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* Anime distributor Creator/MadmanEntertainment.

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* The comicbook ''Comicbook/{{Madman}}''.

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[[quoteright:360:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Madman_3360.jpeg]]

An independent comic book superhero created by Michael Allred. The series revolves around an amnesiac reanimated corpse and the adventures he has. The series is known for its quirkiness and [[MoodWhiplash its ability to go from wacky to disturbing in the span of a few panels.]]

[[MadScientist Eccentric scientists Dr. Boifard and Dr. Flem]] came upon a horrific car accident one night and discovered a dead [[NoNameGiven John Doe]]. They decided it was a good idea to use the cadaver as a guinea pig for their new reanimation experiment. It was a success and {{Madman}} was born. Calling him [[MeaningfulName Frank Einstein]], they studied him and used him as a lab assistant along with the beautiful Joe (Joesephine) Lombard, whom Frank quickly fell in love with. Using his [[SuperReflexes superhuman agility]], [[PsychicPowers psychic powers]], and [[WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys gadgets]], he fights crime when his scientist friends aren't getting him into trouble. He has also had stints as a circus performer and professional psychic.

Frank has gone through [[TimeTravel time]], fought an AncientConspiracy, aliens, monsters, robots, and even had a stint on a SuperTeam called ''The Atomics''. The series combines horror, science fiction, and pop culture in a way few series can, amassing a [[CultClassic cult following]] in the process. Considered a LongRunner for an indie comic, the series has also earned many awards.

Not to be confused with [[Film/MadMan the movie of the same name]], the TV series ''MadMen'', or Australian home video distributor MadmanEntertainment.

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!!!This character provides examples of:

* AmusingAlien: Mott, the Hoople.
* [[AnnoyingArrows Annoying Discs]]: His disc gun fires sharp discs that get embedded into his enemies' flesh. These are designed to [[OnlyAFleshWound only injure]] but you still end up seeing guys fighting with blades sticking out of them.
* ArchNemesis: Mr. Monstadt is the only real reoccuring BigBad of the series.
* AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Dr. Boifard, one of Madman's creators,[[ProfessorGuineaPig used a mind-expanding serum on himself]] and eventually turned into a giant brain that was so advanced that no one could understand what he was telling them.
* AuthorAppeal: Allred created this series as a love letter to pop culture from the 1930's to the 1960's.
* {{Beatnik}}: Frank comes into conflict with a group of mutant beatniks many times. They eventually ally themselves with Frank and become ''The Atomics''.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Frank is a nice, sweet guy who would rather avoid getting into a fight. If you gave him an excuse, however, be prepared to get brutalized horribly. [[spoiler: Frank was a hired killer in his past life and his old personality creeps up from time to time.]]
* BodyHorror: Frank is a reanimated corpse and looks it. Then we have the Circus ringleader who has horns, the Circus Muscle Man who has no flesh, The Puke who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin turned into a giant blob of vomit]], Dr. Boifard who eventually evolved into a massive brain, and many more.
* BrilliantButLazy: Frank is rather innocent but has an intellect close to Dr. Flem and Boifard. Unlike them however he would rather spend his time hanging out with Joe and often complains when his adventures make him work any harder than that.
* CircusOfFear: The circus Madman briefly worked for. Many of them looked very freakish (see Body Horror above) and Frank suspected at least one of them of commiting murder. [[spoiler: He turned out to be only partially right. It was someone in the circus but it wasn't the Muscle Man as expected. It was one of the acrobats.]]
* CityOfAdventure: Snap City is the home of the main characters. It has aliens, mutant beatniks, and secret governments galore.
* ChannelHop: Madman started off in a little-known self-publishing company, then switched to Caliber Comics, then Kitchen Sink Press, then DarkHorseComics, and finally ImageComics.
* CloudCuckooLander: Madman himself is pretty odd but the universe he lives in is already pretty surreal so it might not be noticable upon first glance.
* {{Crossover}}: with TheSavageDragon, {{Superman}}, Comicbook/TheBigGuyAndRustyTheBoyRobot, HellBoy, and simultaneously with MegatonMan, {{Comicbooks/Nexus}}, {{normalman}}, and {{Bone}}. And that's just for starters.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Many of Frank's allies fought him when they first met for a variety of reasons and later became close friends.
* DistaffCounterpart: Joe eventually creates one for herself and becomes Madgirl.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Happens often and the visions are usually too surreal to understand fully until the reader [[FridgeBrilliance goes back and rereads the issue.]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first scene of the entire series features Madman ripping an eyeball out of a thug's head and swallowing it. He is shown coughing it back up once the thug and his partner leave but the character ended up going in a completely different direction. Allred himself mentioned that he hated that scene right after he wrote it.
* EldritchAbomination: Some have shown up with little explanation, making people go insane, giving them superpowers, or just generally being creepy.
* {{Expy}}: The character {{Freakazoid}} wears a costume that looks similar to one of Madman's earlier designs. The creators of that series apparently got Allred's blessings to do this but since Mike was never given much credit, it's is a bit of a sore spot.
* TheFaceless: For the first miniseries, Frank's face was never shown.
* GenkiGirl: Joe.
* [[BoyMeetsGhoul Girl Meets Ghoul]]: Aside from the initial shock of seeing Frank without his mask, Joe is pretty okay with being in a ParanormalRomance with a reanimated corpse.
* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction: Tri-Eye. Exactly which governments it's involved with remains a mystery (but it's probably all of them). Monstadt, Boifard, and Flem all had various connections to this organization [[spoiler: as did Frank when he was alive]]. It comes complete with an AncientConspiracy and TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness.
* HeroesWantRedHeads: Joe is a redhead that has been by his side from the beginning.
* IAmNotShazam: The title comes from a character calling him a madman as an insult. Frank normally goes by his real name and wouldn't actually like you to call him Madman.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Madman almost always hits his targets.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: Frank used a shrinking formula to beat The Puke but accidentaly got some on himself, spending a brief storyarc trying to survive.
* JiveTurkey: Purposefully invoked. The characters often use slang from the 50's and 60's due to AuthorAppeal. The mutant street beatniks are the worst offenders. This often results in GoshDangItToHeck moments.
* KillerYoYo: Frank uses a yo-yo filled with lead. It's a pretty devastating weapon.
* KirbyDots: If a machine is crackling with energy, expect this effect.
* ManChild: Frank is very sweet and innocent and often enjoys playing with his yo-yo or other toys. In the past, he had tendencies of a PsychopathicManchild if you threatened him too much or those he loves but those days are gone.
* ManInWhite
* MyLittlePanzer: Some of his weaponds include a slingshot, a yo-yo filled with lead, and a toy disc gun that has been modified to fire sharp discs.
* NiceGuy: Frank is nice and sweet, almost to a fault, one of the reasons Joe likes him so much.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The series has depicted characters who look a lot like ClintEastwood, Chow Yun Fat, and other action heroes.
* OccultDetective: He moonlights as a professional psychic, often lending his powers to help a detective agency in Snap City.
* OffWithHisHead: Dr. Flem, Madman's other creator, had to chop off his own head (long story) and now has it strapped to his neck. Yes, a decapitated character [[HeGotBetter got better]] despite having a head that isn't completely attatched.
* PstandardPsychicPstance: Often takes this stance when using his powers.
* PsychicPowers: He has an antennae that sprouts out of his forehead that acts as a ThirdEye. This antennae gives him a variety of abilities: [[TheEmpath empathy]], [[AuraVision sensing auras]], [[MindProbe probing]], [[{{Seers}} precognition]], [[SpiderSense sense danger]], and sometimes [[AstralProjection astral projection]].
* RayGunGothic: Allred is in love with this trope.
* RobotBuddy: Several since Dr. Flem enjoys building robots but the most common would be Astroman, Marie, and Warren. Marie and Warren are floating spheres with hands that are [[TheVoiceless silent]] but have personalities all their own.
* RobotGirl: Mechana, although she doesn't look quite as human as other examples of this trope.
* RoboticSpouse: Astroman and Machina for each other in a rare robot-on-robot example. It should be noted that Dr. Flem's robots began creating robot companions for themselves.
* ShoutOut: Madman's real name (after being reanimated) is [[FrankSinatra Frank]] [[AlbertEinstein Einstein]]. His creators named him after their personal heroes but if you were to say the name out loud, it would sound a lot like [[{{Frankenstein}} another renimated corpse character]].
** The aforementioned Machina looks a lot like the robot from ''{{Metropolis}}'' and her lover, Astro Man, looks like a cross between Madman himself and ''AstroBoy''. Considering Allred's love of all things pop culture, this is not an accident.
** There are numerous mentions of Allred's favorite bands (Allred himself is a musician). They are mostly from TheNineties: RadioHead, {{Tool}}, SoundGarden, etc.
** The alien Mott is part of an alien race called hooples. ''Mott The Hoople'' was a band in TheSixties.
** When Frank notices that Mott's ship is BiggerOnTheInside he states "It must be a [[Series/DoctorWho Tardis]]."
* SuperReflexes: He was able to outperform circus acrobats without any training (including balancing on one finger while on a tightrope) and has used his skills to [[DodgeTheBullet avoiding getting shot]].
* SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset: Madman's first costume resembled a skeleton, complete with a stiched mouth that looked like a fleshless jaw.
* ThoughtYouMeant: When Frank first meets Joe's father, he briefly talks about his psychic powers. Joe's father responds with, "So tell me, can you control it?" An aghast Frank swears that he is a gentleman and would never do anything she didn't want to do. He then finds out that Joe's father was referring to the control of his powers.
* TimeTravel: The basis for the second miniseries.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Madman looks very much like a reanimated corpse, albiet a corpse that was handsome in his previous life. He has green skin, gray hair, a metal plate on his scalp, and plenty of stitches. This doesn't stop the beautiful Joe from falling in love with him. She even mentions that she ''likes'' his scars, thinking they make him look dashing and rugged (although he really, really isn't)
* UnlimitedWardrobe: He had a different costume for every story in his early days.
** Joe's wardrobe is ''huge'' She'll sometimes change clothes multiple times per issue.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Despite Frank's paranormal roots, he tries his best to keep to himself and normally avoids getting into adventures. Adventures find him anyway.
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: Usually from Dr. Flem. And sometimes, they really are toys.
* WidgetSeries
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[[quoteright:360:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Madman_3360.jpeg]]

An independent comic book superhero created by Michael Allred.
Madman may refer to:

*
The series revolves around an amnesiac reanimated corpse and the adventures he has. comicbook ''Comicbook/{{Madman}}''.
*
The series is known for its quirkiness and [[MoodWhiplash its ability to go from wacky to disturbing in the span of a few panels.]]

[[MadScientist Eccentric scientists Dr. Boifard and Dr. Flem]] came upon a horrific car accident one night and discovered a dead [[NoNameGiven John Doe]]. They decided it was a good idea to use the cadaver as a guinea pig for their new reanimation experiment. It was a success and {{Madman}} was born. Calling him [[MeaningfulName Frank Einstein]], they studied him and used him as a lab assistant along with the beautiful Joe (Joesephine) Lombard, whom Frank quickly fell in love with. Using his [[SuperReflexes superhuman agility]], [[PsychicPowers psychic powers]], and [[WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys gadgets]], he fights crime when his scientist friends aren't getting him into trouble. He has also had stints as a circus performer and professional psychic.

Frank has gone through [[TimeTravel time]], fought an AncientConspiracy, aliens, monsters, robots, and even had a stint on a SuperTeam called ''The Atomics''. The series combines horror, science fiction, and pop culture in a way few series can, amassing a [[CultClassic cult following]] in the process. Considered a LongRunner for an indie comic, the series has also earned many awards.

Not to be confused with [[Film/MadMan the
slasher movie of the same name]], the TV series ''MadMen'', or Australian home video ''Film/{{Madman}}''.
* Anime
distributor MadmanEntertainment.

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!!!This character provides examples of:

* AmusingAlien: Mott, the Hoople.
* [[AnnoyingArrows Annoying Discs]]: His disc gun fires sharp discs that get embedded into his enemies' flesh. These are designed to [[OnlyAFleshWound only injure]] but you still end up seeing guys fighting with blades sticking out of them.
* ArchNemesis: Mr. Monstadt is the only real reoccuring BigBad of the series.
* AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Dr. Boifard, one of Madman's creators,[[ProfessorGuineaPig used a mind-expanding serum on himself]] and eventually turned into a giant brain that was so advanced that no one could understand what he was telling them.
* AuthorAppeal: Allred created this series as a love letter to pop culture from the 1930's to the 1960's.
* {{Beatnik}}: Frank comes into conflict with a group of mutant beatniks many times. They eventually ally themselves with Frank and become ''The Atomics''.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Frank is a nice, sweet guy who would rather avoid getting into a fight. If you gave him an excuse, however, be prepared to get brutalized horribly. [[spoiler: Frank was a hired killer in his past life and his old personality creeps up from time to time.]]
* BodyHorror: Frank is a reanimated corpse and looks it. Then we have the Circus ringleader who has horns, the Circus Muscle Man who has no flesh, The Puke who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin turned into a giant blob of vomit]], Dr. Boifard who eventually evolved into a massive brain, and many more.
* BrilliantButLazy: Frank is rather innocent but has an intellect close to Dr. Flem and Boifard. Unlike them however he would rather spend his time hanging out with Joe and often complains when his adventures make him work any harder than that.
* CircusOfFear: The circus Madman briefly worked for. Many of them looked very freakish (see Body Horror above) and Frank suspected at least one of them of commiting murder. [[spoiler: He turned out to be only partially right. It was someone in the circus but it wasn't the Muscle Man as expected. It was one of the acrobats.]]
* CityOfAdventure: Snap City is the home of the main characters. It has aliens, mutant beatniks, and secret governments galore.
* ChannelHop: Madman started off in a little-known self-publishing company, then switched to Caliber Comics, then Kitchen Sink Press, then DarkHorseComics, and finally ImageComics.
* CloudCuckooLander: Madman himself is pretty odd but the universe he lives in is already pretty surreal so it might not be noticable upon first glance.
* {{Crossover}}: with TheSavageDragon, {{Superman}}, Comicbook/TheBigGuyAndRustyTheBoyRobot, HellBoy, and simultaneously with MegatonMan, {{Comicbooks/Nexus}}, {{normalman}}, and {{Bone}}. And that's just for starters.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Many of Frank's allies fought him when they first met for a variety of reasons and later became close friends.
* DistaffCounterpart: Joe eventually creates one for herself and becomes Madgirl.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Happens often and the visions are usually too surreal to understand fully until the reader [[FridgeBrilliance goes back and rereads the issue.]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first scene of the entire series features Madman ripping an eyeball out of a thug's head and swallowing it. He is shown coughing it back up once the thug and his partner leave but the character ended up going in a completely different direction. Allred himself mentioned that he hated that scene right after he wrote it.
* EldritchAbomination: Some have shown up with little explanation, making people go insane, giving them superpowers, or just generally being creepy.
* {{Expy}}: The character {{Freakazoid}} wears a costume that looks similar to one of Madman's earlier designs. The creators of that series apparently got Allred's blessings to do this but since Mike was never given much credit, it's is a bit of a sore spot.
* TheFaceless: For the first miniseries, Frank's face was never shown.
* GenkiGirl: Joe.
* [[BoyMeetsGhoul Girl Meets Ghoul]]: Aside from the initial shock of seeing Frank without his mask, Joe is pretty okay with being in a ParanormalRomance with a reanimated corpse.
* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction: Tri-Eye. Exactly which governments it's involved with remains a mystery (but it's probably all of them). Monstadt, Boifard, and Flem all had various connections to this organization [[spoiler: as did Frank when he was alive]]. It comes complete with an AncientConspiracy and TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness.
* HeroesWantRedHeads: Joe is a redhead that has been by his side from the beginning.
* IAmNotShazam: The title comes from a character calling him a madman as an insult. Frank normally goes by his real name and wouldn't actually like you to call him Madman.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Madman almost always hits his targets.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: Frank used a shrinking formula to beat The Puke but accidentaly got some on himself, spending a brief storyarc trying to survive.
* JiveTurkey: Purposefully invoked. The characters often use slang from the 50's and 60's due to AuthorAppeal. The mutant street beatniks are the worst offenders. This often results in GoshDangItToHeck moments.
* KillerYoYo: Frank uses a yo-yo filled with lead. It's a pretty devastating weapon.
* KirbyDots: If a machine is crackling with energy, expect this effect.
* ManChild: Frank is very sweet and innocent and often enjoys playing with his yo-yo or other toys. In the past, he had tendencies of a PsychopathicManchild if you threatened him too much or those he loves but those days are gone.
* ManInWhite
* MyLittlePanzer: Some of his weaponds include a slingshot, a yo-yo filled with lead, and a toy disc gun that has been modified to fire sharp discs.
* NiceGuy: Frank is nice and sweet, almost to a fault, one of the reasons Joe likes him so much.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The series has depicted characters who look a lot like ClintEastwood, Chow Yun Fat, and other action heroes.
* OccultDetective: He moonlights as a professional psychic, often lending his powers to help a detective agency in Snap City.
* OffWithHisHead: Dr. Flem, Madman's other creator, had to chop off his own head (long story) and now has it strapped to his neck. Yes, a decapitated character [[HeGotBetter got better]] despite having a head that isn't completely attatched.
* PstandardPsychicPstance: Often takes this stance when using his powers.
* PsychicPowers: He has an antennae that sprouts out of his forehead that acts as a ThirdEye. This antennae gives him a variety of abilities: [[TheEmpath empathy]], [[AuraVision sensing auras]], [[MindProbe probing]], [[{{Seers}} precognition]], [[SpiderSense sense danger]], and sometimes [[AstralProjection astral projection]].
* RayGunGothic: Allred is in love with this trope.
* RobotBuddy: Several since Dr. Flem enjoys building robots but the most common would be Astroman, Marie, and Warren. Marie and Warren are floating spheres with hands that are [[TheVoiceless silent]] but have personalities all their own.
* RobotGirl: Mechana, although she doesn't look quite as human as other examples of this trope.
* RoboticSpouse: Astroman and Machina for each other in a rare robot-on-robot example. It should be noted that Dr. Flem's robots began creating robot companions for themselves.
* ShoutOut: Madman's real name (after being reanimated) is [[FrankSinatra Frank]] [[AlbertEinstein Einstein]]. His creators named him after their personal heroes but if you were to say the name out loud, it would sound a lot like [[{{Frankenstein}} another renimated corpse character]].
** The aforementioned Machina looks a lot like the robot from ''{{Metropolis}}'' and her lover, Astro Man, looks like a cross between Madman himself and ''AstroBoy''. Considering Allred's love of all things pop culture, this is not an accident.
** There are numerous mentions of Allred's favorite bands (Allred himself is a musician). They are mostly from TheNineties: RadioHead, {{Tool}}, SoundGarden, etc.
** The alien Mott is part of an alien race called hooples. ''Mott The Hoople'' was a band in TheSixties.
** When Frank notices that Mott's ship is BiggerOnTheInside he states "It must be a [[Series/DoctorWho Tardis]]."
* SuperReflexes: He was able to outperform circus acrobats without any training (including balancing on one finger while on a tightrope) and has used his skills to [[DodgeTheBullet avoiding getting shot]].
* SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset: Madman's first costume resembled a skeleton, complete with a stiched mouth that looked like a fleshless jaw.
* ThoughtYouMeant: When Frank first meets Joe's father, he briefly talks about his psychic powers. Joe's father responds with, "So tell me, can you control it?" An aghast Frank swears that he is a gentleman and would never do anything she didn't want to do. He then finds out that Joe's father was referring to the control of his powers.
* TimeTravel: The basis for the second miniseries.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Madman looks very much like a reanimated corpse, albiet a corpse that was handsome in his previous life. He has green skin, gray hair, a metal plate on his scalp, and plenty of stitches. This doesn't stop the beautiful Joe from falling in love with him. She even mentions that she ''likes'' his scars, thinking they make him look dashing and rugged (although he really, really isn't)
* UnlimitedWardrobe: He had a different costume for every story in his early days.
** Joe's wardrobe is ''huge'' She'll sometimes change clothes multiple times per issue.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Despite Frank's paranormal roots, he tries his best to keep to himself and normally avoids getting into adventures. Adventures find him anyway.
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: Usually from Dr. Flem. And sometimes, they really are toys.
* WidgetSeries
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* ThoughtYouMeant: When Frank first meets Joe's father, he briefly talks about his psychic powers. Joe's father responds with, "So tell me, can you control it?" An aghast Frank swears that he is a gentleman and would never do anything she didn't want to do. He then finds out that Joe's father was referring to the control of his powers.


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* WeirdnessMagnet: Despite Frank's paranormal roots, he tries his best to keep to himself and normally avoids getting into adventures. Adventures find him anyway.
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