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  • Color-Coded Characters: Each cast member is identified by their color of choice and their avatars are drawn in their color of choice.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Each of them of fond of sarcastic, dry humor. Hence the origin of the channel name.
  • Motor Mouth: Both Blue and Red are fast speakers.
    • Blue is slower than Red but does one in this video about the War of the Roses.
    • Red's line delivery is consistently rapid-fire. Acknowledged and inverted for the April Fools video, in which she speaks at an excruciatingly slow pace to accommodate viewer complaints (before she loses her temper in the middle and has to cut the video short). She amps it Up to Eleven when summarizing the Mahabharata for sixty seconds.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Red and Blue are just close friends and work partners; Blue and Cyan are happily engaged to each other, and Red is asexual.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Downplayed; while they're both equally silly and sarcastic, Red tends to be the zanier one when they're both in a video together.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: While the duo are mostly amiable towards each other, they do have their moments. Perhaps best demonstrated in "The Philosopher Song", where Blue repeatedly interrupts the song to tease Red.

    Red 
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Here's Red. So... yeah.

The resident book nerd, mostly covering fiction and tropes.


  • Ambiguously Jewish: Downplayed; the "Holiday Tales: Hanukkah!" video has Red explain how she used to celebrate Hanukkah with her family. At the end of the video, the credits explain how she'll give a "noncommittal shrug" response to anyone who asks about her religious upbringing.
  • Asexuality:
    • She has no interest in sex, but that doesn't mean she can't admire attractive people in the same way somebody might enjoy a sunset.
    • She often uses this as a perspective to discuss how certain characters can be considered asexual; like Artemis, who is generally depicted as a lesbian or only having feelings for Orion, despite the actual myths suggesting she had a lack of interest in both genders.
  • Been There, Shaped History: In the April Fools video, she claims to be the one who sunk Atlantis, caused The Tunguska Event (with a power bar), condemned Balder to Hel by way of not crying for him, and told Pandora her keys were in the box.
  • Berserk Button: Do not admit fault at the burning of Alexandria. Also, you'd better not mention The Taming of the Shrew, Pandora, presumed hatred of Percy Jackson, or any particularly morally-heinous/ Idiot Ball actions of the people/ medias she's presenting about (eg. Selene, Victor Frankenstein, the main villains of Titus Andronicus, etc.)
  • Bias Steamroller: When discussing her dislike of zombie stories in "Trope Talk: Post-Apocalypses" she admits that her dislike is partly from hating their usual message of "Humans Are the Real Monsters", as she firmly believes that Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!, but she also just loathes zombies.
  • Big Entrance: In "Top 12 Fictional Pseudo-Christmases", Red arrives to co-present the video by materializing on the usual red armchair with a stock explosion visual effect.
  • Buffy Speak: Is reduced to this while playing Shadow of the Colossus.
    Red: So I think you need to lure him over the geysers, so you can flip him over onto his belleh-belleh, so you can stab him in the tum-tum. [later on] I think you need to shoot him in the leggies 'Cause he has little leggy pads under the legs. He's got like... little hoofies.
  • But Not Too White: In the Aztec myth of the Five Suns, she mentions that she burns easily due to being so pale, and jokingly claims she can get sunburn from particularly shiny teeth.
  • Catch Phrase: She has several.
  • Corpsing: On the channel's first Q&A, she's visibly trying not to laugh when she sees her roommate making befuddled faces from behind the camera. By the third time, she... might have cracked off-screen.
  • Gamer Chick: She enjoys playing video games and livestreams them with Blue on occasion.
  • Let Me Get This Straight...: When Red runs into narratively contradicting points during the videos, she'll often stop her rapid-fire delivery and repeat them in an increasingly perplexed tone to see if she's reading it right.
  • Moral Pragmatist: Discussed in the trope talk about pure evil. To Red; morality is a spectrum and she believes the definition of evil is hurting others without justification or necessity. However, she acknowledges this reasoning gets shaky when applied in more extreme situations; for example, people being badly hurt and mistreated led to amazing progress in the fields of science and medicine, but she can't really claim those actions were good.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: She apparently went on her own version of The Hero's Journey for one Trope Talk, leaving Blue to handle it in her place while her normal spot is covered in notes.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Is only referred to as Red in videos.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair can pretty much double as a full-body blanket for her avatar. Live-action videos reveal her hair really is that long.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: She's the Red (no pun intended), being the more exuberant of the two.
  • Shipper on Deck: She and Indigo both squeal with joy when Blue and Cyan talk about their double proposal in the second Breath of the Wild livestream.
  • Signing Off Catchphrase: "So... yeah."
  • Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!:
    • In "Trope Talk: Post-Apocalyptic" she admits to hating "Humans Are Bastards", pointing out that this message is both overdone and demonstrably untrue, saying "we already have enough angry sixth-grade poetry, guys, we can stop writing "people are all terrible" stories now."
    • In "Trope Talk: Realism", she admonishes the idea that "realistic" means "depressing and miserable". She takes aim at DC Comics in particular for becoming "Grimdark City" after the financial success of Watchmen, emulating its atmosphere while completely missing the underlying hopeful message.
    • She also shows disgust towards "Of Mice & Men" and states how she wants to forget the book as soon as possible. She also refused to draw for this video because she gets too emotionally invested with her characters.
    • She harpoons the Grimdark genre for this reason; Red believes that hope and idealism are the main drives of humanity and states her exhaustion with the constant despair from Grimdark and Nihilism.
      Red: Hope is the ultimate motivator; on some level, it's the only motivator. If it seems like I have a personal beef with Grimdark as a genre, it's only the same beef I have with everything that treats hope like a dumb childish concept rather than the fundamental core of human experience. Hope makes us believe things can be better, once we stop believing that we stop trying to make things better and guess what, then things don't get better. Pessimistic nihilism is the ultimate self-fulfilling prophecy and maybe it's the 2020 talking, but man I have straight up ran out of patience with people who give up on a better world and then have the audacity to tell other people if they're naive or stupid for still trying. The Grimdark worldview preaches that everything sucks and nothing will make it better. If the ideal of the Grimdark genre is really struggling the face of hopelessness then act like it, dare to believe the world can be better and fight for it and if that's really the ideal of Grimdark, then why does every other genre do a better job of inspiring it?
  • Stating the Simple Solution: She often does this when summarizing myths and stories, wondering why the Olympians didn't just kill the people causing them trouble, or why the protagonists in H. P. Lovecraft's works never just move away from the obviously-cursed town.
  • Troll: She spent the entire college hell video mispronouncing Bolgia, until Blue told her she was never allowed to say it again.
    Red: But I've never said Bolgia (pronounced correctly)!
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Red has trypophobia, the fear of clusters of small holes.
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    Blue 
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You wish he looked at you the way he looks at Venice.

The resident history nerd, mostly covering historical events.


  • Amazon Chaser: He met and fell for Cyan during fencing club after she broke his rapier.
  • Art Evolution: For most of the channel's early history, Blue did all of his talking points from the chair Red sits in during her Trope Talks. In 2019, he started getting stand ups of his own, allowing him to produce a wider range of expressions and body language.
  • Badass Bookworm: Quite a learned chap, and quite the fighter too.
  • Been There, Shaped History: In the April fools video, he claims to have been the one to explain monotheism to Akhenaten, joking about just guillotining everyone to Robespierre, suggesting to Virgil that he just copy The Iliad for his project when it was due, stole the Horses of Saint Mark during the Crusades, caused said Crusades, kidnapped Tripitakanote , and stole the Library of Alexandria, burning the foundations to cover his tracks.
  • Berserk Button: Mispronouncing "bolgia" is a good way to get under his skin.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: Let's just say his Scottish accent in the video about Scotland's history is... well, it needs practice. A lot of it.
  • Catch Phrase: "Let's do some history!" when he starts going into the meat of a video.
  • Cultured Warrior: He loves anything related to history and culture and also happens to fight off a horde of ninjas when they jumped on him after he butts into one of Red's videos.
  • Fan Boy: He's a Classicist by nature and jumps at the opportunity to speak about the Roman Empire in particular.
  • High-School Sweethearts: He and Cyan met in college and have been together ever since.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: After learning about the Ptolemaic dynasty's family tree (which is horribly inbred) he says this. He also mentions having to go and "recuperate in a pile of Odysseys" after detailing the historical context of All Quiet on the Western Front.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: The History Summarized: The Vikings video reveals that he has a kitty named Cleo, with the video even stopping so he can coo over her.
  • Meet Cute: Met Cyan when she broke his rapier in fencing club.
  • Mellow Fellow: He's a pretty calm and sedate guy.
  • Official Couple: With his fiancée Cyan.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's the Blue (as you can probably guess from the name), being the calmer of the two.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He apparently suffers from intense thalassophobia, or a fear of the sea, much like the majority of Romans. It's so severe that he can't even watch Aquaman (2018) because it will just keep him up at night.
    Blue: The deeper you go the more nightmares there are! There's Always a Bigger Fish!

    Cyan 
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And now we're here in Copenhagen!~

Blue's fiancée, and occasional joiner of livestreams and vlogs.


  • Adorkable: She has a really adorable laugh and is just as much of a nerd as Blue.
  • Catchphrase: "Heck?" seems to be her phrase of choice when she's startled or frustrated.
  • Handicapped Badass: Cyan fenced in high school and college and she and Blue met in fencing club (see Meet Cute). She has also has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, requiring some braces and mobility aids.
  • High-School Sweethearts: She and Blue met in college and have been together ever since.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: She and Blue have a cat named Cleocatra, whom Cyan dotes on frequently.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: She responds to a lot of Blue's puns in their vacation vlogs with lighthearted booing.
  • Meet Cute: She and Blue met when she broke his rapier during fencing club.
  • Official Couple: With Blue.

    Indigo 
Editor for Blue's videos and lover of memes. She's occasionally made appearances on the OSP livestreams.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Subverted While she's simply referred to as Indigo in her appearances, her video-credits has her real name listed as Sophia.
  • Shipper on Deck: She and Red both squeal with joy when Blue and Cyan talk about their double proposal in the second Breath of the Wild livestream.

    Magenta 

Red's brother who occasionally joins in on livestreams.


    Cleocatra 
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"Meow!"
Blue and Cyan's adorable pet cat, and HR manager for the channel. A frequent source of adorable moments and shenanigans who frequently crashes the livestreams.
  • Cute Kitten: She's very adorable and affectionate.
  • Punny Name: A cat named Cleocatra.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Cyan dotes on her frequently and she's very well cared for.
  • Team Pet: Cleocatra often causes mishaps off-camera, even sleeping on Blue's script for one of his videos. She's become something of a mascot for the channel due to the Livestream interruptions.
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