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Machinima: Arby 'n' the Chief
Arby 'n' the Chief is a Machinima series created by Jon Graham (formerly known as "DigitalPh33r"), who also produced Deus ex Machina. The series follows two figurines based on Bungie and Microsoft's Halo series coming to life while their owner is away. As the title suggests, the main characters are based on Master Chief (a Leet Lingo-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 Deadpan Snarker 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 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 Rooster Teeth 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 Magnum Opus. 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.

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See also the character sheet.

  • Abusive Parents: Kylie's motive for working with Chaos Theosis was so that she'd have enough money to leave home because of her abusive father.
    • Eugene's father.
  • Affably Evil: Trent Donnovich, despite his portrayal as a Corrupt Corporate Executive 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.
  • Arch-Nemesis: The series showcases several for both toys, usually one each per season.
    • For Arbiter: Scott, Trent Donnovich, Adam Mc Intyre, and finally Eugene.
    • For Chief: Todd, Trent's bodyguard duo, and Kylie (to an extent).
  • Author Avatar: Arbiter, and Jon has already admitted to it; this has not, however prevented many instances of Author Filibuster 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.
  • Badass Bystander: One player in "Cradle to Grave" refuses to lie for Adam and ends up throwing him to the dogs, all with a calm demeanor despite Adam directly insulting him previously.
  • Badass Longcoat: Subverted with Agent Smirnoff. He's notoriously clumsy.
  • Badass Crew: 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.
    • By the end of season 5, all of the toys qualify. Yes, even Chief.
    • Chaos Theosis in season 6.
    • When Arbiter and Chief join Eugene's clan.
  • Berserk Button: 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 Cortana's demise.
  • Big Bad: 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.
    • 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, acquires an upgraded version of Fragban. It then becomes a matter of Arbiter and Chief realizing who they are dealing with.
  • Catch Phrase: The Chief has "NO U", among other things.
    Chief: HAY. thats mai thing arbitur. u cant use mai thing. remember. remember its mien. lol remember arbitur?
    Arbiter: LOL, I remember Chief.
    Arbitur: I know, LOL.
    Chief: LOL
    • FREEZE / TOSERS / GET DOWN ON THE FUKCING GROUND
  • Characterization Marches On: most noticeable with Chief - he used to be simply a Small Name, Big Ego Fan Dumb 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 Author Avatar above.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In season 6, the thirteen year-old TOSER applicant, Kevin.
    • An example in season 5 is 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 ends up being fragged by his hands in a later episode .
  • Cigarette of Anxiety: During season 7, both Arbiter and Chief take up smoking, each to cope with his own personal grief.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Arbiter. Also, Chief's hallucination of Cortana.
  • Disc One Final Boss: Clyde in "Severance".
  • The Dragon: Trent's sisters in season 5.
    • And then Clyde to Trent again.
  • Drivento Suicide: Eugene's fate.
  • Evil Counterpart: 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 Moral Event Horizon, which draws the two together.
  • Evil Feels Good: 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.
    • Arbiter eventually sees the error of his ways once Eugene displays a much more sinister side of himself, though.
  • The Faceless: "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)
  • Fan Dumb: in-universe - Master Chief is a parody of the Unpleasable Fanbase of Halo.
  • Freudian Trio: Season 7 has Eugene as the Ego, Tyler as the Id and Colin as the Superego.
  • Funny Afro: Scott sports one.
  • Gamer Chick; The Chick: 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.
  • Giant Spider: The finale of season four introduces one, which even terrifies arachnophobe viewers.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: 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 Big Bad was behind the entire thing.
  • Immune to Drugs: Scott eats cocaine sandwiches.
  • Jerk Ass: Master Chief.
    • Arbiter zig zags from Jerkass to Jerk with a Heart of Gold. But then again, it's Jon.
    • And Travis, to a lesser extent than Chief.
    • Trent Donnovich makes Chief look like a decent 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.
      • Double Subverted.
    • 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. He isn't afloat for long, and he only gets worse from there.
  • Kick the Dog: Tyler, literally.
    • The dog... also literally... bites back.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Arbiter. It pops up every now and then, but is most noticable in season 5. His "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Trent Donnovich pretty much sums up what this trope is all about.
  • Language Tropes:
  • Living Toys: The premise.
  • The Mole: Silent Strike
  • Nietzsche Wannabe:
    • Arguably FEELS GOOD MAN in "King".
    • In season 5 Trent Donnovich, as demonstrated with his "sinking ship" analogy.
  • Odd Couple: the eponymous characters.
    • Not to mention Chief's temporary crush on Cortana. Their personalities are the weird part.
  • Oddly Small Organization 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.
  • Oh Crap: Chief's usual reaction to Arbiter's rage.
  • Only Sane Man: Inverted, as the Chief is the only really odd character.
    • Or actually zig-zagged for Arbiter: characters of common sense comparable to him come and go, as do Chief-alikes.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: 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.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Chief LOVES this.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Master Chief. We're talking Beavis And Butthead levels here.
  • The Bitch: 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.
  • The Speechless: Greg, who can't talk due to being a spider writes on sticky notes to communicate.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Greg LOVES doing this to scare Chief and Arbiter, it helps that he's a Uncanny Valley spider toy.
  • Straight Man: The Arbiter
  • Synthetic Voice Actor: the eponymous characters and Cortana. This is constantly lampshaded in season 5, even to the point of deconstruction.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: In "Severance", Kylie gets two bodyguards because Chaos Theosis is down to only two members.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Arby and the Chief are this trope.

    Plot and events 
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Arby's reaction to Chief blowing up the first wedding.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us, S6 E8 ends with Chaos Theosis marching on TOSER's HQ
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: The "shocking" twist ending of Chief's first machinima "TEH AELINS FRUM TEH OTUAR SPAESS" in The Movie, which as mentioned above is a shoutout to the notoriously bad Doom fanfic Repercussions of Evil.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: 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 Chaos Theosis.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Chief and Arbiter in the xeason 5 pilot.
    • Hell, pretty much any time they are facing a threat online.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Greg in the finale of season 5.
    • Kevin and several other TOSERS enforcers in "Blackout".
  • Big "NO!": The Chief, when the Arbiter cancels his 700 GB porn download.
    Chief: MAI SEXAY PRONZ!11!one!
  • Bile Fascination: parodied in-universe in "Endgame".
    Chief: god damit this gaem is gay [beat] wen is teh sec0nd 1 cumign out
  • Bittersweet Ending: 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.
  • Brick Joke: 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 true Brick Joke, another hug occurs in the fourth episode of Hypermail. And both characters end up getting signs on their backs.
  • Bus Crash: Happens with Travis, Scott and Cortana.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: 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.
  • Chekhov's Gun: 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. In the finale, a giant spider appears in Jon's house, and this becomes an important plot point.
    • 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, she burned to pieces.
    • The matchbook in season 7.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Chief swears like crazy when he realizes that he just killed Cortana.
  • Downer Ending: The series finale, "Ignition". Arbiter and Chief commit suicide by setting the apartment ablaze..
  • Enemy Mine: It appears that Arby and Chief are cooperating with Cameron and Cody to survive the hackers attack on the application match
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Chief is NOT happy to find out that Colin is a child molester.
  • Final Boss Preview: Arguably the matches against the two security guards count as this.
    • The toys' first confrontation with Eugene and his clan before they're mercilessly fragged.
  • Gainax Ending: Season 5 ends with [[spoiler: Arbiter waking up to the sound of Cortana's voice, despite her being "dead".
    • Which turns out to be an incredibly cruel prank by Chief.
  • Heroic BSOD: Arbiter during Season 6. 4 months and counting.
    • He's showing signs of coming out of it though.
      • Season 7 has him returning to this trope, and for good reasons.
  • He's Back: Not a character, but Chief's 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.
    • Cortana. Or not.
      • Not
    • And Arbiter's helmet at the end of season 5.
    • 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.
  • Ironic Echo: "Play to win".
    • "Awesome possum".
  • Killed Off for Real: Not "killed" per say but one of the security guards from the wedding gets fragged during the application match. The other one makes it out though.
    • 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 Moral Event Horizon for Adam.
    • In Endgame, Scott literally gets killed. Also, at the end of Season 3, Cortana, Todd and Travis all got killed.
    • In Season 7, Cortana gets cooked alive inside of an oven by Master Chief.
    • In Season 7, "Crush", 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.
  • Lemon Wacky Hello: Chief getting high from smoking cereal. Lampshaded by Arbiter stating that cereal doesn't have hallucinogenic properties.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Chief when he fights Travis.
    Chief: k k stop sotp stpo. i surendir. JK LOL
  • Overly-Long Gag: The death of Scott.
  • Put On A Spaceship To Hell: The fates of Cortana, Todd and Travis at the end of "King".
    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]
  • The Mistress: Trent has one.
  • Look Behind You: 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
  • Let's Get Dangerous: In preparation for the wedding, Chief and Arbiter meet a group of 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.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Chief after accidentally killing Cortana.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: 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 Precision D-Strike mentioned below despite him normally going out of his way to sanitize even casual speech.
  • Precision F-Strike: Well, "D-Strike", but same principle. Delivered by Greg after he witnessed Chief not only MURDER Cortana, but is then forced to lie about it to Arbiter.
  • Rasputinian Death: Scott takes A LOT of bullets to bring down. Lampshaded by the Chief.
    Why won't this faggot just die?
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Arbiter delivers several to Chief over the course of the entire series. He delivers it once to the audience (see Take That, Audience!) and once to 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.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: S6 E9 ends with Arby gearing up for one after Claire is banned and her personal accounts hacked.
  • Samus Is a Girl: 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
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: When Arbiter challenges Chief and his Noobs, he only uses magnum and sprint. He wins.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The scene where Cortana gets melted in the apartment oven has the fucking Blue Danube Waltz playing in the background.
  • Surprisingly Happy Ending: The Season 6 Finale 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.
  • Tear Jerker: Most of Greenlit, particularly Chief's speech at the beginning.
  • Tempting Fate: A rare example where things actually get better for the person that tempts fate.
    Arbiter: We're going to need a miracle.
    • A tank spawns behind him
  • Wham Episode: Heat.
    • The Big Bang.
    • IGNITION.
  • Wham Line: Massive Damage gives us "shes just plastic."
  • Who Would Be Stupid Enough: 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?
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech/"The Reason You Suck" Speech: In the season 5 finale:
    Arbiter: 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.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Claire gives one to Arbiter.
    • Cortana also gives one to Arbiter in Terminal.
    • Greg's note that Arbiter found. "You have a good heart, Arbiter. Don't lose it."
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: 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.

    Meta/miscellaneous 

  • Aesop Amnesia: 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", he's finally learned to play well enough to fight two professional players together with Arbiter and almost win.
  • Author Filibuster: See Author Avatar (characters folder)
  • Cerebus Syndrome: 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.
  • Franchise Zombie: "King" (episode 25/S3E13) 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...
    • [1]. Seasons 5 to 7 have been widely acclaimed.
  • Long Runner: 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, a movie, six-part "Endgame", and the LA spinoff that was never made.
  • The Movie: Arby 'n' The Chief: The Movie. "Endgame" could also be considered one.
  • Series Continuity Error: 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? Breaking the Fourth Wall?
    • Negative Continuity was once consciously introduced in "Pirates" (episode 28/S4E3).
    • 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.
  • Shoo Out the New Guy: The massive backlash and subsequent removal of Todd and Travis.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The music at the end of "Severance", when Chief and Arbiter attack Trent, and the final battle between them is about to start, the music is surprisingly calm.
  • Talking to Himself: Todd and Travis, as well as the voices of all characters that are not figurines (except Agent Smirnoff in The Movie, 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 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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