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Part of the Latin's more or less incorrect... Nihil does mean nothing, but anth doesn't mean anything... anthropos (where anthropology comes from) is Greek and means man, not being, and anth is just half the word, but it could be half of a dozen different greek or latinate words... Sorry, I'm a classics major, and I had to say something. 05:21, 6 August 2008 (UTC)

Hm, I think you're right. You can rephrase it if you like, and if all else fails just change it from "does mean this" to "may mean this", a bit of conjecture is acceptable in this instance. --MattyDienhoff 07:06, 6 August 2008 (UTC)

Randy Pitchford easter egg[edit]

Pertaining to the Randy Pitchford easter egg, can anyone tell me where this easter egg is supposed to be, which bit of Nihilanth's speech it is embedded in? 19:13, 13 August 2008 (UTC) Trance

That's actually the Gene Worm you're thinking of. Pitchford works for Gearbox. 18:26, 24 January 2009 (UTC)


Why were the interpretations of the quotes, which have been around for years with no objections, completely removed? I don't know any rules that would justify deleting it, since it never claimed or implied that it was official or fact. 02:23, 30 January 2009 (UTC)

Thanks. I whas finishing Half-Life and then the screen said "Nihilanth". When I seen it, I browsed the net and found this. And for the trivia part, Nihilanth realy looks like he was inslaved by the Combine. I viewed a picture of his and one of the Combine aliens - it looked alike. By that I mean that Nihilanth has amputated legs, surgery scars and also a small hole in the left part of his chest. Anyways I liked it. — Unsigned comment by

Teleport locations[edit]

If there is a list of the locations that Nihilanth will teleport you in the battle,can you please tell me?--Oreo Biskuit!!Eleven 18:07, July 7, 2010 (UTC)


Could someone please investigate and find where some of Nihilanth's quotes are heard? I arranged them in order of when they are heard, and the unknown ones are on the bottom. For those that are untracked, please fix this. Smelltheashes 23:22, November 11, 2010 (UTC)

I'll add it to things to do. Bramblepath 20:10, November 12, 2010 (UTC)


i always thought it was pronounced "Nayalanth" but my teacher said Nihil is pronounced like "nikil". Is that true because calling him "Nikilanth" sounds kinda bad. — Unsigned comment by

It's pronounced like so: "ny-hill-anth" or "nee-hill-anth". Bramblepath 12:28, December 24, 2010 (UTC)

Listen how the vortigaunts in Half-Life 2 pronounce it :) — Unsigned comment by

Quote changes?[edit]

Going through my files of Half-Life and listening to the Nihilanth audio I notice a few discrepancies.

1) There is no file for "Alone... aren't you alone... aren't you alone..." (However there is one for the 'not you alone' quote)

2) I have an extra file where the Nihilanth says: "The last... you are the last... you are..." (NOTE: this is in addition to the file where the Nihilanth states 'I am the last')

3) The second quote where Nihilanth is telling you to die my audio file sounds like this: "Now die... now die... now..." Instead of the one on this wiki which says: "Die die now...die now..." I have no file which sounds like the latter. (the other quote where the Nihilanth says " all all die..." is consistent with the audio I found")

Does anyone else notice these? NOTE: I am not getting this information directly from the game, but from the available audio files in the game. Perhaps they use some fancy tricks to make some things different in the game, I am not sure. Can anyone confirm this? I may try to run through those sections of the game to confirm it ingame as well.

My first thoughts are that maybe valve altered the audio, just as they altered the GMan model. — Unsigned comment by

"The last... you are the last... you are..." sounds like what he says to the two vortigaunts at the beginning of the Decay bonus mission "Xen Attacks". I actually came to this discussion page because I couldn't tell what he was saying there and it's not listed under his quotes. I was going to ask if anyone knew what he was saying, but it seems you've already found it. XD Shall I add it? NoriMori (talk) 06:27, 21 November 2014 (GMT)
Oops, after a second listen it seems he's actually saying the "Thieves... You all are thieves..." line. My bad! NoriMori (talk) 06:34, 21 November 2014 (GMT)

Quote mixups?[edit]

The page currently says that when the player enters the alien camp in the second part of "Interloper", Nihilanth says "You are man... he is not man... for you he waits... for you...", and says "Alone... not you alone... not you alone..." during the battle when the player is teleported by an orb for the first time. But in the three walkthroughs I've checked out so far, he said the "Alone..." line in the second part of Interloper (in addition to during the battle), not the "You are man..." line. So unless it can vary, I assume that's a mistake? If so, I'm curious as to where the "You are man..." line actually appears. I was also wondering when he says the "Slaves..." line, because it doesn't say on the page where that quote appears. And lastly, in the three walkthroughs I watched, I have not been able to hear the "Win... you cannot win..." line that is allegedly spoken when Gordon enters Gonarch's Lair, so I'm rather confused about that as well. NoriMori (ノリモリ) 10:03, 22 November 2014 (GMT)

The original section was filled with a great deal of misinformation. A handful of the Nihilanth's quotes aren't even used in-game. I have made the distinction between used and unused lines (confirming this information by checking the maps' entities) and removed the unsubstantiated speculation. Marphy (talk) 01:27, 23 November 2014 (GMT)
Thanks, looks great! Do you mind if I add back the interpretations of what the quotes might mean? Not necessarily verbatim — I could do a rewrite — but I think they should stay. They aren't without foundation (and as said higher up on the page, they never claimed to be official or fact anyway), and I think they're a valuable addition to the page. NoriMori (ノリモリ) 05:09, 20 December 2014 (GMT)
If you think you can rewrite them to adhere to the wiki's standards, you're welcome to add them back, but I don't think there's much more to salvage. The original interpretations were all over the board, either being redundantly self-evident or far-reaching speculation. I've already retained the bits of the Nihilanth communicating either by speech or telepathy, the two allusions to the G-Man, and the possible allusion to the Combine (this particular line is unused, but the notion itself has actual references to support it). Everything else came across as editors arguing amongst themselves with more and more contradictory and unsubstantiated fan theories being added over time. This is the sort of cruft that is being cracked down on as such wild speculation only hurts the wiki's reliability. Marphy (talk) 02:02, 21 December 2014 (GMT)

PS2 cheat easter egg[edit]

The PlayStation 2 version has an easter egg in the first chamber the Nihilanth teleports you to. If you crouch in the "water" you can find a cheat code (for invincibility I think) on the floor.
Is this worth mentioning in the Trivia?
Also makes me wonder if there are other hidden codes... I discovered this one by accident. Pete (talk) 15:37, 9 January 2015 (GMT)

Nice find. We'll probably have a page for the Easter eggs soon. You can go ahead and add it to the page if you really want to.--Barnz (talk) 15:52, 9 January 2015 (GMT)