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8th Jan '17 2:41:40 PM Lloigor
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* ComicBook/XMen tried to subvert this and [[ZigZaggingTrope ended up using it perfectly straight]] with Bolivar Trask, the anthropologist who first considered mutants a menace. Trask built the robotic Sentinels to protect mankind and they immediately [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters turned against him]] claiming to be his superiors. Professor X commented that this had happened because Trask was an anthropologist and not a robotic expert, and therefore had an inadequate knowledge of cybernetic brains. Building self-aware robots seems an accomplishment in cybernetics. Then again, [[InstantAIJustAddWater doing so seems particularly easy]] in the MarvelUniverse.
** X-Men also has Xavier himself - not the degree of Hank Pym, but he is at least an expert in genetics and the creator of Cerebro. He's not a half bad medic either. He also managed to build a jet he could remotely control via telepathy, but no one talks about that anymore.

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* ComicBook/XMen tried to subvert this and [[ZigZaggingTrope ended up using it perfectly straight]] with Bolivar Trask, the anthropologist who first considered mutants a menace. Trask built the robotic Sentinels to protect mankind and they immediately [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters turned against him]] him]], claiming to be his superiors. Professor X commented that this had happened because Trask was an anthropologist and not a robotic expert, and therefore had an inadequate knowledge of cybernetic brains. Building self-aware robots seems an accomplishment in cybernetics. Then again, [[InstantAIJustAddWater doing so seems particularly easy]] in the MarvelUniverse.
** X-Men also has Xavier himself - not the degree of Hank Pym, but he is at least an expert in genetics and the creator of Cerebro. He's not a half bad half-bad medic either. He also managed to build a jet he could remotely control via telepathy, but no one talks about that anymore.
6th Jan '17 1:20:22 PM rafi
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* [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Ludwig van Drake]] has 999 diplomas, including one on diplomology.



* Professor Ludwig von Drake from the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse. It's a RunningGag for him to reveal that he happens to be an expert in some obscure and ridiculously specialized branch of science, anything from exploring jungles to reading ancient languages.

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* Professor Ludwig von Drake from the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse.ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse (he has 999 diplomas, including one on diplomology). It's a RunningGag for him to reveal that he happens to be an expert in some obscure and ridiculously specialized branch of science, anything from exploring jungles to reading ancient languages.
6th Jan '17 1:19:09 PM rafi
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** In ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'', Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'s father Zor-El can operate a food replicator, keeps all sorts of things in his lab (including giant lead sheets) and is capable of building a space rocket. Since Kryptonians were incredibly advanced and the El brothers were the most brilliant scientists from Krypton, it is not so weird.
2nd Jan '17 4:25:06 PM nombretomado
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* Parodied in ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' by [=GLaDOS=], who casually mentions an engineer with "A medical degree, in fashion." As usual with GLaDOS, this is just to torment the (female) player character, by taunting her about her image.
** GLaDOS is one of these herself though, since she seems to be knowledgable about all fields of science. Not surprising as she is an AI.

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* Parodied in ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' by [=GLaDOS=], who casually mentions an engineer with "A medical degree, in fashion." As usual with GLaDOS, [=GLaDOS=], this is just to torment the (female) player character, by taunting her about her image.
** GLaDOS [=GLaDOS=] is one of these herself though, since she seems to be knowledgable about all fields of science. Not surprising as she is an AI.
28th Dec '16 8:31:04 PM Game_Fan
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** Although he's an intern Doctor Oliver wells turns out to be more omnidisciplinary than them all. Besides being the best forensic anthropologist other than Brennan he's notably skilled at everything he puts his mind to. At one point he irritates Brennan enough that she's threatens to fire him if he can't identify the author of a poem. It takes him ''half an episode'' to learn enough about handwriting analysis to succeed.
28th Dec '16 2:30:25 AM Tron80
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** Franchise/{{Batman}} is occasionally portrayed as an Omnidisciplinary Scientist as well, impressively building the JLA Watchtower using Martian, Thanagarian, human and New Genosian tech. It also shows in his detective work, although he does have a computer that appears to be incredibly advanced and considering the members of his RoguesGallery it's vitally important that he be familiar with chemicals.
*** A side issue in the ''Tower Of Babel'' storyline made this explanation explicit. Batman's anti-JLA weapons were specifically adapted from his foes' technologies. Scarecrow's fear gases to give Arthur hydrophobia, Mad Hatter's mind technology to make Wonder Woman think she was locked in battle with an equal opponent and so on.
** From UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} through UsefulNotes/{{the Bronze Age|OfComicBooks}}, {{Superman}} qualified as well: his powers amped up his intellect along with everything else.
** In the ComicBook/{{New 52}}, Superman supporting character Dr. Veritas is stated to be an "omniologist."

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** Franchise/{{Batman}} is occasionally portrayed as an Omnidisciplinary Scientist as well, impressively building the JLA Watchtower using Martian, Thanagarian, human and New Genosian tech. It also shows in his detective work, although he does have a computer that appears to be incredibly advanced and considering the members of his RoguesGallery it's vitally important that he be familiar with chemicals.
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chemicals. A side issue in the ''Tower Of Babel'' storyline made this explanation explicit. Batman's anti-JLA weapons were specifically adapted from his foes' technologies. Scarecrow's fear gases to give Arthur hydrophobia, Mad Hatter's mind technology to make Wonder Woman think she was locked in battle with an equal opponent and so on.
** From UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} through UsefulNotes/{{the Bronze Age|OfComicBooks}}, {{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} qualified as well: his powers amped up his intellect along with everything else.
** In the ComicBook/{{New 52}}, Superman and Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} supporting character Dr. Shay Veritas is stated to be an "omniologist.""
** In ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'', Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'s father Zor-El can operate a food replicator, keeps all sorts of things in his lab (including giant lead sheets) and is capable of building a space rocket. Since Kryptonians were incredibly advanced and the El brothers were the most brilliant scientists from Krypton, it is not so weird.
24th Dec '16 11:40:34 AM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Arcanum}}'', one of the professors at Tarant University studies both Phrenology and Demonology because he doesn't like the idea of becoming a specialist.

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* In ''{{Arcanum}}'', ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'', one of the professors at Tarant University studies both Phrenology and Demonology because he doesn't like the idea of becoming a specialist.
20th Dec '16 8:20:54 AM Discar
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* There's a fun little independent ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' knockoff called ''Film/TheLibrarian: Quest for the Spear'', with Creator/KellyHu as TheDragon, whose protagonist is a thirty-two year old [[AManIsNotAVirgin not-a-virgin]] who lives with his mother and has a combined total of something like twenty-two degrees. Somewhat justified in that part of the reason he's such a total social outcast is that he's forty-something and has spent more than half his life doing nothing but studying for those degrees. In the sequel, he meets a hot female archaeologist who beats him in the number of degrees.

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* There's a fun little independent ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' knockoff called ''Film/TheLibrarian: Quest for the Spear'', with Creator/KellyHu as TheDragon, whose protagonist is a thirty-two year old [[AManIsNotAVirgin not-a-virgin]] not-a-virgin who lives with his mother and has a combined total of something like twenty-two degrees. Somewhat justified in that part of the reason he's such a total social outcast is that he's forty-something and has spent more than half his life doing nothing but studying for those degrees. In the sequel, he meets a hot female archaeologist who beats him in the number of degrees.
16th Dec '16 1:32:03 PM Darkaros
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* Dr Vahlen, the head of XCOM's Research Department in ''Videogame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' excels in several different branches of science, including psychology and neurology (she personally oversees the interrogation of all aliens XCOM takes captive, which includes analysing their brainwaves), genetic engineering (splicing alien DNA into your soldiers in order to create {{Super Soldier}}s) and surgery (if you nominate a soldier for [[{{Cyborg}} MEC Trooper]] upgrades, she carries out the prerequisite amputations). Her team is also responsible for alien autopsies and designing new weapons based on reverse-engineered alien tech, which suggests knowledge of xenobiology and ballistics, although that could be explained as the scientists reporting to her having skills in fields that she doesn't.
** However, the game does avert it in one specific instance. After capturing an enemy Outsider, the cutscene in which XCOM evaluates the remains has Vahlen baffled as to what, exactly, the crystalline structure it left behind after being incapacitated might be. Chief Engineer Shen notes that this is because it's outside her field of expertise, because what she has there is a biological ''antenna.''
** For that matter, the generic scientists in the original ''{{XCOM}}'' games can handle tasks from alien vivisection to advanced weapon design to psionics to designing spacecraft.
** Dr Tygan in X-com 2 lampshades this, mentioning that he's not actually a surgeon. Apparently he's using the corpses you bring back to 'practice'.

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* Numerous different examples in the ''{{Videogame/XCOM}}" franchise. {{Justified}} because the lead scientist and engineer of each group is supposed to be represent the very best of humanity, and they should eventually recruit their own all-star staff as the game progresses.
** The generic scientists in the original ''{{Videogame/XCOM}}'' games can handle tasks from alien vivisection to advanced weapon design to psionics to designing spacecraft.
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Dr Vahlen, the head of XCOM's Research Department in ''Videogame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' excels in several different branches of science, including psychology and neurology (she personally oversees the interrogation of all aliens XCOM takes captive, which includes analysing their brainwaves), genetic engineering (splicing alien DNA into your soldiers in order to create {{Super Soldier}}s) and surgery (if you nominate a soldier for [[{{Cyborg}} MEC Trooper]] upgrades, she carries out the prerequisite amputations). Her team is also responsible for alien autopsies and designing new weapons based on reverse-engineered alien tech, which suggests knowledge of xenobiology and ballistics, although that could be explained as the scientists reporting to her having skills in fields that she doesn't.
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However, the game does avert it in one specific instance. After capturing an enemy Outsider, the cutscene in which XCOM evaluates the remains has Vahlen baffled as to what, exactly, the crystalline structure it left behind after being incapacitated might be. Chief Engineer Shen notes that this is because it's outside her field of expertise, because what she has there is a biological ''antenna.''
** For that matter, Shen, both father and daughter (in ''{{Videogame/XCOM2}}'') also display a wide variety of skills in several engineering fields. Shen Sr. is noted to directly interface the generic scientists [[{{Cyborg}} MEC Trooper]] upgrades with amputated limbs (cybernetics), works with his staff to mass-produce weapons for everything from said [=MECs=] to soldiers (ballistics; Lily is implied to do this on a personal level due to XCOM being understaffed) to aircraft (aeronautics), and in the original ''{{XCOM}}'' games can handle tasks from alien vivisection to advanced weapon design to psionics to designing spacecraft.
sequel both he and his daughter Lily Shen work with robotics and artificial intelligence.
** Dr Tygan Tygan, the lead scientist in X-com 2 2, lampshades this, mentioning that he's not actually a surgeon. Apparently he's using the corpses you bring back to 'practice'.'practice', something that wounded soldiers are glad to know before going under the knife themselves.
** Generic engineers in XCOM2 are more important than in the first game, where they worked with Shen on engineering projects. This game continues using only two human resources -- engineers and scientists -- and scientists can only man the labs to decrease research time. Engineers, meanwhile, must manually man the rest of the ship! Somehow, they're the only ones who can lead teams to excavate your cool, stolen Spaceship (which is outright stated to have biological, electronic, and physical barriers to prevent theft that engineers must solve), speed up build time, man the defense system, work on the comms relays, increase the power capacity, and ''work to speed up your soldiers' healing and the time it takes for soldiers to train psionically''. The only strictly engineering-related thing they do is prototype items in the Proving Grounds!\\
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Engineers can also man Workshops. For every engineer staffed there, two robotic Gremlins are spawned to effectively increase the player's engineering roster by one. This means a single engineer is remotely controlling two partially-artificially-intelligent robots to double productivity in doing everything mentioned above.
14th Dec '16 5:06:25 PM RobTan
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* Doctor Krieger in ''Series/{{Archer}}''. He's primarily a mechanical engineer, although he's also been shown to dabble in artificial intelligence, medicine, biochemistry and genetics. However, it's implied that Krieger actually has no formal scientific education, and while he's clearly a genius it's often left up in the air how much he truly understands what he's doing half the time. He appears to be less this trope and more of a highly intuitive lunatic that Mallory funds and tolerates because he occasionally produces something useful.

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* Doctor Krieger in ''Series/{{Archer}}''. He's primarily a mechanical engineer, although he's also been shown to dabble in artificial intelligence, medicine, biochemistry and genetics. However, it's implied that Krieger actually has no formal scientific education, for instance he believes in [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phrenology phrenology]] and [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humorism humorism]], and while he's clearly a genius it's often left up in the air how much he truly understands what he's doing half the time. He appears to be less this trope and more of a highly intuitive lunatic that Mallory funds and tolerates because he occasionally produces something useful.
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