"A festive dinner party spirals into an evening of intrigue and murder for the hapless employees of Rooster Teeth. After one guest is mysteriously killed, the remaining nine must find a way to survive the night... and root out the killer among them. Agatha Christie would, like, love this."
"You've all got blood on your hands. And now you're all going to pay."
— Michael Jones, Episode 1: "And Then There Were Nine"
Ten Little Roosters (TV Mini-Series) was an American Rooster Teeth Live action eight-part comedy crime and murder mystery TV Web series created by Rooster Teeth that first aired on November 4, 2014. The first episode premiered on the 4th November 2014, with the following episodes being released on Tuesday until the finale in December. It is the predecessor to Eleven Little Roosters. Each episode is uploaded to Rooster Teeth's YouTube channel a day after its release on the Rooster Teeth website. The show featured an interactive murder mystery component and is inspired by Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. A semi-sequel series, The Eleven Little Roosters, premiered on January 16th, 2017. A prologue series, Assassin Superstars 360 premiered on December 20, 2016, and the official series will debuted on January 16th, 2017. This time, with the exception of the survivor, characters will be original characters, and not RT employees playing fictional versions of themselves. After the survivor escapes, he is recruited by an international spy agency to root out The Mole in a group of 18 assassins and spies from 11 agencies around the world.
The series is an homage/affectionate parody of Agatha Christie's 1939 murder mystery novel And Then There Were None with many elements alluding to the original book - ten guests are accused of previously committed crimes, are killed off one by one, and their only clue is a poem left by the murderer (said poem can be read in full here◊). The first episode can be seen here - the following episodes are released once per week on Tuesdays, with the finale airing on December 23. After the first episode, viewers were asked to submit guesses as to who is the killer and who will be the survivor (confirmed to not be the killer). After each episode airs the viewers are also asked to guess who will die in the next episode, as well as how they will die.
The series takes place at the Rooster Teeth studios in Stage 5 during the inogu...inaugg...first (inauguration) banquet festive dinner party banquet held by Burnie Burns for nine of his employees (Lindsay Jones, Gus Sorola, Chris Demarais, Miles Luna, Gavin Free (technically him and a clone, but they're treated as one person), Adam Ellis, Michael Jones, Barbara Dunkelman, and Ryan Haywood). However, the festive evening dinner party banquet goes and spirals downhill when Michael accuses everyone (all the other guests) of committing serious crimes in the past, saying that one person is guilty of "cold-blooded murder", that is, killing people close to them, but he says that only one of them is guilty of 'cold-blooded murder'. It turns into an evening of intrigue and murder for the hapless employees of Rooster Teeth. Shortly afterwards, the guests stumble upon and find a poem taped to the wall entitled and written in the style of the original 'Ten Little Soldiers/Ten Little Indians' poem, and from the first episode it becomes clear that the poem is outlining the murders and telling the fatal fates of several party guests over the course of the night. Everyone is locked in, and they must figure out who the killer is before they all die. After one guest is mysteriously killed, the remaining nine must find a way to survive the night... and root out the killer among them. As the evening goes on it becomes clear that the verses of the poem are outlining the murders of several guests over the course of the night, and the guests have no choice but to try and survive the night locked in with a corrupted backstabbing 'cold-blooded' murderer...
Ten people are stuck in the Rooster Teeth office with a murderer. All ten people have done something terrible and must pay for their actions. Who will die? Who will survive?
The first episode takes place at the First Rooster Teeth Banquet, a formal event hosted by Rooster Teeth co-founder Burnie Burns in appreciation of nine of his staff members. The night quickly turns sour when Achievement Hunter‘s Michael Jones accuses everyone in the room of their awkward and gruesome past crimes and threatens to turn them into the authorities. However, Jones soon falls over dead by way of a poisoned drink, and from there on it’s all Clue-the-movie-style mystery and mayhem as the rest of the staff tries to figure out who’s out for blood before they also find themselves without a mortal coil.
The series is a homage/affectionate parody inspired by Agatha Christie's 1939 murder mystery novel 'And Then There Were None', with many various elements in the series appearing alluding to the original bookal, most identical to the plot of the original novel - both stories involves a party of ten people (ten guests are accused of previously committed crimes, are killed off one by one, and their only clue is a poem left by the murderer) being murdered one by one by a mysterious killer, with their deaths being foreshadowed in the form of a poem. However, Josh Flanagan has mentioned that 'Ten Little Roosters' has few other similarities to Christie's novel - 'Ten Little Roosters' has a much more comedic tone than the novel, and the story is deliberately different so that people who have read 'And Then There Were None' are unable to rely on their knowledge of the novel's twists to solve the mystery in the series.
Creator Josh Flanagan described the series as a "proof of concept" for different, interactive experiences that can be offered by a web series. The series is inspired by Agatha Christie's 1939 novel And Then There Were None. Viewers vote on who they think the murderer is, who they think will die, and how that person will meet their end. Correct guesses were entered for a chance to win Rooster Teeth merchandise, and the fan with the most correct answers upon the completion of the show will win a trip to the Rooster Teeth studios or to a convention of his or her choice.
One party guest is murdered each episode. Both the novel and the series involve the party of ten people being murdered one by one by a mysterious killer, their deaths foreshadowed in the form of a poem. However, the show has a much more comedic tone than the novel. Much of the humour is derived from knowledge of Rooster Teeth itself. For example, characters wear wardrobe from their previous productions (Demarais dons his hobbit costume from A Simple Walk Into Mordor while Haywood wears a kilt akin to his Minecraft avatar). In addition, the story is different so that people familiar with the source material are unable to guess the outcome.
The victim dies within the last few minutes of the episode, their death often being the last few shots. The episode ends with a portrait of the murder victim hanging on a wall and a plaque below the portrait with the specific verse of the poem foreshadowing that character's death.
On its original release, the show had a interactive element which doubled as a competition - after each episode aired, viewers had the opportunity to guess the victim and the murder weapon for the following week's episode in a poll that was uploaded shortly after that episode's release. After the first episode aired viewers also had the opportunity to guess the identities of the killer and the survivor, although this particular was taken down shortly before the premiere of the second episode, and it became the only opportunity for viewers to guess those particular identities.
After the first episode, viewers were asked to submit guesses as to who is the killer and who will be the survivor (confirmed to not be the killer). After each episode airs the viewers are also asked to guess who will die in the next episode, as well as how they will die. Every week, if people guessed both the victim and the murder weapon correctly, they were entered into a prize draw and winners were chosen randomly to receive Rooster Teeth-specific prizes. In addition, the person with the most correct guesses at the end of the series won the chance to visit the Rooster Teeth Studios or a convention of their choice.
Rules of the Competition Edit
When the first poll was released in the journal of Josh Flanagan, a number of rules were contained in the journal in order to help the viewers make the best choices for future polls:
- Any character that has been killed in the series is dead for good - no plot twists, no fake deaths etc.
- There is only one survivor at the end of the series, but the survivor is not the same person as the killer.
- The only characters that are involved in the mystery are the ten party guests introduced in the first episode.
- Whilst the plot may thicken over the course of the series, there is only one person responsible for all of the murders.
- In the first episode it is revealed that Gavin has a clone of himself at the party as well - the rules state that whatever happens to one of the Gavins must happen to the other as well ie. one can't survive until the end if the other has died earlier in the series (to secure this particular rule, the 'Gavins' were counted as one person in the polls).
At the beginning of the competition the viewers had an option of 22 weapons to choose from for the poll (although each week the list would get shorter as a used weapon was taken from the list). However, only seven weapons would be used within the show to kill the victims - one victim had been killed in the first episode (and thus their death could not be guessed in the poll), one of the guests is the survivor, and there was no poll for the killer's murder weapon in the poll. The list of all 22 possible murder weapons can be found below:
- 100% Accurate Minecraft Creeper Suit
- A Literal Red Herring
- Airtight Underground Chamber
- Bathroom Scale
- Bow and Arrow
- Computer Mouse
- Crescent Rose Scythe
- Gasoline and Fire
- Joe The Cat
- King's Crown
- The Power of Math
- Slow Motion Explosion
- Slow Motion Mousetraps
- Snake of Joel
- Sting of a Blue-Ringed Octopus
- Sting of a Scorpion
- Sting The Sword
Episode Format Edit
Whilst the focus of the story and the characters changes each episode, there are a number of elements that remain the same within the format of the series, particularly within the episodes.
As the series is a murder mystery, one of the party guests dies each episode (the only exception to this is the finale where the killer dies as well as one of the party guests). The victim dies normally within the last few minutes of an episode, with their death being within the last few shots. In addition, the episode will end with a portait of that episode's murder victim hanging on a wall, with a plaque placed below the portrait - written on the plaque is the specific verse of the poem that foreshadowing that character's death.
A similar thing happens as the polls are uploaded for the viewers to input their guesses - at the top of the page is an image containing the portraits of all ten party guests. As the weeks continue, the portrait of the latest murder victim gets 'vandalised' in a way that reflects their method of murder.
Episodes of the first series originally aired weekly on Tuesdays from the 4th of November to the 23rd of December. Each episode was uploaded on Rooster Teeth's youtube channel a day after its release on the Rooster Teeth website:
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"And Then There were Nine"||Josh Flanagan||Josh Flanagan||November 4, 2014|
|Burnie Burns hosts the first official Rooster Teeth company banquet. Michael stands and asks the guests to look under their seats, where they find an envelope. Within each envelope is an incriminating photo accusing the guests of killing someone they knew. Michael pulls out a gun and reveals that one of the party guests is a cold-blooded murderer. However, after taking a drink from his wine glass, Michael begins coughing uncontrollably and drops dead to the floor, poisoned from his drink, and succumbs to the poison. The guests begin accusing one another of the murder, making the decision to leave the building. However, the doors have been locked. Burnie finds a poem taped to a door, and deduces that it is foreshadowing the murders of the rest of the guests.|
|2||"And Then There Were Eight"||Josh Flanagan||Josh Flanagan||November 11, 2014|
|Burnie reveals to Ryan that he is an undercover cop. He hosted the party in order to catch the killer who was responsible for the death of his partner. Lindsay encounters Barbara panicking and standing on a chair because some of the poisonous animals in Joel Heyman's office have escaped. Miles is wandering around the office, trying to convince himself that he can survive the night, but he almost stumbles onto a floor covered in mousetraps. Chris encounters the masked killer, who is wielding gasoline and fire. However, Chris mistakes this threat for the killer wanting to play a game of riddles, which he happily accepts. Eventually, the killer wanders off and leaves Chris sobbing in the corridor. Gavin's clone encounters Adam with his beard trapped in a door. After gaining the clone's confidence, Adam mentions that he has a bow and arrow in his office and that he plans to go after the killer. He and the clone make their way to the office to grab the weapon. However, the clone ends up running into the real Gavin, and they both trip and fall into the floor full of mousetraps, killing them both.|
|3||"And Then There Were Seven"||Josh Flanagan||Josh Flanagan||November 18, 2014|
|Lindsay notices Adam sitting in the control room, his beard caught in a microphone. Adam mentions that the killer has cut the internet in the building and stolen his cellphone. Lindsay mentions that she's also missing some stuff from her office, namely her Ruby Rose costume. Immediately afterwards, Miles is seen wearing the costume, and he makes his way to the recording studio in hopes of getting internet access while singing the theme song of RWBY. He is startled by Ryan, who is standing within the sound booth. Ryan mentions that the Gavins have died, as well as expressing his concerns that he might have been responsible for their murders as well as Michael's, saying that he's wished them dead so often in the past. Barbara is seen entering her office to grab her 'lucky bowling pin', only to find Gus in the office. Chris runs into Burnie after his encounter with the killer and attempts to explain what he saw, but his ramblings about riddles makes Burnie think that Chris hasn't actually seen the killer and is just thinking about Lord Of The Rings. The killer arrives and shoots Chris multiple times with a bow and arrow, killing him.|
|4||"And Then There Were Six"||Josh Flanagan||Josh Flanagan||November 28, 2014|
|Barbara finds Adam with his beard trapped in a gate. After freeing him, Barbara suggests teaming up, but he refuses on account of the fate of the Gavins. Lindsay is revealed to have taken Adam's advice to heart about hiding, however it is revealed that she is simply using the green screen in the office to 'hide' in different locations such as the sea, in space and in a forest. Ryan is found in front of mirror, having become increasingly paranoid and trying to convince himself that he wasn't responsible for the murders of Michael and the Gavins. Miles enters Gus' office, hoping that Gus' computer can access the internet. Gus is more interested in showing Miles his poetry that he has been working on throughout the night. After Miles calls his poetry bad, Gus angrily pushes him away and Miles goes off to try to find another internet source. Meanwhile, Burnie puts on some riot gear and prepares to take on the killer himself, but as he reaches for a weapon, he gets stung by one of Joel's scorpions, which poisons and kills him.|
|5||"And Then There Were Five"||Josh Flanagan||Josh Flanagan||December 2, 2014|
|Ryan wakes up after collapsing, only to realize that he has been trapped a in a room in the ground. Ryan asks for Barbara's help in escaping, but she is unsuccessful in doing so, annoying Ryan. After he accuses Barbara of being the killer and trapping him in the room, an offended Barbara abandons Ryan to try and find an axe to break him out. Gus is still writing his poetry in his office, with scenes of his poetry-writing interspersed with Lindsay's attempts to hide in another office. Adam has now changed into a MoCap suit in an attempt to blend in and has obtained some headphones in an attempt to 'make things less scary' by blocking out scary noises. Adam begins snarking about Miles' outfit, but it is brushed off as Miles remembers that Monty Oum has an emergency beacon hidden in his office to call the police. Gus then hears a knock at the door, which he opens and is killed by the killer with a pitchfork.|
|6||"And Then There Were Four"||Josh Flanagan||Josh Flanagan||December 9, 2014|
|Lindsay does a fake broadcast of The Know in a desperate attempt to get some outside attention of the situation. Barbara wanders in and discovers that Ryan is still trapped in the underground chamber. She leaves to go and find an axe to help him escape. Ryan is slowly running out of oxygen and is trying to distract himself from his imminent death. He escapes from the hole by breaking the glass himself. Adam is shown to be trying to blend into the walls of the Motion Capture area, as Miles uses Monty's computer to try and find his emergency beacon. The killer then appears and strangles Adam to death with a computer mouse.|
|7||"And Then There Were Three"||Josh Flanagan||Josh Flanagan||December 16, 2014|
|The episode opens with an 'In Memoriam' montage accompanied by Barbara playing 'Taps' on her cats piano. As Barbara leaves, she accidentally triggers a tripwire which releases the puma from its cage. The puma pursues all of the guests in turn, starting with Miles who hides behind a gate to escape the puma. Barbara is then chased by the puma but she is able to fend it off by playing her cat piano. Afterwards, the puma chases after Ryan and manages to back him into a wall. Seeing this, Lindsay says that she can speak 'Puma' and distracts it to let Ryan escape. However, Lindsay gets herself mauled and killed by the puma.|
|8||"And Then There Were Two & One"||Josh Flanagan||Josh Flanagan||December 23, 2014|
|Ryan wakes up on the podcast set with his wrists tied after escaping the puma. Sitting across from him is Barbara in a green suit, revealing herself as the murderer. She then shows a camera feed of Miles who is trapped in another room, getting killed due to exhaustion from a treadmill. Barbara reveals that she believes herself to have moved onto a greater plane of existence, and has killed off the other Rooster Teeth employees as they are not 'worthy' of her anymore. She also reveals her plan to frame Ryan for the murders, taking advantage of his reputation as a 'virtual sociopath' and using his GTA V outfit as a disguise whilst committing the murders, in the hopes that the police will link the murders with the poem and that she will escape scot-free. However, Ryan escapes and after a brief fight with Barbara he reveals that the outfit she's wearing isn't just a green costume but is actually Gavin's 100% accurate Minecraft creeper suit which is rigged with explosives. Ryan activates the suit, killing Barbara. A blood-spattered Ryan opens the entrance to the studio, puts on a king's crown and leaves behind the evening of murder as the sole survivor.|
Cast and characters Edit
Lindsay Jones (IMDb) as Lindsay/Herself (8 episodes, 2014). One of the party guests - She is accused of killing Kdin Jenzen in the first episode. She dies in episode 7 after being mauled to death by a puma. This makes her the eighth victim of the killer.
Miles Luna (IMDb) as Miles/Himself (8 episodes, 2014).
☀One of the party guests. It is not known what crime he has committed in the first episode since his envelope only contains dick doodles. He ends up the final death among the roosters, being glued to a treadmill and forced to run until he dies of exhaustion. This makes him the ninth and final victim of the killer.
Barbara Dunkelman as Barbara/Herself/The Killer (8 episodes, 2014). One of the party guests - acts as the maestro at the party with her cat piano. She is accused of killing Blaine Gibson in the first episode. Is actually the killer, but is killed at the end by Ryan when he activates the 100% accurate Minecraft Creeper suit she's wearing.
Ryan Haywood as Ryan/Himself (8 episodes, 2014). One of the party guests - acts as the maestro at the party with her cat piano. She is accused of killing Blaine Gibson in the first episode. Is actually the killer, but is killed at the end by Ryan when he activates the 100% accurate Minecraft Creeper suit she's wearing.
Adam Ellis as Adam/Himself (7 episodes, 2014). One of the party guests - He is accused of killing Kerry Shawcross in the first episode. He dies in Episode 6 being strangled by a computer mouse cord. This makes him the seventh victim of the killer.
Burnie Burns as Burnie/Himself (5 episodes, 2014). The host of the party, and the boss of the other party guests. He is accused of killing Shannon McCormick in the first episode. Is later revealed to be an undercover cop who hosted the party in order to catch the killer who murdered his partner years ago. Gets killed in episode 4 by a scorpion's sting. This fulfilled 'life imitated art' because his Red vs. Blue character was killed off by a Scorpion Tank. This makes him the fifth victim of the killer.
Gus Sorola as Gus (5 episodes, 2014)
☀One of the party guests - He is accused of killing Baby Gus in the first episode. Dies by pitchfork stab in episode 5. This makes him the sixth victim of the killer.
Chris Demarais as Chris (4 episodes, 2014)
Gavin Free as Gavin Prime / ... (3 episodes, 2014)
Michael Jones as Michael/Himself (2 episodes, 2014)
Luis Vazquez as Puma (2 episodes, 2014)
Aaron Marquis as Detective Mark Keys (2 episodes, 2014)
Blaine Gibson as Blaine - Murder Victim (2 episodes, 2014)
Ashley Jenkins as Gus' Inner Goddess (1 episode, 2014)
Josh Flanagan as Josh - Murder Victim (1 episode, 2014)
Kdin Jenzen as Kdin - Murder Victim (1 episode, 2014)
Shannon McCormick as Shannon - Murder Victim (1 episode, 2014)
Kerry Shawcross as Kerry - Murder Victim (1 episode, 2014)
Meg Turney as Meg - Murder Victim (1 episode, 2014)
Series Directed by Edit
|Josh Flanagan||...||(8 episodes, 2014)|
Series Writing Credits Edit
|Josh Flanagan||...||(8 episodes, 2014)|
Series Produced by
Burnie Burns ... executive producer (8 episodes, 2014)
Matt Hullum ... executive producer (8 episodes, 2014)
Brandon Farmahini ... producer (1 episode, 2014)
Josh Flanagan ... producer (1 episode, 2014) Series Cinematography by
Chad Leathers ... (8 episodes, 2014) Series Film Editing by
Josh Flanagan ... (8 episodes, 2014)
Brad Anner ... (1 episode, 2014)
Adam Bailey ... (1 episode, 2014)
Chris Demarais ... (1 episode, 2014)
Blaine Gibson ... (1 episode, 2014)
Aaron Marquis ... (1 episode, 2014) Series Makeup Department
Anna Fugate ... make-up (1 episode, 2014)
Erin Klarer ... make-up (1 episode, 2014) Series Art Department
Jordan Cwierz ... poster and promotional art (1 episode, 2014)
Jon Risinger ... death illustrations (1 episode, 2014) Series Sound Department
Clayton De Wet ... boom operator / re-recording mixer / sound mixer / supervising sound editor (8 episodes, 2014) Series Visual Effects by
Brian Behm ... visual effects supervisor (8 episodes, 2014) Series Stunts
Blaine Gibson ... stunt double (1 episode, 2014)
Luis Vazquez ... stunt double (1 episode, 2014) Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Sedlack ... assistant camera (8 episodes, 2014)
Luis Vazquez ... grip (1 episode, 2014) Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kira John ... costumer (7 episodes, 2014)
Anna Hullum ... ruby rose costume (1 episode, 2014)
Kira John ... costumer (1 episode, 2014) Series Editorial Department
Alex Walker ... colorist (8 episodes, 2014) Series Music Department
Brian Piper ... cat piano (1 episode, 2014)
Trocadero ... red vs blue music by (1 episode, 2014)
Jeff Williams ... rwby music by (1 episode, 2014) Series Other crew
Adam Baird ... contest coordinator (1 episode, 2014)
Barbara Dunkelman ... contest coordinator (1 episode, 2014)
Josh Flanagan ... contest coordinator / mystery metagame crafted by (1 episode, 2014)
Steffie Hardy ... achievement hunter coordinator (1 episode, 2014)
Emily McBride ... contest coordinator (1 episode, 2014) Series Thanks
Agatha Christie ... special thanks (1 episode, 2014)
Tim Curry ... special thanks (1 episode, 2014)
Anna Hullum ... special thanks (1 episode, 2014)
Shane Newville ... special thanks (1 episode, 2014)
Monty Oum ... special thanks (1 episode, 2014)
Kyle Taylor ... special thanks (1 episode, 2014)
The Players (In order of their deaths) Edit
10th. Michael Jones
9th. Gavin Free (Gavin Prime and Gavin Two)
8th. Chris Demarais
7th. Burnie Burns
6th. Gus Sorola
5th. Adam Ellis
4th. Lindsay Jones
3rd. Miles Luna
2nd. Barbara Dunkelman
1st. Ryan Haywood (sole survivor)
The list of victims and how they died is as follows:
- One Choked On His Rage: answer Michael Jones is poisoned after drinking a toast from a tampered champagne glass.
- One Tripped Over Themselves: answer Gavin Free and his clone literally bump into each other over several mousetraps that chew them up.
- One Was Martyred: answer Chris Demarais pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to save Burnie from being shot by arrows, and dies himself.
- Life Imitated Art: answer Burnie Burns gets a lethal sting from one of Joel's scorpions after trying to reach for a gun.
- One Died To Scale: answer Gus Sorola is stabbed through the chest with a pitchfork, dying the same way Baby Gus died.
- One Ran Out Of Air: answer Not Ryan Haywood, trapped in the Edgar hole, but Adam Ellis, who is strangled in the motion capture room with the cord of a computer mouse.
- One Got What They Wanted: answer Lindsay Jones, a Kind Hearted Cat Lover, gets mauled to death by a puma when she calls it away from Ryan.
- One Died Of A Pun: answer Miles Luna has his hands glued to a treadmill and is forced to run on it until he dies of exhaustion, unable to "go the extra mile."
- The Killer Was Killed: answer Barbara Dunkelman, the mastermind of the whole plot, is killed by Gavin's 100% Accurate Creeper Suit after mistaking it for a green screen outfit.
- And Then There Was One: answer Ryan Haywood successfully defeats Barbara and makes it out of Studio 5 alive.
First episode date: November 4, 2014
Final episode date: December 23, 2014
Production location: Rooster teeth's Stage 5 Austin
Number of episodes: 8
Networks: YouTube, Rooster Teeth
Genres: Comedy, Crime, Murder, Mystery
Official Sites:Official website Edit
Release Date: 5 November 2014 (USA) Edit
Company Credits Edit
Production Co: Edit
Rooster Teeth Productions
Company Credits Edit
Production Co: Edit
Rooster Teeth Productions
- The main reason why Michael, Gavin and Burnie were killed off very quickly and were the first three to die was because they were busy planning, prepping, rehearsing and filming Rooster Teeth's first movie, Lazer Team.
- A first for Rooster Teeth, the audience is encouraged to participate and find out who the murderer is after each episode.
- Based on Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None", also known as Ten Little Indians.
- The Puma is a recurring joke amongst Rooster Teeth jokes. Being mentioned in Red vs Blue (Sarge's "improved" warthog) and in RWBY (When Mercury and Emerald were trying to figure out what kind of cat the faunus shopkeep was in vol. 2)
- Absentee Actor: Gus is not present at all during episode 2 and is found at his desk in episode 3 claiming to have been working the whole time.
- Accent Relapse: Cop!Burnie reverts to his "natural" Joisey accent when he reveals his true nature to Ryan. He switches back to his "ridiculous fake" accent for the rest of the conversation, though after Ryan presses his Berserk Button he gets so flustered he relapses again.
Cop!Burnie: An' listen ta me! Now I'm breakin' character! Six months with a vocal coach, right down da fuckin' drain thanks to you guys!
- Accidentally Accurate: In-universe with the line in the poem "The killer was killed". Barbara wrote that as part of her plan to frame Ryan as the killer and escape as the survivor, but Ryan turns the tables on her and kills her anyways, fulfilling the poem's original meaning.
- Adam Westing: Everyone play as themselves.
- A God Am I: Barbara reveals to have a God complex, to the point of replacing phrases with "God" with her name.
Barbara: The time of God dammit Barb is over! I'm God now so it's BARB dammit barb!
- Annoying Arrows: Arrows are lethal in this series, as Chris dies from getting shot, but it takes several of them to put him down for good and he keeps getting back up after being shot. Played for laughs.
- Anyone Can Die: As the poem indicates, all but one of them will by the end.
- Even offscreen, this was happening; based on the incriminating photos everyone picks up, almost everyone committed murder (except Ryan, whose photo just has Edgar in a hole, and possibly Miles, who doesn't get a photo). Aside from the shout-outs to Rooster Teeth Shorts, these include Adam killing Kerry* , Lindsay killing Kdin* , and - perhaps most jarringly - Gavin killing Meg, his girlfriend* . And this is before we learn that the murderer trapped in here has been killing for a while...
- Episode 6 makes us think that Ryan's time has come... only for the picture to fall off the wall as glass smashes and Ryan finally climbs out of the hole. When the actual * victim is shown a few minutes later, his portrait is nailed to the wall to make it stick this time.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In episode 4, Burnie equips a tactical vest, helmet, three (progressively bigger) guns, two swords, a grenade... and a wiffleball bat.
- Artistic License:
- The weapon of murder in episode 2. The murder of the Gavins shouldn't be as gory as it is considering the murder weapon (mousetraps), yet they're left as a bloody mess at the end of the episode.
- The manner of death in episode 4 falls under this too. Scorpion stings do not kill in less than 5 seconds, as the venom is a neurotoxin that paralyzes its victim until it cannot breathe and asphyxiates.
- Similar to episode 2, the death in episode 7. Lindsay gets torn up into ludicrous gibs in a matter of seconds, which is not how pumas or other big cats kill prey or consume it.
- Aside Glance: When they find the poem on the wall, Burnie, with Miles and Gus behind him, comments that it is an ominous portent for the evening. Then all three look straight at the camera with little grins.
- Attack Its Weak Point: When confronted with the puma, Miles wields his prop from the RWBY set and tells himself to aim for the soft underbelly (a ref to Weiss fighting the boarbatusk in RWBY). He decides against attacking it and just runs.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: In the finale, Ryan puts on a crown and leaves the studio after becoming the only survivor.
- Bad Boss: Burnie mocks the notion that anyone might be getting a raise, a nod to his character in the shorts.
- Badass Beard: Deconstructed - Adam's beard looks great, but it has a tendency to get stuff caught in it, as well as getting trapped in things (doors, microphones etc.)
- Badass Boast: From Ryan:
[After escaping the Edgar hole.] Fuck you, hole. Unlike a cow, I have opposable thumbs.
- Bait and Switch: Ever since he got stuck on the hole, it seemed like Ryan would end up being the one who "Ran Out of Air". Episode 6 makes it seem that way, due to cutting to Ryan's portrait after Ryan supposedly succumbs to asphyxiation... only for the sound of shattering glass to be heard as Ryan bursts out.
- Batman Gambit: Barbara murdered Cop!Burnie's partner because she knew that Burnie would respond by trying to trap her with the fake dinner party, gathering all her planned victims into one place for her.
- Michael's murder might not have even happened if Barbara hadn't been sure that Gus would hand Michael the glass in anticipation of a toast.
- There's also the case of Ryan's mental breakdown in the fourth episode - Barbara killed off Michael and Gavin first and planted their dolls, knowing that Ryan would question his own sanity due to his sociopathic tendencies inAchievement Hunter videos.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: The victim of episode 7 dies by "[getting] what they wanted." It turns out to be Lindsay, who always wanted a cat and tries to befriend a puma. This does not go well for her.
- Berserk Button:
- Burnie gets really angry when he learns Ryan doesn't watch Red vs. Blue.
- In the same conversation, Ryan gets a defied one; when Burnie calls him a "bad king", instead of getting mad like the buildup would have you think, Ryan just snarkily corrects him ("It's mad king").
- Big "NO!":
- Chris in episode 3 when he sees the murderer about to kill Burnie.
- Barbara in the finale when Ryan activates her 100% Accurate Creeper Suit, which is rigged with explosives.
- Black Comedy: As a murder mystery created by Rooster Teeth, there's black comedy everywhere, particularly in the death scenes (most notably the Gavins and Lindsay).
- After Miles' death, Ryan and Barbara joke about the death via treadmill.
- Blackmail: Michael's plan to turn in all of the other party guests for the crimes they've committed and get rich. He doesn't get too far with the plan since he ends up getting murdered midway through his accusations.
- Bloody Hilarious: The deaths of the Gavins and Lindsay. And in the finale, of the killer Barbara.
- Bond One-Liner: The final line of the series, after Ryan kills Barbara by activating her explosive-rigged suit.
"Well, that ended with a bang."
- Breaking the Fourth Wall:
- In the first episode, after Burnie sees the poem on the door:
- Breaking the Fourth Wall:
Burnie: This looks like some kind of ominous omen for the rest of the evening. (Him, Miles, and Gus look at the camera)
- In the final episode, Ryan ends up questioning how the hell he got captured when the last thing he remembered was Lindsay saving him from the puma and getting killed for it. Barbara handwaves by saying that she somehow got the drop on him and knocked him out. Mostly so she could get to monologuing.
- Brick Joke: In the first episode, Chris quote Tolkien whilst Gus quotes himself calling Chris a nerd. Fast forward to the finale, and the same Tolkien quote is shown after the credits, as well as Gus' made up quote.
Not all who work here are fucking nerds.
- Brown Note: It's implied that Barbara's cat keyboard does this to the puma, which leaves Barbara alone after being subjected to its noise. The final episode revealed that Barbara actually trained the puma to follow the cat keyboard's tunes. She also did it with the scorpion, which she admits took a very long time.
- Chase Scene: Miles and Ryan getting chased by the puma. Easily goes into Stylistic Suck.
- Chekhov's Gag: The green screen from Lindsay's Sanity Slippage moment returns in the finale to create an Amazing Technicolor Battlefield for Ryan and Barbara's fight.
- Chekhov's Gun: Some of the murder weapons become this when they are seen/mentioned in episodes prior to being used.
- Adam mentions several things that were stolen from his work station. The first of them to come up is his bow, used by the murderer to kill Chris. The computer mouse he mentions turns up later in episode 6 as the weapon that kills him.
- Somebody releases all of Joel's poisonous animals in episode 2, letting scorpions, spiders, and a cobra roam the office. A scorpion kills Burnie in episode 4, just like how Caboose (played by Joel) killed Church (played by Burnie) inRed vs. Blue.
- The pitchfork that Adam leaves by the puma cage in episode 4 is used in the following episode to kill Gus. The puma itself comes up in episode 7 when Barbara accidentally releases it from its cage and it menaces the survivors and ultimately kills Lindsay.
- Barbara's cat piano is used in episode 7 to lure off the puma.
- One of Chris' off-hand comments when talking to Gus in Episode 1 turns out to be the way we could have guessed the survivor from the first week. It's part of a poem that ends "The crownless shall again be king".
- Clothing Damage: By the time Miles dies, he's lost the Ruby Rose costume's boots and cloak and the outfit itself is slipping off him.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Everyone has their moments, but Chris and Lindsay might be the most consistent; the former keeps quoting Lord of the Rings and the latter loses her sanity over time to the point of "hiding" in wide open spaces such as in front of the greenscreen. Everyone else makes dumb decisions, but at least keeps a sane mind overall.
- Cluster F-Bomb:
- Lindsay's quote in her portion of The Know:
"Holy fucking shit, we're all going to die here... ...oh, my fucking God... ...Fuck."
—Lindsay Jones, pooped her pants.
Parents Guide Edit
Sex & Nudity Edit
Plenty of sexual references
At the end of one episode (as more of a bloopers/weird thing to show) a character passionately kisses a puma. However, the puma is very obviously a person in a costume and is meant to be comical.
At one point a character is while wearing a motion capture suit in a motion capture room. While he is being choked he struggles awkwardly. A character watches him on a computer and believes it to be animated sex. This is meant to comical.
Violence & Gore Edit
The show is about ten people in a building trying to find out who the murderer is among them as they each get murdered throughout the night.
The show features many over the top deaths, such as a man falls in a pile of mousetraps. His organs and limbs are seen flying up along with blood (the bodies are off-screen, so the organs fly up then fall).
A character is choked by a computer mouse cord
There are many other bloody deaths throughout the show, however, all are overdone and meant to be comical
Frequent strong language, including multiple uses of f***
In the first episode the characters are all drinking either wine or beer.
Frightening/Intense Scenes Edit
The violence may be disturbing to some
The show revolves around ten people trying to survive a murderer in a building at night, which can be suspenseful
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