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Mad Scientist Lab Coat

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High fashion for mad geniuses.

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Proposed By:
Dante668 on Jul 9th 2013 at 12:04:19 PM
Last Edited By:
Dante668 on Mar 14th 2018 at 7:36:56 AM
Name Space: Main
Page Type: Trope

The Lab Coat Of Science And Medicine is a distinct indicator that its wearer is a genius in one of these fields, but There is a certain style of lab coat typically worn by those bearing a more Morally Ambiguous Doctorate.

This is the Mad Scientist Lab Coat. Distinct from its more benevolent cousin by its asymmetrical front panel and high collar, this iconic lab coat (technically known as the Howie lab coat) is a sure sign that its wearer is a fun-loving, sociable individual who is really good at making new friends.

In the 1800s, of course, this was the standard for lab coats, but Pop-Cultural Osmosis via any number of Mad Scientists has shifted its meaning to darker purposes.


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  • Dr. Horrible from Dr Horribles Sing Along Blog sports one of these. It's white when he's wooing Penny, but he swaps it out for a red one when he turns evil.

Western Animation

Feedback: 12 replies

Jul 9th 2013 at 12:51:29 PM

Warhammer 40 K: Fabius Bile and several Dark Eldar Haemonculi wear these, though made of human skin (and in Bile's case, modified to fit over Power Armor).

Jul 9th 2013 at 3:28:55 PM

Can you provide a picture?

Jul 9th 2013 at 3:30:03 PM

The one sold here is a fairly good example of the style.

Jul 9th 2013 at 9:42:42 PM

Doctor Doofenschmirts from Phineas And Ferb wears one. It's lampshaded quite often.

Jul 9th 2013 at 10:15:24 PM

I think that rather making this a subtrope, it would be better to just add in a note to Lab Coat Of Science And Medicine. As-is, this will probably either just be misused as "Mad Scientist in a Labcoat" or just not get many examples.

Jul 10th 2013 at 2:33:33 AM

^ I agree with that. Internal Subtrope we call it, do we not?

Mar 13th 2018 at 9:48:39 PM

Appearance trope. Not something we want more of now.

Mar 13th 2018 at 9:54:58 PM

Indeed. Motion to discard.

Mar 14th 2018 at 1:47:40 AM

Yeah, we can just expand the description of Labcoat Of Science And Medicine and that will cover this handily.

Mar 14th 2018 at 7:36:56 AM

Discarding, as we have 5 bombs.

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