|Red vs. Blue|
The series logo since 2012
|Created by||Burnie Burns|
|Director(s)||Burnie Burns (1-10)|
Matt Hullum (2–4; 6; 8–10; 14)
Gavin Free (7)
Monty Oum (10)
Miles Luna (10-14)
Joe Nicolosi (14-16)
Joshua Ornelas (14; 17)
Austin Clark (17)
Torrian Crawford (Z)
Noël Wiggins (Z)
Joshua Kazemi (Z)
|Writer(s)||Burnie Burns (1–10; 12)|
Matt Hullum (2–4; 10; 14)
Monty Oum (10)
Eddy Rivas (10)
Miles Luna (10–14; 17)
Joe Nicolosi (14–16)
Jason Weight (16–17)
Torrian Crawford (Z)
Noël Wiggins (Z)
Joshua Kazemi (Z)
Ben Singer (14; Z)
|Cast||Burnie Burns (1-17)|
Matt Hullum (1-17)
Gus Sorola (1-17)
Geoff Ramsey (1-17)
Joel Heyman (1-17)
Jason Saldaña (1-17)
Dan Godwin (1-5; 7; 9-17)
Kathleen Zuelch (1-6; 8-10; 13-14)
Rebecca Frasier (5-6; 13-17)
Shannon McCormick (6-17)
Jen Brown (9-17)
Jeff Williams (8-10)
David Levy (13-17)
Aaron Caruthers (Z)
Omega Sparx (Z)
|No. of seasons||Total: 18 (+ 6 miniseries)|
|No. of episodes||Total: 364 (+ 5 non-canon episodes)|
|Original run||April 1, 2003 - present|
- "Some days they’re fighting each other and others they’re teaming up to save the world. What doesn’t change? No matter the form, the Red vs. Blue war rages on!"
- —Series synopsis
Red vs. Blue, often abbreviated as RvB, is a science-fiction comedy web television series created by Burnie Burns and produced by Rooster Teeth. The shows first seventeen seasons focused on the lives and adventures of the Reds and Blues from a box canyon known as Blood Gulch, while the eighteenth season, serving as a soft reboot for the series, focused on another group of soldiers known as Shatter Squad. With over 300 episode, Red vs. Blue is the longest running episodic web television series. Ever. Of all time.
The writing process for the series has changed over time. Early in season 1, Burns wrote the episode scripts from week to week, with minimal planning in advance; major plot events were conceived shortly before they were filmed. For the second season, Matt Hullum became a main writer. A rough plot outline is now written before a season begins, although the actual content of an individual episode is still decided on a more short-term basis. Because Red vs. Blue is loosely based on the Halo universe, Rooster Teeth encountered some difficulties when trying to synchronize events in the series with the release of Halo 2.
Aside from a few scenes created using Marathon Infinity, Marathon 2, and the PC version of Halo, Red vs. Blue is mostly filmed with interconnected Xbox consoles. Originally using the Halo: Combat Evolved engine, it has since been filmed using four sequels and one prequel of the popular video game franchise: Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 4, Halo: Reach, and Halo 5: Guardians as well as utilized Computer Generated Imagery. During The Blood Gulch Chronicles, episodes were largely set in the Halo map Blood Gulch and its Halo 2 counterpart, Coagulation while some episodes were filmed on other maps, including Sidewinder from Halo and Zanzibar from Halo 2. After The Blood Gulch Chronicles had ended, they began using more locations within later games, such as Valhalla from Halo 3 and Exile from Halo 4. Within a multiplayer game session, the people controlling the avatars "puppet" their characters, moving them around, firing weapons, and performing other actions as dictated by the script, and in synchronization with the episode's dialogue, which is recorded ahead of time.
The "camera" during the first four seasons was simply another player, whose first-person perspective is recorded raw to a computer. As the recording occurs within the game, a few different bugs and post-production techniques have been exploited in order to achieve desired visual effects. In particular, Adobe Premiere Pro is used to edit the audio and video together, impose letterboxing to hide the camera player's head-up display, add the titles and fade-to-black screens, and create some visual effects that cannot be accomplished in-game. For Season 5, the PC version of Halo 2 was used to film episodes, making use of detaching the camera. From Reconstruction onward, Halo 3's (along with its sequels/prequels) theater mode was utilized for shooting scenes that were more difficult to achieve using previous titles.
In 2009, Monty Oum was hired to work on small special effects in Recreation, most notably Epsilon's laser beam in Think You Know Someone. During the production of Revelation, Monty began working on animating the Red vs. Blue characters in Computer Generated Imagery, which was blended within Halo 3 by Nathan Zellner and Matt Hullum. Since then, Rooster Teeth has moved to a new office building with a whole empty storage room, used for motion capture. Rooster Teeth also currently have a full team of animators working on Red vs. Blue's animation, alongside Monty Oum. They have produced the Poser animation for Season 9 and Season 10.
During the production of the third saga, Rooster Teeth Productions decided to employ a new writer to the series. Around 2012, Miles Luna became the writer of Red vs. Blue, who has written for the Where There's a Will, There's a Wall mini-series and Season 10, did the next three seasons, The Chorus Trilogy. For Season 12, Chris Dike was hired to take over for the series' additional animation, which was blended with the in-game engine similar to Revelation. The full animation staff returned for Season 13, but did not return for the following seasons. Not knowing how to continue the cliffhanger set by the ending of Season 13, Rooster Teeth decided to make Season 14 an anthology with many writers, serving as an unofficial audition for the next showrunner. After writing The Brick Gulch Chronicles for Season 14, Joe Nicolosi was chosen to helm Season 15 and The Shisno Paradox. Jason Weight was brought on to co-write The Shisno Paradox and was later chosen to write Singularity while machinimators Joshua Ornelas and Austin Clark were promoted to directors.
In 2020, Torrian Crawford was brought on to helm a new soft reboot of the series as showrunner and co-director with Noël Wiggins and Joshua Kazemi, titled Red vs. Blue: Zero. This would later be followed by Family Shatters, a non-canonical spinoff of Zero, in 2021.
For 2022, Rooster Teeth has confirmed that while the main show will continue with a nineteenth season, it would not be produced right away as it will be the first in a "new storytelling phase" of Red vs. Blue that will most likely be unrelated to both Legacy and Zero, though there are plans to follow up on remaining plot threads from Legacy before this plan moves forward.
- Main article: List of Characters
- Super Colonel Sarge (ε) (Season 1-17)
- Captain Richard "Dick" Simmons (ε) (Seasons 1-17)
- Captain Dexter Grif (ε) (Season 1-17)
- Private Franklin Delano Donut (ε) (Seasons 1-5; Relocated-17)
- Lopez the Heavy (ε) (Seasons 1-7; 9-17)
- Agent Carolina (Seasons 9-17)
- Agent Washington (Recovery One-17)
- Captain Lavernius Tucker (ε) (Seasons 1-17)
- Captain Michael J. Caboose (ε) (Season 1-17)
- Kaikaina "Sister" Grif (Seasons 5-6; 13-17)
- Medical Officer Super Private First Class Frank "Doc" DuFresne (Seasons 2-5; 8; 10-11; 13-17)
- Private Leonard L. Church (Seasons 1-6; 9-10; 14-17)
- Agent Texas (Seasons 1-6; 9-10; 14; 17)
- Tex II (Seasons 8-9; 14; 17)
- Sheila (Seasons 1-6; 14; 17)
- Director Leonard Church (Season 6; 8; 9-10)
- Counselor Aiden Price (Recovery One-7; 9-10; 13)
- V.I.C. (ε) (Seasons 1-5; 9-MIA; 14-15)
- Agent Wyoming (Seasons 3-5; 9-10; 13-15; 17)
- Agent "The Meta" Maine (Recovery One-Season 10; 13-14; 17)
- Agent South Dakota (Recovery One-Season 6; 9-10; 13-14; 17)
- Agent New York (Out of Mind; Recovery One; Seasons 9-10; 13-15; 17)
- Agent North Dakota (Recovery One; Seasons 9-10; 13-15; 17)
- Agent "C.T." Connecticut (Seasons 9-10; 14; 17)
- Malcolm Hargrove (Seasons 6-7; 10; 12-14)
- Insurrectionist Leader "C.T." (Season 7; Seasons 9-10)
- Sharkface (Season 9; 13)
- Samuel "Locus" Ortez (Seasons 11-17)
- Isaac "Felix" Gates (Seasons 11-14; 17)
- President Vanessa Kimball (Seasons 11-15; 17)
- Doctor Emily Grey (Seasons 12-17)
- Lieutenant Charles Palomo (Seasons 12-16)
- Lieutenant Katie Jensen (Seasons 12-16)
- Lieutenant Antoine Bitters (Seasons 12-16)
- Lieutenant John Elizabeth Andersmith (Seasons 12-16)
- General Donald Doyle (Seasons 12-14)
- Santa (Season 13; 15; 17)
- Agent One (Zero)
- Agent Raymond (Zero)
- Agent Axel (Zero)
- Agent West (Zero)
- Agent East (Zero)
- Tiny (Zero)
The Blood Gulch Chronicles (Seasons 1-5)
The Blood Gulch Chronicles is the first main saga in the Red vs. Blue series, spanning 5 seasons, 100 episodes, and a 5-part mini-series.
The Recollection (Seasons 6-8)
The Recollection is the second saga in the main series. It includes Reconstruction, Recreation, and Revelation—seasons six, seven, and eight respectively. It also includes two mini-series: Recovery One and Relocated.
The Project Freelancer Saga (Seasons 9-10)
The Project Freelancer Saga is the third main saga of the series, spanning two seasons and two mini-series. Unlike the previous two sagas, however, the Project Freelancer saga focuses on prequel events taking place before The Blood Gulch Chronicles, as well as present-day events.
The Chorus Trilogy (Seasons 11-13)
The Chorus Trilogy is the fourth main saga of the series and takes place after the present-day events of Season 10. The story focuses on the Reds and Blues shipwrecked on a long forgotten planet and unexpectedly becoming involved in the planet's civil war.
Anthology (Season 14)
Season 14 was an anthology series based within the universe of Red vs. Blue, featuring various canonical and non-canonical episodes surrounding numerous characters and locations.
The Shisno Trilogy (Seasons 15-17)
The Shisno Trilogy is the fifth main saga of the series, taking place ten months after The Chorus Trilogy. The story focuses on the Reds and Blues getting themselves involved in an intergalactic conflict after being brought out of retirement by a reporter.
Zero (Season 18)
In 2020, Rooster Teeth produced a soft reboot of the series brainstormed by Torrian Crawford, titled Zero, the titular antagonist, a mysterious syndicate leader, seeks Ultimate Power while a special operations unit called Shatter Squad must work together to stop him. After just one season, this new direction would be dropped following a largely negative reaction, though will still remain canonical to what came before it. Family Shatters is the non-canonical sequel to this season.
Public Service Announcements, or PSAs, are short videos featuring the Reds and Blues delivering their opinions and suggestions for various topics. These are generally considered non-canonical to the main series, though various canon facts would first appear in a PSA such as Church's first name.
Special Episodes are short videos featuring the Reds and Blues, usually celebrating holidays or promoting events for other companies and properties such as Halo. Like PSAs, these are also generally considered non-canonical to the main series.
Team Slipspace: An Epic Grifball Saga is the first spinoff series of Red vs. Blue, centering on the athletes that make up the titular Grifball sports team.
Impact on Machinima
Red vs. Blue is widely credited with attracting public attention to Machinima. Although examples had existed since the 1990s, Clive Thompson credits Red vs. Blue as "the first to break out of the underground". Tavares, Gil, and Roque call it Machinima's "first big success". Thompson notes that "Microsoft has been so strangely solicitous that when it was developing the sequel to Halo last year, the designers actually inserted a special command — a joystick button that makes a soldier lower his weapon — designed solely to make it easier for Rooster Teeth to do dialogue." The series has inspired other machinima productions, including The Codex, Fire Team Charlie, and This Spartan Life.
Impact on Video Games
Due to the series' large and growing popularity, many within the video game industry have made reference to the web-series numerous times. For example, the Halo franchise has referenced the series' characters and recurring jokes in many of its games, as well as hiring Rooster Teeth Productions to promote their products through the web-series. Critics have even stated Red vs. Blue to have amazing character development which other media should take an example of.
- Red vs. Blue was originally intended to last only six episodes, but its popularity led to the production of over three-hundred, with separate seasons.
- Currently, only ten characters have appeared in 100 or more episodes in the series, which are: Caboose, Simmons, Grif, Sarge, Tucker, Donut, Church, Epsilon, Lopez, Washington and Carolina. Tex has surpassed the barrier if combined with her Epsilon duplicate.
- Throughout the series, each of the original cast, with the exceptions of Washington and Sister, has sung in either an official episode, a special episode, a PSA, and/or an official season soundtrack.
- Sarge: There Goes The Neighborhood, Sarge's Blues, Voting Fever, A Red vs. Blue Holiday Special, Red vs. Blue: The Musical
- Grif: Voting Fever, Red vs. Blue: The Musical
- Simmons: Voting Fever, Red vs. Blue: The Musical
- Donut: Donut: The Musical, Red vs. Blue: The Musical
- Lopez: An Audience of Dumb, Red vs. Blue: The Musical
- Carolina: Epilogues
- Church: Red vs. Blue: The Musical
- Epsilon: I Am The Best
- Tucker: Bow Chicka Wow Wow Wow, Red vs. Blue: The Musical
- Caboose: Your Best Friend, Red vs. Blue: The Musical, Caboose's Guide to Finding Your Home
- Sheila: Red vs. Blue: The Musical
- Doc: Red vs. Blue: The Musical
- Sarge, Caboose, and Grif are currently the only characters in the series that have made an appearance in every season of the Legacy series (Note: Grif makes a vocal appearance in Season 9 instead of a physical one).
- Coincidentally, those three are also the only characters featured in the PSA Sleeper, where Grif again only has a vocal appearance instead of a physical one.
- Caboose, Church, Simmons and Grif are currently the only characters in the series to appear in all types of animation forms used in Red vs. Blue (machinima, 2D animation, CG animation, and stop-motion).
- The latter two also currently have the longest series lifespan than any other character, with both being first introduced in the Red vs. Blue Trailer and appearing for the entire duration of the original series.
- Most main human antagonists of the original series have a relation to the color white, as Wyoming's armor is completely white, the Meta's primary armor color is white, the Insurrectionist Leader has white trim when using C.T.'s armor, and the Director has white streaks in his hair and is in command of Project Freelancer (its signature color is white). This is even referenced by Sarge in Reacts. The only exceptions are the Chairman, Locus, and Felix, who have more of a relation to the colors steel (black).
- Every season finale, so far, contains a plot twist, except for saga-ending seasons (Season 5, Revelation, Season 10, Season 13, and Singularity), and the standalone Season 15.
- Season 1: Omega escapes death by infecting Caboose.
- Season 2: Doc/Omega kidnaps Lopez and the Reds and Blues work together to stop him before being sent across the galaxy.
- Season 3: The Reds re-discover Blood Gulch and the Alien is seen.
- Season 4: Junior is born and a Pelican lands on Donut.
- Reconstruction: Church is revealed to be based on Director Leonard Church.
- Recreation: Washington teams up with Meta and shoots Donut and Lopez.
- Season 9: Carolina is revealed to be alive after her alleged death.
- Season 11: Carolina is revealed to have secretly contacted Locus without his knowledge.
- Season 12: The identity of Control is Malcolm Hargrove, who not only recovered F.I.L.S.S. but is also in possession of the Meta's helmet.
- The Shisno Paradox: Genkins is revealed to have been stringing the Reds and Blues along during the entire season, and once the paradox ends up happening everything reverts to an imperfect recreation of Blood Gulch.
- Ironically, despite the series being called "Red vs Blue," the show stopped being about the Reds and Blues fighting during Recreation. They even merge the teams into one self made faction during the following season.
- Upon the conclusion of the Legacy series and introduction of the Zero series, the series title has even less meaning, with no Red or Blue Team and instead playing the military premise straight rather than parody.
- The Chorus Trilogy and The Shisno Paradox are the only sagas in the series that do not contain a mini-series. The former are also the only saga to end on a cliffhanger.
- Most of the original cast were featured in the level Crow's Nest in Halo 3, as two Marines arguing over a password. The voices vary depending on difficulty: Jason Saldaña (Tucker) and Matt Hullum (Doc) on Easy and Normal; Geoff Ramsey (Grif) and Gus Sorola (Simmons) on Heroic; Burnie Burns (Church) and Joel Heyman (Caboose) on Legendary. Sarge cameos on the level Tsavo Highway as the radio operator's voice, just before the tunnel prior to where the Pelican drops off the Warthogs.
- Several Red vs. Blue actors also appear throughout the Halo: Reach campaign as marines, with Geoff Ramsey on Sword Base, and Burnie Burns on The Package, among others.
- In both Halo 3 and Halo: Reach, "Puma" can be read on the wheels of a Warthog.
- In the expansion pack for the video game Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, there is an achievement called "Chupathingy," when a player kills a Chupacabra, a reference to Red Gets a Delivery.
- In the game The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, there is an achievement called "Bleep Bloop", in reference to Caboose's self-created achievements in the Small Rewards PSA.
- In the game Gears of War, there is an achievement entitled "Is it a Spider?", awarded for sticking 100 enemies with a grenade in multiplayer, a reference to the episode Knock, knock. Who's there? Pain.
- The series inspired the creation of the Halo 3, Halo: Reach, and Halo 4 game-type Grifball, based off the statement made by Sarge in Episode 59.
- In Halo 4, several characters make voice-only, cameo appearances as Easter Eggs in the Spartan Ops campaign when finding hidden boxes. When shot, the boxes play a segment of Blood Gulch Blues and cause different audio segments to be heard than in the normal campaign.
- There is a reference to Red vs. Blue in Windows 10. It can be found by simply asking the server's virtual assistant Cortana (itself based on Master Chief's AI from Halo) if she watches the show. The latter will reply saying "You know, I do sometimes wonder why we're here".
- There are various references to the original series in Halo: Infinite, via achievements and loading screen messages.
- It was revealed at RTX Sydney 2018 that the reason the characters have helmet voice filters is because Gustavo Sorola, the voice of Simmons, had moved when the show started production and had to record audio over the phone, leading creator Burnie Burns to add the filter to everyone else to keep the audio consistent.
- In the Dr. Weller character reveal trailer for gen:LOCK, an upcoming Rooster Teeth show, Florida can be seen destroyed on a map of the United States, similar to how it was destroyed in Red vs. Blue.
- In the second episode of gen:LOCK, Sinclair asks Valentina "If you don't think you can win, why are you here?" to which Cammie answers "It's one of life's greatest mysteries, isn't it?" This is an obvious reference to Why Are We Here?, the first episode of Red vs. Blue.
- In the sixth episode, Dr. Weller asks Julian "You ever wonder why we're here?", the other part of the series' opening dialogue.
- Burns, et al., Red vs. Blue Season One, Audio Commentary.
- Burns and Hullum, Red vs. Blue Season Two, Audio Commentary.
- Konow, 3.
- Burns, et al., Red vs. Blue Season One, Audio Commentary; Moltenbrey.
- Red vs. Blue: Revelation, Audio Commentary.
- RT Animation Head Sean Hinz on Twitter
- RT Animation Head Sean Hinz on Twitter
- Thompson, 2.
- Tavares, Gil, & Roque, 4.
- gen:LOCK Character Reveal Teaser #2 | Rooster Teeth
|Red vs. Blue Seasons|
|Main Series||The Blood Gulch Chronicles: Season 1 • Season 2 • Season 3 • Season 4 • Out of Mind • Season 5|
The Recollection: Recovery One • Reconstruction • Relocated • Recreation • Revelation
The Project Freelancer Saga: Season 9 • MIA • Where There's a Will, There's a Wall • Season 10
The Chorus Trilogy: Season 11 • Journal Entries • Season 12 • Season 13
Anthology: Season 14
The Shisno Trilogy: Season 15 • The Shisno Paradox • Singularity
|Team Slipspace||Expansion • Zero Tolerance • Franchise Player • Double Agent • Game Changer|
|Non-Canon||PSAs • Specials • RvB Animated • Holiday Plans • 360 • Family Shatters • Halo 3 Preparations • ODST • Reach • Halo Recap|