|Appears in||Call of Duty: World at War|
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Call of Duty: Zombies
Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
|Rank||Major General (formerly)|
|Affiliations||Wehrmacht (formerly), Group 935 (formerly), Illuminati|
|Status||Swapped bodies with Samantha Maxis, Inside the M.P.D. (Alive)|
|Weapon||M1911, any weapon obtained by the player.|
|Equipment||Stielhandgranate, M67 Grenade, Knife|
|Voice Actor||Nolan North|
- "Richtofen. I don't like him. I think I've seen him before Shi No Numa, but... I can't quite remember. In fact, I can't really remember much at all from before..."
- — Tank Dempsey
Doctor Edward Richtofen is a sociopath and a sadistic Nazi scientist who is a playable character in Zombies. His player indicator color is normally green (shared with Fidel Castro and Michael Rooker), but is randomized in Moon. He is the main antagonist in the Zombies plot. Richtofen's voice appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
"Beware The Doc". A message that was scrawled across walls of every town under Axis control. Starvation may cripple you, dysentery may wreck you, and gunfire may rip the flesh from your bones, but "Beware The Doc".
This is Dr. Richtofen, known affectionately as "The Butcher" to his victims as they scream in agony moments before he snuffs out their light. All through his career, Richtofen has been at the forefront of torture and information extraction research. Richtofen is an incurable sociopath and sees no moral distinction between natural death and murder; the victim is the victim, regardless of how their demise manifests itself.
Doctor Richtofen has a collection of stuffed animals, most of them posed in positions of terror at the instant of their death."
- — Richtofen's bio added with Map Pack 2 in World at War.
Richtofen worked under Ludvig Maxis in Group 935. As Maxis' progress slowed due to his infatuation with Sophia, he decided it was time to act for the betterment of Group 935 and kill Dr. Maxis. During a teleporter test, Edward locked Maxis and his daughter, Samantha, in a room with Fluffy, the first Hellhound, in an attempt to kill them, but they both escaped. Samantha ended up teleporting to Griffin Station and entering the M.P.D., taking control of the zombies, which Richtofen had planned to do. In order to take control of the zombies, he enlisted the help of Tank Dempsey, Nikolai Belinski, and Takeo Masaki, who were experimented on by Group 935 and whose memories had been wiped by Element 115. They first travel to a Japanese swamp and then to Der Reise, where the zombies were created. After overloading the teleporter with the Wunderwaffe DG-2, the group travels forward in time, ending up at a now-abandoned theater in Berlin, Germany, sometime in the 1960's. They then teleport to an abandoned Soviet Cosmodrome, where a scientist named Gersch needs to be freed.
The group then teleports to Siberia in 2011, where George Romero is filming a zombie movie with four well known actors. Things go awry when zombies appear and turn George into one of them. The celebrities find the group trapped in a small room. Richtofen then asks them to retrieve the Vril Generator for him. After they do, Richtofen gives the celebrities the Wunderwaffe DG-2 before the group teleports. The four of them end up in Shangri-La, which, despite its namesake, is filled with zombies to due the locals mining Element 115. Richtofen took the group here in order to retrieve the Focusing Stone. The group ends up having to help an explorer and his assistant escape. Although the two end up stuck in a never-ending loop, Richtofen acquires the Focusing Stone.
Having everything necessary to complete his plan, he teleports the group to Hangar 18 in Area 51, which is overrun with zombies. The group quickly runs to the teleporter in the hangar, sending them to Griffin Station on the Moon. Zombies are also present here due to previous tests by Richtofen. The group eventually opens the M.P.D., revealing Samantha Maxis, who still looks like a young girl despite all the years that passed. After fusing the Vril Generator and the Golden Rod together, Richtofen finally assumes control of the zombies by console-swapping bodies with Samantha. Ludvig Maxis then tells the group that there is a way to minimize the damage that Richtofen will cause. After following his instructions, the group watches as three rockets are launched towards Earth, one of them landing in a destroyed nuclear test site. The rockets destroy Earth, apparently destroying the remaining the zombies on Earth. However, the zombies still remain, along with four survivors.
- Nacht der Untoten (Black Ops version only)
- Verrückt (Black Ops version only)
- Shi No Numa
- Der Riese
- Kino der Toten
- "Five" (portrait only)
- Call of the Dead (heard only)
- Nuketown Zombies (heard only, new Demonic Announcer starting at the 25th round)
- Green Run (heard only, Demonic Announcer)
- Die Rise (heard only, Demonic Announcer)
- Main article: Shi No Numa/Quotes#Edward Richtofen
- Main article: Der Riese/Quotes#Edward Richtofen
- Main article: Kino der Toten/Quotes#Edward Richtofen
- Main article: Ascension/Quotes#Edward Richtofen
- Main article: Original Characters Trapped/Transcript
- Main article: Shangri-La/Quotes#Edward Richtofen
- Main article: Moon/Quotes#Edward Richtofen
- Main article: Richtofen's Grand Scheme/Transcript
- Main article: Green Run/Quotes#Edward Richtofen
- Main article: Die Rise/Quotes#Edward Richtofen
- Main article: Edward Richtofen/Trivia