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  • Actor Allusion:
    • The "Off The Charts" PSA displays pictures and bios of the "manliest" members of the Rooster Teeth community, including actual Rooster Teeth team member Gus Sorola. Sarge questions whether Sorola should even be in the "manly" montage at all, to which Simmons (voiced by Sorola) hurriedly rushes to assert that Sorola is indeed very manly, adding an even greater level of metafiction to the already very meta PSAs.
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    • This is not the only time Elijah Wood has played a Computer Program. This is, however, the first time playing an evil computer program. The colors even fit.
    • In Seasons 1 and 14, Grif bugs Simmons about going to the Vegas Quadrant, which Simmons is inexplicably and unreasonably pissed about. It was eventually revealed in a podcast - which was later adapted into one of the most popular RTAA episodes - that this was based on an incident where Burnie Burns kept bugging a drunken Sorola about taking a side-trip to Vegas while they were visiting California, culminating in Sorola storming out of the car and walking back to the hotel by himself.
      Gus: I'm not going to Vegas, don't talk about Vegas!
      Simmons: I'm not going to the fucking Quadrant, don't talk about the Quadrant!
    • A more subtle one in the Point/Counterpoint PSA on tattoos. Church (Burnie Burns) argues against getting tattoos while Grif (Geoff Ramsey) argues for tattoos. In real life, Burns has no tattoos while Ramseyt is covered with them.
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    • In Season 11, Grif's teleport cubes get compared to Pokeballs from Pokémon. Grif's hostile response mirrors Ramsey's attitude towards the series whenever it's brought up.
    • As Vic reveals in "Red vs. Blue: The Musical", Agent Floridanote  (who downloaded over 5000 songs onto his hard drive) "was really big into Barenaked Ladies".
    • In "The Triplets", Shannon McCormick voices Agent Iowa, with the Freelancer in question being named after his home state (and the other two are states it is often confused for). At on point, Idaho complains about Wash (McCormick's main role in the show), and Iowa replies with "Well, I still think that guy's pretty cool!"
    • In Season 15, Sister/Kaikaina Grif complains that running so many conventions and managing merchandise sales is a lot of hard work. Her voice actress, Rebecca Frasier, is responsible for both managing the RT store and organizing RTX.
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    • Sort-of: During Season 15, it's revealed that the Reds and Blues decided to take some R&R following Chorus. When Season 15 started airing, Geoff Ramsey was on sabbatical. Adding on to that, Grif initially refuses to get involved with the mission of rescuing Church, opting to stay behind on the moon.
    • During their time off on Iris, Tucker decided to form a band. Jason Saldaña is the singer and lead guitarist of his own band.
    • When Jax asks Sarge if he's ever considered show business, Sarge says that he imagines himself playing the thirty-something CEO of a startup internet company, a perfect description of Matt Hullum.
      • The RTX 2018 PSA had Sarge noting the meetings there include "superstar voice actor Matt Hullum".
    • In Singularity, the Labyrinth illusion of Grif has him being forced to run through a Wipeout-style Death Course, which can be seen as an allusion to Geoff Ramsey and Gavin Free having previously constructed their own Wipeout-esque course in the Achievement Hunter Minecraft Series.
  • Approval of God/Parody Assistance: To Rooster Teeth's eternal relief, Bungie loved the early episodes and gave the company permission to use the Halo assets. An early copy of Halo 2 was given for them to work on, and RT continues to get Halo games with everything unlocked from follow-up developer 343 Industries to help with their machinimation.
  • Big Name Fan: Rooster Teeth themselves are this to Halo.
  • Billing Displacement: In a way - the first episode of The Shisno Paradox has an opening sequence, complete with "Starring". The order is alphabetical, but one of the main actors, Becca Frasier (Sister), is not included. Burnie Burns also only gets a producer credit even if he's still voicing Lopez.
  • Blooper:
    • This line in the penultimate episode of Revelation. (It's not clear if either Shannon McCormick flubbed the line or there was a typo in the script.)
    Washington: I'd say that was the calvary...(Sic)
    • Similarly, Donut says "the Reds and Blue" - not "the Reds and Blues" - in "Breaching the Torus" while talking to Wash at one point. Again, it's unknown if Dan Goodwin had flubbed the line or if the episode's script had a typo.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: On a lesser level than RWBY, given half the assets from the show are technically Microsoft's. Still, Rooster Teeth's founders quit their jobs and managed to live with the cash from T-shirts, posters and DVDs (not to mention PayPal and the Sponsor program, now known as RT First), and still bring out merch such as a Caboose Plushie.
  • Casting Gag: In Singularity, we meet the parents of Huggins, and fitting of two Lens Flare characters, they are voiced by Rooster Teeth lighting artists.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: A surprising amount including Ed Robertson from the Barenaked Ladies as Captain Butch Flowers (somewhat fitting given that the Barenaked Ladies' entertainment style is rather similar to Rooster Teeth's), Elijah Wood as Sigma, and Amber Benson as Female!Grif. According to Word of God, apparently it pays to have friends who are friends with celebrities.
  • Children Voicing Children: Theta, while an AI, has the personality of a child. He is voiced by J.D. Burns, the young son of series creator Burnie Burns.
  • Chronically Killed Actor: Following the debut of a Lopez PSA at RTX Sydney, Burnie Burns noted it was "my only character they did not kill yet" (the others are Church, Epsilon, Vic, and possibly Lorenzo; not to mention the Red Zealot and him briefly voicing both Tex and Omega). During RTX 2019, he downright introduced himself in the RvB panel as "My name is Burnie Burns, and my character [Church] is dead."
  • Copiously Credited Creator: Virtually all the showrunners fall into this.
    • Burnie Burns: In the first six seasons, wrote, produced, directed, edited, "animated", did some effects, sound editing, and voiced three main characters (Church, Lopez and Vic). As time went on, Rooster Teeth got bigger and he could share the workload more.
    • Miles Luna: In all of the Chorus Trilogy directed, wrote, edited, and voiced Felix (along with unofficially voicing Donut during his first scene in Season 11). In two of the seasons, he's also credited for machinimating, motion capture, compositing, effects, producing, and casting.
    • Joe Nicolosi: Season 15 had him writing, directing, editing, compositing, writing/performing the song "VelociROCKtor", and voicing Jax. The Shisno Paradox had all but the music part repeating.
    • Averted with Singularity, where the work load is more split as Joe Nicolosi moved onto another project (he only contributed with the story) and Miles Luna was only credited as writing a few episodes, with the rest of the season being written by Jason Weight and both Austin Clark and Joshua Ornelas co-directing.
  • Creator Backlash: invoked Joe Nicolosi has gone on record stating that in retrospect, he hated having Vic's Heroic Sacrifice in Season 15's finale be so similar to Church/Epsilon's in Season 13 (with him agreeing with many fans claiming it was Too Soon), and only kept it in for the sake of continuity in the episode. Nicolosi has also said that while he doesn't hate the character arc he wrote for Sarge in Season 15, he wishes that he could have fine-tuned it more in the script before it was put into the actual season.
    • A more downplayed case is Tucker getting the Designated Marksman Rifle as his Weapon of Choice during Season 11, as Miles Luna originally wanted all of Blue Team to use the DMR during that season. However, he later decided to have Caboose and Wash retain their signature weapons. As this left Tucker having the only DMR on Blue Team, Luna found it to be distracting and regretted the initial choice.
    • One of Miles Luna's greatest regrets when writing Season 12 was the leg injury given to Carolina by Felix in "Cloak and Dagger." He even promised in an interview leading up to Season 13 that he was going to make sure to have the writing for her character be improved for that season.
    • Another downplayed case, but Burnie Burns said at RTX 2019 that he greatly regretted jumping into Halo 2 so quickly during Season 3. Burns also clarified that in the series going forward, RT sees it as important to at least wait until the current season is over before switching over to the next Halo game.
  • Creator's Favorite: Miles Luna's favorite characters to write are Wash and Tucker, Joe Nicolosi's favorite character to write is Grif, and Jason Weight's favorite characters to write are Kaikaina/Sister and Donut.
    • On a meta level, Rooster Teeth has claimed that Halo 3 was their favorite game to work in for machinima.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode:
    • "This One Goes To Eleven" is Miles Luna's favorite episode, though his favorite moment out of the whole show is Chruch's monologue at the end of Season 5.
    • Burnie Burns has said that Chapter 19 of Reconstruction is both his favorite episode and what he feels is the best episode that he's ever written for RvB.
    • Sarge's reaction to the Red vs. Blue war being a lie the whole time in Season 8 is Joe Nicolosi's favorite moment out of the series.
    • As part of a promotion for Singularity, Geoff Ramsey, Gus Sorola, Matt Hullum, and Burnie Burns were all interviewed on what their favorite moments in the series were so far.
      • Sorola's favorite moment in the series is all of the Multiple Endings released for "Why Were We Here?".
      • Ramsey's favorite moment was the "I Spy" game played between Grif and Simmons in Season 1.
      • Hullum's favorite moment was Sheila being moved to the top of Red Base at the end of the Season 2 finale.
      • Burns didn't give a specific answer in the interview, but has previously stated that his favorite moments in the series were both the Director's final speech at the end of Reconstruction and Epsilon's Heroic BSoD in "Dish Best Served".
  • The Danza: Koen Wooten voices Kohan Wooter, which is also a producer.
  • Demand Overload:
  • Defictionalization: In Episode 59 of The Blood Gulch Chronicles, while he, Simmons, and Donut are treating Grif like "one of those ducks at the shooting gallery," Sarge declares that "This is the best game since Grifball!" Then came Halo 3, and the Forge map builder, and the rest is history.
  • Development Gag:
  • Directed by Cast Member: For the main show runners, Burnie Burns has a lot of roles, Miles Luna was Felix, and Joe Nicolosi was Jax. But subverted in some episodes of Season 14 (most are directed by machinimators Kyle Taylor and Josh Ornelas, who usually don't dub) and Singularity, as Ornelas and Austin Clark also aren't in the cast.
  • Fandom Nod:
    • A popular fanon of Wash (especially on Tumblr) is "Cat Lady Wash" with fans giving him a cat (usually named Hartford, but this can vary). In Season 10 Episode 14 when we see inside his locker, inside are some towels, a skateboard featuring the Rooster Teeth emblem, a rubber ducky, and pictures of cats! Shannon McCormick had known about the fanon, having discovered it on Tumblr, and specifically campaigned to get the cats included.
    • On a similar note, the credits for Rooster Teeth Animation productions say "Wash's Cats: Ari and Skyler" under Security.
    • The Shisno Paradox downright has Wash telling the story of a childhood cat. And in another ascended piece of fandom, the Carolina-Washington love scene in Jax's movie is codenamed after how that ship is known, CarWash. Similarly, Jax's movie also has a love scene between Grif and Simmons called the "Grimmons" scene In-Universe (named after what their ship is called in the fanbase).
    • invoked Tucker gets into an argument with Genkins during Singularity, with him directly addressing several accusations given by the fanbase about his character being derailed over the last two seasons. Similarly, the widely criticized Retcon from The Shisno Paradox over the definition of "Shisno" was discussed by Chrovos and Genkins in the season premiere for Singularity.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "The Blood Gulch Crew" for the Reds and Blues that originated from Blood Gulch's teams along with their associated Freelancers and A.I.s (i.e., Tex, Wash, Epsilon, and Carolina).
    • "Agent Cockroach" for Agent Washington, since Wash is both a Cosmic Plaything and Made of Iron to a near-absurd degree (even by the standards of this series).
    • The Mysterious Blue Guy was the most widely accepted nickname for the blue-armoured Freelancer of unknown identity in the prequel sections, who turns out to be Agent Florida, better known as Captain Flowers.
    • All the Insurrectionists/Resistance members have a couple, considering that they have No Name Given status.
      • The Insurrectionist Flame Soldier is often called "Sharkface", due to his helmet. Gained official status in Season 13.
      • "Girlie" has many, including "Heartbreaker" and "Hot Lips", both due to her lipmark insignia.
      • "Pillman" is the most common for the Insurrectionist Leader, due to the insignia on his ODST armor.
    • Felix from Season 11 was named "Sunkist Mcscouty" or "Pumpkin Patrol" due to his Scout helmet and orange striped armour. After his name was revealed, "Felix McScouty" is the generally agreed upon nickname.
    • After her mention in the preview synopsis for Season 15 but before her name was revealed, fans were taken to referring to Dylan Andrews as "Reporter Lady."
    • Spencer Porkensenson is known by some as "Unicorn" or "Rhino" due to his FOTUS helmet. After Episode 3 of Season 15 was released, "Goodbye" also started to pick up steam. More formally, he tended to be called "FOTUS Soldier" on wikis before his real name was revealed.
    • Atlus's trickster son Genkins was first known as "Green Golfer Dude" after his opening scene.
    • After Huggins' darker side was first shown in "It Just Blinked At Me", several fans started to call her "Scary Tinkerbell."
  • Flip-Flop of God:
    • Donut was killed by Washington (the Recreation DVD commentary confirms this), then he's revived in the sponsors-only ending of Chapter 13 of "Revelation". With some Retcon thrown in as well, since Donut was not really dead but in Recovery Mode all along. It's possible Rooster Teeth planned this, and were intentionally misleading in that commentary so as to preserve the secret.
    • Both the show and Rooster Teeth themselves can't seem to decide whether or not Alpha-Church and Epsilon-Church are the same character due to Epsilon being created from the Alpha's memories and essentially being a back up in some respects. One example is in the second episode of Season 13, where Epsilon asks "In all the years we spent in the canyon, when the hell did [Tucker] learn to dance?" ...Even though by the time Epsilon met Tucker, The Blood Gulch Chronicles were long over. The current stance is that Epsilon is not Church, who died in Reconstruction, but whether or not it sticks has yet to be seen. Amusingly, this is even lampshaded by the Narrator in "The Complete Unabridged Story of Red vs Blue Abridged".
  • Hilarious Outtakes:
    • There's an audio clip of "Gavino" reading The Director's letter from the Reconstruction Trailer, before Burnie interrupts, clarifying that he didn't want him to be "The Director for the season" he wanted him to "direct the season".
      Gavin: "Oh... Oh. I get it. My- So I should just-"
      Burnie: "Get the fuck out of the booth, okay?"
    • In another direction, the RvB franchise getting nods in the various Halo titles, the biggest being the 'Password Forgetting Marine' Easter Egg in Halo 3 which features RvB voice actors, though they are not officially their characters, but are pretty clear who they are. The voices and dialog depend on the difficulty level:
      • Normal: Tucker and Doc.
      • Heroic: Simmons and Grif.
      • Legendary: Church and Caboose.
    • Here's a list of different season's Outtakes. Remember to breathe!
  • I Knew It!:
    • People were so sure that C.T's initials stood for Connecticut, that it's been treated as practically canon as far back as season seven. However it is only in Season 9 that Connecticut's full name is first used on screen.
    • The idea that the C.T. first met in Recreation wasn't actually Agent Connecticut has been tossed around ever since Washington revealed that C.T. was a woman.
    • Fans also successfully called an Engineer being the contents of the Sarcophagus.
    • With all the theories floating around about the Mysterious Blue Guy, someone was going to get his identity right; the crowd of fans that guessed he was Flowers were correct, though fewer also guessed he was also Agent Florida.
    • Early in Season 15, a vast majority of people were assuming that the Reds and Blues we initially saw were fakes. They were correct. Dylan Andrews even deduced this through the same reasoning as the viewers did (Sarge doesn't have his shotgun, Tucker has a sniper rifle, etc).
      • Speaking of Season 15, both The Ultimate Fan Guide and the same season confirm that Sarge was a former member of the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers before he eventually became a Simulation Trooper. While Relocation had Simmons noting Sarge used to "jump out of ships during the Great War," Season 15 and The Ultimate Fan Guide explicitly state that Sarge used to be an ODST.
    • Many fans also predicted The Reveal in The Shisno Paradox that the Cosmic Powers were really hyper-advanced A.I.s utilizing a God Guise.
    • Singularity confirms that 479er was the voice of "Recovery/Freelancer Command" heard during Recovery One and Reconstruction. While many had already assumed this was true, it wasn't until Singularity that the two were confirmed to be the same character and not just a case of two similar-sounding voices.
  • In Memoriam:
    • Season 11, Episode 2 was dedicated to David Dreger, a former contributor to Achievement Hunter who was found dead after an extended disappearance.
    • Season 13 as a whole was dedicated to Monty Oum after his untimely passing.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Carolina is established as being Hollywood Tone-Deaf in Season 15. Her voice actor, Jen Brown, is an accomplished singer in real life (and added that singing badly for the show was really fun).
  • Jossed:
    • For a while, fans had speculated that Sarge and (after Recreation) Tucker might be able to match Tex in terms of combat skill. Then she returns in Episode 10 of Revelation and utterly curbstomps the both of them without taking a hit or breaking a sweat. Episode 19 of Revelation further implies that Sarge's early takedown of Tex and Donut "killing" her with a grenade back in Season 1 were both the result of Worf Had the Flu.
    • When Felix gained his own Laser Blade late into Season 13, many fans were hoping for an epic duel between him and Tucker. In "The End is Near," Felix easily kicks Tucker aside when the latter tries to fight him one-on-one, and is defeated by the Reds and Blues all acting as a team.
    • After The Reveal that the Cosmic Powers are actually hyper-advanced Monitors perpetuating a God Guise, many fans theorized that their imprisoned creator - Chrovos - was actually a Forerunner or even Precursor. The first episode of Singularity would show that Chrovos is actually another ancient A.I. like the Cosmic Powers are.
  • Name's the Same: Try not to confuse Sigma with another Bald of Evil character of the same name. Though it does make a decent comparison, since both are major antagonists and have a very close connection to corruption.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • In their first appearance in Season 1, Vic and Private Jimmy have different voice actors (and in the former's case, a whole different personality).
    • One episode of Season 1 had Tucker's lines mostly recorded by Jason Saldaña's brother Nick, given a power outage prevented him from doing so.
    • Miles Luna has filled in for both Tucker and Donut in PSAs. Luna would also voice the latter for character's debut in Season 11 (although the DVD version has Dan Godwin back), and voiced the former in the Season 12 Teaser Trailer.
    • Charlie Campbell voices the Director in Season 15 instead of John Reed. Rooster Teeth tried to get in touch with Reed, but he was completely incommunicado.
    • As Shane Newville was fired from Rooster Teeth in early 2016, Freckles is voiced by Miles Luna in Season 15. However, since Freckles now has a puppy-sized MANTIS for a body resulting in a chipmunk-esque voice, it's practically impossible to tell the difference.
  • Permanent Placeholder: As told by composer Jeff Williams in the comments here, he thought about "hiring some badass soprano opera singer" to do the Ominous Latin Chanting in the Season 9 score. He decided to test it by asking his 12-year-old daughter Casey to record the lyrics... "then, she just nailed it". Casey wound up doing the chorus of another track in that season, a third the following one, and is now the primary singer in Williams' score for RWBY.
  • Playing Against Type
    • Elijah Wood as the evil, creepy Sigma. Mind you, this isn't the first time he's taken up the role of a villain.
    • North Dakota is a fairly serious guy. His voice actor (John Erier) is a professional comedian.
    • Miles Luna, who played Jaune Arc in RWBY, plays the very much badass Felix. Moreso in Season 12, when he turns out to be one of the bad guys, and a rather Axe-Crazy and Faux Affably Evil one at that who puts on the adorkable routine to manipulate.
    • Also from RWBY, Lindsay Jones who played Ruby Rose, plays the very serious Vanessa Kimball.
    • Yet again with RWBY, Arryn Zech is known for playing the stoic and reserved Blake. Here she voices Doctor Emily Grey, who's a bit... crazier with a double dose of psychotic.
  • Production Nickname: Monty Oum, one of the Freelancer animators, simply referred to the "Mysterious Blue Guy" AKA Captain Butch Flowers/Agent Florida as "Blue". Likewise, the only known woman in the Insurrection is called "Girlie" by the cast and crew.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Many of the people who've worked on the show in more recent years started out as fans, including but not limited to:
    • Ed Robertson, who voiced Captain Butch Flowers/Freelancer Agent Florida.
    • Gavin Free, who directed both the Relocated miniseries and Recreation.
    • Monty Oum, who would help add in CGI animation to the series starting with the season finale of Recreation and would be brought on as a guest writer & additional voice actor in later seasons.
    • Elijah Wood, who would voice the A.I. fragment Sigma during Season 10.
    • Arryn Zech, who would voice Dr. Emily Grey in Seasons 12, 13, and 15-17.
    • Eddy Rivas, who co-wrote both Season 10 and The Ultimate Fan Guide.
    • Miles Luna, who also co-wrote Season 10, wrote and directed The Chorus Trilogy, and contributed to several episodes of Season 14. Luna would also later both write an episode of Singularity and co-write another with Jason Weight for that same season.
    • Jordan Cwierz, who wrote the Season 14 prequel episodes for The Blood Gulch Chronicles.
    • Barbara Dunkelman, who wrote the Season 14 episode "Head Cannon."
    • Joe Nicolosi, who wrote, directed, and animated the Season 14 episode "The Brick Gulch Chronicles," and wrote and directed the show itself for Seasons 15 and 16.
    • Jason Weight, who co-wrote Season 16 and then wrote virtually all of Season 17.
    • Some later voice actors too, such as Jason Marnocha (Spencer Porkinsenson), Dallas Reid (Buckey), and Sung-Won Cho (King Atlus Arcadium Rex).
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Burnie Burns has stated that after so many years of shouting his lungs off as Church, he can't do that voice for too long without hurting his throat. Therefore, Genkins (voiced by Ricco Fajardo) spent virtually all of their time in the Blood Gulch portions of Singularity possessing Church.
  • Reality Subtext:
    • According to Miles Luna, Wash opening up to Tucker about his self-doubt and struggles as the leader of Blue Team in the second half of Season 11 was heavily inspired by Luna's own insecurities after becoming the new showrunner for the series after The Project Freelancer Saga.
    • Dylan Andrews from Season 15 is often written as if she were a fan of the show. She thinks there's still an interesting story to be found in the Reds and Blues, and she wants to see how it ends. She also expresses great interest in finding out what happened aboard the Staff of Charon towards the end of the Chorus war.
    • Conversely, Carlos Trabka from the same aforementioned season is written like someone who dislikes the show. He thinks the Reds and Blues are boring and lack depth. He would prefer it if Dylan reported on a group of "monster-fighting sexy teenagers".note  He also finds the events that happened in Blood Gulch too crazy to take seriously.
  • Referenced by...:
    • Event Horizon: Storm of Magic (a Massive Multiplayer Crossover of The Lord of the Rings, James Cameron's Avatar, Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Warhammer Fantasy Battles):
      • The Wildcat armored car is illustrated by a picture of a Warthog from Halo. Grif complains that the vehicle looks more like a puma - a kind of wildcat.
      • One of the Orcs guarding the Towers of the Teeth muses "You ever wonder why we're here?" His buddy then contemplates aloud how it's "one of life's great mysteries."
    • The Last Spartan (an Alternate Universe Halo/Mass Effect crossover Fusion Fic):
      • Miranda tries to use some Gallows Humor to cheer up Liara (who has just been declared The Medic of the crew of the Normandy) by saying that medics only have the job of "making people feel more comfortable...while they die."
      • Cortana attempts to alter her holographic avatar at one point to help disguise her appearance. One of the changes has her changing her avatar's color to pink. When the Master Chief points this out to her, Cortana responds by musing that she thought it was actually "lightish red."
      • At one point, Wrex calls Shotgun on the Warthog, and N'tho says "Shotgun! Wort!"
    • A Spartan in Westeros (a Halo/Game of Thrones crossover fanfic):
      • At one point, the Starks muse over the animal Theme Naming of UNSC vehicles and comment on the Warthog's lack the tusks of the creatures they are familiar with. They then state that the Warthogs actually share more similarities with the mountain lions (or pumas) native to the North.
      • One chapter begins with two members of the Night's Watch and two Wildlings basically re-enacting the "You ever wonder why we're here?" scene from the first episode of the series.
    • There's even some delightfully recursive examples going back into Halo:
      • There is a rare line on the level "Outskirts", in Halo 2, where when under attack, a UNSC Marine will yell "I'll pull your skull right out of your head and beat you to death with it!" This is a reference to the Cruel and Unusual Death of Private Jimmy at the hands of Tex.
      • One of the notes on the flags used in the later games' "Capture the Flag" multiplayer sessions mentions that it's "right next to the headlight fluid."
      • In Halo: Glasslands, a Marine mentions that Sangheili just sounds like "Blarg! Honk!" to him. Additionally, the AI Black Box calls Evan Phillips "Phyllis", which was (supposedly) the original name of Sheila.
      • In Halo: Reach, Elites will sometimes clearly yell "Blargh!" or "HONK!" when fatally wounded. Additionally, Emile (a member of Noble Team) seems to have been heavily inspired by the Meta in both their character design and personality.
      • In Halo 5: Guardians, the description for the HCS Contender Red weapon skins reads "Let's all take dying as an open action item", referencing a quote from Simmons in the Season 2 finale "K.I.T. B.F.F.".
    • In Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, the achievement for killing a Chupacabra is called "Chupathingy."
    • In Gears of War, there is an achievement entitled "Is it a Spider?", which is awarded for sticking 100 enemies with grenades in multiplayer (referencing the Season 1 episode "Knock, Knock. Who's There? Pain").
  • Refitted for Sequel:
    • Downplayed, but Miles Luna originally wanted Episode 8 of Season 13 to be titled "You Better Watch Out" as an allusion to it being the first appearance of the Santa A.I.. Instead, they decided to name it "Test Your Might" as a Shout-Out to Mortal Kombat, and Episode 9 of the same season was entitled "You Better Watch Out."
    • The idea of a journalist character interviewing the Blood Gulch Crew (the character that became Doc - see What Could Have Been) was recycled for Season 15's protagonist.
    • Season 15 Episode 6 was originally going to be shot in a Mockumentary style, with Dylan and Jax interviewing the Reds and Blues individually. This idea was reworked into The Shisno Paradox as a documentary Jax was making as part of his film production.
  • Relationship Voice Actor
    • In Season 10, Michael Jones and Lindsay Jones (nee Tuggey) are an Official Couple in reality, and were paired as the Chain Guy and Chain Girl.
    • In Season 12, Burns' son was brought in to voice Theta.
    • Doubled with Casting Gag, in "Get Bent" (the episode of Season 14 where Church and the Red Team members of the Blood Gulch Crew all receive a Gender Flip), the female Sarge is Anna Hullum (Matt Hullum's wife) and Lopez and Church get the voice of Ashley Jenkins (Burnie Burns' fiancee).
    • Burnie Burns' ex-wife Jordan Burns originally voiced the female Donut that appears in Caboose's mind (when the setting returns in "Head Cannon", she's replaced by Barbara Dunkelman).
    • Agent Idaho is Carolina's husband (though took two years of dating after the episode for Barret Tribe and Jen Brown to marry).
  • Running the Asylum: Miles Luna was given control of the series for Seasons 11 to 14, though the original creators did help him get his bearings at first. When Joe Nicolosi ran the show and Luna helped him, however, this was in full effect. Nicolosi has even said he felt like he was writing fan fiction in an interview.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: Due to the fact that (technically) most of the show's assets are owned by Microsoft, Miles Luna has said that any potential crossover between Red vs. Blue and Rooster Teeth's other works (i.e., RWBY, Camp Camp, Nomad of Nowhere, and Day 5) is currently impossible.
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot:
    • The availability of armor, multiplayer maps, and weapons between Halo games frequently causes this. The Meta's Brute Shot was supposed to become Grif's Weapon of Choice, but given it doesn't appear in Halo 4, he only wields it again once he's fully animated in Season 13's finale. The lack of playable Sangheili/Elites in the fourth and fifth main Halo titles has also prevented aliens from having major roles in the narrative without certain workarounds as seen in Season 13. Two characters had to change their helmets - Carolina (Halo 4 changed the Rogue so much RT has since used the Recon) and Dr. Grey (the Prefect doesn't exist in Halo 5, forcing a change to the Cypher). And the redesign of the locus helmet in Halo 5 means that Locus no longer sports the iconic "X"-mark on his helmet. Both the lack of the "X" and the use of lighter colors on the helmet help show Locus's Heel–Face Turn and Character Development. Additionally, aliens had to be written into the plot of Season 13 since most of the remaining multiplayer maps in Halo 4 that Rooster Teeth hadn't used yet for Chorus all involved Forerunners and the Covenant in some fashion already.
    • According to Shannon McCormick concerning his two Freelancer episodes in Season 14, the Triplets were originally going to be abandoned on a planet made up of tropical islands. However, the multiplayer map needed for it wasn't able to be found in time for the episode's production, and so the script was rewritten to account for the Triplets being abandoned on an ice world (which was easier to machinimate anyway).
    • During Tex's flashback cameo in Season 15, she is using the voice filter (and thus is once again voiced by Burnie Burns), owing to Kathleen Zuelch's break with Rooster Teeth.
  • Shrug of God:
    • The Ultimate Fan Guide answers a lot of long-standing fan questions, but it says that Church's time travel shenanigans in Season 3 are subject to "conflicting reports", which seems to be the writers' way of saying that they don't know if it really happened either.
    • When asked if the Forerunners, Precursors and Flood all exist in Red vs. Blue in an interview with AfterBuzz TV or only Broad Strokes versions of them exist (if at all), Miles Luna literally gave an ambivalent shrug in response.
    • Similarly, Jason Weight, Burnie Burns, and Luna all haven't said anything definite one way or the other regarding if Singularity retroactively erased the events of Season 15 and The Shisno Paradox.
  • Talking to Himself: Several times, given that people play multiple parts.
    • Burnie Burns plays Church, Lopez, Vic, and other voices when needed; he also does sound effects with his own voice, such as grenades hissing and ominous wind.
    • Matt Hullum plays Doc, Sarge, O'Malley, and Wyoming.
    • Nathan Zellner plays The Alien/Crunchbite and Andy.
    • Jason Saldaña plays Tucker and Junior.
    • Combined to a degree with Talking To Them Self when O'Malley possesses a character; whether O'Malley has what could be considered a separate voice from the possessed regular character varies by character/actor.
    • The first half of episode 43 is a climactic confrontation that gathers most characters from the series thus far. Of the ten characters who speak in this scene (including O'Malley), Burns (Lopez, Church, Red Zealot) and Hullum (O'Malley, Doc, Sarge, Wyoming) play all but three (those being Simmons, Grif, and Tucker).
    • Gray Haddock plays both the cowardly British General Doyle and the menacing, deep-voiced mercenary Locus, who do talk to each other in Episode 16 of Season 12. However, it's confirmed that Gray does their voices separately.
    • Shannon McCormick, the voice of Washington, has also voiced Lopez Dos.0 and Agent Iowa, who both have had brief interactions with Wash.
    • In Season 15, Gus Sorola voices both Simmons and Gene, his counterpart from the Blues and Reds.
  • Teasing Creator:
  • Throw It In!:
    • Many lines and shots, including one notable case in Season 3 where Donut in the script was supposed to just scream once, but the actor decided that instead he'd run around babbling incoherently while the other characters delivered their lines. Most of the time the cast agrees that what was improvised was better than the actual script.
    • While relatively common after over 16 years of the voice actors knowing their characters (one running joke is "You think we actually write for Caboose?"), the reigning champion is reportedly Matt Hullum's work as Sarge. By all reports, sessions with him last far longer than anything scripted as he rambles on in every different direction, which is fully in Sarge's character.
    • According to Miles Luna, the fact that the scene in "The End Is Near" where Felix is surrounded by both Locus and the Reds and Blues in the Communications Temple looks so close to the shot of Locus' "trial" in the Jungle Temple during "Locus Of Control" is "a happy accident," and they decided to keep it in after Luna realized what a nice parallel the two scenes made.
    • When Meredith Hagan was recording "Contact Redux" (a Dark Reprise she created based on "Contact" from Season 11) as the credits song for Season 13, she accidentally misplaced a lyric - Namely, "Contact" has the line "One of us won't be forgotten", while "Contact Redux" has the corresponding line of "One of us will be forgotten". After both her and Miles Luna realized how unintentionally powerful that lyrical change was (namely, the assertion of someone being forgotten can be seen as referencing Epsilon's Heroic Sacrifice by erasing his own memories to help power the Meta suit in the Season 13 finale), though, they decided to keep it.
    • Overlapping with What Could Have Been; Joe Nicolosi was originally going to voice Lorenzo, and Burnie Burns provided him with reference audio to help him with the role. However, Nicolosi thought Burns' Italian was so hilariously awful that he decided to just use the temp audio instead.
  • Troubled Production:
    • Season 3, where the guys were incredibly overworked trying to get the first episode filmed in Halo 2 the same day said game hit stores.
    • Season 14, where after realizing they couldn't think of a proper follow-up to the cliffhanger the previous season left, the producers just decided to change it into an anthology that informally served as a showrunner audition.
    • According to Joe Nicolosi, Season 15 was incredibly difficult to produce due to a combination of both the natural stresses of switching to a new showrunner and getting used to working with Halo 5 in Machinima. As an example, "Nightmare on Planet Evil" had to be re-filmed three different times due to so many scenes having the Reds and Blues' colors being completely off since the game's way of handling lighting was so radically different to what the machinimators were previously used to dealing with in Halo 4.
    • Austin Clark had never made any machinima with Halo 4 prior to working on Singularity, and so was incredibly stressed when re-choreographing the fight scene at Crash Site Bravo in "Succession". Apparently, it had gotten to where Clark claimed it took eight hours to just get three different shots at one point.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • According to Word of God, there was originally a concept in which the characters, in preparation for battle, would call out "Go Red/Blue for battle!" This would trigger a Transformation Sequence in which the character's armour would change to the standard red or blue, making the battles appear more like actual multiplayer games.
    • The story was originally going to be about the Reds, with Church and Tucker always observing from the cliff and making comments, a la Statler and Waldorf.
    • Most famously, Red vs. Blue was only supposed to last six episodes. However, Burns and Hullum kept getting so many new ideas that they wanted to try out that they kept pushing back the planned end-date before they decided to actually make RvB into a proper web series.
    • According to the Season 2 commentary, Doc was going to be a reporter/journalist when he was first conceived but because of where his character was going (eg. Kidnappings) it was seen as hitting too close to home considering the real wars happening at the time.
    • The now-iconic helmet filters were originally never going to be used for the characters. However, when the series had just started production, Gus Sorola (the voice actor for Simmons) had moved to Puerto Rico and had to record his dialogue over the phone. Thusly, Burnie Burns added voice filters for everyone so as to keep the audio consistent.
    • There were plans to give the Reds' Warthog be a character in the same vein of the Blues' with Sheila in the Scorpion Tank. The idea was to have the Warthog have a similar personality to Speed Buggy.
    • Originally, Sarge's animosity towards Grif would have ended after Sarge was revived by Grif's CPR for a headwound. The talk Church would have had with Sarge would have convinced him to lay off and the two would have treated each other better. They decided it wouldn't work and, instead, Sarge chews Grif out for how he was saved.
    • Commentary reveals that Sister was originally not meant to be portrayed as the... ah, "girl of questionable morals, standards, and intelligence" that she is. The writers had originally intended to depict her as a sweet but naive girl-next-door type, but that was before they interviewed Rebecca Frasier. The writers then played a joke on Frasier during auditions—they kept adding more and more vulgar jokes into the scripts to see when she'd ask to stop reading. She didn't, and that's how they discovered she was willing to say pretty much anything in her lines, whereupon they picked her for the role and Sister was rewritten to be a "loud slut" instead.
    • Doing the Animated Adaptation was an ambitious idea, but the crew just didn't have the money and time for it. They also didn't like the fact that someone else had to do the animation, so they couldn't do it in-house.
    • The commentary track on the Revelation DVD suggests that Grif was originally going to take up the Meta's Brute Shot as his Weapon of Choice (as he's noticeably the only member of the main cast not to have one). Ultimately they decided not to go with this idea, however. Well, at least until he decides to help save Carolina and Epsilon in Episodes 20 and 21 of Season 10. As it is, the weapon unfortunately became unavailable in the Halo 4 engine, meaning it could not be used for Seasons 11 & 12, and was explained that it was confiscated by the UNSC between 10 & 11.
    • There exists a deleted scene, fully animated but unused, of the Meta killing Agent Washington with the Warthog by splitting him in half. This scene would have been used in the finale of Season 8.
    • Revelation was originally going to be titled Resolution - Burns refers to it as that on the Recreation DVD commentary (even joking that the DVD would become a collector's item if the name changed).
    • An unused fight scene for Season 9, but that was later updated for use in Season 10, would've had Carolina's armor completely break off after chasing the Sleeveless Insurrectionist, having a fight in a subway that would've ended with Carolina using her Grappling-Hook Gun to decapitate the guy.
    • An early idea for the "Mysterious Blue Freelancer" was that it was Sarge, he was silent all that time because his helmet mike was broke, and at the end of the season, they would give him a red helmet, allowing them to reveal his voice. They then decided that making it Flowers would be better.note 
    • Early in the development of Season 11, Locus and Felix, both in green and grey armor, were going to be introduced as villains, which changed when Miles decided to have them be Playing Both Sides. Additionally, both Locus and Felix were going to be introduced later into the season, but Luna decided to speed up their introductions so as to get the plot moving forward at an increased pace.
    • Felix was originally going to be called "Leon," but both Hullum and Burns thought it sounded too much like "Leonard" (as in, "Leonard Church") and so asked Luna to give him a different name.
    • In an interview on AfterBuzz TV, Miles Luna revealed that an early plan was for Kimball to lose it when Felix's betrayal is revealed and shoot Doyle, then be shot down herself.
    • Early plans for Episode 8 of Season 13 were to actually show Tucker's test in the alien gateway, and to have Dr Grey go in too, but time constraints forced them to cut both sequences.
    • Season 14 had quite a few episodes and arcs that had to be scrapped, though it's possible they'll be able to make these happen eventually.
      • One episode gathered the main cast together to do a live reading of Season 1 Episode 2 while drunk. First, they would would read a new script with the Reds getting a supply of alcohol instead of the Warthog. Then, they'd have to recite the original dialogue from memory. Predictably, it went off the rails, and the episode wasn't aired. It wasn't until a year later that they released a version of it for FIRST members as a reward for FIRST Week.
      • Burnie Burns planned to write an episode, but according to him, it just didn't pan out. An interview with AfterBuzz TV implied that he wanted to write an episode focused on Agent Maine during the years of Project Freelancer, and have it depict Sigma manipulating him into becoming the Meta - but from his perspective.
      • There was originally going to be a multi-part story about 479er written by Kerry Shawcross. It didn't make the cut due to time constraints.
      • Relatedly, Shannon McCormick apparently told Miles Luna about the idea of a "Freelancer Ladies' Night Out"-style episode that would've focused on 479er and Carolina hanging out at Errera. Unfortunately, the animation department was too busy with the Merc Trilogy at the time to work on it. However, it did help inspire the idea for Shannon's two Freelancer episodes - "The Triplets" and "'The 'Mission'."
      • Gray Haddock had an idea for a genuinely scary horror story centered around Charon Industries. As Haddock ran Rooster Teeth's entire animation department at the time, he was too busy to be able to work on it.
      • Kyle Taylor wanted to make a story focused on York, taking place between him leaving Project Freelancer and meeting up with Tex in Out of Mind.
    • Season 14 was "a sort of audition process" for who would be the showrunner next season. It could've been any of the writers and directors who contributed, or maybe some of the aforementioned people who didn't get to, but they ultimately chose Joe Nicolosi.
    • Season 15 Episode 5 had some cut jokes:
      • To explain why everyone is still wearing their armor, Caboose would've found a nail gun while their bases were being built, and everyone would've had a bunch of nails on them. Having so many tiny nails on every character was too difficult to animate, though.
      • The original idea for the episode was that none of them could get along, so they would each live on a different part of the moon and essentially have their own countries. Once a month, they would all come together for a UN-style meeting. The whole concept ended up being too convoluted, so it had to be scrapped.
      • The first draft of the script (which was written around the time of the 2016 US election) had everyone accidentally voting for an orange pile of vomit to be their president. The punchline would've been "At least you didn't win the popular vote!" This was replaced by the Malarkey joke, because it was both funnier and less political.
    • According to a post-Season 15 Reddit AMA with Joe Nicolosi, the Blues and Reds' original Evil Plan was to cause a massive explosion on the far side of Earth's Moon and force it to crash into the planet below, with Jax's "Moon Doom" script meant to serve as Foreshadowing.
    • Season 16 Episode 10 had two jokes cut when there was a decision to make a slideshow instead of video: Caboose would have been the echo that responds to his past self in the cave scene in Season 11, and when Caboose was time-skipping while on fire, he would've inspired Moses by igniting a bush. Word of God is that the former is still canon, just because it's funny.
    • According to Jason Weight, Singularity initially had two other possible titles: Everwhen and The Firewall Paradox. The former eventually became the title of the season's second episode.
      • Speaking of Singularity, Lee Eddy was originally not going to be cast as Chrovos for the season. However, Jason Weight was so impressed by Eddy's voice acting when he was visiting the Camp Camp panel at RTX 2018 that he decided to rewrite Chrovos as a woman for Singularity and have Eddy voice her.
      • While filming Singularity and having several events taking place during the earliest seasons, Burnie Burns, Jason Weight, and Miles Luna discussed if they should have Past!Caboose sound more like he did during the first season or just stick with the current voice. They eventually kept it the same since Sarge had a similar case where the voice sounded nothing like he does in the present, but they hadn't already changed it for the Blood Gulch Prequel Trilogy episodes in Season 14 and so they decided to keep it the same for Caboose so it wouldn't be distracting.
      • Since there's countless scenes in Singularity taking place during the events of previous seasons, there was a point where Rooster Teeth considered re-using old footage from previous seasons to make the workload easier. However, aside from a few shots in montages, that didn’t work, and everything had to be re-shot, re-recorded, and RT even had to get back all of the voice actors that weren’t still on the show. According to RTX 2019, the primary reason why is because of how much graphics quality has evolved over time, so putting together the old Halo footage with the new would've been very noticeable.
      • invoked In an interview after the season, Jason Weight claimed that Simmons' Labyrinth illusion was more or less the same as what was seen in "Theogeny"... except for that Simmons' father was inside of the UFO attacking Simmons, and it was meant to serve as a Freudian reference to Simmons still feeling like he's in his father's shadow. The higher-ups at RT vetoed the idea since it could come off as unintentionally incestuous/pedophilic.
      • Weight also stated that the season's final script was the third delivered. The second had a different concept, where Blood Gulch was sort of a containment unit stationed at the beginning of time while Chrovos worked his way into eroding time from the present backwards.
      • The aforementioned interview also notes that Miles Luna had toyed with having a scene set directly after Season 13, but Weight felt that it was best to leave that area alone since it had ended on such a perfect note already and so convinced him to let the moment be left alone. Weight also toyed with having the Blood Gulch Crew actually see Epsilon’s final message and Tucker picking them up/explaining Epsilon's nature, but the scene was both too talky and not directly involved with the rest of the season's storyline, so Miles Luna instead went with having Tucker re-live the Battle of Crash Site Bravo.
  • The Wiki Rule: Red vs. Blue Wiki.
  • Word of Gay: While "The 'Mission'" explicitly reveals Ohio to be a lesbian, it's more ambiguous about Sherry. Shannon McCormick, the episode's writer, later confirmed it in an AfterBuzz TV interview.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: Season 1 was like this, with Burnie Burns writing the episodes the same week they would be released, and creating on the fly things such as Church's death and Tex being a woman. Season 2 started to change it, as Matt Hullum was added as a main writer, and he and Burns started to plan much more in advance.
  • Written by Cast Member: Of the main writers, everyone but Eddy Rivas and Monty Oum: Burnie Burns and Matt Hullum have a lot of roles, Miles Luna started with no role in Season 10 but became Felix afterwards, and Joe Nicolosi was Jax Jonez. Season 14 has promoted examples with Shannon McCormick (Washington, wrote two episodes where he appears as both him and Iowa) and Barbara Dunkelman (Katie Jensen, also voices female Donut in "Head Cannon"), plus several guests - James Willems as Drag in the two episodes written and voiced by members of Funhaus, the Game Grumps in Gray vs. Grey (where Miles also co-wrote and appeared), and the creators of Death Battle in the Meta vs. Carolina episode. Season 16's co-writer Jason Weight plays the Orange Knight (who is later revealed to be Lancelot). In Season 17, where Weight was the lead writer, he voices the sadistic P.E. instructor Coach Prestwood.
  • You Sound Familiar: In Singularity, Chrovos takes a female form. Their voice comes from 479er herself, Lee Eddy. And to make matters worse, the Mental Time Travel of the season brings back 479er from when she was the Recovery Command.
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