"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 ears are very large and pointed, resembling those of how daemons ears were portrayed in the Middle Ages.
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.
In House of the Dead, he is more weak, with large worms emerging from parts of his body and having more muscle revealed. Despite this, he is also much faster, and shoots fireballs at the player faster, most likely protecting himself better after being killed beforehand at the Curien Mansion in 1998.
"What happened...why don't you follow my instructions...?"
-A dying Roy Curien, right after he is attacked by the Magician, House of the Dead
The Magician is the final boss of House Of The Dead. He was created by the insane mad scientist Dr. Roy Curien to act as a servant. However, upon being awakened, the Magician reveals that he is self aware, and will not follow the commands of anybody. Upon saying this, he creates a fireball from his hands and throws it at Curien, killing the scientist.
Upon killing Curien, Magician furiously breaks a wall open in the wall, where Agents Rogan and G pursue it outside. The fight begins with Magician throwing fireballs at the Agents, but as the fight continues he will fly around quickly and throwing more fireballs. After a grueling battle, the Magician, damaged and beaten, omits a chilling omen, saying "You...haven't seen...anything yet!" before exploding in a huge, loud fireball. All the final bosses of House of the Dead also die this way.
Just over a year after the Curien Mansion Incident, making his omen in the first game come true, 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 is most likely because of his vulnerability and now knowing he is not as powerful as he originally was and/or thought he was.
The Magician has a more disturbing appearance, with worms jetting out from all parts of his body, and more muscle is shown. His face is contorted with pain. There are dry bloodstains all over his body, another contribute to him being eaten alive by worms. His right eye had now disappeared, and instead, a large, pink worm hangs out of it, completing the disgusting appearence.
It is unknown why worms are still in and out of his body even after Goldman put him in an incubator to resurrect him and cure him, most likely because he wanted the Magician weaker, making him less of a threat to himself and to still be able to help him with his experiment, Emperor.
When Agents James Taylor and Gary Stewart are confronted in a grueling battle with him, his now-unknown breakpoints are now known, which are his exposed muscles.
After a very grueling and arduous battle, the Magician drifts swiftly into the air, battered and beaten with shattered cable, and again, explodes. No remains are seen.
If he is defeated by James, James will say "Only man himself can control his fate...you're nothing!"
If he is defeated by Gary, Gary will say "You're the one who's gonna get beat, Magician!" He will only say this if only one player is playing with Gary. If two people play, and since Gary is the dueteragonist, he is the second player, with James being the first player. He will not say it then.
In this game, Magician says his most famous quote: "I've been waiting for this time to come. You have no future. Either I get you...or the Emperor will (another hintage to him being weaker than usual). Either way, your fate is in our hands!"
The Magician himself does not appear in the third game, though he is mentioned in the flashback before the final level.
Also, a golden statue is seen of him in all three boss levels, omitting the first and final levels. When the statue of it, it grants the player 2000 points, but to compensate, it flies around in a quick manner, and the player only has a few seconds to hit it, making a target lock-on on it very difficult.
The House of the Dead 4
The Magician was an Action figure that appeared as a collectible for the House of the Dead before it was cancelled. Along with him was Judgement, Hierophant, Strength, and Chariot. He was (and is) the most expensive of the collection, costing over $400 dollars back then and is now selling for $3000 on eBay.
The figure is tall, standing over 12" in heighth and is very well-built. His skin is black and charred from his previous battle before being resurrected by Goldman and his face is contorted. He is more grotesque than his game portrayal.