Sprite

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{{Enemy Infobox
| image=FileSprites fly.jpg|250px
| name= Sprite
| affiliation= Race X
| type=Light ball
| health=N/A (cannot be killed)
| weapons=N/A
| entity=N/A
| designer=*Stephen Bahl{{IA|20020809101006/http//www.gearboxsoftware.com/stephenb.html|Stephen Bahl's Profile|the official Gearbox Software website}}
*Brian Martelhttp//www.planetphillip.com/posts/audio-interview-with-gearbox-software/ Audio Interview with Gearbox Software on PlanetPhillip
}}
The '''Sprite'''''Half-Life Opposing Force Prima Guide'' is a harmless Race X entity that can be seen floating through the Black Mesa Research Facility during the later stages of the Black Mesa Incident. It only appears in ''Half-Life Opposing Force''.

==Overview==
Taking on the appearance of a flying ball of light, Sprites are creatures that are seen by Adrian Shephard floating through the facility on numerous occasions, becoming more and more frequent in later stages of the incident. However, they cannot be harmed and they do not hurt Shephard in any way. In certain instances, they even seem to be guiding him, such as in the Sector E|Biodome Complex. It is not clear if they are biological or technological beings.

Sprites are first witnessed in Xen where they arrive through a purple Teleportation|portal and leave through one leading back to Earth. In the chapter ''Foxtrot Uniform'' where a Gargantua is tied to Sector G's Sector G Hydro Plant|Hydro-Electric Dam, the G-Man stands on the inaccessible control tower speaking on a cell phone while Sprites fly into a portal behind him, after which he steps through and vanishes. They eventually all lead to the portal that brings in the Gene Worm, apparently acting as energy conduits to construct the gates to the border worlds. 

==Behind the scenes==
The entity only consists of an animated WikipediaSprite (computer graphics)|sprite that travels along a defined path as it has no WikipediaArtificial intelligence|AI. The game files contain three unused variations of the Sprite including one depicting a cartoon fairy, presumably a joke referencing the WikipediaSprite (creature)|supernatural creatures of its namesake.

==Gallery==

FileSprites xen.jpg|Sprites flying from a Race X purple portal on Xen.
FileOf6a50008.jpg|Sprites flying at the Gene Worm purple portal before its arrival in a nearby area.
FileGene Worm portal.jpg|Sprites flying at the Gene Worm purple portal before its arrival.
FileGene Worm defeated.jpg|The Gene Worm is defeated by Shephard, while Sprites continue to swarm into the portal.
FileSprite c 1.png|The Sprite as it appears in-game.
FileSprite a 1.png|Unused variation, named "sprite_a_1".
FileSprite b 1.png|Unused variation, named "sprite_b_1".
FileSprite 01.png|Unused variation, named "sprite_01".


==List of appearances==
*''Half-Life Opposing Force'' {{1st}}

==References==
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CategoryHalf-Life Opposing Force
CategoryRace X creatures
CategoryCreatures