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Dr. Snap is a character featured in Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker. He is the commissioner of the Monster Scout Organization, and the man in charge of the Monster Scout Challenge. Dr Snap is credited with inventing the Scout Ring.


Dr. Snap is a fairly tall man, with round-lensed glasses and blue/purple licked out hair that hangs down as a fringe. He wears a red coat, a white shirt tucked into highly pulled up trousers. He also tends to hold a folder/booklet around with him. His figure connotes high self-esteem.

There is a disparity between his official art and in-game appearance, as he is never shown wearing his glasses in-game and instead carries them on a string around his neck. His official art also shows him frowning while in-game NPCs remark on how he's never been seen not smiling.


Dr Snap first appears to be a gentle old man and respected scholar. He devotes his research to studying monsters, particularly the Incarnus. He is stated by NPCs to have a fear of speaking in front of large crowds and likes to stay inside his office working on his research, but when invited to battle with the Hero he is friendly and offers him advice for the tournament.

However, he is seen plotting evil plans under his breath, and is revealed to be the villain at the end of the game. So it is left to be presumed that all his prior personality was just an act, and his true personality is left unknown.

In the Japanese version of the game, his personality is drastically different and more comical. He is portrayed more as a dotty and scatterbrained professor. He seems to be socially awkward despite his intellect. He often speaks in very cutesy and effeminate mannerisms, and refers to his monsters as "my children", no matter how big and fearsome they are.

After the reveal of his role as villain, his cheerful personality doesn't end and he continues using childish mannerisms even as Dr. Snapped. He is not ever shown plotting his evil plans under his breath, or showing any awareness that what he's doing is wrong. He seems to not understand why the hero is opposing him, saying that everyone will live happily ever after when they become monsters. So the Japanese version may simply be an insane man with good intentions, rather than only faking his kind behaviors.


Monsters series[]

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker[]

Dr. Snap seems to have quite a bit of information about the Incarnus.

Dr. Snap is the commissioner of the Scout's Challenge. For Scouts to compete in the final rounds of the tournament, he requires that Scouts collect ten Darkonium Crystals scattered throughout the islands. He first appears to the Hero at Xeroph Isle to help heal the Incarnus after it was badly hurt in a previous battle.

Later, the Hero receives a mission from his father, Warden Trump, to test his skills against Dr. Snap. Dr. Snap accepts the Hero's challenge and engages him in a series of battles in the arena at Xeroph Isle. After the battle, Dr. Snap converses with the Hero, telling him about the Dark World, expressing his interest in the subject and wishes to create a paradise for monsters. When Snap returns to his office the next day, he is informed that his office has been robbed.

When the Hero wins the tournament via Solitaire getting herself eliminated and goes to the commissioner's office to receive the Mark as his reward, Dr. Snap reveals his true colors. As it turns out, his real intentions for requiring scouts to collect Darkonium crystals is so that he can create the Darkonium orb, a malicious object ripe with Dark matter. He ambushes the Incarnus with this revelation, corrupting it with dark matter and turning it into the Ace of Spades, a dark version of the Incarnus. The Ace of Spades is able to sense the the Mark Snap presented to him is fake, revealing that whoever robbed Snap before stole the Mark and replaced it with a decoy. The Ace of Spades is able to sense the real mark's location, though, and it and Snap depart to retrieve the real Mark. The Hero tries to stop the duo, but fails, knocking him out in the process.

As it turns out, the culprit behind the previous robbery was Warden Trump, the Hero's father. Dr. Snap and the Ace of Spades confront the Warden in his office, unleashing the surrounding caged monsters with dark energy, and take back the real Mark. Afterwards, he goes off to his destination, the secret area of Infern Isle previously inaccessible due to a sealed door. By doing so, Dr. Snap unleashes the darkness and chaos previously contained by the sealed door onto the entire island. He goes into the heart of the dark island, Tartarus, and leaves the Ace of Spades to guard the entrance.

At the climax of the game, the Hero confronts Dr. Snap at the peak of the island with the Incarnus, which has been released from Snap's control. Dr. Snap is initially unfazed by this threat, saying that dark matter is pouring from the sky like manna from heaven and proceeds to infuse the Incarnus with darkness to become "friends" once again. This time, the Hero is able to counter the orb's effects with the baryon orb, a light-infused orb given to him by his father, created as a result of knowledge from Snap's stolen research. Soon, both orbs are out of energy, and Snap unleashes a pair of monsters to stall the Hero and the Incarnus while he recharges the Darkonium orb. After the Hero defeats Snap's minions, he once again tries to corrupt the Incarnus, but is instead consumed by darkness himself due to the instability of the orb. Snap is turned into a monster, now called Dr Snapped, and fights the heroic duo himself, flanked by a Tortured soul and a demon-at-arms at his side. After a rough battle, Dr. Snapped is defeated. In his dying breath, he boasts that the portal spewing Dark matter cannot be closed even upon his defeat and with a final laugh, disintegrates into dust, though the Incarnus proves him wrong.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3[]

He is mentioned in the Japanese version of the game but the reference was slightly confused in the fan translation which left his name as Carmasso. (The Japanese name)

His battle with the DQMJ hero and Incarnus is shown, and Garuvirus says it was "born from Carmasso's malice". However the story seems very unclear whether this character is Dr Snap himself reincarnated, or a new person. They seem to get details of Dr Snap's story wrong, saying they're carrying out his will to "become the strongest monster master" and wanting to take over the world. Whereas in DQMJ Dr Snap's plan was instead to merge the Dark World and human world and turn everyone into monsters. In Japanese, Garuvirus also speaks with a misspelled version of Dr Snap's speaking patterns. So it could mean this is an imperfect clone of him with missing memories, or that over the years his personality changed in the bitterness over his defeat.

Interestingly, there is also a brief mention of Dr Snap being the one who invented the technology used in the HQ's monster fusion machine. This would seem to be chronologically impossible because he didn't do this during DQMJ and he's dead at the end of it. This leaves the possibility open that DQMJ3 may be an alternative universe to DQMJ, where perhaps the Dr Snap here had a different personality. Alternatively, it could just be crediting Dr Snap as the inventor of the original Synthesis stations in the first Monster Scout HQ, which eventually led to this.

Other Games[]

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Dr Snap appears in the April 2023 event "Dr Snap's Ambition and the Running Incarnus". This is the first appearance of his human form in any media since the original DQMJ game.

Interestingly, his official art has been modified slightly in this appearance, with the only difference being he now has his ingame smiling expression instead of a frown.



  • Dr. Snap is named after the card game Snap.
  • His Japanese name Karumasso may derive from Karma + "Maso" (the Japanese name for Dark Matter)
  • In Japanese he has a distinctive laugh of "Nyahaha" and a more comical and cutesy personality.
  • He has the title of Doctor or Professor in every language except Japanese, where he instead called Chairman Karumasso. One line in the English translation erroneously still uses his former title: the noticeboard "Scout Stone 2" at the scoutpost will say "We attempted to interview Chairman Snap, the leading authority on the creature".
  • A screenshot of the game at an earlier stage of development exists within DQMJ's files, showing Dr Snap with a different coat design.

Other languages[]

Other languages
French Dr. Belote
German Dr. Peter Schwarz
Spanish Dr. Snap
Italian Professor Brisco
Dutch Unknown
Norwegian Unknown
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