Created By: RussGreene on April 11, 2011 Last Edited By: Catbert on February 18, 2012

Super Scientist

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Science is a big field of study, you know. There's room for many a Omnidisciplinary Scientist, Gadgeteer Genius, Science Hero in a given universe, each one rubbing shoulders at the lab table developing the next wave of time-saving the devices and advances.

The Empowered Scientist stands above other researchers by having actual superpowers that aren't the result of tech or devices. Perhaps they were born with an innate power that they wished to study as an adult, or they were the subject/victim/lucky recipient of a Disposable Superhero Maker. Whatever the result may be, these intellectuals are just as comfortable running experiments as they are knocking down bad guys.

Mostly a Superhero Trope, but by no means is it limited to comic books or the like. Note that not just having a super-power and being a scientist doesn't qualify a character for this trope; a character has to have a power or powers not derived from a device, while still being a scientifially-oriented character.

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  • The Silver Age Flash, Barry Allen, definitely fits here. He was a forensic scientist before the famous lightning bolt struck a batch of chemicals.
  • Spiderman fits here as well, due to the numerous spider-powers he has had and lost over the years. Before One More Day, Peter Parker even worked as a high-school science teacher.
  • Mr. Fantastic is both a Rubber Man and a brilliant Omnidisciplinary Scientist; nowadays, he's known more for his scientific acumen than for his ability to stretch and bend.
  • The Hulk was a mild-mannered researcher before the infamous gamma radiation burst that turned him into the mean green monstrosity we all know and love today.
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  • April 11, 2011
    • Dr Mcninja is both a powerful ninja and a competent general physician.
      • So is Tsunade and her disciple Sakura.
  • April 11, 2011
  • April 11, 2011
    Antman and Wasp from the Avengers, also qualify in the same way as The Hulk. They were researching Pim Particles and said particles gave them the ability to change size, shrinking down small or growing very large (though Wasp doesn't seem to be able to get big).
  • April 11, 2011
    Would The Doctor count. He has referred to himself as a Doctor of everything, and that includes Science.
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  • April 11, 2011
    ^^^FWIW I originally posted Dr. Pym (Antman) but then removed it because, per the OP, "a character has to have a power or powers not derived from a device" and Pym Particles are basically a device.
  • April 11, 2011
    • Dr. Henry Mc Coy, AKA Beast certainly qualifies, as he was a mutant with superhuman agility by birth. Now, the fur and blue color are a result of him further doing experiments involving his genetic mutation, but that's just added on. Also, on the evil side, Dark Beast of the X-Men Age of Apocalypse storyline.
  • April 12, 2011
    ^ McCoy is from X Men (you have to list the origin series).

    Dr Mc Ninja isn't an example, 1) he's a dentist, rather than a scientist 2) being a ninja isn't a superpower in that verse.

    Use double curly brackets to pothole single word titles like Spiderman. The Flash has his own page.

    I don't know if this name is such a good idea. Super Scientist sounds like someone who does Super Science, rather than a Super Powered Scientist.
  • April 12, 2011
  • April 12, 2011
    Does Brainiac 5 from the Legion Of Super Heroes count? His power is his intelligence. (The Legion requires that all members have innate powers, so it is specifically considered a power.)
  • June 7, 2011
    • Doc Samson (part of the Hulk mythos) would count, if one is prepared to consider his work as a psychiatrist as doing science. He is usually very reluctant to do any superdeeds.
    • Hank Pym should count too, since his size-changing powers come from having drank a serum, not from using a device; the Pym particles are merely part of the Applied Phlebotinum for how that serum works. (DC's the Atom, on the other hand, uses a device to change size.) The Wasp is hardly a scientist, however.
  • June 7, 2011
  • February 18, 2012
    Looks interesting. Anyone want to take it over?
  • February 18, 2012
    I do have another example. There's a whole kids series built on this trope. It's called Max Axiom: Super Scientist. It's an educational graphic series and each book is on a different science topic. It got a spinoff too, a time traveling archaeologist series.