- "Don't tell me what to do, I'm the captain! This is my ship!"
- —Matthius losing his sanity.
Prior to Dead Space
Nothing is known about Mathius’s early life other than that he was a high ranking Unitologist and ship captain employed by the Concordance Extraction Corporation who was entrusted with retrieving Red Marker from Aegis VII and bringing it to the Church. To carry out his mission, the Church of Unitology used its vast influence within the CEC to have Mathius posted on the USG Ishimura in its last cycle of duty as it’s captain along with other devout Unitologists including Dr.’s Terrence Kyne and Challus Mercer.
During his time as the Ishimura’s, Mathias was mainly concerned with the Marker’s retrieval and was intent on bringing it aboard for study. After arriving at Aegis VII and learning of the colonist’s bizarre and unusual behavior and the increasing deaths, Mathius took a hardline stance on preventing any further interaction with the colony as he did not want whatever was causing it to spread to the ship as he feared it would hinder his mission to retrieve the marker. He was also intent on preventing any of his crew from making contact with the company and blocked off any outgoing communications. When confronted by Kyne over the Marker’s potential influence over the colonist’s behavior, Kyne reassured him that the risk was worth it.
Through a log made by Mathius, it was revealed that he believed that the Church planned on publicly revealing the Marker once it was in their possession (Though, given from the clandestine nature of the Church, it was unknown whether this was the Church's true intentions or not). Also, as it was alleged in a log made by the Chief Communications Officer, after attempting to call for help, it appeared that Mathius overloaded the Communications Array in an effort to prevent any off-ship communications that could jeopardize the mission.
As the events progressed and Mathius became more and more erratic, Kyne declared him unfit for active duty and relieved him from command by ordering the Ishimuras security guards to restrain him. As Mathius struggled, the sedative was lodged in his eye by Dr. Kyne, killing him. In the game itself, it is unknown whether this was an accident or a deliberate act by Dr. Kyne or not. A text log, containing an autopsy of Mathius suggested that the needle went through the eye, through the skull and into the frontal lobe, killing him instantly. The security guards promptly turned on Kyne, despite his protests that the death was an accident. With Mathius dead, D. White became the Ishimuras acting Captain.
Mathius is also found in the morgue by the main characters of Dead Space: Extraction and was featured in a few hallucinations. The first hallucination was Nathan McNeill in Chapter 5's Morgue, seeing Mathius sit up from his operating table. The second hallucination appeared as Nathan McNeill was down in the Captain's Nest in Chapter 9 where Mathius was sitting in the Captain's Seat. As McNeill stepped close to him, Mathius looked back at him with the needle still stuck in his cranium, screaming.
Events of Dead Space
Mathius' body was taken to the Morgue where his body laid while the Necromorphs began to overtake the ship. To access the Bridge's computer, the crew of the USG Kellion needed Mathius' RIG. Eventually, when Isaac Clarke came to retrieve it from the corpse of the former Captain, an Infector leaped upon it, resurrecting Mathius as an Enhanced Slasher.
Isaac promptly killed the creature, putting him down for good and taking his RIG. Mathius was the very first person who Isaac witnessed transform into a Necromorph and was also the first Enhanced Necromorph that he faced.
- There was a continuity error in Mathius' death between the movie and the game. The video log that Isaac picked up depicting his death showed a more reasonable, calm Mathius that was still restrained as the needle went into his eye and died immediately (In the game, it seemed to appear that Kyne may have done this on purpose, despite his claims). The Mathius from the film broke free of his restrainers and savagely tried to kill Dr. Kyne, resulting in the needle accidentally going into his eye and flailing about and falling face-first with the needle penetrating through his cranium into his brain, finally killing him (In the film's case, his death was clearly accidental).
- This may be a purposeful move to illustrate the conflicting perceptions surrounding his death. On the other hand, it could be an oversight.
- Mathius was killed (accidentally) via a needle in the eye. In Dead Space 2, both Nolan Stross and Isaac Clarke underwent the procedure which involved a needle through the eye and into a particular part of the brain to retrieve the Marker codes so another Marker could be built aboard Titan Station. Whether this was entirely coincidental or there was an explicit choice to include this reference or not remained to be seen.
- The Benjamin Mathius of the Dead Space comics was significantly different from the version of himself in the video game or film. In the comics, Mathius had no facial hair and appeared slightly younger. Mathius in the video game was older and voiced by J.G. Hertzler. The Mathius of the film was voiced by Jim Cummings, appeared older and had white hair followed by a white beard.
- It was stated in the autopsy log found in Chapter 2 that the Captain's blood contained low amount of Leukocytes (White blood cells) while completely lacking Eosinophil, the white blood cells that are responsible for fighting the infections and parasites off. According to the log, in the pre-flight tests, this problem was not present. There was a very small possibility that these effects could be related to exposure to the Red Marker. It was also possible that this may be the Marker's way of allowing victims to be infected easier.
- Mathius may be a reference to Jonathan Matthias, the leader of an occult in the movie, The Omega Man where he convicted the protagonist, Robert Neville of heresy as Mathius did to Kyne.
- Strangely, when the Captain died in Downfall, his RIG did not make the flatline sound.
- It seemed strange that with the circumstances surrounding the Ishimura, that the Bridge's crew even decided to move Mathias to the Morgue as it seemed to be a somewhat trivial and dangerous task. Not to mention the fact that the Morgue was completely overrun at the near start of Dead Space: Downfall. However, with the size of the Ishimura, it was possible that there are other Morgues that are in safe operation on the Medical Deck.
- Dead Space (Comics) (First appearance)
- Dead Space
- Dead Space: Downfall
- Dead Space: Extraction
- Dead Space: Extraction (Comics)