- "Mister Chief is the absolute zenith of human endeavor and a perfect encapsulation of human talent."
- — Frank O'Connor
Chef Pretty Officer Mister Chief Spartan 117 (pronounced "one-seventeen"), better known as Mister Chief, is a character created by the then-Bungie employee Frank O'Connor that recurringly appeared in Bungie Weekly Updates.
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- "Mister Chief is a terrible idea that snowballed out of control, and now we’re stuck with it, like the internal combustion engine or Justin Bieber. I don’t secretly think he’s awesome, nor do I secretly think that Mister Chief has any actual artistic or canonical merit. He is the bastard child of a more desperate time. You know the expression “outsider art?” Whereby art is created from an unexpected place, like an elephant with a paintbrush. A French artist, Jean Dubuffet coined the term to describe paintings made by children and the inmates of insane asylums. Well, that’s exactly what Mister Chief is."
- — Frank O'Connor
On 1/16/04, Frank O'Connor posted his first weekly update. At the time, Halo 2 was still under a veil of secrecy. Frankie had just seen a promotional poster by Lorraine McLees and wanted to include it his weekly update, however it was not possible at the time. So instead Frankie created a horrible artist's impression of it. Instead of Master Chief holding a gun, Frankie drew him with a lightsaber from Star Wars, "because guns are hard to draw". It did not look quite right so Frankie drew in some eyes and mouth and labeled it "Mister Chief".
O'Connor got such a response from fans that he decided to include another Mister Chief image in his weekly updates from then on. Mister Chief has been made in many different styles, including imitation Caravaggio and Japanese manga. Most ideas come from fan requests.
Mister Chief has been replaced in a couple weekly updates by Mrs. Chief, Evil Chief, and HotTub Guy (something which he believed San'Shyuum to resemble).
During PAX Prime 2014, a member of the 405th.com Halo fan costuming community wore a Mister Chief costume when proposing to his girlfriend on the stage of 343 Industries' Halo panel. Frank O'Connor, who headed the panel, commented that "No polygons were harmed during the creation of that costume".
The Warzone Firefight update released on June 29, 2016 includes a Mister Chief easter egg in the Score Attack game mode; when the player(s) beats any mission of the campaign on LASO level (Legendary, All Skulls On), the post-carnage report background shows Mister Chief on a sheriff suit with a cowboy lasso.
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Mister Chief in the Halo 5: Guardians REQ System Tutorial.
- ^ Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder - Novel Ideas
- ^ Halo 5: Guardians REQ System Tutorial
- ^ Xbox.com: Mister Chief Avatar Available Now: The Story Behind the Legend
- ^ halo.bungie.org Forum: WEEKLY BUNGIE UPDATE
- ^ YouTube: Halo and the Journey of the Master Chief- PAX Prime 2014