Ellen Anders

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Ellen Anders
Biographical information




August 13, 2503[1]






177.7 centimeters (5 ft 10.0 in)[1]


51.7 kilograms (114 lb)[1]

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Political and military information


UNSC Office of Naval Intelligence (civilian consultant)



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"Nothing ventured, nothing gained."
—Ellen Anders

Professor Ellen Anders, Ph.D (SN: CC-500493[1]) is an intelligent civilian researcher with a recorded IQ of 180.[2] She appears to hold a particular grudge against the Covenant, and like many involved in the war effort considers her work to be for the good of humanity as a whole.[3] She somewhat personifies the 'absentminded professor' stereotype, with a characteristic disregard for personal safety.

She was recruited by the Naval Intelligence Section Three as a consultant in 2531.


Early career[edit]

Professor Ellen Anders was born on the colony of Arcadia. She apparently studied under Doctor Catherine Halsey, though their relationship was tense, with neither holding the other in a fond regard.[2] In 2531 she was lecturing on Theoretical Xenobiology at Rishard University. When stopped on the street by an nondescript stranger, she was told that Dr. Halsey had recommended her as a 'consultant'. Anders told the man that there was some mistake, as she was not on speaking terms with "that woman". Despite her refusal, a car pulled up and the man dragged her in before speeding off. The man and his accomplices, ONI agents, brought her to an undisclosed location. Anders was furious and demanded to know why she was kidnapped. They showed her classified images of the Covenant on Harvest and snippets of intercepted communications which referred to the planet as a "Treasure World". This piqued Anders' interest, and she agreed to assist ONI in deciphering the Covenant's motives and nature. She was given 'unrestricted' (presumably broad, but limited to her field of study) access to ONI equipment and resources. She then traveled to Epsilon Indi system aboard an ONI vessel UNSC Last Gleaming, where she reviewed the data on the Covenant. While on board, she determined that while the Covenant were looking for something, but they were also trying to hide something as well. Later, she was relocated to the UNSC Spirit of Fire.[4]

Liberation of Harvest[edit]

Main article: Harvest campaign
Cutter: "What made you choose my observation deck as your lab, Professor?"
Anders: "I like the view. It adds... perspective to my work."
—Cpt. Cutter and Anders aboard Spirit of Fire
Anders and Sgt. Forge inside the Forerunner Relic

Aboard the Spirit of Fire, she was loaned the Observation Deck for a workspace, claiming the view of surrounding space "added perspective to her work." Her assigned minder, Sergeant John Forge, was somewhat less agreeable to her, as the two were basically polar opposites and bickered constantly.[5]

After getting some unexpected readings on an EM band in Harvest's north pole, Anders requested that a Hornet squadron en route to Rally Point Baker be diverted to investigate. A large Covenant ground force was subsequently discovered, and Sgt. Forge was dispatched to observe further.[6] A structure of unknown origin on the surface, the target of Covenant excavation, drew her attention, and Anders resolved to investigate further in person, despite protests from Forge.[7] Captain Cutter supported Anders, but ordered that she be extracted should there be any sign of danger. Upon entering the Relic, she uncovered only a holographic map of the Galaxy, not quite "what [she] expected". A Covenant ambush interrupted her examination of the structure, but was successfully repelled by Forge and Anders' Marine personal security detail.[8] After examining the artifact, she realized that the map had led the Covenant to Arcadia, and upon her recommendation, the Spirit of Fire set course to the planet with all due speed.[9]

Before departing Harvest, Anders sent her father an analysis of Homer's Odyssey, actually a coded report of her discoveries, that slipped past ONI censors, leaving the analysis unchanged to her father.[10]


Main article: Battle of Arcadia
Anders being captured by Ripa 'Moramee
"There's something there, Captain, and I think it's important we get to it before the Covenant do."
—Anders persuading Cpt. Cutter to go to Arcadia

Over the course of the Spirit of Fire's travels, Anders softened towards Forge, especially after noticing how much he cared for those around him.[5] During the Battle of Arcadia, Anders used modified Rhino tanks to blow through a shield dome, revealing a half-built Scarab, and a complex of ruins underneath. The UNSC Marine force on the surface destroyed the Scarab, but during an investigation of the site, Anders and Forge were attacked by the Arbiter Ripa 'Moramee. When Forge was about to be killed, Anders gave herself up as a hostage to save the Sergeant's life. Forge persuaded Cutter to mount a rescue mission.

Shield World[edit]

Main article: Battle of Shield 0459
"I know it's been a tough call, Captain, but it's the right one."
—Anders about Cutter's decision
Anders encounters Flood infection forms

The Spirit of Fire followed Anders' signal to a previously unknown shield world. Meanwhile, she was imprisoned on top of the Apex Site, where the High Prophet of Regret intended to use her status as a potential Reclaimer to activate the Forerunner ships. Anders used a teleportation pad to escape to the surface while the Arbiter and the Sangheili Honor Guardsmen were distracted by the majesty of the ships. Shortly after she teleported, she was threatened by a number of Flood infection forms, and only narrowly rescued by Forge. The latter's Pelican was shot down immediately after, but both were successfully evacuated by Pelican after a brief overland trek.

Anders devised a plan to use the Spirit of Fire's FTL reactor to cause the artificial sun inside the Shield World to go supernova, thus destroying the ships (and any other Forerunner technology) before the Covenant could make use of them. Forge and Red Team encountered complications, in the form of Sangheili intervention, and Forge stayed behind to manually overload the reactor. After narrowly escaping the exploding Shield World, the Spirit of Fire set a course for the nearest UNSC forces under conventional power. Two weeks later, Cutter forced Anders into cryo-stasis, stating that she got them all out of there alive. As the pod closed, Anders reminded the Captain that not all of them had survived.[11]

In-game information[edit]

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  • "Hero Unit Ability": Repair — Anders has the active ability of allowing her to repair any vehicle or structure. Additionally she is armed with an M6C magnum to protect herself.
  • "Leader Power": Cryo Bomb — freezes enemies in place, temporarily neutralizing ground units and causing frozen aircraft to crash, destroying them. The only upgrade that Anders' power doesn't affect is upgrading a Reactor.
  • "Unique Unit": Gremlin — uses an EMP to momentarily immobilize enemy vehicles and turrets.


  • "Super Upgrade": Hawk — an aircraft upgrade to the Hornet. Increases its speed and firepower.
  • "Economy Bonus": Upgrade cost reduced by 50%, research duration reduced by 50%


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  • Anders does not appear to be bothered by freezer burn, as she goes into cryo-sleep fully clothed, although this may be due to Ensemble Studios' unwillingness to show her naked, which would lead to a potential M or AO rating.
  • Despite popular belief, Ellen Anders is not the daughter of Catherine Halsey; this has been stated by Ensemble Studios themselves.[12] She has on several occasions expressed dislike, if not active hatred, for Halsey. In the Halo Wars booklet, Anders has made a personal note under her own description: "Why mention Halsey here? She hated me and I hated her."
  • Anders has apparently always dreamed of being an A.I.[13]
  • Anders does not go by "Doctor". In her log inside the Halo Timeline, it is stated that her mother wanted her to use Doctor Anders as her career name, but she cannot abide being reminded of her. It is also stated that she suspects her mother of arranging her recommendation to ONI, remarking, "This cloak-and-dagger operation has her fingerprints all over it". In Halo Wars: Genesis, her 'kidnapper' also stated that Dr. Halsey recommended her to ONI too, although this might be false.
  • Anders is voiced by Kim Mai Guest, who is known for voicing Mei Ling in the Metal Gear Solid series.
  • Anders is singularly organized, to the point of compulsion. By extension, she also has the habit of solving unfinished jigsaw puzzles.[14]
  • The orange and black outfit which Anders wears during the events of Halo Wars is Arcadian clothing. This is probably due to her originating from Arcadia. She often wears her lab coat over it.[1]
  • Anders is mentioned in Dr. Halsey's personal journal included in the Limited/Legendary versions of Halo: Reach.


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 8
  2. ^ a b Halo Wars Manual
  3. ^ GameDaily: Anders is more than just a pretty face (Accessed on 2009-01-23)
  4. ^ Halo Wars: Genesis
  5. ^ a b Game Daily: Eventually, Forge grew on her (Accessed on 2009-01-23)
  6. ^ Xbox-Halo Wars (Accessed on 2009-02-02)
  7. ^ Halo Wars, Field Trip To Harvest
  8. ^ Halo Wars, campaign level Relic Interior
  9. ^ Halo Wars, campaign level Arcadia City
  10. ^ Game Daily: Sending a message across the universe (Accessed on 2009-01-23)
  11. ^ Halo Wars
  12. ^ Official Halo Wars Community Site: Is Prof. Anders the Daughter of Dr. Halsey?
  13. ^ Spirit of Fire: Serina and Anders talk
  14. ^ Game Daily: She'll solve your Rubik's Cube (Accessed on 2009-01-23)