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25th Nov '16 11:33:19 PM WingedCat
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* In ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', becoming a Genius warps you into something ''not quite human''. On the one hand, [[TouchedByVorlons Inspiration]] grants the ability to "delicately bend" the laws of physics, with higher levels of Inspiration naturally granting greater power. On the other hand, a more Inspired Genius will likely find it harder and harder to maintain his [[KarmaMeter Obligation]] and, if they [[MoralEventHorizon snap]], they can become an [[RealityWarper Unmada]], or worse, one of the Illuminated, at which point [[OmnicidalManiac everyone and everything]] [[ForScience starts to look like a resource]]. Inspiration also seems to be contagious; [[{{Muggles}} Mortals]] exposed to mad science have a likelihood of becoming [[TheIgor Beholden]], if not a Genius in their own right.

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* In ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', becoming a Genius warps you into something ''not quite human''. On the one hand, [[TouchedByVorlons Inspiration]] grants the ability to "delicately bend" the laws of physics, with higher levels of Inspiration naturally granting greater power. On the other hand, a more Inspired Genius will likely find it harder and harder to maintain his [[KarmaMeter Obligation]] and, if they [[MoralEventHorizon snap]], they can become an [[RealityWarper Unmada]], or worse, one of the Illuminated, at which point [[OmnicidalManiac everyone and everything]] [[ForScience starts to look like a a]] [[HumanResources resource]]. Inspiration also seems to be contagious; [[{{Muggles}} Mortals]] exposed to mad science have a likelihood of becoming [[TheIgor Beholden]], if not a Genius in their own right.
13th Nov '16 11:31:56 PM Alas_Poor_Donny
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*** Arguably, the Sons are actually an aversion of the trope; while most mages have their powers as a result of what is more or less a psychotic break that turns their view of the world into reality around them, the Sons are former Technocrats; that is to say, they're fully aware of how the consensus and paradigms work, and have made a conscious, informed decision about what they're going to believe rather than having to follow the mad inspiration of their Avatar like everyone else. They wear the tropes of the mad scientist, but mechanically they're more like [[DoingInTheWizard Sane Mages]].
1st Sep '16 2:41:55 PM margdean56
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* Will Magnus, the creator of the ComicBook/MetalMen in the DC universe, suffers from bipolar disorder. Taking pills prevents him from acting irrational and creating machines of death--like making a robot out of uranium--but also stifles his creativity - like making a sexy robot out of platinum.

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* Will Magnus, the creator of the ComicBook/MetalMen in the DC universe, suffers from bipolar disorder. Taking pills prevents him from acting irrational and creating machines of death--like making a robot out of uranium--but also stifles his creativity - like creativity--like making a sexy robot out of platinum.



* Played straight in the ''Literature/MorganvilleVampires'' books; Myrnin is a MadScientist vampire who has developed a disease that only targets vampires, he tries to find a cure and managed to develop medication to slow it down, but often forgets to take it, turning him into a bloodthirsty monster, which is why he needs someone there to help him remember, but hiring an assistant often doesn't go well.

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* Played straight in the ''Literature/MorganvilleVampires'' books; Myrnin is a MadScientist vampire who has developed a disease that only targets vampires, he vampires. He tries to find a cure and managed manages to develop medication to slow it down, but often forgets to take it, turning him into a bloodthirsty monster, which is why he needs someone there to help him remember, but hiring an assistant often doesn't go well.
5th Jul '16 7:33:26 PM WillBGood
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* ''Series/AgentCarter'': Howark Stark says that when he gets an idea for an invention, no matter how dangerous, he can't not make it. That's why he has a vault for his "bad babies". He puts these dangerous inventions in there because he never planned on selling them to ''anyone''. "I can't control what I make but I ''can'' control what I sell."

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* ''Series/AgentCarter'': Howark Howard Stark says that when he gets an idea for an invention, no matter how dangerous, he can't not make it. That's why he has a vault for his "bad babies". He puts these dangerous inventions in there because he never planned on selling them to ''anyone''. "I can't control what I make but I ''can'' control what I sell."
27th Jun '16 9:50:32 AM MadCat221
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is a SteamPunk series that calls this disorder "[[TheSparkOfGenius The Spark]]". Those affected are often called Sparks, or are said to have "The Spark". No cure in sight short of massive, irreversible brain damage. But the Spark who's working on it is getting ''much'' better about that whole "quality of life" thing! Sparks are compelled to build things--often ''extremely dangerous'' things--with little to no regard for consequences. It's been called "TheMadnessPlace", with three known levels. After the first, concern for safety starts to falter a bit--''all'' safety.

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is a SteamPunk GaslampFantasy series that calls this disorder "[[TheSparkOfGenius The Spark]]". Those affected are often called Sparks, or are said to have "The Spark". No cure in sight short of massive, irreversible brain damage. But the Spark who's working on it is getting ''much'' better about that whole "quality of life" thing! Sparks are compelled to build things--often ''extremely dangerous'' things--with little to no regard for consequences. It's been called "TheMadnessPlace", with three known levels. After the first, concern for safety starts to falter a bit--''all'' safety.
27th Jun '16 9:46:50 AM MadCat221
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is a SteamPunk series in which "Sparks" run rampant. No cure in sight short of massive, irreversible brain damage. But the Spark who's working on it is getting ''much'' better about that whole "quality of life" thing! Sparks are compelled to build things--often ''extremely dangerous'' things--with little to no regard for consequences. It's been called "TheMadnessPlace", with three known levels. After the first, concern for safety starts to falter a bit--''all'' safety.

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is a SteamPunk series in which "Sparks" run rampant.that calls this disorder "[[TheSparkOfGenius The Spark]]". Those affected are often called Sparks, or are said to have "The Spark". No cure in sight short of massive, irreversible brain damage. But the Spark who's working on it is getting ''much'' better about that whole "quality of life" thing! Sparks are compelled to build things--often ''extremely dangerous'' things--with little to no regard for consequences. It's been called "TheMadnessPlace", with three known levels. After the first, concern for safety starts to falter a bit--''all'' safety.
7th May '16 8:45:41 PM Theriocephalus
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Although obviously more extreme than in real life, this sort of thing is TruthInTelevision (or other media): Some medications used to treat mental illness leave the patient drained of energy, unable to think clearly, cut off from the full use of the senses, or any combination thereof. This is one factor in some of the many [[MadArtist historical geniuses]] and others who refuse to take their medication, preferring insanity to a lackluster funk.

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Although obviously more extreme than in real life, this sort of thing is TruthInTelevision (or other media): Some some medications used to treat mental illness leave the patient drained of energy, unable to think clearly, cut off from the full use of the senses, or any combination thereof. This is one factor in some of the many [[MadArtist historical geniuses]] and others who refuse to take their medication, preferring insanity to a lackluster funk.
17th Mar '16 10:13:23 PM Gamermaster
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* Doctor Jail Scaglietti, the BigBad of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', is eventually revealed to have been born with an uncontrollable obsession to discover the secrets behind the [[LostTechnology Lost Logia]] of Ancient Belka and Al-Hazard [[spoiler:[[ArtificialHuman when he was created]] by the [[GovernmentConspiracy leaders of the TSAB]] as a result of [[PlayingWithSyringes project "Unlimited Desire"]]]].

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* Doctor Jail Scaglietti, the BigBad of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', is eventually revealed to have been born with an uncontrollable obsession to discover the secrets behind the [[LostTechnology Lost Logia]] of Ancient Belka and Al-Hazard [[spoiler:[[ArtificialHuman when he was created]] by the [[GovernmentConspiracy leaders of the TSAB]] as a result of [[PlayingWithSyringes project "Unlimited Desire"]]]].



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3rd Dec '15 2:17:34 PM WillBGood
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* In ''Film/TransylvaniaSixFiveThousand'', Dr. Malavaqua is a normal scientist as long as he's outside his laboratory. On entering it, however, he proceeds to muss up his hair and go into full-blown MadScientist mode.

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* In ''Film/TransylvaniaSixFiveThousand'', ''Transylvania 6-5000'', Dr. Malavaqua is a normal scientist as long as he's outside his laboratory. On entering it, however, he proceeds to muss up his hair and go into full-blown MadScientist mode.
3rd Dec '15 2:17:04 PM WillBGood
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* In ''[[Film/TransylvaniaSixFiveThousand Transylvania 6-5000]]'', Dr. Malavaqua is a normal scientist as long as he's outside his laboratory. On entering it, however, he proceeds to muss up his hair and go into full-blown MadScientist mode.

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* In ''[[Film/TransylvaniaSixFiveThousand Transylvania 6-5000]]'', ''Film/TransylvaniaSixFiveThousand'', Dr. Malavaqua is a normal scientist as long as he's outside his laboratory. On entering it, however, he proceeds to muss up his hair and go into full-blown MadScientist mode.
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