Arne Magnusson

{{Character Infobox
|name=Arne Magnusson
|image=Arne Magnusson bust.jpg
|rank=*Level 11 Scientist 
*Resistance leader
|weapons=Designed the Strider Buster
|era=*Black Mesa Incident
*The Uprising
|affiliation=*Black Mesa Science Team (formerly)
*The Resistance
|voice=John Aylward
|model=http//,291431/ Paul Eenhoorn
|designer=Marc Laidlaw

{{Quote|Oh-oh, excuse me if I'm interrupting tea time! I'll just step out until you've finished, if that's more convenient!|Arne Magnusson|Half-Life 2 Episode Two}}

'''Dr. Arne Magnusson''' is the leader of White Forest. He is a grey-haired stocky Caucasian man who looks to be in his early sixties. He is a former member of the Black Mesa Science Team, one of the few survivors of the Black Mesa Incident, and an important orchestrator of the Resistance.



FileStrider Buster introduced.jpg|Magnusson introducing his Magnusson Device.|thumb|200px|left

Before the Black Mesa Incident, Magnusson worked at Black Mesa Research Facility|Black Mesa as a scientist. As said by Eli Vance in White Forest, Arne used to compete for grant money with Isaac Kleiner (Eli "''The way he and Magnusson have been going at it, you'd think they were still competing for grant money!''", to which Alyx answers "''Some things never change...''"), and took grievance with Gordon Freeman when the latter destroyed his microwave casserole back at Black Mesa ( the scenes|see below). It is never directly explained how Dr. Magnusson managed to survive the Black Mesa Incident.

After the Combine invasion he came to head a major Resistance base, White Forest, and used his scientific expertise to make technological advances to aid the Resistance. Most notable amongst these are the rocket he constructed to tap into the old Black Mesa Research Facility|Black Mesa/Xen satellite array, as well as the Magnusson Device, a deadly anti-Strider weapon. He was aided in these endeavors by Uriah, a Vortigaunt. Dr. Magnusson is held in the same high regard by the Vortigaunts as is Eli Vance|Dr. Eli Vance, both as an accomplished scientist and leader of the Resistance.

He is seen very briefly right before Gordon enters the test chamber, arguing with another scientist about the safety of the test. He declares that Gordon doesn't need to hear about the concerns, as he is a highly trained professional.

FileEp2 outland 12a0100.jpg|thumb|200px|right|Magnusson enthused by the success of the rocket launch.

===''Half-Life 2 Episode Two''===

In ''Episode Two'', he is first seen through transmissions between Alyx and Gordon and White Forest during the ride through the Outlands, showing his eagerness to receive Mossman's transmission. After arriving at White Forest, he is first heard when a false alarm is triggered in the secondary silo. His is first met in the rocket chamber, where he is working and arguing with Kleiner. Before Alyx, Eli and Kleiner go back upstairs to have a look at the data packet, another alarm is triggered in the secondary silo. Magnusson then sends Gordon to the area to investigate. Gordon then seals the silo after an actual Combine breach occurs. Back in the upper levels of the base, Magnusson introduces him to his Magnusson Device and how to use it against Striders ( the scenes|see below for the "casserole debacle" reference). After the assault, he thanks Gordon for the success of the mission and goes oversee the rocket launch in an office. He is last seen on a screen during the rocket launch, and shows himself very enthused by the success of the launch.

==Personality and skills==

Arne Magnusson has a fussy, petulant nature. He makes constant complaints about the completion of his satellite rocket, an object that he dotes upon. Verbose, egotistical and authoritarian, Magnusson thinks highly both of himself and his inventions, to the point of naming them after himself. He finds shows of emotion distasteful, particularly when he feels it comes at the cost of industry. He despises Isaac Kleiner's pet Headcrab Lamarr just like Barney Calhoun does (Magnusson "''And get your cranio-conjugal parasite away from my nose cone!''", to which Kleiner answers "''Now listen here, Magnusson, there's no call for hurtful comments!''"). Magnusson is not, however, without a softer side; he grudgingly thanks Gordon Freeman for saving his rocket during the events of ''Half-Life 2 Episode Two|Episode Two'', and his joy at the rocket's successful launch is palpable. His dedication to the Resistance comes above all else.

==Behind the scenes==
FilePaul Eenhoorn1.jpg|Paul Eenhoorn.|thumb|150px|right

*Magnusson was created for several reasons

*As said by Marc Laidlaw, in early drafts of the episode, Eli and Kleiner had warmed up White Forest all by themselves to have it as equipped as it is in the brief time after fleeing City 17. When the team realized it was "ridiculous", they developed a backstory in which Black Mesa had acquired an extremely cheap Cold War bunker and developed some projects in response to budgetary and oversight problems associated with basing all work in North America. Magnusson would have been working there for some time when Eli and Kleiner were to reach the base from City 17.http// Marc Laidlaw on

*As said by http//,108591/ John Morello, the addition of a new character was also to counter the lack of interpersonal conflicts between the characters, Alyx, Eli and Kleiner having a lot of affection for one another. While at Valve they all value the benefit of strong positive relationships, they were "happy to have Dr. Magnusson around to get irritated by all the hugging."''Half-Life 2 Episode Two'' commentary

*Magnusson's appearance was based on that of http//,291431/ Paul Eenhoorn, a prominent actor from the Seattle-area filmmaking community.http// Paul Eenhoorn - Cast Member Exposé << CoffkaMovie's Weblog

*According to the ''Episode Two'' games files, Magnusson was to appear older and balder. The current model is more faithful to Eenhoorn's features.

*In the Victory Mine, the Victory Mine Vortigaunt|Vortigaunt says at some point "What next in the parade of constant obstacles?", a variant of one of Dr. Magnusson's sayings, "What next in the parade of constant interruptions?". According to Marc Laidlaw, the affinity between the Vortigaunts and Dr. Magnusson has caused some of his mannerisms to spread among them by way of their lowgrade telepathy.

FileCasserole my god.jpg|thumb|200px|left|Magnusson's meal exploding.

*Just after Gordon has tested the Magnusson Device, Magnusson tells him that he might forgive his "microwave casserole" debacle at Black Mesa if he succeeds in protecting the rocket from the Striders (Magnusson "''Oh, and Freeman! If you pull this off, I might just forgive you for that debacle at Black Mesa. You know the one I mean... involving a certain microwave casserole.''). This is a reference to the beginning of ''Half-Life'', when the player can turn on a microwave and explode the meal inside. The scientist apparently waiting for his food to be ready yells at the player "My God! What are you doing?", although it is unknown if this particular scientist is actually a retconned Magnusson. According to John Guthrie, the team thought it was finally time to let the player know whose lunch had been ruined in ''Half-Life'', and give them a chance at redemption. This however does not prove that the scientist sitting on the table near the microwave oven is actually a retconned Magnusson, a scientist sent from Magnusson's office to cook his meal for him, or simply an unrelated scientist.

*"Arne" is a Scandinavian first name. It was originally an Old Norse short form of names beginning with the element "arn", meaning "eagle".http// "Magnusson" is a Swedish name, literally meaning "son of Magnus", a Late Latin name meaning "great". It was borne by a 7th-century saint who was a missionary in Germany. It became popular in Scandinavia after the time of the 11th-century Norwegian king Magnus I, who was said to have been named after Charlemagne, or Carolus Magnus in Latin. The name was borne by six subsequent kings of Norway as well as three kings of Sweden. It was imported to Scotland and Ireland during the Middle Ages under the form MacManus.http// A "WikipediaMagnuson Park (Seattle)|Magnuson Park" found in Seattle, where Valve is based, may be the inspiration for the name. Furtheremore, of note is that "Magnus" itself means "big" or "great" in Latin, making it the opposite of Isaac Kleiner's surname, "klein" meaning "small" in German. We may therefore surmise that Dr. Arne Magnusson is of Nordic descent. Interestingly, Paul Eenhoorn, the model for Dr. Magnusson, is of Dutch descent.


FilePaul Eenhoorn 2.jpg|Paul Eenhoorn.
FilePaul Eenhoorn 3.jpg|Paul Eenhoorn in ''Coffka'', a short film produced in Seattle.
FileMagmonitor idle2.png|An older model of Magnusson's face.
FileMagnusson badge.png|Magnusson's badge.
FileMagnusson model.jpg|Magnusson's model.
FileSign silo drm 01.png|One of the several handwritten warning messages left by Magnusson around White Forest.
FileMagnusson rocket silo WF.jpg|Magnusson asking Gordon to investigate the secondary silo.  
FileMagnade training1.jpg|Magnusson explaining Gordon how the Magnusson Device works in its training area. 
FileMagnade training2.jpg|Uriah and Magnusson in the Magnusson Device training area. 
FileMagnusson debacle mention.jpg|Arne Magnusson telling Gordon he might forgive him for his debacle at Black Mesa. 
FileEp2 outland 12a0073.jpg|Magnusson actually congratulating Gordon for protecting White Forest, while Alyx does not believe her ears.
FileEp2 outland 12a0065.jpg|Ditto.

==List of appearances==
*''Half-Life Day One'' {{1st}} {{Pos}} {{Ret}}
*''Half-Life'' {{Pos}} {{Ret}}
*Source Particle Benchmark {{Gf}} {{Nc}}
*''Half-Life 2 Episode Two'' {{1stID}}


==See also==
*Half-Life universe|''Half-Life'' series retcons

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