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From left to right: Engineer, Medic, the Noob, and Recon.
Battlefield Friends is an animated series by Hank And Jed chronicling the adventures of a group of four players and their misadventures in the video game series, Battlefield. The humor of the series primarily revolves around In Jokes related to Battlefield's multiplayer, from the difficulty of accurately controlling helicopters to Game-Breaker weapons such as the USAS 12 with frag rounds.

While Seasons 1 - 3 takes place in Battlefield 3, they eventually they move onto Battlefield 4 in Season 4, where the group tackles the game's notoriously buggy beginnings, to other common gameplay related issues like frequently stuck vehicles, more overpowered weapons and even try out some Easter Eggs. Currently as of September 2015, Season 5 of Battlefield Friends is ongoing, the crew having entered the 'cops-n-robbers' world of Battlefield Hardline, the episodes switching back and forth between BF4 and Hardline fortnightly.

It was found here, with new episodes weekly, but the videos have since been privated.


Battlefield Friends contains the following tropes:

  • Angrish: From most of the characters at times (generally a result of the Noob's actions), but especially the Engineer.
  • Angry Black Man: During "BF1 Hype Train", Medic is, rather justifiably, extremely cross with Simon's roleplay of a Confederate soldier when the latter confuses World War I with the American Civil War.
    Medic: *quietly, but full of anger* "I'm 'bout to kill a motherfucker."
  • Ascended Fanboy: The entire crew of BFFs actually get lines and background speaking roles in Battlefield 4's promotional material as well as a campaign Easter Egg. As seen here: [1]
    • In ''Battlefield Hardline:
      • In the DLC map Museum, triggering a random bust's secret button changes the exhibit's audio voiceovers to that of Noob and Engineer's, usually flubbing lines or commenting on the script itself.
      • The song "Jeep Stuff", written and sung by the noob, is one of the vehicle radio tracks in multiplayer mode
      • In the DLC map Break Pointe, hitting or shooting at a closed toilet door triggers a series of lines yelled by the Noob. This easter egg is itself referenced in a later episode of BFFs
      • In the map Night Job, triggering the interact button on a mobile phone results in the usual lines being yelled from the PA system of a circling police helicopter ("come out with your hands up" etc) being replaced with an argument between the mechanic and the noob as to who gets to fly the chopper
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    • DICE also included a couple of references in the Christmas Special for 2014 including renaming C4 to "Jeep Stuff" and putting it in a gift wrap with the label "J. Stuff: To: Neebs".
  • Audible Sharpness: Knives always make the traditional "metal on metal" sound when drawn.
  • A-Team Firing: Any time the Noob tries to shoot anything. Comes to a head in the episode "Noob Fight".
  • Badass Bandolier: Anyone using the Support class (on the US team) wears huge belts of ammo around their neck like a scarf, as the class does in Battlefield 3. The Badass part, however, only really applies to Colonel, since the other two who consistently use the class are Noob and Simon.
    • Sadly gone as of "Brokenfield" and the switch to Battlefield 4's new character models.
  • Badass Boast: Colonel gets a few.
    • From "Little Bird Battle":
    • From Stingers
    Colonel: Ammo's for nancies. *pulls out knife*
  • Basement-Dweller: The Colonel insists that being one of these is the only way to be as good as he is at Battlefield.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Amongst absolutely everything else he can do, the Colonel is also, somehow, able to play games of Hardline and BF4 simultaneously.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Serious gore is normally avoided for most of the series, but a Running Gag in SUAV involves Recon getting doused in ever increasing quantities of Noob's blood, to Medic and Engineer's endless amusement.
  • Breather Episode: "Close Quarters" for the Noob, as he skimps out on the battle to admire the beauty and scenery of the map, especially all the artistic details, while the rest of the team engages in a tense firefight.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Noob seems to be under the impression that it's a good idea to make fun of a guy in an attack chopper because he isn't laying down enough "impressive fire".
  • Calling Your Attacks: Admin, who calls out whatever power he's decided to abuse today.
  • Car Fu: Happens to, and because of, the Noob, quite a bit.
    • In "Vehicle Spawn", he employs the infamous "Jihad Jeep" (a Jeep covered in C4 charges), to take out a tank.
    • In "They Ruined Battlefield", he gets hit by a jet after an ill-fated recreation of the Rendezook video.
    • In "Levelcap", he accidentally runs over Levelcap with an Growler ITV.
    • In "Air Superiority", he Jet Rams, which is exactly what it sounds like.
    • In "Teamspeak", he, along with Engineer and Recon, gets a helicopter dropped on him after he taunts the pilot.
    • In "Blood Money", the crew accidentally runs down a nearby enemy criminal with their squad car while distracted (in an argument with the Noob).
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Arguments may end up being this, but most notably in "Hardline RPG's", the enemy team is seen using the word 'motherfucker' in every sentence.
  • Colonel Badass
  • The Ditz: The Noob, unsurprisingly.
  • The Dreaded: Colonel, whose mere presence causes enemies who outnumber him eight to one to flee for their lives.
  • Dynamic Entry: The Colonel has a habit of appearing either by parachute (usually after knifing an aerial vehicle), or just landing onto things out of the blue.
  • Even the Noob Has Standards: Not even the Noob likes Call of Duty.
    • Simon is deeply uncomfortable having to roleplay a racist Confederate soldier.
  • Flanderization: The Noob has rapidly gone from being merely inexperienced at the game to astoundingly stupid and disconnected with reality. Not that this hasn't gone unnoticed...
    Engineer: I feel like he's actually getting worse!
  • Four-Star Badass: Colonel
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble
    • Sanguine: Medic
    • Choleric: Engineer
    • Phlegmatic: The Noob
    • Leukine: Recon
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: A recurring character, Bunny Sniper (a Recon with bunny ears, referencing the gaming term 'bunny-hopping'), can be seen skipping around the background in most of the episodes.
    • In "Blood Money", The Admin's face can be seen on the 100 dollar bills.
  • Fun with Acronyms: TUGS (Tactical Unmanned Ground Sensor), SLAM (Selectable Lightweight Attack Munition) and SUAV (Scout Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) all get discussed and form the titles of several episodes.
    • Such acronyms play hell with the Noob's comprehension, such as when he thinks the S in TUGS makes it plural, or when he learns what a SLAM is.
    Engineer: Yeah, Selectable Lightweight Attack Munitions, d'you have those?
    Noob: ...what is he saying?
    Recon: *weakly* It... was an acronym and he just described to you what is stands for.
  • Funny Background Event: Several, such as a piloting Noob and his less-than-adequate flying skills, the abovementioned Bunny Sniper hopping about, or just the general mayhem commonly seen in the games.
    • In "Livestreaming", the MCOM station's screen actually changes colour in between a scene, indicating that someone activated it while the crew was distracted by the Noob's livestreaming antics.
  • The Gadfly: The title character from "PC Elitist", who gets a kick out of riling up his teammates by insulting the platform they're playing on.
    • He returns in "Rainbow Sixer" to evangelize and proselytize his Battlefield-playing compatriots on the good word of Rainbow Six Siege, again to their considerable annoyance.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: Frequently a subject of derision, especially prevalent in Season 4 with the switch to Battlefield 4 and its notoriously bug-riddled multiplayer. In fact, this is the entire premise of the premier episode "Brokenfield".
  • Gilligan Cut: In "One Good Match", after a long motivational speech by Medic about how they shouldn't just switch servers and continue fighting on despite their losing streak, the scene immediately cuts to Zavod 311's loading screen, indicating they switched servers.
  • A God Am I: The Engineer frequently lapses into this, such as when he discovers the power of the USAS 12 with frag rounds or the Stinger lock-on missile.
  • Guttural Growler: Colonel, who sounds for all the world like Snake Plissken.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The chaotic mess of a Teamspeak voice chat. It's so bad, Medic's head detonates from listening in for a few seconds.
  • Hellish Copter: How the BFFs die at the end of "Teamspeak".
  • Hidden Depths: Noob has at least some degree of skill in entomology and art appreciation.
    • From what little we've seen of his room, Recon is a musician who specializes in acoustic guitar.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Noob routinely insults other players by calling them noobs.
  • In-Joke: Much of the humor simply doesn't make sense unless you've played Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4 and/or Hardline.
    • That said, you'll probably pick up on some of the game mechanics simply by watching the show alone, even if you never played Battlefield even once.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Level Cap appears as himself at one point. He returns in both "Spawn Kill" and "YouTube Gamer", along with a whole host of other fans.
  • Insistent Terminology: Noob absolutely refuses to refer to C4 as anything but "Jeep Stuff", a neologism none of his comrades are willing to even entertain. Bizarrely, while he knows what the different classes of primary weapons are (assault rifles, shotguns, etc.), he unerringly refers to the one he's holding as a "big gun" and his pistol is his "little gun".
    Noob: ..."What is your favorite gun?" I'd have to say my favorite is *produces an M27* the Big Gun, followed by *draws his M1911* the Little Gun.
    • The final punchline to "Grenade Spawn" gives us his term for Explosive Barrels: Redeploy Barrels.
  • Instant Costume Change: Whenever the characters use a different class to what they usually play as, their wardrobe changes accordingly to that of the class's. Interestingly, this also happens whenever any character swap out loadouts on the fly, even though this doesn't actually happen in the games.
  • Jar Potty: The Colonel and the Closet Colonel both use a "shitbucket," which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Jerkass: Engineer can be quite the douche if he's got his hands on a power weapon.
  • Just a Stupid Accent: Anyone on the Russian team simply adopts a fairly ludicrous Fake Russian accent, though Noob's stands out as particularly awful. General Zhao in BF4 has an over-the-top stereotypical Chinese accent during his brief appearance.
    • Engineer adopts another hilariously racist facsimile of a Chinese accent when he and Medic end up on the opposite team.
    Engineer: Oh no, it looks-a rike we are on-a de Chinese-uh side-uh.
    Medic: Knock it off.
    Engineer: You don't rike-a de accent, roundeyes?
  • Knife Nut: The Colonel, hands down. He practically kills EVERYTHING with it.
    Colonel: I've just unlocked the bipod on my knife.
    • And even later in the series:
    Colonel: I've just unlocked the bipod for my bipod.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: A lone enemy Chinese engineer is annihilated right down to his bones waist up, by Engineer's Railgun. His intestines can be seen ejecting from his ribs while blood messily covers the rest of the corpse!
  • Mistaken for Racist: Noob, in "Recon C4", says he'd "..expect [stealing my stuff] from Medic, but from you?!" Medic, who is black, reacts indignantly, and the following conversation ensues:
    Medic: ...the fuck is that supposed to mean?!
    Noob: You're always stealing my kills with your overpowered rifles!
    Medic: ...oh, oh I though you were... never mind.
  • Mood Whiplash: Played for laughs in "Close Quarters", as the focus rapidly flips between chaotic, nonstop gunfire and screaming, and the Noob serenely taking in the beauty of the environment.
    • A minor one in "Closet Colonel" when Medic reassures to Closet Colonel that he has no reason to be ashamed from other jealous players of his Colonel Level 100 skills in the game and should wear it with pride.
    Closet Colonel: Really?... you think it's just jealous?
    Medic: Oh fuck no, no you're a fucking loser man, get a life.
  • More Dakka: The Noob's class, Support, carries an LMG, so this frequently happens, generally combined with A-Team Firing.
  • Nice Hat: As of Season 4, and thus, the transition to Battlefield 4, Recon now sports a Boonie hat.
    Engineer: I like your hat.
  • No Name Given: The other noob's name is Simon. Other than that, no characters have ever been given a real name, and are usually referred to by their class.
  • No Indoor Voice: Ammo Guy literally screams every sentence that come out of his mouth.
  • Noob: The Noob, or sometimes called Neebs.
    • Simon as well, in a far less ludicrously incompetent way.
  • Not the Intended Use: In "Grenade Spawn", Noob offers a surprisingly clever alternative use for Explosive Barrels. Specifically, to get around Battlefield 4's legendary stinginess with resupplying grenades, he commits suicide by shooting them, letting him respawn with a fresh grenade.
  • Oh, Crap!: Many instances, especially when it involves being on the wrong side of the Colonel's wrath.
    • In "TUGS", upon deploying the titular equipment, Recon panics as his map lights up with hostile movement converging on him and Noob. Promptly turns into an Oh, Crap! for the enemies, as it brings down the wrath of the Colonel on them.
    • In "Mobile AA", when the Noob tries to fend off a single C4-wielding enemy approaching his Anti-Air tank, but is unable to hit the attacker due to the inaccurate fire of the AA guns on a relatively small target at close range.
    • In "Commander Online", Noob as the team's commander has a massive one, complete with hysterics as the system is hit with a proxy attack, disabling his command ability (albeit temporarily). The enemy Commander, General Zhao gets one in return when the Colonel suddenly breaks into the physically-out-of-play commander seat and stabs the General in the head.
    • In "Underwater", a Russian engineer gets a quite literal one upon hearing the warning sirens of a rather unpleasant level feature being triggered by Recon and Engineer. It's a lethal tidal wave of raw sewage.
  • Only Sane Man: Assault and, usually, Recon.
  • Race Lift: The Assault was white in the first episode and is black at the end of episode 2. This is yet another In-Joke: in Battlefield 3's beta, the US Assault model was white, but was changed to black in the retail release. Medic doesn't seem to notice when it actually happens.
  • Racist Grandma: Old Codger claims that Assault's Race Lift was done to ruin Battlefield, much to Assault and Engineers disgust.
  • Read the Freaking Manual: The Noob clearly never has.
  • Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: Averted. Characters frequently stutter and interrupt each other realistically.
  • Reality Warper: The Colonel is this in-game, apparently his shitbucket lifestyle granting him the power to defy conventional gameplay mechanics.
  • The 'Reason You Don't Unlock Jeep Stuff' Speech: An extremely frustrated Recon give a big one (almost word-for-word) in "Recon C4", which afterwards he apologizes for the uncalled for remark.
    Noob: I had one, thing, that I loved to use, and it was called 'jeep stuff'..... and NOW YOU TOOK IT FROM ME!!
    Recon: Look, you can unlock it. It's actually the last thing you need to unlock.
    Noob: The last thing?
    Recon: Yeah.
    Noob: Nobody ever unlocks the last thing!
    Recon: Of course people unlock the last thing!
    Noob: No! Its a pipe dream!
    Recon: You don't unlock the last thing BECAUSE YOU SUCK!
    Recon: ... I'm sorry...
  • Ruined Forever: In-universe, this attitude is embodied by the Old Codger in "They Ruined Battlefield".
    Old Codger: Just about every patch is ruined in my book, I tell you that.
  • Rule of Funny: Most of the series doesn't make any sense purely from a gameplay standpoint. If the characters are actually players using voice chat, why would they scream when they get shot? How does the Colonel manage to knife the characters while they're in a helicopter? Why would they stop playing the game just to stand around and talk? Rule of Funny.
  • Rummage Fail: While attempting to recreate the famous Rendezook video, the Noob pulls an EOD robot instead of his launcher.
    • While trying to figure out how to drop ammo, Simon drops C4 directly in front of his face. Noob explains how to detonate the C4 which Simon immediately does , killing him, the Noob and most of the enemy team, who were silently taunting them by throwing C4 on top of them and teabagging.
    • Ammo Guy spends the entirety of "Grenade Spawn" frantically digging through a tiny ammo box in a vain attempt to find a grenade, courtesy of Battlefield 4's infamous stinginess with restocking them.
  • Running Gag: The Noob's (poor) attempts at flying helicopters.
    • The Noob's obsession with pulling off a Rendezook.
    • The Noob and Simon putting C4 on Jeeps.
    • Noob screaming at the top of his lungs whenever he gets promoted.
    • The Engineer slipping into delusions of grandeur whenever he picks up an overpowered weapon.
    • The Colonel appearing out of the blue and killing anything by stabbing it with his knife.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Admin, who gleefully abuses the powers afforded him by owning his own server.
    Admin: Last time I checked my credit card, I can do whatever the hell I want!
  • Shout-Out:
    • Engineer insults a second noob by calling him "Simon Belmont" at one point, after Simon refers to Point D as "Dracula" instead of "Delta".
    • The Noob's EOD bot from "They Ruined Battlefield" looks and sounds like WALL•E, courtesy of a Fan Nickname for said bots. Noob even refers to it by this name.
    • While driving his "jihad jeep", Noob hums the Trololol song.
  • Shouting Shooter: Constantly. Pretty much any time someone shoots at full auto for an extended length of time, they'll do this.
    • Brought Up to Eleven in "Close Quarters", where fully half the episode is Assault, Recon, Engineer and Ammo Guy shooting and screaming nonstop.
  • The Smart Guy: Recon at times. He's the best pilot of the group, and is generally seen laying down the strategies for the squad.
  • Southern-Fried Private: The Noob.
  • Spanner in the Works: The Noob, frequently to his own teammates, but he does get a couple moments of glory.
    • Once decided to camp as Recon with a Support, they were discovered by the enemy team who proceeded to plant C4/Claymores all over them and Tbag them. Noob accidentally got his Support to plant some C4 and detonate it. They killed themselves and wiped out half the enemy team.
    • Only character to ever manage killing The Colonel. Decided to plant C4 in his teammate's chopper after they pissed him off and bailed. After he left the Colonel showed up, killed everyone, and stole the chop. Cue the Noob detonating his C4...
  • Take That!: At the end of "PC Elitist"...
    Medic: I mean, it's not like we're playing Call of Duty or some shit.
    • The 'Youtube Gamer' episode from Season 4 is one towards Youtubers uploading/monetizing gameplay videos, and in this case, it's a clear reference to PewDiePie, or 'Pumpkin Pie' as the Noob and Simon mistakenly refer to him as, who gets millions of views per video and making lots of money from monetizing ads.
    Engineer: Is there seriously a guy out there with like 20 million subscribers from just playing video games?
    Medic: There is...
    Engineer: That's insane! Why are there that many people out there watching video games?!
    Medic: I don't know...
    Engineer: Like, what about people that take like weeks to create something awesome like a piece of content?!
    • In Waiting on a New Game where The Engineer is trying to employ others for a BF4 game. Noob is playing Battlefront, Recon is playing Hardline, and Medic is...playing a dress up game, which leads to this conversation:
    Engineer: Wait... You ain't playing Call of Duty, are ya?
    Medic: (While wearing a pink dress and tiara) No... why would...No!
    • Becomes a full fledged Brick Joke at the end, when Medic somehow forgot to take off the dress and tiara before logging into Battlefield.
    Engineer: Woah, what the fuck?! were playin' Call of Duty!
    • The core concept of Twitch Tv gets lampooned mercilessly during "Livestreaming", especially when Engineer puts into words just how ridiculous it sounds on paper.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Quoth Engineer, while spitefully but fruitlessly hosing a clueless Noob with his blowtorch, at the end of "DICE Camo"...
    Engineer: *half-sobbing in utter anger* "I hate you so much... why are you always in my squad?!"
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: The Noob.
  • The Unfettered: The Colonel, who tells the rest of the players that to be as good as he is, they need to stop working, or having sex, or going to the bathroom, describing these things as 'Time not spent playing Battlefield.'
  • The Unreveal: In "Livestreaming", the Noob is asked by his streamers if he could do a facecam, which he gladly obliges.... to footage of his exact same, animated self waving though his webcam.
  • Viewers Are Morons: EA's attitude in this regard about whether or not their customers would be familiar at all with the setting of the then-upcoming Battlefield 1 is mocked in "BF1 Hype Train" by having Noob and Simon assume it's set during the Civil War and dressing up accordingly.
  • Visual Pun: Medic casually brags he ran into (and wiped out) a squad of medics who "didn't get the FAMAS memo" with several NERF darts stuck to his helmet.
  • Weapon of Choice: The crew uses weapons associated with their respective classes, and due to the Limited Animation style, seem to use the same weapons in almost all the episodes. Early episodes in Seasons 1 to 3 seem to regularly depict the team using M4A1s, despite the carbine not being an all-class weapon in Battlefield 3, but in Battlefield 4, they sometimes use carbines as it is available to all classes in that game. The Beretta M9 appears to be their sidearms of choice throughout the series, though Recon has once been seen with a customized version of the G17 in "Scavenger" and sometimes characters are armed with the .38 Snub revolver in Hardline.
    • Engineer uses both carbines and PDWS. From season 2 onwards, he's been equipped with the G36C as his primary weapon. In "M2 SLAMs", the Noob picks up his gun, which is equipped with a foregrip, laser sight, and KOBRA red dot sight. In "S.U.A.V," his weapon is equipped with a sniper scope and suppressor, despite the fact sniper scopes can't be equipped in [BF4]. In ''Hardline, he equips the MP5K sub-machine gun. He's also been seen using a variety of rocket launchers, including the MK153 SMAW, FiM92 Stinger, and FGM148 Javelin.
    • Medic uses assault rifles, namely the AEK-971. However, in some Hardline episodes, he equips the G36C.
    • Noob uses light machine guns (ineffectively), though is not very good at aiming. In BF3, he switches between the M27 IAR and M249 SAW. In BF4, he trades in both weapons for the Ultimax 100 MK5 light machine gun. Due to the absence of light machine guns to the classes in Hardline, the Noob arms himself with the SA58 OSW battle rifle.
    • Recon typically uses sniper rifles, mainly the SV98 in all three of the games. He also equips the UMP45] submachine gun in both BF3 and BF4, despite personal defense weapons/sub-machine guns not being an all class weapon in BF4. He's been also equipped with the SR25 ECC in Hardline, a weapon that is virtually identical to the BF4 MK11 Mod 0.
    • Weapons like the USAS 12, ACE 23 assault rifle, and SCAR-L have briefly appeared in the series as well, with the USAS12 getting it's own episode.
    • The 870MCS shotgun is sometimes used by the characters, usually resulting in some negative event to happen.
    • Simon is commonly seen armed with the M4A1 carbine, but once equipping the M249 SAW in "Noob Fight."
    • Some weapons have even been mentioned in the series, including Recon asking the Closet Colonel the spread of the M416 assault rifle, when the recon was apparently killed by an LAV-25 with a SCAR-H battle rifle. The bunny sniper's weapon of choice visually an SV98, but in "Rooftop Camper" is actually his own personal version of the M98B sniper rifle, the "M98Bunny."
    • The Colonel only uses his signature knife (later equipped with a bipod, and then a bipod FOR the bipod) to great effect, game mechanics be damned.
  • Your Head Asplode: Medic, when forced to go on Teamspeak for a few seconds.



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