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 Fultonnote , they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
"Why do they still call me a warlord? And "mad"? All I want to do is create the perfect genetic soldier!"
— M. Bison, Street Fighter
Wily: The world called me mad! Insane, Proto!
Protoman: Sounds right to me.
—Mega Man animated series
"Oh, mad, am I? Yes, that's what they all say, hee hee hee! But I'll show you who's mad! Yes! For when I rule the world, then you'll see who's mad! Yes!"
—Caractacus P. Doom, Avenger Penguins
Dr. Nefarious: "To think, they called me insane, Lawrence. We'll see who's insane when my [mutant armies] have exterminated all life on this miserable planet!"
Lawrence: "That should clear things right up, sir."
"I wanted things I saw only dimly— fluids that glowed, and electricity that danced like a living thing. I wanted science inside of me, changing me, my body as a generator, as a reactor, a crucible. Transformation, transcendence. And so, of course, They Called Me Mad!. They laughed at me, and that I would never forgive and forget. I would, to use the old phrase, show them."
"Some call me mad, but I much prefer 'Dr. Cranium'."
— Dr. Craniumnote Quest For Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness
"I AM NOT MAD!" cried Zarkendorf, his eyes bulging madly. "For years people like you laughed at my name! They called me a nerd — they said I should get out of my mother's basement and get a life! I swore that one day I would make them all pay! The world will soon tremble at the name Heinrich Dorfmenstein Zarkendorf!"
"Yeah; probably at the thought of having to spell it," said Buster.
— Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space