|“||Failure is exhausting! [src]||”|
|— Magnus Finke|
In "The Nest", a group of two humans and four dragons arrive at Huttsgalor at the invitation of Chief Duggard. Magnus is horrified at the thought of dangerous wild animals in his village and makes his case to the people. When the town sheep, Haggis, cozies up to one of the dragons, he is dismissed. Later, he showcases his Auto Lumberjack Machine in order to make a profit, but is outdone by another dragon. Fed up, Magnus then devises a plan to get rid of the dragons by hiding Haggis and accusing the dragons of eating him. Unable to prove their innocence, the group leaves. Magnus continues on using his machine, but it becomes out of control and threatens the village. Magnus creeps away when he finds he can't stop his machine. The dragon group returns just in time to save the village. The people are split on whether the group should stay or go. Magnus advocates for leaving, but Hannahr discovers the hidden Haggis. Caught in his lie, Magnus flees the town center. The dragon group stays and is dubbed the "Rescue Riders".
Magnus tries again to earn money in "Boo to You", by creating a machine that makes painted faces on pumpkins, called the Automatical Pumpkin Hoogenbooster. The dragons break the machine, which squirts a large amount of blue paint over a bonfire in the middle of town, thoroughly dousing it. As the evening descends and the light wanes, the "Phantom Fang" arrives and starts causing chaos in the village. As the Rescue Riders battle the mysterious force, Magnus doubts their ability to win against it and hides behind his broken machine.
Magnus falls repeatedly in a mud puddle grabbing sheep to toss into his Automatic Sheep De-Woolifying Machine, after Cutter attempts to help him in "Where There's Smoke". Later, Magnus accuses Cutter as being responsible for starting fires in the sheep pasture. Ultimately, the Rescue Riders discover the fires were started by another dragon named Aggro, who was trying to save the sheep from wolves.
Magnus outright challenges the Rescue Riders to a race to find Belzium, when the town's metal objects start falling apart, in "Heavy Metal". He uses his Magnificent Magnetic Mineral Detector and finds a large deposit of the mineral in a cave, just a few moments behind some of the Riders. Due to everyone's lack of coordination, there is a cave-in, trapping Magnus inside along with Winger, Dak, Summer, and Leyla. He refuses to help the Riders try to get help, only assisting grudgingly when Leyla points out that he will be stuck in the cave forever with them. Eventually, all the Riders cooperate and get out of the cave. Magnus, unwilling to feel 'defeated' and give any concessions to the Riders, starts leaving with a giant boulder of Belzium toward the town. He quickly looses control of it on a slope and falls into a puddle of mud. Through a coordinated effort, the Rescue Riders manage to stop the boulder in front of the smithy without and damage to the town. Even after averting disaster, Magnus still claims he was instrumental in obtaining the Belzium.
Magnus made yet another invention in "Bad Egg", the Finke 3000 Super Driller Extraordinaire. He did not get a chance to use it, as Cutter drilled a water well hole before he could do so. Having his glory taken from him, Magnus realized that Leyla's Dragon Diary may contain information to get rid of the dragons. He hid himself in a false egg to infiltrate The Roost. While stealing the Dragon Diary, Cutter saw him and sealed him inside the egg with Slinkwing goo and rolled him out into the cold night. A passing Silver-tailed Ironclaw takes the egg back to her nest to raise. The Rescue Riders reluctantly try to save him from the nest and get the Dragon Diary back. While doing so, Magnus finally broke out of the egg and sang loudly to wake up a sleeping Mama Ironclaw. He escaped but got stuck on a cliff face while the Rescue Riders tried to deal with an angry mother dragon seeing her nest being raided. Eventually, Dak and Winger grab him off the cliff and present Magnus to the mother dragon. After smelling him, she realizes that he was in the fake egg. The Riders take the Diary back and leave him to walk home.
Magnus got blown into a tree, when a large angry dragon used wind blasts to attack Huttsgalor in "Grumblegard, Part 2". He overheard that the large dragon gave an ultimatum that if the Rescue Riders didn't leave he would blow Huttsgalor into the sea. He riled up the townsfolk to evict the Riders from the island in order to save it, and have his adversaries removed.
In "Double Finked", Magnus was working on his latest invention, the Automatic Hay Baler, when he was interrupted by a boy. He presented himself as Axel Finke, Magnus' nephew. The man eventually recognised Axel, and asked what what he was doing there. Axel handed his uncle a letter, in which Magnus was asked to take care of him. He refused at first, claiming he had no time for that. However, after Axel suggested spying on the Rescue Riders, Magnus agreed. Later, Axel brought Magnus a dragon egg from the Rescue Riders. Magnus was angered by that, but couldn't stop the egg from hatching. The baby roared at Magnus when he scolded it, so he agreed to keep the dragon, as long as it behaved. After Axel was rejected from the Rescue Riders, Magnus accepted to take care of the boy, with the condition of helping him get rid of the Riders. Magnus asked Axel to pull a lever of the Hay Baler. The machine produced a perfect bale, but it is launched at Magnus, knocking the man off his feet.
In "Divewings", Magnus started working on a new invention, with the help of Axel. He went in town, shopping for pieces, leaving a mess behind him. He was asked by Duggard to clean up, but Magnus simply passed the task to his nephew. Magnus was then visited by Dak, who accused him of littering the ocean. Magnus denied, claiming that he had no time for that and that he threw the garbage in the backyard. However, he discovered that the pile of trash had disappeared and asked Axel about it. He was followed by the Rescue Riders for the rest of the day, as they didn't believe him to be innocent. However, the culprit was actually Elbone, so Dak apologised to Magnus for suspecting him. Magnus scoffed at the boy and urged the Riders to leave, as he believed that they were spying on him and his latest invention, the Mechano-Dragon.
In "Mecha-Menace", Magnus and Axel sneaked inside the Roost in order to take measurements from Summer. Magnus is discovered by Dak, so he pretended to have come for a Luck Lantern. Returning to his house, he finished the Mechano-Dragon and put Axel to test it. He then went to the village, where he revealed the machine to the townsfolk. Upon seeing the capabilities of the Mechano-Dragon, the villagers congratulated Magnus and celebrated his invention. Duggard then declared Magnus as the Spring King of the Spring Festival. Magnus noticed Leyla and Summer preparing to plant corn seeds, so he asked Axel to do the same with the Mechano-Dragon, despite the machine not being built for such a function. Magnus watched as his nephew competed against Leyla and Summer in planting seeds. However, the machine went out of control, so the Rescue Riders had to stop it and save Axel. Magnus was accused of threatening the life of his nephew and had to return the Spring King crown. He returned home with Axel, after the Mechano-Dragon destroyed the Luck Lanterns.
In "Hot, Hot, Hot", Magnus re-invented his Mechano-Dragon by infusing it with Belzium, and applying grappling hooks on the legs. When Aggro failed to fly out of a volcano due to overheating and molting, the Rescue Riders sought help from Magnus and Axel to rescue her, only having the machine malfunction from the heat of the lava. After Aggro has finished molting and leading the Riders back home, Magnus orders his nephew to paddle with the Mechano-Dragon as a life boat.
In "Charged Up", Magnus built a third Mechano-Dragon, which had the abilities to shoot fire, water, rocks, and spikes, the same powers of the Rescue Riders. He showed his invention in front of the village and Chief Duggard, but failed to block the entrance to the Boiling Springs Valley, due to the dragon not having powerful blasts. That night, Magnus worked very late to modify the machine, so that it could absorb lightning from storm clouds and use it as a power blast. After succeeding in doing so, Magnus went to sleep, but the next morning, he found his invention gone. He arrived at the village, where the Mechano-Dragon was rampaging through the village, due to it being overcharged by lightning. Magnus explained the situation to the Rescue Riders and asked them not to destroy the machine. He then hid with Axel inside a barrel until the Mechano-Dragon was defeated, and then went home, disappointed by the outcome.
In "Game of Horns", Magnus challenged Duggard in the titular event for the title of chief. Elbone and Ottil also joined the competition, but the latter was quickly disqualified after he passed up upon seeing Magnus' latest Mechano-Dragon. The Rescue Riders objected the idea of Magnus using the machine in the competition, but the man claimed that there was no rule against him doing so. Magnus easily won the first couple events of the Game of Horns, with the help of the Mechano-Dragon and Axel, who was allowed to help him due to them being related. In the middle of the competition, Duggard adopted Dak and Leyla, much to Magnus' frustration. Both Magnus and Duggard scored 25 points, reaching a tie. During the last event, the Race of Doom, Magnus managed to keep ahead of Duggard and the Rescue Riders, and stopped before reaching the finish line. Magnus took the opportunity to rub in the victory. However, his plan backfired, as Burple rolled across the finish line before Magnus, at the last second. Magnus protested his failure, but Hannahr didn't accept it, so Duggard reclaimed his title as chief.
Magnus is a thin man with brown wirey hair and goatee, and light brown eyes. He wears a dark grey tunic with rolled-up sleeves and red strapless apron held by two gold taps, two brown belts, black pants, and dark grey boots with light grey buckle straps.
Magnus is a snooty, stuck-up, and irritable person who distrusts dragons due to their perceived wildness and threat to his mechanical livelihood. He considers himself a genius and worthy of adoration. He can be conniving as he has attempted to discredit the Rescue Riders more than once in an attempt to have them banished from Huttsgalor. He is also rather selfish.
Abilities, Talents, and Skills
Intelligence: Magnus is a self-professed genius. He is able to invent very complex machinery, that appears to exceed what humans were capable of in the Viking Era. His known inventions include:
- Auto Lumberjack Machine
- Automatical Pumpkin Hoogenbooster
- Automatic Sheep De-Woolifying Machine
- Magnificent Magnetic Mineral Detector
- Finke 3000 Super Driller Extraordinaire
- False Dragon Egg
- Automatic Hay Baler
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Magnus treats Axel more like a servant, rather than a relative. He always tells the boy to do tasks he doesn't want to, such as cleaning up, fixing doors or pulling heavy objects. Magnus doesn't accept any apologies from Axel, always scolding him if he does something wrong. The man has no concern over the safety of his nephew, claiming that he is "replaceable".
When Chief Duggard returned to Huttsgalor with the escort of Dak, Leyla, and the dragons, Magnus becomes hostile towards them, and asks for them to be kicked off the island from what the stories say.
Chief Duggard the Decisive
Magnus seems to be the only person Duggard feared most, given how intelligent he was since he lasted competed in the Game of Horns.
No matter what plot Magnus uses to rid the Riders off Huttsgalor or put her out of business, Hannahr stood her ground and is one step ahead of him, catching him in the act.
|Rescue Riders, Season 1|
|1. "The Nest":||Appears||8. "Bad Egg":||Appears|
|2. "Deep Trouble":||Absent||9. "Home Alone":||Mentioned|
|3. "Boo to You":||Appears||10. "Slobber Power":||Absent|
|4. "Where There's Smoke":||Appears||11. "Crash Course":||Absent|
|5. "Heavy Metal":||Appears||12. "Furious Fun":||Absent|
|6. "Iced Out":||Absent||13. "Grumblegard, Part 1":||Mentioned|
|7. "Sick Day":||Mentioned||14. "Grumblegard, Part 2":||Appears|
|Rescue Riders, Season 2|
|1. "Double Finked":||Appears||7. "Hot, Hot, Hot":||Appears|
|2. "Divewings":||Appears||8. "High Anxiety":||Absent|
|3. "Mecha-Menace":||Appears||9. "King Burple":||Absent|
|4. "Summer Holiday":||Absent||10. "Charged Up":||Appears|
|5. "Treasure Riders":||Absent||11. "Belly Flop":||Absent|
|6. "Puff Enuf":||Absent||12. "Game of Horns":||Appears|
- Magnus suffers of Nyctophobia, since he professes in "Heavy Metal" he has a fear of "dark, dank places" such as caves, as they give him the 'heebie-jeebies', i.e. cause him anxiety.
- Magnus can be considered an alternate counterpart of Mildew, another arrogant dragon hater.
- Magnus bears a slight resemblance to Dr. Neo Cortex from the Crash Bandicoot series.
- Trumbore, Dave. (September 12, 2019). Exclusive: ‘Dragons Rescue Riders’ Trailer Reveals DreamWorks Jr’s New Adventure. Collider.