blood Gulch crew and Washington to help her kill the Director. Having survived her encounter with the Meta, she became imbittered and hostile, only thinking of the Blood Gulch Crew as tools to help her find Epsilon and the Director. She is hostile at every mention of Tex and, when she encounters the Tex-bots made by the Director, tries to hard to beat them and fails again. Luckily, the Blood Gulch Crew saves her, leading to her decrease in hostility, eventually deciding that killing the Director is pointless.She and Epsilon leave the Crew to investigate the Space Pirates on Chorus, returning when the Crew gets involved in their plans. Carolina is stabbed in the leg by Felix, thus hampering her fighting ability. After a few loses, Carolina begins to lose her confidence and starts gathering armor enhancements.
Voiced By: Jen Brown
- Action Girl: About as much as Tex. Too bad Tex beat her on the score board.
- The Ace: She's known as Number One and is the absolute best Freelancer in the project... at least until Tex shows up.
- Adorkable: When she tries to loosen up in Season 13, and fails miserably.
- 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 close to Tex's equal. In Episode 21 of the same season, she finally acknowledges this.
- The implication that she's the director's daughter makes this even Harsher in Hindsight, changing our understanding of the dynamic from not just professional rivalry between soldiers, but also a personal grudge between mother and daughter over her father's clear preference. Is it any wonder she was so desperate to prove herself?
- 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:
- 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. Though eagle eyed viewers can make out her name on the leaderboard the episode prior to The Reveal though.
- 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.
- Talking about Maine/Meta is another one.
- 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.
- Big Good: Of Season 10, where she leads the Blood Gulch Crew to kill the Director. Though her Jerkass attitude and the others distrusting her makes her somewhat of a villain at the same time. A straighter example is in Season 12, where she realizes the truth of the Civil War on Chorus, and gets the Reds and the Blues to help her stop Locus and Felix.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- The Bus Came Back: She appears briefly in The Stinger for Season 11. Returns in person during season 12, pulling off a Big Damn Heroes moment
- 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.
- Dark Action Girl: When she shows back up in the present timeline as well as her actions in Episode 19 of Season 10.
- 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.
- Easily Forgiven: The Blood Gulch Crew forgives her pretty easily for everything that she put them through. This is all actually lampshaded by Wash, who questions the Crew going after her and Epsilon after everything they did, to which Simmons replies that they gave Wash a second chance... and Wash had shot Donut before.
- Family Eye Resemblance: Green, just like the Director has.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride. She is 57% more likely to neglect her teammates in a competitive scenario. Carolina just cannot bring herself to accept that Tex is the better soldier until Episode 21 of Season 10. It costs her in Season 13 when she takes on Sharkface and loses.
- Fiery Redhead: Red haired and very short tempered.
- Freudian Excuse: The reason for her ridiculously huge ego, temper, and utter inability to empathize with or respect others is how much the Director pushed her, meaning that she had to constantly compete with others just for her father to give her the time of day.
- 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.
- 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.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She does not take Tex beating her 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Jerkass: Throughout Season 10. In the past, she basically stops caring about anyone but herself after Tex shows up, going as far as to take both Wash and South's AIs in order to settle a rivalry that only existed in her head. She also refuses to listen to York when he tries to talk to her during his Heel Realization, simply brushing him aside in order to pursue her delusional competition with Tex. In the present, her attitude toward most of the Reds and Blues is understandable, given that at the time, they're all stupid, lazy, or both. However, she goes too far when she expects them to act as Cannon Fodder in a battle that has nothing to do with them, and threatens to shoot Tucker when he calls her out on it. Luckily, though, she gets better at the end of the season, and by her return in Season 12, she is more friendly towards the others.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ninja: Specialist in close combat and stealth.
- Not So Above It All: Her tone of voice and choice of words when she tells Tucker and Sarge off for their dance and song taunting of the space pirates in Series 13, Episode 2 seems to suggest that despite being a professional she actually finds it pretty amusing.Carolina: (sounding amused) "Alright, that's enough. We just took their base, no need for cruel and unusual punishment."
- Oedipus Complex: The finale of Season 10 reveals she has 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. She comes back.
- 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 regarding her.
- 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.
- Strong Family Resemblance: According to Word of God, her facial model was Lindsay Hicks, who played her mother, Allison, in live action.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- "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. Even in private, she only ever refers to him as "Director" or "Sir" and is referred to as "Agent Carolina" in return.
- 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.
Carolina (talking to Locus): Good. I'll be there before you know it.
- Later on, she tops herself in season 11 when she is revealed to be working with Locus.
Carolina (adjusting her armor color back to aqua): You know, I never thought I'd be so happy to see you idiots again.
- 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:
- The Worf Effect: In Season 12, she seems to have trouble fighting against Felix and another time against three space pirates. Then again, she an unxepecting serious leg wound against Felix, and some of the pirates are likely using improved Freelancer armor enhancements.
- Brutually deconstructed in Season 13. Her multiple defeats in season 12 both against Felix and at the radio jammer have left her doubtful of her own abilities, to the point she refuses to acknowledge the fact that she both the best, and never needed armor enhancements. Church implies that she's a hair's breadth from becoming the next Meta.
- Worf Had the Flu: Epsi-Theta indicates that she had not been sleeping well due to dreams of 'the bad man', something that was part of Epsi-Delta's evaluations of her during the space pirates encounter.
Agent Connecticut / C.T. / "Connie"
"We don't all make mistakes. Some of us very specifically make mistakes, and others don't seem to make any mistakes at all."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.While she supposedly appeared in Recreation as one of the antagonists, she is later killed in the Season 10 flashbacks, and it is revealed that it was actually her boyfriend, the Insureectionist Leader, who had donned her mask during that time.
Voiced By: Samantha Ireland
- 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?
- 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.
- Character Death: She is killed by Tex in Season 10.
- 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: The real C.T. died long before Season 7.
- 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: She dies in the arms of the Insurrection Leader
- Dies Wide Open: The last shot of her is her dead face with open eyes.
- Doomed by Canon: Subverted. While it would appear this way, as she apparently died at the end of Season 7, she actually ends up dying during the flashback segments, and the C.T. who appeared and died in Season 7 is revealed to be the Insurrectionist Leader.
- 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.
- 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, she is shown to be nearly as skilled as Carolina, and even manages to pin Tex's arm to her back with her knife and set her up for a brutal combo with the Insurrectionist Leader.
- Hologram: Her armor ability is to make these of herself, which she uses for distraction both in stealth and close combat situations.
- 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.
- 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.
- Legacy Character: The C.T. from Recreation is actually the Insurrectionist Leader; who took on her name and armour when the real 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.
- Samus Is a Girl: She was assumed to be male because of her voice throughout Recreation, but Washington reveals her gender offhandedly in the next season. It's subverted in the end, because the body he was referring to (and the CT from Recreation) was actually the Insurrectionist Leader, a male.
- Ship Tease: With Agent Washington, of all people. Just one more thing to add to the tragedy that is Wash's life.
- Unwitting Pawn: Judging from her dialogue, in contrast to what is learned in Season 12, she appears to have believed that the "Resistance" were the good guys. She was wrong.
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?"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.
Voiced By: Shana Merlin
- 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.
- Character Death: And how, considering Wash's disposal of her armor.
- 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.
- Doomed by Canon: In Season 9, due to already having died in Season 6.
- 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.
- Karmic Death: After so long treating AIs as Just a Machine, one that she tried to sacrifice to save her own skin ended up giving an implied kill order to someone who she had shot and left to die, Wash headshots her.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Said sentence was going to be to the effect of You Wouldn't Shoot Me.
- Nom de Guerre: Aside from "Agent Souh Dakota", she's also known as "Recovery Two" during her time as a Recovery agent.
- 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.
- Straw Feminist: She may have hints of this, getting pretty pissed off when Washington assumed Tex was a guy and promptly correcting him while questioning why Wash would assume such things.
- You Wouldn't Shoot Me: Tries to invoke this on Washington. Unfortunately, it's an Averted Trope.
Agent North Dakota
"Stay safe, kiddo."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.
Voiced By: John Erier
- 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.
- Cool Big Bro: He takes several bullets for South.
- Deadpan SnarkerNorth: Well, so much for keeping quiet.
- Doomed by Canon: South wounds him to leave as bait to escape the Meta, making him this in Seasons 9 and 10.
- 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?
Butch Flowers / Florida
Captain Butch Flowers / Agent Florida
"Ready for duty, sir. And might I say, pleased as punch you picked me."Blue Team's actual leader, who died before the series began, leaving Church in charge (and Tucker in his armor). Unlike everyone else in the canyon, he was quite relaxed, soft-spoken, and even-tempered. The captain was very informal with his teammates, had a Casa Lane Parenting attitude towards his subordinates (maybe a little too much, actually), and called the opposing army "those rascals." Season 3 reveals that he was accidentally killed by Church in a Stable Time Loop, who gave him some aspirin to prevent his death... Only to realise that he is allergic to aspirin. He returns in Season 5, having been raised from the dead by the aliens, only to get possessed by Omega and used as the latest pawn in his evil plan. Omega jumps ship in the finale, and Flowers regains his freedom, only to get sniped from a distance by an unknown entity.In Season 10, he's revealed to be Agent Florida, a freelancer who wears blue armor who appears in the flashbacks. He appears to be an infiltration specialist, as he is shown working with Wyoming. In Season 10, he goes on the mission to the Insurrection headquarters, and takes a throwing axe to the chest. However, he rips it out, and ends up taking on, and defeating a pair of minigun-wielding Insurrectionists. In the finale, he is chosen by the Director and Counselor to be sent to Blood Gulch to watch over the Alpha as Captain Butch Flowers, the original leader of the Blue Team.
Voiced By: Ed Robertson
- A Father to His Men: He insists that Church and Tucker call him "Captain" or "Cappy" and that if he wasn't their commanding officer he'd make them call him "Daddy".
- Anti-Climax: Killed not long after he is revealed to be alive, after he pauses while talking for some reason.
- Ascended Extra: Of sorts. His only roles in Season 9 were as an extremely brief character in the background, and 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. The final episode of the season reveals that he is extremely important in the overall chronology of the series.
- Back for the Finale: In the Season 10 finale, he returns once more, and his true identity is revealed. This also happened in The Blood Gulch Chronicles, when he was brought back to life (and then killed again) in the final few episodes.
- Back from the Dead/Back for the Dead: Near the end of The Blood Gulch Chronicles, the aliens revive him and he gets possessed by Omega, only to get killed shortly after in the finale.
- Badass: Takes out the cackling twins that had kept York, Wyoming, and Wash pinned down.
- Badass Gay: Possibly, considering his camp attitude as Butch Flowers.
- Beware the Nice Ones: The Season 10 finale reveals that he was Captain Butch Flowers, so despite his easy-going attitude in The Blood Gulch Chronicles, he's a legitimately skilled Freelancer agent, albeit not one of the A-list ones.
- 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.
- Brainwashed and Crazy/Came Back Wrong: Upon his revival, he was possessed by Omega.
- Camp: Though whether Camp Gay or Camp Straight is unknown, since he never is seen interacting vocally with any women.
- Casa Lane Parenting: How he talks to his subordinates.
- Character Death: Sniped from off-screen in "Why Were We Here", Episode 100 of "The Blood Gulch Chronicles".
- Death by Origin Story: The only times we see him in person (besides in Season 5) are in Season 3 and the Project Freelancer prequel segments, where in the former Church goes back in time and tries to prevent his death, only to end up causing it.
- Disney Death: Takes a throwing axe to the face, but is shown to have survived it in the following episode.
- Foreshadowing: Some that dates back all the way to The Blood Gulch Chronicles. Captain Flowers always seems to be in on a lot of secrets, but dies before he can reveal them. This is due to the fact that, being Agent Florida, he knows that the Reds and Blues are simulation soldiers and the significance of Church/the Alpha and Project Freelancer.
- Friendly Enemy: He sees the Red Team as this. Likely because as a Freelancer, he knows the Red vs Blue war is a training simulation.
- If You Die, I Call Your Stuff: Tucker takes his aqua armor after he initially seems to die.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: To the point of possibly Camp Gay.
- 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 third worst 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: He spent all of Season 9 as just a guy that showed up during the Freelancer scenes.
- Retired Badass: Of sorts in the earlier seasons. While he was still a soldier, working as the captain of a simulation troops team just to watch over an AI unit is much less strenuous than his initial job as a Freelancer agent.
- Un-Person: To cover up his disappearance after he was transferred to Blood Gulch to watch over Alpha, the Director and Counsellor blew up the entire state of Florida.
- The Voiceless: Hell, Maine talks more than he does. However, he does get a speaking line in the final episode of Season 10, and several in The Blood Gulch Chronicles, where 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" without spoiling a great portion of Season 10, due to him being the mysterious Agent Florida and Captain Butch Flowers.
- 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).
- Weaksauce Weakness: He died from an Aspirin allergynote .
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 50 states of the United States. The lack of a 50th Freelancer has a bit of an explanation behind it, listed herenote 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, but it is assumed that they exist.
Director / Doctor Leonard Church
"I would like to remind the sub-comittee members... That anything is possible. Some things are probable. This is what is. And my agency, as it always has, will continue to deal with what is... until it is no more."The ruthless and secretive Director of Project Freelancer, and one of the narrators of the Reconstruction series. He was once a loving father and husband until he lost his wife Allison causing him to begin on his downward spiral. 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. However, with only one AI, created with his mind as a template, he was forced to fragment it as inspired when a flash clone of the Alpha was formed, of whom was based on Church's memory of Allison. The results were unstable at best, but he continued in an effort to bring back Allison, and the project collapsed.Once the Meta started collecting AIs, a UNSC oversight sub-committee begins inquiried into the Director's actions and the results of Project Freelancer. The Director resented such intrusions, as he maintained 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, he's placed under arrest by the UNSC. However, the Director resisted arrest and hid himself in a secret base, where he continued unsuccessfully to try to bring back Allsion. However, his daughter, Agent Carolina, found him in Season 10. Realizing what he had done, the Director committed suicide with Carolina's pistol.
Voiced By: John Reed
- Abusive Parents/Parental Neglect: As of Episode 22 of Season 10, his interactions with Carolina are put into more of these lights.
- Alas, Poor Villain: His final scenes show that while he's committed unspeakable evil, he's also completely broken and pitiable. He eventually shoots himself to end it all.
- American Accents: A Cajun accent, by the sounds of things, though lacking any of the stereotypes.
- Anti-Villain: He's a colossal jerkass, but his fanatical devotion to reviving the memory of the woman he loved most makes him incredibly pitiable.
- Archnemesis Dad: For Carolina in Season 10.
- Bad Boss: Allowed his soldiers to use live ammunition in a training exercise, and praised the guys that did so, regardless of the obvious risks involved. He also had the Mother Of Invention fire a Wave Motion Gun at an enemy ship with an agent and Artificial Intelligence inside the room being fired on, without so much as a warning. No wonder Connecticut hates him so much.
- Beard of Evil: The trailer for season 9 clearly shows him to have a goatee. Luke McKay's drawings of Church (the AI counterpart), the closest thing to a canon image of what he actually looks like, depict Church with facial hair, but it is more stubble than an actual beard. The trailer version of the Director is fairly close to what McKay's drawing looks like other than being older and having a goatee, so this might also be a borderline version of Evil Twin. Also something of an Actor Allusion, since John Reed, the voice actor, has a goatee.
- Big Bad:
- Of the Project Freelancer arc's flashback segments, as they take place when he was the leader of Project Freelancer. He manipulated his agents to fulfill his goals, and his morally questionable acts lead to C.T. and eventually several other agents, including Texas, turning against him.
- Of Season 10's present day segments, seeing as the entire point of the plot in the present is Carolina, Washington, and the Reds and Blues trying to track down and kill the Director. In a twist on the trope, the crew is coming after him instead of him sending soldiers after them, and he isn't actively antagonizing them except for the numerous Tex-bots at the end.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Sigma and the Insurrection, although in the case of the latter party it turns out that the Chairman was really the head of that group.
- Big "NO!": His Pet the Dog moment, when he saw Tex (who he accidentally called "Allison") in an unauthorized sparring match with the doubly-AI-wielding Carolina using lethal weaponry. And it's instantly reversed in the next five seconds, where he coldly leaves Carolina screaming in pain on the training floor after his outburst caused the AIs to go nuts.
- Diabolical Mastermind: Washington sees him as this.
- Driven to Suicide: After erasing all evidence of Project Freelancer but the video of Allison, he is implied to shoot himself in the head with Carolina's pistol after shutting off life support.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even the Director thinks Gamma impersonating him to tell the Alpha that Tex died and it was all his fault is going too far, not that he stops him, knowing they needed "a stronger stimulus".
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: He's always called The Director, never by his name.
- Evil Counterpart: To his Alpha/Epsilon Counterparts, in that his anger, cynicism, vitriol, underhandedness, irritability, self-loathing and obsession with Tex aren't played for laughs.
- The Faceless: Played with. Practically every part of his head has been shown (hair, nose to chin, presence of glasses)...except his eyes. This serves to make him seem extremely sinister even before the majority of Project Freelancer's operatives find out about what he does to the AIs. We finally see his full face in the last episode of Season 10, sans Scary Shiny Glasses... to realize his Green Eyes look just like his daughter Carolina's.
- Graceful Loser: When Carolina and Epsilon come to see him personally, he does not resist them, simply speaking calmly with Carolina and the enraged Epsilon. His only "resistance" is to plead with Carolina to have just a little more time to himself, along with asking for her old pistol to kill himself with.
- Greater Scope Villain: Plenty of antagonists are working for him (e.g. Omega persuading Vic to hire Wyoming to kill Tucker; he attempted to get the Meta to kill Washington at the end of Reconstruction to prevent the EMP going off). The ones that aren't were undergoing objectives that are fundamentally opposed to him (the Insurrection faction led by the eventual second C.T. fights against his Freelancers; Washington struck a deal with the Chairman, who wanted to investigate the Director; and the Meta was a rogue operative through the Reconstruction, and was working alongside Wash for Recreation and Revelation).
- I Did What I Had to Do: How he views his unethical experiments.Director: I don't give a damn about your committee or its opinions on my work. Have you forgotten, Sir, that we were at war? A fight with an alien race for the very survival of our species? I feel I must remind you that it is an undeniable, and may I say a fundamental quality of man, that when faced with extinction, every alternative is preferable.
- Ink-Suit Actor: He shows surprising resemblance to his actor, John Reed.
- Jerkass: Imagine a Deadpan Snarker without the humor. From time to time, he even acts like a slightly less abrasive Drill Sergeant Nasty.
- Karma Houdini: Not at all fazed by the prospect of karma finding him, and even when karma finally catches up (e.g. the investigation and arrest), nothing apparently comes out of it. Carolina's looking to change that by the time of the end of Season 9 through Season 10. Ultimately, it is somewhat subverted in that, while he was never directly punished for his actions, he was absolutely miserable in his final moments.
- Knight Templar: In his use of Project Freelancer, he seems to have gone from an Anti-Hero leader against the Covenant to the villain of an entirely new conflict once the war ended, if he were ever a hero at all.
- Leave Behind a Pistol: An Invoked Trope. He asks Carolina to do so before leaving.
- Loophole Abuse: Quite rightfully notes that while his experiment would be a war crime in any other instance, he only tortured a clone of himself, and there are no laws against that. This inspires them to actually make laws prohibiting that, which the Chairman says will be named after the Director himself. Whether due to the legal situation (even with the Chairman making such laws after the fact) or his own personal clout, he's essentially a free man anyway, since the vast majority of the evidence of his actions (except Epsilon) was destroyed by the "emp" in Freelancer Command.
- Mad Scientist: As shown by his cold experimentation on the Alpha AI. The "mad" part becomes more apparent in the final few episodes of Season 10, where it becomes apparent that he has lost his mind and gone so far as to MindRape Tex.
- The Man Behind the Man: The one that headed Project Freelancer, and the Greater Scope Villain of the first ten seasons.
- Meaningful Name: A variation, his name is not meaningful by itself, but The Reveal that his name is Leonard Church is the only clue that he was the template for the Alpha AI. Also, his spaceship is named Mother of Invention which fits his views on the terrible things Project Freelancer is doing.
- Morality Pet: He may be a complete Jerkass to everyone else, up to and including the Counselor, but the Director does prove he cares about Tex, being an AI form of his lost love Allison, especially when he shows outright fear at seeing her in an unauthorized sparring match, complete with live ammunition.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: It's uncertain what kind of doctorate he has, but his first Wham Line indicates he has one. However, he's decidedly of the Evil variety.
- Mysterious Backer: Connecticut even mistrusts him for it.
- Necromantic: A good chunk of his character revolves around his trying to bring back Allison through various unethical means.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: Episode 17 of Season 10 heavily implies that he never was able to say goodbye to Allison the last time he saw her.
- Non-Action Big Bad: While the entirety of Season 10's present day segments have stopping the Director as the group's major goal, he isn't actively fighting the group in the present. It's unknown if he even knew he was being hunted at all until Carolina and Epsilon entered the base he was stationed at, so obsessed as he was with Texas and reviving Allison. This also is a Justified Trope, however, as, unlike the others, he has had absolutely no actual military experience himself, as he notes in Episode 19 of Season 6.
- The Director: You see, I never had the chance to serve in battle, nor did fate provide me the opportunity to sacrifice myself for humanity as it did for so many others in the Great War.
- Overarching Villain: He could be considered the main villain for the series overall, except that Malcolm Hargrove appears to have taken the role as of Season 12.
- Sanity Slippage: Whether it was the death of Allison herself or the death of the Beta or Epsilon-Texas, the Director has definitely gone insane by the time of Episode 20 of Season 10, obsessively making more and more versions of Tex in an attempt to revive the true Allison. According to F.I.L.S.S., he has been listening to Allison's last words nonstop for several days, to the exclusion of everything else. He's even taken to inducing Mind Rape on a version of Texas during the robot army making process, but doesn't seem to care.Epsilon-Church: *horrified* He kept trying... He kept trying to get her right.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Wears them to add to the effect.
- Southern-Fried Genius: He's very smart and came up with AI theories, with the addition of a thick Southern drawl.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The Director didn't even seem to realize that Sigma and Gamma were undermining his entire project, causing Carolina to want to get two artificial intelligences in her head and for Maine to go insane. He also didn't seem to be intentionally causing all of the Freelancers with AIs to fall over in agony when he screamed Allison's name in his Big "NO!" shout.
- Villainous Friendship: Of a sort with F.I.L.S.S., though he doesn't seem to acknowledge it until his final moments.
- Walking Spoiler: The fact that he is the original Leonard Church and the template for the Alpha AI.
- Wham Line:
- Episode 19 of Season 6:"Sincerely yours, the former Director of Project Freelancer, Doctor Leonard Church."
- Episode 15 of Season 10. This one is less because of the line than because of the effects of said line on those who hear it.
- Episode 19 of Season 6:
- Wham Shot: In Episode 22 of Season 10, he removes his glasses and looks to Carolina, his full face to the camera, showing that they have the exact same color eyes.
Counselor Aiden Price
"We have safeguards for the unstable emotional patterns of an artificial intelligence. Sometimes these algorithms fail. [...] We prefer to think it's nobody's fault."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.
Voiced By: Asaf Ronen
- Affably Evil: He speaks in a fairly calm, monotone voice and his rather polite, even to the point of functioning as the Only Sane Man to the Director. However, the Counselor is downright ruthless when need be, such as when addressing Walter and using False Reassurance to disguise their true plans to be, but again, only when he needs to.
- The Bus Came Back: He finally reappears in Season 13 for the first time (outside of flashbacks) since Season 7, aboard the UNSC prison ship Tartarus, and deciding to join Charon Industries when they offer him a chance to escape.
- Creepy Monotone: Talks like this pretty much all the time. It seems to irritate the Director and creep out everyone else.
- Dissonant Serenity: His expression rarely changes from being bland and calm even when there's a catastrophe going on, and his voice never does.
- The Dragon: As the Director's right-hand man, he's effectively this.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Even the Director calls him "Counselor". The first person to call him by his real name is Felix.
- Evil Genius: He's the psychologist of Project Freelancer and serves as this to the Director as well as being The Dragon. As of Season 13, he's become one to Locus and Felix, sharing his knowledge of agents Washington and Carolina.
- Hazy Feel Turn: Joins Charon Industries, the organisation behind the Insurrection (the Freelancers' greatest enemies), in Season 13 when offered the chance to escape from imprisonment. However, it's not quite a Face-Heel Turn, as Project Freelancer wasn't exactly great either.
- The Informant: His role within Charon Industries. He convinces Felix and Locus to let him live because he knows more than anyone left alive about Project Freelancer and can offer them valuable information about the agents. Locus later asks him for more information about Maine.
- 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 isn't given until Season 13.
- Not So Stoic: The first time he actually loses his calm demeanor is when he realizes that the armies of Chorus are going to take back the communications temple. He then tries to leave the planet when things go very south and goes as far as to kill one of the soldiers on the bridge.
- 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.
- Precision F-Strike: Just before the Tartarus crashes.Price: Son of a bitch.
- Punch Clock Villain: He harbors no hard feelings toward the Insurrection, the Chairman, the Blood Gulch Crew, or the Freelancers. He just wants to get his life back, and he will go as far as to help with genocide to do so.
- 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. When things are looking bad on Chorus, his first reaction is to order the Tartarus to leave the planet.
- The Starscream: Attempts to abandon the Space Pirates and escape on the Tartarus. It doesn't work.
- The Stoic: Always speaks in that monotone voice without showing any emotion.
- Take a Third Option: Aboard the Tartarus, Felix and Locus tell the prisoners to grasp the bars of their cell if they agree to joining Charon Industries, and then opens the airlock, killing all those who didn't or who weren't strong enough to hold on. The Counselor avoids doing either by tying his bedsheets around himself, having predicted what they were about to do.
- 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.
- The Unfettered: He's not fazed at all when Felix holds him at gun point, and instead reveals information about Wash and Carolina to gain the latter's trust.
- Villainous Breakdown: When he realizes that the Chorus armies are likely to win, he tries to escape with the Tartarus. When questioned on this decision, he shoots one of his own men, then raises his voice for the first and only time of the series.Pilot: W-what're you doing?!
Price: Surviving! To hell with this mission and to hell with Chorus! Get us out of here!
- Vocal Evolution: In Season 13, he uses more normal inflection and no longer places the AcCENT Upon the Wrong SylLABle.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He was arrested following the conclusion of Reconstruction, but 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 Recreation. He finally reappears in Season 13 (see The Bus Came Back).
Pilot 479 (Four Seven Niner)/Freelancer Command
"Well, that went to hell quicker than we thought. Out of the frying pan into the shit."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.
Voiced By: Lee Eddy
- Ace Pilot: Her role as extraction requires some pretty badass flying.
- 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.
- Badass Driver: As a pilot who doesn't take crap from freelancers and is good at extraction, she fits the bill.
- 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: Possibly the best example in the series and that's saying something.
- Doomed by Canon: Or at least 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.
- The Faceless: We have never seen her face.
- 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".
- Non-Action Snarker: Played with. As a pilot she's definitely involved in the action, but isn't on the ground. She gets a hell of a lot of snark to make up for it.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Her real name is never given, only her callsign.
- 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). Though she does note when speaking to the (then male) Freelancer Command that she'd hate to have his job, which may have served as foreshadowing.
Freelancer Integrated Logistics and Security System (F.I.L.S.S.)
I am the Freelancer Integrated Logistics and Security System. You may call me Phyllis. It is a pleasure to meet you. You now have, fifteen, seconds to live.An artificial intelligence program that helps to organize Freelancer programs. She has an identical voice to Sheila, and several of her mannerisms, although they are separate characters. Answers to the name "Sheila" due to a request from Epsilon-Church, whom she recognised as the Director, because Caboose kept calling her that anyway. At the end of Season 10, she deletes herself at the Director's request, along with every other Project Freelancer data file.Along with many other items of Freelancer equipment, she, having somehow survived, is recovered by the Chairman and made to work with Charon Industries during the Chorus Trilogy.
Voiced By: Yomary Cruz
- Artificial Intelligence: What she is, although she appears to be a "dumb" AI (relatively speaking).
- Back from the Dead/Unexplained Recovery: It has yet to be seen how, but she is alive and being forced to work for Charon Industries, as seen in The Stinger of Season 12.
- Badass Decay: In-Universe. She goes from a Spaceship Girl with a Wave Motion Gun to a program with a terminal in a tree attached to a single ground base. Carolina is shocked by the change.Carolina: F.I.L.S.S.? What happened to you?
- Came Back Wrong:
- Her speech in the present-day storyline of Season 10 is noticeably more stilted and forced (almost dazed-sounding) than her usual mechanical, but still somehow upbeat speaking patterns.
- Even moreso in Season 12, where her voice makes it sound almost like she's in pain, or at the very least, sleep-deprived.
- Driven to Suicide/Character Death: She deletes herself at the Director's orders in the Season 10 finale. Subverted, as she somehow survives, has been reactivated along with the other Freelancer equipment they scavenged by Charon Industries, and is now working for Control, aka Malcom Hargrove.
- Famous Last Words: "It has been an honour, sir."
- Fun with Acronyms: Her name is pronounced "Phyllis".
- Hey, It's That Voice!: In-Universe, with Caboose calling her "Sheila" due to the similarity. Gamma seemed to have noticed the similarity as well, as his fake time travel scenario he used to mess with the Alpha during Season 3 has her briefly refer to herself as Phyllis before Church's suggestion has her change it to Sheila.
- It Has Been an Honour: Her Famous Last Words to the Director before deleting herself in Season 10.
- Nice Girl: Even as she tells people she's going to kill them, she's very polite about it and not malicious.
- Spaceship Girl: When on board the Mother of Invention.
- Undying Loyalty: To the Director.
- Villainous Friendship: Of a sort with the Director, though he seems to not really acknowledge it until his final moments.
- Wave Motion Gun: The MAC Gun on the Mother of Invention.