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30th May '16 6:18:07 AM SpinyNorman
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Of course not! Everyone knows that's not how you do research! They'll mock him, never take a second glance at his theories, and do everything possible to discredit him, bury his ideas, and make him shunned in respectable scientific circles.

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Of course not! Everyone knows that's not how you do research! They'll The establishment will be fiercely jealous, and they'll mock him, never take a second glance at his theories, and do everything possible to discredit him, bury his ideas, and make him shunned in respectable scientific circles.
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* Usually, in real life, as the evidence mounts, the general view will ''eventually'' correct itself. If the scientific establishment is particularly slow to embrace the paradigm shift, then the theory and its inventor will be [[VindicatedByHistory Vindicated By History]].

Apart from purely scientific backlash, jealousy and spite, there may also be pressure on them from other motivations, for example if you claim your planet is ''not'' the center of the universe or that leaded petrol is unhealthy. Compare [[IgnoredExpert Ignored Expert]].



* ''Franchise/Ghostbusters'': The trio of parapsychologists are at the start of the franchise not taken serious by anyone and soon get dismissed from Columbia University. As it happens there is an outbreak of paranormal activity to vindicate them at short notice, otherwise they'd probably still be out of a job.



* ''Film/Stargate'': Daniel Jackson's lecture about how Egyptologists have got it all wrong doesn't go down well. Overlaps with [[TheWormGuy The Worm Guy]].



* While there have indeed been many theories which which were ridiculed or even dismissed out of hand (e.g., "continental drift", the predecessor of modern plate tectonics), there often were good reasons for skepticism (in the aforementioned case, the lack of a verifiable mechanism); more importantly, as evidence mounted for the theories, the general view changed to accept them. The (usually) self-correcting nature of scientific inquiry is one of the main hallmarks of the scientific method, but one generally ignored in the media.

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* While there have indeed been many theories which which were ridiculed or even dismissed out of hand (e.g., "continental drift", A certain Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis around 1850 noticed that the predecessor of modern plate tectonics), there often were good reasons for skepticism (in the aforementioned case, the lack of a verifiable mechanism); more importantly, as evidence mounted for the theories, the general view changed to accept them. The (usually) self-correcting nature of scientific inquiry is one of the main hallmarks of the scientific method, but one generally ignored mortality rate in the media. Viennese maternity clinics dropped dramatically if the doctors washed their hands in chlorine before attending patients, especially if they had just been dissecting cadavers before. This idea, although the numbers clearly supported this, was almost universally rejected. [[VindicatedByHistory Later of course it turned out that germs were behind it, and that he had been right.]]
12th May '16 4:06:27 PM SgtFrog1
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* [[http://satwcomic.com/never-say-never The page image]] is courtesy of ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndtheWorld'', where [[NationsAsPeople Iceland,]] despite having generally cold weather and getting little sun, manages to grow bananas by ''[[LavaAddsAwesome warming them with lava]]''. Norway and the Faroe Islands already doubt the sanity of this idea, and Iceland's maniacal laughter doesn't help his case one bit.
1st May '16 11:53:50 PM JackG
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* ''Film/WomanInTheMoon'' (1929). Professor Mannfeldt is laughed out of the room by his fellow scientists when he gives a lecture on sending expeditions to the Moon to [[GoldFever exploit its resources]]. To be fair, we still haven't done the latter.
23rd Mar '16 7:14:55 PM MasoTey
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* Necross the Hahaha Mad in [[ComicBook/{{Cerebus}} is an example that combines sorcery with WeirdScience and winds up with his mind transferred into a giant golem.

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* Necross the Hahaha Mad in [[ComicBook/{{Cerebus}} ''ComicBook/{{Cerebus}}'' is an example that combines sorcery with WeirdScience and winds up with his mind transferred into a giant golem.
24th Feb '16 5:35:32 PM MegaMarioMan
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* Dr. Nefarious in ''RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'':

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* Dr. Nefarious in ''RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'':''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'':
31st Jan '16 6:34:46 PM mlsmithca
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-->'''Pops''': Ah yes...they all laughed at me during my nuclear physicist days... WELL [[WhosLaughingNow WHO'S LAUGHING NOW]]????''([[EvilLaugh laughs maniacally]])''
* MadScientist Norton Nimnul of ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' often has one of these speeches before revealing to the viewing audience (or as the audience looks over) one of his weird inventions. Given the nature of these inventions, I must say their reactions were understandable, but on the other hand... they do work, thanks to the scientific principle which states: "Anything can happen in a cartoon."
** Every single one of his inventions was a RubeGoldbergDevice combined with a DoomsdayDevice. The most memorable being a giant machine made up of hands that petted kitties to power a lightning ray with static electricity.
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' when Megavolt says, "They called me crazy! They called me insane! They called me a LOONEY! ...and boy, were they right."

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-->'''Pops''': Ah yes...they all laughed at me during my nuclear physicist days... WELL [[WhosLaughingNow WHO'S LAUGHING NOW]]????''([[EvilLaugh NOW]]???? ''([[EvilLaugh laughs maniacally]])''
* MadScientist Norton Nimnul of ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' often has one of these speeches before revealing to the viewing audience (or as the audience looks over) one of his weird inventions. Given the nature of these inventions, I must say their reactions were understandable, but on the other hand... they do work, thanks to the scientific principle which states: "Anything can happen in a cartoon."
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" Every single one of his inventions was a RubeGoldbergDevice combined with a DoomsdayDevice. The most memorable being a giant machine made up of hands that petted kitties to power a lightning ray with static electricity.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'':
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Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' [[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E40TwitchingChannels "Twitching Channels"]] when Megavolt says, "They called me crazy! They called me insane! They called me a LOONEY! ...and boy, were they right."



-->'''Megavolt''': They called me mad. They called me ''insane''! They were right. ''But I'm running things now!''
* [[TimCurry Dr. Mystico]] on ''{{Freakazoid}}''

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-->'''Megavolt''': --->'''Megavolt''': They called me mad. They called me ''insane''! They were right. ''But I'm running things now!''
* [[TimCurry Dr. Mystico]] on ''{{Freakazoid}}''''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'':
2nd Jan '16 10:58:52 PM nombretomado
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* Doctor Impossible of ''SoonIWillBeInvincible'' receives this treatment for his obsession with the Zeta Dimension, though he's also a {{supervillain}} because his vast intellect [[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder compels him to be so]].

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* Doctor Impossible of ''SoonIWillBeInvincible'' ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'' receives this treatment for his obsession with the Zeta Dimension, though he's also a {{supervillain}} because his vast intellect [[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder compels him to be so]].
26th Dec '15 8:08:29 AM suedenim
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* Mad Scientist Dr. Mehendri Solon in ''Series/DoctorWho,'' "The Brain of Morbius." He combines this with fanatical devotion to the defeated evil Time Lord Morbius--his unholy experiments are to give Morbius a new body.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' examples:
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Mad Scientist Dr. Mehendri Solon in ''Series/DoctorWho,'' "The Brain of Morbius." He combines this with fanatical devotion to the defeated evil Time Lord Morbius--his unholy experiments are to give Morbius a new body.
26th Dec '15 8:06:41 AM suedenim
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* ''Film/SantoEnElTesoroDeDracula'' features a rare heroic version. Wrestling/ElSanto, the famed MaskedLuchador, claims to have invented a revolutionary new time machine during his downtime from wrestling. For some reason, Mexico's leading scientists don't take his ideas seriously. Ticked off by this rejection, Santo spends the rest of the movie trying to prove the mainstream scientists by using the time machine to retrieve Dracula's lost treasure.

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* ''Film/SantoEnElTesoroDeDracula'' features a rare heroic version. Wrestling/ElSanto, the famed MaskedLuchador, claims to have invented a revolutionary new time machine during his downtime from wrestling. For some reason, Mexico's leading scientists don't take his ideas seriously. Ticked off by this rejection, Santo spends the rest of the movie trying to prove the mainstream scientists wrong by using the time machine to retrieve Dracula's lost treasure.
26th Dec '15 6:44:27 AM Earnest
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[[caption-width-right:350:The marketing campaign for magmananas was surprisingly successful.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:The [[caption-width-right:350:Iceland's marketing campaign for magmananas was surprisingly successful.practically erupted onto the scene.]]
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