Not to be confused with Dr. Nefario.
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 harboured a deep hatred of organic lifeforms (or "Squishies" as he calls them), and swore revenge against Qwark for many, many years.
Why He Rocks
- He is easily the most entertaining villain in the entire Ratchet & Clank series, providing the perfect balance of comical and sinister.
- He is incredibly hammy and over the top insane, which lends itself well to the writing and humour that the series is known for.
- Despite the hammy performance, Nefarious is still capable of being a threatening villain, with schemes like robotisizing the galaxy, and controlling time and space.
- 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.
- 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.
- He is highly intelligent, shown to be proficient in computers, hacking, and engineering. He built a super weapon capable of turning all organic life into robots for God's sake!
- 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!
- 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.
- Dr. Nefarious makes two appears 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.