Arbiter as he appears in Arby 'n' the Chief.
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- "This is going to be great relationship. I can tell."
- — "Pilot"
Jon Graham stated in one of his director commentary episodes that he modeled the Arbiter after himself. Amongst other things, he represents Jon's opinion of gaming products and the industry and culture in general.
Character history Edit
In Master Chief Sucks at Halo 2, The Arbiter tapes an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond over a Halo 3 trailer. Master Chief confronts him about it over MSN; after that, Chief invites him to a Halo 3 match.
In Master Chief Sucks at Halo 3, he is the cameraman who films Master Chief's snipe montage.
In both of these appearances, Arbiter does not seem to have the personality he displays in Arby 'n' the Chief and appears to have a level of intellect similar to Chief's. The Arbiter from the trilogy was initially assumed to be a separate character; nevertheless in "Face-Off", Arbiter references a "sick montage" he made with Chief, which appears to reference the trilogy.
For Arby 'n' the Chief, the Arbiter was rebooted with a more highbrow personality to spar with Chief's. In Pilot, he was delivered to Jon Graham's apartment, and he first met the Chief after he freed himself from his package, and attacked Chief. They spent most of their time playing Halo 3 together.
It was hinted in some way that the Arbiter is attracted to Cortana (though not as much as Chief). Unlike Chief, though, he politely backed off after Todd and Cortana showed interest in each other. Although he initially claimed he did not like beer or anything that makes him unhealthy, he gave in to the pressure that Chief puts on him to drink when they celebrate the release of the Mythic map pack, resulting in a very painful hangover and partial memory loss the following morning. He also once asked Travis for some alcohol while being forced to watch Chief's incredibly lengthy and poorly made machinima. He was also seen with a few beer cans while watching the repetitive Resident Evil 5 review by Josh Butterballs and eventually getting bored and walking away leaving a few cans on the chair. He stopped drinking for a long period of time after these episodes, before collapsing into full fledged alcoholism in later seasons, as a result of depression.
Amputations EditArbiter first began showing signs of deterioration when Chief noticed that his helmet had fallen off. Arbiter continued to wear it, but eventually lost it, though it was later returned to him by Greg. After this, Arbiter glued the helmet back on.
Several months later, Arbiter's right hand broke off when he tried to open Jon's copy of Mass Effect 3, which led to his alcoholism becoming even more extreme.
The Arbiter is a well-spoken, sarcastic gamer who enjoys a wide range of video games, with a particular fondness for the classics of the 1990s like The Legend of Zelda series. This stands in contrast to Chief's single-mindedness, ignorance and lack of common sense. Arbiter acts as the "voice of reason" in the show, and sometimes tries to improve Chief's skills and personality, with varying success. Although he openly criticises Chief and has at times quite harshly pointed out ridiculousness of other people's ideas, Arbiter's general attitude is rather non-confrontational. He has been described as a "natural mediator", always trying to resolve conflicts when they arise. Arbiter would also often give in to the pressure of his peers, even Chief. He is also rather uncreative and a poorly skilled artist compared to Chief; he has at times acknowledged that fact.
From Endgame onward, he has been revealing a more flawed and emotional side to his personality. While initially not drinking alcohol at all, he later gains a taste in beer and whiskey, which later develops into full alcoholism. Arbiter tries to find a deeper meaning in his existence, and his failure to do so drives him into depression which further fuels his addiction ("[]"). He is terrified of being alone, and was willing to sacrifice his moral integrity for the sake of the only company he could find. Arbiter is arachnophobic, which makes him feel uneasy when around Greg, although he tries to overcome this fear. He is also agnostic, and rather doubtful of the existence of afterlife.
However many times Master Chief proves to be untrustworthy, Arbiter displays a surprising amount of faith in him, such as when he made no effort to question the disappearance of Cortana. Though also keeping a decent amount of caution such as when Chief was convinced to betray Arbiter by a member of Chaos Theosis.
Despite their countless arguments, both Arbiter and Chief have demonstrated that they are still very good friends and will always watch out for each other.
Though having a grim outlook on life, Arbiter appears to understand the value of others and often attempts to express this strong passion such as when he stopped an argument in the latter portion of Season 3, begged Chief not to intervene in Claire's wedding, among many other instances. The monologue in the premiere of Season 6 is a clear example of what Arbiter is thinking when faced with the isolation and lack of contact with the outside world.
Towards the end of Season 6, Arbiter gradually becomes more and more suicidal and wants death as things fall apart and those close to him leave him. He contemplates suicide in Ignition, and ultimately allows Chief to destroy the apartment and kill them. This was even called out by Chief in No Purpose during their fight, who knew that Arbiter genuinely wanted to die, and being denied that upon being revived in a new body is what compelled him to attack Chief out of anger and frustration
- The Arbiter often uses British phrases like "Wanker" and "Chin Wag" although it is unknown if he was made in Great Britain.
- In Master Chief Sucks at Halo 3, the Arbiter films the replay of Master Chief's Sniping Montage, however he does not speak. (This is likely to be a different Arbiter, as the canon figure was introduced later in the series.) However, in one episode, the Arbiter mentions "that sick montage we made" to cheer Chief up, reinforcing the possibility that it is the same arbiter.
- Main article: Arbiter/Relationships
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