Trivia / Red vs. Blue

  • Actor Allusion:
    • The "Off The Charts" PSA displays pictures and bios of the "manliest" members of the Rooster Teeth community, including actual Rooster Teeth team member Gus Sorola. Sarge questions whether Gus should even be in the "manly" montage at all, to which Simmons (voiced by Gus) hurriedly rushes to assert that Gus is indeed very manly, adding an even greater level of metafiction to the already very meta PSAs.
      • This is not the only time Elijah Wood has played a Computer Program. This is, however, the first time playing an evil computer program. (The colors even fit.)
      • In Seasons 1 and 14, Grif bugs Simmons about going to the Vegas Quadrant, which Simmons is inexplicably and unreasonably pissed about. In a popular Rooster Teeth Animated Adventure, Gus is inexplicably and unreasonably pissed about Burnie talking about going to Las Vegas.note 
      Gus: I'm not going to Vegas, don't talk about Vegas!
      Simmons: I'm not going to the fucking Quadrant, don't talk about the Quadrant!
    • A more subtle one in the Point/Counterpoint PSA on tattoos. Church (Burnie) argues against getting tattoos while Grif (Geoff) argues for tattoos. In real life Burnie has no tattoos while Geoff is covered with them.
    • In Season 11, Grif's teleport cubes get compared to Pokeballs from Pokémon. Grif's hostile response mirrors Geoff's attitude towards the series whenever it's brought up.
    • As VIC reveals in "Red vs. Blue: The Musical", Agent Floridanote  (who downloaded over 5000 songs onto his hard drive) "was really big into Barenaked Ladies".
    • Sort-of: During Season 15, it's revealed that the Reds and Blues decided to take some R&R following Chorus. When Season 15 started airing, Geoff was on sabbatical.
      • Adding on to that, Grif refuses to get involved with the mission of rescuing Church, opting to stay behind on the moon.
    • During their time off, Tucker decided to form a band. Jason Saldaña is the singer and lead guitarist of his own band.
  • Big Name Fan: Rooster Teeth themselves are this to Halo.
  • Blooper: This line in the penultimate episode of Revelation. (It's not clear if either Shannon McCormick flubbed the line or there was a typo in the script.)
    Washington: I'd say that was the calvary...(Sic)
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: A surprising amount including Ed Robertson from the Barenaked Ladies as Captain Butch Flowers (somewhat fitting given that the Barenaked Ladies' entertainment style is rather similar to Rooster Teeth's), Elijah Wood as Sigma, and Amber Benson as female!Grif. According to Word of God, apparently it pays to have friends who are friends with celebrities.
  • Defictionalization: In Episode 59 of the Blood Gulch Chronicles, while he, Simmons, and Donut are treating Grif like "one of those ducks at the shooting gallery," Sarge declares that "this is the best game since Grifball!" Then came Halo 3, and the Forge map builder, and the rest is history.
  • Fandom Nod: A popular fanon of Wash (especially on Tumblr) is "Cat Lady Wash" with fans giving him a cat (usually named Hartford, but this can vary). In Season 10 Episode 14 we see inside his locker, inside are some towels, a skateboard featuring the Rooster Teeth emblem, a rubber ducky, and pictures of cats! Shannon McCormick had known about the fanon, having discovered it on Tumblr, and specifically campaigned to get the cats included.
    • On a similar note, the credits for Rooster Teeth Animation productions say "Wash's Cats: Ari and Skyler" under Security.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "Blood Gulch Crew" for the Reds and Blues that originated from Blood Gulch's team.
    • The Mysterious Blue Guy was the most widely accepted nickname for the blue-armoured Freelancer of unknown identity in the prequel sections, who turns out to be Agent Florida, better known as Captain Flowers.
    • All the Insurrectionists have a couple, considering that they have No Name Given status.
      • The Insurrectionist Flame Soldier is often called "Sharkface", due to his helmet. Gained official status in Season 13.
      • Girlie has many, including "Heartbreaker" and "Hot Lips", both due to her lipmark insignia.
      • Pillman is the most common for the Insurrectionist Leader, due to the insignia on his ODST armor.
    • Felix from Season 11 was named "Sunkist Mcscouty" or "Pumpkin Patrol" due to his Scout helmet and orange striped armour. After his name was revealed, "Felix McScouty" is the generally agreed upon nickname.
    • After her mention in the preview synopsis for Season 15 but before her name was revealed, fans were taken to referring to Dylan Andrews as Reporter Lady.
    • Spencer Porkinsenson is known by some as "Unicorn" due to his FOTUS helmet. After episode 3, "Goodbye" also started to pick up steam. More formally, he tended to be called "FOTUS Soldier" on wikis before his real name was revealed.
  • Flip-Flop of God:
    • Donut was killed by Washington (the "Recreation" DVD commentary confirms this), then he revives in the sponsors-only ending of Chapter 13 of "Revelation". With some Retcon thrown in as well, since Donut was not really dead but in Recovery Mode all along. It's possible Rooster Teeth planned this, and were intentionally misleading in that commentary so as to preserve the secret.
    • Both the show and Rooster Teeth can't seem to decide whether or not Alpha-Church and Epsilon-Church are the same character due to Epsilon being created from Alpha's memories and essentially being a back up in some respects. One example is in the second episode of season 13, Epsilon asks "In all the years we spent in the canyon, when the hell did [Tucker] learn to dance?" ...Even though by the time Epsilon met Tucker, the Blood Gulch Chronicles were long over. The current stance is that Epsilon is not Church, who died in season 6. but whether or not it sticks has yet to be seen. Amusingly in The Complete Unabridged Story of Red vs Blue Abridged, this was even lampshaded by the Narrator.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: There's an audio clip of "Gavino" reading The Director's letter from the Reconstruction Trailer, before Burnie interrupts, clarifying that he didn't want him to be "The Director for the season" he wanted him to "direct the season".
    Gavin: "Oh... Oh. I get it. My- So I should just-"
    Burnie: "Get the fuck out of the booth, okay?"
    • In another direction, the RvB franchise getting nods in the various Halo titles, the biggest being the 'Password Forgetting Marine' Easter Egg in Halo 3 which features RvB voice actors, though they are not officially their characters, but are pretty clear who they are. The voices and dialog depend on the difficulty level:
      • Normal: Tucker and Doc.
      • Heroic: Simmons and Grif.
      • Legendary: Church and Caboose.
    • Here's a list of diferent season's Outtakes. Remember to breath.
  • I Knew It:
    • The idea that the C.T. we all met in Recreation wasn't actually Agent Connecticut has been tossed around ever since Washington revealed that C.T. was a girl.
    • Fans also successfully called an Engineer being the contents of the Sarcophagus.
    • With all the theories floating around about the Mysterious Blue Guy, someone was going to get his identity right; the crowd of fans that guessed he was Flowers were correct, though fewer also guessed he was also Agent Florida.
    • Early in Season 15, a vast majority of people were assuming that the Reds and Blues we saw were fakes. They were correct. Dylan even deduced this through the same reasoning as the viewers did (Sarge doesn't have his shotgun, Tucker has a sniper rifle, etc).
  • In Memoriam: Season 11, Episode 2 was dedicated to David Dreger, a former contributor to Achievement Hunter who was found dead after an extended disappearance.
  • Jossed: For a while, fans had speculated that Sarge and (after Recreation) Tucker might be able to match Tex in terms of combat skill. Then she returns in Episode 10 of Revelation and utterly curbstomps the both of them without taking a hit or breaking a sweat. Episode 19 of Revelation further implies that Sarge's early takedown of Tex back in Season 1 was a result of Worf Had the Flu.
  • Name's the Same: Try not to confuse Sigma with another Bald of Evil character of the same name. Though it does make a decent comparison, since both are major antagonists and have a very close connection to corruption.
  • Playing Against Type
    • Elijah Wood as the evil, creepy Sigma. Mind you, this isn't the first time he's taken up the role of a villain.
    • North Dakota is a fairly serious guy. His VA is a professional comedian.
    • Miles Luna, who played Jaune Arc in RWBY, plays the very much badass Felix. Moreso in Season 12, when he turns out to be one of the bad guys, and a rather Axe-Crazy and Faux Affably Evil one at that who puts on the adorkable routine to manipulate.
    • Also from RWBY, Lindsay Jones who played Ruby Rose, plays the very serious Vanessa Kimball.
    • Yet again with RWBY, Arryn Zech is known for playing the stoic and reserved Blake. Here she voices Emily Gray, who's a bit...crazier with a double dose of psychotic.
  • Production Nickname: Monty Oum, one of the Freelancer animators, simply referred to the "Mysterious Blue Guy" AKA Butch Flowers/Agent Florida as "Blue". Likewise,the only known female in the Insurrection is called "Girlie" by the cast and crew.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Many of the people who've worked on the show in more recent years started out as fans, including but not limited to:
    • Gavin Free, who directed Recreation and the Recolated miniseries.
    • Eddy Rivas, who co-wrote Season 10.
    • Miles Luna, who also co-wrote Season 10, wrote and directed The Chorus Trilogy, and contributed to several episodes of Season 14.
    • Jordan Cwierz, who wrote the Season 14 prequels to The Blood Gulch Chronicles.
    • Barbara Dunkelman, who wrote the Season 14 episode Head Cannon.
    • Joe Nicolosi, who wrote, directed, and animated the Season 14 episode The Brick Gulch Chronicles, and is currently writing and directing Season 15.
  • Reality Subtext:
    • Dylan Andrews is sometimes written as if she were a fan of the show. She thinks there's still an interesting story to be found in the Reds and Blues, and she wants to see how it ends. She also expresses great interest in finding out what happened aboard the Staff of Charon towards the end of the Chorus war.
    • Conversely, Carlos is written like someone who dislikes the show. He thinks the Reds and Blues are boring and lack depth. He would prefer it if Dylan reported on a group of "monster-fighting sexy teenagers".note  He also finds the events that happened in Blood Gulch too crazy to take seriously.
  • Refitted for Sequel: The idea of a journalist character interviewing the Blood Gulch Crew (The character that became Doc- see What Could Have Been) was recycled for Season 15's protagonist. note 
  • Relationship Voice Actor
    • In Season 10, Michael Jones and Lindsay Tuggey are an Official Couple in reality, and were paired as the Chain Guy and Chain Girl.
    • In Season 12, Bernie's son was brought in to voice Theta.
  • Running the Asylum: Miles Luna was given control of the series for Seasons 11 to 14, though the original creators did help him get his bearings at first. Now that Joe Nicolosi is running the show and Miles is helping him, however, this is in full effect. Joe even said he felt like he was writing fan fiction in an interview.
  • Shrug of God: The Ultimate Fan Guide sets out to answer a lot of long-standing fan questions, but it says that Church's time travel shenanigans in Season 3 are subject to "conflicting reports", which seems to be the writers' way of saying that they don't know if it really happened either.
  • Talking to Himself: Several times, given that people play multiple parts.
    • Burnie Burns plays Church, Lopez, Vic, and other voices when needed; he also does foley and sound effects with his own voice, such as grenades hissing and ominous wind.
    • Matt Hullum plays Doc, Sarge, and Wyoming.
    • Nathan Zellner plays Crunchbite and Andy.
    • Jason Saldana plays Tucker and Junior.
    • Combined to a degree with Talking To Them Self when O'Malley possesses a character; whether O'Malley has what could be considered a separate voice from the possessed regular character varies by character/actor.
    • The first half of episode 43 is a climactic confrontation that gathers most characters from the series thus far. Of the ten characters who speak in this scene (including O'Malley), Burns (Lopez, Church, Red Zealot) and Hullum (O'Malley, Doc, Sarge, Wyoming) play all but three (those being Simmons, Grif, and Tucker).
    • Gray Haddock plays both the cowardly British General Doyle and the menacing, deep-voiced mercenary Locus, who do talk to each other in Episode 16 of Season 12. However, it's confirmed that Gray does their voices separately.
    • Shannon McCormick, the voice of Washington, has also voiced Lopez Dos.0 and Agent Iowa, who have both had brief interactions with Wash.
  • Throw It In:
    • Many lines, including one notable case where Donut in the script was supposed to just scream once, but the actor decided that instead he'd run around babbling incoherently while the other characters delivered their lines. Most of the time the cast agrees that what was improvised was better than the actual script.
    • While relatively common after 12 years of the voice actors knowing their characters (one running joke is 'You think we actually write for Caboose?'), the reigning champion is reportedly Matt Hullum's work as Sarge. By all reports, sessions with him last far longer than anything scripted as he rambles on in every different direction, which is fully in Sarge's character.
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  • What Could Have Been:
    • According to Word of God, there was originally a concept in which the characters, in preparation for battle, would call out "Go Red/Blue for battle!" This would trigger a Transformation Sequence in which the character's armour would change to the standard red or blue, making the battles appear more like actual multiplayer games.
    • The story was originally going to be about the Reds, with Church and Tucker always observing from the cliff and making comments, a la Statler and Waldorf.
    • According to the Season 2 commentary, Doc was going to be a Reporter/Journalist when he was first conceived but because of where his character was going (eg. Kidnappings) it was hitting too close to home for the real wars happening at the time.
    • Doing the Animated Adaptation was an ambitious idea, but the crew just didn't have the money and time for it. They also didn't like the fact that someone else had to do the animation, so they couldn't do it in-house.
    • The commentary track on the Revelation DVD suggests that Grif was originally going to take up the Meta's brute shot as his Weapon of Choice (he's noticeably the only member of the main cast not to have one). Ultimately they decided not to go with this idea, however. Until he decides to help save Carolina and Epsilon in Episodes 20 and 21 of Season 10. As it is, the weapon became unavailable in the Halo 4 engine, meaning it could not be used for Seasons 11 & 12, and was explained that it was confiscated by the UNSC between 10 & 11.
    • An unused fight scene for Season 9, but was later updated for use in Season 10, would've had Carolina's armor completely break off after chasing the Sleeveless Insurrectionist, having a fight in a subway that would've ended with Carolina using her Grappling-Hook Gun to decapitate the guy.
    • There were plans to give the Red's Warthog be a character in the same vein of the Blue's with Sheila in the Scorpion Tank. The idea was to have the Warthog have a similar personality to Speed Buggy.
    • Commentary reveals that Sister was originally not meant to be portrayed as the, ah, girl of questionable morals, standards, and intelligence that she is. The writers had originally intended to depict her as a sweet but naive girl-next-door type, but that was before they interviewed Rebecca Frasier. The writers played a joke on Rebecca during auditions—they kept adding more and more vulgar jokes into the scripts to see when she'd ask to stop reading. She didn't, and that's how they discovered she was willing to say pretty much anything in her lines, whereupon they picked her for the role and Sister was rewritten to be a "loud slut" instead.
    • Early plans for Episode 8 of Season 13 were to actually show Tucker's test in the alien gateway, and to have Dr Grey go in too, but time constraints forced them to cut both sequences.
    • Early in the development of Season 11, Locus and Felix, both in green and grey armor, were going to be introduced as villains, which changed when Miles decided to have them be Playing Both Sides.
    • In an interview on Afterbuzz TV, Miles revealed that an early plan was for Kimball to lose it when Felix's betrayal is revealed and shoot Doyle, then be shot down herself.
    • Originally, Sarge's animosity towards Grif would have ended after Sarge was revived by Grif's CPR for a headwound. The talk Church would have had with Sarge would have convinced him to lay off and the two would have treated each other better. They decided it wouldn't work and, instead, Sarge chews Grif out for how he was saved.
    • An early idea for the "Mysterious Blue Freelancer" was that it was Sarge, he was silent all that time because his helmet mike was broke, and at the end of the season, they would give him a red helmet, allowing them to reveal his voice. They then decided that making it Flowers would be better.note 
    • Burnie Burns had plans to write something for Season 14, but according to him, it just didn't pan out.
    • Season 14 was "a sort of audition process" for who would be the showrunner next season. It could've been any of the writers and directors who contributed, but they ultimately chose Joe Nicolosi.
    • Revelation was originally going to be titled Resolution- Burnie refers to it as that on the Recreation DVD commentary. (Even joking that the DVD would become a collector's item if the name changed).
  • Word of Gay: While "The 'Mission'" explicitly reveals Ohio to be gay, it's more ambiguous about Sherry. Shannon McCormick, the episode's writer, confirms it however.
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