{{Youmayd|the early character|his successor|Odessa Cubbage}}
{{Character Infobox
|image=Odell bust.jpg
|equipment=*Welding torch
*Cigarette lighter
|era=Combine occupation of Earth|Combine occupation
|affiliation=The Resistance
|designer=*Marc Laidlaw (backstory)
*Tom Leonard (artificial intelligence)
ai_odellhackery1 and ai_odellhackery2WC mappack
{{Quote|Hey, here's a thought. I've got a cigarette lighter. You've got a gun. Maybe you should go first.|Odell|Development of Half-Life 2|FileOdell 17.ogg}}

'''Odell''',Playable Development of Half-Life 2 game|''Half-Life 2'' leak files''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar'' originally known as '''Owen''', is a character cut from ''Half-Life 2''. His appearance was recycled for Odessa Cubbage.


Odessa Cubbage's model, based on the martial arts instructor of one of the game's developers, was originally intended for a character named Odell who was to be met at the start of the Borealis (cut ship)|''Borealis'' chapter. With grey hair, a beard, wearing an orange WikipediaSurvival suit|gumby suit and a dark brown-colored beanie, he is shown to have hurt his right knee at some point, as it is tied with bandages. He was to use a welding torch to unlock doors aboard the ship, an ability similar to the HECU Engineer's role in ''Opposing Force''.

Odell was to be the engineer of the ''Borealis'', a science ship stranded in the ice that had been discovered and attacked by the Combine. Odell was to be the only remaining crew member; Gordon was to meet him on the ship after leaving the Air Exchange, go through the ship and then leave in a submarine to Kraken Base. While Gordon was to narrowly escape the downfall of Kraken Base in an escape pod, Odell's intended fate is unknown.

According to the ''Half-Life 2'' leak sound files, Odell's personality was to be that of a sarcastic, ironic man, making remarks in the vein of that of Barney Calhoun.

==Behind the scenes==
In the WC mappack maps, Odell's model appears often. It was used for measurements, light tests and placeholders (Alyx's model also alternatively fills this role). It also appears to be often used as a placeholder for Captain Vance in the Air Exchange maps.


FileMartial arts instructor head.jpg|Picture of the martial arts instructor used as Odell's and Odessa's face textures.
FileOdell model green boots.jpg|Odell's model as found in the leak, with wrong texture positions.
FileOdell model.jpg|Odell's leak model with proper textures.
FileFace.png|Early face texture.
FileAi guide1 03.jpg|Odell checking the captain's tape recorder.
FileBorealis odell mi.jpg|Odell shortly before leaving the Borealis.
FileDeep 01 011 03.jpg|In Kraken Base.
FileDeep 01 011 06.jpg|Ditto.
FileDeep 01 011 11.jpg|Ditto.

==List of appearances==

*''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar'' {{1st}} {{Nc}}

==See also==
*Borealis (cut ship)
*Half-Life 2 original journey Borealis - Hyperborea|''Half-Life 2'' original journey Borealis - Hyperborea


CategoryResistance personnel
CategoryCut characters
CategoryHalf-Life 2 (pre-release)
CategoryHalf-Life 2 Raising the Bar
CategoryCut allies