10 Best Spartans In Halo, Ranked
The Spartans are the ones who keep the Halo Universe safe and sound. Here are the very best things.
In the Halo universe, Spartans are meant to be the next step in how people change. Over the years, the Spartan program has been changed and updated many times to make it better. This has led to the creation of some of the most dangerous and important people in history. When the alien cult known as the Covenant arrived, there was already a civil war going on. This led humanity into a desperate war for survival, which brought even more threats to humanity’s existence and shattered old ideas about their history. The Spartans led the charge to defend humanity.
Over the past twenty years, Microsoft, Bungie, and 343 Industries have added to and deepened this popular sci-fi franchise, making it a mainstay of the Xbox brand. Even among these super-soldiers, there are a few people who stand out for being especially good. Whether it’s because of their great service, their personalities, or their backstories, these Spartans have gone above and beyond to become iconic characters in this popular franchise.
Kurt-051 is the way out, but most people will never hear about it. ONI faked Kurt’s death and put him in charge of training the Spartan-III candidates. This was a top-secret project to make less enhanced super soldiers with cheaper armor to help stop the Covenant fleet.
Kurt put his best foot forward and did the best he could with the time and resources he had to make these orphans into the best soldiers he could. Kurt would eventually die to save Dr. Katherine Halsey and Blue Team. He would set off a huge bomb and die in a way that a Spartan would be proud of.
Sergeant Avery Johnson
No, this is not an error. Johnson was in the Orion program, which was the first version of what would later be called the Spartan program. Even though the subjects didn’t get a lot of physical changes, they did get more stamina, better night vision, and a lot of changes to their nervous systems and internal organs. This made their lives and bodies a lot longer.
Johnson was one of the few people who made it through the program with few problems. He served during the insurrection and the whole Human-Covenant war, and he was one of the first humans to meet aliens in person. Johnson would help train the Spartan II candidates and become close with the Master Chief. He would die in the Master Chief’s arms as they destroyed a newly made Halo ring and beat the AI Guilty Spark.
Lucy is one of the few Spartan IIIs that are still alive. Most of the others were sent on suicide missions to destroy Covenant supply lines, shipyards, and communications, or to kill high-ranking officers. Most of the people in Lucy’s group, Beta Company, were killed in a massive frontal attack on a Covenant stronghold. This event caused Lucy to become mute afterward.
Even though she was sick, Lucy did well as a field agent until the end of the war. When she was sent to train new Spartan IV candidates, she was given more training and a few small changes so she could use full Mjolnir armor. In 2554, she and a few other Spartans were put in charge of security for an Onyx research program. She slowly got over the trauma and found her voice again.
Thorne is the first member of a new generation of Spartans. Spartan II and III were trained child soldiers, but Spartan IVs like Thorne are hand-picked volunteers from humanity’s military and intelligence divisions. Their augmentation process has been updated to be safer for the user, but it’s still very painful and takes a long time.
As a member of a generation that grew up with propaganda showing Spartans as gods among humans, Thorne is determined to prove his worth as a member of Fireteam Majestic by fighting off the remaining Covenant forces and the newly awakened Prometheans to protect humanity and secure their future in the stars.
Buck is a seasoned ODST member whose past can feel like a classic detective story. He is married to an ONI field agent and was able to persuade the UNSC to let his former squad mates get augmentations with him. However, when his squad mate Mickey joined the Insurrectionists, he felt betrayed and angry.
When Cortana set off an AI uprising across human space, Buck was one of the first to take action. He was one of the first to start gathering resources and people to fight back, and he was never afraid to spit in death’s face.
He is one of Master Chief’s oldest friends and the most senior member of Blue Team. Fred fought in the Covenant war, protected Doctor Halsey on Onyx, found a conspiracy theory that almost caused chaos in a human colony, and found Cortana’s plan to become a dictator with Master Chief.
At the moment, he is one of many UNSC assets sent all over the galaxy to stop Cortana’s failed coup and stop the Banished from becoming a threat. Fred is a soldier, but he’s smarter and funnier than he looks. He’s always ready with a joke or an insightful comment about what’s going on.
Commander Sarah Palmer proved herself as an ODST field officer during the Human-Covenant War. Now, she is a senior ranking officer for the Spartan-IV program on the UNSC Infinity, humanity’s biggest and most complex ship. Palmer values the lives of everyone under her command, and she will often fight back against orders and people who would throw away lives and morals for no good reason.
This made her eager to kill Dr. Halsey while she was acting like she was leaving the group, and the doctor lost an arm as a result. She was last seen in charge of getting people together to rebuild the UNSC after Cortana’s rebellion and the Banished took over.
Jun was one of the few Spartan IIIs who was given Mjolnir armor and treated like a real military asset instead of a one-time weapon. Jun turned out to be a natural marksman who could hit his targets with any weapon from far away, so he was quickly moved to Noble Team. Jun would spend most of his career on Noble, but when Reach fell, his team started to fall apart one by one.
Jun was one of the last humans to leave the planet before it was taken over by the Covenant. He saved Dr. Halsey and became a leader in the Spartan IV program, where he trained and recruited dozens of Spartans. Jun is still in charge of training and sending out Spartans after the UNSC fell and Cortana’s Created and the Banished took over.
Noble 6‘s name, face, gender, and everything else (besides the fact that they exist) is hidden by black ink and burned documents. Before Reach fell, 6 spent most of its time during the Covenant War getting rid of human insurrection cells. They did this by making whole stations full of armed agents disappear overnight. If 6 was moved to Noble Team, he or she would work with other Spartans to evacuate civilians and stop the Covenant from getting access to secret information while taking casualties.
Noble 6 would be the last member of the fireteam standing. He chose to stay behind and give cover fire to the UNSC Pillar of Autumn so it could fire out of the dry dock and escape to a friendlier part of space. Soon after, Noble 6 would die. Their helmet would be found, and the spot where it was found would be marked as a historical site for people to come and see.
The man, the legend, and the myth. Master Chief, whose real name is John-117, is the face of the series, the box art for Happy Wheels game, and the Spartan Program as a whole. When the top leaders of the UNSC saw how successful this one Spartan was, they turned him into a piece of propaganda. They spread his name, armor, and achievements across human space to boost morale and encourage people to join the military on their own, and they kept doing this long after the Human-Covenant War was over.
Master Chief has made his own luck and lived through things that would have killed smarter and stronger men. He rarely breaks under pressure that would drive other people crazy. Master Chief has saved humanity from being completely wiped out several times in his life. He continues to serve humanity with honor and dignity, never letting anyone see the cracks in his soul that have grown over decades of watching people die over and over again.