Caleb Goldman is the main antagonist of The House of the Dead 2 and 4. He was the head of an eminent financial group in the world and an expert of the genome theory. He is revealed as the true mastermind behind Dr. Curien's inhuman experiment, as well as the zombie-infestation in the 2000 Venice Incident, where he sought to "revert humanity to its natural state" as a means to "restore the balance of nature".
Before The House of the DeadEdit
After learning about Dr. Curien research to remove the barrier between life and death, Goldman took interest and offered to help fund the doctor's research. Goldman founded the DBR Corporation and hired Curien as research director in order to mask the true nature of his research, providing the doctor with a team of researchers and all the financial backings the latter needed. After the incident at Curien's mansion, Goldman visited the doctor's abandoned home and took all of Curien's research with him. With the remainder of Dr. Curien's research in his hands, Goldman spent the next two years continuing the doctor's work with his own resources.
The House of the Dead 2Edit
Two years after the events of the Curien Mansion incident, on February 26th, 2000, Goldman unleashed a wave of zombies and numerous mutations upon Venice, Italy. Upon hearing of the arrival of the AMS, he leaves a message on Amy's phone, civilly taunting the agents and inviting them to come to the coliseum. When James and Gary arrive to find Amy and an injured Harry captured by Strength, Goldman appears on a giant screen and taunts them. He claims that in time they will see who is right, and he looks forward to meeting them again.
Afterwards, Goldman directs his attention to his master creation, the Emperor. When everything is set in place, Goldman simply waits for the AMS agents to come to him at his headquarters. Once James and Gary arrive, Goldman calmly explains the reasoning for his actions, and uses the life cycle as a basis for them. After explaining himself, Goldman unleashes the Emperor. The two AMS agents engage in battle with the Emperor and eventually come out as the victors.
Upon the Emperor's defeat, Goldman serenely claims that it is not over yet, and in time a successor will come. Following these words, Goldman just as calmly commits suicide by leaning backwards off the top of his headquarters, plunging to what James and Gary presumed would be his apparent demise.
However, the threat of Caleb Goldman and his dark agenda was far from over.
The House of the Dead 4Edit
Goldman returns in The House of the Dead 4 as the game's "antagonist", although he is only shown through recordings and flashback scenes in which he reveals his true feelings about humanity. Before his demise, however, Goldman had arranged a backup plan that allowed a second outbreak to be carried out in 2003, three years after the events of the original infestation in Venice.
Throughout the game, Kate and James are often fighting without any knowledge of who is behind the outbreak, while James has the suspicion that the events from 2000 hadn't ended as they thought. After finding Venice completely in ruins, James suddenly receives an e-mail from Goldman, with a recorded message which states that "everything's set", and that they have only one hour until a nuclear missile launch. The two set course for Goldman's headquarters, and upon entering the building, they are met by the Star who challenges them to a test of strength, as Goldman' parting wish.
After the battle with the Star, Kate and James make it up to Goldman's office, and they are greeted with another recorded message. In this message, Goldman claims that his goal was not to destroy all humans with nuclear missiles, but to rather revert them to their natural state. He then goes on to state that Pandora's Box has been opened, and there is nothing he can do to stop it. Following this message, The World appears, forcing Kate and James to do battle with it. After the fight, James sacrifices himself in order to prevent Pandora's Box from opening.
In one of the game's endings, it cuts back to the computer in Goldman's office, showing a recording of Goldman saying "Ah yes, there is one thing I forgot. The human race has not been eliminated. Travel north... Hope is such a splendid thing." If the player does not do well in the game, the camera focuses on Goldman's face, which morphs into a zombie-like visage, indicating that Goldman was resurrected as a zombie.
In one of the game's endings, the Mystery Man chastises Goldman for being soft and that humans have no need of hope. Whatever ties or history Goldman has with him have yet to be revealed.
As the game serves as a parody of The House of the Dead 2, the plot and dialogue is largely unchanged, aside from one notable exception: the game's ending. Depending on the answers that were chosen during the final phase of the Emperor battle, one of three endings are seen after Goldman bids farewell to the agents. Given the comical tone of the game, none of these endings are canon and are immediately followed by the credits.
- Goldman leans back and falls off of the building, just like in the original game. Goldman's fall is now accompanied by an appropriate cartoon sound effect, and the entire fall is seen. The impact results in a large fiery explosion, leaving the agents speechless and dumbfounded.
- Goldman leans back and falls off the building, but a bungee cord is tied to his legs. He is sprung back up, lands on the edge of the building, and burps.
- Instead of leaning back to fall, Goldman raises his hands and farts as he flies straight into the sky. The agents look on, speechless and dumbfounded.
Goldman is shown to be a very stoic, cold and calculating human being, as well as having extensive knowledge of the Genome theory. He also harbors a deep contempt regarding what the human race might become due to their self-destructive nature, disruption of nature, and their excessive "breeding".
Goldman also possesses a calm, unshakeable confidence that his vision of a world free of the destruction wrought by man will indeed come to pass. At most, a defeat is simply a momentary delay of the inevitable. It is not an issue of 'if he will succeed' to him, it is simply a matter of 'when'. Even when confronted directly by those who wish to thwart him, Goldman is surprisingly civil and polite, and even addresses his enemies as "friends". His voice never rises above a serene, but stern tone, even after defeat. The closest he ever came to displaying anger was describing how man had committed a sin, but even at that Goldman's tone was still very reserved and controlled.
This same ironclad faith is probably why he stepped off his building with such serenity. As he had told the agents upon the Emperor's defeat, everything was far from over, and he had already made arrangements for the Emperor's successor in the form of Pandora's Box. He was absolutely certain his plans would come into fruition even after his death.
"Dogs of the AMS... time they made a move."
"It's been a while hasn't it? My friends from the AMS. It's me Goldman."
"Everything's set. All we need to do is wait..."
"[Laughs] People of the AMS, I am Goldman. I don't care if you people try to get in my way or not. In time, you'll find out who's right. [Laughs] This is a present from me to you."
"Our Emperor shall awaken soon... Hurry friends."
"At last you've come... friends. The door of fate shall open..."
"I'm fully aware of what I'm doing. Can't you see? Man committed a sin... disturbing the life cycle of nature... The original sin man is responsible to... To protect the life cycle. I have made a creature to rule over mankind... [Stands up] This is the final battle. Show yourself! Our new ruler the Emperor!"
"In time... a successor will come. Farewell friends"
- In the "bad" ending of The House of the Dead 2, the player will confront a zombified Goldman after leaving his headquarters.
- Due to Goldman's presence in later games, it can be argued that both the "Good" and "Bad" endings of The House of the Dead 2 could be considered canonical.
- A Goldman costume, for use in Original Mode, can be acquired in the home versions of the game, including The House of the Dead: 2 & 3 Return.
- In the live-action sequel film House of the Dead 2, Goldman was briefly mentioned by one of the commandos who was thinking of selling the first generation blood to "Goldman Pharmaceuticals".
- In the Sega and Bizarre Creations game "The Club", the character known as "The Secretary" has an appearance that looks quite similar to Goldman.
- The family name "Goldman" implies a possible Jewish family background.
- Due to his Jewish name and possible Ashkenazi/German/Polish Jewish ancestry and lineage, many believe that Goldman's hatred towards the human condition may have been caused, by being exposed to stories and records of the Holocaust. He might feel hatred to all those who committed the great crime against his people, the fact that they managed to get away with it, and the fact that Humanity is destroying Nature and Earth may have all caused him to believe that that if humans continued to evolve, they would put themselves and the world in danger.
- Interestingly, if this behavior is true, then Goldman bears a notable similarity to the X-Men's Magneto, as both are Jewish, and share a hatred towards humanity. the only difference is that Goldman does not hate all humanity and desires to revert the human population to it's "natural state", while Magneto wants to protect other mutants, who to him are the "New Humans" and "Homo Superior" and the rightful rulers of the Earth and other humans who are beneath them.
- Another difference is that unlike Goldman who may have been inspired to hate the human condition based on being exposed to stories and records of the Holocaust (this theory is still unconfirmed, but it is still an interesting one), Magneto is an actual and true victim and survivor of the Holocaust.
- Another possible reason that Goldman committed suicide so calmly is that he is a human as well. He created the Emperor to hate ALL humans, and Goldman himself counts. It is quite possible that, had the Emperor killed James and Gary, he would have killed Goldman as well. Goldman would have known this, and possibly considered that he would die one way or another. With the Emperor gone, the creature couldn't kill Goldman, so Goldman did it himself. And he knew his own biotechnology could revive him as the type of person he thinks should inherit the Earth.
- In House of the Dead 4, it is entirely improbable that Goldman would have actually launched the nuclear missiles. The holographic globe seen in AMS headquarters in Chapter 2 shows that it was a worldwide nuclear launch, and even one successful detonation would disturb the life cycle of the target zone greatly. Goldman was most likely just testing if James and Kate were willing to fight through Venice to stop the launch. He most likely would not have launched any missile had the timer run out. He even states in the game that nuclear apocalypse was not his plan.
- Goldman's plan to wipeout humanity due to overpopulation is similar to Dr. Alexander Isaacs' plan in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017). The difference though is the Goldman wanted to revert humanity to its original state, while Isaacs wanted to carve a New World Order in which Umbrella Corporation would lead it.