| image=FileSprites fly.jpg|250px
| name= Sprite
| affiliation= Race X
| type= Energy Orb
| health=N/A (cannot be killed)
| entity=MAP_ENTITY_STAR (cannot be spawned)
| designer=Stephen Bahlhttp//www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,22310/ Stephen Bahl MobyGames profile
The '''Sprite''' is a harmless entity that can be seen floating through the Black Mesa Research Facility during the later stages of the Black Mesa Incident, and appearing to be a flying ball of light. They are somehow brought to life by Race X, and so have a mind of their own, able to steer themselves through space at will. The evidence for this fact is shown below.
FileSprites xen.jpg|left|200px|thumb|Sprites flying from a Race X purple portal on Xen.
In the scene where a Gargantua is tied to the Hydro-Electric Dam from the original game, the G-Man stands on the defunct control tower holding a cell phone while sprites fly into a portal behind him, after which he steps through and vanishes. They eventually all led to the portal that brought the Gene Worm through, evidently acting as energy conduits to construct and charge the portal to the world of the Race X aliens. Shephard first saw them on Xen where they kept coming through a purple portal and leaving through the one leading back to Earth. It is possible that this was the "gateway" between Earth and the Race X homeworld. It is unknown if these sprites are biological aliens or technological creations of Race X.
In ''Half-Life Opposing Force'', sprites act as guides to show the direction to the next objective when the path ahead might otherwise be unclear. It is interesting to note that during the resonance cascade in ''Half-Life'', sprites fly toward and away from the anti-mass spectrometer. Two other sprite appearances include a faint glimpse of them being sucked towards the portal at the tip of the Lambda core reactor when it is fully open, and another appearance in ''Blue Shift'' if the player refuses to enter the Displacement Field, shown by Sprites dissipating from its portal, and Dr. Rosenberg shouting, "You fool, you've taken too long!"
==Behind the scenes==
*The actual name of the Sprite is unknown,http//www.halflife2.net/forums/showthread.php?p=3059184&posted=1 Stephen Bahl as quoted on ''Marc Laidlaw Vault'' on the HalfLife2.net Forums as the name used on the wiki is merely a nickname, a general reference to computer graphics. The entity only consists of floating WikipediaSprite (computer graphics)|sprites with no AI when not used in a map trigger, also named "MAP_ENTITY_STAR", as seen in the original map editor.
*In the ''Hazard Course'' levels of ''Half-Life'' and ''Blue Shift'', Sprites appear on occasion to light up objects that the Holographic Assistant addresses and thus are rather gameplay indications and not the Race X entity.
FileOf6a50008.jpg|Sprites flying at the Gene Worm's purple portal before its arrival in another nearby room.
FileGene Worm portal.jpg|Sprites flying at the Gene Worm's purple portal before its arrival.
FileGene Worm defeated.jpg|The Gene Worm is defeated, while Sprites continue to swarm into the portal.
File HEV_sprite.jpg|An HEV suit charger being highlighted by a sprite.
FileCascade2.jpg|Sprites being drawn towards the anti-mass spectrometer, during the resonance cascade.
==List of appearances==
*''Half-Life Opposing Force''
CategoryHalf-Life Opposing Force
CategoryRace X creatures