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Welcome, my AMS friends.

Magician to Kate Green and G.[src]

Type-0, codenamed "Magician" (マジシャン Majishan?), was a male, synthetic humanoid creature with pyrokinetic and levitational powers. He was originally created in 1998 by genetic engineer Dr. Curien, then research director of the DBR Corporation, as part of insanity-driven efforts to control life and death. The Magician ultimately betrayed his creator and was destroyed by agents of the government organization AMS, but was resurrected during other biological engineering-related incidents.

He is the final boss of The House of the Dead, and has made further appearances in the main House of the Dead series as either a boss or a bonus item. He is characterized by his sentience, fast and deceptive movement, and fire-based attacks. His weak points are his exposed, pulsating muscles. 

Biography

Creation and destruction

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

Who are you? Nobody gives me instructions. I shall destroy everything!

An awakened Magician addressing Dr. Curien.[src]

Magician, alongside Wheel of Fate, began life as a gene developed by Curien during his time as the DBR Corporation's research director. He was incubated inside Curien's BioReactor, a machine that edited the DNA sequence in organisms, and up to the point of being released, was seen as a perfect creation alongside Chariot, Hangedman, and Hermit and was considered a masterpiece. However, Magician was also considered an unfinished project.

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Magician awakening.

After curing his terminally-ill son Daniel, Curien obsessively pursued controlling life and death through science; the effort, funded by Caleb Goldman, produced hostile creatures and triggered staff walkouts. Curien went insane, releasing the creatures in his mansion on December 17th and 18th, 1998, but kept the Magician in incubation.

On December 20th, AMS agents Thomas Rogan and G investigated disappearances at the mansion. They battled to a research center and confronted Curien, who unleashed the "masterpiece" upon them. However, Magician -- claiming that he is to obey no one -- killed Curien. Rogan and G defeated the being, who, before succumbing to an explosion, warned them that they "...haven't...seen...anything yet!"

First resurrection

Main article: The House of the Dead 2

I've been waiting for this time to come. You have no future. Either I get you, or the Emperor will. Either way, your fate is in our hands.

The Magician confronting James Taylor and Gary Stewart.[src]
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Magician appearing in front of Caleb Goldman's headquarters.

In 2000, just over a year after the Curien Mansion incident, Magician was reanimated by Goldman, a financier who furthered Curien's incomplete research into life and death. Magician was loyal to Goldman and Emperor, a creature created by Goldman poised to rule over mankind. He ambushed AMS agents James Taylor and Gary Stewart outside of Goldman's headquarters, but was ultimately destroyed again.

Second resurrection

Main article: The House of the Dead 4: Special

I have been waiting for this moment for some time. Now you shall have a taste of the pain that I have endured!

The Magician to Kate Green and "G".[src]
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Magician awakening yet again.

In 2003, Goldman staged a posthumous incident worldwide, wiping out most of civilization. After her partner James sacrificed himself to defeat Goldman's ultimate creation, the World, rookie AMS agent Kate Green collaborated with G to fight the incident back to its source. In an unidentified building, they found Magician, who emerged from a large glass chamber and vowed revenge for the pain he had endured.

Upon defeat, Magician summoned Pandora's Box, attempting to activate clones of himself; he was fatally wounded after a thrown grenade, declaring "Nothing can erase my pain" before exploding.

Other Appearances

The House of the Dead III

Magician appears as a bonus item: the Mini-Magician, a small golden statuette found in destructible background objects. The Mini-Magician flies about in a quick manner like him, making it more difficult to shoot; a successful shot yields 2000 points to the player's score. In III, when the item is on-screen, a high-pitched version of his line "I've been waiting for this time to come" from 2 can be heard.

Furthermore, III's attract mode shows Magician's form in the first two games. Dr. Curien also mentions him in a flashback.

The House of the Dead 4

Once more, Magician makes a cameo appearance as the Mini-Magician bonus item. Its behavior is the same as in III, except when on-screen no line is spoken.

The Pinball of the Dead

Magician makes an appearance as the fifth boss in The Pinball of the Dead, and retains his appearance from 2. Similar to his appearances in previous games, Magician will quickly attack the players using fireballs, blocking their pinball from moving. He will also rapidly fly from one area of the screen to the next. However, unlike previous games, the player is not required to hit a specific spot on the Magician in order to damage him.

Magician's voice is also used to alert the player when they have the opportunity to enter a boss battle. The player will hear the Magician say, "I have been waiting for this time to come", a line used before the Magician's battle in The House of the Dead 2. Also, when the player gets a game over, he will say "You have no future."

Gameplay

Overview

In all of his appearances, Magician is an incredibly fast and dangerous adversary. His flight speed is unrivaled, and his teleportation around the battlefield disorients players as he hurls fireballs or attempts to charge. With some exceptions, most of his attacks throughout the series are the same.

Magician's weak points are his lower right leg, upper left leg, lower right arm, and upper left arm. They are classified as "unknown" in The House of the Dead and The House of the Dead 4: Special, but in The House of the Dead 2 they are revealed on his diagram prior to the battle.

The House of the Dead

Phases

  1. While spinning, Magician will hurl two fireballs from either hand at the player before flying to another spot. After doing this twice, he will hurl four fireballs from both hands, which are more difficult to shoot down. His fireballs can be shot down, and Magician can be damaged as he attacks with them. This phase ends when he flinches, causing any created fireballs to self-destroy.
  2. Magician will fly rapidly to the left or right of the arena to puzzle the player. After three teleports in either or both directions, he will charge at the player with a fireball in his hand, and this fast attack can only be disrupted with a successful shot to one of his weak points. Six successful hits end this phase.
  3. Magician will repeat the first phase followed by the second phase.
  4. Magician will fly to the middle of the arena and project a large group of fireballs in the air that will slowly rain down on the player, and must all be shot to avoid damage. Magician can only be attacked as he charges the fireballs when the camera is focused on him.

Strategies

  • Magician's flight is represented by differently colored after images of him:
    • Blue is his standard attack of throwing fireballs from a distance.
    • Red is his charge attack.
  • Magician is invulnerable while flying.

The House of the Dead 2

Phases

  1. While spinning, Magician will hurl two fireballs from either hand at the player before flying to another spot. After doing this twice, he will hurl four fireballs from both hands, which are more difficult to shoot down. His fireballs can be shot down, and Magician can be damaged as he attacks with them. This phase ends when he flinches, causing any created fireballs to self-destroy.
  2. Magician will fly rapidly to the left or right of the arena to puzzle the player. After flying rapidly three times in either or both directions, he will charge at the player with a fireball in his hand, and this fast attack can only be disrupted with a successful shot to one of his weak points. Five successful hits end this phase.
  3. Magician will repeat the first phase followed by the second phase. The difference for the second phase is that four successful hits end it.
  4. Magician will fly to the top of the screen and sends the fireballs straight at the player. He throws slightly fewer fireballs which are scattered around the middle and is vulnerable the entire time. However, this attack is faster as these fireballs do not slowly drift to the ground like they did in The House of the Dead. He will repeat this attack until he is defeated.

Strategies

  • Magician will be enveloped in white depending on the player's performance and difficulty level, or when he performs his final attack.
  • As with the original game, Magician is invulnerable while flying.

The House of the Dead 4: Special

Phases

  1. Before actually emerging to battle the AMS agents, Magician launches a salvo of fireballs at them from within his incubation chamber. This triggers a quick time event in which the players have to shoot all of the fireballs down to avoid taking damage. Magician emerges after the attack's conclusion, regardless of the player's success or failure in deflecting it.
  2. Magician will fly in any direction on the screen before performing one of three random attacks:
    • Magician will hurl two fireballs from either hand.
    • Magician will hurl four fireballs with both hands.
    • Magician will charge at the player with a fireball in his hand.
  3. At 50% health, Magician will hover upwards before performing one of two random attacks. He will continue doing so until he is defeated once more:
    • Magician will let the purple aura increase in intensity before hovering down to ram at the player
    • Magician throws the fireballs into the air to home in on the player.
  4. After diminishing Magician's health, he will summon and attempt to open Pandora's Box. The player is given the chance to stop it with a grenade. If the player fails in stopping Magician from opening the box, he will proceed to release numerous clones of himself from incubation, showing that Magician had replicated himself. Laughing malignantly, he implies that he will attack and overwhelm the AMS agents and then all of humanity with his clones, resulting in the Bad Ending. This ending also signifies that Magician is indeed Curien's original, which had been resurrected. In the Good Ending, Magician is fatally wounded by a grenade and succumbs to a violent explosion once more. With his final breath, he has time to utter one final monologue - "Nothing can erase my pain". However, after his demise, a mysterious man (revealed in House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn to be named Thornheart) appears at Magician's incubation chamber. Upon entering the chamber, he remarks, "So, Pandora's box has been closed... that is if there is any hope left, the Wheel of Fate cannot be stopped."

Strategies

  • Multiple shots on the Magician are required to disrupt any attack. This is important when he does his charge attack which requires the cancel bar to be completely depleted to prevent life loss.

Quotes

The House of the Dead

Quote Audio
"Who are you? Nobody gives me instructions. I shall destroy everything."
Magician awakens
"You... haven't... seen.... anything... yet!!"
Magician dies

The House of the Dead 2

Quote Audio
"I've been waiting for this time to come. You have no future. Either I get you or the Emperor will. Either way, your fate is in our hands."
Magician returns

The House of the Dead 4: Special

Quote Audio
"Welcome, my AMS friends."
HOTD4SPMagicianWelcome
"I have been waiting for this moment for some time. Now you shall have a taste of the pain that I have endured!"
HOTD4SPMagicianWaitingForThisMoment
(Before final grenade quick-time event) "This is the end..."
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(Death) "Nothing can erase my pain..."

Trivia

  • With three major appearances, Magician is to date most recurring boss in the main House of the Dead series.
  • Magician is also the only final boss in the series to make multiple appearances.
  • The developers of The House of the Dead purposely designed him to be handsome in order to sharply contrast with the other enemies in the game,[1] but in later installments his appearance is more grotesque. They also state that they made him a more "cunning, deceptive" boss in comparison with the other creatures.
  • Magician is technically the first boss introduced in the whole House of the Dead series. In The House of the Dead's original arcade intro, he is seen in the opening screen before the player begins the game.
  • Magician's concept art, as seen in THOTD's Sega Saturn manual seems to suggest that he is some sort of cyborg, or an artificially produced being. He is also shown to be originally designated as "Type B-1".
  • Magician's overall design appears to be incomplete. His left bicep, right forearm, left thigh, right shin and both ankles are exposed musculature as opposed to the uniform gray plating seen on the rest of his body. The right side of his face features a patch of seemingly skinned flesh as well. These exposed areas were blackish-red in the first game, pulsated red in the second game, and sparked with pink electricity in The House of the Dead 4: Special.
    • Magician's appearance in THOTD2 features red scarring and pulsating red appendages spewing out of various wounds in his body, implying he had either not fully healed from his defeat in the first game, or developed damage overtime while being housed at Goldman's headquarters. When he is next seen, the Magician has been healed of these injuries, but remains incomplete.
  • Even though the Magician's weak points were determined in The House of the Dead 2, they are unknown to the PDA in The House of the Dead 4: Special. This appears to be for the purpose of challenging new players to figure out what it is for themselves. Of course, in-universe, it could be simply because Magician was heavily altered in design in this incarnation, and the PDA failed to recognize the weak points due to the extensive modification. Either that, or the PDA uses Kate's profile (which is probable given that Kate correctly identified Justice's weak point) instead of G's (the latter of which should have the new Magician's weak points determined but would not have identified Justice's weak point).
  • The final bosses of the first four THOTD games appear to embody primal elements of nature: Magician uses fire, Emperor uses magnetism, Wheel of Fate uses electricity, and the World uses ice.
  • Magician was to be included in the second series of House of the Dead action figures by Palisades. However, the line was cancelled before production.
  • The only time Magician is called by his name is in The House of the Dead 2 when playing alone as Gary, and by Curien in the flashbacks in The House of the Dead III.
  • Magician is the only final boss in the first four THOTD games whose weak point is not on the chest and also having multiple weak points (right side of his face, upper left arm, lower right arm, upper left leg and lower right leg).
  • There's a graphical glitch of Magician in THOTD2. If the players are not injured by the Magician, the Magician's hallucinating movements will turn into white instead of red or blue, and automatically fix if the Magician successfully hit the players.

Gallery

The House of the Dead

Concept Art

Official Art

Data

Screenshots

The House of the Dead 2

Official Art

Data

Screenshots

The House of the Dead 4: Special

Models and textures

Other Media

References

  1. "Interview: The House of the Dead", Sega Saturn Magazine, issue 23, September 1997, page 63.
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