Password-lacking Marine

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The password-lacking Marine is an Easter egg in Halo 3 campaign. In the level Crow's Nest, there is a Marine at the end of the first long, curved corridor. There is a humorous exchange of words between this Marine, who needs ammunition for himself and his comrades, and someone behind a door that leads to an armory. The exact discussion changes depending on difficulty, but it always involves this Marine trying to get through the door without a password that is intended to keep Brutes from entering. Either he forgot or never knew about it. They're voiced and possibly written by the creators and voices of Red vs Blue. At the end of each conversation, the Marine repeatedly knocks the door until killed.

Interestingly, the man behind the door does not even bother to check the security camera even though a sign next to the door clearly indicates there is one, although based on the complaints regarding Crow's Nest frequent maintenance needs, it is possible the camera is offline and the man behind the door used this as an alternative. Ironically, if the player kills him he drops an Assault Rifle which is contradicting as he says he needs ammunition and it actually had ammunition. Also, he won't groan or flinch if the player shoots or melees him.

Easy/Normal transcript[edit]

  • Marine (Jason Saldana, Tucker): Hey, open up!
  • Voice (Matt Hullum, Doc): Password, please.
  • Marine: You gotta be kidding me! What password?
  • Voice: The password so we don't open the door for Brutes.
  • Marine: Do I sound like a Brute to you?!
  • Voice: Well, you could be held prisoner by Brutes.
  • Marine: If I was held prisoner by Brutes and knew the password, then the Brutes could just force me to tell you the password and you'd open the door for them.

[Brief pause]

  • Voice: Okay, well now I'm definitely not gonna open the door.
  • Marine: But we need ammo!
  • Voice: Well why don't you go ask your Brute buddies, then?

[Continuous Knocking]

Heroic transcript[edit]

  • Marine (Gustavo Sorola, Simmons): Hey, open up!
  • Voice (Geoff Ramsey, Grif): Password.
  • Marine: What?
  • Voice: Need the password!
  • Marine: You gotta be kidding me! What password?
  • Voice: Password! They gave it out at the staff meeting fifteen minutes ago!
  • Marine: Meeting? What meeting?! I was out here!
  • Voice: Not supposed to let anyone in without it.
  • Marine: If the staff meeting just ended, no one outside is gonna know the freakin' password! Now open up! We need ammo and the Chief is out here!

[Brief pause]

  • Voice: Does he know the password?
  • Marine: He wasn't at the meeting either!

[Continuous Knocking]

Legendary transcript[edit]

  • Marine (Burnie Burns, Church): Hey! Open up!
  • Voice (Joel Heyman, Caboose): What's the password?
  • Marine: Password? Oh man, I forgot.
  • Voice: Forgot... what?
  • Marine: I forgot the password.
  • Voice: See, that was almost right. Uh, see, the password begins with "I forgot", but ends differently. Um, try again.
  • Marine: No. I mean, I forgot the password.
  • Voice: No, okay, see, you - you got it wrong again. See, you said the same thing as last time.

[Brief pause]

  • Marine: (sigh) I'm being serious; I don't know the password!
  • Voice: No no no, see, you changed the first part. See, that - that part was the right part. See, now you've got the whole thing wrong!
  • Marine: No! I forgot what the password is and I just need you to open the door!

[Brief Pause]

  • Voice: Alright, c'mon, man, now you're just guessing!

[Continuous Knocking]


  • Each time, the characters are voiced by a different set of Red vs. Blue actors. On Easy and Normal, it is Jason Saldaña (Tucker) and Hullum(Sarge/Doc). On Heroic, it is Geoff Ramsey (Grif) and Gustavo Sorola (Simmons). On Legendary, it is Burnie Burns (Church) and Joel Heyman (Caboose). The character models for the Marines change as well. On Easy and Normal, the Marine is usually a radio operator.
  • Sometimes, a glitch occurs and the conversation from a different difficulty can be heard on the difficulty the player is currently playing on.
  • This is a reference to Episode 21, Motion to Adjourn, where Simmons tells Grif that he is the ammo holder. Grif is later told that he shouldn't sleep during staff meetings so he would know his assignments.
  • There is also another a reference to Episode 78, You Can't Park Here, where Church is attempting to get into Blue Base to kill Tucker's alien baby and Doc stops him, saying " Well now I'm definitely not letting you in." But now Doc (Matt Hullum) is trying to keep the aliens (Brutes) out.
  • Also, the joke for the Legendary version is a reference to Sarge making a password "password", an access-code "access code" and the codeword "codeword".