"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, House of the Dead 2
Type-0, given the production name "The Magician" (Tarot No.I), is the first of the Four Heavenly Kings, sentient mutations wielding the primal forces of nature, that was created by Dr. Roy Curien.
He is an A.I android that has appeared in almost every HOtD game, making him the most recurring boss and the only boss to make multiple appearances.
Magician's extremely malevolent yet mysterious behavior and eerie appearance make him a favorite among fans. He has his own fan base on multiple social websites such as Deviantart and Facebook.
He has been dubbed "The Most Difficult Boss in Series", because of his fast-paced attacks and, because of this, it is very difficult to shoot him. He shoots fireballs, that, when timed, can hit a player between 3-6 seconds if not shot at.
Personae and Physical Appearance
The Magician is portrayed as a self-aware android with feelings. This may also mean he has a personality, but this has not been fully explored.
In House of the Dead 2, he is most likely the only mutant that is not either dumb, has no feelings, or is just a killing machine from the start. Fan theories point out that when Goldman created him, he wasn't aware of his stubornes or his self-awareness. When he was resurrected, Goldman realized this and wanted to rid of him, so he sent him out to fight the AMS Agents that approached his building, knowing that, because of the Magician's battle scars from earlier on, he would most likely not survive the fight.
The Magician is a mutant whose height or size is not quite known (he is not easy to compare with the size of the man, as he is always seen flying several feet in the air. He never touches the ground), although it can most likely be safely assumed he is very tall. He has two, large, white ram horns coming out from the top of his head, a red scar on the right side of his face, and his left side of his face has no flesh,; instead, there is only muscle.
His body is covered with plated armor, but it doesn't cover his whole body. Pieces of armor all over his body are torn off, also revealing muscle. The exposed muscle are the weakpoints in the game. He had clawed hands with three fingers, and very large feet that are pointed with two long, bony toes ending in sharp nails.
His breast, abdomen, crotch, and back are covered entirely with armor, not injuring him if these pieces of the body are not shot at.
It is hard to tell if the Magician has two eyes, one eye, or any eyes at all. In House of the Dead 2, he has one eye on the left side of his face while they other on his right side had fallen out, revealing an exposed socket. In House of the Dead 1, his eyes are shaded over, making eyes hard to make out. In House of the Dead 4, it appears that neither of his eyes are seen.
In House of the Dead 2 and artwork done for House of the Dead 4, the Magician appears to have very long, sharp teeth.
The Magician is the final boss of House Of The Dead.
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.
The Magician himself does not appear in the third game, though he is mentioned in the flashback before the final level.
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.