I couldn’t do a Character Spotlight close to Halloween when Luigi’s Mansion 3 is around the corner without showcasing a special character from the series.
Professor Elvin Gadd, known as Professor Egad, first appeared in Luigi’s Mansion for the Nintendo Gamecube in 2001. He was an unplayable side character who helped Luigi find his way through the mansion to defeat King Boo and save Mario. Professor Egad is an inventor who created the Poultergiest 3000 that Luigi uses in the game. Professor Egad had the knowledge and tools to turn the ghosts back into portraits and to reverse Mario from being into a portrait and back to his human self.
Professor Egad shows up again in Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon with upgraded, new and improved, inventions to help Luigi find his way through yet another mansion. The same goes for Luigi’s Mansion 3.
He created F.L.U.D.D. that Mario uses in Super Mario Sunshine, though the professor doesn’t make an appearance himself. There are a few other Mario games he appears in as well with his inventions.
While Professor Egad tends to show up in random places with wacky inventions and he doesn’t do too much (other than when he’s in the Luigi’s Mansion series), he’s certainly made a name for himself and everyone seems to know who he is.
I’ll admit, when I first played Luigi’s Mansion back in the day, I thought he was a bizarre character and I didn’t care for him too much. I did enjoy his speech and the theme song of his bunker though. Over time, this character has grown on me. He’s iconic with the various tools and machines that pop up in Mario games and if he himself makes a cameo, people instantly know who he is and where he came from.
I love Professor Egad. He’s a loveable dope, in my opinion. He’s definitely grown on me and I always enjoy seeing him pop up somewhere. I would totally play a game where he is a protagonist.