History Characters / HalfLife

29th Jan '18 8:54:29 AM MBG
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* ArtificialBrilliance: None of the Combine forces are stupid. The Overwatch soldiers will flank, throw grenades, and run to cover when reloading, the Hunters will use splash damage, flank, and lay down suppression fire, and the Gunships will wildly strafe while firing, and will even shoot down your missiles in mid-air. Foot-soldiers, however, do not have a high amount of hit points, and will usually get killed by the player before their strategies can kick in.

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* ArtificialBrilliance: None of the Combine forces are stupid. The Overwatch soldiers will flank, throw grenades, and run to cover when reloading, the Hunters will use splash damage, flank, and lay down suppression fire, and the Gunships will wildly strafe while firing, and will even shoot down your missiles in mid-air. Foot-soldiers, however, do not have a high amount of hit points, and will usually get killed by the player before their strategies can kick in. Mostly averted by Civil Protection soldiers, who tend to stand in place firing away with pistols, which makes sense when you consider that they're beat cops rather than soldiers.
19th Jan '18 3:36:17 PM Gamermaster
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* BadassArmy: Consists of highly trained marines with a full repertoire of US Military hardware, including M1 Abrams tanks, M2 Bradley IFVs, Apache attack helicopters, and even F-16 fighters. Unfortunately for them, they're a mere battalion-sized unit facing an entire alien invasion. Not to mention [[OneManArmy Gordon]] [[PlayerCharacter Freeman]].

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* BadassArmy: Consists of highly trained marines with a full repertoire of US Military hardware, including M1 Abrams tanks, M2 Bradley IFVs, [=IFVs=], Apache attack helicopters, and even F-16 fighters. Unfortunately for them, they're a mere battalion-sized unit facing an entire alien invasion. Not to mention [[OneManArmy Gordon]] [[PlayerCharacter Freeman]].
14th Jan '18 5:30:33 PM RoarkTenjouin
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* KilledOffForReal: Possibly. In ''Opposing Forces'', a body resembling hers is found near one of the Displacer's Xen teleport locations, and said body has the file name "Gina.mdl". However, it's worth noting that said model was a standard one from ''Half Life: Deathmatch", and was created before ''Decay'', so her fate is ambiguous at best.
3rd Jan '18 3:36:42 AM Aasivar
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* LongBusTrip: Despite the facts that ''Opposing Force'' ends with Shephard in in a state from which he could easily be brought back, and Gabe Newell himself have stated that Valve is planning to "bring him back one of these days", no mentioning of him has been made in any of the ''Half-Life'' sequels.

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* LongBusTrip: Despite the facts that ''Opposing Force'' ends with Shephard in in a state from which he could easily be brought back, and Gabe Newell himself have stated that Valve is planning to "bring him back one of these days", no mentioning of him has been made in any of the ''Half-Life'' sequels.
3rd Jan '18 3:33:22 AM Aasivar
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* DeusExMachina: Early in the game, Shephard is trapped in a room which is filling with toxic waste. He only reason he doesn't die is that the G-Man opens the door for him so he can escape.

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* DeusExMachina: Early in the game, Shephard is trapped in a room which is filling with toxic waste. He The only reason he doesn't die is that the G-Man opens the door for him so he can escape.
17th Dec '17 1:53:01 PM papyru30
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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Due to how easy it is to kill them it's easy to forget just how dangerous they can be. For proof just look at [[BleakLevel Ravenholm.]]
14th Nov '17 10:57:30 AM king3000
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* {{Cyborg}}: Possibly. It does look pretty mechanical. Special mention goes to its built in weapons, glowing machine-looking eye that changes colors, and armored metallic skin.

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* {{Cyborg}}: Possibly. It does look pretty mechanical. Special mention goes to its built in weapons, glowing machine-looking eye that changes colors, and armored metallic skin. Not to mention the way they explode.
14th Nov '17 10:53:07 AM king3000
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* HateSink: You will not find any other character in the Half Life universe more unlikable than Breen.
13th Nov '17 2:22:40 PM thatother1dude
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* 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.

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* KillAllHumans: At first they wanted to wipe out the human race ''entirely'', viewing us as [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet [[HumansAreInsects insects not even worth ruling over]]. Only through Breen's pleading did they reconsider this and settle for enslavement.
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...
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