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Mr. Crowley Aug 5 @ 2:31pm
Same old question: Chells parents, [redacted]
Yes, I know this question has been bouncing each month with a new thread, and yes, I know there isn't real truth of Chells parents, only theories.

But an old speculation brought me back to think over again about Chells parents. In Lab Rats comic, Chells last name is [redacted] and why is that? What is Redacted - is often used to describe documents from which sensitive, personal information has been deleted.
Few theories comes to mind:
* As all other test subjects ( test subjects were employees at that time ) had there first and last names, Chell doesn't. Could be that someone from higher ups ( Example: Caroline, Cave, Greg maybe...) doesn't want to know her last name, more precisely who are the parents that adopted her. That could had been done for many reasons, to protect her, to protect themselfs ( parents) or other reasons.
* Chell doesn't have a last name as her nobody knows her original parents and the parents who adopted her didn't let her use theirs.
* Chell was to stubborn to tell her last name...
* A bug in the system ( which probably isn't)

What are your thoughs about this? Or this more or less backs up the theory of Caroline being the one.
People who cannot be Chells parents: Cave Johnson, Doug Rattmann.
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Supercyberkid Aug 5 @ 2:54pm 
I dont know. Although, there was that one time in Portal 2 where GLaDOS pretends to call Chell's parents and says that they worked at the phone company. I know that this is obviously a joke, but it could be a way to conceal her parent's identidies.The mystery behind Chell's family could be alot more deep than we realize. One theory of mine is that Chell's parents were friends/co-workers of GLaDOS when she was Caroline, and they could have had some high athority which might have been equal with Cave Johnson's. When Caroline was turned into GLaDOS, she wanted to keep Chell safe by imprisoning her in Aperture and concealing her last name. Like I said, this is only a theory and it is probably wrong, but I've been playing Portal and Portal 2 for almost 2 years, so, I could be right. Nobody knows but Valve, and even they might not know!
Mainecoon98 Aug 5 @ 5:17pm 
Originally posted by Pinhead:
OMG is clear like the water that the adoptive parents of Chell were Cave and Caroline. Look at the homework of the potato battery made by chell. They you will see "Special ingredient from Dad's work. Cave johson made the ingredient that makes the potatoes grow up and for that ingredient he win a tophy from Ohio. People are blind. The games have a lot of info but people insist in be blind and use only a 60%. And in addition Aperture made take a wish program that was a compleatly fail. I think that Chell maybe has a terminal ill. Maybe this explain why she can speak, maybe throat cancer. Maybe for that she was in criostasis to makes her life more longer.

I respect your opinion and all evidence you have with it, but there is plenty of room for fault here. Chell is known for being adopted (confirmed by GLaDOS on more than one occasion), as well as being silent. On half of your arguement, I can agree with. There is evidence from the developers and graphic designers themselves that they created Chell to resemble Caroline a bit more, as well as a similarity of tenacity (hereditary characteristic, taken from Cave Johnson) between them both. It is almost proven without a doubt that Caroline and Cave were her parents.

The muteness I'm afraid I can't agree with you on. Throat cancer not only renders you speechless, but destroys your trachea from inside out. Those diagnosed would die unless equipped with proper eating and breathing equipment, and as we see in the game Chell sports only the Portal Gun. I understand that you said 'maybe' but that theory of cancer is very far-fetched and close to impossible. My theory is that she derived her muteness from a psychological problem, possibly concerning trust issues. Many people are driven mute from a gradual experience, such as lack of interaction (with her parents as they were, she might have been shoved into a corner and told not to speak unless spoken to) or abuse triggered by speech. With this, she became silent, even to the user playing through her eyes.

One more thing. Have you seen the water in those test chambers? Clouded with neurotoxin. And don't say it's pure neurotoxin, stuff that strong would kill anyone within smelling distance (which, since she never aged during the long sleep and stayed fit and healthy, is quite a distance). I'm going to make this clear to you. We are not blind. We merely believe in different theories than you. Being entitled to an opinion doesnot mean that you qualify for insults. In that post, your words were just as poison (and just as tainted) as the deadly liquid that sits in those pools.

Respect your fellow test subjects. Attitude isn't a part of the testing initiative.
Mr. Crowley Aug 6 @ 12:23am 
Originally posted by Pinhead:
OMG is clear like the water that the adoptive parents of Chell were Cave and Caroline. Look at the homework of the potato battery made by chell. They you will see "Special ingredient from Dad's work. Cave johson made the ingredient that makes the potatoes grow up and for that ingredient he win a tophy from Ohio. People are blind. The games have a lot of info but people insist in be blind and use only a 60%. And in addition Aperture made take a wish program that was a compleatly fail. I think that Chell maybe has a terminal ill. Maybe this explain why she can speak, maybe throat cancer. Maybe for that she was in criostasis to makes her life more longer.

Oh... your good fancy mr. Knowalot aren't ya. The water maybe be clear, but light still bends, deforming the image underwater.

Potato project:
Energy of the Future!
PROBLEM
My dad said somebody at the cafeteria ordered too many potatoes so everybody has to do a science project on potatoes now for Take Your Daughter to Work Day and lunch will be french fries. Mr. Johnson said we could use as many potatoes as we liked for our projects but I’m only going to use one. I asked my dad if I could do a different project because I already did a potato battery project in class last year and he said no, Mr. Johnson would get mad.
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She refer to "dad" and "Mr. Johnson" as different people, meaning she didn't get the ingredient from Cave.

And do we take for granted about her model? Cause this is what is said about her:
"she appears to be of Latin or multiracial descent, and Valve concept artist Matt Charlesworth described her as having "a hint of Japanese ethnicity.""
This ether could say that she is adopted from outside Aperture facility or it can say nothing.

I do not deny the theory that Cave could be the father, but I take that with a pinch of salt... actaully there isn't so many clues to direct to whom the father could be. So I am just sticking with "A Aperture employee".

As for mother... well thats a different story.
Kure_2002 / Chicken_2002 Aug 6 @ 3:56am 
Chells parents is Cave Johnson and hid wife.
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