Professor Von Kriplespac
|Professor Von Kriplespac|
Von Kriplespac's artwork for Conker: Live & Reloaded
|First appearance||Conker's Bad Fur Day|
Professor Von Kriplespac, also known as the Weasel King, Professor, and Tediz Battle Master, is a villainous, Prussian weasel. He has an extensive role, as he is a mad scientist and leads the Tediz army, who are the main enemies of the Squirrel High Command. Kriplespac was also the Panther King's servant. Both characters are the main antagonist of Conker's Bad Fur Day and its Xbox remake, Conker: Live & Reloaded.
Aside from being the main villain of Bad Fur Day, Kriplespac also has a major role in the Xbox Live & Co. mode of Live & Reloaded, in the Old War and Future War. In Bad Fur Day, Kriplespac was simply named "The Professor", but his full name was revealed in the intro of the Beach Dead mission.
Kriplespac is based on a few characters. One of them is Adolf Hitler because he leads a regime of the Tediz, of whom are based on the Nazis. This is especially obvious in the Beach Dead mission of the Old War. In it, Kriplespac was dressed like a Schutzstaffel. He had his Tediz frequently recite "Heil Kriplespac" and salute—a direct parody of the famous Nazi salute.
Von Kriplespac's uniform included a black uniform, an officer hat, a tie, black leather boots, and a monocle on his right eye. Kriplespac wore a red arm strap with a "T" symbol, likely an abbreviation for "Tediz"—the symbol is directly based on the swastika. Kriplespac also wore a monocle on his right eye. After a SHC soldier blew off his legs, Kriplespac was unable to walk and could not fit in his uniform.
After being healed, Kriplespac adopted a mad scientist look: he put on a white lab coat, and a green glove for his right arm (or colored black in Bad Fur Day). His left arm became robotic, and his legless stumps were bandaged up crudely. Kriplespac's monocle was replaced with a larger, telescopic variant, but was connected to his other eye: his left one, which is red and robotic. In Bad Fur Day, his monocle connected from the back of his head.
Kriplespac became confined to a hoverchair for transportation, and would move around by using a joystick on each armrest. The hoverchair is able to hover because of a booster jet beneath it. It has a blue antenna, located on the top, that emits electrical zaps. It could have been used to recharge Kriplespac's hoverchair.
As a mad scientist, Kriplespac is based on the Doctor Who villain Davros. Both have no legs and rely on machines for transportation, both have a cybernetic eye, both have a mechanical hand, and both characters have created their own cybernetic killer race (Davros created the Daleks). Kriplespac is also based on Dr. Strangelove, a paraplegic scientist who was formerly a Nazi.
It is unknown how Kriplespac gained extra cyborg parts, as only his legs were shown to be blown off. However, it was mentioned that the Tediz fought in other battles after Fortress Deux before their retreat to Castle Von Tedistein. This suggests that Kriplespac sustained more damage from other battles.
Kriplespac's history is organized by timeline, given that the Old War and New War respectively take place before and after the events of Bad Fur Day.
In the Spooky chapter, Count Batula tells Conker about the centuries-old war, the Milk Wars. In the war, the panthers and the Kulas of Conk waged war against the weasels and their king. After betraying the squirrels, the Panther King chopped off the legs of the Weasel King and took over his kingdom.
It is believed that the Weasel King was Von Kriplespac. However, the Old War makes this event unlikely, so the story is considered mere fantasy. It could have been true but later retconned by that war.
- “Forced finally to retreat to his clifftop castle stronghold, Von Kriplespac knew that only one thing could save them from defeat...the Machine. History has told us of its use, but then, no one knew for sure...”
- —Castle Von Tedistein narrative, Conker: Live & Reloaded
During the second assault of the war, Beach Dead, Kriplespac was in a fortress with his Giant Gun of Doom. His battle strategy was to use the gun on the SHC battle cruiser out at sea while the Tediz defended the base from squirrel soldiers. Kriplespac spends almost ten minutes (the length of the Beach Dead mission) charging up his cannon. With their weaponry and demolition equipment, the squirrels managed to get to Kriplespac. Rather than escaping, he frantically tried to buy himself time to fire the giant gun. He was shot by a missile from an SHC solider, and it blew his legs off. He was left crippled and bleeding on the floor but managed to survive.
Even though he is unable to return on the battlefield, Kriplespac retained his position as commander and monitored the battle at the next location, Fortress Deux. Kriplespac was contained in a safe area to heal from losing his limbs. Kriplespac decided to demonstrate the strength of his army by instructing them to pile and hang corpses of dead SHC soldiers around their campsite. SHC soldiers to lose hope and commit suicide if they saw these displays. Kriplespac was eventually repaired as a cyborg, and despite their fierce motivation, the Tediz were not winning the war.
After his soldiers had won many battles, Von Kriplespac retreated for a final stand at his primary base, Castle Von Tedistein. He hid another powerful weapon in the area, known as "The Machine". The plan was to introduce a new and powerful army of Machine Tediz. However, much to Kriplespac's anger, his troops forgot to pack the batteries for the device. They had to manually link the estate's power lines and then seal the connection.
During the battle, Kriplespac remained within his castle's upper tower. Just like Fortress Deux, Kriplespac observed the battle and gave orders to his troops. After every cable masts was activated, Kriplespac ordered the Tediz to overload the SHC's generator to dispose their troops and complete the connection. When this occurred, the SHC's generator exploded, and the first Machine Tedi soldier emerged from the Machine. Kriplespac and his army successfully held the SHC back, and Kriplespac worked on enhancing his Army with the Machine Tediz. This ended the Old War.
Panther King's Rule
- “No legs, and now no life!”
- —Von Kriplespac, when he gets sucked in space
The Panther King eventually rose into power. Every weasel became the Panther King's servants, and Von Kriplespac became his Professor. Rather than developing weapons, Kriplespac and the other weasels were given tasks of solving the Panther King's general problems and fetching him Milk to drink. This ended Von Kriplespac's army. The Panther King threatened him and the other weasels with the "duct tape" if they did not comply. In his new position, Kriplespac developed a large hatred toward the Panther King, and he plotted to kill him and rise back to power. Over the years, Von Kriplespac created various inventions, such as the Chocolate.
One day, the Weasel Guards provided Milk to the Panther King. He put it on his table, which was somehow missing a table leg. The table tipped over, and the Panther King's milk glass fell on the floor. The Panther King ordered Kriplespac to fix the table, so he halted his other projects. Kriplespac did a lot of math and scientific research, and he eventually that a red squirrel would fill in for a table leg. The Weasel Guards were provided the description and set out to capture a red squirrel, specifically Conker, who is a red squirrel.
Meanwhile in his lab, Kriplespac plotted on two things: the first was deploying his army of Tediz, therefore starting another war against the SHC, and his second plan was to overthrow the Panther King. In the It's War chapter, Conker was recruited by the SHC, and after a long battle he managed to defeat the Tediz along with another one of Kriplespac's creations: The Experiment and Little Girl. This angered Kriplespac, who grew to hate Conker as he did with the Panther King.
A new plan was made: the Panther King hired Don Weaso to catch Conker by putting him on a heist mission in the Feral Reserve Bank. Around this time, Von Kriplespac created an alien egg and put it in the Panther King's milk. The king was unaware of the hatchling that would soon kill him. Just as his plan was succeeding, the Panther King began to feel indigestion, and he called in the Professor to get him Milk. Much to Kriplespac's delight, the alien egg hatched, and Panther King's chest eventually burst open, killing him. Kriplespac named the alien Heinrich, and launched the vault, which is actually a shuttle, into space. He cited the castle as "so out of date". Kriplespac ordered him to kill Conker. However, Conker pulled a lever under the king's throne, and the ship's airlock opened. Kriplespac realized that he forgot to add high-powered boosters on his hoverchair in case the airlock opened. He was sucked toward the airlock, and his hoverchair was sucked into space. Kriplespac latched on the ground, but he lost grip and was also sent in space.
Another war began 200 years later, the Future War. It was revealed that Von Kriplespac survived, and he resumed his role of leading the army. Von Kriplespac waged war on the SHC and King Conker. The war was more dangerous, to the point where the squirrels sloped to defeat when the Machine Tediz rose from the same Machine from Castle Von Tedistein. A new objective was devised among both sides: finding the legendary "Thing", a supposed weapon that belonged to the Panther King.
The Tediz eventually discovered The Thing first, and the SHC later found out when it appeared on a cover of an issue of the magazine, "Fur Only". While searching for The Thing, Von Kriplespac made a wrong turn but ended up finding it as his map was upside down.
The Thing was actually a tomb with the Panther King buried inside, frozen in carbonate. Kriplespac commanded his army to steal the body, which they transferred to Doon, the Tediz' homeworld. Despite his hate for the Panther King, Kriplespac planned on reviving him to destroy the last of the SHC, and even called him "master". It is unknown what has happened to Kriplespac since the end of the Future War.