History Characters / Portal

20th Aug '16 9:40:58 PM LTR
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* ProfessorGuineaPig: By the late seventies and early eighties, Cave has burned through a battalion of elite soldiers and athletes (most of whom likely died from testing) and can no longer afford to hire professionals, so he instead hires vagrants. This proves to be another costly miscalculation on Cave's part. He eventually runs out of employees to sacrifice to his experiments, and when it comes time to test Aperture's new portal conductor, Cave personally oversees its implementation... and promptly contracts radiation poisoning. He also announces his intention to "pour" his brain into a newfangled artificial intelligence, though he predicts--correctly, as it turns out--that he will die before the shell is completed.

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* ProfessorGuineaPig: By the late seventies and early eighties, Cave has burned through a battalion of elite soldiers and athletes (most of whom likely died from testing) and can no longer afford to hire professionals, so he instead hires vagrants. This proves to be another costly miscalculation on Cave's part. He eventually runs out of employees to sacrifice to his experiments, and when it comes time to test Aperture's new portal conductor, Cave personally oversees its implementation... and promptly contracts radiation poisoning. He also announces his intention to "pour" his brain into a newfangled artificial intelligence, though he predicts--correctly, as it turns out--that he will die before the prototype shell is completed.completed. Probably inevitable as he spent most of the 50's burning through professional test subjects like elite military members and Olympic athletes, then spent most of the 70's luring vagrants off the streets by promising them $60 for their troubles, to finally in the 90's sacrificing his own employees by making test participation mandatory. Had he survived until the AI was ready, he'd likely have been the only live/expendable person left in the company.
10th Aug '16 10:32:26 PM LTR
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* HauledBeforeASenateSubcommittee: Cave is to science what buckshot is to target practice. He promises that Aperture Science will change the world yet, even if it means dousing his guests with toxic waste or shattering every bone in their bodies. The Federal Government isn't amused, and in 1968, Cave goes bankrupt while defending himself in court. Black Mesa capitalizes on the situation and their own sterling reputation to pirate Cave's goods (or so he claims).

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* HauledBeforeASenateSubcommittee: Cave is to science what buckshot is to target practice. He promises that Aperture Science will change the world yet, even if it means dousing his guests with toxic waste or shattering every bone in their bodies. The Federal Government isn't amused, and Specifically in 1968, Cave goes bankrupt while to account for what happened to the astronauts that went "missing" after volunteering to test for him. Cave's legal bills for defending himself in court.eventually drive the company nearly bankrupt by the mid-seventies. Black Mesa capitalizes on the situation and their own sterling reputation to pirate Cave's goods (or so he claims).
26th Jul '16 3:12:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: If Chell hadn't disabled some key systems beforehand, the battle with her in ''Portal 2'' would've been over in less than ten seconds due to her revising every single shortcoming in her ''Portal 1'' battle strategy.



* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[spoiler:Zigzagged. Though he manages to make titanically idiotic new mistakes, he's very good at learning from old ones. He watches tapes of your fights with [=GLaDOS=] to prepare for fighting you, ensuring his lair has no portal surfaces and starting the neuro-toxin immediately. His major error was building his lair around pipes of conversion gel, though he was unaware of what it was. He also booby-traps the the stalemate resolution button in case you find a way to beat him anyway.]]
6th Jul '16 7:53:13 AM AdelePotter
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%%* MissionControlIsOffItsMeds

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%%* MissionControlIsOffItsMeds* MissionControlIsOffItsMeds: She runs Apeture Science, and yeah, she's batshit insane.



* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:For all she claims to only be acting out of self-interest and laziness, she ''really'' didn't have to save Chell's life or give her the Companion Cube at the end of Portal 2.]]

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* PetTheDog: PetTheDog:
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[[spoiler:For all she claims to only be acting out of self-interest and laziness, she ''really'' didn't have to save Chell's life or give her the Companion Cube at the end of Portal 2.]]


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* PragmaticVillainy: [[spoiler:She says at the end of ''Portal 2'' that killing Chell is just more trouble than it's worth and lets her go. Not because she likes her or anything.]]
5th Jul '16 6:27:45 PM CJCroen1393
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* FauxAffablyEvil: A borderline parody of this trope; she's always speaking in a soft voice, but her words are almost always peppered with passive-aggressive sarcasm as she sends Chell off to her doom.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: A borderline parody of this trope; she's always speaking in a soft voice, but her words are almost always peppered with passive-aggressive sarcasm as she sends Chell off to her doom. ''Portal 2'' takes it even further, with her voice having a bit more of a "bounce" to it, making her sound much more cheerful and energetic as well as more snide when she makes her trademark sarcasm...and this persists even while she's threatening to murder Chell.
4th Jun '16 6:21:07 AM Katsuhagi
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* AdoptionDiss: Brings up the player character (allegedly) being adopted as an insult repeatedly.
21st May '16 9:00:39 AM erforce
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-->'''-- Aperture Personnel File'''

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-->'''-- Aperture -->-- '''Aperture Personnel File'''



* WhoWantsToLiveForever: [=CaveDOS=] simply finds his immortality boring, especially since he can read every book ever written in just a few seconds. Even altering them all to be about the Film/{{ghostbusters}} gets dull after a while.

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* WhoWantsToLiveForever: [=CaveDOS=] simply finds his immortality boring, especially since he can read every book ever written in just a few seconds. Even altering them all to be about the Film/{{ghostbusters}} Franchise/{{ghostbusters}} gets dull after a while.
19th May '16 6:47:11 PM CJCroen1393
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* FauxAffablyEvil: A borderline parody of this trope; she's always speaking in a soft voice, but her words are almost always peppered with passive-aggressive sarcasm as she sends Chell off to her doom.
30th Apr '16 10:47:17 PM TARINunit9
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* WrongParachuteGag: One of Cave's messages admits that, in his zeal, he accidentally laid down stripes of blue paint along with the Repulsion Gel, thereby flinging some of his volunteers down an empty shaft.

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* WrongParachuteGag: One of Cave's messages admits that, in his zeal, he accidentally laid down stripes of blue paint along with the scientific control for the Repulsion Gel, thereby Gel was blue paint, meaning he was flinging some of his volunteers down an empty shaft.
25th Apr '16 8:57:30 PM Eagal
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* MissionControlIsOffItsMeds: Oh, so very much.

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* MissionControlIsOffItsMeds: Oh, so very much.%%* MissionControlIsOffItsMeds



* UnwillingRoboticisation: See WasOnceAMan below.

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* UnwillingRoboticisation: See WasOnceAMan below.Carol's mind was implanted into Glados against her will.



* VisualPun[=/=]StealthPun:

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* VisualPun[=/=]StealthPun:VisualPun:



* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have to Be Birds?]]: [=GLaDOS=] [[spoiler:as a potato]] quickly develops a massive fear of birds.

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* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have to Be Birds?]]: WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: [=GLaDOS=] [[spoiler:as a potato]] quickly develops a massive fear of birds.



* KillItWithFire / MurderByCremation: Alas, poor Cube... [[spoiler:Nah. It's okay. Just burnt really badly.]]

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* KillItWithFire / MurderByCremation: Alas, poor Cube... [[spoiler:Nah. It's okay. Just burnt really badly.]]



* BadassNormal: While dodging turrets, crawling through air vents, and matching {{Deadpan Snark|er}}s with [=GLaDOS=], ''without a portal gun or any other technology''.

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* BadassNormal: BadAss: While dodging turrets, crawling through air vents, and matching {{Deadpan Snark|er}}s with [=GLaDOS=], ''without a portal gun or any other technology''.



* IcyBlueEyes / CreepyBlueEyes: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powder_blue#Powder_blue_.28web_color_powder_blue.29 Powder blue]] so light they almost look white sometimes.

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* IcyBlueEyes / CreepyBlueEyes: IcyBlueEyes: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powder_blue#Powder_blue_.28web_color_powder_blue.29 Powder blue]] so light they almost look white sometimes.



* FlatJoy: [[AC:[[{{Squee}} WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!]]]]
* InsistentTerminology: [[AC:[[MoreDakka Dispensing product.]]]]

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* FlatJoy: [[AC:[[{{Squee}} WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!]]]]
%%* FlatJoy
* InsistentTerminology: [[AC:[[MoreDakka Dispensing product.]]]]"Dispensing product", not MoreDakka.




He also [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Wheatley}} has his own page]].



* UsefulNotes/BritishAccents: Wheatley used to have a Northern accent due to the placeholder voice clips being done by animator Richard Lord. Valve considered [[PermanentPlaceholder keeping the voice]] due to people's positive reaction, but in the end went with Creator/StephenMerchant, best known as the co-creator of ''TheOffice'' (UK original). Merchant's accent is a Bristolian one (a more urban version of Westcountry/Rural/Mummerset).



* CyberCyclops: But of course.

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* CyberCyclops: But of course.He's only got one eye; his body is just a mechanical orb.



* ExactWords[=/=]StealthPun: Valve said that the voice of Wheatley would be provided by, in their words, "Some guy from the office". Originally it really was: the placeholder voice was provided by Valve animator Richard Lord. Then they chose Stephen Merchant, most well known for co-writing and appearing in the UK sitcom ''TheOffice''.

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* ExactWords[=/=]StealthPun: ExactWords: Valve said that the voice of Wheatley would be provided by, in their words, "Some guy from the office". Originally it really was: the placeholder voice was provided by Valve animator Richard Lord. Then they chose Stephen Merchant, most well known for co-writing and appearing in the UK sitcom ''TheOffice''.



* RedOniBlueOni: With [=GLaDOS=]. Wheatley is the Red Oni.
* ShootTheTelevision[=/=]StopPokingMe: Unlike [=GLaDOS=], Wheatley insists on projecting his face throughout the test chambers. This leads to some passive-aggressive comedy when Chell hurls cubes/bullets/lasers at his flatscreens, cracking them beyond recognition. At first, Wheatley reacts with smugness ("Aw. Bless your little primate brain. I'm not actually in the room with you, am I?"), then condescension, then guilt-trips Chell about starving African orphans not being able to afford [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative flatscreens for their test chambers]], then grumbles about the cost of unbolting and replacing all of these smashed monitors.

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* %%* RedOniBlueOni: With [=GLaDOS=]. Wheatley is the Red Oni.
* ShootTheTelevision[=/=]StopPokingMe: ShootTheTelevision: Unlike [=GLaDOS=], Wheatley insists on projecting his face throughout the test chambers. This leads to some passive-aggressive comedy when Chell hurls cubes/bullets/lasers at his flatscreens, cracking them beyond recognition. At first, Wheatley reacts with smugness ("Aw. Bless your little primate brain. I'm not actually in the room with you, am I?"), then condescension, then guilt-trips Chell about starving African orphans not being able to afford [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative flatscreens for their test chambers]], then grumbles about the cost of unbolting and replacing all of these smashed monitors.



* ThisIsGonnaSuck: His reaction upon awakening [=GLaDOS=], only compounded when [=GLaDOS=] says to Chell "[[AC:...After you]] ''[[AC:murdered]] [[AC:me?]]''"
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:His idea of dealing with an imminent reactor core meltdown caused by his own incompetence is to ''yell at the alarm to shut up.'']]
** TooDumbToFool: [[spoiler:[=AI=] brains as simple as those of the Frankenturrets short out in response to hearing a simple logical paradox. Wheatley's idiocy prevents him from even noticing it.]]
* TricksterArchetype

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* ThisIsGonnaSuck: His reaction upon awakening [=GLaDOS=], only compounded when [=GLaDOS=] says to Chell "[[AC:...After you]] ''[[AC:murdered]] [[AC:me?]]''"
''[[AC:murdered me?]]''"
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:His idea of dealing with an imminent reactor core meltdown caused by his own incompetence is to ''yell at the alarm to shut up.'']]
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TooDumbToFool: [[spoiler:[=AI=] brains as simple as those of the Frankenturrets short out in response to hearing a simple logical paradox. Wheatley's idiocy prevents him from even noticing it.]]
* TricksterArchetype
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* BashBrothers[=/=]BattleCouple: Depending on how one views them in terms of gender. They can also choose to [[ManHug hug]] [[RoboShip each other.]]

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* BashBrothers[=/=]BattleCouple: Depending BashBrothers: Or perhaps BattleCouple depending on how one views them in terms of gender. They can also choose to [[ManHug hug]] [[RoboShip each other.]]



* [[RedOniBlueOni Orange Oni Blue Oni]]: ColorCodedForYourConvenience.
** Also illustrated during the introductory cutscene where the two are assembled for the first time. P-body is happy enough to let the robotic arms weld it together, while Atlas is shown anxiously trying to dodge them and escape from the construction area.

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* [[RedOniBlueOni Orange Oni Blue Oni]]: ColorCodedForYourConvenience.
** Also illustrated
RedOniBlueOni: Illustrated during the introductory cutscene where the two are assembled for the first time. P-body is happy enough to let the robotic arms weld it together, while Atlas is shown anxiously trying to dodge them and escape from the construction area.



* [[SpontaneousHumanCombustion Spontaneous Robot Combustion]]: One of their many, [[SerialEscalation many]] design flaws.

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* [[SpontaneousHumanCombustion Spontaneous Robot Combustion]]: SpontaneousHumanCombustion: One of their many, [[SerialEscalation many]] design flaws.



* SpaceIsNoisy: Especially with this guy in it.

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* SpaceIsNoisy: Especially with this guy He's clearly audible even in it.space.



* {{Squee}}: SPAAAAAAAAACE!!!

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* {{Squee}}: SPAAAAAAAAACE!!!He's overjoyed when he gets sucked into actual space in the finale.



* WellDoneSonGuy:
** "Dad? I'm in space. (deeper voice) I'm proud of you, son."
** "Dad, are you space? (deeper voice) Yes. Now we are a family again."

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* WellDoneSonGuy:
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WellDoneSonGuy: It seems to believe that space is its father.
-->
"Dad? I'm in space. (deeper voice) I'm proud of you, son."
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"\\
"Dad, are you space? (deeper voice) Yes. Now we are a family again."



* BondOneLiner: DiscussedTrope.

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* %%* BondOneLiner: DiscussedTrope.



** TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Some of his ramblings are indeed true.

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** * TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Some of his ramblings are indeed true.



* HypercompetentSidekick[=/=]ChessmasterSidekick[=/=]TheReliableOne: Cave, at least, believed she was fully capable of doing his job, but she seemed to be perfectly happy as a secretary, which he attributed to extreme modesty.

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* HypercompetentSidekick[=/=]ChessmasterSidekick[=/=]TheReliableOne: HypercompetentSidekick: Cave, at least, believed she was fully capable of doing his job, but she seemed to be perfectly happy as a secretary, which he attributed to extreme modesty.



* CreepyChild[=/=]OracularUrchin: Greg has a daughter who likes to sneak into Cave's office and talk to the test subjects. Cave is especially unnerved by the way she talks:
-->'''Greg's Creepy Kid:''' "We're gonna test forever and ever and ever..."
* GenderFlip[=/=]SpearCounterpart: He's a male version of Caroline, minus the special affection Cave Johnson holds for an assistant of the opposite gender.


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* OracularUrchin: Greg has a daughter who likes to sneak into Cave's office and talk to the test subjects. Cave is especially unnerved by the way she talks:
-->'''Greg's Creepy Kid:''' "We're gonna test forever and ever and ever..."
* SpearCounterpart: He's a male version of Caroline, minus the special affection Cave Johnson holds for an assistant of the opposite gender.
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