Morally Ambiguous Doctorate
Your "arch-enemy"? Sheldon:
Yes, the Doctor Doom to my Mr. Fantastic. The Doctor Octopus to my Spider-Man. The Dr. Sivana to my Captain Marvel... You know, it's amazing how many supervillains have advanced degrees. Graduate schools should do a better job of screening those people out.
Science created the atom bomb
, it unleashes monsters
, it angers the gods
— Science Is Bad
. As a corollary to this, intelligence in media is often used for evil, or belongs to the Mad Scientist
At least half of the characters in Comic Books
whose names begin with "Doctor" are evil. Even the good Doctors are often weird, being prone to mad science
, a blind pursuit
of forbidden knowledge, or proving their critics wrong
Actual practicing medical doctors
are usually exempt from the evil evil title, probably because it's hard not to get behind a surgeon or doctor who actively works at saving people's lives, even if they're a jerk
. Those who aren't in a Medical Drama
tend to get less slack on this... In a nutshell, it's a mitigating factor, not an exception. (See "Mad Doctor
Interestingly, it's actually possible to get a doctorate in the study of evil. The field is called Ponerology
, although very few universities actually offer such a degree. Definitely
issued by the Academy of Evil
Compare Mad Scientist
, which is often synonymous with this, as is Evil Genius
. When they're Not That Kind of Doctor
, there's overlap with Aristocrats Are Evil
, in that the title
is an indicator.note
Not to be confused with Morally Ambiguous Ducktorate
(though it's also related to evil).
A dentist is technically a doctor, but see Depraved Dentist
for examples of when they
turn evil or insane.
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Anime and Manga
- Mazinger Z: Dr. Hell is a Mad Scientist and the Big Bad. He also was a Large Ham. To be fair, knowledge or science did not make him evil; Abusive Parents and shitty early life experiences convinced him Humans Are Bastards. He devoted himself to learn science because it helped him to keep himself sane. However, after his sanity finally slipped out due to too much abuse, he decided using his scientific knowledge to make everyone pay.
- Most of the adult characters from Neon Genesis Evangelion have doctorates in something. Examples such as Kozo Fuyutsuki (Gendo Ikari's Yes-Man (but with his own reasons)), Yui Ikari (The Chessmaster, according to some readings), Ritsuko Akagi ('cause committing mass 2nd degree murder the dummy system is a sane act) and Naoko Akagi (just pure crazy, up to and including murdering Rei I for calling her a "hag"). And all of them are pricks in one way or another.
- Dr. Jackal aka Kuroudou Akabane, from Get Backers is quite amoral...though not really "evil" (he only kills those who get in his way, and has never been known to harm women or children). Likes to slice people up with his special scalpels and giggles in a rather unique way while doing so. His backstory shows that he was a dedicated surgeon in the past, but then his best friend's son died despite all his efforts to save him...
- The Doctor from Black Cat. Evil. Although technically his superpower is healing (e.g. reattaching limbs), he's much more interested in the pursuit of knowledge, to the point where he's perfectly happy to conduct human experiments and attempt to vivisect a little girl.
- "Doctor" from YuYu Hakusho (Chapter Black saga): Evil, does a Heel-Face Turn. Is also an actual medical doctor. And Dr. Ichigaki, an evil, scheming Mad Scientist.
- The Doctor is freaking insane when Yusuke fights him. He kills at least 10 people, slices open one of the good guys' spines, slashes another one's stomach, and is generally evil. He also controls his body chemistry so that he can stay conscious the entire time while he's unleashing killer bugs. And releases endorphins so he feels good as his arm is getting shot off. He eventually is knocked out/dies briefly, but is brought back by Genkai.
- Because although he was extremely evil, Yusuke at this point in his moral development can't handle killing a human, although killing demons has never provoked his conscience in the least. (Later on after his genes activate and he's a demon, he offers to go find his ancestor Raizen some people to eat because he doesn't want the old guy to die, so apparently he gets over this.)
- Doctor never actually does a formal Heel-Face Turn, he just gets off Sensui's psycho train and disappears into the world with a new face courtesy of his plastic surgery skills, chuckling. Later, it is mentioned in the voiceover narration that he opened a dojo dedicated to psychic surgery.
- Doctor Muraki from Yami No Matsuei who we are assured is a real doctor and we do occasionally see doing doctor-type things ... when he isn't committing murder, rape and tormenting the main characters.
- One of the doctor-like things he does is run a black-market organ-trading ring on a cruise liner. Another is encourage the cloning research of a protégé of his grandfather's...by killing women and cutting off locks of their hair for samples.
- Sailor Moon: Doctor Tomoe: Evil, possessed, had a Tykebomb that ended up on the good side. Does a Heel-Face Turn in the first anime at the end of his arc.
- Dr. Nii Jianyi from Saiyuki: so very, very evil. The lead scientist working for Gyokuman Koushou, He's activly trying to resurect Gyumao, an action that will likely bring about the end-of-days, because he's bored. Plus, as it turns out, He's actually a Sanzo, with the power to negate existance. He's also responsible for some of the major evils in the series, such as Brainwashed Kougaiji and Kami-Sama to name a few, particularly creepy, examples.
- The Doctor, aka William Conrad, from Trigun. Evil, although reluctantly so.
- The Doktor (sic) from Hellsing: Evil. Part of a (Neo-)Nazi organisation, makes vampires and all that fun stuff. To complete the evil combo he also has a sixth finger. (you only notice it if you put attention in his hands as this is never mentioned in the manga)
- Doctor Gero of Dragon Ball Z. Evil. His degree is likely in the field of engineering, and he is acknowledged as a truly brilliant scientist, if only he'd stop making evil androids.
- GT's Dr. Myuu. Definitely evil, created the parasitic Baby. Later, teamed up with Gero to concoct an evil plan that allowed Hell to invade Earth.
- On the good side, we've got Bulma's father Dr. Briefs, who is mildly eccentric (he delays an interstellar manned space journey for weeks to install a cappuccino machine in the craft) but generally helpful.
- One Piece: Doctor Vegapunk. Not introduced yet, but his reputations far precedes him; presumably evil, and certainly eccentric. Invented a process that lets inanimate objects swallow fruit.
- Dr. Jail Scaglietti of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. Big Bad inter-dimensional criminal Mad Scientist who specializes in biological research and manipulation. Definitely evil.
- Scythe Master from Phantom of Inferno is eventually revealed to have a doctorate in psychology. It explains how he was able to erase Ellen and Reiji's memories, and brainwash the Zahlenschwestern into being, though it's subverted because he doesn't use the title of "Doctor".
- Black Butler has a doctor in the manga who seems relatively normal and kind. He made prosthetic limbs for circus performers who had lived on the streets before being rescued by Baron Kelvin. Nice, right? Sure, until we learn that those wonderfully crafted prosthetic limbs were made from bones. Bones of children that were captured and kept in cages until more bones were needed. When Ciel learned this he was NOT happy.
- In the anime, one of the people behind the Jack the Ripper case is Doctor Angelina Durless. You know, Madam Red.
- Fullmetal Alchemist has quite a few doctors since alchemy is a field of study as well as a practical military strength. Most of these doctors were working for the shadow government to create Philosopher's Stones using prisoners of war...but special mention goes to Gold-Toothed Doctor, the man responsible for the creation of Wrath, the implanting process for which took the lives of around 11 test subjects.
- Shou Tucker, who made his own wife into a talking chimera to get his State Alchemist license, and made his daughter into one to keep it. In the manga omakes, he is the only character to end up going to Hell.
- Franken Fran: She isn't so much morally ambiguous as much as she is determined to keep you alive through ANY means. Borderlines on this when she's feeling spiteful of someone who wronged her. She even takes requests!
- The manga EDD or Eliminate Dangerous Doctors is this. It involves an organization whose sole purpose is to rid Morally Ambiguous Doctorates through "questionable" means (and by questionable I mean outright illegal, including murder, invasion of privacy and espionage).
- In Cage of Eden, the closest thing the series has to a Big Bad is the doctor who holds the Pyramid group in thrall with a combination of threats and psychological tricks. He gained power in the first place by spreading a disease, and then only giving the cure to those who swore loyalty to him. Except for the previous leader and said leader's daughter. Those he watched die. And it turns out he isn't even a real doctor.
- Dr Slump: the titular doctor, Senbei Norimaki, not only has created Arale, but also creates lots of strange inventions which usually backfire in some funny way. Then, you have his enemy, Dr. Mashirito, who focuses on creating robots strangely named Caramel Men.
- Dr. Faker from Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL. Actually, he may have a legitimate doctorate, but he's still a Mad Scientist. Or so we think. As it turns out, he's not very mad at all, and is more like a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
- In Minamoto Kun Monogatari, Minamoto Kaoruko fancies herself a sociologist, so much that she strives to re-enact the story of Hikaru Genji with her gynophobic nephew, Terumi, and a selected group of her students in university, each one of them with psychological traits similar to those of Genji's conquests and of course, this is not played for salvation or comedy. Needless to say, this screams unethical everywhere, if only for the enormous risk this poses to the fragile psyche of her subjects.
- Doctor Doom: Evil? Yeah. You have to be pretty evil for your father to make his servant promise to always protect the world from you, when you're a little boy.
- He's closer to a Well-Intentioned Extremist and Noble Demon if anything, also not a real doctor.
- At best, while he's certainly done enough original work to deserve several doctorates, he's got a degree from the University of Latveria after he took over the country. Remember, he was disfigured when still a student at "State U." and expelled for causing the explosion. Oddly enough, he goes by doctor, while the legitimately multi-doctorate-degreed Reed Richards goes by mister in his super-id.
- And then there's Doom's lesser-known cousin, Doctor Bob Doom, DDS, a one-shot She-Hulk villain.
- Spider-Man: Doctor Octopus: Ambiguously evil. Does the right thing in the movie. (Actually, he does hold an actual doctorate, although it isn't in medicine.)
- Dr. Jonas Harrow, occasional Spider-Man villain who is responsible for the Kangaroo and Hammerhead becoming villains; evil Mad Scientist, and not a very good one. He once did have a license to practice medicine, but he lost it for practicing illegal experiments.
- Doctor Strange: Doctor Stephen Strange: Formerly a brilliant but callous and egotistical young surgeon. Currently good, but eccentric, possessing a lot of arcane knowledge he really doesn't have time to explain to you, so just stand back and let him save the day already.
- Batman: Doctor Hugo Strange: Sane enough to hold a doctorate in psychiatry; too insane to perform surgery. (Monstrous enough to try anyway).
- Before becoming Scarecrow, Jonathan Crane held a doctorate in psychology.
- Nominally inverted by Victor Fries — while he does have a doctorate, his supervillain name drops the "Dr." in favor of "Mr. Freeze."
- Doctor Simon Hurt: Evil.
- The DCU:
- Doctor Poison, Doctor Cyber, and (with what is probably the best super-villain name ever) Doctor Psycho: Evil. According to the Batman: The Brave and the Bold tie-in comic, Doctor Cyber has multiple PhDs in literature.
- Doctor Phosphorus: Evil... albeit with some justification.
- The Crime Doctor (pictured above): Evil ... depending on the continuity. Pre Crisis he was moderately evil; a gang boss who still held by his Inconvenient Hippocratic Oath. In Batman: The Animated Series he was good, but pressurized into becoming a mob doctor by his evil brother. Post-Crisis, he's a bona fide Mad Doctor, a serial killer who wears Elton John sunglasses (taken as a trophy from his first victim, a female med student).
- Dr. Quinzell, Dr. Isley, Dr. Crane and Dr. Elliot? note
- Those may actually qualify as an aversion. While they ARE Doctors, their villainous names don't contain the title.
- That aversion also applies to King Tut AKA The Pharaoh. He is also a professor and most likely a Ph.D., but Doctor isn't part of his villainous name, either.
- Doctor Light: Two of them in The DCU, the male one (who also uses his surname as his moniker - Arthur Light) is evil, the female one is good (but very abrasive). It helps that the female Dr. Light happens to be a practicing medical doctor as well as an all-around scientist.
- Doctor Impossible from the DCU. Evil.
- Doctor Alchemy: at least 50% evil.
- Marvel Universe: Doctor Demonicus: Evil.
- The Doctor, from The Authority: Good, if often stoned and quite weird. Though able and willing to do some really nasty stuff in the name of good. Taking a country and freezing it briefly in time so it and all its inhabitants end up frozen and exploded in space, anyone?
- Several characters in the Wild Storm universe (where Authority takes place) have held the title of "The Doctor," but only the so-called "renegade" Doctor was explicitly said to be an actual doctor, being a heart surgeon. And, ironically, evil. The one given above was a (former) multi-media/dotcom billionaire and his successor was a Palestinian suicide bomber before getting his powers (also good).
- Shazam: Doctor Sivana: Evil and loving it, and stark raving insane.
- Blake and Mortimer: Dr. Voronov: Evil, wants to use a virus in order to wipe out world-leaders. Doesn't hesitate to use children as part of his schemes.
- Dr. Niles Caulder, AKA, the Chief. Technically a hero, but caused the disasters that made the Doom Patrol metahumans and made them superheroes just to study them. He also tries to keep them in line through emotional manipulation and the most likely empty promise of making them normal again.
- Doc Magnus, creator of the Metal Men. Good, although he spent a Dork Age brainwashed into a would-be world conqueror.
- Dr. J.W. Müller: Evil.
- Dr. Krollspell: Introduced as evil (with a loose resemblance to Dr. Mengele), but later does a Heel-Face Turn.
- Ink Pen Mad Scientist "Mr. Negato" admits that he was denied his degree.
- Doctor Destiny. Evil. Dream Weaver.
- The Surgeon General of Give Me Liberty, a literal Mad Doctor.
- Lampshaded in Pafman, when a centaur villain presents himself as "Professor Sagittarius" and the main character complains "(All villains) are either professors or doctors".
- Doctors Tony Stark from Iron Man, Reed Richards from Fantastic Four and Bruce Banner from The Incredible Hulk. Good, but often with major Jerk Ass tendencies.
- Dr. Mid-Nite from the DCU is a (super)heroic physician. An aversion, since he's definitely Good and not even a jerk.
- Doctor Fate from the DCU has a complicated history. He's Good in a cosmic sense, but this may or may not translate to giving much of a damn about humanity (especially in the versions where Doctor Fate is actually being possessed by a Lord of Order as opposed to simply being a person in a costume), and in most incarnations doesn't actually hold an earned doctorate anyway.
- A rather humorous example: Howard the Duck's foe Dr. Bong was a Mad Scientist and not a real doctor, but years after his conflict with Howard, he tried to earn a legitimate PHD in psychology. Unfortunately, his first patient during his internship was Deadpool, and suffice to say, that kind of messed things up...
- Calvin and Hobbes: The Series has Dr. Brainstorm, though he's usually a Harmless Villain and finds himself in an Enemy Mine situation twice.
- Crucible has Dr. Swan, a man who wanted to make his career by imprisoning an apparently amnesiac man to perform illegal treatments on him (which include direct electro brain simulation). When the patient escaped with one of his nurses and years later, when the woman came back to look for jobs after her husband's death, he took revenge by forcing her to prostitute her body and later drown her into drug abuses until she died from overdose and her daughter was adopted away. Karma came to bite him in the ass when her dead husband, who turned out to be the previously sealed Grim Reaper gave him a punishment.
- Professor Kabuto from Pony POV Series certainly counts. The Changelings' psychotic Alchemist Master and resident Mad Doctor, Kabuto views all other creatures as potential test subjects for his horrific experiments, which in the past has resulted in countless deaths of both other creatures and his own kind. He repeatedly attempts to get permission to or attempt to vivisect the mane cast and the other heroes he comes in conflict with. He also plays this trope literally, as he has a doctorate of somesort.
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- Doctor Orwell from A Series of Unfortunate Events.
- Doctor Frankenstein: Byronic Hero, obsessive to the point of foolhardy.
- Victor Frankenstein is a college dropout in the original book. The title is only given to him in later adaptations (as is the title Baron - his family do not hold a barony, and if they did then the title would belong to his father).
- In the sequels by Dean Koontz, Victor is indeed a doctor. Also, evil. Also, insane.
- The Scarlet Letter has Roger Chillingworth, the inquisitive and respected physician, uses his knowledge of medicine and people to manipulate Reverend Dimmesdale on several occasions to satisfy his own personal paranoia and nosy desires. Made more disturbing when he's shown to be getting an obvious pleasure from watching his patient and implied personal friend squirm at his instigation.
- Dr Nye, from Skulduggery Pleasant. A sadistic war criminal who was known for his experiments on prisoners of war. also helps that he's a creepy insect-like humanoid with long, spindly limbs, and visual evidence of once having his mouth sewn shut.
- The Doctor (name not revealed), the illegally-practicing therapist from John Barth's novel The End of the Road: highly intelligent, sometimes very perceptive, but amoral, egotistical, and doesn't seem to be doing any good for his patients. Accidentally kills one of the main characters by performing an abortion, which he botches.
- The Lord of the Rings: Saruman fits the trope. His "profession" seems to fit the scientist trope in many respects. He does "research" on the rings, and makes a classical faustian slide into the realm of Evil.
- The Silence of the Lambs: Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Eats people, but call him evil and he'll explain just how small-minded the idea of 'good and evil' is. And by the end of it you'll agree with him.
- From the Discworld are Dr. Cruces, head of the Assassins' Guild and user of the gonne in Men at Arms; Dr. Whiteface and the intimidating and humourless leader of the Fools' Guild. Dr is a non-doctorate academic title.
- Soon I Will Be Invincible: Doctor Impossible, thanks to his Malign Hypercognition Disorder. He's an Anti-Villain, but he did get up to doomsday machine mark V.
- Dr Nikola, from the novels by Guy Bootby: Evil, but with a very likable disposition.
- Dr Fu Manchu from the novels by Sax Rohmer, "with all the cruel cunning of an entire Eastern race, accumulated in one giant intellect, with all the resources of science past and present, with all the resources, if you will, of a wealthy government...the Yellow Peril incarnate in one man."
- Dr. Cable of Uglies is a sadistic Super Soldier. In Specials she starts a war and almost takes over Tally's city.
- The Great God Pan: Dr. Raymond is evil or at least extremely callous.
- Le Mysterieux Docteur Cornelius: Dr.Cornelius Kramm: Villain with Good Publicity'
- Kind of an overarching trope in Genteel Interbellum Setting mysteries, especially those by Christie herself, wherein doctors are very frequently murderers. Several books reference the Crippen case and other murderous doctors who were in the public consciousness at the time. Additionally, doctors had access to large amounts of barbiturates, giving them the perceived ability to murder by drug overdose and get away with it.
- The Island of Doctor Moreau: Dr Moreau.
- A Harvest Of War: Guinevere Thyll has great medical skill but first and foremost she is a greedy, murderous warrior.
- Dr. Grimesby Roylott, from the Sherlock Holmes story "The Adventure of the Speckled Band." Attempts to use a snake to kill his twin stepdaughters for their inheritance money, succeeding the first time; however, with a little help from Holmes, the snake turns on him before he can succeed again.
- Green-Sky Trilogy: Dr. (D'ol) Wissen was definitely stated to have his hand in some...unpleasant matters, and implied to have his hand in many more including ordering the murder of his research partner Dr. Neshom.
- In the afterword of her novel, Evil Genius, Catherine Jinks said that she got the idea from watching her son playing with figurines of "Action Man" and "Dr. X," which got her wondering where and how supervillains get their degrees.
- Galaxy of Fear: Doctor Evazam. Bonus points for having the In-Series Nickname "Doctor Death". He actually first appeared in A New Hope, but it was a minor role.
- The titular island-owner of Dr Franklins Island is as amoral as they come - hybridizing animals with human genes, refusing to euthanize the ones that survive the process even if they do so in "very twisted forms", incorporating teenaged human castaways into the project and having them turned into monsters, and playing psychological games all the while. His assistant Doctor Skinner, is... willing to go along with most of it (though he's shaken when he speaks to a rayfish that was once a girl) but can't stand the psychological torment, and alternates ineffectual attempts to help the teens escape with working for his boss as usual.
- Doctor T in Imminent Danger And How To Fly Straight Into It is an alien version of this. He purchases the heroine and her best friend to use as test subjects. On his first day with them, he removes the heroine's brain. Things only get worse from there.
- In A Song of Ice and Fire, the in-universe equivalent of the title "Doctor" is "Maester", and maesters are usually medical doctors. They are normally pacifists and do no harm. However, one disgraced maester, named Qyburn, was banished from the Citadel (i.e. got his license revoked) for experimenting on live humans and dabbling in necromancy. He served as a field medic in a company of psychos for hire and later multiclassed as a spymaster for a bitch-queen.
- Smallville was the king of this trope. The wiki actually had a page on evil doctors! Metropolis University must be the world's leading college for obtaining a Morally Ambiguous Doctorate, because almost every single doctor appearing on the show is either evil or a Well-Intentioned Extremist doing unethical experiments For Science! (or, y'know, in return for Luthor money). Even a regular medical doctor Helen Bryce turned out to be evil in Season 3.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000: Doctor Forrester: Evil and goofy.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Doctor Walsh slid from good to misguided to evil in short order before "being skewered by her own Frankenstein-like creation."
- Although he is probably not a true doctor, Doc may be an example.
- Also there was a season 6 villain called "The Doctor" who dealt in transporting violent demons. It turned out to Spike.
- Angel's examples run the gamut from fantastical to the creepily mundane, such as Dr. Meltzer, an eye surgeon with animatronic limbs who stalks one of his patients.
- Though he only appears in one scene, a "Dr. Gregson" is responsible for surgically removing the heart from James in "Heartthrob". This renders James (a vampire who is bent on avenging his lost love) impervious to stake attacks. Gregson uses his medical practice as a cover for his species' custom of collecting rare organs.
- By and large, trusting anyone with a labcoat in Wolfram & Hart is...not a good idea.
- Doctor Who: The Doctor: Though good, Trial of a Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe reveals that he has the potential to become one of the most evil beings in the universe.
- Also, exactly what the Doctor got his doctorate in is never stated. Some of the earlier episodes seem to indicate that he most likely did not get his degree in medicine (save for a "purely honorary" degree from working under Dr. Lister [of Listerine fame]), but in law. As an interesting side note, the word "Valeyard" (the name of the Doctor's prosecutor and potential dark side) means "a doctor of law."
- Mirror Universe Phlox in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "In a Mirror, Darkly" where Phlox's role on the ship is still the same, but is now a (still odd and gleeful) sadistic expert of medicinal torture.
- The EMH on the Equinox on Star Trek: Voyager. Since they removed his "ethical subroutines" he's psychopathic. Also, when they removed Voyager's Doctor's ethical subroutines, he was ready to gleefully remove Seven of Nine's brain. This wouldn't be so bad, but he has a crush on her.
- Dr. Chaotica, the Mad Scientist villain from The Adventures of Captain Proton! holoprogram.
- The Evil Doctor in Season 3 of Beauty and the Beast.
- Doctor Dark, Big Bad in the second season of Who Wants to Be a Superhero??
- Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined): Doctor Gaius Baltar. Unwittingly sold out the entire human race to his Cylon girlfriend. Twice. Probably either True Neutral or Neutral Stupid.
- Doctor Mohinder Suresh of Heroes. A true blue good guy in the first season; evil tendencies started to creep in around the same time he started taking levels in badass in the second season. A screwed-up recipe for homemade Applied Phlebotinum resulted in something a Face-Heel Turn, though. At present, the jury is out on whether he's good or evil.
- Dr. House: Good, but only because he sees deathly ill patients as big puzzles and can't resist "solving" them: saving lives is viewed as collateral damage; he doesn't bat an eye no matter how bleak the prognosis is. Many of his actions when in the process of treating a patient are incredibly unethical, dangerous, unnecessary, or all of the above, and he makes all his choices based on his own selfish whims, but his seemingly evil actions almost invariably lead to a lifesaving cure for someone who would otherwise have been royally screwed.
- Borderline-parodied in Sabrina the Teenage Witch "Sabrina the Teenage Writer," with Sabrina's poorly written Bond villain "Dr. Bad."
- UFO. The vaguely sinister Dr. Doug Jackson appears to fill a number of roles in SHADO, ranging from psychiatrist and medical doctor to prosecuting officer. In one episode Commander Straker calls him "the eyes of the International Astrophysical Committee" implying that Dr. Jackson's role is to spy on him for his superiors (which would explain his wide-ranging brief). This is only enhanced by his noticeable Eastern European accent, which would automatically make the 1970's audience think of Cold War Espionage Tropes.
- LOST has Dr. Juliet Burke (initially on the side of the Others, who have the dubious claim of "the good guys"), Dr. Ethan Rom (seems to have been evil, also part of the aforementioned Others).
- Fringe: Dr. Bishop, a mad scientist who specializes in bizarre "fringe science" written off by the rest of the scientific community. Probably Lawful Neutral as he seems to be a member of at least one Ancient Conspiracy.
- He does, however, have some (possibly laser guided) amnesia. It's possible that recovery of those memories would return him to a cackling evil mad scientist of epic proportions.
- Very, very morally ambiguous indeed. It seems he used to be highly arrogant and not always that concerned about ethics or possible consequences, and that he did do terrible things (including complex drug tests on children). However, it also turns out that most of those terrible things were done with good intentions and that he now feels extremely guilty and tries to atone.
- As for the other Dr. Bishop, he's a Well-Intentioned Extremist, which probably makes him a morally ambiguous doctor as well.
- Power Rangers RPM's Dr. K, who was raised by Alphabet Soup operatives for weapons research and development. Although she's technically one of the "good guys," in a textbook case of Nice Job Breaking It, Hero, one weapon she created in particular—the Venjix computer virus—becomes the season's Big Bad after she uploaded the virus to blind Alphabet Soup's security servers in a failed attempt to escape her imprisonment. She spends her life afterwards trying to make up for her mistakes.
- On M*A*S*H, Major Frank Burns is a immoral doctor and a worse officer, likely only gaining the latter position because of the former. (One military judge who looks at his record - when Burns attempts to have Hawkeye court-martialed - claims that if Burns hadn't been drafted as a surgeon he likely would be working as a pastry chef.) In fact, a few episodes have hinted (and given straight admissions from Burns) that he cheated his way through medical school. (Of course, ask any actual member of the military, and he'll comment on how unrealistic every character in the series was.)
- Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger: Dr. Mikoto Nakadai/Abare Killer: Dr. Jerk and a White Ranger... but NO heart of gold, and Evil. He did a Heel-Face Turn in the end though, just in time to die.
- Also earlier in Choudenshi Bioman, you don't get much more morally ambiguous when you're a Big Bad named Doctor Man.
- Choujuu Sentai Liveman had five villains who qualified as this, with the Big Bad being named Great Professor Bias and his human students named Dr. Kemp, Dr. Mazenda, Dr. Obular, and Dr. Ashura. Also, while it isn't in their names, the aliens Guildos and Butchy probably count, as well. While Bias proves to be irredeemable, Kemp goes insane, and Guildos just dies too early, all of them make Heel Face Turns at some point.
- Elaine's psychiatrist boyfriend from the Seinfeld episode "The Wallet" might count. He seems more interested in controlling people than helping them.
- If you're a doctor in a Kamen Rider series, you're probably not a nice guy.
- Doctor Shinigami/Ikadevil was one of the main generals of the original Kamen Rider series.
- Kamen Rider Double has Dr. Isaka/Weather Dopant, who actually modified Gaia Memories to kill their users so he could take them and incorporate them and their powers into himself later on, and Dr. Prospect/Eyes Dopant, who performed horrifying experiments on children to turn them into psychics, planned to kill the failed subjects by electrocution, and planted eyes on them to watch them and kill them if they strayed out of the village. Prospect was responsible for the Despair Event Horizon of Katsumi Daido, the antagonist of the first W movie "A-to-Z: Gaia Memories of Fate".
- Kamen Rider OOO: Dr. Maki, whose obsession with endings led him to allow a bomber to continue his work and, ultimately, turn himself into a Greeed and become the Big Bad with the goal of ending everything except himself.
- Kamen Rider Gaim gives us Ryoma Sengoku, who created all of the Drivers in the show. His ultimate goal is godhood, and he will do anything, including throwing the world into anarchy in order to achieve his goals.
- The titular Doctor of the Sid & Marty Krofft series Dr. Shrinker. His theme song even states that he's a madman with an evil mind.
- It's been noted on The Big Bang Theory that Doctor Sheldon Cooper is "one lab accident away from becoming a super villain" (which makes the page quote deliciously ironic). Leonard's mother, Dr. Beverly Hofstadter, can give you the closest thing to Mind Rape a sitcom grounded in something resembling reality can offer via her questionable usage of her psychiatrist skills. Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler, while usually seeming to be less likely to snap than her boyfriend and Distaff Counterpart Sheldon, has offered to have her lab monkeys kill someone more than once. Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz's work for a lab private pharmaceutical company supposedly curing diseases is also implied to be morally ambiguous-which is scary because she's always smiling
Bernadette: Oh, I take pacts very seriously. One time at my lab, a petri dish of genetically modified super-virus went missing. That day we made a pinky swear never to admit we crossed Ebola with the common cold.
Howard: Why the hell would you cross Ebola with the common cold?
- Walter White holds a Ph.D. in chemistry, which he uses to become the undisputed meth kingpin of the American Southwest.
- Ritter Wulf from the Spanish series El Internado performed horrific, lethal experiments on children during the Holocaust, and started racial purity experiments at the Laguna Negra boarding school. 60 years later when confronted by Saúl, his only regret is not killing more Jews while he still had the chance.
- In Helix, this is Implied of all the research scientists who work at the Arctic Biosystems base. All of them hold the title "Doctor," and come there to take advantage of the opportunity to perform research unencumbered by regulatory agencies. Lead researcher Dr. Hiroshi Hatake openly admits that he encourages his people to "push the envelope."
- Several of the supervillains from Tom Smith's filk album The Last Hero On Earth.
- They Might Be Giants: Doctor Worm: He's not a real doctor, but he is a real worm, he is an actual worm.
- Lordi: When "Dr. Sin is In", you want to be out.
- Doctor Steel: No one's sure what he's a doctor of, exactly (he's said he's a Doctor of "Reality Engineering"); but he's bent on taking over the world using an army of robotic toys and brainwashed "toy soldiers" so that he can make the world a better place (for him).
- Disc jockey Dr Demento plays some.. interesting.. songs on his show.
"They're coming to take me away
, uh-huh. They're coming to take me away, ho ho, heehee, haha, to the funny farm, where life is beautiful all
the time and I'll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats and they're COMING TO TAKE ME AWAY HAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaa...
- Doctor X from Queensr˙che's concept album Operation: Mindcrime has one.
- Dr. Death Steve Williams. Usually a Heel, always a Badass. He didn't come up with the name himself. He was a champion high school wrestler in Oklahoma during the 1970s, but broke his nose once during a match, and came back wearing a hockey mask the next night, with a local sportswriter calling him "Dr. Death."
- Formerly known in Memphis as Downtown Bruno, Bruno Lauer arrived in WWE in 1991 as Dr. Harvey Wippleman.
- Kaiju Big Battel: Dr. Cube. Evil, trying to take over the world with an army of genetically-modified Kaiju.
- TNA: Dr. Stevie. Evil psychiatrist, has a habit of brainwashing his patients to become his submissive lackeys. Also probably not a real doctor, since his ECW and WWE past is mentioned.
- Best known as Eugene in WWE, Nick Dinsmore has competed for TNA's India promotion Ring Ka King as Dr. Nicholas Dinsmore.
- Adventures in Odyssey had the evil Dr. Regis Blackgaard. Not sure what he's a doctor of. When his "good" identical twin brother Edwin came to town he introduces himself as "Mister"; Lucy, mistaking him for Regis, asked if he had to give the title back because he was evil.
- In Round the Horne, a recurring villain was Doctor Chu-En Ginsberg, M. A. (failed).
- The rather ironically-named Dietrich "Medic" Luzweit in Dino Attack RPG would certainly qualify, being an unstable doctor who nearly lost his medical license after somehow removing a patient's skeleton. The only thing that kept him in action was the fact that a mutant dinosaur apocalypse had just started and there was a desperate need for people with medical training. Averted by just about every other medic in the RPG, though.
- From Warhammer Fantasy the Skaven scientists mostly make hideous mutants and terrifying war machines.
- Warhammer 40,000:
- Fabius Bile, a geneticist who's reduced planets to shambling mutants and created a race of murderous superbeings. In battle he shoots people with syringes that can make them explode. He's also thousands of years old, preserved by Black Magic pumped into his veins, and doesn't worship any of the Chaos Gods despite extensive dealings with them, which may actually be scarier than any of his other accomplishments.
- The Dark Eldar Haemonculi, from whom Bile actually learned his skills. They're functionally immortal Mad Scientists that specialise in all kinds of body modifications, from replacing their own blood with acid to turning people into horrible biomechanical abominations. In battle they wield all sorts of freaky weapons, from guns that fire their own acid blood at enemies to syringe-gauntlets that cause the victim to grow out of their skin and caskets filled with invisible fiends that strip the flesh from their victim's bones.
- Ork Mad Doks/Pain Boyz are no more evil, and quite a bit more eccentric than other Orks. Probably Chaotic Neutral if pressed.
- Dr Kholera, from Spycraft fluff: Evil Mad Scientist. Very evil.
- The Savage Worlds plot point campaign Necessary Evil features Dr. Destruction as the leader of Omega, and includes lesser villains like Dr. Devolution. The entry for the last one lampshades the fact that so many supervillains had doctorates.
- Champions has the master villain Doctor Destroyer, who actually does have multiple earned doctorates (under his real name). Any adventure he's involved in is likely to end up with dead superheroes.
- Given 'RocketAge's setting there are many scientists who act... questionably, the Nazis in particular.
- Doctor Mordenheim of Lamordia in the Ravenloft campaign, an Expy of Victor Frankenstein; a Flat Earth Atheist whose experiments in the creation of life were perceived by the gods as blasphemies, and was cursed by them. He's not the Darklord of Lamordia (his monster, Adam, is the Lord) but he shares the same Ironic Hell.
- The Doctor from Woyzeck. A bit of a Punch Clock Villain, although he also defenestrates his cat as a hobby. Gets a Villain Song in the rock opera version.
- Older Than Steam: Doctor Faustus:
- Evil. He sells his soul to the Devil, for Knowledge and Power and Helen of Troy. Very Mad Scientist because Knowledge is one of his goals.
- Or, ambiguous: in some versions, he has his 7 years of Glory, and goes to Hell, ha ha ha, serves him right for being Evil. In some versions, Faust is presented as a sympathetic Character who wants to be redeemed: when he fails, it is tragic Grand Opera, when he succeeds, it is happy ending Light Opera. Goethe has him as Distracted Neutral if not Chaotic Neutral more than anything else. He sells his soul for knowledge, and most opera versions of Goethe end right after Mephistopheles has done his job by pushing Faust firmly over the Moral Event Horizon. At the end of the second half, after much weirdness, Faust a Heel-Face Turn because he looks around and then gives himself a What the Hell, Hero? speech.
- Arsenic and Old Lace: Dr. Einstein: Evil assistant to an Ax-Crazy serial killer.
- Doctor Miracle from act III of The Tales Of Hoffman. His plot is to get the sick Antonia to sing herself to death. It takes place in Ancient Greece, so it would've been when the Hippocratic Oath was fairly new.
- Advertisements for the Doctor Dreadful line of toys feature a goofy Mad Scientist named, well, Doctor Dreadful. The line includes the "Doctor Dreadful MD" toys, where the character claims the "MD" stands for "Monster Doctor". (And in one commercial, he produces a sheepskin to prove he is, indeed, a licensed Monster Doctor.)
- The facility in which the entire story of Ruby Quest takes place in, known as The Metal Glen, was—in a nutshell—built out of an odd, isolated, geological-formation from out in the middle of a secluded loch for the specific purpose of doctors and medical researchers practicing/ testing treatmentsnote without the need of the proper permits, license, or the possibility of criminal prosecution.
- lonelygirl15: Dr. Calvin Hart: Debatably good, but fairly creepy.
- Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog: Dr. Horrible repeatedly informs us he has "a Ph.D. in Horribleness", even though he is a Technical Pacifist who pretty steadfastly refuses to endanger children and balks at killing.
- At least until Penny dies, at which point he starts playing this trope dead straight.
- Actually, this trope is deconstructed: He only becomes evil because Captain Hammer thinks all smart and nerdy guys are evil, and thusly treated him as a villain even when he was not yet one, so he became a villain because he was seen as a one anyway. And he is still better than Captain Hammer
- LG 15 The Resistance: Dr. Leonard J. Alderman: Evil.
- Dr. Insano of The Spoony Experiment, nemesis of Linkara and alter ego of Spoony. His running mate is Fu Manchu.
- And he wants to take the world (of course!)... WITH SCIENCE!!!!
- Dr. Insano's brother, Dr. Linksano of Atop the Fourth Wall, has now been created due to a crossing of parallel dimensions brought on by Dr. Insano during the Spoony-Linkara review of Warrior #1. The sequel to said review introduces the Insano equivalents of several That Guy with the Glasses regulars, including The Nostalgia Critic, Film Brain, and...Beary (who uses a mind-controlled Benzaie to get around).
- KateModern: Dr. William Griffin: Good, but formerly evil.
- Dr. Reece and Dr. Kavorkian: Presumably evil, but harmless.
- Red vs. Blue: The Director of Project Freelancer, Doctor Leonard Church.
- Dr. Tran. Not only is he a REAL DOCTOR (from AMERICA), he's a dashing secret agent with a PhD in KICKING YOUR ASS!
- In the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, no one is really sure what specific areas Doctor Heinrich Frankenstein, Doctor Phillipe Moreau, Doctor Blight, Doctor Sinister, Doctor Emilio Astonishing, Doctor XX, Doctor Devastation, Professor Sunday, Professor Septimus, Professor Penelope Periwinkle, and Doctor Gavin von Leggend (all villainous Mad Scientists) hold their degrees in.
- SCP Foundation: SCP-231 is a woman who can only be attended by medical personnel who haven't taken the Hippocratic Oath. Why? Because she has to be permanently strapped to a hospital bed, and once daily she has to be subjected to a medical procedure so horrific that most of the details can't be disclosed or else she gives birth to...something which could cause untold death and destruction.
- Dr. Wondertainment, a person or organization dedicated to creating ridiculously dangerous toys and distributing them among children. Apparently more oblivious than evil.
- Doctor Mother from Worm, who manages to have two Names to Run Away From Really Fast.
- YouTube Poop: Doctor Rabbit: Evil as sin. Also, he is an actual doctor. Well, a dentist, but still...
- Professor Chromedome from The Tick is not only proud of being this, but he also calls out some other mad scientists at a convention for not being morally ambiguous enough!
Chromedome: Bah! More varm fuzzy nice-nice! Vot good is science if no one gets hurt?! You should all be ashamed of yourselves!!! Vat vith your vorld peace und your moccasin valking und your potpourri! You are not mad scientists; you are a bunch of hippies!!!
- Captain Planet and the Planeteers: Doctor Blight: Usually evil for the cash, the looks, or the fame, sometimes evil for the sake of being so.
- Kim Possible: Doctor Drakken: Evil, but not especially dangerous. Not surprising given that he was a college dropout and therefore possesses no degree.
- Professor Dementor. Somewhat more competent than Drakken, who would rather steal his inventions than invent his own.
- The Venture Bros.:
- Doctor Venture: Kinda Good. He isn't plotting world domination or looking for dogs to kick, but he is a bitter grouch at the center of a Sadist Show. And he did once build a wish-fulfillment machine that was powered by the heart of an orphan. ...and then there was the bit with reanimating the corpses of his enemies (and implied killing of the cloned bodies of his children) and selling them to the army. He isn't actually a doctor.
- Dr. Byron Orpheus: Good, but obnoxious and overbearing, and not above mind-wiping his own daughter repeatedly so she'll forget that her closet is the doorway to the underworld. He has a degree in Women's Studies, but accredits his Doctorate to a higher power.
- The Phantom Limb was a professor before his lab-accident-powered Face-Heel Turn, and likely had a doctorate.
- Dr. Mrs. The Monarch: Not only evil, but better at it than the Monarch himself.
- It is later revealed her Doctorate is Honorary from donating money to a Evil College.
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Doctor Weird: Utterly insane.
- The same could just as easily be said for Doctor Wongburger.
- Jonny Quest: Dr. Zin: Evil.
- Inspector Gadget: Doctor Claw: Evil.
- Phineas and Ferb Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Evil, yet incompetent. Seriously, he makes Drakken look like Victor Von Doom. He's always beaten by a platypus for crying out loud!
- That's not just any platypus, mind you. Perry the Platypus is "a semi-aquatic, egg laying mammal of ACTION!"
- In a recent episode, he was beaten by an ordinary "doesn't do much" platypus.
- He's also been beaten by an ordinary doesn't-do-anything-whatsoever potted plant.
- Actually, this is kind of a parody—-he isn't actually a doctor, he just uses the title. His own daughter pointed out that his diploma was fake.
Vanessa: Doctor? Since when are you a doctor?
Doofenshmirtz: *shows diploma* They don't give these out to just anyone, you know.
Vanessa *reveals price tag* Anyone with fifteen bucks, they do.
Doofenshmirtz: That's enough looking!
- Dr. Nick Riviera, aka "Dr. Nick" on The Simpsons. Not truly evil, but clearly missing a few marbles, something his patients often suffer as a result of. He actually went to medical school (proven by a flashback) but it isn't known if he actually graduated, and while he practices medicine, he uses controversial and often illegal methods. To give some examples, in one episode a hospital review board brings up the accusations against him which include performing surgery with a knife and fork from a seafood restaurant and misuse of cadavers (he had put them in his car in order to use the carpool lane and get to work quicker). In another episode, he is asked to talk to the coroner, and he says, "Ugh, the coroner. I'm so sick of that guy!" suggesting his patients get sent there rather often. (Ironically, this is the episode where Nick does Homer's double bypass surgery, and Nick actually does it right, but Lisa helps him a little.)
- Dr. Julius Hibbert, post-Flanderization, can also qualify as being weaselly, up to the point where you may argue he's sort of evil. Originally, Hibbert was one of the few competent people in Springfield and often played the role of Only Sane Man, but Hibbert eventually became a doctor who seems to spend more time finding ways to have his patients sign away their right to sue before the inevitable malpractice issue than actually being a quality doctor. And he also profitted heavily when all companies in Springfield eliminated their health care programs, forcing people to pay at a premium.
- Gargoyles: Doctor Anton Sevarius: Evil for cash. Also voiced by Tim freaking Curry.
- South Park: Professor Chaos: Evil, but harmless. Not actually a professor, but rather Butters wearing tinfoil.
- Futurama: Professor Hubert Farnsworth: Senile to the point of insanity, but mostly harmless. Has a penchant for creating doomsday devices, only keeps Amy around because she's his blood type, tries to harvest Leela's organs, is implied to be a cannibal, implanted Hitler's brain in the body of a shark, killed people for their stem cells, has been frequently cited for public nudity, and frequently, knowingly sends his crew on life-threatening adventures without warning, to the point of hiring replacements even before their demises are confirmed. In his youth, he created the modern robot, an ecological disaster. Opposed the legalization of Robosexual marriages, but eventually changed his mind.
- Herr Doktor from ReBoot. Obediently Evil. Whenever Megabyte needs to have something nasty done to a prisoner, this is the binome for the job.
- Dr Fossil, a one-time villain from Darkwing Duck: Evil.
- Dr Slug: So evil you wouldn't believe.
- Dr. Reginald Bushroot: Evil, if a bit of a Woobie. (And the reason he turned evil was because of his two Jerkass co-workers, Dr. Larson and Dr. Gary.)
- Street Sharks: Doctor Paradigm: Crazy but his experiments don't always make much sense. Is obsessed with gene-slamming everyone and anyone he can get a hold of. Then there's Doctor Bolton, who's a really nice guy but is forced to go into hiding for most of the series, after getting an injection and experiencing some Body Horror.
- Gorillaz bassist Murdoc Niccals earned a doctorate from an Open University course when in jail in Mexico. He claims he is now "legally entitled to experiment on monkeys".
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Dr. Nuvo Vindi: Crazy and Evil.
- Jimmy Two-Shoes: Dr. Scientist: Well, it is Miseryville.
- Doug: Smash Adams nemesis Dr. Decay.
- Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers: Dr. Owen Negata of BETA. Casually talking about using a teenaged boy as a control for a genetic experiment will land you here. Funny thing, he's considered one of the good guys. GR could be a real World Half Empty.
- Archer: Dr. Algernop Krieger. Batshit insane and possibly a clone of Adolf Hitler.
- Dr. Five Eyes from Skysurfer Strike Force.
- Clearly referenced in the Arthur episode "Elwood City Turns 100!" When the class is being handed their roles in the town's centennial play, Buster misreads "Director" as "Dr. Ector" and immediately assumes he's the villain. And has a claw. When Buster later makes a surprise appearance on stage as an alien named Dr. Ector, he's not villainous, just oddly obsessed with dental hygiene. It Makes Sense in Context.
- Parodied in the "Dark Bunny" tv show. His arch-enemy is the "Doctapus," an octopus who apparently went to college and earned a doctorate.
- Challenge Of The Go Bots had Dr. Braxis, a Mad Scientist who allied with the Renegade Go-Bots. In the pilot mini-series, Dr. Braxis figured out a way to control human minds worldwide.
- Not to be outdone, the Transformers Generation 1 cartoon 3-parter "The Ultimate Doom" had Doctor Arkeville, the self-proclaimed evil genius who assisted the Decepticons in developing a microchip that could control human minds.
- Speaking of Transformers, Rescue Bots features the amoral, scheming, self-aggrandizing Doctor Thaddeus Morocco, voiced by Tim Curry.
- The Smurfs has Dr. Charlatan, who is really a Snake Oil Salesman.
- In the Justice League episode "Only a Dream", a Dream Weaver calling himself Dr. Destiny goes after the League. He gave himself the title; it wasn't granted by an authority.