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- "Violence, selfishness, as individuals it is our greatest strength, but as a species it is our greatest weakness."
- ―Fyodor Malikov[src]
Dr. Fyodor Malikov (Russian: Фёдор Мaликов) was a mysterious Russian scientist in the Resistance storyline. It was Malikov who created the Cloven, and was responsible for Nathan Hale's semi-immunity to the Chimeran virus (Revealed in Project Abraham). He is a supporting main character in Resistance 2 and Resistance 3, and was also mentioned in some Intel in Resistance: Retribution and the Project Abraham viral website.
Fyodor Malikov was born in 1896 and grew up becoming an accomplished scientist in the field of biology. At some point of his life, the Chimera made their first appearance and began their attack on Russia in 1927. While Russia was slowly being conquered and the existence of the Chimera was still a mystery, Malikov secretly worked for the Russian government. During that time, he discovered the existence of Pure Chimera in the crater from the Tunguska Event, and was able to obtain a sample of Pure Chimeran DNA in creating an experimental vaccine which shows promise in creating a resistance to the Chimeran virus.
Malikov later experimented with Pure Chimeran DNA and undertook several genetic experiments with several other Chimeran DNA. He created a serum called I-8 to be used on surviving Russian soldiers in order to make them immune to the Crawler infection and turning them into super soldiers. He began several tests, and on January 1st, 1927, he inoculated tens of thousands of soldiers. The soldiers placed their trust in Malikov that this would work. For several months, the injections worked perfectly and they were resistant to the virus and were effective in combating the Chimera. But by November, the soldiers began acting strangely and had been experiencing horrible nightmares and eventually succumbing to insanity. Disturbingly, they began calling Malikov their "father" and considered themselves his "children", and further claiming that they had visions and that blood speaks to them. Around early 1928, their supposed leader, Andrei Vezenskiy, came to Malikov and explained what was happening to them. Extremely concerned, Malikov tried to make sense of what Andrei was saying. Andrei began to threaten Malikov by showing what appeared to be telekinesis and announced that the "children" would go out into the world. He then went insane and attacked Malikov.
Somehow, Malikov survived the struggle and fled the oncoming Chimera and his insane experiments on April 20th, 1928. In September 1930, it was then that over 90% of the soldiers became AWOL and called themselves the Cloven in which they become much of a threat as the Chimera. In response to these developments, Malikov worked desperately to improve his vaccine but his efforts were hindered as he has to move from place to place to avoid the encroaching conflict. It was during his travels that Malikov became an excellent marksman and managed to defend Karachev from the Chimera for sixteen years before being "liberated" by American SPRA agents to England on December 1941. After Russia fell, Malikov worked for SRPA to again find a cure to the Chimeran virus and to make up for his mistakes with the Cloven. He worked with many scientists in Europe who knew about the Chimeran threat, including Dr. Claude Bouchard.
Malikov helped set up the Military Defense Commission to develop weapons that could destroy the Chimera. He ran dozens of experiments in America and Europe. He and Claude Bouchard became colleagues and studied the Chimera and Cloven together to learn more about them. Malikov created several anti-viruses test using Pure Chimeran DNA for the use of creating a vaccine against the Chimeran Virus. He made sure that he didn't recreate the Cloven and so made a few adjustments to the Alpha series to create a Beta series serum. However, the results were not well and the soldiers either died or were converted. He eventually created a Gamma series which successfully worked than its predecessors. 70% of the soldiers survived at least 72 hours beyond the point of infection, and less than 10% suffered from extreme forms of dementia and psychosis.
He created several other serums made from lower strains of Chimera to see the results. In 1950, Malikov became the orchestrator of Project Abraham, which he tested his serums and vaccines on several human test subjects that were chosen for the project. Only one subject, Joseph Capelli, survived and so Malikov ordered that Capelli to be brought to him in Station Genesis in Bryce Canyon, Utah. He then created a similar serum for all of the other subjects.
While he was still experimenting, he improved the Gamma series and ordered that two subjects, Jordan Adam Shepherd and Nathan Hale to be injected with the vaccines. Jordan Shepard had an immunity deficiency and began suffering similar symptoms to the Cloven before eventually transforming into a being known as Daedalus. Malikov had Daedalus shipped to SRPA Station Igloo in Iceland for study. Nathan Hale also spoke of visions in his head and then slipped into a coma for a short period of time. It appears that the virus inside Hale seemed to have been kept dormant for a while. When he awoke, Hale was sent over to London on July 11th, 1951 in Operation Deliverance, and was infected by Crawlers which re-awakened the virus in him. During the same month Malikov was working in Iceland's Station Igloo at the time and studying Daedalus and the Holar Tower. He feared that Hale was a risk and had to be found if he was to end up like Shepherd. Hale was later recovered by X-Ray Squad, led by Major Richard Blake, and taken to Station Igloo. However, Chimeran forces attacked the base on July 15th to rescue Daedalus, who managed to escape and later become leader of the Chimera. Malikov escaped the base with Hale and Blake and they flew to America. Malikov ran multiple tests on Hale. By that time, Malikov had augmented the Gamma series vaccine that was made from Crawlers and inoculating several soldiers into becoming immune to the virus, creating the Sentinels.
The Chimeran War
Over the next two years, Malikov acted as Nathan Hale's supervising physician and constantly ran experiments to reverse engineer Chimeran technology and studying the growth of the virus within the Sentinels. He developed inhibitor serums which were injected into each Sentinel for every few hours to prevent them from succumbing to the virus. Over time he began to notice that Hale's immunity to the virus was failing and he feared what would happen. At that time America had slowly began losing large amounts of territory to the Chimera who had devised a new strategy to reactivate all of the Chimeran Towers and recover the newly discovered Gray Tech.
Malikov later discovered the importance of Gray Tech and ordered the recovery of the technology as a top priority. Under the studies of the Gray Tech by SRPA under Project Prometheus, these studies led Malikov to discover that the Chimeran towers were over 60 million years old and then from the non-Chimeran artifacts that there was another race at war with the Chimera at that time. In which he later supported Dr. Julia Cathcart's theory on the Prometheus Weapon and what possibly be the cause for the Chimera's defeat millions of years ago. From his extensive research on the relationships between the Chimeran fleet, the Chimeran tower network, and the Gray Tech Malikov believed that they were to create a "spacial distortion bubble" that could be used to transport great large objects in great distance, in which was being used by the Chimera on a global scale (a theory later proven correct). He was quickly dismissed for his theories by many SRPA scientists and often came to blows with Major Blake on this theory, but Malikov's belief that the confiscation of the Gray Tech was vital to prevent Daedalus from accomplishing his mysterious goal.
Malikov was performing an inhibitor treatment on Hale in SRPA Station 3 in San Francisco when the Chimera began a full scale invasion of America on May 15th, 1953. Malikov believed that Hale might only have nineteen hours left to live and was reluctant when Hale had to go defend the base. Hale rescued Malikov when the base began to flood, and Malikov was evacuated to Station Genesis. A few hours later, the Chimeran flagship breached the Liberty Defense Perimeter and attacked the station. Hale solely decided to try and rescue Malikov instead of getting the now overdue inhibitor treatment. Malikov watched as Daedalus activated the Chimeran tower network from the hub tower at the base before Hale found Malikov and led him out of the base. Malikov explained to Hale the origins of Daedalus and Hale himself of being injected with the same Pure Chimeran DNA. After Hale defeated The Swarm, Malikov told him that to stop Daedalus, they needed to deactivate the hub tower in Chicago.
On the recommendations from Malikov, SRPA launched a full assault on Chimera-controlled Chicago. Echo Team managed to clear an air corridor for Malikov to reach the tower and deactivate it. Unfortunately, as he deactivates the tower it is reactivated by Daedalus from Iceland. SRPA then led an assault on the Holar Tower which ultimately fails and Hale was put into a coma for six weeks forcing Malikov to find another way to reverse the conversion process. Following those six week, the Chimera breached and devastated the Defense Perimeter and Daedalus managed to reactivate the tower network throughout Earth and the Chimeran Fleet gathers above the Chicxulub Crater in Mexico. During those weeks, Malikov observed the fleet's presence over the Chicxulub Crater and knowing the full intentions of Daedalus' plans, created a plan in which he hopes will destroy the fleet in which a fission bomb would be use to be detonate in the middle of the crater, creating a chain reaction and wiping out the fleet. As preparations for Malikov's plan were committed by SRPA for Operation Black Eden, Malikov watched over Hale's comatose state in a field base in Cocodrie, Louisiana and apprehensively acknowledged in his notes that should either Hale or Daedalus triumph over the other, a terrible and unforeseen consequence would await for humankind. Malikov began working on a Zeta series of inhibitors, and believed that it would take two weeks for him to inoculate Hale. Blake however, claimed that he would need Hale for Black Eden, and Hale would need to be woken for it, despite the risks. After Hale was woken from his coma on June 26th, Malikov sadly informed Hale's condition that he only has three hours left to live.
After informing Hale and seeing off Echo Team as they started Operation Black Eden, Malikov quickly headed North West to rendezvous with other surviving Sentinels, U.S. Soldiers and Freedom First fighters in New York, to launch another operation, this time led by President Thomas Voss and Captain Marvin Kawecki on the central Chimeran Hub Tower, in an attempt to liberate New York. This operation was due to the total loss of fighters that fought, few survived. Malikov included.
Malikov, though presumed to have committed suicide at the end of Resistance 2, is actually still alive and appears in Resistance 3. He had considered taking his own life due to the burden and guilt for being indirectly responsible for the creation of the Cloven and Daedalus before realizing that he is possibly the only person in the world to possess the foremost knowledge about the Chimera, and willingly to do everything he can to stop the Chimera even at the cost of his own life.
In the events following the occurrence at the Gulf of Mexico, Malikov had studied Nathan Hale's corpse and came to the discovery of unique antigens found within his blood cells that is effectively immune to the Chimeran virus. This led to Malikov isolating the unique proteins in Hale's blood and successfully creating a cure to the Chimeran virus known as the Hale vaccine. Malikov would later observe the aftermath of the Chimeran fleet's destruction and the effects of the fission bomb which had only sped up the Chimera's plans and caused a chain reaction which created a wormhole above a Chimeran tower in New York City; where he then learned that the tower in New York served in the Chimera's new goal in cooling the Earth and wiping out the remnants of humanity. Malikov was present to witness SRPA committing their forces in attempting to destroying the tower but only to ended in failure. In the next four years, Malikov then realized that the only other individual who can help him in destroying the tower was Joseph Capelli.
On August 7th, 1957 after four long months searching for Capelli he finally arrives in Haven, Oklahoma. Capelli was furious with Malikov's arrival for he had inadvertently brought the Chimera to Haven after being unwittingly followed by Chimeran drones. Malikov told him and his family about the Chimera's intentions in New York and also had mentioned that no one will survive through the winter. He then tells Capelli that he is the only one who knows how to stop the Chimera and that Capelli is the only Sentinel left and the only person who can protect him on. Initially, however, Capelli coldly rejected his offer. As Haven was about to be destroyed by a Terraformer, Malikov was leaving the town. Just as he left, Capelli was escaping with the townspeople and was confronted by his wife Susan, who convinced him in joining Malikov's journey.
The two traveled on riverboat through the Mississippi River for two days. They are attacked by Goliaths and their boat destroyed, in which Malikov was injured and suffer bacterial infection, forcing them to seek shelter in St. Louis. They eventually meet the Remnants led by Charlie Tent in which Capelli helped them in capturing a Chimeran power core for their VTOL in exchange for penicillin for Malikov's infection and a ride to New York. After capturing the power core, Malikov and Capelli were given a lift on their VTOL. They travel over near Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania where they were attacked by a Chimeran dropship, causing Capelli to fell out uninjured. Malikov was drop off nearby to reunite with Capelli. They find a train station and meet with Jean Rose, a member of a religious community near a coal mine. After Capelli saved Jean's husband Jonathan, a train is repaired for Malikov and Capelli to continue their travel.
Their journey, however, is interrupted by "Wardens". Although they managed to fought off the marauders from boarding, their train collides with a stampede of Widowmakers, causing it to derail. While trying to help Capelli who was stuck under the wreckage from the train, Malikov was brutally attacked by the Wardens' leader Mick Cutler. After being injured badly Mick beheaded him with a machete.
In a Credits photo it is suggested that his body would later be recovered, most likely by Joseph Capelli, and would be buried in the Nathan Hale Cemetery, a final tribute to his life long service and dedication in saving humanity from the Chimera.
Malikov seemed to be a kind, caring man. And as well is the world’s expert on the Chimeran virus. He tried to help mankind and was horrified at the deaths he had caused and the monsters he had created, such as the Cloven and Daedalus. He is described by some as a very strange and eccentric man, and is almost instantly likable.
He cared a lot about his patients and was even concerned more about Hale, as he feared of what Hale might become. However, he was not above sacrificing people for the greater good. He is never seen angry, but he has had disagreements with Blake in the past. He is trusting and very intelligent. Although he has made mistakes in the past, it was his efforts that created the Sentinels and led to many great discoveries such as Gray Tech. Malikov's only real goal was to bring an end to the Chimera and the Cloven.
Malikov is of average height, with brown eyes and is roughly in his 60's. He is balding and has gray hair and a gray beard. He wears circular, shaded glasses and wears a khaki SRPA scientist uniform. In battle he usually carries a Rossmore 238 Combat Shotgun.
- In Resistance: Retribution, an Intel says that some Cloven were found with a picture of Malikov in their mouths. There is a very similar report with the picture of an unknown "leader" in the mouths of some dead Cloven in Resistance: Fall of Man.
- Malikov can be unlocked as a multiplayer skin if players pre-ordered a copy of Resistance 2 from Amazon.com, or downloaded for free from the Playstation Store.
- By the start of Resistance 3 (August 9, 1957), Malikov is 61 years old.
- Malikov's skin can be acquired for use in Resistance 3 multiplayer by being in the winners side in Global Resistance.
- Like Hale, Malikov appeared in two Resistance games and was killed in the latter.