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YMMV: Arby 'n' the Chief
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Clyde, the main antagonist of season 6 (at first), is taken down by the duo in practically two seconds.
    • Subverted in the season 6 finale, where he comes back to hold off Chief and Arbiter while the real Big Bad makes his escape. Despite doing a more efficient job in suppressing the two, he is unceremoniously taken down again, but it isn't shown until Chief watches a replay later on.
    • Eugene and his clan in season 7 end up being pushovers once Arbiter and Chief get the jump on them. Tyler and Colin are both fragged due to circumstances outside of the game, and Eugene kills himself out of spite.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Different in the fact that they're already dead, but Cortana's last interactions with Chief as a ghost are essentially telling him that Tyler and Colin got what they deserved, Eugene's suicide was neither his fault nor Arbiter's and that he's changed enough for her to finally rest in peace, complete with a final request for him to be as much as a friend as he can to Arbiter in their final moments. Made even worse with Chief admitting that he does want to be friends with Cortana and realizing that he loves her...only for her to disappear before she can hear it.
  • Broken Base: Between fans of the show who like that the show got darker and turned into more of a dramatic type of series and fans who prefer the lighter and comedic earlier episodes.
    • "Ignition", the season 7 finale, further divided the base because of how the toys die, and other factors.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome:
    • The Chief's speech to get the Arbiter out of his depression and to help get rid of Scott in Endgame Part 5.
    • "Wedding" (S3E2), which is also a CMOF.
    • Chief pulling a Big Damn Heroes for Arbiter, then teabagging a guy with a helicopter.
    • The opening of Season 5. WE R GUYZ, WHO GON T33CH U LESSON!
      • Same goes for the finale. Made of win in its entirety.
    • Arby saving Chief Cameron and Cody from two members of Chaos Theosis
    • Adam's defeat and being taken away to juvie in Cradle to Grave is so awesome it needs to be seen to be believed.
  • Cliché Storm: The entirety of "Endgame"
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: The scenes featuring XxXsM0k3w33d4Lyph3420XxX in Episode 11, and all of Episode 3.
    • In Endgame Part Four, when Chief suggests a way to get money from killing Scott.
    • ANYTIME Chief bests Arbiter at something. Usually doubles as a Crowning Moment Of Awesome.
    • This whole show is one big one really. There's not a single episode that will NOT make you laugh at least once. Not to mention the good episodes where you'll be out of air by the end.
    • The aforementioned wedding episode.
    • Skylar Loveheart chasing Chief with a gun.
      • The tank that spawns behind Arby, Chief, Cameron and Cody without them noticing for a bit
  • Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming: Arbiter speaking with Claire after the wedding crash.
    • The beginning of part 5 of Endgame.
    • I found it nice that as much as Chief hates Arbiter and claims that they aren't friends, he refuses to take Kylie's request to frag Arbiter in exchange for her "ASL", stating that Arbiter is "acshuly sort of" his friend. Never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever. Though he quickly changes his mind when Kylie "promises" to send nudes.
    • The ending of Season 6, where Greg brings Cortana back to the apartment. The final shot of the Season, where they all take a photograph, is equally heart-warming.
  • Crowning Music Of Awesome: The main theme of season 5.
    • The usage of "Feel It" by Soundroom in "Dead Weight".
    • Track 9 of the season 7 soundtrack has been unanimously praised as such.
      • Hell, the season 7 soundtrack in general has been lauded as being the best in the entire series.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Greg the spider has quite a few fans, to the point where they hope he returns for the next season. A completely different reception to what happened when Todd, Travis and Cortana were introduced.
    • On the comments of pretty much all the new videos, there is at least a few people who really want Greg to come back after disappearing in "Cheaters".
    • Kevin from Season 6 also seems to have quite a few fans.
  • Fridge Horror: Way back in Master Chief sucks at Halo 2, Chief attempts suicide over finding out that the Halo 3 Beta is over. We are supposed to find this funny, because it seemingly shows that he's taking things too seriously and obsessing way too much over a game. But when you think about it, he's a living action figure. When he says "my life is empty without Halo"? He means that completely sincerely. There really is nothing else in his life.
  • Fridge Logic: The reward for Scott's capture allowed them to stay in Canada.
She also doesn't recognize Chief in "Drunken Halo". Could be an unrelated character. Or maybe we should just shut up? Even Jon Especially Jon probably doesn't care. Or does he?
  • There's also the fact that Greg the Spider appears at both the end of Season 4, and Season 5. Also, Master Chief's leg is still missing in Endgame, as well as Arbiter's helmet. It may be better to count Season 4 as being set after Endgame.
  • Hate Sink: Adam is a satire of vulgar, immature and game addicted spoiled brats rolled into one 8 year old piece of scum, so of course he was meant to be hated by everybody in the show and the audience.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Back in Season 5 Trent Donnovich gave his "sinking ship" Breaking Lecture, which Arbiter responded with a Reason You Suck Speech. Come Arbiter's Face-Heel Turn in season 7 and it seems Arbiter has adopted said "sinking ship" philosophy, and may have become even worse than Trent.
  • Memetic Mutation: Chief uses LOTS.
  • Misaimed Fandom: A recent episode revolved around Chief criticising the Arbiter for wanting to play a PlayStation 3 game. Many fans thought it was supposed to be a Take That at the PS3 when it was supposed to be a Take That at the elitist 360 fanboys.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Adam in season 6 refuses to stop playing Halo to see his dying grandmother in the room next to his. The other members of Chaos Theosis are visibly appalled.
    • And if that wasn't enough, he fragged Claire just for the sake of it.
      • If you thought that was bad, he insulted a fellow racer for having a dead mother and said that her death just requires him to have extra lube when screwing her.
      • And if that REALLY wasn't enough, he declares that he has lost all respect for his mother - after she tries to make a last, desperate plea for him to start treating her like a human being - saying "No wonder Dad left you, you spineless fucking bitch". GOD.
    • Chief arguably crosses it when he accidentally kills Cortana
  • Nightmare Fuel: The end of "Cold".
    • The fact Chaos Theosis can ban you by killing you once only, or even if you quit or turn your Xbox off. Their rampage at the end of Remission is just chilling.
    • Cortana's voice as she was melting. BRRRR.
    • Also the episode that Chief has while playing Oddball, flashing back to Cortana's murder. It's made all the worse by the fact that he is holding the oddball... which is a flaming skull.
    • The opening of "Descent". It features a Flash-forward depicting Chief, seemingly torn in half, lying motionless on the bathroom floor while Arbiter contemplates suicide by jumping out of the apartment window.
    • After killing Cortana, Chief starts seeing hallucinatory images of her all over the place, but this becomes Nightmare Fuel for the viewers in the latest episode, "Wake", in which Chief gets angry at the controller's faulty batteries, looks back up at the screen, and a GHOSTLY IMAGE OF CORTANA IS STARING STRAIGHT AT THE CAMERA. Time to change your underwear, viewers!
    • Eugene's final words after a long pause, followed by the gunshot, can be quite chilling.
    Eugene: So long.
    • In "Ignition", Arbiter is so infuriated upon learning the truth about Cortana that he tears Chief apart into five pieces - the top piece, a limbless upper torso with Chief's visorless head, spouting gibberish endlessly in agony.
  • Reverse Funny Aneurysm: The original theme for the series was the intro for the Family Guy "Road To" episodes, and over time, the Arbiter became Digitalph33r's megaphone for delivering Author Filibusters the same way Brian did for Seth Macfarlane.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: The fates of Cortana, Todd and Travis.
  • The Scrappy - Cortana, Travis and Todd were all scrappies but Cortana seems to get the most hate due to the fact she did nothing notable other than bitch about Chief being an idiot/sexist and bottom to Todd.
    • The new characters introduced in Arby 'n' the Chief in L.A. got quite a lot of hate at the time as well. Especially Sonic when he was first introduced.
  • Scrub: Arbiter believes that only cheap players use Martydom in Call of Duty, as well as pick Rocket Fight in Halo 3.
  • Tear Jerker: Has its own page.
  • Ugly Cute: Greg. Sure, he's a spider, but just look at him and the way he communicates. Cue the collective "Awwwww".
  • Uncanny Valley: Greg.
  • The Woobie:
    • Greg. In his first appearance, he gets told by Arbiter that him and his species are repulsive, when he just wanted to hang out. Though thankfully Arbiter decides to befriend him afterwards. Chief constantly treats him like crap, which eventually ends up with Chief trying to kill Greg with a knife after Arbiter got Greg to lock him away so that he wouldn't crash the wedding, despite the fact that Greg felt horrible about it. He becomes self aware of his appearance when Arbiter decides not to play Scrabble with him one time, and then he hears what Arbiter said to Claire about how much Greg scares him. So he decides to leave.
    • Mrs. Mcintyre. Her husband left her some time before Season 6. She also has to put up with Adam, her son.
    • From season 5 and onwards, Arbiter himself becomes a pretty big woobie. His realisation that being a living toy means he will spend his entire life confined within a small apartment with only Chief to keep him company and that his life doesn't have any meaning or purpose slowly drives him into a depression. Especially since season 7 shows Chief and Arbiter deteriorating and breaking apart, having to tape and glue themselves back together really drives this home, to the point that Arbiter eventually agrees to finally partake in Eugene and his dangerous fragban software.

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