YMMV: Red vs. Blue
This page is for the YMMV tropes of Red vs. Blue.
- Red Vs Blue The Blood Gulch Chronicles: Seasons 1-5 plus "Out of Mind"
- Red Vs Blue The Recollection: Seasons 6-8 plus "Recovery One" and "Relocated"
- Red Vs Blue The Project Freelancer Saga: Seasons 9-10
- Red Vs Blue The Chorus Trilogy: Seasons 11-13
- Awesome Music:
- The "Forge World" song Sarge sings in the final part of the Reach mini-series (Enjoy it here).
- Also, Tucker's theme. Bow chicka bow wow.
- Violets are blue, roses are red, living like this we were already deadů
- "Red vs. Blue" from the season 8 soundtrack.
Are any of us only saints or sinners,
Or is it always
Red vs Blue?
- Better Than Canon: Many fans consider the increasingly dark and intricate plots to be better than those of Halo.
- Broken Base: The Season 13 PSA about trigger warnings resulted in a pretty instant, pretty messy split between three camps: Those who felt the episode was hilarious for lampooning the Political Correctness Gone Mad tendencies of some trigger warning users, those who don't find the jokes funny due to the reason behind trigger warnings in the first placenote , and those who didn't care either way for the episode, but found it in poor taste to release something so controversial despite knowing and lampshading the Internet Backdraft it would cause, given RT's own very anti-politics-on-site nature. Then there's the smaller camp who found the intense reactions from both sides ridiculously over sensitive or hypocritical, regardless of if they themselves liked or disliked the video AND regardless of their own opinion on trigger warnings.
- Fan-Preferred Couple: Pick a Red Vs Blue fanfiction, any Red vs Blue fanfiction, if it even vaguely involves romance in some way chances are good that Grimmons will either be the main, secondary or supporting couple of said fic.
- Tuckington (Tucker and Washington) also become pretty popular in the fandom after the events of the Chorus Civil War arc. It helps that the two spend almost all their time together during that arc and at least some of Tucker's motivation to become a better soldier is to rescue Wash after he's kidnapped at the end of season 11.
- Fridge Logic: In Season 2 Lopez and Sheila leave a note at Blue base to meet in the centre of the canyon at 0600 hours - the same time and place they were meeting the Reds. The note is written in binary. Church can read it. Justified in that he is actually an AI program himself, and will be able to understand binary script.
- He's Just Hiding: Many fans don't buy the Meta's Disney Villain Death and believe he will make a reappearance. As of Season 12, his empty armour is in the possession of Malcolm Hargrove.
- Ho Yay: It's gotten to a point where even the creators lampshade it when outside the show.
- Iron Woobie: Tex consistently fails at whatever she's trying to do, not that it stops her from trying or being a Badass while doing so.
- Memetic Mutation: "It's a legitimate strategy!"
- Sequelitis: Lightly referenced in the gaming PSA.
Simmons: Join us next time for part 2 of our series: sequels.Grif: Parts 3 and 4 are about that, too.
- Despite this being jokingly referenced, Season 9 is way more popular than the previous seasons ever were.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Some believe the only way Wash and Maine could actually die is by each others hands. This is one of the reasons why Maine's death is called into question.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Revenge is shown with most characters to A) leave them worse off than before or B) leave them unsatisfied.
- Best shown in the Recollection with Wash, who ends up imprisoned in Reconstruction before being betrayed by Meta after the two have teamed up in Season 8.
- Another example in Season 8 (again) with Tex, who ends up caught in a capture unit and then wiped from existence by Church Things would likely have turned out differently had she not tried going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Another great example in Season 10 with Church and Carolina, who almost end up dead and eventually declare it isn't worth it after seeing a broken down Director.
- The Power of Friendship receives more emphasis in later seasons. Having friends who stand by you is a good thing, no one can do everything by themselves. No matter how talented they are. The friendship between the Reds and Blues allows them to overcome their individual flaws and defeat vastly superior opponents. Meanwhile, Tex and Carolina attempted to everything by themselves and failed to accomplish their objectives.
- The Woobie: Due to his childlike personality, Caboose gets a lot of sympathy for suffering that the show generally inflicts on its characters.
- Church gets pretty well established as this (well, as a Jerkass Woobie) once his backstory is unveiled.
- Agent Washington's life is tragedy, plain and simple. Got a lot better after the Recollection trilogy, though.
- Pretty much anyone from Project Freelancer could be summed up the same way (And most didn't get a happy ending).
- All the guys have their moments when you just want to hug them like Simmons in Season 4 and 9, Tucker in Season 11 and 12, and Grif when he's being shot at. Even Sarge has a moment of this when he discovers that his career is a lie and both teams exist as cannon fodder.