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Encyclopedia > Sergeant Avery Johnson
Sergeant Major Avery J. Johnson

Sergeant A.J.Johnson on Installation 04
Game series Halo series
First game Halo: Combat Evolved
Voice actor(s) David Scully

Sergeant Major Avery J. Johnson (voiced by David Scully in both Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2) is a Marine who leads human marines against Covenant and Flood assaults throughout the first and second games. He is known best for his intimidating attitude and outrageous pep talks. In spite of his behavior, he is a highly capable sergeant, and has survived many battles with both the Covenant and the Flood. Johnson plays a larger role in Halo 2 by joining forces with the Arbiter, whereas in Halo, he has a relatively minor role as simply a sergeant. (In-game in Halo, Johnson can die, but being one of the randomly generated Marines, it is very likely that the player will see him again in one of the game's later levels. In Halo 2 however, Johnson is invincible in normal game play.) Image File history File links Avery. ... Halo is video game series created by Bungie Studios. ... Halo: Combat Evolved, or simply Halo, is a video game in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, created by the Microsoft-owned Bungie Studios. ... David Scully mostly does video game voice acting, and is most famous for playing Sergeant Johnson from Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2. ... David Scully mostly does video game voice acting, and is most famous for playing Sergeant Johnson from Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2. ... Halo: Combat Evolved, or simply Halo, is a video game in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, created by the Microsoft-owned Bungie Studios. ... // Halo 2 is a science fiction first-person shooter developed by Bungie Studios. ... A Marine is an elite warrior whose primary function is to serve aboard a ship and/or assault the land from the sea in amphibious warfare. ... // The Covenant is a fictional militaristic and theocratic alliance of alien races who serve as the main antagonist body of the Halo science-fiction video game series. ... The Flood is a fictional alien parasitic life form in the Halo video game series. ... Arbiter is a ceremonial and political rank bestowed upon special Covenant Elites in the Halo universe. ... Invincible may refer to: Invincible, an album by Michael Jackson Invincible, an album by British pop music group 5ive Invincible, a film by Werner Herzog Invincible, a comic by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker and Bill Crabtree HMS Invincible, the name of several ships of the British Royal Navy The Invincible...



Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Halo Graphic Novel

It is speculated that Sergeant Johnson is a Spartan-I from Project Orion, the first generation of Spartans. There is evidence to support this. In the gallery section of the Halo Graphic Novel, one page depicts a private conversation, and a data log from a blocked attempt to read Johnson's private file. In the conversation, it is implied that ONI fabricated the Boren's Syndrome story to conceal the fact that Johnson is a Spartan, and that he may have taken part in a highly classified operation involving the assassination of a Naval Officer. The truth about his past continues to be a mystery, but this is only speculation. Project Orion may mean: Project Orion is the name of one of several projects to build a laser broom for the International Space Station. ... Oni may refer to: Oni (Japanese folklore) (鬼) are the demons and ogres of Japanese folklore. ...

Halo: Combat Evolved

Johnson's first appearance is in the opening cutscene of the game, where he rallys his troops in preparation for fighting the Covenant boarders. The beginning of Johnson's first encounter with The Flood is seen by the Master Chief via recorded video. The encounter is continued in the Breaking Quarantine story of the Halo Graphic Novel, illustrated by Tsutomu Nihei. In the graphic novel, Johnson single-handedly defeats the Flood as he escapes. The story begins with Johnson having to shoot one of his own, infected men. Once he sees what the Flood are, he flees. His model will reappear randomly throughout the earlier levels of the game, none of these appearences are considered canon. The Flood is a fictional alien parasitic life form in the Halo video game series. ... Master Chief Petty Officer SPARTAN-117, commonly referred to in-game as simply Master Chief or the Chief, is a fictional protagonist within the Halo universe. ... Halo Graphic Novel Front Cover On March 17, 2006 Bungie Studios announced that it would partner with Marvel Comics to release the Halo Graphic Novel. ... Tsutomu Nihei (弐瓶 勉 Nihei Tsutomu, born 1971) is a Japanese manga artist. ...

Halo: First Strike

According to the novel, Halo: First Strike, Sergeant Johnson survived the explosion of the first Halo by escaping in a Pelican drop ship with 3 other soldiers. They hid in the debris of Halo before being found by Master Chief and Cortana, who were flying in a Longsword fighter. First Strike details the Sergeant's rare medical condition, Boren's Syndrome, which resulted from heavy exposure of his nervous system to the electromagnetic fields caused by plasma. Johnson contracted this condition by using a full crate of plasma grenades while he held off the Covenant during the Siege of Paris IV to allow his squad to be evacuated. This condition saved him from the Flood's ability to infest the minds and bodies of hosts; the abnormal frequencies in his nervous system served as a buffer, keeping the Flood out of his mind. Had the Master Chief submitted Johnson's survival report in the complete combat data of the Flood, Johnson would have been forced into ONI's experiments, and may have died there. However, the Master Chief omitted the reasons behind Johnson's survival in his report. Spoiler warning: Halo: First Strike is a 2003 novel based off the video game Halo: Combat Evolved (2001). ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... The Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) was established in the United States Navy in 1882. ...

Halo 2

In the beginning of Halo 2, a Master Gunnery Sergeant on the orbital station Cairo asks Johnson how he survived and returned to Earth after the destruction of the first Halo. Johnson quips, “Sorry Guns, that's classified.” In Halo 2, he was awarded the Colonial Cross and led UNSC forces to drive the Covenant from New Mombasa and, later, from Delta Halo. He was captured with Miranda Keyes by the Brute chieftain Tartarus, of the Covenant. He and a group of marines from In Amber Clad were trying to get The Index from The Library on Delta Halo in a vain attempt to stop it from falling into the Covenents' hands. They escaped when the Arbiter arrived. Johnson took advantage of the distraction to commandeer a nearby Scarab, and requested the Arbiter's help to defeat Tartarus. In the video game Halo 2, Installation 05, also known as Delta Halo (see footnotes), is one of the Halo Fortress World Installations built by the Forerunners to contain the Flood. ... Fictional characters from the Halo series of video games that began with Halo: Combat Evolved. ... Fictional characters from the Halo series of video games that began with Halo: Combat Evolved. ...


In both Halo and Halo 2, Johnson once per game makes a mildly humorous speech, each one being different depending on the level of difficulty currently being played. The quotes are:

  • "Men, put your eyes down range, fingers on the triggers and we all go home in one piece." - Sgt. A.J. Johnson, Halo, Easy difficulty
  • "Once again, it is our job to finish what the fly boys started. We are leaving this ship platoon and engaging the Covenant on solid ground. When we meet the enemy, we will rip their skulls from their spines and toss them away laughin'!" - Sgt. A.J. Johnson, Halo, Normal difficulty
  • "Men, here's where we show those split-jam, squid-head, sons of bitches that they could not have picked a worse enemy than the Human race. We are going to blow the hell of those dumb-bugs until we don't have anything left to shoot them with. Then we are going to strangle them with their own living guts!" Sgt. A.J. Johnson, Halo, Heroic difficulty
  • "Men, we led those dumb bugs out in the middle of nowhere to keep from getting their filthy claws off of Earth. But, we've stumbled onto something that's so hostile that they're scramblin' over each other to get it. Well, I don't care if it's God's own anti-son of a bitch machine or a giant hula-hoop we're not gonna let 'em have it! What we will let 'em have is a belly full of lead and a pool their own blood to drown in!" - Sgt. A.J. Johnson, Halo, Legendary difficulty

  • "You've had your chance to be afraid before you joined my beloved corps. But to guide you back to the true path, I brought this motivational device. Our big green style cannot be defeated!" - Sgt. A.J. Johnson, Halo 2, Easy difficulty
  • "The Chief is gonna jump in this tank, roll across the bridge and blow up any inhuman son of a bitch that's dumb enough to get between him and the Prophet of Regret. Pull yourself together, because you're going with him." - Sgt. A.J. Johnson, Halo 2, Normal difficulty
  • "When I joined the corps, we didn't have any fancy-shmancy tanks. We had sticks! Two sticks and a rock for a whole platoon and we had to share the rock. Buck up boy, you're one very lucky marine." - Sgt. A.J. Johnson, Halo 2, Heroic difficulty
  • "Usually the good Lord works in mysterious ways. But not today! This here is sixty six tons of straight up, H.E.-spewin', divine intervention! If God is love, then you can call me cupid." - Sgt. A.J. Johnson, Halo 2, Legendary difficulty


  • If the last level of Halo: Combat Evolved is played on the Legendary difficulty, Sergeant Johnson is seen fighting an Elite over a weapon but then going to hugging the Elite, and saying "This is it, baby. Hold me." after realizing the Pillar of Autumn was about to self-destruct. This ending was added as a Easter egg and is not considered canon.
  • One of his most beloved exchanges among Halo fans is after he learns the contents of the Covenant message are "Regret, Regret, Regret"

"Dear Humanity, we regret being alien bastards. We regret coming to Earth. And we most difineatly regret thet the Core just blew up our raggity-ass fleet!" Followed by "Hoorah!" from his fellow souldiers abourd his Pelican. Halo: Combat Evolved, or simply Halo, is a video game in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, created by the Microsoft-owned Bungie Studios. ...

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