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|affiliations = DBR Corporation
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|date of death= February 26, 2000
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|age= Late 40s (2000)
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|affiliations= [[DBR Corporation]]
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{{Quote|Source = The House of the Dead 4|Quote = 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.|Attribution = Goldman}}
   
'''Caleb Goldman''' (referred to simply as '''Goldman''' in the games) is the main antagonist of the series. He was the head of the DBR Corporation. He is known as the brains in the zombie-infestations in the 1998 Curien Mansion Case as well as the 2000 Venice Outbreak, where he sought to "revert humanity to its natural state" as a means to "restore the balance of nature". He is also responsible for the events in [[The House of the Dead 4]] and possibly [[The House of the Dead 3]].
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{{Nihongo|'''Caleb Goldman'''|カレッブ・ゴールドマン|Karebbu gōrudoman}} was a genetic engineer and a financier of the [[DBR Corporation|DBR&nbsp;Corporation]]. Detesting humanity's self-destructive tendencies and abuse of nature, he sought regulating populations to revert mankind to its "natural state". He funded and used the research of the late [[Dr. Curien]] to produce hostile biologically-engineered [[creatures]], before masterminding two worldwide incidents.
==Story==
 
===The House of the Dead===
 
Goldman hired a scientist named [[Dr. Roy Curien]] to assist him in his goal. He also used him as a decoy, to mask who was really responsible. After Rogan and G left the mansion, Goldman came across Curien's dead body and took all his research.
 
   
===The House of the Dead 2===
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He is the main antagonist of ''[[The House of the Dead 2]] ''and ''[[The House of the Dead 4]].''
   
Two years after the events of the Curien Mansion incident, with the research of Dr. Curien in the hands of Goldman, he unleashes a wave of zombies upon Venice, Italy. Upon hearing of the arrival of the AMS, he leaves a message on Amy's phone, taunting the agents and telling them to come to the coliseum. Amy and Harry follow Goldman's request and they are met at the coliseum by [[Strength]]. Strength captures Amy and Harry, leaving the latter severely injured. James and Gary later come to the aid of the two and Goldman appears on a giant screen and taunts them. He claims that in time they will see who is right, and he looks forward to meeting them again.
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== Biography ==
   
Afterward, Goldman directs his attention to his master creation, the [[Emperor]]. When everything is set in place, Goldman simply waits for the AMS agents to come to him at his headquarters. Once James and Gary arrive, Goldman explains the reasoning for his actions, and uses the "Life Cycle" as a basis for them. After explaining himself, Goldman unleashes the Emperor on James and Gary. James and Gary engage in battle with the Emperor and eventually come out the victor. Upon the Emperor's defeat, Goldman claims that it is not over yet, and in time a successor will come. Following these words, Goldman commits suicide by throwing himself off the top of his headquarters.
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[[File:DBRMembers.png|thumb|210x210px|Goldman (left) pictured with [[Thornheart]] (center) and [[Dr. Curien]] (right).]]
   
===The House of the Dead 4===
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Caleb Goldman was the head of a world-famous, unidentified financial group.<ref name=":0">''The House of the Dead 2 ''Sega Dreamcast manual, pg 4</ref> An expert of the Genome Theory,<ref name=":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.</ref> he believed that humanity was self-destructive, citing increasingly frequent wars, natural disasters, and new illnesses as evidence.<ref>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.''</ref><ref>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?''</ref><ref>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.''</ref> His ultimate goal was to not destroy humanity, but merely "revert them to their natural state".<ref name=":3">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.''</ref>
   
Goldman once again makes an appearance in ''[[The House of the Dead 4]]'' as the game's primary antagonist. However, he is mostly shown through flashback scenes in which Goldman reveals his true feelings about humanity. A second outbreak was plotted and carried out by Goldman in 2003, three years after the events of the original infestation, and a third outbreak was successful, as seen in [[The House of the Dead III]].
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Goldman was also involved with an [[Thornheart organization|organization]] that was established in 1880 by his ancestors, alongside those of [[DBR Corporation]] research director [[Dr. Curien]] and a mysterious man named [[Thornheart]].<ref>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.</ref>
   
Throughout the game, [[Kate Green|Kate]] and [[James Taylor|James]] are often fighting without any knowledge of who is behind the outbreak, that is, until James receives an e-mail from Goldman. The e-mail states that "everything's set", and that Kate and James have only one hour until the nuclear missile launch. The two set course for Goldman's headquarters, and upon entering the building, they are met by the [[Star]]. After the battle with the Star, Kate and James make it up to Goldman's office, and they are greeted with another message. In this message, Goldman claims that his goal was not to destroy all humans with nuclear missiles, but to rather revert them to their natural state. He then goes on to state that Pandora's Box has been opened, and there is nothing he can do to stop it. Following this message, [[The World]] appears, forcing Kate and James to do battle with it. After the fight, James sacrifices himself in order to prevent Pandora's Box from opening, putting an end to Goldman's plan.
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=== BioReactor project funding ===
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{{Main|The House of the Dead (1996 video game)}}
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[[File:HOTD2GoldmanCurienFlashback.png|thumb|177x177px|Goldman near Dr. Curien's corpse.]]
   
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Goldman funded Curien's experiments with the [[BioReactor]], a DNA-editing machine, which produced hostile lifeforms.<ref name=":1" /> 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.<ref>''[[The House of the Dead]]''</ref> Goldman visited the [[Curien Mansion]] sometime after the incident, where Curien's corpse remained.<ref>''[[The House of the Dead 2]]'' - PC/Dreamcast extended opening</ref>
   
==Personality==
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=== 2000 incident ===
Goldman is known as being a cold and very calculating human being, as well as having extensive knowledge of the Genome theory. He also harbors a fear of what the human race might become due to their self-destructive nature, disruption of nature, and their excessive "breeding".
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{{Main|The House of the Dead 2}}
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[[File:Goldman HotD 2.jpeg|thumb|185x185px|Goldman sitting in his office.]]
   
==Gallery==
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In his early forties,<ref name=":0">''The House of the Dead 2 ''Sega Dreamcast manual, pg 4</ref> Goldman developed more creatures at his [[Goldman Building|headquarters.]] He redeveloped Magician and also produced [[Emperor]], a being meant to rule over humanity.<ref name=":2">''[[The House of the Dead 2]]''</ref> [[The World]], Emperor's successor, matured beneath the building courtyard.<ref name=":4">''[[The House of the Dead 4]]''</ref>
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File:282935-the-house-of-the-dead-2-windows-screenshot-a-mysterious-figure.jpg|Goldman with Curien's body
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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.<ref name=":2" />
File:HotD Goldman2.png|Goldman at the coliseum
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File:HotD2 Goldman.png|James confronting Goldman
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[[File:Goldmanfalling.png|192x192px|thumb|Goldman commits suicide.]]
File:HotD4 Goldman.png|Goldman in The House of the Dead 4
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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 presumed death.<ref name=":2" />
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It is unknown if the successor Goldman was referring to was either Thornheart or the World.
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=== 2003 "Pandora's Box" events ===
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[[File:HotD4 Goldman.png|227x227px|thumb|Goldman's posthumous message to James Taylor.]]
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Three years later, Goldman's plan posthumously continued. With a resurgence of creatures, he attempted launching nuclear missiles to regulate world population.<ref name=":3">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.''</ref> In recordings, he repeatedly associated his plan with the term "Pandora's Box".<ref name=":3">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.''</ref><ref>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].''</ref>
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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 [[AMS PDA|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 [[The Star|Star]], a creature who sought testing their strength as Goldman's "parting wish"; James was injured after the Star exploded.<ref name=":4" />
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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.<ref name=":4" />
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In another message on Goldman's computer, he cryptically told the viewer to "travel north", concluding that hope "is such a splendid thing".<ref>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.''</ref>
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== Legacy ==
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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.<ref>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.</ref> Thornheart would later dedicate a monument to Goldman.<ref>''[[House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn]]''</ref>
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== Personality ==
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Goldman was also intelligent, being described as having extensive knowledge genome and gene theory.
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== Non-canonical ending appearances ==
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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.
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* In ''The House of the Dead 2'', Goldman may appear at the entrance of his headquarters as a creature.
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* 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.
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* ''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.
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** 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.
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** 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.
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** 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.
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==Quotes==
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===''[[The House of the Dead 2]]''===
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|"''Dogs of the [[AMS]]... time they made a move.''"
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|[[File:Goldman_line_1.ogg]]
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|"''It's been a while, hasn't it? My friends from the AMS. It's me, Goldman.''"
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|[[File:Goldman_line_2.ogg]]
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|"''Everything's set. All we need to do is wait...''"
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|[[File:Goldman_line_3.ogg]]
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|"''[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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|[[File:Goldman_colosseum.ogg]]
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|"''Our [[Emperor]] shall awaken, soon... Hurry, friends.''"
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|[[File:Goldman_line_4.ogg]]
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|-
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|''At last you've come... friends. The door of fate shall open...''"
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|[[File:Goldman_line_5.ogg]]
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|-
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|"''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!''"
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|[[File:Goldman_life_cycle.ogg]]
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|-
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|"''In time... a successor will come. Farewell, friends.''"
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|[[File:Goldman_last_line.ogg]]
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|}
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===''[[The House of the Dead 4]]''===
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!Quote
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!Audio
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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.''"
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|[[File:Goldman_flashback_1.ogg]]
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|"''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?''"
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|[[File:Goldman_flashback_2.ogg]]
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|"''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.''"
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|[[File:Goldman_flashback_3.ogg]]
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|"''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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|[[File:Goldman_flashback_4.ogg]]
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|"''To my dear AMS agents... Everything's set.''"
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|[[File:Goldman_message_1.ogg]]
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|"''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.''"
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|[[File:Goldman_message_2.ogg]]
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|"''Ah yes, there is one thing I forgot. The human race has not been eliminated. Travel north... Hope is such a splendid thing.''"
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|[[File:Goldman_last_message.ogg]]
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
*In [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvleuF9aiK8&feature=related the "bad" ending] of ''[[The House of the Dead 2]]'', the player will confront a zombified Goldman after leaving his headquarters.
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*A Goldman costume, for use in [[Original Mode (The House of the Dead 2)|Original Mode]], can be acquired in the home versions of ''2'' (including ''[[The House of the Dead: 2 & 3 Return]]'').
*A Goldman costume, for use in Original Mode, can be acquired in ''[[The House of the Dead: 2 & 3 Return]]''.
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*On a flyer advertising the plot and mechanics of ''The House of the Dead 4'', Goldman is addressed as "Dr. Goldman".
*Goldman bears a very small resemblence to the main antagonist of the ''[[wikipedia:Resident Evil|Resident Evil]]'' series, [[w:c:residentevil:Albert Wesker|Albert Wesker,]] in terms of appearance, goals, and tone of voice. Also, both had tried to destroy the human race and replace it with a race of superhumans through violent, destructive methods.
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*In the live-action sequel film ''[[House of the Dead 2 (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".
*In contrast of the ''Resident Evil'' reference, in the "bad" ending of ''[[The House of the Dead 4]]'', when Goldman transforms into a zombie, his eyes glow red, which strongly resembles the ones Wesker had when he transformed into a superhuman.
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**In the unmade sequel ''House of the Dead 3'', Goldman was going to appear as the main antagonist.
*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".
 
*In one of the endings of ''The House of the Dead 4'', the game cuts back to the computer in Goldman's office. He then claims that the human race has not yet been eliminated, and to "travel North"; he then says that hope is such a splendid thing. If the player does not do well in the game, the camera focuses on Goldman's face, which becomes zombie-like.
 
*In the Sega and Bizarre Creations game "The Club", the character known as "The Secretary" has an appearance that looks quite similar to Goldman.
 
   
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==Gallery==
   
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=== ''[[The House of the Dead 2]]'' ===
   
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==== Screenshots ====
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HOTD2GoldmanCurienFlashback.png|Goldman approaching Curien's corpse in a flashback.
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GoldmanWatchingEmperor.png|Goldman observing Emperor's development.
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HotD Goldman2.png|Goldman at the Coliseum
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HotD2 Goldman.png|James confronting Goldman
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JamesGaryConfrontGoldman.png|Goldman being confronted by James and Gary.
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Untitled2.jpg|Goldman as a costume in ''The House of the Dead 2''.
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goldman zombie.jpg|Goldman as a creature in the "bad" ending of ''The House of the Dead 2''.
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CreatureGoldmanFull.png|Another view of the creature Goldman.
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=== ''[[The House of the Dead 4]]'' ===
   
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==== Official Art ====
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The House of the Dead 4 Goldman.JPG
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File:Red Eye Goldman.jpg|PSN Trophy showing Goldman's zombified appearance in HOTD4's bad ending.
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==== Screenshots ====
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HOTD4GoldmanRant1.png|Goldman in his office, quietly ranting about the future of mankind.
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HOTD4GoldmanRant2.png|Goldman musing, "Must we simply sit and wait for it all to end?
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HOTD4GoldmanRant3.png|Goldman discusses humanity's greed and "rampant" breeding.
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HotD4 Goldman.png|Goldman leaving a message on James' [[PDA]].
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HOTD4GoldmanRant4.png|Goldman claiming Earth has "evolved" in a way that can regulate any given species, including humans.
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HOTD4GoldmanRant5.png|Goldman watching James and Gary infiltrate his office, before warning that Pandora's Box is opening.
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HOTD4GoldmanEndingMessage.png|Goldman's cryptic message for the viewer to "travel north", as seen in the game's standard ending.
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File:HOTD4GoldmanWithoutGlasses.png|Goldman without his glasses, as seen in one ending.
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File:HOTD4GoldmanCreatureEnding.png|Goldman's transformation into a creature, as seen in one ending.
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HOTD4GoldmanAttractMode1.png|Goldman in the game's attract mode, surrounded by phrases and images from ''The House of the Dead 2''.
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HOTD4GoldmanAttractMode2.png|Goldman in another attract mode scene. Sitting in his chair, he states "There's no way to escape your fate, James."
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== References ==
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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 a financier of the DBR Corporation. Detesting humanity's self-destructive tendencies and abuse of nature, he sought regulating populations to revert mankind to its "natural state". He funded and used the research of the late Dr. Curien to produce hostile biologically-engineered creatures, before masterminding two worldwide incidents.

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

Biography Edit

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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 Edit

Main article: The House of the Dead (1996 video game)
HOTD2GoldmanCurienFlashback

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 Edit

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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 presumed death.[10]

It is unknown if the successor Goldman was referring to was either Thornheart or the World.

2003 "Pandora's Box" events Edit

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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 Edit

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 Edit

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 Edit

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.

QuotesEdit

The House of the Dead 2Edit

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."
Goldman colosseum
"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 4Edit

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]."
Goldman flashback 4
"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

TriviaEdit

  • 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".
    • In the unmade sequel House of the Dead 3, Goldman was going to appear as the main antagonist.

GalleryEdit

The House of the Dead 2 Edit

Screenshots Edit

The House of the Dead 4 Edit

Official Art Edit

Screenshots Edit

References Edit

  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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