Characters: Arby 'n' the Chief

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Main Protagonists

    Master Chief 

Master Chief

  • 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:
    Chief: 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
    Arbiter: Interesting... [looks at computer screen] Do you think that has anything to do with you downloading over 700 gigs of pornography on here?
    Chief: no. tahts teh computir. this r teh xbox. its sepret. DUMASS
    Arbiter: Jon's hard drive isn't even that big.
    Chief: dun wury. i hav........... 2 FLOPY DISKZ
    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
    Arbiter: Metroid.
    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.

    The Arbiter 

The Arbiter

  • 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.

    Greg 

Greg

  • 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.

    Claire 

Claire

  • 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.

    Cortana 

Originally one of the main protagonists of the Series.

Other characters

Supporting Characters

    Season 2 

Todd

Travis

Jeremy "xXxSm0k3w33d4LyPh3420xXx"

One of Chief's friends on Xbox Live.

    Season 3 

Josh Butterballs

The face of Stupid Obvious Information Magazine.

Agent Boris Smirnoff

A Russian agent who is after Scott.

    Season 4 

Cody

A kid on Chief's friends list who was hosting custom games on infection during "Night of the Evading Dead".

    Season 5 

Timothy

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.

    Season 6 

TOSERS

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.

Kevin

A thirteen year old player who joins TOSERS.

Leonard

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.

Mrs. McIntyre

Adam's mother.

    Season 7 

Brody Mitchell

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.

Kyle Mathison

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.

Antagonists

    Season 2 

Skyler Loveheart

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.

    Season 3 

Craig

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.

Zanthar

An Alien that kidnaps Todd, Travis and Cortana and kills them all.

Scott

Jon's room mate during Endgame who is a wanted criminal for smuggling cocaine from Russia and hacking in online video games.

    Season 4 

Master Chief's Clan

Todd

  • Jet Pack: His preferred armour ability.

Kyle

  • Invisibility Cloak: His ability of choice... except he cloaks when Arby can already see him.

Tucker

  • Whoring: His strategy for Halo: Reach.

Brent

A player who harasses people online in Halo: Reach during "Night of the Evading Dead".

    Season 5 

Trent Donnovich

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

Trent's sisters.

Brian

  • Anti-Villain
  • 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.

    Season 6 

Chaos Theosis

Clyde

  • 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.
  • Dragon-in-Chief
  • 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.

Duncan

  • 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

Kylie

Adam

  • Arch-Enemy: Becomes this to Arbiter after fragging Claire.
  • Axe Crazy
  • The Brute
  • Cluster F-Bomb
  • Comedic Sociopath: Though after a while it stops being funny.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Chief. Arbiter even calls him "the human version of Chief".
  • For the Evulz
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: In Chaos Theosis.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk
  • Karmic Death: Though it isn't death exactly, but his defeat and fragging might not have happened if he hadn't treated his mum and his friends like crap.
  • Kick the Dog: All the damn time.
  • Kids Are Cruel
  • Knight of Cerebus: He is by far the most evil antagonist in the series so far.
  • Laser-Guided Karma
  • Laughing Mad
  • No Indoor Voice
  • Psycho for Hire
  • Psychopathic Manchild
  • Reality Ensues: Well, it's a complicated example, and when Jon did the commentary for "Cradle to Grave" he addressed this. After he abuses his mother one times too many, she calls the police to take him juvenile hall. He didn't exactly commit any crimes, save for cyberterrorism, but given that he's a horrible and depraved individual, would it really surprise you if he had?.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot
  • The Dog Bites Back: Two separate dogs, in fact— his mother finally has him sent to juvy, and one of his buddies responds to a plea to act as a character witness by telling her to "lock (Adam's) ass away and swallow the key".
  • The Sociopath
  • Token Evil Teammate: Duncan and Kylie profess to have noble intentions (Duncan felt the T.O.S.E.R.S. were too overbearing, while Kylie compared shutting down the Online Multiplayer Network to forcing a junkie to sweat it out in the basement), and even Clyde seems to be strictly professional in his conduct. Adam, on the other hand, is abusive to everyone he associates with—friend, foe, or victim—and is generally regarded as an unlikable shit. Think Eric Cartman without the charming personality, and that should about cover it.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: It probably doesn't bear thinking about how he got so messed up.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In episode 10, Cradle to Grave when Adam is cornered by Arby and Chief in a private server, he tells one of his "friends" to take them out. This "friend" who had been threatened with a permanent ban by Adam that very episode refuses to, saying that he's had enough of Adam. At that moment, Adam's mother walks in with a police officer, saying that Adam is going to a correctional facility. He breaks down, desperately pleading with his Mother not to send him away. He begs Arbiter, Chief and his "friend" to vouch for him, upon which his friend remarks, "Lock his ass up and swallow the key". As Adam is dragged away, he begins swearing furiously, as the Arbiter coldly shoots him in game.
    Adam: "YOU'LL FUCKING PAY FOR THIS ONE DAY MOM YOU HEAR ME?! I HOPE YOU DIE IN A FIRE YOU FUCKING CUNT! I HOPE YOU FUCKING DIE!
  • Weapon of Choice: A Grenade Launcher and a Rocket Launcher.
  • Your Mom: He uses this a lot. Not as much as Chief though.

Justin "SniperDeathAngel00"

  • 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

    Season 7 

Eugene Black

Tyler King

Colin Hunt

  • 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.