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Y'know, maybe Drek was right. I am a mad scientist.
~ Dr. Nefarious

Dr. Nefarious, also called Neffie, is the main antagonist of PlayStation's second full-length animated 2016 feature film Ratchet & Clank, and its tie-in video game on the PlayStation 4. Much like his original counterpart, Nefarious is an unstable mad scientist and the archenemy of Ratchet, Clank and Captain Qwark. However, unlike the original, who had some good qualities, this version is far more evil and destructive, as he planned to destroy an entire galaxy simply out of spite.

Like his original counterpart, he was voiced by Armin Shimerman, who also portrayed Letek in Star Trek: The Next Generation.


Nefarious may be a homicidal maniac, but he sure can build a gun.
~ Captain Qwark foreshadowing Nefarious' nature.

Dr. Nefarious was a highly insane, twisted, unstable, and psychopathic scientist. He even went as far to destroy his former boss, Chairman Drek, and proved to be even more psychotic and dangerous.


Prior to the events of the film, Nefarious was a member of the Galactic Rangers who specialised in the invention and design of weapons. Captain Qwark, his leader, would constantly mistreat and tease him, as well as underfund his department. As a result, he betrayed the team and became imprisoned, but escaped, having Qwark fooled into believing he died trying.

In the film, he would work with Chairman Drek to supply him with the weapons he needed to complete his goal of harvesting chunks of planets to build a new world. He builds the deplanetizer to accomplish this, and supplies him with warbots in an attempt to destroy the Galactic Rangers in Aleero City.

When his plans are thwarted, he suggests to exploit Qwark's desire for fame in order to use him as their inside man, which they expected would give him the insight needed to defeat Ratchet and the Rangers. Drek succeeded in using the deplanetizer to destroy Novalis, a habitable planet that was evacuated beforehand.

Later on, it is revealed that Nefarious had bigger plans above Drek, which was to destroy every planet in the solar system. He betrays Drek after preying on Qwark's guilt over betraying Ratchet and Clank, by turning him to a sheep and sending him to his newly-formed home planet. His plan was to use the deplanetizer on Umbris, a planet composed of tetragen in which such an explosion would cause a chain reaction in the solar system.

The Galactic Rangers infiltrate the deplanetizer and Ratchet confronts Nefarious directly. He nearly succeeds in hitting Umbris with the deplanetizer, but hits New Quartu instead, and gets defeated by Ratchet in combat. He seemingly gets disintegrated when falling into the laser chamber, but lands on an unknown planet and becomes rebuilt into a robot, before descending into maniacal laughter.


No! Get away from me! not stick that thing in… (yelps and screams in pain) Quit…trying to repair me, you moron! (groans and grumbles in pain as Repairbots leave, then grabs one and pulls himself out) I AM NOT A ROBOT!!! (looks down at hands and starts laughing) Hehehehehahaha… Hahahahahahaha…Hahahahahahahahahaha!
~ Nefarious' Villainous Breakdown and evil laugh in the mid-credits scene of the 2016 film.



  • Nefarious's new personality in the reboots have gained quite a lot of criticism from fans, due to sharing very little similarities to his original counterpart, being a mad scientist actually being one of the few things they share in common.
    • Which has also lead some fans into comparing the original Chairman Drek to the new Nefarious and the new Drek being more similar to the original Nefarious.

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Animated Features
King Bohan | Raven Lord | Chairman Drek | Dr. Nefarious | Victor Von Ion

See Also
Ratchet & Clank Villains | Uncharted Villains

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Ratchet and Clank (2002): Chairman Drek | Captain Qwark
Going Commando: Captain Qwark | Thugs-4-Less Leader | The Unknown Thief
Up Your Arsenal: Dr. Nefarious | Lawrence | Courtney Gears | XJ-0461 2 'Klunk'
Deadlocked: Gleeman Vox | The Exterminators: Ace Hardlight | Shellshock | Reactor | The Eviscerator
Size Matters: Emperor Otto Destruct | Luna
Secret Agent Clank: XJ-0461 2 'Klunk' | Number Woo | Ivana Lottabolts

Future Timeline
Tools of Destruction: Emperor Tachyon | Romulus Slag | Rusty Pete
Quest for Booty: Captain Darkwater | Romulus Slag | Rusty Pete
A Crack in Time: Dr. Nefarious | Lawrence | Alister Azimuth | Flint Vorselon | Valkyries

Post Future Timeline
Comic Series: Artemis Zogg | Vorn Garblak
All 4 One: Loki Master
Full Frontal Assault: Stuart Zurgo
Into the Nexus: Mr. Eye | Vendra Prog | Neftin Prog
Rift Apart: Emperor Nefarious | Dr. Nefarious

Ratchet and Clank (2016)
Chairman Drek | Dr. Nefarious | Victor Von Ion | Zed