The TF2 Analysis (a.k.a. TF2 Analysis Anarchy) series is a Web Animation that crosses over the MLP Analysis community and Team Fortress 2. It started as a series of "Meet the Team" parodies starring the analysts chosen to represent the classes. It culminated in "TF2: Analysis Anarchy", released in November 2014 which brought them all together. The series continued, under the name of TF2 Analysis, starting in February 2015, with the overarching plotline of recruiting members for the BLU team.
The series initially starred Ink Rose as the RED Scout, Phantom Horn as the RED Soldier, Eliyora as the RED Pyro, AnY Pony as the RED Demopony, Silver Quill as the RED Heavy, Dr. Wolf as the RED Engineer, Firebrand as the RED Medic, Voice of Reason as the RED Sniper, and Gibbontake as the RED Spy. Starting in "Star Search", Mad Munchkin replaces Phantom Horn as the Soldier (the former had died). Also, as of "To Be, Or Not to Be", Gibbontake has resigned. He has since been replaced as the RED Spy by British Ninja as of "Meet the Red Spy", after Ninja made an initial first appearance in "Help for Hire".
Members of the BLU Team include Keyframe as the Medic, Sweetie Bloom as the Demopony, GoldenFox as the Sniper, Lightning Bliss as the Heavy, FinnThePony as the Engineer, and Thespio as the Spy. ToonKriticY2K was originally the Soldier, but later switched classes to Pyro. However, as of late January 2018, he has been banned from the project and the MLP analysis community at large in the wake of him being outed as a sexual predator/pedophile, and his character was written out. ILoveKimPossibleAlot originally played the Scout, but was removed from the project due to conflicts with the rest of the team. The role of Soldier has been taken by Jasper Pie as of "Saving Private Jasper", while Tyandaga later took up the role of Pyro in July 2019, finally giving both teams a full roster.
Following the release of the "Red vs. Blue" saga, Sweetie Bloom and Silver Quill announced they would be stepping down from the project, leaving the door open for a new BLU Demopony and RED Heavy respectively.
As of "Pratically Perfect", Mary Sue, a parody of alicorn OCs and Mad Munchkin's roommate, joined the crew as the Announcer. In November 2018, The Abbey Roadie (or simply Abbey) became the crew's Spray-maker (an actual game mechanic where players can "spray" a custom image on a flat surface).
As for the villains, AntonyC takes the role of the Administrator, Dustykatt plays Saxton Hale, and SEGASister plays Miss Pauling. Lily Orchard originally played Grey Mann, until she was fired from the role due to conflicts between her and Josh. The Nightmare Night 2015 panel confirmed that they have actors set for Redmond and Blutarch Mann. These were finally revealed as ACRacebest and Saberspark respectively in "Red vs. Blue".
The "Meet the Team" videos are featured on the channels of the specific analysts. "Analysis Anarchy" and the 2015 videos can be seen on Dr. Wolf's channel.
TF2 Analysis provides examples of:
- All Just a Dream: The plot of "Piece of Mind".
- Always Save the Girl:
- Invoked by Dr. Wolf to get Firebrand out on the battlefield against Dustykatt despite what's already happened to Firebrand today: because Ink Rose is out there.
- Also the motivation behind a lot of what GoldenFox does — he even joined in this fight to protect Keyframe, despite the fact she's a very capable Medic and TF2 player and he is not (at first).
- Animated Outtakes: The "Blooper Reel" episode. Although introduced as genuine flubs at the start by Firebrand, it's obvious most of the gags are scripted.
- April Fools: "TF2 Analysis: Royal Rumble!"
- Artifact of Doom: The Alicorn Amulet, obtained by Antony C and given to Dustykatt.
- Attack Backfire: Running out of ammo, Lightning Bliss tries to punch Sliver Quill. He thinks it's a massage.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever:
- Dr. Wolf's brother Teric, who is brought in to substitute for Lightning Bliss when she is out sick. Teric is an anthropomorphic dragon who is twice as tall as Silver Quill (to say nothing of being MUCH bigger than the other members of both teams). Bliss's mini gun looks more like a hand gun in his claws. When he goes into battle, the rest of the BLU team pretty much let him take point and single-handedly curb-stomp the RED team.
- Out of frustration at not having an effective secondary weapon (that being the Sandvich; Silver Quill takes exception to having his cooking skills denigrated), Lightning Bliss unleashes her pet rainbow monster Twink who proceeds to rampage across the map and shrug off everything both teams can throw at him until Doctor Wolf shows up and literally stares him into submission.
- The reason Keyframe wants Thespio to be hired; she doesn't want anyone to feel his wrath.
- Eliyora sometimes falls here. Firebrand had to explain to her what using her flamethrower safely meant... in that she did not understand the word "safely". Bonus points in that she has an actual axe as a melee weapon.
- Bad Vibrations: "Double Rainbow" as a full, near-a-minute-long scene of the ground shaking and the two teams reacting to it, complete with the water of a dispenser rippling Jurassic Park-style, heralding the arrival of Lightning Bliss's pet monster Twink.
- Battle Couple:
- Be Careful What You Wish For: One episode has the trapped spirit of Vector in Sweetie's sword convince her to find her super form in the hopes that the transformation will give him back his own physical body again. When she finally does access her super form, Vector DOES get a body again... as a small, cute mustelid-like animal mascot.
- Berserk Button:
- Lightning Bliss dislikes not being taken seriously because she is either a) cute, b) tiny or c) and alicorn OC. This leads to her threatening Silver with his own minigun.
- Keyframe hates jokes about how tall she is.
- Do not even consider going anywhere near Mad Munchkin's hat. She WILL make you regret it.
- Big Bad: In "Seven Nation Army", AntonyC, the counterpart to the Administrator and the one who gave the Alicorn Amulet to Dustykatt.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: "Seven Nation Army Epilogue" has Antony forming an alliance with Lily Peet, Grey Mann's counterpart.
- Big "NO!": Lightning Bliss and Keyframe, upon learning that, as punishment for their rampage, Dr. Wolf sends them on vacation... without their drawing tablets, sketchbooks or canvasses.
- Big "SHUT UP!":
- In "Power Up", Dr. Wolf manages to get everybody to calm down, despite them being already in Torches and Pitchforks mode, with a loud "SILENCE!"
- Thespio also does this in "Emotions on the Battlefield (Part One)", in the style of Arnold Schwarzenegger's film Kindergarten Cop, after he has enough of his team members ranting at him for being late due to an important package of his that got delayed.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: "AUSTRALIAN!" "CHEST HAIR!" "MUSTACHE!" "ALICORN AMULET!"
- Breaking the Fourth Wall:
- Lightning Bliss goes to talk to Dr. Wolf about the editing for the project in her episode. Lampshaded by the doctor.Dr. Wolf: Ah— no breaking the fourth wall, please.
- The video "Mission Unpossible" had a scene where the camera zooms in on Voice of Reason's face only for him to look at the camera and tell it to back off.
- An argument between Jasper and Silver Quill in "Red vs. Blue Part 3" has the two mention this exact page, complete with screenshots.
- Lightning Bliss goes to talk to Dr. Wolf about the editing for the project in her episode. Lampshaded by the doctor.
- Brick Joke: Voice of Reason uses his rainbow-colored Jarate from "The Cuter They Are" on KP in "Stop Helping Me".
- Bullet Catch: Dustykatt catches a bullet with his teeth when Voice of Reason tries to snipe him.
- Silver Quill. Lampshaded by the time of "Seven Nation Army".
- Firebrand has second place.
- Jasper for BLU Team. He and Silver Quill even argue over which of them is the bigger example.
- In Inglorious Jasper, Voice was one.
- Catch and Return: In "Double Rainbow", Eliyora tries using her flamethrower against Twink. The rainbow monster just gobbles down the fire, and then spit it out back at her.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Played for Laughs when AntonyC and Lily Peet both plan to betray the other — to their faces.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome:
- ToonKriticY2K vanished from the show without direct explanation after being removed from the project due to his actions elsewhere.
- Similarly, KP disappeared just before the "Red vs. Blue" saga with no In-Universe explanation for her absence.
- Circling Birdies:
- After falling down a shaft and leaving an Impact Silhouette in the floor, a stunned KP sees circling... Kim Possibles.
- Twice in "Double Rainbow":
- Firebrand, after crashing through a wall and his bubble forcefield fails him, see circling stars and lets out a Non Sequitur, *Thud*.
- Jasper, running away from Twink in the desert, trips and knocks himself out, with three little Twinks then circling his head.
- In "Power Up", after being mobbed by the rest of the gang, a Bound and Gagged KP sees circling Discords.
- In "Great Scott, This Is Heavy!", after trying to ride Lightning Bliss's dragon form, Jasper gets tail-slapped hard, leaves an Impact Silhouette on the ground and has three Dragon-Bliss circling his head.
- Clockwork Prediction: During the Rise of Phoenix arc, Voice of Reason tries to get the teams to raid a robot factory to get the plans on the robot army that attacked them earlier, but things don't go as planned. When GoldenFox hears that his girlfriend, Keyframe, is in trouble, he rushes off to help her (even though he's a sniper) despite Voice telling him to come back. Voice sighs and counts down before an explosion is heard in the background and Golden is seen flying through the air.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Pretty much everyone, as lampshaded in Lightning Bliss's recruitment video. But the no longer present Phantom Horn took the cake by far.
- Cold Sniper: Voice of Reason. GoldenFox is more personable.
- The Comically Serious: Dr. Wolf is already often in this role in most MLP Analysis works, and it's even more notable here. How he can stay grounded and serious with all the insanity going around him is a mystery, but it certainly bolsters the humor from the contrast with his co-workers.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment:
- After their rampage in "Size Matters Not" breaks the Respawn Generator (again), Dr. Wolf is forced to punish Keyframe and Lightning Bliss by sending them on vacation... without their drawing tablets.
- At then end of "Green Inferno", Eli gets back at Silver for forcing the Pyro goggles on her by forcing him to watch a marathon of My Little Pony Tales.
- Courtroom Episode: "Court Is Adurred", which has Tyandaga suing Doctor Wolf and Firebrand for discrimination against him and ends up with Tyandaga becoming the new BLU Pyro.
- Covered in Gunge: Happens to Silver Quill (with rainbow-colored gunge) after he gets chewed up and spat out by Twink.
- Curbstomp Battle:
- The first encounter with an Alicorn-Amulet-powered-up Dustykatt is basically one of these.
- Happens to the RED team when Teric fills in for Lightning Bliss as the BLU Heavy.
- Cuteness Overload: Invoked. Silver destroys a bunch of robots by overloading them with Lightning Bliss's cuteness.
- Darkest Hour: "Seven Nation Army" Part 2, as the Respawn Generator is broken and there's a whole force bearing down on them.
- Dark Horse Victory: Royal Rumble: After Firebrand, Toon Kritic, and Lightning Bliss spent about half a minute tying at Rock, Paper, Scissors, Dr. Wolf shows up and beats all of them at once.
- Deadpan Snarker:
- Gibbontake, as the RED Spy, is nothing but deadpan.
- GoldenFox after his introduction video gets some good snark as well.
- Of all people: Dr. Wolf occasionally becomes this.
- Death Is Cheap: Due to the Respawn Generator, few deaths actually stick. Subverted while it's destroyed, which is very dangerous...
- Deflector Shields: In "Double Rainbow", Firebrand shows off his training in magic by erecting a bubble forcefield around himself to counter Twink. Unfortunately, he didn't count on the rainbow monster's Gale-Force Sound roar, which sends him flying away, his bubble shield ricocheting all over the buildings like a flipper ball.
- Disaster Dominoes: GoldenFox manages to destroy the entire robot army and their spawnpoint with one shot via this.
- Disproportionate Retribution: What happens when you accidentally knock Mad Munchkin's hat off? She savagely attacks the luckless perpetrators and completely wrecks the place.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Each character's personality is based more on their original personality than the class they play. Taken farther when BLU is introduced, as each member of BLU acts differently than their RED counterpart.
- The Easy Way or the Hard Way: In "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-AHHH!":Firebrand: Okay, everyone. We can do this the easy way... [brandishes weapon] ...or the hard way.
Eliyora: How about the medium-rare way?
Firebrand: SHUT IT!
- Elongating Arm Gag: At the end of "Inglorious Jasper", Jasper cartoonishly extends his front limbs to gather the whole of BLU team in a Group Hug, willing or not (except for KP and GoldenFox, who had the presence of mind to get out Dodge soon enough).
- Especially Zoidberg: At the end of "Mission Unpossible"...Voice of Reason: Pretty much everyone is in the infirmary suffering from injuries.
Dr. Wolf: Wait, even GoldenFox?
[cut to GoldenFox in a full-body cast]
GoldenFox: [bemoaning] Wahaha... I was just trying to protect my babe...
[Keyframe clonks him in the head with a frying pan to shut him up]
[cut back to Dr. Wolf's office]
Voice of Reason: Especially GoldenFox.
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: Lightning Bliss, whose magic is rainbow-colored. She also somehow makes Voice of Reason's jarate rainbow-colored too.
- Eyepatch of Power: Sweetie Bloom dons one as the BLU Team's DemoMare. AnY as RED Demo also wears one, it's just harder to notice because of his sprite.
- The video announcing the return of the TF2 shorts concludes with the line "That is... if we can find enough headeache pills for the doc to cope...", and Dr. Wolf is seen facepalming.
- In "Mission Unpossible", Voice of Reason regularly facehoofs for most of the episode, the first time rather hard after this:Voice: Turns out, there's only one place in the world that manufactures Australium.
Thespio: New Zealand? Fiji?
KP: My old school?
Voice: [facehoof] AUSTRALIA!
- Firebrand facehoofs after Jasper apparently glued his fez to his Soldier helmet.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Dr. Wolf and Finn, as the Engineers. Dr. Wolf is even capable of building and repairing a machine capable of reversing death.
- Gale-Force Sound: Twink's Godzilla-roar in "Double Rainbow". It sends Firebrand flying away all over town, his bubble shield ricocheting on the buildings like a flipper ball, before crashing through the wall of Dr. Wolf's office.
- In-Universe, Teric is this due to being a freaking dragon. Dr. Wolf only allows it because it's temporary due to Bliss being sick. He also points out that it could be worse when confronted on it: he could have gotten Subzero (Bliss's husband and a member of Frieza's race).
- Also the In-Universe reason Mary Sue was hired as the Announcer instead of as a player: she's a Mary Sue with all that implies.
- Gentle Giant: Teric, despite being a huge dragon and as powerful as that'd imply, is this, being rather soft-spoken and kind. Even when he's the Heavy, he never actually shoots anyone, only non-lethally defeat the other team.
- Glass Smack and Slide: The episode "Double Rainbow" invokes the trope but do away with the actual glass. Out of ammo, Lightning Bliss tries to take on Silver Quill, only to smack her face completely flat against The Big Guy. And then she slowly slides down with the exact sound of flesh against glass.
- Green-Eyed Monster:
- AnY of Firebrand, since he feels that as a German he should have been cast as the medic. He's also not happy about Keyframe getting it for the BLU team.
- In "Seven Nation Army" Part 1, this is brought up again, and Mad Munchkin feels the same about AnY being Demo. Firebrand retorts by saying that he won't treat them differently due to their race.
- Hinted to be the reason why AntonyC turned against the mercs — he's jealous that he wasn't allowed on either RED or BLU.
- Hidden Depths: Dr. Wolf has a snarkier, darker side that doesn't come up too often.Thespio: You can be really evil when you put your mind to it, Doc.
Dr. Wolf: You have no idea.
- Hypocritical Humor: Mad Munchkin watches an enraged Toon Kritic and wonders who gets so angry at the drop of a hat. Silver Quill and Lightning Bliss force themselves not to comment.
- Immune to Bullets:
- One of the reasons Teric is considered overpowered: bullets just bounce off his scales.
- Also Lightning Bliss's pet monster Twink. Bullet and rockets impacting its rainbow-colored flesh only makes it madder. The snipers trying to Go for the Eye don't change a thing.
- In Love with Your Carnage: Ellie and Toon Kritic both gleefully swap how much they enjoy taking out the other team and comment on how attractive the other is when angry.
- Is This Thing On?: Naturally said by Mary Sue upon her very first announcement over the base's loudspeaker in "Practically Perfect".
- Jaw Drop: In "Great Scott, This Is Heavy!" Dr. Wolf gives three big epic ones throughout the episode. The first one was after Lightning Bliss called Dr. Wolf a "mutt." The second one was when everyone was watching the fight between Dragon Lightning Bliss and Angry Bird Silver Quill, and Sweetie Bloom says "I'd ship it." And the third one was when Dr. Wolf hears Firebrand and Keyframe saying that they're actually gonna encourage the fight.
- Kill It with Fire:
- Toon Kritic's instant response to an alicorn OC, until he realizes it is Bliss.
- As the RED team's Pyro, this is pretty much Eliyora's Modus Operandi.
- Killed Off for Real:
- Phantom Horn, the first RED Soldier, is killed offscreen at the end of "Analysis Anarchy" and replaced by the Mad Munchkin.
- Threatens to happen to everyone on RED and BLU when Dustykatt destroys the Respawn Generator. Ultimately subverted when everyone makes it to the end of "Seven Nation Army" alive.
- Dr. Wolf reveals that the Respawn Generator actually works off of the natural innate magic within an individual to bring them back to life. He doesn't possess any natural innate magic, and knowingly goes out into the battlefield of every TF2 match knowing very well that any random explosion or shot to either his head or heart would instantly kill him.
- Knight of Cerebus: Dustykatt, who not only curbstomps both teams but destroys the Respawn Generator, putting everyone in danger of dying during his attack with his robot army.
- Leeroy Jenkins: KP. When Ink tries to explain the major aspects of being a scout to her, she just takes the first detail of any explanation and rushes off into battle, getting thrashed in the process. She's eventually allowed to stay because this is good for drawing enemy fire away from her teammates and setting up her opponents to be killed by other people while they focus on her, so the BLU team just weaponized the trope.
- Left the Background Music On: During "Mission Unpossible" Silver Quill is forced to go through a laser grid after the rest of his group. During this the Mission Impossible theme is hummed — turns out it's a bored Lightning Bliss over the comm channels "amusing herself".
- Let Me at Him!: Played with in "A Helping Hoof". Lightning Bliss asks Finn to hold her back from laying it on Toon Critic for making constant short jokes. However, Finn doesn't quite understand the concept and is so serviceable that anytime she yells "LET ME AT HIM!", he actually let goes of her, to Bliss's annoyance.
- Loud Gulp: In "Great Scott, This Is Heavy!", Lightning Bliss is already pretty mad from Silver Quill's constant "shipping" jokes, but when he actually asks her if she don't want to be shipped with Garble... Dr. Wolf audibly gulps and, knowing this is the last straw, hightails out of here quite fast.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": Absolutely everyone in Coal Town has this reaction upon discovering that Eliyora is wearing the Pyro mask. Which has the side effect of driving her even crazier than usual.
- Mind over Matter: How Lightning Bliss becomes the BLU Heavy: her magic lets her swing around the minigun with ease.
- My Instincts Are Showing: Turns out, playing audio of wolves howling will result in Dr. Wolf doing the same.
- Mythology Gag: Two in one line in "Great Scott, This Is Heavy!", as a ticked-off Lightning Bliss calls hippogriff Silver Quill an "overgrown shoo-be-doo seapony wannabe".
- Nice Guy:
- FinnThePony, who just wants to help everyone. Even when Dustykatt is curbstomping both teams, his main concern is cheering up Lightning Bliss and getting everyone refreshments.
- Dr. Wolf, as usual... although, later on he starts to show a more devious side....
- Noob: Some of the newcomers are initially this. Toon Kritic is the "overconfident newcomer" version before being set straight by Ellie, KP is the "doesn't listen to more experienced players" version until they find a way to play to her strengths, GoldenFox initially insisted on an unsuitable class (the Heavy) until Dr. Wolf assigns him a better one (the Sniper), and Sweetie Bloom is initially limited because she isn't sure how to use any of the weaponry until the sword is revealed as an option.
- Noodle Incident:
- "The Rescuers: Six Feet Under":
- If the contents of the episode is to be believed, Jasper Pie once managed to somehow create a Mozzarella-Powered Hamster Wheel using, and we quote, "Two car batteries, a gallon of Ginger Ale and a Dream!"
- And immediately after the above occurs, it's revealed that there was also, supposedly, a night in Las Pegasus that Jasper and Thespio were involved in that included Ginger Ale, some expired Nachos and an unspecified number of tigers (we don't get to learn much else due to Lightning Bliss unintentionally making Thespio snap at her).
- In the episode "Witch Fairy W.I.T.C.H.", Jasper appears with a band-aid on his horn. The incident that resulted in such treatment apparently had something to do with three rubber chickens, an Eskimo and a rump roast. And three layers of spandex.
- "The Rescuers: Six Feet Under":
- No-Sell: Toon Kritic launches a rocket at Dustykatt, but Dusty catches it and crumples it up like a soda can.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Some ponies don't even try to fake the accent of their character, possibly to avert Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping, including both Medics and Heavies. Ellie doesn't even try to muffle herself as the Pyro either.
- Oh, Crap!: Firebrand's immediate reaction to seeing that GoldenFox's super form turns him into Link, is to freak out and tell everybody to hide the pottery... not without good reason though, as Golden suddenly has a powerful urge to go looking for some ceramics.
- In Red vs Blue Part 4, Dr. Wolf has one when he sees the freaking huge army of robots Antony C. brought with him to annihilate Coaltown, including at least three Tanks and another Carrier as their spawn. One can only imagine what the reactions from the others will be once they return and see what they'll need their Super Mode for to stop it.
- Only Sane Man: Or pony in this case. It usually alternates between Dr. Wolf and Firebrand, although others also play this role at times (e.g. Voice in "Mission Unpossible"). Dr. Wolf lampshades his position as this in "Court Is Adurred":Dr. Wolf: I think I'm reaching the point of begrudging acceptance in the face of ever-increasing lunacy...
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping:
- Often, when someone is playing a character with an accent different from their own.
- Inverted with Ink Rose, who only rarely slips into the Scout's accent.
- Orwellian Retcon: In the wake of the ToonKriticY2K scandal, the initial plan was to keep him in 2018 episodes that had already been completed, and then write him out when those were all released. Ultimately, though, the decision was made to take a hacksaw to the episodes he was in and edit him out completely. And judging by the episodes that have been released so far, they've done a very good job seemlessly editing him out, to the point you wouldn't know he was supposed to be there in the first place (though there are a few dodgy cuts here and there, such as one frame in "Saving Private Jasper" in which Firebrand appears to move back, possibly to have an exchange with Toon).
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Silver Quill disguises himself as Toon by wearing the BLU Pyro costume, complete with mask, and painting his wings red. Only Finn sees through it but is too distracted by making cocoa to tell the others.
- Pass the Popcorn: In "Inglorious Jasper", Eliyora munches on some popcorn while watching the red team hunt down Jasper. Dr. Wolf then walks up to her and asks if she's going to share it.
- Prompting Nudge: In "Mission Unpossible", Lightning Bliss bucks AnY Pony to wake him up, as he's snoring during the briefing.
- Punched Across the Room: Firebrand gets launched clean across the map after taking a punch to the face from Dustykatt.
- Put on a Bus: Several members of the series have left as time went on:
- Phantom Horn (RED Soldier I) was Killed Off for Real in the pilot and promptly replaced by Mad Munchkin.
- Gibbontake (RED Spy I) left in "To Be, Or Not To Be", with the explanation that he "left to become a pirate".
- Lily Peet (Grey Mann) was kicked from the project after a falling out between her and Joshscorcher.
- ToonKriticY2K (BLU Soldier I/BLU Pyro I) became an Unperson in this series and the entire Brony community after...certain revelations that upended the entire fandom.
- SEGASister (Miss Pauling) left the Brony community altogether in 2019 after losing interest in My Little Pony and becoming fed-up with the toxicity of the fanbase.
- Silver Quill (RED Heavy I) and Sweetie Bloom (BLU Demoman I) both left following the conclusion of the "Red vs. Blue" saga in 2020, ostensibly due to being burned-out. It is rumored that IHeartKimPossibleALot (BLU Scout I) had left before the saga, explaining her absence (with a few fans believing she would be outed as a mole for Mann Co.). When the April Fool's Day 2021 video was released, many fans noticed AnY (RED Demoman I) was also missing, the RED Demoman's role in the "Heavy Is Dead!" parody being played by Abbey instead.
- Rage Breaking Point:
- Lightning Bliss puts up with not being taken seriously by anyone her entire visit. Silver Quill finally makes one wrong comment towards her, causing her to finally snap and hold him at minigun point.
- When Wolf puts Firebrand in charge while Wolf and Finn prep an escape plan, no-one takes Firebrand seriously and begin to panic. This only goes on for about five seconds before Firebrand goes Super Saiyan (perhaps the first appearance of a super form in the show) and yells "GET OUT THERE!!!"
- In "Emotions on the Battlefield, Part 1", Thespio hits this after Keyframe, Bliss, and Toon chew him out for being late for training. Thespio practically screams at them before running off in tears. We find out why he was late in the next part: he was waiting for a gift to give his girlfriend, Midnight Sonata, who he intended to propose to.
- Maddie's ultimate reaction to Dr. Wolf explaining that he had to hire Mary Sue as announcer because she and the rest of the teams kept breaking things. Her brain does a Rage Quit and the only thing that kept her from destroying the camp is Silver's timely arrival (or as she puts it, "continuity").
- Reality Ensues: Jasper tries to use his Dragon Dagger to call the Dragonzord. When it arrives on the battlefield though it shuts down almost immediately due to having been left at the bottom of the ocean for two decades, leaving it rusty and unkept.
- Red Herring: Several comments by Vector Brony implied that the robots were his. As it turned out, Lily Peet was actually the master of the robots. Strangely, Vector kept making comments like this even after The Reveal. Averted now, with the release of "Asking for the Moon" it turns out that Vector really was behind the robots!
- Ret-Gone: A real-life example. ToonKritcY2K was a regular on the series in the early episodes first taking the role of a Soldier then a Pyro when the former didn't work out for him. However, after certain personal note actions came to light, his character is gone completely without a trace and the series never acknowledges his existence after a certain point despite still keeping the episodes that feature him up.
- The Reveal: The finale of "Seven Nation Army" Part 4 has Dusty reveal that the robots were not his, and he had no idea how they got there. Cue "Seven Nation Army" Epilogue...
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In "Size Matters Not", Lightning Bliss and Keyframe go all out on the ponies who kept making short/tall jokes about them when they learn that the Respawn Generator is finally repaired and that they have nothing to fear from "friendly" fire anymore.
- Scaled Up: Lightning Bliss's Super Mode is turning into a giant western dragon.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!:
- Gibbontake, who resigned with the note "Left to become a pirate."
- GoldenFox appears to have done this, packing up and leaving after getting into heated arguments with both Keyframe and Thespio about his tendencies to be overly protective and possessive of Keyframe to the point it resulted in Lightning Bliss being injured by an errant shot from Golden's rifle. He comes to his senses and returns just in time to rescue his teammates from the RED team in the next episode, however.
- Sequel Hook: "Seven Nation Army" Part 4 ends with Dusty revealing that the robots were not his, and they were only there by happy coincidence. Adding to this is Seven Nation Army Epilogue showing AntonyC forming an alliance with Lily Peet, the robots' creator.
- Ship Tease:
- "Analysis Anarchy" has a subplot focusing on Firebrand falling for Ink. According to the "Making Of" podcast, "Analysis Anarchy" was supposed to tie into Dr. Wolf's new "couples therapy" videos, justifying it.
- Keyframe references her "other ships" when talking to GoldenFox, and flirts with AnY later in the video.
- Shout-Out: The series has enough references to warrant its own page. Unsurprising given how many of the analysts love that kind of humor.
- When Firebrand panics, the inside of his head is based on Inside Out.
- When Firebrand is enraged, he briefly goes Super Saiyan.
- The episode where Eli (RED Pyro) and Thespio (BLU Spy) swap classes is called "Operation Purple Dragon". note One could argue it's also a reference to the animation "Spy and Pyro", as its ending result in the birth of Spyro. It even revolves around a Blue Spy and a Red Pyro.
- The same episode begins with Silver Quill being fired upon by Thespio Duck Hunt-style, with Dr. Wolf playing the role of the dog (though the infamous laugh is done by Firebrand).
- KP and Sweetie Bloom get the better of Dr. Wolf by taking advantage of his species' instinct to howl.
- Lightning Bliss and Keyframe deal with Dr. Wolfs' sentry nest in much the same way as was done in "Sentry Knockback" from Team Service Announcement.
- Lightning Bliss playing with her vectors until Dr. Wolf comes in unannounced. Spaceballs much?
- After falling down a shaft and leaving an Impact Silhouette in the floor, a stunned KP sees circling... Kim Possibles.
- To the original, "Meet the Sniper" video.Voice: Honey, I'm not a crazed gunman. I'm an assassin.
SEGASister: What's the difference?!
Voice: The difference being one is a job, and the other is mental sickness!
- GoldenFox's super form has him essentially turning into a pony version of Link from The Legend of Zelda, complete with his signature outfit as well as magic bow & arrow and hookshot.
- When Eliyora has the Pyro goggles stuck to her head, Ink tells Mary Sue to push a button that says "Deafcon 451" -obviously named after Fahrenheit 451.
- When tasked with trying to stop Eliyora when she's on a rampage due to the effects of the Pyro goggles, Thespio and Jasper Pie each discover their own super forms which have them turning into pony versions of the titular protagonist from The Mask and the Green Ranger from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, respectively.
- Sweetie Bloom reveals that she has her own super form as well, wherein she dons a Sailor Moon-inspired outfit and her Eyelander broadsword becomes an ornate jeweled cutlass. The extended transformation sequence is abbreviated however, which Lightning Bliss blames on budget restriction.
- "Mercenary Melodies" is a full episode parody of Looney Tunes, with Voice of Reason and Jasper Pie engaging in Looney Tunes antics as well as quoting famous lines from the shorts.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender:
- In the explosive and destructive world of Team Fortress 2, being a female analyst isn't enough to save you from physical comedy. KP stands out in particular, due to her Leeroy Jenkins tendencies that almost never end well.
- One episode in particular has Ink Rose falling victim to one pratfall after another while trying to protect a visually impaired Sweetie Bloom from various hazards, ultimately resulting in Ink falling through a portal to Tartarus.
- Staring Down Cthulhu: Doc stares down the rampaging Twink, who goes from full-on berserk rage to sitting on its haunches and whimpering like a puppy.
- Stock Scream:
- Stuff Blowing Up: Constantly. KP's video is probably the best example for off-screen explosions, while AnY and GoldenFox's have onscreen use of weapons.
- Super Mode: Several have popped up, which Dr. Wolf even outright calls "super forms" in a video. In no particular order:
- Mad Munchkin: a lion version of herself
- Ink Rose: a demon hunter, which involves changing into an Equestria Girls form and wearing armor, with glowing eyes.
- KP: the "Princess of Discord", which has her don some purple apparel and surround herself in a chaos magic Power Glow.
- Eliyora: An extremely calm forest spirit with an Equestria Girls body
- Silver Quill: An Angry Birds Expy who is deceptively powerful for his size; uses slingshots to launch himself at his enemies
- Golden Fox: Link
- Thespio: The Mask
- Jasper Pie: The Green Ranger (or Dragon Ranger, depending on which side you take in the Power Rangers vs. Super Sentai argument)
- Lightning Bliss: A dragon version of herself
- Sweetie Bloom: A ponyfied amalgam of the original five Sailor Senshi
- Finn: A gingerbread pony version of himself
- Keyframe: An Ubercharged version of herself
- Firebrand: Super Saiyan
- Surrounded by Idiots:
- As summarized by Firebrand in "Duel of the Snipers":Firebrand: [sigh] ... Surrounded by manchildren...
Keyframe: Yup! And you were the one who hired them.
Firebrand: Don't remind me...
- Voice of Reason comes to the same conclusion when trying to give a briefing to the whole team in "Mission Unpossible".Voice: I'm surrounded by idiots...
Mad Munchkin: Yeah... and today, they're your idiots.
- As summarized by Firebrand in "Duel of the Snipers":
- Take That!: In-universe, Ink Rose declares KP only got the Scout job "because everyone else wanted to shoot you!"
- Take That, Audience!: A minor one. A transition in "Double Rainbow" has Teric burning a piece of paper that seems to be a petition to have him permanently replace Bliss as BLU Heavy.
- Those Two Guys:
- Keyframe and Lightning Bliss.
- Thespio and Jasper.
- Three... Two... One...: In "Mission Unpossible", when GoldenFox rushes in blindly into the teleporter to try saving Keyframe, Voice of Reason lowers his head and fatalistically counts down from three... cue explosion, followed by Fox sent flying away screaming and crashing.Keyframe: [through radio] You know he kind of deserved it for calling me "Schmoopy-Doo". Urk.
- Torches and Pitchforks: In "Power Up", both team get worked up into pulling the torches and gazoline on learning that KP doesn't like video games, ready to burn her at the stake. That is, until Dr. Wolf shouts them down.
- Tranquil Fury: Doc barely raises his voice above a whisper when talking to Bliss and Twink after the latter's rampage throughout the town, but each word drops like a tombstone and rightfully freak the rainbow-colored pair out.
- Troll: AnY acts as a bit of a troll in "A New Challenge???", pretending to forget Keyframe's name. He claims it's because he's German.
- Twitchy Eye: Dr. Wolf gets a serious case of the twitch in "Great Scott, This Is Heavy!" after learning that Silver Quill has a Super Mode he could have used in all the deadly situations they had faced in the past.
- Unwanted Assistance: In-Universe, Finn is hired as the BLU team's manservant, but his eagerness to help gets him in the way. His introductory episode even uses "Stop Helping Me!!!" as the title.
- We Need a Distraction: What gets KP hired. She's good at drawing the other team's attention by being a bit obnoxious without dying from it.
- Wham Episode:
- "A New Challenger Approaches..." features the reveal of AntonyC as the Administrator and Dustykatt as Saxton Hale.
- "Seven Nation Army" Epilogue has Lily Peet being revealed as Grey Mann (creator of the robot army), and her forming an (intentional) alliance with Antony.
- "Mercenary Melodies", which is for the most part a Looney Tunes parody consisting of Toon-style antics between Voice of Reason and Jasper Pie, takes a shocking turn at the end when the two are ambushed by robots and after fighting them off (off-screen), discover a Memo from The Director addressed to "RM" and "BM", which after reading they run away in a panic, setting the scene for "Red vs. Blue".
- "Red vs. Blue" has Dr. Wolf reveal the nature behind the Respawn Generator and that it takes the innate natural magic of the team to bring them back to life whenever they end up dying. It is then revealed that Dr. Wolf himself possesses no innate natural magic whatsoever; meaning that he has to constantly struggle to keep alive in the TF2 Matches compared to the others.AnthonyC: How have you been able to use the Respawn Generator to come back to life?
Dr. Wolf: [beat] ...I haven't...
- Wham Shot:
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: AnY, who has a natural German accent, whenever trying to force a Scottish accent as the Demoman. Lampshaded by the Mad Munchkin in "Seven Nation Army".
- Worth It: Silver Quill doesn't mind the drawbacks of using a mini gun.Silver Quill: I can't feel my limbs, but this is awesome!
- Worthy Opponent: The reason why Dustykatt chooses to spare the team in "Seven Nation Army" Part 4.
- You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!:
- GoldenFox's reaction to Lightning Bliss, a tiny cute alicorn, cheerfully walking by carrying a minigun with no effort.
- Voice of Reason has this reaction when Dustykatt catches a bullet from his sniper rifle in his teeth.
- Zerg Rush: Both teams try this against Dustykatt after engaging him separately fails. However, they are in turn met with a robot pony army seemingly called in by Dustykatt. Part two of "Seven Nation Army" ends with a more coordinated version underway.