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10th Feb '18 12:27:01 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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If they die in the ensuing cataclysm, it may be as the result of a DeathByIrony or TooDumbToLive. In this role they often function as a RedShirt or a demonstration that AnyoneCanDie. If they survive, they sometimes play the role of the IdiotHero or DitzyGenius, or rarely TheProfessor. The character is usually depicted as naive at worst, and is usually genuinely intelligent but out of his or her league. A StupidScientist is almost never [[ScienceIsBad outright evil]].

The StupidScientist can be seen as related to TemptingFate and they usually demonstrate some form of GenreBlindness. They can also be contrasted with TheCassandra, in that both herald the event, but the difference is that the Stupid Scientist denies the disaster and is widely believed while the Cassandra says that it will happen and is completely ignored. The opposite trope is an IgnoredExpert, a scientist who tries to warn everyone of danger but is disbelieved. More sensible or recurring Stupid Scientists can be promoted to AgentScully.

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If they die in the ensuing cataclysm, it may be as the result of a DeathByIrony or TooDumbToLive. In this role they often function as a RedShirt or a demonstration that AnyoneCanDie. If they survive, they sometimes play the role of the IdiotHero or DitzyGenius, or rarely TheProfessor. The character is usually depicted as naive at worst, and is usually genuinely intelligent but out of his or her league. A StupidScientist Stupid Scientist is almost never [[ScienceIsBad outright evil]].

The StupidScientist Stupid Scientist can be seen as related to TemptingFate and they usually demonstrate some form of GenreBlindness. They can also be contrasted with TheCassandra, in that both herald the event, but the difference is that the Stupid Scientist denies the disaster and is widely believed while the Cassandra says that it will happen and is completely ignored. The opposite trope is an IgnoredExpert, a scientist who tries to warn everyone of danger but is disbelieved. More sensible or recurring Stupid Scientists can be promoted to AgentScully.
16th Dec '17 12:50:17 PM Malady
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* The Doctor from ''TheStupiders'', who not only didn't notice the extreme side effects of his work on the population of Earth, but suggested he should "fix" any so-called issues by creating more of what caused the problem to begin with!

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* The Doctor from ''TheStupiders'', ''Webcomic/TheStupiders'', who not only didn't notice the extreme side effects of his work on the population of Earth, but suggested he should "fix" any so-called issues by creating more of what caused the problem to begin with!
10th Sep '17 10:34:01 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/HPLovecraft's CosmicHorrorStory "The Whisperer In Darkness", the main character denies the existence of [[StarfishAliens alien life]]. Naturally he finds out that aliens do, in fact, exist, especially when they [[spoiler: disembody and replace one of his friends. [[AmbiguousSituation Or not]] ]]

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* In Creator/HPLovecraft's CosmicHorrorStory "The Whisperer In Darkness", "Literature/TheWhispererInDarkness", the main character denies the existence of [[StarfishAliens alien life]]. Naturally he finds out that aliens do, in fact, exist, especially when they [[spoiler: disembody [[spoiler:disembody and replace one of his friends. [[AmbiguousSituation Or not]] ]]
30th May '17 3:18:29 PM mkmckoy
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* The [[WebAnimation/DorklyOriginals Dorkly]] article, “[[http://www.dorkly.com/post/60847/these-8-characters-are-definitely-going-to-die These Eight Characters are Definitely Going to Die]]”, includes in the list, "The Scientist".

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* The [[WebAnimation/DorklyOriginals Dorkly]] ''[[WebAnimation/DorklyOriginals Dorkly]]'' article, “[[http://www.dorkly.com/post/60847/these-8-characters-are-definitely-going-to-die These Eight Characters are Definitely Going to Die]]”, includes in the list, "The Scientist".
30th May '17 8:50:58 AM mkmckoy
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* The [[WebAnimation/DorklyOriginals Dorkly]] article, “[[http://www.dorkly.com/post/60847/these-8-characters-are-definitely-going-to-die These Eight Characters are Definitely Going to Die]]”, includes in the list, "The Scientist".
-->'''How They’re Going to Die''': Doing that thing where they treat the [[CuteMonster monster like it’s cute]] but then it rips their face off.
-->'''Why''': Because [[ScienceIsBad doing experimental research and gathering evidence is the very height of man’s hubris]].
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4th Mar '16 5:45:10 AM erforce
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* The scientist in ''MarsAttacks'' stated that since the martians are advanced technologically then they should be peaceful. He kept this up until they kidnapped him, cut off his head, and kept it alive [[ItAmusedMe for the lulz.]] They also kidnapped his vacuous girlfriend and her pet Chihuahua, and switched their heads for the same reason.

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* The scientist in ''MarsAttacks'' ''Film/MarsAttacks'' stated that since the martians are advanced technologically then they should be peaceful. He kept this up until they kidnapped him, cut off his head, and kept it alive [[ItAmusedMe for the lulz.]] They also kidnapped his vacuous girlfriend and her pet Chihuahua, and switched their heads for the same reason.
16th Feb '16 6:35:04 PM LtFedora
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* In ''Film/WhenWorldsCollide'', several astronomers insist that Dr. Hendron's end of the world predictions are unfounded. While it's later mentioned that they now believe him, they still think his escape plan is impossible.
21st Jan '16 8:48:38 PM LtFedora
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* The scientist in ''MarsAttacks'' stated that since the martians are advanced technologically then they should be peaceful. He kept this up until they kidnapped him, cut off his head, and kept it alive [[ItAmusedMe for the lulz.]] They also kidnapped his vacuous girlfriend and hr pet Chihuahua, and switched their heads for the same reason.

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* The scientist in ''MarsAttacks'' stated that since the martians are advanced technologically then they should be peaceful. He kept this up until they kidnapped him, cut off his head, and kept it alive [[ItAmusedMe for the lulz.]] They also kidnapped his vacuous girlfriend and hr her pet Chihuahua, and switched their heads for the same reason.


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* In ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', T'Pol, and for that matter, the entire Vulcan Science Directorate. The official declaration by the Vulcans is that time travel is impossible. Even after a mission which involved time travel in Season 2, T'Pol still says that she doesn't believe in it. She does get better and finally comes to understand that time travel is real. And in fairness, Vulcans of this time have strayed from Surak's teachings and are living under a military dictatorship.
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30th Dec '14 12:33:03 PM nombretomado
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* The quoted example is from ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' by HGWells. Ogilvy, a "well-known astronomer", says that to the narrator at the beginning of the book, right when [[AlienInvasion Martian cylinders are heading to Earth.]] [[HilariousInHindsight Nice]]. To be fair, however, Ogilvy is trying to be rational, and at that point in the story he may be more accurately described personality-wise as an AgentScully.

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* The quoted example is from ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' by HGWells.Creator/HGWells. Ogilvy, a "well-known astronomer", says that to the narrator at the beginning of the book, right when [[AlienInvasion Martian cylinders are heading to Earth.]] [[HilariousInHindsight Nice]]. To be fair, however, Ogilvy is trying to be rational, and at that point in the story he may be more accurately described personality-wise as an AgentScully.
22nd Dec '14 12:22:48 PM JonBuck
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* There is a B-movie on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' that includes a scientist character who explicitly denies that two moons will collide and destroy a nearby inhabited planet. Guess what happens.
** In the one I'm thinking of, made from episodes of ''RockyJonesSpaceRanger'', the scientist FORGOT about a peculiarity of the moons, until he was reminded. The rulers of the endangered moons accepted the danger and worked together to save their peoples. The queen of the endangered planet initially rejected the warning. Then she plotted to blow up the moons.

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* There is a B-movie on In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode that includes a scientist character who explicitly denies that two moons will collide and destroy a nearby inhabited planet. Guess what happens.
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riffed Crash of the one I'm thinking of, made from episodes of ''RockyJonesSpaceRanger'', Moons, the scientist FORGOT forgets about a peculiarity of the moons, until he was reminded. "atmosphere chain" linking the "Gypsy Moons" Poseta and Nagato. The rulers of space station they're waiting on will pass through the endangered moons accepted atmosphere chain, but isn't built to withstand the danger and worked together to save their peoples. The queen of the endangered planet initially rejected the warning. Then she plotted to blow up the moons.pressure.
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