The Magician (Type 0/Tarot No.I) is the first of the Four Heavenly Kings, sentient mutations wielding the primal forces of nature, that were created by Dr. Roy Curien and the final antagonist of the first The House of The Dead installment. Considered by Curien to be the paragon of creation and his 'masterpiece', the Magician possesses the power of pyrokinesis or a 'mastery of fire', he has appeared in three of The House of the Dead games, making him the boss with the most appearances in the series.
The Magician is often considered the hardest boss in the series, dealing massive amounts of damage faster than any other boss or enemy in the series
The House of the Dead
The Magician is the final boss of House Of The Dead. After an alarming phone call from Sophie Richards, AMS Agents Thomas Rogan and G arrive on the scene at the Curien Mansion on December 18, 1998 against a backdrop of sinister disappearances at the estate in a bid to save Sophie. When she suffers life-threatening injuries at the hands of Curien's monsters, while encountering his shocking creations first-hand, Rogan and G venture further into the house to seek out Curien and prevent further damage.
However, they arrive too late - Curien has completed his magnum opus, and proceeds to awaken the Magician from his incubator, anticipating him to kill G and Rogan, before having him destroy the world. However, the Magician or "Type 0", upon awakening, reveals that he is self-aware and obeys no inferior being. He proceeds to kill Curien, then vows to "destroy everything". He escapes onto the balcony, where the agents confront him in a final battle, which is successful. In his death throes, the Magician issues a final chilling omen, warning the two agents that they "...haven't...seen...anything yet!", before succumbing to a fiery explosion.
The House of the Dead 2
Just over a year after the Curien Mansion Incident, the Magician was reanimated by Caleb Goldman, head of the powerful DBR Corporation, furthering Curien's incomplete research into life and death.
The Magician was housed at the Goldman building in Venice to oversee the creation of the Emperor and safeguard it during incubation. AMS agents James Taylor and Gary Stewart arrived at the building's front plaza to stop Goldman's plot, but before entering the building, they are waylaid by the Magician, now displaying loyalty to Goldman and the Emperor. This time around, the agents had the upper hand, since information about the Magician's anatomy has been established from the Curien Case. They managed to destroy him once again, allowing James and Gary to resume their mission.
The House of the Dead III
The Magician himself does not appear in the third game, though he is mentioned in the flashback before the final level, and his name and picture can be seen quickly during the title sequence of the same level. He also makes a similar appearance in the intro movie, appearing in both his original HOTD version, and his more grotesque HOTD2 form.
As well as these subtle appearances, one of the extra point icons scattered throughout the game takes on the form of a golden statuette of the Magician, and even flies about in a quick manner like him, making it harder for the player to shoot it. Because of this, successfully hitting it gives the player a larger point bonus (+2000 points) than most of the other point icons. Interestingly, if one listens closely enough while this item is on-screen, they can hear him reciting, "I've been waiting for this time to come..."
The House of the Dead 4 Special
The Magician himself does not appear in HOTD4, but as in the third game, he makes a cameo as an extra point icon. When hit, it grants many points, but to compensate, it flies around in a quick manner to make shooting it more difficult.
The Magician returns in Special, resurrected as the final boss. Again, it is unknown if this was the original or a clone, though the dialogue before the fight implies that he remembers his prior encounter with G, and that in the Bad Ending, AMS agents G and Kate Green are attacked by multiple clones of himself, implying that he is indeed the original, once again revived from death. Prior to G and Kate's arrival, the Magician resides in a large, glass chamber, presumably during the process of his resurrection; G and Kate attempted to prevent him from escaping, but were too late to stop him from coming back to life.
Here, Magician is shown to have energy surging on his weakpoints instead of them pulsating, and is shown to be more powerful than his previous incarnations. He also bears a purple aura. Before actually emerging to battle the agents, the Magician launches a salvo of fireballs at them from within his incubation chamber. This triggers a quicktime event in which the players have to shoot all of the fireballs down to avoid taking damage. The Magician emerges after the attack's conclusion, regardless of the player's success or failure in deflecting it.
After diminishing the 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 the Magician from opening the box, he will proceed to release numerous clones of himself from incubation, showing that the Magician had indeed cloned himself; he laughs evilly, implying that he will attack and overwhelm the AMS agents and then all of humanity with his clones, resulting in the Bad Ending.
In the Good Ending, the Magician is fatally wounded by the grenade, and succumbs 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, the Mystery Man appears at the the 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."
The Magician makes an appearance as the fifth boss in The Pinball of the Dead, and retains his appearance from The House of the Dead 2. Similar to his appearances in previous games, the Magician will quickly attack the players using fireballs, blocking their pinball from moving. He will also rapidly teleport 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.
The Magician's voice is also used to alert the player when they have the opportunity to enter into 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"
Many fans believe he may return in future games, perhaps even as the final boss of the series. While it is still unknown if the Magician will return in the future, his influence in the series is likely to endure.
The Magician is an incredibly fast and dangerous adversary, and is considered the hardest boss in The House Of The Dead series. His speed is un-rivaled. One of his more interesting powers is his ability to levitate, implying that he uses a revolutionary anti-gravity propulsion system to allow him to constantly veer from left to right at crushing speeds in order to confuse the player. He relies on pyrokinesis to attack. His normal attacks consist of moving once and hurling deadly fireballs, and moving several times before forming a fireball in his hand, flying forward, and slamming into the player with his claws and the fireball he was holding at the time.
The Magician's attacks can be predicted by the colour wavelength it radiates when leviatating. When about to throw a fireball while levitating, he radiates blue light. When about to slam the player with a fireball, the luminations turns red. His luminations become a pale white when performing its final attack. This light change characteristic is imitated by the Wheel of Fate in House of the Dead III, with each colour signaling a different attack.
In The House of the Dead, he also has a more powerful attack which involves he crouching down and projecting a flurry of larger fireballs in the air that the player must shoot down before they land on the balcony. The fireballs are many in number and are shaped like a sphere, meaning the player must shoot them one by one, and not blast away and miss. This final attack is slightly altered in House of the Dead 2 - he hovers in mid-air and hurls the fireballs forward. In this particular version of the attack, he throws slightly fewer fireballs, and they are scattered around the middle, but to compensate for those factors, this attack is faster, as these fireballs don't slowly drift to the ground like they did in House of the Dead.
His weak points are the areas of exposed, pulsating flesh - his lower right leg, upper left leg, lower right arm, upper left arm and the area around his right eye. The particular giveaway are how the unarmoured parts of it are shown as exposed red or black muscle. Attacking these unarmoured areas during battle can be useful in disrupting the Magician's technique in performing attacks, and throw him off balance.
A silent video depicting the first battle against the Magician in House of the Dead 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfLgwqqE_so&feature=related
A video depicting the second battle against the Magician in House of the Dead 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9VeYBOBHKI&feature=related
A somewhat low quality video of the latest battle against the Magician in House of the Dead 4 Special: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y18UvDLXacI
Another low quality video of the entire game INCLUDING the good ending. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJmr7VDZXh8
A high-quality video of the second half of the game, INCLUDING the good ending (warning; video has commentary obscuring the game sounds): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TeZuLZY1J8&feature=youtube_gdata_player
The Magician's theme in The House of the Dead 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKJo6DGWlaE
- The Magician's behavior and appearance may be an allusion to Lucifer of the Bible, as both had betrayed their respective masters and became obsessed with a desire for destruction. His demonic appearance may also allude to the Magician's synonymy with evil.
- The Magician possesses some similarities to another video game character known as Jubileus, The Creator, the final antagonist of the Bayonetta, Non-stop Climax Action video game, as both had killed their creators after being released and soon went on a destructive rampage.
- Even though the Magician's weakpoints were determined in House of the Dead 2, they are unknown to the PDA in 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 the Magician was slightly altered in design in this incarnation, and the PDA was failed to recognize the weakpoints due to the extensive modification.
- The final bosses of the first four HOTD games appear to embody primal forces of nature; The Magician uses fire, the Emperor uses metamorphosis, the Wheel of Fate uses electricity, and the World uses ice.
- The Magician's theme song--Theme of the Magician--is also a very popular song for remixes, with at least seven having been done on YouTube.
- The 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.