YMMV: Red vs. Blue

This page is for the YMMV tropes of Red vs. Blue.


  • 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.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: The joke in the "Best Ever of All Time" DVD about Donut being sent to some sort of institution for being/acting gay/feminine was met with this reaction. It's understandable considering it's rather dark and in rather poor taste.
  • 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 0800 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 body has been retrieved by Malcolm Hargrove.
  • 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.