The mad German scientist who plans on destroying the world in 1939 and repopulating it with animals on a Space Ark. He has also been dead for 20 years and exists as a mechanically ideal system.
Electronic Totenkopf's Only Weakness is Being Unplugged.
Dr. Totenkopf is a mad scientist from Germany who plans to cleanse the Earth of Sin using Giant Robots, a Space Ark, and atomic weapons. He serves as a secret weapons project officer in the German Army during World War I. During this time, he develops deadly weapons and a religious fervor. Quoting the Bible, Totenkopf builds a computer system to control construction of his Space Ark and the repopulation of Earth. However, this system is self-sustaining and no longer needing of Dr. Totenkopf. It continues without Totenkopf as he dies on October 11, 1918. His technological monstrosity keeps his legacy alive as it continues with the plan to restart Earth.
In the movie Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Dr. Totenkopf is a technological monstrosity portrayed by Sir Laurence Olivier who by production was long dead. His performance in Sky Captain is pieced together from various other roles in his filmography. Fitting with the character, Olivier returns from the dead to portray a dead man.
Totenkopf's Unit 11 Logo.
In 1914, Dr. Totenkopf heads a German military research organization called Unit 11. The unit researches a variety of weapons to use during the upcoming World War I. These technologies range from chemical weapons to aircraft to giant robots. The scientists working under him find him increasingly demented. He believes that the Great War proves that Humanity is too far gone to be saved. Totenkopf begins planning his Ark.
Totenkopf's Suicide Note.
After World War I, Totenkopf and Unit 11 are dismissed from Germany, but he continues his work on his Ark and relocates his primary research and construction facility to a remote, hidden island in the Pacific Ocean. By 1918, Totenkopf established a computer-controlled manufacturing facility with a single purpose: scourge Earth of Evil Humanity. The computer-controlled system becomes autonomous and goes about completing its goal by building Giant Robots to gather resources, kidnap scientists to work on the project, and protect the island. Totenkopf is deemed unnecessary and kept under house arrest by his robots. Totenkopf realizes what horror he sets in motion and commits suicide on October 11, 1918 -- less than a year since the start of his private project. As he dies, he scrawls a hasty note asking the world for forgiveness. He hopes someone finds him and stops his project in time, a task he is unable to complete.
Totenkopf Looks Good for His Age Despite Being Dead.
Luckily, twenty years later, Joe " Sky Captain" Sullivan, Polly Perkins, and Dexter Dearborn discover the Ark construction facility on the hidden island. The group discovers an electronic representation of Totenkopf that spouts Bible quotes in an attempt to justify his planned genocide.. They find Totenkopf's body and his suicide note before successfully preventing the Ark from blowing up the world. Totenkopf's unintended legacy of computer-borne teleology is destroyed.
Personality and Traits
Totenkopf Is Smug Even in Holographic Head Form.
Dr. Totenkopf is a driven and highly religious man with delusions of granduer. His vision is to see the world reborn under his care and guidance. Unfortunately, his vision outstrips his abilities. Totenkopf expresses remorse at his playing God. The electronic version of Totenkopf still has a wonderful time believing what it is programmed to believe.