Beneath Master Chief”s helmet is a man that has quite a few secrets that not even the biggest fans of Halo will know.
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Master Chief is the Halo universe's resident hero. He's the stoic savior of the planet Earth who asks for no praise and continues to do his job of being a super soldier without any encouragement. But beneath that helmet is a man who has quite a few secrets that most players aren't aware of. The mysterious nature of our faceless protagonist has always been one of his biggest draws (while simultaneously being one of the biggest complaints thrown his way).
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However, as the Halo canon has expanded, so too has Master Chief's character. With each passing game, we have gained more glimpses into the man that the game developers had in mind when they first made Halo: Combat Evolved. And let's just say, not all of those glimpses have been pleasant or mild. Here are a few facts about Master Chief that you might not have known and will definitely shock you. Our all-time favorite Spartan-II didn't become the hero he is without acquiring a few issues along the way.
One of the best things about being a Spartan is that sweet armor you get to wear. Downside of it all: you need a crew and some heavy machinery to take off Spartan-II Mjolnir armor. What does this mean for the Master Chief? It means that every time we see him in a game, he's stuck in his armor until someone can help him get out. That doesn't mean much for Halo: Combat Evolved, but if you think about it, Master Chief spent Halo 2 through Halo 4 in his armor nonstop. How's a Spartan supposed to pee?
The Mjolnir kit is equipped with a catheter, which takes away a Spartan's urine and then recycles it for future use. It's postulated that waste is collected and then disposed of by the suit as well. It makes you wonder if Master Chief has been leaving little waste bags lying around on all the Halo rings.
Master Chief, also known as John-117, and the rest of his class of Spartans received genetic augmentations shortly after they were abducted by Catherine Halsey and Chief Mendez. These augmentations were critical for making these children more than a few notches higher than the average UNSC soldier. They went through carbide ceramic ossification (grafting strengthening materials to their bones), muscular enhancement injections, occipital capillary reversal, and so much more on their journey to becoming true Spartan-IIs.
One of the augmentations was a catalytic thyroid implant, which was meant to boost the growth of their skeletons and muscles. One side effect: a suppressed “drive.” Master Chief's libido has been genetically altered to be practically nonexistent.
Master Chief has a gap between his two front teeth. Or at the very least he should. It's written in the Halo novel, Halo: The Fall of Reach. When Dr. Halsey and Captain Keyes first scope out what John looks like on his home planet of Eridanus II, he is described as having brown hair, a few freckles, and a gap between his two front teeth.
Maybe the gap closed up on its own. There is never any mention of a Spartan wearing orthodontic braces, so it's a safe assumption to state that if the gap remained untreated and did not close up on its own, Master Chief has a gap-toothed grin underneath that helmet. Not that he'd ever take that darned helmet off anyways. And not that he'd ever smile.
All told, Master Chief in his armor weighs about 1000 pounds (453 kg). It's no surprise that the Mjolnir armor weighs so much. Just think of all the systems it has to carry. The inner layer is filled with hydrostatic gel. There's the titanium composite bodysuit underneath that. It's filled to the brim with the electronic components that regulate the HUD and the shielding systems. The outer layer is no light thing either. The shell is made of a titanium alloy. And that's not to mention the unmentioned waste disposal system. It makes sense that the armor would weigh so much. Still, it is quite unbelievable. The Master Chief is walking around in a suit that weighs a fourth of a car. He's battling the Covenant wearing the weight of a grand piano.
Master Chief is getting up in years. The augmentations that the Master Chief received as a child may help with any health concerns he might have had to worry about given his current age. Not only that, but because of his extended periods in cryosleep (which pause his body's functions during slipspace travels), the Master Chief's technical age is lower than the years that have gone by while he's been alive.