History MadScientist / VideoGames

7th Apr '18 11:41:56 PM FearlessSon
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** It is notable by other characters in the game that Page himself was never actually very good with science, though he demonstrates a strong respect for it. He fits more closely to the idea of a CorruptCorporateExecutive who organizes and funds mad science as a means to power (even if individual scientists are less "mad" and only benignly understand part of what they are working on.)
5th Apr '18 2:47:27 PM TheNerevarine
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* Pathos Verdes III in ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' is the Ancient Greece equivalent of this trope: an architect charged with building a temple to guard Pandora's Box, he grew gradually insane as his family died one by one during the construction of his magnum opus and this is reflected on as the game progresses, the traps and puzzles become even more elaborate and harder than before. By the end of his life, he kills his wife in a fit of rage and commits suicide shortly afterwards, damning the gods for the misery they inflicted on him.

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Pathos Verdes III in ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' the first game is the Ancient Greece equivalent of this trope: an architect charged with building a temple to guard Pandora's Box, he grew gradually insane as his family died one by one during the construction of his magnum opus and this is reflected on as the game progresses, the traps and puzzles become even more elaborate and harder than before. By the end of his life, he kills his wife in a fit of rage and commits suicide shortly afterwards, damning the gods for the misery they inflicted on him.him.
** Daedalus from the myths appears in ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'' is just like Pathos, being forced by Zeus to create a new Labyrinth to [[spoiler:imprison Pandora, the living key to the Flame of Olympus]], and just like Pathos' temple, its filled with deadly traps. Daedalus is in a more sympathetic position since he is forced to work on the promise that Zeus would reunite him with his son Icarus only for [[spoiler:Zeus to backstab him and leave Daedalus stuck in his own trap]].
26th Mar '18 10:40:37 AM Camberf
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* Moira from ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' is a scientist willing to do anything to "improve" humanity through genetic engineering, and since joining Talon, isn't impeded by the need to experiment ethically.
22nd Mar '18 4:31:47 PM TheNerevarine
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* Pathos Verdes III in ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' is the Ancient Greece equivalent of this trope: an architect charged with building a temple to guard Pandora's Box, he grew gradually insane as his family died one by one during the construction of his magnum opus and this is reflected on as the game progresses, the traps and puzzles become even more elaborate and harder than before. By the end of his life, he kills his wife in a fit of rage and commits suicide shortly afterwards, damning the gods for the misery they inflicted on him.
17th Feb '18 11:00:40 PM nombretomado
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* ''RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy'' gives us Dr. Victor. Prone to MilkingTheGiantCow, gleefully invoking LivingForeverIsAwesome, and not a drop of evil in sight. He's ''way'' madder than most and a [[LargeHam massive ham to boot]], but that only makes him even more CrazyAwesome. '''''[[CatchPhrase KUZUNOHAAAAAA!!!!!!!!]]'''''

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* ''RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy'' ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy'' gives us Dr. Victor. Prone to MilkingTheGiantCow, gleefully invoking LivingForeverIsAwesome, and not a drop of evil in sight. He's ''way'' madder than most and a [[LargeHam massive ham to boot]], but that only makes him even more CrazyAwesome. '''''[[CatchPhrase KUZUNOHAAAAAA!!!!!!!!]]'''''
31st Jan '18 7:39:19 AM Cryoclaste
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* GearsOfWar gives us Dr. Adam Fenix. He developed the [[KillSat Hammer of Dawn system]], devised the plan to flood the Locust Hollow that required sinking Jacinto, and created the [[spoiler:anti-Lambent weapon]] that appears at the end of Gears 3. He spent more time creating weapons of mass destruction than he did with his family, and he claims that he knew about [[spoiler:the impending E-Day]] but couldn't stop it before it was too late. He tested his [[spoiler:anti-Lambent weapon]] on himself. Unlike many mad scientists, he realized the folly of his work and did everything he could to make up for his failures.

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* GearsOfWar ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' gives us Dr. Adam Fenix. He developed the [[KillSat Hammer of Dawn system]], devised the plan to flood the Locust Hollow that required sinking Jacinto, and created the [[spoiler:anti-Lambent weapon]] that appears at the end of Gears 3.''Gears 3''. He spent more time creating weapons of mass destruction than he did with his family, and he claims that he knew about [[spoiler:the impending E-Day]] but couldn't stop it before it was too late. He tested his [[spoiler:anti-Lambent weapon]] on himself. Unlike many mad scientists, he realized the folly of his work and did everything he could to make up for his failures.
19th Dec '17 6:59:06 AM Seraph
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* Jon Irenicus from ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' is actually an EvilSorcerer,, but you'd be forgiven if you think you are dealing with a mad scientist if you see his dungeon full of people he experimented on, indefinitely kept alive in glass jars powered by magical batteries, his attempts to clone the woman he once loved, and [[spoiler:the soul-sucking machine he uses on the hero and Imoen]].
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.]]
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