Their fiendish plots may not always be up to snuff (or evil, even), but these 10 psychos proof that you can be brainy and bonkers at the same time.
Sometimes, they are pure evil. In other instances, they are nuttier than a squirrel's sauna. Usually, they are a combination of both, the better to match the whole "mad scientist" label. But not all inventors have world domination on their mind. Some even believe in bettering mankind with their sometimes insane ideas. Of course, when the final 'solution' is unveiled, the true purpose is often more awful than first imaged. From the first Gothic horror novels to our flawed '50s ideal of science and experimentation, the crazy doctor, determined to do something mere mortals shouldn't be capable of, has been a media given. In books and film, TV and theatrical extravaganzas, the unhinged inventor has been a genre go-to, and as a result, a bit of a cliche. That's why coming up with a list of our 10 favorites is so tough. In looking over the possible candidates, one usually ends up coming to the same set conclusions.
So let's address the 800 elephant in the room right now. Yes, we left off Dr. Frankenstein. We also avoided Dr. Henry Jekyll, Dr. Evil, and Dr. Moreau. These are too obvious, too completely in sync with standard mad scientist thinking to warrant a space here. Sure, they're great, but they're also what you expect. We wanted to travel a bit outside the box and these are the choices we came up with. Similarly, we steered clear of entries like Dr. Julius Kelp, Seth Brundle, and anyone else whose invention worked, but then got sidetracked by other story concerns. Indeed, we wanted our 10 choices to be indicative of the type as well as the temperament -- crazy with a clue, so to speak. Batspit is batspit, no matter how you realize it, however. Perhaps it's this very unpredictability that makes mad scientists so loveable.