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13th Nov '17 10:13:24 AM karstovich2
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-->-- '''Wernher von Braun''', inventor of the V2 ballistic missile and the [[UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace Saturn V rocket]] (and a notable non-example of this trope as per the USA's ''Operation Paperclip''[[note]] he was never prosecuted for making use of Slave Labour (provided by POW, generally Soviet) to build his facilities and machines [[/note]]).

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-->-- '''Wernher von Braun''', inventor of the V2 ballistic missile and the [[UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace Saturn V rocket]] (and a notable non-example of this trope as per the USA's ''Operation Paperclip''[[note]] he was never prosecuted for making use of Slave Labour slave labour (provided by POW, generally Soviet) to build his facilities and machines [[/note]]).
2nd Nov '17 3:21:03 AM Bosco13
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** The prequel novel, ''[[Literature/StarWarsCatalyst Catalyst]]'' says that he was hired to design an energy source based on the Kyber crystals and wasn't told it would be used as a weapon.
2nd Nov '17 3:17:01 AM Bosco13
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* Nahum Whitley from ''Film/DieMonsterDie'' was trying to use a radioactive MagicMeteor to grow larger vegetables but ended up turning plants, animals and people into monsters.
21st Sep '17 7:13:24 PM PaulA
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* The Music/TomLehrer song, "Wernher von Braun":

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* The Music/TomLehrer song, "Wernher von Braun":Braun", from ''Music/ThatWasTheYearThatWas'':
6th Aug '17 9:13:19 AM JoeMerl
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* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' Serling Roquette was captured by the League of Shadows to make the Fog, a cloud of {{Nanomachines}} that could [[GreyGoo destroy anything in their path]] as well as download any information that the villains needed. She was actually rescued at the beginning of the episode she appears in, but spent the rest trying to create a virus to destroy the Fog while the Team protected her from League assassins.
6th Aug '17 8:58:59 AM JoeMerl
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* On ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim,'' the Vort(ian)s, which seem to be a [[PlanetOfHats species of scientists]], were once allies of the [[GalacticConqueror Irkens]] before they were betrayed and conquered, and are now forced to make them weapons like the Megadoomer and Minimoose. (Some fans have noted that these weapons don't work very well when compared to the stuff that they made Irkens before the conquest.) Special mention to Prisoner 777, whom [[VillainProtagonist Zim]] calls especially for this purpose; in the comic continuation, it's [[https://68.media.tumblr.com/9489258d0d59179caff902ae7600d952/tumblr_inline_o46ckr0Hit1qi1pi9_540.jpg revealed]] that Prisoner 777 goes along with this because [[IHaveYourWife Zim's kidnapped his children]] [[WouldHurtAChild and threatens to "erase" them]].
2nd Aug '17 10:14:16 AM AgProv
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** {{Franchise/JamesBond Q]], the gadgets and weaponry man for the History Monks, is another example of the type. Only he makes no evasions about his gadgetry being weaponised. it doesn't always work as intended, but that doesn't stop him.

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** {{Franchise/JamesBond [[Franchise/JamesBond Q]], the gadgets and weaponry man for the History Monks, is another example of the type. Only he makes no evasions about his gadgetry being weaponised. it doesn't always work as intended, but that doesn't stop him.
2nd Aug '17 10:13:39 AM AgProv
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** {{Franchise/JamesBond Q]], the gadgets and weaponry man for the History Monks, is another example of the type. Only he makes no evasions about his gadgetry being weaponised. it doesn't always work as intended, but that doesn't stop him.
** And Ponder Stibbons, in his quiet methodical way, comes up with concepts for the Wizards of Unseen University which have many unintended consequences. His less careful and more bellicose colleagues tend to grasp misuse them or exploit the consequences in a way that horrifies Ponder. These include a ''seriously'' [[Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld Big Bang]].
8th Jul '17 4:11:06 PM nombretomado
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* Dr. Lee of ''SkinHorse''. Her morality is nebulous at best; she feels terrible about doing things like scooping out a man's brain to turn him into a weapon, yet she goes right on doing it. And while she does Mad Sciencey stuff, she's not exactly a Mad Scientist by the setting's definition, being far too connected to consensus reality. She's useful to the Shadowy Forces because she can turn mad science into things that actually ''work'', while the non-reluctant Mad Scientists mock her for expecting things to make sense.

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* Dr. Lee of ''SkinHorse''.''Webcomic/SkinHorse''. Her morality is nebulous at best; she feels terrible about doing things like scooping out a man's brain to turn him into a weapon, yet she goes right on doing it. And while she does Mad Sciencey stuff, she's not exactly a Mad Scientist by the setting's definition, being far too connected to consensus reality. She's useful to the Shadowy Forces because she can turn mad science into things that actually ''work'', while the non-reluctant Mad Scientists mock her for expecting things to make sense.
8th Jun '17 10:18:14 AM DustSnitch
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The obviously charismatic Einstein and other [[HerrDoktor early 20th-century physicists]] somehow inspired the notion of the Reluctant Mad Scientist who is actually an idealist and pacifist (possibly a WellIntentionedExtremist) but generally beyond good and evil by virtue of sheer genius.



The obviously charismatic Einstein and other [[HerrDoktor early 20th-century physicists]] somehow inspired the notion of the Reluctant Mad Scientist who is generally beyond good and evil by virtue of sheer genius, leading to this new version of the MadScientist.



* Dr. Jumba Jookiba from ''Disney/LiloAndStitch''. (Although he doesn't like to ''[[EvilGenius think of himself]]'' as such...)

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* %%* Dr. Jumba Jookiba from ''Disney/LiloAndStitch''. (Although he doesn't like to ''[[EvilGenius think of himself]]'' as such...)
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