Challenge Names 101

Lately there have been some challenges with interesting names that make me chuckle. It occurs that not everyone knows where these names come from (and perhaps I’m missing something on some as well) so this post will be an ongoing record of name etymologies.

Light Fuse, Run Away – Kill X enemies with grenades in a multiplayer Matchmaking game

For anyone who missed it, the finale to Halo: Combat Evolved is one of the best final episodes of any game. The second chapter is called Light Fuse, Run Away, and has you [SPOILER INCOMING] in the engine room of your crashed ship, The Pillar of Autumn, opening the manifolds that cover the engine and throwing grenades or rockets in. The point being to cause a ‘wildcat destabilisation’ of the engine, so it explodes and destroys the first Halo.

T-Hug It Out– Kill X enemies with close quarters combat in a multiplayer Matchmaking game

I take this as being from Entourage, the awesome character Ari Gold uses it mostly in the first couple of seasons to try an make everything cool with people. The T- makes it ‘Thug It Out’, as you’re doing less hugging and more elbow-to-the-face-ing.

Now I have a Machine Gun– Earn X kills with automatic weapons in multiplayer Matchmaking

From one of the great Christmas movies, Die Hard. John McClane manages to take out two guys, and sends the body of one strapped to a chair down to the terrorists in the lobby, with ‘Now I have a machine gun too, Ho Ho Ho’ written on his jumper.

Return of the Mack – Kill X Elites in Campaign today on Normal or harder

This was a song by Mark Morrison, a 90s UK rapper. It also refers to ‘mack daddy’, a term for a superior male.

Pod Kettle Black – Kill 10 Elite Drop Pods in The Long Night of Solace

From the old expression ‘the pot calling the kettle black’, used to refer to someone being hypocritical.

(Heroic) Demon – Kill X Elites in Firefight Matchmaking on Heroic or harder

Demon is the Elite’s name for the Master Chief from Halo: CE onwards, and often used in the Halo universe to refer to Spartans or skilful people. Heroic is usually attached to this as it needs to be completed in Heroic difficulty.

J.H. Death Machine – Kill X enemies in Firefight Matchmaking with the Grenade Launcher

Josh Hamrick is a gameplay designer for Bungie, as his Twitter account says he made the weapons in Reach go bang.

You Want This, Don’t You? – Earn X kills with precision weapons in a multiplayer Matchmaking game

I’m sure this is a reference to Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – the achievement for DMR kills is ‘An Elegant Weapon’, as Obi-Wan Kenobi says ‘an elegant weapon, for a more civilised age’, which would tie into wanting one. [SPOILER INCOMING] The Emperor is taunting Luke that he is about to destroy the Rebel Alliance, and knows Luke wants to take up his Lightsaber (that the Emperor has next to him) and strike him down, even though doing so would be giving into anger and rage. Great stuff.

On the Sixth Respawn… – Complete a Firefight Matchmaking game with fewer than 5 deaths

Possibly a reference to the Biblical tale of the creation of the world. On the sixth day, God creates man in his image.

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts – Win X games in multiplayer Matchmaking this week

A reference to Friday Night Lights, apparently a speech and phrase often used to pep up the players and motivate them.

I Need Some Ammo – Complete a Campaign mission on Heroic or harder with the famine Skull on

In an advert for Halo 2, and in one of the cutscenes, Master Chief says ‘I need a weapon’. It’s now become a phrase generally for being macho and fighting. The famine skull means you only get 50% ammo on weapons you pick up, hence ‘need some ammo’.

One Spartan Army – Kill X enemies in Firefight Matchmaking

A concept in films and books (and particularly games) about being a skilful/well trained soldier.. One Spartan Army is usually used when you need to kill a lot of enemies, particularly in Firefight. (Thanks to Chris for clarifying my mis-remember of Army of One!)

There Are Many Like… – Kill X enemies with precision weapons in the Campaign today

This is from the Rifleman’s Creed as used in the US Marine Corps. In the film Full Metal Jacket the soldiers ‘pray’ about their rifle, saying ‘there are many like it, but this one is mine’. (Thanks to Kav for the confirmation and link)

The T.G. Opposition – Kill X enemies in Firefight Matchmaking with the Shotgun.

Another internal Bungie reference about Tyson Green, a senior designer at Bungie. According to Josh ‘Tyson goes with shotgun like chocolate goes with peanut butter.’

Sticky Icky Icky – Earn 5 sticky grenade Kills in a multiplayer Matchmaking game

I believe this is a reference to good marijuana made infamous by the rapper Snoop Dogg. The credit might be a reference, as 420 is a common weed reference, and 1625 would be 425 in military time. (Thanks to ZanyMex for the find).

Sweep the Leg – Perform an assassination in a multiplayer Matchmaking game

In the classic film ‘The Karate Kid’ the evil Sensei directs his figher to sweep the leg of our hero Daniel LaRusso continually during a fight to continually harm his injured leg.

This is How We Do It – Complete 9 Campaign missions on Heroic

Quite simply, This Is How We Do It is a song from 1995 by Montell Jordan.

There are more names that I don’t know, and probably mean something – Just Hold On, Chaddlesby’s Justice, Cook ’em Clean ’em to name a few. If you know the reference to something I’ve not listed, or want to add something to one of the above, please add it to the comments and give us a link to something of the background.


38 Responses to Challenge Names 101

  1. bungiesgirl says:

    yay this is an awesome post – is great to get some insights into the behind the scenes and I do like the way that that Bungie ‘nods’ so well!

    I shall get my thinking cap on for these!

    BG xx

  2. Steve says:

    Sticky Icky Icky – Earn 5 sticky grenade Kills in a multiplayer Matchmaking game – 1625 cR

    I believe this is a reference to good marijuana made infamous by the rapper Snoop Dogg.

    Also thought the credit might be a reference, as 420 is a common weed reference, and 1620 would be 420 in military time. Though this might be a stretch. Just a thought.

    Big fan of the this idea. Like the ones you came up with. Always love learning interesting tid bits about my games and internal jokes and such. Look forward to seein’ more!


    • bungiesgirl says:

      You Sir, deserve a medal!


      BG xx

    • xXMaster SoulXx says:

      I actually was thinking… Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace when Obi-wan Kenobi and the others land on Tatoonie and head into the city…Jar Jar Binks steps into a pile of crap and says “ICKY ICKY POO” …thats my thought 🙂

    • poseidon si says:

      Matt did you mean to put 425/1625 on the blog post for this or is it a typo? (otherwise i don’t understand; in American police codes 425 is suspicious situation/vehicle/person or hazardous material. I guess the last one makes sense!)

      • The fuzz says:

        You do know there is no one “American Police Codes” list, most towns are very different.

  3. Chris says:

    Great blog just found it last week and now a fan on Facebook.
    The army campaign was “Army of One” wasn’t it?

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  6. Ender Xer0 says:

    Sticky Icky Icky is in fact a reference to Snoop Dogg, but Snoop himself was referencing a disco song from the 1970s, “Boogie Oogie Oogie”, by a Taste Of Honey. (Which itself was a reference to Mahler’s 5th Concerto in D Minor. Okay, not that last part.)

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  8. Chesto says:

    Cook ‘Em, Clean ‘Em, is probably a reference to killing poultry, if it’s the challenge I remember(one about killing while jetpacking, or killing jetpackers). When you kill a bird, you clean and cook the bird.

    • poseidon si says:

      +1 for this logic

    • FireySplork says:

      Cook em clean em is kill x amount of players while jetpacking in mm

      • Tyler says:

        wrong sir it is kill x number of enemies with sticky grenades i completed that challenge before that is how i know

      • Scruff 815 says:

        ^ wrong sir. Use the search box at the top and type “Cook Em Clean Em” and you’ll see a bunch of results that say that the challenge is for jetpack kills.

  9. Steve says:

    Got another one…

    “Mostly at Night – Complete Nightfall on Legendary without dying”

    I believe this to be a quote from the 1986 movie Aliens. The character Newt talks about the aliens and how they come out at night. Pretty straight forward.


  10. Valdan says:

    Cook ‘Em, Clean ‘Em is a reference to Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers when Gollum asks what tarred are to Sam while he’s cooking.

    Mostly at Night is from Aliens as the little girl says that about the alien creatures. 🙂

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  12. Edward says:

    Fourth Horseman comes from the bible (Revelation of St. John) and represents Death.

  13. poseidon si says:

    ‘that pink mist’ is assumedly a bastardisation of ‘the red mist’, the colloquial term for one being overcome with anger/rage, to the extent that it obscures their rational judgment.

  14. Nate says:

    Lol no. “The Pink Mist” is a military term that snipers use for the perfect headshot. When achieved, the bullet passes cleanly through and all you see is “pink mist” from where it’s exited the back of the person’s head, taking blood and brain matter with it.

    It makes sense that bungie would use it seeing as the color used when needler shards explode is…you got it…pink.

  15. Andrew says:

    Mythic Bustin – Complete a Campaign Mission on Heroic or harder with the Mythic Skull on.

    Mythc Bustin’ is likely a reference to a popular event at American rodeo’s known as Mutton Bustin. In Mutton Bustin’, a young child is placed on top of a sheep while it is being held or restrained by a handler. Once the child is on the sheep, it is let go and the child attempts to hold on for as long as he or she can. Typically, most children fall off before 8 seconds have elapsed. While this is not a nationally recognized event and often organized on the local level, ribbons or small prizes are handed out to the top performers.

    Since my coding on the last post is awful (my apologies, it’s been a while) I’ll just post the link to the wiki article below.

    • Pat says:

      I would think Mythic Bustin is probably a reference to the TV show Myth Busters

    • Im a D says:

      Nooo thats definitly not it. One, I live in America and have never heard of that, so it’s not popular at all. Two, Mythic Bustin is definitly a reference to the TV show Myth Busters

  16. Marc says:

    Midnight Run is obviously a play and reference to the Toonami Midnight Run block on CN. That, and it the title itself gives you a clue on how to ace the challenge; by speed running the entire level. Damn I miss Toonami.:(

    • Oreo says:

      Amen. Tom was the best, and when they brought out Tom 2.0 (or Black Tom as I liked to call him) he just got better.

  17. Kevin Hinchliffe says:

    The Dream Shake–earn 4 double kills in a multiplayer matchmaking game. This is a reference to Hakeem Olajuwon. He was the most recent basketball player to record a Quadruple-double (double digit points in 4 categories). his signature post up move was “the dream shake”.

  18. boomer says:

    Marines are not soldiers, thanks for the shout out to the Corps though

  19. Jacob Pariseau says:

    Add on ‘Un, Deux, Troix – Win 3 games in multiplayer matchmaking’. Implying the french ever won anything… I tell ya 😛

  20. Cory says:

    …Got a Triple Double – 3 double kills in one matchmaking game.

    I like to think this is a reference to Ice Cube’s It was a good day song. “last week f*@#*d around and got a triple double.”

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