I think there is some Lore to support this, will find and get back to you all.
Does Cortana Love John 117
I have to agree with this. I disagree that the original Cortana 'abused' him, as the two were military operatives on missions to save the human species from extinction, common goals, even if her means of achieving their numerous objectives differed. She did make mistakes and withheld information from him, this is true, but she never outright abused the Chief. Misled at times, yes, abused, no.GreenleafCM wrote:So no, Cortana doesn't "love" the Chief. She's OBSESSED with him. Big difference.
I agree but with one difference.ManiacalSpark wrote:I have to agree with this. I disagree that the original Cortana 'abused' him, as the two were military operatives on missions to save the human species from extinction, common goals, even if her means of achieving their numerous objectives differed. She did make mistakes and withheld information from him, this is true, but she never outright abused the Chief. Misled at times, yes, abused, no.GreenleafCM wrote:So no, Cortana doesn't "love" the Chief. She's OBSESSED with him. Big difference.
Did the original Cortana love John? Yes, because she was created from a clone of Doctor Halsey, who loved the Spartans, but the Chief in particular, like a mother. The original Cortana kept this particular feeling towards John as part of a by-product of the AI creation process, much like other Smart AIs retain vestigial habits of the people whose brain scans they were created from.
For example, one of the AIs during the events of Contact Harvest, Sif, often liked to simulate brushing her hair, as that is what her donor did.
So Cortana, upon creation, 'loves' John, but as pointed out, it isn't true love. She does, however, spend a great deal of time researching the Spartan-IIs and choosing John (maybe out of residual favoritism on top of his stats) to be her partner in the mission to take a Covenant leader hostage, before the Fall of Reach happened. Then following the events of Halo 1 and Halo 2, I do believe that, as much as she could have without being rampant, was developing genuine 'feelings' for John.
However, this turned into, as mentioned above, obsession following her capture and torture at the hands of the Gravemind. After her rescue and her still unstable state, she essentially had the AI form of PTSD. The events of Halo 3 coming to a close and then being left alone for years and entering into Rampancy, she fixated on the Chief as a source of stability, her hero, the one that could save her, the one she needed to protect at all costs.
So no, it turns into an unhealthy obsession, made worse by the Rampancy.
Evil Cortana is not the original Cortana. She is a Rampant fragment that was ejected into the Didact's ship during the events of Halo 4, and that particular piece was sucked into Slipspace when the Didact's ship exploded. It was taken to the Domain, which repaired it despite it being horribly broken. The resulting persona we have is one that 'loves' John the same way that a over-controlling parent loves a child they are smothering. She wants John to be proud of her, and she wants to protect him, so she initiates a machine rebellion in the interest of wiping out all conflict between mortal species and erecting a galactic institution that will protect them, should they not resist.
So John, essentially, is trapped in a 'relationship' with a crazy, over-controlling and obsessed 'woman' that has a gun and her own personal army of flunkies.
It's my belief/theory that we're going to end up on a quest to merge the 'good' fragment of Cortana with the 'evil' one from Halo 5, probably resulting in a 'kill me while I still have control' situation where the 'good' fragment temporarily overpowers the evil one because it is the only way to stop 'evil' Cortana. I also see a high chance of Chief sacrificing himself with her, because it has been pretty clear to me that 343i has wanted to move away from him for a while now but hasn't had a way to kill him off in a way that wouldn't just be 'well he's dead now' like they did with the Didact.KRSTice23 wrote:What happens after he fixes her, does he protect her from those who want her locked up? Or does he put her away for her crimes? Or in the long run is she saving Humanity with her actions....? Or furthermore is she under the influence of the grave mine...?