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- Jiralhanae Captain: "Tell me its location!"
- Reynolds: "Kiss...my...ass..."
- — Reynolds refusing to reveal Crow's Nest's location
Battle for Earth
- Main article: Battle for Earth
Reynolds was present during the Battle of Earth. On the morning of November 17, 2552, Reynolds and his squad of Marines were deployed to the jungles near Mount Kilimanjaro as part of the UNSC force tasked with retrieving SPARTAN John-117, who had crash-landed in the area after exiting the Forerunner Dreadnought containing the Prophet of Truth. While his team was searching for John-117, he alerted Sergeant Major Avery Johnson to the fact that there was Covenant activity nearby. However, doing so gave away his position and he and his squad immediately came under attack by a Phantom dropship and a Jiralhanae Chieftain, and all of Bravo, except for him, were killed.
Reynolds was soon captured by a Jiralhanae Captain. The Covenant soldier held him atop a log bridge and demanded the location of the UNSC base Crow's Nest, but Reynolds' only response was "kiss my ass." Just as the Jiralhanae was about to kill him, John-117's squad intervened and killed the alien. Reynolds then jumped off the bridge, grabbed a nearby assault rifle and informed the Spartan of his situation. Reynolds then joined the Spartan in his mission to rendezvous with Sergeant Avery Johnson at the extraction point by the river. Johnson's Pelican and it's escort were both shot down by Covenant Banshees. Reynolds and the Master Chief continued through the jungle and saved Johnson, who had been captured by the Covenant. Killing all Covenant present, including a Jiralhanae Chieftain, the UNSC forces were able to return to Crow's Nest.
Upon returning to Crow's Nest, the UNSC forces soon found out that they had been discovered by the Covenant, and were going to be attacked. Knowing that the base would likely be overrun, the Marines, led by Commander Miranda Keyes, begun to prepare a massive bomb intended to be detonated to deny the Covenant the base. Reynolds was one of the Marines tasked with the wiring of the bomb.
Reynolds ultimately survived the destruction of Crow's Nest by taking refuge in the base's motor pool. Rallying the surviving Marines in the area, Reynolds destroyed a security camera that may lead surviving Covenant forces to them. Rendezvousing with John-117 once again, Reynolds ordered any of his men that could still walk to take the surviving Warthogs in the motor pool out of the base. They aided a group of Marines who were under attack by Covenant scouts near the base entrance and allowed them to mount up. Reynolds tried to reach Commander Keyes but was unable to as the COMs had been scrambled by the destruction of Crows Nest.
Reynolds soon received a distress call from Gunnery Sergeant Stacker, who had been leading a convoy intended to bring supplies to the beleaguered UNSC forces in Voi. The convoy had been strafed by Banshees and were pinned down by a large Covenant ground force. Fortunately, Reynolds and John-117 arrived in time to rescue the survivors and clear out the Covenant presence. The UNSC convoy continued onward, but were forced to leave their vehicles shortly after, stopped by a destroyed section of the highway. Continuing on foot, Reynolds, Stacker and their men helped John-117 liberate another squad of Marines under attack in a nearby building complex. After holding off many waves of attacking Covenant troops, including a Wraith tank, several resupply Pelicans moved in, delivering multiple Warthogs and reinforcements. Mobilizing once again, the UNSC forces punched through a sizable Covenant vehicular force and breached the final Covenant roadblocks, clearing a path to Voi.
UNSC forces lead by Reynolds and Stacker supported John-117 in the assault on Traxus Factory Complex 09 in South Voi.[Note 1] There, they eliminated a heavy Covenant presence, including multiple Anti-Aircraft Wraiths and a Scarab. After liberating the exterior of the complex, Reynolds entered the forward operating base located there, while other UNSC forces aided John-117 and the Arbiter Thel 'Vadam in fighting through the factory interior.[Note 2]
Later, when the Flood-controlled battlecruiser crashed in the area, Reynolds lost multiple squads of Marines to the arriving parasite before John-117 and the Arbiter returned to the factory complex. The survivors accompanied the pair as they cleared two warehouses from Flood, before holding for extraction while the Spartan and Arbiter proceeded to the source of the infestation.
A Marine Sergeant with Reynolds' model and voice is notably infected by Flood, forcing his own troops to argue before reluctantly firing upon him in the level Floodgate. It is unclear if this is intended to be Reynolds, or another unnamed Sergeant from the forward operating base. A Marine Sergeant with Reynolds' model and voice may spawn in later levels The Ark and The Covenant., though Stacker's scripted dialogue will play regardless, despite his being replaced by Reynolds. Additionally, an ODST Sergeant voiced by Nathan Fillion may appear during The Covenant. Reynolds' picture can be seen on the Voi Memorial, implying that he may have been killed in action either during the Battle of Voi or Battle of Installation 00.
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- Reynolds is voiced by Hollywood actor Nathan Fillion, best known for his role in the canceled Fox TV series Firefly and its spin-off feature film Serenity. Both Adam Baldwin and Alan Tudyk, who also starred in Firefly and Serenity, voiced UNSC Marines in Halo 3. Incidentally, Fillion's Firefly/Serenity character's last name was also Reynolds. The same character was also a Sergeant in the Unification War. Fillion also voices a number of unnamed Marines in Halo 3 as well as Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck in Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach and Halo 5: Guardians.
- Marines using Reynold's model and voice may appear in Halo 3: ODST during levels with Marine allies. Notably this time, dons a standard-issue helmet, rather than the utility cover. Gunnery Sergeant Reynolds is one of the few marines encountered in Halo 3 who canonically appears in Halo 3: ODST. Others like Dubbo and Stacker are also encountered in ODST but their appearances are likely just easter eggs or simple mistakes since they were actually on route to Installation 05 during the time of the game.
- It is possible for the player to just let the Brute kill Reynolds and not intervene. The Brute will punch him in the face, crack his spine and throw him off the bridge and onto the ground below. However, he will appear in the following levels regardless, similar to Sergeant Johnson's "immortality" in Halo: Combat Evolved.
- After Reynolds is rescued, he runs unarmed over to a rock where an MA5C conveniently lies and arms himself. It is possible (if you have a different weapon) to run over, swap the MA5C leaning on the rock for something else, and watch Reynolds take an MA5C out of nowhere. Or, if you're low on ammo for your Assault Rifle, you could take it all and he would still grab one from thin air.
- On levels such as Crow's Nest, where dead marines often appear around the level, Reynolds is often one of them. On the level Sierra 117, it is possible to have three Reynolds: the live one you save from the Brute, a dead one leaning on a rock shortly after Charlie Foxtrot behind the small bunkers, and another dead one by the machine gun turret next to a magnum.
- In the level Floodgate, Reynolds can be seen guarding the loading ramp where Flood attack him and a squad of Marines. He can be saved, preventing the dialogue accompanying his death, but it is difficult. You need to focus on the Pod infectors that fall around him because he is their main target and is killed very quickly unless protected well.
- If Reynolds' model appears as a standard marine with a helmet, a player can shoot the helmet off, making it turn into a sergeant's cap. This is common on Crow's Nest.
List of appearances
- The specifics of Stacker and Reynolds' participation in the first half of the Battle of Voi are unclear, as only one or the other will spawn. However both will spawn and enter the forward operating base, regardless of who spawned at the beginning of the level. (Tested in both Xbox 360 and Master Chief Collection versions)
- Reynolds can be killed during the battle with the Scarab, and will nonetheless spawn outside the Command Center and enter alongside the player (tested on both Xbox 360 and Master Chief Collection versions.) A Marine Sergeant with either Reynolds' or Stacker's model and voice will spawn in the factory interior, however this is a possible iteration of the pair's model-swapping bug, as Stacker's scripted dialogue plays regardless.