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4th Apr '16 11:32:10 AM N8han11
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''[[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/ Concerned: The Half-Life and Death of Gordon Frohman]]'' is a {{Machinomic}} by Christopher C. Livingston based on VideoGame/HalfLife2. An AffectionateParody, it blurs the line between {{machinima}} and {{webcomics}}: all images are in-game screenshots taken from Garry's Mod, which allows the user to pose ragdolls and play around with the scripted events of the game, that have had speech bubbles and whatnot added. The name of the strip comes from a letter from "A Concerned Citizen" read in the game by the administrator of Earth, Dr. Breen, which [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2005-06-07 the comic provides an explanation of]].

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''[[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/ Concerned: The Half-Life and Death of Gordon Frohman]]'' is a {{Machinomic}} by Christopher C. Livingston based on VideoGame/HalfLife2. An AffectionateParody, it blurs the line between {{machinima}} and {{webcomics}}: all images are in-game screenshots taken from Garry's Mod, ''VideoGame/GarrysMod'', which allows the user to pose ragdolls and play around with the scripted events of the game, that have had speech bubbles and whatnot added. The name of the strip comes from a letter from "A Concerned Citizen" read in the game by the administrator of Earth, Dr. Breen, which [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2005-06-07 the comic provides an explanation of]].
30th Jan '16 2:23:18 PM Trogdor
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-->'''Barney''': Okay, Frohman. Get ready to start a new chapter in your life. It's called "Point Insetion" and it features this stunstick in an unforgettable starring role!

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-->'''Barney''': Okay, Frohman. Get ready to start a new chapter in your life. It's called "Point Insetion" Insertion" and it features this stunstick in an unforgettable starring role!
30th Jan '16 2:22:48 PM Trogdor
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* AssShove: After Frohman tries to get Kleiner arrested by the Combine, Barney knocks him unconscious, and implies he's going to stick the stun-stick up his ass when he awakens.
-->'''Barney''': Okay, Frohman. Get ready to start a new chapter in your life. It's called "Point Insetion" and it features this stunstick in an unforgettable starring role!
21st Jan '16 8:50:18 PM Angeldeb82
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The story follows the misadventures of Gordon Frohman, [[DumbIsGood happy-go-lucky if none-too-bright resident]] of City 17 and former file clerk at Black Mesa, as he precedes/follows in Gordon ''Free''man's footsteps and attempts to ingratiate himself to the Combine overlords, catch Dr. Breen's latest show, cleanse the city of evil Vortigaunts, find an apartment, survive the horrifyingly friendly residents of Ravenholm, get his trans-human surgical upgrade, and stop that crowbar-wielding jerk from ruining everything. [[ForegoneConclusion As the comic's name suggests, Frohman dies at the end]].

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The story follows the misadventures of Gordon Frohman, [[DumbIsGood happy-go-lucky if none-too-bright resident]] of City 17 and former file clerk at Black Mesa, as he precedes/follows in Gordon ''Free''man's footsteps and attempts to ingratiate himself to the Combine overlords, catch Dr. Breen's latest show, cleanse the city of evil Vortigaunts, find an apartment, survive the horrifyingly friendly residents of Ravenholm, get his trans-human surgical upgrade, and stop that crowbar-wielding jerk from ruining everything. [[ForegoneConclusion As the comic's name suggests, Frohman dies at the end]].
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Despite the fact that [[spoiler:Frohman did [[KilledOffForReal actually die]] at the end]], an unofficial sequel titled [[http://aconcernedrip-off.webs.com/ ''Concerned 2: A Concerned Rip-Off-The Continuing Adventures of Gordon Frohman'']] by Norman N. Black demonstrates that [[spoiler:our loveable dumbass survived due to [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration Frohman reloading a save point from before he died.]]]] Unfortunately the unofficial sequel has gone without update for over five years and counting now.

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Despite the fact that [[spoiler:Frohman did [[KilledOffForReal actually die]] at the end]], an unofficial sequel titled [[http://aconcernedrip-off.webs.com/ ''Concerned 2: A Concerned Rip-Off-The Continuing Adventures of Gordon Frohman'']] by Norman N. Black demonstrates that [[spoiler:our loveable dumbass survived due to [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration Frohman reloading a save point from before he died.]]]] died]]]]. Unfortunately the unofficial sequel has gone without update for over five years and counting now.



* AffablyEvil: Subverted. A Elite Combine soldier sits behind a desk while he interviews Frohman for a job, with questions like, [[AC:what is your ''worst'' quality]] and [[AC:Where do you see yourself in 5 years?]]. However, he's looking for answers like [[AC:That I am a disgusting, pathetic human, barely evolved from ape level]], and [[AC:In an off world combine enslavement colony, or dead]].

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* AffablyEvil: Subverted. A Elite Combine soldier sits behind a desk while he interviews Frohman for a job, with questions like, [[AC:what like [[AC:What is your ''worst'' quality]] quality?]] and [[AC:Where do you see yourself in 5 years?]]. years?]] However, he's looking for answers like [[AC:That I am a disgusting, pathetic human, barely evolved from ape level]], and [[AC:In an off world combine enslavement colony, or dead]].dead.]]



* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Frohman quit his job at Black Mesa because ravenous creatures from the Xen borderworld invaded, killing nearly everyone in the complex. Soon the military arrived and they killed everyone else. [[UpToEleven Then the facility got nuked]]. "Plus, they were dicks about paying overtime."

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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Frohman quit his job at Black Mesa because ravenous creatures from the Xen borderworld invaded, killing nearly everyone in the complex. Soon the military arrived and they killed everyone else. [[UpToEleven Then the facility got nuked]]. nuked.]] "Plus, they were dicks about paying overtime."



* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Frohman is not the least bit intimidated while making sure he got the [[EldritchAbomination Combine Advisor's]] [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2005-07-18 orders right.]]

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* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Frohman is not the least bit intimidated while making sure he got the [[EldritchAbomination Combine Advisor's]] [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2005-07-18 orders right.]]right]].



* EleventhHourSuperPower: The truth behind the blue gravity gun [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2006-09-12 revealed]]!

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* EleventhHourSuperPower: EleventhHourSuperpower: The truth behind the blue gravity gun [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2006-09-12 revealed]]!



* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin[=/=][[WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt What Did You Expect When I Named It?]]: There was a big outcry by fans when Gordon was KilledOffForReal. Christopher C. Livingston pointed out the name of the comic was ''Concerned: The Half-Life and '''''Death''''' Of Gordon Frohman''.

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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin[=/=][[WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt What Did You Expect When I Named It?]]: It _____?]]: There was a big outcry by fans when Gordon was KilledOffForReal. Christopher C. Livingston pointed out the name of the comic was ''Concerned: The Half-Life and '''''Death''''' Of Gordon Frohman''.



* InsurmountableWaistHighFence: [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2006-07-17 Lampshaded, of course]].

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* InsurmountableWaistHighFence: InsurmountableWaistHeightFence: [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2006-07-17 Lampshaded, of course]].course.]]



* JerkAss: Gordon Freeman ends up looking like this, mercilessly killing an innocent Combine soldier, and later [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2006-07-24 taking all his fellow rebels' ammo]] because he [[OnlyMostlyDead assumed they were dead]].

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* JerkAss: {{Jerkass}}: Gordon Freeman ends up looking like this, mercilessly killing an innocent Combine soldier, and later [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2006-07-24 taking all his fellow rebels' ammo]] because he [[OnlyMostlyDead assumed they were dead]].



* LockedDoor: [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2006-07-17 Lampshaded]].

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* LockedDoor: [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2006-07-17 Lampshaded]].Lampshaded.]]



* MagicallyRegeneratingClothing: [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2005-09-07 Lampshaded]].

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* MagicallyRegeneratingClothing: [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2005-09-07 Lampshaded]].Lampshaded.]]



-->''"[[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2006-03-29 Working with live seagull spawns]] is no picnic, either, as they're very fragile. [[OneHitPointWonder Brush them with the physics gun beam or an object and they squawk and die immediately]]. Many, many seagulls were killed in the making of this comic."''

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-->''"[[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2006-03-29 Working with live seagull spawns]] is no picnic, either, as they're very fragile. [[OneHitPointWonder Brush them with the physics gun beam or an object and they squawk and die immediately]]. immediately.]] Many, many seagulls were killed in the making of this comic."''



* NoKillLikeOverkill: [[http://aconcernedrip-off.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=28580413 Referred to by name]].



** Although {{Justified|Trope}}, as [[spoiler:Frohman saved himself from the fall due to having [[NighInvulnerability Buddha Mode]] enabled, but due to [[TooDumbToLive inadvertently disabling it]] he ends up suffering CriticalExistenceFailure due to his injuries from the fall.]]
* OfCorpseHesAlive: [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2005-09-05 Well, he tried]].

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** Although {{Justified|Trope}}, as [[spoiler:Frohman saved himself from the fall due to having [[NighInvulnerability Buddha Mode]] enabled, but due to [[TooDumbToLive inadvertently disabling it]] he ends up suffering CriticalExistenceFailure due to his injuries from the fall.]]
fall]].
* OfCorpseHesAlive: [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2005-09-05 Well, he tried]].tried.]]



* ReliablyUnreliableGuns: [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2005-06-20 Mr. Henderson's pulse rifle.]]
** [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2006-06-12 Frohman's, too.]]



'''Frohman''': Archvile? Where? Where? Wait, an ''[[VideoGame/{{Doom}} Archvile]]''? [[BreakingTheFourthWall They aren't even in this--]] [[StealthHiBye hey, where'd you go]]?

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'''Frohman''': Archvile? Where? Where? Wait, an ''[[VideoGame/{{Doom}} Archvile]]''? [[BreakingTheFourthWall They aren't even in this--]] [[StealthHiBye hey, where'd you go]]?go?]]



* ShurFineGuns: [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2005-06-20 Mr. Henderson's pulse rifle.]]
** [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2006-06-12 Frohman's, too.]]



* TooDumbToLive: Frohman, who [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2005-10-17 bypasses a puzzle by flinging him and his boat over an obstacle by shooting exploding barrels]], [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2006-04-05 nails boards to his feet to cross sandtraps without alerting antlions]], and [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2005-09-23 gets the "take pictures of you" and "chop you up with a whirling blade of death" flying drones mixed up at every turn]]. Also done with the first ''Counter-Strike'' server Frohman's accidentally launched into. And again, surviving zombification by having the headcrab starve to death on his head. He only stays alive due to [[spoiler: a cheat code.]] He even ''literally'' fulfills this trope [[spoiler:by being so dumb he turns off the code because he thinks "Buddha" is a funny word. And even that wouldn't be enough if he hadn't screwed his last chance by shooting at the Vortigaunts, who quickly give up on saving his life. Frohman dies soon after.]]

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* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[http://aconcernedrip-off.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=28580413 Referred to by name.]]
* TooDumbToLive: Frohman, who [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2005-10-17 bypasses a puzzle by flinging him and his boat over an obstacle by shooting exploding barrels]], [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2006-04-05 nails boards to his feet to cross sandtraps without alerting antlions]], and [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2005-09-23 gets the "take pictures of you" and "chop you up with a whirling blade of death" flying drones mixed up at every turn]]. Also done with the first ''Counter-Strike'' server Frohman's accidentally launched into. And again, surviving zombification by having the headcrab starve to death on his head. He only stays alive due to [[spoiler: a cheat code.]] He even ''literally'' fulfills this trope [[spoiler:by being so dumb he turns off the code because he thinks "Buddha" is a funny word. And even that wouldn't be enough if he hadn't screwed his last chance by shooting at the Vortigaunts, who quickly give up on saving his life. Frohman dies soon after.]]after]].



'''Frohman:''' [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne For the record, I'm only]] ''[[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne ankle]]'' [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne deep]].

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'''Frohman:''' [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne For the record, I'm only]] ''[[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne ankle]]'' [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne deep]].deep.]]



* VerticalKidnapping: [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2005-09-30 Poor Sandy]].

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* VerticalKidnapping: [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2005-09-30 Poor Sandy]].Sandy.]]
20th Jan '16 4:42:24 PM Trogdor
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* [[OneParagraphChapter One Comic Chapter]]: ''No Prospekts'', a parody of the chapter ''Nova Prospekt'' is one comic; Frohman goes to Nova Prospekt to get combine surgery. He is denied access because he does not have an appointment. He leaves.

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* [[OneParagraphChapter One Comic Chapter]]: OneParagraphChapter: ''No Prospekts'', a parody of the chapter ''Nova Prospekt'' is one comic; Frohman goes to Nova Prospekt to get combine surgery. He is denied access because he does not have an appointment. He leaves.
29th Oct '15 9:12:04 AM DelShiftB
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* LethallyStupid: There's a reason Frohman currently provides that page's image.

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* LethallyStupid: There's a reason Frohman currently provides that page's image.demonstrates his lethality in the Bike Lane 17 chapter, where he stumbles into the lost ''VideoGame/CounterStrike'' server. He injures a teammate while adjusting the most powerful weapon, pushes another into the line of fire, guns down the hostages, and frags his own team.
24th Oct '15 8:49:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* GenreSavvy: The Rebels in [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2006-06-12 strip 160]], before Frohman [[spoiler: accidentally vaporizes them with the pulse rifle's secondary fire.]]
17th Oct '15 5:52:20 PM ThePest179
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Despite the fact that [[spoiler:Frohman did [[KilledOffForReal actually die]] at the end]], an unofficial sequel titled [[http://aconcernedrip-off.webs.com/ ''Concerned 2: A Concerned Rip-Off-The Continuing Adventures of Gordon Frohman'']] by Norman N. Black demonstrates that [[spoiler:our loveable dumbass survived due to [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration Frohman reloading a save point from before he died.]]]]

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Despite the fact that [[spoiler:Frohman did [[KilledOffForReal actually die]] at the end]], an unofficial sequel titled [[http://aconcernedrip-off.webs.com/ ''Concerned 2: A Concerned Rip-Off-The Continuing Adventures of Gordon Frohman'']] by Norman N. Black demonstrates that [[spoiler:our loveable dumbass survived due to [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration Frohman reloading a save point from before he died.]]]]
]]]] Unfortunately the unofficial sequel has gone without update for over five years and counting now.
2nd Aug '15 1:06:45 PM Kadorhal
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* AntiVillain: Frohman is [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains type 4]] - no one really notices he ''is'' a villain because he's so incredibly terrible at helping the Combine. Anyone he does manage to kill is usually an accident... and usually a member of the Combine (his only Rebellion kills are Sandy, out of inattentiveness as a Barnacle ate her, and his brother Norman, out of inaction leading to a Strider impaling him).

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* AntiVillain: Frohman is [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains type 4]] - no one really notices he ''is'' a villain [[MinionWithAnFInEvil because he's so incredibly terrible at helping the Combine.Combine]]. Anyone he does manage to kill is usually an accident... and usually more often than not a member of the Combine (his only Rebellion kills are Sandy, out of inattentiveness as a Barnacle ate her, and his brother Norman, out of inaction leading to a Strider impaling him).rather than the resistance.



* BeenThereShapedHistory: Nearly everything that Gordon Freeman has to deal with in Half-Life 2 was directly or indirectly caused by Gordon Frohman.

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* BeenThereShapedHistory: Nearly everything that Gordon Freeman has to deal with in Half-Life 2 ''Half-Life 2'' was directly or indirectly caused by Gordon Frohman.



** Don't forget how at the beginning when Frohman leaves the train station, he cannot find any TGI Fridays. Then, in the sequel, he passes by a TGI Friday as he's evacuating the city. Too bad it would explode even if Frohman got to stop in.

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** Don't forget how at the beginning when Frohman leaves the train station, he cannot find any TGI Fridays. Then, in the sequel, he passes by a TGI Friday Friday's as he's evacuating the city. Too bad it would explode even if Frohman got to stop in.



* EverythingFades: Lampshaded with the medkit, which apparently has a disclaimer claiming it is "eco-friendly and will completely and instantly biodegrade upon use".

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* EverythingFades: Lampshaded with the medkit, first medkit Frohman stumbles upon, which apparently has a disclaimer claiming it is "eco-friendly and will completely and instantly biodegrade upon use".
1st Aug '15 7:48:34 PM Kadorhal
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* AmbiguouslyJewish. Gordon Frohman calls himself a "more synagogue kind of guy" when the fisherman from ''Lost Coast'' tells him about the church atop the cliffs, but otherwise shows no real signs or makes any mention of being Jewish; for all we know, it might simply just be an aversion to churches after the trouble he went through trying to meet Grigori at the one in Ravenholm.

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* AmbiguouslyJewish. Gordon AmbiguouslyJewish: Frohman calls himself a "more synagogue kind of guy" when the fisherman from ''Lost Coast'' tells him about the church atop the cliffs, but otherwise shows no real signs or makes any mention of being Jewish; for all we know, it might simply just be an aversion to churches after the trouble he went through trying to meet Grigori at the one in Ravenholm.



* AntiVillain: Frohman is type 3, although no one really notices because he's so terrible at helping the combine. Anyone he does manage to kill is usually an accident... and usually a member of the Combine.

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* AntiVillain: Frohman is [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains type 3, although 4]] - no one really notices he ''is'' a villain because he's so incredibly terrible at helping the combine.Combine. Anyone he does manage to kill is usually an accident... and usually a member of the Combine.Combine (his only Rebellion kills are Sandy, out of inattentiveness as a Barnacle ate her, and his brother Norman, out of inaction leading to a Strider impaling him).



* ImagineSpot: Frohman imagines himself killing hundreds of the combine, ''him'' abandoning Sandy, and later him carrying Judith Mossman. In reality, she's carrying him.

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* ImagineSpot: Frohman imagines himself killing hundreds of the combine, Combine, ''him'' abandoning Sandy, and later him carrying Judith Mossman. In reality, she's carrying him.



* JerkAss: Gordon Freeman looks like this, mercilessly killing an innocent Combine soldier, and even [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2006-07-24 taking the ammo]] from his [[OnlyMostlyDead not quite dead]] fellow rebels.

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* JerkAss: Gordon Freeman looks ends up looking like this, mercilessly killing an innocent Combine soldier, and even later [[http://www.screencuisine.net/hlcomic/index.php?date=2006-07-24 taking the all his fellow rebels' ammo]] from his because he [[OnlyMostlyDead not quite dead]] fellow rebels.assumed they were dead]].



* LethallyStupid: There's a reason he currently provides that page's image.

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* LethallyStupid: There's a reason he Frohman currently provides that page's image.
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