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PenguinwithPie Sep 23, 2012 @ 12:23pm
Who is Chell
Yes, i am aware that she is a test subject and the main protagonist of the Portal series, but what is her backround. Who is her family. How did she end up as a test subject at Aperture Science. What specific events happened at "Bring your Daughter to Work Day" that led to Portal?
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Anxo Sep 24, 2012 @ 8:42am 
Have you played Portal 2? I don't want to spoiler you, but if you have played it, you should know about Chell's past
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PenguinwithPie Sep 25, 2012 @ 8:35pm 
Originally posted by Anxo:
Have you played Portal 2? I don't want to spoiler you, but if you have played it, you should know about Chell's past
i have played it, beat it (like 5 times actually) read the lab rat comic, found the borealis dock, listened to the turret opera, sent wheatley to space, found chells overgrown potatoe battery.
but what else? it still doesnt directly state the facts in the text. there are lots of things i still cant figure out.
Sgt. Gitrekt Sep 26, 2012 @ 5:09pm 
I figured Chell is Cave Johnson's daughter...

I always thought since Cave knew that Caroline was married, he might have been married to her, and they had Chell.

And since Cave found out he was dying, they put Caroline's brain into the robot; making her GlaDOS.

Since I don't think Caroline could have raised Chell as a robot, I think she might have put her up for adoption.

Not sure why she would have found Chell and brought her back to the facility, maybe misplaced anger at Cave for making her into a robot.

So yeah. That's my theory. Hope it might help ;D
PenguinwithPie Sep 26, 2012 @ 6:29pm 
Originally posted by Nundead-Cookie-Wookie:
I figured Chell is Cave Johnson's daughter...

I always thought since Cave knew that Caroline was married, he might have been married to her, and they had Chell.

And since Cave found out he was dying, they put Caroline's brain into the robot; making her GlaDOS.

Since I don't think Caroline could have raised Chell as a robot, I think she might have put her up for adoption.

Not sure why she would have found Chell and brought her back to the facility, maybe misplaced anger at Cave for making her into a robot.

So yeah. That's my theory. Hope it might help ;D
Ive heard about the theory that Chell is caves daughter but never thought about it that way. that explains alot.

Though there is one thing that is kind of strange. (according to the portal 2 labrat comic), The Aperture Science "Bring Your Daughter to Work Day" is the same day that GLaDOS was turned on. During the scene where you pass through the projects in Portal 2, you can see that Chell made a potatoe battery too (you remember the one that was overgrown) suggesting that chell was a daughter brought to "Bring Your Daughter to Work Day" and that her dad worked at aperture (Probably an adopted father such as Doug Rattman). However in the comic, chell was a still a test subject ready for testing. how did this happen was she mistakenly put as a test subject. Did Cave or Rattman make her a test subject.

Just to be sure,
1 if you did not read the lab ratt comic, READ IT NOW
2 i am sure that BYDTWD was that same day that glados killed off all the employes
3 cave johnson was already dead when GLaDOS was turned on
and finally
4 WTF ever happened to the borealis

Thanks for Reading
OMLG its Edward Sep 28, 2012 @ 1:55am 
evryone should k now that if chell was Carolines daughter. wouldnt (no gender) GLaDOS have a soft spot (i know its a robot but still) THINK PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PenguinwithPie Sep 28, 2012 @ 3:22pm 
WE know that already. You clearly didn't read the questions or explanations carefully enough (if you even did at all). That didnt answer my final question: how did chell end up as a test subject
Also, Watch your grammer and sentence structure, i can barely understand what your saying
♫Revolutionary Holiday Quilly Oct 3, 2012 @ 6:30pm 
Originally posted by GuyWithPie:
Also, Watch your grammer and sentence structure, i can barely understand what your saying
Yeah, let's all watch our 'GRAMMER'
Here,
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=portal+wiki+story
A lot of the details are vague, that's why we love it so much.
Bellomy Oct 8, 2012 @ 11:03pm 
Er, how can Chell be Cave and Caroline's daughter? Chell is Asian. Neither Cave or Caroline are (their pictures are shown in Portal 2).
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PenguinwithPie Oct 9, 2012 @ 6:53am 
Originally posted by marchettaanthony:
Er, how can Chell be Cave and Caroline's daughter? Chell is Asian. Neither Cave or Caroline are (their pictures are shown in Portal 2).
idk but she doesnt look very asian. she looks more americanizish... but caroline and chell look really alike, maybe caroline dyed here hair or shes just growing old.
Actually you kind of have a point but were prtty sure that chell was their daughter. unless of course rattman was her dad. cuz he is the one who selected chell as a test subject. it would make some sense cuz his hair is black. but then everything else would be WRONG!
thanks for mentioning that but were going to stick to the theory
Bellomy Oct 14, 2012 @ 10:52pm 
How are we "pretty sure she's their daughter?" Look, the actress who modeled for Chell was half Brazilian and half Japanese. Cave and Caroline are clearly neither Asian or Latino.

Now I actually DO believe Chell is Caroline's daughter because there's a pretty decent amount of evidence for it (which makes GLaDOS, in a twisted, awesome way sort of Chell's Mother), but she just can't be both Cave and Caroline's daughter unless there's some freaky science going on they haven't hinted at in the games.
PenguinwithPie Oct 15, 2012 @ 8:34am 
ok seriously there is some new question going on that chell does not look like caroline or cave. but seriously, were PRETTY SURE that she is their daughter. caroline was put into GLaDOS which would explain why glados was so nice to her at the end. there was no connection between cave and chell but cave did seem attracted towards caroline so we can predict that they would have a child. the proof is in the propulsion pudding. she is their daughter.
watch this video. its not official, but itll give you something to think about http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFXDFfxgKy8
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Mortimer Oct 23, 2012 @ 3:32am 
Originally posted by GLaDOS:
evryone should k now that if chell was Carolines daughter. wouldnt (no gender) GLaDOS have a soft spot (i know its a robot but still) THINK PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yeah, but Caroline went mad being stuffed into the robot body. Remember Wheatley, that awesome chap? He was your friend, then he became the new GLaDOS and decided to try to kill you. That's what being the boss AI thing does to you.
Btw, the translated lyrics to the turret opera sound like GLaDOS talking to Chell as she were her daughter. I'm convinced that Cave married Caroline, they had Chell, Caroline became GLaDOS and Chell was adopted by some other Aperture scientists.
PenguinwithPie Oct 23, 2012 @ 3:53pm 
Ok: We know that chell is the daughter of Cave Johnson and Caroline. Cave died and Carloline was put into GLaDOS and forgot about chell. Chell was there during the Bring your daughter to work day and was caught up in the rucus.
Really the final question is how is she a test subject. She was clearly a particapant at bring your daughter to work day which is the same day that GLaDOS wasw launched and killed everybody with neurotoxin; and that was ALSO when Rattmann moved chell to the first test subject.
Now why would cave/caroline allow Chell to be a test subject in danger of aperture science testing {unless testing was easier before GLaDOS's rule (probably not as youve seen in the underground stages)} Chell was a girl at bring your daughter to work day so how did she become a test subject.
The timeline is overlapping and it makes no sense. (also what kind of old teenager would be at take your daughter to work day) are there two chells? (actually aperture is aware of how to clone someone/something) but that would mean that one of them died. and why did rattmann chose chell if he showed so much care for her? This is the focus of all confusion is "Why is Chell a Test subject.
If someone wants to say something about this than please come up. even small ideas might help. thanks for reading!
Bellomy Oct 23, 2012 @ 5:48pm 
What you said really does nothing to support the idea that she was Cave Johnson's daughter-and to say that we "know" that isn't true.

After GLaDOS killed the scientists at Bring Your Daughter to Work Day GLaDOS forced everybody left alive to be a test subject (except Rattmann, who escaped). Chell was put very low on the list, but she was still one of GLaDOS's prisoners. She could have been Cave's daughter. Or she simply could have been the daughter of one of the other scientists.

And the reason Chell was older when the events of Portal start is because Rattmann didn't move her up on the list until it was years later.

Chell can't be the daughter of both Cave AND Caroline because neither of them are minorities, and Chell is at least half minority.
Bellomy Oct 23, 2012 @ 5:52pm 
I still think Caroline (and by extension GLaDOS) is Chell's Mother. After being uploaded into the computer GLaDOS makes it clear that Caroline's memories and personality, while there, are buried pretty deep inside of the computer. As a result it takes the Cave Johnson recordings from the older test chambers to jog GLaDOS's memories of being Caroline.

So at the end of the game after GLaDOS rescues Chell, she "deletes" Caroline (I don't think she really did) and let's Chell go. I think it's because she realized that Chell really was her daughter.
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