Rooster Teeth RPF
|Name(s):||Rooster Teeth RPF, Achievement Hunter RPF, RTAH, Ragehappy, Funhaus|
|Scope/Focus:||RPF fandom for the media company Rooster Teeth|
|Date(s):||2012 to Present|
|See also:||Achievement Hunter, Funhaus, Cow Chop|
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This is the page for the RPF fandom. For the media company and their created content, see Rooster Teeth (company).
Rooster Teeth RPF is the RPF fandom centered around the employees of the YouTube company Rooster Teeth, 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 , seven members of the Machinima 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 , followed by Joel Rubin's exit in April of 2016 . 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.
The canon for the fandom is primarily the YouTube videos that feature Rooster Teeth's employees and Rooster Teeth's yearly charity fundraiser, Extra Life. However, it also includes content on 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, and creating content around that shipping. The fandom is based mostly on Tumblr, where it is difficult to track timelines and growth, but popular fannish activities include creating gifs, making fanart (both drawings and manips) and writing fanfiction. The fandom also creates fanvids and fanmixes occasionally.
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. However, due to the departure of Ray and the addition of Jeremy, the people included in the AHOT6 can now vary. Similarly, Funhaus OT7 is in flux due to Spoole's departure, and the addition of Elyse. Many writers simply include everyone, making the poly groups even bigger. Since almost everyone at Rooster Teeth has great chemistry, almost anyone is shippable with anyone else so countless other ships exist as well. Reader Insert fanfictions are also popular, but not nearly as popular as shipping Rooster Teeth employees with other employees.
The first fanfiction was posted to the Archive of Our Own in November 2012, and the fandom seems to have grown rapidly in the following months. 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 acknowledgment 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.
For more information, please see Achievement Hunter.