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[[caption-width-right:269:Baron Wulfenbach, ruler of Europa.]]


When the MadScientist gains enough knowledge of [[SufficientlyAdvanced technology, genetics, or the innermost workings of the laws of the universe]], as they sometimes do, and [[TakeOverTheWorld the ambition]] to go along with it, they sometimes go ahead and act on it, unleashing hordes of [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetically engineered]] beings created according to their own designs of a perfect form of life, SuperSoldiers created and trained by them, [[RealityWarper reality-bending]] [[DoomsdayDevice physics projects]], or other such means of takeover, and thus become TheEmperor. The EmperorScientist is born.

It's important to note that not all Emperor Scientists are [[EvilOverlord Evil Overlords]] working their way on up towards becoming the next GalacticConqueror or DimensionLord. At least one out of every three you'll see will usually be a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, or at least a WellIntentionedExtremist (or KnightTemplar....or DarkMessiah) presiding over an empire that, while it still may be....well....Imperial (meaning it may not ''quite'' be TheKingdom)...is not evil, but instead [[IDidWhatIHadToDo does what it has to do]] to ensure the survival of humanity. In rare cases, he may even be a benevolent ruler, which would make him a [[ThePhilosopherKing Philosopher King]].

Emperor Scientists can commonly be found hanging about in various types of [[AfterTheEnd Post-Apocalyptic]], SchizoTech, FutureBadass, and UsedFuture [[TheVerse worlds]], where they will typically be the guy (or gal) in charge of one of the two [[BlackAndWhiteMorality warring factions]] that tend to be battling it out over what's left of those sorts of places. Bonus points if it was their superscience that actually ''caused'' [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The Cataclysm]], either indirectly or unintentionally, or directly and intentionally. If their [[TheEmpire empire]] survives long enough to win the war and become an [[TheEmpire Empire]], then they'll likely get their title changed to "GodEmperor of X", where X is something very grandiose like "Mankind", "Earth", "the Galaxy", or even "the Universe". Expect them to become {{immortal|ity}} by this point, if they weren't already. May make the jump (but may not) to actual AGodAmI territory, using their superscience to [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence partially ascend to a higher plane of existence]] while still keeping enough of their physical form around to be visible to their subjects.

Like their less ambitious cousin the BadassBookworm, the EmperorScientist can trend towards Sueism, especially of the CanonSue, MartyStu, and GodModeSue varieties. AuthorityEqualsAsskicking means they'll often qualify as a GeniusBruiser. That [[TropesAreNotBad doesn't have to be a bad thing]], though, if it provides a cool, legendary central character to [[BackStory build a universe around]].

As a final reminder, this trope applies where a character attains supreme power ''through'' their superior knowledge or TheSparkOfGenius. Literal Emperors who also happen to be scientists (and there have been a couple) are RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Dessler from ''UchuuSenkanYamato''. He actually designed those weapons named after himself.
* Perhaps the archetypal example, Jung Zorndyke from ''BlueSubmarineNo6''.
* Lord Genome from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.
* Rando from ''[[GetterRobo Getter Robo Go]]''.
* It is implied that part of [[spoiler: Gendo's plan]] in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is becoming this. Oh, and [[spoiler: [[{{Necromantic}} reviving his "dead" wife]]]].
* Emperor Dornkirk of [[TheEmpire Zaibach]] in ''VisionOfEscaflowne''. He is actually [[spoiler:[[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Sir Isaac Newton]]]] magically transferred to the fantasy world.
* It is likely that Mamoru/Tuxedo Mask from ''SailorMoon'' will become one of these in Crystal Tokyo. Though it seems he will use his power for good.
* [[CodeGeass Charles zi Britannia]] ''may'' have some elements of this. At least, by the standards of science set in the show, since he seemed to have spent a great deal of time working on the Sword of Akasha, and had a near-complete understanding of the AppliedPhlebotinum found in the show. His (technically older) brother V.V. is a much straighter example. He's the head of the Geass directorate which studies geass and would have been emperor if he hadn't received a Code when he was a kid. Since we know so little of their pasts, however, the extent to which they're understanding of the show's technology and AppliedPhlebotinum allowed them to come to power in the first place is up for debate. Advanced [[HumongousMecha Knightmare Frames]] and a desire to get ahold of the precursors' LostTechnology ''definitely'' played a big role in their conquest of over one third of the world, however.
* Caesar from ''[[Anime/{{Urotsukidouji}} Return of the Overfiend]]''.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom, main enemy of the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'', with a side-order of SorcerousOverlord - he started out as just this, but more and more stories have been building up his use of magic.
* Subverted in the original ''BuckRogers'' comics. It turns out the YellowPeril villain he'd been fighting was actually a nice guy who'd just got caught up in his scientific pursuits & left the running of his kingdom to corrupt advisors.
* Definitely the Archie-''[[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' incarnation of Warlord Julian Kintobor, AKA [[SonicTheHedgehog Dr. Ivo Robotnik]]. The whole [[UnwillingRoboticisation "turn everyone into mindless robots"]] thing...
* In one issue of ''{{Superman}}'', a potential future is shown where Lex Luthor continually lives on through cloned bodies of himself and embarks on an endless war of conquest of the galaxy/universe.
* The High Evolutionary in the MarvelUniverse created a race by forced evolution of animals and called them New Men. Then he created an entire planet, Counter-Earth, where they could live. Then he evolved himself into a godlike being and outgrew this trope.
* In ''[[ComicBook/LesLegendaires Les Légendaires]]'', the BigBad [[EvilSorcerer Darkhell]] is hinted to have been this in the country of [[{{Mordor}} Shiar]]: the only army he ever used for his world-conquest projects was mostly made of creatures he [[{{Magitek}} Maginetically]] [[LEGOGenetics engeneered himself]]. [[spoiler:Even his own daughter Tenebris is later revealed to have been conceived through his magic.]]
* In the first ''{{Micronauts}}'' comic series, the main villain, Baron Karza, was originally Chief Scientist of a benevolently ruled Microverse. He slaughtered the ruling family (except for Princess Mari) and ruled with an iron fist for a thousand years.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6438802/1/A-Spark-of-Genius A Spark of Genius]]'': A ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', DCUniverse and ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' crossover has Xander, thats right Xander become the ruler of Romania which he rapidly turns it into the leading scientific nation which all began with the infamous 'Halloween episode' turning him into the son of Agatha Heteordyne and Gilgamesh Wulfenbach, son of the man in the picture above.
* Possibly Harry Potter's life goal in ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality''.
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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* King Malbert, the ruler of the country Malaria, from ''WesternAnimation/{{Igor}}''.
* The King of Siam in ''WesternAnimation/{{The King and I}}'' prefers to think of himself as a "modern king" and spends much time experimenting with Western technology, such as hot air balloons.
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[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* [[MagnificentBastard Rotti Largo]] from ''RepoTheGeneticOpera'' is a brilliant scientist pioneered a cure for a pandemic of organ failures and now controls world government through his biotech megacorporaton. Overlaps with CorruptCorporateExecutive.
* Ming the Merciless was more or less portrayed as such in the old ''[[Film/FlashGordonSerial Flash Gordon]]'' movie serials.
* Another YellowPeril example: Sax Rohmer's Dr. FuManchu, who aspired to become literal Emperor of the World by eliminating the white race..
* Then there's a rare female example from Sax Rohmer's ''TheMillionEyesOfSumuru''. The scientifically-savvy title character wants to eliminate love and control an Empire where women are in charge.
* The BigBad from the second ''HeroicTrio'' film fit this trope as a mad scientist taking over Hong Kong using his scientific intellect.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* This is the goal of the King in ''Anna in the Court of the King of Siam''. Given the annoyingly long title, you can understand why they abbreviated it to ''The King And I'' in the musical.
* Leto Atreides II from the ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' novels has actually become the God-Emperor of the Universe to carry on with a gigantic genetic breeding experiment.
** Before him, Dr. Kynes became leader of the Fremen because of his attempts to terraform the planet.
** The [[BrainInAJar cymek]] [[HumongousMecha titans]], philosopher kings and scientists, particularly ones that dealt with robotics, cybernetics, and artificial intelligence.
** Though not canon, the prequels state that one former Padishah Emperor, working under a false name, was an accomplished chemist that discovered the properties that made Spice so important. The original books state it was a chemist working ''for'' that emperor, so it all depends what you want to believe.
** Muad'dib himself was known as the Mentat Emperor. Considering he was the prophesied [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Kwisatz Haderach]], this isn't surprising. Subverted in that ultimate trajectory of events was beyond even his control, and he knew it.
* More Creator/AEVanVogt novels had a character like this than didn't.
* MarkTwain's ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'' decides not to overthrow KingArthur's Court, finding it easier to co-opt them into his new order. The new title he devises for himself? [[spoiler: The Boss. ]]
* Mercedes Lackey's [[HeraldsOfValdemar Mage Wars trilogy]] has both types: the evil Ma'ar, creator of the makaar, and the benevolent Urtho, creator of the gryphons (who regard him as an almost godlike being who created them as an improvement over all other sentients)
* In ''Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'', Dr. Moreau rules over his twisted creations.
* The Risen Emperor of ''Literature/{{Succession}}'' invented a form of {{Immortality}} to save his dying sister, and leveraged this into becoming GodEmperor of eighty worlds.
* ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', a carnival barker from Nebraska, comes off as a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien in isolated Oz and becomes its absolute ruler through his knowledge of stagecraft and showmanship.
* The Eternal Emperor of the ''{{Sten}}'' series. A brilliant engineer, his twin discoveries of the super-efficient power source Anti-Matter Two and the means of obtaining immortality allowed him to become ruler of the known Universe for thousands of years.
* In Hannu Rajaniemi's ''TheQuantumThief'' the seven Sobornost Founders are implied to have been the first group of scientists who figured out human mind uploading and quantum entanglement, and realized that this puts them above any corporation or government on Earth in terms of power if they keep it for themselves. By the time of the book is set in they rule most of the inner Solar System.
* In the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'', the [[GodEmperor Supreme Overlord]] of the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Yuuzhan Vong]] is ideally supposed to excel at the areas of all the major Vong castes, including the [[MadScientist Shapers]], and the current Supreme Overlord, Shimrra, frequently indicates that yes, he ''is'' a skilled MadScientist. [[spoiler: Except that Shimrra is a mind-controlled shell. TheManBehindTheMan is the MadScientist]].
* Justinian in BelisariusSeries is a subversion. He is a scientist and he is an Emperor, but he became emperor by ordinary means of political scheming and his scientific side was just a hobby until the war with the Malwa made him put his mind to new military technology.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Davros from ''Series/DoctorWho'' definitely meets ALL the definitions of this trope.
** When his Daleks haven't turned against him, anyway. They usually do that on Thursdays.
** Rassilon, who basically made the people of Gallifrey into the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Time Lords]]. An impressive scientist even by immortal standards, he found time to invent a bewildering number of [[AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit absurdly advanced technological artifacts]]. Also had a bit of an [[AGodAmI ego]] and may have been into kidnapping beings from across space and time to fight in games for his amusement. Subsequent indolence in Time Lord society may have been a deliberate effort to curb the potential of individual members of their race from also becoming EmperorScientist types.
** The Rani set herself up as the ruler of an entire planet just so she'd have an endless supply of test subjects.
** The Master, who is of the same race as Rassilon and the Rani, took over the Earth by using mind-altering satellites to will the British populace into making him Prime Minister. He was also responsible for the massive AirborneAircraftCarrier over the Atlantic as his base of operations, and created a paradox machine that allowed humans from the far future to conquer their ancestors in the 21st century.
** Kate Stewart could arguably be considered a benevolent version of this as head of UNIT, where she has reformed the organisation from a simple military operation into a BadassArmy that combats alien threats to Earth with ''[[ScienceHero science]]'', in addition to using [[TheBrigadier her father's]] tried and true method of FiveRoundsRapid.
* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', Daniel Jackson became one of these in "Absolute Power." Fortunately it was AllJustADream.
** Franchise/StargateVerse loves this trope. The Goa'uld OmnidisciplinaryScientist Anubis and Stargate expert Ba'al also started out as scientists before ascending to the role of GodEmperor.
** In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', the commanders and scientists of the Wraith are usually the same people (always at least the same caste); most prominently, recurring BigBad Michael and recurring LovableTraitor Todd, both of whom had great skill in genetic manipulation. (The Wraith are normally ruled by a Queen, but the Queen of Todd's Hive died and Michael created his own armies from scratch.)
*** Todd also has extensive knowledge of nanite programming, which is amazing considering the last time they had to do that was 10,000 years ago. Then again, the Wraith have a HiveMind of sorts that allows one to tap into the collective psychic network. It's possible that this knowledge rests there.
* Dr. Chaotica, Ruler of the Cosmos! from the [[Film/FlashGordonSerial Flash Gordon]] {{Expy}} ''The Adventures of Captain Proton!'', a [[ShowWithinAShow holodeck program]] in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''.
* Walternate in ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' is on the way there. He is the US Secretary of Defense and appears to have nigh-unlimited authority. While his goal is not world domination, it ''is'' world destruction, just not his world. He's also just as brilliant as Walter.
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[[folder:Music]]
* In JonathanCoulton's "The Future Soon," the narrator becomes this when his warrior robot race takes over the world.
* [[VideoGame/MegaMan Dr. Wily]] becomes this in Music/TheProtomen's RockOpera, having near-complete control of the City, if not the world.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* While he may also be lots of other things (DarkMessiah, CrystalDragonJesus, etc), it is made clear in no uncertain terms that The Emperor from ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Warhammer 40K]]'' was, during his lifetime on Terra, first and foremost a scientist who spent his time laboring away in the vaults beneath the planet building space marine genetics, creating his "children", etc, and that this was the source of his great power. Seriously. [[AllThereInTheManual Read those Horus Heresy art books]].
** Well, ''that'', and the fact that he was also one of the most powerful psykers in the universe probably didn't make him any weaker.
** Technically, the Fabricator-General of Mars also counts as this since he rules the Adeptus Mechanicus, which is pretty much a self-contained, semicutonomous political entity within the Imperium and is only part of it by treaty. They are mostly left to self-govern by the other branches of Imperial government, even the Inquisition, since without the Mechanicus everyone else in the Imperium would quickly lose any ability to maintain a technological society.
** Had he not been betrayed and put into a coma by Horus, the Emperor would have revealed his greatest discovery - a way to access the Eldar [[PortalNetwork Webway]] to rapidly move from world to world without the use of the dangerous Warp dimension.
* ''TheChroniclesOfFate'''s central character, [[AGodAmI Josh]], is ''made'' of this trope.
* In ''{{Exalted}}'' this is the typical role of Twilight Caste Solars, especially during the First Age.
* In the ''MagicTheGathering'' universe, Yawgmoth was a sadistic biologist who believed in reaching immortality through cybernetic implants. His people eventually caught on to his plots and sent him through a portal to the plane of Phyrexia. Over the centuries, Yawgmoth morphed Phyrexia into his own ideal of paradise and became its DimensionLord. He did later try to take over his birth plane, Dominaria, but failed.
** Before becoming a Planeswalker, Urza married the Princess Kayla bin Kroog and was appointed Lord High Artificer of the kingdom, eventually restructuring the military to revolve around war machines, then later appointed Protector of the Realm over Argive and Korlis after the Fallaji conquered Kroog. Meanwhile, his brother Mishra used his mechanical expertise (and his Weakstone artifact) to usurp control of the Fallaji tribe that had enslaved him, and then unite all the tribes into a kingdom.
* Malachite from ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}''; a super-intelligent genetic experiment GoneHorriblyRight who sets himself up as ruler of [[{{Egopolis}} the Malachite Isles]] and uses them as a base for his plans of world conquest.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* The Great Beings of ''{{Bionicle}}'', though they tired of the day to day workings of ruling Spherus Magna and made the Element Lords to do that part of the job for them. It didn't [[AGodAmI work]] [[NoBloodForPhlebotinum out]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom well]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Regent Cid from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' is the regent of Lindblum, one of the biggest and most powerful kingdoms in the game. He also possesses a brilliant mind for engineering, being heavily involved in the creation of groundbreaking new airship technology, despite the fact that he has been transformed into an oglop (small, annoying creatures, similar to vermin) [[spoiler:and later a frog]] And this transformation isn't because of an evil curse or experiment gone wrong. It's because [[YourCheatingHeart his wife caught him with another woman]].
** On the darker side of this trope, there's Garland: the de facto ruler of all Terra, he's also a powerful mage and an innovative scientist; by the time you meet him, he's successfully created an entire species of soulless drones and planted an organic siphon-refinery on Gaia [[spoiler: to slowly vaccuum Gaia's soul-cycle away]]. And then there's his greatest creations, his Angels of Death. [[spoiler: [[BigBad Kuja]] and [[TheHero Zidane]]]].
* King Edgar Figaro from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' is a GadgeteerGenius who created the technology which allows the castle to travel underground besides other things.
* Emperor Solomon Petresun from the ''VideoGame/{{Tribes}}'' video game series was originally a scientist who invented [[AIIsACrapshoot Cybrids]], fought them into nigh extinction when they TurnedAgainstTheirMasters, made himself immortal for that purpose, and eventually took over the Earth to protect it from the Cybrid's imminent revenge.
** It should be noted that the above example is a {{retcon}} that first appeared in the manual to ''Starsiege''; none of the previous games (Earthsiege, it's expansion or sequel, or Missionforce Cyberstorm) mentioned the Emperor at all.
* The Pig King in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' has aspects of an EmperorScientist despite [[spoiler:not being a scientist at all, and just stealing all of his technology from the aliens in the previous game and/or having Dr. Andonuts do the work for him]].
* The Shapers in ''VideoGame/{{Geneforge}}'' are an entire sect of this type, using their ability to create hordes of genetically engineered monsters to conquer the known world.
* Count Raum from ''{{Primal}}'' for the PS2.
** "He may be a vampire, sadist, and mass murderer but he's also quite the scientist by the look of things." - Scree
* In ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', this is essentially what Prokhor Zakharov, Aki Zeta-Five, and Shen-Ji Yang become if their factions win, if their personalities throughout the game are any indication. Probably Deidre Skye and possibly Pravin Lal, too.
** Let's face it, every faction leader is this trope, flavored by their own factional ideology. Even [[ChurchMilitant Miriam]] relies on advanced weaponry wherever she can develop it.
* The Cybran Nation in ''VideoGame/SupremeCommander'' is apparently ruled by Gustav Brackman (now a BrainInAJar ), inventor of the symbiotic AI technology that defines his people. He's the least imperial of the setting's rulers, though.
* Andrew Ryan from ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'', the "greatest electrical engineer of our generation" and "the bloody king of Rapture"
* Dr. Eggman of ''SonicTheHedgehog'' aims to create an "Eggman Empire".
* Emperor Percival Tachyon from ''RatchetAndClank''.
* [[spoiler: Larkeicus]] was once this in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChroniclesEchoesOfTime''. Though the [[{{Precursors}} civilization]] fell 2,000 years ago.
* Kane from ''CommandAndConquer'' is not only the leader of a militant cult whose power rivals that of every first-world nation combined, he's also a brilliant inventor (of weapons, naturally). [[EvilPlan He started the Third Tiberium War intended to]] [[spoiler: lure aliens to Earth so he could reverse-engineer their technology]].
* High Tinker Gelbin Mekkatorque of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. It counts because gnomes choose their supreme leader based on his intelligence and technological skill. Also, he will [[BadassBookworm kick your ass]].
* Ansem of ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. [[spoiler: Both of them. Ansem the Wise is a non-evil version (though he did become [[AntiHero somewhat]] [[GoodIsNotNice bitter]] after being deposed), while Xehanort is most certainly an evil version.]]
* Robert House of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', autocratic ruler of New Vegas, InsufferableGenius, and a [[TheChessmaster a bit of a chessmaster as well]]. Prior to the war, he was one of the world's richest men, with his fortune entirely self-made through his inventions. He's also the main reason why the city and the surrounding areas survived the war relatively intact, as he anticipated ''the exact day'' of the impending nuclear apocalypse and spent over a decade of his life on planning for the event and its aftermath.
** The Think Tank of the Big Mountain facility from the ''Old World Blues DLC'' are this, being a collection of [[MadScientist mad scientists]] who survived the Great War by preserving their [[BrainInAJar brains in jars]]. Most of the Mojave's resident GoddamnBats are the result of their experiments, having escaped the facility.
** The Courier, if played with High Intelligence and maxed out skill in Science, especially in the Wild Card Ending and at the end of ''Old World Blues''. Bad Karma Couriers play this straight, while Good Karma Couriers are a mixture between a more benevolent version of this and a ScienceHero.
* Andross from the ''VideoGame/StarFox'' games would certainly qualify, even though the method that he used to land himself into power was more comparable to Exile due to ruining Corneria.
* Dr. Edward Bilstein of ''VideoGame/StarGladiator'' definitely qualifies for this. Once the top physicist for the Earth Fedearation who was responsible for the discovery of Plasma Power, Bilstein was later arrested and exiled from Earth after it was discovered that he was experiminenting on various human bodies in order to further his Plasma Power research. Breaking out of prison while placing himself into a cyborg body and gathering a cadre of fighters and forces, Bilstein had soon declared himself the emperor of his organization, known as The Fourth Empire, and that he now seeks galactic domination of the universe while continuing his MadScientist experiments.
* Dr. Weil from ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' may have initially been a mad scientist, but via various {{plan}}s and Chessmaster moves that landed himself as ruler of Neo Arcadia, he became a full blown Emperor Scientist. However, he has more interest in making everyone suffer a fate far worse than death than actually ruling over people.
* By ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', Albert Wesker has set his sights on this. Already a capable scientist, he decided to [[spoiler:exterminate most of mankind, sparing only genetically superior individuals with himself as their ruler.]]
* Kastore and three companions in ''MightAndMagic VII'' play a small version of this in that game (leveraging their superior scientific knowledge into becoming advisors to King Archibald, then leveraging that position to usurping the throne of Deyja), and had plans of becoming a full-scale version. Canonically, their plan failed and they never showed up again, but they ''were'' originally going to pull off the initial phase and become enough of a threat through Ancient-level science that the good guys has to resort to a magical doomsday weapon to stop them. Their 'Forge' town caused a massive InternetBackdraft, however, so that plan was abandoned.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', the ''entire'' Prothean race is revealed to have worn this as [[PlanetOfHats their hat]].
** Miranda's father is shown to be this as well. He has dedicated his life into creating an empire for himself, starting with creating a daughter who is essentially a clone of himself only modified to be as close to genetically perfect as possible. Miranda even admits that she's not the ''first'' daughter he created, only the first one he ''kept'' and when she didn't turn out how he'd like, he simply created yet ''another'' daughter. Miranda responded by running away with her infant sister (and identical clone) in tow.
** Dr Gavin Archer is a milder version of this. He's responsible for the creation of the "Rogue VI" taking over Geth and turning against the personnel of Project Overlord, having been driven by fears of his project being shutdown to [[spoiler: hook his autistic brother into supercomputer itself]]. The strange digital face and random electronic screaming seen and heard throughout the base are [[spoiler: his brother's frantic attempts to cry for help]].
* Mao from ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'' effectively becomes this. The Netherworld he lives in is one gigantic demon school called Evil Academy, his father is both Overlord and Dean, and he inherits these titles by the game's end. Unlike his father, however, Mao is a MadScientist whose idea of dealing with a defeated enemy is to drag them off to his lab for vivisection.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** Most governments in the ''GG'' 'verse are ruled by Emperor Scientists; small, independent technocracies seem most common, but even most of the known royals (such as Albia of Britain and the Storm King's line) are powerful [[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder Sparks]]. However, there are exceptions: the more traditionally noble "Fifty Families" still exert some power, but seem to be in decline as their bloodlines peter out.
** The foremost mad scientist and ruler in Europe is the image provider, Baron Klaus Wulfenbach. However, Klaus laments that the "Emperor" part of the job description leaves him with very little time for the "Scientist" bit. There is always an uppity petty noble with a new killbot somewhere, who needs smacking down.
* Emperor Nicholas the Puissant from the Negaverse in the ''GeneralProtectionFault'' webcomic. Conquered the earth (and at least one alien race) through a combination of HollywoodHacking, [[RealityWarper reality-bending]] inventions, [[MindControlDevice mind-control drugs]], and [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking sheer ruthlessness]].
* In a ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' AlternateUniverse "His Masterness" appears to be one of these. In the main universe, Dr. Steve and Dr. Schlock have this as their long term goal.
* The wizard emperor Brian Souballo, from ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure''. He implemented the process of transferring the [[OurSoulsAreDifferent Cosmic Lifestrand]] into clones grown in laboratories known as 'Training Facilities.' He has some powerful wizard lackeys who know how to use the machines but its shown that Brian or Angelo may be the only ones who truly knows how the process works.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[MadScientist Doctor Insano]] of ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'', who became President of the United States by voters being TooDumbToLive. From [[SmallNameBigEgo his view point]], however, it's just a brilliant scheme of...running and being elected. Er...'''WITH SCIENCE!!!'''
* DoctorSteel wishes to take over the world and become it's emperor, by force of giant robots if necessary, so that he can turn it into a better place (for him).
* Gizmatic, the WhateleyUniverse supervillain and King of the Caribbean island country of Karedonia, complete with supervillain time shares.
* [[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Doctor Horrible]] aspired to this, but may have gotten off track somewhere.
* Razikale of ''Roleplay/ToRule'' is patron both the magics and the sciences.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Vandal Savage from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. In the "The Savage Time", he builds a TimeMachine and sends technology and information to his past self. Past-Vandal then uses this knowledge to take control of Nazi Germany, design [[StupidJetpackHitler crazy war machines]], and win WorldWarTwo.
** From the same show, Chronos becomes one, also via TimeTravel.
* Overlord from ''WesternAnimation/SpiralZone''. Yeah, from TheEighties.
* In the SaturdayMorningCartoon version of ''[[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM Sonic the Hedgehog]]'', Doctor Robotnik conquered Mobius with his machines, and held on to it for 11 years.
* Although the canon is, uh, dubious at best on his precise social role, Trevor Goodchild of ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' appears to be this much of the time.
* Dr. Doofenschmirtz from ''PhineasAndFerb'' wants to be one of these.
** [[PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossTheSecondDimension His counterpart from the second dimension]] did become one and believed Doof-1's inability to recognize Perry the Platypus [[ClarkKenting without the hat]] to be the reason he didn't.
* As does [[PinkyAndTheBrain the Brain]].
* Of the benevolent (and presumably genetic title inheriting) type, Princess Bubblegum in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''.
* Zurg the BigBad from ''BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand''.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* PeterTheGreat did not exactly use science to get power, but he used his knowledge and understanding of mathematics, engineering and construction to create an efficent technical and scientific education system, build a modern fleet, and modernize industry. He even approved and edited foreign textbooks for publication by himself.
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