Combat Pragmatist: Everyone fights dirtily in Minecraft and do everything they can to their advantage (though usually never breaking the rules). Often applies to other multiplayer games as well.
Mean Character, Nice Actor: In real life they actually get on very well with each other and with the fans, they just choose to play up their pranks a lot for entertainment.
Promoted Fanboy: Most of them. This is either in the sense of being Halo fans, or fans of Rooster Teeth itself, to the point they get featured regularly on Halo Waypoint and even got voice cameos in Halo 3.
One of Us: They love a lot of films, games and TV shows.
Troll: Almost always Played for Laughs, pretty much everyone at Rooster Teeth has engaged in this kind of behavior.
Vitriolic Best Buds: The best way to spot the biggest pairs of pals in videos is to identify who's antagonizing whom the most.
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Michael "Burnie" Burns
Michael "Burnie" Burns
The ex-CEO of the company, Burnie heads most of the productions that aren't related to Achievement Hunter. He pens most of Red vs. Blue and co-directs with Matt, while providing the voice for Leonard Church.
Dull Surprise: Inverted in episode 93 of Let's Play Minecraft. Geoff reacts relatively calmly when Ryan drops out of the sky then later pops up from the ground beneath him (in ham-handed attempts to steal from the store). It isn't until Ryan just walks up to the store as a customer that Geoff gets startled.
Formerly Fat: He's lost a fair amount of weight recently. However, his animated incarnation still shows him as chubby.
Mean Character, Nice Actor; His character in the live action shorts is an asshole. In real life, he's a very tolerant person and great guy.
Ditto with The Gauntlet, their attempt at making a reality project. He basically passes himself off as an Expy of Donald Trump and behaves obnoxiously, but only to heighten the drama; in any case, the contestants don't seem to mind.
Burnie: I don't like any of you.
One Steve Limit: Burnie is the owner of www.Burnie.com and has been approached by the city of Burnie, Tasmania to relinquish access to it. He's not particularly inclined to hand it over, however.
Ironically, his "first" name came around from the fact that there were so many Michaels in his class.
Raised Catholic: He mentions quite often that his dad was a priest before he was born. Nowadays he doesn't seem that devout, if at all, but he admits that he would struggle to throw away a Bible if asked to.
Trademark Favorite Food: Sandwiches. His antics in the Rooster Teeth Shorts are often spurned by him stealing someone's sandwich, and the office tour on the Rooster Teeth DVD has a Excuse Plot of Burnie about to give a tour only to collapse for lack of sandwiches.
Too Dumb to Live: As a kid, as summed up in this video here, he describes himself as falling into this. Not so much nowadays but he was damned lucky- and he admits it.
Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He doesn't seem to get along well with horses. Not only did he once have to punch one, as noted above, but another time one got loose and started chewing on his car, leaving bite marks all over the metal.
The current CEO of Rooster Teeth. One of Joel's college friends, the two went on to collaborate on several projects and Matt met Burnie through Joel. Along with Burnie, he helped to produce the first four seasons of Red Vs Blue and also worked on visual effects during "Blood Gulch Chronicles" and "Reconstruction". Now directs the series along with Burnie, helps Monty with the effects and voices Sarge.
Awesome, Dear Boy: He turned down working on Smallville to work on Red Vs Blue, because he knew this trope would come into play. He also had similar reasons to Kathleen for doing so.
Bad Boss: Played for Laughs. During a special recap he gets ambushed by JJ and goes "you guys know I can fire you, right?" in order to get out of it. In real life he's a reasonable guy- not this trope, as a few stupid people claim.
Man of a Thousand Voices: He is described as being "the closest Rooster Teeth has to actual voice acting", in terms of its regular staff at least. There are now voice actors in a lot of their productions, but at the time most voices were done by him (he still voices a lot of characters, though, the most prominent of which are Sarge, Doc, O'Malley and Wyoming).
Precision F-Strike: If he swears, you've probably done something mind blowing (either in a stupid way or hilarious way).
The Smart Guy: A role he used to share with Gus. Gus is best at the technology stuff, but Matt was the go-to guy for visual effects until Monty Oum joined the team. Nowadays he sticks to directing with Burnie, and also works with Monty on the visual effects (though he supervises for the most part).
Sophisticated as Hell: Switches from speaking in a really smart way, to randomly swearing from time to time.
The leader and boss man of Achievement Hunter, as well as the voice of Grif in Red Vs Blue.
Actor Allusion: In various Let's Plays, whenever players are designated a colour, Geoff will more often than not be orange (Grif's colour).
Ain't No Rule: Not as often as Ryan, but he does this from time to time in the Minecraft Let's Plays, especially considering he makes the rules most of the time and it lets him pick out loopholes. In the first part of King Ryan, he points out to Gavin that the rules state that they can't kill each other in the palace... but that doesn't say anything about stealing the Iron Ore that Gavin was smelting.
Arc Villain: Invoked for episodes 15, 16 and 17 of Let's Play Minecraft. He grew sick of his work as the Game Master, so he decided to be the challenge for the crew. To that end, he stole the Tower of Pimps, barricaded himself in a floating continent and turned into an Implacable ManHero Killer.
The Bad Guy Wins: Not that he's a villain per se. Only in the sense that he's an antagonist. Nevertheless, he still succeeded in stacking the Tower of Pimps for himself by the end of episode 17.
Awesome McCoolname: His middle name is Lazer, though he legally changed it as a joke. He was initially changing his last name to match his stepfather's, but found out that it actually didn't cost extra to change one's other names.
Badass: Jack rams Geoff with a Ghost and drags him across the field, but Geoff not only survives - he hijacks the Ghost.
In Minecraft, his badassery tends to go unnoticed compared to Jack, Michael, Gavin, Ryan, and especially Ray. And yet, he manages to have the single best K/D ratio according to Rooster Teeth's Achievement City infographic at 1 kill per 2 deaths (the runner up being Michael's 2 for 5).
Batman Gambit: When Gavin stole from him again in Let's Play Minecraft episode 9, Geoff knew that Gavin, the kleptomaniac troll that he is, would steal from him again, so he took the fourth and final gold block from his chest and left some token armor pieces in it. Gavin fell for it, and Geoff finished making his Tower of Pimps, winning the round.
Bait and Switch: In Let's Play Minecraft episode 13, when he hid the Tower of Pimps away from Achievement City, Geoff made nine different tower decoys to throw them off (i.e. one glass block tower, one diamond block tower, five yellow wool block towers).
Call Back: Gavin once made a gigantic tower of sand blocks to get him onto a tree. Geoff left it in for episode 13.
Can't Catch Up: In the early Let's Play Minecraft episodes, Michael was still getting used to the game, Jack was a weak performer, and despite Gavin's familiarity with the game, his trolling made it impossible for him to win. Geoff's only consistent competition was Ray, and even then Geoff was not that far behind him in Tower of Pimps wins (Geoff and Michael once tied for three for the longest time). Since then, however, Michael and Jack Took a Level in Badass, Gavin is often a Spanner in the Works who fails narrowly, Ray remains first and is still a strong competitor, and to make matters worse, Ryan has proven to be a Badass on par with Ray or Michael. It also doesn't help his case that he tends to work as the Game Master or the cameraman, so he's not as acclimated to the courses as Michael and Jack.
It also applies to HORSE as well. In the first 4 HORSE episodes, Geoff beat Jack every time. After that, though, Geoff lost to Jack consistently. He has only won like twice against Jack since then and both times were PIG. This even applies to other competitors and Trials as well. If Geoff wins a HORSE episode, expect there to be thousands of comments expressing shock.
Averted as of late. Geoff has gotten been doing a lot better in the Lets Plays. While he still doesn't compete all the time, he has won the Tower twice in the past few months which is more than he has one in over a year He has also come close to winning a couple of Minecraft Lets Plays, most notably, King Ray which he only lost due to an Honor Before Reason moment. He has also started to do better in a lot more games, including the Sochi Olympics which he took 3rd in. He even managed to sweep Jack in an episode of HUNT, which is something he was never able to accomplish in HORSE.
Catch Phrase: "...as dicks." This is both good and bad. There is no rhyme or reason. There is only dicks. For instance, he has used both "fun as dicks" and "boring as dicks" in the same vvideo.
'WHAT HAPPENED?! WHAT HAPPENED?! Usually when things don't go his way.
Assaulting Gavin for killing him in Minecraft, even if he is a troll overall.
Also taunted teachers with the knowledge that he knew of the "Anarchist's Cookbook", by reciting a recipe as to how to make napalm. Thankfully he has grown out of this.
Punched Gavin in the stomach for winning the Tower of Pimps... completely legitimately, too.
Do Not Try This at Home: See Too Dumb to Live. Also gave a comment of the same sort about his bet that he could earn 10,000 gamerscore in one week, as he was exhausted and wanted nothing but some fresh air.
Dull Surprise: During some episodes of the Weekly Update, his portions can consist of mostly staring slackly and saying "Uuuuuhhhh..." into the camera.
In Armageddon Episode 2, he was just about to punch Michael's worm off a cliff, but jumped over him by mistake, fell off the cliff and hit a tree. In the same game, he brought up a bazooka that would launch a homing missile, but he shot himself.
In "The Hidden", Geoff gets sliced by Jack, who's invisible, so Geoff's response is to run into wall and shoot blindly at the wall, when Jack was right behind him.
At the very end of Worms Revolution, it was Geoff vs Michael each with one worm left. What does Geoff do on his turn? He manages to shoot himself with a missile and gives Michael the win.
Let's Play Minecraft episode 4, Geoff gets a bucketload of wood for tools, so he uses it.... to make sticks. The guys, namely Gavin, Ray and Michael, make sure to keep him from living it down.
Geoff: "Where did I...? What happened to my wood? Oh, I made a billion sticks. Fuckin'... This is my idea! How did I fuck that up?" Gavin: "It's like you've blown your own mind with how stupid you were." Ray: "Dude, I got sixteen sticks!" Geoff: "How did I - how did I lo-" Michael: "Are you serious? You still can't grasp this? You can watch the video." Ray: "I can't wait to see the sixteen sticks in his inventory and he's like What the fuck?!"
In Ender Pearl Race, he was the first to mine the Tower of Pimps. As he looked up, he accidentally fell into the water, threw an ender pearl at a ramp.... and teleported in lava.
Michael: Well, there goes the Tower!
Fat and Skinny: With Jack in Achievement Hunter, though downplayed as Jack's weight has gone down and Geoff isn't really that skinny.
The fat to Caleb's skinny, relatively speaking.
Genre Savvy: During Let's Play Minecraft episode 25, the guys were following Gavin's instructions to meet up with him. He was mining two blocks behind Jack, in case Jack fell to his death. He was right.
In Let's Play Minecraft episode 30, Gavin tries to get Geoff to "walk to the back wall". Geoff's response is a blunt "No". When Gavin asks why, Geoff says "'Cause I'm not a fucking moron."
The GM Is A Cheating Bastard: Rare non role playing version. His role in episodes 15 to 17 of Let's Play Minecraft basically involved him setting himself up with as unfair an advantage as possible, loading himself with lava buckets and arrows galore, as well as putting himself in a miniature floating continent.
Less so than it may seem, actually. It should be stated that Gavin, Jack, Ray, and Michael had several opportunities to win that would have ended in at least taking the tower away from Geoff (Geoff accidentally falling off his tower; finding the mark for a hidden supply of diamond tools; Gavin suiting up and hiding to kill Geoff at the last second; etc.). They just couldn't follow through.
Actually the game was heavily tipped in Geoff's favor. The hidden supply of tools was not hidden right behind the out of place cobblestone. It was hidden three blocks over to the right behind a seeminly normal block of dirt. Gavin would not have been able to kill Geoff as well because all he had was an iron sword and Geoff had all diamond. Lastly, Geoff's fall from the tower was completely unplanned which meant that the game was intentionally rigged.
Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Whenever his young daughter's part of a video, he avoids profanity totally and sometimes resorts to this when he would normally curse.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: To Jack or Gus, depending on the video. In the "Headlight Fluid" Animated Adventure, he and Gus are jokingly labeled "Best Couple". With Jack their relationship goes more in a Vitriolic Best Buds route, with Geoff joking that the stress from HORSE has caused them to "sleep in separate beds now".
Also with Gavin since Gavin lives at his house, helps him plan most of the minecraft builds and if Geoff does co-op videos with one other person, it's always with Gavin.
Hidden Depths: Geoff has sometimes shown himself to be a huge comic book fan, as shown during their X-Men Arcade playthrough, in which he references several well known Wolverine plots and makes the odd Shout-Out to his various Pre Ass Kicking One Liners.
Hypocritical Humour: He has a go at Jack for having a beard that's too long, but in recent days his own beard hasn't exactly been the tidiest.
The Hyena: Thanks to Fails of the Weak. Has led to his laugh being called a cure for all things horrible.
It Amused Me: After Gavin and Michael find him, Geoff decides to barricade his hideout with TNT, laughing his ass off as: Gavin burns himself upon igniting the TNT; Ray freaks out at Geoff's decision; and Ray gets killed as the TNT explodes. He's laughing so hard that it allows Michael to kill him not too long after. His reason for it was "entertainment".
Laser-Guided Karma: In Let's Play Minecraft episode 17, after winning the Tower of Pimps and taking it from Ray, he (naturally) bragged about it. Ray won it back in episodes 19 and 20.
In Let's Play Minecraft episode 29, after indirectly killing Ray and losing the round for shits and giggles, Geoff gets major lag issues after he respawns, delaying him from watching the rest of the game until the very end.
After taking the Tower of Pimps from Gavin and taunting everybody by sneezing into it (it was cleaned, don't worry), Ray wins in the subsequent episode and takes the Tower from Geoff again.
In Let's Play Grand Theft Auto IV Races, he gives up the third race and decides to be a troll, ramming Gavin and causing him to lose first place. Later on, he rams Ray, causing him to lose third place. Ray responds by shooting at Geoff as he comes back around, nailing him perfectly and killing him.
Porn Stache: At times, he shaves his beard and lets a mustache grow out instead, bordering on this at its longest.
Retired Badass: Of all the staff members, he actually served in the military. And he's still a pretty good shot.
Running Gag: Geoff has quite a bit of trouble getting the others to shut up and pay attention to the the rules at the start of each Minecraft episode, the point where he frequently gives the reigns over to a co-GM or jokingly threatens to fire people.
He also seems to chronically have trouble finding coal compared to the others and will express irritation when someone inevitably brags how much they have in excess.
Sir Swears-a-Lot: Normally, but he goes out of his way to defy this trope when he's with his daughter, as some viewers pointed out during some of their father-daughter Achievement Hunter commentary.
Sore Loser: In Minecraft, he has a tendency to get annoyed if he gets undermined. Case in point, episode 23 when he punches Gavin in the gut for winning.
After Ray once again takes the Tower of Pimps back from Geoff, he slaps around Ray's toys in protest.
Completely averted in Black Ops 2 Part 2. Geoff even says he is cheering for Ray(despite the fact that Ray is an enemy) and when Ray does it, Geoff is one of the first to congratulate him.
Geoff has really been averting this as of late. There were several times that he came extremely close to winning and he has not become upset that he lost. Take King Ray, for example, where he ultimately screws himself out of a win by honoring his earlier deal with Michael and telling him that he found diamond, even though Michael can easily kill him. Despite the fact that he came so close to winning the Tower for the first time in months, he did not seem upset at all that he lost and even said that he had no regrets.
Stationary Boss: Let's Play Minecraft episodes 15 - 17 have him hiding in a Sky Fortress, protecting the Tower of Pimps. He pours lava all over the fortress and fires arrows to keep Gavin, Ray and Michael away.
Subverted; he actually fell off the fortress, allowing Ray to take the tower, so he was forced to fight on foot. It succeeded.
Gavin: "It's possible that Geoff forgot what he had already done and put two [towers of glass]."
Geoff: "Nah, nah, Geoff had a lot of resources."
Too Dumb to Live: A variation during military school that the Darwin Awards would dub "survivor at risk". He tried huffing gas when he was told to siphon gas out of several lawnmowers, with the result that he went to hospital.
In episode 29 of Let's Play Minecraft, he deliberately barricades the front of their cave with TNT... which Gavin promptly sets on fire and detonates, with the result that Ray dies and he gets beaten to death by Michael while laughing.
Tranquil Fury: Double Subverted in episode 9 of Let's Play Minecraft; when Gavin kills him and steals his six gold blocks, Geoff starts beating him up in real life - and not just tackling him to the ground; actually punching him to the point where it can be heard over the microphone. After this, while still very pissed off, Geoff rarely says a word until after he wins the round.
During Let's Play Minecraft episode 29, Ray tries to ride a mine-cart to the arena. Geoff deliberately gets in his way several times over, forcing Ray's cart back repeatedly. Later in the same episode, he puts a load of TNT in front of Ray when they're cornered by Gavin, which gets him killed.
Let's Play Minecraft episode 30. When Jack kills a Spider, Geoff comes over to steal an experience point that Jack would've gotten instead.
As the Game Master in Let's Play Minecraft episode 37, he was the camera man, so he could fly around the map. He used it to scare Jack.
As the Game Master again in episode 41, he uses sprint to get to an area. When he happened to use sprint on the air in front of Gavin, the latter understandably didn't like the Jump Scare.
Geoff was given the gamepad for the New Super Mario Bros. U Let's Play. He immediately used his block-spawning powers to actively hinder the team for the entire game.
In Let's Play Minecraft episode 47, he turned on invisibility and spent half the game haunting the players, spawning gravel, flint and chickens behind Jack, Ray and Michael.
In GTA IV Races, during the last couple races, Geoff quickly abandons the race and rams into the other players instead.
Similarly, in "Let's Play Forza 4: Car Soccer", Geoff starts off as the only player with a Hummer. As such, he simply rams into the Lads' players, destroying their cars and allowing the Gents to win.
"I'm already mostly liquor anyway. I've replaced all the water in my body with alcohol."
Badass Beard: It's treated as such in the shorts, to the point that Burnie steals it in one of them.
Badass Bookworm: In Immersion. He turns out to be quite good with a pistol, despite having not even trained with them in earlier life. The entire point of said video was to prove that the average person would have trouble adjusting to weapons they weren't used to. He also trained with shotguns in earlier life.
He also proves a reasonably competent gamer, as shown in The Gauntlet.
Berserk Button: Gavin always wears his podcast headphones back to front, which always sets Gus off without fail.
Do Wrong, Right: When Gavin goes out of his way to do something stupid and trollish, such as when he gets Gus killed in The Gauntlet even when it's not helpful.
Fan Disservice: He ends up shirtless a lot during the shorts, and it is always nightmare inducing.
Hair-Trigger Temper: He has a habit of getting quite annoyed (or just interrupting) if he hears stuff that he finds odd or stupid. Lampshaded during the live podcast at RTX when he begs the others to stop leaping on his stories, and they reply that he does it all the time.
The Hyena: Often when Gavin does something stupid.
An actor that used to act in Hollywood before joining the team, he and Matt went to college together and as a result have known each other for some time. You'd know him best as Caboose from Red vs Blue or an exaggerated version of himself in the shorts.
Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Giving out Jack's phone number at RTX 2013 might be a good example, and it was quite obvious Joel had drank a bit by that point. It turns out the prank may have been prepared, as Joel switched his sim card so as not to give his REAL number out, but he still chose to do it under the influence.
Awesome, Dear Boy: He worked in Hollywood a while ago and eventually decided to come back to Austin to work there full time, saying it was a lot more fun and less stressful.
Butt Monkey: Moreso on the podcast than in other times.
Cloud Cuckoolander: He sometimes plays this up for laughs, but other times he says (and does) the weirdest stuff with no warning. Case in point, "If we were people..."
A good example of this is when he joins the Achievement Hunter team in Let's Play Minecraft for an episode; the rest of the guys spend their time trying to get the "On A Rail" achievement, while Joel walks far away from the others and starts doing stuff on his own, refusing to tell the others where he is. Whenever the screen cuts to him, he's always doing something completely different, from mining to stacking blocks underneath himself to get up into the sky.
Conspiracy Theorist: Played for Laughs. He jokingly owes a problem that the podcast LP team have to "scheming Republican kittens". Burnie has said that if one of Joel's more serious theories turns out to be true and Joel declares "I was right", Burnie plans to say "yes, but you did not say this would happen", just to kill his mood.
Creator Backlash: He did not like filming Past Cast as he had to play Hitler. Twice.
Deadpan Snarker: When he cameos in the Achievement Hunter series "Fails of the Weak" he has his moments of this.
Jack: Something's wrong with this Wraith, Joel. Can you tell what it is?
He also is apparently like this in real life; on the Rooster Teeth podcast, it's stated that when his UPS started beeping and Burnie went over to help out, Joel replied that he didn't want help, he wanted this to last as long as possible.
His commentary for the Gauntlet often extends into this, as best shown by Left 4 Dead 2.
Disproportionate Retribution: His punishment to Gavin for insulting his Halo 2 gametype was to flip Gavin off his chair, then stack that chair and another one on top of him.
At RTX 2013, Joel really wanted to sign his name onto the 15ft tall Tower of Pimps replica that Jack had lovingly made. Jack adamantly refused, not wishing for Joel to deface his work for the sake of a Running Gag. In retaliation, a drunk Joel gave out Jack's real phone number during a live podcast (to an audience of 400+) which was also being livestreamed online (to an audience of 4000+). It took a mere ten minutes for Jack's phone to blow up under the sheer volume of text messages and voicemails. And the cherry on the cake? It was all a prank: Joel secretly switched Jack's SIM card for a fake one (with a new number) and gave that one out.
Sophisticated as Hell: While he doesn't exactly swear a lot, he does sometimes do this and randomly throw a swearword in, often while discussing economics.
Squee: His reaction to meeting Chandler Riggs was this in spades, to the point that they made a Minecraft video together.
Troll: He'll occasionally come into the Achievement Hunter office just to mess with them while they're filming.
In The Gauntlet, he pops up randomly during an episode introduction to distract Ali, the host.
In the livestreamed RTX 2013 podcast, he gave Jack's phone number out. It got bombarded with so many voicemails and text messages that it went dead. It was all a prank: Joel had secretly switched out the SIM card in Jack's phone and gave out the fake number.
Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: A self-inflicted and very literal version. He and his brother dumped a python in a pool, only to be traumatised when it pooped in the pool.
He also has a slightly more justifiable one with panthers, and while the fear isn't exactly crippling you'd have to be a stone-hearted bastard to not understand why.
The voice actor for Tucker and resident pervert of the RT. It's unknown how he met up with Burnie and the others, but he has been at the company since the beginning. Married in October 2012.
The Number Two of Achievement Hunter and The Lancer for Geoff, Jack is the crew's main video editor and supervises the daily shenanigans of the AH crew.
Acrofatic: He's not the lightest or heaviest dude exactly, but you'd be wrong to say that he's skinny... or that he's slow, as his tennis match against Gavin proved.
The Archer: Let's Play Minecraft episodes 29, 37 and 46 prove that he's lethal with a bow and arrow.
Arc Number: For some odd, uncanny reason, he has a habit of winning the Tower of Pimps whenever a Let's Play Minecraft episode title has the number 4 in it. In total, he's won it in episodes 34, 40, 44, 45, 48, 54, 64 and 74.
Broken when he won episode 80.
Badass: In spite of being the butt of many jokes, Jack's a competent gamer. One moment of particular note was when he managed to shoot Ray from across the map in Let's Play Minecraft episode 37.
"Why is a bear telling news on AHWU? I thought Jack did that."
It has had a recent habit of getting so long that eventually people will start begging him to shave it, saying it has gone from badass to slightly disgusting. They're fine when he shaves it (at least until it grows back to the same length).
It's gotten so bad that sometimes on live podcasts it causes his microphone to get loud bursts of static. Not good for headphone users.
Bait and Switch: During the RTX 2013 podcast, it looks like he's about to give out Joel's number in revenge for him giving out Jack's. He starts with the first couple of digits... then says "I'm not going to do it because I'M NOT AN ASSHOLE!"
Boring, but Practical: In general, Jack's approaches to challenges are methodical and well thought-out compared to the others' antics. Sometimes it proves to be too slow, sometimes it's exactly what's needed.
In Let's Play Minecraft episode 29, Jack decides to build a fort so he and Caleb can snipe their enemies from a distance. By the end of the episode, Jack and Caleb lasted the longest out of the three teams, and they ended up winning.
In episodes 39 and 40, Jack uses the strategy of mining methodically rather than quickly, and with an emphasis on keeping it easy to navigate. This puts him at a distant second to Michael and Ray, both of whom were tied with three gold blocks apiece and one away from winning. Jack rightfully decides to mine at the top of his monolith (where most of the ores are, as it turns out), whereas Michael and Ray chose the lower sections. The random digging leads to Ray getting lost and Michael flooding himself, allowing Jack to slip away with the win and his second Tower.
Jack wins the Enchantment challenge (episode 47 and 48) by simply digging as far away from the others as possible so they can't find him and just mining his way to Level 30, as opposed to fishing or fighting mobs. He does get really lost, but when he finally emerges he has so much equipment made that no one can physically stop him from winning.
It's gotten to the point where Jack's name is synonymous with excelling at mundane but practical tasks. During the Spring Harvest episode (93), the others remark how farming is "a very Jack-like task" and that "Of course Jack wins the farming competition!".
Boring Invincible Hero: In the early days of Halo: Reach - HORSE it was just Jack and Geoff versus each other, but the series eventually began having new competitors because Jack always kept winning. See Took a Level in Badass below.
Butt Monkey: Especially in the early AHWU videos, where he'd frequently get slapped. Nowadays it's more often stuffed animals or toilet paper being thrown at him.
Second only to Gavin when it comes to this trope on the Podcast. He could barely even propose to Caiti without Gavin and Burnie affectionately taking the piss.
Captain Obvious: In episode 30, he notices things that were always in the game, prompting the guys to say some variation of "Always been that way".
"What's up, guys? It is Jack and Geoff from Achievement Hunter.com, and Geoff we are doing Fails of the Weak Volume [number]." He almost always says this exact opening spiel at the beginning of Fails of the Weak videos.
"Aloha!" is his greeting when Geoff introduces the video.
He likes saying "Immediately" a lot of the time. Unlike most, however, he uses it when it's appropriate.
"You don't wanna (innocuous action that led to a player's death)." Or "you gotta watch out for (usually harmless object that suddenly killed a player)." Both are common in Fails of the Weak, where the slightest action means death.
"I'm going to go build a house" (and variations thereof), a running gag from the early Let's Play Minecraft episodes.
"Boooo" is Jack's standard response to an Incredibly Lame Pun, especially from Gavin or Barbara.
The Chick: Not his role in the group itself, but he usually ends up playing the female characters in Let's Plays.
Combat Pragmatist: During Let's Play Minecraft episode 44, the pieces of the Tower are scattered and being constantly swapped between two players. When Jack is able to grab two pieces, he hides them in his own chest until he can get ahold of the others.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Ten minutes into Let's Play Minecraft episode 23, the first guy that Jack goes after is Ray, who was fresh off a winning streak as far as Let's Play Minecraft episodes were concerned.
Wrong Genre Savvy: While he was focusing on Ray, he failed to notice Gavin stalking him. As soon as Jack kills Ray, Gavin kills Jack.
Runs back into Genre Savvy territory not too long after. Looking for payback against Gavin, Jack grabs a bucket of lava and pours it over Gavin's bed, keeping him from sleeping through the night. When Gavin uses a furnace to cook food, Jack pours water over it.
Epic Fail: In Let's Play Minecraft episode 14, Jack was chasing Gavin to make sure he couldn't get the Tower of Pimps. He showed up, raised his sword, yelled out "Surprise motherfucker!"... and fell in a hole.
Gavin: I literally didn't have to react to that in any way.
During Trials Evolution - DLC, he bailed out just before the finish line, but he went over the finish line, so it didn't count.
An odd case of an Epic Failalso qualifying as Badass. In Let's Play Minecraft episode 37, he was shooting arrows at Ryan, but he hit Michael and Gavin instead.
Falling off the arena by missing the first sky block, right as the race started.
VS episode 5. Not only did Ray completely avoid Jack's second special attack, but the floor dropped out from under Jack as soon as the animation finished.
Thread The Needle. Either Jack has poor eyesight, poor knowledge or a poor choice of words.
Jack: "We have to land in that circle there?"
Ray: "That's a square, Jack."
Let's Play Minecraft episode 61, he realizes that Gavin never went up to the skybox in building his tower and is in the process of taking Gavin's win. He screws up, falls a couple of feet and dies.
Let's Play: Madden NFL 25 - Super Bowl Edition has Jack throwing eight interceptionsnote One didn't count, as it was flagged. Geoff cannot believe that "the football guy" got crushed that bad by rival quarterback Gavin a Brit with weak knowledge of American football, let alone the video game.
Foregone Conclusion: Gavin and Geoff decided to air "Minecraft: Slice of Hell" before episodes 45 and 46 were released on YouTube. In fact, the final minute of the video was a preview to episode 46. In it, you can hear Jack gushing over the Tower of Pimps. If you pause it just right, he actually has the Tower of Pimps on his Obsidian block. No prizes for guessing who's gonna win it in episode 45.
General Failure: Believe it or not, when he played quarterback in the Madden NFL 25 Super Bowl Special, he actually proved himself to be even worse than Gavin. He gets a grand total of seven interceptions, and he was so ashamed that he actually left the room. Ryan had to replace him as quarterback.
"I have a terrible feeling there are landmines all over my house."
In episode 41 of Let's Play Minecraft, Jack steals a spider from Ryan. It was freed because of a Creeper explosion, so when Ryan was trying to rebuild the trap with the Spider nearby, Jack hits the Spider so it turns around and follows him. Since his traps are rectangular hallways instead of square-shaped rooms, Jack successfully lures and seals the Spider into his own trap.
Hypocritical Humour: After being the victim of having his phone number given out, he refused to give Joel's phone number out after faking it because "I'm not an asshole". While it's true Jack isn't an asshole, he did give out Gavin's email address once.
In Far Cry 3, after a dog attacking Ray is killed, Jack tells Ray that he saw the dog but did nothing to help. Not long afterwards, he gets run over by a truck. When Michael revives him, the truck backs up, running Jack over a second time.
The Load: Becomes this to Ray along with Gavin during "Let's Play Black Ops 2 Part 2". It should be pointed out, though, that Jack does not do nearly as bad as Gavin.
Mundane Made Awesome: He dominates Ryan in VS Episode 53... using his typing skills in Typing of the Dead.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Way back in episode 1 of Let's Play Minecraft, Jack was the one that hit Michael onto the lava and indirectly prompted Michael to spawn inside of a house boiling with lava.
Overshadowed by Awesome: He's actually a really competent Minecraft player, when it concerns mining, crafting and building. The problem is that he's also playing with Geoff (who screws himself over a lot), Michael (better at combat), Ryan, Gavin (who screws everyone else over) and Ray (who's smarter than the others), so it isn't until episode 34 that he wins the Tower of Pimps.
The Quiet One: Moreso early on. He managed to weaponize this as what Gavin calls "the Jack tactic" by staying quiet whenever he has a lead that he's looking to keep a secret from the others. Since he has become more outspoken and laughs almost as much as Geoff, him going quiet again is a dead giveaway to the others.
Rage Quit: After tossing a whopping seven interceptions in their Let's Play of Madden NFL 25, Jack was so ashamed that he actually walked out the room and had Ryan take control.
Sanity Slippage: He doesn't take having his lead in Let's Play Minecraft episode 39 erased because of a brief power outage very well.
Sitcom Archnemesis: With Gavin. The two antagonize each other so much during Let's Play Minecraft that if you didn't know better you couldn't tell that they were actually friends. It does not help that they are literally the only duo so far to not have a team name.
Sore Loser: Much more noticeable in the earlier episodes of Let's Play Minecraft but Jack has a hard time letting things go, especially if he was *this* close to winning only to get screwed over. If Jack has a primary flaw it's this.
Tempting Fate: "Surprisingly, I have not found any lava... and by saying that, I know I'm jinxing myself."
Toilet Humor: There's a monolith of Jack behind his house in Achievement City... and it has a wooden extension from his crotch area capable of dispensing water (ostensibly as a fire extinguisher). Sometimes he takes this further and has it dispense lava instead.
Took a Level in Badass: In the early Halo: Reach Achievement HORSE videos, he was constantly beaten by Geoff, their highest gap being 5 games lost in a row. Then something happened and people have given up counting what the current score is now, because Jack ALWAYS wins. It proves that he's incredible in obstacle courses, but close to irrelevant in straight-up gunfights.
Lampshaded in Let's Play Minecraft episode 37. When Jack has trouble getting far in the obstacle course, Geoff muses "Has the Jack of three years ago come back?"
For the longest time, Jack's had the distinction of being one of the few guys who hadn't won the Tower of Pimps, until episode 34. As of now, he's won it a grand total of ten times, overtaking Ray for first.
Troll: Dragged Geoff's corpse around in "The Hidden" for no other reason than to fuck around with him. Also teabagged Geoff after killing him earlier.
Sending Gavin off the Mushroom tower in episode 35 of Let's Play Minecraft.
When Lindsey put waxed tape on Gavin, Jack decided to help out. He grabbed hold of Gavin's arm and the tape. He began a countdown to prepare Gavin for the removal of the tape. He says "One".... and ripped it off immediately.
When Ryan went down in Black Ops 2, Jack threw grenades at him to delay his revival.
Pushing Gavin in a hole during Let's Play Minecraft episode 38.
When Gavin was forcing a Creeper into a trap, Jack punched it, prompting the Creeper to turn around and blow up the trap.
Vitriolic Best Buds: While this is true of everyone, he's had to clarify online that he and Gavin are actually friends MANY times. He admits he may have gone a bit too far from time to time and is trying to make up for it.
Always Second Best: He often does well in Minecraft challenges (e.g. taking an early lead in the Wool and Petting Zoo), only to lose at the end. As such he's only won the Tower of Pimps thrice.
Amusing Injuries: He regularly gets slapped, prodded, pushed and out and out abused. The only reason that he tolerates it is that it's funny and because it doesn't hurt as much as it might look. The fact that he does it back might make up for it. Worst of these injuries are a scar left from when Michael tackled him and when Geoff starts kicking the crap out of him in real life.
Averted when he discussed the fact that he might have had a mini stroke, and went blind for three days another time. Everybody was clearly unnerved... then went back to saying "this explains a lot about what you say". Even after that, they urged Gavin to go to the hospital and get the former of those conditions checked out.
And I Must Scream: Played for Laughs at the end of Let's Play Minecraft episode 73. Because he crashed on the moon and lost all of his supplies (including his oxygen tanks), Gavin is trapped in an endless loop of respawning and suffocating until the others come to help him.
Angrish: Some of the time, what he says will come out as angered gibberish.
The Archer: Surprisingly adept at a bow and arrow, whether in the 2012 London Olympics or in Minecraft. The sole exception is the VS. episode where he challenged Ray to the former and only got one bulls-eye against Ray's eleven.
Awesome, Dear Boy: Worked on a lot of films and TV shows in the UK. Cited it as fun, but incredibly stressful to the point he almost became an insomniac and started hallucinating. This trope is why he chose to come back to Rooster Teeth in 2012.
Badass Beard: He is growing one, though not to the same extent of Jack and Geoff.
The Bad Guy Wins: Subverted; in Let's Play Minecraft episode 35, he royally screws Jack and Geoff over when they weren't posing that much of a threat to him, but he doesn't get any comeuppance since it ends in a cliffhanger. However, in the next episode, Gavin turns back into The Load for Michael, and they end up losing by a few seconds to Ryan.
Bait and Switch: Done brilliantly in "Madden: Super Bowl Special". Up by five with 1:44 left in the fourth quarter, Michael and Ray wanted to run the ball, so it runs out the clock and seals the game for their team. Gavin, being Gavin, said "I'm gonna pass it to Michael." Two seconds later, he yells out "OR AM I!! HAHAHA!!" and gives it to Ray, who ran with the ball for a touchdown, bringing them up by 30-18. Easily his best decision as a quarterback.
Berserk Button: He clearly doesn't like animal cruelty, even if meant as a joke.
He'll walk off most of the injuries you give him and laugh them off too, but a Groin Attack seems to be the way to trigger this. Notably, when Gavin was kicked into a metal sheet, penis first, he became a lot more frosty throughout the rest of the day it happened, and then tried drunkenly getting revenge on Burnie later.
It probably stems from the fact he had surgery involving his testicles, meaning he has to be rather careful to avoid causing further damage.
Actually he got kicked into the wall of a standing toilet, so he hit a metal sheet that was likely covered in piss.
He may be a troll, but he will at least play by the rules of the game when the group are doing a serious round of something (in a practice round, he'll dick round a bit more). If you do cheat, he gets incredibly annoyed. Case in point with Caleb in episode 28 of Let's Play Minecraft.
For the record; the moment that Caleb admitted to cheating the game Gavin set him on fire and killed him.
The Bet: He's fond of bets which are either easily accomplished or outright crazy. For example, one bet with Jack involved winning six rounds in tennis. The loser has to lick Gus' shingles infected leg. He lost.
He also had a bet with Michael that if he can finish off a five pound gummy bear, he'll give Michael $500, but if Michael couldn't finish it in one sitting, then he'll owe Gavin $100. He won.
Big "NO!": In London Olympics Part 3. He doesn't take it well after seeing Michael supplant him for third place.
Blue and Orange Morality: Downplayed, though it's noticeable that Gavin is fairly consistent on what he considers okay and not okay, it's just sort of odd. Most notably he Trolls freely and and considers anything to undermine his opponents' chances of winning acceptable, as long as it's within the rules. Breaking the rules, however, is punishable by termination with extreme prejudice, as Caleb found out the hard way. He's also weird about what his standards are for Video Game Cruelty Potential- he hates the idea of in-game animal cruelty and even lashes out at jokes about it, but he has no problem with wholesale slaughter of NPC's for both pragmatic purposes and for his own amusement (to the point of being counter-productive).
Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: He and Michael have this dynamic in Rage Quit videos. To what extent Gavin's stupidity is genuine or deliberate to try to get under Michael's skin is unclear.
Brains and Brawn: The Brains of Team Nice Dynamite. A good example is their alliance in the Potions Let's Play Minecraft episode, where he calls the shots since Michael doesn't know how to brew potions or navigate the Nether at all, but he's completely useless at fighting and needs Michael there to babysit him.
Brief Accent Imitation: Frequently done to him by damn near everyone. Some of the accents range from good (Geoff and Michael), to passable (Barbara), to deliberately bad (Burnie), to outright awful (Miles, Jack and Brandon).
Bullying a Dragon: In Episode 6 of VS, he challenges Ray to Black Ops 2... a game he has limited experience with while Ray has prestiged the game 6 times (and he knew it too). Gavin actually managed to do surprisingly well at a tomahawk-and-ballistic-knife-only duel but still, Ray predictably took it in the end.
Biggest example, after winning an obstacle course in Minecraft, Geoff comes over to congratulate him, shakes his hand... and punches him in the stomach. While chased around by a gang of mobs. And killed by a lag.
Trying to get the "On a Rail" achievement during Let's Play Minecraft episode 2. The other guys absolutely refused to let him take it. Michael even physically tackles him to the ground, and Gavin still gets the achievement.
Michael and Geoff burning his house down with lava and chasing him down, though running into a cactus was idiotic.
Becomes this in "Let's Play Black Ops 2 Part 2". He gets revived by Ray and dies ten seconds later. He does so poorly that he is regularly insulted by everyone including himself.
Every time the guys knock him off the sky blocks in Let's Play Minecraft episode 37. His frustration is plentiful.
To be honest, just about every time in Minecraft where it's clear Gavin's about to win, everyone else will put their differences aside to screw Gavin over the victory. This is why his first, and for a long time, only victory was when it was a one-on-one battle.
Call Back: "Who's the best archer in Let's Play? Mark Nutt!" Referring to their London Olympics video where Gavin played a guy named Mark Nutt during an archery course.
Can't Catch Up: In Minecraft, he's only ever won the Tower of Pimps twice. Every other time, he gets screwed by the other Achievement Hunters, or he ends up screwing himself over, partly due to Trolling and partly due to genuine incompetence. Until a come-from-behind victory at the end of Mad King Ryan Part 2 (Episode 89) gets him his third Tower and first kingship.
Catch Phrase: Any noise related to pain, or him laughing after trolling. Alternatively, British slang.
"Tease it..." Even the other guys say it occasionally.
Cheaters Never Prosper: In Ender Pearl Race, Gavin switched his name with Jack, so when Jack stacked the tower, the guys were fooled into thinking that Gavin won the Tower. Until Jack realized that Gavin switched the names, so Geoff declared Jack the winner.
Cleopatra Nose: Just look at it. It doesn't detract from the number of fans who describe him as handsome though, some even say it just adds to it.
He actually threw up, twice, in the middle of a Let's Play, because he saw bread. Even if it was the thoroughly-unappealing wet bread, needing to actually throw up because of it is a little over the top.
''I tried to make a Creeper, but things very rapidly got out of hand.
He tends to ask stupid questions that the rest of the staff mercilessly mock and never let him live down, which would be considered just childlike curiosity if they weren't so weird. Case in point, his infamous "What if... your legs... didn't know they were legs?".
It's gotten to the point where Burnie plays a game on the podcast, Gavin or Google, comparing Gavin's stupid questions to Google searches.
Trying to catalog all of Gavin's silly/nonsensical sayings would take up the better part of his section on this page, so here is a link to a blog that collects them. That being said, this one statement in Let's Play Minecraft episode 87 makes everything make a lot more sense...
'Gavin: Do you actually control the words that come out of your mouth? Like, do you filter the thoughts that leave your brain?
The Cuckoolander Was Right/Dumbass Has a Point: Oftentimes people will dismiss Gavin's weird-sounding advice as Gavin being Gavin then realize that he was, in fact, right all along. Despite this, the others regularly ignore his observations because of how often they really are stupid.
The Comically Serious: In "Mixed Messages", he's reciting bad news to Geoff all the way through the short, maintaining a completely serious demeanour the whole time. It's hilarious.
Also managed to kill Ray with a diamond pickaxe just as he started stacking the Tower in episode 37. Then he stacked the Tower on Ray's spot.
Will generally sink to any depths to interfere with his competitors' progress (as long as it's within the rules) though oftentimes he'll just admit that he's being a Troll.
His greatest moment of this, though, comes in Episode 90. The final challenge is to kill a diamond-clad Kerry in the maze below Ryan's house. Gavin and Ray both collect diamond armor and weaponry; when Ray finds Kerry first, Gavin lurks just around a hallway. After Kerry takes down Ray, Gavin quickly downs a swiftness potion before rushing in and beating down Kerry, killing him and claiming his third Tower!
Geoff: "Have you ever done something that was funny that may or may not have had a negative effect on someone else and felt bad about it?"
Geoff: "Yeah, me either. Funny's funny."
Confusion Fu: Sometimes resorts to this if someone else has a strong advantage over him. How does he negate Ray's large experience advantage with Black Ops multiplayer? By running around like a complete noob so Ray couldn't predict his actions (though Ray still won in the end).
Works again in his favor for the Let's Play Madden: Superbowl Edition '13 episode, where he is Team Lad's quarterback. Seeing as how little he understands of conventional U.S. football strategy, he just does whatever he wants, making his actions impossible to predict to everyone (not that's he's easy to predict normally...). This incomprehensible strategy actually works.
Continuity Nod: Let's Play Minecraft episode 13 has him re-visiting the Wipeout course that they made in episode 10.
In a VS episode against Michael, while playing Chopper vs Chopper in GTA IV, Michael suggested he swim to one of the motorcycle checkpoints, referencing Gavin's method of trying to escape in an earlier Cops vs Crooks episode.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: At gaming in general. Quite a few times in Minecraft, he would have won the Tower of Pimps if he didn't try to Troll the other guys, or if he had thought out his plans just a bit more.
Let's Play Minecraft episode 23 fully cements him as one. With Ray eliminated early, Gavin takes full advantage over the suddenly-even playing field. Throughout the course of the episode, Gavin kills Jack from behind; dodges Jack's attempts at burning him with lava; survives Michael's attempt at eliminating him; kills Michael and Geoff while they were distracted; and finally wins the Tower of Pimps.
His performance in Halo isn't actually too bad either. While he doesn't quite reach Ray or Ryan's level, he always manages to reach third or fourth in their games, with a respectable K/D.
Taken Up to Eleven in "Let's Play Crimson Map Pack Part 2". The game ends in a Curb-Stomp Battle for, not Ray, not Ryan, but Gavin, winning by 190 points and holding the lead for the entire game.
Check out his handle as the quarterback in Let's Play Madden. Being British, he has no idea what American Football is like, so he's pretty much a disaster most of the way through. On the other hand, his completion percentage (how many of his passes get caught by his teammates) is incredible.
Let's Play Minecraft episode 53: Having taken an enormous lead in the first part of the Shopping List challenge (#52), then lost it, the guys all focus on Ryan's, Geoff's, and Jack's attempts at finding the last item they need. Meanwhile, Gavin discreetly finds enough items to make a cake and wins the Tower for the second time.
He's won two rounds in a row of Vs. so far, beating Michael in Guitar Hero 2 and beating Ryan in Dive Kick. No Ray by a long stretch, but he's really showing off his chops here.
One episode of Let's Play GTA IV Cops 'n Crooks Part 4 has Gavin as the boss, and in order to avoid being killed, he jumps into the water and proceeds to hide out on a buoy, giving him an advantage because you can't use weapons while swimming, and an excellent vantage point to shoot from.His team would have won the round, had he swam towards shore, as instructed by Michael, while the other team was scrambling to obtain and board a boat.
In Let's Play Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Gavin is nearly unstoppable with the drone ability!
In "The Gauntlet", after not being helpful in the Halo game, Gavin manages to narrowly keep Team AH in for the future episodes by winning the race against Justine.
Is 2nd only to Ray in wins and win percentage in VS (as of Episode 48 on January 30, 2014).
Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes; it's a sign that the others are rubbing off on him.
Demolitions Expert: The only thing he's better at than making the Minecraft maps with Geoff is trashing them afterwards, exemplified with his "Plan G" underneath Achievement City. It seems like his unofficial job in Achievement Hunter is to wreck things, for better or for worse.
He stomps Lindsay in Catlateral Damage during her VS debut. Even in a game he's never played before, Gavin can still excel if it's about knocking everything off of shelves and tables (still wrecking stuff).
Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: He could have won Let's Play Minecraft episode 14 if he had simply taken the damn Tower and ran back home. Instead, he hid underground, stacked it back together, left to get some health and ended up dying, causing it to, basically, go missing.
While he wasn't close to winning, Gavin basically forfeits episode 40's challenge (Dig Down, in which the competitors had to locate/craft four golden blocks hidden in a large cube) when he wastes his time building a Nether Portal so he could search for Zombie Pigmen and loot their gold equipment... forgetting that the challenge was being played on Peaceful and had no mobs.
During their Let's Play of GTA IV Bike Bat, Michael takes a bad turn and falls off his bike. Gavin decides to chase Michael down and bat him as he's getting back on his bike... rather than drive past him and take his place. Not only does he fail to kill Michael, but this act lands Gavin in last place for the third game in a row.
When they discuss filming and cameras on the podcasts, it's obvious he knows what he's talking about. He goes back to being a Cloud Cuckoolander very quickly afterwards, though.
The things that Gavin's good at, he's great at. For instance, he's likely number one in Minecraft mechanical knowledge since Lava Wall revealed that he's the only one on the crew who knows how to make a TNT Cannon. It's just he's pretty bad at everything else and his general stupidity and lack of common sense get in the way of him making the best use of his knowledge. Said TNT Cannon would have worked if he hadn't told Ray to press his button too early, resulting in the whole thing (literally) blowing up in their faces.
Drives Like Crazy: Gavin's performance in GTA and other driving games in a nutshell. As per usual, it's impossible to tell how much he's screwing up intentionally and how much is genuine incompetence at driving or piloting.
Anything he does during their Let's Play of Worms (and its sequels). Mostly when it involves accidentally killing his own guys, or his ridiculous attempts at trying to kill the other guys..
In Let's Play Minecraft episode 17, he ran back to Achievement City, grabbed iron armor and an iron sword, and hid inside Geoff's house, waiting for Geoff to show up. As Geoff walked up to his diamond block, with the Tower of Pimps in hand, Gavin opened the door... and it closed before he got out. Geoff stacked the tower and won the round, then killed him with a diamond sword.
He used bone meal to grow a red mushroom. Once it grew, it trapped him inside, and he took damage from it.
When Ray turned Gavin's Tower of Pimps into a giant upside-down L, Gavin tried to reform it back to a straight tower, but he accidentally puts the last block on the wall two blocks away.
Gavin does not do well in "Let's Play Black Ops 2 Part 2". Several times Ray runs over to revive him and he dies a few seconds later.
He went to the edge of the mushroom stack in Let's Play Minecraft episode 35, wordlessly taunting Jack into punching him or falling off the mushroom. Gavin fell off.
His greatest Epic Fail came in Let's Play Minecraft episode 37, where he stacked the Tower of Pimps... on Ray's Obsidian block.
Geoff: "Gavin has just given Ray the victory! You moron!"
When he faced Ray in episode 6 of VS, he ended up picking Call Of Duty Black Ops II. Which he had little experience in and Ray had prestiged six times.
Any time Gavin jumps into a driver's seat in Let's Play Grand Theft Auto IV, it's bound to be this. His complete inability to drivetends to screw over his teammates, or at least anyone trying to ride with him. Case in point, driving the speed boat onto land during Part 3 of Cops 'n Crooks, immediately trapping the getaway car at the start of a round by launching it off a ramp onto a lower ledge (in the same episode), crashing the team's helicopter trying to collect Michael in the Co-Op mode, etc. It's either the respective episode's Crowning Moment of Funny, or fuel for his Hatedom.
Even the Guys Want Him: According to the forums anyway, most of them would have a go. "He is pretty. And his hair looks incredibly soft". Lindsay said in an Internet Box podcast that while most people might be worried about their girlfriends going off with Gavin, she has to worry about Michael doing it.
Fallen Hero: After the events of "Cops and Crooks Part 3", Michael kicks Gavin off of Team Lads, furious of the fact that Gavin cost them so many rounds. He lets him return during RTX '13, but on a temporary basis. He then restores his membership, explaining the ban was temporary.
Friendly Sniper: He's shown to be very skilled with a bow in Minecraft, but that doesn't detract from his goofy personality.
Friend to All Living Things: He loves cats, particularly Joe and Egg Bodge in Austin, and Lloyd back in England. There's also a video in existence of him trying to save a pigeon from a cat.
Game Master: Occasionally is a joint GM with Geoff for Things to Do in... and Let's Play Minecraft.
General Failure: The... gentle way to describe his performance as a quarterback in Madden.
Took a Level in Badass: Until the final few minutes, that is, where he clinches the win for his team with a 29-yard pass, a 21-yard pass, a 30 yard touchdown pass and a 24-yard running touchdown (handed off to Ray).
Genre Savvy: He has a tendency to remove himself from the Minecraft map so he can't be found.
Episode 23 really hammers home his expertise at Minecraft in general. Instead of running blindly like the others, Gavin constantly looks over his shoulders and changes direction almost on a fly, to avoid mobs and to find the other guys so he could hack at them from behind.
In that same episode, Jack was trying to pour lava on Gavin as payback for killing him so early. Gavin uses the lava as a light source for the night. In fact, the new light spawned chicken all over lava; Gavin quickly killed them and took their meat for him to replenish his hunger (and keep his health intact).
Let's Play Minecraft episode 31. He kills every sheep that he steals wool from, partly because he wants to and partly because he knows sheep regrow wool, which allows the others guys a chance to get wool.
Let's Play Minecraft episode 36, everybody spawns out of the same Nether Portal. Gavin takes the time to mine the Obsidian blocks (which deactivates the portal), so he can return to the Overworld with Michael.
Let's Play Minecraft episode 43, as well. Gavin is the first to realize that jumping into spider webs allows you to deal constant critical hits to his opponents, giving him several wins before they're torn down.
Episode 89 of Let's Play Minecraft has Gavin hiding in a tree and actually staying silent while Mad King Ryan hunted down the others. Even with the help of Kerry, he is never found despite the fact that Kerry was on top of Gavin. He admits he used "the Jack tactic" and that having a Creeper skin helped him camouflage with the leaves.
Episode 90 of "Let's Play Minecraft" ends with Gavin taking advantage of Kerry killing Ray by ambushing him before he has a chance to recover.
Got Me Doing It: The originator of this occasionally; listen for random British slang creeping into the other guys' comments here and there.
Hate Sink: The rest of Achievement Hunter has a really hard time putting up with him at his worst; as such he's Vitriolic Best Buds with pretty much everyone there.
He's become the de factoDick Dastardly of the competitive Minecraft Let's Plays, primarily due to bad sportsmanship and all-around underhandedness. It's gotten to the point where the other members consider Gavin winning to be the only thing worse than not winning themselves. Given that his skin is the Creeper, it makes perfect sense.
It's extended to "GTA IV: Cops and Crooks", actually, where he gradually became a combination of a Troll and The Load, culminating in his aforementioned screw-ups in Part 3. Michael and Ray continuously refer to him as the best teammate of the other team, because of how much of a Wild Card he tends to be, and they decided to temporarily kick him out of the Lads because of how piss-poor he was.
Helicopter Blender: When playing against Michael in Chopper vs. Chopper, Gavin makes it very clear that he's not all that good at flying the GTA helicopters. Still, his inability to shoot at Michael doesn't stop him from repeatedly trying to run Michael off the road or otherwise kill him purely with the helicopter itself.
Hellish Copter: As can be seen in his ''Chopper vs. Chopper" VS Michael, anytime he's handed the controls of an aircraft it usually does not go well for him (or whoever's unfortunate enough to be inside the helicopter).
The Hero: Occasionally graduates into one for Minecraft, though he's still a Troll. Most notably during episode 23 (wins the Tower of Pimps), episode 25 (guides the crew to a stronghold) and episode 30 (leads Geoff and Michael through the map).
Gavin has a deliberate case of this in episode 37 of Let's Play Minecraft. He kills Ray before Ray can erect the tower and since no one is near him, he can erect the tower at his spot and win the round. But he forgets to move Ray's block and erects the tower at Ray's spot giving Ray the win.
Let's Play Minecraft episode 44 also has this happen as he switches his and Jack's signs because Jack has all the pieces to the Tower of Pimps. This wins Jack the LP as Michael and Ray guarded Gavin's spot thinking it was Jack's allowing him to erect the Tower on his block uninterrupted.
Hypocrite: He gets really mad when Ryan destroys the ice block that Michael was standing on. This is after he ran over to Ray's desk and messed with his controls causing Ray to fall to his death before he could mine the tower.
Hypocritical Humor: Inverted. Despite all the stuff he does say, they have had a tendency to say their own stupid stuff as much as him. It's just not highlighted as much because they find it funnier.
"Monty, I'm not attracted to dudes, but if I had a boner for you, it's really trying right now."
Ill Guy: It seems like Gavin has quite a few things wrong with his body - specifically, he's had at least two situations where he's been affected by what may well be transient ischemic attacks. Not to mention he can't wear tight pants (not that that seems to have stopped him) or it will damage his testicle (he nearly lost one due to testicular torsion). And he once went blind for a few days after a head injury. Notably, while the guys do laugh at some of his injuries, these conditions are taken completely seriously.
Some more info, regarding the wet bread thing and such: Gavin has *very* visceral reactions to things said to him. He has trouble not picturing things that are said to him. In Podcast #207, Monty managed to make him almost vomit just by listing some of his stranger triggers. In the same podcast, he and Miles discuss their ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) which basically means that they can hear or see something they find soothing and get an inexplicable physical feedback from it. In short: Gavin's wired a bit oddly.
Karma Houdini: In Let's Play Minecraft episode 1, he burned down the guys' house and indirectly caused Michael's death via lava. A Creeper shows up immediately thereafter, but Gavin punches it to death with a torch, allowing him to get away scot-free.
In Let's Play Minecraft episode 35, he destroyed Jack and Geoff's beds, which meant that they couldn't respawn near their Nether Portal once they died. Excited at the prospect, he gets Michael to help in killing both, even though neither Jack nor Geoff were in any position to challenge him. He gets called out on it, but the episode ends in a Cliff Hanger, so Gavin couldn't receive any comeuppance... until the next episode, where Gavin goes back to being The Load for Michael.
Laser-Guided Karma: He'd almost been the victim of this in the first Let's Play Minecraft episode when a Creeper cornered him underground, but he beat it to death with a torch and ended up averting it. Until episode 8, where Michael kills him and steals his stuff twice, calling it payback for burning down the house in episode 1.
In episode 9, Gavin decided to kill Geoff and steal his gold. Geoff gets so fed up that he actually punches Gavin (in the leg), and he stole Gavin's own gold as well, subsequently winning the round.
In episode 13, he killed Michael (again) during the first ten minutes while they were looking for the Tower of Pimps. Much later on, he actually found the real Tower... and then a Creeper kills him.
After pushing Ray off in Let's Play Minecraft episode 37, Gavin slips and falls to his death. Ray even addresses it.
In episode 21, when Geoff fell in the well, Gavin closed up the opening and let Geoff drown. 15 seconds later, he falls inside that same damn well.
After pushing a Villager off the roof and taunting him over it, he decides to dismantle the same house as Michael. When they hit the same block, Michael slams the pickaxe on Gavin's face.
He lets a zombie kill an unsuspecting Jack. The zombie immediately kills Gavin thereafter.
In the controversial Wool episodes of Minecraft, Gavin takes an early lead by killing the sheep that he finds, ensuring the others have a much more difficult time in finding wool. When Michael kills all the available squid that would allow Gavin the victory, one can almost see this as the exact same tactic that he had used earlier in the Let's Play.
Let's Play Minecraft episode 41, they're not allowed to break each others' blocks. Gavin decides to screw with Jack's glass traps by crouching repeatedly on it, making it appear that he's humping it. Jack seals the trap and says "I got a Creeper! And you can't destroy my stuff!"
Geoff: "I'm half-temped to allow it."
The biggest case of it, though, has to be episode 37. Early on, Ray was about to mine the Tower of Pimps for the win when Gavin physically got up and messed with Ray's controller, causing Ray to die. Fast forward to the end: Ray is in the middle of placing the game-winning Tower of Pimps when Gavin catches up and kills him, claiming the Tower for himself. However, Gavin forgets to move the Tower off of Ray's stand when he finishes erecting it, giving Ray the victory.
Inverted in "Shopping List" (episodes 52 and 53). Gavin plays by the rules and is the only competitor murdered by another for the express purpose of sabotaging his lead. But then everyone else is hit by an incredibly odd run of bad luck, allowing Gavin to make up for lost time and eventually win the game.
Last Stand: In Let's Play Grand Theft Auto IV "Cops and Crooks Part 2", Michael takes off in the escape helicopter and leaves Gavin behind after he hops out and tries to kill Michael for more money. He's forced into this as Team Gents races up after them. He takes out Geoff before Jack kills him, giving Team Gents the win.
The Leader: During Let's Play Minecraft episode 30, as the guys try to find a Mooshroom biome.
Lovable Coward: He's an absolute wuss when it comes to horror games. During Rage Quit - Slender, he physically jumped away from the computer when faced with the Slender Man, much to Michael's chagrin. Fans (and the others) still love him though.
Dirty Coward: In Let's Play Minecraft episode 35, he has more than enough to fend for himself (see his ricocheting of Ghast fireballs or his killings of Jack), but he's too scared half the time, so Michael has to do the heavy lifting.
The Load: Gavin becomes this in "Let's Play Black Ops 2 Zombies Part 2". Gavin keeps using the dual pistols, despite the fact that they are really weak in the later rounds. He keeps dying forcing Ray to run over to revive him and then promptly dies again. He ends up doing so poorly that even he says that when Ray goes One-Man Army, Ray starts getting more kills in three minutes then he did the entire game.
In Let's Play Minecraft episode 36, Gavin is unable to locate the Potion Stand in the crafting menu, much to his horror and Michael's annoyance. The delay allows Ray to murder Gavin and cause his Blaze Rod (the critical component to the Potion Stand) to go missing, giving Ryan enough time to beat the Gavin/Michael alliance to the goal line.
His stupidity really fucks over the Lads in Cops 'n Crooks part 3, to the point where Ray laments that "I'd rather have a brain tumor than have Gavin on my team!" and Michael exasperatedly yells "Gavin is the best member of the OTHER team!". To wit:
He crashed the police car into a highway sign support, flipping the car and allowing the Gents to get away, because the Lads weren't able to catch up.
He fell out of the getaway boat twice, culminating in Geoff killing him after he tried to hijack Geoff's boat.
He accidentally drove the second getaway boat onto land, granting the Gents the victory as the getaway vehicle is no longer drivable when the Lads practically had that round in the bag at that point.
However, the greatest screw-up by far was when he drove the car over a ramp and got his team trapped in a ledge. Geoff, Ryan and Jack picked them apart in seconds. Thus, this particular Let's Play lead him to being "fired" from the Lads, which was brought up again in "Let's Build Dark Achievement City". It apparently lasted until RTX '13, when Gavin was readmitted during their Let's Play round of GTA IV and has seemingly stuck as of "Bike Bat Part 2".
For The Gauntlet in Season 2, he falls into this territory as well, as he proves to be the weak link at Halo and forgets the objective a few times.
Mad Bomber: Downplayed, though he does love his TNT almost as much as he does his lava and flint in Minecraft. Best showcased during the third episode, when he went around setting even more dynamite off after Plan G got enacted because he felt like Achievement City didn't get leveled enough.
Michael: Jack's house just blew up and Gavin's just cackling, so I can only imagine what happened there...
Mission Control: Had to guide the crew to his location in Let's Play Minecraft episode 25.
Mr. Fanservice: He has two groups dedicated to this, much to his surprise.
Never Live It Down: Invoked by the fandom regarding "headlight fluid", to the point he prefers to not discuss it when he's working on The Slow Mo Guys.
No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Geoff beats the crap out of him in real life after he steals his stuff and kills him one time too many.
Obfuscating Stupidity: There's some evidence that he plays up the dumb aspect for laughs, though the AH members would disagree as to how much this is the case. It's up to the viewers to interpret whether his Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass moments are his true competence shining through or just momentary lucky breaks.
Oh Crap: Gavin is dumbfounded to find out that, after everyone finished playing the London Olympics 2012 game, Ray went back and got all of the achievements. Reason for the Oh Crap? Because Gavin chose London Olympics 2012 as the game to play in VS episode 13.
He gets another one when Lindsay ends up challenging him instead of Ryan in VS episode 49, then gets a tad bit worse when she reveals the game "Catlateral Damage"
Perma Stubble: Whenever he's not in the middle of trying to grow a badass beard, this happens.
Also, in Let's Build, the Blue to Geoff's Red when they aren't acting roughly the same.
Reliable Traitor: In the early episodes of Let's Play Minecraft, Gavin could always be counted on to either sabotage someone's efforts or stab someone in the back. This made him easy to predict so people would start diong things like killing him right at the start and confiscating his Flint and Steel. He's toned it down to a great extent, though now that his antics are more sporadic, it actually makes himmoredangerous, since people get lulled into a false sense of security and forget who they're dealing with...
Rule of Funny: He's explained that he screws around in games (especially Minecraft Let's Plays) and gets under people's skins- particularly Michael's and Jack's- because it livens things up. Some people who didn't get the memo think he's actually that much of a jerk in real life.
Scarf of Asskicking: Has a Creeper scarf which he dons in the winter, which Kathleen gave to him.
Self-Deprecation: This is probably to stop other people getting in and highlighting his mistakes.
Separated by a Common Language: Everyone else is regularly confounded by Gavin's slang, which can be described as a mixture of legitimate British English vernacular and "words that Gavin made up".
Michael: You're the ONLY one here that doesn't speak English! It's just you! You don't even speak a real language, you speak Gavin, it sucks!
Shrine to Self: He has a secret room commemorating the one time he won the Tower of Pimps called "Gav's Trophie [sic] Room of Victory". The guys find out (with the unsubtle aid of Geoff, who knew about it) in episode 47, much to their amusement and his distress.
Gavin: "It's private!"
Michael: "Gavin is... I think he's about to cry."
Ray: "This is the saddest thing I've seen."
Jack: "Wow, do you have a note from your mom in here too?"
Now that he's won his second tower in episode 53, this secret room no longer commemorates the "one time" he won.
Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Jack, who almost never passes up an opportunity to kill Gavin in Let's Plays.
Sore Loser: When he was sacked in "Let's Play Madden Super Bowl Special", his character (Joe Flacco) shoved the guy who tackled him to the ground.
The Smart Guy: In Minecraft; he has more experience with the game, so he designs most of their courses and cities. He's also the only one who knows how to build several Redstone mechanisms like TNT Cannons, a further testament to his game knowledge.
Mr. Exposition: In Let's Play Minecraft episode 30, he explains the mechanics behind a wolf's health (a big tail means full health; if he eats meat, the tail grows).
Spanner in the Works: At the very end of "Let's Play Worms Part 2", Gavin, Ray and Michael all had one worm left. When it was Gavin's turn, he used a jetpack to release dynamite on Ray. However, he spent too much time trying to "tease it", the fuel for his jetpack ran out. When he tried to fly up, the jetpack disappeared, propelling him into the water, killing himself. Just two seconds later, the dynamite threw Ray's worm into the water, effectively winning the game for Michael.
In general Gavin is rather prone to screwing people's chances of winning, both intentionally and unintentionally (making it this trope).
Team Killer: Especially in their Let's Play of Worms, where he's far more of a danger to his own team than to the others'.
Tempting Fate: "Good luck finding the bloody Nether Fortress." Right as Jack and Geoff spawned in a Nether Fortress. Gavin was flabbergasted.
Let's Play Minecraft episode 38, he expressed his distaste at the idea of Ray winning the Tower of Pimps for a second week in a row. Guess what happens.
During "Let's Play Trials Evolution", he says "Look how good we all are". Immediately after saying that, Geoff crashes.
Those Two Guys: With Michael. This applies less and less as time goes on as it becomes apparent that Gavin and Michael have become core members of the cast and just as well-known as the others.
Token Chaotic Teammate: He personally ignitesa lot of problems for the crew in Minecraft. Whether it's burning down their house, setting their library on fire, trying to lead the guys to their deaths (successfully with Jack), losing the Tower of Pimps underground (though that was an accident to an extent), killing members of the crew when they're distracted, stealing their tools and weapons, sealing Geoff in a mine and so forth.
Took a Level in Badass: In Let's Play Minecraft episode 23, we get to see the full extent of Gavin's expertise as a Minecraft player. Case in point, he wins the Tower of Pimps!
Even more so in "Halo 4 Crimson Map Pack Episode 2". To start off, Gavin's first kill is Ray, and he keeps on rolling with it. He was once inside a Mantis, attacked by Ryan, Michael and Jacks, all of whom were in Ghosts, and he killed all three before Ray took him down.
Gavin: (teabagging Ray) Suck my British testicles!
Troll: While mostly Played for Laughs, Gavin can't seem to go into a game without ruining it for everyone else.
Destroying Jack and Geoff's beds in Let's Play Minecraft episode 35, effectively booting them from the game once they died. Note that neither Jack nor Geoff were in any position to challenge Gavin at that point.
Creating land mines by hiding TNT under pressure plates in Minecraft. In general a decent number of the "Things To Do in Minecraft" videos that he makes without Geoff (or some even with him) teach people creative ways to wreck someone else's day.
Dumping lava all over the guys' first house in Let's Play Minecraft episode 1.
Shooting Ray twice with fire arrows in "Rain of Fire."
Tried to get a Creeper to explode after hitting it in the back, so it screws up Michael and Jack. Didn't work, though.
Trying to lead the crew to their deaths in episode 25. Successfully, in Jack's case.
Using a fence to seal Ray in his house during Let's Play Minecraft episode 27.
Setting the guys' library on fire. Twice.
Terrorizing the Villagers in episode 30. He threw one off a roof after saying "Don't fall off the roof!"; hit another onto a farm; pushed one into a well and sealed the entrance; attacked one for not getting into his home yet; punched one to death at the beginning of the video; smacked another with a pickaxe and his hands; and killed the last one after congratulating him for the hospitality.
According to the rest of the cast, Gavin's been like this for as long as they've known him. One of his most notorious traits before Achievement Hunter started was killing off any friendly NPCs in other games so that he could get all of the experience from kills.
Swimming underwater, mining the wood from Caleb's pier and pulling him into the water. This was before he learned that Caleb was cheating. After he does find out, he sets him alight and beats him to death with an iron sword, though it's quite probable somebody else would have done it if he hadn't.
He gets Geoff to go underneath a large mass of sand blocks. Gavin grabs a shovel and removes one, leading to all sand blocks falling to the water. Geoff is none too pleased.
All the times he uses portals to throw the guys off-guard in Mari0.
Extends into real life too, as he often interrupts other people working (he interrupts the Weekly Update part of Achievement Hunter the most frequently) and gets trolled in turn. It was once lampshaded by Geoff after some trolling of his own.
Geoff: "Now I see why Gavin does it; it's hilarious."
His official skin in Minecraft is actually a Creeper, to reflect this. It often prompts the others, namely Jack and especially Michael, to mistake Gavin as a real Creeper.
He's even mistaken a creeper for himself. While playing.
A rather blatant example is when Ray is about to mine the Tower in episode 37... and then, in real life, Gavin runs over to Ray's desk and messes with his controller causing him to fall to his death.
Turns Red: His character in "Let's Play WWE '13", after the first round. Not that it helped him.
Unfortunate Names: The name of the UK archer in the 2012 London Olympics game is Mark Nutt. Noteworthy because Gavin has a tendency to invoke the guy's name every time he makes an impressive shot (of which he makes several) since he bested everyone at archery in the original video.
In Let's Play Minecraft episode 30, Gavin not only brings up the suggestion to burn the villagers alive, but he actually drowns a villager, nicknamed Bronson by him almost immediately after he drowns, in a well by covering it up with wood. The other guys aren't impressed.
Jack: "Can we try to fence in all the villagers? Can we push them all together and lock them in?"
Gavin: "Maybe we should burn them alive."
His tendency to murder AI Marines in Halo has led to Gus and Burnie dubbing him a psychopath.
He kills random turtles in World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. Hates it every time, but does it every time... because he hates it every time. For various reasons, the guys grew sick of it.
Also with Geoff. For all the crap that the two put each other through, Geoff has likened their relationship to having a younger brother or an older kid.
Not to mention, Ray. In Let's Play Minecraft episodes 26, 27, and 28, both of them kept messing with the others stuff (Gavin's Tower of Pimps and Ray's roses), and they both cause alot of unnecessary grief for the other such as Gavin setting the library on fire and Ray stealing Gavin's fish. However, then they do things like jumping around together and trying to catch a pig with fishing rods.
Ray: (after annoying Gavin by taking his tower and putting it back wrong) "I'm sorry, Gavin. Best friends forever?"
Gavin: "BFFs, Ray."
Comes to a head in Let's Play Minecraft episode 37, where Gavin takes turns punching or pushing Ray and Michael off the blocks in the sky, whom respond in kind.
Welcome Back, Traitor: After being tossed out in "Cops 'n Crooks Part 3" for his trolling, Gavin is officially reinstated into Team Lads in "Lava Wall".
What Could Have Been: Gavin very nearly didn't get to join Rooster Teeth. His permanent visa required three major things - to have been written about in an newspaper, to be on TV and to have won an award. Then, he did a video for The Slow Mo Guys about a six foot water balloon that made people notice him...
Similarly, Gavin was supposed to be one of the test subjects for the first season of Immersion, but couldn't due to his visa problems. He did become a test subject for Season 2.
Accentuate the Negative: In his Rage Quit videos, he does this quite a bit as part of his "eternally pissed off" image, though occasionally the game is so frustrating that it just speaks for itself.
Adorkable: When away from video games. As one Youtube comment put it:
(Michael's) not scary, he's like the world's angriest teddy bear.
Adventure Duo: With Gavin whenever they're Team Nice Dynamite. Michael is the serious, straightforward, sarcastic one with a firm grip on reality (though rather prone to rage) and Gavin is the goofy loon who tries to liven things up (albeit one who has more knowledge than normal).
Angrish: Lapses into this occasionally when he's especially frustrated.
Badass: In Let's Play Minecraft episode 35, he kills Ryan, Jack, Geoff and Ray.
It's actually a Justified Trope. While his skill level tends to vary depending on the Let's Play, he's best at close quarters combat, and it's gotten to a point where he's starting to look borderline unstoppable in Minecraft. According to the official Roosterteeth infographic about Achievement City, Michael has racked up the highest kill-count out of everyone. He very well might have had the highest K/D ratio (Geoff beats him 1:2 vs. 2:5) if he bothered to run from losing fights once in a while, but then again, he wouldn't be Mogar.
Badass Decay: In-Universe. During Let's Play Minecraft episodes 47 and 48, the guys believe Mogar has decayed as he ran from Ryan when the two met up. Gavin and Ryan no longer fear Mogar as a result of this.
Batman Gambit: When he was chasing Gavin in Let's Play Minecraft episode 14, he saw a Creeper following Gavin, so he slowed down and watched for the Creeper to kill Gavin. It worked.
The Berserker: As Mogar, he tends to rush right into melee with more focus on beating his opponents down than his own survival. Gavin remarks that he hasn't ever seen him flee from a fight until Let's Play Minecraft Episode 47.
Leeroy Jenkins: He has gotten better about this though, as he can now at least differentiate between types of armor/swords and judge whether it's a bad idea to pick a fight with someone or not.
"Come here, you [insert choice of expletive here]!"
"MOTHER FUCKING (Double)SPIKES!!"
Chewing the Scenery: Almost literally. He has confessed to breaking headsets or denting controllers from time to time. There is even an RT Life about him disrupting everybody's work by shouting loudly.
The Chew Toy: In Let's Play Minecraft episode 37, right as the Tower of Pimps is within reach, he gets royally screwed over by Ryan and Ray. Or by falling just before he could get to it.
Close Range Combatant: Close-quarters combat seems to be his gameplay specialty among the Achievement Hunters, as he regularly holds his own in Minecraft melee duels and usually dies to getting attacked from the side/behind him or dies to his own devices. During a few Let's Plays Geoff refers to him as the "fighting guy" or the "combat guy". Depending on the game it can be Crippling Overspecialization since others (especially Ray) definitely have him beat in the ranged combat department (as seen in gameplay of Halo 4).
When Gavin and Geoff contemplated appropriate Minecraft Christmas presents for everyone, they decided on an enchanted diamond sword for Michael.
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He's shown signs before, but it's especially apparent in his Full Play of Resident Evil: Revelations that Michael is, in fact, kinda weird when left to his own devices.
Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: Is definitely this for Gavin whenever they partner up as Team Nice Dynamite or Team Lads (along with Ray). In the Potions Let's Play, Michael is basically Gavin's bodyguard and babysitter as he tries to keep Gavin out of trouble long enough for them to win.
Crippling Overspecialization: Michael's only great a few things consistently, which has cost him the Tower of Pimps several times. Namely, fighting face-to-face (he shows it in his Thunderdome Let's Play victory, which was exclusively 1v1 brawling) but less so at search and/or build challenges in Minecraft. In Halo 4, he can hold his own against Ryan and Ray but he gets cut down easily whenever it comes down to sniping or long-range gunfights.
Despite the fact that he is mostly incompetent at non-combat games, he managed to complete a round of Achievement Horse on his first attempt with one hand and even won the first official Achievement Horse tournament. He came third in the next.
He also pretty much carried the rest of the team through Mari0, despite falling into portals a lot of the time.
Similarly, in Cloudberry Kingdom, Michael regularly outperforms Jack, Ryan, and Gavin, sometimes breezing through stages solo while the others die horribly.
In Let's Play Minecraft "Cloud Down" (episode 46), you need to land on the Tower of Pimps three times, and live, in order to win. Michael spent the first 24 minutes without even getting on the board. Everyone else, including Gavin, had already scored at least once, with Ryan as the frontrunner with two. In the final six minutes, Michael wins the final three rounds and takes the Tower of Pimps from Jack, putting him just one win away from tying Ray.
Deadpan Snarker: It may be easy to miss, but he is able to get some good deadpan jokes in from time to time.
In Game Night: The Flood, Michael covers Gavin's mouth to prevent him from screaming his trademark "What is Game Night?" Geoff and Caleb fail to talk about Game Night, and, instead, watch Michael.
Epic Fail: It isn't his fault all the time, to be fair, but he truly has made some epic screw ups over the years.
Let's Play Minecraft episode 30. Gavin jumped into the ravine and ducked into the waterfall, so it would absorb his fall. As soon as he finished, he spots Michael falling straight onto the ground, killing himself by mistake.
"Let's Play Halo 4: Crimson Map Pack Episode 2". He fires a gun at bullet-proof glass, only stopping once he has to reload, allowing his opponent to kill him.
A pretty blatant example in Let's Play Minecraft episode 37. He fails at making a simple jump near the end of the course. Geoff cannot believe what happened.
Freak Out: One of his best moments happened during Let's Play Minecraft episode 24. Michael's team had issues trying to stack the Tower of Pimps, so Gavin (his teammate) slipped behind it to mine it so he can stack it better. However, Michael hadn't noticed Gavin at all, so when blocks of the Tower start disappearing, Michael's reaction was...
Michael: "AAAAHHHHH!!! WHAT'S HAPPENING!?!"
Free the Frogs: In Let's Play Minecraft episode 60 Michael breaks into Ryan's house to free Edgar the Cow. He spends 4 minutes and 53 seconds due to Edgar having Stockholm Syndrome.
Genre Savvy: Often works out what Gavin will try and do, and tries anticipating it.
The Good King: In start contrast to Mad King Ryan, when Michael won the throne for an episode, he was surprisingly benevolent and generous to his subjects. Moreover, none of his challenges involved making everyone fight each other and were relatively tame, since he is clearly not impressed by Ryan's Ax-Crazy tendencies as the king.
Hair-Trigger Temper: Part of the job description for Rage Quit, though he's prone to raging even outside the show, especially when Gavin's involved. Lampshaded by Jack:
Geoff: Apparently Endermen make Michael yell and scream.
Jack:Everything makes Michael yell and scream!
Healing Shiv: Works against him in the final round of Worms 2: Armageddon, when he hits Ray with a lightning bolt in Sudden Death... and Ray gets healed for thirty points of health. Michael is not amused.
The Hero: Occasionally, like when he was able to carry the team through Mari0.
Idiot Ball: Seriously, attempting to attack Geoff, who had a full suit of diamond armor and a diamond sword, was not a very good plan.
Irony: In the beginning of Let's Play Minecraft episode 39, Michael filled up the pool at the top of his monolith, to avoid flooding himself when he started mining for gold ore. He ends up flooding himself anyway.
Joisey: He was originally from New Jersey before he moved to work at Rooster Teeth full time. He sometimes brings it up in videos. During their Olympics Let's Play, Michael claimed to be representing "the country of New Jersey" (Italy), the flag of which is, according to him, a picture of Danny DeVito drinking a beer. In the Podcast, he mentions how the politeness of Texans weirds him out because he's used to everyone being Jerkasses in New Jersey. He also mentions that he lost his accent from when he first started making videos he would re-watch his work to find areas he could improve and learned to enunciate his words better as a result.
Laser-Guided Karma: He and Geoff took some stuff from Gavin's house in Minecraft. Both were promptly burned alive by the lava that Gavin poured on their house.
In "Let's Play Far Cry 3 Part 2", when Ray heard barking, he sprinted away. Michael taunted him by saying that the dogs "know who the Puerto Rican is". Guess who the dog attacked first?
He and Gavin turned on Ray in episode 16 when Ray had actually managed to steal the Tower of Pimps from Geoff. Michael then killed Gavin, then got a little ahead of himself and tried to kill Geoff as well.
Michael was the one guy actively screwing Gavin over in the wool episode, and he did so successfully. In the next episode, Caleb screws him over at a chance to get the Tower of Pimps, allowing Ray to get the win.
The Load: To an extent in The Gauntlet. Michael takes a while to finish his course, setting the team back a bit, although they eventually recover.
Mean Character, Nice Actor: He's very nice when away from games, When he is gaming, he goes crazy. He also says he does not like doing the whole Rage Quit thing in front of kids, particularly as he knows they shouldn't be watching it.
Compare his attitude in Let's Play Minecraft Part 3 (when Achievement City debuts) to his attitude in anything else. It's almost surprising to see how nice he's being, since there's no competition going on and he's being grateful to Gavin as opposed to being pissed off at him as usual.
In his King Michael episode of Let's Play Minecraft, he's very much The Good King and a genuine Nice Guy throughout the episode, as he's the GM instead of a competitor. He still showed frustration when people defied him, but this happened rarely since pleasing the king usually got them tangible rewards. It helps that he was deliberatley trying to distance himself from the Mad King image that Ryan has going.
Compare his attitude with Gavin in the videos Surgeon Simulator 2013here (a Rage Quit episode) and here (a standard Let's Play). It's evident that Michael scales up his anger greatly on-camera for Rage Quit, as he treats Gavin like he does in real life during the latter, though still expressing frustration when Gavin does screw up.
Mugging the Monster: Fairly often in Minecraft and other games when he doesn't know any better. Sometimes it's an honest mistake (like attacking a wolf to get food, only to provoke the entire pack) and sometimes it's a serious miscalculation on his part (his reaction to pissing off an Enderman is to rush it, fists swinging).
Nice Hat: Frequently has a beanie or a similar type of hat on.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He just wanted Edgar the Cow to be free. Considering how Edgar (probably) got unwittingly killed by Geoff a few minutes later and how Ryan claims that he was going to make the pen bigger, but is now just going to keep a NEW Edgar in there every time, it's safe to say that Michael succeeded in making things worse.
No Indoor Voice: He is without a doubt the loudest Achievement Hunter and the most prone to shouting. In an RT Life video, this is taken Up to Eleven as nobody else in the nearby rooms can work without hearing him rage.
One Steve Limit: Averted - with the time spent by intern Mike caused a bit of confusion.
Out-Gambitted: At the end of Let's Play Minecraft episode 61. Michael had freed Edgar from Ryan's house in the previous video, but Ryan had silently returned a cow to his Achievement City barracks and repaired the damage to his house. Then he reveals that "Edgar is the one in the hole." Michael goes berserk.
Overshadowed by Awesome: He's pretty good at close-quarters combat in Halo 4, but Ray tends to make him look like a scrub by comparison, especially at long range.
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Michael chases Gavin with a rocket launcher at the end of "Let's Play - GTA V - The Dump Jump" after having him and his car thrown into a pool, killed three times with a helicopter and finally knocked down with the high-pressure hose.
Rule of Funny: He really does get frustrated easily, but he's admitted that a lot of his rage and loudness is cranked up for comedic effect. In his Rage Quit videos, he takes minor consternation over the game's difficulty or stupidity and just goes to town with it.
Minecraft doors randomly slamming in his face when he tries to go through 'em.
His inability to learn the basics of Minecraft (from inventory/menu features to creating items), even after over 45 episodes and the hundreds of hours they have spent playing the game. The rest of the crew constantly tease him about this.
Geoff: "Michael is, uh... (pauses) Michael is, uh, mining, uh, smooth stone with his hand."
Michael: "Oh, is this smooth stone?" (stops mining and looks closer) "Oh yeah, it is smooth stone!"
Geoff: "Keepin' it real. Yeah... Michael is, uh, continuing his refusal to learn how to play the game."
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the Rage Quit episode featuring "Uproar!", the game suddenly crashes, leaving Michael utterly dumbfounded - it was the first time a game rage quit on him.
Sure, Let's Go with That: At the end of "Lava Wall", Team Lads is seen celebrating their victory. As they do, Jack asks if that means Gavin's back on the team. Michael responds that, sure, it was only a temporary thing.
Take That: He played the entire State of Decay Lets Play with a backpack inside his backpack, taking up space. This had many MANY commenters constantly telling him that he was an idiot, and trying to tell him to take it out. At the end of the Lets Play, he reveals that he knew about the backpack, and had left it in on purpose the entire time just to fuck with the people who were bothered by it.
Team Killer: He pretty much offed all of his Worms team, with Gavin and Ray only killing a few.
Took a Level in Badass: Got much better at Minecraft as time went on, to the point where he often poses a legitimate threat to the others who have been playing the game much longer than he has. Compare with his performance in the earlier Let's Play's, where he stumbled around for ages trying to figure out which blocks were iron ore while everyone else was earnestly looking for diamond by that point.
Those Two Guys: With Gavin. This applies less and less as time goes on as it becomes apparent that Gavin and Michael have become core members of the cast and just as well-known as the others.
Troll: Less than Gavin, but he's not above it from time to time. He tackled Gavin in real life to try and stop him from gaining an achievement, and still failed, though Gavin did end up with a scar on his hand for a while. Loves it on Diablo as well.
In episode 21, he helps Gavin to seal Geoff into the well (drowning him). Even better, Michael is the one who lays down the last two blocks, but he yells "Gavin, NO!" so that Gavin gets all of the blame (and subsequent retribution from Geoff).
His YouTube comments when people don't realise its him commenting on Rooster Teeth videos.
Unpleasable Fanbase: Accuses the viewers of this in part 2 of his Let's Play of Grand Theft Auto V's campaign, after receiving numerous complaints about the slightly shaky camera while driving and talking over cutscenes during the first episode.
Vitriolic Best Buds: With Gavin. Emphasis on "Vitriolic" in their earlier videos, slightly more emphasis on "Best Buds" in the later ones.
In an episode of Immersion. But seeing how he was force-fed Cheetos and milk twice on top of being slung around in a car zipping around at 100 MPH in the Texas heat... Played for Laughs when he constantly shoves his bag 'o barf into Gavin's face.
The Watson: Gavin has remarked that it's convenient that Michael generally doesn't know the complex mechanisms of Minecraft like Enchanting, Potion brewing, Redstone, etc. since it gives them an excuse to explain things for the audience's benefit without having to repeat stuff that everyone already knows.
Ray Narvaez, Jr.
Ray Narvaez, Jr.
An ace gamer, Ray handles most of the achievement guides for the crew and covers Easter Eggs from various games.
A Date with Rosie Palms: Whenever the team is doing a Let's Play Minecraft episode and things really haven't gotten started yet, he tends to push his avatar into a corner, switch to third person, and pretend to masturbate by rapidly switching between items in his hotbar. He even does thesoundsfor it !
Geoff: (explaining a Minecraft challenge) I'm going to say, "Be the first person to do X"...
Ray: Have sex! I lose.
The Ace: He has a gamer score of over 300,000 points with over 350 games at 100% completion. While he has poor showings from time to time, he regularly whoops the other guys in competitive multiplayer.
Ray's taken the Tower of Pimps in Minecraft Let's Plays nine times, most among the Achievement Hunters, including back-to-back victories in episodes 19 and 20, as well as episodes 37 and 38.
Here's a perfect example of his gaming expertise at Minecraft. He won all three fighting rounds in episode 19; finds the Tower of Pimps in episode 20; curb stomps Caleb's team in episode 22; won the Kerplunk match by default (he was the only one that didn't get eliminated); and won both rounds in the reenactment video of Felix Baumgartner dropping from space.
Taken Up to Eleven in the Halo 4 multiplayer videos, where he has yet to place lower than THIRD, taking first place in over half the games. The only consistent competition he has comes from Ryan and Michael, with Michael being an inconsistent performer outside close-range and Ryan being vulnerable to sneak attacks due to spending most of his time scoped-in. Ray is easily the best all-around combatant.
Ray's skills at games are so prominent that many tropers have essentially given up trying to chronicle all of his Moments Of Awesome since he does so well in the Let's Plays and VS on a consistent basis.
Gavin in particular has begun to lament the fact that Ray wins at absolutely everything, even utterly mundane games like Rock Paper Scissors.
Gavin: (regarding Hot Hoof) "How does Ray win at a game that doesn't involve touching the controller?!"
His expertise doesn't end at video games it seems. In episode 15 of VS, Jack challenges Ray to be the first to win a prize from a crane game. Not only does Ray win a prize first, he wins TWO at once.
Badass: It's safe to say that Ray is the best gamer in the entire company, at least on a consistent basis.
In "Let's Play Worms Armageddon episode 2", Ray fire-punched one of Geoff's worms onto a mine. It blew up, sending Geoff on another mine, which blew up... sending him over Ray, across the screen and onto another mine, which blew up and ultimately killed Geoff's worm. Furthermore, the third mine that went off caused a fire, which fell down onto a fourth mine, which blew up, propelling a fifth mine onto Michael and Geoff. When it exploded, it propelled Geoff across the screen and onto a corner, while it ignited the tree and burned Michael's worm, bringing it down to 70 heath. Holy shit.
Then in Black Ops 2 Zombies Part 2, Ray becomes a One-Man Army and starts mowing down zombies left and right. What makes this more impressive is that his team consists of Jack, who is decent, and Gavin, who is terrible. He also is able to evade and maneuver around the hordes of incoming zombies. He ends up as the last man standing four times before finally succeeding after being alone for five minutes. By the end of it, everyone(even the other team) are in awe at Ray.
Do NOT destroy roses in front of him in Minecraft. A lot of the time the Achievement Hunters will destroy the roses that he uses to mark his territory to annoy him but rarely when he's around. He doesn't not take it well when Caleb chucks roses into lava to "get rid of crap".
Break-Out Character: Perhaps not to the extent of Gavin, but he does have a large number of fans, mostly for his gaming badassery and also for his love of roses.
Butt Monkey: In Minecraft. Gavin and Geoff built everyone a nice house with lots of amenities in Achievement City. Everyone except for Ray, that is, who got a tiny house made out of dirt and containing only a single torch. There was a bed in it- then it got removed.
Ray is this for Let's Play Minecraft episodes 35 and 36. While he has had some poor showings before, this is probably the most notable case. Ray nearly gets Death by Genre Savviness, he is killed by Michael twice, is the only one who does not orignally spawn in the fortress, and he is the only one who does not come close to winning through out the entire thing. But then again, he did become a Spanner in the Works for both Gavin and Michael.
Slice of Hell has Geoff, Gavin and Ryan equipping Ray's house with dispensers that shoot out 10,000 pieces of cake at him. His Freak Out was incredible.
Captain Ethnic: His character for Let's Play WWE '13 is a musclebound Masked Luchador with a sombrero and patterned shorts. Ray wholy embraces the stereotype for laughs and called him "Papa Brownman" despite being Puerto Rican, not Mexican.
Captain Obvious: He mocks Jack over it by saying "Holy shit! Has "A" always been jump?"
Catch Phrase: Loaded with 'em. As of late he has started to tone back on a lot of them and some are rarely if ever used. For the sake of convenience, the frequency which they are used is noted.
"Friendly?" His way of checking to make sure someone won't attack him. Jack says it occasionally as well. Has been used very rarely as of late.
"Shout out to [something relevant]" during Minecraft. Occasionally still used.
"Sweet I love [something irrelevant]" Still very common.
"Never forget!" whenever a tragedy (or "tragedy") is referenced. Ray occasionally still says it.
"Parkour!" Though he does it less, it makes an appearance from time.
"ENDERMEN!!!" Like YOLO, has stop being used. Michael addressed this in a Minecraft Lets Play when he said that they could have made a T-shirt out of it if he said it a couple more times. Ray didn't seem to mind though.
"Cut/edit that out." His way of saying edit out a mistake he makes that doesn't qualify for an Epic Fail. Except we always end up seeing it. Still frequently used.
"Walk it off." (When he survives a near fatal encounter). Occasionally used.
"YES! YEEES!!" Whenever he wins. Because he hasn't dominated recent Lets Plays like he did in the past, he has been winning less and less contributing to the decline of this particular Catchphrase.
"May or may not have..." It is still often used.
"Ray tripped over his shoelaces" when he falls or is incapacitated in a game. Hasn't made much of an appearance since its initial debut.
"Excuse me, sir. Excuse me!" Whenever he tries to sprint through someone or something (i.e. his teammates, a zombie horde) Like the others, has been appearing less and less.
"Man, that's/this is a [X]" to express disapproval or anger in something. Examples include "map" in HORSE, and "spawn" in death matches. Still occasionally used.
"Rookie mistake." Often when he screws something up, particularly in commentary, such as saying something and then discovering he was wrong. Occasionally used.
"Don't I/you look foolish." Used sometimes in more recent Let's Plays
"Oh. Well. ... Y'know." Used when he's asked a question and can't quite explain something.
Alternatively, just "Y'know", either for the above reason or when someone asks him a question and he doesn't want to answer, usually because keeping it secret gives him an advantage (such as his current location). Both of these are used still very often by Ray.
Becoming more frequent is, "LOSER! YOU'RE A LOSER!" He tends to do it as a late reaction whenever the rest of the Hunters are making fun of someone for seriously fucking up. Usually Gavin.
"JUST BLAZE!" Used in reference to weed and 420, but becomes a pun whenever actual Blazes are involved, as well as other things that rhyme with "blaze".
The Chessmaster: During one Regicide match in Halo 4, knowing Gavin's been using the Active Camo, Ray sends a Hologram down a hallway he suspects Gavin is in. When Gavin charges the Hologram going for an easy kill, Ray effortlessly beats him down.
In the bonus rounds of the Altar of Pimps episode of Let's Play Minecraft, he often avoids confrontation by simply surrendering his pieces of the tower. That player will then get in another fight with somebody else, leaving one of them dead and the other wounded, only for Ray to swoop in and pick off the survivor.
In "GTA IV Races", he delays starting a race and lets the other guys bunch up and screw up allowing him to pass them individually. He ends up winning the race by over a minute
Combat Pragmatist: What makes Ray The Ace. In Let's Play Minecraft episode 13, Ray found the Tower of Pimps, mined it, and went on his way without saying a word to alert the others.
In the Halo Let's Play Ray retreats whenever he suspects that he will not win a fight. He also avoids using vehicles in favor of sniping his enemies from afar.
In the Zombies Let's Play, Ray is the first person to start tossing grenades at the other team to bring them down. He also exploits the enemy AI by getting huge swarms of zombies to chase him and he can turn away.
Let's Play Minecraft episode 37. He was trailing Michael by a couple blocks, so once he caught up with Michael, he knocked him off to his death, granting him the opportunity to mine the Tower of Pimps for himself and tie with Ryan. Michael was not happy.
Cloudcuckoolander: In Episode 46, "Cloud Down", Ray finds the Chest that contains the bow and arrows, and one block of sponge. He got the sponge and left the weapon in the chest for someone else to take.
Comically Missing the Point: A Running Gag is that, when someone else makes a reference to something, Ray will pretend he doesn't get it and thinks it's from something else. Often by saying something along the lines of "I get it! It's a/an [X] reference/joke!", whereas [X] is not what's being referenced.
Covert Pervert: In Worms, he named his characters after porn stars. He did it again in Worms Revolution, his team being named "Nice Girlz Deux".
In general he started off as this when he was quieter and more serious-seeming at the start. Several "jerking it in the corner" moments have made it apparent that Ray can be just as perverted as everyone else.
In their Let's Play of Worms Armageddon, Ray used a banana bomb to kill two of Geoff's worms... but a couple flew up in the air and hit Ray instead. Geoff's worms survived with fairly minor damage, while Ray accidentally killed one of his own worms.
Also happened in the first Worms Let's Play. At one point, Geoff and Gavin's worms were out in the open and his worm, being above them, had a perfect shot. However, when Ray called in an air strike, it absolutely leveled their position... except, that is, the two spots both worms were standing on. EpicFail indeed.
In Let's Play Minecraft episode 23, his entire fight with the Enderman. He somehow went from fighting the Enderman, to glitching on a wall repeatedly.
In "The Hidden", where the main target is an invisible Knife Nut, you can see an outline of the Knife Nut's invisibility readings. Ray saw it and fired a clip at it, except it was the air coming from the AC vent.
Misplacing the first gold block in front of the Obsidian block, just like Ryan. Only this time, he mined the block next to the gold one by mistake.
In Let's Play Minecraft episode 47, Ray mined 16 levels worth of experience out of the 30 needed to win... and then dug straight down into lava.
Evil Power Vacuum: Not 'evil' per say, but fits nonetheless. Entering Let's Play Minecraft episode 23, Ray was eliminated by Jack ten minutes into the video. With The Ace out, it opened up a huge window of opportunity for any of the other guys to lay claim to the Tower of Pimps. In general, any episode where death is NOT cheap, people will usually try to get rid of Ray first since doing so eliminates the number one threat.
Exact Words: Part of why he wins so much in Minecraft Let's Plays is that he interprets the rules rather literally. In the King Ryan challenge, he used everything in his inventory to his advantage unless specifically told he couldn't, whereas everyone just thought it was implied that they couldn't.
Failed a Spot Check: In Let's Play Minecraft Episode 4, he makes a big deal about the lack of trees in their starting biome, slowing everyone down in their challenge to reach bedrock since wood's pretty important. Geoff later reveals there was a tree right there at the starting spot (not 10 blocks away), Ray just missed it.
Flanderization: In the Wipeout-style course in Minecraft, Ray had the chance to heal himself with cake, but chose not to take it because eating it would make him waste time. Since then, Ray (or people in general) "going cakeless" has basically become a meme, and Ray now treats cake in Minecraft like some sort of Berserk Button.
In episode 33, part of the boat course involves a giant cake, and Ray comments how he's going through it with his eyes closed so he doesn't have to see it. A little later, Gavin puts a cake down, and Ray instantly breaks it.
In a recent Things to Do in Minecraft episode "Slice of Hell" (and set to appear in episode 46 of Let's Play Minecraft), he has a major freakout when Geoff and Gavin reveal that they set up a massive cake dispenser in his house, leading him to start digging out of his own house just to get away from them.
Genre Savvy: Whenever he somehow finds the Tower of Pimps, he makes sure not to say a word, so as not to alert the other guys.
In Let's Play Minecraft episode 29, he barricades his and Geoff's hideout with sandstone. Somehow, it absorbed the explosion from the TNT that Geoff placed beforehand, keeping Ray and Geoff uninjured.
In episode 35, he set up his Nether Portal a small distance away from the tunnels everyone was mining in, with the idea that the others likely wouldn't find it and follow him in. However, this nearly led to a Death by Genre Savviness when the portal spawned him right in front of a pair of Ghasts.
In episode 36, Ray immediately notices that Ryan is being quiet. As soon as he points this out, he speculates that Ryan might actually win the game. Turns out, he was right; Ryan did win.
In episode 47, Ray is the first to correctly deduce that invisible!Geoff is the one "haunting" him.
Graceful Loser: Ray is usually calm when loses. He was the only one who was not pissed off at Gavin winning in episode 23 of Let's Play Minecraft, and he was the one who lost the tower.
Healing Shiv: Works to his advantage when, in the Sudden Death of the final Worms 2: Armageddon match, Michael hits his last worm with a lightning bolt... and it gets healed rather than damaged, letting Ray take the final round.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Ray is a perfectionist. He refuses to let any game on his X-Box account go unfinished. Geoff uses that against him in one episode of GO!!, leaving Ray helpless as he's trying to find a game that he can play to get an achievement and not have it left uncompleted.
Incredibly Lame Pun: Ever since Ray became a Memetic Badass with the fans, it has become a Running Gag in the comments sections to use Ray's name in the form of some kind of pun. Now some of the guys start doing it during the Let's Plays.
Jump Scare: When an Enderman kills him from behind, Ray freaks the fuck out.
Kryptonite Factor: Occasionally the others will joke that yellow flowers (based on his love of roses) and cake (based on Flanderization of the one time he refused cake) are Ray's Kryptonite.
Laser-Guided Karma: He tries to break Gavin's Tower of pimps. Gavin kills him with a sword before he succeeds. He also spawns all the way back at Capture the Tower, for good measure.
In Far Cry 3 Part 1, Ray makes a Michael Vick joke when he shoots a dog. It immediately decides to maul him.
In Far Cry 3 Part 2, when Ray taunts Jack after the latter was run over by a truck, Ray gets attacked by an enemy dog.
In Part 6 he gets chased by a dog till it decides to go after Geoff instead, he realizes this and laughs at Geoff instead of helping him. A Few minutes later Ray is walking along a wall saying he is just waiting for more dogs to show up, as soon as he says it he rounds a corner and sees TWO dogs, and promptly is mauled to death.
Motifs: As a fan of Sailor Moon, in particular Tuxedo Mask, a lot of his stuff is themed around him: his Minecraft character wears a tuxedo and he's very protective of the roses, when he played in Payday The Heist, his call sign was Muxedo Task and the Let's Play of Worms 2 Armageddon revealed his Xbox Live avatar is dressed up like Tuxedo Mask.
Nice Guy: He's a Deadpan Snarker and Combat Pragmatist through and through but he is genuinely a good person. He rarely brags about his victories or attack other players without provocation or necessity. On Podcast #179, everyone remarked that Ray was a great person to hang out with:
Gus: "Why you making Ray clean your spit?"
Gavin: "No, he just came up and, well, I don't know why he helped me."
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In Let's Play Minecraft episode 41, Ray decides to build a glass block house and lure creatures inside, so he would trap them in one of the corners and make room-cages. It looked like a sound plan, until you actually see it play out. When he does lure a Zombie in, he gets trapped within his own house. The Zombie kills him, which promptly drops his glass block stack inside the room with the Zombie.
The Nicknamer: A veritable fountain of memes and catchphrases, many of which end up on the merchandise.
No One Gets Left Behind: Especially noticable in Black Ops 2 Zombies. No matter how many times his teammates get incapacitated, he'll run across the map to save them, even long after it becomes obvious that they're only slowing him down.
Not so Above It All: He normally can't be bothered to troll, but on Minecraft he's proven that he is definitely willing to do it. Also, despite being one of the most ostensibly even-keeled and earnest competitors during Let's Play's, he's shown on several occasions that he can be just as immature, perverted, and just plain weird as the others. It just happens in short bursts.
Not So Different: When Gavin screws Ray over in Let's Play Minecraft episode 37, Ray gets pissed off at Gavin and starts acting more like a Troll. At the end of the video, he even takes the controller from Gavin and removes the batteries to prevent him from winning.
His reaction to an enemy dog taking a beeline from Geoff to him in Far Cry 3 Part 2.
Ray: "OH NO! (The dog pounces on him) NO! AHHHHHH! GET IT OFF! GET IT OFF!"
100% Completion: This is Serious Business to Ray, since he strives to have as many games on his Gamer Card fully completed as possible (i.e. damn near all of them), to the point where he'll use an alternate account if he doesn't feel like he will get all the achievements and/or be interested enough to play all the way through. So far he has well over 300 games fully completed and near 400,000' points in achievements.
Perpetual Poverty: Everyone in the office likes to assume Ray's hella-poor and lives in a dumpster. Expect the others (and himself) to crack jokes whenever he does something that can be turned into a "poor Hispanic immigrant" stereotype like hopping fences (border crossing) or making a big deal about finding food.
This is probably the reason his Minecraft house in Achievement City was intentionally built poorly (it looks like it took less than 5 minutes of effort and is made up of Cobblestone and Dirt) and doesn't even have a bed in it. 80 episodes later it's furnished a bit (with mostly stolen stuff) but the house itself is still crap. Even in the Dark version of Achievement City Ray's house is made out of Soul Sand, still making it the worst house by far.
Pragmatic Ruthlessness: Ray's a Combat Pragmatist, but only when there's something to be gained from it (which is most the time) and generally refrains from killing people For the Evulz. Otherwise he's the Nice Guy. Best shown in the Let's Play Minecraft Enchantment episodes, where he doesn't kill Gavin because he'd gain nothing for it and tells the others where his lucrative cave was since he knew that he screwed himself out of a chance to win.
Precision F-Strike: He's quite controlled in this department, so if a swearword does come your way you've probably done something very stupid.
The Quiet One: Moreso early on, though he talks as often as everyone else, he was just this compared to how how loud they were being.
Ray manages to weaponize this. He will often refrain from yelling things out and using the lack of information to his advantage (like when he finds the Tower of Pimps or if he's about to get the jump on someone). Hey, there Ain't No Rule saying that you must call things out like the others do.
Self-Deprecation: Despite being such a badass, he is actually quite modest. He always claims that he's actually not very good at video games and sets a pretty high standard for himself.
In Splinter Cell: Spies vs Mercs, he apologizes for his poor performance and promises to do better despite being the only one to have not lost a game. Everyone else, including Ryan (who has played Splinter Cell a lot), has lost at least once.
Less seriously, he constantly takes potshots at himself for laughs (with various levels of truth), especially regarding his former poverty, his Hispanic ethnicity, his lack of a social life, and his virginity.
Serious Business: His Gamer Score. Specifically, the "achievement completion" percentage on his main account, "BrownMan". If Ray is ever asked to play a game where he feels he will not get all of the achievements (either because of disinterest or because it would be too finicky) then he will use his alt account "FluttershySucks" so it won't drag down his average. This bothers him so much that, in the third episode of GO!, his biggest obstacle wasn't choosing a game that would make it easiest to win, but choosing a game he disliked but would be forced to register on his main account.
Shaggy Dog Story: Episode 90 of "Let's Play Minecraft" turned out to be this when Ray won the last piece of Mad King Ryan's tower, only for Ryan to pull a Shocking Swerve and reveal that, to truly win the Tower, they had to fight Edgar. Ray dies during one attempt and Gavin takes the win.
Spanner in the Works: In Let's Play Minecraft episode 36, he follows Gavin and Michael to the Overworld after they get the Blaze Rod. They had diamond swords and he only had iron armor, but his game starts lagging, so when they attacked him, Ray would not die until three minutes later. It was a big reason as to why Gavin and Michael weren't able to snatch a win.
The Smart Guy: For Achievement Hunter, at least at the gameplay stuff. He's responsible for videos concerning achievement guides, general how-to's, and not-so-well-known info about games.
When Caleb does the unthinkable and "gets rid of crap."
Ray: "(sees Caleb approach the lava with his roses)If you throw ro - don't you fuckin - I will mur- (Caleb throws them in) Your family is dead tonight".
Sore Loser: He could've won the Tower in Let's Play Minecraft episode 37, but Gavin screwed him over. When Michael lamented the fact that he was just behind Jack, but fell off before he could catch up, Ray makes his frustration known.
Ray: "I don't wanna hear it. I don't wanna hear any of it."
Michael: "Ray, don't be such a poor sport."
Right before Gavin stacked the Tower of Pimps, Ray wrestled the controller from him and removed the batteries. Completely legitimate, too, 'cause Gavin had kept him from winning twice beforehand.
I'd say it's more justified revenge than being a sore loser. Gavin didn't just keep him from winning, he cheated to do it. He also prolonged the game from ending by at least 15 more minutes.
The Stoic: He's almost always level-headed and keeps his cool while the others are all screaming at each other.
Not So Stoic: Rarely, but if he's seconds away from completing something and his efforts get shot down, there is a chance that he will get quite annoyed. Like in Let's Play Minecraft episode 37 or Black Ops 2.
During Black Ops 2 Zombies Part 2, Ray loses his temper at his two teamates that keep dying on him, Jack and Gavin when Jack complains about Ray dying for the third time as the last man standing. No one can really make a comeback either since it's obvious Ray is doing all the work. His kills are more than Geoff and Michael's kills combined!
Jack: "After Ray dies Aww, goddamnit."
Ray: "GODDAMNIT, WHAT? Do something! I can't survive forever..!"
Tactical Withdrawal: Part of what makes Ray so deadly is that he knows when he can't win and will usually withdraw (when possible) rather than go down swinging like everyone else does. Partly to preserve his K/D ratio and partly because he knows that by waiting, he can go back in at a better time, like how he tends to leave melee clusterfucks then go back in to pick off the wounded survivors.
The Stoner: Parodied. He makes a very big deal about 420, but as far as we know, he doesn't actually do drugs.
The Teetotaler: Pretty much the only person who doesn't drink in the entire company.
Tempting Fate: In Let's Play Minecraft episode 34, Ray takes part in a pig racing tournament. He says "Richard Phist V2 is doing grea... oh, you're in the water, you fuck."
Took a Level in Badass: Remember how in Episode 9 of Versus, Jack delivered a complete Curb-Stomp Battle to Ray in Mortal Kombat to end his winning streak? Well, Ray faced off against Jack in Mortal Kombat again in Achievement Hunt 4 a few months later, except this time, Ray ends up delivering a Curb-Stomp Battle of his own.
Token Minority: Frequently refers to himself in these terms at least for AH, as he's the sole Puerto Rican in an office full of white guys. Ray makes a lot of 'green card' jokes at his own expense, which doesn't actually make sense seeing as Puerto Rico is legally a part of the United States.
Gavin: (regarding Black Ops 2) Who's going to use a bloody axe in a shooting game?
Ray and Michael: Puerto Ricans!
Tranquil Fury: You can feel his frustration when Gavin keeps him from winning twice in Let's Play Minecraft episode 37. Look at Sore Loser for details.
And again during "Hit List," when Ryan accidentally cakes Ray's house (see Slice of Hell), Ray was on a quiet rampage for the remainder, which lead to him breaking his losing streak and winning the Tower.
Troll: Not even Ray's immune to this sort of behavior.
There was one time Ray fell through the same hole twice, which had Gavin at the end. Ray picked up a bunch of sand and sent it down the hole, suffocating Gavin.
Michael: "Where? You mean the hole you're filling in right now?"
He tries to break down Gavin's Tower in Let's Play Minecraft episode 27. Failed the first attempt, succeeded the second. Runs around with it for a while, with Gavin giving chase and Michael disapproving. When he finally did stop, he started mining it back on Gavin's obsidian block, but he intentionally screws up the design by turning the Tower into an upside-down "L".
In Let's Play Minecraft episode 31, after everyone jokes that Gavin will immediately murder everyone the second they leave the "safe zone", Ray murders Gavin the second they leave the safe zone. That said, his next action is to give back the tools he looted from Gavin's body, saying that he "just did it for the lulz".
In Death Craft II, he threw a grenade at Gavin, engulfing the latter character on fire and killing him. Also taunted him with "Oh, I'm sorry. I'll stop the bullying."
In the Spartan Ops Let's Play for Halo 4, Jack picks up the Incineration Cannon and asks what to do with it. Ray tells him, in a completely straight voice, to shoot it at his feet and rocket jump with it. Of course this kills Jack, leaving Ray with an Incineration Cannon for the taking.
On its release day, Ray tweeted about Let's Play Minecraft episode 52 never coming out because they stopped making Let's Plays. He then proceeds to be deadpan serious about it never seeing the light of day, shrugging off threats from angry fans. It came out.
Michael and Ray did this again on the day Minecraft #88 was released.
Weaksauce Weakness: Ray likes to joke that cake is this. He claims that the reason he did not win Minecraft competitions for a while was the addition of the cake machine to his house.
An actual weakness of Ray's in Minecraft videos is when he has to interact with creatures in the wildlife. He lost fishing jamboree because he gave up when he realized that he was catching fish slower than the others. He put up a poor showing when he was forced to work with Richard Phist. He was the only one to not finish the obstacle course with a cow (he ended up killing his several times). He kept losing his wolf in Wolf Spa. Finally, both times he had to trap monsters (No Petting Zoo and Creeper Census), he ended up coming in last or tied for last.
He has also admitted that he is too impatient, which explains his above weakness as well.
What the Hell, Hero?: He gets a silent one from the rest of Team Lads (along with Ryan and Jack) when Ray wins the first pizza party in GO!! and, when he's told to choose a friend to go celebrate it with, he chooses Kerry, who hasn't even been in the games.
Why Won't You Die?: In Let's Play Minecraft episode 36, Ray's game glitches out and he is able to survive being wailed on by diamond swords for over three minutes.
Worthy Opponent: When someone emerges as the only one who can consistently go toe-to-toe with Ray at a particular game (Michael at Worms, Ryan at Halo, etc.), he acknowledges them as this.
James Ryan Haywood
A web designer who happens to be really good at games. Out of all the guys listed below, Ryan's the most frequent participant in Achievement Hunter's various multiplayer games.
Absentee Actor: He's missing from Episode 74 of Minecraft owing to his baby daughter being born; specifically, they were filming Episode 74 in Galacticraft, then had to rush off as his wife was giving birth, forcing the team to delay it until he returns from paternity leave- they quickly substituted something else for that week.
The Ace: While maybe not to the same degree as Ray, Ryan has proven himself quite capable in games (when he's actually trying, that is). He's won the Tower of Pimps a fair number of times, has the second-longest running streak in VS, and even Ray admits he might be better than him at Halo. Even if he's not used to a game, he can adapt with time.
He also has the longest winning streak in Minecraft, winning Episodes 76-79 for four Towers in a row.
In general if anyone will work around the stated rules, it'll be Ryan or Ray. Ryan calls it "creative thinking" and believes that "a creative answer is much more fun than a plain one", while Michael calls him "the loophole guy." Apparently he was always like this, since in college he was "that asshole who delivered exactly what the professor asked".
Apologetic Attacker: He could not stop apologizing after he drowned Gavin in Let's Play Minecraft episode 53.
Michael: "Ryan's too nice to work at Achievement Hunter."
Ascended Extra: He started as a tech guy for the team, but Minecraft quickly evolves him into their Sixth Ranger. Case in point, he wins the Tower of Pimps and ends up getting his own house.
Ax-Crazy: Becoming increasingly obvious as episodes go on.
Badass: There are times where he honestly gives Ray a run for his money.
Similarly, in Halo 4 Crimson Map Pack 2, Ryan is the only guy who regularly screwed Gavin over.
He won the Tower of Pimps on his first time at qualifying for it.
He was the first to make it to the Tower of Pimps in Let's Play Minecraft episode 37.
He also won the Tower of Pimps in episode 36. He did it by avoiding everyone else and silently working on making his potion. He was able to steal the victory right out from under their noses.
Subverted in Black Ops 2 Nuketown. He's the sole survivor and he tries to run around in a circle like Ray, but he fails at the last second.
He's the first one to remember he can punch fireballs in Ghast Man Standing. He masters it very quickly at the start of round 2, deflecting fireballs back at the Ghasts and even into other fireballs, commenting on it being easy. He ultimately loses the round to Ray, who picked up the technique from his example.
In The Gauntlet, Ryan's performance in King of the Hill on Halo is the only thing that stops other teams from winning, and it elevates the AH team into 3rd place, from last place, which is meaningless since they're still up for elimination, but points for effort.
Badass Baritone: To go along with being a gaming Badass. For reference, he has the deepest voice overall in Achievement Hunter, which helps to differentiate it from Jack's voice a bit (when surprised/yelling, Jack's voice jumps in pitch while Ryan's stays the same).
Berserk Button: Played for Laughs and caused via Flanderization over the course of mere minutes; when Gavin asks Ryan what kind of music his kid listens to, Ryan snarks that his kid is only two and listens to "whatever the fuck he can hear". Cue everyone instantly declaring asking Ryan about his kid (or asking him questions in general) to be a surefire way to piss him off.
Brick Joke: He got asked that at the AH panel at RTX 2013. Apparently his son's music taste is now terrible and largely based around Elmo.
Beware the Nice Ones: One of the nicer cast members and surprisingly deadly too. He's starting to lose this image, though, as he plays up his Mask of Sanity more and more as the Let's Plays go on.
Brave Scot: His Minecraft avatar is a red-haired, blue-eyed highlander in a kilt and he gets referred to as "the Scotsman" on occasion when differentiating avatars.
The Cake Is a Lie: Pulled off brilliantly at the end of Mad King II (episode 90). After Ray wins the body-switching challenge and claims his fourth gold block, Ryan reveals that "those gold blocks were kind of falsey", and that the winner of the finalchallenge will take the throne and the Tower.
The Caligula: Let's Plays in which he is King are aptly titled "Mad King Ryan". Ever since the infamous Edgar incident he's ramped up the madness and few of his challenges don't involve copious amounts of killing.
Call Back: In episode 52, he was this close to winning had he found a cake. He never did. So he kidnapped a chicken and a cow and sealed them within glass just in case he needs cake again. Furthermore, the cow is in a hole underneath his room. The other guys are rightfully disturbed.
Another moment came in their second Let's Play of Madden NFL. When Gavin ripped the San Fransisco 49ers for having a team whose name wasn't a real word, Ryan quipped with "Who are you to complain about fake words?"
Ryan might have had a chance to win episode 93 if he just focused on buying and growing his crops instead of trying steal from Geoff's store. He first wastes time building an elaborate sky scaffold to try to drop onto the store, only to fall to his death. The second time, he tries digging underneath the store and accessing the Chest... only to be discovered instantly.
Diminishing Villain Threat: After he trolled one too many times, Ryan loses much of his mojo halfway through Let's Play Minecraft episode 37. The last time he makes it near the Tower, it was after Gavin sealed the victory... for Ray.
Embarrassing Middle Name: Inverted. His middle name is Ryan but he prefers it to his actual first name of James. Not that James is a bad name, it's just personal preference.
Epic Fail: Accidentally releases a pig that he was trying to mount on. As the pig hauled ass away, Ryan tries to give chase, only to get blocked by his own fence.
Gets himself burned by his own lava bucket in Let's Play Minecraft episode 35.
He tried to erect the Tower of Pimps in Let's Play Minecraft episode 37, but he somehow put the first block on the ground when he meant to place it on an Obsidian block.
Trying to lead a Creeper into a trap leads to the Creeper blowing up, destroying Ryan's trap and releasing a spider from the next cage over.
Challenges Jack to Typing of the Dead in VS episode 53 and gets demolished in the single most one-sided episode yet. He gets 3 words typed the entire time- Jack just scoops up the rest with his fast typing.
Evil Genius: When Ryan put a device he created to vibrate Gavin's desk, we get this little gem:
Evil Laugh: Lets one out at times, mostly when he turns Troll. Perhaps his most memorable Evil Laugh was during The Reveal at the end of the King Ryan episode, which, for once, dwarfed Geoff's hysteric laughter. Since then he invokes this when he's being particularly dickish and/or psychotic.
Failed a Spot Check: Ryan accidentally unequipped his boat, then wondered "Hey, where's my boat?"... with the boat in his hand.
Fan Nickname: "Other Jack", due to their near-identical voices.
"Mad King" has also been adopted by fans (and recently other members of the AH crew) after the revelation of Edgar and his hole.
Genre Savvy: When someone hangs Ray's corpse at Trouble In Terrorist Town, Ryan quickly deduces that it's a random server denizen, since none of the crew knew the game well enough to do that. He was right, not that it helped him.
Also shot Ray for having a weapon that was used to kill somebody innocent. It turned out to be Wrong Genre Savvy, however, when killing Ray did nothing to end the round.
In Let's Play Minecraft episode 24, he sees a giant Creeper building made of wool. The first thing he says about it was "Is it full of TNT?" Two seconds later, the Creeper building explodes.
When Ray went out to find the invisible Knife Nut in "the Hidden", he went left. Ryan also went left because "it's stupid to split up".
In Let's Play Minecraft episode 36, with Jack and Ray chasing after Michael and Gavin in the Overworld, Ryan stays in the Nether after finding a pair of Blaze Rods. He uses the rods to craft materials needed for potions (the goal of the episode), but he refrains from saying a word so the others aren't alerted. It doesn't last long. Right as he was making a potion stand, a Ghast blew it up.
Taken to almost Evil Genius levels in VS episode 2. He uses his challenger rights to effectively set Michael up for a Curb-Stomp Battle in Quake 3.
He is the go-to guy when it comes to redstone use during Let's Builds.
In "The Gauntlet", he's fully aware that Gavin may be the weak link in the team. Later, in the actual match, Gavin causes problems for the team by not going for the hill and getting Michael to gun down random people when it would be beneficial to ignore them.
Golden Snitch: How he ends Mad King Ryan II, after pulling off a stunning The Cake Is a Lie. The next Tower and throne go to the person who can kill (Kerry dressed as) Edgar.
Got Me Doing It: In episode 62 of Let's Play Minecraft, after he confuses Gavin by saying arable, Gavin says that he is going to give Ryan grief about using real words because everyone else gives Gavin grief about using real words. Ryan IMMEDIATELY starts to trip over his sentences. Twice.
Griefer: He's very likely to steal your kills at Halo 4.
Half Truth: Sure, there was no rule saying that you couldn't break the sky blocks, but there wasn't any rule that said you could either.
The Heart: Invoked and defied. Michael refers to Ryan as the group's moral compass during Let's Play GTA IV Bike Bat. Ryan is shockedandconfusedby this accusation.
Honor Before Reason: In Let's Play Minecraft "Cloud Down", Ryan takes a commanding 2-1 lead on everyone else. One more and he wins the Tower of Pimps. Out of sportsmanship, and likely out of confidence that he'll win, he allows Michael to get on the board by scoring the first time... and then Michael wins the Tower, having swept the final three rounds of the video.
Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: The first challenge in Mad King Ryan II starts with him methodically suiting up in diamond armor and Kerry counting down from thirty. It takes Michael exactly three seconds to figure out what's about to go down.
Irony: He tried to lure a Creeper into a trap by hitting it so it follows him. Didn't work. Jack used the same tactic on a spider (one that used to belong to Ryan, mind you), and it was successful.
Laser-Guided Karma: Every time he falls to his death (or gets pushed off) not too long after knocking the other guys off their sky blocks.
After killing a Zombie that Ray wanted to get, Ryan finds a spider and quickly finds difficulty in trying to trap it. The spider even manages to attack Ryan and chase him around the map.
He used his challenger rights in VS episode 2 to deliver a Curb-Stomp Battle to Michael. The next episode, Jack uses the same tactic against him.
In the "Shopping List" episodes of Let's Play Minecraft (52 & 53), Ryan murders Gavin to sabotage his (then substantial) lead. Despite feeling really bad about it, Ryan then roared into first place... and then gets slammed with an incredible streak of bad luck in which he is unable to find a normal chicken (the only thing separating him from the win) for close to forty-five minutes. This delay allows every other player to catch up, and then Gavin beats him to the finish line, throwing an extra egg at him for good measure.
Mask of Sanity: Michael refers to him as a "closet whack-job", and insists that, despite his Nice Guy personality, he's actually completely insane. He seems to be increasingly correct, if the dungeon Ryan made for Edgar the Cow is anything to go by.
Moral Myopia: Calling Gavin a bully for punching him off the sky blocks. Keep in mind that Ryan had already punched Gavin off the arena before the race started.
Mr. Exposition: During Let's Play Minecraft episode 34, since he made its obstacle course.
He also (hopefully) jokes about this when he says that this would be a good way for Team AH to win The Gauntlet. Later, when that idea is dashed, he proposes just stealing the trophy.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: When he poured lava all over the Nether Fortress, it surrounded Jack and Geoff's Nether portal. When Geoff spawned inside Nether, he was burned by that same lava.
In Let's Play Minecraft episode 41, he's trying to trap creatures in glass blocks, like everyone else, so he decides to create such a trap at the very edge of his area, which gives him a lot more space to work with. However, his plan involves hitting the creatures when they show up, so they could chase him into his trap. Predictably, it doesn't work nearly as well as he thought, because the creatures either beeline for whoever else hits them, get stuck in the other guys' houses or swarms over Ryan in groups.
Obviously Evil: In GTA V, where he's almost always wearing a skull mask.
One-Man Army: In Halo and Minecraft, Ryan is damn near unstoppable and will often strike out on his own. His demonstration of Halo on the Gauntlet proves this, as he holds the hill longest out of anyone on his team and wipes out at least two teams worth of people in a single life.
Perma Stubble: It's not that easy to see, but Ryan neither grows his beard out nor stays clean shaven.
Psycho Smirk: In the intro of VS Episode 30 (Gavin vs. Michael), Ryan's over in the corner, hugging a giant block of gold plushie with the most creepily warm grin. Over half of the available images of Ryan smiling that can be found online are smirks with varying levels of psycho from a general confident smirk to a full-out slasher smile.
Sanity Slippage: He seems to have gotten considerably crazier since his second child was born. He blames it on sleep deprivation.
Self-Deprecation: When the guys talked about giving him a house in Minecraft, Ryan said "If it's to mirror the office conditions, I should be somewhere in a dark hole with no sunlight."
Fridge Brilliance: Where does Edgar live?
Serial Escalation: Since his debut episode as King, Ryan seems to have embraced his "soulless animal abuser" image. During his second reign in Episode 89 (dubbed Mad King Ryan), he jacks the animal torment up several levels by having a "collect the most Beef" contest... by dropping dozens and dozens of mobs to their deaths everywhere, including various other farm animals and monsters alike. Everyone immediately joked how screwed up the whole thing was.
Sixth Ranger: Ryan plays a lot more games with the crew than Caleb. It even extends into Minecraft, where he has his own house and took the Tower of Pimps twice already.
Spanner in the Works: In The Gauntlet, to every single other team. Ryan grabs a Ghost, runs over at least seven players in a row, and then allows his team to seize the hill, causing Team Internet to fall into last place instead of close the gap between them and the other teams. It's ultimately meaningless, as Team RTX Community wins and therefore everybody else is vulnerable, but it allows them to recover a shred of dignity back.
The Stoic: He doesn't freak out nearly as much as the rest of the AH guys do. During the brewing challenge of Minecraft Let's Play, everyone else ran around screaming bloody murder trying to stop each other toward the end of the video while he just calmly put stuff together in the Nether and made actual progress. Even when a Ghast blew up his Brewing Stand, his reaction amounted to "Well, time to start over."
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Subverted. His voice sounds a lot like Jack's, so you can be forgiven for getting them mixed up. Other than that, you'll find that Ryan is much more of a Troll, as well as a trash-talking extraordinaire.
Team Pet: He insists on keeping a Minecraft cow as his designated pet. Everyone else... is hesitant to use the word "pet". He calls it Edgar, even though cows are female.
Actually, by Word ofNotch all animals in Minecraft are genderless; Ryan decided to name his pet cow Edgar because of a perceived lack of Edgars in the world.
When Gavin was killed by Jack and respawned away from the Pig Olympics course, Ryan elected to teleport Gavin back to the tournament... while in the air. Gavin consequently fell straight to the ground and died again.
Pushing Ray off the gigantic Mushroom tower, sending him to his death.
Opened up a chest that Michael was standing on. His goal was to force a Jump Scare and send him back like Ray.
Punching Gavin off the arena in Let's Play Minecraft episode 37, before the race even started. Also threw in an Evil Laugh for good measure.
Breaking the ice block that Michael was standing on. Cue another Evil Laugh.
Using bone meal to grow a tree in front of Jack's glass block traps in episode 41.
In his second reign as king, makes everyone go through insane challenges before revealing that all the gold blocks collected during them mean nothing, and the final challenge is the only one that matters.
Upper-Class Twit: Exaggerated for laughs. Ryan continually gets flak from the others for just for having gone to college, especially when he mentions anything indicative of it or anything intelligent.
Weaksauce Weakness: As we learn in Skate 3, pretty much his only weakness throughout gaming is...having to obey the laws of gravity.
Worthy Opponent: Ray openly admits that when it comes to Halo, Ryan may very well be better than him.
Edgar the Cow
A Minecraft cow, Edgar is the long-suffering, unofficial Team Pet for Achievement Hunter, who was trapped by Ryan after he failed to get the resources he needed in a Let's Play.
Butt Monkey: With all the memes about him and Ryan's general treatment of him, it's hard to not see why. Even Ray starts abusing him from time to time, going so far as to have sex with him at one point.
Cassandra Truth: Ryan keeps insisting that the reason that Edgar is really caged to protect everyone from Edgar. He turns out to be right when the Final Boss of Mad King Ryan is revealed to be Edgar's One-Winged Angel form, a bipedal cow clad in Diamond equipment and several speed potions (really Kerry in a cow skin). Everyone dies several times to Edgar in his subterranean labyrinth before he's slain.
Chekhov's Gunman: During the Enchantment challenge (episode 47), Ryan off-handedly mentions the cow that took up residence in his house and how he's going to call him Edgar. He returns with more significance later on in episode 60.
Final Boss: Of Mad King Ryan. The first person to kill "Edgar" (Kerry using a cow skin) wins the entire challenge.
Distressed Dude: He's been trapped for several episodes now, with little chance of breaking free.
Killed Off for Real: Edgar 1 is presumably dead, as Geoff killed a cow not far away from Achievement City after Michael broke him out. Edgar 2 is definitely dead, as Gavin gave him a Mercy Kill.
Legacy Character: There have been at least three versions of Edgar trapped in the hole now — one is definitely dead, with the first probably dead. This leads to Ryan proudly declaring that "Edgar is the one in the hole". The current version is a Mooshroom.
Lightning Bruiser: Kerry!Edgar becomes this during the last challenge of Mad King Ryan when the objective is to kill Edgar. Kerry equipped diamond armor and a diamond sword in addition to chugging several swiftness potions, making him highly deadly.
One Steve Limit: Averted, as there are several animals Ryan calls Edgar, including a trapped chicken. The only difference is that Ryan puts numbers on the end of their names or refers to them as Edgar the (whatever animal they are), unless they are "the one in the hole", in which case they are just called Edgar.
One-Winged Angel: After Kerry becomes the new Edgar, he decks himself out in full diamond armor, drinks some swiftness potions, and gets up on two legs.
The Thing That Would Not Leave: Edgar started out as a cow that moved into his house and wouldn't leave no matter what, leading Ryan to just adopt as a pet. The others don't quite believe him. Played straight again when Michael tries to free Edgar, but the thing still wouldn't leave until Michael smacked it a few times.
They Killed Kenny: Edgar has died and been replaced many times, in some cases even being saved owing to the save system not saving after he gets killed.
Yank the Dog's Chain: It looks like Edgar is going to escape his cell thanks to Michael's help, then it seems that Geoff kills him accidentally. To make matters worse, Ryan reveals that he was going to make the hole nicer for him, but since Michael let him out...
The voice for Ruby Rose, Michael Jones' fiancée, former Rooster Teeth Podcast editor, and current full-time Achievement Hunter editor. She frequently appears in the RT Recap, and films and edits most of the Achievement Hunter Behind the Scenes segments. Lindsay has also begun appearing in VS starting with episode 49.
The Cameo: Had a voice in Season 10 of Red vs. Blue as one of the Gatling Good Insurrection members. It's hard to tell, since they only communicate through giggles and weeps.
Epic Fail: In terms of playing Halo, she may actually be worse than Barbara. In her appearance in the Crimson Map Pack Let's Play, she killed one person and died twenty times.
Kindhearted Cat Lover: Loves Joe the Cat. In her appearance as a contender in VS she challenges Gavin (also a Kind Hearted Cat Lover) to a cat-related game and it's revealed that her VS image has a cat on her shirt.
Hoist By Their Own Petard: When she appeared on VS, she challenged Gavin to a game of "Catlateral Damage". Obviously, she forgot that wrecking stuff is Gavin's specialty.
One of the Boys: She likes to pull pranks (like on Kara), and she's almost as crude as Michael if you watch some of their personal videos and listen to the Internet Box podcast.
She once put Michael's Fluttershy figure in jello while he was out of town.
It's mentioned that she used to be a elementary school bully by beating up most of the boys at her school.
Seventh Ranger: Has been gradually gaining more appearances in the Let's Plays since mid-2013. She is starting to handle Minecraft construction duties with Geoff and Gavin.
And in 2014 she has joined Achievement Hunter's VS! And hilariously lost to Gavin in a game involving cats due to Gavin having an unfair advantage in his ability to wreck stuff.
Once a member of the Achievement Hunter forums before getting hired officially, Caleb handles most of the community playdates. He's often found providing commentary during the Game Night videos, though he also had been playing alongside the other guys in Minecraft, usually as Mr. Exposition. Described as Achievement Hunter's resident athlete.
He also became one of the four game coaches for The Gauntlet. And he's not half bad at it either.
Blatant Lies: In Let's Play Minecraft episode 28, he claims that he can't access his nurse outfit, so he switches to a wrestler costume. However, you can see him wearing the nurse outfit two minutes earlier in the video.
Butt Monkey: Geoff harasses him in Let's Play Minecraft episode 23.
Chekhov's Gunman: Towards the end of Let's Play Minecraft episode 4, Gavin gets a message that says "Caleb Loves You is online" at the 18:08 minute mark. Caleb himself doesn't appear in Minecraft until much later.
Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: In Let's Play Minecraft episode 28, Caleb steals fish from Michael and Gavin, and puts the stashes in Ryan and Jack's chests. His goal was to disqualify Ryan and Jack on account of having fish that didn't belong to them, while making sure that Gavin and Michael had less fish by the final tally. To be fair, it worked, as Gavin only had two fish that counted and Jack willingly disqualified himself from the final tally. On the other hand, it derailed the entire game, forcing Caleb to admit his crime and consequently allowing Michael to win the Tower of Pimps.
Epic Fail: While trying to pour lava over Geoff, Caleb fell to his death in Let's Play Minecraft episode 23.
Accidentally killed himself during the "Battle of Troy - Halo: Reach" video.
Eviler than Thou: While Gavin is a far more frequent Troll, he never fucked up the game, something that Caleb pulled off during Let's Play Minecraft episode 28. By the end of the video, even Gavin himself was pissed off at Caleb.
The GM Is A Cheating Bastard: For some odd reason, Caleb has a history of helping Ray win obstacle courses at the expense of everyone else. In Let's Play Minecraft episode 20, he unilaterally led Ray to the Tower of Pimps at the end. In Let's Play Minecraft episode 33, he removed a Silverfish stone that was in front of Ray, allowing Ray to get to the finish line before Michael.
Which is odd because Caleb causes Ray a lot of frustration in the Let's Plays he is in, such as Let's Play Minecraft episode 22 where he burned Ray's wooden hoe and roses.
Guest Star Party Member: He participates in a couple Minecraft multiplayer games with the guys, but he is rarely in active competition for the Tower of Pimps.
Mr. Exposition: He proctors the Minecraft multiplayer videos, detailing the rules and explaining where to go for obstacle courses. He also takes the time to relay answers that the hosts are saying to him in response to the guys' questions.
He also cheated in episode 28 by stealing Gavin and Michael's fish. It completely fucked up the game, to the point where Ryan, Jack, Michael and even Gavin were pissed off at him.
A harder to catch example is during episode 29, where Geoff yells at Caleb for glancing over at the others' screens.
Other Achievement Hunters
A subscriber to Rooster Teeth, Axial Matt is one of the only other guys that has interacted with the crew during some Let's Play Minecraft videos. An apparent friend to Caleb, he made a few of those Minecraft multiplayer maps for Achievement Hunter.
One of the newer Achievement Hunters, he is the creator and host of the monthly series, Coming Soon. Also known as Let's Player Tatsudoshi.
Hidden Depths He goes into detail about his experiences with school on his Tumblr page: http://simplycrazyhunter.tumblr.com/. Examples include going graduating high school at 15 and having his teachers disapproving of him using college level theories for high school math.
Morality Pet: With friends Geoff is a nice though slobby fellow, fond of drinking, teasing, and swearing. With Millie he turns a lot friendlier, and he's become very defensive of any harm directed at a child, notably with the Dead Island trailer.
Team Mom: Considers herself the "office mom", and has said in a livestream that she treats Kerry like an adopted son. She actually does have a son, but you wouldn't know about it as she doesn't talk about him that much.
Women Are Wiser: The staff regards her to be more level headed, same as in RvB.
A British student who got noticed after he designed some RT themed applications.
British Accents: He's from Nottingham in the north of England, so naturally it doesn't quite sound the same as Gavin's.
Butt Monkey: The butt of many jokes when he makes several mistakes.
The Lead Machinima animator, the voice for Jaune Arc, and a writer for Red vs Blue and RWBY.
Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: He actually confirmed that he has ADHD in a recent podcast, and has not been taking medication for it recently if he is to be believed.
Badass: He's a decent Halo player and Sonic player, as the Gauntlet has shown. In Episode 4 of The Gauntlet, Miles manages to complete his Sonic game in the fastest time out of everyone, beating Ryan of all people, as well as Greg Miller from IGN who's also a Sonic pro.
Let's Get Dangerous: Miles spends his time before playing Sonic talking and lolling around. Cue the game starting and he gets serious, promptly kicks seven shades of blue out of both Gavin and Justine, the latter of whom started before he did, and gets a few good lines of trash talk in.
Marshmallow Hell: Was a victim of this in a strip club. It got really, really, weird.
Genius Ditz: When they tried to get him to fail at science questions in the way that Ben failed at America questions, it backfired horribly and he proved himself rather knowledgeable.
Genre Blind: Talking about politics on the podcast is generally not seen as a good thing to talk about, as it causes people who are otherwise good friends to get into big arguments. Brandon fails to see why on several occasions.
The Klutz: He's reportedly a bit clumsy, if some of the RTAA episodes with him are to be believed.
The Load: During the Podcast playthrough of Payday 2, none of the group are exactly good but Brandon is downed the most which forces them to keep reviving him.
One Steve Limit: Invoked by Burnie in the shorts, albeit on very ridiculous grounds.
A new-ish employee whose official job is unknown, although he is the creator of the Nature Town videos. Easily the guy with the strangest thought process at Rooster Teeth.
High On Catnip: Played with. His reaction to a bag full of catnip was to tear a script and throw up. Burnie was not at all happy about the guys giving it to him, promptly calling Brandon a moron for doing so.
The Stoic: Played with. He seems to not mind being lifted up, and as shown on RT Podcast #185, you can even lift him up and swing him like a pendulum and he won't care- he'll just roll back into your lap and start joyfully meowing as you stroke his belly.
Determinator: See forty seconds of that CGI sequence? That took him eight hours to do single-handedly, but he manages to keep doing it anyway.
The Quiet One: Less so than Nathan, but still notably. This is particularly true on the podcast, where he will say about ten words at a time and let everyone else say the rest, laughing and saying little else.
The community manager of Rooster Teeth and voice for Yang Xiao Long. Much like Gavin, she's an ascended fan that volunteered on numerous fan events and was eventually formally hired.
Adorkable: If you hear her accounts of meeting Burnie for the first time, they're very sweet in a shy way.
Canada, Eh?: She's originally from Canada. Usually downplayed, though she complains more about the Austin heat than the others and has a great affinity for Tim Horton's coffee. It becomes a joke in one of their Vine videos.
Epic Fail: She is not very good at Halo. Lampshaded when Gavin beat her in the Horse Tournament and Burnie and Joel just scoff, commenting "it's not hard".
Took a Level in Badass: For the 2013 tournament, she did some practice to try and not do as badly. She again gets eliminated in her first match, but to be fair that time she was up against Ray, and she managed to win three rounds and briefly overtake Ray. Considering Ray is quite possibly the best gamer out of everybody in the entire office, this is particularly impressive and Ray congratulates her for doing as well as she did. She also plays as part of the RT Team for The Gauntlet in Season 2, and their team comes second in the first game.
Ms. Fanservice: Sometimes, most notably in the "Siri Horror Movie" short, though she has occasionally shown contempt for people who think she exists just for this reason. Just watch her Animated Adventure episode to see how.
There is a vine that was recorded which has Gavin and Burnie's X-ray glasses work, leaving a brief shot of her in a bra. Cue jokes on Youtube about how most guys (and a few girls) paused the video at that moment.
One of Us: Huge LOTR fan, see Chris' entry for more information.
Sixth Ranger: Has appeared in a few Achievement Hunter Let's Plays, often filling in for somebody who isn't present. That said, he will occasionally join when the whole team is present. He's filled in for Ryan in episode 74 of Let's Play Minecraft, owing to Ryan being on paternity leave- specifically, his wife was giving birth there and then during the original filming.
Really cranked up in Ryan's second reign as king, where Kerry acts as the Mad King's assistant, receives a house in Achievement City (a room under Michael's house), and is the True Final Boss of the Let's Play.
The Quiet One: To the point where a joke on the podcast is that Kerry has said one word: "president." He talks on the Internet Box a little more, but apart from that he's relatively quiet.
Character Exaggeration: While the use of audio files restricts what he can do, he tends to exaggerate facial features, and he's not above editing the file to make it sound a little funnier as well. This is done for Rule of Funny.
The Cameo: He appeared as as a soldier operating a Scorpion turret in Rv B.
The creator of Arby 'n' the Chief and One Life Remaining, Jon decided he would like to meet up with the members of Rooster Teeth (partly to prove there is no rivalry between them and him, and partly for creativity reasons). He has previously collaborated with Luke.
The voice of Donut. Dan can, to all extents and purposes, be considered an honourary member of Rooster Teeth. The reason he doesn't work there full time is because he has a day job. Nevertheless, he's been there for years.
Reclusive Artist: Rarely appears with Rooster Teeth at conventions or even in interviews, partly because of the aforementioned day job. He's also embarrassed by the limelight he gets due to the series. This is also why Donut is frequently written out of the series.
One of Kerry and Chris' friends in New Zealand, becoming the Guest Star Party Member for "A Simple Walk Into Mordor".
Less bookworm though; Burnie has stated on the podcast that Dan is the one person Gavin looks smart next to. In Slow Mo Guys videos, however, he is shown to be far more knowledgeable about explosives and firearms than his counterpart.
Badass Labcoat: For the Slow Mo Guys, though as recent videos have shown he's wrecked one of its sleeves, covered it in paint and shredded it.
Took a Level in Badass: He apparently went from weak and nerdy to well-built, tanned and a little less nerdy, owing to his travels in South America.
Butt Monkey: If he were an actual member of Rooster Teeth, he'd probably get this worse than Gavin.