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Combine Assassin
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Ted Backman[1]

The Combine Assassin,[1] also known as the Female Assassin, the Robot Assassiness[2] or simply Assassin, is an enemy cut from Half-Life 2, and the successor to Half-Life’s female assassin. Its model can be found in the Half-Life 2 leak files.


The Combine Assassin is a female soldier. She uses two automatic pistols (and originally some kind of rifle[1]), and a variety of melee attacks to attack enemies. She is shown to be a quick and resourceful enemy, moving swiftly and performing flips, rolls, and other movements. She also wears heel springs that improve her movement and speed. The armor and padding are almost completely absent, allowing the assassin to move quickly. When she dies, the light on her helmet slowly goes off.[3]

The model's texture folder features an unused sheet with an alternate outfit and a helmet with a green light. Like the most recent leak as well as retail models, it is contained in a single file, while the default's texture is made of several files, like the older models.[4]

As seen in the WC map pack map d3_borealis_06, five NPCs using the entity npc_assassin were to be seen frozen in tanks aboard the Borealis. This may refer to the Alien Assassin rather than the Combine Assassin, as ropes used in the map use the prefix breederrom_rope, pointing to this alternate name for the Alien Assassin.[5]


While the Combine Assassin had been cut from the final game, some parts of her model were recycled: the helmet is used by the Overwatch Elite in Half-Life 2 and Episodes, while the heel springs served as a base for the Advanced Knee Replacement in Portal and the Long Fall Boots in Portal 2. The female Combine Sniper in Half-Life 2: Survivor was also based on the Combine Assassin, with some changes in the vest and heel design.


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