Trivia / Rainbow Six

  • Fan Nickname: Siege has many:
    • The SMG-11 with an ACOG is nicknamed Sniper Machine Gun-11 or "pocket sniper" due to the high firing rate and the 2.5x zoom provided by the ACOG scope. They make the gun a headshotting beast, turning the submachine gun into a burst-firing sniper rifle.
    • Fuze's Cluster Charges are called pucks... because, as anyone who has been killed by one knows from seeing the killcam, they really are shaped exactly like hockey pucks.
      • An alternate name for the the cluster charge is "balls", and the act of using it is called "balling". This presumably has something to do with the "punt" sound it makes when it fires, which sounds like a ball bouncing.
    • "Wallbang" refers to shooting players through walls or suddenly making a hole in a wall with a gun to then shoot players through. This is basically guaranteed to happen at least once in any given round of a multiplayer match.
      • "Killhole" instead refers to shooting a hole in a wall to wait for players to come by and then shoot at them through it. Even more probable, since it doesn't take much of one's ammo to get a new vantage point in destructible walls and anyone with a shotgun can make a big one by accident, let alone when they intend to.
    • Tachanka's being a Memetic Badass gave him varying nicknames from "Lord Chanka".
    • "Roamer" refers to a defender that moves away from the objective to other locations to hopefully ambush attacking players as they enter or be in position to flank them as they try to close in on the objective.
    • "Crazy bitch" for Caveira, since her entire characterization is based around her being Ax-Crazy, and her playstyle as a roamer is seen as somewhat bitchy since it is based around attacking from unknown directions.
    • Montagne is commonly called Monty due to there being no consensus on whether or not his name should be read as the literal English pronunciation "Mon-tag-ney" or the original French pronunciation "Mohn-tahn-yeh".
  • The Other Darrin:
    • John Clark was played by Willem Dafoe in Clear and Present Danger, but the first game had him voiced by Douglas Rye instead.
    • Between the two Vegas games, every voice actor except Jung Park's was replaced. Particularly notable in that a lot of the characters in Vegas 1 had distinctive accents that, except for Michael Walters, the replacement actors did not bother to replicate.
  • Name's the Same: One of the major team members is (Eddie) Price, who is characterized as The Lancer in the novel. Like another, later well-known Price, he's an ex-SAS operative, now transferred to a multinational anti-terrorist team, with a magnificent mustache (the only member of his team to have one) and almost the exact same voice and accent.
  • No Export for You: The South Korean-made game Take-Down - Missions in Korea. It was suppose to get a worldwide release, but it never happened.
  • Recycled Script:
    • The plot of the Vegas games is very similar to that of the Black Thorn Expansion Pack for Rogue Spear, though considering the obscurity of the expansion, it might have been accidental. The plot of Black Thorn involves an ex-SAS operator, who failed to get into RAINBOW (thanks to Cold-Blooded Torture, leading to mental problems), masterminding terrorist attacks worldwide to prove how good (and petty) he is.
    • To a lesser extent, the plot of Raven Shield also bears some noticeably similarities to that of the original game and novel. Terrorist attacks bankrolled by a hidden villain who turns out to be a friendly face, stealthily wiretapping the home of a political figure to see where they stand, the presence of neo-Nazis, and a climax involving the potential release of a deadly virus at a famous national event - the motivations are the only thing significantly different, as the first game's bad guys were a Well-Intentioned Extremist group trying to save the environment, while the third's was just a dying old man acting on sixty-year-old hatred.
  • What Could Have Been: The first game in the franchise began life as a tactical shooter based on the FBI Hostage Rescue Team. It was changed to an adaptation of Tom Clancy's novel to give it more appeal to international audiences. Amusingly, the devs later got to basically make the game they originally envisioned; the Licensed Game to The Sum of All Fears puts you in the shoes of the HRT and plays very similarly to Rainbow Six.
    • The earliest trailers and game footage of Siege are very different from the released game. For starters, there is no Operator system.
    • Before Siege, there was also the unreleased Patriots. It even got a special weapon paint scheme in Ghost Recon: Future Soldier before disappearing completely.
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