- "Professor Pyrowise...gatekeeper of the Underworld."
- ―Professor Pyrowise, introducing himself to the newly-dead.
Professor Pyrowise appears as a legless Pyro with a Apparition's Aspect for a head. He wears a Ghastlierest Gibus, a Whiskered Gentleman, a Coffin Kit and a Cremator's Conscience. His Cremator's Conscience is a symbol of his neutrality, as he lives in Limbo and is therefore neutral to both good and evil.
Many years ago, Professor Pyrowise was an intellectual Pyro professor who loved to explore unknown locations in search of rare treasures and hats with his assistant Jenkins. In one of these expeditions, Pyrowise travelled to the inner regions of a dark cave in Australia, where he eventually came across a room filled with Australium-made treasures.
Pyrowise explored the room, fascinated with his discovery, until he came across the most valuable treasure of all: a Golden Towering Pillar of Hats, lying in the top of a human-shaped statue. Upon removing the hat from the statue, however, Pyrowise accidentely released a great evil. The statue gained life, apparently being trapped by the hat, and then attacked Pyrowise, breaking his neck and killing him. Pyrowise had released the BLU Nnnngh Sniper into the world.
When he next gained conciousness, Pyrowise found himself in the underworld as a ghost. Almost immediately, he wondered how he could benefit from this. Pyrowise's soul would somehow get a position of power in the Underworld, and eventually he became the place's gatekeeper.
Personality and BehaviorEdit
Personality-wise, Pyrowise is an elderly gentleman who enjoys a good cup of tea. He has a high liking for hats, especially tophats. He usually refers to the inhabitants of the Underworld, and other TF2 Freaks, as being "hooligans".
Pyrowise is also known to be friends with TF2's Halloween bosses, the Headless Horseless Horsemann and Monoculus. His relations to Merasmus are unknown, but are presumed to be hostile.