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"Can you grasp the splendor of it? The intelligence of the human brain amalgamated with the efficiency and obedience of the machine. Machine Man. Clear the room."
Deathshead speaking to B.J. Blazkowicz and the Prototype Robot.[src]

The Prototype Robot (German: Prototype-Roboter), also called "Machine Man (German: Maschinenmensch)" by Deathshead, is the penultimate boss of Wolfenstein: The New Order. It is operated by the disembodied brain of either Probst Wyatt or Fergus Reid, depending on who B.J. Blazkowicz chose for Deathshead to vivisect at the end of the intro level.

After the reveal, it will steal the player's weapons, and equip itself with the LKW. During the fight, it must be defeated using the Tesla grenades found in the nearby crates to temporarily disable it, allowing Blazkowicz time to remove the brain from the robot. Following the battle, Wyatt/Fergus apologizes to Blazkowicz for attacking him and asks Blazkowicz to kill him. Blazkowicz tearfully obliges his request by destroying his brain, ending his suffering.

On higher difficulties, this boss can jump while throwing grenades on him, making the fight harder.


  • The boss could be a tribute to the first boss of Doom 3 or Quake 4, where a team-mate shares the same fate to be enslaved by the antagonistic and forced to fight the protagonist.
  • The design of the robot may have been influenced by a mysterious drawing of a robot operated by a dog's severed head, rumored to have been made by Soviet scientist Sergei Brukhonenko, who frequently decapitated various animals (primarily dogs) followed by attempts of keeping their severed heads alive using machinery.
  • The Boss is very similar to RoboCain from RoboCop 2 and Stroggified Voss from Quake IV, especially the way both machines are powered by the brain of a man.
  • The robot will punch and critically injure the player if he gets too close prior to the boss fight.