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10th Nov '17 3:30:38 AM Jake
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* Downplayed but still notable in ''Literature/TheMartian'', in that astronaut turned reluctant Mars colonist Mark Watney is fully trained (to an unspecified but presumably quite high level) in the fields of plant biology and mechanical engineering, which is a somewhat unusual combination of subjects to say the least. ([[JustifiedTrope Though not an illogical one if you want to be an astronaut when you grow up.]])



* The show [[http://www.drscience.com "Ask Dr. Science"]] was about a man with a Master's Degree... ''in Science''. [[HilarityEnsues His ideas were crazy.]] You actually can get a degree called "Master of Science" in some countries, but it must be in a subfield like Physics or Biology. You can't get a Master's of Science ''in Science''.

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* The show [[http://www.drscience.com "Ask Dr. Science"]] was about a man with a Master's Degree... ''in Science''. [[HilarityEnsues His ideas were crazy.]] You actually can get a degree called "Master of Science" in some countries, but it must be in a subfield like Physics or Biology. You can't get a Master's of Science ''in Science''. Confirmed when he's finally introduced in the show proper. Stanford Pines is nothing less than a Renaissance Man, having dedicated himself to study anything as long as it is weird and unusual. He also designed and built a freaking interdimensional portal. According to himself, he has twelve PHD's, all of them presumably in different disciplines. Kinda far-fetched, but it does justify his seeming mastery of most scientific disciplines.

Also, Old Man Mc Gucket. Though his specialty seems to be robotics, if his massive Gobblewonker robot is any indication, he appears to be quite the competent scientists in other fields. When it's finally revealed he was the Author's assistant, this is played straighter than ever. He worked with personal computers before working with Ford, helped build a goddamn interdimensional portal, and even created a memory erasing gun.
8th Nov '17 2:59:43 PM MisterDrBob2
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** Played straight in general with Bruce Banner - he started out as a physicist working on a gamma bomb, but is apparently a skilled enough biologist and engineer to attempt to cure himself of the Hulk several times throughout the comic's history with new antidotes and/or new devices. Some adaptations play the above example straight, implying that he ''also'' has an MD.

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** Played straight in general with Bruce Banner - he started out as a physicist working on a gamma bomb, but is apparently a skilled enough biologist and engineer to attempt to cure himself of the Hulk several times throughout the comic's history with new antidotes and/or new devices. Some adaptations play the above example straight, implying that he ''also'' has an MD. Specifically, the [[Series/TheIncredibleHulk '70s series]] portrayed him as a physician first and foremost, while his Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse counterpart has seven [=PhDs=] and was originally working with gamma radiation in a medical capacity.
6th Nov '17 9:03:26 AM nighttrainfm
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** 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. ''Film'ThorRagnarok finally clarifies: he's a ''septidesciplinary'' scientist, having seven PhDs. None of which are in flying alien spacecraft.

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** 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. ''Film'ThorRagnarok ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' finally clarifies: clarifies it: he's a ''septidesciplinary'' scientist, having seven PhDs. None of which are in flying alien spacecraft.
4th Nov '17 3:35:54 PM HaroldRowsdower
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** 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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** 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. ''Film'ThorRagnarok finally clarifies: he's a ''septidesciplinary'' scientist, having seven PhDs. None of which are in flying alien spacecraft.
26th Oct '17 2:47:23 PM xcountryguy
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* Dr. Vegapunk of ''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.

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* Dr. Vegapunk of ''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 [[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.



* Darkly subverted and deconstructed in ''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.]]

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* Darkly subverted and deconstructed in ''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 [[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.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMysteryOfTheBatwoman'', this is played with in ComicBook/{{Batwoman}} as she ''appears'' to be a brilliant martial artist who also invented miraculous gadgets and is a skilled and experienced computer hacker. [[spoiler: It turns out it is three different women [[CollectiveIdentity using one costume]] who each bring their own skills to the table]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMysteryOfTheBatwoman'', this is played with in ComicBook/{{Batwoman}} as she ''appears'' to be a brilliant martial artist who also invented miraculous gadgets and is a skilled and experienced computer hacker. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It turns out it is three different women [[CollectiveIdentity using one costume]] who each bring their own skills to the table]].



* Doctor Morbius from ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' is a philologist, but by the time the movie takes place, has constructed a sophisticated home to live in and built an impossibly complex robot, as well as able to analyze and use alien technology. [[spoiler: He HAD been enhanced by an alien machine making him into a genius.]]

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* Doctor Morbius from ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' is a philologist, but by the time the movie takes place, has constructed a sophisticated home to live in and built an impossibly complex robot, as well as able to analyze and use alien technology. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He HAD been enhanced by an alien machine making him into a genius.]]



** 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 the 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.

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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 the only person [[spoiler: to [[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.



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Warren's main area of expertise is technology and robotics, but he's got quite a few other fields down. He knows demonology and magic, and [[spoiler: when he resurfaces in Season 8, displays enough knowledge about biology and brain surgery to lobotomize a restrained Willow.]]

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Warren's main area of expertise is technology and robotics, but he's got quite a few other fields down. He knows demonology and magic, and [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when he resurfaces in Season 8, displays enough knowledge about biology and brain surgery to lobotomize a restrained Willow.]]



* In the ''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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* In the ''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 [[spoiler:Haskar was [[DeadAllAlong not a normal NPC by any means]].]]



* Dr. Andonuts from ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' [[spoiler: VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}]] is this. Judging by his inventions, he's a physicist, a biologist, a roboticist, and a structural engineer. With so much on his plate, it's no wonder he [[ParentalAbandonment doesn't have time for his son]].

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* Dr. Andonuts from ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' [[spoiler: VideoGame/{{Mother [[spoiler:VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}]] is this. Judging by his inventions, he's a physicist, a biologist, a roboticist, and a structural engineer. With so much on his plate, it's no wonder he [[ParentalAbandonment doesn't have time for his son]].



** Played straight in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' with Mordin Solus -- Although he is primarily a medic, he knows a bit about everything. He took the job as a back alley doctor on Omega Station as a peaceful retirement plan (which involved occasionally murdering criminals trying to squeeze him for protection money) after over a decade of work for his government's intelligence agency, both in field work and in designing biological and nanotechnological weapons. He also takes care of ''all'' the upgrades on Normandy SR-2 as his sidework, main project being studying the Collectors. Seriously, this guy really is [[EarWorm the very model of a scientist salarian.]] However, there is one exception: [[spoiler: he's not very good at hacking, so using him as the Tech Specialist during the final mission will get him killed]].

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** Played straight in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' with Mordin Solus -- Although he is primarily a medic, he knows a bit about everything. He took the job as a back alley doctor on Omega Station as a peaceful retirement plan (which involved occasionally murdering criminals trying to squeeze him for protection money) after over a decade of work for his government's intelligence agency, both in field work and in designing biological and nanotechnological weapons. He also takes care of ''all'' the upgrades on Normandy SR-2 as his sidework, main project being studying the Collectors. Seriously, this guy really is [[EarWorm the very model of a scientist salarian.]] However, there is one exception: [[spoiler: he's [[spoiler:he's not very good at hacking, so using him as the Tech Specialist during the final mission will get him killed]].



* Noriko Null from ''Literature/BeyondTheImpossible''. She builds robots, fusion reactors, flying supersonic motorbikes, fixes the world economy and cures [[spoiler: AIDS]]. In her spare time she fights the Greek gods with science.

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* Noriko Null from ''Literature/BeyondTheImpossible''. She builds robots, fusion reactors, flying supersonic motorbikes, fixes the world economy and cures [[spoiler: AIDS]].[[spoiler:AIDS]]. In her spare time she fights the Greek gods with science.



* Presumably, the Author of the Journals from WesternAnimation/GravityFalls. His journals cover a wide variety of subjects, including (but not limited to) the anatomy and physiology of several animals, plants, and fungi, local history, folklore, and customs, creation and operation of several advanced devices, and even studies regarding the occult. [[spoiler: Confirmed when he's finally introduced in the show proper. Stanford Pines is nothing less than a RenaissanceMan, having dedicated himself to study anything as long as it is weird and unusual. He also designed and built a freaking ''interdimensional portal''. According to himself, he has ''twelve'' PhD's, all of them presumably in different disciplines. Kinda far-fetched, but it does justify his seeming mastery of most scientific disciplines.]]
** Also, Old Man McGucket. Though his specialty seems to be robotics, [[spoiler: if his massive Gobblewonker robot is any indication]], he appears to be quite the competent scientists in other fields. [[spoiler: When it's finally revealed he was the Author's ''assistant'', this is played straighter than ever. He worked with personal computers before working with Ford, helped build a goddamn ''interdimensional portal'', and even created a memory erasing gun.]]

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* Presumably, the Author of the Journals from WesternAnimation/GravityFalls. His journals cover a wide variety of subjects, including (but not limited to) the anatomy and physiology of several animals, plants, and fungi, local history, folklore, and customs, creation and operation of several advanced devices, and even studies regarding the occult. [[spoiler: Confirmed [[spoiler:Confirmed when he's finally introduced in the show proper. Stanford Pines is nothing less than a RenaissanceMan, having dedicated himself to study anything as long as it is weird and unusual. He also designed and built a freaking ''interdimensional portal''. According to himself, he has ''twelve'' PhD's, all of them presumably in different disciplines. Kinda far-fetched, but it does justify his seeming mastery of most scientific disciplines.]]
** Also, Old Man McGucket. Though his specialty seems to be robotics, [[spoiler: if [[spoiler:if his massive Gobblewonker robot is any indication]], he appears to be quite the competent scientists in other fields. [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When it's finally revealed he was the Author's ''assistant'', this is played straighter than ever. He worked with personal computers before working with Ford, helped build a goddamn ''interdimensional portal'', and even created a memory erasing gun.]]
18th Oct '17 4:17:29 PM Discar
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* Kevyn, "resident MadScientist" of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20020118.html delivers a tirade about how ridiculous this archetype is.]] However, between his sheer smarts (he doesn't have any actual degrees, as he's so smart he gets bored after learning entire three-to-six-year disciplines in a few months and leaves) and his hobbies, he still fits the role.

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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'':
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Kevyn, "resident MadScientist" of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' MadScientist", [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20020118.html delivers a tirade about how ridiculous this archetype is.]] However, between his sheer smarts (he doesn't have any actual degrees, as he's so smart he gets bored after learning entire three-to-six-year disciplines in a few months and leaves) and his hobbies, he still fits the role.



** More recently, Tagon's Toughs has acquired a specialist on A.I. and robotics, who calls Kevyn [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20080406.html "an arrogant generalist"]] on first meeting him. They eventually reach a balance, as Kevyn has more practical experience than the average scientist, and helps the newbie wrap her brain around concepts like "the value of field testing".

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** More recently, At one point, Kevyn is trapped on a deserted planet and tries to start a fire. He doesn't know a single thing about doing so, but manages to rediscover it from first principles. When he accidentally sets the forest on fire, he doesn't know which way to run because he doesn't know how the winds will affect it.
--->'''Kevyn:''' Any kid who plays with matches learns this stuff. Too bad I was playing with shaped charges instead.
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Tagon's Toughs has acquired a specialist on A.I. and robotics, who calls Kevyn [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20080406.html "an arrogant generalist"]] on first meeting him. They eventually reach a balance, as Kevyn has more practical experience than the average scientist, and helps the newbie wrap her brain around concepts like "the value of field testing".
15th Oct '17 12:56:12 AM Medinoc
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* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}''. Professor Calculus is apparently versed in engineering (he built a working submarine), astrophysics (the moon rocket), nuclear physics (the nuclear propulsion engine), acoustics (a sonic weapon) and pharmaceutical and oil chemistry (identified the substance that ensured EveryCarIsAPinto and created a pill that makes you hate the taste of alcohol).

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* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}''. Professor Calculus is apparently versed in engineering (he built a working submarine), astrophysics (the moon rocket), nuclear physics (the nuclear propulsion engine), acoustics (a sonic weapon) weapon, though he consults with expert Topolino) and pharmaceutical and oil chemistry (identified the substance that ensured EveryCarIsAPinto and created a pill that makes you hate the taste of alcohol).
15th Oct '17 12:50:21 AM Medinoc
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* Zig-zagged in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'': Scientists have "traits", which for most of them are a specialty, a field they directly know so they can direct research most efficiently. On the other hand, the rare "spark of genius" trait allows a scientist to be good at everything. Later updates buffed specialties while leaving "spark of genius" unchanged, giving specialists an advantage over generalists... but also introduced a hire-able alien super-scientist who's expert at everything.
22nd Sep '17 4:15:09 PM morenohijazo
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* Played with in ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon''. In his first apparition ever, Dr. Bacterio is introduced as a biologist and just a biologist, only specialized in {{Super Serum}}s. However, he is later stripped of the trait and given instead the role of T.I.A.'s chief scientist, extending his field not only to biology, but also physics, technology and pretty much everything which is needed. The best sign of this evolution is his very title: the series and its adaptations are wildly inconsistent about whether Bacterio is a doctor or a professor, with both titles being pretty much interchangeable for him.

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* Played with in ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon''. In his first apparition appearance ever, Dr. Bacterio is introduced as a biologist and just a biologist, only specialized in {{Super Serum}}s. However, he is later stripped of the trait and given instead the role of T.I.A.'s chief scientist, extending his field not only to biology, but also physics, technology and pretty much everything which is needed. The best sign of this evolution is his very title: the series and its adaptations are wildly inconsistent about whether Bacterio is a doctor or a professor, with both titles being pretty much interchangeable for him.
20th Sep '17 3:48:05 AM azbyc15243
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* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' has the Kiharas, a family of [[MadScientist Mad Scientists]] who all fit this trope to some degree. A good example is Yuiitsu Kihara, who shows knowledge in fields as diverse as neurology, virology, robotics and [[spoiler:magic]].
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