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United Nations Space Command (UNSC)

SPARTAN-IV Program

Director

    Harper 

Commander Lawrence Harper

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"There comes a time where every soldier dies. It's part of his duty. Just make sure you die for something or someone that's worth your life."

Species: Human

Appearances: Generation | Omega Halo

Voiced by: Hugh Verheylewegen

The new SPARTAN-IVs' commanding officer and mentor figure.
  • Big Good: As the overseer of the new SPARTAN program, he's this for Saul and his squad.
  • The Cameo: He appears in Omega Halo's epilogue, where he reunites with Saul in the afterlife.
  • A Father to His Men: His care for the IVs is almost fatherly-like, especially between him and Saul, who takes his death the hardest.
  • The Mentor: For the new SPARTAN-IVs, especially Saul. Unfortunately...
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: He suffers this fate at the hands of 'Thalashee when he attacks the base.
  • Parental Substitute: He was Saul's father figure for most of his career.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: While Saul's superior, he has enough faith in his leadership abilities to allow him free reign when it comes to handling the squad.
  • So Proud of You: When the SPARTANs complete their final simulation without a single casualty, proving their capabilities as a team, he lets them know how proud he is, and again when he's reunited with Saul in the afterlife epilogue of Omega Halo.
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SPARTANs

    Saul IV-01 

Saul IV-01

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"Maybe I can save humanity, maybe I can't. I don't know but I promise, I won't quit trying until I can't or I don't need to."

Species: Human

Appearances: Generation | Omega Halo

Voiced by: Jacob Whittington

The leader of a new team of SPARTANs.
  • And This Is for...: Right before taking down the Shipmaster's shields to allow Grey an opening, he has some choice words for him:
    Saul: You sicken me, Shipmaster. You're a tyrant and a murderer. So this is for Earth, for my squad, and for the thousands of humans that you've killed!
  • Big Brother Instinct: He plays the role of a strict older brother towards his squad, but especially towards Katherine. He goes outright berserk when the Shipmaster seemingly kills her.
  • BFG: He starts lugging around a SPARTAN Laser in Omega Halo. He's very proficient with it.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After all the fighting, pain, and loss he endured over the series, Saul finally gets to rest in peace, reunited with his fallen teammates, and his actions allowed Katherine to survive, so that she may continue to save others, thus continuing the cycle to save humanity.
  • The Hero: Moreso for Generation, as the plot largely focuses on him coming into his own as a leader and stopping 'Thalashee.
  • Heroic BSoD: Falls into a pretty bad one when Harper is killed by 'Thalashee, and since Harper was like a father to him, he takes it harder than anyone else. Fortunately, Cameron helps him out of it with some encouragement.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Saul is badly wounded saving Katherine from a Flood form and starts bleeding out. Knowing he would just slow Katherine down, he decides to stay behind and hold off the Flood.
  • It's All My Fault: He blames himself for the deaths of his squad. He believes he'd let them all down when he promised they would make it through together. Fortunately, his worries were put to rest when he was reunited with them in the epilogue.
  • It's Personal: His drive to kill both 'Thalashee and the Shipmaster stems from them killing those close to him. 'Thalashee killed Harper and Gabe, while the Shipmaster killed Cameron, Jake, and Christian.
  • The Leader: Of his squad that became the new batch of SPARTAN-IVs.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Saul looks out for Katherine like an elder sibling and their bond gets stronger when the rest of the squad is killed. Funnily enough, their voice actors are real life siblings.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After the Flood force them to retreat, Saul and Katherine get into a heated argument in which Saul angrily refers to to her as "04", something he admonished Gabe for doing in Generation. After driving a hurt Katherine away, all Saul can do is silently stand there as he realizes what he'd done.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Despite Katherine's warnings, Saul, determined to bring down the Shipmaster, heads deeper into Halo's inner facilities, unwittingly unleashing the contained Flood within.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: While he's usually a level-headed blue, he falls firmly into red when he starts becoming reckless in his drive to finish the fight, leaving Katherine to fill the blue.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: His mission to bring down the Shipmaster quickly turns into a single-minded obsession that drives him to disregard the advice of his peers, which leads to the Flood being unleashed and getting several marines killed. His argument with Katherine gives him the Jerkass Realization he needed to stop his reckless behavior.
    Jake IV-02 

Jake IV-02

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"Maybe if we were just Marines, but we're Spartans now!"

Species: Human

Appearances: Generation | Omega Halo

Voiced by: Peter McDonald-Ryder

The team's reconnaissance expert and marksman.
  • The Cameo: Briefly appears in the epilogue of Omega Halo, but in a non-speaking role due to his voice actor being unavailable.
  • Designated Point Man: He specializes in reconnaissance, which naturally makes him the first one into danger.
  • Not So Above It All: Jake often focuses on the mission, but even he can't help but make a bet with Christian on their first mission on who can kill more Elites with less ammo. Jake lost.
  • The Quiet One: Arguably more so than Katherine. He says very little, often only speaking in downtime or when he has to during missions.
    Cameron IV-03 

Cameron IV-03

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"With you in charge, we can tackle anything."

Species: Human

Appearances: Generation | Omega Halo

Voiced by: Draven Kuhn

The team's vehicle expert and a close affiliate of Saul's.
  • The Cameo: He briefly reappears in the epilogue of Omega Halo to greet Saul in the afterlife.
  • The Engineer: Adept at tinkering and piloting vehicles.
  • Number Two: Saul quickly appoints him as second-in-command shortly after the team graduates.
  • Undying Loyalty: His history with Saul prior to becoming Spartans is what solidifies his faith in him as a leader.
    Katherine IV-04 

Katherine IV-04

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"We're human. When faced with overwhelming odds, we fight on, like we always do. Because we have something that endures, no matter what: hope."

Species: Human

Appearances: Generation | Omega Halo | Border War | The Last War

Voiced by: Carrie Whittington

The squad's sniper.
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    Christian IV-05 

Christian IV-05

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"We'd have a found a way out of it! The team can do anything, remember?"

Species: Human

Appearances: Generation | Omega Halo

Voiced by: Mason Orr

The team's heavy weapons specialist and demolitions expert.
  • The Big Guy: Very easygoing and proficient with heavy weapons.
  • BFG: Gravitates towards heavy weapons like the rocket launcher.
  • The Cameo: He briefly appears in the epilogue of Omega Halo and reunites with Saul in the afterlife, as chipper as ever.
  • Demolitions Expert: Explosives are his specialty.
  • Nice Guy: The most overt example. He's outgoing and easily sociable, as well as a source of optimism for his teammates.
  • The Heart: Described as the most "human" of the bunch, being more lively and emotional.
    Gabe IV-06 

Gabriel "Gabe" IV-06

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"If you don't shape up, you know how this will end? We'll all die, and you'll be the first to go."

Species: Human

Appearances: Generation | Omega Halo

Voiced by: Morgan Dale

The team's close-combat specialist. He's something of an outlier and more abrasive with his teammates.
  • Badass Baritone: Morgan Dale gives him a fairly deep, standoffish voice. Jacob Whittington specifies in the "Looking Back" video that he was looking for a Sev vibe when casting Gabe.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves Saul from 'Thalashee when he's about to be killed. Unfortunately, it costs him.
  • The Cameo: He appears in the afterlife epilogue of Omega Halo, but due to his voice actor being unavailable, it's in a non-speaking role.
  • Cool Helmet: Contrasting the uniform MK-VI helmets of his teammates, Gabe wears his own custom helmet, likely to help viewers visually identify him, as well as highlight his disconnect from the others.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Harper notes that he's had a long history of seeing his teammates die, which has led to him being extremely closed off to those around him.
  • Death by Irony: He admonishes Katherine for her poor communication and says that she'll be the first one to die if she doesn't shape up. Guess who actually died first?
  • Foil: He's what Katherine could have become had she closed herself off from others.
  • Hypocrite: For someone who goes on about how Katherine and Christian are weak links who will be detrimental to the squad, his attitude succeeds in damaging morale and causing more tension than they ever did. Fortunately, Saul helps him realize this.
  • In the Back: Killed by 'Thalashee when he takes his eyes off him to check on Saul.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His heart is in the right place when he criticizes his teammates, as he doesn't want them to get themselves killed. But his intentions are marred by his harsh words and his attitude doesn't do him any favors.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He could have put it more tactfully, but Gabe was right in pointing out that Katherine's lack of communication can be a detriment to the squad.
  • Jerkass Realization: Saul practically has to spell out that his abrasive, pessimistic behavior is damaging the squad's morale.
  • The Lancer: He becomes Saul's for the final showdown with 'Thalashee.
  • Not So Different: Despite their tense relationship, Gabe and Katherine are more alike than they realize. Both suffer from Dark And Troubled Pasts in which they've witnessed their teammates die, and has greatly affected their psyches.
  • Not So Stoic: He usually speaks in an even, emotionless tone but it's clear he's carrying a lot of emotional baggage. This slips through when Saul is chewing him out after Harper's death, but his most notable moment has to be when Saul is captured and Jake believes they could have saved him because they were now Spartans. Gabe disagreed. Vehemently.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: His preferred weapon is a shotgun.
  • Weapon of Choice: The shotgun, which compliments his preference for close-quarters combat.
  • You Are Number 6: He refers to his squadmates by their numbers rather than their names. After his Jerkass Realization, he starts using their names to emphasize his Character Development.

SPARTAN-V Program

Director

    Director Menaias 

Director Menaias

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Species: Human

Appearances: Final Farewell | Brotherhood War

Voiced by: Tatsumari

The director of the SPARTAN-V program.

Fireteam Corsair

    Sergeant Scott 

Sergeant Lewis Scott

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"Guess the brass figured I was good enough to lead this sorry bunch after Cairo. Who knows? Maybe the next stop is Spartan!"

Species: Human

Appearances: Generation | Omega Halo | The Last War | Final Farewell | Brotherhood War

Voiced by: Tristyn Mak

A marine who assisted Saul in Generation and is later promoted to ODST in Omega Halo. Come Brotherhood War, he's managed to attain the rank of Spartan in the new Spartan-V program.
  • Ascended Extra: He was just a Mauve Shirt Marine who assisted Saul in Generation, but later became an ODST in Omega Halo, alongside a promotion to the supporting cast.
  • Badass Normal: He's the only non-Spartan character to survive the initial Flood outbreak and later survives the entire conflict on Instalation-07, something even Saul didn't walk away from.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: He tries to pull this on Zach in the training simulation. Unfortunately, Zach is far better at it than him.
  • A Day in the Limelight: He's the central focus of Final Farewell.
  • Expy: He's got a little bit of Sergeant Johnson in him, being the one Badass Normal marine who forges a friendship with the Spartan characters.
  • Guttural Growler: Befitting a gruff sergeant, Scott's voice is gravelly.
  • Mauve Shirt: Originally just a named marine who helped Saul in Generation, but later evolved into a full side character for Omega Halo.
  • Only Mostly Dead: He's put in critical condition by Banshee fire, but manages to hold on just long enough for Grey to put him a cryo-pod, saving his life. He shows up again alive and well in The Last War, delivering the eulogy for Grey's funeral.
  • Sergeant Rock: A firm, reliable veteran of the Second War who's often an ally to the Spartans, and now walks among them as squad leader of Corsair.
  • Super Soldier: As a Spartan, but this is a given.
  • Took a Level in Badass: From Marine to Orbital Drop Shock Trooper, which is as badass as a normal human can get. He takes another level when the brass marks him up for the Spartan-V program.
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    Silva 

Silva

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Species: Human

Appearances: Brotherhood War

Voiced by:

Corsair's close-quarters combat specialist.

    Chen 

Chen

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Species: Human

Appearances: Brotherhood War

Voiced by:

Corsair's heavy weapons expert and strongest hitter.
  • The Big Girl: She has an aptitude for heavy weapons and is described by Guardian to be strong enough to punch holes through bunkers.
  • BFG: Chen likes to use heavy weapons, as per her role in the squad as their weapons specialist.
  • More Dakka: Chen's weapon of choice is the SAW, which spews a torrent of bullets that can now down targets in seconds.

    Hadley 

Hadley

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Species: Human

Appearances: Brotherhood War

Voiced by: LaughingBlock

Corsair's tech expert and marksman.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Hadley often comes across as a tryhard, but that doesn't make him any less deadly than his comrades, nor does it mean he's particularly merciful towards terrorists.
  • Fantastic Racism: Not exactly racial, but he does demonstrate an elitist mindset towards the unaugmented marines and often talks down them in a condescending manner, which doesn't endear him to Denver.
  • Large Ham: For the squad's sniper, he's not very subtle. LaughingBlock gives him a very intense and cocky intonation when he speaks.
  • The Smart Guy: He's the team's technician and knows his way around decryption.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: He exhibits shades of this when he executes Jonah in cold-blood after he'd surrendered.
  • Sore Loser: He doesn't take it well when Zach gets the drop on him and utterly schools his team in the training simulation.

Navy

    Commander Grey 

Commander Kyle Grey

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Species: Human

Appearances: Generation | Omega Halo | Border War | The Last War

Voiced by: Jacob Whittington

The SPARTANs' new commanding officer, following Harper's death.
  • Ascended Extra: He shows up at the tail-end of Generation to become the Spartans' new commanding officer, but becomes a full-blown secondary character in Omega Halo.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Twice. He shows up to prevent the Shipmaster from killing Saul (and is ultimately the one to administer the kill shot) and destroys Humble Guardian as he's threatening Katherine.
  • Big Good: Takes over the position after Harper's death.
  • The Cameo: He briefly appears alongside Katherine at the beginning of Border War, giving a speech on humanity's victory against the Shipmaster.
  • The Captain: The commanding officer of the UNSC Heart of Defiance.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He wears dark-colored armor but is one of the good guys.
  • Guttural Growler: He has a very gruff-sounding voice.
  • Demoted to Extra: After his stint as a major character in Omega Halo, he's back to relatively minor roles for the remainder of his appearances, giving a speech at the beginning of Border War and dying of cancer at the start of The Last War.
  • Enemy Mine: He tries to invoke an alliance with the Shipmaster in light of the Flood being unleashed, but the Shipmaster instead opts to activate the ring.
  • A Father to His Men: A much stricter and more gruff example than Harper, but still a caring leader who wants to keep his troops alive. He even becomes Katherine's father figure in the same vein Harper was to Saul, so his death in The Last War hits her hard.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: When the Flood are unleashed and start overwhelming his forces, he deems the operation too risky to continue and opts to retreat to gather reinforcements. He's ultimately convinced to stay when the Shipmaster announces his intentions to fire Halo.
  • Old Soldier: Per Word of God, Grey is a veteran and has seen his fair share of tragedies.
  • Parental Substitute: He became Katherine's in the years between Omega Halo and The Last War, mirroring Saul and Harper's relationship.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's willing to hear out the advice of his subordinates, especially the battle-hardened Spartans.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Grey has been suffering from cancer for years, and it finally claims his life at the beginning of The Last War.
    Commander Braxton 

Commander Braxton

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Species: Human

Appearances: Omega Halo | Final Farewell | Brotherhood War

Voiced by: Tatsumari

The captain of the Flying Forward. He formerly served as Grey's adjutant aboard the Heart of Defiance.
  • Ascended Extra: He gets a more prominent speaking role in Final Farewell.
  • The Cavalry: When he arrives in the Flying Forward, the Reformist cruiser over Seattle is sent packing, and the UNSC begins winning the naval battle over Earth.
  • The Captain: Of his own starship, the Flying Forward.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: When serving under Grey, though Grey himself was still a capable leader. Word of God has noted that Braxton was a very competent officer in his own right, enough to eventually reach the rank of commander and become The Captain of his own ship.
  • Light Is Good: Wears bright, pristine colored armor and is one of the good guys.
  • Mr. Exposition: Justified. Since Grey is removed from the action, he has to relay developments in the plot to him.
  • Number Two: He was Grey's adjutant aboard the Heart of Defiance. After Grey's death, he took over as captain until he was reassigned to the Flying Forward.
  • Old Soldier: Not quite as old as Grey, but he's been through quite a few campaigns by the time of Final Farewell.
  • Vocal Evolution: Justified. Final Farewell takes place several years after the events of Omega Halo, so it's only natural that Braxton's voice sounds older and more mature.

Marines & ODSTs

    Sergeant Knight 

Sergeant Emily Knight

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Species: Human

Appearances: Omega Halo

Voiced by: Sniper Cat

An ODST who accompanies the Spartans deeper into Halo.

     142 Drop Jet Troopers 

Commander Davis

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Species: Human

Appearances: Border War

Voiced by: Kyler Davis

The squad leader.

Mark

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Species: Human

Appearances: Border War

Voiced by: Jacob Whittington

The squad's close quarters combat specialist and newest recruit.

Alex

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Species: Human

Appearances: Border War

Voiced by: Webster Johnson

The squad's heavy weapons expert.
  • Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: He's the first to die of the main characters, but he goes out in a blaze of glory.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He sacrifices himself to buy time for his squad to escape from the encroaching Elite armor.

Bryce

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Species: Human

Appearances: Border War | Last of the Squad

Voiced by: Webster Johnson

The squad's sniper.

Sid

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Species: Human

Voiced by: Cheryl Whittington

Appearances: Border War
The squad's demolitions expert.

Nick

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Species: Human

Appearances: Border War | Last of the Squad | The Last War

Voiced by: Kyler Davis

A Falcon pilot who joins Mark after he's separated from his team, becoming an honorary squad member.

Katelynn

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Species: Human

Appearances: Border War

Voiced by: Jordan Schnoor

A civilian who joins Mark and Nick's group to help them stop the invading Sangheili.

    Phoenix Team 

Logan

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Species: Human

Appearances: The Last War | Brotherhood War

Voiced by: Jacob Whittington

The squad leader.
  • A Father to His Men: Logan evidently cares for his team, to the extent that he overlooked Zach being a Spartan-III and kept the latter's past a secret from the others.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Sports blue armor and is undoubtedly one of the most heroic characters of the series.
  • The Bus Came Back: After an extended absence, Logan makes a surprise return for Brotherhood War.
  • Defiant to the End: When captured by Elites near the end to The Last War, Logan never passes the chance to openly defy his captors directly to their faces.

Brett

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Species: Human

Appearances: The Last War

The team's technical officer.
  • Badass Bookworm: Techno-babble aside, Brett's just as capable on the battlefield as the rest of his teammates.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Suffers this fate at the hands of 'Krudom's disruptor weapon, which disrupts human particles at a cellular level, effectively disintegrating them.
  • The Smart Guy: He's Phoenix Team's go-to guy for hacking, decryption, and translation of intel.

Tanner

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Species: Human

Appearances: The Last War

The team's marksman and scout.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Suffers this fate at the hands of an Elite sniper.
  • Friendly Sniper: He's the resident Nice Guy of Phoenix and their best marksman.
  • Nice Guy: The most upfront cordial member of the team, and the one Katherine ends up gravitating to the most, enough to even enter a relationship with him.

Michael

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Species: Human

Appearances: The Last War

The team's heavy weapons expert with a few chips on his shoulder.
  • The Big Guy: The team's heavy hitter, even described as the big guy by Logan.
  • Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: He's the first of Phoenix to die.
  • Old Soldier: He's the oldest member of the team, his veterancy exceeding even Katherine's.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He and Tanner used to be childhood friends, until a fateful battle where Tanner panicked and was unable to prevent a Zealot from killing their previous teammates. He grew resentful of Tanner for it.
    Zach B-257 

Zach B-257

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Species: Human

Appearances: The Last War | Lifebringer | Brotherhood War

Voiced by: Riley Mikesell

A SPARTAN-III who joined Phoenix after losing his fellow brothers in arms.
  • Badass Normal: Zach is introduced as one of Phoenix's best operatives, able to bring down multiple Sangheili by hand with ease. He later turns out to be much more.
  • Character Development: Over the latter half of The Last War, Zach gradually outgrows being The Quiet One as well as his Death Seeker tendencies, thanks in no small part to his interactions with Katherine and later Guardian.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Zach lost his family and friends at a very young age when the Covenant destroyed his home planet, Arcadia. Soon after, Zach was abducted by ONI and conscripted into the Spartan-III program. Over the next 5-6 years, Zach underwent extensive training and various augmentations alongside the Spartan-IIIs of Beta Company, before he was selected for the Headhunter Ops. While Zach was out on a mission, the remaining Spartan-IIIs from Beta Company were sent to take down a Covenant re-fueling station; only two survived. Upon return, Zach was read the reports on how many of his fellow IIIs were slaughtered.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's one of the main heroes of the series and just happens to sport black armor.
  • Death Seeker: After losing so many of his fellow Spartans, Zach had little else to live for and resolved to focus on killing the enemy until he finally died himself. He grows out of this mindset after bonding with Guardian and developing a friendship.
  • Deuteragonist: As The Last War continues and more is revealed about Zach's background, he becomes the secondary protagonist, behind Katherine.
  • Foil: For Katherine. Both are the Sole Survivors of their respective squads and cope with it similarly. Katherine closed herself off but opened up to Tanner and Phoenix Team after bonding with them. Zach sealed himself off completely and never said a word to anyone until Katherine came into the picture. Whereas Katherine widely recognized as a Spartan, Zach's identity was kept secret from everyone except Logan. But while Katherine found friendship and love, Zach still remains socially detached, with his closest friend being an artificial intelligence, though he is growing out of it a little with Denver.
    • Can also be considered one to Gabe, as both excel in close-quarters, are generally quiet, and suffer from a Dark and Troubled Past where they lost countless comrades, the losses of which severely affected how they interact with others.
  • The Hero: He graduates from supporting character to the main protagonist of Lifebringer and Brotherhood War.
  • Hurting Hero: For most of The Last War, Zach was The Quiet One who happened to be extremely skilled in combat. It later turns out that he's a Spartan-III who lost most of his friends and comrades to the Covenant and sealed himself off to avoid the pain of losing anyone else.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: He has one with Guardian in Lifebringer, which helps him snap out of his programming for good.
  • Invisibility: Zach's armor ability, courtesy of Brett (though it gets destroyed during Lifebringer).
  • It's Personal with the Dragon: In Brotherhood War, Zach's conflict is with Garrett, Nyla Isaka's second-in-command, due to him being a former squadmate and fellow Spartan-III.
  • The Lancer: For Katherine throughout The Last War as the squad is whittled down and he steps into the forefront.
  • The Quiet One: He remains mute for at least half of The Last War, until finally speaking to Katherine after she rescues him. The rest of Phoenix Team are surprised by this, as even they couldn't get him to speak.
  • Stealth Expert: His area of expertise.
  • Super Soldier: A prerequisite for a Spartan, though nobody finds out until later on.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Zach begins to experience romantic feelings for Denver, due to his body's constant self-repairing effectively flushing out the inhibitors that keep his pheromones in check. Zach is naturally put off by it.

    Guardian 

1167 Humble Guardian/"Guardian"

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"Greetings! I am 1167 Humble Guardian, Monitor of Installation-07!"

Species: Monitor

Appearances: Generation | Omega Halo | The Last War | Lifebringer | Judgement

Voiced by: Jacob Whittington

The Monitor of Installation-07. He also holds the distinction of being the most recurring character in the series.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Downplayed. He's technically still doing what he was created for, maintaining the installation and ensuring activation procedures are followed, but is suffering from degrees of rampancy, which was common for Monitors after thousands of years of isolation.
  • Ancient Keeper: The caretaker of Installation-07 for thousands of years.
  • Anti-Villain: He's just following his programming, but undergoes a Heel–Face Turn later on.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Upon learning the humans' intent to destroy his installation, he immediately sets about trying to stop them. But since the ring's Sentinel defenses had been destroyed years prior, he's ultimately incapable of stopping them and is dispatched by Grey in short order.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: For a time, he's rendered subservient to the Lifebringer, one of his creators, and ends up defecting to her side. Zach is able to bring him back to his senses and finally kick his adherence to protocol.
  • Character Development: When we first see him in Omega Halo, Guardian is a Lawful Stupid, protocol abiding Monitor in the same vein as Guilty Spark. However, after losing his installation and being repurposed as an Artificial Intelligence for the UNSC, Guardian mellows out and becomes an ally to Katherine, and later bonds with Zach, mirroring the relationship between Master Chief and Cortana. His time with Zach allows him to kicks his adherence to protocol and he turns on his creators, bringing his development full circle.
  • The Dragon: He briefly becomes the Lifebringer's upon being reprogrammed, but Zach helps him snap out of it.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: It's a stretch to call him evil in Omega Halo, but his tone of voice depicts genuine bewilderment to why the Reclaimers would want to destroy Halo, despite the whole wipe out all life in the galaxy bit.
  • Expy: Of 343 Guilty Spark, but only in Omega Halo where he's suffering from rampancy and his strict adherence to protocol. He grows out of this and comes into his own as the series progresses.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: At first a neutral, somewhat antagonistic character in Omega Halo but later becomes an ally to the UNSC in The Last War. In Lifebringer, he defects to the Lifebringer out of loyalty to his creators, but Zach is able to bring him back, and this time it sticks.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Ends up Taking the Bullet to save Zach from the Lifebringer. Later subverted, as he only lost his physical body but survived.
  • Lawful Stupid: Like his fellow Monitors, the Flood being unleashed means the rings must be fired and that's the only option. Naturally, this puts him into conflict with the humans.
  • Meaningful Rename: Upon shedding his loyalty to the Forerunner and adherence to protocol, he rebrands himself as just "Guardian" to show his individuality.
  • Narrator: He often narrates the backstory and sets up the major figures across multiple installments.
  • Not Quite Dead: Grey blasts him to bits with a SPARTAN Laser, like Chief did to Guilty Spark. But like Guilty Spark, this isn't the last we see of him, as he continues to appear throughout the series.
  • Obliviously Evil: He doesn't quite understand why the humans would take umbrage with the galaxy being cleansed of all life to stop the Flood.
  • Shipper on Deck: He's quick to point out that Zach may be forming romantic feelings for Denver and is quick to make playful jabs at him for it.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His ultimate goal is to stop the Flood, but his method of doing so results in mass genocide of the galaxy, thus starving them of potential hosts. Fortunately, he grows out of this.
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