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"I will show you the power of the god. Now... receive my judgment!"

Wizeman (ワイズマン Waizuman), also known as Wizeman the Wicked, is the main antagonist of the NiGHTS series. He is the God and creator of Nightmare and all of its inhabitants.

Backstory

Wizeman is a God who desires to rule the world of dreams and open a portal to invade and rule the waking world as well. To do that, he created the Nightmarens with the purpose to destroy the world of dreams, Nightopia, and to steal ideya (dream energy) from humans during their sleep. Once Wizeman collects enough ideya, he will be able to open a portal to the waking world and to invade it.

Out of the five ideyas, the Red Ideya of Courage is the strongest. Due to its power, none of Wizeman's creations could steal it. Because of that, Wizeman created NiGHTS and Reala to be his strongest creations and to steal it. But to his surprise, NiGHTS decided to rebel against him. Since then, Wizeman never managed to succeed achieving his plans as NiGHTS with the help of visitors always stop him.

Origin

Very little about Wizeman's past is known. According to the NiGHTS into Dreams japanese manual, Wizeman is said to be a Visitor deprived of any Ideya.[1] In other words, he is an actual human (or at least was once a human). Since his plan includes opening a portal to invade the waking world, Wizeman is somehow trapped in the Night Dimension and doesn't have access to the waking world anymore. According to the same manual, Wizeman was the first intelligent life in the Night Dimension.

How Wizeman got powers, became the God of the Nightmare, got trapped in the Night Dimension, why he became evil and why he has no Ideyas are unanswered mysteries of the series. As Wizeman is thought to be an actual human, he is the only Night Dimension resident who is not genderless.

Physical Appearance

Wizeman's true form is a strange, caped humanoid creature with a spiked metallic crown covering most of his head. He has six metallic floating hands, each one with an eye.

In NiGHTS into Dreams, he has three jewels on his chest, in NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams, they are replaced with what appears to be an amulet with two small green jewels and a big blue one.

Personality

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Wizeman crushing Donbalon.

Wizeman is a very cruel and cold dictator who has no sympathy nor compassion for anybody, not even for his own creations. If they displease him, he won't think twice about destroying them, which is shown in NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams, where he crushes Donbalon and sends Bomamba to fall down into the bottom of the deepest of Nightmare. In the NiGHTS Archie Comics, he orders all of his nightmarens to stop NiGHTS, otherwise he will destroy all of them.

Not even Reala is spared of Wizeman's wrath. Reala is very loyal and hardworking. He does everything to please Wizeman, including even taking control of the Cerberus, a nightmaren he deeply fears. Despite that, Wizeman has never shown any gratitude for his loyalty and hard work although it’s unlikely Wizeman would actually destroy Reala due to him being his only loyal First Level Nightmaren and being one of his strongest creations.

Wizeman has an "abusive parent"-like behavior towards NiGHTS, telling NiGHTS to "hold his tongue" when NiGHTS speaks back to him and calling NiGHTS' uprising "infantile disobidience". Wizeman refuses to accept NiGHTS' free will, yet curiously, he never tries to destroy NiGHTS. Instead, he insists on making NiGHTS his minion again. The reason for that is most likely because NiGHTS is one of Wizeman's strongest creations being the only Level 1 Nightmaren other than Reala and because of the possibility that Level 1 Nightmarens are difficult for him to create.

In contrast to his behavior towards his minions, none of the nightmarens but Reala appears to like Wizeman neither. That is shown in the fifth NiGHTS Archie Comic issue, where after Wizeman getting destroyed, none of the second level nightmarens (Jackle, Puffy, Gillwing and Clawz) showed remorse over their creator's demise.

NiGHTS into Dreams

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Wizeman in NiGHTS into Dreams.

According to the NiGHTS into Dreams manual, Wizeman is responsible for sending Elliot and Claris through dreamworlds which were created by the depths of their minds to confuse them. Wizeman is the boss of both Elliot's and Claris' versions of Twin Seeds and final boss of the game overall. His boss battle theme is called "D' Force Master".

Battle

Wizeman will always attack keeping long distance from NiGHTS, Elliot and Claris, to defeat him, the player must avoid his attacks and reach him, once they do that, Wizeman will try to protect himself with a force shield, which can be broken if both NiGHTS hold it together, once they hurt Wizeman, he will teleport far away from NiGHTS and the sequence will repeat, to defeat him, the player must attacks Wizeman four times.

Wizeman's attacks:

  • Fireballs: Wizeman will shoot many small and fast fireball.
  • Snowballs: Wizeman will shoot many big and slow snowballs, the player can grab and throw them around.
  • Water Tornados: Wizeman will shoot water tornados which have a small gap that NiGHTS can use to avoid them.
  • Meteors: Wizeman will make many meteors appear that will float up and down.

Environment 

Wizeman makes the whole environment change each time NiGHTS hits him; there is one tower though, that stays the same through the whole battle. Wizeman changes the environment to a castle when attacking with fireballs, to a snowy mountain when attacking with snowballs, to space when attacking with meteors and to a rainy mountain when attacking with water tornados.

NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams

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Wizeman in NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams.

In NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams, Wizeman orders Reala to stop NiGHTS and bring them back to Nightmare. As Reala and the second level nightmarens fail in their missions, Wizeman's anger rises. It's then that after NiGHTS recovers both William and Helen's green ideya that Wizeman runs out of patience and decides to attack the Dream Gate.

Wizeman is the boss of both Will and Helen's versions of Bellbridge and the game's final boss overall.

Ending

In the normal ending, Wizeman captures both NiGHTS and Helen and drags them into the dark ocean. In Helen's story, Wizeman reveals he pretends to "reset" NiGHTS, replacing NiGHTS' mind with a new and more obedient one, but before that, he leaves NiGHTS chained at Bellbridge clock tower for unknown reasons. Helen somehow escapes from Wizeman and joins forces with Will. The visitors save NiGHTS before he gets resetted. It's then that Wizeman reappears and fights NiGHTS, Will and Helen. After getting defeated, Will and Helen recover the Yellow Ideya and Wizeman turns into a purple orb that is slowly disappearing. Before fading away entirely, Wizeman reveals that he will always exists as long as evil still lurks within the hearts of humans.

Secret Ending

In the secret ending, Wizeman captures NiGHTS but not Helen. Instead, he gets both Will and Helen's yellow ideya. Just like in the normal ending, he promises to reset NiGHTS, but once again he just leaves NiGHTS chained at the Bellbridge clock tower and the two visitors save NiGHTS before Wizeman resets them.

In this ending however, when Wizeman appears to fight NiGHTS, Will and Helen, he reveals that if NiGHTS destroys him, all of his creations will be destroyed as well, including NiGHTS itself. NiGHTS acknowledge that, and fights and defeats Wizeman anyways to save Nightopia. After getting defeated this time, Wizeman isn't seen again, however as he warned, all of his creations are destroyed as NiGHTS slowly starts to disappear in front of Will and Helen.

Battle

Wizeman's battle is the same in both the normal and the secret ending, Wizeman will always attack keeping a long distance from NiGHTS, Will and Helen, to defeat him, the player must avoid his attacks and reaches him, once they do that, Wizeman will try to protect himself with a force shield, to break it, both NiGHTS must hold the shield, once they do that they will hurt Wizeman, who'll teleport to far away from NiGHTS and the sequence repeats, to defeat Wizeman, the player must attacks him three times.

In this game, NiGHTS must use a specific Persona Mask to reach Wizeman, Wizeman's attacks are:

  • Fireball: Wizeman will shoot a giant fireball at NiGHTS, to avoid this attack and reach Wizeman, NiGHTS will need to use the Dragoon Persona.
  • Water Tornados: Wizeman will create giant water tornados which have a small gap in them which NiGHTS can use to avoid them, to reach Wizeman, NiGHTS will need to use the Mermaid Persona.
  • Meteors and Multiplication: Wizeman will create clones of himself and make meteors appear through the environment, to reach Wizeman, NiGHTS will need to avoid the meteors using the Rocket Persona, he can also makes the clones disappear with it.

Environment

Wizeman's battle takes place in a weird dark realm with pieces of a castle floating around, when Wizeman attacks, he changes the environment entirely, Wizeman changes the environment to the deep sea when attacking with water tornados, to a stormy sky when attacking with meteors and clones, and to space when attacking with fireballs.

NiGHTS: Flying Through the Sky Without Wings 

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Wizeman in NiGHTS: Flying Through the Sky Without Wings

Wizeman makes a small appearance in the Japan exclusive storybook, NiGHTS: Flying Through the Sky Without Wings.

After Reala failed, Wizeman decides to punish NiGHTS himself. He swallows all of the light from Nightopia and wraps both NiGHTS and Elliot into deep darkness. However to his surprise, NiGHTS and Elliot didn't fear the darkness and trusted each other; their courage made a tiny light appear which they dived into. When they came closer to it, the light absorbed all of the darkness and Wizeman fled, but promised to return as soon as weakness is born again in either NiGHTS or Elliot's hearts.

NiGHTS Archie Comics

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Wizeman in the NiGHTS Archie Comics.

Wizeman starred in the NiGHTS Archie Comics series, as the main antagonist of the first three Issues.

In the first Issue, Wizeman makes a smith see a tower in his dream, which would inspire him to create an identical one in real life (that would be the Twin Seeds tower). These two towers would create a portal between the waking world and the Night Dimension, which would open only once per century. The portal however, would still have a barrier which could only be broken using a red ideya from one of the two perfect dreamers of the century. Everything was going according to Wizeman's plan, as NiGHTS and Reala had captured the two perfect dreamers. When one of the dreamers convinces NiGHTS to rebel against Wizeman, NiGHTS escapes with the red ideyas and throws them into the portal to the waking world. Wizeman would now have to wait 100 years to capture the red ideyas from the next two perfect dreamers. Those dreamers are Elliot and Claris.

During the time gap, Wizeman locks both NiGHTS and Reala inside an ideya palace; NiGHTS for the uprising and Reala for not stopping NiGHTS from discarding the red ideyas into the portal. Elliot meets up with NiGHTS, and Wizeman, who can see everything through his All Seeing Palms, sends Gillwing to attack them. At the end of the story issue, Wizeman sends Elliot's basketball rival, Roger Wilkeah, to Nightmare and makes him dualize with Reala.

In the second Issue, Wizeman convinces Claris to give him her red ideya, in exchange for all of her dreams coming true. The comic ends with Wizeman laughing as his plan is succeeding.

In the third Issue, Wizeman is about to open the portal to the waking world, when Napp takes Claris' red ideya and brings it back to her. Elliot and Claris rescue NiGHTS and together, they defeat Wizeman. From Issue 4 foward, Reala self-proclaims itself the new ruler of Nightmare and Wizeman doesn't make another appearance. However, his All Seeing Palms are still used by Reala.

Other Appearances

Worlds Unite

Wizeman makes a small appearance in Worlds Unite, where he orders Reala to join forces with NiGHTS and the rest of the heroes to stop Sigma from conquesting the Multiverse. This is because he doesn't want competition with anyone ruling the waking world.

Cameos

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    Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams: Wizeman's render appears in the concept art.
  • Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure DX: Wizeman made a cameo in Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure DX as a card in the NiGHTS thematic pinball table from Casinopolis.
  • Sonic Pinball Party: Wizeman appears in Sonic Pinball Party as the boss of the Twin Seeds pinball table. To defeat him, the player must make the ball paraloop him enough times under 180 seconds.
  • Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed: Wizeman makes a cameo during the last lap of the Dream Valley circuit when the racers are transported to Nightmare. Wizeman tries to slowdown the racers by throwing meteors at them. Also, when Reala activates his All-Star Move, a remix of Wizeman's theme will play. Additionatly, a NiGHTS sticker set, which included a Wizeman sticker, was made for the game, but it got disconsidered. [2] 
  • Sonic Lost World: Wizeman appeared in Sonic Lost World at the beginning of the Nightmare Zone DLC, where he laughs at Sonic and makes everything blank and white. Later in the zone, his hand appears as the second boss of the level, where It's ridden by Zomom, after Sonic landing on the hand, Zomom will appear and make it goes down, putting Sonic into free fall, Sonic must land on the hand again to defeat it, however, this time around, the hand will be shooting a blue energy orb which will damage Sonic if it gets him.
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    Wizeman in Game Gag 1P Comic Sega-hen.

    Game Gag 1P Sega-hen: Wizeman is one of the many NiGHTS characters to make a small appearance in the manga.

Powers and Abilities

Being the lord and creator of the Nightmarens, Wizeman is in control of all of the Nightmare world. He is capable of many things including levitation, teleportation, creation of Nightmaren at any level, Wizeman has six floating hands with eyes that can fire very powerful lasers and rays of dark energy, he can also cast various magical spells.

  • Power of Creation: Wizeman is the solely creator of every nightmaren, though he doesn't have control over his creations will considering NiGHTS uprising. However, at least in NiGHTS Journey of Dreams, if Wizeman is destroyed, all of his creations are as well, including NiGHTS, Reala and all of the bosses and minions in the game. In the Archie Comics, all of the nightmarens were still alive after Wizeman's demise.
  • Reality Manipulation: During his boss battles in both games, Wizeman is able to change the entire level enviroment in a fraction of seconds. He can also change the weather and create new obstacules such as meteors and control their movements.
  • Levitation: Wizeman can be seem levitating in all of his on screen moments.
  • Teleportation: During his boss battles, he teleports to far away from NiGHTS every time he gets hit. However, it appears he cannot teleport very further.
  • Force Field: Wizeman can create an invisible force field to protect himself. NiGHTS can easily break through it with the help of the visitors and the power of the red ideya,
  • FireBalls: In NiGHTS into Dreams, Wizeman shoots many small fire balls, while in NiGHTS Journey of dreams, he shoots a single giant one. It's possible that Wizeman has to choose to either create a lot of fast and small fireballs or concentrate all of his energy to create a single powerful one.
  • SnowBalls: Wizeman can create giant and slow snow balls which NiGHTS can grab and throw around.
  • Meteors: He can create and control the movements of meteors and use them as obstacules to protect himself and slowdown NiGHTS.
  • Water Tornados: He can creates giant water tornados which for some reason, have a small gap in them. NiGHTS can use this little gap to dodge them.
  • Duplication: Wizeman can create clones of himself, but they can be easily destroyed by any attack. It's unknown if his clones are capable of doing anything or if Wizeman uses them simply to confuse NiGHTS. It's easy to distinguish Wizeman from them though, as the clones don't have hands.
  • Blue Energy Orb: In the Nightmare Zone DLC from Sonic Lost World, Wizeman shoots a big blue energy orb from his hand's eyes.
  • Light Absorption: In both the storybook and NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams, Wizeman makes the dream worlds completely vanish into deep darkness by swallowing all of the light.
  • All Seeing Palms: In the Archie Comics, it's said that Wizeman can see everything. He has the power to create hands with eyes which work like cameras and spread them around Nightopia. He immediately saw when Elliot released NiGHTS from the Ideya Palace by using these palms.
  • Dark Energy Laser Beam: In a cutscene in NiGHTS Journey of Dreams, Wizeman shoots a purple laser beam at NiGHTS that was strong enough to make the latter faint.
  • Resettation: Wizeman can replace the mind and the soul of his creations with new ones, while keeping their bodies intact. However, that was only mentioned and never shown on screen.
  • Immortality: According to Wizeman himself, he will never be permanently defeated as long as darkness exists within the hearts of humans, meaning he can resurrect himself. However, it's unknown when and how he does that.

Quotes

"NiGHTS. I am dismayed at your continued insolence. If only you had obeyed my will and accepted a new soul, at least your body could have lived on..."
"Fools to the end... That which I have created, I can just as easily destroy. So be it. Your fate is now sealed."
"Fool... you cannot defy your creator!"
"If you refuse to bow to my will, then I have no further need for you."
"I shall take your mind, your consciousness, and create a new, more obedient servant."
"I consign you to oblivion, along with this eyesore of a world."
"Fools like you are beyond hope! All that is left for you is despair and regret."
"You seem most determined, NiGHTS. You plan to sacrifice yourself to stop me? Nightmare is my creation. To destroy me is to destroy everything I have created. In other words, if you destroy me, you will be destroying yourself as well."
"I will show you the power of the god. Now... receive my judgment!"
"You are just my creation..."
"Now you will be swept away!"
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"Look into the Malestrom."
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"Sink into the darkness."
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"I will banish you!"
— Wizeman
"Heed my words, as long as darkness exists within the hearts of humans, then I... and the nightmares... shall never be destroyed!"

Gallery

Trivia

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    Black Doom from Shadow the Hedgehog.

    Wizeman design was part of the inspiration for the design of Black Doom, the main antagonist from the game Shadow the Hedgehog' (also owned and created by SEGA).
    • Both Wizeman and Black Doom also share a "blood relation" to their game's respective protagonists.
    • Black Doom can also create a creature called "Doom Eye" that has a similar function to Wizeman's hands, as it works as an extra eye for Black Doom. The Doom Eye also looks similar to Wizeman's hands, as it's an organism with an eye.
  • Wizeman is the only villain who has ever managed to steal a red ideya, stealing Claris red ideya in the Archie Comics and Helen's red ideya in NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams.
  • In an interview, Kazuyuki Hoshino revealed that the main inspiration for Wizeman were the Japanese Buddhist statues.[3]
  • Wizeman's words upon being destroyed in the normal ending of NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams are similar to that of Zeromus from Final Fantasy IV and Nyarlathotep from Persona 2: Eternal Punishment.
Wizeman: "Heed my words, as long as darkness exists in the hearts of the humans, then I... and the nightmares... shall never be destroyed..."
Zeromus: "I will not die. So long as there is evil and hatred in the hearts of man, I shall live on."
Nyarlathotep:  "I am the shadow of all humans. As long as humans have dark hearts, I will live."
  • Wizeman is voiced in English by Roger L. Jackson, who is known for voicing Mojo Jojo in The Powerpuff Girls series and Ghostface in the Scream series of horror films. He also voices the Cheshire Cat from American Mcgee's Alice Series.
  • Wizeman's design was the one that Kazuyuki Hoshino liked to create the most. [3]
  • Wizeman's name is a playword of "wise man".
  • Wizeman is the only character in NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams who does not have an upper-class English accent.
  • Wizeman didn't create the dimensions for the Nightmarens bosses in both NiGHTS into Dreams and NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams. It is stated in the NiGHTS into Dreams manual that second level Nightmaren are more intelligent then third level Nightmaren and can even create worlds of their own.
  • In the NiGHTS into Dreams game files, Wizeman is nicknamed "#M8:WIZED-MAN".
  • Wizeman is one of the seven NiGHTS characters who has appeared in every NiGHTS game, the others are NiGHTS, Reala, Nightopians, Elliot, Claris and Shleep.

References

  1. http://www.nightsintodreams.com/?p=358
  2. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DhSpzvlXUAIhcyO.jpg
  3. 3.0 3.1 http://www.nightsintodreams.com/?p=1925
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