Dr. Hollander is a scientist formally employed by the Shinra Electric Power Company who appears in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-. He was the chief scientist in the Project G branch of the Jenova Project. He holds a grudge against Professor Hojo due to the power struggle for the leadership of the science department that cost Hollander his job. Hollander appears as a minor antagonist and boss in Crisis Core, but is not mentioned in the wider Final Fantasy VII canon.
Hollander is a middle-aged man sporting graying black hair with a widow's peak and beard of the same color. He wears a lab coat over a yellow shirt emblazoned with the word "Banora" (a logo of an apple juice label), brown trousers and open-toed sandals.
Being Hojo's rival, Hollander is as ruthless and inhumane in his use of human experiments for glory. He is proud of his creations, and is confused and annoyed by Genesis and Angeal's disgust and rejection of their origins, proudly telling Angeal he is a perfect specimen. Because Project S was chosen over Project G to be funded further and formed the foundation of SOLDIER, Hollander desires revenge on Shinra for snubbing him and wishes to prove his creations superior to SOLDIER, particularly the superiority of Genesis and Angeal to Sephiroth.
Beyond using them for vengeance Hollander cares nothing for Genesis or Angeal, lying to Genesis about being able to cure his degradation as he uses his cells and influence to create an army to fight Shinra. He is cowardly, fleeing from danger when confronted by Zack.
Though considered a hack scientist by many, Hollander did rise to a high enough position within Shinra to be allotted funding for conducting personal experiments. When his creations begin to deteriorate, he is at a loss at how to fix it.
As a Genesis Copy, Hollander displays limited combat ability: He uses his bag for weak swinging attacks, can release a poisonous gas, summon Land Worms, and cast some protective magic. He can fire a giant missile from his bag.
While Hojo worked on Project S, Dr. Hollander worked on the rival "Project Gillian" in Banora village. His main test subject was Gillian Hewley, who was injected with Jenova's genetic material. Gillian's son, Angeal Hewley, was born permeated in Jenova's cells, and would become what Hollander considers his "perfect creation". Genesis Rhapsodos was also a test subject, being injected with Gillian's cells, but Hollander considered him a failure. Both Angeal and Genesis were eclipsed by the success of Sephiroth, the subject of Project S, gaining Hojo control over the science department. Hollander was disgraced but remained an employee while his resentment at Hojo and Shinra grew.
Working for Genesis
Hollander eventually found an opportunity for revenge when Genesis (who was by now a First Class SOLDIER at Shinra) suffered a shoulder wound that was caused by a piece of Angeal's sword, broken by Genesis's attempt to use magic, causing mako to seep into the wound. Genesis began to suffer from degradation—a result of his failed creation. Hollander treated Genesis, but the wound would not heal. Hollander had Angeal donate his blood while Sephiroth was barred, being told that his was incompatible. Hollander promised to cure Genesis in exchange for his service, and together they revolted against Shinra, creating countless new Genesis Copies from the soldiers that would defect the company with them.
The First Class SOLDIERs, Zack and Sephiroth, join work under Shinra to defeat the Genesis Army. They head to the Sector 5 Reactor on a hunch that Hollander might be hiding there and make their way through legions of Angeal Copies, and find Hollander's secret laboratory. Hollander runs into Zack and Sephiroth in his study, and Genesis floats down and explains he will not hand over Hollander. Hollander runs out, but Zack is hot on his tail. They reach the top of a building, and before Zack can take a hold of him, Angeal's Buster Sword blocks his path, granting Hollander the chance to escape.
Hollander and Genesis head to Modeoheim where they have a secret base, but Genesis is growing impatient with Hollander's lack of results. Zack follows them and breaks into the underground level. He finds Genesis confronting Hollander, ready to kill the scientist. Hollander claims that without him, nobody can stop Genesis's deterioration, but the latter believes that "Jenova Cells" are the key.
Zack keeps Genesis from harming Hollander, but he makes a dash for the exit and is stopped by the Shinra Infantryman Cloud Strife whom he knocks down. Hollander explains to Genesis that going to Hojo may not give him any clues as to where the Jenova Cells are stored, but Genesis does not care, and duels Zack, giving Hollander the chance to run out of the warehouse.
Hollander hides in a Hot Bath Inn. When Angeal confronts Zack, he steps out, wanting his greatest creation to triumph in the duel. Angeal shouts at Hollander that his father is dead. Hollander, still confident, accepts this, and tells him to do it on his mother's behalf. When Angeal explains his mother was so ashamed by her past she ended her own life, Hollander divulges the sordid details of Project G. After Zack kills Angeal after the latter willingly mutates into a mindless monster, Shinra takes Dr. Hollander into custody.
Hollander is held in custody in Junon when the Genesis Army attacks the town. During the commotion Hollander escapes, but Zack chases after him to the Junon airstrip where two Genesis copies fly Hollander into the sunset.
Four years later, at Gongaga, Zack tries to return home after being imprisoned and used as a part of Hojo's newest experiment in Nibelheim. He is surrounded by Genesis Copies, and after defeating two of them, hears a familiar voice. Hollander floats down from the sky with a small black wing sprouting from his back, accompanied by Genesis. His hair has turned white and his clothes are tattered—he has become a Genesis Copy and is thus deteriorating.
Hollander explains to the copies that Zack's cells are useless to them due to already having mutated. Hollander had injected himself with Genesis's cells to survive, since Genesis was trying to kill him, and is now dying along with Genesis due to cell degradation. Hollander explains that Cloud, the regular infantryman who escaped Nibelheim with Zack, is the one who holds the last pure sample of the Jenova S-Cells in the world with Sephiroth's absence. As such, Hollander's goal is to abduct Cloud.
When Zack finds Cloud, who is suffering from mako poisoning, Dr. Hollander is fast approaching. Lazard Deusericus, now performing Angeal's will as his Copy, appears and attempts to wrestle Hollander away from Cloud, but is knocked down. Hollander chooses to fight, but is cut down by Zack and killed.
Behind the scenes
Hollander is a fan of Banora White juice, developed by Genesis as a child. Cans of it are scattered around his lab in Banora, and his shirt bears the juice's logo. In an email to Zack, Kunsel speculates if Hollander is simply a fan of the drink, or if he has some other connection to Banora.
The Crisis Core Complete Guide includes a developer interview where the interviewer asks if the relationship between Hollander and Gillian is comparable to the relationship between Hojo and Lucrecia Crescent, and asks who Angeal's father is. The developers reply that Gillian met her husband after she was sent to Banora with the young Angeal, and Angeal never knew his mother's husband was not his biological father. The developers say that the idea of a marital relationship between Hollander and Gillian is a secret, leaving the possibility open that Hollander may be Angeal's unidentified biological father.
Hollander is voiced by Sterling Young in English.
He is voiced by Shinya Ohwada in Japanese.
Hollander is a surname. "Hollander" is an (informal and incorrect) Dutch term for people from the Netherlands, or specifically Holland proper.