''[[http://www.youtube.com/show?p=H4Z8Vj7XZOc&s=1 Arby 'n' the Chief]]'' is a {{Machinima}} series created by [[http://joncjg.blogspot.com/ Jon Graham]] (formerly known as "[=DigitalPh33r=]"), who also produced ''Machinima/DeusExMachina''. The series follows [[LivingToys two figurines]] based on Bungie and Microsoft's ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' series coming to life while their owner is away. As the title suggests, the main characters are based on Master Chief (a LeetLingo-speaking {{Jerkass}} whose only concern is how much he "pwns" in any given game, something that he is completely incapable of actually doing) and the Arbiter (a DeadpanSnarker who often acts as the voice of reason to the Chief's mindless ranting). One of the unique features of the series is that many of the characters actually speak through a [[SyntheticVoiceActor PC voice synthesizer]] instead of acted voice-overs. The series is based on Graham's previous shorts, ''Master Chief Sucks At Halo'', where the series' trademarks (including synthesized voice-overs and the Chief's personality) were developed. This is the show that has made Graham a internet wide phenomenon, rivaling Creator/RoosterTeeth in popularity.

The series was a massive hit among Machinima subscribers and has garnered a substantial following which helped propel the series to greater heights and wider recognition. Even though Jon Graham is working on future projects such as ''Chemotheraplay'', ''Arby 'n' the Chief'' is already being labeled his MagnumOpus. In fact, many consider it to be one of the best shows that Machinima has featured on their channel.

The original series initially ended after the third season with a six-part finale, "Endgame". The finale led to a spin-off, ''Arby 'n' the Chief in LA'', produced entirely by Machinima.com with minimal input from Graham. After a break from the series, Graham announced a fourth season of ''Arby 'n' the Chief'' in 2010, which later ended up canceling out the L.A. continuity in favor of a more streamlined narrative. This was followed by a fifth season in early 2011, and a sixth season in mid 2011. A seventh season was announced and premiered in early 2012, and finished on August 17th, 2013, ending the show as a whole.

!! Tropes appearing in this series:

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[[folder:Method]]
%% recurring, consciously used tropes contributing to series' style as a whole; also single-used tropes that are not actually part of the plot.

* ArcNumber: Every time you see a clock, it will either display [[Franchise/{{Halo}} 3:43]], [[LeetLingo 13:37]] or digits that will add up to [[RuleOfSeven 7]] (which is a reference to Creator/{{Bungie}}).
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Scott vs. Agent Smirnoff.
* BloodyHilarious: [[spoiler:Scott's death.]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The figurines' owner is named "Jon", and the second episode has Chief commenting on a Bungie blog post about the first episode. Furthermore, the plot of TheMovie is started when Chief watches several machinima videos by [=DigitalPh33r=].
** The episode before "Endgame" has Arbiter and Chief stuck in a game with several people, two of whom recognize Master Chief's voice from the show.
* CallBack: The season 5 pilot opens with the finale of "Wedding", the second episode from season 3.
** Also in the the same episode, Chief tells the security guys, [[PreAsskickingOneLiner "We r guyz, WHO GON TEACH U LESSON!"]] a variation on one of his first lines from the very first episode.
** In the series finale, [[spoiler: Arbiter and Chief both hold the same weapons they wielded when they first met.]]
* CanonDiscontinuity: To much relief from the fans, the L.A. continuity was scrapped when season 4 came around.
* {{Deconstruction}}: The series acted as one for the state of video games and the gaming community when it first started. With the start of season 5, the series began deconstructing the LivingToys trope. The sixth season takes it further, and the seventh [[DarkerAndEdgier makes the previous two look like fairy tales]], [[DeconstructorFleet taking apart the whole show's premise]] by [[DespairEventHorizon conveying the existential dread of it to the fullest extent.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}} - In Season 3 Episode 4, two of [[{{Jerkass}} Craig's]] Major League Gamer] pals [[{{Fetish}} get (presumably Halo-induced) erections]] and [[ADateWithRosiePalms decide to go rub one out.]] This later becomes the catalyst for Master Chief's win against Craig later in the episode.
* FourthWallMailSlot: Introduced in season 4... [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse never to be mentioned again.]]
** [[DoubleSubversion ...until "Hypernews I" (43/S5E5)]], where it turns into somewhat of a LeaningOnTheFourthWall variety.
--> '''Chief''': [[LampshadeHanging didnt we set up taht acount liek months ago?]]
** After Season 5 finished, the mail slot has spun off into its own show - ''Arby 'n' the Chief: Hypermail''
* {{Handwave}}: Only a mild one in ''Endgame''. Scott has seen Arbiter and Chief moving around and talking, why is this not an issue?
-->'''Arbiter''': He's convinced we're hallucinations brought on by his constant substance abuse
-->'''Scott''': What the hell? You guys aren't supposed to appear until after my '''fourth''' coke sandwich!
** Then again, what about Agent Smirnoff and Skylar Loveheart? Oh that's right, they're insane.
* MythologyGag: Jon's character, Scott, is listed in the credits with the last name, "Loveheart". Jon's character in TheMovie was Skylar Loveheart.
** Season 5 runs on these. There were {{Call Back}}s to Josh Butterballs and his [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Stupid Obvious Information Magazine]], [=sm0k3w33d4lyph3420=], Chief also makes a few variations on his lines from previous episodes.
* {{Homage}}: "Hypernews I" to ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'', which is [[AuthorAppeal Jon's favourite game]]. And that's despite Chief giving the game an extremely negative review, akin to WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd, making it somewhat an AffectionateParody of the former (and possibly the latter).
* HowWeGotHere: Season 5 starts with this premise.
** Season 7 for the most part has this premise if you count the [[spoiler:"Descent"]] flash-forward.
* [[IronicNickname Metallic Nickname]]: Chief's Noobs in "Digital Fruitcakes" is a subversion:
--> '''Arbiter''': [[SarcasmMode "Your noobs". Sounds about right.]]
--> '''Chief''': [[CompletelyMissingThePoint ITS METALLIC MORON / WERE ACTUALLY LIEK FUCKING PRO]] / SRSLY
--> '''Arbiter''': [[YouKeepUsingThatWord I think you mean ironic.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: The theme from ''ThePursuitOfHappyness'' and Three Little Girls from the Mikado.
* {{Machinima}} ''and'' Live Action Puppeteering.
* TravelMontage: Parodied in TheMovie. When Chief escapes from LA, it zooms out to the classic "line on the map" scene - except the lines are a tangled mess because Chief has no idea where he's going.
* RealTrailerFakeMovie: a parodic variant in the ColdOpening to "The Mail Room II" [=(37/S4E12)=], complete with ParrotExposition. [[RecycledInSpace IN 3D!]]
--> '''Arbiter''': [[TakeThat Fuck 3D.]]
* RefugeInAudacity: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin TECHNODICKS]]. [[EarWorm TECHNO TECHNO TECHNO TECHNO TECHNODICKS.]]
* RunningGag
** Josh Butterballs and his SOI Magazine.
* SeriousBusiness - Parodied hard in the two-part episode "Glitch"/"Panic"
* ShoutOut: The end of the machinima Chief produces in TheMovie is an obvious shout out to the end of the SoBadItsGood VideoGame/{{Doom}} fanfic ''[[Fanfic/DoomRepercussionsOfEvil Repercussions of Evil]]''.
** Arbiter's (though then stolen by Jon), girlfriend is named [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Claire Redfield]].
** Travis' name is a reference to the character of the same name from the machinima "Matchmaking" the is lampshaded in the episode they first appear.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JX18WUL-SH0&list=SL "Digital Fruitcakes" (4x09)]] is one long ShoutOut to ''Film/AClockworkOrange'', complete with the same colorful opening titles and credits.
** In TheMovie, the petition to stop Chief from making machinima in and his subsequent video response are direct references to similar events revolving around Creator/UweBoll. Chief even uses the same phrases as Boll in his video.
* TakeThat: As shown by the Chief being a TakeThat at Halo's FanDumb and indicated by some episodes' director commentaries, the plots of some episodes are aimed at common complaints that the Halo fanbase made about the games, or make fun of Xbox Live users in general. This intensified when Graham discontinued ''It's A Wonderful Live'', a separate machinima series designed to vent out those same frustrations.
* TakeThatAudience: Jon addresses some of his more zealous fans with these from time to time. In the first episode of ''It's a Wonderful Live'' he outright tells his general response to complainers: [[MST3KMantra "What's the big fucking deal?!"]]
** Arbiter delivers one at the end of "Panic" [=(19/S3E7)=]
--> '''Arbiter''': A few of you obsessive types are probably now scampering to your Xboxes to register the gamertag "assassininja4827", "assninja4827" or some other slight variation. No one will be impressed. Just wanted to call you douchebags out on that beforehand. Owned.
** In fact, Todd, Travis, and Cortana's deaths seemed like this.
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[[folder:Characters]]
%% tropes that contribute to characterisation.
See also [[Characters/ArbyNTheChief the character sheet]].

* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler:Kylie's motive for working with Chaos Theosis was so that she'd have enough money to leave home because of her abusive father.]]
** [[spoiler: Eugene's father.]]
* AffablyEvil: Trent Donnovich, despite his portrayal as a CorruptCorporateExecutive in the first episode and a harsh first meeting with Arbiter, later tries to make friends with him and invites him to the wedding "church".
** Duncan in season 6 seems to qualify.
** Eugene for the most part. He has tendencies to be kind, but they hide a very monstrous and destructive personality.
* ArchNemesis: The series showcases several for both toys, usually one each per season.
** For Arbiter: Scott, Trent Donnovich, Adam McIntyre, and finally Eugene.
** For Chief: Todd, Trent's bodyguard duo, and Kylie (to an extent).
* AuthorAvatar: Arbiter, and Jon has already [[http://web.archive.org/web/20080128002650/http://www.halobabies.net/archive/08/01/25/digitalph33r_behind_arby_n_the_chief/ admitted to it]]; this has not, however prevented many instances of AuthorFilibuster from occurring. (Though they have become more rare as of late.)
** Amazingly, Chief has also become this in some recent episodes, seeming to embody Jon's wild, silly, artistic, and emotional side while Arbiter embodies his logical thought, controlled behaviour, and cynicism. But how much Chief channels Graham and how much he is of his classic stupid self vaires from episode to episode.
* BadassBystander: One player in "Cradle to Grave" [[spoiler: refuses to lie for Adam and ends up throwing him to the dogs, all with a calm demeanor despite Adam directly insulting him previously.]]
* BadassLongcoat: Subverted with Agent Smirnoff. He's notoriously clumsy.
* BadassCrew: Parodied with Chief's "n00bz". Every one of them is an insanely bad Halo player and they are all beaten easily by Arbiter. Not to mention Chief says the exact point of them to is use exploits, which hurts their awesomeness significantly.
** [[spoiler: By the end of season 5, all of the toys qualify. [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Yes, even Chief.]]]]
** Chaos Theosis in season 6.
** When [[spoiler: Arbiter and Chief]] join Eugene's clan.
* BerserkButton: Whatever you do, do '''not''' attempt to represent Eugene's clan in a negative fashion. Your life may just be ruined, and not in the conventional way.
** It's also not wise to insult Claire in front of Arbiter.
*** Or blame him for [[spoiler:Cortana's demise]].
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Trent Donnovich is this for both season 5 ''and'' season 6. Chaos Theosis is merely a front for Trent's malicious activities in season 6.]]
** [[spoiler:Eugene and his clan serve as the antagonists for season 7. At first, they seem like a band of harmless, annoying trolls whom the duo befriend. This changes once the resident smart guy, Colin, [[OhCrap acquires an upgraded version of Fragban]]. It then becomes a matter of Arbiter and Chief realizing ''who'' they are dealing with.]]
* CatchPhrase: The Chief has "[[NoYou NO U]]", among other things.
** [[YourMom Ur mom]] and me were *insert DoubleEntendre* last night!
** UR FACE!1
** lol remember arbitur?
*** Chief even calls a drunken Arbiter out on [[BorrowedCatchphrase using this one]].
-->'''Arbiter''': [[OutOfCharacterMoment LOL, remember Chief?]]
-->'''Chief''': [[HeyThatsMyLine HAY. thats mai thing arbitur. u cant use mai thing.]] remember. remember its mien. lol remember arbitur?
-->'''Arbiter''': LOL, I remember Chief.
-->'''Chief''': [[HypocriticalHumor LOL. ur so silly.]]
-->'''Arbitur''': I know, LOL.
-->'''Chief''': LOL
** FREEZE / TOSERS / GET DOWN ON THE FUKCING GROUND
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: most noticeable with Chief - he used to be simply a SmallNameBigEgo FanDumb [[TheDitz Ditz]], but then he started realizing that he is not as good at Halo as he previously thought. And he has recently got a tiny grasp of sarcasm (not that he makes use of it very frequently). His relationship with Arbiter has been changing over time, too. See also AuthorAvatar above.
** It's also a little weird watching Chief write off many games as stupid and that Halo is way better than them (like SuperSmashBrosBrawl, VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4 and CallofDuty4) and took some serious convincing to get him to even play them when you later see the chief willingly play many different games without a mention of Halo or even that the game sucks (like VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV and VideoGame/ResidentEvil5)
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: In season 6, the thirteen year-old TOSER applicant, Kevin.]]
** An example in season 5 is [[spoiler: Timothy, the player Chief met in "Time Wasters" and other earlier episodes who called him out for being bad at Halo. In the penultimate episode he turns out to be a member of an organization of underground hackers and takes Arbiter and Chief to the organization after they got kicked from the server that Trent and Claire's wedding is taking place in.]]
** The player Arbiter rescues in season 7 [[spoiler:ends up [[ShoottheDog being fragged by his hands in a later episode]] ]].
* CigaretteOfAnxiety: During season 7, [[spoiler: both Arbiter and Chief take up smoking, each to cope with his own personal grief.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Arbiter. Also, [[spoiler: Chief's hallucination of Cortana.]]
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler:Clyde in "Severance".]]
* TheDragon: Trent's [[CoDragons sisters]] in season 5.
** And then [[spoiler:Clyde]] to [[spoiler:Trent again]].
* DriventoSuicide: [[spoiler:Eugene's fate.]]
* EvilCounterpart: In season 6, Arbiter's would be Clyde (both have Elite models). Chief's however is disputed; Adam would most likely fit since the two have the same cringeworthy sense of humor and are naturally apathetic when it comes to the feelings of others.
** With season 7, Arbiter's counterpart is clearly Eugene. Both share the same ideologies regarding life and their places in the universe. They're also both teetering on the MoralEventHorizon, which draws the two together.
* EvilFeelsGood: [[spoiler:Arbiter, when he gives in and starts doling out kills with Eugene's clan's fragban software. Especially after he finally got back at fragging a random player during "Spiraling" who insulted him once before in season 7. When asked how it felt, he simply states "Good." And as of 'In Memoriam', he's totally into fragbanning other players alongside Eugene.]]
** [[spoiler:Arbiter eventually sees the error of his ways once Eugene displays a much more sinister side of himself, though.]]
* TheFaceless: "Jon", the owner of all the action figures. Onscreen only twice, and even then, we never saw his face. Also Skylar Loveheart (also played by Graham).
** Chaos Theosis count as well as Eugene, Colin and Tyler.
*** Until ''Endgame'' when he played Scott, but even then his face was covered by a large afro and sunglasses (though he takes them off at the end)
* FanDumb: in-universe - Master Chief is a parody of the UnpleasableFanbase of ''Halo''.
* FreudianTrio: Season 7 has Eugene as the Ego, Tyler as the Id and Colin as the Superego.
* FunnyAfro: Scott sports one.
* GamerChick; TheChick: Cortana, although it's questionable whether she really can play games because of her pose.
** Claire counts as well, and may as well be the archetype for all gamer chicks.
* GiantSpider: The finale of season four introduces one, which even [[BringMyBrownPants terrifies arachnophobe viewers]].
* [[spoiler:HijackedByGanon]]: [[spoiler:In Severance, the twelfth episode of Season 6, Kylie and Clyde were fragged, disbanding Chaos Theosis. However, by signing into Clyde's account using his password, Arbiter and Chief find out that Trent Donnovich, Season 5's BigBad was behind the entire thing.]]
* ImmuneToDrugs: Scott eats cocaine sandwiches.
* JerkAss: Master Chief.
** Arbiter zig zags from Jerkass to JerkWithAHeartOfGold. But then again, [[DeadpanSnarker it's Jon.]]
** And Travis, to a lesser extent than Chief.
** Trent Donnovich makes Chief look like a decent [[strike:human being]] action figure.
*** Subverted in Trent's case during the second half of the fifth season. He's actually rather friendly, although it remains to be seen whether he's genuinely nice or if it's just a gambit to gain Arbiters trust.
**** [[spoiler:DoubleSubverted.]]
** Craig.
** ''Eugene, Eugene, EUGENE.'' Despite having a calm demeanor, he has proven himself to be a complete sociopath on multiple occasions and is only staying afloat because of his sister. [[spoiler: He isn't afloat for long]], and he only gets worse from there.
* KickTheDog: Tyler, ''literally''.
** [[spoiler:The dog... also literally... bites back.]]
* KnightInSourArmor: Arbiter. It pops up every now and then, but is most noticable in season 5. His TheReasonYouSuckSpeech [[spoiler:to Trent Donnovich]] pretty much sums up what this trope is all about.
* LanguageTropes:
** Master Chief: LeetLingo + {{LOLspeak}} + {{Pluralses}} + RougeAnglesOfSatin + {{Malaproper}} + ClusterFBomb
** The Arbiter: SophisticatedAsHell + PrecisionFStrike
** Cortana: SesquipedalianLoquaciousness
** Greg: [[TerseTalker txtspk]] + [[WingDinglish drawings]]
* LivingToys: The premise.
* [[spoiler: TheMole: Silent Strike]]
* NietzscheWannabe:
** Arguably FEELS GOOD MAN in "King".
** In season 5 Trent Donnovich, as demonstrated with his "sinking ship" analogy.
* OddCouple: the eponymous characters.
** Not to mention Chief's temporary crush on Cortana. Their personalities are the weird part.
* OddlySmallOrganization The clan of hackers that will be the main antagonists of season six seem to only have four members, according to the trailer and Jon's blog at least.
* OhCrap: Chief's usual reaction to Arbiter's rage.
* OnlySaneMan: Inverted, as the Chief is the only ''really'' odd character.
** Or actually [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zagged]] for Arbiter: characters of common sense comparable to him come and go, as do Chief-alikes.
* PsychopathicManchild: Chief. How else do you explain him destroying a Call of Duty 4 disc just to spite Arbiter?
** Adam in Season Six. Holy fucking shit. Technically, he doesn't qualify for the 'man' part of this trope, but absolutely everything else fits him to a tee.
** Tyler also qualifies. He is referred to as a 'psychopath' by Arbiter a number of times.
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: Chief LOVES this.
** [[MemeticMutation MAI ROFLCOPTER / IT GOAS SOI SOI SOI SOI SOI SOI SOI]]
** ROFL car goes NNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
** MAI ROFLKNIEF GOEZ [[AudibleSharpness SLIEC SLIEC SLIEC SLIEC]] LOLOLOL
** Is that the one that goes WHARBLEGURBLEH?
* TooDumbToLive: Master Chief. We're talking BeavisAndButthead levels here.
* TheBitch: Cortana. Seriously, all she ever did was bitch about Chief. It's like it was her only purpose in the series.
** At least until the last few episodes. Even from beyond the "grave", that's when she wanted both Arbiter and Chief to fight the good fight against Eugene and his guys.
* TheSpeechless: Greg, who can't talk due to being [[spoiler:a spider]] writes on sticky notes to communicate.
* StealthHiBye: Greg LOVES doing this to scare Chief and Arbiter, it helps that [[spoiler:he's a UncannyValley spider toy.]]
* StraightMan: The Arbiter
* SyntheticVoiceActor: the eponymous characters and Cortana. This is constantly {{lampshaded}} in season 5, even to the point of {{deconstruction}}.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: In "Severance", [[TheDragon Kylie]] gets two bodyguards because [[spoiler:Chaos Theosis is down to only two members.]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: Arby and the Chief ''are'' this trope.
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[[folder:Plot and events]]
%% single events with own tropes, and episode-wide plots.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Arby's reaction to Chief blowing up the first wedding.
* [[spoiler: AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs, S6 E8 ends with Chaos Theosis marching on TOSER's HQ]]
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: The "shocking" twist ending of Chief's first machinima "TEH AELINS FRUM TEH OTUAR SPAESS" in TheMovie, which as mentioned above is a shoutout to the notoriously bad Doom fanfic [[DoomRepercussionsOfEvil Repercussions of Evil.]]
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Subverted, Chief finally regains his Recon but learns you could get it from doing the Vidmaster challenges.
** Chief and Arbiter in the season 6 finale. They are commended and made internet icons for their involvement in the destruction of [[spoiler:Chaos Theosis]].
* BackToBackBadasses: Chief and Arbiter in the xeason 5 pilot.
** Hell, pretty much any time they are facing a threat online.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Greg in the finale of season 5.]]
** [[spoiler:Kevin and several other TOSERS enforcers]] in "Blackout".
* BigNo: The Chief, when the Arbiter cancels his [[UpToEleven 700 GB porn download]].
-->'''Chief''': MAI SEXAY PRONZ!11!one!
* BileFascination: parodied in-universe in "Endgame".
--> '''Chief''': god damit this gaem is gay ''[{{beat}}]'' wen is teh sec0nd 1 cumign out
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Season 5. Jon's Xbox is permanently banned, cutting Chief and Arbiter off from online gaming and social interaction, but Trent is defeated, Arbiter and Claire are still friends and even though Greg's in hiding, at least he is still around.]]
* BrickJoke: In Episode 6, Brawl, Chief gives Arbiter a hug just to put a sign that says "im stuped" on his back. Arbiter doesn't know about this until the end of the episode.
** And then it happened again in the movie.
*** And, to make it a [[UpToEleven true]] BrickJoke, another hug occurs in the fourth episode of Hypermail. And both characters end up getting signs on their backs.
* BusCrash: Happens with Travis, Scott and Cortana.
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: During a ''{{Halo 3}}'' match between Chief and professional gamer Craig, Craig notices he has a hard-on and goes at it while Chief is temporarily distracted from the match. Craig, however, gets caught in the act by his parents, and the ensuing confusion on his side allows the normally incompetent Chief to win the match.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The typo Trent makes]] in season 5.
** In the 10th episode of Season 4 "Night of the evading dead", Chief wakes up Arbiter by telling him there's a big spider next him, implying that he has arachnophobia. [[spoiler: In the finale, a giant spider appears in Jon's house, and this becomes an important plot point.]]
** [[spoiler:In the 4th episode of Season 7 "Terminal", Master Chief removes a plug for some reason and when The Arbiter goes to turn on the Xbox, it won't power on so he casually puts the plug back in. This just seems like a minor plot point, but in the next episode "Heat", Master Chief decides to scare Cortana and put her in the oven. When she isn't scared, he turns the oven switch on thinking the oven was unplugged and nothing would happen. Instead, [[OhCrap she burned to pieces.]]]]
** [[spoiler:The matchbook]] in season 7.
* ClusterFBomb: Chief swears like crazy when he realizes that [[spoiler: he just killed Cortana.]]
* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: The series finale, "Ignition". Arbiter and Chief commit suicide by setting the apartment ablaze.]].
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler: It appears that Arby and Chief are cooperating with Cameron and Cody to survive the hackers attack on the application match]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Chief is NOT happy to find out that [[spoiler: Colin is a child molester.]]
* FinalBossPreview: Arguably the matches against the two security guards count as this.
** The toys' first confrontation with Eugene and his clan [[spoiler: before they're mercilessly fragged]].
* [[spoiler:GainaxEnding: Season 5 ends with [[spoiler: Arbiter waking up to the sound of Cortana's voice, despite her being "dead".]]
** [[spoiler:Which turns out to be an incredibly cruel prank by Chief.]]
* [[spoiler:HeroicBSOD: Arbiter during Season 6. 4 months and counting.]]
** [[spoiler: He's showing signs of coming out of it though.]]
*** [[spoiler: Season 7 has him returning to this trope, and for good reasons.]]
* HesBack: Not a character, but Chief's [[spoiler:foot, which he cut off and was given back to him as christmas present by Arbiter, who apparently repaired it.]] Chief tries to invoke this trope, but ends up just as fail as he always is. It's also symbolic of the series returning to it's post "Endgame" glory.
** [[spoiler: [[BackFromTheDead Cortana. Or not.]]]]
*** [[spoiler: Not]]
** [[spoiler:And Arbiter's helmet at the end of season 5.]]
** [[spoiler:A case of They're Back in "Event Horizon". The duo finally come to their senses and confront Eugene and his clan in a desperate bid to end their malice.]]
* IronicEcho: [[spoiler: "Play to win".]]
** [[spoiler:"Awesome possum".]]
* KilledOffForReal: Not "killed" per say [[spoiler: but one of the security guards from the wedding gets fragged during the application match. The other one makes it out though.]]
** [[spoiler: He made a brief reappearance in the attack on TOSER's HQ where he fought along side his friend on split screen before both of them were fragged. Also Claire was also fragged during the attack too, in a way that arguably is a MoralEventHorizon for Adam.]]
*** [[spoiler: Adam passed his MoralEventHorizon a loooooong time before then.]]
** In Endgame, [[spoiler: Scott literally gets killed]]. Also, at the end of Season 3, [[spoiler: Cortana, Todd and Travis all got killed]].
** In Season 7, [[spoiler: Cortana gets cooked alive inside of an oven by Master Chief]].
** In Season 7, "Crush", [[spoiler:after getting told off by Arbiter for only wanting him as a friend and nothing more, Claire gets frag-banned by Arbiter's new clan.]]
* LemonWackyHello: Chief getting high from smoking cereal. Lampshaded by Arbiter stating that cereal doesn't have hallucinogenic properties.
* ISurrenderSuckers: Chief when he fights Travis.
-->'''Chief''': k k stop sotp stpo. i surendir. [[spoiler: JK LOL]]
* OverlyLongGag: The death of Scott.
* [[PutOnABusToHell Put On A Spaceship To Hell]]: The fates of Cortana, Todd and Travis at the end of "King".
--> [[spoiler: Todd and Travis then [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment had their butts made love to by a big gay outer space alien that looked suspiciously like Jon's chin and were later eaten alive.]] ]]
--> [[spoiler: As the alien had no desire for females, Cortana was later thrown into an escape pod and fired directly into the center of an alien sun.]]
--> [{{beat}}]
--> [[TakeThatAudience Happy?]]
* [[spoiler: TheMistress]]: [[ThisIsUnforgivable Trent has one.]]
* LookBehindYou: During the fight with Travis and Todd
-->'''Chief''': HOLEH MUTHR OF GOD. L@@K OTU. ITS TEH COVERNINT.
** And with Arbiter.
-->'''Chief''': OMG LOOK AT ALL THE HORRIBLE THINGS OVER THERE
* LetsGetDangerous: In preparation for the wedding, Chief and Arbiter [[spoiler: meet a group of [[TheCracker console modders]] who help them to bypass Trent's ban on them, give them various cheats including unlimited ammo and the ability to make all the fusion coils at the wedding explode, and guns and melee attacks that result in a console ban and all of the victim's personal information being stolen.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: Chief after accidentally killing Cortana.]]
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: [[spoiler:The normally friendly and rather cheerful Greg, who peppers his 'speech' with text lingo and smilies like Chief, becomes dead serious when he confronts Chief about Cortana's death, begins writing with perfect grammar, capitalization and punctuation, and even manages the [[PrecisionFStrike Precision D-Strike]] mentioned below despite him normally [[GoshDangitToHeck going out of his way to sanitize even casual speech]].]]
* PrecisionFStrike: Well, "D-Strike", but same principle. [[spoiler:Delivered by Greg after he witnessed Chief not only [[MoralEventHorizon MURDER Cortana]], but is then forced to lie about it to Arbiter.]]
* RasputinianDeath: Scott takes [[OverlyLongGag A LOT]] of bullets to bring down. Lampshaded by the Chief.
-->Why won't this faggot just die?
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Arbiter delivers several to Chief over the course of the entire series. He delivers it once [[BreakingTheFourthWall to the audience]] (see TakeThatAudience) and once to [[spoiler:Trent Donnovich]] in the season 5 finale.
** Early on in season 7 Cortana smacks Chief with a pretty brutal one.
--> '''Cortana''': Tell me, Chief, why do you think it is that you were rejected by that girl you encountered online? Why do you think you're rejected by anybody and everybody you encounter online, for that matter? Hm? Do you think it just might possibly have something to do with this volatile attitude of yours? … Don't kid yourself Chief, the root of your issues lies far beyond my presence. You've been antagonizing everybody around you long before I entered the picture.
--> '''Chief''': well u sure as hell hasnt b33n n e fucking help skank, thats foar goddamn sure
--> '''Cortana''': That's just it, Chief. All I've been trying to do is help you. I realize the notion probably comes as a complete surprise to you, but it's true. You just can't accept it because you refuse outright to listen to reason. … Perhaps, rather than refusing to reason, you simply can't. That your under-developed brain won't allow you to.
--> '''Chief''': mai brains r the shit
--> '''Cortana''': I couldn't agree more. Utter shit. Even you know the truth. You know full well that any of us three could destroy you in any conceivable argument on any subject, and it kills you that you can't ever conjure up a rebuttal that's even remotely substantial. The only route you've found to take is to get angry and spit pathetic insults left and right that, ironically, only ever accomplish making you yourself look like a complete fool. You are a fool, Chief. Worse yet - you're an unlikeable and therefore unsympathetic fool. You're a blight. An utter embarrassment to yourself and everybody around you, twenty-four-seven. Accept it - and for God's sake, try to improve upon yourself.
** In the same episode, she later gives another one to Arbiter.
--> '''Arbiter''': Sigh. Really hoping this leads to a point where Chief's behaviour is significantly less retarded. If only for his own sake.
--> '''Cortana''': Must you use terms like that, Arbiter?
--> '''Arbiter''': Huh?
--> '''Cortana''': Come on, you've proven that you have a wide vocabulary. Surely you can dig around for alternatives that express your feelings more tastefully.
--> '''Arbiter''': Seriously? Chill out. I don't see anybody around here likely to take offense. I don't see any cameras on me either, do you? It's just us in here.
--> '''Cortana''': Yes. And I find it offensive.
--> '''Arbiter''': Why? You must know that my intention isn't to be derogatory
--> '''Cortana''': Of course your intention is to be derogatory. You're associating something that you don't like and look down upon with mental retardation. You're almost as bad as Chief sometimes.
--> '''Arbiter''': That's a mighty big leap, Cortana. I think you really ought to lighten up.
--> '''Cortana''': I think you need to shake off some of that low-brow attitude that has obviously rubbed off on you from Chief throughout the past few years.
--> '''Arbiter''': Fundamentally, I don't associate the word "retard" with the mentally handicapped. I use it and others like it because they're popular slang that pack a slight punch and inject a tiny bit of amusement into my empty existence.
--> '''Cortana''': Really? You're that unimaginative that you consider speaking crudely as the only method of enriching your life?
--> '''Arbiter''': What the fuck is your problem? Great work making an otherwise fine day awkward, Cortana. Having a nice time is so overrated.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler: S6 E9 ends with Arby gearing up for one after Claire is banned and her personal accounts hacked.]]
* SamusIsAGirl: as episode 6 reminds us.
--> '''Chief''': O RLY?
--> '''Arbiter''': Yeah.
--> '''Chief''': hawt / dos she hav boobz?/
--> '''Arbiter''': I would assume so, Chief...
--> '''Chief''': COOL / [=H1GH=] FIEV
--> ''[{{beat}}]''
--> '''Arbiter''': ...No.
--> '''Chief''': coem on / dun leev a brothar hanging
--> '''Arbiter''': What the hell is up with you today? Are you high?
--> '''Chief''': on lief, arbitur / on lief
* SelfImposedChallenge: When Arbiter challenges Chief and his Noobs, he only uses magnum and sprint. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome He wins.]]
--> '''Arbiter''': [[BadassBoast It's all I need.]]
* SoundtrackDissonance: The scene where [[spoiler: Cortana gets melted in the apartment oven]] has the fucking Blue Danube Waltz playing in the background.
* SurprisinglyHappyEnding: The Season 6 Finale [[spoiler:involves Greg and Cortana returning to live with Arbiter and Chief, just as it seems Arbiter will be lonely and miserable living with Master Chief]].
* TearJerker: Most of Greenlit, particularly Chief's speech at the beginning.
* TemptingFate: A rare example where things actually get better for the person that tempts fate.
--> '''Arbiter''': We're going to need a miracle.
** [[spoiler: A tank spawns behind him]]
* WhamEpisode: Heat.
** The Big Bang.
** IGNITION.
* WhamLine: Massive Damage gives us [[spoiler: "shes just plastic."]]
* WhoWouldBeStupidEnough: When Chief learns about the visual effects.
-->'''Chief''': put them all on
-->'''Arbiter''': Settle down, Chief. I mean most of the visual effects ARE cool and all, but some are made entirely for Machinima and it's impossible to see with them turned on. Playing with them all on would be fucking stupid. What kind of ignoramus would do that? Who, Chief? Who, I ask you? ''Who?''
-->([[TemptingFate Ten minutes later...]])
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech[=/=]TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: In the season 5 finale:
--> '''Arbiter''': [[spoiler:It doesn’t surprise me that a dose of emotion would have a toxic effect on an emotion-deprived cretin like you. Who’s really the plastic one here? Your bleak outlook on life is poisonous. Maybe the world is a big sinking ship. But we can’t accept that as an inevitability and use it as an excuse to act like shitheads. We have to be the change we seek. We have to build something better for ourselves.]]
** Should be mentioned that this is Arbiter's answer to a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech delivered to him [[spoiler:by Trent]] an episode earlier.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: [[spoiler: Claire gives one to Arbiter.]]
** [[spoiler: Cortana also gives one to Arbiter in Terminal.]]
** [[spoiler: Greg's note that Arbiter found. "You have a good heart, Arbiter. Don't lose it."]]
* YourMindMakesItReal: [[spoiler: Not exactly but Arby and Chief have been outfitted with weapons that when they kill someone with them, it will result in a console ban and all of the victim's personal information to be stolen.]]
** Now that season six has rolled around, the clan of hackers are using these to more or less launch a terrorist campaign.
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%% tropes that "just turn out by themselves", and real-life events related to the series.

* AesopAmnesia: Chief has come to the realisation that he sucks at Halo at least ''three times''. It usually doesn't stick. However, as of "Double Trouble", [[spoiler: he's finally learned to play well enough to [[TookALevelInBadass fight two professional players together with Arbiter and almost win.]]]]
* AuthorFilibuster: See AuthorAvatar (characters folder)
* CerebusSyndrome: The show is probably the most notable for making such a drastic change in tone from pure comedy to somber drama from seasons 5 to 7. It stands to reason why season 7 is considered so bleak compared to its predecessors; main themes include death, grief, murder, and lies.
* FranchiseZombie: "King" (episode 25/[=S3E13=]) [[http://joncjg.blogspot.com/2009/05/news-big-ass-arby-season-finale-on-its.html was intended to be possibly the last episode of the whole series]]. Then an additional finale - "Endgame" followed. Then there was the LA spinoff... then season five... and season six... and seven...
** [[TropesAreNotBad]]. Seasons 5 to 7 have been widely acclaimed.
* LongRunner: For a web series, and compared to Jon's other work, hell yeah. Since at least 2007 there have been 70+ regular episodes split into 7 seasons, [[TheMovie a movie]], six-part "Endgame", and the LA spinoff [[FanonDiscontinuity that was never made]].
* TheMovie: ''Arby 'n' The Chief: The Movie''. "Endgame" could also be considered one.
* SeriesContinuityError: Quite a few.
** In the original ''Master Chief Sucks At Halo'' trilogy, there was an Arbiter character whose personality was comparable to Chief's. In ''Arby 'n' the Chief'' pilot, an Arbiter figurine arrives in a box, seemingly meeting Chief for the first time. However, in "Face-Off" (episode 16/[=S3E4=]) Arbiter refers to a "sick montage" Chief made with him in the original trilogy, implying that he is the same character. {{Retcon}}? BreakingTheFourthWall?
** NegativeContinuity was once [[http://joncjg.blogspot.com/2010/07/video-arby-n-chief-s04e03-pirates.html consciously introduced]] in "Pirates" (episode 28/[=S4E3=]).
** [[http://joncjg.blogspot.com/2010/06/secret-project-arby-n-chief-season-four.html Season four was supposed to take place sometime after "King" (season 3 finale)]]; Arbiter and Chief seem to be still living in Jon's home in Canada. Fair enough. However, the fifth season seems to have borrowed Claire from "Endgame", this time voiced by Elizabeth Carr-Ernst. How they managed to stay at the same place (if this is supposed to take place after "Endgame") is never mentioned.
* ShooOutTheNewGuy: The massive backlash and subsequent removal of Todd and Travis.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The music at the end of "Severance", when [[spoiler:Chief and Arbiter attack Trent, and the final battle between them is about to start]], the music is surprisingly calm.
* TalkingToHimself: Todd and Travis, as well as the voices of all characters that are not figurines (except Agent Smirnoff in TheMovie, portrayed by Daniel Laszlo) are all voiced by Graham himself.
** This trope was lessened in season 5 when Jon actually got a whole voice cast to play some of the characters other than himself due to [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters the sheer number of different characters in that season]]. Though there are still one or two characters where this still applies, such as with Timothy and Nathan in the episode "Cheaters".
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