Creator / Rooster Teeth
Rooster Teeth Productions is an Austin, Texas-based video production studio focusing on online content, and since November 10, 2014, a division of media company Fullscreen. They are famous for pioneering machinima and being its most mainstream success. Founded on April 1, 2003, they gained popularity through their first show, Red vs. Blue, which debuted on that date. It especially became notable when they were officially endorsed by Bungie and Microsoft Studios in using Halo for their machinima. Today, Rooster Teeth is separated into various divisions:

  • The main portion of the company itself is used for Red vs. Blue, RWBY, and all of their original shorts and series.
  • Achievement Hunter is a division of the company that broadcasts how-to guides on how to get various achievements in several video games, along with a couple YouTube channels that invokes Let's Play videos and other nonsense. They're much more focused on the Let's Plays than anything these days, especially Let's Play Minecraft and Let's Play Grand Theft Auto among other videos.
  • Funhaus (pronounced "Funhouse"), which features members of the former group Inside Gaming. They were made part of the studio on February 5, 2015.
  • Game Kids, which is essentially a family-friendly Achievement Hunter featuring... well, kids playing video games. It is a Spin-Off of a AH Let's Play series.
  • The Know, a daily YouTube show presenting news across pop culture, primarily focused on video games.
  • ScrewAttack, which hosts a number of various web videos, the famous ones being Death Battle and One Minute Melee. This was announced on both ScrewAttack and Rooster Teeth's website on November 4, 2015.
    • Game Attack, which consists of former ScrewAttack employees (Including co-founder Craig) playing games.
  • Outside of these divisions, the studio had also partnered with other creators such as The Creatures (who have now dissolved as of July 2017), Cow Chop, Kinda Funny, and Sugar Pine 7.

They also hold an increasingly-popular annual convention called RTX, which despite the name's implication is not entirely focused on the company itself, nor is it called the "Rooster Teeth Expo". Held at the company's hometown of Austin at the Austin Convention Center, the convention's main focus is on gaming and Internet culture, much like the studio itself. Recently, an Australian version of the convention has been announced, with more details on the way.

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Notable works include:

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    Machinima works 

    Animated works 
  • Camp Camp, a series about the denizens of America's most dysfunctional summer camp.
  • Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures, a webseries that turns the funny bits of The Rooster Teeth Podcast into a cartoon. Animated by Jordan Cwierz.
  • RWBY, an computer-animated series created by Monty Oum and produced by Rooster Teeth, first shown as a trailer after the final episode of Red vs. Blue: Season 10. The first episode was aired at RTX in the summer of 2013, then released on the website on July 18. It can be viewed here.
    • RWBY Chibi, a chibified spinoff of the above with a more wacky and light-hearted tone.
  • X-Ray & Vav, an animated series that focuses on the Super Powered Alter Egos of respective former and current Achievement Hunter cast members Ray Narvaez Jr. ("X-Ray") and Gavin Free ("Vav"). Debuted in November 2014.
  • Sex Swing, a series following the exploits of the titular rock n' roll group Sex Swing, released on February 18th, 2017.
  • Gen:Lock, a Mecha action science fiction series announced at RTX 2017.
  • Nomad of Nowhere, a western/fantasy mash-up 2d series about a mysterious nomad traversing a western wasteland that hasnít seen magic in 100 years.

    Live-action works 
  • Rooster Teeth Shorts, a webseries that depicts the company's staff in... unusual situations.
  • Immersion, a webseries where Burnie and Griffon decide to test various video game facts on Geoff and Gus, seeing if they would work in real life. After a long hiatus, a second season aired featuring the tests this time on Gavin and Michael. The show is currently on its fifth season.
  • Past Cast, the YouTube blogs of historical figures.
  • RT Life, which are videos the employees make of the various antics they get up to instead of working.
  • The Gauntlet, a series where several gamers take each other on in a video game tournament similar to a reality television show in order to win ten thousand dollars, with Burnie as the Games Master and Brooke, Caleb, Gus, and Joel as team coaches.
  • A Simple Walk (Into Mordor), where Chris and Kerry have six days to walk from Hobbiton to Mordor - or rather, their respective filming locations.
  • The Slow Mo Guys, where Gavin Free and Dan Gruchy film things overcranked. Was actually independent of Rooster Teeth until 2013.
  • Lazer Team, the company's first feature-length, live-action film, a sci-fi comedy. They held an Indiegogo campaign which for a couple months became the most successful fully-funded project ever on the site.
  • Ten Little Roosters, where ten Rooster Teeth employeeslist  are at a party... only for one of them to drop dead. Everyone is locked in, and they must figure out who the killer is before they all die. Viewers are asked to submit guesses as to who is the killer; who will be the survivor (confirmed to not be the killer); and, each week, who will die in the next episode, as well as how they will die.
    • The Eleven Little Roosters, the sequel to Ten Little Roosters, which sees the survivor being recruited into a group of international spies to search for the mole of the group.
  • Million Dollars, But..., Gavin and Burnie sit down with someone else from the office and discuss what they would and wouldn't do for a million dollars.
  • Free Play, a magazine-style show hosted by Ryan Haywood and Meg Turney that involves news on other RT productions, a small The Know segment, discussion about topics and a challenge that sees the two hosts competing in some manner.
  • Day 5, Rooster Teeth's first foray into a completely dramatic series (as opposed to shows like Red vs. Blue and RWBY which became more dramatic over time). Described as being "set in the immediate aftermath of a fatal sleep epidemic" four survivors must band together in order to find the answers for how this apocalyptic event occurred without falling asleep. Debuted on June 19th for Rooster Teeth Sponsors.
  • Heroes & Halfwits which is Rooster Teeth's own D&D campaign. Shown on the Achivement Hunter channel because it features mainly crew members from that division of the company.
  • Theater Mode, which is Achievement Hunter meets Mystery Science Theater 3000 with a lot more vulgarity.
  • Crunch Time, about some physics students who open a black hole.
  • Master and Apprentice, a how-to show in which production designer Marcus LaPorte teaches Adam Ellis how to recreate iconic props from films and video games.

  • The Rooster Teeth Podcast (formerly Drunk Tank) is Rooster Teeth's main podcast which, "On a more-or-less weekly basis, the Rooster Teeth crew discuss gaming, films and projects that they are currently working on." However it sometimes will go a bit off-topic into more general news and occasionally into the personal, and quite often strange, experiences of the RT staff and guests to the show. If the recent video format podcasts are any indication, the recording room is well stocked with beer and liquor, some of which is sent in by fans, just as the former title Drunk Tank suggests. Hosted by Gus, three others, and Gus.
  • In response to the fact that the main podcast has shifted away from being a gaming podcast to a general comedy one, they later created The Patch. It runs for approximately one hour and is completely centered on video games. Usually hosted by a three person combination of either Gus, Burnie, Meg, Ashley, Ryan and Gus.
  • On The Spot, a game show podcast.
  • They used to have a (discontinued) TV and movie-themed podcast named Screen Play, hosted by JJ.
  • Spoilercast was another short-lived podcast based on people openly discussing a certain TV show or movie.
  • Off Topic is the new Achievement Hunter podcast, with Michael Jones being the host.
  • Sportsball, a sports-based podcast, hosted by Tyler Coe, Joel Heyman, and Jack Patillo.
  • Fan Service, a podcast discussing anime.
  • Always Open, where RT staff discuss life, sex, and lots more. As indicated by the title, it can get very... open.

Also, while it is not part of Rooster Teeth proper, Michael Jones' Internet Box podcast features several of the company's employees.

    Video Games 

  • Nature Town, a webseries that stars various animals voiced by members of the Rooster Teeth staff.
  • Rooster Teeth Comics, a comic series about the Rooster Teeth staff's daily life. Written by Griffon Ramsey and drawn by Luke McKay, the series ended in Summer 2011.
  • Backwardz Compatible, a Let's Play series.

Rooster Teeth as a whole is an example of:

  • Adorkable: Gavin, Miles, Kerry, Chris, Kara, Lindsay, Ben, and Barbara. To a degree, everyone, but those are the ones that often stand out.
    • On the Funhaus side of things, Lawrence and Spoole would probably be your goto guys for this.
  • The Alcoholic: Gus and Geoff both have well-deserved reputations. Gus is even funnier due to a recent podcast mentioning that he got a check up and his doctor mentioned his liver looked like he hadn't had a drop of alcohol in his life.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: Seems to be a recurring theme in their series.
    • Red vs. Blue has the main characters fighting against various enemies, fully expecting to die, on numerous occasions simply because it's right.
    • By Volume 4 of RWBY Ruby has become one.
    • Camp Camp has Councilor David who is well aware of the terrible conditions of the camp but never stops trying to get the campers ( especially the resident cynic, Max) to have fun.
  • Agony of the Feet: In A Simple Walk Into Mordor, much emphasis is given to the abuse Chris, Kerry, and Nick's feet take on the hike.
  • Bait-and-Switch: During an episode of Social Disorder, Aaron slowly unveils a series of paintings he is meant to be auctioning. The first three paintings are of himself wearing less and less clothing. The last painting is a still life of fruit.
    • The next lot is called "Fruit Basket", and this time is actually a nude of Aaron.
  • Ban on Politics: One of the few unspoken rules on the podcast is that you cannot get political. The furthest anyone can get is to say "there's an election coming up, we don't care who you vote for as long as you vote". Going further is normally a Berserk Button for Gus, who will often reprimand the violator of the rule in some manner. During the 2016 US Presidential election, though, this got lifted somewhat thanks to the controversy surrounding Donald Trump, and after Trump won the election, the rule was completely cast out, to the point Gus himself encouraged talking about it. When Brandon commented on this in a podcast, Gus simply declared that such a rule was pointless now and thinks the current political climate needs to be commented on.
  • Berserk Button: As discussed on Achievement Hunter's Off-Topic podcast, people using AdBlock.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: Michael and Geoff mimic the Oxfordshire-born Gavin so often one could probably make a drinking game out of it.
    • Gavin once (very briefly) spoke in an American accent in Achievement HORSE episode 62 with Geoff.
    Gavin (speaking lowly): You're an asshole.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Michael is one among the RT staff, as he usually suffers for the amusement of the RT audience. Some of his exploits include getting a bowl of ketchup dunked on him, eating a whole ghost pepper, and eating a big, wooden spoonful of cinnamon. As Miles said, "He's pretty much become the Johnny Knoxville of Rooster Teeth."
    • Joel, Jack and Brandon are constantly insulted on the podcast.
    • Gavin also receives lots of crap from everyone whenever he is in town, mostly for being English. No one will let him forget his "headlight fluid" gaffe either.
    • If RT Intern Mike isn't fetching coffee for everyone or getting yelled at, he's doing stupid things, like jumping over his own leg, for the staff's entertainment.
    • One of the newest Achievement Hunters, Jeremy Dooley, has been pushed by Joel on On The Spot, attacked by a cake in the 300th AHWU, and put 8 sour balls in his mouth that ripped out a piece of his cheek.
  • Call-Back: Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures often includes clever, split-second references to previous episodes in scenery and incidental objects.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Joel exhibits several traits, notably high eccentricity, speaking in non sequiturs, an apparent inability to explain anything in a straightforward fashion, and getting onto almost unstoppable off-the-wall tangents during podcasts.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Achievement Hunter runs on this. To an extent, so does the company as a whole, as best seen in RT Life.
  • Crazy Homeless People:
    • The staff fairly frequently tell stories on the RT Podcast about encounters with strange homeless people, several of which have been turned into Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures episodes.
    • Chris notes in Episode 3 of "A Simple Walk Into Mordor" that he, Nick, and Kerry look and sound like this due to their backpacks, smell, hygiene, and talk of going to Mordor.
  • Crossover: Jack, Burnie, Ray, Joel and Caleb all appeared in a SeaNanners video in Halo: Reach, viewable here.
  • A Day in the Limelight: This appears to be the direction that Game Time with Burnie is heading towards, where he'll play a more passive game with a fellow employee and find out more about them.
  • Defictionalization: The entire point of the "Immersion" series.
  • Designated Driver: Figuratively speaking, as he doesn't literally drive; Ray is one of very few employees of the company who don't drink alcohol. This leaves him at times the only fully sober participant in Let's Plays and RT Podcasts.
    • Ryan is also known to avoid alcohol.
  • Did Not Do the Bloody Research: American fans will say that Gavin swears far less than the other RT staff, but in truth he swears about as much, just in English slang. The same applies with Ben.
  • Ditzy Genius: Gavin is clever, but he often makes mistakes or slip-ups which make him come across as a bit stupid. Case in point: headlight fluid.
  • Genre Savvy: The guys on the spoilercast podcast for Game of Thrones made sure to clearly make sure it was a separate podcast, as opposed to doing one at the end of a regular podcast. They also added in the Youtube description box "people are spoiling future plotlines in the comments below, use caution", since they were fully aware some people would feel the need to spoil both the plots and the fun for other people.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
    • Miles and Kerry, definitely.
    • Joel and Adam.
    • Michael and Gavin.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Barbara. Ever since 2013, the standard Lame Pun Reaction is Goddamnit Barb!
  • If Its You Its OK: In the Animated Adventures video "Bets & Flirts", a very drunk Gavin sort-of comes on to Monty by saying that he's not attracted to guys, but his boner is really trying right now.
  • Insult Backfire: When Red vs. Blue was still in its infancy, Ed Halter of ''The Village Voice'' negatively reviewed the series as (merely) being "Clerks meets Star Wars". Rooster Teeth thought that this theoretical show sounds totally awesome used that premise for the rest of the series, not to mention proudly using that review quote on their DVD's.
  • Internet Backdraft: Invoked. At one point, an angry fan sent a rude e-mail to Gus Sorola, the voice of Simmons who also does most of the tech work for the company. In the e-mail, permission was given to show it and the e-mail address of the sender publicly. So rather than shoot back an e-mail telling the person that Rooster Teeth does not, in fact, prevent their videos from being used on Android or that maybe the person in question should be paying attention in French class rather than watching videos, he simply put a copy of the e-mail, swears, slurs and flamebait all, as well as the person's username on the community site and e-mail. He then fulfilled every person's fantasy of getting back at rude people at work when the RT community came down on the kid.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY:
    • For a while Ray thought the word coupling was pronounced COO-pling.
    • Gavin is regularly mocked for his English pronunciations.
  • Joisey: Michael is originally from New Jersey. He mentions it from time to time in videos and sometimes tells stories from the time he was living there on the Rooster Teeth Podcast. Though it's faded a bit, he's definitely retained his accent.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Barbara has become notorious for cracking bad puns in spite of the inevitable groans from the rest of the staff.
  • Longing for Fictionland: Parodied.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Barbara sometimes, with the most (in)famous example being the "X-Ray Specs" Vine. However, in a RT podcast this trope got lampshaded and defied. (Long story short, a sexist guy said Barbara needed to flash more and she got pissed.)
    • Kara. Oh yes, Kara.
    • Since being hired in early 2014, Meg Turney has taken up the role as lead Ms. Fanservice. Not only has she continued her work as a cosplayer, model and all-round babe, but since being hired, she's also done videos and a photoshoot for Playboy, and was voted #20 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2015 (just one place behind Beyonce, and three ahead of Rihanna)
  • Mr. Fanservice: Joel, Gavin, sometimes Chris, maybe Michael, definitely Blaine, Aaron, and MILES.
  • Never Live It Down: Invoked on the podcast. Nobody lets Gavin forget the "headlight fluid" mess-up.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Gavin managed to accidentally pull Geoff's pants down while giving him a hug for getting a high-score in Peggle... just before Kara walked in.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: At one point Jack says that "Gavin would probably win the majority of the Minecraft Let's Plays if he actually concentrated on them instead of just screwing around." Gavin's response? "Yeah, that'd make for a great video."
  • One of Us: Rooster Teeth has quite a few celebrity fans.
    • The group are friends with Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies, who guest starred as Captain Flowers in Red vs. Blue and Captain Dynamic in a live-action three-parter.
    • Chandler Riggs (Carl from The Walking Dead) is a huge fan and actually collaborated with Joel and Jack on a Minecraft video.
    • Elijah Wood loves the show and actually voiced Sigma for Season 10.
    • LeVar Burton is a fan of Rooster Teeth after his daughter introduced him to The Slow Mo Guys. He has appeared during the introductions to AHWU and on their Extra Life 2014 Charity Stream to read his work and Go the Fuck to Sleep
    • Actor Zachary Levi is a fan of the podcast and has expressed wanting to be on it on twitter.
  • Overreacting Airport Security: More like Overreacting Flight Attendants, but Monty told a story in Podcast #235 about how, dead tired, he said aloud that he couldn't wait to crash into bed. Cue an elderly passenger saying "Did you say crash?!" and despite Monty explaining that he was tired and just wanted to go to sleep, she ran to get a flight attendant. Cue him being forced to move seats to the back of the plane despite explaining the situation to the flight attendant, though for the record the flight attendant that got him up was very understanding, though there was another, female flight attendant that started nagging Monty about how irresponsible he was saying "crash" on a plane.
  • The Quiet One:
    • Nathan Zellner is this—according to Joel and Burnie he will work for hours on end and say two sentences at most.
    • Monty was this as well.
  • Rubber Hose Limbs: Everyone in the Animated Adventures has these.
    • It got lampshaded in "Behind the Blue" when Burnie said that an escaped panther couldn't get very far on "noodly limbs".
  • Running Gag: In the Animated Adventures, pretty much every time one of the guys says "what's up", the drawing of them will suddenly don a black jacket and sunglasses and suddenly be smoking a cigarette for about one second.
    • Also in the Animated Adventures, anytime Gus and Burnie have a heated argument, it inevitably turns out to be Joel playing with puppets of them, and saying "Fight! Fight! Fight! Kiss. Kiss. Kiss."
    • Geoff and Jack talking over the title card, telling each other not to talk over the title card.
  • Shame If Something Happened: An Animated Adventure features Geoff's daughter, Millie, giving her mother a "Mafia-style shakedown".
  • Shout-Out: An episode of the Animated Adventures where Burnie speculates if Chris is a Conspiracy Theorist shows Chris looking at a photo of Burnie captioned "don't believe his lies."
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The guys from Achievement Hunter, 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 the division needed its own character and YMMV pages because of how much they dominated their parent company's page.
  • Stealth Pun: The name of the company is one on "Cockbite".
  • Team Pet: Joe the Cat is the first one for Rooster Teeth, though since he "retired" (as in went to live with Burnie permanently) Adam's puppy Rebel has taken the spotlight. In Achievement Hunter, Edgar the Minecraft cow has been turned into this.
  • Those Two Guys: Gus and Geoff for the main Rooster Teeth stuff, Gavin and Michael (a.k.a. Team Nice Dynamite) for Achievement Hunter.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: The Achievement Hunter team will all take the piss out of one another and even hit one another from time to time, but at the end of the day they're good friends. This is particularly true with Gavin and Michael, who frequently argue (and Michael has actually physically tackled Gavin to try and stop him getting an achievement) but are still good friends.
    • The official employee handbook apparently lampshades this, according to Burnie.
    • Jack has had to clarify several times that he's friends with Gavin.
    • With the stuff Joel pulls on Jack, you might be forgiven for thinking Jack dislikes him, but guess who was Jack's Best Man.
    • This tends to get lampshaded during heated arguments by someone (usually Joel) piping up with "Fight! Fight! Fight! Kiss. Kiss."
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Michael after his failed attempt at trying to eat a five pound Gummi bear for a bet he had with Gavin. It has to be seen to believe it.
    • Seen (again at Michael's expense) in the pilot episode for the Immersion reboot.
  • Wham Line: RTX 2013, podcast panel, you all know the story:
    Joel: We can pick this up, I ju- I just wanna say- I just wanna say one thing... (Beat) 512... (audience groans)
    Burnie: (having pulled out his phone) ...I'm listening...
    Joel: (confused, to Burnie) Really? (to audience) 348...
    Burnie: Got it.
    Jack: Get your fucking ph- (quickly) 9988. (to Gavin) Alright, go ahead, continue?
    Gavin: Was that his number?
    Joel: (Beat) We don't know what that was...note 
    • And then:
      Burnie: (on his phone, having dialed the number) It's busy...
  • Workaholic: Monty Oum, the CGI specialist for Red vs. Blue and other shows, apparently worked like a machine and fit this trope to a T when he was on the job. When off of work, he would fall asleep in his chair due to exhaustion. It likely got worse with RWBY.
    • Gavin Free applies to a somewhat lesser extent due to his dedication to the company; he's a member of Achievement Hunter, a host of The Slow Mo Guys, AH's representative on The Rooster Teeth Podcast (and the subject of the Gavin or Google? segment), one of the test subjects on Immersion, and the voice actor for his title role in X-Ray & Vav. During RTX 2014, Gavin was on nearly every panel and had very little free time.
    • According to BTS and interviews most of the staff, onscreen and off, are this.