Meta VS Carolina
- Current (Rooster Teeth)
August 3rd, 2016
"Slingshot" by Tracadero & David Levy
The top of the Freelancer board is taking on the scariest mute in the galaxy. All bets are off! It's time for a DEATH BATTLE!
Meta VS Carolina is the 64th episode of DEATH BATTLE!, featuring The Meta and Agent Carolina from the Red vs. Blue series in a battle between the strongest Freelancers. The Meta was voiced by both Matt Hullum and Burnie Burns, Agent Carolina was voiced by Jen Brown and Epsilon was voiced by Burnie Burns.
Note: This episode is a special crossover with DEATH BATTLE! and Rooster Teeth's Red vs. Blue and is alternatively known as "Meta VS Carolina: Dawn of Awesome" on their website.
Vic: "Who would win in a fight?" Now, if that's not the most popular question asked around Project Freelancer, I don't know what is. Oh! No, wait--it'd probably be "Hey, where do these AI keep coming from?" or "Have you noticed that we're looking pretty evil lately?" Anyway, there's been plenty of action-packed punch-outs and kick-ass karate matches over the years, but we never really saw a match-up between two of our heaviest hitters: Carolina and the Meta. Let's see if we can do something about that.
The words "Meta vs. Carolina: Dawn of Awesome" float into frame. Cut to Valhalla, where Grif and Simmons are seen standing at Red base.
Grif: You ever wonder... who'd win in a fight between Carolina and the Meta?
Simmons: Pfft, no! Only hopeless nerds on the Internet care about that kind of crap.
Grif: Uh, yeah. Why do you think I'm asking you? Come on, picture it. It'd be totally bad-ass!
Simmons: Well, yeah, I'd guess... Carolina would definitely win though.
Grif: Bullshit! You're just picking her because you're scared of girls! Meta's WAY scarier. He threw a Warthog at me!
Simmons: Oh, I didn't realize "scariness" was the deciding factor in a fight to the fucking death! Genius!
Caboose: Hey Reds! What are you talking about?
Simmons: Oh, Grif was just asking what would happen if Carolina and Meta fought.
Caboose: Fought who?
Simmons: One another.
Caboose: Another who?
Grif: Just ignore him.
Caboose: Oh, you mean DEATH BATTLE.
Simmons: I mean, sure?
Caboose: Oh! Awesome! Hang on, I know some smart people that can help! Be right back!
Simmons: Do you have any idea what he's talking about?
Grif: No, but I DO know that you're still fucking wrong.
Caboose: Okay, I'm back.
Grif: Well that was fast.
Caboose: Yep, I called Command and they sent two of their best scientist fighting people to help us!
Simmons: Their best? Really?!
Boomstick: And THAT'S how you write your name in buckshot.
Wiz: Alright, alright, enough screwing around. We've got a job to do.
Boomstick: Oh, fine...
Grif: I think you're forgetting that Command's best is just a step up from incompetent.
Simmons: They sent us Donut.
Grif: I rest my case.
Caboose: Introducing... Jizz and Broomstick! Ick, ick, ick, ick...
Wiz: It's "Wiz" and "Boomstick".
Grif: Wow, those are the dumbest names I've ever heard.
Simmons: Franklin. Delano. Donut.
Grif: ...And I retract my previous statement.
Boomstick: Yeah, well you've got the dumbest face I've ever seen!
Grif: Uh, I thought you were supposed to be smart. I'm wearing a helmet.
Caboose: Oh my God, me too!
Simmons: Alright, so how do you guys do this? You just, like, draw names out of a hat? Cast some chicken bones around?
Wiz: It's our job to analyze their weapons, armor, and skills to find out who would win... a Death Battle.
Simmons: ...Why did you say it like that?!
Boomstick: Just... j-just watch.
(*Cues: Invader - Jim Johnston*)
Wiz: Before there was Red vs. Blue, there was Project Freelancer. The Freelancers were highly-trained soldiers with experimental weaponry and a mission so secret, not even they knew what it was.
Boomstick: Kind of stupid in hindsight, but these were true soldiers. The biggest and strongest of them all was Agent Maine.
(*Cues: Red vs Blue - Debris Field*)
Wiz: Maine was the muscle of the team, relying on his brute strength, wrestling styles, and his unwavering ferocity to intimidate and crush his foes.
Boomstick: While he likes carrying an M6G Magnum pistol into battle, he really likes a certain alien grenade launcher he stole, the Type-25 Grenade Launcher, A.K.A the Brute Shot.
Cuts to Red vs. Blue.
Boomstick: I mean, seriously, look at this thing! It's got a blade and can fire up to four rounds in three seconds. Let's test that, shall we?
Grif: Hey! That's mine! Give it back!
Boomstick fires the Brute Shot at Grif.
Grif: AHH!! OWW!
Boomstick: *sigh* Well, in conclusion, I love this thing.
Resumes Death Battle segment.
(*Cues: Red vs Blue - Planning the Heist*)
Boomstick:So, the guy was a badass fighter. Too bad Project Freelancer ended up turning him into a monster.
Wiz: Long story short, the Director of Project Freelancer received a rare artificial intelligence for testing.
Boomstick: The Director imagined an army of super-soldiers paired with AIs, but he can only get the one.
Wiz: Being the resourceful scientist he was, the Director decided to torture the A.I, forcing it to separate its raw emotions into multiple personalities to save itself. These personalities were captured as individual A.I fragments and paired with different freelancers. Trust me, that's science.
Boomstick: Maine was given Sigma, the A.I. fragment representing ambition and creativity. And apparently, being creative means you're fucking evil.
Wiz: Desperate to gather his fellow A.I. fragments and reform into a perfect A.I., Sigma manipulated and brainwashed Maine, turning him into the murdering psychopath known as The Meta.
Boomstick: The Meta went on a rampage, betraying his fellow Freelancers and stealing their AIs. He was like the Predator, but tougher, meaner, and with tons of overpowered equipment.
Wiz: His Domed Energy Shield creates a nigh impregnable force field.
Boomstick: It can block bullets, explosions, and even shells from tanks.
Back to Red vs. Blue.
Boomstick: Allow us to demonstrate.
Boomstick places a domed energy shield around Grif.
Boomstick: Here's Grif inside an energy shield.
Grif: Yeah. So?
Caboose gets into a tank.
Boomstick: And here's a tank operated by Caboose.
Caboose: And what could go wrong?
Grif: Oh, shit.
Caboose: Fire in the hole in one!
Caboose fires at Grif, completely missing the shield.
Boomstick: Let's try that again, Blue buddy.
Caboose: Yes sir, Captain Deadpan!
The shield runs out of energy and drops.
Grif: Huh? Wait, it ran out of--GYAAAH!!!
Caboose fires again, squarely hitting Grif.
Boomstick: Now, if the energy shield had been there, Grif would've been fine.
Caboose: Wow. Science is fun!
Simmons: (off-screen) I've said it for years!
Resumes Death Battle segment.
(*Cues: Red vs Blue - The Meta Theme*)
Wiz: As if that weren't enough, The Meta's Active Camouflage turns him practically invisible, his Strength Boost enhancement grants him... well, super strength, and most impressively, his Temporal Distortion device can slow time to a crawl.
Boomstick: He can turn invisible and stop time? This guy sounds unstoppable!
Wiz: Unfortunately, running so much equipment alongside so many AI fragments consumes a lot of power. But, that hasn't stopped him from killing several Freelancers and stealing seven other AIs.
Boomstick: Not to mention, the dude can take a hit and keep on going. Even when that hit is taking nine shots point-blank to the neck! Man, and I thought my voice made my throat hurt. No wonder he never talks.
Wiz: The only thing that could stop him was when acoupleofidiots stabbed him in the chest, tied him to a car, and threw that car off a cliff into the freezing ocean.
Boomstick: But let's be fair, Wiz, that's a pretty fucking hardcore way to go.
Maine jumps on the hood of Rhee Sebiel's car and stabs him with the bayonet of his Brute Shot.
Back to Red vs. Blue
Grif: Hey, wait a minute! Where'd you get all this footage? Have you been spying on us?
Wiz: Don't worry about it.
(*Cues: Red vs Blue - Extraction*)
Wiz: Leading the troops of Project Freelancer, Agent Carolina was supposedly the best of the best. She commanded the team through many successful missions, mastered several martial arts, and her top spot on the leaderboard seemed untouchable.
Boomstick: Until a mysterious stranger showed up out of the blue and ruined everything, but we'll get to that later. Carolina carries a wider variety of weapons than most Freelancers. Over the course of her career, she's favored the standard Magnum pistol, dual plasma rifles, a grappling hook which can operate in outer space, a humbler stun device which is basically a shock baton, and a long-range BR55 Battle Rifle.
Back to Red vs. Blue.
Grif is running away behind Boomstick.
Boomstick: It's not as flashy as a shotgun, but it's got an impressive range of over 3,000 feet.
Boomstick shoots Grif with the Battle Rifle.
Grif: Oww!! Why me!?
Boomstick: It just feels right.
Resumes Death Battle segment
(*Cues: Red vs Blue - Pelican Cruise/ Infiltration*)
Wiz: Like many other Freelancers, Carolina also possesses an A.I.companion, several, actually, but for this matchup, we'll be focusing on the time she spent with Epsilon, the memory of the original Alpha A.I. the Director fragmented. It's also known as Church. Like the other A.I. fragments, Epsilon experiences time 205 times slower than a human being and therefore drastically speeds up Carolina's thoughts and reaction time.
Boomstick: Too bad he's kind of an asshole. And by kind of, I mean, that's basically his thing.
Church: Guys, I'm an asshole.
Boomstick: In her post-Freelancer career, Carolina made it her mission to track down as much experimental armor equipment as possible, and let me tell you, she did a very damn good job. Like Maine, she managed to acquire the Domed Energy Shield, but also picked up Adaptive Camouflage, a Speed Boost, and a Healing Unit.
Wiz: Unfortunately, just one A.I. fragment isn't enough to run all this equipment at once. In battle, if Carolina's not careful, she can accidentally push Epsilon too far and essentially short circuit him.
Boomstick: Yeah, for a leader, she's kind of hot-headed and super competitive. Like when Agent Texas joined the Freelancer crew and started showing her up, Carolina started making a lot of stupid mistakes.
Wiz: There's a lot going on here. Turns out, the Director was Carolina's father all along and Tex was actually the A.I. fragment memory of his deceased wife, meaning Carolina's greatest rival for her father's approval was actually her own mother.
Back to Red vs. Blue.
Grif and Simmons: (In unison) Wait, WHAT?!
Grif: You're making that up!
Wiz: You guys didn't know that? Where have you been? Pay attention.
Caboose: Ah, yeah seriously, guys, it's like super obvious.
Simmons: Huh. Suddenly, everything makes a lot more sense.
Grif: Fuck, dude. Remember when all we used to do was stand around and talk?
Simmons: Yeah, good times.
Grif: Good times...
Boomstick beats up Grif with his Brute Shot.
Boomstick: Hehe, still love this thing!
Resumes Death Battle segment
(*Cues: Red vs Blue - Freelancer Implosion*)
Wiz: Regardless, Carolina is one tough woman. She's defeated several other Freelancers, saved an entire planet from civil war, and once blocked the shock wave of a nuclear explosion.
Boomstick: She and Epsilon were even skilled enough to track down dear old Dad after he went into hiding just to help him kill himself. Geez, that got dark real fast.
Santa: WHO ARE YOU?
Carolina: I'm your true warrior.
Somewhere inside of Mother of Invention, Carolina is training in the room, punching and kicking the targets.
(*Cues: Unknown Theme*)
The Meta comes in and sees her through the window, watching Carolina finish her training.
Church's A.I. fragment appears.
Church: Ooh, yeah, just point zero three milliseconds too slow. Looks like I'm picking the movie tonight.
Carolina: Ugh. Can it not be another garbage action movie?
Church: Oh, come on, they're hilarious. Everyone talks in one-liners, the plot's non-existent. It's like the characters are just there to beat the shit out of each other!
An alarm goes off, warning Church.
Church: Uh oh.
Carolina: What is it?
Church: Uhhh... I think we're about to have company.
The scene cuts to Meta, who balls his fists up as Carolina points her pistol up to Meta.
Church: Not exactly.
(*Cues: Slingshot - Trocadero*)
The Meta's A.I. fragments appear and tell Meta to kill Carolina and take her AI.
AIs: It's him. The last one. That's him. Take it. Take it.
The Meta takes out his Brute Shot.
Church: OK, if we win, you can totally pick the movie.
The Meta breaks through the window.
Meta thrusts down the Brute Shot but Carolina rolls away and shoots at Meta but he blocks the bullets with the Brute Shot.
Church: Not working!
Carolina: I can see that!
Meta uses the Brute Shot to attack, but Carolina blocks the attacks although Meta kicks her away. Meta then attacks Carolina's head, but she blocks it and shoots at Meta's head. Meta counters and headbutts Carolina, throwing her pistol away. Meta then tries to hit Carolina but she dodges it and pulls out her Humbler Stun Device. Both Meta and Carolina charge at each other. Meta tries to hit Carolina but she blocks it and stuns Meta multiple times, knocking his Brute Shot away with an air kick. Meta then sees his fallen Brute Shot, instead of picking it up, he growls and punches his fists together and walks towards Carolina as he tries to punch her many times but Carolina dodges them as she stuns Meta and kicks him down.
Church: You sure you can't set that thing to kill?
The Meta growls and punches the ground to get up and walks towards the Brute Shot to pick it up.
Carolina: Just hold on!
Carolina activates her Speed Boost and runs towards Meta. As Meta picks up the Brute Shot, Carolina punches Meta and starts to run up the walls, The Meta tries to shoot at Carolina but he misses all the shots as Carolina dashes towards The Meta and punches him to a wall. Carolina rolls and pulls her Battle Rifle as she shoots towards The Meta but he activated Domed Energy Shield and Overshield. The Meta activates Active Camouflage as the Domed Energy Shield and Overshield drops.
Carolina: Church, where is he?
Church: I'm on it, scanning... Your left!
The Meta appears and slashes Carolina's Battle Rifle in half. She throws it away and both begin to attack in hand-to-hand combat but Carolina blocks Meta's punch and starting to punch him multiple times but Meta blocked Carolina's last punch and punched her into the face and into the crotch. They both once again punch each other but Meta punches and back flips into Carolina's back and kicks her away. Meta then stands and walks towards fallen Carolina as he growls, she tries to pick up her pistol but Meta grabs her leg and smashes her down but Carolina kicks his face, gets up and walks towards the Meta as she kicks and knees him but Meta punches Carolina as he does a Superman punch, knocking her away.
Carolina: Church, I need Armor Enhancements.
Church: Which ones?
Carolina: All of them!
Carolina activates all of her Armor Enhancements.
Church: Uh that doesn't seem like a good ideaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!
Carolina dashes towards Meta with enhanced speed as Church screams, but Meta uses Temporal Distortion to stop Carolina in midair.
Church: Huh? ...Aw shit.
Meta then pulls out his Brute Shot and knocks Carolina into a wall, Carolina is horribly damaged.
Church: Dammit! OK, uh, focusing on the Healing Unit, I got you. Carolina, can you hear me?
The scene cuts to Meta reloading his Brute Shot. Carolina rolls forward, grabs her pistol and shoots at Meta as she successfully lands multiple hits, Meta drops to one knee.
Church: You got him!
Meta stands back up, growls and slowly walking towards Carolina.
Church: OK seriously, what the fuck?
Carolina reloads her pistol as she tries to shoot at Meta again, but Meta throws his Brute Shot as it slashes Carolina and sticks into the wall. Meta punches multiple times then grabs Carolina and is about to punch her in order to finish the fight.
Church: Hey hey, wait wait wait! Wait, hold up.
The Meta growls as the other AI fragments notice Church.
AIs: It's him-It's him!
Church: Uhhh hey, so I know you're about to pummel her ginger face in and all. But you also talk in grunts, so I'm just gonna say this one line for you okay? Just this one time.
Carolina then pulls out Meta's Brute Shot and points at Meta's head.
Church: Oh! Son of a bitch!
Carolina shoots at Meta's head blowing it off completely.
Carolina: No action movies.
Grif: Holy shit!
Caboose: I know! He did not even have a head under his helmet! He was a ghost the whole time!
Simmons: I told you, I TOLD you!
Caboose: (under his breath) Like Bruce Willis...
Grif: Bullshit! Meta's stronger, he should've won!
Wiz: Not true, Grif.
(*Cues: Red vs Blue - Planning the Heist again*)
Wiz: As the Freelancer leaderboard proves, strength isn't everything. Carolina's mastery of martial arts let her hold her own and her use of equipment allowed her to match and even counter The Meta's. He may have gained an upper hand with his Temporal Distortion, but Carolina's Healing Unit quickly repaired damage done during the attack.
Boomstick: Even though The Meta had all that powerful equipment, it drained his suit's energy way too fast. Carolina tried to use all of her equipment at once and failed. Luckily, she had Epsilon to change tactics and focus on recovery.
Wiz: Which brings us to what is perhaps the most important factor of the fight: the relationship between Freelancer and artificial intelligence. The Meta was brainwashed and manipulated by eight different AI, effectively filling his head with an unintelligible mess of voices and commands. In contrast, Carolina and Epsilon work together as partners with a mutual trust, both capable of making judgment calls to make up for each other's weaknesses.
Grif: Whatever. I still say it should've been the Meta.
Wiz: Says the guy who can't tell the difference between a car and a puma.
Grif: I can tell the difference! It was a matter of comparison!
Boomstick: The Meta just couldn't get ahead of his competition.
Wiz: The winner is Agent Carolina.
Sarge: Hey! What in Sam Hill are you boys doing here, fraternizing with the blue devil and a-
Sarge notices Wiz and Boomstick.
Sarge: Who the hell are these dirtbags?
Wiz: Wha-ho! Easy there, sir. We're just here from Command!
Boomstick: Hey, nice shotgun! I like the cut of your jib!
Sarge: Hehehe. Well, whaddaya know? Someone who has an eye for the finer things in life!
Boomstick: Hoho, you better believe it!
Sarge: Y'know, you remind me of someone. Almost like the son that I... never wanted.
Boomstick: Well, that's funny. I was about to say you're like the Pappy I never had. When I was a kid, he ran out on us to join the Army and never came back.
Sarge: Huh. Well... how about that? Time to move along, I guess. Nothing to see here. Do-do-do Do-di-do Do-do.
Sarge walks away and the singing fades away slowly. Everyone looks at Boomstick.
Boomstick: What a nice guy!
The track for this fight is "Slingshot" by Tracadero & David Levy. It is instrumental rock featuring various string instrument, a piano and lyrics sung by Meredith Hagan.
The title could reference both The Meta and Agent Carolina in a sense that both were slung around by their former boss.
Grant the souls I send your way
- The connections between The Meta and Agent Carolina is that both are extremely skilled and powerful soldiers originating from one of Rooster Teeth's flagship series, Red vs. Blue. Both were formerly members of Project Freelancer and outfitted with AI allies before rebelling, but whilst Carolina did so for the greater good, Meta did so to gain more power, with Carolina ironically being the first victim of his in the series proper. In addition, fans of the show wonder what it would be like if the two fought.
- This is the eighth Male VS Female themed episode, after Boba Fett VS Samus Aran, Yoshi VS Riptor, Justin Bieber VS Rebecca Black, Starscream VS Rainbow Dash, Gaara VS Toph, Boba Fett VS Samus Aran (Remastered) and Dante VS Bayonetta, and with the next 14 being Tracer VS Scout, Zoro VS Erza, Deadpool VS Pinkie Pie, Lara Croft VS Nathan Drake, Thor VS Wonder Woman, Carnage VS Lucy, Captain Marvel VS Shazam, Dragonzord VS Mechagodzilla, Mob VS Tatsumaki, Gray VS Esdeath, Beerus VS Sailor Galaxia, The Seven Battle Royale, Red VS Blue, Shadow VS Ryuko and Steven Universe VS Star Butterfly.
- This is the fifth time the Female character wins, after Boba Fett VS Samus Aran, Starscream VS Rainbow Dash, Gaara VS Toph, and Boba Fett VS Samus Aran (Remastered), and with the next nine being Tracer VS Scout, Lara Croft VS Nathan Drake, Thor VS Wonder Woman, Carnage VS Lucy, Dragonzord VS Mechagodzilla, Mob VS Tatsumaki, Gray VS Esdeath, Red VS Blue, and Steven Universe VS Star Butterfly.
- This is the 13th Company themed episode, after Goomba VS Koopa, Haggar VS Zangief, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Battle Royale, Starscream VS Rainbow Dash, Master Chief VS Doomguy, Zelda VS Peach, Pokémon Battle Royale, Ragna VS Sol Badguy, Beast VS Goliath, Darth Vader VS Doctor Doom, Bowser VS Ganon, and Ratchet & Clank VS Jak & Daxter, and with the next 19 being Smokey Bear VS McGruff the Crime Dog, Naruto VS Ichigo, Jotaro VS Kenshiro, Crash VS Spyro, Leon Kennedy VS Frank West, Roshi VS Jiraiya, Mega Man Battle Royale, Wario VS King Dedede, Ben 10 VS Green Lantern, Sasuke VS Hiei, Mob VS Tatsumaki, All Might VS Might Guy, Black Canary VS Sindel, The Seven Battle Royale, Red VS Blue, Sanji VS Rock Lee, Yoda VS King Mickey, Madara VS Aizen, and Wiz VS Boomstick.
- This is the first 'Warner' themed episode, and with the next four being Ben 10 VS Green Lantern, Black Canary VS Sindel, Red VS Blue and Wiz VS Boomstick.
- This is the fifth Same Series themed episode, after Goomba VS Koopa, Haggar VS Zangief, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Battle Royale, and Pokémon Battle Royale, and with the next four being Mega Man Battle Royale, The Seven Battle Royale
Thoughts on this Death Battle Meta vs Carolina
It was great, especially the amusing injuries on Grif by Boomstick, the fighting team up of Carolina and her AI "Church", the stupidity of Caboose, and of course the MAYBE revelation at the end. I recommend seeing it (as well as seeing it on Red vs. Blue as well). It's worth it.
Well this is certainly unique. Out of all the potential Death Battles, we never thought that this would be the first fight that we would cover, but alright. Today, we have two combatants who are very similar but also the complete opposite - they are both Freelancers who have opposite stories and changed very much in the course of their stories. Maine was once a really good-hearted person who fell into darkness and got corrupted into the power-hungry monster known as Meta. Meanwhile Carolina was kind of an asshole at the start of her journey, always trying to seek greater strength to try to be the absolute best, allowing other things to take a back seat to this goal. However, she slowly grew to become a better person and avoided going down the same dark path as Maine. Both Agent Carolina and the Meta use AIs, Meta literally being a combination of AIs while Agent Carolina uses Epsilon. Now they are good friends turned bitter enemies - it’s time to see which of these two Freelancers from the Red vs Blue universe comes out on top!
Prior to becoming an agent ofProject Freelancer, Carolina was born to a UNSC soldier named Allison and Leonard Church, the man who would become the director of Project Freelancer. Too bad for him, Alison was killed during the Great War, which sent Carolina’s father into a deep depression. Seeking to bring her back and do his “duty”, Leonard started a special operations program known as Project Freelancer and created a brilliant artificial intelligence namedAlpha. As time passed, the director became more and more focused on resurrecting his lover, willingly committing major crimes and risking the lives of others in order to succeed at this goal. This lead to a strained relationship with Carolina. As she got older, Carolina developed a romantic relationship withYork, who she met at Club Errera. The two would later become agents in Project Freelancer.
She worked with the organization for many years but due to her competitive nature, she came into conflict with fellow FreelancerAgent Texas when Texas suddenly joined the team. Due to Carolina’s independent nature the two would often butt heads, but what really got under Carolina’s skin was how Tex kept surpassing her at every turn, eventually taking Carolina’s coveted number one spot at the top of the freelancer leaderboard. Her desire to be the best drove Carolina to train even more extensively than before, in order to bring herself back up to that No. 1 spot.. Her jealousy of Agent Texas and desperation led Carolina to have an AI implanted in her in order to quickly and drastically improve herself. After waking up from a coma due to the strain of having two AIs (stupid decision on her part), Carolina went after the rogue Agent Texas and battled York, who was working with Texas. Their ship crashed on a frozen planet as she fought with Tex, and while she managed to escape the ship, she was then confronted by Maine, who by now was completely gone. In his place was the Meta, a ruthless killing machine. The Meta ripped the AIs from the Freelancer and threw her off the cliff, presumably to her death though Agent Carolina survived. She would later try and get revenge on the director for what happened to Maine and make him pay for his crimes. After the disbandment of Project Freelancer, Carolina would later join theBlood Gulch Crew. Carolina is currently staying with the Blood Gulch Crew along with her fellow Freelancer, Agent Washington.
Previously known as Agent Maine in Project Freelancer, the Meta was one of the most powerful members of his team, known for his brutal strength and wrestling fighting style. The Meta’s first appearance was when he and his fellow Freelancers, Wyoming and York, fought the newcomer to Project Freelancer, Agent Texas. While they eached individually tried their best, they were not able to take down the newcomer due to a lack of coordination. Later on, Maine and the other members of Project Freelancer were assigned to recover the Sarcophagus. He was assigned to the A Team with Wash, Carolina and York, who were tasked with infiltrating the building the Sarcophagus was being kept at. During the mission, Maine decided to pick up his iconic weapon, the Brute Shot, which he would keep as his primary weapon. During the mission Maine clashed with a Sleeveless Insurrection Soldier who managed to shoot him in the throat, forever robbing Maine of the ability to speak. Some time later, after his injuries were treated, he received a lesson about AI’s. alongside FreelancersSouth, Carolina, North, York, Washington, and Wyoming. Maine later participated in the mission in order to locateC.T.at theLongshore Shipyards, but was kept on standby to be used only as a last resort in case the mission turned south. Maine later joined the battle and was able to defeat his foes but appeared to be suffering from a mysterious pain in his head (which we later found out was due to Sigma's influence over him). Maine was later seen in the medical observatory, receiving treatment for the headaches that had been causing him pain. During Carolina's match with Tex, Maine observed the fight with the other Freelancers. Suddenly, the Director burst in and shouted "Allison!", mistaking Texas for his dead wife (Tex was based off Allison). This lead to all of the AI’s going rampant, sending everyone into severe pain and causing Maine to roar out in agony. This is around the point where Agent Maine could be considered truly dead and and the Meta’s replacement of the Freelancer became complete. The Meta went on to betray Agent Carolina and threw her off a cliff, presumably to her death, but she survived. After defeating Carolina, the Meta was able to stealing her two AI, Eta and Iota. This was all according to Sigma’s play, which is to acquire all the A.I. fragments in order to recombine them to form Alpha, the original AI. Although Sigma and the Meta work together in pursuit of this goal, the Meta is essentially nothing more than Sigma’s pawn.
Agent Carolina is easily one of the most skilled characters in Red vs Blue and the second highest ranked member of Project Freelancer. She has proven time and time again that she is a warrior.
Agent Carolina is one of the most skilled martial artists in Red vs Blue. She has been shown to be able to take out multiple groups of enhanced soldiers at once with just her fists and is able to defeat the likes of Girlie, Sharkface, York and CT. She was even able to fight Agent Texas, who is the highest ranked member of Project Freelancer. Carolina’s fighting style seems to be inspired by taekwondo, a Korean fighting style that relies on lightning fast kicks.
In order to be good at taekwondo you need to have balance and control. Agent Carolina relies mainly on lightning fast kicks and focuses on offense rather than defense.
Her fighting style may also include some elements of kempo, karate and jiu jitsu since it consists of dodging attacks, using fast kicks and disarming her foes. Although she does use other strategies in combat, these are the primary elements of her fighting style.
Members of Project Freelancer are able to use special abilities called armor enhancements. While it’s possible to use them without an A.I, they aren’t quite as good when you don’t have one, but they’re still usable all the same.
Oh look, Agent Carolina can turn into a Predator! In all seriousness though, Active Camouflage allows the user to tap into an advanced form of cloaking and when used it turns the user completely invisible which allows them to stealthy sneak behind foes and get in a quick stealth kill.
Exactly what it sounds like. While Agent Carolina is normally faster than an ordinary human, with this upgrade she is fast enough to outrun a speeding car as well as become faster than the eye can track. It has a timer however, meaning she can’t use this all the time and once it runs out the user will likely collapse due to exhaustion, like what happened to Grif when he got his hands on this thing.
“But wait,” you ask, “isn’t Adaptive Camouflage the same as Active Camouflage?” Well you would be wrong as while Active Camouflage basically transforms you into an invisible killer, Adaptive Camouflage allows the user to change his/her armor color in order to blend in with the enemy’s color scheme and take them out from the inside. There are no limits to the amount of colors Carolina and other soldiers using adaptive camouflage can turn into.
This Armor Enhancement basically works like a normal EMP as when activated from Carolina’s suit, it produces an electromagnetic pulse which renders all nearby technology, minus Carolina’s, useless.
This enhancement allows Agent Carolina to heal her injuries over time. It’s not perfect by any means though, as there are some injuries that a Healing Unit won’t heal by itself.
BioScan, also known as BioCom, allows the user to check the vitals of anyone nearby. It’s useful for finding weak points and things to watch out for in opponents.
Domed Energy Shield
Otherwise known as the Bubble Shield. It basically protects users against all projectiles including shotgun shots, rocket launcher fire and grenades. The Bubble Shield is able to withstand the explosion of a nuclear reactor.
These Grav Boots allow the user to apply a form of artificial gravity to their soles. This gives them the ability to walk across any surface. The artificial gravity is so strong that they can withstand being sucked into space.
Epsilon is Carolina’s main A.I and like the other A.I’s in the series, it’s a fragment of the Alpha A.I. Epsilon can manipulate pretty much every kind of tech he can get his hands on, from weaponry to vehicles, as well as operate Carolina’s armor enhancements. Due to being an A.I, Epsilon also has the ability to possess any machinery that it comes in contact with and can even control other people wearing Spartan Armor. Epsilon has been outfitted for combat and, due to experiencing time at a much slower rate, can perform tasks on the fly that Agent Carolina herself wouldn’t be able to do. While in combat Epsilon will come up with different plans for taking out a foe on the fly and then transfer all of his ideas to Carolina. In most combat situations, Carolina focuses on overpowering her foe while Epsilon focuses on tactics. Agent Carolina and Epsilon have a good relationship but due to Epsilon's ego and occasional bouts of anger the two have disagreed with each other several times. Despite these spats, the two maintain a friendly relationship with each other.
Martial Arts Expert
The Meta is an expert martial artist, but his fighting style revolves around overpowering his enemies via brute strength more than anything else, similar to a street or MMA figher’s. It’s pretty straightforward but thanks to his great strength and durability, he is able to block damage and then hit the opponent with a much greater force to overwhelm them.
Active camouflage allows the Meta to tap into an advanced form of cloaking to turn him almost completely invisible, allowing him to sneak into more favorable positions.
This ability allows the Meta to stop or slow down time for about a minute and a half. While incredibly useful, Maine doesn’t use it often for some reason.
Exactly what it sounds like. This thing boosts the Meta’s physical strength to even more impressive levels.
A personal energy shield for the Meta that protects him from damage. While all Spartan Armor comes with a personal shield, this armor enhancement offers increased protection beyond that of what a normal shield does.
Domed Energy Shield
Otherwise known as the Bubble Shield, the energy shield basically protects users against all projectiles including grenades. It works both ways however, so shooting a bullet from inside of it would send it back at you.
Adaptive camouflage allows the user to change his/her armor color in order to blend in with the enemy.
Bioscan, also known as BioCom, allows the user to check the vitals of anyone nearby.
The Meta can use this armor enhancement to alter and manipulate vocalized messages. While not directly useful in combat, it can be used to deceive his enemies.
Sigma was developed for Project Freelancer. Originally assigned to Carolina herself, it was instead given to Agent Maine in order for him to be able to communicate after he lost the ability to speak. Sigma has shown himself to be a very cunning and manipulative AI. Using his influence over Agent Maine, Sigma convinced him to become a rogue agent known as the Meta as well as hunt down his fellow Freelancers and obtain their AI fragments in order to recreate the Alpha. Sigma desires to become “human”, or at the very least the closest he can become to being a human, and wanted to recreate the Alpha in order to do so. Like all AIs, Sigma helped Agent Maine to operate his armor enhancements as well as come up with plans and strategies on the fly due to A.I’s experiencing time at a much slower rate than humans. Like all A.I’s, Sigma can control machinery, but his greatest skill is his expertise with manipulation. He can manipulate others into doing what he wants, the most significant example of this being how he caused Maine’s descent into darkness, but granted it was over the course of a long period of time. In another life he may have been a Purple Dragon or a Hobbit.
While her greatest strength is her martial arts, Carolina’s training has made her extremely skilled at using weapons in combat as well. She has no problem using weapons throughout the series and here are her favourites:
This is Carolina’s preferred weapon and the one she uses the most throughout the series. It shoots out one bullet at a time and has a total of 8 rounds before Carolina has to reload.
A semi-automatic rifle that shoots in bursts of 3 and has a total of 36 rounds before Carolina has to reload.
The Plasma Rifle can fire superheated plasma that is strong enough to damage steel. It automatically fires when Carolina pulls the trigger. Due to the low damage output it is usually dual-wielded for maximum efficiency
Another one of Carolina’s favorites, this may have been the inspiration for Blake Belladonna’s weapon in RWBY. The grappling hook allows Agent Carolina to attach to and pull herself towards distant surfaces or pull objects to her. It’s basically what happens if you put Batman’s grappling hook in the Halo universe. She can also use it in combat to pull enemies in close or disarm them.
Malcolm’s personal favourite weapon in the series is the shotgun. The one that Carolina uses is pump action and holds 6 shells. It has short range but it’s a beast there.
Humbler Stun Device
The Humbler Stun Device is basically a stun baton. It charges itself with electricity and stuns those the weapon comes into contact with.
The Gravity Hammer creates gravitational shockwaves strong enough to send the Warthog flying with just one smash. And considering how each Warthog weighs over 3 tons, that makes it one of Agent Carolina’s most powerful weapons. The gravitational shockwaves that are created by the Gravity Hammer can also block incoming ranged projectiles. She can also throw it to hit foes at a distance.
The Binary Rifle is a long range sniper-like weapon. If someone is hit with the Binary Rifle they will be disintegrated instantly.
Teleportation Grenades can be used to teleport anything in the blast radius to another location in a second.
The Brute Shot
The Meta’s go-to weapon which he stole from a base he raided, the Brute Shot is a complete monster at both range and up close. It comes with a total of six grenades for shooting foes as well as a blade located on the hilt of the weapon which Maine can swing with enough force to cut through steel with ease. The Meta loves this thing and always keeps it sharpened so it’ll be ready for action. And can you blame him?
While he doesn’t use it often, the magnum is basically a pistol and holds a total for 8 rounds. While it’s not as strong as the Brute Shot, the bullets shot from it are very fast.
Agent Carolina heavily relies on Epsilon to run her Armor Enhancements and she’s been known to overexert him before, in cases where he has told her to run them all at once. Her drive to win is a good strength but also her greatest weakness, as she will take whatever action in order to win. That means taking whatever risks she has to in order to come out on top, even ones that could more than likely end badly for her.
The Meta really doesn’t have many big weaknesses but due to his focus on brute strength over speed he can be overwhelmed by fast fighters. The Meta relies on his AI partner to come up with plans on the fly and doesn’t really come up with any himself. After Sigma was destroyed, Maine became even more reckless than before. He also lacks a lot in weapon variety.
Lead the Freelancers on many missions. She kept the top spot on the leaderboard too until Tex knocked her down to second
Defeated several skilled foes such as Girlie and Sharkface
Was able to fight evenly with Tex in a undecided battle.
Defeated dozens of Tex-drones on her own despite eventually being overwhelmed
Defeated Sharkface a second time
With Washington, fought evenly with Locus and Felix.
Is strong enough to lift and throw 85 lb Gravity Hammers
Is able to rip through solid steel with ease just by using her strength
Is able to throw and lift human bodies into the air as well as kick them into the air
Faster than the eye can track with speed booster
Fast enough to run up walls with ease
Able to react to and dodge sniper shots
Is fast enough to react to bullets from a pistol
Fast enough to fight a horde of robots without getting hit once with speed booster
Got thrown off a cliff and survived with a little snow softening her fall, right after fighting Tex, surviving a ship crash into a planet with no protection besides her armor and getting choked by the Meta
Got knocked into a giant metal cliff and was fine
Able to tank concrete with ease
Is able to take hits from Sharkface, who is able to dent metal with ease.
Has one of the highest kill counts in the series and is debatably the strongest member of Project Freelancer
Managed to defeat and kill several Freelancers such as North Dakota as well as a member of the Charon Security Force - Girlie
Almost achieved his goals in obtaining all the AIs
Along with Washington, managed to subdue Tex
Managed to beat Washington
Strong enough to lift and even throw Warthogs which weigh about 3.25 tons
Is strong enough to crash through solid concrete with ease
Has also been shown throwing solid concrete
Stopped a speeding vehicle (which tried to run him over) in its tracks
Beat an Insurrectionist soldier with single punch to the head
Kicked a large chunk of ice across the ground
Strong enough to pull a Chris Redfield and move a boulder (it was by kicking though, not punching)
Punched Doc so hard he got embedded in a wall
Shotgun Shells at Point Blank.
And once move so fast that a minigun was unable to hit him
Is strong enough to survive a sniper shot to the chest and multiple shots to the throat by a magnum as well as machine gun fire
The Meta has been shown capable of stopping a speeding truck
Took a point blank grenade
When he was shot by a missile pod he managed to tank the damage and was barely fazed by it.
Kept going through a lot of stuff in a span of 20 minutes: Several mine explosions, several attacks from Tex, a slice across the chest from a knife, got stabbed with a knife in both the back and the front, a blast from his own Brute Shot as well as multiple bullets from a shotgun, stabbed through the chest by Tucker's energy sword and was only killed when he fell off a cliff and drowned.
Name: Unknown (Carolina Church is likely her full name)
Age: Unknown (Speculated to be mid to late 20s)
Affiliation: Project Freelancer (Formerly), Blood Gulch Crew
Occupation: Freelancer (Formerly)
Destructive Capacity: Wall level to Small Building level with physical blows/weaponry (Is able to smash through solid concrete with ease and strong enough to rip steel doors)
Speed: Superhuman Travel Speed+ (Is able to keep up with speeding cars as well fast enough to run up walls with ease), at least Supersonic+ reactions (can react to bullets)
Durability: At least Small Building Level (Has tanked attacks from the likes of the Meta and once survived falling off a cliff). Large Building Level+ with Bubble Shield (The Bubble Shield was able to protect Agent Carolina from a ship crashing into a large building)
Has a much larger variety of weapons than the Meta
Epsilon can hack into the Meta’s armor.
Is arguably more experienced than the Meta
Binary Rifle one-shots the Meta if it hits.
Healing Unit will be able to heal most if not all of Carolina’s minor injuries
Can call on the help of the other AI’s thanks to Church
Weaker in terms of physical strength
Has less endurance/stamina than the Meta and will tire out faster
Her hot-headedness may end up with her going close range which is costly against a physically stronger foe
Healing Unit, while healing minor wounds, won’t keep her from dying from the major ones.
Name: Unknown (was formerly known as Freelancer Agent Maine)
Affiliation: Project Freelancer (Formerly), Independant, Washington and Doc (Formerly)
Occupation: Freelancer (Formerly)
Destructive Capacity: Small Building Level with physical blows/weaponry.
Speed: Superhuman Travel Speed+, Supersonic+ reactions.
Durability: At least Small Building Level, Large Building Level+ with Bubble Shield
Brute Shot is far more destructive than most of Carolina’s weapons
Much more durable
Sigma is more cunning than Epsilon
The Meta can stop or slow down time
Is considerably more ruthless than Agent Carolina
The Meta’s overshield will protect him from gunfire. Unlike Carolin’s Domed Energy Shield, the Meta can be invulnerable and move at the same time.
Is notably slower than Agent Carolina and has difficulty with speedsters
He can only use Time Distortion for a limited time
His armor can be hacked into by Epsilon
Lacks in weapon variety
Doesn’t have anything to heal injuries like Carolina does
When you really think about it this fights comes down to Speed vs Strength. On one hand you have the Meta who in terms of strength and durability is far superior to Agent Carolina. On the other hand you have Agent Carolina whose speed is far superior to the Meta. So in this battle of Speed vs Strength who wins? Well i am going to give my opinion on how this fight will turn out.
In terms of physical strength there is no comparison - the Meta is far stronger than Agent Carolina. While Agent Carolina is no slouch in the strength department as she can bust through solid concrete with ease, the Meta is strong enough to lift and throw Warthogs as well as move boulders and solid ice with ease. Agent Carolina really doesn’t rely on her physical strength in a fight so it's clear in this category the Meta wins. In terms of durability the Meta is superior to Agent Carolina as while Agent Carolina can take quite a bit of punishment including stabbings and being shot, the Meta has tanked point blank grenades and once got impaled with a energy sword to the chest. While Agent Carolina can tank a lot of punishment even she has her limits and if she breaks a leg or an arm it will be costly.
The Meta is basically Future Jason as no matter how many times you try to kill him he keeps on coming so in terms of physical durability I say the Meta is superior. Now for speed that’s really no comparison - Agent Carolina is superior to the Meta when it comes to speed. For the most part the Meta has displayed little speed feats and in terms of fighting style relies more on slower strikes rather than fast strikes. In terms of physical stats I would say the Meta is superior to Agent Carolina in terms of physical stats.
Now what about everything else, well let’s talk weaponry. While the Meta has a very powerful weapon in the Brute Shot he is simply outclassed as Agent Carolina has a much larger arsenal. While the Brute Shot is extremely powerful, it is also very slow which is not good against her Magnum and her Plasma Rifles.
So in this round Agent Carolina wins. Now let’s talk Armor Enhancements - While Time Dilution is a huge plus point in the Meta’s favor I think overall in this category Agent Carolina wins, especially with her Speed Boost and Healing Unit which will allow her to avoid and tank more blows than she usually would so i think Agent Carolina gets this point. Now we go to AIs and this is a tough one but I am giving it to the Meta because Sigma is overall more ruthless and intelligent than Epsilon.
So which of the two characters wins then? Well personally I am going with Agent Carolina because while the Meta is faster and more durable, Agent Carolina is more intelligent, quicker and has Epsilon who can hack into the Meta’s armor. With Sigma, the Meta is a huge threat, there is no doubt about it, but Agent Carolina has one trump card - the EMP which will disable Sigma, meaning it’s the Meta vs Agent Carolina and in that matchup I think Agent Carolina has got it due to her superior speed and intelligence.
The Meta without Sigma is often times very reckless which Agent Carolina can take advantage of though Agent Carolina’s head first mentality might put her at a disadvantage.
While this is definitely a close fight (probably the second closest - Green Arrow vs Hawkeye being first), based on my research Agent Carolina’s superior weaponry and Armor Enhancements give her the leg up she needs to beat the Meta. So in my own personal opinion Agent Carolina is going to win in this fight.
Side Note - I highly recommend that people go and watch Red vs Blue. While I was originally not a huge fan of it, after watching so many episodes I came to really like it (best arc being the Chorus Trilogy). While the first couple of seasons are entirely comedy-focused, it has a bunch of interesting, fun and likeable characters and it does the serious moments much better then RWBY so i recommend it.
First of all, it’s pretty obvious that Carolina takes speed and agility, while the Meta has the advantage in both strength and durability. With that being said, let’s see what we have in the other categories.
Regarding hand-to-hand combat, Carolina should triumph since she’s an expert in martial arts while Maine acts, well, like a brute and focuses just on his raw power. But the key word is “should”, because if we keep his durability and insane pain tolerance in mind, going in close could end pretty bad for Carolina. Basically all the Meta has to do is to take her punishment (which he can totally do) and get the grab on her just once to unleash one or two of his devastating punches. So yeah, while Carolina possesses more skill, the Meta’s durability and strength easily make up for that.
As for intelligence and experience… well, both of them were trained in the same way, attended multiple missions and fought similar opponents, so they’re about even in experience. But while the Meta isn’t as dumb as one might think, Carolina has shown to use her wits in combat way more often and in a more varied way, therefore the intelligence advantage goes to her.
Going on to their respective arsenal, it’s basically a situation of quantity vs quality. While Carolina has the upper hand in the sheer number of weapons as well as weapon variety, most of her firearms can’t compare to the Meta’s Brute Shot, as it packs quite the punch and is extremely versatile, acting not only as a ranged, but also a melee and throwing weapon and even as a shield. Not to forget that most of Carolina’s weapons won’t be too effective as the Meta has shown to survive way worse. Well, except for the Gravity Hammer, which could do some serious harm even to him.
Armor Enhancements… now this is interesting, as both combatants have a huge variety of powers to choose from. Aside from possessing mostly the same stuff, the one thing that is really gonna be tricky is the Meta’s Temporal Distortion Unit. Buuuuut while it’s pretty neat to be able to stop time, Carolina has the perfect counter for that in form of her EMP, which could screw the Meta majorly as it could destroy Sigma/his other AI’s and cause his Armor Enhancements to malfunction. So while the Meta has one of, if not the most powerful ability currently known in the Red vs. Blueniverse, Carolina could simply shut it down.
Looking at their AI’s, there is the possibility of Epsilon hacking the Meta’s armor. But personally, I don’t think he would have success with that, as Sigma (and the other AI’s in case Screwattack decides to give Maine his AI hivemind) could probably prevent that.
To wrap this up, while the Meta is stronger, more durable, insanely tenacious and has both one of the best weapons as well as one of the best Armor Enhancements at his disposal, Carolina can counter that with being faster, more agile, smarter, being more skilled in hand-to-hand combat and possessing both way more weapons as well as a counter for the Temporal Distortion. Therefore I think she wins this fight, though only by the skin of her teeth as it really is a very tough call. Though honestly I won’t be surprised if the Meta manages to come out on top.
Going into the match with zero knowledge on both characters, it was fun to look through the entire Red VS Blue series for research. When I originally finished up my binge, I thought the Meta would be taking home the crown for this episode, but after a bit more contemplation I think Carolina's gonna be the one taking that crown.
I'm gonna try to keep this short and just talk about what I think the deciding factor is. Basically, Sigma is what's gonna determine the outcome of this match.
Scenario A - The Meta doesn't get Sigma: Church wins this match for the Freelancer. Carolina is faster and Church could easily run a scan of Maine's systems right off the bat to tell her good info like "use your plasma gun, it will overload his temporal distortion unit and cause him to slow down" (Doc did it. And with a medical device, not even a weapon). Or better yet, he could straight up just possess the Meta, take his helmet off, throw his Brute Shot away and just make him stand there while Carolina shoots a couple bullets into his skull. And while the Meta can run his enhancements without Sigma, he can't do it nearly as well, only about one at a time. Meanwhile Carolina could put up her energy shield and heal up at the same time. Not to mention the Meta is more reckless than usual without Sigma to help out, such as all the moments in his fight with Tex when it would've been a good time to use his time slow, but he didn't and got himself killed.
Scenario B - The Meta does get Sigma: Church could maybe still possess Maine given that he's the Epsilon and probably wouldn't be affected much, given what happened when Omega entered his mind (that being nothing), but we're not entirely sure. It's a big maybe, and I'd personally go with no. So now the Meta has better strength and durability, plus perfect time-slowing to ruin Carolina's speed advantage. Not to mention his other abilities like invisibility work fine now, and Sigma can tell him stuff like "her binary gun will disintegrate you, so use your shield/time slow so it won't hit". If Church can run a scan of the Meta, Sigma can run a scan of Carolina. It would just take some proper use of his tools to get the job done easily, and Sigma would definitely let him use those tools properly.
And considering the fact that Sigma got destroyed a while ago and Sigma isn't entirely required to run the Armor Enhancements, I'm pretty sure the Meta won't be getting his little fire friend.
Don't get me wrong, the match is still pretty close both ways, and I wouldn't be surprised if the results turned out the opposite way of what my prediction says. But for now, Agent Carolina has my vote.
Gotta say, not the most excited for this fight :P but I decided I’d still work on giving a verdict for it anyway, so here goes nothing I suppose.
Stat-wise, the Meta easily takes the cake in every category except speed. Should Agent Maine get up close to Carolina and keep her close, he has a really good chance of winning.
Tech and Weaponry-wise however, I think Carolina edges out due to being more versatile, having more healing options, having Epsilon allows for possession of the Meta, and the EMP completely wrecks Maine’s Temporal Distortion Unit, which slows him down to the point of being completely harmless for a minute and 45 seconds. The big factor in this fight that could give the Meta the win, however, is if he can pull off his Temporal Distortion Unit before Agent Carolina uses an EMP.
That’s what I think makes this fight REALLY close, is how both have a surefire way of winning the fight. So I think the deciding factor here is their usual tactics and whoever is faster in using the one needed to win.
That’s why I’m leaning more towards Agent Carolina being the victor here.
Unlike the Meta, she’s a lot smarter as a fighter and will use the winning tactic as soon as possible. And assuming Maine even tries to counter by immediately using the TDU, Carolina is still faster. Even if you consider the possibility Carolina somehow doesn’t kill him when she overcharges his TDU, which is VERY unlikely, the Meta without Sigma makes him much more reckless, which only plays into the favor of someone who’s smarter, faster, and more versatile than him.
As to how the other stats might play into the fight, while the Meta is a tank and a damn good one, he isn’t going to bounce bullets off of him like he’s Superman. Even he has limits, which can be abused by Carolina who can outspeed Maine and keep her distance while constantly attempting to get some bullets in.
So basically, while I do think this fight is neck at neck, Carolina just has more winning opportunities and will be quicker to use them.
As a fan of Red vs Blue and having seen every episode with these two characters, I gotta say that this is a toughie. Stat-wise, Meta would win with all of his abilities and physical prowess. He’s practically a beast with his level of strength and he’s a force that tends to leave destruction in his wake. However, Carolina was known as the best of the Freelancers for a reason. She has managed to prove resourceful and strategic when it comes to a fight, and Epsilon-Church can give her advantages on the fly. Personally, I’d have to root for Carolina on this one.
Wow, this is my first time doing one of these verdicts. Here's hoping I guess right! And “guess” is a pretty operative word here, as this fight could easily go either way. One interesting factor about this particular match is that, unlike most Death Battles, the combatants have trained alongside each other and even fought each other before. In a scenario like this, where both fighters have a certain amount of awareness of their opponent's capabilities, a significant advantage generally goes to whoever can most make use of this knowledge and in this case that would be Agent Carolina, whose tactical acumen is contrasted with the Meta's more direct approach towards combat.
It's a close fight, and both Carolina and the Meta have ways of killing the other. Meta really just needs to get in close and tear Carolina apart, something that his Temporal Distortion Unit would make as easy as pie. Carolina has a one shot, one kill weapon in the form of the Binary Rifle, as well as the possibility of using her AI to possess the Meta. And while the Meta has significantly more durability than Agent Carolina, it is not beyond Carolina's ability to wear him down and kill him...eventually.
Carolina's EMP is the most interesting trick up her sleeve, in my opinion. It was shown in Red vs Blue Revelation, Episode 4 that the Meta's TDU could be overloaded and when this happened it caused the TDU to malfunction and slow only the Meta himself, leaving time operating normally for everyone but him. It was overloaded with a shot from a plasma pistol using it's overcharge mode (well, plasma pistols tend to be depicted as medical devices in RvB but this “medical device” was shown doing the exact same thing Halo plasma pistols can do). The important thing to note is that a charged shot like this specifically delivers an electromagnetic pulse to the target, meaning it stands within reason that Carolina's EMP could affect the Meta's TDU in the same way, which would give Carolina plenty of time to kill the Meta at her leisure (line up a Binary Rifle shot or just unload on a vital area for the duration of the time slow).
The important thing is, Agent Carolina is aware of just how dangerous the Meta is and knows she'll need to pull off one of her aces quickly, as time is quite literally on the Meta's side. It's a very dangerous situation for her, as it is far easier for the Meta to kill her than vice versa and if he uses the TDU, it's game over. Luckily, armed with this knowledge and superior speed, I think Agent Carolina can disable and kill the Meta before he can kill her and her personality leads me to believe she's not one to mess around. Yes, the Meta can kill Agent Carolina, but to me it seems like it's a matter of will she give him the chance? Personally, I don't think she will. She has the tools needed to win, and she knows how to use them effectively. If she lets the Meta get in close or lock her down with his Armor Enhancements, well then, she'll get what's coming to her.
Recap / DEATH BATTLE! S03E07 - Meta VS Carolina
We open to a shot of space. Serene, silent space and then Vic starts talking.
"Who would win in a fight?
"Now, if that's not the most asked question on Project Freelancer, I don't know what is.
"Oh! No, wait, it'd probably be, 'Hey, where do these AI keep coming from?' or, 'Have you noticed that we're looking pretty evil lately?'
"Anyway, there's been plenty of action-packed punch-outs and kickass karate matches over the years, but we never really saw a match-up between two of our heaviest hitters; Carolina, and the Meta.
"Let's see if we can do something about that "
META VS CAROLINA: DAWN OF AWESOME
Cut to Grif and Simmons at Valhalla, debating on which of the two would win, Carolina or the Meta. Caboose shows up, and after his typical initial confusion, decides to help. He calls for Command to send their best experts on the subject. Cut to a soldier in red armor, and one in blue.
Boomstick: ...And that's how you write your name in buckshot!
Wiz: Alright, alright, enough screwing around. We've got a job to do.
Boomstick: Oh, fine
Grif: I think you're forgetting that Command's best is just a step up from incompetent.
After introductions and a bad first impression, Wiz and Boomstick get on the case.
Before the Red and Blue Teams, there was Project Freelancer, a military organization with a goal so secret not even they knew what it was. At one point they received an artificial intelligence, and the director of the Project envisioned pairing elite soldiers with A.I.s to handle their equipment. However, they only had one. The solution? Torture the AI until it is fragmented, and then use each fragment to create a secondary AI. Agent Maine received the Sigma, the Alpha's ambition, and creativity. However, Ambition Is Evil, and so too was Sigma. He brainwashed and took control of Maine, turning him into the Meta, a dangerous entity with only one goal; to capture all of the other fragments and become whole by hunting down and killing the other members and stealing their equipment along with their AI.
The Meta's favored weapon is an alien weapon that's a combination blade and rifle called the Bruteshot, which Maine found on one mission and Boomstick is more than happy to test on Grif. He also has a Domed Energy Shield strong enough to block even tank fire, which Boomstick has Caboose test on Grif or at least, if the Shield hadn't run out of power at the last minute while Caboose corrected his aim. The Meta also has a time-distortion tool, on top of immense strength. However, all of that power comes at a price; Meta's tools burn up a lot of energy, and all of those A.I.s jockeying for control has done little for his mental abilities. However, that hasn't stopped the Meta from killing other Freelancers and taking their power. The only thing that stopped the Meta was a group of idiots stabbing him, tying him to a car, and sending that car off of a cliff.
The performance of Project Freelancer's soldiers is measured on a leader board, and the top of that board belonged to Carolina. The best agent with the highest success rate, Carolina was unmatched- until a new agent named Texas began showing her up. Unwilling to let her top spot remained usurped, Carolina began to train herself extensively, even going as far as to have two AI implanted inside of her which didn't really work out. And as it turned out, Agent Texas was actually an AI-based off of the director of Project Freelancer's wife, who was also her mother. (Much to the surprise and shock of Grif and Simmons. Caboose, on the other hand, had figured that out long ago.)
Carolina is a master of martial arts and has a set of armor equipment and weapons. to go with them. She carries a domed energy shield like the Meta, magnetic boots, speed enhancement, and a healing unit to help her recover from wounds faster. The wide variety of weapons she has wielded over the years includes pistols, dual plasma rifles, a grappling hook that works in space, and a battle rifle that Boomstick is more than happy to test on Grif. She also has the AI Epsilon, who also goes by the name of Church, to keep her equipment in check and help her strategize. However, Carolina is not without faults; she can be competitive beyond reason, losing sight of the current mission if it means one-upping whoever previously outdid her. And Episilon, being a single AI fragment, can't handle all of her equipment at once and can short-circuit if she pushes him too far. Still, there is a reason why she was Project Freelancer's top agent. She has led numerous successful missions, took on a room full of Tex clones (who were just mooks at best), and even tanked the force of a nuclear explosion with her Dome Shield.
Alien AI: WHO ARE YOU?
Carolina:: I'm your true warrior.
With the rundown on the combatants complete, it's time for a Death Battle!
We open to the Mother Of Invention's training facility. Agent Carolina is just finishing up her session, but much to her consternation, she failed to improve her time. This means that it's Epsilon's turn to pick the movie. As Epsilon tries to defend his choice of action movies, who should show up but the Meta. Spurred on by his many AI, the Meta moves in to take on Carolina. Seeing the approaching menace, Epsilon hastily offers to let Carolina choose the movie if she beats him.
Meta crashes into the training room and begins to engage Carolina. She tries to fend him off with her pistol, but he tanks every shot and tries to kill her with his Bruteshot. Using her martial arts and electric baton, Carolina can fight back and even knocks the Bruteshot out of Meta's hands for a turn. When he gets it back, she activates her speed boost and begins to dash around the wall, avoiding the Bruteshots grenades. Using her enhanced momentum, she delivers a kick that sends Meta flying and begins to blast him with her battle rifle. Meta blocks the shots with his Dome Shield and then turns invisible. Epsilon scans the area but is only able to warn Carolina just in time to avoid being sliced in half, though her rifle suffers in her place and she gets kicked away. Before Carolina can regain her footing, Meta grabs her by the leg and beings mashing her into the floor. Kicking him away, Carolina engages Meta again, only to be sent flying by his strength. In desperation, Carolina uses all of her enhancements at once, but before she can strike Meta, he stops time and sucker punches her. Epsilon redirects her armor to heal, and Carolina reuses her pistol, which fails to stop Meta. Meta throws his Bruteshot to knock away Carolina's pistol and quickly pins her down. Before he can strike the finishing blow, Epsilon pops up and briefly distracts. Pointing out that since Meta can't talk, he'll need someone to say one line for him. Confused, the Meta then realizes that in those brief seconds, Carolina managed to grab his Bruteshot, and now has the gun barrel pointed at his chin.
"Oh! Son of a bitch!"
Carolina pulls the trigger and blasts Meta's head off. Beaten, weary, but victorious, Carolina has but one request of Epsilon; No action movies.
Grif refuses to acknowledge Carolina's win, as the Meta's stronger, but Wiz and Boomstick disagree. You can't reach the top of the Leaderboard by strength alone, as Carolina's martial arts and use of equipment put her on an equal footing. The Meta's time distortion gave him a brief edge, but Epsilon was able to focus on healing Carolina. Ultimately, the deciding factor was the relationship between agent and AI; The Meta possesses multiple A.I.s, essentially filling his head with the discord of voices and commands. In contrast, Carolina and Epsilon have a partnership of mutual trust and can make calls to balance each other out.
Grif: Whatever. I still say it should've been the Meta.
Wiz: Says the guy who can't tell the difference between a car and a puma.
Grif: I can tell the difference! It was a matter of comparison!
Boomstick: The Meta just couldn't get ahead of his competition.
Wiz: The winner is Agent Carolina.
Sarge then comes in, demanding to know what is going on. Wiz tries to explain things, but Boomstick interrupts to complement Sarge's shotgun. Bonding over their preference for firearms, Sarge compares Boomstick to the son he never wanted. In turn, Boomstick notes that Sarge is like his own Disappeared Dad, who joined the military and never returned. Seeing uncanny and unsettling compatibility in their stories, Sarge quickly ducks out, leaving Boomstick blissfully oblivious.
Next time on Death Battle...
- Accidental Misnaming: Caboose initially refers to Wiz and Boomstick as "Jizz and Broomstick".
- Butt-Monkey: Grif gets it bad in this episode.
- Crossover: This is both an episode of DEATH BATTLE! and Red vs. Blue.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Normally they're good at both, but Meta's overwhelming strength advantage over Carolina means the latter is forced to fight from a distance.
- Harsher in Hindsight: In-Universe example. Before the fight, Carolina asks Church to not pick an action movie; Church defends his choice with a surprisingly apt description of Death Battle. Then Maine shows up. Church decides that if they survive, Carolina can have her pick; post-fight, Carolina's only request is "No action movies".
- The Juggernaut: Up until the end, pretty much everything that Carolina throws at the Meta is completely ineffective at stopping him from killing her.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: "Hey, wait a minute. Where did you get all of this footage? Have you been spying on us?"
- Luke, I Might Be Your Father: Boomstick compares Sarge to his father who joined the military. Sarge quickly bugs out.
- Near-Villain Victory: The Meta comes uncomfortably close to killing Carolina, only losing due to its habit of being distracted by any AI fragment he sees.
- Time Stands Still: The Meta uses his time-distortion unit to allow himself to land a near-fatal blow on Carolina.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Grif thinks "Wiz and Boomstick" are the dumbest names he's ever heard.
Simmons: Franklin. Delano. Donut.
Grif: And I retract my previous statement.
Meta carolina death battle vs
Now you only have me. No guys and no love life. Your mouth is such a universal place where I am: spit, pee, fold what I want, lick what I say, from whom I speak and. Stuff like that. This summer you will live with me, my parents, like yours, work abroad almost all year, so no one will miss you at home.Red VS Blue (Rooster Teeth) - DEATH BATTLE!
We met at the university. Studied at the same faculty. Until the fourth year, I did not notice her. Somehow they did not collide, and I only remotely knew about its existence.
It may be prestigious: the longest queue to my office is at the local polyclinic. Most of the stronger sex. But about the profitability, I would not say. Fingers in Vaseline - not fingers in gold. In this sense, the profession of a urologist cannot be compared with the profession of a dentist.