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|“||Why do we always have to clean up a mess the grunts can't handle?||„|
|~ ??? in Half-Life: Opposing Force.|
The Black Operatives are supporting antagonists in the first-person shooter video game Half-Life, and later the secondary antagonists of its expansion pack Half-Life: Opposing Force. They are divided into two groups: Female Operatives and Male Operatives.
Every Black Operative is covered in a black suit from head to toe. Each gender's appearance can be distinguished. Female Operatives wear black spandex jumpsuits and carry microphones as headsets. All of them wear night vision goggles. Male Operatives wear black combat gear and balaclavas. Some of them wear night vision goggles while the rest have exposed eyes. Unlike the female counterpart, the Male Operatives wear earpieces inside their masks.
They are sent by the US Government to place a thermonuclear bomb inside the parking garage of the Black Mesa Compound. The bomb's detonation is activated during the final cut scene in Half Life: Opposing Force.
Black Operatives rely on stealth instead of brute force. They are almost completely silent during combat, refusing to yell whenever injured. They are also quick and able to jump very high. Most of them are equipped with SMG's with grenade attachments. Some Male Operatives use sniper rifles as an alternative. Female Operatives have cloaking devices that can enable them to become partially invisible.
The Black Operatives have a very negative relationship with the HECU. Both sides seem to be allied in the first Half Life game. The Black Operatives' existence and role is expanded in Opposing Force. They are sent to Black Mesa after the HECU fail to contain the Resonance Cascade incident. Upon arrival, every Black Operative kills or interrogates a HECU soldier. This represents their dislike of the HECU. The Black Operatives consider the HECU to be incompetent and inept. One Operative even states resentment for taking care of the HECU's responsibility.
Although Gordon Freeman has relatively few encounters with them, the Black Operatives' Female Operatives respond with hostility towards Gordan Freeman. This is due to the females' protocol, prompting Gordon to fight back and kill several of them.
- Although no official expansion pack was released to give the player the ability to play a Black Operative, a Half-Life mod was made to allow players to do just that. The mod deals with a Black Operative being sent to a city that has been overrun with aliens during the Black Mesa Incident, and to help cover up the events whilst facing HECU marines. The game's ending ties with Half-Life: Opposing Force, in which the player arms the nuclear warhead that is responsible for destroying Black Mesa.