—Ray Narvaez, Jr. signaling the start of an Achievement Hunter Let's Play
For a general page on Achievements in video games, see Achievement System.Achievement Hunter is a division of Rooster Teeth that broadcasts how-to guides on acquiring various achievements in games for Xbox 360 and other platforms, and a collective of YouTube series that invokes Let's Play videos and other nonsense. Created by Rooster Teeth co-founder Geoff Ramsey and fellow cohort Jack Pattillo, AH has become a verypopular part of the company. On April 15, 2013, they have created a separate channel for all of their Let's Play stuff called Let's Play. Along with Ramsey and Pattillo, the other four main hosts of the group are Gavin Free, Michael Jones, Ray Narvaez, Jr. and Ryan Haywood.The many series of Achievement Hunter include:
Halo 4Fails of the Weak, where (usually) Jack and Geoff comment on and laugh at Halo 4 players' submitted video mistakes as well as weird things related to latency in multiplayer sessions and AI mishaps in the game. Originally, the series covered Halo: Reach fails until the 117th episode on December 14, 2012 which started covering Halo 4 fails.
Achievement HUNT, implemented on October 30, 2013, pits the Achievement Hunters against one another in various challenges across multiple games under a best of seven format. It is the successor to Achievement HORSE and its Spin-Off, Achievement PIG, which kept the challenges strictly at user-created maps on Halo 4 (it used to be on Halo: Reach until episode 100) and Trials Evolution respectively. HUNT uses four letters instead of five for HORSE or three for PIG, making it shorter than the former, but longer than the latter, with more variety in the games and challenges.
AHWU (Achievement Hunter Weekly Update), where user-submitted intros are used to begin a weekly round-up of video game news and releases as described by the Achievement Hunters.
Game Night, in which Caleb and Geoff explain about a custom Halo game they've played recently with the community while Gavin shouts, "WHAT IS GAME NIGHT?!"
GameFails, a spin-off of Fails of the Weak that has its own YouTube channel, focusing on all sorts of failures from various games caused by glitches, player error or just flat out poor timing.
This Is..., where a newly released game's premise and its more interesting achievements are summed up and presented by two or three of the Hunters.
Things to Do in..., where a small thing to do in a game in shown off for viewers to try themselves. These can either come in the form of heavily-edited footage with commentary or a mini-Let's Play, depending on the nature of the "thing".
Let's Play channel
Their videos on this YouTube channel are hilarious, having become a large chunk of their videos. This channel includes:
Released on Mondays are new episodes of Let's Play Grand Theft Auto. Mondays used to be just for random Let's Plays, but in anticipation for GTA V they played Grand Theft Auto IV for a Let's Play. However, they've enjoyed GTA IV so much that they've made Monday the day they release a Let's Play involving the game, until Grand Theft Auto Online opened up in GTA V and took its place. Occasionally, they will play another Rockstar game instead of GTA, as they've had released some Let's Play videos of Red Dead Redemption in July and August 2013.
These two series receive new episodes on Tuesdays:
Let's Build, in which Geoff and Gavin (and if it involves a lot of Redstone, Ryan) show off the creation of many Minecraft contraptions used in Let's Play Minecraft and Things to Do in: Minecraft.
GO!, where all of the Achievement Hunters (sans Geoff, who runs the competition) all try to complete a specific goal in any game of their choosing — for example, Do a Barrel Roll. Whoever manages to achieve the set goal first gets a sticker, and once someone gets five stickers, they get a pizza party paid for by Geoff.
Various Let's Plays are released on Wednesdays.
On Thursdays, VS has each regular member of the Achievement Hunter crew (and now Lindsay) go one-on-one against one another in a game to win a fake WWE Championship belt and a small rooster trophy for a week. Each episode, the challenger gets to pick which game that s/he and the current champion plays.
On Saturdays, we have Full Play, Michael's solo Let's Play series, which is a return to what he used to do on his personal YouTube channel before he joined Achievement Hunter.
On Sundays (usually), we get Game Time. It's a relatively infrequent series hosted by Burnie, where he brings someone along to play a game with him. If the game doesn't allow for multiplayer, Burnie has the guest play it in his place while he provides commentary, which usually consists of providing insight into the lives or jobs of the Rooster Teeth or Achievement Hunter members.
The subjective tropes that apply to Achievement Hunter can be found on Rooster Teeth's YMMV page. Additionally, tropes relating to the AH employees can be found on their main company's Characters page; just click on the Characters button at the top and you'll be redirected to there.
Adult Fear: Geoff attempted to watch the infamous Dead Island trailer, despite being warned not to because... y'know, and having a little girl. He had to Rage Quit after twenty seconds before raging at developers Techland for the promotion of the game.
Ain't No Rule/Loophole Abuse: In Let's Play Minecraft episode 60, Gavin is making his Iron Ingots within King Ryan's palace, as no one can be killed there. Geoff spots Gavin and points out that, while he can't kill him, there's nothing that says he can't take his Iron Ore. Which he does.
Ryan is basically the incarnation of this rule and admits to having always been this way, such as being "that smartass" in college who delivered exactly what the professor asked for. He calls it "Creative Thinking". Michael calls him "the loophole guy".
Played with extensively in the "King" challenges in Let's Play Minecraft. After Ryan and Ray scored the crown by making use of this (Ain't No Rule says that they were prohibited from using items from previous challenges on the current one), everyone has taken to asking the King extensive questions on what is and is not permitted, both to establish what they can get away with and to prevent others from abusing the rules.
Anti-Climax: The Iron Golem Let's Play Minecraft ends kind of flat, since everyone had been getting pumped up to fight their created Iron Golem. It turns out that player-spawned ones never retaliate against the player, only world-spawned ones do, making the "death-match" a one-sided stomp.
Arrows on Fire: The Lava Wall Let's Play made every arrow fired (or dispensed) one of these.
Ascended Meme: The "Free Edgar 2013" meme* Referring to the trapped cow Ryan keeps under his house is actually a plot point in episodes 60 and 61 of Let's Play Minecraft.
The Tower of Pimps from Let's Play Minecraft has found its way into custom maps made for AH for Halo 4 and Trials Evolution. Only time will tell if the trend continues.
As of Update 12, a Tower of Pimps is hidden in Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition's tutorial map. Amazing considering that the Tower of Pimps began as nothing more than one of Gavin's methods of trolling, and even more amazing considering that he was drunk when he made it.
Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Quite a few times, the AH team, with the exception of Ray who is teetotal, have played drunk and caused various mishaps that they likely would not have done when sober.
Gavin takes the cake in the second Let's Play Minecraft. He's mentioned himself that editing the Let's Play afterward was painful to listen to. On the other hand, at the very least Gavin managed to steal Gold then stack 4 blocks of it and declare "I've made the Tower of Pimps, everyone gather around and worship me" in his drunken buffoonery (even though they thought the idea was stupid initially).
As You Know: Normally averted in Let's Play Minecraft as Michael usually doesn't know some Minecraft mechanic so Geoff and Gavin have an excuse to explain. Defied with the rules to the King challenges.
Geoff: Jack, you ask the same question every single time!
Jack: Yeah, well, what about the one guy who hasn't been watching the other ones and doesn't know the rules?
Michael: That one guy can go FUCK himself!
Awesome, yet Impractical: In Let's Play Minecraft episode 33, they show off the Achievement Racetrack, complete with shortcuts. However, when they finally use them (well, Geoff uses them), it's revealed that they're more "slowcuts" than anything else.
Ax-Crazy: Everybody becomes this at the end of episode 70 of Let's Play Minecraft. What makes it hilarious is that it started when Jack sets himself on fire and everything just spiraled downward from there.
Geoff: "Let's kill!"
Ryan is becoming progressively worse as episodes progress, starting with encasing his cow companion Edgar in a glass cage, to the point where a nickname of his is "the Mad King."
Ryan: "You don't understand. Edgar is the one in the hole."
His second reign as the king, in the meantime, is completely insane with increasingly bizarre challenges that involve people dying. And it turns out that none of it mattered.
Badass Beard: Jack has an awesome lumberjack beard, which he sometimes complements with flannel shirts.
Geoff: "I think I may have the three dumbest employees ever."
Michael: "To be fair, you hired all of us."
Batman Gambit: Geoff pulls one off that gets derailed and rerailed when he attempts to follow Jack and steal the win in "building a portal to the Nether". He gets lost and loses Jack, but when Jack builds the portal, only to get killed through a combination of getting crushed by gravel and Michael attacking him, Geoff finds it and finally makes the win.
In the Potions Let's Play, when Gavin and Michael are about to win, Ray teams up with Jack to kill Gavin and Michael. Gavin runs away as Michael stays back to defeat Jack and Ray, when Ray seemingly leaves Jack to be killed, only to be revealed to have caught up to Gavin, murdering him and making the two lose all their items.
Berserk Button: Michael obviously already has many, but Gavin presses a particular one in a Let's Build right here. Since there were no facecams, they were kind enough to illustrate Gavin's perspective in this incident.
Born Lucky: Marcus Gormley. It's the only explanation how he managed to survive Michael's incompetence all the way to Part 5 of Full Play - State of Decay with no less than three near-death experiences.
Brick Joke: Early in episode 2 of their Let's Play Minecraft series, Geoff made a hole in the roof of Ray's house so he could get inside much more easily. A good ten minutes later, we get this.
In the first King Ryan LP, Gavin makes a pool of lava after losing a challenge and uses it to kill a cow. In the second, 28 episodes later, he's running back to the throne room after losing a challenge... and runs directly into it. As pointed out by "Vhavoc11" on YouTube:
Funny thing is Gavin actually put that Lava there last time Ryan was King right after he lost the Lava challenge. He used it to kill a cow. Thats his Lava
The Cake Is a Lie: At the end of Mad King Ryan II, Ryan reveals that all the gold blocks earned in the previous challenges mean nothing, and one challenge will decide the winner of the Tower and the next king. Also see Golden Snitch below.
Call Back: The Achievement Hunters have a multitude of recurring self-referential inside jokes.
In the Survivors Beta 3 Let's Play, Ryan sees a car and Michael asks Gavin what kind of car he thinks it is. In the Slender Rage Quit Let's Play that Michael played with Gavin, Gavin spent several minutes trying to figure out the brand of the truck they saw with Michael angrily yelling at him that it didn't matter. All the funnier when you consider that Survivors is based off of Slender.
Almost all Let's Play Minecraft episodes take place in the same world, centered around a small town called "Achievement City". It's common for them to use locations shown in previous episodes of both the regular series and Things to Do in: Minecraft as points of reference.
Additionally, when they're talking about facts they have learned, and one of the points is oddly specific, odds are it's something that caused them much grief in a previous Let's Play, such as the fact that cacti in Minecraft destroy blocks, or that the GTAV fighter jets' bullets are explosive in nature.
Call Forward: Occurs occasionally in the Let's Builds, as the Let's Plays associated with them are usually released first. Examples include Gavin and Geoff talking about how hard the final jump of Thread the Needle will be (Jack gets it in a single attempt), and Gavin building his Chamber of Victory, which the others discover later.
Jack was very quiet and serious, very rarely even laughing due to being similarly focused on the task at hand. Jack's loosened up a lot since then, being a lot more energetic and genuinely having a laugh almost as much as Geoff's famous for.
Michael's relationship with Gavin was a lot more vitriolic earlier. Michael's moments of blowing up on Gavin were genuine bouts of anger and frustration, which were funny only to Gavin and the viewers then. It's only now that Michael actually appreciates and takes part in Gavin's antics.
Ray was easily The Quiet One, rarely talking or laughing, similar to Jack. Now, Ray's opened up more, becoming a lot more talkative, a lot more expressive and a Deadpan Snarker extraordinaire.
Ryan in the meantime has been growing to be increasing Ax-Crazy and creepy as the Let's Play Minecraft series progresses. He just plays it up as an on-screen persona... we hope.
Chekhov's Gun: In episode 2 of Let's Play Minecraft, Gavin used loads of Ray's gold to build four gold blocks and place them outside a house, jokingly naming it the "Tower of Pimps". Five weeks later, the Tower of Pimps is now the main prize for the winners of their obstacle courses.
An oft-missed one is Gavin saying "It is Achievement city down here!" in the first Minecraft episode. It might not be related, but the fact Achievement City was created only a few weeks afterwards makes this somewhat significant.
Also in episode 14, Plan G makes a comeback when Gavin uses it in an attempt to stop Ray from building the tower and claiming victory.
Let's Play Minecraft episode 19 is filled with these. They used wool, pistons and red stone to make a gigantic pig and sheep, with brown wool coming out of the sheep's rear and a ladder connecting it to the ground. When Gavin was running around, trying to get some supplies, a Creeper blew up near the pig's ladder. Shortly thereafter, the lever that grows the word "Fart" out of the ground makes a re-appearance. A Creeper chasing Gavin sets off the Plan G bomb and demolishes Achievement City, and the WipeoutDeath Course shows up again.
Let's Play Minecraft episode 28 has Gavin notice Caleb behind Ryan and going through his chest. Gavin does not think much of it and it is soon forgotten. It becomes this at the end of the video, when Caleb reveals that he was the one who cheated by stealing Michael and Gavin's fishes and placing them in Jack and Ryan's chest.
The giant stack of mushrooms in Minecraft ended up being used by the guys as a safehouse for their journey to a Nether Fortress.
A non-Minecraft example; in Left 4 Dead 2, near the beginning, Gavin pulls out a defibrillator and the guys laugh at how useless it is. Later, he uses the same defibrillator to revive Geoff.
In one episode of Things to Do in Minecraft, Geoff and Gavin show off the Hop 'Til You Drop obstacle course. It becomes Geoff's bane in Let's Play Minecraft episode 44 when he teleports himself there via Ender Pearl. In the lava pit portion. With the Tower of Pimps.
In Let's Play Minecraft episode 46, Ray finds a sponge block that was randomly placed in a chest. After he wins a round, he places the sponge next to the Tower of Pimps. Later on, he gets knocked out of the pit the Tower is in, so he tries to get back in by breaking the ice wall, only to release a waterfall in the pit, forcing Geoff to use the no-longer-pointless and very fitting sponge to plug the hole and stop the waterfall.
During a Worms Revolution Let's Play, Ray declares a section of the map with most of his worms as his base and sets down a turret which is never used for the rest of the game. Later on, a Bunker Buster used by Gavin which would have blown up Geoff's remaining worm accidentally hits the turret and saves him.
In another Worms Revolution playing, Gavin tries to jump off a cliff and use his rope swing to catch his fall, but he discovers that once his worm starts tumbling after a second, he can't use the rope. Later on, this same problem causes Ray to accidentally drop his final worm into the water and win the game for Michael.
In Let's Play Minecraft episode 58, it's the first game where they do a "King" series of games. Geoff mentions that after they're done, whoever wins will become the next king. Michael mentions that Gavin will never be king. But come episode 92...
Chekhov's Gunman: If Edgar the Cow is considered a character rather than an object. During Episode 47, Ryan mentions how a random cow moved into his house and refused to leave, so he might as well name his new pet Edgar. If only they knew how he'd come up again 13 episodes later...
City of Adventure: Achievement City, while not fitting the strictest definition, certainly qualifies. While it only has a few houses, it also serves as the location for about ninety percent of their lets plays, with Gavin and Geoff adding on new events and games all the time (including Dark Achievement City, which exists in the Nether).
Comic Trio: The Lads at times embody these roles during Let's Plays, with Michael as The Leader, Gavin as The Fool, and Ray as the Only Sane Man. That's not to say the Gents (Geoff, Jack, and Ryan) don't have their moments.
Conservation of Ninjutsu: Averted in their playthrough of Rainbox Six: Vegas 2. Though their 4 player-controlled operatives rack up a lot of kills, death happens very quickly in the game and they struggle to eliminate all 40+ terrorists before failing the mission. They even comment on the idiocy of sending a small squad after a small army of terrorists and expecting them to succeed.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Ryan just decimates Michael in VS episode two. In a first-to-twenty-kills deathmatch in Quake III: Arena, the final score was 20 to -4 in favor of Ryan, and Michael only got one kill on him.
In episode 4, Geoff challenges Jack to Sega Bass Fishing, an old favorite of Geoff's, and one that Jack had never played. The goal? Catch the biggest fish. Jack not only catches the biggest fish (at 11 lbs. 7 oz.) 10 minutes in, but goes on to catch another 11 and 9-pounder, compared to Geoff's best fish barely topping 5 lbs. Final score, one bruised ego later: Geoff 13 lbs, Jack 43 lbs.
In Lindsay's very first appearance in Vs., she challenged Gavin to Catlateral Damage.She got completely CRUSHED.
Damn You, Muscle Memory: Most of the Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 LPs have this from everyone, since they've become used to more modern shooter controls. By the end, everyone had confused the B button for another control besides grenade.
Gavin: "B" is... "B" is not cover, "B" is grenade!
Dark Horse Victory: Episode 90 ends with King Gavin, who had only won a single block the entire Let's Play and had only become king because of the final, all-or-nothing challenge.
Dark World: Episode 56 of Let's Play Minecraft reveals that Gavin and Geoff built a version of Achievement City in the Nether. While the layout is the same, some of the block materials have changed (notably, Ray's house is made of Soul Sand, so his house is shittier), Edgar is replaced by a villager, and the Tower of Pimps is upside down. Michael even references the trope namer.
And now there's a Let's Build showing the construction of Dark Achievement City.
Deadpan Snarker: Ray and Ryan. It does help that they are usually the quieter ones.
Deep-Immersion Gaming: Done using the face-mapping feature of Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 (to hilarious effect) by Geoff, Gavin, Jack, and Ryan in their Let's Plays of that game.
Defictionalization: Michael mentions how he found a glossary of the Achievement Hunters' made-up words for damage degrees and having to correct it, leading to jokes about the non-existent "The Gavin Free Dictionary". To no one's surprise, fan versions of exactly that sprung up days later. One example.
Down to the Last Play: Let's Play Minecraft episode 36 ends with the winner, Ryan, crafting a potion five seconds before the next person, Michael (working with Gavin).
Gavin: How could I have a four-hour Let's Play and lose in the last five seconds!
Let's Play Minecraft episode 53 also comes close to this, with almost everyone within one or two items of completing the "shopping list". The winner this time is Gavin, who came back from squandering an early lead.
Let's Play Minecraft episode 54, "I Spy", falls under this category. The player in second place, Ray (with 4 points), attempts to coerce a skeleton into shooting a creeper in order to get a music disc and tie the leader, Jack (with 5 points), before the sun rises and the game ends. It rises mere seconds before he gets the disc, so Jack keeps his lead and wins.
VS episode 18: Gavin challenged Michael to Marble Blast Ultra - first to win two rounds wins. At the end of the final round, Gavin is winning by 2 points, and Michael is about to reach a 2-point star - but the clock runs out just before he reaches it.
VS episode 23 is a double example, a best-of-7 match between Michael and Ray at the Banjo-Tooie minigames. Not only does it come down to the seventh game, but that comes down to the final seconds. Michael withstands a last-second charge by Ray and wins by ONE POINT, 61-60, taking the belt.
Another Michael/Ray example: "Let's PlayRed Dead Redemption Races". The two end up tied in points at the end of the first round of races, so the winner is decided by total time over the 4 races. Ray wins by 0.11 seconds.
VS episode 33: Jack versus Geoff in MX vs ATV: Alive. In their five-lap bike race, Geoff takes a big lead early but ends up falling back after driving too conservatively, and the fourth lap is basically neck-and-neck the whole way around. During the final lap, Jack crashes, but is able to catch up to Geoff. Geoff does manage to hold the lead, barely winning the belt.
VS episode 39: Geoff challenging Gavin to QWOP. For what Geoff describes as an "awful game", the battle is close, with each taking one of the first two rounds. By the last round, Gavin has figured out the technique needed to run, but can't master it, while Geoff has adapted the "twerking" technique that Gavin used to beat Michael in their Rage Quit episode of 2-player QWOP. The lead switches back and forth several times, and the winner ends up being Geoff.
Invoked and exaggerated during the Mad King's second reign. All of the challenges save for the last one did not matter at all, even when Ray got all the pieces, and that the winner is decided by the last challenge.
Early-Bird Cameo: Episode 15 of Let's Play Minecraft again has the guys wandering around the Achievement City map, this time stumbling across a handful of half-completed structures of future Let's Plays and Things To Do.
Early-Installment Weirdness: Most striking in the first ten episodes or so of Let's Play Minecraft, when their character skins weren't set, the Tower of Pimps wasn't used as a prize, everyone except Gavin was still learning how to play, Caleb was a lot more prominent, Axial Matt was their Game Master for their multiplayer maps and Ryan was not part of the main group yet.
You can also see it within Michael's Rage Quit videos as they refer to him by his message board name on the video description and most of the videos up until the game for X-Men Origins: Wolverine had him just focused on one part.
While playing Minecraft, the guys lost track of their house, so one of 'em decided to make another one... before turning around to see their original house two feet away. Ray walks right past the old house before he starts working on the new one.
In their first Worms game, Michael had one last character to use, so he used a jet pack to get to where Geoff was at... and then he fell into the water.
During their second Let's Play of Worms, Ray's last worm single handedly fire punched all 4 of Michael's worms to death through a combination of Michael's incompetence and a lot of luck to win the game.
Similarly, in the same game, Ray launched an air strike on two worms who were pretty close together, one belonging to Geoff, the other to Gavin, and due to several scant pieces of debris above them, the rockets from the air strike completely missed the two worms, causing almost perfectly placed explosions to go off around them but not deal even a single point of damage.
In episode 37, the gang frustratingly had to jump on snow and ice blocks in the sky, mine the Tower of Pimps and place the tower next to a sign with their name on it. Towards the end of the episode, Ray made it to the end and mined the tower. Gavin caught up to Ray while in the middle of constructing the tower, ensuing a fight involving diamond pickaxes. Ray falls off a cliff nearby and Gavin acquires the rest of the tower. He places the rest where Ray left off, only to realize that he placed the rest right next to Ray's name, accidentally declaring Ray the winner. This resulted in an epic scream from Gavin and plenty of jabs from the rest.
"SURPRISE, MOTHERFUCKER!... Aw goddammit I fell. I fell, fuck. Fuckin' hole."
In VS episode 13, Gavin selected the 2012 Olympics game he showed competency in the previous Let's Play of the title. However in the second event, Gavin COMPLETELY FAILS TO SCORE, and Ray's utter domination in the Archery event leads to cries that Gavin "ruined the name of Mark Nutt."
Lindsay's involvement in Splat X. In a game that's all about parachuting, she's not yet at a level where she can use parachutes. She just freefalls to her death every time.
The Gents' performance on the 2014 Super Bowl Special. Jack (and later Ryan) play QB and manage to throw 10 interceptions. They're easily the Lads' best offensive resource. At one point, Jack simply leaves the room. The best part about all this is that the Lads' quarterback was Gavin of all people, who managed to rout the Gents despite not only having a partial grasp of the controls, he has a weak knowledge of American football itself (a fact that Michael doesn't hesitate to rub in Geoff's face).
Exact Words: During the "King" challenges of Let's Play Minecraft, several times a claimant to the throne uses this to their advantage, especially Ray, Ryan, and Geoff. For instance, after narrowing down the exact wording of the challenge to "bring a wolf that you tamed yourself to the throne room", Geoff just retrieves his dog from Achievement City instead of finding another one, as he did indeed tame it himself. This has lead to people extensively clarifying the rules to see if there is any loose end in the wording to exploit.
Failed a Spot Check: Combined with Late to the Punchline. In episode 28 of Let's Play Minecraft, Michael ends up discovering a picture of two karate guys, wonders when they had this, only to learn that they've had it for the longest time - since episode 15.
Another one happens in episode 33. Ryan accidentally reverts his boat to a pickup and picks it back up, questioning "Where did my boat go?" as his character holds it in his hand.
Both Teams Gents and Lads do this during Lava wall, whenever they focus heavily on offense they turn around to find out that their fortifications are severely burning down but they didn't notice. Team Gents lost without them even knowing it at first.
Fish out of Water: Despite their experience with gaming, once in a while they'll do a Let's Play of something where most or all of them have no experience in just to see how well they fare. Case in point, their skirmishes in League of Legends demonstrates that they are... not well versed in the MOBA genre, to put it lightly.
Five-Man Band: The core cast members eventually solidified into one (with some overlap between roles):
The Leader: Geoff, the boss of Achievement Hunter and the GM of many Let's Plays.
The Sixth Ranger: Ryan, the AH tech guy who participated midway through and ended up a full cast member.
Foreshadowing: An unintentional example. In part 2 of the Galacticraft mod let's play in Minecraft, Michael gets tired of not having anything to do, so he asks Ryan to give him something to do, saying he wants something easy that he can still take credit for later. He gives "making a baby" as an example. Later on, from what we hear in other let's plays, part 3 of Galacticraft was interrupted and delayed because, during recording, Ryan - or more specifically, Ryan's wife - had a baby.
Did you really expect Mad King Ryan Part 2 to not have something involving Edgar?
Ryan: "Edgar isn't in there to be mean to Edgar; Edgar is in there to protect YOU. Let's make sure we never find out what that means, alright?"
Freudian Trio: Team Lads forms one with Michael as the Id, Ray as the Superego, and Gavin as the Ego. Though they are an effective group, on occasion when things go badly, the Ego isn't the one mediating between Id and Superego (as per tradition for this trope), the Ego is usually causingthe problem to begin with.
Friend or Foe: The crew had this problem frequently during Let's Play: Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, often mistakening a teammate for a terrorist and gunning them down by reflex. The problem got worse whenever someone's custom skin happened to look like the enemies' uniforms.
Ray: (after getting killed by accident) I really should not be wearing red...
Funny Background Event: In nearly every AHWU featuring Michael, Gavin, and Ray. While Geoff and Jack are delivering the actual updates, the Lads will be seen behind them in the background climbing over each other and the furniture, making all manner of gestures, and often attempting to directly distract Geoff and Jack.
In "Things To Do In Grand Theft Auto IV: AAA", during one of the scenes involving one of the broke down motorists, you can see Michael losing control of his helicopter and diving backwards to the ground.
When playing games with a text chat feature, the AH Lads will type amusing messages to each other, though said messages are almost never commented on by anyone playing the game.
Most of the regular videos have one of the other Achievement Hunters interjecting into the commentary that the main two guys are doing, such as Geoff laughing his butt off in Ray and Michael's Best of Fails videos.
Genre Savvy: Several times during Let's Play Minecraft, someone (often Ray or Ryan) finds the Tower of Pimps or the objective and stays quiet about it, since everyone's used to getting information whenever someone yells as an event transpires. It's gotten to the point that someone being suspiciously quiet has become a dead-giveaway that they've made significant progress.
Hellish Copter: ANYTIME Gavin tries to fly a chopper (especially in GTA), expect some hilariously bad performance.
The Hero: Despite their incompetence, there are times that the guys turn Badass just long enough to qualify.
While he's still inept and trollish in Minecraft, Gavin has taken on himself to be The Hero for a few Let's Play Minecraft episodes. He led the team to the stronghold in episode 25. In episode 26, he and Ray helped to grow a melon. Lastly, in episode 30, he led Geoff to the mushroom.
At a time where Gavin's trolling kept screwing everybody over (including himself), Michael pretty much carries the team through Mari0.
Ray during Black Ops Zombies 2. Sans Michael and Ryan, everybody was The Load, and Ray had to turn One-Man Army without any of the top weapons and barely any bonuses to win the game.
These two and Gavin, really (all three being collectively referred to as "Team Lads"). Michael frequently refers to all of the Mavin fiction he's found on the Internet, and he and Gavin frequently cooperate in episodes of Let's Play Minecraft as "Team Nice Dynamite". Ray and Gavin also are bonded by their aliases as X-Ray and Vav in other Let's Plays and achievement guides. The intersection of all three teams can be found in fan art such as this◊.
Hollywood Police Driving Academy: "Let's Play Grand Theft Auto IV - Cops 'n Crooks Part 1" show that the guys love to drive this way, with Gavin being the worst offender. Of course, with the game being a Wide Open Sandbox, there are plenty of cars to use and wreck. This trend persists throughout the rest of the Cops 'n Crooks videos, to the point where Gavin's horrendous driving costs the Lads several rounds and gets him kicked from the team... temporarily.
Honor Before Reason: What leads to Geoff losing to Michael in Let's Play Minecraft episode 66. Geoff and Michael had previously agreed that whoever found a diamond (the only thing they needed to make a jukebox) would alert the other and they could fight to the death over it. Geoff is the one who finds it, and even though he has no armor and a weaker sword, he still makes the challenge, refusing to keep quiet and sneak away because of the agreement. Naturally, Michael successfully murders him, takes the diamond, and wins.
How Do I Shot Web?: Geoff sometimes overlooks obvious in-game mechanics until someone points them out to him. The earliest and greatest example is when he played through all of Crackdown without knowing that it is possible to lock on to enemies.
Everyone spent some time getting used to PC controls when they used that version of Minecraft for a few episodes, struggling to do basic things that would have come as easily as breathing on the X-Box. The worst part was the crafting system: the recipes are shown in the X-Box version, but actually placing everything onto the crafting grid by hand took them quite a while to get used to.
Hub City: "Achievement City" in Minecraft. It houses their official homes and an Obsidian block (a sponge block for Ray)* It used to be a dirt block until Ray had been trying to replace it with the sponge. The change was finally allowed in episode 61 of Let's Play Minecraft. for whenever they win the Tower of Pimps. They've built several obstacle courses around Achievement City, so the rest of the map doesn't go to waste.
Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Referenced in the title of the Most Dangerous GameLet's Play Minecraft episode. King Ryan also refers to human-hunting when he begins Mad King Ryan by donning a full set of Diamond and giving everyone a 30 second head start.
The Hyena: Geoff and Gavin easily have the most recognizable laughs and they're the ones that laugh the most too.
Hypocritical Humor: When Gavin gets annoyed during recordings and has a fit of rage, doing something such as throwing his controller or smashing his desk, the others will be quick to comment on it and say that only babies do that. Keep in mind that among the people saying this are Geoff and Michael, who are both very prone to their own freakouts far more often than Gavin is. Not to mention how Michael has actually broken controllers due to his anger.
Idiot Ball: At least once an episode in Minecraft someone will pick this up and forget about a gameplay mechanic that they really ought to know. Gavin has one of these frequently due to his impressive acquired knowledge of the game and equally impressive tendency to forget it.
Geoff forgets that Wood can be smelted into Charcoal when he complains about a lack of Coal during the King Ray episode, something so basic that even beginners learn it within 20 minutes of starting the game.
Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: During VS episode 30, Gavin and Michael faced off in Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned in Chopper vs. Chopper, a mode where two players take turns as a motorbiker trying to reach checkpoints and a helicopter pilot trying to kill the biker. Mostly due to how hard it is to fly the helicopter and aim, both had some ridiculously long bouts of firing the minigun and hitting everything except the biker.
Laser-Guided Karma: In the Let's Play Minecraft Shopping List episodes (52 & 53), Ryan traps Gavin underwater as Gavin was trying to make a hole under the ocean, causing him to drown and lose his stuff to Ryan. Eventually, it got to the point where all Ryan needed was an egg to bake a cake in order to win, and was sort of misleading the others to find a dungeon where he has still left some cocoa beans to make cookies. Instead, everyone but Ryan were finding chickens and eggs while Gavin eventually caught up, made his cake, and put it on his board to nab the win.
In episode 37, "Clouds", Gavin knocks Ray's controller out of his hands to prevent him from winning the match. Eventually Gavin inadvertently erects a Tower of Pimps in Ray's slot rather than his own, winning the match for Ray.
Made of Iron: In "Let's Play Grand Theft Auto IV", the AH gang realize SU Vs are tough little mothers and decide not to use them again. In the last round, Geoff and Ryan get trucks and they're the first ones to fall, but not without a fight.
Macguffin: The Tower of Pimps is used as this in some Let's Play Minecraft episodes as the objective to find and assemble in a particular spot as opposed to just being the prize for winning. It's mostly arbitrary as the challenge could be completed by substituting any other set of blocks in. It's useful as an objective since a 1x5 stack doesn't take too long to mine then rebuild, but its rather difficult to do while under attack, and it can be broken up into either 4 or 5 pieces so that the pieces have to be found separately or can be given to the Let's Players (one apiece) to fight over.
Marathon Episode: The Fuel Let's Play. It's almost two hours of racing from one corner of the in-game map to the other, with very little editing involved. There's facecams, pizza deliveries, box balancing, and Ryan's Xbox freezing about an hour and a half in. To add insult to injury, there were doing this to get an achievement, which Michael did not get when he won the race.
Missing Episode: One episode of Let's Build was removed after the comments got filled with long arguments about a game Geoff and Gavin made up and discuss during the video, in which they follow hot chicks around in cars called "Connect the Hots".
There exists a filmed Let's Play of Magic: The Gathering which has been mentioned several times in other Let's Plays, but Geoff said at the AH Panel at RTX 2013 that it's never going to come out. It remains, according to him, the only LP that the group unanimously voted to never release.
Mugging the Monster: Every time on VS the challenger picks their game expecting the current belt-holder to be bad at it, only for them to show surprising competence and beat them at their own game. One example: Gavin wrecks Lindsay at Catlateral Damage since she forgot that his ability to mess everything up is second to none.
Bullying a Dragon: Sometimes the challenger knows that the current champion is better than them at a game but tries their hand at it anyway (usually with predictable results). Probably the most prominent example is Gavin challenging Ray to Black Ops 2 even though he was inexperienced and knew that Ray had prestiged the game six times.
It can even happen with a game that neither player has tried. In episode 51, Jack challenges Ryan to a round of You Don't Know Jack, a trivia game that neither had played before (though Geoff and Ray were familiar with it, and knew how crazy the matches would get), all while expressing confidence that he will be able win. After a few... surreal questioning sessions, JACK expresses confusion at the game's content, to the consternation of everyone.
Jack: Is this a game?
Michael: YOU PICKED IT!
Michael points out that the reason nobody had picked the game for VS. to this point was likely because the other guys knew how random the rounds would be.
The Nicknamer: Gavin and Ray have coined several and catchphrases and nicknames that have been adopted by the rest of the crew in videos ("gubbins" started off as Gavin-speak) and even made it onto the merchandise.
No Indoor Voice: These guys get loud, especially during intense moments, where even the less reactive cast members start screaming and swearing. In (rough) order from least to most loud: Jack, Ryan, Ray, Gavin, Geoff, then MICHAEL.
No OSHA Compliance: Achievement City stands out as being horribly unsafe due to having craptons of TNT beneath the surface, which combined with no monster-deterrents has resulted in a Creeper blowing everything up more than a few times.
Obvious Rule Patch: Episode 79 of Let's Play Minecraft (King Michael) had the king specify that all items had to be destroyed at the end of each challenge so that they couldn't be used again. To compensate the basic items needed for each challenge were provided to level the playing field. The reason for this was Michael being rather unimpressed by Ray and Ryan's use of Ain't No Rule in the previous "King" challenges to do exactly what he prohibits.
Old Shame: Creeper Soccer is this for Geoff and Gavin. Due to a design flaw (the floor and the dispensers kept being destroyed by the Creepers' explosions) the Let's Play became basically unplayable.
The Let's Play Magic: The Gathering video. Apparently it's the only video ever unanimously voted to not be released for whatever reasons, and Geoff intends that it never sees the light of day.
Once More with Clarity: At the end of Let's Play Minecraft episode 61, showing how Ryan returned Edgar to the hole.
One-Man Army: Halfway through their first Let's Play of Trouble In Terrorist Town, a random server denizen named Shadowiz guns down Ray, Michael, Ryan and Gavin. He also kills Geoff on account of blowing up and catching Geoff in the line of fire. Ray's body gets thrown around ragdoll style in the air and hanged for good measure. They were so impressed that they still Shout-Out to "Shadles," as they pronounce his name, much later.
Out-Gambitted: Michael finally freed Edgar from his prison beneath Ryan's house, hoping to see a great reaction. Unfortunately, Ryan figured it out earlier than intended...
In addition, there was also their "failsafe" plan: the hundreds of TNT blocks underneath Achievement City and the nondescript button used to detonate them.
Episodes 6 and 7 of Let's Play Minecraft was supposed to be a combination of this and a Batman Gambit in that Geoff made the entire competition specifically so he could pull a Kaizo Trap on Jack, but Jack became a Spanner in the Works by mining somewhere that Geoff wasn't expecting. Geoff still won thanks to Michael's trolling, but he considered it a hollow victory.
Gavin and Geoff booby trap Ray's house in Minecraft so that it fills up with cakes. It was totally Worth It.
The creation of Dark Achievement City was so long that the Let's Build of it was split into 3 separate parts (and that's with some heavy editing) for a very small reaction.
Previously On: Episode 61 of Let's Play Minecraft has one of these, reminding the audience that Michael freed Edgar from his cage in the previous segment. Doubles as Spoiler Opening, since this tips people off that this particular act will be of importance later on.
Pun: In GO! episode 2, the Hunters are in GTA IV again, and are complaining about how horrible the game looks compared to GTA V. Gavin at one point says "This game looks like absolute garbage!" Cue a screen cut to him driving a garbage truck.
In Let's Play Minecraft episode 13, Gavin at one point puts a sign on a tree that had "Bad News" written on it, then says "This tree has bad news all over it." Geoff responds, "That's... fucking lame."
Gavin also does this in Let's Play Minecraft episode 32, after Geoff beats him for the Tower of Pimps because everyone ganged up on him.
Power Trio: Two: the Lads (composed of Ray, Michael, and Gavin), and the Gents (Geoff, Jack, and Ryan).
Prop Recycling: In Let's Play Minecraft, sets are sometimes re-used for different episodes for various reasons, partially because Gavin and Geoff have admitted that they felt too lazy to build another one that week.
The same map usually gets reused whenever they do "[Episode Name] X", a re-visit of the old challenge with changed rules.
The "King" Episodes recycle the same throne area though with modifications as each king sees fit.
And, of course, there's the Tower of Pimps (both the in-game one and the real life mini-prop), which is never going away for obvious reasons.
Pyro Maniac: Gavin is a menace with a bucket of lava in Minecraft.
In the very first Let's Play Minecraft, after everyone works together to build a house, Gavin sets it on fire.
In the Grifball episode, Gavin spends the first fifteen minutes of video time running around lighting the arena on fire. This is the edited version, Michael claims it was more like five hours. Half of the arena's exterior is gone by the end of the video.
Every time Jack wins the Tower Of Pimps, Gavin sets his house on fire in Achievement City.
The Rival: Their Let's PlayWorms episodes ultimately boil down to Ray versus Michael. Out of seven rounds, Michael won three and Ray won four. In fact, at different points, both won three in a row.
Running Gag: Gavin stealing all the gold and turning it into a four-block "Tower of Pimps" became the standard symbol for who won their Minecraft competitions.
Ray is obsessed with roses in Minecraft. His house is covered in them, his chest has many stacks of them, before starting any competition he makes it a point to gather roses either from his chest or the environment; he just can't win without them. Sometimes he uses them as weapons. During the monster-catching challenge he tossed out roses to a zombie he was luring. Apparently, his hero is Tuxedo Mask.
He also became obsessed with sponges after finding one in a chest during "Cloud Down", to the point where a sponge is now used as his base for the Tower of Pimps.
He has started to hate cake ever since he went "cakeless" in Wipeout. This hatred carries over to any video game cake, such as Layer-Cake Desert in New Super Mario Bros. U.
Gavin loves burning down Jack's Minecraft house whenever he wins the Tower of Pimps. It's not helped by the fact Jack's house is made of wood and was originally designed with a lava trap in the ceiling.
Jack constantly forgets the name of Halo vehicles, such as calling Ghosts "Banshees" or Falcons "Hornets".
Geoff seems to have a really hard time getting the Achievement Hunters to shut up and pay attention when he's explaining the challenge of the week and can usually be counted on to jokingly fire someone (or everyone), or at the least comment on how dumb his employees are.
Michael very frequently has trouble operating doors in Minecraft, usually by pressing a button then not being able to walk through the Iron door before it closes on him several times in a row (to his consternation).
Whenever anyone mentions "coal" or "flint" in passing during a Let's Play Minecraft episode, someone else always has to ask "Flynt Coal?" in reference to a running joke starting when someone mashed the two words together and everyone agreed it sounded like a secret agent's name.
Somewhat meta example, but in their regular Fails of the Weak segment, at least one of the comments will complain about how they mis-spelt 'week'.
Schmuck Bait: Geoff and Gavin made a statue once in Minecraft and claimed that hitting the button in the back opened a door to goodies, when in fact it would set off TNT all the way to bedrock. No one fell for this in the slightest, though, since it was a statue of a CREEPER.
Self-Deprecation: Whenever Ray does an achievement guide, he will often say he's bad at games, despite having a crazy-high gamerscore nearing 400,000 points (with over 350 games at 100% completion) and roflstomping everyone in Max Payne 3 multiplayer.
Michael frequently posts comments under his personal YouTube account LtMkilla, saying how much Rage Quit sucks or what a loser that Rage Quit guy is. Add in oblivious RT fans trying to defend Michael from LtMkilla and Hilarity Ensues.
Ray has taken it upon himself to do this with his own YouTube channel B1GnBr0wN on guides and videos that star him, usually saying "First!" before proceeding to insult himself with horrible grammar.
Geoff: "We can't even enter the game without failure!" During one of the Grand Theft Auto IV Let's Plays, when the guys had difficulty pressing ready to begin the match.
Seinfeldian Conversation: Fails of the Weak sometimes becomes this, such an one episode where Geoff and Jack started thinking up nicknames for Russian strippers. These are also common in other Let's Plays, such as in Minecraft when there nothing exciting going on at the very start of a challenge; the ones that are deemed funny enough are left intact during editing.
Separated by a Common Language: The others, particularly Michael, often comment on British slang words Gavin uses, asking what they mean and accusing him of making them up.
Serial Escalation: The Let's Play "Grand Theft Auto IV Last Action Hero" goes from Gavin trying to land in a boat from a motorcycle to Ray, Ryan and Michael attempting this with cars, coaches and helicopters.
Ship Tease: Michael and Gavin are notorious for this, both being fully aware of Mavin shipping. It ranges from off-handed comments during Let's Plays to regularly invading one another's personal space. Doubles as Fanservice.
Shoot the Shaggy Dog: As Ryan revealed, he designates any cow in the hole as "Edgar", meaning no matter how many times Achievement Hunter frees "Edgar", Ryan will always just lure another cow in the hole. We see nothing to suggest that Edgar will ever be free, unless someone forces Ryan to do so.
Sound Effect Bleep: Even with the amount of language they use that doesn't get cut, they sometimes have to resort to this to cover up really bad words or in the instance they have to edit out someone's personal information/messages. The written version of this occurs during Let's Play Minecraft Hunger Games episode.
Jack: (reading sign) '...to win be the last survivor and return to claim the Tower of *CENSORED*' ... huh, I guess you can't say 'pimps' on a sign in Minecraft.
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: They are this to all of Rooster Teeth, owing to the Let's Plays becoming a huge chunk of Rooster Teeth's content. It reaches the point where some watchers of the Let's Plays not knowing who Burnie, Gus, etc. even are.
Springtime for Hitler: Episode 91 of Let's Play Minecraft is just a competition to see who can die the most ways. Sounds simple enough to run around failing as much as possible... except that Gavin and Jack spent a good while trying to get killed by a Ghast and kept screwing it up (in other words, failing at failing). note They were trying to get the specific killfeed message "X was fireballed by a Ghast" which requires dying to the fireball itself; dying to the area-of-effect explosion gets "X blew up" and dying to the resulting fire gets "X burned to death" or "X went up in flames".
Squad Nicknames: They've formed so many duos, trios, and teams that the list we had on their team names was getting too long to manage here, so we're now just going to link to the group's article on The Rooster Teeth Wiki to make it easier for us. Select the Normal and Other Team Names sections there to see the entire list of AH teams.
The most recurring set of squads are divided based on older and younger: Team Gents (Geoff, Jack, Ryan) versus Team Lads (Ray, Gavin, Michael). Since their debut in the Capture The Tower Let's Play Minecraft episode it's become a standard to play team challenges this way.
Squee: In VS episode 5, the entire crew seems to squee at the various Cartoon Network characters showing up, with Geoff exclaiming at one point "Is that Captain Planet?!" when they see him on the character list.
Superweapon Surprise: Subverted. Team Lads planned to do this with a TNT Cannon in Lava Wall as a finisher move, even though Team Gents knew it was probably coming since both sides had the components for one and Gavin knew how to make one. Despite the cannon taking damage he managed to rig a makeshift one in the end. He tells Ray to press his button too early and the whole thing literally blew up in their faces. Michael and Ray were not amused.
Take That, Audience!: VS episode 35 baits the viewers into think Michael and Ray were going to play Pokémon X and Y, which was something people had been begging for, before declaring that doing so would be boring to watch and showing off the real game.
Team Pet: Edgar, in Ryan's opinion. The others aren't so sure that pet is the right word...
There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Episode 92 of Let's Play Minecraft accidentally makes this happen. The challenge is to manufacture then kill an Iron Golem, which has 100 hearts of health compared to a player's 10 and hits like a truck normally. As a result the challengers keep coming up with increasingly elaborate plans to kill their golem safely (as getting killed results in disqualification) like encasing them then using lava or tons of arrows. Everything turns out to be for naught when they figure out that player-spawned golems will never retaliate against them while game-spawned ones do.
Throwing the Fight: Gavin is actually good at Minecraft, but he often intentionally plays badly or causes trouble for the others for entertainment value.
Too Dumb to Live: Invoked along with Death Seeker in Episode 91 of Let's Play Minecraft (Darwin Awards). Since the objective is to die in as many ways as possible, everyone ran around intentionally getting murdered the entire time.
Tournament Arc: Achievement HORSE hosted one, using Halo: Reach as the hub. The contestants all do something in a custom Reach map (like using sniper rifles and shooting off places to ricochet towards their target). Those who make it past the most courses moves onto the next round.
Since episode 8 of Let's Play Minecraft, the guys have been competing for the chance to get the Tower of Pimps (i.e. a stack of four golden blocks). Initially, they would just split up and mine until they found gold, which they would then craft into blocks and stack them up. From episode 10 onwards, they've built entire obstacle courses for the guys to compete in, and the winner gets that gold block tower as bragging rights.
Trash the Set: While certainly not planned, Achievement City has certainly fallen to this a few times thanks to "Plan G". The most recent incident that wasn't "Plan G"-related happened in Let's Play Minecraft episode 54, in which a Creeper explodes near Gavin and sets off the dynamite hidden underneath, destroying the town. Then Gavin replaces the water in Jack's tower with lava and his house burns down. The end of the episode has the entire crew just staring at the destruction.
Troubled Production: Episode 39 of Let's Play Minecraft starts off revealing that a very brief power outage killed an hour of gaming and filming. They weren't happy about it.
Some of the Let's Build videos suffer from impeded progress or decision-making problems between Gavin and Geoff. One of the most problematic jobs was Dark Achievement City since most of Achievement City is flammable and kept getting blown up or set alight by Ghasts and Blazes, as well as other complications from building in the Nether.
Cue everyone commenting on how Ryan is a "disturbing person."
A comedic version from "Dark Petting Zoo", which doubles as a Brick Joke:
Ray: "You said the Creeper was friendly!"note Said Creeper being the Friendly Creepy sitting by the Nether portal on the surface.
Immediately after Ray successfully wins his fourth gold block in Episode 90 and the others are celebrating his victory, Ryan drops this bombshell.
Ryan: "Except... that..."
Jack: "Wait wait wait, your king is saying something."
Ryan: "Your king has an announcement. Uh... As it turns out... uh... those gold blocks are kind of falsey. You have a final task you must complete before any winner is declared. The winner of this task, wins. Everything to this point was merely prelude."
Who's Laughing Now?: In the Lava Wall Let's Play Minecraft episode, Team Gents (well, mostly Geoff) laughs like a bunch of hyenas on crack when Gavin's idiocy causes Team Lad's TNT Cannon to utterly fail. Then abruptly Team Gents realized they lost while they weren't watching their tower, to which Team Lads promptly returned the favor.
X Must Not Win: While he has his own stupidity and dickish tendencies to blame most of the time, Gavin can't seem to win the Tower of Pimps even when he doesbring his A-game. The main reason seems to be everyone else immediately putting aside their differences to stop Gavin since to them, the only thing worse than losing is having Gavin win.
Jack: (and several others) Gavin not winning is almost better than winning.
You're Insane!: The crew as a whole delivers this to Ryan after discovering he considers any cow trapped under his house to be "Edgar", meaning he'll eternally trap him, and he'll never be free.