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Write the text of your article here! EnlargeEarly concept art of Gordon Freeman, with a bulkier HEV suit, helmet, and gogglesThe name Gordon Freeman was coined by Gabe Newell during a conversation with Marc Laidlaw in his car. It included a homage to the physicist and philosopher Freeman Dyson. Newell disliked Laidlaw's proposed name, "Dyson Poincaré", which also included the surname of Henri Poincaré. The texture for Gordon's head was "too big of a job for just one person", so Valve designers combined references from four people. An earlier model of Gordon, known as "Ivan the Space Biker," had a full beard that was subsequently trimmed. Other iterations of Gordon's concept featured different glasses, a ponytail, and a helmet.[2]

Gordon Freeman and his research team perform an experiment that inadvertently creates a dimensional rift in spacetime. Intelligent and confused alien life forms from the Xen dimension come pouring through multiple breaches inside the Black Mesa facility, attacking anything in sight. As scientific, military and civilian personnel fall under the alien onslaught, Freeman finds himself targeted not only by the xenomorphic incursion, but also the Hazardous Environment Combat Unit, a military team sent to contain the situation. The untrained theoretical physicist somehow manages to survive the chaos, impressing the few surviving scientists and security guards with his heroic acts, while quickly becoming the HECU's top priority target. Freeman is eventually transported to Xen by a few surviving Lambda Team scientists. After the successful elimination of the alien leader Nihilanth, Freeman is confronted by the G-Man, who has been remotely observing Freeman throughout the entire Black Mesa incident. He shows Freeman several locations throughout Earth and Xen and offers Freeman a choice: either agree to work for him and his mysterious "employers", or be left to die on Xen.

[[[Gordon Freeman|edit]]] Half-Life 2 Edit

The G-Man speaks to Gordon in a dreamlike scene, after keeping him "in stasis far from Earth, thought, and time itself" for nearly two decades, during which he did not physically age.[6][7] He comments that "the right man in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world." Freeman then appears on a train bound for City 17, to the surprise of the other passengers. Freeman quickly learns that Earth has been conquered and occupied by the trans-dimensional Combine empire, with a military force powerful enough to have subdued the entirety of Earth's nations within a period of 7 hours. He soon meets up with Barney Calhoun and Alyx Vance, and joins the resistance against the Combine.

During the course of the second game, Freeman battles the forces of the Combine in order to free humanity from its grasp. Already famous for his role in the Black Mesa Incident, Gordon quickly develops a legendary reputation among Earth's surviving human populace, who begin to look up to him and refer to him by such messianic titles as "The One Free Man". After slaying scores of Combine soldiers and leading an assault against the Combine stronghold of Nova Prospekt, Gordon eventually sparks a full-scale rebellion, in which he becomes a combatant. Gordon infiltrates one of the Combine's footholds on Earth, the City 17 Citadel, and destroys it by detonating its Dark Energy Reactor. In doing so he also prevents antagonist Wallace Breen, the Combine's human representative on Earth and Gordon's former administrator at Black Mesa, from escaping via a teleporter. Although caught in the reactor's explosion along with Alyx Vance, Freeman is rescued by the G-Man (apparently leaving Alyx Vance to face the explosion alone), who tells Freeman that he is "impressed" with his work and has received "several tempting offers" for his "services". He deposits Freeman back in stasis, this time without giving him "the illusion of free choice".

[[[Gordon Freeman|edit]]] Episode One'Edit

Main article: Half-Life 2: Episode One Edit

'Half-Life 2: Episode One rejoins Freeman and Alyx Vance, who are separately removed from the G-Man's stasis, and rescued an instant before the reactor explosion, by the Vortigaunts, greatly displeasing him. Gordon regains consciousness under a pile of rubble and is found by Alyx. Their proximity to the Citadel coupled with its imminent explosion, which would level much of City 17, requires them to go back inside and stabilize the core, stalling the structure's destruction long enough for both themselves and much of the human population to escape. Gordon and Alyx succeed in doing so, but learn that the local Combine forces are attempting to send a distress message for off world assistance, using the Citadel's destruction to power the transmission. The Combine consider this a positive, as the subsequent explosion would destroy all of City 17 and much of the surrounding countryside, which has been all but lost to human resistance forces. With a copy of the distress message, Gordon and Alyx escape the Citadel and meet up with Barney and other survivors. The pair escape City 17 via an evacuation train as the Citadel goes critical, sending out the Combine message. The resulting shock wave derails their train.

[[[Gordon Freeman|edit]]] Episode Two 'Edit

'Gordon wakes up in the wrecked train and is freed by Alyx, who had earlier escaped the wreckage. A massive superportal is forming over what was once City 17, which will allow the Combine to send an invasion fleet once it is fully formed. The data they carry is the key to destroying it. Gordon and Alyx make their way to White Forest, an apparent Soviet-era missile base turned into a rebel stronghold, where the data can be sent to an orbiting satellite via a rocket, which will allow the resistance to collapse the portal. After Alyx is critically wounded by a Hunter, Gordon assists the Vortigaunts in saving her, their healing ritual giving the G-Man the opportunity to speak to Gordon. During this conversation, the G-Man reveals to Gordon that he saved Alyx from the Black Mesa incident. He also embeds a message in Alyx's brain for her father, Eli: "Prepare for unforeseen consequences."'

'When the duo reach White Forest, after a run-in with a Combine Advisor, they are reunited with Dr. Kleiner and Dr. Vance, and are formally introduced to Dr. Arne Magnusson, who has taken control of the base. After Gordon seals the silo from a Combine attack, Gordon, Alyx, Dr. Kleiner, and Dr. Vance watch the transmission from Dr. Mossman seen in Episode One, acquired with the stolen Combine data. It reveals that she has located the Borealis, an Aperture Science research vessel which contains something supposedly capable of causing a cataclysm as grave as the Black Mesa incident. The G-Man compels Alyx to deliver his message, and once Eli sends her away he reveals that he, too, knows of the G-Man. With the Combine now sending Striders to shoot the rocket down, Magnusson enlists Gordon's aid in stopping through the use of his special explosive charges known as Magnusson Devices and Gordon's Gravity Gun. After repelling the attack, the rocket is launched and the portal is destroyed. As Gordon and Alyx prepare to leave for the Borealis in an old helicopter, they are ambushed by Advisors, which kill Eli before Dog forces them to flee. The game ends with Alyx mourning over Eli's body.'

'[[[Gordon Freeman|edit]]] Other Half-Life games 'Edit

'Two expansions for Half-Life all more or less take place during the same time as Half-Life itself, and as such Gordon is seen at some points of the games. In these appearances, Gordon maintains his silence, even though he is not the protagonist.'

'In Half-Life: Opposing Force, Adrian Shephard only encounters Gordon once when he witnesses Gordon teleport to Xen in the Lambda Complex. Attempts to follow him through the same portal will result in a "temporal paradox" which sends Shephard falling through Xen's void and ends the game.'

'Gordon is seen three times by Barney Calhoun during the course of Half-Life: Blue Shift. Barney first sees Gordon passing by in a tram at the beginning of the game, later heading towards the HEV storage area through a surveillance camera, and lastly being dragged to a trash compactor by a pair of HECU marines.'

'Two expansions for Half-Life all more or less take place during the same time as Half-Life itself, and as such Gordon is seen at some points of the games. In these appearances, Gordon maintains his silence, even though he is not the protagonist.'

'In Half-Life: Opposing Force, Adrian Shephard only encounters Gordon once when he witnesses Gordon teleport to Xen in the Lambda Complex. Attempts to follow him through the same portal will result in a "temporal paradox" which sends Shephard falling through Xen's void and ends the game.'

'Gordon is seen three times by Barney Calhoun during the course of Half-Life: Blue Shift. Barney first sees Gordon passing by in a tram at the beginning of the game, later heading towards the HEV storage area through a surveillance camera, and lastly being dragged to a trash compactor by a pair of HECU marines.'

'[[[Gordon Freeman|edit]]] Reception 'Edit

'On Oct 15 2009, a public poll on GameSpot resulted in Gordon Freeman being the "All Time Greatest Video Game Hero".[8] This resulted in the price of all Half-Life games getting reduced by 55.8% on Steam for the following weekend, 55.8 being the percent of votes Gordon received. GameDaily listed the "strong and silent type" in their top 25 video game archetypes, using Gordon as an example.[9] Gordon Freeman was ranked number 14 on UGO's "Top 100 Heroes of All Time".[10] Empireonline also listed Gordon Freeman at the top of the list of The 50 Greatest Video Game Characters.[11]'

'[[[Gordon Freeman|edit]]] References'Edit

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