One time, I made someone's head explode. Actually, it happened four times. Now they make me wear this special hat, so I don't have any more accidents.

–Dogen to Raz during the opening of Psychonauts

Dogen Boole is a PSI Cadet at Whispering Rock featured in Psychonauts. Due to his difficulty controlling his lethal abilities, his parents have him wear a "special hat" which allegedly keeps his powers under control.


Dogen wears a red onesie with a tinfoil hat and a yellow scarf. He has bluish-green skin, brown eyelids, yellow scleras and brown eyes. He is very short.


Simple on the surface, but deep down inside, he is also simple. But kind. Dogen has a very powerful brain. So powerful, in fact, that he has to wear a psychoisolation hat to keep his powerful psychic emanations to himself

–Character blurb from the original Psychonauts website

Dogen is a calm, shy, and friendly boy and a bit air-headed at times. His outfit consists of red footie pajamas with a yellow Whispering Rock handkerchief around his neck, as well as a specialized tinfoil hat his parents make him wear so he doesn't accidentally blow up any heads with his immense psychic power—power Dogen has been taught to fear.


Dogen is one of several children present at Coach Oleander's camp meeting, which is interrupted by Razputin. He is shown to be easily frightened when he mistakes Raz for the Lake Monster, and has difficulty making it through the minefield in Basic Braining. If Raz helps Dogen through the minefield, he gives Raz some arrowheads even before it is explained what they are as a thanks.

When Razputin first talks to Dogen in person, the little boy is having an argument with some squirrels, claiming they are lying and telling him he will kill everyone. He threatens them, and as Razputin heads to class, Dogen feigns innocence before squirrel parts rain down around him.

After returning his brain, Dogen will remark that he had better apologize to the squirrels for not believing them, as they had been telling him that "A little man would kill everyone," which he had taken to mean himself. He can later be found at the Kids' Cabins, apologizing to the squirrels.

Psychic Abilities


Blastokinesis is Dogen's signature ability. It allows him to make other being's heads explode and is hard for him to control, as he has taken a few lives with it before. His hat allegedly helps him from accidentally using it, but he is shown using it to detonate the squirrels he is talking to before Basic Braining.


Dogen seems to be capable of telepathic communication, as he uses this ability to communicate with the squirrels of Whispering Rock and is adamant about them being "liars" until being rebrained. He's seen doing this before Basic Braining and after being rebrained.


Used while playing hide and seek with Vernon, Elka, and Milka after Brain Tumbler Experiment.


Dogen has the ability to communicate with the squirrels around the camp.


  • If Clairvoyance is used on him, Dogen sees Razputin only as his hat and goggles with nothing underneath.
  • Mikhail admits he would forfeit if he ever fought against Dogen, claiming that his hat could come off too easily and he's not comfortable with his head exploding.
  • A man named Compton Boole is depicted among other renowned Psychonauts on a carving in the Reception Area. His relation to Dogen, if any, is unknown.
  • According to his Campster page, Dogen is extremely fond of hats and animals, and his favorite movies are Scanners and Babe 2. His parents have promised that if he gets through camp without exploding anyone's head, he can have a pet.
  • Many of Dogen's friendster comments revolve around admiring the other campers' hats.
  • Dogen's voice actor, Nika Futterman, also voiced Smellerbee in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Olga Pataki in Hey Arnold!, Madame Ubetcha in Sofia the First, Mike Mazinsky in Mike, Lu, and Og, Cuckoo Loca in Minnie's Bow Toons, Adam Lyon (and several other characters) in My Gym Partner's a Monkey, and Luna Loud in The Loud House.
  • Dogen lists his age as 106 on his MySpace profile.
  • Dogen is the closest thing Raz has to a best friend. Raz seems to care about his brain the most and even helps him in the Basic Braining course.
  • He is also the only person Razputin apologizes to for hitting.
  • Psychadet rank: Special Scout
  • According to his old Myspace page, Dogen's zodiac sign is Sagittarius and his date of birth is December 3.
  • On Twitter, Doublefine said 2021's gonna be the year Dogen finally completes Basic Braining.


  • Brainless Dogen: Tee Vee...?
  • Dr. Loboto: I'm afraid [your brain] is just no good.
  • Dogen: What's wrong with my brain, doctor?
  • Dr. Loboto: How should I know? I'm a dentist! ...But here's what I know: when a tooth is bad, we pull it!
  • I would never....kill everyone -Dogen
  • Dogen: And then you make their heads explode!
  • Raz:NO!! Do you do that?
  • Dogen: Noo..well once kinda. But now I wear this special hat...Wanna try it on?


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Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin


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