History Main / OmniDisciplinaryScientist

24th Jul '16 3:21:33 PM JamesAustin
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* LRonHubbard was an author whose scientific knowledge consisted of one nuclear physics class at which he failed. However, according to the Church of Scientology, he was a nuclear physicist, botanist, anthropologist, evolutionary biologist, archaeologist, psychologist, pilot, musician, photographer, cinematographer, philosopher and expert in at least one field that he himself invented.

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* LRonHubbard Creator/LRonHubbard was an author whose scientific knowledge consisted of one nuclear physics class at which he failed. However, according to the Church of Scientology, he was a nuclear physicist, botanist, anthropologist, evolutionary biologist, archaeologist, psychologist, pilot, musician, photographer, cinematographer, philosopher and expert in at least one field that he himself invented.
21st Jul '16 9:53:26 PM PaulA
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** During the Comicbook/CivilWar crossover, Reed claimed that he had invented a working theory of psycho-history in college, being inspired by reading IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' novels. The conclusions he came up with through his psycho-history studies convinced him to throw in with [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]] and the Pro-registration side. This may have been an AuthorsSavingThrow to justify his siding with Stark, as his initial justification, that his uncle was wrong to go up against Joe [=McCarthy=], was [[BrokenBase not well received by the fans.]]

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** During the Comicbook/CivilWar crossover, Reed claimed that he had invented a working theory of psycho-history in college, being inspired by reading IsaacAsimov's Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' novels. The conclusions he came up with through his psycho-history studies convinced him to throw in with [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]] and the Pro-registration side. This may have been an AuthorsSavingThrow to justify his siding with Stark, as his initial justification, that his uncle was wrong to go up against Joe [=McCarthy=], Creator/JosephMcCarthy, was [[BrokenBase not well received by the fans.]]fans]].
16th Jul '16 10:09:13 PM ZippyJake
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* Played with in Videogame/SpaceStation13. The role of scientist has access to all the science departments which include things such as R&D, study of aliens, and bombmaking. But players are free to choose that research they want to focus on. In addition, the surprising complexity of the game means that the player character can only be as skilled in the various scientists as the ''player'' is at the gameplay mechanics behind each one.

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* Played with in Videogame/SpaceStation13. The role of scientist has access to all the science departments which include things such as R&D, study of aliens, and bombmaking. But players are free to choose that research they want to focus on. In addition, the surprising complexity of the game means that the player character can only be as skilled in the various scientists sciences as the ''player'' is at the gameplay mechanics behind each one.
16th Jul '16 10:06:46 PM ZippyJake
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* Played with in Videogame/SpaceStation13. The role of scientist has access to all the science departments which include things such as R&D, study of aliens, and bombmaking. But players are free to choose that research they want to focus on.

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* Played with in Videogame/SpaceStation13. The role of scientist has access to all the science departments which include things such as R&D, study of aliens, and bombmaking. But players are free to choose that research they want to focus on. In addition, the surprising complexity of the game means that the player character can only be as skilled in the various scientists as the ''player'' is at the gameplay mechanics behind each one.
11th Jul '16 12:30:19 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Kululu, who's a qualified doctor and curry chef on top of everything else.
** The ''Musha Kero'' saga has him assuming the title of Barber-Surgeon, which is really a reference to [[JidaiGeki early village dwellers, lucky enough to get an education in the big city, being saddled with several jobs upon their triumphant return to the countryside]].
** Fuyuki is one by way of Fridge Brilliance. It's always stated that his interest is in the 'Occult', which being a grab-all term in itself means that Fuyuki has to be well-versed in world history, geography, archaeology, science, urban myth, maybe some astrology... It's at least stated that he's a brilliant detective ''on the side''.
8th Jul '16 1:58:54 PM Willbyr
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* Many of the "Meights" in ''TheFiveStarStories'', scientists who create either HumongousMecha "Mortar Headds" or ArtificialHuman "Fatimas" & in rare cases both, are skilled in other fields as well. This is justified by the fact that they are, like the other super-people in FSS, descended from genetically engineered superhumans. While Headliners get SuperStrength & Divers get PsychicPowers, Meights get super intelligence.

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* Many of the "Meights" in ''TheFiveStarStories'', ''Manga/TheFiveStarStories'', scientists who create either HumongousMecha "Mortar Headds" or ArtificialHuman "Fatimas" & in rare cases both, are skilled in other fields as well. This is justified by the fact that they are, like the other super-people in FSS, descended from genetically engineered superhumans. While Headliners get SuperStrength & Divers get PsychicPowers, Meights get super intelligence.
7th Jul '16 5:03:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{GURPS}}'' had an explicit skill for this, called, appropriately enough, ''Science!'' [[MadScience The exclamation point was key]]. Later editions of the game generalized this beyond science to other skills; someone who had the equivalent skill for guns would get to use most of the GunsAndGunplayTropes, for instance.

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* ''{{GURPS}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' had an explicit skill for this, called, appropriately enough, ''Science!'' [[MadScience The exclamation point was key]]. Later editions of the game generalized this beyond science to other skills; someone who had the equivalent skill for guns would get to use most of the GunsAndGunplayTropes, for instance.



* Similarly, ''SpiritOfTheCentury'' has a single Science skill, making it easier to have {{Weird|Science}} and {{Mad Scientist}}s. It's possible for a character to be specialized in a particular field, but this simply provides a bonus when working in that field; you can work outside this area no problem.

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* Similarly, ''SpiritOfTheCentury'' ''TabletopGame/SpiritOfTheCentury'' has a single Science skill, making it easier to have {{Weird|Science}} and {{Mad Scientist}}s. It's possible for a character to be specialized in a particular field, but this simply provides a bonus when working in that field; you can work outside this area no problem.



* ''{{Exalted}}''. If you have Lore and Occult, you can do Science. Probably justified in the case of older Exalts, who are hundreds or even thousands of years old and have thus had a lot of time to study. ''Every'' Exalt is a jack-of-all-trades with regard to any of the 25 abilities.

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* ''{{Exalted}}''.''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. If you have Lore and Occult, you can do Science. Probably justified in the case of older Exalts, who are hundreds or even thousands of years old and have thus had a lot of time to study. ''Every'' Exalt is a jack-of-all-trades with regard to any of the 25 abilities.



* ''D20Modern'' does divide the sciences into multiple Knowledge skills. However, there are only four of them - behavioral sciences, earth and life sciences, physical sciences, and technology. Under this system, a geologist character will also be an expert on biology. Furthermore, it is easy for a Smart Hero to max out several of these skills and be a true OmnidisciplinaryScientist.
* ''{{Rifts}}'' and other Palladium Books games have this trope in spades. In the case of the original ''Rifts'' book, there's the Rogue Scientist, who can grab any and all science skills in the book. The CAF Scientist in Phaseworld is similar, though he does get to pick one science at a slightly higher bonus as his specialization (as in, his specialization is in one entire scientific field). ''Heroes Unlimited'' has other examples, but as the point of that game is to make comic book style superheroes, it's likely [[InvokedTrope done on purpose]] in that case.

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* ''D20Modern'' ''TabletopGame/D20Modern'' does divide the sciences into multiple Knowledge skills. However, there are only four of them - behavioral sciences, earth and life sciences, physical sciences, and technology. Under this system, a geologist character will also be an expert on biology. Furthermore, it is easy for a Smart Hero to max out several of these skills and be a true OmnidisciplinaryScientist.
* ''{{Rifts}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' and other Palladium Books games have this trope in spades. In the case of the original ''Rifts'' book, there's the Rogue Scientist, who can grab any and all science skills in the book. The CAF Scientist in Phaseworld is similar, though he does get to pick one science at a slightly higher bonus as his specialization (as in, his specialization is in one entire scientific field). ''Heroes Unlimited'' has other examples, but as the point of that game is to make comic book style superheroes, it's likely [[InvokedTrope done on purpose]] in that case.
22nd Jun '16 12:09:49 AM cpslck
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** Howard Stark might actually have his son beat in this respect. On top of being a munitions expert and engineer, he's also skilled in chemistry (he built chemical weapons in ''Series/AgentCarter''), applied physics (Arc Reactor), theoretical physics (discovered the molecular structure of a new element) and biology (he remains one of the few people[[spoiler: to successfully recreate Erskine's serum]]). This on top of running a company ''and'' a spy organization. At least Tony restricts himself to engineering, computers and physics.

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** Howard Stark might actually have his son beat in this respect. On top of being a munitions expert and engineer, he's also skilled in chemistry (he built chemical weapons in ''Series/AgentCarter''), applied physics (Arc Reactor), theoretical physics (discovered the molecular structure of a new element) and biology (he remains one of the few people[[spoiler: only person [[spoiler: to successfully recreate Erskine's serum]]). This on top of running a company ''and'' a spy organization. At least Tony restricts himself to engineering, computers and physics.
21st Jun '16 1:37:50 PM Willbyr
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* Washu in ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''. In most of the [[AlternateContinuity Alternate Continuities]] she, like [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]], is old enough that it's [[JustifiedTrope justified]].

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* Washu in ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''. In most of the [[AlternateContinuity Alternate Continuities]] she, like [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]], is old enough that it's [[JustifiedTrope justified]].{{justified|Trope}}.



* Professor Desty Nova in ''BattleAngelAlita'' mastered every practical and theoretical science up to and including nanotechnology before inventing "karmatron dynamics". Which he also makes great progress in.

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* Professor Desty Nova in ''BattleAngelAlita'' ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}'' mastered every practical and theoretical science up to and including nanotechnology before inventing "karmatron dynamics". Which he also makes great progress in.



* Dr. Vegapunk of ''OnePiece'' is described as studying both cells and battleship and came up with many of the technological advances used by the Marine. The guy is a OneManIndustrialRevolution. If it's a field that involves science, he's studied it, and except for ship building, pioneered it. He wrote the book on Devil Fruits, figured out what they are, how they work on humans and how to feed them to inanimate objects, studied the sea's energies to create various purposes and coating from seastone, [[spoiler: created at least ''two dragons'']], and is the leading expert on cybernetics. Pretty good for an unseen character who just set out to bring summer to his home island.

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* Dr. Vegapunk of ''OnePiece'' ''Manga/OnePiece'' is described as studying both cells and battleship and came up with many of the technological advances used by the Marine. The guy is a OneManIndustrialRevolution. If it's a field that involves science, he's studied it, and except for ship building, pioneered it. He wrote the book on Devil Fruits, figured out what they are, how they work on humans and how to feed them to inanimate objects, studied the sea's energies to create various purposes and coating from seastone, [[spoiler: created at least ''two dragons'']], and is the leading expert on cybernetics. Pretty good for an unseen character who just set out to bring summer to his home island.
20th Jun '16 9:16:04 AM cpslck
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* Howard Stark might actually have his son beat in this respect. On top of being a munitions expert and engineer, he's also skilled in chemistry (he built chemical weapons in ''Series/AgentCarter''), applied physics (Arc Reactor), theoretical physics (discovered the molecular structure of a new element) and biology (he remains one of the few people[[spoiler: to successfully recreate Erskine's serum]]). This on top of running a company ''and'' a spy organization. At least Tony restricts himself to engineering, computers and physics.
* Bruce Banner is a cellular biologist who, while hiding in Brazil in ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', pays bills by fixing machines in a factory and builds himself his own lab in his apartment with spare parts. In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' he is treating sick people in Calcutta. He is also stated to be the world's top expert in gamma radiation, and Tony Stark compliments him on his research in anti-electron collisions. If he's not an engineer/medical doctor/physicist, he's at least good enough to pass as all of them.

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* ** Howard Stark might actually have his son beat in this respect. On top of being a munitions expert and engineer, he's also skilled in chemistry (he built chemical weapons in ''Series/AgentCarter''), applied physics (Arc Reactor), theoretical physics (discovered the molecular structure of a new element) and biology (he remains one of the few people[[spoiler: to successfully recreate Erskine's serum]]). This on top of running a company ''and'' a spy organization. At least Tony restricts himself to engineering, computers and physics.
* ** Bruce Banner is a cellular biologist who, while hiding in Brazil in ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', pays bills by fixing machines in a factory and builds himself his own lab in his apartment with spare parts. In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' he is treating sick people in Calcutta. He is also stated to be the world's top expert in gamma radiation, and Tony Stark compliments him on his research in anti-electron collisions. If he's not an engineer/medical doctor/physicist, he's at least good enough to pass as all of them.
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