List of fictional scientists and engineers

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In addition to the archetypical mad scientist, western culture depicts scientists and engineers who go above and beyond the regular demands of their professions to use their skills and knowledge for the betterment of others, often at great personal risk. In this list of fictional scientists and engineers, an annotated alphabetical overview is given of some of the best-known beings in this category.

Individual scientist/engineers[edit]

Mad scientists[edit]

In television animation[edit]

In video games[edit]

  • Dr. Alphys (Undertale) – a stout Lizard monster, and Asgore's royal scientist; extremely timid; the creator of the robot Mettaton and the Amalgamates; has a crush on Undyne, captain of the Royal Guard
  • Jeff Andonuts (EarthBound) – one of the Chosen Four
  • William Birkin (Resident Evil 2) – microbiologist working for the pharmaceutical enterprise Umbrella Corporation; creator of the G-virus; he was wounded and injected himself with his G-virus, mutating him into a monster
  • Cid (Final Fantasy) – although there are many different individuals with the name of Cid in many different Final Fantasy games, most of them are some sort of scientist;is existence is a tradition on par with the Chocobo in the series
  • Ciel (Mega Man Zero) – teen prodigy specializing in energy research, cybernetics, and robotics
  • Isaac Clarke (Dead Space) – engineer
  • Doctor Neo Cortex (Crash Bandicoot) – an evil doctor with an oversized head, who has plans using Power Crystals
  • Lucrecia Crescent (Final Fantasy VII) - Shinra scientist and lover of Vincent Valentine
  • Dr. "Mundo" Edmundo (League of Legends) – a sociopath medical doctor who only specializes in one field: the study of the pain response and how to inflict pain;his experiments have caused him to take on a monstrous form reminiscent of Frankenstein's Monster and a deceptively dimwitted speech pattern; out of all the scientists in the game, Dr. Mundo stands out as the only one who is a danger to both himself and others, evident in his self experiments
  • The Engineer (Team Fortress 2) – one of nine playable classes who is capable of building sentry guns for area denial and other constructions which may support other characters
  • Dr. Gordon Freeman, Ph.D. (Half-Life) – a theoretical physicist who fights a one-man battle against invading aliens, US Marines and Combine forces with a crowbar and other weapons; his associates are Drs. Isaac Kleiner, Eli Vance, Judith Mossman and Arne Magnusson
  • Professor E. Gadd (Nintendo games)
  • Dr. Gast (Final Fantasy VII) - Former head of the Shinra Company's science department; has a much stronger moral compass than his successor
  • Dr. W.D. Gaster (Undertale) – the former royal scientist; only appears a few times while the player visits the CORE; speaks in the Wingdings font
  • Hojo (Final Fantasy VII) - Head of the Shinra Company's science department; a sociopathic, amoral bioengineer whose experiments drive the game's plot forward
  • Cave Johnson (Portal 2) – the eccentric former owner of Aperture Science, and creator of the portal gun
  • Dr. Krieger (Far Cry) – a renowned scientist and creator/controller of the Trigens in the first Far Cry game
  • Dr. Thomas Light (Mega Man) – creator of the revolutionary robot Mega Man
  • Love Lab scientists (Rhythm Heaven) – a male and female scientist pass ingredients to each other to make love potions to the rhythm of the music
  • Lucca (Chrono Trigger) – fighter and inventor, who, among other things, builds a time-machine and repairs a robot from over a millennium in the future
  • The Medic (Team Fortress 2) – one of nine playable classes who is able to heal other characters and make them invincible (Übercharge them) for a limited time with his Medigun
  • Daro'Xen vas Moreh (first appeared in Mass Effect 2) – a quarian admiral and scientist who believes that the geth, a synthetic race created by the quarians, who subsequently rebelled and drove their masters from their homeworld, should be controlled by the quarians once again; Admiral Xen also performed surgery on her childhood toys, much to the quarian squadmate Tali'Zorah's disgust
  • Dr. Otto Wolfgang Ort-Meyer (Hitman) – creator of Agent 47 and other clone assassins
  • Tobias Planck (Pirate Galaxy) – named after Max Planck, he is a theoretical physicist and field scientist with a parietal lobe 15% larger than average
  • Miles "Tails" Prower (Sonic the Hedgehog) – a fox with two tails that is Sonic's sidekick; using his knowledge of electrical engineering he creates mechanical devices that rival Doctor Eggman's robots
  • Doctor Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Genis Sage (Tales of Symphonia) – Lloyd Irving's super-smart friend who has the ability to use extreme amounts of magic and is always there for Lloyd while being the voice of reason and choice
  • Mordin Solus (first appeared in Mass Effect 2) – a member of fictional alien species known as salarians (who have fast metabolisms, talk fast, walk fast and think fast); a brilliant biologist and a tech specialist
  • Citan Uzuki (Xenogears)
  • Shion Uzuki (Xenosaga)
  • Grimoire Valentine (Final Fantasy VII) - Shinra scientist and father of Vincent Valentine
  • Albert Wesker (Resident Evil) – microbiologist working for the pharmaceutical enterprise Umbrella and co-creator of the T-virus; he was killed in the first Resident Evil game by Tyrant T-002, a powerful biological weapon, and was resurrected with super-human powers after self-injecting the T-virus
  • Bray Wyatt – in an alternate universe, Bray Wyatt is portrayed as a mad scientist
  • Doctor Z (Mr. Driller) – sends the Driller team out on various missions around the world
  • Dr. Zed (Borderlands) – a "Doctor" from the –Borderlands– series
  • Mei Ling Zhou (Overwatch) – one of the heroes in the game and comic series

In comics and graphic novels[edit]

The universes created by DC Comics and Marvel Comics abound with scientists who became superheroes. They include:

In anime and manga[edit]

Teams of scientists/engineers[edit]

See also[edit]


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