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The G-Man is from the Black LodgeLike others from the Lodge (Killer BOB, The Man from Another Place, the Giant, etc.) his motives are mysterious, he subscribes to Blue and Orange Morality, he appears in bizarre visions and talks in riddles. He possibly orchestrated the Resonance Cascade in order to gather garmonbozia (pain and suffering) from the scientists and the victims of the Combine invasion. In Half-Life 2 you play as a Gordon Freeman doppelgänger he controls in order to cause more chaos and destruction.
The G-Man is the GMMeaning game-master. The whole series is just a tabletop game where Gordon is the PC in a party of one. Explains G-Man's abilities, his habit of applying phlebotium wherever it's needed, his inability to interfere with events directly, and his protection of Gordon.
The G-Man is Alex Mercer.He arrives in places faster than you (Disguise + Running over obstacles), He speaks oddly (Ok, Alex doesn't speak weird, but all those voices would mesh sooner or later), He's super smart (arming a NUKE) and also is quite manipulative (Alex has absorbed some of the smartest people in Blackwatch, plus a lot of the people he consumed are Manipulative Bastards), and he's somewhat of an ass (like Alex).
The G-Man and his employers are trapped in their dimensionThe G-man and his employers are a race of beings that became almost God-like thanks to the sheer power of Clarke's Third Law. The combine realised that these beings could easily end their reign of terror, so they created a dimensional barrier that would prevent the "G-Men" from interfering. Most of G-Men's species don't really care about this, because most of them aren't interested in leaving their dimension, but some corporation, one that the G-Man works for, wants this barrier down. They were unable to break completely through the barrier, but they found a way to teleport a few inhabitants of other universes into "storage" (The place Gordon was stored for 20 years) and put messages and thoughts into people's brains, or make them see things that aren't there (G-Man stopping time is really just him putting thoughts in Gordon's head very quickly. All sightings of him are thoughts that appear in the brains of multiple people). In order to free himself and his employers fully from their dimension, he needs Gordon to activate portal technology on the Borealis so that he and his employers can set up a means of teleportation through the G-Mans home and Earth, or maybe Xen. However, the G-Men are potentially worse than the combine, so it might be a bad idea to set them free. This is why:
The G-Man is Gordon Freeman, from the future.They have the same piercing green eyes, decisive nature, and a calm in the face of chaos and disaster around them. Obviously, at some point in the future, Gordon will gain a mastery over time and space (as well as corrective eye surgery to alleviate his need for glasses). He is now attempting to create a Stable Time Loop so that his past self will arrive in the same place he is now. As for why he seems to be angry and surprised at the interference of the Vortigaunts at the beginning of Episode One (since he presumably remembers it from the opposite perspective), well, he either tried and failed to change things, or he's just putting on an act to make them think he's lost control, and anyway, he rather quickly regains control of things about a third of the way through Episode Two, thus potentially elevating him (in the case of the second possibility) to Magnificent Bastard status as well. Hell, some people compared pictures of Freeman and G-Man and found that their facial structure down to the bones is very, very similar.
The G-Man is William Shatner in the future.That explains the speech mannerisms. As for the G-Man's other powers, in the late 2100's Shatner will find a way to channel his awesomeness into energy, and use that to travel through time and space.
The G-Man is gay.Stalking single men through the Black Mesa complex? Not stalking Barney, the one with a "Buy flowers for Linda" stickynote in his locker? Purplish tinge in his hair? Coincidence? I think not!
The G-Man is a member of the Combine's master race...He appears to be an uber-advanced alien, and the Combine (and Breen) seem to know who he is. He's just working freelance.
The G-Man is a something of a third party contractor for interdimensional/multidimensional entities/Cosmic Horrors.The way he acts and the way Breen talked about Gordon(i.e. the line about "your contract is open to the highest bidder") demonstrates that the G-Man may be mostly neutral in regards to earth. This troper views him as a sort of middle man. He is hired to enact a change, but direct action is not subtle enough to get the desired effect for his clients(whoever or whatever they may be), so he manipulates people close to the subject at hand to bring about the desired outcome. His job is to be a professional, pandimensional Magnificent Bastard . His clients took a fancy to Gordon, which is why the G-Man was told to keep him somewhere(I haven't played Half-Life in a long time but I swear the end of it contained a line about how his superiors wanted to use Gordon further.) The G-Man and his employers have no interest in Barney Calhoun which is why(if memory serves me correctly, as it has been a few years since I played Blue Shift) there are almost no appearances of the G-Man in Blue Shift, or at least no of him observing Barney. In Opposing Force, G-Man preserves Adrian in a similar method due to having a similar adaptability as Freeman, but he had to CONVINCE his superiors to keep him, after all by the end of Opposing Force they already had Freeman so why would they need him? The G-Man however recognizes talent for he line of work he needs done and likes having back ups.
The G-Man is the Real Bad GuyHis manipulation of events might not be so much in Gordon's favor. Supported by the fact that the Vortiguants seem to have a negative reaction towards him.
The G-Man is just that; a literal G-ManThis troper thinks it would make sense that the government might have someone keeping watch over Black Mesa, and it was either his assignment or his own initiative to look after Gordon in turn; his seemingly mysterious ways could be explained by technology either developed by Black Mesa or Aperture Science, or possibly obtained through other means.
The G-Man is a mass hallucination.But... Gordon is the only one who sees him.
The G-Man is in the employ of a rival power to the Combine, working to destroy it.He set up the Resonance Cascade to bring Xen into contact with Earth, leading to the Combine invasion. He knew that the Combine would conquer Earth, but there would be a human resistance. He unleashed Gordon at the right time to trigger a full-scale revolt capable of toppling the Combine on Earth. He also knows that humans will not settle for their own liberation - they will not rest until the entire Combine Empire lies in ruins. While he had other plans for Gordon after the destruction of the Citadel, things are still going mostly according to plan.
The G-Man is just an alien suitcase.And he's controlling a corpse. Think about it. He's very pale, isn't comfortable with speech and so very obviously isn't human, yet he looks like one. He seemed to have less power when he was stopped by vortugaunts, the only time he didn't have a suitcase.
The G-Man is God.Think about it. He can teleport, stop time, control other beings, transfer objects anywhere in the space-time continuum, steal things from other universes, can't be damaged by any weapons ever unless you're abusing Garry's Mod, can't even be hindered except by the Vorts, and the entire race has to hold the barrier against him at the same time (seriously, if even four of them stop focusing on it, it falls), and oh yeah, is named the G-man. You know, the god-man?
The G-Man is NyarlathotepSure, Nyarly's human avatar usually has dark skin, but changing one's skin colour shouldn't be a problem for the god with a thousand forms. G-Man is clearly not a human, posessing strange powers and knowing things that normal peopel shouldn't. Also, Nyarly does have a habit of appearing as a figure of authority (such as a business man, a scientist or a goverment employee). If he would indeed be an avatar of an alien god, it would explain a lot of his abilities. He has clearly orchestrated that Black Mesa incident and the coming of Combine to further his schemes of awaking the Great Old Ones, which will end in the destruction of both mankind and Combine.
The G-Man is the Starscream.In the first game, he mentioned his superiors. In the second and onwards, he speaks as if he was the one in charge. The answer is simple: he had superiors in the first game, but decided he could do a better job then they could and had them killed.
The G-Man is mostly benevolentHe is infact an alien from a world enslaved by the combine in human disquise, his odd speach and looks are because of his unfamiliarity to humans and their communication. Like the Galaxy Quest aliens, he thought that human media showed they had traits that would mean they wouldn't bend over against the Combine and instead defeat them completly. He caused the Black Mesa incident to bring the Combine to Earth so they get defeated. Freeman attracts the G-mans attention because, like Shepard, he excelled at fighting Xen and the G-Man decided to be use him as strategics weapon against the Combine.
The G-Man is a Combine scout.He found earth and found it to be a good resource planet for the Combine. He started the Black Mesa incident to signal his masters. Soon he realized that he maniplulates The Freeman he can take over the Combine by having him kill his masters or had a change of heart and regrets his actions, helping The Freeman to remove the Combine once and for all.
The G-Man is Light Yagami.He didn't die, per se, but went from a whole life to half of one, in another reality. Considering how good he is with planning things, and ensuring his plans work even when they don't, he became the G-Man in this reality. His behaviour regarding the vorts taking control of Gordon Freeman was just a ruse so that the Vortigaunts wouldn't realize it's what he wanted them to do. With the help of the Vortigaunts, Gordon was able to get to White Forest and ensure the rocket would be launched, which would ensure that the Combine would react with the murder of at least one top official in the rebellion. This would ensure the rest of the rebels would not stop fighting until the Combine was destroyed across the entire reality. Things are going... Just As Planned.
The G-Man is the BLU Spy.Seriously, the similarities are amazing: they both wear a blue tuxedo, they have a similar physical build and facial structure (check out the cheekbones! The nose! The eyebrows!), and he is always carrying a briefcase reminiscent of the one the Team Fortress 2 characters fight over. Besides, his ability to turn invisible explains how he seems to just disappear by turning a corner as well as how he just pops up out of nowhere, and his ability to disguise as enemies explains how he didn't get killed by soldiers/Combines/Resistance members/Vortigaunts. Heck, his habit of smoking could even explain how his voice got deeper!
G-Man is a super computer AIG-Man is the male counterpart to GLaDOS, produced by a secret Black Mesa project. While Aperture Science has mastered spacial manipulation (portal technology), Black Mesa has mastered time (G-Man time-manipulation technology). Thus, all of G-Man's apparent teleportations were really just clever time manipulations. In the end, only a combined mastery of time AND space can bring and end to the Combine empire! This has all been brought about by the human resistance themselves in the future, who send G-Man back in time to create a stable time loop where the time and space manipulation supercomputers are created and deployed perfectly.
The G-Man is the Slender ManCome on, Its obvious.
The G-Man is...An entity from Real Life created in order to assist Gordon Freeman.
G-Man is SatanHe shows up all over the place, even inside unpowered or almost broken electronic devices: A tv and a couple of the big screens scattered around City 17. He can make deals with people, if you take Breen's word for it. Breen would probably know, G-man was at BM when Breen was administrator. Satan isn't God, but he's powerful. The Vortigaunts could have held him off with enough power.
The G-man is Xen's First Guardian
The G-man is Christopher Walken
G-Man is (or was) Charles Foster Ofdensen.Nobody really knows what's quite up with CFO or G-Man. They are either great protectors or catalysts for something horrible.
G-Man is not Gordon, but his universe's equivilant.In Opposing Force, the G-Man claims he sees a bit of himself in Adrian, which is why he spared him. Thus, this means that he sees himself in Gordon. But which one did he remove from Stasis? Gordon. It seems as if the G-Man identifies with Gordon, but also opposes him. Why? Simply put, Gordon has one thing the G-Man does not: love. That's right, I just put a Harry Potter Power of Love motif onto Half Life. To continue, the G-Man sees Gordon as a man of similar interests as himself. He assumes that Gordon will be a mindless pawn, as they would share a common goal. His assumption was that he would destroy Black Mesa, just to save himself. But he didn't. He stayed behind to save his co-workers. This puzzled the G-Man, who did not see why Gordon did what he did. Deciding to do the work himself, the G-Man nukes Black Mesa, takes advantage of Gordon being in Xen, and has the Borderworld opened to the Combine. This would be contrary to his original plan, but as we see throughout the games, his loyalty changes hands, so this may have been the deciding factor in who he worked for. Skipping forward twenty years, we see the G-Man, once again, believing that G Ordon will work for his new employers. This time, he is correct. Gordon defeats the Combine's earthly leadership, the G-Man assumes Gordon will flee and save himself. Once again, he stays with Alyx. This time, however, Gordon had done his job, so rather than intervene, the G-Man simply let Gordon die, with his "friends", since the job was done. The Vortigaunts intervened. The G-Man, as Gordon's equivalent, would be able to deal with them if he wanted to. But honestly, who likes to deal with them? Besides, other theories state that they have grwon in power. So he just let them do whatever they had planned for Gordon. After all, improvising had worked for them both. In short, it worked, and Gordon escaped with Alyx. It was then that the G-Man realized that Alyx was more than just a weapon that he picked out for Gordon: she could be used to manipulate Gordon, even if he was out of his control. As such, he summoned a Hunter upon Alyx, so that not only would Gordon have to follow his path to White Forest, but Alyx could be an exploitable force. To further this, he killed Eli and kept Barney and Izaak far away, so Gordon would only feel loyal to Alyx. As for what he will do in Episode 3, he will use Alyx to force Gordon into doing something unspeakable. I don't know what it is, but many theories are abound, and my favorite is the Sadistic Choice, so we will go with that one for the time being. He will make Gordon choose: save the world or save Alyx. If he chooses Alyx, which the G-Man knows he will, this will put G-Man or his employers in a position of power over the Combine. Since Gordon is a One-Man Army, he will stop the G-Man and maybe save Alyx, but he will have broken Gordon, hoping that he will turn out just like himself. Will Gordon become the next G-Man, starting a vicious cycle, or will Gordon overcome the heartless mirror of himself? Again, only time will tell.
The G-Man arranged Eli's death.At the beginning Episode 1, the Vorts steal Gordon away and essentially break the contract made with the G-Man. Obviously, the can't be allowed to happen without some kind response. There has to be some kind of price paid. But who can he use? He can't waste all the time and energy he poured into Alyx and the Vorts don't really care about Barney or Kleiner. Plus, when Gordon goes off the radar, there's the possibility that he and Eli might start to compare notes and complicate some carefully-laid plans. So, the G-Man arranges for the Combine to patrol certain areas he considers likely for Gordon and Alyx to be travelling. He gets lucky and re-establishes tabs on Gordon during the Vortigaunt ritual. Now he can control the situation again and he lets Gordon know it. But there's more. He implants a message into Alyx in order to provoke a specific reaction from Eli. Thus, after his death, Alyx will be determined to carry out his last wish and destroy the Borealis. Except that there's going to be a snag - it will turn out that the Resistance really will need the tech onboard to defeat the Combine, meaning that Gordon will have to 'betray' her in order to save humanity. This move will end up isolating Gordon and forcing him to once again submit to the G-Man's control and it will be made very clear that Gordon will remain in his employ for the rest of his life.
The G-man is a rogue Observer.A mysterious man wearing a neat suit, with unknown power, and displaying odd mannerisms? Sounds like an Observer to me!
The G-man is the 10.5th DoctorOkay, I admit this mostly comes from the suit. Despite being only half Time Lord, he still outlives Rose, and eventually goes mad from watching everyone he knows die but not being able to leave in the TARDIS (or something else, I realise that doesn't make a whole lot of sense). Eventually he loses his former ideas regarding morality and the protection of Earth...
The G-Man is Gordon's father.The G-Man's seemingly bizarre behavior is really just concern for Gordon. However, he doesn't experience empathy or think like a human, so some of what he does doesn't seem to make sense. But from his perspective, all of his actions make perfect sense: Like any good father, he wants Gordon to be safe and happy, but also to have engaging, challenging work. As an added bonus, Gordon's muteness can be written off as a weird byproduct of his non-human ancestry, similar to how mules are sterile.
G-Man is Gordon's predecessor.That is to say, he was also a human who went from regular joe to unstoppable ass-kicker. By surviving against all odds and impressing his future employers, he was given a job as their most trusted agent (why else would he be able to convince them that he was right and get away with ignoring nay-sayers) and powers to facilitate his work. After spending countless years working with aliens (and becoming unused to speaking English), he was finally given a job where he encounters somebody who reminds him of himself and could potentially serve his masters as another agent.
The G-Man is Timo Julkunen, the current CEO of Valve.The entire game is a mutation of the workplace. Gordan is the viewer, the resistance are other consumers, the Vortigaunt/ The G-Man's bosses represent the Board of Directors, and the enemies represent the union.
The G-Man is one of the CombineHe caused the Black Mesa Incident because there wasn't a big enough portal from their home world, and got Gordon to defeat the Nihlanth to move it out of the Combine's way. Dr. Breen establishes a deal with the Combine and becomes ruler of the earth. When the Combine realizes that Dr. Breen is getting in their way of domination, they ask the G-Man to wake up Gordon, knowing full well what he's capable of. Dr. Breen is killed at the cost of their Citadel Core, and the G-Man puts Gordon back into Stasis until he is needed again. Unfortunately for the G-Man, the Vortiguants interfere and Gordon escapes. The Combine then realizes that Eli Vance, the leader of the resistance, is planning to destroy the Portal. Since Gordon won't kill Eli himself, the G-Man decides to ask a trio of Advisors to kill Eli. Without Eli, the resistance falls apart. The G-Man, meanwhile, happily reports that Eli is out of his way, but somberly reports that the Portal has been destroyed. This leads to another theory of mine...
The G-Man will be the final boss of Episode 3See above theory for context. The G-Man is then told to get rid of Gordon, as he's played his part. The G-Man confronts Gordon and a Boss Battle commences.
The G-Man is True Neutral.He simply exists to move the story in its destined direction, which explains why his loyalties are ambiguous.
The G-Man is not malevolent at all.He is just extremely socially awkward. He's not trying to be Gordon's friend or anything like that, he's just trying to deliver him straight information. He just has such bad social skills that he can't do it without sounding really creepy. The times when he seems malevolent, such as putting Gordon into a "battle he has no chance of winning" if he doesn't work for him is just a combination of immaturity, being unable to empathize with anyone, and world-changing powers.
The G-Man is a reptilianThe whole "government man" look, possible affiliation with the government itself, the Sssssnake Talk... it looks like the Half-Life universe might've been run by aliens before the whole thing even kicked off!
G-Man is to Gordon what Firebrand is to Noah Maxwell.A supernatural version of him from an alternate universe/the future with questionable motives. This explains why he can teleport, cause strange-ass things to appear when he speaks, and sounds threatening even when (apparently) trying to help Gordon. And come on, "Wake up and smell the ashes"? Totally something a Proxy would say.
G-Man is the one who sent the Hunter to injure Alyx.
G-Man's true motives and alignment shall forever remain a mystery.G-Man is one of the greatest mysteries in gaming. Anything that Valve could come up with would only serve to pale the mystique that he has. We love him because he is a mystery. Valve knows this, and is smart enough to know not to spoil it. Therefore G-Man, whoever and whatever he is, will remain a mystery the ages.
Before Half Life 3 is released, hidden promotional items will be added in previous Valve games.One month before Half Life 3 is released, Valve will update Portal, Portal 2, Half-Life 2 and its episodes, Left 4 Dead 1 and 2, and Dota 2 with hidden Easter Eggs showing the G-Man (maybe something else in Half-Life 2) watching the player. If these Eggs are found by the player, new items will be added to your Team Fortress 2 inventory, two for each game, one being an equipable item or hat and one being a mysterious broken metal chunk.
Chell will make an appearance in Half-Life Ep. 3.It has been stated by Gabe Newell in an October 2007 interview that Chell has importance in the overall Half-Life universe, and will eventually have a fairly significant relationship with some of the other characters that we are already familiar with. Who knows, they are heading to the Borealis after all which is an Aperture ship, maybe a portal mishap leads Chell to Gordon's location or vice versa. Perhaps even GLaDOS gets some Half Life time? I know most people think 'but Portal 2 was set nearly 300 years after episode 2' but technically this was never confirmed so who knows. To this troper it appeared as though maybe 30 years at the most passed which would then put it into the HL continuity. We may even see Chell with a speaking role but that's just wishful thinking.
Episode 3 has been further delayed by the release of Portal 2Because now they have to rewrite the whole game to include Rick the Adventure Sphere in an Atlas-style arm and leg chassis.
Episode 3 will have Left 4 Dead style co-op.On the team will be Gordon, Alyx, Barney, Grigori, a Vortigaunt, and Adrian.
The events of Portal 2 will CAUSE Episode 3.This is why they've been so quiet about Episode 3 and stuff, is because it would spoil the ending for Portal 2!
At the end of Episode 3, Gordon (and the player) will have to make a Sadistic Choice...A choice between saving humanity or saving Alyx. Let's go over the facts. It's no secret that there's a growing relationship between Alyx and Gordon. Even Valve's own commentary suggests it, as well as commenting on how they have tried to create a bond between her and the player at every opportunity. And they've done a good job, as I'm sure everyone here can attest. At the end of Episode 2, Eli warns Gordon of the dangers of using the Borealis, hinting that it has the potential to create another resonance cascade, thus dooming all of earth. His last words to Gordon are to "destroy that ship!" A recent interview with Gabe Newall himself indicates they want to "broaden the series' emotional palette." When asked what will draw the best response, what players fear the most, he responded, "The death of their children. The fading of their own abilities." With these facts in mind, the final climax practically writes itself. Gordon and Alyx fight their way through the bowels of the ship, planting explosives to destroy it. They separate or are separated somehow, either to draw away the Combine or because the Combine force them apart. In the end, Gordon escapes, but is confronted by none other than a Combine Advisor, as in this picture.◊ As the final boss, it puts up a hell of a fight, delaying the player for many action-packed minutes. But in the end, those few minutes wreck everything. Alyx is still trapped on the Borealis; the ship has been activated by the Combine, and they're preparing to open a portal which will allow their forces through in planet-consuming droves. Now both Gordon and the player find themselves in a no-win situation. This is not a problem they can force their way through with a crowbar. Their combat abilities will do them no good here, and they must make a choice which will doom their children; either Gordon and Alyx's potential offspring, or all the children of the human race. So, what will it be? Fulfill Eli's last wish and destroy the Borealis, or save your companion/love interest? If Valve really wanted to screw with us, they could put a timer on the decision. One can only imagine...
Gordon will have to become something similar to a Combine Elite in episode 3.Because a "And Then John Was A Zombie" moment would win so hard. Plus, it makes sense that only and Elite or an Administrator could meet with an Advisor face to face.
The location that Adrian is sent at the end of Opposing Force will be vitally important in Half Life 3.
Adraian Shephard will be in another half life expansion pack: but not in the main seiries until a cameo in Half life 3Just look at it like this, a load of people love him and want him in a game, but valve already destroyed aby hopes of having him in episode 3. Valave want to please their fans so either they or gearbox software will make a sequel to opposing force, it'll take place in the same universe and the same time but Gordon Freeman and Adrian Shephardwon't meet until Half Life 3 and when they do there will be a showdown to finaly determin which is best. The Crowbar? Or The Wrench?
Gina and Colette will appear in episode 3Not much evidence for this, but it would probably please the fans, and it would be pretty cool.
Half-Life: Episode 3 and Duke Nukem Forever will be released together in a Vaporware PackBecause it'd be funny, and it makes sense. And packs seems to be a growing trend in gaming these days.
Episode 3 really is coincident with the Rapture.It's why the game is in Development Hell - Valve is compelled to work on it, but they're trying to delay the inevitable for as long as they can.
Episode Three will have a Co-op mode.The Co-op partner will be none other than Shephard.
Half-Life 3 will have three seperate storylines.The game begins with a short tutorial level in White Forest as a second Combine army attacks. Gordon flees, aiding the Resistance in pushing back the attack. Eventually, he is wounded and captured by one of three groups that signify the three split storylines. The Resistance storyline follows Gordon returning to City 17 with the Resistance to defeat the remnants of the Combine, only to discover they are leaving Europe and heading to the Arctic. Gordon follows them there, activating an ancient warp gate using salvaged fuel rods from the remains of the Chernobyl reactor, and rescues Dr. Kleiner and Mossman from the Resistance's base there. Gordon then infiltrates the Borealis, discovering an ancient power source hidden on it, which is taken by the Combine to an ancient underground temple. Gordon enters the temple and destroys the Consul, the supreme leader of the Combine, winning the war. The Combine storyline begins with Gordon captured by the Combine in the Arctic, a prisoner of Dr. Breen, whose injured body has been merged with an advisor. Gordon escapes, but is targeted by his fellow Resistance members for capture, due to rumors of him being mind-controlled. Gordon is eventually forced to do the Combine's bidding by fighting the Resistance and retrieving the power source from the Borealis. Eventually, he journeys back to City 17 and fights the ancient dark being hidden in the power source, allowing the Combine to take over. The Benefactors storyline begins in Chernobyl, with Gordon a prisoner of the G-Man and his mind-controlled superhuman slave, Adrian Shephard. As Gordon is forced to fight against the Resistance and Combine in City 17 and the Arctic, he learns that G-Man is the embassador for an interdimensional species whom plan to use the power source hidden on the Borealis to heal their shattered world. Eventually, G-Man betrays Gordon by leaving him to die, forcing Gordon to pursue and defeat him. Gordon kills the G-Man, but the power source is activated, effectively destroying all human life on Earth and rendering Gordon the sole survivor of his species.
The reason Episode 3 is taking so long is because it features the portal gun and it is hard to make a game in such a way where the portals won't be a gamebreaker.Look at the various youtube videos of the portal gun imported into Half-Life 2 and the episodes. It makes the game ridiculously easy. So it's taking so long because at one point of Ep.3 Gordon is able to get a ASHPD, and every level past that point has to be made "portal-proofed" so that Gordon doesn't just use the portals to cut a swath of destruction against the Combine like some sort of trickster god.
Alternatively, the reason Episode 3/Half-Life 3 is taking so long is that Valve is perfecting the Source engine.Let's see now: Averting No Flow in CGI for Left 4 Dead, advancing facial animations in Portal2, improved mapping in Team Fortress 2... Valve has something epic lined up.
Adrian Shepherd and Chell will cameo in Episode 3/Half-Life 3.It's most likely going to be the last game in the series, so all the characters will come back to say goodbye.
Episode 3/Half-Life 3 will end with Alyx and Gordon marrying.It's pretty clear the two are shipped in-universe and out-of-universe. Possibly with a Pair the Spares of Chell x Barney or Adrian.
Dr. Breen will die in Episode 3/Half-Life 3 due to Author Existance Failure.Breen's voice actor died. Valve doesn't seem to be the type to replace VA's. Plus, it's most likely that that game will be the end of the series- the villain needs to die in order to ensure a happy ending.
Episode Three will end in Gordon royally screwing things over for everyone.Probably stating the obvious here. It's one of the consistent themes of the series (the Resonance Cascade, killing the Nihilanth, instigating the Combine to raid Resistance strongholds, destroying the Citadel's Dark Fusion Reactor) and the first Half-Life ends with the biggest screw up of all, so it is only reasonable the Half-Life 2 story will end with one as well. Considering Eli's warning it will almost certainly be caused by the technology hidden in the Borealis, which itself is almost certainly portal technology. I predict that Gordon will use it to end Combine presense on Earth once and for all, targeting all Combine Advisors by focusing it on one in particular (which of course will only be achievable after defeating it in combat) and killing them all simultaneously. In doing so however another Resonance Cascade will be created, this one making Earth vulnerable to numerous dimensions and worlds instead of merely Xen or the Combine Overworld, turning Earth into the battlefield for a Final Battle with every alien species looking to dominate Earth or fill the power vacuum left by the Combine. Gordon will, of course, slaughter every last one of them, but only until Half-Life 3.
Gordan Freeman is a modern example of The Hero of Time
Gordon sees the world as the player doesWhat this troper means is, is that in Half Life, Black Mesa is equal opportunity. Gordon was smart, but had several birth defects, including being LEGALLY blind. He could see, but barely. as an adult, he accepted a new technology from Black Mesa to regain a rudimentery form of sight. He sees the world with sub-par graphics eyes. After being in stasis, the G-man improved his eyesight, to the level of quality you see in Half life 2 and its episodes. in Episode 3, his eyes will see as well as whatever the graphics engine is (for us) in-game. why his sight was not returned to a normal humans' is not known though. Another idea i had is a tired one, but Gordon is dreaming in stasis as you play the game. he experienced all that you saw, yes, but odds are the average human being, made of Steel or not, would still be afraid of Hunter fletchettes, exploding barrels and giant Synths. he was much more careful, due to the fact that HE is the one who feels the sting...and more. The last wmg i have is nearing Epileptic Trees, but everytime Gordon DOES die, the Gman transports him to an alternate universe with time going a few moments slower, i.e., Gordon "dies" or extremely close to it, and the Gman sends Gordon to one of the infinite universes there are, one, of course, being in the same setting, but minutes, hours, or days before. This process heals Gordon to his Pre-save health (Gman being the promotor of a "fair game"...mwahaha...). the only problem is that this tires Gman, and His Employers, whom aid this transition. so that explains the auto-saving. BTW, i am a new troper, hope I didn't mess up the page.
Gordon spent some time as Special Forces before he went to collegeHe didn't know what to do with his life, signed up, made it into the SEALs or Green Berets or one of the other heavy-hitters in USSOCOM, got out, and did his BS on the GI Bill. That's why he can kick so much ass.
Gordon Freeman is muteFreeman is simply incapable of speaking. He uses sign language to communicate.
Gordon Freeman was originally evil.C'mon. A goatee? Seriously? He was just working at Black Mesa in order to build his doomsday gun, but the Resonance Cascade forced him to be a good guy by default. During Half-Life 2, he realized that being good could get ladies like Alyx Vance to hang around with him voluntarily and has been reconsidering his ethics since then.
Gordon Freeman is no scientist.The most technically advanced task he has undertaken is... wheeling a cart of dangerous radioactive materials into a reactor. While the real scientists watched from behind two layers of bulletproof glass. In Half-Life 2, he performed the likewise taxing task of plugging in Dr. Kleiner's teleportation machine. Gordon is in fact Black Mesa's janitor. Any references to his scientific credentials are only a cruel running joke among the Black Mesa staff. Whether he resents it or not cannot be determined until he brings himself to speak on the matter.
Gordon's preternatural skills are due to more than the HEV suit.Think about it; it explains so much. He wasn't the only guy with that suit—but only two other users even made it out of the facility, let alone accomplished the things Freeman has. The only explanation—other than that he's just that awesome—is that he has something nobody else has. Like, say... the ability to travel through time. No, seriously—your ability to save your game carries over into the game world. That explains how he never dies, how he always knows the proper way to beat a foe or solve a puzzle. It also explains why he sometimes does such mind-numblingly stupid things as climbing into a stalker pod; either he knew he could just reset to the moment before he climbed in if things went badly, or he knew it was the best available option because he'd already tried everything else!
Alternative to the previous WMG, Gordon Freeman is Batman.By this theory, Robin (not Batman's Robin) only corrected BATMAN'S not being able to breathe in space, and thus, Gordon Freeman is, in fact, Batman. This would contradict his not being a Scientist, and explain his preternatural skills. This theory is further evidenced when you consider that Batman Beyond turns Batman into a Legacy character, so Gordon could be a Batman between Bruce Wayne and Terry McGinnis - meaning Robin has in fact corrected this for every Batman.
Alternative to the previous WMG, Gordon Freeman is that kid from Zathura.Heck, if Batman could breathe in space, and the main characters in that movie could, why the heck not?
By the logic of the previous WMG, Gordon Freeman is Jimmy Neutron.Think about it! He can breathe in space, he's (allegedly) a science genius, or course he's Jimmy Neutron!
Gordon Freeman is actually Jason Todd.This actually explains several of the issues here:
Gordon could talk, once upon a time...According to The Other Wiki, Gordon Freeman's doctoral thesis was titled Observation of Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Entanglement on Supraquantum Structures by Induction Through Nonlinear Transuranic Crystal of Extremely Long Wavelength (ELW) Pulse from Mode-Locked Source Array. Clearly, he used up all his words for life in the title of this thesis. The body of text was completely blank. Apparently, the G-Man must have landed him the job at Black Mesa.
Gordon could talk until the accident.The radiation accident at the beginning of Half-Life 1 permenantly fused his vocal cords. It is likely that his body was also turned to steel by the great magnetic field, thus his Made of Iron properties.
Gordon Freeman is Duke Nukem from the futureSee above. He's got BALLS OF STEEEEEL.
Gordon is The Painkiller."Faster than a bullet Terrifying scream Enraged and full of anger Hes half man and half machine" Gordon kills people with weapons. "Rides the metal monster Breathing smoke and fire Closing in with vengeance soaring high" The "metal monster" is the dune buggy from Half-Life 2. It "breathes smoke and fire" with the gauss gun. "He is the painkiller This is the painkiller" Meaningless chorus "Planets devastated Mankinds on its knees A saviour comes from out the skies In answer to their pleas Through boiling clouds of thunder Blasting bolts of steel Evils going under deadly wheels" After the 7-Hour War (devastates planets: check. mankind's on its knees: check.) Gordon comes out of stasis. "He is the painkiller This is the painkiller" Meaningless chorus "Faster than a lazer bullet Louder than an atom bomb Chromium plated boiling metal Brighter than a thousand suns" Gordon's able to overcome any threat, and typically borders on Refuge in Audacity with his entries. "Flying high on rapture Stronger free and brave Nevermore encaptured Theyve been brought back from the grave" Gordon eventually saves the human race from the Combine. "With mankind ressurrected Forever to survive Returns from armageddon to the skies" After the Half-Life series ends, Gordon goes back into stasis (or returns to the skies). "He is the painkiller This is the painkiller Wings of steel painkiller Deadly wheels painkiller" While he's in stasis after defeating the Combine, Gordon is idolized by the newly-saved human race as a saint, with wings of steel.
Grand Unifying Theory on GordonGordon is a mute genius. As such, he was hired by Black Mesa to prove that they are an "equal opportunity employer". However, since Gordon can't speak they wouldn't put him behind a desk announcing things, they'd put him out in the test chamber pressing buttons and observing things firsthand. Being made to push the cart wasn't an insult, it was the highest level position they could put him in that didn't require verbal communication with others. Barney's comments about pulling levers are references to this: Gordon's education didn't help him learn to speak and relegated him to the more menial tasks. Gordon, while happy to have a job at an institution as large as Black Mesa, is still slightly pissed off at Breen and Dr. Magnusson for treating him like a stupid handicapped idiot, which explains the microwave casserole incident. Barney, however, got along fine with Gordon and the two of them were good friends and spent a lot of time together in airducts. Alyx's "man of few words" comment was because she didn't know he was mute, or alternatively just a joke at his expense.
Gordon Freeman has a lisp.As a result. He vehemently refuses to talk due to embarrassment.
Gordon Freeman is a vampire.Regardless of graphical settings, he cannot be seen reflected in water or other surfaces. The HEV suit protects him from sunlight, although he may also be able to spend short periods of time exposed to the sun without protection, since he's forced to run along the rooftops to avoid the Combine, while wearing civilian attire, early in Half-Life 2.
One day, Gordon will invent an isotop so volatile that it does not have a half-life but quarter-lifeThey will have to observe with hasty.
Gordon Freeman uses the same crowbar in all the Half-Life games and EpisodesBecause... why not?
Gordon's mouth is full.His suit doesn't have enough pockets, so he's forced to carry a few guns in his mouth. That's why he doesn't talk.
Gordon Freeman is a crazed psychopath who enjoys murdering innocent scientists.Come on, who of us hasn't used cheats to give Gordon a gun before the Resonance Cascade and kill your fellow scientists? Some of us even continue working through the whole game, offing the people we are trying to rescue after they've served their useful purpose (i.e. opening a door).
Scientist: Ah! Hello, Gordon Freeman! It's good to see—
Gordon Freeman is Black Sabbath's "Iron Man".Freeman's durability would be explained by being "turned to steel". He can't get over waist high fences due to the "boots of lead".
Gordon Freeman is Max PayneAfter the horrific events of the first two Payne games, the governemnt used Max's college minor and some intense training to put him in an out of the way facillity studying some pointless energy crap. And changed his name. Of course, that all went to hell. The HEV suit simply dumps loads of painkillers into the hero's body when he is injured. And the film/noir secret behind this move? They stole Max/Gordon's bullet-time. And gave it to the G-Man. That's why the government has been interested in Max all this time. They wanted his bullet-time.
Gordon Freeman is a headcrab zombieEven as a headcrab zombie Gordon still fights for both humanity & Earth, suppressing his desire to kill and channeling his murderous intent against the Combine. In the initial resonance cascade Gordon was briefly teleported to Xen. Alone, disoriented, unarmed, and without a helmet Gordon was easy prey for headcrabs. Soon after zombification Gordon had the strength of will to remove the headcrab but still survive as a zombie. Gordon remains silent as not to betray his true nature, if he talked everyone would know. Would the resistance still follow Gordon if they knew the truth? Would Barney, Eli, and Kleiner put their trust in a headcrab Zombie? Alyx, what would Alyx do if she knew the monster Gordon has become? All questions Gordon doesn't want answered. When humanity is free and our world restored Gordon will turn his crowbar on the world's last threat. . . himself.
Due to a Vortigaunt prophecy, Gordon Freeman is the only person who can kill the G-Man.As a result, Freeman has been made a major factor in the G-Man's plans. In the first game, he engineered the Black Mesa Incident in order to kill Freeman. When Freeman survived, the G-Man decided "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" and forced Gordon into working for him. When the Vortigaunts freed Gordon, the G-man began working desperately not only to get things back under his control, but to prove to his usperiors, the Vortigaunts and himself that his destiny is his own and it is most certainly not to die at the hands of a not-scientist because a bunch of magical aliens with throat problems said so.
The Resonance Cascade gave Gordon superpowers.Think about it. Prior to the Resonance Cascade, Gordon did nothing extraordinary. Afterwards, he's a One-Man Army. Maybe some Xen lifeform merged with Gordon, not altering his mind or appearance, but making him nigh-invincible.
Gordon is an Active.The senior officials at Black Mesa (above Dr. Breen) knew that a resonance cascade was a possibility. So they hired a Doll who believed he was a scientist, but had latent combat skills (similar to Echo in "Stage Fright").
Gordon Freeman is the God Emperor of Mankind.Shortly before the events of the first game, the Emperor decided to try to guide humanity more directly by helping to advance science. The disaster that resulted after the Resonance Cascade convinced him to butt out (once he'd fixed things), and he went back to guiding from the shadows until finally deciding to found the Imperium of Man. The G-Man, given his machinations and manipulation, is Tzeentch, or an avatar of Tzeentch.
Gordon can talk, but everybody keeps interrupting him when he's right about to speak.And when they aren't interrupting him they don't give him a chance to talk.
Gordon Freeman has a psychological disorder that prevents him from speaking when under stress.
Gordon has a superpower without knowing it.A quote from vortigaunts in Half-Life 2 says "Your mind is opaque." This means that Gordon has a passive ability that he most likely is not even aware of; his mind is resistant to telepathy and probing. This is the reason G-Man is using him against the Combine - the Advisors have Psychic Powers, so somebody with an "opaque mind" was needed to combat them.
Gordon will get to use the portal gun.The Borealis will contain the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device and navigating the vessel will require the application of puzzle-solving skills similar to Portal, utilizing the portal gun.
Gordon was the one who ate all the donuts.And he doesn't talk so they don't smell his donut breath (or his mouth is still full of donuts).
The reason Gordon can carry all of those weapons? His suit absorbs them and the ammo.That's why his HUD has the feature to scroll through weapons. He can scroll through them, pick the one he wants/needs, and have it appear in his hand.
Gordon will finally speak at the end of Episode 3Imagine This: Near the end of Episode 3, Gordon finds himself in a situation where he can easily defeat the Combine in one fell swoop. As soon as he tries, however, Alex ends up being attacked by a Combine Adviser, and is dragged away from Gordon. Gordon immediately gives chase, only to be stopped in his tracks by the G-Man. The G-Man, supposedly having a contract to help the Resistance destroy the Combine, orders Freeman to go back and eliminate the Combine for good. The player hears a cry for help from Alyx. It's at this point control is taken from the player for only one moment, as the camera swings around to show Freeman's face, and he says one word, "No." This could possibly lead to some sort of boss fight with the G-Man for Freeman's 'Contract'.
Gordon will destroy The G-Man with a crowbarRead the above WMG about Gordon finally speaking.
Gordan will be forced to walk through an Aperture Science Material Emancipation Grid on board the Borealis during Episode 3.It is supposed to have one, and one of the things that scares us is the loss of our abilities. They said they plan to add that to a future game anyway, and the ASMEG is a convenient way to accomplish it. It certainly would be scary, too, considering that: none of his weapons would make it through, his HEV suit would likely be "emancipated" as well, and it's entirely possible that his glasses could be gone too.
Gordon Freeman's symbol is not a Lambda, but a Gimel, the Hebrew symbol of justice and punishment."Think not that I have come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a crowbar."
Alternatively, his symbol is not the Lambda, but the Lambada!A mistranslation caused everyone to think he spoke Greek, when in actuality he is a dancer.
Gordon's suit does have a helmet...But it can be retracted into the suit, and he removes it whenever he doesn't need it. There, helmet/no helmet flame war solved.
Gordon Freeman was born a woman.Just look at how he examines his hands when he first puts on the HEV suit in Half-Life 2.
Gordon Can Speak.He just dosen't want to, nor has found a good reason to
Gordon Freeman is deaf.He doesn't speak, and Valve have said they'll be including a deaf character in episode 3, who Alyx has a crush on, as an excuse to add sign language to the Source engine. On top of this, the game includes subtitles and closed captioning, as well as facial expressions, body language, and sophisticated enough animation to allow for lip-reading.
Gordon is an androidThat's why he doesn't eat, sleep or take a dump at any time during the game. He doesn't need to. That's also why headcrabs do not try to attach themselves to him, and why he volunteers to do life-threatening assignments for the Resistance. He knows that he would be more likely to survive than a human. He refused to believe that Android Hell was a real place and escaped from the Aperture Science lab. His hatred of Aperture Science caused him to join Black Mesa knowing nothing except that they were "rivals" and he became fiercely loyal to them. He later fights the Combine out of this loyalty, which he now displays toward Black Mesa's ex-scientists. They do not know he's an android because his appearance was altered like Andrew's in Bicentennial Man.
Gordon Freeman is multi-lingual.That's why everyone in Half-Life 2 and its Episodes seem to speak English, despite not being set in an English-speaking country. Gordon can understand a wide range of languages, and it's translated into English for the player.
Gordon actually has 20/20 eyesightThe glasses are just there to interface with his HEV and act as a helmet would insofar as the HUD is concerned. Also, the project a weak energy field that protects him from headcrab infection. If you notice, they appear to actually have something displayed in them in some of the artwork, likely part of his HUD.
Gordon wears one of those geek straps across the back of his head, keeping his glasses on.
Gordon Freeman is dead
Gordon Freeman is Jesus.He's the son of Morgan Freeman, who is God, and is therefore Jesus saving humanity from the alien overlords. And the G-man may or may not be Satan. This also explains the God Mode cheat. And Alyx is Mary Magdaline.
Gordon Freeman suffers from the same issue as The Narrator from Fight Club.The G-Man is his Tyler Durden.
Gordon Freeman has one superpower.Everything in front of him that shows even the slightest resistance is destined to die. Gordon can change the very fabric of existence to ensure his survival and a body count rivalling a small nation.
Gordon Freeman is a zombie goastThis is why he is so resistant to attack; he is a goast. Also, a zombie.
Gordon was tested by Aperture Science before, and escaped like ChellWith the new Portal patch adding a bunch more WMG fuel and possible Portal-Half-Life links how about this for an insane theory? Gordon was part of Aperture science testing in his past (although not necessarily tests related to the Portal gun). At some point he escaped and, after discovering a talent for science, joined Black Mesa just to spite Aperture. When the events of Half-Life 1 went down the Training from Hell Aperture gave him inadvertently resulted in him being a Badass One-Man Army and allowed him to bring the situation under some sort of control and survive the subsequent Combine invasion. One of the new sound files, when reversed, sounds like "Gordon, you're next". This could be Glados, who wants revenge on Gordon for some transgression against her in the past; maybe he was even a contributor to her insanity. This goes into Portal being an Evil Plan by Glados to escape into the "real world" and hunt down Gordon. Of course she'll be very happy when she finds out he is en-route to an Aperture Facility where Gordon is at her mercy... Until Alyx, The Combine, newly-freed Chell and Gordon's own unexpected competence combine to throw a colossal Spanner in the Works of course. The G-Man probably set this all up to sabotage the Combine's plans for Borealis.
Gordon Freeman is suffering from PTVD.It's an incredibly likely scenario. While from a gameplay perspective keeping him from speaking would allow the player to identify with him and personalize his experiences, in-universe being bounced around between dimensions, being attacked by creatures both terrestrial and alien, dropped in nuclear waste, trash compactors, shot at, bombed, and generally put through hell, he could very well have developed post-traumatic vocal disarticulation.
Gordon Freeman is an Eldritch AbominationThat thing shaped like a physicist that you talk to? That never speaks, eats, or sleeps? That can survive amounts of physical punishment that would destroy armored tanks? That has single handedly, remorselessly, slaughtered thousands of people despite no apparent training or aptitude? And that, for some reason, despite having never met him, people feel an overwhelming sense of trust and confidence in? Gordon Freeman is the gun toting version of Stephen King's Buick 8.
Gordon Freeman is Snake EyesWell, have you ever seen Snake Eyes' face? No. No, you haven't. Therefore, theory valid.
Gordon doesn't talk because he wants to be polite
Father Grigori... Rasputin.More likely a gag than anything else, or maybe deliberately invoked by Father Grigori (i.e. not his real name), but consider:
Mossman is under the G-man's control.Everything she does seems to help him. First, she: Gets Eli imprisoned. This causes Alex and Gordon to go to Nova Prospect to save him. This ends up with Eli still being imprisoned, and Nova Prospect blows up. This is taken as the signal to begin the uprising. While G-mans objectives are vague, he seems to want Breen dead, because he puts Gordon in stasis seconds after he kills him. He would have no chance of getting that to happen without the whole uprising thing. Then Alyx gets captured, and Gordon fights his way to Breen. Then he gets captured, and Dr Breen says: "(Gordon) has proven to be a fine pawn to those who control him" Probably not the exact quote, but it seems that Breen knows about G-man. Then Dr Mossman picks a very convenient time to change sides again. Then Gordon gets free, and kills Breen. Then G-man puts him in stasis, but how would G-man have killed Breen if she had just stood there? Sure, G-man might think that she would change sides, but why risk it? Then she goes to the arctic to find the Borealis. How did she know were it was? How did she even know it existed? Then she gets attacked, and this gives a reason for Gordon to go there. Also, Eli's death seems very useful for G-man, as he was going to tell Gordon who G-man was, so is Alyx's injury by the hunter, because that distracted the Vorts so G-man could talk to Gordon.
The unforeseen consequences that the G-man was referring to before Eli was killed was not the contents of the Borealis
G-Man = (G)ordon Free(man).
Judith Mossman is an ex-Aperture employee, which is how she knows the location of the Borealis.She originally applied for Black Mesa, it being the more reputable organization, but Gordon Freeman was hired instead due to his Innsbruck experience. Put out by this, she got a job at their rival, Aperture Science, during the post-Cave Johnson era. She worked (and possibly led) the research division working on the Borealis, which was outside the Enrichment Centre after being transferred to the surface from the dock seen in Portal 2. She had been keeping the location of the Borealis secret from the other members of the Resistance as she initially sympathised with Breen's plan, but Gordon's destruction of the Citadel inspired her to reclaim it and use what's inside it against the Combine. Which leads to the guess below:
The Borealis contains some form of teleport to the Combine Overworld, developed by Aperture Science prior to the Seven Hour WarAperture's response to Black Mesa's teleportation experiments to Xen was developing a passage to the Combine planet, from which they surreptitiously stole alien technology (the Combine aren't very observant) and reverse engineered it to create consumer products. We have seen the results with High Energy Pellet generators, a Combine charger seen in the Portal 2 comic◊, emancipation grids, hard light bridges, excursion funnels, and possibly even the Portal Gun itself. As an ex-Aperture employee, Mossman has the contact codes for the Overworld used for opening the teleport (which she sent with her transmission), and plans to cannibalize the teleport for use against the Combine, possibly causing a Resonance Cascade scenario on their own planet.
The Resonance Cascade is still happening, and Gordon is effectively still in the chamber, choosing among futures.This is why he has the "reload/F6 key" power; he's literally still exploring possibilities. His choices, and the G-Man's actions, are directing him toward a scenario, probably involving the Borealis, in which he can become the G-Man, and either cause the Cascade himself, thus becoming personally godlike at the cost of most of humanity, or prevent it from happening... but any choice he makes will have its own problems, particularly in the unmaking of the coolness that is Alyx. The Vortigaunts want Freeman to choose a path that includes the Cascade because they wish to remain free. Mossman's goal is to place *herself* in the chamber and achieve godhood. G-Man's employers are other G-Men of alternate realities who want to be freed from the guilt of the price of their godhood. Another WMG related to this: the Gravity Gun and HEV suit are also part of the Cascade. The Gun contains sample GG-3883 from the test, and the suit, while modified, is still the original suit. They choose futures in the same way Gordon does, and so any scenario that would destroy them just doesn't happen.
The G-Man's employers are Valve SoftwareThe G-Man is the personification of Marc Laidlaw's attempts to keep the story linear. As such, it is the G-Man that is to blame for the weird coincidences that keep Freeman on his feet. As the series progressed, G-Man gained more of a personality and characterization, leading to his replacement by the Fourth Wall breaking Vortigaunts in Episode 1. The series will end with G-Man taking Gordon to meet his employers, upon which the player will view a video recorded by the staff at Valve, thanking them for playing and doing some minor story exposition. The game will then close. When the player attempts to reopen them, the "New Game" button has been replaced with "New Game+", which features dialogue from Gordon.
As of the events of Half-Life 2, Episode Two, Alyx is carrying Gordon's child.As the Vortigaunts heal Alyx in Episode Two, they ask Gordon to lend them a hand in stabilizing her. Then the Vorts "weave [his and Alyx's] life forces together," forming a "nearly vortal bond." Also note that when the strange beige colour spreads throughout Alyx's body, it originates from her lower abdomen—where her uterus is. Plus, one of the Vortigaunts says, "There is a quickening!" The context would have us believe they are referring to her pulse, or to the fact that "quicken" means "stimulate" or "give or restore life to". But the word "quickening" also refers to when a fetus first begins to show signs of life, or begins to make movements that can be felt by the pregnant woman. This is semi-foreshadowed by Eli's remarks that Alyx and Gordon would make a good couple, and that they can't "blame an old man for wanting grandkids." Additionally, it explains why the G-Man now takes such an interest in Alyx in particular: now that she's carrying his prime specimen's child, she's super-important to his schemes. That baby could play a vital role in some other intergalactic conflict of his, and it will be the price she pays for being saved from Black Mesa.
The Combine are being controlled by the Reapers.Another troper speculated that the gravity gun runs on eezo. Assuming this is true, there is only one logical conclusion: The Reapers realized their game's ending was going to suck and decided to high-tail it into a different one through a portal similar to the ones used by the Combine to invade Earth. The Reapers found the Combine, indoctrinated and huskified the lot of 'em, then used them to invade Earth. The reason they don't just attack themselves is because they don't want to alert the developers of their existence. As soon as the Half-Life series is over and Valve is busy working on other games, the Reapers will invade and conquer everything. Little do they know however, that they've traded one Implacable Man for another...
The Cremators still exist in canon.In Eli's lab, you can see a Cremator head in a jar, which Eli will tell you Alyx brought in, but they have no idea what it is. This means that the Cremator's head were built still, which means they're still in existence. Throughout the game, you happen upon burnt bodies in many places. Perhaps the Combine dispatch Cremators to destroy bodies, and they just aren't normally seen. Besides, they're a creepy enemy, and awesome looking. They deserve to exist.
Areas in Portal 2 will be playable in the next HL game.Everyone knows Gordon and teleportation don't mix. Once Gordon and company find the Borealis, they'll probably come across a teleporter of some sort, or maybe even the Portal gun. Once that happens, they'll probably end up traveling to the Borealis' drydock, which can be seen in Portal 2. This will be a Nostalgia Level, and they'll get out pretty quickly, but not before lots of Portal references.
Portal 2 and Episode Three are still connected, due to Time TravelThe Borealis vanished years ago, and suddenly reappeared in present day. It's known, at least by Eli and Kliener, to contain technology powerful enough to take the fight to the Combine, or destroy us all. This may actually be a method of Time Travel, which caused the Borealis to disappear and reappear. Also, the 'Slow Teleport' from Nova Prospekt to Kliener's lab may actually be Foreshadowing this. Put together with Portal 2's Time Skip, we can draw the conclusion that the two stories may still be connected, if only peripherally.
The government drugged the HECU Marines as part of an experimentBefore deployment, the HECU detachment had their food/water spiked with some kind of Psycho Serum that turned them into bloodthirsty killing machines. Think about it: not one of the marines ever seems to think it's strange that they're being sent en masse to mow down civilian scientists; they're completely unflinching, refusing to retreat, surrender, or even use cover, even when their squadmates are dropping like flies around them; they're nonsensically cruel, relishing the opportunity to mow down defenseless civilians; they possess single-minded dedication to killing Gordon, even though he's fended off hundreds of the soldiers; and they can't spell worth crap ("YORE DEAD FREEMAN"), due to the compound's degenerative effects on their minds. The marines that Shepherd runs into were not part of the HECU, and thus, were not subject to the experiment, explaining why they're not total psychos. Shepherd, knowing something was fishy, didn't take the pills/spiked rations/whatever; this ability to adapt is what made the G-Man curious.
All the people in City 17 probably thought Gordon Freeman was in another City, or in hiding.Think about it; nobody asks what the hell happened to him over the past years, and everyone expects him to be a major Resistance fighter. See, only Breen knew that Gordon was in stasis when he made that announcement to Overwatch in Nova Prospekt.
The Barnacle Tongues are not tongues...They are their penises. Real life Barnacles have long penises (on scale, it would be like a human having a 50 foot penis). Who's to say alien ones don't?
The Head-crabs are able to zombify humans because of The Green fluThe Head-crabs normally can only zombify creatures from there home world, but like ten or so years before The Black Mesa incident, While the events of left 4 dead 1 and 2 were going on, either Black Mesa, or Aperture Science figured out a cure that they sprayed into the atmosphere which made living creature a carrier, people rebuilt and the world was doing fine but when the incident happened it just happened to react to the head crabs biology making then be able to turn others into zombies. The combination of it and the head-crabs forcing changes meant to be on a vortigaunt made it so they changed the humans into those horrible creatures.
Black Mesa's firearm program was Team Fortress 2Gordon spent a lot of time playing Team Fortress 2 explaining his reflexes and use of firearms. And maybe it was in the form of a light gun arcade, thus explaining his handling of weapons. Black Mesa probably hosted the game during the their break times. Or even better it's the reason the Resonant Cascade happened in the first place. Someone probably hacked the server which lead to..Ahem.. unfortunate implications.
Dog actually works for the CombineDog's constant Deus ex Machina appearances are far too convenient. He spends most of his time way off-screen (Unless he's interacting with Alyx), only to jump out of freakin' nowhere to pull some Big Damn Hero moment. For something that can tear apart a Strider with its bare hands, you'd think the resistance would give him a more frontline role. But no, Dog wanders off, contributes absolutely nothing to the cause, and only ever appears to save the day in a scripted event. For a character that actually doesn't do that much, he's awfully well-trusted by the good guys. Here's the facts: He's survived being cornered by the Combine at least twice (At BME, and shortly after leaving Kleiner's lab in the endgame of Half-Life 2), he's actively tried to kill Alyx and Gordon once (Episode 1. He just got
The G-man works for ValveThe G-man is an agent sent by Valve after the creation of the Half-life universe to trigger the events necessary for the game's plot to occur. This also explains all the powers the G-man possesses, like stopping time at the end of Half-Life 2.
The HEV suit never was intended as a hazardous environment suitRather, it was a powered armour prototype disguised as one. It doesn't really protect you all that much from hazardous environments (though presumably the emissions in in the Anti-mass Spectrometer chamber were harmful, meaning that's one thing it DID work against), stops bullets better than it should, seems to give you the strength to use a crowbar as a weapon (they're unwieldy for that purpose) and has a freaking munitions counter. Its development was probably the result of the G-Man's involvement, as usual.
Eli hired Gordon from the G-Man.The price for hiring someone from him though, is the death of a loved one because the hired one loses their free will until the contract is finished (basically, Gordon is a merc). However, after doing this, he then told the Vorts' to stop the G-Man when he tries to take his payment. The G-Man didn't mind, as he saw Gordon's usefulness to the Resistance and found the Combine annoying. After Alyx was on the ground, saved by the Vorts' the G-Man informed her of all of this. She is clearly angry, and the G-Man warns her Gordon has about 60 seconds of air left. She decides to get revenge and safe Gordon by making the deal of setting Gordon free (after the Combine are defeated) in trade for Eli, Mossman, and Barney's lives. Barney is killed off screen, Mossman is killed by the Combine, and Eli is killed by the Advisor. The ending was an act so people didn't catch on. The reason Eli was spooked by what the G-Man had Alyx tell him wasn't just because the G-Man had said that before at Black Mesa, but the G-Man visited him right after his deal with Alyx and said the same.
Black Mesa was built next to a certain landfill.And somehow one of those E.T. cartridges made it into the anti-mass spectrometer. Nice job, Atari. You've caused a Resonance Cascade. After he's done killing endless waves of zombies, Gordon Freeman will sue the hell out of you.
The Combine Will Arrive Right After The Infection.Here's my theory on the timeline: Half-Life - 200X, Left 4 Dead - 2009, Left 4 Dead 2 - 2009, 7 Hour War - 2012, Portal - 201X or 202X, Half Life 2 - 202X, E1 - 202X, E2 - 202X and E3 - 202X
The Combine Assassin is still canon.They have a training ground too. It's a building built by a company they stole those Energy Balls from. Yes, The Aperture Science Enrichment Center. Chell was a Rebel who somehow didn't get her mind wiped. That's why there aren't any by Half-Life 2. They were all dead and the Combine couldn't make more. GLaDOS was against them, but was forced to work for them. The employees gassed? Combine. The Morality Core? Combine Obedience Device. The attempt on Chell's life? A trick. She NEEDED to be killed to stop the creation of Assassins. This Was A Triumph (for the Rebels). Where is she singing from? A certain ship lost in the Arctic. And, yes, there is Cake (ok, maybe no cake) and an Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device. The backup is activated on her death. She was given a plan by the G-Man. He saves Chell from mind-wipe, she gets her to activate the backup, and Gordon gets a Portal Gun. Perfect plan. Also, the Half-Life 2: E2 Combine Battle Network is based off of GLaDOS.
The Crowbar is a powerful magical artifact, given by the G-man, and the source of Gordon's power
When the Resistance members remind Gordon to reload, they aren't referring to his gun.They're reminding him to reload his saves often to do as well as possible on a given section. They want to live, after all.
Lamarr is Gordon Freeman, from the future.Due to unforseen consequences of his actions throughout the series, he has turned into a head crab and is now trying to provide support to his past self [human Gordon Freeman] and the rest of the resistance.
The G-Man mimicks the facial features of whoever sees him.The reason his face so closely resembles Gordon's (see - The G-Man is Gordon Freeman from the future) is because that's who the player is seeing him through. To a Vortigaunt, he'd look like one of them. To Alyx, he'd be a woman. It's possible that he has no true form of his own, or it could be that his true form is masked in this way.
The G-Man cannot sing in the key of 'G'.Which is why he has such strange mannerisms when speaking, he is singing everything he says.
The G-Man worked for Aperture ScienceAperture Science and Black Mesa were competing with one another on a big government contract to develop working teleportation technology. Aperture knew that Black Mesa was getting close to a breakthrough, so they sent G-Man to infiltrate and deliver the Xen crystals to Dr. Vance in order to cause a chain reaction and ultimately destroy the facility. He then captures Freeman, hacks into GLaDOS and makes her kill all of the staff in Aperture Science to steal their secrets, including how to build a hand-held teleportation device that he builds into his briefcase!
The G-Man's employers were the VortigauntsThe Vortigaunts hired the g-man to bring about their freedom. He did this by providing the crystal sample for the test and causing an inter-dimensional war between Earth and Xen (the Black Mesa Incident). He originally intended to use Adrian Shephard to bring down the Nihilanth, but Gordon Freeman proved more resourceful and he manipulated events to bring about Gordon slaying Nihilanth. As payment for helping the Vortigaunts he obtained control of Xen ("for the time being") and was allowed to take Gordon Freeman as an employee.
Race X from Opposing Force are the Combine.The G-Man sends Shepherd away because he's seen things he shouldn't. Incidentally, Shepherd's the only living person we know of who saw Race X, as the G-Man clearly doesn't care about people learning of the Borderworld inhabitants. Race X only shows up towards the end of the Black Mesa Incident, when the Nihilianth would have spent more time worrying about silly things like physicists with crowbars than maintaining the barrier between Xen and the Combine worlds. Once the barrier was weakened, the Combine dispatched a legion of Synths to bore through the Borderworld into Earth... and were promptly nuked. But they managed to find Earth and knew how to get to it through the Borderworld, thus setting up the events of the Seven Hour War.
Advisors are just Synths.Well-made synths, naturally, capable of telepathy, but their feeble bodies makes them no more than advanced cell-phones... that can Mind Rape with their Naughty Tentacles. Note how at least a few of the Advisors we see are described as larval, seems odd to send a baby version of your master race to some alien world you plan on just strip-mining to death. Ergo, if there is a master race to the Combine, Advisors aren't it.
Alternately, the Advisers evolved from humans.The Advisers were once just like us, but millenia of being waited on hand foot by their countless slaves have turned them into featureless sacks of fat who exist only to consume.
Or maybe Advisors are just Combine middle management.The fall of the Citadel and the death of Dr. Breen at the hands of the same man who originally took out the Nihilanth (a being of near-cosmic power, note) appears to have upgraded Earth's threat category from 'obscure resource world' to 'possible problem'. So several Combine Advisors (who we first saw as Dr. Breen's immediate supervisors) have now been sent in as crisis managers to handle the situation. Given the (implied) vast scope of the Combine, why should whoever their ruling powers are step in themselves, this early in the storyline? This is what lieutenants are for.
The Combine and Aperture Science are related/Shared the same techFirst off, GLaDOS sounds remarkably similar to the Combine overwatch, especially in Episode 2. As well, the energy balls in the enrichment centre have more than a passing resemblance to the ones in the Combine citadel. The receptors are also very similar as seen in Episode One. As a final note, when Chell is hit by an energy ball, the portal gun disintrigrates the exact same way as the Combine soldiers guns when they are hit by an energy ball.
Lamarr holds the secret to defeating the CombineWhy else would Dr. Kleiner be so concerned about his pet headcrab? After all, there's no shortage of headcrabs about.
Myrmidonts fight to the death during spawning season.You obtain the pheropod from the corpse of a Myrmidont; as demonstrated in the game, this works fine for attaining the allegiance of normal antlions, but other Myrmidonts will still attack you on sight.
The G-Man was BarneyThey both have the same voice actor. Gman isn't around whenever Gordon sees Barney. Gman doesn't pay attention to Barney, because HE KNOWS Barney (his past self) already makes it through alright. And when Valve does something horrible to Barney's character it just means he's turned into Gman.
Dr. Breen is related to Colonel Breen of Quatermass and the PitIt may be possible to fit the Breen of Star Trek in there somewhere.
The Black Mesa Incident was an Evil Plan by Dr. BreenBreen set up the entire incident, either because the Combine had already contacted him and promised to appoint him the head administrator of humanity, or because Evilutionary Biologist he believed the resulting struggle would strengthen mankind]].
Nihilanth was a Combine cyborg who rebelled & led his people to Xen to escape their tyranny.That metal thing sticking out of him does look a lot like some of the other jagged metal stuff the Combine use, doesn't it? Also, the Grunts appear to be cyborgs as well, seeing as how they make a metallic noise when hit with the crowbar, even the apparently fleshy parts. The curious part is that even after they escape the Combine's slavery, the Nihilanth continues to use Vortigaunts as slaves. Chances are the Vortigaunts were slaves long before the Combine showed up. Maybe the irony was lost on Nihilanth.
Alyx Vance is completely and totally in love with Gordon.For a start, she probably grew up hearing about him from her father - the young scientist who almost single-handedly saved the day. She builds up this image of Gordon as this superhuman figure. Then she rescues Gordon, and she sees that he isn't invincible. But then he puts on the hazard suit, and he's just as powerful as he was in the stories Eli told her. That is the clincher. She completely falls for him.
The G-Man prevents Gordon from talking.Theorize what you will about Half-Life, but from 2 onward, the G-Man prevents Gordon from speaking so that his knowledge of how the G-Man operates doesn't ruin the plot for the player. Or maybe just 'cause it makes the G-man chuckle whenever Gordon knows the obvious solution to a problem and he can't tell Alyx/Barney/the player.
Eli Vance will be back, but as an AdvisorThink about it, the Combine could easily use the genius of Eli Vance to create new technologies as an Advisor, instead of merely killing him. Also, host bodies were offered to Dr. Breen and seem to be able to be provided by current Advisors.
Poison Zombies are pissed that they have to carry so many headcrabs.Think about it. You've got three or four of these things on your back, and they're heavy enough to make you walk hunched over. Then you see some cocky bastard who's carrying around nothing but a crowbar. It's only natural that you'd try to get him to pull his own weight.
G-Man works for the Cosmic Maintenance companyMoorcock, Heinlein & Lequare, Ltd is the multiversal contractor of universe maintenance. When a universe under goes technical difficulties, a Cosmic Maintenance Man is often dispatched to sort the continuitium out. Although this may take time, as there are only a finite number of Cosmic Maintenance Men and an infinite number of universes, if Hugh Everett is right, anyways. To help with the ever increasing workload, G-Man has been assigned with the task of harnessing the resource that is Gordon Freeman. The typical Hero With A Thousand Faces is a power that, until now, MH&L, Ltd had not yet been able to control, but G-Man offered a interesting solution to the usual refusal of voluntary services that most Heroic Mimes answer with. Mainly, this is done through liberal helpings of Mind Screw. The events of Half-life are being manipulated by the G-Man in order to produce a One-Man Army that can adapt to situations in a heartbeat, be accustom to sudden upgrades in order to complete a suddenly difficult mission and generally be immune to the effects of being dumped randomly in hazardous situations and being left there until the right man in the wrong place can sort things out, defeat the bad guys and get the universe going in the direction that MH&L, Ltd feel is most appropriate for the universe. Once Freeman is fully trained, there's already a universe selected that he needs to fix. And then G-Man has some other individuals scouted out for the next recruitments.
Civilians in City-17 are extremely resistant to pain.Evidence: when you set a civilian on fire, they walk around for a bit, then die. When you set a CP or Combine soldier on fire, they thrash around in agony, then die.
Alyx looks better in the Episodes One and Two because the Suppression Field is down.Alyx Vance's slightly upgraded look in the episodes isn't just because of improvements in graphics since Half Life 2, but because the Combine Suppression Field that canceled reproductive desires has been destroyed, literally making her look more attractive to Gordon.
The Borealis contains a Time MachineAperture Science has been shown to have created technology several times more advanced then the rest of the Half-Life universe. (For example, both GLaDOS and the ASHPD are more advanced then the Half-Life 2's closest examples, D0g and Kliener's teleporter.) The Borealis originally disappeared when Chell activated the time machine to protect it from the Combine. (Which would take place in Portal 2, making Portal set between Half-Life and Half-Life 2).
Poison zombies are bloated because they are full of eggsPoison headcrabs reproduce by taking a host and then having a massive orgy on its back and filling it full of eggs. These hatch and the zombie is eatten by baby headcrabs from the inside out.
Adrian Shepherd will be sent to retrieve Freeman by the G-ManFor whatever reason, the G-Man can't just blip Gordon back out. He still has Shepherd in storage. Humans can take action without restriction, and the G-Man can implant orders into people. This will end violently.
There is a scenario similar to Chzo Mythos, and Gordon Freeman is actually not Gordon Freeman.Just like in 7 Days a Stranger, Gordon might be someone else who everybody mistakes for Gordon, who has possibly killed the real Gordon for some reason. That's why he doesn't talk: To not betray his ignorance about particle physics.
The G-Man was pulling Alyx out of the Citadel with GordonWe know that he saved her once before, and that he considered her a valued investment. Whether he was going to keep her with Gordon, or deliver her to Eli is yet unknown. What Eli did to get the G-Man to rescue her from Black Mesa will be important in the future.
The Vortigaunts are are really annoyed by GordonFreeman simply doesn't notice the sarcasm they constantly use because of the way they speak. When you fall into a pit, the Vortigaunt says "No pit is complete without a Freeman coming out of it." It took me a moment to realise he was making fun of me for falling in. At the Vortigaunt camp there are two chatting Vortigaunts, if you go close to them, they say they will use English in your presence "unless they wish to say unkind things" about you and straightaway continue to converse in Vortigese. They're clearly annoyed that you're just wandering in on their private conversation and say this is their way of insulting you.
Alyx is wearing Unobtainium.Alyx is Made of Iron for no apparent reason. Maybe she has some advanced combat technology that was developed by her father and Dr. Kleiner to fight the Combine. The same may also apply to other resistance members.
GLaDOS' backup is on the Borealis, where she and Freeman shall have some cake.Also, whilst he is smart and a scientist, he is also a full-time employee - of Black Mesa. Turrets ensue.
Half-Life doesn't take place on Earth, but on a world in Warhammer 40,000.Think about it. The reason teleportation is so dangerous is because it involves passing through the Warp. Xen is a daemon world in the Eye of Terror, and the Nihilanth and its allies are followers of Tzeentch. The ant lions are a stranded strain of Tyranid that lost their connection with the Hive Mind until they rebuilt sufficient strength, and so are the headcrabs. The Combine are a special-operations force from the Tau Empire. The G-Man is either the Deceiver or an Eldar Farseer. The HEV suit was reverse-engineered from power armour.
After Eli Vance dies, his brain will be put into d0g's body, or another robot body.Eli built d0g not only to protect Alyx, but as a last-ditch effort to becoming immortal. His prosthetic leg is the first step (no pun intended) in his trans-humanization efforts.
The cassarole incident with Magnusson? Not an accident.Gordon Freeman's deepest desire is to recognized for his scientific intelligence. Freeman also hates Magnusson, since Freeman is stuck carting around isotopes and the one who gets recognized is a jerk like Magnusson. So Freeman saw Magnusson's beloved cassarole and took an oppurtunity...
The Crowbar is forged from the one ring.Think about it. The crowbar looks always the same, if you hold it to a fire, Gordon doesn't get his hands burned and most important: It always returns to its master. So, Gordon is also Sauron, the Dark Lord!
The Xenians were protecting Earth from the Combine.When the creatures from Xen first invaded, it was because they were trying to stop the human scientists from messing around with portal technology, since the Combine could detect such incursions. When Nihlanth was destroyed, now nothing stood in the way of the Combine, who promptly invaded. Need I say it?
The Vortigaunts are evolving.As evidenced by their elevation from weak mooks in Half-Life to Bad Ass killing machines in Episode Two. Also, note the change in skin texture and vocal outputs. This has something to do with the growing power of the Vortessence.
The Combine can not control the Vortiguants.The only living Vortiguants you see in Half Life 2 and later are in the company of the Resistance. Despite having a number of abilities that would make them more useful as a slave race than humans, you only ever see them tortured to death in Nova Prospekt. And comments from Episode Two would indicate that they are an actual physical threat to the Advisors. Humans could be threatened with pain and death, and altered with surgery. Vortiguants, however, did not fall to such things.
We have never seen a true Headcrab ZombieHeadcrabs are probably native to the Vortigaunt homeworld. They evolved zombie powers to deal with Vortigaunts and their electric attacks. When one possesses a human, though, they do not know the difference and force the mutation they'd normally execute on a Vortigaunt.
The HECU is not a Marine operation. It is, instead, Bad Company.This troper has a quite a few family in the Corps, and when presented with even a fraction of the evidence, they scream and moan that the HECU is, in fact, not Marine. Added to the behavior of the unit in a clear combat zone, they resemble more of a motley crew of ragtags and misfits from the Army than Special Forces Marines. Hence, the HECU is not Marine, but is, in fact, Bad Company, sent to clear the way for the Black-Ops, then be silenced themselves.
Alyx Vance died during the Black Mesa incident, the â€œAlyxâ€� we know and love is Eliâ€™s replacementEli Vanceâ€™s daughter Alyx died with her mother in Black Mesa, killed by a Bullsquid. Eli eventually took in one of the many orphans left by the Seven Hour War (one who remained Eli of his deceased daughter) and raised her as his late daughter Alyx. While Eli came to genuinely to care for his adopted daughter he could never bring himself to tell â€œAlyxâ€� the truth.
Valve is the CombineValve's games are their more subtle version of the reproductive suppression field - they keep countless potential Badass Bookworms like Gordon Freeman from reproducing, since they're too busy playing Valve games and writing about those games on this website.
In the absence of Gordon, Alyx is now the G-Man's agent.Gordon is apparently no longer under the G-Man's control. To keep the war in his favor, the G-Man recruited the next best person: Alyx Vance, who works closely with Gordon and is a major player in the war. To keep the Vorigaunts off his trail, the G-Man made his control over Alyx much more covert, implanting several Manchurian Agent-style triggers in her. The one Gordon saw in Episode 2 "Prepare for unforseen consequences," is just one of many commands the G-Man has given to Alyx.
Half Life and Team Fortress 2 take place in the same universe.If the Engineer had just shared his teleportation tech way back when, all this mess could have been avoided.
Valve will include references to Half-Life: Full Life Consequences in their next game.Have you seen how popular it is? They might make something along these lines:
Dr. Gregory House's near-death experience was in fact, the entire Half Life universeWe all know that House loves video games, so when he shocked himself into a near death experience in one episode, instead of having a religious journey, he played his ideal video game. He was a mute hero with working legs, able to solve greater puzzles than those provided by modern disease. The fact that he is mute is an allusion to how House would have more friends if he said nothing than if he made fun of people any longer.
Father Grigori survived.Because he wasn't a mere man, he was just masquerading as one.
The experiment in the first game was an attempt to duplicate Dr. Manhattan, with Gordon as the unwitting test subject.It didn't quite succeed, but years later, the weapons scanner gave Gordon the kick to temporarily tap into his cosmic powers and melt people.
Alyx was heavily genetically modified.This is the true reason for her regeneration, durability and her understated reaction to getting shot. She is completely unaware of this and thinks she's more or less normal.
The different-looking Vortigaunts from Episode Two are younger VortigauntsThere are all kinds of stuff to back this up, mainly the smoother skin and the higher voice.
Half-Life takes place in the world of Watchmen.After Dr Manhattan left earth, and the situation between the USA and the USSR stabilised, the real Eldritch Abominations started taking notice of our Insignificant Little Blue Planet as scientists attempted to continue Manhattan's research into teleportation, discovering that the border world Xen was used by Manhattan as a dimensional slingshot whenever he teleported things, unknowingly attracting the attention of the Universal Union. The Combine's typical ponderous sluggishness meant that Black Mesa's resonance cascade happened before their attempted invasion, making it easier for them to invade.
Solid Snake was in the Weighted Companion Cube.After the Combine invasion Snake eventually joined the resistance. Eventually Kleiner and Otacon send Snake on a mission to retrieve the remains of Aperture Science technology for the resistance, infiltrating the facility in a Weighted Companion Cube...
Half-Life takes place in the same universe as the Cthulhu Mythos.Granted, the means are more scientific than arcane, but something as powerful as the Nihilanth would almost have to be a Great Old One. The experiment with the Xen crystal just gave it a pathway into our world, and of course other critters from that realm are going to leak through. And of course, once it saw what a fascinating world we had, of course it was going to send its slaves (Vortigaunts) and creations (headcrabs, alien grunts) through to check things out. Yes, soaking up Gordon's entire supply of ammo in the endgame hurt a lot. It was being shot in the brain. No, it's not coming back. Why? Because it got pwned by one guy. Unfortunately, this means that Gordon isn't going to be able to kill the real Big Bad behind everything, only force it back into its own realm and shut the door for the time being.
Doctor Breen was brainwashed.Even to the bitter end, he's telling Blatant Lies about serving humanity and furthering their progress - and seems rather earnest in that. It's possible he got exposed to something similar to Room 101, except instead of being executed, he's their new leader.
The Vortessence is The ForceI seem to remember one of the Vorts saying something like "there is a disturbance in the Vortessence", but I may be wrong.
Adrian Shepard ends up in the Mass Effect universe....and somehow becomes Commander Shepard.
The series will ultimately end with Gordon killing the g-man.Think about it: This is the guy responsible for EVERYTHING THAT HAS HAPPENED. The Vortigaunts have shown themselves capable of suppressing him. Gordon kills the shit out of anything. Put 2 and 2 together.
At some point, the G-man regains control of Freeman.To show this off, the G-man will try to make Gordon kill his friends. This either results, as the above WMG suggests, in Gordon arranging an intimate meeting between the G-man's mouth and Gordon's shotgun, or one hell of a downer ending.
Father Grigori is an older version of The Heavy.Let's see...
Lamarr is not one Headcrab, but one of many.After Lamarr jumps into the teleporter, it (as the concept of Headcrabs having genders is both unfounded and disturbing) can be seen attacking birds on a beach and is left there when Gordon continues teleporting, yet after Nova Prospekt it appears to miraculously return. This is because Kleiner found another Headcrab, de-beaked it and called it Lamarr. He has done this numerous times after Lamarr dies, wanders off or is simply "removed" by a concerned-for-his-nervous-system Barney, either refusing to accept the loss of his beloved pet or simply being completely batshit insane. If there is another Lamarr in Episode Three this will have been confirmed, since being shot into space is not something that is easily fixed.
Headcrabs rapidly reproduce asexuallyThere are hundreds of headcrabs and zombies in Ravenholm, not to mention those that would have been killed before Gordon arrives, yet there are only a few headcrab shells (and there isn't large amounts of structural damage to indicate there are shells buried within buildings). This is because throughout their life Headcrabs emit spores or an equivalent that can produce an entire Headcrab each, provided they have access to sufficient resources. A Headcrab that has acquired a host produces magnitudes more spores as it drains the host and uses the host to more easily acquire more food, sometimes draining the host at an absurd rate (Fast Zombies), sometimes also growing Headcrabs directly from the host (Poison Zombies). With the mines underneath Ravenholm providing them with refuge (note the massive amount there), the relatively few Headcrabs delivered by the bombardment bred and infected the town rapidly, eventually causing what the player witnessed. This was repeated in City 17 after Combine control was crippled, Headcrabs already having used the underground to breed and shelter but now able to spread their infection further. With enough time and resources a Headcrab can become a Gonarch, able to produce immature Headcrabs instead of spores and at an even faster rate, but these are incredibly rare due to most Headcrabs' short lifespans.
Alyx sent Gordon into Ravenholm for selfish reasons.After being separated from Alyx, she immediately tells Dog to open the Ravenholm tunnel despite at least one route still available. This is because, either due to knowing people in Ravenholm or even living there at one time, the town is a source of great anger and frustration for her, and having heard the stories of the great Gordon Freeman likely directly from people who survived Black Mesa her subconscious mind creates the idea of sending Gordon there to "clean up", so to speak (perhaps not knowing that Grigori was doing the same thing). Her conscious mind however rejects the concept of intentionally putting Gordon in harm, thus her thoughts originally only manifest as a comment that "we don't go there anymore", despite her having no reason to mention Ravenholm. When the Combine attack and the two are separated, suddenly she is given a justification, and she latches to it as firmly as the Headcrabs she sends Gordon to exterminate.
The Combine is a multiuniversal corporationThe Combine aren't The Empire, but rather a Megacorp that controls countless worlds for the sole purpose of harvesting resources. It's military is used to keep their grip on their worlds. The Advisors are Corrupt Corporate Executives, and the Planet Administrators Pointy Haired Bosses. Considering the Combine's high-tech appearence and cold blue motif, it may even be the BLU Corporation, only from the future.
The Pulse Rifle was designed to be a light machine gunI get that this WMG very much Mood Dissonance, but bear with me. The combine Overwatch uses three main small arms: the MP7, the SPAS-12, and the pulse rifle. At a first glance, the pulse rifle appears to be a modified assault rifle-it's bigger than the MP7, fires a more damaging round, and is more accurate at range. However, there are problems with this theory, mainly the fact that the gun is way over sized for an assault rifle, and the fact that only one soldier in each Overwatch squad actually uses it. This might be justified during close-quarters battles during the battle of city 17, but the same squad setup is used by the combine outposts on the coast, where the poor accuracy of the MP7 would be fatal if an Overwatch squad enters battle with the rebels at any range beside what is effectively point-blank. It's also worth noting that the gun has ridiculous amounts of recoil-more than most assault rifles. Why? Because the pulse rifle was designed for one thing-suppression fire. Accuracy is unecessary when your role in the squad is literally to provide A-Team Firing, and only one soldier in most modern squads gets issued a light machine gun. And not only this, but in several places in Half Life 2, Gordon encounters a mounted machine gun variant of the pulse rifle. You don't modify assualt rifles to serve as mounted machine guns. And while the rebels in white forest call it the AR2, the name the half-life wikia gives it is the Overwatch Standard Issue Pulse Rifle. And why does the overwatch elite use it exclusively? Not that in every First Person Shooter game ever ever made, the most dangerous enemies are always the ones using machine guns. TL;DR: The pulse rifle is based off world-war two era machine guns.
G-Man created Gordon to take out his various enemies.Warning: There's so much spoilers in here that it was almost unreadable with proper tags, so instead this warning will have to suffice. So here's how it works. G-Man is asked by his superiors to deliver the sample that causes the Resonance Cascade. The G-Man gets a better offer from the Combine to weaken both sides enough that an invasion would succeed, but his superiors won't let him directly interfere. To get around that, he carefully and quietly inserts Gordon, who is the perfect "right man in the wrong place". Gordon kicks lots of ass, but then various factors (mainly vortigaunts interfering and the G-Man underestimating his creation) let Gordon slip away. Gordon kills the Nihilanth, which severely weakens Xen, which lets the Combine invade but interfers with the G-Man's plans to screw over the Combine later. In the brief chaos following the Nihilanth's death, he manages to regain control of Gordon and lock him up fast. He waits until the resistance is at its strongest, then drops him right in the middle of it. This lets the rebellion do serious damage to the Combine. Then, right when he feels like enough damage has been done, he tries to pull Gordon out. The Vortigaunts are on to his tactics, though, and quickly contain him. He is forced to release Gordon, and the Vortigaunts take control of him. At some point around this time, he comes up with the plan of using the tech of the Borealis against the Combine. The Vortigaunts, thinking that he's trying to help the rebellion this time, get a little lax with containing him. Eli tries to stop him, so G-Man gets a couple of Advisers to slip in during the chaos, set up an ambush in the hangar, and kill him. The Vorts are probably already on his ass by the time Eli's body hits the floor. I predict that the Borealis will not only damage the Combine, but also endanger humanity as well, just as one last big fuck-you to the world on the G-Man's part. tl;dr G-Man is a textbook Magnificent Bastard.
Opposing Force actually is about a soldier's descent into madness.Shepard is a fresh recruit who has never seen combat before, so he freaks the hell out when things start going wrong. The aliens, the dead and dying soldiers, the isolation from the main force, all combines to make him go completely insane. He starts hallucinating vividly (Race X, which are actually just various Xen aliens) and develops severe paranoia after he's caught up in a friendly fire incident between some Marines and Spec Ops troops. After he and a group of what I assume are deserters murder several squads of friendlies, he is then identified by a survivor (or by one of the "friendly" soldiers who realized it was an accident) as a traitor to be shot on sight. Some soldiers have lost radio contact, though, so they at least partially believe the ranting lunatic who says the guys in black are hostiles (especially when they actually start shooting). As he gets deeper and deeper, he becomes more and more delusional. He thinks he has a machine that can travel to Xen, and he mistakes a grenade launcher for an alien creature. He finds the nuke, thinks he disarmed it (even in the hallucination, he skips several steps) then imagines he sees a man in a suit rearming it. Eventually, he runs into a Pit Monster that has recently emerged, which his mind distorts into a bizarre mutation of it. Using a pair of nearby heavy-caliber turrets (which may or may not exist), he tries to engage a perceived "weak spot" on the monster. This weak spot roughly corresponds to the mouth of the Pit Monster as seen in Power Up, so eventually he bores through its skull and hits something vital. As it dies, falling debris hits him and causes brain damage of an unknown extent. The G-Man is seen throughout the whole game watching, a manifestation of Shepard's paranoia. He dies thinking that he has been taken prisoner, when in reality he is crippled, unconscious and bleeding alone (not counting the guard upstairs) in the bowels of the facility. A very depressing tale. It also allows Valve to retcon EVERYTHING.
Duke Nukem is the future Gordon Freeman.When Half-Life 2: Episode 3 finally comes out Gordon will defeat the Combine by nuking 'em. This particular strategy will earn Gordon the nickname Duke Nukem. Now having saved the planet twice over, he will gain significant fame in the post-reconstruction world, his ego will to swell to enormous levels and he'll even write an autobiography entitled "Why I'm Great". He'll abandon his friends, dye his hair and shave his beard, then to suit his new "Hollywood" persona he'll ditch his glasses for a pair of prescription shades (Why he didn't wear them before Duke Nukem 3D is anyone's guess.) He no longer has the HEV suit because it was either damaged beyond repair or he donated it to a museum. His muscular physique is entirely logical considering the running and gunning he did fighting the Combine and the reason behind his constant one-liners is that he's seen far worse. When Duke Nukem Forever/Half-Life 3 finally comes out Gordon Freeman, or "Duke Nukem" as he now calls himself will come out of retirement, pick up a modified HEV suit and face off against the G-Man's forces.
The Suppression Field is controlled via chip implants.Look at one of the burned corpses, and you will see a bright orange square embedded in the back of their necks. This is probably a computer chip attached to the nervous system that suppresses sexual urges via a signal from the Citadel. Trying to remove it would be fatal, since its attached directly to the spinal cord.
Headcrabs are a manufactured species.Why would an alien parasite evolve to attach itself to an animal not native to its homeworld (humans)? Given that alien Grunts are made in factories, it's more than likely that headcrabs were genetically altered creatures (probably little tick-like bugs the Vorts would eat) made by the Nihilanth specifically for invading Earth.
Headcrab saliva contains a powerful bleaching agent.That explains why headcrab zombies all wear white shirts.
The most dangerous/useful thing in the Borealis will be GLaDOSASHPD portals would be interesting in the mainline HL universe, but there's no telling what nasty surprises a very misanthropic AI might have developed since it was abandoned.
Every new Half-Life game takes place in it's own universeThink about it, the differing zombie designs between Half-Life 1 and 2 (hell, the high-def model pack could even have it's own universe). In regards to episode 2, there's the sudden appearance of a new character in episode 2 who everyone treats as an old friend, the small differences in the HEV suit's systems, and the sudden replacement of the old vortigaunts from Half-Life 2 with the younger looking ones. In addition, the recent update for Half-Life 2 (the one that ported it to the Orange Box engine and added Macintosh support), due to the appearance of the ammunition icons from episode 2 in the HEV suit's HUD and the episode 2 style design of the vortigaunts, could be said to have put Half-Life 2 essentially in a universe somewhere between that of the non-Orange Box version of Half-Life 2 and episode 2. I have absolutely no idea how episode 1 fits into this theory, though.
Alyx's mother was turned into a Stalker.Or possibly an old boyfriend of hers. Just look at her emotional explanation of how they come to be. "This is what happens to you when you resist... Or if you're just in the wrong place at the wrong time."
The later enemies in the half-life series are caused by sleep deprevaitionGordon is spending days in that suit trying to stay awake and succeeding because of the adrenaline pumping into his bloodstream fueled by the suit but by the time he gets to xen a majority of what he sees is manifestations of long term lack of sleep (you explain an armored monster that shoots bee things out of a living tentacle), in fact he could have been missing sleep since before the game started explaining why you don't talk (sounding like a moron or not having the energy to move your jaw) or can only do rudimentary tasks like push buttons, pull cords and open doors. This is supported because the sky-box changes throughout half-life, 2 and the episodes hinting at multiple days elapsing.
Antlion Guards are the 'male' Antlions, and the Bugbaits are gonads.In nature, the male members of a hive-based insect are usually meant to be able to survive the trip to a queen's chamber. The Antlion Guard is armored appropriately. The Bugbait you pick up is loaded with pheromones that attract Antlions. Most hive insects have females as the general workhorse. As such, Bugbaits attract female Antlions. This means that the Bugbait is a sexual gland used in mating. Additionally, one of the Rebels at an outpost says that it is the Antlion spawning season, supporting this claim. Also, Valve would absolutely use this sort of humor(Gonarch, anyone?)
Humans are on the brink of extinctionProbably stating the obvious here. Considering that by Half-Life 2 there have been almost two decades of not only no human reproduction whatsoever, but also the planet overrun by vicious, incredibly numerous and deadly aliens that kill without hesitation, the Combine converting who knows how many people into soldiers and Stalkers and outright killing many more, and the untold millions that would have died from starvation, infection and general things resulting from the collapse of human civilisation, well, the numbers don't look good. With the Uprising killing many more and with most humans probably now evacuated from the cities and living in the alien infested wastelands, those numbers are going to drop rapidly before anyone even has the opportunity to reproduce.
The Borealis is not going to contain portal technology, but time travel technologyWhile their colleagues at the Enrichment Centre were busy screwing with space, the Borealis crew were busy screwing with time, one of their experiments accidently launching them twenty years or so into the future (which explains why no-one discovered the vessel until then). With this shiny new weapon (because really, what isn't a weapon when Gordon is involved), Gordon is either going to return to Black Mesa and stop the Resonance Cascade from occuring (unlikely, considering he wouldn't have freed the Vortgaunts), go to the beginning of the Seven Hour War and fight against the Combine before they conquer Earth (which would make an excellent setting for Half-Life 3), or, my personal favourite, simply erase the Combine from existence altogether, because that is how Gordon Freeman rolls.
The Combine only manufacture and use very low-powered weapons.All of the Combine standard issue guns (including the Usp Match, SMG 1, Pulse Rifle, and Shotgun) are unable to kill in one shot (except for secondary fire and point-blank shotgun). This in itself might not seem like much, and could be attributed to being this way for the purposes of game balancing. However, all of the rebel-made and used weapons (Magnum, Crossbow, and RPG) kill in one shot. Surely the all-powerful Combine would be able to make something more powerful than an improvised crossbow? My guess it that they avoid this lest the weapons fall into the hands of the rebellion. Considering their tight control over the world, they would not have much use for more powerful guns because they are effectively facing unarmed citizens (at least until Gordon arrives). Therefore, I think that they have deliberately made their guns to not be overpowered so that they cannot be turned against them.
Lamarr is Kleiner's pet cat.
There is no Combine Master RaceThe Combine were a group of different species from day 1. They started out as a small organization of cyborgs from different species and just kept growing and growing until they became the vast inter-dimensional empire we see today.
Headcrabs can only zombify certain groups of humans.
Reason why headcrabs only zombify humans.
Father Grigori used to be a mass murdering psycho.He claims that his traps are "the work of a man who once had too much time on his hands... and now finds time for nothing but the work of salvation." This implies that he constructed the traps BEFORE the zombie crisis happened. What do you call a man who deliberately arranges numerous death traps all over a lively town filled with innocent citizens? After the bombing happened, he was so moved by this that his mind suddenly reverted back to normal, realized what horrible deeds he had done, and promptly went batshit insane again - though in a different way. The reason the people from Black Mesa East stopped visiting Ravenholm is because Father Grigori (who, like Gordon and Alyx, seems to be one of the rarely-encountered individuals who are born Made of Iron) took over the town, killed or imprisoned most of population, and set up traps to hunt down the survivors.
The G-Man created GordonThe G-Man wasn't allowed by his superiors to directly influence the situation. In order to get around this, he managed to create a man with the right skills who's always in the right place at the right time without any of his superiors noticing. His superiors did notice that Gordon was singlehandedly stopping the entire Vortigaunt army, though, so they had him put in stasis. Then 15 years later the G-Man tried slipping him in again. He was caught and forced to return Gordon before he did any permanent damage. Then the Vortigaunts intervened. He's been subtly helping the rebellion (he tried to warn Eli, he saved Alyx, and various other things) ever since.
The secret ingredient in the Gravity Gun is Element Zero.Hence the reason the Resistance only has the one, and the reason that they didn't use it in the field until Gordon grabbed it. Additionally, the stuff that caused the Resonance Cascade was probable unprocessed Element Zero.
Alyx is a SlayerExplains her raw endurance, and her ability to defeat zombies in hand-to-hand combat. She doesn't know, otherwise she'd go into melee a lot more.
The G-Man will never be elaborated upon in the same way that the player is never elaborated upon in-game.In many ways, the player is just like the G-Man... but much, much worse. Gordy has a puppet-master he's aware of and a puppet-master he will never be aware of. Valve just wants us to feel at the mercy of someone you can't understand... but of course, we do in fact have power over the G-Man in that we choose to play his games, something Gordon will never know.
The Half-Life series is a game-within-a-game....And the G-Man is the player.
The Vortigaunts realize it's all just a video game.I don't really believe in the above theory, but it did remind me of something very interesting: since the original Half-Life 2, the Vortigaunts have, at times, seemed vaguely aware of the Fourth Wall. Certain cryptic messages of theirs could be interpreted to mean they know they are really just characters in a video game, and that Gordon Freeman is merely the player's avatar. Examples:
Breen is alive.We haven't seen him in two games, yet he was a pivotal character in the original Half Life 2. A bit odd. What's stranger, though, is that he mentioned something about a host body. When Breen is mentioned to be dead in Episode One, the next scene is that of the Advisor attack. What if he got the host body in the form of an Advisor, specifically, 314 URB-LOC 0017? It would also be a nice solution in the case of Breen's voice actor, who recently died.
At the end of Episode Three, Gordon will speak for the first time.And he will tell Alyx he loves her. Think about it.
Half-Life 2 is actually an extremely well-thought-out FPS ren'ai game.Valve's commentary would suggest that the developers are putting just as much time into making Alyx a believable, likeable character as plotting and developing the rest of the story. She's been so carefully written that it's almost impossible to find something to dislike about her, and she hits so many different points of appeal (Action Girl, Wrench Wench, and Break the Cutie, to name a few - this troper pleads particularly guilty to that last one) that it's hard to keep track of them all. The player character is a professional geek in the right place at the wrong time who barely has to do anything for her affection, although this affection seems to grow more abundant the more tasks the player completes. If not for the aliens and zombies running amok in the crapsack future, Half-Life 2 could easily be a dating sim - with the addition of those elements, to say nothing of the genuinely amazing writing, it becomes the baddest-assed dating sim ever.
Advisors are weak to whatever metal the Crowbar is made of.Advisor fights in Episode 3 will consist of weakeing the Advisor enough to get it to Crowbar range, and a few good smacks to the head will do it. Coincidentally, D 0 G's fists and/or the rest of him are made of the same metal, explaining why the Advisors quickly ran off at the end of Episode 2.
The world of Half-Life is the same as Battlefield Earth, but with a credible story.Just think about it: An invasion from another dimension. Earth's defense forces wiped out pretty fast. Earth's resources being drained to an off-world location. Humanity is facing extinction. Out comes a hero, to lead a human rebellion. Taking down the main city of the occupation and dealing with its aftermath. This is the story L. Ron Hubbard would've written if he wasn't spaced out on the deck of a boat somewhere.
Shepard is still alive in the world of Half Life 2I know there are tons of WMG's like this, but just think about it: Where as Gordon Freeman managed to spark a rebellion in Eastern Europe, Shepard was probably dropped by the G-Man into North America. I mean, a worldwide rebellion is mentioned, and there is no way Gordon could've done that alone. Basically, after the BM Icindent, Shepard gained a reputation as a great fighter and the only friendly marine, so he is dropped in North America by the G-Man, where similar events occur that spark a rebellion there, except mainly headed by former marines before the seven hour war, as Shepard is a war hero for singe handedly dealing with Race X (who were part of the combine and the seven hour war), at least until they invaded.
Barney sabotaged the teleporter in Half Life 2Barney is taking his revenge on Gordon for the Black Mesa incident.After all, he did say, in Half-Life 1, "I'd like to get my hands on the guy responsible for THIS mess." Barney actually trained Lamarr to attack Gordon. Barney also refuses to help Gordon back into Dr. Kleiner's lab (where he'd be safe from people trying to shoot him)and instead gives Gordon nothing but a crowbar and wishes him good luck.
The advisors we see aren't acctually the real advisorsThat or they aren't the acctual original combine. So either they're greyish skin is a sort of protective suit and the acctual organism is inside, tender and easialy damaged despite protective fluid. This is probably due to the fact that as they conquered the galaxies they became more and more reliant on technology and thus lazyier and less able to cope, before they retreated to their suits using their phsyic powers to keep themselves floating off the ground and safe.
Cremators were a scrapped Combine project.The Cremators were a synth project of the Combine, early in their 'reign' and while they were still experimenting/developing Stalkers. However the project was scrapped after a short while, due to various complications such as not being efficent, or being clumsy to 'manufacture', or a short lifespan/a hasty rate of deterioration due to what was left of the human not being able withstand the prolonged exposure to the acid from their Immolator. Not to mention that there would be a greater psychological effect on the humans if they were living in squallor, rather than having the Cremators clear away the dead. So the survivng Cremators were destroyed and their remains were carelessly dumped. Alyx came across a piece of their remains - a Cremator head◊, and took it back to her father who preserved it in a jar out of curiosity.
Barney is deadHe wasn't in the last game, and he's fucking annoying, so I hope it's true.
Left 4 Dead and Half-Life take place in the same UniverseThe Virus that keeps getting mentioned in Left for Dead is actually a biological weapons agent manufactured by the combine that turns approximately 75% of humanity into zombies. After seeing the Nihilianth's forces get killed by a nuke at Black Mesa (and the marines put up a decent fight in general), they realized that a conventional attack might be a bit too unnecessarily expensive, so they sought to minimize casualties by weakening humanity by developing the Virus using biological information from the dead scientists at Xen. Humanity was winning the war against the zombies, but huge portions of the population were being killed off, causing a worldwide economic crisis, with many nations falling apart. Sometime later, the portal storms happened, making things worse. After that, the Combine launched their invasion, teleporting in thousands of Citadels loaded with Synths into the remaining powerful cities. They overtook the world's combined military in a matter of hours with almost no casualties, eventually implementing their new rule, and officially making clearing out the rest of the zombies the first test for the new transhuman arm. They succeeded very well, which is why there are no live zombies like that in Half Life 2. This could also explain some of the Combine soldiers equipment: the gas masks are to prevent non-immune people from being infected via the air, submachine guns are often used because zombies come in huge groups but aren't durable (even most of the special infected), the blinking on the hand grenades is to attract zombies like the pipe bomb in Left 4 Dead, et cetera. The Overwatch took back the cities, and turned them into settlements for the Combine's subjects.
Grigori is an angel.Just type Grigori on Wikipedia. What does it translate into? Here's some proof:
All of Valve's games take place in the Half-Life universeBasically, it goes like this: Day of Defeat/ Source - WWII. No real relation to main events Team Fortress 2 - Beginnings of Aperture Science (BLU) and Black Mesa (RED) Counter-Strike - Terrorists used to keep other nations busy from helping the US during the (yet to happen) Black Mesa Incident. HL1/Blue Shift/Opposing Force - Black Mesa Incident. Left 4 Dead - (see above WMG) Portal - about 2 years before Half-Life 2 Half-Life 2/EP 1-3 Alien Swarm - Simultaneous to Half-Life 2, shows Combine forces in other places. Ricochet - also takes place around Half-Life 2. It's some game vorts play.
The Advisors are babies.Am I the only one who though the Advisor inside its pod looked like a baby tucked in a crib? It even had a blanket!
The reason we never see Gordon - or any main character - eat, sleep, or use the bathroom is because all of those functions are tied into the medkits and medical stations littered throughout the games.At least in the Half-Life 2 parts. Liquid diets do exist, they're used in hospitals for people who can't eat. The medkits have green liquid inside them. It's not a far stretch to assume that something that can heal a bullet wound might also have some nutritional elements to it too. The reason they don't go to the bathroom? The Combine - with the locations of some of those medcenters they're obviously Combine tools - have had at least fifteen years to perfect a wasteless liquid diet. They've also had plenty of spare "citizens" to experiment on. It's quite possible they've solved that problem, and since a leak at the medkit factory has given the Rebels a healthy supply of medkits, they're benefitting from it too. The lack of sleep could be from a stay awake drug also present in the medkits/centers, which would allow people to stay awake for longer stretches. Only having to sleep once a week, instead of once a day, drastically reduces how many beds you need in a facility like White Forest, leaving more space for weapons and equipment.
Portal 2 will end with Chell escaping Aperture Science on board the teleporting BorealisAt the climax of the game, Chell activates some kind of secret massive portal device onboard the Borealis, teleporting the ship (and part of the drydock, according to Eli) to the arctic. The Combine hope to find the ship in order to use its giant portal device.
Lamarr Was Thrown Into Another DimensionWhen the rocket Lamarr was in was fired at the Combine portal in Episode 2, it caused a distortion of the barriers which separate dimensions and Lamarr was tossed into an alternate dimension... The dimension of Super Meat Boy!
Alyx will serve as Gordan's anchor...Now that they're lives have been weaved together, one of three things will happen:
The Resonance Cascade was the best thing to happen to Humanity since sliced breadIn Half-Life 1, Black Mesa was going to end up destroying itself if it wasn't for the aliens. In Half-Life 2, Humanity was going to end up destroying itself if it wasn't for the aliens.
The Valve games share storylines.World War Two starts, and this is where things get freaky. The Wehrmacht and Allies of Day of Defeat discover top-secret information, leading to the creation of RED and BLU of Team Fortress 1 & 2. RED and BLU form Black Mesa and Aperture Science, respectively. Meanwhile, Terrorists and their Counter-Terrorist rivals are competing around the globe in Counter-Strike. Gordon initiates the resonance cascade and the 7-hour War. Aperture Science captures headcrabs and studies their zombifying qualities and accidentally releases it into the water supply of City 12. The Combine avoid City 12 and observe from afar for scientific purposes.
The Citadel is made to mine planetary cores.The Citadel is impossibly tall, reaching beyond even the clouds, and digs an unknown distance into the ground. And the machinery seen when entering the Citadel from the bottom gives the feel that it is continuing deeper into the ground. And its doubtful all those yellow pipes running up the building from the bottom are just for show.
The black mesa complex was created as a superbunker during the cold war.It was made to hold everyone society needed to survive, as well as fire back at any remaining east block areas. All the ridiculously large chambers, such as the crate-smashing chamber, were made to hold ICBM's. The facility produces so much radioactive crap because it was assumed that, when taken in use, the earth would be a radioactive wasteland anyway. The turrets and mines would be automatically activated after the initial habitation of the complex, both to halt any potential soviet remains, as well as stopping people from flooding the facility with radiation by attempting to open the doors. Because it was built to hold so many people, many parts of the complex are now empty and it has an utterly massive waste treatment plant. The walkways were constructed to be as light as possible, so that people could use the areas below it as shelter, while not being harmed by the walkways as they collapsed due to the tremors caused by thermo-nuclear weapon. After the cold war, the government kept it in good condition in case of a new nuclear threat. They loaned it to the black mesa company and performed free maintenance as part of a payment deal (the black mesa company only got 10 billion in government funding a year, according to portal, the facility was added as an extra).
The ant-lion and leech incursions were manufactured by the combineBoth ant-lions and leeches spread ridiculously fast, taking over large parts of the earth and forcing people into the cities, which made it perfect for the combine invasion. This seems a tad unlikely to be a coincidence. In addition, the portal storms only teleported creatures from Xen, an area featuring neither large bodies of water or any significant room for underground burrows, which are necessary for leeches and ant-lions respectively. It seems more likely that they are part of a standard combine invasion procedure, being teleported in to warm up a planet to a full-scale invasion.
Conquering a planet is a rite-of-passage by the AdvisorsGordan can cause so much damage because the Advisors are actually just children that don't know what the hell they are doing. After their parents mostly conquer a planet, they leave a clutch of their young in pods, known as Shu'ulathoi, to govern things. When things fall apart, the Advisors must hatch, adapt to the non-sterile environment, and take a more direct role. The ones who survive get welcomed back by their parents, the weak are weeded out. In Episode 3, we will see unique advisors each trying diverse and poorly-planned tactics. The G-Man is their babysitter, taking Breen (who was doing too much of the work) out of the picture, and challenging the children.
Aperture Science is the origin of the CombineIn Portal 2, a lot of the insane projects Cave Johnson talks about in his recorded messages sound like they could be the beginnings of the Combine. Experimental cyborg augmentation on hobos, replacing managers with android robots, experimenting with beams that turn blood into gasoline, creating an army of genetically engineered Mantis Men... There are also mentions that Aperture Science was experiencing unexpected time travel in the course of their testing. It seems possible that some component of Aperture Science (i.e. a vessel or outpost like the Borealis) was sent backwards in time and became the seed that eventually turned into the Combine. This is reinforced by the fact that Aperture tech and Combine tech are remarkably similar (even in Portal 2, where the level resources were all entirely original instead of reused from Half Life 2) and both Aperture and the Combine seem characterised by total amorality in the singular pursuit of a focused goal (namely, For Science!!). Building on that, Combine Advisors are simply more advanced, bio-organic versions of Glados, a human mind uploaded into an artificial construct, allowing it to live forever; albeit with a high degree of Clone Degeneration over the years.
The Combine will be destroyed by their own slavesWe know most of the Combine's henchmen are brainwashed or cybernetically altered slaves of theirs. Half-life 3 will involve finiding a way to break the control the Combine have on all their enslaved races all at once, triggering a massive rebellon that takes the Combine down for good.
The Nihilanth is a Great Old OneCome on. He fits every single requirement. Has a race of small versions of him? Check. Utterly creepy? Check. Blue and Orange Morality? Check. Psychic powers? Check. From another dimension? Check. Worshipped as god by other races? Check. Looks like Gordon Freeman really did punch out Cthulhu.
The Zombine's head is still there, but falls off with the headcrabIf you shoot off a Zombine's headcrab, you'll notice that most of the head above the lower jaw is missing. However, you'll also notice that it's trying to contact it's allies before you kill it, despite it's lack of a mouth or even a brain. So, obviously, Zombine's still have their heads when the headcrabs are on, but for whatever reason it comes off when the headcrab dies/detaches.
There is more than one OverwatchOverwatch from Half-Life 2 sounds much more humanlike than the one in Episode 2. Since the Combine never do anything efficiently if they can make it as cruel and wasteful as possible, clearly the City 17 Overwatch is a human woman strapped into some bloody mess of wires and conductive goop. The vibe comes across if you listen to her announcements: there are some pauses where she sounds a bit like she's trying to avoid saying some things, or find less hurtful ways to think about what she's ordering the troops to do, battling the computer that's forcing her to output certain instructions. In Episode 1, the computer is presumably broken and she's panicking as she's obviously about to die. In Episode 2, City 17 Overwatch is most definitely dead, and the Combine have switched over to an AI-based system now that they're actually fighting on closer-to-equal terms and need to just get on with the task.
Dr. Kleiner is trying to grow a GonarchGonarch is the hive queen of the headcrabs. A Gonarch would be called a "she" (despite being genderless) which is also a pronoun that Kleiner calls Lamarr. He plans to use Lamarr to end the enslavement of the headcrabs by the Columbine. The plan is to make every zombie and headcrab an allies similar to Vortigaunts.
The legend of Gordon Freeman continued long after Black Mesa.Gordon's reputation perpetuating and growing to the point where the Combine would direct all of their available forces against him and the Resistance would follow him without question is an essential part of the GMan's plan. However, as one fanfiction notes, despite his amazing feats very few people would care about the actions of a random scientist running around a government facility almost twenty years ago (except the Vortigaunts, but they are a special case). Therefore, the GMan (with some help from Eli, who could have known the bare details of the plan and in any case wanted to keep some hope alive) ensured that tales would be told of Gordon's feats after Black Mesa, spreading rumours implicating him in nearly every single Combine setback or defeat, as well as causing a few himself to lend credence to the idea Gordon was still around, running about and generally ruining the Combine's fun. Thus it's no wonder none of the Resistance questions where Gordon has been all this time, "knowing" he has spent the time harassing the Combine and assume that now he's revealed himself he's ready to destroy them for good, and it's no surprise the Combine send so many of their forces to pursue him after Breen sees him, because finally he reveals himself and they can strike back at the person who has caused them so much trouble.
Grigori is, or will be, in the employ of The G-man.Basically, The Gman takes an interest in all the badass soldiers of the Half Life Universe: Gordon, Barney, Shephard, Eli, that random Vortigaunt you meet that charges your suit. Grigori has been single-handedly taming Ravenholm since its fall, without the help of an HEV suit or any formal arms training. He also helps Gordon, the Gmans only known active employee, get through Ravenholm, something he couldn't have done without Grigoris help.
Father Grigori was already dead when you found him in Ravenholm.Like the rest of the citizens, he actually did not manage to survive the headcrabs. However, he did manage to rescue a lot of his neighbors from being headcrab zombies before he died. At one point, he was killed in the battle, but he felt that he needed to save everyone, so his spirit continued living. The Father Grigori you see is just his spirit.
The G-Man provided Gordon with his power.And that power is the power to save and reload. In general, a Half-Life player will die so much that the odds that Gordon would actually make it seem very low. But every time Gordon fails, he simply rewinds to a few seconds earlier, and retries. G-Man might also have made Gordon mute so that he could not tell anyone else about this.
Half-life 2 originally was not designed as a sequel to half-life.Originally, it was a seperate game with Alyx Vance as the main character. This is why the story has so little to do with the original events of half-life. The in-game events require minimal changes (only that Alyx was the one who mis-teleported) between both versions. Head-crabs were originally sackticks and an unnamed synth (http://half-life.wikia.com/wiki/Unidentified_cut_Synth ), while barnacles were simply added to the levels.
Dr. Breen was (before Half-Life 2) the G-Man's employer.Dr. Breen had the G-Man get the specific crystal sample that would create the resonance cascade, in order to open a portal with the Combine and quickly strike a deal with them, but first somebody would have to do something about the Nihilanth. Gordon comes in (probably because of the G-Man)... but apparently, killing the Nihilanth was not part of his plan, and so the G-Man was let go. The G-Man seeks out revenge by siding with the resistance years later, possibly under the employment of Eli Vance (or perhaps Eli was forced to work cooperatively with him, being indebted by the rescue of his daughter), and releasing Gordon unto the world, knowing full well what would happen. After the events of episode 1, the G-Man attempts to jostle Eli into allowing them to use the Borealis in order to defeat the Combine by sending a message through Alyx. Eli decides that enough is enough, and so is killed because he is no longer useful to the G-Man's cause.
The baby picture in Gordon Freeman's locker in Half-Life 1 is baby Alyx.Gordon traveled through time and learned that he would end up with her. There's nothing creepy about him having the picture there - he';s just got a picture of his future wife.
Children of Men takes place in the Half Life universe, between 1 & 2.Crapsack world? Check. No reproduction? Check. Only thing we're missing is the Combine - maybe they're avoiding England.
Headcrabs prefer to couple with very intelligent brainsWhich is why only scientists got zombified in the original Half-Life, because they went after the genius scientist brains.
Odessa Cubbage is secretly a Special Air Service operative.He looks like a security guard. He seems incompetent. He seems almost cowardly... But it's all a ruse. Perhaps he actually DID bring down a helicopter over New Little Odessa, just after Gordon did. That security guard garb is just to draw attention from the sand-coloured beret on his head. 'What sand-coloured beret?' I hear you ask. 'I never saw a sand-coloured beret!' Exactly...
The G-Man's employers are native to XenSo the G-man and his superiors were living their lives in the borderworld, occasionally getting vistors from other worlds experimenting with teleportation technology, but all in all, it's a rather peaceful existence. Then suddenly, the Nihilanth decides to set up camp in Xen to escape the Combine. The G-man and his employers believe that the Combine may attept to attack Xen, and such an conflict may not only cause serious collateral damage to their home, but may cause the Combine to discover and enslave them as well. So they send one of their own to Earth to set up the Resonance Cascade, hoping their unwanted guests will invade Earth. Gordon defeats the Nihilanth, and Xen is once more their domain, hence "The borderworld, Xen, is in our control, for the time being.." . But, the Combine invade Earth, something that wasn't part of the plan. Guilty for causing the enslavement of a race that never caused them any real harm, the G-man is instructed to assist humanity with defeating the Combine. Now I know what you're thinking, if the G-man's employers live in Xen, where were they? You did see them, you killed a few. The G-man and his employee's are the Xen crystals, at least, the physical parts of them are. The crystal the G-man "gave" to Black Mesa, that caused the Resonance Cascade, that was his phsyical self.
Father Grigori is the g-man in disguiseWith Gordon stuck in the middle of zombie-infested territory, the G-man decided to personally intervene to increase his chances of survival.
Have some Poison Oak Epileptic Trees - The Half Life games are Gordon Freeman's Adventures in ComalandThe Cascade Resonance Event was a completely conventional accident that Gordon just barely survived, and as he hovers between life and death his mind plays out this escapist fantasy.
Looney Tunes and the Half-Life series are set in the same universeA friend of mine pointed out to me recently that Acme and Aperture Science are very similar companies - both make insane products and both have a somewhat cold attitude towards humans. Of course, this got me thinking. What's Aperture Science doing in a cartoon? And how do talking animals enter into it? My conclusion? The Looney Tunes cartoons are set in the minds of animals being experimented on by the Black Mesa corporation. They are placed in virtual reality and put in various different situations, with their responses being noted. Acme were put in as an in-joke by the Black Mesa scientists, a caricature of their best-known rivals. Furthermore, there are sometimes humans involved in these simulations, which take the form of Team Fortress 2.
The world of Half-Life is the Matrix 2.0After a number of failures, the machines decided to try a different tactic. They scrapped the old 20th Century Earth model and constructed an entirely new futuristic environment for the humans to operate in. They also made sure they knew exactly who The One was (a scientist named Gordon Freeman) deleted his voicebox and assigned an agent to oversee his training - the G-Man.
The old rail system in On A Rail is haunted.Wouldn't this explain those unsettling screams that are heard a few times?
Freeman, Chell, Shephard, and Calhoun are precognitiveThe "save" button is just the in-game manifestation of their ability to see short periods into the future—at least, ones ending in their death. Why they're so unstoppable, in- and out-of-universe, is because they're aware of, and reacting to, threats they've not encountered yet. The G-Man senses this, and it's why he's so interested in them—Gordon and Adrian, specifically. It's also why all of them can see the G-Man even when he's not talking to them, apparently unlike everyone else
The Nihilanth's army from the first game were Combine-style synthsJust take a look at the Nihilanth's soldier varieties:
The G-Man works for Willy WonkaThe G-Man always keeps referring to his "employers", looks a lot like that guy Wonka got to impersonate Slugworth in the 1970's adaptation (creepy, lined face, always has a suit on), and can seemingly travel in space and time, much like how faux-Slugworth could suddenly appear next to golden ticket recipients without warning. Wonka must be business rivals with the Combine, and the Nihilanth, and is operating out of whatever screwed up parallel Earth the Roald Dahl books take place in (or at least the Wonka books and James and the Giant Peach, they share a universe, I think), and his interests on the Half Life world were interfered with by both. He's using Gordon Freeman as a tool to get rid of his rivals on that earth. In Episode 3, Gordon will finally destroy the Combine's Benefactors. Wonka will appear, reveal that the whole business with the G-Man was a test and declare Gordon the new general of the Overwatch Military, like how Charlie got control of the Wonka factory at the end of the book. Dr. Mossman, Adrian, and Eli will be revealed as the other potential generals who failed the test, like the other kids in the book who didn't become the factory owners. "So shines a good deed in a weary multiverse" and all that.
The Combine are similar to the aliens from Blindsight.They're (major Blindsight spoiler) mostly or completely nonsentient. Their apparent love of medical jargon for police and military operations is because they're treating humanity as a diseased social organism that needs to be repaired, not a euphemism; their apparent gratuitous violence and cruelty is actually intended to forcibly crush the undesirable features out of humans through overexposure (when they understand that it might be distressing at all); and they genuinely think that the Suppression Field is helping humans to move beyond dangerous and unhealthy instincts, by removing them. Dr Breen's intentionally acting detached and smug because he wants to give off the impression that humans can approach the Combine ideal without the massive reconstructive surgery needed to produce Overwatch soldiers.