WMG: Freeman's Mind

If the series moves onto Half-Life 2 as well...
  • Freeman's relationships with the Half-Life 2 characters: Kleiner taught Theoretical Physics at MIT, and got him the job at Black Mesa, which he still wouldn't have turned down if he had foresight. Barney Calhoun didn't hesitate to start killing things when disaster struck, and had the competence to successfully escape. That puts him in the upper echelon of facility personnel. Eli...
    Gordon: If everyone here had your attitude, we wouldn't be in this mess in the first place.
  • Gordon will deny ever meeting Barney, and claim Barney's making up stories about being 'best buddies with THE Freeman' to coast on Gordon's awesomeness
    • Nah, in Barney's Mind, Barney outright states that he and Gordon are best friends (or so he claims).
      • Ross Scott isn't required to keep in continuity with an imitator. Also, in one episode, Gordon states that he doesn't have any friends.
      • This may very well contrast with how the Half-Life expansions are non-canon.
      • Alternatively, Barney might just assume they're friends and Gordon never really bothered to correct him.
      • According to Barney, they were room-mates in college, which sounds a tad unlikely considering he's a security guard and Gordon's a pretty top-tier scientist. However, if it is somehow canon, it's probably that Barney just thought of him as a friend and Gordon thinks of him as less than nothing.
  • Gordon will hold a grudge about being forced to put that can in the trash by Civil Protection at the beginning of the game for the entire series. He has a doctor's degree and trash pick-up is for the peasants.
  • After meeting Alyx, Gordon will only battle The Combine in the hope of getting laid. And because 'shooting cops' is the most fun he's ever had.
    • He will declare Alyx to be his girlfriend early on. When he discusses world domination, he'll plan to give her Australia.
    • In addition to that, he'll re-name City 17 after himself, and he'll declare an entire country or state their vacation house, such as Hawaii, and he'll go into a rant on how easy it will be considering everyone there is probably dead.
    • Or when he meets Alyx he'll start talking, only for Alyx's remark of "Man of few words, aren't you?" to be taken as an insult for him talking too much.
  • When he meets the Antlions, Gordon will make a bunch of Dune references. 'Don't step on the sand. I must walk without rhythmn, or else attract the giant killer bugs'. When he gets the Celaphod and controls the Antlions, he'll proclaim himself the Kwisatz Haderach.
  • Gordon will try to kill Mossman and the friendly Vortigaunts during scripted sequences, but find his gun has mysteriously jammed.
  • He will call Ravenholm 'Silent Hill' and call the fast zombies Rage Monkeys
  • In this case, Gordon genuinely will be dumb/crazy enough to climb inside the pods in the Citadel, letting Breen capture him.
    • That, or he'll hang a massive lampshade on it by mentioning how non-safety compliant The Combine work areas are.
      • But state they are still better than Black Mesa.
  • He'll try to buddy-buddy with Breen, and get miffed when he gets ignored.
  • He'll call the Striders "Tripods".
  • He'll make a BIG deal out of Magnusson's "microwave casserole incident" remark. In fact, he'll probably ramble about it throughout the whole final battle.
  • He'll take every chance he can get to ransack houses with his newfound Pick Things Up power. He may do what this troper does every time he gets to the first apartment and start throwing stuff out the window, humming Pink Floyd music.
  • Alyx's remark of "Man of few words, huh?" will be the result of Gordon being hypnotized be her boobs for a few minutes after they first meet.
  • When Alyx makes the "zombine" joke he'll spend a lengthy amount of time insulting her intelligence, and will probably keep bringing it up at every opportunity. He'll also come up with a funnier alternate joke.
    • He won't genuinely care about Alyx's welfare until she gets hurt in episode two. Then he'll freak out and act like a big softie but deny it as soon as she turns out to be fine.
    • Or, he'll coin the term zombine, and get angry at Alyx for "stealing" his idea.
  • He'll be worked into a frothy rage by the camera bots and go out of his way to destroy them.
  • Mike and Dave from Civil Protection will cameo in one episode.
    • Or multiple. One will probably just show Mike and Dave helping somebody(contrasting with the usual brutal behavior of the metrocops), the other will be during a fight with Gordon. Dave will want a piece of him, Mike will want to get the fuck out of there before Gordon can gun them down.
      • Alternatively: Dave has improbable aiming skills. Gordon has an exposed head. Likely, Dave would fire a 9mm bullet to take off whats left of Gordon's ear (apparently that turret gun only took off the bottom half), whereas Gordon will freak out and put a couple of bullets in his chest. Dave will survive thanks to his body armor but will be incapacitated (like that's never happened before...). Mike will of course say something along the lines of "I told you it was a bad idea", while Gordon won't really bother to make sure he's dead.
    Gordon: I don't really need to make confirmed kills. I'm not at that stage in my life yet.
    • Freeman will probably lampshade how Mike sounds a lot like Gordon.
    • They can be those two metrocops who dump explosive barrels on Freeman when he's swimming through the sewers during Route Kanal. Those two enemies don't have to be killed to proceed, and they don't even have to have any interactions or dialogue with Freeman; a later Civil Protection episode could just reveal that those two were Mike and Dave.
  • After starting the Uprising and realizing that almost everyone on earth recognizes him as a Messianic Archetype, he will discuss his plans to use this to his advantage by overthrowing the combine then becoming the new ruler of earth himself.
  • Freeman will love Dog due to his admiration of robots. He'll consider ways on how to make an army of Dogs to take over the Combine or just want to make Dog his right-hand man when he takes over the world.
  • Gordon will make a big deal of the suggestion that Combine portal technology is string-based.
  • Gordon will spend most of "Our Benefactors" rambling on about making the Citadel his stronghold from which he'll rule the world, and thinking of himself as some kind of immortal god-king due to a combination of the Super Gravity Gun and a supercharged HEV suit.
  • Gordon will be constantly annoyed at how the resistance bosses and pushes him around everywhere despite the fact they view him as a Messianic Archetype.
  • He'll be unaware of what the Civil Protection officers are at first, and assume that him launching that missile started World War III, resulting in a 1984-style post-war world.
    • Technically, that is exactly what happened.
  • Upon learning that Dr. Breen has basically become ruler of the Earth, Gordon will remark on how he "totally called it that his boss is a James Bond villain".
  • When Alyx hugs Gordon at the beginning of Episode One, Gordon will say "HOLY SHIT! I ACTUALLY TOUCHED A GIRL!"
    • ...except he won't do that, because the FM version of Gordon Freeman has already been established as a heavy-partying ladies-man, who has mentally admitted to sexually harassing at least one co-worker at Black Mesa. If anything, he'll over-interpret the hug as Alyx being hot for him, and this being more of an obstacle to getting work done than a benefit.
  • He will plan to use his Antlion army to become king of the world.
  • He will call the first Strider he sees "Simba".
  • Barney will be voiced by Ian Riley and his in-game dialogue will be recorded over somehow.
  • He'll compliment the Combine for placing warning signs near their dangerous equipment, saying that it's more than Black Mesa ever did.
  • He will be pissed when Alyx refers to him as "Gordon", while all the other Resistance members call him "Dr. Freeman". He earned his degree dammit, he didn't graduate from MIT so he could be addressed as a peasant.
  • There will be a Discontinuity Nod towards Felix's Mind.
  • This Troper just wonders if Ross is seeing all these...

If the series doesn't move onto Half-Life 2...
  • Gordon will want to accept G-Man's offer, after all he's mentioned having to find a new job. However, Gordon will spend so much time rambling to himself that the window to accept the offer will end and G-Man will teleport him into the room with the 30 alien grunts, while Gordon screams that he wanted to accept the job. But Gordon will reveal that there was one weapon G-Man forgot to confiscate: the crowbar. The series will have a Bolivian Army Ending as Gordon screams and charges at the grunts, crowbar in hand.
  • Alternately, G-Man, having had the misfortune of listening in on Gordon's thoughts, opts to rescind his offer.
    • Jossed.
  • It will end with "Military Precision" being played all the way through, with clips from his adventures at Black Mesa. That, or it will show him being the Freeman we all "know" in the future, only completely inept at his job.
    • Jossed, but this is the closest anyone has gotten to getting it right.
  • Freeman will just give up on the option of going to Xen.
  • Valve will ask Ross to announce Half Life 3 in the final episode.
    • Unfortunately jossed.
  • With episode 58 detouring into Half-Life: Uplink, the series will end the same way as the demo, with Gordon cornered by a Gargantua with no possible way to kill it.
    • This one is jossed. He teleports back into the Lambda Core at the end.
  • After taking one look at the Nihilianth, Freeman's body won't be able to take the shock and the series will end with him dying of a heart attack.
    • Jossed.
  • Ross will announce that he doesn't want to continue Freeman's Mind because he worked so long on it, and episode 68 truly is the final episode.
    • Ross announced that the series is currently in limbo, as he wants to work on other projects before even thinking about working on Freeman's Mind again.

Gordon is a robot.
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  • Gordon is an Aperture Science AI who was uploaded into a human and sent to infiltrate Black Mesa.
    Gordon: I see you.

The series will end with Gordon taking the Bolivian Army Ending "No regrets, Dr. Freeman" offer
It's completely in character for Gordon to do (why would he listen to some guy in a suit?), and provides a Conan Doyle style way for Ross Scott to not have to do one for Half-Life 2.

Freeman's Mind is canon to the Half-Life/Portal Universe.
It doesn't dispute anything previously laid down by the games so why the hell not?
  • Except, of course, Gordon doesn't blow up Magnusson's casserole.
  • That could have happened days or even weeks prior to the Black Mesa incident. Besides, Gordon clearly refers to the item in a microwave as a bowl of noodles.
  • And he was clearly framed. That, or someone else was responsible, and Magnusson is only pinning it on Gordon because he knows him too well.
  • Either that or the "incident" Magnusson describes could only refer to Gordon eyeing the casserole suspiciously.
    • Alternatively...

Freemans Mind is the Team Fortress timeline version of Half-Life.
Incompetent workers and soldiers? Less-than-ideal but still entertaining hero? Ridiculous architecture? Just give it a splash of TF 2 paint and it matches!

Doomguy's Mind: Episode 7 was a representation of how much Ross himself wanted to get back at Machinima.
Considering how badly he was treated by the company before he had left, would it be any real surprise if that was the intention to show how much steam he had built up?

Chell will go completely insane.
She's under immense psychological stress, and she wasn't that sane to begin with. It's easy to imagine her laughing maniacally as she destroys GLADoS.
  • She'll go completely insane? What is she now?
    • Only mostly insane.

If Chell's Mind moves on to Portal 2, Chell will become a satire of Gordon.
Chell will constantly rant on how hard it is to get out, how stupid/insane the scientists were, and how everything is trying to kill her.

Gordon is really being stalked by the mailmen, owls really are telepathic, and there really is a race of anthopomorphic frogmen living in the sewers.
Because, after everything else, would you really be suprised if it were all true?

Barney hates Lamarr because of what happened in Barney's Mind.
If you were to make a drinking game out of how many times he's gotten attacked by headcrabs, you would get alcohol poisoning by episode 10.
  • How is this related to the mind series and not just related to the game?
    • It can be a joke for Freeman's Mind if the series goes on to Half-Life 2.

The harmonic reflux loop at the end of Barneys mind was temporal as well
I mean, He not only got phased into Half-Life 2: Episode 1, and then teleported into sector C, were Shephard teleported into Freeman's locker. Which that happened AFTER Freeman went to Xen at that point in time, only for Barney to teleport somewhere else and see Gordon get dragged off to the trash compactor (Which obviously occured BEFORE Gordon went to Xen)

It's all in Gordon's head.
He spoke of taking some oxycodone before the experiment and could have easily overdosed, forgetting about taking them whatsoever.
  • Head-Crab Zombies - Scientists
  • Soldiers - Security Guards
    • Pretty unlikely. Oxycodone is an opiate. If he was ODing he's more likely to just fall asleep than go on a murderous rampage.
      • Actually, it's still possible for it all to be in Gordon's head. Oxycodone can cause extremely vivid dreams. If he took enough that he passed out, this could just be some drug-enhanced dream.

Episode 10.5 is canon with the rest of the episodes.
Gordon fell to his death, but then the player just reloaded a quicksave and thus he's alive again. Gordon doesn't actually know that he's just a video game character, so is a bit deja-vued at first before forgetting what happened since the part of the RAM that contains his memory was overwritten.

Chell's Mind is canon.
Lab Rat, more or less, legitimized a lot of Chell's characterization, like her stubbornness, and her sociopathic tendencies.

Plus, it draws a lot of similarities between her and Rattman.
  • They're both schizophrenic
  • Said schizophrenia got worse over time
  • They both knew in advance that GLaDOS was trying to kill them
  • They both care for an inanimate object that acts as their conscience
  • Said inanimate object has accused them of being insane at least once
  • Said inanimate object prevents them from being killed

Gordon is actually speaking out loud the entire time.
  • Sure, it's called Freeman's Mind, but that doesn't mean he's not just thinking out loud. This would explain why his voice muffles out underwater, and the incident where he mulled using a scientist as a human shield where the scientist reacted with audible fear. He seems to explicitly converse with others a time or two as well. Basically the entire time, Gordon is actually babbling aloud. It makes one understand why the others react with such inane questions or silence, as anyone saying the things that he does would probably prompt others to just try their hardest not to antagonize him.
  • He's had a tracheotomy. People only talk to him when he's standing right in front of them and they can read his lips. He hears his own voice perfectly, but to other people it's a whisper.
  • There are a couple of times when Freeman says, "Now what was I thinking about again? Oh yeah...". He's usually just thinking, unless he's talking to someone, shouting at something, or pretending to be a pirate. He probably doesn't think underwater because he needs to focus on not drowning.

Black Mesa is designed to kill it's employees in the case of an emergency.
The owner and/or government agency that runs the place makes sure the kills as many witnesses as possible. The people running the show have some idea of the horrors that could be brought to Earth with the various experimental technologies they have, it would be easier to contain the public panic of "alien invasions" if nobody lived to tell the secret.

Adrian Shepard's vocal appearance in Point Man's Mind is canon with the other mind series.
After murdering Black Mesa, the top military contract went to ATC. Adrian is of course, overseeing a joint operation with F.E.A.R. Etc. Etc.

By the time he gets to Xen, Freeman will become fully Ax-Crazy
He won't question anything about where he is, and will just march through Xen like it's no one's business.
  • Jossed.

Freeman is a reincarnated Hitler.
They've both been in Austria, they were both involved in a major war (directly or indirectly), they both ended up with illusions of grandeur from their experiences, and they both have cool facial hair.

Episode 58 (as well as any further episodes covering Uplink) are hallucinations
Freeman is hallucinating the events of Half Life: Uplink due to the side effects of mixing morphine and teleportation. Once Freeman gets to the unwinnable fight with the Gargantua, he'll snap out of it, and wake up on the moving platforms after having passed out.
  • Jossed. Freeman teleports back to the Lambda Complex during the fight with the Gargantua.

Freeman Across the Universe is foreshadowing
The teleporter at the end of episode 60 will begin teleporting him to other video games, before landing him at the end of the teleporter puzzle. It wouldn't be the first time it mimicked the other series.
  • Jossed.
Freeman's insanity is mostly due to being witness to all the horrible things that happen
At the beginning of the series Gordon seems to be fairly average individual. Sure he wants to take drugs, but taking drugs at work isn't unheard of. But when the zombies show he seems to become progressively, and progressively more insane, and his violent tendencies start to show a lot more.

The "Eddie" that Freeman keeps mentioning is actually Barney.
Eddie is either a nickname Gordon came up with, or he calls him Eddie because he forgot his name was Barney.

Episodes 10.5, 61.5 and both endings to 68 are all canon.
The Resonance Cascade created several alternate realities, the events surrounding the Black Mesa incident playing out differently in each one. 10.5, 61.5 and the alternate ending to 68 were just a few examples of these alternate universes.