|An A.T.P. engineer.|
|Debut:||Madness Combat 7: Consternation|
|Appearances:||9 (3 non-canon)|
|Deaths:||112 (15 non-canon)|
|Enemies:||Hank, Sanford, Deimos, Jesus|
A.T.P. engineers, also known as advanced engineers and Agent Mk1, constitute the "A.A.H.W Elite" and the A.A.H.W.'s Accelerated Training Program (A.T.P.). They are the third rank character of the A.A.H.W. to appear in the the Madness Combat Universe.
A.T.P. engineers are characterized by wearing gray face masks with yellow visors and shedding yellow blood. They possess engineering skill, as two were seen trying to fix the Portable Improbability Drive in Madness Combat 7: Consternation. They are usually heavily armed and carry extra ammo. Although they are supposedly harder to take down than l33t agents, they perish just as easily as their predecessors and they don't seem to have any improved reflexes or bullet resistance.
Even though advanced engineers do not show much more skill than l33t agents, one of them manages to stab Sanford in the chest in Madness Combat 9: Aggregation. It is possible that they are to have about the same combat skills as l33t agents, but have different roles. In Madness Combat 7.5, a screen shows that qualities A.T.P. engineers have over l33t agents are "intuition, intellect and leadership." They are incompetent engineers as seen in Madness Combat 7 as the one in the last scene can be seen asking an agent on how to fix the improbability drive while pretending to fix it.
The A.T.P. engineer unit makes its first chronological appearance in the final scene of Madness Combat 5.5. After the train nearly hits Sanford and Deimos, a single engineer, armed with a Colt Revolver, suddenly comes out through the doorway and fires a round at them, abruptly ending the episode.
The same engineer from the previous episode fires his Colt Revolver, hitting Sanford in the body. This engineer is then killed by Deimos. Since much of this episode takes place around the Advanced Training Recruitment Center, there are many more engineers in this episode than there are in the previous one.
The A.T.P. engineers make their debut in Madness Consternation. Two engineers and a l33t agent were attempting to fix the Portable Improbability Drive until Hank suddenly crashes through the wall before them. They are soon confronted by Jesus, who kills them by surprise.
A.T.P. engineers appear alongside agents and A.T.P. soldats fighting against Sanford and Deimos. They are shown to be responsible for running the machine that upgrades the A.T.P. soldats' combat abilities.
They appear much more frequently in Madness Inundation as a result of the Auditor increasing the "Advanced Training" level in Madness Consternation. Despite their advanced training, the engineers don't appear fare much better than agents.
The A.T.P. engineers first appear in trucks, in which they open fire at Sanford and Deimos's car. However, they failed to kill their enemies, and Deimos manages to mow them down with his dual G36s.
Later in the episode, the Auditor uses his newly acquired powers from Jesus' halo to enhance two engineers guarding a building, who then try to kill Sanford and Deimos. The engineers have gun fighting skills modified to reach a level almost comparable to the protagonists'. Shadow-like flames emit from their heads, similar to the Auditor's, and their eyes turn big and red, similar to Jesus'.
When the enhanced engineers reach the Advanced Training area, Sanford and Deimos split up. The engineers split up as well; one chases after Sanford while the other follows Deimos into the Agent Magnification Chamber. While Deimos was operating the Magnification Chamber, the enhanced engineer kills him with a QBZ-95, and continues firing rounds into his fallen body. As he sees the Magnification Chamber open up, the engineer reloads his weapon and quickly exits the room. Meanwhile, Sanford's pursuer chases him deeper into the building, dodging any rounds fired at him. After a bullet disarms Sanford, Deimos' killer arrives to tells his partner to go outside. They wait outside anticipating Hank's arrival, with their rifles pointed at the door. When the door opens, Deimos' corpse appears and the engineers immediately open fire. Distracted by the decoy, they simultaneously die when the magnified Hank throws a pipe bomb in their direction. Their corpses are later absorbed by the Auditor.
The A.T.P. engineers continue their role as enemy units against Hank and Sanford. During the battle against the first Mag Agent: V4, an engineer manages to cut the hand Sanford was using to hook the Mag Agent, but is still killed once Sanford turns on him with a Beretta 92.
In Madness: Project Nexus, advanced engineers, known as Agent Mk1's in-game, are harder to kill than regular agents. They have TAC-bars, which allow them to dodge bullets. In the Zombie Arena Mode, zombified engineers tend to be more aggressive and bullet resistant than grunt and agent zombies. As A.T.P. agents of any kind do not exist in Episode 1.5 of Story Mode, zombified engineers can only be encountered within Zombie Arena Mode.
They are planned to be a unit in Madness: Project Nexus 2.
A variation with a red-tinted mask and superior weapons and armor works for the NEXUS core.
An alternate interpretation of the abbreviation A.T.P. is Adenosine triphosphate . This kind of ATP, which is a chemical compound found in the human body, serves as an energy transporter - specifically for use in metabolism. Perhaps the title ATP alludes to the engineers having enhanced biosynthesis. This would allow them to recover from wounds faster, and adapt to new environments. It would also allow engineers to be possessed by the Auditor with fewer repercussions, due to the increased physical demands of fighting on a near super human level.
The more likely theory is that an enhanced metabolism allows for the engineers to not only be trained more quickly, but perhaps be cloned and developed more rapidly in the embryonic-like, stasis vats. Seeing that multitudes of engineer grunts are slain by the series’ protagonists, it would seem that a lack of man power would arise from the overwhelming number of casualties.