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The Shisno Paradox

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The Freudian Excuse given by Doc about his dead younger brother Deke in "A Pizza The Action." Was Deke actually real, or was it just a sob story concocted by O'Malley to guilt Grif into giving him the time gun?
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • One of the biggest complaints about Season 15 was the frequent use of references and meta humor. While this season does still have jokes of this type, they're not used nearly as much.
    • Additionally, the complaint that Season 15 was standalone and not related to any larger arcs was responded to in that not only would The Shisno Paradox be a multi-season arc stretching over two seasons, but that some Arc Welding would later reveal Loco's time machine in Season 15 was the result of Chrovos.
    • Some fans complained about Season 16 introducing truly supernatural elements into the series in the form of the Cosmic Powers went against the previously grounded sci-fi elements seen in previous seasons. It's eventually revealed that the Cosmic Powers are actually hyper-advanced A.I.s perpetuating a God Guise.
  • Broken Base:
    • While the previous two seasons were already Contested Sequels, The Shisno Paradox fractured things only seven episodes in. Dissers disliked the show, saying it was ditching grounded sci-fi and increased drama for a Denser and Wackier route that even includes a live-action character. Others pointed out the Blood Gulch Chronicles were equally silly, the comedy is on point, and the surreal and unpredictable plot is making things more interesting.
    • Characterization was also a contested point, with most regarding Tucker, who was back at being a egocentric Casanova Wannabe. Claims of derailment and ignoring development were raised, yet fans and Joe Nicolosi himself claimed that while Tucker evolved and became a leader because he stood up for the task, him being a self-centered womanizer never left, only got downplayed. Once he was paired with Sister, there was reason for those flaws to resurface, things to go wrong, and eventually Sister call Tucker out.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Grif immediately trying to kill himself with a grenade after he learns that pizza has been Retconned out of existence by Genkins.
    • Similarly, there's Grif attempting to kill Doc for making an absurdly healthy vegan pizza in "A Pizza The Action."
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Jax Jonez acting as a Prima Donna Director and treating his cast and crew like garbage is a lot less funny to watch after accusations of excessive crunch and unpaid overtime would start to circle out from former Rooster Teeth employees in July of 2019.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Episode 11 has an angry Atlus venting off by firing energy beams at a moon, and the last one shatters part of it, just like on RWBY. Come Volume 6 of that show, and Remnant's cracked moon apparently was caused by a god throwing a fit.
    • Epsilon-Church having done a God Guise while in the form of a monitor during Revelation becomes even more hilarious when it's revealed that the Cosmic Powers are Monitors themselves.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Genkins blatantly goes flying over this when he kills Huggins by sending her into a black hole, of which Huggins already has an intense fear of due to one having killed her parents.
  • Older Than They Think: Yes, the Blood Gulch Chronicles could (and did) get as insanely goofy as this season did. The following season downright lampshades this in the second episode, as during a Mental Time Travel scene, Grif states "we do weird shit all the time."
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: In Season 15, many viewers disliked Jax Jonez and saw him as an annoying guy who only liked to deliver gratuitous movie references. His appearances in Season 16, as a Prima Donna Director with a Hair-Trigger Temper, were much better received.
  • Scapegoat Creator: Joe Nicolosi has come under heavy fire from the detractors of the season, with the blame for inconsistencies and plot points placed solely on him. Unlike Season 15 however, he actually has a co-writer this season: Jason Weight. Despite being co-writer, Nicolosi is the one who more often than not gets the blame.note  To both Nicolosi and Weight's credit, though, they've been very vocal about taking criticism into account when moving forward. And when Nicolosi had to depart from Season 17 due to other commitments, some viewers still didn't feel fully relieved on seeing the controversial showrunner leave, instead feeling sympathy in that he at least should've been able to finish the story arc he started.
  • Seasonal Rot: As part of the unfortunate trend where almost every season after 13 seems to be more negatively received than its predecessor, many fans were not kind to Season 16, deeming it as poorly conceived in its Denser and Wackier approach while having major pacing problems and possible derailing of the characters.
  • Signature Scene: The ending fight through time and space between Donut and O'Malley in "Paradox." Even the season's detractors have praised it as one of the best fight scenes out of the entire series.
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: One of the main criticisms levied against the season is how, after the Reds and Blues first get the time guns in the second episode of the season, it's not until around the end of the twelfth episode that the story really kicks it into high gear.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: The focus on space gods and Magitek, combined with a comedic bent, and the usual brightly colored armor already present in the show, makes for a very present Thor: Ragnarok feel. Kalirama's introduction even has a similar tone to Hela's in the film, while the score of the season sounds almost lifted directly from the movie's soundtrack.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The season's introduction, which shows Muggins' flight back to Starseeds, is absolutely gorgeous.


  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Two of the criticisms raised against The Shisno Paradox was that despite being the ostensible main character of the season, Donut didn't have that many lines or scenes, and his Heel–Face Turn in "Paradox" came across as somewhat of an Ass Pull due to how mean the Blood Gulch Crew had previously been to him. Here, Donut is given the central focus from the first episode onward, to the point where he really is The Protagonist of Singularity. Additionally, Donut goes through significant Character Development and gains much more of a spine (with him no longer accepting the crap that everyone else throws at him), to the point where he gives a vicious "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the rest of the Blood Gulch Crew before they all bury the hatchet by the end of the season.
      • Relatedly, many fans last season were initially excited with the idea for a female villain in this series when Kalirama was first introduced, but were disappointed when the male King Atlus instead took the reins for most of the story and Chrovos (who had a male voice) later became the overarching antagonist. In Singularity, Chrovos takes on a female voice and form voiced by fan-favorite Lee Eddy, and also has either female or gender-neutral pronouns used throughout most of the season.
    • invoked In response to the many complaints raised against what many saw as Character Derailment for Tucker over the last few seasons, "Succession" has Tucker actually acknowledge this to Genkins and him going through Character Rerailment to be more like how he was acting during The Chorus Trilogy, with him even willingly deferring to Donut's position as the new team leader.
    • The kerfuffle raised over the Retcon last season concerning the definition of "Shisno" is resolved here by Chrovos explaining that the term being used for their servants comes from a prophecy by the alien Fates (who are apparently racist).
    • Huggins surviving Genkins' black hole is this on two levels - Not only were many fans happy to see one of the most popular characters of the previous season come back, but others were happy to see one of the only openly LGBT characters in the entire series not only be confirmed to still be alive, but also have Completely Immortality (meaning the show wouldn't ever be able to Bury Your Gays in her case).
  • Broken Base:
    • Grif and Simmons' Labyrinth illusions, as seen in "Omphalos" and "Theogeny." Several fans were disappointed that the illusions given to them (namely, Grif being forced by a sadistic gym teacher to run through a Wipeout obstacle course turned Up to Eleven, and Simmons being chased by a UFO wanting to "utilize his penis in scientific experiments") were significantly goofier than those experienced by the other members of the Blood Gulch Crew (i.e., Carolina confronting her own self-hatred and confusion over her identity in the form of herself from during the days of Project Freelancer, Wash being Forced to Watch as all of his friends die pointlessly in an assault, Kaikaina/Sister returning to her and Grif's family home that she accidentally burned down, Tucker being left completely alone and suffering a panic attack due to his need for company, Sarge being given a taste of monotonous civilian life followed by getting unwillingly shoved head-first into the horrors of war, and Lopez experiencing what it's like to be an English-speaking human - and being Driven to Suicide as a result), as the other illusions were all either rather serious or at least more insightful with what they had to say alongside their comedic moments. That being said, some other fans liked Grif and Simmons' Labyrinth illusions for being more comedic since they feel it helped serve as a way to "calm down" after the more dramatic illusions were shown.
    • invoked Wash having to retain his brain damage going into the future. Some found it to be an unnecessary example of Badass Decay being forced upon Wash, some others found it to be an effectively tragic moment that can create interesting new future storylines, and there's countless more fans somewhere in-between.
  • Catharsis Factor:
    • After watching Genkins possess Church and act like a massive Jerkass to everyone for half the season, seeing Caboose furiously tackle him in "Self-Fulfilling Odyssey" and beat the absolute fuck out of him is immensely satisfying.
    • Donut chewing out the rest of the Blood Gulch Crew in "Limbo" for them having treated him like crap for so many years.
    • Doc managing a Split-Personality Merge with his Evil Twin O'Malley in "Theogeny" can be seen as this, as it's something finally going Doc's way after having been consistently mocked/ignored for the last two seasons.
  • Crack Pairing: The previously minuscule Donut/Wash ship got a lot of mileage after the two formed an Odd Friendship this season.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • It really says something about the quality of writing for Singularity when Wash shooting Donut from all the way back during Recreation is successfully turned into a hilarious Running Gag here.
    • Caboose beating the crap out of Genkins while he's possessing Church in "Self-Fulfilling Odyssey"? Awesome! Caboose continuing to beat up poor Church after Genkins has left his body and Church starts freaking out? Hilarious.
    • Sister's attempts to gaslight Tucker before the latter regains his memory in "Limbo" really shouldn't be as funny as they are.
    • While trying to cause a paradox in "Finally," Genkins makes an utterly absurd and convoluted attempt at summarizing the Director's efforts in creating Tex to replace Allison, the Director's horrible management of Project Freelancer, and Church being the Alpha A.I. - all of which is done by him in a terrible falsetto while he's possessing first Andy and then Tex during the events of "Why Were We Here?". Church is appropriately baffled.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Donut downright describes Chrovos as having turned into "a big and sexy frightening lady". Viewers reacted the same way, with Lee Eddy's portrayal helping a lot.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Practically turned Up to Eleven. Not only are there the near-countless alternative timelines created within the Everwhen by Genkins' meddling, but there's also Carolina's time while re-enlisted as a common foot soldier in the UNSC, Lopez's journeys while lost in space for countless millions of years, and Donut's plans for exploring the universe on his own.
  • He Really Can Act: While Dan Godwin's performance as Donut has never been necessarily seen as bad throughout the series, many viewers have been very impressed with his voicework this season as Donut has taken charge and become a more assertive character (along with forming an Odd Friendship with Wash).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • While Caboose's comments about how "time is made of circles" from The Blood Gulch Chronicles were already funny, they become hilariously prescient here once it's revealed that black holes in the RvB verse allow time to loop back on itself to the Big Bang - So Caboose was right all along!
    • Black holes form a major part of the storyline for Singularity, being responsible for Huggins not getting Killed Off for Real, the Genkins/Chrovos Stable Time Loop, and other story aspects. Roughly halfway through the season, the first picture of a black hole in human history was taken.
    • As noted under Fanon on the main series YMMV page, most fans seem to believe that the Freelancers fought in the Human-Covenant War, though there still hasn't been any specifics declared one way or the other. This season reveals that Carolina actually did fight in the Great War... but only when she was Faking the Dead and had re-enlisted as a common foot soldier in the UNSC under a fake name after having been thrown off a cliff by the Meta. So, while Carolina herself has fought in the Great War, Carolina as a Freelancer Agent still never actually did!
  • It's Short, So It Sucks!: Easily the biggest criticism of the season is that it's the shortest season of Red vs. Blue yet, clocking out at only 12 total episodes and with several of those aforementioned episodes not being that much longer than the typical RvB episode of seasons past.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Lopez being permanently lost in outer space via jumping into a black hole while within the Labyrinth. Very few fans, if any, were that surprised to see Lopez pop back up at the end of the season finale, especially after Huggins' "death" had previously shown that black holes in the RvB verse loop time backwards to the Big Bang.
  • Memetic Mutation: Wash's enraged yell during "The Not-So-Good Ol' Days" has quickly become a popular forum reaction image within the Rooster Teeth fandom.
  • More Popular Replacement: While Ray Schilens as Chrovos wasn't exactly hated during The Shisno Paradox, Lee Eddy's take on the character has proven to be significantly more popular with fans due to a greater focus on Deadpan Snarker humor and Eddy already being a big fan-favorite among the greater Rooster Teeth fandom.
  • Narm Charm:
  • One-Scene Wonder: Like with Season 15, but to an even greater extent, the entirety of Project Freelancer shown through "The Not-So-Good Ol' Days"note  had viewers screaming ecstatically.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Chrovos and Genkins were previously deemed as boring antagonists during The Shisno Paradox, especially because of their limited screentime (the latter is only revealed as a villain in the final two episodes). Come the next season, both are on the spotlight from the get-go and most fans seem to prefer how they're employed in amusing ways, particularly Chrovos' new characterization as a condescending woman (who is also vaguely maternal towards Donut, strangely enough) voiced by fan favorite Lee Eddy.
    • On more of a metatextual level, Jason Weight (the season's writer) was previously disliked by a not-insignificant portion of the fanbase, with many having blamed him for Season 16's Seasonal Rot since he helped write some of that season's more contentious episodes. However, opinion has starkly shifted concerning him after Singularity was released, with numerous fans stating that they're now excited to see him write his own story arc going into the future.
  • Ship Tease: Carolina/Washington got even more love this season than it did in Season 15 & The Shisno Paradox (with Carolina's Love Confession to Washington in "Succession" after supposedly claiming she only sees Wash as a brother raising numerous eyebrows), though Donut/Washington has also become significantly more popular due to the unexpected chemistry displayed between Shannon McCormick and Dan Goodwin.
  • Signature Scene: A few.
  • Special Effects Failure: Downplayed, but the sound editing on several characters with noticeable voice filters (i.e., Delta, Locus, and Kimball) generally leaves something to be desired.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Much to the pleasant surprise of the audience, Singularity has quickly become the most beloved season in the series since The Chorus Trilogy, with the main complaintsnote  being seen as largely inconsequential in the face of the hilarious comedy, clever story, improved pacing, Character Rerailment, impressive animation (again, for the most part), and overall great use of previously ignored/shelved characters and pairings.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Probably one of the most vocal criticisms of the season is that both Alpha-Church and Delta weren't given significant roles in the story aside from some relatively brief gags.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: As alluded to above, many fans were disappointed with Simmons' Labyrinth illusion being entirely comedic and not giving any real insight into his character.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The fight between Present!Carolina and Past!Carolina within the Labyrinth is generally seen as some of the best combat-related animation used in the show since the fight scenes in Season 13.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Even if it directly followed the story of its very divisive predecessor, Singularity has evaded similar vitriol, with the vast majority of viewers liking the comedy, screentime given to usually neglected characters/pairings, and story directions. What certainly helps is that after a whole season of build-up, the stakes and antagonists were set right away in this season.


  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Church gets this on several levels.
    • How does he really feel about his teammates? Despite his repeated declarations of hatred towards all of the Blood Gulch Crew, he does seem to care about other blues at least a little bit. Notably, when Caboose gets shot in Season 5, he lets out an honest Big "NO!", and he seemed to despise him the most.
    • Did Alpha-Church really died not believing himself to be an AI? Perhaps yes. Perhaps he knew it to be true, but he was simply in denial. Or perhaps he fully realized this, and his last words were simply an attempt to calm himself down before pulling off a Heroic Sacrifice, or even just a grim joke?
    • While this is something of an existential question, how much does Epsilon have to do with Church's previous incarnation? Is he a legitimate reincarnation, or is he just someone who started to resemble Church after letting some of his memories sink in?
  • Archive Panic: Along with the first 13 seasons on Netflix (and the following three also on DVD), every episode - plus the miniseries and many of the PSAs - is available on Rooster Teeth's website, with the ones prior to Season 17 also on the series' own YouTube channel! Of course it's over 300 episodes, resulting in at least one whole day of footage, so binging all at once is not recommended.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Agent Carolina. One sides sympathizes with her, pointing how she was the victim of the Director's manipulations as well as betrayal by her teammates. They also appreciate her relationship with York and were saddened that they were never able to get together. The other side hates her for being a Jerkass in the present day to the Reds and Blues and blames her for everything that went wrong with Project Freelancer, even though all of it wasn't her fault. The later seasons have made her much more well-loved, however, as she Took a Level in Kindness, seeing the Blood Gulch Crew as her new family, and outright fears them dying (and even saw them die in Santa's vision). And in Season 15, she seems to have become just as crazy as the crew.
    • In a more played-straight example, Vic's quirky and bizarre nature makes viewers find him either utterly hilarious or unbearably annoying.
  • Better Than Canon: Many fans consider the increasingly dark and intricate plots to be better than those of Halo.
  • Broken Base:
    • The Season 13 PSA about trigger warnings resulted in a pretty instant, pretty messy split between three camps: Those who felt the episode was hilarious for lampooning the Political Correctness Gone Mad tendencies of some trigger warning users (As well as pointing out how these people make it hard to take real triggers seriously thanks to their overusage of them for mundane things), those who don't find the jokes funny due to the reason behind trigger warnings in the first placenote , and those who didn't care either way for the episode, but found it in poor taste to release something so controversial despite knowing and lampshading the backlash it would cause, given RT's own very anti-politics-on-site nature. Then there's the smaller camp who found the intense reactions from both sides ridiculously over sensitive or hypocritical, regardless of if they themselves liked or disliked the video and regardless of their own opinion on trigger warnings.
    • When the series should have ended, if it should've ended at all. Some say it should've ended at Season 5, since it gives a sincerely sad ending to a hilarious series about how pointless everything was. Others say Season 10, with the lore and formula having been deconstructed and reconstructed, backstory having been explained, and characters having been pushed to their limits. Still others say Season 13, with The Chorus Trilogy giving fresh air to the franchise, proving it can work in an overall new setting, and ending with the death of what is essentially the show's main character. Season 14 was controversial in and of itself, but some say Vic's goodbye speech would've been an acceptable ending. And of course, others are happy that the series is still ongoing.
    • The biggest split thus far has been between those who like the series for the military-themed dialogue-focused comedy of the Blood Gulch Chronicles (particularly Seasons 4 and 5) versus those who prefer the action-thriller direction and deeper plot that Season 6 and beyond have adopted.
    • Ever since Season 15, is Joe Nicolosi doing a good job as showrunner, or is he derailing the characters and the meta comedy and unusual plot choices he's added in are harmful? And related to the above, the dissers are often those who preferred the plot-heavy seasons while the show is leaning back towards the comedy.
    • On a more downplayed note, whether or not Donut should've stayed dead after Wash "killed" him in Season 7. While there's a general consensus that Donut is still hilarious and it's overall nice to have him as part of the Blood Gulch Crew, some have complained that the irritating trend of fans almost never taking characters' deaths at face value in this series wouldn't have become as nearly apparent if Donut had just stayed dead the first time around. Naturally, others disagree on this.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Sigma, representing the Alpha's ambition and creativity, is the most evil AI in the Meta. Interested in becoming human, Sigma gradually took over the mind of Agent Maine and increased his violence. He also manipulated Agent Carolina into getting two AI, leading to a mental breakdown, and helped torture the Alpha. Using Maine, Sigma stole Carolina's AI before nearly killing her. As part of the Meta, Sigma hunted down other Freelancer's for their equipment and AI. The AI would be forcibly implanted into the Meta, whether they were willing or not. He also slaughtered multiple simulation teams as well as any recovery agents encountered. In a final bid to steal the Alpha, Sigma and the Meta attacked Freelancer Command, killing everyone stationed there and cornering and almost killing Agent Washington. Even with his destruction by EMP, Sigma's manipulation ensured that the broken Maine would continue to act as the Meta.
    • Chairman Malcom Hargrove is the corrupt CEO of Charon Industries. Using his position, Hargrove illegally used UNSC soldiers as a private security force. Starting up investigation against Project Freelancer, Hargrove used it to take Freelancer's technology for his own use while arresting anyone involved in the project, even going as far as releasing a serial killer from prison to help him. Finding alien artifacts on the planet Chorus, he hired a group of Space Pirates to kill everyone on the planet by manipulating them into a Civil War. He sent ships containing cargo for the mercenaries to use to the planet, where the mercs killed everyone on the ship and steal the cargo for their own use. When the Reds and Blues got involved, Hargrove took advantage by having them escalate the conflict with the intention to kill them when they were no longer necessary. When the mission was jeopardized, he threatened to kill his lead mercs by sending a new agent to finish the job. When exposed, he decided to kill as many of the people as possible out of spite rather than surrender.
    • Felix, real name Isaac Gates is a Psycho for Hire with a love for killing. When he fought in the Great War, he never showed any mercy to his enemies, even those that were trying to surrender. When one of his teammates, Locus, was broken by the war, Felix kept him from getting help and molded him into his partner. Hired to create a Civil War on the planet Chorus, the mercenary took pleasure in infiltrating one the sides while he was leading them to their deaths. He also led the raid on a prison ship where the entire crew is killed and the prisoners who are not worthy to join forces with him ejected from the ship. Hearing about the Purge, he was unable to resist being the one to personally kill off everyone, showing that he doesn't care about the orders and more about just killing for the hell of it, perfectly willing to sacrifice his own men to do so. When the Purge Temple was destroyed, Felix pointlessly went after the Reds and Blues just so he can kill them.
    • Genkins The Trickster was part of a false pantheon of gods, "The Cosmic Powers", meant to trick other species into subservience. Desiring true godhood, he joined forces with Chrovos to remake the universe In Their Own Image. He proceeded to help manipulate the Reds and Blues into causing a Time Crash, going as far as to exploit Wash's PTSD he gained from his neck injury and generating a mini black hole to sadistically murder Huggins when she tried to interfere. After the time crash, Genkins traveled around the time stream to cause further paradoxes to further weaken Chrovos's prison. Eventually, Genkins steals Chrovos's power to devour them alive before trapping the Reds and Blues in the Labyrinth so they can be psychologically tortured to the point of committing suicide.
  • Contested Sequel: Three out of the four most recent seasons have unfortunately developed this reputation, though for varying reasons: Season 14 dropped continuing the plot in lieu of exploring other stories through an anthology, Season 15 was criticized for wasted potential and such, and Season 16 got a controversial reception for going on far more of a Denser and Wackier route than any of the previous seasons. Season 17 seems to have avoided this for the most part due to a mix of better pacing in its narrative and Character Rerailment (among other factors).
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • Sarge. His plans generally make no logical sense, yet tend to bring surprisingly good results once he gets to execute them. Most notably, he caught Agent Washington at gunpoint by disguising himself as a cardboard imitation of himself, helped kill the Meta by tying a car to him and tossing it off of a frozen cliff, and made an adrenaline-fueled slow-motion car crash happen in real life.
    • North Dakota, while more or less sane, gets this reputation In-Universe for his unconventional battle tactics such as using the upgrade that has 99.9% chance of killing him on the spot and pulling off a Guns Akimbo with sniper rifles.
    Epsilon: North was a crazy son of a bitch.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Lots of the humor in this series darts across the line so many times that one can't keep track, what with moments like Private Jimmy's death at the hands of Tex, Freelancer Command having "Ctrl-F-U" as a keyboard shortcut for Caboose's teamkills, the numerous injuries poor Maine suffers through during the highway fight, the Reds and Blues completely forgetting that Doc had been sucked away into the Future Cubes for several months, the interviews conducted for finding the "right" Red Team Sargent and Tucker-analogues, Sarge's rant about the "Whites", Grif immediately trying to kill himself when he learns that pizza's been erased from history (The Shisno Paradox), and Wash shooting Donut being repeated ad nauseam to point of becoming a hysterical Running Gag (Singularity) all being the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
  • Cry for the Devil:
    • For all the Director's horrific war crimes, callous manipulation, large-scale Mind Rape, and callousness towards everyone, his love for Allison is his one sympathetic quality that reminds you he was once a decent human being. In the Season 10 finale, his breakdown into a hopeless and broken shell of a man is one of the saddest moments in the entire series.
    • Despite his years of killing and ruthless pragmatism, Locus is a troubled soldier still suffering from PTSD after the Human-Covenant War, having been essentially bullied into becoming a soulless killing machine by his own commander and Felix.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Quite a few, as to be expected of a series that's been running since 2003.
  • Epileptic Trees: Some of which have even come true.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Pick a Red vs. Blue fanfiction, any Red vs Blue fanfiction, if it even vaguely involves romance in some way chances are good that Grimmons (Grif/Simmons) will either be the main, secondary or supporting couple of said fic.
    • Tuckington (Tucker/Washington) also become pretty popular in the fandom after the events of the Chorus Civil War arc. It helps that the two spend almost all their time together during that arc and at least some of Tucker's motivation to become a better soldier is to rescue Wash after he's kidnapped at the end of Season 11.
    • Carolina/York is very popular thanks to their interactions, even though the latter died before anything could truly become out of it. CarWash/Washolina (Carolina/Wash) has also gained a lot of popularity after Season 15 Episode 10 and the copious amounts of Ship Tease the two characters got during both The Shisno Paradox and Singularity.
    • After the surprising amount of chemistry shown between Dan Goodwin and Shannon McCormick during Singularity, Donut/Wash ("Washnut") became significantly more popular and is now often a runner-up to both Tuckington and Carwash in the fanbase in terms of ships involving Wash.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Project Freelancer has inspired numerous pieces of fanfiction based on it, the questionable experiments it performed off-screen, and its various agents that all existed before the series occurred. What certainly helps is that only a handful out of the originally 50 agents were seen in The Project Freelancer Saga, and even then their observed missions were only a few out of the countless assignments they went on in actual canon.
  • Fanon: According to an inordinate number of fans...
    • Wash and C.T. had a romantic relationship, despite them only interacting twice in the show (though in fairness, both times implied they were closer than most Freelancers, but he still doesn't even react when she turns traitor... or when the Freelancers attack Charon Industries to capture/kill her). Alternately, Grif/Simmons. While Tucker does make a remark about them being in love during The Blood Gulch Chronicles, their relationship in the show is overall closer to being Heterosexual Life-Partners.
      • There's also a large group of fans who believe that at least some of the Freelancers served in the Human-Covenant War, with some specifically stating that Wash fought at the Battle of Reach. While Project Freelancer's origins are confirmed as being related to the Great War (specifically, Project Freelancer was created as a "magic-bullet" program during the midst of the war so as to save humanity by both experimenting on human-A.I. interactions and the various possible threats that soldiers would encounter on the galactic battlefield), no Freelancers have been recorded as actually getting involved in the Great War during the series. Amusingly, Red vs. Blue: The Ultimate Fan Guide actually states Wash did fight in the Great War... but only before he ever became a Freelancer.
    • Crunchbite was reincarnated as Junior. There's some evidence for this in the series, but it's far from explicitly said.
    • Epsilon is metastable/rampant. Metastability in the Halo universe is, to borrow a phrase from the forums, a big deal, involving some very obvious and extreme stages. Epsilon hasn't really exhibited any of these (except maybe anger) and it's likely he's not even capable of it (being a fragment, not a full A.I.), yet it's such a common fan theory that it's often stated as fact, even on This Very Wiki.
    • Carolina's nickname (often given to her by York) is "Lina." She's never called anything but Carolina in the show, though, even by York. Alternately, her real name is Carol, and she's also almost always shown using the gravity hammer, despite using it just twice in the series—pistols or melee are much more part of her fighting style, yet fans have latched onto the grav hammer instead.
    • Sarge was previously an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper. It is mentioned that Sarge jumped out of ships "during the war", so it's possible, but again, it's far from confirmed. However, this actually became a case of Canon Immigrant status in Season 15, with Sarge outright mentioning him having previously being in the ODST.
    • Character appearances have been pretty well cemented by Luke McKay's fan art, leading most people to believe Caboose is a blonde, Grif and Simmons have brown hair, Tex has red hair, Church has black hair and stubble, etc. While Church's appearance has sort of been confirmed (the Director indeed looks like an older, even grumpier Luke McKay Church), some of the others are definitely not correct (Tucker is implied to be black along with Grif & Sister both being implied to be Hawaiian, unlike Luke McKay's white depiction of all three, and both Wash and Tex are blondes... or at least the original Allison was a blonde).
    • After the Freelancer Prequel Duology in Season 14 ("The Triplets" and "The 'Mission'"), most fans think that Freelancer Agent Ohio's group and Charon Agent Sherry's group were the main inspiration for the Red & Blue Teams (or at least gave the Director the initial idea for them). Also, many fans think that the icy wasteland of a planet they're stranded on is Sidewinder (since it's the only other ice planet encountered in the series).
    • In Singularity, it's revealed that Carolina spent the years in-between the Meta throwing her off a cliff on Sidewinder and getting the Reds and Blues to help her break out Epsilon as a common foot soldier in the UNSC under the false name of "McCallister." Most fans have taken this to mean that McCallister was Allison Church's maiden name, though there's no real evidence for/against that in the show itself.
  • Fountain of Memes: More often then not, expect Caboose to be quoted by fans of Red vs. Blue.
  • Friendly Fandoms: As one could expect, it has one with both the rest of Rooster Teeth's work and Halo itself.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Caboose's Image Song I'm Your Best Friend was once a heartwarming (and hilarious) single about Caboose's happiness when he's near Church. Come Season 13's ending, the song is nothing but heartbreaking since Caboose will likely never see Church again. And he was already The Woobie to begin with...
  • Gateway Series: Expect most people to mention Red vs. Blue as the series that got them into Machinima, Rooster Teeth, or both.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Early in the series, Grif saves Sarge from a bullet wound to the head with CPR, and Sarge (unfairly) chews him out for such a stupid choice of medical attention. Years later, when mass shootings became a major hot button issue in 2018, Rick Santorum got into hot water for suggesting students learn CPR.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A PSA was released before Season 16 that was a very thinly veiled Take That, Audience! towards those complaining about how the season was being uploaded to and not YouTube. Season 16 was then released a year later on YouTube to help promote Season 17 (which is still "only" on
  • He's Just Hiding!: With the show's habit of going from Death Is Cheap to Deader Than Dead in suitably serious moments, you can see why there's so many examples.
    • Many fans don't buy the Meta's Disney Villain Death and believe he will make a reappearance. As of Season 13, Maine is confirmed dead but his empty armor is in the possession of Malcolm Hargrove. Many episodes were spent hammering in the fact that yes, he's indeed dead, and the Meta died the moment the EMP wiped out all the original AI fragments.
    • The Freelancers get this a lot. After spending two seasons characterizing them with their own flaws and friendships that made them very likable, they're still doomed to die in ignoble, humiliating deaths and some fans really still hold out hope that some will make a reappearance, unlikely as it seems.
    • At the end of Season 13, Epsilon defragments himself in order to create new AI that can manage Tucker's suit, effectively erasing him from existence. Since this isn't the first, second, or even third time an incarnation of Leonard Church has died, many fans were hoping this would be another bluff. Unfortunately for said fans, he's confirmed to be Killed Off for Real in Season 15.
    • The same holds true for Texas/Allison, even if Epsilon made sure to delete her from his mind, ensuring she could never come back as a part of him. The Director seemed to have another copy lying around, but all of his works were explicitly destroyed by his own order. This is just as well, since the memory of Allison is exhausted being constantly brought back.
    • Some fans still believe Felix is alive against all odds and the show's established laws of nature. The temples confirmed he was dead as Locus was able to wield the key that could only be used by a true warrior once the previous was dead. Considering Donut already died and came back once or twice, anything's possible.
    • You can also add the Triplets. While it's never stated they're dead, the fact that they were left on a barren planet with a trio of enemies that has a limited supply of food and alcohol, and Project Freelancer never bothered to send rescue, some fans hope they made it out regardless. Being possible surviving Freelancers and having a canonical lesbian in their group doesn't hurt.
  • Ho Yay: Has its own page. It's even gotten to a point where the creators lampshade it outside the show.
  • Iron Woobie: Tex consistently fails at whatever she's trying to do, not that it stops her from trying or being a badass while doing so. The same can also be said of Carolina and Wash, though they go on to actually learn from the past and resolve to put their mistakes behind them.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Agent Washington, to the point where he's generally seen as the "fandom bicycle."
    • Tucker surprisingly got into this territory after he got significant Character Development in The Chorus Trilogy.
    • After his face was eventually revealed during the Merc Trilogy in Season 14, Locus became incredibly popular to ship with other characters, with the Ho Yay already being pretty blatant between him and both Felix and Wash.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Has gotten an increasingly vocal and sizable one as the series has gone on, helped along by both the copious amount of Ho Yay the series has to offer and the show improving its own LGBT representation over time.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Doctor Leonard Church served as the Director of Project Freelancer, who mourned the loss of his beloved wife. Founding his military program to test out the use of equipment with AI implantation in soldiers, the Director reverse engineered Split Personality in the one AI he had, the Alpha, to create fragments. The Director emotionally manipulated his soldiers to test out which AI matched which soldier and examined certain effects. The Director used turned one of his AI into Agent Texas, who would carry out dirty work for him. The Director also used his agents to steal equipment to perform more experiments. After the implosion of Freelancer and the apparent death of his daughter, Agent Carolina, the Director regrouped Freelancer, successfully hiding away the Alpha to keep him safe. When Washington rebelled and activated the EMP, the Director tried to use the Meta to stop him. Investigated by Chairman Hargrove, the Director argued that his actions were for the good of humanity, but submitted to possible arrest. In the end after a meeting with his alive daughter, the Director killed himself realizing that he could never bring back his beloved Allison.
    • Aiden Price was the Counselor of Project Freelancer. The Counselor emotionally manipulated the agents to serve the Director needs, and as such knew many things about them. After the implosion, the Counselor helped coordinate both the Alpha's hiding and Florida's disappearance. Serving as head of Recovery, the Counselor used his agents to track down the Meta at any cost, and ultimately brought the Reds and Blues in for help. After his imprisonment, the Counselor joined the Chorus genocide campaign with Charon mercenaries, manipulating a former Charon employee to act as an enforcer without giving away his former occupation. The Counselor was the only one who realized that the people of Chorus could win and doom the operation, but was unable to get his allies to flee before being killed.
    • Agent Wyoming, real name Reginald, and his AI partner Gamma, representing the Alpha's deceit, are the primary operators of Omega's plan. Hired by Omega to assassinate Tucker, Wyoming allowed a bomb to go off that knocked the Reds and Blues unconscious. Gamma manipulated an alien race into a believing prophecy, leading one alien to impregnate Tucker before being killed by Wyoming. After Wyoming sent Omega back to Blood Gulch to find a new host, he confronted and killed Agent York, and managed to escape Texas. Wyoming and Gamma reunited and headed to Blood Gulch to retrieve Tucker's alien son for Omega to possess and control the Covenant. Wyoming used his time distortion unit to cheat in battle, and when seemingly killed unleashed time copies to continue to fight. Wyoming's final push before his death was to reveal the full extent of his plan to get Tex on his side.
    • Sigma was split from the Alpha's creativity and ambition. Sigma became very interest in becoming human, and controlled Agent Maine for his full ambitions. Sigma also manipulated Agent Carolina into getting two AI, just to see the results, and ultimately almost offed Carolina to get both of those AI. As the Meta, Sigma hunted down agents for their AI, but also recognized more pragmatic choices to leave them behind, such as to get more equipment or recharge power. Upon realizing that Wash and the Blue Team were on his tail, the Meta remixed a transmission to trick the Red Team into distracting them while he stole Delta. The Meta secretly tagged along to the Freelancer Command Center, and tracked down and almost killed Wash to take the Alpha.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "It's a legitimate strategy!" (Camping.) Explanation 
    • "That was the worst throw ever. Of all time." Explanation 
    • "Wait. That's illegal." Explanation 
    • "We've been tricked, we've been backstabbed and we've been quite possibly, bamboozled." Explanation 
  • Moe:
    • Caboose, for his childish personality and utterly absurd level of stupidity. However, his perpetually upbeat nature and suffering a lot throughout the series makes him endearing rather than annoying.
    • Wash, whenever he can relax and have fun, especially so in his younger days in Freelancer flashbacks.
    • Jensen's just so darn cute, even if we can't see her under the armor. The lisp certainly helps.
    • This accounts for Theta's popularity. In a series full of Black Comedy, characters who are Too Dumb to Live, casual abuse, and general suffering, the fact that he's a cute AI with the personality and voice of a little kid is just precious.
    • Huggins. Despite her having a darker side, many have found her adorable and perky personality to be quite endearing, to the point where she even proved to be quite popular among those who weren't a fan of Season 16 as a whole.
  • MST3K Mantra: Despite the obvious Cerebus Syndrome, Red vs. Blue is still a show that largely runs on Rule of Funny, and it's pretty safe to repeat this to oneself if you start trying to reason one's way through all of the Fridge Logic in the background.
  • Periphery Demographic:
    • A lot of RWBY fans, especially the YouTube reaction/reviewer community, have discovered the show on the off-season when they needed content to react to/review. Both might be Rooster Teeth productions, but they couldn't be any more different!
    • Way back in the beginning, Rooster Teeth were surprised that the show had a sizable fanbase among women along with the traditionally masculine "video game nerd/geek kind of market" that was the target audience.
  • Sequelitis:
    • Lightly referenced in the Gaming PSA.
      Simmons: Join us next time for part 2 of our series: sequels.
      Grif: Parts 3 and 4 are about that, too.
    • Despite this being jokingly referenced, Seasons 9 and 10 became much more popular than the previous seasons ever were, and the Chorus Trilogy is beloved by many fans for taking the series in a fresh direction. However, then came three divisive seasons, as noted above under Contested Sequel.
  • Society Marches On: While the vast majority of Red vs. Blue has aged rather well, many jokes/aspects of the earlier seasons definitely wouldn't fly if they had came out today and not in the 2000s and early 2010s. The Blood Gulch Chronicles probably gets this the worst, as the various examples of Innocently Insensitive Unfortunate Implications during its eventsnote  would all have gotten a noticeable backlash if they were to have been first released in 2019. Though to Rooster Teeth's credit, the series has actually adapted relatively well to the times by taking these criticisms into account, with it in turn focusing on having more politically correct humor as the series has gone on while either removing the series' more problematic elements or giving them a suitable Revision/Rewritenote .
  • Tough Act to Follow:
    • Reconstruction was such a drastic jump in quality with its fairly serious, Darker and Edgier plot and the genuinely intimidating villain of the Meta, that it's regarded as the go-to example of Cerebus Syndrome, and in the eyes of several fans just couldn't be topped. To the point most fans found Recreation a step down in spite of the funny moments. But then Revelation delivered huge payoffs to the plot developments of the previous scenes, while also introducing the awesome animated scenes by Monty Oum.
    • Then Season 10 one-upped the symphonic metal soundtrack, large cast of characters of both genders, slick, cinematic CG fight scenes that looked more impressive even than 8 and 9's, and wrapping up many ongoing storylines involving the Freelancers that looked like it could've ended the series then and there.
    • Nowadays, The Chorus Trilogy is another contender, with its back to basics approach that set out to have a new plot that had little to do with Freelancer agents, giving a fresh direction that blended drama and comedy seamlessly.
  • Unpopular Popular Character:
  • Win Back the Crowd: Fans who disliked the focus on action and intricate plot that dominated the Recollection (Seasons 6-8) and the Freelancer Saga (Seasons 9-10) were pleasantly surprised with the Chorus Trilogy (Seasons 11-13), for having more to do with the Blood Gulch Crew, a larger emphasis on classic RvB comedy, pulling focus away from giant action setpieces, making the action more grounded, and for bringing in a new, simpler plot that had little to do with the Freelancers.
  • The Woobie: Has its own page.


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