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The Sheriff
The Sheriff as seen in Madness Combat 3.
Debut: Madness Combat 2: Redeemer
Appearances: 3
Role(s): Antagonist
Kills: 1
Deaths: 1
Allies: A.A.H.W, Jesus, Phobos (Project Nexus 2 Only), MERC (Project Nexus 2 Only)
Enemies: Hank, Sanford & Deimos (Last two Project Nexus 2 Only)

The Sheriff is Hank's primary target and the main antagonist during the episodes Madness Combat 2: Redeemer and Madness Combat 3: Avenger. His weapon of choice is the PPK and he wears what seems to be a bowler hat with a longer and bent brim. A bounty was placed on Hank presumably by the Sheriff for the events of Madness Combat 1.

Due to the Sheriff activating the Improbability Drive in an attempt to stop Hank, the Sheriff can be considered the overall overarching antagonist of the Madness Combat series.


He is shown to be somewhat of a coward, preferring to flee and let his minions, along with his bodyguard, Jesus, attack Hank rather than fighting him himself.

However, in Madness Project Nexus 2, he is shown to be significantly more competent as well as having a new found sense of confidence and bravery, being able to handle himself in a fight, although he still remains somewhat of a coward, he is also shown to talk using southernisms, like a stereotypical cowboy.


Madness Combat 2: Redeemer

The beginning of Madness Redeemer stated that "There was a man who sought the Sheriff." Using the 'Sheriff Tracker,' Hank managed to locate the Sheriff's and prepare for a surprise attack. When Hank broke into the building, the Sheriff fired at him and fled. In the next room, Hank again encounters the Sheriff, who shoots at Hank twice but missed and runs into the elevator. The Sheriff is not seen again until the end. He ran into his office and took cover behind his desk. Hank quickly dispatched his guards and when the Sheriff tried to shoot his foe, Hank immediately disarmed him, and left him surrendering. However, before Hank could pull the trigger, Jesus came in and shot him in the head, sparing the Sheriff for this episode. The episode ended with the moral: "Don't try to shoot the Sheriff."

Madness Combat 3: Avenger

After being "given a second chance," Hank continued to pursue the Sheriff. When the Sheriff saw this, he activated the Improbability Drive to kill Hank. Like the previous episode, the Sheriff only reappears at the end. After killing all of the Sheriffs's guards, Hank cornered the unarmed Sheriff in front of an elevator. However, Jesus once again snuck up behind Hank and stabbed him through the chest. This time however, Hank did not give up so easily. He shot Jesus with a shotgun, ran Jesus' sword into the Sheriff's chest, and blasted off the Sheriff's face with his shotgun just before he died.

Madness Combat 4: Apotheosis

Although he remained dead in this episode, several posters, parodying Uncle Sam's "I Want You" propaganda, pictured the Sheriff.


The Sheriff makes a cameo in the short, in one of the red images that appear after Deimos touches a body outside The Bakery!.

Madness Interactive

The Sheriff serves as the main antagonist of the game.

He appears in the final room of the Story Mode, and he is just as easy to kill as a regular enemy.

Your character can wear Sheriff’s hat ingame

Madness: Project Nexus 2

Concept art of the Sheriff for Madness: Project Nexus 2

Left for dead and he only came back tougher. The Sheriff will watch over his people against any intrusion. If you're going to step to him, you'd better shoot to kill...or you may wake one night to find his revolver to your temple.
- Madness: Project Nexus 2 Kickstarter

On the Madness: Project Nexus 2 Kickstarter, it is revealed that the Sheriff has sewn his face back together and will be returning, with dangerous new skills, although he is still somewhat of a coward.

In the concept art, he appears to take on the cowboy stereotype with a multi-barrel shotgun, revolver in his holster, ranger hat, and spurred boots, but also appears to have a SWAT vest.

In the Story Mode, he serves as the main antagonist for the first half of the game who is in charge of MERC, and serves under Nexus Core as a guardian of Nexus City.

He is first seen in the stage Road to Nexus City, on top of the gates accompanied by two MERC Snipers, although he does not actually attack Hank, and simply mocks him from the top of the gate, remarking that he owes him a bullet for what he did to him back in Avenger, and after the Mag Bandit breaks a hole in the gate, he retreats.

The Sheriff's First apperance in campaign mode.

He is finally battled in The Station Fortress by Sanford and Deimos, where he fights them from across a gap while wearing heavy armor, and after being damaged enough, he retreats and does not reappear until Sanford & Deimos reach the rooftops, where the pair must chase him down and corner him before fighting him once again, however, Sanford & Deimos do not kill him unlike Hank, and simply get him to unlock the transit network, which he agrees to, however, he warns the duo that even though he no longer has any more hostility towards Sanford & Deimos, MERC is enraged at them for the damage they've done to their numbers, and are looking for revenge against the two.


  • A message sent by Phobos.
    Before Madness Combat 8: Inundation was released, many people believed that the Auditor would turn out to be the Sheriff revived, but Krinkels stated that this was not the case.
  • The Sheriff and the Auditor are the only main characters that have never appeared in any non-canon episode.
  • In Madness: Project Nexus 2 The Sheriff has Two versions, one with armor and another one without armor with a jacket.
  • In Madness: Project Nexus 2 Storymode Campaign, when snooping in one of the computer in the warehouse raid there are messages that were sent by Phobos to The Sheriff mentioning Dr. Hofnarr.
  • Jesus and the Sheriff have gone to regular hell when they died. Source
  • When asked why the A.A.H.W. never revived the Sheriff, Krinkels replied that "the AAHW doesn't like or need the sheriff badly enough to make the effort of hauling him back. The AAHW was always an Auditor-run group, just a lot more transparently so after the sheriff died."