History Characters / HalfLife

18th Oct '17 3:57:09 PM Theriocephalus
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* DivineIntervention: Well, more like "reality-altering shapeshifting alien intervention" - as much of a badass as Freeman is, there have been a few times where he should have died, or even ''did'' outright die, only for the mysterious G-Man to intervene and keep him alive for his own reasons.

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* DivineIntervention: Well, more like "reality-altering shapeshifting alien intervention" - -- as much of a badass as Freeman is, there have been a few times where he should have died, or even ''did'' outright die, only for the mysterious G-Man to intervene and keep him alive for his own reasons.



* OneRiotOneRanger: By ''Episode Two'' 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.

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* OneRiotOneRanger: By ''Episode Two'' 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.



* RedBaron: "The One Free Man"
** [[TheDreaded "Anticitizen One"]] (to the Combine)

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* RedBaron: RedBaron:
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"The One Free Man"
Man".
** [[TheDreaded "Anticitizen One"]] (to One"]], to the Combine)Combine.



-->'''Dr. Breen''': [[CondescendingCompassion How could one man have slipped through your force's fingers time and time again? How is it possible?]] [[UnderestimatingBadassery This is not some agent provocateur or highly trained assassin we are discussing.]] [[BigStupidDoodooHead Gordon Freeman is a theoretical physicist who had hardly earned the distinction of his Ph.D. at the time of the Black Mesa Incident...]] [[InspirationalInsult The man you have consistently failed to slow, let alone capture, is by all standards simply that - an ordinary man.]]

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-->'''Dr. Breen''': [[CondescendingCompassion How could one man have slipped through your force's fingers time and time again? How is it possible?]] [[UnderestimatingBadassery This is not some agent provocateur or highly trained assassin we are discussing.]] discussing]]. [[BigStupidDoodooHead Gordon Freeman is a theoretical physicist who had hardly earned the distinction of his Ph.D. at the time of the Black Mesa Incident...]] [[InspirationalInsult The the man you have consistently failed to slow, let alone capture, is by all standards simply that - -- an ordinary man.]]man]].



* WeaponOfChoice: His trademark weapon is a red crowbar he found in a tool kit at Black Mesa.
** Alternatively, he's also depicted wielding a pump-action shotgun.

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* WeaponOfChoice: WeaponOfChoice:
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His trademark weapon is a red crowbar he found in a tool kit at Black Mesa.
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Mesa. Alternatively, he's also depicted wielding a pump-action shotgun.



* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:In ''Episode Two'' she gets stabbed in the back by a Hunter, and just manages to say "Gordon... Help...." before she passes out, appearing to be dead. Her condition goes from critically injured to no pulse left just before the Vortigaunts manage to save her.]]

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* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:In ''Episode Two'' she gets stabbed in the back by a Hunter, and just manages to say "Gordon... Help....help..." before she passes out, appearing to be dead. Her condition goes from critically injured to no pulse left just before the Vortigaunts manage to save her.]]



-->'''Breen:''' ''[to Eli]'' Will you let your stubborn short-sightedness doom the entire species, or...''[touching Alyx's face]''...will you give your child the chance her mother never had?\\

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-->'''Breen:''' ''[to Eli]'' Will you let your stubborn short-sightedness doom the entire species, or... ''[touching Alyx's face]''...face]''... will you give your child the chance her mother never had?\\



* ChildrenAreAWaste: The G-Man seems to disagree, as he saved [[spoiler:Alyx Vance]] despite objections from his employers, presumably because he anticipated [[spoiler:the role she'd play in the future]]. They didn't want him to, because "[[spoiler:she]] was a mere child, and of no practical use to anyone." Well...how about now?

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* ChildrenAreAWaste: The G-Man seems to disagree, as he saved [[spoiler:Alyx Vance]] despite objections from his employers, presumably because he anticipated [[spoiler:the role she'd play in the future]]. They didn't want him to, because "[[spoiler:she]] was a mere child, and of no practical use to anyone." Well... how about now?



-->'''Isaac Kleiner''': What you're seeing is the infancy of a superportal. If it attains full strength

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-->'''Isaac Kleiner''': What you're seeing is the infancy of a superportal. If it attains full strength --



* {{Expy}}: Of The Party from NineteenEightyFour, only [[RecycledInSpace with aliens]]

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* {{Expy}}: Of The the Party from NineteenEightyFour, ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', only [[RecycledInSpace with aliens]]aliens]].



* AlwaysABiggerFish: Invoked by Nihilanth. [[spoiler: He's undoubtedly talking about the Combine, or more specifically the Combine Advisors - or who they're advisors ''to''.]]

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* AlwaysABiggerFish: Invoked by Nihilanth. [[spoiler: He's undoubtedly talking about the Combine, or more specifically the Combine Advisors - -- or who they're advisors ''to''.]]



-->''[[GreaterScopeVillain Their slaves...we are their slaves...we are...]]''

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-->''[[GreaterScopeVillain Their slaves... we are their slaves...slaves... we are...]]''



The special forces unit who was sent to Black Mesa to clear up the aliens, it is soon discovered that they are also under orders to silence all the Black Mesa personnel...with bullets. They end up having to pull out, leaving behind dozens of their own troops in the process, while the Black Ops took over the operation.

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The special forces unit who was sent to Black Mesa to clear up the aliens, it is soon discovered that they are also under orders to silence all the Black Mesa personnel... with bullets. They end up having to pull out, leaving behind dozens of their own troops in the process, while the Black Ops took over the operation.



-->"Where are you from soldier? ..."Texas"?! Holy cow! You know what comes from Texas, don't you?!"

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-->"Where are you from soldier? ... "Texas"?! Holy cow! You know what comes from Texas, don't you?!"you?"



--->"[[NotWhatISignedOnFor I didn't sign on for this shit!]] Monsters sure, but civilians? ...Who ordered this operation anyway?"

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--->"[[NotWhatISignedOnFor I didn't sign on for this shit!]] Monsters sure, but civilians? ...Who who ordered this operation anyway?"



** During ''Half-Life 2'', they have a tendency of doing this - they push the player onto the sand, summoning more Antlions.

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** During ''Half-Life 2'', they have a tendency of doing this - -- they push the player onto the sand, summoning more Antlions.



* OrganicTechnology: Their main weapon, the Hivehand, mentioned above, is a textbook case. This trope applies to the Grunts themselves, as they are a....

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* OrganicTechnology: Their main weapon, the Hivehand, mentioned above, is a textbook case. This trope applies to the Grunts themselves, as they are a....a...
16th Oct '17 10:27:29 PM Codefreak5
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* NiceGirl: She's a serious contender for the title of "Nicest Companion In The History Of Gaming". Alyx is nothing but supportive of Gordon, commends him on pretty much every even slightly awesome feat he pulls off, protects him with her life without a second of hesitation, always asks him to be careful when the circumstances force her to send him to do something she can't do herself... At the beginning of Episode One, she's so overjoyed to see him alive she actually greets him with an epic first-person {{Glomp}}. Some time later, after Gordon single-handedly wrecks a gunship and then a Strider, she almost bubbles over with awe and names him her personal hero. It's also very apparent she really, really loves her dad and cares deeply about just about everyone else (especially Gordon, of couse, whom she seems to have more than a slight crush on). She even gives a vortigaunt a peck at one point. Honestly, putting all the CrapsackWorld stuff around them aside, travelling with Alyx is basically one long CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.

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* NiceGirl: She's a serious contender for the title of "Nicest Companion In The History Of Gaming". Alyx is nothing but supportive of Gordon, commends him on pretty much every even slightly awesome feat he pulls off, protects him with her life without a second of hesitation, always asks him to be careful when the circumstances force her to send him to do something she can't do herself... At the beginning of Episode One, she's so overjoyed to see him alive she actually greets him with an epic first-person {{Glomp}}. Some time later, after Gordon single-handedly wrecks a gunship and then a Strider, she almost bubbles over with awe and names him her personal hero. It's also very apparent she really, really loves her dad and cares deeply about just about everyone else (especially Gordon, of couse, course, whom she seems to have more than a slight crush on). She even gives a vortigaunt a peck at one point. Honestly, putting all the CrapsackWorld stuff around them aside, travelling with Alyx is basically one long CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
7th Oct '17 9:31:02 PM nombretomado
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* PetsHomageName: His "de-beaked" headcrab is named after Creator/HedyLamarr.[[note]][[BlazingSaddles That's Hedley!]][[/note]] It's both a bad StealthPun and a ShoutOut to a classic actress--one who helped pioneer early wi-fi and cordless technologies.

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* PetsHomageName: His "de-beaked" headcrab is named after Creator/HedyLamarr.[[note]][[BlazingSaddles [[note]][[Film/BlazingSaddles That's Hedley!]][[/note]] It's both a bad StealthPun and a ShoutOut to a classic actress--one who helped pioneer early wi-fi and cordless technologies.
26th Sep '17 6:13:29 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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-->"Texas?! Holy cow! You know what comes from Texas, don't you?!"

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-->"Texas?! -->"Where are you from soldier? ..."Texas"?! Holy cow! You know what comes from Texas, don't you?!"
26th Aug '17 4:52:00 AM at_ease_loser
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!!'''Shu'ulathoi / Advisors'''

[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/combadvisors.png]]

Rhino-sized, grub-like alien lifeforms. They led the Universal Union's Synth invasion of Earth, and now command the Combine forces stationed on Earth through Breen and the Overwatch, taking direct control in ''Episode 2''. The Vortigaunts are familiar with the Advisors, whom they call "Shu'ulathoi", having long been enslaved by them. They are ancient beings, extremely intelligent and powerful, possessing a variety of psychic and telekinetic abilities.

* AliensAreBastards: Our FirstContact resulted in them enslaving us and exterminating much of the population. Pleasant fellows, [[SarcasmMode aren't they?]]
* AlienInvasion: They led the Combine in their invasion of Earth, conquering the planet in only seven hours.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: They can fluently communicate via telepathy in what seems to be a variety of languages.
* AncientAstronauts: Though they never ''technically'' visited Earth, according to WordOfGod they had been closely observing Earth for a very, very long time before they invaded. Not for us humans, but [[PlanetLooters for our natural resources]].
* AssimilationPlot: Every race the Combine conquers is either forcibly or willingly assimilated into their unified ranks. After Breen convinced the Advisors to not annihilate humanity, this has become their main goal.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: It's unknown where exactly they fall in the Combine hierarchy, but Dr. Breen is completely subservient to them, as are all Combine-affiliated forces on Earth by extension. They're armed with extraordinarily powerful psychic abilities and end up directly commanding all of the Combine military force left on Earth by ''Episode Two''.
* BigBad: At the very least they oversaw the Combine invasion of Earth, and later rule over its occupation from clandestine stasis pods.
** GreaterScopeVillain: Revealed in ''Episode Two'' to actually be the ones who were in charge all along, not Breen.
* BlobMonster[=/=]StarfishAliens: Other than their long tongues, they have no discernible body features, appearing like a mass of grey flesh, resembling grubs.
* {{Cyborg}}: Apparently they aren't adapted to Earth's atmosphere (not ''yet'', anyway) and as such are outfitted with a wide variety of odd mechanical apparatus.
* EvilColonialist: Their entire motif is conquering then assimilating and/or enslaving all species they come across, or simply plundering their worlds for resources.
* EvilOverlord: Unclear how high in the overall Combine rankings they are, but they are the overseers of the Combine occupation of Earth.
* {{Expy}}: They're based on the Guild Navigators from ''Literature/{{Dune}}''.
* TheGhost: Their existence isn't known by anyone on Earth outside of the Combine's highest ranks and the oldest Vortigaunts; not even the folks of Black Mesa knew what they were. By ''Episode Two'', it's revealed that Breen was little more than a puppet for their interests.
* KillAllHumans: At first they wanted to wipe out the human race ''entirely'', viewing us as [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet insects not even worth ruling over]]. Only through Breen's pleading did they reconsider this and settle for enslavement.
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3d1cpWmL5U Plays alongside them, named after them.]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUh8pyCmEwM This even incorporates some of their own synthetic vocal noises, as if they're singing along.]]
* MarsNeedsWater: The main reason they invaded Earth, it seems, was to siphon our ocean.
* MasterRace: Often believed that they are the masterminds of the entire Universal Union, or at least part of the leading race.
* MindProbe: Their long tongues allow them to pierce through humans easily; WordOfGod suggests they can literally suck out human brains in order to interpret their knowledge and their memories, making it especially vital that Resistance leaders don't fall into their clutches.
* PsychicPowers: Telekinesis, Clairvoyance, Telepathy, Empathy.
** MindRape: Either through their vocal noises or through mind powers, they can induce debilitating, severely painful seizure-like effects on anything in their close proximity.
*** 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.
* RealityWarper: Not on the same level as the G-Man, but they are capable of freezing time and space in a short area, and can manipulate this localized area at will.
* ReluctantRuler: For unknown reasons the Advisors remain in stasis up until ''Episode Two'', very rarely asserting control over Earth themselves and leaving most of it up to Breen. By ''Two'', however, [[VillainOverride they take direct control with a vengeance.]]
** Justified by meta-explanations of canon; the years that Earth had been under their rule, they were merely there to observe and not intervene, part of Breen's obligation to prove to them that humanity was worth sparing and integrating into the Universal Union rather than eradicating outright.
* SquishyWizard: They have strong psychic attacks, but they're easily dispatched in a physical fight by Dog, and can even be taken out by conventional fire.
* SuperIntelligence: As some of the oldest beings in existence, they've got the intellect, accumulated knowledge, and the administrative skills to control, or at least aid in running, an empire that stretches across multiple ''dimensions''. It's even implied that they mastered universal space travel at the same time as humanity was still in its Prehistoric era.
* VillainOverride: They remove Breen from power shortly before his death and assume direct command of the Combine occupation forces afterward.
* YouHaveFailedMe: After Breen's consistent failures against the Resistance and Freeman, it's made clear they no longer have any use for him.



!!'''Shu'ulathoi / Advisors'''

[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/combadvisors.png]]

Rhino-sized, grub-like alien lifeforms. They led the Universal Union's Synth invasion of Earth, and now command the Combine forces stationed on Earth through Breen and the Overwatch, taking direct control in ''Episode 2''. The Vortigaunts are familiar with the Advisors, whom they call "Shu'ulathoi", having long been enslaved by them. They are ancient beings, extremely intelligent and powerful, possessing a variety of psychic and telekinetic abilities.

* AliensAreBastards: Our FirstContact resulted in them enslaving us and exterminating much of the population. Pleasant fellows, [[SarcasmMode aren't they?]]
* AlienInvasion: They led the Combine in their invasion of Earth, conquering the planet in only seven hours.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: They can fluently communicate via telepathy in what seems to be a variety of languages.
* AncientAstronauts: Though they never ''technically'' visited Earth, according to WordOfGod they had been closely observing Earth for a very, very long time before they invaded. Not for us humans, but [[PlanetLooters for our natural resources]].
* AssimilationPlot: Every race the Combine conquers is either forcibly or willingly assimilated into their unified ranks. After Breen convinced the Advisors to not annihilate humanity, this has become their main goal.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: It's unknown where exactly they fall in the Combine hierarchy, but Dr. Breen is completely subservient to them, as are all Combine-affiliated forces on Earth by extension. They're armed with extraordinarily powerful psychic abilities and end up directly commanding all of the Combine military force left on Earth by ''Episode Two''.
* BigBad: At the very least they oversaw the Combine invasion of Earth, and later rule over its occupation from clandestine stasis pods.
** GreaterScopeVillain: Revealed in ''Episode Two'' to actually be the ones who were in charge all along, not Breen.
* BlobMonster[=/=]StarfishAliens: Other than their long tongues, they have no discernible body features, appearing like a mass of grey flesh, resembling grubs.
* {{Cyborg}}: Apparently they aren't adapted to Earth's atmosphere (not ''yet'', anyway) and as such are outfitted with a wide variety of odd mechanical apparatus.
* EvilColonialist: Their entire motif is conquering then assimilating and/or enslaving all species they come across, or simply plundering their worlds for resources.
* EvilOverlord: Unclear how high in the overall Combine rankings they are, but they are the overseers of the Combine occupation of Earth.
* {{Expy}}: They're based on the Guild Navigators from ''Literature/{{Dune}}''.
* TheGhost: Their existence isn't known by anyone on Earth outside of the Combine's highest ranks and the oldest Vortigaunts; not even the folks of Black Mesa knew what they were. By ''Episode Two'', it's revealed that Breen was little more than a puppet for their interests.
* KillAllHumans: At first they wanted to wipe out the human race ''entirely'', viewing us as [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet insects not even worth ruling over]]. Only through Breen's pleading did they reconsider this and settle for enslavement.
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3d1cpWmL5U Plays alongside them, named after them.]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUh8pyCmEwM This even incorporates some of their own synthetic vocal noises, as if they're singing along.]]
* MarsNeedsWater: The main reason they invaded Earth, it seems, was to siphon our ocean.
* MasterRace: Often believed that they are the masterminds of the entire Universal Union, or at least part of the leading race.
* MindProbe: Their long tongues allow them to pierce through humans easily; WordOfGod suggests they can literally suck out human brains in order to interpret their knowledge and their memories, making it especially vital that Resistance leaders don't fall into their clutches.
* PsychicPowers: Telekinesis, Clairvoyance, Telepathy, Empathy.
** MindRape: Either through their vocal noises or through mind powers, they can induce debilitating, severely painful seizure-like effects on anything in their close proximity.
*** 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.
* RealityWarper: Not on the same level as the G-Man, but they are capable of freezing time and space in a short area, and can manipulate this localized area at will.
* ReluctantRuler: For unknown reasons the Advisors remain in stasis up until ''Episode Two'', very rarely asserting control over Earth themselves and leaving most of it up to Breen. By ''Two'', however, [[VillainOverride they take direct control with a vengeance.]]
** Justified by meta-explanations of canon; the years that Earth had been under their rule, they were merely there to observe and not intervene, part of Breen's obligation to prove to them that humanity was worth sparing and integrating into the Universal Union rather than eradicating outright.
* SquishyWizard: They have strong psychic attacks, but they're easily dispatched in a physical fight by Dog, and can even be taken out by conventional fire.
* SuperIntelligence: As some of the oldest beings in existence, they've got the intellect, accumulated knowledge, and the administrative skills to control, or at least aid in running, an empire that stretches across multiple ''dimensions''. It's even implied that they mastered universal space travel at the same time as humanity was still in its Prehistoric era.
* VillainOverride: They remove Breen from power shortly before his death and assume direct command of the Combine occupation forces afterward.
* YouHaveFailedMe: After Breen's consistent failures against the Resistance and Freeman, it's made clear they no longer have any use for him.
10th Aug '17 11:11:58 AM CynicalBastardo
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** Averted in ''Opposing Force'' for the most part, where they actually have their faces shown.


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* RedShirtArmy: Zig zagged. They're actually capable of soaking up more damage than the aliens thanks to their [[PoweredArmor PCVs]] and are more than capable of taking them in a fight. On the other hand, Gordon slaughters them by the score and their AI leaves a lot to be desired in ''Opposing Force'', where they can often be easily killed by Black Ops troops.
2nd Aug '17 12:30:51 PM Franco-America2018
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Very little is known about him other than that he's a Russian Orthodox preacher of questionable sanity who has taken it upon himself to clear his "[[ZombieApocalypse flock]]" from Ravenholm.

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Very little is known about him other than that he's a [[AmbiguouslyChristian Russian Orthodox Orthodox-like]] preacher of questionable sanity who has taken it upon himself to clear his "[[ZombieApocalypse flock]]" from Ravenholm.
Ravenholm.

* AmbiguouslyChristian: His denomination isn't fully addressed even it's heavily implied to be Orthodox Christian in Ravenholm chapter.
26th Jul '17 2:06:15 AM PrussianInk
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->'''Age:''' 31. [[labelnote:Note]]According to unused files. The instruction manual gives her age as 25.[[/labelnote]]

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->'''Age:''' 31. [[labelnote:Note]]According to 25. [[labelnote:Note]]31 in unused files. The instruction manual gives her age as 25.files.[[/labelnote]]



->'''Education:''' [=PhD=] in Applied Physics, Caltech.

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->'''Education:''' [=PhD=] in Applied Physics, Caltech.Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering, Caltech. [[labelnote:Note]]Applied Physics in unused files.[[/labelnote]]




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->'''Administrative Sponsor:''' Richard Keller. [[labelnote:Note]]Classified in unused files.[[/labelnote]]



->'''Age:''' 37. [[labelnote:Note]]According to unused files. The instruction manual gives her age as 31.[[/labelnote]]

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->'''Age:''' 37. [[labelnote:Note]]According to 31. [[labelnote:Note]]37 in unused files. The instruction manual gives her age as 31.files.[[/labelnote]]




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->'''Administrative Sponsor:''' Richard Keller. [[labelnote:Note]]Classified in unused files.[[/labelnote]]
23rd Jul '17 11:28:08 AM CynicalBastardo
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* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: His HEV suit doesn't have a helmet, unlike those worn by the bodies of the other dead scientists found scattered around Xen.


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* GasMaskMooks: Based on his picture, he's constantly wearing a gasmask.


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* SleptThroughTheApocalypse: He's rendered unconscious at the start of the game and only comes to around the same time as the HECU decides to pull out of Black Mesa.
20th Jul '17 3:09:15 PM CynicalBastardo
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* RadioVoice: They spoke this way, and it sounded extremely robotic. May have something to do with most of their EnemyChatter being MadLibsDialogue.

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* RadioVoice: They spoke this way, and it sounded extremely robotic. May have something to do with most of their EnemyChatter being MadLibsDialogue. Averted in ''Opposing Force'' to make them more relatable as Shepard's comrades.
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