History Literature / HaloTheFlood

7th Oct '16 4:13:39 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* DisproportionateRetribution: At one point, Ensign Dowski decides suggesting to Keyes to surrender to the Covenant, while being really insubordinate about it. Granted, this is one of the stupidest things anyone has said in Halo, but it's followed by Keyes ''tying her up and leaving her to be killed by the Covenant.''

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* DisproportionateRetribution: At one point, Ensign Dowski decides suggesting to Keyes to surrender to the Covenant, while being really insubordinate about it. Granted, this is one of the stupidest things anyone has said in Halo, ''Halo'', but it's followed by Keyes ''tying her up and leaving her to be killed by the Covenant.''
7th Oct '16 4:12:56 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* BittersweetEnding: To Wallace Jenkins' story; he's finally able to receive [[spoiler: a MercyKill from McKay and dies thanking her.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: To Wallace Jenkins' Jenkins's story; he's finally able to receive [[spoiler: a MercyKill from McKay [=McKay=] and dies thanking her.]]



* ContrivedCoincidence: Out of all the Flood forms McKay could have chosen to take prisoner, she decides to take the one inhabited by a half-living human desperately wanting to die. Similarly, the novel goes into great detail into ''why'' [[spoiler:Jenkins]] kept some form of his mind after being assimilated - the Flood Infection form that hijacked him was too starved to make a complete override.

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* ContrivedCoincidence: Out of all the Flood forms McKay [=McKay=] could have chosen to take prisoner, she decides to take the one inhabited by a half-living human desperately wanting to die. Similarly, the novel goes into great detail into ''why'' [[spoiler:Jenkins]] kept some form of his mind after being assimilated - the Flood Infection form that hijacked him was too starved to make a complete override.
7th Oct '16 4:11:27 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* DoomedByCanon[=/=]DownerEnding: As anyone who played through ''Combat Evolved'' would already know, [[spoiler:the UNSC subplot ends with nearly all the humans dying on Halo; when Silva deciding to bring a Flood-infested ship directly to Earth, [=McKay=] realizes that the Flood infection risk is far too great and chooses to sever the ship's controls instead, killing all hands on board]].

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* DoomedByCanon[=/=]DownerEnding: As anyone who played through ''Combat Evolved'' would already know, [[spoiler:the UNSC subplot ends with nearly all the humans dying on Halo; when Silva deciding decides to bring a Flood-infested ship directly to Earth, [=McKay=] realizes that the Flood infection risk is far too great and chooses to sever the ship's controls instead, killing all hands on board]].
29th Sep '16 10:22:58 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* OneSteveLimit: Averted with Ellen Dowski, the [[TooDumbToLive idiot who tries surrendering to the covenant]], and Ellen Marcus, Sam's wife. Given that the former is dead before the halfway point and that the latter is TheGhost never mentioned after the prologue, it's not too noticeable.

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* OneSteveLimit: Averted with Ellen Dowski, the [[TooDumbToLive idiot who tries surrendering to the covenant]], Covenant]], and Ellen Marcus, Sam's wife. Given that the former is dead before the halfway point point, and that the latter is TheGhost and never mentioned after the prologue, it's not too noticeable.
23rd Sep '16 2:28:16 PM bravo104
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* FatalFamilyPhoto: Played straight with Sam Marcus's picture of his wife. He doesn't even make it past the prologue.


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* OneSteveLimit: Averted with Ellen Dowski, the [[TooDumbToLive idiot who tries surrendering to the covenant]], and Ellen Marcus, Sam's wife. Given that the former is dead before the halfway point and that the latter is TheGhost never mentioned after the prologue, it's not too noticeable.
26th Aug '16 6:20:46 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* AdaptationExpansion[=/=]AllThereInTheManual: Ever wonder what the Marines were up to during the game? Now you know. Most of their time is spent recovering supplies and vehicles back from the Pillar of Autumn in large battles, taking prisoners, and trying to find another way offworld.

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* AdaptationExpansion[=/=]AllThereInTheManual: AdaptationExpansion:
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Ever wonder what the Marines were up to during the game? Now you know. Most of their time is spent recovering supplies and vehicles back from the Pillar of Autumn in large battles, taking prisoners, and trying to find another way offworld.



* AndIMustScream: If you thought [[spoiler:Jenkins' and Keyes']] fates were bad, wait until they're given detail here. [[spoiler:Jenkins' Infection pod was starved too long and didn't completely consume Jenkins' mind, leaving him free to witness him killing and mutating and feeling the pain he takes from the mutations and gunfire, and Keyes has his memories - eventually his very personality - torn from him as the Gravemind tries to find Earth.]]
* AFatherToHisMen: Major Silva, Captain Keyes, and surprisingly, the Prophet residing the operation on Halo ([[OffWithHisHead except]] [[YouHaveFailedMe when they fail him]]).
* AGlassOfChianti: Major Silva jokes about the ODST not getting the wine in the officers' drop pods. Turns out, they actually have wine in them (Keyes is about to get some before noticing a cloaked Elite trying to kill him).
* BadassNormal: Sergeant Marvin Mobuto, who was Spark's ''first'' attempt to get someone to get through the Library. He managed to make it pretty far in before getting killed, and he wasn't a SPARTAN or other super soldier, he was just a regular guy. The Chief makes it a point to show his respects to this soldier who he never met but was able to survive this long in the Library.
* BittersweetEnding: to Wallace Jenkins' story; he's finally able to receive [[spoiler: a MercyKill from McKay and dies thanking her.]]
* ButtMonkey: ''Yayap''. A Grunt who had the misfortune of encountering and surviving John, gets shackled with an overzealous idiot Elite, is beaten up and taken prisoner, and gets [[spoiler:front-row seats to Halo exploding.]] And, of course, the Grunts as a whole.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Out of all the Flood forms McKay could have chosen to take prisoner, she decides to take the one inhabited by a half-living human desperately wanting to die. Similarly, the novel goes into great detail into ''why'' Jenkins kept some form of his mind after being assimilated - the Flood Infection pod that hijacked him was too starved to make a complete override.

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* AndIMustScream: If you thought [[spoiler:Jenkins' and Keyes']] fates were bad, wait until they're given detail here. [[spoiler:Jenkins' [[spoiler:The Infection pod Form that got Jenkins was starved too long and didn't completely consume Jenkins' mind, leaving him free to witness him himself killing and mutating and feeling the pain he takes from the mutations and gunfire, and Keyes has his memories - eventually his very personality - torn from him as the Gravemind Proto-Gravemind tries to find Earth.]]
* AFatherToHisMen: Major Silva, Silva and Captain Keyes, and surprisingly, the Prophet residing the operation on Halo ([[OffWithHisHead except]] [[YouHaveFailedMe when they fail him]]).
Keyes.
* AGlassOfChianti: Major Silva jokes about the ODST [=ODSTs=] not getting the wine in the officers' drop escape pods. Turns out, they actually have wine in them (Keyes is about to get some before noticing a cloaked Elite trying to kill him).
* BadassNormal: Sergeant Marvin Mobuto, who was Spark's ''first'' attempt to get someone to get through the Library. He managed to make it pretty far in before getting killed, and he wasn't a SPARTAN or other super soldier, he was Spartan super-soldier, just a regular guy. The Chief makes it a point to show his respects to this soldier who he never met but met, precisely because he was able to survive this that long in the Library.
* BittersweetEnding: to To Wallace Jenkins' story; he's finally able to receive [[spoiler: a MercyKill from McKay and dies thanking her.]]
* ButtMonkey: ''Yayap''. A Grunt who had the misfortune of encountering and surviving John, gets shackled with an overzealous idiot Elite, is beaten up and taken prisoner, and gets [[spoiler:front-row seats to Halo exploding.]] exploding]]. And, of course, the Grunts as a whole.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Out of all the Flood forms McKay could have chosen to take prisoner, she decides to take the one inhabited by a half-living human desperately wanting to die. Similarly, the novel goes into great detail into ''why'' Jenkins [[spoiler:Jenkins]] kept some form of his mind after being assimilated - the Flood Infection pod form that hijacked him was too starved to make a complete override.



* DoomedByCanon[=/=]DownerEnding: As anyone who played through ''Combat Evolved'' would already know, [[spoiler:the UNSC subplot ends with nearly all the humans dying on Halo, due to Silva's decision to bring a Flood-infested ship directly to Earth, which results in [=McKay=] deciding that the Flood infection risk is far too great and choosing to sever the ship's controls instead, killing all hands on board]].

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* DoomedByCanon[=/=]DownerEnding: As anyone who played through ''Combat Evolved'' would already know, [[spoiler:the UNSC subplot ends with nearly all the humans dying on Halo, due to Silva's decision Halo; when Silva deciding to bring a Flood-infested ship directly to Earth, which results in [=McKay=] deciding realizes that the Flood infection risk is far too great and choosing chooses to sever the ship's controls instead, killing all hands on board]].



* GloryHound: Major Silva [[spoiler:nearly gets the human race infected with the Flood, thanks to this. He tries to bring home a Covenant ship, with Flood pods on it, to gain himself and the [=ODSTs=] recognition and awards.]]
* HeroicAlbino: Not exactly, but a Marine accompanying John to Major Silva notes how pale he is from all the time spent in the suit.

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* GloryHound: Major Silva very much wants glory for himself and his [=ODSTs=]. This ends up [[spoiler:nearly gets getting the entire human race infected with the Flood, thanks to this. He Flood when Silva tries to bring home a Covenant ship, ship with Flood pods still on it, all just to gain himself and the [=ODSTs=] recognition and awards.]]
awards]].
* HeroicAlbino: Not exactly, but a Marine accompanying John when [=McKay=] accompanies John-117 to Major Silva Silva, she notes how pale he the Chief is from all the time spent in the suit.



* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: '''Zuka 'Zamamee'''. Even more so than other elites (and this is from the Elites, a race full of them). Even his superiors tell him to knock it off at times.

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* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: ProudWarriorRaceGuy:
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'''Zuka 'Zamamee'''. Even more so than other elites (and this is from the Elites, Elites (who are a race full of them). Even his superiors tell him to knock it off at times.



** Tellingly, this status gets them [[spoiler:both killed. 'Zamamee is fragged by John without much of a fight, and Major Silva nearly dooms the entire human race by bringing a captured Covenant ship directly back to base in breach of the Cole Protocol (a Covenant ship had never been captured before, and he believed it'd bring him and the survivors, but especially the ODST, fame) with Flood still on it. If the Covenant didn't track them back to Earth, then the Flood would have consumed it.]]

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** Tellingly, this status gets them [[spoiler:both killed. both Zuka and Silva [[spoiler:killed. 'Zamamee is spends most of the plot trying to kill John, but ends up being fragged by John the Chief without much of a fight, and fight. For his part, Major Silva nearly dooms the entire human race by bringing attempting to bring a captured Flood-infected Covenant ship directly back to base Earth in breach of the Cole Protocol Protocol, all just because he believed it'd bring him and the survivors (especially the [=ODSTs=]) fame and glory (a Covenant ship had never been captured before, and he believed it'd bring him and the survivors, but especially the ODST, fame) with Flood still on it. If survivors); if [=McKay=] hadn't stopped him, either the Covenant didn't track would have tracked them back to Earth, then or the Flood would have consumed it.]]been well on their way to consuming the entire galaxy]].



*** Speaking of which, the book claims that some of the Marine [=NPCs=] Chief fights alongside are actually [=ODSTs=], though the game itself makes no mention of this. This was probably because ''Combat Evolved'' came out back when Bungie themselves weren't planning on ever putting [=ODSTs=] into the games.

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*** Speaking of which, the ** The book claims that some of the Marine [=NPCs=] Chief fights alongside are actually [=ODSTs=], though the game itself makes no mention of this. This was probably because ''Combat Evolved'' came out back when Bungie themselves weren't planning on ever putting [=ODSTs=] into the games.



** Finally, the book indicates about ''300'' humans were still alive when the Chief set off to destroy Halo, in contrast to ''Combat Evolved'' implying that almost all of the remaining UNSC soldiers had already died (since there was no mention of any humans surviving the Flood outbreak except Foehammer).
* RetCon: One of the Elites makes an exception to the Covenants' refusal to absolutely use human weapons by snapping up a pistol and [[spoiler:executing Hikowa.]] Though said Elite immediately threw away the pistol after firing that one bullet because his finger was too large to fit comfortably in the trigger guard, contemptibly declaring it 'primitive'.

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** Finally, the book indicates about ''300'' humans were still alive when the Chief set off to destroy Halo, in contrast to ''Combat Evolved'' implying that almost all of the remaining UNSC soldiers had already died by that point (since there was no mention of any humans surviving the Flood outbreak except Foehammer).
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One of the Elites makes an exception to the Covenants' refusal to absolutely use human weapons by snapping up a pistol and [[spoiler:executing Hikowa.]] Though said Elite immediately threw away the pistol after firing that one bullet because his finger was too large to fit comfortably in the trigger guard, contemptibly declaring it 'primitive'.



* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: The naive Ellen Dowski insists that they surrender to the Covenant and receive mercy rather than keep fighting and all be killed. When the bridge crew abandons her so only she alone can surrender, [[spoiler:she deliberately leaks their location to the Covenant when interrogated to prove she's right. However, after capturing the rest of the bridge crew the Elite in charge systematically kills them off. Ellen protests about this in shock, only for the Elite to kill her too.]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Yayap, after failing to talk Zuka out of his suicidal quest to kill "the demon" (John), finally gives up and steals a Ghost to find a way off Halo. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he gets first-row seats to the Pillar of Autumn detonating Halo.]]
* SuddenDownerEnding: [=McKay=], Silva, and hundreds of other marines manage to take over the ''Truth and Reconciliation'', and are about to leave Halo... [[spoiler: when Silva firmly grasps the IdiotBall to force the ending to be an IdiotPlot; he decides he wants to take Flood samples with him, despite the warnings of Wellsley and [=McKay=]. Even worse, he doesn't plan on containing them before taking off, being convinced that his people can save that part for afterwards. Instead of either continuing to try and talk Silva down, or even assassinate him and hope (perhaps vainly) that saner minds prevail, [=McKay=] blows up the entire ship, killing everybody on board. This is probably because they were all DoomedByCanon anyways]].
** The sad thing is, [[spoiler:even if Silva had ordered a full decontamination before takeoff, this trope might have still applied anyways, given that they had almost no time left before the ''Autumn'' blew up and took Halo with it]].

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* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: The naive Ellen Dowski insists that they the ''Autumn''[='s=] bridge crew surrender to the Covenant and receive mercy rather than keep fighting and all be killed. When the bridge crew abandons they abandon her so only she alone can surrender, [[spoiler:she deliberately leaks their location to the Covenant when interrogated to prove she's right. However, after capturing the rest of the bridge crew the Elite in charge systematically kills them off. Ellen protests about this in shock, only for the Elite to kill her too.]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Yayap, after failing to talk Zuka out of his suicidal quest to kill "the demon" (John), finally gives up and steals a Ghost to find a way off Halo. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he gets first-row seats to the Pillar ''Pillar of Autumn Autumn'' detonating and blowing up Halo.]]
* SuddenDownerEnding: [=McKay=], Silva, and hundreds of other marines manage to take over the ''Truth and Reconciliation'', and are about to leave Halo... [[spoiler: when Silva firmly grasps the IdiotBall to force the ending to be an IdiotPlot; he decides he wants to take Flood samples with him, despite the warnings of Wellsley and [=McKay=]. Even worse, he doesn't plan on containing them before taking off, being convinced that his people can save that part for afterwards. Instead of either continuing to try and talk Silva down, or even assassinate him and hope (perhaps vainly) that saner minds prevail, [=McKay=] blows up the entire ship, killing everybody on board. This is probably because they were all DoomedByCanon anyways]]. \n** The sad thing is, [[spoiler:even if Silva had ordered a full decontamination before takeoff, this trope might have still applied anyways, given that they had almost no time left before the ''Autumn'' blew up and took Halo with it]].



* TooDumbToLive: Dowski, who asks if they can surrender to the Covenant. Keep in mind that the events of this book take place near the very end of the Human-Covanant War, and the Covenant have shown themselves to be ''very'' eager to burn planets to glass for simply having a few humans on them. Twenty-seven years of knowing that this is the genocidal, single-minded foe that humanity faces... and she suggests ''surrender.'' This would be equal to an ice cube asking to surrender to the sun.

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* TooDumbToLive: Dowski, who asks if they can surrender to the Covenant. Keep in mind that the events of this book take place near the very end of the Human-Covanant Human-Covenant War, and the Covenant have shown themselves to be ''very'' eager to burn planets to glass for simply having a few humans on them. Twenty-seven years of knowing that this is the genocidal, single-minded foe that humanity faces... and she suggests ''surrender.'' This would be equal to an ice cube asking to surrender to the sun.
14th Aug '16 11:15:40 AM SithkingZero
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* TooDumbToLive: Dowski, who asks if they can surrender to the Covenant. Keep in mind that the events of this book take place near the very end of the Human-Covanant War, and the Covenant have shown themselves to be ''very'' eager to burn planets to glass for simply having a few humans on them. Twenty-seven years of knowing that this is the genocidal, single-minded foe that humanity faces... and she suggests ''surrender.'' This would be equal to an ice cube asking to surrender to the sun.
29th Jul '16 4:54:05 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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''The Flood'' is the second ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' book, and was written by William C. Dietz in 2003. It is a novelization of ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' which goes into detail about not just the Master Chief's escapades during the original game, but those of his fellow humans (including the [[Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach ODSTs]]) and [[PerspectiveFlip the Covenant]] as well.

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''The ''Halo: The Flood'' is the second ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' book, and was written by William C. Dietz in 2003. It is a novelization of ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' which goes into detail about not just the Master Chief's escapades during the original game, but those of his fellow humans (including the [[Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach ODSTs]]) and [[PerspectiveFlip the Covenant]] as well.
29th Jul '16 4:45:36 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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The book got an UpdatedRerelease in 2010, with several details changed to make it mesh better with later canon.

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The book got an UpdatedRerelease in 2010, with several small details changed to make it mesh better with later canon.
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The book got an UpdatedRerelease in 2010, with several details changed to make it mesh better with later canon.
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