- "What makes you think you can win when so many others have failed, huh?"
- —Hadrian to Jesse in the Dormitory. src
Hadrian is a character in Minecraft: Story Mode, and the main antagonist in "A Journey's End?". He is the tyrannical leader of The Old Builders, and was formerly in charge of The Games played by the Competitors. He is voiced by Jim Cummings.
Hadrian has spiked white hair. He wears black glasses, and wears a long purple checked robe with a bright golden inner-dress.
Hadrian is portrayed to be ruthless, bossy, and a cheater. He often resorts to unethical means to fulfill his desires and get what he needs, and will also go back on his word and refuse to fulfill his deals and promises.
Hadrian is also power-hungry, sadistic, selfish, rude, immoral, and overall evil in nature. He has a tendency to make deals with others, and break those deals with no second thought, showing his honor-less nature. For instance, at first, he tells Jesse and Petra/Ivor that if they win the Games, they get to keep The Old Builder's Portal Atlas, which Jesse and friends need to get back to their home world. He later changes the deal and tells Jesse that if he/she wins the games, his/her friends will have to stay behind and work in his quartz mines, and if he/she loses, Hadrian will let his/her friends go if Jesse stays behind in their place. It is highly unlikely that Hadrian intended to keep his end of the bargain. As implied by Emily and Harper, regardless of whether Jesse wins or loses, Hadrian will very likely send Jesse and his/her friends all to the mines anyway, while claiming that was the original deal. As shown in his treatment of competitors who lose in the games, and his aforementioned deals, Hadrian likes to maximize productivity and had no qualms about enslaving people by sending them to work in his quartz mines in The Nether. He even admits that he's fine with trapping people forever in public.
Hadrian is also hypocritical, as shown if Jesse agrees to Hadrian's second deal, when he/she inevitably breaks it later, Hadrian gets enraged and yells at Jesse for breaking their deal. He says they had an "agreement" and Jesse "promised" him, despite his own aforementioned habit of breaking deals. As well as that, when first meeting Jesse, he accuses him/her of being a "sore loser" for lashing out because his/her friends were eliminated, or seemingly killed, despite Jesse not knowing that his/her friends would respawn. Later, when Jesse and the other competitors step on the winner's platform, Hadrian is enraged, due to not wanting anyone to win the games, being a sore loser himself. As well as that, he may even tell Jesse off for being rude, despite being equally, if not even more rude, than he/she is.
- "Your wish is my command, buckaroo."
- —Hadrian to Jesse in The Games. (Determinant) src
- "You... DARE to soil my - our - games like this and then stand here, STARING; SILENT!!?""
- —Hadrian to Jesse, if Jesse chooses to stay quiet. (Determinant) src
- "I'll admit, you're a quick sport. But not quick enough for my axe!"
- —Hadrian to Jesse during combat. src
- "It's called 'respawning,' champ. We're not monsters."
- —Hadrian to Jesse. src
- "Oh. Yee-ikes, is that who you got that from? I don't know what she told you... but those things aren't exactly valuable."
- —Hadrian, about Cassie Rose and the White Pumpkin mask. (Determinant) src
- "You're fired, Mevia. You're fired."
- —Hadrian to Mevia in the chicken Dimension. (Determinant) src
- "Choices are funny, aren't they, Mevia?"
- "What do you mean, Hadrian?"
- "I mean some choices take you places... others get you nothing but dirt and gravel in your section!"
- "Ha, it's true. It's true!"
- —Hadrian and Mevia making fun of Jesse during The Walls. src
- "Gotta admit, kid, you've shown you got skills... but you're still no match for me!"
- —Hadrian to Jesse. src
- "Well, that's cute. Almost as cute as you'll look down in the mines, slugger."
- —Hadrian to Jesse. (Determinant) src
- "Straight and to the point. I'd like it...if I weren't simmering with barely controlled rage right now!"
- —Hadrian to Jesse. (Determinant) src
- "Surrender the Redstone Heart, now. Because, ha, I *will* trap you here forever. I am 100% fine with that course of action!"
- —Hadrian to Jesse, announcing his intentions while showing his complete lack of empathy. src
- "So help me, NONE of you will leave this place until you ELIMINATE EACH OTHER."
- —Hadrian to everybody in the Walls game. (Determinant) src
- "Well, if it isn't Harper."
- —Hadrian to Harper. src
- "And YOU. You were supposed to *eliminate Jesse.* Our deal's off."
- —Hadrian to Emily. src
- "Mevia! Come on! What kind of a rookie move was that!?"
- —Hadrian to Mevia. src
- "Tim is an inspiration to them, even when he's not here. One could say he's an inspiration BECAUSE he's not here."
- —Hadrian talking about Tim. src
- "No-one wins these games unless we let them. Not even Tim."
- —Hadrian implying Tim is not real. src
- "I knew you were a smart one, bucko. Of course he's not real."
- —Hadrian confirming Tim is not real. (Determinant) src
- While this is only demonstrated with Harper, Facemeat mentions that The Old Builders (presumably Hadrian included) don't like being called "Old Builders".
- Hadrian seems to have a slight resemblance to Colonel Sanders (the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken), and it was somewhat implied at the end of the episode, when he ended up in the land of chickens that are the size of zombies (determinant).
- Hadrian might refer to the Roman Emperor called Hadrian, who built a wall in northern Great Britain. This is heavily implied since one of the games he runs is The Walls.
- Hadrian bears some resemblance to President Coriolanus Snow from the Hunger Games franchise. Both are cruel, ruthless and sociopathic tyrants who are the leaders of their games, enforce the competitors through violence and manipulation, and use it against them. In addition, both are old men with white hair. Plus, both of them are the main antagonists in their stories.
- However, Snow is unshakably honest and has never told a lie, while Hadrian is extremely dishonest and very frequently tells lies for his own benefit, even lying to his competitors about Tim winning and leaving to give them the hope to not rebel.
- Hadrian's voice actor, Jim Cummings, has done the voices for both Winnie the Pooh and Tigger in the Winnie the Pooh movies. Some of Hadrian's lines are references to the franchise.