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=== Main Series ===
 
=== Main Series ===
   
==== [[The House of the Dead|''The House of the Dead'']] / Mobile ====
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==== ''[[The House of the Dead]]'' / Mobile ====
In the original game, all bosses were created by geneticist [[Dr. Roy Curien]]. They were the macabre results of his obsessive research to cure his terminally-ill son, [[Daniel Curien|Daniel]], and were unleashed upon fellow researchers out of insanity. Two of his creations -- the [[Magician]] and the [[Wheel of Fate]] -- were to control the forces of life and death; the former remained in incubation until [[AMS]] agents [[Thomas Rogan]] and "[[G]]" confronted Curien in his laboratory.  <gallery>
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In the original game, all bosses were created by geneticist [[Dr. Roy Curien]]. They were the macabre results of his obsessive research to cure his terminally-ill son, [[Daniel Curien|Daniel]], and were unleashed upon fellow researchers out of insanity. Two of his creations - the [[Magician]] and the [[Wheel of Fate]] - were to control the forces of life and death; the former remained in incubation until [[AMS]] agents [[Thomas Rogan]] and "[[G]]" confronted Curien in his laboratory.  <gallery>
 
chariot.PNG|[[Chariot|The Chariot]] (Type 27)
 
chariot.PNG|[[Chariot|The Chariot]] (Type 27)
 
handgedman.PNG|[[Hangedman|The Hangedman]] (Type 041)
 
handgedman.PNG|[[Hangedman|The Hangedman]] (Type 041)
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==== [[The House of the Dead 2|''The House of the Dead 2'']] / [[The Typing of the Dead|''Typing'']] / [[The Pinball of the Dead|''Pinball'']] ====
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==== ''[[The House of the Dead 2]]'' / [[The Typing of the Dead|''Typing'']] / [[The Pinball of the Dead|''Pinball'']] ====
In the sequel, all bosses are derived from Curien's research; his financier, [[Caleb Goldman]], utilized it to create an outbreak in Venice, Italy on February 26th, 2000. The creatures took over Venice's streets, canals, sewers, and Roman Coliseum. The resurrected Magician guarded [[Goldman Building|Goldman's headquarters]] while his main creation, the [[Emperor]], remained in development.
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In the sequel, all bosses are derived from Curien's research; his financier, [[Caleb Goldman]], utilized it to create an outbreak in Venice, Italy on February 26, 2000. The creatures took over Venice's streets, canals, sewers, and Roman Coliseum. The resurrected Magician guarded [[Goldman Building|Goldman's headquarters]] while his main creation, the [[Emperor]], remained in development.
   
 
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==== [[The House of the Dead III|''The House of the Dead III'']] / [[The Typing of the Dead 2|''Typing II'']] ====
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==== ''[[The House of the Dead III]]'' / [[The Typing of the Dead 2|''Typing II'']] ====
 
All bosses are encountered in various parts of the [[EFI Research Facility]]: [[Death]] guards the Information Systems Department; [[Sun]] resides in the BIO Lab; [[Fool]] lives in the [[DBR Corporation|DBR]] Institute. The [[Wheel of Fate]], the final boss, is Curien resurrected after nineteen years of development.
 
All bosses are encountered in various parts of the [[EFI Research Facility]]: [[Death]] guards the Information Systems Department; [[Sun]] resides in the BIO Lab; [[Fool]] lives in the [[DBR Corporation|DBR]] Institute. The [[Wheel of Fate]], the final boss, is Curien resurrected after nineteen years of development.
   
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==== [[The House of the Dead 4|''The House of the Dead 4'']] & [[The House of the Dead 4: Special|''Special'']] ====
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==== ''[[The House of the Dead 4]]'' & [[The House of the Dead 4: Special|''Special'']] ====
 
All bosses are part of Goldman's posthumous plan in 2003 to revert humanity to its "natural state." They are encountered either among Venice's ruins, underground sewers and subway, or Goldman's headquarters. His final creation, [[The World]], had been in incubation beneath the courtyard of the building. ''Special ''has two bosses: [[Justice]] returning from ''4'', and the Magician, which has been revived again.
 
All bosses are part of Goldman's posthumous plan in 2003 to revert humanity to its "natural state." They are encountered either among Venice's ruins, underground sewers and subway, or Goldman's headquarters. His final creation, [[The World]], had been in incubation beneath the courtyard of the building. ''Special ''has two bosses: [[Justice]] returning from ''4'', and the Magician, which has been revived again.
   
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==== [[House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn|''House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn'']] ====
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==== ''[[House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn]]'' ====
 
All bosses were created by [[Thornheart]], an associate of Curien and Goldman and descendant of the DBR Corporation's founders. As part of his "Noah's Ark" project to decimate humanity, he unleashed the creatures upon [[Scarecrow Mansion]] on December 6, 2006. Chariot and Hangedman, originally created by Curien, were resurrected and modified.
 
All bosses were created by [[Thornheart]], an associate of Curien and Goldman and descendant of the DBR Corporation's founders. As part of his "Noah's Ark" project to decimate humanity, he unleashed the creatures upon [[Scarecrow Mansion]] on December 6, 2006. Chariot and Hangedman, originally created by Curien, were resurrected and modified.
   
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=== Spinoffs ===
 
=== Spinoffs ===
   
==== [[The House of the Dead: Overkill|''The House of the Dead: Overkill'']] / ''Extended Cut'' ====
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==== ''[[The House of the Dead: Overkill]]'' / ''Extended Cut'' ====
 
All bosses were created by prison warden [[Clement Darling]], who discovered an underground bunker beneath his prison and conducted experiments to cure his ailing [[mother]]. Crime lord [[Papa Caesar]] assisted Clement. ''Extended Cut'', an expansion to ''Overkill'', adds two new bosses: [[Coco and Sindy]] and [[Meat Katie]].
 
All bosses were created by prison warden [[Clement Darling]], who discovered an underground bunker beneath his prison and conducted experiments to cure his ailing [[mother]]. Crime lord [[Papa Caesar]] assisted Clement. ''Extended Cut'', an expansion to ''Overkill'', adds two new bosses: [[Coco and Sindy]] and [[Meat Katie]].
   
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==== ''[[Zombie Revenge]]'' ====
 
==== ''[[Zombie Revenge]]'' ====
 
All mutated bosses were used by the United States government for military purposes. This project, UDS (Undead Soldier), was used by a man named [[ZED]] to kill and reanimate humans to avenge his parents, who were test subjects for UDS. ZED himself is the penultimate boss, before unleashing the UDS in his body: the "God of Destruction", which is the true final boss of ''Zombie Revenge''.<gallery>
 
All mutated bosses were used by the United States government for military purposes. This project, UDS (Undead Soldier), was used by a man named [[ZED]] to kill and reanimate humans to avenge his parents, who were test subjects for UDS. ZED himself is the penultimate boss, before unleashing the UDS in his body: the "God of Destruction", which is the true final boss of ''Zombie Revenge''.<gallery>
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Hedlin.jpg|[[Hedlin]]
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Nikelle.jpg|[[Nikelle|UDS-07 ("Nikelle")]]
 
Nikelle.jpg|[[Nikelle|UDS-07 ("Nikelle")]]
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==== [[The House of the Dead EX|''The House of the Dead EX'']] ====
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==== ''[[The House of the Dead EX]]'' ====
 
*[[Justice]] (Type 0053)
 
*[[Justice]] (Type 0053)
 
*[[Empress|The Empress]] (Type 1210)
 
*[[Empress|The Empress]] (Type 1210)

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Magician Type 0 Reborn

The Magician is the most recurring boss in the series.

Bosses are unique, powerful creatures fought in the House of the Dead series and related games. Typically found at the end of levels, they can only be damaged by one or several weak points, which may or may not be shown to the player. Bosses vary in size, species, and abilities.

In all five mainline House of the Dead games, bosses are named after tarot cards from the Major Arcana. With the exception of House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn, they are also identified with a type number, which is composed of numbers, letters, Greek alphabets, or a combination of the three.

List of Bosses

Main Series

The House of the Dead / Mobile

In the original game, all bosses were created by geneticist Dr. Roy Curien. They were the macabre results of his obsessive research to cure his terminally-ill son, Daniel, and were unleashed upon fellow researchers out of insanity. Two of his creations - the Magician and the Wheel of Fate - were to control the forces of life and death; the former remained in incubation until AMS agents Thomas Rogan and "G" confronted Curien in his laboratory.  

The House of the Dead 2 / Typing / Pinball

In the sequel, all bosses are derived from Curien's research; his financier, Caleb Goldman, utilized it to create an outbreak in Venice, Italy on February 26, 2000. The creatures took over Venice's streets, canals, sewers, and Roman Coliseum. The resurrected Magician guarded Goldman's headquarters while his main creation, the Emperor, remained in development.

The House of the Dead III / Typing II

All bosses are encountered in various parts of the EFI Research Facility: Death guards the Information Systems Department; Sun resides in the BIO Lab; Fool lives in the DBR Institute. The Wheel of Fate, the final boss, is Curien resurrected after nineteen years of development.

The House of the Dead 4 & Special

All bosses are part of Goldman's posthumous plan in 2003 to revert humanity to its "natural state." They are encountered either among Venice's ruins, underground sewers and subway, or Goldman's headquarters. His final creation, The World, had been in incubation beneath the courtyard of the building. Special has two bosses: Justice returning from 4, and the Magician, which has been revived again.

House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn

All bosses were created by Thornheart, an associate of Curien and Goldman and descendant of the DBR Corporation's founders. As part of his "Noah's Ark" project to decimate humanity, he unleashed the creatures upon Scarecrow Mansion on December 6, 2006. Chariot and Hangedman, originally created by Curien, were resurrected and modified.

Spinoffs

The House of the Dead: Overkill / Extended Cut

All bosses were created by prison warden Clement Darling, who discovered an underground bunker beneath his prison and conducted experiments to cure his ailing mother. Crime lord Papa Caesar assisted Clement. Extended Cut, an expansion to Overkill, adds two new bosses: Coco and Sindy and Meat Katie.

Zombie Revenge

All mutated bosses were used by the United States government for military purposes. This project, UDS (Undead Soldier), was used by a man named ZED to kill and reanimate humans to avenge his parents, who were test subjects for UDS. ZED himself is the penultimate boss, before unleashing the UDS in his body: the "God of Destruction", which is the true final boss of Zombie Revenge.

The House of the Dead EX

Trivia

  • As of Scarlet Dawn, the Devil is the only tarot card that hasn't been used in the series.
  • The first two House of the Dead games feature "boss rush" segments in the final stages: earlier bosses must be fought again. Hermit and Strength are the only exceptions.
  • Some returning in said "boss rushes" often have altered attack patterns:
    • Hangedman's final charge attacks are gone.
    • Hierophant lacks the ability to summon Mofish.
    • Tower's blue hydra lacks the ability to detach itself once the other four are defeated.
  • The Magician has the most recurring appearances in the series: he is fought in the original game, 2, and Special, and is depicted as a bonus item in III and 4.
    • Other bosses fought multiple times include Justice from 4 and Special, and Chariot and Hangedman, which both appear in the original game and Scarlet Dawn.
  • Magician, Emperor, Wheel of Fate, and Temperance are the only Tarot bosses called by name.
    • Magician is called by name in 2 when playing alone as Gary Stewart, and by Dr. Curien during a flashback in III.
    • Emperor's name is mentioned numerous times by Magician, Goldman and later by the Emperor himself after his awakening.
    • In III, both Curiens call the Wheel of Fate by name. Thornheart also does this in The House of the Dead 4: Special.
    • In 4, Temperance's name is referenced by James' line "Temper this, buddy!"
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