Here are my top five favorite mad scientists!
5. Gold-toothed Doctor – Fullmetal Alchemist
The Gold-toothed Doctor was only seen a few times in the Fullmetal Alchemist anime, but he left me wanting to know more about him. He was the twisted lead scientist with crossed eyes and his signature gold tooth, who helped to create the only human-based humonculus, Wrath (though in the original anime he was known as Pride). As the lead scientist, he helped cultivate young children, only known as ‘Fuhrer Candidate Number __’, to be the potential humonculus who would lead the country, Amestris, under the name King Bradley. The children were taught how to fight and were schooled with the intention of becoming Fuhrer. Once they became adults, the Gold-tooth Doctor and his team took them one by one and injected them with a liquid philosopher’s stone made of wrath-filled souls. Every candidate until Fuhrer Candidate Number 12 died. Number 12 became Fuhrer King Bradley and the humonculus known as Wrath. The Gold-toothed Doctor never showed remorse for his actions and seemed to quite enjoy his experiments, at one point bragging about them.
4. Professor Souichi Tomoe – Sailor Moon
Tomoe makes his first appearance during the Infinity Arc and is the leader of a group called the Death Busters, which incorporates the Witches 5, and follows the orders of Pharaoh 90. At first just a questionable genetic scientist, he eventually gets booted from the scientific community for taking part in some questionable experiments, after which he sells the findings and builds the Tomoe Laboratory and Infinity Academy. Along the way his laboratory is struck by lightning, which is really the Pharoah 90 and his daimon eggs. This kills his wife and severely injures his daughter Hotaru Tomoe (who eventually becomes Sailor Saturn). In an attempt to save his daughter, he uses his knowledge of genetics and the newly found daimon eggs to save her, which works, but the daimon eggs also infect himself. Many experiments and some time later, Professor Tomoe becomes half human, half alien. This further corrupts him and he uses the daimon eggs to infect the students at Infinity Academy. He is eventually stopped by the Sailor Senshi, where he completely succumbs to his alien side becoming Germatoid.
3. Professor Hurbert J. Farnsworth – Futurama
Unlike the last two scientists on this list, Professor Farnsworth is not a mad scientist in the sinister way, but in the crazy inventions, insane, and old kind of way. Mostly known for being the wacky scientist that owns Planet Express and creates all types of inventions, he is a rather endearing character. He’s invented many interesting items, such as the Spheroboom that eradicates all things around it via doom radiation, the Fing-Longer which is just a glove with an extremely extended index finger, the Smell-O-Scope that Fry uses and accidentally finds a massive pile of garbage on a collision route to New New York, and even Atomic Supermen that compete in a Space Jam-like basketball battle.
2. Frank-N-Furter – The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Tim Curry is amazing as Frank-N-Furter and is what made The Rocky Horror Picture Show a cult classic. Frank is a scientist who breathes life into his own sexy lover boy, Rocky. Right before this he invites two guests into his house, Brad and Janet, whom he later separately seduces. Frank is a self-proclaimed ‘sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania’ and spends the majority of the movie dripping in sexual innuendos and starting musical breakouts. Frank-N-Furter is an extremely well done character that I absolutely love.
1. Dr. Krieger – Archer
Krieger is absolutely my favorite mad scientist, hence why he is number one on my list! Archer manages to show just enough glimpses into Krieger’s life to leave me wanting more. At this point I would love a Krieger spin-off, but I don’t think it would go over well. Krieger mods ISIS weapons, has created a cyborg from an almost dead Katya using a dead hobo’s skin to replace hers, suited robotic legs to a paralyzed co-worker, programmed his own anime wife (with whom he apparently watches copious amounts of tentacle porn), created clones of himself, and much more. He seems to get sexually excited from scientific experiments and it is alluded that he has had sex with a radioactive, man-eating pig. What more could you ask for in a mad scientist?
What are your favorite mad scientists? Tell me in the comments!