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"Gordon Freeman was 27 years old at the time of the Black Mesa Incident[source?]" - whoever added that [source?] tag should install the first HL, hit New Game and pay a little attention. 18:32, 11 February 2009 (UTC)

Add the source yourself instead of doing a pointless rant, hidden behind your IP address. Plus you forgot to remove it from the template in the infobox. Congratulations. Klow 21:07, 11 February 2009 (UTC)
Isn't it told in the beginning of Half-Life, along with his job at Black Mesa and his administrator (classified)? --BlueFlamePRG 01:13, 25 February 2009 (UTC)
Yes, it is said during the tram ride. Klow 01:15, 25 February 2009 (UTC)
Speaking of age, how old is he at the time of Half Life 2? And before anyone goes calling me a jackass, I just ordered the game off of yesterday. Jackass2009 05:10, February 26, 2010 (UTC)
Same age since he goes into stasis at the end of HL and the events of the Black Mesa Incident only lasted a couple of days tops.--YabbaMyIcingTalk 05:15, February 26, 2010 (UTC)
HL1 spans from May 15, 200- to May 16, 200-, to be exact. ;-) Klow 12:46, February 26, 2010 (UTC)
Ok, I was thinking he stayed the same age, but I couldn't be sure because when I type in thirdperson in the console, it just shows his hands, and an invisible thing moving to the right. Jackass2009 19:29, April 25, 2010 (UTC)


It's stated that Gordon got a 'makeover' for the gearbox games, with a ponytail and some other stuff. This is false, just look at the player model, in HL1 only, and you'll see what I mean. --Fireman V2 02:21, December 22, 2009 (UTC)

You are right, but where did you read that? Klow 14:17, December 22, 2009 (UTC)
I remember seeing it in quite a few articles, listed as an easter egg. I can't recall specifically. --Fireman V2 20:27, December 22, 2009 (UTC)
Oh, the BS and OP4 storylines, for one. --Fireman V2 20:31, December 22, 2009 (UTC)
Well those articles have a big blinking warning above, so that's normal. ;-) Klow 00:08, December 23, 2009 (UTC)

Gordon's Hair[edit]

Is it just me, or does Gordon's hair look more red than brown? Not like he's a redhead, but it's sorta inbetween? Like auburn? I don't know, maybe it's just me. 12:45, April 1, 2010 (UTC)

I guess you may be right. Lemme think about it. — Unsigned comment by Klow
In HL1 its definitely red/orange, in HL2 its more red/brownisch. But yes, there is also red in his hair! -- 16:34, April 18, 2010 (UTC)
That's what redhead hair is. Redhead hair very commonly is not just a bright color. He is definitely a redhead, especially when you consider he has green eyes and light skin. Tomboy Daisy 04:22, June 8, 2010 (UTC)
After viewing all pics about him, I think it's not that obvious. More recent art have his hair just dark brown. Klow 07:56, June 8, 2010 (UTC)
They still have red tones in them. I'm a hairstylist, I know a lot about hair color. As redheads age their hair fades just like with any hair color. Natural blondes don't stay completely blonde looking. Women tend to bleach their hair even if they are natural blondes so that it shows up. Same for redheaded women, the dye their hair a stronger color. Unless someone is young or dyes their hair, redhead tones don't show up very well, and I doubt Gordon was dyeing his hair recently. If his hair was red at some point, he's still a natural redhead, and from what I can see there are still signs of him being a redhead in newer artwork. Tomboy Daisy 08:03, June 8, 2010 (UTC)

Look at his image from the orange box cover. [1] If you can't tell he's a redhead, then you should probably look up some images of redheads. Tomboy Daisy 08:08, June 8, 2010 (UTC)

All I see is brown hair... What if we say in the article that he was originally a redhair and that overtime the devs had his hair darkened?... Klow 08:10, June 8, 2010 (UTC)
Well yeah you could say that, but it would still make sense to identify his hair color as red. I think maybe I'll try to contact some special people about this, just because I like settling seemingly unimportant things in a seemingly important way. Tomboy Daisy 08:13, June 8, 2010 (UTC)
I like that as well. :P I settled for "Dark red" on the page, is that fine with you? You somehow convinced me. Klow 09:25, June 8, 2010 (UTC)
Its looks red in the GoldSrc games but it look brown in the Source games to me, but that just to me... SuperMario2 23:27, June 18, 2010 (UTC)

Restence Leader[edit]

When does Gordon officially become a leader? Personally I think its after he and Alyx destroy Nova Prospect, up untill then he can just be considered a soldier, but thats just me... SuperMario2 15:48, September 24, 2010 (UTC)

Gordon Speaks Regularly, He Is Not Silent[edit]

Gordon Freeman issues copious squad commands throughout the battle over City 17, so it is obvious that he speaks regularly to others. He is not a silent protagonist; he has no speaking lines in-game to prevent the player from feeling detachment upon hearing someone else's voice speaking for their character. The part where Alyx calls him "a man of few words" is just a poke at this programming feature.

Hand signels... SuperMario2 11:49, May 25, 2011 (UTC)

MIT Alumni?[edit]

In the A Red Letter Day chapter of Half-Life 2, Calhoun mentions that Gordon is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Shouldn't this information be placed in the Skills section or atleast somewhere in the article? --RadicalEdward2 12:40, August 18, 2011 (UTC)

His MIT education is mentioned in the Background section. CSFilms 12:53, August 18, 2011 (UTC)CSFilms

References in other media[edit]

"On a terminal in Fallout: New Vegas can be found an entry from a man named Gordon who is disappointed because there was no cake at his retirement party, a reference to both Gordon and Portal’s cake."

1. There is a spelling error: it should be "On/In a terminal in Fallout: New Vegas, and entry can be found..."

2. I don't even think it's a reference at all, a lot of people are named Gordon and have no birthday cake. Also, the cake wasn't a lie in Portal after all.--Lowlife 12:46, 5 April 2012 (UTC)

Gordon's ponytail[edit]

I am removing the assertion that Gordon's ponytail "is not to be considered canon" with the supposed source of Raising the Bar to back up this claim. Raising the Bar makes no such statement. It says exactly this under a picture of Ivan on page 30:

"This is an early model for the viewpoint scientist character (above), affectionately known as Ivan the Space Biker. Gordon's beard eventually turned into a stylish goatee, while his glasses also went through several versions. For a time, he even sported a ponytail."

Absolutely nowhere in this text does it imply the ponytail is "not canon", nor is the word "canon" even used. It never says the ponytail was removed, only that it was not present "for a time". In fact, it was the Ivan model who lacked a ponytail, which this paragraph largely refers to. All incarnations of Gordon's final appearance, both his singleplayer and deathmatch model, sport his ponytail. The question is is not whether he still has the ponytail now in Half-Life 2, but rather if he did have one in the original Half-Life. He clearly does, and it was included very deliberately in numerous forms. Marphy (talk) 09:06, 5 April 2013 (BST)

The Boondocks Saints unconfirmed Easter egg[edit]

Rocco accounts a story of a man (left unnamed) who he claims never speaks or grunts or anything. He (with a straight blank face) kills an entire family "like it was nothing," he is seen on the radio with a man who says in a deep voice "This house is clear" and he simply nods. The man looks exactly like Gordon, glasses, beard everything. Later as they go through the crime scene he uses a towel rack (holding it like a Crowbar) and knocks the gun out of Rocco's hand even after he was shot and the bullet did not effect him. Even if you don't add it... Still interesting bit of info. Half-Life was made 1998, Boondocks Saints was made 1999.

Something Cool[edit]

Fun fact: Gordon's Opposing Force model (the one where he wears sunglasses) has a drawn poly count of 666. Spooky. --Pirebot (talk) 01:17, 25 June 2017 (MSK)

About characters' age[edit]

Can someone please tell me why this character is said to be born between 1973 and 1982 while his birth date might as well be 1972 (after May 16). Am I right? Same thing applies to many other characters. — Unsigned comment by

Addressing inconsistencies with how the dates are presented is part of the full revision and fact checking of the timeline article, which already correctly identifies Gordon's possible birth years (but not yet for the other characters). Once that's sorted, all those changes can be backported to the individual subject articles as the timeline can act as a reliable reference for them. Marphy (talk) 00:06, 20 February 2019 (MSK)
Thanks for providing the answer. I might help you with that. Vitaly12345 (talk)