History Machinima / FreemansMind

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* AccentuateTheNegative: The first rant of episode 26 begins with Freeman acknowledging that he's doing this. He claims that to do otherwise would be absurd because he sees so little "positive."

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* AccentuateTheNegative: The first rant of episode Episode 26 begins with Freeman acknowledging that he's doing this. He claims that to do otherwise would be absurd because he sees so little "positive."



* AIIsACrapshoot: Discussed in episode 52, where Gordon notes that robots will likely never take over the world since they're only programmed to perform highly specific tasks.

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* AIIsACrapshoot: Discussed in episode Episode 52, where Gordon notes that robots will likely never take over the world since they're only programmed to perform highly specific tasks.



* AmusingInjuries: All forms of alien projectiles are treated as non-lethal (to Freeman, anyway; soldiers and such can still be seen dying to lightning and bees) and thus Gordon getting hit with them is a source of humor. Whether it's Vortigaunts' lightning bolts, Houndeye's sonic booms, Bullsquid's spit, a swipe from a Headcrab, Grunt's BeeBeeGun or Alien Controller's energy blasts, getting hit with these will only annoy Freeman unless it gets him in the face, in which (based on his reaction) it leaves a bruise or laceration at worst. Bullets (especially high-caliber rounds), {{Death Ray}}s, and explosives are treated more seriously.

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* AmusingInjuries: AmusingInjuries:
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All forms of alien projectiles are treated as non-lethal (to Freeman, anyway; soldiers and such can still be seen dying to lightning and bees) and thus Gordon getting hit with them is a source of humor. Whether it's Vortigaunts' lightning bolts, Houndeye's sonic booms, Bullsquid's spit, a swipe from a Headcrab, Grunt's BeeBeeGun or Alien Controller's energy blasts, getting hit with these will only annoy Freeman unless it gets him in the face, in which (based on his reaction) it leaves a bruise or laceration at worst. Bullets (especially high-caliber rounds), {{Death Ray}}s, and explosives are treated more seriously.



* AppliedPhlebotinum: In episode 0, when Gordon notices that nothing is projecting the {{Hologram}} that's talking to him.

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* AppliedPhlebotinum: In episode Episode 0, when Gordon notices that nothing is projecting the {{Hologram}} that's talking to him.



** In episode 47, he witnesses an IFV hitting one of its own soldiers with its cannon in an attempt to kill Freeman, who wasn't even near the blast.

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** In episode Episode 47, he witnesses an IFV hitting one of its own soldiers with its cannon in an attempt to kill Freeman, who wasn't even near the blast.



** In episode 65, just as he's about to teleport to the next area, Gordon assumes that he'll land somewhere filled with bees. After all, Xen's just been one hell after another, so why expect anything less?

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** In episode Episode 65, just as he's about to teleport to the next area, Gordon assumes that he'll land somewhere filled with bees. After all, Xen's just been one hell after another, so why expect anything less?



** In episode 4, Gordon recalls a time when he stayed awake for four days and thought his house was being invaded by FrogMen. In episode 28, during a rant on how he is ProperlyParanoid, he lists one of the reasons as being:
--->'''Gordon:''' There's no race of anthropomorphic frog people in the sewers Freeman! You're just being paranoid!

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** In episode Episode 4, Gordon recalls a time when he stayed awake for four days and thought his house was being invaded by FrogMen. In episode Episode 28, during a rant on how he is ProperlyParanoid, he lists one of the reasons as being:
--->'''Gordon:''' There's no race of anthropomorphic frog people in the sewers sewers, Freeman! You're just being paranoid!



** In the very first episode, Gordon recalls how once a squirrel died in the electric transformer of his college. Fast forward to episode 46, and Freeman has to deal with falling debris falling from above, which could potentially trigger some mines. He wonders if there is a squirrel up there.

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** In the very first episode, Gordon recalls how once a squirrel died in the electric transformer of his college. Fast forward to episode Episode 46, and Freeman has to deal with falling debris falling from above, which could potentially trigger some mines. He wonders if there is a squirrel up there.



** Near the end of On A Rail, he says that everyone who is wearing a military uniform is now a free target. At the beginning of Apprehension, he sees a soldier off in the distance and yells ''"Ah! Uniform! Uni-"'' before being interrupted by gunfire.

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** Near the end of On A Rail, he says that everyone who is wearing a military uniform is now a free target. At the beginning of Apprehension, he sees a soldier off in the distance and yells ''"Ah! "Ah! Uniform! Uni-"'' Uni-" before being interrupted by gunfire.



** At one point in episode 40 Gordon shoots at one soldier and shouts: ''"TAG, YOU'RE IT!"'' and once he kills another nearby soldier: ''"No tagbacks."'' Later the next episode he gets shot at and he blares: ''"I SAID NO TAGBACKS!"''

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** At one point in episode Episode 40 Gordon shoots at one soldier and shouts: ''"TAG, "TAG, YOU'RE IT!"'' IT!" and once he kills another nearby soldier: ''"No "No tagbacks."'' " Later the next episode he gets shot at and he blares: ''"I "I SAID NO TAGBACKS!"''TAGBACKS!"



** In episode 49, he accidentally [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace shoots a guard]] who spooked him, after he had warned the guard not to take him by surprise like that. Freeman guiltily tries to justify it to himself before saying:

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** In episode Episode 49, he accidentally [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace shoots a guard]] who spooked him, after he had warned the guard not to take him by surprise like that. Freeman guiltily tries to justify it to himself before saying:



** In episode 50, a guard following Freeman says "Sorry sir, but I can't much more of this". Freeman berates him for being lazy, as they'd only been walking for two minutes and completely ignores that the guard just took a blast from the Vortigaunt that would ordinarily be lethal.
** In episode 51, he notices that a guard stopped following him and remarks that he probably wandered off and screwed around. Earlier in the video, the guard can actually be seen dying to BeeBeeGun fire. Freeman must not have been focusing on that.
** In episode 57, Freeman comes across a dead scientist lying in a ''massive'' pool of blood. His response is startled shock, questioning how he missed... the first aid kit on the ground beside him, which could potentially contain morphine.

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** In episode Episode 50, a guard following Freeman says "Sorry sir, but I can't much more of this". Freeman berates him for being lazy, as they'd only been walking for two minutes and completely ignores that the guard just took a blast from the Vortigaunt that would ordinarily be lethal.
** In episode Episode 51, he notices that a guard stopped following him and remarks that he probably wandered off and screwed around. Earlier in the video, the guard can actually be seen dying to BeeBeeGun fire. Freeman must not have been focusing on that.
** In episode Episode 57, Freeman comes across a dead scientist lying in a ''massive'' pool of blood. His response is startled shock, questioning how he missed... the first aid kit on the ground beside him, which could potentially contain morphine.



* ContractualImmortality: [[invoked]]Double-subverted with the April Fools episode 10.5, which ends with Gordon taking a flying leap at a ladder, only to fall down into a chasm and die. The episode fades out as the HEV suit voices phrases such as "Emergency! User death imminent!" The next episode picks up where the previous one began as though it never happened. Gordon [[LampshadeHanging remarks on a feeling of deja vu]] and assumes he has eaten some "bad nachos".

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* ContractualImmortality: [[invoked]]Double-subverted with the April Fools episode Episode 10.5, which ends with Gordon taking a flying leap at a ladder, only to fall down into a chasm and die. The episode fades out as the HEV suit voices phrases such as "Emergency! User death imminent!" The next episode picks up where the previous one began as though it never happened. Gordon [[LampshadeHanging remarks on a feeling of deja vu]] and assumes he has eaten some "bad nachos".



** In episode 61, as he's jumping into the portal to Xen, Shepherd's voice can be heard shouting "Backrubs!" This is highlighted by a caption appearing on the bottom of the screen. At the equivalent point in ''Shepherd's Mind'', Shepherd is actually shouting "Get back here, you big orange fuck!" Krim, the creator of that series, requested that this line appear in the main series, but Ross Scott decided it would be too obvious, plus confusing for anyone not familiar with the spinoff, so went with something more unexpected. The explanation is that the noise created by the portal machine makes Freeman unable to understand what anyone is saying.
** In episode 67, Barney's voice can be heard among a jumble of voices coming from the final transmitter, saying "I wanted a cheeseburger!"

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** In episode Episode 61, as he's jumping into the portal to Xen, Shepherd's voice can be heard shouting "Backrubs!" This is highlighted by a caption appearing on the bottom of the screen. At the equivalent point in ''Shepherd's Mind'', Shepherd is actually shouting "Get back here, you big orange fuck!" Krim, the creator of that series, requested that this line appear in the main series, but Ross Scott decided it would be too obvious, plus confusing for anyone not familiar with the spinoff, so went with something more unexpected. The explanation is that the noise created by the portal machine makes Freeman unable to understand what anyone is saying.
** In episode Episode 67, Barney's voice can be heard among a jumble of voices coming from the final transmitter, saying "I wanted a cheeseburger!"



** In episode 59, Gordon considers dressing as a soldier to fool the others, but their rampant friendly fire has led him to believe the soldiers are intentionally murdering each other as part of a coverup.

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** In episode Episode 59, Gordon considers dressing as a soldier to fool the others, but their rampant friendly fire has led him to believe the soldiers are intentionally murdering each other as part of a coverup.



* EnemyChatter: Gordon overhears some of it. A memorable example occurs in episode 30, where he lampshades the MadLibsDialogue nature of the soldiers' idle dialogue.

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* EnemyChatter: Gordon overhears some of it. A memorable example occurs in episode Episode 30, where he lampshades the MadLibsDialogue nature of the soldiers' idle dialogue.



** Freeman's plans to terrorize and plunder cruise ships with a giant sea turtle, and explicitly ending episode 26 with the comment "I shoulda' been a pirate." The results are mentioned above.
** Not to mention that he talks about buying a scientist zombie off of the G-Man in episode 12. Guess what later happens to him in-canon?

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** Freeman's plans to terrorize and plunder cruise ships with a giant sea turtle, and explicitly ending episode Episode 26 with the comment "I shoulda' been a pirate." The results are mentioned above.
** Not to mention that he talks about buying a scientist zombie off of the G-Man in episode Episode 12. Guess what later happens to him in-canon?



* HockeyMaskAndChainsaw: Among the list of things Gordon wants. From episode 10:

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* HockeyMaskAndChainsaw: Among the list of things Gordon wants. From episode Episode 10:



* HumansAreBastards: In episode 51, he declares that his "opinion of humanity is ''so'' low right now" due to the stupidity or maliciousness (or both) of everybody involved in the Black Mesa Incident.

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* HumansAreBastards: In episode Episode 51, he declares that his "opinion of humanity is ''so'' low right now" due to the stupidity or maliciousness (or both) of everybody involved in the Black Mesa Incident.



** Then of course his {{Angrish}} in episode 40 as he's [[MoreDakka firing every bullet he has in his SMG at aliens and soldiers alike]]:

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** Then of course his {{Angrish}} in episode Episode 40 as he's [[MoreDakka firing every bullet he has in his SMG at aliens and soldiers alike]]:



** He mentioned that soldiers being so stupid that the headcrab zombies could probably trick them into not attacking by stealing their uniforms, then mentions in episode 66 that he would assume a Vortigaunt was an employee with severe burns if they weren't attacking him.
* ICantHearYou: During the "power up the portal to Xen" sequence in episode 61, the noise of the portal powering up and the enemies attacking him means that he can't hear the scientist shouting at him about what's going on with the portal.

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** He mentioned that soldiers being so stupid that the headcrab zombies could probably trick them into not attacking by stealing their uniforms, then mentions in episode Episode 66 that he would assume a Vortigaunt was an employee with severe burns if they weren't attacking him.
* ICantHearYou: During the "power up the portal to Xen" sequence in episode Episode 61, the noise of the portal powering up and the enemies attacking him means that he can't hear the scientist shouting at him about what's going on with the portal.



** In episode 47, Freeman accidentally shoots a Black Mesa guard who [[TooDumbToLive runs right through his line of fire in the middle of a gunfight with some soldiers.]]
** In episode 48, he blows away a guard who spooked him by running through a DoorToBefore. In fairness to Gordon, this guard had done this once before, and Gordon specifically warned him not to do it again precisely for this reason.
** In episode 60, Gordon is teleported out of a fight with a Gargantua and reflexively shoots a scientist in the face. He assumes the man's colleagues were trying to summon a demon and used him as practice.

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** In episode Episode 47, Freeman accidentally shoots a Black Mesa guard who [[TooDumbToLive runs right through his line of fire in the middle of a gunfight with some soldiers.]]
** In episode Episode 48, he blows away a guard who spooked him by running through a DoorToBefore. In fairness to Gordon, this guard had done this once before, and Gordon specifically warned him not to do it again precisely for this reason.
** In episode Episode 60, Gordon is teleported out of a fight with a Gargantua and reflexively shoots a scientist in the face. He assumes the man's colleagues were trying to summon a demon and used him as practice.



** As per episode 40 it appears Black Mesa has been this for quite a long time, as Freeman implies that people have died regularly enough in experiments that the first thing that comes to mind when he sees a dead guy in a cage is.....

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** As per episode Episode 40 it appears Black Mesa has been this for quite a long time, as Freeman implies that people have died regularly enough in experiments that the first thing that comes to mind when he sees a dead guy in a cage is.....



** Though he changed his mind by episode 44 when finding out that Black Mesa is actually built inside a mesa.

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** Though he changed his mind by episode Episode 44 when finding out that Black Mesa is actually built inside a mesa.



* InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien: In episode 65, Gordon lampshades the fact that teleporting aliens lack even the most basic facets of a modern society. If not for their armored EliteMooks, they wouldn't even be an industrialized society. As far as he's concerned, taking over their world now that he's been stranded there is doing them a favor.

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* InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien: In episode Episode 65, Gordon lampshades the fact that teleporting aliens lack even the most basic facets of a modern society. If not for their armored EliteMooks, they wouldn't even be an industrialized society. As far as he's concerned, taking over their world now that he's been stranded there is doing them a favor.



* InterfaceSpoiler: The credits of episode 68 cite footage from [[spoiler:the "G-Invasion" mod]], which is nowhere to be seen in the episode itself (or, for that matter, any other episode in the series). This tips off attentive viewers that there's a [[TheStinger post-credits sequence]].

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* InterfaceSpoiler: The credits of episode Episode 68 cite footage from [[spoiler:the "G-Invasion" mod]], which is nowhere to be seen in the episode itself (or, for that matter, any other episode in the series). This tips off attentive viewers that there's a [[TheStinger post-credits sequence]].



* IntoxicationEnsues: In episode 57 Gordon finally realises the first aid kits contain morphine. The main effect is that his train of thought slows down a little bit, and some of his tendencies ([[WhatDoesThisButtonDo hey, button!]]) are taken UpToEleven ([[AttentionDeficitOohShiny Buttons!]]).

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* IntoxicationEnsues: In episode Episode 57 Gordon finally realises the first aid kits contain morphine. The main effect is that his train of thought slows down a little bit, and some of his tendencies ([[WhatDoesThisButtonDo hey, button!]]) are taken UpToEleven ([[AttentionDeficitOohShiny Buttons!]]).



* ItCanThink: In episode 59, Gordon begins to wonder if the zombies are getting smarter when one of them uses a dead soldier as a puppet. He becomes dead certain of it when they later set up an ambush.

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* ItCanThink: In episode Episode 59, Gordon begins to wonder if the zombies are getting smarter when one of them uses a dead soldier as a puppet. He becomes dead certain of it when they later set up an ambush.



* MajorGeneralSong: Gordon sings the entire song ''and'' adds another verse while killing an entire military squad in episode 45.

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* MajorGeneralSong: Gordon sings the entire song ''and'' adds another verse while killing an entire military squad in episode Episode 45.



* MindScrew: The ladder in the elevator shaft in episode 11.

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* MindScrew: The ladder in the elevator shaft in episode Episode 11.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In episode 3 during the resonance cascade:

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In episode Episode 3 during the resonance cascade:



* NeverMyFault: Freeman blames a guard for opening a door, startling him and causing him to shoot the guard in episode 48.

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* NeverMyFault: Freeman blames a guard for opening a door, startling him and causing him to shoot the guard in episode Episode 48.



** The soldier who nearly kills him with a rocket launcher in episode 28 is "Rocky the Rocket Ranger".

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** The soldier who nearly kills him with a rocket launcher in episode Episode 28 is "Rocky the Rocket Ranger".



* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: In episode forty-one, Freeman has this opinion about a scientist who got shot in the leg by a soldier while helping Gordon escape the building:

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* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: In episode forty-one, Episode 41, Freeman has this opinion about a scientist who got shot in the leg by a soldier while helping Gordon escape the building:



** In episode 3, Gordon says that he should calm down to avoid a repeat of "Monday".

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** In episode Episode 3, Gordon says that he should calm down to avoid a repeat of "Monday".



** And in episode 16, after turning on a fan that almost cuts his head off:

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** And in episode Episode 16, after turning on a fan that almost cuts his head off:



** He states in episode 35 that he woke up in a trash compactor ''again''. One can only imagine the other times it happened.

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** He states in episode Episode 35 that he woke up in a trash compactor ''again''. One can only imagine the other times it happened.



** Mentions something that happened in Panama to an acquaintance named Eddie in episode 48 which seemed to pay off big time. Whatever it was, it was probably illegal given Gordon's descriptions of Eddie.

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** Mentions something that happened in Panama to an acquaintance named Eddie in episode Episode 48 which seemed to pay off big time. Whatever it was, it was probably illegal given Gordon's descriptions of Eddie.



** In episode 23, Freeman camps out behind a corner and waits for the soldiers to run around, because he had killed several soldiers like that already, and is confident that they'll continue to do so. One of them instead chucks a grenade. After running in terror, he comments that he is watching natural selection in action.

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** In episode Episode 23, Freeman camps out behind a corner and waits for the soldiers to run around, because he had killed several soldiers like that already, and is confident that they'll continue to do so. One of them instead chucks a grenade. After running in terror, he comments that he is watching natural selection in action.



** Freeman has a pretty big one at the end of episode 50 when the roof of the bunker he's in starts to cave in.

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** Freeman has a pretty big one at the end of episode Episode 50 when the roof of the bunker he's in starts to cave in.



** In episode 56, he figures out that Black Mesa has a nuclear reactor that is about to go critical.
** In episode 67, his reaction to [[spoiler:the Nihilanth]] is to scream in abject terror.

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** In episode Episode 56, he figures out that Black Mesa has a nuclear reactor that is about to go critical.
** In episode Episode 67, his reaction to [[spoiler:the Nihilanth]] is to scream in abject terror.



* PassThePopcorn: Gordon expresses this sentiment in episode 59 when he sees a soldier being dragged into a barnacle's mouth.

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* PassThePopcorn: Gordon expresses this sentiment in episode Episode 59 when he sees a soldier being dragged into a barnacle's mouth.



*** And as of episode 40, [[ConspiracyTheorist door conspiracy]].

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*** And as of episode Episode 40, [[ConspiracyTheorist door conspiracy]].



** In episode 54 he leaves a scientist to be killed by aliens (that ''he'' freed) under the pretence that he needs to save ammunition. To be completely fair, however, [[GenreBlind any self-respecting scientist who stores a bunch of dangerous aliens in a container that can be freed at the press of an (unlabelled) button is kind of asking for it.]]

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** In episode Episode 54 he leaves a scientist to be killed by aliens (that ''he'' freed) under the pretence that he needs to save ammunition. To be completely fair, however, [[GenreBlind any self-respecting scientist who stores a bunch of dangerous aliens in a container that can be freed at the press of an (unlabelled) button is kind of asking for it.]]



* RasputinianDeath: A subversion. In episode 15, Gordon starts pondering about how he's still alive with all the injuries he's suffered.

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* RasputinianDeath: A subversion. In episode Episode 15, Gordon starts pondering about how he's still alive with all the injuries he's suffered.



* SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes: In episode 6 Gordon mentions that he watched ''Film/DieHard'' "like fifty times", which is apparently where all his knowledge of guns comes from.

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* SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes: In episode Episode 6 Gordon mentions that he watched ''Film/DieHard'' "like fifty times", which is apparently where all his knowledge of guns comes from.



** In the episode 0 prequel, which covers the tutorial level, Gordon skips the rest of the training session after he realizes he's been ordered to deliberately jump off a high platform and be injured in order to learn to use the game's medical supplies.

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** In the episode Episode 0 prequel, which covers the tutorial level, Gordon skips the rest of the training session after he realizes he's been ordered to deliberately jump off a high platform and be injured in order to learn to use the game's medical supplies.



** In the TalkLikeAPirate episode (27), he not only uses a lot of stereotypical pirate phrases, but some less-known historical naval lingo as well.

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** In the TalkLikeAPirate episode (27), (Episode 27), he not only uses a lot of stereotypical pirate phrases, but some less-known historical naval lingo as well.



** In episode 28, he complains about an attacker disrupting his "train of thought"... while he's on a rail car, thinking to himself.

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** In episode Episode 28, he complains about an attacker disrupting his "train of thought"... while he's on a rail car, thinking to himself.



** Averted in episode 8.

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** Averted in episode Episode 8.



** Played straight the rest of the time, though. He doesn't have any sort of ear protection, yet doesn't complain about the noise outside of the aforementioned scene in episode 8, and one other instance where a barrel explodes right next to him.

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** Played straight the rest of the time, though. He doesn't have any sort of ear protection, yet doesn't complain about the noise outside of the aforementioned scene in episode Episode 8, and one other instance where a barrel explodes right next to him.



** Upon seeing a crawlspace in the ceiling in Episode 20, he remarks "You could store a lot of drugs in there!"
** Gordon's Oxycodone addiction becomes a cross-series BrickJoke when, in episode 18 of Shephard's Mind, Adrian stops to take some antidepressants [[spoiler:that he found in Gordon's Locker]], only to discover after that fact that he had in fact overdosed on stolen Oxycodone, and spends the next episode completely stoned on the stuff.

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** Upon seeing a crawlspace in the ceiling in Episode 20, he remarks "You 20:
--->'''Gordon:''' You
could store a lot of drugs in there!"
there!
** Gordon's Oxycodone addiction becomes a cross-series BrickJoke when, in episode Episode 18 of Shephard's Mind, Adrian stops to take some antidepressants [[spoiler:that he found in Gordon's Locker]], only to discover after that fact that he had in fact overdosed on stolen Oxycodone, and spends the next episode completely stoned on the stuff.



** In episode 57 he spends most of the time on morphine. Besides being a bit less frustrated with the world, and maybe a little more loopy, he really doesn't seem that different from his normal self.

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** In episode Episode 57 he spends most of the time on morphine. Besides being a bit less frustrated with the world, and maybe a little more loopy, he really doesn't seem that different from his normal self.



* StupidityIsTheOnlyOption: Lampshaded in episode 11, after leaping across an elevator shaft onto a ladder on the opposite wall.

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* StupidityIsTheOnlyOption: Lampshaded in episode Episode 11, after leaping across an elevator shaft onto a ladder on the opposite wall.



** In episode 48, upon being introduced to a massive weapons stash by a security guard, Gordon muses on how he might have his friend Eddie sell them all and get a finder's fee out of it.

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** In episode Episode 48, upon being introduced to a massive weapons stash by a security guard, Gordon muses on how he might have his friend Eddie sell them all and get a finder's fee out of it.



* TalkLikeAPirate: Episode 27 and the very beginning of Episode 28.

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* TalkLikeAPirate: Episode 27 has Gordon take up a pirate persona and the very beginning of Episode 28.28 has him try to continue but goes into a coughing fit and stops.



** In episode 42, he sees an alien shark in the water. Not wanting to have another close call, he decides to simply kill it from far away with his machine gun. After firing about thirty rounds into the water, he fires his grenade launcher just to be sure.

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** In episode Episode 42, he sees an alien shark in the water. Not wanting to have another close call, he decides to simply kill it from far away with his machine gun. After firing about thirty rounds into the water, he fires his grenade launcher just to be sure.



** In episode 56, he takes out a Grunt with a rocket launcher because he's low on other ammo. He then spends the rest of the episode ruminating on whether it's 'honorable' to use such an overpowered weapon.

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** In episode Episode 56, he takes out a Grunt with a rocket launcher because he's low on other ammo. He then spends the rest of the episode ruminating on whether it's 'honorable' to use such an overpowered weapon.



** In episode 28, he complains about a soldier setting an ambush next to a rocket that could easily be set off by their gunfire, believing the grunt should know better. He also criticizes the soldier who fires missiles at him from a mounted launcher in a tunnel, which could collapse.
** In episode 41, Gordon recruits a scientist to open the door leading outside, but first has to get past a couple of spinning blades. Gordon easily moves through them and tries to coach the scientist to do the same. The next thing you hear is *SPLAT*. Gordon is annoyed. Luckily, there were two more scientists to work with.

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** In episode Episode 28, he complains about a soldier setting an ambush next to a rocket that could easily be set off by their gunfire, believing the grunt should know better. He also criticizes the soldier who fires missiles at him from a mounted launcher in a tunnel, which could collapse.
** In episode Episode 41, Gordon recruits a scientist to open the door leading outside, but first has to get past a couple of spinning blades. Gordon easily moves through them and tries to coach the scientist to do the same. The next thing you hear is *SPLAT*. Gordon is annoyed. Luckily, there were two more scientists to work with.



* ToServeMan: Inverted when Freeman contemplates eating the aliens in episode 51, but lacks a means by which to cook them.
* TrackingDevice: In episode 33, Gordon is understandably upset when he learns his suit is full of these, which is how the HECU has been tracking him.

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* ToServeMan: Inverted when Freeman contemplates eating the aliens in episode Episode 51, but lacks a means by which to cook them.
* TrackingDevice: In episode Episode 33, Gordon is understandably upset when he learns his suit is full of these, which is how the HECU has been tracking him.



* TraumaInducedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Gordon's "apprehension" at the end of episode 34 consisted of at least one blow to the head. In episode 35, he can't remember the events of the previous day or so, including the resonance cascade scenario. It's not until halfway through episode 37, after he faces a bullsquid, that he really starts to remember all of what had happened,]] but for some reason [[spoiler:he has false memories of it being caused by a Lovecraftian cult.]] He isn't exactly wrong, though.

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* TraumaInducedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Gordon's "apprehension" at the end of episode Episode 34 consisted of at least one blow to the head. In episode Episode 35, he can't remember the events of the previous day or so, including the resonance cascade scenario. It's not until halfway through episode Episode 37, after he faces a bullsquid, that he really starts to remember all of what had happened,]] but for some reason [[spoiler:he has false memories of it being caused by a Lovecraftian cult.]] He isn't exactly wrong, though.



* UnfriendlyFire: In episode 30, an officer blows up a pair of his troops with a grenade launcher. Freeman theorizes this is the reason.

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* UnfriendlyFire: In episode Episode 30, an officer blows up a pair of his troops with a grenade launcher. Freeman theorizes this is the reason.



* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: As the series goes on, Freeman gets less and less surprised about the stupidity of the rest of the human species, and his constant near death experiences. For example, in episode 10, he doesn't even seem to care that zombies can punch right through concrete walls, even though that would be very bad for him if they ever got close. In episode 46, he can't even bring himself to utter a "what the fuck?" when he sees an ''entire missile testing facility'' turned into a giant trip-minefield by the "rescue team" he just has a simple quip.

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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: As the series goes on, Freeman gets less and less surprised about the stupidity of the rest of the human species, and his constant near death experiences. For example, in episode Episode 10, he doesn't even seem to care that zombies can punch right through concrete walls, even though that would be very bad for him if they ever got close. In episode Episode 46, he can't even bring himself to utter a "what the fuck?" when he sees an ''entire missile testing facility'' turned into a giant trip-minefield by the "rescue team" he just has a simple quip.



** And in episode 49:

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** And in episode Episode 49:



* WhyIsntItAttacking: In episode 65, Gordon encounters a couple of Vortigaunts who ''don't'' attack him. He decides to let them live, because he doesn't want to discourage that mentality. He does it again in episode 66.

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* WhyIsntItAttacking: In episode Episode 65, Gordon encounters a couple of Vortigaunts who ''don't'' attack him. He decides to let them live, because he doesn't want to discourage that mentality. He does it again in episode Episode 66.



** During the teleporter accident in episode 2, Gordon immediately recalls the resonance cascade in the previous series and starts screaming for Kleiner to shut the system down, just as in the previous incident, and stressing out over the possibility of ending up back in Xen.

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** During the teleporter accident in episode Episode 2, Gordon immediately recalls the resonance cascade in the previous series and starts screaming for Kleiner to shut the system down, just as in the previous incident, and stressing out over the possibility of ending up back in Xen.



* HanlonsRazor: In episode 5, after the canals lead him into an ambush, Gordon ponders if Barney is deliberately trying to get him killed, or simply sent him to almost certain death out of ignorance.

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* HanlonsRazor: In episode Episode 5, after the canals lead him into an ambush, Gordon ponders if Barney is deliberately trying to get him killed, or simply sent him to almost certain death out of ignorance.
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** Episode 49 has him deciding that the aliens as a whole are this to the soldiers' DemonicSpiders.

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** Episode 49 has him deciding that the aliens as a whole are this to the soldiers' DemonicSpiders.Demonic Spiders.



** Then in Episode 47, he avoids getting the Hivehand and instead tries to ''kill'' it, thinking it's just another alien that wants to kill him. He avoids picking up the other Hivehand in the supply rooms just before Xen; [[WordOfGod as Ross himself said]], no sane person would touch something that looked like ''that''.

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** Then in Episode 47, he avoids getting the Hivehand and instead tries to ''kill'' it, thinking it's just another alien that wants to kill him. He avoids picking up the other Hivehand in the supply rooms just before Xen; [[WordOfGod as Ross himself said]], said, no sane person would touch something that looked like ''that''.
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* AccidentalPun: Gordon asks "What's up with this ceiling?". It takes him a few seconds to realize what he just said.

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* AccidentalPun: Gordon asks "What's up with this ceiling?".says one. It takes him a few seconds to realize what he just said.



** It gets even ''worse'' in Episode 58, when Gordon takes a teleporter trip over to "Uplink" (a.k.a. the ''Half-Life'' demo). The AI there is even more unpolished, leading to things like soldiers blowing themselves up with their own grenades. Gordon concludes that either [[GenreSavvy the soldiers are covering up their own cover-up]], everyone's on drugs (''"Shoot anybody you want! It's cool: he's high, too! Get high before you die!"''), or everyone is [[TooDumbToLive just that stupid]]. Conversely, in the same episodes Gordon notices the zombies have gotten a lot more intelligent, setting traps and laying ambushes.

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** It gets even ''worse'' in Episode 58, when Gordon takes a teleporter trip over to "Uplink" (a.k.a. the ''Half-Life'' demo). The AI there is even more unpolished, leading to things like soldiers blowing themselves up with their own grenades. Gordon concludes that either [[GenreSavvy the soldiers are covering up their own cover-up]], everyone's on drugs (''"Shoot anybody you want! It's cool: he's high, too! Get high before you die!"''), drugs, or everyone is [[TooDumbToLive just that stupid]]. Conversely, in the same episodes Gordon notices the zombies have gotten a lot more intelligent, setting traps and laying ambushes.ambushes.
--->'''Gordon:''' Shoot anybody you want! It's cool: he's high, too! Get high before you die!



* BigWhat: Episode 4 gave us this brief "exchange" between Gordon and the security system:

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* BigWhat: Episode 4 gave us this brief "exchange" exchange between Gordon and the security system:



** In episode 4, Gordon recalls a time when he stayed awake for four days and thought his house was being invaded by FrogMen. In episode 28, during a rant on how he is ProperlyParanoid, he lists one of the reasons as being "There's no race of anthropomorphic frog people in the sewers Freeman! You're just being paranoid!"

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** In episode 4, Gordon recalls a time when he stayed awake for four days and thought his house was being invaded by FrogMen. In episode 28, during a rant on how he is ProperlyParanoid, he lists one of the reasons as being "There's being:
--->'''Gordon:''' There's
no race of anthropomorphic frog people in the sewers Freeman! You're just being paranoid!"paranoid!



** In the very first episode, Gordon recalls how once a squirrel died in the electric transformer of his college. Fast forward to episode 46, and Freeman has to deal with falling debris falling from above, which could potentially trigger some mines. He wonders if there is a squirrel up there... and immediately adds that "it could be payback"!

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** In the very first episode, Gordon recalls how once a squirrel died in the electric transformer of his college. Fast forward to episode 46, and Freeman has to deal with falling debris falling from above, which could potentially trigger some mines. He wonders if there is a squirrel up there... and immediately adds that "it there.
--->'''Gordon:''' It
could be payback"!payback!



** At the start of Episode 50, Freeman makes a short comment about why it's safe in the pipe he was stuck in. At the end of the episode when the ceiling collapses and almost hits him he laments ''"See this is why I like the pipe."''
** In episode 49, he accidentally [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace shoots a guard]] who spooked him, after he had warned the guard not to take him by surprise like that. Freeman guiltily tries to justify it to himself before saying ''"It doesn't even matter now, I'm a fugitive anyway. What do I care? I launched a missile!"''

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** At the start of Episode 50, Freeman makes a short comment about why it's safe in the pipe he was stuck in. At the end of the episode when the ceiling collapses and almost hits him he laments ''"See laments:
--->'''Gordon:''' See
this is why I like the pipe."''
pipe.
** In episode 49, he accidentally [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace shoots a guard]] who spooked him, after he had warned the guard not to take him by surprise like that. Freeman guiltily tries to justify it to himself before saying ''"It saying:
--->'''Gordon:''' It
doesn't even matter now, I'm a fugitive anyway. What do I care? I launched a missile!"''missile!



** In Episode 34, a security guard greets Freeman with a message: ''"Make sure you don't-"'' before being [[KilledMidSentence shot dead by an assassin]]. Freeman simply assumes the guy was trying to warn him not to kill himself, and was using an overly dramatic way to get the point across.

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** In Episode 34, a security guard greets Freeman with a message: ''"Make "Make sure you don't-"'' don't-" before being [[KilledMidSentence shot dead by an assassin]]. Freeman simply assumes the guy was trying to warn him not to kill himself, and was using an overly dramatic way to get the point across.



** In episode 50, a guard following Freeman says ''"Sorry sir, but I can't much more of this"''. Freeman berates him for being lazy, as they'd only been walking for two minutes and completely ignores that the guard just took a blast from the Vortigaunt that would ordinarily be lethal.

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** In episode 50, a guard following Freeman says ''"Sorry "Sorry sir, but I can't much more of this"''.this". Freeman berates him for being lazy, as they'd only been walking for two minutes and completely ignores that the guard just took a blast from the Vortigaunt that would ordinarily be lethal.



* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: While fighting the Nihilanth, Gordon is teleported to another room. As he reaches the teleporter to get back, he considers whether or not to do so, ultimately deciding "Him seeing me again should at least piss him off."

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* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: While fighting the Nihilanth, Gordon is teleported to another room. As he reaches the teleporter to get back, he considers whether or not to do so, but ultimately deciding "Him decides:
-->'''Gordon:''' Him
seeing me again should at least piss him off."



* EldritchAbomination: One of Freeman's nicknames for the Bullsquids is "Cthulhu Dog." He also theorizes that the tentacle is a huge creature buried beneath black mesa, and that what he destroyed may have only its hair strands. Its pretty safe to say he reasonably thinks all the aliens are {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. When he finally meets the Nihalanth, he exclaims that "[[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraft]] was right!"
* TheElevatorFromIpanema: Well, "The Girl From Ipanema" is never used, but every working office elevator has background music of some kind.

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* EldritchAbomination: One of Freeman's nicknames for the Bullsquids is "Cthulhu Dog." He also theorizes that the tentacle is a huge creature buried beneath black mesa, and that what he destroyed may have only its hair strands. Its pretty safe to say he reasonably thinks all the aliens are {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. When he finally meets the Nihalanth, he exclaims that "[[Creator/HPLovecraft that
-->'''Gordon:''' [[Creator/HPLovecraft
Lovecraft]] was right!"
right!
* TheElevatorFromIpanema: Well, "The ''The Girl From Ipanema" Ipanema'' is never used, but every working office elevator has background music of some kind.



** "I'm torn between wanting to kill every bug in this building, or just levelling it with explosives... I need a bomb."

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** "I'm Gordon foreshadows the ending of ''Opposing Force'' a couple of times.
--->'''Gordon:''' I'm
torn between wanting to kill every bug in this building, or just levelling it with explosives... I need a bomb."\\
'''Gordon:''' This is bullshit! We need to nuke this whole place as soon as I'm out!



** "This is so unfair, [[LargeHam I AM DESTINED FOR GREATNESS!]] [[TemptingFate I'll show everyone...]]

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** "This Gordon doesn't realize what he's setting himself up for in ''Half Life 2''.
--->'''Gordon:''' This
is so unfair, [[LargeHam I AM DESTINED FOR GREATNESS!]] [[TemptingFate I'll show everyone...]]



** Episode 54 has Freeman proclaiming "This is bullshit! We need to nuke this whole place as soon as I'm out!" Which is exactly what happens at the end of Opposing Force.



* GangUpOnTheHuman: "You know, it's a little disturbing how little I've seen aliens fight the soldiers and soldiers fight the aliens."

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* GangUpOnTheHuman: "You Gordon gets frustrated that he appears to be the only target of all of the antagonists when the different factions should really be fighting each other.
-->'''Gordon:''' You
know, it's a little disturbing how little I've seen aliens fight the soldiers and soldiers fight the aliens."



** "Uh-oh, I'd better check my flank. That's how they got that dude in ''Film/JurassicPark''."

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** "Uh-oh, Gordon's savviness is usually beneficial to him.
--->'''Gordon:''' Uh-oh,
I'd better check my flank. That's how they got that dude in ''Film/JurassicPark''."



* HiccupHijinks: Episode 40.

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* %%* HiccupHijinks: Episode 40.



* HopeSpot: Gordon ''finally'' finds an elevator that isn't broken and goes up instead of down. He starts dancing in glee. Then it reaches the top, and the exit is blocked by explosive crates.

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* HopeSpot: HopeSpot:
**
Gordon ''finally'' finds an elevator that isn't broken and goes up instead of down. He starts dancing in glee. Then it reaches the top, and the exit is blocked by explosive crates.



** "Yeah! It's the surface! PARTY! PARTY! (soldiers appear and open fire) Man! It's the fun police!"

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** "Yeah! Gordon has one when he gets to the surface before the military spots him
--->'''Gordon:''' Yeah!
It's the surface! PARTY! PARTY! (soldiers appear and open fire) Man! It's the fun police!"police!



* HypocriticalHumor: When Gordon encounters the soldier firing a rocket launcher, he rants about how stupid and dangerous it is to fire one inside an underground tunnel. Then after killing the soldier and approaching the rocket launcher, his first reaction is to try to use it himself.

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* HypocriticalHumor: HypocriticalHumor:
**
When Gordon encounters the soldier firing a rocket launcher, he rants about how stupid and dangerous it is to fire one inside an underground tunnel. Then after killing the soldier and approaching the rocket launcher, his first reaction is to try to use it himself.



* {{Jerkass}}: In his April 2017 Videochat, Ross said he wrote Freeman like "If I were a jackass, what would I do?"

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* {{Jerkass}}: In his April 2017 Videochat, Ross said he wrote Freeman like "If this:
-->'''Ross:''' If
I were a jackass, what would I do?"do?



* LesserOfTwoEvils: In Episode 49, Freeman decides that the aliens are this, on part of the soldiers being a much bigger threat to him due to their weaponry, and having the capability to hunt him down after he escapes Black Mesa.

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* LesserOfTwoEvils: LesserOfTwoEvils:
**
In Episode 49, Freeman decides that the aliens are this, on part of the soldiers being a much bigger threat to him due to their weaponry, and having the capability to hunt him down after he escapes Black Mesa.



* MadeOfExplodium: "Why does everything keep exploding?! Did we wire this place to self-destruct?"
* MadeOfIndestructium: Gordon is not happy that the doors all have bullet-proof glass. He ''is'' happy that, in an inversion, the concrete barriers shatter like Styrofoam when the tram car rams into them, but he's very confused.
** He's likewise confused why blowing an entire pile of crates full of explosives does nothing to the walls but leave scorch marks. "THOSE WEREN'T FIRECRACKERS!"
* MadeOfIron: The series abandons the standard convention of health bars and medkits, presumably in the name of realism, but in its stead simply has Gordon not take any persistent damage aside from the hole in his ear that he needs to bandage up. The creator says this is because, in this version of the ''Half-Life'' universe, the suit is impervious to low-caliber rounds. Gordon has repeatedly expressed his amazement at the durability of the suit.

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* MadeOfExplodium: "Why Gordon is astonished that this is another one of his obstacles:
-->'''Gordon:''' Why
does everything keep exploding?! Did we wire this place to self-destruct?"
self-destruct?
* MadeOfIndestructium: MadeOfIndestructium:
**
Gordon is not happy that the doors all have bullet-proof glass. He ''is'' happy that, in an inversion, the concrete barriers shatter like Styrofoam when the tram car rams into them, but he's very confused.
** He's likewise confused why blowing an entire pile of crates full of explosives does nothing to the walls but leave scorch marks. "THOSE marks.
--->'''Gordon:''' THOSE
WEREN'T FIRECRACKERS!"
FIRECRACKERS!
* MadeOfIron: MadeOfIron:
**
The series abandons the standard convention of health bars and medkits, presumably in the name of realism, but in its stead simply has Gordon not take any persistent damage aside from the hole in his ear that he needs to bandage up. The creator says this is because, in this version of the ''Half-Life'' universe, the suit is impervious to low-caliber rounds. Gordon has repeatedly expressed his amazement at the durability of the suit.



* MoreDakka: "Is that an [[CoolGun MP5]]? It '''is'''! (EvilLaugh) Now I can solve up to 800 problems a minute!"

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* MoreDakka: "Is MoreDakka:
** Gordon is overjoyed that he gets something to counter alien and soldier threats
--->'''Gordon:''' Is
that an [[CoolGun MP5]]? It '''is'''! (EvilLaugh) Now I can solve up to 800 problems a minute!"minute!



* OminousOwl: In Episode 28 when Freeman's mocking those who called him paranoid, he says "Owls can't read your mind, Freeman!"

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* OminousOwl: In Episode 28 when Freeman's mocking those who called him paranoid, he says "Owls paranoid.
-->'''Gordon:''' Owls
can't read your mind, Freeman!"Freeman!



** "I need to ''stop'' doubting my own sanity because I've been proven right about EVERYTHING!"

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** "I He ultimately comes to this conclusion.
--->'''Gordon:''' I
need to ''stop'' doubting my own sanity because I've been proven right about EVERYTHING!"EVERYTHING!



** "OH GOD I'M OUT OF AMMO!! WHOSE JOB IS IT TO RELOAD?! YOU'RE FIRED!! WHAT DO YOU MEAN THERE'S NO AMMO LEFT?! YOU'RE FIRED TOO!!" Yep, he's talking to himself. It seems to calm him down a little.

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** "OH GOD Sometimes his rants border on this instead of merely venting frustration.
--->'''Gordon:''' OH, GOD,
I'M OUT OF AMMO!! WHOSE JOB IS IT TO RELOAD?! YOU'RE FIRED!! WHAT DO YOU MEAN THERE'S NO AMMO LEFT?! YOU'RE FIRED TOO!!" Yep, he's talking to himself. It seems to calm him down a little.TOO!!



* StealthPun: In episode 28, he complains about an attacker disrupting his "train of thought"... while he's on a rail car, thinking to himself.

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* StealthPun: StealthPun:
**
In episode 28, he complains about an attacker disrupting his "train of thought"... while he's on a rail car, thinking to himself.



* TheStoner: Gordon seems to have an unhealthy fixation with Oxycodone, though it only shows up twice so far in the series. In one of the first episodes, he presumably has a "stash" of it in his locker (which goes missing beforehand), and in Episode 17, he sees a sign reading "Oxy" and thinks it stands for Oxycodone before he realizes it's liquid oxygen for a test rocket. "I don't think you can get high off oxygen."[[note]]You can't, in case you were wondering.[[/note]] He later climbs into a shark cage in the hope of procurring animal tranquilizers (and is disappointed upon finding out he can't get high off the type Black Mesa uses).

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* TheStoner: TheStoner:
**
Gordon seems to have an unhealthy fixation with Oxycodone, though it only shows up twice so far in the series. In one of the first episodes, he presumably has a "stash" of it in his locker (which goes missing beforehand), and in Episode 17, he sees a sign reading "Oxy" and thinks it stands for Oxycodone before he realizes it's liquid oxygen for a test rocket. "I don't think you can get high off oxygen."[[note]]You can't, in case you were wondering.[[/note]] He later climbs into a shark cage in the hope of procurring animal tranquilizers (and is disappointed upon finding out he can't get high off the type Black Mesa uses).



** "This is... suspiciously convenient. I haven't been used to things going my way for quite a while now."
** "What's with all these grenades everywhere?"

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** "This Gordon points this out occasionally as part of his genre savviness.
--->'''Gordon:''' This
is... suspiciously convenient. I haven't been used to things going my way for quite a while now."
** "What's
\\
'''Gordon:''' What's
with all these grenades everywhere?"everywhere?



* TanksForNothing: Freeman somehow blows up an Abrams with a grenade launcher, and blows up a Bradley by shooting it. Both of these are obviously unrealistic, but the latter is particularly notable because said Bradley had just (realistically) taken dozens of rounds of small arms fire and three grenades without taking any damage. This is of course because the tanks and [=IFVs=] in ''Half-Life'', just like every other enemy, could succumb to DeathOfAThousandCuts from any weapon, including the ''crowbar''. Though these ones would only take damage from hits to the turret; their bodies were invulnerable. This is despite Ross Scott specifically saying that he wanted ''Freeman's Mind'' to be less "video game-y" than ''VideoGame/HalfLife''.

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* TanksForNothing: TanksForNothing:
**
Freeman somehow blows up an Abrams with a grenade launcher, and blows up a Bradley by shooting it. Both of these are obviously unrealistic, but the latter is particularly notable because said Bradley had just (realistically) taken dozens of rounds of small arms fire and three grenades without taking any damage. This is of course because the tanks and [=IFVs=] in ''Half-Life'', just like every other enemy, could succumb to DeathOfAThousandCuts from any weapon, including the ''crowbar''. Though these ones would only take damage from hits to the turret; their bodies were invulnerable. This is despite Ross Scott specifically saying that he wanted ''Freeman's Mind'' to be less "video game-y" than ''VideoGame/HalfLife''.



* TastesLikeFeet: He says the bullsquid's secretions "taste like dead caterpillars."

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* TastesLikeFeet: He says hates that he gets the bullsquid's secretions "taste on his face and mouth.
-->'''Gordon:''' They taste
like dead caterpillars."



* TeleFrag: Gordon theorizes that the reason Black Mesa is doing so much collapsing is that aliens keep accidentally teleporting into the walls and important pieces of equipment.

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* TeleFrag: TeleFrag:
**
Gordon theorizes that the reason Black Mesa is doing so much collapsing is that aliens keep accidentally teleporting into the walls and important pieces of equipment.



* TestosteronePoisoning: [[VideoGame/{{Doom}} Doom Guy]], oh so very much.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Gordon tries to kill a cockroach with his machine gun, and when it fails, he says that's why he needs a shotgun.

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* %%* TestosteronePoisoning: [[VideoGame/{{Doom}} Doom Guy]], oh so very much.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill:
**
Gordon tries to kill a cockroach with his machine gun, and when it fails, he says that's why he needs a shotgun.



* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: See also BondOneLiner.

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* %%* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: See also BondOneLiner.



* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Doritos. Freeman spends several episodes musing about them, and when he gets them in episodes 10-11, he thinks there's something wrong with them, despite having "enough preservatives in them to mummify a small dog."

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* TrademarkFavoriteFood: TrademarkFavoriteFood:
**
Doritos. Freeman spends several episodes musing about them, and when he gets them in episodes 10-11, he thinks there's something wrong with them, despite having "enough in spite of other... virtues.
--->'''Gordon:''' They enough
preservatives in them to mummify a small dog."



* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Freeman, and all the other mind series protagonist, to an extent.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: As the series goes on, Freeman gets less and less surprised about the stupidity of the rest of the human species, and his constant near death experiences. For example, in episode 10, he doesn't even seem to care that zombies can punch right through concrete walls, even though that would be very bad for him if they ever got close. In episode 46, he can't even bring himself to utter a "what the fuck?" when he sees an ''entire missile testing facility'' turned into a giant trip-minefield by the "rescue team". Instead, he simply says "this room confirms every theory I had about the soldiers".

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* %%* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Freeman, and all the other mind series protagonist, to an extent.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: As the series goes on, Freeman gets less and less surprised about the stupidity of the rest of the human species, and his constant near death experiences. For example, in episode 10, he doesn't even seem to care that zombies can punch right through concrete walls, even though that would be very bad for him if they ever got close. In episode 46, he can't even bring himself to utter a "what the fuck?" when he sees an ''entire missile testing facility'' turned into a giant trip-minefield by the "rescue team". Instead, team" he simply says "this just has a simple quip.
-->'''Gordon:''' This
room confirms every theory I had about the soldiers".soldiers.



* WhyWontYouDie: Gordon ponders this about ''himself'', saying, "I've brushed with Death so often, I should start giving him high-fives as I pass."

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* WhyWontYouDie: WhyWontYouDie:
**
Gordon ponders this about ''himself'', saying, "I've ''himself''.
--->'''Gordon:''' I've
brushed with Death so often, I should start giving him high-fives as I pass."



* WinsByDoingAbsolutelyNothing: Mentioned when Freeman encounters a pair of [=NPCs=] located near a DoorToBefore for the second time, and gripes that "those two have accomplished more by standing in one place than I have by running all over this facility leaving a trail of bodies."

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* WinsByDoingAbsolutelyNothing: Mentioned when Freeman encounters a pair of [=NPCs=] located near a DoorToBefore for the second time, and gripes that "those gripes.
-->'''Gordon:''' Those
two have accomplished more by standing in one place than I have by running all over this facility leaving a trail of bodies."
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->''"Ah, tick-tick-tock... is that the sound of a Geiger counter or my lifespan counting down? It's both! That's right, here at Black Mesa when we talk about [[TitleDrop Half-Life]], we mean it in [[JustifiedTitle more ways than one.]] So make your peace and come to Black Mesa! Here you'll win a chance to fight [[AliensAndMonsters freaks of nature]]; [[NoOSHACompliance escape countless safety hazards]]; [[DoorToBefore wander aimlessly for hours]]; and die scared, tired and alone!"''

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->''"Ah, ->Ah, tick-tick-tock... is that the sound of a Geiger counter or my lifespan counting down? It's both! That's right, here at Black Mesa when we talk about [[TitleDrop Half-Life]], we mean it in [[JustifiedTitle more ways than one.]] So make your peace and come to Black Mesa! Here you'll win a chance to fight [[AliensAndMonsters freaks of nature]]; [[NoOSHACompliance escape countless safety hazards]]; [[DoorToBefore wander aimlessly for hours]]; and die scared, tired and alone!"''alone!



The series runs a total of 78 episodes (68 Half-Life 1 episodes, 7 Half-Life 2 episodes, [[UnusualChapterNumbers plus three numbered "0", "10.5", and "61.5"]]), and totals over 10 hours[[note]]About 10 hours, 59 minutes and 14 seconds[[/note]], but each episode runs about 8 minutes on average[[note]]The shortest episode is #23 at 4:57, and the longest is #68 at 18:10[[/note]] and each episode ends at a point that you can stop watching and come back later. The series encompasses a full playthrough of ''[[VideoGame/HalfLife1 Half-Life]]'', albeit with a few liberties taken [[RuleOfFunny for the sake of comedy]].

to:

The series runs a total of 78 episodes (68 Half-Life 1 episodes, 7 Half-Life 2 episodes, [[UnusualChapterNumbers plus three numbered "0", "10.5", ''0'', ''10.5'', and "61.5"]]), ''61.5'']]), and totals over 10 hours[[note]]About 10 hours, 59 minutes and 14 seconds[[/note]], but each episode runs about 8 minutes on average[[note]]The shortest episode is #23 at 4:57, and the longest is #68 at 18:10[[/note]] and each episode ends at a point that you can stop watching and come back later. The series encompasses a full playthrough of ''[[VideoGame/HalfLife1 Half-Life]]'', albeit with a few liberties taken [[RuleOfFunny for the sake of comedy]].



The tropes related to these spinoffs can be found [[Machinima/FreemansMindSpinoffs here]] and [[Machinima/ChellsMind here]]. Also of note is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFCWx8q2Z6Y&list=PL74A8qBxum6zdnEAyZVgejfPE_5pRUhd8&index=1 Courier's Mind: Rise of New Vegas]], which gained a degree of notoriety for its [[LongRunners sheer length]] - 80 episodes and running, divided into 10-episode "seasons." Tropes relating to it can be found [[Machinima/CouriersMindRiseOfNewVegas here.]]

to:

The tropes related to these spinoffs can be found [[Machinima/FreemansMindSpinoffs here]] and [[Machinima/ChellsMind here]]. Also of note is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFCWx8q2Z6Y&list=PL74A8qBxum6zdnEAyZVgejfPE_5pRUhd8&index=1 Courier's Mind: Rise of New Vegas]], which gained a degree of notoriety for its [[LongRunners sheer length]] - 80 episodes and running, divided into 10-episode "seasons." "seasons". Tropes relating to it can be found [[Machinima/CouriersMindRiseOfNewVegas here.]]



-->''"Oh my God, that was a pun! 'What's up with the ceiling?' What's wrong with me? I'd punch somebody in the mouth if they said that to me."''

to:

-->''"Oh -->'''Gordon:''' Oh my God, that was a pun! 'What's "What's up with the ceiling?' ceiling?" What's wrong with me? I'd punch somebody in the mouth if they said that to me."''



--> "[[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraft]] was right about [[EldritchAbomination everything]]! ''How did he know?!''"
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: ''"My simian skill saw me safely"'' and ''"The ruptured, rusty rods reveal a rift!"''

to:

--> "[[Creator/HPLovecraft -->'''Gordon:''' [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraft]] was right about [[EldritchAbomination everything]]! ''How did he know?!''"
know?!''
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: ''"My Gordon has a few examples of this:
-->'''Gordon:''' My
simian skill saw me safely"'' and ''"The safely!\\
'''Gordon:''' The
ruptured, rusty rods reveal a rift!"''rift!



-->''"We only '''wish''' they'd take over the world, so that we wouldn't have to. But then we're the ones who'd have to program them, so what the hell?"''

to:

-->''"We -->'''Gordon:''' We only '''wish''' ''wish'' they'd take over the world, so that we wouldn't have to. But then we're the ones who'd have to program them, so what the hell?"''hell?



** A [[TheStinger post-credits scene]] at the end of the SeriesFinale shows [[spoiler: Freeman declining G-Man's offer and being teleported to a world of G-Men monsters.]]

to:

** A [[TheStinger post-credits scene]] at the end of the SeriesFinale shows [[spoiler: Freeman [[spoiler:Freeman declining G-Man's offer and being teleported to a world of G-Men monsters.]]



-->'''Freeman:''' Dead explorers leave the best mementos. If it's not supplies, [[LampshadeHanging you get a long, detailed log of what happened]].

to:

-->'''Freeman:''' -->'''Gordon:''' Dead explorers leave the best mementos. If it's not supplies, [[LampshadeHanging you get a long, detailed log of what happened]].



* AppliedPhlebotinum: In episode 0, when Gordon notices that nothing is projecting the {{Hologram}} that's talking to him, he says it ''"must be nano-emitters or something"''

to:

* AppliedPhlebotinum: In episode 0, when Gordon notices that nothing is projecting the {{Hologram}} that's talking to him, he says it ''"must him.
-->'''Gordon:''' It must
be nano-emitters or something"''something.



** 2014 gives us a trailer for "Freeman Across the Universe", in which Freeman enters every first-person game ever made, often with hilarious results.
--->'''Freeman:''' (in ''{{VideoGame/Portal}}'') I don't understand. There's no known physics model for this. Unless... ''Oh my god, I'm two-dimensional!''

to:

** 2014 gives us a trailer for "Freeman ''Freeman Across the Universe", Universe'', in which Freeman enters every first-person game ever made, often with hilarious results.
--->'''Freeman:''' (in ''{{VideoGame/Portal}}'') --->'''Gordon:''' ''[in ''{{VideoGame/Portal}}'']'' I don't understand. There's no known physics model for this. Unless... ''Oh my god, I'm two-dimensional!''



** Zig-zagged with the soldiers. Ross adjusted the damage values in-game so that the marines, who are all carrying body armor of some kind at the very least, go down in three or so shots from the Glock 17 or [=MP5=] as opposed to the ten or so shots it would take in the original game under the reasoning that it makes fights come off as less video gamey. This makes for a slight case of RealityIsUnrealistic when considering that the type of armor issued to modern American soldiers (soft armor backed up by rifle-proof ceramic plates) offers superb protection against those two weapons, to the point that the best ones would almost render them ''immune'' to them[[note]]The ''Half-Life'' HD pack fixed this somewhat by replacing the [=MP5=] with an M4[[/note]]. Ross noted in an interview that some of the soldiers Freeman shot are probably still alive thanks to their armor, a fact Gordon echoes later on. However, he doesn't think he's at the point of checking his kills.

to:

** Zig-zagged with the soldiers. Ross adjusted the damage values in-game so that the marines, who are all carrying body armor of some kind at the very least, go down in three or so shots from the Glock 17 or [=MP5=] as opposed to the ten or so shots it would take in the original game under the reasoning that it makes fights come off as less video gamey. This makes for a slight case of RealityIsUnrealistic when considering that the type of armor issued to modern American soldiers (soft armor backed up by rifle-proof ceramic plates) offers superb protection against those two weapons, to the point that the best ones would almost render them ''immune'' to them[[note]]The them.[[note]]The ''Half-Life'' HD pack fixed this somewhat by replacing the [=MP5=] with an M4[[/note]]. Ross noted in an interview that some of the soldiers Freeman shot are probably still alive thanks to their armor, a fact Gordon echoes later on. However, he doesn't think he's at the point of checking his kills.



--->'''Freeman:''' Are we being invaded by strippers? I thought this invasion was the normal conquering variety.

to:

--->'''Freeman:''' --->'''Gordon:''' Are we being invaded by strippers? I thought this invasion was the normal conquering variety.



--->'''Freeman:''' ''(talking to a guard about the Alien Grunts)'' Those guys will smash our skulls like grapes if we don't take them down. Do you understand that? Your helmet's not going to help you, it's just giving you a false sense of security.

to:

--->'''Freeman:''' ''(talking --->'''Gordon:''' ''[talking to a guard about the Alien Grunts)'' Grunts]'' Those guys will smash our skulls like grapes if we don't take them down. Do you understand that? Your helmet's not going to help you, it's just giving you a false sense of security.



-->''"Red lights, walking backwards, GIVE ME SOME MORE PRESSURE, I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH! '''YES! BIOHAZARD! PERFECT! THANK YOU!''' AAAHH, FALLING TO MY DEATH! TANK OF ACID, SUPERB! ''[annoyed]'' Sidestepping..."''

to:

-->''"Red -->'''Gordon:''' Red lights, walking backwards, GIVE ME SOME MORE PRESSURE, I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH! '''YES! '''''YES! BIOHAZARD! PERFECT! THANK YOU!''' YOU!''''' AAAHH, FALLING TO MY DEATH! TANK OF ACID, SUPERB! ''[annoyed]'' Sidestepping..."''



--->'''Freeman:''' You know it's probably the military who put these trip-mines here to begin with, and they just go and run into them! I don't get it. They bomb each other, they can't figure out who the civilians are, and they can't duck. I mean look how easy this is. ''[ducks under a trip-mine laser]'' Power slide! ''[slides under another laser]''

to:

--->'''Freeman:''' --->'''Gordon:''' You know it's probably the military who put these trip-mines here to begin with, and they just go and run into them! I don't get it. They bomb each other, they can't figure out who the civilians are, and they can't duck. I mean look how easy this is. ''[ducks under a trip-mine laser]'' Power slide! ''[slides under another laser]''



--->'''Freeman''': Grandpa was a fighter.

to:

--->'''Freeman''': --->'''Gordon:''' Grandpa was a fighter.



-->''"OH MY GOD I'M GONNA DROWN!!"''

to:

-->''"OH --->'''Gordon:''' OH MY GOD I'M GONNA DROWN!!"''DROWN!



* BreadEggsMilkSquick:
-->''"Your side is the one where everybody's dead and there are no exits! My side is filled with hope, love, and submachine guns! ... And cargo hooks."''\\
''"This is almost getting to be like a chore. Y'know: wash the dishes, do the laundry, shoot the snot thing, empty the trash... it's all just a blur."''\\
''"Lasers make me happy. Though not as much as food, bedrest, painkillers, not being persecuted..."''

to:

* BreadEggsMilkSquick:
-->''"Your
BreadEggsMilkSquick: It's inevitable that Gordon goes into some of these during his travels.
-->'''Gordon:''' Your
side is the one where everybody's dead and there are no exits! My side is filled with hope, love, and submachine guns! ... And cargo hooks."''\\
''"This
\\
'''Gordon:''' This
is almost getting to be like a chore. Y'know: wash the dishes, do the laundry, shoot the snot thing, empty the trash... it's all just a blur."''\\
''"Lasers
\\
'''Gordon:''' Lasers
make me happy. Though not as much as food, bedrest, painkillers, not being persecuted..."''



-->'''Freeman:''' ''[Hiding for his life from a giant alien walking tank]'' Dammit, this happens every time I get cocky! Someone like this comes along and I wish I hadn't said a lot of things that I did.

to:

-->'''Freeman:''' ''[Hiding -->'''Gordon:''' ''[hiding for his life from a giant alien walking tank]'' Dammit, this happens every time I get cocky! Someone like this comes along and I wish I hadn't said a lot of things that I did.



-->''"You know, I'm starting to think this '''isn't''' a rescue operation..."''

to:

-->''"You -->'''Gordon:''' You know, I'm starting to think this '''isn't''' a rescue operation..."''



--->'''Freeman:''' ''[Rocket streaks past him]'' Yeah yeah, I think I'm under investigation. On the plus side, this guy is shooting rockets at me, so if I die, I'll see it coming ''[Runs from behind cover to the other side of the road]'' that's cool right? ''[Another rocket hits a bunch of cover near him]'' I'm trying to find the silver lining here. There's not much.

to:

--->'''Freeman:''' ''[Rocket --->'''Gordon:''' ''[rocket streaks past him]'' Yeah yeah, I think I'm under investigation. On the plus side, this guy is shooting rockets at me, so if I die, I'll see it coming ''[Runs coming! ''[runs from behind cover to the other side of the road]'' that's That's cool right? ''[Another ''[another rocket hits a bunch of cover near him]'' I'm trying to find the silver lining here. There's not much.



-->''"There's people who give you the evil eye, and then there's snipers. '''Big''' difference."''\\
''"Wait, is this that same sniper from last night!? Is he following me!? I knew it! That guy is fucking evil!"''
* ComedicSociopath: Gordon keeps fantasizing about killing his coworkers. As well as scamming the company in various ways (and it's implied at one point that he's ''already been'' stealing from them).
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: When Gordon isn't being more GenreSavvy (and crazy) than everyone else, he's frequently completely ignoring obvious things.
** ''"I'm on your side, you fucking idiots! How many of you do I have to kill before you understand that?!"''
** ''"This self-defense crap isn't cutting it because I never get to fire first!"''
** ''"Look at all these dead scientists! This rescue mission's a disaster."''
** ''"Those shots came dangerously close to my head. You guys could've killed me you know that?"''

to:

-->''"There's -->'''Gordon:''' There's people who give you the evil eye, and then there's snipers. '''Big''' difference."''\\
''"Wait,
\\
'''Gordon:''' Wait,
is this that same sniper from last night!? Is he following me!? I knew it! That guy is fucking evil!"''
evil!
* ComedicSociopath: Gordon keeps fantasizing about killing his coworkers. As well as scamming the company in various ways (and and it's implied at one point that he's ''already been'' stealing from them).
them.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: ComicallyMissingThePoint:
**
When Gordon isn't being more GenreSavvy (and crazy) than everyone else, he's frequently completely ignoring obvious things.
** ''"I'm --->'''Gordon:''' I'm on your side, you fucking idiots! How many of you do I have to kill before you understand that?!"''
** ''"This
that?!\\
'''Gordon:''' This
self-defense crap isn't cutting it because I never get to fire first!"''
** ''"Look
first!\\
'''Gordon:''' Look
at all these dead scientists! This rescue mission's a disaster."''
** ''"Those
\\
'''Gordon:''' Those
shots came dangerously close to my head. You guys could've killed me you know that?"''that?



** In Episode 34, a security guard greets Freeman with a message: ''"Make sure you don't-"'' before being [[KilledMidSentence shot dead by an assassin]]. Freeman simply assumes the guy was trying to warn him not to kill himself, and was using an overly dramatic way to get the point across. ''"Okay, 10-4! I'll be sure not to do that!"''
** In episode 50, a guard following Freeman says ''"Sorry sir, but I can't much more of this"''. Freeman berates him for being lazy, as they'd only been walking for two minutes.. and completely ignores that the guard just took a blast from the Vortigaunt that would ordinarily be lethal.

to:

** In Episode 34, a security guard greets Freeman with a message: ''"Make sure you don't-"'' before being [[KilledMidSentence shot dead by an assassin]]. Freeman simply assumes the guy was trying to warn him not to kill himself, and was using an overly dramatic way to get the point across. ''"Okay, across.
--->'''Gordon:''' Okay,
10-4! I'll be sure not to do that!"''
that!
** In episode 50, a guard following Freeman says ''"Sorry sir, but I can't much more of this"''. Freeman berates him for being lazy, as they'd only been walking for two minutes.. minutes and completely ignores that the guard just took a blast from the Vortigaunt that would ordinarily be lethal.



-->''"Whoa, whoa, what's this? Are you kidding me? Are we using tape reel computers? Noooo! Wait... are those slots for punched cards?"''\\
''"I think they '''are''' punch card slots!"''

to:

-->''"Whoa, -->'''Gordon:''' Whoa, whoa, what's this? Are you kidding me? Are we using tape reel computers? Noooo! Wait... are those slots for punched cards?"''\\
''"I
cards?\\
'''Gordon:''' I
think they '''are''' punch card slots!"''slots!



-->''"What do you think I'm doing?! Hey, I could just sit here and not do a damn thing. Bet you'd like that, huh? Ungrateful pricks."''

to:

-->''"What -->'''Gordon:''' What do you think I'm doing?! Hey, I could just sit here and not do a damn thing. Bet you'd like that, huh? Ungrateful pricks."''



-->'''Gordon''': [[WhyWontYouDie I've killed TANKS with what I've shot at that thing!]]

to:

-->'''Gordon''': -->'''Gordon:''' [[WhyWontYouDie I've killed TANKS with what I've shot at that thing!]]



'''Soldier:''' Check your zone, over, clik.\\
'''Gordon:''' ''(walks up to soldiers)'' Guys quiet I can't even hear myself think- wait what am I doing?\\

to:

'''Soldier:''' Check your zone, over, clik.over.\\
'''Gordon:''' ''(walks ''[walks up to soldiers)'' Guys quiet soldiers]'' Guys, quiet! I can't even hear myself think- wait what am I doing?\\



--->'''Freeman:''' If I were a general, and one guy just kept killing everyone I sent to kill him, I think I'd try something else.[...] I don't have a helmet, they can't seem to figure that out.

to:

--->'''Freeman:''' --->'''Gordon:''' If I were a general, and one guy just kept killing everyone I sent to kill him, I think I'd try something else.[...] I don't have a helmet, they can't seem to figure that out.



* GoddamnedBats: InUniverse. Freeman really gets annoyed when the Vortigaunts shock him.
-->'''Gordon:''' THAT'S SO FRIGGIN ANNOYING! ''(guns down the Vort)'' It's not like the electricity kills me, it just '''hurts'''!

to:

* GoddamnedBats: GoddamnedBats:
**
InUniverse. Freeman really gets annoyed when the Vortigaunts shock him.
-->'''Gordon:''' --->'''Gordon:''' THAT'S SO FRIGGIN ANNOYING! ''(guns ''[guns down the Vort)'' Vort]'' It's not like the electricity kills me, it just '''hurts'''!



* GratuitousGerman: "Zeigen Sie mir [[NaziGold das Geld]]!"

to:

* GratuitousGerman: "Zeigen Gordon speaks German at one point as his in-game resume has him working in Austria before joining Black Mesa.
-->'''Gordon:''' Zeigen
Sie mir [[NaziGold das Geld]]!"Geld]]!



'''Freeman:''' 'To wipe your ass, first orient your hand behind yourself, then move it forward... or backward.' Honestly, who doesn't know how to use a ladder? I mean, it's a LADDER! Somehow, I don't think this program is designed for the gifted.

to:

'''Freeman:''' 'To "To wipe your ass, first orient your hand behind yourself, then move it forward... or backward.' " Honestly, who doesn't know how to use a ladder? I mean, it's a LADDER! Somehow, I don't think this program is designed for the gifted.



-->"I need a chainsaw and a hockey mask. Then we'll see who messes with me."

to:

-->"I -->'''Gordon:''' I need a chainsaw and a hockey mask. Then we'll see who messes with me."



* IncompetenceInc: "Man, you can just ''smell'' the money burning in this place." Black Mesa appears to be this to Freeman. One of the signs implores employees, "Work Harder, Not Smarter."
-->'''Gordon:''' Yeah, that's us alright; we stay the course with stupid.

to:

* IncompetenceInc: "Man, you can just ''smell'' the money burning in this place." IncompetenceInc:
**
Black Mesa appears to be this to Freeman. One of the signs implores employees, "Work Harder, Not Smarter."
-->'''Gordon:''' --->'''Gordon:''' Yeah, that's us alright; we stay the course with stupid.\\
'''Gordon:''' Man, you can just ''smell'' the money burning in this place.



* InsurmountableWaistHeightFence: Gordon runs into several flavors of these every time he thinks he's found an exit out of Black Mesa, {{Lampshading}} the original game's {{Railroading}}. Gordon winds up giving his own rationalizations for why they're there in the first place. However, unlike in the original ''Half-Life'', Gordon can actually do pull-ups over easy obstacles, which ends up saving him a lot of time.
-->'''Ross Scott:''' ''(in an interview with Podcast 17)'' Well I mean if you were in that situation what are you going to do? You see a bunch of things hanging down their tongues that can eat you, with a bunch of turret guns and mines lined up along the way, and you hear a bunch of soldiers chattering on their radios. Do you go that way, or do you just do a pull-up over a 7 foot wall?

to:

* InsurmountableWaistHeightFence: InsurmountableWaistHeightFence:
**
Gordon runs into several flavors of these every time he thinks he's found an exit out of Black Mesa, {{Lampshading}} the original game's {{Railroading}}. Gordon winds up giving his own rationalizations for why they're there in the first place. However, unlike in the original ''Half-Life'', Gordon can actually do pull-ups over easy obstacles, which ends up saving him a lot of time.
-->'''Ross --->'''Ross Scott:''' ''(in ''[in an interview with Podcast 17)'' 17]'' Well I mean if you were in that situation what are you going to do? You see a bunch of things hanging down their tongues that can eat you, with a bunch of turret guns and mines lined up along the way, and you hear a bunch of soldiers chattering on their radios. Do you go that way, or do you just do a pull-up over a 7 foot wall?



-->"''Haha! If you can't take the heat, get out of the rocket propulsion test chamber! [''EvilLaugh''] Burn! Burn! '''Burn!''' Physics rules!''"

to:

-->"''Haha! -->'''Gordon:''' Haha! If you can't take the heat, get out of the rocket propulsion test chamber! [''EvilLaugh''] ''[EvilLaugh]'' Burn! Burn! '''Burn!''' Physics rules!''"rules!



--->'''Freeman:''' And bullets win again! [[SarcasmMode What a]] [[StealthPun shock.]]

to:

--->'''Freeman:''' -->'''Gordon:''' And bullets win again! [[SarcasmMode What a]] [[StealthPun shock.]]



* LampshadeHanging: Gordon is quick to point out the ridiculous architectural design of Black Mesa, including the lack of structural integrity of every catwalk he tries to cross, the chutes-and-ladders elevator shaft, and the infamous "Box Smashing Room".
-->'''Gordon:''' So where do these things go that we need this many crates? ...That doesn't go anywhere! That's a wall! That means we're just loading up these crates so we can drop them into this pit! That means there's NO DAMN POINT TO THIS WHOLE ROOM!

to:

* LampshadeHanging: LampshadeHanging:
**
Gordon is quick to point out the ridiculous architectural design of Black Mesa, including the lack of structural integrity of every catwalk he tries to cross, the chutes-and-ladders elevator shaft, and the infamous "Box Smashing Room".
-->'''Gordon:''' --->'''Gordon:''' So where do these things go that we need this many crates? ...That doesn't go anywhere! That's a wall! That means we're just loading up these crates so we can drop them into this pit! That means there's NO DAMN POINT TO THIS WHOLE ROOM!



--->'''Gordon:''' Dammit, my '''beard''' betrayed me! They found my ID because I'm the only fucking scientist in here with a beard! If I went with that stupid {{Einstein hair}}do they wouldn't have been able to pick me out from a lineup.

to:

--->'''Gordon:''' Dammit, my '''beard''' betrayed me! They found my ID because I'm the only fucking scientist in here with a beard! If I went with that stupid {{Einstein hair}}do hair}} do they wouldn't have been able to pick me out from a lineup.



-->'''Gordon:''' Why does it feel like I'm fighting a ''dump truck''?

to:

-->'''Gordon:''' --->'''Gordon:''' Why does it feel like I'm fighting a ''dump truck''?



* MadeOfPlasticine: Occasionally, Freeman is astonished that seemingly sturdy materials like metal gates or wooden crates burst apart with suspicious ease when he applies gunfire or a crowbar, especially when other objects, like doors, seem to be MadeOfIndestructium. In one episode, he shoots down a helicopter with an [=MP5=]. He spends the beginning of the next episode pondering how that's even possible. In another episode, he rams a series of concrete bollards with a tram, expecting nothing more than that the tram will explode, while it instead plunges right through without slowing down. He eventually concludes that the bollards must have been made of Styrofoam.

to:

* MadeOfPlasticine: MadeOfPlasticine:
**
Occasionally, Freeman is astonished that seemingly sturdy materials like metal gates or wooden crates burst apart with suspicious ease when he applies gunfire or a crowbar, especially when other objects, like doors, seem to be MadeOfIndestructium. In one episode, he shoots down a helicopter with an [=MP5=]. He spends the beginning of the next episode pondering how that's even possible. In another episode, he rams a series of concrete bollards with a tram, expecting nothing more than that the tram will explode, while it instead plunges right through without slowing down. He eventually concludes that the bollards must have been made of Styrofoam.



--->"I'd love to do a ballistics simulation to try and come up with a theory as to how shooting a tank with ''bullets'' can make it explode."

to:

--->"I'd --->'''Gordon:''' I'd love to do a ballistics simulation to try and come up with a theory as to how shooting a tank with ''bullets'' can make it explode."



-->"Working in an underground lab is pretty cool. It makes me feel like I'm an evil scientist. I've always wanted to be an evil scientist. [[EvilLaugh Heh heh heh. Ha ha ha ha. BWAH HAHAHAHAH-]] Okay, I'd better chill out. I don't want a repeat of [[NoodleIncident Monday.]]"

to:

-->"Working -->'''Gordon:''' Working in an underground lab is pretty cool. It makes me feel like I'm an evil scientist. I've always wanted to be an evil scientist. [[EvilLaugh Heh heh heh. Ha ha ha ha. BWAH HAHAHAHAH-]] Okay, I'd better chill out. I don't want a repeat of [[NoodleIncident Monday.]]"]]



-->'''Gordon:''' ''(imitating machine)'' BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP- yeah, I'm gonna go crazy doing that.

to:

-->'''Gordon:''' ''(imitating machine)'' ''[imitating machine]'' BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP- yeah, I'm gonna go crazy doing that.



-->"That's why the dinosaurs went extinct: '''ME!!'''"

to:

-->"That's -->'''Gordon:'''That's why the dinosaurs went extinct: '''ME!!'''"'''ME!!'''



-->"''Why do you have a ladder in an elevator shaft? To fix the elevator! How do you get to the ladder? You take the elevator that doesn't work! Who thought this one up?!?''"

to:

-->"''Why -->'''Gordon:''' Why do you have a ladder in an elevator shaft? To fix the elevator! How do you get to the ladder? You take the elevator that doesn't work! Who thought this one up?!?''"up?!?



* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
-->"Jesus Christ I launched a missile... I'm not helping ''anything''."

to:

* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
-->"Jesus Christ
NiceJobBreakingItHero: Freeman laments some of the things he has to do just to progress his own escape.
-->'''Gordon:''' Jesus Christ,
I launched a missile... I'm not helping ''anything''."



* NightmareFuel: InUniverse, a bullsquid gives Gordon some, and we get to hear about it:
-->'''Gordon:''' Yeah, that's right, moan! MOAN! That noise is exactly what I'll be thinking about when I try to get to sleep tonight! And I'll be dreaming about you sucking out my eyes with your tentacled face while I'm nestled up against a stack of rotting corpses; then my intestines will burst with insects crawling out of them; then the screaming -- jeez, that's a long drop.
** "Hey, that's a ladder! That means this is legit; this might actually go somewhere! I mean, it probably leads to a room filled with poison gas and a bunch of dead people that look just like me, but I don't ''know'' that, so there's [[HopeSpot room for hope]], [[SarcasmMode I guess]]."
** "If any of these worms get in my hair, I swear to God I'm just gonna freak out. Yeah, worms get in my hair; the power fails and the lights go out; then some old guy with a raspy voice starts laughing and poking me with a stick. That would complete the experience."
** "I was expecting to look down there and see this giant eyeball looking up at me, angry at me because I blew off its eyelashes or something, then the whole building starts shaking and I guess I'd just ball up and cry, because what do you do when something that big wants to kill you?"

to:

* NightmareFuel: NightmareFuel:
**
InUniverse, a bullsquid gives Gordon some, and we get to hear about it:
-->'''Gordon:''' --->'''Gordon:''' Yeah, that's right, moan! MOAN! That noise is exactly what I'll be thinking about when I try to get to sleep tonight! And I'll be dreaming about you sucking out my eyes with your tentacled face while I'm nestled up against a stack of rotting corpses; then my intestines will burst with insects crawling out of them; then the screaming -- jeez, that's a long drop.
** "Hey, Sometimes he makes things Nightmare Fuel just as a means of self-defense.
--->'''Gordon:''' Hey,
that's a ladder! That means this is legit; this might actually go somewhere! I mean, it probably leads to a room filled with poison gas and a bunch of dead people that look just like me, but I don't ''know'' that, so there's [[HopeSpot room for hope]], [[SarcasmMode I guess]]."
** "If
\\
'''Gordon:''' If
any of these worms get in my hair, I swear to God I'm just gonna freak out. Yeah, worms get in my hair; the power fails and the lights go out; then some old guy with a raspy voice starts laughing and poking me with a stick. That would complete the experience."
** "I
\\
'''Gordon:''' I
was expecting to look down there and see this giant eyeball looking up at me, angry at me because I blew off its eyelashes or something, then the whole building starts shaking and I guess I'd just ball up and cry, because what do you do when something that big wants to kill you?"you?



* NoodleIncident: In episode 3, Gordon says that he should calm down to avoid a repeat of "Monday".

to:

* NoodleIncident: NoodleIncident:
**
In episode 3, Gordon says that he should calm down to avoid a repeat of "Monday".



-->'''Gordon:''' It's still not infected with bedbugs!

to:

-->'''Gordon:''' --->'''Gordon:''' It's still not infected with bedbugs!



* NotThatKindOfDoctor: "Oh hell. Is that guy dead? Dammit, I'm a doctor not a... normal doctor!"

to:

* NotThatKindOfDoctor: "Oh Gordon lampshades this himself when medical skills might be useful.
-->'''Gordon:''' Oh
hell. Is that guy dead? Dammit, I'm a doctor not a... normal doctor!"doctor!



--->'''Freeman''': OH SHIT! OH SHIT! OH SHIT! '''*SPLAT!*'''

to:

--->'''Freeman''': --->'''Gordon:''' OH SHIT! OH SHIT! OH SHIT! '''*SPLAT!*''''''[SPLAT]'''



--->'''Freeman:''' ''(sees white smoke in the distance)'' What is that? ''(rocket streaks past his head)'' JESUS CHRIST! Next stop, right here! You can have the tram, FUCK!

to:

--->'''Freeman:''' ''(sees --->'''Gordon:''' ''[sees white smoke in the distance)'' distance]'' What is that? ''(rocket ''[rocket streaks past his head)'' head]'' JESUS CHRIST! Next stop, right here! You can have the tram, FUCK!



-->"Don't crush me! This suit doesn't do ''shit'' against 50 tons of rock!"

to:

-->"Don't --->'''Gordon:''' Don't crush me! This suit doesn't do ''shit'' against 50 tons of rock!"rock!



-->"Oh, wow. Perfect. I could use some popcorn for this. Might want to fire your gun there. No? Okay, that's just me. This guy is giving a ''performance''. I respect that."
* PaintingTheMedium: See ContractualImmortality.

to:

-->"Oh, -->'''Gordon:''' Oh, wow. Perfect. I could use some popcorn for this. Might want to fire your gun there. No? Okay, that's just me. This guy is giving a ''performance''. I respect that."
*
that.
%%*
PaintingTheMedium: See ContractualImmortality.



-->'''Gordon:''' They must be listening to the radio. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny I'm gonna change the station]]. '''*Boom*'''

to:

-->'''Gordon:''' They must be listening to the radio. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny I'm gonna change the station]]. '''*Boom*''''''[Boom]'''



* PunchClockVillain:
-->'''Gordon:''' ''[After seeing a soldier gun down his co-worker]'' You see, he's not even trying to plant a gun on him or hide the body. That's a bad sign. Like this is just another day at work for him.

to:

* PunchClockVillain:
PunchClockVillain: Gordon assumes this of the soldiers after he sees one gun down a co-worker.
-->'''Gordon:''' ''[After seeing a soldier gun down his co-worker]'' You see, he's not even trying to plant a gun on him or hide the body. That's a bad sign. Like this is just another day at work for him.



* PunyEarthlings:
-->'''Freeman:''' I'm not sure what I'm more upset about: that they're shocking me, or that ''I'' can't shoot electricity from ''my'' hands.

to:

* PunyEarthlings:
-->'''Freeman:'''
PunyEarthlings: Gordon is dismayed that ''he'' is the puny Earthling here.
-->'''Gordon:'''
I'm not sure what I'm more upset about: that they're shocking me, or that ''I'' can't shoot electricity from ''my'' hands.



** Gordon hears a couple of scientists having an accident with some dangerous equipment. Entering the room, he finds a whole heap of gore, in the middle of which lies the Tau Cannon, one of the most powerful weapons in the game...which Gordon absolutely refuses to touch, as the last guys to mess with the thing were ''blown to smithereens''.
--->"I doubt it's any safer with blood all over it."

to:

** Gordon hears a couple of scientists having an accident with some dangerous equipment. Entering the room, he finds a whole heap of gore, in the middle of which lies the Tau Cannon, one of the most powerful weapons in the game... which Gordon absolutely refuses to touch, as the last guys to mess with the thing were ''blown to smithereens''.
--->"I --->'''Gordon:''' I doubt it's any safer with blood all over it."



--->"Man I wouldn't touch something that looked like that."

to:

--->"Man --->'''Ross:'''Man I wouldn't touch something that looked like that."



-->'''Gordon:''' If there's one thing I've learned today, it's that missile launches are not like the movies at all. I thought there were all these procedures, two different people with special keys, a small crew of people to monitor all the systems... but no. It's just a big, red button that says 'Launch.'

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-->'''Gordon:''' If there's one thing I've learned today, it's that missile launches are not like the movies at all. I thought there were all these procedures, two different people with special keys, a small crew of people to monitor all the systems... but no. It's just a big, red button that says 'Launch.'"Launch".



-->'''Freeman:''' You may think you're hard because you plugged a scared old man but try that number on me and watch what happens. I didn't come all this way to get shot in the back of the head by some rent-a-cop. If the [[WorthyOpponent ninja]] took me out there would have been at least some dignity to that, with you there is nothing, absolutely nothing.

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-->'''Freeman:''' -->'''Gordon:''' You may think you're hard because you plugged a scared old man but try that number on me and watch what happens. I didn't come all this way to get shot in the back of the head by some rent-a-cop. If the [[WorthyOpponent ninja]] took me out there would have been at least some dignity to that, with you there is nothing, absolutely nothing.



* SchmuckBait:
-->"What's that say? Do not obstruct laser shield? Big letters, too. That's almost asking for someone to obstruct it, isn't it? I don't care for your rules. Now I wanna see what happens when it gets obstructed!"

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* SchmuckBait:
-->"What's
SchmuckBait: It's not so much that Gordon takes a schmuck bait, it's more that he's a trouble maker and that trouble is usually beneficial to him.
-->'''Gordon:''' What's
that say? Do not obstruct laser shield? Big letters, too. That's almost asking for someone to obstruct it, isn't it? I don't care for your rules. Now I wanna see what happens when it gets obstructed!"obstructed!



-->'''Freeman:''' THIS IS A BAD EXPERIMENT! WE ARE BAD PEOPLE! WHY DID WE USHER FORTH THE GREEN APOCALYPSE?!
* ScrewDestiny:
-->'''Freeman:''' You know, people say you should just play the hand you've been dealt in life. You know what? Fuck that. I say that if you get a dealt a bad hand, you throw out your cards, flip the table, pull a gun on the dealer and start shooting... [[{{Metaphorgotten}} life]], I guess.

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-->'''Freeman:''' -->'''Gordon:''' THIS IS A BAD EXPERIMENT! WE ARE BAD PEOPLE! WHY DID WE USHER FORTH THE GREEN APOCALYPSE?!
* ScrewDestiny:
-->'''Freeman:'''
ScrewDestiny: Gordon takes this position as part of his determination to escape his situation.
-->'''Gordon:'''
You know, people say you should just play the hand you've been dealt in life. You know what? Fuck that. I say that if you get a dealt a bad hand, you throw out your cards, flip the table, pull a gun on the dealer and start shooting... [[{{Metaphorgotten}} life]], I guess.



-->"There, that's for trying to guilt trip me! Yeah, the BigBad Freeman. Of course! [[SarcasmMode You guys didn't start shit!]]"

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-->"There, -->'''Gordon:''' There, that's for trying to guilt trip me! Yeah, the BigBad Freeman. Of course! [[SarcasmMode You guys didn't start shit!]]"shit!]]



* SteelEarDrums: Averted in episode 8.
-->'''Gordon:''' ''[Sees a few Head Crabs in the vent]'' Oh, you son of a bitch!\\
''[Fires several shots with his handgun, which are immediately accompanied by a high-pitched 'eeeeeee~' sound]''\\

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* SteelEarDrums: SteelEarDrums:
**
Averted in episode 8.
-->'''Gordon:''' ''[Sees --->'''Gordon:''' ''[sees a few Head Crabs in the vent]'' Oh, you son of a bitch!\\
''[Fires ''[fires several shots with his handgun, which are immediately accompanied by a high-pitched 'eeeeeee~' sound]''\\



* StuffBlowingUp:
-->'''Gordon:''' ''[Hurling a grenade at a wall of explosive crates]'' I ''[[MadBomber have]]'' to blow everything up! ''[[InsaneTrollLogic It's the only way to prove I'm not crazy!]]''

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* StuffBlowingUp:
StuffBlowingUp: While hurling a grenade at a wall of explosive crates:
-->'''Gordon:''' ''[Hurling a grenade at a wall of explosive crates]'' I ''[[MadBomber have]]'' to blow everything up! ''[[InsaneTrollLogic It's the only way to prove I'm not crazy!]]''



* TacticalRockPaperScissors: Spoofed by Gordon when he finds an unmanned and yet to be activated sentry gun, which he then completely misses the grenade throw on.

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* TacticalRockPaperScissors: Spoofed by Gordon when he finds an unmanned and yet to be activated unmanned-and-yet-to-be-activated sentry gun, which he then completely misses the grenade throw on.



--->'''Freeman:''' Dammit! Pretty sure this is unconstitutional, even cops aren't allowed to mortar people. I mean what happened? Was there an emergency session of congress to vote on bombing me!?

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--->'''Freeman:''' --->'''Gordon:''' Dammit! Pretty sure this is unconstitutional, even cops aren't allowed to mortar people. I mean what happened? Was there an emergency session of congress to vote on bombing me!?



--->'''Freeman:''' I guess the idea is that if an alien comes by here, we blow it up ''and'' the side of a building.

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--->'''Freeman:''' --->'''Gordon:''' I guess the idea is that if an alien comes by here, we blow it up ''and'' the side of a building.



-->'''Freeman:''' And if over 2/3 of the recruits die, then they can label it as ''intensive'' training.

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-->'''Freeman:''' -->'''Gordon:''' And if over 2/3 of the recruits die, then they can label it as ''intensive'' training.



--->'''Freeman:''' ''(upon making the jump)'' OH MY GOD! That was stupid, why do I keep doing stupid things, oh my god, oh- I could've died!
--->'''Freeman:''' ''(formulating his plan to make it past the Bradley)'' And this tank needs... seconds, to turn the barrel left and right. So that's my window of ''really shitty'' opportunity.
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption[=/=]ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer: Invoked by Freeman, who makes a few attempts at communication with the aliens and HECU and comes to this conclusion because, well, they still try to kill him.
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: "This is almost getting to be like a chore. You know, wash the dishes, do the laundry, shoot the [[EldritchAbomination Snot Thing]], empty the trash..."
* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: The usual reaction to finding a new button or switch he hasn't touched yet.
-->"''[[CatchPhrase Hey, what's this do?]]''"

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--->'''Freeman:''' ''(upon --->'''Gordon:''' ''[upon making the jump)'' jump]'' OH MY GOD! That was stupid, why do I keep doing stupid things, oh my god, oh- I could've died!
--->'''Freeman:''' ''(formulating
died!\\
'''Gordon:''' ''[formulating
his plan to make it past the Bradley)'' Bradley]'' And this tank needs... seconds, to turn the barrel left and right. So that's my window of ''really shitty'' opportunity.
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption[=/=]ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer: ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: Invoked by Freeman, who makes a few attempts at communication with the aliens and HECU and comes to this conclusion because, well, they still try to kill him.
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: "This Gordon feels that his individual challenges toward his escape become a bit routine.
-->'''Gordon:''' This
is almost getting to be like a chore. You know, wash the dishes, do the laundry, shoot the [[EldritchAbomination Snot Thing]], empty the trash..."
trash...
* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: WhatDoesThisButtonDo:
**
The usual reaction to finding a new button or switch he hasn't touched yet.
-->"''[[CatchPhrase --->'''Gordon:''' [[CatchPhrase Hey, what's this do?]]''"do?]]



--->"Hey, a button!" (press)

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--->"Hey, --->'''Gordon:''' Hey, a button!" (press)button! ''[press]''



--->"Hey, this" (''cannon fires and takes down the door'') "... is just a big button!" (BOOM) "Step right up!" (BOOM) "This is ''amazing''!" (BOOM)

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--->"Hey, this" (''cannon --->'''Gordon:''' Hey, this ''[cannon fires and takes down the door'') "... door]'' ...is just a big button!" (BOOM) "Step button! ''[BOOM]'' Step right up!" (BOOM) "This up! ''[BOOM]'' This is ''amazing''!" (BOOM)''amazing''! ''[BOOM]''



-->"''This is the worst rescue operation in '''history!'''''"

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-->"''This -->'''Gordon:''' This is the worst rescue operation in '''history!'''''"'''history!'''



--->'''Freeman:''' I doubt it's any safer with blood all over it.

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--->'''Freeman:''' --->'''Gordon:''' I doubt it's any safer with blood all over it.



''(scientist loses his grip and falls to his death)''\\

to:

''(scientist ''[scientist loses his grip and falls to his death)''\\death]''\\



* UncertainDoom: [[spoiler: [[Machinima/CivilProtection Mike and Dave]] run past a sewer grate Freeman is looking out of in Episode 7]], and shortly afterwards, Gordon is ambushed by several Metrocops. This prompted a small debate as to whether the two were among the cops Gordon killed.

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* UncertainDoom: [[spoiler: [[Machinima/CivilProtection [[spoiler:[[Machinima/CivilProtection Mike and Dave]] run past a sewer grate Freeman is looking out of in Episode 7]], and shortly afterwards, Gordon is ambushed by several Metrocops. This prompted a small debate as to whether the two were among the cops Gordon killed.
13th May '18 1:15:42 PM Augusto
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On AprilFoolsDay 2017, Ross released the first episode of ''[[VideoGame/HalfLife2 Freeman's Mind 2]]''. To the surprise of many, the episode wasn't a joke.

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On AprilFoolsDay 2017, however, Ross released the first episode of ''[[VideoGame/HalfLife2 Freeman's Mind 2]]''. To And to the surprise of many, the episode wasn't a joke.
23rd Apr '18 9:38:03 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* EleventhHourSuperpower: Gordon gets the long-jump module just before his trip to Xen, and immediately hangs a lampshade:
-->'''Gordon:''' This thing would have been great ''yesterday''.
15th Apr '18 10:00:05 PM SonicWind
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The series runs a total of 78 episodes (68 Half-Life 1 episodes, 7 Half-Life 2 episodes, [[UnusualChapterNumbers plus three numbered "0", "10.5", and "61.5"]]), and totals over 10 hours[[note]]About 10 hours, 45 minutes and 53 seconds[[/note]], but each episode runs about 8 minutes on average[[note]]The shortest episode is #23 at 4:57, and the longest is #68 at 18:10[[/note]] and each episode ends at a point that you can stop watching and come back later. The series encompasses a full playthrough of ''[[VideoGame/HalfLife1 Half-Life]]'', albeit with a few liberties taken [[RuleOfFunny for the sake of comedy]].

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The series runs a total of 78 episodes (68 Half-Life 1 episodes, 7 Half-Life 2 episodes, [[UnusualChapterNumbers plus three numbered "0", "10.5", and "61.5"]]), and totals over 10 hours[[note]]About 10 hours, 45 59 minutes and 53 14 seconds[[/note]], but each episode runs about 8 minutes on average[[note]]The shortest episode is #23 at 4:57, and the longest is #68 at 18:10[[/note]] and each episode ends at a point that you can stop watching and come back later. The series encompasses a full playthrough of ''[[VideoGame/HalfLife1 Half-Life]]'', albeit with a few liberties taken [[RuleOfFunny for the sake of comedy]].
15th Apr '18 9:47:42 PM TheRoguePenguin
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Added DiffLines:

* HeKnowsAboutTimedHits: Gordon goes through the Black Mesa training course in Episode 0. He treats holographic assistant's use of this trope as exceptionally stupid programming.
-->'''Holographic Assistant:''' Walk directly into the ladder, look up, and continue moving forward. If you want to come back down, just move backward.\\
'''Freeman:''' 'To wipe your ass, first orient your hand behind yourself, then move it forward... or backward.' Honestly, who doesn't know how to use a ladder? I mean, it's a LADDER! Somehow, I don't think this program is designed for the gifted.
7th Apr '18 6:49:37 PM Lopiny
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** The rocket launcher leads him to revise his theory that the entire Universe wants him dead. Then, of course, the attack helicopter from before shows up again...

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** The rocket launcher leads him to revise his theory that the entire Universe wants him dead. Then, of course, the attack helicopter from before shows up again... the end conclusion is, only ''most'' of it wants him dead, and he's caught in the middle.
3rd Apr '18 9:41:44 PM Lopiny
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** While trapped in Xen, in the middle of a floating, flooded landmass full of alien structures, no certain meals and poison gas, he comments it's only the ''second'' worst apartment he's ever had.
-->'''Gordon:''' It's still not infected with bedbugs!
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