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"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, or simply RvB, is a machinima comic science-fiction web series created by Burnie Burns and produced by Rooster Teeth. It originally utilized the Halo: Combat Evolved engine before switching to its many mainline successors depending on what game was out at the time of production. Since its eighth season, Red vs. Blue has incorporated fully animated segments in addition to the usual machinima filmmaking.

The series chronicles on the lives and adventures of the Reds and Blues from a box canyon known as Blood Gulch, though its eighteenth and nineteenth seasons focused on a largely unrelated group of super soldiers called Shatter Squad. While many seasons were produced afterward, the main story of Red vs. Blue ends with its fourth story arc with later seasons being established as alternate futures in its finale film.

Airing for over twenty years from 2003 to 2024, Red vs. Blue is one of the longest running episodic web series in history.


Season 10 Table Read

The Red vs. Blue cast reading their lines.

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.[1] For the second season, Matt Hullum became a main writer.[2] 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.[3] 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.

Season 10 production1

Red vs. Blue: Season 10 production

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.

RvB BGC Poster

The poster for the original series.

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.[4] 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.

Kick of Faith

An example of the blend between gameplay and character animation as seen in Revelation.

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.[5] 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.

RvB16 Production

Production on Red vs. Blue: The Shisno Paradox

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 any future Zero related installments would not be moving forward. Additionally stating that while Red vs. Blue would continue, an actual nineteenth season would not be produced right away, instead moving into a "new storytelling phase" of the series including the return of the Reds and Blues, PSAs, and new series based around the original show.[6] At RTX Austin 2022, it was confirmed that the team would create a new side series to test machinimating within the Halo Infinite engine.[7] This side series would end on December 1, 2022.

On July 7, 2023, Rooster Teeth announced Red vs. Blue: Restoration, a film that will conclude Red vs. Blue, with a teaser prologue and the confirmation that series creator Burnie Burns would be returning to write the film to be joined by Matt Hullum as director set to air on May 7, 2024. While not intended to be a film when announced, the change was made following the shutdown of Rooster Teeth announced in early 2024.

Main Characters

Main article: List of Characters

Reds and Blues

Main Series

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 - Out of Mind.

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, MIA and Where There's a Will, There's a Wall. 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 taking place after The Recollection.

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. It includes one miniseries, Chorus Journals.

Anthology (Season 14)

Season 14 is an anthology series based within the universe of Red vs. Blue, featuring various canonical and non-canonical episodes surrounding numerous characters and locations.

Simulation Seasons

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 (Seasons 18-19)

Zero is the standalone eighteenth and final season of the series that follows the story of Shatter Squad, a special operations unit who's mission is to stop the mysterious syndicate known as Viper from obtaining Ultimate Power. Family Shatters is the sequel to this season. Originally a non-canonical spinoff surrounding the characters introduced in Zero, this series was retroactively deemed the nineteenth season of Red vs. Blue after the events of Restoration confirmed the events of seasons fourteen through eighteen to be simulated realities, making the events of this series eligible to take place within the post-Chorus simulation continuity.

Restoration (film)

Restoration is a feature-length film and finale to the series, taking place sometime after the events of Season 13 while ignoring the events of The Shisno Trilogy and Zero. The story follows the remaining Reds and Blues on their final mission to take down the universe's greatest villain one last time.

Side Series

Public Service Announcements

Public Service Announcements, or PSAs, are short, non-canonical videos featuring the Reds and Blues delivering their opinions and suggestions for various topics.

Special Episodes

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 non-canonical to the main series.

Special Miniseries

  • Halo 3 Preparations is a five episode mini-series centering on the Red Team's transition from Halo 2 to Halo 3, with Sarge introducing his men to the new graphics, weapons, and vehicles. These segments are intermixed with comments made by Church and Tucker, who are spying on their activities.
  • Holiday Plans is a three episode Christmas special mini-series following the Reds and Blues being temporarily relocated during the holidays.
  • ODST is a three episode mini-series created to promote the release of Halo 3: ODST featuring the Reds and Blues.
  • Reach is a three episode mini-series created to promote the release of Halo: Reach featuring the Reds and Blues.
  • 360 is a series of short videos surrounding the Reds and Blues using YouTube's 360º video feature.
  • Halo Recap is a miniseries of special episodes created to promote Halo: The Television Series on Paramount+.
  • QvsA is a series of special episodes hosted by Grif and Simmons, where they take frequently asked questions about the popular Halo-based web series, Red vs. Blue, and attempt to answer them.


Team Slipspace: An Epic Grifball Saga

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

RvB Heroes

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".[8] Tavares, Gil, and Roque call it Machinima's "first big success".[9] 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.[10]

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.


  1. Season 1: Omega escapes death by infecting Caboose.
  2. Season 2: Doc/Omega kidnaps Lopez and the Reds and Blues work together to stop him before being sent across the galaxy.
  3. Season 3: The Reds re-discover Blood Gulch and the Alien is seen.
  4. Season 4: Junior is born and a Pelican lands on Donut.
  5. Reconstruction: Church is revealed to be based on Director Leonard Church.
  6. Recreation: Washington teams up with Meta and shoots Donut and Lopez.
  7. Season 9: Carolina is revealed to be alive after her alleged death.
  8. Season 11: Carolina is revealed to have secretly contacted Locus without his knowledge.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 quit 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.[11]
    • 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.
  • Red vs. Blue was able to retain its entire main cast for most of its run until the release of a standalone crossover with Death Battle to promote the release of its penultimate eighteenth season, in which Caboose was recast from Joel Heyman to Michael Malconian. Later the following year, in Special Guestmas, Lopez was recast from series creator Burnie Burns to Eddy Rivas. These recasts would remain for its nineteenth and final season, Restoration, despite Burnie Burns returning to the series.
  • The first 5 seasons of the series were added to Netflix in July 2014, with seasons 6-12 debuting on the service in April 2015. Season 13 was the last to be added.
  • On May 2022, it was announced that FilmRise had acquired the streaming rights to the series.[12]


  1. Burns, et al., Red vs. Blue Season One, Audio Commentary.
  2. Burns and Hullum, Red vs. Blue Season Two, Audio Commentary.
  3. Konow, 3.
  4. Burns, et al., Red vs. Blue Season One, Audio Commentary; Moltenbrey.
  5. Red vs. Blue: Revelation, Audio Commentary.
  6. RT Animation Head Sean Hinz on Twitter
  7. RTX 2022 Panel
  8. Thompson, 2.
  9. Tavares, Gil, & Roque, 4.
  10. Whitley
  11. gen:LOCK Character Reveal Teaser #2 | Rooster Teeth
  12. FilmRise Acquires Streaming Rights

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