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Machinima / The Underground

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"Welcome to The Underground, where the rejected are respected and the best case has no place."

The Underground is a Machinima set in Portal 2. In the undergrounds of Aperture Science Laboratories, where defective products are thrown, an Interview Sphere creates a show for defective personality cores. Hilarity Ensues.

While initially cancelled in 2013 after six episodes, in early 2021 the series abruptly returned with a new episode. Soon after, remastered versions of the previous episodes were uploaded, followed a few months later by another one.


The Underground contains examples of these tropes:

  • Body Horror: The Friendship Cores are two cores that have been smashed together, making them this by Personality Core standards. Interview Core is very clearly terrified.
    • The defective turrets Anthony and the Band also qualify.
    • During Episode 7, we're introduced to The Pit, a location where cores considered unusable for the Mainframe's mysterious plan are sent to be rebuilt into robot slaves. The lyrics of the song put it in best:
    You want to live? Don't hold your breath.
    This isn't life, it's living death.
  • Black Comedy: Episode 4.
  • Butt-Monkey: Anthony. Hoo boy.
  • Call-Back: The Interview Sphere is sifter number 7.
  • Demoted to Extra: Anthony.
  • The Eeyore: Anthony.
  • Insufferable Genius: The Ego Sphere.
  • Logic Bomb: The Protocol Sphere considers himself to be perfect. According to his protocols, being thrown in the incenerator means you are defective.
  • Many Spirits Inside of One: The Interview Sphere can take on several personalities, one of which is the Therapeutic Voice Processor.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: The Protocol Sphere.
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  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: The Paranoid Sphere.
  • Punny Name: The Fritz Brothers Band is made of defective turrets.
  • Rimshot: Courtesy of Anthony and the Fritz Brothers Band whenever the Interview Sphere makes a joke. Subverted at one point in Episode 2, when Anthony can't make the cymbal sound due to one of his guns falling off.
  • Shout-Out: The Elite Sphere has lots of hats.
  • The Shrink: Interview Sphere's Therapeutic Voice Processor guides the Friendship Cores through couples therapy.
  • Talk Show: A spoof of one.