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Mazer Rackham is a character first introduced in Ender's Game (Short Story). He makes appearances in various other EnderVerse books, and is a central character in The First Formic War Series.
Originally from New Zealand, half Maori, and a lieutenant in the NZSAS, Mazer Rackham was a soldier in the First Formic War, and then a general from the Second Invasion who won the war for Earth by figuring out the pattern of the Formic ships and killing the Hive Queen.
After the war, he was sent into space for 55 years at near the speed of light so he could be alive to train the general for the Third Invasion.
His close family died during his flight, so training Ender Wiggin had all of his attention. He told Ender he was controlling the simulation that Ender's Jeesh thought they were fighting every day, until it turned out they were actually fighting the Formics.
In the film version of Ender's Game, Mazer Rackham is played by Ben Kingsley. He has tattoos on his entire face. In the movie, Mazer shows Ender a vid of the Second Invasion, where he pilots and leads a squadron of F-35s against the Formics. In the vid, Mazer sees the pattern in the Formic ships, and ejects from his seat as his plane crashes into the Formic ship containing the Hive Queen.
- "I am your enemy, the first one you've ever had who was smarter than you. There is no teacher but the enemy. No one but the enemy will ever tell you what the enemy is going to do. No one but the enemy will ever teach you how to destroy and conquer. Only the enemy shows you where you are weak. Only the enemy tells you when he is strong. And the rules of the game are what you can do to him and what you can stop him from doing to you. I am your enemy from now on. From now on, I am your teacher."
- "Since when do you have to tell the enemy when he has won?"
- "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man stupid and blind in the eyes."
- "Rackham nodded. Then he reached inside his jacket and took out a pen and laid it on the table. "What's that?" asked Han Tzu." The mandate of heaven," said Rackham." -Shadow of the Giant.