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    In General 

SPARTAN-I Program

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The original UNSC supersoldier project, codenamed ORION until it was retroactively dubbed "SPARTAN-I" in response to its research being applied for the SPARTAN-II Program. ORION operatives were volunteers pulled from all branches of the military who were enhanced with experimental augmentations to make them more powerful soldiers. ORION soldiers became very effective, put down many rebellions, and soon their membership increased from 65 recruits to over a hundred more. However, expense coupled with the beginnings of side-effects from the augmentations caused the project to eventually be discarded, and the ORIONs were quietly spread back to their respective branches, their participation on the project being kept a secret. Improving on the S-I augmentations was a first priority for the SPARTAN-II Program, and the all-volunteers nature of the ORIONs was fully resurrected for the SPARTAN-IV Program.


  • Disability Superpower: Despite their gradual bodily deterioration, at least one Spartan-I was discovered to have immunity to the Flood. Supposedly. Later media seems to have retconned most of that away.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Their first mission was completed without any casualties or even without being seen.
  • Flawed Prototype: Many Spartan-Is gradually began to suffer from physiological and psychological malfunctions as a consequence of their augmentations.
  • Psycho Prototype: Downplayed; some suffered from post-traumatic stress or objected to fighting for the UNSC and tried to join the rebels, and even many who stayed loyal were later discharged for mental instabilities. This influenced the S-II Program's decision to indoctrinate its supersoldiers from childhood.

     James James 

James "Jim" James

Homeworld: Unknown
Birthdate: Unknown
Debuted in: I Love Bees
Voiced by: Bruce Nozick

A former Spartan-I and father of Janissary James.


  • Action Dad: To Jan.
  • Alliterative Name: His assumed one, anyway.
  • Demolitions Expert: Is heavily implied to have been the go-to demolitionist among the Spartan-Is. First, to keep ONI from finding out about Jan's whereabouts via her lab results, he burns down one of Bergen County's police stations. Later, during the assault on Thin's gang, Gladys remarks "If there was one thing [Jim] could do, it was blow things up." This might be partly why he died to Thin's gang relatively easily, while Gilly was able to rescue Jan by herself - stealth and single-man operations might not have been his forte.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Everyone prefers to call him "Jim", even the actual credits.
  • Papa Wolf: Even kills an ONI operative who tried to take Jan away to be a Spartan-II, and assaults a base held by Crystal Security. The latter doesn't work out too well.
  • Repetitive Name: A rare case of being chosen, as he believes that nobody would ever imagine he chose it for an assumed identity.
  • Retired Badass
  • Sacrificial Lion: For I Love Bees, as he's killed by Thin when he tries to attack a group of thugs completely alone.
  • Two First Names: Though it's just his alias. His real last name was "Lee", though that can also be a first name.

     Gilly 

Gilly

Homeworld: Unknown
Birthdate: Unknown
Debuted in: I Love Bees
Voiced by: Deborah Sale Butler

A former, psychotic Spartan-I and mother of Janissary James.


  • Action Mom: For Jan.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: The Spartan-I lifestyle completely screwed up Gilly, who now has difficulty not killing random people. This leads her to caution Jan away from killing.
  • Mama Bear: Even kills Thin and Monster Ann to keep Jan from turning out like she did.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: She's one of those classified as psychotic, since she has problems not killing random people once she's no longer a Spartan-I.

    Character Affiliation Spoiler 

Sergeant Major Avery Junior Johnson

See the Halo UNSC Marines And ODST page for more details.

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Spartan 1.1's

     In General 

Spartan 1.1's

The children of Spartan-Is who had returned to civilian life. Though never an official unit by the UNSC, many of them were subjected to augmentations as infants that rendered them slightly stronger than ordinary humans. Like their parents, several of them wished to defend the UNSC, and began to organize a vigilante army to take the fight to the Covenant.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Though they weren't actually told of their enhancements until late in their lives.
  • Playing with Syringes: On young children, like the later SPARTAN-II program.
  • Tyke-Bomb: Kind of a trial run for the augmentations for the SPARTAN-II program.

     Janissary James 

Janissary James

Homeworld: Earth
Birthdate: c. 2535
Debuted in: I Love Bees
Voiced by: Kari Wahlgren

"Hey, soldier, is that an assault rifle in your hands or are you just happy to see me?"

The daughter of James and Gilly, she lives largely on the run with her father.


     Kevin Morales 

Kevin Morales

Homeworld: Unknown
Birthdate: Unknown
Debuted in: I Love Bees
Voiced by: "Jim Taggert"

"I want to go deep into Covenant space. I want to do it for a purpose, and I want to do it without being under Section III's thumb."

The son of one of James and Gilly's Spartan-I friends.


  • The Leader: Of a small group of 1.1s who want to take the fight to the Covenant without joining the UNSC military.
  • Lovable Rogue: There are some hints of this.
  • Unreliable Expositor: A mild example; he's prone to a bit of exaggeration. He even admits it when trying to recruit Jan.


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