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Arby 'n' the Chief is a live-action/machinima hybrid series created by Jon Graham about the lives of figurine versions of the Master Chief and the Arbiter. It is mainly based around the two playing Halo 3 or Halo: Reach.
Before Arby 'n' the Chief, Jon Graham produced a series of videos called Master Chief Sucks at Halo. Jon's Halo 2 Master Chief action figure comes to life, and begins playing the Halo 3 beta. He plays extremely poorly, partially because of his unfamiliarity with the new features of Halo 3, but mainly because of his total lack of video gaming skill.
Arby 'n' the Chief is about two Halo 2-era Action Figures of the Master Chief and the Arbiter who live in their owner's (Jon Graham) house. When Jon is at home, the figures stay put and do not move, as one would expect of a typical figurine. Whenever Jon leaves, they start moving around, playing games, and pulling off shenanigans.
While the series started off as a straight comedy series, but as of season five, the show began to drift into the 'dramedy' genre, becoming completely serialized and exploring increasingly darker, more existential themes such as depression, suicide and the meaning of life. The stakes were also raised from simple shenanigans to fighting for the fate of Xbox Live against various hacker groups using a dangerous piece of software called "Fragban".
Arby 'n' the Chief: The Movie
On May 25, 2008, Arby 'n' the Chief: The Movie premiered at the machinima event CanWest '08 and was published on YouTube the same day.
- The Arbiter and Master Chief figures are from Halo 2, but Cortana, Todd, and Travis are all Halo 3 Action Figures.
- Though distributed by Machinima.com, the series is technically not a machinima, with the majority of each episode filmed live-action and video games simply being a plot device.
- In the second episode of the series, the Arbiter wrote Bungie a letter asking to give the Chief Recon armor. Bungie granted this request by the beginning of Episode 3, prompting many viewers to write their own emails to Bungie asking for the armor. However, Jon has said that he did not actually send the email that he wrote for Episode 2 and that Bungie gave him the Recon strictly because they admired his videos.
- Throughout seasons 1-4, the time on Jon's clock is always 3:43, a reference to 343 Guilty Spark.