{{Character Infobox
|image=C0a0 gus02.jpg
|rank=Forklift Operator
|era=Black Mesa Incident
|affiliation=Black Mesa personnel
|designer=Steve Theodore.html">Steve TheodoreSteve Theodore on ReferencesValve_employee_emails and the Loader (February 2, 2014)
{{QuoteRefInline|I wasn't aware his name was Gus, that's how little backstory he has.|Marc Laidlawhttp// Marc Laidlaw Vault on Steam Users' Forums (December 26, 2011)}}

'''Gus'''''Half-Life'' texture files is the nickname of the WikipediaForklift truck|forklift driver model seen throughout the Black Mesa Research Facility.


Gus's name can be gleaned from the name tag seen on his uniform. The model represents a portly individual wearing a green jumpsuit, brown boots, and a yellow hard hat. On his forklift, the text "HAIHAN" and "2.2 LATER" is visible written on both sides of the vehicle.

On May 16|May 16, 200-, multiple forklift drivers can be seen by Gordon Freeman and Barney Calhoun during their Black Mesa Transit System|tram rides in ''Half-Life'' and ''Half-Life Blue Shift|Blue Shift'', respectively. Two drivers are witnessed working in the tunnel underneath Gordon's initial tram pick-up location. A third is seen working near a rocket, eventually attempting to lift a pile of crates at the end of his route. The model also appears at the beginning of ''Half-Life Decay|Decay'' featured on a safety poster.

==Behind the scenes==

The Gus model along with his forklift was designed, modeled, textured, and animated by Valve Corporation|Valve artist Steve Theodore. Theodore named Gus after a janitor in his college dormitory who was said to be famously cranky and sport the same amount of facial hair stubble. The name was also chosen because it was the type that would typically be seen in round name labels, although not so much in real life. The entirety of the forklift mechanism on the vehicle was designed to work properly, but this functionality is barely visible in the game itself.

The final model possesses a couple of unused animations. Since the only forklifts seen moving all follow scripted paths, the model never plays its "drive" or "drive2" animations. In these sequences, the vehicle's wheels, steering wheel, and Gus's arms are fully animated.

Series writer Marc Laidlaw has stated that he was not even aware the character was named Gus.


FileC0a0 gus01.jpg|Gus idling inside a tunnel.
FileC0a0a gus02.jpg|Gus at work near a rocket.
FileHL1 GusJockeyCrates.jpg|Gus preparing to lift some crates.
FileHt01 sign01.jpg|Safety advertisement featuring Gus giving a thumbs up.
FilePropaganda_01.png|The texture for the poster.
FileGus torso.png|Gus's torso texture with the name tag revealing his name.

==List of appearances==
*''Half-Life Day One'' {{1st}}
*''Half-Life Blue Shift''
*''Half-Life Decay''


CategoryHalf-Life Blue Shift
CategoryHalf-Life Decay