- “ 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 rampage 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. 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.
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 home world, 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 home world 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
- “ Unfortunately, this change in mass will cause your planet to spin out of control, and... drift into the sun which will explode into a flaming ball of gas, but of course, sacrifices must be made. 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 then claimed he had found a solution to this problem - 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. Drek, who had been calm and friendly during the broadcast, began to angrily rant at the camera 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, realizing 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 to capture 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 passed close by to Veldin while en route to Novalis, where they observed Ratchet and Clank leaving Veldin in Ratchet's homemade starship. Realizing the two could pose a problem to his plans, Drek ordered Captain Qwark to take care of them, who promptly left to deal with the duo.
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]
It became apparent the deal was entirely one-sided, as Drek calmly insisted that citizens should abandon the city in Tobruk Crater as his Blarg forces bulldozed it to prepare the region for extraction. The chairman of Novalis, however, 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, and was convinced that Qwark could dispose of 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 chairman, and began to remove him from the bridge.
The chairman made a final plea to Drek to end this madness. Drek thought on it, and then seemingly agreed to withdraw his troops after all. The surprised chairman was quite thrilled, but Drek immediately reneged on his claim, squashing the chairman's hopes. Drek then left the chairman at the mercy of the Robot Lieutenant, ordering him to "try not to leave any marks."
Following that, Drek's forces laid waste to Tobruk Crater, resulting in a large majority of citizens fleeing the planet via escape transports (with the exception of the poor).
Novalis' fate following the encounter has never been officially revealed and remains ambiguous. It is implied the planetary extraction went ahead, as the partially-completed artificial planet can be seen when Ratchet and Clank visit Eudora for the first time. However, considering Tobruk Crater can be revisited at any time, it is likely Drek chose to extract a different portion of the planet instead.
Drek Needs Trees
- “ I'm counting on your Lieutenant, and as your former commander can tell you, I don't take disappointment 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), expressing disappointment in that the Lieutenant's logging team was falling behind schedule. The Robot Lieutenant assured that everything was moving along smoothly, even panned the camera around to show their progress (which happened to show an Axe Bot accidentally killing another Axe Bot). Drek expected the Robot Lieutenant to keep his word, warning the Lieutenant that he would meet the same fate as his former commanding officer should he not reach his quota. The Robot Lieutenant, clearly unnerved by Drek's words, declared that he would not fail.
- “ 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 chop and ship trees to Drek's artificial world, Drek observed their progress via space aboard his Flagship.
Satisfied he had enough trees for his new world, Drek ordered the Commander to move their artificial world to the next location. Drek then pressed the comm button again and shouted for the Lieutenant, informing him that he had fulfilled his tree quota, albeit barely. The Lieutenant notified Drek that 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 moved onward, continuing his plans for 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 that Drek had an immense army of Blarg Troopers and robots at his side, 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 to his side. On this planet, Qwark led the duo into a death trap, where he revealed his alliance with the Chairman, explaining that the latter had promised him the role of "official spokesperson" for the new Blargian planet. However, beyond Qwark's realization, this promise could have never been kept, and his worth in Drek's eye only lessened when his Blargian Snagglebeast was unable to defeat Ratchet and Clank.
Nevertheless, the Chairman offered Qwark another chance, 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. It should be noted that Drek did not seem at all phased by the loss of Qwark, implying the Chairman never saw any real worth in Qwark in the first place.
The Perfect Orbit
Once Drek's new planet was completed, the final step needed before populating the new world was to place it in the ideal orbit. At the Bomb Factory on planet Hoven, he organized the construction of the PlanetBuster Maximus, a gigantic bomb with enough power to obliterate an entire planet. Unfortunately for the Chairman, Ratchet and Clank once again managed to stifle his efforts by destroying the PlanetBuster while it was leaving the planet.
Undeterred, Drek commissioned the construction of another planet-destroying superweapon - the Deplanetizer. He would later announce through HoloVision that it would be used to destroy the planet that occupied the chosen orbit for his new Blargian planet - Veldin.
Invasions of Oltanis and Kalebo III
While Ratchet and Clank were en route to the Gemlik Moonbase, Drek launched a surprise attack on the planet Oltanis. As the entire population of Oltanis were unarmed pacifists, the Blarg rampaged across Gorda City completely unopposed, reducing the once vibrant city to an apocalyptic warzone. After stealing the city's lightning collectors, the city became ravaged by lightning strikes, made worse by the continual bombing by Blargian warships. The lightning was so bad that, by the time Ratchet and Clank arrived, the former was forced to explore the city ruins alone, as it was too dangerous for Clank to venture outside the ship.
Later, Drek ordered his Elite Blargian troops to launch an attack on the Gadgetron Headquarters on the planet Kalebo III, with the express purpose of eliminating Ratchet and Clank, the duo continually proving to be a massive thorn in Drek's side. The Chairman even gave his troops permission to destroy Gadgetron, should the task require it. Ratchet and Clank managed to warn the Gadgetron CEO of the impending attack, but the CEO was not concerned, claiming Kalebo III's defences were "the best money can buy". As Drek's attacking force was relatively small, it is likely the invasion was short-lived at best.
- “ 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 starts all over again. Ah, brilliant. ”
- ―Drek, revealing his master plan to Ratchet and Clank [R&C]
After learning of Drek's intentions to destroy Veldin with the Deplanetizer, Ratchet and Clank tracked the location of both the Chairman and the superweapon 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, still believing Drek had good intentions, told him that there had be a better way to make a home for his people. The evil chairman then revealed it was never about helping his race - 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 then 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 flip over. Desperately fiddling with the control sticks to avoid being crushed, the mech's rockets activated, propelling the screaming Drek across space and crashing into his own planet. With the Deplanetizer now aimed squarely at the artificial world, Ratchet and Clank activated the superweapon, destroying 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 saved the Solona Galaxy from Drek's reign of terror. In Deadlocked, Orxon was re-visited, and 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 for his kind, even smaller than Ratchet. He had a more pale complexion than most other Blarg and light blue eyes that glowed faintly. Despite this, Drek was both highly intelligent and confident, who almost always presented himself a professional, business-like demeanor. He was never seen without his smart pinstripe suit and tie, and his hair was always tied into an elegant topknot.
During the events leading up to and throughout Ratchet and Clank, Drek displayed masterful planning and organization skills. He was able to pollute Orxon to the point of becoming uninhabitable without being discovered, single-handedly command vast armies of Blargian troops and robots, manage large amounts of resources, and oversee the construction of superweapons and planet-sized machinery in his grand scheme to build an entire artificial world. His skill was probably best demonstrated by the extremely rapid construction of the Deplanetizer superweapon after the destruction of the PlanetBuster Maximus, proving Drek's ability to overcome great setbacks to his plans.
Drek was a corrupt, greedy and tyrannical dictator who demanded a great deal of respect from others, which only grew as his own position of power rose. He was an excellent manipulator, easily able to sweet-talk or force people into doing his bidding, but quick to squash them should they refuse. Drek seemed to harbor a certain sadistic sense of humor, and exhibited a temper as short as his own stature. He did not take the failures of his subordinates well, and was easily angered by stupidity, incompetence, and even minor insults. The Chairman also displayed many sociopathic tendencies, chief among them being a total lack of empathy for his victims, underlings, and even his own race during his crusade.
These qualities, combined with his fearsome reputation, iron-fisted rule, "ends justify the means" attitude, and relentless pursuit of his own goals made Chairman Drek a seemingly unstoppable force, and a terrifying menace. Had Ratchet and Clank not intervened, Drek may have very well led the entire Solona Galaxy (and possibly beyond) to the brink of ruin.
- 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.
- In keeping with the series' use of toilet humor, Drek's name, in Slovene, Yiddish and other languages, translates into a swear word for dung, poop, feces, etc..
- 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.
Notes and references