P-body (referred to as Orange by GLaDOS), is Atlas' tall and wiry partner in testing, and is one of the two playable android Test Subjects built by GLaDOS for the Cooperative Testing Initiative in Portal 2, which was devised to phase out human testing.
Gameplay-wise, P-body is played by the guest of the Co-op session; the player that receives an invitation, or the second player on a home console in split-screen mode.
P-body is an orange eyed Core with a design similar to that of a Turret, and is portrayed to have somewhat less masculinity than in Atlas - if not a hint of femininity. GLaDOS had created the Cooperative Testing Initiative after her awakening in Portal 2, as a means of replacing Chell as her only Test Subject. Along with Atlas, the two bots are pitted against a series of tests built by GLaDOS herself, utilizing the many different mechanics previously encountered by Chell from the game's single-player campaign.
It was later revealed by GLaDOS that Atlas and P-body's Cores are programmed specifically to do nothing more but tests.
During the final phases of testing, GLaDOS reveals that, while the Cooperative Testing Initiative has its uses, she needs human testing for science, not robots. GLaDOS reveals that there are humans locked away, deep within the ancient Aperture facilities. There the bots will be tasked with navigating the old test chambers and unlock the massive vault containing the humans, seemingly kept in place by some form of cryogenic storage. By doing this, they 'save science'. However, almost immediately after the robots unlock the room containing the test subjects, they are destroyed. They are eventually rebuilt and, during the credits, Atlas sits at a computer desk and watches P-body playing on a conveyor belt.
|Name||How To Unlock||Description|
|Small Wave||Default gesture, available from the beginning.||This gesture makes P-body wave her hand.|
|High Five||Complete the Calibration Course||Can only be performed when P-body is near Atlas. If one of the bots decides to perform the High Five, the other one will do it too.|
|Rock Paper Scissors||Complete the fourth chamber of the Team Building Course.||Can only be performed when P-body is near Atlas. If one of the bots decides to play a game of Rock Paper Scissors, the other one will take part in it too. Depending on the outcome, the bots will react to it by cheering or showing disappointment.|
|Laugh||Complete the Team Building Course.||This gesture makes P-body laugh.|
|Robot Dance||Complete the fifth chamber of the Mass and Velocity Course.||This gesture makes P-body perform a dance move called the 'Wave'.|
|Team Tease||Complete the Mass and Velocity Course.||Can only be performed when P-body is near Atlas. In this gesture, P-body takes the head part of Atlas and holds it in the air while laughing. Atlas will try to reach for his head two times before kicking P-body, making his head fall back into his body.|
|Team Hug||Complete the eighth chamber of the Hard Light Surfaces Course||Can only be performed when P-body is near Atlas. Self-explanatory.|
|Trick Fire||Complete the fourth chamber of the Excursion Funnels Course.||This gesture shows how skillfully P-body can shoot her Portal gun.|
Development and Acting
Both P-body and Atlas are voiced by Dee Bradley Baker.
- P-body appears momentarily in the single-player campaign. Upon arriving in Wheatley's Test Chamber 15 where Wheatley "make[s] an exit", P-body can be seen in the newly created area watching Chell, before panicking and running through the exit. It is possible to access this area through a glitch before Wheatley moves the wall, but P-Body does not move and is not a solid entity.
- P-body, along with Atlas, makes two cameo appearances in LEGO Dimensions.
- When playing with a friend, the person who sent the invite will never be P-Body.