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Season 6: Reconstruction
- Angst? What Angst?: Simmons is surprisingly okay with having been snubbed for a promotion to sergeant in favor of Grif.
- Continuity Lockout: Although Reconstruction marks the beginning of a new story arc in the series, many characters' jokes and quirks will make little sense if you've not seen the first five seasons. What's more, the Recovery 1 miniseries is a must if you're confused who this Wash guy is.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: The Meta's theme, aka "(When) Your Middle Name Is Danger".
- Epileptic Trees: Church took over the Meta and used Wyoming's time control ability to escape the "Ehmp"? Epsilon is in Caboose? For a web series created by a bunch of self-proclaimed drunk guys, Red vs. Blue seems to get a lot of plot analysis.
- Burnie even addresses this by saying that people sometimes get the plot exactly right in the forums. Although Word of God is that the above-mentioned bit isn't one of those times.
- Evil Is Cool: The bad guys of "Blood Gulch" weren't exactly uncool, but Meta takes this trope Up to 11 as the most badass villain in the entire series.
- Fanon: Among other things, York and Maine's real names (James and Theodore, respectively,) and that Washington was a survivor of Reach.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
- After Caboose leaves Rat's Nest, the blue in charge says that things are finally looking up for the team. The next time we see the Blue Base of Rat's Nest, all of the Blues have been killed by the Meta.
- Grif lies about Donut's message because he doesn't want to be dragged into another long, dangerous mission. Come Season 15 and he straight-up abandons the Blood Gulch crew because he is tired of endangering his life all the time just to solve another one of Church's problems.
- Growing the Beard: This is where Red VS. Blue at last finds a unique identity for itself, swerving between drama and comedy and finding ways to make the most random of past events both harsher and heartwarming than they first appeared.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: In Episode 9, Sarge's call gets dropped and he complains about the stupid 4G network. At the time the joke was written, 3G was in prominence, and the joke was that the futuristic technology wasn't working right. Now it just comes off as a Take That! to modern cell phone technology.
- Signature Scene: Agent Washington revealing to Church that He's the Alpha, not a ghost.
- On a more comical note, Caboose's "worst grenade throw. Ever. Of all time."
- Shocking Swerve: Technically, the point above was something that was only foreshadowed in this season with little indication in the earlier series that he was anything other than a ghost. The reveal itself was handled well enough that most fans accepted it without question and is a case of Tropes Are Not Bad.
Season 7: Recreation
- Badass Decay: The Meta, who was the most dangerous thing around in Reconstruction now reduced to being Washington's lackey. Justified in Season 8 with the reveal that the "emp" in Season 6 killed the Artificial Intelligence units in his armor to make him able to run his equipment, rendering him weaker than he is used to being. Then he takes on Tex alongside Wash and wins, reversing this entirely.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Lopez became more popular every episode, mainly because of the growing apathy he had for the teams. Amidst all the wacky situations and AI conflicts, he couldn't care less if he tried.
- Epileptic Trees: C.T. has created many, mostly in regards to who it was that ordered him to go to Sandtrap. The fact that Washington seems to know him (or rather, her) in Revelation and said that it was "impossible" for her to be there only added to them. The character's real identity (The man in charge of the 'Insurrection' troopers that worked for Charon Industries) has only raised further speculation.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Remember this line from last season?
Delta: I believe that Agent Washington's sanity is well within acceptable deviations, for now.
- Harsher in Hindsight: After we learn in season 10 who the real CT was, it's hard not to see his death as an unfortunate tragedy.
- He's Just Hiding: When Wash shot Donut, theories involving holograms sprang forth from the discussion boards on the site. (These were quickly Jossed.) Of course he was still alive, just not in the way fans expected.
- HSQ: When Caboose resurrects Church through the memories of Epsilon, many were surprised and impressed with what he accomplished. Also doubles as a Heartwarming Moment.
- Moral Event Horizon: A retroactively subverted example is Washington shooting Lopez and Donut. Neither had posed anything near a threat to him, and he just shot them, killing the only characters who had nothing to do with his incarceration! The subversion comes in Season 8 with the revelation that he just put Donut into recovery mode, though none of the other characters knew this. His later saving of Donut from one of the Tex robots in the Season 10 finale would fully absolve him.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Early in the season there appears to be a Running Gag where Grif and Simmons are effectively swapping roles. Simmons is growing more frustrated by Sarge's craziness while Grif is actually be more helpful, to the point where he and Sarge are almost talking on more pleasant terms. This all gets dropped the moment that Sarge and Grif head to Sandtrap, leaving Simmons behind at Valhalla.
Season 8: Revelation
- Badass Decay: While the previous season dropped the Meta's cred, this one digs it even deeper and drags Washington with him, as the pair of them act like a pair of 80's cartoon villains unable to puzzle out simple problems that Doc solves without even realizing, leaving Washington to gripe like a retiree at a supermarket.
- Until the Finale comes around and shows that not only are they still incredibly skilled in combat, but they are more than a match for Agent Texas.
- Broken Base: The Opinion on the Animation Scenes quite vary. While some are not only impressed and amazed by how good quality was and how awesome the fight scenes were thanks to Monty Oum and were happy for a change of pace. While the other part of the fan base thinks that the fancy new CGI moments are unneeded as many of the older viewers enjoyed Red vs. Blue for its use of a limited tool-set (i.e. "pure" machinima) to tell stories.
- Captain Obvious Reveal: Texas is an AI. Considering that way back in the Blood Gulch Chronicles she displayed the same power to linger as a "ghost" like Church had, which was later revealed to be the result of him being an AI, this didn't come as much of a surprise.
- Crowning Music of Awesome:
- During the showdown in Episode 10. The score can be found here. The link contains spoilers.
- Also, the inspirational tune from Sarge's "Do you ever wonder why we're here?" Speech in episode 18.
- The utterly epic battle in Episode 19 is accompanied by equally epic music. It's also in the credits and episode 20 and is in fact called "Red Versus Blue."
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Sarge decides to pose as Agent Ohio. Come Season 14, we meet the actual Agent Ohio.
- Ho Yay: By this point, Caboose is practically Yandere for Church. The soundtrack takes this a step further.
- Narm: Shannon Mccormick's delivery of this line is... kinda cheesy.
Washington: Get them, Meta. Get them!
- Nightmare Retardant: Before he cracked wise to his handler, lost most of his enhanced abilities, and carted around medics embedded in giant slabs of stone, the Meta was actually pretty terrifying. He does become a badass once again when he fights Tex with no AI or powers. He gets back into Nightmare Fuel when he gets his powers recharged. As shown by Season 9, however, this isn't exactly unusual for him pre-insanity, as he and Wash were actually good friends.
- The Woobie:
- Caboose. When you stop to think about it, after Reconstruction, he was alone. He needed someone in his life to look up to, but without his "best friend," he was the only Blue in Valhalla. And then, by the end of this season, Caboose loses his closest friend all over again.
- By the same token, Alpha/Epsilon-Church and Tex.