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17th Dec '15 1:38:13 PM DrNoPuma
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* DevelopmentGag: The ''UNSC Infinity'' is yet another one to the ''Halo'' franchise's SpiritualPredecessor, ''{{VideoGame/Marathon}}''.


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* FadeAroundTheEyes: The closing cinematic ends with the Master Chief taking off his helmet. On most difficulties, the FadeToBlack is done with a {{wipe}} that hides his face, but on Legendary difficulty the area around his eyes is visible for a few seconds before the FadeToBlack.
3rd Dec '15 10:14:25 AM Nohbody
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** Several helmets in multiplayer seem to shout out to other games. [[http://www.halopedia.org/images/c/c7/VenatorRaptor.png Venator]] looks like one for ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'', while [[http://www.halopedia.org/images/4/40/H4-OceanicBrown.png Oceanic]] looks like a [[Franchise/{{Bioshock}} Big Daddy]] helmet, or the [[http://halo4nation.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/fotus.jpeg Fotus armour]], which looks like [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Unit 01]]'s head.

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** Several helmets in multiplayer seem to shout out to other games. [[http://www.halopedia.org/images/c/c7/VenatorRaptor.png Venator]] looks like one for ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'', while [[http://www.halopedia.org/images/4/40/H4-OceanicBrown.png Oceanic]] looks like a [[Franchise/{{Bioshock}} [[VideoGame/BioShock Big Daddy]] helmet, or the [[http://halo4nation.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/fotus.jpeg Fotus armour]], which looks like [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Unit 01]]'s head.
5th Nov '15 7:23:24 PM Nuke-Captain
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** A more immediate example is being told that a close friend has an incurable, terminal disorder and watching them suffer from it.



* TheLostLenore: You would never expect to find this trope in a first-person shooter, but this game ends with the realization that there has been a deep, meaningful, and quite real romance brewing in this series between the Chief and Cortana since almost the first scenes of the first game. And ''Halo 4'' ends with Cortana becoming Master Chief's [[TheLostLenore Lost Lenore]].

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* TheLostLenore: You would never expect to find this trope in a first-person shooter, but this game ends with the realization that there [[spoiler:there has been a deep, meaningful, and quite real romance brewing in this series between the Chief and Cortana since almost the first scenes of the first game. And ''Halo 4'' ends with Cortana becoming Master Chief's [[TheLostLenore Lost Lenore]].]]
2nd Nov '15 10:46:53 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Averted, and for the first time it depicts a real language barrier between humans and the various Covenant aliens. Jul 'Mdama is shown speaking in Sangheli with subtitles and switching to broken English so that a human captive can understand him. Previously when Covenant aliens (including elites such as the Arbiter and Half-Jaw) spoke English, and not BlackSpeech, they were fluent and even eloquent; whereas even when speaking English, 'Mdama has an animalistic sound to his voice and said only one word (as opposed to when addressing his troops in their language, [[EloquentInMyNativeTongue where he is rather eloquent]]).

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* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Averted, and for the first time it depicts a real language barrier between humans and the various Covenant aliens. Jul 'Mdama is shown speaking in Sangheli with subtitles and switching to broken English so that a human captive can understand him. Previously when Covenant aliens (including elites Elites such as the Arbiter and Half-Jaw) spoke English, and not BlackSpeech, they were fluent and even eloquent; whereas even when speaking English, 'Mdama has an animalistic sound to his voice and said only one word (as opposed to when addressing his troops in their language, [[EloquentInMyNativeTongue where he is rather eloquent]]).



* RammingAlwaysWorks: In Spartan Ops, we catch a glimpse of the ''Infinity'' coming out of Slipspace and smashing ''through'' a CCS-class battlecruiser.

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* RammingAlwaysWorks: In Spartan Ops, we catch a glimpse of the ''Infinity'' coming out of Slipspace and smashing ''through'' a CCS-class battlecruiser.an RCS-class armored cruiser.
25th Oct '15 12:11:36 AM kknizaa
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* UnnecessarilyLargeVessel: [[spoiler: ''Mantle's Approach'', the Ur-Didact's flagship, is larger than any other space ship in the series except for ''[[TheMothership High Charity]]'', and is flown by a grand total of ''one'' Promethean Warrior-Servant.

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* UnnecessarilyLargeVessel: [[spoiler: ''Mantle's Approach'', the Ur-Didact's flagship, is larger than any other space ship in the series except for ''[[TheMothership High Charity]]'', and is flown by a grand total of ''one'' Promethean Warrior-Servant.]]



* [[spoiler:ThenLetMeBeEvil: Halsey's reaction to Palmer's assassination attempt.]]

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* [[spoiler:ThenLetMeBeEvil: Halsey's ThenLetMeBeEvil: [[spoiler:Halsey's reaction to Palmer's assassination attempt.]]
23rd Oct '15 7:17:53 AM kknizaa
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** The final level "Midnight" has four shout outs:
*** The Broadsword sequence is clearly inspired by the trench run on the Death Star in Star Wars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope. Like Luke Skywalker, John-117 must pilot a one-man fighter through a system of narrow chasms, (dodging point-defense fire along the way), to destroy a superweapon. He cannot travel above the surface of the trench because the Broadsword cannot survive in slipspace, much as Luke must stay below the minimum angle of the Death Star's surface guns. [[spoiler: Both protagonists receive timely assistance from allied ships, clearing a path to their objectives, which allows them to destroy their respective targets. Both John and Skywalker are greeted by honor guards after rendezvousing with their peers.]]
*** [[spoiler: The scene in which the Composer is fired on New Phoenix resembles the Narada's attacks on Vulcan and Starfleet Academy in the ''Film/StarTrek''. The camera angle in this sequence is nearly identical to the establishing shot of Narada's drill platform over San Francisco, albeit mirrored. The continous orange beams fired by the Composer and the Narada also look very similar.]]
*** [[spoiler: The scene in which the Didact falls into the slipspace portal is reminiscent of the death of Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars Episode Six Film/ReturnOfTheJedi]]
*** [[spoiler: Cortana's death scene is a probable reference to [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Madoka's death/ascension to Godhood]], as both Homura and Master Chief meet in an area of light, both Cortana and Madoka try to comfort their interests via physical contact (Naked Lesbian Space Hug/ Cortana touching the Master Chief), but in vain makes things worse, Both Chief/Homura beg Cortana/Madoka not to leave, but Cortana/Madoka disappear into light, both notably die smiling, and the area collapse around Master Chief/Homura. The ending has Master chief's helmet forming two detailed teardrops, similar to Madoka's ribbon on Homura. Bonus for being details on the face.]]

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** The final level "Midnight" has four shout outs:
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The Broadsword sequence is clearly inspired by the trench run on the Death Star in Star Wars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope. Like Luke Skywalker, John-117 must pilot a one-man fighter through a system of narrow chasms, (dodging point-defense fire along the way), to destroy a superweapon. He cannot travel above the surface of the trench because the Broadsword cannot survive in slipspace, much as Luke must stay below the minimum angle of the Death Star's surface guns. [[spoiler: Both protagonists receive timely assistance from allied ships, clearing a path to their objectives, which allows them to destroy their respective targets. Both John and Skywalker are greeted by honor guards after rendezvousing with their peers.]]
*** [[spoiler: The scene in which the Composer is fired on New Phoenix resembles the Narada's attacks on Vulcan and Starfleet Academy in the ''Film/StarTrek''. The camera angle in this sequence is nearly identical to the establishing shot of Narada's drill platform over San Francisco, albeit mirrored. The continous orange beams fired by the Composer and the Narada also look very similar.]]
*** [[spoiler: The scene in which the Didact falls into the slipspace portal is reminiscent of the death of Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars Episode Six Film/ReturnOfTheJedi]]
*** [[spoiler: Cortana's death scene is a probable reference to [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Madoka's death/ascension to Godhood]], as both Homura and Master Chief meet in an area of light, both Cortana and Madoka try to comfort their interests via physical contact (Naked Lesbian Space Hug/ Cortana touching the Master Chief), but in vain makes things worse, Both Chief/Homura beg Cortana/Madoka not to leave, but Cortana/Madoka disappear into light, both notably die smiling, and the area collapse around Master Chief/Homura. The ending has Master chief's helmet forming two detailed teardrops, similar to Madoka's ribbon on Homura. Bonus for being details on the face.
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-->'''Halsey:''' When one world fell after another, when [[{{Tykebomb}} my]] [[SuperSoldier Spartans]] were [[GodzillaThreshold all that stood]] between [[KillAllHumans humanity and extinction]], nobody was ''concerned'' over [[TheWarOfEarthlyAggression why they were originally built]].

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-->'''Halsey:''' When one world fell after another, when [[{{Tykebomb}} my]] [[SuperSoldier Spartans]] my Spartans were [[GodzillaThreshold all that stood]] stood between [[KillAllHumans humanity and extinction]], extinction, nobody was ''concerned'' over [[TheWarOfEarthlyAggression why they were originally built]].built.






* [[spoiler:AnArmAndALeg: Halsey's left arm is amputated by the Covenant remnant, due to complications from her bullet wound.]]

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* [[spoiler:AnArmAndALeg: Halsey's AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler:Halsey's left arm is amputated by the Covenant remnant, due to complications from her bullet wound.]]



* BolivianArmyEnding: [[spoiler:Episode 5 ends with Crimson being ''hugely'' outnumbered, with little hope of rescue and no cover. The Achievement for completing the first five episodes is "Dedicated to Crimson", which has a dual meaning; the player is dedicated to Crimson, or the achievement is dedicated to (the memory of) Crimson.]]
** [[spoiler: Turns out, they were simply captured, and escape first thing next chapter.]]
22nd Oct '15 11:16:15 PM kknizaa
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*** Technically it "was" a RCS-class which are larger and more heavily armoured, but the point still stands. Also the Covenant leader doesn't want to commit his CAS-class carrier (the big white ships three times the length of CCS-class) because he believed it would lose.
22nd Oct '15 11:15:13 PM kknizaa
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* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Averted with the Covenant, who are heard speaking Sangheili, though curiously words like "Requiem" and "Forerunner" are said in English. [[spoiler:The Didact speaks poetic English immediately upon escaping from the Cryptum. So does the Librarian, but that is at least justified being a mental communication with Chief, which is also implied to be an ability of the Didact. It's also been shown since the very first game that Forerunner translation devices are incredibly advanced.]]



** [[spoiler:Averted if you fail the final quicktime event. The Didact wastes no time in throwing Chief off the bridge before anything else halts his plans.]]



* CripplingOverspecialization: The new Railgun. Classified as an anti-infantry weapon, it really is... ''just'' that. It's powerful enough to tear through the toughest of infantry, cutting down Knights and Elites, but does underwhelming damage to light vehicles and practically nothing to tanks. Justified in that it is said to rely on a combination of kinetic energy (via magnetic acceleration) and explosive fragmentation (triggered on impact) to knock out energy shielding, instead of a pure armor-piercing kinetic shot like that used by the the Gauss Warthog, which is much better suited to penetrating vehicular armor.

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* CripplingOverspecialization: The new Railgun. Classified as an anti-infantry weapon, it really is... ''just'' that. It's powerful enough to tear through the toughest of infantry, cutting down Knights and Elites, but does underwhelming damage to light vehicles and practically nothing to tanks. Justified in that it is said to rely on a combination of kinetic energy (via magnetic acceleration) and explosive fragmentation (triggered on impact) to knock out energy shielding, instead of a pure armor-piercing kinetic shot like that used by the the Gauss Warthog, which is much better suited to penetrating vehicular armor.



* EliteMooks: The Promethean Knights are the new additions to this instalment. The Covenant Elites are... not so elite, having suffered a BadassDecay wherein they are now both [[ConservationOfNinjutsu more numerous]] and, with the exceptions of the Zealots and Generals (who actually are elite among the Elites), relatively easy to kill.[[note]]This can be justified by the Elites in this splinter faction being largely drawn from relatively inexperienced Elites (with the exception of its mostly veteran officer corps), and not necessarily having access to as good quality equipment as before.[[/note]] On the [[RedShirtArmy UNSC]] side of things, now, AI-controlled Spartan-IV [=NPC=]s make occasional appearances, and are basically Marines that are a little smarter and, thanks to regenerating energy shielding, a fair bit tougher; their shields are, in fact, exactly as tough as those of the player.

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* EliteMooks: The Promethean Knights are the new additions to this instalment. The Covenant Elites are... not so elite, having suffered a BadassDecay wherein they are now both [[ConservationOfNinjutsu more numerous]] and, with the exceptions of the Zealots and Generals (who actually are elite among the Elites), relatively easy to kill.[[note]]This can be justified by the Elites in this splinter faction being largely drawn from relatively inexperienced Elites (with the exception of its mostly veteran officer corps), and not necessarily having access to as good quality equipment as before.[[/note]] On the [[RedShirtArmy UNSC]] side of things, now, AI-controlled Spartan-IV [=NPC=]s make occasional appearances, and are basically Marines that are a little smarter and, thanks to regenerating energy shielding, a fair bit tougher; their shields are, in fact, exactly as tough as those of the player.



* HeroicMime: Finally fully averted. John-117 speaks freely in and out of cutscene, though he does have a professional attitude about him.
** DialogDuringGameplay: Unlike any previous entry save ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST''.
** Played straight, however, in Spartan Ops, where none of the members of player-controlled Fireteam Crimson has any dialogue.

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* HeroicMime: Finally fully averted.done away with. John-117 speaks freely in and out of cutscene, though he does have a professional attitude about him.
** DialogDuringGameplay: Unlike any previous entry save ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST''.
** Played straight, however,
''VideoGame/Halo3ODST''. However, in Spartan Ops, where Ops none of the members of player-controlled Fireteam Crimson has any dialogue.



* HologramProjectionImperfection: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with the War Games simulator, which is basically a [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration holodeck]]. Everything in war games is identical to campaign and Spartan Ops in terms of graphics.
** Half averted with the Hologram armor ability, it flickers only when shot, first projected, and shuts down, but otherwise you can't tell it's not a spartan.
** Played Staight with the Infinity's holographic tactical projection table, justified in the fact that it doesn't need to be perfect, and that it is easier to see if its blue and translucent.
** Played up with Cortana, who normally looks like her usual projected self, but when she is having a rampant episode, her outlines and color flicker unsteadily, representing her [[ReluctantPsycho having trouble holding herself together]]. This also happens to the projection of Master Chief's HeadsUpDisplay when she is [[InterfaceScrew having an episode inside his armor]].

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* HologramProjectionImperfection: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with the War Games simulator, which is basically a [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration holodeck]]. Everything in war games is identical to campaign and Spartan Ops in terms of graphics.
** Half averted with the Hologram armor ability, it flickers only when shot, first projected, and shuts down, but otherwise you can't tell it's not a spartan.
** Played Staight with the Infinity's holographic tactical projection table, justified in the fact that it doesn't need to be perfect, and that it is easier to see if its blue and translucent.
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Played up with Cortana, who normally looks like her usual projected self, but when she is having a rampant episode, her outlines and color flicker unsteadily, representing her [[ReluctantPsycho having trouble holding herself together]]. This also happens to the projection of Master Chief's HeadsUpDisplay when she is [[InterfaceScrew having an episode inside his armor]].



** Elites themselves are noticeably less challenging than they were in ''Halo: Reach'', being much less agile and maneuverable, with a reduced selection of weapons and fewer special units. This is partly justified by the fact that ''4'''s Covenant are a rag-tag splinter faction with limited resources and a smaller and less experienced talent pool to draw from (though supplemental materials do state that their ''officers'' are mostly hardened veterans of the original Human-Covenant conflict).

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** Elites themselves are noticeably less challenging than they were in ''Halo: Reach'', being much less agile and maneuverable, with a reduced selection of weapons and fewer special units. This is partly justified explained by the fact that ''4'''s Covenant are being a rag-tag splinter faction with limited resources and a smaller and less experienced talent pool to draw from (though supplemental materials do state that their ''officers'' are mostly hardened veterans of the original Human-Covenant conflict).



* SelfServingMemory / UnreliableNarrator: The first cutscene is [[http://www.halopedia.org/Prologue#Anachronisms full of inconsistencies]] from how events actually occurred in the canon. Most of these are justified by the fact that Halsey's imagining them, and her interrogator even calls her out on it.

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* SelfServingMemory / UnreliableNarrator: The first cutscene is [[http://www.halopedia.org/Prologue#Anachronisms full of inconsistencies]] from how events actually occurred in the canon. Most of these are justified by the fact that Halsey's imagining them, and her interrogator even calls her out on it.



* UnflinchingWalk: Averted; the cutscene of Requiem's gravity well being destroyed has Chief watching it blow up, then walking away when it's crumbled.
* UnnecessarilyLargeVessel: [[spoiler: ''Mantle's Approach'', the Ur-Didact's flagship, is larger than any other space ship in the series except for ''[[TheMothership High Charity]]'', and is flown by a grand total of ''one'' Promethean Warrior-Servant. Justified back in the time of the Forerunners as it seems to have been outfitted as both a command vessel/carrier, but in ''Halo 4'' it's just needlessly large. Justified in that the Ur-Didact was active for a grand total of perhaps eighteen hours at maximum, so he didn't have time to adjust his flagship to scale for the far less technologically advanced twenty-sixth century human and Covenant standards.]]

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* UnflinchingWalk: Averted; the cutscene of Requiem's gravity well being destroyed has Chief watching it blow up, then walking away when it's crumbled.
* UnnecessarilyLargeVessel: [[spoiler: ''Mantle's Approach'', the Ur-Didact's flagship, is larger than any other space ship in the series except for ''[[TheMothership High Charity]]'', and is flown by a grand total of ''one'' Promethean Warrior-Servant. Justified back in the time of the Forerunners as it seems to have been outfitted as both a command vessel/carrier, but in ''Halo 4'' it's just needlessly large. Justified in that the Ur-Didact was active for a grand total of perhaps eighteen hours at maximum, so he didn't have time to adjust his flagship to scale for the far less technologically advanced twenty-sixth century human and Covenant standards.]]



* TheUnreveal: As per tradition, in the end Master Chief gets his armor removed, and just as his helmet is taken off the scene goes black. [[spoiler:Halfway averted in the Legendary ending, where the area around his eyes is shown.]]

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* TheUnreveal: As per tradition, in the end Master Chief gets his armor removed, and just as his helmet is taken off the scene goes black. [[spoiler:Halfway averted in [[spoiler:But the Legendary ending, where ending glimpses the area around his eyes is shown.eyes.]]



* BossInMookClothing: Parg Vol is an InvertedTrope; the story hypes up his importance, and the game even hands him a fuel rod launcher...but he's really only as strong (or weak,) as any other [[KingMook Elite General]].



* RammingAlwaysWorks: In Spartan Ops, we catch a glimpse of the ''Infinity'' coming out of Slipspace and smashing ''through'' a CCS-class battlecruiser. Justified because the Infinity's shields prevent any damage to itself.

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* RammingAlwaysWorks: In Spartan Ops, we catch a glimpse of the ''Infinity'' coming out of Slipspace and smashing ''through'' a CCS-class battlecruiser. Justified because the Infinity's shields prevent any damage to itself.



* SmallNameBigEgo: [=DeMarco=] of Fireteam Majestic is awfully cocky at the start of Spartan Ops, especially given that he and his squad has done nothing extraordinary. Subverted in later episodes where they prove to be a competent unit. The Requiem conflict doesn't seem to take place over a long period of time, however, which may not be enough to judge Majestic's overall performance.

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* SmallNameBigEgo: [=DeMarco=] of Fireteam Majestic is awfully cocky at the start of Spartan Ops, especially given that he and his squad has done nothing extraordinary. Subverted in later episodes where they prove to be a competent unit. The Requiem conflict doesn't seem to take place over a long period of time, however, which may not be enough to judge Majestic's overall performance.



** It might be an InvertedTrope; [[spoiler:it's implied that the mutations the Didact performed on himself to try to discover Flood immunity might have been a partial cause for his SanitySlippage.]]



* UnwillingRoboticisation: Subverted, [[spoiler:at first, since the original Promethean Warrior-Servants willingly volunteer to become machines. But when their numbers begins to run low, this trope manifests as the Didact turns to creating more by harvesting humans.]]
* VillainOverride: [[spoiler:Inverted in the final Terminal, where the Librarian is confronted with a horde of Prometheans but with a single touch renders them harmless.]]
* WeHaveReserves: Subverted. "Perhaps if I had greater numbers..."
* WellIntentionedExtremist:
** [[spoiler:Humans, scouring entire planets in attempt to stop the Flood from spreading.]]
** The Didact himself, since his he feels his ultimate duty to uphold the Forerunner Mantle. However, said Mantle is an imperialist doctrine that places Forerunners as the galaxy's supreme "protectors" with all other species being "defended" by them. His zeal leads him to forcibly de-evolve humans to prevent them from being a threat again, [[spoiler:testing Flood cures on himself that mutate him, and harvesting humans to turn them into drones for his army.]] ''Silentium'' implies that [[spoiler: his new drive to wipe out or enslave all potential threats to the Forerunners was due to Gravemind administering a MindRape to put him into an identical mentality to the Precursors.]]

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* UnwillingRoboticisation: Subverted, [[spoiler:at first, since [[spoiler:At first the original Promethean Warrior-Servants willingly volunteer to become machines. But when their numbers begins to run low, this trope manifests as the Didact turns to creating more by harvesting humans.]]
* VillainOverride: [[spoiler:Inverted in the final Terminal, where the Librarian is confronted with a horde of Prometheans but with a single touch renders them harmless.]]
* WeHaveReserves: Subverted. "Perhaps if I had greater numbers..."
* WellIntentionedExtremist:
** [[spoiler:Humans, scouring entire planets in attempt to stop the Flood from spreading.]]
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WellIntentionedExtremist: The Didact himself, since his he feels his ultimate duty to uphold the Forerunner Mantle. However, said Mantle is an imperialist doctrine that places Forerunners as the galaxy's supreme "protectors" with all other species being "defended" by them. His zeal leads him to forcibly de-evolve humans to prevent them from being a threat again, [[spoiler:testing Flood cures on himself that mutate him, and harvesting humans to turn them into drones for his army.]] ''Silentium'' implies that [[spoiler: his new drive to wipe out or enslave all potential threats to the Forerunners was due to Gravemind administering a MindRape to put him into an identical mentality to the Precursors.]]
30th Sep '15 8:27:34 AM JediMasterDraco
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*** Technically it "was" a RCS-class which are larger and more heavily armoured, but the point still stands. Also the Covenant leader doesn't want to commit his CAS-class carrier (the big white ships three times the length of CCS-class) because he believed it would lose.
7th Sep '15 10:44:48 AM Gregzilla
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* DeaderThanDead: [[spoiler: The Didact isn't just blasted with a grenade at point blank range by Chief, no he survives that. He than slips off the hardlight bridge and falls to his doom into a slipspace portal, which have been known to make unshielded objects ''disappear from existance''.]]
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