"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" (Japanese: Majutsu-shi 魔術師) (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 wields the power of pyrokinesis, which is the power of fire.
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. Because of this, it is believed that Magician has become one of the main antagonists' of the series.
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 (Strength), has no feelings (Hierophant and Tower), or is just a killing machine from the start (Judgement, and in occasions of the attitude toward the human race, Emperor).. 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.
His arms are usually folded in front of him. His right arm is usually bent and is seen in front of his navel and crotch. His left arm is usually bent upwards, with his hand pointed up, protecting his breast area. He is seen like this in all three of the games.
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 the 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.
His arms and legs are covered with black cables, which pulsate slowly. In House of the Dead 2, when the cables pulsate, the sound of heartbeat can be heard.
In House of the Dead 2, 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.
The Magician's personality is somewhat unknown, but from what
has been seen from him, he appears to be a stubborn yet occasionally loyal Android. Unlike other places robots, he displays feelings, such as anger, hate, hurt, etc. He has an incredible distaste for the AMS, like Goldman.
Magician does not want to think of himself as a servant, but instead as a capable and powerful being. He has no fear in showing his dark and brutal side and had no fear in showing his disgustingly grotesque appearance in House of the Dead 2.
Overall, summed up, the Magician is a stubborn, disloyal mutant who will not follow anybody's command. He has high intelligence, and appears to know what is going on around him or what will happen. He displays other forms of intelligence such as strategy when attacking his opponents and being able to help Goldman create the Emperor.
"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. He is now much more faster, to compensate with being more vulnerable. If being shot in the muscles in the right times, he can be defeated quickly and the player is able to avoid tedious battle.
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 Special
The Magician makes another return in House of the Dead 4 Special. This
time however, it is unknown who resurrected him, but it is most likely that Goldman requested on a video he recorded for the Magician to be brought back to life. It is also unknown if this is the original Magician or a clone, but it is most likely the latter, for he recognizes the AMS Agents.
Kate Green and Agent G confront him after they fight their way up to his labratory, where he is in an incubator. Before he emerges, fireballs will appear and fly toward the Agents. After shooting all the fireballs, the Magician's incubator will shatter, revealing his new form. He tells the two agents that he has been waiting for them, and that they will have a taste of the pain that he has endured. The fight begins shortly after his speech.
The Magician has a new appearance, with blueish skin on his face, whiter armor, and the pulsating cables on his arms and legs have been replaces with electrical currents. The worms on his body have now disappeared. He is also much faster and stronger, sometimes flying so fast that the game camera itself can have a hard time focusing on him.
After an arduous fight, the Magician will summon up Pandora's box and attempts to open it, muttering "This is the end!" At this point, Kate must throw a grenade at him, with the player having only one shot to throw it at him. If the player hits him, he will be injured sufficiently and utter "Nothing can release my pain..." before exploding. This is the good ending. If the player either misses him of doesn't throw the grenade in the time limit, clones of the Magician in incubators will rise up from the floor. The Magician will laugh wickedly, showing the Agents that they have failed. The screen will then fade to black, with the words BAD ENDING appearing on the screen. The fate of Kate and G is unknown.
Unlike the other two games he has appeared in, Magician appears to be following his own command. It is also unknown what his plans were after he was finished incubating, but the clones of himself suggest that he was out to destroy mankind or take over the world. In this game, he shows a vehement hate for the AMS Agents, suggesting this is his attitude toward humans overall and also that he wants revenge on the AMS for destroying him twice.
Despite having a different appearance, his weakpoints are the same as in the other games.
The Magician was an Action figure that appeared as a collectible for the House of the Dead toyline 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 and armor 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.
Other differences in appearance are longer ram horns, larger feet, and longer arms and hands. Instead of him having his arms crossed prospectively around him, they hang loosely down. There are different versions of the Magician figure, with the first figure having larger hands that hang loosely down, and the second figure, which had smaller hands, feet, and gold skin. The left side of his face is blue. This figure can be seen on www.figures.com
- The Magician is probably the most intelligent of all the mutants in House of the Dead series.
- A prototype of the Magician is built in House of the Dead 4, named Star. They are both the same height and have the exact same scar on the same side of their faces. They both don't have any hair on top of their heads, and both possess the power to fly.
- It is sometimes questioned if Magician and Emperor had a intimate friendship, but this if often shrugged off. The same is wondered about him and Goldman.
- Magician resembles the appearance of a westernized dragon, with elaborate pebbles armor, the power of pyrokinesis, and horns on top of his head. He also resembles the appearance of a daemon of even Lucifer, himself.
- Fans wonder if he will again appear in House of the Dead 5 or any other future games.
- It is unknown why the Magician's mouth doesn't move when he talks.
- It is unknown why the Magician's armor was never fully completed by Dr. Roy Curien, it's possible that Curian merely ran out of time, as unlike the other bosses, Magician was still being held in containment and was merely deployed as a desperate measure.
- It is unknown what Curien was really going to use Magician for.
- Magician is most likely a flawed experiment.
- The Magician has sentient feelings, being able to feel pain. This may also mean he can feel happy, sad, angry, frustration, etc.