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30th May '16 4:27:57 AM BB8ForPresident
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* ''{{Series/Arrow}}'': Felicity Smoak was originally introduced as an IT technician. Over the course of the series, she's performed chemical analyses, hacked government satellites, and helped in the construction of a shrinking/regrowth array.

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* ''{{Series/Arrow}}'': Felicity Smoak was originally introduced as an IT technician. Over the course of the series, she's performed chemical analyses, hacked government satellites, and helped in the construction of a shrinking/regrowth array. Her hacking and computer science abilities are just about believable as it's revealed she's a computer genius who graduated early double-major from MIT and has been taking apart computers since she was seven, but her work outside of that area is a lot less justified. This gets better later in the series as she frequently calls on or mentions getting help from a mechanical engineer (Cisco), forensics expert (Barry), bio engineer (Caitlin), general scientist (Ray) and inventor(Curtis).
27th May '16 7:06:05 AM GlassRain
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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' has this trope all over the place. Donatello is only ''15'', and yet clearly is quite knowledgeable in engineering, robotics, and computer programming - even when its ''in an alien language''. He's also shown working in chemistry and biology. This might however be handwaved as a consequence of his mutant nature, as various human scientists tend to be more limited. Baxter Stockman is clearly more a robotics man than anythng else, and Doctor Falco doesn't dabble in too much beyond biology (even if taken to odd extremes). Its also invoked by Leo regarding why the Kraang took April's father, claiming that its because "He's a scientist", only to be defied by April when she points out that her father's field of study (psychology) is completely ''irrelevant'' to what the Kraang are doing.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' has this trope all over the place. Donatello is only ''15'', and yet clearly is quite knowledgeable in engineering, robotics, and computer programming - even when its ''in an alien language''. He's also shown working in chemistry and biology. This might however be handwaved as a consequence of his mutant nature, as various human scientists tend to be more limited. Baxter Stockman is clearly more a robotics man than anythng anything else, and Doctor Falco doesn't dabble in too much beyond biology (even if taken to odd extremes). Its also invoked by Leo regarding why the Kraang took April's father, claiming that its because "He's a scientist", only to be defied by April when she points out that her father's field of study (psychology) is completely ''irrelevant'' to what the Kraang are doing.



** A noticeable example is Alistair Smythe, introduced as a robotics expert, used for building Spider-Slayers. He's later upgraded into a cyborg and somehwere along the way enters this trope, performing neogenic experiments for the bad guys.

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** A noticeable example is Alistair Smythe, introduced as a robotics expert, used for building Spider-Slayers. He's later upgraded into a cyborg and somehwere somewhere along the way enters this trope, performing neogenic experiments for the bad guys.



** The first two years of an undergrad degree in bioengineering can feel like they are spent trying to become one of these. Often it isn't until the third year that students actually start bringing all those different disiplines together. Some people say doing actual engineering is what graduate school is for.

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** The first two years of an undergrad degree in bioengineering can feel like they are spent trying to become one of these. Often it isn't until the third year that students actually start bringing all those different disiplines disciplines together. Some people say doing actual engineering is what graduate school is for.



* Several well-known crackpots throughout history considered themselves to be masters of several fields of science at once -- and, sometimes, their followers agreed with them. Wilhelm Reich, who created the notion of Orgone Energy, was trained in medicine and psychiatry; but his propoents also claim he was an expert chemist, biologist, nuclear physicist, and astronomer, because his theories brushed up against those subjects.

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* Several well-known crackpots throughout history considered themselves to be masters of several fields of science at once -- and, sometimes, their followers agreed with them. Wilhelm Reich, who created the notion of Orgone Energy, was trained in medicine and psychiatry; but his propoents proponents also claim he was an expert chemist, biologist, nuclear physicist, and astronomer, because his theories brushed up against those subjects.
25th May '16 9:41:14 PM chopshop
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* Darkly subverted and deconstructed in ''ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog''. Two of Robotnik's henchmen, Cassia and Clove, started working for him because Cassia was dying from an unknown genetic disease and Robotnik offered a cure in exchange for their service, seemingly showing a degree of medical/pathology experience alongside his revolutionary skill in robotics and engineering. [[spoiler: Except that's a lie. He hasn't cured Cassia's illness; he's merely supplied them with a chemo-like treatment machine (stolen from somewhere else) that will keep the disease from progressing as long as it's used regularly. He did this because he knew Clove had no loyalty to him, only seeing him as a means to cure her sister, and so needed to ensure that they would need to keep working for him. He even [[LampshadeHanging calls Clove out for falling for it]] when this is revealed; he's an engineer with a minor in physics not a medical doctor so it should've been obvious he couldn't help them, but Clove was too desperate to stop and think.]]

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* Darkly subverted and deconstructed in ''ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog''.''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog''. Two of Robotnik's henchmen, Cassia and Clove, started working for him because Cassia was dying from an unknown genetic disease and Robotnik offered a cure in exchange for their service, seemingly showing a degree of medical/pathology experience alongside his revolutionary skill in robotics and engineering. [[spoiler: Except that's a lie. He hasn't cured Cassia's illness; he's merely supplied them with a chemo-like treatment machine (stolen from somewhere else) that will keep the disease from progressing as long as it's used regularly. He did this because he knew Clove had no loyalty to him, only seeing him as a means to cure her sister, and so needed to ensure that they would need to keep working for him. He even [[LampshadeHanging calls Clove out for falling for it]] when this is revealed; he's an engineer with a minor in physics not a medical doctor so it should've been obvious he couldn't help them, but Clove was too desperate to stop and think.]]
24th May '16 4:42:01 PM chopshop
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* Darkly subverted and deconstructed in ''ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog''. Two of Robotnik's henchmen, Cassia and Clove, started working for him because Cassia was dying from an unknown genetic disease and Robotnik offered a cure in exchange for their service, seemingly showing a degree of medical/pathology experience alongside his revolutionary skill in robotics and engineering. [[spoiler: Except that's a lie. He hasn't cured Cassia's illness; he's merely supplied them with a chemo-like treatment machine (stolen from somewhere else) that will keep the disease from progressing as long as it's used regularly. He did this because he knew Clove had no loyalty to him, only seeing him as a means to cure her sister, and so needed to ensure that they would need to keep working for him. He even [[LampshadeHanging calls Clove out for falling for it]] when this is revealed; he's an engineer with a minor in physics not a medical doctor so it should've been obvious he couldn't help them, but Clove was too desperate to stop and think.]]
16th May '16 12:28:47 PM nombretomado
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** This is also the case in the MarvelCinematicUniverse, where he can become an expert in thermonuclear astrophysics... in one night.
* Forge from the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' has being omnidisciplinary as his power, in a way. He can invent anything mechanical he puts his mind to. He also has to go and be a sorcerer. [[ReedRichardsIsUseless And there are no explanations of why he doesn't invent a machine that cures cancer.]]

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** This is also the case in the MarvelCinematicUniverse, Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, where he can become an expert in thermonuclear astrophysics... in one night.
* Forge from the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' ''ComicBook/XMen'' has being omnidisciplinary as his power, in a way. He can invent anything mechanical he puts his mind to. He also has to go and be a sorcerer. [[ReedRichardsIsUseless And there are no explanations of why he doesn't invent a machine that cures cancer.]]
1st May '16 6:42:09 AM Dragon101
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** His Doctorate is, however honorary and self awarded. Not that he's not intelligent and learned enough to possess several, but receiving one from an educational institution would require him to bow to the judgement of inferiors (read- he accidentally blew up his room while [[ItMakesSenseInContest opening an interdimensional doorway to Hell]] and was kicked out of university). Once he conquered his tiny homeland of Latveria he ordered the only university in the country to give him one since, after all, he earned it.
* Reading the early ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' comics, it looks like Peter Parker is also an Omnidisciplinary Scientist. Able to build an electromagnetic device to stop the Vulture one week, and mixing up a chemical concoction to cure the Lizard the next. It seems that Stan Lee gave all of his "scientists" this trait to a certain degree. Later writers seem to try to narrow it down to a single field or two. Incidentally, he eventually got a degree in Biophysics, which is indeed a multi-disciplinary subject that involves applying principles of Physics to biological systems.

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** His Doctorate is, however honorary and self awarded. Not that he's not intelligent and learned enough to possess several, but receiving one from an educational institution would require him to bow to the judgement of inferiors (read- he accidentally blew up his room while [[ItMakesSenseInContest [[ItMakesSenseInContext opening an interdimensional doorway to Hell]] and was kicked out of university). Once he conquered his tiny homeland of Latveria he ordered the only university in the country to give him one since, after all, he earned it.
* Reading the early ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' comics, it looks like Peter Parker is also an Omnidisciplinary Scientist. Able to build an electromagnetic device to stop the Vulture one week, and mixing up a chemical concoction to cure the Lizard the next. It seems that Stan Lee gave all of his "scientists" this trait to a certain degree. Later writers seem to try to narrow it down to a single field or two. Incidentally, he eventually got a degree in Biophysics, which is indeed a multi-disciplinary subject that involves applying principles of Physics to biological systems.
1st May '16 6:40:54 AM Dragon101
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* Naturally, Doctor Doom will not be outdone by the accursed Richards. Many ''Fantastic Four'' villains fit this trope, in fact, but Doom is the only one who can claim to rival Reed--he usually claims to be ''better'', with some justification. Doom specialises in robotics and he ''invented'' an interdimensional doorway as well as time travel, but you'd be hard pressed to find a field he ''hasn't'' mastered. Unlike Reed, he is ''also'' a very proficient sorcerer.
** His Doctorate is, however honorary and self awarded. Not that he's not intelligent and learned enough to possess several, but receiving one from an educational institution would require him to bow to the judgement of inferiors.
* Reading the early ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' comics, it looks like Peter Parker is also an Omnidisciplinary Scientist. Able to build an electromagnetic device to stop the Vulture one week, and mixing up a chemical concoction to cure the Lizard the next. It seems that Stan Lee gave all of his "scientists" this trait to a certain degree. Later writers seem to try to narrow it down to a single field or two.

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* Naturally, Doctor Doom will not be outdone by the accursed Richards. Many ''Fantastic Four'' villains fit this trope, in fact, but Doom is the only one who can claim to rival Reed--he usually claims to be ''better'', with some justification. Doom specialises in robotics and he ''invented'' an interdimensional doorway as well as time travel, TimeTravel, but you'd be hard pressed to find a field he ''hasn't'' mastered. Unlike Reed, mastered, scientific or otherwise- physics, astrophysics, engineering, computer science, brain surgery, history, politics, military strategy, literature...He also has at least one area of expertise [[ReedRichardsIsUseless Reed Richards truly is useless in]]- Magic, as he is ''also'' a very proficient sorcerer.
an accomplished EvilSorcerer and was even in the running for [[ComicBook/DoctorStrange Sorcerer Supreme]] at one point.
** His Doctorate is, however honorary and self awarded. Not that he's not intelligent and learned enough to possess several, but receiving one from an educational institution would require him to bow to the judgement of inferiors.
inferiors (read- he accidentally blew up his room while [[ItMakesSenseInContest opening an interdimensional doorway to Hell]] and was kicked out of university). Once he conquered his tiny homeland of Latveria he ordered the only university in the country to give him one since, after all, he earned it.
* Reading the early ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' comics, it looks like Peter Parker is also an Omnidisciplinary Scientist. Able to build an electromagnetic device to stop the Vulture one week, and mixing up a chemical concoction to cure the Lizard the next. It seems that Stan Lee gave all of his "scientists" this trait to a certain degree. Later writers seem to try to narrow it down to a single field or two. Incidentally, he eventually got a degree in Biophysics, which is indeed a multi-disciplinary subject that involves applying principles of Physics to biological systems.
21st Apr '16 7:22:13 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* On ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'', Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin is the SouthernFriedGenius equivalent of this Trope, able to use BambooTechnology to invent almost anything, spanning several scientific disciplines and surpassing all of them. Among his inventions on the show was the Deathmatch TimeMachine, two {{Humungous Mecha}}s, an enlarging ray, and the [[HumanoidAbomination Super Freaks]], created via gene splicing.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'', Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin is the SouthernFriedGenius equivalent of this Trope, able to use BambooTechnology to invent almost anything, spanning several scientific disciplines and surpassing all of them. Among his inventions on the show was the Deathmatch TimeMachine, two {{Humungous {{Humongous Mecha}}s, an enlarging ray, and the [[HumanoidAbomination Super Freaks]], created via gene splicing. splicing.
21st Apr '16 7:20:51 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* On ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'', Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin is the SouthernFriedGenius equivalent of this Trope, able to use BambooTechnology to invent almost anything, spanning several scientific disciplines and surpassing all of them. Among his inventions on the show was the Deathmatch TimeMachine, two {{Humungous Mecha}}s, an enlarging ray, and the [[HumanoidAbomination Super Freaks]], created via gene splicing.
20th Apr '16 10:01:16 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In the {{Planescape}} campaign, the now-deceased Factol Hashkar of the Guvners was a Sage with ''dozens'' of areas of expertise due to his centuries of research. When adapted to modern terms, he would have been considered a genius in alchemy, biology, several disciplines in art, geology, agriculture, politics, sociology, history, physics, philosophy, magic, law, metaphysics, medicine, and cartography. (Of course, using the game rules, most normal [=NPCs=] - let alone [=PCs=] - would be unable to have nearly that many skills, but [[spoiler: Haskar was [[DeadAllAlong not a normal NPC by any means]].]]

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* In the {{Planescape}} ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' campaign, the now-deceased Factol Hashkar of the Guvners was a Sage with ''dozens'' of areas of expertise due to his centuries of research. When adapted to modern terms, he would have been considered a genius in alchemy, biology, several disciplines in art, geology, agriculture, politics, sociology, history, physics, philosophy, magic, law, metaphysics, medicine, and cartography. (Of course, using the game rules, most normal [=NPCs=] - let alone [=PCs=] - would be unable to have nearly that many skills, but [[spoiler: Haskar was [[DeadAllAlong not a normal NPC by any means]].]]
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