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"Don't tell me what to do, I'm the captain! This is my ship!"
—Mathius losing his sanity.

Benjamin Mathius was the Captain of the USG Ishimura before the events of Dead Space.


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 Marker 3A 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 its captain, along with other devout Unitologists including Terrence Kyne, Challus Mercer and Warren Eckhardt.

During his time as the Ishimura's Captain, Mathius was mainly concerned with the Marker’s retrieval and intended on bringing it aboard for study. After arriving at Aegis VII and learning of the colonists' 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 colonists’ 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 (although, 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 Ishimuraʼs security guards to restrain him. As Mathius struggled, the sedative was lodged in his eye by Dr. Kyne, killing him. It is unknown whether this was an accident or a deliberate act by Dr. Kyne. 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 Ishimura's acting Captain.

Mathius was also found in the morgue by the main characters of Dead Space: Extraction and was featured in a few hallucinations. The first hallucination was experienced by Nathan McNeill in Chapter 5's Morgue, seeing Mathius sit up from his operating table. The second hallucination appeared as McNeill was down in the Captain's Nest in Chapter 9, where Mathius was seen 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.


  • Mathius was voiced by J.G. Hertzler in the game and by Jim Cummings in the film.
  • Mathius is mentioned in Chapter 10 of Dead Space 2 in a recording heard in the Tram Control room of the Ishimura. The recording covers a conversation between two crew members enthralled by the arrival of the Marker on the ship.
  • 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 going into his eye and him 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 appeared more accidental).
  • Mathius was killed via a needle in the eye. In Dead Space 2, both Nolan Stross and Isaac Clarke underwent a 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 is unknown.
  • 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 and film 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.
  • Strangely, when the Captain died in Downfall, his RIG did not make the flatline sound.



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