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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.]]
26th Dec '15 6:42:29 AM Earnest
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15th Dec '15 9:10:19 AM StFan
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry, [[spoiler:Professor Takano had been investigating a strange disease called Hinamizawa Syndrome, which could alter one's personality into that of a psychopathic paranoiac. Based on this, he wants to show that a person's personality can be altered or even wholly changed by parasites in the brain. However, at almost every turn, he is refused both funding and consideration for his work -- despite doing careful research, inviting his colleagues to look at his results, and otherwise acting like an actual scientist rather than [[MadScientist the alternative]]. He never got anywhere, and ultimately ended up [[DrivenToSuicide jumping off the roof of his home]] but the Scientist's Beautiful Granddaughter, Miyo, well, [[KillEmAll that's another story...]]]]

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[[folder:Anime and & Manga]]
* In VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry, ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', [[spoiler:Professor Takano had been investigating a strange disease called Hinamizawa Syndrome, which could alter one's personality into that of a psychopathic paranoiac. Based on this, he wants to show that a person's personality can be altered or even wholly changed by parasites in the brain. However, at almost every turn, he is refused both funding and consideration for his work -- despite doing careful research, inviting his colleagues to look at his results, and otherwise acting like an actual scientist rather than [[MadScientist the alternative]]. He never got anywhere, and ultimately ended up [[DrivenToSuicide jumping off the roof of his home]] but the Scientist's Beautiful Granddaughter, Miyo, well, [[KillEmAll that's another story...]]]]



[[folder:Comedy]]
* The [[StockShtick old stage-comedy joke]], "When I used to say I was going to be a comedian, people laughed. Well, they're not laughing now."
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Dr. Cockroach in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' says the whole MadScientist cliche practically word-for-word complete with an evil laugh (he says crazy instead of mad) while working on a way to restore Susan to her normal size. He did turn himself into a human-cockroach hybrid, but apart from that seems pretty rational.
* Milo Thatch from ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.

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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Dr. Cockroach in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' says On the whole MadScientist cliche practically word-for-word complete subject of a close relative of "They called me mad", one ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' comic features a mad scientist convention, with the special guest being the man who coined the phrase "I'll show them! I'll show them all!!"
* One memorable ''ComicStrip/MotherGooseAndGrimm'' single-panel strip had
an evil laugh (he says crazy instead of mad) while working on anthropomorphic cow in a way to restore Susan to her normal size. He did turn himself into a human-cockroach hybrid, but apart from that seems pretty rational.
* Milo Thatch from ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.
labcoat standing triumphantly over his Frankenstein-cow creation and declaring "Mad? ''Mad'', they say? I'll show them just how ''mad'' I am!" The caption? "When [[{{Pun}} mad cow disease]] goes untreated."



[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Dr. Cockroach in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' says the whole MadScientist cliche practically word-for-word complete with an evil laugh (he says crazy instead of mad) while working on a way to restore Susan to her normal size. He did turn himself into a human-cockroach hybrid, but apart from that seems pretty rational.
* Milo Thatch from ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]

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[[folder:Live Action [[folder:Live-Action TV]]



-->'''Doctor''': They laughed at Galilleo ... They laughed at Newton ... They laughed at Einstein ... ''Why won't they laugh at me?''
-->'''Peter''': It's partly the lines, but mostly the delivery...

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-->'''Doctor''': -->'''Doctor:''' They laughed at Galilleo ... Galilleo... They laughed at Newton ... Newton... They laughed at Einstein ... Einstein... ''Why won't they laugh at me?''
-->'''Peter''':
me?''\\
'''Peter:'''
It's partly the lines, but mostly the delivery...



[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* On the subject of a close relative of "They called me mad", one FarSide comic featured a mad scientist convention, with the special guest being the man who coined the phrase "I'll show them! I'll show them all!!"
* One memorable ''MotherGooseAndGrimm'' single-panel strip had an anthropomorphic cow in a labcoat standing triumphantly over his Frankenstein-cow creation and declaring "Mad? ''Mad'', they say? I'll show them just how ''mad'' I am!" The caption? "When [[IncrediblyLamePun mad cow disease]] goes untreated."
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{ASDFmovie}} 2'': "They said I could never teach a llama to drive!"
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0345.html here]]: "NOW who is advancing the cause of environmental preservation?"

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0345.html here]]: "NOW "He Invented the Magic System"]]:
-->'''Leeky Windstaff:''' The other druids may have kicked me out of their circle... called me mad. MAD! But NOW
who is advancing the cause of environmental preservation?"preservation? Bwa hahahaha!



--> '''Did they laugh at you?'''
--> '''No''': Lead normal life.
--> '''Yes''': Show them! Show them all!!
* [[WebVideo/CoyleCommand They called me mad! Not entirely untrue, but inappropriate nonetheless.]]

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--> '''Did -->'''Did they laugh at you?'''
--> '''No''':
you?'''\\
'''No:'''
Lead normal life.
--> '''Yes''':
life.\\
'''Yes:'''
Show them! Show them all!!
* [[WebVideo/CoyleCommand They ''WebVideo/CoyleCommand'': "They called me mad! Not entirely untrue, but inappropriate nonetheless.]]"



* ''WebAnimation/{{ASDFmovie}} 2'': "They said I could never teach a llama to drive!"



-->'''Dilbert''': This is ridiculous. You can't find tiny people with a stick.
-->'''Dogbert''': That's what they said to Jonas Salk.
-->'''Dilbert''': Jonas Salk invented the polio vaccine!
-->'''Dogbert''': Yes, but ''after'' they told him that he couldn't find tiny people with a stick.
* The mad scientist from the original ''{{Superman}}'' short cites this as his motivation. They laughed at his ideas! Now he will destroy Metropolis!
* Denzel Crocker from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' has this line of dialogue after becoming supreme ruler of the world in ''Abra-Catastrophe'':
--> They called me crazy! AND I AM!!! Crazy like the guy who was right about FAIRIES!!

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-->'''Dilbert''': -->'''Dilbert:''' This is ridiculous. You can't find tiny people with a stick.
-->'''Dogbert''':
stick.\\
'''Dogbert:'''
That's what they said to Jonas Salk.
-->'''Dilbert''':
Salk.\\
'''Dilbert:'''
Jonas Salk invented the polio vaccine!
-->'''Dogbert''':
vaccine!\\
'''Dogbert:'''
Yes, but ''after'' they told him that he couldn't find tiny people with a stick.
* The mad scientist from the original ''{{Superman}}'' short ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons'' cites this as his motivation. They laughed at his ideas! Now he will destroy Metropolis!
* Denzel Crocker from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' has this line of dialogue after becoming supreme ruler of the world in ''Abra-Catastrophe'':
-->
"Abra-Catastrophe":
-->'''Denzel Crocker:'''
They called me crazy! AND I AM!!! Crazy like the guy who was right about FAIRIES!!



* Doctor Octopus got this treatment in ''SpidermanTheAnimatedSeries'' with regards to his cold fusion reactor.

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* Doctor Octopus got this treatment in ''SpidermanTheAnimatedSeries'' ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' with regards to his cold fusion reactor.



--> '''Dr. Dysfunctio Cerebri:''' ''They laughed at me at the academy! They laughed at me at the institute!''
--> '''Sam:''' ''He must've been a lot funnier then.''

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--> '''Dr. -->'''Dr. Dysfunctio Cerebri:''' ''They They laughed at me at the academy! They laughed at me at the institute!''
-->
institute!\\
'''Sam:''' ''He He must've been a lot funnier then.''



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'', EvilutionaryBiologist Nathaniel Essex's SocialDarwinist rhetoric elicits a "Good heavens! You're ... you're quite mad!" from CharlesDarwin himself.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'', ''WesternAnimation/XMen'', EvilutionaryBiologist Nathaniel Essex's SocialDarwinist rhetoric elicits a "Good heavens! You're ... you're quite mad!" from CharlesDarwin himself.



-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''': I'm a nutcase because I follow my dreams?! Well, they laughed at the guy who invented light bulbs too!
-->'''Random Fish''': No they didn't.

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-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''': -->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' I'm a nutcase because I follow my dreams?! Well, they laughed at the guy who invented light bulbs too!
-->'''Random Fish''': No
too!\\
'''Random Fish:''' No,
they didn't.



[[folder:Other]]
* The [[StockShtick old stage-comedy joke]], "When I used to say I was going to be a comedian, people laughed. Well, they're not laughing now."

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[[folder:Other]]
* The [[StockShtick old stage-comedy joke]], "When I used to say I was going to be a comedian, people laughed. Well, they're not laughing now."
[[folder:Real Life]]



-->But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown. -- Creator/CarlSagan
** 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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-->But -->''But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown. '' -- Creator/CarlSagan
** * While there have indeed been many theories which which were ridiculed or even dismissed out of hand (e.g., 'continental drift', "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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