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24th Sep '16 4:57:35 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted with [[spoiler: Dr. Isaac Gilmore]] in ''{{Cyborg 009}}''. He knew ''damn'' well what he was getting into when joining Black Ghost and it took him ''years'' to develop enough conscience to drop out. His subconscious [[WhatTheHellHero doesn't let him forget that detail]], either.

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* Subverted with [[spoiler: Dr. Isaac Gilmore]] in ''{{Cyborg ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}''. He knew ''damn'' well what he was getting into when joining Black Ghost and it took him ''years'' to develop enough conscience to drop out. His subconscious [[WhatTheHellHero doesn't let him forget that detail]], either.
15th Sep '16 1:08:26 AM PaulA
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* [[EndersGame Ender Wiggin]] was more a soldier than a scientist, but otherwise fits this one to a T.
5th Aug '16 1:13:46 PM MadCat221
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** In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', while he's willingly working for Kuvira's Earth Empire, [[spoiler:Varrick]] accidentally creates a FantasticNuke while experimenting with spirit vines. His first instinct is to shut down the project, deeming it too dangerous. Kuvira however forces him to continue or else be kicked off a moving train. It's worth noting that this is the ''first'' time he's ever had second thoughts about one of his inventions--most of the time he's just plain MadScientist.

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** In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', while he's willingly working for Kuvira's Earth Empire, [[spoiler:Varrick]] accidentally creates a FantasticNuke while experimenting with spirit vines. His [[CuriousQualmsOfConscience first instinct instinct]] is to shut down the project, deeming it too dangerous. Kuvira however forces him to continue or else be kicked off a moving train. It's worth noting that this is the ''first'' time he's ever had second thoughts about one of his inventions--most of the time he's just plain MadScientist.
25th Jul '16 8:53:31 AM DaibhidC
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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 actual Mad Scientists mock her for expecting things to make sense.

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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 actual non-reluctant Mad Scientists mock her for expecting things to make sense.
25th Jul '16 8:52:16 AM DaibhidC
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* Dr Krukenstein in ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme is 95% sure her invention isn't evil. Or maybe 90%. She gets down to 51% and [[spoiler: then chucks it in the lake]].

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* Dr Krukenstein in ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'' is 95% sure her invention isn't evil. Or maybe 90%. She gets down to 51% and [[spoiler: then chucks it in the lake]].
25th Jul '16 8:51:40 AM DaibhidC
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* Dr Krukenstein in ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme is 95% sure her invention isn't evil. Or maybe 90%. She gets down to 51% and [[spoiler: then chucks it in the lake]].
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25th Jul '16 8:48:33 AM DaibhidC
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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.

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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 actual Mad Scientists mock her for expecting things to make sense.
18th Jun '16 1:00:57 PM Jhonny
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* Creator/LeonardoDaVinci, most famous nowadays for his art and ingenious designs for gadgets years before there time, was fairly pragmatic about the fact that the best source of a steady income during UsefulNotes/TheCityStateEra of Italy was as a retained inventor for a wealthy duke, and what they needed inventing was artillery. What's especially terrifying (and the inspiration for Literature/{{Discworld}}'s Leonard of Quirm, above) is when he combined his skills and came up with [[DungeonPunk charmingly anachronistic weapons of mass destruction]] scattered among his other idle doodles.

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* Creator/LeonardoDaVinci, most famous nowadays for his art and ingenious designs for gadgets years before there their time, was fairly pragmatic about the fact that the best source of a steady income during UsefulNotes/TheCityStateEra of Italy was as a retained inventor for a wealthy duke, and what they needed inventing was artillery. What's especially terrifying (and the inspiration for Literature/{{Discworld}}'s Leonard of Quirm, above) is when he combined his skills and came up with [[DungeonPunk charmingly anachronistic weapons of mass destruction]] scattered among his other idle doodles.
18th Jun '16 12:54:38 PM Jhonny
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le%C3%B3_Szil%C3%A1rd Leo Szilard]], a Hungarian-born physicist, was one of the earliest developers of nuclear chain reactions and was the first person to conceive of an atomic bomb. Concerned that Germany might be attempting to build such a weapon, he wrote the famous letter to Roosevelt, along with Teller, (signed by his more famous colleague, Einstein) that directly led to the creation of the Manhattan Project. Once it became clear that Germany was not working on the bomb, and concerned about the increasing militarization of the project, he drafted a petition (signed by more than a hundred scientists) to ask for a demonstration of the bomb's power to Japan before actually using it, but the petition never made it to President Truman. After the war he was so disturbed by atomic weapons that he switched his specialty to molecular biology and even published a book of short stories, ''The Voice of the Dolphins'', dealing with the morality of atomic bombs and the Cold War.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le%C3%B3_Szil%C3%A1rd Leo Szilard]], a Hungarian-born physicist, was one of the earliest developers of nuclear chain reactions and was the first person to conceive of an atomic bomb. Concerned that Germany might be attempting to build such a weapon, he wrote the famous letter to Roosevelt, along with Teller, (signed by his more famous colleague, Einstein) that directly led to the creation of the Manhattan Project. Once it became clear that Germany was not working on nowhere near getting the bomb, and concerned about the increasing militarization of the project, he drafted a petition (signed by more than a hundred scientists) to ask for a demonstration of the bomb's power to Japan before actually using it, but the petition never made it to President Truman. After the war he was so disturbed by atomic weapons that he switched his specialty to molecular biology and even published a book of short stories, ''The Voice of the Dolphins'', dealing with the morality of atomic bombs and the Cold War.
17th Jun '16 7:47:46 PM nombretomado
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* A ''ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' sketch featured the [[DeathbringerTheAdorable unfortunately named]] Professor Death, a textbook ReluctantMadScientist. His "Giant DeathRay" was only so called because he invented it; its intended purpose is scanning groceries... or with the power turned up, to perform delicate eye surgeries.

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* A ''ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' sketch featured the [[DeathbringerTheAdorable unfortunately named]] Professor Death, a textbook ReluctantMadScientist. His "Giant DeathRay" was only so called because he invented it; its intended purpose is scanning groceries... or with the power turned up, to perform delicate eye surgeries.
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