- "About that beer I owe you."
- ―Barney Calhoun to Gordon Freeman
Barney Calhoun is a resistance leader against the Combine and former security guard at the Black Mesa Research Facility.
Barney Calhoun, an undecided major after two years at Martinson College, is employed as a mid-level security officer at the Black Mesa Research Facility, with Level 3 security clearance and is accommodated in the Area 8 Topside Dormitories. He is friends with Gordon Freeman and Isaac Kleiner, who are also employees of Black Mesa.
As a Black Mesa security guard, he is tasked with duties including guarding assigned sections, performing general maintenance, and assisting the science team when required, though he stresses that the security personnel aren't trained in fixing the various technical problems plaguing the station and therefore shouldn't be responsible for having to fix them.
At the time of the Incident, he was in a long-distance relationship with a girl, Lauren. He was considering ending the relationship.
Black Mesa Incident EditOn the morning of May 16th, 200X, Barney overslept. His bunkmate, Todd Arlen, tried unsuccessfully to wake him, as did Ryan Sullivan a few minutes later.
Prior to Freeman's return Edit
It is unknown what happened to Barney or his fellow escapees Rosenberg, Simmons, and Walter Bennet between their escape of Black Mesa and the arrival of Gordon (or Felix, in the Felix's Mind timeline) in City 17 some 20 years later. By that point Barney had a job as a Captain in the Combine's Civil Protection arm of Sector 17 Overwatch; in actuality he was a plant working undercover for the area's underground Resistance movement, working with fellow Black Mesa survivors Isaac Kleiner, Eli Vance, and Eli's daughter Alyx Vance.
The Uprising Edit
At the time of the Black Mesa Incident, Barney was in a long-distance relationship with Lauren, though he was considering ending the relationship because of the distance between them. He had promised to buy her flowers beforehand. Lauren's fate is unknown.
Barney seems fond of Gordon, though nobody is sure why.
Barney only briefly meets Shephard, when both of them happen to be teleported to the locker room; Barney to just outside the room, and Shephard to within Gordon Freeman's locker, meaning they never talked face-to-face. Because Shephard misidentified the direction the locker door opened, he presumed it to be locked and attempted to gain Barney's help in opening it. While Barney was initially wary of helping a HECU after encountering numerous other marines as hostiles, he relented when Shephard offered him his chocolate bar. After several unsuccessful attempts at opening it (including a moment she Barney suggested using explosives to open the door, which Shelhard immediately vetoed), Barney left, promising to return when he found help. Ultimately Barney was teleported away before he could find help, and Shephard found his way out in his own when he discovered his earlier error. Barney would later admit that Shephard 'seemed okay' and expressed his hope that Shephard escaped unharmed.
Barney has known Alyx quite literally since she was born, having been a longtime friend of her father Eli. He is Alyx's Godfather and watched over her as she grew up.
Todd Arlen Edit
Arlen is Barney's roommate. On the morning of the Black Mesa Incident, Arlen tried and failed to wake up Barney and gave up in order to get to his own shift, thus allowing Barney to oversleep and arrive late for his shift.