Artwork of Doom Slayer from Doom Eternal.
|Smash Bros. appearances||Ultimate|
|Most recent non-Smash appearance||Mighty Doom (2023)|
|Console/platform of origin||MS-DOS|
|Species||Human (augmented by Maykr technology)|
|Created by||John Romero|
|Article on Wikipedia||Doomguy|
Doom Slayer (ドゥームスレイヤー, Doom Slayer), also referred to as the Doom Marine, Doomguy (ドゥームガイ, Doomguy) or just Slayer (スレイヤー, Slayer), is a character from the Doom video game franchise of first-person shooters created by id Software, now owned by Zenimax Media as of 2009, and Microsoft by extension as of 2021.
The Doom Slayer was introduced as the player character in the 1993 video game Doom, in whose story text screens and instruction manual he is simply referred to as "you". Indeed, the original id Software development team deliberately avoided assigning personal identity to the character in an effort to make him an immersive stand-in for the player, leaving him nameless; the only clue to his identity is the portrait at the bottom of the screen which reacts to what happens in the game, which actually depicts B.J. Blazkowicz, the protagonist of Doom's spiritual predecessor, Wolfenstein 3D.
In Doom's manual, the character is described as a marine from a futuristic earth. After attacking and critically wounding a commanding officer who ordered his troops to fire on civilians, the marine was transferred to the planet Mars to perform menial guard duty for the Union Aerospace Corporation (UAC) – a megacorporation which uses Mars and its moons, Phobos and Deimos, as sites to perform military-sanctioned testing for interdimensional travel. These tests went lethally awry when the experimental moon gateways opened up from the inside to reveal portals to Hell, from which a glut of demons emerged, mutated the UAC personnel into zombies, and conquered the moons.
In Doom, the marine travels first to Phobos and saves it from the brink of hellish subversion, before making his way to the ruined Deimos base and finally to Hell itself. After destroying the Spider Mastermind who spearheaded the invasion, a portal to Earth is created which allows him to return home – only to find that during his previous mission the demons had conquered Earth, killing much of its human population and his own pet rabbit, Daisy. Doom II: Hell on Earth follows the marine's ensuing campaign to liberate Earth's lone remaining spaceport and enable the surviving humans to escape into space. He then plunges into the heart of his demon-infested home city, locates the portal from which the demons emerged, and returns to Hell to battle the Icon of Sin, the ultimate demon.
Doom 64 sees the marine, now suffering from PTSD as a result of his battles in Hell, forced to return to the fray; after a distant surveillance satellite catches a glimpse of resurrected demonic activity on the ruins of Phobos, the marine is commissioned to return to the moon and finish his work. For a third time, he enters Hell to stop its evil from the inside - but this time, after killing the Mother Demon, he decides to remain in Hell for as long as he lives to make sure that its demonic multitudes will never rise again.
Some time into his personal crusade, the marine is transported into another dimension where he is discovered outside the walls of the city Sentinel Prime by warriors from an order known as the Night Sentinels. When the marine, battered and bloodied, is presented to two of the city's presiding Priests, they note his seeming tenacity and resilience, and command that his mettle be tested in a nearby gladiatorial arena. With his combat prowess proven, the marine is permitted to live, but forced into the front lines of the Night Sentinels' own wars; the Priests, however, are further intrigued by the marine's ramblings of Hell and its denizens, and inform their liege, the angelic Khan Maykr, of a potential new realm to bring their holy word to.
Some time later, the Night Sentinels barely manage to stave off a demonic invasion in their own homeland, and the marine becomes a hero among the Sentinels in the battle. He is knighted a Sentinel himself, and a Maykr chancellor leads him to a mechanical temple which grants him god-like strength and resilience, further increasing his power before sending him to battle a powerful Titan demon. For this and other victories, he finally earns the title "Doom Slayer".
In the aftermath of the invasion, the Khan Maykr establishes parley with Hell and secretly shares her people's advanced technology with the demons, refining the demonic torment of damned souls to achieve an extremely powerful soul-based energy source known as Argent energy. Argent would go on to become the main power source for Hell, the Maykrs, and the Night Sentinels, the latter of whom are kept unaware of its origins; when a battalion of Night Sentinels discover the Argent factories in a mission to hell, they abandon their faith to the Maykrs in disgust, creating a schism that leads to civil war among the Sentinels. The demons take advantage of the situation, persuading a powerful warlord among the Sentinels to lead them to the secret dwelling place of the Wraith-gods who granted the Sentinels their life and magic. The demons slay the Wraiths and use their souls to forge a vast reserve of Argent known as The Well, with whose power they crush the remaining Sentinels and entomb the Doom Slayer inside a demonic sarcophagus.
Back on Earth, the UAC is re-established. It returns to its research on Mars and discovers a fissure on the planet's surface which leaks trace amounts of Argent energy. Reigniting their interdimensional technology, the UAC establishes a gateway to Hell and siphons Argent from The Well for human use, solving a dire energy crisis under the cover story that Argent had simply been a newly-discovered power source native to Mars. Expeditions to Mars and Hell allow the UAC to recover a variety of artifacts, among them powerful items like the Soul Cube and a sarcophagus in which the Doom Slayer had been sealed, which they extract from Hell and store in the Mars base for further research.
The events of the 2016 reboot, simply titled Doom, begin when the Doom Slayer is released from his sarcophagus to find that the demons had noticed the UAC's probing into their realm and so began tempting a high-ranking UAC researcher named Olivia Pierce into destabilizing the UAC gateway to Hell to allow a much larger invasion. The Doom Slayer pursues Olivia through the Mars base and into Hell, destroying any demons and Argent sources he encounters along the way and reclaiming the Crucible, an Argent energy based sword, eventually killing Olivia after her demonic metamorphosis into a second Spider Mastermind. Throughout his mission, the Slayer single-handedly and deliberately does considerable damage to the UAC's Hell-mining efforts. This forces Samuel Hayden, the cybernetic project leader, to take drastic action. Recognizing the overall need for the Slayer is too great to kill him, Hayden confiscates the Crucible and forcibly teleports the Slayer out of the way into parts unknown.
In Doom Eternal, the Doom Slayer returns to earth to find it has fallen to a full-scale demonic attack orchestrated by the Khan Maykr and the Hell-corrupted Sentinel Priests, who sought to renew their supply of Argent by harvesting human souls directly. After the Slayer kills the Priests, the Khan Maykr attempts to resurrect the Icon of Sin, its soul now controlled and strengthened by Maykr machinery, in a last-ditch effort to ensure earth's consumption. To stop this ritual, the Doom Slayer returns to Hell and ascends a soul-harvesting facility in the city of Nekravol, in which resides a gateway to the Maykr realm of Urdak. The Slayer invades Urdak and interrupts the binding of the Icon of Sin to Maykr technology, but is unable to stop its resurrection, leaving it alive and uncontrolled on earth. The Slayer kills the Khan Maykr in mortal combat before returning to earth, destroying the Icon of Sin, and saving his homeworld once more, leaving the liberated planet behind to continue his everlasting war against the demons.
The story of Eternal continues in its downloadable content story, The Ancient Gods. The defeat of the Khan Maykr and the Icon of Sin allowed the demons the chance to reinitiate their invasion of Earth to conquer the universe. To stop this invasion, the Doom Slayer, Samuel Hayden and several scientists seek out the Seraphim, who reveals that itself and VEGA are two halves of the Father. The sphere that houses its soul must be returned for this to happen. However, upon finding the sphere, the Slayer instead shatters it to prevent the Maykrs from causing tyranny and destruction ever again. The Slayer then takes the Dark Lord's sphere with the intent to ressurect the Dark Lord and personally kill him to destroy all demons outside of Hell. The Slayer returns to Urdak and is attacked by the Seraphim consumed by its ailments, but is teleported away by the Father. Despite being warned that doing so is irreversible, the Slayer summons the Dark Lord, who takes the physical form of the Slayer himself.
The Dark Lord manages to escape the Slayer, but challenges him to a duel at Immora, Hell's capital city. After reuniting with the Night Sentinels and the Betrayer, who gives him the Sentinel Hammer, the Slayer travels to Hell for one final assualt on the Dark Lord. The two then face off in an arena, where the Dark Lord admits he was the creator of the multiverse seen in the series and influenced many individuals to make the Slayer into what he currently is to destroy the Maykrs and the Father as an act of revenge for betryaing him. After a long battle, the Slayer is able to kill the Dark Lord, instantly killing all demons and securing the safety of all planets and universes. Technically being one of the Dark Lord's creations, the Slayer falls unconscious and is sealed inside a stone sarcophagus at the Ingmore Sanctum by the Seraphs.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
As a costume
A DLC costume for Mii Gunner based on the Doom Slayer was announced on October 5, 2021, and was made available for purchase on October 18th, 2021 as part of Round #11. The Mii Costume is based on the Slayer's most recent appearance as seen in Doom Eternal, and is equipped with the Pistol from Doom (2016).
The opening of his reveal trailer features the Slayer walking towards a red Bowser on Port Town Aero Dive, and shooting him with a Charge Blast. The red Bowser represents a Baron of Hell, and the Charge Blast represents the BFG9000. The first-person perspective of this scene references how the franchise codified the first-person shooter genre. The Slayer is then shown fighting a giant Dark Samus in her white costume on the Ω form of Shadow Moses Island. Dark Samus represents the Cyberdemon, a reccurring boss in the Doom games. Next the Slayer is shown fighting Ganondorf on Battlefield's Ω form. The final shot of the trailer shows the Slayer on the Battlefield form of Find Mii lifting Mario in the air, replicating the Nintendo Switch box art of Doom (2016), with Mario standing in for an imp.
Although it isn't available in-game, the track "At Doom's Gate" from Doom (2016) is used throughout the trailer and when Masahiro Sakurai talks about the Doom Slayer's inclusion.
Names in other languages
|Japanese||ドゥームスレイヤー, Doom Slayer|
|Chinese||毀滅戰士, Doom Slayer|
|Russian||Палач Рока, Doom Slayer|
- As with other Mii Costumes based on characters from primarily M-rated franchises, the logo for Doom, the series the Slayer hails from, is absent in the American version of his Mii Costume reveal trailer, being replaced with a wordmark featuring the character's name, despite the wordmark featuring the franchise's name. However, like Dante and Dragonborn, this change was also present in the UK presentation.
- Article on The Doom Wiki.
- Article on the Fandom Doom Wiki.