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This article is about a subject from outside Hideo Kojima's core "Metal Gear Saga." It has some level of canonicity within the continuity, but reader discretion is advised.[?]
Early life and career
Voigt was originally a scientist specializing in the research of walking weapons from what was then Communist-occupied East Germany, and often pursued several methods of science. One of his accomplishments during this time was creating magnetostrictive actuators, which changed shape relating to magnetics, an accomplishment that later gave him great shame when he learned that they were utilized on the Grad Unmanned Gears. However, after the Berlin Wall fell, he was left without a job as his facility was shut down. His theories on myoelectric prosthetics were also the only reason he wasn't left as a homeless vagrant, as he often claimed.
Eventually, deciding to put his knowledge of robotics and engineering to good use, he got a prosthetics laboratory at Dortmund to hire him. His knowledge on the subject revolutionized the concept of prosthetics, and he eventually found himself the head of his own lab. Eventually, he got contracts from PMCs to aid in prosthetic-related surgeries. He also collected cyborg left arms, feeling it was his duty to expand and improve upon cyborg development by using the arms to create a database. By the time of 2018, he managed to collect at least 56 left arms, which he placed onto a shelf at his lab that allowed for fourteen arms per shelf.
- See also: Raid at World Marshal, Ambush in Africa, Abkhazian Coup, Investigation in Guadalajara, Raid in Denver, and Operation Tecumseh
Voigt was eventually called in by Maverick to train Raiden in two VR missions. He also aided in supplying Raiden with a new body, as their original surgeon had gone into hiding for unspecified reasons. He was initially bewildered, as he had not done a full-on body reconstruction before, although his surgery on Raiden resulted in him mastering the concept of both partial and full-body cyborgification. He also modified a VR simulator prior to Raiden's redeployment in order for him to train and grow accustomed to his new cyborg body. During Raiden's missions for Maverick, he gave Raiden some details on cyborgs and cybernetics in general. He also requested that he retrieve any cyborg soldiers that he defeats' left hands, as they contain valuable data on them and desired to create a database on cyborgs to get cyborg research one step closer to completion, and offered to make further services and enhancements to his suit in exchange for them. He also briefly lamented the timing between this discovery and the fall of the Berlin Wall, feeling that he probably would have gotten a Nobel Prize to display on his shelf had the Berlin Wall remained long enough for the discovery to be made.
After Raiden defeated the LQ-84I, he had Doktor repair the unmanned weapon as well as remove the remote-control and AI wipe from his system. True to his word, Doktor made copies of the Winds of Destruction's signature weapons from analysis of their combat data contained in their left hands after Raiden defeated them. He also made some upgrades for Raiden regarding left hands belonging to 30 members of both Desperado and, later, World Marshal, of which the former owners, similar to Raiden, had formerly been experimented on at a Patriot-owned facility.
After Raiden infiltrated the Desperado-owned lab, Doktor then suggested that he utilize a DOOMP (digital-optical output mounted proxy) to retrieve files from within the main server of the lab so Voigt could analyze them and see what they were up to, with Raiden eventually finding a Dwarf Gekko. Doktor then shared a video file he stumbled upon while reviewing the data, showing Sundowner and Colorado Senator Steven Armstrong discussing with the chief researcher the progress of the brain surgeries of the children.
After Raiden ended up grievously wounding George when trying to attack the Desperado scientist, Doktor also guided him through with the cryopreserving process to help Raiden save George's life, as well as supply the only medical cyborg body available at the time to Raiden at his request. He also took in the unharvested children (whom Raiden managed to save in time from Chloroform poisoning by breaking the glass). He later acted as George's guardian after Raiden rescued him from the same researcher, although he let slip to George that Raiden was on his way to take on World Marshal's headquarters in Denver, Colorado, despite Raiden apparently telling him not to mention it.
During this time, he and a small team also attempted to find a way to aid the brain canisters in Mexico, including supplying VR programs equivalent to a four-star hotel to give them some comfort via a beta of an old UG VR program that an assistant of his created, although the expenses and other things forced them to utilize the bare minimum, although they were able to begin mass-production of a child body within short order. In addition, Raiden also had Doktor arrive with a chopper as part of their plan to rescue the cyborg cranium casings, which Doktor then would perform surgeries on them to give them relatively normal-looking bodies and also supply them with a life outside the battlefield. Doktor himself had also hired contractors for the helicopter.
When encountering Monsoon, Doktor reluctantly turned off Raiden's pain inhibitors on the latter's command (Raiden at that time had regressed to his Jack the Ripper persona). During this mission, Doktor also supplied information on the HQ layout and how to access the top floor. Doktor and Raiden eventually escaped Denver, although an ambush by MQ-320 unmanned aircraft forced Raiden and Doktor into going separate paths, with Raiden initially being believed to have been killed from the fall, although he later learned of his survival. He later managed to get the brains from Denver to Mexico, and was about to offload them to a plane en route to Germany around the time Raiden arrived in Pakistan.
Doktor later successfully managed to create an official cyborg firm, which allowed the cyberneticized orphans to work as well as have a decent education.
Personality and traits
Doktor was a very skilled pilot, as evidenced during the raid on World Marshal, Inc., where he dodged one of the pursuing MQ-320s and retrieved Raiden when he was falling from the UAV that he destroyed.
He also had a bit of a jokester attitude towards him, as he once considered that, had he supplied himself with full body transferral cyborg surgery, he'd make himself like a female cyborg just to get a rise out of his coworkers. Similarly, when Raiden proceeded to jump out of the chopper to hijack one of the pursuing MQ-320s, Doktor jokingly told Raiden to "have a nice flight," causing Raiden to reference sardonically the stereotype of Germans being humorless.
Doktor had a tendency to turn simple conversations into long lectures about certain technology that he created or is reseaching, from foes Raiden was fighting to data he was collecting, normally leaving Raiden confused and irritated.
Doktor had an interest in learning from scientific colleagues, expressing a desire to meet Sunny and Hal Emmerich. However, Raiden warned Doktor that Emmerich and he would most likely not get along very well.
Due to his German nationality and heritage, Doktor spoke with a thick German accent, as well as occasionally slipped into his mother tongue. Even though he specifically hailed from East Germany, which until the Berlin Wall fell adhered to Communism, and also held nostalgia to the concept of East Germany as a country, he liked the idea of Capitalism, as evidenced by his remark in German of how he loved capitalism.
Behind the scenes
Wilhelm Voigt (ヴィルヘルム・フォークト Viruherumu Fōkuto?), known as Doktor (ドクトル Dokutoru?), is a supporting character in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. His voice was first heard during the 2011 VGA trailer for the game, in which he is also mentioned by several other characters, with the pronunciation of his name implying that he was of German origin. He eventually made his first physical appearance in the demo for Metal Gear Rising. The name Wilhelm Voigt, is a reference to the real life German impostor of the same name, who is nicknamed "The Captain of Köpenick." Voigt's last name constitutes an exception in pronunciation. While the Japanese transcription reflects it as "Foi-gt", according to standard spelling rules, the historically accurate pronunciation would actually be "Foh-gt." "Herr Doktor" is the conventional German form of address for bearers of a doctorate title. The best English translation would just be "Doctor."
Doktor is voiced by Mugihito in the Japanese version of Metal Gear Rising, his second role in the Metal Gear series after AI weapon proponent Hot Coldman in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. In the English version, the character is voiced by Jim Ward, who previously portrayed weapons scientist Aleksandr Granin in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Coincidentally, both Granin and Doktor voiced support for Capitalism at one point despite hailing from and having reverence for a country that adhered to Communism (the Soviet Union for Granin, and East Germany for Doktor).
Doktor's response to Raiden's comment about it being "generous" that he'll offer upgrades to his cyborg suit in exchange for any cyborgs left hands, "Ich Liebe Kapitalismus," is German for "I Love Capitalism," and is also the name of an achievement/trophy that is awarded when the player acquires all customization items.
Doktor's reply to Raiden's explanation about Solis not going out of the atmosphere just prior to the MQ-320 ambush, "And here, I was hoping you would bring me back a monolith," was a reference to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Likewise, when Raiden explains that Solis can reroute their current flight provided they don't break the atmosphere, Doktor briefly quoted the Soviet rocket scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky's dictum that "The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever."
When telling Raiden to locate a DOOMP, Raiden expressed shock and confusion at Doktor's suggestion. This is because the way he said it sounded like "take a dump," which is slang for defecation. In the Japanese version, Doktor is actually asking for a springboard program, which Raiden briefly mistakes for a real springboard.
Notes and references
- ^ Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Kojima Productions/PlatinumGames (2013).
Doktor's Codec profile displays his age.
- ^ Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance demo, Kojima Productions/PlatinumGames (2012).
Doktor: Ehem... I am authorized to offer you upgrades and services in exchange for it [the data stored in the left hands of any cyborgs Raiden defeated]. // Raiden: How generous. // Doktor: Ich liebe Kapitalismus! Had the [Berlin] wall come down a few years earlier, I would have a Nobel Prize on my shelf.
- ^ Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Kojima Productions/PlatinumGames (2013).
Doktor: Perhaps. But first you need to take a DOOMP. // Raiden: I... Wait, what? // Doktor: A DOOMP? A digital-optical output mounted proxy. You'll need one to interface with the terminal.
- ^ Legends of Localization