In addition to the archetypical
mad scientist, there are fictional characters of
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 notable characters in this category.
Professor Shonku (
Byomjatrir Diary, Professor Shonku o Robu, Professor Shonku o Khoka, Professor Shonku o Corvus, Ek Sringo Obhijaan, Swarnaparni and many more by the legendary
Satyajit Ray) – world's most respected scientist, inventor and Physics professor in
Scottish Church College. He had a bunch of incredible inventions and a series of adventures which he had written in his diary.
Captain Jaylen Cresida (The Lost Fleet) – captain in the Alliance Navy under the command of Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, and an expert on hypernet gates.
Leonid Gorbovsky (Noon Universe) – genius scientist,
spaceship captain who is known for his ability to land on even the most dangerous planets, to survive planet-wide catastrophes and easily making contact with any non-human civilization
Leo Graf (Falling Free) – space engineer who leads a group of genetically engineered four-armed humans known as "quaddies" to freedom
Otto Hantzen (Les Mystères de Demain from
Paul Féval, fils and
H. J. Magog) – German mad scientist, with female accomplice Hindu mystic Yogha, battles his former colleague Oronius from Mount Everest to
William Harper "Johnny" Littlejohn (Doc Savage) – archaeologist, associate of
Gennady Komov (Noon Universe) – xenopsychologist whose main occupation is engaging contact with and studying alien (especially, non-human) civilizations
Dr. Stanley Goodspeed (The Rock) – FBI chemical weapons specialist
Corporal Hardin (Southern Comfort (1981 film)) – chemical engineer in regular life on weekend maneuvers with Louisiana Army National Guard squad in rural bayou country as they antagonize some local Cajun people and become hunted. His day job is only relevant to explain his rational sensible approach.
Ian Malcolm (Jurassic Park) –
mathematician and chaotician surviving numerous encounters with dinosaurs and other hazards; his mathematical prowess does not help so much as allow him to predict his own fate, and that of the park's inhabitants
Leonora Orantes (Contagion) – World Health Organization epidemiologist
Q (James Bond) – makes all the gadgets 007 uses; Q is most often portrayed using the conventional literary trappings of a scientist (such as a white lab coat), even though his activities are closer to engineering
Doctor Gordon (Saw and Saw 3D: The Final Chapter) – uncaring surgeon until he survived a "test" orchestrated by the
Jigsaw Killer. After the experience changed his viewpoint on life, Gordon became Jigsaw's apprentice and began applying his medical skills to Jigsaw's traps which kidnapped victims were forced to endure. Following Jigsaw's death, Gordon became his successor.
Dr. Shinzo Mafune (Terror of Mechagodzilla) – bitter oceanographer who had previously been ridiculed for his obsessive research into the brain patterns of sea creatures, he allies with the invading Black Hole Planet 3 Aliens, unleashing the mind-controlled
kaijuTitanosaurus – whom he had personally discovered – to assist their newly rebuilt
Dr. Carl Stoner (Sssssss) - delusional scientist attempting to create a method of transforming humans into reptiles
Beakman (Beakman's World) – a general scientist who, in a funny and entertaining manner, teaches that science is a fact of life
Walter White (Breaking Bad) – a former chemist who, after getting diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, starts manufacturing meth to provide for his family
Carson Beckett (Stargate Atlantis) – medical doctor and geneticist who discovers the ATA gene and serves as the chief medical officer for the Atlantis expedition
Sam Beckett (Quantum Leap) – Nobel-prize winning quantum physicist (with multiple doctorates) caught in his own time-travel experiment; "leaping" into many lives along the span of his own lifetime, he must change the histories of those around him for the better before he can return home
Dr. Walter Bishop (Fringe) – genius and literally mad scientist; responsible for opening a doorway into another universe in order to save an alternate version of his son Peter from dying; his actions resulted in the gradual breakdown of both universes and inadvertently started a war between them
Professor Monty Corndog (The Aquabats / The Aquabats! Super Show!) – eccentric scientist and inventor whose chemical creations turned a group of ordinary men into superhero rock musicians who fight crime with the aide of The Professor's gadgets and contraptions
Davros (Doctor Who) – Universal Genius from the planet Skaro and nemesis from the Doctor, he invented the Reality Bomb – a moon sized machine which creates a wavelength with the ability to cancel the electrical field that holds atoms together, he intended to use it to destroy all life in his own, and all other Universes in existence
Jadzia Dax (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) – science officer on Deep Space Nine
Ezri Dax (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) – counselor on Deep Space Nine
Dr. Elias Huer (Buck Rogers) – chief scientist and inventor in the comic strip, movie serial and television series
Dr. Daniel Jackson (Stargate and
Stargate SG-1) – archaeologist and linguist who figures out how to open the Stargate; his understanding of cultures and languages typically comes in handy when dealing with the bewildering array of cultures in the Stargate universe
Dr. Alphonse Mephesto (South Park) – mad scientist who specializes in genetic engineering; creates strange creatures with his talents; also performs experiments ranging from simple DNA tests to creating a genetic clone of Stan Marsh for his son's science project
Mojo Jojo (Powerpuff Girls) – mad scientist's chimpanzee that plots to take over the world and destroy the Powerpuff Girls; he was also Professor Utonium's former pet and partially responsible for the creation of the Powerpuff Girls
Dr. Flug (Villainous) - An intelligent and inventive mad scientist who creates all the gadgets and machines that Black Hat attempts to sell.
Anton Sevarius (Gargoyles) - mad scientist, geneticist involved in several projects in the Gargoyles storyline. His most notable act is the creation of Talon and the Mutates.
Susan and Mary Test (Johnnt Test) - twin sisters who develop all sorts of gadgets and chemicals, usually tested by Johnny with unexpected results.
Dr. Cerebral (Atomic Betty) - a mad alien scientist, consisting of a brain with a face floating within a glass tank upon a mechanical body who seeks to control the universe and wipe out all organics due to a belief mechanical beings be more efficient.
Hugo A-Go-Go (Batfink) - Batfink's most recurring enemy.
Dr. Jon Osterman, a.k.a.
Dr. Manhattan (Watchmen) – nuclear physicist transformed by accident into a godlike super-being; while publicized as a superhero, he functions as the ultimate weapon for the United States military
Ray Palmer, a.k.a.
Atom (The Atom) – professor of physics at Ivy University; able to shrink his body to varying degrees, even to sub-atomic level, and able to alter his mass to near infinite levels
Dr. Bruce Banner, a.k.a.
The Incredible Hulk (Hulk) – scientist who developed the "Gamma Bomb" for the US government; an accident at the site of a test led to his becoming the Hulk; for a long period after, while in the form of Bruce Banner, he looked for scientific ways to rid himself of the transformation
Ted Sallis – duplicator of the serum that created
Captain America; transformed into The Man-Thing;although he had serious problems with his personal ethics when it came to women and girls, he abandoned Operation Sulfer on moral grounds, and elected to remain as Man-Thing rather than allow innocents to be killed by the demon
Tony Stark, a.k.a.
Iron Man (Iron Man) – industrialist and mechanical engineer of incredible ingenuity and inventive genius, whose technology to fight crime keeps him alive as well; he suffers from alcoholism
Victor Von Doom, a.k.a.
Doctor Doom (Doctor Doom) – evil scientist, engineer, genius, conqueror; like Mister Fantastic, he is regarded as one of the most intelligent people on Earth, even though he is a villain
Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym biochemist, discovers an unusual set of
subatomic particles he labels "Pym particles". Entrapping these within two separate serums, he creates a size-altering formula and a reversal formula, testing them on himself. Becomes original Ant-Man.
Curt Connors – college professor who created a formula to regrow his missing arm; turning himself into "The Lizard"
Miles Warren a.k.a.
Jackal - a college professor who has a vendetta against Spider-Man due to the death of his girlfriend Gwen Stacy, whom he secretly loved, created multiple clones of the hero as well as a clone of Gwen herself to attack and torment him and eventually turning himself into a beast.
Professor Cuthbert Calculus (The Adventures of Tintin) – brilliant, if distracted, scientist; responsible for developing the first one-person submarine, the first ultrasonic destruction device, and the first white rose; leader of the first crewed lunar mission. Also very hard of hearing.
Dilbert – star engineer of the comic strip series Dilbert
The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye) – scientific genius who invented time travel in order to save his best friend's husband, the consequences of which technically began the Autobot-Decepticon civil war.
In anime and manga
Jotaro Kujo (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure) – oceanographer, while unrelated to his role in the various plot arcs he appears in, Jotaro earns a doctorate in
oceanography sometime during the summer of 1999 in the series' original timeline; dolphin and anchor motifs were added to his clothing designs to reflect his new occupation
Caesar Clown (One Piece) – former marine scientist and former partner of Doctor Vegapunk; he created mass destruction weapons and human experimentation but was fired and arrested due to his unethical research methods
The Doctor (Hellsing) – lead scientist of Millennium who created the Nazi vampires and the catboy Schrödinger
Kaolla Su (Love Hina) – exchange student who is the princess of the island of Molmol. She frequently invents dangerous devices and wants to turn her kingdom into a technological powerhouse that will conquer Japan.
Bondrewd (Made in Abyss) – White Whistle of ill repute, "Bondrewd the Novel" is in charge of Idofront, the Cave Riders' forward Operating Base in the fifth layer. He was the one responsible for several unethical experiments on children, including the one which transformed Nanachi and Mitty into Hollows.
Dr. Hiroshi Agasa (Case Closed) – an absent-minded professor who invents several devices to help out
Orochimaru (Naruto) – a
shinobi obsessed with immortality and obtaining knowledge of all jutsu. He conducted many illegal and unethical experiments that resulted in him becoming a wanted criminal.
Kabuto Yakushi (Naruto) – Orochimaru's assistant who takes part in many of his master's illegal experiments in addition to conducting his own, which include raising the dead.
Dr. Hell (Mazinger Z) - a mad scientist that is obsessed with taking over the world with his army of robotic monsters known as Mechanical Beast or Kikaiju.
Professor Souichi Tomoe (Sailor Moon S, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Season III) - The father of
Hotaru Tomoe and the leader of
Death Busters, used to be as a world-renowned scientist in field of genetic engineering and forced out of the scientific community of his unethical experiments, he sold his findings to companies and bought the entire Sankakusu District to continue his research to create "Super Beings". He vesselized one of the
Daimon eggs: Gematoid to become hybrid by sold his soul to
Master Pharaoh 90 and willfully discards his humanity and created a lot of Daimons while working to perfect the stability of Daimon/human hybribs.
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
Catherine Elizabeth Halsey, MD, PhD (Halo series) – scientist of the Office of Naval Intelligence, best known as the creator of the SPARTAN-II Program and Mjolnir Powered Assault Armor
Dr. Alphys (Undertale) – 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
Dr. Andonuts (EarthBound) – father of Jeff, one of the Chosen Four
Daro'Xen vas Moreh (first appeared in Mass Effect 2) – 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
Egon Stetmann (StarCraft II) – creator of the Mecha Swarm, paranoid, and prone to terrazine-induced hallucinations, he was once chief science adviser aboard the Hyperion.
Coco Bandicoot (Crash Bandicoot) - she is Crash Bandicoot's younger sister.She has a deep intelligence and a love of science, which makes her the opposite of her brother. He is an electronics engineer specializing in hacking, computer programming and machine building
Dr. Gast (Final Fantasy VII) – former head of the Shinra Company's science department; has a much stronger moral compass than his successor
Moira (Overwatch) – geneticist, and one of the playable heroes in the game
Kirin Jindosh (
Dishonored 2) - Grand Inventor to Duke Luca Abele and founder of Jindosh Clockworks which created the Clockwork Soldiers and Clockwork Sentinels
Mordin Solus (first appeared in Mass Effect 2) – 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
Rikako Asakura (Touhou Project) – titled "Scientist Searching for Dreams", she is one of the few people in Gensokyo to value using science over magic. While she still uses magic in order to enhance her science at times, she tries to refrain from using magic due to a natural distaste of it.
Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik (Sonic the Hedgehog) – mad scientist who is the archenemy series' titular hero,
Sonic the Hedgehog, specializes in robotics and other fields of engineering, who invents various kinds of aircraft, robots and vehicles in various sizes; he imprisoned animals in the inside of working robotic shells, and experimented with kinds of mutations. He aims to capture the
Dr. "Mundo" Edmundo (League of Legends) – 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 Medic (Team Fortress 2) – one of nine playable classes who rejects the
Hippocratic Oath. He is able to heal other characters and make them invincible (by using Übercharge) for a limited time with his Medigun. He previously had a medical licence, but lost it due to misplacing a patient's skeleton.
Vexen (Kingdom Hearts) – A founding member of Organization XIII. A brilliant scientist who carries out research on various Organization projects. He was in charge of the Replica Program at Castle Oblivion, but someone disposed of him.
Dr. M (Sly Cooper) – He is a mandrill and was the brains of Sly's father's gang he felt he was being held back, so he set up a fortress on Kaine Island to break into the Cooper Vault and claim the wealth.
Alexandria Hypatia (
Dishonored 2) - Chief Alchemist at the Addermire Institute who gains a separate serial killer personality after an experiment gone wrong
Rintarō Okabe, a.k.a. Kyōma Hōōin (Steins;Gate) – self proclaimed mad scientist in his Kyōma Hōōin persona (which in reality is taken from a television show he watched as a child).
Yuri (Red Alert 2, and
expansion pack) – Soviet psychic and founder of the Psychic Corps. During the Second World War, he took part in Stalin's secret project, whose aim was to create a mind control technology, and army which specialized in psychic warfare.
Professor Hojo (Final Fantasy VII) – head of the Shinra Science Research Division. He infused his unborn child
Sephiroth with Jenova cells to turn him into a super soldier, and in the present aids Jenova/Sephiroth's plans in the name of scientific research.
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 engineer. His existence is a tradition on par with the
Chocobo in the series.
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
The Speedwagon Foundation – group consisting of doctors and archaeologists founded by Robert E. O. Speedwagon somewhere between the story arcs of Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure; extremely knowledgeable on Stands, Pillar Men and DIO
Unorthodox Engineers – misfit bunch of engineers who solve problems of alien technology/weird planets in the future
The K-science team: Hong Kong Shatterdome (Newton Geiszler and Hermann Gottlieb) – heads of the kaiju science research team (Pacific Rim)