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20th Feb '17 10:04:27 AM Kooshmeister
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* John Lowson in Guy N. Smith's ''The Slime Beast''. He begins the story searching for King John's treasure and is referred to as an archaeologist, but relentlessly pursues and tries to capture and study the title monster, suggesting a biologist or zoologist.

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* John Lowson in Guy N. Smith's ''The Slime Beast''. ''Literature/TheSlimeBeast''. He begins the story searching for [[UsefulNotes/KingJohnOfEngland King John's John]]'s treasure and is referred to as an archaeologist, but relentlessly pursues and tries to capture and study the title monster, suggesting a biologist or zoologist.
19th Feb '17 11:25:25 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Maesters wear a chain with each link representing mastery of a different field of study, and they are expected to earn as many as possible.
13th Feb '17 11:33:30 AM SwampAdder
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* Averted in the "Literature/SherlockHolmes" stories: Holmes purposefully forgets anything that wouldn't help him in his work, even that the Earth goes around the sun. In the first story, Watson makes a list of Holmes' areas of knowledge, and they're extremely narrow. In later stories, this is somewhat retconned, with Holmes displaying a broader range of knowledge than Watson had indicated earlier.
** Or he was simply taking the mickey out of Watson. In "... the Bruce-Partington Plans" he says "A planet might as well leave its orbit."
13th Feb '17 7:15:11 AM Escher
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** Interestingly, he's less like this in his ''ComicBook/{{Avengers}}'' appearances: when you've got a team with Pym, Stark, ''and'' Banner you don't need another genius, so he's more of a BoisterousBruiser with his (considerable) physical powers emphasized (which have ''also'' greatly increased since his days as one of the original X-Men; he once casually boasted about being able to bench press 70 ''tons'' and his agility has always been on par with Spider-Man). However, that was when he was ''first'' with the ''Avengers,'' during the interregnum between the original X-Men series and the "all new, all different" one that introduced Storm, Wolverine, etc. This many ''decades'' of being the X-Men's resident genius later, it's no longer possible to ignore the brains angle. He keeps his X-Men characterization during ''ComicBook/SecretAvengers,'' and in that series he's clearly on par with Pym.

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** *** Interestingly, he's less like this in his ''ComicBook/{{Avengers}}'' appearances: when you've got a team with Pym, Stark, ''and'' Banner you don't need another genius, so he's more of a BoisterousBruiser with his (considerable) physical powers emphasized (which have ''also'' greatly increased since his days as one of the original X-Men; he once casually boasted about being able to bench press 70 ''tons'' and his agility has always been on par with Spider-Man). However, that was when he was ''first'' with the ''Avengers,'' during the interregnum between the original X-Men series and the "all new, all different" one that introduced Storm, Wolverine, etc. This many ''decades'' of being the X-Men's resident genius later, it's no longer possible to ignore the brains angle. He keeps his X-Men characterization during ''ComicBook/SecretAvengers,'' and in that series he's clearly on par with Pym.


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** The late Silver Age of X-men includes [[Podcast.RachelAndMilesXPlainTheXMen Super Doctor Astronaut]] Peter Corbeau, who started out as an astronaut who was also a scientist, but Chris Claremont was soon using him any time the plot called for a scientist or medical doctor. Even his original appearance is somewhat questionable, since he's both a space shuttle pilot and a mission specialist, which are distinct roles in the the actual space program.
** Moira McTaggart had a similar arc, though she ended up staying on as a long-term supporting character, right up into the 90s.
28th Jan '17 10:34:38 PM Lloigor
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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'' TimeTravel, but you'd be hard pressed to find a field he ''hasn't'' 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 an accomplished EvilSorcerer and was even in the running for [[ComicBook/DoctorStrange Sorcerer Supreme]] at one point.

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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'' TimeTravel, but you'd be hard pressed to find a field he ''hasn't'' 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, in]] - magic, as he is an accomplished EvilSorcerer and was even in the running for [[ComicBook/DoctorStrange Sorcerer Supreme]] at one point.
28th Jan '17 4:59:29 PM eowynjedi
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* Master Thon in ''ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi'' is the Jedi version of this. Most Jedi tend to be excellent combatants who specialize in a particular discipline of the Force (such as mental powers, being ''really'' excellent in combat, etcetera) with one or two uncommon skills. But if you name a Jedi skill, any skill, Thon is likely to be an expert in it.
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.
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