Doctor Nefarious was a robotic mad scientist-turned dictator who hated organic life forms, despite formerly being one himself and the main antagonist of the Ratchet & Clank series. He was the archenemy of so-called "superhero" Captain Qwark, and later the most recurring and arch-nemesis of the courageous duo Ratchet and Clank.
Nefarious was the main antagonist in Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal andRatchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time, the true Bigger Bad in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest For Booty, and then made a notable appearance in Ratchet & Clank: All 4 Oneas a playable anti-hero turned protagonist. He was also a cameo character and mentioned in games like Ratchet: Deadlocked and Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus. He was also responsible for the Ameboid attack on Blackwater City in the first game, Ratchet & Clank. He is voiced by Armin Shimerman.
Pre-Ratchet & Clank
It is unknown whether or not Nefarious was ever an organic being, as this may have been fiction made up for Qwark's vid comics.
Nefarious and Qwark attended the same high school, with Qwark claiming that they met in Mr. Bozell's 9th grade biology class. Qwark bullied Nefarious, apparently cleaning the chalk board with his pants. However, despite the fact that Nefarious wished the Blarg would tear Qwark about limb from lim so that Nefarious could riverdance around his corpse, he still considered him a friend.
At some point after becoming a supervillain Nefarious had a confrontation with Qwark (who had become a fraudulent superhero), and the two became archenemies, with Qwark becoming the only man to have ever faced Nefarious and survived. However, in fear of Nefarious, Qwark hid in his hideout on the Thrann Asteroid in fear for his life.
Nefarious also seemed to have visited Canal City on Notak in the Bogon Galaxy at some point prior to Up Your Arsenal, as he had a picture of the city in his office at Lot 42.
Ratchet & Clank
- While Nefarious does not appear in Rathet & Clank, he does have a role in the games events.
In the year 5354, Nefarious created his Amoeboids and had them invade several planets in the galaxy (including Novalisand Pokitaru), he created a these creatures in a laboratory in the swamps of Blackwater City on Rilgar and this was the first location that the horde attacked. However after a long battle with the Extermibot forces, the Amoeboid's attack on Blackwater City was foiled when Ratchet and Clank arrived and annihilated them. Qwark would go on to claim that he was the one to defeat the invasion, further angering Nefarious
between Ratchet & Clank and Up Your Arsenal
Nefarious attacked Metropolis on Planet Kerwan, though his invasion of the city failed (Qwark claiming that he stopped it), so Nefarious swore vengeance and planned to attack the city again at a later date.
Some time later, in prepearation for his continued vendetta against organic life, Nefarious would go to Tyhrranosis in order to gain the allegiance the Tyhrranoids and also creat a robot army. At some point he also gained the allegiance ofCourtney Gears.
Up Your Arsenal
- “Robotic citizens of the Solana Galaxy... the hour of your liberation is at hand! Too long have we robots suffered under the bigotry, the stupidity, the squishiness, and foul stench of organic life forms! Soon, all robots will bask in the liberty and equality of my benevolent, iron-fisted rule! And, as for you filthy organic life forms... You can look forward to being disintegrated! (Laughs manically) That's all for now...”
- ―Dr. Nefarious' message to the Solana Galaxy
- Dr. Nefarious started an entire public campaign to rid the Solana Galaxy of organic life forms. Nefarious unleashes the Biobliterator, a doomsday device that turns all organic life into robots so that he can convert all under his "benevolent, iron-fisted rule". He also attempts to bring Clank over to his side, being a big fan of the small robot's appearances in the "Secret Agent Clank" holovision show (though Nefarious thinks the show is actually real, for some reason). When Clank refuses, Nefarious has him captured and replaced with a lookalike robot named Klunk. Eventually, Ratchet rescues Clank and destroys the Biobliterator, forcing Nefarious and Lawrence to teleport away to safety. In his haste to avoid getting blown up, however, Nefarious fails to set a destination and they both end up stranded on drifting asteroid in deep space for between "5 or 10,000 years," as Lawrence put it.
- He makes a cameo appearance in Ratchet: Deadlocked alongside Lawrence, both still stuck on the same asteroid as they pass by the just-destroyed ruins of the DreadZone Station. Enraged at his dashed hopes of rescue, Nefarious takes his anger out on Lawrence only to freeze up again. In Tools of Destruction, Nefarious's wallet, apparently, turns up in the Imperial Fight Festival on Mukow as lost property, a possible hint that his asteroid came upon that planet. Apparently, space pirates spotted them once when Nefarious was infuriated by Lawrence again and was in the middle of screaming at his butler when his trademark malfunction occurred.
A Crack in Time
- Dr. Nefarious later returns as the main antagonist in Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time (which is foreshadowed in the ending of Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty). Having crash-landed on the planet Zanifar and gained the trust of the local Fongoids, Nefarious explains that as he tried to comprehend how his past evil plans had always failed, he learned of the Great Clock and devised a plan to use it to alter history so that the villains always defeat the heroes (unaware of the fact that his plan would result in the entire Universe's destruction). Nefarious uses his trust with the Fongoids to have them build a fortress for himself, then summons the creator of the Great Clock, Orvus, to extract information from him regarding the Clock's operation. Though Orvus remains defiant and escapes, Nefarious learns that Clank is the key to accessing the Clock.
Two years later (the present day in which the game takes place), Nefarious has moved from his fortress to a large space station designed in the image of his head and is terrorizing the Polaris Galaxy with aid from Lord Vorselon and the Valkyries. His plans to harness the Great Clock have not abated, and he orders Lawrence to observe Clank in secret from within the Clock. After Clank opens the Orvus Chamber, Lawrence knocks him out and reports the news to Nefarious. The doctor then gleefully starts "Unnecessarily Evil Initiative Omega-91" by using Clank as bait to lure Ratchet into a Valkyrie ambush. With "help" from Captain Qwark, Ratchet and Clank infiltrate Nefarious's space station and destroy his fleet of ships, but are captured and brought before Nefarious. After explaining the full extent of his plans, Nefarious ejects the two heroes with his "Asteroid Flinger 5000" (installed in the case that he needs an ironic death scenario for his enemies). After surviving a crash landing on planet Morklon and going back in time to help the Fongoids win the Battle of Gimlick Valley, Ratchet and Clank commandeer a ship back to the space station and stop Nefarious from boarding his last remaining ship to the Great Clock. In the end, Dr. Nefarious is again defeated by Ratchet and Clank and falls screaming to his ship's surface. Upon landing, he suffers a complete system breakdown (characterized by random music signals and dancing) before his ship crashes into the space station and destroys it. Though Ratchet and Clank escape in time with aid from Azimuth, it is reported during the credits that Nefarious's body was not found in the wreckage. In the Ratchet & Clank comic series and All 4 One, Qwark confirms that Lawrence teleported Nefarious away in time and that he is still considered to be within the Polaris System.
All 4 One
- Doctor Nefarious is a playable character in the game Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, where he initially triggers the plot by tricking Qwark into fighting a giant Light-eating Z'Grute only to be attacked by his own creature. When Ratchet and Clank try to stop it, they, Qwark, and Nefarious are all captured by the Creature Collector Ephemeris, and the villainous robot is forced to work with the heroes to escape. Despite his dislike of his "partners", Nefarious slowly warms up to playing the hero, even going so far as to save Qwark on a few occasions. In the end, Nefarious reasserts his supervillain attitude and escapes, though a final scene hints that he may not have been completely ungrateful for his temporary friends. Nefarious appears as an downloadable skin in Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault. Outside of the Ratchet and Clank series, Nefarious cameos in the San Francisco level of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and was originally planned as a playable character in the game alongside Ratchet and Clank. Nefarious also appeared as an unlockable Chibi-sized Minion in a patch for the game.
Ratchet and Clank (movie)
In the movie based on the first game, he is seen as the true main antagonist. Here, he is depicted in an organic form, having not yet undergone his robotic conversion, acting as Chairman Drek's chief scientist. Instead of appearing as he did in Up Your Arsenal before turning into a robot, Doctor Nefarious has green skin and uses glasses along with having a similar design to his robot form. It is stated in the film that he was a Galactic Ranger before he turned evil. He was the Rangers' support team before Elaris was a Ranger and turned bad as Qwark took all the credit for Nefarious' work and inventions. It is also stated that he tried to atomize Aleero City but was stopped by Qwark and went to prison where he was presumably killed during a prison break. Instead of turning people into robots or changing time as he did in past games, Nefarious used Drek as a way to try to destroy Umbris, an uninhabited planet with a core of pure tetragen that if it were to explode, it would destroy the solar system it is in. This was part of his plan to destroy that solar system under the Rangers' watch for they would be the ones to be blamed. He turns Drek into a sheep by using the Sheepinator, one of his personal favorites, and taking control of the Deplanetizer. Doctor Nefarious also created the RYNO (Rip Ya a New One), the most powerful weapon in the series, which causes him to be stuck by an energy blast when Ratchet hits him near the end of the film where he plummets to his death. In a post-credit scene, Nefarious survives the fall where a few robots inspecting the Deplanetizer's wreckage fix him, turning him into his robot form. It is unknown if he will return or just be an unsolved or answered cliff hanger.
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