Trivia / Halo

  • Actor Allusion:
  • Adored by the Network: It's becoming clear that Microsoft loves their franchise based on references cropping up in their other products. Besides the smartphone assistant named after Cortana, the replacement for Internet Explorer is codenamed Spartan while the Windows 10 codename is Threshold, the name of the fictional gas giant that Halo orbits.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: There really is a "Master Chief" rank in the US military - Master Chief Petty Officer is a naval rank, and yes, the correct way to address one is "Master Chief". Quite understandably, when a suspect of such a rank once showed up on NCIS, surprise and confusion ensued for some.
  • Ascended Fanon: The first edition of the Halo Encyclopedia pretty clearly copied a lot of its information from the Halo wiki, including several of the latter's errors. While 343 Industries have said that the Encylopedia's errors should not be considered canonical, one bit of fanon that snuck has managed to become official canon; the United Rebel Front, which originated from a misinterpretation of a single line in Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, was eventually established as an official faction in later Halo media.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: Five main games, various books and comics, the requisite action figures, an anime series, five Gaiden Games (including two on mobile), several Alternate Reality Games, and two live-action serials, not to mention various promotional tie-ins.
  • The Danza: Recurring marine sergeant Marcus P. Stacker is voiced by Pete Stackernote .
  • Defictionalization: The Windows Phone and Windows 10 digital assistant is named Cortana. Jen Taylor even voices her, and the avatar is a halo. Word of God states that the two are completely different entities, though she does give some Continuity Nods if you ask the right questions.
    Question: Which is better, you or Siri?
  • God Never Said That: Before Halo Wars, Halo fanon had claimed that the armor worn by Arbiters was the same exact suit that it had been through history, the successor receiving it after his predecessor had died (which is implied, but not said, in Halo 2, with the Prophets saying that the bodies were all in the mausoleum, and the armor's systems being outdated). However, the Arbiter of Halo Wars Ripa 'Moramee was killed and pushed down a chasm before his body was destroyed in a Earth-Shattering Kaboom. Henceforth, that meant the armor had been destroyed with it. Fans were annoyed, but it was later pointed out that since the Arbiter is intended to be sent on suicide missions, there would have been many cases where the armor was destroyed and/or impossible to recover. Such as falling to the core of a gas giant, like Thel 'Vadamee was about to.
  • Hire the Critic: Luke Smith of 1UP got hired to Bungie after he wrote the article "Broken Halo", where he criticized Halo 2's multiplayer for being highly unbalanced. Following that, he put some real work into designing the multiplayer for Halo 3 and Halo: Reach.
  • Jossed: Halo 3's entire storyline, specifically The Forerunners' relationship with the Flood, the Forerunner's relationship with humanity, and the possible (lack of, as it turned out) ulterior motives the Prophet of Truth had for activating Halo.
  • Mid-Development Genre Shift: The first game was originally conceived as a Real-Time Strategy game, but it made it to shelves as a First-Person Shooter, probably because its plot and factions coupled with its genre would have made it too similar to RTS heavyweight Starcraft. They eventually revisited the RTS idea, though.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Both Miranda Keyes and the Prophet of Truth got new voice actors in between Halo 2 and 3.
      • Truth's voice changed from Top Dollar (Michael Wincott) to Zod (Terence Stamp).
      • Keyes changed from Julie Benz to Justis Bolding. Additionally, the character got a new (and sexier) design as well.
    • In Halo Legends, John-117 is voiced by David Wald instead of Steve Downes, while Cortana is voiced by Shelley Calene-Black instead Jen Taylor. Additionally, neither of them apparently voiced the Halo 4 teaser trailer, though they both came back for the game proper (which was the first time they actually worked side-by-sidenote ).
  • What Could Have Been: Among the most famous, influential and profitable console first-person shooters ever... was originally going to be an RTS. For Mac.
    • There was originally going to be a film of the game directed by Neill Blomkamp, the director of District 9. Of course, District 9 was only made because Blomkamp couldn't do the Halo movie; if there had been a Halo movie, we might very be lamenting the opposite situation.
  • The Wiki Rule: Two; Halopedia, an independent wiki, and Halo Nation, which is hosted by Wikia. The two were previously one wiki, but split apart after a dispute about the new Oasis skin for all Wikia websites. The two share many of the same administrators but have a tense relationship otherwise. There was also a third, Halo Wiki.net, which focused primarily on multiplayer, but is since mostly defunct.
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