Fan Fic: Half-Life: Full Life Consequences
Its a good day to do what has to be done by me and help my brother to defeat the enemys.
What began as an innocent fanfiction
titled Half-Life: Full Life Consequences
(by an allegedly nine-year-old kid with the handle squirrelking) was turned into something great
as soon as a YTMND
user found it. In mockery, he did a dramatic reading of the story, and a legend was born.
Naturally, seeing that squirrelking had created other fanfics, most notably in the same storyline, other YTMND users had a crack at the dramatic reading thing. Over time, these narrations were turned into animations
, but the most impressive series of animations came from machinima artist djy1991
using Garry's Mod. Thus begins the most famous telling of John Freeman's story.
The first half of the saga tells the story of Gordon Freeman's brother, John Freeman, who rushes from his job
to rescue Gordon Freeman in Ravenhol
m. The second half, entitled "Hero Beggining [sic
]", takes places some time later, during which the Combine have succeeded in conquering the
humen race. Henry Freeman takes it upon himself to continue the legacy and lead the resistance against the Combines.
Video by Djy1991 and Icton Entertainment:
These videos make up the most popular adaptation of the Full Life Consequences
saga, each having been featured on numerous gaming websites. They combine dramatic readings performed by other users and music from the album Production Music from Ren & Stimpy
, creating a distinct Soundtrack Dissonance
. The first video combined the low audio quality of the narration and the upbeat music to create an old-time radio drama feel. Subsequent videos strayed from this design for more straightforward presentation. Several line readings from it have been adapted into not one, but two surprisingly awesome and well made Drum and Bass note
tracks by a professional DJ known as Renard
(under the alias "Furries in a Blender"), neither of which would sound out of place at a rave.Full Life Consequences
was sufficiently popular to inspire a Live-Action Adaptation
; see the results for yourself.
There was also a few animated adaptations
of the first chapter, a Flash animation
one by Vegeta897, and another
by amazingtrout. The latter uses a very similar formula to Djy1991's machinima, and both actually predate it by at least half a year
, although you probably wouldn't tell from the Youtube
Video by Gaz6231:
Solo machinimator Gaz6231 released alternative adaptations of the Hero Beggining
chapters several weeks before the Djy1991 versions. They take a very different style than the above adaptations, favoring intentional Narm Charm
and increased body animation over jovial mockery and lip movement. Gaz6231 himself describes it as "the Martin Scorsese
to their Michael Bay
". While the Hero Beggining
video is clearly Gaz6231's first work
, the Free Man
video is much more polished and has earned its own following
. Also unlike the Icton Entertainment videos, all animation, editing, and voices are created by one man. There is a bitter dispute as to which series is better
, especially in the case of Free Man
.Man Without A Body
did a straight-up reading with very little visual component but loads of ham
, which can be found right here
wrote a "serious" version of the fic, as further
proof of the Fiction Identity Postulate
, which can be found here
Other machinmas and dramatic readings of the various chapters exist, but few of them have the notability of the above authors.
Compare DOOM: Repercussions of Evil
. And Peter Chimaera
's other fic, Quarter-Life: Halfway To Destruction
. Although it may well be a cash in
on Full Life Consequences, it is amazing in that he only wrote it after Uncycylopedia
, an online encyclopedia like Wikiped
said he was writing it and decided 'Yeh, ok' and the Big Bad
's evil plot is to destroy Dallas.
One fan wrote a fic called, "Quarter Life: Origin of Doom
", which ties the Quarter Life and Full Life series together. It too, got the machinima treatment
.It eventually turned out to be written by Mattimer, one of the greatest trolls of our time.
The original writings provide examples of:
The machinimas provide examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion - Djy1991's version of Free Man contains about seven minutes of entirely added-in carnage, wherein John Freeman meets and then kills a bunch of Combines, hijacks a bioflyer, throws a freight train, meets and then kills GLaDOS...
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever - The next boss.
- Big Damn Heroes - John Freeman in Hero Beggining.
- Big "NO!" - Averted, Gordon's "NOO!" is quite small, especially in the dramatic reading.
- Played straight in Free Man when Combine Gordon Freeman angers at John Freeman in the Gaz6231 version.
- Big Red Button - Which John Freeman pushes with his face.
- Body Horror - Tell me the sight of the Gmod models bending in ways that humen joints don't allow isn't creepy.
- Brick Joke - At the end of Free Man, we see many of the characters who died in the series as angels on their way to Heaven, including the pants that were dead in the first FLC.
- The Cameo - In the Djy1991 version of Free Man, Spider-Man, the Sniper, Ronald McDonald, The Dancing Banana, Bill, Zoey, Francis, and Louis and even BILLY MAYS appear for sight gags, there ought to be a list of Cameos, you know that?
- Characters from other Valve games are members of La Résistance.
- Also, I don't think all of them are sight gags, I think some of these cameos are rebels.
- Also also, Dr. Hax near the end of the story. He isn't the final boss because only his head is big, and his eyes are intact.
- Finally, also in Djy1991's Free Man, Gordon Freechman's fellow scientist coww-orker Jimm and bad guy from the game from his other half-life fanfic adaptation Quarter-Life: Halfway To Destruction are seen rising to heven with everyone else. And bad guy from the game is still doing his isotop holding pose.
- Catchphrase - "It's time for me to live up to my family name!"
- Charles Atlas Superpower - John Freeman lifts a train of its tracks and throws it into a ravine with his bare hands. Not the engine, not one of the train cars, THE ENTIRE TRAIN.
- Dance Party Ending - The DJY adaptation of Free Man.
- The Door Slams You: John freeman knocks on a door. Gman kicks it open and sends John Freeman flying for hundreds of miles.
- Even The Narrator Is Stumped by "normal people close."
- Everything Fades: Henry Freeman's mother in the Djy version.
- Finger Twitching Revival - John Freeman after he crashes the dropship into the train in the DJY adaptation of Free Man.
- Flight - John Freeman, for little obvious reason.
- Foe-Tossing Charge
- Funny Background Event - Loads in the Djy series, in fact they're popular in pretty much all GMod machinimas.
- Go for the Eye
- Guns Akimbo - John Freeman in the Djy adaptation.
- Must Make Amends - John Freeman disturbs the eggs on a tree while test-firing the laser gun. He puts them back home safe, but the machinima disagrees.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg - "Save humens, and Henry Freeman!"
- Mythology Gag - In Djy's adaptation of Free Man, after the world's peaceful, Grigori appears next to a bear when they say the people and animals lived in peace, there's a reason that Grigori is described as an animal in the Adaptation: It was a Throw It In gag in the original Garry's Mod, where Grigori was placed as an animal rather than an ally, to be fair, it wasn't that far from the truth.
- Offhand Backhand - Pay close attention at around 1:45 in the Gaz6321 version of Free Man; John Freeman gets off a headshot variation.
- Pragmatic Adaptation - Two ways, the Djy machinima makes the whole thing comedic, given it's narm and misspelling, good for gags. The Gaz version of Free Man manages to pull of the drama and make certain scenes work.(but it's still pretty funny!)
- Rule of Cool- John Freeman seems especially fond of pulling off improbable motorcycle stunts (particularly of the backflip variety), especially if it kills zombies in the process.
- Serial Escalation - Even more visible in the Djy1991 adaptation of Free Man, where, among other things, John Freeman pile-drives a train.
- Shout-Out - Watch the music video at the end of Djy's adaptation of Free Man until you get to "the birds and the sun was almost down from the top of the sky" and look at John Freeman's pose. Remind you of a certain other God Mode Sue?
- A possible one is when the Combines are said to be "too strong and big", echoing a similar line from an infamous botched translation of Star Wars Episode III, known as "The Backstroke of the West".
- Spit Take - For Djy's video:
"STOP THE HUMENS!"
- Stupid Statement Dance Mix - 
- The Djy's version of Free Man includes a music video of it.
- WEPON! WEPON! WEWEPON PON WEPONWEPON!
- Stylistic Suck - Some of the animations at the end of the Djy adaptation reveal that Gmod is capable of subtle and realistic movement — but watching character mods flail around wildly is more funny and reflects the poor writing of the source material.
- Djy's version also invokes a bit of this - this is one of the few scenes where John Freeman's face doesn't contort sporadically.
- This Is My Side - GLaDOS attempts to invoke this in Djy's version. Doesn't take.
- Tube Travel: How John Freeman gets into GLaDOS's chamber in Djy1991's version.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance - The Gaz6231 videos use the same model for Henry Freeman and John Freeman.
- Visual Pun - The Gaz version has several of these.
- So does Djy's version.
- Gaz and Djy both do. Ex: BEAR HANDS!
- "The pants were dead."
- What Happened to the Mouse? - It isn't clear what happened to The Dark Man in the Gaz version of Free Man.
- Lending evidence to the theory that he and Gordon Freeman are the same.
- Wimp Fight - When Gordon fights the final boss in Djy's version, the Garry's Mod models just flail at each other.
- "YEAH!" Shot: The Djy adaptation of Hero Beggining provides the current page image for that trope.
- You Make Me Sic - Appears to be compulsory in any visual adaptation of fan fiction like this.