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|Jafar says: Read my lips and come to grips with the reality!|
|“||Some believe the fate of our world is inflexible. My employers disagree. They authorize me to nudge things in a particular direction from time to time.||„|
|~ The G-Man about his employers|
|“||That’s why I’m here, Mr. Freeman. I have recommended your services to my employers, and they have authorized me to offer you a job. They agree with me that you have limitless potential.||„|
|~ The G-Man, expressing the Employers' great interest in Gordon Freeman|
The Employers are the overarching antagonists of the entire Half-Life franchise. They are a mysterious and enigmatic omniscient collective at war with the Combine Empire, and the superiors of the G-Man.
Out of their own self-interest, they have instigated and are responsible for the entire events of the Half-Life continuity so far, having indirectly allowed the Combine to subjugate Earth after instigating the Black Mesa Incident.
For much of the franchise, they play the role of overseers (represented by the G-Man), watching over several protagonist as the series progresses, including Dr. Gordon Freeman, Corporal Adrian Shepherd and Alyx Vance.