Aperture Science Military Android
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|Aperture Science Military Android|
These androids were originally meant for studying the effectiveness of the Sentry Turrets, and other defense mechanisms developed by Aperture Science as their names would suggest.
During her series of tests, Chell is told by GLaDOS that the appropriate Test Chamber 16 is currently unavailable due to mandatory scheduled maintenance and that it has been replaced with "a live-fire course designed for military androids". While the chamber is highly dangerous and improper for human test subjects, GLaDOS merely apologizes "for the inconvenience" and wishes Chell "the best of luck". In the chamber, Chell is first confronted by the Aperture Science Sentry Turrets and must defeat them with Weighted Storage Cubes sent through portals she creates with her portal gun. After the test is over, GLaDOS' message seems to be automatic, as she addresses Chell as if she was an android herself while she congratulates her for succeeding.
GLaDOS also reminds that the Enrichment Center's "android hell", where androids are sent "at the first sign of defiance", "is a real place". Assuming it was not a lie, as GLaDOS is prone to do, this may be an area where androids are punished, tortured, partially (or fully) destroyed, or merely a frightening term for the trash compactor / furnace where unused objects are thrown, and known as the "Diversity Furnace" if not the Incinerator Room connected to Pneumatic Diversity Vents. As GLaDOS' message is rather menacing, androids most likely do feel pain or fear for the message and the so-called "android hell" to have a purpose. In Portal 2, android hell may be related to the "chamber [GLaDOS] built where all the robots scream at you" mentioned. This is supported by the fact that GLaDOS mentions sending Wheatley to this chamber as a punishment.
They are mentioned again in the ruins of Test Chamber 03 in Portal 2, where the Announcer states their involvement at the end of the test. He assures Chell that they have been taught to read and given a copy of The Laws of Robotics to share. He also urges Test Subjects to report if the androids begin to disregard human rights.
The track "Android Hell" in the Portal soundtrack is a reference to the Military Android and its "hell".