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Basic Trope: The intellectual amongst the villains.

  • Straight: Dr. Crazystein is an expert on local MacGuffins and evil superweapons. His knowledge is thus a valuable asset to Emperor Evulz and his forces.
  • Exaggerated: Dr. Crazystein is so smart that even Evulz himself comes begging to him for evil ideas.
  • Downplayed: Dr. Crazystein is only a little smarter than the other villains, but is the only one who managed to stay in school long enough to get a doctorate, so he seems much more intellectual.
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  • Justified: Dr. Crazystein is a natural expert in fields obscure to the other villains.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Dr. Crazystein isn't a genius, he's just a fool who makes up random nonsense.
    • Alternately, Dr. Crazystein isn't evil at all. The only reason he's working for Evulz is that he's the only one who can foot the bill for his experiments. Should Evulz ever be defeated, he would happily switch to the heroes' side and become The Smart Guy.
  • Double Subverted: However, he never spews out "nonsense" unless he's damn certain it's plausible. A great deal of the time, he's right on the money.
  • Parodied: Dr. Crazystein is a bumbling Mad Scientist whose schemes somehow manage to work.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: ???
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: Evulz: "Ah, thank Evil I have such a delightfully twisted mind on my payroll as yourself, Doctor."
  • Invoked:
    • Evulz wants to make new and scary weapons, so he tries to find a skilled scientist who doesn't care much about ethics for the R&D.
    • Dr Crazystein devotes himself to developing his mind and undertaking intellectual pursuits for the express purpose of becoming an Evil Genius.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Evulz doesn't want to spend large amounts of money on research that might not yield anything, so he reprimands any scientists who get too creative and is such is staunchly pro Anti-Intellectualism.

  • Discussed: "Dr. Crazystein is the Emperor's science specialist; take him out and Evulz won't be able to come up with new death rays."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Dr. Crazystein knows that he's smarter than Evulz; however, he also knows that Evulz's brutality is unmatched. The knowledge that he may get Bad Boss'd one day aggravates his pre-existing neurosis. As a last resort, he may try to conjure up a Gambit Pileup to prevent his latest failure from being realized.
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  • Reconstructed: Dr. Crazystein knows that he's smarter than Evulz and that Evulz's brutality is unmatched. Thus, he endeavors to make himself useful to Evulz on all occasions, so that his rare screw-ups will be ignored, and his advice heeded. He also realizes that Evulz, bloodthirsty or not, is better leadership material than he is (personal magnetism, better fighter in an Asskicking Equals Authority society, who knows?) and thus remains loyal.
  • Played For Laughs: It's clear to everyone but Evulz that Dr. Crazystein's inventions do more harm than good.
  • Played For Drama: Dr. Crazystein is the backbone of Evulz's army, his inventions and knowledge have carried the day for Evulz's forces against the heroes. Which is every single time, to the point he is single-handedly responsible for propping up The Empire through his exceptional genius and it would have fallen a long time ago without him. All in all, Crazystein has caused more grief than Evulz ever could.

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