Duke Nukem

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Duke Nukem in the title screen of
Duke Nukem in the title screen of Duke Nukem 3D

Duke Nukem is a computer game character that first appeared in an Apogee platform game of the same name, which was published in 1991. This game was written for the IBM PC compatible, and featured 320200, 16-color EGA graphics with vertical and horizontal scrolling. The original game consisted of three episodes, the first of which was distributed as shareware. A sequel, entitled Duke Nukem II, was published by Apogee in 1993. This sequel took advantage of 320200, 256-color VGA graphics as well as horizontal and vertical scrolling. Although the graphics were stunning for 1993, only 16 colors were actually used on-screen at once; however, three different 16-color palettes were used in the game.

The first Duke Nukem game was titled Duke Nukem, but Apogee learned that this name might have already been trademarked, so they changed it to Duke Nukum for the 2.0 revision. The name was later discovered not to be trademarked, so the spelling Duke Nukem was restored for Duke Nukem II and all successive Duke games, and is preferred even when referring to the original.

The character is now best known from the first-person shooter game Duke Nukem 3D, developed by Apogee's 3D Realms division and released in 1996. Duke Nukem 3D was one of the most controversial games at the time due to its gratuitous violence, strong language and racy content.

Though initially a disgruntled TV viewer who took offense to Doctor Proton interrupting the soap operas, Duke's personality in all his games since Duke Nukem 3D was that of a womanizer, and his missions generally involved killing aliens that had invaded Earth to enslave the women. Influences of the Duke Nukem character include Hollywood-action heroes such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Bruce Willis. In turn, the main character of Serious Sam is suppose to be a parady of Duke Nukem.

A live action Duke Nukem movie has been announced but no casting decisions have been made public as of January 2005.

Some of Duke's catchphrases, voiced by Jon St. John:


  • "Hail to the king, baby!" (a reference to Army of Darkness)
  • "Come get some!" (a reference to Army of Darkness and Full Metal Jacket)
  • "Shake it, baby!"
  • "Let's rock!" (a reference to Aliens)
  • "It's time to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and I'm all outta gum" (a reference to They Live)
  • "I'm Duke Nukem, and I'm coming to get the rest of you alien bastards!"
  • "Makin' Bacon!"
  • "Groovy!" (a line from Evil Dead 2)
  • "Nobody steals our chicks... And lives"
  • "Mmm... That's one doomed space marine!" (a reference to Doom)
  • "Somebody is gonna freakin' pay for screwing up my vacations!"
  • "Wow... I make this look good!"
  • "Time flies when you're kickin' ass!"
  • "Damn, I'm looking good!"
  • "I'll be done with you and still have time to watch Oprah!" (In Duke Nukem 1)
  • "Mhh... Don't have time to play with myself!" (this comes after Duke sees an arcade of the earlier Duke Nukem games, or if all other players leave a multiplayer game)
  • "I'm going to rip off your head and shit down your neck" (he says to a boss before he fights it. Then afterwards he rips off its head, pulls down his pants, sits on the neck and reads a newspaper. Also a reference to Full Metal Jacket)
  • "Yippie-ki-ay motherf*cker!" (a reference to Die Hard - bleeped out in-game)
  • (crackings his knuckles) "What are you waiting for, Christmas?"
  • "That's gotta hurt"
  • "I ain't afraid of no quake" (a reference to the soon to be released Quake)
  • "Hehe, what a mess"
  • "Your face, your ass, what's the difference?"
  • "Let God sort 'em out" (after killing a lot of monsters)
  • "The last thing what will go through your mind before you die is my size 13 boot"
  • "Get that crap outta here!" (Duke Nukem: Total Meltdown, a port of DN3D for Playstation)
  • "Ahh, the captain's log!" (DN: Total Meltdown)
  • "They don't nuke em, better than me!"
  • "Like to become an endangered species?" (Duke Nukem: Zero Hour, N64 exclusive)
  • "C'mon, bleed for me!" (DN: Zero Hour)
  • "Oh boy, it's clobberin' time!" (DN: Zero Hour) (a reference to The Thing)
  • "Mess with the best, die like the rest." (DN: Zero Hour)
  • "Kids, remember I'm a professional; don't try this at home." (DN: Zero Hour)
  • "I ain't ready for a gravestone yet." (DN: Zero Hour)
  • "Great, what am I supposed to use, harsh language?" (DN: Zero Hour) (a reference to Aliens)
  • "Warning: this product may make safe unsafe." (DN: Zero Hour)
  • "Perfect for home defence." (DN: Zero Hour)
  • "Pop quiz, hot shot: what's got six legs and no head? heh-heh, you in thirty seconds." (DN: Zero Hour)
  • "Gonna rip 'em a new one." (DN: Zero Hour)
  • "Say goodnight to the badguy." (DN: Zero Hour)
  • "You're too good-looking to kill, but I'm going to kill you anyway." (DN: Zero Hour, reference to his time-cloned self)

The Duke games

As of 2005, there have been three "main" Duke Nukem games, and a number of other games in which the character starred:

A long-promised sequel to Duke Nukem 3D, Duke Nukem Forever, is still in production after several years of development.

Other Duke games

Duke Nukem has made cameo appearances in a few other Apogee games. He appeared in Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure (1992) and Death Rally (1996). Additionally, there was a Duke Nukem table in the 1998 pinball title Balls of Steel from Apogee's Pinball Wizards division—the title Balls of Steel is a reference to a pinball machine seen in Duke Nukem 3D.

External links

A different, unrelated Duke Nukem was also a villain on the cartoon series Captain Planet and the Planeteers. This Duke Nukem was a radioactive mutant, portraying the dangers of nuclear pollution.de:Duke Nukem sv:Duke Nukem


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