Trickster (Brainscan)


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Game over. You lose.
~ Trickster's famous catchphrase (while speaking in a deep eletronic voice).

Trickster is the main antagonist of 1994 horror film Brainscan.

He was portrayed by T. Ryder Smith.

Meet Trickster

A lonely teenage horror-movie fan named Michael Brower discovers a mysterious computer game called Brainscan that uses hypnosis to custom-tailor the game into the most terrifying experience imaginable. When he emerges from the hypnotic trance, he is horrified to find evidence that the brutal murder depicted in the game actually happened, and he's the killer. Add in the appearance of the mysterious Trickster, and the murderous madness jumps to the next level. Hounded by his best friend Kyle Hilliard and Police Detective Hayden and hiding the truth from girl next door and crush Kimberly, Michael's world comes crashing down in a hectic cacophony that is sure to make one think, "Are you sure you wanna play?".

He moves from level to level, each time trying to keep from being caught, even killing Kyle. It all comes to a climax when the Trickster tells Michael he must kill Kimberly. Michael sneaks into her room while she sleeps, but refuses to go through with it.

The Trickster reveals he is Michael (his dark side) and possessed Michael, the struggle of which wakes Kimberly. Kimberly reveals that she loves Michael, which allows him to break free. However, the Trickster opens Kimberly's door, allowing Hayden to come in and shoot Michael. He awakens to discover the whole experience was just the game. He joyfully discovers Kyle is still alive and that nothing in the game had happened. He goes over to Kimberly's party (the same one as at the beginning) and asks her out, which she replies with "maybe" before giving him a kiss.

It concludes with Michael giving his Principal (who was closing down his Horror club unless Michael shows him what will be shown first) Brainscan. As he turns back, he sees the trickster and smiles, knowing he has passed on his curse.


Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Trickster.
~ Trickster introducing himself.
Real, unreal, what's the difference? So long as you don't get caught.
~ Trickster
It doesn't have to make sense. All these horror movies you watch; just death, death, death makes sense. No, it's not about sense, it's about death, death, death.
~ Trickster
I can't wait to see what you'd do next.
~ Trickster
Can't believe you still don't know. Michael... I'm you!
~ Trickster reveals himself to be Michael's dark side.