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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.
    • 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.
  • Big Name Fan: Rooster Teeth themselves are this to Halo.
  • 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) and Elijah Wood as Sigma. According to Word of God, apparently it pays to have friends who are friends with celebrities.
  • 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.
  • 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.
      • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: While most of the cast is from the Rooster Teeth office, there are quite a few from outside of it:
    • Captain Flowers is voiced by Barenaked Ladies lead singer Ed Robertson.
    • You'd probably never guess that Washington is Kuroudo Akabane.
    • Recovery Command as Pilot 479. However, this seems to be intentional.
    • The grunts who argue for a bit and then die in Season 9 are often voiced by Smosh. They both returned for the trailer for Season 11, albeit as different characters.
    • Elijah Wood voices the AI Sigma in Season 10.
    • The two Gatling Good mooks are voiced by Michael Jones (of Rage Quit) and Lindsay Tuggey (his then-girlfriend, now wife), Rooster Teeth employees.
      • Lindsay taking a larger role as the leader of the rebels on Chorus.
    • Private Jones (from S6E3) is voiced by Gavin Free, a Rooster Teeth employee and one of the regular Achievement Hunters.
    • Other people from around Rooster Teeth are also littered around. Ray, Kerry, Ryan, etc. all appear as characters with only a line or two.
    • The Season 12 lieutenants are voiced by Brandon, Barbara, Kerry and Ryan, and Ray and Michael appear as soldiers helping edit training videos.
  • 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.
    • Also from RWBY, Lindsay Jones who played Ruby Rose, plays the very serous Vanessa Kimball.
  • Production Nickname: Monty Oum, one of the animators, simply refers to the "Mysterious Blue Guy" AKA Butch Flowers/Agent Florida as "Blue".
    • The only known female in the Insurrection is called "Girlie" by the cast and crew.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Gavin Free was originally just a fan of series from the beginning, but took over from Burnie Burns as director for Relocation (the miniseries between Seasons 6 & 7), as well as for all of Season 7 itself.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.