YMMV / Red vs. Blue

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

    Series-Wide 
  • Base-Breaking Character: Agent Carolina. One sides sympathizes with her, pointing how she was the victim of the Director's manipulations as well as betrayal by her teammates. They also appreciate her relationship with York and were saddened that they were never able to get together. The other side hates her for being a Jerkass in the present day to the Reds and Blues and blames her for everything that went wrong with Project Freelancer, even though all of it wasn't her fault. The later seasons have made her much more well-loved, however, as she Took a Level in Kindness, seeing the Blood Gulch Crew as her new family, and outright fears them dying (and saw them die in Santa's vision). And in season 15, she seems to have become just as crazy as the crew.
  • 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 (As well as pointing out how these people make it hard to take real triggers seriously thanks to their overusage of them for mundane things), 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.
    • When the series should have ended, if it should've ended at all. Some say it should've ended at Season 5, since it gives a sincerely sad ending to a hilarious series about how pointless everything was. Others say Season 10, with the lore and formula having been deconstructed and reconstructed, backstory having been explained, and characters having been pushed to their limits. Still others say Season 13, with The Chorus Trilogy giving fresh air to the franchise, proving it can work in an overall new setting, and ending with the death of what is essentially the show's main character. Season 14 was controversial in itself, but some say Vic's goodbye speech would've been an acceptable ending. And of course, others are happy that the series is still ongoing.
    • The biggest split thus far has been between those who like the series for the military-themed dialogue-focused comedy of the Blood Gulch Chronicles (particularly seasons 4 and 5) versus those who prefer the action-thriller direction and deep plot that season 6 adopted.
  • Complete Monster:
    • The CEO of Charon Industries, Malcom Hargrove, aka the Chairman, is one of the biggest villains in the series, and among its most evil. Even before his villain reveal, his investigation on the Director of Project Freelancer goes too far when he releases Agent Washington, who had no hesitation to kill the Reds and Blues at that point, and the Meta, a known criminal who killed Freelancers for their equipment and A.I.s, from prison to hunt down Epsilon, who was currently in possession of the Blue Team. He finds alien artifacts the planet Chorus, so in order to collect them, he hires a group of Space Pirates to kill everyone on the planet by manipulating them into a Civil War. He sends ships containing cargo for the mercenaries to use to the planet, where the mercs kill everyone on the ship and steal the cargo for their own use. When the mission is in jeopardy, he threatens to kill his two lead mercs Locus and the below character by sending a new agent to finish the job. When he is exposed, he decides to kill as many of the Chorusans as possible out of spite, rather than surrender.
    • Felix, real name Isaac Gates, one of the Co-Dragons to the aforementioned character, is just as bad. When he fought in the Great War, he never showed any mercy to his enemies, even those that were trying to surrender. When one of his teammates, Locus, was broken by the war, Felix kept him from getting help and dragged him along because he knew that he couldn't survive without his partner, despite hating him. When he was hired by his boss to create a Civil War on the planet Chorus, the mercenary took his job too far by infiltrating one the sides because he thought it would be fun for them to trust him while not knowing that he was leading them to their deaths while mocking them for trusting him. He also leads the raid on prison ship where the entire crew is killed and the prisoners who are not worthy to join forces with him ejected from the ship. When word comes out about the Purge, He is unable to resist being the one to personally kill off everyone, showing that he doesn't care about the orders and more about just killing for the hell of it. When the Purge temple is destroyed, Felix pointlessly goes after the Reds and Blues just so he can kill them.
  • Cry for the Devil:
    • For all the Director's horrific war crimes, manipulation, large-scale Mind Rape, and callusness towards everyone, his love for Allison is his one sympathetic quality that reminds you he was once a decent human being. In the season 10 finale, his breakdown into a hopeless, broken shell of a man is one of the saddest moments in the series.
    • Despite his years of killing and ruthless pragmatism, Locus is a troubled soldier still suffering Post-Traumatic Stress after the Covenant war, bullied into a killing machine by his commander and Felix.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Quite a few, as to be expected of a series running since 2003.
    • Lopez, among the original BGC crew. Since the ensemble cast is such that all of them could be considered main characters, save everyone's favorite Mexican robot. The sheer oddness of the concept, combined with his extremely sarcastic and fatalist mindset provide some of the best jokes in the early seasons.
    • Agent York and his AI partner Delta, introduced in the "Out of Mind" miniseries. York's grumpy if amiable charm and Delta's general intelligence and Not SO Above It All moments made them really stand out in a series that at the time was starved for competent characters. Despite the fact that both were killed off by the end of a series that only lasted fifteen minutes, the writers seemed to agree as Delta was brought back every chance they got, giving him a significant amount of speaking lines in most seasons after.
    • Sister and Junior. They were introduced in the late beginning of season 5 and didn't get much screentime or a lot to do by the writers, despite their potential to shake up the group dynamic. They were promptly Put on a Bus for the longest time, furthering the sentiment as both were presumed dead for years. There's hope yet, as they're confirmed alive and well in the season 13 finale.
    • CT, both the original and her successor had a comparatively small amount of scenes in the prequels, but when the extent of their tragic relationship was revealed that ended with one hell of a beautiful love ballad, it surprised and saddened many that didn't think the show could be so warm and emotional.
    • More or less every soldier with a name in both the New Republic and Federal Army of Chorus, and even those that aren't such as the medic girl who occasionally spoke. In particular, the rookie squad, and even of those, Katie Jensen received a lot of attention for her Adorkable qualities. The other standout is Dr. Emily Grey, whose bubbly personality and psychotic madness was beloved by the fanbase, even those that didn't like the Chorus cast.
  • 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.
    • Carolina/York is very popular thanks to their interactions, even though the latter died before anything could truly become out of it. Washolina (Carolina/Wash) has also gained a lot of popularity after season 15, episode 10.
  • Fountain of Memes: More often then not, expect Caboose to be quoted by fans of Red vs Blue.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Caboose's Image Song I'm Your Best Friend was once a heartwarming single about Caboose's happiness about being near Church. Come season 13's ending, the song is nothing but sadness since Caboose will likely never see Church again. And he was already The Woobie to begin with.
  • He's Just Hiding: With the show's habit of going from Death Is Cheap to Deader Than Dead in suitably serious moments, you can see why there's so many examples.
    • Many fans don't buy the Meta's Disney Villain Death and believe he will make a reappearance. As of Season 13, Maine is confirmed dead but his empty armour is in the possession of Malcolm Hargrove. Many episodes were spent hammering in the fact that yes, he's indeed dead, and the Meta died the moment the EMP wiped out all the original AI fragments.
    • The Freelancers get this a lot. After spending two seasons characterizing them with their own flaws and friendships that made them very likable, they're still doomed to die in ignoble, humiliating deaths and some fans really still hold out hope that some will make a reappearance, unlikely as it seems.
    • At the end of season 13, Epsilon defragments himself in order to create new AI that can manage Tucker's suit, effectively erasing him from existence. Since this isn't the first, second, or even third time an incarnation of Leonard Church has died, many fans were hoping this would be another bluff. Unfortunately for said fans, he's confirmed to be Killed Off for Real.
    • The same holds true for Texas/Allison, even if Epsilon made sure to delete her from his mind, ensuring she could never come back as a part of him. The Director seemed to have another copy lying around, but all of his works were explicitly destroyed by his own order. This is just as well, since the memory of Allison is exhausted being constantly brought back.
    • Some fans still believe Felix is alive against all odds and show established laws of nature. The temples confirmed he was dead as Locus was able to wield the key that could only be used by a true warrior once the previous was dead. Considering Donut already died and came back once or twice everything's possible.
    • You can also add the Triplets. While it's never stated they're dead, the fact that they were left on a barren planet with a trio of enemies that has a limited supply of food and alcohol, and Project Freelancer never bothered to send rescue, some fans hope they made it out regardless. Being possible surviving Freelancers and having a canonical lesbian in their group doesn't hurt.
  • 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. Same can be said of Carolina and Wash, who go on to learn from the past and resolve to put their mistakes behind them.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "It's a legitimate strategy!" (Camping.)
    • That was the worst throw ever. Of all time.
  • Moe:
    • Caboose, for his childish personality and incredible display of stupidity. His upbeat nature and suffering a lot throughout the series make him endearing rather than annoying.
    • Wash, whenever he can relax and have fun, especially so in his younger days in Freelancer flashbacks.
    • Jensen's just so darn cute, even if we can't see her under the armor. It's the lisp.
    • This account's for Theta's popularity. In a series full of Black Comedy, characters who are too dumb to live, casual abuse, and general suffering, the fact that he's a cute AI with the personality and voice of a little kid is just precious.
  • Periphery Demographic: A lot of RWBY fans, especially the YouTube reaction/reviewer community, have discovered the show on the off-season when they needed content to react to/review.
  • 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, Seasons 9 and 10 became much more popular than the previous seasons ever were, and the Chorus Trilogy is beloved by many fans for taking the series in a fresh direction.
  • Tough Act to Follow:
    • Reconstruction (season 6) was such a drastic jump in quality with its fairly serious, Darker and Edgier plot and the intimidating villain of the Meta, that it's regarded as the go-to example of Cerebus Syndrome, and in the eyes of several fans just couldn't be topped. Then season 10 one-upped the symphonic metal soundtrack, large cast of characters of both genders, slick, cinematic cg fight scenes that looked more impressive even than 8 and 9's, and wrapping up many ongoing storylines involving the Freelancers that looked like it could've ended the series then and there.
    • Nowadays, the Chorus trilogy is another contender, with its back to basics approach that set out to have a new plot that had little to do with Freelancer agents, giving a fresh direction that blended drama and comedy seamlessly.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Fans who disliked the focus on action and intricate plot that dominated the Recollection (seasons 6-8) and the Freelancer Saga (seasons 9-10) were pleasantly surprised with the Chorus Trilogy (seasons 11-13), for having more to do with the Blood Gulch Crew, a larger emphasis on classic Rv B comedy, pulling focus away from giant action setpieces, making the action more grounded, and for bringing in a new, simpler plot that had little to do with the Freelancers.

Season 15:

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • The Blues and Reds (except Temple). Are they like Temple and merely faking their Nice Guy personas, or are they genuine and just being used by Temple? If they are faking it, are their similarities to the Reds and Blues also part of the act? Are they really sim troopers, or are they something else entirely? By Episode 13, it is made clear that not only are all the Blues and Reds in on the plan, but their similarities are actually an Invoked Trope on the part of Project Freelancer (They were the BGC prototypes).
    • Doc. Is he in on Temple's plan? Is he naive to it and just sees the Blues and Reds as other Sim Troopers? Is he even the real Doc? If it is really Doc, has anything happened to him since the Bolivian Army Ending of Season 13? Not once did he sound like O'Malley when seen, and with the knowledge that the Blues and Reds are all in on Temple's plan, where does that leave him? Did he hit his Rage Breaking Point and have a Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal after everything the Reds and Blues put him through? Is he ignorant to all of their plans? Is he being threatened? True Colors makes it clear that Doc is himself, that he has been suppressing O'Malley, and has pulled a Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal.
    • Carolina not remembering the Blues of the Blues and Reds despite working with them. Did she genuinely forget? Did she not make the distinction due to the many similarities Sim Trooper teams have? Did she block the memory due to it being another loss to Tex?
    • Temple taunting Caboose in Episode 16. Most viewers are quick to judge him doing so because he enjoys it. However, it's arguable that Temple was taking out his frustration over the fact that Caboose refuses to accept the concept of death, which stems from the pain he suffered from having lost Biff.
    • Is Temple a Dirty Coward or not? He's responsible for everything but nearly all of the malicious actions taken by his group have been carried out by those following him rather than personally. He's also inclined towards gloating to others and is only seen taking personal action when he has a distinct advantage such a greater numbers or the armor lock. Best shown when he hesitates to shoot Grif. While Grif resembles Temple's dead best friend Biff he gets notably defensive when accused of being afraid of blood, possibly meaning he doesn't want to get his own hands dirty.
    • Did Temple shoot Loco by accident or on purpose? The scene plays out in a way that makes either interpretation look like it could be correct.
      • For those who believe it was accidental, Temple saying "Oh, fuck!" as he pushes Grif and grabs his pistol is because the Reds and Blues are out of armor lock. He tries to shoot Tucker or Caboose, but because of his bad aim, he shoots Loco. Temple saying "That idiot!" is him blaming Loco for getting shot.
      • If it was purposeful, then the "Oh, fuck!" is because he hears Loco shouting for Caboose, thinks he's switched sides and is going to help them, and makes the decision to shoot him then and there. He aims for Loco, but Tucker gets in the way, so he dodges and makes the shot.note  The "That idiot!" is just out of the same frustration that led to him shooting Loco.
  • Awesome Ego: It may just be putting on a brave face for her opponents, but Dylan's quick to show off her achievements and has rock solid confidence in her determination to see her story through. And she's got the guile, charisma, and quick thinking to earn it.
  • Base-Breaking Character: is Jax charming, annoying, really charming, or really annoying?
  • Broken Base:
    • The focus being taken off the Reds and Blues so heavily doesn't sit well with some people, while others are interested in the new main characters. Mitigated a bit when Dylan only takes four episodes to meet up with them.
    • The Temple of Procreation has deeply divided the fanbase, with many finding the idea extremely funny and in keeping with the series' general humor, and others seeing it as a deeply disturbing concept, as well as finding the jokes about Grif and Simmons being locked in a closet together to have an uncomfortable subtext.
    • Church's potential return. There are three camps in this debate. The 1st camp is perfectly fine with Church coming back. The second hates the idea and agree with Grif that he should stay dead. The third believes that even if it is Church, it may not be Epsilon, but Alpha, which would open up a lot of possibilities for character interaction, since Alpha wasn't around when the Reds and Blues became True Companions, never had the Character Development that Epsilon did, and never even knew Carolina, who Epsilon was very close to.
    • The Season as a whole. Some think it's great, others find it to be So Okay, It's Average. Some consider it to be an example of Seasonal Rot, while others are happy with the new direction the season is taking. And some are waiting until it finishes to pass judgement.
      • With the season having come to a close, the fanbase can be seen in several camps.
      • The first camp finds this season comparable to a bad fanfiction with bland or annoying new characters, some of the main cast having an Out-of-Character Moment, two Fan Preferred Couples being strongly teased, and a lot of wasted potential makes some see it as a disgrace to Red Vs. Blue. They also find the season to be too lighthearted and not up to par with the likes of Project Freelancer or the Chorus Trilogy, instead being a huge step backwards.
      • The second camp would be fine with a more lighthearted season, but have issue with the much more zany, cartoonish style of comedy as opposed to the self-referential, satirical style the series is better known for, as well as poorer voice direction that leaves formerly dynamic and hilarious characters like Dr. Grey sounding like they're just reading out forced melodrama.
      • The third camp, as detailed in Seasonal Rot, finds this season the weakest of the 15, but still enjoyable to an extent, marking the season as So Okay, It's Average. They find that some of the jokes are genuinely hilarious, some of the new cast have their charms, and the characterization for the original cast is on point, but find problem in the execution of certain scenes, wasted potential, and lack of high stakes when compared to the more recent seasons, namely the Chorus Trilogy.
      • The fourth camp feels similarly to the above, but is less deterred by those scenes and the lower stakes, and enjoyed it more as a result.
      • The fifth camp enjoys this season for the exact opposite reasons the Chorus Trilogy was enjoyed, in that this season wasn't as high stakes, more lighthearted, and a nice throwback to the Blood Gulch Chronicles. The characters being able to return to their more goofy origins of being a bunch of crappy soldiers fighting in a boxed canyon while retaining their Character Development from later seasons, and the Blues and Reds being the perfect Foils to what Reds and Blues once were or could have become.
    • The return of Locus has divided fans; some find it to be too late in the season to add him to the plot, and are worried he's going to be killed off. Others feel that his Heel–Face Turn is unearned, and that he passed the Moral Event Horizon by participating in the attempted genocide of Chorus. And many others are just happy to have him back and hope he becomes a permanent team member.
    • The "Grimmons" moment in episode 17, where Simmons and Grif are having an intimate moment only to be interrupted by Jax (Who they then punch for insinuating he was expecting them to kiss) has been negatively received by a majority of the LGBT fanbase who feel it's mean-spirited, while many other fans (Including some who actually ship Grimmons and/or are LGBT themselves) just thought it was a funny and cute nod to the Fan-Preferred Couple.
    • The finale, and what it entailed.
      • First there is V.I.C.'s Heroic Sacrifice, some finding the scene genuinely beautiful and nice send off to one of the original cast. Others see it as a shoehorned in reference to Epsilon's sacrifice from Season 13 that not only pales in comparison, but is a mockery to Epsilon's sacrifice. A third party does like his departure, but would have prefered the writers not parodied a beautiful send off to Epsilon.
      • Caboose getting to say goodbye to Church. Some find Caboose actually getting to do it betrays the idea the season set up, that sometimes there are things you can't control and you need to move on from the past, also feeling that Caboose learning to move on without getting the proper closure would be more fitting. Some think the poor blue idiot deserves the chance to say goodbye after what Caboose has been through since Epsilon died and were happy he got the chance to get some closure. Some think it was a good idea, but the execution fell flat, and that the scene lost it's effectiveness due to the Church he was saying goodbye to being the Alpha still at Blood Gulch on Caboose's first day, with Church's complete constant confusion over why Caboose wasn't watching the flag ruining it, or the fact that it was Alpha, not Epsilon, that Caboose was saying goodbye too.
      • The machine imploding on itself after V.I.C.'s Heroic Sacrifice. Some found it to be an Anti-Climax Writer Cop Out moment, others found it funny, and some find it the only way to actually get rid of the thing.
    • The Season being a standalone. Some are irritated that what potential the season had isn't being expanded upon into further seasons, leaving the conclusion rushed. Some are confused due to the show's penchant for Saga's (Blood Gulch and Freelancer) or Trilogies (Recollection and Chorus) and wonder why the format was changed. Others find it a good choice as the season offers proper closure at its end rather than a cliffhanger like most saga seasons due. A smaller group believes the season may be continued on further down the line, either through plot points in another arc, or if the decision to make this a standalone season is changed.
    • Temple being allowed to live. Many wanted to see Temple die as catharsis for all the crap he put the Main Cast through. Others find it more fitting he is arrested so he can wallow in self pity for plans failing. Others prefer it as it leaves plenty of room for Temple to escape and return.
    • Some feel that the constant Shout Outs were too much, even by Rooster Teeth's standards. Others find it funny and accept it as a part of the season's style.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal:
    • It's easy to see Temple's true nature come from a mile away, given the way he tries to manipulate Tucker against Dylan and Jax; not to mention that he and his forces killed innocent civilians in the beginning of the season.
    • Also, it turns out that Church's SOS message from Episode 5 was faked by the Blues and Reds in order to lure the BGC into a trap, and he really is gone for good this time. No one was surprised.
  • Catharsis Factor:
    • Seeing the Reds and Blues take down their Evil Counterparts one by one in the final act is extremely satisfying.
    • Seeing Doc calling out the Reds and Blues on how horribly they've treated him in the past (especially when they neglected to notice his disappearance during the Chorus Trilogy, not even bothering to apologize) was also incredibly satisfying, especially for viewers who felt that said-negligence was brushed off too easily. Too bad it was ultimately short-lived.
  • Counterpart Comparison: Due to a similar premise and the series already having connections to Halo, this season is often compared to HUNT the TRUTH.
  • Critical Research Failure: In episode 20, before he falls to his death Gene claims that he'll 'Darth Maul' this and come back in 'some shitty video game'. This has made even casual Star Wars fan scratch their heads in confusion as to what he is referring to, as the closest it would come is a Darth Maul video game that was canceled early into production due to the Disney buyout. The only thing that would make sense, is if Joe somehow mistook Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a critically acclaimed animated series for a video game. While he could have been referring to Darth Maul's cameo in The Force Unleashed, which came out before his return in The Clone Wars (and received mixed to positive reviews as opposed to being seen as shitty), that was actually just PROXY taking his form, so either way it means the writers didn't bother researching Maul's history post ''Episode I''.
    • Alternatively, it may have been an intentional mistake to highlight that, unlike Simmons, who is a bonafide nerd, Gene is a poser with nowhere NEAR as much "nerd-cred" as he likes to think he has.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Since the Reds and Blues were hand-picked by Project Freelancer for a specific purpose, there have been a lot of theories as to whether or not the Blues and Reds had a similar purpose. These theories were proven right in that they were the basis for the Reds and Blue.
    • After Temple offhandedly mentioned fearing Carolina might recognize his voice, numerous theories pertaining to his identity rose up. The most common theory is that he was a former member of Project Freelancer, either another Freelancer, or a Sim Trooper. Some notable theories include him being Agent Georgia, Agent Illinois, or being a Sim Trooper at a base Carolina trained at, much like how Tex trained at Blood Gulch. Others speculate he was part of the Insurrection, most notably the Demo Man, who was revealed to be alive in a deleted scene from Season 10. Though it is later revealed he is just another simulation trooper she was forced to work with.
    • The exact purpose of Loco's device. While Temple wanted him to just build a bomb to blow up the UNSC base on Earth, Loco claims it's better than a bomb, and would make Temple happy. After mentioning to Caboose that he could show a way to see Church again and engaging in Techno Babble involving Quantum Mechanics and Wormholes, many believe Loco's device is a Time Machine meant to save Biff, and now Church too. With Loco's genuine wish to be friends with Caboose it seems he isn't lying, however Episode 18 states the device is a sort of drill with the intent of drilling through the Earth to get into the UNSC base from the other side. Episode 19 confirms that the device is, indeed, a time machine.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • Season 14 Episodes 2-4, "The Blood Gulch Prequel Trilogy," are rendered this by this season, since the tragic story of the Blues and Reds is the reason why Captain Flowers had to get specific people for the Blood Gulch Red and Blue Teams.
    • All the times that Sarge has fantasized about Grif dying horribly become this when Episode 13 has Biff (Grif's counterpart on the Blues and Reds) die horrifically and not get Played for Laughs.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • One of the reasons why people were so convinced that the Reds and Blues in Episode 1 were fakes was because Caboose went backwards, which he promised he would never do in Reconstruction. Guess what the real Caboose does immediately after Dylan finds him?
    • In Episode 8, Lopez sarcastically claims that because he's not the Starship Enterprise, he can't give Sarge any information on Desert Gulch. The opening to Episode 15 is a massive parody of the opening sequence to Star Trek: The Next Generation... with Lopez's head in the role of both the Enterprise and its crew.
    • A minor Running Gag in the earlier seasons was Caboose thinking that Grif's name was spelled with two "f"s. Biff, Grif's counterpart on the Blues and Reds, has his name spelled with two "f"s.
  • Ho Yay: Aside from the usual between Grif and Simmons, there's the friendship between Temple and Biff. It really doesn't take that much effort to see their relationship as something more, especially because Biff's death is played more like the loss of a lover as a motivation for Temple's Start of Darkness than the loss of a friend that it really is.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Believe it or not, Temple. With the horrific and tragic reveal in episode 13, it's hard not to sympathize with him to some degree. At the very least, the reveal gives his Revenge some context.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Common reaction to the end of Episode 17: No way is Joe killing off Wash, especially in a season that barely gave him any character focus.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Temple. Despite being just a Simulation trooper, he has managed to lure out and kill multiple Freelancers just leaving them in a room with an armor lock until they die. On top of this he managed to lure the Reds and Blues to him, and even convince some of the cast to join him.
    • Locus hasn't lost his touch, sending Grif out to draw Temple's attention while he freed Washington and Carolina.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • The Big Bad, Temple, goes flying over this when it's revealed he's been killing the Freelancers, and locks Carolina and Wash in armor lock in a room with his other Freelancer victims so they can die of thirst/starvation. Though interestingly enough, his tragic backstory is revealed after we learn how depraved he is.
    • Temple crosses another line when he reveals the truth of Church's message: It's nothing more than edited recording from all the way back in Blood Gulch to lure the Blood Gulch Crew. Temple gleefully rubs it on their faces, especially towards Caboose, who is completely crushed from learning the harsh truth that Church is truly dead. It says a lot when the fandom is calling for Temple's head after revealing the truth like that. Though another portion believes it may have been Temple's way of taking out his sorrow from having lost Biff, being forced to accept that he's gone.
  • Narm:
    • The FOTUS-armored soldier's giant unicorn horn can come off as more goofy than intimidating, as does the constant lightning storm that seems to follow him around. Given that it turns out he's a civil servant, this was probably an Invoked Trope.
    • Biff's impalement on a pole with a pair of briefs taped to one end, which is a hilariously Undignified Death that is completely in keeping with the series Black Comedy, but Played for Drama. Possibly also an Invoked Trope, given how reference heavy this season is.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • A lot of people really liked Frank for his witty retorts and being an Only Sane Man compared to Dylan, to the point that finding out he quit after Episode 1 disappointed a few of them.
    • Any past characters that only show up for one episode (Sister in Episode 2, the Chorus residents in Episode 4, and the members of Project Freelancer in Episode 13) are bound to get this reaction.
  • Seasonal Rot: While few would claim the season was flat out bad, many would agree it's one of the weakest seasons yet.
  • Squick:
    • What Temple does to any Freelancers he finds. He activates their Armor Lock, then leaves them till they either starve or dehydrate to death. He then proceeds to keep their bodies on display as a sick form of trophy collection, their rotting flesh creating a revolting aroma.
    • On a less visceral note, the Director arranging the "Capture the Flag" game so that it would be Carolina - his own daughter - fighting against Tex/Allison - the A.I. memory fragment of his deceased wife - is pretty disgusting.
    • The spray of blood that hits Temple's face when Tex pulls the Blue Team Flag out of Biff's torso is repulsive.
  • The Scrappy: As listed above, some people see Jax as this for his constant film references and annoying behavior.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Many viewers were disappointed with the Epsilon AI fragments not making an appearance (having apparently died after Tucker finished using the Meta's suit), with many hoping for fan-favorites Delta and Theta to return. Some have even decided that they're still out there somewhere (which, considering this series, is actually pretty likely).
    • Locus received some great characterization in this season, but came in very late, left just before the final act, and vanished without a trace by the end.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
  • The Untwist:
    • Turns out that the Big Bad really is Temple; his act as a Nice Guy rang a little hollow from the start, given that he was seen murdering civilians in the first episode. (That and his generally creepy behavior.) Though the real shocking thing is how depraved he really is, along with his motivation for doing so, and his true endgame.
    • Grif in Episode 16 was just a distraction. Given that he's working with Locus, it didn't come as much of a surprise that his seemingly idiotic plan was a trick.
  • Win Back the Crowd: While this season wasn't a winner for everyone, it did renew interest in the series for a number of people who were underwhelmed by Season 14.

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