- "This... is... it. The Aether, the infinite, the reality beyond. Beyond the world you know, beyond your perception. Things are going to get a lot worse before they get better. You changed the rules. There are certain things that you can't ever change. All I ask, is that you do the right thing. The right thing for everyone."
- — Dr. Monty
Doctor Monty is a character that appears in the Zombies mode of Call of Duty: Black Ops III, and mentioned in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. He serves as a supporting character for the last few Zombies maps of Black Ops III, and is revealed to be an antagonist in the Aether Story maps of Black Ops 4, and, by extension, the final antagonist of the Aether Story.
He is the creator of most of the features in the mode itself: the GobbleGum Machine and the Factory that creates them, the appearances of the Mystery Box, chalk drawings, Power-Ups, Persistent Upgrades that appear in all the Zombie maps. He also assisted Group 935 in creating Perk-a-Colas, which are also seen within his factory.
He is also a member of the ancient Keeper race, though throughout most of his appearance he has only assumed a human form of an old British man wearing a signature red scarf.
He is mentioned by Edward Richtofen in the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 map, Blood of the Dead, and is mentioned in a cipher in Classified by Ludvig Maxis before making a physical appearance in the ending of Alpha Omega, as well as in the ending cutscene for Tag Der Toten. He is mentioned in an Easter-egg within Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War in the campaign mission Operation Chaos.
- "Monty and Shadowman were more similar than you know, Richtofen. Both were corrupted by the Dark Aether. One by his own ambition, the other, desperately trying to save his friend."
- — Nikolai explaining the origins of Doctor Monty and the Shadowman
Monty, like his Keeper brethren, existed since the very beginning of the universe. Not much is known about his history, other than that he used to have one person he considers his best friend. That person would later be corrupted by the energy of the Dark Aether, and be known as the Shadowman. In a desperate attempt to save his friend, Monty too became corrupted by the Dark Aether. After a war breaks out, the Shadowman and the rest of the corrupted Keepers were banished to the Dark Aether, where they would eventually mutate into Apothicons. Monty and the Keepers took up the mantle of guardians of the universe, watching from afar and only interfering when the universe is in a state of imbalance.
Influence on the World
On October 28th, 1945, upon the teleportation of four individuals: Edward Richtofen, "Tank" Dempsey, Takeo Masaki and Nikolai Belinski (otherwise known as Ultimis), the universe began to show instability. Due to Monty being unable to directly interfere (violating human's free will), he offered indirect support through "little nudges", such as assisting Group 935 in producing special elixirs that would be later known as Perk-a-Colas, and adding chalk outlines of weapons all around. Despite his claim of only giving "little nudges", he would later influence the German scientist Ludvig Maxis to create the teleporter, as an engraving on his M.T.D prototype says: "For M, who started me on this journey".
It wasn't until the arrival of a drone carrying a human brain at Agartha that forced Monty to take a different measure. Using his power, Monty created a physical body for Maxis resembling that of his own in Dimension 63, and allowed him to reside at the House in Agartha. Following Maxis pulling Samantha Maxis's soul from the original timeline after the events in Moon, the Maxis of this dimension is wiped out from existence. However, realizing that Samantha had been corrupted by the Dark Aether as well, he was forced to separate the father-daughter pair. Monty takes her away from the house, and returned her to him later after cleansing her soul and restoring her innocence.
Monty then informs Maxis that the only way to save everyone at this point would be to separate Agartha from the rest of the multiverse, sealing it from Apothicon influence. He tells Maxis to instruct Richtofen to find the Kronorium, a book which contains the location of an artifact called the Summoning Key, which can collect and store souls that survive the fracturing of the universe. Maxis follows Monty's instructions, as he tells Richtofen that "The test subjects must never be allowed to be awakened", and later teleports him to the house, initiating Primis Richtofen's journey.
After having Primis Richtofen retrieve the key from Morg City in Dimension 63, Monty then accepts an innocent Richtofen soul, named Eddie, from Dimension 2210 into the House. He introduces Eddie to Samantha, and provided them toys to play with, comprising of various Zombies characters. He would keep a close watch on Richtofen later on, due to a sense of mistrust, and the nature of himself and his companions.
After Richtofen sends the souls to the House, Monty introduces himself by only speaking to Dempsey, Nikolai and Takeo, believing that Richtofen is doing "his own thing". He explains to them that he's suspicious of Richtofen's plans and tells them that everything will make sense once they reach "the House". He also attempts to explain his role in shaping up the universe, and his "nudges". Primis would then return to the House, where they destroy the teleporter and seal Agartha off from the rest of the multiverse.
However, Maxis would eventually be manipulated into accidentally releasing the Shadowman from the Key. While Monty tries to hold the dimension together due to the Apothicon's invasion, Primis would then try to find a way to defeat the Shadowman. Monty tries to reach out to Primis, telling them of the story behind the Keeper and Apothicon conflict, as well as the difficulty of his role. Eventually, with the help of Sophia, Primis defeats the Shadowman, and the Apothicons are banished once more, with the Summoning Key (containing Maxis and the children) lost in deep space. As Monty begins to ponder the future of his perfect world, he finds that Primis somehow remains alive, rather than disappearing from existence. He discovers that the four of them have consumed blood of souls that came from closed dimensions, thus causing a paradox. He contemplates wiping them out of existence as well, but then realizes that the better option would be to send them back to medieval times to assist the Keepers in the Great War, effectively solving the paradox and completing the cycle of the universe.
At some point, as seen within Zombies Chronicles, Monty begins to watch over Ultimis and Primis once more, this time laying out recordings of himself talking about the events that transpired at the locations that both crews once visited in the previous cycles.
The Broken Cycle
In truth, Monty's plan was revealed to never have been about saving the universe. As Maxis found out, humanity was doomed to relive the cycle over and over the moment Element 115 was discovered. The only way to truly save it was to purge 115 from existence, before humans could ever find it. However, Maxis suspected that doing so would negatively impact Monty, thus explaining why he never chose to do this and would rather perpetuate the cycle.
When Primis manages to break free of the cycle during their time at Alcatraz, the group's plan changed from securing all the souls to defeating Monty. While they and their Ultimis counterparts work together to recover an Elemental Shard (per Primis Nikolai's instructions), Monty begins to suspect something is off. Maxis attempts to contact Richtofen, informing him of Monty's true plan. After Primis and Ultimis acquire the shard, Maxis finally reaches them, warning them of Monty's awareness of their plan. Monty, now realizing the truth, turns into his true form and devours Maxis, but not before he manages to teleport Samantha and Eddie away. At Camp Edward, Samantha reveals her intentions to kill Monty and destroy Agartha.
After awakening Victis, Ultimis Richtofen informs Stuhlinger of Monty (which he misinterprets as "Doctor Minty"), to which Stuhlinger asks if he is a "bad guy". It is revealed through a radio-log recorded by Pablo Marinus that the cycle is the only thing keeping Monty alive.
Shortly after escorting the Agarthan Device across the facility, Victis overhears a conversation held by Ultimis and Primis, describing the duality of Monty and the Shadowman. Primis Nikolai points out the fact that the two are more similar than they are different, as both were corrupted by the Dark Aether. It is at this point that Nikolai reveals that Monty was corrupted by the Dark Aether attempting to save the Shadowman. Almost immediately after, Ultimis and Primis are killed off, and the Summoning Key is destroyed, plunging Monty and Agartha into the Dark Aether forever.
- There contains, within the game-files of Revelations, Demonic Announcer quotes voiced by Doctor Monty, hinting that he may have been the Demonic Announcer originally.
- Despite being a Keeper and not an Apothicon, Doctor Monty's true form is revealed to be extremely similar to that of the Shadowman's.
- He claims to have invented free will.
- According to a quote within Revelations, he developed an app at some point.
- It can be assumed he also wrote the jingles for the Perk-a-Colas, as he can be heard singing the jingles for Juggernog, Speed Cola, Double Tap Root Beer, and Quick Revive in Revelations.
- Throughout Black Ops III, Monty is compared to various Abrahamic figures, chiefly God and Satan.
- In a personalized message from Treyarch to YouTuber NoahJ456, Monty claims to have known a Noah at some point, which reminds him if "he's a good swimmer", referencing the Genesis flood narrative.
- Monty claims to be omnipotent, as well as being responsible for receiving "prayers to the Angels".
- Shadowman directly names him as The Devil, attributing various titles to him that are typically associated with the Devil (although his claims are unconfirmed).
- Monty not only has a factory for creating Perk-a-Colas and Gobblegums, but he also creates other types of food, who can be found throughout the Black Ops series, most noticeably his chocolate bars:
- In the beginning of the Black Ops III campaign mission In Darkness, Hendricks eats a Dr. Monty chocolate bar. Hendricks says Monty's chocolate tastes like heaven.
- In the Cold War campaign mission Operation Chaos, various Dr. Monty chocolate bars can be seen in the gas-station.
- In the Multiplayer map Aquarium, a Dr. Monty chocolate bar can be found on a shelf in the Feeding Frenzy Cafe.
- In the Multiplayer map Splash, a security station at the Black Ops spawn has Dr. Monty's chocolate bar lying on a computer desk.
- In the Multiplayer map Micro, there are several bottles with the imprint "Dr. Monty's Cream Soda".
- Dr. Monty's chocolate bar is a weapon charm within Black Ops 4.
- In the outro cutscene of Forsaken, The Director has a snow-globe of Monty's house.