|“||What do you expect!? I'm a SUPERVILLAIN! Muhahahahahahaha! Bon voyage... losers!||„|
|~ Dr. Nefarious as he escapes alongside Lawrence from Magnus in Cronk and Zephyr's ship.|
Dr. Nefarious is the main antagonist of the Ratchet & Clank series. He is a robotic mad scientist-turned-dictator who hated organic lifeforms despite formerly being one himself. He is the archenemy of the equally infamous so-called superhero Captain Qwark and later most recurring foe and arch-nemesis of courageous duo Ratchet and Clank.
Nefarious was the main antagonist in Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal and Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time, a hidden antagonist 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 One as a playable character working alongside the Ratchet, Clank and Qwark. 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 Amoeboid attack on Blackwater City in the first game Ratchet & Clank.
Nefarious also appears as the main antagonist of the 2016 animated feature film and PlayStation 4 reboot game.
Nefarious is set to be the main antagonist of the upcoming game Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.
He was voiced by Armin Shimerman, who also played Letek in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Andrew Ryan in the BioShock series and General Reginald Skarr in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and Evil Con Carne.
Completely deranged and destructive, Nefarious is a real public danger, desperate to wreak havoc and conquer the galaxy whether just for revenge or for the simple pleasure of being bad.
Nefarious displays an oversized ego, making most of his robots, vehicle and space station in his image. He is also narcissistic, arrogant, violent, manipulative and sometimes treacherous. He especially compensates with his evil intelligence
One of his most dominant traits is his overwhelming anger, always freaking out when his plans start to fail and having no tolerance for failure. By the simple fact that Qwark is responsible for his transformation into a robot, Nefarious has developed a deep contempt for organic beings, calling them 'squishies' and swearing to each other butchered them.
Despite his devastating wickedness, Nefarious is not completely heartless. As shown in All 4 One after he failed to get rid of Ratchet, Clank, and Qwark again, he reluctantly allied with them to save the galaxy, though he was still trying to kill Qwark because he he couldn't stand his pretentious and infuriating jargon. During the event, Nefarious proved to be quite proficient as a 'good guy', skillfully using his tech skills to counter Loki's threat. He also admitted to Qwark that despite his deep hatred towards him, Nefarious still regarded his hated former classmate as his friend. In the end, he returns to his bad ways but seems to have developed affection for the trio, sadly looking at a photo.
Dr. Nefarious is a humanoid-structured robot. He has a huge head with a transparent green dome showing mechanical parts such as gears moving inside (probably as a reference to him being smart), purple full-body armor with orange highlights on his knees and elbows, a large silver-plated mouth, glaring red eyes and mechanical tendrils mounted on his back which look like wings.
His appearance does change at times though; in Up Your Arsenal he has more highlights around his body and some blue features and in A Crack in Time he pretty much has the same colors but with a different facial expression and larger head dome, though after his face is blasted by Ratchet in the past he gains a scar running down the right side of his face and his right eye sometimes hangs limply from its socket.
In All 4 One his appearance is slightly different: He has a shorter and slimmer body, bigger head and more exaggerated torso.
In Rift Apart his face has been completely repaired
In the Vid-Comics of Up Your Arsenal and the 2016 reboot, he is initially an entirely organic being whose outfit and general appearance does bear a resemblance to his robotic form: He has a large and bulbously oversized head and skin that is either green or pale-yellow with darker spots all over, he wears an all-purple suit with a cape resembling a pair of tendril-shaped "wings", a red clasp on his forehead which was originally blue and pointed red-tinted goggles. After undergoing his unwilling conversion, his robotic form has the same elements as his game counterpart but with a few minor differences: He retains his height, appears to have blue tubes pumping energy through his body and his armor appears a much darker-purple.
|“||When I'm finished killing you, I think I'll rewind time so I can do it again... and again... AND AGAIN!||„|
|“||Greetings, my old friend, been a long time. I'm thrilled you're here to witness...My greatest triumph! Oh look! You've met the Elder, pity the first lombax you meet is the shame, of his entire race! (Ratchet: So, what is it this time Nefarious, you still trying to turn everyone into robots or is it good old fashioned galactic domination?) Part of me wants you to live long enough to find out! The other part, really wants to kill you! You know for old time's sake! Decisions, decisions, decisions...||„|
|~ Nefarious to Ratchet and Alister.|
|“||Thanks to you, and your dimwitted friend here, I found myself drifting through the cosmos! Have you ever spend time... on an asteroid? It's surprisingly BORING! Nothing for a villain to do but dwell on his failure! Then, one day, the Fongoids saved us. But still, failure burned inside my circuitry! How could I have been defeated by the likes of you? Why had the universe been tipped in your favor? I embarked on a crusade through the inner recesses of what you call "the soul". I studied Fongoid meditation, attended anger management class, dabbled in yoga, attended more anger management class! Until finally I went on a spirit walk on planet Quantos. It was here I finally found what I had been missing. The Great Clock! With the Clock under my control, I'll be able to wrong all the rights in the universe! Every villain who has ever stumbled will get a do-over! Every protagonist's triumph will be reversed! Until finally, a new present is created... IN WHICH THE HEROES ALWAYS LOSE!||„|
|~ Nefarious in A Crack in Time.|
|“||Qwark: This is it, the end of President Captain Qwark. I can feel Death's icy grip! Nefarious, I'm sorry I pushed you around in High School. You're smart and I'm such a...
Qwark: I was gonna say "Adonis", but if you want to be a jerk about it...!
Nefarious: I'm sorry too. You should know that even as I was wishing the Blarg would tear you apart limb from limb so I can riverdance around your smoldering squishy carcass!! I still considered you a friend.
|~ Nefarious and Qwark.|
- According to early concept art in Up Your Arsenal Nefarious was originally going to be wearing a cape, but instead of this the final design resulted in him having the two metallic winglike tendrils protruding from his back.
- Although he was implied to have been an organic before this was only confirmed in the 2016 animated film and tie-in video game ultimately until his transformation near the movie's end.
- However, the new robotic form he emerges in is virtually identical to his basic designs from the original series.
- Ironically, it presumably also deepened his conflict with and hatred for his Lombax archenemy by making Ratchet the one indirectly responsible for his physiological conversion.
- Apparently, before Ratchet and Clank came along Captain Qwark was the only person to ever defeat Dr. Nefarious in the original series.
- Nefarious is effectively the main villain for the entire series; he has appeared more than the other villains and has been fought by Ratchet and Clank more times.