YMMV / Halo Legends

  • Broken Base: It began to create one for 343 Industries, though eventually Halo: Cryptum and the comic adaptations of Halo: The Fall of Reach managed to Win Back the Crowd.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The use of Martin O'Donnell's and Michael Salvatori's scores from the Halo trilogy.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Daisy, the Spartan from Homecoming, has become rather popular on DeviantArt, perhaps because being seemingly The Cutie among a pack of supersoldiers, as well as having red armor.
    • Ghost, the stoic, emotionless marine with a dark history who ends up piloting a near-unstoppable, Gundam-like battle mech, and manages to take out Hunters, Elites, Grunts, two Wraiths, and a freakin Phantom before going out in an explosion with an epic one liner and a satisfied grin. Basically, Ghost proves that Spartans aren't the only ones who get in on the action.
  • Fan-Disliked Explanation: The Elite who nearly killed John at the end of The Package was hinted to be the future ally the Arbiter because the subtitles referred to him as "Thel". However, when fans pointed out that Thel 'Vadamee was already a Zealot (as opposed to a lowly Major) during his first fight against a Spartan in Halo: The Cole Protocol, the character was changed to be another random Elite named Thel 'Lodamee. Now the canon fit together again, but the irony was lost.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The collection is titled Halo Legends, and particularly in the case of The Duel, they mean it. Just as the legends of King Arthur are based (loosely) on real events and people with plenty of exaggeration and anachronism, so too would the story of the first fallen Arbiter be conflated to an epic tale of betrayal that perhaps kind of resembles historical events if you look at it funny—but screw it, it's an entertaining way to tell the tale, no?
  • Fridge Horror: In Odd One Out, there are only five kids (two females and three males) and their mom in the whole planet. The horror starts when how they handle adolescent years or one (or more) going horny (Brother–Sister Incest?). Chief and Cortana have the option to evacuate the family, but considering the Orion Arm is at war....
  • Moral Event Horizon: Haka, from "The Duel", crosses it when he forces the Arbiter's friend Roh to murder the Abitier's wife Han, only to murder Roh when he does the deed.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Han, the Arbiter's wife from The Duel, is a very controversial character, due to her drastically different appearance from other Elites and incessant giggling.
    • The main ODST of The Babysitter, O'Brien, also isn't well liked. His Establishing Character Moment sets him up as a rather Wangsty fellow.
  • Tear Jerker: A lot.
    • The Duel
      • Roh being forced to kill Han.
      • Fal finding Han's corpse.
      • The ending; although Fal succeeds in killing Harka, he dies from his wounds, and the rank of Arbiter becomes one of disgrace.
    • Homecoming
      • Daisy returning home, only to learn of her flash clone.
      • The ending; Daisy is shot just when she's gotten the surviving marines onto the Pelican, and with the marines and Ralph refusing to leave her behind, the Pelican is eventually blown up by the Covenant, with Daisy dying in the explosion.
    • Prototype
    • The Babysitter
      • While minor, Checkman's death. It's telling how much his death has affected the squad considering it causes O'Brien to fall silent.
      • Cal slowly dying after taking a Gravity Hammer to the head defending O'Brien from a Chieftain Brute.
        Cal: Tell them... to get it to Halsey. She'll know what to do.
        Cortez: No. You give it to her.
        Cal: We both know that's... (smiles)... that's not going to be possible.
      • The squad silently mourning Cal's death.
    • The Package
      • Arthur's death after saving Kelly.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The rather loose approach to canon (particularly on the visual side of things) resulted in this response.