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    Dr. Nefarious (Ratchet & Clank)

    Dr. Nefarious
    Gender: Male
    Type: Vengeful Robot Scientist
    Species: Robot
    Portrayed by: Armin Shimerman
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Ratchet & Clank

    Not to be confused with Dr. N. Tropy from Crash Bandicoot.

    Dr. Nefarious is a robotic super villain and a recurring antagonist in the Ratchet & Clank series of video games. Due to the abuse he suffered at the hands of Captain Qwark in high school, he has since harbored a deep hatred of organic lifeforms (or "Squishies" as he calls them), and swore revenge against Qwark for many, many years.

    Why He Will Annihilate Them

    1. He is easily the most entertaining villain in the entire Ratchet & Clank series, providing the perfect balance of being comical and sinister.
    2. He is incredibly hammy, over-the-top, and insane, which lends itself well to the writing and humor that the series is known for.
    3. Despite the hammy performance, Nefarious is still capable of being a threatening villain, with schemes like robotizing the galaxy, and controlling time and space.
    4. He has a deep back story presented in a series of side-scrolling minigames (Vid-Comics as they're called in-universe), showing his previous life as an organic life form, and how he became a robot.
    5. When he is under stress or really angry, he seizes up completely and broadcasts a cheesy romantic soap opera until someone gives him a good slap. The soap opera is just very funny in its entirety.
    6. He is highly intelligent and has shown to be proficient in computers, hacking, and engineering. He built a super weapon capable of turning all organic life into robots for goodness sake!
    7. In Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, he is shown to have a good side, as he helps to repair another robot, locates Ephemeris, and finishes off the final boss once and for all... by pimp slapping it!

    Nefarious Qualities

    1. His appearances in both the film and the tie-in game were not fully utilized, as he doesn't get enough screen time to ham it up.
    2. Some feel that he is a bit overused as a recurring Ratchet & Clank villain with Rift Apart not helping matters.
    3. His personality was seemingly dumbed down a bit in Rift Apart, mostly because he was thrown aside as secondary antagonist in favor of his counterpart Emperor Nefarious, he is also not as hilariously hammy, and most likely due to the series wanting to appeal more to kids, he no longer locks up and plays an episode of Lance & Janice when he gets angry.


    • Dr. Nefarious makes two appearances in the crossover fighting game, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale; he first appears as an unlockable minion for Ratchet, and again as a stage hazard in the San Francisco arena.
      • The San Francisco arena coincidentally comes from the Resistance series, another Insomniac developed series. In a way, Nefarious is invading Insomniac's other games!
      • Nefarious was also going to be the game's final boss, before being replaced by Polygon Man.
    • Dr. Nefarious has the same name as Dr. N. Tropy as they both have the name "Nefarious".


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