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Gordon McClintock was an American astronaut who was launched to the International Space Station Bravery as its commander in 2013.


Gordon McClintock was born in Montgomery, Alabama. As a child he had a dog named Becket who he dearly loved and he cried for a week when it died. He met his wife Grace in a movie theatre when he spilled a soda on her. One year later, he asked her to marry him. She was 28 years old in 2013 when he was launched into space to join the crew of the Bravery.

As Commander he had carried out a dangerous and heroic rescue of Russian Cosmonaut Borovsky, who had been unable to return after a space walk. Before the arrival of the alien fleet, Bravery had been seen to have suffered a terrible accident.  Everyone witnessed what they thought was the explosion which destroyed it. After his supposed death, McClintock was treated as a posthumous hero on the Earth. The bestselling book which chronicled the events, called "The Bravery Nine" was made into a very successful film starring Robert Pattinson in the role of McClintock.

Indogene Duplicate[]

In 2046, Lawkeeper Nolan and Deputy Tommy Lasalle investigate the Votan ship which crashed outside of Defiance, during the razor rain event in "Goodbye Blue Sky". They find what they believe to be Commander Gordon McClintock in a Hypersleep Tube, which had kept him alive all of the years since the Arks were destroyed, and was only now malfunctioning due to the recent crash. All of the other astronauts (including Cosmonaut Borovsky whose flight suit them also find) are long dead.

Through subsequent events, it is revealed that when Votan forces first arrived, they captured the astronauts as part of their study of the human race. They destroyed the Space Station, making it look like an accidental explosion. Indogene scientists, including Meh Yewll, made Gordon a subject of a program that might have been named "Bio-dine" where Indogene volunteers were used to create replicas of the astronauts. The replicas were intended be sent to earth as undercover assassins. Yewll describes this as a rogue program, but defends herself to Nolan saying that she was in a war, and you try to win those.

Gordon’s mind was destroyed to harvest his memories, but the Indogenes could never get the replicas to be exact matches, so only the prototypes were produced. These prodotypes have silver Indogene blood, a dead give away that they are not human.

When the man they believe is Gordon McClintock attempts to kill Mayor Amanda Rosewater, it is revealed that he is one of these surgically-altered Indogene replicas. Connor Lang of the Earth Republic wants to use him, and the facts of his existence, against the Votanis Collective which is about to make a strategic alliance. The information that aliens who claimed to be peaceful had actually been kidnapping and killing hero astronauts to create assassins could damage the negotiations.

The replica McClintock has a difficlult time adjusting to the fact that he is not human and only carries the memories of a dead man, including the love he feels for his wife. After escaping custody, he contemplates suicide, but is talked out of it by Rafe McCawley. Rafe then tells the town that Gordon committed suicide by jumping into the underground Lake Nowhere in the McCawley mines, and his body is unrecoverable. This leaves Indogene-Gordon free to leave, find his wife Grace, and try to build some kind of life for himself outside the public eye. After leaving Defiance, he finds the now 60 year old Grace, who after 30 years still wears her wedding ring. Though there is only one scene of her greeting him with a hug, it seems that she has recognized him as her husband.


  • Gordon was supposed to be a part of a larger tie in with the game that didn’t happen due to time constraints [1]