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When you start playing a new chamber in story mode, in these big screens in the elevator sometime shows a big turret called "King turret".

Who's and what is he doing there? Maybe the surface was invaded by the King Turret?

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The Animal King Turret is first seen during Chapter 1 ("Courtesy Call") on the screen in the elevator room just before test chamber 2. As the player exits the elevator, the recorded announcer gives the following voice-over:

If the Earth is currently governed by a manner of animal-king, sentient cloud, or other governing body that either refuses to or is incapable of listening to reason, th--[RECORDING CUTS OUT]

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The turret is just a comical representation of a ruler unwilling or incapable of listening to reason. There's nothing in-game which suggests that the above-ground has been taken over by a gigantic turret.

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    Or course not... the surface has been taken over by the Combine instead.
    – Powerlord
    Jan 4, 2016 at 18:51
  • The recording says "sentient cloud", although "sentient butt" is funnier.
    – Gieron
    Jan 5, 2016 at 9:24
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    @Gieron I copy-pasted from the wiki and forgot I had the cloud-to-butt extension installed--or rather, I thought I had submitted it correctly and it was being swapped after the fact. =P Thanks for catching that.
    – gwj17
    Jan 5, 2016 at 19:04
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the animal king turret was originally part of a scrapped plot thread where Chell helps out a tribe of lost turrets and the animal king turret marries one of the turrets to Chell. the turret bride woould then follow Chell for the rest of the game.

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