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Curien, Goldman, it's time for humans to decide: Extinction or evolution?
~ Thornheart in the intro to House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn.
Goldman took evolution to be biological adaptability, [sic] but I consider it to be truly about the human mind. Arrogance, greed, envy, rage, lust, veracity, laziness... All great expressions. We need to get rid of the dead wound. It's time to carry out Noah's Ark! Let's start a new evolution!
~ Thornheart
Thornheart, also known as the Mystery Man by fans, is a mysterious man and the overarching antagonist of the House of the Dead series. He is a business suit who walks with a noticeable limp. He is also a survivor of an unknown rare disease and the mastermind of the 2006 incident at the manor using his biologically-engineered creatures.

He first appeared as a minor antagonist in The House of the Dead III, The House of the Dead 4Special and as the main antagonist of The House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn.

History

Background

There is little known about Thornheart's life. According to Kate, his ancestors founded the DBR Corporation in 1880, and he was thought to have died due to a rare disease.

The House of the Dead III

He is seen walking in the chamber where the Wheel of Fate was defeated and picks up a glowing canister revealed earlier as Daniel's cure. As he holds it in his hands, he chuckles to himself saying, "It appears that he didn't understand its true purpose," and then walks off.

The House of the Dead 4

He walks in to a office and sits down at the desk, and saying "Goldman, you are soft. These wretched humans have no need of hope. Soon, the true end shall begin. ...There is more than one Pandora's Box."

The House of the Dead 4: Special

In the "Good Ending" of the game, The Mystery Man appears where the protagonists Kate Green and G fought The Magician, and saying "So, Pandora's Box has been closed. That is, if there is any "hope" left. The Wheel of Fate cannot be stopped."

House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn

In the game, his name is officially revealed to be Thornheart. Thornheart is seen at a dinner party, unleashing his horde of zombie-like creatures on to the dinner guests at Scarecrow Manor and saying "There is more to come! Run until you die!".

When Ryan finds a picture of Thornheart, Curien and Goldman, Kate says that in the year 1880, the organization his ancestors made was "The beginning of everything."

He then sends more of his undead minions against the world but is eventually confronted by protagonists Kate Green and Ryan Taylor. In the game's standard ending, he can be heard saying, "It's impossible to change a predefined future.".

Personality

Thornheart was shown to harbor a strong contempt for humanity, believing they are beyond hope, unlike his colleague Goldman. It has yet to be revealed what his motives and goals are, as well as his previous ties to both Curien and Goldman.

Quotes

It appears they didn't understand its true purpose.
~ Thornheart in the one of the endings from The House of the Dead III.
Goldman, you are soft. These wretched humans have no need for hope. Soon the true end shall begin. There is more than one Pandora's Box.
~ Thornheart in one of the endings from The House of the Dead 4.
So Pandora's Box has been closed. That is if there is any "hope" left. The Wheel of Fate cannot be stopped
~ Thornheart in the good ending from The House of the Dead 4: Special.
There is more to come! Run until you die!
~ Thornheart as he releasing his creatures onto the civilians.
If human beings are going to die, just let them die. Finally...the new human evolution has begun!
~ Thornheart
Goldman and Curien were gone, but I was reborn from a fatal disease. I choose to be alive!
~ Thornheart
Can't you see it? The future looks plural, but in truth--there is just one! I can see it with my eyes!
~ Thornheart
It is the time...The time for new life to be born in a new evolution!
~ Thornheart
It's impossible to change a predefined future. Your ordeal has only just begun.
~ Thornheart in the standard ending House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn.

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Trivia

  • He appears different and slightly older in The House of the Dead 4 ending compared to what he looked like in The House of the Dead III ending. This is strange, as The House of the Dead III takes place several years after The House of the Dead 4. Although it could be because he could barely be seen in the House of the Dead III ending, or that the developers of the game decided to slightly retcon his appearance.
  • If you noticed in The House Of The Dead 4 ending, you can almost see that on the Mystery Men does not have a foot on the damaged leg.
  • He had a resemblance to the character the G-Man from the Half-Life series. He even had a middle aged gaunt appearance, plus a widow peak hairstyle like the G-Man, and is seen dressed in a suit. The G-Man is also a mysterious entity in the Half-Life series, with his real identity not disclosed.
  • His laugh in his ending in The House of the Dead III somewhat resembles Goldman's laugh from The House of the Dead 2.
  • Thornheart is the first main antagonist to canonically survive in the House of the Dead series.
  • Thornheart is considered to be the Greater Scope Villain of the House of the Dead series, due to his ancestors founding the DBR, working behind the scenes of the third and fourth games, and using the research of Curien and Goldman to further his own goals.
  • He is established as the most evil antagonist of the House of the Dead franchise.

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Thornheart | Caleb Goldman | Dr. Roy Curien | The Emperor | The Magician

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Chariot | Coco & Sindy | Crawler | Death | Fool | Hangedman | Hermit | Hierophant | Jasper Guns | Judgement | Justice | Lobber | Meat Katie | Moon | Mother | Nigel and Sebastian | Brutus | Priestess | Screamer | Star | Strength | Sun | Temperance | The Emperor | The Empress | The Lovers | The Magician | The World | Tower | Wheel of Fate

Others
Castillo Sermano | Yukio | Clement Darling | Papa Caesar

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