—Ray Narvaez, Jr. signaling the start of an Achievement Hunter Let's Play
Achievement Hunter is a division of Rooster Teeth that broadcasts how-to guides on acquiring various achievements in games for Xbox Live and other platforms with Achievement Systems, and a collective of YouTube series that invokes Let's Play videos and other nonsense. Created on July 29, 2008 by Rooster Teeth co-founder Geoff Ramsey and fellow cohort Jack Pattillo, AH has become a very popular part of the company. They control a separate YouTube channel for their Let's Plays called, funnily enough, 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, while the other division employees currently include Lindsay Jones, Caleb Denecour, Kdin Jenzen, Matt Bragg, and Jeremy Dooley. Kerry Shawcross of the same overall company is also a frequent collaborator with the group.
The many series of Achievement Hunter include:
Fails of the Weak, where the Hunters (usually Jack and Geoff) comment on and laugh at players' submitted video mistakes as well as weird things related to latency in multiplayer sessions and AI mishaps in games. Originally, the series started exclusively with Halo: Reach fails until the 117th episode on December 14, 2012 which started covering Halo 4 fails. Later starting on Volume 178 they covered any Halo game on the Xbox 360, including Halo 4, Halo: Reach, and even the years-old Halo 3. Today, starting with Volume 200 on July 18, 2014, the series had combined with the GameFails channel. The series is now a replacement for the former GameFails weekly recap that ended the week before, and thus now covers all video games, no longer just Halo. Also, while they previously covered ten failures a week, the series now only goes through five fails a week like the former weekly recap. New episodes are on Fridays.
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. HUNT is updated on Wednesdays.
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 on Mondays.
Game Night, in which Caleb Denecour and Geoff Ramsey explain about a custom Halo game they've played recently with the community while Gavin shouts, "WHAT IS GAME NIGHT?!" The last episode of the original Game Night was on Valentine's Day 2014. It has been replaced by a new Game Night that is livestreamed and is not strictly Halo-focused.
Coming Soon, in which Kdin Jenzen explains about upcoming games of the current month as quickly as possible. New episodes are published every first day of the month.
Play Pals, a series introduced in May 2014 that features Team Nice Dynamite (Michael and Gavin) playing a game together. Like a Let's Play, but heavily edited to a much shorter video. New episodes are published on Thursdays when there is not a new episode of Rage Quit.
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.
The Daily Fail, where each weekday the Hunters cover three fails to comment on. Before this show, there was Recap of the Week on Fridays hosted by Michael and Ray, where they covered the five most viewed fails of the week before the week of a new episode's publishing. After the recap for the week of June 30, 2014, the series has since been replaced by the no-longer-Halo-focused Fails of the Weak.
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". Most of the videos in this series focus on the games played in their leading Let's Play series (Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto). New things to do in these games are revealed on Wednesdays.
Trials Files has Jack and Geoff show off a community-created Trials map. New maps are shown off on Tuesdays.
Five Facts has the Hunters explain five different little-known facts about a video game (or occasionally five different video games) that they find interesting on Tuesdays.
Countdown, a series that debuted in May 2014 where the Hunter go over a list of their top instances of a subject in video games. New episodes are on Mondays.
MegaCraft, which was first a Community Hunter series, has Matt Bragg looking at various large Minecraft maps submitted by the community. New episodes are out on Mondays.
Imaginary Achievements, where the community makes up achievements they think should be in games hosted by Jeremy Dooley. New episodes come out on Wednesdays.
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 PlayGrand Theft Auto. Mondays used to be just for random Let's Plays, but in anticipation for Grand Theft Auto 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. In addition, they have played Red Dead Redemption before in July and August 2013, when it was not exactly certain if Let's Play GTA was a thing for them as it is now. Despite being completely GTA-focused today, the playlist that holds the episodes is still officially titled Let's Play Monday.
These 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.
In 2014, AH started playing various video game adaptations of board games and game shows, which as evidenced by the folder in their funny moments page became significantly popular. This bi-weekly series has now been dubbed Trivia Tuesday.
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.
Previously on Sundays (usually), we got 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. After a brief retirement, the series was brought back for six episodes that will involve people who will work on the company's future film, Lazer Team, as a result of reaching $750,000 in their Indiegogo campaign.
Also on Sundays are Podcast Crew Let's Plays featuring Rooster Teeth staffers who commonly star on the Rooster Teeth Podcast.
Also there is Game Kids, a infrequently-updated series where Burnie Burns plays games with his children, JD and Teddy.
Tropes relating to Let's Play Minecraft, Let's Build, and Things to Do in Minecraft can be found here, while tropes relating to Let's Play Grand Theft Auto and Things to Do in Grand Theft Auto can be found here.
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: 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".
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 a teetotaler, have played drunk and caused various mishaps that they likely would not have done when sober.
Gavin takes the cake in the second episode of 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 four 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).
Artifact Title: Let's Play Grand Theft Auto is still published in a playlist called Let's Play Monday despite having completely taken over Mondays.
Also partially applies to the very division itself. Seriously, do most people still go to the website over other websites for their achievement guides and not their Let's Plays?
Badass Beard: Jack has an awesome lumberjack beard, which he sometimes complements with flannel shirts.
Big, Thin, Short Trio: Team Lads; Michael is the big guy, Gavin is the thin guy, and Ray is the short guy.
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.
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.
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 GTA V fighter jets' bullets are explosive in nature.
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. He has also become much less of a Sore Loser (especially when it comes to Gavin) and might even consider him a Worthy Opponent once in a while.
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 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.
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.
Same series, different game: In the first Worms Battlegrounds game, Gavin blows himself up with mortars after firing them straight up, claiming he was trying to account for the wind. That same wind blows Ray's penultimate worm into the ocean when trying to parachute onto the ledge with Geoff's last worm in sudden death.
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 Rainbow 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.
Special mention goes to Gavin for challenging Ray to Call of Duty: Black Ops, which he never played before, while Ray, on the other hand, had already Prestiged six times in it. Michael notes that while Ray is good at everything, he's "The Black Ops Guy."
While Gavin did earn a respectable score of 11, Ray still held the lead the entire match.
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 VS episode four, 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.
Another VS decimation came in Episode 60, with Ryan challenging Lindsay to Cat with Bow Golf. Ryan's final score was -34; Lindsey's was +60 - a difference of 94 strokes.note This is because the game records "drop outs" when the cat falls out of the arena during any particular hole, with high positive strokes recorded. Lindsay had three drop outs; Ryan had none.
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 function of the 'B' button.
Gavin: "'B' is... 'B' is not cover, 'B' is grenade!"
Deadpan Snarker: Ray and Ryan, also known as the R & R Connection. 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.
Down to the Last Play: 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.
The Last of Us Remastered part 2 has the team play Interrogation mode for the first time. Both teams eventually manage to get the location of the opposing team's lockbox, and Michael is just barely able to unlock the Gents' just before Ryan can unlock the Lads'.
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 four 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.
Speaking of Worms, nobody gets more of these than Gavin. He almost never goes a single move without hurting or killing one of his worms. There has been at least one round where he killed all of his worms. It's gotten to a point where Gavin is comparable to Zapp Brannigan of Futurama.
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 ten 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).
Part 2 of their 7 Days To Die Let's Play has this happen at the end. After fighting off two hordes and spending an entire in-game day building a wall and digging a trench around the house that they claimed as their base, they found out that not only can the zombies just break through the wooden wall, but they can also dig, leaving both parts of their defense completely useless.
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.
Though recently, he's been sharing this position with Michael's wife, Lindsay.
The Sixth Ranger: Ryan, the AH tech guy who participated midway through and ended up a full cast member.
Lindsay and Kerry seem to be going this way. Caleb was at one point (before Ryan even), but his cheating in Let's Play Minecraft and his other obligations caused him to go Out of Focus.
Foregone Conclusion: VS. Episode 70 is this thanks to them accidentally skipping Ryan vs. Gavin. Since episode 69 is Ryan vs. Ray, Gavin HAS to lose.
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.
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.
Gonk: Jack and Gavin's characters in both WWE videos, as well as Michael's in the WWE 2K14 video.
Got Me Doing It: Oftentimes the others will ridicule Gavin for his use of British slang (or his Neologisms) initially then end up incorporating it into their vocabulary. Examples include the words "gubs/gubbins" (general term for items), "bunce" (to hit something or knock it back), and "nob" (penis) as well as phrases such as "Tease it...".
Hellish Copter: Anytime that 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.
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.
Michael and Jack seemed to take turns claiming this role in the Cloudberry Kingdom playthrough, often finishing levels by themselves while everyone else (particularly Gavin) dies early on.
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◊.
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.
The Hyena: Geoff and Gavin easily have the most recognizable laughs and they're the ones that laugh the most too. Michael also has a tendency to laugh a lot when he's not raging.
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.
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 Worms Battleground, Ray jokingly tells Gavin to account for the wind, which leads Gavin to blow himself up with mortars while taking it into account, unaware that the wind doesn't affect it. In the final turn, Ray tries to parachute but said wind blows him into the ocean, giving Geoff the victory.
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.
Geoff: "I think I may have the three dumbest employees ever."
Michael: "To be fair, you hired all of us."
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.
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 of Focus: Based on video game coverage, Halo. A few years ago, there were three Achievement Hunter shows dedicated to the game franchise that help made Rooster Teeth: Fails of the Weak, Achievement HORSE, and Game Night. It was comfortably the most-focused game in the division. Then something happened.
Next, Achievement HORSE shared its competition focus with Trials Evolution. Later on, it became Achievement HUNT, in which the Hunters decided that all games are welcome, reducing Halo's usage in the series.
Then, Game Night suddenly stopped, and so did several speaking appearances by a Hunter who became so reviled that he too became Out of Focus.note We're referring to Caleb, of course, a.k.a. the game-ruining screen-looker. When it came back, it became a livestreamed show that didn't have as much to do with Halo.
Finally, the last nail in the coffin, the Hunters finally reconsidered Fails of the Weak's long-standing Halo focus and decided to retool it as a series for the GameFails channel (which itself spun off from Fails of the Weak). This made it all-encompassing series for video game fails, no longer the Halo Fails of the Weak it once was.
Power Trio: Two: Team Lads (composed of Ray, Michael, and Gavin), and Team Gents (Geoff, Jack, and Ryan).
Pun: In GO! episode 2, the Hunters are in Grand Theft Auto IV again, and are complaining about how horrible the game looks compared to Grand Theft Auto V. Gavin at one point says "This game looks like absolute garbage!" Cue a screen cut to him driving a garbage truck.
The Rival: Their Let's Play Worms 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, as well as a symbol for the division itself.
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. In fact, the Tuxedo Mask love has extended to Grand Theft Auto Online as well, as his GTAO character wears a tuxedo t-shirt and has been wearing a white masquerade mask after The Valentine's Day Massacre Special DLC was released in GTA V.
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 Let's Play Minecraft's "Wipeout" episodes. This hatred carries over to any video game cake, such as Layer-Cake Desert in New Super Mario Bros. U.
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.
Somewhat meta-example, but in their regular Fails of the Weak segment, at least one of the comments will complain about how they misspelled 'week'.
Whenever one of the guys fails in some way while making a guide, they insist in the commentary that it's very important that you screw up like they did. Naturally, it's Played for Laughs.
Sanity Slippage: Episode 6 of Let's Play - Cloudberry Kingdom becomes this for all involved, especially Ryan. It produces a few nice musical moments, though.
Self-Deprecation: Whenever Ray does an achievement guide, he will often say he's bad at games, despite having a crazy-high gamerscore of over 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. These are even more common in Let's Build.
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. It doesn't help that, often times, he does.
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.
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 Productions, 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. It even got to the point that Achievement Hunter needed its own character and YMMV pages because of how much they dominated the Rooster Teeth ones.
Squad Nicknames: They've formed so many duos, trios, and teams that The Rooster Teeth Wiki has an article just for covering team names. 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" episode of Let's Play Minecraft 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.
Stop Helping Me!: invoked In GO! episode 13, where the goal is to get three different Game Over screens, Ryan keeps yelling variations on this trope at the NPCs in Soul Calibur who keep reviving him. In the same episode, Michael has a similar problem with Payday 2.
Stylistic Suck: AHWU is far from a quality production, especially with the vast majority of the fan-submitted intros they receive, most of which are, "Oh, look at me! I'm saying the latest episode number at some famous and/or scenic location!" Of course though, that's part of its charm.
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.note Also counts as a Take That to Nintendo for their Content ID ownership claims.
The Stinger: Rage Quit: The Impossible Game Level Pack 4 has Michael's 16,537th attempt, where he finally beats the level.
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.
We Are Struggling Together: Anytime they play a game and are not on the same team but are still trying to accomplish the same goal, officially or unofficially. Sometimes it happens even when they are on the same team. As Ryan put it at the start of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Zombies Let's Play:
Ryan: "Even when we're 'working together' we're still pretty dangerous to each other, so what difference does it make?"