Mad Science isn't just a job, it's a lifestyle. Look at the recent smash web series, Dr. Horrible; Joss and Neil Patrick Harris absolutly nail the fundementals. The egotism. The speeches. The voluminous hairstyles. Unlike this upcoming Adrian Brody movie called Splice; that's supposed to be a mad scientist look? What kind of press still is that? He looks like he's sticking his hand behind the counter of a Baskin Robins. And he's not wearing a costume. No. This is pathetic.
If you're looking to get a piece of that tampering-in-God's-domain style for yourself, see how some of Gnerd's favorite mads have distinguished themselves, after the jump ...
MAD SCIENCE: Creates a frankenstein.
STYLES: Lab coat, welder's goggles, big hair.
DEMEANOR: Mostly quiet dignity and grace, occasional mania.
QUOTE: "HEARTS AND KIDNEYS ARE TINKERTOYS! I'm talking about the central nervous system!"
MAD SCIENCE: Creates artificial memories for the unwitting human test subjects of Dark City. It's kind of like the Matrix, but with aliens instead of robots. Also it's much better.
STYLES: Himmler Glasses, labcoat, leather apron, tweed, hair gel.
DEMEANOR: Jittery, stilted speech, cowardly yet subtly rebellious.
QUOTE: "These do bring back memories. This one is still warm. What is it? The recollections of a great lover? A catalog of conquests? We will soon find out. "
MAD SCIENCE: Mostly quality of life inventions, and the occasional weapon of mass destruction.
STYLES: Lab coat, incredibly thick glasses, pajamas.
DEMEANOR: Enthusiastically senile, proactive.
Bubblegum Tate: We need some kind of Doomsday device to create an implosion like that.
Professor Farnsworth: Doomsday device? Aha! Now the ball's in Farnsworth's court. [looks over a selection of several doomsdays devices] I suppose I can part with one and still be feared.
MAD SCIENCE: Conducts human proficiency trials for the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device. Indefinitely.
STYLES: She's a robot.
DEMEANOR: Passive agressive, petulant, explosively indignant, and more.
QUOTE: "Good news. I figured out what that thing you just incinerated did. It was a morality core they installed after I flooded the Enrichment Cetner with a deadly neurotoxin, to make me stop flooding the Enrichment Center with a deadly neurotoxin. So get comfortable, while I warm up the neurotoxin."
Professor Jonathan Crane, AKA Scarecrow, Batman
MAD SCIENCE: Fear toxin, fear toxin, and more fear toxin.
STYLES: More of a theoretical scientist than a laboratory scientist, Crane sticks mostly to academic wear. In some comics and cartoons he has big, one might say straw-like, hair. And of course, he also likes to wear this:
DEMEANOR: He's a comic book character, so he get characterization is inconsistent, but self-agrandizing, cruel, and haughty are good places to start.
(being dragged through Arkham by Batman and Robin)
Crane: I am the master of fear! The Lord of Despair! Coward before me in witless terror!
Harley: Hi Professor Crane!
Crane: (calm) Good evening, child. (back to Batman and Robin) Worship me, fools! Worship me!
MAD SCIENCE: Calls for nuclear shelters to be created hundreds of miles below the earth's surface, to be populated with government officials and a 10 to 1 ratio of beautiful women to men.
STYLES: Black suit, dark glasses indoors, big hair, leather glove to contain his self-destructive left hand (this is a real thing!)
DEMEANOR: Enthusiastic, on edge, fascistic.
President Muffley: You mean people could actually stay down there for a hundred years?
Dr. Strangelove: It would not be difficult, Mein Fuhrer! Nuclear reactors could... I'm sorry, "Mr. President"...
MAD SCIENCE: World-domination devices, that range from basic to absurd, including a product called Lather, Rinse, Obey: Doctor D's Brainwashing Shampoo & Cranium Rinse.
STYLES: Blue lab coat, facial scar, big hair.
DEMEANOR: Egotistical yet insecure.
Drakken: Oh, just because I do bad things that makes me evil?
Kim: Uh...yeah. You're a villain.
Drakken: Oh, you teenagers think you have it all figured out! Sometimes there are shades of gray!
MAD SCIENCE: Used his lab's janitor as a test subject in an experiment to determine how to drive people insane with bad movies. Also creates evil inventions, including a guillotine for chocolate rabbits and pills that are intentionally painful to swallow.
STYLES: Green lab coat, green glasses, big white-streaked big hair and mustache.
DEMEANOR: Cheerfully sadistic, professorial but excitable.
QUOTE: "Your movie today is Pod People. It has nothing to do with pods. It has nothing to do with people. It has everything to do with hurting!"
And finally, one of my favorites. Only featured in one episode of a TV show precious few watched, and voiced by the inimitable Tim Curry....
MAD SCIENCE: Created a race of superstrong Orangu-men. Who's crazy now, hmm?
STYLES: Blue suit, advanced level facial hair.
DEMEANOR: Suave, paranoid, boisterous.
QUOTE: "You think I've got a clock in my head, don't you?!"
Ah, hell, just go watch the episode and take your own notes. And please let me know in angry detail about which of your favorites I skipped; but keep in mind we're talking EVIL scientists, so Doc Brown doesn't count!