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|“||Man's grandeur lies in it's ability to contemplate his own existence. If it's such an immense feat for us, I can't imagine what you must be feeling. You were created for the sole purpose of being drooled on and smashed to pieces by toddlers. That or to collect dust on the shelves of chronic masturbaters. It's debatable whether or not there's something beyond this plain of reality for us. For you there's, literally nothing. It's indisputable. You're just a lump of plastic with some, miraculous short circuit that has somehow sparked conciousness that will one day fizzle out, and that'll be that.||„|
|~ Trent Donnivich insulting Arbiter in the episode "Cheaters"|
Trent Donnovich is a recurring antagonist in the Arby 'n' the Chief series and acts as the CEO of Bad Games. He also serves as Arbiter's nemesis.
At first glance, Trent appears to be laid back and open-minded. However, Trent has little to no emotion and gives little weight to storylines in video games, believing that video games should be about nothing but gory militaristic violence and killing everything on screen; consequently he fires story writers from his company, dismissing their job as "too easy". He has a bleak outlook on life, refering to it as "a big sinking ship" which he uses to justify his sadistic, malicious, and condescending personality. This is especially seen when Trent reveals to Arbiter that not only does he know that he and Master Chief are toys, but ridicules them for having no purpose but to be abused by children until they are worthless. When he is exposed to Claire for cheating on her, he states that marriage (in his belief) is a "false constitution that represses human nature" which he uses to justify affairs. Trent is also seen as judgemental at desperate times when he threatens to ban Claire first simply for bringing Arbiter and Chief into his life. All of this leads Arbiter to saying that it wasn't surprising that an ounce on emotion would have a toxic effect on Trent, also asking him who really the plastic one was, and that his bleak outlook on life was poisonous.
Early in 2011, Trent was engaged to Claire Ferguson, who he met while he was representing Bad Games at school, after dating her for three weeks. Claire and Trent also played Halo: Reach together, and Claire was part of Trent's clan, Noob Control.
Their wedding was taking place in-game, in a map created in forge mode. To prevent the possibility of other gamers crashing their wedding, all attendees were only able to spawn with plasma pistols. The wedding also had a staff of security, which included an executive of Bungie, Brian, his two sisters, Victoria and Brittany and two major league gamers, Cameron Jones and Cody Hammond.
Unbeknowst to Claire, Trent was having affair with one of the members of the construction team for the church.
Trent also took part in interviews with Severely Outdated Information Magazine and promotes Bad Games' first title, Guns of Honor.
Arbiter first met Trent while he spoke to Claire during a game of Halo: Reach matchmaking. Trent scolded Claire for leaving Xbox LIVE party chat, and then introduced himself to Arbiter as Claire's fiance, and criticized Arbiter's synthetic voice and his stats in Halo: Reach, and also insulted his existance. However, when they met again, Trent apologized for what he said, and asked Arbiter if he wanted to try to be friends, which Arbiter agreed to.
Trent later invited Arbiter to a tour of the church that the wedding was taking place in. Master Chief also joined Arbiter. After showing them the church and its staff, Trent asked Chief and Arbiter if they wanted to attend the wedding, to which they both said yes.
Trent later invited Arbiter to the stag the night before the wedding, and also revealed that he had seen Hypernews. Trent praised Hypernews, and requested that Arbiter include a cross-promotion for Bad Games in the second episode, to which Arbiter agreed to. After the release of the second episode, Trent, along with Nathan and Daniel, two executives of Bad Programming, a company partnered with Bad Games, became interested in purchasing Hypernews.
During his stag, Trent introduced Arbiter to Daniel and Nathan, and left him to negotiate with the two about the purchasing of Hypernews, and went outside the spire. Master Chief, who had been restrained from entering the stag by Arbiter, managed to free himself and joined the stag with the intention of crashing it. However, he unintentionally exposed Trent's affair to Arbiter when he overheard Trent speaking with the female member of the church's contruction team. This disgusted Arbiter, who immediately refused the Hypernews deal and intended to tell Claire about the affair. In order to prevent this, Trent ordered Cameron and Cody to boot them from the stag and contacted Brian to have him block their communications with Claire and prevent them from accessing the server in which the wedding was taking place.
Arbiter and Master Chief managed to make it into the wedding anyway, having acquired hacks from Underground Hackers, and successfully crashed the wedding and informed Claire of Trent's affair. Claire, outraged at Trent, called off their marriage instantaneously and Trent made a final attempt to ban Arbiter and Claire using Chief's hacked sniper rifle. However, Greg arrived at the server and killed all of Trent's staff, distracting Trent and giving Arbiter an opportunity to kill him in-game, causing him a temporary ban.
As a result of Arbiter and Chief exposing his affair, Trent's public image and reputation was devastated. After the poor sales of Guns of Honor, Bad Games went bankrupt.
Trent was contacted by an acquaintence with an executive position on a network service that rivals Xbox LIVE's Online Multiplayer Network. His former colleague offered him a position alongside him in exchange for crippling the Online Multiplayer Network. Recalling Arbiter and Chief's use of hacks to crash his wedding, Trent tracked down the distributors of said hacks, who pointed him towards Justin, the developer of the hacks. Justin provided Trent with the updated Fragban, hacks that perma-ban any player that is killed by the user in Halo online.
Following this, Trent hired a clan of hackers known as Chaos Theosis to disband the newly risen Terms of Service Enforcement Response Squad, which was an obstacle in the way of taking down the network. Chaos Theosis was successful in removing TOSERS, but Arbiter and Chief, who had also joined TOSERS and who's accounts had survived the attack on the main TOSERS server managed to frag every member of Chaos Theosis one-by-one, after acquiring Fragban from Xbox LIVE private networks. Trent, anticipating the failure of Chaos Theosis, again contacted Justin, who provided him with a permanent denial of service attack file, with the capability to bring down the OMN automatically. Master Chief and Arbiter arrived, and after activating the file, Trent explained everything that happened since the wedding. Afterwards, Arbiter and Master Chief attempted to frag him before the permanent denial of service attack begun. Despite interference from Justin and Clyde, Chief managed to frag Trent with only seconds to spare. The permanent denial of service attack was deactivated upon his account being banned.