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-> "Meteors, signals, apologies, and that tricky little thing called humanity- four years after the events of Portal II, Wheatley’s been handed a second chance, but it’s not going to be plain sailing…"
--> '''-Waffles''', the Story's author, under each chapter's Tumblr post.

Blue Sky is a VideoGame/{{Portal}} fanfic by Waffles, and is hosted on both livejournal and Fanfiction.Net. A [[FandomSpecificPlot Humanized Wheatley fic]], it spans 15 chapters and it's one of the longest Portal fanfictions on FFN, clocking in at 176,808 words.

It's been four years since Wheatley and the Space Core were launched into orbit around the moon. Chell has escaped and is living peacefully in a nearby town, [=GLaDOS=] is working on the Cooperative Testing Initiative, and all seems to going, if not well, at least fine. Then the Space Core gets blasted to bits by a passing meteor, knocking Wheatley out of orbit and into a collision course with Earth's surface. After he sends up a distress signal almost by accident, [=GLaDOS=] takes notice and decides she might have a use for the metal ball.

What follows is an exploration of Wheatley- his pros and cons, strengths and weaknesses, talents and flaws. It also provides excellent voices for Chell, [=GLaDOS=], and even ATLAS and P-Body.

It can be read on livejournal [[http://wafflestories.livejournal.com/?skip=30&tag=blue%20sky here]], and Fanfiction.Net [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7434133/1/Blue_Sky here.]] Head to the first link for some beautiful artwork accompanying each chapter. It is complete, and there is a sort of epilogue in the one-shot titled [[http://wafflestories.livejournal.com/16710.html Kick]] as well as another (NSFW) one-shot taking place between the story's end and the epilogue titled [[http://waffleguppies.tumblr.com/post/15371894594/the-itch The Itch.]]

Check out the ImageLinks/BlueSky image page for lots and lots of fanart. It has two Fanmixes, ''The Blue Sky Fanmix of Musical Brazillance'', and ''Blue Sky Music Madness.'' The former was compiled by the author's writing partner, and the latter is made up of fan suggestions. Both are located and available for download [[http://marshwiggledyke.livejournal.com/20850.html here]]. It also has its own original fan-written song, [[http://cafechan.tumblr.com/post/14702715569/haha-oh-lord-im-just-gonna-upload-this-before-i From the Monster, With Love,]] and [[spoiler:[[http://clawr-island.tumblr.com/post/13195267575 a sung version of the in-universe turret song]]]].

A [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/BlueSky character page]] has finally been made but is currently under construction and in need of assistance.

And for those suffering from the various uncontrollable emotions that this fic is sure to invoke, there is also a [[http://applebagelunicron.tumblr.com/ Blue Sky Support Group]].

Currently, there is a [[http://podsky.tumblr.com/ project underway]] to convert the nearly 180,000 word story into a fan-produced audiobook, fully-cast and unabridged. The creators began to publish the podfic online, one chapter at a time, on April 5th, 2014, and there was much rejoicing. Chapter One of the podcast [[http://podsky.tumblr.com/post/81811373196/this-time-it-should-work-for-those-without has been released]], with chapter two's planned release date being June 2014.

In case you haven't figured it out yet, this fic has a very loyal, very creative fanbase.






!!This work contains examples of:
* AbnormalAmmo: Chell finds a gun early on that has a barrel too large to shoot any normal caliber bullets. It's broken, so we never actually find out what it was for.
* {{Adorkable}}: Wheatley is this UpToEleven, especially when he starts monologuing. Which he does, often.
* AffectionateNickname: Romy has her nickname for Chell, “Michelle”.
** Wheatley refers to Ellie as 'Wellies'- although it's possible he thinks this is her real name.
** Foxglove refers to Wheatley as "[00004]".
* AirVentPassageway: Not exactly air vents, but climbing in the chaotic crawl spaces of the facility.
* AllJustADream: A chapter posted for April Fool's claimed that ''the entire story'' was this. Thankfully, it's not canon and was taken down after the day was done.
* {{Bad Dreams}}: Chell suffers from these. Fortunately, Wheatley is there to help in his [[DreamWeaver own way.]]
* BadFuture: Averted. The Combine has been defeated, and while the rebuilding process is slow going in rural areas, (they still can’t get good radio signal) things appear to be back to normal.
* BilingualBonus: [[spoiler: Caroline's song in chapter 15. To be fair, it's a bit less touchy feely than the one from the game]]
-->Cara mia[[note]] '''My beloved'''[[/note]]
-->Questo è il mio regalo per voi[[note]] '''This is my gift to you'''[[/note]]
-->Oh preziosa[[note]] '''My precious'''[[/note]]
-->Preziosa per la scienza[[note]] '''Valuable for science'''[[/note]]
-->Quando si è lontani ricordi di me[[note]] '''When you are away remember me'''[[/note]]
-->Mia unica smarrita[[note]] '''My only loss'''[[/note]]
-->Mia figlia, oh ciel[[note]] '''My Daughter, oh heaven'''[[/note]]
-->Questo è il mio ultimo dono per voi[[note]] '''This is my last gift to you'''[[/note]]
-->Lui non è quello che avrei scelto esattamente[[note]] '''He is not what I would choose exactly'''[[/note]]
-->Un due metri idiota per un genero[[note]] '''A two-meter idiot for a son-in-law'''[[/note]]
-->Francamente si meritano di meglio[[note]] '''Frankly we could do better'''[[/note]]
-->Ma è la vostra scelta[[note]] '''But it is your choice'''[[/note]]
-->Cara mia[[note]] '''My beloved'''[[/note]]
-->È la tua vita...[[note]] '''It is your life...'''[[/note]]
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Exactly What It Says On The Trope.]] Blue and Orange do not see or understand things like humans do. For example, [[spoiler: when GLaDOS sends them to the surface and]] they come across a pool of water, they actually find it incredibly disconcerting to find it is ''not'' lethal and seems to serve no purpose.
* [[spoiler:BrainUploading]]: [[spoiler:Both Wheatley and GLaDOS are the result of a version of this procedure. Wheatley also undergoes the process in reverse at the very end, an example of NeuralImplanting.]]
* CanNotSpitItOut: At no point during the story do the characters or narration mention GLaDOS by name, referring to her largely as "Her", barring a brief mention of her full name. [[spoiler:Also, no one uses the word "love" to refer to Chell and Wheatley's relationship, though just about everyone in Eaden already thinks they're dating.]]
* CantHoldHisLiquor: Wheatley has the digital equivalent of ''one drink'' of moonshine.exe and gets fairly trashed.
* ChekhovsGun: A subtle example, but present. [[spoiler: When Wheatley is trying to send himself into Aperture Labs, he needs the exact coordinates as a destination. Luckily he had that scrap of Chell's map from her Three-Strikes demonstration on him.]]
** Also the [[spoiler: : de-inhibitor/moonshine.exe]].
* CloudCuckooLander: The space core, affectionately named "Kevin." And Wheatley has shades of this, as well.
* ConverseWithTheUnconscious: Wheatley helps Chell through her nightmare of doing Science. Then he talks to her about his confused feelings. [[spoiler:Except she woke up after the nightmare.]]
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: At one point GLaDOS makes this her intention for Wheatley and Chell.
--> “I am going to kill you. I’m going to kill you and I’m going to make her watch. And then I’m going to bring you back, and I’m going to kill her, and I’m going to make you watch. And after that I’m going to get ''really'' creative.”
* {{Cutting the Knot}}: Chell uses a homemade explosive as a way to “manually override” walls in the facility and rescue Wheatley from GLaDOS.
* CuteAndPsycho: Hinted with [[spoiler: Caroline]].
* {{Death by Irony}}: Invoked and executed by Wheatley as he proceeds [[spoiler: to give GLaDOS all his “terrible ideas” and switch her off. He points out that if she had never tried to murder all the Aperture employees there would have been no need for him in the first place.]]
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Wheatley has the tendancy to speak like this.
--> '''Wheatley''': "Whoah, whoah, whoah, hold on, what's the urgency? Is something on fire? Oh, God, n-nothing's on fire, is it? Because if it ''is'', if something is on fire, I understand you probably didn't want to ruin the mood back there- bit of a party-killer, fire- but we should probably tell someone, like, um, the fire... person- the person in charge of fires-"
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Wheatley.
** [[GeniusDitz He]] finds [[LargeHamRadio it.]] Among other things.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Chell.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: In-universe, Wheatley lampshades this Aperture Science Mk. IV Personality Core Emergency Protocol: ''What To Do in Case of Catastrophic Circumstances Not Included in the Manual, Such as Being Knocked Out Of Lunar Orbit By a Meteor''
--> '''Wheatley''': "Wow, they really did think of everything, didn't they?"
* DirtyCoward: [[spoiler:Wheatley's suggestion to Chell to just [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere leave the population of Eaden trapped with [=GLaDOS=] forever.]]]] It goes as well as you'd expect.
* {{Doomed Hometown}}: [[spoiler:GLaDOS kidnaps the entire town of Eaden, Chell’s adopted home, in order to blackmail her into testing.]]
* DreamWeaver: An odd, non-supernatural example. [[spoiler: Wheatley talks Chell out of her night terror, leading her through an imaginary Aperture Labs by describing it to her]].
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Wheatley's redemption comes at a hefty cost, but his courage to face death and separation from Chell wins the safety of Eaden. And thanks to Caroline, Wheatley is granted his original human body and a life with Chell, while GLaDOS gets to go on testing, far, far away from them.]]
* EasilyForgiven: Rather pointedly averted, as with InformedFlaw below. The only reason Chell responds to Wheatley's distress call in the first place is because she is aware that there were [[BrainwashedAndCrazy extenuating circumstances]] the first time he betrayed her (and because he's obviously being [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] by GLaDOS); after [[spoiler: he nearly betrays her again]] (keyword: ''nearly'') she makes it clear that he has exactly one more chance left; and after [[spoiler: he blows ''that'' chance]] she cuts ties with him completely. [[spoiler: He immediately pulls a HeroicSacrifice and redeems himself, but still.]]
* EmergencyTransformation: An odd example, since it's from a robot to a different kind of robot. [[spoiler: And again, but to a human body.]]
* EpicFail: The utterly horrendous bread loaf.
** Wheatley. Shotgun. Even the author agrees Chell had a bad idea bringing the two of them together.
* EvilDetectingDog: Wheatley isn't quite evil, but Duke still knows he isn't human.
* EvilTwin: Wheatley asks the Hatfield twins which one is the evil one. They both claim the other is.
* {{Fainting}}: [[spoiler:Due to the combined effects of Chell’s kiss and the revelation of his new body Wheatley checks out.]]
* FeigningIntelligence: A carryover from the game, Wheatley’s self-consciousness often gets the better of him and he resorts to this, rather unsuccessfully.
* FilkSong: [[http://cafechan.tumblr.com/post/14702715569/haha-oh-lord-im-just-gonna-upload-this-before-i From the Monster, With Love.]]
* [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler First Act Spoiler]]: Wheatley acquires a HardLight "human" body, leaving his core body behind, in chapter three.
* FirstTimeInTheSun
* FixFic
* {{Flanderization}}: Not the fic itself, but invoked InUniverse by the Aperture scientists, who [[spoiler: messed with Wheatley's personality after putting him through BrainUploading, so that the part of him that came up with terrible ideas would be dominant over all the rest of him.]]
* FlashbackNightmare: Wheatley has several of these.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: At one point, Wheatley asks the Hatfield twins which one is the evil twin. [[spoiler:It later turns out that Foxglove has an "evil twin" in GLaDOS.]]
** Early on, Chell describes Wheatley's chattering as "listening to a radio constantly tuned to Twit FM." [[spoiler:This foreshadows Wheatley hosting his own broadcast later on.]]
** In the first half of the story characters casually discuss the telepathy of the vortigaunts in what seems like a simple tie in to the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' universe. Later, Wheatley begins to communicate by wireless with Foxglove [[spoiler:and transmits himself to Aperture Laboratories.]]
** [[spoiler:Pretty much everything said by the [[OracularUrchin Oracle Turret(s).]] ]]
** Wheatley at one point says "[[ATaleOfTwoCities It is a far, far better thing that I do now, than I have ever done]]." He [[ShoutOut misattributes the quote,]] but [[spoiler: later he sacrifices himself for Chell and Eaden, much like Sydney Carton did for Lucie Manette.]]
* ForgottenFirstMeeting: As described in the flashbacks, [[spoiler:Wheatley and Chell had met many many years before the events of Portal 2 occurred.]] Neither remembers anything before said events because of their [[spoiler:BrainUploading and HumanPopsicle states, respectively.]]
* GadgeteerGenius: Garret Rickey.
* [[spoiler:{{Go Out With a Smile}}]]: [[spoiler:Wheatley’s last moment in his hard-light body.]]
* GreenEyedMonster: Wheatley has a bad case of this toward Garret until about mid-way through the story.
* GrewBeyondTheirProgramming: Chell considers that Wheatley may have done this, as he has depths that no other Aperture Science core does, other than [=GLaDOS=]. And he even displays compassion in rare moments, which she pointedly lacks.
** Wheatley's backstory, however, provides a rare inversion of this trope: [[spoiler: He was originally a human, but the Aperture scientists uploaded his brain into a computer and then cut his brain apart so it would fit into the programming they needed of him.]]
** Foxglove, however, is a clear-cut, straight example. She's far more than a simple communications tower, thanks in part to Garrett's hand-cobbled and slightly eccentric programming style. [[spoiler: She is also far more than a simple scion of Aperture Science.]]
* GilliganCut: Wheatley confidently insists that he can handle Garret's digital moonshine. The scene then cuts directly to [[CantHoldHisLiquor a rambling, drunken monologue.]]
* GoodIsNotNice: Chell has little use for social niceties, such as conversation, and has a strong ruthless streak. She's also merciless in dealing with threats, and not above using Wheatley as a frightened, shaking mouthpiece to warn Aaron of the dangers of "the northeast" in her place.
* HardLight: The Aperture Science Human Relations Avatar Device. It contains a human bio scan that projects the solid image over the device. The device is powered indefinitely by solar power - and its default setting is ''really really hot!''
* HeightAngst: Wheatley gets upgraded from a spherical, fairly small computer body into a Hard Light humanoid body that is over six feet in height. He doesn't like this — getting used to limbs is hard enough ''without'' the excessive length, thank you very much — and he really wants to just fit in with humans.
* [[spoiler:HelplessGoodSide]]: [[spoiler:Subverted. Caroline turns out to be far from helpless, and, while still a saint compared to GLaDOS, perhaps not all that good either.]]
* [[HeWhoMustNotBeNamed She Who Must Not Be Named]]: GLaDOS is never addressed as such, except technically when she's referred to by her full designation. Instead, she's referred to simply as ''She'' or ''Her''. The Aperture facility is sometimes given this treatment as well, with it simply being called ''There'' or ''That Place''.
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]: [[spoiler:As of his rescue of Chell, Wheatley became just a bundle of files in a dormant mainframe. It didn't stick.]]
* HostageSituation[=/=]IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure: [[spoiler:[=GLaDOS=] captures everyone from Eaden and holds them hostage so that Chell will do the tests and cooperate.]]
* HumanPopsicle: Chell is one, carried over from the games. [[spoiler: And so, at the end, is Wheatley.]]
* IAmWhatIAm: [[spoiler: Wheatley decides that he isn't human, isn't a program, he just ''is'' in Chapter 14.]]
** Cynically played with in the case of GLaDOS- because of her inability to accept her humanity [[spoiler:as Wheatley eventually does, and her repeated, futile attempts to delete Caroline]], it's heavily implied that she is [[spoiler:[[DontYouDarePityMe doomed to live a limited half-life]] [[LeaveMeAlone for all eternity]]]]. An extremely well-done BeYourself aesop.
--->[[spoiler:Wheatley didn't have much evidence to go on, besides that very bright, very charming, very frightening laugh, but if there was one thing he'd learned about the whole putting-a-human-mind-in-a-computer thing, it was that whatever you tried to do to it afterwards, the human bit sort of ''stuck''. There was no getting rid of it- it clung to all the shiny new programming you put in there like the glue of a [[CallBack particularly stubborn sticker,]] and unless you were prepared to spend half your time attacking it with the coding equivalent of wire wool, you were lumbered with it for good.]]
* IHaveToGoIronMyDog: When Wheatley can't ChangeTheUncomfortableSubject he resorts to this. At the end, [[spoiler: Garret uses a [[LeavetheTwoLovebirdsAlone deliberately transparent]] version.]]
* IHaveYourWife: [=GLaDOS=] manages to get [[spoiler:the whole town of Eaden]] imprisoned in Aperture to [[spoiler:force Chell back into testing]], with the promise that [[spoiler:they won't die as long as she behaves.]]
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: A short instance occurs in Chapter 11.
--> '''Wheatley''': "She knows, she knows I know, does she know I know she knows?"
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Garret, upon learning [[spoiler: Wheatley is a robot and is able to connect to his laptop using his codec]], spends the next few scenes drinking unmarked liqour using a jam jar.
* ImaginaryFriend: Linnell, Ellie Otten’s stuffed vortigaunt and best friend.
* InformedFlaw: Pointedly averted, unlike in many similar fics. Although Wheatley is portrayed sympathetically, the author doesn't gloss over [[DirtyCoward his flaws]] ''at all'', and he really screws things up for himself because of them. Of course, that just makes it all the more heartwarming [[spoiler: when he finally overcomes them and pulls a HeroicSacrifice]].
* InkSuitActor: Some of the physical characteristics of Wheatley’s avatar (ridiculous height and glasses) borrow from Portal 2’s voice actor Stephen Merchant. [[spoiler: Wheatley’s first name is Stephen.]]
* IronicEcho: [[spoiler: Wheatley's first conversation with [=GLaDOS=] and his last both involve suggesting she relax and the various way she could do it.]]
* LawOfInverseRecoil: Let loose with a shotgun, Wheatley takes the full recoil to the face and knocks himself flat on his back.
* LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone: [[spoiler: When Chell and Wheatley are reunited, Garret coughs awkwardly and announces he's going to go back and take a closer look at the singing turret.]]
* LemonyNarrator:
--> "[[HardLight Hard-light]] was [[MadScientist Aperture]]'s signature middle-finger-up to the laws of optical science. [[NarrativeFiligree By grossly amplifying the phenomenon of radiation pressure within the visible spectrum]], [[ReversePolarity doing various indecent things to Maxwell and Bartoli's equations on electromagnetic theory,]] and [[ForScience basically jumping the entire concept of kinetic physics in a dark alleyway with a large, blunt object]], Aperture scientists had managed to turn daylight filtered from the surface into a tangible, visible, solid substance."
* LethalChef: Wheatley, and his mutated sin-against-science-and-nature loaf of bread.
--> Wheatley's loaf was a work of art, in its own horrific way. Puffy in places it should have been flat, flat in places it should have been puffy, it leaned like a set of Penrose steps, baffling to the eye. It had strange geometry. It had been out of the oven for at least an hour, but it wouldn't stop smouldering (making the candle and the open windows a necessity, at least for the five present who needed to breathe) suggesting that there were still unpleasant chemical reactions taking place inside. What it had done in the oven was almost as worrying- showing alarming cannibalistic tendencies, it had overflowed its tin and eaten half of Chell's own loaf. It had the surface texture of sandpaper, and seemed to have gained at least two pounds of mass out of nowhere. It weighed roughly about as much as a bowling ball, which was a coincidence, since it was about as edible as one.
* LookBehindYou: Wordlessly, Blue does this to Orange in chapter twelve, to kick Orange out of a doorway.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Defied, Played Straight, and Discussed. [[spoiler:Human Wheatley]] doesn’t believe in this trope. Then he sees [[spoiler:Chell]]. Later he realizes he can’t say he loves her if he doesn’t even know her, but he really wants to gather the courage to ask her out for a drink.
* LoveEpiphany: In the last chapter:
-->And that was when she caught it, the tiny blink-and-you'll-miss it instant when the balance shifted in her head and she realised that somewhere along the line ''[[{{Determinator}} I can't lose]]'' had become through the smallest touch of extra truth ''I can't lose him.''
* MadeOfIron: Chell, in Chapter 4. She's exhausted, shot in the side, bleeding profusely (including BloodFromTheMouth,) and even after Wheatley spends the whole night carrying her to Eaden, she's still alive. After maybe a day or two in treatment, she's up and running again.
* MeaningfulName: The town of [[Literature/TheBible Eaden]], an example of human civilization after the apocalyptic Combine invasion, comes from a half decayed sign that originally read "Dead End."
* MotorMouth: Wheatley, natch.
* MyEyesAreLeaking: More of a "Your eyes are leaking" when this is Wheatley's response to Chell upon realizing she is tearing up.
* MyGreatestSecondChance: Exaggerated. Wheatley has the second chance to be a decent person offered not once, but twice by Chell. [[spoiler:Only after he has “struck out” does he set things right.]]
* OffscreenCrash: The narration is from Chell's Point of View, and Wheatley has just decided its time to stand up for the first time. This is the result.
--> '''Wheatley''': "Knees and everything! Wow. Okay, well… let's have a bash at it, then. Left… hand. Right. On the floor. Get the old knees involved, there we go, ready… gently does it… aannd… upsy-daisy-"
-->There was a horrendous, multi-part crash. Chell, who was currently bearing her whole weight on the crowbar, shut her eyes and waited for it to end. Things hit things and fell on top of other things, knocking them into other things on the way. The last thing, whatever it was, sounded quite small and went clingclingcling… clink.
-->Another pause.
--> '''Wheatley''': "You know what? We've ascertained one thing, definitely, and that is that this body absolutely does have the ability to feel pain."
* PinchMe: Wheatley asks Chell to touch him when they meet again to ensure she's real and he isn't seeing things.
* {{Portmanteau}}: Dale, CA, Intern tells Wheatley that 'Brazil' is short for a cross between 'Brilliant' and 'Resilient', which leads Wheatley to make up the word 'Brazilliant'
* ProjectedMan: Wheatley's HardLight body.
* ProphecyTwist: Before the events of Portal II, the [[spoiler:[[OracularUrchin Oracle Turret]] tells Wheatley he will [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity 'rise above us all.']]]]
** Later, this exchange takes place between Wheatley and [[spoiler:Caroline]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Wheatley''': I'm... I'm going to die, aren't I?]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Caroline''': Yes-indeedy.]]
** Given what happens next, it's clear that [[spoiler:she didn't quite mean it the way he thought.]]
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: Wheatley, with his ability to feel pain and emote [[spoiler: isn't actually an example of this. He used to be human, and had his mind placed into the core. All the other robots are noticeably inhuman, especially Orange and Blue.]]
* RobotNames: Wheatley's complete identification code, according to Aperture Science, is 00004/[F]AS[IV][=IDPC241105=]/AS[I]HRAD -- a random string of numbers and letters with no hyphen, but brackets and slashes galore. All AI he meets acknowledges him as this, though one kindly abbreviates it to "00004."
* {{Robotic Reveal}}: Due to the flawless appearance of the avatar’s hologram most of the town of Eaden believes Wheatley is human. Garret understandably needs a drink when he sees Wheatley plug a lead into his neck and connect to a laptop.
* SchizoTech: Eaden gives off this vibe, with skim batteries and floating cube toys next to fuel-powered generators and old camcorders. Justified due to being an isolated post-apocalyptic town.
* SequelHook: The monologue at the end shows [[spoiler:[=GLaDOS=] found [[DownloadableContent ''something'']] after Wheatley had messed around with the facility again.]]
* ShirtlessScene: Subverted. Garret makes a comment on [[spoiler:Wheatley's gratituitous lack of shirt after he's restored to his human body; however, as the body in question is Wheatley's, has been in stasis for a very long period of time, and is covered in goo, it's likely not an impressive sight.]]
* StealthPun: On a whim, Wheatley dubs the Space Core "Kevin" while trapped in space at the start. If he had a second name, it could well be [[spoiler:Kevin Spacey.]]
* StepfordSmiler: Hinted with Caroline. She's very sweet and charming, but Wheatley notes that [[AxeCrazy GLaDOS]] was created from her, and thinks that if she ever had any kindness in her, [[FreudianExcuse the trauma she has undergone probably squeezed it out.]]
* TarotMotifs: Mentioned in the chapter "The Oracle." The Oracle Turret does a Tarot reading for Wheatley, and it's very clear that Wheatley is TheFool, Chell is [[TheDeterminator Strength]], and GLaDOS is [[MyBelovedSmother The Empress.]]
* TarotTroubles: In a flashback, the Oracle Turret gives a Tarot reading for Wheatley when he crosses her path unexpectedly. She dubs him TheFool, and predicts that he will "rise above us all." Her words more or less prompt Wheatley to instigate the events of ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}.''
* TemptingFate: [[spoiler: Cubicle-drone]] Wheatley does this in a flashback by stating that he '(doesn't) have anything life-altering planned in the forseeable future.'
** Later, he tells Chell that he never, ever wants to set foot in the facility again- 'not even part of a foot, or even a finger.' [[spoiler:He gets his wish... after a fashion.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: GLaDOS to Wheatley, [[spoiler: after Wheatley transfers himself back to Aperture.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''GLaDOS''': "I can see that spending all that time out there with her has had a bad influence on you. You were the dumbest thing in the entire facility before, but this is just embarrassing. What are you trying to do? Save her? Or are you just trying to prove you're human? Please. You're not human. You're not even a functional machine. You're just an experiment that went horribly, horribly wrong. Let's face it, around here, that doesn't exactly make you unique."]]
* TitleDrop: Electric Light Orchestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky”
* TotallyRadical: Anytime Wheatley tries to use slang, it comes off like this. It only increases his [[{{Adorkable}} adorkability]].
* TroubledFetalPosition: Wheatley assumes this position [[spoiler: when he finds out that he used to be human.]] It's comforting to a being that used to be entirely spherical.
* {{Tuckerization}}: Most of Eaden - for example, Aaron Halifax, Romy Hatfield, Garrett Rickey, and Martin Otten - are real people; their names are in the credits of ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}''.
* UncannyValley: In-universe. Everyone in Eaden, more or less, sees Wheatley as a clumsy, weird, slightly unhinged person, but nothing strange other than that. Only Ellie and [[EvilDetectingDog Duke]] can tell, right off the bat, that there's something not ''right'' about him.
* UnexplainedRecovery: In Chapter 5 [[spoiler: the Hatfield twins tell Chell they'd heard she was dead.]] She tells them she 'got better.'
* WalkingDisasterArea: GLaDOS eventually decides that Chell is one of these- she doesn't even have to ''try'' to end up destroying everything she touches.
* WasOnceAMan: [[spoiler:Wheatley.]] Also, as in the game, [[spoiler:[=GLaDOS.=]]] [[spoiler:We get to meet the (wo)man this time, too.]]
* {{White Collar Worker}}: [[spoiler: Wheatley, once upon a time.]]
* WreathedInFlames: Wheatley the hard-light hologram has the ability to clean himself off by activating the Incalcination cycle, which burns any offending material away at 2000 degrees Kelvin. Surprisingly - especially considering that flour is as explosive as gunpowder - nothing else gets burned aside from Chell's kitchen floor.
* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Wheatley says this when he realizes he needs administrative permission for his rockets.
* {{Your Worst Nightmare}}: Chell's comes true.