List of outside references to the Halo series
From Halopedia, the Halo wiki
This following is a list of references to the Halo series made by notable sources outside the series itself.
Halo is frequently mentioned often in the show. Liz Lemon's boyfriend, Dennis Duffy, is seen playing Halo. Tracy Jordan is also seen playing Halo many times throughout the show. During a discussion about playing Halo, he says that "I love Halo. I love it so much, I want to take it behind the school yard and make it pregnant!".
In the tenth-season episode "I Ain't No Holodeck Boy", Stan and Steve Smith enter a virtual environment and Steve is subsequently equipped with body armor which is clearly inspired by both MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor and the UNSC Marine BDU. Steve is then armed with a rifle, the icon for which is identical to an MA5 series assault rifle.
In the episode "Valley of the Silicon Dolls", plasma grenades are shown on a wall of Mr. Larrity's office, along with other weapons.
In the episode "Contemporary Impressionists", the study group is forced to work at a bar mitzvah with a Hollywood awards show theme. One of the awards given to the boy is for "Best Halo Score".
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
In the 17th episode of the ninth season, while a group of investigators walk past an ambulance to a shoot-out scene, one person remarks it's "like Halo 3".
The two consecutive 2009 specials of Doctor Who make several nods to Halo.
In the finale of Season 6, titled Babylon's Ashes, a joint force of United Nations and Martian Marines are deployed into a battle. During the sequence, a readout listing all of the Marines' names can be seen, with almost all of the names consisting of references to famous characters from many other science fiction franchises including Mass Effect, Alien, Starship Troopers, Titanfall, Bladerunner and several others. Included in the list is a Marine who goes by the name of "E. Buck" - a reference to Edward Buck.
One of the main characters, Captain Hero, in a scene is seen wielding in one hand an assault rifle resembling a M-16, while in the other he wields a Needler.
House of Lies
In "Amsterdam", Marty and Roscoe play Halo: Reach at the end. A four-person split screen is mistakenly shown when there are only two playing.
King of the Hill
In an episode Bobby has the choice to take "Virtual P.E." Hank, his father, walks into the Virtual P.E. room and finds the school principal playing a video game. The game appears to resemble very closely to Halo. The footage shows a "scoped" magnum shooting at creatures vaguely resembling Grunts. The HUD also looks very similar to the Halo 2 HUD.
In several episodes of Knight Rider, it shows the main characters playing the first mission in the campaign on Halo 3. Although it shows them playing, the sound effects are incorrect and mostly generic.
In "Red Cell", (S2E43), Tony DiNozzo and Tim McGee are searching through a Marine sergeant's room. Next to his laptop is a copy of Halo: Combat Evolved for PC.
Shortly before the release of Halo 3, the show featured a sketch about the Master Chief having a date.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
In the episode "The Writing on the Wall", Leo Fitz and Alphonso Mackenzie are seen playing Halo: The Master Chief Collection, a multiplayer game in Bloodline. On season 3, episode 3 Mack is seen playing Warzone on the Halo 5: Guardians map Escape from A.R.C.
In the episode "Connection Lost" Phil gets Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and plays the games in the collection throughout the episode.
One Tree Hill
Two times during the shows 6'th season Millie and Lucas respectively plays some Halo campaign. The Gameplay is from the Halo 3 Level "The Storm."
Parks and Recreation
In the episode "Camping", Tom Haverford plays Halo: Reach in his tent filled with luxury electronic items.
In the episode "Not Even Close... Encounters" a poster for Halo 3: ODST is shown as well as the Halo Reach Multiplayer Beta. The characters are playing Split screen on Powerhouse and the Loadout choices are seen.
In the second episode of season seven, Turk and Carla are attempting to complete a video game at the hospital. Carla refers to Warthogs and Jackals while playing, but when the screen is shown, it is clearly not Halo. In fact, it is Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. You can clearly see for a few seconds when Carla pauses the game, the logo of one of the factions alongside the avatar on the right.
In the first episode of season twenty-one, when a bunch of red-necks are protesting about computers taking jobs, a man dressed in armor that looks like Mark VI MOD can be seen protesting among them.
In the fifth episode of season three titled "The Winds," John Cooper finds an abandoned boy and takes him back to the police station. There, the boy can be seen playing Halo: Reach by himself and later John joins him in a one on one split-screen match.
During the 10th episode of the second season (Resurgence), Eli Wallace mentions Halo when he complains about the premise of the film The Last Starfighter, saying all those hours playing Halo did not prepare him for being stranded on an alien space ship on the far side of the universe.
In the episode "Swap Meat", Gary in Sam's body enjoys wielding a shotgun and says, "Booyah! Master Chief is in the house bizatches!"
In the Season 3 episode "Groundhog Day", Garret set up an Xbox in Dinas office and played Halo Wars 2 in it.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
During the 8th episode of the first season, some kids can be seen playing Halo 3. At the beginning of the next episode, a guy can be seen playing Halo 3 also.
The Big Bang Theory
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
The Sarah Silverman Program
Two and A Half Men
We Are Men
In the series pilot two characters are seen playing Halo 3 multiplayer. Stuart (Jerry O'Connell) asks Frank (Tony Shalhoub) how he got so good at the game, to which Frank replies that it is a result of his dating younger women with whom he has nothing to talk about.
The game has a pre-made Halo team consisting of character sprites for Mister Chief, John-117, a Blue Spartan, a Red Spartan, a Cobalt Spartan, Catherine Halsey, a Grunt Minor, and Hamish Beamish. The sprites were "hand made" by Frank O'Connor.
Age of Empires IV
"Gulch", an official generated map mod created by the Age of Empires IV developers, features a boxed canyon with teams spawning on either ends of the canyon, referencing Blood Gulch from Halo: Combat Evolved. The map description also includes the quote, "You ever wonder why we are here?", from Red vs. Blue.
On March 31, 2022, an official collaboration saw the addition of three exclusive cosmetic options in the Xbox version of the Among Us, including the Spartan Helmet, Spartan Armor, and the Guilty Spark Pet.
The game uses "halos" as currency. One of Rodin's lines when the player enters his shop: "You bring me enough of these halos and maybe I can buy a ticket to space. Always wanted to be a bald space marine."
One of the control schemes is called "Angelic" and mimics Halo controls.
Conker's Bad Fur Day
Counter Strike: Global Offensive
In "Pacific Bay" (Season 2) Case 56 "A Killer Among Us", the player can unlock a biohazard helmet which appears to be a modified version of Halo 3's Mark V.
Dead or Alive 4
Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon
Duke Nukem Forever
Early in Duke Nukem Forever, Duke is offered some green power armor to use when taking on the alien menace in downtown Las Vegas. Duke dismisses power armor as something for "pussies". The chest piece of the armor is the Mark VI chest while the helmet looks like a cross between the early version of the Mark IV and the Mark VI, and has the Duke's "insignia" (a radiation hazard symbol) engraved on the visor.
Emily is Away Too
In the fifth and last chapter of the game, taking place in Summer 2007, there's a banner of Halo 3 advertising the game.
Two Master Chief skins, in his Halo Infinite appearance, Legendary symbol as back bling, D77-TC Pelican glider, Banished gravity hammer pickaxe, miniature Warthog, and the map Blood Gulch were added to Fortnite on December 10, 2020.
A special variant of the 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor with a Halo livery, named the 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Halo edition, was added to Forza Horizon as part of the December 2012 DLC update.
Forza Horizon 3
Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 5
Forza Motorsport 4
Forza Motorsport 5
Forza Motorsport 6
A 2015 Ford Mustang GT (S550) and 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R with Halo 5: Guardians liveries were gifted to all players on October 30, 2015. The Mustang GT, featured with a Jameson Locke livery, was gifted to all players, while the Shelby GT350R, featured with a Master Chief livery, was also gifted to all VIP players.
Forza Motorsport 7
Gears of War 2
In the level Disturbing Revelations, upon approaching a subterranean Locust structure, Dominic Santiago says, "I think it's safe to say that's not a natural cave formation." This is a reference to Cortana's infamous line, "This cave is not a natural formation," in Halo: Combat Evolved.
During the Christmas period in 2019, all Gears 5 characters wore Christmas hats in Horde mode.
Grand Theft Auto IV / Grand Theft Auto V
In the in-game television program, Republican Space Rangers, the three soldiers wear armor similiar to MJOLNIR Armor, although with less detail and clear visors. A ringworld resembling a Halo Installation is also featured several times. This reference also appears in Grand Theft Auto V.
Vert, ruler of Leanbox and a moe anthropomorphization of the Xbox, mentions in a blog that the game Hoop: Reach was released and ask if anyone have pre-ordered it, a nod to Halo: Reach (both games were released in 2010).
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Killer Instinct (2013)
A Sangheili known simply as "The Arbiter" appears as a playable character in the third season of Killer Instinct. The character is personalized as an amalgamation of several Arbiters, and can wear Kaidon armor similar to Thel 'Vadam's post-war armor, Arbiter body armor, Sangheili combat harness, Sangheili Storm, Sangheili Ranger, Sangheili Zealot, or Ascetic harness. The Sangheili holds either the Prophets' Bane (if wearing the Kaidon armor) or a standard Type-1 energy sword, paired with a Vostu-pattern carbine. The Sangheili also holds three plasma grenades.
There is also a stage in the game based in the Arena of Judgment, a location set in the ruins of Nuusra on Sanghelios, which were also the setting of three of the Sanghelios campaign levels in Halo 5: Guardians. The monitor Fractured Ward, created specifically for Killer Instinct, serves as a "Guardian" in the Shadow Lords gamemode.
The game has three unlockable Halo-related toys: a RC Warthog, a RC Ghost, and a Grunt plush doll.
Mass Effect 2
On July 16, 2012, Mojang released Skin Pack 1 a special player skin pack downloadable via the Xbox Marketplace, for Minecraft's Xbox 360 Edition. It included a Master Chief, a Grunt, and a Brute skin.
On March 13, 2013, Mojang released Skin Pack 4 another skin pack downloadable via the Xbox Marketplace, for Minecraft's Xbox 360 Edition. It featured a Red Spartan, and a Blue Spartan.
Between May 9 to May 18, 2014, the Minecraft 2nd Birthday skin pack was released for free for Minecraft's Xbox 360 Edition. It featured a "Party Red Spartan - Halo" skin, a "Party Blue Spartan - Halo" skin, and a "Party Grunt - Halo" skin. The Red Spartan got a Blue party hat, while the Blue Spartan got a red party hat. This skin is currently unavailable.
On May 28, 2014, the Halo Mash-Up: Minecraft Evolved was released.
In the expansion Echoes of the Eye for the 2019 game Outer Wilds developed by Mobius Digital, there is an achievement named "The Silenced Cartographer", referencing the similarly named level in Halo: Combat Evolved.
The Xbox Live Arcade remake of Perfect Dark allows the player to pick between "Classic", "Spartan", and "Duty Calls" controller layouts; the "Spartan" controller layout mimics Halo 3's default controller layout.
Perfect Dark Zero
Red Dead Redemption
Rocket League for the Xbox One features a new usable vehicle based on the Warthog called the "Halo Hogsticker". It can be unlocked by winning a game with all body types (excluding DLC body types). The tires the Hogsticker uses (that can be used on other vehicles) are called Puma after the joke in Red vs. Blue, and the thruster it uses is called the "Blamite Overthruster".
There are also a few items related to Halo in the game:
Saints Row 2
An achievement called Splatster Chief can be unlocked by completing all of the Septic Avenger levels. The title of the achievement is a reference to John-117.
Serious Sam 2
The 2005 first-person shooter video game Serious Sam 2 features a usable weapon called the Zap Gun, which is a chargeable energy pistol that is similar to the Type-25 plasma pistol and Okarda'phaa-pattern plasma rifle in both design and behavior, including the plasma pistol's homing behavior for charged shots. It is usable by various NPCs and protagonist Sam "Serious" Stone throughout the game.
Star Wars: The Old Republic
While in Talloran Village, within the first hut on the right is an NPC inside for the quest "Scavenger Hunt". He is standing next to a table looking at a poster of what looks resembles a SPARTAN-II wearing MJOLNIR armor.
In the Xbox One version of Steamworld Dig there is an exclusive area in the third upgrade cave of the Old World area of the game. To find this area you are required to use a stick of dynamite to destroy a mushroom on top of the entrance to a secret path that leads you to an area that has a base reminiscent of the ones at Blood Gulch, and a Warthog you can flip in a similar way to how it is done in the Halo series. Once the Warthog has been flipped three times, a door will open to reveal a big Orb the player can collect.
One of the flags available to assign to an empire,
Super Bomberman R
Telltale's The Walking Dead: Season 2
One of the main characters has a symbol on his hat that bears a resemblance to the "o" on the Halo title but inverted.
A spell named "ilovebees" was added as a community unlock to the Xbox Live Arcade version of the game.
At one point in the movie, Mike's friend Ned is playing several video games at once, one of them being Halo 3.
Two characters are seen playing Halo 2. They are playing the level Cairo Station, on co-op. However, it was never stated by the characters they were playing Halo 2. Also, no NPCs are seen. It can only be determined that they are playing Halo by the heads-up display, and they are using SMGs, single wielded.
Aliens in the Attic
During the film, while the characters are seen floating, one says, "Wow this is just like Halo!"
Mason Jr. and his brother play Halo 2 towards the beginning. While framed as a single uninterrupted game, the map is different every time the TV's screen is seen.
Dane Cook ISolated INcident
Dane makes a joke about a girl being raped by a gravity hammer wielded by a camper.
Dead and Deader
While the main character begins to access a computer, one of his companions questions if he is playing 'Ever-Quest' he replies with his reason for using the machine but afterward states "Besides, I'm more of a Halo guy".
In the movie the second Jumper in his desert lair can be heard playing Halo 3 on the mission The Ark. If one listens carefully they can hear the in game characters say "Tank beats everything! Oh man! I could do this all day!"
Lazer Team/Lazer Team 2
Mission: Impossible - Rouge Nation
In one scene, Benji (Simon Pegg) is seen playing the Halo 5: Guardians Beta in his office before quickly turning it to his work when a co-worker walks by.
Ready Player One
In the 2018 film Ready Player One, there are multiple references to the Halo series, including multiple SPARTAN-IIs with the Cortana-modified Mark VI [GEN1] MJOLNIR seen in Halo 4, armed with MA5D assault rifles and M41 SPNKr rocket launchers. There also appear some Halo 5 Unggoy Storm clad in white armor, alongside a Halo 2 Anniversary Sangheili Ultra and some Unggoy Minor.
Spy Kids 3: Game Over
While attempting to reach the Toy Maker's headquarters, Juni complains that every video game features lava. In response, another character points out that there's no lava in Halo. (Halo 4, released nine years later, has since had lava in some of the Spartan Ops missions, as well as Halo 5 having some around the Guardian under Meridian.)
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Andy is seen playing Halo 2 during one scene. When he is interrupted the game is not paused, but an image on the TV of a BR55 Battle Rifle being zoomed in on two Brutes. The image is from the Halo 2 E3 demo.
The Longest Yard (2005)
Halo 2 is played by the guards. However, if looked at closely, the game is only the gameplay footage released for the game. The player had no HUD and they were watching as the Artillery Cannon destroyed a building. One character remarks, "You guys have Halo 2! I didn't think it was out yet!"
The Prince & Me
In the movie, the Crown Prince of Denmark comes to Wisconsin to go to a college and take a detour from his destiny as king. With him is his companion and assistant. They get an apartment which they share with a roommate that owns an Xbox and Halo: Combat Evolved. While the Prince, at one point, goes off to another state for a short vacation, the assistant starts playing Halo. The Prince comes back to find his companion sleep deprived and his eyes glued to the TV screen, playing Halo. When the owner of the Xbox tries to take the controller, the assistant viciously yells "GET AWAY" and scares him back, all the while staring at the screen and playing the game.
Webseries and videos
Animator vs. Animation II
One of the weapons Noogai3 uses against The Chosen One is the SPNKr Rocket Launcher.
Will It Blend?
In episode 62, Tom Dickson states he gets mad at the fact that his 4 and 5 year old grandchildren beat him at Halo 3, so he takes away the game from the standard edition case and blends the game disc telling he will press the "Master Chief" button in the blender.
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
The Angry Video Game Nerd
In Season 1, episode 12, the Nerd claims he that would "rather play Halo on a Tiger Electronic wrist game" than play Friday the 13th on the Nintendo Entertainment System.
How It Should Have Ended
Epic Rap Battles of History
Season 2 episode 2 features "Master Chief vs Leonidas."
The video Everything Wrong With Taken In 9 Minutes Or Less features a segment in which Liam Neeson's protagonist kills a number of enemies in quick succession, overlaid with Jeff Steitzer's Halo 2 multikill narration.
In the 18th episode of Death Battle, John-117 is pit against Doomguy from Doom in a fight to the death. John wins the battle, with the announcers stating that Johns more diverse arsenal and toughness allowed for his victory.
Cyanide & Happiness
The episode Guns depicts an obsessed gun nut gathering his entire firearm collection before shooting a pair of robbers downstairs. His gun cabinet holds a pair of plasma pistols in addition to several real-world weapons.
If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device
At the end of the fourth special episode Kitten & Tzeentch play a Children's Card Game, when Magnus suggest they must play a real game, Kitten suggests he wants to play Call of Duty, but the cover of the game its Battlefield 3's cover, and has Halo written as the title.
Halo references have appeared in Marvel's Star Wars comics even after the transfer of the Halo comics license from Marvel to Dark Horse.
Star Wars (2015)
Star Wars: Darth Vader
The Anthan Prime Orbital Dockyard is based on Cairo Station as it appears in the early levels of Halo 2, complete with UNSC In Amber Clad docked. However, the frigate is colored so it appears to be part of the station proper, and various additions are made to the overall structure.
Star Wars: Lando
While searching for weapons on Emperor Palpatine's personal yacht, Lando Calrissian comes across blasters that combine the front half of the M45 shotgun with the electronics housing and rear half of the MA37 assault rifle.
Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin
Star Wars: Han Solo
A Rebel agent wields a blaster pistol clearly modeled on the M6C/SOCOM. However, its grip resembles that of Han Solo's DL-44 (itself based on the Mauser C96) rather than the M6's grip and oversized magazine.
High School Inari Tamamo-chan!
In Volume 3 Chapter 4 characters from the story are watching a movie that is based on Toy Story, with John Marston from Red Dead Redemption as the "Woody" character, and John-117 as the "Buzz Lightyear" character.
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (Boom! Studios)
In Issue 1, a "UNSC" acronym appears on a scanner.
A strip from the "SOB Story" storyline features Mike fighting his way into a limo where he thinks his girlfriend is being held captive, only to find two goons playing Halo.
In the Music Video for the song "Baby Don't Go", the singer "Fabolous" (John David Jackson), is seen playing Halo 3. The video was created before Halo 3 was released, so the video features the Starry Night Trailer instead of actual gameplay.
Halo 3 gameplay can be seen throughout the Music Video for Madcon's version of the song "Beggin".
Son of Dork
The song "We're Not Alone" features the lyrics "I know you're up there somewhere playing Halo with E.T"
Escape the Fate
The song "Headshot" is very openly about the Halo series, mentioning Cortana, the "Master Chief", and "Halo Rings" by name, among other things. The song is full of references that listing them all would just be copy-and-pasting the lyrics
Shadow Of Intent
This deathcore band can be described as a Halo tribute band. Some fans of the band jokingly describe them as halocore, Halo Metal, or Sangheili Core.
In the book Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, the "Xbox Universal" is an Xbox that was handed out for free by people dressed as characters from Halo.
In the book Fragment, by Warren Fahy, page 164 (425 some editions) has the character, Peach, playing a game called "Halo 5" on the 26th level.
In the book What if? by Randall Munroe, the author answers the question "What if internet was received via mail?" In this chapter, a doodle is shown, showing a doorbell being rung, and a stickwoman running to the door, wondering aloud that it must be her Halo data, and that she wants to see if her plasma shot hit anyone.
In the fourth episode of To Love-Ru season 1, the main character Rito Yuuki appears with the MJOLNIR Mark VI armor, with the background of Halo 3 cover. In the same episode, High Charity and Delta Halo during the Great Schism (in the level Gravemind) are shown, albeit Substance is shown as a red planet instead of blue.
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