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Creator: Rooster Teeth
Rooster Teeth Productions is an Austin, Texas-based, independent video production studio focusing on online content. 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 three groups:

  • 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.
  • The Know, a daily YouTube show presenting news across pop culture, primarily focused on video games.

They also hold an increasingly-popular annual convention called RTX, which despite the name's implication is not entirely focused on the company itself and definitely not 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.


Notable works include:

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    Machinima works 

    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 featuring the tests this time on Gavin and Michael is in the works.
  • 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 currently in pre-production. It will be 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.

    Podcasts 
  • 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.
  • They now have a TV and movie-themed podcast named Screen Play, hosted by JJ.

    Other 
  • Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures, a webseries that turns the funny bits of the Rooster Teeth Podcast into a cartoon. Animated by Jordan Cwierz.
  • 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 and the Year Five print book will round out the collection by the Christmas season.
  • 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. The first four trailers (Red, White, Black, and Yellow) can be viewed by clicking on the names of the mentioned colors.

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.
  • 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.
  • Ascended Fanboy:
    • Well, they had nothing to do with Halo to start with, then after the series took off Bungie started taking notice. By the time Halo 3 came out they were getting cameos, and the gametype they invented (Grifball) got its own playlist in the last Bungie-made title, Halo: Reach, which was later expanded upon in Halo 4.
    • They've also hired their own talented fans for various projects:
      • Luke McKay was hired for an official comic strip based on his fan art. He continued doing this for about three or so years.
      • Gavin Free was a forum moderator turned intern turned RvB director. He now works primarily for Achievement Hunter.
      • Ben King was hired to code the website at 15 after creating some impressive unofficial RvB-related web applications.
      • Monty Oum was a huge fan of Red vs. Blue before being hired as the series' lead animator.
      • Michael Jones was discovered by Rooster Teeth when his Crackdown 2 Orbs video got to the top of r/gaming on Reddit. They were so impressed by it and Michael's other YouTube videos that they gave his own show, Rage Quit, and eventually hired him full-time for Achievement Hunter.
      • Barbara Dunkelman has been a long-time forum member and often volunteered to help out at events. She was eventually formally hired.
      • Ray Narvaez, Jr. made AH community videos long before he was officially hired for Achievement Hunter. The same thing happened later on for Matt Bragg and Jeremy Dooley.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • British Accents: Gavin has one.
    • So does Ben.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 jerkasses would feel the need to spoil both the plots and the fun for other people.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Miles and Kerry, definitely.
  • 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.
  • 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 persons 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, though 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.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Joel, Gavin, sometimes Chris, maybe Michael... and definitely Blaine.
  • Never Live It Down: Invoked on the podcast. Nobody lets Gavin forget the "headlight fluid" mess-up.
  • 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.
  • Overreacting Airport Security: More like Overreacting Flight Attendants, but Monty tells 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.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: The most popular is Mavin (Michael/Gavin). And they are fully aware of it.
  • 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.
    • Now, Monty is 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Workaholic: Monty Oum, the CGI specialist for Red vs. Blue and other shows, apparently works like a machine and fits this trope to a T when on the job. When off of work, he will fall asleep in his chair due to exhaustion. It's likely gotten worse now 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), and one of the test subjects on Immersion.
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