Black Ops

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*Male Submachine Gun (Half-Life)|Submachine Gun, Fragmentation Grenade (Half-Life)|grenades, M-40A1 Sniper Rifle, Mark IV Thermonuclear Device, melee
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*Ken Birdwell (artificial intelligence){{IA|19990421040723/http//www.voodooextreme.com/articles/interview_kb.html|Interview with Ken Birdwell|Voodooextreme.com}}
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{{Quote|Why do we always have to clean up a mess the grunts can't handle?|Male Assassin|Half-Life Opposing Force|FileOf2a5 bo01.ogg}}

The '''Black Ops''', sometimes hyphenated to '''Black-Ops'''''Half-Life Opposing Force Prima Guide'' and sometimes referred to as '''Black Operations''',''Half-Life Opposing Force'' are a commando group of trained government assassins briefly seen in ''Half-Life'' and later expanded upon and featured in ''Half-Life Opposing Force''. Soon after the Hazardous Environment Combat Unit|HECU, they invade the Black Mesa Research Facility to conceal any evidence of the Resonance Cascade.

While it is stated that the HECU and the Black Ops are officially known to enter the facility in the event of an emergency and work with the Black Mesa Security Force|Security Force as "a dangerous and very efficient clean-up crew"''Half-Life Blue Shift'' instruction manual (although some employees consider it a rumor''Half-Life''), they are shown to work independently, killing all living things inside the base, whether they are Black Mesa employees, HECU soldiers, or Xen lifeforms, and eventually destroying Black Mesa itself altogether through use of a Mark IV Thermonuclear Device|nuclear weapon. 

They are divided into two groups the female and male Black Ops, also known as Female and Male Assassins.

==Appearances==
===''Half-Life''===
The Black Ops first appear in Sector E in ''Half-Life'' during the chapter ''Apprehension'', and later make one more appearance in Sector F, during the chapter ''Lambda Core''. Only Female Black Ops are seen by Gordon Freeman in the game.

Female Black Ops are strikingly nimble and agile, able to sprint faster than any other enemy and can jump to extreme heights. They wear a black jump suit and use night vision goggles that include a headset with a microphone, although none are ever heard speaking. They are armed with a silenced 9mm Pistol (Half-Life)|9mm Pistol and Fragmentation Grenade (Half-Life)|grenades.

The distinction between the Hazardous Environment Combat Unit and the Black Ops was not made at first in the original ''Half-Life''. Although the two groups never encountered one another in the game, Female Assassins were coded to fight on the same side as the Marines. Many players assumed this meant they were working with the military since assassins had no backstory, and as such, many fan-made maps included them fighting alongside each other. It was not until the release of ''Opposing Force'' that more insight regarding the Black Ops was revealed.

===''Half-Life Opposing Force''===
Filemassn bomb truck.jpg|thumb|200px|left|Male Black Ops in ''Opposing Force''.

Black Ops are featured much more prominently in ''Opposing Force''. The reason for their presence at Black Mesa is also explained, something that was never made clear in the original game. ''Opposing Force'' explains that, after the initial failure of the HECU's clean-up operation, the Black Ops are sent to cover up the whole incident by destroying the entire facility. To do this, they intend to set off a thermonuclear device within the complex. Adrian Shephard locates the Mark IV Thermonuclear Device|bomb the Black Ops deliver in a parking garage and is able to disarm it, but shortly thereafter it is seen being reactivated by the G-Man. The flash of a nuclear explosion is later witnessed in the epilogue, indicating the successful detonation of this bomb.

During gameplay, Black Ops are shown to have utter contempt for the HECU soldiers, considering them incompetent and inept. One assassin angrily remarks to another, "Why do we always have to clean up a mess the grunts can't handle?". The Black Ops are openly hostile towards Marines, killing any who have not yet escaped as part of their mission. While the HECU are aware that the Black Ops group exists, they are confused by their arrival and wonder if they are there to assist. However, the Black Ops soon start killing all of the non-Black Ops personnel they can find. HECU radio traffic shows that the Marines are at first totally taken by surprise, much like how the HECU initially overwhelms the Black Mesa personnel. Further evidence of their viciousness can be seen after discovering a Marine engineer who, after being brutally beaten and interrogated, is simply left for dead, trapped in a garage.

Along with the Female Black Ops, ''Opposing Force'' introduced the group's male variant. Male Black Ops wear black combat gear and ski masks that only expose their eyes. Some are seen wearing night vision goggles. Although not visible, they apparently have a communicator in their ear which they are seen listening to whenever they eliminate a target.

They are equipped with the same Submachine Gun (Half-Life)|Submachine Gun with grenade attachment that the HECU use, but some male Black Ops have a M-40A1 Sniper Rifle. They utilize equipment and vehicles, such as the M44 cargo truck, the AH-64 Apache, and the Osprey Heliplane similar to the HECU, but black in color.

Black Ops soldiers can run much faster than the Marines, and up close, they use martial arts kicks and punches as melee attacks. They also have a little more health. Also, unlike their Marine counterparts, Black Ops operate in total silence when in combat, refusing to even yell in pain when injured.

===''Half-Life Decay''===
In ''Decay'', the Black Ops assassins are only featured in the bonus chapter, ''Xen Attacks''. In it they battle against the players' two Vortigaunt characters, X-8973 and R-4913, in the underground parking lot originally featured at the end of ''Opposing Force'', under Sector E's largest Sector E Storage Facility|Ordinance Facility.

==Behind the scenes==
FileBm31.2.png|Early model, with a crossbow.|right|thumb
*The female assassins originally had the ability to attack their enemies at close range by kicking them. The unused attack animations are still present in the model file.

*The female Black Ops were originally to be armed with Crossbow (Half-Life)|crossbows. The quivers used to hold the crossbow bolts are still featured in the model, attached to the belt.

*The early female Black Ops model features yellow goggles, turned red in the retail model.

*As seen in the ''Opposing Force'' model files, the male Black Ops were originally to use Flash Grenade|flash grenades.

*Early concept art for ''Quiver'' features special CIA units, one of which is a female. The original Black Ops likely stem from it.

*The female Black Ops model's breasts possess a highly exaggerated bounce when she walked, a feature held to much amusement by fans. This was removed in ''Opposing Force'' and in the PlayStation 2 console port of the original game.

*The ''Half-Life 2'' successor from the female Black Op is the cut Combine Assassin.Development of Half-Life 2 game|''Half-Life 2'' leak

*When playing in Hard mode, female Black Ops also have a cloaking field, which they use to become partially invisible during combat.

==Trivia==
FileDead black op eyes.jpg|Dead Female Assassin, with flipped up goggles.|200px|right|thumb

*In some instances, if a Female Assassin is killed by being shot in the back while running, her nightvision goggles flip up, revealing blue (in ''Half-Life'') or brown (in ''Opposing Force'') eyes, and she will pull her legs together and lie dead on her left side.

*The Female Assassin model featured in ''Opposing Force'' has brown eyes, while they are blue in that of ''Half-Life''. She also does not have grenades attached to her belt. The textures are also of lower resolution and slightly different, such as a different, darker grey for the Pistol's silencer. Her overall build is also thinner.

==Gallery==
===Pre-release===

FileCia female soldier.jpg|CIA Female Soldier concept art.
FileSurface tension plan.jpg|The cabal for the ''Half-Life'' chapter ''Surface Tension'', with an "open area" for the Black Ops on the far right.
FileBlack Ops oldpromo.jpg|Promotional artwork.
FileBlack ops render.jpg|Hi-res model render.
FileEarly assassin female model.jpg|Hi-res model render with knife.


===Retail===

====Models====

FileHl assassin.png|Female assassin.
FileHlof assassin.png|''Opposing Force'' version.
FileHldc assassin.png|Dreamcast version.
FileHlpsx assassin.png|PlayStation 2 version.
FileBlack Ops female kick.jpg|Unused kick animation.
FileBlack op lookout.jpg|The female Black Op in lookout animation.
FileAssassin male01.png|Male assassin.
FileAssassin male02.png|Black version.
FileAssassin male03.png|With night vision goggles.
FileApache Black Ops.jpg|Black Ops Apache.
FileOsprey Black Ops.jpg|Unused Black Ops Osprey.


====Screenshots====

FileBO idle.jpg|Idle Black Op.
FileBo cloak glock.jpg|A female Black Op firing at Gordon with her cloaking field almost fully enabled.
FileBo cloak duo.jpg|Two female Black Ops with their cloaking fields in different stages of activation.
FileBo cloak grenade.jpg|Another female Black Ops throwing a grenade while her cloaking field activates.
FileBlack ops truck1.jpg|Black Ops M44 cargo truck transporting the Mark IV Thermonuclear Device.
FileMassn bomb truck.jpg|The same truck, with male assassins and the bomb.
FileBlackop firing.jpg|Black Op firing at Shock Troopers beneath a gibbed comrade.
FileFoxtrot Uniform0.jpg|A Black Ops truck with unloaded troops.
FileBlack ops browning.jpg|Black Op manning a Tripod-Mounted Heavy Machine Gun.
FileOf5a1 sniper.jpg|The only Black Op sniper in the entire game.
FileBlack ops mortar.jpg|Black Op manning a mortar.
FileBlack ops apache fly.jpg|Black Ops Apache firing at a Voltigore.
FileBlack ops apache voltigore.jpg|Ditto.
FileBomb far.jpg|Male assassins arming the bomb.
FileBlack Ops truck.jpg|The truck on which the bomb is armed.
FileOp4 install2.png|Staged screenshot of soldiers fighting aliens and Black Ops.


==List of appearances==
*''Half-Life'' {{1st}}
*''Half-Life Opposing Force''
*''Half-Life Decay''
*''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar'' {{Imo}}

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