* BrokenBase: It began to create one for 343 Industries, though eventually ''Literature/HaloCryptum'' and the comic adaptations of ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'' managed to WinBackTheCrowd.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The use of Martin O'Donnell's and Michael Salvatori's scores from the ''Halo'' trilogy.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Daisy, the Spartan from ''Homecoming'', has become rather popular on Website/DeviantArt, perhaps because being seemingly TheCutie among a pack of supersoldiers, as well as having red armor.
** Ghost, the stoic, emotionless [[BadassNormal Marine]] with a [[DarkAndTroubledPast 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 [[GoOutWithASmile a satisfied grin]]. Basically, Ghost proves that Spartans aren't the only ones who get in on the action. Personally, Ghost remains this Troper's most favorite Marine.
* FanDislikedExplanation: 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 ''Literature/HaloTheColeProtocol'', the character was changed to be another random Elite named Thel '''Lodamee''. Now the canon fit together again, but the irony was lost.
* FridgeBrilliance: 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?
* FridgeHorror: 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 (BrotherSisterIncest?). Chief and Cortana have the option to evacuate the family, but considering the Orion Arm is at war....
* TheScrappy:
** 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 EstablishingCharacterMoment sets him up as a rather {{Wangst}}y fellow.
* TearJerker: 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 conversation held between Ghost and his dying squadmate.
*** Ghost's heroic sacrifice.
*** [[SenselessSacrifice Worsened by the fact that the surviving members of Hades Corp were possibly among the many casualties aboard the Heart of Midlothian]].
** ''The Package''
*** Arthur's death after saving Kelly.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: The rather loose approach to canon (particularly on the visual side of things) resulted in this response.