Welcome to the Company. Oh yes, that's the helmetless Master Chief. Later shirtless.
Company0051 is a HaloFan Web Comic written by Jameson9101322. It is hosted on DeviantArt and details the adventures between Master Chief and a company of in-training teenage Marines.Shortly after the events of Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo: First Strike, Master Chief and Cortana have been brought to the planet Noiosi for the analysis of a retrieved Covenant data pod. While Cortana is hired to crack it, the decryption proves difficult, until Cortana comes up with the idea of using the reverse-engineered AI network inside John's helmet to simulate a Covenant one. Reluctantly giving up his armor, John stays at the military camp on the planet, unhappy about his forced stay.Then there are kids. Excitable, inexperienced, and often obnoxious, John is forced to cope with them while he waits for her to finish her work. Eventually, he begins to settle into the campsite, and slowly begins to discover the relationships inside the community of Company 0051.The webcomic was started in 2007, and came to a finish in 2012. It's become a fairly popular series, and encourages an actively participating fandom, which refers to itself affectionately as "The Company." The official series page can be found here.
Ascended Fanon - Noiosi was not originally the name of the planet, but rather had no name at all. A fan suggested the name of "Noiosi" which was liked by the author and then accepted as canon.
The Chief wasn't originally going to strike The Captain, but fans kept clamoring for his beatdown.
The Covenant fleet was noted to have arrived unusually fast considering most of their Slipspace jump to Human space take at least days or hours. A fan suggested that they were already on patrol in the system, after their AI disappeared, and it was accepted by the author.
Action Girl - All the girl soldiers apply, but Sam is a standout, having broken Sergeant Avery's jaw when he tried to cut her ponytail off. She gets off, but Chief reprimands her on this.
All There in the Manual - Supplementary artwork features the stills of the squad of the rest of the company. While none of them occur within the comic, they do give a bigger background on the characters. Additionally, every background character is featured in the company is given a name.
A full map is included of where all of John's scars are. For some, fascinating. For others, more fascinating.
Bilingual Bonus - "Noiosi", the name of the planet, means "boring" in Italian. Considering trapped on John feels on a planet with no threats, it's a fitting title.
Bit Character - Ally, originally the counterpart to Sam, appears the least of all the characters now that Sam has risen in prominence. However, it's fitting given she's a much quieter, non-comedic character, and she actually does get one moment in the limelight with the Chief following Maria's confrontation.
Cargo Ship - In-universe. The scientist Feldspar gets very attached to the Chief's helmet. The author herself has said they are her favorite couple, and it's one of the 2nd largest of the shippings among fans. John himself appears to be attached to its armor, but less out of "romance" than because he considers it his real body.
Chekhov's Gun - The big hole of recently torn trees leading straight into the forest? It leads to a crashed Covenant fighter, where the pod they're analyzing came from.
Continuity Nod - When finding the crashed Covenant ship, John identifies it as a Seraph-class starfighter.
John directly cites the Captain as having directly violated Article II, subsection 7 of the Cole Protocol, which directly forbids the retrieval of Covenant artifacts and technology until the available party is certain that the item is can not be tracked.
The armor the kids get at the end looks very similar to the Marine BDU from Combat Evolved.
May-December Romance - Sam/Master Chief has a surprisingly large following among the fan community, despite the fact that's she's only a teenager, and John himself is old enough to be her father. While a large amount of their promotional artwork features them together, there is no official word yet from the author.
Within the story, several of Sam's squadmates accuse her of this when she comes back drunk from the poker game.
Negated Moment of Awesome - It's time for the Chief to go Spartan again, because the Covenant have arrived on Noiosi! Time to re-gather his armor, suit up, and... wait... his helmet's been gutted by the scientists and the explosion ended up charring it. He ends up having to use Marine armor.
Not What It Looks Like - Sam comes back from the poker game, drunk, giddy, and accompanied by an older man. Sound suspicious?
Older than They Look: The kids can seem pretty young, both in look and behavior, but they've all been confirmed by the author to be no younger than eighteen.
One Steve Limit - The comic plays this straight, but later, it was subverted by the Halo canon when it turned out that the name of the Company's Sergeant, Avery, was also the name of a certain other Halo Sergeant...
Discussed when John tells Sam of his former Spartan teammate, also named Sam. Young Sam jokes that if he's dead, it solves the problem of name confusion. Chief doesn't find it funny.
Only a Flesh Wound - Master Chief gets shot with a Beam Rifle through the shoulder during the Covenant invasion, a weapon that is a one-hit-kill in both the games and the books. He keeps moving anyway, and Sam patches it with biofoam.
Everyone in the Company, whether of featured or not, has a name.
John's scars are given backstory too. He even shows a little sunburn the day after retrieving the Warthog!
Shrug of God - Master Chief's armor resembles the Mark VI, but canonically it's supposed to be the Mark V. The author has admitted it looks like the wrong armor and has at times referred to it as a Mark 5.5.
Tap on the Head - Chief gives it to The Captain. John is out of his Power Armor but it's still a surprise that being a Spartan, he didn't end cracking the guy's skull open.
Enforced in the community asked for it.
Too Dumb to Live - With the amount of times Dunny ends up ticking the Chief off, whether it be nagging him all the time at dinner, not getting the hint when he says to leave, and even curiously sticking his Tetris game card into the Chief's data chip neck slot, electrocuting him, on their first meeting, it's a wonder John hasn't snapped his neck already. The other squadmates even call Dunny this.
Carlos too is a contender, having crashed the camp Warthog, and then taking a losing fold during a poker game when he actually had the winning hand. Additionally, Petey asks if he can bluff after he revealed what his hand is.
Tsundere - Sam starts out as one, but she warms to John. Maria, though is a straighter example. Chief gets told early on that she hates him, but later she reprimands the other boys for constantly annoying him, only to later accuse him of taking advantage of Sam.
24-Hour Armor - Chief admits this is the longest time he's been out his armor since he was a teenager. In an inverse of the trope, unlike the canon, he seems to be able to remove himself without a technician just fine.
Villainous Breakdown - The Captain blows up the compound, tries to steal the pod, and holds a gun out and tries to shoot whoever stands in his way.
What the Hell, Hero? - John reprimands the camps officers for not enforcing the camp's rules and skirting a lot of the rest. Avery takes it well. The Captain doesn't.
What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids? - Thanks to the bright colorful artwork and regular dose of humor, it's quite a surprise to find the comic regularly goes into topics of drug use, gambling, abuse of authority, accusation of underage relationships, a fair amount of blood, a very painful depiction of electrocution, and shell-shock.
Well, it IS based on a Mature-rated video game series, so it shouldn't be too surprising.
John-117: As a SPARTAN and a soldier I've been trained to respect authority. It's against my code to strike an senior officer. But what you've done has directly endangered your men and the safety of humanity as a whole. For two counts of attempted murder and the violation of UNSC Emergency Priority Order 098831A-1 Article II subsection 7, I hereby strip you of your command and place you under arrest.