If you haven't seen it yet I suggest you guys go to GameSpot.com and check out this year's 'greatest hero of all time' tournament. If you don't know what that is, its the same thing as the 'Final Four' in terms of sports. They randomize match ups and people pick who they think is going to win. This year Master Chief was matched up against Bub & Bob, two dragons who are only known in casual puzzle games. In the biggest upset I ever seen they completely destroyed Master Chief by 7% in the polls.
On the boards I noticed people arguing about how bland and overrated Master Chief is and I agree with them for the most part. Although I have to say they have to give Master Chief some respect and not just vote against him and let some even lamer characters win. After all Master Chief's armor alone is really cool and destroys those minor characters. Of his merits, Master Chief is more of a John Wayne or Clint Eastwood type of character and I think thats what draws people to him. Thing is, there's hundreds of the same character around, some in different forms, from Alex Mercer in Prototype to Snake's raspy voice.
Even though I think Halo is overrated, I had Master Chief going all the way to the finals along with Solid Snake because I thought the millions of fanboys would never let Master Chief lose.