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YMMV: Red Vs Blue The Chorus Civil War
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     Season 11 
  • Awesome Music: Trocadero really gave Jeff Williams a run for his money this season, and the song that appears during the credits "Contact" really brings home the emotional core of this season.
  • Evil Is Cool: Locus.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Church and Carolina's decision not to say goodbye at the end of season ten to make it so they're "just not here right now" was initially portrayed as heartwarming, but it turns out Tucker and Caboose are both hurt by Church's disappearance.
  • Lady Mondegreen: The new villain's deep voice contributed to some fan confusion regarding whether his name was Locus or Locust. Word of God is that it is indeed Locus.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Locus crosses this when he murders Doc and Donut's pilot early on. If he didn't cross it then, his razing the canyon could qualify.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Half the cast, likely due to the stress of the situation. To recap:
  • What an Idiot: Donut hears a desperate distress signal from his old friends and what does he do? Grabs Doc, hires a ship, miraculously finds where the Blood Gulch Crew ended up, and then sends the pilot away. The Blood Gulch Crew has an appropriately exasperated response.

     Season 12 
  • Awesome Ego: Felix. He's got a bit of an ego, but there's no denying he's badass and many fans love him. The fact that he's actually an evil bastard working with Locus to kill the population of Chorus does little to minimize this.
  • Badass Decay: While Carolina's reappearance is a Big Damn Heroes moment, her performance is much less impressive than what fans are used to seeing from her (this may partially be due to Special Effect Failure causing her fight to seem clunky). The next episode has her have a bit of difficulty with a trio of unnamed mooks.
    • Possibly justified since Theta mentions she hasn't been sleeping well.
  • Base Breaker: Felix; many fans think he's a Mary Sue, others find him fun and entertaining. It depends on how you feel about the most badass member of the Resistance being voiced by the writer of the season, who would, by extension, be responsible for the perceived badassery of him. Considering Episode 10, this may have been intentional.
  • Broken Aesop: When listing off what they can do without Church/Epsilon in Episode 7, they Crew lists off the defeat of C.T. and The Meta among them. Except... C.T. was about to kill Tucker when Epsilon floated up and killed C.T. directly. So, they didn't do that without his help.
    • Of course, Tucker did manage to keep the entire raiding party from getting into the temple for months, in a display so badass he was apparently enough of a threat C.T. had a severe Oh Crap the second the temple doors opened.
  • Cargo Ship: Felix x Money is a popular one within the fanbase, particularly after it was revealed that Felix was willing to drop a nuke on civilians if it meant he could get money out of it.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Every named Lieutenant in the New Republic army got instantly popular after the first episode. The most popular by far seems to be Jensen; being the first prominent female character who wasn't constantly pissed (besides Sheila/Fylis and Sister, at least, and not counting Kimball who was introduced first but her characterization wasn't clear until after Jensen), being incredibly Adorkable, and voiced by a popular Rooster Teeth personality all probably help with that.
    • On the flip side we have Emily Grey who's with the Federal Army of Chorus who is already steadily gaining popularity. Doyle seems to be exempt from this, though.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In the trailer, Tucker's response to Kimball wondering how they'll win the war if they can't even rescue a few prisoners is, "We'll wing it." His attempts at winging it in his first mission end up getting most of his men killed.
    • Tucker leaves Pamolo as a look-out because he believes having him on the field will get everyone killed, an assessment Pamolo agrees with. By episode's end, Tucker's deviation from the plan has led to the deaths of his other two men.
    • Every interaction with Felix prior to episode 10 now that he's revealed to be a bad guy. Felix's friendly antics in Season 11, even going so far to take a bullet for the team? Turns out he was just playing them, pretending to be on their side to gather intel for his employers. His efforts to make Tucker a better soldier and leader also take on a darker turn when it's revealed he never believed in the Rebel's position and was working with Locus the whole time.
  • Les Yay: Doctor Grey calling Carolina "sweetie" and very...eagerly offering to psychoanalyze her.
  • Love to Hate: Felix, after episode 10.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Both Locus and Felix are revealed to have been manipulating the entire planet's population by Playing Both Sides against each other. While Felix represents the charismatic Manipulative Bastard side of the trope, Locus is the calculating Genre Savvy Chessmaster.
    • Their boss, Control, is the one giving them the commands in the first place. In episode 12, they tell Locus and Felix to take advantage of the situation that the Reds and Blues are missing and report their deaths to escalate the conflict on Chorus.
    • I never thought I'd end up saying this, but Tucker actually shows himself to be one in episode 19 with the reveal that the absolutely brilliant plan that involved multiple layers of Xanatos Gambit, Batman Gambit, Obfuscating Stupidity and Kansas City Shuffle was all his idea.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Felix crosses it when it is revealed that he and Locus had stirred up the Civil War on the planet Chorus to kill everyone on the planet. Not only that, while his boss, Control, (or at least whatever third party Control is a part of) wants everyone on Chorus dead to get the alien technology on the planet, Felix seems to go along purely just so he can kill people, even saying he would rather nuke the planet from orbit than start a Civil War. Plus his psychopathic tendencies, Felix makes Locus look tame in comparison.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The 'Why Snowman?' guy is super popular with a lot of the fandom.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • Carolina vs Felix was a bit clunky, compared to the amazing fist fights seen in their Halo 3 model CG. It seems possible this particular scene was added last minute, since all of Felix's actions during his rant were incredibly smooth.
    • In the following episode, Carolina's Halo 3 model shows some rather jarring shading and texture issues, especially when contrasted by the excellent models of the security troopers she fights.
  • Uncanny Valley: Ugh, the Chairman.

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