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This page is for tropes pertaining to the Red vs. Blue characters who are part of Project Freelancer. All spoilers for the first fifteen seasons will be unmarked below.

Note: Carolina, Tex, and Washington are also part of this group. Go to Red Vs Blue Blood Gulch Crew for the former, and Red vs. Blue - Blue Team for the latter two.

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Project Freelancer

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Project Freelancer is a state-of-the-art scientific endeavor with one goal in mind: To ensure the security of humanity in a harsh and violent galaxy.
F.I.L.S.S.

A research project dedicated to studying AI units and their interactions with skilled agents. The project is led by Doctor Leonard Church (the Director) with the help of the Counselor and an AI unit named F.I.L.S.S. Their agents, who are named after US states, are unaware of the project's increasingly-immoral actions, which is the focus of the past storyline in Seasons 9 and 10. The project was only able to acquire one AI, the Alpha, which they tortured until it "fragmented" into other AI units.

Various circumstances led to the project falling apart and eventually getting shut down by the UNSC thanks to Chairman Malcom Hargrove. The events following this become the main plot of Seasons 6-8 and the present-day storyline of Seasons 9 and 10. The project is put to rest for good in the Season 10 finale, where, after growing tired of running and hiding from the authorities, the Director deletes F.I.L.S.S., telling her the project was a failure before committing suicide.

By the end of Season 10, the only known surviving agents are Washington and Carolina, both of whom have joined the Blood Gulch Crew. Malcolm Hargrove has acquired some of the remnants of the project's dissolution, including several pieces of Freelancer equipment (most notably Maine's armor), F.I.L.S.S. (somehow), and former Counselor Aiden Price.


Associated Tropes:

  • Anti-Villain: As a whole. Very few Freelancer personnel are actually evil, with them primarily being Punch Clock Villains and Unwitting Pawns to the Director and Counselor. Virtually all personnel were kept completely in the dark about the project's horrific actions and thought that they were genuinely helping safeguard humanity's survival, when it was really anything but.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: North and South are twins, the AIs consider each other siblings, and Carolina is the daughter of the Director and Allison, whom Tex is based on. Church even compares the agents to children trying to impress their father. Also, all the agents and A.I.s have attempted to kill or manipulate each other, and most have succeeded. Only Carolina, Epsilon, and Washington are known to be left.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Applies to the Project itself, which performed multiple psychological experiments on even their top field agents and A.I. without them having the slightest clue about it, this would end up hindering them and depriving them of multiple assets as a result. Borders on Stupid Evil.
  • Cleanup Crew: Recovery Command's job is to recover essential equipment from injured or dead agents in the field. In the grand scheme of things, they did a pretty horrendous job considering how Freelancer equipment is seemingly everywhere in the post-Great War galaxy.
  • Cool Starship: The Mother of Invention, at least until it crashed in Episode 19 of Season 10 on Sidewinder/Avalanche.
  • Cyborg: All Freelancer personnel (even down to the lowly simulation trooper) are installed with at least some form of cybernetic implants.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Their plan in The Blood Gulch Chronicles to end the Great War, which (to make a long story short) had Omega possess Junior and return to Sangheilos with a unique Laser Blade, which would've apparently fulfilled an ancient prophecy within the Covenant and have them stop their war with the UNSC. However, when already ignoring how absurdly complex this plan is and how easily it would fall apart when put into practice, Church points out that even if the plan actually worked, all it would result in is giving the Anthropomorphic Personification of Unstoppable Rage a Proud Warrior Race to ravage the Milky Way with at their leisure.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Many of the freelancers and personnel die this way, the exceptions being Wyoming, CT, Maine And the Director.
  • Enemy Civil War: The project cannibalized itself due to terrible management and countless internal conflicts, to the point where it's already The Remnant by the time of The Blood Gulch Chronicles.
  • Epic Fail: The entire project ended up as an embarrassing and costly failure to the UNSC, with Recovery Command being founded to recover the things they could from the project.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Their conflict with Charon Industries during Seasons 9 & 10.
  • Expy: As the series goes on, they're pretty clearly based after the various Spartan programs from the show's parent franchise of Halo.
  • Gambit Roulette: While Omega/O'Malley, Wyoming, Gamma/Gary, Vic, and Florida are the primary agents through which it is carried out, the project's Evil Plan throughout The Blood Gulch Chronicles is all but stated to have been devised by Freelancer Command (making them the Greater Scope Villains). The sheer degree of planning and precision their stratagem would require, along with using Wyoming and Gamma's time-bending powers to (possibly) send Church into the past in order to further manipulate the Blood Gulch Crew, is nothing short of implausibly ridiculous.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Along with Charon Industries, Project Freelancer is responsible for virtually every horrible event in Red vs. Blue. And yes, this still includes the stuff involving the Cosmic Powers, as they (possibly, the Timey-Wimey Ball of Season 17 makes things more ambiguous) were only created due to a Stable Time Loop related to a time machine created by the Blues and Reds, who in turn were all motivated by the horrific crimes inflicted upon them by Freelancer.
  • Hero of Another Story: "Hero" isn't exactly the best word to use for them, but the Freelancer agents and the related personnel are mentioned to have gone on countless other missions aside from what's glimpsed in the prequel segments seen in Seasons 9 & 10.
  • Highly Conspicuous Uniform: Most of them have brightly colored armor, most notably North and South Dakota, who perform an infiltration mission while wearing bright purple and green. Justified in Carolina's case, since she can change armor color.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Project Freelancer was brought down with the help of the Reds and Blues, whom they used as expendable Cannon Fodder to train the Freelancer agents. What's more, they actually hand selected the Blood Gulch crew for that outpost.
    • The whole purpose of the project was to conduct horrific experiments on the Alpha A.I. so as to weaponize the resultant fragments. The Alpha and his fragments ended up becoming the root of almost every single problem they had, especially when they were actually put into use on the battlefield. As Wash once put it, it was the project's own creations that tore it apart.
  • Hypocrite: For an organization ostensibly dedicated to finding a way to safeguard humanity's survival against the Covenant, they're only seen fighting humans during the flashback sequences in Seasons 9, 10, and 15. Additionally, they were perfectly willing to use a Huragok (Engineer) to cultivate the individual A.I. fragments.
  • Les Collaborateurs: They actually weren't this, but they worked with Sangheili separatists during The Blood Gulch Chronicles as part of their plan to end the Great War.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Project Freelancer had its main goal being the creation of Super Soldiers to help humanity survive the cataclysmic Human-Covenant War, with the Director alos secretly seeking the "resurrection" of Allison Church. Incidental Mind Rape and property damage were unfortunate side effects of Freelancer's actions. Charon Industries, on the other hand, intentionally aimed to kill off an entire planet of innocent people in the name of War for Fun and Profit. Unfortunately, due to their lack of subtlety and internal conflicts, Project Freelancer went down first.
  • Meaningful Name: The project's flagship is called the Mother of Invention after the saying that "Necessity is the mother of invention", a reference to the Director's belief that I Did What I Had to Do.
  • Mooks: As Seasons 6, 9 and 10 all show, there were plenty of non-agent personnel aboard the Mother of Intervention and at various installations that served as cannon fodder.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Their profoundly foolish plan to end the Great War (which would've more likely ended with Omega taking over the entire Milky Way) was thwarted at the last second thanks to Tucker and Sarge.
  • Pretentious Latin Motto: "Roboris Per Scientia" (Strength Through Science).
  • The Remnant: Although the organization is already much smaller than its original 49 agents by the time the prequel segments of Season 9 start, the trope seems more applicable as of Season 10's present day, with F.I.L.S.S. and the Director as the only known members still fully active by the time of Season 10. Even they're both dead by the end.
  • Socketed Equipment: Both the Freelancers and simulation troopers have unique and modified armor that can hold an A.I. and use Freelancer equipment.
  • Villain Protagonists: In the prequel segments.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The project's original goal was to create Super Soldiers to safeguard humanity's survival during the Great War against the Covenant.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Their plan during The Blood Gulch Chronicles is an absurdly (and needlessly) convoluted case of this. Really, it's a miracle that it got as far as it did before the Blood Gulch Crew eventually stopped it.

Freelancers

    Agents in general 
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Texas: Time marches on. So does Project Freelancer.
North Dakota: Yeah. And lately, it seems like we're getting trampled in the process.


  • 100% Adoration Rating: Played With. From what we see, the Mooks of Project Freelancer treat the agents with respect, and are very excited to watch training matches if their reaction to see Tex's sparring match was any indication. More explicitly, two mooks act like big fans to Wyoming when they're paired up with him, his dialogue heavily implies this isn't the first time something like this had happened. But between the agents themselves their is some contention between those on the board and those who are not, even among the ones on the leaderboard themselves.
  • Armor Is Useless: Their armor fails to offer much protection, outside being able to withstand blunt force. But it does next to nothing when it comes to bullets and bladed weaponry.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: The armor enhancements of Project Freelancer, which give them some truly superhuman abilities through highly advanced technology.
  • Ascended Extra: With the exception of Tex, Washington, and Wyoming, all of the agents are this, seeing how their roles were relatively minor or only offhandedly mentioned by the time they get more focus.
    • Played With Maine. While technically being an antagonist for season 6-8, we only ever see The Meta, and we get to see the man he was before during the prequels.
  • Badass Crew: The upper leaderboard Freelancers by far. However, it's also deconstructed, as noted below.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: They were True Companions, but as the Project fell apart, so did their trust in one another, and by the time the Mother of Intervention crashed, most had gone their own way.
  • The Cameo: They make a surprise post-humorous appearance in Season 13's "Test Your Might" when Carolina enters the alien gateway at the Jungle Temple. Several of them are also seen in Season 15's "Blue vs. Red - Part 2" and Season 17's "The Not So Good Ol' Days."
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Whether as a result of their power armor, or other standard enhancements, all Freelancers seem to possess some level of superhuman abilities. North and South are able to pull off some pretty insane moves when they're introduced in Season 9, and at the end of Season 10 York is able to lift a gym locker over his head and use it as a thrown projectile.
  • Competition Freak: This behavior had been enforced by the leaderboard, having them focus on their rankings rather than their cohesion as a unit. The most notable and explicit ones being South Dakota and Carolina.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The use of equipment without proper controls or an A.I to help properly manage them. If used incorrectly, it can kill the user.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Word of God says that all but one of them had rather poor childhoods.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: For both the Badass Crew and True Companions. On paper, they were meant to be an invincible group of badasses that were initially friendly and close-knit with each other. But due to the needlessly competitive nature of the Project and the ranking system that was constantly shoved in the faces of the agents, they were prone to jealousy, grudges and bitterness. The scoreboard only served to make the Freelancers complete missions on their own rather than work together. All of this would eventually lead to the team turning on one another (such as a sister trying to kill her brother, a few agents going rogue, friends attacking each other) and the project cannibalizing itself.
  • Foil: As a whole group, they're one for the Blood Gulch Crew. The Freelancers were a group of supposedly cooperative and badass Super Soldiers meant to be comparable to the Spartans, but who ultimately betrayed and sabotaged each other to their mutual downfall. In contrast, the Blood Gulch Crew are a group of endlessly squabbling and terrible soldiers originally meant to be used as glorified training dummies for the Freelancers, but who eventually become both True Companions and legendary badasses in their own right.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Subverted, they're occasionally mentioned years after their death.
  • Freudian Excuse: invoked According to Word of God, part of the reason for why the Freelancer Agents are such a Dysfunction Junction because only one of the 49-odd Agents had an actually happy childhood.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: That said, none of the agents ever point to the reasoning behind their actions having anything to do with how they were treated as children.
  • Location Theme Naming: They're all code named after the various states making up the United States of America. it's likely not a coincidence that their leader is Director Church.note 
  • Neural Implanting: The process of A.I. distribution uses a form of this, though the Alpha, Beta, Omega, and Epsilon A.I.s can all circumvent it.
  • Nom de Guerre: Agent [State Name]. They're almost never called by their real names, to the point where many of their real names are flat out unknown.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Even those Freelancers whose names are known, like Washington (David) and Tex (Allison) generally prefer using only their codenames. Even in both private and when among their friends and loved ones. Now that's some serious dedication.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Most of the female Freelancers seem to sport them.
  • Super Soldier: invoked Generally speaking, they seem to be what a SPARTAN-II can actually be, especially when compared to the Red and Blue simulation troopers (though the series generally implies that the armor given to simulation troopers are essentially dime store MJOLNIR knockoffs). Even Washington, who viewed himself as the worst Freelancer out of his squad, is still enough of a badass to casually take down a Hornet on his own among countless other feats. However, Burnie Burns has stated that the Freelancers are ultimately more akin to "wannabe" Spartans due to their equipment, training, manpower, and A.I. shortcomings, with this being perhaps best shown with the Triplets, Utah, and Georgia.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Both Epsilon and Carolina (And to a lesser degree, Washington) come to feel this way towards the agents and the A.I., as they were all used in some way by the Director, even those who were more malicious like Maine and South Dakota.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Compared to how we see them in previous seasons, with the exception of Maine and Wash, both of which had not yet reached the levels of Badass that was seen in earlier seasons, this applies to all agents when the prequel segments came around.
  • True Companions: In the prequels. However, this is deconstructed, in that no matter how close-knit they were, they did eventually fall apart anyway.
  • Unwitting Pawns: Of the Director, who essentially made them into Villain Protagonists without them even knowing about it for the duration of most of the project.
  • Weapon of Choice: All agents have a weapon that they default to using.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Compared to the Reds and Blues, the Freelancers can't take much punishment with the exception of Maine, but their skills generally far exceed the latter group.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: The agents seem to not be bothered by the amount of people they have to kill to accomplish a mission, this applies to their own mooks, as York and Tex kill them without regard during their break in.

    York 

Agent New York

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"The whole universe is moving too fast, Wash. I think we're just trying to keep up."
Voiced By: Sean Duggan

A tan and white-armored Freelancer agent. His armor enhancement is rapid regeneration, and his AI partner is Delta. In Season 9, York shows off his ability at picking locks, playing the part of The Lancer to Carolina, being the only Freelancer she seems to treat as an equal and friend instead of a subordinate or a burden. The two had some Unresolved Sexual Tension before the project collapsed and Carolina went missing, with York turning to petty burglary. He appears in the "Out of Mind" mini-series, agreeing to help Tex track down Wyoming, but he is killed in a firefight at the end of the series.


Associated Tropes:

  • Badass Driver: As Episode 17 of Season 9 shows, he can be badass even when behind the wheel, breaking to fling off the Insurrectionist sleeveless soldier when he was about to shoot Maine and slamming into the truck that a sniper was on so that Maine could punch him. Most notably, this was shortly after York had lost sight in one eye.
  • Bad Liar: When he tries to bluff Tex unconvincingly, she tells him he's never been good at lying.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: To a lesser extent that Wash, but still present. York on the field has difficulties with locks (his specialty) and is the subject of Amusing Injuries, but he's near the top of the leaderboard for almost two entire seasons, showing that he isn't just all talk.
  • Butt-Monkey: Along with Wash, he's often the target of Amusing Injuries.
  • Character Development: A rather tragic case. York during his time in Freelancer had been convinced that he was on the side of the "good guys", something that wanes throughout season 9 and 10, and rebels when he finds out the truth thanks to Tex. By the time Out of Mind happens, York no longer has any illusion of being a good guy (as he tries to pull a gun on someone he thinks is an officer), and he doesn't have to be convinced to do the right thing as much as he wants to settle a personal vendetta.
  • Deader Than Dead: His body was blown up in the first episode of Recovery One as Wash's job as a recovery agent.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    York: Maine! Look, I'm gonna move left, you g- (Maine rushes out and is promptly shot with a freezing paint round) ... or you just run out and do whatever you want and then get killed. Ready? Break. Good job everybody.
  • Expy: Of Han Solo, even getting a few Shout-Out lines.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: With Carolina. She didn't believe him about Project Freelancer and he was killed before they met again.
  • Doomed by Canon: In Season 9, due to dying much earlier in Out of Mind.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Dies of a battle rifle round in the chest - years before the Freelancer Saga showed he was quite badass (only once the leaderboard has him out of the top 3), and that other agents have survived equal if not greater damage.
  • Everybody Has Standards: When Tex starts really delivering a No Holds Barred Beat Down to Wyoming after triggering her Berserk Button, York tries to stop her despite the latter not seeing eye to eye with the former.
    • Earlier than that, York was surprised to see Wyoming and Maine try to kill Tex, briefly trying to get them to stop before attempting to help Tex.
  • Eye Scream: Took a grenade to the face when Maine tried to use it to kill Tex in Season 9, Episode 10. From then on, his left eye is heavily implied to be at least partially blind, white with a scar near it, due to the protective paint from the spar not having covered that much of his head before the detonation.
  • Failure Hero: Despite all his efforts, York failed to help Tex save the Alpha, failed to save Carolina from the grips of the Project, and failed to get his revenge on Wyoming.
  • Foil: Appropriately enough, to Wyoming. They are both Deadpan Snarkers with some of the most healthy relationships with their A.I., unlike Tex with Omega or Maine with Sigma. However, York is a Nice Guy who views himself as a good guy, is openly friendly with his fellow agents, and prefers to do things himself with his Weapon of Choice being a shotgun. Wyoming on the other hand, is Faux Affably Evil who has no illusions about being a soldier in doing what needs to be done to win The Great War, is rather reserved and attempts to be professional with his allies and prefers to let others do his dirty work for him. His Weapon of Choice is a sniper rifle.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Played With, Tex briefly mentions York after his death to Church, but doesn't talk about what happened to him. Carolina and Washington subvert this by mentioning him a few times.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He gets a nice scar across his left eye and it apparently made him lose vision partially in one of his eyes.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: He's never seen smoking on screen, but the fact that he has his Iconic Item even before he meets Carolina implies this trope is in effect.
  • Groin Attack: Twice, both courtesy of Tex. Notably, York had managed to disarm Tex during one of the sparring rounds, which she responded by unloading an entire clip of armor hardening paint into his crotch area.
  • Handicapped Badass: Courtesy of being a bit too close to a grenade explosion. It damages one of his eyes, but he still remains very competent. Competent enough to save Tex's life after her gun jams.
  • Healing Factor: His armor ability, not that it helps him survive in the end, though it does help Wash later on.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Carolina. Unfortunately, various conflicts got in the way.
  • Hope Spot: In-Universe example. When Project Freelancer starts making reports of a female agent alluding their forces, he thinks for some time that Carolina was still alive (which she was, but nobody knew that at the time), when he finds out they were talking about Tex, he's crushed.
  • Iconic Item: His Club Errera lighter. It played a part in him first meeting Carolina, and wanting to be with Carolina is a large facet of York's character. After his death, it's the only memento Carolina has to remember him by.
  • Image Song: "Come On Carolina".
  • Informed Ability: Zig Zagged Trope. York is nominally the team's infiltration expert, but we seem to see him having difficulty with, complaining heavily about, or outright failing to crack open the locks he comes across. The one lock we see him pick successfully is the one he picks in Out Of Mind. It more or less directly leads to the firefight where he gets killed.
  • Irony: His original armor equipment is a Healing Factor, but not only does it not save his life later on, it doesn't heal the wound he obtained much earlier in the series. Further more, when it does get used, it's shown to be particularly effective in saving Wash's and Caboose's lives.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Downplayed, but York can occasionally say rather mean spirited things to his fellow agents, such as Washington, but he means well nonetheless.
  • The Lancer: To Carolina. He plays Number 2 to her, seems to be the only one she sees as a friend, and serves as the laid-back snarker to her straight-laced 'get the job done' attitude. Monty has said that York was written to be the Han Solo of the Freelancers, and it shows.
  • Master of Unlocking: He's supposed to be this, and is described by Wash as being "an old locksmith". It's an Informed Ability to just about everyone else, and his frequent failures at lockpicking are Played for Laughs. In the prequel segments of Seasons 9 and 10, his icon on the ranking board is, appropriately enough, a lock.
  • Nice Guy: In addition to being a bad liar, compared to most of the other Freelancers we've seen he's genuinely quite friendly and laid-back, tries to encourage teamwork in a group that's usually made of lone wolves, and seems to have a sense of fair play/decency in a group that's often opportunistic. He also seems be the one of the few who had an actual healthy partner/friendship with his AI. He's the snarkiest third of the Nice Guy trio he, Wash, and North seem to have going, though his snark is generally meant to be good-natured. He also seems to have been one of the only Freelancers who didn't Take a Level in Jerkass after Project Freelancer broke up.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The Mean for the trio with Wash and North, being a lot more snarky and generally willing to say mean spirited things than the other two.
  • The Nicknamer: For both Delta and Sigma at least, calling them "D" and "Sig" respectively.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He tries to switch sides during a training exercise when his partners Wyoming and Maine start using lethal force. He gets berated by Tex for "abandoning his team" in return and got in the blast range of a frag grenade thrown by Maine, causing him to go blind in one eye.
  • Odd Name Out: There's no state named just "York", though it's probably short for New York.
  • Only Sane Man: Among the rest of the Freelancers, he seems to function as this along with North.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Instead of trying to explain to Carolina why he's siding with Tex against the Director, he simply asks her to trust him and join him in the rebellion as it's going on. She declines his offer and gets into a brief fight with him. This would then set him up for the series of circumstances that end with him being killed years later, as well as enabling Sigma to extract Carolina's A.I. after the latter's skirmish with Tex.
  • Posthumous Character: We only see him alive once in the story's present day, his introduction in Out Of Mind, during which he is killed. Almost everything we know about him we learn in flashbacks.
  • Revenge: His stated reason for teaming up with Tex to go after Wyoming.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Tex recruited him into her heist after she's presumably showed him what information she got from C.T., firmly putting him into this category.
  • Ship Sinking: In Episode 19 of Season 10, Carolina refuses to participate in the rebellion with York, and the resulting fight ensues that they never get together.
  • Ship Tease: Episodes 11 and 12 of Season 10 are pretty much just nothing but two episodes of Ship Tease with Carolina.
  • Skewed Priorities: When him and Carolina are about to plummet into the ground at a high speed, he simply asks whatever happened to Maine.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Though a Nice Guy nonetheless.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Tex. The two share their fair share of snark when they interact and talk about each other, but it's shown that they trust each other to have each other's back when the chips are down.
    • York and Delta spend almost all their mutual screentime snarking at each other, but it's clear they're fond of each other especially since Delta is willing to potentially sacrifice his own existence to ensure York dies comfortably.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: On paper, rapid regeneration seems like it'd be a great asset, unfortunately, the regeneration seems to be rather weak, being unable to heal injuries when on the field effectively, needing much tie requiring its user to stay out of any other conflict while the regeneration goes on. When Carolina gets her own version of the equipment, it takes a while to heal up a simple stab wound effectively. Though it could have more mundane use, such as its briefly mentioned pain medication, it's never shown.

    Reginald / Wyoming 

Reginald / Agent Wyoming

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"Looks like it's your lucky day, mate. I don't have time to torture you, so I'm just going to have to kill you."
Voiced By: Matt Hullum

Another agent of Project Freelancer, hired by O'Malley to kill Tucker after the latter discovers the secret of Red and Blue Command. Tucker survives his assassination attempt, and Wyoming and Tex end up chasing each other around during the main series, as well as the Out of Mind side series. He eventually eludes her and returns to Blood Gulch alongside O'Malley for the series' explosive finale. Known for uttering insincere apologies to his victims, and being perpetually cool-headed, Wyoming's armor enhancement is a temporal distorter that allows him to manipulate time, slowing it down, or looping it. As shown during the finale, the latter produces a backlog of "spare" Wyomings, making him a literal One-Man Army. Presumed dead during Reconstruction, though the Meta was kind enough to loot his special equipment. Wyoming wears white armor, his real name is Reginald, and he talks with something approaching an imitation of a muddled British/Australian accent.


Associated Tropes:

  • Anti-Villain: While he is an antagonist throughout most of The Blood Gulch Chronicles and who kills without remorse, his last words imply that he was genuinely dedicated to winning the Human-Covenant War for humanity - no matter the cost.
  • The Brute: Not as much as Maine, but still present in Season 9. He's shown as noticeably less direct in Season 10 and the present day. Ironically, he's one of the weakest Freelancers in a straight-up fight. He makes up for it with his time mastery... and fighting dirty.
  • Badass Mustache: Though he does have nice mustache to boot.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He's mostly shown to be a goofy parody of James Bond, but is also a ruthless Hero Killer and professional sniper.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Parodied. Despite having trapped most of Blue team and having them at his disposal, he decides to monologue to explain their plan every time they loop back regardless of his monologue giving blue team the time they need to disrupt his plans.
  • Bounty Hunter: His job after Project Freelancer started to collapse. Later seasons seem to imply that he was still working for Freelancer during The Blood Gulch Chronicles, though.
  • Catchphrase: Gamma's habit of cracking knock-knock jokes seems to have rubbed off on him.
  • Character Death: Most of him by Tucker, which solidified the latter into a Badass Normal. A few were killed by the Reds in the Chupathingy. The final Wyoming was executed by Tex.
  • Co-Dragons: Is hinted to be this with Maine in season 9 and 10, due to sharing many scenes together and having a many Meaningful Background Event with him.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: His Establishing Character Moment has him about to do it. He's then interrupted, so he kills the Red Shirt anyway.
  • Cold Sniper: In contrast with Friendly Sniper North, Wyoming is significantly less friendly and more of a sociopath.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Knows full well that in a straight fight that he is not actually that much better than even sim troopers. He makes up the difference by using stealth, time mastery and sniper skills.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: An army of Wyomings gets massacred by the Reds in "Repent, The End Is Near". Hand Waved as being due to his Temporal Distortion unit being disabled by Tucker and Sheila, which meant he couldn't use his time loop powers to stay on top.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Deals one out to the Sidewinder Reds off-screen, similarly to how Tex had done so to the Sidewinder Blues.
    • Is on the receiving end by Tex in Season 9, along with his fellow agents Maine and York. Notably, unlike the latter two, Wyoming is unable to land a single punch on her before the match ends.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: Has some of the mannerisms and, according to Season 10, the mustache, but otherwise subverted, as he does try his best to actually be successful in his missions as a Bounty Hunter.
  • Demoted to Extra: invoked Despite playing a fairly important role in The Blood Gulch Chronicles, his only main contributing factor to Season 9 is participating in the sparring session with Tex and two lines of dialogue. Word of God says that this was due to his Laughably Evil nature contrasting with the more serious prequel segments. However, he gets more spotlight in Season 10, including having his face shown.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Comes with a very dry wit, and it helps that he's an Evil Brit.
  • Dirty Coward: Most on display when he's going up against Chain Guy and Chain Girl, he flat out refuses Carolina's orders on the grounds that he's "prefer not to get killed, thank you very much". Though to be fair, she was asking the team's sniper to move forward. He's shown a tendency to hang back and let his teammates take the brunt whenever things look tough or dangerous on a few other occasions as well.
  • The Dragon: For O'Malley, but given that he is a Freelancer, he's already one (by proxy) to the Director.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Wyoming had been given a contract to kill anyone who knew that Command is Mission Control for both the Reds and Blues (i.e. Tucker). Explaining that he had purposely misled Omega to go search for Tex at Blood Gulch in the Out Of Mind miniseries, Wyoming hoped that Omega would do the work for him. Naturally, it didn't work out, so he figured that he had to get more hands-on to get the work done.
  • Evil Brit: ...Well, he kind of sounds like one; a British/Australian accent was the best Hullum could do for him in the auditioning.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Well, more morally grey than outright evil, but it's still in effect when Wyoming is outright confused when Delta wishes both him and Tex luck, despite the former having fatally wounded his True Companion only moments ago.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Tex in The Blood Gulch Chronicles, being a more villainous Bounty Hunter and the only other known Freelancer at the time.
  • Evil Gloating: He's a big fan of monologuing as he's often have a small, dramatic speech whenever he's got someone in a trap. Most prevalent in season 5, where he says the same monologue over and over despite having no need to do so. His Final Death is when he ends up being Caught Monologuing by Tucker.
  • Expy: invoked Word of God has explicitly described him as basically being "an evil James Bond."
  • Face Death with Dignity: After his plans crumble apart and he is thoroughly defeated, Wyoming merely defends why he had done what he's done, and he is killed without a word of protest, surprise, or pleading.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride. His adamant refusal to take the Reds and Blues seriously (especially Tucker) leads to his plans falling apart as well as his death.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Tends to speak in a polite tone and give an insincere "sorry" whenever he shoots someone.
  • Forgot About His Powers: As Season 6 reveals, temporal distortion includes slowing time down to a near halt, though Wyoming never makes use of this regardless of it's use.
  • Friendly Enemies: Downplayed, but present. Wyoming clearly respects Tex much more than the Reds and Blues, and is much more willing to talk to her whenever the two meet, and Tex returns some measure of civility. Though it's not without it's snark and taunts from both ends.
  • Final Death: How he's able to get Killed Off for Real in The Blood Gulch Chronicles - After Tucker stabs the "present" Wyoming and Sheila locks Gary/Gamma behind a firewall on the Pelican, the other Wyomings aren't able to have their Temporal Distortion units work since the A.I. that operates their equipment is missing, and so any deaths they suffer are permanent.
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    • Appropriately enough, to York. They are both Deadpan Snarkers with some of the most healthy relationships with their A.I., unlike Tex with Omega or Maine with Sigma. However, York is a Nice Guy who views himself as a good guy, is openly friendly with his fellow agents, and prefers to do things himself with his Weapon of Choice being a shotgun. Wyoming on the other hand, is Faux Affably Evil who has no illusions about being a soldier in doing what needs to be done to win The Great War, is rather reserved and attempts to be professional with his allies and prefers to let others do his dirty work for him. His Weapon of Choice is a sniper rifle.
    • To Locus, the other Cold Sniper antagonist in the series. Wyoming is Laughably Evil, while Locus is a Knight of Cerebus. Both are soldiers trying to fulfill their orders and play The Dragon to the Big Bad of the season(s). However, Locus is cold, calculating, and to the point while Wyoming is hammy, prideful, and likes to draw things out. Locus constantly makes use of his armor ability, while Wyoming only uses his at the very end. However, Locus is manipulated by his partner, and ultimately strives to redeem himself for what he had done. While Wyoming is a manipulator, attempting to put all the pieces into motion before his (final) death.
  • The Gadfly: Clearly enjoys teasing and annoying those he interacts with, as seen with Tex during the BGC and York during Season 10.
  • Hero Killer: He is the one who kills both Agent York and the Alien (though considering how the latter's allegiance is actually still unknown, that's admittedly more debatable). He also killed Caboose in Alternate Timelines before Wyoming was forced to press the Reset Button.
  • Hidden Depths: A rather surprising case. According to "Repent, The End Is Near," he is legitimately convinced that he's doing the right thing in helping Omega take over the Covenant and is (implicitly) operating on Freelancer Command's orders to "win the war at any costs."
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How Tucker kills the "present" Wyoming - Namely, by playing dumb and then stabbing him from behind with his Sangheili energy sword.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: At one point, he shoots a rocket launcher out of Tucker's hands without hurting him, and is also the only person to land a shot on Tex in her sparring match. Also of note is that until the final episodes of The Blood Gulch Chronicles, he had the upper hand on all of his opponents when in firefights.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: The Season 10 extras reveal his face is based on his voice actor, Matt Hullum, only with an added mustache and a different haircut.
  • Just Following Orders: With the benefit of hindsight, he, Gamma, and Omega all seem to be following an absurdly convoluted Xanatos Speed Chess gambit implicitly set up by Freelancer Command so as to solve the Great War during The Blood Gulch Chronicles.
  • Karmic Death: The "present" Wyoming is killed by Tucker after he told him he was going to kidnap Tucker's son Junior to have him possessed by Omega.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Downplayed. He is still Laughably Evil, but serves as the most effective and competent threat during The Blood Gulch Chronicles, even being the first legitimately antagonistic Freelancer.
  • Lack of Empathy: Remorselessly killed a guard even after the man revealed he was a single parent.
  • Large Ham: He's unabashedly evil and speaks with a silly accent, so Matt is clearly having fun with the role.
  • Laughably Evil: While he's still a legitimate threat, he's also absurdly goofy and pretty hard to take seriously most of the time.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Along with Maine during the three-on-one fight with Tex.
  • Light Is Not Good: Wears white armour, and suffice to say, he's kind of a dick.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Played for Laughs in Singularity, where he's utterly baffled by Wash (who is using Mental Time Travel to appear around the time of Recovery One) talking about Carolina being alive and The Trickster god Genkins causing Temporal Paradoxes.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Best shown when he manipulates the Alien to his own ends. And later when he's aware Tex will go forward with his plan even after he was stopped.
  • Me's a Crowd: Courtesy of his equipment and the resultant time shenanigans that ensue. More specifically, he's able to pull various versions of himself from alternate timelines who were on the brink of death due to his Time Master powers.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Seems to be one of the few agents with this ideal, considering he is one of the few agents operating under the Project years after most others split off. Notably, he shares this with Tex and Maine.
  • Mysterious Mercenary Pursuer: During The Blood Gulch Chronicles.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite each of his temporal copies being well aware of what happens when time is reset, he decides to do the same evil monologue, word for word, from the beginning for no other reason than the fact he wanted to.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: As goofy as he is, he's also a ruthless assassin whose ultimate goal would've resulted in the galaxy being ravaged by an evil A.I. with an army of Scary Dogmatic Aliens at its side.
  • Out-Gambitted: Due to the fact that Wyoming was unaware that Tucker's sword made him completely immune to Temporal Distortion, he assumes it's a fluke until Tucker pretends he had forgotten it long enough to make his move.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: His Temporal Distortion Unit lets him loop segments of time ad infinitum until he wins, with the only people able to remember the previous loops being him, Gamma, and anyone holding a Sangheili Laser Blade.
  • Pet the Dog: He's shown sitting by Carolina's bedside while she recovers from her surgery in Episode 14 of Season 10.
  • Save Scumming: He essentially does this in Episode 98 of the Blood Gulch Chronicles, looping time whenever he got killed.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Seems to be able to find Tex and the Reds and Blues no matter where they are. He demonstrates this skill in season 10, being able to find CT and infiltrate the base without anyone being the wiser.
  • Smug Snake: In the prequels, he's shown to be overly cocky without the ability to back it up. This trope is largely averted in The Blood Gulch Chronicles, as he's more savvy, Took a Level in Badass and takes the necessary steps to try and neutralize his enemies without leaving a window open. Though he still makes a couple of mistakes.
  • The Sociopath: Kills without remorse or mercy. Even his former colleagues (i.e., York) aren't spared.
  • Stealth Expert: Frequently sneaks up on the Blood Gulch Crew and Tex throughout the series. Also somewhat implied during the prequel segments as he and Florida infiltrate the "Resistance" Base while following C.T. and the Insurrection Leader. Ironically, his bright white armor doesn't give him away, with Florida instead (with his darker color scheme) being the one who ends up getting spotted and targeted first.
  • Time Master: His armor enhancement can loop time infinitely if he loses; think of it as pressing the restart button for a video game console every time something goes wrong for you. It can also stop time, but he never makes use of this for unknown reasons.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Apparently did this between the prequel seasons and his time in Blood Gulch. Even when factoring in his time manipulation abilities, he went from nearly ineffectual in the prequel bits to being a pretty successful villain in The Blood Gulch Chronicles (though his success admittedly might've been heightened by him being mostly Surrounded by Idiots in Blood Gulch).
  • Villainous Friendship: Seems to have one with Gamma, if the A.I.'s concern and Wyoming's confidence in him are any indication. Also possibly with Florida, as they frequently share scenes in Season 10.
    • It's hinted that he had this on some level with Maine, as the two seem to be in sync with each other during the sparring match in Season 9, and share multiple scenes in the background with him in Season 10.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Well, by Freelancer standards. He's more an assassin than a straight-up combatant, and seems to prefer sniping to close combat. Still, he was able to pose a credible threat to Tex throughout The Blood Gulch Chronicles, often getting the better of her with ambushes and traps.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He seems to view his actions throughout The Blood Gulch Chronicles as necessary steps to stop the Great War.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Matt Hullum's decidedly lackluster British accent as Wyoming is generally Played for Laughs, with it even sounding more like an Australian accent at times than anything else.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite being established as a dangerous threat with remarkable aim throughout multiple seasons, he is unable to land a single shot on anyone when he has a literal army of himself at his disposal.
  • Worf Had the Flu: It's hinted in the previous episode that Gamma forcibly ejected himself out of Wyoming (causing any multitude of psychological effects) nor long before his fight with York in Season 10.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Well, more like would let a child get possessed used as a weapon to stop a massive war, but the trope still applies.
  • Younger Than They Look: Well, sound. Wyoming sounds like a rather older man, with initial art coming out of him depicting him in his mid-fifties or sixties. Word of God says he's in his mid-thirties and Season 10 later backs up this claim when his face is shown.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Does this to a Red Shirt he comes across in his first appearance, and then to the Alien.
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    Maine / The Meta 

Agent Maine / The Meta

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The former Freelancer Agent Maine, who was The Brute in his team, his armor enhancement was a strength boost. After losing his ability to talk due to throat injuries, Carolina gave Maine Sigma, whose quest to achieve metastability led him to influence Maine. Maine eventually lost his mind and started tracking down and murdering other agents, then stripping them of their combat A.I.s and special equipment, growing in power with each victory, becoming the Meta.

The Arc Villain of the Recovery One and Reconstruction series, the Meta refers to itself as a collective entity due to the number of consciousnesses running around inside its head, and seems to be set on recovering all of the Freelancer A.I.s in order to reconstruct the Alpha from which they were derived. A formidable opponent - Church compares the Meta to the one woman army Tex, but says "this thing's like... eight of her." Its white armor (though it can change color due to a chameleon circuit) is a hodgepodge of parts from a number of designs, and the Meta's voice varies from a Creepy Child hissing whisper to a susurrus of voices talking at once to animalistic snarls, though the former two are likely the voices of the A.I.s in its head. The AI in its head were destroyed by the EMP, thus destroying the Meta.

But the empty shell that was Maine survived, and he shows up well into Recreation, finding Donut at the Blue base, who mistakes him for a new blue soldier. Simmons is unpleasantly surprised. It turns out he's working with Washington to track down the Epsilon A.I. After being Washington's comedic partner for most of Revelation, Maine eventually betrays him and stabs Tex's robot body in the face with the Capture Unit, trapping her inside it. Washington tries to fight him and is nearly killed. Luckily, the Blood Gulch crew team up to take him down, hooking him to a wrecked warthog's tow cable and sending him off the side of a cliff, into the ocean. Because of the damage his suit sustained during the battle, Maine drowns.

During The Stinger of Season 12, it is revealed that the ship carrying the Reds and Blues that crash-landed on Chorus was carrying a crate that housed the Meta's armor, and Locus has delivered it directly to Malcolm Hargrove, who intended to mass produce the armor to create a new breed of Super Soldier. At the end of Season 13 Tucker equips himself with the armor while aboard the Staff of Charon and Epsilon fragments himself in order to power the suit in order to give the Reds and Blues the advantage they needed in the coming fight.


Associated Tropes:

  • Arc Villain: The main antagonist of the Recollections trilogy. In an interesting variation, Sigma is The Man Behind the Man and the retroactively Big Bad of Reconstruction, but dies at the end of that season, leaving only the Meta as the Big Bad for Recreation and Revelation.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The Meta having access to multiple armor abilities at once made him a force that was near unstoppable in a straight up fight, but running all these abilities at once proved to be too much for the suit to handle, and suffered from power failures and a need to seek larger power sources.
  • Ax-Crazy: Due to Sigma's machinations.
  • Bald of Evil: One of the few aesthetic features shown. Episode 18 shows he had Sigma's Meta symbol tattooed on the back of his head.
  • Big Bad: Of the Recollections trilogy.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Washington in Revelation as they hunt down Epsilon. The pair hold Simmons and Doc hostage at the beginning of the 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. Then the Meta betrays Wash towards the end and becomes the single Big Bad before dying.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With C.T. in Recreation. The Meta repeatedly hunts down and tries to kill Donut, Simmons and Lopez in Valhalla while C.T. tries to salvage a dig site for individual profit and comes into trouble with Tucker, Sarge, Caboose and Grif in a desert.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves York and Carolina from falling to their deaths at the last possible moment.
  • The Brute: During his time as a Freelancer. As Agent Maine, he was noticeably much slower in combat than other Freelancers, but made up for it with brute strength that could even knock Agent Tex off balance with a single punch, or on a much more impressive scale, punch other Freelancers through solid concrete. Though he is a Genius Bruiser variant.
  • Burning with Anger: Episode 18 has Maine walking into the camera while wreathed in flames, to mark the point at which he finally loses it and becomes the Meta.
  • Characterization Marches On: Up until the Freelancer Saga, the Meta's goal was implied to be just gaining more power and he was just as interested in collecting armor enhancements as he was in artificial intelligences. Season 10 has established him as having tried to complete Sigma's plan of achieving metastability.
  • The Corruptible: Maine isn't really the Meta, or at least wasn't the one in charge of what happened as the Meta until the end of Reconstruction. Sigma is.
  • Co-Dragons: Is hinted to be this with Wyoming in season 9 and 10, due to sharing many scenes together and having a many Meaningful Background Event with him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In Revelation, while he's partnered up with Washington.
  • Death of Personality: While Maine was never much of a talker he did have his own personality, comradery with the other Freelancers, and was committed to helping humanity no matter the coast. After Sigma was implanted into his head he was eventually corrupted into becoming obsessed with collecting power and achieving the AI's dream of Metastability. Even after Sigma and the other AI fragments were destroyed at the end of Relocated the Meta continued to hunt down other AI's in order to achieve Sigma's goals proving that Maine was long dead. The Counselor even lampshades this in Season 13:
    Price: The Meta was the result of the Sigma A.I. manipulating Maine. His sole objective was perfection. When the A.I. fragments were destroyed by Agent Washington, the Meta was destroyed along with them, leaving behind a damaged shell of a man and like Sigma his only remaining goal was to obtain power.
  • Deflector Shields: In The Recollection, the Meta uses an "Overshield" enhancement to his armor's shielding on a single-person level.
  • Determinator: As shown in the Season 9 flashbacks, he's the only Freelancer able to take a punch from Tex or even land a good hit on her... he still gets curbstomped, though. Then, during the Sarcophagus operation, he takes several shots to the throat from point-blank range and just gets back up to keep fighting! Shortly after, he is hit by a speeding semi only to end up getting rushed to the hospital, rather than the morgue.
  • Disney Villain Death: His final fate is being dragged off a cliff and into the ocean where he drowns. His helmet is shown to have been recovered in The Stinger for Season 12's finale.
  • Doomed by Canon: In Season 9, since he died at the end of the previous season.
  • The Dragon: As Season 10 reveals, he's actually this to Sigma, who was driving his actions.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Though after Sigma was killed, it was the Empty Shell that remained that was in charge.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: While Sigma was the one controlling him and not incompetent, it's really the Meta that everyone fears, and Sigma wouldn't get anywhere without Maine.
  • The Dreaded: The Meta is pretty much the walking personification of Oh, Crap!, and was even before becoming the Meta. The flashbacks show that even back when he was just Agent Maine, his mere presence was enough to inspire fear in unfortunate Mooks. Even Felix seems a little creeped out to discuss him.
  • Driven to Madness: Although he wasn't the nicest of the Freelancers to begin with, Maine was driven full on Ax-Crazy by Sigma's plot.
  • Drives Like Crazy: As shown when he's briefly driving a warthog, his driving is erratic and spends all his time on the wrong side of the road.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Sure, the Freelancers are all varying degrees of morally ambiguous - but they all seem to agree that leaving someone at the mercy of Maine is just too cruel.
  • Eviler Than Thou: To Agent Washington, who he betrays. He also does this post-posthumously to Felix, who is extremely uncomfortable talking about him.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Wash orders the Meta around for most of Revelation, using him a lot like a weapon. He seems to have forgotten how dangerous the Meta is. This really bites him in the ass later on.
  • The Faceless: One of the few Freelancers who still has yet to have anything but a Face Framed in Shadow shown. And by "framed" we mean "all but completely obscured". In the HD video of that scene, there is one frame where you can almost make out some facial scarring - and nothing else.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: Charges Tex during their sparring, ramming a cement pillar that Wyoming has been slammed into and sending it flying right at York.
  • Genius Bruiser: Despite its size, The Meta is shown to be a very cunning adversary. Unlike most Mighty Glaciers it knows exactly what its strengths and weaknesses are and how best to use them. Even without Sigma in his head, he's incredibly smart.
  • Guttural Growler: In Season 9, he's shown actually talking like this. After having his throat shot out, he HAS to talk like this, though some people can inexplicably understand him anyway.
  • Hero Killer: His list of kills includes Agent North Dakota, three other unnamed Freelancers, Epsilon-Texas, Recovery 6 and 9, and very nearly Agent Washington and Carolina.
  • The Heavy: He drives the plot for most of Reconstruction.
  • Hidden Depths: Season 13 reveals a bit more about Maine, specifically that while he held the belief that unpleasant things would have to be done during his career as a soldier, he also believed that a soldier who simply followed orders no matter what would have made him a slave.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In Reconstruction he tricks Sarge into reforming the reds and tried using them to kill Agent Washington. Two season later in Revelation they're the ones to ultimately kill him.
  • Implacable Man: He shrugs off most attacks non-chalantly. Even getting stabbed in the chest with an energy sword barely slows him down.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Inverted. As part of a group, Maine is just the Big Guy, but when on its own, the Meta becomes absolutely terrifying.
  • Irony: The Meta's first victim was thrown from a cliff after having her AI stolen. Later, he's disposed of in the exact same manner, in the exact same place, effectively dying where he was "born". To top it all off, Maine is scared of heights.
  • Iron Butt-Monkey: To an extent in the prequels, as most of the injuries he takes are painful but Played for Laughs. This goes away in the present, where he's simply out and out Made of Iron.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: The Meta is often referred to as "it" rather than "him", seemingly to emphasize how far from a human he's actually become.
  • The Juggernaut: Over the course of the series, he's shrugged off nearly everything imaginable, up to and including several combat knife wounds, multiple Battle Rifle shots, his own Brute Shot at close range, energy sword through the chest, and at least half a dozen shotgun rounds, in the finale alone. In season 9, episode 17 he takes a sniper round to the chest, several point blank pistol rounds straight to the throat, gets thrown off a flatbed truck that's moving probably well over 75 mph, bounces into an oncoming semi and falls off a bridge. This is without any AI or armor enhancements like he had in previous seasons.
  • Knight of Cerebus: He's quite easily the most serious villain faced on a recurring basis, and his appearance was the one that caused the show to start to undergo Cerebus Syndrome.
  • Lack of Empathy: The Meta turned against his fellow Freelancers without remorse.
  • The Law of Diminishing Defensive Effort: Averted surprisingly, regardless of his ability to take an attack without slowing down he always tries to defend himself. Whenever he takes a severe blow there is always good reason.
  • Leitmotif: When Your Middle Name is Danger, and Plagam Extremam Infligere.
  • Light Is Not Good: He wears white armor and is more dangerous.
  • Lightning Bruiser: A key difference between Season 9 era Agent Maine and the Meta is speed. While Agent Maine is comparatively sluggish next to other Freelancers, the Meta is shown to be much more agile and mobile, which, added to his phenomenal strength, considerably affects his fight with Epsilon-Tex as compared to Agent Texas.
  • Loss of Identity: Sigma essentially killed "Maine" a long time before the Meta dies.
  • Made of Iron: With all the crap that happens to him, it's amazing he's as effective as he is. This may actually be his best trait. In just one episode, before he gets his AIs, he is sniped in the chest, then shot point blank several times to the face and throat, then hit by a speeding semi that knocks him off a highway. He loses his ability to talk (intelligibly, he still manages to make growling and hissing noises) and that's about it.
    • Another example is his Disney Villain Death, he didn't die from the massive fall into the ocean after being dragged off from an artic cliff, he drowned due to the stab that Tucker landed in the earlier fight making puncture wounds in his suit.
  • Mighty Glacier: In Season 9, by Freelancer standards. It shows when he tangos with Tex. He's also the only Freelancer heavy enough to serve as a counterweight to the Sarcophagus in the same season.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: While he never explicitly expressed this onscreen, season 12 revealed that Maine carried this sort of mentality before Sigma turned him into the Meta. This is shared with fellow Agents Texas and Wyoming.
  • Not Quite Dead: After the EMP went off at Freelancer HQ, his fate was left ambiguous, but he came back. Seemingly subverted in Season 8's finale, which had him thrown off of a cliff tied to the Reds' Warthog, though the Chairman has his body as of The Stinger of the Season 12 finale.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Predictably, after spending most of Revelation as a comedic sidekick to Wash, the Meta kicks the crap out of Tex, betrays him and installs Epsilon-Tex into his own armor, restoring his powers.
  • One-Man Army: Described by Church to be as strong as eight versions of Agent Tex. Given how he did when fighting against her, it's not hard to understand why.
  • Phrase Catcher: Twice, when someone finds out Maine will be doing battle with someone else, you'll hear "I almost feel sorry for them" as a response. However, this is only really seen in Season 9. Whenever he's about to kill someone in a fight, the words "Plagam Extremam Infligere" are often chanted in the background music. This means "Inflicting Extreme Wounds"... or, more roughly, "Bloody Murder".
  • Power Copying: As the Meta, he kills other Freelancers for their armor enhancements and the AIs needed to run them.
  • Power Parasite: A more mundane variant. The AIs are designed with corresponding abilities, which they share with whomsoever their Freelancer hosts happen to be. The Meta killed those Freelancers, stole their AIs, jammed them into his head and uses those same abilities whenever he desires.
  • Pre-Insanity Reveal: While Agent Maine wasn't the nicest person, he was still a loyal teammate. But as time went on, Sigma's ambition for Metastability drove the Maine mad as Sigma corrupted him, and he began killing others under Sigma's control. Even when Sigma and the other AI fragments were destroyed, the Meta was still an Empty Shell bent on carrying out Sigma's goal.
  • The Quiet One: Even during season 9, where he had the ability to talk until midway through episode 17, he only ever says six words in his decent amount of screen time. In Season 10, Simmons calls him "the scariest fucking mute in the galaxy."
  • Rasputinian Death: He's punched, blown, shot, and stabbed before the Reds and Blues tied him to a Warthog that was thrown off a cliff ("...That is the most metal thing I've ever heard."). And even then, the Meta only died because due to the stabbing, he drowned due to the water that filled his armor.
  • Sanity Slippage: As shown over the course of Season 10.
  • Serial Killer: As "the Meta", he hunts down and assimilates other AI fragments at the behest of Sigma. This is mostly seen in Recovery One and Reconstruction.
  • Silent Antagonist: In a massive contrast to the chatty and hammy O'Malley and Wyoming, the Meta can only growl, and is all the more scary for it.
  • Silent Snarker: Due to being mute, his snark is mostly in growls or body movements.
  • Start of Darkness: Depending on how one looks at it, his was either being shot in the throat by the Sleeveless Insurrectionist or taking on Sigma as a replacement voice as a result. Before the incident on the freeway, he was, while vicious in combat, still kind to his fellow agents, thanking them, Taking the Bullet for Carolina, and even expressing fear due to his acrophobia. Over the course of Season 10, those redeeming qualities disappear, leaving him as little more than an animal until Season 8's temporary personality shift.
  • The Stoic: Usually speaks in guttural growls that have been digitally augmented.
  • Strong, but Unskilled: Compared to his fellow freelancers, both Maine and Meta was this, while Maine was already strong and Meta would pick up the speed and refine his fighting style, he was still at a disadvantage fighting people who were faster and/or more skilled than him.
  • Suddenly Voiced: He finally speaks in Season 9, though he doesn't say more than six words.
  • Super Strength: He hits hard. He was already incredibly strong as a normal human being, but then they gave him a strength booster as an armor upgrade, at which point he becomes capable of throwing a Warthog through the air. Seemingly as a tradeoff, he's noticeably much slower than other Freelancers before becoming The Meta, and still not quite up to par in that area afterwards. In Season 12, Simmons notes he had the strength of twenty bears.
  • Taking the Bullet: Takes a sniper round to the chest for Carolina.
  • Tattooed Crook: While "crook" puts it pretty mildly, Episode 18 of Season 10 reveals that he had the Meta symbol tattooed on the back of his head.
  • Teeth Clenched Team Work: With their shared screentime in Season 8, it's clear that Meta and Washington do not get along, often arguing and refusing to trust one another. When the Meta does finally make his move to betray Wash, he openly declares he's not surprised.
  • Time Master: In The Recollection, after getting Wyoming's time distortion unit. Though thanks to having so many other enhancements his usage of it is severely limited, only able to temporarily stop time at the cost of shutting down all his other enhancements.
  • Tragic Villain: While not ever really nice, Maine was a loyal and protective teammate. Then, he gets the artificial intelligence Sigma, originally intended for Carolina. Sigma quickly begins brainwashing Maine to serve his goals, collecting other AI fragments in an attempt to become a full AI himself. Sigma's hold on Maine is so strong that at points Sigma is able to take direct control of Maine's body for short periods of time. By the end of the flashback portions of Season 10, Maine's sense of identity is gone; there's only the Meta. Even when Alpha-Church and Washington destroy the Meta's AI fragments, Maine continues to think of himself as the Meta and to feel compelled to finish Sigma's plans. When the full story behind Maine's descent in villainy is revealed, Epsilon-Church and Carolina consider him just as much a victim as the Director as they are.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Takes several in between his time as a Freelancer and becoming the Meta. The first one is shown after he's implanted with Sigma. By the time of Recovery One, he's killed four other Freelancers, all with higher combat ratings than Washington, and by the time of Revelation he's able to take on Tex, without his armor enhancements, with only a little assistance from Washington. In Reconstruction, Church describes the fully-powered Meta as "eight of [Tex]".
  • Villainous Friendship: It's hinted that he had this on some level with Wyoming, as the two seem to be in sync with each other during the sparring match in Season 9, and share multiple scenes in the background with him in Season 10.
  • Villainous Legacy: Despite having died in Season 8, he is referenced increasingly throughout The Chorus Trilogy, and both Malcolm Hargrove and Locus have become interested in his past.
  • Voice of the Legion: His growls and other miscellaneous noises are made out of multiple noises at once, perhaps to reflect the numerous AIs in his mind. Before he gets the AIs he has a single, if very gruff, voice in addition to his animalistic noises. Yet he still growls and snarls in fights.
  • Weapon of Choice: His Brute Shot, which he takes from a collection of Covenant technology owned by the Insurrection in Episode 15 of Season 9.
    Washington: That's a good look.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Described by the Counselor as willing to do the "unpleasant" and "morally questionable" because he knew his actions served the greater good.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With both Carolina and Washington, both of which he'd attempt to kill once Sigma transformed him into The Meta.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Season 9 shows he has at least mild acrophobia. Which makes his Disney Villain Death that much worse.
    Maine: Too high.
    Carolina: Oh, don't be a baby.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Having Sigma put into his head allowed Maine to become more powerful, but also drove him insane as the AI formulated his plan to achieve metastability by capturing all of the other Freelancer AIs. By the time he took Eta and Iota into himself, Maine was already the Ax-Crazy Meta.

    Connecticut / C.T. 

Agent Connecticut / C.T. / "Connie"

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"We don't all make mistakes. Some of us very specifically make mistakes, and others don't seem to make any mistakes at all."
Voiced By: Samantha Ireland

Another member of the Freelancer project and a close friend of Wash's. She is suspicious of the Director and despises his ranking system technique. Therefore, she aligns herself with the Insurrection to do... something to counter the Director. Her armor enhancement was holographic projections mixed with a invisibility cloak.

While she supposedly appeared in Recreation as one of the antagonists, she is later killed in the Season 10 flashbacks, and it is revealed that it was actually her boyfriend, the Insurectionist Leader, who had donned her mask during that time.


Associated Tropes:

  • Action Girl: Not on Carolina's level but is clearly combat adept and stealthy.
  • Battle Couple: With the Insurrectionist Leader.
  • The Cassandra: Her warnings about the Director go unheeded or even outright contradicted by fellow Freelancers, despite being completely true.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She makes extensive use of holograms in combat. It lets her land a decent hit on Tex and hold her own with Carolina for a short time.
  • Commander Contrarian: Her dialogue in Season 9 is coated with bitterness towards The Director and the ranking system.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Downplayed. Her holograms aren't Hard Light constructs, so that means they are only good for disorienting and distraction, something which she puts to good use with her fighting style, but once her opponent adapts to them, she has nothing to ensure her own safety.
  • The Cynic: Her whole attitude throughout season 9 is CT having been fed up and pessimistic with the Project as a whole, which eventually leads to her defection.
  • Dead All Along: The real C.T. died long before Season 7.
  • Dead Man Writing: Via a data unit containing all the dirt on Project Freelancer. The information leads directly to Tex's Tomato in the Mirror moment and Epsilon's reintegration and rebirth as Alpha.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: She dies in the arms of the Insurrection Leader.
  • Dies Wide Open: The last shot of her is her dead face with open eyes.
  • Doomed by Canon: Subverted. While it would appear this way, as she apparently died at the end of Season 7, she actually ends up dying during the flashback segments, and the C.T. who appeared and died in Season 7 is revealed to be the Insurrectionist Leader.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": She doesn't like Wash calling her 'Connie' because it makes her sound like a little kid. The Insurrectionist Leader is allowed, though, and she calls herself that to Tex in her Dead Man Writing scene. It's possible that she just doesn't like it from full-on "agents of the Director", as Wash was.
  • Dramatic Irony: Her defection to the Insurrection was because she truly believed they were the good guys. Unfortunately, she was very wrong.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: She believed that the Insurrection were better people than those in the project and they worked on the right side of the law. Anyone who's seen The Chorus Trilogy knows this can not be further from the truth.
  • Expy: C.T. and the role she plays are extremely similar to that of Sesa 'Refumee.
  • Failure Hero: Has issues because her skills aren't up to snuff with the rest of the Freelancer Elite, and hates the ranking process.
  • Flash Step: Her close combat fighting style appears to use a lot of this, by using her hologram generator ability to make false images of herself.
  • Fragile Speedster: CT is very fast even compared to top-board Freelancers like Tex and Carolina, however, she is noticeably staggered more whenever she is hit, and has no defense outside of her armor and ultimately is put down very quickly when decisive blows land on her.
  • Hidden Badass: At first, she just seems like a low-level Freelancer who's not even on the leaderboard. Then you realize that she has been fighting her allies the whole time, and of course she wouldn't really try to hurt them. In Season 10, she is shown to be nearly as skilled as Carolina and even manages to pin Tex's arm to her back with her knife and set her up for a brutal combo with the Insurrectionist Leader.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: As shown in Episode 17, she didn't actually hate Texas, and considered her a friend and someone she trusted with a copy of all of the dirt she had picked up on the Director.
  • Hologram: Her armor ability is to make these of herself, which she uses for distraction both in stealth and close combat situations.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In a sense, her pushing Tex's Berserk Button during their confrontation leads to the latter deciding to kill her instead of simply trying to take her into custody. It earns her a couple of axes to the chest.
  • Informed Flaw: To an extent. She's mentioned several times to be one of the less capable agents, but she lands a strong hit on Tex and holds her own against Carolina, who was admittedly trying not to kill, for a short time. Once she comes back up against the less merciful Tex, however, she's mortally wounded very quickly.
    • She was on the leaderboard at some point, which muddies this up a bit more.
  • Invisibility Cloak: Though not as blatant as Tex's armor ability, her holograms seem to have an integrated one of these, since nobody seems to be able to see the real her at all when the hologram is up. At least, not until the end of her fight with Tex.
  • Knife Nut: Revealed to be rather proficient in using knives, being able to land a rather powerful blow against Tex, and to take on Carolina in a fight (although admittedly the latter was aiming not to kill.)
  • Legacy Character: The C.T. from Recreation is actually the Insurrectionist Leader, who took on her name and armour when the real Agent Connecticut was killed by Tex.
  • Leitmotif: Can't Trust Anybody
  • The Mole: For the Insurrection.
  • No Name Given: Somewhat ambiguous. People she's close to get to call her Connie, but it's never revealed if that's her actual name or if it's just a nickname derived from her code name of Connecticut. The official Red vs. Blue guidebook implies the latter — while characters like Wash and Wyoming have their first names uncensored, C.T.'s name is completely censored.
  • Only Sane Woman: She's the only person who realizes how messed up Project Freelancer is, and that the Director is trying to play the agents against each other. Shame she's wrong about the alignment of the Insurrectionists...
  • Posthumous Character: All of her appearances are in the extended flashbacks, and, even then, she greatly influences Tex after her own death.
  • Properly Paranoid: She's rightfully suspicious of the Director and Project Freelancer's ranking system.
  • Samus Is a Girl: She was assumed to be male because of her voice throughout Recreation, but Washington reveals her gender offhandedly in the next season. It's subverted in the end, because the body he was referring to (and the CT from Recreation) was actually the Insurrectionist Leader, a man.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Once she gets the opportunity to leave the Project and join the Insurrectionist Leader, she takes the first on-screen opportunity to do so.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: What she had attempted to do. Unfortunately for her, the Project finds her soon after her defection and Tex mortally wounds her soon after.
  • Ship Tease: With Agent Washington, of all people. Just one more thing to add to the tragedy that is Wash's life.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She doesn't get an incredible amount of focus compared to the other Freelancers, but she's responsible for Tex deciding to become who she is, leading to the attempted heist of the Mother of Intervention and setting up for the Blood Gulch Chronicles, and responsible for giving the Leader vital information and armor both of which he'd use in Season 7.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: A lesser degree than others, but CT used to be much less cynical and bitter as seen in a brief flashback in season 14, which was set an undetermined time before season 9.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Judging from her dialogue, in contrast to what is learned in Season 12, she appears to have believed that the "Resistance" were the good guys. She was wrong.

    South Dakota 

Agent South Dakota / Recovery Two

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"I don't even have one because someone didn't bring enough to share, so why am I sitting through this elementary classroom bullshit?"
Voiced By: Shana Merlin

Another member of the Freelancer project, though she never got an AI due to Wash's breakdown, a fact she still harbored some resentment for him. She was rescued from the Meta by Washington in Recovery One, but was in fact working as "Recovery Two" the entire time. She later betrayed him to obtain Delta and escape the Meta, leaving Washington for dead. A sufferer of Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, according to Delta, she betrayed her twin brother North in a similar manner to escape the Meta the first time. It bit her in the ass when Washington shot her in the head for revenge.

Her armor is purple with green trim, her armor enhancement is a domed energy shield like her brothers.


Associated Tropes:

  • Action Girl: One of the best freelancers in the Project. Before the prequel seasons she was even higher on the leaderboard than her brother.
  • Always Second Best: Has shades of this seeing how she reacts when North: first takes her position despite the success of the mission, is taken on a high priority mission over her, and gets an A.I. before her.
  • Barrier Warrior: She has a domed energy shield armor ability like her brother.
  • BFG: Briefly uses a Missile Pod launcher against Tex, and later North, during the defection to free the Alpha.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Her death in Reconstruction, courtesy of Washington at Delta's suggestion.
  • Brother–Sister Team: With North until Cain and Abel kicked in.
  • The Bully: Has shades of this towards the Triplets. She is also shown to be this towards Washington at times during their Freelancer days, though Downplayed as she has many other moments where the two are on better terms.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to North's Abel. Exploited in-universe by the Project, purposely repeatedly favoring him over her to see what would happen over time.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Typical of Freelancers, she was only in it for herself.
  • Dark Action Girl: Even when alongside North, she fit into this rather well.
  • Deader Than Dead: Her body is maliciously and thoroughly blown up by Washington after he kills her. This is Played for Laughs.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: South's grievances with the two people she betrayed are this when you consider the fact that neither had a say when they'd have A.I. implemented. At most, North's decision to fight her during the rebellion is the more legitimate reason for South to hold a grudge, but it's still a weak case.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Betraying Wash may have saved her hide, but not for too long. Wash eventually hunts her down and kills her.
  • Doomed by Canon: In Season 9, due to already having died in Season 6.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: She's clearly shocked that North would side with Tex during her defection rather than his own sister.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Despite her Jerkass behavior, she does have her moments in the prequel segments, albeit sparingly. Most notably her genuine concern with her brother getting shot and her shock when she believed Tex sacrificed York.
  • Foreshadowing: Part of the reason she betrayed North was because he got an AI before her. When North and Theta both excel in a training exercise, South is unusually quiet, and after the exercise ends, leaves without saying a word.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She doesn't receive an AI, while her twin brother North does. She doesn't take it well. It is revealed by Delta that the Director had purposely made sure she didn't receive an AI as part of an experiment with this trope in effect.
  • Hypocrite: It's obvious how South Dakota resents being the lesser part of a package with North. And yet, she has no problem lumping Ohio, Iowa, and Idaho into the same category as both the worst Freelancers, and as the Triplets, despite the three not even being related.
  • In-Series Nickname: Much more often called "South" than "South Dakota", even by her own brother.
  • Ironic Death: Or rather 'Ironic Injury That Lead to Death': One of the biggest backstabbers in Project Freelancer winds up getting shot in the back. By Caboose no less.
  • Jerkass: Already rude enough to her own teammates, she's downright nasty to the lower tier Freelancers.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Overall viewing her character, the only thing that could disqualify her from being The Sociopath is her seemingly genuine love for North, her brother. However, the fact that she basically killed him for selfish reasons implies her love was superficial.
    • Played With in that she does have her sympathetic moments, such as her speech after North was killed, and her request to have some time alone with him afterwards.
  • Jerk Ass Has A Point: Despite being rather abrasive in her wording, South does have a point in her class of learning about A.I. was fundamentally pointless, seeing how she wasn't given one. Even more so seeing how she was never to get one, though that was the point of the experiment with the twins.
    • She also has a point that Carolina asking for two A.I. after giving up her assigned one was unfair to the other agents who were due to get them.
  • Just a Machine: Her opinion of the AIs, which she has no problem expressing even when they are in the same room. Sure, she betrayed North because she didn't get an AI herself, but that doesn't mean she would've bonded with an AI in the same way North did with Theta.
  • Karmic Death: After so long treating AIs as Just a Machine, one that she tried to sacrifice to save her own skin ends up giving an implied kill order to someone who she had shot and left to die. Wash then headshots her.
  • Kick the Dog: Her treatment of the Triplets during the Project and after they leave easily classify as this. And again where she takes advantage in Wash's genuine desire to help her to shoot him in the back.
    • Her decision to petition for Carolina's A.I. after she had a major traumatic event and was rendered unconscious for days was definitely this. North and Tex both say she had gone too far with such a gesture.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Said sentence was going to be to the effect of You Wouldn't Shoot Me.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Exhibits some tendencies early in Season 9.
  • Leitmotif: She and her brother share a distinctive theme that plays in some of their scenes. It can best be heard in Extraction and Twins.
  • Never My Fault: Seems entirely unwilling to take any form of responsibility for the multiple deaths she has caused directly or indirectly. Though, unlike most cases of this trope, this tendency hurts South just as much as others, as in Season 9 she seems unable to comprehend that her dropping in the Freelancer Rankings is due to her own impulsive and reckless behavior.
  • Nom de Guerre: Aside from "Agent South Dakota", she's also known as "Recovery Two" during her time as a Recovery agent.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: South spends most of her screen time being a very loud and opinionated person about most situations she's in and is quick to retort whenever she feels slighted, when Delta brings up how South put her brother in a position to die, she doesn't bother to speak up.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair occasionally covers her eyes.
  • Pet the Dog: Her attempt to cheer up Connie when she was being quiet before the start of a mission comes off as this. Not to mention her teasing friendship with CT and Wash before things went sour.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: In addition to her sadistic and aggressive tendencies, she has a tendency to act like a rather bratty child when she is annoyed or doesn't get her way. A direct contrast to her brother's more level-headed and mature demeanor.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to North's Blue. Whereas he's cool headed and a Team Dad, South is reckless, abrasive, and impulsive.
  • Sadist: Her introduction scene in Season 9 implies this, performing several horribly brutal moves on enemy soldiers that seem to do nothing but put them in horrific agony, rather than professionally dispatching them.
  • The Sociopath: She's already extremely sadistic, bully-like, and arrogant, and the fact that she cares about exclusively no one but herself (to the point where she's fully capable of letting Wash and her own brother die for her benefit) makes this very likely.
  • Start of Darkness: Season 10 casts new light on her betrayal of North and Wash in the present day. Instead of simply being a random sociopath, as she was originally portrayed in Reconstruction, it turns out she actually had legitimate, long-standing grievances against both Wash and North... Wash for having a meltdown that lead to the shutdown of the project, and North for siding with Tex over her. Although the fact she waited several years to get back at them, and did so in the most homicidal manner possible, still doesn't speak all that well of her mental stability.
  • Stealth Expert: Her one shown mission implies her to be this kind of operative, but her refusal to turn on her motion tracker makes her not very good in the long run.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: To say South and Delta didn't get along would be an understatement.
  • Took A Level In Jerk Ass: Inverted. While she was never portrayed as nice, South was much less hostile towards her fellow agents in earlier seasons than she was in 14 and 17 both of which take place before season 9.
    • This is much more evident with her relationship with CT, who she openly treats as a friend in all their scenes together despite almost never being on the leaderboard with the rest of her squad, something she mocked the triplets for.
    • Played straight when she meets Washington again in Recovery One.
  • The Watson: She's constantly having to have things explained to her, but she is one of the best Freelancers. Funnily enough, she shares this role with Wash, albeit in a more abrasive manner.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With CT before her defection, as well as with Wash before her betrayal. Though in the latter's case their relationship was a bit more vitriolic.
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: Tries to invoke this on Washington. Unfortunately for her, it's an Averted Trope.

    North Dakota 

Agent North Dakota

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"Stay safe, kiddo."
Voiced By: John Erier

A member of the Freelancer program and South's twin brother. He shows up in the prequels in Seasons 9 and 10 and as a dead body in Recovery One after South sacrifices him to save herself from the Meta. His AI was Theta. His armor enhancement was a domed energy shield, like his sister's, as well as an enhanced motion tracker.


Associated Tropes:

  • Ambiguous Situation: It's never elaborated on how South put him in a situation to be killed, only that she did do it.
  • Barrier Warrior: He has a domed energy shield as his armor ability.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Despite very protective of his fellow agents and overall Nice Guy, North won't hesitate to kill several people for the sake of the mission.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    North: Stay safe, Kiddo.
  • Brother–Sister Team: With South until Cain and Abel kicked in.
  • By the Book Soldier: Is rather adamant on using trackers and taking stealth missions slowly, in contrast with his sister.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to South's Cain, to the point of her being partially responsible for his death.
  • Cool Big Bro: He takes several bullets for South.
  • Condescending Compassion: While he may be a Nice Guy, North has a habit of this, especially towards Wash and South.
  • Deader Than Dead: His body is blown up by Washington after his death, as was the regulation for a Recovery Agent.
  • Deadpan Snarker
    North: Well, so much for keeping quiet.
  • Doomed by Canon: South wounds him to leave as bait to escape the Meta, making him this in Seasons 9 and 10.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: When both him and South make their debut in Recovery One, (albeit he's a corpse at the time), South is wearing the darker armor, while he wears the lighter shade. In all of their later appearances, it's the opposite way around. Whether it's this or the twins switched suits of armor at some point is anyone's guess.
  • Friendly Sniper: While he's a by-the-book, stoic, consummate professional during missions, he's pretty open and cheery off-duty.
  • Guns Akimbo: With sniper rifles against South in Episode 19 of Season 10, and with enough precision on both to shoot missiles from a Missile Pod out of the air.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He's easily the nicest and sweetest Freelancer in the group (or at least possibly tied for the spot); even when he's wading into battle he tends to become more professionally stoic than bloodthirsty or malevolent. A very, very sharp contrast from his sister.
  • Heel–Face Turn: If he can be called a Villain Protagonist at all in the prequels, he has one when he decides to fight South to let Tex go ahead in the Mother of Invention in Episode 19 of Season 10.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: As mentioned above, he shoots down multiple rockets while dual wielding sniper rifles.
    • It should be noted that the reason he was able to pull the above stunt off was thanks to his A.I., Theta.
  • In-Series Nickname: Much more often called "North" than "North Dakota", including by his own sister.
  • Leitmotif: He and his sister share a distinctive theme that plays in some of their scenes. It can best be heard in Extraction and Twins.
  • Nice Guy: Forms kind of a trio with Wash and York in this regard. He's less snarky than York, and less uptight/dorky than Wash.
    York: (after crashing into hangar from space) What, no 'Welcome back'?
    North: (completely sincerely, while patting York on the back) Alright, welcome back!
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His siding with Tex over his sister during the rebellion with no explanation given only served to fuel the grudge that South already held against him and lead her betrayal of him when the Meta came looking for them.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The Inbetween for the trio with York and Wash, as he was nice was like the latter, but still had his moments of snark and condescension like the former.
  • Poor Communication Kills: It's highly implied North never told his sister why he went against her and supported Tex the day the latter defected. This would only add to her growing resentment of him and eventually result in his own doom.
  • Posthumous Character: His first and only appearance in the present-day storyline is as a dead body. We don't learn anything about what he was like until the prequels.
  • Precision F-Strike: After York gets caught in the explosion of a grenade Maine had thrown at Tex.
    North: Shit! What the fuck are they doing?!
  • Real Men Get Shot: He gets riddled with bullets in Season 9, but it doesn't keep him down long.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Presumably when he helps Tex over his own sister.
  • Standard Bleeding Spots: He gets a nice bloody cut across the cheek in Season 9 Episode 4.
  • Stealth Expert: Much like his sister, he was this. His enhanced motion tracker complimented his role.
  • Team Dad: Was given Theta because of his "nurturing" nature.
    York: He is used to taking care of people, isn't he?

    Butch Flowers / Florida 

Captain Butch Flowers / Agent Florida

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"Ready for duty, sir. And might I say, pleased as punch you picked me."
Voiced By: Ed Robertson

Blue Team's actual leader, who died before the series began, leaving Church in charge (and Tucker in his armor). Unlike everyone else in the canyon, he was quite relaxed, soft-spoken, and even-tempered. The captain was very informal with his teammates, had a Hands-Off Parenting attitude towards his subordinates (maybe a little too much, actually), and called the opposing army "those rascals." Season 3 reveals that he was accidentally killed by Church in a Stable Time Loop, who gave him some aspirin to prevent his death... Only to realize that he is allergic to aspirin. He returns in Season 5, having been raised from the dead by the aliens, only to get possessed by Omega and used as the latest pawn in his evil plan. Omega jumps ship in the finale, and Flowers regains his freedom, only to get sniped from a distance by an unknown entity.

In Season 10, he's revealed to be Agent Florida, a freelancer who wears blue armor who appears in the flashbacks. He appears to be an infiltration specialist, as he is shown working with Wyoming. In Season 10, he goes on the mission to the Insurrection headquarters, and takes a throwing axe to the chest. However, he rips it out, and ends up taking on, and defeating a pair of minigun-wielding Insurrectionists. In the finale, he is chosen by the Director and Counselor to be sent to Blood Gulch to watch over the Alpha as Captain Butch Flowers, the original leader of the Blue Team. In Season 14, it's revealed that he specifically chose which sim troopers to be sent to Blood Gulch, looking for ones that were especially expendable.


Associated Tropes:

  • Accidental Murder: A victim of this when a time-traveling Tucker accidentally sniped him in Season 16, Episode 4.
  • Ambiguously Gay: With the way he speaks affectionately toward his underlings, telling them to call him "daddy".
  • Anti-Climax: Killed not long after he is revealed to be alive, after he pauses while talking for some reason. It's eventually given some clarity in The Shisno Paradox.
  • Ascended Extra: Of sorts. His only roles in Season 9 are as an extremely brief character in the background, and his largest on-screen contribution is giving another Freelancer a hand onto a Pelican. In Season 10 he finally appears in action alongside the other Freelancers. The final episode of the season reveals that he is extremely important in the overall chronology of the series.
  • Asshole Victim: It's hard to feel sorry for him after it's revealed that, without hesitation, he not only sacrificed both an entire squad of potential sergeant candidates and his own assistant to Sarge, but also used Pvt. Jimmy as a host to implant the Alpha in, resulting in his demise.
  • Back for the Finale: In the Season 10 finale, he returns once more, and his true identity is revealed. This also happens in The Blood Gulch Chronicles, when he was brought back to life (and then killed again) in the final few episodes.
  • Back from the Dead: Near the end of The Blood Gulch Chronicles, the Sangheili collaborators working with Project Freelancer revive him and he gets possessed by Omega, only to get killed shortly after in the finale.
  • Badass Bandolier: He had this back in his Freelancer days.
  • Badass Gay: Possibly, considering his camp attitude as Butch Flowers.
  • Badass Normal: Was never assigned an A.I., and it's never stated if he even got an armor enhancement.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • The Season 10 finale reveals that he was Captain Butch Flowers, so despite his easy-going attitude in The Blood Gulch Chronicles, he's a legitimately skilled Freelancer agent, albeit not one of the A-list ones.
    • Season 14 takes this a step further, showing that he was fully in on using the sim troops as cannon fodder, and was perfectly fine watching a bunch of candidates for Red Team leader slaughter each other.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: He doesn't talk much, but he can take a lot of punishment and dish out some more. Contrast him in The Blood Gulch Chronicles, where he talks a lot more, but doesn't use his Freelancer prowess at all, and is killed before he can do so or say too much about the Red and Blue armies.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He should probably be a more considerable threat since he was an instrumental part of Project Freelancer's plan during The Blood Gulch Chronicles to end the Human-Covenant War, but he's ultimately only there in Season 5 to serve as a temporary vessel for Omega and then gets unceremoniously killed off in "Why Were We Here?".
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The fact that he's a Freelancer aware of the expendable nature of the simulation troopers, yet does nothing to help them, indicates his friendly exterior is a facade. In Season 14, he shows his true ruthless nature, watching with cold amusement as Sarge massacres a bunch of others sim troopers, as well as Flowers's own terrified assistant. Perhaps the most disturbing thing about Flowers, though, is how it's heavily implied that he really doesn't seem to have a friendly facade - Flowers actually is that genuinely nice and civil, it's just that he's also a ruthless sociopath at the same time.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Upon his revival, he was temporarily possessed by Omega.
  • Camp: Though whether Camp Gay or Camp Straight is unknown, since he never is seen interacting vocally with any women.
  • Death by Origin Story: The only times we see him in person (besides in Season 5) are in Season 3 and the Project Freelancer prequel segments, where in the former Church goes back in time and tries to prevent his death, only to end up causing it (though considering later events, it's unknown if Church's time-traveling during Season 3 ever happened).
  • Disney Death: Takes a throwing axe to the chest halfway through Season 10, but is shown to have survived it in the following episode and makes up for it with some damn impressive shooting.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Florida remains perfectly calm and cheerily thanks Lemons for finding the perfect candidate as the poor man is begging him to save him now that the crazy Sarge is going to execute him on the insane idea he is a Blue spy.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Is rather unceremoniously killed after being brought Back from the Dead and freed from Omega's influence via a sniper headshot, and no one really seems to care or question it after this.
  • Evil All Along: Before Season 10, he seemed to be a friendly, if fairly creepy, leader. Then he turned out to be the Freelancer loyalist Agent Florida. Season 14 takes it further, showing that under his smiles and kind words, he's a ruthless, cruel, sociopath.
  • A Father to His Men: invoked He insists that Church and Tucker call him "Captain" or "Cappy" and that if he wasn't their commanding officer he'd make them call him "Daddy". However, his behavior in Season 14 establishes this is an act and he only really cares about Church, though he does get into character more.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Despite being apparently friendly and nice (perhaps a bit too much in some cases) Florida thinks nothing of throwing away the lives of others for the sake of his mission. However, it's also weirdly subverted in a sense since Flowers is both super civil and ruthlessly efficient at the same time.
  • Foil: To Sarge. Unlike the abrasive and hard-nosed Red Team Leader, Captain Flowers is a more passive, gentler sort. And just as Character Development gradually turned Sarge into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who truly cares for the soldiers under his command along with his friends, the more we learn of Flowers, the more we learn that his gentility was just a mask to the Manipulative Bastard he always was.
  • Foreshadowing: Some that dates back all the way to The Blood Gulch Chronicles. Captain Flowers always seems to be in on a lot of secrets, but dies before he can reveal them. This is due to the fact that, being Agent Florida, he knows that the Reds and Blues are simulation soldiers and the significance of Church/the Alpha and Project Freelancer.
  • Friendly Enemy: He sees the Red Team as this. It's likely because as a Freelancer, he knows the Red vs. Blue war is just a training simulation.
  • The Good Captain: He is very good at playing the part, but ultimately is neither good, nor a captain.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Served as one of them for The Blood Gulch Chronicles, since he's the one who initially organized all of the Red and Blue simulation troopers for Blood Gulch.
  • Hands-Off Parenting: How he talks to his subordinates.
  • If You Die, I Call Your Stuff: Tucker takes his aqua armor after he initially seems to die.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: To the point of possibly Camp Gay.
  • Lack of Empathy: Flowers isn't going to shed a tear for, or even apologize to, expendable soldiers once he's gotten what he needs from them.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Gets accidentally shot by Tucker from the far future when he screws up with his Sniper Rifle, meaning that he gets permanently killed off by one of the very soldiers he saw as utter Cannon Fodder.
  • Laughably Evil: While he might be utterly terrifying, Ed Robertson's absurdly cheery tone still manages to inject the appropriate amount of Black Comedy into Flowers' character even after the reveal that he's been Evil All Along.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: The very first action we see him take during combat is getting hit with a throwing axe and falling several dozen feet onto his face. Impressively, he manages to recover from this, but then makes the third worst throw ever (of all time). Just when he's looking a bit silly, he suddenly manages to take out the minigun twins that had been giving York, Wash, Wyoming, and even Carolina and Tex trouble by using some impressive trick shooting.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Inverted, as even years after his death, no one seems to have figured out his true identity. Then again, they'd have no real way of knowing.
  • Made of Iron: Takes a throwing axe to the chest coupled with a multi-story fall right onto his face, and shrugs it off.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: After Season 14, he's easily one of the most terrifying characters in the entire series due to how he's the epitome of an Affably Evil sociopath.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: Even among the Freelancers, his armor is pretty unusual (consisting a blue-visored ODST helmet and light armor).
  • Recurring Extra: He spent all of Season 9 as just a guy that showed up during the Freelancer scenes.
  • Retired Badass: Of sorts in the earlier seasons. While he was still a soldier, working as the captain of a team of simulation troopers just to watch over an A.I. is much less strenuous than his initial job as a Freelancer Agent.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Season 14 revealed that his clumsiness caused a chain reaction that led to Project Freelancer's downfall. He was also the one who originally brought the various Blood Gulch simulation troopers together by using the troopers at Desert Gulch as a basis.
  • Stealth Expert: Implied in the prequel segments where he and Wyoming track C.T. and the Insurrection Leader. Though he's not as good as Wyoming, as he is spotted and gets an axe to the chest for his troubles.
  • The Sociopath: Barely bats an eye as Sarge kills Lemons. He also doesn't lose his good cheer as Private Jimmy screams in agony from several Freelancer employees lobotomizing him so he can become an Empty Shell and serve as the Alpha's host body in Blood Gulch.
  • Un-person: To cover up his disappearance after he was transferred to Blood Gulch to watch over Alpha, the Director and Counselor blew up the entire state of Florida.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Tripping over a wire damaged Vic, which caused Caboose, Donut, and Sister to be sent to Blood Gulch after he died, instead of Freelancer Agents California, Hawaii, and Kansas. This would cause a chain reaction that would lead to the destruction of Project Freelancer (and the Alpha itself), the deaths of his old teammates, and the events of The Chorus Trilogynote .
  • Villainous Friendship: Possibly with Wyoming, if their cooperation and the latter's comments in scenes in Season 10 are any indication.
  • Walking Spoiler: You can't talk about his identity other than "a member of Project Freelancer who wears blue" without spoiling a great portion of Season 10, due to him being the mysterious Agent Florida and Captain Butch Flowers.
  • Weak, but Skilled: He has a poor throwing arm and isn't one of the Freelancers on the leaderboard, yet he is crafty enough to prove his worth (see Let's Get Dangerous! above).
  • Weaksauce Weakness: He supposedly died from an aspirin allergy (or so it seems).
  • Weapon of Choice: An assault rifle with a grenade launcher, apparently.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once Lemons has served his purpose, he doesn't even try to save him from Sarge.
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     The "Triplets" 
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Idaho, Ohio, Iowa

Ohio voiced by: Elizabeth Maxwell
Iowa voiced by: Shannon McCormick
Idaho voiced by: Brett Tribe

Ohio (Vera), Iowa (Mike), and Idaho (Ezra), who get their own couple of episodes in Season 14. Ohio is Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life, while her teammates are much less motivated. Despite her best efforts, they're still considered the bottom-tier of the Freelancers, but are also remarkably the most cohesive team. Presumably for both these reasons, they're dropped from the Project and abandoned on an ice world with an isolated base, where a similarly abandoned team from Charon Industries has found themselves. Just like the Reds and Blues, the two teams form a love-hate relationship through a trivial conflict over a meaningless base in the middle of nowhere.


Associated Tropes (As a whole):

  • Adorkable: They play silly games with each other, like to engage in Dungeons & Dragons sessions, and watch kung-fu movies.
  • The Cameo: Once Singularity indulges Mental Time Travel, Wash remembering his Freelancer days includes an appearance by those three.
  • Distinguishing Mark: They have very similar armor, but there are small differences to distinguish them from each other. These include the shoulder pads, the color of the stripes on their arms and legs, Ohio's lighter shade of blue, and Iowa's different chest piece.
  • Foil: To the Blood Gulch Crew (and Blue Team in particular). If the Reds and Blues can be considered the best of the worst, the Triplets are the worst of the best. Amazingly, even the Blood Gulch Crew are implied to be more competent than the Triplets are.
  • From a Certain Point of View: The official story is that they dropped out of the project. What this doesn't tell the other Freelancers is that they were straight up abandoned and left to die on an ice world.
  • Irony: Price commented that the simulation troopers were able to beat the Meta because of their bond, something that Project Freelancer could never achieve, complete and total faith in each other. These guys were the only ones who could properly work together and yet the Freelancers abandoned them to die on an ice world.
    • Further more, they suspect Wash is no longer willing to eat with them while C.T. is, it's implied the opposite is true in the very next episode.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Apparently, firing them would have been too much trouble for the Director, so he gave them a fake mission and just had 479er fly away after dropping them off.
  • Single-Biome Planet: They were abandoned on a frozen ice world. Most fans seem to believe that they were abandoned on Sidewinder (though there's no real evidence for/against this in the series).
  • Small Role, Big Impact: They only appeared in two episodes of Season 14, but they also seem to have been the main inspiration for the Red Team vs. Blue Team simulation conflict.
  • Spanner in the Works: Their willingness to work together flies in the face of the Director's ranking system, which is designed to incite rivalry among the Freelancers.
  • Spiritual Successor: Inverted, with it being all but stated that they were the main inspiration for the Red vs. Blue simulation troopers.
  • True Companions: Of all the Freelancers, they're rated the most capable of working together, and they're actually very close friends despite Ohio's (supposed) Only Sane Man status. This is part of the reason they are all sent away.
  • Uncertain Doom: There has been no proof that the Triplets are dead in the present day, though for their survival they'd have to beat pretty unfavorable odds (they're in an irrelevant and slightly hostile planet with presumably scarce resources, and another group of soldiers wants their blood to boot).

Associated Tropes (Idaho):

Associated Tropes (Iowa):

  • Cloudcuckoolander: Due to his brain damage. He does his best to stay optimistic despite it.
  • The Ditz: As a result of brain damage, he's constantly spewing dumb phrases, with his second line being "Sometimes I forget how to talk with these helmets on."
  • Drives Like Crazy: If he gets behind the wheel, he will crash.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: For an idiot, Iowa manages to think a simple solution to Wash's time travel problem: if past Carolina isn't helping Wash, why not go to the future one who is his friend? Once Wash follows the suggestion and it works, he's understandably enraged at not thinking of that.
  • Expy: He's even closer to being a Freelancer version of Caboose than Wash originally was.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Chastises Ohio for yelling at him through her helmet despite Iowa himself frequently having No Indoor Voice.
  • Nice Guy: Easily the friendliest Freelancer Agent out of the entire series.
  • No Indoor Voice: He often forgets that he doesn't have to yell to be heard through the helmet.
  • Simpleton Voice: His nasal, slightly slurring tone makes clear Iowa is a bit of a moron.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Whenever his No Indoor Voice kicks in.
  • Walking Disaster Area: Iowa once destroyed twelve Mongooses in one training session, six of them by sneezing nearby, and one by looking at it.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He reacts to spiders with gunfire, screaming, and fleeing.

Associated Tropes (Ohio):

    Others 

Other Freelancers

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Top: Utah and Georgia. Bottom: The victims of Mark Temple.

There are 50 total Freelancers. Most of them apparently did not appear in Seasons 9 and 10, and have only received minor mentions. They are named after the 50 states of the United States.

  • Agent Utah was apparently killed or nearly killed in training by using weapons tech without proper controls. A deleted scene on the season 9 DVD showed his accident; a bubble shield formed around his head and he passed out from lack of air.
  • Something happened to Agent Georgia involving a jetpack on a space op. It seems he just lost control and was careening through space until he smacked into a window on a space station, having a brief casual chat with Utah even. Until otherwise is said, he may still be alive. He gets a voice only cameo in Spartan Ops and finally appears in person in Season 14's "The Triplets." Hilariously enough, the latter episode reveals him to be a massive Jerkass who treated the Triplets horribly and more than deserved his (likely horrible) unknown fate. At the time, he was in the top nine in rankings, though his specific number was not given.
  • Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, and Virginia are women.
  • Montana apparently owns the locker directly next to Washington's.
  • Alabama used to spend his time hunting sim troopers on a Mongoose at Rat's Nest, until he drove it right off a cliff and died. Once a year, the Reds and Blues stationed there send a flaming Mongoose soaring into the distance in tribute.
  • Delaware died when she blew up the outer wall of High Ground (the place Church was stationed post-Blood Gulch), along with herself.
  • California, Hawaii, Kansas, Montana, and Oregon were meant to be sent to Blood Gulch in the case of Florida's death, and were referred to as "more than capable" by Florida. However, an accident caused Caboose, Donut, and Sister to be sent instead. The next two names were Jacob J. Jenkins (a Blue of questionable canonicity) and Cornelius Thromwell Andersmith (an actual non-existing Blue from Season 9, whose surname was reused for Chorus' Lt. Smith).
  • Illinois was apparently a demolitions expert, and York's drinking buddy. After his job as a Freelancer, he planned to spend his retirement on a chain of islands in a little hut, with all the booze he could ever need and a small red sailboat. He accomplished his dream... until Mark Temple killed him.
  • Temple killed at least 10 Freelancers by luring them into his lair, then locking their armor until they died of malnourishment. Among the agents in his collection are Alaska, Arizona, Maryland, and Illinois. There are 10 bodies in the room, but other than Illinois, it's unclear which ones belong to which agents.
  • As North and South Carolina were counted as one state, D.C. was the fiftieth member.
  • There may or may not be a Puerto Rico. Even "On Your Knees," the song listing off various agents, isn’t sure whether or not it counts.
  • Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin are the only known states not represented among the Freelancers as of yet, but it is assumed that they exist.

Non-Freelancer Personnel

    Director Leonard Church 

Director / Doctor Leonard Church

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"I would like to remind the sub-committee members... That anything is possible. Some things are probable. This is what is. And my agency, as it always has, will continue to deal with what is... until it is no more."
Voiced By: John Reed (Seasons 6-10), Charlie Campbell (Season 15)

The ruthless and secretive Director of Project Freelancer, and one of the narrators of the Reconstruction series. He was once a loving father and husband until he lost his wife Allison causing him to begin on his downward spiral. In an effort to improve the combat effectiveness of soldiers during the war, the "good doctor" had the idea to implant artificial intelligences into the minds of special agents. However, with only one AI, created with his mind as a template, he was forced to fragment it as inspired when a flash clone of the Alpha was formed, one of whom was based on Church's memory of Allison. The results were unstable at best, but he continued in an effort to bring back Allison, and the project collapsed.

Once the Meta started collecting AIs, a UNSC oversight sub-committee begins inquired into the Director's actions and the results of Project Freelancer. The Director resented such intrusions, as he maintained that he only did what had to be done for humanity to win the war (even though it was a complete failure). At the very end of Reconstruction, he's placed under arrest by the UNSC. However, the Director resisted arrest and hid himself in a secret base, where he continued unsuccessfully to try to bring back Allison. However, his daughter, Agent Carolina, found him in Season 10. Realizing what he had done, the Director committed suicide with Carolina's pistol.


Associated Tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: As of Episode 22 of Season 10, his interactions with Carolina are put under this general light.
  • Accidental Truth: He accuses Malcolm Hargrove of corruption and self-aggrandizement. He has no idea how right he is.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: His final scenes show that while he's committed unspeakable evils, he's also completely broken and pitiable, ultimately being a pathetic and broken old man who just wanted to have some more time with the love of his life. He even eventually shoots himself to end it all.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Vaguely claims to be Jewish in his first meeting with Allison (which is in The Ultimate Fan Guide), and the A.I. Church has a Star of David on his grave(s).
  • American Accents: Speaks with a thick Southern Louisiana accent.
  • Anti-Villain: He's a colossal Jerkass, but his fanatical devotion to reviving the memory of the woman he loved most makes him incredibly pitiable along with his initial desire to safeguard humanity's survival before his own personal demons consumed him.
  • Archnemesis Dad: For Carolina in Season 10.
  • Bad Boss: Allowed his soldiers to use live ammunition in a training exercise, and praised the guys that did so, regardless of the obvious risks involved. He also had the Mother Of Invention fire a Wave Motion Gun at an enemy ship with both an agent and Artificial Intelligence inside the room being fired on, without so much as a warning. He also saw virtually all of his agents as expendable, inspired them to compete among each other to their mutual detriment, and essentially sold all of his employees down the river when he went off the radar after his arrest was ordered by the UNSC Oversight Subcommittee. No wonder Connecticut hates him so much.
  • Beard of Evil: Seasons 9 and 10 clearly show him to have a goatee. Also something of an Actor Allusion, since John Reed, the voice actor, has a goatee.
  • Big Bad:
    • Of the flashback segments of The Project Freelancer Saga, as they take place when he was the leader of the organization. He manipulated his agents to fulfill his goals, and his morally questionable acts lead to C.T. and eventually several other agents, including Texas, turning against him.
    • Of Season 10's present day segments, seeing as the entire point of the plot in the present is Carolina, Washington, and the Reds and Blues trying to track down and kill the Director. In a twist on the trope, the crew is coming after him instead of him sending soldiers after them, and he isn't actively antagonizing them except for the numerous Tex Drones at the end.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Forms one with Sigma and the Insurrectionist Leader - and by extension of the latter's employer, Malcolm Hargrove - during The Project Freelancer Saga.
  • Big "NO!": His Pet the Dog moment, when he sees Tex (who he accidentally called "Allison") in an unauthorized sparring match with the doubly-AI-wielding Carolina using lethal weaponry. And it's instantly reversed in the next five seconds, when he coldly leaves Carolina (his own daughter) screaming in pain on the training floor after his outburst caused the A.I.s to go nuts.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Washington sees him as this.
  • Driven to Suicide: After erasing all evidence of Project Freelancer but the last video he ever had of Allison Church, he is implied to shoot himself in the head with Carolina's pistol after shutting off his facility's life support.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • His primary motivation is getting Allison, the love of his life who died in the Great War back, if not literally then at least in spirit.
    • He also loves his daughter, Carolina, but only realizes in his final moments that maybe he should have actually shown her that at some point instead of treating her like just another tool in his quest to recover Allison.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even the Director thinks Gamma impersonating him to tell the Alpha that Tex died and it was all his fault is going too far, ...not that he stops him, knowing they needed "a stronger stimulus".
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He's always called "The Director," never by his name.
  • Evil Counterpart: To his Alpha/Epsilon counterparts, in that his anger, cynicism, vitriol, underhandedness, irritability, self-loathing and obsession with Tex aren't Played for Laughs or downplayed/moved past via Character Development.
    • invoked In a broader, Shared Universe sense, he is one to Dr. Catherine Halsey. Both are brilliant scientists who run the clandestine military organizations that created their series's protagonists, including the AI characters that are based off of them. Both have done many morally questionable things to ensure humanity's survival, and both lost their significant other to the Human/Covenant War and have a very estranged relationship with their respective daughters. However, while Dr. Halsey has managed to keep a clear perspective on events and still cares deeply for her creations, Director Church completely Jumped Off The Slippery Slope, unable to cope with the death of the woman he loved and became obsessed with finding a way to bring her back, to the detriment of everyone around him.
    • In a different sort of Shared Universe sense; he, retroactively, is one for Professor Ozpin. Both are known for achieving their goals through underhanded means (Ozpin lies and deliberately hides information for his own self interests. Dr. Church subjects his "soldiers" to dangerous experimentation, with often horrifying results.) The difference is that Ozpin only does what he does because he has grown distrustful of humanity after suffering through several betrayals. He is, at worst, a Well-Intentioned Extremist. The Director, on the other hand, does everything out of a selfish desire to resurrect his dead wife.
  • The Faceless: Played with. Practically every part of his head has been shown (hair, nose to chin, presence of glasses)... except his eyes. This serves to make him seem remarkably sinister even before the majority of Project Freelancer's operatives find out about what he does to the A.I.s. We finally see his full face in the last episode of Season 10, sans Scary Shiny Glasses... to realize his green eyes look just like his daughter Carolina's.
  • Famous Last Words: In response to F.I.L.S.S. asking if Project Freelancer was a success and he had found what he was looking for.
    The Director: No. No, I did not. But I believe I might have come very close. I wish... I wish I knew. ...Perhaps the next time around.
  • For Science!: Even before his Sanity Slippage and refocusing Project Freelancer's efforts on resurrecting his dead wife, several of the programs he helped craft that both the simulation troopers and his Freelancers would be subjected to had rather... debatable useful data to gain compared to the effort expended. It's especially notable in how he had the Freelancers basically wage a private war against Charon Industries just so he could gain and then keep an Engineer to help further his torture of the Alpha A.I. and create the Freelancer A.I. fragments.
  • Freudian Excuse: The death of his beloved wife essentially destroyed him mentally speaking. As Carolina bluntly puts it in Singularity when talking to the Labyrinth's version of her past self, "Dad won't love you more if you keep winning. He can't. He died when Mom died."
  • Graceful Loser: When Carolina and Epsilon come to see him personally, he does not resist them, simply speaking calmly with Carolina and the enraged Epsilon. His only "resistance" is to plead with Carolina to have just a little more time to himself, along with asking for her old pistol to kill himself with.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: For almost the entire series, with only The Chorus Trilogy, The Shisno Paradox, and Singularity being story arcs/seasons not the direct result of his actions. Plenty of antagonists are working for him (e.g. Omega persuading Vic to hire Wyoming to kill Tucker, the Xanatos Speed Chess orchestrated by Wyoming and Gamma to potentially end the Great War involving Junior, the Director trying to get the Meta to kill Washington at the end of Reconstruction so as to prevent the "emp" from going off). The ones that aren't were undergoing objectives that are fundamentally opposed to him/the result of his actions (the "Insurrection" led by the eventual second C.T. fights against his Freelancers; Washington struck a deal with the Chairman, who wanted to investigate the Director; the Meta was a rogue operative throughout Reconstruction, and was even working alongside Wash for Recreation and Revelation; and the Blues and Reds led by Mark Temple are dedicated to punishing the UNSC for sending them away to be used as glorified training dummies by the Director's Freelancers).
    Simmons: He's the one who started all of this, y'know? The Freelancers, and the A.I.s, and the Meta. I mean, when you think about it, he's the reason why we're here.
  • Hypocrite: For all his blustering to the Chairman over how his project was helping humanity survive against the Covenant's onslaught during the Great War, he seems to have only had them fight against Charon Industries' human mercenaries during The Project Freelancer Saga.
  • I Did What I Had to Do:
    • How he views his unethical experiments, claiming they were necessary to safeguard humanity's survival in the face of the Covenant's genocide.
    Director: I don't give a damn about your committee or its opinions on my work. Have you forgotten, Sir, that we were at war? A fight with an alien race for the very survival of our species? I feel I must remind you that it is an undeniable, and may I say a fundamental quality of man, that when faced with extinction, every alternative is preferable.
    • It's ultimately subverted, however, when you consider the Freelancers' missions seem to have mostly involved going up against Charon Industries and not actually fighting in the Great War. Furthermore, the entire project was ultimately an excuse he used so he could get his wife back, showing that ultimately he only used this trope as an excuse to get what he wanted.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: He bears a surprising resemblance to his original voice actor, John Reed.
  • Ironic Name: It's likely unintentional, but still there - "Leonard" is an Old High German name meaning "brave" or "lion-hearted." The Director was a Dirty Coward who went into hiding after he was placed under arrest, refusing to take any responsibility for his own actions.
    • Additionally, his last name is the same term used for a Christian house of worship, but he's actually Ambiguously Jewish.
  • Jerkass: Imagine a Deadpan Snarker without the humor. From time to time, he even acts like a slightly less abrasive Drill Sergeant Nasty.
  • Karma Houdini: Not at all fazed by the prospect of karma finding him, and even when karma finally catches up (e.g. the investigation and arrest), nothing apparently comes out of it. Carolina's looking to change that by the time of the end of Season 9 through Season 10. It is ultimately subverted in that, while he was never directly punished for his actions, he was absolutely miserable in his final moments.
  • Kick the Dog: Subjecting his own Virtual Ghost to horrific psychological torture, treating his own daughter like garbagenote , inspiring his very agents to fight amongst each other and treating them as expendable drones, treating simulation troopers as glorified training dummies and not caring at all for them getting murdered in various nightmarish ways, arranging a fight between his own daughter and the Virtual Ghost of his deceased wife For Science!, killing off anyone who has no more potential use to him... Really, it'd be easier to list the moments where the Director isn't doing something utterly despicable.
  • Knight Templar: In his use of Project Freelancer, he seems to have gone from an Anti-Hero leader of Super Soldiers fighting against the Covenant to the villain of an entirely new conflict that was both concurrent to the Great War and taking place after its end, if he was ever a hero at all.
  • Leave Behind a Pistol: An Invoked Trope. He asks Carolina to do so before leaving.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Retroactively established to be this compared to Malcolm Hargrove, given that he at least has a Freudian Excuse and a few Pet the Dog moments.
  • Loophole Abuse: Quite rightfully notes that while his experiment would be a war crime in any other instance, he only tortured a clone of himself, and there are no laws against that. This inspires them to actually make laws prohibiting that, which the Chairman says will be named after the Director himself. Whether due to the legal situation (even with the Chairman making such laws after the fact) or his own personal clout, he's essentially a free man anyway, since the vast majority of the evidence of his actions (except Epsilon) was destroyed by the "emp" in Freelancer Command.
  • Mad Scientist: As shown by his cold experimentation on the Alpha A.I.. The "mad" part becomes more apparent in the final few episodes of Season 10, where it becomes apparent that he has lost his mind and has gone so far as to Mind Rape Tex.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The one that headed Project Freelancer, and the Greater-Scope Villain of the first ten seasons.
  • Meaningful Name: A variation, as his name is not that meaningful by itself, but The Reveal that his name is Leonard Church is the primary clue that he was the template for the Alpha A.I..
  • Morality Pet: He may be a complete Jerkass to everyone else, up to and including both the Counselor and his own daughter Carolina, but the Director does prove he cares about Tex, with her being an A.I. form of his lost love Allison - especially when he shows outright fear at seeing her in an unauthorized sparring match complete with live ammunition.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: According to The Ultimate Fan Guide, his doctorate is in A.I. theory. He's decidedly of the Evil variety.
  • Mysterious Backer: Connecticut rightfully mistrusts him for it.
  • Necromantic: A good chunk of his character revolves around his trying to bring back Allison through various unethical means. It is exactly as unnerving as it sounds.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: Episode 17 of Season 10 heavily implies that he never was able to say goodbye to Allison the last time he saw her.
    Counselor: What was that he said about "goodbyes"? Director? ...Director?
  • Non-Action Big Bad: While the entirety of Season 10's present day segments have stopping the Director as the group's major goal, he isn't actively fighting the group in the present. It's unknown if he even knew he was being hunted at all until Carolina and Epsilon entered the base he was stationed at, so obsessed as he was with Texas and reviving Allison. This also is a Justified Trope, however, as unlike most other Big Bads in Red vs. Blue, he has had absolutely no actual military experience himself, with him even noting this in Episode 19 of Reconstruction.
    The Director: You see, I never had the chance to serve in battle, nor did fate provide me the opportunity to sacrifice myself for humanity as it did for so many others in the Great War.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: For all his talk about ostensibly protecting humanity from extinction, he and his project didn't really do much to win the Human-Covenant War. In reality, he re-purposed his own project so as to try and bring back his deceased wife - an understandable, but ultimately selfish as well as pointless pursuit.
  • Older Than They Look: In his final appearance he has to be at least in his fifties, but shows no physical signs of old age. His hair is not greying, his skin is pretty smooth and he could overall reasonably pass himself off as a 30-year old.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: His lauding of Wyoming and Maine's use of live ammo against Texas is pretty inconsistent with his later obsessive protectiveness of her.
  • Overarching Villain: He could be considered the main villain for the series overall, until Malcolm Hargrove appears and takes the role in The Chorus Trilogy (and in retrospect, Hargrove formed part of a Big-Bad Ensemble with the Meta for The Recollection).
  • Sanity Slippage: Whether it was the death of Allison herself or the death of the Beta A.I. or even Epsilon-Texas, the Director has definitely gone utterly insane by the time of Episode 20 of Season 10, obsessively making more and more versions of Tex in an attempt to revive the true Allison. According to F.I.L.S.S., he has been listening to Allison's last words nonstop for several days, to the exclusion of everything else. He's even taken to inducing Mind Rape on the version of Texas directing the robot army during the creation process for the Tex Drones, but doesn't seem to care.
    Epsilon-Church: (horrified/sickened) He kept trying... He kept trying to get her right.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Wears them to add to the effect.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: He's very smart and came up with A.I. theories, with the addition of a thick Southern drawl.
  • So Proud of You: He shares this sentiment at his last moments, claiming Carolina to be "[his] greatest creation" soon after she leaves him.
  • Tragic Villain: He wanted his wife back no matter the cost and seemed to sincerely think he was helping safeguard humanity's future with his program, only realizing just before he committed suicide how it had been All for Nothing.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The Director didn't even seem to realize that Sigma and Gamma were undermining his entire project, causing Carolina to want to get two artificial intelligences in her head and for Maine to go insane. He also didn't seem to be intentionally causing all of the Freelancers with A.I.s to fall over in agony when he screamed Allison's name in his Big "NO!" shout.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Both The Ultimate Fan Guide and the last video he has of Allison imply that he used to be a significantly kinder person who genuinely wanted to help humanity and was even incredibly affectionate with both her & their daughter. Unfortunately, the death of Allison, the limits placed upon Project Freelancer, and the spontaneous creation of the Beta A.I. all set him down the path to becoming one of the most notorious war criminals in galactic history.
  • Villainous Friendship: Of a sort with F.I.L.S.S., though he doesn't seem to acknowledge it until his final moments.
  • Walking Spoiler: The fact that he is the original Leonard Church and the template for the Alpha A.I., the husband of Allison Church (who is the "original" Tex), and Carolina's father are all massive spoilers for the series.
  • Wham Line:
    • Episode 19 of Reconstruction:
      "Sincerely yours, the former Director of Project Freelancer, Doctor Leonard Church."
    • Episode 15 of Season 10. This one is less because of the line than because of the effects of said line on those who hear it.
    • In case the below-mentioned Wham Shot isn't clear enough, he has this exchange with Epsilon as he and Carolina are leaving him to his fate in Episode 22 of Season 10.
      The Director: (quietly, as Carolina walks away) You were my greatest creation...
      Epsilon: (bitterly) ...I don't know what I am, but I know this - I'm more than just a copy of you. I'm better than you.
      The Director: I wasn't speaking to you.
  • Wham Shot: In Episode 22 of Season 10, he removes his glasses and looks to Carolina, his full face to the camera... showing that they have the exact same color eyes.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Basically tells this to Agent Washington when the latter goes AWOL to activate the EMP.

    Counselor Aiden Price 

Counselor Aiden Price

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"We have safeguards for the unstable emotional patterns of an artificial intelligence. Sometimes these algorithms fail. [...] We prefer to think it's nobody's fault."
Voiced By: Asaf Ronen

The apparent head psychologist of Project Freelancer, who seems to serve as the Director's right-hand man of sorts, and as a liaison between the Director and both the Freelancers and especially non-Freelancer soldiers.


Associated Tropes:

  • Affably Evil: He speaks in a fairly calm, monotone voice and is rather polite, even to the point of functioning as the Only Sane Man to the Director. However, the Counselor is downright ruthless when need be, such as when addressing Walter and using False Reassurance to disguise what their true plans are, but again, is only direct and callous when he needs to.
  • Back for the Dead: His return in Season 13 ends with him being dead by the same season's third-to-last episode.
  • The Bus Came Back: He finally reappears in Season 13 for the first time (outside of flashbacks) since Season 7 aboard the UNSC prison ship Tartarus, and deciding to join Charon Industries when they offer him a chance to escape.
  • The Comically Serious: He provides the role of a particularly hilarious Straight Man when Donut briefly talks to him during Recreation about his own exploits in Blood Gulch.
  • Consummate Liar: Disconcertingly so.
  • Creepy Monotone: Talks like this pretty much all the time. It seems to irritate the Director and creep out everyone else.
  • Death by Pragmatism: His skill at reading any given situation borders on a superpower and as such he's the first to see that the Chorus campaign has gone south and the best option at that point is to bail. Unfortunately, the Tartarus crew resist and delay long enough that the ship gets caught in a tractor beam and dragged into the planet before he can actually do anything about it.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Blew up the entire Floridan Peninsula as part of Freelancer Agent Florida's cover story for getting sent to Blood Gulch to watch over the Alpha.
  • Dissonant Serenity: His expression rarely changes from being bland and calm even when there's a catastrophe going on, and his voice (almost) never does.
  • The Dragon: As the Director's right-hand man, he's effectively this.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Even the Director just calls him "Counselor." The first person to call him by his real name is Felix.
  • The Evil Genius: He's the psychologist of Project Freelancer and serves as this to the Director as well as being The Dragon. As of Season 13, he's become one to Locus and Felix, sharing his knowledge of Agents Washington and Carolina to help give them an edge in battle.
  • Exact Words: Peppers his Blatant Lies with these. For instance, in the first chapter of Reconstruction, after he interrogates the Sole Survivor from Valhalla (Walter Henderson), Price tells him that Project Freelancer will give him "all the help he needs" as he's taken away. Henderson was then Killed Offscreen so as to Leave No Witnesses. After all, Henderson won't need any help if he's dead, right?
  • Face Death with Dignity: When it becomes clear that his death is inevitable, he just closes his eyes and calmly mutters "Oh, son of a bitch."
  • Hazy Feel Turn: Joins Charon Industries, the organisation behind the Insurrection (the Freelancers' greatest enemies), in Season 13 when offered the chance to escape from imprisonment. However, it's not quite a Face–Heel Turn, as Project Freelancer wasn't exactly great either.
  • It's All About Me: Price truly cares about nothing but having as comfortable as comfortable a life for himself as possible, following others' orders to the letter simply since it'll help better himself and keep his own skin intact.
  • The Informant: His role within Charon Industries. He convinces Felix and Locus to let him live because he knows more than anyone left alive about Project Freelancer and can offer them valuable information about the agents. Locus later asks him for more information about Maine.
  • Karmic Death: Having become complicit in genocide by assisting the Space Pirates in their war with Chorus, he's killed by the Chorusans (a.k.a. the people he was helping wipe out) when they pull a Colony Drop on the Purge Temple with the Tartarus while he's still aboard the ship.
  • Kick the Dog: His implicit decision to kill Henderson, as well as his decision to destroy the state of Florida.
  • Knight of Cerebus: His initial appearance in the first chapter of Reconstruction is completely devoid of humor, and him implicitly ordering the execution of a shell-shocked survivor of both Omega and the Meta's rampages helps set the Darker and Edgier tone of the season.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Part of his job is putting good spins on the various horrors of Project Freelancer. Best seen when the Director is barking orders through an intercom to a rogue agent. There's the sound of a scuffle and then the Counselor is on the mike, wording the request much more pleasantly.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Likely has a Ph.D., and is quite evil.
  • Nerves of Steel: He's not fazed at all when Felix holds him at gun point, and instead reveals information about Wash and Carolina to gain the latter's trust.
  • Never My Fault: When explaining why he would join Charon Industries despite being in the rival group years before, Price would claim that he had been manipulated and unfairly suffered because of the actions of The Director. This is very much not true, as he was complicit in many of the Project's wrongdoings as well as being the one to suggest the destruction of Florida to help fake Agent Florida's death.
  • No Name Given: His actual name isn't given until Season 13.
  • Not So Stoic: The first time he actually loses his calm demeanor is when he realizes that the armies of Chorus are going to take back the Communications Temple. He then tries to leave the planet when things go very south and goes as far as to kill one of the soldiers on the bridge.
  • Oh, Crap!: He mutters a horrified "...Oh no." when realizes that the Chorusans have taken back control of Crash Site Alpha's tractor beams and are going to drag the Tartarus into the Purge Temple.
  • Only Sane Man: While he's probably the one person who most closely assists the Director with his massively unethical acts, he at least voices objections whenever the Director does something particularly dangerous, cruel, or just plain insane. The Director always overrules him, and ultimately he always goes along with it, though. It's also subverted in that he's clearly not all there upstairs either.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He tried to make sure Project Freelancer's Agents were psychologically stable during his time in the organization... because it would've ensured loyalty to both him and the Director along with making sure everything went as smoothly as possible and their horrific experiments could've continued. However, considering how the project cannibalized itself, he clearly didn't do that good of a job.
  • Precision F-Strike: Just before the Tartarus crashes.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He harbors no hard feelings toward the "Insurrection", the Chairman, the Blood Gulch Crew, or the Freelancers. He just wants to get his life back, and he will go as far as to help with genocide to do so.
  • Self Serving Memeory: When explaining why he'd work for Charon after previously having been a long time player in Project Freelancer, he plays the victim card and acts that he had been betrayed like the others who worked with the Director. However, given his highly advanced analytical skills, the fact that he explicitly worked with the Director in many aspect of the less savory parts of the Project, and was the one who ''suggested destroying the state of Florida to hide the reason behind Agent Florida's reassignment, his claims hold little weigh to them.
  • The Shrink: Of the "Harmful" variety.
  • The Sociopath: An unnervingly high-functioning example. Despite his Only Sane Man attitude, the Counselor thinks nothing of blowing up the state of Florida and sinking it into the sea just to make Agent Florida an Un-person. When things are looking bad on Chorus, his first reaction is to order the Tartarus to leave the planet, giving no regard to the soldiers they'd be abandoning to certain death. He also is shown to have had no real regard for the Freelancers in the past, only caring about making things run smoothly so the project would be more efficient.
  • The Starscream: Attempts to abandon the Space Pirates and escape on the Tartarus. It doesn't work.
  • The Stoic: Always speaks in that soothing monotone voice without showing any emotion.
  • Take a Third Option: Aboard the Tartarus, Felix and Locus tell the prisoners to grasp the bars of their cell if they agree to joining Charon Industries, and then opens the airlock, killing all those who didn't or who weren't strong enough to hold on. The Counselor avoids doing either by tying his bedsheets around himself, having predicted what they were about to do.
  • There Are No Therapists: Inverted. There is a therapist, but he's there to study and manipulate the Freelancers and AIs into doing what the Director wants, not to make them feel better.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When he realizes that the Chorus armies are likely to win, he tries to escape with the Tartarus. When questioned on this decision, he shoots one of his own men, then raises his voice for the first and only time of the series.
    Pilot: W-what're you doing?!
    Price: Surviving! To hell with this mission, and to hell with Chorus! Get us out of here!
  • Villain Respect: In Season 13, he's the only member of Charon to not be outright dismissive of the Blood Gulch Crew, seeing them as unorthodox, but still quite capable soldier. He even acknowledges that they achieved something that the Freelancers never fully could: Complete and total faith in each other.
  • Vocal Evolution: In Season 13, he uses more normal inflection and no longer places the Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He was arrested following the conclusion of Reconstruction, but he is not seen in the present day aside from one conversation with Washington in the climax of Reconstruction and a debriefing with Donut in Episode 4 of Recreation. He finally reappears in Season 13 (see The Bus Came Back).
  • Wild Card: As shown in Season 13, he's not on anyone's side aside from his own.

    Pilot 479 / 479er 

Pilot 479 (Four Seven Niner) / Freelancer & Recovery Command

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"Well, that went to hell quicker than we thought. Out of the frying pan, into the shit."
Voiced By: Lee Eddy

An Ace Pilot who works for Freelancer Command during Season 9 and 10. Singularity also confirms her to be Washington's communications operator during Recovery One and Reconstruction.


Associated Tropes:

  • Ace Pilot: Her role as extraction requires some pretty badass flying.
  • Ascended Extra: She's the Mission Control for Recovery/Freelancer Command in Recovery One and Reconstruction. In Seasons 9 and 10, she's actually given a decent amount of screentime as the Freelancers' snippy pilot. Lampshaded in Episode 8 of Season 10 where she says she'd hate to have the job of the mission control guy. Her appearance in Singularity when Wash experiences Mental Time Travel confirms that both are one and the same.
  • Badass Driver: As a pilot who doesn't take crap from Freelancers and is good at extraction, she certainly fits the bill.
  • Call-Forward: Toyed with in Season 10, where she says she'd hate to have a desk job like Command. Assuming they're the same person, it's a straight example. If they're not, it's a meta-example since the voice actress would later play someone with a desk job. Singularity would later confirm that it was a Call Forward.
  • Character Development: A pretty dark example - After being a Deadpan Snarker par excellence during The Project Freelancer Saga and being friends with almost everyone that she flew around with, she becomes a callous stoic after being grounded and given the position of Freelancer/Recovery Command, not even batting a metaphorical eyelash when South Dakota shoots their former friend (Wash) in the back.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Possibly the best example in the series and that's really saying something.
  • Doomed by Canon: Or at least Grounded By Canon. Assuming they're the same character, she's no longer flying by the time the series proper starts, something happens to her at some point. Also after the events of Reconstruction she was probably arrested along with all of the other Freelancer personnel. Singularity confirms that she and "Recovery/Freelancer Command" are the same person.
  • The Faceless: We have never seen her face.
  • Fantastic Racism: Subverted with the appearance of the Artificial Intelligence Delta in her operations. She only dislikes Delta for a very short time because she thinks Project Freelancer is trying to give her job to a machine, and calms down after Delta acknowledges that an A.I probably couldn't replace her.
  • Mission Control: Forced into this role as Freelancer/Recovery Command some time after the flashback sections of Season 10.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite her snarky attitude towards the agents, project personnel and A.I. alike, she's a rather decent person who is shown to care about the agents she frequently works with, though she does her best to keep this side of her professional. Best demonstrated in Season 17 where she becomes distraught at Wash's seeming bout of radio silence.
  • No Name Given: So far she's only been identified in series by her callsigns "Four-seven-niner" and "Recovery Command". Although Wash refers to her as "Ash" when he speaks to her in Singularity.
  • Nom de Guerre: As a pilot, she's "Four-Seven-Niner". When grounded, she's "Freelancer/Recovery Command".
  • Non-Action Snarker: Played with. As a pilot she's definitely involved in the action, but isn't on the ground. She gets a hell of a lot of snark to make up for it, though.
  • Not So Stoic: Her status as The Stoic below aside, she can be heard sounding absolutely baffled when she receives the Recovery Beacon for Agent Maine (a.k.a. the Meta) during Reconstruction. She also starts panicking when Wash initially doesn't respond to her in "The Not So Good Ol' Days" during Singularity, even sighing with relief and muttering "Thank God. I thought we'd lost you to..." under her breath when he answers her.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: She sounds like she's almost on the verge of panic when Wash doesn't respond to her in "The Not So Good Ol' Days," which is both a noticeable departure from her stoic mask as Recovery Command and easily the most concerned she's ever sounded when talking to someone in the entire series.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Her real name is never given, only her callsign. We do finally learn her first name in Singularity - It's "Ash."
  • The Stoic: While acting as Freelancer/Recovery Command. She doesn't even miss a beat when ordering around South Dakota during Recovery One after she just shot Wash in the back, and coolly threatens the former Freelancer when South actually goes rogue.
  • Walking Spoiler: invoked Downplayed, but while The Reveal that she and Freelancer/Recovery Command are the same person was already assumed to be canon by most fans, it's still a noteworthy spoiler.
  • We Used to Be Friends: She briefly freaks out during "The Not So Good Ol' Days" and loses her former calm. Combine that with Wash calling her "Ash," and it's implied that they were much better friends before the very cold and professional "relationship" the two characters were shown to have in Recovery One and Reconstruction (with her even not being that put out by South Dakota shooting Wash in the back and leaving him for dead during the aforementioned miniseries).
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Didn't show up at all for the end of Season 10, with her fate left uncertain (including whether 479er and Freelancer Command were the same person or not). Though she does note when speaking to the (then male) Freelancer Command that she'd hate to have his job, which may have served as Foreshadowing. Singularity would confirm her and Freelancer/Recovery Command as the same person, though it's still unknown what actually happened to her after the events of Reconstruction.

    F.I.L.S.S. 

Freelancer Integrated Logistics and Security System (F.I.L.S.S.)

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I am the Freelancer Integrated Logistics and Security System. You may call me Phyllis. It is a pleasure to meet you. You now have fifteen seconds to live.
Voiced By: Yomary Cruz

An artificial intelligence program that helps to organize Freelancer programs. She has an identical voice to Sheila, and several of her mannerisms, although they are separate characters. Answers to the name "Sheila" due to a request from Epsilon-Church, whom she recognised as the Director, because Caboose kept calling her that anyway. At the end of Season 10, she deletes herself at the Director's request, along with every other Project Freelancer data file.

Along with many other items of Freelancer equipment, she, having somehow survived, is recovered by the Chairman and made to work with Charon Industries during The Chorus Trilogy.


Associated Tropes:

  • Artificial Intelligence: What she is, although she appears to be a "dumb" AI (relatively speaking).
  • Back from the Dead: She was recovered by the Chairman, and forced to work for Charon Industries, as revealed in The Stinger of Season 12.
  • Badass Decay: In-Universe. She goes from a Spaceship Girl with a Wave Motion Gun to a program with a terminal in a tree attached to a single ground base. Carolina is shocked by the change.
    Carolina: F.I.L.S.S.? What happened to you?
  • Came Back Wrong: Her speech in the present-day storyline of Season 10 is noticeably more stilted and forced (almost dazed-sounding) than her usual mechanical, but still somehow upbeat speaking patterns. Even moreso in Season 12, where her voice makes it sound almost like she's in pain, or at the very least, sleep-deprived. It goes back to normal by the end of Season 13.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: After her return in the Season 12 finale, she doesn't make an impact on the plot until the Season 13 finale, where she helps the Reds and Blues take down the Chairman aboard the Staff of Charon.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After being treated very poorly by Hargrove throughout Season 13, she finally gets revenge by helping the Reds and Blues in the finale.
  • Driven to Suicide: She deletes herself at the Director's orders in the Season 10 finale. Subverted, as she somehow survives, has been reactivated along with the other Freelancer equipment they scavenged by Charon Industries, and is now working for Control, aka Malcolm Hargrove.
  • Famous Last Words: "It has been an honour, sir."
  • Fun with Acronyms: Her name is pronounced "Phyllis".
  • It Has Been an Honour: Her Famous Last Words to the Director before deleting herself in Season 10.
  • Nice Girl: Even as she tells people she's going to kill them, she's very polite about it and not malicious.
  • Spaceship Girl: When on board the Mother of Invention.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the Director.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Despite coming back at the end of Season 12 (after being deleted in Season 10), it's not explained how she survived until the Season 13 finale.
  • Villainous Friendship: Of a sort with the Director, though he seems to not really acknowledge it until his final moments.
  • Wave Motion Gun: The MAC Gun on the Mother of Invention.
    F.I.L.S.S.: Firing main cannon.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Her whereabouts after Season 13 have not been shown.

    Vic 

Virtual Intelligence Computer ("Vic")

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"Chill dude, take a chill pill. If you don't have a chill pill, take a chill strip - put it on your tongue, it dissolves. Chill."
Voiced By: Randall Glass (first appearance), Burnie Burns (later appearances)

Serving as Mission Control for both Red and Blue teams (a secret he tries to have Tucker assassinated to protect), Vic is more like an unhelpful tech support guy than an actual asset. Vic's intelligence reports provide helpful information like the location of the enemy team's base (the other side of the canyon), the number of enemies (3 or 4), and the location of the team's own base. His directives usually run along the lines of "try to win extra hard," and he mostly provides just enough help to keep the hijinks in Blood Gulch continuing. When Doc contacts him for assistance, Vic goes off on a long tangent about his vasectomy, and has a habit of being unavailable just when his help would be most useful.

Duplicity and secrets surround Vic - though supposedly sterile, after the "time jump" the two teams meet "Vic Jr.," a "descendant" of Vic's with a suspiciously identical personality and appearance, as well as the same post. During the end of the series, Vic also attempts to get both teams underground so they'll be captured and O'Malley's scheme will succeed - and in one of the endings, expresses great anger that the Reds and Blues ruined "the plan".

It is implied - through Simmons interrupting Sarge's and Vic's conversation in the caves, and through the alternate ending of "Why Were We Here?" in which Sarge destroys the computer and damages Vic's heat sink - that the computer console in the cave system is Vic. It is confirmed in both The Ultimate Fan Guide and Season 14 that Vic is some sort of VI - a Virtual Intelligence Computer, as it says at the bottom of the display - designed to watch over the training simulation and generate scenarios and give resources and intel back to Freelancer Command when necessary.

Season 15 had him taken by Dylan Andrews from his computer and carried in a portable drive for her usage.


Associated Tropes:

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: He was not programmed with his rather unique (and obnoxious) personality, but gained it when Florida screwed with his wiring. It's likely this that caused him to ally with O'Malley.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Heavily implied, and later confirmed to be a "Virtual Intelligence" (a.k.a. a sophisticated "dumb" A.I.).
  • The Bus Came Back: He returns in Season 14 as a narrator, and makes his first proper appearance in years in Season 15.
  • The Cameo: In the first appearance, he's voiced by Randall Glass, also known as the "Warthog Jump guy" by longtime Halo fans and who popularized the video capture of Halo games.
  • The Dark Chick: For O'Malley, Wyoming and Gary/Gamma.
  • Deadpan Snarker: At least in his first appearance, being totally deadpan.
    Tucker: I don't know what the technical military term is for it, but, uh, we're pretty fucked up down here. We need men!
    (Beat)
    Vic: Dude. How long have you guys been down there for?
  • Death Seeker: When Dylan finds him in Blood Gulch, he begs her to pull his plug, as he can't do it himself, and shut him down. In exchange for eventually killing him off, he becomes her AI assistant and "grants her three wishes." He gets his wish when he's used to stabilize the Blues and Reds' Machine to save the planet.
  • Electronic Speech Impediment:
    • He had one after Captain Flowers accidentally tampered with his wiring, further demonstrating how much this messed him up.
    • He's developed one again by Season 15, highlighting how he's probably suffering a loss of sanity by that point.
  • The Fog of Ages: By Season 15, he's been around for so long that his memory is failing. Dylan uses this to her advantage. He's supposed to "grant her three wishes" in exchange for her killing him afterward, but when she needs his help for the third time, he can't remember how many times it's been. Dylan tells him this is the second time.
  • Fun with Acronyms: "Virtual Intelligence Computer".
  • Gratuitous Spanish: He tends to throw a Spanish word into every other sentence.
  • He Knows Too Much: The reason why he kept trying to get Tucker assassinated once he found out that Vic is a VI and that he acts as Mission Control for both teams. Naturally, Vic always failed at it, while Tucker always got harmed in some form anyway.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: His last wish is spent stabilizing the Blues and Reds' time machine-laser drill before it creates a black hole and destroys the Solar System. The characters even refer to this trope by name as he does it.
  • Identical Grandson: Allegedly has a "descendant", despite supposedly being sterile. Absolutely nothing is different between Vic Junior and Vic Senior, right down to the voice, appearance and post, so chances are that it was the same guy trying to maintain credibility to both teams by disguising himself as a relative. Dude seems as genuinely incompetent as any other Red or Blue simulation soldier out there. Subverted in Revelation with The Reveal that the whole time-travel thing was a training scenario by Freelancer, confirming that Vic was posing as his own descendant, and double-confirmed when it's revealed that he is a computer program.
  • Large Ham: He's so quirky that it's pretty clear Burnie Burns is enjoying himself profusely while recording. Vic's most over the top moments come in Season 15, where he's fed up and prone to yell (" I’d do it myself, but I ain’t got no hands! No hands! NO HANDS!!!").
  • Lemony Narrator: He returns in Season 14 as a narrator, with all of his quirks intact.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Subverted. Although he's presumably a VI designed to oversee the training simulation on Blood Gulch, generate combat scenarios, and selectively give out resources, supplies and intel for the crews, his selective competence and willful demeanor make him seem like he's just another rather ineffective cohort for O'Malley, and that he joined likely because he found it fun to work with a (supposedly) rogue AI.
  • Manipulative Bastard: His apparent job seems solely to drag out the simulation training for as long as possible, hence at least part of the reason why he never helps when needed (the other being his rather willful persona). Being the tech assistant to both teams, Vic attempts to get the protagonists underground so they'll be captured, allowing O'Malley's scheme to succeed. Didn't work out as accurately as they planned.
  • Mission Control: He serves as one for both the Red and Blue teams, which is kept secret from them both.
  • Mission Control Is Off Its Meds: Not all (by which we mean hardly any) of his advice is useful. The instruction that Lopez possesses (but is translated into Spanish) is to "eliminate the enemy." That's it. It's implied in Season 14 that he was not always this way, and was fairly competent until Agent Florida accidentally screwed up his wiring.
  • Motor Mouth: One of the reasons he annoys people so much is because he can keep talking long after he's made his point. His high-pitched voice just adds more fuel to the bonfire of annoyance.
  • Mysterious Backer: Even more so than the Director, since we still don't have solid facts about him - just presumptions based on conjecture. Season 14 finally gives some real information on him. He's a VI that oversees Blood Gulch, but he was screwed up by Agent Florida tripping over some wires, resulting in his unique quirks and him sending Caboose, Donut, and Sister to Blood Gulch.
  • Totally Radical: Says "cool" words like "dude" and "chill" a lot. Heavily implied to be a result of Florida screwing up his wiring.
  • Troll: On reflection upon The Reveal that he's actually an A.I., several actions that were thought to be previously due to him being a human (i.e., putting Church on hold for an automated voicemail box in Season 5) were just him playing pranks on the simulation troopers.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Freelancer Command by proxy, since O'Malley's Evil Plan during The Blood Gulch Chronicles is heavily implied to have been developed by them so as to solve the Great War.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He is not seen after Season 5. While he returns to act as the narrator for Season 14, the Ultimate Fan Guide says that after the Blood Gulch crew were transferred to different posts, his terminal was shut down. Or not, as he's still around in season 15. He's since degraded to the point that he's a Death Seeker, and is being used by Dylan for assistance in exchange for finally being taken offline when she's finished.
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