Red vs. Blue (season 1)

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Red vs. Blue: (Season 1)
RvB S1 Poster.jpg
Red vs. Blue: Season 1 poster featuring Rooster Teeth's logo.
Engine(s) Halo: Combat Evolved
Genre(s) Comic science fiction
Running time 78 min. (episodes)
76 min. (DVD)
Created by Burnie Burns
Geoff Fink
Gus Sorola
Voices Burnie Burns
Joel Heyman
Matt Hullum
Geoff Fink
Jason Saldaña
Gus Sorola
Dan Godwin
Yomary Cruz
Randall Glass
and Kathleen Zuelch
Release(s) April 1, 2003 – September 28, 2003
Format(s) QuickTime, DivX, WMV, DVD
No. of episodes 19, excluding trailers

The inaugural season of the action comedy science fiction machinima web series Red vs. Blue premiered on April 1, 2003 on Rooster Teeth's official website. The season consists of 19 episodes and concluded on September 28, 2003. The series is loosely based on the Halo universe and is created by Rooster Teeth Productions.

The series follows the accounts of the Red Team which consists of: The leader, Sarge; the lazy one, Grif; the "kiss ass", Simmons; the semi-idiotic Donut; and the Spanish robot Lopez. The series also follows the accounts of the Blue Team, which consists of their De facto leader, Church; the self-proclaimed ladies' man, Tucker; and the clueless Caboose. The Freelancer Tex is often associated with the Blue Team. Season one regular characters aside from the Red and Blue teams include the artificial intelligences Sheila and Vic.

The episodes were filmed primarily using machinima techniques with footage of Halo: Combat Evolved. Episodes were written by members of the Rooster Teeth crew. Episodes aired weekly, and were posted on the Red vs Blue website.


The inaugural season of Red vs. Blue follows the misadventures of Red Team and Blue Team in the boxed-canyon of Blood Gulch. The boring life of the Reds and Blues will turn on its head with the arrival of a mercenary.

Pre-Series Episodes[edit]


  • Length: 2' 07 (Released September 5, 2002)

The narrator attempts to tell the story of Halo and of the brief Red vs. Blue civil war that occurs between the first and second Covenant invasions, but stops to argue with an uncooperative subtitler, who complains about the length of the script. Grif and an unimpressed Simmons discuss this footage.

"The Cast" Trailer[edit]

  • Length: 1′ 10″

"The Cast" only has a partial list of season 1 characters and features extensive combat and violence. Set to Limp Bizkit's "Break Stuff", this episode could not be included on the season 1 DVD for copyright reasons. However it is now included in the Bonus Features DVD, but again, for copyright reasons, it's not the Limp Bizkit song, but instead, it is set to Hollywood Undead's "Undead".


No. Overall No. in Season Title Episode Length Original release date
1 1 "Why Are We Here?" 2' 34" April 1, 2003 (2003-04-01)
The first episode introduces five of the series' main characters. First introduced are two red soldiers, Simmons (Maroon) and Grif (Orange) as they ponder why they are in Blood Gulch, with a brief one-liner about Master Chief, and Grif pondering life. The episode then transitions to two blue soldiers, Tucker (Teal) and Church (Cobalt), as they spy on Grif and Simmons, from a nearby cliff, and argue with each other over what the Reds are doing. Back at the Red Base, Sarge (Red) interrupts the banter of Grif and Simmons and orders them to meet him outside the front of Red Base.
2 2 "Red Gets a Delivery" 3' 50" April 11, 2003 (2003-04-11)
After the two make their way down, Sarge and Lopez (Brown) reveal to them the new Jeep that had just arrived from Command and that a new recruit will be arriving soon. This serves as the introduction of the Warthog; Grif suggests calling it a Puma, as he does not think it looks much like a Warthog. This episode reveals Sarge's disdain for Grif and Simmons' sycophantic nature toward Sarge. Meanwhile, on the cliff, Tucker and Church discuss the new vehicle and the Tank they're to receive, with Tucker upset that "you can't pick up chicks in a Tank".
3 3 "The Rookies" 3' 12" April 18, 2003 (2003-04-18)
At the Red Base, the new recruit, Private Donut (Red), finally arrives. With Sarge at Command receiving orders, Grif and Simmons take the opportunity to haze Donut mildly, sending him to "the store" on a fool's errand for nonexistent supplies, such as Elbow Grease and Headlight Fluid. Meanwhile, the Blue Team receives two new additions: Private Caboose (Blue), and a Scorpion-class tank. The end of the episode shows Donut approaching the Blue Base, mistaking it for the store.
4 4 "Head Noob in Charge" 4' 20" April 26, 2003 (2003-04-26)
Church talks with Tucker about his girlfriend back home. Attempting to join the conversation, Caboose accidentally calls Church's girlfriend a "slut". In response, Church assigns him a bogus flag-guarding duty, instructing him to wait for the "General", and when Caboose begins to annoy Church, the latter threatens to shoot him in the head. Still mistaking the Blue base for a store, and not wanting to return empty-handed, Donut arrives at Blue Base, attempts and fails to speak to Church, whom he believed was "The Manager" of "the store", meets Caboose, whom he believed was an Employee, and helps himself to the flag. Caboose, mistaking Donut for "The General" Church spoke of, happily allows this to happen. Afterwards, Caboose tries to tell Church that "The General" arrived, and now has their flag. It wasn't until after Church scolded Caboose, that he and Tucker realized what he had said.
5 5 "The Package is in the Open" 3' 34" May 3, 2003 (2003-05-03)
As Donut, who the Blues assume is Sarge (as both wear red armor), escapes with the flag, Church fires at him with a sniper rifle, missing each time. Church then orders Tucker to cut Donut off by using the teleporter; when Tucker fails to emerge on the other side, Church pursues on foot. Meanwhile, having heard the rifle shots, Grif eventually spots Church chasing Donut, discovers the reason why, and decides to back up his teammate with the Warthog.
6 6 "1.21 Giga-Whats??" 3' 24" May 9, 2003 (2003-05-09)
Church catches up to Donut, who he eventually realizes is not Sarge. Afterwards, with his armor charred black, Tucker finally emerges from the teleporter, covered in "black stuff" (Possibly soot), startling the other two. When Donut insists that he is only a private, Tucker concludes that he has traveled back in time and has met a past version of Sarge. As Church tries to explain to Tucker what actually happened, he becomes infuriated with some loud music playing. With the Warthog, Grif and Simmons then ambush Church and Tucker, pinning them behind a rock by using the Warthog's mounted chaingun. Realizing the situation, Caboose decides to use the tank to save his comrades, despite having second thoughts.
7 7 "Check out the Treads on That Tank" 3' 28" May 23, 2003 (2003-05-23)
While Church and Tucker lament their current situation, Caboose hops into the tank. The tank's Artificial Intelligence (AI) introduces itself as Sheila, and runs him through the tutorial mode. In an attempt to sneak up on the Blues, Grif and Simmons leave the Warthog and unsuccessfully try to go around the rock. Seeing that the Reds have abandoned their vehicle, Church and Tucker decide to grab it. The tank drives up behind the Reds. Grif and Simmons, in fear, attempt to make a run for the Warthog. The tank, meanwhile, takes aim at Grif. Earlier versions of this episode were followed by a "next time on Red Vs Blue" feature, which stated "someone... will... die." with Sarge commenting, "I sure hope it's Grif."
8 8 "Don't Ph34r the Reaper" 3' 19" May 30, 2003 (2003-05-30)
Grif and Simmons flee from Caboose and Sheila; Grif abandoning Simmons after he had hatched a plan for a joint escape. Once Caboose accidentally manages to activate the auto-fire mechanism, the tank begins to systematically target and destroy everything present. Sheila subsequently hits the Warthog, sending it flying, but Grif and Simmons continue to flee and successfully evade the cannon fire. Church becomes the next target, however, and is killed when Caboose fails to deactivate Shiela's auto-fire operation; Tucker accuses Caboose of team-killing ("You shot Church, you team-killing fucktard!").
9 9 "After Church" 3' 14" June 6, 2003 (2003-06-06)
Caboose and Sheila continue to blast away at the Warthog, eventually propelling it onto the top of the Red Base. The Reds suddenly receive a radio call from Sarge, who is returning to the gulch. Learning of the situation, he flies in with air support, bombing Sheila out of action. Initially struggling to open the driver canopy, Caboose narrowly escapes death. (This is the first episode in which Caboose is referred to by name; previously, he had always been simply the "rookie".)
10 10 "A Shadow of His Former Self" 5' 26" June 20, 2003 (2003-06-20)
While Caboose cleans the "black stuff" off of Tucker's armor, Tucker calls Blue Command for reinforcements. Vic, their contact at Command, informs them that they will be sent a "Freelancer" (Mercenary) named Tex. Church's ghost appears in order to warn the Blue Team about Tex, who once slaughtered his entire squad at Sidewinder. As he disappears, he warns his teammates to prevent Tex from becoming involved. Tex soon arrives, wearing black "Special Ops" armor.
11 11 "Knock, knock. Who's there? Pain." 4' 11" June 27, 2003 (2003-06-27)
Lopez repairs the Warthog, while Grif takes the blame for its destruction. Meanwhile, at the Blue Base, Tex uses Caboose for target practice, while ignoring Tucker's attempts at friendly conversation. Tex suddenly decides to leave in order to infiltrate the Red base. During the attack, Tex sticks a plasma grenade to Donut's head, Grif and Simmons mistaking it for a spider, and, in the ensuing chaos, also attacks Grif and Simmons.
12 12 "Down, but not Out" 4' 15" July 11, 2003 (2003-07-11)
Having knocked out Grif and Simmons after attacking Donut, Tex retrieves the Blue flag, but is surprised and captured by Sarge and Lopez. Church appears again at the Blue Base and reveals that Tex is actually female. Back at the Red Base, Donut, badly injured from the grenade explosion, is Airlifted out of the gulch for treatment. Tex eventually regains consciousness, and her voice modulator malfunctions, revealing her gender to the Reds, catching them off guard.
13 13 "Human Peer Bonding" 3' 37" July 18, 2003 (2003-07-18)
Church tells Tucker and Caboose that Tex is not only female, but also his ex-girlfriend. Simmons and Grif are left to guard Tex. Meanwhile, Church continues to explain the situation to Tucker and Caboose, revealing that Tex's meanness and toughness are partially due to an AI in her armor. He then outlines a plan to rescue Tex.
14 14 "Roomier Than it Looks" 6' 03" August 1, 2003 (2003-08-01)
To distract the Reds and deceive them into believing that the Blues have more Special Operations soldiers, Tucker and Caboose go through the teleporter to turn their armor black. When they attack the Red Base, Tucker's bickering with Caboose leads to Church admitting that "I can't believe I died for this war." Sarge mistakes Caboose's stupidity for tactical brilliance and summons Grif to help to repel this new attack, leaving Simmons alone guarding Tex. Church possesses Sarge's body and uses it to deceive Simmons and free Tex. However, Caboose, wishing to impress Church and make amends for killing him, shoots Sarge in the head with the sniper rifle, not knowing that Church was possessing Sarge's body; Caboose quickly blames Tucker for this.
15 15 "How the Other Half Lives" 4' 34" August 8, 2003 (2003-08-08)
Now both dead, Sarge and Church meet in the spiritual plane and talk. Sheila also appears here, but is quickly rebuked by Church, who is still angry at her for killing him. Church represents himself to Sarge as an angel and offers to lead him to heaven for a fee. The two swap complaints about their teammates until Grif revives Sarge by using cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Having forgotten his spiritual experience, Sarge initially thanks Simmons, but, upon learning that it was Grif who saved him, berates Grif for the illogicality of using CPR "for a bullet wound to the head." During when Sarge tells Grif off about the bizarre treatment, he shouts out "What were to happen when someone shoots me in the foot, you'd rub my neck with Aloe Vera?!" - a line that eventually leads to a joke in Season 2
16 16 "A Slightly Crueler Cruller" 4' 54" August 15, 2003 (2003-08-15)
A healed Donut returns from Red Command with new pink armor, which he insists is "lightish red". Sarge pokes fun at Donut by addressing him with feminine titles like "Madam","Strawberry Shortcake", "Pretty in Pink", "Barbie", and "Princess Peach". Sarge reveals that Lopez is actually a robot, which Grif has trouble with ("Did the fact he never talks get to you?" "I just thought he was a silent guy." "Not even that he drinks motor oil and sleeps standing up?" "I thought he was just trying to impress me"), and finally gets around to installing his voice card, but neglects to ground himself; static electricity damage to the card results in Lopez's inability to speak anything other than Spanish, which none of the Reds understand.
17 17 "Points of Origin" 4' 30" August 29, 2003 (2003-08-29)
Tucker, Caboose, and Church convince Tex to help them, since they rescued her as a favor. Meanwhile, the Red Team is still trying to understand what Lopez is saying. While Tex begins to repair Sheila, Church goes to higher ground to spy on the Reds. Finding his dead body still on the cliff, he berates his teammates for having neglected to give him a proper burial.
18 18 "SPF 0" 4' 22" September 12, 2003 (2003-09-12)
The Blues continue to discuss what to do with Church's corpse. After an interlude demonstrating the Reds' boredom, the episode cuts back to Church, who worries that Tex will soon kill the entire Red Team. If successful, she would then leave, probably never to be seen again, before Church could remove the AI from her armor. To prevent this, Church decides to warn the Red Team of her impending attack. After Church leaves, Caboose spies Donut through a sniper rifle, exclaims that the Reds have a girl, and ineptly reveals Church's plan to Tex.
19 19 "Last One Out, Hit the Lights" 5' 31" September 26, 2003 (2003-09-26)
Church possesses Lopez's body to warn the Red Team, but finds that he can only speak Spanish. Caboose radios Church to inform him that Tex is almost ready. To Tucker's surprise, Caboose identifies himself as "Private O'Malley" and denies that he has never confirmed his name as Caboose. Tex and Sheila then attack the Red Base. Sarge and Simmons attempt to repel them using the Warthog, but fail dismally. Ironically, it is Donut, still angry at being blown up earlier and being stuck in pink armor, who manages to kill Tex and disable Sheila by pitching a plasma grenade halfway across the gulch ("Man, that girl's got a really good arm!"). Church runs to Tex's aid, taking Lopez's body with him. Sarge mistakes this for a suicide charge by Lopez and lets him go. In her dying words, Tex thanks Church for ridding her of the AI. Meanwhile, Caboose adopts a deep, menacing voice, repeating that his name is "O'Malley".


  • Burnie Burns: Leonard Church, Lopez, Tex (voice filter) and Vic
  • Joel Heyman: Michael J. Caboose and O'Malley/Omega
  • Matt Hullum: Sarge
  • Geoffrey Lazer Ramsey: Dexter Grif
  • Jason Saldaña: Lavernius Tucker
  • Gustavo Sorola: Richard Simmons
  • Dan Godwin: Franklin Donut
  • Yomary Cruz: Sheila
  • Kathleen Zuelch: Tex
  • Randall Glass: Vic (episode 10)

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