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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.
11th Jun '16 12:14:38 AM Hanz
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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 [[spoiler:Varrick]] accidentally creates a FantasticNuke while experimenting with spirit vines.]] 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.
10th Jun '16 8:25:26 AM Viira
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* WesternAnimation/GravityFalls has the author of the journals, Ford Pines, whose journals catalog his many inventions and various creatures he's encountered and studied- both of which tend be incredibly dangerous or at least have the potential to be. His primary motives are ForScience and to avert TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.....due to one of said inventions.

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* WesternAnimation/GravityFalls ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has the author of the journals, Ford Pines, [[spoiler:Ford Pines]], whose journals catalog his many inventions and various creatures he's encountered and studied- studied - both of which tend be incredibly dangerous or at least have the potential to be. His primary motives are ForScience and to avert TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.....TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt... due to one of said inventions.
14th May '16 1:33:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* Academician [[SidMeiersAlphaCentauri Prokhor Zakharkov]] has this as his starting morality as explained through his backstory, which involved building PoweredArmor for the Russian Republic to fight the USA before defecting to the UN to build space ships. Whether or not he actually stays reluctant is entirely up to the player. He's essentially a Russian Werner von Braun, ballancing between Mengle and Einstein in morality.

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* ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'': Academician [[SidMeiersAlphaCentauri Prokhor Zakharkov]] Zakharkov has this as his starting morality as explained through his backstory, which involved building PoweredArmor for the Russian Republic to fight the USA before defecting to the UN to build space ships. Whether or not he actually stays reluctant is entirely up to the player. He's essentially a Russian Werner von Braun, ballancing between Mengle and Einstein in morality.
9th Mar '16 12:41:38 PM Hossmeister
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* Phil and Lem from ''BetterOffTed'' invent exactly the kinds of things mad scientists are supposed to but are shown following not only proper lab procedure (most of the time) but also keeping strictly to testing protocols. The dubious legal and ethical grounding of their work is mostly a matter of what [[MegaCorp Veridian Dynamics]] assigns them to develop than personal insanity.

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* Phil and Lem from ''BetterOffTed'' ''Series/BetterOffTed'' invent exactly the kinds of things mad scientists are supposed to but are shown following not only proper lab procedure (most of the time) but also keeping strictly to testing protocols. The dubious legal and ethical grounding of their work is mostly a matter of what [[MegaCorp Veridian Dynamics]] assigns them to develop than personal insanity.
31st Dec '15 8:47:14 PM DarkGidora
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* Ken Alibek, Soviet microbiologist, a guy who would invent Ebola virus (if it didn't already exist) out of pure scientific curiosity, arguably counts. He defected to the USA.

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* Ken Alibek, Soviet Alibek (originally Kanatjan Alibekov), Kazakh microbiologist, was a guy who would invent Ebola virus (if it didn't already exist) out of pure high-ranking officer in Biopreparat, a Soviet bioweapons program that involved diseases such as Smallpox, Anthrax, the Plague, and Marburg. His memoirs, ''Biohazard'' discuss his scientific curiosity, arguably counts. curiosity and loyalty to serve his country (although that began to be increasingly strained). He defected to the USA.USA in the [=1990s=] and works in biodefense.
29th Dec '15 6:18:12 PM jormis29
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* Doctor Universe of ''{{Spinnerette}}'' used to be this trope, before [[spoiler: the government aborted his project to prevent China from using his studies to make SuperSoldiers.]]

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* Doctor Universe of ''{{Spinnerette}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' used to be this trope, before [[spoiler: the government aborted his project to prevent China from using his studies to make SuperSoldiers.]]
23rd Nov '15 10:33:29 PM jormis29
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* Abrahim Zherkezhi of ''SplinterCell: Chaos Theory'', a chronicaly naive computer theorist who only wants to use his unblockable [[HollywoodHacking magic hacker-program]] to promote the course of 'world peace'. It's not his fault [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter he chose]] [[spoiler:[[WellIntentionedExtremist Douglas Shetland]]]] [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter as a partner]].

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* Abrahim Zherkezhi of ''SplinterCell: Chaos Theory'', ''VideoGame/SplinterCellChaosTheory'', a chronicaly naive computer theorist who only wants to use his unblockable [[HollywoodHacking magic hacker-program]] to promote the course of 'world peace'. It's not his fault [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter he chose]] [[spoiler:[[WellIntentionedExtremist Douglas Shetland]]]] [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter as a partner]].
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