- “ This has been about one thing and one thing only: cash… and lots of it! ”
- ―Drek, explaining his true intentions [R&C]
Alonzo Drek, sometimes referred to as Ultimate Supreme Executive Chairman Drek or simply Chairman Drek, was an evil, fast-talking, corrupt, despotic Blarg dictator who controlled the Blargian faction and Blarg Industries. Under Drek's rule, he had his forces rampaged across the Solana Galaxy stealing entire sections of worlds, leaving millions homeless or worse. His pretense for doing these actions was to build a new world for his kind, the Blarg, since their original homeworld of Orxon had become too polluted and overpopulated to live on, but in reality, his true goal is to simply make money. Due to his actions, he is the main antagonist of the first game, Ratchet & Clank (2002 game).
Pre-Ratchet & Clank
An Evil Plot is Formed
Drek was born on planet Orxon, a heavily industrialized world in the Shadow Sector.
Overtime, Drek would eventually assume his position as Chairmen for the Blarg race. At some point during his rule, an idea to make loads of bolts formed in his mind, a very promising idea indeed.
First, Drek slowly began to purposely pollute his homeworld, which already suffered from overpopulation. Orxon eventually became inhospitable for his kind, and his people were put in a desperate situation. Drek informed his citizens that he had a solution to their problems… they would simply build a new homeworld for their kind to reside on. Desperate for relief, the Blarg diligently did whatever was asked by Drek, building the ships necessary to extract portions of worlds, enlisting in his military and giving boatloads of cash to their leader. They were unaware that Drek was only using them to make money, and that he planned to pollute the newly constructed world when it was complete as well, starting the whole process over and over again.
Drek later hired famed galactic "hero" Qwark to be the new spokesman for the world he was building, as well as function as his muscle.
Ratchet & Clank
The First Victim
- “ Thank you for your cooperation. ”
- ―Drek [R&C]
- “ Cut! ”
- ―Cameraman [R&C]
- “ And if you don't like it, you can take your whiny, sniveling, snot-nosed populations, form a line behind me, and kiss my… We're still on? Well turn it off, you idiot! ”
- ―Drek informing the citizens of Novalis about their fate aboard his flagship. [R&C]
Aboard his flagship, he gave a televised speech to the citizens of planet Novalis, the first world chosen to have sections of its surface to be removed to create Drek's new world. Drek informed the citizens of Novalis that his kind the Blarg had been forced to abandon their own homeworld thereafter had become polluted and overpopulated. He insisted he had found a solution to this problem, claiming the Blarg would build a new world using key planetary components. Drek then explained to the citizens of Novalis why this affected them. He informed them the Blarg were to use "highly sophisticated technology", which the Novalians "couldn't possibly understand," to extract a large portion of Novalis and add it to Drek's new world. Drek noted sadly that this change in mass would cause the planet to spin out control and drift into its sun, causing it to explode into a flaming ball of gas. Drek; however, dismissed this loss, claiming sacrifices had to made, and thanked the citizens of Novalis for their cooperation (which they had not agreed to). The cameraman then yelled for cut; however, in reality it was still running. Drek, who had been calm and friendly during the broadcast, began to angrily rant to himself that if the "whiny, sniveling, snot-nosed" citizens of Novalis did not like what he had in store for them, they could form a line behind him and kiss his behind. He cut himself off before he could say the last word, realising that the camera was still rolling. Drek angrily shouted at the camera operator to turn it off, which he promptly did so.
A Problem Appears
- “ This could be a problem. Take care of it. ”
- ―Drek [R&C]
Unfortunately, a cog had been thrown into his plans. A small, incorrectly built Sentry-Bot (with the soul of a Zoni) known as Clank had escaped Plant Z332 (the robot factory that birthed him) on planet Quartu, fully aware of Drek's intentions to destroy worlds to build a new planet. A team of Electroids were sent after him, shooting down the stolen Blarg spaceship over planet Veldin. Efforts at capturing Clank failed, as a Lombax named Ratchet found him in the Kyzil Plateau before Drek's units could retrieve him.
Meanwhile, Drek and Captain Qwark were aboard his Drek's Flagship as it travel through the depths of space. As Drek's Flagship passed Veldin while on approach to Novalis, Drek saw Ratchet and Clank leave Veldin in Ratchet's homemade starship. Realizing those two could pose a problem, he ordered Captain Qwark to take care of them, and Qwark promptly left to deal with the duo.
Meanwhile, Drek ordered his army to be on the look out for Ratchet and Clank. Additionally, wanted posters of Ratchet and Clank began to appear across the galaxy, including in the city of Metropolis on planet Kerwan, which was being occupied by Blarg forces.
Diplomacy by Force
- “ So you see, it would be most beneficial if your citizens were not in the city when my workers begin removing it. ”
- ―Drek [R&C]
While Qwark set into motion Ratchet and Clank's downfall, Drek traveled to planet Novalis to discuss an agreement with the Chairman of Novalis.
When they arrived outside Novalis' orbit, Drek (accompanied by the Robot Lieutenant) began deliberations with the Chairman. Drek calmly insisted that citizens should abandon the city in Tobruk Crater when Blarg workers bulldozed it down to prepare the region for extraction, but the chairman of Novalis believed the entire concept was "preposterous" and would not stand for such a motion. Drek informed the chairman that he had no choice in the matter, causing the chairman to state that Captain Qwark would say otherwise.
Drek immediately burst into laughter, but the chairman (unaware of Qwark's alliance with Drek) did not see the funny side, insisting Qwark could take out the "puny" Drek without even breaking a sweat. With the "negotiations" now fallen apart, Drek stated the chairmen had worn out his welcome aboard his ship as well as his patience. The Robot Lieutenant promptly grabbed the old chairmen, and began to remove him from the bridge.
The chairman made a final plea to Drek to end this madness, still believing Captain Qwark would stop Drek if he proceeded with his plans. Drek thought on it, and then claimed he would withdraw his troops after all. The surprised chairman was quite thrilled, but Drek quickly squashed the chairman's hopes, revealing he lied. Drek then left the chairman at the mercy of the Robot Lieutenant, ordering him to "try not to leave any marks."
Following that, Drek had Blarg forces lay waste to Tobruk Crater, resulting in a large majority of citizens fleeing the planet via escape transports (with the exception of the poor).
Novalis's fate following the encounter has not been revealed and remains ambiguous.
Drek Needs Trees
- “ I'm counting on your Lieutenant, and as your former commander can tell you, I don't take disappoint well… ”
- ―Drek informing the Robot Lieutenant of his fate should he fail to harvest enough trees on time on planet Eudora. [R&C]
Following their operations on Novalis, Drek and his forces continued to forcefully extracted more pieces of other worlds to create Drek's new planet.
Eventually they reached planet Eudora, and Drek sent down the Robot Lieutenant to command the logging team at the newly built Blarg Logging Site. Drek wanted a large number of trees from Eudora for his new world, not at all concerned that the residents of Eudora had no say in the matter.
Drek later contacted the Robot Lieutenant via the camera system (Drek Cam and Planet Cam respectively), as Drek had heard his Robot Lieutenant was falling behind schedule. The Robot Lieutenant assured that everything was moving along smoothly, and he even panned the camera around to show their progress (which happened to show an Axe Bot killing another Axe Bot). Drek remarked that he expected the Robot Lieutenant to keep his word, warning the Lieutenant that he would meet the same fate as his former commanding officer. The Robot Lieutenant grew afraid from the remark, and he promised Drek that he would not fail like his former commander.
- “ You have fulfilled your tree quota… barely. ”
- ―Chairman Drek [R&C]
- “ We are ready to return to base. ”
- ―Robot Lieutenant [R&C]
- “ No so fast, Lieutenant. Just because we don't need any more trees doesn't mean they should have them. Destroy… everything. He he he he he! ”
- ―Chairman Drek [R&C]
While robotic loggers continued to shop trees and ship them to Drek's artificial world, Drek observed their progress via space aboard his flagship.
Deciding he had enough trees for his new world, and he pressed the comm button to inform a Commander that they had enough trees and ordered him to move their artificial world. He then pressed the comm button again and shouted for the Lieutenant, who had been relaxing on the job. The Lieutenant quickly focused his attention on Drek, and Drek told the Lieutenant that he had fulfilled his tree quota, albeit barely. The Lieutenant informed Drek his forces were ready to return to base, but Drek dismissed this idea. Drek stated that while they had enough trees, that didn't mean the locals of Eudora should have any. Drek then ordered the Robot Lieutenant to destroy everything, chuckling evilly.
Drek; however, moved onward, continuing his plans at building his new world.
Fall of a "Hero"
- “ Screw this up, and the endorsement deal is OFF! ”
- ―Drek, threatening Captain Qwark [R&C]
While it could have already been deduced from the earliest stages of Ratchet & Clank (2002 game) that Drek had an immense army of Blarg Troopers and such at his side, led by the Robot Lieutenant, it was only until Ratchet and Clank reached the end of Qwark's gauntlet on planet Umbris that they realized that Drek had rallied the so-called superhero at his side. On this planet, Qwark revealed his alliance with the Chairman, explaining that the latter had promised him the role of "official spokesperson" for the new Blargian planet - a promise that, beyond Qwark's realization, could never be kept. However, Captain Qwark's worth in Drek's eye lessened when the former's Blargian Snagglebeast was not able to defeat Ratchet and Clank.
Nevertheless, the Chairman offered Qwark another chance to be his spokesman, but warned him to give better results. He ordered Qwark to intercept and shoot down the duo at the Gemlik Moonbase by using his personal starfighter, claiming that the Captain was "too washed up for ground combat" and placing more trust in his aerial combat skills. If he failed, Drek would cancel their endorsement deal, which would ruin Qwark. The Captain enticed Ratchet and Clank into a dogfight around the Moonbase, but was eventually shot down and crashed on the surface of planet Oltanis, marking the end of his allegiance to Drek.
The Perfect Orbit
Once Drek's new planet was completed, he declared that the final step necessitated before commencing its inhabitation was to place it in the ideal orbit. At the Bomb Factory at planet Hoven, he organized the construction of the PlanetBuster Maximus, which had for purpose to obliterate the planet that already occupied that ideal orbit. Unfortunately for the Chairman, Ratchet and Clank once again managed to stifle his efforts by destroying the PlanetBuster while it was leaving the planet. Despite this, Drek then led the creation of the Deplanetizer, and announced through HoloVision that it would be used to destroy the planet that occupied the chosen orbit for his new Blargian planet - Veldin.
- “ You think that's what this is about‽ Who do you think polluted our last world? I did! This is about one thing and one thing only - cash, and lots of it! You see, I've been paid for everything square inch of my new world. Once the inhabitants move in, I will begin polluting this world as well, then the whole thing start all over again. Ah, brilliant. ”
- ―Drek, revealing his master plan to Ratchet and Clank [R&C]
Ratchet and Clank tracked the location of Drek and the Deplanetizer to Kyzil Plateau, fighting their way through heavy Blargian forces before encountering Drek, who had donned a giant mech-suit. After Giant Clank did considerable damage to the mech, Drek remarked that the two might have been useful to him after all, but it was too bad they had chosen the wrong side. Drek then shot a beam at the duo, causing Clank to revert to normal size.
Ratchet and Clank chased down Drek on foot, eventually stopping on the Deplanetizer's platform. Drek gloated to the duo that the destruction of Veldin was imminent, but Clank believed that there must be a better way to make a home for his people. The evil chairman informed them it was never about helping his race, revealing he was the one who polluted Orxon in the first place, and was only interested in the enormous amount of money he was being paid for his new world. He further proclaimed that he would begin polluting the new world as soon as the inhabitants had moved in, starting the cycle again. Drek then activated the Deplanetizer's countdown, prompting Ratchet and Clank to stop the timer and continue fighting.
After a grueling battle, Chairman Drek was ultimately defeated. His mech slammed onto the platform hard enough to become stuck, and cause the Deplanetizer's laser to slowly rotate towards the sky. Desperately fiddling with the control sticks to avoid being crushed, the mech's rocket activated, propelling the screaming Drek across space and crashing into his own planet. With the Deplanetizer now aimed squarely at the artificial planet, Ratchet and Clank activated the superweapon, annihilating the planet. Whether or not Drek was killed upon impact with the planet is unknown, though the destruction of the planet would have certainly done so.
The Blarg, having lost their chairman and artificial homeworld, were (presumably) either forced to stay on their original homeworld, planet Orxon, or move to different planets. It is unknown what exactly became of the Blarg after the destruction of their artificial planet. Either way, Ratchet and Clank had ended the reign of Drek and saved the Solana Galaxy. In Deadlocked, Orxon was re-visited, and it was still polluted, but not to the extent of the original game. Factory workers are mentioned, so the Blarg probably still inhabited the planet.
Drek was noted for being very short, even smaller than Ratchet. He was never seen without his smart suit and tie, and his hair was always tied into an elegant topknot. He had a more pale complexion than most other Blarg and light blue eyes that glowed faintly. It may have also been said that he harbored a certain sadistic sense of humor. Drek was both very smart and confident, almost always displaying a professional, business-like demeanor. He was skilled at sweet-talking people into doing his bidding, but quick to lose his patience when they refused. Drek also exhibited a very short temper, did not take the failures of his subordinates well, and was easily angered by incompetence, stupidity, and even minor insults.
- Blarg Scientist
- “ Well I guess Qwark didn't eliminate them. ”
- ―Blarg Scientist [R&C]
- “ How observant of you. ”
- ―Drek [R&C]
- “ Thank you, sir. ”
- ―Blarg Scientist [R&C]
- “ Now if only you were as diligent at doing your own job! ”
- ―Drek [R&C]
- “ Yes, sir. ”
- ―Blarg Scientist [R&C]
- Copernicus Leslie Qwark
- “ It's time to begin your new assignment. ”
- ―Drek [R&C]
- “ Ah… A photo op by your shiny new shuttle! Terrific idea! ”
- ―Qwark [R&C]
- “ Oh, you really are an idiot. ”
- ―Drek [R&C]
- Ratchet and Clank
- “ I simply needed you to remove those two nuisances before they could cause any real trouble! ”
- ―Drek [R&C]
- Victor Von Ion
- “ Lieutenant! ”
- ―Drek [R&C]
- An unlockable paint job for the Star Explorer in both Going Commando and Up Your Arsenal was called "Drek's Black Heart." As the name suggests, it was primarily black with red streaks.
- Drek briefly appeared in Captain Qwark's flashback scene in Up Your Arsenal, when Qwark remembered his adventures from the previous two games. He was later referenced to in the same game, when Ratchet pointed out Qwark's tendency to work with the enemy.
- Drek also appeared as a floating image in the Dreamtime level of Size Matters.
- According to the manual of the first game, Drek was a "fast talking, quick-thinking dictator; a scheming shadowy despot and a downright contemptible doer of evil. However, he never forgot his mother's birthday."
- Scenes of Drek from the first game could be seen on the IRIS Supercomputer in Tools of Destruction.
- Although never stated in-game, it is very likely that Drek chose Veldin as the Deplanetizer's target merely as a bait to lure Ratchet and Clank into his clutches in order to get rid of them, as well as destroy Veldin for an orbit.
- Drek's mech appeared as a large enemy in the PlayStation Home firing range space (past), although it did not appear that Drek was piloting it.
- Drek was quite small for his kind as his scientists and troopers (who were also Blarg) were taller.
- Kevin Michael Richardson did not reprise the role of Drek in the 2016 movie or the game based on the movie.
Behind the scenes
- In Ratchet & Clank, Chairman Drek was voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson, who also voices the Commando and Qwark's bouncer.
- Ratchet & Clank (2002 game) (first appearance)
- Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando (mentioned only)
- Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal (mentioned and flashback only)
- Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters (Insomniac Museum only)
- Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (IRIS only)
- Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time (indirectly mentioned only)
- Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault (skin only)
- Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus (statue only)
- Ratchet & Clank (PS4) (re-imagined Drek)
- Ratchet & Clank (movie) (re-imagined Drek)