Born in 1926, Anton Verloc lived in London until 1940 to escape the Blitz. He moved to live with his uncle and would've been fourteen at the time. After his uncle's death in 1954, Verloc inherited his house at the age of twenty-eight.
Dr Verloc became the head of research and development on Joy drugs and their effect on the population by getting rid of his superior, Harry Haworth. He conspired with General Byng to remove Haworth and take his place in 1957. At this point Verloc was just a research chemist on Harry's team. Haworth was reported "gone on holiday."
Sally Boyle had worked for Doctor Verloc as a pharmaceutic assistant, while the two also shared a romance. But she left him and her job upon discovering she was pregnant. She knew she couldn't trust him with her baby, as he was abusive (and incredibly cold) towards her. He became bitter and hateful after she left him, but he never found out about the baby.
In an attempt to synthesis new ingredients for Joy, his team ended up creating mutated mushrooms which spread throughout the Garden District and began the Plague. He also authorized sending waste materials and bad batches of joy into the rivers, causing mass pollution and a toxic fog that rises from the river.
Events of We Happy Few Edit
Act One Edit
Arthur goes to the Haworth Laboratory to get cod liver oil for Sally. There, it is revealed that Verloc plans to release the "permanent solution," an even stronger version of Joy that will make the population permanently happy but otherwise insane. Arthur tries to trick the White Bobby into letting him see Verloc, but Verloc figures out that Arthur is a "spy" and tells the Bobby to kill Arthur. After beating the Bobby, Arthur confronts Verloc with his plans and how it's wrong to "lobotomize" the population, but Verloc laughs him off and tells Arthur that he can and will implement the permanent solution. Arthur then attempts to throw the permanent solution's latest version at Verloc (who exclaims that it will drive him mad), but Verloc hits a button that paralyses Arthur with electricity. Verloc then hops in a Popper and escapes.
Act Two Edit
When Gwen gets measles, Sally goes to Verloc to get him to give her cod liver oil, but he is still furious with her and tries to get the constabulary to arrest her. They let her go, however, as Sally is under the protection of General Byng. She then turns to Arthur for help.
Later, after Sally escapes from Byng, a Joy Doctor under Verloc's command has been sent to investigate Sally's home, to investigate "strange noises" heard by her neighbors. He hears Gwen, and realizes that she's a baby. Sally then knocks him out and escapes Wellington Wells, with Gwen in tow.
Despite having escaped Arthur, it's quite apparent that Verloc's power (along with his safety) is in danger. It is implied in various sights, conversations, and notes that Verloc is losing control over the Joy Doctors, many of whom seem to view him as an incompetent fool. The Doctors who work in the Wellington Wells Health Institute (located in the Parade District) seem to have completely gone against him. They have gone ahead at attempting to undermine him by creating a new and stronger version of Joy called Coconut (to oppose Verloc's permanent solution). There are also talks among them to replace Verloc. In addition to this, there is a toppled statue of Verloc in the head office of the hospital, replaced by a statue of a "Doctor Ridgwell," that's been defaced with the words "FUCK VERLOC." Simply put, Verloc is most likely to be "going on holiday" very soon.
- He has a Welsh accent.
- Robert Byng believes that Sally's daughter is Verloc's child, and her silence to the accusation confirms it. Byng also states she didn't tell Verloc because he's a psychopath and would do unspeakable thing to a baby. Sally also writes in a letter that she hopes the child will inherit "her father's brain" but "not his heart," referring to Verloc's cruel nature.
- It is implied that he took credit for the creation of the Strawberry flavor of Joy despite the fact that it was Sally Boyle's idea.
- In development versions of the game, his first name was Sebastian.
- Johnny Bolton, a wastrel living in the garden district, used to work for Doctor Verloc. Not much is known about how he got to where he is, but Johnny now lives in a tree house roleplaying scenarios where he breaks into "Doctor Verloc's secret lair" and stops his "evil plans."