History Literature / HaloTheColeProtocol

11th Dec '17 12:02:46 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** Gray Team are all textbook examples of soldiers who march to their own drum, up-to-and-including stealing equipment from ONI. It's tolerated by their superiors because Gray Team's independent-mindedness is what makes them such effective operatives to begin with.

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** Gray Team are all textbook examples of soldiers who march to their own drum, up-to-and-including stealing equipment from ONI. Heck, even Gray Team's own leader often has a hard time getting the other two members to listen to him. It's tolerated by their superiors because Gray Team's independent-mindedness is what makes them such effective operatives to begin with.
10th Dec '17 11:44:57 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* IronicNurseryRhyme: By this point, the Spartans have become such a boogeyman among the Insurrectionists that even their kids have rhymes about them:

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* IronicNurseryRhyme: By this point, the Spartans have become such a boogeyman among the Insurrectionists that even their kids have rhymes about them:them, with Delgado sharing one with Gray Team leader Jai-006:



* ThereWasADoor: Gray Team leader Jai-006 makes his first appearance by smashing through the wall of a bar, which instantly stops the fight going on inside.

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* ThereWasADoor: Gray Team leader Jai-006 makes his first appearance by smashing through the wall of a bar, which instantly stops the fight going on inside.
10th Dec '17 11:44:00 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* BullyingADragon: A bunch of locals try to pick a fight with Adriana-111 in a bar at the Rubble. While they didn't know she was a Spartan-II, she still was well over six feet tall and was clearly strong enough to snap a man in half with her bare hands.

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* BullyingADragon: A bunch of drunk locals try to pick a fight with Adriana-111 in a bar at the Rubble. While they didn't know she was a Spartan-II, she still was well over six feet tall and was clearly strong enough to snap a man in half with her bare hands.



* DramaticIrony: Thel kills [[spoiler:his best friend Zhar when the latter tries to kill the Prophets of Regret and Truth with his sword for looking like they're about to execute them for following orders]]. This action spares Thel's life, and he is left wondering who in their right minds would dare to rebel so against their leaders. If you've already played ''VideoGame/Halo3'', then you know that [[spoiler:Thel, after becoming [[HeelFaceTurn the Arbiter]] and leader of the [[DefectorFromDecadence Covenant Separatists]], kills the Prophet of Truth with his own energy sword, the very same Prophet whose life he saved on that day]].



* {{Irony}}: Thel kills his best friend Zhar [[spoiler:when the latter tries to kill the Prophets of Regret and Truth with his sword for looking like they're about to execute them for following orders]]. This action spares Thel's life, and he is left wondering who in their right minds would dare to rebel so against their leaders. Come ''VideoGame/Halo3'', Thel, now [[HeelFaceTurn the Arbiter]] and leader of the [[DefectorFromDecadence Covenant Separatists]], [[spoiler:kills the Prophet of Truth with his own energy sword, the very same Prophet whose life he saved on that day]].

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* {{Irony}}: Thel kills his best friend Zhar [[spoiler:when IronicNurseryRhyme: By this point, the latter tries to kill Spartans have become such a boogeyman among the Prophets of Regret and Truth with his sword for looking like they're Insurrectionists that even their kids have rhymes about to execute them for following orders]]. This action spares Thel's life, and he is left wondering who in their right minds would dare to rebel so against their leaders. Come ''VideoGame/Halo3'', Thel, now [[HeelFaceTurn them:
-->"Don't be spoiled, don't start a fight. Always be careful, here at night. Because
the Arbiter]] and leader of the [[DefectorFromDecadence Covenant Separatists]], [[spoiler:kills the Prophet of Truth with his own energy sword, the very same Prophet whose life he saved on Spartans might come, in suits that day]].weigh half a ton. And they'll steal from you all you gots, just like they did from Colonel Watts."



* TheReveal: Though it's now in LateArrivalSpoiler territory, said reveal was originally a fairly subtle one that would have only been caught by readers who had read ''ComicBook/TheHaloGraphicNovel'': [[spoiler:near the end, Thel is given a post in the Fleet of Particular Justice, revealing that he's the same Elite who becomes the Arbiter in ''VideoGame/Halo2'']].



* ThereWasADoor: Gray Team leader Jai-006 makes his appearance by smashing through the wall of a bar, which instantly stops the fight going on inside.

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* TapOnTheHead: In order to prevent Delgado from seeing the route to Gray Team's ship, a fully-armored Jai-006 knocks him with a blow to the back of the head. Somehow, Delgado suffers no lasting injury from this.
* ThereWasADoor: Gray Team leader Jai-006 makes his first appearance by smashing through the wall of a bar, which instantly stops the fight going on inside.
10th Dec '17 11:17:34 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* BarFight: Adriana ends up getting into a big one with an entire dive bar while infiltrating the Rubble.
* BoardingParty: Keyes and the ''Midsummer Night''[='s=] [=ODSTs=] board the civilian cargo hauler ''Finnegan's Wake'' to ensure that it's Cole Protocol-compliant. [[spoiler:It turns out to be an Insurrectionist trap, with the hauler itself set to explode.]]



* DistressCall: After being ambushed by Insurrectionists aboard the ''Finnegan's Wake'', one of the [=ODSTs=] manages to trigger an emergency beacon to bring in the ''Midsummer Night'' with more reinforcements. [[spoiler:It turns out that the Insurrectionists themselves triggered the beacon to lure the ''Midsummer Night'' into an explosive trap, but Keyes figures out what they're doing and is able to send out a warning in time.]]



* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Our protagonists include Gray Team, consisting of three of humanity's greatest super-soldiers, and Thel Vadamee's Zealots, who are part of an elite order of {{Warrior Monk}}s. Also, the ''Midsummer Night'''s Marine contingent are all Orbital Drop Shock Troopers of the 105th, humanity's best non-Spartan soldiers.



* RammingAlwaysWorks: Commander Dmitri Zheng's previous frigate was lost when he rammed it into a Covenant destroyer against orders. The only reason he wasn't court-martialed was because he did successfully disable the destroyer long enough for another ship to deliver the killing shot.



* StealthHiBye: Akio Watanabe introduces himself by suddenly showing up in the middle of a briefing without anyone noticing. Keyes notes that this seems to be a regular habit among ONI agents in general, and finds it creepy and annoying.
* TakeThat: A subtle one to the torture scenes of ''Literature/HaloContactHarvest'', with Watanabe's denouncement of torture and those who use it.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: Commander Dmitri Zheng's previous frigate was lost when he rammed it into a Covenant destroyer against orders. The only reason he wasn't court-martialed was because he did successfully disable the destroyer long enough for another ship to deliver the killing shot.

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* StealthHiBye: Akio Watanabe introduces himself by suddenly showing up in the middle of a briefing without anyone noticing. RecoilBoost: Keyes notes that this seems to be a regular habit among ONI agents in general, and finds it creepy and annoying.
* TakeThat: A subtle one to
the torture scenes of ''Literature/HaloContactHarvest'', with Watanabe's denouncement of torture and those who use it.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: Commander Dmitri Zheng's previous frigate was lost when he rammed it into a Covenant destroyer against orders. The only reason he wasn't court-martialed was because he did successfully disable
[=ODSTs=] manage to escape the destroyer long enough for another ship ''Finnegan's Wake'' by using their rifles as impromptu rockets to deliver the killing shot.boost them through space.


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* StealthHiBye: Akio Watanabe introduces himself by suddenly showing up in the middle of a briefing without anyone noticing. Keyes notes that this seems to be a regular habit among ONI agents in general, and finds it creepy and annoying.


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* TakeThat: A subtle one to the torture scenes of ''Literature/HaloContactHarvest'', with Watanabe's denouncement of torture and those who use it.
* ThereWasADoor: Gray Team leader Jai-006 makes his appearance by smashing through the wall of a bar, which instantly stops the fight going on inside.
10th Dec '17 9:59:28 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** Gray Team are all textbook examples of soldiers who march to their own drum, up-to-and-including stealing equipment from ONI. It's tolerated by their superiors because Gray Team's independent-mindedness is what makes them such effective operatives to begin.

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** Gray Team are all textbook examples of soldiers who march to their own drum, up-to-and-including stealing equipment from ONI. It's tolerated by their superiors because Gray Team's independent-mindedness is what makes them such effective operatives to begin.begin with.
10th Dec '17 9:59:11 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* MilitaryMaverick: Deconstructed with Jeffries. On their first flight together, Keyes doesn't do much to admonish Jeffries's lack of regard for orders and regulations, choosing instead to acknowledge his genuinely impressive and battle-hardened skills at piloting. However, before their second flight together, Keyes pulls ranks to point out to Jeffries the specific ''practical'' reasons why the orders and regulations he's been ignoring need to be followed.

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* MilitaryMaverick: MilitaryMaverick:
** Gray Team are all textbook examples of soldiers who march to their own drum, up-to-and-including stealing equipment from ONI. It's tolerated by their superiors because Gray Team's independent-mindedness is what makes them such effective operatives to begin.
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Deconstructed with Jeffries. On their first flight together, Keyes doesn't do much to admonish Jeffries's lack of regard for orders and regulations, choosing instead to acknowledge his genuinely impressive and battle-hardened skills at piloting. However, before their second flight together, Keyes pulls ranks to point out to Jeffries the specific ''practical'' reasons why the orders and regulations he's been ignoring need to be followed.
10th Dec '17 9:56:35 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* InterserviceRivalry: Not even the Navy likes the Office of Navel Intelligence, and pretty much everyone from Vice Admiral Mawikizi to the lowliest crewman aboard ''Midsummer Night'' makes their disdain for ONI agent Akio Watanabe pretty clear.

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* InterserviceRivalry: Not even the Navy likes the Office of Navel Naval Intelligence, and pretty much everyone from Vice Admiral Mawikizi to the lowliest crewman aboard ''Midsummer Night'' makes their disdain for ONI agent Akio Watanabe pretty clear.
6th Dec '17 8:06:23 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* TheMole: [[spoiler: Lieutenant Badia Campbell.]]

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* TheMole: [[spoiler: Lieutenant [[spoiler:Lieutenant Badia Campbell.]]Campbell]] is one for the Insurrectionists, while [[spoiler:Rubble Council member Peter Bonifacio]] is one for the Covenant.


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* PragmaticVillainy: Though they have no love for Earth, most of the Rubble Security Council realize that if they hand over the navigation data, their usefulness to the Jackals is over.
6th Dec '17 7:24:26 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* AsteroidThicket: The Rubble is made up of hundreds of hollowed-out asteroids linked together by docking tubes.


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* HollowWorld: Thanks to CentrifugalGravity, the Rubble's habitats are set up on the inner surfaces of their respective asteroids. For example, if you looked up inside the Oaks Central Habitat, you'd be looking down on the treetops of the other side of the habitat.


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* HopeSpot: One set up early in the story, at that; at the end of the prologue, it looks like Delgado's friend Melko has successfully escaped with the navigation chip. The beginning of the third chapter reveals that he ended up succumbing to his wounds.
6th Dec '17 6:56:47 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* AcePilot: Pelican pilot Jeffries, who's also a showoff to boot.

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* AcePilot: Pelican pilot Jeffries, who's also a showoff to boot.whose skills are so apparent in just one flight that Keyes almost immediately has him join the ''Midsummer Night''[='s=] crew, despite Jeffries' showboat tendencies and lack of discipline.


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* MilitaryMaverick: Deconstructed with Jeffries. On their first flight together, Keyes doesn't do much to admonish Jeffries's lack of regard for orders and regulations, choosing instead to acknowledge his genuinely impressive and battle-hardened skills at piloting. However, before their second flight together, Keyes pulls ranks to point out to Jeffries the specific ''practical'' reasons why the orders and regulations he's been ignoring need to be followed.
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