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20th Mar '18 8:08:11 AM RedScharlach
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* Kanami from ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' cared a lot about [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/DtB13_Kanami_and_Dolls_336x178_4178.png catatonic Dolls]] [[PeopleJars in jars]] and learned their individual quirks, which became evident in the episode when CY-463 trapped them. In her observatory they are more ''tools'' than ''subjects'', but it's not like she could do for them any more even if she had any real power.

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* Kanami from ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' cared a lot about [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/DtB13_Kanami_and_Dolls_336x178_4178.png catatonic Dolls]] [[PeopleJars in jars]] and learned their individual quirks, which became evident in the episode when CY-463 trapped them. In her observatory they are more ''tools'' than ''subjects'', but it's not like she could do any more for them any more even if she had any real power.



* Subverted in ''Manga/SoulEater'': Doctor Medusa plays the nice doctor, but she's secretly experimenting on her patients. Plus in an outright aversion she's absolutly [[MoralEventHorizon despicable]] in her treatment of her main experiment/minion [[TheWoobie Chrona]] [[spoiler: [[AbusiveParents who actually is her child]]]].

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* Subverted in ''Manga/SoulEater'': Doctor Medusa plays the nice doctor, but she's secretly experimenting on her patients. Plus in an outright aversion she's absolutly absolutely [[MoralEventHorizon despicable]] in her treatment of her main experiment/minion [[TheWoobie Chrona]] [[spoiler: [[AbusiveParents who actually is her child]]]].



** In [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime adaptation]], it's averted with Izumi (she takes care of a young homunculus in a really motherly way - but only because [[spoiler: he's actually her real son!]]).

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** In [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime adaptation]], it's averted with Izumi (she takes care of a young homunculus in a really motherly way - but only because [[spoiler: he's [[spoiler:he's actually her real son!]]).



* During ''Franchise/GreenLantern And ComicBook/GreenArrow'''s "socially relevent" phase in TheSeventies, they did a [[FantasticAesop very weird]] story about overpopulation, set on a planet that had tried to overcome a population shortage by making [[ArtificialHuman Artificial Humans.]] The problem was that the person in charge of the project was an infertile woman obsessed with the fact that this was a way for her to produce life: so she ''kept on'' making artificial people, complete with [[TomatoInTheMirror false memories]] so no one could know who was "real" and who ReallyWasBornYesterday, and was flooding the world with them. When the heroes finally stop her, [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman destroying a couple of less obviously humanoid biological androids]] in the process, she suffers a complete VillainousBreakdown because she views all these beings as her children.

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* During ''Franchise/GreenLantern And ComicBook/GreenArrow'''s "socially relevent" relevant" phase in TheSeventies, they did a [[FantasticAesop very weird]] story about overpopulation, set on a planet that had tried to overcome a population shortage by making [[ArtificialHuman Artificial Humans.]] The problem was that the person in charge of the project was an infertile woman obsessed with the fact that this was a way for her to produce life: so she ''kept on'' making artificial people, complete with [[TomatoInTheMirror false memories]] so no one could know who was "real" and who ReallyWasBornYesterday, and was flooding the world with them. When the heroes finally stop her, [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman destroying a couple of less obviously humanoid biological androids]] in the process, she suffers a complete VillainousBreakdown because she views all these beings as her children.



* Dr. Coady on ''Series/OrphanBlack'' is an more malicious example of this. While [[spoiler: the Project CASTOR clones]] see her as a mother figure, she has no problems mistreating them.

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* Dr. Coady on ''Series/OrphanBlack'' is an a more malicious example of this. While [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Project CASTOR clones]] see her as a mother figure, she has no problems mistreating them.



* Subverted in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', where Sheldon Cooper views Leonard's cold, robotic and unfeeling mother Dr Beverley Hofstadter as the dream mother he wishes he had been brought up by. Beverley feels a sort of affection for Sheldon that she signally fails to manifest for her own son. (She considered conceiving and raising a son to be a sort of long-term experiment in behavioural psychology, for instance).

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* Subverted in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', where Sheldon Cooper views Leonard's cold, robotic and unfeeling mother Dr Beverley Hofstadter as the dream mother he wishes he had been brought up by. Beverley feels a sort of affection for Sheldon that she signally fails to manifest for her own son. (She considered conceiving and raising a son to be a sort of long-term experiment in behavioural psychology, for instance). instance.)



* Professor Venomous from ''WesternAnimation/OKKOLetsBeHeroes'' is a interesting male example; Venomous is a villain that apparently created Fink. Though he doesn't refer to her as his child and instead just calls her a "minion", he pretty much treats her as if she was his own child.

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* Professor Venomous from ''WesternAnimation/OKKOLetsBeHeroes'' is a an interesting male example; Venomous is a villain that apparently created Fink. Though he doesn't refer to her as his child and instead just calls her a "minion", he pretty much treats her as if she was his own child.
31st Jan '18 1:17:55 PM arisboch
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[[caption-width-right:350:Not "[[ItIsDehumanizing it]]". Her.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Not "[[ItIsDehumanizing it]]". Her.]]
[[spoiler: [[GenderBender Later him]].]]]]
19th Jan '18 4:37:23 AM AgProv
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* Subverted in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', where Sheldon Cooper views Leonard's cold, robotic and unfeeling mother Dr Beverley Hofstadter as the dream mother he wishes he had been brought up by. Beverley feels a sort of affection for Sheldon that she signally fails to manifest for her own son.

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* Subverted in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', where Sheldon Cooper views Leonard's cold, robotic and unfeeling mother Dr Beverley Hofstadter as the dream mother he wishes he had been brought up by. Beverley feels a sort of affection for Sheldon that she signally fails to manifest for her own son. (She considered conceiving and raising a son to be a sort of long-term experiment in behavioural psychology, for instance).
19th Jan '18 4:36:07 AM AgProv
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* Subverted in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', where Sheldon Cooper views Leonard's cold, robotic and unfeeling mother Dr Beverley Hofstadter as the dream mother he wishes he had been brought up by. Beverley feels a sort of affection for Sheldon that she signally fails to manifest for her own son.
27th Nov '17 11:28:34 PM Octorok103
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* ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' features [[spoiler:Dr. Madeline Bergman, director of the Bottle Ship's secret bioweapons program. In order to control the Metroids that they had been breeding, her team decided to create an [[AIIsACrapshoot AI]] based on [[GreaterScopeVillain Mother Brain]]. They placed the AI, dubbed "MB", in a gynoid body under the belief that it would foster a maternal bond with the Metroids, which seemed less risky than a dominance-based relationship. Naturally, the scientists started anthropomorphizing their creation, to the point where Madeline treated her as a daughter and named her Melissa. However, unlike most examples of this trope, Madeline's maternal feelings weren't strong enough to persuade her to stand up for MB when things went pear-shaped; faced with MB developing emotions, the scientists opted to alter her programming rather than risk her jeopardizing the missions, and Madeline stood on the sidelines rather than intervene. MB did ''not'' take this well, and what had been fairly minor rebellion up until that point [[NiceJobBreakingItHero became genocidal rage]].]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'' features Margulis, [[spoiler:an Orokin Archimedean who served as a surrogate mother to the Tenno following the Zariman Ten-Zero incident. While the rest of the Orokin wanted to kill the Tenno for fear of their power, Margulis argued to spare them, and eventually developed the Transference process and Warframes to allow the Tenno to channel their power safely. Tragically, while the Orokin did decide to spare the Tenno, Margulis herself wasn't so lucky; in what is heavily implied to be retaliation for her defense of the Tenno, she was executed as a criminal, which likely contributed to the later rebellion by the Tenno that would destroy the Orokin Empire once and for all.]]
4th Nov '17 1:57:30 PM eroock
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Note that regardless of the gendered implications of motherly, the '''Fatherly Scientist''' is also not uncommon, as the focus is largely on the scientist's conscious decision, with or without struggle, to reject treating the creature, creation, or just plain human being as a mere test subject for experimentation, choosing instead to forge and nurture a familial bond with them once it is acknowledged that the subject is capable of experiencing a range of emotions like any other. For the sake of consistency, however, the scientist will, for the large part, heretofore be referred to as female.

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Note that regardless of the gendered implications of motherly, the '''Fatherly Scientist''' Fatherly Scientist is also not uncommon, as the focus is largely on the scientist's conscious decision, with or without struggle, to reject treating the creature, creation, or just plain human being as a mere test subject for experimentation, choosing instead to forge and nurture a familial bond with them once it is acknowledged that the subject is capable of experiencing a range of emotions like any other. For the sake of consistency, however, the scientist will, for the large part, heretofore be referred to as female.
4th Nov '17 1:57:15 PM eroock
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Meet the '''Motherly Scientist''': Frequently feeling compassion for the test subjects (sometimes not always embracing that compassion until it's too late), the motherly scientist is usually [[NaiveNewcomer the first to ask]] that the test subjects be given a humane treatment.

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Meet the '''Motherly Scientist''': Motherly Scientist: Frequently feeling compassion for the test subjects (sometimes not always embracing that compassion until it's too late), the motherly scientist is usually [[NaiveNewcomer the first to ask]] that the test subjects be given a humane treatment.
22nd Oct '17 10:12:17 PM Twiddler
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** Professor X. Parent figure to ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} and most of the team.

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** Professor X. Parent X, parent figure to ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} and most of the team.
22nd Oct '17 10:11:41 PM Twiddler
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* Professor X from the ComicBook/XMen, of course! Parent figure to ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} and most of the team.
* Doctor Sarah Kinney (ComicBook/{{X 23}}'s surrogate mother), also from ''ComicBook/XMen''.

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* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
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Professor X from the ComicBook/XMen, of course! X. Parent figure to ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} and most of the team.
* ** Doctor Sarah Kinney (ComicBook/{{X 23}}'s surrogate mother), also from ''ComicBook/XMen''.mother).
12th Oct '17 12:31:07 AM EmperorZim
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* Dr. Gustav Brackman from ''VideoGame/SupremeCommander'' sees all [[HollywoodCyborg Cybrans]] as his children.

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* Dr. Gustav Brackman from ''VideoGame/SupremeCommander'' sees all [[HollywoodCyborg Cybrans]] as his children. [[spoiler: In the case of the Cybran player character, it turns out this is more literal, since it's eventually revealed that he's Brackman's clone.]]
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