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''Halo Legends'' is an anime-styled series of [[ArcNumber seven]] short stories set in the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' universe. What ''Anime/TheAnimatrix'' did for the ''Film/TheMatrix'' films and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanGothamKnight'' did for ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'', ''Halo Legends'' does for the ''Halo'' ExpandedUniverse. It was produced by Microsoft's internal Halo entertainment team, 343 Industries. It is under six production houses, namely BeeTrain, {{Studio Bones}}, Casio Entertainment, [[ProductionIG Production I.G]], [[Studio4C Studio 4C]], and Creator/ToeiAnimation.

The stories shown in this movie are:
* '''The Babysitter''' (Studio4C): A story about the rivalry between the SPARTAN-[=IIs=] and the [=ODSTs=] as they're sent to a Covenant-controlled world to assassinate a Covenant Prophet.
* '''The Duel''' ([[ProductionIG Production I.G]]): Taking place long before the Human-Covenant War, this short tells the story of an Arbiter, Fal 'Chavamee, who refuses to accept the Covenant religion.
* '''The Package''' (Casio Entertainment): A CGI-film about a SPARTAN-II raid on a Covenant Assault Carrier.
* '''Origins''' (Studio 4C): An expansive history of the 100,000 year long Halo universe narrated by Cortana in between the events of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' (which was released 2 years after the compilation was released). It is comprised of two parts.
* '''Homecoming''' (Production I.G / BeeTrain): Focuses on the tragedies caused by the SPARTAN-II program's means of recruitment, and the Spartans coming to terms with their new life.
* '''Prototype''' (StudioBones): The story of a Marine nicknamed "Ghost" who, despite orders to destroy an advanced prototype armor, uses the suit to buy time for civilians evacuating from the planet.
* '''[[LampshadeHanging Odd One Out]]''' (Creator/ToeiAnimation): A non-canon, AffectionateParody involving a HotBlooded spartan only known as SPARTAN-[[LeetSpeek 1337]] getting stranded on an unknown dinosaur-inhabited planet.

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!!This series features examples of:

* ActionGirl: Kelly-087, Daisy-023 and [[spoiler: Cal-141]].
* AdaptationDyeJob: Many examples. Dutch has blonde hair in ''The Babysitter'' while in ''Halo 3: ODST'', he had brown hair. Dr. Halsey has blonde hair in ''The Package'' and ''Homecoming'', while in the books and ''[[HaloReach Reach]]'', she has black, graying hair. Fred-104 has brown hair instead of black, etc.
* AlienInvasion: Of the "All-Out Attack" variety. The Flood do this out of instinct, the Covenant [[AllThereInTheManual because humans are a personal affront to their religious beliefs.]]
* AlienSky: All planets the shorts take place on.
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: The T-Rex in Odd One Out.
* AllThereInTheManual: The shorts are an interesting mix of being the manual and referencing the manual at the same time.
* AnAxeToGrind: The Brute Chieftain and his Gravity Hammer.
* TheAnimeOfTheGame - A rare case of this being literal for a Western franchise; all other adaptation of Western video game series being WesternAnimation.
* AnimeHair: Not surprising, considering this is an anime. In the commentary track of "The Babysitter" it's noted that real life Marines would pretty much all have buzz cuts and look like each other, but AnimeHair and different body types were used to visually distinguish them. They're also not the only ones to do this in-universe, since in the ODST series ODST troops can and do have long hair, such as Buck (given that Buck is NathanFillion AND a [[{{Firefly}} Mal]] {{Expy}}, you don't tell him what to do).
* ArmCannon: The Prototype (Type I) and Pluton (Type II.)
* ArtisticLicense: The Hunters and Spartans are often shown as towering far above other characters, more so than in the original games (Hunters in The Duel are larger than Wraiths.) It's an acceptable break justified by RuleOfScary (Hunters) and RuleOfCool (Spartans.)
** Justified: Players often underestimate exactly HOW tall Hunters and Spartans are. Hunters are 12 feet tall.
** Also, Scarabs (which dwarf normal Hunters) can be considered humongous, slightly more mechanized Hunters, so it is possible that the Lekgolo worms are able to super-combine into a giant Hunter form; the comparatively smaller ones in-game are permanent colonies, while the giant ones were a special multi-colony coalition for the purpose of eliminating the Arbiter.
* ArtShift: Since all the stories are done by different people, they all have varying styles, but two are of special note. The first being ''The Duel'' where the artwork is put through a filter to resemble a watercolor painting. The other one being ''The Package'', which is an AllCGICartoon and thus most resembled the games.
* AscendedMeme: SPARTAN-[[LeetSpeak 1337]].
** Also from the same video, [[{{Dragonball}} Shoop Da Whoop]]
* TheAtoner: Ghost.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: 343 Guilty Spark]]. [[spoiler:Possible Gravemind as well]].
* BadAss: The Arbiter in ''The Duel''. He takes down a whole ''army''. ''Single handed.''
* BadassNormal: Orbital Drop Shock Troopers.
* BattleshipRaid: The Package.
* BeehiveBarrier: Naturally, due to extensive use of Bubble Shields.
* BigBulkyBomb: The Elites use one in The Package.
* {{BFS}}: Harka's sword in The Duel, unusual in a setting dominated by {{Laser Blade}}s.
* BigDamnHeroes: The SPARTAN squad in The Package, as well as the ONI Prowler that rescues them when they're being pursued by Seraphs.
* BittersweetEnding: The Package ([[spoiler: The Spartans successfully save Halsey, but at the cost of two Spartans]]), Babysitter ([[spoiler:The ODST/Spartan squad succeed in taking out the Prophet but the Spartan dies saving one of the [=ODSTs=]]]) and Prototype ([[spoiler:Sgt. "Ghost" sacrifices himself to save evacuees who were escaping]]).
* BizarreSexualDimorphism: ''[[http://www.halopedia.org/images/6/6b/Han.jpg That's]]'' a [[RubberForeheadAliens female Elite]]?!
** Canonically, female Sangheili are actually physically nearly indistinguishable from males (slightly shorter with wider hips); WordOfGod is that the animators simply felt that making her too "alien" would, well, alienate audiences, with Frankie O'Connor even admitting around the time of release that a canon-compliant visual depiction of her would be a lot more "alien and gross".
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Both [[spoiler:Solomon 069 from "The Package"]] and [[spoiler:Checkman from "The Babysitter"]] are the first to die.
* BloodierAndGorier: ''Prototype'' especially, to the point of including ''dismemberment''.
* BreatherEpisode: Odd One Out.
* BreathWeapon: Pluton has one.
* BroadStrokes: The shorts take a number of liberties with previously established canon. This quickly became contested among the fans, though later sources managed to reconcile some of the discrepancies.
* CallForward: From ''The Package''
-->[[{{Halo2}} Don't make a girl a promise if you know you can't keep it.]]
* CanonDisContinuity: Unlike the rest of the shorts, Odd One Out is explicitly stated to be "out of canon" in the commentary.
* CaptainErsatz: SPARTAN-1337 seems to be [[LargeHam hammy]] and confident enough to be an Ersatz of [[{{Naruto}} Might Guy]] or [[StreetFighter Dan Hibiki]]
** [[spoiler: Cal-141 looks like Sheryl Nome from Macross Frontier to some people.]]
** The teenagers in Odd One Out act exactly like, and [[spoiler:fight exactly like]], [[DragonBall Gohan and Videl]].
* CloneDegeneration: [[spoiler: Daisy-023 finds her own clone in what used to be her house, in a wheelchair.]]
** Also subverted, as [[spoiler:normally the [=SPARTAN=]s clones had already died years before then.]]
* CloningBlues: [[spoiler:The inferior clones of the SPARTAN recruits.]]
* ColourCodedCharacters: In episodes that feature multiple SPARTANS, they usually are wearing differently colored armor from each other so we can tell which one is which.
** This was previously unlike the main canon, where ''TheFallOfReach'' mentioned each SPARTAN looking identical with no visual markers, just their trackers to tell them apart. However, later media like ''HaloReach'' decided too it was unfair to keep the player guessing every time, so they too began featuring more customization.
* CompressedHair: [[spoiler:How ''does'' Cal manage to fit that into her helmet?]]
** Daisy also averts this in that she's shown with a pretty spartan ([[{{Pun}} har har]]) bob cut that would be able to fit into her helmet.
* ConspicuousCGI: Pops up in many of the episodes.
* ContinuityNod: Master Chief's promise to Dr. Halsey.
* ConverseWithTheUnconscious: Cortana to Master Chief in Origins I and II.
* CoolShip: The stealth carrier and Booster Frames in The Package.
* DeadpanSnarker: The children of Odd One Out.
* ADeathInTheLimelight: [[spoiler: All but two of the shorts, including Origins (which is this for the Forerunners)]].
* {{Deconstruction}}: The movies are deconstructions of the whole Halo series, putting the emotional parts of the characters in focus, and things like [[WarIsHell war]] and the famous TheStoic character.
* DefectorFromDecadence: The ''Halo Legends'' short ''The Duel'' reveals that the first Arbiter was also this, thus leading to the rank of Arbiter intended to be a position of shame for Elites.
* DeployableCover
* {{Determinator}}: Spartans, by their very nature. SPARTAN-1337 explicitly states this:
-->'''SPARTAN-1337''': [[PhraseCatcher No one else would say it]], so I will: the fact that I never give up is one of my good points!
* DistantReactionShot: The [[spoiler:self-destruct flash]] in Prototype can be seen from outer space.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Homecoming and The Duel; the former in particular borders on ShootTheShaggyDog.]]
* DualWielding: During the large battle in The Duel the Arbiter's Energy Sword runs out of power, so he punches two enemy Elites and grabs both their Swords.
* {{Dubtitle}}: Did they record the Japanese or the English dub first? In any case, the English release captions the English track on both audio tracks, making watching the Japanese track rather distracting due to inconsistent scripts (wildly different, in some cases), timing that's fine for English but horribly distracting to a regular viewer of subtitled Japanese, and very noticeable LullDestruction.
* DullSurprise: Evident in a lot of the voice-acting in the English dub. Especially in Homecoming, where UNSC Marines who are supposedly surrounded, outnumbered and outgunned, strung-out and fighting for their lives, sound bored and uninterested.
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: While it does mostly follow characters not seen before, pretty much all the main characters are either Spartans, [=ODSTs=], or Sangheili (who are actually referred to by humans as "Elites").
* EmpathyDollShot: a recurring image in Homecoming.
* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: Odd One Out.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: The T-Rex in Odd One Out.
* TheFaceless: In keeping with the tradition of the games, we never see Master Chief's face.
* {{Fanservice}} The first part of the ''Halo Legends'' short ''The Package'' ends with a back shot of three Spartans, John-117, Frederic-104 and Kelly-087 crouched and bent forward ready to sprint toward a large group of Covenant soldiers. Guess whose butt we have the best view of?
* FinalSpeech: Female marine to Ghost in Prototype.
* FiveManBand: The SPARTAN squad in "The Package" pretty much fits into this trope.
** TheHero: John-117
** TheLancer: Frederic-104
** TheBigGuy: Solomon-069
** TheSmartGuy: Dr. Halsey
** TheChick: Kelly-087
** [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And Arthur-079]]
* {{Flashback}}: There are a great many in Homecoming and The Duel, and a few in Prototype as well.
* {{Foreshadowing}} : The "alien" ruins in the Heian planet. When you see it, you can clearly see the elements of ancient human architecture in them. It seems the producers were lazy, right? [[spoiler:Wrong! Both ''Literature/HaloCryptum'' and the ''Literature/HaloEvolutions'' short story "From the Office of Dr. William Arthur Iqbal" revealed that those ruins could be the last remnants of the prehistoric human civilization that once rivaled the Forerunners.]]
* GatlingGood: The Prototype comes equipped with one. [[RuleOfCool Awesomely, but improbably]], Booster Frames have a deployable turret as well.
* GhibliHills: The dinosaur planet from Odd One Out.
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: [[spoiler: Cortana is not doing well four years after the end of {{Halo 3}}]]
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Two of the [[spoiler:Spartan trainees who find their ReplacementGoldfish clones in Homecoming]] commit suicide offscreen.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Frederic-104, being a good guy, sports several attractive facial scars.
* GunsAkimbo: Master Chief and Kelly-087 in The Package.
** Also Frederic-104, for one short cut. Notable in that he's using a {{BFG}} Spartan Laser and an smg.
* GunshipRescue: The last-second arrival of the stealth carrier in The Package. Also horribly subverted in ''Homecoming'', when the gunship gets [[spoiler: ''blown up'' because the Marines won't listen to Daisy and leave her behind.]]
* TheHeroDies: Is the case for no less than half of the shorts, with [[spoiler:Fal in The Duel, Daisy-023 in Homecoming, "Ghost" in Prototype and Cal-141 in "The Babysitter" all dying shortly before each of their conclusions.]]
* HappilyMarried: The Arbiter and Han in The Duel.
* HeroicSacrifice: Many.
** Subverted when [[spoiler: Frederic-104 remains behind to hold off seeming overwhelming numbers of covenant while armed only with two knives...[[OneManArmy And survives]]. This first since Fred is practically Mr. Knives in the novels. Anyone who read the books first ''knew'' what was gonna happen when Fred busted out the knives. [[IncrediblyLamePun Knife to see you, indeed.]] ]]
* HighPressureBlood: Goodness, The Duel's outcome...
* HonorBeforeReason: The Arbiter's conundrum in The Duel.
** The Red Elite in the Package...''tossing MC an Energy Sword'', when MC's out of bullets. Though he does beat him easily almost immediately after, and John is only spared by the Ship Master disconnecting part of the ship, then beaming him out.
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:Homecoming]].
** Origins I, when you see the Forerunner FiveManBand teleport down and bust out the hand-held {{WaveMotionGun}}s. Then you remember that it's the ''[[DownerEnding Forerunner]]'' [[ForegoneConclusion that's fighting here.]]
* HotBlooded: SPARTAN-1337.
* HotScientist -- Played fully straight with [[spoiler: Dr. Catherine Halsey herself in the ''Halo'' Legends short ''The Package''. You'd want to check her package out]].
** Especially amusing considering the fact that she's supposed to be 52 at the time... and how she looks in ''[[HaloReach Reach]]''. The producers have admitted that they let her design stray from canon for a little fanservice.
** The Halsey in "Homecoming" is arguably more attractive then "The Package" version; apart from the AdaptationDyeJob, it's at least justified by the fact that "Homecoming" Halsey is still in her early 30s.
* HumanoidAliens: In order of human resemblance, the Forerunners [[spoiler:who speculate the Precursors influenced their common designs]], the Brutes (who are ape-bears), the Grunts (who are little monkey-looking creatures), the Jackals (who have beak/maws for bitin'), and the Elites (who have a distinctive split jaw).
* HumanPopsicle: Master Chief and Dr. Halsey.
* HumansAreWarriors: Deconstructed in Origins. Cortana laments that humanity will never be rid of war, and the only thing keeping us from killing ''each other'' is uniting against a common foe.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Fal 'Chavamee, who is able to take on (and destroy) an entire ARMY of Covenant soldiers. Alone.
** [[TwoWordsObviousTrope Four Words:]] He is an Arbiter. Suicide missions are what he's there for.
*** Strictly speaking, at the point in Elite history when The Duel takes place, the Arbiter was a station of respect and military authority. It wasn't until these very events that the title was twisted into a mark of shame, with a level of occupational hazard as sure as a death sentence. That said, Fal wouldn't have been made an Arbiter if he wasn't the baddest dude on the planet.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The Covenant battalion in The Duel, outrageously so.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Throughout ''The Package'', the [=SPARTAN-IIs=] practically LIVE in bullet time. Flips and spins and GunsAkimbo galore!
* ImprobablePilotingSkills: The Package features fighter jet/motorcycle hybrids weaving in and out of Covenant fire.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha: The Prototype is a scaled-up MJOLNIR suit with heavy weapons and full-blown Bubble Shields. It's able to be piloted by humans, too.
* InternationalCoProduction: Being produced with 343 Industries and the Japanese anime studios mentioned. Even more if you count outsourced work.
* LampshadeHanging: "Odd One Out", of both shonen anime AND the entire Halo franchise.
* LaserBlade: The signature weapon of the Elites.
* LightningBruiser: The [=SPARTANs=], The Prototype, and ''everyone'' in Odd One Out.
* LipLock: The Japanese dub of "The Package", since it's CGI and was animated based on the English track.
* LullDestruction: There's a bit going from Japanese to English in "The Babysitter". Kelly-087 also throws a PreMortemOneLiner along with her grenades in the Japanese version of "The Package".
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Quite prominently in The Package.
* MadeOfIron: [=ODSTs=] and Spartans, of course. But SPARTAN-1337 takes the cake.
* MegatonPunch: Dropped left and right in Odd One Out as part of the shounen-anime-style parody.
* MementoMacGuffin: Homecoming.
* MiniMecha: The Prototype straddles the line between power armor and mecha. A pity that StrongFleshWeakSteel is in effect..
* MistakenIdentity: The Prophet of Truth sends out Pluton to crush Master Chief. SPARTAN-1337 is clad in the same iconic colors as John-117. Oops.
* MoodWhiplash: On the DVD, Odd One Out comes immediately after Homecoming. It makes for a rocky transition.
* MsFanservice: Cortana
** Also the reason that they made Dr. Halsey look rather youthful for her age (~52 by the events of ''The Package''), according to [[WordOfGod the commentary]].
* NighInvulnerable: Pluton takes truly insane damage [[spoiler:and is still alive in space at the end of the short after getting blasted through a Slipspace rupture.]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: The Elite fleet master Luro 'Taralumee pulls Thel away on a gravity lift to retrieve him while their fleet escapes into Slipspace. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Thel was just about to kill John, but now's been pulled away at the last minute.]]
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: The reason Ghost [[strike:defies]] creatively interprets orders in Prototype.
** And with horrific consequences in [[spoiler:Homecoming]].
* OneManArmy: The general idea behind the SPARTAN-II program.
* OutrunTheFireball: Done in The Package.
* OutOfCharacter: While Dr. Halsey has previously been depicted as a cold, stoic character who the Spartans see as a motherly figure of sorts, in ''The Package'', she was put in a role of a typical ActionGirl and was close to flirting with John (which adds an unfortunate bit of IncestSubtext due to the aforementioned motherly role). Not to mention that she looks ''far'' too young for her age compared with the Halsey seen in the novels and games.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: The password to confirm the SelfDestructMechanism in the ''Prototype'' just happens to be the last words of the female marine who died in Ghost's arms.
* PistolWhipping: Notably by the ODST's in ''The Package,'' but then, pistol whipping is one of Halo's iconic elements.
* PoweredArmor: The SPARTAN's Mjolnir Armor... but of course.
* PowerLevels: Pluton in Odd One Out can increase his "power level."
* PreAsskickingOneliner: Frederic-104 in ''The Package.''
-->"Alright, the Great Journey ends here."
* ProudWarriorRace: The Elites.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Spartan 1337 In the Odd One Out "I am Spartan!"
* QuiveringEyes
* RammingAlwaysWorks: In Odd One Out, [[spoiler:Mama disposes of Pluton by launching a space pod at him, pushing him through the slipspace portal]].
* RapunzelHair: [[spoiler: Cal-141]].
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Ghost]] in Prototype.
* ReplacementGoldfish: As per series' canon, children abducted by the SPARTAN-II project are quietly replaced with faulty clones that die young, so the families never look for the real ones.
* TheReveal: When Cal-141's helmet comes off...
* {{Roboteching}}: Prototype and The Package.
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler: The SPARTAN in the first episode of ''Halo Legends'' is female. She never speaks except when her helmet is torn off, and as she seemed to have been mortally wounded, the trope seems played more so the bigoted squad member realizes that there are actual humans underneath the armor than any particular importance on femininity.]]
* ScaryDogmaticAliens: The Covenant.
* SelfDestructMechanism: The Prototype has one.
* ShoulderCannon: The Prototype.
* ShoutOut: "Odd One Out" was done by Creator/ToeiAnimation. The 'secret weapon' of the covenant is called [[OnePiece Pluton]]. Do the math.
** The art style, and the dinosaurs, and Pluton's ChunkyUpdraft, and the baseball-shaped space pod (which unfolds to become Pluton's armor) are also explicit references to DragonBall.
** [[spoiler:Cal]] is sent to a squad of normal human beings and is a SuperSoldier badass who is believe to be male. She is an amazing shot and her gender is only discovered after being injured. She also dies. [[RedVsBlue Who else could we be talking about?]]
** The [[spoiler:slip-space cannon in the downed frigate]] resembles the [[SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross Gun]], moreso than in the source material.
** The titular mech in "Prototype" bears more than a passing resemblance to a [[MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Jagd Doga]]. Notably, the shoulders are ''identical'', except for the lack of funnels.
** The Booster Frames used by the [=SPARTAN-IIs=] in ''The Package'' are expies of the [[MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory GP03 Dendrobrium Orchis]].
* SingleStrokeBattle: [[spoiler: The Duel]]
* SpaceIsNoisy: Most notably seen in The Package.
* SpaceMarines: Well, obviously.
* SphereOfDestruction: [[spoiler:The Prototype's self-destruct]].
* TheSquad: The ODST's in The Babysitter and the SPARTAN squad in The Package.
* StartOfDarkness - Kinda sorta in the Legends episode ''The Duel'', which shows exactly how the position of Arbiter became something handed off as a suicide gig to disgraced Elite Commanders.
* TheStoic: Ghost in Prototype, after his squad was annihilated. Is misunderstood by other troopers as lack of empathy.
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: The Forerunners.
* SuperPrototype: [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment The Prototype in Prototype]], the [=SPARTAN-IIs=] as a whole, and especially Pluton in Odd One Out.
* SuperSoldier: The SPARTAN-II's, though [[spoiler:the shorts have a fondness for showing how their numbers got thinned out]].
* SwissArmyWeapon: The Prototype, a veritable walking arsenal.
* TakingTheBullet: The Babysitter and Homecoming.
* TakingYouWithMe: The [[spoiler:self-destruct mechanism in Prototype]] generates an explosion large enough to take out any nearby enemies in a very, very large area.
* TeamMom: [[spoiler:A rampant AI]] in Odd One Out.
* TimeDissonance: Cortana experiences time quite differently from organic creatures.
* TomboyishName: [[spoiler:Cal]] which serves to further set up the SamusIsAGirl reveal.
* WarIsHell: It should be obvious.
* WaveMotionGun: The [[spoiler:shoot-you-into-slipspace probe launcher in the crashed frigate from Odd One Out]].
* WeHaveReserves: The Elite Commander in The Package. But [[ProudWarriorRace knowing Elites]], he may have sincerely believed his troops died honorably.
** Though his second-in-command isn't too happy with his commander [[spoiler:not letting him kill John, due to him shouting "A thousand hells await you!" as he's pulled away from where he has John beaten]].
* WorfEffect: Lots of Spartans die in ''Legends'', [[spoiler:Daisy, Cal, Solomon, Arthur, Ralph, etc]], and not heroically either.
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