Characters: Arby 'n' the Chief
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- Anti-Hero: and a Byronic one.
- Ax-Crazy: He threatens Greg with a knife, while yelling something about how the knife demands a blood sacrifice. Yeah, that seems pretty frigging crazy.
- He did the same thing to Todd.
- Big Damn Heroes: Does this in "Night of the Evading Dead" in Season 4.
- He pulls one off again in the Season 6 finale "The Reunion" when he runs over Trent with a Scorpion just in the nick of time... without even knowing he did so until after performing the task.
- Buffy Speak:
: its kinda cool cuz liek hes saying activaet but thers one were he dosnt get 2 ear it all teh way so its liek its deactivatid / but then he saes it agen aftur so its liek its activatid agen adn tahts wat teh whoel song is abot / u no wat i m33n / its prety deep adn metallic
if u think abot it
- Catch Phrase: plenty.
- NO U.
- i r guy who gon t33ch u les0n
- "hello i am mastur cheef lolololololololololololol" from the original Master Chief Sucks at Halo trilogy
- In Season 6: "FREEZE / TOSERS / GET DOWN ON THE FUCKING GROUND
- "Sad face :("
- "remember? lol remember arbiter?"
- Character Development: A little. Since the start of the series, he's started to care more about Arbiter, even admitting that he is sort of his friend. It is even hinted that he cares about Claire a little in "Remission", and in "Severance", after fragging Kylie, he looks back at the corpse of her avatar before going after Arbiter, which implies that he's feeling a little bit of regret.
- Season 7 seems to prioritize Chief's character development alongside the various plot elements. By the end of the season, Chief is significantly more competent morally and aware of his past transgressions. Even so, he still maintains an unflappable manner.
- Cluster F-Bomb: With mind of a 8 year-old who's been given access to the internet way too much, it's totally expected.
- Comically Missing the Point of Arbiter's speeches.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: RARELY, Chief is capable of pulling random CMOAs with no warning.
- The Ditz: Ever since the beginning of the show, he'll always be the worst but possible hope for any player who stood with him.
- Dumbass Has a Point/Jerkass Has a Point: In recent seasons.
- Epic Fail: This happens often.
- Dan Browned: this dialogue:
Chief: halo 3 wuz laging liek shit adn it maed meh vreh :( so i quit
Chief: no. tahts teh computir. this r teh xbox. its sepret. DUMASS
Arbiter: Jon's hard drive isn't even that big.
Arbiter: I think you'll need a few more than that.
Chief: LOLOLLLOLLOL. u obvsly no nothign abot computirs
- Dirty Cop now that he is a TOSER
Chief: FREEZE / TOSERS / GET DOWN ON THE FUKCING GROUND
- Even Evil Has Standards: Adam is considerably more vile than he is, and he even gives a "Surprised face (:O)" when Adam frags Claire.
- His discovery that Colin is a pedophile absolutely disgusts him and promotes him to team up with Arbiter to plan an attack against the trolls.
- For the Evulz
- Genius Ditz: Despite of being a complete sociopath to begin with, he managed to band up that is not supposed to be a team with a few boys about his level, killed off (not literally) half of Chaos Theosis' indigenous' hackers, trifled with Arbiter's logic for a few times and even draws a lot better than him, and even knew how to lit up an apartment with only a cooking oven and some matches.
- Go Out with a Smile: A last request with the Arbiter before he dies to meet him by the gate in the afterlife after the explosion goes off in their condo.
- Heroic RROD: While Chief is far from heroic, in the Season Finale, Arbiter dealt to him what appears to be a killing blow on the Chief, slammed him to pieces to the point where Chief's speeches are far beyond scrambled than it is before.
- I Am Not Shazam: There are lots of examples of Chief referring to characters by the title of their games. In Beta he's disappointed because you can only play as 'Halo' (Spartans) now. In Hypermail, there's this exchange:
Chief: bitch plz / im teh halo mastar / u get down on ur fucking knees when u talk 2 meh about halo / go on / GET DOWN
Arbiter: Says the guy who thinks you still play as Master Chief in Reach.
Chief: who teh hell else w00d it b dipshit? metroid? hes from taht stuped gay cube gaem / w/e its called i dunno
Chief: No thats teh robot
Arbiter: What the fuck are you talking about?
- Insane Troll Logic: uses this frequently.
- Jerk Ass
- Kick the Dog: Occasionally has moments like this, such as his attempted murder of Greg.
- Killed Off for Real If the gas exploding in "Ignition" is something to go by.
- The Lancer: Plays this role to Arbiter in more recent seasons.
- Leet Lingo/Rouge Angles of Satin: All the time.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: "Take A Seat" and a few other episodes reveal that he actually does have some common sense, and he is able to understand some more abstract concepts, if only in somewhat simplistic terms.
- Pet the Dog: For all his horrible acts (and his attitude in general), he can show signs of genuine kindness, with the most outstanding moment being in "The Reunion", where he reassures the Arbiter that he will not die alone, and that the Master Chief, despite all of his comments towards the Arbiter, does appreciate his companionship.
- Psychotic Man Child: He thinks he is the real Master Chief from the game, treats his friends like trash, gets negative kills in his gamescore, asks for any female player's Facebook account and normally teabags anyone he just recently knocked-down or killed, we mean everyone, even outside the game.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud/Unsound Effect:
- Serious Business: Halo 3, as shown in the original trilogy, episode 4 and episode 18.
- Small Name, Big Ego
- Smoking Is Cool: Subverted. He picks it up to cope with how he killed Cortana
- Synthetic Voice Actor: Microsoft Sam.
- Took a Level in Badass: After training with Arbiter, his Halo skills seemed to have radically improved.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In the later episodes of season 7, he becomes considerably smarter and more morally grounded Due to Cortana plaguing him in his mind because of his guilty conscience, and his desire to take down the trolls, since Colin's a pedophile, Tyler's hyper-agressive to the point of smashing over a dozen controllers and battering one of his school-"mates" that he met on XBL, whilst Eugene is sadistic and spiteful and loves to psychologically torment the boy/player that Tyler has been beating up.
- Weapon of Choice: An Assault Rifle and the Spartan Laser, though recently he has traded in the laser for a Rocket Launcher. Though he has used the Sniper Rifle from time to time.
- You Keep Using That Word: A few instances can be found earlier, but Season 5 introduced this as a regular character trait. Examples include "metallic"note , "pedestrians"note and several butchered proverbs/phrases.
- Your Mom: Arbiter is the frequent target of his jokes, and much to every male character he finds, but never female players. Surprisingly, not even Cortana receives this.
- Author Avatar: As acknowledged by Jon in an interview.
- Author Filibuster: Delivers many that speak of Jon's opinions on the gaming world and specific games. While he makes good points, the fact that the plot will oftentimes slam to a halt for the Arbiter to deliver a filibuster in his Microsoft Mike voice can be grating to some viewers.
- Badass: By far, an accurate shooter than most players in the series, serves the fight well with only a pistol and marksman rifle. He doesn't even bother using a scope to kill his enemies.
- Big Damn Heroes: He pulls one off at the end of the episode "Hard End" in Season 6.
- Catch Phrase: "Sigh". Though it does not catch that very frequently.
- The Comically Serious
- Deadpan Snarker: Justified with the target of Chief in most cases, he does get snarky towards others who won't take kindly with his advices.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Willingly declines Claire to keep and never gets to meet with Cortona again after Chief accidentally lit the microwave oven that resulted to her death. He does not get better because of the latter.
- Don't Explain the Joke: "I see what you did there. Instead of addressing my points, you took everything that I said and turned it into a sexual joke, implying that I suck on men's penises. Fantastic.".
- Drunken Master: Despite his drinking he still kicks ass at Halo as seen when he takes down two hackers
- Face-Heel Turn As of episode 12 of season 7
- Fair Cop: After becoming a TOSER, and more so being the safeguard of Jon's condo towards Chief.
- Go Out with a Smile: Despite on how Chief's idiocy drove both of them to their deaths in the first place, he finds his last request quite heartwarming and willingly accepts this before going out in flames.
- Heroic BSOD: Has one at the start of Season 6. Has another shot in the near end of the Season Finale, looking for a happy place.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Deconstructed in season 7. His desire for company drags him down the moral slippery slope. He stops when he sees the true face of his companions, though.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In varying proportions as time passes. Demonstrated in "Recon" (S1E2) and "Evil" (S3E12). But he is far from being a jerk to anyone else who treats him nicely.
- Killed Off for Real If the gas exploding in "Ignition" is something to go by.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Complete with full body armor, like Chief's, except he lost his helmet twice, but returned.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Arby goes up against Chief and his crew with a pistol and Sprint to prove a point. Guess who wins.
- Also, when in casual situations online, he tends to wear Minor armor, in other more serious situations he switches to Spec Ops.
- Meta Guy: Of sorts.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: Promised Claire to meet up with him on the next day to play with her, but Chief lit up a cooking oven with an opened gas tank, before he ever had the chance to say anything to her.
- Only Sane Man: not until recently - there was Todd, Cortana and quite a few relatively sensible players on Xbox Live. Now it seems that most of the other gamers are portrayed with more or less the same level of intelligence as Chief.
- Though it looks like that was subverted with Greg. As well as the online community regaining SOME brain function.
- The Philosopher: Theorized about his life of being a toy of what purpose should it actually be while alive. Had this theory and purpose fulfilled by Claire before being killed off in the Season Finale with Chief.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: He's used two so far. One for Adam, and another for Silent Strike.
- Precision F-Strike: Compared to Chief, sure. Not that he swears so rarely, though.
- Spell My Name with a "The": He usually introduces himself as "the Arbiter".
- Straight Man: Rarely takes a laugh on anything, almost never to Chief's. Until he gets the last laugh with two boys who takes the lower level of maturity than Chief would within the series.
- Synthetic Voice Actor: Microsoft Mike, surprisingly fits well for his logical thinking.
- Unstoppable Rage: When he finally hears the truth about what happened to Cortana, he does not take it well.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: He was able to attend university, as mentioned in 'Pirates'.
- Weapon of Choice: A DMR and a Magnum. On "Severance", he is seen using the Shotgun in his battle against Chaos Theosis member Kylie.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saved Arbiter quite a few times in his downfall with Chief. But never gets the chance to save him again in the last episode.
- Giant Spider: For a toy, he's just about Chief's size.
- Nice Guy: Don't let his appearance fool you, he just wants to hang out and play scrabble.
- Put on a Bus: Completely in Season 7, never comes back in the final episode.
- The Speechless: Communicates via sticky notes.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Even Chief gets creeped out by this.
- Characterization Marches On: Used to have a couple of lines that depicted her as short tempered and unreasonable in Endgame, her character has since then been refined.
- Just Friends: Doesn't return Arbiter's feelings. They still have a healthy relationship though. Actually, after "Crush", when Arbiter chews her out for only coming back after a brief hiatus while he suffered on his own, she's shocked to hear him say 'go fuck yourself' and ending it there.
- Nice Girl: Rarely has anything scornful to say about someone, and when she does it's usually pretty accurate.
- Only Sane Woman: Defiantly seems to be a reasonable person in a sea of insanity.
- Shout-Out: Her full name is Claire Redfield in Endgame.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Is utterly disgusted with Trent and leaves him after learning that he cheated on her
- Straw Feminist: Used to have traits of this, see Characterization Marches On.
Originally one of the main protagonists of the Series.
- The Anti-Nihilist: Somewhat downplayed. In her own words ("Terminal"):
Cortana: I think, for the most part, that I fall into the camp of "things just happen" — but my mind is open to other suggestions as to why we're here.
Arbiter: So you think that our existence is merely the result of some random cosmic equation?
Cortana: I suppose.
Arbiter: Then, presumably, you've accepted the possibility that we exist without purpose.
Cortana: I don't know if I'd go as far as to say that I've accepted it, but it strikes me as the possibility that is most likely.
- Bus Crash
- Demoted to Extra: In Season 3.
- Disney Death: Turns out she survived getting fired into the alien sun.
- Gamer Chick: Supposedly
- Genre Savvy: She seems to know exactly how things are going to play out in 'Heat':
Cortana: Don't get me wrong, I don't believe for a minute that you have the balls to incinerate me purposely. But given your astounding scale of intellect, I'm not exactly willing to take any chances here.
- Killed Off for Real
- Jerkass Has a Point
- Love Interest: For both Chief and Todd.
- Put on a Bus
- Synthetic Voice Actor: Microsoft Mary.
- The Chick: Not really.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She disappears after "Wedding". She reappears in "King" where it turns out she was kidnapped by an Alien along with Todd and Travis. She comes back for good in the Season 6 finale.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Of all characters, it is (a vision of) her who tells this to Chief in "Take A Seat". Quite ironic, considering they hated each other while she was alive. However, this is (probably) Chief's hallucination of her, so it could be self-praise.
One of Chief's friends on Xbox Live.
The face of Stupid Obvious Information Magazine.
A Russian agent who is after Scott.
A kid on Chief's friends list who was hosting custom games on infection during "Night of the Evading Dead".
An Xbox Live player that Chief meets early in the season who calls him out for his poor skills.
- All There in the Manual: His name is only in the credits.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In the penultimate episode, he turns out to be a former member of an underground hacker organization and helps Arbiter and the Chief find this organization where they get hacks to return to Trent's wedding to crash it.
The Terms of Service Enforcement/Response Squad, who's objective is to keep online gaming fair and enjoyable. Arbiter refers to them as Game Police.
- Big Good: Until they are disbanded.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Averted. After "TOSERS" (Third episode of Season 6), many people commented saying that one of the TOSER members was voiced by or sounded like Gus. However, this isn't actually true according to Word of God.
A thirteen year old player who joins TOSERS.
The moderator of basic division.
Stephen "Silent Strike"
A member of TOSERS who was Arbiter and Chief's first supervisor. He turns out to be a Chaos Theosis affiliate.
A classmate of Eugene and Tyler, who, along with his friend Kyle, try to put a stop to Eugene's banning spree after acquiring his hacks
A classmate of Eugene and Tyler, who, along with his friend Brody, try to put a stop to Eugene's banning spree after acquiring his hacks
The head of Douchebag Studios, A machinima company. He mistakes Master Chief's awful machinima movie as a parody of bad machinimas and hires him to write movies in Arby 'n' the Chief: The Movie
A friend of Chief's who is an MLG. He secretly hates Chief because he isn't an MLG. He ends up having a match with Chief, which Chief wins.
An Alien that kidnaps Todd, Travis and Cortana and kills them all.
Jon's room mate during Endgame who is a wanted criminal for smuggling cocaine from Russia and hacking in online video games.
Master Chief's Clan
- Invisibility Cloak: His ability of choice... except he cloaks when Arby can already see him.
- Whoring: His strategy for Halo: Reach.
A player who harasses people online in Halo: Reach during "Night of the Evading Dead".
The CEO of a gaming studio who is going to have the biggest in game wedding in history. It turns out he is marrying Claire, and it also turns out that he's cheating on her. In Season 6, he turns out to be the one behind Chaos Theosis.
Cameron and Cody
Two MLG players who are security guards for Trent's wedding. They reappear in Season 6 wanting to join TOSERS.
Britney Donnovich and Victoria Donnovich
- Evil Genius: Played with. He's not evil, he's just doing his job as a network administrator assigned to protect Trent and his wedding. He ends up becoming an antagonist anyway since the guy he's protecting is a douche who cheated on his fiance.
- Atrocious Alias: Their usernames. Kylie's username is alright. Both Clyde's and Duncan's usernames, however, are rather sexist towards women, whilst Adam's own lengthy username contradicts his statement about another user's name in the first episode of Season 6.
- Badass Crew: A rare villainous example.
- Death by Irony: All of them.
- Five-Bad Band:
- Even Evil Has Standards: All of them hate Adam for being a psychotic asshole. Except for Adam himself, but he's indifferent.
- Holly Wood Hacking
- Leitmotif: And holy crap, is it awesome.
- Oddly Small Organization: There's only four of them. Though later on, Silent Strike joins to make a fifth member, and Trent is The Man Behind the Man.
- Psycho for Hire: They all qualify for this trope except Duncan, and they were hired to take down the Halo network.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Except for Adam, who just wants to kill people.
- They all, with the exception of Duncan, turn out to be Psychos for Hire who were hired to take down the Halo network
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Discussed and defied, though he does significantly better the second time around.
- Back from the Dead: He makes one final appearance trying to stop Arbiter and Chief from fragging Trent on Breakpoint. When Chief and Arbiter are confused as to why he was back since they had fragged him in the previous episode, he reveals that he has multiple alts and was using his old console. He still gets fragged by Arby in the end.
- Big Bad: For Season 6, though it turns out that Trent was behind the whole thing.
- Boom, Headshot: Twice, first at Arbiter and Chief's hands, then the second time at the hands of the Arbiter.
- The Dragon: To Trent.
- Disc One Final Boss
- Evil Counterpart: He is considered this for Arbiter.
- Faux Affably Evil
- The Heavy
- He-Man Woman Hater: Insults Kylie for her gender and general inadequacy after she was fragged by Chief.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Having literally just finished with the above, he is immediately fragged by Chief and Arbiter.
- Villainous Breakdown: Possibly. When he finds out that Kylie and Adam were both fragged, he noticeably lowers his guard greatly and swears at Kylie a lot over Skype. Also at the beginning of the season he is calm and only swears during a Precision F-Strike, but as time goes by and Arby and Chief interfere more and more and things start to stop going his way, he descends into several Cluster F-Bomb.
- He seems to have recovered from it by "The Reunion", though.
- Affably Evil
- Compensating for Something: Implied, but said word-for-word by The Arbiter.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He is taken aback when he learns that his fellow hackers plan to take down the OMN.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Duncan finds, out of personal experience, that most girls are not up to his MLG skill level. However, he does seem to actually like Kylie, seeing her as the exception to the rule, and he looks down on players with a Stay in the Kitchen attitude.
- It seemed more like he was just asking Kylie if people with that mindset got to her, he doesn't exactly have a politically correct mindset, especially as the episode Cradle to Grave reveals that his gamer tag is "back2thekitchen88"
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In "Femme Fatale", Duncan decides that he has had enough of what Chaos Theosis is doing and that it isn't right. Shortly after, Kylie assassinates him.
- Serious Business: He is described as a hyper competitive MLG player.
- Token Good Teammate: He was the only member who was actually in it to take down TOSERS.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Duncan decides to back out when Clyde reveals that he plans to take down Xbox LIVE. Clyde and Kylie lure him into a 'clan meeting' and stab him in the back.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
- Evil Genius: He developed the hacks used in Season 5, the Fragban hacks and the Permanent Denial of Service hack.
- Insistent Terminology: It's P-DOS, not pedo.
"I'm not a pedophile."
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Could only get a body-shot (not One-Hit KO) against a guy standing perfectly still ignoring him? Check. Miss every single shot against him when he's running in a straight line? Check. Repeat first mistake before getting owned? Check.
- Ironic Name: He is actually terrible with the sniper rifle. See Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy above. Lampshaded by Arbiter.
Arbiter: Who taught you to shoot, the galactic empire?!
Justin: (offended) Shut up!!
Arbiter: Leave it to the WORST sniper ever to call himself "SniperDeathAngel00"!
- Karmic Death
- Affably Evil
- Despair Event Horizon: His sister's death and the ominous silence, combined with his girlfriend leaving him is bound to send him over the edge. And to take out his rage, he goes on a banning spree online.
- Disproportionate Retribution: His response to someone trolling in his name to get personal fame is to pull personal information (Which is fairly Squicky) about him from his web history and post it all over his school's Facebook page. He also promises that he is capable of much worse.
- Driven to Suicide: With all that was good in his life gone and his trolling clan defeated, he invites Arbiter and Chief to a separate match so they can overhear him shooting himself.
- Mood Whiplash: ...and then someone else kills his in-game Elite and teabags him.
- Driven to Villainy
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Cares deeply for his sister and refers to her as the one consistently good thing in his life.
- Heroic BSOD: After he receives the news that his sister has died.
- He's Dead, Jim
- Hollywood Atheist: all the traits are there, even if he never actually spoke the A-word.
- Ill Girl: His sister has Leukemia and is staying at the hospital. He fears that she may never come out. She doesn't.
- Jerk Ass: Very much so.
- Killed Off for Real: See Driven to Suicide above.
- Nietzsche Wannabe
- Serious Business: He takes his trolling very seriously, to the point of going to extreme lengths if someone tried to use his name for their own benefit
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Likes dealing these out, but at the begining of episode 6, one of them backfires when his victim (a schoolmate of his) redirects one of his own back at him, mocking his poor grades, lack of effort in school and a breakdown he had. Possibly about his sister.
- Those Two Guys: Has two other members in his clan, Tyler and Colin.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
- Chainsaw Good
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While he may be a psychopathic Jerk Ass when he talks to Arbiter outside of Jon's department he seems genuinely shaken up about Eugene's suicide.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Broken seventeen controllers, beat up Brody, beats his dog, Charlie, and has broken his leg on one occasion.
- Jerk Ass: Laughs about Brody trying to commit suicide, and beat him up without question. Takes part in banning many players and beats his dog, too.
- Karmic Death: Not "death" per se, but he meets his end on XBL when his dog, Charlie finally loses it with Tyler's sadistic abuse of him and attacks him, allowing Arbiter and Chief to defeat him.
- Killed Off for Real: A police officer shoots him when he tries to break into Jon's apartment with a chainsaw after refusing to put it down.
- Psychopathic Manchild
- The Dragon: To Eugene.
- The Sociopath
- The Stoner
- The Dog Bites Back: And how!
- Villainous Breakdown: While not mentally stable in the first place, Eugene's death does not help.
- Covert Pervert: Master Chief catches him chatting up a 9 year old kid to join an IRC chat and realizes he's a pervert
- Death by Irony: Hits him back, when he's going to snipe MC and Arbiter, and the police comes to arrest him
- Evil Genius: Acts as this in Eugene's clan as he is the one that created Fragban 2.0 and gives the best advice to the clan on what to do with it.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Unlike Eugene and Tyler (who were both killed,) Colin will be spending a VERY long time in Jail for his pedophilic nature. His impending fate is best described by Arbiter:
Arbiter: Not sure how long Colin will be imprisoned for, but due to the fact that he's a white, introverted software nerd and a kid fucker, he'll likely be targeted by his inmates for rape and sold as a cell bitch for a pack of smokes.
- Laser-Guided Karma: The police catch and arrest him immediately after Chief rats out Colin's pedophilic behaviour to them.
- Shotacon: See Covert Pervert above.