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Dr. Drago Pettrovich Madnar

Dr Madnar


Pettrovich (MG)

Biographical information
Also known as The Father of Robotics
Nationality Flag of Russia Russian
Physical description
Hair color White
Ethnicity Caucasian
Height 187 cm[1] (1999)
Weight 77 kg[1] (1999)
Career and family information
Affiliation(s) Zanzibar Land
Occupation Robotics engineer
Notable family Ellen Madnar (daughter)
Metal Gear information
Main appearance(s) Metal Gear
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
Created by Hideo Kojima

Dr. Drago Pettrovich Madnar was a Russian robotics engineer responsible for the creation of the TX-55 Metal Gear prototype in Outer Heaven and its successor, Metal Gear D, in Zanzibar Land.


Early life and careerEdit

During his younger years, he met Kio Marv at the Prague Academy.[2] He eventually became well known in Eastern Europe as a medical cybernetics and robotics engineer who worked by combining the principles of Physiology, Mechanical Engineering, and Systems Engineering into one. He also developed a form of bipedal walking technology known as Powered Gear technology.[3]

Outer Heaven UprisingEdit

Main article: Outer Heaven Uprising

In 1995, Dr. Madnar attempted to seek asylum in the United States with his daughter Ellen,[4] but both were captured by the mercenary forces of Outer Heaven. He was then forced to make war machines by Outer Heaven's commander, Big Boss, and to reform the fortress with new technologies[1] while his daughter was held hostage. During his captivity under Outer Heaven, Big Boss's philosophical outlook began to resonate with him.[3]

By the time of Operation Intrude N313, Madnar was originally held in the courtyard of Building 1, but was transferred to Building 2 before Solid Snake could infiltrate the area.[5] Snake later searched the basement of Building 2, but his actions were anticipated and a decoy was sent in his place, with the real Madnar having been moved to the second floor. The decoy, after being "saved" by Snake, activated a trap door intending for Snake to fall in with him, but Snake managed to get out of the way.[6] Madnar was eventually located by Snake, but he refused to help Snake unless he rescued his daughter.[7] After Snake rescued Ellen in the basement of Building 1, he returned to Madnar, who informed him of Bloody Brad and Metal Gear's weaknesses.[8]

Post-Outer HeavenEdit

After Outer Heaven, Dr. Madnar immigrated to the United States, though his daughter remained behind in Russia. After arriving in America and becoming a researcher, he was pressured by the government into creating technologies related to SDI, NEDW, and brain bombs. Madnar was unhappy with this development, since he had wished to continue with his life's work and develop a new Metal Gear for the United States, despite his earlier belief that the TX-55 was an evil creation. Unfortunately for Madnar, both the American government and the scientific community began to ostracize him for his radical ideas and drove him out, and he was eventually forgotten as the years passed. He later defected to the newly independent Zanzibar Land, where he was allowed to carry out his work and use it to develop Metal Gear D. He also served as a double agent in the scientific community, leaking technological secrets from both East and West to Zanzibar Land.[9]

Zanzibar Land DisturbanceEdit

Main article: Zanzibar Land Disturbance

Four years later, it appeared that Dr. Madnar had been taken prisoner by Zanzibar Land agents along with his friend Dr. Marv while staying in America. Madnar re-encountered Solid Snake in Zanzibar Land, while the latter was undertaking a rescue mission for Marv. He first made contact by using tap code from an adjacent prison cell, in order to spell out his radio frequency to Snake. He explained that Marv was relocated to the tower building, and that they allegedly kidnapped him as well to continue work on Metal Gear. He also revealed that Big Boss survived their battle. Unable to reach Madnar, Snake promised to return.

After making contact with Marv, Snake radioed Madnar for advice, since Marv could only communicate in Czech and Slovak. Only able to speak English and Russian himself, Madnar suggested that he instead seek out Gustava Heffner, Marv's STB bodyguard. Madnar was later rescued by Snake and Gustava and the three continued on into the sewers. During the journey, Madnar asked for and was granted a bathroom break, though he secretly alerted Zanzibar Land forces to the group's destination. After he was finished, the trio left the sewers and made it to the suspension bridge leading to the detention camp. Madnar went first and easily made it across the bridge. When Gustava followed, a missile blew up the bridge sending her to Snake's side of the crevice. Madnar was then captured and taken away by armed guards.

In actuality, Madnar was the one who had orchestrated Marv's kidnapping, and eventual death. Snake learned the truth from CIA agent, Holly White, and confronted him. After the truth came out, Madnar explained his harsh life in America after he immigrated there, and then revealed that he had killed Marv because he wouldn't share the secrets of OILIX with him (he left a bruise on his neck). He also revealed that he had caused Gustava's death when he contacted Gray Fox in the sewers. He then attacked Snake, and attempted to strangle him from behind. However, Snake broke free and easily defeated him. Shortly thereafter, apparently out of guilt for his actions and for his daughter, Ellen, whose wedding he planned on attending in the near future, Madnar told him how to destroy Metal Gear D by exploiting the weakness in its leg joints. Snake was left unaware of Madnar's fate, as he was forced to leave the area to battle Fox due to the latter activating a pit trap beneath him.

Guns of the Patriots IncidentEdit

See also: Liquid Sun, Solid Sun, Third Sun, Twin Suns, Old Sun, and Naked Sin/Naked Son

Dr. Madnar was able to survive his injuries and went into hiding in Eastern Europe, living a life of seclusion while continuing to work on his robotics. Sometime after the Big Shell Incident in 2009, Madnar saved Raiden's life after he had been turned into a cyborg by the Patriots. In 2014, he saved Raiden again in Eastern Europe, providing him with white blood dialysis after he had suffered grave injuries in his fight with Vamp and unmanned Gekko.

Technologies developedEdit

Behind the scenesEdit

Drago Pettrovich Madnar (ドラゴ・ペトロヴィッチ・マッドナー博士 Dorago Petorovitchi Maddonā-hakase?) appears in Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake as the creator of the Metal Gear mecha in each game. In both the original and the re-releases of Metal Gear 2, Madnar's in-game appearance resembles that of renowned physicist Albert Einstein.

Dr. Madnar's name was originally given as "Dr. Petrovich" in the MSX2 version of Metal Gear. The game's manual lists his daughter as "Elen Petrovich", suggesting that "Petrovich" was initially intended to be his surname. In the Nintendo Entertainment System version of Metal Gear, his last name was spelled Pettrovich. In the MSX2 sequel Metal Gear 2, he gained the full name of Petrovich Madnar, after a character of the same name in Snatcher, but he was still addressed as Dr. Petrovich in-game. In the re-released versions, his full name is "Drago Pettrovich Madnar" and his daughter's name is Ellen Madnar.

The aforementioned Dr. Petrovich Madnar from Snatcher is the father of Elijah Madnar, the mastermind behind the Snatcher menace. He is also the creator of Randam Hajile, a bioroid hunter built in Elijah's likeness. This role was also referenced in a radio conversation with George Kasler during the fight with Big Boss, where he mentions a rumor about Madnar commencing emergency surgery on Big Boss by replacing both hands, both feet, right eye, and right ear with snatcher organs under orders of an Eastern Bloc despot. This reference was also mentioned in the Metal Gear Solid 4 Database but was later revealed to be false in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. In addition, in the same source, Madnar's two attempts at gaining political asylum in America, his being ostracized by the scientific community and his harsh life in America as a researcher when finally being granted asylum was omitted from his article.[3]

Drago Petrovich Madnar (MGS4DB)

Artwork of Dr. Madnar in the Metal Gear Solid 4 Database.

For a long time, it was assumed that Dr. Madnar had died after he was defeated by Snake at the end of Metal Gear 2. Even the Previous Operations plot summary in Metal Gear Solid implies this, stating that "Snake easily put an end to him."[10] His survival was confirmed in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots and the Metal Gear Solid 4 Database, though how he survived and what happened to him following the events in Zanzibar Land is unknown. On a related note, Dr. Madnar is the only human boss that, upon being defeated, does not have his sprite "explode."

Despite the fact that Dr. Madnar is mentioned by Naomi Hunter aboard the Nomad, Old Snake (Solid Snake) makes no indication that he has met him before and he doesn't show any emotion about Dr. Madnar's survival.



Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Metal Gear 2 Solid Snake - User's Manual, Konami Corporation (1990).
  2. ^ Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, Konami Corporation (1990).
    Solid Snake: Dr. Drago Pettrovich Madnar? How did you...?! // Dr. Madnar: Marv and I knew each other from the Prague academy. We didn't speak each other’s language, but we were scientific comrades, after a fashion.
  3. ^ a b c Metal Gear Solid 4 Database ("Pettrovich Madnar"), Kojima Productions (2008). [1]
  4. ^ Metal Gear - User's Manual, Konami Corporation (1987).
  5. ^ Metal Gear, Konami Corporation (1987).
    Solid Snake: Dr. Madnar... Was I... too late?
  6. ^ Metal Gear, Konami Corporation (1987).
    Drago Pettrovich Madnar decoy: You fell into my trap! The real Dr. Madnar is on the second floor... Die FOXHOUND!!!
  7. ^ Metal Gear, Konami Corporation (1987).
    Drago Pettrovich Madnar: I am Dr. Drago Pettrovich Madnar. My daughter Ellen is a hostage. Unless you help Ellen, I won't tell you anything about Metal Gear. Ellen is being held in the basement of Building 1. Please, help her.
  8. ^ Metal Gear, Konami Corporation (1987).
    Drago Pettrovich Madnar: I am Dr. Drago Pettrovich Madnar. Metal Gear is 20km north of this building. It's located 100 floors under Building 3. There is only one way to destroy Metal Gear. Attach plastic explosives to the legs of the unit where the armor is thin. The sequence is R-R-L-R-L-L-R-L-L-R-R-L-R-L-R... after that I don't remember. You have to attach 16 sets. The card that gets you out of Building 2 is with Bloody Brad. He's vulnerable to attacks from a rocket launcher. Good luck...
  9. ^ Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, Konami Corportation (1990).
    Holly White: Snake, it's Madnar... I thought there was something strange about him, so I had the agency check him out. After he was rescued from Outer Heaven... apparently things didn't go well for him. His radical theories were rejected in the West. He was dismissed as a madman and shut out from the scientific community. And as time went on... he was forgotten. Madnar wasn't exactly happy with the scientific community, either. He must have been searching for some to get back at them. That's when Zanzibar Land talked him into becoming a double agent. He'd use his status as a scientist to feed technological secrets from East and West to Zanzibar Land... [...] Dr. Madnar: I'm afraid you've got me, Snake. I gave up everything to be a part of your world... Even the country I was born and raised in... But your world had nothing but contempt and abuse for me. I just wanted... to finish Metal Gear! It is the culmination of all my life's work in robotology. But your politicians were only interested in nonsense like SDI, NEDW, and brain bombs! I passed on the scientific secrets of the East and the West to Zanzibar Land... And in return, they aided me in my efforts to improve Metal Gear.
  10. ^ Metal Gear Solid, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1998).
    Special > Previous Operations > Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
    The abduction of Dr. Marv was conducted under the directions of Pettrovich himself. After the truth came out, Pettrovich attacked Snake, but Snake easily put an end to him and obtained the structural plan of OILIX.

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