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    Church 

Private Leonard L. Church

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    Tucker 

Captain Lavernius Tucker

    Caboose 

Captain Michael J. Caboose

    Sister 

Private Kaikaina "Sister" Grif

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"Yeah, sorry, doesn't sound like I have the skills you need. Unless you want to see my ping-pong ball trick!"
Voiced By: Rebecca Frasier

Grif's younger sister, who joined the army in order to reunite with him, since she was lonely and scared after he left. Being colorblind and more than a little stupid, (the Ultimate Fan Guide actually states that she's dumber than Caboose) she joined Blue Team by mistake. She tags along with the Reds upon arriving (and landing on Donut), in the process convincing them that Sarge is dead and Simmons should be promoted, until her true affiliation is revealed and Grif hands her off to the Blues before Sarge gets the chance to shoot her. Roughly as lazy and useless as her brother, Sister's main purpose seems to be to embarrass Grif, whether through off-hand references to her promiscuous personal life, revealing the family's freak-show roots, or unintentionally televising her routine physical.

As of Reconstruction, she is the only Blue remaining at Blood Gulch, where she uses the base to host raves for five bucks a head (in one memorable night, making ten dollars). She wears yellow armor. In Relocated, Lopez claims to have killed her via choking, however Grif doesn't believe this, claiming she's Made of Iron and has Super Not-Drowning Skills. She disappears from the plot entirely after this. She finally makes a brief re-appearance in Episode 19 of Season 13, still living alone in Blood Gulch Alpha. Season 15 had her both visited in Blood Gulch in Episode 2, and reuniting with her brother on Earth in the season finale, leading to her return to the main cast in the following season (where the Party Scattering ends up partnering her with Tucker).


Associated Tropes:

  • All There in the Script: For the first thirteen seasons, there is no mention of her first name, which only appeared outside the show, like on DVD character profiles. It's finally shown on a computer screen in Season 14, among a roster of other names, and spoken aloud in Season 15.
  • Anything That Moves: Including, in one instance described by Grif, a fish.
  • Better as Friends: She and Tucker ultimately seem to decide this by the end of The Shisno Paradox, though it's a bit more reluctant on Tucker's part since he still has feelings for her.
  • Brainless Beauty: Doc comments on her fitness and flexibility during her physical, and Grif attests to her stupidity by telling how she repeatedly got kicked off her high school cheerleading squad for cheering for the wrong team. However, her dumbness is hardly a part of her character by the time she returns for The Shisno Paradox.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: All the time, to the point of it being a trademark of hers. Even Tucker gets confused sometimes.
    Sister: I thought about having a kid once.
    Tucker: Oh, really? It's a lot of work.
    Sister: Yeah, it seems like it would be hard. But, I thought, y'know, who wants to be known as the girl who's had seven abortions?
    Tucker: Heh, yeah... Wait, what?
  • Character Development: While she's still a promiscuous airhead come The Shisno Paradox, she's also matured into someone who's emotionally intelligent and perceptive. Furthermore, she became a competent businesswoman in the years since Season 5.
  • Characterization Marches On: Her Cloudcuckoolander tendencies and status as The Ditz are both barely a facet of her character come The Shisno Paradox, with her business acumen, emotional intelligence, and Lust instead being emphasized.
  • Color Blind Confusion: The reason she ended up on the Blue Team in the first place.
  • Cop Hater: She immediately turns hostile when she believes that Washington is a cop, apparently convinced he's trying to arrest her for something.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Has been in a state like this since the end of Season 5, with brief appearances in Seasons 6, 13, 14, and 15. Only after Season 16 is she made a consistent part of the main cast again.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Come The Shisno Paradox, she's forced to become the Straight Woman for Tucker as he goes increasingly Off the Rails.
  • Driven to Suicide: Implied when explaining to the Reds that her team's leader (Captain Butch Flowers of Blue Team) died of an aspirin overdose. This gets a Cerebus Callback come Singularity, with it being implied that she first tried to kill herself out of guilt when she accidentally burned down her family's home since that resulted in their mother being forced to live in a trailer park.
    Simmons: You heard what Command said. Sarge is dead. He died of... what'd he die of?
    Sister: Aspirin overdose.
    Simmons: See, Sarge is dead of a- an Aspirin overdose? Really?
    Sister: I know! I didn't think it was possible. And trust me, I've tried.
    Simmons: Yeah... wait, what?
  • Dumbass No More: She started out as The Ditz in Seasons 5 and 6, but after The Bus Came Back, she's shown to be remarkably emotionally intelligent and a good business woman.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She might be kinky and willing to date a lot, but discovering her work fling is married (to the head of HR, to make things worse) is too messy for her.
  • Fatal Flaw: Surprisingly, it isn't her Lust - Rather, it's her countless insecurities and habit of running away from her problems.
  • Foil: To Tucker. They're both Lovable Sex Maniacs, but while Tucker is just putting in a mask to compensate for his numerous insecurities, Sister is completely genuine about it. Tucker's also a Casanova Wannabe and a misogynistic dick, while Sister has a better success rate and, outside of her promiscuity, is generally a friendly Nice Girl who just wants to have a great time wherever she goes. Whereas Tucker takes several seasons to step up to the plate and show off that he's a genuinely good soldier when he tries, Sister becomes a Young Entrepreneur the season after she's introduced. And of course, Tucker's a man while she's a woman.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Subverted in terms of her relationship with Grif, as both have elements of the "Responsible Sibling" (Grif's Big Brother Instinct towards her and Kaikaina becoming an event coordinator) and the "Foolish Sibling" (Grif is a Lazy Bum par excellence and Sister was originally written to be a "loud slut").
  • Generation Xerox: Based on Doc's description and Grif's reaction, it is implied that Sister's mother is just as promiscuous as she is.
  • Genius Ditz: Intelligence-wise, she's (ostensibly, at least) about on par with Caboose, but it turns out she's really good at running conventions, of all things.
  • Hidden Depths: According to Season 15, she's a surprisingly good event coordinator. The Shisno Paradox also reveals that she's remarkably aware emotionally speaking, and has busloads of insecurities.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Kaikaina is attracted to displays of violence, with Jack the Ripper being one of the people she wanted to sleep with when she and Tucker got a time machine. She also gets turned on by Locus kneecapping several of the Blues and Reds' Grunts during Singularity.
  • In-Series Nickname: Most people call her "Sister" instead of her real name, but Tucker eventually takes to calling her "K", and other characters also use "Kai".
  • Ironic Name: Kaikaina is the Hawaiian word for "Little Sister" - or, more accurately, the Hawaiian word for "younger sibling of the same sex". She might be Grif's younger sister, but they're rather obviously not of the same sex.
  • Killed Offscreen: An ambiguous fate; Lopez reports to have murdered her in Relocated, at which point she disappears from the series. Subverted in Season 13, where she makes a brief appearance in Episode 19.
  • Large Ham: She really Chews The Scenery during "Mr. Red vs. Mr. Blue" in Season 14 when she's objecting to her not being allowed to participate in their remake of Reservoir Dogs.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Even more so than Tucker is. Though unlike Tucker, whose sexually charged humor is essentially a front that he uses to hide his insecurities and build himself up, Kaikaina knows who she is, owns who she is, and anyone else can either accept her or get the hell out of her way.
  • Made of Iron: Grif claims that when they were kids she once fell through the ice while they were ice skating. She was underwater for three hours, but when they finally brought her up, she was not only unharmed but also pregnant, meaning that technically, she survived the same thing that finally killed the Meta. The credibility of Grif's assertion is made much stronger considering he makes it right after he survives an eight hundred foot drop with seemingly no ill effects. Guess It Runs in the Family. Lopez's attempt to strangle her to death also failed to kill her.
  • The Merch: In-Universe, she now makes a living running conventions and selling merchandise.
  • My Greatest Failure: Her Labyrinth illusion in Singularity is being confronted with having accidentally burned down her and Grif's family home.
  • Nice Girl: Once you get past the foolishness, kookiness, and promiscuity, Kaikaina is actually quite sweet and friendly to others and seems to only be interested in having a great time wherever she goes.
  • Non-Action Girl: By the end of Singularity, she's the only member of both Blue Team and the Blood Gulch Crew as a whole to have never killed anyonenote .
  • Not Quite Dead: As it turns out, Lopez failed to kill her in Relocated and only succeeded in knocking her out. Sister, of course, thought it was hot.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Which is odd, because she's only Grif's sister, yet everyone else calls her that also. In Season 16, Tucker also calls her "K", and most other members of the Blood Gulch Crew seem to now call her "Kai".
  • Phrase Catcher: Due to her Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick tendencies, about 90% of the things she says are responded to with the line "Yeah... wait, what?"
  • Put on a Bus: Disappears after Reconstruction, and is supposedly dead, though Grif seems to doubt this. She makes a brief appearance in Season 13, and then two slightly longer ones in Season 15. And then The Bus Came Back in The Shisno Paradox.
  • Really Gets Around: Her major character trait. To keep it short, her DVD character bio has "Rated: X".
  • Ship Tease: With Tucker, although mostly in the "Fight! Fight!" Alternate Ending to Season 5. note  It comes back during their interactions in The Shisno Paradox, with Tucker even giving her a Dying Declaration of Love as they're sucked into the Everwhen in "Paradox."
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Seemingly. She isn't happy about this. However, she eventually returns in The Shisno Paradox and Singularity, and gains a lot more character depth as a result.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Even though Tex was technically the first girl, Sister fits this far better, as she's both an actual member of Blue Team and also an actual human being and not an A.I.
  • Straw Feminist: Parodied. Her heart's in the right place, but Sister clearly has no idea what the fuck she's talking about.
    Sister: invoked END WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE! WE'VE SUFFERED LONG ENOUGH!
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: As discussed by Grif in Relocated.
    Grif: Listen, once when we were kids, we went ice skating, and she fell through the ice. She was under there for three hours, and when they pulled her out, not only was she still alive, she was pregnant. If you can explain that to me, I'll believe you when you tell me she's dead.
  • Token Minority: invoked Downplayed, but due to her name being "Kaikaina" (which is an actual Hawaiian name) and Geoff Ramsey claiming Honolulu was the Grif siblings' hometown, Fanon has interpreted this to mean that both her and her brother are native Hawaiians. By consequence, most fan art depicting the Grifs has them as Hawaiian.
  • Troll: Due to her still being annoyed by Tucker's more Jerkass behavior towards her during The Shisno Paradox, she tries to gaslight him for revenge before Donut "wakes" him up in Singularity.
  • Twofer Token Minority: If she and Grif are both native Hawaiians, then Kaikaina counts as this by virtue of being both a Pacific Islander and a pansexual woman.
  • Undying Loyalty: She never believed for a second that Grif, and by extension the other Reds and Blues, had turned evil despite the massive amount of evidence against them in Season 15.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: While it's still more the direct result of Tucker and Carolina, she's the one to initially plant the idea in the former's head for traveling back in time and saving Wash, which would go on to cause a Reality-Breaking Paradox.
  • Vocal Evolution: In a contrast to the vast majority of the cast, Rebecca Fraiser's voice acting as her in the later seasons is actually deeper and not as breathy as her performance in Season 5 was.
  • Weapon of Choice: Her using only the standard Magnum Pistol serves as a good indicator of her being a Non-Action Girl by this series' standards.
  • Weird Aside: She tends to make references to the countless insane and/or Squicky things she's done in otherwise normal conversation, to which someone will inevitably respond, "Wait, what?"
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: One of the more notable examples of the series. Despite being a main character of Season 5, she only makes a single appearance in Season 6, and is supposedly killed by Relocated. She eventually shows up seven seasons later in Season 13, and Season 15 gives some insight into what she's been doing in all that time.
  • Young Entrepreneur: Surprisingly enough, she became this during her time off-screen. Her raves turned such a profit that she eventually hosted a week-long music festival, which also sold incredibly well. Now she runs several cons for different demographics and even has a merch line.

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    Tex 

Agent Texas / Beta (Allison)

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"I wouldn't say I'm mean. I just get paid to do mean things."
"Agent Tex is a bit of a badass."
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Voiced By: Kathleen Zuelch, Burnie Burns (voice filter), Rahul Kohli ("Get Bent")
AI Attribute: Failure

A black-armored mercenary and former agent of Project Freelancer, the biggest badass in all of Blood Gulch, an infiltration expert thanks to a cloaking device, and a better fighter than both teams combined. Her real name is Allison, and her Freelancer handle is Agent Texas. Tex is contracted to support the Blues after Church's death and proceeds to terrify Tucker and Caboose while leading a one-(wo)man assault on Red Base to recover the Blue flag. Unfortunately, a prodigious grenade toss by Donut eventually kills her, but she returns as a ghost some time later, inhabiting a robot body in a manner similar to Church. This experience mellows Tex out somewhat, as it frees her from the influence of her AI partner O'Malley (see below) - though by no means is she someone you should make angry. Tex hangs out with the Blues when she isn't off on her own, usually attempting to foil O'Malley or Wyoming's plans, but as the series progresses she gets more and more entangled in the plots surrounding the dupes at Blood Gulch.

Revelation reveals that, as many suspected, she is also an AI-based on the memories of Director Leonard Church. Created from his memories of Allison, his wife who had died, she apparently came into existence as Beta around the same time Alpha was created. Presumably as a result of the Director's feelings for the original Allison, she was not subjected to the same tortures as Alpha. Church eventually realizes that, like her original self, she's always doomed to failure.

In the Season 5 finale, she voluntarily reunites with O'Malley in an attempt to manipulate Junior and the alien race into helping humanity win the war, and is seemingly killed when Sarge sets off a bomb in the spaceship she hijacked. Although Tex gets kidnapped in AI form by the Meta and then destroyed in an EMP blast in Season 6, she's resurrected through the memory of the recently re-activated Epsilon during Season 8. This version of her is trapped inside the Epsilon Unit by the Meta after attempting to lure out and ambush both it and Washington. Church spends Season 9 trying to come back into contact with her, until inevitably deciding that it isn't worth dooming her to repeat her failures over and over again, and letting her go by "forgetting" her, removing her from existence.

For information about the woman she was based on, see Allison's entry.


Associated Tropes:

  • Action Girl: Quite easily the toughest person in the main cast.
  • Alpha Bitch: Her (off-screen) jealous, vindictive, and abusive treatment of Sister makes her sound like this. Of course, Sister laughs it all off as "just girl stuff".
  • Always Someone Better: And Carolina isn't all too happy about that.
  • And Then What?: Church calls her out on ignoring this in the Blood Gulch Chronicles finale during her Face–Heel Turn. He points out that while Project Freelancer's plan to end the Great War with Junior may work, it'll also result in giving the Anthropomorphic Personification of rage an entire species of Proud Warrior Race Guys (the Elites) as an army for ravaging the galaxy with. She dismisses this by saying, "We'll just have to find out."
  • Anti-Hero: While she has sympathetic motivations and is never an outright villain, she's cruel, brutal, and oftentimes ruthless in the pursuit of her goals.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Girl: Her second self in Revelation, and all of her showings after that (including her original persona in flashbacks when wielding Omega), sports shades of this.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Not only is she a natural fragment that broke off of the Alpha in its creation, but she's the "Beta" A.I.. In Season 10, it's shown that she's known this long before meeting up with Alpha-Church.
  • Autobots, Rock Out!: Anytime she's about to open a can of whoopass, expect a badass background score.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Shares a touching moment with Church as the dream world falls apart in Season 9, and also gets some other pleasant moments with both the Alpha and Epsilon before each of her "deaths." "Why Were We Here?" also has the Blood Gulch Crew being spared by Omega's wrath as one of the conditions for letting him possess her, and she earlier describes Blue Team as "her idiots" to Sister in Season 5.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • After her death in the EMP blast at the end of Season 6, she's resurrected by Epsilon-Church when he splits off his memories of her. She is not happy about this.
    • After Epsilon-Tex dies, a copy of her is found at the Director's lair at the end of Season 10. Unfortunately, this Tex has been MindRape{{d}} beyond repair by the Director.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: After being taken by the Meta, Sigma does... whatever it is he does to the other AI to get her to go along with his mad schemes.
  • Brought Down to Badass: While she's still a One-Woman Army during The Blood Gulch Chronicles, she's not nearly as superhumanly awesome as she was during The Project Freelancer Saga. While part of this is obviously just a case of Early Installment Weirdness, it's justified In-Universe due to her both being cursed to always fail at the last moment whenever she puts her mind to something and the new robotic body she takes control over for the majority of the first five seasons being significantly weaker than the one she had during her time in Project Freelancer.
  • Came Back Wrong:
    • The Tex Drones in Episodes 20 and 21 of Season 10 talk in a broken variation of her voice (to the point where they sound more like Omega than Tex herself), and don't seem to have quite the same level of badassery as the original. Aside from that, there is the fact that the controlling version of Tex is in less than stable condition.
    • We never get to meet the real Allison, as the one we do see is actually the result of the Director's attempts to bring her back. The Tex we know is in fact the A.I. known as "Beta", and essentially a memory of the original Allison. This memory is derived from those of the Director, so while she's close, she's never quite close enough to be a true replacement for Allison and is really little more than a shadow of her. What makes the situation even worse is that the Director's overriding memory of Allison was that she died in the Great War - she failed. This colored all of his other memories of her to the point where Beta's fragment attribute is that she's the Alpha's failure made manifest: No matter how hard she fights or how badass she might be, she will always ultimately fail whenever something incredibly important is on the line because that's what the Director and the Alpha unconsciously designed her to do.
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • The Project Freelancer Saga would reveal that she went to Blood Gulch to watch over the Alpha A.I. since she felt that it was all she could do to atone for failing to save him the first time around. This doesn't entirely fit in with her being a Wild Card that eventually betrays Church to help Project Freelancer (a.k.a. the organization that she abandoned), but it can be Hand Waved under Tex taking The Needs of the Many into account.
    • Additionally, the version of Tex seen during The Blood Gulch Chronicles is shown to be very greedy, to the point where it's her Fatal Flaw. This aspect of her personality isn't seen at all both during the flashback sequences in Seasons 9 & 10 along with her time in the present day as Epsilon-Tex.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Throughout The Blood Gulch Chronicles, she repeatedly betrays the Blues, though it's Played for Laughs. At the end of Season 5, her last betrayal, albeit done with good intentions, is played dead straight for drama. She also shoots Church and leaves him as bait for Wash and the Meta in Revelation, albeit so as to be able to finish their fight once and for all so she can finally kill the Director.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She doesn't fight fair, be it kicks to the groin or beating you to death with your own skull. Also see Crazy-Prepared below.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Towards the end of Season 10 there's about two or three dozen clones of her guarding the director. Where the original Tex could effortlessly curbstomp all of the Blood Gulch Crew at once without breaking a sweat, the clones don't seem to have quite the same level of badass as the original as the Crew manages to put up a pretty good fight against them. Although it's likely these bodies were mass produced, and not customized for battle like her first and third bodies. It also fits into her being cursed to always fail at whatever she does at the last minute.
  • The Corruptible: Omega does this to every one he infects (sans Church) in some way, but his nature has the strongest hold on Tex's persona.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Not quite as much as Church, but Tex's nature makes her life absolutely miserable. Many of her failures aren't even her fault in any way, just spectacular examples of bad luck. It gets to the point where she angrily asks Epsilon why he even brought her back if all she's going to do is suffer for no reason and fail at whatever she sets out to do.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Most evident in Episode 19 of Revelation, where she has the battlefield rigged with tons of mines, explosives, and hidden weapons, just to give herself an even greater edge over Washington and the Meta.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Her fight with the Reds and Blues in Revelation is just her kicking the crap out of them for two episodes. A good chunk of her fights in Seasons 9 and 10 are also this, most notably her training match with Wyoming, York, and Maine.
  • Dark Action Girl: Although at the end of the day she is still a good person, Tex is incredibly ruthless, to the point where it is a legitimate fear that she would casually murder those who piss her off.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Wears black armor, and while ruthless, is (mostly) on the side of good.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Andy was partially constructed out of Tex's more "personal" devices.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her humour's rather dry, needless to say.
  • Death Is Cheap: Tex dies multiple times throughout the series in some form. She is destroyed by Donut's grenade at the end of Season 1, but returns as a ghost the next season. She dies in the crash of the Pelican at the end of Season 5, but still remains as the A.I. Beta. Beta is picked up by the Meta and destroyed by the "emp" at the end of Recreation. A different version of Tex based on Epsilon's memories returned in Revelation, and was encased in the Epsilon memory unit, but Epsilon eventually let himself "forget" the new Tex, removing her from existence and letting the character die for good.
  • Death Seeker: By the time of her Epsilon iteration, Tex is so tired and annoyed of being constantly brought back to life against her will and just "wants to rest."
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: invoked Tex is a deconstruction of the Mary Sue archetype. She's a straight-up God-Mode Sue, but look at the rest of the tropes here.
  • Defector from Decadence: Following learning the information in Connie's data files, she promptly left Project Freelancer entirely, only returning subversively with York and North Dakota (albeit inadvertently).
  • Deuteragonist: In both The Blood Gulch Chronicles and Revelation. She also serves as the tritagonist of The Project Freelancer Saga.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: When C.T calls her a shadow in Season 10, Episode 10, she doesn't take it very well:
    Tex: What did you just call me?!
    [...]
    Tex: Actually, we don't need you, we just need your armor. [proceeds to mortally wound C.T.]
  • Do Androids Dream?: After her now famous ass-kicking of the Blood Gulch Crew in "This One Goes To Eleven" (which was basically her venting some repressed rage), this was her primary motivation: To find out who she is, what she is, and what purpose she has in the real world.
  • The Dragon: For the Director in Seasons 9 and 10, until her Tomato in the Mirror.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Lampshaded in the end of Season 5, as her seeming death is met with little flair. Played Straight when it's revealed she's still alive, though has no role to speak of before her death by the emp.
  • Deuteragonist: She serves as this to Church for the series as a whole up until the end of Season 10, excluding Seasons 6 and 7. Her story and importance to the plot is second only to Church, particularly in The Blood Gulch Chronicles and Recreation, and she serves as the tritagonist throughout the Project Freelancer Saga.
  • Easily Forgiven: In Season 10, Tex apparently manages to become reasonably close friends with both York and North Dakota in the space of just two episodes, despite having spent the past two seasons pretty much just being aloof and menacing towards everybody. Granted, York and North both seem to be pretty forgiving guys, and they were likely brought onto her side after she revealed to them what the Director had done to the Alpha.
  • Exact Words: Both she and Church often refer to their romance by saying things like “We used to be together” or “We were inseparable” or “We used to be close." While it may all sound like typical romance talk, they're actually being completely literal: The Alpha and Beta A.I.s previously existed as non-metaphorical parts of one greater A.I. that the latter naturally broke themselves off from (with them previously having been akin to a binary personality matrix).
  • Failure Is the Only Option: According to Epsilon, this is her defining character trait.
  • Fake Memories: Later events heavily imply that she was implanted with these prior to her becoming a Freelancer Agent, what with her being utterly shocked upon realizing that she's an A.I. in Season 10.
  • Fatal Flaw: A rare case of one being unintentionally built into the character - Namely, she will always fail at the last second whenever she puts her mind to something. Additionally, as alluded to below, she's very greedy.
  • Flanderization: She goes from being a very efficient soldier during The Blood Gulch Chronicles to an absurdly overpowered soldier on par with the Master Chief in both Revelation and The Project Freelancer Saga.
  • Foreshadowing: While she was already all but stated to be an A.I. in Reconstruction, it's not until Revelation that it's confirmed. However, there's some examples within The Project Freelancer Saga that serve as this for Tex herself In-Universe - Why does she seem to have a Charles Atlas Superpower in basically everything she puts her mind to? Because, as an A.I., her reaction times and thought processes would be greater than those of a human being. We get some more in Seasons 9 and 10 - First, when Wyoming hits her in the arm in Episode 10, disabling it. Then when Connecticut and the Insurrectionist Leader both stab her in Episode 7, but she doesn't bleed (she instead sparks like a malfunctioning piece of electronics), because she was inhabiting a robot body. Theta, an A.I., mentions that he has a sister, alluding to both the fact that Tex is an A.I. herself and that Carolina is the Director's daughter.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her more Jerkass tendencies are all but stated to be due to Omega serving as The Corrupter for her.
  • Friendly Enemies: Downplayed, but still present with Wyoming. Despite the two being on opposite sides, the two seem to have a healthy amount of respect, with Tex opting to talk to Wyoming rather than shooting him when given the chance. She even later refers to him (along with Maine) as "dummies" with no malicious intent despite them nearly having killed her the first day they met.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: For both the Freelancers and the Blood Gulch Crew. C.T., York, and North Dakota were the closest people she had to actual friends among the Freelancers, and both she and Church are really obsessed with each other.
  • The Gadfly: She loves screwing with people, particularly the Blood Gulch Crew. When she isn't angry at them, which often results in a beating, she'll still find some way to toy with them and mess with their heads.
  • Gender Flip: The Epsilon version of her, along with the entirety of Red Team, are all misremembered as being the opposite gender in one of Epsilon-Church's iterations as seen in "Get Bent".
  • Glass Cannon: She's very nearly Strong and Skilled compared to the Freelancers' Weak, but Skilled and the Red's and Blue's Unskilled, but Strong, but while she is durable, it still pales to the latter group's general level of durability. Case in point, all most all of her defeats comes from her sustaining one injury or oversight that leads to her downfall,
  • Greed: Let's face it, Tex is probably the most selfish and greedy character in The Blood Gulch Chronicles. If you want to motivate her into doing something, all you need to do is suggest she'll get something out of it (or that she'll have a great opportunity to outright steal something by doing it) and she'll be there before you can even finish your sentence. This, however, is dropped in later seasons.
  • Groin Attack: The legacy of Tex just hates people's crotches for some reason.
    • Epsilon-Tex and the Tex Drones always aim squarely at Grif's crotch, the former unleashing seven on the poor guy.
    • Allison did this to Church's bully at boot camp.
    • The original Tex mangles Carolina's and Biff's crotches in a Season 15 flashback.
    • During the training session with York, Maine and Wyoming, Alpha Tex does end up kneeing York in the crotch before hitting him in the head. And later after she's been disarmed by York, she unloads an entire clip of armor hardening paint into his groin.
  • Heartbroken Badass: After she sees the Alpha be reduced to a broken Empty Shell who doesn't even recognize her. The entire reason that she puts up with Church's Jerkass behavior during The Blood Gulch Chronicles is because she feels like it's the least she can do out of penance for failing to save the man she loved.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Tex has a tendency to switch sides, particularly in the early seasons when her status as a Wild Card was more prominent.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • As the series goes on, it becomes increasingly clear that she has intense self-loathing issues and is literally suicidal since she's tired of always failing at whatever she puts her mind to and just "wants to rest."
    • On a more amusing note, The Blood Gulch Chronicles heavily implies that she's a Yaoi Fangirl.
    • Despite her casual attitude most of the time, she actually follows My Country, Right or Wrong mentality, though she draws the line at that mentality hurting those she cares about.
  • Hometown Nickname: The initial explanation for Tex's name is, "because she's from Texas." Later it's retconned into being a shortening of her codename "Texas".
  • Hypocritical Humor: Tex claims that she doesn't see herself as an actual member of Blue Team during The Blood Gulch Chronicles and doesn't care about how they see her, but angrily demands why she's being "replaced" after learning that Sister has recently joined Blue Team in Season 5.
  • Improbable Use of a Weapon: When fighting Project Freelancer personnel during the break-in, she uses Spike Grenades as mace-esque melee weapons.
  • Invisibility Cloak: Her initial armor ability.
  • Irrational Hatred: Implied. Though they don't interact much, she seems to have this for Grif in later seasons, considering the sheer amount of utterly brutal Groin Attacks she inflicts on him.
  • Jerkass: invoked During her days with the other Freelancers, Tex is selfish, greedy, ruthless, very violent and doesn't care about her teammates (or ex-teammates): she only focuses on her objective. This attitude led to some very harsh moves, such as mortally wounding C.T., then blaming the failure to take her armor back on Carolina. However, Episode 16 of Season 10 implies that her Jerkass attitude is more due to Omega than to her herself. She's actually pretty nice once she shuts him down for a while after he nearly makes her kill the incapacitated Carolina in a sparring match. And just like both the Alpha and Epsilon, The Recollection and The Project Freelancer Saga would show her to have been a Jerkass Woobie all along.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Tex is distant and standoff-ish to the rest of the Blue Team, but in time she grows fond of them. She even referred them as "her idiots" to Sister during their talk in Blood Gulch. Her Hidden Heart of Gold shows in Season 10, Episodes 15 and 16 for the flashbacks. She actually shows concern for Carolina during the latter's breakdown, even resisting Omega's urges and "sedating" Carolina by knocking her out. Later, when she and North have a conversation concerning York and Carolina, Tex seems friendlier than usual.
  • Kick the Dog: Shooting Church in the leg near the end of Season 8 so that she could lure Washington and the Meta into a trap. She suffers for it.
  • Killed Off for Real: After being revived through various incarnations, Tex finally dies for good at the end of Season 10 when Church gives the final copy of her AI a Mercy Kill.
  • Know When to Fold Them: Tex rarely shows any fear or hesitation in the face of battle - and rightfully so given how much of a badass she is - but after witnessing the Meta seemingly murder Carolina and absorb two additional A.I.s, she simply runs away as fast as she can.
  • Knuckle Cracking: In non-machinima sequences, Tex often starts a fight with cracking her knuckles and popping her neck.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: As Doc pointed out, she paid for it dearly after shooting Church in the leg during Revelation.
  • Leitmotif: Two - "A Girl Named Tex" and "Agent Tex."
  • Lightning Bruiser: She's really fast and doesn't sacrifice durability or strength in being really fast. Try running, and you'll be beaten to a bloody pulp before you get halfway across the room.
  • Loving a Shadow: An literal In-Universe case. The love both she and Church share for each other (along with most of the memories they have of being together) is either directly drawn from or a reflection of the relationship between Director Leonard Church and his wife Allison. As Tex points out, this applies with Church as well, since he continuously pursus and obsesses her while refusing to take her wants into account.
  • Made of Iron: Even before "dying" and becoming a "ghost" possessing a robotic body, she's really tough. Makes sense considering she was really already an A.I. inhabiting a robotic body to begin with.
  • The Masochism Tango: Her relationship with Church in a nutshell. Slap-Slap-Kiss doesn't even begin to describe the complex interplay of emotions between the two. The saddest thing is that they actually have probably the closest thing to a genuinely healthy romantic relationship out of any two characters on this show.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The sheer level to which she is forced to always fail at the last possible moment whenever she's trying to do something important increasingly comes across as more the result of a supernatural curse than anything possibly due to her profoundly bad luck or screwy programming.
  • Meaningful Name: She's the biggest badass out of all the Freelancers, and her codename is Texas.
  • Mercy Kill: Epsilon "forgetting" her at the end of Season 9, since it finally lets her rest and ends her pointless suffering.
  • Me's a Crowd: As of Season 10, Episode 20 and 21. All thanks to the Director and his continued attempts to "get her right," a bunch of spare robot soldier bodies, and a lot of time on his hands.
  • Mind Rape: As of Episode 21 of Season 10, it seems that an unknown version of Texas underwent a process similar to that of the Alpha, forgetting even her own name, as she was used to power the robot army of Tex copies.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Surprisingly, she shares this notion with both Wyoming and Maine. Once she learns about the Project's plan to end the Human-Covenant War, she goes along with it after ensuring Omega doesn't target her friends.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Omega nearly driving her to kill Carolina while the latter is incapacitated on the training room floor is all but stated to be what made Tex want to get the A.I. out of her head.
  • My Greatest Failure: She's the personification of the Director's loss of Allison. In Season 10, we learn that she has her own regrets that fall into this trope - Namely, failing to save the Alpha, and failing to stop the Meta from (supposedly) killing Carolina.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Inverted or played straight in the case of her time as The Dragon to the Director constantly.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Her attempted rescue of the Alpha only gave the Meta the opportunity to claim Carolina as his first victim.
  • Not So Above It All: Practically a Running Gag with her during The Blood Gulch Chronicles. For instance, she brags about being the sanest out of the Blood Gulch Crew at one point in Season 3 and having control over her anger... before Tucker points out that she compulsively punches the members of Blue Team in their sleep.
  • Oh, Crap!: She can only look on in horror when the Meta forcibly steals Carolina's A.I.s and then tosses her off a cliff to her supposed doom.
  • One-Woman Army: Generally, if she's with anybody else she'll do more fighting than they will. The only people able to stop her in one on one fights are the Meta and Carolina, and even the latter can't do so for very long.
  • Only Sane Woman: ...Somewhat. Tex would be this on the Blue Team if she weren't obsessively greedy and uncontrollably violent. She punches the guys in their sleep, and once knocked out Tucker to steal his sword.
  • Pet the Dog: Several times, particularly towards the Blood Gulch Crew. They may be idiots, but they're her idiots. Also occasionally to Carolina in the flashbacks, almost exclusively revolving around her two A.I. partners (Episodes 13, 15, and 16 of Season 10).
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: In Season 1, Sarge knocked out Tex in a single hit, while in Season 8, Sarge can't even manage to land a hit. Epsilon explains this later as Tex always fails, but only just barely.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner:
  • The Quiet One: Doesn't say a single word during the Death Battle between the Red and Blue Teams.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: The android body she had during The Project Freelancer Saga was so advanced and lifelike that even she didn't know she was an Artificial Intelligence until late into Season 10.
  • The Rival: To Carolina. However, it's shown to be more for a one-sided rivalry over the course of The Project Freelancer Saga; Tex is pretty ambivalent to her and is behaves like a Jerkass towards her, but that's how she treats most other Freelancers until she pulls Omega from her head. Meanwhile, Carolina's issues result in her taking Tex's superiority to her very personally and results in her trying to outdo her at the cost of her own mental health.
  • Samus Is a Girl: At first, she's mistaken for a guy.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Church. Deconstructed in Season 9, which is all about pointing out how unhealthy their relationship is, and shows that Tex deeply resents this.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Throughout Seasons 1-4, she's the only female member of the Blood Gulch crew. She loses this status once Sister arrives in "Sibling Arrivalries".
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: One of her specialties. The Invisibility Cloak helps.
  • Super Strength: Epsilon-Tex's armor ability. She also shows abnormally high strength in the flashback scenes during The Project Freelancer Saga.
  • Team Mom: To the Blues whenever she finds themselves stuck with them for a significant amount of time during the first five seasons. However, she's not very good at it, and tends to ditch them whenever she feels like it. This gets Played for Laughs until the Season 5 finale.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: She's an AI, like Church, who the Alpha inadvertently made based off of the memories of a dead loved one of the Director's. However, since his last memories of said loved one were her death, Tex is cursed to ultimately fail at everything she does. She initially realizes this in the flashback in Episode 17 of Season 10 by way of Connecticut's data file, where she also sees that her designation is as "Beta".
  • Took a Level in Badass: Due to the inclusion of Monty Oum in the Rooster Teeth staff, her fights become considerably really awesome and her behavior that much more badass from Revelation onwards. However...
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Revelation, where she beats the crap out of the Reds and Tucker for no real reason and blames it on them afterwards, and shoots Church in the leg to use him as bait for Wash and the Meta. Justified, since she was both going through an identity crisis and was pissed about being revived by Church without her consent.
  • Underestimating Badassery: She willingly picks up a fight with both Agent Washington and the Meta at the same time. Tex realizes that taking on two Freelancers at the same time is no easy task, so she prepares herself as best as she can. What she doesn't know is that both of her opponents have become significantly stronger since the last time Tex saw them and they're able to defeat her regardless.
  • Vitriolic Best Friends: Both York and Tex throw snark at each other quite often when they're together, but it's shown that the two trust each other and get along pretty well, even years after the fall of the Project.
  • Walking Spoiler: The fact that she, like Church, is an A.I.. Additionally, there's the fact that she's based on the Director of Project Freelancer's memories of his deceased wife.
  • Weapon of Choice: She typically defaults to using her own fists in battle due to her Super Strength instead of sticking to certain weapons.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Why she assists the Green Alien, O'Malley and Wyoming in the Blood Gulch Chronicles finale. She believes that if she helps them infect Tucker's son Junior with O'Malley and he returns to Sangheilos with "the Great Weapon", than the long and bloody war between the UNSC and Covenant will finally end.
  • Wild Card: For The Blood Gulch Chronicles. It gets Played for Laughs until "Why Were We Here?".
  • Worf Had the Flu: Imposed accidentally and repeatedly. When nothing is on the line, she'll kick the crap out of anyone with ease, but when doing some sort of mission or in some danger, she'll mess up at the last moment.
  • The Worf Effect: She's on the giving and in Season 9. Her first appearance in the flashbacks has her beat the crap out of Maine, Wyoming, and York in a training match even after the former two start using live ammo.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Tex loves this trope. She's used a German Suplex on Tucker in "This One Goes to Eleven," a Backbreaker on Maine in "Reunion," and a Piledriver on the Insurrectionist Leader in Episode 10 of Season 10.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Implied. When the Reds bargain her help in exchange for a favor. Involving the all-male Red Team. To do "whatever she needs". Grif asks, "So, this could be anything? ...Including gay stuff?" Tex's only response? "I have no idea."
  • Younger than She Looks: Aside from the original Agent Texas being only a few years old at the most for the majority of the series, Epsilon-Texas is only a few months old, with a maximum of about one year or so at the time when she is forgotten.

    Wash 

Agent/Major Washington (David)

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"That was the worst throw. Ever. Of all time."

"I've already been responsible for enough of their problems in the past, and I'll be damned before I let you cause any more."

A Freelancer and Recovery Agent, the main character of Recovery One and arguably the main character of the Recollection Saga. Washington's job is to find dead or dying Freelancers and recover their AIs and special equipment. He is trusted with this position due to his view of AIs—he had an AI partner, Epsilon, until the fragment suffered a major psychotic break and attempted suicide while in his head, leaving him therefore the person least likely to try and steal another one. (The experience had absolutely no impact on his sanity, by the way). Wash works with Agent South and Delta during Recovery One to hunt down the Meta, and though he is seemingly killed during that series, he survives (due to York's regeneration unit) to continue his mission during Reconstruction, and enlists Church and Caboose to help. He has another, self-appointed goal: Epsilon held the Alpha's memory, meaning that Wash knows everything the Director of Project Freelancer did to it and is trying to bring the Director down. Washington serves as a Straight Man or the Only Sane Man when exposed to the two teams' weirdness, but has a latent snarkiness that comes into play whenever he lampshades the implausible things they've done. His armor is gray with yellow markings on the shoulders. After joining the Blue Team, he changes to Church's cobalt armor, modified to also have yellow shoulders.

After being held prisoner by the UNSC for inadvertently destroying the evidence of Project Freelancer's misdeeds, Washington is released, and has to work with the Meta to track down Epsilon. When he finally does, he manages to hold his own fighting Tex, and even tries to help Epsilon save her. At the end of the Recollection, he joins the Blue Team so that he won't get thrown back in jail. By Season 10 he's become a real part of the Blood Gulch Crew and decides to prevent any more problems by siding with them over Carolina and winds up shipwrecked with them in Season 11.

He temporarily joins the Feds in Season 12 until discovering the setup laid by Felix and Locus. He later reunites with the rest of the Blood Gulch Crew, along with Carolina and Epsilon. They join forces with the New Republic and the Feds to take down Malcolm Hargrove.


Associated Tropes:

  • '90s Anti-Hero: Deconstructed in The Recollection. Washington is cold, ruthless, possibly insane, and brooding, willing to do anything to accomplish his goal of taking down the Director. The end result is that he acts like a sociopath dangerous to everyone around him, and his allies simultaneously despise and fear him thanks to his behavior. He eventually pulls a Face–Heel Turn when he thinks killing the Reds and Blues would help him accomplish his goal and earn his freedom, since his attitude has resulted in him writing off everyone as either expendable or a potential traitor.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: The Ultimate Fan Guide implies that Wash has always had certain sociopathic tendencies, even dating back to childhood.
  • Animal Motifs: A pretty subtle one, but Wash is often compared to cats. During the time of The Project Freelancer Saga, his nature has him likened to a naive kitten, and he's even revealed to have pictures of adorable kittens on the inside of his training room locker. After the Epsilon Incident, Wash's general character arc is loosely similar to an abused cat lashing out at all that angers them before being taken in by a foster family (i.e., the Blood Gulch Crew). It's also likely not a coincidence that he's one of the most sarcastic characters out of the present-day cast. Heck, his habit of using combat knives is even like cat claws in a sense. Wash's ability to survive against near-impossible odds is reminiscent of the myth of a cat having nine lives. The Shisno Paradox even reveals that Wash used to have a pet cat named "Loki" when he was a kid that was just as indestructible as he is.
  • The Atoner: How he seems to see himself after his Heel–Face Turn. As he tells Locus in the penultimate episode of Season 12, "I used to be a real piece of shit, but at least I'm doing something about it!"
  • Badass Adorable: He's shown as this in the prologue segments, having his locker filled with kitten pictures and even rubber ducks.
  • Badass Beard: Apparently grew one between Season 13 and Season 15, but because of the 24-Hour Armor, we never see it, and Wash just thinks it's itchy.
  • Badass Decay:
    • In-Universe, Epsilon-Church claims in Season 10 that Wash has gone from being a Freelancer who could fight toe-to-toe with Tex to Carolina's whipping boy. It still counts as a Downplayed Trope as he is still a badass and has in fact turned the Blues into a much more effective fighting force. The Badass Decay is relative when compared to Carolina. It is completely revoked when he puts a gun to Carolina's head when she threatens Tucker and shoots her an Ironic Echo before walking out on her.
    • Discussed later on in Season 12. Locus believes that bonding with Reds and Blues has weakened Washington and that he is not a soldier he used to be as a Freelancer. Seeing how easily Wash was intimidated by Freckles, there might be something to those accusations.
  • Badass in Distress: As of the end of Season 11, and for the start of Season 12, he has been kidnapped along with Sarge, Donut, and Lopez by the Federal Army of Chorus. Subverted later, as although they were taken in by force at first, they remained there by choice with the promise of "rescuing" their friends to convince them, much like the others were with the New Republic. Then Felix and Locus show up and reveal they've been playing the Feds and Rebels against each other for years.
  • Badass Normal: Practically a staple of his character is how effective he is without the use of an A.I. or any special armor enhancements.
  • Beneath the Mask:
    • When patching up the bitterness between him and Tucker during Season 11, Washington admits that he considered himself the worst fighter in his old squad and was never entrusted with leadership before ending up on Blue Team. It is the first time in the present that Wash has revealed any insecurity, and goes a long way to mending his relationship with Tucker. During his surgery after the fight with the Federal Army of Chorus he has some combination of flashback and hallucination of previous events in his life. When he sees himself shooting Donut, there is very real panic and guilt in his voice, suggesting he's still haunted by his previous actions.
    • Supplementary material (in Red vs. Blue: The Ultimate Fan Guide) reveals that his personality always concealed darker character traits. As it turns out, a tendency to repress his anger and nurse grudges undetected until the opportune moment for revenge has been an attribute of his since childhood. This casts the Epsilon Incident in a completely different light - receiving the Alpha's memories may have simply brought these traits all to the surface, finally giving him a target for these vengeful tendencies in the form of the Director.
  • Best Served Cold: Washington was driven mad by Epsilon's attempt at suicide two years before the events of the The Blood Gulch Chronicles, gradually recovering his sanity and being cleared for duty after Season 1 but before Season 2 of The Blood Gulch Chronicles. He rebelled against Project Freelancer in Reconstruction, which takes place two years after the end of Season 5. For four years Washington had knowledge of the Director's misdeeds and continued to work for him, biding his time until he had the means to bring him down, which turned out to be his unintentional discovery of the Alpha AI and Epsilon's continued existence. As it turns out, this is a character trait that has been with Washington since childhood, as revealed when he, in fifth grade, smashed a former bully of his from third grade's face into a mirror, nearly costing the latter his eye.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With the Meta in Recreation and Revelation as they hunt down Epsilon. The pair hold Simmons and Doc hostage at the beginning of the latter season, the ensuing battle between them and the Red Team plus Epsilon sets Epsilon out to find and revive Tex, and then Tex lures them to Sidewinder for a final battle. However, Wash is betrayed by the Meta towards the end and then makes a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Develops this in later seasons, particularly for Caboose.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Develops a platonic case of this for Tucker by Season 15.
  • Boring, but Practical: Wash's fighting style involves, for the most part, very basic hand to hand combat and mid range fighting with his battle rifle. A far cry from the crazy moves shown by every other named freelancer. Despite this, he's extremely dangerous with such basic techniques, capable of injuring Tex with a gunshot to the back, leading to her defeat by the Meta, taking down several Hornets at different times, and being roughly the second most effective fighter in Episode 21 of Season 10. Also Boring, but Practical in the case of his overall performance in the prequels. He's one of the few seen on the board at all times, and the only time his position moves in Season 9 is when it goes up a space. Considering he's not a super talented hardcore badass (yet) like other Freelancers makes this seem strange. Except the reason he's always on the board is because he does his job. He's got no authority issues (yet), no impulses to turn on other team mates, and mostly doesn't even care about the board to begin with. He's there to complete the mission, and doesn't care what rank he gets.
  • Break the Cutie: The Epsilon Incident really did a number on his psyche.
  • Broken Pedestal: Season 9 shows that Wash actually had a very high opinion of the Director before the Epsilon Incident. Red vs. Blue: The Ultimate Fan Guide reveals that much of his admiration comes from the fact that Project Freelancer offered him the only chance to use his combat skills after a UNSC court martial for disobeying orders that would have gotten his platoon killed and injuring his sergeant in the process of his insubordination.
    Washington: The Director? He's given us everything. He's helping us.
  • Butt-Monkey: Even during his badass present day phase, he gets injured and blown up on an impressively regular basis. This only gets worse for him in the flashback seasons, where it's almost worse there since he's also a No Respect Guy.
  • Byronic Hero: Particularly in Recovery One. But thanks to the Reds and Blues, he eventually gets better.
  • Car Fu: A constant victim of this.
  • Character Development: All those betrayals do take quite a toll on one's psyche. Having someone you betrayed forgive you and welcome you back with open arms does too, but in a much nicer way.
  • Character Focus:
    • He's the main protagonist of Recovery One, Reconstruction, and Season 11 of The Chorus Trilogy.
    • He's also one of the more prominent characters of The Chorus Trilogy in general, with the relationship he has with Locus constituting a significant subplot (in spite of Wash's absence for nearly half of Season 12).
  • The Chew Toy: A lot of very tragic things have happened and keep happening to Wash.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Inverted. Almost everyone Wash deals with betrays him at some point... Well, all except for the Blood Gulch Crew.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Being stuck in armor lock for days on end with no food or water made him more than a little loopy in Season 15. It has some pretty tragic results though.
  • Cyborg: By the time of Zero, he has received implants created from state-of-the-art robotics to repair his brain damage and which even enables him to see events coming seconds before they happen.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Has to in order to stand a chance without armor enhancements. For example, rather than try to overpower Epsilon-Tex (like an idiot) in Revelation, he keeps her busy with a few quick punches, then steals the battle rifle right off her back as she knocks him back. He also gives himself a surface level cut in Great Destroyers to help him circumvent Locus' invisibility, and instead of attacking another spot on his armor opts to kick the knife he stuck the mercenary with to dig it deeper.
  • The Comically Serious: Even among the Freelancers, he's more or less the Straight Man.
  • Cryptic Conversation: In the present, he's often having cryptic conversations with himself, largely because he tends to know more than everyone around him, and also because, well, look at the company he keeps. Lampshaded twice-over by Felix:
    Felix: Man, you are cryptic. Like all the time. Do you realize that?
    Felix: The fuck is that supposed to mean?! Christ man, always with the cryptic one-liners!
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly in the present. In the prequels, he's much less deadpan.
  • Dented Iron: After his gunshot wound in Season 15, Wash was left with cerebral hypoxia that makes it harder for him to remember recent events and also causes random fits of anger (along with possible motor skill issues, but it's never made clear if that's just bad luck or an actual result of his damage). As he himself points out, though, it's still manageable and with the help of his friends, he can learn to live with it.
  • Determinator: It takes stunning amounts of danger or damage to get Wash out of a fight.
  • Deuteragonist:
    • The Recollection ultimately revolves around Church (both the Alpha, and later Epsilon, variants), but Washington's story is of almost-equal importance, particularly in Reconstruction (with him being the season's protagonist) and Revelation (with him being that season's Villain Tritagonist).
    • He and Carolina are both the deuteragonists of Season 13 of The Chorus Trilogy and the collective tritagonists of Season 12.
    • He's also incredibly important during the events of Singularity (with one of the season's subplots being Wash coming to terms with his brain damage and him learning to forgive Carolina for her initially keeping it secret from him) and serves as its deuteragonist, though Donut is still ultimately that season's protagonist.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": At least in the case of the Director. He seems perfectly comfortable with Carolina calling him by his real name after Season 13.
    Director: Yes, I realize it has been a while since we've spoke, David. May I call you David?
    Washington: No, you cannot. You gave me my new name, the least you can do is use it.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty:
    • Shows shades of this in Season 11, making Tucker do squats and laps around the canyon. He even increases the number of laps when Tucker tries to snark back at him.
    • He's trying this again in Season 13, only this time on Grif, by punishing Grif's squad for his laziness (his hope being that the guilt will force Grif to comply). Obviously, he doesn't know Grif as well as he thought and he meets with rather mixed success. He also tries to chew Palomo out for less than stellar performance during target practice, again with mixed success.
  • Dynamic Character: Wash goes through a ton of character development over the course of the series, going from, in chronological order, a Nice Guy Wide-Eyed Idealist to a possibly unhinged Byronic Hero to a ruthless Anti-Villain to an exasperated Team Dad and the most classically heroic of the Reds and Blues.
  • Easily Forgiven: For siding with the Meta, being a total dick to the Reds and Blues, taking Simmons and Doc hostage, insulting, humiliating, and depriving Sarge of his shotgun and shooting Lopez and Donut. Aside from Donut referring to him as "a jerk" for shooting him he's pretty much been taken in by the Reds and Blues no questions asked. However, if Washington's dream from "The Federal Army of Chorus" is anything to go by, he still hasn't forgiven himself for his past actions (especially shooting Donut, even though Donut himself has and whenever it comes up it's usually Played for Laughs).
  • Exhaustion-Induced Idiocy: After being armor-locked by Temple, his fatigue has clearly affected his mental state worse than it has for Carolina. He's extremely loopy, hallucinating, and says random things that he normally wouldn't in a clearer head. This also leads to him casually walking out into the middle of gunfire where he gets shot in the neck.
  • Face–Heel Turn: At the end of Recreation, after one betrayal too many. Thankfully, it only lasted for a season.
    Wash: For as long as I can remember, I've been lied to, taken advantage of, shot in the back and left for dead. And now, I have a way out of all of this. What in the hell makes you think I'm going to ask for it?
  • Faking the Dead: Does this to escape from the Chairman by disguising himself as Church at the end of Revelation, who had left his body.
  • Fatal Flaw: Revenge. It takes Wash a long time for him to realize that his habit of holding grudges for an incredibly long amount of time isn't healthy.
  • The Fatalist: Has become this by the time of The Shisno Paradox, claiming that "Mistakes are the soil we grow in" and is easily the most dismissive out of all the Blood Gulch Crew in terms of using time travel.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: He temporarily went insane when he had Epsilon plugged into his brain and it tried to kill itself while still in his head.
  • Good Costume Switch: After his Heel–Face Turn, he starts wearing Church's cobalt armor, with his yellow highlights painted on, until switching back to his grey and yellow armor towards the end of Season 11.
  • Guile Hero: Not above trying to talk his way out of things, or manipulate people. Fighting smarter allows him to fight on par with Felix and Locus, using tricks and psychological tactics to keep up with their superior weaponry. A great case of this is him using his own blood to ruin Locus's camouflage.
  • Gun Kata: Not a very stylized version, but has an intense close quarters battle with Felix using a pistol and various blocks and knee strikes to counter Felix's knives in "Fed vs. New".
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: At least in his younger days, where he comes off as almost painfully innocent and idealistic. Season 10's present-day segments seem to indicate that this part of him is making a resurgence due to his Character Development.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Makes a Face–Heel Turn at the end of Recreation, but has a Heel–Face Turn at the end of Revelation.
  • Heel Realization: At the end of Revelation, he starts feeling guilty about his actions after the Reds and Blues rescue him from the Meta and he talks with Epsilon-Church. It results in a Heel–Face Turn when the Reds and Blues let him take on Church's identity which prevents him from going to prison, despite having no real reason to, especially after he killed Donut and Lopez (who are later revealed to have survived), and got Tex and Church trapped inside the memory unit.
  • The Hero: By Season 11, Wash follows the standard heroic archetype more than any other character in the main cast, by virtue of being the only one competent enough to get things done. Season 13 continues this when Wash tries to maintain peace between the Rebels and the Feds.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • When Locus and his team attacks Crash Site Bravo at the end of Season 11, Wash, Sarge, Donut, and Lopez get seriously injured and are unable to move. While the rest of the team and Felix make their way into a cave passage, they realize that they'll have to close the passage behind them. Unfortunately, this involves leaving the injured at Locus' mercy. Washington hears this and orders Freckles to "shake." Freckles then stomps the ground, creating enough force to close the gap. As mentioned, this leaves Wash totally at the mercy of Locus.
    • Come Singularity, he decides to willingly subject himself to cerebral hypoxia so as to repair the Temporal Paradox and save the universe.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • The Project Freelancer Saga reveals that he's a Kindhearted Cat Lover.
    • Red vs. Blue: The Ultimate Fan Guide shows that Wash has always had issues with holding grudges and concealed harsher personality traits than what was first apparent even when he seemed to just be a lovable Butt-Monkey during the heyday of Project Freelancer, with the Epsilon Incident having brought those darker aspects of himself closer to the surface.
  • Hypocrite:
    • When Church refuses to help him with taking down the Meta, he responds with a Dare to Be Badass speech, arguing that it would be a selfish decision that would haunt Church afterwards. In the following season, Wash teams up with the Meta in order to retrieve Epsilon and get a clean slate on life. Which is, well... a selfish decision that would haunt him later on.
    • More generally, Washington often complains about being constantly betrayed and taken advantage of, all while scheming against his employers and former teammates. It is however quite understandable even when he is siding against the heroes, as he had enough bad experiences not to care too much about honesty or loyalty himself.
  • Impromptu Tracheotomy: In "Quicksave", as a result of being held prisoner without food or water for several days, he deliriously wanders onto a battlefield and is shot in the throat. His brain is left without oxygen for several minutes, and the brain damage sustained as a result of the injury drives his character arc for The Shisno Paradox and Singularity.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Wash".
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Despite his frequent injuries, he almost always manages to keep going with no apparent detriment. It takes an extended beatdown from the Meta to finally put him out of commission in Revelation.
  • Ironic Name: His given name is "David," which means "beloved" in Hebrew. He was the Butt-Monkey among the other upper leaderboard Freelancers and treated like a naive idiot most of the time.
  • Irony:
    • Despite often being considered the worst member of the Freelancer squad and getting respected by just about no-one, Washington is currently one of only two members of the entirety of Project Freelancer confirmed to still be alive.
    • Another case of Irony is that, he was shot in the throat just like Maine was. The two seemed to be friends back during the early days of Project Freelancer but became enemies after the latter became the Meta. Even more unlike the latter whom was no longer able to speak due to the shot, Wash ended up getting brain damage. Interestingly enough when Wash loses it and gets angry at Carolina for keeping the brain damage a secret, the Meta's theme plays furthering the irony of Wash's situation.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: In the prequels, there are many non-combat actions Wash takes care of while the rest of the freelancers are showing off their super skills. He's competent in a number of fields, including being a good enough lock pick for Carolina to choose him as York's replacement, searching through files and security systems (as well as doing some unintended sabotage), and is usually the agent meeting with Internal Affairs, meaning he's very good dealing with other branches of the operation.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: The contrast between his flashback persona and Revelation persona really shows this. He starts out idealistic and friendly and ends up cynical and bitter. This is characterized by an exchange with Doc during Revelation.
    Wash: (Talking to the Meta) I agree, we should just kill most of them, the last one left alive will talk.
    Doc: Wash, you can't just kill everyone you meet!
    Wash: Why not?
    Doc: Umm... well, now that you put me on the spot, I don't really have an answer, just seems like a bad idea.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After his Character Development. He still has his problems, and isn't the nicest guy around, but he has come to view the Red Team and Blue Team as True Companions and values their safety. He also shows great concern for the people of Chorus during first the Chorus Civil War and then the war with Charon Industries, and is perfectly fine with inflicting permanent brain damage upon himself if it's necessary to save the whole of space-time.
  • Karma Houdini: Played for Laughs in regards to his shooting of Donut. Although he does try his best to make up for it and is genuinely sorry for it.
    Donut: ...and I got shot!
    Washington: (whistles nonchalantly)
  • Kick the Dog: Shooting Lopez and Donut at the very end of Recreation.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Played straight and then inverted. South is initially introduced as The Sociopath with her betrayal of Wash and North being for apparently minor reasons, and her death is unceremonious and played for laughs. However, as time goes on we learn that these two were friends and we learn she was used by the Project just like Wash was, and is considered a victim of it.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: He's a Nice Guy who even had cat pictures in his locker. And his return in The Shisno Paradox has him telling about a childhood cat who was just as indestructible as Wash would turn out to be.
  • Knife Nut: It's most apparent when fighting the Meta in Revelation and Felix in Season 13.
    Wash (to Felix) What, you think you're the only one who's good with knives?
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Firmly on the side of good, but he is far more cynical and world-weary than his friends. It's only after the end of The Project Freelancer Saga that he starts to become more idealistic again.
  • Knight of Cerebus: While he's not a bad guy exactly, he still manages to fall into this. He only appears in a few scenes in Recreation, including the final scene of the season, where he seemingly kills both Donut and Lopez. What follows in Revelation is, while not overtly dramatic, much more action-based and plot oriented than the previous season. He can also be considered one for the main series as a whole, as the Recollection trilogy and Recovery One are noticeably much Darker and Edgier than the previous series'.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Wash spent years nursing a secret grudge against the Director and Freelancer, bidding his time for the right moment to bring them both down. By the end of Season 10, he's finally given a genuine opportunity to get revenge against the Director, as opposed to what he did in Reconstruction which was petty revenge in comparison, and decides to just let it go rather than put his new friends in danger. Unlike Carolina and even Church, it seems he's finally learned to let go of the past.
  • The Lancer: To Carolina in Season 10.
  • The Leader: By Revelation onward, he becomes the leader of the Blues and in Season 11, he unofficially becomes leaders of both the Reds and the Blues, if only because the others see him as a more competent leader than either Sarge or the absent Church.
  • Leitmotif: "Good Fight" in his introduction, which he shares with Church. Later seasons associate him with a slower, more somber version of "Big Prize."
  • Made of Iron: Only Grif has endured worse than him - the things he's survived include two separate spaceship crashes from orbit, an AI attempting suicide in his head, several gunshot wounds, being hit by a speeding Warthog, multiple point-blank explosions, a shot in the head with a concussion rifle, getting beaten unconscious by Locus... A few were close to fatal, such as being shot in the back by South Dakota (saved by York's healing unit), fighting the Meta after already surviving Tex's traps, and a shot in the neck when he was already wrecked by malnourishment. It really says something when only the last injury mentioned has left him with any permanent and irreversible damage.
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: "That was the worst ___. Ever. Of all time."
  • Majorly Awesome: "Viper" reveals that his military rank is Major.
  • Master of None: By Freelancer standards. He doesn't seem to have a specialty, and most of the other Freelancers are more combat-capable. He turns into a very competent Guile Hero over time, however. His icon on the board is a battle rifle and he's shown to be unparalleled in terms of skill with the weapon, even destroying a Hornet with it while in free-fall.
  • Meaningful Name: A variant - His nickname being "Wash" is quite appropriate after he was re-designated as "Recovery One" and basically became the most prominent member of Project Freelancer's Cleanup Crew.
  • Mood-Swinger: Due to his brain damage from Season 15, he starts to exhibit random fits of anger or switches from a rather cheery disposition to his usual seriousness.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: An Inverted example happens with him and Lopez. When Lopez is repaired in Season 12, a brief P.O.V. Cam from his perspective and Freeze-Frame Bonus shows that he identifies Donut, Sarge, and Wash as "Idiot", "Loud Idiot", and "Agent Washington" respectively, showing that Washington is one of the few people Lopez shows actual respect for. Added irony to this is how Wash shot and almost killed Lopez back in Season 7.
  • Nice Guy: Used to be this. Even with his hidden dark side, Wash was kind and considerate to all his other Freelancers. He devolved into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold after the project went up in flames. It's only after the Reds and Blues permanently end the Director's schemes that Wash regains some semblance of his old kindness.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His actions in Revelation lead to the Meta regaining all his abilities by capturing Tex in the Capture Unit instead of Epsilon. This nearly turned out very badly for all involved.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The Nice for the trio he formed with York and North, easily being the friendliest and dorkiest out of the three.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Suffering from this too often is one of the sources of a lot of Wash's bitterness and anger.
  • Noble Demon: During his Face–Heel Turn, he becomes this. He's relatively nice towards Doc, or at least as nice as someone with Wash's temperament can be, and he's motivated more by desperation than any actual malice.
  • Nom de Guerre: Aside from "Agent Washington", he's also known as "Recovery One" during his time as a Recovery agent.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: When he's first introduced, he seems like an expert badass compared to the zany Blood Gulch Crew. Later seasons show that he's very much Weak, but Skilled, at least relative to most of the other Freelancers, despite his complete regularity as number 6 on the leader board. He even admits to Tucker that he considered himself one of the worst agents in his squad, though his developments post-Epsilon would prove him far more capable than he gave himself credit. His "normality" is emphasized by this exchange from "Fall From Heaven":
    York (talking to North): [...] and now I'm paired with the squad's second-worst fighter. But sure we can handle it.
    [...]
    Washington: ...You really think I'm the second worst fighter?
    York: No, I was being nice. You're easily the worst.
  • No Respect Guy: Back in his days with the other Freelancers, Wash was this. Though he was pretty competent and always stayed up on the leaderboard, his Boring, but Practical approach to his job and his Endearingly Dorky behavior led to pretty much everyone viewing him as the resident loser. After the Freelancers split up, they still don't respect him at all nor regard him as a threat, which comes back to bite South, Tex, and the Meta when Wash turns out to have Taken A Level In Badass.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Has this attitude in Reconstruction with hints of it throughout the whole series.
    Washington: I'm sorry, did something about my actions indicate that I expect to survive?
  • Not So Above It All:
    • In Reconstruction, Wash tells Church that his successful sniper shot doesn't count because "it only counts if you call it". It's the first sign of Wash's personality prior to the Epsilon incident. He also comes up with Grif's new rank of "Minor Junior Private Negative First Class" surprisingly quickly.
    • In "Change of Plans", when the Reds and Blues are bickering over which team has the highest kill count, Washington decides to play along.
      Washington: (smugly) Technically, Project Freelancer makes the rules. And I say Blue Team gets to add my kill count to theirs!
    • In Season 11, when the Reds and Blues all drag Donut and Doc off to beat them up for flubbing their rescue, Washington is right there with them tearing the "rescue team" apart. Additionally, he also helped cause the Hand of Merope to crash (he knocked a cable out of the wall on accident) just like the other Reds and Blues did. And on a similar note, he doesn't remember poor Doc getting sucked into the Future Cubes either until Season 13 (as Epsilon and Carolina's ignorance can at least be excused by them not having known Doc was at Crash Site Bravo in the first place).
    • During "Previously On" in Season 15, he jumps with joy just like the other Reds and Blues (minus Carolina, who instead gives a deadpan "Yay") when they build "the galaxy's greatest water park."
    • During Singularity, he uses Mental Time Travel to go back to the height of Project Freelancer, and tries to learn where Carolina was hiding after she faked her death. As Agent Iowa would point out to him, he should've just traveled into the future when he and Carolina were friends so he could ask her then. After both hearing that and a lengthy Stunned Silence, he travels into the future and immediately gets an answer from Future!Carolina. Upon realizing how he "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot, Wash lets out a furious Skyward Scream.
  • Not So Different:
    • Pre-Epsilon, Washington seems just as neurotic as the Reds and Blues, just more competent in certain aspects (namely, fighting).
    • Locus seems to consider Washington to be a similar sort of man to himself ("I'm a soldier, like you"), due to his rather ruthless actions in earlier seasons. The big difference is that Washington managed to reclaim his humanity whereas Locus still sees himself as "a suit of armor and a gun."
    • On a lighter note, he's also been compared to Caboose on occasion... much to his dismay. It's not an entirely invalid comparison, though.
      Caboose: We have a lot in common, Agent Washington!
      Washington: No, we don't! ...And don't ever say that again.
    • As lampshaded during Singularity, he was a lot more like Donut than what was first apparent during the heyday of Project Freelancer. It's perhaps best shown when he's nearing the Despair Event Horizon over not being able to get Past!Carolina to listen to him.
      Wash: Why won't anyone listen to me...?
      South Dakota: That's easy. That's 'cuz you're a loser.
      Wash: ...Is this how Donut feels all the time?
  • Not-So-Innocent Whistle: Does this in "Reckless" after Donut complains about having gotten shot.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • Wash is an uptight, regulations guy who freaked out when North mentioned he used equipment without telling Command. Maine is a brutish dirty fighting soldier who tried to kill Tex during a sparring match because she was beating him. Nevertheless, they seemed to have been good friends during The Project Freelancer Saga. Wash was even briefly depressed upon realizing in Revelation that Maine's psyche was completely ruined by Sigma's manipulations, now viewing the prospect of fighting his former friend as a Mercy Kill.
    • The vitriolic and sarcastic South with the much more passive and naive (at the time) Washington. While not shown frequently, the two had a teasing friendship, with their moments of snark, and years after the two had last seen each other, the embittered Wash is willing to do what he can to help South. Even more odd considering she was The Bully to the triplets which Washington had noticably also been friends with. Unfortunately, much like with Maine, this friendship horribly decays once South betrays him and leaves him for dead, when they meet again, he makes sure to kill her.
    • In the present, Wash is a grumpy and bitter Guile Hero. Caboose is friendly, optimistic, and dumb as a box of rocks. They get along famously.
    • During the events of Singularity, he forms one with Donut of all people.
  • Only Sane Man: Particularly in Reconstruction, where he plays the Straight Man to the antics of the Reds and Blues. He softens up in later seasons, first becoming more sarcastic, then becoming more friendly, though even after this he's still more level-headed than they are.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Played for Laughs when he acts creepily cheerful towards Sarge, Grif, and Simmons before the initial assault on Crash Site Alpha in Season 13, with them taking notice of his personality shift and then calling him out on it (with Grif realizing that Wash believes that they're going to die).
  • Papa Wolf: Becomes this to the Reds and Blues, going so far as to hold a gun to Carolina's head when she threatens Tucker in "Change of Plans."
    Washington: I've already been responsible for enough of their problems in the past, and I'll be damned before I let you cause any more.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Despite being under orders to kill South Dakota, he instead allows her to mourn her brother, helps fake her death and tries to escape the Meta with her. Shame she didn't repay the favor.
    • During Season 11, he manages to swallow his pride and open up to Tucker about being the Butt-Monkey of Project Freelancer, and also apologizes to Caboose for not being a better friend to him while he was upset about Church's absence.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: In the flashback segments.
  • Post-Historical Trauma: The reason for his Knight in Sour Armor attitude is due to this through the Epsilon Incident, though it's more directly related to the Director and the Alpha than humanity as a whole.
  • The Power of Friendship: If there's manpower available to Wash to help him get the job done, he'll take it without a second thought. "I can't do this alone" is practically one of his catchphrases. Establishing friendships with the Blood Gulch Crew also goes a long way towards helping him redeem himself and improve his own mental health. And in Singularity, he all but says to Carolina that he's fine with suffering from brain damage since he knows that his friends will be able to help him with it.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • At the end of Reconstruction.
    Washington: Emp? You have got to be fucking joki-
    • He's completely furious with Carolina when it's revealed that she withheld the knowledge of him having brain damage, practically shouting to the Blood Gulch Crew "And did any of you know?! Or am I the only one who didn't know that I had fucking brain damage?!?!"
  • Properly Paranoid: In Season 11, Wash is the only one of the Blood Gulch Crew to feel uneasy about being shipwrecked with no sign of immediate rescue. Even after they manage to make radio contact with Donut, he still warns the others that rescue may not immediately come. Also he is the only one that shows distrust towards Felix. After The Reveal that Felix is actually working with Locus to kill everyone on Chorus for a third party, he was right all along.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Season 10 reveals that not only did he start wearing Church's armor and take over as leader of the Blue Team, but the characters started referring to him as Church.
    Caboose: I wouldn't really use the word "replace"... but there's no word for "take over for you and make everything better immediately. So we just say replace!
  • Revenge:
    • His primary motivation is to make the Director pay for his crimes. Finally subverted as a motivation for him as of the final few episodes of Season 10. He knows that the Director is evil, and that it would be right if he paid for his crimes, but there's no benefit to following that path, and it will only lead to a longer line of his friends' corpses, if anything changed at all.
      Counselor: So you would say that you have overwhelming feelings of anger and a need for revenge?
      Washington: More than you know.
    • There's also the incident with South shooting him in the back. He gets some payback for that, but it doesn't really make him feel any better, and all he really achieves with it is freaking out his new allies.
  • Rogue Protagonist: In Revelation. However, he switches sides towards the end, so it may count as a subversion.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Played for Laughs when Sarge brags about Red Team has a bigger kill count. Washington then proclaims that since Project Freelancer makes the rules, and he's a former Project Freelancer member, Blue Team gets to add his kill count to their own.
  • Secret Keeper: For the majority of Reconstruction, he's the only character that knew exactly what the Director did to the Alpha. It's still not clear just how much of the Director and Alpha's memories he has.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: A minor case, but his nightmare in "The Federal Army of Chorus" implies that he suffers from PTSD over his past actions.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Even before the Epsilon Incident, he was a violent revenge planner. In fact, he has been one since childhood. He was just better at hiding it behind the mask of dorkiness than after the Epsilon Incident. He's been seeking revenge against the Director for years and killed South without hesitation when she betrayed him. However, he is still a good guy throughout the series, especially once the Reds and Blues take him in.
  • Super Gullible: Pre-Epsilon Incident, Connecticut and South mention that he's this while playing "Five Things". They then prove it immediately afterwards by saying that he has something stuck in his teeth, which makes Wash wonder if he does. While he's wearing a helmet. According to the guide book, York and North once told him there was a sauna aboard the Mother Of Invention and he never suspected anything, even though they repeatedly kept giving him conflicting directions.
  • Supporting Leader: During Reconstruction and the end of Revelation.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: "I'm not crazy, okay? I'm totally, completely sane. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go blow up this dead body." Even though it was standard procedure to destroy dead Freelancers' bodies and armor, he still was rather thorough.
  • Team Dad: Subverted in the Season 9 prequel segments. He tries it with Connecticut, but she doesn't buy it at all. Played straight in Season 10's present-day segments, with Wash balancing out the inanities of the Blood Gulch Crew with Carolina's Axe-Crazy tendencies. He continues this role in Season 11, where he works to keep the Blood Gulch Crew alive by carefully managing their limited supplies, as well as trying to train Tucker and Caboose to be proper soldiers. It continues in Singularity where, after Donut gives the Blood Gulch Crew a vicious "The Reason You Suck" Speech for their terrible treatment of him, he promptly makes them all go and apologize to him.
  • Temporarily a Villain: What seems to him to just be the latest of many betrayals in Recreation leads him to try to hunt down the Reds and Blues, going so far as to team up with the Meta. At the end of Revelation he rejoins them, and stays on their side the rest of the series.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the years that follow the Epsilon Incident, he becomes exceptionally more dangerous, mainly from his increased capacity for ruthlessness and Chessmaster tendencies.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Starting in Recreation, to the point of a Face–Heel Turn. He also had one of these in the past after the Epsilon Incident. Furthermore, he becomes a bitter Drill Sergeant Nasty during Season 11 due to the stress of trying to keep himself and the rest of the Blood Gulch Crew alive while they're stuck in Crash Site Bravo.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He gets substantially better come Season 10; becoming something closer to the Wash he used to be. While he can be a bit strict towards his fellow Blues, he cares for them, to the point that he aimed a pistol at Carolina when she threatened Tucker.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: His neck injury caused cerebral hypoxia, which made him forget most of the events of Season 15. Played with in that it causes other problems too, like forgetting more recent events and causing sudden bouts of anger.
  • Unluckily Lucky: Wash might be one of the biggest Butt Monkeys of the entire series (being likely surpassed only by Doc and Donut in that regard), but he's survived against countless odds to a miraculous degree.
  • The Unreveal: Wash's face alone of the Freelancers hasn't been seen, with strategic placement of other people blocking his face. This is lampshaded eventually in Season 10 where he carries out a conversation with North and York, while eating, still in his helmet. It is known, however, that he has bright blond hair that he keeps relatively short and grew a beard during the 10-month break following Chorus.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Maine. When Maine was shot in the throat in Season 9, he showed a large amount of concern for him. But by Reconstruction, while he is surprised that Maine is still the one in the armor, he is fully willing to kill him, and vice versa. He and Maine work together again in Season 8, but they eventually turn on each other. This also applies to South Dakota after she turns on him, unlike with Maine, he does put an end to her.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: His younger self tends to come off as this during the flashbacks of Season 9 and 10 pre-Epsilon.
  • Weapon of Choice: Defaults to a standard Battle Rifle. The animated fight sequences also show him to be something of a Knife Nut.
  • The Worf Effect: At the beginning of Zero he is defeated in hand-to-hand combat by the Viper Syndicate and is subsequently tortured and hospitalized.
  • Would Hit a Girl: And Boom, Headshot! her too.

    Sheila 

M808V Main Battle Tank / "Sheila"

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"Firing main cannon."
Voiced By: Yomary Cruz

Blue Team's support vehicle, a Scorpion battle tank with an artificial intelligence that answers to "Sheila". The Blues express bewilderment that Command decided to supply them with a tank no one knows how to operate, but Caboose nonetheless attempts to rescue Church using Sheila, killing him in the process and apparently falling in love with the "nice tank lady." If Sheila paid much attention to Caboose, this would form a Love Triangle, given her attraction to Lopez. After Caboose's attempt, the Blues seem to decide that Sheila works best driving herself. Throughout the series, Sheila is a major asset for Blue Team...when she isn't feeling moody and oppositional or running off with Lopez to form an all-robot faction.

What, if any, connection she has with the Freelancer program F.I.L.S.S. is unknown, though the two do share a voice and many mannerisms.


Associated Tropes:

  • Accidental Murder: Accidentally kills Church. Later subverted.
  • Action Girl: Or close enough, really.
  • Almost Dead Guy: In Reconstruction. In Season 10, Church goes to the Pelican crashsite, and mentions how its computer is an "old friend", suggesting she's still active.
  • Artificial Intelligence: She is one.
  • Catchphrase: "Firing main cannon."
  • Cool Plane: Partway through Season 5 her program gets transferred to a ship.
  • Cute Machines: She has the voice of a girl that even Caboose falls in love with.
  • Love at First Sight: With Lopez.
  • Nice Girl: Usually. For example, she offers Simmons a place to stay after he'd been evicted from Red Base.
  • Official Couple: With Lopez for a while.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: In response to Simmons' badly-crafted bogus story:
    "My logical data analysis center indicates that would be highly unlikely. And my bullshit meter agrees."
  • Tank Goodness: Until she's uploaded to the Pelican.
  • Team Mom: To Tucker, Donut, and Tex as they're leaving for Sidewinder. She packed them lunches (somehow) and reminds them to "wash [their] exhaust pipes every day." The lunches include things like air filters and brake fluid, but hey, it's the thought that counts.
  • Trigger Happy: "Firing Main Cannon"... expect this to be repeated for quite some time.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Supposedly still occupies the crashed Pelican in Valhalla, as alluded in Almost Dead Guy above, but nothing is heard of her after that. And according to Kaikaina in The Shisno Paradox, Valhalla was later bought out by a building company and had condos built in it, leaving her fate completely up in the air.

    Freckles 

MANTIS-Class Assault Droid / "Freckles"

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"Disregarding a direct order from a commanding officer is punishable by death."
Voiced By: Shane Newville (Seasons 11-13), Miles Luna (Season 15)

Caboose's "pet" in Season 11, an automated MANTIS walker that he discovered in a crashed ship. Its AI is transferred to his assault rifle in Season 12 after being heavily damaged at the end of Season 11.


Associated Tropes:

  • All Animals Are Dogs: Or perhaps All Killer Robots Are Dogs. At least, that's how Caboose sees and treats him.
  • Back from the Dead: In as much as a mech can be. After having his body destroyed by Locus, and his memory unit passed onto the Blood Gulch Crew. By the finale of Season 12, he's been put into Caboose's assault rifle.
  • Chekhov's Gun: During each season of the Chrous trilogy something related to Freckles ends up being important and very useful towards the end of the season.
    • Season 11: Caboose teaches Freckles tricks like doing squats, fetching, and shaking, which Freckles usually takes as literal commands. During the battle at Crash Site Bravo Wash tells Freckles to "shake" and he causes a small quake that seals an entrance and lets Tucker, Caboose, Simmons, and Grif escape with the New Republic.
    • Season 12: Freckles' body has been destroyed and all that's left of him is his primary storage unit. Locus gives it to agent Washington who gives it to Caboose. After Epsilon removes the tracking device from his storage unit, Doctor Grey installs him in Caboose's rifle effectively reactivating him and he kills one of the space pirates at the jamming tower.
    • Season 13: Freckles is given full control of Caboose's rifle, including the safety in order to prevent Caboose from accidentally hurting or killing his teammates. If anyone pulls the trigger, it just makes a fun party sound and shoots confetti. Felix steals Freckles from Caboose at the Communications Temple and tries to use him to kill Caboose not knowing about this feature, and instead Felix just ends up shooting confetti in Caboose's face before getting whacked in the face by the recoil when Freckles fires into the air.
  • The Comically Serious: Numerous moments of hilarity are to be had when the very goofy Caboose interacts with the absurdly serious Freckles.
  • Creepy Monotone: Never emotes.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Season 15. All he gets is a brief mention from Caboose and a few seconds of screentime. When the crew leaves to find the source of Church’s message, he’s left behind with no explanation.
  • Disney Death: His Mantis body is destroyed at the end of Season 11, but Locus saved his primary storage unit and Freckles was installed in (and given control of) Caboose's gun.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Sheila, what with him being a decidedly male trigger-happy, AI-driven vehicle that takes a shine to Caboose.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Of a sort; Caboose is technically in charge, but it's Freckles that everyone's scared of.
  • The Dreaded: To everyone except Caboose. Even Sarge.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Well, more scary than evil, but while he's a MANTIS his voice is very deep and intimidating, adding to his threatening level. After he's moved to Caboose's rifle, his voice becomes more squeaky and less deep, giving him more of a comedic role and less of a threatening one. It gets even squeakier when he’s moved into a tiny MANTIS body, to the point of being incoherent.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Well, Caboose named him.
  • Guttural Growler: Its voice is a low, metallic, gurgling baritone.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Of a sort. When Caboose steps down, and Wash is leader again, it follows the commands of Wash. Very effectively, too, with Locus officially revealed to the crew.
  • Humongous Mecha: An animated MANTIS.
  • It Can Think: It has limited capacity, but it seems to have some degree of sentience. Specifically, it has some problems with interpreting some commands properly.
  • Kid with the Leash: Caboose seems to be the only thing keeping him from shooting people so far. Meep. It's later inverted when Freckles is placed into Caboose's rifle and given a confetti-shooting function in the event that Caboose is about to teamkill someone.
  • The Leader: Although Washington and temporarily Caboose are officially the leaders of Blue Team, just about everybody follows Freckles' lead on account of him being terrifying. He even disobeys commands by the team leader.
  • Leitmotif: "Manticore Blues."
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Attacks Sarge after the latter threatens him during a standoff between the Reds and Blues. The two are stopped from going for a second round by the timely arrival of Donut.
  • Loyal Phlebotinum: He only listens to Caboose or anyone Caboose tells him to listen to, like Washington or Dr. Grey. In Season 13 when he is in control of Caboose's rifle he only shoots at enemy targets, even if someone pulls the trigger to the rifle. He did not take kindly to Felix stealing him and trying to use him to kill Caboose.
    Felix: (after shooting confetti in Caboose's face) What is wrong with you people!?
    Freckles: Hands off. (shoots a round, the recoil smacking Felix in the head)
  • More Dakka: Constantly threatening both teams with this.
  • Oh, Crap!: Provokes this response from everyone on both teams.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Being that it's a heavily armed Mini-Mecha, this is pretty much inevitable.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Hands. Off.
  • Put on a Bus: He's left behind early in Season 15, and hasn't been seen since. Probably has something to do with his primary voice actor being fired from Rooster Teeth.
  • Robot Buddy: Albeit a really terrifying one.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: When Washington sarcastically says that Caboose should be the leader of Blue Team, Freckles responds by immediately demoting him and giving command to Caboose.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Caboose. He's the only trooper that Freckles doesn't threaten at any point. He's almost always seen next to Caboose during his screentime but this doesn't stop him from disobeying commands every now and then.
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