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The end credits to Portal include a bunch of ASCII art, but one of them is really hard to make out. The one below looks like some sort log-cake or something. I’ve tried resizing it up and down, but it did not make it any clearer.

My best guess (if I really squint and stretch my imagination) is that it is supposed to be one of GLaDOS’s spheres.

Can anyone shed some light on what it is supposed to be?

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    I think it's a security camera, looking at you. It could also be the rocket launcher, however. – badp Feb 28 '11 at 16:45
  • to me it looks much like Wheatly from PORTAL2 – Shekhar_Pro Apr 24 '11 at 11:53
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    I actually spent 30 minutes with a couple of screen shots carefully transposing the characters one-by-one into notepad. Then I discovered that it all had already been done and I should have just Googled for it. – Freesnöw Nov 27 '11 at 3:13
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According to the ASCII art it's "GLADOS"

Check this page. Look at the second post, click Show and scroll down to GLADOS you'll see the same ASCII art there in reference to that name.

EDIT: In case that page goes away here it is

"GLADOS1" "[12.000]       #+ @      # #              M#@   "
"GLADOS2" "[12.000] .    .X  X.%##@;# #   +@#######X. @#%  "
"GLADOS3" "[12.000]   ,==.   ,######M+  -#####%M####M-    #"
"GLADOS4" "[12.000]  :H##M%:=##+ .M##M,;#####/+#######% ,M#"
"GLADOS5" "[12.000] .M########=  =@#@.=#####M=M#######=  X#"
"GLADOS6" "[12.000] :@@MMM##M.  -##M.,#######M#######. =  M"
"GLADOS7" "[12.000]             @##..###:.    .H####. @@ X,"
"GLADOS8" "[12.000]   ############: ###,/####;  /##= @#. M "
"GLADOS9" "[12.000]           ,M## ;##,@#M;/M#M  @# X#% X# "
"GLADOS10" "[12.000].%=   ######M## ##.M#:   ./#M ,M #M ,#$ "
"GLADOS11" "[12.000]##/         $## #+;#: #### ;#/ M M- @# :"
"GLADOS12" "[12.000]#+ #M@MM###M-;M #:$#-##$H# .#X @ + $#. #"
"GLADOS13" "[12.000]      ######/.: #%=# M#:MM./#.-#  @#: H#"
"GLADOS14" "[12.000]+,.=   @###: /@ %#,@  ##@X #,-#@.##% .@#"
"GLADOS15" "[12.000]#####+;/##/ @##  @#,+       /#M    . X, "
"GLADOS16" "[12.000]   ;###M#@ M###H .#M-     ,##M  ;@@; ###"
"GLADOS17" "[12.000]   .M#M##H ;####X ,@#######M/ -M###$  -H"
"GLADOS18" "[12.000]    .M###%  X####H  .@@MM@;  ;@#M@      "
"GLADOS19" "[12.000]      H#M    /@####/      ,++.  / ==-,  "
"GLADOS20" "[12.000]               ,=/:, .+X@MMH@#H  #####$="
  • That would fit with the lyrics. "Look at me..." – Arkive Mar 1 '11 at 3:43
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I agree with badp, I think it is one of the security cameras found throughout the levels.

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Before the launch of Portal 2, that ASCII are a clue to the next game, its like the clip in the end of that credits, we can see some cores like "weathly", only be a reference to the history of the second game.

  • When Portal was first released, no sequel was planned and the ending cutscene did not show Chell getting recaptured. That was only added after the fact. – Mage Xy Dec 7 '18 at 17:49
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it is GLaDOS as the words on the right tell you what the picture is supposed to be on the left if you look at some of the other art in Viper_Sb's answer.

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    Yes, thank you; that was established three years ago (a nice, definitive answer only 26 minutes after the question was posted). – Synetech Mar 22 '14 at 23:33

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