History MadScientist / VideoGames

23rd Oct '17 6:47:39 AM BeerBaron
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** Also from ''Morrowind'' are the lords of [[TheMagocracy Great House Telvanni]], a faction of (mostly) [[EvilSorcerer Evil Sorcerers]]. All of them, even the faction's lone ReasonableAuthorityFigure, conduct experiments which extend their lifespans and enjoy summoning Daedra as guards and test subjects. Even Divayth Fyr's [[spoiler: cure for the Corprus Disease]] fails on every test subject other than the player.

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** Also from ''Morrowind'' are the lords of [[TheClan Great House]] [[TheMagocracy Great House Telvanni]], a faction of (mostly) [[EvilSorcerer Evil Sorcerers]]. All of them, even the faction's lone ReasonableAuthorityFigure, conduct experiments which [[WizardsLiveLonger extend their lifespans lifespans]], practice {{Necromancy}}, and enjoy summoning Daedra [[SummonMagic summoning]] [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] as guards and test subjects. Even Divayth Fyr's [[spoiler: cure for the Corprus Disease]] fails on every test subject other than the player.


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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'''s ''Dragonborn'' DLC, Master Neloth, one of the aforementioned Telvanni Mage-Lords, makes another appearance. He's very much an InsufferableGenius, much of what he does is simply ForScience, and he has [[DudeWheresMyRespect very little respect]] for any other mortal, including a world-saving hero like [[PlayerCharacter the Dragonborn]]. His many ongoing experiments include the dissection of Solstheim's [[PlantPerson Spriggans]], collecting Heart Stones (imbued with the power of the [[CosmicKeystone Heart of Lorkhan]] after the [[ChekhovsVolcano eruption of Red Mountain]]), and would very much like to capture a live ''dragon'' as a test subject. You get the opportunity to participate in his experiments (often as the ''test subject''):
--> '''Neloth:''' ''"It was fascinating to watch those tentacles grow out of your eyes."''
13th Oct '17 10:43:44 PM AnotherEpicFail
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** Among the more villainous scientists in the game, there's Dr Klein. An [[MegaCorp Orochi Group]] scientist formerly employed in the excavation of The Ankh, he ended up getting a little ''too'' interested in [[TheVirus The Filth] and deciding to investigate its role in the end of past Ages by infusing his colleagues with it. When that didn't provide any answers, he resorted to [[ProfessorGuineaPig giving himself a microdose]]; as a result, he's more sentient than most Filth-infectees, but still under the power of the Dreamers... and now using the entire Orochi outpost as his laboratory. [[spoiler: Rather telling is the moment when, during his boss battle, Klein notices the local Filth reacting in an unusual way and quickly determines that it's generating "something more than reality can contain" that will consume everyone in the area if unleashed... and gleefully prepares himself to do exactly that.]]

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** Among the more villainous scientists in the game, there's Dr Klein. An [[MegaCorp Orochi Group]] scientist formerly employed in the excavation of The Ankh, he ended up getting a little ''too'' interested in [[TheVirus The Filth] Filth]] and deciding to investigate its role in the end of past Ages by infusing his colleagues with it. When that didn't provide any answers, he resorted to [[ProfessorGuineaPig giving himself a microdose]]; as a result, he's more sentient than most Filth-infectees, but still under the power of the Dreamers... and now using the entire Orochi outpost as his laboratory. [[spoiler: Rather telling is the moment when, during his boss battle, Klein notices the local Filth reacting in an unusual way and quickly determines that it's generating "something more than reality can contain" that will consume everyone in the area if unleashed... and gleefully prepares himself to do exactly that.]]
13th Oct '17 10:42:28 PM AnotherEpicFail
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* ''Videogame/TheSecretWorld'' features quite a few of these working for both the allied factions and the more openly villainous groups.
** The Templars have their own mad genius in the form of [[EruditeStoner Iain Tibet Gladstone]], an anthropologist and archaeologist with a lifetime of experience of delving into the world's mysteries on a firsthand basis - often via [[BoldExplorer travelling to improbably remote locations]], [[HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs taking powerful psychoactive drugs]], or both. However, Gladstone really became infamous for attempting to study the formation of cults by starting one of his own, and actually had over ''a hundred thousand people ready to commit mass suicide at his command'' before he ended the experiment. As a result, the Mad Social Scientist has been placed under house arrest at the [[GildedCage Temple Club]], where he spends his days cultivating hallucinogenic molds in the books and [[NakedPeopleAreFunny meditating skyclad]].
** Dr Charles Zurn is a [[AffablyEvil rather laid-back]] OmnidisciplinaryScientist employed by the Illuminati; formerly the head of the MK-ULTRA project and responsible for dozens of civilian experiments on extrahuman beings, he now works out of a laboratory decorated with embalmed corpses deep within the Labyrinth, researching whatever field agents send back to him. Players who side with the Illuminati will wake up StrappedToAnOperatingTable in Zurn's care during the intro, and Kirsten Geary latern warns you that he's thinking of making a show-and-tell out of you after all you've been through... or having you outfitted with a skull camera to make you a more effective agent.
** Outside the Big Three, we have Dr Anton Aldini, played with scenery-chewing magnificence by Creator/PeterStormare; currently preoccupied with continuing his great-grandfather's[[note]]Who just so happens to be the historical inspiration for Dr Frankenstein, or so Aldini claims[[/note]] work of creating a perfect being from cannibalized human remains, his work is financed by The Modern Prometheus, a back-alley plastic surgery clinic allowing players to change their appearance. For good measure, his patchwork creations actually trigger mad-scientist envy in ''Zurn,'' who decides to compensate by creating a squid-squirrel.
** Among the more villainous scientists in the game, there's Dr Klein. An [[MegaCorp Orochi Group]] scientist formerly employed in the excavation of The Ankh, he ended up getting a little ''too'' interested in [[TheVirus The Filth] and deciding to investigate its role in the end of past Ages by infusing his colleagues with it. When that didn't provide any answers, he resorted to [[ProfessorGuineaPig giving himself a microdose]]; as a result, he's more sentient than most Filth-infectees, but still under the power of the Dreamers... and now using the entire Orochi outpost as his laboratory. [[spoiler: Rather telling is the moment when, during his boss battle, Klein notices the local Filth reacting in an unusual way and quickly determines that it's generating "something more than reality can contain" that will consume everyone in the area if unleashed... and gleefully prepares himself to do exactly that.]]
** Another notable Orochi scientist appears in the form of Dr Schreber in Issue #7. The head of the facility known only as "The Nursery," he's decided to explore his belief in "[[ChildrenAreSpecial a child's plasticity]]" by enacting a series of experiments charting the effects of the world's most dangerous magical phenomena on [[WouldHurtAChild children]], including ghosts, demonic possession, parastoid fungi, and anima infusion. More disturbingly, he's actually found tangible results, even using a child variant of lycanthropy to create individuals who can transform into anything. [[spoiler: In the end, he's undone when he decides to try infusing children with the Filth - only to suffer a microdose in the process. As a result, he degenerates into paranoia, releases his subjects from containment, and goes on a rampage that leaves the Nursery staff either dead or infected.]] For good measure, Kirsten Geary makes it clear that one of the reasons why Schreber is so dangerous ([[spoiler: even before the Filth infection]]) is because he goes to [[MaskOfSanity such pains to seem lucid despite being so obviously delusional]]; friendly mad scientists like Zurn are less dangerous because they don't even pretend to be sane.
** However, the greatest of all mad scientists in the game is [[spoiler: ''' ''Lilith.'' ''' [[TimeAbyss An immortal said to be among the very first sentient beings in the entire universe]], she has spent most of her long life either conquering nations from within or pioneering the sciences in highly-unethical ways. Known throughout history as the Mother of Monsters, entire races have been created due to her genetic tinkering, including vampires, werewolves, the Deathless, and countless others; she's also tried tinkering with the [[CosmicKeystone Gaia Engines]] and [[DealWithTheDevil doing business with]] [[EldritchAbomination the Dreamers]], [[EvilIsNotAToy both of which which blew up in her face and ended the Third Age]]. For good measure, it's also apparent that most of the Orochi initiatives that you run into over the course of the game are under her command, thanks to her public alias as Orochi chairwoman Lily Engel.]]
20th Sep '17 5:59:28 PM Pichu-kun
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* Daryl, from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon: A Wonderful Life''. Among other things, he wanders onto your ranch while creepily muttering things, tries to capture a Yeti-like creature in the nearby woods, has a lab that is prone to explosions, spies on your child through the window to observe how children act, tries to steal one of your cows for experiments, and [[spoiler:considers taking your DNA to clone you after you die at the end of the game.]]

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Daryl, from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon: A Wonderful Life''.''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife''. Among other things, he wanders onto your ranch while creepily muttering things, tries to capture a Yeti-like creature in the nearby woods, has a lab that is prone to explosions, spies on your child through the window to observe how children act, tries to steal one of your cows for experiments, and [[spoiler:considers taking your DNA to clone you after you die at the end of the game.]]



* Professor [[PunnyName Elvin Gadd]] of ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'' fame also qualifies, albeit he's a benevolent nutcase who seems to channel his eccentricities into his inventions (a machine that turns ghosts into paintings, among other things). It's later learned that he's inadvertantly responsible for all the woes caused in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine''.
** There's also the demented Iggy Koopa, one of Bowser's Koopaling minions. He built the mechs that he and his siblings fought Mario with in Yoshi's Safari. He also has the fits [[LaughingMad maniacal laughter]] down pat.

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* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
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Professor [[PunnyName Elvin Gadd]] of ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'' fame also qualifies, albeit he's a benevolent nutcase who seems to channel his eccentricities into his inventions (a machine that turns ghosts into paintings, among other things). It's later learned that he's inadvertantly responsible for all the woes caused in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine''.
** There's also the demented Iggy Koopa, one of Bowser's Koopaling minions. He built the mechs that he and his siblings fought Mario with in Yoshi's Safari.''VideoGame/YoshisSafari''. He also has the fits [[LaughingMad maniacal laughter]] down pat.
29th Jul '17 12:22:28 PM Rorosilky5
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* Every single villain in the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' franchise is either a mad scientist (usually with a first name starting with the letter N, which lends itself to {{Punny Name}}s such as Neo Cortex (the usual megalomaniac BigBad), N. Gin (the YesMan and more recently, TheIgor), Nitrus Brio (a chuckling Frankenstein-like midget) or a hideously mutated anthropomorphic animal created by said mad scientists.

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* Every single villain in the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' franchise is either a mad scientist (usually with a first name starting with the letter N, which lends itself to {{Punny Name}}s such as Neo Cortex (the usual megalomaniac BigBad), N. Gin (the YesMan and more recently, TheIgor), TheIgor) and Nitrus Brio (a chuckling Frankenstein-like midget) midget)) or a hideously mutated anthropomorphic animal created by said mad scientists.
29th Jul '17 12:22:04 PM Rorosilky5
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* Every single villain in the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' franchise is either a mad scientist (usually with a first name starting with the letter N, which lends itself to {{Punny Name}}s such as Neo Cortex (the usual megalomaniac BigBad), N.Gin (the YesMan and more recently, TheIgor), Nitrus Brio (a chuckling Frankenstein-like midget), N.Tropy, N.Oxide and N.Trance) or a hideously mutated anthropomorphic animal created by said mad scientists.

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* Every single villain in the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' franchise is either a mad scientist (usually with a first name starting with the letter N, which lends itself to {{Punny Name}}s such as Neo Cortex (the usual megalomaniac BigBad), N. Gin (the YesMan and more recently, TheIgor), Nitrus Brio (a chuckling Frankenstein-like midget), N.Tropy, N.Oxide and N.Trance) midget) or a hideously mutated anthropomorphic animal created by said mad scientists.
10th Jun '17 7:44:28 PM DrFraud
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* The player character is the mad scientist in ''The Believable Adventures of an Invisible Man'', complete with egotism, paranoia and a list of people to get revenge on.
27th May '17 3:41:36 PM nombretomado
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%%* Dr. Kranken from ''ViewtifulJoe 2'' fits the trope (like everything else in the games) to a stereotypical T.

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%%* Dr. Kranken from ''ViewtifulJoe 2'' ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe2'' fits the trope (like everything else in the games) to a stereotypical T.
20th May '17 2:18:18 PM nombretomado
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* Lezard Valeth from ''ValkyrieProfile'' and it's sequels show Lezard as a mad wizard/alchemist with mad scientist traits. (Though that may be an understatment considering how important to the plot his mad scientist skills seem to be.) He also has one of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBhksfGFiQ8 the creepiest laughs]] ever to appear in a video game.

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* Lezard Valeth from ''ValkyrieProfile'' ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'' and it's sequels show Lezard as a mad wizard/alchemist with mad scientist traits. (Though that may be an understatment considering how important to the plot his mad scientist skills seem to be.) He also has one of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBhksfGFiQ8 the creepiest laughs]] ever to appear in a video game.
16th May '17 6:52:38 AM BeerBaron
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** Lord Kagrenac from the ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' {{Backstory}} caused the disappearance of his entire ''race'', the Dwemer, after finding the still-beating heart of the [[GodIsDead dead creator god]], Lorkhan, and attempting to tap into it with specially designed tools with the goal of allowing the Dwemer to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. [[BigBad Dagoth Ur]] and [[CorruptChurch The Tribunal]] then came along and successfully used the heart to become [[PhysicalGod Physical Gods]].
*** Also from ''Morrowind'' are the lords of Great House Telvanni, a faction of (mostly) [[EvilSorcerer Evil Sorcerers]]. All of them, even the faction's lone ReasonableAuthorityFigure, conduct experiments which extend their lifespans and enjoy summoning Daedra as guards and test subjects. Even Divayth Fyr's [[spoiler: cure for the Corprus Disease]] fails on every test subject other than the player.

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** Lord Kagrenac from the ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' series' {{Backstory}} caused [[RiddleForTheAges the disappearance disappearance]] of his entire ''race'', the Dwemer, [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]], after finding the [[CosmicKeystone still-beating heart heart]] of the [[GodIsDead dead "dead" creator god]], Lorkhan, and attempting to tap into it with specially designed tools with the goal of allowing the Dwemer to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. [[BigBad Dagoth Ur]] and [[CorruptChurch The Tribunal]] then came along and successfully used the heart to become [[PhysicalGod Physical Gods]].
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Gods]], setting in motion the plot of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]''.
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Also from ''Morrowind'' are the lords of [[TheMagocracy Great House Telvanni, Telvanni]], a faction of (mostly) [[EvilSorcerer Evil Sorcerers]]. All of them, even the faction's lone ReasonableAuthorityFigure, conduct experiments which extend their lifespans and enjoy summoning Daedra as guards and test subjects. Even Divayth Fyr's [[spoiler: cure for the Corprus Disease]] fails on every test subject other than the player.
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