- "I'll tell you what I love!! I love perfection, and my technology is perfect! That's what I love!!"
Dr. Clay (Ｄｒ．クレイ, Dokutā Kurei) is an antagonist from OVA 2 of Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki. He also appears in the True Tenchi Muyo! novel, "Washu."
Clay was a colleague of Professor Washu Hakubi at the Galaxy Academy, and was highly jealous of her superior intelligence and renown. The two, at one point, competed for the Galaxy Academy's director's chair, but Washu won out (Clay would claim Washu sabotaged his chances by substituting a raunchy porn tape for his presentation, while Washu claims that it was because Doctor Clay was a "bastard"). As a result, Clay had to settle for the post of head of the graduate school. He eventually left his position, swearing vengeance on Washu and the whole universe.
At some point, he came into the employ of a mysterious and powerful extra-dimensional being known as Lady Tokimi. For the next 20,000 years, Doctor Clay wandered the galaxy, doing certain services for Tokimi such as moving entire galaxies, while also performing many criminal activities. One of his known crimes was stealing the Shunga, the Galaxy Police's newest battleship and attaching it onto his own immense vessel. In OVA 2, Tokimi allowed him to bring Washu to her, in exchange for the rule of a single galaxy.
To this end, Clay had his robot Zero kidnap and replace Washu's daughter, Ryoko, completely duplicating her appearance, powers, and even memories. However, Zero also did something she was supposed to be incapable of: she copied Ryoko's emotions for Tenchi Masaki, which led her to defy her creator.
Zero was unable to capture Washu, however Washu came to Clay herself to reclaim Ryoko. Clay's ambitions for Washu, as he explains, go beyond simple vengeance and deliverance to Tokimi. Although Zero was able to copy Ryoko's memories and emotions, she was unable to make a perfect copy of the gem that gives Ryoko her power. Clay was baffled as to why this gem was impossible to duplicate, even with his own technology. As he explains to Washu why he wants to explore the gem, "... I don't know anything about it! I don't even know if it really exists or not.." He then has a flashback of Zero discussing her interaction with Lady Tokimi: "Her very existence is impossible, even though she was present right there in front of us". It is here Clay begins to realize the similarities of Tokimi and the gems, perhaps even their true natures.
When the tables turn on Clay, he launches his spaceship's self-destruct sequence and escapes. The ship begins to destroy itself by forming a black hole, however Tenchi is able to dissolve it by forming the Light Hawk Wings and saving his friends. Clay witnesses this and is eager to share this experience to Tokimi, but is caught when the spaceship Ryo-Ohki emerges and stops him.
In the end, Clay was arrested by Galaxy Police detective Mihoshi Kuramitsu, and the dying Zero was assimilated with Ryoko by Washu. Sometime after his arrest, Tokimi's servant D3 modified the memories of both Clay and Zero (now merged with Ryoko) to conceal Tokimi's existence.
Personality and Traits
Judging from the TTN novel "Washu," Dr. Clay has always been very jealous of those who show even an ounce more knowledge than he does such as Washu or her friend, the brilliant Naja Akara. He was also quite the brown-noser and immediately stopped his antagonization of Washu and Naja when a superior professor approached them, Clay switching from pest to kiss-ass.
He possesses an immense ego and has great tendency of labeling or marking his work with his own initial "ク" (ku) logo, including his own hat. This show of hubris is subsequently his own downfall; Washu wound up finding his logo on Zero's buttocks and discovering the location of his spaceship's bridge.
He is also somewhat of a pervert as many of his inventions take the appearance of beautiful and often naked women, including his ship.
As for the character design of Dr. Clay, his hair and beard has eight long curls which give the shape of his head some resemblance to an octopus. Because of this Washu tends to call him an "octopus-head" as an insult.
Okuda's The All-New Tenchi Muyo! manga series
In this non-canon continuity, when being arrested by Mihoshi, Dr. Clay activates the "Dark Crystal" (which is the prototype for the ultimate defense system, with a self-evolving mechanism, created by Washu). The crystal evolves and takes the form of Washu, calling itself Dark Washu. Using this Dr. Clay attacks the Masaki residence in order to kill Washu, but later is defeated.