Rooster Teeth

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RPF Fandom
Name(s): Rooster Teeth RPF, Rooster Teeth/Achievement Hunter RPF, RTAH, Ragehappy, Funhaus
Scope/Focus: RPF fandom for the media company Rooster Teeth
Date(s): 2012 to Present
See also: Red vs. Blue, RWBY
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Rooster Teeth RPF is the RPF fandom centered around the employees of the YouTube company Rooster Teeth Productions, often specifically the members of the division known as Achievement Hunter. The company was founded in 2003, but fanwork-related activity began in late 2012. The fandom is generally considered to be separate from Rooster Teeth's regular demographic of young male gamers, which does not seem to produce fanworks, and the Ragehappy name was created to clarify this situation.

In February 2015 [1][2], seven members of the Machinima Inc. YouTube group Inside Gaming left that network and joined Rooster Teeth, forming the LA-based Funhaus office. The original, founding members were: Adam Kovic, Bruce Greene, Lawrence Sonntag, James Willems, Joel Rubin, Matt Peake, and Sean "Spoole" Poole. In February 2016, Sean "Spoole" Poole left Funhaus [3], followed by Joel Rubin's exit in April of 2016 [4]. In November 2015, James Willem's wife, Elyse Willems left the YouTube channel GameTrailers and joined Funhaus. She was followed by others, including Omar de Armas, Dan Schneider, Don Casanova, Jacob Fullerton, Adam "Bones" Brouillard, and Jon Smith.

Rooster Teeth is best known for producing the machinima Red vs. Blue and the anime RWBY.

Fandom

The canon for the fandom is primarily the YouTube videos that feature Rooster Teeth's employees, but also includes their Twitter and Tumblr accounts, as well as their profiles and activity on the Rooster Teeth and Achievement Hunter websites.

The fandom centers around shipping the Rooster Teeth employees, creating gifs, making fanart (both drawings and manips) and writing fanfiction. The fandom also creates fanvids and fanmixes occasionaly. The most popular pairing is Michael/Gavin, also known as Mavin.

Other pairings include Ryan/Ray, Gavin/Ryan, Joel/Ray, Ryan/Michael and the Achievement Hunter OT6: Michael/Gavin/Ray/Ryan/Jack/Geoff. Following Ray's departure from Rooster Teeth, some fanfictions feature the "new OT6" including Jeremy Dooley. Countless other ships exist as well. Reader Insert fanfictions are popular, though they tend to deviate from the standard self-insertion tropes and be written very generically (primarily in first or second person), to accommodate many different types of readers. However, none of these fanfictions are nearly as popular as any of the fics with actual members of the company with other members.

The fandom is based mostly on Tumblr, where it is difficult to track timelines and growth.

The first fanfiction was posted to the Archive of Our Own in November 2012, and the fandom seems to have grown rapidly. By June of 2013, there were 350 fics available on AO3, and by September 1, 2013 AO3 hosted more than one 1,000 Rooster Teeth fanworks. Many more fanworks can be found on Tumblr, but statistics are unavailable for those. As of September 2017, AO3 hosts more than 12,700 Rooster Teeth/Achievement Hunter/Funhaus RPF fics.

The shipping-oriented Ragehappy fandom quickly gained the acknowledgement of Rooster Teeth's staff. Mavin was mentioned by Michael Jones in an Internet Box podcast from mid-December 2012. In a video from late December 2012, Ray Narvaez Jr. announced, perhaps unwisely, "I want a fanfic of us blowing each other." Within 24 hours, the fanfiction had appeared on Tumblr.

The fanblog Fuck Yeah RT Fanfic hosts a list of rules on RT Shipping which documents which members of staff are comfortable being included in fanfic, whether with sexual content or without. Since these are real people, who are generally very supportive of fandom activity, Ragehappy writers and artists are expected to abide by those rules. Including people's real children in fanfiction is absolutely forbidden.

The first Mavin Fic Bang was held in the summer and fall of 2013.

Fandom Jargon

The fandom uses portmanteau ship naming names as well as unique team names, some of them introduced by Rooster Teeth itself.

Achievement Hunter team names: In the Minecraft lets plays (and eventually carrying over into the other lets plays) team names were assigned to various duos. Some fans use the team names as their ship names.

  • Team Lads- Gavin Free, Ray Narvaez Jr., Michael Jones.
  • Team Gents- Ryan Haywood, Geoff Ramsey, Jack Pattillo.
  • Team Nice Dynamite- Gavin Free, Michael Jones
  • Plan G- Gavin Free, Geoff Ramsey
  • Team Trial and Error- Gavin Free, Jack Pattillo
  • Team Love n Stuff- Ryan Haywood, Gavin Free
  • R n R Connection- Ryan Haywood, Ray Narvaez Jr
  • Team Crazy Mad- Ryan Haywood, Michael Jones
  • Team Same Voice- Ryan Haywood, Jack Pattillo
  • Team Angry Fat- Jack Pattillo, Michael Jones
  • Team O.G- Jack Pattillo, Geoff Ramsey
  • Team Magnum Dong- Geoff Ramsey, Ryan Haywood
  • Dynamic Dumb-Asses- Geoff Ramsey, Michael Jones
  • Team Go Fuck Yourself- Ray Narvaez Jr., Geoff Ramsey
  • Team Hivemind- Matt Bragg, Jeremy Dooley
  • The Stream Team- Matt Bragg, Jeremy Dooley, Trevor Collins
  • Little Britain- Gavin Free, Jeremy Dooley
  • Short Temper- Michael Jones, Jeremy Dooley

Fandom Ship Names

  • AHOT6: Various iterations, including: Michael Jones, Gavin Free, Ryan Haywood, Jack Patillo, Geoff Ramsey, Ray Narvaez Jr., Jeremy Dooley, Lindsay Tuggey Jones, Matt Bragg, Mica Burton, and/or other current members of Achievement Hunter.
  • FHOT7: Various iterations, including: Matt Peake, James Willems, Lawrence Sonntag, Bruce Greene, Adam Kovic, Joel Rubin, Sean "Spoole" Poole, Elyse Willems, Omar de Armas, and/or other current members of Funhaus.
  • Mavin: Michael Jones and Gavin Free.
  • Joelay: Ray Narvaez Jr. and Joel Heyman.
  • Juggey: Michael Jones and Lindsay Jones (formerly Tuggey). The two are married in real life on May 9, 2014 [5].
  • Geoffon/Geoffin: Geoff Ramsey and Griffon Ramsey. The two are married in real life.
  • Rayvin: Ray Narvaez Jr. and Gavin Free.
  • Rachael: Ray Narvaez Jr. and Michael Jones.
  • Raywood: Ray Narvaez Jr. and Ryan Haywood.
  • Ramwood: Geoff Ramsey and Ryan Haywood.
  • Freewood: Gavin Free and Ryan Haywood.
  • Turnfree: Gavin Free and Meg Turney, who are dating in real life.
  • Danvin: Dan Gruchy and Gavin Free, who created the YouTube channel The Slo-Mo Guys together.
  • Risingwood: Ryan Haywood and Jon Risinger.
  • Geovin: Geoff Ramsey and Gavin Free.
  • Burnvin: Burnie Burns and Gavin Free.
  • Micheoff: Michael Jones and Geoff Ramsey.
  • Joeltillo: Jack Patillo and Joel Heyman.
  • Joellis: Joel Heyman and Adam Ellis. These two do the show How To with Joel and Adam together.

There are also multiple triad or quad ships, since the overall chemistry between the entire Rooster Teeth/Achievement Hunter/Funhaus group is extremely strong, and shipping in almost any combination works.

Fan Communities

Rooster Teeth RPF fan communities are based mostly on Tumblr, where they experience a great deal of activity.

Here is a brief list:

Additionally, fanworks are often posted to AO3.

Notable Fanfiction

Notable Fanartists

  • Mallius is particularly known for Minecraft Kings Series art, and GTAV art which was used for an official Achievement Hunter poster.
  • Padalickinggood, originator of the popular Hybrid AU and SpookyScary AU.
  • Laurin, originally known for tweeting quick art of RT Podcast topics which was often featured during the same live podcast, Laurin has since been hired by Rooster Teeth.
  • Someoneudontknow5, known for Minecraft Let's Play art and the RT Baby AU.
  • Zerotation
  • Starexorcist

Fandom Controversies

Officially, there is no Rooster Teeth company policy regarding RPF fanworks, but they are allowed and even endorsed by individuals within the company.

Controversy in the Rooster Teeth fandom instead centers around the behavior and actions of the Rooster Teeth employees. Several major incidents between the fandom and the company have occurred, including Portal House/Connect the Hots and Cards Against Humanity. Both incidents are documented and discussed extensively on the blog Feminist Roosterteeth. The AH Trigger Warning Archive exists to help fans avoid content like that which sparked these incidents.

Resources

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Fan:

✪ This article was previously featured on the Fanlore main page in 2018