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Have you ever thought about the future? What will happen to this world if humans continue to breed? Don't you see? Humans have set themselves upon the path to inevitable destruction.

Goldman[src]

Caleb Goldman (カレッブ・ゴールドマン Karebbu gōrudoman?) was a genetic engineer and the head of an unknown financial group. Believing that mankind threatened nature, he used his wealth and knowledge of the Genome Theory to plan a reversion of humans to their "natural state". After funding the late Dr. Curien's projects, which involved hostile biologically-engineered creatures, Goldman developed more to fuel a 2000 citywide incident.

Although he committed suicide when confronted by AMS agents, his plan posthumously continued in 2003; a resurgence of creatures led to the collapse of civilization and AMS' dismantling. Goldman's efforts culminated with a worldwide nuclear missile launch, which was stopped by surviving AMS agents.

Goldman is the main antagonist of The House of the Dead 2 and 4.

Biography

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Goldman (left) pictured with Thornheart (center) and Dr. Curien (right).

Caleb Goldman was the head of a world-famous, unidentified financial group.[1] An expert of the Genome Theory,[2] he believed that humanity was self-destructive, citing increasingly frequent wars, natural disasters, and new illnesses as evidence.[3][4][5] His ultimate goal was to not destroy humanity, but merely "revert them to their natural state".[6]

Goldman was also involved with an organization that was established in 1880 by his ancestors, alongside those of DBR Corporation research director Dr. Curien and a mysterious man named Thornheart.[7]

BioReactor project funding

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Goldman near Dr. Curien's corpse.

Goldman funded Curien's experiments with the BioReactor, a DNA-editing machine, which produced hostile lifeforms.[2] These efforts costed Curien his sanity and his life; on December 20, 1998, he was killed by Magician, one of his creations. AMS government agents repelled the threat.[8] Goldman visited the Curien Mansion sometime after the incident, where Curien's corpse remained.[9]

2000 incident

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Goldman sitting in his office.

In his early forties,[1] Goldman developed more creatures at his headquarters. He redeveloped Magician and also produced Emperor, a being meant to rule over humanity.[10] The World, Emperor's successor, matured beneath the building courtyard.[11]

Goldman released creatures in an unnamed city on February 26, 2000. He left a message on AMS agent Amy Crystal's phone, civilly inviting her and partners James Taylor, Gary Stewart, and Harry Harris to meet him at the city Coliseum. The agents split up, but a creature named Strength captured Amy and Harry; the latter was injured. Goldman appeared on a giant screen and taunted the group, claiming that he was looking forward to meeting them again.[10]

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Goldman commits suicide.

While James and Gary drove to Goldman's headquarters, Goldman tended to Emperor. When confronted, he explained his motivations before unleashing Emperor upon them. After Emperor was destroyed, he serenely claimed that a "successor" will eventually come. He then committed suicide by leaning backwards over the top of his headquarters, falling to his death.[10]

2003 "Pandora's Box" events

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Goldman's posthumous message to James Taylor.

Three years later, Goldman's plan posthumously continued. With a resurgence of creatures, he attempted launching nuclear missiles to regulate world population.[6] In recordings, he repeatedly associated his plan with the term "Pandora's Box".[6][12]

The nuclear missile launch was discovered by James and new AMS agent Kate Green in an underground Classified Information Room. James later received an e-mail on his PDA from Goldman, who stated that "everything's set" before starting an hour-long countdown to the launch. The agents raced to Goldman's headquarters and defeated the Star, a creature who sought testing their strength as Goldman's "parting wish"; James was injured after the Star exploded.[11]

Goldman left the agents a message after they deactivated the nuclear missile launch in his office: he explained his motives behind the launch, and that he cannot stop the "[opening]" of Pandora's Box. Following this, the World -- having fully matured -- emerged from below the building courtyard and battled James and Kate. James ultimately set his PDA to self-destruct, sacrificing himself in the resulting explosion to destroy the World and finally close Pandora's Box.[11]

In another message on Goldman's computer, he cryptically told the viewer to "travel north", concluding that hope "is such a splendid thing".[13]

Legacy

Goldman's associate, Thornheart, would chastise him as "soft". He claimed that the "true end" will begin, and that there was more than one Pandora's Box.[14] Thornheart would later dedicate a monument to Goldman.[15]

Personality

Goldman was a stoic, distant, and calculating human being. Even when confronted and defeated by his enemies, whom he addressed as "friends", his voice never rose above a serene, but stern tone. The closest he ever came to displaying anger was describing to James Taylor and Gary Stewart the "sin" man committed, but even then, Goldman's tone was still reserved and controlled.

He harbored a deep contempt regarding what the human race might become due to their self-destructive tendencies, disruption of nature, and their excessive "[breeding]". He also possessed calm, unshakeable confidence that his vision of a world free of the destruction wrought by man would indeed come to pass; it was not an issue of if he'd succeed, but a matter of when, with defeat only delaying the inevitable.

This same ironclad faith is perhaps why he stepped off his building with such serenity. As he had told James and Gary upon the Emperor's defeat, everything was far from over, and he had already made arrangements for the Emperor's successor in the form of Pandora's Box. He was absolutely certain his plans would come into fruition even after his death.

Goldman was also intelligent, being described as having extensive knowledge genome and gene theory.

Non-canonical ending appearances

Goldman also appears in multiple other endings in The House of the Dead 2, 4, and The Typing of the Dead. These endings are not canon, either due to the tone or what is established in future games.

  • In The House of the Dead 2, Goldman may appear at the entrance of his headquarters as a creature.
  • In an alternate ending to The House of the Dead 4, after Goldman says "Hope is such a splendid thing" in his recording, he may remove his glasses; the camera zooms in on his face, with his eyes suddenly turning red and gashes appearing on his skin.
  • The Typing of the Dead, a parody of 2, has three possible endings depending on the answers chosen during the final phase of Emperor's fight. These endings occur after Goldman bids farewell to James and Gary.
    • Goldman leans back and falls off of the building, just like in the original game. Goldman's fall is now accompanied by an appropriate cartoon sound effect, and the entire fall is seen. The impact results in a large fiery explosion, leaving the agents speechless and dumbfounded.
    • Goldman leans back and falls off the building, but a bungee cord is tied to his legs. He is sprung back up, lands on the edge of the building, and burps.
    • Instead of leaning back to fall, Goldman raises his hands and farts as he flies straight into the sky. The agents look on, speechless and dumbfounded.

Quotes

The House of the Dead 2

Quote Audio
"Dogs of the AMS... time they made a move."
Goldman line 1
"It's been a while, hasn't it? My friends from the AMS. It's me, Goldman."
Goldman line 2
"Everything's set. All we need to do is wait..."
Goldman line 3
"[Laughs] People of the AMS, I am Goldman. I don't care if you people try to get in my way or not. In time, you'll find out who's right. [Laughs] This is a present from me, to you."
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"Our Emperor shall awaken, soon... Hurry, friends."
Goldman line 4
At last you've come... friends. The door of fate shall open..."
Goldman line 5
"I'm fully aware of what I'm doing. Can't you see? Man committed a sin... disturbing the life cycle of nature... The original sin that man is responsible to... To protect the life cycle. I have made a creature to rule over mankind... [Stands up] This is the final battle. Show yourself! Our new ruler the Emperor!"
Goldman life cycle
"In time... a successor will come. Farewell, friends."
Goldman last line

The House of the Dead 4

Quote Audio
"Have you ever thought about the future? What will happen to this world if humans continue to breed? Don't you see? Humans have set themselves upon the path to inevitable destruction."
Goldman flashback 1
"Increasing wars and famine, diseases of unknown origin, increasingly frequent natural disasters. Don't you find it odd? A bit coincidental? Has anyone even noticed? Must we simply sit and wait for it all to end?"
Goldman flashback 2
"At some point in time, humans broke the natural harmony of the world. They came to know greed like no other species. They gave no thought to what their rampant breeding would do to the world."
Goldman flashback 3
"Earth has evolved in a way so that it naturally regulates the population of any given species. [Punches desk] Humans were once subject to this system, regardless of whether or not they knew it. [Grins as the agents draw their guns] Pandora's Box is opening [Interrupted by James]."
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"To my dear AMS agents... Everything's set."
Goldman message 1
"First off, I just wanted to congratulate you. Do not worry, it was not my wish to destroy the world with nuclear missiles. I do not wish to kill all humans. I merely wish to revert them to their natural state. However, Pandora's Box has been opened. There is nothing I can do to stop it. If you were able to make it this far, there is yet still hope."
Goldman message 2
"Ah yes, there is one thing I forgot. The human race has not been eliminated. Travel north... Hope is such a splendid thing."
Goldman last message

Trivia

  • Goldman was only referenced on a last-name basis in The House of the Dead 2 and 4, both in-game and in official print materials, yet fans often gave him the first name "Caleb". It later appeared on a monument in House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn. Given that the name has made an official in-game appearance, it is assumed that "Caleb" is canonically his first name, which would mean that Sega and director Takashi Oda accepted the fan name as canon.
  • A Goldman costume, for use in Original Mode, can be acquired in the home versions of 2 (including The House of the Dead: 2 & 3 Return).
  • On a flyer advertising the plot and mechanics of The House of the Dead 4, Goldman is addressed as "Dr. Goldman".
  • In the live-action sequel film House of the Dead 2, Goldman was briefly mentioned by one of the commandos who was thinking of selling the first generation blood to "Goldman Pharmaceuticals".

Gallery

The House of the Dead 2

Screenshots

The House of the Dead 4

Official Art

Screenshots

House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The House of the Dead 2 Sega Dreamcast manual, pg 4
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sega Wow Inc. (17 September 2013). The House of the Dead 2. Arcade, Sega Dreamcast, PC, and Xbox. Sega. Level/area: Darkness. Harry Harris: Well, the 1998 Curien case. Guess who was behind it...It was Goldman. He's the head of one of the most eminant financial group [sic] and an expert on the Genome theory.
  3. Sega Wow Inc. (30 December 2005). The House of the Dead 4. Arcade and Playstation 3. Sega. Level/area: Chapter 3. Goldman: Have you ever thought about the future? What will happen to this world if humans continue to breed? Don't you see? Humans have set themselves upon the path to inevitable destruction.
  4. Sega Wow Inc. (30 December 2005). The House of the Dead 4. Arcade and Playstation 3. Sega. Level/area: Chapter 4. Goldman: Increasing wars and famine, diseases of unknown origin, increasingly frequent natural disasters. Don't you find it odd? A bit coincidental? Has anyone even noticed? Must we simply sit and wait for it all to end?
  5. Sega Wow Inc. (30 December 2005). The House of the Dead 4. Arcade and Playstation 3. Sega. Level/area: Chapter 5. Goldman: At some point in time, humans broke the natural harmony of the world. They came to know greed like no other species. They gave no thought to what their rampant breeding would do to the world.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Sega Wow Inc. (30 December 2005). The House of the Dead 4. Arcade and Playstation 3. Sega. Level/area: Chapter 6. Goldman: First off, I just wanted to congratulate you. Do not worry, it was not my wish to destroy the world with nuclear missiles. I do not wish to kill all humans. I merely wish to revert them to their natural state. However, Pandora's Box has been opened. There is nothing I can do to stop it. If you were able to make it this far, there is yet still hope.
  7. SEGA Interactive R&D#1. (13 September 2018). House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn. Sega. Level/area: Laboratory. Kate Green: [Explaining a photo of Dr. Curien, Caleb Goldman, and Thornheart to Ryan Taylor] In 1880...the organization their ancestors made was...the beginning of everything.
  8. The House of the Dead
  9. The House of the Dead 2 - PC/Dreamcast extended opening
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 The House of the Dead 2
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 The House of the Dead 4
  12. Sega Wow Inc. (30 December 2005). The House of the Dead 4. Arcade and Playstation 3. Sega. Level/area: Chapter 6. Goldman: Earth has evolved in a way so that it naturally regulates the population of any given species. [Punches desk] Humans were once subject to this system, regardless of whether or not they knew it. [Grins as the agents draw their guns] Pandora's Box is opening [Interrupted by James].
  13. Sega Wow Inc. (30 December 2005). The House of the Dead 4. Arcade and Playstation 3. Sega. Level/area: Normal ending. Goldman: Ah yes, there is one thing I forgot. The human race has not been eliminated. Travel north... Hope is such a splendid thing.
  14. Sega Wow Inc. (30 December 2005). The House of the Dead 4. Arcade and Playstation 3. Sega. Level/area: Thornheart ending. Thornheart: Goldman, you are soft. These wretched humans have no need of hope. Soon the true end shall begin...There is more than one Pandora's Box.
  15. House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn
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