Doctor Vargas
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Scientist and inventor




Charlotte (girlfriend) Lucas (lab assistant and protege) Knack (creation)

"Be on guard, Knack; these woods are full of dangerous creatures."
— Doctor Vargas

Doctor Vargas (also known simply as the Doctor) is a major non-player character in Knack.


A highly intelligent and respected scientist and inventor, Doctor Vargas is dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge, and using that knowledge in the creation of inventions to improve the lives of humankind. He is skilled in a number of fields, particularly that of the ancient relics, having studied them for years, with said study eventually leading to the creation of Knack. He is also generally benevolent, being friendly with Ryder, showing parental responsibility towards Lucas, and acting with professional courtesy towards Viktor. However, when he becomes particularly enthused with an idea, he can focus too greatly on the advantages to be gained from it, without stopping to consider any negative consequences that might come about. This goes hand-in-hand with a mild arrogant streak, believing his way of thinking or course of action to be the best, unless challenged and proven wrong.


Over twenty years ago, Doctor Vargas was in a relationship with another scientist, Charlotte. The two had fell in love during their collaboration of a new car model. During one of his underground expedition, he and Charlotte found an unique relic orb that would eventually become part of Knack. However, an earthquake occur while they were crossing a deep crevasse and Charlotte fell down into the darkness. Despite searching for weeks, Dr. Vargas never found a trace of her and was presumed dead.

Years later, Dr. Vargas succeeded in creating Knack with the relic orb. With the recent escalating threat of the Goblins' new advanced weaponry against human settlements, Dr. Vargas volunteered along with Knack, Lucus, Ryder and Viktor to learn where the Goblins got them from. When he with Viktor and Ryder walked into one of the Goblins' settlement, they were briefly captured but saved by Knack and Lucus. After Knack took down the Goblin Chief's Mecha, Dr. Vargas with Knack had to chase after Viktor who forcefully took Lucus back with him to his headquarters. There, he learnt about the powerful giant ancient relics that Viktor's company had uncovered, mined deep underground his family's castle. There was also a locked doorway to more giant relics that Viktor believed Knack is the "key" to opening it. While escaping, Lucus helps shows Dr. Vargas Knack's new absorbsion ability of different elements besides relics. The three later then head off to the mine to attempt opening the locked door but Knack couldn't do it completely. Viktor and Katrina soon ambushed them and knocked Knack down a deep crevasse while taking Vargas and Lucus hostage in his castle.

While locked up with Lucus, Vargas confides with his that he saw similarities in the Goblins' vehicles from Charlotte's designs. Ryder soon arrives with some clues to the Goblins' new weapons and Knack later broke them out and then escaped to Ryder's home in Monte Verde. After Dr. Vargas shows Ryder the photo of the locked doorway, Ryder recognized it from a cave wall painting from an earlier expedition. Soon during the Goblins' raid on the city, Dr. Vargas again comments on the design their vehicles. After creating fake relic tracking devices to help locate the Goblins' manufacturing complex, he and Knack went on their own as Ryder and Lucus went to find the walling painting. While Knack devastates the Goblins' complex and weapons, Dr. Vargas discovers that Charlotte is still alive. With some mild bitterness, she explained that the goblins had rescued her from her fall when Vargas didn't and had since then been helping Gundahar in developing war vehicles and weapons against his enemies (until she learned that Gundahar turned her inventions against humans). Despite how Dr. Vargas pleas for her to come back with him, Charlotte refused. When Gundahar briefly disabled Knack, Gundahar argues with Dr. Vargas over Goblins/Humans relations. Dr. Vargas agrees with Gundahar how things between their peoples are not right but he can't approve of his warlike methods. After Gundahar escapes, he and Knack went to meet up with Ryder and Lucus.

Having found the wall painting, they learn of an ancient relic key hidden in a maze in Obelisk Mountain that can open the locked doorway but they also was a warning that troubled Lucus. As Dr. Vargas is excited to the possiblitiess that the giant relics could mean for the world, Lucus worries and argues that unlocking the doors could mean the end of it. After Lucus storms off, Vargas asks Ryder if he would stop him if he was doing the wrong thing; Ryder answers that he would. The group heads to the maze and soon sees that Viktor and Katrina have arrived before them, thanks to Katrina having bugged Lucus' locket earlier. The four got to the key first, but Lucus argues again with the doctor that they need to destroy the key instead of unlocking the doorway, even getting Knack to side with him. Dr. Vargas was still determine to get the giant relics until Ryder convinces him that Lucus is right about it being too great a risk. However, Katrina in her own mecha grabs the key and gets it to Viktor. After Knack took her down, Ryder went to rescue Katrina from the molten area as the three went after Viktor (who presumed Katrina died in the lava) and the key. Meanwhile, Charlotte and Gundahar had a falling out as Charlotte wouldn't help him with more weapons against humans. She soon sent word to the doctor to come save her which he receives while boarding Viktor's giant aircraft. Viktor trapped the group and send them falling to their deaths, not knowing that they had levitation devices on to prevent it. After failing to retrieve the key, the three found themselves nearby Gundahar's factory where Charlotte meets with Knack and Lucus. The four soon went after Viktor in her aircraft.

As the four reached the area of the mine, Viktor already used the key, resulting the ancient relic structures to emerge from the ground. Viktor and his men are picked off by the giant guardians. Dr. Vargas stay behind with Lucus and Charlotte as Knack goes to destroy the giant relic orb, resulting in the collapse of the ancient structures back underground. Soon after, the doctor with Lucus, Charlotte and Knack are honoured in a parade. As they are awarded them with medals, Dr. Vargas gives Lucus his medal while giving him due credit for his foresight and preventing their deaths and lastly gives public remembrance to Ryder (whose been missing since Obelisk Mountain's eruption, later being seen with carrying Katrina across an unknown desert).

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