History VideoGame / Halo2

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* HeroAntagonist: The Heretics are trying to save all life in galaxy by revealing the truth about the Halos. Unfortunately, your first two missions as the Arbiter involve wiping them all out.

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* HeroAntagonist: The Covenant Heretics are trying to save all life in galaxy by revealing the truth about the Halos. Unfortunately, your first two missions as the Arbiter involve wiping them all out.
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* HeroAntagonist: The Heretics are trying to save all life in galaxy by revealing the truth about the Halos. Unfortunately, your first two missions as the Arbiter involve wiping them all out.
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--->'''[[spoiler:Cortana]]''': ...Alright. Shoot.

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--->'''[[spoiler:Cortana]]''': ...-->'''[[spoiler:Cortana]]''': ...Alright. Shoot.
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* ActivationSequence: The final battle takes place as Tartarus activates Installation 05. While the Arbiter and Sgt. Johnson try to take him down, 343 Guilty Spark keeps announcing various power-up phases completing in preparation to fire.

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\n* ActivationSequence: The final battle takes place as Tartarus activates Installation 05. [[spoiler:Installation 05]]. While the Arbiter and [[spoiler:and Sgt. Johnson Johnson]] try to take him down, 343 Guilty Spark keeps announcing various power-up phases completing in preparation to fire.



** Once Master Chief gets to Delta Halo, If you have a good view of the sky, things often look... alien.

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** Once Master Chief gets to Delta Halo, If if you have a good view of the sky, things often look... alien.



* AttackOfTheTownFestival: The Covenant's attack on Earth begins while the UNSC is holding a big award ceremony for Master Chief, Sergeant Johnson, and Captain Keyes.

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* AttackOfTheTownFestival: The Covenant's attack on Earth begins while the UNSC is holding a big award ceremony for Master Chief, Sergeant Johnson, and the deceased Captain Keyes.



* TheAtoner / RedemptionEqualsDeath: The Arbiter's job description.
* AwesomeButImpractical: If you want to complete the level Metropolis as fast as possible, you'll have a much easier time if you take the Warthog instead of the tank the devs thought you would.

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* TheAtoner / RedemptionEqualsDeath: TheAtoner[=/=]RedemptionEqualsDeath: The Arbiter's job description.
* AwesomeButImpractical: If you want to complete the level Metropolis "Metropolis" as fast as possible, you'll have a much easier time if you take the Warthog instead of the tank the devs thought you would.



--> '''Lord Hood:''' Master Chief, you mind explaining what you're doing on that ship?\\
'''Master Chief:''' Sir, [[VideoGame/{{Halo 3}} finishing this fight.]]
* BigBulkyBomb: The Covenant boarding parties use these to take down Earth's MAC guns, blowing up at least ''Malta'' and ''Athens'' and nearly doing the same to ''Cairo'', which was only saved by the Chief managing to defeat the [[SuicideMission suicide-squad]] of Elites guarding it. Said bombs are easily bigger than any of their guards, and are covered in spikes.

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--> '''Lord -->'''Lord Hood:''' Master Chief, you mind explaining what you're doing on that ship?\\
'''Master Chief:''' Sir, [[VideoGame/{{Halo 3}} finishing this fight.]]
fight]].
* BigBulkyBomb: The Covenant boarding parties use these to take down Earth's MAC guns, blowing up at least ''Malta'' and ''Athens'' ''Athens'', and nearly doing the same to ''Cairo'', which was only saved by the Chief managing to defeat the [[SuicideMission suicide-squad]] of Elites guarding it. Said bombs are easily bigger than any of their guards, and are covered in spikes.



* BoringButPractical: The Battle Rifle, a normal, burst fire human rifle with a 2x scope. It kills Grunts and Jackals with one headshot burst, even on Legendary, and when used in combination with the plasma pistol is also capable of absolutely ''destroying'' Elites. It can also allow you to out snipe Jackals and the ammo for it is usually plentiful.

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* BoringButPractical: The Battle Rifle, a normal, burst fire burst-fire human rifle with a 2x scope. It kills Grunts and Jackals with one headshot burst, headshot, even on Legendary, and when used in combination with the plasma pistol is also capable of absolutely ''destroying'' Elites. It can also allow you to out snipe Jackals and the ammo for it is usually plentiful. In levels where the BR isn't available, you can make do with its counterpart the Covenant Carbine, which lacks the BR's generous spread but can carry a lot more ammo.



* CosmicHorrorReveal: The game revealed that the answer to many of the driving questions of the setting - why the Halos were made and where the NeglectfulPrecursors went - was the Gravemind, aka when a BodyHorror ZombieApocalypse acquires sentience, becomes a HiveMind, and overruns its local galaxy and begins spreading to others nearby.
** It was known that the Halo rings were built to kill the Flood (or more precisely, their food--which is essentially all life in the galaxy-- and starve them out) since the first ''Halo''. The EldritchAbomination Gravemind however didn't show up until ''Halo 2'', so they were more or less space zombies until the giant iambic-pentameter speaking venus flytrap came onto the scene. And it should be noted that the Flood shifted the focus from a war with ScaryDogmaticAliens to themselves.
** The Gravemind turns out to be behind prehistoric galactic mysteries like the disappearance of the NeglectfulPrecursors, similarly to ''VideoGame/MassEffect'', though. The Gravemind is able to corrupt Cortana...the AI. That's a pretty scary thing for an organic being to do without using a computer. But the fact that it is basically, recognisably, definitely a biological organism as we know them rather keeps it out of the EldritchAbomination category.

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* CosmicHorrorReveal: The game revealed reveals that the answer to many of the driving questions of the setting - why the Halos were made and where the NeglectfulPrecursors went - was the Flood aren't just semi-sapient space zombies, but [[spoiler:are being controlled by a Gravemind, aka when a BodyHorror ZombieApocalypse acquires sentience, sentience and becomes a HiveMind, and overruns its local galaxy and begins spreading to others nearby.
** It was known that the Halo rings were built to kill the Flood (or more precisely, their food--which is essentially all life in the galaxy-- and starve them out) since the first ''Halo''. The
an hyper-intelligent EldritchAbomination Gravemind however didn't show up until ''Halo 2'', so they were more or less space zombies until the giant iambic-pentameter speaking venus flytrap came onto the scene. And it should be noted that the Flood shifted the focus from a war with ScaryDogmaticAliens to themselves.
** The Gravemind turns out to be behind prehistoric galactic mysteries like the disappearance of the NeglectfulPrecursors, similarly to ''VideoGame/MassEffect'', though. The Gravemind is able to corrupt Cortana...the AI. That's a pretty scary thing for an organic being to do without using a computer. But the fact that it is basically, recognisably, definitely a biological organism as we know them rather keeps it out of the EldritchAbomination category.
HiveMind]].



-->'''Cortana:''' Ask yourself this question: "Is what I'm doing right now helping Cortana keep this station from exploding into tiny, tiny bits?"

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-->'''Cortana:''' -->'''Cortana''': Ask yourself this question: "Is what I'm doing right now helping Cortana keep this station from exploding into tiny, tiny bits?"



* {{Determinator}}: Meta example. The only thing that ended ''Halo 2'''s online gaming scene was the original Xbox Live servers getting ''shut down''. The game was launched on Nov 9th, 2004, and the servers officially shut down on Apr 15, 2010. Officially, that is; several players hung on until getting booted on May 11th.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Marines now have the ability to drive most vehicles. However, you should ''not'' let them drive you around; if your first thought while seeing a Warthog is "Oooh, that turret looks sweet, I call it!", you'll come to regret that decision pretty quickly.

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* {{Determinator}}: {{Determinator}}:
** The Master Chief and the Arbiter, neither of whom will let ''anything'' get in the way of doing their duty.
** There's also a
Meta example. The only thing that ended ''Halo 2'''s online gaming scene was the original Xbox Live servers getting ''shut down''. The game was launched on Nov 9th, 2004, and the servers officially shut down on Apr 15, 2010. Officially, that is; several players hung on until getting booted on May 11th.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Marines now have the ability to drive most vehicles. However, you should ''not'' let them drive you around; if your first thought while seeing a Warthog is "Oooh, that turret looks sweet, I call it!", it!" instead of "You take the turret, I'll drive", you'll come to regret that your decision pretty quickly.quickly.
* DropPod: The first game in the series to feature these; "Delta Halo"'s opening cutscene even involves the Chief and company being dropped down from orbit.



-->'''[[LetsPlay/VideoGameDunkey Dunkey]]''' It's called "Halo 2" because you can hold two guns instead of one.

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-->'''[[LetsPlay/VideoGameDunkey Dunkey]]''' Dunkey]]''': It's called "Halo 2" because you can hold two guns instead of one.



* EnemyCivilWar: Following [[spoiler: the assassination of the Prophet of Regret]], the Elites are stripped of their traditional role as honor guards to the Prophets, which is given to the Brutes. The Elites do not take kindly to this, and end up seceding from the Covenant, along with several individuals of other species.
* EnemyMine: The Gravemind recruits Master Chief and the Arbiter, making it a three way enemy mine.
** Also, [[spoiler:Sergeant Johnson, Miranda Keyes allying with the Elites (especially the Arbiter) and two Hunters.]]
* FireKeepsItDead: When the Flood turn up one of the Arbiter's fellow Sangheili laments that they didn't bring anything to burn the bodies with.

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* EasterEgg: The game has many, but the most notable ones it introduced were the Skulls, which modify gameplay in all sorts of crazy ways.
* EnemyCivilWar: Following [[spoiler: the assassination of the Prophet of Regret]], the Elites are stripped of their traditional role as honor guards to the Prophets, which is given to the Brutes. The Prophet of Truth then [[spoiler:orders the Brutes to kill all the Elites]]. Understandably, the Elites do not take kindly to this, and [[spoiler:and end up seceding from the Covenant, along with several individuals of other species.
species]].
* EnemyMine: EnemyMine:
**
The Gravemind [[spoiler:Gravemind]] recruits Master Chief and the Arbiter, Arbiter to stop [[spoiler:Truth]], making it a three way enemy mine.
** Also, [[spoiler:Sergeant Johnson, Johnson and Miranda Keyes allying ally with the Arbiter's Elites (especially to stop the Arbiter) and two Hunters.]]
Halos from firing]].
* FireKeepsItDead: When the Flood turn up up, one of the Arbiter's fellow Sangheili Sangheili/Elites laments that they didn't bring anything to burn the bodies with.



* JustifiedTutorial: Master Chief gets an upgraded armor system (Mjolnir Mark VI) that gives an InUniverse explanation for some of the gameplay changes (no more need for health packs, supposedly there is an internal "bio foam" system). As well, the technicians have him look around to get adjusted to the new armor.

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* InvisibilityCloak: The Arbiter is permanently equipped with one. It only lasts for a short period of time before needing to recharge, and using any attack will cause it to deactivate.
* JustifiedTutorial: Master Chief gets an upgraded armor system (Mjolnir (MJOLNIR Mark VI) that gives an InUniverse explanation for some of the gameplay changes (no (for one, no more need for health packs, supposedly as there is now an internal "bio foam" "biofoam" system). As well, the technicians have him The technician has Chief look around to get adjusted to the new armor.



* NeoAfrica: New Mombasa, Kenya is a high tech city and spaceport. At least, when the game begins.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailers, promotional materials and even the blurb on the game's box all gave the impression that the Chief would spend all or most of the game helping humanity repel the Covenant invasion on Earth.
* NoEnding: Noted under the CliffHanger, the game itself doesn't really end so much as just stopping after the Master Chief's line, "Sir, finishing this fight."
* OptionalStealth: The Arbiter's InvisibilityCloak lasts for only about five seconds anyway, so ignoring it is perfectly viable option if you don't like having to wear down all your enemies versus getting one free assassination. A bonus item lets Master Chief have invisibility too, but it lasts for the same amount of time and the second disadvantage of no visible timer.
* {{Retcon}}: Master Chief (with Cortana) was the only human to survive the destruction of the first Halo. The Legendary ending of the first game even gave a (humorous non-canon) scene depicting Johnson's last moments before the Autumn exploded. This game just has him show up in the medal ceremony with no explanation given. ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'' had to explain how he survived.

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* NeoAfrica: New Mombasa, Kenya is a high tech high-tech city and spaceport. At least, when the game begins.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailers, promotional materials materials, and even the blurb on the game's box all gave the impression that the Chief would spend all or most of the game helping humanity repel the Covenant invasion on Earth.
* NoEnding: Noted As noted under the CliffHanger, the game itself doesn't really end so much as just stopping after the Master Chief's line, line "Sir, finishing this fight."
* OptionalStealth: The Arbiter's InvisibilityCloak lasts for only about five seconds anyway, so ignoring it is a perfectly viable option if you don't like having want to wear down all spend most of your enemies versus getting one free assassination. time just going in and out of hiding. A bonus item hidden skull lets Master Chief have invisibility too, but it lasts for the same amount of time and the has a second disadvantage of no visible timer.
* {{Retcon}}: Master Chief (with Cortana) was originally the only human to survive the destruction of the first Halo. The Legendary ending of the first game even gave a (humorous non-canon) scene depicting Johnson's last moments before the Autumn exploded. This game just has him Johnson show up in the medal ceremony with no explanation given. ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'' had to explain how he survived.



* RightHandVersusLeftHand: The Covenant infighting between the Brutes and the Elites leads to a schism in the Covenant and basically the only hope for Humanity's survival.
* SequelEscalation: It tries to amp the ante on the original, [[TroubledProduction to the point Bungie struggled to finish development.]]
* SequelHook: Also one of the most infamous ones in video game history.
* ShamefulStrip: The Arbiter's introduction scene.

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* RightHandVersusLeftHand: The Covenant infighting between the Brutes and the Elites leads to a schism in within the Covenant and which becomes basically the only hope for Humanity's humanity's survival.
* SequelEscalation: It tries to amp the ante on the original, [[TroubledProduction to the point Bungie struggled to finish development.]]
development]].
* SequelHook: Also one One of the most infamous ones in video game history.
* ShamefulStrip: The Arbiter's introduction scene.scene, as punishment for his "failure".



* TheMissingno: The Gravemind mission has the "Honor Guard Councillor", a Zealot (gold) elite that was accidentally programmed to have a "dogmatic" voice/personality; since the level has no permutation data for dogmatic Elites, it defaults to Honor Guard armor and Ultra palette, with randomly chosen head types(most frequently the Councillor, hence the nickname).

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* TheMissingno: The Gravemind "Gravemind" mission has the "Honor Guard Councillor", Councilor", a Zealot (gold) elite that was accidentally programmed to have a "dogmatic" voice/personality; since the level has no permutation data for dogmatic Elites, it defaults to Honor Guard armor and Ultra palette, with randomly chosen head types(most types (most frequently the Councillor, Councilor, hence the nickname).



-->'''Tartarus:''' ''(gasps and jerks his neck up in surprise)'' Impossible!
* TookALevelInBadass: The generic [[RedShirtArmy UNSC Marines]] got way more competent since ''Halo 2''. They're more accurate, they have twice as much health, and they can drive vehicles. They're actually pretty helpful when they appear as long as you throw any submachine guns and shotguns you find in the trash and replace them with Battle Rifles and Sniper Rifles. Give one a rocket launcher and the marine's good aim and unlimited ammo will usually let him rack up almost as many kills as you.
* TrailersAlwaysLie: The E3 demo (and the advertising, ''and'' the boxart) gave the impression that the game would be set on Earth's surface. The final game had a grand total of two levels set there.
** In a more straight version of the trope, the "Give them back their bomb" sequence in the trailer has Earth in '''''much''''' more trouble than in the actual game, in which the Covenant barely stick around for. Earth's on fire? Not really. [[spoiler:Save that for the next game and ODST.]]
* TranslatorMicrobes: Cortana, being an advanced A.I., can understand the Prophets language. ''And'' she can translate it for others to hear.
-->'''Prophet of Regret message:''' ''*speaking alien language*''
-->'''Cortana:''' The Prophet of Regret is planning to [[OhCrap activate Halo!]]
-->'''Master Chief:''' Are you sure?
-->'''Cortana:''' ''*snaps fingers*''
-->'''Prophet of Regret:''' ''*English*'' I shall light this holy ring, release its cleansing flame, and burn a path into the divine beyond!
-->'''Cortana:''' ''*snaps fingers*'' Pretty much.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: The game is divided between master Chief and the Arbiter. Gameplay wise they play almost the same, except one has [[InvisibilityCloak Active Camouflage]] and the other has a flashlight.
* TwoPartTrilogy
* {{Tyrannicide}}: Master Chief assassinates the Prophet of Regret as part of a UNSC mission.

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-->'''Tartarus:''' -->'''Tartarus''': ''(gasps and jerks his neck up in surprise)'' Impossible!
* TookALevelInBadass: The generic [[RedShirtArmy UNSC Marines]] got way more competent since ''Halo 2''.in this game. They're more accurate, they have twice as much health, and they can drive vehicles. They're actually pretty helpful when they appear appear, as long as you throw any submachine guns and shotguns you find in they're holding into the trash and replace them with Battle Rifles and Sniper Rifles. Give one a rocket launcher and the marine's good aim and unlimited ammo will usually let him rack up almost as many kills as you.
* TrailersAlwaysLie: TrailersAlwaysLie:
**
The E3 demo (and the advertising, ''and'' the boxart) gave the impression that the game would be set on Earth's surface. The final game had a grand total of two levels set there.
** In a more straight version of the trope, the "Give them back their bomb" sequence in the trailer has Earth in '''''much''''' more trouble than in the actual game, in which the first Covenant fleet barely stick sticks around for.before retreating. Earth's on fire? Not really. [[spoiler:Save that for the next game and ODST.''ODST''.]]
* TranslatorMicrobes: Cortana, being an advanced A.I., can understand the Prophets Prophets' language. ''And'' she can translate it for others to hear.
-->'''Prophet of Regret message:''' Regret''': ''*speaking alien language*''
-->'''Cortana:''' -->'''Cortana''': The Prophet of Regret is planning to [[OhCrap activate Halo!]]
-->'''Master Chief:''' Chief''': Are you sure?
-->'''Cortana:''' -->'''Cortana''': ''*snaps fingers*''
-->'''Prophet of Regret:''' Regret''': ''*English*'' I shall light this holy ring, release its cleansing flame, and burn a path into the divine beyond!
-->'''Cortana:''' -->'''Cortana''': ''*snaps fingers*'' Pretty much.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: The game is divided between master Master Chief and the Arbiter. Gameplay wise Gameplay-wise they play almost the same, except one the latter has [[InvisibilityCloak Active Camouflage]] and the other former has a flashlight.
* TwoPartTrilogy
TwoPartTrilogy: With ''VideoGame/Halo3''.
* {{Tyrannicide}}: The final battle in the level "Regret" is Master Chief assassinates assassinating the Prophet of Regret as part of a UNSC mission.Regret.



* WhamEpisode: The cutscenes between "Quarantine Zone" and "Gravemind"; [[spoiler: the Flood have a leader and the EnemyCivilWar begins.]]
** WhamLine: From the same cutscene.
--->'''Tartarus:''' A bloody fate awaits you and the rest of your incompetent race. And I Tartarus, chieftain of the Brutes, will send you to it.
--->'''Arbiter:''' When the Prophets learn of this, they will take your head.
--->'''Tartarus:''' When they learn? [[spoiler:Fool, they ordered me to do it.]]
** "The Arbiter" was one originally, before everyone knew that half the game was spent playing as the Arbiter.
** TheStinger as well.
--->'''Gravemind:''' Silence fills the empty grave...now that I have gone. But my mind is not at rest...for questions linger on. I will ask... and ''you'' will answer.
--->'''Cortana:''' ...Alright. Shoot.

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* WhamEpisode: WhamEpisode:
**
The level "The Arbiter" was one originally, before everyone knew that half the game was spent playing as the Arbiter.
** What happens in the
cutscenes between "Quarantine Zone" and "Gravemind"; [[spoiler: the "Gravemind": [[spoiler:The Flood are revealed to have a leader and the EnemyCivilWar among the Covenant begins.]]
** WhamLine: WhamLine:
**
From the same cutscene.
--->'''Tartarus:'''
end of "Quarantine Zone":
-->'''Tartarus''':
A bloody fate awaits you and the rest of your incompetent race. And I I, Tartarus, chieftain Chieftain of the Brutes, will send you to it.
--->'''Arbiter:''' -->'''Arbiter''': When the Prophets learn of this, they will take your head.
--->'''Tartarus:''' -->'''Tartarus''': When they learn? [[spoiler:Fool, they ordered me to do it.]]
** "The Arbiter" was one originally, before everyone knew that half the game was spent playing as the Arbiter.
** TheStinger as well.
--->'''Gravemind:'''
well:
-->'''Gravemind''':
Silence fills the empty grave...now that I have gone. But my mind is not at rest...for questions linger on. I will ask... and ''you'' will answer.
--->'''Cortana:''' ...--->'''[[spoiler:Cortana]]''': ...Alright. Shoot.



* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Sort of; Tartarus only ever uses his ceremonial [[DropTheHammer gravity hammer]] throughout the game. However, said hammer is outfitted with a powerful gravity generator that allows it to one-shot even light vehicles (and, as shown in [[GameplayAndStorySegregation cutscenes]], allows it to be used as a ranged weapon), which, combined with his near-impenetrable energy shield and insane natural durability, make him incredibly dangerous.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: Tartarus is ordered by the Prophets to kill the Arbiter after Delta Halo's Index is secured.]]
* YouHaveFailedMe : The Elites as a whole suffer this [[spoiler: after Chief kills the Prophet of Regret]], as the surviving Hierarchs attempt to replace them with the Brutes. [[EnemyCivilWar The Elites don't take it very well]].

!!Tropes Specific to the Anniversary Version
* ArtEvolution: Graphical power has grown significantly since the original. For example, Forerunner architecture originally tended to look more like geometric stone, while the updated version has it more of a sleek chrome. In some ways it is welding the cosmetic changes made in ''Halo 4'' to the designs of the original trilogy. Then there's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AhkyhcrDTQ Gravemind]]...
* CanonWelding: Like the Terminals in ''Combat Evolved Anniversary'', the ones here explain some previously unanswered lore questions and provide hints about future installments (in this case, ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'').

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* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Sort of; Tartarus only ever uses his ceremonial [[DropTheHammer gravity hammer]] throughout the game. However, said hammer is outfitted with a powerful gravity generator that allows it to one-shot even light vehicles (and, as shown in [[GameplayAndStorySegregation cutscenes]], allows it to be used as a ranged weapon), which, when combined with his near-impenetrable energy shield and insane natural durability, make makes him incredibly dangerous.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: Tartarus [[spoiler:Tartarus is ordered by the Prophets to kill the Arbiter after Delta Halo's Index is secured.]]
* YouHaveFailedMe : YouHaveFailedMe: The Elites as a whole suffer this [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after Chief kills the Prophet of Regret]], as the surviving Hierarchs attempt to replace them with the Brutes. [[EnemyCivilWar [[spoiler:[[EnemyCivilWar The Elites don't take it very well]].

well]]]]. Unlike most examples, the Elites actually ''weren't'' to blame for the just-mentioned debacle; [[spoiler:the Prophet of Truth deliberately engineered Regret's death just so he could have an excuse to get rid of the Elites, having knowingly weakened Regret's security despite the protests of, ironically enough, his Elite subordinates.]]

!!Tropes Specific specific to the Anniversary Version
''Anniversary'' version:
* ArtEvolution: Graphical power has grown significantly since the original. For example, Forerunner architecture originally tended to look more like geometric stone, while the updated version has it more of a sleek chrome. In some ways it is welding the cosmetic changes made in ''Halo 4'' ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' to the designs of the original trilogy. Then there's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AhkyhcrDTQ Gravemind]]...
* CanonWelding: Like the Terminals in ''Combat Evolved ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved: Anniversary'', the ones here explain some previously unanswered lore questions and provide hints about future installments (in this case, ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'').



* TheDreaded: Thel 'Vadamee, the future Arbiter, was apparently this ''before'' the Fall of Reach, as he was much more strategically flexible than other Elite Fleet Masters. Agent Locke believed that if the Fleet of Particular Justice attacked Earth, the UNSC would lose outright.
* EarlyBirdCameo: The new multiplayer mode includes the scoped SMG (marking its first appearance since ''Halo 3: ODST''), which would go on to be present in ''Halo 5'', which ''Halo 2 Anniversary'' specifically and the ''Master Chief Collection'' in general were released in part to hype.
* FlashForward: The events of ''Halo 2'' are interspersed with scenes of Agent Locke and the Arbiter talking about Master Chief.
* GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion: The campaign itself is preserved to a religious degree (besides the updated graphics), but the cutscenes are fully overhauled. Mostly those are the same but with cinema-quality CG (rather than in-game renderings), but there are minor changes scattered throughout. The Hornet from ''Halo 3'' and a new Mongoose variant called the Gungoose show up in the multiplayer, as well as remastered versions of classic maps. The classic game with the original graphics and gameplay are still available if you so choose.

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* TheDreaded: Thel 'Vadamee, the future Arbiter, was apparently this ''before'' the Fall of Reach, as he was much more strategically flexible than other Elite Fleet Masters. Agent Locke believed that if the Fleet ''Fleet of Particular Justice Justice'' attacked Earth, the UNSC would lose outright.
* EarlyBirdCameo: The new multiplayer mode includes the scoped SMG (marking its first appearance since ''Halo 3: ODST''), ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST''), which would go on to be present in ''Halo 5'', the very game which ''Halo 2 2: Anniversary'' specifically and the ''Master Chief Collection'' in general were released in part to hype.
* FlashForward: The events of ''Halo 2'' are interspersed with post-war scenes of Agent Locke and the Arbiter talking about Master Chief.
* GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion: The campaign itself is preserved to a religious degree (besides the updated graphics), but the cutscenes are fully overhauled. Mostly those are While the ''Anniversary'' cutscenes mostly play out the same but as the original ones, just with cinema-quality CG (rather rather than in-game renderings), but renderings, there are some minor changes scattered throughout. The Additionally, there is a new multiplayer mode created with a unique engine; included in it are remastered versions of several classic maps, the Hornet from ''Halo 3'' 3'', and a new Mongoose variant called the Gungoose show up in the multiplayer, as well as remastered versions of classic maps."Gungoose". The classic game with the original graphics and gameplay are still available if you so choose.



* {{Retcon}}[=/=]{{Revision}}: The changes to the status and history of the position of Arbiter in Covenant society straddles the line between these two. The issue is that 343 Industries treats Thel 'Vadamee's appointment to Arbiter as the normal procedure when the original game portrayed it as an unconventional move on the part of Truth and Mercy. While this never explicitly contradicts anything in the original ''Halo 2'', it does go against a lot of implied elements of the Arbiter. Since the campaign is identical to the first release, this results in contradictory scenes such as Sesa 'Refumee claiming the position is used as a death sentence to convicted heretics while at another point in the game Truth reassures Thel 'Vadamee, a convicted heretic on death row, that he knows Thel is not really a heretic before offering to make him an Arbiter, with the Arbiter's inevitable demise being portrayed as a LoopholeAbuse to still meet his death sentence.

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* {{Retcon}}[=/=]{{Revision}}: The changes change to the status and history of the position of Arbiter in Covenant society since the release of the original ''Halo 2'' straddles the line between these two. The issue is that 343 Industries treats While ''Halo 2'' seemingly implied Thel 'Vadamee's appointment to Arbiter as the normal procedure when the original game portrayed it as to be an unconventional move on the part of Truth and Mercy. While this never Mercy, ''all'' subsequent media treats it as something close to the normal procedure, though none of the latter's depictions of the rank have actually contradicted what was explicitly contradicts anything (as opposed to implicitly) established in the original ''Halo 2'', it does go against a lot of implied elements of the Arbiter. 2''. Since the ''Anniversary''[='s=] campaign is identical to the first release, this results in contradictory scenes such as Sesa 'Refumee claiming original, you end up with the curious case of having the new terminals talk about how the position of Arbiter is often used as a death sentence to for convicted heretics while at another point in despite the game campaign itself showing Truth reassures reassuring Thel 'Vadamee, a convicted heretic on death row, that he knows Thel is not really a heretic before offering to make him an Arbiter, with the Arbiter's inevitable demise being portrayed as a LoopholeAbuse to still meet his original death sentence.sentence.
25th Aug '16 9:14:51 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* DrivesLikeCrazy: Marines now have the ability to drive most vehicles. However, you should ''not'' let them drive you around; if your first thought while seeing a Warthog is "Oooh, that turret looks sweet, I call it!", you'll come to regret that decision pretty quickly.
22nd Aug '16 6:32:01 PM SgtKPF
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-->'''MGySgt:''' So, Johnson, when you gonna tell me how you made it back home in one piece?\\
'''SgtMaj. Johnson:''' Sorry Gunns, it's classified.\\
'''MGySgt.:''' ''[[AssPull My ass!]]'' Well you can forget about those adjustments to your A2 scope, and...''(continues shouting as Johnson and Chief move out of earshot)''

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-->'''MGySgt:''' -->'''Master Gunnery Sergeant:''' So, Johnson, when you gonna tell me how you made it back home in one piece?\\
'''SgtMaj. '''Sergeant Major Johnson:''' Sorry Gunns, it's classified.\\
'''MGySgt.:''' '''Master Gunnery Sergeant:''' ''[[AssPull My ass!]]'' Well you can forget about those adjustments to your A2 scope, and...''(continues shouting as Johnson and Chief move out of earshot)''
22nd Aug '16 6:24:09 PM SgtKPF
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'''Sgt. Johnson:''' Sorry Gunns, it's classified.\\

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'''Sgt.'''SgtMaj. Johnson:''' Sorry Gunns, it's classified.\\
22nd Aug '16 6:20:47 PM SgtKPF
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-->'''Mst. Sgt. Gunns:''' So, Johnson, when you gonna tell me how you made it back home in one piece?\\

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-->'''Mst. Sgt. Gunns:''' -->'''MGySgt:''' So, Johnson, when you gonna tell me how you made it back home in one piece?\\



'''Mst. Sgt. Gunns:''' ''[[AssPull My ass!]]'' Well you can forget about those adjustments to your A2 scope, and...''(continues shouting as Johnson and Chief move out of earshot)''

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'''Mst. Sgt. Gunns:''' '''MGySgt.:''' ''[[AssPull My ass!]]'' Well you can forget about those adjustments to your A2 scope, and...''(continues shouting as Johnson and Chief move out of earshot)''
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* ActivationSequence: The final battle takes place as Tartarus activates Installation 05. While the Arbiter and Sgt. Johnson try to take him down, 343 Guilty Spark keeps announcing various power-up phases completing in preparation to fire.
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The second game in the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' series, released in 2004; it is the highest-selling game for the original [=XBox=].

Following the events of the first game, the Master Chief arrives back at Earth, praised as a hero. In the midst of celebration, a [[DogmaticSpaceAliens Covenant]] attack begins on Earth, and Master Chief races to stop them. He learns that the Covenant are looking for something on Earth, and his quest takes him to a new Halo ring, where he uncovers more of the mystery behind [[TheVirus the Flood]].

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The second game in the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' series, released by Creator/{{Bungie}} in 2004; it is the highest-selling game for the original [=XBox=].

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Following the events of the first game, the Master Chief arrives back at Earth, praised as a hero. In the midst of celebration, a [[DogmaticSpaceAliens [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Covenant]] attack begins on Earth, and Master Chief races to stop them. He learns that the Covenant are looking for something on Earth, and his quest takes him to a new Halo ring, where he uncovers more of the mystery behind [[TheVirus the Flood]].
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