History Characters / HalfLife

19th Apr '16 6:07:00 AM rjd1922
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* LackOfEmpathy: Debatable. He saves Gordon's life quite a few times and later [[spoiler: he admits he saved Alyx and her family during the Black Mesa disaster]] suggesting that maybe he's capable of mercy. He also mentions to Shepard that he saved his life specifically because he sees him as a kindred spirit.

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* LackOfEmpathy: Debatable. He saves Gordon's life quite a few times and later [[spoiler: he admits he saved Alyx and her family during the Black Mesa disaster]] suggesting that maybe he's capable of mercy. He also mentions to Shepard that he saved his life specifically because he sees him as a kindred spirit.



* NoNameGiven: While he is called "G-Man" in the credits and character models, he is never actually referred to as this in-story. The only direct reference to him is Eli's label of "our mutual friend." As such, G-Man is not his actual name or even an InSeriesNickname.

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* NoNameGiven: While he is called "G-Man" in the credits and character models, he is never actually referred to as this in-story. The only direct reference to him is Eli's label of "our mutual friend." As such, the G-Man is not his actual name or even an InSeriesNickname.InSeriesNickname. In the manual for ''Opposing Force'', Adrian Shephard does call him "''a'' G-man" in his diary, but this seems to be a generic term.



* {{Retcon}}: He was originally imagined as the administrator of Black Mesa and a literal government agent, but in ''Half-Life 2'' the administrator role was given to Breen.



* ReluctantRuler: For unknown reasons the Advisors remain in stasis up until Episode 2, very rarely asserting control over Earth themselves and leaving most of it up to Breen. By 2, however, [[VillainOverride they take direct control with a vengeance.]]

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* ReluctantRuler: For unknown reasons the Advisors remain in stasis up until Episode 2, ''Episode Two'', very rarely asserting control over Earth themselves and leaving most of it up to Breen. By 2, ''Two'', however, [[VillainOverride they take direct control with a vengeance.]]
4th Apr '16 10:08:38 AM Akaihiryuu
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*** The graphic and sound effects used on screen when an Advisor is in close proximity gives a very realistic portrayal of what it's like to have a migraine. Don't get migraines? Now you know what it looks and sounds like to those who do.
4th Apr '16 8:41:03 AM Akaihiryuu
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* MixedAncestry: She has a black father and a Malaysian mother.

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* MixedAncestry: She has a black father and a Malaysian mother. Applies to her voice actress as well (who has a black father and a Japanese mother).
28th Mar '16 6:35:11 PM rjd1922
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* CallBack: After playing out his minor role in Half-Life 2, he disappears from the plot, and there is no mention of him again. Then, late in Episode One, three independent mentions suddenly turns up concerning him, first Alyx sarcastically claiming he is her father, then two rebels coming to the conclusion that he is an idiot, and finally a rebel who reveals that he had taken the credit for Gordon's work, and who turns out to be an admirer of him.

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* CallBack: After playing out his minor role in Half-Life 2, ''Half-Life 2''', he disappears from the plot, and there is no mention of him again. Then, late in Episode One, ''Episode One'', three independent mentions suddenly turns up concerning him, first Alyx sarcastically claiming he is her father, then two rebels coming to the conclusion that he is an idiot, and finally a rebel who reveals that he had taken the credit for Gordon's work, and who turns out to be an admirer of him.



** Better yet, a passing comment in Episode 1 reveals that he took the credit for shooting down aforementioned gunship.

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** Better yet, a passing comment in Episode 1 ''Episode One'' reveals that he took the credit for shooting down aforementioned gunship.
28th Mar '16 4:25:28 PM rjd1922
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A somewhat suspicious and supposedly British Resistance colonel, leading the New Little Odessa base along the coast. He only appears briefly in the 7th chapter of Half-Life 2, granting Gordon a rocket launcher.

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A somewhat suspicious and supposedly British Resistance colonel, leading the New Little Odessa base along the coast. He only appears briefly in the 7th chapter of Half-Life 2, ''Half-Life 2'', granting Gordon a rocket launcher.



* MysteriousPast: The Prima Guide to Half-Life 2 states that virtually nothing is known of Cubbage's past, his name may even be taken from the outpost, the only thing sure is his cowardice.
** If Gordon uses the Combine binoculars overlooking the New Little Odessa, he can be seen talking to the G-Man.

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* MysteriousPast: The Prima Guide to Half-Life 2 ''Half-Life 2'' states that virtually nothing is known of Cubbage's past, his name may even be taken from the outpost, the only thing sure is his cowardice.
** If Gordon uses the Combine binoculars overlooking the New Little Odessa, he can be seen talking to the G-Man.



* SmallNameBigEgo: It is staggeringly clear that he believes himself to be one of the great heroes of LaResistance, although he appears to be the only one with this view, apart from one rebel in Episode One speaking somewhat highly of him.

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* SmallNameBigEgo: It is staggeringly clear that he believes himself to be one of the great heroes of LaResistance, although he appears to be the only one with this view, apart from one rebel in Episode One ''Episode One'' speaking somewhat highly of him.
27th Mar '16 3:11:00 PM mlsmithca
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* ActionHero
** ActionSurvivor: In the first game. Before he became a legendary empire-toppling badass, he was just an Average (really smart) Joe minding his own business at a government job. The Incident is what turned him into the unstoppable hero we see in the second game and its Episodes.

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* ActionHero
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ActionSurvivor: In the first game. Before he became a legendary empire-toppling badass, he was just an Average (really smart) Joe minding his own business at a government job. The Incident is what turned him into the unstoppable hero we see in the second game and its Episodes.



** MajorlyAwesome
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBookworm: He's a graduate of MIT with a PhD in Theoretical Physics; his doctoral thesis is ludicrously titled ''"Observation of [[OurWormholesAreDifferent Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen]] Entanglement on [[TeleportersAndTransporters Supraquantum Structures]] by Induction Through Nonlinear [[GreenRocks Transuranic Crystal]] of Extremely Long Wavelength (ELW) Pulse from [[YourHeadAsplode Mode-Locked Source Array]]"''. In laymen's terms... looking at teleportation effects on crystals when you fire lasers at them. Which suspiciously sounds like the experiment you are conducting at the start.
** BadassBeard
** BadassNormal: Regularly fights his way through augmented transhuman soldiers and super powered aliens.

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** MajorlyAwesome
* {{Badass}}
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BadassBookworm: He's a graduate of MIT with a PhD [=PhD=] in Theoretical Physics; his doctoral thesis is ludicrously titled ''"Observation of [[OurWormholesAreDifferent Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen]] Entanglement on [[TeleportersAndTransporters Supraquantum Structures]] by Induction Through Nonlinear [[GreenRocks Transuranic Crystal]] of Extremely Long Wavelength (ELW) Pulse from [[YourHeadAsplode Mode-Locked Source Array]]"''. In laymen's terms... looking at teleportation effects on crystals when you fire lasers at them. Which suspiciously sounds like the experiment you are conducting at the start.
** * BadassBeard
** * BadassNormal: Regularly fights his way through augmented transhuman soldiers and super powered aliens.



* GeniusBruiser: The guy who blows up every Combine thing he sees happens to be a graduate of MIT, with a doctorate in Theoretical Physics no less.



** GeniusBruiser: The guy who blows up every Combine thing he sees happens to be a graduate of MIT, with a doctorate in Theoretical Physics no less.



* MajorlyAwesome



* OneManArmy: While his suit is a big part of it (it gives him about 4 times as much health as a regular soldier when fully charged, can automatically reload his holstered weapons, and applies morphine and other assistance to [[CriticalExistenceFailure keep him going at full strength even when badly wounded]]), it is still pretty amazing considering he is just a scientist.
** The best example is probably at the end of Episode 2. [[spoiler: The rebel's main headquarters comes under attack from multiple directions. Dozens of Combine EliteMooks storm through the roof on dropships and set up numerous defensive positions, a bunch of [[LightningBruiser Hunters]] break in to support them, and a dozen striders, each supported by 2-3 Hunters, start attacking the base. After the rebel personnel get completely slaughtered, they just send Freeman, thinking that he's all they'll need to repel hundreds of heavily armed and armored dark energy rifle wielding super soldiers, and a bunch of giant tripod death machines supported by dozens of other, smaller tripod death machines. [[CurbStompBattle They're right.]] [[CrowningMomentofAwesome Completely.]]]]
* OneRiotOneRanger: By Episode 1 the Resistance sees him as nothing short than an [[PersonOfMassDestruction unstoppable god amongst men]], and he's often sent into the fray alone or with minimal help - not because of Resistance laziness or cowardice, but because Freeman ''consistently'' wins and thrashes the Combine in the process single-handedly.
* PoweredArmor: His HEV Suit.



* PoweredArmor: His HEV Suit.
* OneManArmy: While his suit is a big part of it (it gives him about 4 times as much health as a regular soldier when fully charged, can automatically reload his holstered weapons, and applies morphine and other assistance to [[CriticalExistenceFailure keep him going at full strength even when badly wounded]]), it is still pretty amazing considering he is just a scientist.
** The best example is probably at the end of Episode 2. [[spoiler: The rebel's main headquarters comes under attack from multiple directions. Dozens of Combine EliteMooks storm through the roof on dropships and set up numerous defensive positions, a bunch of [[LightningBruiser Hunters]] break in to support them, and a dozen striders, each supported by 2-3 Hunters, start attacking the base. After the rebel personnel get completely slaughtered, they just send Freeman, thinking that he's all they'll need to repel hundreds of heavily armed and armored dark energy rifle wielding super soldiers, and a bunch of giant tripod death machines supported by dozens of other, smaller tripod death machines. [[CurbStompBattle They're right.]] [[CrowningMomentofAwesome Completely.]]]]
* OneRiotOneRanger: By Episode 1 the Resistance sees him as nothing short than an [[PersonOfMassDestruction unstoppable god amongst men]], and he's often sent into the fray alone or with minimal help - not because of Resistance laziness or cowardice, but because Freeman ''consistently'' wins and thrashes the Combine in the process single-handedly.
17th Mar '16 1:18:40 AM 88y53
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* MeaningfulName: The Resistance and Vortigaunts often call him "The Free Man", the name serving as inspiration in their own fight for freedom.

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* MeaningfulName: The Resistance and Vortigaunts often call him "The One Free Man", the name serving as inspiration in their own fight for freedom.
8th Mar '16 6:17:12 PM rjd1922
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* PutOnABus: More accurately, the second-to-last train to leave City 17 at the end ''Episode One.''
* ReverseMole: Works within the Civil Protection and uses it as a means to help civilians escape from the city

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* PutOnABus: More accurately, the second-to-last train to leave City 17 at the end of ''Episode One.''
* ReverseMole: Works within the Civil Protection and uses it as a means to help civilians escape from the city
8th Mar '16 5:56:10 PM rjd1922
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* AscendedExtra: Remember that scientist in ''Half-Life 1'' that sent you up for help after the Resonance Cascade and opened the door for you? That's Eli. Made more obvious in [[VideoGame/BlackMesa the Source, Fan-Made Remake]].

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* AscendedExtra: Remember that scientist in ''Half-Life 1'' that sent you up for help after the Resonance Cascade and opened the door for you? That's Eli. Made more obvious in [[VideoGame/BlackMesa ''VideoGame/BlackMesa,'' the Source, Fan-Made Remake]].Source FanRemake.
8th Mar '16 5:53:42 PM rjd1922
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** In fact an EasterEgg in ''Half-Life 2'' leads you to one of them who lives like a HermitGuru, known in FanDom as the [[FanNickname All-Knowing Vortigaunt]].

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** In fact an EasterEgg in ''Half-Life 2'' leads you to one of them who lives like a HermitGuru, known in FanDom {{Fandom}} as the [[FanNickname All-Knowing Vortigaunt]].



** X-8973 and R-4913, the two Vortigaunts from the Playstation 2 exclusive expansion, ''Half-Life: Decay''. They are noticeably more durable than standard Vortigaunts, have stronger and seemingly more developed electrokinesis, and can regenerate health by damaging enemies. Something of a downplayed example though, as they work as a team and only get to take down twenty or so soldiers in the small bonus chapter in which they appear.
** The three Vortigaunts in ''Episode 2'' who slaughter dozens of antlions, turning what used to be a tough HoldTheLine moment into a glorious CurbStompBattle. The one that accompanies you throughout the mines, nicknamed the Victory Mine Vortigaunt, is probably the best example.

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** X-8973 and R-4913, the two Vortigaunts from the Playstation 2 UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 exclusive expansion, ''Half-Life: Decay''. They are noticeably more durable than standard Vortigaunts, have stronger and seemingly more developed electrokinesis, and can regenerate health by damaging enemies. Something of a downplayed example though, as they work as a team and only get to take down twenty or so soldiers in the small bonus chapter in which they appear.
** The three Vortigaunts in ''Episode 2'' Two'' who slaughter dozens of antlions, turning what used to be a tough HoldTheLine moment into a glorious CurbStompBattle. The one that accompanies you throughout the mines, nicknamed the Victory Mine Vortigaunt, is probably the best example.



* TookALevelInBadass: In the first game, they were disposable mooks, slaughtered in droves by Freeman and the soldiers. By Half-Life 2, they're much more powerful combatants (individually about on par with the original's Hard mode Vortigaunts) and have gained new mystical abilities including, at one point, resurrecting someone from the dead.

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* TookALevelInBadass: In the first game, they were disposable mooks, slaughtered in droves by Freeman and the soldiers. By Half-Life 2, ''Half-Life 2'', they're much more powerful combatants (individually about on par with the original's Hard mode Vortigaunts) and have gained new mystical abilities including, at one point, resurrecting someone from the dead.
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