Interesting read from Reddit…
"Now I know what you’re all thinking. You must think the thread title is absurd but just hear me out guys. We all know that Spartan-II’s were the genetic cream of the crop. They were selected from some of the most genetically perfect specimens within human controlled space. Their genetic makeup and physical traits surpassed the bulk of humanities population in the 26th century. Now add Biological Augmentation procedures to improve upon these traits and then you get a walking tank.
First I’d like to state and clarify that the Spartan III’s of Noble Team were *different than other Spartan III’s. Their genetic makeup was much closer to the specifications that Halsey had laid out for her original Spartan-II’s, and they were far and away the best out of their respective companies. They received better training, augmentations, and equipment once they were removed from their companies.
>However, there were a small number of SPARTAN-III candidates—called “cat 2s” by Kurt Ambrose—who would have met the requirements for the SPARTAN-II program; some of them would later be removed from their mainline companies, given better equipment and assigned to separate special forces units.
So the Spartan-III’s of Noble Team will form the crux of my argument. Okay, moving on. One thing we can notice straightaway from having a first look at Noble Team is…
Carter-A259 ~ 208.3 cm (6’10)
Kat-B320 ~ 204 cm (6’8)
Emile-A239 ~ 208.4 cm (6’10)
Jun-A266 ~ 210.5 cm (6’11)
Spartan-B329 ~ 205.7 cm (6’9)
From this we can gather that the Spartan-III’s of Noble team had physical statures comparable to that of the Spartan-II’s. Noble 6’s height is on par with Spartan Frederic-104 and John-117 is the same height as Carter-A259. Heck Kat is even taller than Spartan-037 Randall.
During the Battle of Onyx, one of the SPARTAN-IIIs briefly fought the MJOLNIR-armored Kelly-087. The SPARTAN-III in question was able to momentarily hold their own against Kelly, escaping from her arm lock and twisting her wrist despite wearing only SPI armor. While Kelly was able to quickly defeat the SPARTAN-III afterward, she took note that she would have easily torn her opponent’s arm off if he or she were unaugmented. Now imagine if that was a 7’2 Noble 6 in MJOLNIR armor? I’d think he’d dish out some serious pain and it could’ve have gone both ways.
Now ALOT of people bring up the speed running difference between the Spartan-II’s and III’s. But I find this to be unfair because during the battle on Pegasi Delta, most of Beta Company were roughly twelve years old. The physical abilities of any SPARTAN-IIIs who lived long enough to mature would supposedly have improved significantly as CPO Mendez stated that Spartans only grew stronger and faster as their bodies grew accustomed to their augmentations.
So I’m going to conclude this post by stating that the best of the Spartan-III’s performed on-par with the Spartan-II’s and some of them (think Noble Six) exceeded the majority of the Spartan-II’s.
Do you agree? Or not? Why don’t you agree?
Let’s have a great discussion guys! "
What do you guys think?