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* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Two big accidental friendly fire incidents involving them occur in season 1.
** A guard who was fleeing from pursing HECU Marines suddenly runs back into the fray when Gordon is fighting them off, getting in Gordon's firing line leading to him getting shot in the back of the head.
** A guard whose habit of creepily standing behind closed doors in a warzone comes to bite him when he accidentally scares Gordon twice a row, getting himself blasted with a shotgun.
* KickTheDog: When recovering from amnesia (and getting shot by a marine), Gordon remembers and concludes that everyone is trying to kill him. Cue him turning the corner to face a hiding guard and instantly shooting him in the face with a revolver (unlike other friendly fire incidents, this one was 100% intentional).
** A guard who opened the gates for Freeman gets left behind when Gordon spots a Gargantua and runs like hell while telling him to distract the beast. You can even hear him fighting and dying to the giant monster while Gordon is plotting his escape.


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* Determinator: Freeman believes that the same sniper who scared the hell out of him the night before tracked him down and to try and snipe him again the following afternoon.

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* AmbiguousDisorder: The episode descriptions call him a "neurotic individual", which... may be putting it mildly. Judging from his frequent delusions and antipathy towards others, he most likely has paranoid schizophrenia and some form of antisocial personality disorder at the very least, compounded by his [[FunctionalAddict many drug addictions]] and all the trauma he's accumulated throughout the Black Mesa Incident.


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* IKnowMortalKombat: Gordon claims to have never fired a gun in his life before the Black Mesa Incident, and that all his knowledge of firearms comes from watching ''Film/DieHard'' "like fifty times". It's [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], though; Gordon is [[GunsDoNotWorkThatWay woefully ignorant about the actual workings of firearms]] (for example, claiming that a Glock 17's safety is off when Glocks don't even ''have'' a safety) and demonstrates a complete disregard for gun safety, which has [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace occasionally fatal]] consequences for those around him.

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* MortonsFork: In episode 34 of season 1, Freeman finds out that his HEV suit has built-in trackers that the military has been using to hunt him down with. He deduces that he can either take the suit off and walk around in a warzone naked yet mostly undetectable, or keep the bullet-proof suit on and keep attracting trouble to himself. He choses the latter out of necessity.


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** Generally speaking, if Gordon really is talking out loud at points and is not just thinking to himself throughout the series, then that means he's been speaking practically non-stop for a couple days straight (time travel not included) over the course of the series.

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Despite his oafishness and blundering, he can prove surprisingly competent when actually confronted with things that can kill him.


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* NerdActionHero: On top of his profession as a physicist, ''this'' Gordon is also rather fond of nerdy pop culture; for example, ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' (he at least knows what Servo-skulls are at a time where the Internet wasn't really mainstream) and ''Franchise/DoctorWho''.


* FantasticRacism: Gordon develops this attitude towards the Vortigaunts. When he sees one cleaning the floor after the G-Man releases him from stasis he cheerfully thinks it was enslaved by humans AND that other humans littered on the floor just so it would clean up after them, stating the only thing that would have made him happier is seeing "their heads on a stick". The first time he sees one without chains, he starts yelling at everybody to kill it. Later Gordon murders one that was part of the anti-Combine resistance and at first doesn't understand why a nearby human resistance member is angry at him for "saving you" before concluding that the Vortigaunt he killed was the rebel's slave.

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* FantasticRacism: Gordon develops this attitude towards the Vortigaunts. When he sees one cleaning the floor after the G-Man releases him from stasis he cheerfully thinks it was enslaved by humans AND that other humans littered on the floor just so it would clean up after them, stating the only thing that would have made him happier is seeing "their heads on a stick". The first time he sees one without chains, he starts yelling at everybody to kill it. Later Gordon murders one that was part of the anti-Combine resistance and at first doesn't understand why a nearby human resistance member is angry at him for "saving you" before concluding that the Vortigaunt he killed was the rebel's slave. Somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]], since Vortigaunts spent the entirety of the first season jolting Gordon with electric discharges which, although rendered non-lethal by his [=HEV=] suit, were still quite painful.


** In season 2, episode 5, he comes very close to being killed by a [[TheGoomba barnacle]] of all things. The experience leaves him clutching his nearly-broken neck and then puking on the floor.

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** In season 2, episode 5, he comes very close to being killed by a [[TheGoomba barnacle]] of all things. The experience leaves him clutching his nearly-broken neck and then puking on the floor. He also mentions he's suffering hearing loss from all the times he's used firearms in enclosed spaces.



** He spends the entirety of Episode 27 talking like a pirate for no reason.

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** He spends the entirety of Episode 27 talking like a pirate for no reason. [[note]]That episode was released on a 19th September, the "Talk Like a Pirate Day"[[/note]]


** Gordon's sympathy for his coworkers extends as far as their usefulness to him, and his concern for their deaths rarely extends beyond a single thought. Gordon only shows concern for two scientists: an older BadassGrandpa who does a SuperWindowJump and dies, and another who proves helpful in escaping the weapons testing labs. Kleiner seems to be the only person in the world Gordon has genuine appreciation for.
** Freeman actually ''does'' feel bad about killing the soldiers at first, but later starts to just stop caring all together. They probably don't deserve any better.

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** Gordon's sympathy for his coworkers extends as far as their usefulness to him, and his concern for their deaths rarely extends beyond a single thought. Gordon only shows concern for two scientists: an older BadassGrandpa a tough old man who does a SuperWindowJump and dies, and another who proves helpful in escaping the weapons testing labs. Kleiner seems to be the only person in the world Gordon has genuine appreciation for.
** Freeman actually ''does'' feel bad about killing the soldiers at first, but later starts to just stop caring all together. They probably don't deserve any better.



* BadassGrandpa: Gordon is confident in Kleiner's ability to survive, figuring he has weapons hidden around the lab and would have no issues escaping the cops.

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* BadassGrandpa: BadassBookworm: Gordon is confident in Kleiner's ability to survive, figuring he has weapons hidden around the lab and would have no issues escaping the cops.



* BadassGrandpa: "Grandpa was a fighter"- Gordon.

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* BadassGrandpa: CoolOldGuy: "Grandpa was a fighter"- Gordon.



* BadassGrandpa: One old scientist earns Freeman's respect by diving through a window to get away from a zombie. He ends up dying, though.

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* BadassGrandpa: CoolOldGuy: One old scientist earns Freeman's respect by diving through a window to get away from a zombie. He ends up dying, though.

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* EveryoneHasStandards: As selfish and borderline AxCrazy as he is, Freeman is still horrified in season 2 episode 10 when he reasons that Barney has probably tortured a bunch of people.


* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: Recruits Gordon without telling his mission, instead dropping him in City 17 with no information at all.

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* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: Recruits Gordon without telling his mission, instead dropping him in City 17 with no information at all.information, no identification, and no money.


* RightManInTheWrongPlace: Gordon may be a rambling narrcicist who only succeeds in saving the day by accident or because he has no other option, but that still makes him about ten times more competent than his coworkers or the soldiers.

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* RightManInTheWrongPlace: Gordon may be a rambling narrcicist narcissist who only succeeds in saving the day by accident or because he has no other option, but that still makes him about ten times more competent than his coworkers or the soldiers.


* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: "They don't even stop to ''aim.''"

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* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: "They Their poor accuracy is a constant point of mockery for Freeman ("They don't even stop to ''aim.''"''aim!''). In episode 10 of season 2, he actually outright calls one of them "a stormtrooper in training" when the metrocop sprays dozens of rounds at him from a few dozen yards away with a submachine gun and hits nothing but air and water.

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** Gordon lampshades it in the tenth episode of Freeman's Mind 2 that the higher ups tend to ignore all the miracles that lead to Freeman getting out of Black Mesa alive so they keep throwing him in more dangerous mission hoping he works his magic.


* AwesomeButImpractical: Having your own super-strong telepathic manufacturer DoomTroops is pretty cool, but Freeman is thoroughly unimpressed by their weaponry and the allocation of resources involved in their creation.

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* AwesomeButImpractical: Having your own super-strong telepathic manufacturer manufactured DoomTroops is pretty cool, but Freeman is thoroughly unimpressed by their weaponry and the allocation of resources involved in their creation.


-->'''Gordon''': "Yeah! Call me Ishmael [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch]]!"

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-->'''Gordon''': --->'''Gordon''': "Yeah! Call me Ishmael [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch]]!"

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* MobySchtick: At one point, after one of the sharks tried to eat him, Gordon waits by the pool and shoots it dead. After he does this he shoots it's corpse while whistling ''Blow The Man Down''.
-->'''Gordon''': "Yeah! Call me Ishmael [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch]]!"

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