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"Goldman took evolution to be [sic] biological adaptability, but I consider it truly to be about the human mind."
―Thornheart[src]
Thornheart (ソーンハート Sōnhāto?) is the manager of Scarecrow Manor. The survivor of a rare disease, he masterminded a 2006 incident at the manor using biologically-engineered creatures.

Initially appearing as an unidentified man in certain endings for The House of the Dead III, The House of the Dead 4, and The House of the Dead 4: Special, Thornheart's name and motives were revealed in House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn, in which he serves as the main antagonist.

Background

Thornheart's ancestors founded the DBR Corporation, and he was involved with Dr. Roy Curien and Caleb Goldman, the two other antagonists of the series. Thornheart was diagnosed with a rare disease, and by the events of the storyline his fate was unknown until Scarlet Dawn.

Appearances

The House of the Dead 4

In an ending, Thornheart enters and sits down in a clean office not seen anywhere else in the game. He chastises Goldman for being "soft", claiming that humans "have no need of hope", and that the "true end" shall begin. He also mentions the existence of another "Pandora's Box".

The House of the Dead 4: Special

In the "true" ending of the game, Thornheart limps in the chamber where the Magician was defeated. He states that Pandora's Box has been closed, if there is any hope left, and that the Wheel of Fate "cannot be stopped".

House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn

In 2006, three years following House of the Dead 4, Thornheart unleashes zombies upon dinner guests at Scarecrow Manor, forcing AMS agents Kate Green and Ryan Taylor to fight them.

It is revealed that Thornheart was involved with Roy Curien and Caleb Goldman, and working on a mysterious project named "Noah's Ark". Thornheart's fate is unknown to the agents throughout most of the game, as they are unsure if he survived a deadly disease that he was diagnosed with years prior.

In the climax, they confront Thornheart, who reveals that he chose to be alive. He reveals that Noah's Ark is a plan devised by him to allow "new life to be born in a new evolution." He unleashes his masterpiece, the Moon, in order to take down Kate and Ryan once and for all, and although the pair of them are unable to do any significant damage, Ryan stabs it with a rod and the creature is destroyed after being struck by a lightning bolt.

Several endings reveal that Thornheart survived and is developing more creatures. He claims that the ordeal "has just begun", claiming that it is impossible to change a "predefined future."

The House of the Dead III

Thornheart appears in one ending, limping into the chamber where the Wheel of Fate was defeated. He picks up a glowing canister that was revealed earlier as Daniel's cure, chuckling to himself: "It appears that he didn't understand its true purpose." He then leaves.

Quotes

The House of the Dead III

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"It appears that he didn't understand its true purpose..."

The House of the Dead 4

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"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."
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The House of the Dead 4: Special

Quote Audio
"So, Pandora's Box has been closed... That is, if there is any "hope" left. The Wheel of Fate cannot be stopped."
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House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn

Quote Audio
"There's more to come! Run until you die!"
"Curien, Goldman, it's time for humans to decide: Extinction or evolution?"
"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!"
"If human beings are going to die, just let them die. Finally...the new human evolution has begun!"
"Goldman and Curien were gone, but I was reborn from a fatal disease. I choose to be alive!"
"Can't you see it? The future looks plural, but in truth--there is just one! I can see it with my eyes!"
"It is the time...The time for new life to be born in a new evolution!"
"It's impossible to change a predefined future. Your ordeal has only just begun."

Trivia

  • Before his identity was revealed in Scarlet Dawn, House of the Dead fans often nicknamed Thornheart the "Mystery Man".
  • His appearance varies throughout the games. In 4, he appears to be a middle-aged and normal-looking man, however in the sequel Scarlet Dawn (which takes place three years later), he is much older-looking, with pale skin, white hair and whitened eyes, which he looked like years before the game series began as evidenced in an old photograph. In III (which takes place 13 years after Scarlet Dawn) he appears to be slightly younger and back to normal-looking, although this was possibly due to the engine and the fact he is obscured and not to be fully seen. It is not yet explained why this is the case, although it is possible the condition he has in the storyline has something to do with it.
  • His laugh in III's ending is similar to Goldman's laugh from The House of the Dead 2.
  • In a 2012 interview for The Website of the Dead, series director Takashi Oda stated that an arcade sequel would be based around the character.[1] Scarlet Dawn, released six years later, would reveal Thornheart's identity and establish him as the main antagonist.

Gallery

The House of the Dead III

Screenshots

The House of the Dead 4

Official Art

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The House of the Dead 4: Special

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House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn

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References

  1. Website of the Dead’s Exclusive Interview with Takashi Oda
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